Douglas and CONEG Rally Regional Support for Sanders’ LIHEAP Bill

first_imgGovernor Douglas and CONEG Rally Regional Support for Senator Sanders’ LIHEAP BillUrge Federal Government to Provide Billions in Additional LIHEAP Funding in FY2008Waterbury, VT-The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), chaired by Governor Jim Douglas, has urged the federal government to increase-by billons-federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding in FY08.The Governors lent their support to Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) efforts to provide an additional $2.73 billion in FY2008 funding for LIHEAP in regular program and contingency funding.Further, they supported House-led efforts to increase funding for the program by $3.12 billion, which would fund the program at its fully authorized level and is an important step toward addressing the substantially increased demand for LIHEAP assistance in the wake of skyrocketing home heating prices.”I’ve noted many times how critically important the LIHEAP program is for Vermont’s most vulnerable families, and am pleased to have a ready and willing partner to ensure its continued success in Senator Sanders,” said Governor Douglas. “No Vermonter should be cold in his or her home this winter, or any winter. While the states are doing our part to keep our residents warm-for example, the creation of my new Fuel and Food Partnership here in Vermont-we need a strong financial commitment from our federal partners to ensure the LIHEAP program remains a valuable resource to assist families in making home heating payments.”In letters to Congress, CONEG noted that the estimated cost to heat a home in the Northeast in 2008-2009 will range from $2,400 to $4,300, while the region’s median LIHEAP benefit is approximately $700, or 15 to 30 percent of annual heating costs. To provide these households with a meaningful level of assistance (60 percent of annual heating cost), the average benefit would need to be increased to $2,000-$2,500 per household.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.”To continue to provide a meaningful LIHEAP benefit to support Vermonters hardest hit by rapidly rising fuel prices, it is critical that our state enlists the unwavering support of the federal government,” added Agency of Human Services Secretary Cynthia D. LaWare. “I’m pleased to see the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, the New England Governors’ Conference and other entities working so hard to bring this vitally important issue to the attention of our Congress. 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.”The CONEG further illustrated the strains that high heating costs have placed on households across the country. According to the National Energy Assistance Directors’ Association, about 15.6 million households across the country are in arrears to utilities– an increase of 9.5 percent over last year. In some areas of the Northeast, the price of home heating oil is quickly approaching $5 per gallon. At these prices, a single tank of heating oil would cost more than $1,200. At current funding levels, the typical LIHEAP benefit could only cover about half a tank of home heating oil.###last_img read more

Endangered Red Wolf: a Distinct Species

first_imgThe red wolf is one of the world’s most endangered species. Once common throughout the eastern and south central United States, the animal was decimated due to the destruction of their natural habitat and intensive predator control programs. The red wolf was designated as endangered in 1967 and declared extinct in the wild in 1980 when the last dozen wild red wolves were captured and brought into zoos for captive breeding. Twenty years later, red wolves were successfully reintroduced into the wild in eastern North Carolina; it was the first reintroduction of a large carnivore anywhere in the world. In 2006, the wild red wolf population peaked at 150 but several years of high gunshot mortality levels drastically lowered those numbers. Report confirms the endangered red wolf is its own distinct species Red wolf advocates believe that the uncertainty surrounding the taxonomy of the red wolf has stalled recovery programs in recent years and cast doubt on the urgency to preserve the species. NASEM produced the report after Congress asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct a taxonomic review of red and Mexican gray wolves. Yesterday’s announcement proves that the red wolf deserves their status as a distinct species and should continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The public has overwhelmingly shown support for the protection of the red wolf in North Carolina. During the Fish and Wildlife Service’s public comment period in 2018, over 99 percent of the total comments received were in favor of protecting the red wolf in the state. Susan Holmes, Federal Policy Director of Wildlands Network, said in a press release that polls have shown nearly 80 percent of North Carolina voters are in support of restoring the red wolf in the state.center_img The wolf taxonomy committee of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has concluded that the endangered red wolf, found only in five counties in eastern North Carolina, is a valid and distinct species. The distinction gives the red wolf a much-needed scientific and political boost; there are fewer than 30 remaining red wolves in the wild. Recently, some North Carolina officials argued that the red wolf was a coyote and gray wolf hybrid and pushed the government to abandon recovery efforts of the animal. last_img read more

