The Vermont House passes $544 million transportation bill

first_imgThe Vermont House today passed a $544 million package for transportation spending across the state. ‘We are pleased that the House has supported the Shumlin administration’s strong commitment to transportation investments this year’ noted Brian Searles, Secretary of the Agency of Transportation.  ‘Increasing our transportation spending helps create more Vermont jobs and grow Vermont’s economy,’ he said.The transportation budget is a $137 million increase over pre-stimulus transportation investments and demonstrates Governor Shumlin’s strong support for improving Vermont’s transportation infrastructure. The plan advances state repair of Vermont roads and bridges and expands rail service.  The proposed spending plan for state paving will improve over 100 miles of interstate highways and 135 miles of state highways, and is a 36% ($20 million) increase from pre-stimulus level funding.  In addition, to help address the pavement deterioration that is plaguing state roads following this winter’s weather, the bill more than doubles  spending on state highway leveling ($4 million for fiscal year 2012 up from $1.7 million). The transportation bill advances bridge repair and replacement to address the large number of structurally deficient bridges.  Funding for bridge and culvert repair of $112 million in this budget is nearly double the pre-stimulus level of spending.For rail spending, provisions within the transportation bill will help leverage $80 million of funds from a federal railroad grant which, if successful, will be invested into the Western Corridor of Vermont.  This is a critical part of Governor Shumlin’s goal of expanding rail from Rutland to Burlington, and connecting Vermont’s passenger service with New York City and Montreal.‘The Shumlin administration has a vision of using transportation to help boost our economy and increase mobility and highway safety for Vermonters.  This transportation bill gets us on the road to the future,’ Secretary Searles noted. ##30##last_img read more

10 Questions With Roastmaster General Jeff Ross, Who’s Invading Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Fresh off his latest standup special, Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail, the Roastmaster General is back on the road and bringing his funny act to Long Island this week. The Newark-native is best known for his brutal Comedy Central roasts of celebrities including Justin Bieber, Charlie Sheen, Donald Trump and many more. But he’s also got a lot more to say besides making fun of people. The Press spoke with “the meanest man in comedy,” who’s performing at NYCB Theater at Westbury at 8 p.m. June 25.Long Island Press: How exactly did you get started and end up as the Roastmaster General at Comedy Central?Jeff Ross: Man, I was doing stand-up for years and didn’t really have an interesting voice. Then one day, they asked me to be part of my first Friar’s Club roast … and I feel like I found my niche, my lane if you will.LIP: What is your impression of Long Island so far?JR: Oh man, well, I’m from New Jersey, but every hot Jewish girl I ever wanted to date was from Long Island, so maybe there’ll be some single women at the show. I definitely would love to speed-roast some Long Islanders at a certain point in my show on Thursday. I’ll invite anybody who wants to come up on stage and get speed-roasted.LIP: What can we expect to see in this upcoming show?JR: I’m talking a lot about the world at large now. People are curious about my jail experience, and I’m kind of fascinated by the darker subjects right now, so a lot of that will come out. Plus, my usual obsessions, food and sex, are a big part of the show. I wrote a couple of roast folk songs; I’m bringing my guitar, and then I’ll speed-roast some people on stage. It’s going to be a party!LIP: Are there any common misperceptions regarding your act?JR: You know what? People think I’m mean sometimes because they see me roast Justin Bieber and almost make him cry. But the truth is, it all comes from love. I say the things out loud that the people are afraid to say. I don’t like pranks, I like saying. If you’re going to do something, do it to their face.LIP: Is there ever a joke you couldn’t say? A line that shouldn’t be crossed?JR: In the right context, I think everything’s okay. People are so sensitive these days, but I think comedy is more important than ever. If comedians don’t cross the lines, then we’ll never know where the lines are.LIP: In your recent work, Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail, you often talk about the first step to rehabilitation is laughing about yourself. Could you elaborate?JR: I think that’s true not just for inmates but in our real lives. I love people who take their jobs seriously, but I don’t really respect people who take themselves too seriously. It’s humanizing to see somebody laugh at their own mistakes and their own faults.LIP: I’ve recently seen you on Bill Maher and you’ve also performed at the Occupy Wall Street movement. Is politics something you’re looking to add to your performance?JR: For me, it’s never about the politics; it’s about the people. I respected their complaints and was curious about why they were down there, so I went down there. For me as a comedian, it’s always a mission to try and bring laughs where there aren’t any. Where it’s depressing or sad. So more than any other reason I just sympathize with the fact that we were hot and sweaty and outside. I like to think of comedy as purposeful. Comedy is really important and potent and healing. I didn’t see that when I first started. I saw it was good for me, but I didn’t realize it could be good for other people.LIP: You’ve directed your own film, Patriot Act: A Jeffrey Ross Home Movie in 2005. How was this experience?JR: Oh man, it was an intense, lonely experience. I mean back then nobody really wanted to talk about Iraq in a funny, nonpolitical way and that was my goal. To try and show the human side of the soldiers and the comedians. It was a hot button political issue at the time, and I was making an unpolitical documentary so that wasn’t easy. And the same goes for the show I just did about criminals in a county jail. I wanted to show the human side. It’s not a political show, it’s about the people.LIP: How was your experience on Dancing With The Stars?JR: I really enjoyed that experience. Before me, comedians used to sing and dance. They were true entertainers. I tried to emulate that, but sadly I got voted off after the first commercial break. I got a scratched cornea on my last rehearsal and that basically knocked me out of the competition. Hey man, I’m one for one. I won a dance contest in summer camp when I was about 11. Fifty-50, baby!LIP: You’ve done dramatic roles in television shows, such as CSI and Six Feet Under. Is this something you look to do more of?JR: Every now and then, comedians get asked to do fun stuff. I really consider it a fun departure, kind of a hobby, but my true love is on stage, live in front of real people. And that’s why I’m working so hard on my act and getting people to come to my shows. I feel like it’s a great night out. I’m definitely going to try and top myself after the jail show. It’ll be provocative, dangerous and it’ll be funny. If you’re thinking of having a date on Thursday night, definitely do so. I talk about sex a lot, so you’re guaranteed to get some action afterward.last_img read more

