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Disaster Recovery Center opens in Newport

first_imgA mobile Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is now open in Newport to assist individuals, households and businesses with disaster-related damage caused by late spring storms and flooding in Vermont.  The DRC is staffed with disaster recovery specialists from various federal, state and local agencies and organizations who can provide information and answer questions about storm-related assistance. The mobile unit is located at: Newport City Hall Gymnasium222 Main StreetNewport, VT 05855 The center will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Disaster officials ask that before visiting any DRC, people first register by calling 800-621-FEMA (3362), online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov(link is external) or via a web-enabled mobile device at m.fema.gov.  Multilingual registration assistance and help is available. Those with a speech disability or hearing loss who use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; or call 1-800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS).Once someone is registered, staff at a center can quickly review and update applicant information and provide specific answers to individual questions and concerns. Center specialists can also identify possible help from voluntary agencies or provide disaster-related information to reduce future damage risks.Other DRC locations: Mallett’s Bay Fire Station                                                  Barre Municipal Auditorium844 Church Road                                                               16 Auditorium HillColchester, VT 05446                                                        Barre, VT 05641 Swanton Industrial Park10 Precision LaneSwanton, VT 05488 FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585.  If you have a speech disability or hearing loss and use a TTY, call 1-800-462-7585 directly; if you use 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS), call  1-800-621-3362 FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external).last_img read more

Five marketing content strategy tips for the New Year

first_imgIt’s a new year and what better way to start things off than with tips to enhance communications with your members. And the best place to start is with marketing content strategy. Your content is a building block for consumer relationships, it encourages actions, and it can build your brand identity.Consider these five strategies to take your marketing content to the next level this year and well into the future.Plan out a year of content messaging on a communications calendar.Building a communications strategy for the year may seem tedious, but it helps to make sure everyone is on the same page. You want to make sure all your marketing portrays the same overall feeling and message. This is especially helpful if you have different writers for different marketing delivery methods (i.e. direct mail, newsletter, email, social media, etc.) Make sure you include all your staff in the communications strategy, so you can deliver a unified message to every member.Take the time to create useful and interesting content that your members will want to read.It’s easy to say, but not always easy to do. Sometimes the desire to continuously stay in front of your members tends to overshadow its usability purposes and it becomes quantity over quality.So, what are some hot content topics?Start off the new year by answering questions your front line staff hear most often. Take the issues head on and let members know you care.Identify common problems, create solutions and boast about your new innovations.Let members know about promotions and events and how they will benefit.Keep content relative to the overall communications strategy, but don’t be afraid to shake things up now and again, especially if there is a problem, solution or trend that is affecting many of your members]. And don’t forget to keep your content relatively short and easy to read.Get your members to market for you.People love to share content that triggers emotions. By providing content that not only helps your members but can also help their families and friends, your information can spread like wild fire. Humor is especially contagious in social media. But be careful, both negative and positive comments can come from even the best of intentions.Blanket the essence of the message, not the message itself.There are many ways you communicate with your members…in person, SMS, email, social media, etc. You want to make each interaction count and you also want to encourage members to want you to reach them in multiple ways. While you want to sound like a unified voice no matter the delivery method, sending the same message across multiple channels tends to work against you. If a member is on your Facebook page, Twitter feed and receives SMS messages, and gets the same message on all 3, it quickly becomes redundant.Balance what, where, and when you post. Even if the message is similar, make each touch special and encourage different actions.Test for best results and re-evaluate often. Finally, testing when, where and what is communicated will help paint a picture of your audience and help you tell a success story. Spend time alternating times and days for delivery and analyze where you have the best engagement. It is possible that Friday afternoon is best for the eNewsletter but Wednesday morning is best for Tweets. But you will only find that out by testing different scenarios.Then analyze your data often. It will help you reach the most members when and where they want to be reached. If engagement begins to dip, start the testing phase again. The consumer world changes constantly, and by studying the trends in your data, you can keep your members continuously engaged.By incorporating these marketing content strategies, you can connect with your members on different levels with a more unified voice. If you are at a loss for what to say, many solutions providers like Transamerica Financial Services Group can provide content about products, services, and solutions that can engage your members. 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tom Kazar Tom Kazar is the Vice President of Sales and leader of the Sales Team for Transamerica – Financial Solutions Group. Tom’s focus is on adding new insurance industry products, expanding … Web: www.transamericafinancialsolutions.com Detailslast_img read more

