Speaker Symington’s Statement on Economic Stimulus Plan

first_imgSpeaker Symington’s Statement on Economic Stimulus PlanMay 1, 2008Addressing the bipartisan Committee on Economic Recovery and Opportunity today, Speaker Gaye Symington delivered the followingstatement:”I would just like to begin by thanking you for your work. You’ve brought good thinking and good questions to this effort and have improved the material that has been put before us and I thank you for that.”Your work has built upon what we have accomplished throughout the session, focusing on what is putting pressure on Vermonters: their health care costs, their fuel costs, their food costs, housing prices.I am pleased that your recommendations fit into the work that is already in motion in the House.”The legislature has been fighting for more bonding for roads and bridges and making our transportation infrastructure more whole — and we got that.”Weve been fighting for more investment in workforce training, especially where there are job openings — and we got that.”We’ve been fighting for more investment in energy efficiency and weatherization — we got that.”We’ve fought for more attention to affordable housing, to a diversified housing base — we got that.”We are still fighting for more accountability in the proposal for the manufacturer’s tax credit — and I hope you get that.”And now, the remaining question is: where do we go with the sales tax holiday?”I want to repeat that our focus so far has been on what really impacts Vermonters and their budgets and their lives.”I don’t think the sales tax holiday does that.”I don’t think it is the best use of taxpayer resources. I do agree with our economist, who has stated that this would have very little stimulative effect on the economy. I don’t think that this is a long term solution. I don’t think it builds on the strengths of Vermont, as opposed to trying to play catch up and copy cat from other states. I don’t think it benefits the Vermonters who are struggling to make ends meet instead it focuses on Vermonters who have discretionary income and can choose when to make their purchases.”It is clear to me that Governor Douglas is looking to make this the focus of the end of the session, and to turn our good work into an argument over the sales tax holiday. And I won’t let that happen.”I will not stand in the way of a sales tax holiday. I would ask that, if we are going to move ahead with a sales tax holiday, that you give your attention to the details that weren’t thought out in the presentation as it came to us.”But it is time to move forward, to close out the session, to come to resolution, and this is important to Governor Douglas. I realize that, and I am willing to make that concession in order of the rest of our good work to stand firm and go forward.”Thank you.”last_img read more

Stars Pump-up for CBL Final-4 Playoffs

first_imgThe countdown for the Final-4 playoffs of the Continental Basketball League (CBL) has reached crescendo with players, dancers and singers gearing up for what is expected to be the biggest basketball play offs ever on the continent of Africa in recent times.The CBL features players from the USA, Senegal, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Cameroon, South Africa, Egypt, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Chad Ghana and the Bahamas.The playoffs have been confirmed to hold at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos.This final stage of the ‘May Madness Tournament’ has been preceded by the All-Stars game which also featured three-point shootout and slam dunks. Mayes Jordln from the USA won the three-pointer after beating fellow Americans Mark Hill, Israel Faulcon and Jared Grady. The Lagos City Stars guard also pushed aside Thierry Gomis from Cameroon who plays Yaoundé Giants.The hall was electrified by the slam dunk contest won by Thomas Doug also of the City Stars. It was an emotional night for Thomas who lost his brother on the day the game was played.The West Team coached by Ayo Bakare defeated the Central Team 119-113 coached Godfrey Dosseh of the Abidjan Raiders.American Thomas George of the Eko Kings was the MVP of the stars game. It was his first time receiving such an individual award.He said, “I just wanted to put in my best for a game like this and I finished as the MVP. I am really excited because it is the first time I will be so honoured in a competition at this level and I believe it will help me quite a lot for the playoffs.”The playoffs will tip off June 3 with the match between Abidjan Raiders and Yaoundé Giants at 4:00pm local time. The next match of the same day will be between Eko Kings and Lagos City Stars at 7:00pm. This match will be a war in every sense of the word after the Kings snatched a win from the City Stars in their last match played in Yaoundé, Cameroon after trailing largely until less than a minute to the buzzer. The winners will play the final match the following day by 5pm.Five games were played over three days in Cameroon with Eko Kings coached by Bakare maintaining their unbeaten run.FINAL-FOUR GAMES FIXTURES:●Saturday, June 3 – Abidjan Raiders vs. Yaoundé Giants 4:00pm●Saturday, June 3 – Eko Kings vs. Lagos City Stars 7:00pm●Sunday, June 4 – Championship Game 5:00pmShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FFWPU Europe Frankfurt am Main Germany October

first_imgFFWPU Europe: Frankfurt am Main, Germany, October 2014In 2012 Mr. Yoo, Je Hun was elected chairman of the nationwide association of all Koreans in Germany (around 50.000 citizens). Most notably, before achieving this prestigious position in the Korean society by democratic election, Mr. Yoo has been known publicly as a long-time member of the Unification Movement and that his wife is from Japan.In October 2014, as the chairman from Germany Mr. Yoo had to participate in the annual meeting of Korean communities’ representatives from all nations in Seoul, Korea. This meeting was attended personally by the president of the Republic of Korea Ms. Park, Geun Hye. Mr. Yoo found the chance talk to her individually. He talked with Pres. Park about the unification of Korea, relating it to the re-unification of Germany almost 25 years ago.From Germany, the Korean community actually had sent more than 20 local leaders to the annual meeting in Korea. Mr. Yoo sincerely wished to introduce the Unification Movement to those public figures while they were in Korea. So he invited them for a visit to Cheong Pyeong. More than 20 VIPs accepted the invitation and joined the trip.They experienced Cheong Pyeong on a bright sunny autumn day. The first highlight was a lecture presentation on our Unification Movement and – specifically – the estates and activities of Cheong Pyeong. Next, the guests had a look themselves. Finally, they received a guided tour of Cheon Jeong Gung Palace.While walking around inside and outside of the palace, the VIPs learned about the deep significance of the architecture and arrangements relating to lofty values such as “Heaven” or the relationships between heaven, earth and mankind. They were quite impressed by this beautiful environment. For most of them, it was the first substantial encounter with the Unification Movement.A group photo was made to keep the memory – and each visitor received a gift of precious ginseng and cups as a special souvenir.last_img read more