Vermont Jurisdictions Receiving Bulletproof Vest Grants JurisdictionGrant AmountNumber of VestsBarre City$3,549.0012Barre Town$ 227.383Bennington County$ 3,275.0010Bennington Town$ 5,600.0014Brandon Town$ 299.501Brattleboro Town$ 898.503Burlington City$ 3,294.5011Dover Town$ 2,125.007Essex Junction Village$ 1,250.004Hartford Town$ 1,198.004Middlebury Town$ 1,740.004Milton Town$ 2,097.006Montpelier City$ 1,500.005Norwich Town$ 1,500.005Orange County$ 7,815.0020Richmond Town$ 898.503Rutland City$ 4,389.0014Shelburne Town$ 4,492.5015Springfield Town$ 830.493St. Albans City$ 898.503Stowe Town$ 1,230.003Vergennes City$ 3,235.509Vermont (State)$ 5,123.98135Vernon Town$ 2,341.507Williston Town$ 559.002Windsor Town$ 1,488.006Winhall Town$ 4,300.0014Total for Vermont$ 66,200.85323WASHINGTON (WEDNESDAY, Oct. 12) ‘ US Senator Patrick Leahy US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced Wednesday that 27 towns and counties across Vermont have been awarded grants from the US Department of Justice to help purchase bulletproof vests for law enforcement officers. The grants are provided through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program, which Leahy authored in 1998. The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has helped to provide nearly one million bulletproof vests to law enforcement officers across the country, including more than 3,000 vests for Vermont officers. The new grants announced by will help offices in Vermont buy more than 320 new vests. ‘Bulletproof vests are saving lives of law enforcement officers across the country,’ said Leahy. ‘They protect those who are on the streets every day helping to keep our communities safe, and the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program has proven its life-saving value.’ The Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program provides matching federal grants to state and local authorities for the purchase of bulletproof vests. Leahy worked to include in the grant program an all-state minimum formula to ensure that all qualifying state and local jurisdictions would receive at least .5 percent of the total amount of federal funds appropriated in a given year. Over the years Leahy has worked to modify the program for the benefit of grants recipients in other ways as well. He fought to include a matching requirement to ensure that in certain smaller jurisdictions, including certain jurisdictions in Vermont, the federal grant will always amount to 50 percent of the purchase cost. Leahy also worked to include a provision in the program to allow financially struggling jurisdictions to apply for a hardship waiver of the 50 percent match requirement. Leahy has worked to reauthorize the bulletproof vests grant program since its enactment, most recently in 2008. The program is currently authorized through 2012.
First, I should say that we don’t recommend doing shots in the backcountry. Combining alcohol with adventurous sports is irresponsible and could result in a variety of dire consequences ranging from impaired decision making to hypothermia. Also, there’s a rare condition associated with boozing while hiking or biking called “having too much fun.” It’s serious. And contagious. I want to be a responsible adult, but I keep running into the same problem: bourbon tastes good. And it tastes even better when you’re deep in the woods at the end (or middle) of an epic adventure. And they make flasks so lightweight and portable these days that it seems almost silly not to take a few ounces of your favorite spirit along on your adventure. While you could sip your hooch straight from the flask like a damn animal, there are other, more civilized options for the discerning drinker. Enter the Adventure Shot Glass Set from Stanley–four stainless steel sippers that stack together and pack away in their own steel carrying case. Look at these things; they’re so cute, it would be rude not to whip them out when you reach the summit of your next peak. And any wilderness guide worth his/her salt will tell you that the number one medical issue in the backcountry isn’t a sprained ankle, it’s communicable diseases. For some reason, people are in such awe of nature that they forget to wash their hands. They go all communal and start sharing spoons and cups. But if you have these shot glasses, you don’t have to suck the bourbon straight from the flask, right after your sleazy friend with the stripper girlfriend sucks the bourbon straight from the flask. You think taking a shot of booze in the backcountry is irresponsible? Try getting herpes. See? Using these little cups is a public health issue. Be responsible.
