Monday was the start of National School Lunch week and there was something to celebrate at Summit Street School in Essex Junction – a new milk contract that will provide 135 Vermont schools with milk that supports the health of our children, local farms and the environment.The Agency of Agriculture joined Vermont FEED, the Vermont Food Service Directors association to announce a new contract with Garelick Farms, based in Franklin, MA, that will provide schools with the choices they’ve been looking for, milk that comes from Vermont farms in 8 or 10 ounce recyclable plastic bottles and a chocolate milk formula with no high fructose corn syrup.”The sugar content of flavored milk can be a concern but this formula from Garelick farms, takes out the high fructose corn syrup and reduces the overall sugar content. They’ve also made sure kids still like it, and will drink it. It’s a good way to get more milk and more nutrients into our kids,” said Diane Bothfeld, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.The Vermont Food Service Directors Association (FDA) represents 135 schools in Vermont and has worked for nine years to find a milk supplier that would meet their requirements.”Due to the ability of the Food Service Directors Association to negotiate a competitive bid process and to distribute through our local food distributor we were able to bring Garelick into the picture in Vermont where it did not exist before,” said Bob Clifford, Food Service Director for Chittenden Central Supervisory Union and Co-Director of FDA.The new milk deal also provides greater support for our Vermont dairy farmers. Last year school milk contained about 40 percent Vermont milk, now 85 to 90 percent of the school milk comes from Vermont farms. The switch to Vermont milk is representative of the growing Farm to School efforts around the state. Abbie Nelson, Director of Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day) said, ‘More and more of the food in the 52,000 lunches served at Vermont schools every day comes from Vermont.’Deputy Secretary Bothfeld addressed third graders at Summit Street school about the importance of supporting local farmers and being healthy. ‘And you know what is really important, that when the milk tastes good and it is the right size, you drink more and I like that because I work with dairy farmers in Vermont and every time you guys drink more milk, they get sales and everyone does real well.”The new contract also allows schools to switch from non-recyclable wax coated cardboard containers to the recyclable plastic. “Recycling is good because if you just threw stuff away all the time it would take up the whole entire world,” said Oliver MacGillivary, a Summit Street student.It seems this switch is a win all around, thanks to the efforts of the Food Service Directors Association.Source: Vermont Agency of Agriculture
Your (kinda) daily outdoor news update for August 14, the day New York City had a black out, but not a rise in crime, in 2003, proving that New Yorkers can act like civilized humans, as long as there is no power:James River Manatee Make WavesA couple of critters in the greater James River have made headlines in the past couple of days. First the good, or at least not terrible, news:A manatee was spotted in the Appomattox River of Virginia over the weekend – the Appomattox is a major tributary of the James. As we all know, the gentle “sea cow” is a native of Florida, but it is not uncommon for the manatee to head north in the summer months when the water in Florida gets too dang hot. Instagrammer Cody Beeler caught the James River manatee on camera and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries confirmed that it was, in fact, a sea cow. They dispatched personnel to track it down. Just for reference, manatees have been spotted as far north as Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Manatees are super cute, and majestic, and have been in Florida for 45 million years, which is great, but the best part of this whole story is the guy in the background of the original video who states it’s “like a giant poop.” Which, of course, it is.In less enjoyably inconsequential James River news, a Virginia Commonwealth University study has turned up high levels of a potentially liver-damaging toxin in blue crabs found in the river. The toxin, microcystin, is the result of harmful blue-green algae, builds up in the crabs during certain times of the year, and according to the study’s leader, “the toxins build up to levels that the World Health Organization considers unsafe for consumption.” Well, as can be expected, after the findings were released the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Virginia Department of Health immediately started damage control. You can read their comments on the matter at the Huffington Post.Calling All Paddlers!A unique opportunity has come up for paddlers in West Virginia. American Whitewater has requested a flow study for the New River Dries, and is