Golden Bears return to the field

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) – After spending months away from the field, workouts are underway for Vestal High School athletes. Both athletes are using these fall workouts to stay motivated and get in shape for what they anticipate being a busy spring. Podest is also a two sport athlete playing basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring. The school has started light and is working its way up. Initial workouts have consisted of socially distant outdoor activities, with equipment sanitized every few minutes. All athletes required to wear a mask. “Obviously it’s nice to get out here and try and adjust to the new normal,” said Podest. Senior Kiley Marconi was a part of last year’s field hockey trip to regionals. Also a member of the Vestal lacrosse team, Marconi will now have to focus on playing both sports in the span of a few months. “A little different than what we used to do because we aren’t able to do as much but it’s been good just getting out here,” said Podest. “It will probably be a lot because my sports will likely overlap but I will make it work for my senior season and just push it out,” said Marconi. “I just continue to push myself in these workouts and remember how much I love the game,” said Marconi. “Obviously it’s not like indoors, we can’t do any weight lifting, but just getting out there and working out, it’s just nice to do something different instead of sitting around all day,” said Vestal junior Jarek Podest. The school hopes to return to individual team workouts in the coming weeks.last_img read more

Housing sector pressures govt to start new visa for foreign tradies

first_imgThe housing sector wants a new visa created to suit the independent contracting model used by the industry. Picture: Jack Tran/The Courier Mail.The Australian government is facing mounting pressure to create a new type of visa for foreign tradies in a bid to boost housing affordability.With the Federal Election set for May 18, political parties are facing pressure from the multi-trillion housing sector to develop a new visa category to meet a shortfall in trades people for the residential sector.Housing Industry Association managing director Graham Wolfe said “recent proposals to make changes to the ‘457’ skilled working visa will not address the bigger problem of how to fill the shortage of skilled trades people available to build new homes and apartments”.Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced two years ago his intention to abolish the 457 temporary skilled work visa. It has since been closed to any new applicants. Labor this week supported a crackdown on work visas with a statement by Bill Shorten stating “around four out of five temporary skilled worker visas are granted for occupations where there is no shortage of skilled workers in Australia — this needs to change”. He said the current visa models did not suit the housing industry which relied on independent contracting.“HIA’s Federal Election Imperatives call on all parties to remove the caps and limits that currently exist on skilled and business migration categories and to introduce a new skilled migration category for independent contractors in the residential building industry,” he said in a statement.“A well thought out migration policy coupled with a strong sector to train future trades people in Australia will go a long way to helping supply the homes we need over the next decade.” Is this Brisbane’s flashiest property? High-end overhaul of Brisbane beauty FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoHIA warned the industry was “more vulnerable to skill shortages than many other industry sectors”. Picture: Jack Tran/The Courier Mail.But Mr Wolfe said “the focus of any reforms should be on creating a new visa category for skilled worker that is not bound to an employer but can operate as a trade contractor independent of a single employer”.He warned that the housing industry was “more vulnerable to skill shortages than many other industry sectors due to an ageing labour force, the physical nature of work, the ongoing demand for new housing and the often cyclical nature of activity”.“The housing industry is vital to the wellbeing of Australian society. Australia will need to build over 2.3 million houses by 2030 to keep up with demand. In the last year alone there was $108b worth of residential construction carried out in Australia.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Pilkington proves his commitment