By Nelza Oliveira / Diálogo January 24, 2020 On December 16, 2019, Brazil launched its first Integrated Border Operation Center (CIOF, in Portuguese) in Foz do Iguaçu, in the state of Paraná, as part of the VIGIA Program. The Ministry of Justice and Public Security (MJSP, in Portuguese) created the program in April, which the Secretariat of Integrated Operations (Seopi, in Portuguese) implemented.According to Wagner Mesquita, general coordinator of Seopi’s Fight against Organized Crime, CIOF is a command and control office for overt operations, to generate and share information, direct coordinated actions, and increase the use of technological tools through satellites, cameras, sensors, and drones.The VIGIA Program brings together for the first time the work of military institutions and public security agencies to protect the nearly 10,570 miles of border between 11 Brazilian states and 10 South American countries, to increase the control and fight against transborder crimes, such as smuggling, drugs, arms, and ammunition trafficking. Service members from the three forces work alongside police agencies and other federal government institutions.VIGIA includes the acquisition of cutting-edge equipment, personnel training by national and international organizations, and the installation of operational bases with integrated systems. Between April and December 2019, the program contributed to the seizure of 28.5 million smuggled cigarettes, 412 vehicles, 57.6 tons of drugs, 77 vessels, and 16 tons of pesticides.“It’s important to point out that this is the first joint effort from the institutions that operate directly on the border, with integrated work between public security agents and institutions. That’s why we had such positive results,” MJSP’s Social Communication Department told Diálogo.In 2019, the VIGIA Program held 13 trainings for its members, such as one that the Brazilian Army’s Special Operations Command conducted in September. (Photo: Brazilian Ministry of Justice and Public Security)American inspirationThroughout 2019, VIGIA held 13 classes taught by different national and foreign organizations to train its members. In November, U.S. Special Operations Command South, through VIGIA, supported classes on Operational Design and Joint Planning and Tactical Pre-Hospital Care. Members of U.S. Army’s Seventh Special Forces Group taught the classes to military, civilian, and federal police officers. Since the start of the program, 350 professionals have been trained.The United States also inspired CIOF, which based its surveillance after the guidelines that followed 9/11. CIOF’s headquarters is Foz do Iguaçu, a strategic location because of its border with Paraguay, and as one of the country’s main import and export free-trade areas. Foz do Iguaçu is also home to the Itaipú Binational Hydroelectric Dam, which generates 15 percent of the electricity consumed in Brazil and 90 percent of that consumed in Paraguay. CIOF operates from a 6,458 square-mile area at the Itaipú Technological Park.“It’s as though there was a permanent task force to prevent and take strong actions against border crimes (smuggling, drugs and arms trafficking, terrorism funding, and protection of important country structures). For this reason, Itaipú was strategically selected,” said Minister of Justice and Public Security Sérgio Moro, at the center’s inauguration.“The launch of this center will revolutionize the overt operations model. Criminal organizations became stronger, and began using modern logistics resources, and now MJSP is investing in new work methods, especially when it comes to integrated actions and information sharing,” Mesquita said at CIOF’s inauguration.
