$99,000 USDA grant helps Community Capital of Vermont offer grants to small businesses

first_imgThanks to a $99,000 USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG), small businesses in eightcounties of Vermont will soon have access to technical assistance grants to start or grow theirbusiness. Community Capital of Vermont, a micro and small business lender in Vermont,received the grant to expand its Management Assistance Program (MAP), which is currentlyonly available to Community Capital borrowers. Now, any business that is eligible, qualified,and is located in Addison, Caledonia, Essex, Franklin, Grand Isle, Lamoille, Orange orWashington counties can apply for a MAP grant.Starting September 14, 2009, individual businesses can apply to Community Capital for up to$2,500 and formal (or informal) groups or networks of businesses can apply for up to $5,000.The full amount of the grant will be used by Community Capital to purchase consulting serviceson behalf of grant awardees to advance their individual or shared business goals. Funds areavailable on a competitive basis until they are fully disbursed or by July 31, 2011 whichevercomes first.Applying businesses or groups of business must complete an application process and meet thefollowing basic eligibility criteria:• At least 51% US-owned• Less than $1 million in gross revenues• Fewer than 50 employees• Contribute at least 26% of the total project cost in the form of cash match from a nonfederalsource or in-kind contributions from the consultant.There are no owner income or asset restrictions to be eligible. However, Community Capital will seek to target its funds to those businesses that not only provide strong documentation of opportunities for business growth and job creation/retention but also document limited financial ability to purchase consulting services on their own. To apply, visit CommunityCapitalVT.org to download an application and learn more. Or, contact Kara Edson, Loan Administrator, at 802-479-0167 ext 101 or kara@communitycapitalvt.org(link sends e-mail).Community Capital has also issued an open Request for Proposals (RFP) to build its existingpool of qualified consultants for MAP applicants to choose from. Community Capital seeks awide variety of consultants that represent different industries, sectors, and competencies.Interested parties should visit CommunityCapitalVT.org to download the RFP.Community Capital is an equal opportunity provider and administered in partnership withCentral Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC).last_img read more

Cops: Brentwood Drunken Driving Crash Victim Identified

first_imgThe passenger killed in a one-car crash early Saturday morning in Brentwood was identified as 29-year-old David Gonzalez, Suffolk County police said. The driver, 27-year-old Oscar Rivera of Selden, was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated, police said. He was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for serious injuries, police said.Rivera was driving a 2000 Lincoln southbound on Grand Boulevard just before 6 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree after crossing over Noble Street, police said. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at Southside Hospital, police said. Rivera’s arraignment is scheduled for a later date. The Lincoln was impounded for a safety check. The investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Vehicular Crime Unit at 631-854-6555. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

The first Spatial Plan of the area of ​​special features in the Republic of Croatia was adopted for the Žut-Sit island group

first_imgWith the change of traditional patterns of use of the Žutsko-sitska archipelago, ie the emergence of tourist use of the coastal area, the abandonment of livestock, which largely shaped the mainland landscape of the islands and the loss of organic connection between buildings along the coast and the associated agricultural property. makes the space exceptional. Therefore, the Spatial Plan prescribes the obligation to develop a spatial plan of areas of special features, with the aim of resolving the basic development dilemma – how to protect the quality of space from devastation by excessive or inappropriate construction, but also enable and improve its traditional economic use by integrating tourist visits as important economic activities today. Photo: Šibenik-Knin County The backbone of the planning idea is the Kornati agricultural estate, ie the condition that for all new construction and extensive reconstruction it is necessary to have a registered agricultural holding and proven ownership of economically significant area of ​​agricultural land on the archipelago. In the rest of the archipelago, it is possible to keep legalized buildings. All new construction should be built, and the older one should be gradually repurposed for economic purposes, with the existing combined use in tourism and agriculture being considered a good practice. Existing catering facilities are allowed to maintain the categorized capacity, while other properties are allowed to form small catering facilities with a capacity of up to 20 guests. A major problem in conceiving the plan was the legal framework that did not recognize the specifics and tradition of using this space. The documentation shows that an extensive analysis was made for the needs of the Plan and that an attempt was made to find the best way to respond to new challenges and ways of using this space, while maintaining its originality and beauty as a lasting value. The County Assembly of Šibenik-Knin County adopted the Spatial Plan of the area of ​​special features of the significant landscape of the Žut-Sit Island Group (Gornji Kurnat), part of a unique archipelago which, unlike the Kornati National Park, is protected in the category of significant landscape. This is the first Spatial Plan in the Republic of Croatia that exclusively regulates the area of ​​a significant landscape in the island area. The plan was prepared by the Public Institution Institute for Physical Planning of Šibenik-Knin County in cooperation with the company Urbing, and the process of development was led by the Administrative Department for Environmental Protection and Communal Affairs of Šibenik-Knin County.last_img read more

