Vermont’s delegation in Congress ‘ Senator Patrick Leahy (D), Senator Bernie Sanders (I) and Representative Peter Welch (D) ‘ Thursday asked President Obama to act ‘with all due speed’ on Vermont’s request for a disaster declaration, which would open the doors to a variety of federal programs to help Vermonters cope with recovery efforts in the aftermath of major flooding in the wake of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene.Thy sent their letter on the heels of Governor Peter Shumlin’s (D) formal request to the President on Thursday, in which he asked for the declaration.In their letter, the Vermont lawmakers told the President, ‘Winter is fast approaching and we must move without delay to secure our homes and restore our infrastructure. With just weeks to accomplish so much, we need the full and immediate support of FEMA and other federal agencies.‘Given the breadth and depth of Irene’s destruction and the seasonal imperatives of our mountainous state and region, we strongly urge a declaration that is comprehensive and that comes with all due speed.’The text of the letter follows:Dear Mr. President:Vermont bore the full brunt of Tropical Storm Irene as it dumped more than six inches of rain across the state in just a few hours. The narrow valleys of the Green Mountains, where towns, roads and rivers are historically intertwined, were particularly hard hit. You have seen reports of town after town cut off from overland access. Homes, businesses, water systems and miles of roads have been swept away. FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate flew over the area and witnessed firsthand the profound devastation across Vermont.Our state has withstood an unprecedented wave of flooding this year with two spring events declared as Major Disasters. Vermonters have shouldered these great burdens and are meeting this new crisis with the same courage, cooperation and resilience. Our small state is stretched to the limit and needs both immediate and ongoing assistance in recovering from these enormous setbacks.Winter is fast approaching and we must move without delay to secure our homes and restore our infrastructure. With just weeks to accomplish so much, we need the full and immediate support of FEMA and other federal agencies.We ask that you approve Governor Shumlin’s request by declaring a Major Disaster, including both Individual Assistance and Public Assistance for each of the counties requested. Given the breadth and depth of Irene’s destruction and the seasonal imperatives of our mountainous state and region, we strongly urge a declaration that is comprehensive and that comes with all due speed.
August 3, 2020 Associated Press The Latest: Phillies head to New York with no positive tests The 2021 Tour was scheduled set to start on July 2.The Tour’s French organizers have yet to announce a replacement city for Copenhagen, although there have been reports that the three-week event could start from the French region of Brittany in 2021.This year’s Tour, which was supposed to start in June, will now be held Aug. 29-Sept. 20 — starting in Nice.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The team was traveling to New York to resume its schedule against the Yankees in a night game.The Phillies (1-2) have not played since July 26. Their opponent in that opening series, the Miami Marlins, had at least 18 players test positive for the coronavirus. Although the Phillies didn’t have any players test positive, their games last week were postponed as a cautionary measure.___Danish organizers say the Tour de France start due to take place in Copenhagen next year has been moved to 2022 to avoid being held in the same month as the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics and the European Championship soccer tournament.Copenhagen Mayor Frank Jensen says the move means the three-stage Tour start in his city will now be planned for July 1-3, 2022, adding that he hopes the coronavirus pandemic will have passed by then. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Results of Covid-19 testing conducted Sunday show there were no new positive results for the Philadelphia Phillies.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that servicemembers that fail drug tests are prevented from receiving an other-than-honorable discharge. Actually, they are prevented from receiving an honorable discharge. The Daily Trojan regrets the error. The Veterans Legal Institute visits an Orange County courthouse on a field trip. The institute provides legal aid for veterans in issues like debt, family, law, child support and employer disputes. Photo courtesy of Dwight StirlingThe Gould School of Law has partnered with the Veterans Legal Institute to manage a Los Angeles-based legal clinic that serves veterans.The VLI is the only legal aid in the country that exclusively helps low-income veterans and members of the military, while operating as a nonprofit organization funded primarily by donations and grants. The institute receives applications from low-income veterans and works to meet their needs. “We get approximately 10 applications on a daily basis, over 70 per week,” said Dwight Stirling, the institute’s CEO. “The number of applications we’ve been receiving are on an upward trajectory. We assist every veteran that applies to us.” Stirling is a Gould alumnus and said he believes that the collaboration with the law school benefits the surrounding community, as well as USC students. The VLI decided to branch out to Los Angeles due to the larger population of veterans within the city, along with working with USC.“The partnership between the VLI and the campus is a big deal,” Stirling said. “It allows law students to obtain an educational foundation while helping those that served our country.”Stirling explained that working with veterans fosters an unparalleled experience for employees and student associates.