SBA to open recovery center for Hurricane Irene survivors in Brattleboro

first_imgThe US Small Business Administration announced today that a recovery center will open at the Brattleboro Development Credit Center inBrattleboro on Tuesday, October 11 at 8 a.m. to assist individuals and businesses affected by Hurricane Irene.”Due to the amount of physical and economic losses caused by Hurricane Irene in Vermont, we want to make it more convenient for victims to get assistance by opening a SBA recovery center.  Survivors can meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.  The Center is located in the following community and open as indicated:Windham CountyBrattleboro Development Credit Corporation76 Cotton Mill Hill, 2nd FloorBrattleboro, VT 05301Opens: Tuesday, October 11, 2011Hours: 8 a.m. ‘ 5 p.m., Monday through Friday,until further notice. Loans up to $200,000 are available to homeowners to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate.   Homeowners and renters are eligible for loans up to $40,000 to repair or replace damaged or destroyed personal property.Businesses and non-profit organizations of any size may borrow up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, inventory, and other business assets.The SBA may increase a loan up to 20 percent of the total amount of disaster damage to real estate and/or leasehold improvements, as verified by SBA, to make improvements that lessen the risk of property damage by future disasters of the same kind.For small businesses, and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes, the SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  EIDL assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.Interest rates are as low as 2.5 percent for homeowners and renters, 3 percent for non-profit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years.  Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition.Individuals and businesses unable to visit one of the Centers may obtain information on loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail).  Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA website at www.sba.gov(link is external) . Completed applications should be returned to one of the Centers or mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.  Those affected by the disaster may also apply for disaster loans electronically from SBA’s website athttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is October 31, 2011.  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 1, 2012.  For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit www.sba.gov(link is external).SOURCE U.S. Small Business Administration ATLANTA, Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

Daily Dirt: March 21, 2013

first_imgYour outdoor news for March 21, 2013:New Routes Go Up in the New River GorgeIn a great post on DPM Climbing, Mike Williams reports that new trad routes are going up in the New River Gorge. Focusing on popular Thunder Buttress of Beauty Mountain, Williams tells the tale of how Pat Goodman claimed the first ascent of Gun Control, a variation off of the established Gun Club. It’s great to see new things being done in a place like the New, where folks have been climbing since the 80’s; refreshing to know that there still remains undiscovered and unconquered territory out there. One of the things I love about climbing pieces is the names of the routes. Some highlights from this post are: The Thundering Herd, The Golden Bullet, In Gold Blood, and That’s What She Said. I also love stories written by climbers for all the climbing jargon and especially this one because it tells the story of a first ascent through the history of the place and the lives of the people who climb it.Snowboarding Industry SummitSo reports from this winter indicate that the snowboard industry is in decline, while the ski industry is ticking up, meaning that young peoples in general are picking up skiing and sticking with it longer than snowboarding. When those in the industry learned this, some flew off the handle, but most took the news calmly enough even if they were tearing out their eyeballs in private about the death of snowboarding AS WE KNOW IT! A decline in snowboarding interest is especially important on the East Coast where the sport has traditionally been as popular – if not more popular- than skiing because it was cool and different. But now that the two styles/attitudes/punks have leaked into each discipline, the lines are blurred and snowboarding is losing out. The leaders of the industry met in Deer Valley last week at the TransWorld Conference to hash out what the sport has to do to keep growing and stop retracting. This was no emergency Situation Room type of thing – it happens every year – but the emphasis this year was definitely on the sport as a whole and not just the brands behind the curtain. We’ll see what the big players come up with next season to reflect this trend. This past season we saw Burton launch a huge “Learn to Ride” program for the kids, so expect more of that. Get ’em hooked young.You can read the full recap of the conference here.Public Support for Keystone WaningAccording to a new poll for the Center of Biological Diversity by Public Policy Polling, 61 percent of those who voted for President Obama in the last election would be “disappointed” or “betrayed” if he goes ahead with the Keystone XL Pipeline. Almost 75 percent of the general public thought the Keystone XL is not in the U.S.’s “best interest.” Plenty more numbers in this story from the Sierra Club.last_img read more

