People’s United donates $33,900 to weatherization programs

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, with $14,600 going to Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Inc.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,’‘ state 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.Photo cutline: Left to right: Jan Demers, CVOEO Executive Director, Debra Geraw, Weatherization Crew Member, Christal Bradstreet, People’s United Bank.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. People’s United. 12.8.2011###last_img read more

More Indonesians tolerant of homosexuality, though vast majority still say no: Pew survey

first_imgIn its 2015 report, Pew Research Center ranked Indonesia in third place among countries that highly regard religion, with 97 percent of people in the country saying religion was very important to them.Although the 2019 study showed a slight improvement for Indonesia, its people’s level of acceptance of homosexuality is the second-lowest among other countries surveyed.The nation of 268 million people shared the same spot with Tunisia, where 9 percent also said homosexuality should be accepted. Nigeria is the country with the lowest level of acceptance of homosexuality at 7 percent.Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia — except in conservative Aceh with its strict Islamic laws — however, sentiment against the LGBT community has persisted in the country over the years.The anti-LGBT rhetoric hit a new high in 2016, with an unprecedented flood of inflammatory statements and crackdowns against the minority group. Intimidation and persecution against them still persist to this day.Read also: Recent cases of persecution set back LGBT rights advocacyMeanwhile, in the neighboring country Philippines, 73 percent of respondents agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, according to the study.Countries such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, France and Germany were also placed in the higher ranks with more than 70 percent acceptance for homosexuality.Although majorities in 16 of the 34 surveyed countries in 2019 said homosexuality should be accepted, the think tank’s report showed that the global divide remains.While 94 percent of respondents in Sweden — the country with the highest level of acceptance on the list — agreed on acceptance of homosexuality, only 7 percent in Nigeria shared the same sentiment.”But even with these sharp divides, views are changing in many of the countries that have been surveyed since 2002, when the Center first began asking the question of whether homosexuality should be accepted by society or not on its international surveys,” the report said.In many of the countries surveyed, there have been double-digit increases in acceptance of homosexuality between the 2002 and 2019 studies, including a 21-point increase in South Africa and a 19-point increase in South Korea.Across the 34 countries surveyed, a median of 52 percent agreed that homosexuality should be accepted with 38 percent saying that it should be discouraged.Topics : Public acceptance of homosexuality in Indonesia has improved slightly in the past few years, a recently published study by Pew Research Center suggests, though the level remains low compared with those of other countries.The report — which polled 38,426 respondents across 34 countries from May to October last year — found that only 9 percent of Indonesians agreed that homosexuality should be accepted by society, an increase from only 3 percent in 2013.Most respondents in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country disagreed, with 80 percent of them saying homosexuality should be discouraged. The US-based think tank said it found that public opinion on the acceptance of homosexuality in each society remained sharply divided by country, region and economic development, despite major changes in laws and norms in many countries regarding same-sex marriage and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.Read also: Of coming out and acceptance: LGBT youth seek peace in conservative IndonesiaThe report also suggested that attitudes on the acceptance of homosexuality were shaped by the country where the polled respondents lived, as it found that people in wealthier and more developed economies are “generally more accepting of homosexuality” than those in poorer and less-developed economies.”Religion and its importance in people’s lives also shape opinions in many countries. For example, in some countries, those who are affiliated with a religious group tend to be less accepting of homosexuality than those who are unaffiliated,” Pew Research Center said in its 2019 report,” Political ideology also plays a role in the acceptance of homosexuality.”last_img read more

