Snelling Center Issues Report on Strategies to Fund Road and Bridge Repairs

first_imgSnelling Center Issues Report on Strategies to Fund Road and Bridge RepairsNovember 25, 2008 – -The Snelling Center for Government reported today that surveys of business leaders and the public indicate that Vermonters want action to fix Vermont’s deteriorating roads and bridges.”Our surveys told us that Vermonters want transportation to be a high priority,” said Charlie Smith, president of the Snelling Center. “Bridge repair is at the very top of the priority list.”Data from the Agency of Transportation show that Vermont’s roads and bridges are deteriorating rapidly. Situations like the failing bridge in the Town of Richmond demonstrate how a village can be isolated and harmed when a bridge is closed. Moreover, the shortfall in funding for preventive maintenance and light repairs leads to much more expensive reconstruction projects.”Roads and bridges are a basic responsibility of government. This is a crucial issue for Vermont’s prosperity and for the viability of our communities in the coming decades,” Smith said.The Snelling Center’s report also indicates that Vermonters recognize that putting more money in roads and bridges will require political compromise.”While few people are enthusiastic about new taxes, a large majority supports taxes as part of the solution,” Smith said. “They also favor reallocation of current spending as part of the solution.” 89% of the business leaders and 63% of the general public said they favored a compromise even if it included an equal share from their “least favored funding source. “Vermonters are realists,” Smith said. “They want to be told the truth; they want priorities to be set; and they want problems to be solved.”When asked what tax source they would favor most, a strong majority cited user-related taxes such as gas and diesel fuel taxes, rather than income, sales or property taxes. The surveys also indicated support for major public borrowing to accelerate road and bridge repairs. 93% of business leaders and 79% of others favor public borrowing, with the majority favoring a debt increase of $220 million or more (i.e. 50% increase over current borrowing levels.)The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that fosters civic leadership and promotes informed citizen participation in public policy.For the full Vermont Roads and Bridges report, the Executive Summary, and the Critical Data Guide, go to: www.snellingcenter.org/vermontroadsandbridges(link is external).The Snelling Center for Government is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to fostering responsible and ethical civic leadership, encouraging public service by private citizens, and promoting informed citizen participation in shaping public policy in Vermont. For more information, please visit our website at www.snellingcenter.org(link is external).last_img read more

Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner dies

first_imgBy Dialogo October 27, 2010 I hope in his last moments he had time and was willing to make amends with God. May his soul rest in Peace. Leave his/her life, believing and making us see that we’re people. May God receive you with him … Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner, the president’s husband and predecessor, died on Wednesday, October 27th, his doctor said. Kirchner, who was expected to run as president in 2011, had undergone two arterial procedures earlier this year.last_img read more

Oceanside Man Torched Bar With 12 Inside, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Alec SapounasA 60-year-old man has been accused of trying to firebomb a bar with a dozen people inside near his Oceanside home last week.Nassau County police Thursday arrested Alec Sapounas on charges of attempted arson and reckless endangerment.Arson/Bomb Squad detectives alleged Sapounas threw an accelerant from a container toward the open rear door of Phat Daddy’s bar on Long Beach Road and then ignited it, causing a large fire at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17.Twelve people were in the bar at the time. None were injured.A police spokeswoman said the patrons smelled gasoline, but the motive for the alleged arson was unclear.Sapounas will be arraigned Friday at First District Court in Hempstead.last_img read more

