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State announces $1.8 million grant to redevelop Barre properties

first_imgA foreclosed apartment building will be refurbished and two blighted downtown buildings razed for redevelopment after the City of Barre was awarded a nearly $1.8 million grant by the Douglas Administration. In a ceremony at City Hall Park, Deputy Commerce and Community Development Secretary Jim Saudade announced the $1,769,400 Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant, funded by the federal government in response to the mortgage foreclosure crisis that gripped the country last year.“This money will help Barre revitalize its downtown, as well as preserve much-needed affordable housing,” Saudade said. “And it will help the economy in the short-term as well by creating jobs for local contractors and others.”The Neighborhood Stabilization Program grant will be used for three projects:1) $994,400 will be sub-granted to Central Vermont Community Land Trust who will buy the foreclosed apartment building at 8-10 Laurel St. and completely rehabilitate it;2) $700,000 will be used by the city to purchase the unsafe and blighted “Old Brooks Building” at a discount and then demolish it and clean the site as part of the city’s Depot Square re-development project;3) $75,000 for the city to purchase the burned-out “All Fired-Up” property at a discount and then demolish the remaining foundation, allowing the City to move forward with re-development plans for Merchants Row that includes re-location & design of the road, landscaping, sidewalks, other public amenities. “We are very pleased that the Douglas Administration and the state have stepped up to help as we invest in improving our downtown and creating both affordable housing and jobs for our residents,” said Barre City Mayor Thomas Lauzon.Late last year the federal government authorized Vermont to distribute $19 million in federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds to be used to buy and resell foreclosed homes and to refurbish or even demolish other buildings as part of the response to the mortgage crisis.The state’s plan for distributing the funds calls for providing $7 million to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency to buy and re-sell foreclosed homes to low- and moderate-income Vermonters.$3.1 million of the funds will be made available to municipalities that can administer their own such Neighborhood Stabilization plans.$8.9 million will go to non-profit or private developers for specific projects, with $3 million of the money administered for housing funding by the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and $5.9 million administered by the Vermont Community Development Program.To view the complete plan visit: is external) Source: State of Vermont-30-last_img read more

Delancey set to raise Greycoat offer

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G20 leaders to inject $5 trillion into global economy to fight coronavirus

first_imgSaudi Arabia, the current G20 chair, called the video summit amid earlier criticism of the group’s slow response to the disease. It has infected more than 470,000 people worldwide, killed more than 21,000, and is expected to trigger a global recession.Saudi King Salman, in opening remarks, said the G20 should resume the normal flow of goods and services, including vital medical supplies, as soon as possible to help restore confidence in the global economy.The group committed to national spending measures totaling $5 trillion — an amount equal to that pledged in 2009 — along with other large-scale liquidity, credit guarantee schemes and other economic measures.World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was to address the G20 to seek support for ramping up funding and production of personal protection equipment for health workers amid a global shortage.”We have a global responsibility as humanity and especially those countries like the G20,” Tedros told a news conference in Geneva on Wednesday. “They should be able to support countries all over the world.”In his remarks to the group, US President Donald Trump shared details of the $6 trillion in support the United States is making available through legislation and increased Federal Reserve liquidity, including $2 trillion in fiscal spending, and spoke in support of multilateral action and coordination.”He talked about working together and sounded more supportive of multilateral coordination than ever before,” said one source who observed the meeting.The meeting was not marred by acrimony, as was feared given the ongoing oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia, and a war of words between the United States and China over the origins and handling of the pandemic, said the source, who was not authorized to speak publicly.Tedros told G20 leaders that the pandemic is “accelerating at an exponential rate” and urged them to ramp up production of protective gear for health workers and remove export bans.”Everyone realizes that it is essential to preserve jobs, and to maintain trade flows, not disrupt the supply chains,” said one Brazilian government official with knowledge of the videoconference discussions.No country advocated “total confinement” mainly because most of the countries in G20 are not implementing such moves, the official added.Several participants called upon the G20 to play the same role that it played in overcoming the 2008-2009 global financial crisis, when member countries pledged to inject massive fiscal stimulus and financial liquidity into the economy, the Brazilian official said.IMF resourcesThe G20 leaders also asked the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group “to support countries in need using all instruments to the fullest extent.”IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva plans to ask the Fund’s steering committee on Friday to consider doubling the current $50 billion in emergency financing available to help developing countries deal with the virus, a source familiar with the plans told Reuters.To boost global liquidity, Georgieva also asked G20 leaders to back a Fund plan to allow member countries to temporarily draw on part of its $1 trillion in overall resources to boost liquidity. The IMF made a similar move in 2009 with a $250 billion allocation of Special Drawing Rights, its internal unit of currency.Georgieva gave no specific number in her statement, but observers to the G20 meeting said an SDR allocation of up to $500 billion could be needed.Health funding On the health response, the G20 leaders committed to close the financing gap in the WHO’s response plan and strengthen its mandate as well as expand manufacturing capacity of medical supplies, strengthen capacities to respond to infectious diseases, and share clinical data.Despite calls for cooperation, the G20 risks entanglement in an oil price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia and frictions between the United States and China over the origin of the coronavirus outbreak.  Topics : Leaders of the Group of 20 major economies pledged on Thursday to inject $5 trillion in fiscal spending into the global economy to blunt the economic impact of the coronavirus and “do whatever it takes to overcome the pandemic.”Showing more unity than at any time since the 2008-2009 financial crisis that led to the G20’s creation, the leaders said they committed during a videoconference summit to implement and fund all necessary health measures needed to stop the virus’ spread.In a statement containing the most conciliatory language on trade in years, the G20 leaders pledged to ensure the flow of vital medical supplies and other goods across borders and to resolve supply chain disruptions.center_img As many countries enact export bans on medical supplies, the G20 leaders said they would coordinate responses to avoid unnecessary interference.”Emergency measures aimed at protecting health will be targeted, proportionate, transparent, and temporary,” they said.The G20 leaders also expressed concern about the risks to fragile countries, notably in Africa, and populations like refugees, acknowledging the need to bolster global financial safety nets and national health systems.”We are strongly committed to presenting a united front against this common threat,” the G20 leaders said in a joint statement following their 90-minute call.last_img read more

