Vermont gets $52 million from US Education Department

first_imgUS Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that more than $52 million is now available for Vermont under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.  This funding will lay the foundation for a generation of education reform and help save hundreds of thousands of teaching jobs at risk of state and local budget cuts. Vermont will be eligible to apply for another $25 million this fall.  Today s funding is being made available per Vermont s successful completion of Part 1 of the State Stabilization Application, which was made available on April 1. To date, Vermont has received nearly $46 million in education stimulus funds representing a combination of funding for Title I, IDEA, Vocational Rehabilitation Grants, Independent Living Grants  and Government Services funds. On April 1st, Vermont received nearly $13 million in Title I funding and more than $14 million in IDEA funding. This represents 50 percent of the Title I and IDEA funding Vermont is eligible for in total. On April 1, Vermont also received $900,000 in Vocational Rehab funds and more than $246,000 in Independent Living funds.  The Recovery Act was designed to meet two critical challenges: rescue the economy from the immediate peril it faces and invest in the building blocks of a strong economy, Secretary Duncan explained. The Recovery Act investments in our students and our schools will have a huge payoff in the years ahead. The $52 million Vermont will receive today is part of the single largest boost in education funding in recent history, said Duncan. The President s leadership and support from Congress have made this historic investment possible. Vermont can now utilize these funds to save jobs and lay the groundwork for a generation of education reform.In order to receive today s funds, Vermont provided assurances that it will collect, publish, analyze and act on basic information regarding the quality of classroom teachers, annual student improvements, college readiness, the effectiveness of state standards and assessments, progress on removing charter caps and interventions in turning around underperforming schools. Vermont is also required by the Department of Education to report the number of jobs saved through Recovery Act funding, the amount of state and local tax increases averted and how funds are used. See Vermont and other state applications for initial funding under the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund Program at http://www.ed.gov/programs/statestabilization/resources.html(link is external).Source: US Dept of Educationlast_img read more

Unbridled Kentucky Taylor County Getaway!

first_imgThis contest is over.Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on May 15, 2015. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before May 15th, 6:00 PM EST 2015. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received.last_img read more

Italian Mafia Leader Arrested in Colombia

first_img Domenico Trimboli, 58, one of Italy’s most wanted mobsters and alleged leader of an important drug trafficking network, was arrested in Colombia, the international police agency Interpol said in a statement on April 26. By Dialogo May 01, 2013 Trimboli, who operated in the Natile di Careri area of Calabria, southern Italy, is suspected to have connections with Italian mafia organization the ‘Ndrangheta. “He is suspected of being one of the leaders of a criminal gang involved in drug trafficking in Italy, as well as the transport of massive amounts of cocaine and hashish,” Interpol reported. center_img Due to information provided by the Italian police, the Colombian police were able to establish a surveillance system that led to the arrest of Trimboli, according to the same source. “Trimboli’s arrest is the result of a joint operation of Interpol’s central offices in Bogotá and Rome. last_img read more