“What makes us unique is the fact that we primarily help veterans, and over time, we learn to speak their language,” Stirling said. “When folks come here, they are talking to people that understand them. When they talk to people that understand where they come from, they tend to open up.”Michael Su, a graduate law student, who worked at the institute over the summer, felt his perspective on the veteran community expanded through his work. “The whole point of this partnership is to bring people in so that they can see and engage in a community that they are otherwise disconnected from,” Su said. “There is a real need among the veteran community. It was incumbent on me to use what I know to help a community that I have a very personal connection with.”Su notes this opportunity exists even for students who aren’t pursuing a formal law school education.The VLI addresses a wide variety of client interests and works to resolve issues that involve multiple facets of the law. The institute primarily serves young military veterans who are in the process of assimilating to the civilian world. “We provide assistance with many complications you would see in the life of a normal young person,” Stirling said. “This includes family law, child support, disputes with employers and issues regarding debt or eviction. These are the low-level civil disputes that young people tend to have, and if they can’t find legal aid, these disputes can develop into larger problems.” Despite institutions and practices in place to assist veterans, Stirling believes that the problems manifested today are rooted in systemic failures to seek and preemptively address issues that affect U.S. servicemembers.“We as a nation are recruiting our young people to serve in the military, and it tends to be people that don’t necessarily have other opportunities,” Stirling said. “They go to the military to gain experience and eventually make use of educational opportunities provided by the GI bill.” However, Stirling explained that a number of these servicemembers come from a lower socioeconomic background. Many come back from service faced with residual trauma, he said. “They are the tip of the spear on the war on terror, and a lot of our veterans, experience trauma — trauma that you sustain doesn’t go away,” Stirling said. PTSD is a common byproduct of exposure to severe trauma without treatment, according to Stirling. Far too often, self-help methods including drugs and alcohol are used in an attempt to alleviate psychological pain. When these methods are employed, many servicemembers fail drug tests, preventing them from receiving an honorable discharge.The VLI works closely with veterans to petition for a discharge upgrade; such an upgrade is described by Stirling as restorative and redemptive.Technical matters aside, the VLI provides solace within the veteran community. “The most important part of this work is being able to simply listen,” Stirling said. “The veterans that ask for our help often have a very pressing need and are looking for people to hear them out. This is the law at its most basic and fundamental level. Somebody has a problem, and we get to fix it.”
0Shares0000AFC Leopards head coach Zapata Rodolfo. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 28 – AFC Leopards have sent their Argentine head coach Rodolfo Zapata on leave, citing concerns over his security following fan apathy since their SportPesa Shield semi-final loss to Sofapaka last Sunday.Ingwe Organizing Secretary Timothy Lilumbi told Capital Sport the club took the decision after growing concerns over his safety with a number of fans accosting him after the Sofapaka and Tusker matches last Wednesday. “We have not sacked the coach. What has happened is that we have sent him on leave because of the concern over his security. There was trouble in the Sofapaka match and Tusker as well on Wednesday and as a club we are concerned about him. If anything happens to him, we will be in so much trouble,” Lilumbi said.He added; “An employer can always grant an employee leave and that is what has happened. He will return to the club during pre-season for the 2019 campaign.”However, Secretary General Oscar Igaida gave a contrasting statement, saying the coach was headed to the United States on personal business, further putting into doubt whether or not the tactician will still be in charge of the team.AFC Leopards head coach Radolfo Zapata passes instructions to his players at half time during their Hull City Challenge match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on May 1, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“Tom Juma will be in charge for the final two games of the season. The coach has been granted leave to travel to the US for some personal business and he will be back before the new season. We have not sacked him,” Igaida said in a response to Capital Sport.Efforts to reach the Argentine coach who joined Leopards in mid-season from Botswana side Gaborone United were fruitless as his phone went unanswered.Zapata took over from Dennis Kitambi who had been handed the role following the sacking of Robert Matano early in the season.On whether Zapata will still be in charge of the team in the new season, Lilumbi said; “I cannot say conclusively anything as at now. That will still pend on any recommendations the Executive Committee will have.”Zapata on Wednesday told Capital Sport that he was not ready to quit the club but added that he would only do so if the club’s top hierarchy would seem it fit for him to leave.AFC Leopards head coach Rudolf Zapata. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYA“I will have a meeting with the Executive Committee to analyze the season and see what we need to do in the team and what’s better for us. If they think the coach is the problem then, it’s okay, I will go, but I think the problem is much deeper,” the tactician said.AFC’s 1-0 loss at the hands of Sofapaka in the Shield semis increased pressure on the tactician and Wednesday’s 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Tusker FC increased the calls for the tactician to call it quits or the club to fire him.A section of fans who had attended the Wednesday afternoon tie in Machakos publicly told the coach on his face to quit the club with a section of the club’s backroom staff coincidentally joining the call.AFC has been a notorious club known to hire and fore coaches at will and if Zapata’s term comes to an end, it will only be a chapter of the already best-selling book at AFC, anchored in firing of their tacticians.Though regarded as one of the biggest clubs in the country, the club has not won the Kenyan Premier League title in the last 20 years and continuously remain in the shadow of arch rivals Gor Mahia who just this season picked their 17th KPL diadem.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)