Happy Diva chasing Paddy Power Gold Cup double | Racing News

first_img“At the weights we probably can’t win but we’ve got to have a go at it, her prep run brought her on and we’re 100 per cent happy that she’ll run her best race, whether that is good enough we’ll find out.“This will probably her her last handicap – mares’ races like the one at Doncaster at Christmas, where she just got beat by Lady Buttons, and the new one at the Festival are probably what we’re looking at.”Simply The Betts has taken to chasing with real aplomb, winning four of his five starts last season, culminating in his win in March.- Advertisement – Happy Diva aims to become the first back-to-back winner of the Paddy Power Gold Cup since Bradbury Star when the Kerry Lee-trained mare lines up at Cheltenham on Saturday.While Cyfor Malta did win the famous handicap twice after Josh Gifford’s top-class performer, his victories came four years apart.- Advertisement – That was a breakthrough at the big meeting for trainer Harry Whittington, who has been delighted with his preparation for this.“We were thinking about the Old Roan or the Paddy Power in the summer and the same owners have got Itchy Feet, so it makes sense for him to be going back to Cheltenham,” said Whittington.“He’s two from two, he loves the track, he thrives (there). I think that’s a huge advantage.“He’s fresh, he’s incredibly well. He’s done plenty of work because he started off when he came in in June.“His work has been sparkling, we’re very happy with him and he’s won fresh every season so we’re really looking forward to running him.”Happy Diva was the beneficiary of a late fall by Slate House last year with Colin Tizzard’s charge, who was a novice at the time, slipping up two out.He later went on to win a Grade One at Kempton and assistant trainer Joe Tizzard feels he is back in top form.He said: “He has not had a prep run before the race this year, but he goes well fresh. He likes the track and it seems like a nice target for him.“It looked like he was cruising in last year’s race until he fell, but it was just one of those things. As his season went on he improved like we hoped he would although the Cheltenham Festival never really worked out for him.“He is quite a bit higher in the weights this year, but we still feel it is the right race for him.“If you forget his Cheltenham Festival run he has always run pretty well round Cheltenham. He goes well fresh and runs well at this time of year.”The Tizzards also saddle one of the outsiders, The Russian Doyen, but he could outrun his odds.Tizzard said: “He got injured at Aintree and that was it for last season, but the season before he finished fourth in the Listed novice handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival where he was the best of the English-trained runners.“He could be a slightly forgotten horse and had a nice prep run over hurdles at Fontwell. I think he has got a great each-way chance.”The ante-post favourite for a long time was Paul Nicholls’ Saint Sonnet, before he was joined at the head of the betting by Mister Fisher and Simply The Betts.Nicholls told Betfair of his French import: “We freshened him up before he won a little race at Catterick at the end of February and he then ran an encouraging race in the Marsh Chase at the Festival. I’ve had the Paddy Power Gold in mind for him ever since.“Saint Sonnet has had a perfect preparation since coming back into training at the start of July, he should be very fit, and a mark of 147 is fair enough without being a gift.“I did plan to give him a pop over hurdles at Chepstow a month ago, but took him out because the ground was too quick. He is an improving five-year-old and I couldn’t be happier with him.”The Pipe family have a good record in this race and David Pipe hopes new recruit Siruh Du Lac can get involved at the finish on his first run since leaving Nick Williams.“Siruh Du Lac is in good form. He had a wind operation over the summer. He works well as you would expect from a 150-rated horse. He needs to step up his game to be involved in the finish, but he has been working well at home and we are very much looking forward to it,” said Pipe.“Siruh Du Lac has been to all the big occasions anyway. He usually races up towards the front of the field and touch wood is a good jumper.“He did fall at Cheltenham last time and you just think about whether horses remember that. He has jumped nicely at home and jumping is one of his strengths, so I think he was just unlucky last time.“The horses have been in good form and are running well. We of course have a history with the Paddy Power meeting, and it would be great to enjoy another good weekend at Cheltenham.”Nigel Twiston-Davies is another trainer with a good record in the race and feels the step up in trip could suit his Al Dancer.The William Hill ambassador said: “His win first time up this season at Newton Abbot was quite remarkable to be honest. The reason why I felt it was so good was because he settled so well, better than he ever had done before, and that could be the key to him.“He had to run over two miles before because he wouldn’t settle, but if he settles here then this trip might bring out the best in him. I think this extra distance should put him ahead of the handicapper.” – Advertisement – Happy Diva may turn 10 on New Year’s Day, but continued to improve throughout last season and was second at the Festival behind Simply The Betts, whom she meets on better terms this weekend.When it was put to her that Happy Diva would be attempting to emulate one of the greats of the National Hunt scene, Lee said: “She’s already one of the greats in our eyes!“I still maintain that her career-best effort was at the Festival last year, she just got chinned. She’s in great form going there, but we know she’s up against it as she’s up in the handicap (from last year).- Advertisement –last_img read more

