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Welch and Bixby call for fiscal discipline at Vermont Business Roundtable forum

first_imgBurlington, Vt. – Rep. Peter Welch joined Concord Coalition executive director Robert Bixby Thursday to call for a renewed focus on achieving long-term fiscal discipline at a forum sponsored by the Vermont Business Roundtable.Welch and Bixby said that despite the need for short-term stimulus measures to reinvigorate a troubled economy, lawmakers must not lose focus on the long-term need to balance federal revenues and expenditures.”While we have the need for a stimulus on the one hand, we must in this crisis focus immediately, diligently and energetically on structural issues in the federal budget that are not sustainable. The importance of building fiscal reform cannot be ignored in this time of crisis,” Welch said. “The question for us in Congress is whether we’re going to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.”Bixby, who is in the middle of a nationwide “Fiscal Wake-up Tour,” told an audience of over 120 Vermont business leaders at the Burlington Hilton that it is morally imperative that lawmakers get a hold on federal spending.”We do have very substantial short-term challenges, but we also have a preexisting, long-term challenge we can’t lose track of – and that’s easy to do in a crisis,” Bixby said. “It really is a moral issue because it’s about the legacy we’re going to leave to future generations.”The event, sponsored by the Vermont Business Roundtable, also featured a panel including Green Mountain Power Chief Executive Officer Mary Powell, Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors member David Coates, and Sen. Susan Bartlett, D-Lamoille, chair of the Vermont Senate Appropriations Committee.In his introduction, Vermont Business Roundtable chairman Tim Volk said, “The growing fiscal crisis at the national level is beginning to have a significant impact on Vermont’s fiscal outlook. Today, like every other state, Vermont must make hard choices about spending priorities in the next two years. How we balance short-term needs with long-term investments will determine our future economic and social prosperity.”last_img read more

Caribbean Airlines introduces new aircraft to Grenada route

first_img Share Sharing is caring! 28 Views   no discussions LifestyleTravel Caribbean Airlines introduces new aircraft to Grenada route by: – December 9, 2011 Photo credit: tntisland.comST GEORGE’S, Grenada — Passengers travelling to Grenada from Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Thursday morning were all smiles as they were afforded the opportunity to fly aboard a brand new ATR turbo from Caribbean Airlines (CAL).The 68-seater is the latest in a fleet of new aircraft to be introduced by the company.Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation Peter David, who toured the aircraft on its arrival at Maurice Bishop International Airport, says this development consolidates CAL’s commitment to improved service to Grenada.“Caribbean Airlines continues to prove its importance to our tourism industry,” David said. “The airline recently commenced flights between Grenada and Canada and now they have graced us with brand new aircraft.”The tourism minister described Caribbean Airlines as a “definite life saver” to local and regional tourism.“We cannot underestimate their importance to tourism,” he said.Captain Rafael Rose, who flew the first in the ATR fleet to Grenada, called the aircraft the most modern and fuel-efficient in the aviation industry.The ATR 800 is equipped with in-flight movie screens and, according to Rose, is as comfortable and user-friendly as possibly can be.He said Caribbean Airlines intends to use its new fleet to service the route involving not just Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago, but also Caracas in Venezuela.CAL is also considering introducing the fleet to Barbados, Rose revealed.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Warriors’ desire to re-sign Klay Thompson ‘doesn’t change’ because of ACL injury

first_img NBA Finals 2019: 3 reasons why the Warriors lost to the Raptors “I don’t know yet what we’re going to do,” Lacob told Yahoo Sports. “I’ve said for a long time I want Klay to be a Warrior for life, and so this doesn’t change anything as far as I’m concerned.”Although Thompson’s first choice is to re-sign with the Warriors, who drafted him in 2011, he would consider other teams if obstacles come up, Yahoo’s sources said. Related News “I’m not going to say anything because the free-agency period isn’t here yet,” Lacob said. “You know I have the utmost regard for Klay’s talent and for him as a person. I’m pretty sure we’ll talk this summer, and he’ll hopefully be a Warrior for life.”The free-agent negotiating period begins June 30.Thompson’s future could be intertwined with that of Kevin Durant, also a pending free agent who suffered a devastating injury in the NBA Finals. He ruptured his right Achilles in Game 5 and is expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season. Later Friday, though, Thompson’s father Mychal told the San Francisco Chronicle there’s “no question” his son will stay with Golden State. Just spoke with Klay Thompson’s father, Mychal, who said there’s “no question” Klay will re-sign with the Warriors. Golden State is expected to still offer him a full five-year maximum deal.— Connor Letourneau (@Con_Chron) June 14, 2019Game 6 offered just a glimpse of what he can bring on the court: Before Thompson went down awkwardly after going up for a dunk, he was the best player on the floor, scoring a game-high 30 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field, 4-of-6 from 3-point range, and 10-of-10 from the free-throw line while grabbing five rebounds in 32 minutes.In eight seasons with Golden State, Thompson has averaged 19.5 points per game.Just as important, however, he emerged as a vocal leader during the 2019 NBA Finals, which the two-time defending champion Warriors lost to the Raptors.center_img Re-signing five-time All-Star guard Klay Thompson remains a priority for the Warriors, team owner Joe Lacob told Yahoo Sports in the wake of the torn left ACL the star suffered Thursday in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.Thompson, who according to the report is expected to miss up to 10 months because of the injury, was seeking a max contract this summer in free agency. The injury might complicate things this offseason, but Lacob says he remains intent on bringing back Thompson, 29. Stephen Curry hails injured Klay Thompson as Warriors confirm torn ACLlast_img read more