$25 million in popular Vermont Citizen’s Bonds to go on sale November 16

first_imgInterested Vermont residents and businesses are about to have a limited opportunity to purchase new issue State of Vermont bonds. The State Treasurer’s Office recommends that anyone interested in buying some of the $25 million in soon-to-be available bonds contact a registered broker/dealer well in advance of the November 16 sale date. Previous bond offerings targeted to Vermont investors have sometimes had three times as many orders for the bonds as there were bonds available.These general obligation bonds are part of a ‘Citizen’s Bond’ program developed by the Vermont State Treasurers’ Office. They may be purchased in $1,000 increments and are made available first to Vermont residents and businesses. The bonds’ maturities will range from one to 10 years. Interest rates are estimated to range from 0.25 percent for one-year bonds to 2.25 percent for 10-year bonds, but could be higher or lower depending upon market conditions on November 16. Interest earnings from the bonds are exempt from Vermont state and federal taxes.‘Since we don’t issue a whole lot of debt and our credit is strong, we anticipate a positive response to this bond offering,’ said State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding. ‘I like to emphasize that these bonds are sold without commission or trading mark-up, but from a financial perspective, these bonds are not appropriate for all investors.’The State Treasurer’s Office does not sell the bonds directly and does not endorse any particular broker or dealer. Vermonters may purchase bonds through their broker or dealer, or from one of the firms assisting Vermont with the bond sale. The senior manager is Bank of America Merrill Lynch and selling group firms include: Citi, Edward Jones, Fidelity, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Keegan, Morgan Stanley, RBC, and Rockfleet. Brokers wishing to join the selling group should contact Bank of America Merrill Lynch.The State sells bonds to investors to borrow money to make critical investments in public infrastructure. The money raised by a bond sale funds a wide range of capital purposes, including State building construction and maintenance, health and public safety, and pollution control projects. Vermont bonds are rated Triple-A by Moody’s Investor Service and Fitch Ratings, the highest rating available and Double A+ by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Service. The higher the bond rating, the more creditworthy the rating agency evaluates a bond issuer to be.The preliminary Official Statement for this offering will be available on the State Treasurer’s web site November 10. For a direct link to the bond offering, go to www.BuyBonds.Vermont.gov(link is external). The offering is named: State of Vermont General Obligation Bonds, 2010 Series E (Vermont Citizen Bonds).Under no circumstances should this announcement of bond issuance be considered an offer to sell or a solicitation to offer to buy, nor shall there be any sales of the bonds in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sales would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. The bonds will be offered for sale by means of an Official Statement.Source: Vermont State Treasurer’s Office. 11.4.2010last_img read more

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Carbon tax proposed by leading Republicans

first_imgSeveral veteran Republicans gathered last week to discuss dismantling the Obama administration’s climate policies and replacing them with a carbon tax. The proposed tax would start at $40 per ton and would be returned to all Americans in the form of Social Security check.Economists and climate change scientists have been suggesting a carbon tax for years. The idea could face quite a battle ahead considering President Trump’s plans to ramp up extraction of fossil fuels.A member of the newly formed Climate Leadership Council described aspects of the carbon tax that they hope Republicans and the Trump administration will support:  “It is a good proposal, it’s simple, its conservative, its free market, it’s limited government,” said James Baker in an interview with The Washington Post. Baker served as Secretary of the Treasury under former President Ronald Reagan.The plan has been supported by many respected Republicans, including Mitt Romney and Henry Paulson. A carbon tax as such could give green energies a boost in sales if U.S. industries start to look for other means of power to avoid the tax. The Climate Leadership Council estimate that the average American family could receive $2,000 each year in dividends.Read more here.last_img read more