Fire Officials: Person Struck By Boat in North Palm Beach

first_imgFirefighters said the patient, identified as an adult male, was transported to a local trauma hospital for treatment.The extent of his injuries, or what led up to the incident, is unknown at this time.No additional information was immediately available. One person is hospitalized after being struck by a boat near Juno Beach on Thursday evening, according to Palm Beach County Fire Rescue.The incident happened at 6:30 p.m. on Lake Little Worth, a small lake located north of A1A and west of U.S. 1 Highway 1.last_img

Leaf roster starts to take shape as Maida & Company works through KIJHL preseason

first_imgThe next day, the Leafs play its home opener at the NDCC Arena.   Nice local flavour remains in camp   This season Leaf fans should have a chance to see a lot more Nelson Minor Hockey products on the roster.   Currently five players from the Heritage City remain in camp, including forwards Dallon Stoddart, Linden Horswill and Carsen Willans along with defence men Nolan Taylor and Blake Arcuri.   Both Arcuri (recovering from off-season shoulder surgery) and Horswill (concussion) are both being held out of any contact skills or games.   Maida has also said defenceman Cole Arcuri, a member of the Kootenay Ice of the Major Midget squad, should also see some action as an affiliate call up during the season.   Other players back from last season include Patrick Martens, Colton Schell, Riley Henderson and Tyler Parfeniuk. Leafs know a lot about goalie Andrew Walton, former of Castlegar and Fernie. Walton is also the main man in goal for the Leafs.   New players for the Green and White   Before former coach and GM Chris Shaw left for Vernon Vipers of the BCHL, the skipper recruited a few players who have turned up in Nelson.   Joining the Leafs are defence man Taylor Carribeau and defence man Nicholaus Newman of California, forward Max Bois, coming from the camp of the BCHL’s Prince George Spruce Kings and Russell Turner of Westside Warriors.   Brett Norman is also in Nelson after missing out with Dawson Creek.   Maida also said defenceman Walker Sidoni, playing last season as a 16-year-old, was on the bubble for the Vernon Vipers while forward Marcus Dahl was in  Manitoba. [email protected] By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson Daily SportsWhen your a rookie coach a win is a win no matter what the time of the season.Which is why, despite burning the candle at both ends, Frank Maida is smiling a little more after just over a week into the 2011-12 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season.   “We played 10 games in just over five days which gave us a good look at the kids,” Maida said following the weekend pre-season tournament in Fruitvale that saw the Leafs defeat Beaver Valley I 5-3 in the final.   “So the boys were given a well-deserved day off but were going to get right back at it Tuesday.”   Maida was pleased with the goal-scoring explosion of sniper Colton Schell.   “Colton had a great weekend and scored multiple goals all the games,” he said. Maida has yet to make any significant cuts to the roster, with 25 players remaining in camp.   Tonight is another chance for bubble-boys to impress coaching staff as the Leafs travel to Castlegar to face last years KIJHL finalists, the Rebels. Game time is 7:30 p.m.   Thursday is the final game of the pre-season as the Rebels meet Nelson at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.   “I’ll probably make a few changes to the roster for each of the games,” Maida said. “But whoever is playing we’re going to roll the lines and allow the players the opportunity to show us what they’ve got before we make our final decisions.”   Nelson opens the season September 16th in Castlegar against the same Rebel team.   last_img read more

