Officers rescue girl, 11, after she was abducted getting off school bus: Police

first_imgMassachusetts State Police(SPRINGFIELD, Mass.) — Quick-thinking Massachusetts police used a highway construction site to stop the vehicle of a suspected kidnapper and rescue an 11-year-old girl Wednesday night. Charlotte Moccia, of Springfield, was rescued unharmed after she was apparently abducted after getting off the school bus on Wednesday afternoon.The girl was forced into a dark blue Honda at about 1:26 p.m., “not long after she got off her school bus,” according to Massachusetts State Police.Authorities issued an Amber Alert and released photos of Charlotte and the car they said was used in the abduction. At around 7:15 p.m., state police began receiving 911 calls from motorists on the Massachusetts Turnpike who had spotted the car near Brimfield, about half an hour from Springfield. Acting quickly, officers used a road construction site along the turnpike to funnel traffic into one lane, and then slowed the traffic to a crawl. When they spotted the suspect’s car, they stopped the vehicle and found Charlotte in the back seat, with the suspect in the driver’s seat and a knife visible in the pocket of the door, police said.One officer got Charlotte out of the car while two others removed the suspect at gunpoint. “She’s an amazing little girl,” said State Police Lt. Bob Ackerman of Charlotte, who attends Hampden Charter School of Science. “I can’t believe how strong she was dealing with this.”Charlotte was transported to the hospital for precautionary evaluation, but had no apparent injuries according to authorities. The suspect was taken into custody. “We’re eternally grateful to the motorists that paid attention to the Amber Alert and called and reported seeing the vehicle,” said Lt. Charles Murray. “There were a number of those calls and they made this rescue possible.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Central Vermont Community Action Council gets SBA PRIME grant

first_imgState Organization, Award, AmountNew Awards California Creating Economic Opportunities For Women, Inc. $146,055 California LTSC Community Development Corporation$91,000 District of ColumbiaThe Aspen Institute$136,500 Georgia Appalachian Community Enterprises, Inc.$98,844 Maine Washington Hancock Community Agency$140,204 Missouri Justine Petersen Housing & Reinvestment Corporation$113,750 New York Seedco Financial Services, Inc.$227,500 New York CAMBA, Inc.$227,500 Ohio Economic And Community Development Institute, Inc.$227,500 Pennsylvania Northside Community Development Fund $68,809 Virginia Virginia Community Capital, Inc.$73,819 Washington Highline Community College$125,274 Option Year AwardsAlabama Alabama A&M $50,250 Alaska University of Alaska, Anchorage $134,000 ArizonaPPEP Microbusiness & Housing Development $86,408 ArizonaWinrock International Institute for Ag. Development $67,000 Arizona Microbusiness Advancement Center $60,300 California ElPajaro $167,500 California Mission EDA $167,500 California Kitchen Ventures $160,000 California Womens Initiative for Self Employment $120,060 California Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center $100,500 California Women’s Economic Ventures $83,152 California Central Valley Business Incubator $67,000 CaliforniaNational Community Development Institute $67,000 California Valley EDC $67,000 California CAMEO $50,250 California OBDC Small Business Finance $50,250 California Opportunity Fund $50,250 California Pacific Asian Consortium in Employment $50,250 California Union of Pan Asian Communities $50,250 California Womens Initiative for Self Employment $50,250 CaliforniaCreating Economic Opportunities for Women $31,530 ColoradoInternational Cntr for Appropriate and Sustainable Tech (ICAST) $60,300 Delaware Delaware State University $50,250 District of Columbia The Aspen Institute $67,000 District of Columbia ISED Solutions $50,250 Florida Business Outreach Center Network $167,500 Florida Business Loan Fund of the Palm Beaches $50,250 Georgia Appalachian Community enterprises $50,250 Hawaii Pacific Gateway $50,250 Idaho Mountain States Group, Inc. $60,300 Illinois Jane Adams Hull House Association $67,000 Indiana Neighborhood Self-Employment Initiative $50,250 Iowa ISED Ventures $90,500 Iowa ISED Ventures $50,250 Kentucky Community Ventures Corporation $67,000 Kentucky Jewish Family & Career Service, Inc. $50,250 Louisiana Good Work Network $167,500 Louisiana  Options for Independence $33,500 Maine University of Maine $83,750 Maine Penquis Community Action Program $67,000 Maryland Microenterprise Council of Maryland $50,250 Massachusetts International Institute of Boston $68,460 Massachusetts Center for Women & Enterprise $67,000 Massachusetts International Institute of Boston $67,000 Massachusetts Community Teamwork $33,500 Michigan Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living $134,000 MichiganCenter for Empowerment & Economic Development $50,250 Michigan Conerstone Alliance  $50,250 Mississippi Delta State University $60,300 Missouri SE Missouri State University    PRIME 1 $99,771 Missouri SE Missouri State University  $65,368 NavadaNevada Micro-Enterprise Development Corp $60,300 NebraskaCentral Plains Foundation, Inc (dba GROW Nebraska) $50,250 Nebraska Nebraska Enterprise Fund $50,250 New Jersey Rising Tide Capital, Inc $67,000 New Mexico New Mexico Community Capital $60,300 New Mexico WESST Corp $33,500 New York East Harlem Business Capital Corporation $125,520 New York Queens EDC  $88,859 New York Syracuse University $83,750 New YorkNew York Women’s Chamber of Commerce $67,000 New York Capital District community Loan Fund, Inc. $50,250 New York South Bronx Overall Econ Development $50,250 New York Local Initiatives Support Corps $33,500 North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center $50,250 OhioEconomic  Community Development Institute $50,250 Oklahoma Little Dixie Community Action Agency $50,250 Oregon Adelante Mujeres $67,000 Oregon Umpqua Community Development Corp $67,000 OregonOR Native American Business & Entrepreneurial Network $66,831 Oregon Mercy Corps International $50,501 Oregon Oregon Microenterprise Network $33,500 Pennsylvania American Cities Foundation $50,250 Pennsylvania  Community Capital Works $83,750 Puerto Rico Alianza Municipal de Servicios Inegrodos $60,300 Texas Del Mar College District $120,600 Texas Southwest Community Investment Corp $67,000 VermontCentral Vermont Community Action Council, Inc $67,000 Virginia Credit Builders 10-Y-0059 $133,998 Virginia People Incorporated Financial Services $67,000 Virginia Credit Builders Alliance 9-Y-0150 $33,500 Washington SNAP Financial Access $106,052 Washington Metropolitan Development Council $50,250 WashingtonWashington State Microenterprise Association $50,250 West Virginia Work4WV $117,250 West Virginia Unlimited Futures $60,300 Wisconsin WI Women’s Business Initiative Corp. $67,000 Wyoming Wyoming women’s Business Center $105,087US SBA 9.8.2011 Central Vermont Community Action Council, Inc ($67,000) is among 100 nonprofit organizations from 44 states and the District of Columbia to receive grants under the Program for Investment in Microentrepreneurs Act (PRIME), the US Small Business Administration announced today. Grants will be used to provide business-based training and technical assistance to low-income and very low-income entrepreneurs to help them start, operate, or grow a small business.  Grants will also be used to better equip community-based nonprofit organizations to provide training. ‘In the midst of the economic downturn the country has been experiencing, SBA’s PRIME grants are an increasingly important tool in our toolbox to help small businesses,’ said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. ‘With these grants to nonprofit organizations, more entrepreneurs will have access to the training and technical assistance they need to have their businesses grow, succeed, create jobs and promote stronger local economies.’PRIME grants are intended to help qualified community-based organizations provide training to small businesses with five or fewer employees that are economically disadvantaged, and businesses owned by low-income individuals, including those who live on Indian reservations and tribal lands. The PRIME grants competition was open to all 50 states and territories, with about $7.9 million available for PRIME grants this year.  Approximately $6.3 million was awarded to grantees that received funding in previous years to allow them to continue work in their communities begun in FY2009 and FY2010.  Grants totaling approximately $1.67 million were awarded for new projects. Grants ranged up to $227,500 this year and require a 50 percent match by each recipient organization.  The PRIME grant is open to microentrepreneur training and technical assistance providers in all 50 states and U.S territories, and has a one-year performance period, with four 12-month options.  For a complete list of new and option year PRIME grants, visit http://www.sba.gov/content/prime-grantees(link is external) and click on ‘2011.’last_img read more

Three reasons why Arsenal should sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Chinese Super League interest

first_img Arsenal are facing up to the prospect of potentially losing Premier League golden boot winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang this summer amid interest from Chinese Super League clubs.According to the Times, both Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG are prepared to offer Aubameyang £300,000 per week in order to entice him away from north London, following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League.Aubameyang, 29, has proven to be a huge success in English football since making his club-record £56m move from Borussia Dortmund in January 2018, scoring 41 goals in 65 games for Arsenal to become a key part of Unai Emery’s side.AdvertisementAdvertisementIt is not yet understood whether Aubameyang would be interested in making the move to China or not,2 having twice come close to doing so during his time at Dortmund, but should Guangzhou Evergrande or Shanghai SIPG firm up their interest with an offer, both he and Arsenal would have a decision to make.ADVERTISEMENTGiven his status as one of Arsenal’s best and most influential players, not to mention his popularity with the club’s supporters who have lapped up his bromance with strike partner Alexandre Lacazette, Aubameyang’s departure would be keenly felt by all at the Emirates.Nevertheless, no footballer is indispensable and selling Aubameyang this summer could make sense for Arsenal should a suitable offer come their way. Here are the reasons why…Too good to turn downIf Arsenal were to receive an offer in excess of the £56m they spent to sign Aubameyang 18-months ago, it would have to be due consideration given he will turn 30 in a fortnight’s time.The Times report states that Tianjin Quanjian had agreed to pay Dortmund £71m for Aubameyang six months prior to his eventual move to Arsenal and it is likely that the Gunners would command a similar fee to be convinced into a sale.Although Aubameyang is entering his 30s, he has shown no signs of losing his two main assets; his form this season proves that he remains an efficient and reliable goalscorer, while his searing pace and ability to break defensive lines remains undiminished. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang twice had offers to move to China while playing for Borussia Dortmund (Picture: Getty)Consequently, his value will remain high and Arsenal would, theoretically, be in line to make a handsome profit on him.Considering his age, this summer represents one of the final opportunities to sell him at a premium price, something that the club has failed to do with other big-name players in the recent past.Emery could reinvest elsewhereArsenal’s calamitous end to the season which saw them miss out on a top-four place after being in an advantageous position at the start of April before losing heavily to Chelsea in the Europa League means that for the third consecutive season, they will be out of the Champions League.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe financial implications of missing out on the Champions League are vast and it has been widely reported that Emery’s transfer budget now stands at a meagre £40m when it would have been double that had they secured a place in the competition.It is imperative, therefore, that Emery frees up additional space in his budget by offloading players, which would allow him to reinvest in areas of the squad that desperately require it. Mesut Ozil, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Shkodran Mustafi have all been linked with moves away, but Aubameyang would certainly extract the highest transfer fee. Alexandre Lacazette could fill the void left by Aubameyang should he move to China (Picture: Getty)Lacazette, who won Arsenal’s Player of the Year award, established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in Europe while playing for Lyon and with better service from Arsenal’s midfielders, his goal tally could rise next season even without Aubameyang by his side.Having only recently turned 28, Lacazette is also two years younger than Aubameyang and if Arsenal are to bank on one of their existing strikers to lead the line over the next few seasons, it should be the Frenchman that they turn to.More: SchoolMum finds girl, 6, rubbing talcum powder on her face to make herself whiteParents vow to homeschool son after headteacher bans face masks in classTrans boy, 17, waiting two and a half years to get an appointment at gender clinicGCSEs and A-Levels will be delayed due to coronavirus CommentShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitter631Shares By Oliver Young-MylesTuesday 4 Jun 2019 11:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link631Shares Three reasons why Arsenal should sell Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang amid Chinese Super League interestcenter_img Unai Emery has a reduced transfer budget to work with following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Aubameyang is also one of Arsenal’s highest-earning players on a reported £190,000 per week.The deficiencies in Arsenal’s squad were laid bare throughout last season and top of Emery’s transfer wishlist for the upcoming transfer window will be a couple of defenders as well as one or two versatile forwards who can provide creativity on the flanks.Getting the right players in requires effective scouting and significant investment and Emery will be unable to sign the players he needs to take Arsenal to the next level unless his transfer budget is swelled accordingly.Selling Aubameyang might seem a risk, but Liverpool have proven that offloading a star player can work out for the better so long as the funds raised are reinvested intelligently, with Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson both brought in with the money raised from Philippe Coutinho’s sale to Barcelona.Alexandre Lacazette is Arsenal’s true MVPAubameyang might have top-scored for Arsenal with 31 goals in all competitions and become only their third recipient of the Premier League golden boot – following Thierry Henry and Robin van Persie – but there is an argument that his strike partner Lacazette is a better all-round player.AdvertisementAlthough Lacazette had to take a back seat to Aubameyang at times last season, he still made a major contribution to Arsenal’s campaign, scoring 19 goals and registering ten assists in all competitions including three for his fellow forward.While Aubameyang is in many ways a pure, old school centre forward who comes alive inside the penalty area but contributes little outside it, Lacazette is an excellent link-forward who contributes to build-up play as well as finishing moves off himself. 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Ex-England boss Hodgson new Palace manager

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Roy Hodgson has been appointed the new manager of Crystal Palace, the English Premier League club announced Tuesday.The 70-year-old former England manager has replaced Frank de Boer after the Dutchman was sacked following just four league games in charge of the south London club.“Former England manager Roy Hodgson has been appointed as the new manager of Crystal Palace FC, on a two-year contract,” said a club statement.For Hodgson, born in the south London suburb of Croydon, managing Palace means the Englishman is now in charge of his boyhood side after a managerial career spanning five decades and 15 clubs in eight countries as well as spells in charge of four national teams. “We are the club of south London, with an enormously large fan base. The ambitions here are realistic and there is an enormous potential for growth and I hope we can achieve our goals.“I am very excited to be back in club football and it is a long while since I have enjoyed the day to day sessions of training.” “It is very rewarding to find myself here now, in different times, as the Palace manager at a club that I have always loved and admired with a huge potential,” he told the club’s website.center_img Hodgson’s managerial honours include seven Swedish league titles, two Swedish Cup wins, one Swiss title and one Danish title, while he has also been in charge of several Premier League clubs — Blackburn Rovers, Fulham, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion.But his time in charge of England ended with a shock defeat by outsiders Iceland that saw the team knocked out of Euro 2016.Dutchman De Boer was sacked after Sunday’s 1-0 loss away to Burnley meant Palace were the first team in England’s top flight to lose their opening four games without scoring a goal since Preston North End 93 years ago.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more