Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund awarding $86,500 in grants to 48 small businesses

first_imgThe Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund is awarding $86,500 this week in new grants to 48 small business impacted by flooding.  To date, the Fund has granted $289,000 to 167 businesses located in 10 of Vermont’s 14 counties.  The Fund has received 239 requests for assistance, with applicants estimating losses totaling in excess of $25 million ‘ with insurance covering only an estimated 20% of the damage.The Fund has received more than 400 donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations from around the United States and even overseas.  Two recent grants from the Argosy Foundation ($50,000) and the Newman’s Own Foundation ($30,000) have boosted the Fund’s capacity to continue making grants.   ‘The outpouring of support to help the business community recover has been incredible,’ notes Kate Paine, Executive Director of the Women’s Business Owners Network, who serves on the Fund’s seven-member application review panel.  ‘It really speaks to the special nature of our state when people respond so willingly with financial resources and as volunteers to help out in times of great need.’Charlie Wilson, Chairman of the Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores, has also helped review applications to the Fund.  ‘It has been both incredibly rewarding to be able to help direct money as an outright grant to so many business owners in need of relief, and frustrating that we couldn’t give them all more,’ he notes. ‘I hope we’ve been able to help, even in a small way, these businesses get back on their feet.’ ‘It has been absolutely heart-wrenching to learn about the nature and extent of the flood damage to the small business community,’ says Hal Cohen, Executive Director of the Central Vermont Community Action Council.  Cohen’s agency is the fiscal agent for the fund and he also serves on the application review panel.  ‘It’s clear that we face a long road to recovery, but I know Vermonters will continue to help in whatever ways they can until our communities are made whole again.’About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund (www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)) Founded in August 2011 by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey for the purpose of raising money to support small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene.  After a grant application review process, all funds raised will be directly awarded to Vermont businesses in their efforts to rebuild from damage or losses sustained. Grant applications can be obtained online at www.vtirenefund.org(link is external) or by calling 802-552-3449. Fiscal Agent: Central Vermont Community Action Council Founded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 18,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs. www.cvcac.org(link is external) Member of the VT Irene Flood Relief Fund Advisory Committee: ·       Todd Bailey ‘ Associate at KSE Partners (www.ksepartners.com(link is external))·       Andrew Brewer, Owner, Onion River Sports·       Hal Cohen, Executive Director, Central Vermont Community Action Council·       Andrea Cohen, Executive Director, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility·       Kate Paine, Executive Director, Women Business Owners Network and Principal, Kate Paine Associates·       Shawn Shouldice, Principal, Capital Connections, LLC·       Charlie Wilson, Chairman, Vermont Alliance of Independent Country Stores·       Kevin Wiberg, Fund Administrator,last_img read more

Beer Blog: The Can’s In The Van, Man

first_imgI’ve been meaning to pay a visit to NoDa Brewing for a couple of years now, but could never seem to make it to the Charlotte, NC, brewery in person.They have a small, 15-barrel brew house that’s been gaining a lot of attention for their weekly one-off experimental brews and wicked-good IPA’s. Finally, like a dream come true, NoDa Brewing came to me. Sort of.I was in my local beer shop and found a four pack of Hop, Drop ‘n Roll — NoDa’s flagship IPA that’s getting ridiculously good views.I bought a four pack of tall boys and worked my way through them fast, enjoying the citrusy hop bomb that NoDa has created.Hop Drop ‘n Roll is one of the better examples of an IPA you can find in the South, coming out of a tiny, hyper-local brewery that most of us living outside of their small distribution area wouldn’t be able to experience if it weren’t for one of the greatest inventions of modern time: The mobile canning system.Imagine a van that drives around the country, visiting small breweries who make amazing beer, like NoDa, but don’t have the space or capital to buy a canning line of their own. hop dropThe van pulls up with the canning line in tow, and “Bob’s your uncle”—that tiny brewery gets to can a small batch of their beer. Asheville’s Pisgah Brewing got to can a run of their uber-popular Pisgah Pale thanks to a mobile canning system. Devils Backbone, Hardywood Park, and Wild Wolf have all used mobile canning systems in the past. Even tiny nano-breweries working on two-barrel systems have been able to get in on the caning action because of these mobile canning systems.The breweries are still hyper local, and their distribution is still small, but with one-off canning runs, they have a chance to get their beer into the hands of more people. People like you and people like me. So keep an eye out for unfamiliar labels in your local beer shop: The cans are coming.last_img read more