SA hotelier couple sell Gold Coast mansion in multimillion-dollar deal

first_imgThe Hurleys have used the property as a holiday home since buying it in 2003.Kollosche agent Duncan Longmore, who marketed the property with Michael Kollosche, declined to comment on the sale.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe waterfront residence hit the market in August with a $4.75 million price tag.Mr Kollosche declined to make comment on the owners at the time, but said the home was “beautiful”.“It’s a great home and in a fantastic location,” he said.A sweeping staircase under a domed ceiling, formal lounge with wet bar, infinity edge pool and private courtyard are among the four-bedroom, four bathroom home’s standout features. MORE NEWS: Unit block fetches more than $2m at heated auction MORE NEWS: Property taxes hit record levels The property at 133 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters sold under the hammer at the weekend.A SOUTH Australian hotelier couple have offloaded their grand Gold Coast mansion in a $3.55 million deal.The European-inspired Paradise Waters property, which Peter and Jenny Hurley used as a holiday home, sold under the hammer at the weekend with five registered bidders vying for the keys.Despite changing hands for a hefty price, the couple actually sold it at a loss.Property records show they bought the Commodore Drive residence for $4 million in 2003 from freight tycoon Clive Thomas and his wife. There were five registered bidders vying for the property at auction. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:44Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:44 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow to bid at auction for your dream home? 01:45 The formal lounge room with wet bar is one of the property’s standout features. The property was first listed in August with a $4.75 million price tag.It is understood the Hurleys decided to sell it because they bought another property on the Gold Coast.Mr Hurley established the Hurley Hotel Group after leaving a teaching career to buy the Wudinna Hotel in 1975.More than 40 years later, he and his wife operate 10 hotels across South Australia and hold shares in two others.Other significant investments under the Hurley group include the Arkaba Village Shopping Centre and Surrey Downs Shopping Centre, both in South Australia.last_img read more

Prysmian’s Ulisse Breaks the Ice (VIDEO)

first_imgPrysmian has shared a video of its cable laying vessel Ulisse loading submarine power cables in Pikkala, Finland, in extremely cold weather and surrounded by ice.According to Prysmian, this is Ulisse’s first time in extremely cold sailing conditions at a freezing -20°C and in an ice thickness of 35cm.After the cable loading operations performed at the company’s Centre of excellence in Pikkala, the vessel has sailed across the Baltic Sea to install the cable systems for the offshore wind farm cluster West of Adlergrund in Germany.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img

Tickets available for Sunman Chamber Appreciation Dinner

first_imgSunman, In. — The Sunman Chamber of Commerce will hold their Appreciation Dinner Friday, November 9 at the American Legion Post #337. Doors open at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20.The event includes a BBQ dinner, music, cash bar, silent auction and a drawing for $10,000. Twenty-dollar tickets can be purchased at the Sunman Town Hall, ETC Sunman and on the evening of the event.For more information please call 812-623-4553.last_img

Sally Kate Perrine Rullman

first_imgSally Kate (Perrine) Rullman, 86, of Lawrenceburg, Indiana, formerly of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born March 28, 1933 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, daughter of the late John M. Perrine and Nettie Kate (Plunkett) Perrine.Sally attended the First Baptist Church of Greendale, Indiana.Sally worked in Real Estate for 20 years, including 10 years as owner/broker of Sally Rullman Realty in Aurora, Indiana. She retired in 2002. She was a previous member of the Aurora Park Board and Community Mental Health Center Board, a former Girl Scout Leader, and current member of Tri Kappa. Time with her family was her greatest joy and she will be greatly missed.Sally is survived by her daughters, Cindy K. Rullman of Lexington, KY, Betsy A. (Rob) Schutte of Mason, OH, Lisa R. (Charlie) Craighead of Moose, WY; granddaughter, Caroline K. Schutte and grandson, Benjamin J. Schutte.She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband of 60 years, Millard Rullman, and a brother, Paul Perrine.Friends will be received Sunday, June 16, 2019, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Monday at 11:00 am with Mark Tanner officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Greendale or PAWS. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Harte: Cavanagh to skipper Tyrone

first_img Cavanagh takes over from Stephen O’Neill, who led the side for two seasons. The Moy man returned to his brilliant best this year, after twice recovering from career-threatening shoulder injuries, and picked up his fifth All-Star award last month. Press Association Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has confirmed that Sean Cavanagh will captain his team in 2014.last_img

