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first_imgThe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) recently approved $4.5 million in financing to support economic development projects throughout Vermont.’ ‘This round of Authority approvals included manufacturing, agricultural and small business loans,’ said Jo Bradley, VEDA’s Chief Executive Officer.Approved for financing by the Authority:‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ $810,000 to partially insure a working capital line of credit renewed and extended by Mascoma Savings Bank to’ Vermont Machine Tool Corporation’ in’ Springfield.’ ‘ Vermont Machine Tool has 19 employees, a number expected to grow to 32 within three years of the project;‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ $3.1 Million in financing to Vermont farmers through the Authority’s agricultural loan program, the’ Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC); and‘·’ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Over $640,000 through the Authority’s’ Small Business Loan Program, which assists growing Vermont businesses that are unable to access adequate sources of conventional financing.’  Projects include:o’ ‘ ‘ Hill Farmstead, LLC, Greensboro Bend ‘’ Financing of $350,000 was approved to partially fund a project for the two-phase construction of a new brew house;o’ ‘ ‘ Peter and Jayne Chevalier, St. Albans -’ Financing of $150,248 was approved as part of a $375,620 project to help the Chevaliers purchase a 6,000 square foot building in St. Albans for lease to Chevalier Fire Protection, Inc.;o’ ‘ ‘ Britch & Sons Welding & Fabrication, Inc., Highgate Center -’ Financing of $25,000 was approved as part of a $34,000 project to fund the construction of a garage for use by the Britch & Sons welding and fabrication business; and’ o’ ‘ ‘ Rutland Plywood Corporation, Rutland ‘’ $114,963 was approved as partial financing for a project to increase the company’s log inventory and upgrade electric and hydraulic production systems.About VEDAThe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) is Vermont’s statewide economic development finance lender.’  VEDA was created by the General Assembly in 1974 with a mission ‘to contribute to the creation and retention of quality jobs in Vermont by providing loans and other financialsupport to eligible and qualified Vermont industrial, commercial and agricultural enterprises.’Over the years, VEDA has grown and adapted its financing programs to keep pace with an ever-changing economy.’  VEDA offers a wide range of low-cost lending options for Vermont businesses andfarms of all sizes, and the Authority’s lending solutions are customized to each borrower’s individual needs.’  Whether in the form of direct loans, tax-exempt bond issuance or loan guarantee support, VEDA’s innovative financing programs help ensure that Vermont businesses and farms have the capital they need to grow and succeed.’  VEDA most often lends in conjunction with banks and other financing partners, helping to stimulate economic development activity in Vermont.Since 1974, VEDA has provided over $2.0 billion in financing assistance to thousands of eligible Vermont entrepreneurs, manufacturers, small businesses, family farms, and agricultural enterprises, helping them to realize their business growth goals, create jobs, and enhance the vitality of Vermont’s economy.’  For more information about VEDA, visit’ is external)’ or call 802-828-JOBS.’ VEDA 12.24.2013last_img read more

first_img Related UK multisport events firm Dengie Events has confirmed that Delamode will become the company’s official Logistics Partner for the forthcoming Maldon Triathlon 2013.The Maldon Triathlon 2013 will be taking place on 21 July in in Maldon, Essex. Entries sold out over a month in advance for this popular event; although the organisers note that there are still opportunities to be involved either as a spectator or a marshal.Delamode’s integrated e-commerce fulfilment solutions offer online businesses a complete one-stop-shop e-fulfilment service, including the receipt and storage of goods, through to picking and packing and delivery arrangements for all their online orders.Via courier, pallet, parcel and international networks Delamode can ensure the most suitable distribution approach is utilised. Delamode has extensive experience of dealing with a range of product types and sizes, including cosmetics, toys, printing equipment, books, furniture and fashion garments, to just highlight a few.Dengie Events Race Director Jamie Cooper said of the partnership, “We are thrilled to have Delamode on board for The Maldon Triathlon 2013. Their experience in logistics will really help us take the event to the next level. This partnership will enable us to provide the event quality which our participants and spectators have come to expect from us as we continue to grow. Delamode are passionate about the sport of triathlon and the local community so are a perfect fit for Dengie Events.”Having been awarded the British Triathlon Event Qualitymark, Dengie Events is now getting fully into gear for the Maldon Triathlon having already put on the following events this year:Big East Triathlon – Challenge & Middle Distance – 5 May 2013Tour of the Dengie – Fun Ride & Cyclosportive – 5 May 2013Fambridge Yacht Haven Half Iron Triathlon – Middle Distance – 2 June read more

