House panel oks CDRLF, CDFI funding

first_imgThe full House Appropriations Committee approved by a vote of 28-21 a fiscal 2015 spending budget that includes funding for the Treasury Community Development Financial Institutions Fund and the NCUA Community Development Revolving Loan Fund.The measure would provide $1.07 million in CDRLF funding for technical assistance grants for low-income credit unions, and requests $230 million for the CDFI Fund. All federally insured credit unions with NCUA’s low-income designation are eligible to apply to both the CDFI Fund and the CDRLF for assistance.During the mark-up, Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, spoke about the importance of the CDRLF, and noted that credit unions play an important role in serving an increasing number of under-banked Americans. She also mentioned her support for the U.S. Postal Service providing banking in rural areas.Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kan., attached an amendment that would add language to amend Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which deals with derivatives.The bill also provides funding for the Judiciary, the Treasury Department, the Small Business Administration and the Securities and Exchange Commission, among other agencies.The requested budget for the agencies totals $21.3 billion, which is $566 million below the FY 2014 enacted level and $2.3 billion below President Obama’s request for those programs. The bill would also prevent the IRS from implementing so-called ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

WCMF simulation exercises successful

first_img Share Police officers during the simulation exercise at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium. Preparations for the staging of the 16th edition of the World Creole Music Festival intensified this week with a table-top simulation exercise conducted at the Windsor Park Stadium on Wednesday.The Dominica Festivals Committee (DFC) spearheaded the exercise aimed at establishing and analyzing standard emergency operational procedures during an international entertainment event. Head of Private Security for the WCMF former Superintendent of Police Nicholas George of Krystallion Services created and facilitated the exercise.“The table top exercise was extremely timely for it heightened awareness among Functional Heads who are to function at the 16th World Creole Music Festival in understanding their roles and responsibilities at the event and their need to collaborate and to build network among peers for synergistic delivery of services,” George said.Heads of seventeen functional areas including the Dominica Police Force, Emergency Services, WPSS and DFC Venue Site Management, Office of Disaster Preparedness, Environmental Health, DFC Event, Hospitality, and Administrative Management and Media participated in the exercise. Functional Area Heads assessed the protocols of the venue operational center (VOC), the effectiveness of the communication system and protocol, emergency numbers, and points of exit and entry. Directions which will be given to patrons in case of emergencies and cancellations and media management protocol were also discussed.Deputy Chairman of the Dominica Festivals Committee Sobers Esprit said the exercise “highlighted the quality and level of competence associated with the planning of the festival.”“As the festival expands and grows it is critical that the DFC and its key partners place greater emphasis on management of risk and ensuring that the safety and security of artistes, patrons and VIPs are given the highest priority. Our hope is that this is the first step in the efforts to enhance the skills and competencies of the Event Management Team and heads of all the key functional areas of the WCMF as well as other events managed by the DFC,” Esprit said.DFC Events Director Natalie Clarke-Meade said “The vision for this exercise came into being in 2010 and begun to materialize last year when DFC hired Mr. Marcus Francis to update the Security, Safety and Health Manual.”“This year DFC continues in crafting operational procedures worthy of the international standards this product demands. Krystallion Security Services accepted my challenge of helping us upgrade and I am very excited at the outcomes. One final simulation exercise hopefully will be conducted before the October 26th-28th event and I compliment the highly professional FAs as we move towards another 15 years of WCMF,” Clarke-Meade said.The sixteenth edition of the Dominica World Creole Music Festival (WCMF) scheduled for October 26-28 at the Windsor Park Stadium will pay homage to cadence-lypso icon, the late Jeff Joseph. Press release 23 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! EntertainmentLocalNews WCMF simulation exercises successful by: – October 12, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Monday Thoughts

first_imgMeans’ next start is scheduled for Friday night in Cleveland. Picking up wins in both starts, Means is now 5-3 on the year, as well as in his major league career. In his first major league season, Means is pitching to a 2.33 ERA in 10 games. John Means had an outstanding homestand this past week. Since ending the drought, Davis is 18 for 59, which is a slash line of .290/.371/.581. He also crushed five homes runs and tallied 15 RBI in that span. Stewart Makes MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week: John is on a Means Streak: DJ Stewart is finally starting to get hot in Triple-A Norfolk, so much so that he made MLB Pipeline’s Prospect Team of the Week. In his two starts, Means pitched seven innings of one run ball against the defending World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and six innings of one run ball against Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels. center_img The Baltimore Orioles had an interesting week of baseball. Finishing a homestead with a 3-5 run, the O’s will begin a week-long road trip starting in the Bronx and wrapping up in Cleveland. So with that being said, here are our Monday Thoughts! Davis Looking Like His Old Self: On the year, Stewart is batting .259/.390/.500 in 137 plate appearances for the Tides. Please follow and like us: Chris Davis has been swinging the bat ever since ending his record-breaking hitless streak against Boston. In five games this past week, Stewart slashed an impressive .313/.368/1.000. He tallied three home runs and two doubles with 10 RBI. He also scored five times and recorded two walks. Davis is currently batting .189/.287/.379 in 108 plate appearances on the year. And while it is still shy of where Davis wants to be, it is a huge step in getting him back to his old self. last_img read more