ALMOND — A New York State Trooper was sent to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries after his state vehicle was rear-ended by a tractor trailer, according to the New York State Police.Police said the Trooper was stopped along I-86 east bound lane in the Town of Almond to offer traffic control for a disabled camper at 7:25 a.m., Monday.The Troop car had its emergency light activated and was on the shoulder of the roadway providing traffic control for the disabled camper. A Western Star tractor trailer car hauler traveling east bound failed to observe the Troop car and struck the rear side of the car with the rear passenger side of the trailer. The tractor trailer came to rest in the median of I-86. The Trooper was in the vehicle when the collision occurred and was transported to Jones Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.The operator of the tractor trailer was issued multiple traffic tickets including failure to move over for emergency vehicles. NYSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit assisted and put the tractor trailer out of service. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaThe probability of Georgia being directly hit by a hurricane in any given year is low. Regardless, Georgians should prepare just in case. Because when one does hit, it will be devastating, says the state’s climatologist. The Atlantic hurricane season starts June1 and runs to November 30. But tropical systems and the bad weather that comes with them can hit outside of the official season, said David Stooksbury, climatologist and associate professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Get a weather radioThe No. 1 way to stay informed of threatening weather is to have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) radio. A NOAA weather radio sounds an alarm and broadcasts up-to-date details about tornadoes, thunderstorms, flash floods or tropical weather. Make sure you buy one with the Specific Area Message Encoding, or SAME, technology. It can be programmed for particular counties. “You can buy NOAA weather radios at most electronic stores and even some grocery stores,” Stooksbury said. Prepare a survival kitAll Georgians should prepare for stormy weather by assembling an all-hazards kit. As seen with hurricane Katrina, it may take days for help to arrive after a natural or man-made disaster. So, prepare a kit with supplies that will allow you and your family to survive for three to seven days without electricity and clean running water. The most critical supply is at least one gallon of drinking water per person per day for at least three days. More water is needed for cooking and hygiene.Besides water, an all-hazards kit should include nonperishable foods, a hand can opener, first-aid kit, important papers, battery-powered radio, NOAA weather radio, flashlight and extra batteries. A detailed list of recommended contents for an all-hazards kit is available at http://www.ready.gov/america/getakit/index.html. Purchase flood insuranceIt is not only important to have an all-hazards kit, many Georgian’s should look into buying flood insurance, too. “The entire state is vulnerable to impacts from tropical systems,” he said. “While storm surge along the coast and wind damage receive the most attention, inland flooding is a concern statewide, from the coastal plain to the mountains.” Most homeowner insurance policies don’t include flood damage, so it is necessary to purchase an additional policy just to cover these damages. But most policies are fairly inexpensive. Just be sure to purchase a policy at least 30 days before you need it, so it has time to take effect. “Almost any place in south Georgia has a possibility of flooding,” he said. “As we’ve seen this year, heavy rains can flood the lowland piedmont region and cause significant damage.” Don’t forget tornadoesWhile hurricane season is starting, tornado season hasn’t really ended. “Tornadoes are always a risk in Georgia,” Stooksbury said. “While they are more common in the spring and fall, they can occur at any time.” In the event of a tornado, seek shelter in a sturdy building. The lowest level away from windows is the safest place, he said. If one isn’t around, lie down in a ditch or low spot where cars or trees won’t blow on top of you. Don’t stay in a car. “Regardless of where you seek shelter, protect your body, especially your head and neck, from flying debris,” he said. “Use pillows, blankets, coats or whatever you can find to protect yourself.”