Bookings and sales of package deals from foreign emitting markets are growing

first_imgAfter the event working meeting with key representatives of the tourism sector of the Republic of Croatia, Minister of Tourism Gari Cappelli and Director of the CNTB Head Office Kristjan Staničić held a working meeting with directors of Croatian Tourist Board representations, who presented key trends and activities in foreign emitting markets. individual markets.The meeting was attended by the directors of the Croatian Tourist Board in Germany, Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Great Britain, Belgium (Netherlands), France, Sweden, Hungary, Russia and the USA. The directors of the representative offices informed Minister Cappelli and director Staničić about the situation in each individual market, but also about the results of booking, which is on the rise in all countries compared to the same period last year. As they point out from the CNTB, the current situation regarding booking and sales of package deals is very good, and in some markets they are growing at high double-digit growth rates.That’s right German market our country’s position is stable and most partners record an increase in sales and reservations in the early book. Croatian destinations are also in great demand on the market Poland which is expected to achieve double-digit growth in tourist traffic at the level of 2018.Excellent results at the beginning of this tourist year are also being recorded in the market Austria where Croatia is at the very top of popular destinations. This year, more than 80 percent of Austrians will go on trips abroad, and according to expectations, most of them will choose Croatian destinations that are in demand throughout the year. On the market Great Britain The demand for Croatian destinations continues to grow, which is why as many as 12 new airlines to Croatia have been introduced from this market. Given that this is a market that booked package deals very early, some British tour operators are already preparing sales for 2019.As regards French market, the current position is excellent, so the turnover is expected to grow between 5 and 10 percent in various years. Namely, key tour operators are recording double-digit increases in reservations and sales, and good traffic connections are in favor of good results, as three new direct airlines are being introduced this year. In 2018, the number will grow Slovenian guests, especially in the pre-season in continental destinations such as Stubičke Toplice, Zagreb, Zagorje and Međimurje.Americans will travel about 8 percent more than last year, mostly in European countries, and Croatia is at the very top of popular destinations, which is why record results are expected from this market in 2018. Very good announcements are also coming from the Canadian market, from which high double-digit increases in tourist traffic are expected this year. Early booking is great on the market as well Russia, capacities for September and October are already being sold, which has never been the case so far, and new airlines have been opened, which has increased the number of flights connecting key Croatian and Russian destinations. This year, the Russian market is expected to grow by 15 percent, so we can talk about the return of Russians to the Croatian market.Positive trends are also recorded in the markets of Scandinavia, Italy, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Belgium (Netherlands), which are expected to continue the positive trends, as well as the realization of higher tourist traffic in 2018 in the range of about 5 to 7 percent. -And.last_img read more

Union threatens strike action as Royal Mail confirms DB closure

first_img“Although Royal Mail’s own consultation exercise revealed massive opposition to its closure plan, the company has decided to ignore the views of its workforce and proceed with closure without consent,” said Ray Ellis, acting deputy general secretary for postal workers at the CWU.He added: “CWU has made clear that any attempt by the company to impose change without agreement will be met with the strongest possible opposition including a ballot for industrial action. We will not stand by and watch the company abandon the pension promises it made at the time of privatisation which threatens our members with massive cuts to their future pension benefits and insecurity and poverty in retirement.”Brian Scott, officer for the Royal Mail at Unite the Union, said the closure was “a cause for serious concern for a hardworking and dedicated workforce”.He added that “the important part will be the replacement scheme which we are in ongoing discussions about… We will study the implications of today’s announcement very carefully and consider all the options going forward. If we don’t achieve a satisfactory outcome, we can’t rule out an industrial action ballot on this issue.”Royal Mail said it appreciated “how important pension benefits are to our colleagues” but maintained the scheme was not affordable in its current form.“We continue to work closely with our unions on a sustainable and affordable solution for the provision of future pension benefits,” the company said. “We will write to plan members once further decisions have been made.”The CWU has proposed a risk-sharing replacement scheme with a guaranteed payout and indexation linked to investment performance. The union has said the investment portfolio would be “aggressive” and equity-based, in contrast to the majority of UK DB schemes, which tend to be predominantly invested in fixed income. Royal Mail is to close its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme to future accrual on 31 March 2018.The £7.6bn (€8.9bn) Royal Mail Pension Plan is in surplus, but this was expected to run out next year, according to an update issued this morning by Royal Mail.Employer contributions are set to hit £1bn a year, compared to the current level of £400m, “if no changes are made”, the company said.However, workers’ unions have disputed the need to close and have threatened strike action, which would hit the UK’s postal service. In a statement issued this morning, the Communication Workers Union (CWU) said members of the scheme stood to lose more than £4,000 a year if they were switched to a defined contribution scheme.last_img read more

