In 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 [email protected](link sends e-mail).
Public bicycles are an increasingly popular form of transport in 14 Croatian cities and municipalities, and today Vukovar joined the company and thus became the fifteenth and easternmost city in Croatia to introduce the Nextbike system of public bicycles.After the official presentation of the project, a test ride on public bicycles from the city center to Borovo naselje followed, with a short refreshment at Ina’s station. The Nextbike system of public bicycles in Croatia has 20.500 registered users, significantly reduces emissions, traffic jams, noise and parking problems, and cycling has a positive effect on mental and physical health.But the most important thing is that from today, Vukovar residents and all tourists can combine train, bus and public bicycles and thus travel faster, healthier and cheaper while protecting the environment in which we live – through integrated public transport. “In recent years, to the delight of the citizens, Vukovar has received several bicycle paths, of which the most important is certainly the one that is still under construction, ie the bicycle path along the state road D2 in the part of Kudeljarska and Priljevo streets. This is exactly the route we took on the new public bicycles and which is certainly the most important route because it connects the center of Vukovar and Borovo Naselje. Our citizens have a culture of cycling, so I am convinced that this initiative will be very well received. With the new bicycle path and bicycles in the public transport service, we will improve the connection of all parts of Vukovar and at the same time reduce traffic jams. This project is just one in a series of steps we are taking to raise the quality of life of our fellow citizens, but also to present our city in a new European spirit that will surely meet the approval of both citizens and tourists who see Vukovar as the central destination of the Croatian Danube region., ”Said Vukovar Mayor Ivan Penava.This greenest, healthiest and most cost-effective form of public urban transport is fully in line with EU directives and the vision and plans of the City of Vukovar related to sustainable development. Beautiful Vukovar, as the civilizational starting point of Europe in which culture developed for five thousand years and the city that suffered the greatest war destruction, needs projects facing the future. Development is a matter of piety, but also the fact that Vukovar citizens like all citizens of this country want to finally stand by their European neighbors, and this is possible only with continuous investment in sustainable construction, education, employment and sustainable mobility that connect all segments of society.Nextbike provides citizens, students and tourists with the most affordable, fastest, healthiest and most fun transportation. A user who registers nextbike bikes can use them in more than 140 cities around the world. Nextbike is ready to welcome new cities and companies that invest in sustainable mobility and continuously invests in new technologies and improving the user experience, says Krešimir Dvorski, director of the Public Bicycle System, adding that in order to feel safer in traffic, Nextbike organizes several cycling school and encourages cities to improve cycling infrastructure. “Launching a public bicycle system in Vukovar was our great wish a few years ago when we were thinking about how to connect the far east of Croatia with all other major county centers. By combining different forms of public transport, each of us can quickly, easily and conveniently get from point A to point B without owning a car. We thank the City of Vukovar and INA as the general sponsor of the system maintenance for recognizing the importance of the project for the local community. Thanks to them, from today, the people of Vukovar can enjoy all the benefits that the public bicycle system brings them”Dvorski concluded.
Police have issued an ultimatum to protesters they’ve now surrounded at the city’s Polytechnic University.Protesters who spent days trying to keep police from getting into the campus are now desperately trying to get out.Police used tear gas and rubber bullets on a surging crowd. The U.S. is condemning what the Trump administration calls the unjustified use of force against pro-democracy protestors in Hong Kong.A senior official Sunday said China needs to protect the semi-autonomous city’s freedom and that both sides need to refrain from further violence.The official also said the White House wants both sides to engage in constructive dialogue.The threat of violence continues to escalate in Hong Kong as police sealed off a university and protestors armed themselves with bows and arrows.
Florida Senator Annette Taddeo filed a bill on Monday that, if passed, would make the day after Halloween a school holiday.The bill would require district school boards to designate the day after Halloween as a school holiday, unless Halloween falls on a Friday or Saturday.If the bill passe it would go into effect on July 1, 2020.
If you are in North Central Florida this weekend and are hearing loud booms, not to worry. The U.S. Naval Air Station in Jacksonville explains the sounds are related to training exercises the Navy is conducting in the Ocala National Forest.Navy training schedules indicate that live and inert bombing is taking place at the Pinecastle Range Complex from Friday through Sunday of this weekend, between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. each day.“During bombing periods wildlife may be temporarily displaced,” reads a statement from NAS Jacksonville. “Use extra caution when driving through the Ocala National forest and surrounding areas. Secure any items around your residence that could attract wildlife. Always be mindful of larger animals including black bears and practice bearwise measures.”Noise from past bombings has been reported in Flagler, Lake, Marion, Putnam and Volusia counties. The telephone number to file noise complaints is (800) 874-5059, Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility, Jacksonville, Florida.
A triple homicide has prompted an Amber Alert this morning for a missing week old baby in southwest Miami-Dade County.The child, Andrew Caballeiro, was last seen at a home in the 21900 block of Southwest 187th Ave. according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.Three women were found dead at the same home yesterday.Miami-Dade police said the baby may be in the company of 49-year-old Ernesto Caballeiro, though they didn’t immediately call the man a suspect in the slayings.He and the child may be traveling in a 2001, white Chevrolet Express with Florida tag number HETY13.The vehicle has a decal of “Nesty School Services” on it. The vehicle is a passenger van. On the back left door there is a decal of “Caution: Transporting Children.”If you spot the vehicle, do not approach it and call Miami-Dade police at 305-471-2400 or 911.
Authorities in Miami-Dade are currently searching for a suspect who allegedly stole an iPhone from a Sprint store in Miami Shores.The incident was reported Thursday just before 6:00 pm at the store near Northeast Second Avenue and 94th Street.According to the report, the suspect walked into the store and began looking at an iPhone. The suspect then speaks to an employee of the store.After speaking to the employee, the suspect then cuts the security cables attached to the display phone before running out of the business.Authorities searched the surrounding area of the store but were unable to locate the suspect.If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.
The woman who is accused of driving through security barriers at Mar-a-Lago on Friday refused to appear before a judge this weekend to have charges read to her.According to the arrest report, 30-year-old opera singer Hannah Roemhild is charged with aggravated assault of an officer.After crashing through two security checkpoints at President Trump’s Palm Beach estate and having Palm Beach Sheriff’s deputies open fire on her SUV, she led them on a chase, where they lost her in traffic.Roemhild them allegedly picked up her mother from Palm Beach International Airport, and the two checking into a local motel. Deputies arrested her there a few hours later.The judge delayed her hearing until Monday, depending on whether Roemhild can be transported from the Palm Beach County Jail without endangering herself or deputies.