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) .
PARMANAND Persaud continued his impressive season of golf, winning the top prize in the annual Grand Coastal Golf Tournament last Saturday at the Lusignan Golf Course (LGC).Persaud returned a net score of 65 to be adjudged the clear winner in the day’s play, finishing ahead of a field of more than 40 golfers.Aleem Hussain 65/17, Richard Haniff 66/15, Joaan Deo 67/21 and Kalyan Tewari 67/14 finished in that order.As usual the first four place-winners were decided on their back nine performances over their ties.Meanwhile, the best gross was won by Jaipaul Suknanan (78/7), while Aleem Hussain won the nearest-to-the-pin award.After the day’s play Persaud, commented, “My game is now on. It’s a pity it’s too late for the 2016 Guyana Open, but I will be a serious contender for the 2017 Guyana Open. I had some excellent long drives, and good end games, having to do a 9-ft putt on my last hole in order to win, and I did it!”Grand Coastal Manager, Ramesh Taykoo, in congratulating the winners, expressed his company’s delight to be a part of the development of the sport locally.Golf Club president Oncar Ramroop thanked Grand Coastal for its consistent and dependable sponsorship of tournaments.