Pasadena Rep. Chu “So Relieved” as Congress Authorizes Funding Increases of Small Business Loan Program

first_imgMonday, the House of Representatives passed the Senate-amended H.R. 2499, the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 2015. Among other things, this bill will provide an increase in authorization to allow the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7(a) loan program to operate until the end of the fiscal year.The flagship program is designed to give small businesses access to capital through long-term loans in situations where capital cannot be found through conventional bank loans. Due to an anticipated increase in lending, SBA reached the $18.75 billion legal lending limit for the 7(a) program on Thursday, July 23, and was forced to shut down. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), who called on the Speaker of the House to bring legislation to the floor to raise this authorization limit in a floor speech earlier last week, released the following statement:“I am so relieved that this important program will continue to function through the end of the fiscal year, but it is a shame we got to this point at all. The 7(a) program is a success – helping small businesses by providing the loans they need when other doors to capital are closed, and operating at no cost to the taxpayer. In 2014 alone, the 7(a) program provided over 52,000 loans totaling $19 billion, and an even greater amount of interest was predicted for this year. That is a sign of a program that is working well. But unfortunately, Congress failed to provide an adequate lending limit in time, choosing instead to force this program to shut down temporarily. We need to stop governing by crisis and instead make sure that we provide the commitments necessary to instill confidence in our economy. I will continue to work to make sure successful programs like SBA’s 7(a) loans are able to continue to support small businesses without interruption.”This bill, previously passed by the House but amended by the Senate to include the 7(a) language, was approved by voice vote. The bill now moves to the President’s desk to be signed into law. Rep. Chu’s floor speech on the need to increase 7(a) financing authorization can also be seen here. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff HerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAre You His Ms. Right? 12 Signs He Thinks You AreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Business Newscenter_img Community News Community News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Government Pasadena Rep. Chu “So Relieved” as Congress Authorizes Funding Increases of Small Business Loan Program Published on Monday, July 27, 2015 | 4:58 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Emmagene L. “Em” Sellers

first_imgEmmagene L. “Em” Sellers, 94 of Dillsboro passed away January 1, 2017 at the Waters of Dillsboro.  Em was born May 5, 1922 at home in Dillsboro the daughter of Louis and Clara (Brandt) Knigga.  She married Robert Sellers June 8, 1964 and he preceded her in death August 16, 1984.  She was a former employee of Carter’s 5 &10, David Jewitt’s General Store, and had been a caterer for Romana Lanvermeyer.  Em was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro.  She enjoyed working on the family farm, dropping out of school to help.  She also took care of her mother and wouldn’t marry until after her mother’s death.  In later years, she enjoyed going to Reds games and loved working outside.  Although she had no children of her own, she enjoyed them very much.Em is survived by Niece, Vicki (Doug) Rassi of Jeffersonville, In; great niece Lauren (Matthew) Evanczyk, great nephew Matt (Samara) Rassi, great great nieces and nephews Emma, Jack, Lilly, and Everett, several cousins, and very special friends Daryl and Sherri Cutter and their children Greta, Bryston, and Maggie. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, mother-in-law Thelma Sellers and brother Warren Knigga.Funeral services will be at 2PM Wednesday January 4, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Dillsboro with Pastor Richard Kolaskey officiating.  Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery at Dillsboro.  Visitation wlll also be Wednesday 12-2PM at the church.  Memorials may be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, Dillsboro Rescue, Dillsboro Fire Dept. or to the Donor’s Choice.  Arrangements have been entrusted to DeVries Funeral Home of Dillsboro.last_img read more

Chelsea linked with Denmark’s Wass and QPR with Brazilian winger

first_imgDenmark international Daniel Wass has opened the door to a move to Chelsea or Liverpool, the Express claim.It comes after the 25-year-old, who can play at right-back or in midfield, appeared to indicate that he would like to leave French club Evian.“My head is still in Evian but if you offer me a departure in January, I will not say no,” he is quoted as saying.“I want to progress and prove my abilities at a higher level.  But a club has to be interested to meet the requirements that Evian have.”Spanish media reports continue to suggest that Real Madrid are keen to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea.There has been speculation that Cech could go to Spain as part of an exchange deal involving Real’s German midfielder Sami Khedira.The Daily Star therefore suggest that reports in Italy that AC Milan are interested Khedira will come as a blow for Chelsea as well as Arsenal.Meanwhile, QPR are one of several British clubs interested in Brazilian winger Wamberto, according to Sky Sports.Celtic, Swansea, West Ham, Sunderland and Aston Villa are also said to be monitoring the 20-year-old, who is currently with Lierse SK.His contract at the Belgian club reportedly expires in the summer and he has yet to agree a new deal.It is claimed that a number of clubs are looking to capture him in January or sign him before then on a pre-contract agreement.For more transfer speculation, including a report that Chelsea and Arsenal are competing for the signing of Benfica’s Brazilian forward Talisca, see Wednesday morning’s Paper Talk.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Fishing the North Coast: Green rivers headed our way

first_imgOur coastal rivers finally received the flushing and scouring they desperately needed. Last week’s storms brought the rivers to their highest levels of the season, providing ample water for steelhead to make it back to the streams and creeks where they originated. The extra flows will also trigger the fish that are still swimming in the salt to begin their migration upriver. With dry weather forecasted for at least the next week to 10 days, all of the rivers are now dropping towards fishable …last_img

