Area CPA Firm awarded Presidents Award and Managing Partner to be Installed as Chairman of National CPA OrganizationKittell, Branagan & Sargent, the St. Albans, Vermont based accounting and consulting firm has been named to receive the 2005 Presidents Award presented by cpasnet.com. The firm was selected from among the 44,000 accounting and business consulting firms across the nation. Dana Kittell, CPA, managing partner and one of the founding partners of KB&S will formally receive the award at the annual meeting of the organization in San Antonio later this year. In addition, he will be installed as the Chairman of the organization for a three-year term.Cornell Rudov, Executive Director of cpasnet.com indicated, Kittell, Branagan & Sargents selection was determined by a panel of leading business professionals and establishes them as a true leader within the accounting profession. The award is presented annually to the firm whose leadership demonstrates dedication to intellectual thinking and greater insight and understanding to American commerce. Without question the selection committee chose Danas firm based in part on his novel and innovative leadership which has created a number of New Englands most recognized tax and accounting experts.Kittell, Branagan & Sargent is a progressive business advisory and accounting firm based in St. Albans Vermont. They handle a wide range of tax, accounting, and business needs, including tax and estate planning, preparation of financial statements and cash flow projections, certified audits and reviews and accounting software consulting. They also specialize in business and investment partnership valuations, litigation support, the development of business plans and budgets and assistance with purchasing, selling, merging, and/or founding a business.Their firm’s objective is to provide prompt, efficient tax, accounting, and consulting services of the very highest quality. They are characterized by a positive, client-oriented attitude. The manageable size of their practice allows a degree of responsiveness and access to KB& Ss principals that are often not available from a large, bureaucratic firm.Kittell, Branagan & Sargent clients cover the broad spectrum of small to medium sized businesses, with a focus on service oriented businesses, nursing homes, hospitals and allied healthcare professionals, light-manufacturing companies and professional practices. KBS also specializes in tax and financial consulting for high-income individuals.In addition to the award, Dana will become Chairman of cpasnet.com for a three-year term commencing in June 2005. At the recent Executive Committee meeting, Dana was selected unanimously to lead the organization. Cpasnet.com is a national consortium of accounting and business consulting firms who have pooled their resources to provide a national overview for their clients while maintaining their local autonomy. Were the firms who comprise cpasnet.com to practice as a single unit, they would constitute the 20th largest accounting firm in the nation. Their strategic alliance with PKF International gives members a worldwide network of practices in 300 countries around the globe.Dana has been practicing accounting for more than thirty years and is a graduate of Champlain College with a degree in accounting. Kittell, Branagan & Sargent, Certified Public Accountants, was founded on May 1, 1986 by Dana Kittell, Christopher Branagan and Gregory Sargent.
For three weeks this month, VPR reporter Steve Zind will report from Afghanistan, where he’ll be embedded with 1,500 members of the Vermont National Guard.Zind will be based at Bagram Airbase in Kabul, and will travel with the guard to rural outposts where Vermonters are stationed, providing a unique and local perspective on the war in Afghanistan. He’ll file stories and interviews from the field, capturing the sounds of the soldiers’ daily lives, and accompany them on patrols and training missions.He will also keep an online journal, where he’ll post photos and share thoughts and observations about his experience. He has also asked listeners to share the questions they would like answered about the mission, or suggestions for stories he should pursue.”VPR’s reports from Afghanistan will deepen our understanding of the role the Vermont National Guard is playing in this war,” said Vice President for News and Programming John Van Hoesen. “For the trusted information we all seek, there is no substitute for reporting from the ground.”Zind has covered the Vermont Guard for several years, including deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, returns to Vermont, as well as military funerals. In 2006, Zindtraveled to Camp Shelby, Mississippi, to talk with members of Task Force Saber as they returned from duty in Iraq. He has also been on several reporting trips to Iran,where he first visited in 2004 in search of family history. He returned to Iran as a reporter in 2005, 2006, and 2009.”Steve’s longtime reporting of the National Guard in Vermont and his experience in reporting from Iran over the last several years provide him with the background to provide VPR listeners with depth and perspective on the Vermont soldiers’ mission in Afghanistan,” Van Hoesen said.Source: VPR. 09.01.2010 – Colchester, Vt. –About Vermont Public RadioListener-supported Vermont Public Radio has been serving the people of Vermont and the surrounding region since 1977. As Vermont’s only statewide public radio network, VPR is a trusted and independent source for news, music, conversation and much more. For more information about VPR and VPR Classical, a list of frequencies and streaming audio from all of VPR’s services, visit www.vpr.net(link is external).