How well do you remember Gareth Southgate’s first England team?

first_img Southgate’s young and vibrant team are hungry and desperate to make amends for years of hurt. Gareth Southgate celebrates the victory over Sweden For the first time since 1990, England are in the semi-finals of the World Cup and will face Croatia on Wednesday at 7pm (a game you can hear live on talkSPORT).Although it is difficult to remember what life was like before ‘Three Lions’ was in the charts, there was constant sunshine or people just solely lived off barbecue food, it is amazing to think just how far the 47-year-old has taken the Three Lions.Appointed on an initial interim basis in October 2016, the former Middlesbrough boss was seen as an ‘FA yes man’ who had only ever taken Boro down to the Championship.However, his tactical insight and measured approach has taken England to the brink of an historic World Cup Final – their first since the heroes of 1966.But just how did the journey start? Here looks back at Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge of England back in October 2016. Gareth Southgate watches on as Dele Alli takes control 4 Football has well and truly gripped the nation once again, and there is one man to thank for it all.Gareth Southgate, the well-mannered and sharply-dressed England boss, is on a one-man mission to bring football home. After Sam Allardyce was sacked as England boss, Southgate was charged with taking the Three Lions through their European World Cup qualifying group.Facing a side that was ranked 176th by FIFA at the time, the Maltese opposition were only interested really in damage limitation.After being dumped out of Euro 2016 by Iceland, English fans were not exactly desperate to cram into Wembley either – so the game was a bit of a no-contest.Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Dele Alli sealed all three points for England in a 2-0 win. Check out the starting XI from the team that day below! Southgate wearing the waistcoat long before everyone else thought it was cool. It’s fair to say the progression under Southgate has been nothing short of incredible.Adopting a rather predictable 4-2-3-1 formation, the Three Lions were cumbersome on the ball and easy to play against.Joe Hart and Wayne Rooney (captain on the day) were still permanent fixtures in the squad, while Jesse Lingard made his international debut on the wing.Fast forward to July 2018 and just look at how far we have come. 4 4 4 The starting XI who beat Sweden 2-0 in Saturday’s quarter-final emphasises a complete turnaround, not just in personnel, but also in philosophy.With several stars still keeping their places and Harry Kane now captaining the side, there is a solid spine throughout the squad.Added to that, the emergence of the likes of Jordan Pickford, Harry Maguire and Kieran Trippier has meant Southgate has rejuvenated Englsih football.And he may just potentially be about to bring it home.last_img read more

