Leahy and Douglas will open March 6th Conference on stimulus aid

first_imgVermonters’ interest in the newly enacted economic stimulus bill is so high that registration requests for Friday’s workshops on the plan have quickly outstripped capacity.  Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), who organized the sessions, says signup requests topped 700 just days after online registration opened last week.  Leahy Thursday announced that a second conference will be held late this month in Brattleboro to help accommodate Vermonters unable to attend Friday’s session, with details to be announced later.Leahy and Gov. James Douglas (R) are hosting the Vermont conference and workshops on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – believed to be the first such statewide sessions in the nation since enactment of the stimulus package — where free workshops will help Vermont families, businesses and towns learn how the stimulus plan will help strengthen Vermont’s economy. The first conference will convene tomorrow, Friday, March 6th, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Champlain College in Burlington.  The Vermont Procurement and Technical Assistance Center and the Vermont Small Business Development Center have cosponsored the conference, enabling Leahy and Douglas to offer the conference at no cost to Vermonters.  Leahy and Douglas will kick off the conference with introductory remarks.Leahy, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee which helped craft the legislation, initiated the conference planning and has worked with Governor Douglas, Vermont Legislative leaders and federal agencies in organizing the sessions.  Leahy earlier announced that Vermont will receive more than $700 million in direct federal investments under the new law in infrastructure improvements and social services.   Leahy also anticipates that hundreds of small businesses and nearly every Vermont family will receive further direct benefits ranging from tax incentives to medical and unemployment coverage.  Much of the bill’s help will be allocated by funding formulas; other benefits will depend on applications by businesses and governments for competitive grants, which will push Vermont’s total still higher.  Leahy said, “The response has been phenomenal, and that is an encouraging sign about how rapidly and effectively we will be able to put this plan to work in stabilizing our economy and creating Vermont jobs.”Federal officials and representatives of state agencies will offer their perspective on the economic recovery package during seven workshop sessions focusing on: how to access infrastructure improvement funding; accessing energy and broadband infrastructure funding; assisting small businesses interested in doing business with federal and state agencies; identifying small business provisions that may help weather the difficult economy; accessing first-responder and criminal justice funding opportunities; identifying health, human services, and labor and education funding opportunities; and a session targeted at Vermont families trying to understand how the tax and grant opportunities in the legislation will directly affect their bottom lines. Participants can expect broad overviews of selected programs and question and answer sessions with program experts.  Leahy noted that many of the funding formulas and program details contained in the legislation are still being finalized.  He said he hopes the conference “will get Vermonters thinking about how the stimulus package can strengthen Vermont’s economy and lay the groundwork not only for the jobs of today, but also the jobs of tomorrow.” Detailed program agendas for the conference will be available Friday afternoon on Leahy’s website (leahy.senate.gov).  Advance registration is required, and registration now is closed for Friday’s session.WHAT: Conference and Workshops on Vermont’s Stake in the American Recovery and Reinvestment ActWHEN: Friday, March 6th, at 1 p.m.WHERE: 265 South Willard Street, IDX Student Life Center, Champlain College, BurlingtonWHO: Vermont residents, small business owners, advocates, municipal officials; open to the pressONLINE: www.leahy.senate.gov(link is external)last_img read more

Cops: Centerport Man Nabbed in Bank Robbery Spree

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Centerport man was arrested Friday for a string of bank robberies that began in early July. Suffolk County police charged Frank Marquez with three counts of third-degree robbery, one count of third-degree attempted robbery, and aggravated unlicensed operation for driving with a suspended license.Using video surveillance and multiple Crime Stoppers tips, Pattern Crime Unit detectives identified Marquez as the alleged bank robber in three separate incidents, plus one that was unsuccessful, police said. He was arrested near Butterfield Drive in Greenlawn Friday morning. Police alleged that Marquez robbed a TD Bank on Broadhollow Road in Farmingdale on July 7, a TD bank on Deer Park Avenue in Deer Park on July 14, and a Capitol One on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon on July 21. He was also charged with the attempted robbery of a People’s United Bank in Huntington on July 14. In a press release issued July 14, police said a man entered People’s United Bank and demanded money, but the teller did not comply. Twenty-five minutes later the same man was inside a TD Bank in Deer Park making the same demands, police said. Marquez is being held overnight and is scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Saturday. The investigation into the robbery spree is continuing, police said. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.last_img read more