CUNA to DOD: Credit unions need specific guidance–soon–to meet MLA compliance

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Credit Union National Association (CUNA) continues its broad advocacy efforts to secure substantive compliance guidance for credit unions regarding changes to the Military Lending Act (MLA).In its latest action, CUNA was the only participant to provide a document with a list of credit union compliance concerns to a Listening Session coordinated Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). The session also included representatives from the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Reserve Board, and the Federal Trade Commission.The NCUA shared MLA guidance last month with credit unions. While CUNA appreciates that the NCUA document provides a useful, complete summary of the rule, CUNA is adamant that credit unions need answers to the far-reaching concerns CUNA shared if they are to meet an Oct. 3 compliance deadline.CUNA’s regulatory advocacy and compliance staff have worked closely together since the changes were finalized last year to highlight essential information credit unions need in order to comply with the rule. continue reading »last_img read more

3 steps to building better relationships

first_img“In the very near future, organizations will be held together by mechanisms of connection and commitment rooted in freedom of choice, rather than systems of coercion and control. The exercise of leadership is inversely proportional to the exercise of power; hence, the most productive relationships are, at their core, mutual partnerships,” says Jim Collins, in a chapter he wrote for Leading Beyond the Walls.Leadership is predicated on relationships and the ability to mobilize others to accomplish a vision, goal, or task.Leaders increase their capacity – the ability to get more done – through delegation combined with follow-through. They set expectations, get the best people to do what needs to be done, and oversee relationships to ensure that destructive or self-interested behaviors don’t subvert the common purpose. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Open up to new core possibilities

first_imgA core system and all its ancillary products will equip your credit union with the majority of the functionally you require. However, as new products and services become available, the core alone may not be enough to keep your credit union competitive with the largest financial institutions that compete for your members. Application programming interfaces (API) can bridge that gap, and provide access to new features that credit unions are seeking. Some CUs are skeptical of APIs for concerns of security but most would argue that the benefits outweigh the added risk. APIs allow developers to introduce more add-ons with features that may not be available with the core platform alone. Here’s why your credit union should open up to new possibilities through APIs.API SecurityWhen it comes to security, many credit union executives are overly cautious, as they should be. Member data security is one of the pillars of credit union values, and it is more than reasonable to tread lightly when considering outside connections through APIs in conjunction with the core system. However, APIs can actually increase security and privacy when used in tandem with core systems. As long as they are implemented with secure data protocols, there is no reason to fear that the platform is not up to par with your credit union’s security standards. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

