GreenPath Debt Solutions of Michigan acquires CCCS of NH and Vermont

first_imgGreenPath, Inc., a nonprofit consumer credit counseling agency doing business as GreenPath Debt Solutions, announced today that it has acquired the assets of Consumer Credit Counseling Service (CCCS) of New Hampshire and Vermont. GreenPath is now providing free debt counseling and financial education from offices in Concord, Dover, Keene, Lebanon, Manchester, and Nashua, New Hampshire; and in Barre, Burlington, and Rutland, Vermont.GreenPath is committed to strengthening local services. “We are looking forward to providing our GreenPath products and services to residents of New Hampshire and Vermont,” said Jane McNamara, president and CEO, GreenPath, Inc. “CCCS of New Hampshire and Vermont’s long history of providing local services will continue and expand under the GreenPath name.”Consumers can access GreenPath services in person, by phone or through the Internet. Services include debt and credit counseling, personalized budgeting, housing counseling, financial education, and bankruptcy counseling. GreenPath also offers debt management programs, which may help stop collection calls, lower interest rates, eliminate late fees and lower monthly payments. In addition, GreenPath staff will conduct community education outreach and workshops throughout the area.”Since 1972, CCCS of New Hampshire and Vermont has helped more than 100,000 people with their personal finances,” remarked Kerry York , group manager, GreenPath Debt Solutions and former executive director of CCCS of New Hampshire and Vermont. “We are excited about combining operations with GreenPath to provide even more efficient and effective products and services to our clients.”With the acquisition, GreenPath now offers face-to-face appointments at 55 offices in ten states. The company also offers services by phone and Internet throughout the United States. For more information about GreenPath Debt Solutions, visit www.greenpath.com(link is external) or call (866) 648-8122.About GreenPath Debt SolutionsGreenPath Debt Solutions is a nationwide, non-profit financial organization that assists consumers with credit card debt, housing debt and bankruptcy concerns. Our customized services and attainable solutions have been helping people achieve their financial goals since 1961. We also deliver licensed services throughout the United States over the Internet and telephone. GreenPath is a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). Our professional counselors are certified by the NFCC, and we are accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA).SOURCE GreenPath Debt Solutions FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/last_img read more

Like a Kid

first_imgThere are a lot of reasons to ride your bike. It’s really good cardio, it’s a wonderful way to see a city, it helps reduce your carbon footprint…but if I’m being honest with myself, I ride my bike so much because it makes me feel like I’m 13 again. There was an afternoon recently when I rode my bike through my neighborhood to the park to play baseball, which is literally what I did just about every day of my 13th year. Although this time, I did have a flask of whiskey in my backpack, so I guess it wasn’t exactly like when I was 13. Our latest Whiskey Wednesday resulted in a similar sense of nostalgia for the whole group. We picked a strange route that had us exploring a weird forested track with rogue trails dropping off of a couple of dirt fire roads. The trails were mostly fall line, skinny pieces of loose dirt that zig-zagged through the trees and over creeks. We didn’t know where any of them led, so every new path we took was a leap of faith. It felt a lot like mountain biking for the first time, when everything was new and we were pedaling hard and going fast because it was fun and adventurous.I’ve been feeling nostalgic lately, probably because I’m 40 and I guess that’s what you do when you hit middle age. You think about the glory days of little league and riding bikes before you discovered girls. I even had a nostalgic moment for shitty beer recently. I was at a party and there was a Corona in the cooler. So, I drank it, and the beer immediately took me back to my early 20s—a time when there wasn’t a lot of craft beer to be had, and even if there were options, I didn’t have the money to splurge on decent beer. I spent most of my time drinking Natural Light ($6 for a 12 pack). But if I was flush with cash, I was drinking Corona with a lime. Even today, the beer tastes like pool parties and a general lack of responsibility. I think the whole craft beer world must be feeling nostalgic for those days, because more breweries are producing their own version of the Mexican Lager. Oskar Blues has one, Ska Brewing has one, 21st Amendment has one…now Sweetwater has one. They’re debuting their easy-drinking Mexican Style Lager today, in honor of Cinco de Mayo. The beer is one of the first releases from their new pilot brewing system, The Hatchery. And it’s exactly what you think it should be—light as hell (just 4.8% ABV), mildly sweet and crisp…in short, it tastes like pool parties and a general lack of responsibility, and I respect the hell out of Sweetwater for sticking to the script with the style. Craft breweries have the tendency to get a little arty with their beers, even when they’re trying to placate the lowest common denominator. They’ll brew a 40-ounce malt liquor, but use organic malt, an experimental hop strain and hibiscus flowers. But Sweetwater’s Mexican Style Lager satisfies my thirst for nostalgia. It’s like riding a bike to a baseball game, or pedaling hard through the woods without knowing where you’re going. It’s like being a kid again.last_img read more