Launch of the ‘Nelson Mandela Rose’ – the Orange Vermillion

first_imgBy Ntombi NtanziIn the centenary year of Nelson Mandela’s birth, the launch of the ‘Nelson Mandela Rose’ – an Orange Vermillion was unveiled, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Thursday, 8th February 2018.The auditorium was abuzz with an audience, young and old, all races, Dignitaries such as the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Mrs Leah Tutu, Premier of Gauteng David Makhura and representing the Mandela family Ms Ndileka Mandela were there to witness this prestigious reveal.In opening the ceremony, Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation Mr Sello Hatang said; “This project began in the year 2000 when we discussed it with Madiba along with Keith Kirsten for the first time and we’ve since never given up and now we are enjoying the fruits of our labour.”The Nelson Mandela rose stood center in the room as the audience marvelled on its bright orange vermillion colour whilst CEO of Horticulture International, Mr Keith Kirsten spoke wondrously of it:“We believe that this rose represents the vibrancy, the stature, the humility and love of Madiba. We are delighted that this rose is chosen to be part of the centenary. I am honoured and humbled to be a big part of the ceremony. The Nelson Mandela Rose is not just a big bud but a floribunda, with its orange vermillion colour it’s a handsome and a very tall grower and floriferous – producing many flowers”.“I urge every person to buy and plant it in their gardens, verges, schools, traffic island throughout the country as the proceeds from the sale of this rose will be for the sole benefit of the NMF”, adds Mr Kirsten.A continuous emphasis that the Nelson Mandela Rose is a symbolic reminder to South Africans to strive towards a values-based society. Values of love and resilience that beautifully link between the Nelson Mandela rose and Nelson Mandela’s life and times.The launch of the Mandela Rose further strengthens the centenary celebrations, as it represents the focal point of the Foundation’s strategy to get South Africa and the world to remember not just the personality of Nelson Mandela, but also what he stood for.Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura spoke wholeheartedly adding; “what a great way to begin the Mandela centenary by launching the Mandela rose, which represents the man in a very deep sense because roses are about love and Nelson Mandela is about love; love of humanity”.In his conclusion he added; “there is no doubt that our country today stands on great uncertainties and anxiety. But we start the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s centenary with a renewed hope that South Africa has reached a moment where we need to return to the path that was derailed. The path of Nelson Mandela”.The day’s proceedings ended with a musically moving performance by choristers Imilonji kaNtu and musician Sibongile Khumalo. Songs which saw the Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Mrs Leah Tutu stand and dance leaving the audience in awe and a standing ovation followed through.“Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second generation full of courage issue forth; let a people[rose] loving freedom come to growth. Let a beauty full of healing and a strength of final clenching be the pulsing in our spirits and our blood….”, concluded Author and Poet, Mr Mandla Langa as he recited the poem – For My People by Margaret Walker.last_img read more

Davis Cup recognition for SA tennis greats

first_img3 July 2014Three South African tennis greats, including two members of the 1974 Davis Cup winning team, received Davis Cup Commitment Awards at the Wimbledon Championships in London this week.Cliff Drysdale, Wayne Ferreira and Frew McMillan were handed their awards, which go to players who have competed in 20 Davis Cup home or away ties during their career, by International Tennis Federation (ITF) president Francesco Ricci Bitti and Tennis South Africa (TSA) president Gavin Crookes.Only four South Africans have won a Davis Cup Commitment Award. Apart from Drysdale, Ferreira and McMillan, Rik de Voest was recognised earlier this year at the Euro Africa Group 1 tie against Lithuania.Davis Cup title winnersDrysdale and McMillan were part of the South African team in 1974 that claimed South Africa’s only title in the international team competition. McMillan, with 28, holds the record for the most Davis Cup ties played by a South African.Among Ferreira’s career records is being the South African to have played Davis Cup for the most years, with 14, and winning the most rubbers, 41.The Davis Cup Commitment Award is presented by the ITF to players who have shown long-standing dedication to representing their country in the prestigious competition. Each Award recipient has competed in a minimum of 20 home or away ties or 50 ties at any level of the competition (including Zone Group Events) over their career.About the awardsThe Award was conceived as part of the ITF’s 2013 Centenary celebrations and was launched at the 100th Davis Cup Final in 2012.A total of 320 players have met the criteria, with awards presented at ties throughout the year. All recipients are recognised on an honours board at the ITF headquarters and in a dedicated section on the official Davis Cup website.The record holder for the most ties played in all levels of the competition is Domenico Vicini from San Marino, who has so far played a total of 89 ties. With 66 ties played, Italy’s Nicola Pietrangeli heads the elite list of players who have competed in 20 home or away ties for their country.The current South African Davis Cup team will play in Europe/Africa Zone Group II next year.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Programme raises awareness about responsible use of alcohol among youth

