first_imgThe preliminary sketch of the Trump Administration’s federal budget seeks to eliminate nineteen federal agencies — groups ranging from the National Endowment for the Arts to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness.Among these potentially defunded agencies is the Appalachian Regional Commission, an interstate and bipartisan collaboration that has funded infrastructure projects, economic development, and community health initiatives for decades. The agency has invested 3.8 billion dollars in the Appalachian region since its inception in 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.”Though poverty rates in Appalachian counties have generally improved over the last fifty years, the region is still home to some of the poorest communities in the country. As the coal industry shrivels due to the advent of cheap natural gas, new pollution regulations, and the automation of mining, job opportunities in rural Appalachian towns are few and far between.Historically, most of the Appalachian Regional Commission’s funding has gone to road building and broadband infrastructure projects. In recent years, the agency has shifted its efforts to supporting economic diversification and growth — hoping to fill the hollow void of post-coal Appalachia.In West Virginia, the Appalachian Regional Commission funds the Coalfield Development Corporation, an organization that offers workforce training programs for low-income residents. In 2016, the initiative trained 550 participants in solar installation, construction, and agriculture — each receiving a professional certification or associate degree.Coalfield Development Corporation participant works on solar installation.In 2016, the agency awarded Friends of Southwest Virginia with a large grant for their project: Building Appalachian Spring: Growing the Economy of Southwest Virginia. The project aims to diversify the region’s rural economies by investing in the outdoor recreation industry. Funds will be used to build a Gateway Center to the High Knob Recreation Area, develop four new access points to the New River, create a new trail system, and construct an Appalachian Trail Center in downtown Damascus. Over the next five years the project hopes to create 60 new businesses, 200 new jobs, and increase travel expenditures in the region by $30 million.In Eastern Kentucky, the Appalachian Regional Commission is partnering with TechHire to help the region adapt to an increasingly technological world. TechHire pays participants to learn coding and guarantees a full-time job upon successful completion of a paid internship.Because most rural communities have limited access to financial capital, the Appalachian Regional Commission takes on the important role of investor. The agency’s financial fortitude gets new projects off the ground, leveraging other sources of funding for Appalachian communities further down the road.The Trump Administration’s proposed budget would also eliminate the Economic Development Administration, an agency within the Commerce Department, that provides grants and technical assistance to economically distressed communities. The agency devoted a large sum of funds to coal-impacted communities throughout the Obama Administration.The Appalachian Regional Commission is a politically popular program championed by Democrats and Republicans alike; the agency’s projected elimination has sparked resistance — particularly among the region’s legislators.Representative Hal Rogers (R-Ky), who helped double the Appalachian Regional Commission’s budget as chair of the House Appropriations Committee from 2011-2016, called Trump’s proposed cuts “draconian, careless, and counterproductive.”“We are not going to allow any cuts to the Appalachian Regional Commission,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky). “It is very important to Eastern Kentucky. It has been for a number of years. That’s not going to happen.”Instead of focusing on economic diversification in coal country, Trump is focusing on repealing environmental legislation like Obama’s Clean Power Plan and the Stream Protection Rule (a regulation that keeps coal companies from dumping mining waste into waterways) in hopes of revitalizing the industry. Yet the Trump Administration has also promised to expand fracking — the coal industry’s biggest threat. With cheap natural gas at the nation’s disposal, it is doubtful that the coal industry will ever make a rebound.Trump was supported in mass by blue-collar Appalachian voters on election day after repeatedly pledging to revitalize coal country throughout his campaign. The elimination of the Appalachian Regional Commission would do just the opposite.last_img read more