Mexico says 1,200 citizens died in US from coronavirus

first_imgRemittances sent home from Mexicans living abroad is an important source of income for many people.Those coming from the US dropped 2.6 percent in April compared to the same month in 2019, having reached a record of more than $4 billion in March 2020.Some 12 million people born in Mexico live in the US, as well as another 26 million second or third generation Mexicans.Mexico, a country of 127 million, had recorded more than 120,000 coronavirus cases by Monday and over 14,000 deaths, making it one of the worst hit countries in Latin America. Topics : More 1,200 Mexicans have died of the novel coronavirus in the United States, Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday, adding that another 12 citizens around the world have also fallen victim to the deadly virus.Ebrard said more than half of the US deaths were in New York, while five of the worldwide deaths happened in Canada.As borders all over the world were closed due to the pandemic, Mexico repatriated more than 14,600 people, including almost 4,000 from Europe, Ebrard said.last_img read more

Bajaj Pulsar launch RS200 ‘Fear the Black’ edition

first_imgBajaj Auto India has launched a new edition of its popular sports bike- Bajaj Pulsar RS200. Themed as the ‘Fear the Black’ edition, the Demon Black color is now offered alongside the already available red and yellow colors.ALSO READ: Reports: Bajaj to launch Avenger 200 in DecemberFear was never this fearsome. Pulsar RS200, now in Demon Black #FearTheBlack. Know more: PULSAR (@my_pulsar) September 21, 2015The Bajaj Pulsar RS200 comes with a 199.5cc single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine producing 24.5PS of peak power and 18.6Nm of peak torque, mated to a six-speed gearbox.ALSO READ:Bajaj Pulsar AS 150: On a new adventurous ride The Demon Black edition comes with grey and red dual-tone body decals. With the festive season right around the corner, this new edition could be seen as a move to challenge the current competition of the Pulsar RS200. Moreover, the price of the new edition remains Rs 1.30 lakh (ex showroom Delhi).last_img read more