vice president – SMLXtlarge http://www.smlxtralarge.com/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 03:20:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/icon-5-150x150.png vice president – SMLXtlarge http://www.smlxtralarge.com/ 32 32 Joint Meeting Between Anchorage Assembly and School Board Heat Up Over School Resource Officer Funding https://www.smlxtralarge.com/joint-meeting-between-anchorage-assembly-and-school-board-heat-up-over-school-resource-officer-funding/ Sat, 05 Mar 2022 03:20:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/joint-meeting-between-anchorage-assembly-and-school-board-heat-up-over-school-resource-officer-funding/ ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Members of the Anchorage Assembly are still debating who should take responsibility for funding school resource officers in the Anchorage School District, and the district superintendent said Friday that she felt like she was being attacked by some members of the assembly. On Friday, a joint meeting between the assembly and […]]]>

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) – Members of the Anchorage Assembly are still debating who should take responsibility for funding school resource officers in the Anchorage School District, and the district superintendent said Friday that she felt like she was being attacked by some members of the assembly.

On Friday, a joint meeting between the assembly and the Anchorage school board began as usual, but things got contentious and a little heated when assemblyman Forrest Dunbar asked Superintendent Deena Bishop why the district had offered to fund the school resource officer program in their preliminaries. budget.

The school board voted in February to fund 75% of the program going forward when it passed the district’s draft fiscal year 2023 budget.

“Why did you feel that you had to transfer a large part of these costs into your budget?” Dunbar asked. “…We funded it. Then we overrode the mayor’s veto. I think this is an indication that there is strong support on the appropriate body in the municipality to support ORS and not fire police officers.

He added that by presenting the draft budget like he did to the school board, it “seems” they are putting them in a situation “where they have to be the bad guys and take it out of there.” Dunbar said he thinks the municipality should have continued to take responsibility.

Bishop told Dunbar and assembly members that the district had offered to fund a significant portion of the program because they weren’t convinced the municipality would, based on some previous comments from assembly members. meeting, and taking into account that the fiscal year of the district begins on July 1 and the total financial contribution of the city expires on June 30.

“It wasn’t a risk I wanted to take given the financial situation we’re in this year with funds,” Bishop said.

Moving into a new school year, Bishop said “leaving it to chance” was not a risk she wanted to take with the program.

Assemblyman Austin Quinn-Davidson blamed the lack of trust on the assembly, and Mayor Dave Bronson vetoed who would fund the program.

Bronson first proposed transferring 75% of financial responsibility to the district as part of his proposed city budget last year. When passing the city budget in November, the assembly elected to restore full city funding for the program, and school officers were funded by the municipality for the remainder of that school year.

Bronson vetoed several items in the city budget, which would have reduced this year’s school resource officer funding to a 25-75 split, but the assembly overruled those vetoes.

“There’s a lot of revisionist history going on here when the mayor and others show up and say, ‘We support the school resource officers,'” Quinn-Davidson said. “Show me your values ​​and put them in your budget.”

School board president Margo Bellamy added that she felt the school district had the support of the congregation, but felt “conflicted” during the draft budget vote.

“I don’t know if I mean I can’t count on it, but building that budget, I wasn’t really comfortable counting on it,” Bellamy said.

Assembly Vice President Chris Constant said he was disappointed with the board’s decision to fund the school resource officer program and was unsure how the assembly could have made its support more clear. The assembly overruled the mayor’s veto 9-2.

Assemblyman Jamie Allard, who attended the meeting by telephone, said that since the officers work at the school, in order for the district to take ownership of the program, they are the ones who need to fund it.

At the meeting, Bishop said she felt some members of the assembly were politicizing the situation and attacking her for the council’s decision. However, she said there was still time for the assembly to prove that they were committed to funding the program.

“If the assembly shares their support for the SRO program, we will see that in their tax bill,” Bishop said. “They can certainly provide the funds outside of operational funds to pay for ORS.”

Bishop said the school resource officer program will cost the school district $2.3 million over the next fiscal year. The money comes from its operating budget.

Copyright 2022 KTUU. All rights reserved.

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Biden said he was considering cutting Moscow off from SWIFT after support surged in Europe https://www.smlxtralarge.com/biden-said-he-was-considering-cutting-moscow-off-from-swift-after-support-surged-in-europe/ Sat, 26 Feb 2022 18:03:59 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/biden-said-he-was-considering-cutting-moscow-off-from-swift-after-support-surged-in-europe/ Topline President Joe Biden is seriously considering expelling Russia from the international financial messaging system SWIFT, CNN reported on Saturday, as more European countries said they supported the decision to punish Russia for invading the Ukraine. Then-Vice President Joe Biden attends an event honoring former Vice President Walter Mondale at … [+] George Washington University […]]]>

Topline

President Joe Biden is seriously considering expelling Russia from the international financial messaging system SWIFT, CNN reported on Saturday, as more European countries said they supported the decision to punish Russia for invading the Ukraine.

Highlights

The Biden administration has discussed Russia’s removal of SWIFT with the US Federal Reserve, which is one of the toughest financial sanctions against Moscow, CNN reported, citing several people familiar with Biden’s thinking, as well as the one that would potentially be the most damaging for West Country.