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation,By Don Vickers. The school year has begun, and Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) is once again available to provide statewide services to families, new or continuing college students, and adult learners.Saving for College September is College Savings Month ‘ an ideal time for parents, grandparents, or others to open an account in the Vermont Higher Education Investment Plan (VHEIP). VSAC administers this ‘529’ college savings plan on behalf of the state of Vermont.VHEIP offers six investment options, affordable minimum contributions, and state and federal tax benefits. Vermont taxpayers contributing to VHEIP by the end of December can apply for a state income tax credit when filing their 2011 returns.Already a low-fee plan compared with other 529s throughout the country, VHEIP reduced fees on most options two years ago. Fees on the most popular investment option dropped further when overall VHEIP assets hit $150 million earlier this year.Career and College Planning VSAC offers college planning and career exploration information through online resources, a lending library, print publications, and personal assistance.Families can consult our newly updated planning guide for grades 7’12, attend free workshops at schools throughout the state, and visit www.vsacroadmaps.org(link is external) to access timely tips and sign up for e-mail reminders. A separate handbook is available for adults interested in exploring careers and seeking education or training.Our popular College Pathways program, designed for high school sophomores, juniors, and parents but open to any prospective student, will be held at three locations in 2012: March 17 at Saint Michael’s College, March 24 at Castleton State College, and March 31 at Lyndon State College.Our roving Start Where You Are ‘opportunisto’ will continue to visit schools and teen centers throughout the state to encourage all Vermonters ‘ not just those who consider themselves ‘college material’ ‘ to consider education or training beyond high school. Our award-winning companion Web site (www.startwhereyouarevt.org(link is external)) has interactive features for teens and resources for professionals who assist students with career planning.In addition, we invite schools, libraries, and other organizations to embed our ‘widget’ on their Web sites, providing a direct link to frequently updated information from our site.Funding for Education or Training Although VSAC no longer offers new federal education loans, we continue to administer the state grant program for eligible students pursuing full-time, part-time, or non-degree study; about 150 scholarships available to Vermonters; and non-federal student loans. We also service an existing loan portfolio worth $1.9 billion.VSAC has awarded all scholarships for the 2011’12 college year. However, students still in need of grant or loan assistance ‘ or contemplating spring enrollment, rolling admissions schools, or training programs ‘ can visit our Web site to complete necessary applications.Students and families seeking funding for the 2012’13 college year can consult our newly updated paying for college guide and attend one of our presentations, held from late September through early January at high schools throughout Vermont. For dates and times, check our online calendar at www.vsac.org/events(link is external). A condensed version of our paying for college presentation will also be available at www.vsacworkshopsonline.org(link is external).Our revised scholarships booklet for Vermonters will be available online in October, and we encourage students to begin researching scholarships at that time. Families who want a print version can contact VSAC in early November.After January 1, families of students attending college in 2012’13 should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) ‘ required for anyone who wants to be considered for federal grants, loans, and work-study ‘ and the Vermont grant application. VSAC helps families complete these applications at ‘forms nights’ at many high schools.Although VSAC has become a leaner organization in the wake of changes in the federal education loan programs, we remain Vermonters’ comprehensive source of education and career planning assistance. We are pleased to continue serving the mission the state established for us in 1965: to help Vermonters access the information and financing they need to pursue education or training beyond high school.Don Vickers, a resident of Georgia, VT, is the president and CEO of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation.
7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “…it’s important to find and hire passionate people, who genuinely care about the business and its purpose. Purpose is no longer a buzzword. It’s a must-have.” –Richard BransonIn my latest video, I feature an employee that wants to “do so much more.” This is exactly who we want to hire. We want employees that strive for bigger and better things. Richard Branson expands on this same topic in his blog. He stresses the importance of hiring a person whose personality matches the company’s mission versus someone who may simply have a certain skillset.Basically, Branson is saying that you can teach someone with the right personality to perform certain skills, but you cannot teach someone how to have a personality that fits in your organization’s culture.So what does this have to do with my project, Learn to Earn? continue reading »
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » CUNA Immediate access to funds for consumers is increasingly important and real-time payments will help credit unions improve access to funds, CUNA wrote to the House Financial Services Committee Task Force on Financial Technology Thursday. The task force conducted a hearing on real-time payments and CUNA submitted its letter for the record.“Real-time payments will help credit unions provide necessary financial services to their members and improve members access to their funds. Credit unions exist to help their members, but cannot do it alone. Credit unions rely on networks of key vendors to provide service to members and no current vendor is more critical than the Federal Reserve.The letter adds that the CUNA and its members strongly support the Federal Reserve’s decision to develop and operate a real-time payments network, and also support efforts of The Clearing House (TCH) to develop its own real-time payments network.