first_imgAnthony Pilkington has re-affirmed his commitment to Ireland after finally joining up with the squad at the sixth time of asking. The 25-year-old Norwich midfielder had previously been called up five times by manager Giovanni Trapattoni, but on each occasion, had been forced to withdraw through injury. Trapattoni has at times during his reign hit out at players who have cried off after being selected, and doubts had been expressed in some quarters over Pilkington. However, having trained for the first time with his international colleagues ahead of Friday’s World Cup qualifier against Sweden, the former Huddersfield man insisted no-one was more frustrated than him at the catalogue of misfortune which kept him back in England. He said: “It was five times in the end that I couldn’t come over, so it was frustrating, very frustrating. “The first time, I was ready to come over that night, so it was obviously very frustrating. But that’s behind me now and hopefully I can crack on and do well. “Obviously I can see why people started talking, but I would have been no good to anybody coming here and playing with a dodgy knee or playing with a torn hamstring. “I wouldn’t be helping anybody, I wouldn’t be helping myself or the country, so people need to realise that I had the injuries. “I was always committed. The first time I had to pull out, my bags were packed ready to come over. “We had a morning game and we were due to fly out, me and Wes [Hoolahan], after the game and I got injured during the game. “Like I say, I would be no good to anybody coming over here with a bad hamstring and saying I was fit if I wasn’t. Press Association “But I am here now and I am excited for the game. I’ll hopefully get in a good week’s training and hopefully we can pick up the points we need on Friday.” Trapattoni was clearly satisfied with the explanations offered by Pilkington for his non-attendance and has kept him in his sights, and that is something for which the player is immensely grateful. He said: “The medical teams both spoke to each other constantly and the boss was always talking to me by text, so there was always communication between both parties at all times. “Luckily, he has kept calling me up and it’s the right time to come over now. My knee feels all right at the moment, so hopefully I’ll get a good week’s training and I’m looking forward to the game.” Ireland face a fight to lever themselves into second place in Group C with they, Sweden and next Tuesday’s opponents Austria locked together on 11 points. But Pilkington and his team-mates know only too well the prize which awaits them, and that is motivation enough. He said: “Everyone knows the World Cup is the biggest tournament in the sport, probably in any sport. It’s massive, it’s huge and it’s huge for the country to get there. “It will be a massive occasion if we do get there, so hopefully we can put in a good performance against Sweden on Friday, pick up the points and then start the ball rolling towards hopefully getting there.” last_img read more

Ogier edges first day

first_img Press Association The dominant Volkswagen duo split the eight forest-based stages spread over 145kms, winning four apiece, but with Frenchman Ogier just 6.6secs clear of Finn Latvala. Such has been their form this season, winning 11 of the 12 rallies to date, at present it is a straight fight between them to the finishing line on Sunday, barring any incidents. Newly-crowned double World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier has the edge over bitter rival and team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala going into day two of Wales Rally GB. center_img In his final rally, Mikko Hirvonen in his M-Sport Ford is one minute and 13 seconds adrift, leading what would appear to be a four-way battle for the final place on the podium. Just 20 seconds separate Hirvonen to sixth-placed Thierry Neuville in his Hyundai, with the pair split by Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg. After a slow start, compounded by a 10-second jump-start penalty ahead of stage one, Meeke was third quickest behind Ogier and Latvala in four of the final five stages. Stage six, though, proved particularly costly for Meeke as he was only eighth on the timesheet, dropping 17 seconds overall to the leaders. But going into day two the Northern Irishman is 7.7secs adrift of Hirvonen in his Citroen, with team-mate Ostberg a further 0.7secs down. Behind Neuville, local hero Elfyn Evans is alone in seventh in his M-Sport Ford, one minute and 50 seconds down on Ogier. last_img read more

Soesdyke Falcons suffer mixed fortunes as GFF/NAMILCO Nat. Under-17 League continues

