The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) Board of Directors approved $8.5 million in financing assistance to support manufacturing, business incubator and small business projects around the state. Total costs of the projects approved for VEDA financing are $15.6 million.These loans will help expand production capacity at several existing manufacturing facilities, said Jo Bradley. In addition, new incubator space will be created for entrepreneurs who have moved beyond the early stages of commercialization, and have begun manufacturing and producing new products and services.Approved for financing by the VEDA Board are: – Autumn Harp, Inc., Essex Junction Industrial revenue bond inducements totaling $4 million were approved by the Board, enabling Autumn Harp to pursue expansion plans for the company. Autumn Harp, founded in 1978, is a private label custom manufacturer of personal care and cosmetic products for major national and international brands. The company plans to maintain operations in Bristol and will expand to a second location in Essex Junction to ensure adequate capacity for continued product diversification, and a growing customer base. Autumn Harp estimates the planned $4.6 million project would increase employment at both facilities by 50 employees over a three year period. – Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Inc., Colchester Financing of $1.1 million was approved, allowing the non-profit Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET) to develop a second business incubator facility in Colchester. Since 2005, VCET has operated a high-technology business incubator on a portion of the former Trinity College campus in Burlington, property now owned by the University of Vermont. The $3.1 million expansion project planned by VCET involves the purchase of 2.2 acres and a 21,000 square foot building in Colchester. The new space will provide incubator facilities to serve companies that have moved beyond initial commercialization and have begun manufacturing and producing products and services. It is expected that jobs will increase over three years from 13 at the current facility to 35 positions housed in both facilities. – Vermont Precision Woodworks, Morrisville The Board renewed a loan guarantee for up to 32% of a $1.25 million Union Bank working capital line of credit for Vermont Precision Woodworks. The VEDA-insured Union Bank line of credit will help the wood furniture manufacturer maintain its recent growth in employment at its Morrisville plant. – Vermont Quality Wood Products, Brandon The Board approved a 6-month renewal of $300,000 in mortgage insurance to guarantee a KeyBank working capital line of credit to owners of the former Vermont Tubbs furniture manufacturing firm. Vermont Quality Wood Products purchased the assets of Vermont Tubbs in 2003 as Tubbs was poised to liquidate the company and close the business. Vermont Quality Wood Products has continued operations since that date, and currently employs 105 individuals. – SecurShred, South Burlington An approved $306,000 loan will allow SecurShred, a growing document destruction company, to purchase a 10,000 square foot warehouse in South Burlington. The $850,000 project will enable SecurShred to increase its capacity and efficiency in the shredding of paper and electronic media for companies in Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York. SecurShred employs 10, and expects to increase that number to 14 within three years of the expansion.In addition, $1.9 million in Vermont SBA 504 Program loans were approved to support $5 million in business real estate and construction project costs. And, small business loans totaling $472,550 were approved by the Board.VEDAs mission is to promote economic prosperity in Vermont by providing financial assistance to eligible businesses, including manufacturing, agricultural, and travel and tourism enterprises. Since its inception in 1974, VEDA has made financing commitments totaling over $1.2 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.
The Croatian National Tourist Board is organizing the second continuation of the well-received promotional campaign “Visit Slavonia, Share Slavonia”. It is a promotion focused on blogs and social networks Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, so Slavonia, its tourist sites, customs and delicacies will be experienced by world-famous bloggers and influencers from Germany, Poland, Great Britain, France, Macedonia from September 3 to 8. and Croatia, while two bloggers come from Australia and Japan. Slavonian tourist boards and the Zagreb Tourist Board, where influencers began their stay in Croatia, are participating in the project.”After a great campaign in which promotional posts related to Slavonia were seen and followed on a daily basis by more than a million fans around the world, we decided to bring popular influencers and bloggers to our Slavonia in those parts that were not included in the first part of the campaign. . In this way, we bring the Croatian continental offer closer to the world, especially Slavonia, which has great potential for the development of year-round tourism.”, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the quality promotion of the continental tourist offer will continue, especially in the pre- and post-season periods. The entire project will be implemented on social media under the hashtag #VisitSlavonia and #ShareSlavonia, and the entire trip and stay of the blogger in Slavonia will be broadcast live on the social networks of the CNTB. “An additional promotional significance of the project lies in the fact that all bloggers, in addition to travel topics, specialize in other topics such as eno-gastronomy, culture, fashion or photography.. ”They conclude from the CNTB.More about the program and bloggers In the program “Visit Slavonia, Share Slavonia” je Sophia Giesecke, sanjarica, globetrotterica, designer and blogger. He is originally from China and Vietnam, and her second home is New York where she studied fashion