The Federal Reserve is one of the financial institutions overseeing the Belgium-based international messaging system that connects 11,000 financial institutions in more than 200 countries and territories, delivering 42 million messages a day last year that coordinate transactions.

Asked why the United States hadn’t pulled Russia out of SWIFT, Biden said Thursday that the move was still an option, adding, “But right now, that’s not the position the rest of Europe wishes to adopt”.

On Saturday, support appeared to be growing for the decision in Europe, with Italy and Germany declaring their favour, while a French official told Reuters that European Union members were close to reaching a a consensus to act.

Contra

Major U.S. banks, including JPMorgan and Citigroup, have suggested to U.S. lawmakers and the Biden administration not to restrict Moscow’s access to SWIFT, Bloomberg reported. They warned that the measure could encourage the development of an alternative to SWIFT, reducing the dollar’s supremacy in the global economy. They added that removing Russia from SWIFT would make it difficult for Western countries to track Russia’s financial transactions.

Surprising fact

Iran is the only country blocked from SWIFT so far. It was cut in 2012 as part of international sanctions over the country’s nuclear program.

Key Context

Russia would still be able to bank with other countries without SWIFT, but it would be much more labor intensive and expensive. It could also have negative consequences for Russia’s main trading partners, including European countries, which could have difficulty paying for Russian oil and gas imports on which they depend.

Further reading

Biden seriously considering whether to back Russia’s withdrawal from SWIFT (CNN)

More European countries refuse to cut Russia off from SWIFT (Forbes)

Wall Street advises Washington not to kick Russia out of SWIFT (Bloomberg)

What is SWIFT? Here’s how this banking system could be used to punish Russia for invading Ukraine (Forbes)

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Advisor Group launches the next phase of its strategic vision with the addition of seasoned industry executives to support, empower and serve financial advisors https://www.smlxtralarge.com/advisor-group-launches-the-next-phase-of-its-strategic-vision-with-the-addition-of-seasoned-industry-executives-to-support-empower-and-serve-financial-advisors/ Wed, 23 Feb 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/advisor-group-launches-the-next-phase-of-its-strategic-vision-with-the-addition-of-seasoned-industry-executives-to-support-empower-and-serve-financial-advisors/ Tim Hodge appointed Executive Vice President, Trading and Operations; Jen Roche is appointed Senior Vice President, Enterprise Content, Communications and Public Relations; Aiyisha Adams Hired as VP of Advisor Engagement PHOENIX, February 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Advisor Group, the nation’s largest network of independent wealth management firms, today announced the next step in its strategic […]]]>

Tim Hodge appointed Executive Vice President, Trading and Operations; Jen Roche is appointed Senior Vice President, Enterprise Content, Communications and Public Relations; Aiyisha Adams Hired as VP of Advisor Engagement

PHOENIX, February 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Advisor Group, the nation’s largest network of independent wealth management firms, today announced the next step in its strategic vision to transform the financial advisor and client service experience with the addition of three executives in the areas of operations, marketing and advisor engagement.

The company named Tim Hodge as Executive Vice President, Trading and Operations; Jen Roche as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Content, Communications and Public Relations; and Aiyisha Adams as Vice President of Advisor Engagement.

“As we embark on the next stage of our strategic vision, we are committed to hiring top talent who will help us align ongoing advisor feedback with a boutique service approach and industry-leading scale to deliver tailored solutions that help our advisors and their clients prosper,” mentioned Jamie PriceCEO, group counselors. “Each of these new additions to our management team brings a unique level of expertise and a new perspective that will only improve our ability to deliver a differentiated experience to our financial advisors and their clients.”

Over the past few months, Advisor Group has launched numerous initiatives aimed at collecting and understanding advisor feedback. Each of these new recruits represents an area essential to this journey with responsibilities that will have a direct impact on the experience of finance professionals.

With over 50 years of combined experience, Mr. Hodge, Ms. Roche and Ms. Adams come to Advisor Group with a diversity of thought and a strong track record of success.

  • Tim Hodge joins the Advisor Group leadership team as Executive Vice President, Trading and Operations with over 25 years of industry experience leading and building great client service focused teams. Most recently, he was at LPL Financial as Senior Vice President, Service, Trading and Operations. Throughout his career at LPL – and earlier in 18 years at Goldman Sachs in a series of leadership roles, Mr. Hodge has consistently improved client service performance, implemented large-scale technology improvements that have improved operations workflow and case management, and engaged directly with advisors. .

  • In her role as Senior Vice President, Corporate Content, Communications and Public Relations, Jen Roche will take responsibility for streamlining and developing corporate communications, both internally and externally. Prior to joining Advisor Group, Ms. Roche led marketing and communications functions for AssetMark and LPL Financial and handled public relations for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies and executives.

  • As Vice President, Advisor Engagement, Aiyisha Adams will lead the firm’s advisor feedback strategy and initiatives by amplifying advisor voices and measuring advisor priorities to enable seamless delivery of exceptional service experiences. . In addition to her previous experience as Director of Specialist Teams at Advisor Group, Ms. Adams has also held positions at several financial services companies, including Lincoln Financial Group, Northwestern Mutual and BB&T Investments.