The Fifa trial with the drama of a Mafia movie

first_imgBy Richard Conway“There are mysteries to be solved; there are whodunits. This isn’t one of them.”The closing argument of Assistant US Attorney Sam Nitze in summing up a month’s worth of startling evidence in Brooklyn was very clear.“Some things are just the way they appear,” he said.The trial of two former South American football officials, accused of rampant corruption while leading their respective football federations and at FIFA, the sport’s world governing body, is now over.The wait continues for the third man – Manuel Burga – with jury deliberations over a conspiracy charge set to get underway again on Tuesday.After days of lengthy deliberations, the jury agreed with Nitze and the US government’s accusations against Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout.This case though has been likened to one involving the Mafia.It’s easy to see why. Some of New York’s most infamous mobsters would no doubt be proud of the tactics apparently employed in recent weeks.The only difference is that this trial involved members of the so-called “football family” and not gangsters from the Gambino or Lucchese clans.It began in November when prosecutors sought an anonymous jury, claiming alleged attempts to intimidate witnesses and obstruct justice, and swiftly progressed in the first week to claims in court that Burga made throat-slitting gestures toward the prosecution’s star witness.It was, according to Burga’s lawyer, a simple misunderstanding. His client was merely scratching a rash on his neck and was not threatening the man delivering devastating testimony against him. The judge disagreed.Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay and Jose Maria Marin of Brazil are far from household names in Europe.And yet, following these guilty verdicts, they join a long and tawdry list of executives we now understand used football as their personal cashpoint.They stand in disgrace alongside many others who viewed the sport as a gilt-edged opportunity to command multi-million dollar bribes in return for handing out lucrative rights’ contracts to anyone willing to grease their palms.They once rubbed shoulders with the game’s greatest players, had the best seats in the stadium, travelled first-class and stayed at the finest hotels.They are now facing up to the prospect of significant time in American penitentiaries, enjoying radically different conditions to the luxury lifestyles they once enjoyed.The case has been touched by tragedy too.An Argentine government official, Jorge Delhon, who helped administer the country’s state owned portfolio of domestic TV football rights, killed himself just hours after being named in court as receiving millions of dollars in bribes.Calls to pop stars & Qatar questionsThe court has also witnessed a number of bemusing moments.One came when the prosecution called Kevin Jonas, of the American pop band the Jonas Brothers, to establish that a Paul McCartney concert in Buenos Aires had taken place. Napout had not only denied receiving $10,000 worth of tickets but also the very existence of the event.Fifa will hope to contain the fallout from these verdicts but it may not be over the worst just yet.Marin’s successor as head of the Brazilian football federation, Marco Polo Del Nero, was provisionally suspended by FIFA last week following evidence presented in court that he was complicit in bribe taking.He has remained in charge despite being wanted on charges of corruption by US authorities since 2015.Then there were the repeated references during court testimony of alleged payments made to the men on trial, and other officials, in connection to the 2022 Qatar World Cup.Those providing the evidence were unable to say what the payments were for.Tournament organisers in the Gulf country have denied any wrongdoing and say they stand by the integrity of their successful bid to host the competition.Is this really a ‘FIFA trial’?These guilty verdicts are the result of many years of investigation work.It was back in May 2015, in a dramatic dawn raid at a Zurich hotel close to FIFA’s hill top headquarters, that the world became aware of on-going efforts by American law enforcement to ensnare football and TV executives enriching themselves through football.42 people were indicted. 24 of those caught have pleaded guilty, cooperating with prosecutors in the hope of securing reduced sanctions and sentences.The results of the investigation prompted massive upheaval at Fifa, with its beleaguered president Sepp Blatter eventually succumbing to huge pressure and agreeing to stand aside in what was supposed to be an orderly transition of power.He was however denied the graceful and triumphant exit he so desperately craved.Blatter remains under investigation by Swiss authorities having been banned from football for six years by Fifa over allegations of financial misconduct involving UEFA’s former president Michel Platini.Insiders at the world governing body have privately complained in recent weeks that the ‘FIFA trial’ is a misnomer. They have railed at how the trial involved fraud concerning Latin American TV rights’ deals and that the organisation itself was at arm’s length to it all.And yet others, now departed from their roles, speak of the tone set by the senior executives and former presidents at FIFA during the time period the three defendants were senior officials.Taking part in bribery schemes, they say, was a question of grabbing what you could. Those involved saw it as their rightful spoils for successfully navigating their way to the top of the snakes and ladders board, they claim.FIFA’s current leadership says things have changed since 2015. Those days have gone they insist, marked with a series of sweeping changes in corporate governance.Speaking to me in his New York office one of the organisation’s current vice-presidents, Sunil Gulati, believes reforms are starting to take hold and the culture is changing.“We still have work to do. It’s going to take time,” he said. “The tone at the top has been set but for that to now get through the entire system it’s going to take time.“You can ruin your reputation in a day and it takes a long time to get it back. FIFA’s behaviour has improved dramatically and I think that will continue. But it will take time for people around the world to accept that.“We’ve come a long way but there’s still some distance to go. As behaviour changes, as people’s attitudes change – and that’s not just at FIFA. It’s at the confederations and at member associations – that’s when we can say there’s been a huge step forward.”And yet doubts remain in the minds of many about FIFA, especially given the curious dismissal of the organisation’s independent ethics and governance chiefs in May and the excuses that were provided both then and now.The sudden leap to action against Del Nero in Brazil also serves to highlight years of inaction against a man authorities believe is complicit in corruption.And then there’s a recent Council of Europe report that severely criticises the suitability of the new ethics investigatory supremo as stating she lacks the skills to do her job properly.Particular focus was placed on her lack of English or French language ability and the inevitable heavy reliance on FIFA officials for translation and guidance – the very people she is charged with watching over.This trial, ultimately, has served as a reminder that FIFA must still confront major challenges if it is to become a trusted name in sport once more.The jury may have returned with a number of verdicts in Brooklyn.It’s still out in Zurich.last_img read more

