More than $66,000 in grants for bulletproof vests awarded to 27 Vermont police stations

first_imgVermont Jurisdictions Receiving Bulletproof Vest Grants JurisdictionGrant AmountNumber of VestsBarre City$3,549.0012Barre Town$ 227.383Bennington County$ 3,275.0010Bennington Town$ 5,600.0014Brandon Town$ 299.501Brattleboro Town$ 898.503Burlington City$ 3,294.5011Dover Town$ 2,125.007Essex Junction Village$ 1,250.004Hartford Town$ 1,198.004Middlebury Town$ 1,740.004Milton Town$ 2,097.006Montpelier City$ 1,500.005Norwich Town$ 1,500.005Orange County$ 7,815.0020Richmond Town$ 898.503Rutland City$ 4,389.0014Shelburne Town$ 4,492.5015Springfield Town$ 830.493St. Albans City$ 898.503Stowe Town$ 1,230.003Vergennes City$ 3,235.509Vermont (State)$ 5,123.98135Vernon Town$ 2,341.507Williston Town$ 559.002Windsor Town$ 1,488.006Winhall Town$ 4,300.0014Total for Vermont$ 66,200.85323WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12) ‘ US Senator Patrick Leahy US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Wednesday that 27 towns and counties across Vermont have been awarded grants from the US Department of Justice to help purchase bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers.  The grants are provided through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, which Leahy authored in 1998. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has helped to provide nearly one million bulletproof vests to law enforcement officers across the country, including more than 3,000 vests for Vermont officers.  The new grants announced by will help offices in Vermont buy more than 320 new vests.  ‘Bulletproof vests are saving lives of law enforcement officers across the country,’ said Leahy.  ‘They protect those who are on the streets every day helping to keep our communities safe, and the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has proven its life-saving value.’ The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program provides matching federal grants to state and local authorities for the purchase of bulletproof vests.  Leahy worked to include in the grant program an all-state minimum formula to ensure that all qualifying state and local jurisdictions would receive at least .5 percent of the total amount of federal funds appropriated in a given year.  Over the years Leahy has worked to modify the program for the benefit of grants recipients in other ways as well.  He fought to include a matching requirement to ensure that in certain smaller jurisdictions, including certain jurisdictions in Vermont, the federal grant will always amount to 50 percent of the purchase cost.  Leahy also worked to include a provision in the program to allow financially struggling jurisdictions to apply for a hardship waiver of the 50 percent match requirement. Leahy has worked to reauthorize the bulletproof vests grant program since its enactment, most recently in 2008.  The program is currently authorized through 2012.last_img read more