Saddle up the digital marketing monster

first_imgDigital Marketing is a huge, slippery, multi-armed beast, with tentacles reaching out in every direction. But if you can manage to grab hold and hang on, this powerful critter can take you for the ROI ride of a lifetime.But how do you rope this beast? There’s no place to put a saddle!Whoa there, cowboy.First, keep in mind that no one can do it all. You don’t have to tame the Digital Marketing beast all at once.Sure, it’s nice to leverage your efforts with automation, but at the end of the day, Digital Marketing is still hard work; it takes time, money, skill, and creativity.It’s also far too easy to get bogged down in tech talk and get distracted by the flavor of the week, so stay smart and focus your efforts. Check out new options and learn what you can, but don’t head off in a fashionable new direction while other aspects of your digital strategy are half-baked.The following four tips will help you start doing a better job wrangling this beast:Figure out where you are; prioritize and build from thereEvery one of our credit union clients is at a different stage of the digital marketing journey, but no one is starting from zero. Figure out what pieces of the puzzle you already have or can get quickly and build from there.If you’re still missing some digital marketing basics – MCIF, email addresses, permission, social media monitoring, analytics, etc. – your first goal should be filling in the gaps. You should have emails for almost every member, and you need at least basic analytics installed on your website.For example, if you’re sending out an email newsletter, make the most of that list by trying different content and campaigns. Run A/B tests to see which one gets more attention. Compare your newsletter data to the available MCIF data, and experiment with segmenting your lists.If you’re further along, look for gaps in your current tools and strategy. Are there ways to make your life easier, where can you automate more? What campaigns could use better creative? Does your website need an easier-to-use CRM? Budget time and attention, not just money.Max out the tools and relationships you already haveReview what you have, and compare it to what you actually use.We’ve worked with clients that were surprised to learn that they already had a CRM on their site, or a lurking MCIF. So if there are services you’re paying for but not using to their potential, dig in and start making better use of them.To give just one example, if you’re using Mailchimp for email newsletters, did you know they have a pretty spiffy CRM product? You can tag contacts to track, segment and filter as needed. Mailchimp also offers landing pages along with running Google and Facebook ads through their platform. Or if you’re using Constant Contact, they also offer surveys, coupons, and events. Both can be set up with autoresponders, automated drip campaigns, etc., and may just be enough of a CRM to get you started, without breaking your budget.And review your website to make sure you’re getting the most out of what you have. Are you at least adding and tracking landing pages for every promotion? Is it easy for a member/visitor to contact someone at the CU quickly, via phone, form or chat?One of the reasons we build credit union websites on the WordPress platform is that just about every service has a plugin, or needs a simple chunk of code added. Most CU websites could do a lot more, so check in with your website vendor if you aren’t sure.KISS – Keep It Somewhat SimpleWhen figuring out your Digital Marketing strategy, goals, and mix, stay focused on a few main goals at a time, and make sure they’re measurable, achievable, and relevant.This also means you should stick to what you can actually do, and do well. For example, a heavy focus on a complete content marketing strategy takes a ton of quality time to do right. But you can get your feet wet with some basic, achievable SEO goals, track the results over a few months, and use what you learn when building campaigns, blog posts, email marketing, etc.Leave room to experimentAt the same time, you still have to keep your eye on all that exciting shiny new stuff. One of the great strengths of Digital Marketing is the ability to experiment.Make sure you and your marketing and website partners are willing and able to experiment, and put some wiggle room in the time and money budgets for the creative variations needed, setting up and managing A/B testing with your website and email vendors, or for vetting and experimenting with CRM plugins.Pretty soon, you’ll start to figure out the secret of the many-tentacled Digital Marketing Monster – it’s really just a bunch of smaller monsters you can learn to wrangle one at a time! 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: www.cuidiz.com Detailslast_img read more

Facility Solutions: Closing branches

first_imgShould you close branches to optimize network efficiency and reduce delivery cost? Will closing branches undermine your position as a community-focused credit union? Is your digital banking offering sufficient to retain target members and core deposits? Can you still mine markets for loans without a physical presence?Twenty years ago, the answers to these questions were similar for most institutions: Branches were the only solution for growth. Today, credit unions can employ multiple strategies to build and retain target relationships by combining virtual and physical delivery. Branches come in many sizes and types today: 150-square-foot micro branches; 800-square-foot express branches; 1,200- to 1,800-square-foot neighborhood branches or lending centers; 2,500- to 3,500-square-foot community branches; smart ATMs and ITMs, and so on.Branch networks should be analyzed at least every three to five years to understand market changes and to ensure products and services align with your target market segments. This tuning process often uncovers shifts in market dynamics that drive the need to add, close, sell, relocate, downsize or renovate branches to increase productivity and efficiency and deliver the desired member and staff brand experience. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Singaporean to sell half of City’s £200m Lion Plaza

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Standard Life in giant retail bid

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Dodgers’ Dave Roberts has no regrets, but did Astros seize momentum going into Game 3?