“We are delighted to welcome Tim, Jen and Aiyisha to the Advisor Group,” said Greg Cornick, President, Advisory and Wealth Management at Advisor Group. “These high caliber executives could have joined any company in our industry, but they chose Advisor Group because they recognize that we are building a truly exceptional company with a clear vision to transform wealth management.”

Advisor Group is made up of FSC Securities, Royal Alliance Associates, SagePoint Financial, Securities America, Triad Advisors and Woodbury Financial Services.

About the Advisor Group

Advisor Group, Inc. is the largest national network of independent wealth management firms, serving approximately 10,000 financial advisors and overseeing more than $515 billion in customer assets. The firm’s mission is to support the strategic role that advisors can play in the lives of their clients. Cultivating a spirit of entrepreneurship and independence, Advisor Group champions the enduring value of financial advisors and is committed to being with them every step of the way. For more information, visit https://www.advisorgroup.com.

Securities and investment advisory services are offered through the following companies: FSC Securities Corporation, Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., SagePoint Financial, Inc., Triad Advisors, LLC and Woodbury Financial Services, Inc., brokers , registered investment advisers and members of FINRA and SIPC. The securities are offered by Securities America, Inc., a dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC. Advisory services are offered by Arbor Point Advisors, LLC, Ladenburg Thalmann Asset Management, Inc., Securities America Advisors, Inc. and Triad Hybrid Solutions, LLC, registered investment advisers. The advisory programs offered by FSC Securities Corporation, Royal Alliance Associates, Inc., SagePoint Financial, Inc. and Woodbury Financial Services, Inc. are sponsored by VISION2020 Wealth Management Corp., an affiliate registered investment adviser. Advisor Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of these companies. 20 E. Thomas Road, Ste. 2000, Phoenix, AZ85012. 866.481.0379.

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Climate grant illustrates growth in philanthropy-funded news https://www.smlxtralarge.com/climate-grant-illustrates-growth-in-philanthropy-funded-news/ Tue, 15 Feb 2022 14:09:11 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/climate-grant-illustrates-growth-in-philanthropy-funded-news/ NEW YORK – The Associated Press said on Tuesday it is assigning more than two dozen journalists around the world to cover climate issues, as part of the news organization’s largest single expansion funded by philanthropic grants . The announcement illustrates how philanthropy has quickly become an important new source of funding for journalism — […]]]>

NEW YORK – The Associated Press said on Tuesday it is assigning more than two dozen journalists around the world to cover climate issues, as part of the news organization’s largest single expansion funded by philanthropic grants .

The announcement illustrates how philanthropy has quickly become an important new source of funding for journalism — at the AP and elsewhere — at a time when the financial outlook for the industry was otherwise bleak.

The new AP team, made up of journalists based in Africa, Brazil, India and the United States, will focus on the impact of climate change on agriculture, migration, urban planning, economy , culture and other fields. Data, text and visual journalists are included, along with the ability to collaborate with other newsrooms, said Julie Pace, senior vice president and editor.

“This massive initiative will transform the way we cover the climate story,” Pace said.

The grant is more than $8 million over three years, and about 20 of the climate journalists will be new hires. The AP appointed Peter Prengaman as director of climate and environmental information to lead the team.

Five organizations contribute to this effort: the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Quadrivium, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.

This is the most recent in a series of grants the PA has received since the mid-2010s to build coverage in the areas of health and science, religion, water issues and philanthropy itself. Some 50 AP reporters have grant-funded jobs.

For many years, journalists and philanthropists were more suspicious of each other. News outlets were preoccupied with maintaining their independence and, until the last two decades, financially strong enough not to need help. Philanthropists didn’t see the need for it, or how journalists could help them achieve their goals.

Nonprofit news organizations like ProPublica and Texas Tribune have led the way in changing mindsets. The Salt Lake Tribune, which in 2019 became a nonprofit to attract more donors, and the Seattle Times are other frontrunners.

A grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting was instrumental in AP’s coverage of the Yemen conflict that won a 2019 Pulitzer Prize, said Brian Carovillano, AP news vice president who oversees partnerships and grants. PA’s pandemic coverage was bolstered by funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education.

The climate finance is a big boost after years of the AP being frustrated that the company’s ambitions outweighed its ability to achieve them, he said.

“Do you want to do it right or do you want to do it well enough?” said Carovillano. “My response to that is always that I want to do it right. I want to go as far as possible, and I think that should always be the ambition of the AP.

The New York Times launched its first major grant-funded project last year, called Headway, dedicating a six-person team to producing stories about how people in the past expected the future. unfolds and how it actually unfolded. A resulting story was Michael Kimmelman’s look at how New York City rebounded from Super Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“As far as we’re concerned, it’s been really seamless,” said Monica Drake, associate editor at The Times. “It allowed us to focus on the things we want to cover and do it independently.”

With a grant from the Ford Foundation, The Times also hired a disabled fellow to produce stories about disabilities.

The Times is looking to hire a philanthropic partnerships manager, just as AP is building its own department headed by former global affairs editor Lisa Gibbs, to work to secure outside support and partnerships for its work.

In 2019, the Lensfest Institute for Journalism brought together 30 people to discuss local news funding ideas. Today, it has more than 1,000, either development professionals or people working in news agencies, who participate in webinars or other activities trying to advance the same goal, said Annie McCain Medonia, Institute Advancement Director.