Uruguayan Team Welcomed as Champions after Fourth-Place Finish

first_imgBy Dialogo July 15, 2010 With euphoric shouts, a caravan kilometers long, and flags waving, Uruguay welcomed its team home as champions, after they finished the South African World Cup in fourth place. Thousands of Uruguayans spent hours in the streets to wait for the passage of the bus carrying the players, defying the cold temperatures in the capital, Montevideo. The celebration started at noon, when the athletes left their training center, and ended in the evening, at the Congress, where the team was applauded by tens of thousands and was celebrated by the government, led by President José Mujica. Uruguay was one of the surprises of the competition, finishing the initial round in first place in its group and then advancing to the semifinals in an emotional game against Ghana, decided by penalty kicks. The team ended in fourth place after losing to Germany with a score of 3 to 2. From the large stage set up at the Congress entrance, the players and coach Oscar Tabárez greeted and thanked the crowd, who were celebrating Uruguay’s best World Cup finish in four decades. “We are moved, but most of all thankful, very thankful. These young men deserve recognition, but this surpasses anything we could imagine; there are no words to describe what we have witnessed today,” said Tabárez to the cheering crowd that shouted his name. The Uruguayan president, who has a close relationship with the players, reiterated his gratitude for the way that the “sky-blue” team united the entire country.last_img read more