Colombia, Ecuador Reestablish Diplomatic Relations

first_imgBy Dialogo November 13, 2009 Colombia and Ecuador have restored diplomatic ties after nearly going to war in 2008 over clashes involving leftist rebels, Colombian Foreign Minister Jaime Bermudez said on Friday. “As planned in the roadmap, we have agreed to appoint our charges d’affaires,” Bermudez told Radio Caracol. Both governments agreed earlier this month to appoint envoys to their respective embassies no later than November 15. The move was described in Quito as “a new step toward normalization of diplomatic relations,” a statement said. Relations between the neighboring South American nations were shattered on March 1, 2008, when the Colombian military bombed a clandestine encampment run by Colombian FARC guerrillas in Ecuador, and diplomatic ties were severed two days later. FARC’s number two Raul Reyes was killed in the raid, as well as 24 others.last_img read more

Trinidad and Tobago Calls for Concerted International Action Against Drug and Arms Trafficking

first_img Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar addressed the United Nations General Assembly to call for “urgent international action” for the fight against drug and firearms trafficking on September 27. Persad-Bissessar urged that the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) be used to stop the trade in illegal firearms, and called for the International Criminal Court (ICC) to be empowered to try drug-traffickers, according to Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday newspaper. Stressing that Caricom governments, including hers, are concerned about the proliferation of illegal small arms and light weapons, Persad-Bissessar explained that national governments alone cannot solve the problem because of its global dimension. In order to address the problem, stated the Prime Minister, “We have had to divert financial resources which could have otherwise been used for economic and social development.” During her 18-minute address, Persad-Bissessar stated that the origin of illicit trade is beyond national borders and so merits a global response, reported Newsday. “We cannot allow our young people to continue to fall victims to this insidious monster which has fueled translational organized crime and resulted in cross border armed violence which threaten the political and social stability of many nations,” she said according to the Xinhua report. The first female Prime Minister of the Caribbean archipelago concluded her loudly applauded address with a call for more conversations between nations, reported Newsday. By Dialogo October 01, 2010last_img read more

