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first_img                                                Nightly Lodging                       $3.91 daily                                                Full Room                                $23.54 weekly                                                Full room & Board                  $81.31 per week Vermont law requires all employers to post the minimum wage rates. Updated posters for both the minimum wage and meals and lodging allowance can be found at the Vermont Department of Labor’s website (www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external)) under the ‘News’ section. Information about the minimum wage or other wage and hour regulations impacting Vermont’s workforce can be found through the Vermont Department of Labor website at www.labor.vermont.gov(link is external) or contact the Department of Labor Wage and Hour program at 802-828-0267.VT Dept of Labor. 11.4.2011 The Department of Labor announced today that the state minimum wage will be increasing to $8.46 per hour from $8.15 per hour on January 1, 2012.  Vermont’s minimum wage increases at the same rate as the Consumer Price Index (CPI), as calculated in August, for the preceding year, or at 5%, which ever is less.  In addition, the same increase applies to the basic wage rate for tipped employees and the maximum tip credit allowed, as well as the State allowed rates for employer provided rooms and meals, that may be deducted from an employees pay.  All these changes stem from the CPI increase of one and one tenth percent, from 2.7% to 3.8%. Accordingly the basic wage rate for ‘service and tipped’ employees will increase to $4.10 per hour from $3.95.  Service or tipped employees may include individuals working in industries such as hotels, motels, tourist places, and restaurants that customarily and regularly receive more than $120.00 a month in tips for direct and personal service.  Tipped employees’ (as well as other employees) total earnings during a pay period must equal or exceed $8.46 per hour.  If a combination of tips and the basic wage do not meet that requirement, the employer must make up the difference.  An employer may deduct from wages earned, an allowance for meals and lodging actually furnished and accepted.  The allowances and the increased rates as of January 1, 2012 are as follows:                                                                                               Breakfast                                 $2.85 dailyLunch                                      $3.20 daily                                                Dinner                                     $3.56 daily                                                Full Board                               $9.61 daily or $67.29 per weeklast_img read more

first_imgBeijing: Ten-time winners China overwhelmed Thailand 3-0 to qualify for their 13th straight Sudirman Cup final on Saturday. China will play the final on Sunday against the winner between Japan and Indonesia who will vie for the other spot later in the day. The men’s doubles turned out to be a lopsided match as world’s No. 3 Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen outscored Tinn Isriyanet and Kittinupong Kedren 21-14, 21-17, helping China secure the final berth. En route to the final, China only conceded one game by sweeping India and Malaysia in group stage, both at 5-0, and beating Denmark 3-1 in the quarterfinals. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

first_imgAs the USC football team transitions into the offseason, the team’s best players are met with the decision to declare for the NFL Draft or prolong their careers in cardinal and gold. Any team with USC’s ability to attract top-tier recruits will lose a significant amount of talent after each season, and this year is no different. The offensive side of the ball will look especially new as head coach Clay Helton looks ahead to the 2018 season.Players Who Are LeavingJunior linebacker Cameron Smith has decided to extend his USC football career into his senior season. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanSam Darnold, USC’s star quarterback, is the biggest name out of USC’s departures. The redshirt sophomore has been at the top of draft boards since he led the Trojans to nine straight wins and a Rose Bowl victory in 2016. Darnold completed 63.1 percent of his passes for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season. Despite issues with ball security, Darnold’s arm strength, pocket awareness and ability to throw on the run have been enough to solidify his position as a definite top-five pick. He and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen are the two most likely candidates to be picked first overall by the Cleveland Browns.Running back Ronald Jones II was the team’s most consistent playmaker this season, tallying 1,550 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2017. The junior, who leaves as USC’s fifth all-time leading rusher, is projected to be drafted in the second or third round. However, his explosiveness and physicality could potentially convince a team to take him on the first day.The most recent draft declaration came from junior wide receiver Deontay Burnett on Monday. The six-foot, 170-pound wideout was Darnold’s favorite target for much of the season, catching 86 passes for 1,114 yards and nine scores. Despite lacking elite