first_imgNoyes Named Acting Commissioner of Housing and Community AffairsMONTPELIER, Vt. – The former Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Economic Development has been named the acting Commissioner of Housing and Community Affairs.William Noyes will take charge of the department when acting Commissioner Molly Dugan steps down later this month, according to Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn.Dugan, who has been deputy housing commissioner since 2006, has been filling the top slot since former housing commissioner John Hall stepped down this spring.”Bill’s experience within our agency will serve him well in his new role,” said Dorn, whose agency includes both the housing and economic development departments. “He is familiar with the people and the issues and will be able to hit the ground running.”Noyes, 58, of Barre, joined the Department of Economic Development in June 2006 after serving nine years as second in command at the Vermont National Guard under former Adjutant General Martha Rainville.Prior to that, Noyes spent more than 20 years working in the private sector, including managing two radio stations, WSNO-AM and WORK-FM, before joining the Guard full time.”I’m looking forward to working with the staff at Housing and Community Affairs,” Noyes said. “The Community Development Program, Division of Community Planning and Revitalization, and Division for Historic Preservation are all outstanding teams and make valuable contributions to our state.”The Department of Housing and Community Affairs administers programs related to housing; the Downtown and Community Development Block Grant programs; and planning and historic preservation.”Together, we will continue to provide services that will help strengthen Vermont’s downtowns and village centers and build vibrant communities,” Noyes said.Dugan, who worked for the Vermont League of Cities and Towns before joining the agency in 2001, was head of the Vermont Community Development Program before being promoted to DHCA Deputy Commissioner. She is leaving state government to pursue another opportunity.last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 10 September 2018Family First Comment: Sex trafficking and under- age prostitution – sadly in our own backyard. But when an industry is normalised and promoted, what do you expect!?Police were alerted to a couple pimping out a 15-year-old after the girl’s mum discovered on social media she’d been flown from Christchurch to work in central Auckland brothels.Taton Sebastian Smith, 35, and Tahleicia Elizabeth Seil, 25, were sentenced last Friday in the Auckland District Court by Judge Eddie Paul for assisting someone under 18 to provide sexual services.Smith was jailed for two years and 10 months, while Seil will serve nine months’ home detention after they had earlier pleaded guilty.Earlier this year, the Herald revealed one of New Zealand’s most sickening criminal cases and just the third conviction for slave trading in the country’s legal history.Kasmeer Lata was jailed for six years and 11 months in April for keeping her daughter as a sex slave, turning her Auckland home into a brothel, and selling the 15-year-old to men some 1000 times over a two-year period.Justice Matthew Muir said at Lata’s sentencing: “New Zealand’s courts will not [tolerate] the prostitution of children.”Her partner, Avneensh Sehgal, who attempted to flee to India, was also imprisoned.And just last month, the Herald reported on a Lower Hutt woman who planned to sexually exploit her 10-year-old granddaughter to sex criminal Andrew Davie.Davie was jailed for three years and five months, while the grandma was sentenced to three years and three months in prison.READ MORE: read more

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Seventeen chassis builders vie for national and regional honors in IMCA’s 10th annual Manufacturer’s Cup contest.The national crown will be accompanied by a $500 prize and trophy while plaques go to the top builder in each of the five Modified regions.Standings will again be based on makes of chassis driven by top 10 drivers in each region. 2018 champions will be named based on points for individual regions while the builder with the highest point total overall will be named IMCA’s national Manufacturer of the Year.“Many of the best chassis builders in the nation are part of this program,” noted IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “We are coming off the best year in contest history, with different winners in each of the five regions and a close contest nation-wide that sets up a good encore for 2018.”First-time Manufacturer’s Cup entries are Fury Chassis of Stuart, Neb., Lethal Chassis of Mooresville, N.C., and Longhorn Chassis of Trinity, N.C.Builders returning to Cup competition include B & B Racing Chassis of Belle Plaine, Minn.; BMS Race Cars of Great Bend, Kan.; CAM Chassis of Midlothian, Texas; DeVilbiss Racing Chassis of Farming­ton, N.M.; Dirt Works Race Cars of Oronogo, Mo.; GRT Race Cars of Greenbrier, Ark.; Harris Auto Racing of Boone; Jet Racing of Beatrice, Neb.; Larry Shaw Race Cars of Batesville, Ark.; Rage Chassis of West Union; Razor Chassis of Platte Center, Neb.; Side Biter Chassis of Clear Lake; Skyrocket Chassis of Fertile; and Victory by Moyer of Des Moines.All builders entered in the Manufacturers’ Cup contest have the opportunity to display a car at Boone Speedway during the Sept. 3-8 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Ca­sey’s.Manufacturer’s Cup awards will be presented during the IMCA national banquet in November.last_img read more

