Panel opens door to disabilities discussion

first_imgThe numbers can be staggering: In 2010, it was reported by the U.S. Census Bureau that about 56.7 million people — or 19 percent of the population — had a disability, with more than half of them classifying the disability as “severe.” In fact, people with disabilities are America’s largest minority group.To address these growing numbers and concerns about disabilities, Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Human Resources recently organized a community discussion titled “Working with People with Disabilities: What Happens After You Say Hello?”“This spectrum of diversity is one that is often viewed in a one-dimensional manner,” said Andrea Kelton-Harris, FAS senior human resources consultant. “My goal was to expose our staff and faculty to the many dimensions of this group of individuals and help them build practical awareness that will be useful to them in both their professional and personal lives.”“Health is a temporary state,” said panelist Michele Clopper, assistant director of University Disability Services. People with disabilities are among the only minority group that anyone can become a member of at any time.Panelist Kevin G. McGuire, chairman and CEO of McGuire Associates, is one such example. Hit by a drunk driver at age 7, McGuire is now in a wheelchair.“Nobody ever plans to become a person with disabilities,” said panelist Jonathan G. O’Dell, assistive technology and training manager for the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. At 10 years old, O’Dell contracted meningitis, which led to rapid hearing loss. “I feel the loss,” he said. “I had my hearing before that illness.”Clopper pointed out that a 2008 law expanded the definition of disability as anything that substantially limits one’s ability to engage in a major life activity. With that in mind, she said her office is equipped to provide leadership and guidance not to only comply with laws, but to make sure that members of the Harvard community receive the kind of support that will help them succeed.“I wanted this discussion to share information about internal resources that exist at Harvard to help managers and staff when facing issues of disability,” Kelton-Harris said. “The panelists were engaging, shared useful information and advice, and provided a foundation of learning upon which those in attendance can build more awareness of the many ways that exist to interact with and support people with disabilities,” she concluded.To learn more about the services provided at Harvard, visit the Harvard University Disability Services website.last_img read more

VEDA may have additional tax-exempt bond capacity, large projects sought

first_imgThe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) has announced that additional tax-exempt bond issuance capacity may be available under the Recovery Zone Facility Bond (RZFB) Program, created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the Stimulus Act), enacted by Congress in 2009.“Thus far, VEDA has preliminarily committed all of Vermont’s $135 million in special tax-exempt bonding capacity under the Stimulus Act,” said VEDA Chief Executive Officer Jo Bradley.  “However, there is no guarantee that every project approved earlier this year will succeed in finalizing all project details before the December 31, 2010 bond commitment deadline.  Therefore, since it is vitally important that Vermont make the best and highest use of every dollar in tax-exempt bond issuance capacity allotted by the federal government, VEDA is inviting additional proposals, in case excess bonding capacity suddenly becomes available.” Financing a project with tax-exempt bonds enables borrowers to make needed investments at the lowest possible cost, borrowing at a lower-than-normal interest rate.  This financing vehicle is appropriate for larger projects, involving capital assets.  Project funds may be used for the acquisition of machinery and equipment, the construction of new facilities, and in some cases, the purchase and renovation of existing real estate. Projects should total at least $2 million to make this type of financing cost effective for borrowers. Refinancing and working capital are not eligible uses.All of Vermont was designated a Recovery Zone by Governor James Douglas, so eligible and qualified projects may be located anywhere in the state.  A qualified business is any trade or business (including some non-profits), except those engaged in the rental of residential property and certain other prohibited facilities such as golf courses, country clubs, gambling facilities and liquor stores.All applications for RZFB financing must be reviewed and approved by the VEDA Board.  This review is a two step process.  First, preliminary approval (Inducement) must be granted before any significant project expenditures are incurred.  The most qualified applicants will have their proposals presented to the VEDA Board for Inducement approval.  VEDA acts as a conduit issuer for RZFBs, and neither VEDA nor the State of Vermont guarantees payment of the RZFBs.  The ability to sell these bonds is based solely on the creditworthiness of the borrower.  Borrowing terms such as interest rate, amortization, collateral and required equity contribution are negotiated on a case-by-case basis between the borrower and the bond purchaser. Recovery Zone Facility Bond inducement applications may be downloaded from the VEDA website (www.veda.org/RZFB(link is external) ), or obtained from VEDA’s office by calling (802) 828-5627.  For more information about the program, businesses may contact any of VEDA’s Commercial Loan Officers at (802) 828-5627.VEDA’s mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises.  Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.5 billion. Source: VEDA. 8.30.2010-30-last_img read more

Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon decides to run for re-election

first_imgSincerely,TomThomas M. Salmon CPAVermont State Auditor Salmon said in considering his optionis that he reflected on the daunting task facing Vermonters in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene and the enormous task of reconstruction and rebuilding. In addition to other demands for overall stability, he said he firmly believes that he must serve Vermont in a capacity aligned with the overall mission of strengthening Vermont in every way and as quickly as possible. I was inspired to enter public life after seeing first-hand the effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as a Navy (Seabee) reservist. That experience pointed out to me the importance of an effective government. During the past six months, I have talked with hundreds of Vermonters and consulted with my family about how I can best serve the state of Vermont in the coming years. I have examined a number of options, but the impact of Irene on Vermont helped me to understand that the best way for me to serve Vermont is to continue as state auditor.   He said a formal announcement will come at a later date.  Letter from State Auditor Tom Salmon to Vermonters While this may take a long time, Salmon said he is willing to commit his services to the people of Vermont and believes that he and his staff can make a difference. Dear Vermonters, I am very optimistic about Vermont’s future. During this recent crisis, Vermonters have demonstrated that they are resourceful, hardworking, and the best neighbors you can have. I look forward to continuing to serve Vermont in the future as state auditor. Today, as I look at Vermont in the wake of Hurricane Irene, I see Vermonters, already struggling with the burdens of a slow moving economy, knocked off their feet by the devastation of Irene. I see town governments and the state government working hard to make both emergency and long-term repairs to Vermont’s infrastructure. I see Vermonters working together to rebuild and to improve their lives and the lives of their neighbors. September 23, 2011 I am passionate about improving government performance and improving the relationship among federal, state, and local governments. These relationships will all be critical to improving the quality of life for all Vermonters in the coming months and years. My office and I are working closely with state and local officials, as well as the Office of the Inspector General on recovery oversight and FEMA requirements. We will continue our ongoing work with towns and state government to improve government performance, transparency and accountability to the people of Vermont. Vermont State Auditor Tom Salmon today announced that he will run for re-election. Salmon had been considering, or been considered for, several other statewide offices. The Republican from St Johnsbury had been linked to possible runs for governor, Congress and US Senate. It was generally thought that the GOP office-seekers would wait for former Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie to decide his future political plans before making their moves. Dubie lost the governship narrowly to Peter Shumlin last year. Dubie has yet to annouce his intentions.Salmon, son of former Democratic Governor Tom Salmon, said he initially decided to run for auditor in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He said he believed that government could do a lot better at coordinating, collaborating and solving public problems with improved intergovernmental strategy and communication. After being elected twice as a Democrat, he switched to the Republican Party and was again re-elected as auditor last year. As state auditor, I know I can play an important role in rebuilding Vermont after the tragedy of Irene and the effects of the long recession. I am proud to have served two terms as state auditor and I’m grateful for the talented and dedicated staff I have working with me. The auditor recently testified Washington, DC, to the president’s Office of Management and Budget and has been working closely with the Office of the Inspector General regarding recovery oversight and FEMA requirements. He said he is passionate about improving government performance and the relationship between federal, state, and local entities. last_img read more