design, and one of her bosses was the world-famous designer Alexander Wang. Her blog is widely read around the world, she is an inspiration to young girls and imposes new trends in travel and fashion. He is coming to Slavonia again Wojciech Tylus from Poland, who together with his wife edits the blog CroLove, which is completely dedicated to Croatia and which receives more than 150.000 visits on a weekly basis. The authors of the blog also have a large number of fans on social networks where they promote the best of Croatia, which they consider their second home, and perhaps a future permanent address. From France a couple arrives Arthur i Clear, who edit a very popular blog Les Droners they are also very active on the social network Instagram. These likeable Frenchmen for their blog and love of travel say it has become their way of life. In creating attractive photos and videos, the drone is also used Japanese blogger Yuya Matsuo, who has been to Croatia several times. So far, he has toured 27 European countries, loves photography, and shares his work with more than 300.000 fans who follow him on social media and his blog simply called Yuya Matsuo. The travel program started yesterday at Zagreb where bloggers, accompanied by a guide, got acquainted with the history and sights of the Croatian capital. A five-day stay in Slavonia begins today at Virovitica-Podravina County where the program includes a tour of the Papuk Nature Park and the Jankovec picnic area and a trip to the Visitor Center “Dravska priča” in Noskovačka Dubrava. A bicycle tour along the EuroVelo 13 route and a visit to the Rupnica site, the first geological natural monument in Croatia, are also planned. The program of the second day of stay in Slavonia includes a visit and a tour Požega-Slavonia County, where bloggers will have the opportunity to see the camp Duboka, which is located on the edge of the Papuk Nature Park in Velika. A tour of the Kutjevo winery with wine tasting, a tour of Požega with an expert tourist guide and a visit to the tourist attraction Corn Labyrinth, which is located in Viškovci, halfway between Pleternica and Požega, are also planned. During the third day of their stay in Slavonia, the blogging team will visit Brod-Posavina County, where they will enjoy various activities such as horseback riding on the Ramarin ranch, wine tasting as part of the Opođa Peasant Household, and a tour of the Brod Fortress, the eco-ethno village of Stara Kapela, as well as the significant landscape of Gajno. The program also includes a tour Osijek-Baranja County, ie the town of Đakovo, a visit to the State Stud Farm Đakovo and the site around Lake Borovik. During the blogger’s stay in Vukovar-Srijem County an expert tour and acquaintance with the rich history of Vinkovci and Županja, driving eco-vehicles through Kunjevci, and participation in this year’s Vinkovci Autumns are planned.
With La Liga suspended indefinitely, so too the battle to be elected Barcelona’s figurehead has ground to a halt, with the next presidential election set for June 2021. Messi had hoped for an outcome before committing to a new deal, but amid reports that he has vowed to quit if Josep Maria Bartomeu is allowed to stay on for another term, the club’s attempted strategy to enforce a hefty wage cut casts further doubt over his future. Messi is the captain and Bartomeu knows this move will likely lead to his departure in 15 months’ time, but his final objective is to tie the club’s talisman down to a ‘contract for life’. Messi responded to comments Abidal made to a Spanish newspaper this year Read Also: Djokovic donates €1m to help Serbia combat coronavirus Earlier this season, sporting director Eric Abidal became embroiled in a public dispute with the Argentine when he called out several unnamed players for not having the right attitude under former manager Ernesto Valverde. Messi replied on social media: “Those responsible for the area of sports management must assume their responsibilities and above all take charge of the decisions they make. “I think that when talking about players, we should give names because otherwise, we are getting everyone dirty and feeding things that are said and are not true,” he added. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu agreed Messi’s last contract in 2017 Lionel Messi set to be hit with wage cut as part of Barcelona’s response to coronavirus crisis as Spain remains in a “state of alarm”, activated by the prime minister Pedro Sanchez a fortnight ago. This is a country that is struggling to cope with a mounting coronavirus crisis as its death toll exceeded China’s this week with 769 lives lost on Friday – Spain’s largest single-day surge – bringing the total number of fatalities to 4,858 from 64,000 cases. Lionel Messi has scored has 24 goals in 31 games for Barcelona this season With the pandemic at the forefront of people’s minds, the country’s second-richest football club is not immune from feeling the effects. Barcelona have announced plans to reduce player and staff wages in a bid to “minimise the economic impact” caused by the outbreak. During the crisis, it is understood that Barcelona want to reduce salaries by 70 per cent while the players have offered to cut their wages by 30 per cent for the rest of the season. As it stands, no agreement has been reached. The club are adamant there will be wage cuts, beginning retrospectively from March 19, so where does this leave Lionel Messi? The Argentine faces a significant wage cut as a result of the coronavirus crisis The Argentine, whose contract expires next summer, earns a reported £500,000-a-week. His salary amounts to over £31m, before bonuses. Barcelona sit two points clear at the top of La Liga, but the fractious relationship between the club and its players has brought scrutiny to a clause in Messi’s deal which would allow him to leave on a free transfer this summer. The changing room is divided, and with the reduction in wages set to be felt across the board – even for the women’s team – Messi’s view on the situation could prove decisive. The Catalan club’s wage costs exceed any other team in sport, while matchday income of around £5.5m per game has also stopped helping offset expenditures. Despite last season’s revenue being recorded at £726m, megastores and the club museum have also been closed. Barcelona hope to push through the wage cut under “ERTE”, the temporary employment regulation that has been set up, but the true cost of potentially alienating its players may only be felt further down the line. Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone MoviesContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations10 Actors That Started Their Careers On Soaps
