first_imgVEPC authorizes tax incentivesBrandons Visual Learning and Nexus ApprovedMONTPELIER — The Vermont Economic Progress Council approved applications from two Brandon companies at its May and June meetings, authorizing tax incentives for activity that will generate an estimated 128 new, full-time jobs and $4.3 million in investments. Nexus Custom Electronics, Inc. of Brandon was authorized for $258,231 in payroll, export, and capital investment credits, and Visual Learning Company of Brandon was authorized for $85,205 in payroll, export and capital investment credits.Nexus Custom Electronics manufactures electronic components to customer specifications. The company is part of a corporation that has a similar plant in Woburn, Massachusetts. The incentives will help ensure that future investment and growth occurs in the Vermont plant. Nexus expects that new contracts and increased sales will result in job creation and investment in new machinery and equipment.Visual Learning Company produces and markets educational science multi-media programming for elementary and middle schools around the country. The company was considering locations in New York for expansion. The incentives will ensure that the companys growth occurs in Vermont. Visual Learning expects to add new jobs and invest in an existing building in Brandon for expansion. The tax incentives were authorized based on business activity that must occur before the credits can be claimed. The Council approved the applications after reviewing nine guidelines and applying a rigorous cost-benefit analysis that projects whether the activity encouraged by the tax incentives will have a positive or negative impact on the region and state.The Council also determined that the project would not occur or would occur in a significantly different and less desirable manner if not for the incentives being authorized.These incentives generate good jobs that pay well and increase income levels here in Vermont, said Lawrence Miller, chair of the nine-member council of business people from around the state. “If the credits are claimed, it means that the applicant has performed as expected and invested in Vermont. The net fiscal impact is outstanding for Vermont and we’re pleased to offer these incentives.”last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “The [current expected credit loss (CECL)] standard is an unnecessarily complex accounting method for credit unions and only adds to mounting regulatory stress,” argued NAFCU’s Carrie Hunt in a letter ahead of a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing today to examine the standard’s potential impact on financial institutions and the economy.The CECL accounting standard issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) requires financial institutions – including credit unions – to record expected losses whenever they make a new loan. This is causing concern within the industry as it could mean financial institutions may have to either raise more capital or lend less.“NAFCU maintains that credit unions should never have been included within the scope of the CECL standard because they were not part of the poor lending practices that precipitated the financial crisis,” wrote Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel. She then reiterated NAFCU’s request to exempt credit unions from CECL requirements, “either by FASB or through regulatory or legislative action.” continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgRespected former NFA Chairman and former Military Governor of Kano and Benue States, Brig. Gen Dominic Obukadata Oneya (rtd), has hailed the South-south Congress of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State over its plans to host NFF President, Melvin Amaju Pinnick, this weekend.Speaking with the Chairman of Edo FA and Spokesman of the Congress, Frank Ilaboya, Oneya said Amaju is like a son to him and has made him proud and he is personally honoured at the achievement of the young and suave Nigerian football administrator.“Lion, they say begets lion and Amaju has not disappointed all of us in the South-south and indeed Nigeria and I must say he is indeed worth celebrating over his giant strides in football administration and politics,” he declared. He assured all that he will personally be at the occasion as a true South-south man to honour Amaju. NFF Ist Vice-President, Seyi Akinwunmi, spoke in a similar vein, declaring that the NFF president has been a shinning light to Nigerian football and he expects the entire football fraternity in the country to honour him not only the South-south.“I am from the South-west but this is not an event that true football lovers in the country should miss, because it’s a new dawn in Nigerian football and I am happy that my president is pioneering it,” he said.On his part, NFF Executive Committee member and Chairman of Chairmen, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, said he will lead a strong Northern delegation to the event in Benin City to underline the unity and strength of the Nigerian football family.He declared that in the near future the home of football in Africa will be in Nigeria and Pinnick has started a quiet revolution towards that line.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

