Welch announces new legislation to create jobs for veterans

first_imgGranite Industries of Vermont Inc,At Granite Industries of Vermont, a business recognized for its commitment to the Vermont National Guard, Representative Peter Welch on Monday unveiled new legislation to encourage Vermont businesses to hire veterans.The Veterans Employment Tax Credit Act, which Welch will introduce in the U.S. House this week, would provide a $2,400 tax credit to businesses that hire veterans who have been unemployed for at least four weeks. A similar tax credit was included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, but lapsed at the close of 2010.‘As Vermont welcomes home the brave men and women of the Vermont Guard who served and sacrificed in Afghanistan last year, we must make sure they have everything they need to succeed in civilian life. Critical to that is ensuring they have good-paying jobs,’ Welch said. ‘Vermont business owners know that veterans often make the best employees. But in a tough economy, we should provide an extra incentive for businesses to employ those who have served our country.’Welch announced his new bill at Granite Industries in Barre, a business that received the Patriot Award from Vermont Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). Owner Jeff Martell and employee Robert McCallum, who served with the Guard in a previous deployment to Iraq, spoke about the importance of hiring Vermont Guardsmen and women. Vermont ESGR Chairman Shawn Bryan and Vermont Secretary of Commerce Lawrence Miller also spoke.The VET Credit Act would expand the Work Opportunity Tax Credit to apply to those who have served active duty in the armed services or the National Guard for more than 180 days in the past five years. The WOTC currently provides a $2,400 tax credit to businesses that hire veterans with a service-connected disability.In testimony delivered to the Vermont Legislature in January, Adjutant General Michael Dubie said that 30 percent of the those returning from the recent Vermont Guard deployment to Afghanistan were unemployed.In addition to unveiling his VET Credit Act, Welch said at the press conference that he would cosponsor the Veterans Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) to provide a tax credit to businesses that hire veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Welch also used the opportunity to promote three upcoming career fairs the Vermont Guard is holding for veterans in conjunction with the Vermont Department of Labor and ESGR: · Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2011 ‘ Champlain Valley Fairgrounds, Essex Junction ‘ 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. · Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 ‘ Castleton State College, Castleton ‘ 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.· Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 ‘ Lebanon College, Lebanon, NH ‘ Time TBDlast_img read more

Remarkable new-look home tipped to sell under the hammer amid enormous market interest

first_img11 Curlewis Cl, Brinsmead, in 2017A SAVVY Cairns couple has transformed a tired Brinsmead home into one of the suburb’s real estate gems.Perfect planning was the key for Chris and Beth Borzi, who held bold plans for the four-bedroom Curlewis Cl property they bought in 2012.“We have done renovations in the past and saw the potential here straight away,” said Mr Borzi, co-owner of Cairns airconditioning and electrical business Airfirst. “We knew what we had to work with … the place had really solid bones.” Now, five years later, the home barely resembles its former self on the back of a comprehensive renovation that covered virtually every corner of the property.Rather than attempting to do the bulk of the work themselves, Mr Borzi said they decided to rely on a host of professionals.“You need to work closely with tradespeople while also getting along with them,” he said. “And the other thing is planning … it’s important to think long and hard about what you want to do.”A state-of-the-art kitchen and dining room flows seamlessly into the outdoor area, adjacent to a heated in-ground swimming pool. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoThe same home about five years agoA children’s playground is the centrepiece of the landscaped backyard.Other features include ample storage, security screens, a solar hot water system and airconditioned garage.The renovations were completed while Mr and Mrs Borzi were raising their two children, now aged eight and six.“We basically turned the place into a large family entertainer … we built it so that plenty of people could come around,” Mr Borzi said.The property at 11 Curlewis Cl is being auctioned at 11am today, with interest expected to be strong.Selling agent Nadine Edwards of LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill said almost 100 groups had inspected the home over the past three weeks.“This is something that people can move into seamlessly, making it an even more attractive proposition,” she said. “In these older suburbs, there are many homes that were built in the 1980s and could use a modern update. This home ticks all the boxes.”The property is open for inspection from 10.30am today, with the auction being held at 11am.last_img read more

