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Stenger to testify in Senate about EB-5 success in Vermont

first_imgJay Peak Resort,US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) will chair a hearing on Wednesday, December 7, on a key foreign investor program that has successfully drawn millions of dollars in economic investment to Vermont’s economy.  Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of the EB-5 Regional Center Program, and its impact on economic development and job creation in communities in Vermont and across the country. Leahy has invited Bill Stenger, the president and co-owner of Vermont’s Jay Peak Resort, to testify at the hearing.  Among other important Vermont businesses, both Jay Peak and Sugarbush, two of Vermont’s destination ski resorts, have successfully raised capital through the Regional Center program, and have been engaged in ambitious development projects.  Since its establishment in Vermont in 1997, the program has drawn business and tourism to the state, and has created hundreds of jobs.  Jay Peak has drawn over $250 million in foreign investment from over 500 investors who immigrated from 56 countries.  Sugarbush has attracted $20 million in capital, which has created, or preserved, approximately 400 jobs in Vermont.  Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s administration, and entrepreneurs throughout Vermont are working together to develop even more job creating enterprises for Vermont and Vermonters through the EB-5 Regional Center program. Under the EB-5 Regional Center program, foreign investors are required to invest a minimum of $500,000 in a project within a Regional Center and can apply for an EB-5 visa. Under the program, U.S. Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) must then approve the application, granting the investor a two-year green card. Upon the expiration of the visa, the investor must provide proof that they have created at least ten jobs as a result of their investment and have met additional investment requirements set by USCIS. Leahy has worked to reauthorize the program several times.  Earlier this year, he introduced legislation to make the program’s authorization permanent, and has been working to develop legislation to modernize and improve the program. The hearing, entitled ‘Reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program: Promoting Job Creation and Economic Development in American Communities,’ will be webcast live online.  It begins at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7.  Witness testimony and member statements will be available online.last_img read more

Man Utd v Southampton: Red Devils can climb into top four

first_imgKampala, Uganda | Premier League | Manchester United have won their last four matches by an aggregate score of 14-2 and know another victory will take them into the top four.Southampton have taken seven points from their last possible nine and are aiming for a quickfire double over the Manchester clubs after beating Man City last Sunday.Team newsOle Gunnar Solskjaer has hinted he will name another unchanged side. Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe remain his only absentees.Ralph Hasenhuttl hopes Jannik Vestergaard (thigh) will recover, but Moussa Djenepo (calf), Sofiane Boufal (thigh) and Yan Valery could miss the rest of the season.Did you know? Man Utd can achieve an 18-match unbeaten run in all competitions for the first time since March 2013, under Sir Alex Ferguson.Bruno Fernandes’s 13 goal involvements are the joint-most by a player after his first 10 Premier League matches, level with Mick Quinn.Southampton have avoided defeat in four of their last six Premier League trips to Old Trafford, winning two.If Danny Ings scores, he will be only the second Saints player to reach the 20-goal mark in a 38-match Premier League season, after James Beattie got 23 goals in 2002/03.*****PLShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England pair break new ground in Colombia

first_img14 Mar 2012 England pair break new ground in Colombia England squad members Ben Loughrey (Wrag Barn, Wiltshire) and Josh White (Chipstead, Surrey) will break new ground when they represent England Golf in the South American Amateur Championship at the Club Campestre de Farrallones in Cali, Colombia, on 21st – 24th March. This will be the first time England has sent players to this 72-hole stroke play event. Loughrey (picture © Tom Ward),  was a member of the victorious Wiltshire team in last year’s English County Championship at Ganton. A former South West Colts and Wiltshire junior champion, Loughrey won the North of England Youths Championship in 2009 and triumphed in the Lee Westwood Trophy in 2010. Last year, the 23 year old won the New South Wales Cup in Australia, enjoyed top-five finishes in the Welsh Open Stroke Play, the Brabazon Trophy and the South of England Stroke Play, made his full England debut against Spain at The Berkshire and was also a member of the winning England team in the Home Internationals. White, 20, won the Surrey Championship in 2009 and 2011 and followed up last year by winning the Berkshire Trophy. A former boy international, he represented the English Golf Union in Spain, Sweden and Finland last year and finished tied fourth in the County Champions Tournament.last_img read more