Lionel Messi Sparkles for Barcelona in 5-1 Rout of Valladolid in La Liga

first_imgBarcelona: Star striker Lionel Messi played a part in all but one of Barcelona’s goals as the hosts pounded Real Valladolid 5-1 to reclaim the lead in La Liga.With 22 points from 10 matches, the reigning champions are two points ahead of Granada and Atletico Madrid reports Efe news.On Tuesday, the Argentine superstar scored a brace and had two assists to bring Valladolid’s undefeated streak to a screeching halt after five matches while extending Barca’s domestic winning run to five.The hosts couldn’t have hoped for a better start as a poor clearance by Valladolid set up an easy goal for Clement Lenglet to make it 1-0 Barcelona.Messi’s first meaningful touch of the night was inauspicious, a hesitant free kick in the 14th minute that visiting goalkeeper Jordi Masip handled with ease.The next sequence saw Valladolid pull level on a goal by Kiko Olivas, who converted Michel’s free-kick thanks to some confusion on the Barcelona backline.Valladolid settled in to protect the draw and managed to stay on terms until the 29th minute when Messi orchestrated a goal by Arturo Vidal to restore the lead for the Catalan club.The 3-1 came just five minutes later, courtesy of a thunderous Messi free-kick from more than 20 yards out.The Barcelona captain went on to force a save from Matip minutes before the break and carried that intensity over to the second half.Messi delivered a perfect ball to Ansu Fati on Barca’s first charge after the re-start, but the side’s budding star failed in the 1v1 with Masip.Valladolid enjoyed a good run of play and the Barcelona faithful at Camp Nou began to grow restless, prompting coach Ernesto Valverde to start making changes, replacing Frenkie de Jong and Fati with Ivan Rakitic and Antoine Griezmann, respectively.But again, it was Messi who provided the magic, beating Masip with a laser-guided half-volley to boost the lead to 4-1 in the 75th minute, two minutes before he assisted on a Luis Suarez goal to complete the rout. (IANS) Also Read: Messi Accuses Some of his Club Members Who don’t Want Neymar BackAlso Watch:BTAD Army Football League 2019-2020last_img read more

Board battle carries day for UW

first_imgEVANSTON, Ill. — Looking to build on the momentum established from the upset-Purdue victory last Sunday, the Wisconsin basketball team took on Northwestern at the Welsh-Ryan Arena Wednesday and proceeded to shoot 38.5 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from beyond the arc.Not exactly a recipe for success when the Badgers were handicapped from the start with UW’s leading rebounder and second leading scorer sidelined indefinitely with a wrist injury.But like so many Bo Ryan coached teams do, Wisconsin found a way to win 60-50 with a combination of tough defense, and more importantly with Leuer’s 6.2 boards a game missing, dominant rebounding.For the game, UW pulled down 38 boards — 15 on the offensive glass — and outscored the Wildcats 17-9 on second chance points. Considering the game ended with a 10-point margin of victory, a +9 point differential on second opportunities may have made all the difference.“[Offensive rebounding] was the key,” Ryan said. “I was hoping nobody would notice so we could try to, like, use that as a weapon…both teams were hustling, bodies were flying into another, the ball got tipped a little bit. We seemed to win what were the little skirmishes a little bit more tonight.”The decisive stretch proved to be the last five minutes when senior guard Trevon Hughes — two for nine shooting at the time — nailed three 3-pointers in a row, with two of them coming from offensive rebounds grabbed by Jordan Taylor.The sophomore Taylor was one of three players who finished with at least three offensive boards, and six different players for UW finished with at least four rebounds.“Someone just told me they got the last 11 rebounds (actually 12) of the game,” NU head coach Bill Carmody said. “They’d miss a shot, rebound, miss a shot, rebound, you know two, three, four rebounds.”“We just had to go out there and rebound tonight, do what we have to do to win,” Taylor added. “Coach always stresses it doesn’t matter [what your size is], it’s not the size of the dog or whatever, I hear it all the time. Whatever it is, size doesn’t matter, you got to show heart.”Seniors shineAt the beginning of the season, much was made of Wisconsin starting its first senior backcourt in four years as a predictor of good things to come.Hughes and shooting guard Jason Bohannon showed why.With the duo on the floor for all 40 minutes, the starting pair combined for 36 points and 12 rebounds, while making the majority of the shots down the stretch. Hughes shot a measly 33 percent from the field, but nailed three shots from beyond the arc to bust the game open and Bohannon seemed to come through with a bucket whenever Wisconsin was in a lull, finishing with 7-of-12 shooting. More impressively for Bohannon, he managed to find soft spots in the zone and connected on six of his seven two-point attempts.“Me and Trevon have been through the ups and downs here,” Bohannon said. “Being that senior backcourt and having all that experience here, we need to motivate our team and not let them lose focus…tonight we did a great job staying focused for all 40.”Carmody did his best Matt Painter impression, praising the guards for their second outstanding game in a row.“I just thought their backcourt played very well,” Carmody said, almost echoing Painter after the Purdue loss. “Bohannon in the first half, we couldn’t keep tabs on him. And then Hughes came through in the last five minutes basically.”last_img read more