inviting all paddlers to participate. The first of a series of studies will commence on August 21 and 22, to assess the recreational flow needs for whitewater paddling as part of the Hawks News Hydroelectric Project relicensing. The dam will release at 500cfs on the 22nd and 1000cfs on the 23rd – later this fall they will test up to 3000cfs – and the data/surveys collected from paddlers will be used to negotiate flow releases over the next few years. This is important stuff, so anyone and everyone who can participate should do so.More information on the study, how to sign up, and where to go can be found on AmericanWhitewater.org.Atlanta Fly Fishing and BeerThe Atlanta Journal Constitution is in love with the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, or at least writer Jon Waterhouse is. At the beginning of August, Waterhouse penned an ode to the fly fishing trail, including a history of the trail and the best spots to hit. He also includes a handy guide to being prepared that includes wearing polarized sunglasses and wearing earth tones. This could be a boon to NC fly guides, but could also be frustrating to have a bunch of city-slickers invading the rivers. Read it here.In other news, one of our favorite fly fishing blogs powered by two Blue Ridge natives, Gink & Gasoline, put out a list of breweries that go out of their way to help protect fish. Tops on the list is Sweetwater Brewing Company out of, where else, Atlanta, GA. Not only do they have a rainbow trout in their logo, they also donate hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Save the River Campaign. Other notables include New Belgium, Sierra Nevada, and surprisingly Anheuser-Busch. On the other end of the spectrum is Coors. Don’t drink Coors.
The Ecuadorean Armed Forces captured 19 suspected members of Colombian illegal armed groups (GIA, for its Spanish acronym) in border control operations with their neighboring country during 2012, and destroyed guerrilla camps and drug plantations, the area of the Northern Operational Command, according to reports from December 30. “The detainees are suspected members of illegal armed groups, arrested on the northern border (with Colombia) in military operations carried out in 2012,” the spokesman for the Ecuadorean forces, Colonel Patricio Quelal told AFP. He added that according to the figures from the 48 military and 15,000 support missions for the security of the State in the border areas with Colombia (720 km), the Armed Forces also located and destroyed 19 bases and nine GIA hideouts based in Ecuadorean territory, as well as 173,385 cocaine plants and 3,000 poppy plants. The Armed Forces deployed 36,000 men in the operations, in which they also seized 96 weapons, (including four rifles), ammunition, grenades, missiles, food and medicine. The Command’s work on the border with Colombia has the “aim of maintaining national sovereignty and neutralizing the actions of illegal armed groups that are involved in the illicit trade of weapons, ammunition, explosives and fuel,” added the Military unit in a statement. Quito and Bogotá are promoting their relations after a diplomatic crisis following a Colombian Military attack on a clandestine Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) camp on Ecuadorean territory on May 1, 2008, which resulted in Ecuador breaking off diplomatic relations. During the operation 25 people died among whom was the FARC’s number two, Raúl Reyes, who was also an Ecuadorean national. Diplomatic relations were resumed in November 2010. By Dialogo January 04, 2013
Court employee code of conduct contemplated Associate Editor Thinking of sending a big fruit basket to the court clerks to thank them for helping you file that motion at 4:59 p.m. — just in the nick of time?How about getting in the good graces of the chief judge’s assistant you were a bit snippy with over the phone with a thoughtful gift certificate to her favorite store?Tempted to hire that super efficient assistant court administrator to help with paperwork back at your firm after hours?Forget about it. It’s Florida, and the rules are different now.At least that’s what 11th Circuit Judge Scott Silverman hopes, as chair of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, which has come up with a proposed Code of Conduct for Court Employees.The underlying premise of the proposed code, Silverman said, is to make this clear to court employees: “You will be held to higher standards. Court employees, like judges, should be held to a higher standard than any other government employees. The judicial system represents the final bastion where an individual can receive justice. And the perception must also remain inviolate and sacred.”It wasn’t so much that rampant abuses had sprung to attention. Rather, Silver-man said, the need for a code was exposed when a judge asked the committee the following question: “May a judge and/or court employee accept gifts, including money and redeemable gift certificates, from lawyers, vendors, or