Colombia’s Armed Forces Protect Oil Pipelines, Environment

first_imgBy Dialogo October 13, 2015 I like El Tiempo because the way it reveals news or productsI hope it continues to go very well for them Great. In other words, the app works Environmental damages The goal of the 70,000 Colombian National Army Troops estimated to be guarding the country’s oil pipeline structure is to shield oil infrastructure facilities from terrorist groups, protect the environment, and capture perpetrators of attacks. Attacks decrease, but fight continues “On the one hand, we have the fuel stolen by puncturing pipelines and installing illegal valves, which is used in many cases to process cocaine base,” Gen. Jiménez said. “And then, we have attacks on the economic infrastructure of the country (oil pipelines, oil tank trucks on the roads, electrical towers, and mining camps), which are used to exert pressure on the government.” Within 12 hours, Soldiers cleared the attacked area and secured the zone, allowing workers to commence making repairs. The Army ensured Troops, Cenit personnel, and environmental experts were safe to perform their emergency response tasks. Most recently, the Ministry of Defense activated the Sword of Honor campaign response after a major June 21 terrorist attack where alleged FARC operatives detonated explosives on the Trans-Andean Oil Pipeline, spilling 10,000 barrels of oil in the southern department of Nariño. The attack caused massive environmental damage; oil flowing into the Pianulpí gorge fed into the Güiza and Mira rivers, feeding into the municipality of Tumaco’s aqueduct and emptying directly into the Pacific Ocean. As a result, about 160,000 residents were without potable water for 18 days. The Ministry of the Environment also plans on creating an Environmental Liability Fund to study the effects and accurately determine the best solutions for Colombia, particularly with regard to environmental damages linked to terrorism. negative effects on reproduction and propagation in flora and fauna; For example, in the case of the June 21 oil spill in Tumaco, the Maritime and Coastal Investigation Institute (INVEMAR) reported on August 24 that some of the effects included: decrease in resistance to disease or increases in infections in species due to their absorption of particular quantities of petroleum; Under the Sword of Honor campaign, the Colombian Armed Forces are working with government entities and private businesses to protect the country’s oil-producing infrastructure from attacks that harm companies, the economy, and the environment, perpetrated by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN). The INVEMAR study also determined that the mangrove swamps, the habitat for a large number of plant and animal species, was one of the marine ecosystems most effected by the spill: “In this part of the Colombian Pacific coast, there are nine species of mangrove that form dense forests that cover approximately 138,320 hectares, or 40% of the national lands.” For years, the Armed Forces and civilian authorities have battled outlaw groups like the FARC and ELN who attack oil pipelines, in particular the country’s oldest: the Trans-Andean and the Limón-Coveñas, which pass through the departments of Nariño, Putumayo, Arauca, and Norte de Santander. Since January 1, Colombian state oil company Ecopetrol has reported 73 attacks on the oil infrastructure in those departments, with spills totaling 54,000 barrels of crude oil, according to General Ricardo Jiménez, National Army Chief of Operations. destruction of the youngest and newborn organisms; Special environmental contingency actions The Environmental Emergency Response Group (GAMA) and the Nariño Autonomous Regional Corporation (Corponariño) worked together to evaluate the environmentally significant maritime and coastal areas and affected fishing and tourist areas damaged by the spill. Since the Armed Forces teamed with government entities and the oil industry to coordinate responses to attacks on pipelines, such assaults have decreased significantly, according to Ministry of Defense statistics. Seventy-three attacks on Colombian pipelines using explosives occurred between January and August 2015, a significant decrease compared to the 109 such attacks that took place during the same time frame a year earlier. That in turn is down from 169 attacks in 2013. Additionally, terrorist attacks in general have also decreased in general since the Sword of Honor campaign was launched – going from 716 in 2012 to 382 between January and August of this year. It was the largest environmental disaster in the past decade according to Environmental Minister Gabriel Vallejo, and exacerbated the damage from a June 8 attack on the same pipeline that spilled 4,000 barrels of oil into the Caunapí and Rosario rivers. deaths of hundreds of animals from chronic poisoning and asphyxia; On top of those economic losses, attacks on oil-producing facilities greatly damage the environment. Due to southern Colombia’s high biodiversity, the real harm caused by spills in Nariño can only be evaluated months later, according to Luis Alberto Giraldo, Ministry of the Environment Director General of Territorial Environmental Regulations. “The project seeks support in the form of international cooperation,” Giraldo said. The Special Operations Center for Infrastructure Protection deployed specialized troops to remove anti-personnel mines allegedly set by the FARC after being informed by Cenit, the private company that operates the Trans-Andean Oil Pipeline, of the attack near the 72 kilometer marker on the Pasto-Tumaco road in Nariño. To contain the damage, the Ministry of Defense took a three-pronged approach, according to the Ministry of Defense Public Security and Infrastructure Bureau: In 2014, attacks on Ecopetrol caused the delay or lost production of 2.8 million barrels of crude oil, representing a loss of around 1.3 trillion pesos ($421 million), Gen. Jiménez added. destruction of food sources for higher species; injection of carcinogens into the food chain. To protect the country’s natural resources, the Ministry of the Environment is establishing an organization to study the impacts of environmental contamination on Colombia’s unique ecosystems. “We have put together an investigations group that includes universities and international organizations to have an economic dimension, allowing for a comprehensive study that discusses the effects on biodiversity, as well as the quantity and quality of the water resources,” Giraldo said. “Currently, we are using the department of Nariño as a pilot case, and the idea is to duplicate that model in other departments, keeping in mind the specific conditions in each and coordinating with government forces to carry it out.” Meanwhile, the Army provided security so officials could conduct tests for the environmental study, which included analyzing the impact the oil spill had on the coast. 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How to actually start living within your means

