Governor Shumlin taps Beth Robinson to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced the appointment of Beth Robinson to serve on the Vermont Supreme Court. An attorney with nearly two decades of experience practicing law in Vermont, Robinson is also a  widely respected civil rights advocate whose work to secure marriage equality rights in Vermont earned wide national recognition. Robinson will replace Justice Denise Johnson, who is retiring.   Robinson practiced law for 18 years at Langrock Sperry & Wool in Middlebury and Burlington, with a civil practice that included workers’ compensation, family law, employment law, negligence and injury cases. She served as co-counsel in the case of Baker versus Vermont, the landmark case that led to Vermont’s passage of a first-in-the-nation civil union law, and led the successful quest for full marriage equality for same-sex couples in Vermont.  ‘I am proud to appoint Beth Robinson to the Supreme Court,’ the governor said. ‘Beth’s strong legal background, experience with crafting legislation at the State House and commitment to the equal rights of all Vermonters will make her an exceptional justice on the Vermont Supreme Court. While I am thrilled to see Beth go to the Court and believe her to be the best qualified of an extraordinary pool of candidates, I am also sad to lose Beth as my legal counsel. In addition to depending on Beth’s sound legal advice, it is a pleasure to work with her every day.” Robinson added, ‘I’m humbled by the confidence that Governor Shumlin has placed in me, and deeply grateful both for the opportunity I’ve had to serve his administration these past 10 months, and for the chance to serve Vermont’s judiciary in the years to come.’  Robinson graduated from Dartmouth College in 1986 and the University of Chicago Law School in 1989.    According to the Vermont Superme Court Web site, Denise R. Johnson was born in Wyandotte, Michigan. She graduated from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan (A.B., 1969); the University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., 1974); and the University of Virginia School of Law (LLM, 1995). She taught at the Vermont Law School, 1978-79; served as an Assistant Attorney General, Chief, Public Protection Division, 1980-88; served as chair, Vermont Human Rights Commission, 1988-1990. Appointed Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, December 3, 1990, by Governor Kunin.Governor’s office. 10.18.2011last_img read more

Luxurious Springfield Lakes home, on 884sq m block, for sale

first_imgMore from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 201930 Cottonwood Crescent, Springfield Lakes. 30 Cottonwood Crescent, Springfield Lakes.Michael and Amy Ryan moved to Springfield Lakes for the community lifestyle.With two small children, Mrs Ryan said the number of parks and schools was exceptional. “Our kids have had the opportunity to grow up and play along with many neighbours’ children on a daily basis,” she said. “Its location was perfect for us, as our family live out at Ipswich and to get to work in Brisbane is only a 25-minute drive.”Mrs Ryan said there was lots of public transport, and their home, at 30 Cottonwood Cres, was five minutes from the local shopping centre and water park. “It ticked all the boxes for us,” she said. 30 Cottonwood Crescent, Springfield Lakes.The newly retained and feature-finished fence allows for a huge playing area, with a small netball court, sandpit and playground already there. “The house is perfect for some­one looking for an exceptional location with beautiful neighbours that look out for each other,” Mrs Ryan said. “A small growing family will love the area and the hosting abilities this house can offer.”center_img 30 Cottonwood Crescent, Springfield Lakes.The couple, who designed and built the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home in 2008 are selling it for a lifestyle change and their growing family’s interest.“A move down the coast and (being) close to the beach has always been a long-time goal of ours,” Mrs Ryan said.She said the outdoor living area was unique and renovated only 18 months ago. There’s a full-length built-in barbecue area with surrounded by polished concrete. “There is enough room to host large family parties, which continues out to the 884sq m block,” Mrs Ryan said.The property has plenty of room for a pool to be put in. last_img read more

Ensco, Rowan get UK clearance for merger

first_imgOffshore drilling company Ensco and its rival Rowan Companies have received approval from the UK competition authorities for their imminent merger.Ensco 72; Image by SP Mac/Flickr – under permission from the photographerEnsco on Friday said the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority gave its clearance, adding that the transaction remained subject to satisfaction or waiver of certain other conditions, including approval by the shareholders of both Ensco and Rowan along with other regulatory and court approvals. Ensco’s General Meeting to approve resolutions relating to the transaction with Rowan is scheduled for Thursday, February 21, 2019.In a separate statement on Friday, Rowan confirmed it had received clearance from the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority for its pending combination with Ensco.As reported in January, Ensco and Rowan signed an amended transaction agreement under which the companies will combine in an all-stock transaction.Under the terms of the amended transaction agreement, upon closing, Rowan shareholders will receive 2.750 Ensco shares for each Rowan share. All other terms and conditions of the transaction agreement that Ensco and Rowan entered into on October 7, 2018, remain the same.According to company statements from October 2018, the combined fleet of the two companies would consist of 28 floating rigs (semi-subs and drillships) and 54 jack-ups. The number includes two drillships and one jack-up rig under construction and does not include rigs which are part of Rowan’s ARO joint venture in Saudi Arabia.Within the fleet of 28 floating rigs are 25 ultra-deepwater rigs capable of drilling in water depths of greater than 7,500 feet, with an average age of six years. According to Ensco, the combined fleet will also have the second-largest fleet of the highest-specification drillships in the industry, with 11 of these seventh generation ultra-deepwater rigs.As for the jack-ups, the 54-rig jack-up fleet would include 38 units that are equipped with “many of the advanced features requested by clients with shallow-water drilling programs,” such as increased leg length, expanded cantilever reach and greater hoisting capacity. Among the combined company’s jack-up fleet are seven ultra-harsh environment units and nine additional modern harsh environment rigs.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Jones accepts Gustafsson’s challenge at UFC 165

