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Vermont CVCAC part of SBA PRIME grant awardees for micro entrepreneurs

first_imgThe US Small Business Administration announced today that 58 non-profit organizations from 32 states and the District of Columbia, including Central Vermont Community Action Council for $100,000, will receive grant funding under the Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs Act (PRIME) to assist low-income and very low-income entrepreneurs with training and technical assistance to start, operate, and grow their businesses. Competition for PRIME grants was open to applicants in all 50 states and the U.S. territories. SBA received more than 400 applications. Last year, SBA funded 35 grants in 12 states on a non-competitive basis. “The SBA remains committed to helping small businesses start, grow and succeed, and PRIME is one of our many tools for doing this,” said SBA Administrator Karen Mills. “Thanks to larger funding this year, we were able to provide grant dollars to more recipients across more states.  These grant recipients are on the front line of helping entrepreneurs in particularly underserved communities with critical tools to help them maximize the potential of their businesses, create jobs and help strengthen the local economy.”SBA’s PRIME grant funding is intended to establish management and technical assistance, access to capital and other forms of financial assistance, and business training and counseling through qualified organizations to small businesses with five or fewer employees that are economically disadvantaged, and to businesses owned by low-income individuals, including those residing on Indian reservations and tribal lands.The grant funding received will be used to provide training and technical assistance to disadvantaged microentrepreneurs, to provide capacity building services to organizations that assist with microenterprise training and services, and to aid in researching and developing the best practices in the field of microenterprise development and technical assistance programs for disadvantaged microentrepreneurs.This year’s total program funding amounts to $5 million. Grants range up to $250, 000 with a 50 percent match required of the recipient organization.  The PRIME grant is open to microentrepreneur training and technical assistance providers in all 50 states and the territories, and has a one year performance period, with four 12-month options.  For a complete list of recipients, visit: http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/sbapartners/prime/index….(link is external). Source: SBA# # #last_img read more

Ad with mayor helps boost local economy

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In defense of the recent ad with Mayor McCarthy, Billy Fuccillo and two show girls, I have to say this ad is an economics-driven ad with show girls used to draw your attention.Both the car dealer and casino are important economic generators, and if the show girls are so tasteless, I suggest you personally forgo visiting either place. But to publicly call out the mayor for contributing to our economy is disheartening.Mike FuscoSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashSchenectady police reform sessions pivot to onlineMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashlast_img

African-Americans dying of coronavirus at higher rates, preliminary data shows

first_imgTopics : The new coronavirus is killing African-Americans at a higher rate than the US population at large, according to preliminary numbers from Louisiana, Michigan and Illinois that officials say point to disparities in health and healthcare access.The figures were reported by state and city leaders at briefings on the coronavirus, including Louisiana Governor John Edwards who said more than 70% of the 512 people killed by the coronavirus in Louisiana as of Monday were black, a much larger percentage than the state’s population that black people represent, about 33 percent.Michigan officials also said that the coronavirus took a disproportionate toll on African-Americans with 40% of the reported deaths in the state, whose population is 14% African-American. As of Tuesday, confirmed cases in Michigan were 18,970 with 845 deaths. Some officials at the CDC and various state health departments over the past week have privately said the data they are receiving from hospitals is inconsistent, which they attributed to the chaos of trying to keep people alive amid a pandemic. They said there were instances where health care providers did not check the boxes that provide demographic information on the patients.”If you end up in a situation where you are on a ventilator, and that ventilator is keeping your lungs working and your body is fighting off the infection, if your heart or your kidneys or your lungs are already weaker, you have a harder time fighting off that infection,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said at a briefing on the coronavirus on Monday.Civil rights groups and some lawmakers have criticized the CDC and some state health departments for not publicly releasing details on the racial breakdown of those dying or becoming critically ill from COVID-19.The CDC has not responded to requests for comment on the topic.Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Monday stood before charts at a briefing showing the inequalities between white and black coronavirus victims in her city. African-Americans account for 72% of coronavirus deaths despite representing just about one-third of Chicago’s population of 2.7 million.”Those numbers take your breath away,” said Lightfoot. “This is a call to action moment for all of us.”Lightfoot demanded that doctors and other hospital staff take the time to fill out paperwork so that leaders could better understand the pandemic.”It starts out with the disparity that has already existed in health care provision for people of color. We already started out with an unequal system of healthcare,” Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said on Monday. “It gets massively exacerbated when you bring on something like COVID-19.”Overall in the United States, there were at least 397,000 confirmed coronavirus cases with more than 12,819 deaths as of Tuesday night, according to a Reuters tally of state and local government sources.center_img The data is preliminary and not national and does not explain what is causing the disparities. However, community leaders and public health officials said it could reflect both higher levels of underlying illnesses that make African-Americans more vulnerable as well as possibly lower levels of access to healthcare.US Surgeon General Jerome Adams, acknowledging the early data, said on Tuesday that black Americans were more likely to have heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.Diabetes, heart disease and long-term lung problems are the most common underlying conditions among Americans hospitalized with COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a report https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-usa-study/diabetes-lung-and-heart-disease-common-in-u-s-coronavirus-patients-cdc-idUSKBN21I3HM published on March 31. One in five people requiring intensive care had no such health issues, it said.QuanTez Pressley, a 33-year-old preacher at the Third New Hope Baptist Church in Detroit, said that issues such as lack of access to fresh foods and people crowded into small living quarters “make those individuals in marginalized communities more vulnerable to the worst outcomes of pandemics.”last_img read more

