By News Highland – December 15, 2020 Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday December 15thNext articleBritish MPs expected to push back Christmas break as Brexit talks continue News Highland Homepage BannerNews Google+ Pinterest Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp 34 additional cases of Covid-19 reported in Donegal Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook 8 more people have died as a result of Covid-19 and 329 new cases of the virus have been confirmed.34 additional cases have been identified in Donegal.The 14 day incidence rate in Donegal is 236.8 per 100,000 of the population. Twitter
Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today said Vermont would be in line for $10.8 million of a $5 billion appropriation for home heating assistance included in a spending bill that Senate Republicans are trying to block.One of the last must-do measures on the agenda before Congress adjourns for the year, the appropriations bill would prevent a 40 percent cut in the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Vermont’s $10.8 million share would help keep senior citizens on fixed incomes, families with children and the disabled warm this winter.The critical funding for Vermont is in danger, however, because some Republicans have mounted a filibuster in the Senate and even threatened to require the entire 1,924-page bill to be read aloud on the Senate floor.Sanders said, ‘At a time when heating oil prices are skyrocketing, we have got to pass the omnibus appropriations bill so that no one in Vermont goes cold this winter. Without these additional funds, seniors and low-income Americans in Vermont and throughout the country will find themselves facing very painful choices on how to stretch already stretched budgets.’Leahy said, ‘In Vermont, where our winter temperatures average below freezing and the lows dip into the single digits, our low-income families, Vermonters with disabilities and senior citizens should not be forced to decide between paying their home energy bills or affording basic necessities such as food, rent, or prescription drugs. Heat in winter is a necessity, not an option. At a time when we are trying to help Americans recover from the Great Recession, some in Congress from warmer states like South Carolina and Arizona would rather use the Senate’s limited time to give enormous tax breaks to multi-millionaires rather than help America’s most needy and vulnerable households.’Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) said, ‘Now is not the time to play political games with the safety and well-being of low-income Americans. For Vermonters who rely upon heating assistance to make it through a cold winter, this sort of stalling tactic is deplorable. LIHEAP should be fully funded ‘ and it should be fully funded now.’Federal funding for the heating assistance program was nearly doubled in the last two years under a provision sponsored by Sanders. Leahy cosponsored that 2008 legislation and Welch sponsored companion legislation that year in the House.So far this year, Vermont has only received a total of $14.8 million for LIHEAP, compared to the $25.6 million in regular funding it received last year and will receive if the majority in the Senate can overcome a Republican filibuster.This heating season, Vermont estimates that more than 27,000 households will receive benefits, up from 20,350 last year. Because the demand has increased but the amount available so far has decreased and the number of eligible households has expanded, the average benefit is being reduced from about $1,100 last year to about $660 this heating season.Leahy, Sanders and Welch signed letters to the House and Senate Appropriations committees last month urging them to maintain the funding for LIHEAP at the 2010 level of $5.1 billion.After Congress doubled funding for home heating assistance in 2009, a record 8.3 million households nationwide received aid. This winter, as a result of the lingering recession, many more families are expected to need help keeping the heat turned on.Source: Vermont congressional delegation. WASHINGTON, Dec. 16, 2010
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Major Australian insurer Suncorp will end any financing or insuring of the oil and gas industry by 2025, adding to the group’s existing ban on support for new thermal coal projects.The insurer revealed on Friday it had already stopped insuring, underwriting or directly investing in new oil and gas projects and would phase out underwriting and financing existing oil and gas businesses by 2025. All direct investing in the oil and gas sector would end by 2040, the company said in a report.Suncorp said the move built on its commitment last year to end any backing of thermal coal projects.At the end of June, the company said fossil fuel extraction and generation made up less than 0.1% of its general insurance business. Among its insurance and shareholder investment assets, exposure was below 0.5%, and was less than 1.5% of all the investments it managed.“Suncorp will continue to underwrite, lend to and invest in companies whose business is clearly consistent with the transition to a net-zero emissions economy by 2050,” the report said. Current investments in low carbon industries stood at $236m at the end of June, the company said.Insurance companies globally are introducing internal guidelines restricting their exposure to fossil fuels. At least four insurers of Australia’s controversial Adani coal mine have backed away from the project. In 2019 Suncorp said it would not finance or insure new thermal coal mines and power plants and would not underwrite existing thermal coal projects after 2025.[Graham Readfearn]More: Insurance giant Suncorp to end coverage and finance for oil and gas industry Australia’s Suncorp to stop financing, insuring oil and gas industry by 2025
