Circ-Williston DEIS Comment Period Extended to November 21

first_imgMONTPELIER The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) in coordination with the Federal Highway Administration is extending the public comment period associated with the Circ-Williston Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Section 4(f) Evaluation.The original deadline for filing comments about the Circ-Williston Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) was November 8. That deadline has been extended to November 21, 2007. The Circ-Williston DEIS has been publicly available since August 10, 2007.We received indication that some people want additional time to provide detailed comment, said VTrans Secretary Neale Lunderville. With a study of this size, giving the public an additional two weeks to file comments regarding this important project is reasonable and appropriate.The DEIS can be directly downloaded from the projects website at www.circeis.org(link is external).The DEIS also is available for viewing at the main public libraries in Burlington, Colchester, Essex, Essex Junction, and Williston; as well as at the Federal Highway Administration office, Room 216, 87 State Street in Montpelier; and at the VTrans project office at 20 Kimball Avenue, Suite 301, South Burlington. (Please contact Ken Robie at 802-828-2645 to ensure that the VTrans South Burlington office is open when you wish to visit.)Comments should be directed to Kenneth Robie, Project Manager, VTrans, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05633-5001, 802-828-2645, Ken.Robie@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail) or Kenneth R. Sikora, Jr., Environmental Program Manager, Federal Highway Administration, Region 1, P.O. Box 568, Montpelier, VT 05601, 802-828-4423, kenneth.sikora@fhwa.dot.gov(link sends e-mail).last_img read more

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Welch announces energy efficiency program to retrofit millions of homes and buildings

first_imgRepresentative Peter Welch introduced an energy efficiency bill today designed to retrofit millions of homes and commercial buildings and increase efficiency by 20 percent or more nationally.Welch outlined the bill at a Capitol Hill press conference Thursday with many of the bill’s 30 cosponsors and representatives from national efficiency, contracting and environmental groups.The Retrofit for Energy and Environmental Performance (REEP) program would provide financial incentives to homeowners and businesses to reduce their energy use and save them money. The program would fund state and municipal investments of up to half the cost of retrofitting the nation’s existing homes and buildings, which account for 10 percent of global carbon emissions. REEP would create tens of thousands of middle class jobs and provide a significant boost to the economy.“Investing in energy efficiency is a practical, commonsense strategy to create jobs, save on energy costs and do our part to fight climate change,” said Welch, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “Increasing energy efficiency by 20 percent is not only entirely within our power, but it makes perfect sense during tough economic times. It’s high time we bring this successful Vermont model to the national stage.”Welch’s bill directs the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency to develop guidelines and manage financing for the national energy efficiency program. Homeowners and businesses could qualify for direct cash incentives, interest rate subsidies and credit support based on the percentage increase in energy efficiency they achieve:Homeowners could qualify for $1,000-$3,000 in financial incentives for achieving a 10-20 percent increase in efficiency, with another $150 for every additional percentage point of energy savings achievedBusinesses could qualify for $0.15 per square foot for the first 20 to 30 percent increase in efficiency with an increasing incentive of up to $2.50 per square foot for energy reductions over 50 percentIncentives for both homes and commercial buildings would be capped at 50 percent of the cost of the retrofitFunding for the program would go to the states through the existing State Energy Program formula, which has a built-in small state minimum, and provides additional financial incentives to states with high-performing programs. “If there’s one thing in the climate change debate we can agree on it’s the need to improve efficiency,” Welch said.The bill’s 30 original cosponsors include: Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Bruce Braley, Lois Capps, Russ Carnahan, André Carson, Donna Christensen, Steve Cohen, Joe Courtney, Elijah Cummings, Kathy Dahlkemper, William Delahunt, Keith Ellison, Martin Heinrich, Jim Himes, Maurice Hinchey, Mike Honda, Jay Inslee, Steve Israel, Carolyn C. Kilpatrick, Jim Langevin, Carolyn B. Maloney, Eric Massa, George Miller, Patrick J. Murphy, Frank Pallone, Ed Perlmutter, Carol Shea-Porter, Harry Teague, Paul Tonko, and Chris Van Hollen.Welch was also joined at the event by Jim Presswood of the Natural Resources Defense Council, Steve Nadel of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, Emily Wadhams of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Michelle Moore from US Green Buildings Council, and representatives from Efficiency First.“The cheapest and easiest way to reduce energy use and global warming pollution is by making our homes and buildings more efficient,” Presswood said. “By improving our nation’s efficiency, we can reduce our dependence on dirty fuels, save people money on their energy bills, and create local jobs from Vermont to California. Congressman Welch has quickly become a leader in Washington on combating global warming, and this bill affirms his dedication to tackling this challenge.”# # #last_img read more