In recent years, many funders have begun to realize the need to support news, said Joshua Stearns, director of the public squares program at the Democracy Fund.

“Donors are seeing news and information about issues that matter to them dry up,” Stearns said, “and instead they are seeing misinformation.”

AP often needs to educate funders on first approach, explaining the company’s global reach and mission to report independently. AP accepts money to cover certain areas but without conditions; backers have no influence over the stories that are made, Carovillano said.

Both sides had things to learn.

For Carovillano, it was about getting used to the idea that funders were not just generous; they had their own goals to achieve. “This is a mutually beneficial arrangement,” he said.

The Knight Foundation, one of journalism’s biggest funders, is now primarily focused on helping deliver local news on digital platforms, said Alberto Ibarguen, its chief executive. He testified to a change in attitude among funders who now consider journalism as a civic obligation.

Ibarguen called it “one of those nocturnal sensations that took a long time to build.”

Another major funder, the Ford Foundation, distributed $32.5 million for journalism projects last year, up from $17 million in 2019. This includes $2 million for an effort to provide more opportunities for minority journalists in Detroit.

Carovillano said he noticed a difference in morale in his organization due to the growth achieved through new funding.

“I think it changed the mindset of the newsroom a bit,” he said. “After years of feeling a little beleaguered, people are proud to be part of an organization that really dreams big and actually has the ability to do so.”

While no one underestimates the business challenges that remain for journalism, Medonia of the Lensfest Institute said philanthropic efforts have at least changed the conversation.

“I feel like our language has gone from people talking about local news dying to a local news revival,” she said. “If you can provide quality journalism, people are willing to pay for it, people are willing to support it. I think there is a lot of room for optimism. The trick is, can we act fast enough? »

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Senate Confirms New Leaders of International Development Finance Corp. and Export-Import Bank | Holland & Knight LLP https://www.smlxtralarge.com/senate-confirms-new-leaders-of-international-development-finance-corp-and-export-import-bank-holland-knight-llp/ Thu, 10 Feb 2022 22:01:56 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/senate-confirms-new-leaders-of-international-development-finance-corp-and-export-import-bank-holland-knight-llp/ The US Senate has confirmed Scott Nathan and Reta Jo Lewis to senior positions with the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), respectively. Nathan will serve as CEO of DFC and Lewis will serve as Chairman and President of EXIM. Both were confirmed on February 9, […]]]>

The US Senate has confirmed Scott Nathan and Reta Jo Lewis to senior positions with the US International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM), respectively. Nathan will serve as CEO of DFC and Lewis will serve as Chairman and President of EXIM. Both were confirmed on February 9, 2022.

These confirmations provide political leadership to the most senior positions in both DFC and EXIM and should result in faster decision-making and greater certainty regarding agency priorities and plans.

DFC and EXIM are an integral part of the Biden administration’s strategy for supply chain resilience and the International Climate Finance Plan.

DFC

Scott Nathan most recently served as a senior adviser in the Office of Presidential Personnel at the White House after working on the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Nominating Team. During the Obama-Biden administration, Nathan served as Special Representative for Trade and Commerce at the U.S. State Department, where he led a team focused on protecting U.S. economic interests abroad and defending U.S. exports. . Later, he served as Associate Director of General Government Programs in the Office of Management and Budget. He also worked as a partner, board member and chief risk officer of a Boston-based private equity partnership. Nathan holds a BA, JD and MBA from Harvard.

As CEO of DFC, Nathan will be responsible for ensuring that the Biden administration’s international development funding priorities are reflected in DFC-supported transactions. In his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he summarized his views on the DFC as follows:

DFC mobilizes capital for private sector-led growth in the developing world and offers a clear alternative to state-led investments by authoritarian governments. DFC’s product offering provides developing countries with a positive choice, reflecting our democratic values, to meet their infrastructure and economic needs. While investing in private sector companies and projects, DFC can insist on transparency, rule of law, financial viability, and high environmental and labor standards. Unlike some of our strategic competitors, we do this with no strings attached.

Nathan replaces Dev Jagadesan, Deputy General Counsel of DFC, who served as interim CEO.

EXIM

Reta Jo Lewis most recently served as Senior Research Fellow and Director of Congressional Affairs at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, where she led bipartisan initiatives, programs and exchanges for members of the United States Congress and their European counterparts. . Lewis previously held senior government positions, including as Special Representative for Global Intergovernmental Affairs under Secretary Hillary Clinton at the US State Department during the Obama-Biden administration, and as Assistant special for the political affairs of President Bill Clinton. In the private sector, Lewis practiced law at a major international firm and also served as Vice President and Advisor to the President of the United States Chamber of Commerce. She holds a JD from Emory University School of Law, an MSAJ from American University, and a BA from the University of Georgia.

As President and Chairman of EXIM, Lewis will be responsible for ensuring that the Biden Administration’s priorities for supporting U.S. exporters are reflected in EXIM’s programs and transactions, including the recently announced National Financing Program. offers.

In his testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, Lewis provided the following comments on his priorities for EXIM:

US exporters are competing to win the 21st century, and EXIM must stand with them. As we strive to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, EXIM must seize this opportunity to live up to its mission. EXIM is to partner with sister agencies such as the International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA), US Small Business Administration (SBA) and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to improve the global competitiveness of American companies. and workers. EXIM must also renew its focus on supporting small businesses to help our country’s economy rebuild better.

