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

NCUA issues proposal to allow capitalization of interest

first_img The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) Board recently issued a proposed rule that would remove the prohibition on capitalization of interest in connection with loan workouts and modifications. NAFCU’s Regulatory Alerton the proposed rule provides all the details you need to better understand the rule and help us provide useful feedback to NCUA as to whether this rule strikes the correct balance of helpful but not too burdensome. The capitalization of interest is the addition of unpaid interest to the principal balance of a loan. This practice is particularly useful in managing loans in deferment or forbearance, which has been regularly offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. Borrowers are still facing financial hardships as a result of the pandemic that has stretched almost ten months in the United States. Access to viable solutions to address deferred interest will help borrowers and credit unions navigate the uncertain new year ahead.NAFCU has advocated for a capitalization of interest allowance several times this year, including two letters written to NCUA in March and September. The letters, as well as NCUA’s rule release, mention operational concerns and the overly burdensome nature of the restriction. This relief will help credit unions and their members to meet loan obligations during the pandemic and beyond.Current StructureUnder the current loan modification structure, the options for borrowers are limited. Many borrowers may have already been delinquent when their deferment period began under the CARES Act or similar hardship modification. A credit union can seek to recapture the deferred interest in a few ways, each of which has its own flaws for both the borrow and the credit union. This is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA headquarterslast_img read more

Masters Moments: Phil Mickelson’s pine straw magic from 2010 win | Golf News

first_img We take a trip back to the 2010 Masters and Phil Mickelson’s incredible shot from the pine straw during his victory at Augusta National Phil Mickelson won the Green Jacket for a third time in 2010 with a three-shot victory in The Masters at Augusta National. Watch the 2020 contest live from November 12-15 on Sky Sports’ dedicated Masters channel By Sky Sports GolfLast Updated: 07/11/20 6:51am – Advertisement – Get Sky Sports Golf for £10 a month All four days of The Masters exclusively live. Get our £10 golf offer. Find out more here. Although Mickelson would run his eagle try a similar distance past the hole to the initial putt he faced, he made no mistake with the effort coming back to make birdie and extend his advantage.Mickelson added two further birdies over his final four holes to close out a bogey-free 67 and complete a convincing victory, with the win his fourth of five major titles during a distinguished career.Click on the video above to see Mickelson’s magic from the pines! Watch The Masters this November live on Sky Sports, with all four rounds exclusively live on Sky Sports’ Masters channel. Live coverage beings with Featured Groups from 12.30pm on Thursday November 12. – Advertisement – Phil Mickelson has only missed the Masters twice since his debut as an amateur in 1991 Phil Mickelson has only missed the Masters twice since his debut as an amateur in 1991