Blizzard Watch Issued for Long Island, Foot of Snow Possible

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island will be under a blizzard watch starting Saturday morning as the first major winter storm of the season barrels toward the region.The National Weather Service’s advisory warns that the impending Nor’easter could dump up to a foot of snow on the Island. Strong winds and the heavy snow are expected to limit visibility to ¼ mile or less. The blizzard watch will be in effect until Sunday afternoon.“Extremely dangerous travel due to heavy snowfall and strong winds with whiteout conditions likely,” the weather service said in a statement. “Secondary and tertiary roads may become impassable. Strong winds may down power lines and tree limbs.”A blizzard watch means there is a potential for falling and/or blowing snow with strong winds and extremely poor visibility, making travel dangerous, the agency explained.Forecasters are expecting 35 mph winds and 50 mph gusts Saturday. The current forecast has snow arriving Saturday afternoon, followed by periods of rain, snow and sleet. The snow could be heavy at times, forecasters said.Up to a foot of snow is possible across Long Island over the weekend. (Photo credit: Accuweather)Dubbed “Jonas” by The Weather Channel, the powerful storm could impact up to 15 states with blizzard conditions as south as Washington D.C. and Maryland.Officials on Long Island are warning residents to use caution while traveling.“The message from the Suffolk County Police Department today is please be careful with the storm coming this weekend…Be prepared,” Deputy Commissioner Tim Sini told reporters during a press conference Wednesday.The department already has equipment and people in place throughout the county to ensure road safety, Sini said.“If you can stay off the roads, stay off it,” he said. “And if you have to travel, please use caution. Speed is your enemy.”At a press conference Thursday morning, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano echoed Sini’s warnings, urging residents to stay off the roads if travel isn’t necessary. The county has more than 200 employees at the ready and more than 28,000 tons of salt available to treat roadways, Mangano noted.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state is preparing to allocate resources to localities caught in the storm’s path.“This storm could have a significant impact in communities throughout the downstate area–so I am directing all relevant state agencies to be on alert and ready to respond as the weather develops,” Cuomo said in a statement. “We will be closely monitoring storm conditions throughout the weekend, and deploying resources and equipment as necessary.”PSEG Long Island is conducting logistics and system checks ahead of the Nor’easter to “ensure the availability of critical materials, fuel and other supplies.”“While snow and wind normally don’t pose a serious problem to the electric system, icing on lines and trees can increase the possibility of downed wires and power outages,” PSEG LI’s John O’Connell said in a statement.Forecasters expect highs of 32 and 36 degrees Saturday and Sunday, respectively.Friday is expected to be dry and chilly. The forecast calls for a high of 22 with wind chill values as low as 15.last_img read more

Does your credit union need a Chipotle checkup?

first_imgBy now you have probably heard about the many woes facing the Chipotle Mexican Grill brand. Beset by food safety concerns, the chain actually took the step of closing all its stores for four hours earlier this year to conduct a company-wide staff meeting about food safety. Whether or not this helps heal the crippled brand is debatable.What Chipotle essentially did was order the “all stop” maneuver, better known in naval terminology. In an “all-stop” scenario, the captain orders the engine room to bring all engines to a condition in which they are no longer driving the ship.While the Chipotle example is one of extremes, there is a lesson there for credit unions. If your brand and consumer engagement is floundering to the point where you need to issue an “all-stop” order, what would you do? continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Indonesia reports first COVID-19 death as opaque communication creates confusion