Madsen Family Cellars Wins Top Medals At Seattle Wine Awards

first_imgSubmitted by Madsen Family CellarsSEATTLE – The largest and most influential independent wine recognition program in the state, the Seattle Wine Awards (SWA), announces the winning wines in 26 categories spanning three retail price ranges and comprised exclusively of Washington state appellation wines.Among the 2012 winners are 2008 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon from Olympia-based Madsen Family Cellars with a Gold medal, and close behind was the 2009 Othello (Bordeaux blend) with a Silver medal.Seattle Wine Awards Executive Director, Christopher Chan, launched the awards as a wine-recognition program focused on Washington-grown grapes and wine in 2006. The inaugural event garnered only 274 entries. This year, however, the program received nearly one thousand bottles of Washington’s highest quality wines for consideration. A top-tier panel of experienced local and national wine-savvy professionals committed to tasting and evaluating this year’s entries.What makes the Seattle Wine Awards Washington State’s best wine recognition program?The Seattle Wine Awards Tasting Panel features the top local and national wine professionals consisting of highly respected wine buyers, sommeliers, directors and journalists. Our thorough evaluation is of the highest integrity and our thoughtful process provides both our participants and entries the best environment for tasting. Each wine is personally received, reviewed, confirmed and entered into our program. Every bottle is proofed for soundness by a team of sommeliers to ensure the wine is true to its’ origin. Wines are checked for bottle variation and no tainted wines are ever poured for our panel. The wines that earn recognition in the Seattle Wine Awards must achieve professional consensus where they earn one of the following in their respective price/wine categories: Double Gold, Gold, Silver and Bronze Grand Awards of Excellence These honors are of the highest recognition a winery can earn in the state of Washington.You can experience these wines at Madsen Family Cellars here in Olympia at the tasting room which is open from 11 AM to 5 PM Wednesday thru Sunday just off Marvin Road.  Check them out at www.madsenfamilycellars.com. Facebook2Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

About Town

first_imgRED BANKRed Bank Flavour will host the Sippin’ on the River event June 29-30 at Marine Park. The inaugural event will have culinary samplings from the borough eateries plus wine, beer, live music and more. A portion of proceeds from the all-day festival will benefit the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department.“More than a dozen restaurants will present a smorgasbord of summer samplings – from sushi and lobster rolls to Jersey beer and wines, fresh-squeezed lemonade, homemade chocolates and more,” said George Lyristis, owner of Teak Restaurant and The Bistro at Red Bank.Restaurants participating in Sippin’ on the River include The Bistro at Red Bank, The Boondock’s Fishery, The Cheese Cave, Danny’s Grill and Wine Bar, Dish, The Downtown, Front St. Trattoria, Gaetano’s, Jamian’s, Lusty Lobster, New Corner Pizza, Readie’s Market Café, red, Sicilia Café, Sugarush, Teak, Tony’s Sausage and more.Sippin’ on the River will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 30.Additional information is available at www.Sippinonthe River.org. To learn more about the Red Bank Flavour Culinary Alliance, visit www.RedBankFlavour.com. * * * * *The Red Bank Public Library will present “Conversations about Old Red Bank” with Glenn Vogel from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, in the library’s New Jersey History Room. Vogel will discuss his collection of all things Red Bank – from photographs and bottles to jugs, postcards and advertising memorabilia. He’ll also talk on fascinating details about the history, people and places they represent.Examples from his remarkable collection will be on display in the New Jersey History Room throughout 2013. SANDY HOOKThe Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee will hold its next meeting from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 28, at Building 22 in the NJ Seagrant Consortium located within Fort Hancock.The committee was established to make recommendations for the reuse of over 30 historic buildings in the Fort Hancock Historic Landmark District within Gateway’s Sandy Hook Unit. This meeting, like all meetings of the committee, is open to the public.“As the Fort Hancock 21st Century Committee moves forward,” said Superintendent Linda Canzanelli, who is the designated federal officer to the committee, “we should begin to see the fruits of its labor addressing future uses of the historic district.”During the meeting, members will discuss and draft a Request For Expressions of Intent (RFEI) to determine possible future interest at Fort Hancock.As with all meetings of the advisory committee, public comments will be taken at a regularly scheduled time. The comment period begins at 4 p.m. with commenters called upon in the order they sign up. Written comments may also be submitted to the committee in person, by mail or email or on the committee’s blog at www.forthancock21stcentury.org/discuss/center_img PORT MONMOUTHThe Monmouth County Park System is hosting a free seining event from 11 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 24 through Aug. 23, at Bayshore Waterfront Park, Port Monmouth Road.Park System naturalists will seine the water and identify the aquatic creatures caught. Participants should meet on the beach and wear closed-toe shoes. Designed for individuals and families, the program is open to those ages 5 and older. Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Interested groups can call 732-872-7369 to arrange an outing.Additional information about the program or the Monmouth County Park System is available by visiting www.monmouthcountyparks.com or calling 732-842-4000. People with hearing impairment may call 711, the park system TTY/TDD.last_img read more

