Recent figures published by the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing estimate that visitors made a total of 13.4 million trips to Vermont in 2005. Thirty-seven percent of those visitors came during the summer. Many of these summer visitors take advantage of Vermont’s outstanding outdoor camping facilities.Recently however, some vacations have been canceled or postponed because of the increasing cost of gasoline. Now there is a new choice when planning your outdoor vacation. Vermont Campers offers an economical and environmentally friendly choice in RV Rentals.Those of the baby-boomer generation remember the Volkswagen van with reverent admiration. Large enough to fit your friends and family, yet small enough to go anywhere at any time, these vans traveled across the country and many are still in use today.Vermont Campers offers the Volkswagen Wesfalia camper model for local or long distance vacations. Large enough for a family of four, yet small enough to drive without any worries about height, width, or weight. Each camper has a stove, sink, refrigerator, tables, and two double beds. All this and more for about 20 MPG!Jim and Janelle Fuller of South Burlington have recently purchased Vermont Campers and will offer rental services starting this summer season. “I have always admired the VW campers,” said Jim Fuller. “The fuel economy and the ease of driving make these a perfect vacation vehicle. Dependable? My brother owns a 1973 camper and it is still going strong!”Vermont Campers also offers extra camping equipment (such as lanterns, sleeping bags, car seats for children), airport pickup, and long term rentals for those who are looking for a winter southerly vacation. “We are also looking into fall rentals for the hunters and fishermen who want a bit of comfort while enjoying their sport,” Fuller said.For more information on Vermont Campers you can visit their website at www.vermontcampers.com(link is external) or call (802) 922-5689.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Several Long Island congressional representatives have joined a growing chorus of elected officials urging an investigation into Russia’s purported interference in the presidential election and alleged hacking of the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, even as disagreements remain regarding the veracity of recently leaked intelligence assessments.The calls for a probe come amid news reports of a secret CIA assessment concluding that Russia interfered in the election to boost now President-elect Donald Trump’s chance of winning—instead of simply undermining the United State’s electoral system—and on the heels of his announced pick for secretary of state, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson, who has close business ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.The reports in the Washington Post noted that the agency has not yet uncovered evidence that Russian President Vladimir Putin directed the attack. The paper also acknowledged “minor disagreements among intelligence officials about the agency’s assessment, in part because some questions remain unanswered.”Shortly after the publication of the explosive WaPo story, The New York Times reported that Russia had infiltrated the Republican National Committee during the election campaign but did not publicly release any documents from that purported hack.Further muddying the intelligence assessment are disagreements between the federal intelligence agencies, such as the CIA and FBI. The latter has said it has yet to find evidence supporting the notion that the Russian hack was intended to support Trump. Underscoring the contrasting points of view, the CIA, WaPo reported, told several U.S. Senators in a private security briefing that it was “quite clear” Russia interfered to improve Trump’s chances of winning.Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle now say they support an investigation into allegations that Russian interfered in the 2016 presidential election.“Congress’s national security committees have worked diligently to address the complex challenge of cybersecurity, but recent events show that more must be done,” a group of senators, including incoming Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), said in a statement. “While protecting classified material, we have an obligation to inform the public about recent cyberattacks that have cut to the heart of our free society.”Long Island Reps. Peter King (R-Seaford), Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), Gregory Meeks (D-Queens) and retiring Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) all said they welcome a probe into potential Russian intrusion. The office of Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) did not respond to a request for comment. For his part, Trump says he has scrutinized the intelligence reports and does not believe the Russians interfered, calling the analysis “ridiculous.”Questions regarding how Russia was able to hack into the Democratic National Committee’s system, and, perhaps most consequential, who directed the alleged intrusion into the DNC, as well as Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta’s email, are high on the list for politicians aghast at the brazen pilfering of correspondences passed along to WikiLeaks during the election.The constant drip of leaked emails prior to the Nov. 8 election, many of them mundane but others more damaging to Clinton, contributed to public concerns that the former US Secretary of State and First Lady was dishonest.“Russia’s reported interference in our elections—regardless of whether their motivation was to undermine the integrity of the process or, as the CIA has concluded, to help a specific candidate—is a direct attack on the foundation of our democracy, and it demands a rigorous bipartisan investigation,” said Rice, a minority member of the House Homeland Security Committee, in a statement.King, also a member of the House Homeland Security Committee and Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, told the Press that there’s little doubt that the Democratic National Committee was hacked by Russians. But he remains unconvinced that Russia was behind the breach into Podesta’s email or that the series of election-related attacks were managed by top officials inside the Kremlin in an attempt to swing the election in Trump’s favor.“It’s the pretty solid consensus that they did hack into the Democratic National Committee, also that they attempted to hack into the Republican National Committee but did not succeed,” said King, adding that the recent disclosures amounted to “selective leaking” by people with an agenda.Still, King acknowledges that intelligence agencies may not have all the facts yet, thus he supports an investigation, which he said should be conducted by the Homeland Security Committee because special select committees often take months to get off the ground.As for Trump’s outright rejection of the intelligence agencies’ assessments, King said he disagreed.“I’m no expert on cyber security or hacking, I try to be an expert on knowing who to rely on,” he said, adding that there’s consensus the Russians hacked the DNC. “Why Donald Trump doesn’t accept that, [he’d] have to explain that.”The intelligence leaks came just hours after President Barack Obama ordered a full review of the Russians’ hacking efforts during the presidential election.Trump’s choice of Tillerson, who received Russia’s “Order Of Friendship” from Putin in 2013—one of the highest honors that country can bestow upon a foreigner—has also received growing criticism. Sen. McCain called Putin “a thug and a murderer” on CNN Monday, repeated the description on NPR, and said, “I don’t see how anybody could be a friend of this old-time KGB agent.”(Top Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin/Courtesy Maria Joner)
