December 31

Vermont AG won’t investigate campaign finance complaint against Scott

first_imgVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Attorney General’s Office has concluded that the facts presented in a complaint which merely suggested the general possibility of a Vermont campaign finance law violation were not sufficient to trigger a civil investigation. The complaint theorized that three video advertisements run by A Stronger Vermont, an independent-expenditure-only political committee, featuring film footage of gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott were unlikely to have been made without coordination with Lieutenant Governor Scott. The complaint did not provide evidence of prearrangement or coordination between A Stronger Vermont and the Scott campaign.“By statute, in order for this Office to commence an investigation of a campaign finance complaint, we must have ‘reason to believe’ a person is in violation of the campaign finance laws,” said Attorney General Sorrell. “This legal threshold requires more than mere speculation as to a violation.” Under Vermont law, an expenditure will be treated as “related” and a contribution to a candidate only if it is “intentionally facilitated by, solicited by, or approved by the candidate or the candidate’s committee.” To be considered a “related expenditure” under this law, the candidate must have some knowledge that his actions will be used in connection with the campaign expenditure, or be willfully blind to this fact. In addition, federal precedent holds that the First Amendment permits the treatment of “related expenditures” as contributions to a candidate only where the facilitation involves some “prearrangement or coordination.”In contrast to other complaints received by the Attorney General’s Office, the instant complaint did not offer any evidence that the political committee’s advertising expenditure was intentionally facilitated, solicited, or approved by the candidate. The video footage of Lt. Gov. Scott appears to have been filmed at public venues, such as parades and restaurants, and at locations that were publicly advertised on his campaign website. “Such activity, standing alone and in the absence of any indication of coordination or prearrangement, is insufficient to cause the Attorney General’s Office to open an investigation,” explained General Sorrell.Source: Vermont AG, Sept 29, 2016last_img read more

October 1

JCB backhoe gets Stage V upgrade

first_imgThe new JCB 3CX backhoe loaderUK-based construction equipment manufacturer JCB has released an updated version of its 3CX backhoe loader, with an EU Stage V-compliant diesel engine.The company said the new 55kW machine offers a combination of improved operator comfort, plus increased productivity and performance.The new engine incorporates a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) and diesel particulate filter (DPF) and promises an operating life of approximately 8,000 hours.Its sealed-for-life crankcase ventilation module and hydraulic tappets, says JCB, need no manual adjustment, which lowers service and maintenance requirements, potentially reducing the overall cost of ownership.The company says the 3.0-litre engine delivers 10% more torque than the previous model and estimates a fuel saving of 7%.In terms of productivity, the machine boasts automatic levelling, ensuring a horizontal operating position on uneven terrain, while an upgraded auto drive lets operators easily select engine speed for road travel.JCB says both tyre wear and fuel consumption on the 3CX can be reduced with new auto two-wheel drive (2WD), which switches the transmission from 4WD to 2WD when additional traction is not required.The company says, if the machine needs to dig into a pile or a face, then 4WD can be selected, as maximum tractive effort is required.When the machine backs away and starts to travel at speed, the transmission automatically changes to 2WD.The 3CX’s new Command Plus cab comes with four integrated LED beacons as standard, removing the need for the operator to climb up and improving site safety with the beacons visible from all angles. A total of 10 lights are now available as an option, which, along with larger mirrors, offer operators improved all round visibility.As well as a new interior colour scheme, the loader’s cab has a new seat (plus a headset on the Advanced Easy Control model) and a three-spoke steering wheel that gives an improved view of the redesigned front display screen.The new model also benefits from the first stereo radio to be factory-fitted by JCB. It includes Bluetooth telephone compatibility, plus USB, AUX and SD card capabilities.Radio functions are displayed on the new side display screen, which also provides access to various operating menus. #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

September 8

Irish Horse Gateway All Ireland Pony Foal Championship Thurles, Co. Tipperary

first_imgHome  »  General  »  Irish Horse Gateway All Ireland Pony Foal Championship Thurles, Co. Tipperary 3 October 2016, 11:40 Tags: Irish Horse Gateway All Ireland Pony Foal Championship Thurles, Co. Tipperary Horse Sport Ireland are delighted to sponsor The Irish Horse Gateway All Ireland Pony Foal Championship Show, which will be held at Tipperary Equestrian Centre in Thurles, Co. Tipperary on Sunday October 30th 2016, beginning at 11am.There will be €500 on offer to the overall supreme champion foal and €250 to the reserve with a bonus of €100 if the foal is Irish-bred. Mrs Julie Rucklidge of the renowned Jackets Stud in England has agreed to judge at the show which offers a total of 12 classes. The show will cater for all types of foal including Connemara, Purebred Welsh, foals eligible for Over Stamping in the Part-bred section of the Welsh or Arab Studbook, and foals that are the progeny of either an Irish-bred dam or an Irish-bred sire. There will also be classes for foals to make potential top class Show Ponies, Show Hunter, or Lead Rein Ponies.A prizefund of €100 will be on offer per class and the show is not confined to members of the Irish Pony Society.Foals must be shown without their dams and must not be bitted. Foals may be plaited where the breed standard allows it. The show is pre-entry and entries close on October 20th 2016. Foals which are being offered for sale will be marked on the show catalogue. It is expected that this will be a brilliant day out for all showing enthusiasts and spectators alike with catering facilities available on the day.The full schedule is available on the shows page of irishponysociety.ieFor further information about the show contact Claire 0878328565. Marian 0872054128. John 0860213383 or [email protected]last_img read more