Northern Border Regional Commission announces $1.3 million grant process

first_imgSandy Blitz, the Federal Co-Chair of the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC), announced that a grant award process has been put in place to begin to accept applications for federal assistance. Chairman Blitz stated that “It is our goal to award approximately $1.3 million in grants by September 30, 2010”.The NBRC, created by the Congress, to alleviate economic distress, and to save and create job opportunities throughout a thirty-six county region in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont, became operational on April 29, 2010 upon Mr. Blitz officially assuming his duties. The Commission has responsibility for fourteen counties in New York; six counties in Vermont; four counties in New Hampshire, and twelve counties in Maine. The NBRC is governed by a Board consisting of the Federal Co-Chair and the Governors of the four states.In accordance with the law, priority must be given to those “distressed counties” and “isolated areas of distress” within the thirty six counties. Distress is measured by the extent of negative economic distress factors a county or area suffers. The economic distress measurements include per capita income lower than the national average; unemployment higher than the national average; negative out migration; and poverty rates higher than the national average.Eligible projects must develop the transportation, water, sewer, energy, and telecommunications infrastructure of the region; assist the region in obtaining job skills and employment related education, as well as entrepreneurship, technology and business development; provide basic health care and other public services for those areas that are severely economically distressed and underdeveloped; and to promote resource conservation, tourism, recreation, and preservation of open spaces in a manner consistent with economic development goals; and to promote the development of renewable and alternative energy sources.Mr. Blitz indicated that each state will develop the process to be utilized within their borders, to secure eligible applications that will meet all the criteria of the NBRC, and hopefully be awarded a grant by the Commission. The local development districts will provide technical assistance to prospective grantees. To learn more about the NBRC grant program, and to receive technical assistance, interested parties should contact their Agency of Commerce, or Department of Economic Development, as well as their local development corporation.Source: NBRClast_img read more

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Only 27% of US consumers view their financial institution as a trusted partner

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s no secret that engagement and loyalty increase with trust, but how can community banks and credit unions win that trust in today’s marketplace? In a recent study of one thousand US consumers by GfK and Personetics , only 27% of respondents said that they view their bank as a “Trusted Partner.” Most felt their bank was either simply a “Necessary Utility” (40%) or a “Useful Service” (33%). Only about one quarter of survey participants felt that their bank served as a “Trusted Partner” by offering personalized guidance and support with day-to-day finances.The study found that people who view their financial institution as a Trusted Partner are twice as likely to be promoters of the FI’s brand, and they are four times less likely to defect to another financial institution. Over 60% of them also say they feel gratitude and happiness about their credit union. continue reading »last_img read more

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Danny Fowler follows brother Brendan’s footsteps in Duke lacrosse, football programs

