Corruption scandal pushes government to the brink

first_imgSlovenia’s parliament was due to vote yesterday (27 February), after European Voice went to press, on whether to remove Janez Janša from the post of prime minister. Parliamentarians were expected to oust the unpopular Janša, the leader of the centre-right, who is embroiled in a corruption scandal, following a debate that began in mid-morning in an emergency session of the parliament in Ljubljana.  The task of forming a new government is expected to fall on Alenka Bratušek from the centre-left opposition. If she is unable to put together a new government within 14 days, an early election will be required – something that the main political parties want to avoid, for fear of forcing the country into a bail-out. The banking sector of this small eurozone country is weighed down by bad loans, and needs a capital injection of up to €5 billion. Austerity measures Bratušek, the interim leader of Positive Slovenia (PS), is a financial expert who managed Slovenia’s budget in the finance ministry before her election to parliament in December 2011. In her bid for parliamentary support yesterday, she pledged to scrap austerity measures introduced by Janša’s government and to focus on generating growth. The populist, vaguely leftish PS became the largest party in parliament following the 2011 election, and at the time, under the leadership of Zoran Jankovic?, the mayor of Ljubljana, it tried, and failed, to form a government. That was the point at which Janša put together his five-party, centre-right coalition. However, he lost his coalition partners when he refused to resign over corruption allegations last January. Slovenia’s anti-corruption commission said that Janša was unable to explain some €210,000 in assets. It was a similar claim – concerning €2.4 million – that prompted Jankovic? to hand over leadership of the PS to Bratušek. Both men deny that the money came from dubious sources.last_img read more

Tommy Trash – Webster Hall 4/6/12

first_imgAustralian DJ and producer Tommy Trash has been around for a while – his 2009 track ‘Need Me to Stay’ gained traction on Ministry of Sound Records, giving him some recognition in Australia and Europe. It has only been over the past few months, however, that Tommy has been making an impact in America, with his first headline tour and a stop at the main stage of last month’s Ultra Music Festival. That week in Miami, he was paraded around by some of the biggest names in music – a set at Laidback Luke’s pool party, an appearance at Steve Aoki’s record showcase, a gig with Dirty South and Thomas Gold, among others. He has recently released tracks on Tiesto’s Musical Freedom label and his remix of ‘Antidote’ by Swedish House Mafia has earned approval by the trio themselves. As such, it’s been a pretty eventful 2012 for the long haired producer, who looks like he’d be more comfortable with a guitar than a turntable.It can only be speculated that his year will get busier, as Tommy Trash is on fire. With no previously announced support, the city was buzzing with anticipation solely for the headliner. Hits like ‘Cascade’ and ‘The End” as well as huge remixes of songs like Zedd’s ‘Shave It’ and Steve Aoki’s ‘La Di Da Di’ have made Tommy a common name on many a playlist, including those by some major DJs. It seems like he is at the absolute peak of the hype machine, ready to explode to the next level. For those who were seeing Tommy for the first time, he definitely did not disappoint.Upon taking the stage, Tommy started to drop his mostly only his own original tracks and it played to perfection. There was rarely a dull moment, weaving together patient build ups with absolutely earth shattering electro drops that have become Tommy’s signature sound. Webster Hall was pretty full for a Friday night show with stiff competition, and everyone was bouncing up and down the entire time. It’s really hard to stay still with the consistent, pulsating beats, with layers of extremely catchy synths layered on top. Tommy’s drops resemble a cross between Dirty South and Zedd, mixing that hard hitting pulsating bass with melodic synths that all fit within a general pattern.Tommy Trash’s rise from regional Australian DJ to international phenomenon in just a few short months is exceptional, but it is clearly the years of honing his sound that has allowed for such a well developed sound to take the world by storm. This is definitely an artist to keep an eye on, he has a unique sound and a stage presence that incites a real party atmosphere. Overall, an excellent night of music at Webster Hall.-Justin Charleslast_img read more