first_img Fastcase releases free iPhone application for Florida lawyers Fastcase releases free iPhone application for Florida lawyers March 15, 2010 Regular Newscenter_img As part of its 10th anniversary, Fastcase, the Bar’s free legal research provider, has released a searchable legal research iPhone application. Users can run keyword searches and retrieve cases and statutes by citation. To download the free app, go to “Like the Fastcase online library, the new iPhone app aims both to democratize access to the law and to make legal research easier,” Fastcase’s Christina Steinbrecker said. “It is available to all iPhone and iTouch users free of charge.”Steinbrecker said the app is not designed to replace Fastcase’s much more powerful desktop application that is available to Florida Bar members.“The desktop version’s critical basic capabilities like dual-column printing, advanced features such as our Interactive Timeline — the bubbles — and comprehensive customer service are not available on the app,” she said. “Still, the app is by far the best mobile legal research tool available and makes the Fastcase member benefit even more valuable.”Under its contract with the Bar, Fastcase makes Florida Statutes, state Supreme Court decisions, state appellate court rulings, U.S. Supreme Court opinions, Fifth and 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decisions, and Florida administrative law available for free to Bar members. For an additional $195, Bar members can get Fastcase’s complete national database. For more information, visit read more

first_imgHardin performs well in first game after suspensionThe sophomore had an interception in his first game back. Jack WhiteOctober 13, 2016Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers got the help they needed in their defensive back core from sophomore KiAnte Hardin last game.The cornerback had seven total tackles and an interception in last week’s game against Iowa. “You’ve got him and [Jalen Myrick] that secured the corners a little bit more and let us play some people in the inside,” said head coach Tracy Claeys. “There’s no question: he’s a good player and competitive, and the return game – he had a big return for us also in special teams, so it was good to have him back.”Before the Iowa game, Hardin had only played in one game this season as he was serving a suspension for violating team rules.The sophomore marked his return in a big way.“[Hardin is]a really good player, so yeah, it makes a huge difference … getting him back was a huge deal,” said defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel.Penn State redshirt sophomore Trace McSorley threw for 335 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions against the Gophers, one game before Hardin was reinstated. Iowa quarterback C.J. Beathard struggled to put up numbers similar to McSorley’s stats when Hardin was playing. Beathard had 142 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. “Defensively, we did a good job keeping them out of the end zone in the first half and getting them off the field when we needed to,” said redshirt senior linebacker Nick Rallis. Hardin is a solid addition to a defensive back core that has struggled this season. Opposing quarterbacks threw for nine touchdown passes and one interception before Hardin came back into the lineup for the Iowa.Sawvel compared Hardin’s game to NFL cornerback and former Minnesota player Briean Boddy-Calhoun.“[Hardin] is very much like Briean. [Hardin] is really slick,” Sawvel said. “He’s got great ball skills. He can judge a ball real well. He can track it really well. He has a unique playmaking to him.” Redshirt freshman Ray Buford is also back from the same suspension. They both saw action against the Hawkeyes and the defense had a season high in turnovers.Sawvel said having Hardin back helps the defense be more complete.“When you get [Hardin] back, now you’ve got two good corners out there at the same time all the time, and that’s the foundation,” Sawvel said.The Gophers will have every defensive back healthy for the Maryland game. Minnesota will have to come up with stops from Hardin and the other defensive backs if the team wants to stop the two-game losing streak. “This is the first time since … the first game that we’ve really had more of our depth at corner like we hoped to,” Sawvel said.last_img read more

first_imgPeters and May has developed the protector in partnership with UK-based cargo protection product manufacturer Chok-A-Block.Angus Bruce Jones, Peters and May managing director, says: “Felting is widely used to protect the gel-coat during shipping and we will continue to use this proven method underneath the straps close to the cleats. The plastic gel-coat protector has been designed to keep the straps clear of the gel-coat as well as a preventative measure against the straps vibrating in high winds or rough conditions.”Peters and May annually moves around 8,000 yachts and small boats throughout the world for many of the world’s leading boat builders including Correct Craft, Gulf Craft, Larson Boats, Sunseeker and Viking Yacht Company.last_img

