Bill funding Vermont transportation needs clears House, sent to President

first_imgBill funding Vermont transportation needs clears House, sent to PresidentWashington, D.C. Rep. Peter Welch (VT-AL) supported and the House passed HR 6532, the Highway Trust Fund Restoration Act, to address a projected shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund and restore more than $8 billion in federal funding for states.The bill, which has cleared the Senate and will now be sent to the president for his signature, restores over $47 million in federal transportation funding for Vermont’s roads and bridges.”Our roads and bridges in Vermont and across the country are falling into disrepair. It is simply unacceptable to continue to neglect the up-keep and safety of our transportation system,” said Welch. “The federal government needs to be a partner in supporting states in meeting our pressing infrastructure needs.”In FY2008, federal Trust Fund spending for Vermont is $161,725,931. Without action by Congress, the Federal Highway Administration estimates that Vermont’s funding will be cut to $114,413,876 for FY2009.The legislation prevents this $47,312,055 cut to Vermont transportation projects.In 1998, in response to concerns that the Highway Account’s $16.5 billion balance was too large, Congress transferred more than $8 billion from the Highway Trust Fund to the General Fund.In the face of major Highway Trust Fund shortfalls in 2009 and beyond, H.R. 6532 restores $8.017 billion in highway-user taxes to the Highway Trust Fund that were originally transferred in 1998.# # #last_img read more

Thomas Thorkildsen leaves Flex LNG to rejoin Norway’s Hoegh LNG

first_imgLNG World News Staff For illustration purposes only (image courtesy of Höegh LNG)Norway’s floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) giant Höegh LNG said on Thursday that Thomas Thorkildsen has rejoined the company as head of marketing for business development.Thorkildsen left Höegh LNG in January last year to join Oslo-listed Flex LNG, the shipping company controlled by billionaire John Fredriksen.Prior to that, Thorkildsen has spent the previous 13 years with Höegh LNG where, as head of business development, he was responsible for the development of the FSRU opportunities.However, according to a report by Reuters on Thursday, Flex LNG, which had previously planned to develop several FSRU projects, has dropped its interest in operating these types of vessels due to project failures and low return and is now focusing only on LNG carriers.Flex LNG also announced on Thursday that its current chief executive Jonathan Cook, had stepped down. Cook was founding partner of the US-based FSRU specialist Excelerate Energy.last_img read more

