Representative Peter Welch, joined by Governor Peter Shumlin and business and community leaders, welcomed the nation’s top rail official to Rutland Monday as he continued to push for federal funding of Vermont’s Western Corridor high-speed rail project. With the rejection of high-speed rail funds by several states in recent months, Vermont’s congressional delegation has been pushing for those funds to be reallocated to Vermont’s Western Corridor project, which runs from Rutland to Burlington.At the event today was Deputy Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration Karen Rae, who was invited by Welch after the two spoke about Vermont’s Western Corridor project earlier this month. Welch invited businesspeople, community members and state and local officials to explain to Rae the importance of rail to Vermont’s economy and the potential benefits that will come with improving the passenger and freight rail line along the state’s western corridor. As Deputy Administrator for the Federal Railroad Administration, Rae is tasked with developing and implementing the Obama Administration’s freight and passenger rail policy.‘High-speed rail is a real priority for Vermont businesses and local communities,’ Welch said. ‘A strong rail network will not only tie entrepreneurs, small businesses and towns to regional hubs like New York, Albany, Boston and Montreal, it will bring people from those places to Vermont. Vermonters are ready and willing to put this money to good use creating good jobs, improving our transportation infrastructure and expanding travel and tourism businesses.’‘Vermont is working closely with other states in the northeast and Quebec to make sure that reliable and efficient service is available to travelers and rail shippers,’ Shumlin said. ‘The extension of the Ethan Allen Express up to Burlington is a direct and tangible next step that will be followed by links to Manchester and Bennington. This project and the planned extension of the AMTRAK Vermonter into Montreal are major steps in the transformation of our passenger rail system.’‘The Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing and the University of Vermont Tourism Data Center determined that on average each domestic day visitor to Vermont spends $107 per person and each domestic overnight visitor to Vermont spends $292 per person,’ said Tom Donahue, Executive Vice President of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce. ‘We are convinced that this proposed investment will have a powerful effect on Vermont’s tourism and manufacturing economy now and long into the future.’Also joining Welch, Shumlin, Rae and Donahue at the event were Vermont Secretary of Transportation Brian Searles, Vermont Agency of Transportation Rail Director Joe Flynn, State Senators Peg Flory, Dick Mazza and Bob Hartwell, State Representatives Herb Font-Russell, Charles Bohi, Diane Lanpher and Patrick Brennan, Representatives from the offices of Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, Executive Director of the Rutland Economic Development Corp. Jamie Stewart, President of Westminster Cracker Larry Cirina, Plant Manager for OMYA Pierre Masuy, President of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce Andy Mayer and Vice President of the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce Tim Shea.
Upgraded 13MW GE Haliade-X turbine to be used at Dogger Bank offshore wind project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Plans to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm using the world’s most powerful turbines have been taken up a notch after GE announced its newly upgraded 13MW Haliade-X units would be used for the 3.6GW Dogger Bank project in the UK.Dogger Bank is a 50:50 joint venture between Equinor and SSE Renewables comprising three 1.2GW offshore wind farms located about 130km from the Yorkshire Coast, on a large sandbank in the North Sea.GE Renewable Energy secured the contract to supply the project back in October of 2019 using its world-leading 12MW Haliade-X turbines, but this week revealed it would do so using 190 of the enhanced 13MW units.The uprated 13MW Haliade-X features 107 metre-long blades and a 220 meter rotor and with just one spin can generate enough electricity to power a UK household for more than two days, GE says. The deployment at Dogger Park will mark the first time a 13MW turbine will be installed anywhere in the world.As Renew Economy has reported, the three Dogger Bank projects were each successful in the UK’s 2019 Contracts for Difference (CfD) Allocation Round, with one locking in a record low strike price of £39.65/MWh ($A72.55) and the other two a price of £41.611/MWh ($A76.13). The more powerful turbines – requiring fewer to be installed across the entire project – stands to lower the cost of delivering the massive offshore wind farm further.Construction on the onshore infrastructure for the massive project kicked off in January of this year. Due to its size and scale, the wind farm is being built in three consecutive phases; Dogger Bank A, Dogger Bank B and Dogger Bank C. First power generation is expected sometime in 2023 and, once fully commissioned, the entire project is expected to generate around 6TWh of electricity annually.[Sophie Vorrath]More: World’s most powerful turbine to anchor largest offshore wind farm