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Leslie Tayne, Credit.comWe could all stand to be more frugal. After all, who doesn’t like to save money? But it isn’t always easy to curb our spending habits, and sometimes trying to find the best deal can feel like a chore. Unfortunately, entering the frugal lifestyle isn’t the easiest thing to do. Thankfully, there are some steps you can take to help make it a smoother transition. With that in mind, here’s my advice on how you can break into frugal living.1. Start SlowSometimes it can be difficult to make changes, and while some of us possess the fortitude to quit our bad habits cold turkey, the rest of us need to ease into transition. That’s why it’s best to take it slow when adopting the frugal lifestyle. Maybe you start by just cutting down on the number of times you go out to eat a week and cook a meal or two from home. Or you start to check for coupons online before you go out to shop. Taking baby steps towards frugality can help make it easier to stick with your new lifestyle. continue reading »last_img read more

macOS Big Sur Now Available: How to Download and Install

first_imgmacOS Big Sur is now out. The new macOS update, which is the biggest one of 2020, brings a series of new features to Mac machines. It comes with an updated menu bar that is more translucent than ever and provides a wider display area. You’ll also get full-height sidebars, redesigned Dock with updated app icons, and an updated Control Centre. All these changes make macOS 11 Big Sur a major refresh over the earlier macOS versions. Additionally, the macOS Big Sur update includes updates to preloaded Messages, Maps, and Safari apps. Apple has also provided enhancements specifically for the M1 chip.macOS Big Sur featuresAnnounced at WWDC 2020 in June, macOS Big Sur is now available to download and brings the updated menu bar that extends your desktop picture edge to edge and comes with the ability to hide buttons and controls when not in use. There is also the redesigned Dock that puts more emphasis on the desktop wallpaper by adding further transparency. The Dock additionally includes symmetrical app icons. Further, the macOS 11 Big Sur update brings the new Control Centre with customisations and an updated Notification Centre with redesigned notifications.- Advertisement – Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. – Advertisement – In terms of compatibility, macOS Big Sur is available for free download on a range of Mac machines. You can check the complete list below.MacBook – 2015 and later modelsMacBook Air – 2013 and later modelsMacBook Pro – late 2013 and later modelsMac mini – 2014 and later modelsiMac – 2014 and later modelsiMac Pro – 2017 and later modelsMac Pro – 2013 and later modelsHow to download and install macOS Big SurApple normally seeds macOS updates automatically. However, you can check for the macOS Big Sur update manually by going to System Preferences > Software Update after going into the Apple menu from the top-left corner of your screen. You can also find the update by visiting the About This Mac option from the Apple menu and then clicking the Software Update button. Alternatively, you can download macOS Big Sur directly from the Mac App Store.It is recommended to back up your data and free up some space before beginning the update process.- Advertisement – In addition to the new interface-level changes, macOS Big Sur comes with the upgraded Safari browser that offers not only extensive personalisation with customisable start page and iCloud Tabs but also improves performance with support for WebExtensions API and optimised power consumption.The pre-installed Messages app on macOS Big Sur also includes features such as pin conversations, group photos, and enhanced search functionality. Apple has also improved Maps with a redesigned interface and features including curated guides and indoor maps.macOS 11 Big Sur also set the pitch for the Apple silicon that was unveiled just earlier this week and is coming to the market through the new MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini next week. It comes with Universal app support for apps based on ARM architecture as well as includes Rosetta 2 translation tech for traditional, Intel x86-supporting apps. There is also support for running iOS and iPadOS apps. Moreover, the new macOS update brings new fonts for India, with 20 new document fonts and upgrades to 18 existing fonts.macOS Big Sur compatibility- Advertisement –last_img read more

