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People’s United donates $33,900 for CAA weatherization programs in Vermont

first_imgPeople’s United Bank,During the 2nd quarter of 2011, People’s United Bank announced that they would donate $100, to the Weatherization Assistance Programs (WAPs) offered through the State of Vermont Community Action Agencies (CAAs), for every personal checking account opened from June 7th through August 2nd.  People’s United Bank announced today that $33,900 would be spread among the CAAs for use in weatherizing homes throughout Vermont.The Community Action Agencies which are independent non-profit organizations, were established through the State of Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty.  They help people to help themselves in achieving self-sufficiency.  The 5 Community Action Agencies in Vermont (4 of which have an affiliated WAP) include:  BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, CVCAC- Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc., CVOEO – Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity Inc., SEVCA – Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc. and NEKCA ‘ North East Kingdom Community Action.  The lone WAP not affiliated with a CAA is NETO ‘ North East Training Opportunities which provides weatherization Services in the North eastern portion of the state.‘The weatherization programs offered through the State of Vermont Community Action Agencies are a great example of ‘helping people help themselves,’‘ stated Michael Seaver, Vermont President, People’s United Bank.  ‘Over the last several years, so many Vermonters have relied on emergency funding for fuel.  The weatherization programs offered statewide will reduce our dependency on these funds and provide warmer homes for our neighbors in need,’ continued Seaver.The following is a breakdown of the dollars that the weatherization programs will receive:BROC ‘ Community Action in Southwestern Vermont         $3,200CVCAC ‘ Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc.  $4,400CVOEO – Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc.   $14,600NEKCA ‘ North East Kingdom Community Action, Inc.               $1,500SEVCA ‘ Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Inc.             $10,200‘An innovative and creative idea became generous funding provided by People’s United Bank.  It is one more way we are able to keep families safe, warm and in their own homes,’ said Jan Demers, Executive Director Champlain Valley Office of Economic Development.  ‘We have over 100 families on our wait list for weatherization services, so the timing for this donation from the People’s United Bank could not be better,’ continued Demers.For more information on the programs offered through the State of Vermont office of Economic Opportunity and Community Action Agencies in Vermont, please contact Shaun Donahue at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or call 802-241-2454.About People’s United BankPeople’s United Bank is a subsidiary of People’s United Financial, Inc., a diversified financial services company with approximately $25 billion in assets. Peoples United Bank, founded in 1842, provides consumer, commercial and wealth management services through nearly 340 branches in Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and in Westchester County and Long Island, New York. Through additional subsidiaries, People’s United provides equipment financing, asset management, brokerage and financial advisory services, and insurance services.###last_img read more

National Parks: Open for Drilling?

first_imgPresident Trump’ s executive order last week will make it easier for companies to drill for oil and gas in some of our countries beloved national parks, including the Everglades and the Grand Tetons. His order mandated federal agencies including the National Park Service to review or rescind several critical rules that protect our parks from oil and gas development.Several national parks are jointly owned by the government and private oil and gas companies, with the government owning the land on the surface but drilling and mining companies holding rights to the minerals found beneath the ground. A total of 42 national parks fall under this description, and 12 of those parks currently have drilling operations underway, including the Cumberland Gap National Historic Park on the Kentucky-Virginia border and the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area on the Tennessee-Kentucky border. In some of these parks, energy developers were there before the creation of the park.President Trump believes that nullifying some of the previous drilling regulations will create jobs. Critics of the new order say that it clashes with the National Park Service’s mandate to protect the country’s parks for their scenic, cultural, recreational, ecological, and legacy values.  The National Park Conservation Association believes that the best solution to protect these endangered parks is for Congress to buy out the mineral rights owned by these private companies.Learn more about the rules protecting our national parks from oil and gas drilling here.last_img read more

