Donegal North East Deputy calls for comprehensive review of SUSI system

first_img Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Donegal North East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue says there must be a comprehensive review of the SUSI system of administering student grants to ensure that problems this year are not repeated next September and beyond.There had been some teething problems when the centralised grant processing system came into effect last year, but despite promises that delays would be addressed, the problems have persisted.Deputy Mc Conalogue says Education Minister Ruari Quinn took his eye off the ball, and as a result, many students still haven’t had their grants approved and paid………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/charlsat.mp3[/podcast] Previous article96-year-old woman hospitalised following aggrivated burglary in AghillyNext articleNational Sheep Chairman of IFA calls on dog owners to take more responsibility News Highland Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 5, 2013 News Facebook Donegal North East Deputy calls for comprehensive review of SUSI system Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more

Recovery act expands SBA microloan program

first_imgWith the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding an additional $50 million for loans and $24 million for technical assistance, the U.S. Small Business Administration is expanding its Microloan program and increasing access to capital for small businesses across the country. The approved new microlenders are: Vermont Community Loan Fund, Inc. of Montpelier, Vt.; Neighborhood Development Center of Saint Paul, Minn.; Cen-Tex Certified Development Corp. of Austin, Texas; The Emperor Organization of Tallahassee, Fla.; Staunton Creative Community Fund, Inc. of Staunton, Va.; Lane MicroBusiness (d.b.a. Dev) of Eugene, Ohio; FINANTA (American Street Financial Ser.) of Philadelphia, Pa; and Accion USA, Inc. of New York, N.Y.The program is shifting to funding provided under the Recovery Act now that it has exhausted the regular FY 2009 appropriations for $20 million in loans and $20 million in technical assistance. With the additional resources, SBA is focused on adding new lenders and encouraging entrepreneurs to seek out SBA-backed microlenders to finance their businesses. SBA s Microloan program provides a critical source of capital for entrepreneurs, including women, low-income individuals and minorities, who often have difficulty obtaining capital to start and grow their businesses, said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills.  With these resources, we can put more entrepreneurs and small business owners in a position to succeed and create jobs that will in turn help drive our nation s economic recovery.Since the Recovery Act, SBA has approved eight new applications from lenders to join the Microloan program, and has 15 new loans to microlenders for $10.7 million in Recovery Act funds ready to be disbursed.  Of the 15, eight are for new microlenders.SBA s Microloan Program supports microlenders by providing them with up to $3.5 million in low-cost loans from SBA to finance their lending to small businesses.  SBA s interest rate to microlenders is based on the five-year Treasury rate, with adjustments tied to a microlender s average loan size. Microlenders use the SBA funding to provide loans of up to $35,000 to entrepreneurs, which can be used for working capital and acquisition of materials, supplies, furniture, fixtures and equipment.SBA also provides grant funding to microlenders to finance technical assistance and counseling programs for their borrowers, including staff, classroom training and occupancy costs.  SBA s reimbursement is capped at 25 percent of the microlender s outstanding SBA loan portfolio.Organizations interested in becoming SBA microlenders must meet specific criteria in terms of organizational status, microlending experience and matching requirements from non-federal sources.  For more information, please visit: www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/sbapartners/microloan(link is external), email [email protected](link sends e-mail), or call 202-205-6485.Entrepreneurs who wish to learn about the Microloan program can visit: http://www.sba.gov/services/financialassistance/sbaloantopics/microloans…(link is external). You can receive all of the SBA s News Releases via email.  To subscribe, visit http://web.sba.gov/list(link is external)   and select Press Officelast_img read more

Syracuse earns No. 6 seed in NCAA tournament, will play winner of Hartwick and Dartmouth

first_img Published on November 16, 2015 at 1:21 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories Syracuse captures ACC title with 1-0 victory over Notre Damecenter_img Syracuse received a No. 6 seed in the NCAA tournament and will play the winner of Hartwick (11-5-3, 5-0 Sun Belt) and Dartmouth (11-5-1, 6-1 Ivy) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Nov. 22 at SU Soccer Stadium.If the Orange (13-5-3, 3-4-1 Atlantic Coast) was to beat either the Big Green or the Hawks, the potential third-round game would also be played in Syracuse as SU boasts a higher seed than the other ranked opponent in its region of the bracket, 11-seed Seattle.“I’m not sure if it’s sunk in yet,” head coach Ian McIntyre said, “but very, very proud of this group of young men.”McIntyre spent his collegiate career at Hartwick and helped the program to two NCAA berths in his four years. He then spent seven seasons as the Hawks’ head coach from 2003-09, registering four 10-win seasons and an NCAA tournament berth in 2005.“From a purely selfish reason,” McIntyre said, “I’d like them to advance as my former school. That would be a special opportunity.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange is coming off a 1-0 win over Notre Dame on Sunday to capture the program’s first ACC title. After not beating a ranked opponent the entire season in three attempts, Syracuse knocked off N.C. State, No. 4 North Carolina, No. 2 Clemson and No. 9 Notre Dame en route to the conference title.Ben Polk scored SU’s lone goal against the Fighting Irish, and two against the Tigers in the conference semifinals to garner tournament MVP honors.“We’re on a bit of a surreal ride right now with that ACC win,” Polk said.Rounding out the ACC in the nation-wide tournament, No. 1 Wake Forest garnered the top seed and a first-round bye, North Carolina the No. 5 seed and a first-round bye, Clemson the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye, Notre Dame the No. 7 seed and a first-round bye and unseeded Virginia and Boston College will play in the opening round.Syracuse has now qualified for the NCAA tournament in two consecutive seasons. It earned a first-round bye and No. 9 seed last year after finishing 16-4-1 but losing to Louisville in the ACC tournament semifinals. Commentslast_img read more