MunicipalityVCDP Funds AwardedOther ResourcesBrief DescriptionBristol$50,000 $771,200 Grant to provide accessibility to the historic Holly Hall and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Georgia$32,885 $32,885 Grant to provide accessibility to the Georgia Town Office building and bring it into full ADA compliance with state and federal regulations.Vergennes City$500,000 $5,584,481 Deferred loan to Housing Vermont to construct 25 unit elderly apartment building off Armory Lane which will include services for the tenants. The project will also extend sidewalks that will connect to downtown and nearby shopping center.Montpelier City$17,500 $24,444 Grant to conduct a study to review the combined capacity of the existing Senior Center at 58 Barre Street and the Recreation Center at 55 Barre Street to meet the existing and future needs of the Senior Center. In addition, the study will explore the feasibility of adding senior housing in the 58 Barre Street building.South Burlington City$30,000 $64,632 Grant to assist with the predevelopment and design of a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center at the Burlington airport. Work includes architectural services, civil design services and permit applications and fees. Grand Total $630,385 $6,477,642 Source: Governor’s office. 3.5.2010 Governor Jim Douglas today awarded more than $630,000 in Community Development Block Grants to South Burlington, Montpelier, Vergennes, Georgia and Bristol. At a ceremony at the American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes, the Governor announced funding for an affordable housing project for the elderly, as well as money for improvements to make the Georgia and Bristol municipal buildings handicapped accessible. This project will provide much-needed housing for seniors in Vergennes, with on-site services and easy access to nearby services and the community, Governor Douglas said. These kinds of projects are an important part of Vermont s housing stock, particularly as more of our population seeks to remain in their communities as they age. (See list below)The $500,000 Community Development Block Grant will be given to the City of Vergennes, then loaned to Housing Vermont, which will construct the new building and infrastructure improvements that together total nearly $6 million on the 12-acre site. The building will have 20 one-bedroom units and 5 two-bedroom units, and will also feature a common area; community kitchen; private examination rooms; a meals on wheels storage area; and a business office for a part time resident service coordinator.This project is part of a planned development that also includes the initial permitting of a new daycare center and additional residential development proposed for the future. Five of the units are market rate; the remaining 20 will be affordable housing. In addition to connecting to the city water and sewer systems and construction of a storm water treatment system, the site work will also include new sidewalks that extend to Monkton Road; pedestrian pathways that connect to city sidewalks; parking; and landscaping. This site is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Vergennes and will provide seniors with access to many amenities, social opportunities and community services.Another grant of $17,500 will be used by the City of Montpelier to study the capacity of the former Senior Center at 58 Barre Street, which was damaged in a December fire, and the existing municipal Recreation Center at 55 Barre Street, for their respective uses. In addition, the feasibility of adding senior housing in the 58 Barre Street Senior Center building will be studied. Both of these buildings are presently underutilized and are extremely expensive to heat due to the inefficiency of the energy systems and the poorly insulated building envelopes, the Governor remarked. This analysis will be helpful as residents of Montpelier contemplate how these important services will be provided in the future.And two towns, Bristol and Georgia, received grants of $50,000 and $32,885 to make their municipal buildings handicapped accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Built in 1885, Holley Hall serves as both the Town of Bristol s town hall and town offices and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Governor said. This historic building is a vital part of civic and cultural life in Bristol.The first floor of the building, which also hosts town meetings, public hearings, recreational programs, performing arts and other events, will be completely renovated to accommodate the town offices and will include a new vault, electrical upgrades, and energy improvements. The second floor a large auditorium will be made ADA accessible; its floor will be completely renovated and restored; the roof system and balcony will be repaired; and the doors, windows and the bell tower will be weatherized.The Town of Georgia will receive $32,885 to help pay for handicapped accessibility modifications to the Georgia Town Office, which is the town s meeting space as well as its public records repository featuring a vault in the basement. These funds will help install a lift to make the building handicapped accessible to both floors, and complete other improvements to ensure that the bathroom, parking lots, entry ways, and other features of the building are ADA compliant, including way-finding signage; changing handrails; and reconfiguring parking spaces to accommodate side-loading vans, Governor Douglas said.In February, Douglas presented a $30,000 grant to officials from the City of South Burlington to fund preliminary work on a new Burlington Aviation Technical Training Center.Vermont receives about $7 million annually in federal CDBG funds, which are used principally to benefit persons of low and moderate income. The state awards the competitive grants based on recommendations of the Vermont Community Development Board and approval of Commerce and Community Development Secretary Kevin Dorn. These grants are important because they leverage other financial resources and help address critical needs in our communities, the Governor remarked. The $630,385 we are awarding will leverage more than $6.4 million in other funds from private and public sources.For information about the Vermont Community Development Program, please see the Agency of Commerce and Community Development website at: http://www.dhca.state.vt.us/VCDP/index.htm(link is external)
Source: ChemoursA Chemours plant in Altamira, MexicoThe intention at Nationale-Nederlanden is to grant a one-off catch-up indexation payment from 1 January 2020, plus a guaranteed annual indexation from thereon. The scheme does not want to state the size of the intended payments yet as the board has yet to communicate the information to its members.At the end of May the fund had a coverage ratio of 123%.All transfers are planned for 1 October this year. Chemours is a chemical plant that split off from DuPont in 2015. In the Netherlands the company is a major producer of Teflon. “Deferred members and pensioners have fallen considerably behind in indexation,” chairman Frans van Dorsten told Dutch industry publication Pensioen Pro in April. “Active members are hardly affected. When relocating all liabilities to an insurer, you can take direct action to do something about this.” The pension scheme of Dutch chemical company Chemours is to transfer the liabilities of its deferred members to insurer Nationale-Nederlanden in a deal worth €820m.According to a press release from the insurance group, the number of participants concerned is around 3,000. The pension rights of approximately 400 active members, amounting to around €300m, are not included in the transfer. They will be relocated to a general pension fund (APF). Which APF has yet to be revealed – Chemours has so far only signed a letter of intent. Earlier this year, the pension scheme explained its reasons for splitting its active and deferred members.
A twenty-two-year-old electrician, Kwabena Poku has been adjudged the 2014 Golfer of the Year at the second (2nd) edition of the Ghana Golf Awards.The event which was put together by the Ghana Golf Association (GGA) and Primeval media was held on Saturday, December 27, 2014; at the Events Haven, Trade Fair Centre, La, Accra. See the full list of the awardees below:Amateur Golfer of the Year (Male) – Kofi YeboahAmateur Golfer of the Year (Female) – Felicity Okyei Gyeabour, Royal Golf ClubMost Improved Golfer (Male) – Eric Oddoye-Sowah, Achimota Golf Club Most Improved Golfer (Female) – Mercy Werner, Tema Country Golf ClubMost Promising Golfer – Kwame Ligbidi, Tema Country Golf ClubMost Promising Golfer (Female) – Cathrene Boateng, Celebrity Golf ClubJunior Golfer of the year (Male) – Davidson Atila, Tafo Golf ClubJunior Golfer of the year (Female) – Pamela Atila, Tafo Golf Club Senior Golfer of the year (Male) – Yahya Musah, Obuasi Golf ClubSenior Golfer of the Year (Female) – Mathilda Kusi, Tarkwa Golf ClubProfessional Golfer of the Year – Vincent Torgah, Tema Country Golf ClubGolf Personality of the Year – Alfred Baku, Tafo Golf ClubGolfer of the Year – Kwabena Poku, Royal Golf Club