first_imgAlso on Wednesday, the government announced seven new cases of infection, all Indonesians who had returned from abroad, but Yurianto did not reveal the countries the patients had come from, nor their current whereabouts.Yurianto said the public did not need to know where COVID-19 patients’ lived, arguing that only the tracing team needed that information.Some people and experts disagree.The Public Information Commission (KIP), which monitors how the government meets the public’s right to information, said that, in cases that threaten the lives and interests of many people, it was the government’s duty to convey the information to the people.Article 12 Verse 2 of KIP Regulation No. 1/2010 on standards of public information stipulates that the public agency has the obligation to immediately inform the public on any situation that could threaten people’s lives and public safety. One of them pertains to “the strain, distribution and location of potentially infectious diseases.”“The optimal dissemination of information would reduce the risk of virus spread and increase people participation,” Arif Kuswardono, a KPI commissioner, told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. “A well-informed and well-educated community will not panic easily. The [people] can also understand how to take care of themselves, their families and their surroundings when facing virus threats,” he said.Syahrizal Syarief, an epidemiologist at the University of Indonesia, said he did not understand the government’s reasoning in concealing the location of COVID-19 patients. Syarief said revealing the countries or locations such patients had been in was not a privacy violation.The public, Syarief said, needed to be informed and included in tackling the epidemic. “To achieve this, the government should be open-minded, so that the people can play a role in the process or at least make decisions for themselves. The government’s policy of not sharing information regarding the geographical locations of case and the travel history of patients in imported cases [amounts to] a lack of openness […] that will cause distrust toward the government.”Singapore, by contrast, has provided details on dates and locations of places or neighborhoods visited by coronavirus-positive patients. The data is updated daily and can be accessed by the public on the government’s website at moh.gov.sg.An expert staff member at the Executive Office of the President, Dany Amrul Ichdan, said in a discussion on Wednesday that the government had been doing its best to “prevent, detect and respond” to COVID-19 cases. However, he said, it needed a specific approach in its information management.“We cannot be as transparent as other countries. […] We have to be realistic about the behavior of Indonesians. When the first two cases were announced, people started panic buying, the [stock market index] dropped. […] There are many factors that make us different, our psychographic, lifestyle, character, mindset. And that’s our challenge,” Dany said.Dany said a matter of concern was not just a nation’s health but also a nation’s economic conditions.“I’m not saying that Indonesians are less wise, but people in other countries, when they are informed about the location of the coronavirus patients, they are wiser in how they react. When it happens in Indonesia, we tend to see more panic, we have seen it in Depok, so we want to do it without creating a negative domino effect,” he said.Nila Moeloek, the former health minister who took part in the discussion, reminded the government to prioritize the health of citizens.“Health is fundamental, Dany, but we always talk about the economy,” she said to Dany.Topics : This communication policy has raised questions from experts, journalists and the public. The opaque manner of providing information on Case 25 has created particular confusion. After the central government announced the first death in the country, the chairman of Bali’s COVID-19 task force, Dewa Made Indra, said a suspected COVID-19 patient had died at Bali’s Sanglah Hospital, and the patient was a foreigner. He said at first he did not know whether that patient was Case 25.”Today, early in the morning, at 2:45 a.m., a foreign national under observation at Sanglah Hospital died,” Dewa said at a press conference in Denpasar on Wednesday.”Because this patient died in the isolation room, under observation, we tried to get confirmation from Jakarta. We hadn’t received her laboratory test results yet,” he said. “[After calling the ministry,] we were told that the patient who died was Case 25, who was announced as COVID-19 positive yesterday.”Both the Health Ministry and the Bali administration declined to reveal the patient’s nationality, but British media have reported that she was from the United Kingdom. A British Foreign Office statement received by The Jakarta Post said the office was “supporting the family of a British woman who has died in Indonesia” but stopped short of confirming that the woman was Case 25. With cryptic updates on the coronavirus situation and a refusal to reveal the nationality and location of the first fatality in Indonesia, the government has kept the public guessing about the invisible threat.On Wednesday, the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19, Achmad Yurianto, who is also the Health Ministry’s director general for disease control and prevention, said the patient in Case 25 had died at around 2 a.m. on Wednesday after three days of treatment. He said the patient was a 53-year-old foreigner, but he stopped short of disclosing the nationality and location.Since Monday, beginning with Case 7, Yurianto has refused to divulge the location of each patient and their nationality if they were foreigners, saying he would remain “consistent” in not naming locations.last_img read more

A lift in auctions this weekend resulted in a blitz of sales under the hammer

first_imgPatrice Bowen and Chris Safonoff share a kiss after being the winning bid on the home in Tarragindi.“We had a strong strategy for the auction. We’d been thinking about this house for three weeks now,’’ Mr Safonoff said.It was the first time the home had been on the market in more than 65 years. The home sold under the hammer for $750,000. It had a reserve of $700,000. 32 Abbott St, New FarmBidding started at $1.2 million, it was placed on the market at $1.6 million and then Mr Cush said two bidders fought it out, with the property selling for $1.681 million.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoMultiple bidders was the common theme for the day with nine registered bidders trying to secure 24 Newington St, Tarragindi. The buyers who both were project managers who work for a construction company said they would do up the home. 24 Newington St, Tarragindi.“We will rent it out initially and then a year or so down the track, once we have a design, we’ll do a modern extension,’’ Ms Bowen said.“We love the character and facade.’’ 24 Newington St, Tarragindi.Marketing agent Lynn McGavin of Place said it had been a very popular listing.“Throughout the campaign, we saw huge numbers and on the day of the auction, nine registered bidders,” she said.Ms McGavin said selling for $50,000 over reserve, showed the popularity of the booming location of Tarragindi. 22 Turner Ave, New FarmA LIFT in auction this weekend resulted in a blitz of sales under the hammerA house which needed renovation at Tarragindi sold for $50,000 above reserve, while multiple bidders fought it out to secure New Farm properties.There were nine potential bidders keen to secure the home at 24 Newington St, Tarragindi. The Place Estate Agents auction drew a crowd of about 50 onlookers with Chris Safonoff and Patrice Bowen from Tennyson the winning bidders.Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush said it was successful day under the hammer for the group as well.Sales included a home at 22 Turner Ave, New Farm which sold for $2.3 million. Bidding on the property started at $2 million.There were ten registered bidders for the home, which was listed through Scott Darwon of Ray White New Farm.It has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Also selling under the hammer was 32 Abbott St, New Farm listed by Brandon Wortley of Ray White.last_img read more