US death toll soars as global virus cases top 19 mn

first_imgTopics : More than half of Africa’s infections are in South Africa, which has the fifth highest number of infections in the world, after the US, Brazil, India and Russia.Nevertheless the African continent remains one of the least affected, according to the official figures, with only Oceania registering fewer COVID-19 cases.At least 19,000,553 cases and 712,315 deaths have been registered worldwide, figures compiled by AFP from official sources at 2300 GMT showed, driven by surges in Latin America and India.The United States has recorded the most deaths with almost 160,000, followed by Brazil with nearly 100,000. Globally, 40 percent of all cases have been notched in the two countries. Daily coronavirus deaths in the US surged to a three-month high of over 2,000 on Thursday and the number of cases passed 19 million globally, pushing many nations to further ratchet up restrictions in the battle against the pandemic.The world’s hardest-hit country, the United States, has seen a major coronavirus resurgence since the end of June, adding 2,060 deaths in 24 hours alone Thursday, a tracker by Johns Hopkins University showed.But other corners of the globe were also marking grim milestones, with Mexico’s official toll soaring above 50,000 dead and the continent of Africa hitting one million confirmed cases. Travel restrictions Germany is the latest to introduce mandatory tests for travelers returning from designated risk zones, starting on Saturday, as fears grow over rising case numbers blamed on summer holidays and local outbreaks.Germany’s list of “risk zones” currently includes most non-EU countries, as well as certain provinces in Belgium and Spain. Neighboring Austria on Thursday announced it would issue a travel warning for mainland Spain, becoming the latest country to do so amid a rise in new coronavirus cases in the fellow EU member.Finland also introduced new controls on arrivals from some EU countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands and Andorra, putting a stop to tourists arriving from there and imposing a 14-day quarantine on other returnees.”The situation is extremely delicate,” the health ministry’s strategic director Liisa-Maria Voipio-Pulkki said, adding that “some sort of second stage has begun.”Britain has reimposed quarantine for travelers from Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas.Norway announced Thursday that France would be considered a red zone due to the resurgence of coronavirus cases there, meaning all travellers arriving from France face a mandatory ten-day quarantine. Switzerland, Monaco and the Czech Republic were also hit with similar restrictions, as well as two Swedish regions, the Norwegian foreign affairs ministry said.”The infectious situation can change quickly, as can the restrictions,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said.The United States bucked the trend despite its own soaring death toll, lifting a blanket warning against all foreign travel.”Health and safety conditions (are) improving in some countries and potentially deteriorating in others,” the State Department said in a statement.center_img Business struggles Many nations are seeing new outbreaks, forcing local or citywide lockdowns and other quarantine measures.Poland will re-impose compulsory face masks in all public spaces in nine districts amid a new high in infections.The restrictions will come into force from Saturday and will also affect sports and cultural events in those areas, mainly in the south and east.Greece’s government on Wednesday announced a “wake-up week” on COVID-19, tightening restrictions after the steady rise in mostly domestic infections.Officials have blamed the increase on overcrowding in clubs and social events.The new virus outbreaks are forcing officials into an uncomfortable trade-off between public health and the need to bring economies back to life.German airline Lufthansa on Thursday became the latest to reveal the fallout from the pandemic, announcing forced layoffs and a 1.5 billion euro ($1.7 billion) loss in the second quarter, the worst in its history.  Europe remains the hardest-hit region worldwide with more than 200,000 fatalities since the virus first emerged in China late last year.As governments across the globe struggle to salvage economies ravaged by months of lockdown, many have been forced to look at new measures to curb outbreaks of COVID-19 since they lifted initial containment orders.Such is the case in Europe where nations imposed new travel restrictions and containment measures with fears growing over a second wave of infections.In Australia, the second-largest city Melbourne entered the country’s toughest lockdown yet on Thursday, closing non-essential businesses and requiring hundreds of thousands more people to stay home.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $2.1 Million for Advanced Training to Retain, Diversity Teachers and School Leaders