Credit union leadership inspiring girls to be leaders

first_imgLast Thursday marked the 7th International Day of the Girl. Not just a trending hashtag, or a reason to post pics on your Instagram and Facebook pages, October 11th is an international observance day declared by the United Nations in 2012 to increase awareness of gender inequality. The celebration of the day also reflects the successful emergence of girls and young women in societies around the world in equal and influential roles, with an understanding that we still have a long way to go. It is a day used by many philanthropists to promote their causes, such as the Global Girls Alliance initiative which announced last week to support over 98 million adolescent girls globally who are no longer sent to school. Leading by example is the best form of leadership and credit unions can continue to be proud of the example they set for girls, with women excelling in leadership in the industry.The gender gap within large U.S. corporations is alarming. Only 5.2 percent of the S&P 500 CEOs are women, while 4.8 percent of the Fortune 500 CEOs are women. For comparison, according to an article this past May in CUInsight by Liz Santos of BFB Gallagher, across all credit unions the gender split between men and women chief executives is close to being equal with 48 percent women versus 52 percent men. A Filene Research Institute report put C-Suite roles held by women in credit unions even higher, at 53 percent. While this split widens as the credit union asset size increases, chief executives are 19 percent women versus 81 percent men in CU’s with greater than $1B in assets, the numbers are still impressively progressive when compared to other industries. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Merrill Lynch targets Europe with $600m

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Ministry rolls up sleeves to finish Rp 1.3t of Labuan Bajo projects by yearend

first_imgThe Public Works and Housing Ministry has stated that it will finish constructing several infrastructure projects in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), including roads and bridges, by end of the year.Out of the total Rp 1.31 trillion (US$92.2 million) budget, the ministry has allocated Rp 67.7 billion for building a water distribution system, including a coastal protection infrastructure on Rinca Island, and Rp 420 billion for building roads and bridges, including a port access road.Another Rp 646.3 billion has been allocated for infrastructure developments in the designated creative hub of Puncak Waringin, and Rp 174.5 billion will be used to build 315 houses in West Manggarai regency.“The first thing that must be improved is the infrastructure, [and then] the amenities and events, and finally, massive promotion,” public works minister Basuki Hadimuljono said on Sunday as quoted by tempo.co.”If the infrastructure is not [there], tourists will come only once and won’t return. That’s what we must manage properly,” Basuki added.Read also: Virus spread starts to hit Indonesian tourism as foreign arrivals coolTo reinforce infrastructure connectivity in Labuan Bajo, the ministry has signed a Rp 55.8 billion package comprising five projects, including building a 9.97-kilometer paved road with drainage.”This package is no joke, so everything must be readied with seriousness and later, we will discuss the details of the work [entailed] with all parties involved,” said the head of the Kupang National Road Implementation Center (BPJN), Muktar Napitupulu.Read also: Indonesia introduces super-priority tourism destinations at ASEAN forumThe ministry has also allocated Rp 6.39 trillion in infrastructure funds for four other destinations designated National Tourism Strategic Areas. The funding breaks down into Rp 1.35 trillion for Borobudur Temple in Central Java, Rp 2.31 trillion for Lake Toba in North Sumatra, Rp 903.4 billion for Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara and Rp 520 billion for Likupang in North Sulawesi.Labuan Bajo and the four other strategic areas are part of the 10 “New Bali” destinations that the government has targeted for development to increase foreign and domestic tourism. Tourism is expected to be a mainstay industry for generating foreign exchange, create jobs and drive the economy. (eyc)Topics :last_img read more