Shell buys stake in Asia-focused Cleantech Solar FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to acquire a 49 percent stake in Asia-focused firm Cleantech Solar, the energy giant’s second investment in solar power this year.The Anglo-Dutch company will have an option to increase its holding in Cleantech after 2021. The deal is expected to close in January 2019.Cleantech Solar develops, owns and operates commercial and industrial solar energy systems in Southeast Asia and India that have generated over 100 million megawatt hour units of electricity, it said in a statement.In January, Shell acquired a stake in U.S. solar company Silicon Ranch Corporation.More: Shell acquires stake in Asia-focused Cleantech Solar
By Dialogo November 29, 2012 Nicaraguan Army Chief, General Julio César Avilés, confirmed on November 27 that Nicaraguan Coast Guards remain in the maritime areas awarded to Nicaragua by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), without any presence of Colombian frigates. “We are within the boundaries assigned by the ICJ. We have sailed towards the east of meridian 82 and the keys of Quitasueño and Serrana, as well as southern San Andrés,” Avilés told the press after a ceremony to honor the National Soldier. “There is no presence of Colombian frigates” in the Caribbean region demarcated by the Court, since the South American country has understood the situation in a “serious and responsible manner,” the Military chief added. “We will remain there; that’s our duty, our obligation. We will be present in every part of the territory” and there has been no tension whatsoever in all the navigation carried out by Nicaraguan boats and Coast Guards,” said Avilés. The Military officer stated that “sooner or later,” Nicaragua and Colombia, which rejects the ruling – will agree on the “necessary coordination regarding peace and security in the Caribbean.” On November 19, the ICJ resolved a dispute between Bogotá and Managua over the Archipelago of San Andrés, by ruling that all isles, islets, and keys belonged to Colombia, while extending Nicaraguan maritime sovereignty over 90,000 km2 in the Caribbean, with an unappealable ruling. Colombia rejected the decision and created an expert commission on November 26, that will be in charge of possible legal action, including a tentative withdrawal of the 1948 Pact of Bogotá, by which the country acknowledges ICJ authority. On the evening of November 26, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced by radio and television that Nicaragua started to “exert sovereignty” in the territories assigned, as well as carrying out actions to abide by the ruling, such as surveillance tasks and granting fishing licenses to national fishermen to work in the area. “Nicaragua has reacted calmly, waiting for the Colombian government to decide once and for all to abide by the ruling passed by the Court,” he declared. Ortega also confirmed that Nicaragua will authorize independent and industrial fishermen from San Andrés, Honduras, Costa Rica, and Jamaica to continue working in the areas where they have been doing it so far. “The permission is now granted by Nicaragua. We shall not deny fishing rights to anyone,” he expressed in view of the fears manifested by San Andrés inhabitants after the Court ruling.
By U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet September 18, 2020 Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/ U.S. Fourth Fleet, hosted delegates from the Chilean Navy for the annual Maritime Staff Talks (MST) July 22.MSTs support the U.S. global strategy by building and strengthening working relationships between the U.S. and partner nations and improving interoperability through face-to-face meetings. This year, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the talks occurred virtually. Representatives from the Chilean Navy, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Coast Guard participated in the event.Rear Adm. Gabrielson, along with Major General Michael Fahey, commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces South, led the U.S. delegation and Rear Admiral Pedro Abrego, commander of the Chilean Marine Corps, and Rear Admiral Jorge Parga, deputy chief of the Chilean Navy General Staff, led the Chilean delegation.“Our relationship from the United States’ perspective is very strong, it’s very deep, and getting better,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson. “It is our job to make sure that the path forward is clear and meaningful.”MST topics included a review of upcoming scheduled war fighting operations and exercises over the next two years, and plans for education and training opportunities for Chilean personnel in the U.S., and U.S. personnel in Chile. Representatives also discussed COVID-19 lessons learned for both the United States and Chilean militaries.“It is no mystery that we are living through unprecedented times sailing uncharted waters. The COVID-19 pandemic is still floating and the full extent of its impact is [not] yet known,” said Rear Adm. Parga. “This is a truly global crisis.”The MST will serve as a comprehensive engagement venue for all bilateral maritime security cooperation activities. Over the past year, U.S. and Chilean navies have participated in many exercises including UNITAS and Fuerzas Comando. In addition, the U.S. is donating two field hospitals to Chile to support capacity for patients hospitalized due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of these cooperative efforts enabled effective interoperability and aided each navy’s ability to work alongside one another.“Despite these unique circumstances I am very happy to see that we are finally able to hold this important bilateral meeting,” said Rear Adm. Parga. “The MST provides us with a unique opportunity to expand our existing partnership and achieve an even greater level of cooperation.”