Zuma pays tribute to Van Zyl Slabbert

first_img17 May 2010President Jacob Zuma has joined thousands of mourners in expressing his condolences to the family of former South African opposition leader, political analyst and businessman Frederik Van Zyl Slabbert, who passed away on Friday.Van Zyl Slabbert died at the age of 70 after spending some time at a Johannesburg hospital.Zuma said Van Zyl Slabbert’s visionary leadership lived on in the government’s efforts to build and strengthen democracy in South Africa.“He will be remembered as a principled and patriotic South African who served his country diligently,” Zuma said.Van Zyl Slabbert, whose conventional Afrikaner upbringing did not prevent him from recognising the folly of the apartheid system, played a prominent role in the struggle against apartheid.A sociologist by training, his academic work brought him into contact with people of other races at the height of apartheid. This laid the seeds for his opposition to the system, Zuma said.As a Member of Parliament, Van Zyl Slabbert was an outspoken critic of minority rule.“He will be remembered in particular for his courage and foresight in leading a group of white South Africans to Dakar, Senegal in 1987 for talks with the ANC that proved a critical moment on the path towards a negotiated settlement.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Work on year round E15 continues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) works towards allowing year-round use of E15 gasoline, ethanol proponents are watching closely with summer sales ban approaching.“Farmers stand ready to work with the Administration to clear obstacles to higher blends of ethanol such as E15 and ensure a final rule works for the full ethanol and fuel supply chain,” said Kevin Ross, National Corn Growers Association first vice president. “To ensure E15 sales are not interrupted, NCGA urges EPA to complete this rulemaking by June 1.”Ross’s comments came during a hearing held as part of the rulemaking that would remove regulations requiring retailers in many areas of the country to stop selling E15, a blend of gasoline and 15% ethanol approved for all vehicles 2001 and newer, during the summer months.In a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson urged EPA to rewrite a provision contained within the rule that could amount to a cap on ethanol.“Farmers Union is eager for EPA to follow through on its promises to get an E15 waiver out of the door by June 1,” Johnson said. “But we are concerned that certain provisions within EPA’s rulemaking unnecessarily work against expanded use of higher level blends of ethanol.”NFU’s concerns stem from EPA’s interpretation of the “substantially similar” clause of the Clean Air Act, which prohibits the sale of any fuel or fuel additive that is “not substantially similar” to fuels or fuel additives used in the certification of new vehicles.In 2017, E10 gasoline — gasoline blended with 10% ethanol — became the nation’s certification fuel, making higher level blends of ethanol, like E15 and E30, substantially similar. Yet in its proposal, EPA has limited its “substantially similar” interpretation to only an E15 blend, making the prospects of using higher level blends of ethanol harder to achieve.“Unfortunately, EPA’s substantially similar determination is limited to E15,” said Johnson. “While we do not necessarily disagree with EPA’s interpretations that would allow for E15 year-round, we believe the statute clearly allows for higher ethanol blends as part of the substantially similar determination based on E10 certification fuel.”last_img read more

Geocaching.com Presents: Premium Membership

first_imgShare with your Friends:More [Click CC for Closed Captioning in English, German, French, Norwegian, and Bulgarian][vsw id=”_cyl5fySxDs” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]Spend less time planning and more time playing! Explore the 10 reasons to become a Premium Member on Geocaching.com. It costs as little as a cup of coffee a month and supports the activity you love. Premium Members unlock a suite of features like advanced search (Pocket Queries), have VIP access to Premium Member only caches, and even receive instant notifications of new cache placements.Subscribe to the Official Geocaching.com YouTube channel for the latest tips and tricks in geocaching. Watch the more than 100 videos produced by Geocaching.com on our video page. SharePrint RelatedUpgrade Your Caching Adventure – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterOctober 17, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocaching.com Spoiler Alert – The Air of Your WaysJuly 12, 2012In “Geocaching.com Videos”Geocaching.com Presents: Caches Along a RouteJuly 6, 2012In “Deutsch”last_img read more