first_imgDanny Fowler was thrilled to be joining his brother Brendan Fowler, just a year after the latter helped Duke lacrosse win the 2013 national championship and received the game’s Most Outstanding Player award in doing so.But what Fowler didn’t know at the time was that he would not only be following his brother into the Duke lacrosse program, but the football one as well.Brendan Fowler, a two-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-American who set the NCAA single-season faceoff record with 339 victories at the X in 2013, played linebacker and special teams for Duke football. Brendan Fowler played both sports in his first three years at Duke, solely lacrosse in his senior year, then wrestled this year as a graduate student.Now his younger brother, a backup goalie, has played in six of the Blue Devils’ eight games after appearing in two games on special teams for the football team this past fall.“Football is in our blood,” Fowler said, “and when I got the chance to put the pads on too, I took it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDuke lacrosse head coach John Danowski said Fowler is the fifth player during the head coach’s eight years at the program to play both sports and he encourages players to do so if they’re capable.While some wonder how talented Fowler would be focusing on one sport, his older brother and Danowski agree that he’s better for it.“Football has given me more confidence and helped me play more aggressively in goal,” Fowler said. “I wouldn’t trade the experiences and skills I’ve gained playing football for anything.”Though Danowski originally recruited Fowler to play lacrosse, the sophomore thought about joining the football team throughout his freshman year. After both of the Fowler brothers returned home last summer, they sat down together to talk about what it was like to play two sports.In between football and lacrosse, Brendan Fowler usually only allowed himself a few days before starting to make the transition between sports. He told Fowler just how hard the commitment would be.“To be a student-athlete and play one D-I sport is a full-time job,” Brendan Fowler said. “To play two, honestly, it’s crazy.”Football requires short bursts of explosive speed and lacrosse requires more constant movement. The adjustment period to get in shape was tough, Brendan Fowler said, and the in-season schedule for either sport left little room for free time to practice the other.A lot of preparation, playbook memorization and depth chart organization occur during spring football practices and Fowler would miss fall lacrosse practices as well. Still, he was undeterred by all of the competitive disadvantages he would face.“With Brendan able to accomplish it through everything,” Fowler said, “it then became a possibility for me.”Coaches of both programs gave Fowler full support behind his decision. Brendan Fowler thinks Fowler is a better athlete than he is and that athleticism helped him hold his own on the lacrosse field and the gridiron.Growing up, Fowler channeled that natural athleticism to keep up with Brendan Fowler and his friends playing lacrosse and football in the Fowlers’ backyard. Brendan Fowler even remembers one occasion his younger brother was in second grade and playing “incredibly well” at goalie for his sixth-grade lacrosse team in a tournament.Fowler said the transition was easier than he thought it would be and Danowski is happy with the contributions from his backup goalie.Even though he never got the chance to step onto the field with Brendan Fowler at Duke, Fowler looks up to his older brother and is honored to follow in his footsteps.“I absolutely see Brendan’s influence on Danny,” Danowski said. “When you look at Brendan Fowler, he’s going to leave Duke with eight varsity letters, four in lacrosse, three in football and one in wrestling. Danny could leave with a similar legacy.” Comments Published on March 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm Contact Liam: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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$5,000 ‘SHOWVIVOR’ RETURNS DEC. 26; POPULAR FREE ONLINE CONTEST FEATURES $2,500 TOP PRIZE & REQUIRES PLAYERS TO TAB ONE IN-THE-MONEY RUNNER PER DAY

first_img                –SHOW STREAK The player that has the longest “show” or no-worse than third place finish streak at the end of the Spring Meet will win the Grand Prize of $2,500. Players are advised that if they fail to make an online selection on a given day, their streak is still alive, but they will not receive credit for days missed.                 –WIN STREAK This carries a $1,000 prize and is intended to reward players who have selected the most consecutive first place finishers. If a player fails to make a selection on a given day, his or her streak may continue, but the player will not receive credit for any days missed.–TOTAL WINS At the conclusion of the Spring Meet, the player with the most total wins will take a $500 prize.TOTAL PLACES This too, carries a prize of $500 and rewards the player that selects the most total places (second place finishes) through both the Winter and Spring meets.WIN PAYOUT At the end of the Spring Meet, the player who has tabbed the highest single day win payout will be awarded a $500 prize.Fans are encouraged to sign up as early as possible at santaanita.com/showvivor, although registration will be available after Dec. 26. Daily online selections must be made no later than 10 prior to first post time each racing day. Please note, special early first post time on opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26, is at 12 noon.                For additional Showvivor details, please visit santaanita.com, or call (626) 574-RACE. ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 18, 2015)–Santa Anita’s popular free online “Showvivor” will again be available to fans everywhere on the track’s opening day, Saturday, Dec. 26. Showvivor will offer participating fans $5,000 in prize money, highlighted by a $2,500 top prize–to be awarded to the longest “show streak” over the course of Santa Anita’s Winter Meet, which concludes on April 10. A new contest will begin in the spring on Thursday, May 5.Showvivor participants are required to select one horse from one race per racing day, and that horse must run no worse than third in order for the player to “Showvive.” If the player’s horse of choice fails to finish 1-2-3, that individual is not eliminated, as he or she may start up a new streak the next racing day. The player with the longest show streak at the conclusion of the Spring Meet will be declared the winner of $2,500.Along with the longest “show streak” there are a total of five separate ways to win, beginning Dec. 26:last_img read more

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Raiders’ Josh Jacobs cleared to practice, may face Jaguars

first_imgALAMEDA — Josh Jacobs walked off the practice field with his teammates Wednesday, which already puts the rookie runner ahead of last week as the Raiders prepare to host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the last game at the Coliseum.Coach Jon Gruden sounded guardedly optimistic that Jacobs, who leads the Raiders with 1,061 yards rushing, would be good to go. He stopped short of confirming an NFL Network report by Ian Rapoport which said an MRI “checked out positively” and that his absence should …last_img read more