Guatemala: 20 kilograms of cocaine seized

first_img GUATEMALA CITY – Guatemalan police seized 20 kilograms of Colombian cocaine from inside a warehouse adjacent to La Aurora International Airport, officials said on May 15. The cocaine, which was stashed in a parcel from the Colombian city of Medellín, was found during a raid by police and prosecutors, who are searching to find those responsible for the narcotic. Guatemalan police seized 4,119 kilograms of cocaine in 2011 after confiscating 3,292 kilograms in 2010. [AFP (Guatemala), 15/05/2013; Prensa Libre (Guatemala), 15/05/2013] By Dialogo May 17, 2013last_img read more

Freeport Man Charged With Drugs, Police Chase Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Freeport man has been arrested for allegedly leading a New York State Trooper on a chase that ended when the suspect crashed his vehicle in South Hempstead this week, police said.Lawrence Brown was pulled over for weaving in and out of traffic while driving a Hyundai on the Southern State Parkway but fled while the trooper was approaching his vehicle to interview the suspect at about 3 a.m. Tuesday, police said.The 31-year-old suspect got off at exit 20 for Grand Avenue, where he crashed into a tree, got out of his vehicle and ran away, police said. Troopers found him hiding in the bushes nearby, police said.Troopers found three grams of cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a forged Visa debit card in the vehicle, police said.Brown was charged with possession of a forged instrument, possession of a controlled substance, fleeing a police officer and traffic violations.He will arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Biden scores big early wins on Super Tuesday

first_imgFormer New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, 78, and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren were the other big names on the ballot.Despite spending record amounts of his own money on advertising, billionaire media entrepreneur Bloomberg appeared to be headed for an ugly night — despite a consolation win in tiny American Samoa in the Pacific.Stop Sanders campaign The 14 nominating contests across the country gave the dwindling field of Democratic hopefuls a giant potential haul of delegates in their marathon struggle to win the nomination — and begin campaigning in earnest against Trump.Many in the Democratic Party are desperate to stop Sanders’ strong push to win that delegate race, saying the senator will be destroyed in a general election where Trump has signaled he will brand him a socialist bent on ending the American way of life.Biden was practically counted out after a stumbling early campaign, but began to rebound with a landslide win in South Carolina last Saturday.That was followed by the coordinated decisions by two other moderate candidates — Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar — to withdraw and endorse their former rival.Bloomberg faces multiple calls from within the Democratic Party also to get out of the race and not split the centrist vote.The New York billionaire has refused, saying “We’re in it to win it.”But a weak showing on Super Tuesday would add to that pressure. Commenting on Bloomberg’s feeble Virginia results, veteran political analyst Larry Sabato asked: “A hint to say bye-bye?” Sanders fans convinced Biden is making his third bid for the White House after failed runs in 1988 and 2008. He argues that he can bring a return to “decency” after the tumultuous, scandal-plagued Trump era.Sanders’ fans are convinced that only he can take on Trump, who also defied his party’s establishment and more moderate wing four years ago to claim a surprise victory against Democratic heavyweight Hillary Clinton.”We need energy. We need excitement. I think our campaign is that campaign,” said Sanders.Supporter Jamison Hanning, a 45-year-old plastics industry technician, said he was “pretty confident” despite the Biden pushback.”I mean it is just people in the establishment being afraid of things being shaken up,” he said.Sanders backers say the time has come to fight fire with populist fire, rather than repeat the mistake of 2016 when the steady but uninspiring Clinton fell to Trump’s drama-filled, insurgent campaign.Sanders went into Super Tuesday hoping to gain a near insurmountable delegate lead, perhaps delivering a knock-out blow well ahead of the party convention in Milwaukee in July.A total of 1,357 delegates were at stake on Tuesday — a third of the nationwide total. A candidate needs 1,991 delegates to win the nomination outright.Democrats will also be looking for turnout and other signs of enthusiasm in a country deeply divided by Trump.California voter Brian Waters, 43, a former English teacher who is now a brewer, said he voted for Sanders because of his position on universal health care.But he added: “I’d vote for a burning dumpster over Trump.”Topics : The 78-year-old senator has a fervent voter base and was still expected to rack up large numbers of delegates in the biggest states of the night, Texas and California, where polls were due to close at 0400 GMT.But for Biden, 77, the early indications were that he was on for a good night in his bid to bring American politics back to the center after four years of Trump’s rightwing populism.”They haven’t buried me yet, I’m not dead. I’m back,” he said in Los Angeles. “There’s a real sense of momentum.”While Virginia and North Carolina carry more delegates, Alabama confirmed the strength of Barack Obama’s former vice president among African Americans — a vital piece in any Democratic presidential candidate’s coalition. Joe Biden took an early lead over leftist rival Bernie Sanders in the Super Tuesday contests to pick a Democratic challenger to President Donald Trump, with a trio of projected wins in Virginia, North Carolina and Alabama.As the first wave of results in the 14 states voting came in, it appeared that the centrist former vice president’s remarkable rebound from a failing campaign was gathering pace.Sanders, a self-described democratic socialist on a mission to reshape America’s economy, was projected to win as expected in his home state of Vermont.last_img read more