AudioVroom: Music Sharing for the Streaming Generation

first_imgTags:#music#Product Reviews#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… AudioVroom, which should be available for iOS in the next couple of weeks, offers users the ability to create custom playlists of streaming music based on friends musical tastes. AudioVroom builds a profile of each user’s musical tastes according to a few different methods. First, it can look at your iTunes library and build a profile by examining artist frequency, play counts, skip counts and star ratings. If you don’t want it to look at your library, it can build a taste profile according to what you “love” and “fail” while using the app to play friends’ stations. If neither of those fit your fancy, AudioVroom co-founder and CEO Marcos Lara says that the company is working on integrating Facebook and Last.fm to pull in your musical preferences.Once the app has your musical tastes pinned down, you can begin sharing with friends. AudioVroom lets users “bump” their phones with each other (using the Bump API) to exchange profile information. From there, it looks at common interests, finds intersections and creates custom stations according to these points. The app has yet to hit the App Store shelves but we got to hear a bit about it and give it a try and we’re looking forward to seeing what new music we might find by simply bumping our phone with our friends. Lara says that an HTML5 version is on the way for Android phones, as well as a Facebook app. For now, all we can do is wait for it to hit the app store so we can convince all of our friends to download it and stop listening to that same old Pandora station day after day. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts mike melanson Nowadays, music discovery can be a magical, yet completely disconnected, experience. There are tools to find the most popular music from blogs, algorithms to suggest music according to characteristics and custom created lists and channels made by curators. Still, something integral is missing – your friends.Once upon a time – long before peer-to-peer file sharing services hit the Web – the way to discover music was by trading mix tapes with friends. Nowadays, you might burn a CD for a friend but, as our music collections increasingly move into the cloud, it’s becoming harder and harder to share your musical tastes with your friends. AudioVroom wants to change this and bring your friends to the music discovery experience of apps like Pandora. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

NAHB Green Expands to Whole-Community Certification

first_imgApproved by ANSI less than three months ago, the National Green Building Standard is off to a quick start with its land development certification of a 60-acre parcel in Northwest IndianaAlthough it was not heavily emphasized in late January when they were approved by the American National Standards Institute, the benchmarks and certification protocols of the ICC/NAHB 700, now known as the National Green Building Standard, are as relevant to whole communities as they are to single-family homes, apartments and condominiums, and remodeling projects.Compelling evidence of that is a 60-acre parcel in Northwest Indiana whose developer, T. Clifford Fleming, focused on environmental stewardship of the community by protecting environmentally sensitive areas, and by preserving existing vegetation and the natural water and drainage features on the site. Supplemented by thorough documentation, that effort earned the site the first land development certification awarded under the NGBS, the National Association of Home Builders announced this week.The development, formerly a backwater of unused farm fields and commercial sites, is now called The Village in Burns Harbor and has more than 1,000 new homes, renovation projects, and subdivisions being scored for NGBS certification, the NAHB said. The community eventually will include a mix of 265 single-family, semi-detached, and multifamily homes and a town center with retail, residential, and commercial development.Sixty homes have already been completed, NAHB added, including two single-family homes built by Coolman Communities that were certified earlier this year by the NAHB National Green Building Program.last_img read more

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee calls defectors ‘greedy and corrupt’

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday came down heavily on TMC leaders who joined the BJP post the Lok Sabha elections. She called them “greedy and corrupt” and said the saffron party was “collecting garbage”.The TMC chief also said she would be replacing the “traitors” with “dedicated members” and asked those “undecided about joining the BJP” to leave her Party at the earliest.Ms. Banerjee’s remarks came against the backdrop of three MLAs and a majority of councillors from five municipalities in the State defecting to the BJP from the TMC since the declaration of general election results last month.“We are not bothered about a few corrupt and greedy leaders who are switching to some other Party. They joined the BJP as they were afraid they might face consequences for their activities,” the Chief Minister said. She said her administration is contemplating action against those involved in corruption.“We are throwing out our garbage and the BJP is collecting it. But joining some other Party won’t save anyone from corruption probe,” Ms. Banerjee said at an internal meeting of Party councillors from across the State. The TMC president said she would want to restructure her Party ahead of the 2021 West Bengal Assembly elections, while insisting that those who were in two minds about switching to the BJP should leave immediately.“I would like to urge those traitors who are still undecided on whether to join the BJP or stay in the TMC to leave the Party. We don’t want such leaders and workers,” Ms. Banerjee said.“One person will leave and 500 more will be inducted in his or her place. We want to restructure our Party and replace corrupt and greedy workers with dedicated cadres,” she added.Admitting that her Party’s leadership made a few mistakes while dealing with old-timers and loyalists, the Chief Minister assured that the lapses would be taken care of. Referring to legislator Sunil Singh, who joined the BJP on Monday, Ms. Banerjee said it was a misjudgement on the part of the TMC to have given him a ticket for Noapara Assembly bypoll last year, overlooking the candidature of Manju Basu, wife of slain TMC leader Bikash Basu. She also instructed her Party leaders and workers to increase their outreach activities.Ms. Banerjee warned Party members against infighting as it “affects the implementation of government schemes”.“Work hard and work honestly to reach out to the masses. Don’t fall into the BJP’s trap. People are looking at us. Do remember that councillors play a very important role, they are the face of the Party in their respective wards,” she said.last_img read more