A $6,000 donation from KeyBank is going to help the American Red Cross provide emergency services in Haiti and here in Vermont.“Efforts to help feed and shelter the earthquake victims continue, and we’re pleased to be able to support the work of the American Red Cross in Haiti,” said Scott Carpenter, President of KeyBank’s Vermont District. “We also recognize the vital role the Red Cross plays when Vermonters are in their greatest time of need.”“KeyBank represents the very best of corporate citizenship,” said Rob Levine, Regional Red Cross Executive. “Not only have they stepped forward to support relief efforts in Haiti, but they also have a deep appreciation for the work of Red Cross volunteers right here at home. This generous donation to our Heroes Campaign helps assure our local teams are better prepared to respond to fires, floods and other disasters across Vermont,” said Levine.March is Red Cross month. For more information, go to www.nvtredcross.org.KeyBank(link is external) N.A. is one of Vermont’s largest financial services companies. A strong proponent for local economic growth, Key companies provide investment management, retail and commercial banking, retirement, consumer finance, and investment banking products and services to individuals and companies throughout the United States and, for certain businesses, internationally. The company’s businesses deliver their products and services through KeyCenters and offices; a network of approximately 2,400 ATMs; telephone banking centers (1.800.KEY2YOU); and a Web site, Key.com, that provides account access and financial products 24 hours a day.Source: KeyBank— # # # —
17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Money can cause a lot of stress in a relationship, and this is never truer than on Hallmark’s High Holy Days — Christmas, your anniversary and, of course, Valentine’s Day.The National Retail Federation projects Valentine’s Day spending will shoot to $18.9 billion this year — about $142 a person on candy, flowers and apparel. A whopping 91 percent of those polled by the NRF are planning on doing something special for their significant other, and that won’t come cheap.It could, though. We talked to more than 30 personal finance and relationship experts on the delicate politics of romantic gift-giving, and they all said more or less the same thing: It doesn’t have to cost money to mean something — and, in fact, sometimes the best gifts are the cheapest.So we asked them for the best Valentine’s Day gift they either gave or received for less than $20. Here’s what they said. continue reading »
Valamar cooperates with more than a hundred local partners and suppliers from Istria, Kvarner as well as Slavonia and Dalmatia, with the aim of expanding cooperation to interested partners from all parts of Croatia. Valfresco Direkt offers a wide selection of fresh local products and groceries from family farms from Istria, semi-finished and ready meals according to traditional recipes, prepared in the central kitchen and distribution center of Valamar in Vinež, as well as many other necessities bought in the market. Valfresco Direkt offers in one place the products of family farms, winemakers, olive growers and many other local producers with a long tradition in the production of healthy and quality food, as well as traditional dishes and desserts from Valfresco Cuisine. Namely, Valamar launched its online store Valfresco Direkt for all citizens and tourists in Istria at the beginning of June, and at the end of June it became available for guests in Valamar’s camps on the island of Krk. Valfresco Direkt, Valamar’s online store with delivery from September 14, is expanding its service to the area of Rijeka and the Opatija Riviera. From now on, the citizens of Rijeka, Opatija, Ičić, Viškovo, Dražice, Jurdan, Kastav, Kostren, Kukuljanovo, Lovran, Martinšćica, Matulji and Mošćenička Draga will be able to order products from Valfresco Direkt. “We are proud that the citizens of Rijeka and the surrounding area will also become part of the Valfresco Direkt story, which has already been extremely successful in Istria, where we are continuously recording an increasing number of regular customers. By purchasing through the Valfresco Direkt online store, citizens can be sure that they will receive quality and home-made food and dishes prepared to the highest catering standards and a Valamar guarantee of quality and safety at their home address. Also, by buying through Valfresco Direct, customers directly support the local community and gain access to groceries that are difficult to find in retail chains. “, said Karmela Višković, Valamar’s product development director and Valfresco Direkt project manager.
“As a result of this diplomatic breakthrough and at the request of President Trump with the support of the United Arab Emirates, Israel will suspend declaring sovereignty” over areas of the West Bank as envisioned in a US plan announced by Trump in January, it said.The agreement, to be known as the Abraham Accord, also gives Trump a foreign policy accomplishment as he seeks re-election on Nov. 3. Speaking in the White House Oval Office, Trump said similar deals are being discussed with other countries in the region.Trump said the agreement unites “two of America’s closest and most capable partners in the region” and represents “a significant step towards building a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East.”The UAE said it would remain a strong supporter of the Palestinian people, who hope to create an independent state in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, and that the agreement maintained the viability of a two-state solution to the longstanding Israel-Palestinian conflict.The accord could also be a personal boost to Netanyahu, who is on trial for alleged corruption and whose domestic popularity has dropped over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.In a televised address, Netanyahu said the deal would lead to “full and formal peace” with the UAE and voiced hope that other countries in the region would follow its example. It also entailed acceding to a request from Trump to “temporarily wait” on implementing his annexation pledge, Netanyahu said.”It’s an incomparably exciting moment, a historic moment for peace in the Middle East,” Netanyahu added.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, however, rejected the accord. Spokesman Abu Rudeineh, reading from a statement outside Abbas’s headquarters in Ramallah in the West Bank, said it was a “betrayal of Jerusalem, Al-Aqsa [mosque, Islam’s third-holiest shrine] and the Palestinian cause”.Asked if the Palestinian leadership had been aware the deal was coming, veteran negotiator Hanan Ashrawi told Reuters: “No. We were blindsided. … It is a complete sell-out.”In Gaza, Fawzi Barhoum, a spokesman for the armed Islamist group Hamas, said: “Normalization is a stab in the back of the Palestinian cause and it serves only the Israeli occupation.”The UAE’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said the agreement would stop further Israeli annexation of Palestinian territories, for which Israel had been awaiting a green light from Washington.Senior UAE official Anwar Gargash said the deal had helped defuse what he called a ticking time-bomb. Gargash urged the Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table.’Nightmare’ for IranTrump’s special envoy Brian Hook called the agreement a “nightmare” for Iran. An Iranian official said the agreement would not secure peace in the region.Railing against “criminal Israel”, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, a special adviser to Iran’s parliamentary speaker, said in a tweet: “Abu Dhabi’s behaviour has no justification, turning back on the Palestine cause. W/ that strategic mistake, #UAE will be engulfed in Zionism fire.”Iran and Israel are arch foes. Israel is particularly concerned about suspected Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons, which Tehran denies. Iran is also involved in proxy wars from Syria to Yemen, where the UAE has been a leading member of the Saudi-led coalition opposing Iran-aligned forces there.With a population of less than 10 million but the Arab world’s second-largest economy thanks to oil, the UAE has exerted growing commercial and military clout in the Gulf and the wider region over the past two decades, much of it aimed at confronting Islamist militants and the influence of Iran.Delegations from Israel and the United Arab Emirates will meet in the coming weeks to sign agreements regarding investment, tourism, direct flights, security, telecommunications and other issues, the joint statement said.”Everybody said this would be impossible,” Trump said.”Now that the ice has been broken, I expect more Arab and Muslim countries will follow the United Arab Emirates’ lead,” Trump added.This was already being discussed with other states, he said.Topics : Officials from the three countries called the accord “historic” and a breakthrough toward peace. But Palestinian leaders, apparently taken by surprise, denounced it as a “stab in the back” to their cause.A joint statement said Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed had “agreed to the full normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates”.The accord will allow the two countries “to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential in the region,” it said.Israel and the UAE are expected soon to exchange ambassadors and embassies. A signing ceremony is due to be held at the White House. Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced on Thursday that they will normalize diplomatic ties and forge a broad new relationship, a move that reshapes the order of Middle East politics from the Palestinian issue to the fight against Iran.Under the accord, which US President Donald Trump helped broker, Israel agreed to suspend its planned annexation of areas of the occupied West Bank. It also firms up opposition to regional power Iran, which the UAE, Israel and the United States view as the main threat in the conflict-riven Middle East.Israel had signed peace agreements with Egypt in 1979 and Jordan in 1994. But the UAE, along with most other Arab nations, did not recognize Israel and had no formal diplomatic or economic relations with it until now. It becomes the first Gulf Arab country to reach such a deal with the Jewish state.