The Latest: Leagues unite to recognize health care workers

first_img___Amiens is asking the French soccer league to review its decision to relegate the club from the country’s top flight following the early termination of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The team from northern France has started a petition to “demand justice for this far-reaching decision which goes against fairness in sport.”Amiens was in 19th place in the 20-team Ligue 1, above only Toulouse, when sport around the world was brought to a halt in March due to the pandemic. The French league season was canceled last week under orders from the government.Amiens had 10 games left to play and was four points behind 18th-place Nimes. The bottom two teams are automatically relegated in France. May 4, 2020 “The Real Heroes Project” was announced on Monday. It is a collaborative initiative among 15 leagues, including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer.Participating athletes will share a personal thank you message on social media utilizing #TheRealHeroes from Monday. Athletes will cover their name on their jerseys or uniforms and replace it with the name of the health care worker they are honoring. Public service announcements will debut on Wednesday across league and team platforms. The other leagues participating are the ATP, NASCAR, NWSL, USGA, WNBA, WTA as well as the WWE and esports Overwatch League, Call of Duty League and Electronic Arts.Among other athletes participating are New York Yankees all-star outfielder Aaron Judge and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich (MLB), Utah Jazz point guard Donovan Mitchell (NBA), Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (NFL), Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Hockey Hall of Famer Hayley Wickenheiser (NHL) as well as Los Angeles Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore, and Orlando City SC forward Nani (MLS).Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, U.S. soccer standout Alex Morgan, two-time WNBA all-star Breanna Stewart and Ashleigh Barty, the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, are also included. The leagues teamed up with creative agency 72andSunny and production company Hecho Studios for the campaign. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd are among the athletes who are participating in a project which will recognize and celebrate health care workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Leagues unite to recognize health care workers The Premier League is trying to find a way of restarting next month. Liverpool is 25 points clear with nine games remaining.The FA Cup quarterfinals are yet to be played.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6center_img Amiens says the “fairest choice” would be to expand Ligue 1 and make it a 22-team division for the 2020-21 season.The club is asking “supporters from Amiens and lovers of football” to support its initiative, which “would make football and sport grow.”___The search is on for a new host for the women’s European gymnastics championships.European Gymnastics, the continental governing body, says that France isn’t able to host the championships if they’re rescheduled to the fall of 2020, so the “call for a new host is open.” The championships were meant to take place in Paris from April 29 through May 3 as a tune-up ahead of the Olympics but were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. European Gymnastics is still hoping to stage them on a new date.European Gymnastics says the men’s European championships will remain in host nation Azerbaijan on rescheduled dates later this year, and the rhythmic gymnastics championships will stay in Ukraine.It’s looking for a new host for the European trampoline championships to replace Sweden. That event has been moved from this month to spring 2021.___The head of English soccer says he does not expect crowds to be allowed back into matches “any time soon.” The Premier League and other soccer competitions in England have been suspended two months during the coronavirus pandemic.The English Football Association, which owns Wembley Stadium and runs the national teams, is cutting its annual budget by 75 million pounds ($93 million) as it tries to offset a potential “worst-case scenario” deficit of 300 million pounds over the next four years.FA chairman Greg Clarke says “with social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem.”In a letter to the FA Council, Clarke says “it’s hard to foresee crowds of fans – who are the lifeblood of the game – returning to matches any time soon.”The English Football League, which operates the three professional divisions below the Premier League, has told clubs games might be played without fans until 2021. 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