Before and after: Amazing home renovation in Gordon Park, Brisbane

first_imgAFTER: The kitchen at the house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, after it was rebuilt. Picture: Realestate.com.au.Other features include an entertaining deck with built-in Weber barbecue and weatherproof cabinetry, European oak flooring, ducted airconditioning, an electric front gate and a double garage.Kedron Brook parklands is just metres away and the nearby tunnel network offers easy access to the CBD, Brisbane Airport and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. AFTER: One of the bedrooms in the house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, after it was rebuilt. Picture: Realestate.com.au.The property is being marketed by Garry Jones and Craig Lea of McGrath Estate Agents Wilston.Mr Jones said the owner had originally planned to live in the house herself, but as the renovations evolved, she realised it had become too big for her.He said the home was a unique design, which captured natural light and seasonal breezes. AFTER: The back of the house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, after it was rebuilt. Picture: Realestate.com.au.One year later, after undergoing an amazing transformation into a huge, modern family home, the owner is taking 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, to auction.The original house had four bedrooms and two bathrooms on one level on a 617 sqm block. QLD’S HIGH-RISE BOOM SLOWING FAST SUNSHINE COAST STAR PERFORMER QUEENSLANDER GLAMOUR BEFORE: The kitchen in the house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, before it was rebuilt. Picture: CoreLogic. AFTER: The back deck at the house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, after it was rebuilt. Picture: Realestate.com.au.The new home is blend of contemporary style with classic Queenslander features over two levels, accommodating five bedrooms and three bathrooms.The pressed metal ceilings and VJ walls have been maintained, but a dramatic extension has been added to expand and modernise the home. BEFORE: The back of the house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, before it was rebuilt. Picture: CoreLogic.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market21 hours ago The house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, after it was rebuilt. Photo: Realestate.com.auA DILAPIDATED 1920s fixer upper is now barely recognisable after undergoing a gruelling top-to-toe renovation.The tiny worker’s cottage in Brisbane’s inner north was on its last legs when a savvy buyer snapped it up after just five days on the market in early 2017 for $672,000. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE BEFORE: The house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, before it was rebuilt. Picture: CoreLogic. BEFORE: One of the bedrooms in the house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, before it was rebuilt. Picture: CoreLogic. BEFORE: The front of the house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, before it was rebuilt. Picture: CoreLogic. AFTER: The living room at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, after it was rebuilt. Picture: Realestate.com.au. BEFORE: The living room in the house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, before it was rebuilt. Picture: CoreLogic. AFTER: One of the bathrooms in the house at 123 Swan St, Gordon Park, after it was rebuilt. Picture: Realestate.com.au.There is also access and room for a pool.“Considering the quality and size of the home — nearly 400 sqm under roof — it’s going to be one of those properties that set a new benchmark in the area,” Mr Jones said.“Nothing has sold like it in the area.”It is scheduled for auction on March 17 at 10am.last_img read more

More Dredging at Sultan Shoal Lighthouse in Selat Jurong

first_imgImage source: East Marine – SingaporeThe Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has just announced the latest update on the dredging operations conducted in the vicinity of Sultan Shoal Lighthouse, located at the island of Selat Jurong, the Western Anchorage of Singapore. According to MPA’s notice, the dredging works in this area are set to continue until February 29, 2020.MPA said that these dredging operations will be carried out by grab dredgers, supported by hopper barges and pusher tugs.The grab dredgers will be held in position by spud systems within the working area.The safety zone is a circular area of 250m radius centered at the dredger, said MPA.A safety boat will be deployed to warn other crafts in the vicinity of the working area.last_img