Brand-New Chicago Venue, Radius, Set To Open In 2020

first_imgRadius, is a brand-new music venue, is set to open in Chicago in 2020. Located in Chicago’s East Pilsen neighborhood.Radius is a 55,000 square foot multi-room venue, with a capacity ranging from 2,500 to 3,800 guests. Other features include a high-tech sound system, professionally engineered acoustics, VIP mezzanine level, an artist lounge, stylish artist rooms, an open-air artist compound area, production offices, and RV/truck parking with direct access to the stage for loading.As the description on the venue’s website notes,Previously an old steel factory, the space has been transformed into a modern artistic venue, showcasing mural work by local and international artists and equipped with stunning light fixtures to highlight the uniqueness of the venue. Radius utilized the open floor plan of the building to produce an exploratory experience for guests, where they can flow between the various areas, creative photo opts, and change their viewpoint by ascending to the mezzanine level. In addition, located within Radius will be a 10,000 square foot multi-purpose event space called Cermak Hall. This space will have a capacity of 1,350 guests, its own entrance, a full bar, and a stage. Cermak Hall will also be used as a pre- and post-event space.Four years in the making, Radius went through several concepts and structures before becoming the artful, modern multipurpose venue “focused on elevating the East Pilsen area and becoming an artistically driven experience for all music lovers, local and international alike.”Stay up to date on developments and details on the venue’s opening dates by following their Twitter, Facebook or heading to the venue website.UPDATE [12/11/19]: Radius has announced its initial lineup of 2020 concerts including performances by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Lil Wayne, Dillon Francis, and more. For more information, head here.last_img read more

Hero Meets Man He Rescued on NYC Subway Tracks from Oncoming Train

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHe’s the city’s newest hero, but Carlos Flores said it didn’t feel real until he was reunited Monday with the man he saved from an oncoming No. 6 train and saw he was okay.“People kept asking me if I felt like a hero,” Flores said. “I didn’t feel like a hero. But to see you – I feel better now,” Flores, 36, said. “My life could have ended just like that,” the 50-year-old Grant said. “I’m still here because someone cared enough to help.”(READ more in NY Daily News)Photo by Sun StarAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Home prices in Vermont heat up, buyers beware

first_imgThe latest RE/MAX New England Housing Report, which shows that Vermont has experienced the largest median home price jump in all of New England, up to $196,250, an 18.9 percent increase year-over-year ($165,000 in February 2012). Vermont transactions are also up 10.6 percent compared to this time last year. RE/MAX of New England Executive Vice President and Regional Director Dan Breault says buyers hesitant to list their homes before spring are creating bidding wars in some pockets of New England as buyers compete to purchase a home.   ‘ Sellers are still a little reluctant to list their home, forcing inventory to decrease as sellers wait for the temperature to rise and spring to set in,’ Breault said. ‘ The New England market is starting to see median prices uptick, as buyers are in bidding wars for the limited properties on the market. It’ s apparent that homeownership continues to be an important milestone for most Americans.’The RE/MAX of New England February Monthly Housing Report indicates that the current trend of an improving housing market continues throughout the early months of 2013. For the first time in months, median prices are increasing instead of staying flat year-over-year.While Vermont saw the largest increase in median price, it was followed by Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. In addition to median prices, units sold and pending sales are also up, while inventory is down 20 percent, year-over-year.last_img read more

Sanders: Congress must restore 3.4 percent student loan interest rate

first_imgUS Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) said today that Congress must act immediately to pass legislation which retroactively restores the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans back to 3.4 percent.  As a result of Congressional inaction, interest rates on these loans doubled to 6.8 percent today.On June 6, Sanders voted with a majority of senators to maintain the 3.4 percent rates.  Unfortunately, there were not enough votes to overcome a Republican filibuster. The rising interest rates affect 7 million students nationally and more than 19,000 Vermonters.Sanders said: ‘Student debt in this country — which at $1.1 trillion is now more than credit card debt — is one of the major financial crises our country faces. In Vermont and America, more and more students hesitate to get a higher education because they fear the debt they will be saddled with upon graduation.  In Vermont, the average student graduates college with $28,860 in debt, which is more than the national average.’‘If the United States is going to be competitive in the global economy, we must have the best educated workforce possible,’said Sanders, who serves on the Senate education committee.  ‘We must encourage young people of all income levels to expand their educational opportunities, not make it harder.’  ‘Short term, Congress must extend the subsidized Stafford student loan program at 3.4 percent.  It will be devastating to families in Vermont and throughout the country to allow those rates to double.  Long term, at a time when higher education in this country is far more expensive than in any other country, the Higher Education Act must be overhauled so that higher education is affordable for every young person who has the ability and desire to continue their education.’ Sanders’ office: 7.1.2013last_img read more