USDA vows to boost avian flu prevention efforts

first_imgMar 15, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said yesterday it would step up its antismuggling efforts and monitoring of live bird markets this year to protect the country from H5N1 avian influenza.The agency plans to more than double the number of special operations to seize banned poultry products and will expand the monitoring of live bird markets from 12 states to 29 or 30, officials said at a press briefing yesterday afternoon.They also announced a renewal of last year’s hunt for the H5N1 virus in wild birds throughout the United States, among other steps. The deadly virus was not found in any of the more than 100,000 wild bird samples tested last year.”There are no detections of high-path[ogenic] H5N1 in the United States, and we’re doing all we can to keep it that way,” said Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns.Johanns said the USDA’s antismuggling team conducted 31 operations at ports and in restaurants and markets around the country last year, and one led to the seizure of 360,000 pounds of banned poultry products from countries affected by H5N1 avian flu.This year, plans call for running 70 operations, of which 23 have already been conducted, Johanns said.Dr. Ron DeHaven, the USDA’s chief veterinary officer, said the agency has seized about 400,000 pounds of banned poultry products overall. “I don’t have a breakout in terms of the country of origin of that product, but undoubtedly much of it has come from China,” he said in answer to a question.He added that products from countries battling H5N1 avian flu are not necessarily contaminated, since the outbreaks are “relatively sporadic.” The products seized are destroyed.More monitoring of bird marketsIn monitoring live bird markets, the USDA has focused until now on 12 northeastern states, where 132,000 birds were tested last year, DeHaven said. This year officials hope to increase the program to a total of 29 or 30 states.”The focus has been in the Northeast, where we know we had a low-path virus circulating,” he said. He didn’t name any of the new states but said they are mainly poultry-producing states with different kinds of live markets from those in the Northeast.This year’s wild-bird testing program will be launched in April by the USDA along with the Department of the Interior (DOI), state agencies, and academic researchers, Johanns said.”Surveillance will again be conducted in all four major flyways, and in Hawaii and the South Pacific,” the USDA said in a news release. “Data collected from 2006 will be used to further focus the sampling on high-risk species and geographic locations.”Last year, six samples of the more than 100,000 tested were positive for the low-pathogenic North American strain of H5N1, but the deadly Asian H5N1 strain was not found.Dr. Rick Kearny of the DOI said officials tested samples from more than 45,000 live birds, nearly 50,000 hunter-killed birds, 500 sentinel birds (captive birds allowed to mingle with wild birds), and more than 1,000 birds found dead.Kearny said US agencies also aim to increase collaboration with Canadian and Mexican authorities on wild-bird surveillance this year.Officials also announced completion of a 7-year study of avian flu in waterfowl in Alaska, where Asian and North American birds mingle in summer. Scientists took 8,254 samples and concluded that the risk of introduction of the deadly H5N1 virus in Alaska is “relatively low,” according to the news release.In the briefing, Steve Kappes of the USDA Agricultural Research Service said investigators found only low-pathogenic viruses of North American origin in the study. The suspected reason the deadly virus hasn’t been found in Alaska “is that the distance may be too long for a sick bird to get that far,” he said. “It’s unlikely that we’ll see it in Alaska.”The USDA is prepared to test birds quickly if avian flu is suspected in a poultry flock, according to DeHaven. He said all 45 labs in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network are trained to use a recently developed test that can return a result in 3 hours, as compared with up to 2 weeks for previous tests.”A detection of high-path H5N1 in wild birds does not mean our commercial poultry industry will be affected,” Johanns commented. He said US poultry are typically raised in buildings with controlled access, and biosecurity practices have been used for decades.In addition, the USDA compensates owners for birds destroyed for disease-control reasons. The compensation program now covers birds killed to control all low-pathogenic H5 and H7 viruses—which can mutate into deadly strains—in addition to those culled because of high-pathogenic strains, Johanns said.International efforts outlinedThe USDA also announced the signing of a agreement on coordinating technical assistance with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The agreement, approved last fall, covers plant and animal diseases, including avian flu, and other topics ranging from hunger and conservation to renewable energy.In the news release, Johanns said the agreement would facilitate greater international collaboration on many agricultural issues. “I believe the benefits will be immediate by enhancing the worldwide response to highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza,” he said.Under the agreement, the FAO and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) set up a Crisis Management Center in Rome last fall. Three USDA specialists are assigned to the center, which analyzes animal diseases and deploys international resources to contain them.In related efforts, the USDA said it is hosting a workshop in Washington, DC, this week to prepare more than 50 volunteer specialists from 15 countries for rapid international deployment to combat H5N1 avian flu.In addition, the USDA is helping to coordinate a global communication workshop on avian flu, to be hosted next month by the FAO and OIE. Its aim will be to develop an international communications plan for dealing with animal-to-animal spread of H5N1 avian flu.See also:Mar 14 USDA news releaseTranscript of USDA press briefinglast_img read more

Terrace Hill plans to redevelop Hillington

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Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri and Eden Hazard react to Man Utd, Arsenal and Tottenham defeats

first_imgMaurizio Sarri’s side face Burnley this evening (Picture: Getty)More to follow… Metro Sport ReporterMonday 22 Apr 2019 8:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link525Shares Comment Advertisement Advertisement Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri and Eden Hazard react to Man Utd, Arsenal and Tottenham defeats Eden Hazard was asked about Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham’s defeats (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri has urged his Chelsea team to focus on their own performances after seeing Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all slip up in the top-four race.Third-placed Spurs were beaten by Manchester City on Saturday and Chelsea will move above the north London club with victory over Burnley on Monday evening.On Sunday, Manchester United suffered a demoralising 4-0 defeat at Everton before Arsenal failed to capitalise, losing to London rivals Crystal Palace.Asked about the results of Chelsea’s Premier League top-four rivals ahead of the Burnley clash, Sarri said: ‘It’s clear that in the last part of the season it is very difficult for every team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I think we need to think only about our results, our performances and our matches.‘We have a big opportunity, of course. But we have to play in the same way for all of our matches. It will not be easy.’Eden Hazard was also asked about United, Arsenal and Tottenham’s results before the Burnley match and said: ‘All good for us, but only if we win our matches!‘We want to win this game and go third in the table.’last_img read more

