Northfield Savings Bank donates $100,000 for disaster relief

first_imgNorthfield Savings Bank,In the wake of Tropical Storm Irene which affected much of central and southern Vermont, and resulted in the worst flooding in a generation, Northfield Savings Bank today made a $100,000 donation to the Green Mountain United Way for immediate disaster relief. The presentation of funds was held at the bank’s Waterbury, VT branch at 29 South Main Street. The location was significant, as floods had destroyed this branch earlier in the week. “Northfield Savings Bank was founded on the principle of Vermonters helping Vermonters,” said Thomas N. Pelletier, President and CEO of Northfield Savings Bank. “More than seven generations later, this remains a central part of our mission.  This money will be put to immediate use to help Vermonters recover from the ravages of Tropical Storm Irene.” Green Mountain United Way will be the administrative agent for the funds.  Funds will be distributed to community-based organizations in central Vermont that are providing immediate assistance to those in need.  The intention is to help community organizations facilitate the delivery of basic human needs; food, clothing and shelter.  Individuals in need of assistance should call VT 211 in order to be directed to the appropriate community organizations. Bank president, Thomas Pelletier presented the check to Nancy Zorn, executive director of Green Mountain United Way. Community-based organizations are encouraged to contact the Green Mountain United Way to access funding by calling (802) 229-9532, or visiting is external).About Northfield Savings BankNorthfield Savings Bank was founded in Northfield, Vt., in 1867 by a schoolmaster and haberdasher who believed a local community bank was needed. More than seven generations later, the Bank continues this community-minded tradition, and has grown to become the second largest bank headquartered in Vermont with assets of over $650 million. Also known for its role as a corporate citizen, Northfield Savings Bank proudly donates 10% of profits to Vermont community organizations, which totaled $420,000 in 2010. Northfield Savings Bank operates 13 branches throughout central Vermont and Chittenden County. Member FDIC. About Green Mountain United WayGreen Mountain United Way assesses the local area’s strengths and weaknesses and collaborates with other organizations, government agencies, faith-based groups, businesses and individuals to make the community a better place for all people.  GMUW’s priority areas are in financial stability, healthy living, early learning and basic needs. For more information go to is external). NORTHFIELD, VT (September 2, 2011)’last_img read more

Burundi army chief survives assassination attempt

first_imgBurundi’s army chief of staff has survived an assassination attempt on a busy road in the capital, Bujumbura.Gen Prime Niyongabo was heading to his office when his convoy ran into men armed with guns and rockets. The men attacked his motorcade just before 07:00 local time.Rwandan police have confirmed the attack, adding that at least seven people have lost their lives.One person has been arrested while two others were killed in the ensuing clash.Four bodyguards lost their lives as well as a female police officer, a senior police source said.Reinforcements have already been deployed in the city  as police pursue the remainder of the attackers.Tension remains high in the country following President Pierre Nkurunziza’s successful election for a third term in July.Nkurunziza won a highly-controversial third term in the July polls that the United Nations described as not being free or fair.His bid sparked an attempted coup and months of civil unrest led by opposition groups who condemned his re-election as being unconstitutional.The country has also experienced a string of killings since his re-election, including the assassination of his top security chief in a rocket attack last month.last_img read more

