Fair Haven, Richford, Barre receive public safety grants

first_imgVermont Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch announced Wednesday that three Vermont towns will receive grants for the improvement of public safety services through the purchase of equipment and upgrades.  This funding comes from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.This Recovery Act funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facilities program, which helps finance essential community facilities for public use in rural areas.  The funding for Vermont, is part of $33 million in funding assistance USDA Rural Development is providing to 74 community facility public safety projects in 26 states across the country.  Through this program, USDA ensures communities can provide essential public safety infrastructure to rural families.Below is a list of the Vermont recipients:· Town of Fair Haven: $157,500 loan and $44,600 grant. The funding will be used to purchase a fire truck.· Town of Richford: $86,900 grant. The funding will be used to purchase an ambulance.· Barre City: $37,400 grant. The funding will be used to refurbish an ambulance and purchase new defibrillator equipment.Source: Vermont Congressional delegation. WASHINGTON (May 26, 2010) –# # # # #last_img read more

PREMIUMStudy reveals terrible toll of domestic violence on women workers

first_imgFacebook Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? #women Women violence-against-women #violence female-workers domestic-abuse domestic-violence #workers Sari, a 32-year-old garment factory worker, relies on over-the-counter painkillers just to get through the day. Her problem is not in the workplace, it’s at home, with her abusive husband.Sari, who lives in Jakarta, said her work was affected whenever she had a scuffle with him.“I cry and cannot sleep after a rough fight. I get awful headaches and arrive at work tired,” she said. “I need to take a higher dose of medicine just to be able to finish my work.”Sari’s story appears in a report published by women’s rights group Perempuan Mahardika, which conducted a study on 26 women workers who faced abuse at home. Other women in the study have been driven to even greater extremes than reliance on medication, including attempted suicide.All have experienced domestic abuse — physical, psychological and emotional —&n… Topics : Google Linkedinlast_img read more

UK public funds hit out at ‘simplistic’ pooling guidance

first_imgUK local authority pension funds have accused the government of imposing higher costs through changes in its stance towards asset pooling.The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published a consultation in January on new guidance for funds within the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) regarding the ongoing asset pooling projects.LGPS funds in England and Wales have set up eight asset pooling vehicles designed to improve scale and cost efficiencies for the 88 schemes in the local authority system.The policy, brought in by former chancellor George Osborne in 2015, has required council finance officers to dedicate thousands of hours of work to setting up the vehicles, obtaining regulatory permissions, appointing new staff and systems providers, and conducting manager searches. With roughly a third of LGPS assets now overseen by the pools, some local councils have expressed “serious concerns regarding the appropriateness” of the latest guidance from central government. Source: Chris McAndrewRishi Sunak, UK local government ministerIn a letter to local government minister Rishi Sunak, the Northern LGPS – a £45bn (€52.5bn) collaboration between the pension funds for Greater Manchester, Merseyside and West Yorkshire – said there were “many inconsistencies between the LGPS investment regulations and the draft guidance”.In particular, the letter highlighted a shift of stance from the ministry to require all pools to set up an entity directly regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the UK’s main finance regulator.The Northern LGPS pool opted not to set up an authorised entity, maintaining that to do so would incur additional costs that would outweigh any benefits of pooling assets. So far it has established an infrastructure vehicle used by Northern’s three member funds along with the three LGPS funds within the Local Pensions Partnership, another pool. GLIL, as it is known, has so far raised more than £1.8bn from its investors.“Based on our research in this area, we estimate that establishing an FCA-regulated company would increase Northern LGPS’ costs by approximately £10m to £15m,” the letter said. Having initially estimated savings of £28m, the pool has since said the total saved could be “substantially higher”.It said it would expect central government to meet these additional costs as part of a 2018 agreement with the MHCLG not to impose excessive cost increases onto council tax payers.center_img Source: timajoThe Merseyside Pension Fund is one of several LGPS funds criticising government plansLondon funds weigh inMeanwhile, local authority pension funds in London have also criticised the MHCLG’s draft guidance. The pension committee for the £2.4bn Wandsworth Pension Fund, one of 32 LGPS funds in the London CIV pool, hit out at the “simplistic” guidance, which it said failed to take into account the diverse nature of individual pension funds.“If too much of the [investment] process is delegated to the pool operator there is a significant risk that offerings will be too generic to allow for differing attitudes to risk appetite, volatility, ESG considerations and… currency decisions,” Wandsworth said.It also argued that “enforcing too strict an approach will hinder the market and restrict who will be able to tender for any mandates”, including potential preventing “good quality boutique managers being able to bid due to capacity constraints”.The £1.5bn Lambeth Pension Fund said the draft guidance “introduces significant risks of consequence falling on council tax payers” due to its “dogmatic” demands on LGPS funds.In particular, the fund’s response highlighted a proposed 5% cap on investments individual funds would be permitted to make outside of the pool after 2020. As not all funds would be able to invest via pools by this point, given the timescales set out for launching new offerings, the proposed limit was “of no effect”, Lambeth argued.The fund called for the 5% limit to be scrapped and for the MHCLG to relax its requirements for investments outside the pool to allow for more time for establish the relevant expertise.In its draft response to MHCLG, the £1.3bn Islington Pension Fund said: “We do not believe the pools have had enough time to prove themselves on selection of managers to achieve optimum performance net of fees and value for money to pay our pensioners and sustain our funds and, as such, the mandated 2020 date should be flexible.”Further readingLGPS pooling: Funds under pressure to comply A consultation paper sent out by the MHCLG in January to funds within the £275bn LGPS system has heightened tensions between policymakers and pension fundslast_img read more