Low maintenance Bulimba home either a luxurious bachelor pad, or a family residence

first_imgThe floorplan of 26 Shakespeare St. The master bedroom at 26 Shakespeare St, Bulimba.The home hasn’t required much maintenance over the years, with tasks contained to replacing the flooring and painting. One of the bathrooms, has a soaker tub.Tending to the outdoors is also something that requires minimal time and effort.“(The home) is built on the boundary, which you can’t do anymore, but they’ve used every piece of land,” Mr Green said.“Other than some gardens, there’s only one piece of lawn to look after.”The three-level home has a mixture of polished timber floorboards, tiles and carpet throughout, and has all the extras from a butler’s pantry to intercom entry and an inground pool with a water feature. The home is open-plan and uses voids to create space.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020He said guests were always shocked at how spacious the house was.“It doesn’t look as big from the outside, but everyone is surprised by the amount of space inside.” Outdoors is a low maintenance yard and pool.Mr Green said the home would suit a family or a professional, but could also be suited to a single.“It suits a family with the different living areas, but I also heard comments that it looks like the ultimate bachelor pad.” The kitchen is sleek and modern.Mr Green said the home had wow factor from the moment the front door was opened.“It presents really well (and) when you walk into the front area there is a massive void, which is one of the things I liked about it,” Mr Green said.“I was attracted to the openness, the oversized lounge rooms, that there was a lot of glass and light, and that it was north facing.” The home at 26 Shakespeare St, Bulimba, has hit the market.BOTH low maintenance and luxury, this Bulimba home has everything for the busy family or professionalAfter a decade of living at 26 Shakespeare St, Daniel Green is relocating, and, giving someone else the opportunity to snatch up the property which is in the sought after Bulimba dress circle.last_img read more

New partnership formed in Norway to reduce fuel consumption and emissions for offshore ops

first_img“The partnership is focused on building a platform for intelligent efficiency, made possible only through the integration of operational, information and communication technologies,” said Eirik Mathiesen, Director of Energy Products Integration, Kongsberg Maritime.“Encompassing IoT, new smart sensors on board will stream accurate data to the cloud-based DSS, where deep analysis with intuitive presentation and application will drive equitable and predictable operational performance.”“Going ‘smart’ is integral to maintaining our position as the number one OSV ship manager today and into the future, in a sustainable way,” said Lars Christian Larsen, Senior Project Manager for Energy Management, DOF.“Smart is not just deploying the right technologies. Developing our culture to focus even more on sustainable operations with minimal environmental impact will be as important as the technology we create with Kongsberg, SINTEF Ocean and NORCE. DOF’s maritime experience together with the collection of big data in an operationally logical way will ensure success.”“Information is power, and when that information relates directly to power consumption, it can revolutionize vessel operations, from onboard electrical load management to route optimization for passage by sea,” said Anders Valland, Research Manager, Maritime Energy Systems, SINTEF Ocean.“This is an exciting project that strengthens Norway’s position as the world’s leading offshore and maritime innovator with focus on efficient and sustainable operations.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. Norwegian offshore vessel owner DOF has formed a partnership with Kongsberg Maritime, SINTEF Ocean, and NORCE, which aims to reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for complex offshore operations, while streamlining fleet-wide maintenance.For illustration: One of DOF’s vessels. Author: Alan JamiesonEnabled through sponsorship and support from Innovation Norway, the new partnership between four of Norway’s maritime organizations will develop a sophisticated new Decision Support System (DSS) for offshore vessel operations, DOF said in a statement on Monday.“This new predictive, intelligent, and dynamic guidance tool will act as the foundation for DOF to simplify operational complexity with objective measurement, ultimately enabling optimal utilization and more sustainable fleet management,” the company explained.Highlighting the potential of the partnership to catalyze a tangible transformation, the multi-year project is backed with Innovation Norway’s largest funded offshore vessel, environmental technology project in 2018.DOF said that it will be a game-changer in how marine operational decisions are supported by providing more accurate, timely, and easily consumable information to decision makers; from the vessel’s Chief Engineer to the Chief Operation Officer based shore-side. ‘Going smart’ last_img read more

