TD Bank supports area organizations with $29,000 through charitable foundation

first_imgTD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation, recently donated a total of $29,000 to local organizations in Chittenden County as part of the bank’s commitment to giving back to the community.The following organizations received a donation from the TD Charitable Foundation:§ King Street Youth Center (KSYC), which promotes personal and social wellness through educational, recreational and social programs, creating responsible and productive children, youth and families. KSYC will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation to support the Teen Futures program encompassing leadership development, college preparation, academic support, job readiness training and seasonal employment.§ Champlain College, which will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation in support of the New American Scholars at Champlain College program, providing refugees with one–on-one tutoring, support in connecting to the campus and Burlington community, help in crisis situations and cultural experiences otherwise unavailable to these new Americans.  § Smart Growth Vermont, Inc., which works to encourage economic vitality in community centers and preserve Vermont’s unique working landscape and quality of place. Smart Growth Vermont will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation to enhance the online Community Planning Toolbox sections related to affordable housing.§ Greater Burlington YMCA, Inc., which will use the funds from the TD Charitable Foundation in support of the YMCA’s early education and childcare program.A staunch commitment to active involvement in the local community is a vital element of the TD Bank philosophy. TD Bank provides financial and other support to educational, community, human service, arts, and health-related programs, many of which focus on improving the welfare of children and families.About the TD Charitable FoundationThe TD Charitable Foundation is the charitable giving arm of TD Bank N.A., which operates under the trade name TD Bank and is one of the 15 largest commercial banking organizations in the United States. The Foundation’s mission is to serve the individuals, families and businesses in all the communities where TD Bank operate, having made over $51million in charitable donations since its inception in 2002. The efforts of the Foundation are coordinated locally through TD Bank’s community relations departments and are focused on the areas of affordable housing, education and financial literacy, and the environment. More information on the TD Charitable Foundation including an online grant application is available at www.TDBank.com(link is external)About TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is one of the 15 largest commercial banks in the United States with $134 billion in assets, and provides customers with a full range of financial products and services at more than 1,000 convenient locations from Maine to Florida. TD Bank, N.A., is headquartered in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Portland, Maine. TD Bank is a trade name of TD Bank, N.A. For more information, visit www.tdbank.com(link is external).   TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is a member of TD Bank Financial Group of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America and one of just three triple-AAA-rated banks on the New York Stock Exchange. Source: TD Bank. October 21, 2009 – Burlington, Vt. –###last_img read more