first_imgJabu Pule whose once flourishing football career was abruptly stopped due to alcohol abuse has mended his ways. (Image: ARA)The Young Free & Educated (YFE) Programme run by the Association for Responsible Alcohol Use (ARA) campaigns and discourages youth from drinking and driving.Targeted at college and university students between the ages of 18 and 25, YFE looks towards the country’s sporting and music heroes to get youth to stop abusing alcohol. Among its ambassadors is former footballer Jabu Mahlangu, who was a victim of irresponsible alcohol use, and musician Oskido.Brand South Africa is partnering with YFE to reach youth in tertiary institutions to promote pride and patriotism, significance of national symbols as well as popularise Play Your Part.The programme has six pillars: responsible alcohol use, road safety, personal financial management, academic excellence, national pride and patriotism, and entrepreneurship.These pillars address the culture of drinking in order to change patterns in alcohol use. With this in mind, YFE is looking to promote a culture of taking responsibility.YFE has a number of planned campus dialogues for young South Africans to share their challenges and discuss solutions. The dialogues are aimed at:Providing a platform to exchange ideas on various issues that are crucial in encouraging national pride and patriotismGiving an opportunity to share success stories with young successful South Africans and inspireChange mind sets about the “victims of circumstances” mentality.The ARA was formed in 1989 to reduce the harm caused by the misuse and abuse of alcohol. It funds and implements numerous programmes that address drinking and driving, foetal alcohol syndrome, responsible selling as well preventing underage drinking.last_img read more

WMA Sport Mens Metal Alice Football Running Hair Headband Hairband : You get what you pay for

first_imgWma sport mens metal alice football running hair headband hairband. Got this for my son, i can see his face now. Effective at controlling the hair. Would recommend it to others. This product works well and is value for money. Band is sprung steel and the fingers bend to desired position for comfort. Excellent hair band for serious workouts. This hairband is really excellent. I needed something to keep my hair off my face during boxing classes and had previously tried elasticated headbands but these kept slipping off or were too warm. This metal hairband grips very well without being too tight or painful behind the ears. It is so good i am thinking of ditching elasticated headbands until the winter when i need something to cover my ears. I use these for tiara making and they are fantastic and fast delivery aswell xxx thank u xxx. A man-band at last.WMA Sport Mens Metal Alice Football Running Hair Headband HairbandNot bad for the priceExcellent hair band for serious workoutsYou get what you pay forArrived late, very small.WMA Sport Mens Metal Alice Football Running Hair Headband HairbandEnter your model number above to make sure this fits.These hair bands have become a firm favorite with football players including Beckham, Berbatov, Torres, Drogba, WoodgateManufactured to the highest standard this product is durable and comfortableSuitable for Ladies and Gentlemen.Keep even the most unruly hair in checkTeeth on the band help to grip the hair firmly in place. Keep your hair away from your face during sport and increase concentration.Size: 14*12.5*1.5cm/Keep even the most unruly hair in check! Ok, so a 58 year old bloke with a huge mane of hair looks a bit odd. It looks even more odd when the only hair-bands you can find are all very, very “girlie”. Hoo-blooming-rahi had to take a miniature file to the ends because i found them to be a bit sharp and uncomfortable, but otherwise its a great product. It took 5 weeks for it to arrive. It is thin and not up to much. I have a feeling it won’t last long. But having said that it wasn’t expensive. Bought this ages ago, been using it ever since, not only does it keep my hair back, but slicks it back each time i remove it. Arrived at least 3-4 days late. Not sure if it was worth the money as it seems to be much smaller than necessary. This is a good product & does stay in place but it’s quite big on my head so was uncomfortable behind my ear. I use them for sports and need to wash them as they get a little sweaty & they get a little rusted after a few months, i guess if you put them in the hot water cupboard after drying, or you could just not wash them. This headband is dope, it looks great and feels great on my hair, i’ll recommend it to anyone that has long hair. Bought for my husband when he goes to the gym as his hair falls onto his face. He was unsure to wear it in the beginning but after seeing another guy wearing something similar he has never looked back for his work out routine without it. Looks masculine and all the blocks are wearing them in the gym now because of it. I mean my husband is pretty cool. I bought this to wear at work as i have a long one length bob. Once in it isn’t going anywhere but can become uncomfortable after a few hours. Taking it out can be a chore as often you hair is tangled around the combs so i would suggest that it is better for shorter hair hence the word ‘mens’ in the description. This is my second headband of this style so comfy to wear and the price is incredible would definetly recommend. It holds my hair in place whilst doing my karate its a good item to have,. For the price i am very pleased and it fits very well. I am a woman but have a large head so i dont know what other reviewers are talking about when they say it doesnt fit well. It fits like a glove, doesnt dig in behind my ears and keeps tyhe hair out of my face. Simple, but does the job :). Imagined i would mature my hair, wanted to have lengthy hair after in advance of i go bald. Labored a deal with with out any difficulties.Very good to use, strong and lasts extended than anticipated. Only damaging is the paint arrives off if you sweat in any other case superior.last_img read more