first_imgFiremen and the SAPS also made special appearances.Jay Douwes, CEO of Cape Town Carnival, said: “After the success of last year, we were aiming to make this year’s carnival bigger and better. “A goal we achieved with flying colours. Anticipation was high and there were more spectators than ever before – testament that the city loves this event as much as we do. It was a beautiful Cape evening and the Fan Walk was the perfect setting to celebrate both our diversity and unity.”Artistic director of the Bridgetown Theatre Company, Theo Davids, said participating in the carnival was an amazing experience.“One of the ladies in the team who lives in Heideveld said that the experience was life changing because she was trapped behind closed doors everyday in her community due to the gang violence in the area. It was life changing for her to do something like that. Our youth members felt very inspired and motivated to carry on going forward,” Mr Davids said. 1 of 5last_img read more

first_imgThe Crown Prosecution Service heads the ‘most attractive employers’ list for people studying law this year, according to a survey of almost 3,000 law students.It was closely followed by Google, Clifford Chance, Slaughter and May, and Allen & Overy, according to marketing agency Universum.The Civil Service, the BBC and Apple proved more popular than the majority of major law firms, including Linklaters and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, which were number nine and number 18 respectively.Meanwhile, the armed forces came in at number 34 and Oxfam was number 44.According to Universum, the 39,900 UK students who were surveyed – including the 3,000 law students – expect a monthly salary of £2,271 (£27,252 a year) and their top career goals included a work/life balance, having job security and serving a greater good.Out of these students, 11% said they would choose a career in legal services. Health care services proved most popular, with almost 20% of students saying they would like to work in that industry.Max Hill, director of public prosecutions said: ‘The CPS offers uniquely challenging and varied work, the freedom to use personal judgement and experience as well as the chance to have a very real impact on society. We have 44 new trainee solicitors and pupil barristers scheduled to start with CPS in November 2019.’last_img read more

first_imgThe employment tribunal has declined to change its compensation award made to a solicitor who claimed age discrimination when he was turned down for a job.Raymond Levy submitted that he should receive more after successfully arguing at a previous hearing he suffered age discrimination after failing to pass an interview with north west firm McHale Legal. The firm also contested the tribunal’s original decision and asked for the award to be brought down.Employment Judge Langridge, sitting earlier this month, found no reasonable prospect of the original decisions being varied or revoked, saying the parties’ arguments amounted to a repetition of points previously aired during earlier.Earlier this year, the Manchester employment tribunal awarded Levy almost £12,000 compensation in total for loss of earnings, injury to feelings and in aggravated damages. The claim was limited to whether Levy was not offered a position after interview as a senior solicitor because of his age.The firm had said it decided against making a senior hire, and also referred to Levy making what it described as a discriminatory joke about his interviewer’s Russian nationality. But the tribunal ruled the firm directly discriminated against Levy by not offering him the role of a commercial property solicitor, and that this decision was taken because of his age.Both Levy and the firm applied for reconsideration of the remedy judgment, while the firm also sought to have aspects of the liability judgment reconsidered following receipt of written reasons.Levy submitted that the £6,000 award for aggravated damages was too low and should be increased to £10,000. He also wanted an increase in his compensation by another £3,000 to reflect the ‘potential stigma’ in the marketplace of having the tribunal’s original judgment available to prospective employers.The firm said that the tribunal had misinterpreted the facts and maintained that it would never have employed Levy at all, disagreeing on connections made between salary, experience and age. It was submitted the tribunal ignored aspects of Levy’s own behaviour, including a threat by him to report the firm to the SRA for non-compliance with directions.last_img read more