As we celebrate the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the start of the new year, I naturally reflect on our company’s past accomplishments related to giving back.Each and every day, our employees come to work serving our customers across the United States and parts of the Caribbean, and their efforts do not stop here.In 2017, our employees took their passion for serving others into their communities, clocking more than 6,000 hours! Their dedication and passion has driven the success of our company, and as the CUNA Mutual Foundation celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, we are grateful to each and every one of them. It is because of them that we are celebrating fifty years, and look forward to another fifty.Fifty years is a major milestone and one we are very proud of. To recognize our Foundation’s 50th anniversary, rather than hold a party, we will be highlighting non-profit and credit union industry organizations that make an impact. We want to celebrate those who make serving others a core mission of theirs too. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County lawmakers this week codified the creation of a new, local registry for lobbyists in the wake of a corruption scandal partly involving those who lobbied for a $12-million county contract.The GOP-controlled county legislature unanimously approved Monday the measure proposed by County Executive Ed Mangano, also a Republican, who previously enacted the registry via executive order last month. But the legislative Democratic minority argued that the bill didn’t go far enough.“We truly feel that this bill could’ve been much, much stronger,” Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said before voting for the legislation. He said that he voted for it because “it’s better than what we have now, which is nothing.”Suffolk County, New York City and New York State each have their own lobbying regulations, but Nassau did not follow suit since its legislature was formed 19 years ago. Nassau’s new lobbyist disclosure form can be found on the county’s website.County lawmakers scrambled to address the omission upon news that state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and his son, Adam, were charged with allegedly lobbying for a contract in Nassau in exchange for bribes, among other allegations. Both have pleaded not guilty, and the county has not been accused of any wrongdoing. Senator Skelos resigned from his role as majority leader of the chamber in the wake of the charges.“It is really something that we thought was necessary in light of the things that are happening,” said Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalvez (R-East Meadow), who added that “we’re headed in the right direction.”Gonsalves maintained that the bill, which Mangano is expected to sign into law, is comprehensive and suggested that Democrats were calling for excessive information that would make it difficult for vendors to do business with the county. Abrahams, who has stepped up his questioning of officials tasked with ushering through county contracts when contracts come up for approval before the powerful Rules Committee, said Democrats are only trying to avoid a repeat of the scandal.“Our bill…primarily was focused on making sure if there was any influence at all from any angle, that this legislature should know about it,” he said. “We want to make sure every component of what we’ve read [about the allegations] is addressed.”
Topics : Most of the fatalities were recorded in Trenggalek, with three. Banyuwangi and Jember regencies each recorded two deaths, while the remaining occurred in eight other cities or regencies in the province. Fatal cases of dengue fever happened mostly because of patients waiting too long to seek treatment at health facilities, Herlin said. According to the Health Ministry, the most reported cases of dengue fever were in Lampung province with 3,431, followed by 2,732 cases in East Nusa Tenggara — where the highest number of cases occurred in Sikka regency with 1,216 as of Wednesday. Read also: Poor prevention measures lead to dengue outbreak in Sikka The Indonesian Health Ministry has recorded a total of 17,820 cases of dengue fever since January this year, with at least 104 cases that turned fatal nationwide.In East Java, which has recorded at least 1,761 cases of dengue fever to date, as many as 15 people have died, with nine fatalities recorded in February and six in January, said the provincial health agency head, Herlin Herliana. “The fatality rate [in East Java] so far is 0.85 percent of total cases,” Herlin told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. East Nusa Tenggara provincial administration spokesperson Marius Jelamu said that Sikka had declared an emergency status for the dengue fever outbreak because of the high number of reported cases. “There are a total of 23 regencies and cities [in East Nusa Tenggara] that have reported dengue fever cases. Some regencies see decreasing number of cases over time, while some others show an increase,” Marius told the Post. The death toll from dengue fever in East Nusa Tenggara rose to 32 on Monday — the highest number of fatalities among all provinces in the country.Meanwhile, in North Sulawesi’s South Minahasa regency, dengue fever has infected 116 people and killed three toddlers over the past three months, said the head of the South Minahasa Health Agency’s Disease Prevention Division, Yunike Panambunan.”Two toddlers died of dengue fever in East Amurang district in early January, while the disease also killed another toddler in Tenga district in March,” Yunika said. The last victim, she said, died because the parents failed to bring the 3-year-old to the hospital on time.”The parents had been advised to bring the toddler to the hospital. Unfortunately, they brought the baby to the Prof. Kandou Central General Hospital in Manado when