Panama Dismantles Group that Transported Drugs for FARC

first_img The Panamanian authorities dismantled a criminal gang that was allegedly responsible for the “transport of illicit substances” to Central America for the Colombian Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the Public Prosecutor’s Office announced on September 7. “Up to the present, we have 80 individuals in detention, against the majority of whom we already have investigation orders,” drug prosecutor Javier Caraballo said about the arrests, made on September 5. The detentions primarily took place in the Caribbean province of Colon and in the city of La Chorrera, 30 km west of the capital, where the police conducted some thirty searches as part of investigations begun two years ago, Caraballo said at a press conference. “What we can say on a preliminary basis is that this group was doing transport of illicit substances for groups like the FARC”, a leftist Colombian guerrilla organization. According to the prosecutor, the detainees provided “logistical support,” “transporting the illicit substances belonging to these organizations from Colombia to Central America.” He said that in these operations, 80 suspects were detained, 19 of them Colombians and the rest Panamanians, who were also allegedly linked to 18 tons of cocaine seized by the Panamanian authorities in the last two years. The gang was led by the Colombian José Indalecio Marmolejo Parra, who has been living in Panama for years under the false identity of Samuel Parra García, Caraballo said. Marmolejo had escaped from Colombia to Costa Rica after been linked to drug trafficking and arms trafficking for a group led by the late drug trafficker Pablo Escobar, according to the Panamanian prosecutor. “In this operation, at least 95 percent of the targets (suspects sought) were arrested,” the director of the Panamanian Police, Gustavo Pérez, affirmed. In the operation, 162 kilos of cocaine, several cars, and cash were also seized, the officials said. By Dialogo September 08, 2011last_img read more

How ‘Geofencing’ can drive mortgage lending performance

first_imgGeofencing is a location-based service in which an app or other software uses GPS, RFID, Wi-Fi or cellular data to trigger a pre-programmed action when a mobile device or RFID tag enters or exits a virtual boundary set up around a geographical location, known as a geofence.For example, your Starbucks app on your mobile device can trigger a “Starbucks location is nearby” alert when your driving within a certain distance of one – a geofence, if you will. This trigger or alert allows you to make a decision to go or not to go buy a latte. But it also subtly keeps the Starbucks name top of mind, letting you know there’s a Starbucks in the vicinity.Like Starbucks, many retailers have geofencing capabilities built into their apps to trigger notifications when you’re in the area or within “their virtual fence.” Again, it’s a fantastic marketing tool to generate more business on the chance that the alert will prompt you to stop by their particular store and shop.These triggers/notifications can also have marketing messages incorporated, letting the recipient know of a sales, discounts, or any other promotions currently running.Here are some geofencing uses with possible credit union applications:Social networking: One of the more popular uses for geofencing involves integrating with popular social networks. Location-based filters, stickers and other shareable content are all made possible with geofencing. Whether you’re using a promoted filter at a concert, using a custom-made filter for a friend’s birthday or uploading to public, location-based stories, it’s all thanks to these virtual perimeters.Credit unions can do the same with their social media network presence. Sharing community stories, promotions, product offerings, news, etc.Marketing: Geofencing is ideal for businesses to deliver promotions, sending an alert right as you come within range of the store. Apple does this very well with their store app. More specifically, geofencing helps organizations target ads with audience segments to discover what efforts work best based on a user’s location habits.Your credit union can do the same with geofencing, which could be used at branches to market new promotions to members as they approach a specific branch – keeping the credit union and its offerings top of mind. In this case, a mortgage lending promotion during the spring home buying season would be ideal.Audience engagement: Geofencing is also used to engage audiences at live events, such as concerts, plays, fairs and more. For example, a concert might use a geofence to crowdsource social media posts or deliver information about the venue or event.For credit unions, engaging members for a sponsored community event like a football game, beach clean up, paper shredding event, chili cook off, etc. is perfect to keep it top of mind for members.Geofencing will only get better and better as the technology improves – which means good things for credit unions. Imagine a member who is in the market for a new home visiting open houses on a Sunday. Geofencing could alert your credit union that this member is looking and send a notification to them, letting them know about the latest rates and loan packages or even get pre-qualified, if they aren’t already.How are you using geofencing capabilities? Let us know; we’d love to hear and share. 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alison Barksdale Alison Barksdale is the Assistant Vice-President of Marketing for CU Members Mortgage and has worked in the field of marketing since 2000. Her various positions within the field of marketing … Web: www.cumembers.com Detailslast_img read more

