Shumlin names Recchia for Deputy Secretary of ANR, Snyder as Commissioner of Forest, Parks and Recreation

first_imgChris Recchia will take the post of Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, and Michael Snyder as Commissioner of Forest, Parks and Recreation. Governor Elect Peter Shumlin made the announcement December 30, 2010.”Chris and Mike are great additions to the team at the Agency of Natural Resources,” Shumlin said. “They each have a strong background in environmental protection, experience in managing open and working landscapes, and the management skills needed to ensure the agency’s permitting and other services are offered in a timely and smooth fashion.”Recchia, who is currently Executive Director of Biomass Energy Resource Center in Montpelier, has 27 years of environmental management experience, including serving as Deputy Commissioner and then Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation from 1997 to 2003. In addition, Recchia was director of the Ozone Transport Commission in Washington D.C., where he headed up 12 states and the District of Columbia on coordination of air pollution programs.Snyder has been a Chittenden County forester with the department since 1997, a lecturer with the University of Vermont’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources, and a columnist with Northern Woodlands Magazine. He received a Master of Science in Forestry from UVM in 1990.”With the addition of Chris and Mike we will be able to hit the ground running when we take office next week,” said Markowitz. “I am excited about the great team we have put together and look forward to working with the great staff at ANR to help protect our natural environment, create strong communities, and support our working landscape.”Recchia’s salary will be $95,000; Snyder’s salary will be $88,000.last_img read more

Family home ready, set, go!

first_imgThere’s plenty of living spaces so family members can find “me time”There even a two-car garage and huge store room.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair This St Lucia home will adapt well to a family buyerThe rise of multi-generational living means mums and dads are looking for sleek suburban homes that cater for growing kids AND provide a place for a bit of alone time.This 436sq m home at 52 Ninth Avenue, St Lucia offers the design savvy family plenty to enjoy despite its 405sq m land size. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoThe home sits high above its road frontThe property is perched above its road front and provides four-bedroom, four-bathroom accommodation.center_img The home has a high-end feels contemporary buyers loveThat means the family can avoid sharing vanity spaces.Apart from the abundance of wet area, the home has four other living spaces, plus a study, and a large rear outdoor entertaining area that includes an elevated pool.last_img read more