first_img 139SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details As many plan how to get the best holiday deals, thieves also plotting how to exploit the elderly.According to the Better Business Bureau, seniors are the most targeted demographic for scams and fraud. They range from money transfer and cash for gift card requests, to being named a sweepstakes winner. Efforts particularly ramp up leading into the holidays.As we head into the holidays, be on alert for a few of these BBB top senior scams. Please share this article with your parents, grandparents or a vulnerable friend or neighbor.Free trials: Often these pop-up online with promises of a “free trial” asking consumers to provide credit card information “simply to cover shipping fees.” Unfortunately, that leads to unsuspecting victims being charged for products that are part of a program they “enrolled” in. Trying to cancel is often a nightmare.Charity scams: With so many natural disasters in 2018, who wouldn’t want to open their wallet to help? Retirees have available savings, big hearts and it can be hard to distinguish legitimate causes. Do your research and ask as many questions as possible. Research sites like give.org to see if a charity site is real. Don’t respond to charity solicitations on the phone until you do your homework.Fake websites: Make sure the website is secure and legit. Scammers have gotten very sophisticated in creating sites that piggyback off the reputation and name of well-known companies. If it’s the first time you are buying from a particular website, check with BBB before sharing any credit card information.Family emergency scams:  The scammers claim to be calling on behalf of a family member who has been arrested or in an accident. They play on grandparents’ emotions to ask for money to be sent quickly. Don’t be quick to give any financial information or commitment over the phone. After hanging up, reach out to your loved ones to find out if the emergency actually happened.last_img read more


first_imgMonday night at the Owego board meeting, Baratta says the first of those officers was hired, saying the village is excited to bring new officers on board. Three new officers will be hired full-time in the village as a result of this grant money. OWEGO (WBNG) — The Village of Owego has been awarded a COPS hiring grant by the federal government according to Mayor Michael Baratta.center_img COPS stands for Community Oriented Policing Services, and it is a style of policing where officers will focus on being involved in the community. Officers are aiming to be seen as people of trust for community members.last_img


first_imgEstonia reported its first coronavirus case on Thursday, a day after the man returned to the Baltic nation of just 1.3 million people from his homeland Iran. “The person, a permanent resident of Estonia who is not a citizen, arrived in Estonia on Wednesday evening,” Social Affairs Minister Tanel Kiik told public broadcaster ERR.He said the Iranian citizen is currently hospitalized. Local media said the man arrived in Tallinn by bus from the Latvian capital Riga.”For now, there are no plans of putting cities in quarantine following this one case,” Kiik said. “The patient is isolated, there is no risk of the disease spreading, now we have to identify all the people the patient was in contact with.”Iran has announced a total of 19 deaths and more than 130 infections, including the country’s deputy health minister.Iran’s coronavirus death toll is the highest after that of China, where more than 2,700 people have died from the disease.   Topics :last_img read more


first_imgStuff.co.nz 24 April 2013A group is calling for the Government to consider legalising multi-partner marriages. The group set up a Facebook page just before the Marriage Amendment  Bill passed through Parliament last week, legalising gay marriage.  A statement on the page described multi-partner – or polyamorous –  marriage as “responsible, adult, committed non-monogamy,” and said all  committed loving relationships between adults regardless of number  should be respected and given legal acknowledgement. “Some Australian Greens have now got a lobby group going, there are  several MPs around the world coming out as poly and poly-friendly and it  seems the time is right to at least bring it to the attention of the  New Zealand public and New Zealand parliament,” the group said.  “This will be a long-term  project but with the rest of the world getting on the bandwagon legal  multiple partner marriages/unions may one day be accepted.”The “slippery slope” towards legalising polygamy, polyamory or  incestuous relationships has often been an argument raised by opponents  of the Marriage Amendment Bill.  Last year the member in charge of the bill, Labour Party MP Louisa  Wall, and Conservative Party leader Colin Craig went head to head in a  live online debate about marriage equality.  At the time Mr Craig predicted the bill would inevitably raise issues  surrounding discrimination to people in polygamous or polyamorous  relationships who could not marry and yesterday said it was “no  surprise” the Support Legalise Polyamory in New Zealand group had  started up and there was no doubt marriage would be further redefined in  the future.  “We have opened the doors to this.”  He said it had begun when the line was moved for civil unions.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8588721/Legalise-multi-partner-marriage-grouplast_img read more


