first_imgSpeaker Shap Smith today announced the appointment of Representative Michael Fisher as the chair of the House Committee on Health Care.  Fisher, the current vice chair of the committee, replaces former Representative Mark Larson who resigned from the legislature in August to become the Commissioner of the Department of Vermont Health Access. Representative Sarah Copeland-Hanzas will become the committee’s vice chair. ‘Mike has been a leader in the House for over a decade.  His expertise in the field of health and human services is vast, and his enthusiasm to tackle the barriers to the access of quality affordable health care for Vermonters is unparalleled,’ said Speaker Smith.  ‘The legislature made great strides last year and Mike’s leadership was crucial to those efforts.  His leadership will be needed as we continue to move forward with health care reform.’ Rep. Fisher has been a member of the legislature since 2001, representing the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. He served as the vice chair of the House Committee on Human Services from 2007-2010 and as vice chair of the House Committee on Health Care during the 2011 session.  Rep. Fisher works as a social worker in Addison County, having earned a masters degree in social work from the University of Vermont. ‘I am excited to continue to advance our state’s health care reform efforts,’ said Rep. Fisher.  ‘Reducing health care costs and improving access to quality care is vital to the health and economic wellbeing of the state, and I am confident in the ability of the committee to dig into that work.’ Rep. Copeland-Hanzas has represented the towns of Bradford, Fairlee, and West Fairlee since 2005.  She has been a member of the House Committee on Health Care for the past five years, and has served as Deputy Assistant Majority Leader since 2009.  Rep. Copeland-Hanzas is a small business owner, operating The Local Buzz Cafe in Bradford. ‘The House Health Care Committee has led the way in health care reform over the past two years,’ said Speaker Smith. ‘I am confident that Mike and Sarah will be a strong leadership team and look forward to seeing the progress of the committee.’last_img read more

first_imgThe Batesville Boy’s Varsity Tennis Team defeated Lawrenceburg 5-0 on Thursday.#1 Singles- Beau Brown defeated Andrew Budd 6-0, 6-1#2 Singles- Blake Walsman defeated Max Martin 6-0, 6-0#3 Singles- Ben Schwettman won by forefit#1 Doubles- Matthew Taylor and Spencer Rose defeated Eathn Grimes and Chris Barnashed 6-0, 6-0#2 Doubles- Harsh Patel and Paul Ritter defeated Ross Bezold and Cotton Vinup 6-0, 6-0.Batesville is now 5-0 on the season and 4-0 in the EIAC. The Bulldogs will play South Dearborn at home on Monday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinneylast_img

first_imgJOHNSTON — Iowa Workforce Development saw another record week of unemployment claims linked to those impacted by the coronavirus.IWD director, Beth Townsend says there were more than 67,000 first time unemployment claims filed from March 29th through April 4th.  “We paid a total $27,565,232 of unemployment insurance benefits last week. Most of the claims are being paid in seven to ten days from the time of their initial filing,” Townsend says.Townsend says there is help available if you haven’t yet applied for unemployment. “You can watch a video on our website that will show you screen-by-by how to apply for these particular benefits,” according to Townsend. “You can also upload the necessary documents to prove and establish your income for 2019 or 2020, in order for us to determine what eligibility you have for unemployment benefits.”The federal relief act provides an additional $600 for those on regular and coronavirus unemployment who qualify. “We anticipate these payments will begin to go out next week. And once they do start to go out we will post an update on our website notifying people,” she says.Townsend has this reminder about eligibility for unemployment benefits. “You cannot voluntarily quit your job in an effort to obtain the weekly benefit or unemployment benefits,” Townsend says. “Voluntary quits are a disqualifier for unemployment benefits. You must be laid off, in a temporary layoff, or in reduced hours to qualify for unemployment insurance.”Townsend says they are doing their best to help everyone. “Iowa Workforce Development continues to receive tens of thousands of calls a day. We are working very hard to answer all of those calls,” Townsend says. “When you call — please wait for the ringing to stop — you will hear momentary silence, and then someone will answer the phone.”You can get information online at: read more

