Vermont to get more than $9.2 million in Homeland Security grants

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Tuesday that Vermont has secured more than $9.2 million in federal grants from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to help with prevention and preparedness.  ‘Preserving our national security starts with prevention and preparedness,’ said Leahy.  ‘First responders in Vermont are on the front lines each and every day, protecting our communities, securing our borders and ports of entry, and keeping our citizens safe.  Governments from Washington to local communities in Vermont are all tightening their fiscal belts, but these grants are an investment in our safety and security.  They will help Vermont ensure our borders and our communities are safe and secure.’ Vermont will receive grant awards under seven different DHS programs: ·       $5,137,205 from the State Homeland Security Grant Program to support the implementation of strategies to address the identified planning, organization, equipment, training and exercise needs to help state and local law enforcement agencies prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism and other disasters.  This grant allocation includes $1.7 million to be dedicated to law enforcement terrorism prevention activities;·       $2,860,761 from the Emergency Management Performance Grant Program to assist Vermont and local governments in the state in emergency preparedness for disasters and hazards;·       $684,804 from the Driver’s License Security Grant Program to help prevent terrorism, reduce fraud and improve the reliability and accuracy of personal identification documents issued by the State of Vermont;·       $330,254 from Operation Stonegarden to enhance cooperation and coordination among local, state and federal law enforcement agencies along travel routes into Vermont from Canada;·       $86,748 from the Citizens Corps Program, to promote coordination between community and government leaders to include the involvement of community members and organizations in emergency preparedness, planning, mitigation, response and recovery;·       $69,750 from the Intercity Bus Security Grant Program, to be awarded to the Premier Coach Company to obtain resources to support security measures such as enhanced planning, facility security upgrades, and vehicle and driver protection;·       $55,000 from the Port Security Grant Program to assist the Vermont Department of Public Safety in securing Lake Champlain as a port of entry;Leahy has long championed all-state minimum funding formulas for homeland security grants to ensure that small, rural states like Vermont are included and supported by federal resources to prevent terrorism.  Since 2001, Leahy’s all-state minimum has brought Vermont more than $100 million in federal funding to help first responders upgrade equipment, modernize radio systems and offer new training opportunities.  Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its Subcommittee on Homeland Security, which handles the Senate’s work in writing the annual budget bills that fund the DHS grant programs. Source: Leahy’s office. (TUESDAY, August 23, 2011) ‘last_img read more

San Francisco Giants start brutal stretch of schedule with another fill-in coach

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Antoan Richardson’s major league career wasn’t exactly storybook, but the former outfielder is a footnote in one of the greatest chapters Derek Jeter authored.In Jeter’s final at-bat at Yankee Stadium, the future Hall of Famer hit a walk-off single to help the Yankees beat the Orioles in memorable fashion. Richardson was the baserunner who scored on the hit.Richardson appeared in just 22 major league games and his professional career ended in 2016 after he was released from …last_img

Facebook Acting Buggy? You Could Be a Test Subject

first_imgRelated Posts mike melanson Tags:#Facebook#news#web Have you ever been using Facebook and randomly found that you were suddenly unable to do some very basic thing, like update your status? Or comment on and “like” your friends’ statuses? Maybe the design suddenly changed slightly and you were the only one seeing it?Don’t worry, Facebook is a website and websites aren’t haunted, so there’s nothing supernatural at play. Rather, it could be that someone at Facebook is intentionally messing with you to see how you react…but in the end, it’s all for a better user experience.Facebook product designer Adam Mosseri spoke earlier this week at a Design Drink Up at Yelp headquarters about how “design is ‘informed’ by data, and not the sole driver.” During his talk, Mosseri discussed a number of different ways that the world’s largest social network slightly tweaks certain settings for a small percentage of its users. The funny thing about having more than 600 million users, of course, is that even just 1% means 6 million people. According to Mosseri, 2010 was a year of design focused on increasing user engagement. They knew that the number of friends a user had was related to their engagement with the site, but what other factors were driving this engagement?To find out, Facebook’s design team began running different studies. One, informally dubbed the “Yo Momma” study, consisted of interviewing new mothers about their experience on Facebook. Just your garden variety user study, right? Another study, however, turned off the ability to like or comment on friends’ status updates for a “small percent of users.” That small percent accounted for “several million” users, said Mosseri.Facebook ran the study for two weeks, before finally ending it early because users were getting so annoyed at their situation. The company found that the “bug” caused a 7% drop in sessions and a 10% drop in time on the site for affected users. These users did, however, find a way of expressing their grievances.So, the next time something goes completely awry with Facebook and everyone looks at you like you’re crazy, worry not – it might not be you, your computer or the wires in-between. It might just be the friendly folks over at Facebook seeing how you react so they can try to make things better. Some other fun facts:Out of 100 people that try to upload a photo to Facebook:89% reach the starting point – the photo uploader.58% select the photos they want to upload.57% actually press the upload button.54% succeed in uploading photos in one shot.70% of people eventually succeed by the end of the day.The last time Mosseri gave the talk, only 48% of people succeeded in uploading photos in one shot.There is incredible anxiety for users in updating their status:Out of users that enter three or more characters into the status update box, 17% don’t post anything at all.“That’s one in six people who attempt to post something but don’t,” said Mosseri. “That’s pretty crazy.”There are “way more people using Facebook on feature phones than smartphones,” but those using smartphones are “way more engaged.” The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Saunders and Monroe want Golovkin-Alvarez shot

