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) .
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WELLINGTON, (Reuters) – New Zealand fast bowlers Blair Tickner and Lockie Ferguson shared four wickets to trigger an England batting collapse that helped the hosts to a thrilling 14-run win in the third Twenty20 international at Nelson on Tuesday.England, chasing 181 for victory, were cruising at 139-2 in the 15th over but lost five wickets in a flurry to end their 20 overs on 166-7.The victory gave the Black Caps a 2-1 lead in the five-match series. The teams now head to Napier for the penultimate match on Friday, which England must win to keep their hopes of winning the series alive.Ferguson and Tickner finished with identical figures of 2-25 while all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was Man of the Match for his knock of 55 from 35 balls, which helped the team post 180-7 after they opted to bat first.De Grandhomme hit five fours and three sixes to build New Zealand’s innings after opener Martin Guptill’s fast start of 33 off 17 deliveries.England opener Dawid Malan gave a fitting reply for the touring side with a 34-ball 55 with James Vince keeping the team firmly on course in the chase with 49.England captain Eoin Morgan smashed Mitchell Santner for two sixes in successive deliveries before holing out in the deep against the left-arm spinner, which started the collapse as England lost five wickets for 10 runs.“I think that’s one that got away from us,” said Morgan. “We were in control for the whole chase until we were three or four down, probably the lack of experience in the chase cost us.“But the guys need to play more games, need to get into situations like that.”