Northern Enterprises is pleased to announce the commencement of the North-Link network on Friday, May 4th, 1:45 pm at the Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital. Senator Patrick Leahy and other dignitaries will be on hand to formally launch construction of this fiber optic high-speed network. The fiber optic system will serve as a backbone for broadband access throughout the Northeast Kingdom where major areas have been sidelined from high speed internet access. North-Link is a $ 10 million fiber optic network designed by Northern Enterprises, in cooperation with the Economic Development Council of Northern Vermont, that encompasses eight Vermont Counties, three States and two countries. The network is a public-private partnership with financial backing coming from the federal government, local businesses and communities.
Governor Wolf and Rep. Krueger-Braneky Host Roundtable Discussion on Women’s Healthcare and Senate Bill 3 Press Release, Public Health, Women’s Rights Swarthmore, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky joined advocates and medical professionals for a roundtable discussion to listen to stories and discuss the importance of protecting women’s healthcare. They also denounced the fast-tracking of Senate Bill 3 which would eliminate a woman’s right to make choices about her own health care in consultation with her doctor.“I want to thank the members of the General Assembly and advocates who have stood against this bill. Let me be clear: Should Senate Bill 3 reach my desk, I will veto it,” Governor Wolf said. “Pennsylvania will not play games with women’s healthcare in our Commonwealth. Simply put, this legislation severely limits women’s ability to make informed and timely decisions about their own health care options. That is not the place of government.”“Today’s personal stories from doctors, medical professionals and local women who have made the agonizing decision to have an abortion only reinforce what so many Pennsylvanians already know,” Krueger-Braneky said. “Senate Bill 3 is an anti-women’s health bill that will put women in harm’s way and insert politicians in a place we don’t belong – the very personal, private relationship between a doctor and their patient.”Senate Bill 3 proposes the most extreme restrictions on abortion in the country. It would ban abortions after twenty weeks except in the rarest of circumstances, leaving no exceptions for rape, incest, health or tragic fetal anomalies. The bill would also ban one of the safest methods of second trimester abortions, putting women at risk and taking crucial decisions about their medical care out of the hands of their trusted medical providers.The Pennsylvania Senate recently passed the bill, despite bi-partisan opposition, through committee and the floor in just three days with limited debate and no expert witnesses or public hearings. The bill now awaits action by the House of Representatives, where a similar version passed last session.Governor Wolf was joined today by women who have had to make devastating decisions about their pregnancies. If SB 3 were to be passed, women facing the same circumstances would be stripped of their right to make these personal, family decisions.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 23, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Arvika Ligeonniere’s owner Rich Ricci told At The Races: “He jumped really well, he has really come on from his novice season. “It’s a shame was happened to Sir Des Champs but he’s up and around which is good and it’s a pity Flemenstar wasn’t here for Punchestown. “Our lad was good today and I’m not sure if anything would have beaten him. “When he attacks his fences he is beautiful to watch. It’s a lovely thing to see. “I’m not sure what we will do now, but he seems a different horse this season to me. “We talked about dropping him back in trip just after the race. There’s the Dial-A-Bet Chase (Leopardstown, December 27) and a two-five race at Ascot (Betfair Ascot Chase, February 15) coming up. I’d be happy to drop him back (in trip). “He’s more exciting to watch over the shorter distances.” Russell missed the winning ride on Bright New Dawn in the Setanta Sports 1Euro Offer Beginners Chase. Bryan Cooper made the most of the opportunity on the Dessie Hughes’s-trained six-year-old, who making his debut over bigger obstacles. Bright New Dawn made all the running but the 5-4 favourite had to fight off the Mullins representative Dogora. The four-year-old, receiving 12lb, put in a strong bid after the last but Bright New Dawn was always just holding him on the dash to the line as he prevailed by half a length. Cooper told At The Races: “We’ve always held him in high regard and chasing was always going to be his game. “He had to work hard for it, but I would have been happier if Ruby (on Dogora) had come to me going to the last. I could have done with a bit of company. He was idling, but got the job done. “My lad in a proper true-run race is when you will see the best of him. It was his first run of the season. He was only a length and three-quarters behind Champagne Fever on hurdles form and on that evidence he has held his ability so we can go down that route.” Cooper and Hughes were completing a double, having struck with Apache Jack (5-4 favourite) in the 2014 Annual Membership Maiden Hurdle and looked set to claim a treble with Canaly in the Weatherbys Ireland GSB Handicap Chase but he was caught on the line by Walsh on Daring Article (5-2 favourite). Hughes said: “He always looked like he’d make a chaser but it’s nice to see it happen. He’s in the three-mile Grade One (Topaz Novice Chase) at Christmas, and more than likely that’s where he’ll go. “Hopefully he’ll go on from that and it was a good first run over fences. The second horse had already run and we were giving him 12lb. He jumped well.” Press Association Arvika Ligeonniere enjoyed a facile success for the Willie Mullins team after stablemate Sir Des Champs made an early exit in the John Durkan Memorial Punchestown Chase at the County Kildare track. The 4-7 favourite never looked in any danger with Ruby Walsh enjoying an armchair ride. Rubi Light was held when ploughing through the final fence and was eventually beaten by nine lengths. Walsh said: “The fences are there to be jumped, but it’s very unlike Sir Des Champs to make a mistake like that, but that’s racing I suppose. “My fella jumped well bar the first down the back. “He’s got lots of pace and great scope for jumping. If he was mine I’d be inclined to go back in trip. Why hold him back in a longer race and not play to your strengths. but it’s up to Willie and connections what they want to do.” Following his heavy fall from Sir Des Champs Davy Russell was stood down for the rest of the afternoon. Mullins’ son and assistant, Patrick, said: “Sir Des Champs seems fine. He walked away, it was just one of those things. “At least it’s a long way from March and hopefully he’ll be OK in the morning. All being well he’ll go for the Lexus at Leopardstown. Of the winner, he said: “He’s probably better going right-handed, but he has won a Grade One around Leopardstown and he could drop back in trip.” The field had been reduced to three when last year’s winner Flemenstar was taken out on Saturday and there was drama as early as the third fence where Sir Des Champs fell. That left Arvika Ligeonniere to lead the only other runner Rubi Light for the rest of the two and a half mile Grade One.