Chief Technology Officer Tom Evslin to retire from state government

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas announced today that Chief Technology Officer Tom Evslin will retire from state government on September 15. Evslin, 67, was recruited from retirement by Governor Douglas in March of 2009 to be Chief Recovery Officer to oversee Vermont’s use of stimulus funds and applications for competitive stimulus grants. When the temporary Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery finished its job, Evslin was named Chief Technology Officer for the State and has been the Administration’s lead on Challenges for Change.“I want to thank Tom for his work on behalf of Vermonters,” said Governor Douglas.  “Tom’s extraordinary talents were critical as we deployed hundreds of millions of dollars in federal stimulus money quickly and transparently.  His leadership and broad understanding of the telecommunications world were vital to Vermont’s success in obtaining over $250 million in combined stimulus grants for smart grid and broadband expansion – ensuring the funding is in place to follow through on my eState goals of border-to-border high-speed internet access and cell phone coverage.”Vermont has been recognized as among the best states in deploying federal stimulus and the $250 million in broadband and the smart grid grant awards places Vermont at the top in per-capita funding in these areas. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity I had to work for Vermont as part of the Douglas Administration during these difficult times,” said Evslin.  “I’m particularly proud of the tremendous creative effort that state employees at all levels made to respond to Challenges for Change and find ways to serve Vermonters more effectively with less money.”As the point person for Challenges for Change, Evslin has been coordinating the various efforts to save taxpayer money through increased government efficiency and outcome-based budgeting.  Governor Douglas noted that “Tom’s ability to think outside-the-box and envision creative solutions to any problem has made him the ideal fit as state government has had to adjust its approach during the Great Recession.”Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville also praised Evslin for his service to Vermonters.  “Tom has been an integral part of the Governor’s team as we juggled the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Challenges for Challenges and the enduring impact of the economic downturn on state budgets and the lives of Vermonters.  Tom’s work has helped to position Vermont well to rebound from the recession.”Before his first retirement, Tom Evslin and his wife, Mary, founded several successful technology companies and he was one of the pioneers of VoIP technology. Evslin also wrote a novel and a popular blog and he is an inventor on eight granted US patents. In the early 1980s, he served as Vermont’s Secretary of Transportation under Governor Richard Snelling.  The Evslins live in Stowe. At his request, Evslin worked for minimum wage, which he then returns to the State.Source: Governor’s office. 8.31.2010###last_img read more

Town centre regeneration

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Does Sex Ed Undermine Parental Rights?

first_imgNew York Times Oct 18 2011Observers can quarrel about the extent to which what is being mandated is an effect, or a contributing cause, of the sexualization of children in our society at younger ages. But no one can plausibly claim that teaching middle-schoolers about mutual masturbation is “neutral” between competing views of morality; the idea of “value free” sex education was exploded as a myth long ago. The effect of such lessons is as much to promote a certain sexual ideology among the young as it is to protect their health. But beyond rival moral visions, the new policy raises a deeper issue: Should the government force parents — at least those not rich enough to afford private schooling — to send their children to classes that may contradict their moral and religious values on matters of intimacy and personal conduct?Liberals and conservatives alike should say no. Such policies violate parents’ rights, whether they are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Hindu, Buddhist or of no religion at all. To see why, we need to think carefully about the parent-child relationship that gives rise to the duties that parental rights serve and protect. Parents are responsible for bringing new people into the world, bound to them by blood and, ordinarily, deep feeling. These people are incapable of developing their uniquely human capacities on their own, giving parents an obligation to their children and to society to help them reach maturity — one that requires attending not only to children’s physical and emotional needs, but their intellectual and moral growth as well.…True, the state needs to protect children from abuse and neglect. It is also true that the state has a legitimate interest in reducing teenage pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases. But it is not abuse or neglect to protect the innocence of preteenage children or to teach one’s children more conservative, as opposed to more liberal, moral values. Nor is it wrong or unreasonable to limit the state’s control over what one’s children learn and think about sensitive issues of morality. On the contrary, that is just what is required if parents are to fulfill their duties and exercise their legitimate rights. read more