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Colombian Army Has Detained 187 Gang Members in the Last Month

first_imgBy Dialogo March 08, 2011 The dismantling of the paramilitary groups was carried out without a good plan, those demobilized should be re-trained by the government in a civilian activity, so that they can reintegrate back into society, this is the best example to avoid those schools of thought that operate outside of the law, and thus avert them becoming common criminals or re-grouping into criminal gangs, living the life of a mercenary is the best way to learn how to fall prey to assaults, thefts, kidnappings, the guerilla fighters corrupt their own members and the weapons become an instrument of economic survival and work, there are two roads to take, the civilized or barbaric-with their obvious ignorance of democratic and legal order of things. In Colombia we are seeing this lack of planning with the social reintegration of those given amnesty. The guerilla and para-military myth does not bring about a better future. On the contrary, it has not been a regression to the barbaric past, marked with a disdain for the law, where weapons and spilled blood were the final word, bringing about more ruin and poverty. It is because the guerilla fighters have never been the solution for anything anywhere. Whereas its destructive capacity in all of the areas: economic, moral, ecological, legal; its enormous toll in lives, money, and resources place it at the top in the ruin of a country! And there isn’t an army that can fight a 50 year war without losing its morale and creates problems for the military and civil leadership of a country. A good example is Colombia where there exist problems with abuse, motivated by the desperation of a never ending conflict and paid for by the lives of the army and the farmers and the politicians loot the coffers of the State. In the last month, the Colombian authorities have arrested 187 alleged members of the new criminal gangs made up of drug traffickers and former extreme-right-wing paramilitaries, Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera announced on 5 March. “Up to the present (there have been) 187 arrests, eight individuals who turned themselves in, and the seizure of 1,495 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride, 285 kilos of coca paste, and 31,000 kilos of solid raw materials,” Rivera indicated to reporters. The minister was summarizing the results of Operation Troy, an offensive including 216 armed actions by the Army against these criminal gangs, which are active especially in the Andean country’s north and northwest. In recent years, at least seven of these gangs have been formed in Colombia, where they are active in at least half of the country’s provinces, in what Juan Manuel Santos’s administration considers one of its chief security challenges. In order to confront these gangs, the administration decided in February to make use of the armed forces, and up to now, it has reinforced the police with seven hundred military personnel, in addition to activating naval units to patrol the rivers and coasts. Between 2003 and 2006, Alvaro Uribe’s prior administration moved forward on a process to demobilize around 32,000 extreme-right-wing paramilitaries through the Justice and Peace Act, which granted them favorable treatment in court in exchange for confessing their crimes and making reparation to victims. Nevertheless, thousands of them are now members of these new criminal gangs.last_img read more

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4 things to give up if you want to be a leader

first_imgComplainingBeing a leader means setting a good example for those you’re tasked with managing. That means no matter how often you once aired your grievances with colleagues, the time for complaining is over. Your direct reports want to have confidence that you will steer them toward success. So, no matter how frustrated you are, never forget to maintain your composure.Making excusesA leader is responsible for others and that means it’s time to step up to the plate and take ownership of your actions. No leader is perfect, but an effective manager admits when mistakes are made and shows those they lead that there is always room for growth.Being friendsIt can be a hard transition from being friends with your coworkers to being their leader. Some employees may harbor resentment toward colleagues that are promoted ahead of them. So, it’s time to find that delicate balance between maintaining your friendship and being their superior. You don’t have to totally give up on your personal relationship, but both parties need to understand the dynamic will certainly change.Saying yesWhen your boss asks you to take on a task at work, you usually don’t have a choice in the matter. When you become the boss, you are more in control of what projects you take and decisions that are made. Being a leader means asserting yourself for the betterment of your team, and yourself. Don’t be afraid to say “no” when you don’t agree with what is presented to you. Your team will be grateful that you continue to advocate for their best interest. 80SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

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Open applications for the Golden Goat-Capra d’oro award

first_imgThe Istria County Tourist Board has announced a call for nominations for the already prestigious Golden Goat – Capra d’oro award.Prominent individuals are awarded as well as the best projects or activities in the field of marketing activities in the tourism of Istria, and especially in the field of product improvement and tourist promotion in the categories of events, innovative products, tourist products and visual communications.The call for the annual award of the Istrian Tourist Board traditionally opens on the occasion of the World Tourism Day, and the award is given at a meeting of Istrian tourism workers held at the end of the year. improving the quality of destination promotion and encouraging the introduction of innovations and recognition of the efforts made by participants in the promotion of Istria.More detailed information about the award can be found on the website www.istra.hr/zlatna-kozalast_img read more