Ali helps Tallawahs destroy Zouks

first_imgJamaica Tallawahs 160/5 (Asif Ali 47*, Phillips 44, Powell 26, Brathwaite 18*; Williams 2/32, Cornwall 1/9, McCoy 1/28, Nabi 0/13) beat St Lucia Zouks 158/7 (Chase 52, Najibullah 25, Fletcher 22, Deyal 17; Mujeeb 2/25, Permaul 2/34, Lamichhane 1/23, Russell 1/32) by 5 wicketsASIF Ali finished the game in style as the Jamaica Tallawahs middle-order put the rest of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) on notice, recovering from a top-order collapse to make light work of a tricky target against the St Lucia Zouks.Rakheem Cornwall battered Oshane Thomas for two fours in the game’s first over, and Andre Russell dropped Andre Fletcher on just 4, but captain Rovman Powell made no mistake when Cornwall hit it to him at cover when the batsman was on 9.Mark Deyal cut Mujeeb-ur-Rahman for four and lofted Permaul for consecutive Hero Maximums, but Permaul had his revenge, with keeper Chadwick Walton taking a neat catch. Fletcher struggled against Mujeeb but sent Permaul into the stands over long-on, and the Zouks closed the GuardianLife Powerplay at 52/2.Thomas sent down four wides and was pulled for four by Chase, and while Russell’s bouncer was too hot for Fletcher to handle, Chase was quickly onto a hook for his first six. Najibullah Zadran launched Sandeep Lamichhane onto the grass bank, and another boundary from Chase off Russell took the Zouks to 86/3 at halfway.Lamichhane kept Najibullah quiet with a series of googlies, and while Chase relieved the pressure with a pull off Carlos Brathwaite and a cover drive off Lamichhane, the Nepalese spinner came back beautifully to almost have Chase out twice in two balls.Big hitters Darren Sammy and Mohammad Nabi were kept waiting as Chase and Najibullah were forced to run hard to keep the scoreboard ticking. Four twos in a row might have taken it out of Najibullah as a flat-bat found only Powell at long-off, the catch held despite a collision with Permaul.Nabi took Mujeeb for a huge Hero Maximum and a deft four, but his countryman took revenge with a simple return catch. Chase brought up his first-ever T20 fifty off 39 balls, but Mujeeb beat him in the flight to give Thomas a simple catch at point.With Russell accurate at the death, Sammy was forced to risk a tight second run and Powell’s hard throw found him short. Despite the slow finish, the Zouks’ 158/7 was the highest total of Hero CPL 2020 so far.The Tallawahs struggled early, and a frustrated Walton skied Obed McCoy to Sammy at mid-off. The Zouks used a different bowler for each of the first four overs, and none of them went for even a single boundary.Nicholas Kirton tried to break free, but Deyal pulled off the Republic Bank Classic Catch of the tournament so far, leaping almost behind him to pluck a pull shot from the sky and reduce the Tallawahs to 13/2 in the 5th over.Powell began the rescue mission off his first two balls, hitting Scott Kuggeleijn for four and then a powerful flat Hero Maximum. Phillips lofted Zahir Khan or a four-and-six pair of his own, but at 36/2 Tallawahs were behind the game after the Powerplay.But it was a different story in the middle overs. Phillips meted out brutal treatment to Kesrick Williams, and Powell clubbed a pull followed by a straight six off Zahir. All of a sudden, the Tallawahs were ahead of the required run rate.Sammy sensed the danger and brought back McCoy, and Phillips had to wait till the last ball of the over for a boundary. Powell tried to take on Cornwall but found only deep midwicket, and at the Angostura LLB drinks break, the Tallawahs were 78/3, needing a further 83, and the game was finely balanced.But Asif Ali blasted his third ball over the ropes and was unfazed by the loss of Phillips. A four off Nabi kept things ticking, and a free hit and a brutal Russell cut shot meant the 13th over went for double figures. Russell pulled the last ball of the fourth for four and Tallawahs entered the last six overs needing 50.The 15th over went boundary-less, and Russell and Asif had to take a chance off Zahir’s last. They responded in style, with Asif dancing down the track for a Hero Maximum and Russell easing a short ball for four.The Zouks had a chance when a Williams slower ball drew a thin edge from Russell, and thus Brathwaite joined Asif with the required run rate above 9. But an Asif dink and two Brathwaite bludgeons, plus a dropped catch by Sammy, meant Kuggeleijn’s last over went for 16 and the game was as good as won.The Zouks will feel they left a few runs out there, and Sammy underused himself and Nabi, but the day belonged to Tallawahs’ power-hitters.  A good measure of how comfortable they were in the end, despite Andre Russell scoring at under a run a ball, was that they won the game with an over to spare.last_img read more

