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

The construction of the Tourist Resort Uvala Livka on Šolta is becoming a strategic project of the Republic of Croatia

first_imgWith the realization of the 1st phase of the project, it is planned to invest over 500 million kuna and create 250 new jobs The project envisages the construction of an elite tourist resort, which includes the construction of a 5 * hotel, with a total capacity of approximately 100 rooms, SPA and wellness center, club house with restaurant, coffee bar, beach club for hotel guests, as well as construction of 29 villas and 23 bungalows that will be branded by the elite hotel operator. With the realization of the 1st phase of the Project, it is planned to create 250 new jobs. As a representative of the investor, the company Azurna uvala doo, the Agreement was signed by the director Milenko Bijedić, accompanied by the Mayor of Šolta Nikola Cecic-Karuzic, who emphasized that this project is of special importance for the island of Solta, as well as for the whole of Dalmatia, as well as the further development of Croatian tourism. The total investment value of the entire project is estimated at HRK 1.075.750.000, while the project is declared strategic only in the part related to the 1st phase of implementation, the planned investment value of HRK 508.899.597,00 and the creation of approximately 250 new jobs. Further phases of the project are planned to be realized when the conditions for that are met, and so far about 183 million kuna of private capital has been invested in the preparation and development of the project. On that occasion, Minister Darko Horvat expressed satisfaction that another large project is being put into fast procedure, after the same thing was done last week with the geothermal power plant project that is planned to be built in Draškovac. “This is another indicator of the direction we have set for ourselves and the proactive approach we have taken towards domestic and foreign investors. By creating a stimulating framework and a positive investment climate, we make a great contribution to the realization of important projects throughout our beautiful country.”, The Minister pointed out.center_img This created all the necessary preconditions for initiating the procedure of passing the Decision of the Government of the Republic of Croatia on declaring this project a strategic project of the Republic of Croatia. Yesterday, the Ministry of the Economy, Entrepreneurship and Crafts signed an Agreement on the preparation and implementation of the strategic investment project of the Republic of Croatia Tourist Resort “Uvala Livka, island of Solta”. Cover photo: TZ Šoltalast_img read more

Can Kyle Korver make Giannis Antetokounmpo a deadly shooter?

first_img Dwight Howard has been impressive in Lakers camp, Frank Vogel says “It’s really important [that] I always try to talk to him a little bit,” Antetokounmpo said of Korver (via ESPN). “And he’s a great guy. He’s not trying to get in your head or overstep and talk too much to you. Whenever he gives me tips, I always try to listen … one of the best shooters to ever play the game.”He’s definitely going to help this team, but he’s definitely going to help a lot of players develop their shooting ability.” Related News “I was beat up at the end of last season and I didn’t feel like I was able to play the way that I wanted to, so I just didn’t want it to be like that again,” Korver said. “But I still love the game. I still love competing and I still feel like I can offer something.”So as long as my family can do it, I want to keep going.”The Bucks finished last season atop the Eastern Conference with a 60-22 record. They made it to the conference finals, but lost to the Raptors in six games. Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo wants to become a better shooter and is learning as much as possible from new addition Kyle Korver: “Whenever he gives me tips, I always try to listen. One of the best shooters to ever play the game.” pic.twitter.com/julbQ32DWO— Eric Woodyard (@E_Woodyard) October 1, 2019Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer also gave Korver credit for his professionalism and said he’s excited to work with the forward.”His work ethic and attention to detail is just gonna help all of us, including me as a coach” Budenholzer said. “I always say that about Kyle: He makes me a better coach. Adding him to our group was a huge add this summer.”Korver, who is entering his 17th season in the league at age 38, said he struggled at times last season but still loves the game. Damian Lillard fires back at Shaq with new diss track: ‘Kobe won you them rings though’ Giannis Antetokounmpo is already a talented shooter, but he’s working on developing his ability even more with his new teammate Kyle Korver. The 2018-19 MVP told reporters Tuesday after the Bucks’ first day of training camp at the University of Wisconsin that he’s taking some pointers from Korver, who signed with Milwaukee in free agency after mulling retirement at the end of last season following the Jazz’s elimination from the playoffs in the first round. NBA 2019-20: 5 under-the-radar rookies you should keep an eye onlast_img read more

DONEGAL TO TAKE PART IN GOLDEN BRIDGES EVENT IN BOSTON

first_imgThis November, the Irish-American community of Massachusetts will join together with the community of Donegal and Derry to forge and consolidate transatlantic cultural links.The fifth annual Boston-Northwest Ireland Golden Bridges Conference 2012 will take place in the Seaport Hotel and the World Trade Centre, Boston on November 8th and 9th 2012.Hosted by leading Irish-American newspaper, the Irish Echo, this year’s conference is centred on the theme, “community, culture and commerce,” and will include the US launch of the Donegal Global Diaspora Project. 2013 will have huge significance in the north-west of Ireland with Derry being named as City of Culture, and The Gathering 2013, extending a huge Donegal welcome to our worldwide Diaspora.Senator Jack Hart, democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate will launch the showcase and on behalf of the cream of the Irish-American business community, welcome the Irish north-west delegation.Two day of intensive talks and discussions will follow featuring an array of speakers from Donegal, Derry and the US, on topics which will include- The Launch of Transatlantic Reading Project; To a Profitable Partnership: Boston and Northwest Ireland; City of Culture Showcase; Rising to Common Challenges; An Invite Home: The Gathering 2013; US Launch: Donegal Global Diaspora Project; Creating World-Class Regions and much more.The conference will be attended by a high-profile Donegal delegation which will include Minister for State, Dinny McGinley, TD; Donegal County Mayor, Frank McBrearty Jnr; Donegal County Manager, Seamus Neely; and Letterkenny Institute of Technology President, Paul Hannigan. Speaking this week, Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr commented, “The bonds that tie Boston, Massachusetts, and Irish America in general to the Northwest of Ireland have never been as strong.“This conference offers an amazing opportunity for all parties to consolidate existing partnerships, while also collectively collaborating to establish exciting new innovative processes that can be mutually beneficial to ourselves and our transatlantic Diaspora of family and friends.”A full agenda of the weekends events and names of guest speakers can be found here: http://irishecho.com/boston/wpcontent/uploads/2012/10/GoldenBridgesAgenda.pdf DONEGAL TO TAKE PART IN GOLDEN BRIDGES EVENT IN BOSTON was last modified: October 23rd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more