first_imgSOESDYKE Falcons suffered mixed fortunes last Saturday when the Guyana Football Federation/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power national Under-17 League continued at the Grove Playfield, East Bank Demerara.In their first match on Saturday, the Soesdyke side went down by a 1-3 margin to Circuit Ville Jaguars, but bounced back in game two and edged Kuru Kururu Warriors 2-1.When Soesdyke and Circuit Ville met in a first-round fixture of the two-round league, the former won by a huge 10-1 margin, but the organisers subsequently awarded the game to the latter as Soesdyke was found guilty of fielding a player – Kelsey Benjamin – who is a registered player of the Georgetown Football Club.In that game, Benjamin had scored a hat-trick in Soesdyke Falcons’ victory.However, on Saturday last, Circuit Ville made their intentions known from as early as the 19th minute as Prince Forde opened the score line.The score was doubled 20 minutes later by Issiah Dodson.With a comfortable 2-0 lead going into the second period, the jaguars came out clawing at their opposition and tightened their stranglehold two minutes into the second period as Desmond Chester found the back of Falcons’ net.The Falcons,however,pulled one back as Dannet McLennon was on target in the 74th minute.Playing in the opening game of the double-header card and cognizant of the fact that they had to give up their win to Circuit Ville, Soesdyke was placed under tremendous pressure by Kuru Kururu warriors who took the lead in the 25th minute of play through a Ricardo Grant goal.Behind by one goal going into the second session, Soesdyke’s captain Tyrone Khan levelled the score in the 73rd minute.Three minutes later, Junior Williams gave Falcons the lead for the first time in the match.The two-round league will continue on Saturday with another double-header at the same venue.last_img read more

Blues assess Torres ahead of Bolton game

first_imgChelsea were this morning assessing the condition of striker Fernando Torres, who missed training yesterday because of illness.The Spaniard is expected to be passed fit to join the Blues squad for Saturday’s match against Bolton.Torres is likely to be among the substitutes at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea will be looking for their first win in six games.AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

De Gea ‘howler’ gifts Chelsea FA cup spot

first_img(BBC) – Manchester United goalkeeper, David de Gea, endured a Wembley nightmare as Chelsea strolled to victory and set up an FA Cup final date with Arsenal.United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, ditched his usual FA Cup keeper, Sergio Romero, to keep faith with De Gea, but the experienced Spain international produced two horrendous errors either side of half-time to gift Chelsea two goals.De Gea made a flimsy attempt to deal with Olivier Giroud’s flick in first-half stoppage time, then weakly fumbled Mason Mount’s tame 20-yard shot into the net moments after the restart.Chelsea’s excellent performance fully merited this victory and United’s abject misery after a dreadful performance was complete when captain Harry Maguire diverted Marcos Alonso’s cross into his own net at the near post with 16 minutes left.Frank Lampard’s side were in complete control from first to last as they comprehensively ended Manchester United’s 19-match unbeaten run in all competitions.Bruno Fernandes pulled a goal back from the penalty spot late on after Callum Hudson-Odoi fouled Anthony Martial but it could not even be described as a consolation as Chelsea closed out the win.Lampard eyes first-season silverwareLampard is now in position to make his first season in charge a highly satisfactory one as they contemplate a place in the FA Cup final and lie third in the Premier League, in position to reach next season’s Champions League.And no-one can question their right to this win as they dominated from start to finish, particularly in midfield, where they were able to subdue the influence of the talented Fernandes.Once again 33-year-old Giroud demonstrated his influence, leading the line selflessly and being rewarded with that crucial first goal, even though it received a large helping hand from De Gea.Chelsea were more energetic, dangerous and aggressive and while they were thankful to those mistakes from De Gea, the margin of victory was no more than they deserved.Lampard’s side cut off any supply line to United’s forwards and it will be an intriguing final on 1 August back here at Wembley, when he pits his wits against another rookie manager in Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta.Manchester United’s day of miseryUnited went into this semi-final high on optimism on that long unbeaten run and with the sense that Solskjaer was starting to get to grips with the big rebuilding job.That continues and United are still in decent shape to reach next season’s Champions League, either via the Premier League or Europa League, but this was a savage setback.And the main culprit was De Gea, who gives the impression of a goalkeeper either in permanent decline or going through a very long slump.De Gea changed the face of this FA Cup semi-final with those mistakes, allowing Chelsea to transform their dominance into a two-goal lead.Fernandes was overpowered in midfield and United had no punch in attack, where Solskjaer decided to leave the potency of Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood on the bench, along with Paul Pogba.It was perhaps a sign that Solskjaer knew all was not well when he introduced Martial for defender Eric Bailly when he sustained a first-half head injury while Greenwood and Pogba were only introduced in desperation when the game was gone.In defence they were also vulnerable, Victor Lindelof losing Giroud too easily for Chelsea’s opener and captain Maguire ending any hopes with that own goal.United complained they should have had a penalty when Martial went down under Kurt Zouma’s first-half challenge but this was a miserable experience for Solskjaer and his players.Solskjaer’s side have had many good days in recent months. This was a very bad one.last_img read more