Bubba Wallace vows to ‘keep going’ after noose incident, says NASCAR is ‘changing’

first_img“The sport is changing … Whoever it was, you’re not gonna take away my smile.”- @BubbaWallaceWhat a moment. #IStandWithBubba pic.twitter.com/Z3YajMuBBJ— FOX: NASCAR (@NASCARONFOX) June 23, 2020″The prerace deal . . . the prerace deal was probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to witness in my life,” he told Little.NASCAR and the FBI are investigating the noose incident, with the FBI trying to determine whether it was a hate crime. While those activities go on in the background, Wallace will remain a public face of change in stock car racing.”The deal that happened yesterday, sorry I’m not wearing my mask, but I wanted to show whoever it was that you’re not going to take away my smile and I’m going to keep on going,” he told Little. Bubba Wallace raced up the banking at Talladega Superspeedway — on foot — to meet with people, many Black, who had traveled to the track watch him race in the after the Geico 500 on Monday. They were part of a support group that included all of NASCAR on an intense, emotional day for the Richard Petty Motorsports driver.”This is probably the most badass moment right here,” Wallace, the lone Black driver in the Cup Series, told Fox Sports’ Jamie Little. To him, it was another sign that “the sport is changing.” MORE: Blaney wins at Talladega; highlights from the raceThey were there to back Wallace after someone put a noose in his garage stall on Sunday. Wallace wasn’t able to repay that support with a win, but he did lead briefly in the final stage and would have contended for his first Cup Series victory had he not run out of fuel in the final 10 laps. He counted the day a success just the same.”Man, I know I should have won the damn race. We ran out of gas. Just the stars didn’t align for us completely, but all in all, we won today,” he told Little. Wallace finished 14th; his best friend, Ryan Blaney, won the race by inches over Ricky Stenhouse Jr.Wallace turned emotional as he recalled seeing every team show solidarity before the race by walking alongside Wallace’s car down pit road and pushing the car to the front of the line. He was moved to tears at the time.last_img read more

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