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 06, 2019 Governor Wolf Announces $2.1 Million for Advanced Training to Retain, Diversity Teachers and School Leaderscenter_img Education,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the Pennsylvania Department of Education has awarded $2.1 million in grants to 11 universities to support innovative teacher and school leader preparation programs designed to expand, diversify, and strengthen the commonwealth’s educator workforce. The grants represent the second year of funding for one of the nation’s most ambitious year-long educator residency initiatives.“Many of our communities with the greatest needs also struggle to attract and retain teachers and school leaders, which directly impacts students,” said Governor Wolf. “These grants will allow our universities to provide advanced training to better prepare educators to serve in our most high-need areas.”The universities and awards include:Expansion Grant Awards – Funding may be used to provide financial support to teachers or principals who undergo a full year of clinical experience before earning their instructional or administrative certification.Principal Residencies:Lehigh University, Bethlehem – $298,665Robert Morris University, Moon Township – $199,416Millersville University, Millersville – $299,599University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia – $299,869Teacher Residencies:Clarion University, Clarion – $74,598Drexel University, Philadelphia – $200,000Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana – $200,000Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown – $300,000Planning Grant Awards – Planning grants are used to identify and develop strategies for embedding a full year of clinical residency experience within the teacher or school leader preparation program.Principal Residency:Temple University, Philadelphia – $75,000Teacher Residencies:Gannon University, Erie – $75,000Penn State Main Campus, State College – $75,000Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera noted that increasing the number of collaborative field-based, practical educator preparation experiences was a priority recommendation within Pennsylvania’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan. He added that this year’s round of grants will ensure equitable, geographically balanced expansion of the initiative.“Year-long clinical residency programs offer a greater level of involvement in classrooms and schools, providing novice teachers and principals with vital, hands-on experience that will make them better educators and will increase the likelihood that they remain in the profession,” he said. “This year, we’re expanding the scope to reach more areas of the state. Grant recipients involve both traditional and charter schools, and engage an array of partner local education agencies, from Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, to smaller urban districts, to rural districts in between.”Clinical residency programs must be developed in partnership with at least one high-need local education agency (LEA) that serves high rates of historically underserved students or demonstrates chronic, multiple teacher shortages in key certification areas including special education and teaching English as a second language.For more information about Pennsylvania’s education policies and programs, please visit the Department of Education’s website at www.education.pa.gov or follow PDE on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.last_img read more

International Seaways Makes Room for Euronav’s VLCCs

first_imgThe U.S.-based tanker owner International Seaways continues to offload older tonnage from its fleet as it makes room for the anticipated closure of the acquisition of six very large crude carriers from Euronav.The company sold four ships since the start of this year, including one VLCC in March,  a 2001-built Aframax, a 2004-built MR and a 2003-built ULCC, totaling in an average age of 15.4 years. The company also completed sale and leaseback transactions for two 2009-built Aframaxes during the quarter.“We also have taken important steps to enhance our financial flexibility ahead of the anticipated second quarter closing of the acquisition of six VLCCS, which is expected to increase the size of the company’s fleet by 23 pct on a deadweight ton basis, following the recent sale of older vessels. “While preparing these vessels for sale resulted in a reduction in revenue and increased costs in the near term, the sales generated substantial additional liquidity for the acquisition and balance sheet,” Lois K. Zabrocky, International Seaways’ president and CEO, said.On April 18, 2018, the company entered into a stock purchase and sale agreement to acquire the holding companies for the six VLCCs, of which five were built in 2016 and one in 2015. The deal is part of Euronav’s acquisition of Gener8 Maritime.The USD 434 million transaction includes assumed debt for the vessels and is subject to a number of closing conditions, including consummation of Euronav’s acquisition of Gener8 Maritime and amendment of the company’s existing credit facility.If the company fails to receive the loan, it agreed to purchase the vessels for the same price, but potentially without the vessel debt. As informed, Euronav would then be expected to repurchase two of the 2016-built vessels from the company for USD 143 million.During the first quarter of the year, International Seaways swung to a net loss of USD 29.3 million from last year’s profit of USD 18.1 million. The net loss for the first quarter includes a USD 6.6 million loss from the sale of the four older vessels.last_img read more

Tunisia Attack Solidarity: Public Iftar Held Following Deadly Terror Attack

first_imgDespite the deadly massacre that rocked Tunisia last week, people from all walks of life are coming together to show solidarity with the North African country. A body representing Tunisia’s tourism restaurants held a large Ramadan iftar meal in central Tunis and invited Christians, Jews and foreigners as a way of unification.last_img