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Arsenal and Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano performs transfer U-turn

first_imgArsenal and Man Utd target Dayot Upamecano performs transfer U-turn Coral BarryWednesday 29 Apr 2020 8:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Arsenal and United are tracking the centre-halve (Picture: Getty)Upamecano thinks it is the wrong time in his career to make a big transfer and believes he can continue to improve at Leipzig.The news will be a big blow not only to Bayern, but to Premier League duo Arsenal and United.Arsenal had a bid rejected for Upamecano last summer and Mikel Arteta had reaffirmed the club’s interest in the Frenchman by making him a top target in the new window.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityUnited too are on the hunt for a new centre-back, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to find a defensive partner for Harry Maguire.Upamecano was identified as a cheaper alternative to Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly, who is valued at over £80m by his club.Upamecano’s decision might have something to do with the uncertainty engulfing football at the moment amid the coronavirus pandemic.It is unclear if the summer transfer will open as planned and if leagues across Europe will be able to finish the 2019/20 season.The Netherlands and France have already voided their league campaigns and England and Germany are in danger of being forced to do the same thing due to the health crisis.MORE: Lukas Podolski explains his iconic reaction to Arsenal beating Tottenham at White Hart LaneMORE: Ex-Man Utd and Arsenal star Mikael Silvestre names the toughest opponent of his careerFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Upamecano is highly regarded in Germany (Picture: Getty)Dayot Upamecano has turned down a move to Bayern Munich and will stay with RB Leipzig for at least another year, reports say.The centre-back was reported to have agreed to join Bayern in the next transfer window and the German giants were trying to come to terms with Leipzig over a fee.Upamecano has a £53million release clause and had attracted the interest of Manchester United and Arsenal in recent months. Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveADVERTISEMENTBut after appearing to decide Bayern was the club for him, Sky Germany claim Upamecano has performed a U-turn.Upamecano now plans to snub all offers and is ready to put pen to paper on a new deal at Leipzig.AdvertisementAdvertisementLeipzig intend to extend his contract until 2022, with his current deal scheduled to expire in the summer of 2021.There will be an option inserted into the new contract for Upamecano to jump ship next year, but the 21-year-old is convinced Leipzig is the best place for him at the moment. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Building awards are hitting the regions in the lead up to Qld finals

first_imgMancorp Quality Homes “Island Hideaway”The awards will next head to Toowoomba for the “Downs and District” region, then carry on to a further seven regions before culminating in the Queensland Housing and Construction Awards at Brisbane City Hall on September 29. Mancorp Quality Homes “Island Hideaway”.The guest wing contains four villas each with their own ensuite and kitchenette.Mr Galvin congratulated all 56 winners (view them here) saying the standard this year had been incredible and demonstrated the impeccable talent and expertise of the industry. Mancorp Quality Homes won the 2017 Brisbane House of the Year at the Master Builders Awards, with uninterrupted views of Pumicestone Passage a definite “wow” factor.THE competition is heating up for this years Queensland Housing and Construction Awards in September, as the regional awards sweep the state.Brisbane kicked off the regional awards last Friday with residential accolades going to Plantation Homes and Mancorp Quality Homes. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoPlantation Homes Retreat Nouveau Q1.“Our display homes showcase the quality and inclusions that our customers can expect in their own homes when they build with us, and we’re proud to be recognised for that,” Ms Reilly said.Master Builders Queensland CEO Grant Galvin Plantation Homes should be tremendously proud of the awards as it was a true reflection of their commitment to building quality homes.“Their winning homes are beautiful and multi-functional and designed to suit many budgets, where quality and workmanship is not compromised,” Mr Galvin said. Mancorp Quality Homes won the 2017 Brisbane House of the Year at the Master Builders Awards.With uninterrupted views of Pumicestone Passage the Glasshouse Mountains, the home was set to impress. Plantation Homes Retreat Nouveau Q1.Mancorp Quality Homes won the Brisbane House of the Year for its “Island Hideaway” homewhich spreads over two blocks of land and three levels, giving it the ‘wow’ factor. Plantation Homes Retreat Nouveau Q1.The company’s marketing manager Amanda Reilly said the four awards the building company achieved, were a great testament to the high level of quality and diversity of the homes they offered. Mancorp Quality Homes “Island Hideaway”“The Housing and Construction Awards provide an opportunity to recognise this talent, and it is great that after 30 years, they continue to be sought-after by the state’s top builders and tradespeople.” Plantation Homes Retreat Nouveau Q1 won the President’s Award at the Master Builders Brisbane Housing and Construction Awards 2017.Plantation Homes walked away with a swag of awards, including the Brisbane President’s Award for its Retreat Nouveau Q1, a luxurious family home with its display at Yarrabilba.last_img read more