Marijuana law guidance for employers released by Vermont AG

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan released guidance today aimed at assisting employers in navigating Vermont’s new recreational marijuana law. The law goes into effect on July 1, 2018. The guidance, entitled Guide to Vermont’s Laws on Marijuana in the Workplace, provides employers with an overview of the changes to Vermont’s marijuana laws, and summarizes existing employment laws relating to drugs in the workplace. A complete copy of the Guide to Vermont’s Laws on Marijuana in the Workplace can be found HERE(link is external).This employer guidance is part of the Attorney General’s ongoing efforts to be responsive to the needs of Vermont businesses. It was drafted in part due to inquiries from businesses about how the new marijuana laws would affect the workplace.“The business community asked, and we answered,” said Donovan. “This is about working collaboratively with employers so that they can understand their obligations and rights under the law.”Tom Torti, President of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce stated, “The guidance announced today was developed in part due to a request from Chamber member businesses hoping to understand this new law. We appreciate Attorney General Donovan’s attention to businesses’ needs and the work of his office to develop it.”The guidance addresses, among other issues, a Vermont employer’s right to prohibit the use of marijuana in the workplace and to require applicants and employees to submit to drug tests consistent with the limitations of existing state law, including testing for marijuana. It also describes a Vermont employer’s existing obligations regarding employees with disabilities, including those prescribed medical marijuana. The Attorney General’s Office welcomes public input on the new guidance to ensure employers and employees have a fair chance to comply with their legal obligations and exercise their rights.  Comments or questions should be directed to the Vermont Office of the Attorney General, Civil Rights Unit, [email protected](link sends e-mail), (888) 745-9195 (toll free in Vermont), or (802) 828-3657.Source: Vermont AG 6.14.2018last_img read more

Experienced women head to NCAAs

first_imgExperienced women head to NCAAsEleven of Minnesota’s 12 swimmers in the NCAA championships have competed there before. Samuel GordonMarch 10, 2011Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Minnesota womenâÄôs swimming and diving team will head down to the University of Texas next week for the NCAA Championships with a significant asset âÄî experience.Of the 12 athletes making the trip, six will be competing in their third championships and five in their second, leaving only one rookie.âÄúTheyâÄôre going to the meet with expectations. TheyâÄôre not going to experience the meet; theyâÄôre going there to perform and to really have an opportunity to do something athletically at the meet,âÄù co-head coach Kelly Kremer said of his teamâÄôs experience. âÄúI think that experience is vital.âÄùOne of the teamâÄôs veterans is senior Jillian Tyler.Tyler is coming off a historic Big-Ten championships in which she became just the 12th swimmer in conference history to win the Big Ten championship four consecutive times when she won the 100-yard breaststroke.The All-American finished fourth nationally in the event at last yearâÄôs NCAA Championships with a time of 59.63, a far cry from the school record of 58.08 she clocked at this yearâÄôs Big Ten championships. In addition to being a school record, that time is also the fastest recorded in the nation this season.âÄúJill has had such an outstanding career at Minnesota. At NCAAs, sheâÄôs consistently been up there,âÄù Kremer said. âÄúItâÄôs not a surprise that JillâÄôs sitting where she is, and weâÄôre just excited to see how she can close out her career, hopefully on a really high note.âÄùTyler isnâÄôt the only Minnesota athlete looking to do well at nationals. Junior Ashley Steenvoorden is seeded fifth in the 500-yard freestyle. The 2011 Big Ten champion placed 18th at last yearâÄôs nationals with a time of 4:42.70. SheâÄôs already clocked a time of 4:37.66 this season.Kremer said the team has been using the last month to learn from the conference championships and sharpen up in preparation for nationals.âÄúI think weâÄôre going to see a group of athletes thatâÄôs going to really enjoy the experience and have a great time; and usually, when athletes are having fun doing what theyâÄôre doing, they perform at a really high level,âÄù he said.âÄúIâÄôm expecting to see us have a great, great meet.âÄùWhile the swimming championships wonâÄôt kick off until next Thursday, the NCAA Diving Championships are set to start tomorrow.Junior Kelci Bryant is the defending national champion at the 3-meter dive.  If she were to repeat, it would be yet another title to add to her résumé. The former Olympian has put together quite a winter, winning the 1-meter dive and placing sixth in the 3-meter at the USA Diving Winter Championships.Senior Drew Brown, meanwhile, will represent the menâÄôs team at the diving championships this weekend. The All-American finished 13th at last yearâÄôs nationals in the 1-meter dive. HeâÄôs coming off a Big Ten championships at which he was the runner-up in the 3-meter dive.last_img read more