PLSA warns against ‘hasty’ reactions after report of ESG policy failings

first_imgYesterday, the UK Sustainable Investment Forum (UKSIF) said a review it carried out “indicate[s] large scale non-compliance among trustees, who have mostly failed to publish their SIPs as the ESG regulations require”.Of a sample of 70, two-thirds of schemes UKSIF believed should have published their SIPs had not done so by mid-November. Among those who did, the policies were “vague and non-committal”, said UKSIF, which is a membership organisation for finance industry entities committed to growing sustainable finance.It called on The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to carry out a review to investigate levels of compliance in the UK pensions sector and for the government to set up a central registry to host trustees’ policies on ESG issues as many pension schemes did not have websites.It also said government and TPR should provide trustees with more guidance to educate them about how to manage climate-related financial risk.Guy Opperman, pensions minister, said he was “very disappointed and very concerned” by the findings.“UKSIF should pass the information to TPR for it to take swift action against any pension schemes not complying with the law,” he added.“The new requirements only came into force in October so we should expect disclosure to evolve quickly over the next few years”Caroline Escott, policy lead for investment and stewardship at the PLSACaroline Escott, policy lead for investment and stewardship at the Pensions & Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), said it strongly urged all schemes to put searchable disclosures online as required under the new regulations.She also said disclosure was “one part of a complex and evolving process” for trustees.“The new requirements only came into force in October 2019 so we should expect disclosure to evolve quickly over the next few years,” she added. “Introducing hasty extra regulatory requirements is unlikely to result in any tangible benefits.”What does the regulator have planned? A spokesperson for TPR said the regulator will be “developing a strategy to set out the improvements we expect over a specific time period”.“This is likely to include steps to identify non-compliance and plans for when we will routinely enforce against the requirements. We may take action ahead of this against schemes where a failure to engage with climate risk and other ESG requirements appears to be part of a pattern of wider governance failings.”As part of its new supervision TPR was already talking to trustees of major schemes to make sure they were aware of their responsibilities to comply with the October 2019 investment regulations.The spokesperson also noted the work TPR was doing with government and industry bodies to develop guidance to help trustees identify, assess and disclose their scheme’s exposure to climate risk. The guidance is due to be published for consultation in March.TPR published guidance on the new SIP requirements for DC schemes in late June last year.The only way is up?Stuart O’Brien, partner at law firm Sackers, said UKSIF’s report included “some pretty bruising findings” but that it arguably was not surprising pension schemes had adopted stock wording for their expanded SIPs.“My sense is that in a lot of cases that was a conscious choice to get compliant by the deadline, but with a view to spending more time developing more comprehensive policies this year and in time for the next SIP update deadline of October 2020,” he said.“I am hopeful that things will get a lot better this year.”Simon Jones, head of responsible investment at Hymans Robertson, welcomed UKSIF’s recommendations and said many trustees were “only at the starting point of their journey”.“We expect they will continue to evolve their approach to climate change investing and develop their policies over coming months and years,” he said.“Like everyone – politicians included – schemes are at the start of a steep learning curve on ESG matters”Terry Saeedi, pensions partner at Clyde & CoTerry Saeedi, a pensions partner at Clyde & Co, expressed a similar sentiment, saying that pension scheme trustees – like politicians and others – “are at the start of a steep learning curve on ESG matters”, in particular with respect to climate change.“Focusing on granular detail – such as poor publication rates of policies like the statement of investment principles – risks missing the point, while leaving us on the burning platform,” she said.She also questioned the efficacy of “additional regulatory burdens”, saying supporting pension schemes to put ESG matters at the heart of their investment strategy was a better approach, and that pressure from within the pensions industry, such as the red voting lines campaign developed by the Association of Member Nominated Trustees, and growing activism by members, were also likely to be more persuasive.Robertson said that by dealing with members’ climate change-related demands now, “trustees may find they foster a more engaged environment with a membership that feels part of the decision”.UKSIF’s report can be found here. The UK’s pension fund lobby group has warned against rushing to introduce additional regulatory requirements after an advocacy group reported that many pension schemes had not met new disclosure obligations relating to environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters.Effective 1 October last year, trust-based defined contribution (DC) schemes with more than 100 members have to have updated their statement of investment principles (SIP) to document their approach to financially material considerations, which include ESG considerations such as climate change.The SIP has to be published on a website and there is also a requirement to state a stewardship policy.From October this year, schemes will have to publish statements explaining how their policies have been implemented.last_img read more