other third parties?”And in JEAC Op. 2000-08 (March 1, 2000), the committee responded firmly that judges may not accept such gifts.But, then, the committee’s opinion acknowledged a gaping hole when it comes to court employees: “The Code of Judicial Conduct does not directly preclude court employees from accepting money and redeemable gift certificates from lawyers, vendors, or other third parties. Nevertheless, a judge is ethically obligated to instruct court personnel to act in a manner consistent with the judge’s ethical duties and obligations by directing them not to accept such donations.”That opinion recognized that “it is extraordinarily difficult, and nearly impossible, for judges to maintain exhaustive oversight over court employees.”And so, the new proposed code was born.“The code is long overdue, yet it is probably one of the finest in the country,” said Judge Silverman, appreciative of the time of the committee members made of up 10 judges and one attorney, with help from a court administrator, court clerk, counsel for the court clerks association, law students and a professor at the University of Miami Law School’s Center for Ethics and Public Service.“The feds have one and it is absolutely unreadable,” Silverman said. “Arizona has one that is readable, but terse. And the American Judicature Society has one.”Once again, Florida is in the forefront.“An entire branch of government in a state the size of Florida needs a code which regulates the conduct of its employees when dealing amongst itself and with the public,” Silverman said. “This code sets forth minimum standards that should be allowed in order to foster and garner an independent judiciary which will be held in high esteem.”The biggest debate Silverman’s committee dealt with in drafting the code was whether to include court clerks, since they really are independently recognized constitutional officers in the state and technically not employees of the court.“They do courtroom work. They are court clerks, with the emphasis on the word court,” Judge Silverman said in justifying why they should be included. “They represent the face of the judicial system.”Silverman acknowledged the court clerks “were not happy about it.”Fred Baggett, general counsel for the Florida Association of Court Clerks, said in earlier drafts of the committee, clerks and clerk deputies were described as court employees, but the final draft addresses the distinction to his satisfaction.“They are not court employees. The final draft recognizes that and goes on to say that the intent of the code is to apply to those clerks and employees of clerks only when operating under a judge’s supervision,” Baggett said.What is the distinction?“Good question,” Baggett said. “The Supreme Court has tried to determine that. Generally speaking, it’s where the functions of the court require the assistance of the clerk, the clerk is operating as an arm of the court. And while they are under the general supervision, that is not to say the judge has the right or ability to say how they do their job. How the clerk does their job is more the clerk’s business than the court’s business.”Baggett continued that the “code is not to interfere with the clerk determining the appropriateness or inappropriateness of the action.. . . The clerk is still in charge.”While he can’t speak for individual clerks, Baggett said, “I can speak for the association, and the association does not object to the code. What we have found is almost all clerks already have their own code of conduct, many of which are more stringent than this.”The preamble to the proposed code makes it clear the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee is not creating rights for employees, but is simply giving guidance on minimum acceptable conduct. It is not intended that every transgression of the code result in disciplinary action, though some — such as taking home office supplies — call for criminal prosecution.“Whether disciplinary action is appropriate, and the degree of discipline to be imposed, should be determined through a reasonable and reasoned application of the text and should depend on such factors as the seriousness of the transgression, whether there is a pattern of improper activity, and the effect of the improper activity on others or on the judicial system,” the proposed code states.Just as the committee gives advisory opinions on judicial ethics, Silverman said he foresees the committee doing the same with court employees so that there are consistent standards of conduct throughout the state.“While we realize this would be taking on much more responsibility, we need to have statewide consistency. We don’t want a patchwork quilt, or hodgepodge, of opinions,” Silverman said.The next step is for the Florida Supreme Court to publish the proposed code and seek comments.