Mel looks to European future

first_imgNew West Brom head coach Pepe Mel is convinced the Baggies can challenge for a place in Europe next season despite being warned there are no funds available for this season’s relegation battle. More short term, and addressing Mel’s position in the transfer market for the next two weeks, sporting and technical director Richard Garlick insisted the club will not be splashing the cash. “It (the money for Long) is a lot in terms of the Premier League today, but we traditionally work on a model of topping up – short-term deals, loans, loans-with-options. I don’t see that changing,” said Garlick. “We have a lot of players, good players, and Pepe is happy to work with those players. “If there is a need to look to the transfer market then we will do so, but they will be loans or loans to options.” Appreciating the circumstances, Mel added: “West Brom are obviously not going to sign (Lionel) Messi, but there are players who can come here and do a good job. “They have given me a list of players they are currently speaking to, and they’re all very good players.” At least Mel has one ally in his corner, and that is close friend in former Liverpool and Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez, who advised his compatriot to take the post at Albion. “I spoke to Rafa, who was a team-mate of mine at (Real) Madrid, and he really did encourage me to come here to England,” added Mel. “He told me the Premier League is the best in the world, and he was fortunate enough to have worked with two massive clubs in Liverpool and Chelsea. “He also told me West Brom is a club that needs a lot of work, but has a lot of possibilities to be successful.” After watching Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Southampton from the stands as his assistants in Keith Downing and Dean Kiely took charge on a caretaker basis for the final time, Mel’s first official game at the helm is against Everton at The Hawthorns on Monday. Spaniard Mel was appointed as successor to the sacked Steve Clarke last week, with the 50-year-old – himself axed in early December after four seasons with Real Betis – handed an 18-month contract. With Albion out of both the FA and League Cups, Mel’s sole task for the remainder of the campaign is to keep them in the Barclays Premier League, with the club currently 14th and three points above the drop zone. With his English minimal, and with Albion vetoing his wish to appoint fellow Spaniards to his backroom team, Mel appears to face an uphill struggle. Throw in the fact Mel will not be allowed to spend a penny of the fee to be gained from striker Shane Long’s sale to Hull, which could rise to £7million, and his hands appear firmly tied behind his back. “It (losing Long) is something I was told would be a possibility,” said Mel. “But I’m absolutely certain there is enough in the squad, without Long, to stay in the Premier League. “What’s vital is my confidence is transmitted to the players, that they realise they are the stars of the show. “I’m convinced things are going to go well here, and they (the players) are going to be a success. “West Bromwich Albion have thought now, for a month, I am the best man for the job, which is important.” Asked as to where he thought he would be with Albion a year from now, a confident Mel pulled no punches as he said: “Fighting for places that give access to the Europa League.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse opponent preview: What to know about Pittsburgh

first_img Published on October 3, 2018 at 10:21 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Defensively, the Panthers don’t fare much better, allowing 32 points per contest. That’s 97th in the country. Pitt, on average, gives up 430.6 yards a game — 200.8 on the ground. Syracuse averages 480.8 on offense. The Panthers also struggle to turn opponents over, generating just 1.4 a game.How Syracuse beats Pitt: Contain the run. Syracuse struggled mightily to tackle Clemson running back Travis Etienne a week ago, and the sophomore had a career day — 27 carries for 203 yards and three touchdowns. Pitt looks primarily to run the ball, and if Syracuse’s linebackers struggle as much as they did a week ago, the Panthers will make the Orange pay.Conversely, SU needs to get back to running the football itself. Against the best defensive front it will play all season, a Syracuse rushing attack that averaged 200-plus yards a game got bottled up for 61. Dungey, Moe Neal and the rest of the offense need to move the ball consistently against a poor Pitt run defense.Player to watch: Kenny Pickett, quarterback, No. 8Pickett was sluggish in the Panthers 51-6 beatdown at the hand of Penn State, going 9-for-18 for 55 yards and an interception. But when the Panthers scored 35 on the road in a loss to North Carolina, Pickett went 19-for-33 for 174 yards and two touchdowns. If Pickett has a good day, Pitt’s offense suddenly gets another dimension. Comments Syracuse (4-1, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) travels to Pittsburgh (2-3, 1-1) to play the Panthers on Saturday at 12:20 p.m. at Heinz Field. The Orange is coming off its first loss of the season, a 27-23 heartbreaker at No. 3 Clemson. Pitt most recently took a 45-14 beatdown on the road at the hands of No. 13 Central Florida.The game will air on ACC Network Extra. Here’s what to know about the Panthers.All-time series: Pitt leads, 38-32-3.Last time they played: Syracuse slipped past Pitt, 27-24, in the Carrier Dome last season. In a game in which Steve Ishmael and Ervin Philips were quiet, Eric Dungey and Ravian Pierce teamed up to the tune of nine catches for 99 for the latter, while the former totaled 365 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Panthers punched it in on the ground twice, but the Orange ran for 135 yards and a score of its own.The Pittsburgh report: The Panthers keep the ball on the ground, favoring handoffs to running backs Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall over Kenny Pickett passes. Pickett, the Pitt signal caller, beat out USC transfer Ricky Town for the starting job but has yet to eclipse 200 yards passing and has thrown an interception in all but one game. Entering the weekend, Pitt, as a team, is 114th in the country in passing attempts with 24.6 a game — Syracuse averages 33.4.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn lieu of an aerial attack, the Panthers rely on the experienced duo of Ollison and Hall. Ollison, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound bruiser, takes the bulk of the handoffs, receiving 68 to Hall’s 31. Ollison averages 5.9 yards a carry. Hall is a little more explosive, taking his carries for 6.7 yards. The two have combined for six touchdowns.And therein lies Pitt’s biggest issue: scoring. The Panthers already struggled to move the ball — 113th in yards per game — and then struggle to find the endzone even when they do. The Panthers have nine total touchdowns in five games. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more