David Seaman names the manager Arsenal players will be desperate to replace Unai Emery

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 2 Dec 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Comment Seaman discussed Arsenal’s managerial situation (Picture: AMA/Getty)David Seaman is convinced Arsenal players will be hoping for the arrival of Mauricio Pochettino as the club continues its search for a new manager.Unai Emery was dismissed and Freddie Ljungberg has taken temporary charge, but the former Arsenal winger only picked up a point in his first game as caretaker manager in a 2-2 draw against Norwich.Behind the scenes, club chiefs are assessing their options but Tottenham Hotspur’s recent managerial activity could prove influential to their thinking. Advertisement Advertisement David Seaman names the manager Arsenal players will be desperate to replace Unai Emery Pochettino is available (Picture: AFP via Getty)Pochettino was a big hit at Arsenal’s north London rivals Spurs before being relieved of his duties, with former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho taking the reins.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAlthough he has previously said he would never manage the Gunners nor Barcelona – the local rivals of former club Espanyol – he has admitted he’s open to offers and the fact he was sacked by Tottenham chiefs could open the door to a suprising move to the Emirates.Seaman would like to see former team-mate Patrick Vieira given an opportunity to shine, but he believes the players will be desperate for Pochettino to ditch his alleigances to Spurs and join Arsenal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Yeah I’ve seen a lot of the people that have been mentioned and I was hoping someone like Patrick Vieira might get a chance of being in there,’ he told TalkSport.‘But it doesn’t look like that would happen.‘But the name that I keep going back to now is Poch!‘If you asked the players if they would take him now and I bet you a good 90% of them would say yes.’Should Arsenal hire Mauricio Pochettino?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Lee Dixon names two managers Kroenke can hire as a ‘quick fix’ for Arsenal’s problemsMORE: Freddie Ljungberg can produce ‘something special’ at Arsenal, says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyanglast_img read more

Patrick Vieira praises Mikel Arteta’s impact as Arsenal boss

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 May 2020 8:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Mikel Arteta replaced Unai Emery in December (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira believes boss Mikel Arteta has brought much-needed ‘energy’ back to the club and has already won the backing of his squad.The Gunners sacked former manager Unai Emery in December after a poor run of form left them in mid-table with some players seeming to down tools.Arteta’s arrival has reinvigorated the side and given outcasts like Mesut Ozil and Granit Xhaka a new lease of life.Before the season was brought to a halt due to the coronavirus crisis, Arsenal were the only Premier League team to remain unbeaten in 2020, and Vieira is confident Arteta is the man to take the club forward.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWhen asked if he still tracks his former side’s progress in an interview with Ian Wright for Adidas Home Team, he said: ‘Yes, of course. I’ve been [watching]. What is said is, when you’re a Gunner, always a Gunner. ‘So I keep watching them all the time, I watch their games and what is really interesting with Arteta is that he brings the energy back. ‘And it looks like they are playing for the club, but for the manager as well, and I think that is really important.’ Patrick Vieira praises Mikel Arteta’s impact as Arsenal boss Advertisement Vieira now managers Ligue 1 side Nice (Picture: Getty Images)Arteta is seemingly well respected in the camp, and according to Gunners left-back Kieran Tierney, the Spaniard has got the team all singing from the same hymn sheet.‘He knows what’s going to happen in a game and how it’s going to happen and what you should do, where you’re going to get pressed from and where your options should be,’ he told Sky Sports.‘You should know where the left-mid is going to be and the centre-mid so you can just play in sync, everybody is using one brain and I think that’s perfect.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe ex-Manchester City coach received a word of warning from his former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, who is hoping Arteta can restore some of the values he upheld during his 22-year spell as Arsenal manager.‘I worry about the club still a lot and I watch all of the games,’ Wenger told talkSPORT last week. ‘I believe there is a culture in the way to play football at Arsenal that I want to be respected, and I hope Mikel can get that back.’MORE: Arsenal handed major boost in race for £13m Reims defender Axel DisasiMORE: Arsene Wenger names Nwankwo Kanu as his best January signing for ArsenalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more