NAFCU-sought relief in House-passed highway bill

first_imgA multi-year transportation bill (H.R. 22) overwhelmingly approved by the House Thursday includes an amendment from House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, that advances some NAFCU-supported credit union regulatory relief measures.The transportation bill passed the House on a vote of 363-64 and is headed to a House-Senate conference, where lawmakers will seek to resolve differences between that and the Senate-passed bill.Hensarling’s amendment includes H.R. 601, the “Elimination Privacy Notice Confusion Act,” which addresses a part of NAFCU’s five-point plan for regulatory relief by clarifying that consumers will receive privacy notices after opening a new account and when their provider’s privacy policies change; this would be a change from the current requirement for annual notices. This measure was approved by the House Financial Services Committee by a vote of 57-0; it cleared the full House this April on a voice vote.The amendment from Hensarling, and included in the House-passed transportation bill, also includes H.R. 299, the “Capital Access for Small Community Financial Institutions Act”; it allows privately insured, state-chartered credit unions to apply for membership in the Federal Home Loan Bank System. The Financial Services Committee approved the bill by a vote of 56-1. The bill passed the House with a voice vote in April. continue reading » 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Live video: Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament press conferences

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 19, 2014 at 1:36 pmcenter_img C.J. Fair, Baye Moussa Keita and Jim Boeheim address the media Wednesday afternoon. The No. 3-seed Orange will take on No. 14-seed Western Michigan on Thursday at approximately 2:45 p.m.last_img

LIVE UPDATES Uganda vs Burkina Faso, Mandela National Stadium, Namboole Kampala

first_img(updates via @Airtel_Ug #MujjeTulumbe)FULL TIME: Uganda 0 Burkina Faso 090’+3 Moses Oloya misses another. He connects inches wide off Massa’s header. Still goalless.90’+1 Burkina’s captain Kabore sent off for second bookable offense.90′ Masses misses as header hits post, but he was offside. FIVE minutes of added time.86′ Tense moments with game still tied 0-0. Change for Burkina Faso – Traore Isidora off, Adama on80′ Burkina Faso come very close as Onyango misjudges his chest. The quick shot is inches over the bar72′ Substitution for Uganda In-Yassar Mugerwa Out-Farouk Miya70′ Huge miss by MIYA with only goalie to beat66′ Moses Oloya in, Emmanuel Okwi out. Uganda 0-0 Burkina Faso60′ Another freekick for Cranes but the ball is too deep for anyone to react.56′ Burkina Faso win their first corner but it is cleared. The Cranes immediately resume attacking.48′ Geoffrey Massa misses a glorious chance to put Cranes ahead following a nice delivery from Mawejje.47′ The second half takes pace….Uganda 0-0 Burkina Faso2ND HALF starts Uganda 0 Burkina Faso 045+’ Halftime. Uganda 0-0 BurkinaFaso42′ Burkina Faso claim a penalty but the referee is not convinced. Still Uganda 0-0 BurkinaFaso39′ Okwi cleverly beats his marker and is taken down. Cranes freekick near the box.30′ minutes: Still no big chances to report from this one, apart from a couple of Joseph Ochaya corner kicks28′ Cranes put on another exciting attack but Mawejje’s cross goes wide.25′ Another corner for Cranes as we continue to build pressure.24′ Okwi makes a great delivery from the right;Miya is just shot to reaching the ball with a header. Uganda 0-0 BurkinaFaso15′ Uganda with lots of pace upfront…Mawejje hits the woodwork, ball bounces out8′ Uganda 0 Burkina Faso 0…. Miya in early raid, comes close00 Game kicks offKICK -OFF 7pmStarting Line up: Denis Onyango (G), Denis Iguma, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda, Farouk Miya, Khalid Aucho, Geofrey Massa, William Luwagga Kizito, Emmanuel Okwi and Tonny MawejjeSubstitutes:Robert OdongKara (G), Mike Azira, Yassar Mugerwa, Moses Oloya, Timothy Awanyi ,Godfrey Walusimbi, Erisa Ssekisambu****Build up to gameMATCH PREVIEWCranes at final training at Namboole last night. PHOTO VIA @OFFICIALFUFAThe feeling in the Cranes camp is that they could have got a better result than they did in Ouagadougou on Saturday and are determined to do something about it today.“We are not crybabies. We shall definitely stage a fight in Namboole,” vowed FUFA president Moses Magogo after the 1-0 defeat by Burkina Faso. He added that “with the performance of the boys on the night, it is just a battle lost, not the war.”Despite arriving 12 hours after the Stallions, the team looked back to their rhythm in final training yesterday at Mandela National Stadium.Magogo had maintained that the result had only made them much more determined to win the return home game. “I love the spirit of the players thinking it is Namboole or never. The morale is even higher now.”Tight GroupThe way the group is set up now, with three teams at 6 points, it is now clear that it is Namboole or never in the 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers – mathematics aside.Victory today, will give Cranes the much needed 3 point cushion going into the last two games, all of which they can win – if they have their heads high.Cranes coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic is likely to be bolder in this game, and could add Emma Okwi to a much bigger attacking line to seal this.The match will also be played in honour of former Cranes goalkeeper Abel Dhaira who died of cancer in Iceland.The IBV Vestmanaeyjar player was diagnosed with abdominal cancer late last year. He last appeared for the Cranes in 2013.President Yoweri Museveni yesterday revealed that the government will help the sports fraternity return his body, bringing to rest fears that a massive funds drive would have to first be made as the family could not afford the costs.This was the starting XI vesus Burkina Faso on Saturday:Denis Onyango (Goalie) , Denis Iguma ,Joseph Ochaya ,Murshid Juuko , Isaac Isinde, Khalid Aucho , Kizito W Luwagga , Tonny Mawejje , Geoffrey Massa (captain) , Faruk Miya ,Godfrey WalusimbiSubstitutes : Robert Odongokara (Goalkie), Hassan Wasswa , Timothy Awanyi ,Mike Azira , Moses Oloya , Emma Okwi and Hamis Kiiza.Group D P W D L F A PtsB. Faso 3 2 0 1 3 1 6Uganda 3 2 0 1 3 1 6Botswana 4 2 0 2 3 4 6Comoros 4 1 0 3 2 5 3Other AFCON 2017 QUALIFYING matches.Times in GMTMalawi v Guinea 1230Lesotho v Seychelles 1300Rwanda v Mauritius 1330Ethiopia v Algeria 1400Niger v Senegal 1400Namibia v Burundi 1500Togo v Tunisia 1500Liberia v Djibouti 1600Angola v DR Congo 1600Gambia v Mauritania 1630Egypt v Nigeria 1700S. Africa v Cameroon 1700Sudan v Ivory Coast 1800Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

