Governor Cuomo Asking Congress For $61 Billion Amid COVID Outbreak

first_imgImage by Darren McGee / Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY — New York Governor Andrew is calling for $61 billion in federal aid to help with costs associated with the Coronavirus pandemic.On Tuesday, the Governor asked for more money from Congress to fund schools, local governments, and hospitals.Otherwise, he says they could see a 20 percent cut in spending.“To get this economy back up and running. we’re going to need an intelligent stimulus bill from Washington,” said Governor Cuomo Tuesday. The Governor said the bill in Congress should not include so-called “political pork.” He also said he hopes this will be a time for the federal government to “re-imagine America.”“The investment in public infrastructure is long overdue. They’ve talked about this for years. There are dozens and dozens of reports that will talk about the bad shape of our roads and our bridges and how bad our airports are compared to international airports,” he said.Last month the National Governor’s Association asked federal lawmakers for $500 billion to help fund states. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Norbert Leo Butz to Become a Big Fish at Netflix

first_img View Comments Butz is next slated to reunite with Big Fish co-star Kate Baldwin for a one-night-only concert of The Goodbye Girl on April 7. He earned Tony Awards for Catch Me If You Can and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. His additional Broadway credits include Rent, Wicked, Thou Shalt Not, Is He Dead?, Speed-the-Plow, Enron and Dead Accounts. Star Files Norbert Leo Butz has found his silver lining to the premature closing of Broadway’s Big Fish. According to Deadline, the Tony winner has boarded Netflix’s psychological thriller from the creators of Damages, Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler, along with Sony Pictures TV.center_img Butz will star as the charming extrovert Kevin, the youngest of the tight-knit Rayburn siblings, opposite Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini. Owner of a boat repair yard, Kevin believes he is the unofficial mayor of the small coastal town in which the series is based. The show centers on the secrets that are revealed when the eldest brother and black sheep of the family Danny (Mendelsohn), returns home. Sissy Spacek also stars. Norbert Leo Butzlast_img read more

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Hort short course

first_imgPeople interested in growing things come from all angles. For three big groups — gardeners, greenhouse growers and nursery, landscape and turf professionals — three universities from three states have put together the Tri-state Horticulture Short Course Aug. 23 in Milton, Fla.Georgia, Florida and Auburn may fight it out in sports, but their extension services have joined to put on quite a program. From 9 a.m. until 4:35 p.m. in three parallel tracks, 18 university and industry experts will speak in 24 sessions, eight in each track.Home gardeners will have sessions on coastal plain soils, effective use of screens, water-wise landscapes, thirsty butterflies, garden plants, weeds in turf, insects and flowering vines.Greenhouse topicsThe greenhouse folks will learn about plant growth regulators, potting-mix basics, plant diseases, insect ID, heat-loving annuals, greenhouse safety, Boston ferns and fertilizers.And the nursery, landscape and turf track includes ornamental grasses, insect ID, turf weed control, container crop weeds, new landscape plants, pot-in-pot production, worker safety and water testing.Pesticide applicator license holders will get 6 credits in category 24.The fee is $55 and includes lunch. You must preregister by Aug. 10. You can register on-line (wfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/WFREC/horticulture/horticulture.htm). For more information, call Robin Vickers at (850) 983-5216, extension 100.last_img read more

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Grocery List Complete: NetGrocer.com Now Offers Perishable and Frozen Foods