“They may change it a lot, or not at all,” Silverman said.To see highlights of the Proposed Code of Conduct, click here. Court employee code of conduct contemplated July 1, 2002 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Cinco de Mayo is on Sunday, which means muchos Mexican-themed, cerveza-fueled fiestas are planned Saturday and Sunday across Long Island to celebrate the national holiday for America’s allies south of the border.The events range from fundraisers for Superstorm Sandy survivors and family events for the kids to local bars and restaurants offering specials on burritos, margaritas and Coronas—so break out that souvenir sombrero from Cancun.But, before leaving the house in a poncho, here’s a quick North American history refresher lesson: Cinco de Mayo is not—like some people mistakenly believe—Mexican Independence Day, which is Sept.16.The holiday commemorates the Battle of Puebla, when Mexican forces turned back invading French troops in 1862—a symbol of resiliency for the world’s most populous Spanish-speaking nation.And for those who still remember their high school Spanish 101, here’s a potentially useful bonus factoid—a Mexican saying that may come in handy on the Long Island Rail Road this weekend: “A boca de borracho, oídos de cantinero.”It translates to “the mouth of drunk, ears of barman.” It basically means ignore the loud drunks.Saturday10 a.m.-5 p.m., Cinco de Mayo Dive Meet, Nassau County Aquatic Center, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, 516-572-0501.2-4 p.m., Cinco de Mayo at the Long Island Children’s Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, 516-224-5800.Cinco de Mayo Kickoff Party, Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub, 275 Rte 25A, Miller Place, 631-331-5454. $4 Coronas and margaritas.May 4-5: Cinco de Mayo Weekend at The Nutty Irishman. 323 Main St. Farmingdale. 516-293-9700. $4 Coronas, 8-10 p.m.Sunday11 a.m.-2 p.m., Cinco de Mayo Festival at the Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market. 4558 Sound Ave, Aquebogue, 631-523-660811 a.m.-2 p.m., Cinco de Mayo at the Long Island Game Farm Wildlife Park. 638 Chapman Blvd, Manorville, 631-878-6644. www.longislandgamefarm.com12-2:30 p.m. or 3-5:30 p.m., Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Kid’s Fun Skate. United Skates of America, 1276 Hicksville Rd. Seaford, 516-795-5474.2 p.m., Cinco de Mayo: Serenata Mexicana. The Suffolk Theater, 118 E. Main St. Riverhead, 631- 727-4343. $35.2-3 p.m., Latin Music. Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages, 1200 Route 25A Stony Brook, 631-751-00662-5 p.m., Mambo Loco at Martha Clara Vineyards. 6025 Sound Ave. Riverhead, 631-298-00753-8 p.m., Cinco de Mayo Party, Sandy survivor fundraiser, Knights of Columbus, 2333 Bellmore Ave., Bellmore, 516-785-9407. $40.3-9 p.m., Cinco de Mayo at Pefecto Mundo Latin Bistro. 1141-1 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, 631-864-2777.10 p.m.-12 a.m., Cinco de Mayo at Lily Flanagan’s Pub. 345 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-539-0816Cinco de Mayo Party at Dublin Deck. 325 River Ave, Patchogue, 631-207-0370.Cinco de Moe’s at Moe’s Southwest Grill, multiple locations. Homewrecker burrito, chips and salsa for $5 and bobblehead Cinco de Moe’s collector’s cups.Margaritas and Fajitas at Cozymel’s Mexican Grill, 1177 Corporate Dr., Westbury.11 a.m.-12 a.m.Buy two tacos get one free at Chico’s Tex-Mex Restaurant, 18 Berryhill Rd., Syosset, 516-802-3500. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.$2 tacos, $5 nacho platters, $3 beers and $4 margaritas and sangrias at Swell Taco, 135 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, 631-482-1299. 12-4 p.m.$5 margaritas, $3 beers, free giveaways, Don Juan’s, multiple locations.-Compiled by Danny Mounce
A very interesting and exceptional idea of positioning Sinj as a destination for weddings will certainly arouse great interest of newlyweds who want a unique wedding experience. River Cetina / Sinj Tourist Board Also, this form of tourism would promote small crafts and companies that aim to strengthen their competitiveness in relation to other cities in Dalmatia and to turn Sinj into an elegant destination for many weddings, it was explained on the official website of the City. And all under the slogan: “Say yes in the city of Sinj! ” / “ Say yes in the city of Sinj!” “I think that this is a big step forward in the development of this part of Croatia because we believe that we have the potential and excellent offer of various types of weddings. And this was recognized by the City of Sinj and the Tourist Board of the City of Sinj, with whom we are going on a project.”Concludes Gusić. This year, for the first time, the City of Sinj was one of the sponsors of the Split wedding fair “Wedding Day”. With this, Sinj showed the initiative to promote the city as a romantic destination for wedding ceremonies. The idea of the Split wedding fair is the development of the so-called “wedding destination”, ie a form of tourism that is developing rapidly, and the goal of the city of Sinj is to impose itself as an ideal destination for newlyweds to choose for