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Chief executive leaves Mentmore Abbey

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REITs can mix it up with the old guard

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In Spain, asparagus lies unpicked as lockdown shuts out migrant workers

first_img“Many people have contacted us but we know from experience that although they start with a lot of gusto, they are not accustomed to this kind of work and it exhausts them,” he said.Out of 40 or 50 workers interviewed and hired for the lockdown harvest, only around 10 remain, he said.In a muddy field, laborers bend to cut the green spears with a long curved knife. They place the asparagus in plastic boxes that are collected by tractor. The vegetable is then brought to the warehouse and bundled ready for sale.In the packing shed is Elena Garcia, a self-employed beautician who worked in a hairdresser’s until losing her job due to the lockdown.”I think it’s harder working out in the field than here packing. Here the work is tough but I get along fine,” she said.  Topics : In normal circumstances, Urbina exports part of his produce. But with so much of the crop lying unpicked, Spain is in the unprecedented situation of having to import asparagus from Germany to meet domestic demand, he said.Facing one of the world’s worst outbreaks of the COVID-19 disease, Spain went into lockdown on March 14, closing borders and confining people to home.In early April, the government started an initiative to get more workers into the fields, authorizing temporary hiring of tens of thousands of immigrants or jobless people.But many who have applied to pick asparagus do not have the stamina of the foreign seasonal workers who traditionally move from harvest to harvest across Spain, said Urbina.center_img About half of farmer Jaime Urbina’s asparagus crop lies unpicked in his fields in central Spain as border closures to curb the coronavirus block Eastern European seasonal laborers.Right at peak food-harvesting time, farms across the nation have a shortfall of thousands of workers. Asparagus, especially, requires a lot of labor as it is harvested piece-by-piece.”Everyone here in the asparagus sector has this problem – we don’t have the manpower,” Urbina lamented, standing in a field in Torre del Burgo in Guadalajara province.last_img read more

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Chairman retires at UK Universities Superannuation Scheme

first_imgThe university employers representative, Universities UK (UKK), initially appointed Harris to the trustee board in 1991, before he went on to lead the organisation in 1997.In his final months as chair of the scheme, Harris oversaw a debate between the employers group and trade unions over the future of the scheme.The current proposals, set to be implemented by the USS board include fully closing the final salary section of the defined benefit fund and moving all members’ future accrual to career-average benefits.USS opened a career-average section for new employees in 2011, accounting for one-third of the scheme’s members.In addition to dropping final salary benefits for academics, the fund will become a hybrid scheme with defined contribution accrual for all entitlements above a £55,000 earnings cap.The current deputy chair, Kevin Carter, is an independent member of the trustee board and became deputy in April 2014, after the retirement of John Bull. Sir Martin Harris has stepped down as chair of the trustee board for the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) after nine years in the role.He officially stepped down at the end of March, with the scheme set to announce his successor in the coming days.Harris joined the UK’s largest scheme as a director in April 1991, when he served as vice-chancellor of the University of Essex.He became deputy-chair of the £41.6bn (€57bn) pension fund in 2004, taking over as chairman two years later.last_img read more

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Batesville students helping citizens learn laptop basics

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Batesville High School AppleCare students will be conducting a free technology training session, “Simplifying Technology – Laptop Basics“, at the Batesville Memorial Public Library ton Tuesday (12/6) from 1:30 – 2:15 PM.The agenda includes: Basic navigation, settings, tools, and launching applications.The session is free.All you need to bring is your laptop.For more information, contact Jackie Huber – jhuber@batesville.k12.in.us.last_img

