Governor Douglas and CONEG Urge President to Release Contingency LIHEAP Funds ImmediatelyWaterbury (August 5, 2008) – The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, today urged the President to release the remaining $120 million in contingency funds for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).The Governors had also voiced their support for Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) efforts to provide an additional $2.73 billion in FY2008 funding for LIHEAP in regular program and contingency funding; and now say the prompt release of the remaining contingency funding is critical to ensuring states-particularly those in the Northeast-can adequately prepare for the fall heating season. “Through initiatives like the new Wood Warms program and weatherization assistance offered through my Fuel and Food Partnership, my administration is actively addressing challenges presented by the upcoming heating season,” said Governor Douglas. “It is clear, however, that the federal government must release LIHEAP contingency funds in a timely manner so that we can continue to meet the needs of lower income families at the start of the fall season.”The CONEG noted the immediate release of these funds was necessary in the Northeast because preparations for the upcoming LIHEAP program year begin in July. Planning for the LIHEAP program is particularly important this year as home energy prices, utility service disconnections, and the number of households in arrears to utilities all continue to rise to alarming levels.Thanks to the financial commitments made by Governor Douglas and the Vermont legislature, last year Vermont provided the most generous LIHEAP benefit in the country, averaging approximately $1169 per household, with approximately 23,000 households served.”The LIHEAP program is critically important for Vermont’s most vulnerable families, and states must have the unwavering support of the federal government if we are going to be able to continue to provide a meaningful LIHEAP benefit to support Vermonters hardest hit by rapidly rising fuel prices,” said Agency of Human Services Secretary Cynthia D. LaWare. “Vermont is fully engaged in a variety of state efforts to ensure all our residents stay warm this winter, but we can’t do it alone.”#####
Ghana midfielder Rahim Ayew has denied making any financial demands in his purported move to Asante Kotoko.The champions have gone cold on the move to sign the 25-year-old weeks after he took a medical with the club.News emerged Kotoko’s dire financial state is preventing the deal from happening as they would have to honour enormous financial commitment to the Ghanainternational.But the first son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele says he made no financial demands and that registration technicalities are the only thing hindering his move.“It is not true that Kotoko will have to pay me a lot of money before I play,” Ayew told GHANAsoccernet.com.“I didn’t ask for anything in return to play for Kotoko. I only want to play to get on with my career. “The problem is that with the registration closed, I cannot play for Kotoko now until January.“So I will continue to train and keep myself in shape until the time I am able to play.”Ayew remains a free agent after parting ways with Belgian club Lierse at the end of the last European season.
“I don’t even think about that possibility with Auba,” said Arteta. “I want him here.”Arteta has made a positive impact in just over two weeks in charge with a 2-0 win over Manchester United on January 1 the blueprint for what Arsenal are hoping Pep Guardiola’s former assistant can bring to the Emirates.Aubameyang has also been impressed by the Spaniard and believes 2020 can be a far more successful year after a disappointing 2019 that ultimately cost Unai Emery his job.“You can see improvement in our performances and now it has materialised with a deserved win,” added Aubameyang.“The atmosphere was exceptional. When you are on the pitch and you feel the crowd roaring after every run, every tackle, every duel and after every chance, it gives you such a boost mentally. The Emirates felt like a fortress.“You were our 12th man and I felt like Manchester United could have played for hours and they would have never scored.“I really hope it will be like that until the end of the season. All together, we can have a great 2020! We need to be united more than ever.” AubameyangLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quashed speculation surrounding his future this month ahead of Monday’s FA Cup clash with Leeds.Aubameyang has scored 56 goals in 90 games since joining the Gunners just under two years ago, but has only 18 months left to run on his contract.Reports have suggested the Gabon international, 30, is keen to make sure he is playing Champions League football next season.Arsenal are nine points off the Premier League top four as they aim to end a three-year exile from Europe’s premier club competition. They could also secure a Champions League return by winning the Europa League.“I would also like to react to some of the rumours that are going around about me in the media,” Aubameyang told Arsenal’s official matchday programme.“People like making up stories and they should focus on what’s happening on the pitch. They talk too much and it does my head in!“I am the Arsenal captain. I love this club. I am committed to it and desperate to bring it back to the top, where it belongs.”New Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said earlier this week that he is not even considering the possibility that Aubameyang could leave this month. Share on: WhatsApp