New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group Launches Emergency Response Grants Program

first_imgSecretary Elizabeth GroginskySTATE News:SANTA FE — Friday, Early Childhood Education and Care Department Secretary Elizabeth Groginsky announced Friday the launch of a new grant program designed to support infants, toddlers and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. The Early Childhood Emergency Response Grants program – an initiative of the New Mexico Early Childhood Funders Group (NMECFG) – will meet immediate needs pertaining to early childhood during the pandemic. “For years, the NMECFG has been at the core of New Mexico’s efforts to improve the lives of children and their families. They advocated for the creation of our new department, as well as the Early Childhood Trust Fund that passed the Legislature earlier this year. Now, in the midst of a public health emergency, the Funders Group is stepping up again to meet some of our communities’ most pressing needs,” Secretary Groginsky said.Organizations can apply here. Funding decisions will be made weekly by the NMECFG, and grants will be administered by the Santa Fe Community Foundation. Examples of potential grants include, but are not limited to, supplies and materials, personal protective equipment, programming specific to supporting families of young children during the emergency, technology needs, and technical assistance. Note: these funds are intended to fill in gaps that Small Business Administration programs, state funds, and other grants cannot address.Guidelines for submitting proposals include:  Organizations must operate within New Mexico and must hold 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the IRS (or have a fiscal sponsor), or be a federally-recognized tribe.Initially, organizations may only submit one application to the Early Childhood Emergency Response Fund; additional requests may be considered depending on the duration of this crisis.  Grants will range up to $5,000, with exceptions considered for nonprofits demonstrating substantial reach across a number of early childhood programs. This application will be considered separate from any other 2020 grant application submitted to any of the funders contributing toward this pooled fund. No information provided in this request will influence any additional funding decisions.  Applications may be submitted at any time; the NMECFG will aim to provide a response within a week of your submission. Requests not immediately funded may be referred to other funding sources, if appropriate. All funding will be unrestricted. NMECFG appreciates the philanthropic efforts to address urgent needs presented by the COVID-19 pandemic in New Mexico. Within this context, we invite grant makers to join this initiative to address the needs of the youngest children in our communities. Contributing members include: Brindle Foundation, JF Maddox Foundation, LANL Foundation, R.T. Keeler Foundation, Santa Fe Baby Fund (Santa Fe Community Foundation), and Thornburg Foundation. “Each of our foundations is committed to supporting our youngest and most vulnerable populations, working through this health crisis to create an even stronger early childhood system,” said Michael Weinberg, early childhood policy officer for the Thornburg Foundation. NOTE: If you are a child care, home visiting, or early intervention program in need of food, child care supplies, or cleaning supplies, please also explore the resources available at newmexicokids.org. For other needs, call (800).691.9067.last_img read more

Peter Rickenbach, 81

first_imgPeter Rickenbach. Independent/Courtesy Tom RickenbachPeter Rickenbach, 81, of Dayton Lane, East Hampton, died Sunday March 22, 2020 after a short illness.He worked for 55 years as an electrical service technician, originally with the Long Island Lighting Company. He retired from PSEG in 2017.He leaves behind his wife, Almeda Brubaker Rickenbach, of East Hampton; two sons, Thomas Rickenbach, of Bridgehampton, and Michael Rickenbach, of Woodbury, CT; and three grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers, Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. and Ronald Rickenbach, both of East Hampton. Sharelast_img