Average retail gasoline prices in Vermont moved just 1.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.75/g today. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.9 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.62/g, according to gasoline price website VermontGasPrices.com.Including the change in gas prices in Vermont during the past week, prices today are 77.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 8.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average has decreased 11.9 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 67.6 cents per gallon higher than this day a year ago.”Gasoline prices will begin to slowly rise across much of the country as colder than average weather results in rising oil demand as temperatures plummet in key areas that warm their homes using heating oil”, says GasBuddy.com Senior Petroleum Analyst, Patrick DeHaan. “However, gasoline prices in the Midwest will buck the trend as stockpiles swell in the Great Lakes area.” He goes on to mention that stockpiles grew last week to the highest levels since March 2008 in that area, resulting in lower prices as supply greatly outpaces demand.About VermontGasPrices.comGasBuddy.com operates over 200 live gasoline price-tracking websites, including VermontGasPrices.com. GasBuddy.com was named one of Time magazine’s 50 best websites and to PC World’s 100 most useful websites of 2008.Source: Vermont, VT, February 15- VermontGasPrices.com
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A hit-and-run driver killed a 40-year-old woman while the victim walked along a road in her hometown of Miller Place on Saturday night, Suffolk County police said.Tracy Mangino was walking on the side of North Country Road when she was struck from behind by an eastbound commercial, box-type truck that fled the scene east of Block Island Drive at 11:13 p.m., police said.The victim was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, where she died.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone who may have witnessed this crash or has any information about the incident to call them at 631-852-6555 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Just this week, the Muscular Dystrophy Association announced that it was ending its decades long telethon.Good for them.Now, don’t misunderstand me. I have nothing but love and respect for the telethon. If you are raising money to fight terrible diseases, you have my support and wishes for God’s speed.I say “good for them,” though, because I’m sure the decision to end the telethon was difficult.The telethon was huge. It was an event. Think about Jerry Lewis, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin together on your television. Talk about must-watch TV…But as time moves forward, what was fresh can become stale. What was unique, loses its edge.So often, people cling to the past. If we do this, if we do that, if we keep searching – we’ll find that old magic. We’ll get the band back together! continue reading »
CUNA joined several financial trade organizations Thursday to call on House leadership to pass the Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act (H.R. 1595), a bill to provide legal protections to financial institutions serving legal cannabis-based businesses. While CUNA takes no position on legalizing or decriminalizing cannabis, it strongly supports removing barriers for credit unions to serve such businesses where legal.“The SAFE Banking Act of 2019 provides a mechanism for the cannabis industry and its service providers to deposit their cash in regulated financial institutions, which allows our members to meet the needs of their communities and helps those communities reduce cash-motivated crimes, increase the efficiency of tax collections, and improve the financial transparency of the cannabis industry,” the letter reads. “Without congressional action, a significant portion of economic activity, including those businesses with only indirect connections to the cannabis industry, such as vendors, suppliers, and utility companies, risk being marginalized from the financial system in states with legal cannabis industries.”CUNA has testified twice in support of the bill, before the House Financial Services Committee in February and before the Senate Banking Committee in July. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Rarely in my lifetime, has there been such a sense of uneasiness and uncertainty. Of course there have been crises during my 62 years including wars, terrorist attacks, natural disasters, economic recessions and stock market crashes. But I don’t think I’m alone in feeling like the current climate is different. As a nation, we feel more divided and as a business community, there is a lot of uncertainty.Contributing to this uneasiness are several factors, of which the two most significant are the surge in COVID-19 cases as we race toward implementing a vaccine successfully, and of course the unprecedented clunky and strange transition in our U.S. presidential leadership. Of course the intensely emotional politics that associate with both of these related forces are challenging to follow and be sensitive to.Ultimately, what we as people and families care about the most is our quality of life today and for future generations.So, as I ask myself, where is the economy headed, I really ask it in the