STREAKING BIRDLOVER LEADS WAY IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 WILSHIRE STAKES; O’NEILL FILLY TAKES ON SEVEN OTHER DISTAFFERS AT MILE ON TURF

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (April 24, 2015)–Trainer Doug O’Neill’s front running Birdlover seeks her third consecutive win as she heads a field of eight fillies and mares in Santa Anita’s Grade III, $100,000 Wilshire Stakes at one mile turf this Sunday.A winner of the restricted Wishing Well Stakes, run at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course two starts back on Feb. 8, the 5-year-old English-bred mare ran the best race of her career in taking a one mile turf allowance gate to wire by 2 ¼ lengths on March 22 and will likely employ a similar strategy when breaking from the far outside in Sunday’s Wilshire, which will be her third start off a one year layoff.Owned by D. Kramer, Steven Keh and Robert Cseplo, Birdlover retains the services of Rafael Bejarano as she seeks her first graded stakes victory. With two wins and a second at one mile on turf, Birdlover is 15-5-5-0 overall with earnings of $258,535.Idle for 55 weeks, Richard Mandella’s Indecise came back running to be second, beaten a half length by Birdlover in the Wishing Well, and appears set for a big effort in the Wilshire. Owned by L.J. Daley, the 6-year-old mare by Pleasant Tap likes to run from off the pace and could have plenty of speed to run at on Sunday.Although she was disqualified from a win four starts back in January, 2013, Indecise has finished first in two of three starts at a mile on turf and will be ridden back by Flavien Prat. She is 11-3-2-3 overall with earnings of $137,600.Mandella will also be represented by classy Moulin de Mougin, who ran an even ninth in a one mile turf allowance April 4, her first start since clipping heels and falling at odds of 5-1 in the Grade I Rodeo Drive Stakes on Sept. 27.Owned and bred in Kentucky by Ran Jan Racing Inc., the 5-year-old mare by Curlin took the Grade II John C. Mabee three starts back on Aug. 10 at Del Mar and could improve by many with Mike Smith back in her corner. Although winless in three tries at a flat mile on turf, Moulin de Mougin is 15-4-2-2 overall with earnings of $313,410.Trainer Eric Kruljac’s Blingismything comes off a pair of solid third place performances in graded competition and looms extremely dangerous with red-hot Tyler Baze set to take over for the first time since the 5-year-old mare by Arch broke her maiden nine starts back. Blingismything pressed the pace two starts back and was beaten 1 ½ lengths in the Grade II, one mile turf Buena Vista Stakes Feb. 16 and then rallied from off the pace to be beaten 1 ¾ lengths in the Grade III, 6 ½ furlong turf Las Cienegas Stakes on April 11.Owned by Class Racing Stable, Blingismything has a win, a second and a third from three starts at a mile on turf and is 9-3-2-3 overall with earnings of $186,330.Second, beaten 3 ¾ lengths by multiple Eclipse Award winning Beholder in the 1 1/16 miles Santa Lucia Stakes April 10, trainer Keith Desormeaux’s Uzziel will hope her front-running form transfers to turf in the Wilshire. Owned and bred in California by James W. and Tammy McKenney, the 4-year-old California-bred filly by Harlington was 13th and last in her only other turf try, the one mile China Doll Stakes 10 starts back on March 8, 2014.Second, beaten by 2 ¾ lengths by high flying Warren’s Veneda three starts back in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles Santa Maria Stakes Feb. 14, Uzziel has two second from her last three starts for Desormeaux and appears vastly improved. She is 14-4-2-2 overall with earnings of $239,238.The complete field for the Grade III Wilshire, to be run as the seventh race on an eight-race card Sunday, with jockeys and weights in post position order: Moulin de Mougin, Mike Smith, 121; Thegirlinthatsong, Corey Nakatani, 124; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez, 119; Blingismything, Tyler Baze, 119; Uzziel, Kent Desormeaux, 119; Sky Treasure, Joe Talamo, 119; Indecise, Flavien Prat, 119, and Birdlover, Rafael Bejarano, 119.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