England Boys on back foot after Irish defeat

first_img After losing narrowly to Ireland, England must beat the old enemy Scotland tomorrow (Thursday) if they are to retain the Boys Home Internationals at Forest Pines. England went down 7-8 to the Irish, holding them 6-6 in the singles after being edged out 2-3 in the morning foursomes. “It was very disappointing,” said England team manager Derek Hughes. “We have very good performances from the middle order but we didn’t get anything from the top three matches. “Normally you expect to get at least a point from there but it was a day when the big names didn’t deliver. You can’t take anything away from Ireland but the lads are sure to go out tomorrow to make up for today.” The morning foursomes was a session of low scoring as both teams took full advantage of benign conditions at the tree-lined parkland course. The best scoring of all came from the second match where the English pairing of local Ashton Turner (Image © Leaderboard Photography) and Haydn McCullen were simply too hot to handle.They defeated the experienced Paul McBride and Jack Walsh 6&5 in an exemplary display of precision and ball striking. The English duo recorded seven consecutive birdies from the second hole, or put another way, Ireland were two under after nine holes but found themselves four down. The pairing of Harry Ellis and Ben Amor teamed up for the second day and enjoyed a comprehensive 5&3 win over Alec Myles and Rowan Lester. They raced 4-up after six holes before Ireland rallied. However, Ellis and Amor closed out the match with a birdie at the 15th. The Irish pair of Jordan Hood and Gareth Lappin never trailed against Robert Burlison and Bobby Keeble and ran out 2&1 winners with a birdie at the 17th and it was a similar story for Sean Flanagan and Ronan Mullarney in the bottom match against Jack Singh Brar and Bradley Moore and they also won on the 17th by 3&1. It meant the decisive match was the top tie where Ireland’s Robin Dawson and James Sugrue were one down with three to play before turning it around and winning on the 18th against Adam Chapman and Marco Penge. In the singles, the top three matches went Ireland’s way with Chapman, Penge and Turner all losing, Turner by 5&4 and the other two on the final green. With the middle order of McCullen, Burlison, Amor and Singh Brar all coming out on top, it left the score at 6-6. But only Keeble managed to achieve a victory, winning 3&2, but Moore and Ellis were both on the wrong end of their scorlines. 7 Aug 2013 England Boys on back foot after Irish defeat last_img read more

