Gov. Douglas Announces $4.96 Million for Homeland Security, Majority of Funds to Local Units

first_imgMontpelier, Vt.- Governor Jim Douglas announced that Homeland SecuritySecretary Tom Ridge is making a total of $4,963,000 of fiscal year 2003grant funds available for local and state homeland security preparedness inVermont. The money is for domestic preparedness equipment, training andplanning.Governor Douglas said that Vermont’s Homeland Security Unit (HSU) would workwith all response organizations in the state to ensure that grant fundsreach the largest number of participants in the most effective manner.”Over the next 30 days we will be working closely with representatives fromthe U.S. Department of Homeland Security to finalize the details of thisgrant,” Douglas said. “These additional resources will allow our localfirst responders and state public safety units to be more prepared for avariety of public safety scenarios.”The Governor said that the Homeland Security Unit would be reaching out toall first responder departments to notify them of the availability of funds.The allocation is part of nearly $600 million that has been made availablenationwide by the Bush administration for local homeland security efforts.Vermont’s emergency responders will receive nearly $3.5 million forequipment. “Eighty percent of the equipment allocation must be passeddirectly through to local communities. The state’s twenty percent will beused to purchase, among other things, a hazardous material response trailerfor Southern Vermont,” Douglas said.The grant also includes $ 861, 000 for exercises, $261,000 for training and$348,000 for planning.The Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security Unit, will managedistribution of grant funds at the state level.Information will also be posted on the HSU website atwww.vthomelandsecurity.org(link is external) .last_img read more

Veterans Remembrance Road Race scheduled for Sunday

first_imgELLSWORTH — This year’s edition of the Veterans Remembrance Road Race has been scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12.Registration for the fourth annual running of the race will be held at 7:30 a.m. at the Down East Family YMCA’s James Russell Wiggins Center on State Street. A walk will be held at 8:30 a.m., and the traditional run will follow it at 9 a.m.Last year’s race was won by Ellsworth American reporter David Roza, who crossed the finish line in 22 minutes, 35 seconds. A total of 134 runners, 24 of whom were veterans, participated in the 4-mile race.The cost is $15 for those who pre-register. Pre-registration must be done by noon Saturday, Nov. 11. Race-day regisration is $20, though veterans who display valid military identification will receive free entry.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textA portion of the entry fees collected from the race will benefit Summit Project and the Maine Veterans Project. First National Bank is sponsoring the race, the results of which will be made available on Sub5.com the following day.For more information about the event, contact DEFY Fitness Director Robin Clarke via email at RClarke@DEFYMCA.org or via phone at 667-3086.last_img read more

 Leicester New Favourites to Sign Iheanacho

first_imgLeicester City are the new favourites to sign Kelechi Iheanacho after West Ham United dropped out of the race to sign the Manchester City striker.West Ham were close to agreeing a £25m deal to sign the Nigerian forward but have decided to end their interest.Leicester remain in talks to sign Iheanacho, but any proposed deal could not be agreed until he returns from holiday. Iheanacho has been told he can leave City this summer and he could now become Leicester’s third summer signing – after Harry Maguire and Vicente Iborra.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Top stories A Viking warrior woman PETAs targeting of postdocs and where

first_img Top stories: A Viking warrior woman, PETA’s targeting of postdocs, and where spacecraft go to die By Giorgia GuglielmiSep. 15, 2017 , 3:20 PM (Left to right): Bo Veisland, MI&I/Science Source; NASA/JPL; Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images Email Click to view the privacy policy. 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Country DNA proves fearsome Viking warrior was a womanA 10th century Viking unearthed in the 1880s was like a figure from Richard Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries: an elite warrior buried with a sword, an ax, a spear, arrows, a knife, two shields, and a pair of warhorses. And like a mythical Valkyrie, a new study published late last week found that the warrior was a woman—the first high-status female Viking warrior to be identified.PETA versus the postdoc: Animal rights group targets young researcher for first time For decades, the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has focused its efforts on established researchers. But the group has recently launched an aggressive campaign against a postdoc at Yale University studying stress in wild house sparrows who is still near the beginning of her scientific career. PETA insists that the postdoc’s status as an early-career scientist has nothing to do with its campaign, but critics worry that the organization is trying to send a message to all young scientists: Don’t even think about getting into animal research.Solar system graveyard: Where spacecraft go to dieAfter 13 years in orbit, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft this morning completed its “death dive” into Saturn’s upper atmosphere. But Cassini is just one of the 42 spacecraft that found their final resting places on other planets. Where did these other robotic explorers go? Who sent them? And how did they die?Unusual Mexico earthquake may have relieved stress in seismic gapWhen a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck the coast of Mexico’s Chiapas state early this month, the handful of scientists that study the region were stunned, but not altogether surprised. For more than a century, there had been little activity to study—precisely why they thought the area could be due for a big one. Now, they are working to figure out how much, if any, of the 125-kilometer-long Tehuantepec gap along Mexico’s Pacific coast slipped in the quake, which killed more than 90 people and destroyed or severely damaged the homes of 2.3 million more.Gut microbes could help trigger multiple sclerosisThe trillions of bacteria that live in our intestines, known collectively as the gut microbiome, have been linked to maladies from eye disease to rheumatoid arthritis. Now, two new studies have added another disease: multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disorder that strips away nerve cells’ protective covers, leading to muscle weakness, blindness, and even death. What’s more, the studies suggest how our gut microbes make the immune system turn against nerve cells—a finding that could lead to treatments, like drugs based on microbial byproducts, that might improve the course of the disease.last_img read more