first_imgYou’re busy – milking cows, managing employees, making hay. In our regular conversations with our team of editorial advisers, we learned they not only wanted a recap of dairy news, but they were seeking brief insights into how that news might impact their dairy business going forward. Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave With that in mind, Progressive Dairyman is launching this column: “What happened? What’s next?” In recognition of your time, we’ll attempt to summarize recent events or actions making dairy headlines and reported in our weekly digital newsletter, Progressive Dairyman Extra.advertisementadvertisementThen, we’ll seek out experts and sources putting that news into perspective and, most importantly, briefly describe how it might affect you.Interest ratesWhat happened?The Federal Reserve raised its benchmark short-term interest rate in June. It was the seventh increase since 2015 and brings the Fed’s benchmark rate to a range of 1.75 to 2 percent. The last time the rate topped 2 percent was in late-summer 2008.What’s next?Perhaps even more importantly, the Federal Reserve signaled two additional rate increases were on the way this year, with three more rate hikes possible in 2019.advertisementWhat does this mean for the agricultural sector and borrowers? In short, higher interest rates put pressure on margins as interest expense increases.For a dairy producer with $5,000 debt per cow, every quarter-point rate increase means an additional $12.50 per cow of added interest expense per year. Said another way, if rates rise by 1 percent (or four moves of the current pace of a quarter-point), the same producer would have an extra $50 per cow per year of increased interest cost.There are many headwinds facing dairy and agricultural producers – trade issues, milk prices, feed prices and interest rates. Managing expenses and protecting milk prices continue to be important components to navigating the current environment.—Sam Miller, managing director, group head, agricultural banking, BMO Harris BankFluid milk consumptionWhat happened?April 2018 sales of conventional and organic fluid milk were steady with year-earlier levels, halting – at least for a month – a lengthy and ongoing downward trend. Total U.S. packaged fluid milk sales were estimated at 3.9 billion pounds for the month, up 0.4 percent from April 2017.advertisementU.S. sales of conventional products totaled 3.6 billion pounds, up 0.2 percent from the previous year, while sales of organic products, at 211 million pounds, were up 4.9 percent. Organic represented nearly 5.5 percent of total sales for the month.What’s next?In the years ahead, the market for plant-based milk alternatives will continue to grow, though it will be at a slower rate than in recent history. The segment is maturing, and new entrants over time will increasingly be competing to take share from almond milk rather than from cow’s milk.Meanwhile, the decline in cow’s milk consumption will continue, but the rate of decrease will slow as premium products capture attention from consumers who would otherwise switch to plant-based milks or may consume both.Although it slowed somewhat in 2017, demand for organic milk had experienced strong growth over the past several years. Ultra-filtered milk brand “fairlife” milk has experienced stronger growth than the combined plant-based sector since its introduction in 2015. Whole and flavored milks are also bucking the downward trend.As cow’s milk segments into new offerings, the efficiencies of traditional large-scale supply chains will be challenged to work with smaller volumes of a wider variety of more specialized products. Additionally, marketing costs and slotting fees at grocery stores will increase across the board and pressure the already low-margin traditional milk business.—Ben Laine, senior economist, CoBank, writing in the June CoBank Knowledge Exchange, “Competition is Reshaping the Milk Business.”California FMMOWhat happened?California producers voted to join the Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) system.What’s next?The USDA has begun to put in place the machinery to implement the California FMMO starting on Nov. 1, 2018. That means they will announce advanced milk prices that will be enforced on California processors for Class I and Class II milk on Oct. 17, 2018.It means the California state order officials are in the process of wrapping up their responsibilities for milk pricing enforcement and putting in place the mechanism to administer the Quota Implementation Plan.It means the Producer Security Trust Fund board is having discussions about what will be necessary to transition this program from its current status and practice as part of the state system to a state program operating in an order controlled by federal law with some very different rules.The California Dairy Council is discussing what steps need to be taken to modify its state order funding mechanism to allow it to continue after the state order disappears. So there are details to take care of.On the producer side, where you sell your milk has always been important, but in an FMMO, the rules change and different handlers will make different choices: location matters; Class I usage matters; transportation costs matter. As a result of these factors, how cooperatives decide to pay their producers may change. So between now and November, producers need to be asking questions of their handlers.The handlers, too, both cooperative and proprietary, are trying to figure out how they fit into what will be a different milk marketing environment than what California has had for the past 40 years. Every day, over 2,000 truckloads of milk are produced on California’s dairy farms. Every day, those 2,000 trucks need to be delivered to a buyer efficiently and, hopefully, profitably.Our cooperatives are responsible for managing much of this. However, this challenge is really no different than what happens in all the other FMMOs in the country; it’s just new for the California industry – so we need to be diligent but patient and also recognize we need to be adaptable because it’s pretty certain we won’t get it exactly right the first time.—Geoffrey Vandenheuvel, director of regulatory and economic affairs, California Milk Producers Council  last_img read more

first_imgFree-agent shooting guard J.R. Smith was in attendance at Thursday night’s Cleveland Indians game, enjoying the night in a dugout suite, rocking a Tribe hat.Does this mean Smith is close to signing a deal with the Cavs?Training camp is right around the corner and it wouldn’t make sense for Smith to be in town unless there was at least a hope of reaching an agreement soon. Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games. Related Topicscenter_img Matt Medleylast_img