Big throw for Calabar’s Barrett

first_imgCALABAR High’s Warren Barrett and Shauntae Foreman of Excelsior High were in record-breaking form at yesterday’s 23rd staging of the Purewater-JC Invitational on the grounds of Jamaica College.Barrett had a winning throw of 19.40 metres in capturing the Class One boys’ shot put. His throw erased the 2012 mark of 18.98m set by former Calabar standout Ashina Miller. Vashon McCarthy of JC was second with 17.27m, while Calabar’s Kyle Mitchell (16.72m) placed third.Foreman, competing in Class Four, cleared the high jump bar at 1.62m to erase the one-year-old mark of 1.60m set by Abbygail Wilks of Wolmer’s Girls. Second-place Shante McFarlane of Immaculate, and third-place Zoey Shaw of St Andrew High both cleared 1.45m.There were some good results in the 100m, with Vere Technical High’s Brittney Anderson leading the way among the females. Anderson clocked a fast 11.88 seconds to win her Class-Three heat. Alpha’s Kiara Grant was second overall with 11.99, with third going to Kevin Davis of Edwin Allen in 12.17.Shantae Deer of Holmwood Technical was the fastest Class-One girl, with 11.86. Edwin Allen High’s Patrice Moody, 11.88, and Camperdown’s Rushelle Burton (11.99) were second and third, respectively.Among the boys, JC’s Odario Phillips led the way with 10.82 in the Class One 100m. Vere Technical’s Tesrico Bell was second overall with 10.83, while Manchester High’s Delano Dunkley clocked 10.91 for third.Chisholm Gordon of JC was best among the Class Two boys with a winning time of 10.92.last_img read more