Alexander: Baseball’s ‘unwritten rules’ need to be erased

first_imgThe world according to Jim:• Let the kids play, for crying out loud.The controversy of earlier this week, when San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. either missed or ignored a 3-0 take sign with a 10-3 lead and hit a grand slam in Texas, again reminds us just how ridiculous baseball’s “unwritten rules” are. …• Let’s see: You don’t bunt to break up a no-hitter. You don’t admire it when you hit a truly prodigious home run. You definitely don’t do an exaggerated bat flip. And it apparently is forbidden to try to score when you have a big lead – no stealing, no swinging at a 3-0 pitch, etc. … • Footnote: On the heels of the controversy over the 3-0 grand slam and all of the apologies, real and forced, Tatis stole third with a six-run lead in the fourth the very next night. His team eventually won 6-4. So there. …• This note, on the heels of the last ones, may sound discordant, but it really isn’t: Yasiel Puig, once the prime breaker of those unwritten rules, had a lot of memorable moments and every game seemed to be an adventure during his six seasons in Dodger blue. But with Mookie Betts patrolling right field and creating excitement at the plate these days, I can’t think of anyone in L.A. who could possibly still miss Puig. …• It is unfortunate that Dodger fans don’t have the opportunity to watch Betts in person. Manager Dave Roberts was asked last weekend what he thought the reaction would be if they could.“You should have about 40,000 No. 50 Dodger jerseys at Dodger Stadium,” Roberts said. ” …  That, for me, is one thing that I’m really bummed about, that we don’t have fans – (and) that they just can’t appreciate him on a daily basis in person.” …• Remember this name: Frank Robinson. He’s still the only player to win MVP awards in both leagues, 1961 for Cincinnati and 1966 for Baltimore. At this rate, Mookie will join him.Frank was the 1966 World Series MVP, too. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. …• Pac-12 football players made their objections to the conference office clear a couple of weeks ago, and this past week the officials posted their own manifesto directed at commissioner Larry Scott. They sent it last week – and when the commissioner ignored it, including a demand that coordinator of officiating David Coleman be replaced, the officials sent it to selected media outlets Tuesday.It involves a laundry list of grievances and notes that, as is the case in many other aspects of football, Pac-12 officiating has fallen behind the quality of that in other Power Five conferences (and in fact, the statement freely acknowledges that Pac-12 officiating has become something of a national punch line.) And there was this line about Coleman, hired after former NFL official Tony Corrente stepped down in 2014: “There is no training, leadership, or credibility from the Coordinator because he has accomplished nothing of note on the football field and has not officiated for close to 30 years.” Ouch. …• But was this a response? Less than 48 hours after the officials released their letter to selected media outlets, the conference announced Thursday that former San Francisco 49ers safety Merton Hanks had been hired away from Conference USA as the Pac-12’s Senior Associate Commissioner for Football Operations. And yes, his responsibilities will include officiating. …• The Pandemic has created an unexpected bonus. Daytime TV is better than ever, thanks to the NBA and NHL playoffs. …• Pro tip, and this particularly applies to soon-to-be former broadcaster Thom Brennaman: If you make a comment without realizing the microphone is live, don’t try to convince us it doesn’t reveal who you are. It absolutely does. …• Former Fresno State and Colorado State basketball coach Boyd Grant died Monday of a stroke at age 87. Grant won 194 games and an NIT title at Fresno State, dominated the pre-UNLV version of the PCAA (forerunner of the Big West) and went toe-to-toe when the Rebels joined the conference while employing, shall we say, a very patient style. …• Why do I bring it up? Late UC Irvine coach Bill Mulligan, whose first Anteaters team in 1980-81 led the nation in scoring, loved to run and referred to slowdowns as “vomit basketball.” He also loved to tweak Grant. And when Fresno State had some recruiting successes overseas, Mulligan delivered this classic line:“Boyd can recruit all those foreign guys because they think they’re coming to California.”No, coaches aren’t nearly as fun as they used to on Twitter • Point No. 1: If we truly don’t want to further embarrass a laggard team, institute a mercy rule and end the game. (Given the way the rules are evolving in this crazy season, that could be next.) But if the other team’s still trying to score, why shouldn’t you? What good is a take sign, really? …• Point No. 2: I’ve always suspected the phrase “play the game the right way”  was shorthand for “Don’t show emotion, don’t look like you’re having fun, and most of all, don’t you dare risk ticking off the Madison Bumgarners – i.e., the old cranks – of the world by showing as much as a drop of personality.”Maybe it’s time to redefine “the right way.” (I’m guessing it doesn’t include trash cans.) …• And point No. 3: The same night Tatis hit his slam (and Manny Machado got a pitch thrown behind him immediately thereafter), the Dodgers and Mariners kept trading five-run innings. A game is not over with a five- or six-run lead in modern baseball. Again, if the other team is going to try to score, why shouldn’t you? …• I’m with Trevor Bauer (and that’s not always the case, but whatever): The worst thing Tatis did in that whole sequence was apologize for swinging at that 3-0 pitch. …center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington Lions Club will not be selling calendars this year

first_imgSumner Newscow report — The following message was provided by Wellington Lions Club member Heidi Theuer:Unfortunately, our club will not be selling the community birthday and anniversary calendars this year. As technology has progressed, cell phones and the internet are commonplace; calendars have become less relied upon. It has been increasingly difficult to reach people and verify a family’s information because of cell phones; therefore, the calendars often had incorrect information.Our Lions Club members spent countless hours trying to produce the best possible product. This fundraiser started 65 years ago, but profits have diminished as people have decided not to purchase the calendar the last few years. Because of the loss in calendar sales, the Lions Club makes no money. We realize many in our community will miss this, but the fundraiser is no longer economically feasible.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +3 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 270 weeks ago Wow thats sad to read. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more