City have been lucky – Mourinho

first_img Sherwood lauded City after Manuel Pellegrini’s men won 5-1 at White Hart Lane to go top of the Barclays Premier League ahead of Monday’s contest with Mourinho’s side at the Etihad Stadium. Mourinho believes City will find their true level in European competition, where they face Barcelona in the Champions League first knockout round. Press Association “Maybe for the Tottenham manager, the planet is England,” said the Chelsea boss, who signed defender Kurt Zouma from St Etienne on Friday. “You will see (how good City are) in the Champions League. You will see in a couple of months.” Mourinho also suggested City have been fortunate game-changing decisions have gone their way this season – something he described as a coincidence but was at pains to point out as Mike Dean prepares to referee Monday’s match. “They are lucky,” Mourinho said. “The reality is they have many crucial decisions in their favour. “Against Liverpool, the (Raheem) Sterling ‘goal’. The penalty on (Luis) Suarez. Against Newcastle the goal that is a clear goal. “Against Tottenham, (Michael) Dawson’s goal, the penalty, the (Danny Rose) red card. They are having everything. “I repeat, because I don’t want to be misinterpreted (it is) just pure coincidence. “The referees, they try to do their best and sometimes they make mistakes and normally during the season the mistakes are split between teams. “In their (City’s) case, they have everything in their favour.” City have a 100 per cent record from 11 home matches, averaging more than four goals a game, and are a fearsome prospect for most visiting opponents. Mourinho is unfazed and, unlike in goalless draws at Manchester United and Arsenal, says Chelsea go to City seeking victory. The Portuguese, who was frustrated by West Ham’s negative tactics in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw, said: “We’re not going to change our philosophy. Chelsea always go to try and win.” City, who are three points ahead of third-placed Chelsea entering the match, are Mourinho’s favourites for the title in a season of rebuilding for the Blues. He will be more optimistic next term. “Next pre-season, day one, I will say we are candidates to win the Premier League,” he said. “This season, the speech is we are candidates to win the next match. It doesn’t matter where, it doesn’t matter the opponent. “We’re just trying to win. I tell you now, before Man City… I will tell you before the Newcastle game next week, and then West Brom. I will repeat this.” Mohamed Salah, who signed from Basle, could be included in the squad for his debut, but striker Fernando Torres (knee) remains out. Zouma signed a five-and-a-half-year contract from St Etienne – where the 19-year-old remains on loan for the rest of the season – to become Chelsea’s fourth and final January signing after Nemanja Matic from Benfica, Salah and Bertrand Traore, who immediately was sent on loan to Vitesse Arnhem. Chelsea moved for Zouma now as sides were lining up to recruit the defender, who could spend next season on loan. Mourinho has spoken of building a team for the next decade and Zouma’s acquisition fits with his brief of recruiting young players full of potential. “We like the profile. We think he’s very much adapted to the Premier League,” Mourinho said. “In almost every position, we have the present and also the future.” Mourinho told those surprised that he did not recruit a striker in the winter window that one will arrive in the summer. He added: “We don’t sign a striker now to be an emergency plan to try to score half a dozen goals. That’s not the right approach. “We’re waiting for the summer to do the right thing in that area, to do exactly what the team needs. “No deals (are in place). We just know basically what we want, and we know what we want is impossible to get in this transfer window.” Mourinho has long spoken of the need for a “killer” striker and it can be assumed Chelsea are prepared to make a large outlay, with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa hotly tipped to be the number one target. Mourinho insisted once Chelsea have that man, they will be challengers, despite complying with Financial Fair Play. The Portuguese took the opportunity to take a thinly veiled swipe at City at the end of a week in which the full scale of the Abu Dhabi-owned club’s extravagances were revealed. Mourinho added: “Independent that some clubs are feeling the Financial Fair Play as a ‘fair’ Financial Fair Play, and some others are feeling the Financial Fair Play as a ‘dodgy’ Financial Fair Play, next pre-season, day one, I will say Chelsea are a candidate (for the title).” Chelsea announced on Friday night that winger Gael Kakuta had joined Serie A side Lazio on loan until the end of the season. Jose Mourinho has questioned the assertion of Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood that Chelsea’s next opponents Manchester City are the best team on the planet.last_img read more

MMA Sailors Back On the Water

first_img Hold the pickles and the piercings, please – April 28, 2015 Latest Posts Latest posts by Nicole Ouellette (see all) Bio Kickstarter has lots of gray areas – May 5, 2015center_img The Maine Maritime Academy offshore sailing team trains at home aboard Colgate 26 sloops. Last month, for the second year in a row, the team won the Port of Los Angeles Trophy regatta sailing 37-foot sloops. Later this month the team heads for Annapolis, Md., to race 44-footers at the U.S. Naval Academy.CASTINE — It may be hard to tell if you live where there’s still ice on the cove, but spring has arrived for the Maine Maritime Academy sailing team.MMA sailing coach Tom Brown had his team’s first on-the-water practice scheduled for Monday afternoon. This weekend, the dinghy sailors will head for Newport, R.I., to race in the Wood Trophy regatta hosted by Salve Regina University.The Mariners sail at a considerable disadvantage. Although the ice is scarcely off the water in Downeast Maine, many New England college sailing teams have been on the water for a month or more. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWhile the dinghy team tries to stay warm on Newport Harbor, the big-boat sailors will head for California to race in the Los Angeles Harbor Cup regatta on Saturday and Sunday.Hosted by the Los Angeles Yacht Club, this year’s POLA Cup regatta will include teams from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Naval academies, Northwestern University, the California Maritime Academy, the University of Southern California and California State University. Last year, the Mariners shocked the collegiate saling world by winning the inaugural edition of the intercollegiate big boat regatta on the West Coast. This year the crew will sail with two key changes. Senior Matt Bourque will sail as skipper, replacing Matt Stevens, who graduated last year. T.J. Scott, winner of last year’s collegiate match racing championship, will sail as tactician.For more details pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Nicole OuelletteColumnist at Breaking Even CommunicationsWhen Nicole isn’t giving advice she’s completely unqualified to give, she runs an Internet marketing company in Bar Harbor, where she lives with her husband Derrick and their short dog Gidget. She loves young adult novels, cooking and talking French to anyone who’ll talk back. [email protected] Ask Nicole: What do I do about ignorant Internet commenters? – April 21, 2015last_img read more