context of wondering where our country is headed. Are we looking at more, or less uncertainty and malaise or will we get to a better state of peace and uncertainty and calm? And answering these questions should weigh on the minds of every leader, employee, and consumer.How these issues get resolved will impact how we invest our money and plan for the future. Employees worry about the stability of their employment and their ability to keep families safe and financially secure. As leaders, we worry about our ability to invest properly in the financial success of our businesses so that we can help employees meet those objectives. And of course, those consumers and small businesses whom we serve, are wondering what lies ahead for them as well.James Carville, a well-known strategist for Bill Clinton in his successful bid for president in 1992, coined the phrase, “it’s the economy, stupid.” This was intended as the key focal message in the campaign to unseat, then-president George H.W. Bush. A second message was, “change vs. more of the same.” Bill Clinton prevailed because an economic crisis had turned the public’s approval ratings of President Bush downward.Today, as we await the closure and transition on the presidential election and its implications for addressing the spike in coronavirus cases and deaths nationwide, the health of our economy and the emotional and financial health of people hangs in the balance.So, where are the country and the economy headed?Just last week, the Conference Board, a consortium of economic experts and thought leaders, issued its latest forecast on the U.S. economy. Rather than throw a lot of statistics out, the summary was basically, “well, it depends.” The “most probable” estimate made some important base assumptions on the most important variables that included, “1) the scale of the COVID-19 resurgence and any resulting lockdowns; 2) the status of labor markets and household consumption and spending; 3) the size and timing of additional fiscal stimulus; 4) the timing and availability of a vaccine; 5) the degree to which volatility in the US political transition affects consumer and business confidence.Wow! That’s it? Those challenging and converging issues will determine where the economy ends up. It’s therefore understandable why the news media have so obsessed on each of these issues. Depending on your assumptions about them, you either get a dire forecast or a more positive one.I found it reassuring that the so-called, “most probable” consensus estimate of the Conference Board was that the economy will grow 2.2 percent (annualized) in this 4th quarter of 2020, for an annual contraction of 3.6 percent in GDP, followed by an annual expansion of 3.4 percent next year. That sounds pretty good. And the stock market seems to be mirroring that sentiment as the S&P500 index is up 17% so far this year, and up 6 percent in just the last three months leading up to, and following the election. The Conference Board’s summary of their assumptions on the great unknown variables included, that there would be a moderate rise in COVID-19 over the winter with intermittent localized lockdowns; limited improvement in labor markets and consumption into early 2021; the implementation of limited fiscal stimulus in the first half of next year; an imminent approval of a vaccine, but no broad dissemination until mid-year; and a non-disruptive political transition.That “most probable” forecast should make us all feel a bit better and more certain about our future. But with that said, the Board’s downside forecast was not so encouraging. The pessimistic scenario forecasts a “double-dip” recession with an economic contraction of 3.8 percent in 2020 and zero growth in 2021. This included assumptions of a larger spike in COVID with widespread lockdowns over the winter; a deterioration in labor markets and spending; no additional fiscal stimulus in 2021; no vaccine in 2021; and a very bumpy political transition that disrupts business and consumer confidence. Under this scenario, the economy would not recover to pre-pandemic levels until sometime in 2022.That means we could be in for a longer-than-normal recession with the accompanying high levels of unemployment and negative impact on quality of life.The Board also rightfully pointed out that other downside factors include rising evictions and foreclosures creating financial stress on banks and credit unions, high stress on state and local government budgets, and an exacerbation of already high levels of inequality. With this as a backdrop it wasn’t surprising that US Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue called for an immediate transition to the Biden presidency by saying “President-elect Biden and the team around him have a wealth of executive branch experience that should allow them to hit the ground running.” Further, he said, “While we respect the Trump campaign’s right to seek recounts, to call for investigation of alleged voting irregularities where evidence exists and to exhaust legitimate legal remedies, there is no indication that any of these would change the outcome…In the days ahead it is critical that we move forward together to strengthen our country.”We are also hearing bi-partisan calls for Congress to pass more much-needed stimulus legislation. JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called on