UWF Volleyball Alaska Bound !!

first_imgUWF Volleyball Alaska Bound !! Aug. 29, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – To the great white north, go the 4-0 Argo Volleyball team. “This should be a really good experience to deal with travel and competing,” claims Head Coach Melissa Wolter. “This is a worse case scenario (All day travel covering two time zones) to go to a new climate and surrounding, and if we can be successful, then we can handle anything down the road” (post season travel situations).The team departs Pensacola at 11:00 AM on Wednesday August 29, and arrives in Fairbanks, Alaska at Midnight. Thursday is an acclimatization day, with an afternoon practice. The Argos first contest is against Humboldt State at 6 PM Central time (4 PM Alaska) on Friday evening. On Saturday, UWF plays Alaska-Fairbanks at 11 AM CT, and Hawaii-Hilo at 6 PM CT. The team will depart Fairbanks at 11 AM Sunday, and land back in Pensacola 22 hours later.The Argos are coming off a four Match sweep during the opening weekend of the season. The victories were convincing, and the team hopes to carry the momentum to Alaska. The competition in the Nanook Classic Tournament is solid, with all three opponents off to good starts like UWF. The host school for the Tournament is the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the Nanooks Volleyball team is off to a 4-1 start, while Hawaii-Hilo is off to a 3-1 start with their only lost coming to Alaska Fairbanks last weekend. Meanwhile, Humboldt Sate (from Arcata, California) has started the season at 3-2.Isabela Gualberto leads the Argos with 59 kills thru four matches. Gualberto has an impressive Attack Pct. of .336, while the Argos as a team are hitting .261 to their opponents .125 Attack Pct. Danielle Spitzer (.370) and Kara Gonzalez (.611) have come off the bench to provide some very efficient instant offense. Meanwhile, Jerica Carter is leading the defense with 67 digs thru four matches. Setter Madeline Gonzalez has 171 assists so far for the season, while the Argos opponents have only put up a combined total of 152.Adding to the Argos offense to start the season is some productive attack numbers from Kimberly Clark (47 kills), Luciana Rapach (24 kills), Sarah Harrison (17 kills), and Chelsea Wilhoite (29 kills). The balanced offense gives the Argos the great opportunity to keep the game plan unpredictable.The video webcast of all three games that the West Florida Volleyball team is scheduled to play in Fairbanks, Alaska will be available to the public. Fans can access the games for $4.50, by going to or, or go the link on the right toolbar on this page. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

Fifa World Cup FIFA World Cup 2018: Neymar hobbles out of training, setting Brazilian alarm bells ringing

first_imgNew Delhi: Neymar limped out of a training session on Tuesday, sending warning bells in the Brazil camp as they prepare for their second FIFA World Cup 2018 game against Costa Rica on Friday“Neymar came out of training today with a painful right ankle,” said Vinicius Rodrigues, a spokesman for the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF).He put the knockdown to the number of fouls Neymar received in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don in Brazil’s opening Group E outing.Neymar had not taken part in training on Monday, as the side returned to their base in Sochi on Russia’s Black Sea coast.Rodrigues said the problem concerned the Paris Saint-Germain star’s ankle and not the foot he fractured in February, an injury that forced him to miss the rest of the club campaign.“As soon as he felt the pain he went to the physio. He will stay there for today and tomorrow (Wednesday) morning, and will train as normal tomorrow,” added Rodrigues.Brazil are then due to travel to Saint Petersburg, where they will play Friday’s game  For all the Latest Sports News News, Fifa World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Solochek: Officials wrong on ‘Brady Rule’