their “big day”. “We came up with the idea to create a project that would bring together all small Sinj crafts and companies dealing with the theme of weddings and to present them through online and offline channels to develop entrepreneurship in the city of Sinj. Thanks to the many natural, cultural, historical and traditional riches, the whole city has the potential to become a wedding stage”, Said Marija Knežević Gusić, author of the project and owner of Angelus Communications, a public relations and marketing agency. “The emphasis is on foreign guests, but we must not neglect the domestic ones. Sinj is special because there are five wedding dress salons and halls in one street, but this needs to be raised to a higher level in order to attract foreign guests.” In addition to traditional weddings in the Church, Sinj also offers alternative, adventurous weddings. “Perućko Lake, the Cetina River and the surrounding area are ideal places for adventurous weddings that include facilities such as riding and riding quad motorcycles (quad bikes)”, Knezevic Gusic points out. In terms of accommodation capacity, a new five-star hotel is under construction in the center of Sinj as part of the historic palace. “We also offer private luxury villas with larger capacities, but also smaller family hotels. We currently do not have the capacity for huge weddings, but that is why we are ideal for more intimate weddings of about thirty guests.” Photo: City of Sinj / sinj.hr, Cover photo: Pexels.com “Regarding the further promotion of this form of tourism, the plan is to enter into cooperation with domestic and foreign agencies for the organization of weddings and travel agencies that bring guests. We also plan to create a website where we will present the entire offer”, Explains Knezevic Gusic. This is supported by Sinj’s trump cards such as the beautiful park and promenade, the natural beauty of the Cetina, luxury hotels, top restaurants, wedding streets, numerous wedding halls, beauty salons, flower shops, jewelry stores and catering, but also beautiful and romantic views of the city.
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‘A little bit weird’ European nations including Belgium, France, Germany and Greece have begun lifting border restrictions, hoping to save the summer tourism season.Spain has continued to reopen tourist sites, with the Alhambra palace the latest to welcome visitors back on Wednesday.But life is far from normal in Europe.Sweden passed the grim mark of 5,000 deaths, as cracks began to emerge in the political consensus the government has until now enjoyed over its softer approach.The Public Health Agency said it had recorded 5,041 COVID-19 deaths, giving it the world’s fifth highest death rate at 499.1 per million inhabitants.The German government plans to ban large events until at least the end of October, according to a draft policy document seen by AFP on Wednesday.And political leaders are also keen to protect themselves from the virus — anyone visiting Russian leader Vladimir Putin at his country residence must walk through a device that sprays them from above and the side with disinfectant.The most visible sign of normality was the return of the English Premier League when Aston Villa kicked off against Sheffield United.All games will be played in empty stadiums, possibly with cardboard cut-outs of supporters in the stands and piped-in crowd sounds. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said things would still be “a little bit weird”.UEFA, meanwhile, announced that the 2019-2020 Champions League, suspended since March, will be completed in a ‘final eight’ format in Lisbon in August.The closing stages of the women’s Champions League will also go ahead in an eight-team straight knock-out tournament in Bilbao and San Sebastian, in Spain at the end of August. ‘Situation is serious’ And amid a frenzied scramble to find a treatment or a vaccine, British researchers announced that a common steroid could reduce deaths among COVID-19 patients.However, the lack of a vaccine means nations continue to rely on lockdowns or other lesser restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. Beijing ordered further restrictions on Wednesday after reporting 31 more cases, taking its total to 137 in the past six days in an outbreak linked to a sprawling wholesale market called Xinfadi.More than 1,200 flights were cancelled in the capital on Wednesday, state media reported, schools were shut and residents were urged not to leave their homes.The authorities are carrying out thousands of tests.”The situation is serious and people don’t want to come out,” said Bai Xue, a worker at a Beijing restaurant that has put up a notice online saying it has not sourced food from Xinfadi.Chinese officials have ruled out the possibility that the outbreak was caused by Norwegian salmon, prompting Norway to call for the resumption of sales.While China fears a full-blown second wave, nations such as India are just beginning