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SBA lending in Vermont through July exceeds $50 million

SBA lending in Vermont through July exceeds $50 million

first_imgThe US SBA loan volume report for the 10-month period (October 1st through July 31st) is $50,453,400. These are Vermont loans only. This compares to $64,826,244 for the same period last year. The federal fiscal year ends September 30. Once again, Peoples United Bank was the largest SBA lender with 51 loans totaling $9,612,100.last_img

Vacation Dreams

Vacation Dreams

first_imgIt’s time to take my bike on a vacation.It’s been entirely too long since it’s been outside of the Pisgah National Forest, and we’re ready to be somewhere warm and dry. Not that it’s been all that cold here.I haven’t even bothered to scrape the caked dirt out from beneath the downtube since November. The derailleur still moves, and is somewhat new, so there’s a start. Maybe I’ll give it a good scrub and take it to the Southwest. We need a good roll in the sage.The stressful tide of events has been gathering speed for a good year now. It’s possible that there are still a few more miles to cover, but surely the worst of it is over? For all I know, this is the new status quo. Just in the same way that it’s never a “good” time to have a baby, I think it’s also never a “good” time to take a holiday. I think it’s best just to jump ship every once in a while between the storms. It’s the return that always sucks the most anyway. There’s always that week of post-vacation punishment where you are confronted with what was blown off before you left, what was coming due once back, and what you didn’t realize couldn’t live without you. Then there’s always a little pearl on top: the emergency that occurred, like a flood, fire, or robbery.But let’s not worry our heads about that when there are maps over which to pour! The Northwest is always a treat, but I guess that means the bike would be left behind for a snowboard. Then again, so many of my beloved friends are out there now that it could be an excellent way to spend a week frolicking whilst drinking beer from the back of a horse.California would be fun, but I might be tempted to visit family. I won’t even get into what could happen in that scenario.Maybe I need to start poking my homies here for some vacation assistance, but then it might become a dirt bike trip with the girls instead. We’ve already fantasized about it for two years now – prom dresses and dirt bikes on the Trans American Trail from Colorado to Oregon. Never mind the part between here and Colorado, which can be done on a shorter trip.But wait, that’s the wrong kind of bike. Maybe the Continental Divide? Ok, just a part of it. I can’t bear the thought of being away from my children for more than a week just yet.Although I just got invited on a paddling trip down the Colorado…how often does one catch the lottery?!Back to bikes…MEXICO! Where there’s a combination of bikes, sun and imbibing, combined with great food and cheap tequila. Hola!last_img read more

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Behind-the-Scenes Drama Through the Years

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Behind-the-Scenes Drama Through the Years

first_imgShe added: “It’s been a very interesting journey. … It started out one way and right now where we are in such a different place from where we started.”The medical drama first made headlines back in October 2006 after reports surfaced that Isaiah Washington, who played Dr. Preston Burke, used a homophobic slur on set. As the series continued to gain popularity over the next decade, fans searched for the truth behind the various cast shake-ups and killed-off characters.Scroll through for a complete timeline of the behind-the-scenes drama on the ABC hit:- Advertisement – Grey’s Anatomy has captivated audiences since its March 2005 premiere, but sometimes, what was going on behind-the-scenes of the series was more dramatic than what went down in the fictional hallways of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.“I do my best and we all do our best. It’s actually, the journey of it has been quite interesting because obviously we’ve had our ups and downs behind the scenes,” series star Ellen Pompeo admitted on Late Night With Seth Meyers in November 2017.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Will US visas be abolished at the end of 2020?

Will US visas be abolished at the end of 2020?

first_imgSource / photo: Croatian Chamber of Economy; N1; Vecernji list During the meeting, the need to lower the rate of rejected applications to at least three percent annually in order for Croatia to enter the visa-free program was emphasized. The rate of denied visas for Croatian citizens in the period from October 1, 2018 to September 30, 2019 was four percent, which is the lowest rate so far. The applications of Croatian citizens submitted in Serbia and BiH are mostly rejected, and the vast majority are people who could not prove that they have a secure source of funding, and who often have family members living in the USA and having companies or crafts. Such cases may indicate that the applicant’s plan is to go to the United States and find employment with relatives. These are mostly younger people who have graduated from college, ie young families. “Croatia is one of four EU members, along with Bulgaria, Romania and Cyprus, whose passport holders still need a visa to leave and stay in the United States. The need to lower the rejection rate to at least three percent was emphasized, and both sides agreed that we could achieve this goal as early as this time next year. This requires more active encouragement of the business community to apply for visas in the next ten months”, Said the Croatian Chamber of Commerce for Vecernji list. The US Embassy cites the successful steps taken by the Polish government as an example to Croatia in this process. Namely, Poland managed to reduce the rate of denied visas in 2017 from six to three percent through an action to encourage citizens to obtain a tourist visa for the United States. They mostly concentrated on groups of people having a great chance of getting visas. Such a strategy could work in Croatia as well, given that the real numbers of rejections are quite small – around 300 to 400.center_img Both sides agreed that we could achieve this goal at this time next year, and that it is necessary to more actively encourage the business community to apply for visas in the next ten months. “The visa waiver program depends, among other things, on the rejection rate being below three percent, calculated on September 30th for the previous 12 months. So that calculation for this year will be made next September. If Croatia completes all other documentation, it will take a few more months to complete the process. So the real possibility is that everything will end at the end of 2020. “, the Cohort explained to N1. “I believe that if the Croatian government and our embassy work hard and are focused, we can achieve that”, He concluded. Last week, the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Luka Burilović, received the Ambassador of the United States of America to Croatia, Robert Kohorst, to discuss a possible visa exemption program for Croatian citizens.last_img read more

FDA panel recommends drug that could lessen the reaction of peanut allergies in children

FDA panel recommends drug that could lessen the reaction of peanut allergies in children

first_imgThe  Food and Drug Administration advisory panel is recommending that the FDA approve a new drug that could potentially save the lives of those who suffer from peanut allergies.The drug called Palforzia is aimed at reducing sensitivity and the risk of severe reactions in children when they are accidentally exposed to small amounts of peanuts.  The drug will not, however, cure the allergy.According to the report, the drug is said to expose children to small amounts of peanut protein over the course of six months until they can safety consume the equivalent of two peanuts.Researchers say it is aimed at giving parents and caregivers who have children with the allergy some piece of mind.Some panel members expressed concerns over the limited amount of data available on the study and that those who received the drug during the study had double the amount of side effects than those in a comparison group receiving a placebo.Allergists also were concerned about how demanding the oral immunotherapy regimen is, but applauded the recommendation of the advisory panel.According to our news partners at CBS12, the FDA does not have to follow the advice of the advisory committees, however, it typically does.If the F.D.A. does approve the treatment, it will require the maker of the drug to restrict the drug to patients who agree to carry epinephrine with them at all times so that they can treat sudden allergic reactions.last_img read more

Warm Up to Lower Energy Bills

Warm Up to Lower Energy Bills

first_imgFacebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Springer PlumbingWe have all heard of hybrid cars, but did you know there are hybrid water heaters? We have seen increased interest in these and wanted to share the benefits of installing a hybrid tank in your home. Last April, major changes in water heater efficiency came into effect, resulting in older style water heaters being phased out. This has pushed our company to explore more of the many options that are on the heating market.How Do They Work?A standard type water heater relies on electricity alone to heat water in the tank. Hybrid units take it a step further and draw heat from the surrounding air, transferring that heat into the enclosed tank. Think of it as how a refrigerator works in reverse. In case you have houseguests or are using a large amount of hot water, they also come equipped with traditional heating elements that can kick in when needed.Hybrid heat pump water heaters are one of America’s most efficient water heaters; over 65% more efficient than a standard tank. Many of the models have different modes they can be ran on depending on your water needs, which are easily changed on a convenient control panel. These modes include hybrid, heat pump only, boost and vacation mode.Why Should I Care About Efficiency?Water heaters are the 2nd highest energy user in the home. Standard tanks use more than the refrigerator, clothes washer, dryer and dishwasher combined. Switching to a more efficient tank may cost more upfront, but the energy savings will put that money back in your wallet in less than two years for a household of four.Huge Rebates are AvailableIf the energy savings are not a big enough incentive for you, Puget Sound Energy is offering a hefty rebate for the installation of these efficient tanks. If you have a hybrid water heater installed and take advantage of the rebate it will result in being about the same cost of a traditional water heater. Ron, owner of Springer Plumbing, is even taking advantage of this deal and installing a hybrid heat pump water heater in his own home. We would be happy to answer any questions for you! The conditions of the rebate can be found here.last_img read more