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Vermont Finance and Management Department receives national award

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas applauded the work of the Vermont Department of Finance and Management for receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) – the organizations highest form of recognition.  This is the second year in a row that the State of Vermont, through the Department of Finance and Management, has received this award for the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).“The team at Finance and Management has done a tremendous job ensuring that my Administration, the Legislature and Vermonters have the best possible fiscal information,” said Governor Douglas. “Timely and accurate reporting is critical in making good decisions, providing the transparency taxpayers expect and maximizing our limited resources.  Commissioner Reardon and his team deserve a great deal of credit for their sound management of taxpayer money during a very difficult time.”Commissioner Jim Reardon, who has been at the helm of the Finance and Management Department for the past five years stated “I am very proud of my staff in the Financial Operations Division, they are a talented and committed team of state employees that take great pride in their work.”According to the GFOA, Vermont’s CAFR was judged to meet the highest standards of financial reporting by an impartial panel of experts.  The CAFR demonstrated a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” by clearly communicating Vermont’s “financial story” and motivating groups and individuals to read the CAFR.The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association based out of Chicago, Illinois and Washington D.C. and serves approximately 17,500 government finance professionals in the U.S. and Canada.Source: Governor’s office. 7.21.2010###last_img read more

Police in Colombia break up heroin trafficking ring to US

first_img [AFP (Colombia), 02/09/2012; El Espectador (Colombia), 02/09/2012] By Dialogo September 04, 2012 BOGOTÁ, Colombia – Police in Colombia said on Sept. 2 they broke up a heroin ring that shipped the drug to the United States while working with Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. Army Gen. Luis Alberto Pérez said the ring was sending 40 kilograms (88 pounds) of heroin monthly to the United States through Curaçao, the Dominican Republic and Aruba. Traffickers were also shipping drugs to the Netherlands. Nine suspects were arrested. Among them was Juan David Toro Serna, who is wanted for extradition to the United States on drug charges. last_img read more

‘Never any doubt’ – Dani Ceballos explains why he rejected Real Madrid offer and opted to return to Arsenal

first_img‘Never any doubt’ – Dani Ceballos explains why he rejected Real Madrid offer and opted to return to Arsenal Ceballos enjoyed working with Arteta last term (Picture: Getty)Ceballos became a fan favourite with his performances in Arsenal colours, particularly towards the end of last season, and he admits the love and appreciation he’s received from supporters played a major role in his decision.‘I think everyone will have seen last season that from the moment I joined I bought into the club completely and always gave 100 per cent both on and off the pitch,’ Ceballos continued.‘The fans repaid me for that by showing me a lot of love… when I was at home they were sending messages asking me to come back and saying they needed me here.‘I think they’ll be as happy as I am that I’m back and I’m sure we have a great year ahead of us this season. When the coach, the club, the players and everyone is asking you to stay for another year, you realise they see you as a good team-mate and a good player.‘I feel proud that the club, the coach and, most importantly, the fans wanted me to stay, I didn’t doubt it for a second.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta says he’s ‘delighted’ to have Ceballos on board again as the Gunners prepare for their opening Premier League clash away at Fulham on September 12.‘Dani was an integral part of our team last season and finished the season in excellent form,’ the Arsenal head coach said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I love Dani’s passion and commitment and he’s a highly skilful player. ‘We’re all delighted to welcome him back and we look forward to seeing him pick up where he left off.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Man Utd cult hero Rafael da Silva fires dig at Alexis Sanchez over Arsenal claimMORE: Kai Havertz reveals the major role Frank Lampard played in him joining Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 5 Sep 2020 12:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.8kShares Advertisement Ceballos turned down offers in Spain to return to north London (Picture: Getty)Ceballos had several alternative options back home in Spain but insists a return to Arsenal was always his favoured move this summer. ‘It’s true that I had other options, such as staying at Real Madrid and going back to the Spanish league, where there were teams interested in me,’ he added.‘I spoke to the coach last year, before the FA Cup final, and told him that I wanted to stay at Arsenal and win titles. I’d been really happy with what Mikel [Arteta] had built at the club since I came in.‘I had a great time at this club last season and there was never any doubt in my mind that I wanted to come back.’ Comment Real Madrid have loaned Dani Ceballos to Arsenal for a second successive season (Picture: Getty)Dani Ceballos says there was ‘never any doubt’ in his mind about wanting to come back to Arsenal, despite offers from Real Madrid and other La Liga sides to stay in Spain for the forthcoming season. The 24-year-old midfielder impressed after being loaned from Madrid to Arsenal last season and made no secret of his desire to return to north London ahead of the 2020/21 campaign. Zinedine Zidane made Ceballos wait over his future before sanctioning a second successive temporary move to the Emirates this week and the Spain international is clearly delighted to be back with the Gunners once again. The Spaniard was adamant about wanting to return this summer (Picture: Arsenal)‘I’m very pleased to be back with Arsenal where I had such a good time last season,’ Ceballos told the club’s official website after his second loan was confirmed on Friday night.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I’m very happy to have come back to a club where I feel important.’ Advertisementlast_img read more

