It’s best to develop money-saving habits when you’re young, so Georgia Saves is reaching out to Georgia students with its inaugural Make Your Own Piggy Bank Contest.Georgia Saves, part of the nonprofit Consumer Federation of America and sponsored by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, wants students to design their own unique piggy banks to help inspire their peers – and their parents – to start saving.The contest is open to students from first to 12th grade, and the entry deadline is March 15. “Spending takes no special talents or abilities; anyone can do it,” said Michael Rupured, a financial management specialist with UGA Extension and the contest’s co-organizer. “Saving, however, is a habit that needs to be developed, practiced and encouraged. Developing the saving habit at a young age pays off big over the course of a lifetime. Piggy banks are an important tool for developing the saving habit and shifting the conversation from spending money to saving it.”Students must make a piggy bank that allows money to be put in and taken out without destroying the bank. They also have to demonstrate how their bank works in a short video posted on Instagram. This less-than-60-second video should show the materials used and allow the student to showcase their banks in the best light.Winners in elementary, middle and high school age brackets will receive $50, $100 and $200 gift cards, respectively. Banks will be judged on originality, creativity, functionality, visual appeal, overall impression, and the video presentation and its popularity on Instagram.The piggy banks and the accompanying videos will be used to promote the Georgia Saves pledge, which encourages saving toward a specific goal in order to help kick-start new saving habits. Those who take the pledge receive regular reminders to save via text message as well as money-saving tips. Visit GeorgiaSaves.org to take the pledge.For more information and requirements about the Make Your Own Piggy Bank Contest, contact your local UGA Extension office or visit www.fcs.uga.edu/extension/money. Individual students as well as class groups are encouraged to enter the contest.
MONTPELIER, Vt.-Vermont State Treasurer Jeb Spaulding announced today that the Vermont Pension Investment Committee has issued a request for proposals soliciting investment opportunities intended to support economic and community development in Vermont. This is the second year that VPIC has requested such proposals, after adopting a policy on economically targeted investments in 2006. VPIC oversees more than $3 billion in retirement funds for Vermont teachers, state employees, and municipal employees.According to Spaulding, this initiative is unrelated to the recent debate in the Legislature regarding a proposal by Governor Jim Douglas to require that Vermont’s pension fund managers buy Vermont Housing Finance Agency bonds. The 2006 economically targeted investment policy passed by VPIC requires an annual request for proposals.”VPIC agreed a year and a half ago that, to the extent it can support economic and community development in Vermont without sacrificing investment performance, it makes sense to do so,” said Spaulding. “The proposal to require VPIC to buy the bonds, regardless of whether or not they thought it passed muster from an investment perspective, was rejected. However, I’m hopeful that the VHFA will submit a proposal. If the anticipated returns are appropriate, I am confident VPIC will seriously consider an investment in VHFA bonds.”Economically targeted investments are intended to generate market rate returns, while providing collateral benefits that enhance quality of life and promote economic activity in a targeted area in this case Vermont. Types of investment opportunities that may be appropriate for pension fund investments could include affordable housing, energy efficiency, venture capital, or timber.”VPIC trustees take seriously their responsibility to protect the retirement security of workers and retirees. In that regard, this initiative does not reduce their obligation. The economic or social benefits of a proposal will not justify lower returns or inappropriate levels of risk,” Spaulding explained. “We don’t want to limit the field of investment possibilities, and are hopeful that creative minds will look at our policy and submit innovative proposals that meet our criteria.”Last year, the Vermont Pension Investment Committee agreed to invest up to $2 million in Green Asset Partners, contingent upon certain conditions being met. Green Asset Partners proposes to provide an innovative real estate product which leverages conservation dollars and enhances land protection while striving to meet or exceed the annualized average return for private real assets.Proposals must be submitted to the State Treasurer’s Office by June 25, 2008, at 2 p.m. In order to be considered, proposals must, at a minimum:·Target risk-adjusted, market-rate returns equivalent to or higher than other available investments in a similar asset class;·Provide a substantial, direct, and measurable benefit to economic or community development within the State of Vermont; and·Be managed by an experienced and capable manager in an applicable asset class; no direct investments will be considered.Parties interested in receiving more information on the program should go to the State Treasurer’s web site at www.VermontTreasurer.gov(link is external) or call (802) 828-5197.
On 7 and 8 September, on the Vlašić mountain there will be a festival of adventure sports called ‘Vlašić Adventure Fest 2013’.The festival will try to brand Vlašić as a tourist destination for young event when the winter season is over.The program is significant for the cultural importance of Central Bosnia and the entire program will be free of charge for all visitors.Vlašić Adventure Fest 2013 will help visitors to acquaint with adventure sports and with the necessary equipment for them.The goal is that the festival becomes one of the largest festivals of adventure sports in this part of Europe.
But with MLB’s return quickly hampered by a number of positive tests in the Miami Marlins team, prompting postponements, NBA commissioner Silver is wary of potential complications in his own sport.NBA RESTART: Schedule | Playoff Bracket | Bubble, explainedThe league has plans in place for individual confirmed cases, but would act swiftly should the virus pass through a confined campus, as happened in the Marlins’ clubhouse.”It’s not an exact science, because nobody’s ever done this before,” Silver told Good Morning America on ABC. “We have plans in place where we might pause — similar to what baseball’s doing now. Probably if we had any significant spread at all, we’d immediately stop and what we’d try to do is to track and determine where they’re coming from and whether there had been a spread on campus. I would say, ultimately, we would cease completely if we saw that this was spreading around the campus and something more than an isolated case was happening.”MORE: Biggest storylines ahead of NBA’s restartExplaining this approach, Silver said he listened to the players. Adam Silver says the NBA would be prepared for the 2019-20 season to “cease completely” if there was a coronavirus outbreak on the league campus in Florida.The campaign is set to restart on Thursday amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with 22 teams at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando to play eight seeding games and then the playoffs. “It’s health and safety first. That’s always been our guidepost going into this,” Silver said. “We’ve worked very closely with the Players Association and all the teams on this, and we know — it’s one thing we’ve always pointed out – that it’s about relative safety at this point. When you look at the high case rates not just in Florida but around the country – we also had significant numbers of players testing positive between the time we shut down the season and when we restarted – we jokingly have said, but maybe it’s not so funny, that the safest place in the world may be on this campus at Disney. If that were to turn out to not be the case, we certainly would stop.”However, Silver is confident ahead of the restart, with the NBA taking a different approach to MLB, where players continue to travel the country to play at home stadiums.”The word ‘anxious’ would describe how I feel. We’ve been working at this for a long time, but there is a high case rate in Florida, down in Orange County where Orlando is,” Silver said. “We’re seeing what’s happening in baseball with the Marlins, so it’s something we’re continuing to track very closely. Having said that, we have confidence in this protocol that we designed. It’s not actually a sealed ‘bubble’, but everyone that’s on that campus is tested on a daily basis. They’re taking extraordinary precautions. The only time they’re not wearing masks is when they’re actually playing basketball. It’s to the extent that when somebody tests positive, we’ll obviously track them closely. We quarantine people when they first come down. So, we think we have a plan in place that should work.”