first_imgColchester VT- As summer settles in and temperatures rise, consumers looking for their favorite frozen treat no longer have to wait for the sound of the ice cream truck. Now, frozen and perishable goods can come to their homes on demand, thanks to MyWebLink and NetGrocer.com, the online provider of “Groceries and more, delivered straight to your door.”NetGrocer.com, a leading online grocery store for 11 years, now provides next day delivery to customers East of the Mississippi of perishable and frozen food orders over $35.00. “Now, customers can order anything they want from the grocery store without leaving their home,” said Drew Vitulano, General Manager of NetGrocer. “Our customers have always loved the time-saving convenience of online ordering, and this new service completes the picture.”MyWebLink of Colchester, Vermont, created the technology for the new service on NetGrocer. “We are excited about this new expansion of Netgrocer service,” said MyWebLink Vice President Alec Newcomb. “As a company focused on the needs of food related retailers and manufacturers it has been exciting to enable the dramatic growth at NetGrocer this year.”Customers are able to order everything on their grocery list, including dairy, deli, meat, seafood, and frozen items right from their home, guaranteed to arrive next day. Already, response has been very positive. Customer D. Ponder wrote to say, “I received my first order containing frozen items a couple of weeks ago & just wanted to let you know how pleased I am! Everything was in perfect condition and the cold packs were still frozen solid even after sitting on my deck all afternoon here in Florida in 90-degree heat!”Newcomb said, “This is an exciting time for NetGrocer.com. It’s thrilling to be able to use technology to make consumers’ lives easier. In an age where gaining even a few minutes a day counts as a victory, it’s very satisfying to enable people to save an hour or more per week. That really adds up.”About MyWebLinkMyWebLink provides Advertising, Internet Marketing, and E-commerce expertise for progressive businesses. Leading retail organizations like Kraft Foods, Campbell’s, NetGrocer, and Newman’s Own rely on MyWebLink to power applications that increase revenue, reduce costs and streamline operations. For more information, please visit http://www.myweblink.com(link is external).last_img read more

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Panetta Says Violent Extremism Threatens Latin America

first_img Even in a region where some of the United States’ closest military partners are steadily improving national stability and security, the threat of violent extremism is spreading, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Brasilia on April 24. During a weeklong trip that included stops in Bogotá, Colombia; Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Santiago, Chile, the secretary met with military and political leaders to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to help with common defense challenges. Increasingly, one of those challenges involves violent extremist organizations and the growing engagement of Iran in the region. “We always have a concern about, in particular, the [Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps] and efforts by the IRGC to expand their influence, not only throughout the Middle East but also into this region,” Panetta said during a briefing en route to Colombia. “In my book,” he added, “that relates to expanding terrorism.” In March, in written testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, detailed the regional activities of Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shi’a Muslim militant group and political party, and Iran. Southcom’s area of responsibility includes Central America, South America and the Caribbean. “We do see evidence of international terrorist groups benefitting from the intertwined systems of illicit trafficking and money laundering in our AOR,” Fraser said. In South America, funding for Hezbollah is raised through charitable donations as well as through drug trafficking and dealing in counterfeit and pirated goods, he said. In 2011, the U.S. Treasury Department identified the Lebanese Canadian Bank as a “primary money laundering concern” for its role in facilitating money laundering activities of Ayman Joumaa and his Lebanon-based drug trafficking network, which also channeled financial support to Hezbollah. Joumaa also is accused of smuggling U.S.-bound cocaine through Central America and Mexico and laundering money for Mexican narco-trafficking cartel Los Zetas, and many Colombian and Venezuelan suppliers. “In addition to Hezbollah supporters throughout South America, the region is home to a small number of violent extremist organizations, Fraser said. “We remain vigilant for the potential radicalization of homegrown extremists,” the general added. “We take Iranian activity in the hemisphere seriously and we monitor its activities closely,” Fraser said. The expansion of terrorism is an area of concern for the region and its partners, Panetta said. “I hope we can work together,” the secretary added, “to make sure that all the steps are taken to ensure that anything that encourages terrorism can be fought against.” By Dialogo April 27, 2012last_img read more