MBB : Another big performance from Southerland; Wildcats’ McGruder gets injured, struggles

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on March 17, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img PITTSBURGH -Syracuse’s punctuation mark came fittingly from the Orange’s leading scorer through its two NCAA Tournament games.With the game already in hand, James Southerland trailed Dion Waiters as Waiters led a fast break. Waiters dished a pass to the junior forward, who then slammed it through the hoop.Southerland finished SU’s 75-59 win over Kansas State with 15 points, six rebounds and three blocks. He and Waiters lead the Orange with 30 points in the tournament, and Southerland is second on the team with 14 rebounds in two games. He also added three blocks against the Wildcats on Saturday.‘Best kept secret,’ Waiters said of Southerland. ‘He did a great job coming off the bench hitting shots, hitting big-time 3s when we need them, rebounding, just doing all the dirty work.’Southerland has exploded out of a midseason slump in recent weeks and has been a key contributor for the Orange off the bench.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the second-round contest with UNC Asheville on Thursday, he led the team with 15 points and went 3-for-5 from 3-point range. One of those long-range bombs was a late dagger from straightaway that put the Orange up eight with 2:36 left.Against Kansas State, he again came up big in the second half after scoring just two points in the first 20 minutes. He hit a 3 to put Syracuse up 13 from almost the same spot on the floor as his clutch shot against the Bulldogs, and he added another triple two minutes later to give SU a 58-44 edge.‘My team knows what I can do,’ Southerland said. ‘They’re going a good job of getting me involved the past two games, and I know they’re going to keep looking for me.’The junior’s resurgence has been even more critical with the struggles of sophomore forward C.J. Fair. Southerland provides a different skill set than Fair, though they play the same position on the floor.Southerland is one of the best pure shooters on the team. Fair is more of a physical, midrange type forward.But with Southerland’s hot streak and Fair’s mini-slump, the junior has allowed Syracuse to maintain its depth off the bench with his and Waiters’ strong performances.‘We’ve said all year we think we’ve got seven guys that can start,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘Certainly the way James is playing now, and Dion is playing, they’re arguably as good as most starters on most teams.’Southerland has only missed three of his 14 shots in the two tournament games, but he’s also stepped it up on the glass. Boeheim criticized him last year for not putting enough effort into rebounding, but he has used his size and athleticism to be a factor on the boards lately.And although he struggled to find his 3-point shot in the middle of the season, he seems to be hitting on all cylinders in the most important time of the year.‘James did an incredible job,’ junior Brandon Triche said. ‘He was doing this throughout the beginning of the season. He kind of faded off when C.J. started playing well. We’re a team that picks each other up.’McGruder slowed by injuryKansas State learned it would be playing without second-leading scorer Jamar Samuels due to an eligibility issue shortly before its contest with Syracuse started. About midway through the first half, the Wildcats almost lost their leading scorer, too.Rodney McGruder pulled up for a corner jumper, and Triche came at him to contest the shot. The Wildcats guard missed the shot, but his left foot landed on Triche’s, causing him to twist his ankle. He stayed on the floor for a couple of seconds in pain before trying to walk it off. When a stoppage in play came shortly after, though, he limped off to the locker room to get checked out.‘It was tough to play on,’ McGruder said. ‘But I just wanted the victory, so I just tried to fight through it.’The junior finished with a team-high 15 points but only shot 5-of-13 from the field in the loss to SU. He returned to the game later in the first half, but the ankle appeared to slow him down.Almost immediately after his return, he had a chance for a run-out dunk. He leapt off the injured ankle but shorted the jump, forcing him to try to lay it in instead. The ball rolled around the rim and out.Though the ankle hindered him throughout the game, McGruder still felt he and his teammates missed out on an opportunity to pull the upset.‘We just didn’t hit the shots we normally hit,’ he said. ‘We had open looks. We just didn’t take advantage of the open looks we had.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more