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Long Island Rail Road employee cleaning off the platform of one of the railroad’s branches. (Photo credit: MTA)The second half of the nasty nor’easter fizzled overnight and didn’t produce significant snowfall on Long Island, but Friday morning’s commute still brought plenty of headaches, especially for riders on the Long Island Rail Road, which cancelled 14 morning trains.The heavy snow that blanketed LI for most of the day Thursday forced railroad officials to implement a modified weekday schedule Friday morning, which led to cancellations on nearly all of the LIRR’s branches.Six of the 14 cancelled trains were on the Babylon branch, with the rest of the cancelled trains scattered throughout the LIRR system.Commuters traveling by car perhaps fared a little better, but many roads across Long Island were still wet and slushy from Thursday’s prolonged storm.The nor’easter hovered over LI for most of the day. It began by dumping a foot of snow across the region before it converted to an annoying wintry mix of rain and sleet. The storm took a break before a second round of wintry weather arrived overnight, but snowfall was mostly around one inch.“Not significant,” was how Tim Morrin, a National Weather Service meteorologist, put it.Still, the agency released a statement Friday morning warning residents that road conditions remained treacherous, but that was mostly meant for people heading north and west of New York City.More than 400 PSEG Long Island customers woke up to homes in the dark, the utility reported on its website. PSEG LI said crews will continue to work throughout the day to restore “customers safely, efficiently and as soon as possible.”A winter storm warning was cancelled at 6 a.m.The good news was that residents walked out of their homes and were met by a gentile sunny sky, which is expected to help melt the piles of snow that have built up over the course of several storms. Temperatures could hit a high near 41 Friday, forecasters said.But, this is the winter of 2014, so we shouldn’t expect back-to-back days of decent weather.The weather service said snow is likely after 10 a.m. Saturday. Forecasters project snowfall amounts between 1 to 3 inches.There is also a slight chance of snow on Sunday.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Companies in every industry have had to adapt to growing consumer expectations for financial interactions that are fast, easy, and secure. Experiences with online retail firms like Amazon have conditioned consumers to expect a seamless payment process where debit or credit cards can be used with the click of a button from any device—or even activated through voice commands. That retail experience has evolved into strong bill payment preferences that have influenced how consumers want to manage their loan payments.Like any new trend or technology, organizations can find themselves in a position of trepidation, hesitant to adopt for fear of the unknown. However, taking an approach that is too cautious has risks of its own, causing financial institutions to lose ground on two critical fronts: customer satisfaction and operational efficiencies. Implementing debit card loan payments is the new frontier for many lenders, and for good reason. Debit is the payment option of choice for 171 million U.S. consumers, according to Simmons National Consumer Study (Fall 2017). Unfortunately, there’s a strong disconnect between what consumers want and what financial institutions offer, and consumers tend to vote with their feet by ditching institutions that don’t offer the convenience they crave.How consumers benefit from debit cardsBoth consumers and financial institutions benefit when lenders offer debit card payment options. Millennials, the largest generation at more than 75 million, have shown a definite preference for debit cards: only 50% have credit cards and 78% prefer using debit cards. Providing them with an easy, seamless bill-paying experience is an opportunity to build relationships with a cohort that has less entrenched loyalties to name brand financial institutions—and a long runway for financial service needs.
(WBNG) — The COVID-19 Community Response Fund Alliance has announced its first round of grant recipients to seven local non-profits. The Community Response Fund Alliance is by the led United Way of Broome County and other charitable foundations. Recipients include: Since launching the fund, more than $327,000 has been donated from local foundations, corporations, individuals and philanthropic partners. As of April 24, the alliance has awarded grants that total around $78,000. AchieveGood Shephered Communities FoundationThe Jewish Community Center of BinghamtonPublic Policy and Education FundCitizens Action of NYRescue MissionSalvation ArmyVolunteers of America
Zagreb County will once again award public recognitions to individuals and legal entities, institutions, associations responsible for the economic, social and cultural development of Zagreb County and its promotion in the country and the world. The competition for the award of public recognitions is open until May 31, 2019. You can see more information about the competition and the application form HERE. The proposal for the awarding of public recognitions of the Zagreb County may be submitted by members of the County Assembly, working bodies, the Zagreb County Prefect, citizens, citizens’ associations, companies, religious communities, cultural, sports and other institutions. Source / photo: Zagrebačka županija Potential candidates can be individuals or legal entities who, through their continuous and extremely important scientific, professional, artistic, pedagogical or other public work, have made a lasting contribution and achieved exceptional results in improving the situation and development of certain activities and its international promotion. Also, the future winner of the public award should enjoy the reputation of exemplary employees and experts in his environment. One of the criteria is the achieved result in the overall economic or social development of Zagreb County. The proposal for awarding public recognitions must contain the CV of the proposed candidate for awarding public recognition, the exact name of the company, institution, association or other legal entity proposed for awarding public recognitions with a thorough explanation of the reasons, appropriate documentation and information about the applicant.