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3 potential benefits of getting small-business loans from a credit union

first_imgby: Steve NicastroAre you looking for a small-business loan to grow your company? You might be able to find a great deal at a local credit union, a nonprofit financial institution that is owned and controlled by its members.For a small upfront deposit into a savings account, you can join a credit union located in your community and save money on financial products such as mortgages, credit cards, checking accounts and business loans.Here are three potential benefits of obtaining small-business loans from a credit union and some tips to increase your chances of loan approval.1. ‘Willing and able to lend money’Credit union business loans have increased every year since the start of the recession, says Mike Schenk, vice president of economics and statistics at the Credit Union National Association, a nonprofit national trade association serving U.S. credit unions. continue reading » 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Your members are focused on COVID-19 – your marketing needs to be, too

first_imgIf you’re like most credit unions, your marketing has been all about triage over the past, chaotic, few weeks.You’ve doubled down on digital tools, told your members about closed branch lobbies and new drive-thru services, communicated refined loan offerings, and explained skip-a-payment programs. You’ve worked hard to keep members in the loop and strike the right tone and message in these uncertain times.But, now what?At a time when even your most financially stable members are feeling vulnerable, every marketing message, campaign, and touch point needs to hone in on one key message: “We’re here to help our community navigate the financial stress of COVID-19.” Why this one message and not “we’re all in this together”? Because the reality is that we’re not. This isn’t one pandemic, it’s a multitude of pandemics. And, different groups — hourly workers, those with savings, parents, single people, people with underlying conditions, health care workers, and more — are being affected very differently. Callahan & Associates, in partnership with Gallup, notes that over 58% of credit union members feel financial disruption affecting them directly. This is higher than for the general population, and the members most affected by the crisis feel the least supported by their credit union. This research found that “people who don’t think their credit union cares about them are less likely to take advantage of available resources, less likely to employ those resources in an optimal way, and less likely to reach out for help before things become desperate.”It has never been more critical for our members to know that we have their back and that we are here to support them, emotionally and financially.Leading with a cause—why it’s more important than everThere’s strong evidence consumers and employees want to engage with organizations that strive to make a difference.[1] [2]  Credit unions have always been about “people helping people” and “people before profits,” and we’ve long said that how you serve your community should be an integral part of your credit union’s brand.There’s no better time to focus on cause marketing – and no “cause” more critical than helping members deal with COVID-19.Consumers are acutely aware of how organizations are responding to this crisis and holding them to a high standard. The Trust Barometer Special Report: Brand Trust and the Coronavirus Pandemic just released by Edelman, a global communications firm, revealed the following:90% of global consumers believe brands should protect their employees and suppliers and tackle social struggles during the coronavirus pandemic.69% of US participants say a brand would lose their trust forever if they witness it valuing profits over people during the pandemic.61% say a brand’s response during the crisis will have a major effect on whether or not they’ll purchase from it in the future.COVID-19 is our collective cause and any other marketing message feels tone deaf. Putting COVID-19 front and center will ensure your marketing message is relevant and on-point—and play a role in your credit union’s short- and long-term success.Ready to get started?  The 3 C’s provide a great foundation.#1 – Core FocusPut your proposed messages to a pandemic-centered, core focus test.Deliver a message that’s clear, concise and easy to understand. This is a time of enormous stress. Be straightforward, positive, and uplifting. Regardless of your pre-crisis brand position, now isn’t the time for marketing messages that are clever, whimsical, humorous or complicated.Look to distinguish vs. differentiate. Figuring out how to differentiate yourself in the sea of competitors, including other credit unions, used to be the hardest thing for a credit union to do. But, now the credit union mission — people helping people, being there for our members — is the perfect message, because the goal is not to differentiate yourself in your marketing, it’s to distinguish yourself.Be authentic. Don’t just say you’re supporting members during the crisis, prove it. For instance, if you promise hard-hit members a fast turnaround and affordable personal loans, you need a robust online application and appropriate underwriting standards.Make your message relevant to members and the larger community. Your members are worried and it’s your job to reassure them. Don’t let fear and uncertainty shut down your communication efforts. “Silence is one of those deadly things,” stressed Casey Boggs, president of ReputationUS, a PR firm.Be sure to do the following:Pull irrelevant content from your home page. “If your banner on the front page is talking about home equity rates, or something that just masks the pressure of what’s really going on here, it really just sends a bad message that you are not all in,” said Boggs. “(Members are thinking) ‘I need some kind of strength here, and my money is with you. Give people a sense of comfort and be a beacon of (fiscal) health.”Listen to members. Jim Morrell, CEO of Peninsula Community Federal Credit Union in Puget Sound, Washington, was at the early epicenter of the U.S. COVID-19 crisis. “At first we were anticipating what we could do for them, which really didn’t meet their needs. We came to realize that personal finance is a lot more personal than it is finance.”Leverage the power of small. “Getting a few hundred extra bucks into people’s pockets may not seem like a lot, but to the individual consumers, it means everything,” said George Hofheimer, executive vice president of research and development at Filene Research Institute.Maryland’s SECU Credit Union created a matching grant pool of $300,000 to be dispersed via $500 grants; grant recipients had to show their need was specifically linked to the pandemic.  “We had to balance what was a sizable amount to make an impact with spreading it to as many members as we can,” said Becky Smith, EVP, chief strategy and marketing officer at SECU.#2 – Commitment to TransparencyAsk the average credit union how they make an impact on their community, and many struggle to answer that question. In fact, according to our friends at Filene Research Institute, none of the credit unions they interviewed for a recent report (Choosing Relevance: How Credit Unions Can Harness Transparency and Show Impact) had:Quantified the role and impacts of the credit union and its membersCompared its impact priorities with the objectively known needs of its members and communityDeveloped a robust set of sustainability goals and metricsIn short, credit unions don’t tend to truly understand or share their own impact.Now is a good time to start. Borrow a page from Callhan, which recently urged credit unions to redefine success around the following metrics:Employee physical, mental, and financial wellbeing. Most credit unions compete on service and that starts with the people who make you unique. As we navigate through this, how are our teams doing? Is there more we can be doing to support their wellbeing?Member physical, mental, and financial wellbeing. How are we investing in helping members navigate this unprecedented time of uncertainty? How do we know if we are actively being part of the solution?Community health and stability. For most credit unions, the communities (both geographic and SEG/common bonds) they operate in are suffering. Small businesses may need a helping hand, community organizations need assistance, and people need to feel their wellbeing matters, especially when it is safe to go back outside and start rebuilding bonds.Consider picking one or two  metrics in each bucket, report on them publicly and organize your strategy around them.Another tool that can help: The Sustainable Development Goals Tracker from B Lab. This assessment tool will help you determine the impact your credit union has on your employees, your community, your members and the environment, and provide feedback that compares you to other organizations and provides a path to improvement, all based on 17 goals that the United Nations set for collectively creating a better world in 2030.“Credit unions have a great track record around serving (underserved) communities,” said Hofheimer. “Now is the time … to show … credit unions can be a shining light in a pretty dark world.”#3 – Communicate MemorablyMake this marketing checklist (courtesy of the Harvard Business Review) your go-to:Simple and inspiring messaging. Understand community needs and convey your commitment to help.Strong visual storytelling. Use a powerful image or video to pull your audience in.A physical element or exhibit. During this “Safer at Home” period, this might mean direct mail or an appropriate presence at grocery stores and similar.Strong emphasis on social sharing and earned media. Invest time and resources in an ongoing social media campaign that leverages tools appropriate for each channel and commit to delivering credible, valuable content.Focus on a big issue coupled with a request for a small personal action. Action = buy-in.The big take-away from this list: The goal of your marketing efforts isn’t simply to inform members, it’s to engage and reassure them.Here’s an opportunity to consider:  Proactive, ongoing communication with your members–say every week or two–that provides specific tips for navigating the financial aspects of the pandemic.  It’s not just about explaining how online banking works, or letting people know that you have a crisis loan (though this is good!), it’s also about explaining how to stretch their stimulus check, effective ideas for managing expenses, and what to do if they can’t get a response from the unemployment office.We’re all dealing with challenging issues in a dynamic and frightening environment and none of us has a playbook to work from. Lead with cause marketing messages that convey concern, responsiveness, and stability and you’ll go a long way toward reassuring your members in these uncertain times. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Cameron Madill Cameron Madill is the CEO of PixelSpoke, a B Corp, worker-owned marketing agency that builds websites for credit unions and other impact-focused cooperatives. He is also the host of The … Details [1] Meister, J. 2012, June. Corporate social responsibility: A lever for employee attraction & engagement, Forbes. Retrieved from http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeannemeister/2012/06/07/corporate-social-responsibility-alever-for-employee-attraction-engagement.as cited by Rochlin, Steve, et. al, 2019. “Project ROI: Defining the Competitive and Financial Advantages of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability”   https://www.babson.edu/media/babson/site-assets/content-assets/academics/centers-and-institutes/the-lewis-institute/project-roi/Project-ROI-Report.pdf[2] Mintel Nov. 23, 2018  “73% of Americans Consider Companies’ Charitable Work When Making a Purchase” https://www.mintel.com/press-centre/social-and-lifestyle/givingtuesday-73-of-americans-consider-companies-charitable-work-when-making-a-purchaselast_img read more