first_imgLight heavyweight champion Jon Jones, left, and Swedish challenger Alexander Gustafsson attend a news conference in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, ahead of the UFC 165 mixed martial arts event Saturday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Neil Davidson)by Greg BeachamAP Sports WriterJon Jones saw all the zeros next to Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s name. He knows how much money the world’s best boxer made while dominating his opponent last weekend.If Jones does something similar to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 165 in Toronto this weekend, he realizes the reward for being arguably the world’s top mixed martial artist is only a fraction of Mayweather’s $40 million-plus payday.And it doesn’t bother the UFC light heavyweight champion at all.“I’m grateful to make the money I make,” Jones said. “As a 26-year-old, I never would have imagined being in this position. And I’m also a person that doesn’t believe money is the key to life or happiness.”Jones (18-1) is the UFC’s main attraction at Air Canada Centre on Saturday when he steps into the octagon with Sweden’s Gustafsson (15-1), the latest 205-pounder to take a shot at ending Jones’ 2½-year championship reign. If Jones wins, he’ll break Tito Ortiz’s promotion record with his sixth successful title defense.But MMA’s probable pound-for-pound champion won’t get anything near the jaw-dropping reward given to Mayweather for schooling Saul Alvarez. The financial disparities for the stars of these related sports have been topics of contention for years.But don’t look for any indignation from Jones, who also has endorsement deals with Nike and Gatorade. The MMA champion and his two NFL-star brothers grew up on discounted school lunches, and he’s willing to be patient with a young sport he picked up just six years ago.“Just being comfortable makes me happy,” he said. “I don’t need those type of paydays. Would it be nice? It would be great to get paid the way other pro athletes get paid. I believe it will come. I’m just going to keep doing my part. … If somebody is going to pay me over a million dollars to fight, do you think I’m going to talk trash about that? No way. I’m so happy. I think $40 million, that’s like ridiculous, in a good way.”UFC 165 also features interim bantamweight titlist Renan Barao, unbeaten in 30 straight fights since his pro debut in 2005, defending his belt against former WEC champ Eddie Wineland. Heavyweights Brendan Schaub and Matt Mitrione also meet.Just like Canelo, Gustafsson is the most logical challenger to a dominant champion. He has won six straight fights since his only career loss in April 2010, and nobody doubts he deserves the title shot given to him by UFC President Dana White.Although Jones is a heavy favorite to defeat Gustafsson, the challenger is among the few 205-pound contenders who can match Jones’ impressive frame. At 6-foot-5, Gustafsson is slightly taller than Jones, although the champion’s 84½-inch wingspan is a bit broader.“It’s not always about reach,” said Gustafsson, who trains in Stockholm and San Diego. “It’s about footwork. It’s being fast, in and out. Stuff like that. I’m really making sure I’ve really done my homework here, and I’m super motivated.”But Jones is confident he can overcome any size similarities with his combination of study and skill.“I’m really excited to prove that my size is just a really small part of what makes me, me,” Jones said. “If my height was the reason for my dominance, I think half the NBA would be top guys in the UFC. Gustafsson, he’s really nothing like me.“What gets me motivated is he hasn’t had the life,” Jones added. “He wants to be the top dog. A lot of the guys I’ve fought before, they’ve been there and they didn’t appreciate it, and they lost it. Alexander has never been there, so there’s a fire that I’m sure he has that gets me fired up.”Jones, who combs through his opponents’ interviews for threads to unravel their psyche, also said he found motivation for the fight in a Swedish interview in which Gustafsson called him an immature bully.So dominant for so long, it’s not surprising Jones has to go looking for new motivations — and the next one after Gustafsson might be the next weight class.Jones has spent much of this promotion entertaining questions about his eventual move to heavyweight, even as he claims he plans to chase Anderson Silva’s all-division record of 10 consecutive title defenses. While Jones won’t set a date for a move, he’s already scoping out UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, saying: “There’s some things I could do athletically that Cain has never seen before.”“I want to do what makes the fans happy, and I know the fans want to see me take a heavyweight fight,” Jones added. “My biggest goal was just to establish this record at light heavyweight, and once this record is established, the day after the fight, the 22nd, we can start thinking about what’s going to be most interesting for the fans to see.“If Dana wants a certain fight that makes sense, after this fight would be the time to offer it to me.”And while not even a pay-per-view meeting with Velasquez would be likely to match the Mayweather-Alvarez fight’s jaw-dropping $150 million in television sales, Jones abides. He thinks MMA is much like himself — young, hungry and heading toward a lucrative future.“Right after the Mayweather fight, I got so many messages, and they were all the same: ‘Now it’s time for a real fight,’” Jones said.“‘It’s official, boxing is over, Mayweather is the only guy that matters left in the sport. After Mayweather, the sport is officially gone.’ It just seems like the fans are so ready for MMA to be bigger. It seems like in the fans’ eyes, this is the fight sport. I just think it’s going to take more time. What we’ve been able to do in our short history is remarkable.”Sports, Men’s sports, Mixed martial arts, Martial arts, AP Party, 1, Teragram, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Jon Jones, Men’s martial arts, Dana White, Saul Alvarez, Anderson Silva, 4479last_img read more