Duro IkhazuagbeThe Super Eagles dropped one spot from 50th to 51st on the December Ranking released by FIFA on Thursday.Eagles ranked 9th in the continent is the least of the five countries representing Africa at the World Cup in Russia next year. Africaâ€™s other representatives at Russia 2018 Senegal, Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco are ranked 23rd, 27th, 31st and 40th respectively Interestingly, Nigeriaâ€™s Group D World Cup opponents; Argentina, Croatia and Iceland also did not move too much in the current rankingsArgentina maintained her number four spot, Croatia moved up one spot to 17th while Iceland dropped to number 22 in the global ranking.The performance of the home-based Eagles at next monthâ€™s CHAN in Morocco will go a long in determining the Eagles subsequent ranking as FIFA regard the competition as a full international.Apart from Nigerian and Congo DR that dropped spots, the Top Ten of the African ranking appears stable with Senegal at the summit with Tunisia, Egypt, Congo DR, Morocco, Bâ€™Faso, Cameroon, Ghana and Algeria (10th) maintaining that order downward.At the global level, German is the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankingâ€™s latest â€˜Team of the Yearâ€™, having ended 2017 atop the global ladder.The world champions, who qualified to defend their crown in Russia by winning all ten of their qualifiers and have been unbeaten in 15 matches in 2017, succeed Argentina and Belgium, who were â€˜Team of the Yearâ€™ in 2016 and 2015 respectively.Germany held on to top spot in a largely unchanged Ranking that reflects the fact that just 41 â€˜Aâ€™ internationals have been played since the previous edition, and that few of those involved teams at the top end of the table.Brazil is second with Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Spain, Poland, Switzerland, France and Chile making up the Top Ten at the global level to end 2017.The next FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking will be published on January 18, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
1 Wayne Rooney will make his first appearance back in an Everton shirt in the club’s friendly against Kenyan opponents Gor Mahia in Tanzania on Thursday.Manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed all players making the trip to East Africa, arranged as part of their partnership with new sponsors SportPesa, will feature for at least 45 minutes.“I’m looking forward to it – it should be a good trip,” Rooney, whose return to his boyhood club was confirmed when he signed a two-year contract at the weekend to end his 13-year stay at Manchester United, told evertontv.“It’ll be nice and hopefully I’ll get on the pitch and get some game-time.“It’s good when you go away with the team. It’s good to be around the hotel with the players, spend more time with them and get to know them more.“I’ve never been to Tanzania before, so I’m really looking forward to it.”Koeman will take new signings Davy Klaassen and Michael Keane on the trip but goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Sandro Ramirez are still on extended leave after their involvement in the European Under-21 Championship.The Toffees boss said: “It’s always difficult in pre-season to go a long way abroad because it will be hot over there and we need to play the friendly.“But with the way we have organised it, we leave on Tuesday evening and are back on Friday – that’s good because it’s not too long and it won’t have a negative effect on our pre-season.“It’s a trip that is not all about football. There is the commercial side as well, which is good for Everton. We will support the club in what we need to do over there.“The most important thing is how we start our pre-season. It is about what we need to do to get to our best at our football and physical levels.“This is our first friendly and everybody will be involved for 45 minutes in the game. You play football to win and we will do that in Tanzania.”Striker Oumar Niasse, one of five out-of-favour players not to be allocated a shirt number last summer after featuring for just 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly, has been handed the number 34 after Everton confirmed their squad’s shirt list.However, it appears unlikely Niasse, who scored five times in 19 appearances after joining Hull on loan in January, will feature much for Koeman’s side as the Dutchman has brought in almost £40million-worth of attacking talent and is still interested in Swansea’s Gylfi Sigurdsson and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.Rooney’s number 10 was confirmed a couple of days ago but fellow forward Ramirez has taken the number nine shirt, injured winger Yannick Bolasie has swapped 14 for the departed Gerard Deulofeu’s number seven while goalkeeper Joel Robles has surrendered his number one shirt to Pickford.For all the recruitment – with close to £100million spent so far – the club have done, captain Phil Jagielka admits the signing of Rooney is a “bit special”.“To get Wayne in so early is great. He will be able to go on the pre-season trips we have and become as fit as possible,” he told evertontv.“It will be great to have him around the gaff because he knows what it takes to be an Everton player.“He has had to pretend not to be for a little while but, as you can see, he is delighted to put on the blue shirt.”