Pool companies make a big splash with high demand

first_imgA demand, that owner Bob Sullivan says is happening because people are traveling less because of COVID-19. Vallerga says she eventually got her pool but others will need to wait. The lack of stock is something Sullivan has seen at 21st century. Sullivan said the high demand has been great for business but bad for customers that got a slow start to buying the parts they need. “We’ve turned people away in the showroom for lack of replacement parts like pumps and filters, ” said Sullivan. “Even solo covers are hard to get.” VESTAL (WBNG) – Since the beginning of April, 21st Century Pools and Spa has a received a “huge demand” for above-ground pools, in-ground pools and hot tubs.center_img Vestal resident Genevieve Vallerga told 12 News, “A lot of families want to use their resources and their backyards, we aren’t going on vacations so we want to use our money in other ways.” She says many pools companies have told her their out of stock on pools. Vallegra says she has contacted pool companies with a 60-mile radius. “For me there is a happy ending but so many others are still trying,” said Vallerga.last_img read more

Indonesian netizens warm to idea of lockdown to contain COVID-19

first_img“The sentiment has changed in the past few days as people and mass media begin to move to the ‘neutral’ zone, with the people tending to support lockdown as necessary to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has dismissed the idea to impose a lockdown in Jakarta, the province hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic. The government would instead opt for stricter regulations on physical distancing, coupled with “civil emergency measures.”Out of the 1,414 coronavirus cases confirmed in Indonesia, 698 cases or 49 percent were recorded in Jakarta. Meanwhile, 74 of 122 nationwide COVID-19 deaths were also recorded in the capital city as of Monday.Data from Statgo Analytics from March 23 to March 30, 2020 show that Indonesia online community starting to feel neutral about national lockdown to curb the COVID-19 spread in the country (Statgo Analytics/Statgo Analytics) As netizens’ sentiment on the idea of lockdowns shifted toward positive, their concerns about the supply of staple goods are beginning to turn into negative territory, according to data collected throughout March.“People’s sentiment toward staple needs supply up to the third week of March 2020 remains well. However, in the past few days there has been an uptick in the people’s negative sentiment toward staple needs along with a decline in positive sentiment toward staples,” the report reads.Residents of Kalipasir, Central Jakarta, Spray disinfectant on another resident motorcycle before entering the residential area in Jakarta, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. (JP/Seto Wardhana)Sri Mulyani said on March 19 that Indonesia was not ready to impose a lockdown, as such a measure would disrupt the distribution of basic commodities to rural and densely populated areas.“The problem lays in the availability of the human resources to deliver basic commodities, not financial resources. How do we deliver the basic commodities to ensure the quarantined population can have access to their basic needs? That’s the primary concern,” Sri Mulyani said.Read also: Indonesia’s budget to fight COVID-19: What we know so farThe government has prepared measures totaling Rp 158.2 trillion (US$9.77 billion) to finance the healthcare sector and safeguard individuals, workers and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes Rp 4.6 trillion in cash aid for staple needs for 15.2 million families.House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani, as well as both government and opposition lawmakers, have demanded the Jokowi administration enforce stricter measures by implementing localized quarantines as stipulated in the 2018 Health Quarantine Law, saying that many people were ignoring the President’s call to practice physical distancing.Topics : A new report shows that netizens in Indonesia are becoming more supportive of the idea to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus with local lockdowns.Statqo Analytics, a data and analytics consulting firm, collected data through web crawling from March 23 to March 30 that show a significant surge in neutral and positive feedback regarding the possibility of a lockdown.“Interestingly, there was a tendency from most people to respond negatively toward the lockdown issue in the previous week,” the report reads.last_img read more

