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$3 million in Northern Border commission funding for economic development

first_imgRep. Peter Welch and leaders from throughout the Northeast Kingdom outlined economic development opportunities presented by the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) during a press conference Thursday morning in Newport.At Newport s Gateway Center, on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, Welch announced the first-ever round of funding appropriated to the NBRC by the U.S. House in July. The $3 million federal investment will help launch the four state regional commission, opening the door for increased funding opportunities for projects in Northern Vermont and its neighboring regions. This groundbreaking regional effort will help northern New England and New York develop a comprehensive economic development strategy and provide significant federal investment to community-based projects in the region, Welch said. By collaborating across state lines and investing in the region s tremendous assets, this effort will help the Northeast Kingdom and the rest of northern Vermont enhance its infrastructure and spur economic development. Most importantly, it will bring jobs to the region.Modeled after the highly successful Appalachian Regional Commission, the NBRC is a federal-state partnership focused on economic development in the northernmost regions of Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and New York. Created in 1998 with the passage of the Farm Bill, the NBRC will fund community-based efforts ranging from broadband deployment to renewable energy projects to tourism development.Vermont s Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille and Orleans counties are among 36 counties included in the regional development effort. The NBRC will include representatives from each of the states, as well as a presidentially-appointed co-chair.Welch was joined at Thursday s event by a broad range of leaders from the Northeast Kingdom, including Bill Stenger, president and owner of Jay Peak; Jon Freeman, president of the Northern Community Investment Corp.; Dave Snedeker, planning director of the Northeastern Vermont Development Association; Sen. Vince Illuzzi; Newport Mayor Paul Monette; Newport City Manager John Ward; and Trish Sears, CEO of Newport Renaissance.Source: Welch’s office.last_img read more

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Colin Kaepernick kickstarted his protest against police brutality OTD, four years ago

first_img LIVE TV Written By WE RECOMMEND SUBSCRIBE TO US 1 month ago Navy SEALs cut ties with national museum over Colin Kaepernick K-9 demonstration video COMMENT Last Updated: 26th August, 2020 17:54 IST Colin Kaepernick Kickstarted His Protest Against Police Brutality OTD, Four Years Ago August 26, 2016, was the first time Colin Kaepernick protested against racial violence. Since then his ‘Take a Knee’ protest has grown into a global movement. August  26, 2016, was the first time Colin Kaepernick protested against racial violence and police brutality. What eventually led to his ‘Take a Knee’ movement began with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback sitting on the bench during the national anthem during a preseason game. Kaepernick’s movement originated just over a month after Alton Sterling, an African-American, was shot and killed by two police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The unexpected protest overshadowed the preseason game between the 49ers and the Packers and brought a lot of negative limelight on the player. Kaepernick, however, persisted with his protests, opting to instead kneel during the national anthem a week later.”I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of colour,” Colin Kaepernick told NFL media after his preseason was subject to heavy criticism. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”Also Read | Navy SEALs Use ‘Colin Kaepernick Stand-in’ To Demonstrate K-9 Dog Attack: WatchColin Kaepernick kneeling protests defined 2016 NFL seasonThe 49ers were largely criticised for their unfair treatment of Kaepernick because of his protests. However, after Kaepernick’s protest, the franchise defended the player’s right to choose whether he wants to stand during the national anthem or not. “The national anthem is and always will be a special part of the pre-game ceremony. It is an opportunity to honour our country and reflect on the great liberties we are afforded as its citizens. In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose and participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem,” their statement from August 2016 read. Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem for the first time on September 1. He continued with his protests for the entirety of the 2016 season, which many experts believe is the reason behind his exit from the NFL. The 49ers failed to make it to the playoffs that year after finishing the season with a dismal 2-14 record.Also Read | Pete Carroll Reveals Regret At Not Signing Colin Kaepernick For Seahawks Back In 2016During the 2017 offseason, Kaepernick announced his intention to enter free agency after the 49ers told the quarterback that he will be released from his contract. Kaepernick was not offered a contract by any team and he remains a free agent till date. Fast forward to 2020 and Kaepernick’s Take a Knee movement has become a go-to for celebrities across the world to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis sparked a global anti-racism movement, which unsurprisingly brought Kapernick’s 2016 protests back into the mix.NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a video statement this year that the league was wrong in not listening to Kaepernick and other players about racism. In a separate interview, Goodell also stated he is encouraging NFL teams to offer a contact to the quarterback. The 32-year-old was linked to the likes of Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles Chargers and Jacksonville Jaguars. With the 2020 season around the corner, nothing has materialised for Kaepernick so far.  First Published: 26th August, 2020 17:53 IST WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Sujay Chakraborty 3 weeks ago Trump vs sports! POTUS slams Roger Goodell for allowing players to kneel during anthem 3 months ago Colin Kaepernick tweets ‘Rest in Power George Floyd’ after Minneapolis police killing 1 week ago Lions skip practice after discussing shooting of Jacob Blake Also Read | Colin Kaepernick NFL Return: Teams Who Can Sign Ex-49ers QB; Jaguars, Patriots Or TitansAlso Read | Navy SEALs Cut Ties With National Museum Over Colin Kaepernick K-9 Demonstration Video(Image Credits: AP) 1 month ago Navy SEALs use ‘Colin Kaepernick stand-in’ to demonstrate K-9 dog attack: Watchlast_img read more