to feel the full force of the pandemic.The South Asian nation of 1.3 billion people reported more than 2,000 deaths on Wednesday, bringing its total to nearly 12,000 — the fourth-highest caseload in the world.Hospitals in the financial capital Mumbai have been overwhelmed and authorities in New Delhi have taken over hotels and banquet halls to house patients.While there have been surges in Iran and Saudi Arabia, Latin America remains the global epicenter.Brazil, the worst-hit nation after the United States, reported its highest daily jump in cases, and Peru’s toll surged past 7,000 — although officials said the number of new cases had begun to fall.The president of Honduras became the latest public figure to test positive for the virus, Juan Orlando Hernandez telling journalists his symptoms were mild and he would work from home.A study in Britain provided respite, researchers finding that a widely available steroid called dexamethasone reduced deaths by one third among the most severely ill patients.”Dexamethasone is inexpensive, on the shelf, and can be used immediately to save lives worldwide,” said Oxford professor Peter Horby.World Health Organization head Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus congratulated scientists for the “lifesaving scientific breakthrough”. China closed schools in Beijing and restricted air travel from the capital on Wednesday to halt an outbreak of coronavirus cases and dampen fears of a second wave, as India’s death toll spiked and Sweden’s went above 5,000.The new Chinese cluster and surging infections in Latin America and South Asia have raised fresh doubts about how quickly the world can control a pandemic that has so far caused more than 443,000 deaths from more than eight million infections.The pandemic has forced sports, entertainment and cultural events off the calendar for the past three months, but the resumption of the English Premier League on Wednesday after a 100-day exile marked a return to something like normality. Topics :
US President Donald Trump declared that catching the COVID-19 was a “blessing from God” that exposed him to experimental treatments he vowed would become free for all Americans, in a video address released on Wednesday.Trump, eager to revitalize his ailing re-election campaign two days after his release from Walter Reed military hospital, repeatedly stressed how well he felt so far in his recovery from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. It was unclear if he was still testing positive for the virus.”I think this was a blessing from God that I caught it. This was a blessing in disguise,” Trump said, adding that his use of the medication from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc had allowed him to experience first-hand how effective it could be. Trump, who has been widely criticized for a slow response to the pandemic that has killed more than 210,000 Americans and putting his own staff at risk by discouraging the use of masks in the White House and on the campaign trail, also cited similar medication from Eli Lilly and Co.”I want to get for you what I got. And I’m going to make it free,” Trump said, at one point calling the unapproved medicine a “cure.”The timing of the video’s recording was unclear. Trump said in the message that he had gotten back to the White House “a day ago,” suggesting he was speaking on Tuesday. But Trump’s chief of staff, Mark Meadows, said the video was recorded earlier on Wednesday.The video’s release followed White House assurances that the 74-year-old president was back at the Oval Office on Wednesday, getting briefed about economic stimulus talks and Hurricane Delta. A White House official said Trump entered the office from the Rose Garden to avoid walking through the White House hallways and possibly exposing others to the coronavirus.Chief of staff Mark Meadows, who briefed Trump in personal protective gear, said the White House was keeping access to the Oval Office extremely limited.Trump had been in his residence in the White House since his dramatic made-for-video return from Walter Reed in a helicopter on Monday night.Trump, who faces Democrat Joe Biden in the November election, has had no COVID-19 symptoms for the past 24 hours, his doctor Sean Conley said in a statement.”He’s now been fever-free for more than four days, symptom-free for over 24 hours, and has not needed, nor received, any supplemental oxygen since initial hospitalization,” Conley said.Despite his illness, Trump has been looking for ways to get his election message out and cut into Biden’s lead in battleground states, advisers said. His video message appeared to be a step in that direction.A speech to senior voters is being contemplated for Thursday, they said.Vice President Mike Pence’s debate with Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris in Salt Lake City will take center stage of the campaign on Wednesday evening.Aides say Trump is impatient to get back on the campaign trail and insistent on