Nakilat takes over management of 8th LNG tanker from Shell

first_imgImage courtesy of NakilatQatari LNG shipping giant Nakilat has taken over full ship management and operations of Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Ghashamiya from Shell’s trading and shipping unit.The 217,591-cbm Al Ghashamiya is the eighth LNG vessel that comes under the management of Nakilat as part of the planned transition with Shell Trading and Shipping Company (STASCo) revealed in October last year.This move brings the total number of vessels managed by Nakilat Shipping Qatar Ltd. (NSQL) to 16, comprising of 12 LNG and 4 LPG carriers.The Q-Flex LNG carrier Al Ghashamiya is wholly-owned by Nakilat and chartered by LNG producer Qatargas.The vessel was built in South Korea by Samsung Heavy Industries. It was delivered to Nakilat in April 2009.last_img read more

4 super foods that battle arthritis pain

first_img Share Food & DiningLifestyle 4 super foods that battle arthritis pain by: Familyshare.com – February 7, 2015 Sharing is caring! 83 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Tweet Share “You are what you eat,” has been a motto from an early age. Now that you’ve aged, it’s time to put those words into action. According to Everyday Health, about 46 million adults in the United States, about one in five Americans, have been diagnosed with some form of arthritis. This number continues to rise and is expected to jump dramatically in the coming years. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are certain measures you can take, namely preventive foods, to help combat the chronic sickness. Take a look at the list below, and see what you need to add to your diet to help ease some of arthritic pain.Omega-3 fatty acidsThere are so many ways to introduce these essential fatty acids into your system that will help combat arthritis and alleviate some inflammation. Charles Serhan, Ph.D., director of the Center for Experimental Therapeutics and Reperfusion Injury at Harvard Medical School, found that omega-3s convert into compounds that aid in bringing the inflammatory response in the human body to an end. There is no certainty to how much omega-3 is required, but if you’re not keen on adding some fish to your diet, be sure to get some omega-3 fatty acid supplements.BroccoliIt’s time to go a little greener. Several lab studies have found that sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, may block enzymes linked to joint destruction and inhibit inflammation. Be adventurous with this vegetable. Make it a fun kitchen project to find the most delicious ways to cook this green giant of a vegetable.Spice it upSeasonings go beyond that extra little flavoring. It’s been shown that ginger and turmeric possess anti-inflammatory properties. Experiment a little. You can make turmeric tea as part of your nightly routine.StrawberriesTo round off a few foods to help ease arthritis pain, here is one for that sweet tooth. Not only is this delicious fruit perfect for a summer day, it can help lower blood levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a signal of inflammation in the body, which is helpful for arthritis pain.So the next time you find yourself at the grocery store or out to dinner, consider the long-term effects of the foods you consume. Fill your plate or basket with things that can help you overcome chronic pains, like arthritis, that are also delicious. Don’t be afraid to try new things, you never know how much it could help you.last_img read more

St. Kitts reaches US$84 million deal with IMF

first_img Share BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – The St. Kitts and Nevis government and an International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission have reached broad agreement on the key elements of an economic programme that would see the Washington-based financial institution providing a US$84 million Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) over a three-year period. Chief of the IMF mission to the twin-island federation, Alfred Schipke, said the programme agreed to is also expected to catalyze additional financing for the country from other international institutions.The Executive Board could consider St. Kitts and Nevis’s SBA at the end of next month, following review by management.Schipke said that by seeking the IMF help, St. Kitts and Nevis was taking decisive action to address the legacy of the most severe recession in the country’s history. “Declines in tourism revenue and foreign direct investment-related construction triggered a sharp contraction in economic activity, deterioration in the fiscal position, and a significant increase in public debt levels. In 2011, the current account deficit is expected to widen due to the dual impact of a nascent economic recovery and an increase in food and fuel prices,” he said.“Moreover, financing needs are increasing as a result of large imminent debt servicing obligations.”He said the main goal of the government’s economic strategy is to foster macroeconomic stability and put the public debt on a firmly declining path, which is expected to contribute to higher economic growth and improved living standards for all members of the society. “In addition to strong fiscal measures already adopted by the government, the programme would include a comprehensive debt restructuring to achieve a sustainable debt service profile and ensure fair burden sharing by all stakeholders,” Schipke said.“In addition, the government intends to implement a number of complementary measures to strengthen public financial management; improve the collection of revenue at the Customs and Inland Revenue departments; and develop a debt-management strategy to reduce the debt-to-GDP ratio over the coming years.”The IMF official said that, at the same time, the programme will maintain social safety net spending to protect the most vulnerable, in particular programmes for school meals, uniforms and text books. Government also plans to establish a register of beneficiaries that would help to better target social assistance, and many basic commodities will continue to be exempt from the VAT.Caribbean 360 News NewsRegional St. Kitts reaches US$84 million deal with IMF by: – June 7, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet 8 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