Kompany ends ‘glorious chapter’ as player to become Anderlecht manager

first_imgBelgian international defender Vincent Kompany has hung up his boots at the age of 34 to become manager of Anderlecht on a four-year contract, the club announced Monday.Kompany joined Anderlecht from Manchester City in 2019 as player-manager, and now takes over from Franky Vercauteren, who had been handling coaching duties, in a purely managerial role.”If I hadn’t been injured, I would have continued,” Kompany told a news conference. “I don’t want to set the bar lower than winning the title. I’m here to win.” Kompany’s first game in charge will come on Sunday as Anderlecht take on Mouscron.”I want to fully commit to my role as a coach and need 100% of my time and focus for it. That’s why I’m quitting as a football player,” said Kompany, who enjoyed a trophy-laden 11-year spell in England with City.”Our ambition and our hunger remains the same. I want to stay with the club for at least four seasons and prove that Anderlecht can play a modern style of football, with results.”As a defender and skipper at City, Kompany won four Premier League titles, two FA Cups and four League Cups with City and is widely regarded as one of the club’s greatest ever players. After making his international debut as a 17-year-old, he went on to play 89 times for Belgium, notably leading them to third in the 2018 World Cup.”It’s the end of a glorious chapter as a player. But now he starts another exciting chapter as a coach,” Belgium manager Roberto Martinez said in a video on the national team website.”I’m convinced he’s going to be a real successful figure for Belgian football as a coach. I have no doubts.”He added: “We all feel sad we won’t see Vincent with the Red Devils anymore but this is the moment to look back and celebrate the incredible service that he has given over 16 years to the national team.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Landscape architects awarded for contribution to Qld tourism

first_imgThe Ville in Townsville, delivered by 360 Degrees Landscape Architects, walked away with a Landscape Architecture Award. Photo: SuppliedRegional landscape architects have been acknowledged for sprucing up urban spaces in a creative way, helping to boost Queensland’s tourism industry.In Townsville, the extravagant makeover of The Ville, delivered by 360 Degrees LandscapeArchitects, last night won a Landscape Architecture Award.The reconceived resort is defined by an extensive new swimming pool and accompanyinglounge and hospitality features that capitalise on the coastal location.Landscapers in regional hot spots stole the show in the tourism category at the 2019 Queensland Landscape Architecture Awards, with the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Townsville, Toowoomba, Yeppoon and Winton each taking home an award. Sites in Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba were celebrated for restoring neglected urban areas into buzzing city nodes to encourage economic development and create community destinations.The Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) announced the winners in Brisbane last night, highlighting projects that celebrated environmental and historic landmark preservation, the restoration of neglected urban nodes and spaces that bring communities together.AILA Queensland president David Uhlmann said: “Landscape architects often bring a unique perspective to tourism sites, and by focusing on place-making, are able to strike a balance between environmental integrity and human use”.“These projects were selected for their uniqueness, their contribution to tourism, and theirrespect for local and environmental context,” he said.Mr Uhlmann said: “The Ville’s pool sits on the edge of the ocean with the site seamlessly integrated into the backdrop, blurring the boundaries and providing an infinity effect”.“It truly is a stunning addition to Townsville that will create a reason for tourists to staylonger.” Place Design Group won the Regional Achievement Award (Tourism) for the Yeppoon foreshore and town centre revitalisation.Central Queensland took out a second Regional Achievement Award for the revitalisation ofthe Yeppoon Foreshore and Town Centre by Place Design Group.Five residential communities were awarded top gongs for making use of protected space andadding value for residents, which was highlighted by two Awards of Excellence.City of Gold Coast’s Arundel Wetlands and Form Landscape Architects’ Forest Green Parkon the Gold Coast both received Awards of Excellence for the natural enhancement of localresidential communities.In both instances, developers and consultants worked together to create community focused spaces that embrace surrounding nature and wildlife.The urban revitalisation of city nodes was highly commended in Brisbane, led by Eden Lanein Woolloongabba by RPS Group, which took out an Award of Excellence for the lushrenewal of what was previously an exit shaft for a tunnel boring machine. The reconstruction of the Waltzing Matilda Centre by RPS Group took out an award for Central Queensland, represented by Winton.Meanwhile the reconstruction of the Waltzing Matilda Centre by RPS Group took out an award for Central Queensland, represented by Winton.Mr Uhlmann said the Waltzing Matilda Centre was a catalyst for the revitalisation of theMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agooutback town.Locally sourced and native materials were used in the design, with the authentic additions ofa windmill, Coolabah tree and artefacts that extend beyond the facade of the museum. Lat27 was presented with an Award of Excellence and highly commended for its transformation of the Oxley Creek corridor in Brisbane into a green, sustainable lifestyle and leisure destination.And Lat27 was presented with an Award of Excellence and highly commended for the transformation of the Oxley Creek corridor in Brisbane into a green, sustainable lifestyle and leisure destination.AILA Queensland Award of Excellence and Landscape Architecture Award winners will gainautomatic entry into National AILA Awards held on October 10 in Melbourne.last_img read more