first_imgInformation reaching Sportscrusader.com has it that Hearts striker Maxwell Boakye has been hit with a theft scandal after the player forged the signature of his colleague to withdraw money from his account.According to a Hearts of Oak source who disclosed this to sportscrusader.com said Boakye who is a roommate to goalkeeper Kinsley Kissi managed to issue a cheque on behalf of the keeper and forged his signature as well to withdraw an amount of GH¢200.00 from the keeper’s bank account.Officials of the Bank of Africa, where the goalkeeper saves, were alerted when they received a text from Kissi that he had not withdrawn or issued any cheque to anyone to withdraw such an amount. But this was after the bank had sent him a message to that effect, via the internet banking program.Alarmed by the incident, officials of the bank invited Kinsley to the Bank for further clarification and upon reaching there it was revealed from the CCTV footage that it was rather Maxwell Boakye who came to withdraw the money with a cheque issued from the keeper.“He managed to withdraw an amount of GH¢200.00 from Kissi’s account”, the source said.He said the Police in the company of some officials of Bank of Africa stormed the Hearts training grounds yesterday afternoon to affect the arrest of Maxwell, but the coach Mohammed Polo and his assistants managed to weather the storm by asking the Bank to withdraw the case with the plea that they will settle it amicably among themselves. “When the bank officials and the Police came to the training grounds, the player is question Maxwell Boakye who was actively participating in the day’s training program, did not deny the incident rather he apologized pleading for mercy adding that it was the work of the devil.”Though the Police and the Bank officials left without making the arrest, the source further added that they were not satisfied with the outcome and promised to allow the full rigors of the law to take its course.last_img read more

first_imgAbout Susan G. Komen and Komen South FloridaSusan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen Florida is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen South Florida Race for the Cure®, Komen Florida has invested over $14 million in community breast health programs in Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 561-514-3020 or visit www.komenflorida.org.### This year’s event will be chaired by Tim Allan “T.A.” Walker, WPTV’s Taste & See reporter. The popular journalist, known for his fun coverage of local events, music, dining, arts, tourism, festivals, and nightlife, has been a longtime supporter of the nonprofit dedicated to ending breast cancer.Funds raised during the Race will support Susan G. Komen’s Bold Goal to reduce the nation’s 40,000 breast cancer deaths by 50% by 2026. Seventy-five percent of net proceeds from the Race will remain local to provide screenings, treatment and education in Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Indian River Counties. Twenty-five percent will support the Susan G. Komen Research and Training Grants Program, which funds groundbreaking breast cancer research awards and educational/scientific programs. Kate Watt, Komen Florida’s executive director, says 13,728 women in Florida are diagnosed with breast cancer annually and 2,704 of these will lose their battles with breast cancer. “With timely access to care for every woman or man affected by this disease, we can reduce breast cancer deaths by as much as one-third. Known as South Florida’s ‘First Responders to Breast Cancer,’ our focus is on improving access for low-income and uninsured women, women of color, and other vulnerable populations that face barriers to care while providing them with comfort, assurance, and compassionate support.”National presenting sponsor of the 2020 Komen South Florida Race for the Cure is Bank of America. Local sponsors as of the date of this release include presenting sponsor, South Florida Ford Dealers, Hubbard Media, WPTV, University of Miami Health System, Tropical Shipping, Good Samaritan Breast Institute, FPL, Comcast, Macy’s, Florida Cancer Specialists, Office Depot, Zebedee Productions, Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith and Dunkin’. West Palm Beach, Fla.– Saturday, January 25, 2020 will mark the 29th annual Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure in Downtown West Palm Beach. Join the fun as walkers, racers, and supporters of all ages raise money for the cause while celebrating breast cancer survivors and remembering beloved friends and family who have lost their lives to this disease.  Where: Meyer Amphitheatre, 105 Evernia St., West Palm Beach, FLRegistration: Visit komenflorida.org/race. Registration fees start at: $25 for adults and survivors; $10 for youth (under 18); and $45 for virtual participation. Fees will increase by $10 starting October 2, and an additional $5 the day of Race.Contact: To learn more, email [email protected], or visit komenflorida.org/race.    