first_imgCoaches Corner with Hall of Famer Ron Raver will be on Monday Night at 6 on The Sports Voice-Country 103.9 WRBI and WRBIRADIO.Com.Guests include Brad Stacy-Franklin County Girls Basketball Coach and Eric Heppner-Batesville Football Coach and his Assistants.IU Exhibition Basketball will follow immediately after Coaches Corner.last_img


first_img Press Association A Celtic statement read: “The first leg of the tie was scheduled for Celtic Park on July 16/17, with the return match taking place a week later in Belfast on July 23/24. “However, at the request of Cliftonville, there is a possibility of the matchdays for the tie being swapped. “Both clubs are looking into this at the moment and are awaiting a decision from UEFA. “Celtic would reiterate that supporters make no travel arrangements until these details have been finalised.” Celtic have urged fans not to make any travel arrangements for their Champions League qualifier against Cliftonville until fixtures are finalised.center_img The Hoops were paired with the Northern Ireland champions in Monday’s draw for the second qualifying round and were set to play the first leg at Celtic Park. Both clubs are now awaiting a decision from UEFA after Cliftonville requested the opening fixture take place in Belfast. last_img read more


first_img Published on October 27, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Isaiah Pead is tough to tackle. Cincinnati’s junior running back was tops in the Big East last season in yards per carry and has improved upon that number this season, rushing for 7.7 yards per carry. Despite those numbers, he sometimes gets overlooked. It’s easy to miss him. Quarterback Zach Collaros’ 20 touchdowns garner the national attention. But without Pead for two games earlier in the season, the offense struggled to find any balance. Since his return from a knee injury, it’s been smooth sailing. ‘Just his overall playmaking ability has really been beneficial for us to get him back to full strength,’ Bearcats head coach Butch Jones said in the Oct. 11 Big East coaches’ teleconference. Pead is the motor that keeps the Bearcats offense going. Without him, Cincinnati (3-4, 1-1 Big East) lost to North Carolina State by double-digits, scoring just 19 points in the process. Cincinnati’s backup running backs combined for just 43 yards as Collaros worked with a one-dimensional offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Pead’s first game back from his knee injury was against then-No. 8 Oklahoma. The junior gave UC the rushing attack it desperately needed, running for 169 yards on just 21 carries. The Bearcats looked little like the team that won the Big East last season, falling to the Sooners in a 31-29 nail-biter. Cincinnati played like a different team against OU. And the reason why was clear, crystal clear for Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops. ‘He gives them a very good dimension on the ground,’ Stoops said. ‘And any time you have a back of that quality, it sets up other aspects of the offense as well.’ Pead’s ability to break off a big run has opened up Cincinnati’s passing game even more. Collaros has thrown for 11 touchdowns in the three games in which Pead has run for over 100 yards, compared to nine in the four games in which he hasn’t. Pead, who was also a track star in high school, has helped shape Cincinnati back into the Big East title contender that most expected it to be. Oklahoma couldn’t tackle him. The highlights from that game are full of Pead jukes and spin moves. Miami (Ohio) couldn’t tackle him. Pead ran for 197 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries — all in the first half — while Collaros threw for three touchdowns. Pead broke through for an 80-yard touchdown in the first quarter, the longest run of his career. The Bearcats’ first team didn’t even need to play in the second half after a 45-point output in the first two quarters. ‘Obviously he’s one of our playmakers on offense,’ Jones said. ‘Not just from a run standpoint, but from a pass standpoint, too. … He’s got probably some of the best hands we have on the team.’ In Cincinnati’s Big East opener, Louisville couldn’t tackle him. Pead ran for 145 yards on 21 carries against the Cardinals on Oct. 15 in a UC victory. It was against a Louisville defense that has shut out its last two opponents other than the Bearcats. This past weekend was the first time anyone limited Pead since his return from injury. South Florida stacked the box, and the junior couldn’t find any holes, rushing for just 48 yards on 15 carries. Still, his ability to put fear into USF meant Collaros would have more open receivers to throw to. The quarterback managed to throw for 463 yards, and the Bearcats put up 30 points. UC might have lost 38-30, but it wasn’t the offense’s fault. Even in the loss, Cincinnati’s offense made a statement. Pick your poison: run or pass. Because you can’t stop both. ‘We felt like we needed to make them one-dimensional, one way or another,’ USF coach Skip Holtz said. ‘We tried to turn and stop a little bit more of the running game. But Zach Collaros is a very efficient quarterback. ‘I don’t think you’re going to line up and scheme Cincinnati. … You’re not going to win that game 10-9.’ Holtz is right, based on the Bearcats stats this season. It doesn’t look like there will be any 10-9 games. UC’s offense hasn’t been shut down since Pead has returned. Cincinnati’s last four point totals: 29, 45, 35, 30. When a team is averaging almost 35 points per game in a month’s stretch, it’s hard for a defense to game plan. Two playmakers like Pead and Collaros make it nearly impossible. ‘I think it all stems from balance,’ Jones said. ‘Any time the defense makes you one-dimensional, it’s extremely difficult. Isaiah Pead brings so much to our offense.’ Big man on campus QB B.J. Daniels Sophomore South Florida Last week: 13-of-16, 286 yards, 2 TDs, 9 carries, 35 yards, 2 TDs Whew. South Florida fans breathed a collective sigh of relief after Daniels finally displayed the talents he showed off so frequently last season. Daniels, who had thrown five interceptions to zero touchdowns in USF’s first two Big East games this year, figured things out Friday night against Cincinnati. He ran for a touchdown from three yards out to give the Bulls a lead early in the second quarter and then helped extend the lead less than two minutes later, as he delivered a 31-yard touchdown strike to Evan Landi. He would add two second-half touchdowns — including a 70-yard touchdown pass — as South Florida (4-3, 1-2 Big East) defeated the Bearcats 38-30. It’s the most points USF scored against an FBS team all season. And it’s no coincidence the two games in which South Florida has scored 30 against FBS teams (31 against Florida Atlantic being the other) are the two games in which Daniels hasn’t turned the ball over. ‘B.J. has been through a lot of adversity and criticism the last couple weeks,’ USF head coach Skip Holtz said. ‘He was really dialed in, he was focused, he was into it. I thought he played an excellent football game.’ mcooperj@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_imgThe Office of Orientation Programs has implemented new changes to this year’s sessions. To encourage incoming students to bond with other freshmen and and their orientation advisors, they will be arranged into groups to solve a five-part challenge on facts about the University. Photo by Emily Smith | Daily TrojanBeginning June 7, USC will host freshman orientation programs to welcome the class of 2022. Over the summer, USC will offer seven on-campus orientations, five off-campus U.S. orientations and three international orientations to accommodate the needs of rising freshmen. Several changes were made to this year’s orientation sessions. According to orientation advisor Minji Cho, one of the many changes includes a new interactive task for attendees. This event will take place at the beginning of orientation, once the incoming students are separated into their groups with other freshmen and their orientation advisors. “Rather than sitting in a circle and talking with their peers and orientation advisor, the freshmen will participate in a five-part challenge called ‘Trojan Challenges,’” Cho said. “They will go around campus while learning about USC facts. This year’s redesigned challenge will be a lot more interactive than previous years . . . it’s designed to help the students bond with each other.” According to Cho, the orientation advisors will also perform their annual “SCits,” which sheds light on significant campus issues for today’s students. However, they have added new topics that students may face during college, such as social anxiety and microaggressions. “Freshman orientation gives incoming students an opportunity to acclimate to the campus,” director of orientation programs Lisa Starr said. “It allows them to meet fellow students, touch base with their academic advisors and to experience a little bit of the Trojan Family before they start here in the fall.” Orientation is scheduled to take place over the course of two days. On the first day, students meet with their orientation advisors and groups, take necessary placement exams, attend seminars for their respective colleges and tour the University Park campus. During the second day, students register for their fall classes, learn about different campus services and organizations and are introduced to their residential colleges. “When students come to orientation, we want to start their journey towards academic success and to make sure they feel excited about their upcoming classes,” associate director of orientation programs Julia Stanton said. “The other layer to that is to connect students with other people . . . we’re really hoping that students have the chance to connect with not only current students, like the orientation advisors, but with other incoming students as well.” According to Starr, the most crucial aspect orientation offers are the academic advising sessions that students are required to attend. “At [their advisement appointments], they learn the nuts of bolts of what they need to do in order to be successful once they get here in August,” Starr said. Orientation advisors will assist incoming students and parents throughout the two-day event. According to Stanton, the advisors underwent extensive training during the spring semester to prepare for the arrival of new students. “We’ve got an amazing group of students, they just have a lot of great energy and each year, the students are really engaged and excited to foster the new class,” Starr said. “Their whole purpose is to let the incoming students see an actual student perspective and to have someone be a role model for them. They are there not necessarily to be the authority, but to be there as a resource.” From the spirit rally to the Student Services Fair scheduled during orientation, Starr hopes that incoming students will feel welcomed and take advantage of the University’s resources.“To get the most out of orientation, I encourage students to attend as many events as they can and to take this opportunity to connect with other students,” Stanton said. “I think that connecting with other people — incoming students, staff and academic advisors — is what really makes USC a second home for students. Using the different resources offered will give students a strong transition to USC and everything that is ahead of them in their years here.”last_img read more


first_imgFormer Nigerian-born England footballer John Fashanu reportedly spent two days in a Nigerian jail pen alongside 200 others after he got himself entangled in an alleged land scam.According to the report from The Mirror, the 54-year old was held for 48 hours while Nigerian Police officers carried out their investigations on the allegations that he acted as a fixer in a land scam to sell plots that were unavailable for sale.The former Wimbledon, Norwich City and Aston Villa striker was arrested at his Sun City Estate home in the capital city of Abuja, and taken in on suspicion of “criminal conspiracy” according to detectives.Fashanu was said to have acted on behalf of a friend looking to buy land. The ‘unnamed’ friend disclosed that he was told by Fashanu about two contacts that would help him buy ‘forgotten lands’, which are plots owned by chiefs that the state didn’t know about.He was then given the princely sum of £23,000 in cash to seal the land deal only for the find out that the said land was neither for sale nor in the hands of local chiefs when he went to claim it.Police sources revealed that the former England international was thereafter questioned by a superintendent last week to explain his involvement in the land scam before he was locked up in a densely populated cell.The 1988 FA Cup winner has agreed to pay the said money back though he is still adamant that he didn’t do anything sinister. His alleged cohorts are still on the run with the police still on their trail.The former Gladiators presenter was released after his British passport was seized and also agreed to pay back a first instalment of the money.Speaking on the matter, a close source said: “This is a business deal between friends that has gone south and the police were asked to basically mediate.“It will all be sorted very quickly. It was just a business deal.” the source added.It is understood Fashanu was released after surrendering his British passport and agreeing to pay back a first instalment of the money. According to sources, he looked to dispose off some of his cars in bid to raise money while waiting for his several business investments to sail through.His Nigerian barrister Hyp Egbune confirmed that Fashanu has paid the second instalment of the money. He said: “The matter is being resolved. He won’t be charged to court is my understanding.“We are repaying the money and that should settle this matter.“The person who made the complaint has been a mutual friend for quite a number of years and we are more interested in keeping that relationship so we are making amends. We hope to do that as soon as we can. It is quite a lot of money so we hope to do it as soon as we can. We want to have this resolved.” he stated further.Nigerian police Deputy Inspector General Hyacinth Dagala while confirming the incident said: “John Fashanu was arrested on July 17 in connection with an allegation of criminal conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N9,550,000 [Nigerian Naira] under false pretence.“He was granted administrative bail on July 18 but because of his inability to produce the requisite surety on that day, he remained in detention until July 19 when he was released.” he concluded.RelatedFrank Talk! Eagles Strikers Are Better Than Abraham – Former England InternationalNovember 18, 2017In “National Team”Justin Fashanu: Britain’s First Openly Gay Footballer Makes Hall of FameFebruary 18, 2020In “England”The Most Expensive Nigerian Footballers of All TimeAugust 18, 2019In “Nigeria”last_img read more