Congress to pass another stimulus package to help the economy and struggling Americans get through the “toughest part of COVID.” And he didn’t mince words. He said, “We have this big debate: ‘Is it $2.2 trillion, $1.5 trillion?” You’ve got to be kidding me. Just split the baby and move on. I mean this is childish behavior on the part of our politicians. We need to help the citizens of America.”I hope that, by the time this article is published, we will have seen stimulus legislation pass in a lame duck session of Congress, as well as progress toward an orderly succession in the presidency. More than hope, these two things have to happen in order to deal with the COVID crisis and to strengthen consumer and small business confidence, which then fuels economic progress. At a time of Thanksgiving, we have much to hope for with the imminent delivery of a COVID vaccine and forces that bring more leadership and civility to challenges we face.The important issues of our time all seem to intersect with the COVID surge impacting the economy, presidential politics influencing public opinion regarding masks and COVID, the outcome of the presidential election transition affecting racial justice tension, and all of these combined influencing the confidence of consumers and business leaders in the future. This confidence and feeling of stability ultimately drive spending habits, economic production and employment.For all of us as leaders and personal leaders, we seem to be at an important inflection point, not unlike the Chamber of Commerce CEO Donohue who felt it timely to speak in support of a move toward a smooth leadership transition. His fiduciary duty is to represent the business community and to make statements and decisions that help the economy overall, without political bias.Nobody, not even the Conference Board, can accurately predict the future. But great minds are suggesting that if we can individually and collectively manage the variables that will most impact the future, we can have greater confidence in an economic recovery and improved quality of life, something we should all want.Our individual decisions as personal leaders and our ability to speak out, and to speak up in order to rally society toward progress represents our greatest duty.Despite the uncertainty, I choose to be optimistic about our future and to believe that we will find the best in ourselves to make the changes needed to find our way to better economic times and a better quality of life for us and for generations to come.So, where is our economy and our country headed? I agree that it depends. It depends on each of us. Democracy works. Leadership matters. And personal accountability and responsibility will always matter more than anything else. This is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data… 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Dave Adams Dave Adams is President / Chief Executive Officer of CU Solutions Group. The CUSG office is located in Livonia, Michigan.Mr. Adams joined the Michigan Credit Union League in August of … Web: www.CUSolutionsGroup.com Details
Shawn Strand picked up $1,000 along with a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot nod by winning the IMCA Modified feature at Dacotah Speedway’s Oktoberfest. (Photo by Layn Mudder) Strand caught Marlyn Seidler late in a 30-lapper that stayed green after two early cautions for the $1,000 checkers and Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. Seidler had gotten out to a four to five car length advantage over the fourth starting Strand, maintaining that advantage while working lapped traffic. The win was his fourth of 2019, his second of the season at Mandan and IMCA career 74th. Oktoberfest doubled as a Tri-City Modified Series event. Seidler ended in second. Rounding out the top five were Travis Olheiser, 14th starting Travis Tooley and hard charger Jeremy Keller, who’d started 17th. “It was my last race of the year and I had a good car. It was a good way to put her away for the season,” he said. Modifieds – 1. Shawn Strand; 2. Marlyn Seidler; 3. Travis Olheiser; 4. Travis Tooley; 5. Jeremy Keller; 6. Robert Hellebust; 7. Dylan Goplen; 8. John Corell; 9. Mark Dah; 10. Drew Christianson; 11. Les McLenehan; 12. Scott Gartner; 13. Josh Jones; 14. Rusty Kollman; 15. Jarrett Carter; 16. Tyler Hall; 17. Mike Tomlinson; 18. Tim Perkins; 19. Darren Schatz; 20. Dillon Price; 21. Kyler Jeffrey; 22. Austin Arneson; 23. Andrew Bargmann. Feature Results Northern SportMods – 1. Zach Frederick; 2. Robby Rosselli; 3. Kelly Jacobson; 4. Luke Krogh; 5. Scott Jacobson; 6. Philip Keller; 7. Isaac Sondrol; 8. Brady Bjella; 9. Deryk Voller; 10. Jordan Binstock; 11. Torey Fischer; 12. Tanner Weeks; 13. Caden Roberts; 14. Ken Stadick; 15. Paul Wanner. Zach Frederick beat eighth starting Robby Rosselli and Kelly Jacobson to the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod checkers. Craig Kaster topped the Mach-1 Sport Compact main ahead of Braydee Hanson and Andy Reed. MANDAN, N.D. (Sept. 27) – Shawn Strand ended September with the IMCA Modified feature win at Dacotah Speedway’s Oktoberfest special. Strand then found the speed he needed on a higher line, catching the leader with six circuits left. Sport Compacts – 1. Craig Kastner; 2. Braydee Hanson; 3. Andy Reed; 4. Nathan Mundahl; 5. Peder Dekrey; 6. Breanna Gartner.
RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Barca president Bartomeu says he won’t go to war anymore with Messi The news that Lionel Messi wants to leave FC Barcelona may have shocked the football world but his fellow Argentines back his decision.Now they are excited by growing reports of a reunion with coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.One of Argentina’s top newspapers reported that Messi believes his time in Barcelona is over and has decided to move to Manchester.La Nacion said Messi was planning to talk with Guardiola to help hasten a move to England.However, FC Barcelona looked unwilling to let go of their prize asset for nothing.A Spanish sports lawyer has already warned any move could involve considerable legal wrangling over Messi’s contract with the Catalan club.However, the growing number of reports linking him with Manchester City sat well with fans in Messi’s homeland.“It seems to me this is the moment for him to abandon the comfort zone that he was in,” Gustavo Lopez, a Customs official walking in central Buenos Aires, told Reuters. “This is a challenge for him.“For me, he has to go to Manchester City with Kun (Sergio) Aguero and Pep Guardiola.“I think he should do it, the time is right to try and see if he can play somewhere else because until now he has always done well where he was. So, let’s now see if he can do it somewhere else.”Manchester City are favourites to sign the six-times world player of the year who has won every major title with FC Barcelona.Some of his career highlights at Barca came under the guidance of Guardiola, who is now Manchester City manager, and the prospect they might team up again is mouth-watering.“There are always cycles (in life) and cycles come to an end and it is good that he goes down another path,” said Facundo Silva, a 45-year old hairdresser.“As a Boca Juniors fan I’d like to see him play Boca but that’s impossible. I think that wherever Guardiola is he will do much better than now because FC Barcelona has practically come apart. I hope he does well at another club.”Messi has long said he hopes to one day play at his boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys in Rosario but that appears unlikely for now.The wise money is on the 33-year-old going to a European club, with Inter Milan and Paris St-Germain (PSG) among those suitors mentioned.These are clubs which can compete for the UEFA Champions League, a title Messi last won in 2015.“He is at the age at the end of his career and he has to make a decision that is not about money, it’s about looking for something new,” said Horacio Uriarte.“And, as he is a winner, he’ll look for a club that can help him win.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: ExitFC BarcelonaLionel MessiManchester CityPep Guardiola
Bony’s agent Francis Kacou said on Wednesday that he expected ”things will be sorted in the next few days”. The Ivorian topped the Barclays Premier League scoring charts for the calendar year of 2014 with 20 goals and Swansea manager Garry Monk said club chairman Huw Jenkins ”is not stupid” in such matters and knows the full worth of Bony . Monk said on Thursday that Bony’s goals could prove the difference in the Premier League champions’ title battle with Chelsea and that scoring pedigree comes at a price. ”I have spoken to the chairman of the club and the situation is ongoing, they are trying to agree fees but they are a little way apart from each other,” Monk said. ”We have had those discussions about what he’s worth but the chairman is not stupid either. ”The club have a good understanding of these matters and ultimately it depends on what the club feels in terms of how much a player is worth. ”I give my input but it’s what the chairman and the board of directors decide is the right valuation and Huw has proven that in the past.” Asked if he felt Bony was worth more than Romelu Lukaku, who joined Everton from Chelsea in a £28million deal last summer, Monk said: ”The money he went for and then compare the two contributions, it’s pretty much a no-brainer. ”I’ve left the figure to the chairman and the board, but the club is very clear on what he is worth and I am sure they have looked at players who have moved for similar types of money and what their contributions have been at this level and in this league. ”They probably base things on those assumptions, which is quite right, and I can see why the club are holding out for whatever they are holding out for. ”I am sure Huw knows the figure he wants and he will wait for it – and quite rightly so because, whatever figure they have put on it, Bony is worth that, 100 per cent. ”He could be the difference in the title race, couldn’t he? That’s what City see in him. ”That’s obviously why their interest is what it is because he’s a goalscorer and gets you goals.” Manchester City and Swansea have agreed a £28million fee for striker Wilfried Bony. Press Association Press Association Sport understands the deal for the Ivory Coast forward – currently on international duty at the African Nations Cup – has been settled with an official announcement expected in the early part of next week. Bony has proved to be an inspired signing for the Swans since arriving from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2013. He has scored nine Premier League goals already so far this season, having managed 17 in the league in the 2013-14 campaign.
This will be his third appearance in Ireland in his last four outings and Midgley admits the prize money on offer means it makes sense. “He likes travelling and I’m amazed more don’t go over to be honest,” said Midgley. “Most probably think it’s a hassle but it’s less travelling for us to get to the Curragh than it takes to get to Goodwood and the prize money is fantastic. “He’s in great form still, he has been all year, and the only one he meets wrong at the weights is Dikta Del Mar. “If he gives his running, like he has been doing all year, then he’s the one to beat. It will be nice to give Joseph (O’Brien) a winner. “Fingers crossed he runs his race, that’s all you can ask of him.” Robert Cowell is sending two over from Newmarket, Iffranesia and Speed Hawk, David Marnane runs Jamesie with Johnny Murtagh represented by the three-year-old Kasbah. The presence of Thousand Stars in the concluding Toomey’s Applegreen Filling Station (Ladies) Handicap ensures that there will not be many leaving Tipperary early, as the great hurdling grey has his first start on the level for over six years. Paul Midgley expects Monsieur Joe to prove tough to beat in the Kilfrush Stud Abergwaun Stakes at Tipperary on Friday. It is amazing to note the subsequent dual French Champion Hurdle hero actually finished in the rear in a 50 to 80 event at Fairyhouse in June 2009, and it wasn’t too long after that when Willie Mullins assumed control of the now 11-year-old. Mullins’ son Patrick recently put Thousand Stars’ longevity down to the level of head-man Dick Dowling’s care for the French-bred. He also revealed there has never been any drop-off in the stable stalwarts enthusiasm for his home work. It was the usual up to scratch performance from the 12-times scorer when he finished sixth last time in the Galway Hurdle, under one of his most regular jockeys, Katie Walsh. The leading lady rider again takes the reins at Tipperary and it will be fascinating to watch how things transpire in this extended mile-and-a-half event. A Flat assessment of 68 is clearly appealing. Elsewhere, the Dan Dooley Ford Centre Handicap has split to form an eight-race card, with Johnny Levins and Gary Carroll represented in both divides. Their runner in the 7.45, Hard Times, now makes his third appearance for the Curragh-based outfit and it looks as though he may now be poised to strike. Hard Times was formerly under the tutelage of Tom McCourt, who is on record as describing the Moss Vale gelding’s displays on the gallops at home as exceptional. He has obviously never brought that to the racecourse, but an ease in the ground now, and this seven-furlong trip, should give him every opportunity to break his maiden on attempt number 18. Levins and Carroll go into battle half an hour later with Aye Aye Skipper but Jembatt is preferred here. The eight-year-old has been in the form of his life this season, winning a big pot at York and finishing second to stablemate Desert Law in the Dash at Epsom. He handled the step up to Listed company when narrowly beaten by Out Do in the City Walls Stakes and was not beaten far in a Group Two at the Curragh last time out. Press Association
ELLSWORTH — Two of the hottest teams in Eastern Maine Class C softball can be found right here in Hancock County.Righthander Tashia Daley has returned to the pitcher’s circle for the Sumner Tigers after recovering from knee surgery. Daley made her debut at Blue Hill last week, striking out 10 batters in a 6-5 loss.—HUGH BOWDENThe high-flying George Stevens Academy Eagles have boosted their record to 7-1, thanks in no small part to the standout pitching of righthander Lydia Clapp.The Eagles are well ahead of the rest of the field at the top of this week’s Eastern Maine Class C standings.Close behind GSA in record are the 6-1 Sumner Tigers, whose only loss so far was 6-5 in extra innings last week to GSA at Blue Hill.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Tigers are ranked only 10th in the Class C standings, but likely improved their position with wins on Monday over Narraguagus and Tuesday against Orono. In Class B, the Bucksport Golden Bucks are 4-3 after Tuesday’s 10-6 loss to the Old Town Coyotes and are ranked fifth.Also in Class B, the 2-6 Ellsworth Eagles got their first wins last week, taking both ends of a doubleheader with Caribou; but those wins are not reflected in the standings, which show Ellsworth as 0-4 and ranked at the bottom.The 3-4 Mount Desert Island Trojans are wrongly listed at 2-5 and are shown as 13th in Class B.In Class D, the Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners are off to a slow 1-3 start. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest Posts admin Latest posts by admin (see all) Bio State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014