The records broken in epic Windies win

first_imgSHAI Hope and his young Windies side defy the numbers and decades of history to win at Headingley3 – The number of times a team has been beaten by more than an innings and 200 runs and gone on to win the following Test. The Windies lost the first Test by an innings and 209 runs only to win by five wickets at Headingley. Only India in 2008 (lost to Sri Lanka by an innings and 239 runs) and Australia in 1998 (lost to India by an innings and 219 runs) have bounced back from heavier defeats to win the next Test.18.61 – Shai Hope’s Test batting average from 11 matches before this Test. Having posted scores of 147 and 118no at Headingley, his average is now 29.81.533 – The number of first-class matches that had been played at Headingley before this Test. Hope is the first man ever to score a century in each innings of a first-class match at the ground.11 – The number of West Indians to score a century in each innings of a Test before Hope. He joins George Headley and Gordon Greenidge as the only West Indians to achieve the feat in the UK.91 – The number of Tests played in the UK since a player scored a century in each innings of a Test there. Marcus Trescothick was the last man to achieve the feat, against the West Indies at Edgbaston in 2004.17 – The number of years since the Windies last won a Test match in England. They’d lost 15 and drawn three of their past 18 Tests in the UK.147 – The number of runs Shai Hope scored in his first innings, the highest Test score by a Windies batsman in the UK since Brian Lara scored 179 at The Oval in 1995.322 – The number of runs the Windies scored in their second innings, the fourth-highest successful run chase in their history.69 – The number of years since a team successfully chased down a target of more than 320 at Headingley. The 1948 Australians chased down 404 to win the fourth Ashes Test of that series, which was then a world record.last_img read more

New mom Aguilleira says Windies  Women lack passion

first_imgFORMER West Indies women’s captain Merissa Aguilleira believes players must take personal responsibility if the Caribbean women are to keep pace with the rest of the world.Aguilleira, who captained the West Indies in both Twenty20 and One Day Internationals between 2009 and 2015 retired from the sport in April 2019.Since then she has done commentary on several Windies women’s matches, taken over as Technical Director of the Trinidad & Tobago Women’s team while giving birth to her first child, Zahdia Zahara-Meri Fraser on March 30.The former wicket-keeper/batter who’s captaincy stint included three trips to the ICC World T20 semi-finals and the final of the 2013 50-over World Cup, believes that some players’ passion for the game has been waning since their 2016 World T20 triumph.“We cannot continue to remain stagnant,” she said while speaking to Donald Oliver and Ricardo Chambers on the Commentators podcast.She made reference to the team’s 5-nil home series defeat by India in November ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia where they failed to get beyond the first round.“Somehow the drive, the passion is not there and that’s a huge cause for concern. We as West Indies players love to express ourselves, not just play cricket but have fun playing cricket, so when you look at the players and you realize they are not having fun, you realize that the passion is not there.”The 34-year-old also opened up about her feelings after losing the captaincy in 2015 and about the sacking of long-time coach Sherwin Campbell.last_img read more