I’m a man, abused by a woman – but my story is ignored

first_imgStuff co.nz 18 July 2018Family First Comment: “The fact that we can’t see men as victims or women as perpetrators has lead to us trying to solve half a problem. We have few support mechanisms for men wishing to leave violent relationships. We excuse women’s violence as justifiable reactions to a man’s behaviour or her emotional state, we are intolerant to the idea that they didn’t do something to deserve what they got, and we assume the man is the guilty party even when he is the one who called the police.”Yep – the exact point we made regarding White Ribbon only part-solving the problem.When I look back on my early twenties I have a huge feeling of regret. The damage that was done to me by an abusive partner has stayed with me for many years.Thirty years on, I still remember vivid details of the abuse. I remember the song that was playing on the radio when she broke a plate over my head for being late home from work, the colour of the wallpaper when she tied me to the bed for a ‘fun time’ and then sexually assaulted me, and the memory of her dark roots standing out against her blonde hair when she tried to stab me for talking to another girl at a party.However, many of the little things now blur together; the put downs, the way she isolated me from my family, the way she controlled my time and money, the way she suddenly got pregnant every time it looked like I was going to leave, and the way she used casual violence, safe in the knowledge I wouldn’t hit back.I could go on about the abuse I suffered, but that’s not the point of this piece. The point is to discuss how we can stop family violence.In my experience, what I have shared with you will be dismissed by most. At best, people will say I was a rare example of female-perpetrated domestic violence, or I’ll be called a liar or worse. For decades the message has been strong and clear: men hurt women and not the other way round.This message has contributed to the problem of domestic violence in my opinion. The fact that we can’t see men as victims or women as perpetrators has lead to us trying to solve half a problem. We have few support mechanisms for men wishing to leave violent relationships.We excuse women’s violence as justifiable reactions to a man’s behaviour or her emotional state, we are intolerant to the idea that they didn’t do something to deserve what they got, and we assume the man is the guilty party even when he is the one who called the police.This repression of the idea men can be genuine victims of a woman’s violence isn’t just casual sexism, it is systemic.Many studies, such as the longitudinal Dunedin study, have been non-platformed when trying to present findings that women are as violent as men. We ask women if they have ever been abused by a partner and get shocking figures of one in three or four victims, depending on who you ask and how abuse is defined, but we don’t do that for men. We don’t even ask women if they’ve ever been abusive to a man because the answer is shocking.To solve domestic violence we need to take a look at the entire picture. We need to stop making assumptions about who is the violent one and who is the victim and do some actual investigating. We need to stop the political games played by certain groups who have an interest holding onto public funding or controlling the narrative.Yes, on average men hit harder and do more damage when they hit, but that doesn’t excuse a woman hitting a man in any way. Assault is assault and lessening the responsibility of the one who assaults on muscle mass isn’t equitable.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/105576349/im-a-man-abused-by-a-woman–but-my-story-is-ignoredlast_img read more

‘Relegation should be scrapped if Premier League season is ended’ Says Tony Bloom

first_imgLONDON: Brighton and Hove Albion owner Tony Bloom said that relegation may need to be scrapped if the Premier League season has to be ended. As the Premier League table stands, Brighton are on 29 points, two points above the relegation zone.“I don’t foresee a situation, if the season’s not played out, that teams will get relegated on a points-per-game basis,” Bloom is quoted as saying by BBC Sport.“I just don’t think it’s fathomable that a team which is not allowed to play out the season may lose out on 0.2 points based on this system, and also it does not take into account the strength of the team you have not played.”The Premier League, like other leagues in Europe, has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are nine matches to be played by each club this season and a potential cutoff date of June 30 for the league to restart has been in the speculation.“You may get a title winner, obviously Liverpool deserve it, you may use that criteria for European qualification but I do not see how anyone can vote for that, certainly the percent needed (70 per cent), for teams to get relegated. I really cannot foresee that,” added Bloom.West Ham United, Watford and Bournemouth are all on 27 points and are separated only by goal difference, putting Bournemouth at risk of being relegated if the current points table stands. IANSAlso Read: Why Congress wilted, why Modi bloomedAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assamlast_img read more