Long time coming

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWhen Paul Hubbard Jr. got up Sunday, pulling on brown pants and a brown-and-orange shirt, he knew it was going to be a good day. His son, Paul Hubbard III, a former Wisconsin wide receiver, wasn’t as sure.As expected, a day of the NFL Draft had passed, and his name wasn’t called. With more than 20 friends and family basically living next to the TV for the weekend to watch the results of the draft, Hubbard didn’t want to disappoint on Day 2.Situated in a beige leather recliner at the center of the U-shaped seating arrangement around the big-screen TV in his father’s living room in Colorado Springs, Colo., Hubbard watched Round 3 come and go with no call. Round 4 came and went. Same thing; no call. With the anxiety building with each selection, Hubbard finally could not take watching anymore and went upstairs midway through the fifth round.His father, who had been going in and out of the house making sure the guests were well fed and entertained, noticed that the recliner was empty. Hubbard Jr. searched the house and found Hubbard lying on the bed in his younger brother Steven’s room.“Pops, I’m not going to get drafted,” said Hubbard, letting his emotions get the better of his judgment.With the same conviction and positive reinforcement he has grown accustomed to using when his son gets down on himself, Hubbard Jr. said, “Listen, Paul, it’s going to come. Your name’s going to be called. Just be patient.”He continued, saying this is Hubbard’s chance to go out there and prove to the people who didn’t select you that they should have. Having that chip on your shoulder is a good thing.Hubbard Jr. came back upstairs a short time later to say the meal was ready. Needing to take Steven, 16, to his basketball game, he knew he would be gone for Hubbard’s big moment. Before leaving, he congratulated his son. The first years of collegeA gifted athlete, Hubbard wanted to take his abilities to the next level in track and football.On the track, Hubbard made everything look easy. Nicknamed “Spiderman” for his leaping abilities, Hubbard won the 2003 and 2004 Indoor and Outdoor Big Ten Conference titles in the long jump — 24-4 1/4 indoor and 24-5 1/2 outdoor — and placed fourth in the indoor triple jump.On the field, however, Hubbard wasn’t given a chance. Stuck behind eventual NFL draft picks Brandon Williams and Jonathan Orr, Hubbard saw little action in his first three years with the football team (he redshirted in 2003), and it was frustrating. He caught just one pass for four yards and made one tackle. “When I wasn’t seeing the time then, I was like, ‘Man, why am I wasting my time when I could be out in track and field doing good things to help out the program,’” Hubbard said.As always, his father recognized Hubbard’s need for some guidance. So he sat his son down and had a talk.“Look, everyone falls short at times, but as long as you stay focused and dedicated, you can achieve anything you put your mind to,” the elder Hubbard said.His son listened.The following year, in 2006, Hubbard earned a starting spot on new head coach Bret Bielema’s team. His productivity didn’t stop there, as he led all UW receivers with 627 yards and five touchdowns on 38 catches.Things don’t go as plannedSenior year, your last chance to prove to the world what you can do, Hubbard remembers thinking to himself.The 2007 season didn’t start out the way it was supposed to. Wisconsin struggled against Washington State in a season-opening win and found itself trailing by one, 10-9, midway through the third quarter in Week 2 against UNLV.Sticking to the ground game because the aerial attack wasn’t there, running back P.J. Hill took the ball and ran it to the right side near UW’s 20-yard line. Hubbard, as the wide receiver on the strong side, went downfield to block. The play ended up on top of Hubbard, who felt an immediate pain in his right knee.Initially, Hubbard thought his UW career was over. It turned out to be just an MCL strain, and rest, not surgery, was the best cure. Still, six-to-eight weeks seemed like an eternity, and Hubbard couldn’t stop thinking about how the injury put his draft status in jeopardy.“I was putting all my eggs in one basket at the time,” Hubbard said.After the initial panic, the patient and focused side that his father had instilled in him took over. And with the reassuring support of his family, teammates and friends, Hubbard recovered in five weeks.“I think in life you’ve got to deal with what’s given to you, and I think Hubbard has done a great job with that,” said former Wisconsin wide receiver Luke Swan the week before Hubbard returned to the lineup against Northern Illinois.In the game, Hubbard made one catch for 14 yards.Senior DayThe Wolverines were in town, and Wisconsin needed to beat them to salvage what had been a disappointing season. A victory would make the senior class being honored before the game the winningest in program history. For Hubbard Jr., that final home game was the first time he watched his son play for the Badgers in person. Waiting at midfield with the rest of the parents and family members who had sons suiting up for the final time at Camp Randall, Hubbard Jr. felt truly special. And when he and son finally embraced, it was the one of the greatest moments of his life.“I finally realized at that moment, here I am with my son who’s a senior in college, and it really donned on me what I have accomplished with him,” Hubbard Jr. said. “All the talking and coaching and motivation paid off.”Inspired by his dad’s presence, Hubbard put together a career day, catching seven balls, a couple of which were one-handed, for 134 yards.“It was like he was wearing webs,” the elder Hubbard said.Patience pays offA short time after the elder Hubbard had left, the phone rang.Hubbard picked it up from his recliner and answered. He had been drafted; 191st overall by the Cleveland Browns. Orange and brown were his new colors — the very same his father was wearing that day.When a smile spread across his face, everyone else in the room whipped out their cameras and started moving about with excitement. Hugs were exchanged, cheers rang out, and the weight of the weekend for Hubbard seemed to melt away.“When I finally got the phone call from Phil Savage of the Cleveland Browns, I was very relieved,” Hubbard said. “I feel like a lot of stress was lifted off my shoulders. It has been a long time coming.”Hubbard tries not to think about how his weekend might have been different if he hadn’t suffered that injury. For him at least, when his name flashed across the TV screen, “wide receiver from Wisconsin selected by the Cleveland Browns,” all the problems and worry of the past were erased.last_img read more