‘I am a mass murderer,’ former abortionist tells Congress

first_imgLifeSiteNews 2 November 2017Family First Comment: The comments of Dr. Kathi Aultman, a board certified Ob/Gyn and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists“I love to meet adults that I delivered, but it’s always bittersweet because I am reminded of all the people I will never meet because I aborted them. It also reminds me that I am a mass murderer.” Just because “we can’t see who they will become, we feel justified in sacrificing babies in the womb for the people we can see,” she said. “Our society has been subjected to extreme propaganda” from abortion supporters, she said. “We have sanitized our language to make abortion more palatable.”www.ChooseLife.nz“I am a mass murderer,” a former abortionist who is now pro-life told a U.S. House committee yesterday as she testified in favor of legislation banning abortions on babies with beating hearts.Dr. Kathi Aultman, a board certified Ob/Gyn and a fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), bluntly told this to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee today as it discussed the Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017.This legislation would stop nearly all abortions by making it illegal for doctors to commit them on babies with beating hearts. Fetal heartbeats begin at 21 days after conception and are usually heard by parents when their child is six or eight weeks along.The Heartbeat Protection Act makes no exception for babies conceived in rape or incest.The Committee’s legislators were shown an ultrasound video taken hours before the hearing. The video showed an 18-week-old baby named Lincoln Miller, whose heartbeat could be heard and whose heart could be seen pulsing.READ MORE: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/i-am-a-mass-murderer-former-abortionist-tells-congressKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Real Madrid ‘ready to offload Bale for free’ amid transfer uncertainty

first_img Loading… Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way? Read Also: Pogba makes coronavirus fund-raising pledge“We talk regularly but I am not going to tell you what I tell my players. We know what Gareth Bale can bring. He has to be fit and ready to do that.“There are times when he isn’t named in the squad but I wouldn’t read too much into it.“Everyone has a role and Gareth is a player I will need between now and the end of the season.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bale was linked with a move to the Chinese Super League last summer but the Spanish giants pulled the plug on a big-money move at the last minute.center_img Real Madrid are reportedly weighing up the possibility of allowing Gareth Bale to leave for free this summer – in a desperate bid to get the Welsh superstar off the books.Advertisement The 30-year-old remained put but has suffered another injury-struck season and continues to play a minor role under Zinedine Zidane since the Frenchman returned for his second stint as Madrid boss.Bale did not move away from the Spanish giants in the January window either, despite links with a move back to Tottenham and his agent, Jonathan Barnett, insists that Bale will see out his contract after a move to China was blocked in 2019.But the Bernabeu club are now prepared to let him leave for nothing, according to Spanish daily Marca.Real have seemingly made it clear that they can no longer afford Bale and his high wages, reported to be £15.4million a seasonLast month Real Madrid manager Zidane insisted that there is no bad blood between him and Bale, despite the Welsh star saying that he plans to see out his contract at Santiago Bernabeu.“I have no issue with that, none whatsoever,” Zidane said of Bale seeing out his contract, which runs until the summer of 2022.“He has a contract and he wants to stay here.last_img read more