size, speed or strength, Burnett’s route-running and toughness made him integral to the Trojans’ offense, and should be enough to earn him a selection in the fourth or fifth round.USC will lose perhaps its best defensive player in senior outside linebacker and team captain Uchenna Nwosu. Besides his 75 tackles and 9.5 sacks this season, fans will remember Nwosu for his fourth down goal line tackle of Stanford running back Bryce Love III in the fourth quarter of the Pac-12 Championship Game, a key stop in the Trojans’ 31-28 victory. Nwosu is generally regarded as a mid-round prospect; he’s adept as an edge rusher and has the uncanny ability to knock down passes at the line, but he must work on his pass coverage to succeed at the next level.The team will lose its second leading tackler in redshirt senior safety Chris Hawkins. At 5’11” and 190 pounds, Hawkins, even more than Burnett, lacks the measurables of NFL players in his position. Although he was a fantastic college safety, there’s no guarantee he will be drafted.Confirmed ReturnersNwosu’s fellow captain and linebacker Cameron Smith announced Wednesday that he would be returning for his senior year. The junior led the team with 112 total tackles and took over defensive alignment and calls this year. Smith is a smart and instinctual player who makes quick reads and flies to the ball. His experience and leadership will be crucial to a team seeking continuity in the face of so many question marks on offense. Left tackle Toa Lobendahn also stated Wednesday that he will return for his last season in cardinal and gold. The redshirt junior enjoyed his first healthy season as a Trojan in 2017 after the previous two were cut short by knee injuries.Junior right tackle Chuma Edoga also confirmed his return in December.Outside linebacker Porter Gustin announced last week that he would be returning for his senior year. Gustin, who received some draft hype before the season, played only four games this season due to a torn bicep and  broken toe.Potential DeparturesThe last high-level prospect who could declare for the draft is defensive end Rasheem Green. Green’s ten sacks were good for the second most in the Pac-12 as the junior used his burst to get to the quarterback. Green may decide to return for his senior season to increase his strength, which should remain a concern when translating to the NFL. However, his quickness and hand technique could qualify him for rounds 3 through 5.There are a few other prospects who could enter the draft, but would likely be late round picks and should heavily consider staying at USC for at least another year. Junior cornerback Iman Marshall entered the season on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award for best defensive back, but an inconsistent and injury-plagued season derailed his high expectations. Junior safety Marvell Tell III and redshirt sophomore linebacker John Houston Jr. were productive defenders, but could also use an extra year to hone their craft.last_img read more

first_imgPee Wee 11 & Under Football Tournament…St Pius Primary made a resounding statement about their intention to retain the Courts Pee Wee 11 and under football tournament; as they stormed into the quarterfinal with a 5-1 victory.St Agnes Primary held off their opponents for a 2-0 winThe round of sixteen action went down at the Ministry of Education Ground, Carifesta Avenue on Saturday last, as St Agnes, Genesis, Timehri, Tucville, Soesdyke, North Georgetown, West Ruimveldt and St Pius Primary schools bagged wins to advance to the more exhilarating rounds of the competition.St Agnes Primary were the first to etch their names on the quarterfinal schedule as they brushed aside Redeemer Primary in a 2-0 affair. Cleon London granted St. Agnes the lead in the 16th. St Agnes maintain their 1-0 lead into the second as Shaquille Dalrymple extended the lead in the 38th for the win.Genesis Primary stunned Mae’s Under-12 Primary in a battle of the private institutions. Mae’s drew first blood in the 16th, when Elijah Bynoe found the back of the net. However, Genesis managed to pull off a ‘come from behind’ stunt when Ezekiel Yarde netted a brace in the 26th and 31st minutes to shatter Mae’s quarterfinal dreams.Timehri primary were made to hold their nerve in their encounter against St Stephen’s Primary, as they defended a lone goal for the victory. Esteban Medina was once again the man for Timehri, netting a goal in the 19th. Thereafter, the boys from Timehri fought hard to hold off their opponents for a win.Genesis Primary fought hard to pull off a comebackSoesdyke displayed their dominance against Craig in a 3-0 encounter. Samuel Tasher opened the scoring in the 11th and the team held onto the 1-0 lead into the half. When Craig thought they could make a comeback, Jermaine Mitchell bagged two goals in the 25th and 27th for the win.Tucville Primary edged past Marian Academy to book their quarterfinal spot. Wayne Solomon was the man with the golden boot for Tucville, with a goal in the 17th for the 1-0 win.North Georgetown was excellent once again as they registered a 3-1 victory. Garey Primo started the scoring early with a goal in the second to give North Georgetown an early lead. St Ambrose’s Keandre Carr levelled the scores in the 10th, to intensify the game. However, Primo netted his second goal in the 26th and Akeem Joyce netted another in the 31st to seal the victory.Last