New data reveals Brisbane’s singles hotspots and why you might need to move for love

first_imgAverage rents also sit at $620 for houses and $440 for apartments. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:55Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:55 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhere are all the singles?00:56 Certain locales dished up the highest percentage of unattached adults – St Lucia and the Brisbane CBD – while other proved to be skewed more towards one sex. Dutton Park was a hotspot for single men, with 44 per cent of male residents being unattached, while Albion had the highest number of single ladies, at 39 per cent. Where you can buy a city pad in Australia for less than a luxury SUV But if all the single ladies threw their hands up, they would outnumber the solo fellas by 44,000. MORE NEWS: Qld suburb tops the nation Townsville residents are sitting on property gold after Adani coal mine approval Singles Brett Wilson, 30, Albion, Tom Quinn, 25, Nundah, and Carla O’Brien, 36, Wooloowin, Collingwood Black Espresso & Bar, Albion. Picture: Liam Kidston.Finder money expert Bessie Hassan said for those keen to relocate to find their match, certain suburbs offered better odds coupled with affordable real estate.“Singles in the market for a partner should check out Bowen Hills, with one of the more affordable entry prices – with an apartment costing $382,500 on average,” she said. “It’s a stone’s throw from the CBD, has fantastic train service and a high rate of singletons.”The median rent for an apartment in Bowen Hills is $430 a week, according to Core Logic data. Albion not only made the top 10 singles hotspots list, but also has an average apartment price of $340,000 and a median rent of $400 a week.“A suburb like St Lucia may be a single’s paradise but the property prices are more than double the Brisbane average so you need to ask yourself whether you’re willing to compromise financial security for love,” Ms Hassan said. 31/9 Durham Street, St Lucia, is on the market for offers over $350,000More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoKangaroo Point also has a decent percentage of single adults but with a average house price of $3.8 million, many Brisbanites may find their budget only allows them to pop in to one of the local bars to check the Tinder goods, rather than forking out for a riverside abode. Professional matchmaker Linda Prescott, from Ideal Introductions, warned living in a suburb full of singles wasn’t necessarily the best way to find love. “It really depends on if you go out or not,” she said. “If you’re quite social and you’re out walking your dog, then for sure, but if you’re a bit of a homebody it doesn’t have any relevance at all.” And 1/421 Sandgate Road, Albion, could be yours for offers over $275,000Ms Prescott said in her experience people may also want to avoid dating someone who lives close by.“If you meet someone who goes to the same coffee shop as you or the same dog park and you go out on a few dates but you decide they aren’t the one for you, you then have to see them all the time,” she said. “It can be a bit challenging in that way.” Albion local Brett Wilson, 30, said judging by what he had seen on Tinder, there were quite a few single women in his suburb. The former sailor said it was likely the demograhic helped to create a lively feel in the area. “There always seems to be something happening in Albion, like live music on Fridays,” he said. Horticulturist Carla O’Brien, also unattached, said she wasn’t concerned that her suburb, Wooloowin, wasn’t one of Brisbane’s singles hotspots. Ms O’Brien said the marital status of potential neighbours wouldn’t influence where she chose to live in the slighest. Singles Brett Wilson, 30, Albion, Tom Quinn, 25, Nundah, and Carla O’Brien, 36, Wooloowin, Collingwood Black Espresso & Bar, Albion. Picture: Liam Kidston.IF YOUR suburb has more loved-up couples than potential love matches, a change in address could be all you need to find ‘the one’, with new research highlighting Brisbane’s singles hotspots. Analysts from comparison website Finder trawled through census data like a lonely Millennial on Tinder and found there were 689,000 singles in the river city. This one is listed at 1004/8 Lochaber St, Dutton Park for offers over $349,000“I think it is more age than relationship status that changes the vibe of an area. And kids defintely change the vibe,” she said. Single chef Tom Quinn lives in Nundah but works at the Collingwood Black cafe in Albion.“Albion seems popular with singles. There’s often that first date vibe going on at the cafe,” he said. “I wouldn’t move to be closer to singles. I’m close enought that I can commute in. If I lived in somewhere like Ipswich, for example. I would probably move.”last_img read more