Manchester City make contact with Man Utd & Arsenal transfer target Youri Tielemans over move

first_imgManchester City make contact with Man Utd & Arsenal transfer target Youri Tielemans over move Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 27 May 2019 12:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link637Shares Tielemans spent half a season on loan at Leicester (Picture: Getty)Manchester City have been in contact with Youri Tielemans’ team about a potential move this summer, reports say.The midfielder won a host of suitors this season after an impressive loan spell at Leicester City in the second half of the campaign.Monaco are keen to offload Tielemans and Manchester United, Tottenham and Arsenal have all been tipped with making a move for the Belgian.But the Sun claim City have made their move by getting in contact with Tielemans’ representatives.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Monaco will demand £40m for Tielemans (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola was hugely impressed with Tielemans’ performance against City and spoke with the talented attacker on the pitch after the game.Monaco reportedly want around £40million for Tielemans and City would have no issue matching that figure.City are expected to spend big again this summer after successfully defending their Premier League title, as Guardiola chases triumph in the Champions League next season.More: 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 Guardiola is a big fan of Tielemans (Picture: EPA)Tielemans has remained tight lipped about his destination of choice, as Leicester battle to bring the 22-year-old to the King Power Stadium on a permanent deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut it is believed Tielemans is eager to play Champions League football next season, which would appear to rule out United as his next club.Arsenal have the chance to secure qualification for next season’s Champions League against Chelsea on Wednesday night in the Europa League final. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sunshine Coast unit developers can’t keep up with demand

first_imgCyan at King’s Beach.The Clegg’s will be moving from Forest Lakes into a two-bedroom apartment on the fifth floor early next year.“Cyan consisting of 31 apartments, means it will never be overcrowded with holiday makers, making it the perfect place to call home.”Herron Todd White’s February 2017 Month in Review predicts strong growth to continue on the coast with housing demand fuelled by low supply and the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital set to open soon.According to the report dwelling sales within the coastal corridor between Maroochydore and Caloundra, particularly the sub $700,000 price range are expected to continue with increased demand. Cyan at King’s Beach is under construction.The development is now 90 per cent sold to local, intrastate and interstate buyers drawn to the eight level prestige units with buyers Russell and Wendy Clegg among those looking forward to the move.After years of searching for an investment property the Clegg’s decided against their initial decision to buy and renovate and instead chose to buy a new apartment and move forward their semi-retirement.“We wrote a list years ago of all the features we wanted to have in our future apartment, and Cyan ticked all the boxes,” Mr Clegg said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours ago Luxury Sunshine Coast apartments are selling out in record time with high demand and low supply driving the market.PRESTIGE properties are being snapped up as fast as they’re put on the market with one coast developer reporting 90 per cent sales within weeks of putting up the ‘for sale’ sign.Mosaic Property Group managing director Brook Monahan said construction had started on its $20 million luxury development at Kings Beach after almost reaching a sell out only weeks after hitting the market.“Sales at Cyan have been strong from the outset,” Mr Monahan said. “We reached 60 per cent sales in only four weeks over Christmas during the pre-release period and we didn’t even officially advertise until mid-January.”center_img Cyan at King’s Beach.The report says limited stocks of all property types on the Sunshine Coast will place upward pressure on prices in some areas.Mosaic’s Mr Monahan said the report helped explain Cyan’s popularity with only two apartments left to sell. “We’ve found the market to be extremely receptive to Cyan because of the limited supply of new luxury beachside apartments in this area,” he said.“Mosaic is thrilled that our vast research over an extended period of time into this market has guided us to deliver the right product at the right time to the Sunshine Coast.”Cyan’s two and three-bedroom apartments are priced from $480,000 with project completion expected in January 2018.last_img read more