first_imgThey are calling it the “Brady Rule.”According to new NFL guidelines, defensive linemen, linebackers or whoever else may be in the backfield are not allowed to hit the quarterback below the knees once they have hit the ground. That means once a 300-plus pound man throws you to the ground, you must have the strength to get up, then hit the quarterback.They say this rule is meant to protect quarterbacks. They say it will prevent yearlong injuries like the one which occurred to Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady week one against the Chiefs. They say it will help teams survive longer if their quarterback goes down.What they aren’t saying is what it is taking away from the game.By creating a virtual strike zone from the knees to the shoulders, they are removing what is most interesting about football and what captivates us — the physicality. Rule makers have already enacted enough rules to protect the quarterback. You can’t touch his head. He is allowed the slide to avoid the tackle. Basically, these rules allow time for the quarterback to sit back in the pocket, have a smoke then figure out who he is going to throw the ball to.Were there other motives to creating the rule? Who knows. Maybe it was because the NFL missed their favorite poster boy. Maybe they didn’t like it when the ratings dropped because the high-flying Patriots were missing their field general.Whatever the reason may be for making the rule, the problem is they are over-protecting the quarterback position. It seems like the days of bone-jarring tackles on quarterbacks are gone. Now, defenders have to not only be concerned with getting past the offensive line, but also if they have the right angle on the quarterback.While I do think the new Brady Rule is over the top, I do understand there needs to be some rules protecting players. I find it heart wrenching to hear stories of former greats such as Dick Butkis or the late Gene Upshaw needing canes or other materials to help them walk because, after years of their bodies taking abuse, they are unable to walk. The rule against horse collar tackling, which came into effect after Cowboys safety Roy Williams caused then Eagles receiver Terrell Owens to break his leg right before the playoffs, seems justified.But adding rules to help protect the quarterback, the most guarded position in the game, not only takes away from the guts needed to be a quarterback, but could also make the game a higher scoring affair. By putting rules into effect further preventing any type of injury to the quarterback, it could also limit what a defense can do. By not allowing a lineman or linebacker to hit the quarterback from the ground, it will inevitably give him more time in the pocket to find the open receiver. This could cause a rise in scoring and a proliferation of the passing game to near collegiate proportions.While I do not agree with the rule, I do understand why the owners would push for a rule such as this. If a starting quarterback gets injured, there is generally a large drop off in talent from the starter to the backup. Most teams were not as lucky as the Patriots, who had Matt Cassel and were able to have a somewhat-successful season despite the loss of Brady. In most instances, teams are left with the likes of career journeyman Brooks Bollinger or Oakland’s Marques Tuiasosopo to head the offense. Naturally, they will be given an abridged playbook, cutting down on the team’s potential.But, injuries are what football is all about. It’s about hitting and finding a way to demolish your opponent. The Brady Rule takes away from the aggressiveness of the game we all love.With this new rule, like always, defenders will have to adapt. Brian Urlacher will have to do his best impression of Carlos Zambrano and Aaron Kampman will have to do his best Yovani Gallardo to hit the quarterback strike zone faster than a 98 mph fastball. Anything higher or lower, however, could prevent the quarterback from walking.Ben Solochek is a senior majoring in journalism and history. Think the NFL protects quarterbacks too much? Email Ben at read more

Senior awarded as Beach Volleyball Scholar-Athlete

first_imgUSC senior Jo Kremer was announced as the 2018 Pac-12 Beach Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year on Monday. The award is given annually to an athlete who excels both in the classroom and in their respective sport. Kremer is the second-consecutive Trojan to win the award for beach volleyball, after Nicolette Martin received the honor last season. Senior Jo Kremer sets up her teammate for a shot. Sunny Dong | Daily TrojanKremer, who is originally from Pacific Palisades, Calif., is currently finishing her degree as a communication major and holds a 3.72 GPA. After transferring from Notre Dame’s indoor volleyball team in 2014, Kremer has been one of the key factors to the Trojans’ recent dominance in collegiate beach volleyball. Last week on Senior Day, heach coach Anna Collier spoke about Kremer’s contributions during her time as a Trojan. “Jo helped carry us to three national championships,” Collier said. “She was part of the foundation of what we’ve had for the past few years.” Before winning the Scholar-Athlete of the Year award this season, Kremer was named on the conference’s all-academic second team in 2016 and 2017. On the sand this season, Kremer has a 23-8 record individually and boasts a 19-7 record when paired up with fellow senior Jenna Belton, good for third-most on the team. Kremer will look to help carry USC once again on their quest to repeat as both Pac-12 and NCAA champions.According to the Pac-12 Conference, the Scholar-Athlete of the Year must be a senior in terms of athletics and be on track to receive a degree. They also must have maintained a GPA of 3.0 or higher, partaken in at least half of the contests in their respective sports and spent at least one year living at their school. Every Pac-12 school is allowed to nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are then chosen by a committee of conference staff at the end of each sport’s regular season. The accomplishments of the athletes in their sports are also taken into consideration when choosing a winner.last_img read more