Confederate flag flown over Bristol prior to NASCAR All-Star Race

first_img A Confederate battle flag hangs next to a Donald Trump reelection banner in a vendor’s tent outside Bristol Motor Speedway. was criticized for decades for not taking action to stop displays of the Confederate flag, which has been derided as a racist symbol. The organization finally made the move after Bubba Wallace, the Cup Series’ lone Black driver, called this year for it to be banned from tracks. The decision was also made amid nationwide protests against the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man, in Minneapolis.The Talladega race weekend was also when a noose was seen attached to Wallace’s garage stall. The FBI was called in to investigate a possible hate crime; investigators determined the rope had been there since at least last October and that it was not used to target Wallace. Before that determination was announced, however, NASCAR drivers and teams organized a prerace demonstration in support of Wallace. NASCAR banned the display of the Confederate battle flag at its events in June. Twice now, a group has responded by having a plane tow the flag over a track.The latest incident took place Wednesday prior to the All-Star Race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee. A small plane was seen above the track grounds towing a flag; attached to the flag was a banner displaying the letters “,” which refers to the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The organization’s headquarters are in Columbia, Tenn. MORE: Facts of the Bubba Wallace noose caseSCV was also behind a flag being flown over Talladega Superspeedway in June shortly after NASCAR announced the ban. That time, the flag was accompanied by a call to “Defund NASCAR,” a tweak of calls to “Defund the police.” That weekend, the flag was displayed outside track grounds as well.In both instances, NASCAR allowed fans in the stands for the race. NASCAR has raced in mostly empty venues since returning from its COVID-19 suspension.On Wednesday, the flag was on display under a vendor’s tent outside the track.center_img (Getty Images)last_img read more