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The Underwater Centre Placed into Administration

first_imgThe Underwater Centre, located in the Scottish Highlands, has ceased trading and it has been placed into administration, putting 50 jobs at risk.The news comes just months after Underwater Centre completed restructuring to become a not-for-profit company, which has seen support from industry and public bodies.The Underwater Centre provided a notice on its website saying that it “has ceased trading and is not taking any future bookings.”Andrew Baxter, Highland Council’s Lochaber Committee chair has expressed his concerns saying: “I am very disappointed to hear about the situation at the Underwater Centre. This is a world-class facility which is unique in the UK.“Our immediate concerns are for the 50 staff employed at the centre which is one of Fort William’s largest employers, and for the welfare of the students, many of whom are from overseas. The council will be seeking meetings on site to see how we might assist.”The Underwater Centre is a purpose-built subsea training and trials facility based on the shore of Loch Linnhe. The Centre provides year-round training and testing in an open-water environment.last_img read more

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India to fund construction of specialty hospital in Guyana

first_img 16 Views   no discussions Share NewsRegional India to fund construction of specialty hospital in Guyana by: – December 23, 2011 Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Flag of India. Photo credit: celframe.comGEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — Head of the Presidential Secretariat (HPS), Dr Roger Luncheon said on Wednesday that the EXIM Bank of India has approved and made available the funding at concessionary terms for the construction of a specialty hospital at Liliendaal in Guyana. When completed, the hospital will provide services including cardio-related and cosmetic surgeries and organ transplant. Construction is anticipated to commence by the first quarter of 2012.Luncheon said that site preparation, which includes drainage of the land and the provision of the necessary utilities (water, roads, etc.) that are required for the operationalisation of the institution, is a fairly expensive undertaking that was not covered in the financial arrangement between the government of Guyana and the government of India through the EXIM Bank. Last month, the Indian government indicated that its approval of the “soft loan” to fund the construction of this state-of-the-art facility will not only become part of what is being offered within the public health system, but will also allow Guyanese to access the best quality tertiary health care at an affordable cost because government will be entering a partnership with a management group that will deliver those services. In February this year, former President Bharrat Jagdeo and then Minister within the Ministry of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran visited India to finalise the agreement to construct 250-bed hospital.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

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MLB Announces 2020 Regular Season

first_imgPlayers to Report for Training by July 1st Ahead of Baseball’s July 23rd-24th Openers. MLB Plans to Schedule 60-Game Regular Season.Commissioner of Baseball Robert D. Manfred, Jr. announced today that Major League Baseball anticipates beginning its 2020 regular season approximately one month from today, on July 23rd or July 24th.A statement from Reds CEO Bob Castellini. “Amidst a unique and challenging year for the world and our sport, we look forward to getting the 2020 MLB season underway and the return of Reds baseball to Great American Ball Park. We are extremely grateful to our fans for their support, and are excited for this competitive team to take the field.”  The announcement follows confirmation today that the MLB Players Association has accepted the health and safety protocols that will guide MLB’s return to play and that players will be able to report for training by July 1st. The health and safety of players and employees will remain MLB’s foremost priorities in its return to play. MLB is working with a variety of public health experts, infectious disease specialists and technology providers on a comprehensive approach that aims to facilitate a safe return.MLB has submitted a 60-game regular season schedule for review by the Players Association. The proposed schedule will largely feature divisional play, with the remaining portion of each Club’s games against their opposite league’s corresponding geographical division (i.e., East vs. East, Central vs. Central and West vs. West), in order to mitigate travel. The vast majority of Major League Clubs are expected to conduct training at the ballparks in their primary home cities.Commissioner Manfred said: “Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon. We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with Baseball again soon.”last_img read more

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