A Critical Challenge for President Weah

first_imgThis newspaper’s attention is drawn to a report carried in its Friday, February 22, 2019, edition under the headline, “CSOs Seek Support for Residents ‘Victimized’ by LAC, SRC’s Operations”, written by the Daily Observer’s community reporter, Hannah N. Geterminah.According to the reporter, several Civil Society Organizations in collaboration with a Swiss-based development charity, Bread for All (BFA), have launched a report calling on the Liberian government to provide a remedy to the problems faced by community members who were forcefully evicted from their lands in order to make way for the planting of rubber.According to the report entitled, “Struggle for Life and Land”, affected communities have lost their source of livelihood, along with a resultant sharp deterioration of the food security situation, worsened by a critical lack of access to safe drinking water.It can be observed that a major problem inherited by this government is the caseload of grievances of local communities, sparked by their forceful eviction of ancestral lands, by rubber and oil palm concessionaires under arrangements in which they were neither consulted nor involved in discussions that would see them deprived of their lands.It is indeed a problem heavily laden with full conflict potential. This newspaper maintains the view that, in situations where local communities find themselves helplessly pitted against the big corporations and with absolutely little or no protection coming from a government that is generally perceived as corrupt, resentment builds and can easily lead to violent and extremist forms of violence.And there are many examples the world over to support this claim.  A May 2002 OECD working Paper on International Investment entitled: “Multinational Enterprises in Situations of Violent Conflict and Widespread Human Rights Abuses ” acknowledges that there is a growing body of empirical literature that supports the view that factors underpinning the dynamics of civil strife and human rights violations bear a direct relationship to the level and structure of income and with the degree of development of the country’s political institutions.What we have in Liberia are weak political and state institutions with over an estimated 64 percent of Liberians living below the poverty line, of whom 1.3 million live in extreme poverty. With pervasive and runaway corruption taking a heavy toll on the nation’s resources, there are indications that such conditions could contribute to the possibility that the country could re-experience civil strife, especially given the very corrupt behavior of public officials and the inflammatory rhetoric coming from both sides of the divide.This newspaper shares the view that in an economy such as ours, heavily dependent on the extractive industry, multinational corporations provide the revenue flow which makes it possible for the managers of a rentier state such as ours to procure the material and organizational requirements to employ the use of mindless violence as a matter of public policy.And such are bound to have repercussions simply because the people become incensed and imbued with a spirit of resistance. Perhaps runaway corruption and the arrogance and profligacy of corrupt officials can explain why the Afghan government (ranked by Transparency International as the 172 least corrupt nation out of 175), despite billions of foreign economic and military assistance, has been unable to quell the resurgence of the Taliban.And it can be similarly said of Iraq where a very corrupt Iraqi government has inadvertently aided the resurgence of the violent and extremist Islamic State.It is against this outlook that this newspaper urges the Weah administration to act urgently, to come to grips with the existing problems between the rubber giants, Liberia Agricultural Company(LAC), the Salala Rubber Corporation(SRC) and local communities. Admittedly, these problems and like those of the Golden Veroleum in Sinoe and Sime Darby in Cape Mount, are linked to the past government.It has appeared that the Ellen Sirleaf administration apparently had a charge to concession out the country legally or illegally. And the records show that more than two-thirds of concession agreements signed were illegal, according to the Moore Stephens report.But whether we like it or not, the charge is now President Weah’s to address as the successor of the past government. This is by no means an easy undertaking; yet it must be done.And this must be done sooner than later; if needs be, review concession agreements, especially since most were illegally concluded. The grievances of local communities must be addressed in a meaningful way that will not leave communities sullen, resentful of government and prone to violent and extremist behavior.Too much is at stake for the survival of this nation. This newspaper holds the view that President Weah should consider the idea of a national dialogue or, better still, the convening of a sovereign national conference to trash out burning issues with the view to deriving a national consensus on addressing key and critical issues. This is indeed a critical challenge for President Weah.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Keeper Green ‘could find his place under threat’

first_imgRob Green’s place in the QPR side could already be under threat, according to the Daily Mirror.The goalkeeper, who joined Rangers after deciding to leave West Ham this summer, made a mistake which led to the opening goal in Saturday’s 5-0 defeat against Swansea.Green joined QPR last month.And it is claimed that R’s boss Mark Hughes is now showing an interest in former Celtic keeper Artur Boruc.The Poland international, 32, is a free agent after quitting Fiorentina and would apparently be keen to move to the Premier League.Meanwhile, the Daily Mail report that Fulham look to have pipped Newcastle to the signing of FC Twente’s Brazilian defender Douglas after agreeing a £4.5m deal.The Mail also say Yossi Benayoun fears he is being priced out of a move away from Chelsea, who are said to want £3m for the midfielder.This page is regularly updated. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Pistorius, Dewani cases validate South Africa’s robust justice system