he was already in critical condition,” Yunike said, adding that the toddler was admitted to the hospital on March 8 and died shortly after.Read also: One dead, 562 infected by dengue fever in South SumatraOfficials from the Health Ministry had visited dengue affected areas in Pondang and Ranomeaa subdistrict in East Amurang, as well as Ongkaw village in Tenga district to check every house and school for Aedes aegypti mosquito larvae, she said. With the deaths of the three toddlers, dengue fever had so far killed seven people in the region in the last three years, including two fatalities recorded in 2019 and two others recorded in 2018, Yunike said.The fatalities “are a sign for the public to be alert” over the disease, she said, adding that people should therefore make upfront preventive measures to eradicate mosquito breeding grounds. “They should maintain the hygiene of their environment and cut the dengue fever chain by closing the water storage containers and burying or recycling used goods,” Yunike said. The number of nationwide dengue fever cases from January to March 11 this year is smaller than in the same period last year when there were about 52,000 cases and 439 deaths.Cases of dengue fever nationwide have continued to decline since 2016 when 204,171 people were infected. (nal)
The head of the Federal Reserve warned on Wednesday of an “extended period” of weak economic growth, vowed to use the United States central bank’s power as needed, and called for additional fiscal spending to stem the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Fed Chair Jerome Powell issued his sober review of an economy slammed by a record pace of job losses and bracing for worse ahead as most US states moved toward reopening after weeks of shutdowns aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus.The pandemic has killed more than 82,000 people in the United States so far, and many epidemiological models now point to a death toll that will surpass 100,000 in a matter of weeks. Congress, for its part, has allocated nearly US$3 trillion for economic relief during the crisis.The US response to date “has been particularly swift and forceful,” Powell said. But the longer those health risks persist, he said, the more likely businesses will fail and households will be strapped for income in a downturn that he noted has fallen most heavily on those least able to cope. A recent Fed survey, Powell said, estimated that 40 percent of households with less than $40,000 in income included someone who has lost a job since February.The worst-case outcome leaves the economy mired in “an extended period of low productivity growth and stagnant incomes … Additional fiscal support could be costly but worth it if it helps avoid long-term economic damage and leaves us with a stronger recovery,” Powell said in what amounted to a direct call for Congress to ramp up its aid during the crisis.“This trade-off is one for our elected representatives, who wield powers of taxation and spending,” he said.Negative ratesThe Fed, for its part, will continue to “use our tools to their fullest until the crisis has passed and the economic recovery is well under way,” Powell said. But those tools, he made clear, don’t include pushing interest rates below zero, as some other central banks did fighting the global financial crisis more than a decade ago. Negative interest rates, he said, are “not something that we are considering.”Major US stock indexes were sharply lower in midday trading, with the benchmark S&P 500 index down about 1.6 percent. Yields on Treasury securities fell, and some contracts in interest rate futures markets continued to price in a small chance the Fed might resort to a negative-rates policy within the year.The US House of Representatives and Senate are deliberating further responses to the pandemic. White House officials have said they want to assess how an initial round of economic reopenings by states goes before deciding what to do.An increasing number of US governors have lifted restrictions, moves that in other countries have preceded new outbreaks and increases in cases, and that epidemiologists here fear will do the same.But with the US economy having lost a staggering 20.5 million jobs in April alone and some 33 million Americans applying for jobless benefits since late March, many state and local leaders have begun to see the economic risks of continued lockdowns as too high.In a Senate hearing on Tuesday, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, spoke of the risk the country could “paradoxically” end up worse off if it reopens too haphazardly and ends up with not just new rounds of infections, but a second wave of restrictions on who can go to work and what businesses can stay open.Topics : Powell pointed to uncertainty over how well future outbreaks of the virus can be controlled and how quickly a vaccine or therapy can be developed, and said policymakers needed to be ready address “a range” of possible outcomes.“It will take some time to get back to where we were,” Powell said in a webcast interview with Adam Posen, the director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. “There is a sense, growing sense I think, that the recovery may come more slowly than we would like. But it will come, and that may mean that it’s necessary for us to do more.”For a central banker who spent part of his career as a deficit hawk and has tried to avoid giving advice to elected officials, the remarks marked an extraordinary nod to the risks the US economy is facing from the combined health and economic crisis brought on by the pandemic.The US central bank has slashed interest rates to near zero and set up a broad network of programs to ensure financial markets continue to function during the pandemic. It has also established precedent-setting lending facilities for companies and the first-ever corporate bond purchases.