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As a result, Spirit, which builds the fuselages for the MAX, will place workers at its Wichita factory working on the plane on a 21-day unpaid furlough starting on Monday. Local media said the move will affect 900 workers.Spirit said it was also undertaking an “immediate reduction” of the hourly workforces in Tulsa and McAlester, Oklahoma.The MAX has been grounded since March 2019 following two deadly crashes that resulted in 346 fatalities.Boeing had been targeting mid-2020 to win regulatory approval for the MAX, but has more recently said it expects commercial deliveries to resume during the third quarter.A Boeing spokesman declined to comment on the timing of a certification flight, a key step in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval process.”We are continuing to work closely with the FAA and global regulators on the rigorous process to safely return the 737 MAX to service,” the Boeing spokesman said.Topics : Spirit AeroSystems, a major contractor on the 737 MAX, will furlough staff after being directed by Boeing to pause work on the embattled plane, Spirit announced late Wednesday.Boeing told Spirit to suspend additional work on four 737 MAX planes and to avoid starting production on 16 others scheduled to be delivered in 2020, Spirit said.Spirit is taking the actions “in order to support Boeing’s alignment of near-term delivery schedules to its customers’ needs in light of COVID-19’s impact on air travel and airline operations, and in order to mitigate the expenditure of potential unnecessary production costs,” Spirit said.
Brittney Dolgner will play her last two games as a Badger this weekend after a distinguished career.[/media-credit]After falling to Northwestern and Illinois this weekend, the Wisconsin women’s volleyball team failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the second straight season. Saturday’s defeat marked the seventh loss in a row for the struggling Badgers, who had not lost seven consecutive matches since 1995. With the losses, the Badgers will finish with a record under .500 for the first time since 1992.Despite the struggles, head coach Pete Waite remains optimistic about the final two games of the season and hopes to send seniors Caity DuPont and Brittney Dolgner out with a pair of victories.“Even though we took two losses on the road this weekend, we’re still seeing bright spots in the line-up and people coming out and improving their games,” Waite said. “We’re looking to this weekend to be a big one for our seniors because it’s their last weekend with us and they’ve done some great things in the program and we want to go out in a great way for them.”Though both Purdue and Indiana have struggled this season, Waite knows that the Big Ten opponents will still provide a challenge for his team.“We’ve got two good teams coming in with Indiana and Purdue,” he said. “Purdue is the one who, early in the season, was predicted to be in the top four in the conference and they have not been. They have the personnel; they’re a very physical team. And Indiana is one of those teams we talked about before. We beat them in five at their place so it was very close and we’ve got a lot to deal with.”Seniors DuPont and Dolgner will play in their final games as Badgers this weekend. Waite recognizes what their presence and leadership has meant to his team both on and off the court.“Even in a season like this, they still think it has been a fun season,” Waite said. “As the only two upperclassmen, they can try and help this group get on track and help things go in the right direction.“Caity DuPont is a great leader off the court. She’s the kind that everybody flocks to and follows and is so responsible. She’s done everything we asked. On the court this year has been a little tough. She’s been a little bit up and down, but she just keeps plugging away. At Illinois on Saturday night, she had one of her best matches of the season.”Dolgner became the first Badger to record more than 1,500 kills, 1,000 digs and 200 blocks in her career and ranks third on the all-time list for kills.“Dolgner was an All-American her sophomore year,” Waite said. “Brittney is a phenomenal athlete and she’s done some great things for us so I know they both want to leave here with a couple of wins, feeling great about things.”With a disappointing season finally coming to a close, it can be tempting to look ahead to next year, but Waite is focused on finishing 2009 first.“We want to look to the future, but at the same time we don’t want to forget about the present, especially for our seniors this weekend,” he said. “We want them to go out on a high note so we won’t totally abandon the things we’re doing, but at the same time we want to be looking at the kids who are the on the court, the young ones. We’ve got three freshmen and a sophomore on the court right now, so that’s a very good sign.”Waite is also encouraged by the signing of three recruits announced last week, Annemarie Hickey, Dominique Thompson and Elise Walch.“We did sign some very, very good players that we’re excited about. Two out of the three won their state championships and were state players of the year. They’re going to add a lot to us next year. But right now, we’ve got to take care of the Big Ten final weekend, so we’ll look to the future, but not too soon.”