first_imgShrien Dewani and Anni Hindocha. Hindocha was murdered while on honeymoon in Cape Town after she and Dewani were married in a traditional Hindu wedding. The legal wedding was still to come, so she never officially adopted Dewani’s surname. The men tried and convicted of her murder claim it was planned and paid for by Dewani. (Image: Facebook) • Sandisiwe Gugushe Public Relations International: Brand South Africa +27 11 712 5007 +27 73 126 9128 [email protected] • Shrien Dewani to face the music in South Africa• Pistorius trial: open justice or trial by media?• FAQs on the Oscar Pistorius trial • Oscar Pistorius’ advocate: Barry Roux • Gerrie Nel: the victim’s advocateMiller Matola, CEO of Brand South AfricaAfter the high levels of global media interest and unrelenting coverage of the murder trial of Paralympian athlete Oscar Pistorius, the spotlight will again be on South Africa, its Constitution and the strength of its legal system when Shrien Dewani arrives in the country following his extradition from the UK to answer questions in court about the murder of his wife, Anni Hindocha.These legal processes are generating unprecedented media attention around the world. Thousands of articles have appeared in the global press. Hours of television and radio coverage have been flighted, with many more scheduled. Non-stop commentary and analysis flows from the large contingent of international and local journalists and photographers now in the country, reporting on events as they happen. It is testimony to the progress South Africa has made in the past two decades that the country can welcome the global media to see its world-class Constitution and legal system in action.A young Constitution, but substantialAs South Africa celebrates 20 years of democratic freedom, these high-profile murder cases remind both South Africans and the world that while the country’s 1996 Constitution is much younger than the English legal system, for example, it has created a substantial framework for a society built on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights – such as the right to a fair trial.The South African Constitution is recognised as one of the most progressive in the world, thanks to the extensive social and economic rights it protects. Our strong and stable legal system is a fundamental building block in our constitutional democracy, as is the independence of our courts and judiciary.The Oscar Pistorius trial has also broken new ground in reporting on South African legal processes. The unprecedented decision by Gauteng judge president Dunstan Mlambo that all trial audio, and selected video, could be broadcast on radio, TV and online, was a breakthrough in legal reporting in South Africa, bringing the country in line with other democracies. It also showed the world that South Africa is committed to greater transparency in its legal system, as demanded by its Constitution.Transformed legal landscapeToday, there is a respect for South Africans’ right to an open and transparent system of justice. After 20 years of democratic freedom, South Africa has upheld the principle of the right to justice for the world to see, in action.South Africa’s legal and institutional landscape has changed remarkably since the end of apartheid in 1994.Today, the Constitution contains a comprehensive Bill of Rights that includes socioeconomic, civil, political and cultural rights.Since 1994, South Africa has become party to most key international human rights instruments, and there has been substantial legal and institutional reform.The separation of powers between the judiciary and executive is firmly enshrined in the 1996 Constitution, and well-recognised in South African case law.Since 1994, the appointment process for judges and magistrates has been substantially revised, increasing institutional protection for the independence of the judiciary. The Constitution also demands progress in racial and gender transformation.The oversight institutions established by chapter nine of the Constitution remain independent and vigorous. These commissions are specifically tasked with the protection and promotion of human rights, and with monitoring and reporting on human rights.Comprehensive human rights protectionThe social and economic rights protected in the Constitution include environmental rights, property rights, the right to adequate housing, the right to access healthcare, food, water and social security, an extensive children’s rights provision that includes the right to nutrition, shelter, healthcare and social services, and the right to basic and further education.Twenty years into democracy, every South African can take comfort in the robustness and solidity of our legal system and Constitution, the cornerstones of our democracy.Despite the torrent of headlines on the high-profile cases of Shrien Dewani and Oscar Pistorius, strong legal ethics define South Africa’s legal process, with lawyers on both sides bound to the same standards.Global respect for our Constitution and our robust justice system serve to position Brand South Africa positively in the eyes of the world as it watches for the outcome of these prominent trials.last_img read more