6 years after she was hired, Gina Castelli and Le Moyne have shot at NCAA Tournament

first_img Comments Head coach Gina Castelli faced over a dozen Le Moyne women’s basketball players in the visitor’s locker room after it defeated then-No. 14 Florida Southern College. It was Nov. 23, and her team had just moved to 3-1 on the season with a seven-point win.But she hadn’t told the Dolphins how high their opponent was ranked. So after the game, she wrote the Moccasins’ ranking on the whiteboard. She asked her players what they thought that number meant. They guessed offensive rebounds, but Castelli shot back the real meaning.“We went nuts,” redshirt sophomore guard Liz Millea said.Inside its home gym, only one of the 110 banners marking NCAA Tournament appearances is for the women’s basketball program, one that’s slowly gained acclaim in Division II hoops recently. When Castelli took over Le Moyne six years ago, she fulfilled a step-by-step reconstruction to create the team that sits atop the Northeast-10 Conference standings. This season, the Dolphins (19-4, 13-4) are ranked for the first time in school history after knocking off two top-15 teams and totaling a 14-game winning streak.“Water the culture, water the vision,” Castelli said, “and never settle.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn 2014, Bentley University, a NE-10 rival, won the NCAA Women’s Division II National Championship behind an undefeated, 35-0 season. After her first season with the Dolphins, Castelli began to formulate a plan that modeled her roster off of Bentley’s. It started with size, continued through solid point guards and ended with a winning program.Corinne Poitevien, now a graduate student, led a class with three players taller than 6-feet. The next piece, McKayla Roberts, has averaged 17.5 points per game this season and filled the point guard vacancy. Soon, Castelli’s desired squad came to fruition.“I think little by little we’ve been able to fill in those pieces,” Castelli said, “so that at this point now, we’re right there.”Greg Wall | Le Moyne AthleticsThis season, the Dolphins won 11 of their first 13 games, including a blowout win against then-No. 10 Bentley on the road. After a one-point loss to The College of Saint Rose on Nov. 28, the Dolphins didn’t lose a game for over two months. Their 14-game winning streak set the program record. After 12 consecutive victories, they were ranked at No. 24.But in the first minute of Le Moyne’s game against Adelphi on Feb. 6, starting guard Cameron Tooley left the court with a leg injury. Teams began face-guarding Roberts more frequently, and her production dipped. The Dolphins lost to Adelphi, and then two days later lost by 30 to American International College. It dropped Le Moyne out of the national rankings and served as a reminder.“(Winning) became so much of a habit,” Millea said.A day before Le Moyne’s chance to clinch a top-seed in the NE-10 tournament, freshman Erin Fouracre pulled up for a three in practice and missed. The words of Castelli — “Quick shots lead to transition for them” — echoed throughout the gym. When Southern Connecticut State hit three quick 3-pointers the next day, the Dolphins started to play tighter man-to-man defense. And when Madison Shetrom launched a half-court shot with three seconds left in the first quarter, Castelli yelled at her, saying she had more time.“I was glad we got ranked,” Castelli said, “but I was also glad we weren’t ranked, because it made us a little hungrier, too.”As Castelli shot free throws at the end of practice last Friday, it took until the tenth shot for her first miss. Before each one, Castelli bounced the ball, glanced up toward the backboard and released it. Behind the backboard, Castelli saw the gym’s banners, stretching across the upper third of the wall, a reminder of what her team wants to accomplish this season.“You see men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s basketball. They consistently played at that high level,” Castelli said. “That’s a goal of mine, to get this program to a place where we can get there too.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 19, 2019 at 11:06 pm Contact Andrew: arcrane@syr.edu | @CraneAndrewlast_img read more

Tipp ladies have ‘resilence’ to claim league victory

first_imgAnd you can hear the full interview with Gerry McGill on Tipp FM’s Weekend Sports Preview just after the 1pm news tomorrow afternoon.Meanwhile, there are two changes to the Tipperary team from the one that started last time out.Claire Mullins comes into the side at wing-back in place of Claire Carroll.The other alteration sees Eimear Myles starting in the half-forward line instead of Niamh Lonergan.This is the Tipperary XV chosen for the match:Patricia Hickey; Bríd Condon, Samantha Lambert, Sinéad Delahunty; Anne O’Dwyer, Jennifer Grant, Claire Mullins; Lorraine O’Shea, Sheelagh Carew; Cathriona Walsh, Máiread Morrissey, Eimear Myles; Aisling Moloney, Gillian O’Brien, Edel Hanley (capt).Tipp FM will also have regular updates from the big match, which begins at 1.15pm on Sunday. That’s the view of their manager Gerry McGill, who believes this quality has kept his side in with a chance of winning the National League Division 3 title.Tipp face Waterford in the final replay at Semple Stadium on Sunday after the counties couldn’t be separated first time out.Gerry says that even though the Premier County made a slow start six days ago in Clane they were never out of the running.last_img read more