first_img Wording of Nelles bill revised You can certainly make that case. The Astros were in danger of falling behind the Dodgers two games to none in this World Series with a loss Wednesday night. Instead they came home from Los Angeles having spit with the Dodgers. And the best offense in baseball during the regular season regained its swagger by rallying against a bullpen that was on a postseason-record scoreless streak and hanging a blown save on Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen.That kind of victory can give a team some serious momentum – right?“If we lost, I would have said no. Since we won, I’d say – absolutely, this will be a big swing,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said with gusto. “It’s 1-1. It doesn’t mean anything is decided. Tomorrow is a huge game. But I’m not sure yesterday wasn’t a huge game or Game 1 wasn’t a huge game or Game 7 in the (ALCS) wasn’t a big game.“We’re coming off one of the most epic baseball games in any of our careers, probably for you guys, too. So that feels good. It will feel good right up to first pitch and then it will be a new game.”It did not feel good to the Dodgers. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged before his team worked out in Houston that “last night hurt.”But Roberts expressed no regrets about his handling of the Dodgers’ pitching in Game 2. Along the way to the 7-6 defeat in 11 innings, Roberts used nine of the 12 pitchers on the Dodgers’ postseason roster.The outcome pushed Roberts’ moves under a microscope. But he didn’t do anything in Game 2 that deviated from the managerial style he has shown in two seasons as manager – including last postseason when he was hailed as a forward thinker when it came to bullpen use.“The way we’ve done things all year long, I know our players understand it, believe in it,” Roberts said. “I know I believe in it. And you just can’t really get caught up in just chasing results, you have to kind of really believe in the process, and I know I do.”He pulled starter Rich Hill after only four innings Wednesday, tipping over the first domino that led to Brandon McCarthy – essentially a non-combatant in the major leagues since July – losing the game in the 11th. But 75 times this season, the Dodgers’ starting pitcher lasted five innings or less.Wednesday’s decision was not about innings or even pitch count (60). The Dodgers have been reluctant to have Hill face a lineup three times. Of the 562 plate appearances against Hill during the regular season, only 107 were batters facing Hill more than twice. In his three postseason starts, Hill has faced just one batter a third time in the same game (Jon Jay in Game 2 of the NLCS).Hill’s short start would have been less highlighted if Ross Stripling and Tony Watson had given Roberts more value. The two combined to throw five pitches and got only two outs.Watson got both of those on one pitch, an inning-ending double play in the sixth. But Roberts had opted not to double-switch when he brought Watson into the game (it would have most likely cost him one of his corner outfielders, Yasiel Puig or Joc Pederson, who homered off Justin Verlander) so the left-hander was done at that point.That meant Roberts had to turn to Stripling – who has been less effective later in the season – to start the seventh with a 3-1 lead. He walked Marwin Gonzalez on four pitches and Roberts went to Brandon Morrow earlier than he would have liked. And when Morrow gave up a leadoff double in the eighth, Roberts went to Jansen.Roberts said Thursday he would make all the same moves again.“That’s what I believe in – when you do things, would you do it over again if you had another opportunity?” Roberts said.“It just didn’t work out. And that’s baseball. That’s a heck of a ballclub over there, and they’re going to keep fighting. I hope we get the opportunity again to have Kenley in the ninth with a one-run lead. Yeah, there’s tough decisions that affect, obviously, the game going forward. But I can’t look back and regret a decision I made.” HOUSTON — Game 2 on Wednesday night was the kind of game you can’t help reliving.“When I was getting off the plane with (Houston Astros veteran Carlos) Beltran, I was talking to him and I was like, ‘What was going through your head when (Jose) Altuve hit that homer?’” Astros third baseman Alex Bregman said Thursday at Minute Maid Park, sounding like Chris Farley interviewing Paul McCartney on “Saturday Night Live” years ago.“He was like, ‘We were going crazy in the dugout.’ Then I was like, ‘What about when (Carlos) Correa hit his? What about when they hit theirs? And they hit their (other homer)?’ We were just going back and forth.“It was an incredible game. It was just fun to be a part of and it gave us a little bit of momentum.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error An equal voice Cal High’s senior project program wows Tomko becomes a Padre Narbonne finds its focus in 2nd half Last bridge victim’s remains are found Help sought in fugitive hunt Related Articles K-Rod likely gone in ’09 LAPD: Film director isn’t at fault in death South Bay retrospective last_img read more