first_imgThat first hit in 12 years hurt. During a recent practice, Chad Bentz found himself lying on the ground, the victim of a hard hit from the team’s star linebacker. Bentz, a 30-year-old Castleton junior, felt a pain in his upper chest, like the time he broke his collarbone. ‘And I thought, ‘There’s my college football career, and it’s over in 30 seconds,” Bentz said Wednesday. That afternoon was Bentz’s first collegiate practice in full pads and in full-contract drills. A few minutes after the hit, a trainer looked at him, pressed on his collarbone and gave him the OK to return. Until this September, the last time Bentz played football was in high school, about 12 years ago. Bentz gave up playing football for the dream of becoming a major league pitcher. He achieved that dream for a while, but not for long enough.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Now the Spartans’ fullback, this is one man’s odd story of making it to a different sort of show. This fall, Bentz enrolled in Castleton to pursue an education degree and become a physical education teacher. On the first day of class, the sun shone brightly, and Bentz’s attention wandered outside. During a two-hour break between classes, he walked over to where the football team practiced and went into head coach Rich Alercio’s office. The two men knew each other — Bentz had coached Alercio’s son in baseball. They chatted, and Bentz asked polite and interested questions about Alercio’s squad. Bentz remembers what came next as a halfhearted statement. ‘I’d really love to play for you, you know,’ Bentz said to Alercio. ‘So why don’t you?’ Alercio said. Bentz was surprised, and he asked Alercio if he meant it. Alercio said he was serious. Why not? Alercio told Bentz to just give it a shot. ‘I responded with, ‘Let me go check out over with the missus (sic) and talk it over with my wife,” Bentz said. Even before this year’s football season, Bentz was a familiar figure at Castleton. Starting in 2004, Bentz would go to work out with the Castleton baseball team when he came home for professional baseball’s offseason. Bentz played two seasons in the major leagues. In 2004, he played for the Montreal Expos, and the next year, he went to the Florida Marlins. In those two seasons, Bentz pitched 29-and-two-thirds innings and ended up with a 7.58 ERA. Bentz is a lefty who was born with a right hand that just never grew fully, leaving him without a developed right hand. He enjoyed pitching against live hitters at Castleton. He would work in the bullpen, too, and dispense tips to the Castleton players. That was the deal. Free use of the gym, if he helped groom Castleton baseball head coach Ted Shipley’s players. ‘He would just be one of the guys. He’d do everything that we’d do,’ Shipley said recently. Each year, Shipley asked about his plans for the next season. The plans changed some every time, and eventually Bentz stopped playing professional baseball altogether. ‘It’s the nature of the business. You have to produce, or they’ll find someone who will,’ Shipley said. But as Bentz’s baseball career faded, a new career began. After his impromptu recruitment visit with Alercio, Bentz failed to even wait until he got home to tell his wife that he wanted to embrace the impulses of his youth and play football again. On the car ride home from Castleton, he asked her permission to play over the phone. ‘What do you think about me playing football?’ he asked his wife. ‘Are you serious?’ she said. Bentz confessed his early doubts, but his desire as well. And he said she agreed to let him play on the spot. Just as well, Bentz said, in case something went wrong or he decided against playing, he could blame it on his wife wanting him at home. His wife took just a little cajoling. He found the task more difficult when he talked to a different family member. ‘My mom was the worst. No matter how old you get, moms are the same,’ he said. Working Bentz into the Spartans’ offense will take time, said Alercio. Bentz knows his job in a few plays now, and Alercio adds a new play per week to Bentz’s knowledge. Bentz needs to know his exact role on the field to play well in a game, Alercio said. ‘You don’t want to have a 6-foot-2-inch, 265-pound former professional athlete with indecision out there,’ Alercio said. The offensive scheme calls on Bentz to play in short-yardage, goal-line situations for when the Spartans’ need him to pick up a tough yard. So far Bentz focuses on lowering his head down and running through the hole. And if Bentz wanted to, he could play at Castleton until his eligibility runs out. Somehow he figures he will quit playing prior to that. He plans to graduate before then, anyway. Said Bentz: ‘I guess I have another three years left. That’s the rumor, anyway.’ No. 11 Wisconsin at No. 24 Michigan State Prediction: Wisconsin 30, Michigan State 14 Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio will return to the Spartans this week, but it will take a lot more for Michigan State to triumph over Wisconsin. Badgers running back John Clay will run all over the Spartans’ defense. No. 7 Florida at No. 1 Alabama Prediction: Alabama 24, Florida 20 In this week’s most intriguing matchup, Alabama will get another serious test from conference foe Florida this week, after just surviving an upset-minded Arkansas team the week before. Florida will take this down to the wire, but the Crimson Tide will prevail. No. 9 Stanford at No. 4 Oregon Prediction: Oregon 27, Stanford 17 A battle of early-season West Coast superpowers, Stanford will look to upset the Ducks. But watch for Oregon to eek this one out. No. 22 Penn State at No. 17 Iowa Prediction: Penn State 20, Iowa 17 Look for Joe Paterno’s team to come onto Iowa’s home turf and give the Hawkeyes a nasty surprise. No. 8 Oklahoma at No. 21 Texas Prediction: Oklahoma 32, Texas 20 For this year’s edition of the Red River Rivalry, Texas takes Oklahoma at home, but victory will prove elusive for the Longhorns. [email protected] Published on September 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more