Parimatch boosts esports presence through Team Spirit agreement

first_img StumbleUpon Parimatch hails top talent of inaugural ‘Universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ August 14, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Share CIS region online bookmaker Parimatch has continued to boost its presence in the esports industry after inking a new six-month agreement with Russian esports organisation, Team Spirit.Under the new agreement, Parimatch will see their logos displayed across team apparel, while also gaining brand exposure via the Team Spirit social media platform. In addition, the operator will offer their support to the teams across the organisation, including Dota2 and CS:GO.Stepan Shulga, Head of Esports at Parimatch added: “Our company operates in the key markets in the CIS, so partnering with Team Spirit is a natural fit. The teams include well known players, and we do not doubt the success of the dragon squads in the regional and international arenas.“We value a systematic approach, competence during negotiations and dedication to eSports. We have already received exceptional support from the organisation’s management, and look forward to a close and productive partnership.”The operator will have their logos displayed across the players’ apparel, while also featuring across Team Spirit’s social media platforms.Nikita Chukalin, General Manager of Team Spirit: “Parimatch is undoubtedly the best bookmaker in the CIS market for eSports, and we are proud to work with them.“When choosing a partner, we always pay special attention to the status of the company and its relationship with our audience.“We are excited to partner with Parimatch and I am sure that we will have a long and fruitful cooperation. Cheer on Team Spirit with Parimatch!” ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020last_img read more

Winning Post – Irish outlook… Sin tax errors, on both sides!