One thing banks don’t have that credit unions do have: cooperation among themselves. It’s a huge competitive advantage that has greatly benefited credit unions and their members.Credit unions work together, hence the co-op philosophy they were founded on. Credit unions exemplify this best by shared branching.Banks on the other hand, compete with one another. You can’t visit a bank that’s not your own without facing fees. That’s because banks aren’t working with one another! They’re in competition with one another.An example of shared banking includes West Virginia Central Credit Union, OCUL Service Corp, and Telbec Federal Credit Union. In sum, West VA Central CU membership is located in a city (Beckley, WV) where they didn’t have a physical branch location. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
by: Heather AndersonTwo high ranking officials at the NCUA confirmed Monday that Chairman Debbie Matz will testify before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit.The hearing, scheduled for Friday, July 24, will focus on the NCUA’s budget and other oversight issues. The financial institutions subcommittee is chaired by Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas). Wm. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) is the committee’s minority party ranking member. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Recently the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has received several partisan letters from Congress about its rulemakings; however, the need for reducing regulatory burden is the only issue addressed by a supermajority of 399 Members of Congress. The recent letter was sent by hundreds of representatives from both parties asking the CFPB to use its exemption authority to ease regulatory burden on credit unions.CUNA believes the distinction of having overwhelming support for this letter, compared with others, sends a strong message to the CFPB that regulatory relief, and tailoring rulemakings to have as little impact on consumer-friendly actors such as credit unions, is top of mind for Congress and the consumers who elected them.“We’re grateful to the 75% of Congress that reached out to CFPB Director Richard Corday to stress the importance of tailoring rules to focus on problem actors, and to relieve credit unions and their members from the adverse impact of overly broad rules,” said CUNA Chief Advocacy Officer Ryan Donovan. “In a time when compromises can be hard to come by, we’re thankful that such a large majority of both parties grasp the importance of not-for-profit, member-owned financial institutions providing access to financial services. continue reading »
This year, it was once again shown that the quality accommodation was much better filled and has a longer season and a better price. And the same trend will only continue in the coming years. PS If you want to try or implement the Rentlio Booking Engine, look for more information HERE But let’s get back to Rentlio. Use of the Rentlio Booking Engine is charged separately from their Property Management and Channel Manager systems. Given the whole situation, Rentley has decided that Booking Engine itself will be free until March 2021, after which it will be charged 2% for each booking received through Booking Engine, which is more than a fair relationship and a win-win for everyone. I am quite sure that Rentlio is now ready for intensive global expansion, even domination in a couple of years. The new “Facebook” in the world property management i channel manager? Why not? Although Rentlio already uses over 8.000 accommodation units in more than 40 countries around the world, now is the time to make a real step into the global market. Marko Mišulić, Rentlio: In the time after Covid technology plays a key role in maintaining market competitiveness What I always point out when I write about Rentley is the fact that their story went differently than the others – in fact, it went the way it should. And that is to grow smartly and organically, without foreign investment in the development phase, focused on their own strengths and resources. The entire code is the work of the Rentlio team of 18 full-time employees. It’s a longer and harder road, but we’re sure the best. Why is the Booking engine important? It is no longer necessary to emphasize that all serious and quality accommodation facilities must have their own quality website, and on it the booking engine for direct reservations. It is in everyone’s interest, in fact it should be imperative to have direct reservations, without intermediaries, because logically, so the entrepreneur is left with more money, ie the entire amount. Booking engine every serious owner of accommodation facilities should have long ago, and especially nowadays. “I think that in the time after Covid, technology will play a key role in maintaining market competitiveness. Simply, we are going through a kind of system reset. This is an opportunity for all tourist facilities to review internal processes, arrange the so-called tech stack, work on automation, etc. Whoever does not keep up with trends with quality, technology, approach, will find it much harder to recover. And that’s why I believe right now is the right time to dedicate to adapting to what’s coming to us in the future.”Misulic points out. It is on the Booking Engine website, as a direct sales channel, that it is a key addition. As Mišulić points out, direct sales will gain even more importance in post-COVID time because cost optimization of sales strategies will be extremely important. In addition, a direct sales channel provides up-sale potential towards each guest, often a neglected part of sales strategies. Persistence, knowledge, experience and ultimately a top product is a winning combination, and that’s all Rentlio. As strange as it sounds given the crisis the tourism sector is going through, so be it travel-tech, i think the best days for rentlio are yet to come. I say that because I follow their story from the very beginning and watch it develop. Of course, in order to increase direct bookings, you have to generate interesting and authentic content, have a story and “sell” the destination, and all your social networks are directed to your website, where there is also direct booking. Remember, accommodation is not a motive for coming, but a destination. Rentlio pushes. At a time when everything stopped, despite all the challenges, they focused their own efforts on the development of a new product – Rentlio Booking Engine. Good luck Rentlio! This is a big step forward because Rentlio has thus rounded off its story as a complete operating system in tourism. In the midst of the crisis that tourism is going through, working tirelessly on technology that helps tourism is an amazing move. Bravo and HAT TO THE FLOOR. “The Booking Engine that we launched last week is the only major thing missing to round out the story of Rentley as an operating system for all facilities in tourism. I cannot describe to you how proud I am of our team which, in a situation where our number of users is falling, is working focused and tirelessly to welcome the end of the crisis, whenever it is, with an even better and higher quality product that will make our customers more competitive. I have nothing to say but to be grateful to have the opportunity to work with a team of people like this. ” points out Marko Mišulić, a young Zadar entrepreneur and owner of Rentli. To conclude. Rentlio is one positive tourist story with a signature: Made in Croatia. And as I stated, it’s about your own complete rounded product, not partial solutions. Although Rentlio had its own Booking Engine solution before, they were aware that the previous Booking Engine covered only the basic functionalities. With the new Booking Engine, as they say in Rentli, they are ready to satisfy even the most demanding market segments, without losing what they are best known for – ease of use.
