$35,000 available for projects to benefit Vermonters with developmental disabilities

first_img$35,000 in funding is available through the fall award competition launched bythe Vermont Developmental Disabilities Council. VTDDC welcomes applicationsto improve the lives of Vermonters with developmental disabilities and theirfamilies by creating opportunities in their communities. Project grant awards willrange from $2,000 to $10,000 in three categories: Advocacy in Action Projects;disABILITY Awareness Media Projects; and Community Support Model Projects.Community based groups are encouraged to apply. The deadline is November12, 2009. For more information, Requests for Proposals and Applicationmaterials check the VTDDC web-site at www.ddc.vermont.gov;(link is external) [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call toll free in VT 888-317-2006.Past projects have included the films Bill’s Bill about the history of specialeducation in VT and The Apartment, about a unique community-based learningprogram in Central VT for young adults, and We Can, that brings togetherlegislators and people with developmental disabilities to share achievements andconcerns.VTDDC also welcomes applications for membership and has funding year-roundfor individuals with developmental disabilities and family members to attendconferences and trainings, as well as small grants for innovative projects.VTDDC is a state-wide Board, and sixty percent of its members are people withdevelopmental disabilities or family members appointed by the Governor.VTDDC’s mission is to facilitate connections and to promote supports that bringpeople with developmental disabilities into the heart of Vermont communities.VTDDC uses its federal funds to support activities to increase the availability ofindividual and family-centered supports; to promote independence, self-determinationand community inclusion; and to advocate for and increase publicawareness about issues affecting people with disabilities and their families. Contact: Jeff CoyVermont Developmental Disabilities CouncilPhone 802-241-2392E-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Suarez claims rankle with Rodgers

first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has expressed disappointment over the behaviour of star striker Luis Suarez. Rodgers’ remarks suggested he believes Suarez’s recent comments do not reflect the ‘Liverpool way’, and he vowed to deal with any player who steps out of line. The Uruguayan has threatened to hand in a transfer request if he is not sold, insisting in a newspaper interview he has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave to join a Champions League club for £40million. Arsenal have offered £40million, plus an extra £1, but Liverpool are adamant no such buy-out clause exists in Suarez’s contract and, speaking after the 4-1 friendly win over Valerenga, Rodgers addressed his star player’s handling of the situation. Rodgers said, according to official club website liverpoolfc.com: “My conversations with players will always remain private. I’ll never disclose any conversation between a player and I. In terms of the remarks that were made, this is a football club that has always worked a certain way. “The Liverpool way is all about a club with ambition, a club that strives to be the very best, a club that is about commitment – that means that everyone is committed to the cause of fighting for the shirt. “It’s also about dignity and being dignified in how you speak about the club, on and off the field, and it’s about unity. “Those are the four values that run through my mind when I think about Liverpool. Those are the values we will always retain. If anyone steps outside of that standard, I will deal with it. That’s something that we’ll do. “It means that we have a standard at Liverpool that I will fight for my life to retain. There will never be any player or person bigger than the club.” While Suarez believes there is a clause in his contract which allows him to leave, Liverpool have confidence in their position. They have always maintained the £40million mark was the point at which they had to inform the player of an approach and was the basis for the beginning of negotiations should they wish to sell. Suarez has been the centre of much controversy since joining the Reds from Ajax in January 2011, serving a ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra and, more recently, being banned again for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. And the club have backed Suarez throughout his trials and tribulations at Anfield, with Rodgers being particularly vociferous in his defence in the past. “Professionally, Luis Suarez has given me everything since I came into the football club, but there is obviously a way in which you have to speak,” Rodgers added on Wednesday night. “This is a club that has offered Luis Suarez the utmost respect since the day he walked through the door. “That’s something that over the course of the coming weeks you need to have when you work for Liverpool Football Club. You’ve got supporters and players that have given Luis Suarez absolutely everything – they backed him to the hilt. “Even at the weekend, when we had Steven Gerrard’s testimonial game, the supporters raised the roof for him. That’s something that I will always fight to retain at the football club, because that is what Liverpool is about – respect, humility and real dignity.” Suarez’s latest outburst came on Tuesday when, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph and the Guardian, he expressed his desire to leave in search of Champions League football. While the contractual ins-and-outs may eventually need a lawyer to unwrangle, it is clear that Suarez believes that, at the very least, he has a gentleman’s agreement with Rodgers. “Last year I had the opportunity to move to a big European club and I stayed on the understanding that if we failed to qualify for the Champions League the following season I’d be allowed to go,” he said. “I spoke with Brendan Rodgers several times and he told me, ‘Stay another season, and you have my word if we don’t make it then I will personally make sure that you can leave’. “I gave absolutely everything last season but it was not enough to give us a top-four finish – now all I want is for Liverpool to honour our agreement. “They gave me their word a year ago and now I want them to honour that. “I have the club’s word and we have the written contract and we are happy to take this to the Premier League for them to decide the case, but I do not want it to come to that. “We have the backing of the PFA (Professional Footballers’ Association).” But PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor believes ambiguity in Suarez’s contract means success via legal recourse is far from guaranteed. “If you are going to have a supposed buy-out clause it should be that but it is different as it says if there is no qualification for the Champions League and if there is a minimum offer of £40million then the parties will get around the table to discuss things but it does not say the club has to sell,” he told Press Association Sport. “It quite clearly states £40million is a minimum offer for discussions but it becomes really difficult with such clauses. “There is a ‘good faith’ clause in relation to serious discussions but I can’t say it is cast-iron buy-out clause. “Luis is one of our members and we want to be supportive, however, he may well have thought such an offer would trigger a move. “The interpretation is not that simple by any means and there is no guarantee of getting a (successful) result if it is referred to the Premier League.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair hires Jonathan Hill as new Group CFO