Syracuse recovers after tough start to road trip, sweeps Virginia to cap stretch

first_imgSyracuse had a disappointing start to its nine-game road trip, when it lost the first three games. But the Orange bounced back to win five of the remaining six games and built momentum as it moves deeper into its season. The Orange (10-14, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) kicked off the second half of the road trip by overcoming a six-run deficit in an eventual 7-6 win over Campbell (17-13, 3-0 Big South). Behind sophomore shortstop Corinne Ozanne’s two home runs and three RBIs, Syracuse scored seven unanswered from the fourth inning on. Freshman Sydney O’Hara pitched four shutout innings to collect her fifth win of the year. Freshman counterpart Alyssa Dewes hit the go-ahead home run, her first of the year, in the sixth inning to put SU ahead for good.Against Appalachian State (9-15, 1-1 Southern), Syracuse was able to take a two-run lead into the fourth inning, but yielded eight consecutive runs before being blown out 10-4. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textO’Hara put SU on the board early with a three-run home run after pitching one inning and allowing one run. Freshman pitcher Christina Clermont took the brunt of the damage, letting up six earned runs on six hits in two and one-thirds innings.Six starters for the Orange went hitless against three different Mountaineer pitchers. Syracuse returned to ACC action at Virginia (3-21, 1-10), which has struggled mightily in conference play. O’Hara was at the center of the action again, propelling her team to a series-opening 8-0 win. She pitched her fourth shutout of the year in five innings, allowing only one hit and striking out seven. At the dish she was a perfect three for three with a home run and three RBIs. All nine starters for the Orange reached base in the contest.O’Hara started the next game for Syracuse as well and gave up one run in four innings in another lopsided affair — a 13-1 SU victory. She collected her second victory in as many days, and seventh of the season.The Orange sent 11 batters to the plate in the top of the first inning and scored seven runs on five hits and three walks.O’Hara, Dewes and junior outfielder Mary Dombrowski each collected three RBIs to take advantage of the four errors Virginia committed.In its finale against Virginia, SU collected 17 hits to beat the Cavaliers 14-3.O’Hara started the game, but sophomore Lindsay Larkin collected the win, her first of the season. Larkin yielded one run and one hit, inducing 10 groundouts and striking out two in four innings of work.Senior first baseman Jasmine Watson hit two home runs and was one of three SU starters to go 3-for-5 in the game. Watson’s two home runs places her second all-time for home runs in program history.The Orange hosts Georgia Tech on Saturday and Sunday for its first home games of the season.compiled by Connor Grossman, staff writer, Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 16, 2014 at 11:21 pmlast_img read more

Donegal winner hits €33,000 jackpot with €1 bet on EuroMillions draw

first_img Donegal winner hits €33,000 jackpot with €1 bet on EuroMillions draw was last modified: July 10th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) There were celebrations in Donegal on Tuesday evening as one BoyleSports shop customer collected a handsome amount of €33,001 after placing a small bet on the EuroMillions, costing €1.The anonymous punter called into their local BoyleSports betting shop and selected numbers 7, 29, 36, and 41 for the EuroMillions draw that evening.When all four rolled out of the machine, the celebrations started in the county as the fortunate punter had defied massive odds as big as 33,000/1 to land the big prize. last_img read more

Brothers ready to save lives at sea after following dad’s lead at Bundoran RNLI

first_imgTwo brothers are looking forward to being local lifesavers after being inspired by their father to join Bundoran RNLI.Brothers Oisin and Nathan Cassidy, from Kinlough in County Leitrim, joined up as volunteer crew members for the charity as they wanted to follow in the footsteps of their dad James who has been a helm with Bundoran RNLI for 18 years.The duo have had a vital part of their crew training funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation. They recently travelled to the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset, to complete the charity’s Crew Emergency Procedures course.The course sees volunteer crew being trained in a variety of crucial subjects such as how to deal with fires aboard lifeboats, how to ‘abandon ship’ in the event of an emergency (with a 4m jump into water), team survival swimming, coping in a life-raft in simulated darkness, how to right a capsized inshore lifeboat, and the importance of lifejackets. It also includes sessions on the correct use of flares, fire extinguishers and throw bags.Talking about the training, Nathan, who volunteers as a crew member, said: “It was inevitable that myself and Oisin would join the RNLI. Since an early age we’ve been around the lifeboat station with Dad and have seen the great work that he and all the other volunteers do week in, week out. We are both very proud to be part of crew at Bundoran RNLI and look forward to help save lives at sea in the Bundoran and Donegal Bay area.”Oisin and Nathan Cassidy – Bundoran Lifeboat VolunteersNathan and Oisin’s training took place in the Sea Survival Centre at the RNLI College, where they were joined by other RNLI volunteer crew members from around Ireland and the UK. The training was funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charitable foundation that helps to protect life and property by supporting engineering-related education, public engagement and the application of research. The Foundation has committed to funding the RNLI’s Crew Emergency Procedures course for a second five year period until December 2020. This additional funding of €1,208,400 brings their total support for RNLI crew training to just over €2,804,400* since 2008. More than 3,000 RNLI volunteer crew members have now received the training thanks to Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s funding. James Kilburn, Lifesaving Delivery Training Manager at the RNLI said: ‘We are so grateful to Lloyd’s Register Foundation for funding this vital part of our volunteer crews’ training.‘Their support is very important to us and it’s fantastic how, so far, over 3,000 of our crew members have benefitted from Lloyd’s Register Foundation funding this part of their training.  ‘As only one in ten of our volunteer crew members comes from a professional maritime background, the Crew Emergency Procedures course is crucial in giving our volunteers the training they need and helping keep them as safe as possible while carrying out rescues. It gives volunteers the confidence to save lives even in the most challenging conditions.’This donation is the latest in Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s relationship with the RNLI, which was recognised in 2010 when it received the Group Supporter Award from Prince Michael of Kent in recognition of its valuable support of the charity.Brothers ready to save lives at sea after following dad’s lead at Bundoran RNLI was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Jobs at heart of SA’s development plan