For more on the coronavirus, click here. ” We’re doing our best to keep our employees and customers safe and healthy in these uncertain times.” (WBNG)- Wegmans recently announced that they have provided gloves for employees. Wegmans said that even though they aren’t making it mandatory for employees to wear gloves, they will provide them for anyone who wants them. Although they haven’t put any measures on checking temperatures when employees clock in, Percassi also said that they are also encouraging for employees to stay home if they aren’t feeling well, so that they can ensure that their employees and customers stay safe and healthy. “We strongly encourage any employee who is not feeling well to stay home from work. We’re following the guidance of the CDC, which recommends that people who are well not wear a facemask. We don’t have a corporate policy regarding the use of gloves. As we adhere to strict food safety guidelines, gloves are always available for employees throughout our store. ” In a press release sent out Wegmans Director of Public Relations Deana Percassi said,
“This first phase of funding to states and tribes takes us closer to our goal of implementing a national animal identification system (NAIS) for all U.S. livestock and poultry animals,” Veneman said on Aug 5. The project aims to create a system to identify farms and other sites exposed to foreign animal diseases. Grants range from $1.2 million (for a tri-national proposal that includes the Navajo and Hopi tribes; Sonora and Chihuahua, Mexico, and Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico) to $50,000 for the Texas-Oklahoma-Osage Nation NAIS project. The $11.64 million is part of $18.8 million budgeted for NAIS this year. The remaining funds are being used for developing the database infrastructure, training at state and federal levels, and launching an education and outreach campaign to improve voluntary cooperation, said Amy Spillman, APHIS spokeswoman. The program is tentatively budgeted at $33 million next year. Aug 11, 2004 (CIDRAP News) Twenty-nine states and tribal projects will receive $11.64 million in federal grants to develop livestock identification and tracking systems, Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has announced. The 29 recent grant recipients can register sites through USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) or other accepted tracking system. Their funded plans call for electronically collecting intra- and interstate animal movement records, integrating data-collection technologies at livestock marketing facilities and processing plants, tracking imported livestock, and electronically gathering animal movement data as livestock are loaded on and off trucks and trailers, according to a USDA news release. See also: Last December’s discovery of a cow in Washington state with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) heightened concerns about animal tracking in part because officials never found all the cattle from her birth herd. The grants come just 3 months after the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it would spend $18.8 million for a national system to help contain animal disease outbreaks. The department’s eventual goal is to be able to identify all animals and premises that have had direct contact with a foreign animal disease or disease of concern within 48 hours of discovery, USDA said. USDA news releasehttp://www.usda.gov/Newsroom/0325.04.html
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“The concept of impact investing is emerging, but, for sovereign funds to have both return objectives and to support economic activity is quite a new development,” O’Callaghan said“We will need to find ways to estimate in advance and monitor the economic impact our investments are having and to report this to the trustees.”The NPRF has been split into two discrete portfolios since the Irish government used its capital to bail out Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland.Since the current government announced its intention to reorientate the discretionary portfolio, still controlled by the NPRF Commission and invested in global equities, fixed income, property, commodities and infrastructure, the fund has been gradually selling off overseas holdings – recently resulting in the sale of €800m in private equity fund holdings and commitments to Lexington Partners.It has already allocated significant capital to projects targeting Ireland, including a €500m commitment to three funds offering assistance to the country’s SMEs and a $100m joint venture with China’s CIC.For more on the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund’s future strategy, see How We Run Our Money in the current issue of IPE The Irish National Pensions Reserve Fund’s (NPRF) imminent reorientation into the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) poses significant challenges, both in the shape of ensuring independent governance and meeting its new dual investment target, the fund’s investment director has said.Eugene O’Callaghan, who since 2010 has overseen the NPRF’s investment activities, said the proposed ISIF would have “no hope” of attracting matching co-investments unless it were able to demonstrate the independence of its governance arrangements.The former executive director of Irish Life Investment Managers told IPE’s How We Run Our Money that the ISIF, to be funded with the €6.8bn currently held within the NPRF’s discretionary portfolio once the Irish government passes the required legislation, would face further hurdles due to its dual investment objectives of encouraging domestic growth while producing positive returns.He said this “double bottom line” would prove a significant challenge.
The Washington Post 16 March 2016Family First Comment: How does gay marriage affect anybody, they ask? Here’s the evidence. It weakens the purpose and important role of marriage, and drives the ‘disassociation of marriage from family life’. Ironically, the survey shows ‘attitudes toward divorce have soured’. It only took 45 years to start seeing sense!Gay marriage? Great. Marriage? Meh.According to findings released Thursday by the federal government, Americans are warming to the idea of same-sex marriage even as they grow more apathetic about the role marriage, of any sort, should play in regulating family and behavior.Newly released data from the National Survey of Family Growth, conducted from 2011 to 2013 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, show a decided increase in support of same-sex adoption and relations, but ambivalence about the sexual mores that once governed marriage.Among women ages 15 to 44, those who agree or strongly agree that same-sex relations are “all right” has increased from 42 percent in 2002 to 60 percent in 2011-13. Men of that age cohort are evenly split on the question — with 49 percent for and 50 percent against — but the numbers are rapidly trending in the same direction.The survey shows an even more striking shift in attitudes over the past decade on whether same-sex couples should have the right to adopt children. While 55 percent of women in 2002 said they were in favor of such a right, that number ballooned to more than 75 percent. Among men, support for same-sex adoption has swelled to 68 percent, up from 47 percent in 2002.Even though marriage is no longer seen as tied to sex and child-rearing, the survey shows attitudes toward divorce have soured. While 47 percent of women and 44 percent of men in 2002 said divorce is “usually the best option” for couples struggling to get by, those numbers have dropped to 38 percent and 39 percent, respectively.Mr. Sprigg speculated that attitudes toward divorce have been shaped by Americans who have grown up in broken households.“People have seen the wreckage of families that have been devastated by divorce and the lie that this is somehow better for adults and their children,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/16/americans-warm-to-gay-marriage-sour-on-marriage-st/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSS