VEDA approves $3.9M in projects

first_img$3.9 MILLION IN PROJECT FINANCING COMMITMENTSAPPROVED BY VERMONT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTAUTHORITY (VEDA) BOARD OF DIRECTORSStowe, VT A Bennington manufacturer will expand operations, a NortheastKingdom logger will purchase a protected forest parcel, and a Barre video companywill renovate their headquarters with $3.9 million in financing assistance approved bythe Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors.Approved projects are:Vermont Composites, Inc., Bennington A $2.6 million industrial revenue bondinducement, and an $800,000 direct loan were approved by the VEDA Board, enablingVermont Composites, Inc. (VCI) to purchase the former Bijur Lubricating building, andexpand their manufacturing operations. Key Bank and the Town of Bennington arealso financing partners in the project. VCI is a leading manufacturer of carbon fibercomposite materials used in the aerospace and defense, medical equipment,automobile, and sporting goods industries. VCI employs 104 people, and it isanticipated that within three years, the expansion project will increase employment to182. In addition to land and building acquisition, Phase I of the $4,000,000 project willinvolve the installation of new production facilities and equipment. Phase II, to becompleted in spring, 2005, will involve re-roofing the facility and installation of a newautomated paint line.Peter Zaun and Dorene DeLuca, West Burke A $357,500 Farm Ownership Loanwas approved through the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation (VACC), VEDAsagricultural lending program, enabling established logger Peter Zaun and DoreneDeLuca to purchase a protected 935-acre forest parcel on Nurse Mountain in Granbyand Guildhall. The parcel, currently owned by the Trust for Public Lands, is subject to aVermont Forests and Parks Department easement requiring that the property bemanaged and timber removed in such a way that lasting adverse ecological impacts areminimized, wildlife habitat is enhanced, and a continuing, renewable, and long-termforest is assured.VideoVision Video Production Company, Inc., Barre A $163,000 SBA 504 loanwas approved, enabling Anthony and Cynthia Campos to renovate two buildings inBarre, parts of which are used to house VideoVision Production Company. TheCampos have owned and operated VideoVision since 1988; the company producescommercials and other videos for local companies, and films municipal meetings andsports events for broadcast on Central Vermont Community Television, a tenant in oneof the buildings. Total renovation costs are $397,319; the Merchants Bank is alsoparticipating in the project.VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providingfinancial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, andtravel and tourism enterprises. In its thirty-year history, VEDA has made financingcommitments totaling over $1 billion.-30-last_img read more

Rodgers defends Sterling and Ibe

first_img “I spoke to both players and they are fully aware of what has happened – and then we talked about football,” said Rodgers. “I think both young players are aware of their responsibilities. All you can do is continually educate them. “It is (about) perspective as well. If you look at Raheem he didn’t do anything illegal. “It was something he will look back on in years to come and it probably wasn’t the wisest thing to do. “But for me it is all about the welfare of the two young players; making them aware of the health issues which come with that and also about the professionalism and what they are representing. “They will make mistakes, whether it is those two or other young players. “In the main young footballers are good people, they do a lot of things which go unnoticed. Sometimes they get caught out but that is just youth and learning. “We talk of players as being role models but I think the best role models in your life are parents and guardians – but we are not perfect either, we make mistakes. “We learn and if we have to do that when we are older in life then certainly young players will do that and they need support in that.” Sterling will start Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa on Sunday but Ibe is cup-tied having previously played in the competition while on loan at Derby. Defender Martin Skrtel will return after a three-match suspension but there is greater debate over whether captain Steven Gerrard, also returning from a ban but with just 27 minutes of football behind him since February 10 because of injury, should start. The 34-year-old was given a run-out in a practice match earlier this week and Rodgers confirmed the midfielder, whose last match for the club before he leaves for Los Angeles Galaxy could potentially be the FA Cup final on May 30, is fit. “He is definitely ready. We played a behind-closed-doors game here on Monday in which he and a few of the other players who have been out played in,” added the Reds boss. “Steven is fine. The most important thing is his availability. He is a special footballer and Wembley is somewhere he knows very well. “Whether he plays or doesn’t play he will be an important member of the squad for us on the day. “Throughout his time he has been an incredible player who, in the main, has always produced big goals and big moments in the big games.” Striker Daniel Sturridge is a major doubt with a hip injury which forced him to miss Monday’s win over Newcastle. “We will give Dan every possibility to be fit and we will see how he is tomorrow and take it from there,” said Rodgers. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called for a sense of perspective after a week when young players Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe were splashed all over the front pages for off-field activities. Pictures, dating back some months, emerged of the pair smoking a shisha pipe and came on the back of a video apparently showing Sterling inhaling laughing gas and seemingly passing out. But Rodgers sprang to the defence of the players, aged just 20 and 19, insisting they should be given some leeway to make mistakes. Press Associationlast_img read more

Premier League eyes 17 June resumption

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 The English Premier League is due to make its return after clubs agreed on measures to resume play from 17 June.Following a three-month suspension due to the global pandemic, clubs agreed to resume the season with added safety measures to be put in place beforehand.Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters commented: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.”With a total of 92 games left to be played, it has been reported that clubs aim to conclude the season by early August. The plan for football to resume behind closed doors is still awaiting the green light from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and government.Masters added: “Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.“The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters.It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.“We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.”The remaining games will be broadcast via the league’s current broadcast partners. 64 live games will be broadcast on Sky Sports from June 17, 25 of which will be made available free to air.BBC will cover four games, marking the first time that the corporation has shown full Premier League games. Meanwhile, BT has not stated how many games it will be broadcast, and Amazon is yet to confirm whether its games will only be made available to Prime subscribers.last_img read more