IRS targets conservative groups – Sounds familiar!

first_imgMay 10 2013 WASHINGTON (AP)The Internal Revenue Service apologized Friday for what it acknowledged was “inappropriate” targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status.IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their exemption applications, said Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups. In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases, she said.The agency — led at the time by a Bush administration appointee — blamed low-level employees, saying no high-level officials were aware. But that wasn’t good enough for Republicans in Congress, who are conducting several investigations and asked for more.“I call on the White House to conduct a transparent, government-wide review aimed at assuring the American people that these thuggish practices are not under way at the IRS or elsewhere in the administration against anyone, regardless of their political views,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.White House spokesman Jay Carney declared it was indeed inappropriate for the IRS to target tea party groups. But he brushed aside questions about whether the White House itself would investigate.http://bigstory.ap.org/article/irs-apologizes-targeting-conservative-groupslast_img read more

Nigeria set to get government ministers

first_imgIt’s taken nearly five months but Nigeria – Africa’s biggest economy, most populous nation and number one oil producer – may get a government this week.Final screening of 36 ministerial nominees is due to take place from Tuesday, ending a lengthy process that has earned President Muhammadu Buhari a less than flattering nickname. Buhari, dubbed “Baba Go Slow” for the time it has taken him to appoint ministers since he took office in May, will then assign the candidates portfolios once they are approved.Since the first names were submitted to parliament on September 30, speculation has been rife about which post goes where. But some appointments look clearer than others.Ibe Kachikwu, the new head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is a virtual certainty to serve as junior oil minister, after Buhari said he will personally oversee the ministry himself.Former army chief Abdulrahman Dambazau is in line for the defence portfolio, which has been dominated for the last six years by the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast.Former Ekiti state governor Kayode Fayemi has been tipped for foreign affairs.last_img read more

Breaking: Emmanuel Dennis claims League title with Brugge

first_img Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One Movie6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Nigeria international Emmanuel Dennis has registered his name among league champions in Belgium after his Club Brugge were crowned Belgium league champions on Thursday. The rampaging effect of the coronavirus forced football authorities in the country to end the season abruptly and declare Brugge who currently lead the league table with 70 points in 29 matches champion. Dennis who made his debut for the Super Eagles on 10 September 2019 in a 2–2 friendly draw against Ukraine it will be recalled came in as late substitute for Samuel Chukwueze. Belgium appear to have broken ranks from the rest of Europe and called an immediate end to the 2019-20 campaign with just one game of the regular season to go before the play-offs, which usually determine the championship winner and the Europa League places. Club Brugge crowned league champions amidst unending covid19 lockdown The Jupiler Pro League’s board of directors voted unanimously for cancellation in a conference call on Thursday and it is expected to be ratified by the general assembly on April 15. Brugge are 15 points clear of Gent in second – who have now claimed a place in next season’s Champions League – and claim their 16th league title. Loading… center_img The league, which comprises 26 teams, usually ends after 30 games before the top six enter a play-off system. ‘The Board of Directors took note of the recommendations of Dr Van Ranst and the government that it is highly unlikely that games with the public will be played before June 30’, the league said in a statement. ‘The current situation also makes it very unclear whether and when a resumption of collective training courses can be foreseen at all. ‘Even if games behind closed doors could theoretically be possible, the additional pressure they place on health and order services should be avoided. Moreover, decisions by local authorities threaten to make a joint course of match days impossible. Read AlsoEuropa: Club Brugge fans regret Dennis’ injury All European football, barring Belarus, has been suspended since last month due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League is set to hold a crisis meeting on Friday where the current comeback date, penciled in for April 30, will be discussed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Other Sports Aussie swimmer Jack vows to clear her name after positive drug test