Pentagon announces U.S. military reduction in Iraq and Afghanistan

first_img“Afghanistan risks becoming once again a platform for international terrorists to plan and organize attacks on our homelands. And ISIS could rebuild in Afghanistan the terror caliphate it lost in Syria and Iraq,” the NATO chief said, referring to Islamic State militants. – Advertisement – In 2003, NATO joined the international security effort in Afghanistan and currently has more than 7,000 troops in the country. NATO’s security operation in Afghanistan was launched after the alliance activated its mutual defense clause — known as Article 5 — for the first time in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.Last week, Miller ascended to the Pentagon’s acting Secretary of Defense role after President Donald Trump’s sudden termination of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.In an early Saturday morning message to Department of Defense employees, Miller said he was “weary of war” and that it was time to end America’s conflicts in the Middle East.“We are not a people of perpetual war — it is the antithesis of everything for which we stand for which our ancestors fought. All wars must end,” Miller wrote, adding that the U.S. was “on the verge of defeating Al Qaida and its associates.”“We met the challenge; we gave it our all. Now, it’s time to come home,” Miller wrote. – Advertisement – The wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria have cost U.S. taxpayers more than $1.57 trillion since Sept. 11, 2001, according to a Defense Department report. The war in Afghanistan, which has dragged on to become America’s longest conflict, began 19 years ago and has cost U.S. taxpayers $193 billion, according to the Pentagon.Trump, who campaigned in 2016 on stopping “ridiculous endless wars” in the Middle East, took to Twitter last month to announce that American forces currently serving in Afghanistan will be home by Christmas.At the time, it was unclear if Trump was giving an order via tweet or reiterating a long-held campaign promise in order to appeal to voters ahead of the U.S. presidential election.Earlier this year, the United States brokered a peace deal with the Taliban that would usher in a permanent cease-fire and reduce the U.S. military’s footprint from approximately 13,000 to 8,600 by mid-July. And by May 2021, all foreign forces would leave the war-torn country.Trump has previously directed the Pentagon to reduce the U.S. fighting force in conflict zones. In 2018, Trump tweeted that the United States would be withdrawing troops out of Syria, a move that sent a shockwave through the Pentagon and contributed in part to the resignation of then-Defense Secretary James Mattis. Trump later reversed his decision to withdraw from Syria.In May, Trump complained on Twitter that America’s role in Afghanistan has been reduced to a “police force” and not a “fighting force.”When asked about the tweet by reporters during a White House event, Trump said that the U.S. could go back to Afghanistan if needed.“We can always go back if we have to. If we have to go back, we’ll go back, and we’ll go back raging,” Trump said in May. WASHINGTON — Acting Pentagon chief Christopher Miller said Tuesday that the United States will reduce its military presence in Afghanistan to 2,500 troops and 2,500 troops in Iraq by Jan. 15.The United States has approximately 4,500 troops currently in Afghanistan and more than 3,000 in Iraq.“This decision by the president is based on continuous engagement with his national security cabinet over the past several months including ongoing discussions with me and my colleagues across the United States government,” Miller said at the Pentagon.- Advertisement – Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division gather their equipment before boarding a CH-47F Chinook that serves with the Task Force Flying Dragons, or 1st General Support Aviation Battalion., 25th Avn. Regiment, 16th Combat Avn. Brigade, in the Nawa Valley, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan,Photo: U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston | FlickrCC Members of Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team depart to conduct an equipment survey of a Department of Public Works facility Aug. 8 in Afghanistan.Photo: U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Timothy Chacon | Flickr CC “And just this morning, I spoke with key leaders in Congress as well as our allies and partners abroad to update them on these plans in light of our shared approach,” Miller said, adding that he spoke with NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg and Afghanistan’s President Ghani on Tuesday. “We went in together, we adjust together and when the time is right, we will leave together,” Miller said.Earlier on Tuesday, Stoltenberg warned that leaving the war-torn country too soon or in an uncoordinated effort could present unintended consequences for the world’s largest military organization. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Klopp says Mourinho was ‘desperate’ for Prem return as he welcomes back old foe

first_imgJURGEN KLOPP has revealed Jose Mourinho was “desperate” to get back to the Premier League as the Liverpool boss welcomed back his old foe.The Liverpool boss laughed as he welcomed back the new Tottenham chief to the league.3 Klopp has revealed old foe Mourinho was ‘desperate’ to return to the PremCredit: Reuters3 Klopp and Mourinho have infamously clashed down the yearsCredit: EPAKlopp claimed it was clear how keen Mourinho was to come back to England while adding his shock at Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking.The German chuckled as he said: “Welcome back, Jose. It’s nice to have him back.”He was desperate, you can see that from the time he was not in.”But on the other side it shows how quick things change with Mauricio. Five months ago we played in the Champions League final, now he is on holiday.”He can enjoy it now. He did a brilliant job at Tottenham and was an outstanding coach.”I really enjoyed the games we played against each other.”When I heard it first I could not really believe it. But that’s how it is.”It will not last long and then he will be back.”ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMeanwhile, after sealing his return to the Premier League with Spurs, Mourinho revealed 700 people text him congratulations, including his old Manchester United boss Ed Woodward.Mourinho said it was “curious” to see so many United officials showing him “respect” now after the manner of his dismissal.MORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearThe Special One will now have to work under Daniel Levy – a fact that doesn’t worry him one jot.Mourinho revealed: “I think we will get on well. He explained to me the vision for the club and I embraced that.”It was one of the most important reasons I accepted. So when I did that, it’s a very good start.”3Man Utd boss Solskjaer says it’s great to have Mourinho back and shrugs off threat of Pochettinolast_img read more