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Mikel Arteta furious after VAR denies Nicolas Pepe a penalty against Sheffield United Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jan 2020 5:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Nicolas Pepe was denied a penalty during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw vs Sheffield United (Picture: Sky Sports)Mikel Arteta struggled to hide his ire after Nicolas Pepe was denied a penalty during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at the Emirates.The Gunners looked on course for what would have been only their second Premier League victory under their new manager after Gabriel Martinelli prodded the home side into the lead on the stroke of half time.Pepe looked to have won a spot kick midway through the second period when he jinked his way into the box and fell over the outstretched leg of Jack O’Connell.Referee Mike Dean, officiating his 500th top flight game, failed to spot the offence and his apparent error was compounded by VAR reluctance to overturn his decision.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT ‘I think it’s very clear,’ said Arteta when asked if he thought O’Connell’s trip on Pepe should have resulted in a spot kick.‘It was the same as with Chelsea, very clear. I don’t know how many tools do we need?‘A lot of things happen and the challenge is getting bigger and bigger because we are getting a lot of bad surprises every day with some injuries and suspensions.‘But we are up for it whatever we have we have we will try our best every time we get on that pitch and we did that today.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal conceded an equaliser to John Fleck 12 minutes after stand-in skipper Alexandre Lacazette was replaced by youngster Eddie Nketiah.The France striker has now gone seven games without a goal but Arteta was pleased by the reception the former Lyon star received from the home fans when he was taken off.He added: Absolutely, I think they (the fans) are appreciating the work we are putting in here. The players with their commitment how much they want it, their attitude.‘I am so happy with the fans because it makes a huge difference when we have that type of atmosphere at home it is very helpful.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains why Gabriel Martinelli will become an Arsenal superstarMORE: Layvin Kurzawa drops Arsenal transfer hint on social media Arteta was equally unimpressed when Jorginho escaped without a second caution for an obvious shirt pulling offence during last month’s defeat against Chelsea and the Arsenal boss clearly feels his team isn’t getting the rub of the green at present.#VAR controversy at Arsenal – Arteta’s reaction says it all!#beINPL #ARSSHU pic.twitter.com/9ylX1eyo5U— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) January 18, 2020 Video Settings Advertisement Advertisement PLAY Full Screen About Connatix V67539 Comment 1 min. story
Cheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal in Louisiana, currently the only such a facility to export US shale gas overseas, has sent out less cargoes in the week ending February 14 as compared to the previous week.Five LNG vessels with a combined capacity of 17.2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) have departed the plant since Wednesday last week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its weekly natural gas report.This compares to six LNG vessels with a combined capacity of 22.6 Bcf in the week before.One tanker with a capacity of 3.8 Bcf was loading at the terminal on Wednesday.The natural gas feedstock to the Sabine Pass terminal averaged 3.2 Bcf/d during the report week as compared to 3.3 Bcf/d in the prior week.To remind, federal safety regulators have on February 8 instructed Cheniere to remove from service two of five LNG storage tanks at its Sabine Pass terminal following a gas leak last month.Cheniere’s Sabine Pass facility is the first liquefaction and export facility and currently the only such facility to ship U.S. shale gas overseas. The plant will be soon joined by Dominion’s Cove Point facility that is expected to ship its first cargo in March.There are four 0.6-Bcfd liquefaction trains operating at Sabine Pass, and a fifth is under construction and expected to enter service in mid-2019. Cheniere also plans to start its Corpus Christi plant next year. LNG World News Staff