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Siccar Point Hires Sembcorp Marine for Cambo FPSO FEED Work

first_imgSiccar Point Energy E&P has awarded an exclusive Front-End Engineering and Design (FEED) contract to Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters for the design of a Sevan cylindrical FPSO for its Cambo field development on the UKCS.The Cambo field, located 125km northwest of the Shetland Islands in a water depth of 1100m, was discovered in 2002, and subsequently had 4 appraisal wells drilled up to 2012 and a final successful appraisal well was drilled and flow tested by Siccar Point during the summer of 2018.Sembcorp Marine has contracted KBR for topsides design and integration support with work being carried out in Singapore and Norway.The Cambo partners had been working with two FEED contracting options since early this year and have now selected Sembcorp Marine to complete the FEED work for the Sevan cylindrical FPSO.In addition to the FPSO contract, other FEED work is being undertaken by BHGE for wells, subsea and riser systems, and by Genesis for a gas export pipeline.A draft Field Development Plan has been submitted to the Oil & Gas Authority. Formal project sanction will be sought following completion of the FEED activities.Shell acquired a 30% working interest stake in the field from Siccar Point in 2018.Jonathan Roger, CEO of Siccar Point said: “This is another important milestone for the Cambo project and we look forward to working with our partner Shell as we progress towards formal project sanction next year.”last_img read more

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Renner Wraps is title sponsor for Colorado Alliance Tour IMCA Stock Cars

first_imgNORFOLK, Neb. – Drivers following the Colorado Alliance Tour for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars enjoy the title sponsorship of Renner Wraps in 2016.The Norfolk, Neb., graphics and promotional products supplier provides a portion of the Stock Car series’ $1,000 point fund, as well as complete race car wraps for the Stock, Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod champions.Eight tour dates are on the schedule this season, two each at El Paso County Raceway, I-76 Speedway, Lamar Speedway and Phillips County Raceway.“Race cars continue to be a growing market for us,” explained Renner Wraps’ Jonathan Jensen. “When this sponsorship opportunity came up, we jumped on it. We look forward to having a booth on Manufacturers’ Row at Super Nationals.”Hobby Stock veteran Tiffany Bittner will drive the company’s show car at Boone, where a strong contingent of Renner Wraps customers will compete.Renner Wraps has maintained a strong presence in the automotive racing field while diversifying into commercial vehicle and signage as well as apparel.CAT Stock Car drivers are required to display two Renner Wraps decals on their car to be eligible for point fund shares.More information is available at the www.rennerwrapsandgraphics.com website or by calling 402 860-1147.“We have explored an opportunity with Renner Wraps for a year or two now, and this partnership fits well with their business,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “We look forward to having them on Manufacturers’ Row at Boone as well and showcasing their brand to IMCA nation.”last_img read more

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