The “Life in Leggings” march for justice

first_img– a grassroots revolution in the makingBy Jarryl BryanThe “Life in Leggings” march is back. This time around, the event dubbed ‘A march for justice’ is expected to receive support from a number of Government and non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) as organisers hope to challenge abuse in society.Scenes from the 2017 marchOne such organiser is social activist Akola Thompson, who related to this publication that the march is being organised by the Student Society against Human Rights Violations (SAHRV) in collaboration with the Life in Leggings: Caribbean Alliance against Gender-based Violence.It is understood that the March 10 march will begin at 15:00h at Square of the Revolution. The route heads down Brickdam and ends at Stabroek Market Square. A number of organisations have come together to support the march.According to Thompson, these organisations include Help & Shelter, the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA), ASPIRE Youth Network, Guyana Women Miners Association (GWMA), the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD), GuyBow, Guyana Trans United, ChildLink, Red Thread, and the Guyana Karate College.Activist Akola ThompsonIn addition, the President’s Youth Award Republic of Guyana and the University of Guyana Student Society will be involved. She further informed that RED Entertainment is currently assisting the SAHRV to coordinate the march.Thompson also addressed any misconceptions that may surround the march. Stressing that the march is not an exclusionist event but rather can benefit from the input of persons regardless of gender, she described it as making a political statement.“Not political in the sense of governmental politics, but political in the sense of challenging dominant ideas and narratives and mobilising to achieve our collective goals of safety, equality and justice,” Thompson clarified. “This year, our march is one against people in positions of trust and power whose acts constitute violence against women and children.”“When we speak about positions of trust, we are speaking about those teachers, pastors, family members who use their positions to sexually groom and violate. When we speak about those in positions of power, we’re speaking about the employers; we’re talking about the big politicians and their children who use their positions of power to send women to psychiatric institutions with no due process.”She also made it clear that marches against gender-based violence are not only for women. Thompson clarified that the men also have a role to play in coming and standing up in solidarity against injustices.“It’s not only women who are victims of [gender-based violence] GBV. We definitely are the targeted sex but GBV is not something that is specific to sex or gender. Our aim is a safer country for all Guyanese. We all have a part to play.”AdvancesSince last year’s march, a number of specific initiatives targeting GBV have been launched. This includes Women’s Wednesdays Guyana; a platform on social media where Thompson invites guests to address misconceptions about violence and harassment.Topics have ranged from preventing the sexual abuse of minors to effective family planning. Some, however, have questioned whether the programme is on a hiatus. According to Thompson, the programme is currently being revamped and she has high expectations for the programme’s future.“With regards to Women’s Wednesdays Guyana [WWG], I’m currently working out plans to make it more sustainable. It really started as a short experiment and was not meant to be long-term,” she said.“Seeing the overwhelming response and interest in it however, I realised that this was something I would need to continue because it was important. Our hope for WWG in five years’ time is for it to become an informational hub not only to Guyanese but across the Region.”In recent times a website, reportabuse.com was launched to receive reports from victims of abuse who may not want to directly approach the authorities. The website has a form that has to be filled with details such as the names of the victim and perpetrator, as well as the desired outcome.The information is reviewed by the site administrators and forwarded to the relevant authorities; the Child Care and Protection Agency if it is a minor and the Guyana Police Force if it is an adult, for action. According to Thompson, also one of the site’s facilitators, there are plans to add counselling services to the website.“With regards to the website, in five years it will be doing exactly what it is doing. That is, it will still be a reporting system platform where crimes of sexual violence can be reported and forwarded to the relevant agencies and support services through our various partners. In five years, it is the hope that we will have partners in every region to handle cases quickly and efficiently when reports come in.”last_img read more

Russian Ambassador to Guyana tours Banks DIH Limited

first_imgDuring a recent visit to the corporate head office of Banks DIH Limited, Russian Ambassador to Guyana, Alexander Kurmaz and the beverage company’s Chairman and Managing Director, Clifford Reis were engaged in fruitful discussions as they officially met for the first time.From right: Banks Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Reis in discussion with Ambassador Alexander Kurmaz in the Rotunda at Thirst Park as Mrs Kurmaz looks onThe Russian delegation comprised the Ambassador’s wife and third secretary of the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kornilov.Opportunities of mutual benefit were among some of the topics discussed, during a simple lunch attended by the company’s Operations Director Michael Pereira, Human Resources Director Andrew Carto and Engineering Services Director Shabir Hussain.Ambassador Kurmaz was also taken on a guided tour of the company’s rum factory and soft drink plant by the executives.last_img read more

Lionel Messi is the best of the world, would like to play with him: Rivaldo

first_imgRivaldo has joined in the hottest debate that splits the current world of football.Who is better Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi?The Brazilian legend has cast his vote, and it is in favour of  Lionel Messi.  Rivaldo said that Messi is the best footballer in the world and that, he personally, would love to play along side the Argentine.”I would like to play with Messi, it would be amazing. He is the best of the world, the one who makes more differences,” the attacking midfielder who won the La Liga title twice with Barcelona was quoted as saying by goal.com on Tuesday.”I would like to play with Messi, it would be amazing. He is the best of the world, the one who makes more differences,” Rivaldo added.The 45-year-old also said football was far more difficult during his time and the current generation lacks the same level of competition.”In my time there were more players than today challenging for being the best in the world,”I remember Figo, Del Piero or Totti, now you always hear about the same players and I am pretty sure I could challenge with Messi and Ronaldo because football was harder in my times,” said Rivaldo, who has scored 35 goals in 74 appearances for Brazil from 1993 to 2003.last_img read more