College Tailgating

first_imgOur daughter, Gina, and her family had a wonderful tailgate experience at Iowa State in Ames, Iowa, last weekend.  It gave them a chance to join family who live in Ames along with many of their cousins’ friends.The party was not on the tailgate of a truck.  The cousins had a large white tent set up with tables, chairs, and a TV for those who did not want to attend the game.  There was a smorgasbord of food and beverages.   There was an area with a bouncy house, basketball shooting contest, corn hole, and other activities for anyone interested.  It was like a festival!The American Tailgaters Association is an actual organization that helps sporting sites organize these events.  The tailgating experience is so large that at Iowa State there were trolleys to get people around the tailgating lot.  The practice of tailgating dates way back, but it has recently grown and become even more popular than some of the games themselves.  As I mentioned earlier, some people watch the game from the tailgating site and never go into the stadium.When you attend your next college football game, check with others going and see what kind of tailgating experience you might expect–and have fun!last_img read more

Harry Kane wants to stay with Tottenham insists manager Mauricio Pochettino

first_img Kane has scored 13 goals for Spurs already this season and is reportedly attracting interest from the Spanish giants, who have previously lured Luka Modric and Gareth Bale away from North London. Tottenham also insisted Bale would not be sold before accepting a world record fee for the winger in 2013, but Pochettino believes Kane, who joined the club’s academy when he was 11 years old and grew up in Chingford, is a special case. “It’s not a distraction, the FA Cup is the oldest competition in the world. We respect the competition a lot,” Pochettino said. “We have a strong squad. It’s true we come off a very busy period in Christmas. “But it’s a good opportunity, maybe for some players who cannot play consistently play in the Premier League, to show their quality and fight for their place in the team.” Ryan Mason and Mousa Dembele will both miss the match with ankle injuries while Clinton Njie is out with a knee problem. Alex Pritchard is close to resuming first team training after four months out with an ankle injury but the winger is still some way short of match fitness. “I didn’t see the rumour but it doesn’t surprise me,” Pochettino said. “Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in Europe or in the world. “It would not surprise me if some big clubs are interested in him but it’s only a rumour. “He is not for sale and the good thing is Harry wants to stay with us, this is the most important thing. “Sometimes a manager can say a player is not for sale but if the player wants to leave there are a lot of examples when it happens. “But in this case the good thing is Tottenham do not want to sell him and Harry Kane wants to stay with us.” Spurs host Leicester in the FA Cup third round on Sunday, three days before playing the Foxes again in the league. Both teams are gunning for a place in the top four this season and Pochettino admits he may rotate his side after a busy Christmas period. Press Association Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino would not be surprised if Real Madrid wanted to sign Harry Kane but insists the striker has no interest in leaving White Hart Lane.last_img read more

France frustrated by well-organised Belarus

first_imgFRANCE enjoyed most of the ball and had far more shots but they could not find a way past Belarus, as their opening qualification game for the World Cup ended 0-0.The Euro 2016 finalists fielded a much-changed back five from their clash against Portugal, but the midfield and the attack were mostly the same, with plenty of experience and talent.However, too often their final ball let them down or they made the wrong decision at the wrong time – and when they did find the target they found Belarus goalkeeper Andrey Gorbunov in fantastic form.Belarus worked extremely hard throughout the game and their defending was admirable, and even in attack they caused France a few problems with their breaks, although Steve Mandanda was never really tested.Only one team from the group will automatically qualify for World Cup 2018 and while Belarus would never have hoped for anything more than a play-off, France will now be under pressure in their next match against Bulgaria.(Eurosport)last_img read more

The Latest: Sevens rugby world series canceled

first_imgThe Hong Kong, Singapore, Langford, London and Paris legs were postponed but World Rugby canceled them after discussion with all of the host unions.New Zealand was awarded the titles for leading the standings when the coronavirus pandemic stopped the series after six of the 10 men’s rounds and four of the five women’s rounds.South Africa was second and Fiji third in the men’s series. Australia was second and Canada third in the women’s.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports June 30, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The rest of the rugby sevens world series has been canceled and New Zealand declared winners of the men’s and women’s titles. Associated Press The Latest: Sevens rugby world series canceledlast_img read more