Anders Spinalators are back on top for the first time since 2003

first_imgPace Money:360 SPRINT                  The Dore Enchies                             $   25.00 3RD  PLACE                   SSB Big Bucks                        47:09 2ND PLACE                    The Dore Enchies                    44:43 MOTOCROSS               The Dore Enchies                             $    25.00 9TH PLACE                    Greeno Flameouts                   55:06 CANOE #2                    Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00½ MILE                        Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00 BICYCLE                      Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00 DESERT HIWAY           Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00HORSE RACE               Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00 10TH PLACE                  Galaxie Business Equipment      56:19 SECOND PLACE           The Dore Enchies                             $225.00 MILE #2                       Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00 MILE #1                       Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00center_img CANOE #1                    Anders Spinalators                            $    25.00 by Garrett Wilson, Sumner Newscow — For the first time since 2003 the Anders Spinalators are champions of the Great Race.Anders took the title from defending champions The Dore Enchies Saturday night in South Woods Park.It was the usual Great Race crowd packed with locals and visitors from all over the country. They were treated to a fantastic race along with some beautiful weather. The Dore took the early lead and led through the first 3 legs of the race. Anders would take the lead after the fourth leg and never look back. At one point they led by over 200 yards.Anders would go on to win with a time of 43 minutes and 30 seconds. Almost a minute ahead of the runner ups but 1 minute and 27 seconds behind the 2012 record set by the Commodore.Here are the official standings:Great Race Money Winners: FIRST PLACE               Anders Spinalators                            $325.00 CROSS-COUNTRY        The Dore Enchies                             $    25.00 ¾ MILE                        The Dore Enchies                             $   25.00 4TH PLACE                    Sons of Thunder                     47:255TH PLACE                    Yunker’s Knucklebusters                  49:36 6TH PLACE                    Spencer Speedsters                 51:227TH PLACE                    Black Oak Striders                   51:248TH PLACE                    Axis of Awesome                    52:21 Totals                 Anders Spinalators                               $525.00The Dore Enchies                                    $325.00SSB Big Bucks                                            $125.00Times and placing: The Great Race 2013:1ST PLACE                    Anders Spinalators                   43:30 11TH PLACE          Village Idiots                           58:19Course Record:            Yunker’s Wheat Whackers           44:25(2009) Course Record:            Commodore Enchies                       42:24(2010) New Course Record:     Commodore Enchies                       42:03(2012) Members of the Anders Spinalators are as follows:Captain John Anders (Wellington)Brandyn Willard (Andover)Frank Adelman (Yukon, Oklahoma)Eric Anders (Wellington)Jared Rausch (Haysville)Nick Warnke (Wichita)Duane Spexarth (Wellington)Eric Lightfoot (Andover)Trey Bruton (Meriden)Colton Day (Wellington)Caleb Brill (Conway Springs)Jace Rausch (Wellington)Jason Rausch (Wellington)Chris Wacker (Loveland, Colorado)David Leonard (Miltonvale) THIRD PLACE              SSB Big Bucks                                 $125.00 Close Forgot password? 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Ah, Shucks!

first_imgBy John BurtonKids volunteer at FH Firemen’s Fair for a ticket to rideJoe Perrotto (right), who oversees these fair volunteers, with his recruits.FAIR HAVEN – Getting up early on a hot and humid late August morning to shuck corn may not be everybody’s idea of fun.  But for the kids volunteering their corn-husking talents for the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, it seemed like a lot of fun – and there was a payoff for their labor.“My mom said you can work at the fair and get free (ride and meal) tickets,” 13-year-old Cameron Reed said.“It sounded pretty cool, so I decided to come do it,” offered Jake Robinson, Cameron’s cousin, also 13, who was visiting from Somerset.Cameron and Jake were two of about 10 kids on hand standing over trash cans on Tuesday, Aug. 28. They were pulling ears of corn out of tall sacks and stripping them of their husks and silk so they could be cooked later that day when the crowds arrived at the fire company property at 645 River Road.“I’ve been doing this since, like, third grade,” Cameron said. “It’s not that bad.”This is the second year that borough residents T.J. Sullivan and James Foley, both 12, have offered their help, which includes doing some chores in addition to corn duty, for the annual fair.“I like it,” T.J. said, with James nodding in agreement.They have been attending the fair – which opened Aug. 24 and closes Sept. 1 – most of the evenings, so, they said, it seemed appropriate that they offered their help. It was a decision supported by their parents.The boys also liked the idea of getting those extra tickets.  James said he could get either two free rides and a meal or two meals and a ride with the tickets earned volunteering. He decided he would go for the two rides, probably The Zipper.“Definitely, The Zipper,” jumped in 10-year-old Lily Barnett. “It’s so spinney and fast.”Lily was less enthusiastic about spending her morning shucking corn and doing other chores. “But it’s worth it when I get tickets,” she said.“I like the rides and the boardwalk games,” said William Francis, 9, who was working alongside Jake and Michael Jakub, two brothers who are 11 and 9, respectively. But for William there was another draw beyond the rides and fun at the fair that the other kids all noted as well.  “You get to see your friends here,” he said.“It’s a good way to meet up with friends you haven’t seen over the summer,” T.J. agreed.People who were away for much of the summer, James said, seem to make it a point to return for this end of the season tradition. “Pretty much all of Fair Haven goes.”James also saw another benefit to his volunteering at 8 a.m. “Now, at least when you go back to school,” he said, “it’s not so bad getting up in the morning.”Joe Perrotto, a 20-year veteran of the fire company who was on hand to oversee the kids and their work, is responsible for purchasing and morning organization for the fair. Traditionally, he said, he gets 15 to 30 kids each year to participate and over the years he’s seen many return year after year.“You watch them grow up and the next thing you know, they’re riding the fire truck,” as fire company members, he said. “This is their way to give back.”“Without these kids, we couldn’t do what we do,” he said. “They do the chores to get us going.”It’s not all fun and games either, he admitted. “One of the things with these kids here is they have to put up with me for eight days.”last_img read more