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Silva returns to City training

first_img Silva looked to have been seriously injured on Sunday when he was caught in the face by an elbow from West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate. The Spain international received around eight minutes of treatment on the field at the Etihad Stadium before being carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital for examination. But tests revealed the 29-year-old had suffered no fractures and the club were hopeful he could make swift return to action. That could now be possible with Silva pictured giving cameras a thumbs-up gesture as he returned to training on Tuesday, although he will continue to be monitored this week. City face FA Cup finalists Aston Villa in their next Barclays Premier League game on Saturday evening. News of Silva’s recovery is a boost for manager Manuel Pellegrini given the club’s already lengthy injury list. Captain Vincent Kompany is out with a groin injury and might not be fit to return before the end of the season. Midfielder James Milner, defender Gael Clichy and strikers Wilfried Bony and Stevan Jovetic were also sidelined for the 2-0 win over the Hammers. Manchester City playmaker David Silva has returned to training, the club have reported.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Undecided Grealish faces criticism

first_img The Republic boss made his move after seeing Grealish win rave reviews for his performances at club level in recent weeks, persuading him that the time was right less than two months after admitting he was happy to let the situation ride. Asked what had prompted him to change his mind, O’Neill said: “Well, of course he has played a lot of games since then. “He had not been a regular member of the team and when he did play, it was generally as sub. Under Tim Sherwood, he has started quite a number of games – not that I would start pre-empting Tim’s teams – but he has made a very good impression from the start. “Obviously as these games go along, he’ll get fitter too by starting matches – he seems to be lasting longer in the games too and doing a lot of good work – so of course, the last four or five weeks have made a big difference to Jack’s career and obviously to my thinking. “He is seen now as not just part of the squad, but seemingly part of the team, and people’s aspirations change a little bit during the course of weeks, never mind months, so it might be something he might look at differently. “But he did say he didn’t want to make a decision now.” Birmingham-born Grealish has been courted by both the Republic and England, but has already represented Ireland at under-age levels. He indicated earlier this year that he might take the Under-21s route with the Irish, but asked if he was confident the player would declare in his favour, O’Neill said: “Do you know what? I really don’t know at this stage, but I’m sure there’s still a good possibility.” Press Association The 19-year-old Aston Villa midfielder was criticised by both Ireland and England fans on Twitter for delaying a decision on which of the two countries to represent at senior international level, although there was also support from both sides for the emerging talent. An ongoing debate was rekindled on Tuesday when the teenager’s name did not appear in a 33-man provisional squad for the Republic’s friendly against Roy Hodgson’s men and the Euro 2016 qualifier showdown with Scotland next month, with O’Neill revealing he had asked the player if he would reconsider his decision to leave it until the summer to jump one way or the other. center_img Jack Grealish found himself the subject of social media abuse after turning down Martin O’Neill’s invitation to join up with the Republic of Ireland squad. last_img read more

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Champions Liverpool Get Trophy after Eight-goal Thriller Win against Chelsea

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUELiverpool captain Jordan Henderson lifted the Premier League trophy on the Kop at an empty Anfield last night to mark the club’s first top-flight triumph for 30 years.Henderson received the trophy from Reds legend Sir Kenny Dalglish, who was manager when Liverpool last won it in 1990, during a spectacular ceremony after the champions beat Chelsea 5-3on Wednesday. Champions of 2019/20 English Premier League Liverpool players celebrating at the Kop shortly after legend of the club, Sir Kenny Dalglish, presented the trophy to Captain Jordan Henderson …last night Liverpool were confirmed as champions of England on 25 Junewith seven games to spare when nearest rivals Manchester City lost at Chelsea, but they had to wait until their final home game of the season to be presented with the trophy.There were no supporters in their 53,000-capacity Anfield home after the Premier League season resumed on 17 June behind closed doors following a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic.Merseyside Police had warned fans not to repeat the widespread gatherings that took place on the city’s waterfrontafter the club’s title win last month, amid fears of a spike in infections, and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp urged supporters to celebrate at home.A small group of fans, some with red flares, greeted the team coach when it arrived at the ground before kick-off, while fireworks were set off outside Anfield throughout the match.During the game, Merseyside Police announced they had put in place a dispersal order between 21:30 BST today and 21:30 BST on Friday as they anticipate large crowds gathering in Liverpool after the club lifted the trophy.Dalglish, who scored 172 goals in 515 appearances as a Liverpool player between 1977-1990, handed out medals to each player during a ceremony which involved a light show, pyrotechnics and a lot of emotions on display.Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said players and fans will “come together to celebrate” the title “when the time is right”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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