May 15, 2004 Letters

first_img May 15, 2004 Letters Letters Diversity So, the entire Florida Bar is off on the road to diversity. Reminds me of the Bob Hope and Bing Crosby movies of comedic knights — errant on their way to some exotic location, except, of course, that Bob and Bing were a lot funnier than The Florida Bar, and had a better idea of where they were going.The Florida Bar leadership has been in lock-step, tooting its diversity horns and banging its diversity drums for the last 20 years, and the parade has gone nowhere. So, that having failed, they have resolved to try more of the same without even remotely considering whether the underlying premise of their errant efforts is sound. Their underlying premise is that somewhere “out there” there is a vast, untapped pool of “incredibly talented” minorities who are all just dying to become lawyers, except that racism, sexism, homophobia, or some other sort of politically incorrect barrier is thwarting their upward ascendancy to the land of esquiredom and billable hours. The removal of those barriers will open the floodgates to a true egalitarian society where what you do is a lot less important than how you appear to the person viewing you; if you look like each other, justice has been achieved.Would any sane person agitate for a society whose members had to be divided up into racial and gender groupings, and then equally distributed among every trade and profession according to the ratio between any such group and the general population? “I’m sorry little boy/girl, you can’t be an astronaut, we need 3.25 percent more left-handed, Latino lathe-operators to make our society just. Get along to shop class, now.” Sound just a little Orwellian?The simple fact is that there is no such vast pool of legal talent “out there,” anymore than there is a vast pool of potential physicists, chemists, engineers, physicians, accountants, architects, or any other professionals, “out there.” Why does The Florida Bar think differently about the availability of legal talent? Because, it will tell you, lawyers and the law are different. Lawyers and the law are the natural born leaders of society and all its institutions. Only we make a difference, only we can change this pathetic society into something grander, and only we have the vision and judgment to discern grandeur. A cursory glance at the next billboard bearing lawyer advertising should dispel that poppycock.You politically correct “leaders” have it backward. Diversity does not need to be achieved; it is already here and has been since the Twelve Tribes split up. It is not by achieving but by overcoming diversity that progress toward a “juster” society is made. When diverse peoples who recognize the legitimacy of different cultures and values nonetheless come together to achieve a common goal, understanding is reached, respect is earned, and progress is made. When we, by our deeds, return the legal profession to a position of respectability in our society, more kids of every race, creed, and culture may, just may, want to become lawyers. There’s your talent pool. Michael H. Davidson TallahasseeThe Florida Bar Board of Governors apparently doesn’t understand the loss of credibility to reputation by its unimaginative methods for involving women and blacks in this law group. Witness the reported selection process for identifying finalists for a public member seat being vacated by a black woman. Three white males, including a man of Hispanic origin, were deemed to be the best qualified for the position. But what were the qualifications?The Bar News described the three as follows: one approaching my near retirement age is an executive in a title company and bank. Another has extensive government and business experience in Canada, and the third is a native of Cuba who owns a court reporting service and serves on a local grievance committee. Those certainly are formidable qualifications, but for what exactly?I wonder which of them is qualified to address the issue of representation of children so near and dear to the heart of the current Bar president? Which of these white men can address issues of racism and gender bias which arise on occasion or even more often in local courts throughout the state? Which has any experience in hiring and retention of blacks who make up a meager 2 percent of the Bar’s membership? The comparable population in the state exceeds 12 percent.As for the self-congratulatory but failed efforts of board members to “recruit minorities and women into Bar leadership positions on committees and commissions,” the historically and predominantly white males on the board seem unwilling to consider that a hard time is had by all because its own professional makeup reflects adversely on the effort. Simply put, more qualified minorities and women might be attracted if there were more qualified minorities and women on the board to attract them. The new qualified public member does not meet that qualification.But we know Floridians can do the right thing, if pushed to do so. A recent cover of Florida Trend magazine reflects a success story in the Florida Blue Key leadership, an organization in which white males reigned exclusive and supreme years after women and blacks were accepted into the University of Florida, the base of its operations. In the ’70s and ’80s, years after others were doing so, FBK gave grudging if token admission to women and minorities. But it took a major scandal in Gainesville to wake up the university. This year the FBK leadership is all female. Can minorities be far behind?In my younger days. I actually wasted five years of time and money to persuade Florida Bar members who sit as judges that I should not be made to associate with its ilk, in light of historic intolerance to discrete minorities. Older if not wiser 15 years later, I still stand apart from the board’s members who wonder why their Southern charm doesn’t attract, say, people who are not like them. But I smile when I think how little the board has changed despite evidence of increasing diversity elsewhere in Florida.So keep going. Waste your time and money. I no longer care. After all, since the 2000 presidential election, some of us have many more important things on our minds. Gabe Kaimowitz Gainesville May 15, 2004 Letterslast_img read more

Japan fans hail Hong Kong ‘Goddess of Democracy’ Chow

first_imgShe has been dubbed the “Goddess of Democracy” and found fans among politicians and actors. There is little doubt that Hong Kong activist Agnes Chow is big in Japan.The 23-year-old’s arrest this week was headline news and lit up social media in Japan, far eclipsing the detention of other high-profile figures under Hong Kong’s new national security law.Media-savvy, telegenic and fluent in Japanese to boot, Chow has managed to cut through the relative apathy with which foreign affairs are sometimes regarded in Japan, winning unprecedented attention for Beijing’s crackdown on her home city. Twitter, tunes and takoyaki Chow’s popularity in Japan stems in large part from a savvy campaign directed at the country, which includes running a Japanese-language Twitter account with more than 470,000 followers and appearing in Japanese media.Her language skills have given her rare unmediated access to the Japanese public, and she has endeared herself to many with her love of anime and J-pop music.Chow was released on bail on Tuesday, and told reporters — in Japanese — that the song “Fukyowaon” by J-pop group Keyakizaka46 was playing in her head while she was detained.She also paid tribute to the support she received from Japan, saying in a YouTube live stream that she “felt Japanese people were cheering for her during the arrest”.Chow is also a fan of Japanese food, even sharing pictures of her failed attempts at the popular octopus ball dish takoyaki.Last year, she made Forbes Japan’s list of the 50 most influential social media accounts in the country, alongside a group of mostly Japanese celebrities and public figures.For all her popularity, it is unclear if Chow has had much influence on Japanese government policy.Chief spokesman Yoshihide Suga has made no specific comment on her arrest, though the government has expressed more general concern over the application of the national security law, which outlaws subversion, terrorism and foreign collusion in the semi-autonomous city.Japan had been in the process of rehabilitating ties with Beijing, with Chinese President Xi Jinping previously scheduled to make a state visit this year to cement the warming relations.But the visit has been delayed, seemingly indefinitely, and while the government has blamed the coronavirus pandemic for the decision, there has been growing discomfort among some Japanese lawmakers about the country’s relationship with Beijing. Topics :center_img After her arrest this week, the Japanese hashtags “#FreeAgnes” and “#I protest against the arrest of Agnes Chow” quickly went viral, with public figures from across the country’s political spectrum, as well as writers and actors, tweeting their support.Veteran ruling party lawmaker Akihisa Nagashima posted a string of tweets on the arrest, saying Chow had “spent her entire youth for the freedom and democracy of Hong Kong”.Opposition lawmaker Renho, who uses one name, actress Sayaka Akimoto and sports writer Hirotada Ototake were among others who hailed the activist and condemned her arrest.”She’s young but she’s brave,” one Twitter user wrote, with many praising Chow’s Japanese language ability.last_img read more