Ramos helps Spain edge Norway, Kean stars for Italy

first_imgThe 2010 World Cup winners have been unpredictable of late, having been dumped out by Russia in the last 16 of the World Cup and then missing out on the Nations League finals after a home loss to England.“The team responded well to their equaliser. You always have the dream and aim of achieving something important,” Ramos told Spanish television channel TVE.“We’re in a new stage with a coach who has a fantastic style of play. We’ll take things game by game. We’ll pick up more confidence from winning.”Coach Luis Enrique named an attacking line-up, with Marco Asensio, Alvaro Morata and Rodrigo all starting, and it was the latter who volleyed home the opener from Jordi Alba’s cross in the 16th minute.Winger Jesus Navas created several other early chances for his teammates on his first Spain appearance since March 2014, but Rodrigo headed over and Morata was denied by away goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.Norway started to grow into the game and were handed a chance to draw level in the 65th minute when Inigo Martinez grabbed Bjorn Johnsen, and Bournemouth striker Joshua King stepped up to slot past David de Gea.Spain wasted little time in getting their noses back in front, though, as Jarstein felled Morata to concede a 71st-minute penalty.Centre-back Ramos stepped up and confidently dispatched a ‘Panenka’ spot-kick down the middle to score his 16th goal of the season for club and country.– Kean makes his mark –Remember the name: Kean scored on his first Italy start © AFP / Andreas SOLAROJuventus youngster Kean, 19, became the youngest striker to start for Italy in more than a century as Roberto Mancini’s men saw off Finland 2-0.Italy got off to a flying start in Udine, as Nicolo Barella gave them a seventh-minute lead with his maiden international goal.The 22-year-old Cagliari midfielder hammered home a low volley after a free-kick was only half-cleared by the Finnish defence.The day belonged to Kean, though, as he slotted in the second with 16 minutes to play to mark his full debut in style.“To become part of Azzurri history is an added incentive to keep working,” said Kean.“There are many goals ahead of me and my aim is to achieve them. I wanted to show that I deserved this chance from Mancini.”Italy are top of the early Group J standings ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who edged out Armenia 2-1 as captain Edin Dzeko became the first player in their history to be capped 100 times.The other game in the group saw Greece win 2-0 against Liechtenstein in Vaduz.– Ireland struggle in Gibraltar –Earlier on Saturday, Mick McCarthy made an inauspicious start to his second stint in charge of the Republic of Ireland as his team laboured to a 1-0 victory over Gibraltar.The 60-year-old McCarthy, who led Ireland to the 2002 World Cup last 16 before resigning later that year, was reappointed manager last November, replacing Martin O’Neill.The result leaves Ireland second in the early Group D table behind Switzerland, who beat Georgia 2-0, but McCarthy will know he has plenty of work to do after seeing his men struggle to claim just their second win in 12 matches.Gibraltar almost took a shock lead early in the second half, but captain Roy Chipolina saw his header brilliantly saved by Darren Randolph.Ireland took the lead less than two minutes later, though, as Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick slotted home his second international goal from David McGoldrick’s cutback.But the 194th-ranked team in the world did not give up and almost found an equaliser when 37-year-old forward Lee Casciaro curled wide after a fine team move.Elsewhere, World Cup quarter-finalists Sweden made a winning start in Group F as midfielders Robin Quaison and Viktor Claesson both scored in the space of seven first-half minutes in a 2-1 success over Romania.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Centre-back Ramos has scored 16 goals for club and country this term © AFP / JOSE JORDANParis, France, Mar 24 – Sergio Ramos scored a second-half penalty to help Spain beat a spirited Norway 2-1 on Saturday in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier, while teenage striker Moise Kean netted in Italy’s win over Finland.Spain were not at their clinical best in Valencia, but got their Group F campaign off to a solid start despite Norway threatening an upset.last_img read more