year’s runner ups West Ruimveldt Primary fought hard to keep their slate clean as they defeated Enterprise Primary 2-0. Cleon La Rose scored the team’s first goal in 8th and then minutes later Emanuel Phillips found the back of the net in controversial circumstances to secure the second goal.Jamal Fraser once again led from the front for St Pius Primary as they trashed Uitvlugt Primary 5-1. Bryan Brown was the first to etch his name on the score sheet in the 6th and was closely followed by Troy Macy in the 8th. Jamal Fraser netted the first of his two 18th to finish the first half 3-0.An own goal was the only blemish on St Pius record, which came in 21st. Donovan Welcome and Jamal Fraser then scored back to back goals in the 38th and 39th for the 5-1 tally.The Pee Wee quarterfinal will be contested this Saturday, October 19 at the Ministry of Education Ground.last_img read more

first_img19 June 2014One of the world’s great club football rivalries will be on show on 26 July when Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates clash at the FNB Stadium outside Soweto in the Carling Black Label Cup, a unique contest which allows the fans to select the teams’ starting line-ups. Former Chiefs striker Shane MacGregor and former Pirates striker Jerry Sikhosana believe the unique nature of the Cup make it one of the greatest features on the South African football calendar. MacGregor, who was a star striker for Kaizer Chiefs between 1987 and 1994, believes the players he played with would have loved the Carling Black Label Cup concept.‘Great, something unique’“I know they all would have thought it was great, something unique that would be really special to be part of,” MacGregor said in a statement on Thursday. “The chance to be involved in a game of this magnitude, with the teams selected by the fans, is a brilliant idea and something our local football should be proud of.”MacGregor said the concept also has a serious side and that fans need to be wary of selecting their favourite players only. “In my day, you had a guy like Wellington Manyathi, who was not the most popular player but was vital as to how we played. His robust play in the midfield and ball-winning ability helped to frustrate the opponents, and by doing so created space for his teammates to play in. “These types of players are usually not flashy or full of tricks, but crucial in how a team operates and what makes them tick. Fans will have to look at the formation of the side and decide which players will go best together.’Amakoshi line-upAssessing what the Amakhosi’s line-up might look like, MacGregor added: “It looks like it will be a 4-4-2 again for Chiefs this year, which is good news as two strikers up front could work in their favour.“It is surprising, though, that midfielder Willard Katsande has dropped out of the starting XI because his ball-winning skills in the center of the park are a big plus for the team. Perhaps he will still be voted back in.” On the Orlando Pirates’ side, legendary striker Jerry Sikhosana said he also enjoys the Carling Black Label Cup concept and believes they have the squad to win back the trophy this year. Pirates won the first two Carling Black Label Cup titles in 2011 and 2012, but were beaten last year by a goal from Lehlohonolo Majoro, who this year will be appearing in the colours of The Buccaneers.‘Very tight’“All three previous matches in the Carling Black Label Cup have been very tight, either going to penalties or being decided by just one goal, so it will be how the strikers perform on the day that will be vital,” the man known as “Legs of Thunder” in his playing days said.“Orlando Pirates strikers will want to do well this year, because if you are a striker and your opposition is Kaizer Chiefs, all you want is to score, you want to prove a point. In Soweto derbies you often get just a few chances, because the teams are so well matched and the standard so high, but you have to grab those chances when they come,” he added.Potent weaponSikhosana believes the Buccaneers have scored a potent weapon in Majoro, as he can unlock any defence, but needs the right kind of player next to him.“Someone like Lennox Bacela, who can hold the ball up well, would be a good pick next to him, with Kermit Erasmus maybe being used more out wide to utilize his pace.”VotingSupporters still have six weeks to vote for the starting line-ups of the Soweto giants before voting closes on 22 July at midnight.To find out how to vote, fans can visit the Carling Black Label website – www.carlingblacklabel.co.za The Carling Black initiative comes with an experience of a life time for two lucky fans; one representing Kaizer Chiefs and the other Orlando Pirates.Champion CoachesThe two “Champion Coaches” will have breakfast with their team, attend team training sessions, be part of the announcement of the starting line-ups live on national TV, sit in on the pre-match briefing, and take their place on the bench with their favourite team on match day.In order to be eligible for the competition, those wishing to be Champion Coaches must vote a minimum of 11 times. Fans can further join the Coaches Forum to take their coaching credentials to the next level. