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01Jan/21

Farms damaged by Irene encouraged to apply for emergency financing help, no payments first year

first_imgIn recent weeks, many Vermont hurricane- and tropical storm-damaged businesses have sought emergency financing assistance from the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA).  In addition, VEDA wants to make sure Vermont farmers also take full advantage of the special financing assistance. ‘On August 28th, Governor Peter Shumlin announced the immediate availability of up to $10 million in special low-interest VEDA financing for Vermont businesses and farms who suffered damage as a result of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Irene,’ said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley.  ‘While we’ve been receiving numerous applications for financing assistance from flood-damaged commercial businesses, we are concerned that Vermont farms damaged by Irene may not be completely aware of resources that are available to them,’ Bradley said.  Additional financing for the emergency program, enabling the Authority to offer the lowest-possible interest rates, was approved by the State’s Emergency Board on September 13th. ‘We understand affected Vermont farms are still assessing the damages they sustained as a result of this terrible storm,’ said Bradley.  ‘We encourage farmers to contact us as soon as they are able to.’ Emergency agricultural financing for farms damaged by Irene is available through VEDA’s agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC).  The maximum loan size under the program is $100,000.  The interest rate on the emergency VACC financing is 1% for the first two years with no payments required during the first year. At the beginning of the third year, the rate will adjust to the VACC Prime variable index.  VACC financing is available for a variety of farm losses and damage attributable to Irene, including crop supplies, seed, livestock, fertilizer, machinery and equipment, fuel, lost inventory, and storm-related repairs to land, buildings and machinery.  Applications will be reviewed and loans approved on a first-come, first-served basis until all available funds are exhausted.  For more information, or to apply on-line, please visit www.veda.org(link is external), or email info@veda.org(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

18Dec/20

Nonprofit Invites Public to Rate Local Government Transparency

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A nonprofit government accountability group launched a website this week that encourages the public to help rate the accessibility of local municipalities and school districts across New York State.Reclaim New York, the group spearheading the effort, issued an open invitation for concerned citizens to help evaluate more than 2,000 government entities, including counties, cities, towns, villages and school districts on Long Island. Organizers call it the Online Transparency Index.“Now, every New Yorker can get involved and show whether their local government is open and transparent, or operating in the shadows,” said Brandon Muir, executive director of Reclaim New York.The group made news last year when it requested spending records from more than 200 municipalities, agencies and districts on LI in order to create a Local Government Spending Database that tracks how the entities use taxpayer funds. The group took those that refused to to comply with records requests court, where some of the efforts to get the documents released are still pending.The two databases are part of the nonprofit’s New York Transparency Project. The latest effort empowers approved users to measure the openness of municipalities and districts on up to 29 indicators, such as whether they properly publicize scheduled meetings in advance, if they proactively post records online and how easy it is to find officials’ contact information, among other factors. The results, once processed by website administrators, will result in percent grades for each entity. As of this story, only a few of the agencies have been graded.The effort is similar, but unrelated to a recently released Long Island Open Records Report Card, a 16-month joint project between the Long Island Press and the Press Club of Long Island, which issued percent and letter grades to nearly 200 Nassau and Suffolk county agencies as well as towns, cities and villages, but not school districts. In that project, agencies and municipalities were graded on their responsiveness to Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests. The cumulative grade for the region was a ‘C.’Both the report card and the Reclaim New York project were released Monday at the start of Sunshine Week, an annual national initiative highlighting the importance of access to public records.last_img read more

