NeighborWorks America awards five Vermont grants for nearly $1.5 million

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Five Vermont organizations are getting nearly $1.5 million in grants to revitalize communities and support access to affordable housing across Vermont, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont) announced Wednesday. These funds mark the first round of FY17 federal grants awarded by NeighborWorks America, now being released after the passage of a federal appropriations bill on May 4, 2017. NeighborWorks is a national nonprofit organization that supports 245 local community development organizations throughout the United States. NeighborWorks America awarded five grants to Vermont’s affiliates, totaling $1,489,334.Champlain Housing Trust—$495,333  Downstreet Housing and Community Development—$237,000NeighborWorks of Western Vermont—$281,667RuralEdge—$179,667Windham & Windsor Housing Trust—$295,667This is the first of two rounds of funding.  The second round will be announced later this year and will provide competitive grants to organizations to collaborate on localized, strategic investments.In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said:  “Vermont, like the rest of the country, faces an extreme shortage of affordable housing.  These investments will help Vermont’s NeighborWorks affiliates invest where our communities need it most, in homes for seniors, working parents, and first time homebuyers looking to realize the American Dream.  We have traveled throughout the state and heard for years the significant impact that our NeighborWorks partners have on families.  These funds ensure that NeighborWorks has the tools it needs to continue helping hardworking Vermonters, and we pledge to work to protect these funds for the next fiscal year.”Eileen Peltier, Executive Director of Downstreet Housing & Community Development in Barre added, “The increased support from NWA is deeply appreciated. With these funds we will be able to continue the work of helping families find a place to call home and supporting communities to become more resilient. When so much support to vulnerable families is at risk, we are committed to using these funds  wisely and in support of homes for all.”As Vice Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Leahy ensured that the bipartisan appropriations bill to fund the government through the rest of fiscal year 2017 included $140 million for NeighborWorks partners across the country. The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposes to eliminate funding for NeighborWorks America. Funding from NeighborWorks has helped thousands of Vermonters to access homeownership and move out of poverty through financial counseling, home loan assistance, affordable repairs and weatherization, and emergency housing for those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Several recipient organizations, including RuralEdge, located in the Northeast Kingdom, have successfully created revolving loan funds, designed to assist low-income homeowners in making necessary health, safety, and accessibility repairs that will improve their quality of living by providing them with a low-interest loan. Source: WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, May 17, 2017) — Delegation. PHOTO: Downstreet Housing and Community Development apartments, Barrelast_img read more

Panama Canal New Locks Project: Positions Remain Apart

first_imgThe Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reported that despite efforts to agree with Grupo Unidos por el Canal, S.A. (GUPC) to resume work on the new locks project, positions between the parties remain apart.The ACP considered this week critical to make a decision in order for the construction to restart as soon as possible. This was informed to the contractor’s representatives.Yesterday, the ACP and the CEO of the companies comprising GUPC (Sacyr Vallehermoso, S.A (Spain), Impregilo, S.p.A. (Italy), Jan de Nul Group and Constructora Urbana, S.A. (CUSA) (Panama)) held a telephone conference call where they reviewed main points such as delivery times for the gates and how the remainder of the project is to be completed. Since not all the points were evaluated, the parties agreed to resume talks today.Although last week the parties seem to have come to an agreement on certain components during the talks, there were serious disagreements at the time of putting it in writing.The ACP insisted that work on the new locks resumes immediately through its proposal that each party contribute $100 million, while a definite agreement is reached.[mappress]Press Release, February 19, 2014last_img read more

It doesn’t add up

first_imgStay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community To continue enjoying, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

The Indians Starting Rotation is on Fire, Is it Enough to Get Them to the World Series?

first_img Matt Loede The year was 1995, and the entire city of Cleveland had ‘Indians fever’ – the excitement was over a team that was clubbing their opposition to death with an offense that was the best the city had ever seen.Kenny Lofton, Eddie Murray, Paul Sorrento, Albert Belle, Jim Thome, Manny Ramirez, Omar Vizquel, Sandy Alomar and on and on – players that at a moments notice could do damage to any pitcher in baseball.Until the end of October.That season the Indians met up with the Atlanta Braves in the World Series, a team that was the bridesmaid several times already, but that boasted one of the best, if not the best rotation in the Majors.Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, Tom Glavine – those three pitchers combined to 47-16 in the regular season, and they froze the Indians bats in winning the World Series four games to two.Fast forward 23 years later, and now it’s the Indians who are boasting number-wise the best rotation in baseball.Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Mike Clevinger, Trevor Bauer and rookie Shane Bieber have combined to go 58-27, and have a combined ERA of 3.18.Even with Bauer on the 10-day DL, the Indians are a dangerous team when it comes to that rotation, and when things get tight in October, can this teams’ rotation do enough to pull a repeat of the very team that beat them 23 years ago in 1995?No doubt about it.Heading into play Sunday, the teams starters over the last 25 games had a mark of 13-5 with a 2.55 ERA, putting up 9.8 strikeouts per game and a WHIP of 1.08.They are on a roll.Here’s a look at what these guys have done in 2018, and a bit of a peek ahead at how they might perform in October when it’s all on the line in the postseason. Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoCorey KluberIndiansMike ClevingerMLBTrevor Bauer Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more

Kobe Bryant says he would kneel during national anthem if he were still playing

first_imgPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Former Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant would choose to kneel during the national anthem, if he were still active, Bryant has said.Appearing on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, Bryant was asked how he would handle the anthem during a rapid-fire segment. The five-time NBA champion responded simply “kneel.”The question comes after President Donald Trump criticized NFL players for choosing to kneel in protest of injustice in the United States. Bryant was also asked what he would say to the commander in chief, if he could speak directly to him right now. “Focus on serving, not leading,” Bryant said.The Lakers have decided to lock arms during the national anthem, something they have done for their first three preseason games. “We are in this together,” head coach Luke Walton said. “I think they chose to show that we are united in this and that obviously they have a ton of respect…well, I will let them speak for themselves, but I have a ton of respect for the country, the flag, the military.”Bryant, an 18-time All-Star in 20 seasons with the Lakers, will have both of his jersey numbers (8 and 24) retired at halftime of the team’s December 18 game against the Golden State Warriors. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more