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgThe American Southwest is running out of water. For a powerful reminder, if any is needed, of why builders in Western states should integrate water-conservation strategies in all new buildings, check out a new book by James Lawrence Powell, Dead Pool: Lake Powell, Global Warming and the Future of Water.Powell’s message is stark: according to scientists’ best predictions, millions of Americans living in the Southwest will face unprecedented water shortages in the next few decades. The rapid growth of Southwestern cities was made possible by two huge Colorado River projects undertaken by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation: the Hoover Dam, completed in 1935, and the Glen Canyon Dam, completed in 1966.Although the two reservoirs created by these dams, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, allowed millions of Americans to move to the desert, Colorado River water is now being consumed at such a high rate that the reservoirs are rarely full. At the end of October 2007, Lake Powell and Lake Mead each held only 49 percent of capacity.For decades, the Bureau of Reclamation’s predictions of Colorado River flow have been based, to put it charitably, on wishful thinking and junk science.Powell shows how federal bureaucrats and politicians used flagrant exaggerations to promote dams on the Colorado River. Powell writes, “As experience accumulated, it became apparent that not only did the agency routinely underestimate costs, it did so by at least a factor of two.”The taxpayers ended up footing the bill for dams that supply farmers with subsidized water that costs far more to deliver than the value of the resulting harvests justifies. Powell concludes that these massive Western water projects amounted to “a kind of hydraulic Ponzi scheme.”During most of the twentieth century, the Bureau of Reclamation, using language that harkened back to the early… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

first_imgSouth Korea’s Jo Su Sie 16), of the combined Koreas team, hugs South Korea’s goalie Han Dohee (20), of the combined Koreas team, after the classification round of the women’s hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Sweden won 6-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They cheered. They cried. They hugged. They watched as fans by the thousands shouted, “We are one.” Unification flags for the two Koreas, longtime rivals and sometimes bitter enemies, flapped across the Olympic arena.And now they go back home, quite possibly never to see each other again.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I could have never imagined our players being this competitive in the Olympics,” Murray said after the game. “So when I was standing there I was just so proud of them, just watching them skate around and salute the fans.”South Korean forward Kim Heewon wiped away tears as she and teammates waved to cheering fans during a standing ovation. Some spectators wept as Korean players — North and South — stood in a circle at the center of the rink and hit the ice with their sticks in a post-game ceremony before leaving the rink.“It’s been a special opportunity to get to know those girls, and we’ll miss having them around,” said player Randi Heesoo Griffin of Cary, North Carolina, whose mother is South Korean.The two governments bar their citizens from visiting each other’s country and exchanging phone calls, letters and emails. Griffin said she understood that when it came to staying in touch, “there’s some barriers to that, obviously.”“I mean, none of them have Facebook, so might be hard,” Griffin said. “But there were definitely bonds that were formed. And I think if we end up playing against each other again, South Korea vs. North Korea, there’s definitely going to be some hugs and some smiles.”ADVERTISEMENT The team was formed just days before the Pyeongchang Games began during an eleventh-hour push by the two Koreas to improve ties after a year of spiking nuclear tensions that triggered fears of a war on the Korean Peninsula.The team’s makeup was a key part of agreements the Koreas struck to cooperate in the Olympics, which eventually provided a breather from a nuclear standoff involving the North, the South and the United States.Despite initial worries about their teamwork, North and South Korean players were seen getting along with each other. There were many small moments of warm relations that seemed to improve as the games went on.During Tuesday’s classification round game against Sweden, the Korean team played with newfound pace and more confidence against a team they were earlier routed by 8-0 in a preliminary-round match. On Sunday, they lost 2-0 to Switzerland, which beat them 8-0 in their landmark debut match. The Korean team lost 4-1 to Japan its final preliminary-round match.The Koreas’ improving performances were likely because players gradually got over nervousness and pressures from the spotlight.Every minor interaction between North and South Korean players was in the news because it was so extraordinary. They took selfies, visited a beach and created a dictionary to overcome the North-South dialect divide.“We have really enjoyed working with the North’s players and coaches and we really do want to help them in the future,” Murray said. She said a possible “exchange game” has been discussed to maintain the connection.