first_imgMelbourne: Australian relay world-record holder Shayna Jack Sunday revealed the drug she tested positive for was a banned substance that aids muscle mass, while maintaining her innocence and vowing to clear her name. The 20-year-old, part of Australia’s 4x100m freestyle team that set a world record at last year’s Commonwealth Games, failed an out-of-competition test late last month.But it only came to light on Saturday, initially in a media report, before Jack confirmed it. She had returned home days before the start of the world championships in South Korea citing “personal reasons”.The revelation was hugely embarrassing for Australian swimming, coming just days after Olympic champion Mack Horton’s high-profile protest against Chinese rival Sun Yang in Gwangju over salacious claims he smashed vials of blood following a test last year.In an emotional Instagram post on Sunday evening, Jack said she tested positive to Ligandrol, also known as selective androgen receptor modulator, intimating that it can be found in contaminated supplements.”I was in complete shock, asking myself how and why is this happening to me. My brain repeated over and over: ‘I have always checked my substances’, ‘I didn’t do this’, ‘why is this happening to me?’, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong’,” she said.”I didn’t intentionally take this substance; I didn’t even know it was in my system. It just didn’t make any sense, and still doesn’t to this day.” She added that “the day I found out was the day I began my fight to prove my innocence”.Swimming Australia chief executive Leigh Russell Sunday called the test result “bitterly disappointing and embarrassing”.She said she knew of the failed test on June 26, but maintained the governing body was required to keep the details confidential “until such time as either ASADA or the individual athlete release details of an adverse test result” Richard Ings, the former head of the Australian Sports Anti-doping Authority (ASADA), questioned this in a tweet late Saturday and called Jack’s explanation for missing the world championships “an untruth”.In a follow-up tweet Sunday, he added: “If Swimming Australia and ASADA have a policy of not announcing provisional suspensions then they should quickly change it.”Major global sports all announce provisional suspensions. You can’t hide suspended athletes. It always gets out. Transparency is permitted by WADA (World Anti-Doping Authority).” Russell insisted the rules were “very, very clear” and they prevented her from speaking out earlier.”I accept this is a frustrating position… it makes it very tough for national sporting organisations to be transparent,” she said in Melbourne.The Australian team was only told of Jack’s test result on Saturday, and Russell insisted Horton would have taken the same stance even if he had known earlier.”I think that Mack has made a stand for something that he truly believes in,” she said.”And I think actually we have the same stance — we absolutely do not want drugs in our sport.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Ebonyi, Bayelsa are Equatorial Conference Champions

first_imgEbonyi State representative, St. Augustine Seminary, Ezzamgbo, defeated Belary Schools, Yenagoa 31-20 to emerge winner in the male category of the Equatorial conference in a thrilling encounter.In girls’ category played earlier, St Jude’s Girls Secondary School, Amarata, Bayelsa out-dunked Imo State representative, Holy Rosary International School, Owerri, who made it to the finals courtesy of a protest against Cross River 22-5.Nwankwo Samuel from Ebonyi was voted the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the boys’ category, while Bayelsa’s Grace John won the girls’ MVP.Imo and Anambra States won the Fair Play trophy in boys and girls respectively.The wining schools in both the boys and girls category have qualified for the national finals slated for the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos between June 11 and 17.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram NESTLE MILO SCHOOL BASKETBALLKunle AdewaleIt was basketball at its best in the finals of the male category of the Equatorial Conference held at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Enugu State Wednesday.last_img read more