first_img PRINCIPLES OF BATTING The top-order West Indies batsmen sometimes bat with no regard for the basics of the game, nor display the principles of good batting. Apart from not knowing the difference between aggression and carelessness, they drive when they should not be driving; they play back when they should not be playing back; and even when some of them do what is right, the lower-order batsmen do silly things. Sometimes, most times, when the team is in trouble, they get run-out, stumped, or caught on boundary going for big hits. That is the general attitude of the West Indian cricketer of today. The top-order batsmen do not bat responsibly and the lower-order batsmen bat as if they are as good as, or even better than the batsmen. How often does one see the recognised batsmen battling for survival, and at the other end, the tail-ender is swiping away until he is either stumped or gets caught on the boundary. No one supports the other, like all good team players do. The bowling is a little different, but how can a team select five specialist bowlers – including four specialist pacers – bowl 153 overs in one innings, and the four pacers bowl only 80 overs with the one spinner bowling 47 overs and a batsman bowling 27, more than any of the pacers. These things suggest that apart from the weakness of the players, the West Indies are not playing good cricket, despite the presence of a support group of four coaches, a former captain as manager, and another former captain as chief selector. Maybe the coaches are not any good, or may be, with the exception of Curtley Ambrose, the players just do not listen to them. The West Indies have just played finished a two-match series in Sri Lanka. They lost both matches badly, they enjoyed one good day, and the players, the team, are still in the same position as they were before the contest started. According to the captain, the batsmen lack good temperament and they have no patience. The truth, however, is that although the players have changed in the 20 years since Sabina Park in 1995, although the coaches have changed, although the selectors have changed, and although the board presidents have changed many times, Walcott’s words in Durban 1998 remain true to this day. The West Indies go to Australia in December, and, as usual, much is expected. It is always, according to them, unfortunate that the batsmen, who get to 10, 20, or 30, fail on a pitch that was good for batting, one on which opposing batsmen of similar or less experience score centuries, and one on which the bowlers, more times than not, always bowl well, picking up one or two wickets when the opposing bowlers reel in five or six wickets to beat the West Indies handsomely. It is also disappointing to hear, time and time again, that, but for the many dropped catches, the West Indies may have won. It is time they understand that catches are a part of cricket. It is sometimes, most times, the difference between a good team and a bad team, between victory and defeat. The West Indies cricketers, at this time, are generally poor cricketers. They are nowhere near the standard of previous West Indies cricketers, and they should know that that is so, or they should be told that it is so. Some of them got into the team by the skin of their teeth, some of them just ahead of not just another player or two, but ahead of several players. In other words, they got into the team when others could also easily have made the team. In fact, on many occasions, some got into the team when they were obviously not good enough, and never will be good enough. Instead of behaving like they are God’s gift to cricket, therefore, they should try to be West Indies cricketers. The batsmen, for example, should try and bat even for a reasonable time, they should concentrate, and as Phil Simmons encouraged them to do a few months ago, they should, for example, bat with an eye on the scoreboard, sometimes scoring a little at a time. POOR CRICKETERS BAT ACCORDING TO SKILL Walcott went on to explain that the batsmen needed to concentrate, to bat according to their skill, to bat to match the situation, and to bat for the team. “They should not, all of them, bat as if they are the best batsmen in the world, with respect for no one; as if they are all like Lara.” In South Africa, Walcott was right. Since that time, he has been right many times, and had he been alive and said it in this time, he definitely would also have been right. Test match cricketers are beyond the ordinary, or should be beyond the ordinary. The West Indies cricketers, a few of them, are beyond the ordinary. Most of them, however, are not, and it is time the West Indian fans face that fact. West Indies captains of recent vintage, the selectors, the manager, the coaches, and team’s media rep always, each time the team loses, talk about the talented batsmen and bowlers in the team. They always have some flattering words for the players. It is high time, however, that the people in charge stop making excuses for the players. CHANGE IN ATTITUDE Some 20 years ago, the West Indies’ long and distinguished reign as champions of the world came to an end, and today, they are still fighting to recover some of the lost glory – especially in Test cricket. The reason why it has taken them so long to dust themselves off is probably because they believe that are better than they really are. The late Sir Clyde Walcott said in Durban in 1998 during a Test match between the West Indies and South Africa, “The problem with the West Indies is that they believe that they are good, too good to be exact.” Walcott, a former great West Indies batsman, chief selector, manager, and president, as well as a former chairman of the International Cricket Conference, was in South Africa watching the West Indies who were about to lose the third Test match and the series 5-0. That was a tour which started with the West Indies players threatening to go on strike, and that was a West Indies team which included batsmen such as Brian Lara, Carl Hooper, and Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Philo Wallace, Clayton Lambert, and Stuart Williams; and bowlers like Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Franklyn Rose, and Nixon McLean. If there is no change in the attitude of the players, however; if there is no change in the selection process; if there is no change in the personality and quality of coaches to get the players to listen to them and to try and follow their instructions; and if there is no change in the quality of players coming out of the islands by their performances in the regional competition, the result will be the same – probably even worse. The players are weak, and so is the eleven selected. I do not know how to balance the team but I do know that in the present situation, a team of five specialist batsmen, with Denesh Ramdin at number six, and five specialist bowlers cannot work. When all is said and done, the players must take most of the blame for what is happening to West Indies cricket. After all, they are the ones who do the batting, bowling and fielding. They must better prepare themselves to do so.last_img read more