Lewis replaces Jim Burrows, EXIM’s senior vice president for the Office of Small Business, who served as president and acting president.

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Live updates on monetary and financial news: IRS letter 6475, request for $1,400, child tax credit, tax returns… https://www.smlxtralarge.com/live-updates-on-monetary-and-financial-news-irs-letter-6475-request-for-1400-child-tax-credit-tax-returns/ Wed, 09 Feb 2022 06:40:27 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/live-updates-on-monetary-and-financial-news-irs-letter-6475-request-for-1400-child-tax-credit-tax-returns/ White House Raises Awareness of 2021 Child Tax Credit Application The 2022 tax season began on January 24 and will continue until April 18, when 2021 tax returns will be due. To help raise awareness of the 2021 Child Tax Credit which has been expanded and made available to more families as part of the […]]]>

White House Raises Awareness of 2021 Child Tax Credit Application

The 2022 tax season began on January 24 and will continue until April 18, when 2021 tax returns will be due. To help raise awareness of the 2021 Child Tax Credit which has been expanded and made available to more families as part of the U.S. bailout, the White House will hold events across the country during tax filing season.

On Tuesday, the campaign will kick off with a virtual event hosted by Vice President Kamala Harris, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and White House senior adviser Gene Sperling.

Eligible families who had filed a 2019 or 2020 tax return were automatically enrolled in an advance payment scheme created for 2021. Recipients got the first half of the credit through monthly installments that began in July.

The balance of the credit will be added to the 2022 tax refunds, for those who have not received the payments and are eligible, they will receive a lump sum for each of their eligible children.

are hosting a virtual event on Tuesday to encourage people to send their tax forms to the IRS, including those whose incomes are so low they might not traditionally have filed. The Biden administration and the Democrats are encouraging all families to file this year take advantage of the child tax credit and other improved tax provisions for 2021, including those whose incomes are so low that they normally could not file a return.

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Roane State Foundation receives donation from Jewelry Television https://www.smlxtralarge.com/roane-state-foundation-receives-donation-from-jewelry-television/ Sat, 05 Feb 2022 20:52:13 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/roane-state-foundation-receives-donation-from-jewelry-television/ Jewelry Television (JTV) has again donated $5,000 to support the Roane State Foundation’s Pay-It-Forward Awards Program. JTV is one of the nation’s largest jewelry retailers and supports more than 1,300 jobs at its 16-acre campus in Knoxville. It is located next to Roane State’s Knox County Health Sciences Center at 132 Hayfield Road, according to […]]]>

Jewelry Television (JTV) has again donated $5,000 to support the Roane State Foundation’s Pay-It-Forward Awards Program.

JTV is one of the nation’s largest jewelry retailers and supports more than 1,300 jobs at its 16-acre campus in Knoxville. It is located next to Roane State’s Knox County Health Sciences Center at 132 Hayfield Road, according to a news release.

The Roane State Foundation Pay-It-Forward Program provides student assistance to help them stay in school. This assistance may include assistance with books or tuition for graduating students and assistance with exam fees to obtain licenses and certifications.

The program also provides assistance in the form of one-time support for needs such as rent payments, utility bills or car repairs for those who may have reduced their hours of work or lost their jobs due to of COVID-19 or other economic challenges.

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World Financial Group is proud to sponsor the popular PBS ANTIQUES ROADSHOW program | News https://www.smlxtralarge.com/world-financial-group-is-proud-to-sponsor-the-popular-pbs-antiques-roadshow-program-news/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 18:33:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/world-financial-group-is-proud-to-sponsor-the-popular-pbs-antiques-roadshow-program-news/ JOHNS CREEK, Georgia, January 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Global Financial Group Insurance Agency, LLC (WFGIA) is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the long-running hit PBS series ANTIQUES ROADSHOW. In his 26and year of production, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is the most-watched ongoing series on PBS and a critical favorite, reaching more than 5 million viewers […]]]>

JOHNS CREEK, Georgia, January 31, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Global Financial Group Insurance Agency, LLC (WFGIA) is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the long-running hit PBS series ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

In his 26and year of production, ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is the most-watched ongoing series on PBS and a critical favorite, reaching more than 5 million viewers weekly and earning 19 Emmy® Award nominations.

Since its founding in 2001, World Financial Group (WFG) has been committed to helping individuals and families find financial security through its life insurance, retirement and wealth-building strategies, while contributing to financial literacy. With this sponsorship, the company continues its legacy and commitment to positively impacting the people and communities where its independent agents work and live.

“At World Financial Group, we believe that supporting public services such as those offered by PBS is fundamental to improving the lives of people in the communities we serve,” said Tom Dempsey, Chairman and CEO of World Financial Group. “We are proud to support PBS in its decades-long mission to provide educational and entertaining programming to millions of viewers nationwide.”

Sponsorship will take place from January 31 to May 1, 2022, and it will include a 15-second video spot on World Financial Group that will air before and after episodes of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW on PBS and stream on PBS digital platforms. ANTIQUES ROADSHOW sponsorship also includes sponsor messaging on PBS.org and in the “Detours” podcast.

