Montpelier, 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) .
President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday set a target of at least 36 medals for Nigerian athletes at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, saying at least five of the medals should be gold.Jonathan spoke at a presidential sports sector retreat with the theme “Harnessing the Potential of Nigeria’s Sports Sector: From Playground to Podium” held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.To achieve the feat, the President said governors of each of the 36 states would concentrate on the sports where they had edge over others and deliver medals in such sports.He said, “Every state has some level of comparative advantage in one form of sports or the order and if each state promises to give Nigerians a medal in this area, and another medal in this area, that means we are expecting 36 medals.“(Governor Rotimi) Amaechi will tell us that Rivers State will give us a medal in this area, Lyyel Imoke will tell us that Cross River will give us a medal in this area and Kogi will also say the same and all the 36 governors.“Out of these 36 medals, at least five will be gold. I also believe that the private sector will play a key role. We know that in some countries, the private sector plays some key roles in sporting activities and not just trading or manufacturing sporting wares.” Jonathan said his administration was committed to ensuring that Nigeria became the best sporting nation in Africa and among the top four sporting nations in the Commonwealth, and ultimately rule the world.Jonathan observed that no other sector of national life had a greater force for mobilising and uniting the people around a common purpose than sports.“No nation can afford to overlook the relevance of sports to national development and national well-being.“As a powerful socio-economic tool for youth development, nation building and instilling core values of social justice, sports remains at the heart of our national transformation agenda,” he said.He added that while adequate funding of sports was crucial, efficient and transparent management of resources was key, saying that was the reason he set up a committee under the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to work out a strategy for sustainable management funding of the sports sector. Minister of Sports, Bolaji Abdullahi, observed that the crisis in the sports sector as shown in the nation’s poor outing at the London Olympics called for collective solution.
The LaLiga Govt Committee has determined to postpone the concentrations of the teams deliberate for subsequent week, though the forecast to carry them in the week previous to the begin of the Championship is maintained, Part 4, for which there’s nonetheless no official date though Javier Tebas sees Friday June 12 as the day he would really like soccer to return.Javier Tebas superior on Sunday evening in Movistar’s “El Partizado” that “we’re going to delay the concentrations deliberate for subsequent week, which ought to have began on Monday 18 as a result of the exams have given excellent outcomes. These concentrations will not be obligatory, however non-compulsory, “the LaLiga president requested questions from Juanma Castaño. After assembly as we speak with its managers, LaLiga has made the choice agency. The LaLiga Govt Committee is made up of six First-tier golf equipment: Actual Madrid, Barcelona, Betis, Levante, Valencia and Villarreal. Along with the First-tier golf equipment, in the LaLiga Delegate Committee, there are six different Second Division: Deportivo, Cádiz, Las Palmas, Alcorcón, Lugo and Almería. The working group can be made up of the CEO of Atlético, Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, and Javier Tebas, president of LaLiga.