first_imgMOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next “He hasn’t had to go into a lion’s den with all these screaming fans against him.” Saunders’ promoter Frank Warren is confident his boxer will face the winner of Golovkin-Alvarez should he beat Monroe Jr.“If Bill comes through he will fight the winner of Canelo-Golovkin,” said Warren. “It’s all in his hands now. He knows what he gets out of this fight if he wins and I believe he will deliver.”– ‘Shot at redemption’ –Monroe, 30, is boxing for the first time in a year and has registered two points-wins since being stopped in six rounds by knockout specialist Golovkin.“He took a beating before and if he quit before when there were three belts on the line, he will certainly quit when there’s one belt on the line,” said Saunders.Monroe, from New York, refused to be drawn into trash talk but is hoping Golovkin beats Alvarez so he can have a re-match.“It’s a shot at redemption,” said Monroe. “I think Canelo is just going to win but I want Triple G (Golovkin) to win so I can get him back.“If you look at my fight with Golovkin and his fight against Kell Brook and Danny Jacobs, he doesn’t deal with fast fighters.“I’ve had a 12 week camp for Billy Joe, but I only got six weeks’ notice for Golovkin. I never had big backers and money guys in my corner to make things happen, so when a shot like that comes up you take it.”He added: “Billy Joe has had a great promoter like Frank Warren in his corner. All the fights have been in his own backyard. Willie Monroe Jr. of the US is checked by the referee after being knocked down in the first round by Gennady Golovkin from Kazakhstan during their Middleweight World Championship bout at the Forum Arena in Los Angeles, California on May 16, 2015. Golovkin won the fight by knocking out Monroe Jr. in the sixth round. AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTON / AFP PHOTO / MARK RALSTONGennady Golovkin and Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s eagerly-anticipated bout will be watched by a global television audience, but it is not the only world middleweight title fight on Saturday.Billy Joe Saunders’ second defense of his World Boxing Organization belt against Willie Monroe Jr. in London will not attract the same attention or glamour but is nevertheless significant since the winner is likely to face the victor of Golovkin-Alvarez clash, which takes place a few hours later in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Great Britain’s Billy Joe Saunders (L) is declared winner after defeating Turkey’s Adem Kilicci during their 2008 Olympic Games Welterweight (69 kg) boxing bout on August 10, 2008 in Beijing. AFP PHOTO JACQUES DEMARTHON / AFP PHOTO / JACQUES DEMARTHON“You can say lack of motivation but when you’re in touching distance of something great, that alone gives me motivation,” Saunders told reporters on a conference call from his training base in Fuerteventura, one of the Spanish Canary Islands.“The way the Ingles go about their business is second to none. My fitness is on a different level. I’m fit enough now to fight 15 rounds, every minute of every round. That alone boosts my confidence by leaps and bounds.“I know what is around the corner, I want to test myself against one of the greats. Willie had his chance (against Golovkin in May, 2015). I want to beat Willie Monroe in a better way than Golovkin did.”Golovkin, 35, and Alvarez, 27, are recognised as the best middleweights in the division and Saunders thinks the champion will prevail this weekend.“I think it will be a very close fight but Canelo looks like he has overdone it in training, he looked fatigued in training and he’s overdone it,’ said Saunders, from Hertfordshire, northwest of London.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 201:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Lyceum averts disaster, escapes Arellano to stay unbeaten Golovkin, from Kazakhstan but based in California, defends the other three versions of the world title (World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation) against Mexico’s Alvarez in a clash between boxing’s biggest stars now that Floyd Mayweather Jr has gone back into retirement.For Saunders, there can be no more excuses about motivation after an inactive and frustrating reign as champion. The 28-year-old English boxer won the WBO belt from Ireland’s Andy Lee in December 2015 but due to injuries and postponements has only fought once since, an unimpressive points win over Artur Akavov at a leisure centre in Scotland in December.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Saunders (24 wins, 0 defeats, 12 KOs) feels rejuvenated and credits new trainer Dominic Ingle with improving his conditioning ahead of facing American Monroe (21 wins, 2 defeats, 6 KOs).‘Confidence boost’ View commentslast_img read more

April 3 2001 Pouring a siltcast panel Construct

first_imgApril 3, 2001Pouring a silt-cast panel:Construction Crewmember Jeff Buderer, mixes concrete while MarchWorkshopper Joost Zwart transports it to the prepared formwork. [Photos andtext by Jennifer Thornton] MarchWorkshopper Cheyne Roose helps to prep the formwork for the pour. Habitat Manager David Tollas (far left), construction crewmembers andWorkshoppers, pour concrete into the formwork.last_img

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