Cyclists Plan Red Bank Road Race

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK – Professional cyclists could be taking competitive laps around the borough this summer, organizers are hoping.The National Cycling Association (NCA) and the USA CRITS Professional Cycling League want borough officials to approve its plan to hold a championship cycling event on Aug. 6 that organizers say would draw roughly 200 professional racing cyclists and more than 5,000 spectators.Organizers have already found a primary sponsor:  Triumph Brewing Company has agreed to support the proposed event, according to Jack Simes, chief executive officer for NCA and producer for Red Bank Championship Cycling. Simes is also the co-founder of the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pro Cycling Championship.Triumph, which has locations in New Hope, Pennsylvania, and Princeton, is constructing a Red Bank site on Bridge Avenue, as part of the West Side Lofts project.Adam Rechnitz, an area resident, is owner and operator of the brewing company, and he and his twin brother, Josh, are both cycling enthusiasts who have thrown their support behind the event, Simes said.Simes said organizers had a meeting with the borough Special Events Committee and organizers are planning to bring a slightly revised plan back to the committee as soon as it can be scheduled. “It’s already 2016 and there’s a lot of planning to do,” Simes pointed out.The committee includes borough administrator Stanley Sickels, a police department representative as well as a representative from the borough council, among others, who evaluate the proposals before making their recommendations and forward them to the mayor and council, who have the final say on approval.Organizers also met with James Scavone and Amanda Lynn, executive director and program manager for Red Bank RiverCenter, respectively, to stress what organizers say will be an economic benefit for the business community. “It was quite well received,” by the RiverCenter representatives, said Simes.RiverCenter is the management and advocacy organization for the borough’s commercial Special Improvement District.“From the meetings we had, they seem genuinely interested in this and having a well run event in Red Bank,” said event director Ryan Oelkers, a former professional racing cyclist who spent 10 years on the race circuit, referring to borough representatives.“We think Red Bank is the perfect venue for the event we want to run there,” Oelkers said. “You have the Navesink River there; you have the bars and restaurants. It just seems like a great fit.”Plans call for the main event staged by USA CRITS, in which racers compete in a .99-mile criterium street event. The races will start and end on Broad Street with the route on Harding Road, Clay Street, Canal Street, Mechanic Street, Globe Court and on to East Front Street, through the borough’s downtown, according to information provided to the special events committee. Those races would take place in the early evening, probably starting at 7 p.m.Criterium racing involves high-speed contests conducted in an active, urban environment. If approved, it will be one of 13 races USA CRITS will hold between March 19 and Sept. 17, from Boston, Massachusetts, to Clearwater, Florida, to Boise, Idaho and St. Louis, Missouri, and are expected to attract some of the best cyclists from around the world. Racers will compete for more than a total of $250,000 in prize money for the series of races.In addition to the main event, organizers are planning supporting activities. There will a “Gran Fondo” (Italian for “Large Ride”), an amateur ride from Red Bank to Freehold and back that would be open to riders of all abilities. In addition, Simes said plans call for an ongoing youth program to promote safety and cycling as a healthy lifestyle activity. “Cycling has proven to be a great activity in fighting childhood obesity,” Simes said. “More so than many other sports.”“This will be something that will be good for business, good for the cafes and restaurants,” with hopes that this will become an annual event, Simes said.Mayor Pasquale Menna said he didn’t have any details about the proposal, but noted a similar annual event held in the borough more than 20 years ago. That event was eventually discontinued because of complaints from residents and businesses, according to the mayor.Neighboring Fair Haven hosted Tour de Fair Haven cycling races for five years but canceled the event after a racer was killed colliding with a race official in 2013.A similar event, the Athens, Georgia, Twilight Criterium, has been held for 30 years. And, according to Oelkers, “It’s their biggest night and day in their calendar year,” of events, a clear success for local businesses.Oelkers also suspected August is a good time for the event, given it’s a traditionally slow period for attractions.last_img read more