“They want to get better, they want to keep learning from us and we want to help them,” she said. “And there are things that we can learn from them, too.”The team’s formation raised hopes that Olympics-related warming gestures could transcend beyond sports and contribute to easing nuclear tensions.But it is unclear if the good mood will last after the Olympics end, particularly since Seoul and Washington are set to kick off delayed springtime military drills that Pyongyang views as a rehearsal for invasion. AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The Korean women’s hockey team, which included players from both North and South, ended its historic Olympic run on Tuesday with a fifth straight loss but a host of unforgettable feel-good sparks.Team Korea was defeated by Sweden 6-1 in a seventh-place match in the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday, a healthy crowd again on hand to cheer them on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe team lost by a combined score of 28-2 in its games and was rarely competitive. Yet the repeated defeats were, for many, insignificant. Instead, this notion dominated discussion: the significance of the Koreas’ first-ever joint Olympic squad taking the ice smack in the middle of an abrupt, now ongoing reconciliation between the rival Koreas.“They are an amazing group,” said the team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, who wept while hugging some of her squad.center_img D-League: Che-Lu-San Sebastian whips Go for Gold for back-to-back wins Joo Moon-sook, a 43-year-old who attended the game Tuesday with her husband and 12-year-old daughter, said the joint team’s Olympic appearance has helped soften South Koreans’ hawkish views on North Korean people after years of animosity.“It’s an educational experience for children, letting them see for themselves that North Koreans aren’t scary and bad people, but part of who we are as a nation,” Joo said. “I can’t forget the first game — the moment they stepped onto the ice. I was choking with tears.”For South Korean goalie Shin So Jung, the opportunity to experience such a moment from the inside — and appreciate it while it was happening — was unforgettable.“Our win-loss record isn’t good, but I hope we brought them joy and heartfelt moments,” Shin said. “I don’t think I will experience anything like this again. So many people came here to see us and cheer for us. I hope their love for us lasts.” LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

first_imgFormer world number one Maria Sharapova made a winning comeback to the tour on Wednesday following her 15-month doping ban, beating Italian Roberta Vinci in straight sets in the first round of the Stuttgart Grand Prix.The 30-year-old Russian, a three-time winner on Stuttgart’s clay courts, received a controversial wild card for the German tournament, having had no ranking points after more than a year out following her suspension.She had a nervous start in front of a supportive crowd but quickly found her strokes and her trademark shrieks to power past the world number 36 7-5 6-3 and set up a second-round clash against fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova.”It’s the best feeling in the world. To know I would be walking back into the arena was very special,” Sharapova said in a courtside interview. “I was waiting for this moment for a long time.”She added: “When I am on the court, because I have been doing it for so long, even though you are rusty and trying to get a rhythm, you try to block everything out. I am a competitor by nature. That’s when I am at my best.”Sharapova has also received invitations to play in Madrid and Rome and will find out in May whether she will be given a wild card for the French Open.Some players, including Vinci, have criticised the wild card awards, saying a doping offender should have to start from scratch and build up their ranking by playing in the lower tournaments again.advertisement”I am not an individual that’s angry or bitter. I let things go,” she told a post-match news conference. “I am being offered wild cards from tournament directors. I am not getting a wild card to receive a trophy or a gold platter.”I still have to go through matches and win them.”REDUCED BANSharapova’s initial two-year suspension was reduced to 15 months after she tested positive at the 2016 Australian Open for meldonium, a medication the Russian had been taking within the rules but which was then reclassified as a banned drug.”It’s important to play, points, games, sets. It is a journey that officially starts today and I look forward to playing as many matches as I can,” said Sharapova, the second highest paid female athlete last year according to Forbes.”I spent a long time without hitting any balls. I didn’t know when I would be back. I went to school for a little bit, I grew my business and had a normal life. I put the racquet away for a little bit.”I felt I had to grow as a person and I felt I had to step up and do it.”Sharapova was clearly nervous at the start, firing three forehands long in the first game, double-faulting on her first service game point and being broken by the Italian who took a quick 2-0 lead.It took 15 minutes for Sharapova to win her first game but she gradually improved her service, started attacking Vinci’s and clinched the first set after an hour.Sharapova, growing in confidence with every point despite a dozen unforced errors in the first set, broke the Italian early in the second, and her 11th ace put her 5-3 ahead.She broke the 34-year-old again to secure the win on her first match point.last_img read more