Southampton: Tournament favorites England will look to continue their dominance when they take on power-packed West Indies in their fourth encounter of the ongoing World Cup at The Rose Bowl, here on Friday.England, who started off their campaign in an impressive manner winning comfortably against South Africa, faced a shock defeat at the hands of Pakistan in their second encounter. However, they came back strongly and aced every department against Bangladesh as they first put up 386/6 on board and then bundled them out for 280 in the 49th over.The hosts would want to continue with the crucial form of Jason Roy, Joe Root and Eoin Morgan.In bowling, they have the likes of Jofra Archer who can bamboozle any opposition with his extreme pace and bounce. In Ben Stokes, they have an all-rounder who can give them priceless overs in the middle and score brisk runs whenever required. Also, they have Adil Rashid and Mark Wood who are more than capable of taking wickets at any stage of the game.Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has been declared fit to play against the West Indies. Buttler, who scored 64 from 44 balls in Saturday’s win, did not take the field after suffering heavy bruising to his right hip with Jonny Bairstow taking over as wicketkeeper.On the other hand, Windies will hope that their bowlers come with a much improved performance as compared to the one they came out against Australia where they squandered the early advantage and conceded a total of around 300. Their batsmen also need to come to the party and make sure they play with application and concentration. Their shot selection was poor against the defending champions and that would be something which Jason Holder would desperatley want them to work on.England, with two wins in three matches, are sitting at the third spot in the points table whereas West Indies are at the sixth position with three points. And a loss in Friday’s match would make the journey tougher for both the teams in the upcoming matches. IANSAlso Read: World Cup 2019: England ride Jason Roy’s ton to script big win over Bangladesh
FOLLOW US As Republic TV had earlier reported, Shukla was in “troubled waters” as serious allegations of corruption, ‘conflict of interest’, holding multiple posts, exceeding 9-year tenure and non-resident of the state clauses were raised against him that may throw him out from the race for the BCCI’s top post. In a letter to BCCI’s Electoral Officer N Gopalsawmy, Pradeep Singh, a copy of which is Republic TV had earlier published, points out that Shukla has been an office bearer of UPCA for over 9 years a violation of Lodha recommendation and has been staying out of UP for last 20 years as his Passport, Adhar Card and Pan Card all showed his Delhi address. The precondition to represent a particular state in BCCI (in this case Uttar Pradesh) according to the new BCCI Consitution is that the person should be an actual resident of that state. Last Updated: 10th October, 2019 23:00 IST BCCI Election: Rajiv Shukla Disqualified, Five Associations Barred IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla has been disqualified and UPCA, the association he was representing, barred from attending the BCCI AGM Similarly, it’s alleged in the letter that Rajiv Shukla was holding multiple post in BCCI including the post of IPL Chairman and when he was not “officially an officer bearer” of UPCA then how can he represent UP? Republic TV has accessed the Final Electoral Roll for the BCCI election, which has dropped Shukla and UPCA’s name from the list of draft electoral roll a copy of which Republic TV published earlier, along with Tamil Nadu Cricket Association, Haryana Cricket Association, Maharashtra Cricket Association and Manipur Cricket Association. First Published: 10th October, 2019 19:28 IST COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Suman Ray IPL Chairman Rajiv Shukla has been disqualified and UPCA, the association he was representing, barred from attending the BCCI AGM & lost voting rights for the Board’s election on October 23.Shukla was “disqualified” on grounds of serious violations of tenure, not following due procedure, non-residential clauses. The charges against him were levelled by Aligarh District Cricket Association, (affiliated with Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association) member Pradeep Singh and also by a life member of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association. Shukla is also alleged to be holding multiple positions including nominee member, Director in Hockey India and also same post in DDCA and a life member, Director of UPCA.Allegations of corruption in the name of expensive gifts and remuneration to UPCA members have also come against him at the time of UPCA election.It also alleged that proper procedure, rules and regulations were not followed during the UPCA election and subsequent nomination of Rajiv Shukla as representative of UPCA.In fact, 8 different objections have been raised against him. When Republic TV had tried to contact Rajiv Shukla his office dismissed all charges as baseless and misleading.The official release detailing the summary of findings lists the UPCA nominee, i.e. Rajiv Shukla, as having been disqualified on account of not having completed the cool-off period. SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV Written By
OSAGE — A plea change hearing has been scheduled for a Kensett woman charged with child endangerment after allegedly driving drunk with children in her vehicle.The Mitchell County Sheriff’s Department said they received a 9-1-1 call at about 3:10 on the afternoon of August 19th of last year after a report of a vehicle that was driving all over the road on State Highway 9 near the Mitchell and Worth county line. The person calling in the complaint stated they had been forced off the road by the vehicle.The Sheriff’s Department says they stopped 24-year-old Rebecca Golden on the west side of Osage. Authorities say Golden’s speech was slurred and that she had a blood alcohol content of .225, almost three times over the legal limit. They say the five children found in the vehicle ranged in age from under three to nine years old. Besides being charged with five counts of child endangerment, Golden was also charged with operating while intoxicated first offense.Golden was scheduled to have her trial start on February 27th, but online court records show a plea change hearing has been scheduled for March 26th in Mitchell County District Court.