“I am delighted that World Financial Group has joined us as a sponsor of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW,” said executive producer Marsha Bemko. “The support of our sponsors continues our search for America’s hidden treasures. We are thrilled to share the adventure as we explore history across our country!”

Corporate sponsorship was provided by the Public Television Sponsorship Group. “We are delighted to welcome World Financial Group to the PBS sponsorship family,” said Suzanne Zellner, Vice President, Corporate Sponsorship and Membership. “We believe the ROADSHOW audience will be very receptive to WFG’s message about the importance of financial education for all. We thank World Financial Group for their support.”

World Financial Group’s support of PBS also includes digital sponsorship of the PBS NOVA science series and exposure on the PBS KIDS for Parents website.

About the Global Financial Group

Life insurance and fixed products are offered by independent agents of World Financial Group Insurance Agency, LLC, World Financial Group Insurance Agency of HawaiiInc., Insurance Agency of the Global Financial Group of MassachusettsInc., World Financial Insurance Agency, LLC and/or WFG Insurance Agency of Porto RicoInc.

Properly licensed agents may provide securities and investment advisory services through the affiliated broker/dealer, Transamerica Financial Advisors, Inc. (TFA), Member FINRA, SIPC and Registered Investment Advisor.

People residing in California can become sales representatives with WFG Direct, a direct sales marketing platform offered by World Financial Group, Inc.

‍For more information, visit: http://www.WorldFinancialGroup.com/

Press inquiries: WFGpressinquiries@transamerica.com

About PBS

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American Portfolios extends AP for LIFE Creative Residency through 2024 to benefit Ferguson, Mo. Creatives https://www.smlxtralarge.com/american-portfolios-extends-ap-for-life-creative-residency-through-2024-to-benefit-ferguson-mo-creatives/ Mon, 31 Jan 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/american-portfolios-extends-ap-for-life-creative-residency-through-2024-to-benefit-ferguson-mo-creatives/ The private and independent broker/dealer renews its commitment to fostering creative entrepreneurship by providing financial support and promoting financial literacy. HOLBROOK, NY –News Direct– American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (AP) – a private, independent broker/dealer providing services and support to financial professionals across the United States – announces AP extension […]]]>

The private and independent broker/dealer renews its commitment to fostering creative entrepreneurship by providing financial support and promoting financial literacy.

HOLBROOK, NY –News Direct– American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc.

American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (AP) – a private, independent broker/dealer providing services and support to financial professionals across the United States – announces AP extension for LIFE Creative Residency, a socially responsible program that benefits Ferguson, Missouri-based creative entrepreneurs committed to the LIFE Creative STL ecosystem. After two successful years of sponsorship, AP is increasing its funding over a two-year period beginning January 1, 2022, through its nonprofit arm, The American Portfolios Foundation, Inc.

“They say if you save a life, you’ve saved the world,” says CEO and Chairman Lon T. Dolber. “Financial literacy is a key part of this process, which is why American Portfolios decided to plant a ‘social responsibility’ flag in Ferguson, Missouri, a community that continues to be extremely underserved and often described as ground zero for Social Justice. AP’s mission is to help its affiliated investment professionals help their clients realize their American dreams. Everyone’s dreams matter, and we hope AP for LIFE Creative Residency will turn countless dreams into reality.

“We are thrilled and feel extremely fortunate to be able to partner with American Portfolios again for the benefit of young creatives and our community,” says Brian Owens, Founder of LIFE Creative STL Ecosystem. “We look forward to this expansion and to providing even more support and opportunities for our creative residents.”

Recognized by the financial services industry in two separate awards programs (ThinkAdvisor LUMINAIRES 2021 and 2021 WealthMangagement.com Industry Awards), AP for LIFE benefits LIFE Arts, Inc., the nonprofit arm of the LIFE Creative STL ecosystem founded by renowned musician Brian Owens. The Ferguson-based organization provides local youth in the North County, St. Louis area with a platform where they can fully express and develop their creative voice. AP for LIFE grants five talented artists (“residents”) much-needed funding, mentorship and financial advice, providing them with the essential resources to serve as role models and leaders within their communities. Five of AP’s affiliated investment professionals serve as financial literacy mentors to each of the residents, helping them plan for their future by managing a small investment account and stipend made available through residency funding.

“AP for LIFE has the potential to become a nationally recognized workforce, finance and workforce development program – one that shapes the way society understands the” creative,” where “creatives” are seen as “creative entrepreneurs” and whose art demonstrates a purposeful life that naturally translates into social impact,” says Darius Williams, Executive Director of Life Arts.

AP for LIFE addresses several fundamental social challenges for young creatives, including lack of financial support and wealth generation, scarcity of workforce opportunities, and pathways for creative entrepreneurs to leverage their platforms to identify and successfully meet the needs of their community. The program offers solutions to these challenges by providing financial advice; a small investment account and monthly stipend for each resident; social and creative mentoring; access to platform development and marketing resources; and opportunities to impact youth in surrounding communities. “For the first time in my life, I was able to be a full-time artist thanks to the incredible financial advice I received,” says Malena Smith, resident singer, songwriter and influencer. Fellow resident Joshua “Paco” Lee, CEO and founder of Crush Records Collective, agrees. “Between allowance and advice, I’m learning how to generate wealth in a way that supports my life and career in a variety of ways.” Smith and Lee will remain residents for part of the two-year program renewal; upon graduation, two new creatives will become residents. To date, three residents (T. Moore, Mike Bland and Stephanie Holly) have graduated from the program.