first_img Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 Winning Post: UK gambling feels the ‘Noyes’ with SMF report August 10, 2020 Related Articles Opening the week, industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners provides an Irish overview, assessing whether the government can reform its newly sanctioned betting tax scheme by forming a level playing field for its incumbents.________________The Irish government is reportedly considering changes to its betting duty regime in light of the evidence of the first six months of doubling the rate (from 1 to 2% of turnover). The proposal mooted is to create a tax-free threshold of up to €2.5m turnover effectively taking the remaining small independent shops out of tax, but making little difference to any operator with more than circa 5-10 shops.More radical proposals put forward by the IBA, to introduce a revenue tax that varied by channel (with a higher rate for online than retail), were met with fears that it might fall foul of EU law (despite being allowed in Italy) and were probably also diluted by the absence of threatened closures.When the Irish government decided to double turnover tax to 2% last year, many Irish betting stakeholders predicted a significant decline in the number of shops, causing a net tax position (especially when factoring in employment) little better, and potentially worse, than where the government started. It is possible that the government’s promise to review the measure has stayed the hand of some closures, but so far they haven’t happened and betting tax receipts have grown commensurately (by c. 60%, possibly reflecting price increases and mix changes reducing recycling and also reducing the net rate of tax on revenue).Given that much of the pre-recession over-capacity had already been taken out of the market and the Irish market is now relatively concentrated into strong operators (PP, Boyles, Ladbrokes), this is perhaps unsurprising: the doubling of duty is more a tax on profits than a creaking system, unpopular no doubt but not necessarily structurally threatening.It should be unsurprising, therefore, that the government is considering tweaks to help the hardest hit that are genuinely facing structural problems (small independents) rather than a reversal of policy or a wholesale overhaul. It should also be noted that the Irish government already has a variegated effective tax rate on the revenue level (where it matters), given that (increasingly popular) sports multiples are effectively taxed at c. 10% while keenly priced singles / in-play sports bets are effectively taxed at over 50% – it is only traditional products (racing, dogs, virtuals, numbers) where a single rate of turnover makes much sense as a non-distortive duty.There is also a distortive risk in the proposed tweaks that small independent shops could proliferate once more in a tax-free environment (enjoying material end-user price advantages offsetting limited economies of scale) – taking small but meaningful market share from the majors and so depressing profits, taxes and capacity to deal with responsible gambling issues.A broader point made by the Irish government is important and essentially right for the wrong reasons, in our view. In defending the tax increase, the Department of Finance pointed out that Irish Betting Duty was still lower than the effective rate of VAT (20%) at payout ratios lower than 90% (true, but VAT charged in the gambling supply chain is irrecoverable, causing a material additional cost); and that the duty is still 1/40th lower than tobacco and 1/15th that of beer.The sin tax comparison is dangerously misleading since tobacco and beer duties effectively fall on net revenue – customers do not give 90% of their beer and fags back… However, while it is dangerously misleading it should also be an indicator of where the tax argument can (quite quickly) go.Commercial gambling operators love to complain about paying tax – any tax – often because they have built businesses around a low tax / no tax environment and cannot see where the increases can come from except profits (actually it is usually over-capacity or share-led vs. segment growth-led marketing that gets cut, since this is where otherwise excess profits tend to get spent in a competitive landscape).The problem with this is that operators often paint a picture of catastrophe in a higher tax environment that does not materialise. It also exposes gambling sectors on relatively low levels of tax (e.g. broadly in line with equivalent rates of VAT / GST) to the point that they are not ‘sin taxed’ at all. Gambling operators that want a tax fight (in Ireland or elsewhere) might do well to remember that the average rate of tobacco duty is c. 60-80% revenue, while alcohol is c. 30-40% including VAT (although varying much more widely by country) – and pick their words carefully…Ireland: horseracing – open for businessIn a period where the shock news (subsequently watered down) that Michael O’Leary was preparing to reduce commitment to the sport, it is worth flagging the underlying strength of Irish racing. Results for H119 show a 9% increase in racecourse attendance which filtered through to 12% increase in on-course bookmaker turnover,  a 10% increase in on-course FOB shop turnover and a 5% increase in Tote turnover (tellingly lagging the fixed odds trend); attendance growth also justified a 13% increase in sponsorship revenue.Active owners of racehorses also increased by 9%  – with both the number of new owners (484) and the retention rate (87% two-year +) hitting pre-recession levels for the first time in a decade; contributing to a 4% increase in horses in training and a 9% increase in individual runners. This drove field sizes of 11.6 (vs. c. 9 in UK).Ireland still has its issues. For a start, it is a heavily subsidised industry, which has had a direct impact on betting (taxes doubling) and may become a serious issue if the sport was to lose currently high levels of political support (welfare, engagement among younger adults, benefits flowing to some of the wealthiest families in Ireland being some of the more obvious touch-points).The Dominance of the highest quality horses among a few owners has also meant that big field sizes have not always directly flowed into more competitive racing – which is bad for the mass market punter, bookmakers and other owners. However, the H119 stats clearly demonstrate that horseracing in Ireland remains very healthy as a mass-market sport, encouraging engagement across attendance, betting and even ownership.It is this broad base of appeal and engagement that is key to sustainability, in our view – with little room for the elitism, snobbery or niche protectionism found in so many other racing markets. Indeed, notwithstanding fears over Brexit, this strength of funding, expertise (especially in jumps) and openness is likely to attract growing numbers of British owners to Irish yards, in our view.__________________Content provided by Regulus Partners StumbleUpon Share Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

FIFA disciplinary official banned for dishonesty

first_imgA former member of FIFA’s disciplinary panel has been banned from football duty for three years for dishonesty in a mandatory vetting process.FIFA says Edmond Bowen, former president of the New Caledonia Football Association, “did not fill out the mandatory declaration of integrity truthfully.”FIFA says the three-year ban took effect Monday.Bowen was elected to serve on the disciplinary committee on a slate of candidates presented at the 2013 FIFA Congress held in Mauritius.FIFA did not specify details of which incidents Bowen failed to declare honestly.Media in the Pacific Ocean islands have reported that Bowen received a one-year prison sentence in 2010 and was involved in bankruptcy proceedings.Bowen was allowed to stand for election in 2011 to lead the football body. Read more here: more here: read more