IF YOU GO:What:  Susan G. Komen South Florida Race for the Cure® When:  January 25, 20205:30 AM     Race Day Registration opens at Palm Beach Post Centennial Park (South Flagler                               Drive between Evernia Street and Fern Street)7:00 AM     Main Stage Program begins at Meyer Amphitheatre7:30 AM     Women’s and Men’s 5K USATF Run (3.1 miles)8:15 AM      Runner’s Awards Ceremony and Entertainment at Meyer Amphitheatre8:30 AM      Acknowledgements/Entertainment at Meyer Amphitheatre9:00 AM      Warrior/Survivor Recognition Ceremony at Meyer Amphitheatre9:30 AM      5K Walk (13.1 miles) and 1-mile Family Fun Run10:15 AM    Kids T-Shirt Art Contest Awards at Meyer Amphitheatre10:30 AM    Tots Run for the Cure (ages 5 and under) at Flagler & Evernia near Kid Zone10:45 AM    Kids Run for the Cure (ages 6-12) at Flagler & Evernia near Kid Zone11:00 AM    Event concludes Local programs funded include Bethesda Women’s Health Center, Caridad Center, Department of Health-Broward County, Florida Community Health Centers, Genesis Community Health, Lakeside Medical Center, and Martin Memorial Health Systems. Locally in 2018-2019: 45,219 people learned about breast cancer including 24 who were diagnosed; 749 people benefited from diagnostic services such as clinical exams, diagnostic ultrasounds, and biopsies; 77 people received patient navigation services; and 978 people received a screening mammogram.With the goal to raise $1 million dollars in 2020, the Race is symbolic of Komen Florida’s commitment to ensuring that no woman—or man—ever walks alone on the breast cancer journey. The family-friendly event is an opportunity for runners, walkers, corporate, community and school teams, and individuals of all ages to enjoy a morning full of activities.last_img read more

first_imgFans make their way through some snow to Lambeau Field before an NFL football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)The black and gold find themselves mathematically alive for a wild card but need a ton of help in order for that reality to occur. In addition, they must win their final two games of the year, starting this week in Green Bay.The Packers will again be without Aaron Rodgers but they aren’t without weapons that the Steelers will need to stop. Big Ben has never played at Lambeu Field and has stated his looking forward to doing so and taking in the nostalgia.  Hopefully he can help in making a memory that will last forever for the Steelers.Green Bay Packers’ Andrew Quarless (81) celebrates his touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)Here are the Keys to A Steelers Victory:1. They must run the football effectively. They have to try to control the clock and keep it away from the Packers offense.2. Creating turnovers is absolutely necessary. The defense must assist in setting up the offense with shorter fields.3. The Packers are going to key their defense on stopping Antonio Brown so Emmanuel Sanders, Heath Miller and Jerricho Cotchery need to pick up the slack and make impact plays down the field and in the red zone.4. Jason Worilds and Lawrence Timmons need to lead the way on defense. They are the two biggest impact players the team has on defense and they must get to Matt Flynn as well as stop Edy Lacy.Here are a Few Things to Watch:1. Eddie Lacy vs. LeVeon Bell-Mike Tomlin stated this week that it was a no brainer for the Steelers to draft Bell over Lacy. Let’s see who shows the other one up this week.2. Brett Keisel-The Diesel is coming back this week and is most likely playing in his 2nd to last game. How will he respond to being off for an extended period of time and how impactful will he be?3. Let’s see how the team responds this week after a big win vs. the Bengals. They looked great a week ago but as we’ve seen all year, they are an inconsistent bunch and it’s always a 50/50 shot on who will show up.4. The team rookies-Jarvis Jones, LeVeon Bell, Vince Williams to name a few. How will they play, how much will they play, when will they play and can they prove they were worth their draft picks? Now’s the time to see what these guys have.Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com- Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgTransfers Laporte suffering sleepless nights amid links to Man City Dom Farrell 18:47 1/27/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Aymeric Laporte Athletic Club Getty Images Transfers Manchester City Athletic Club v Eibar Athletic Club Eibar Primera División Premier League Cuco Ziganda did not pick Aymeric Laporte for Athletic Bilbao’s derby with Eibar as the Man City target was not “in the best conditions”. Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has been struggling to sleep as he reportedly nears a €65 million switch to Manchester City.The Premier League leaders are understood to be on the verge of making Laporte their record signing by meeting the release clause in his Athletic contract.A move to bring in the left-footed central defender collapsed early on in Pep Guardiola’s tenure but the City manager has remained an admirer. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Guardiola refused to discuss the move at a news conference on Friday but, having initially expressed an intention to play Laporte, Athletic head coach Cuco Ziganda left the France Under-21 international out of his matchday squad for the 1-1 derby draw against Eibar on Friday.”I spoke with Laporte before the game. I did not see him in the best conditions and I decided that he was not prepared to play,” Ziganda told reporters.”I asked to him if he was fit to play and he said to me that he can’t sleep normally because he has had a busy week.”Guardiola’s men travel to Cardiff City in the FA Cup on Sunday and will aim to have the deal for Laporte completed before they entertain West Brom in the Premier League on Wednesday.last_img read more