The residence helps boost commerce in the area, creating a booming source of income with countless tributaries. Over the past two years, AP for LIFE funding and mentorship has been instrumental in the production of many multimedia projects, artistic works and educational resources, including the Homegrown Soul concert and film series; the musicals “A New Holiday” and “An Intimate Christmas”, which star Malena Smith; Smith’s forthcoming untitled EP; and “Midnight Rails” by AP for LIFE Creative Resident Cecil McClendon. Additionally, numerous brands, companies and platforms, including AP for LIFE alum and Founder Stephanie Holly of Little Beats’ “Compositions for LIFE” therapeutic songwriting program for middle and high school students; Little Beats edutainment video series for young children; and AP for LIFE alum Maria A. Ellis’ Girl Conductor Edutainment Series – are part of several social programs and projects within the LIFE creative ecosystem, directly impacting over 100 local youth and mentoring over 15 creatives. .

The nonprofit’s focus for 2022 and beyond will be the Campus for Life, Arts, and Culture (CLAC), which is intended to serve North St. Louis County, through educational, therapeutic and workforce development, as well as arts programs. in a centralized space with the aim of cultivating and empowering students, creatives, entrepreneurs and community actors.

About US Wallets

Based in Holbrook, New York, American Portfolios Financial Services, Inc. (APFS) is an independent, full-service broker/dealer and member firm of FINRA and SIPC, offering a full range of financial services, including planning personal finance and retirement, securities trading, mutual funds, access to investment research, long-term care planning, insurance products and duty-free investing tax. Fee-based asset management is offered through its sister subsidiary, American Portfolios Advisors, Inc., (APA), an SEC-registered investment adviser. Both entities, along with the technology entity American Portfolios Advisory Solutions, LLC, collectively reside under the legal entity American Portfolios Holdings, Inc. (APH). Full-service securities brokerage is available through a clearing house relationship with Pershing, LLC, a BNY Mellon company, whose securities are held on a fully disclosed basis. The firm supports independent investment professionals, including registered assistants and unregistered associates, nationwide.

American Portfolios has numerous recognitions from a number of industry publications and organizations. This recognition includes: Multiple Broker of the Year* (Division III) awards from Investment Advisor magazine; several ThinkAdvisor LUMINAIRES awards; multiple WealthManagement.com Industry Award finalists and awards in multiple categories**; Corporate Citizen of the Year by Long Island Business News; multiple rankings among the best companies to work for in New York State by the New York State Society for Human Resources Management (NYS-SHRM) and the Best Companies Group (BCG); and one of the best places to work on Long Island.

*Based on a survey of Registered Representatives conducted by Investment Advisor magazine. The best rated brokers/dealers by their representatives receive the “Broker/Dealer (B/D) of the Year” award.

** Wealthmanagement.com Industry Award finalists are selected by an independent judging panel of industry subject matter experts. Reward is based on support provided to AP Affiliates and does not reflect public customers or their account performance.

About American Portfolio Foundation, Inc.

American Portfolios Foundation, Inc. (APF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was originally established in New York in 2004 and amended in 2018 and headquartered in Holbrook, New York, is designed as a non-profit organization designed to advance awareness, assistance and support for charitable causes. Board members include AP CEO Lon T. Dolber, chairman; AP Administrative Director Dalchand Laljit, Vice President; and AP Chief Financial Officer Damon Joyner, Treasurer/Secretary. In addition, various roles are held by PA headquarters staff. The Board meets quarterly to discuss its existing relationships with various charities and to determine the direction of various upcoming initiatives that will require the services and support of the Foundation.

About LIFE Arts, Inc.

LIFE Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides artistic resources, opportunities, mentorship, and positive experiences to help students develop the qualities and skills they need to live up to their God-given potential. The organization believes that through leadership skills and the discipline of the arts, the youth of St. Louis can be a driving force, shaping the change we all so desperately want to see happen.

AP for LIFE benefits LIFE Arts, Inc., the nonprofit arm of the LIFE Creative STL ecosystem founded by renowned musician Brian Owens (top row, middle).

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Democrats put off building better in Joe Manchin court https://www.smlxtralarge.com/democrats-put-off-building-better-in-joe-manchin-court/ Sun, 30 Jan 2022 23:53:00 +0000 https://www.smlxtralarge.com/democrats-put-off-building-better-in-joe-manchin-court/ WASHINGTON—Democrats are increasingly willing to accept any child care, health care and climate services package Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) backs upon their return to Washington this week, in the hope of salvaging elements of the party’s economic program. after months of fruitless negotiations. Party lawmakers have begun to change their attitude toward the package […]]]>

WASHINGTON—Democrats are increasingly willing to accept any child care, health care and climate services package Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W.Va.) backs upon their return to Washington this week, in the hope of salvaging elements of the party’s economic program. after months of fruitless negotiations.