first_img “Long-term growth and investment requires trust and co-operation between business, labour and government,” the plan states – while noting that trust levels in South Africa are low, and labour relations “unduly tense and sometimes violent”. The economy will never evolve in a more labour-intensive manner if this state of tension between employers and employees persists, the plan warns. “Promoting more rapid, job-creating growth means tackling these tensions in an honest and open manner.” ‘Must talk directly to the needs of our people’ In receiving the plan, President Zuma commended the commissioners for putting the elimination of poverty and reduction of inequality at the heart of their plan. “These two challenges, plus the need to eliminate illiteracy, are the ones that most South Africans feel most strongly about. Any plan that fails to talk directly to the needs of our people … will not be good enough for our country.” The President was also pleased that nation building and social cohesion had been identified as critical for the achievement of the plan’s objectives. “It is essential that we capture the balance in our Constitution to build a prosperous, non-racial, non-sexist and democratic South Africa,” he said. Minister for Planning in the Presidency Trevor Manuel said all South Africans needed to work together with the government, business and civil society to make the plan a reality. “While the state can build schools, we need communities to ensure that the schools work properly and that children study hard. Our paradigm is one where communities are active in their own development,” Manuel said. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said he appreciated the commissioners’ bravery in acting upon the mandate given to them by the President of taking a broad, cross-cutting and independent view of South Africa in drafting the plan. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Raising exports, focusing on those areas in which South Africa already has endowments and comparative advantages, such as mining, construction, mid-skill manufacturing, agriculture and agro-processing, tourism and business services.Increasing the size and effectiveness of the country’s innovation system, and ensuring closer alignment with companies that operate in sectors that fit in with the growth strategy.Improving the functioning of the labour market to help the economy absorb more labour, through reforms and specific proposals concerning dispute resolution and discipline.Supporting small business through better coordination of the activities of small business agencies, development finance institutions, and private and public incubators.Improving the country’s skills base through better education and vocational training.Increasing investment in social and economic infrastructure in order to lower costs, raise productivity and bring more people into the mainstream of the economy.Reduce the regulatory burden in sectors where the private sector is the main investor, such as broadband internet connectivity, to achieve greater capacity and lower prices.Improve the capacity of the state to effectively implement economic policy. 14 November 2011 South Africa’s National Development Plan seeks to create a “virtuous cycle of growth and development” by removing the most pressing constraints to investment and job creation in order to eliminate poverty and sharply reduce inequality in the country by 2030. The wide-ranging draft plan, which will be refined through public engagement before going to Cabinet, was presented to President Jacob Zuma by Trevor Manuel, chairman of the National Planning Commission, in Pretoria on Friday.11-million new jobs by 2030 The plan builds on the government’s New Growth Path, which targets 5-million new jobs by 2020, setting an ambitious target of reducing South Africa’s unemployment rate from 27 percent in 2011 to 6 percent by 2030 by creating 11-million new jobs. This will require meeting the corollary target of annual average gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 5.4% between now and 2030, and the National Development Plan focuses strongly on economic interventions to achieve job-creating growth. However, its scope is much wider than that, ranging from improving the country’s infrastructure while integrating the rural economy and transitioning to a lower-carbon economy, to improving the quality of education, achieving quality universal health care, building safer communities, reforming the public service and beating corruption.‘South Africa needs to write a new story’ At its heart, the plan envisages a shift away from a paradigm of entitlement to a paradigm that promotes the development of capabilities, the creation of opportunities, and the participation of all citizens. “To make meaningful, rapid and sustained progress in reducing poverty and inequality over the next two decades, South Africa needs to write a new story,” the plan states. “At the core of this plan is a new development paradigm that seeks to involve communities, youth, workers, the unemployed and business in partnership with each other, and with a more capable state. “The aim is to develop the capabilities of individuals and of the country, and to create opportunities for all South Africans.”An economy that will create more jobs To increase both employment creation and economic growth, the plan proposes:last_img read more