Vermont Could Receive Over $25 Million in Home Heating Funds

first_imgVermont Could Receive Over $25 Million in Home Heating FundsWaterbury, Vt.-Governor Jim Douglas praised the U.S. House of Representatives for their historic vote on September 25, 2008, to fully fund the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) at $5.1 billion, the maximum funding level authorized for fiscal year 2009.Governor Douglas said the LIHEAP provision was included in the House-passed version of a Continuing Resolution which would fund the vast majority of government programs at fiscal year 2008 levels through March 2009.”The House’s decision to fully fund the LIHEAP program for this coming year-at nearly double the 2008 appropriation-is an indication that they understand the critical importance of the LIHEAP program for all states,” said Governor Jim Douglas. “I want to thank Congressman Welch for his leadership on this issue and his colleagues for their support for this critically important program. The northeastern governors are all very grateful that the House has responded to our calls for full funding of LIHEAP.””We now urge the Senate and president to quickly follow suit,” Governor Douglas continued. “If they can find $700 billion to bailout Wall Street, surely than can find the resources to keep low income Americans warm this winter.”Last year, Vermont received a LIHEAP block grant of $11.7 million, and an overall total of nearly $19.4 million in funding, when contingency funding is included in the equation.Governor Douglas said if the Senate passes the measure supported by the House, and the President signs it into law, Vermont stands to receive almost $25.6 million in block grant funding from the program. This is more than double last year’s base funding, at almost $14 million.”Vermont was able to provide the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the nation to low-income residents last year,” added Secretary of the Agency of Human Services Cynthia D. LaWare. “Due to the skyrocketing costs of home heating fuel this year, the LIHEAP program must be fully funded if we are to ensure a similar benefit level to our LIHEAP recipients this year. The House’s commitment to this issue is a very positive step toward making this a reality, and I urge the Senate and the President to address this issue immediately.”Vermont is actively engaged in a variety of statewide efforts to address the challenge of rising fuel and food costs. For more information about the Governor’s Fuel and Food Partnership, and what State and community partners are doing to help keep Vermonters warm this winter, please visit: http://helpforvt.org/(link is external)###last_img read more

Rohr’s contract extension lies with NFF — Dare

first_imgRelatedPosts Rohr lists Musa, Ekong, 23 others for Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Minister gives condition for resumption of contact sports Minister pledges support for development of AI, robotics in Nigeria The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, says the issue of contract extension for Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr lies with the Nigeria Football Federation.The minister gave the clarification on Wednesday in Abuja at a brief meeting with Rohr before dashing for the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the presidential villa.News Agency of Nigeria reports that the media have been awashed with news of a log jam on the extension of the coach’s contract.Rohr’s current contract expires in June 2020 which will fall to the middle of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers.Dare, however, stressed that the ministry would continue to give the coach all the necessary support as the NFF finalises its meeting on the contract talks.“The issue of contract (with Rohr) will be best handled by the NFF, I understand the need to work the fine lines.“I understand there is a contractual arrangement with the NFF, I will allow the NFF to work through its process,” the minister said.Dare charged the coach not to be distracted but intensify efforts to take Nigerian football to the pinnacle.“Are we happy about where our football is at the moment, not exactly but we know there’s an ongoing process that we make this country a better football nation. That process is on and you are part of the process”, he added.He tasked the coach on working with stakeholders to develop the Nigeria Professional League in line with international best practice.“More importantly your knowledge and support for the domestic league will be very important because you can share your experience with our local coaches,” the minister said.Earlier, Rohr congratulated the minister on his appointment and efforts to reposition Nigerian sports.He pledged to work more closely with the minister going forward as the Super Eagles strive to pick the AFCON 2021 ticket.High point of the event was the presentation of an autographed Super Eagles jersey by the coach to the minister.Nigeria currently top group L of the 2021 AFCON qualifiers with six maximum points ahead of Benin Republic, Sierra Leone and Lesotho.Tags: Gernot RohrNFFSunday Darelast_img read more