Party lawmakers have begun to change their attitude toward the package as they grapple with the possibility of not converting their tight control of Congress into progress on key party goals. Some stopped insisting that the package include particular priorities, arguing instead for the party to secure a result with Mr Manchin before the midterm elections.

“Democrats can’t let our disappointment get in the way of progress on something we’ve worked hard to achieve,” said Rep. Peter Welch (D., Vt.), the Senate candidate.

Many Democrats are eager to start crafting legislation after Mr. Manchin’s rejection of the House-passed Build Back Better bill put talks on ice for weeks. In an interview broadcast in West Virginia, Manchin said talks had resumed on the bill, adding that he was primarily focused on a separate effort on bipartisan election legislation.

“There are a lot of conversations going on, they have reached out. We did not physically sit down or enter into any negotiations,” Mr Manchin said on Thursday. “I think taking care of our vote and protecting our right to vote and protecting the ballot box is the most important and urgent thing we have right now.”

Because Mr. Manchin’s support is needed for Democrats to pass the legislation through the Senate 50-50 over the Republican opposition, he should largely control if, and when, the party goes ahead with it. a package, which has been President Biden’s centerpiece. economic agenda. Mr Manchin has repeatedly pushed to slow down work on the legislation and continued to worry about whether the bill could contribute to higher inflation.

“We need to move in a new direction,” Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders said, calling on Democrats to put the Build Back Better provisions to a vote.


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Some Democrats expect it will be weeks or even months before he agrees to a package, and lawmakers meanwhile are looking to bills to fund the government after Feb. 18 and boosting American technological competitiveness. The party will also soon address the process of confirming Mr. Biden’s eventual Supreme Court pick.

The White House is also expected to unveil a list of emergency expenses soon, such as fresh cash for the coronavirus pandemic. These expenses could cover money for testing as well as next-generation vaccines.

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A new winnowing of the childcare, health care and climate package, which the party had pegged at $3.5 trillion before passing a roughly $2 trillion package in the House, could constitute a test for progressive Democrats who have sought a radical set of policies. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.), chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said last week the Senate is expected to pass the House package by March 1.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said negotiations with Mr. Manchin had failed, calling on the party to put the bill’s provisions to a vote.

“The current direction we have been following for the past five months has failed. We have to go in a new direction,” Mr. Sanders said.

Lawmakers and aides have begun to identify their priorities for a package that funds a smaller number of long-term programs – a key request from Mr. Manchin.

Many Democrats see about $550 billion in carbon-cutting incentives, which Mr. Manchin has indicated he supports, at the heart of the package, along with programs to reduce prescription drug prices and to subsidize health insurance coverage. They also hope to include funding for universal grants for kindergarten and child care, as well as a series of tax increases on corporations and very high-income Americans.

“Let’s find the things that really make the biggest difference and move on them as fast as we can,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.) said on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday. “I don’t want to drag out this process,” he said.

Missing from such a package could be provisions such as housing finance, health insurance coverage for hearing and an expansion of the child tax credit, which many Democrats have embraced as a central goal of the left. During negotiations with the White House in December, Mr. Manchin offered a package that included climate provisions, health care subsidies and universal pre-kindergarten, according to people who know him.

“It looks like we’ll probably never be successful in Build Back Better, but maybe we could be successful in these things in Build Back Better,” said Rep. Jim Clyburn (D., SC), the No. 3 House Democrat He added that his priorities were to restore the improved Child Tax Credit and to include provisions to make housing more affordable.

Rep. Ro Khanna (D., Calif.), a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said many Democrats would likely accept any deal they can strike with Mr. Manchin, even if they’re disappointed.

“What are you going to do, you introduce a bill that the president supports and the president supports and takes historic action on the climate and gives free pre-K to every three and four year old in America and a progressive will say ‘No, am I going to vote against?’ he said. “How am I going to explain this?”

“Manchin should have the pen, we should respect that whatever he wants to do will be reasonable and ultimately historic,” he added.

Many Democrats consider around $550 billion in carbon-cutting incentives to be central to a smaller Build Back Better package.


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The possibility that Democrats will pass none of the bill’s provisions has also begun to worry some companies. The Democrats’ bill includes higher minimum taxes on foreign operations of U.S. companies, in line with the Biden administration’s commitment to a global tax deal.

Some companies are worried about a scenario in which other countries go ahead with their parts of the deal and the United States does not, said Craig Hillier, director at EY LLP which advises companies. multinationals. This could create a situation in which US companies face double taxation on their foreign profits, as other countries may not consider the existing but lower US minimum tax to comply with the agreement.

The thinking, Mr. Hillier said, is: “We may not like every aspect of Building Back Better, but it could be worse if we don’t pass these rules.

Some Democrats are taking steps to preserve threatened elements of the House bill, including lifting the $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions and the expanded child tax credit. A group of Senate Democrats last week wrote a letter to Mr. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris calling on them to pursue the expansion of the child tax credit in legislation.

As part of last year’s $1.9 trillion relief bill, Democrats expanded the size of the credit, offered it to more Americans and made it available in monthly payments. in cash for 2021. During the interview broadcast in West Virginia, Manchin again said the credit should target low-income Americans, a possible shift that other Democrats have begun exploring.

“I’m totally open to looking at anything and everything that helps people, but targeting it better,” Mr. Manchin said.

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