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Google Transit Search Gets Smarter

first_imgGoogle Maps has added a new feature: search transit directions by types of transit and time spent outside. Want to take the light rail and not the bus? Willing to take a longer route if it means fewer transfers and time spent outside in the cold? Google will now oblige. More data equals more choices and for Google to have taken the time to index all the more types of public transit is a real service to transit riders. Expect more details in a future announcement from the company, but check out the screenshot below. The new feature is live now.Google Transit launched just over 3 years ago and became a layer overlay option in Google Maps for 50 cities around the world 2 years ago this Friday. 448 cities in total around the world make their information available for Google Transit to search. Many of those cities include listings from multiple agencies, but for all Google’s desire for other people to open their data, the company’s prohibition of automated extraction of data from pages like the list of Transit cities makes it difficult to discern patterns in the service’s global extraction. That’s frustrating. marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Google#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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U.P. ATS arrests Maoist in Bareilly

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad on Wednesday arrested a suspected Maoist who carried a reward of ₹50,000 on his head from outside the Bareilly railway station, a senior police officer said.‘Inputs from activist’The ATS claimed that the suspect, Kheem Singh Bora, was nabbed on the inputs of Manish Srivastava, an activist and professional translator, who, along with his wife Anita Srivastava, was recently arrested from Bhopal for alleged Maoist links.Bora was arrested while travelling to Dhanbad to meet his associates, said Additional Director General, ATS, Aseem Arun.A .315-bore countrymade pistol with five live cartridges, literature (yet to be legally examined), a pen drive and a jungle survival kit, including a folding knife, wire cutter, mosquito repellent cream, lighter, umbrella and a hand fan, were recovered from him, said the police.Bora is allegedly known by several other aliases — Krishna, Prakash, Rajan, Prabhakar and Vijayprahrum.A resident of Almora district of Uttarakhand, Bora was an active member of the banned Maoist Communist Centre of India since 2003 and even participated in a weapons training camp in the forests of Nainital in 2004, the police said.Charges under UAPABora faces four FIRs in Uttarakhand, including sedition, criminal conspiracy and under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. From 1983 to 2003, he was active in various farmers’ and students’ movements before becoming the secretary of the zonal committee of the 3 USAC (Uttar Bihar-Uttar Pradesh-Uttarakhand Special Area Committee) of CPI (Maoist) in 2006.Mr. Arun said Bora’s task was to propagate the Maoist ideology and recruit members from among farmers, youths, students and labourers.Other charges against him include defacing walls in Uttarakhand with writings and posters on prohibition, jobs and migration, as well as his call for boycott of the State Assembly elections in 2012 and Lok Sabha election in 2014.Bhopal arrests The Srivastavas were arrested from their residence in Shahpur area of Bhopal earlier this month. They were accused of living in the city “using false identities and documents”. The police are examining the literature and other materials recovered from them.last_img read more

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Dillinger fighting, but struggling against ‘big boys’ at Ginebra

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOutspoken against Ginebra going to the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Jared Dillinger seems to have bit more than he can chew as Meralco stares at a 0-2 deficit in the championship series.But the Fil-Am forward is man enough to admit that the Bolts, especially the locals, have their work cut out for them after a dismal showing in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Letran slips past St. Benilde to earn Final 4 playoff Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: Brownlee fires 32 as Ginebra draws first blood in PBA FinalsThe 33-year-old acknowledges that the taller and bigger Gin Kings have played a part on intimidating and forcing the Bolts shooters to struggle in the series.“It’s tough. Those guys are 20-30 pounds heavier than me. I’m fighting but they’re big boys over there. It’s not like we don’t know that to begin with, but it wears down on you especially when they post up on you,” he said.But Meralco isn’t just going to roll over and die as Dillinger and company plot their revenge on Game 3 on Wednesday.“We just got to go back and look at the film, keep doing the same routine you got to get some shots up, see the ball going a little bit. No excuses. It’s tough, but we got to adjust and we have to figure it out,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Brownlee, Tenorio shine as Ginebra takes 2-0 Finals lead“Something’s got to happen. Aside from Allen Durham, no one’s shooting that well – Del (de Ocampo), me, Baser (Amer), (Chris) Newsome, Cliff (Hodge). We got to make shots, that’s it. We’re not making our end and it’s tough on AD,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThrough the first two games, Meralco has shot 23 percent from three, down from their average of 37 percent, the league-best, prior to the Finals.Dillinger has also played subpar in the series, where he’s averaging 5.5 points on a 17-percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals while committing two turnovers.last_img read more

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