first_img Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles FTSE100 betting group Paddy Power Betfair Plc (PPB) has confirmed the appointment of Jonathan Hill as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Hill the current CFO of senior citizens’ financial services firm Saga Plc, is set to join PPB’s corporate leadership team this autumn, replacing long-term group finance lead Alex Gersh who this March confirmed his departure from PPB’s executive team.A + 20-year corporate finance executive, Hill has held senior executive roles at FTSE listed firms; Bovis Homes, British Gas and TUI Travel.Hill is the latest appointment by PPB’s new Group Chief Executive Peter Jackson, who took official charge of the FTSE betting enterprise in January announcing a restructure to the firm’s executive management framework.Peter Jackson commented on the appointment of Hill: “We’re delighted that Jonathan is joining us. He brings substantial strategic and operational finance experience in consumer businesses and I am confident he will make a significant contribution to Paddy Power Betfair’s future success.”In PPB’s 2017 results update, Peter Jackson stated that his new leadership team would prioritise ‘returning Paddy Power to growth’, combined with the continued expansion of PPB products and services in new markets outside of the UK and Ireland.Jonathan Hill commented on joining PBB leadership: “I am excited to be joining a business with great brands, differentiated products and substantial international scale. There are many opportunities to drive shareholder value and I look forward to being part of the team to deliver this”. Submit StumbleUpon Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

Sanitary facility at Anna Regina Bus Park to be renovated

first_imgThe sanitary facility at the Anna Regina minibus park is expected to be renovated and back in operations for the public’s use shortly.This was according to Mayor of Anna Regina, Rajendra Prabhulall, who along with Deputy Mayor, Town Clerk, Superintendent of Works and Councillors visited the area based on the request of the operators who are mostly affected.During the visit an assessment was done for the complete renovation and other developmental works. According to the newly elected Mayor, the sanitary facility was out of order for a very long time and is now an eyesore to the public and as such, immediate attention will be given to fix it.The sanitary Block is located inside the area where food and beverages are sold and is now a health hazard to the public.The team also met with the Regional Chairman, Davanand Ramdatt, who committed his full support to the new executive body.The officials then met with the new Regional Executive Officer (REO), Dennis Jaikarran, as it seeks support to complete the project.Jaikarran said that he is happy to meet with the team and will fully support the project and called for a closer working relationship with the regional administration and the municipality.He welcomed the Mayor and team to his temporary office located in the finance department of the region and said that his door will always be opened to them.The new Mayor and team also planned to meet members of the business community within the township in order to build a closer working relationship.Drivers and stall holders were extremely happy that the sanitary block will be back in operation soon.last_img read more