17Aug/20

Tyson Chandler officially signs with the Lakers

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers LeBRON STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF VOTINGAmericans surged to the polls on Tuesday, and the NBA was among the sports leagues that spearheaded a Get Out The Vote campaign with a video of NBA stars talking about the importance of voting.James also said it was important to vote, but he didn’t have to go down the street to do it. James told reporters he’s still registered in Ohio.“That’s where I’m from,” he said. “That’s where I live and that’s home for me.”James has been politically outspoken for several years, a genesis he traces to the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012 when he played for the Miami Heat. Since then, he’s endorsed a number of political candidates, including Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He’s also feuded with President Donald Trump over video and social media channels.Last month, James wore a campaign hat for Beto O’Rourke, a Democratic candidate for senator in Texas, to a game in San Antonio. While he declined to delve deeper into candidates he supports in the midterm election cycle this year, he said he hoped people would vote.“It’s very important,” he said. “We always talk about we want change and then we get to this point and a lot of people don’t register and a lot of people don’t vote. But if we want change we have to have our voices and our boxes be checked for who we believe can make change. So, I’ve been pretty outspoken about it for quite a long time.”MOVING ON FROM RAPTORS LOSSAfter most games, the Lakers review the film as a team in the next practice. Not so with the 121-107 loss Sunday to the Toronto Raptors.“We toss it in the trash and move forward,” Walton said. “Our transition defense was terrible, offensively we weren’t running to our spots, spacing was off. We weren’t making the extra pass. Defensively, we were letting, on our individual defense we were letting blow-bys happen. We were late on rotations. It was an all-around just sloppy game to watch.”Related Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions EL SEGUNDO — Since the season began, it’s been obvious that the Lakers needed to bolster their frontcourt.The team took what it hopes will be a big step in the right direction on Tuesday afternoon, signing veteran center Tyson Chandler after he was bought out by the Phoenix Suns and cleared waivers. At 7-foot-1, Chandler is expected to fill an immediate need at backup center behind JaVale McGee.General Manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement that he, team president Magic Johnson and Coach Luke Walton had discussed adding rebounding and rim protection after watching the first 10 games of the season.“In Tyson Chandler, we addressed that need, and so much more,” he said. “We are excited that Tyson will bring championship-level experience to our Lakers team that will solidify our veteran leadership and help positively shape our young core. We are thrilled for Tyson to join us as we progress towards our ultimate goals as a team.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersChandler could join the team as early as Wednesday, pending a physical. ESPN reported that Chandler will be earning $2.1 million from the Lakers after the Suns bought out the remainder of his allotted $13.6 million salary for this season.Chandler, 36, is now the oldest Lakers player, as well as the most experienced. In his 18th NBA season, he’s made one All-Star team and has won one championship, helping the Mavericks defeat LeBron James’ Miami Heat team in 2011. Chandler also played for several incarnations of Team USA. Chandler made three All-Defense teams between 2011 and 2013, and was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.While he’s at the tail end of his career, the Lakers believe Chandler could be invigorated by a larger role on a more competitive team, and they value his presence in the locker room.“We love the fact that we’re going to get another veteran,” James said over the weekend of Chandler. “A guy who plays hard, a guy who’s very smart and another champion to add to the champions that we have in this system here today, so and it adds depth in our frontcourt.”Chandler is an L.A. native who played at Dominguez High in Compton. He was twice named Mr. Basketball in California and was drafted No. 2 overall by the Clippers in 2001, but he never played for them after he and Brian Skinner were traded to the Chicago Bulls for Elton Brand. Walton said Tuesday’s practice was more physically taxing than normal, and the Lakers focused on running back in transition, which is foundational for all their defensive schemes.The Lakers are also focused on rebounding, which was an issue the last time the team played Minnesota. The Timberwolves had 20 offensive rebounds last week when they beat the Lakers. In the rematch on Wednesday at Staples Center, the players were resolute that they don’t want to get beat on the boards.“It’s about want to get the rebound,” James said. “Understanding that (when) we rebound, we are very good and we are going to do that.” Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

16Aug/20

Official: Chelsea and Stoke agreed on Transfer of Begović

first_imgLondon’s Chelsea agreed with Stoke transfer of their goalkeeper Asmir Begović for 11 million EUR.B&H representative will arrive at Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Petr Čech, who is transferred for the same amount of money to the city rival Arsenal.Begović will sign with Chelsea a contract worth 5.5 million EUR per season, on several years.Jose Mourinho wanted to bring Wolfsburg’s goalkeeper Diego Benaglija to the “Bridge”, but eventually a guy who brilliantly kept goal in the UK for past five seasons will arrive.Transfer period starts on Wednesday. (Source: fokus.ba)last_img read more