First Lady’s visit to Vermont military families video on vpt.org

first_imgVermont Public Television covered the visit by First Lady Michelle Obama to the Vermont National Guard on Thursday afternoon, June 30, and has posted video of it on http://www.vpt.org/(link is external).The 24-minute video includes a welcome from Major General Michael Dubie, who introduced Marcelle Leahy.  Mrs. Leahy introduced the First Lady, who thanked the service members and their families gathered at the Aviation Support Facility in South Burlington.  She praised the work of Guard members at home and overseas.At the event, she also talked about the Joining Forces initiative to support military families and veterans that she and Jill Biden lead.  She highlighted efforts of Vermonters to support the troops and their families, including the work of people in Hyde Park, to help a wounded veteran.  She encouraged others to volunteer, saying, ‘No one can do everything, but everyone can do something.’last_img read more

Jurors say arrogance and compelling evidence brought down Stanford

first_imgJurors in the recent trial of convicted Texas financier Allen Stanford say his arrogance and greed as well as compelling evidence by his former chief financial officer were primarily responsible for his conviction and the forfeiture of US $330 million in assets.The eight men and four women jury on March 6 found Stanford guilty on 13 of 14 counts. Two days later, the same jury decided that Stanford must forfeit US$330 million in assets in 29 bank accounts seized by the US government.Stanford was convicted of masterminding a “massive” US$7 billion Ponzi scheme by bilking tens of thousands of investors of high-yield certificates of deposit at his Antigua-owned Stanford International Bank (SIB).“The jury returned unanimous verdicts, and we think they speak for themselves,” Jury foreman John Wojciak, an environmental engineer, told reporters.Bruce Forrest, a 47, an alternate juror and optician, said prosecutors presented “overwhelming evidence” that resulted in Stanford’s conviction.He said the testimony of James Davis, Stanford’s ex-finance chief, was the most compelling.Davis, who made a plea deal with the US government, testified against his former boss for five days during the six-week trial.Forrest also recalled testimony from Sohil Merchant, Stanford’s information technology chief, who testified to having to repeatedly fly in laptops to replace ones the tycoon had smashed against walls or dropped into water.“There’s an arrogance that goes with that,” Forrest said, adding “and to find out he used other people’s money in order to accomplish all this. Along with arrogance comes greed”.Je, however, lamented that Stanford did not take the stand on his own behalf.“He might regret that now,” Forrest said. “It’s always nice to hear from him”.But another juror, Carlos Anez, 27, an industrial engineer, said it would not have made any difference if Stanford had personally testified, given the overwhelming evidence against him.“It was a lot,” he said, disclosing that the jury had briefly deadlocked on one count, the allegation that Stanford had bribed Antiguan banking regulator Leroy King with tickets for the National Football League’s final, “The Super Bowl”.King has also been indicted in the scheme and faces extradition from his native Antigua.Anez said jurors were unsure about the rules were in Antigua. Stanford was acquitted on that count.Stanford’s lawyers had unsuccessfully asked Judge David Hitter, who presided over the case, to delay the trial, claiming that their client was suicidal and might never sufficiently recover from a 2009 jail house beating by another inmate, to face a jury.In addition, defence lawyers claimed that Stanford was addicted to prescription anti-anxiety drugs and had spent almost nine months in a US federal prison hospital in North Carolina in a detoxification program.But Hittner ruled that Stanford was legally competent to stand trial.“That will be an issue,” said Ali Fazel, one of Stanford’s lawyers. “It will be a lengthy appeal.”Antigua Observer NewsRegional Jurors say arrogance and compelling evidence brought down Stanford by: – March 13, 2012 Tweet 14 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Liverpool close to signing Bayern Munich star

first_img Loading… It is said that the clubs are in advanced negotiations for a deal which will cost in the region of €35m (£31.5m) with the talks focus around the structure of the payment rather than the amount.The 29-year-old’s deal in Bavaria is set to expire in the summer of 2021 and despite the club keen to renew his deal, the player has backed off and looks set to end his seven-year stay at Munich.Last week, a report in German outlet Sport Bild claimed the Spain international is expecting to leave the Bundesliga champions this summer and had been the first to report of interest from the Reds. Read Also: Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claimsAs highlighted by transfermarkt.de, the central midfielder has a market valuation of €48m and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is said to be a huge fan of his technical ability and would love to add him to his midfield ranks this summer.Thiago joined Bayern in 2013 after they activated his €25m release clause at Barcelona and whilst he has been linked with a return to the Camp Nou at several points in his career since, no move has ever come to fruition and now appears unlikely due to the Blaugrana’s options in the position.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ Careers8 Fascinating Facts About CoffeeThe Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Liverpool are ‘very close’ to completing the signing of Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara, as per a report in Diario Sport.Advertisementlast_img read more

Traugott stampedes again at Dodge City

first_imgCole Traugott raced from the fourth row in repeating as the winner of Dodge City Raceway Park’s IMCA Modified Stampede special. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley)By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (May 6) – Cole Traugott continues to hold the hot hand in IMCA Modifieds at Dodge City Raceway Park, rallying from the fourth row to take the $1,200 winner’s share in Satur­day night’s fifth annual Modified Stampede.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Traugott notched his second Modified Stam­pede win in a row and his eighth win in his last eight visits to Dodge City.In the 30-lap main event, Traugott took advantage of a pair of cautions in the opening half of the race to maneuver into the lead for keeps.“If it weren’t for the cautions, I’m not sure if I would have found it,” Traugott said in victory lane.  “That middle lane cleaned up some and I guess I was the first one to find it.  This car was working perfect.”While Traugott managed to climb from eight to fourth in the opening handful of laps, the chances of continuing his Dodge City domination seemed slim as he trailed the lead duo of Randy Wilson and Clay Sellard by a full straightaway and third-runner Austin Walker by a half-straight.But when the first caution flew after 11 laps for a turn two spin, Traugott pounced on Walker for third and gave chase to the lead duo.A second and final caution flew four rounds later, with Traugott once again taking advantage by battling past Sellard on the high side on the 16th round and then working his way around Wilson for the lead on the 17th lap.Traugott stretched it out over the ensuing rounds, with Sellard working his way past Wilson for second by the 22nd round.  Traugott was too far gone though, taking the checkered flag nearly a half straightaway ahead of Sellard with Wilson settling for third.Austin Walker took fourth with David Murray working his way up from tenth to round out the top five.Other feature winners were Angel Munoz in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Duane Wahrman in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Dakota Sproul in the IMCA SportMods;Feature results – 1. Cole Traugott; 2. Clay Sellard; 3. Randy Wilson; 4. Tanner Black; 5. David Murray Jr.; 6. Nick Link; 7. Chris Bragg; 8. Ryan Heger; 9. Dale Wanger; 10. Kevin Gray; 11. Jer­emy Chambers; 12. Trent Gray; 13. Mike Lunow; 14. Tom Beavers; 15. Jack Kirchoff; 16. Kale Beavers; 17. Jessie Hoskins; 18. Chris Dawson; 19. David Solberg.last_img read more