McIntyre, Thomas discuss MLS Draft prospects of former Syracuse players

first_img Published on January 15, 2015 at 12:08 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Since the Major League Soccer SuperDraft’s inception in 2000, Syracuse has had a total of three players selected. This year alone, Alex Bono, Skylar Thomas and Jordan Murrell are likely to be taken after the Orange’s record-breaking 2014 season. Head coach Ian McIntyre will be in Philadelphia on Thursday for the draft, and he offered his thoughts on the professional prospects of his three former standouts.Alex BonoFirst Bono turned pro while in Baldwinsville, New York. Then it was off to St. Louis for the MAC Hermann Trophy ceremony. Now he’s in Carson, California training with the U.S. Men’s National Team.The next step for Bono’s whirlwind of a winter will be to wait, albeit not for long, to hear his name called on Thursday in Philadelphia, though he’ll still be out west. MLS Draft expert Ives Galarcep’s final mock draft has Bono going No. 6 to Toronto FC as the first keeper to come off the board.McIntyre implied that he thinks his goalie will be the first player taken at his position, and the fact he’s attached to a Generation Adidas contract doesn’t hurt, either.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s a lot of very talented goalkeepers and Alex is right in that conversation,” McIntyre said. “He is also the goalkeeper with the Generation Adidas contract, which has major benefits to teams and the fact that he’s kind of like a free player his first couple of years when it comes to their salary cap.“But take that away, I don’t know if there’s a better one than Alex out there.”Skylar ThomasThe center back is coming off a showing at the MLS Combine he said went well, and that allowed him to mesh with other elite prospects at his position.Galarcep’s MLS Draft Big Board has Thomas at the 47th-rated prospect, and going No. 45 to the Montreal Impact. MLSsoccer.com has the big man going as high as No. 6, and McIntyre is confident of Thomas’ prospects despite his landing spot being up in the air.“I think Skylar has a really good opportunity to find a home,” McIntyre said. “I would expect him to be in a training camp come the start of the MLS season.”Thomas said the combine coaches told him his footwork needs to get better and that he simply needs to continue to dominate the back with his 6-foot-3 stature. He thinks his speed, strength and athleticism lend themselves well to the pro level and just had a simple statement for what he thinks he needs to do to impress at the next level.Said Thomas: “Basically, I just have to boss the game in the air and on the ground.”Jordan Murrell/Nick PereaMuch to the surprise of some in the soccer community, Murrell was not one of the 64 seniors invited to the combine.McIntyre thought it was tough on Murrell not to receive an invite, but that MLS teams will still have an interest in the wing back who shows up at No. 50 on Galarcep’s mock draft.“With Jordan, he’s a left-sided player and that’s a great quality to have,” McIntyre said. “His skill set, his ability on the ball, he’s technical. There’s a lot of quality players out there and it’s a tough job for any coach or general manager to make that right pick and the right fit for their team.”Yet despite the projections, the SU head coach said there is no real science to the draft and that he will simply have to wait and see what happens.“The draft is kind of an unknown situation where you don’t know until you see one your guys’ names come up there,” McIntyre said. “But I think we’ve got a number of guys that have a chance to find a home and have a chance to make that transition to the next level.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more