VEDA approves $3 million in financing

first_imgThe Vermont Economic Development Authority has approved $3 million in financing to support Vermont business and agricultural development projects totaling $9.5 million, including to the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation and The Essex. Investments in Vermont s agricultural economy represent a third of our lending this month, said Jo Bradley, VEDA s Chief Executive Officer. Additional investments in the travel and tourism sector of Vermont s economy were approved, and the Authority will assist in the financing of several small business, drinking water system, and energy conservation projects.The Authority approved:$1.04 million in farm ownership and operating loans through the Authority s agricultural financing program, the Vermont Agricultural Credit Corporation;Essex Inn Partners, Ltd., Essex Financing of $1.3 million was approved as part of a $6 million project to finance improvements at The Essex (formerly the Inn at Essex). Chittenden Bank is also participating in the project. The Project improvements include the Inn s new 13,200 sq ft. spa center and indoor pool, a more efficient HVAC system for the whole Inn, a new culinary kitchen allowing the Inn to expand its culinary programs for guests, and other renovations that will add six new guest rooms, a new boardroom and a game room.  The Inn currently employs 56, a number projected to more than double to 112 within three years as a result of the Project.In addition, VEDA approved:$324,764 to repair or improve existing privately-owned drinking water systems through the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund;$320,000 for several small business development projects through the Vermont Small Business Loan Program; and$64,152 through the Vermont Business Energy Conservation Loan Program to help small businesses make energy efficiency and conservation improvements.VEDA s 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 $1.4 billion. For more information about VEDA, visit www.veda.org(link is external) or call 802-828-5627.last_img read more

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Ponting backs Khawaja to make Australia’s World Cup squad

first_img(REUTERS) – In-form batsman Usman Khawaja should be part of Australia’s World Cup plans despite the imminent returns of Steve Smith and David Warner, former captain Ricky Ponting has said.Khawaja struck 383 runs, including two centuries, in Australia’s 3-2 series win over India earlier this month and Ponting is of the view that the left-hander opener had earned his place at the World Cup.“I think we all saw over the last few weeks just how skilful a player Usman Khawaja is … and I think when you see him play like that it just makes you wonder why he doesn’t do it a bit more regularly,” Ponting told reporters on Tuesday.“I would be surprised if Khawaja wasn’t in the (World Cup) squad. Khawaja could probably slot down at three when Warner comes in and Steve Smith might bat at four or five or something just to shore up those middle overs.”Smith and Warner were suspended for their roles in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year and are set to be reintegrated into the team ahead of the May 30-July 14 World Cup in England and Wales.Ponting, who led Australia to World Cup glory in 2003 and 2007, said current skipper Aaron Finch would continue to lead the side at this year’s tournament but former captain Smith could still be counted for advice.“(Smith) is still out on the field, so he can help Aaron Finch out,” Ponting added. “I’d imagine that Aaron Finch would be leaning on Steve Smith a lot for a bit of advice, maybe leading into the games, as far as preparation is concerned.”last_img read more

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Highlights: Freddie Freeman’s solo home run gives Braves lead over Dodgers

first_imgThe best (or worst) moments from Game 3 of the NLDS between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Atlanta Braves.Second inning:Things got ugly quick for the Dodgers as the Braves loaded the bases and took advantage of the opportunity. Ronald Acuña Jr. of the Braves became the youngest player to hit a grand slam in the postseason. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Fourth inning: Third inning: Max Muncy followed up Taylor’s home run with one of his own. The game is tied at 5.We. Are. TIED. @Dodgers back in it 5-5!Max Muncy knew he got it too… #LetTheKidsPlay📺:Live on FS1 pic.twitter.com/qQUYy8T8ZM— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 8, 2018Sixth inning: Fifth inning:Chris Taylor with a 2-run home run brings the Dodgers within one run of the Braves early lead. LA down 5-4. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img FREDDIE FREEMAN pic.twitter.com/VeXHdHaCTu— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 8, 2018 Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies With two outs in the top of the inning, the Dodgers score a pair of runs. Braves lead 5-2. Former teammate Freddie Freeman crushes Alex Wood’s first pitch nearly into the ChopHouse. #Braves regain lead on #Dodgers 6-5 in 6th— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) October 8, 2018FINAL: Braves 6, Dodgers 5Freeman’s home run proved to be the difference as the Braves take Game 3 of the NLDS. Dodgers lead the series 2-1.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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McNeese’s McKenzie, Abilene Christian’s Melgar Earn Weekly Track & Field Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Alanna Arvie, McNeese; Caitlan Lennon, Stephen F. Austin; Tay Nance, Houston Baptist The junior also holds the top spot in the 400-meter hurdles, thanks to her 1:00.92 time and race win at the same meet. Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week: Grace McKenzie, McNeese – Jr. – Cork, IrelandMcKenzie took first place in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 13.65 seconds – a mark that is second-best in the Southland this year, behind her own top mark of 13.63. McKenzie raced to victories in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles at the McNeese Spring Time Classic in Lake Charles, La., this past weekend. The pair of wins come after last week’s announcement that the Cork, Ireland, native was chosen as the 2019 Southland Conference Indoor Track & Field Student-Athlete of the Year. Abilene Christian’s Melgar, a Tempe, Ariz., native, thrilled hometown fans over the weekend by winning in the shot put competition with a toss of 16.54 meters (54-feet-0.35 inches), edging teammate Annina Brandenburg (15.44 m/50-08.00). It was the first time the Wildcat competed for Abilene Christian in Tempe. In addition to her win, Melgar finished fifth in the discus premiere with a throw of 172-1 and ninth in the hammer premiere with a 172-5 toss. Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Week: Kayla Melgar, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Tempe, ArizonaMelgar, a senior, claimed the shot put competition at the Sun Angel Classic. Her winning throw is the 13th-best in the NCAA in 2019 and is tops in the Southland this season. Honorable Mention: Gracie Hyde, Central Arkansas; Brittany Innis, Stephen F. Austin The honors are the first weekly awards for either school’s women’s athletes in the outdoor track & field season. FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Grace McKenzie and Abilene Christian’s Kayla Melgar are the Southland Conference Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Wednesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

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