going ahead with the next debate on Oct. 15 in Miami, but Biden said on Tuesday he will not participate if Trump is not virus-free.The new claim on free medications came the day after Trump abruptly ended talks with Democrats on a new round of stimulus for a pandemic-pounded economy, with both sides far apart on how much money to devote to a deal.Both Biden and the top Democrat in the US Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accused Trump of abandoning needy Americans.”The president turned his back on you,” Biden said in a Twitter post.With layoffs in key industries mounting by the day and threatening the fragile recovery, Trump late on Tuesday urged Congress to quickly pass $25 billion in funding for passenger airlines, $135 billion for small businesses and provide $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans.But White House officials on Wednesday downplayed the likelihood of any kind of stimulus being passed before the election.Trump’s drive to get Judge Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the vacant seat on the Supreme Court by the Republican-controlled Senate before the election also may be in doubt, since three Republican senators infected with the virus may not be able to vote.Topics :
March 06, 2019 New Low-Interest Financing from Wolf Administration to Support Small Business Expansion, Building Acquisition Economy, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced four new low-interest loan approval through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) program. The loans will enable the expansion of two small Lancaster County businesses and a campground business in Armstrong County to expand. They will also support the purchase of a leased industrial building in Bucks County.“When businesses are looking to grow and create jobs, they often need access to capital,” Governor Wolf said. “PIDA provides that capital at low interest rates, which is especially crucial for small businesses. These projects approved today will help these businesses expand and boost their local economies.”So far in 2019, PIDA has approved $6,275,000 in low interest loans that have resulted in $14,639,685 in private investment and supported 89 created and retained full-time jobs. This month’s meeting included the approval of four projects totaling just over $1 million in Armstrong, Bucks, Lancaster, and York counties.The approved projects were as follows:Armstrong CountyBear Ridge Campground & RV Resort LLC was approved for a $200,000, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent fixed rate through the Southwestern Pennsylvania Corporation. The loan will enable the company to acquire a 68-acre campground property located in Boggs Township. The campground features a 3,000-square-foot lodge with a full kitchen, restrooms, game room, and a community center. The property also includes a 40-foot in-ground pool, a retail store, a three-acre lake for fishing and boating, three pavilions, two playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, and two rental cabins. The project is expected to retain one full-time employee.Bucks CountyGWJD Real Estate LP, a real estate holding entity, was approved for a $388,000, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent fixed rate through Bucks County Economic Development Corporation. The loan will enable the company to purchase an 18,000-square-foot multi-occupancy industrial building in Lower Southampton Township. The facility is currently leased by eight tenants.Lancaster CountyPassenger Coffee Roasting, LLC, a specialty coffee roaster in the city of Lancaster, was approved for a $220,000, 15-year loan at a 2.75 percent seven year reset rate through EDC Finance Corporation. The loan will enable the company to renovate a newly-purchased industrial location on Plum Street into a food-grade processing facility. The company will retain 11 full-time jobs as a result of this project.York CountyPrince Street Café LLC was approved for a $200,000, 7-year loan at a 3.75 percent fixed rate through York County Economic Development Corporation. The loan will enable Prince Street Café, a successful cafe in downtown Lancaster, to open a second location on West Market St. in York City. The project includes leasehold improvements and furniture, fixtures, and equipment needed to establish the York café.PIDA is an independent authority staffed and regulated through the Department of Community and Economic Development. The authority provides capital for building acquisition, construction and renovation work, machinery, and equipment loans along with working capital lines of credit, primarily for manufacturers, industrial developers, research and development firms, agricultural processors, and employers looking to establish national or regional headquarters in Pennsylvania.For more information about the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and other DCED initiatives, visit dced.pa.gov. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter