TD Banknorth donates $20,000 to three Chittenden County organizations

first_imgTD Banknorth, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated a total of $20,000 to local organizations in Chittenden County as part of the bank s commitment to giving back to the community. Included in the gifts are Recycle North, Shelburne Museum and Nordic Spirit Soccer Club.The following organizations received a donation from the TD Charitable Foundation:ReCycle North which is committed to protecting the environment, gives individuals in transition valuable job skills and alleviates the effects of poverty by making household goods and building materials available to those in need. ReCycle North will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation to support its apprentice-style training and YouthBuild weatherization program.Shelburne Museum which, is one of the premier cultural and visual arts institutions in the region, welcoming approximately 120,000 visitors a year. The Shelburne Museum will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation to support an exhibition in the museum s historic 1870 Colchester Reef Lighthouse.Nordic Spirit Soccer Club, Inc. which is a youth soccer club committed to personal development for those participating in the club. The Nordic Spirit Soccer Club will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation to support a scholarship fund.A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Banknorth philosophy. TD Banknorth provides financial and other support to educational, community, human service, arts, and health-related programs, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.About the TD Charitable FoundationThe TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates under the trade names TD Banknorth and TD Bank and is one of the 20 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Banknorth and TD Bank operate, having made over $44.6 million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Banknorth and TD Bank’s community relations departments and are focused on the areas of economic empowerment, youth development and community support. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation including an online grant application is available at www.TDBanknorth.com(link is external) or at www.TDBank.com(link is external)About TD Banknorth and TD BankFollowing TD Bank Financial Group’s acquisition of Commerce Bancorp Inc. on March 31, 2008, TD Banknorth and Commerce Bank merged on May 31, 2008, to become TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank. Today, TD Banknorth and TD Bank form one of the 15 largest commercial banks in the United States with more than $120 billion in assets, and provide customers with a full range of financial products and services at more than 1,000 convenient locations from Maine to Florida. TD Bank, N.A., is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. TD Banknorth and TD Bank are trade names of TD Bank, N.A. For more information, visit www.TDBanknorth.com(link is external) and www.TDBank.com(link is external).TD Banknorth and TD Bank, America s Most Convenient Bank, are members of TD Bank Financial Group of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America and one of just three triple-AAA-rated banks on the New York Stock Exchange.Source: TD Banklast_img read more

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Jordan announces $25,000 bonus for lowest paid public servants only

first_img…berates Private Sector, Chris Ram, Jagdeo over 2017 Budget criticismPublic servants earning less than $500,000 per month will be receiving a tax free $25,000 — the equivalent of US$117 (using current exchange rates) — this December as their Christmas bonus.This announcement was made by Finance Minister Winston Jordan as he closed his rebuttal arguments to the debates on the 2017 National Estimates in the National Assembly on Friday.According to Minister Jordan, the $25,000 is meant to ease the transition into the good life to be had, as a result of the way being paved in part through the Budget for 2017.This means that the lowest paid category of Government workers alone will benefit from the bonus being paid out by Government for 2017, less than half of what wasFinance Minister Winston Jordandemanded by the political Opposition in keeping with the annual tradition.Jordan wrapped up his debate following presentations by the penultimate speaker, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who was followed by Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo. Nagamootoo in his presentation also launched an attack against the Opposition Leader, saying Jagdeo’s contribution was simply a ‘cuss out’ and ‘buse down’ before he ‘cut and run’ after preaching gloom and doom.Berates Private SectorIn his two-hour rebuttal to the one week of debates in the National Assembly, the Finance Minister launched in an almost vitriolic tirade against those levelling criticisms against the 2017 Budget.He singled out the Private Sector Commission (PSC) — the umbrella body for businesses in Guyana — the political Opposition and its leader, former President Bharrat Jagdeo, and eminent Chartered Accountant and member of the Government’s Tax Reform Committee, Christopher Ram, among others.The PSC had been vociferous in its public outcries against many of the budgetary measures announced by Minster Jordan.Signalling to his colleagues ahead of his rebuttal in the House that the proverbial ‘gloves are coming off’, Minister Jordan firstly lashed out at those who had criticised the early presentation of the 2017 Budget and the Private Sector, which he accused of picking up the mantle to criticise what was termed the haste in presenting the estimates.On the matter of consultations ahead of the Budget, the Minister insisted that his policy is that of an open door, and that interested parties did not have to wait until budget time to present a wish list.Don’t come to meHe referred to the Budget demands as a wish list, since according to Jordan many of the stakeholders will not present their proposals with accompanying analysis.According to Jordan, all and sundry are seemingly only interested in what concessions can be had, something he is not in favour of.“Everybody wants concession but they never tell you how much more jobs will bePrime Minister Moses Nagamootoo during his presentation on Fridaycreated,” or taxes to be paid, according to Jordan, saying the process is “not a numbers game, this is serious business and everybody knows like prices, concessions are sticky, once you give them it is difficult to take it back.”It was at this point during his presentation to the Government members in the House — since the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) members had left the proceedings — the Finance Minister recalled, “I told the Private Sector since last year don’t come to me for concessions… Don’t come to me for concessions, I don’t believe in concessions.”According to Jordan, concessions are sought by those only with sectional interest. Instead, he insisted on a “tax code that is uniformed and uniformly applied.”Repeatedly singling out the PSC for criticism, the Minister said there were already provisions in the laws for concessions and still there are demands so “how can you take such people seriously?”The Minister continued his tirade against the Private Sector Commission and recalled that during a recent function hosted by the Guyana Manufacturers and Services Association (GMSA), he was forced to use as example a foreign investor.ConcessionsHe drew reference to Barbadian… Simpson, and his investment in the Rupununi on the Santa Fe Mega Farm.Jordan said to the House that the Barbadian investor is not a member of the PSC and “he don’t come bother us for concession, he want more land.”He told the House that the investor was actively engaged in the planting of rice and is looking to move into large-scale cattle rearing. He suggested the PSC should take a proverbial page from the book of the Barbadian investor.According to the Minister, while those on the local front are complaining, there are many overseas interest actively lining up to sink investments in Guyana, before bellowing “What is wrong with our local Private Sector… Every day you open the (news)paper is something about Jordan, something about the Government.”Other people are interested in Guyana, Jordan signalled to the private sector, warning that persons could very well come to wake up “five years from now, (and) other people would have taken over the country, while the private sector would be complaining to Government.”The Minister told the House that the reality is that Government is in fact trying to tell the private sector, “We want to work with you.”Jordan acknowledged the private sector as an important partner in the development of Guyana but cautioned that the partnership can’t be one-sided, “show me your card and I will show you mine… it can’t be sleight-of-hand.”The Finance Minister, in what can be perceived as a direct plea to the Guyanese populace listening to the presentations and debates said: “These aren’t people to be trusted, just as how you didn’t trust them in May 2015, they still up to their own ways, they are not to be trusted.”According to Jordan, the arguments were in fact just a litany of feeble attempts.Dismissing as ‘cult-like manner,’ Jordan recalled the persistent calls by the Opposition to withdraw the Budget.He dismissed the pleas as “nonsense” and accused the Opposition of seeking to wield power through the backdoor, in their calls to have the executive withdraw its budget.IsolationThe Finance Minister in defending the budgetary measures proposed, said that they cannot be taken into isolation. Jordan in fact insisted that Government is projecting losses in the vicinity of $10 billion as a result of the measures.According to Jordan, the tax measures are an important sacrifice to make in the paradigm shift contemplated by Government.He pointed to measures such as the further empowering of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) to go after tax cheats and ensure laws of the country are enforcedAccording to Jordan, Government would have been able to do more to alleviate the plight of Guyanese, such as further decreasing in the income tax rates: “We would have loved to do more,” Jordan said, but lamented the state of the world economy along with that of Guyana’s and told the House, “at least we show intent.” (Gary Eleazar)last_img read more

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Trojan course
first_imgSitting at a table in the dining room at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, next to a window that looked out over the majestic first tee, Tom Kelly could have told stories all day. On Wednesday, he almost did. About meeting at least a half dozen presidents, going back to Harry Truman. Behind-the-scenes stuff about when he would sub for Monty Hall on the old game show, “Let’s Make A Deal.” How he got duped in an extravagant golf bet by former USC football coach John McKay and his sons. But when asked how he responds to fans who come up to him nowadays and ask why he hasn’t done any more telecasts of USC – the school that coaxed him from the Midwest in 1961 to be Chick Hearn’s colorman on football games and gave him the platform to be one of the most recognizable voices in L.A. sports history for more than five decades – the 79-year-old Kelly took a piece of toast that he’d been using to help finish off a mushroom omelet and started to tap it against his plate. The facts at this point tend to get slightly murky when trying to decipher how Kelly and USC ended up on different paths after he did his final Trojan broadcast of a basketball game in 2002. Back when FSN West was known simply as Prime Ticket, Kelly, who has never had an agent, did make a decision to take a more lucrative position at the cable channel to be its signature voice, which precluded him from focusing solely on USC events. By the time that contract ran its course, USC already had gone in a new direction with its TV and radio broadcasting teams. There is another, more recent version a rift could have occurred when athletic director Mike Garrett gave Kelly the idea he might bring him back as the football radio voice several years ago when the team changed flagship stations, but that somehow didn’t happen. Kelly was integral in helping create Garrett as an eventual Heisman Trophy-winning running back in 1964. Garrett also was Kelly’s partner on Prime Ticket USCtelecasts for several seasons. Regardless of how things might have been miscommunicated between the parties, USC continues to hold Kelly in the highest regard. “Tom Kelly is a beloved figure in USC history and always will be,” said Tim Tessalone, USC’s director of sports information. “His voice is so identified with USC athletics, he’ll always be remembered for that. The fact that he’s a member of the USC Hall of Fame, and the entire athletic department and Trojan family was excited when the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association inducted him into their Hall as well. He comes around to our events and is always embraced by everyone.” Embraced is what Kelly said he has done with his latest career path: Calling high school football and basketball games. Jeff Proctor, the president and co-founder of ProAngle media, made the inspired choice last fall to bring Kelly in for the launch of his company’s prep sports coverage on the Internet through their Web site Vootage.com. The games they produced have also been airing on KDOC-Channel 56, including tonight’s Long Beach Jordan-Artesia boys basketball playoff contest (which will be on delay Sunday). “I didn’t think I would, but I really love doing these games,” said Kelly, identified in Illinois for doing the state championship high school basketball tournament for a quarter century before even coming to L.A. “I know in a few years I’ll be able to say, `I called Jimmy Clausen’s games when he was back at Oaks Christian.”‘ Recalling how he did a Crespi-Notre Dame football game last season from the platform of a raised fork-lift, it sparked a story about when he called a prep game in the town of Hurley, Wis., while sitting on top of a bakery truck, when a November gust of wind whipped through and blew all his notes into a nearby cornfield. “My career really has come full circle,” said Kelly, who continues to do his own stat sheets during a broadcast. “The best parts are when some of the older folks with canes come up to me during these games and tell me how much they used to hear me do USC games. That makes me feel great deep down inside. I’ve had nothing but marvelous times with the fans.” Proctor says that aside from giving his high-school broadcasts instant credibility, Kelly also really seems to connect with a new generation of sports fans. “That’s been the cool part for me, watching him interact with players and families and fans,” said Proctor, who in 1991 tried his hand at on-air broadcasting when he was Kelly’s colorman for a season of Pac-10 baseball games for Prime Ticket. Kelly’s larger-than-live existence continues with his wife Danuska in the same Encino Hills home he bought in 1964. That’s also the year he became a member at Riviera, where he plays many of his four-rounds-a-week of golf with his movie-star buddies. Kelly, who is the only one to record a hole-in-one on all four of Riviera’s par-3 holes, also used to have a locker right next to O.J. Simpson’s. But that’s a story for another day. thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com (818) 713-3661 THE TOP 10 1a. Vin Scully, Dodgers TV (FSN, Channel 9) and radio (980-AM) Maybe the greatest compliment to the Hall of Famer starting his 58th season with the team is his voice is impersonated by Harry Shearer when he does the Springfield Isotopes’ play-by-play on “The Simpsons.” In the last episode of the 2006 season, Shearer worked in the Scully-esque phrase: “That’s E-3 if you’re keeping score at home. And if you are, your loneliness saddens me.” Last year: 1 1b. Bob Miller, Kings TV (FSN) The success of his recent autobiography is no surprise. Last year: 2 3. Spero Dedes, Lakers radio (570-AM) We’re not even taking account for the fact he also did Chivas USA and Galaxy soccer last summer. Last year: 3 4. Rory Markas, Angels radio (710-AM) and USC basketball radio (710-AM) With his genuine enthusiasm and good nature, comparisons at this point in his career to Dick Enberg aren’t much of a stretch. Last year: 7 5. Nick Nickson, Kings radio (1150-AM) They’ve named the Staples Center press box after Bob Miller, but he and Jim Fox actually call the Kings games on TV a section below in the Nick Nickson Broadcaster Center. Last year: 5 6. Bill Macdonald, college basketball and football TV (FSN) He can make any analyst on any sport fit in seamlessly. Last year: 6. 7. Jim Watson, college basketball TV (FSN) Known better as a reporter, he has got this gig nailed down as well. Last year: 5. 8. Matt Pinto, Clippers radio (710-AM) Unlike the team, he’s actually moving up in the standings. Last year: 10. 9. Charley Steiner, Dodgers TV (FSN, Channel 9) and radio (980-AM) Was it weird for you, too, when he shaved the beard and went to the contact lenses, like something from the witness protection program? Last year: 9. 10. Tom Kelly, high school football and basketball (KDOC-TV and Vootage.com) John Hefner, Kelly’s game producer these days who worked with him in the past at Fox Sports Net, says the voice “instantly clicks, and it’s as great as ever. He makes anything a big-time event. The school athletic directors treat him like a movie star.” Last year: Not ranked. Honorable mention: Paul Sunderland, college basketball TV (FSN); Isaac Lowenkron, Avengers radio; Chris McGee, high school football TV (FSN); Chris Roberts, UCLA football and basketball radio (570-AM); John Ahlers, Ducks TV (FSN); Randy Rosenbloom, high school football TV; Dave Caldwell, high school sports radio; Christian Miles, Chivas USA TV; Max Bretos, Galaxy TV. THE BOTTOM 5 1. Joel Meyers, Lakers TV (FSN, Channel 9) Nothing sounds better than a Lakers’ losing streak captioned by the disappointment, crankiness toward refs and other pomposities of the computer-generated voice straight from Disgustedville. Last year: 1, bottom 5 2. Terry Smith, Angels radio (710-AM) Sam, Sam the Nissan Man might have a better rapport with halos listeners than the man who should be providing the voice for Smithers on “The Simpsons.” Last year: 2, bottom 5 3. Ralph Lawler, Clippers TV (FSN, Ch. 5) and radio (710-AM) Lawler’s Law doesn’t cover any lawsuits caused by those who go into spastic convoltions upon hearing him scream “BINGO!” Last year: 3, bottom 5 4. Rick Monday, Dodgers TV (Channel 9) and radio (980-AM) He actually said this last season watching Kenny Lofton chase down a fly ball in a game at Coors Field: “He had to run a country mile, and he had a country mile to work within that framework.” Pure poetry. If you’re on Vicodin. Last year: Not ranked 5. Steve Physioc, Angels TV (FSN, Ch. 13) Jose Mota’s promotion to do 50 games a year on play-by-play really might signal a fizzing out of Phys. Last year: 4, bottom 5160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “My answer is, I have no idea,” he said, his booming voice coming down an octave or two. “Why lie about it? I don’t know. To this day, neither Fox nor the university has ever said, `Thanks, but we want to make a change.’ No one has told me. “I’ll never get past that. I spent my entire adult life doing USC sports. People still think of me in that regard. “Understand me, I’m grateful for having spent my time there watching Heisman Trophy winners, John McKay, John Robinson … I was privileged to do 40 years in that regard. I couldn’t have asked for a better job considering all the people I met and games I saw and plays I called. “I have no regrets. It’s just how things turned out.” last_img
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BSO investigate deputyinvolved shooting in Pompano Beach

first_imgPOMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies were on the scene of a deputy-involved shooting in Pompano Beach, Friday night.BSO responded to the scene of the shooting in the area of Northwest Third Avenue and 14th Street, near Dixie Highway.Investigators said two deputies opened fire on a man who was carrying a knife. The man died at the scene. No others injuries were reported.Authorities said both deputies are on administrative leave as they continue the investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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