Bar, sections reach accord on financial arrangements July 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular News Bar, sections reach accord on financial arrangements New deal revamps CLE splits and administrative support for section activities Gary Blankenship Senior Editor With a few final changes, the Bar Board of Governors has approved revamping the way it financially supports the Bar’s sections.Outgoing Budget Committee Chair Jerald Beer, who headed a special committee that has been studying section finances for almost two years, outlined the alterations to the financial arrangements the board reviewed at its April meeting, and the board approved the changes unanimously.“I really think this is a good compromise,” said board member Jesse Diner.Immediate past President Miles McGrane appointed the special committee because of escalating amounts the Bar was spending to support sections. The committee also looked at the way the Bar and sections split CLE revenues, after the Bar lost a significant amount of money from 2000 to 2002. An increase in the cost of CLE has reversed that loss, but CLE finances remained a concern.In April, Beer presented a plan with several facets which included changing CLE financing giving sections 80 percent of the net proceeds, while the Bar gets 20 percent (with that change phased in over three years). If there are losses, the sections will absorb 80 percent of those expenses. (Currently, sections get 12.5 to 20 percent of the gross revenues and the Bar gets the rest, out of which it pays the course expenses.)The Bar would also end the subsidy sections get for using the Bar’s print shop, but sections will have the option of having their printing done outside the Bar.To offset direct and indirect administrative costs of supporting sections, the Bar would receive $17.50 per paying section membership from the section. This will be adjusted periodically in whole dollar increments to adjust this cost for inflation.The Bar also will continue to provide administrative support to sections, but cap the amount it spends beyond the $17.50 received from sections. That would be $10 each for the first 1,000 section members and $5 per member above that number.The Budget Committee also agreed to give sections a year’s notice before increasing the $17.50 per member it gets from each section to allow the sections to better plan their budgets. The committee agreed to help by including complimentary section members in calculating the cap on administration costs.Sections also questioned the indirect administrative support expenses that were being assessed to their operations, and the Budget Committee recommended reducing that by 20 percent.Finally, the plan envisioned crediting the handful of sections that actually do not cost $17.50 per member in administration to receive a rebate.Board member Gwynne Young, who is liaison to the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, said the section wasn’t happy with the cap on Bar support.“But the section appreciated the Budget Committee for listening to all they had to say. We would like to thank you for that, even though they’re not totally happy,” she said. Later in the meeting, incoming President Alan Bookman said he wants to work on improving relations between the board and sections in the coming year, noting that too often there seems to be an “us versus them” mentality.He urged board members who are liaisons with sections to attend those meetings and learn their sections’ issues. He also announced that he had appointed incoming Budget Committee Chair Mayanne Downs as liaison with the Council of Sections.“We found last year there may have been some bad communications between the board and sections,” Bookman said.
“A simple brown box that has all kinds of goodies in them that people like to get when they are away at college, away at deployment,” said Pastor Joe Coudriet. “Some of them are single, some of them are married and some have children. They’ve come out to be a blessing today and to help us get this job done,” said Coudriet. Coudriet said the process began with volunteers social distancing and making sure the gift boxes were properly sanitized. “We’ve separated them, we are now packing them and of course everybody serving here is wearing a mask and is taking precautions as they pack,” said Coudriet. Coudriet said the National Guard is another group on a long list that the church is trying to help during a time of need. VESTAL (WBNG) – On Saturday, in the basement of Family Life Church, volunteers prepared 250 gift boxes for men and women deployed with the New York State National Guard. “It’s our mission to lead people into a relationship with Jesus Christ, we glory God, grow together and give to others. Those are the three pillars on which our church stands,” said Coudriet. Once the boxes are packed, they will be prepared to be shipped to the National Guard armories who will spread them throughout New York State. “Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. Volunteers consisted of Family Life Church Pastor, Joe Coudriet, and members of the churches lifeline outreach team. “These people have been pulled away from their families, their employment, their careers, their homes and for many, it is a great financial sacrifice,” said Coudriet. Coudriet said, as Christians the ultimate expression of their faith is giving to those who need it most. “Someone told me once that everything begins as a seed and grows into an experience, find your seed, get it into the ground and be a blessing to others.” For more coronavirus coverage, click here.
“A woman was hiking in the park when she became disoriented,” Joan Oldroyd, a New York State Park Ranger told 12 News. “We were called in when her family was concerned when she didn’t come her. Her vehicle was still located at the park so we started a search of the trails and we were starting to search the woods in case she had gotten off trail and was trying to navigate back to the trail.” New York State Police, New York State Park Rangers, Harpursville Fire, a dive team and several other agencies descended on the park and searched for about 3 hours by land, in the water, and also using a drone. “People calling out here name, looking for on the trails as well as four-wheelers, etc.,” Lawanda Vanco of Binghamton told 12 News before the good news came that Walsh was OK. The family of 75-year-old Kathleen Miller Walsh called for help when Walsh didn’t return home and they grew worried about her. When asked about her thoughts for the family before the search ended, Vanco replied, “Well, if it was my mother or father or somebody, I’d want everybody to search and the best in luck is prayer.” HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) – A massive search at Nathaniel Cole Park late Monday afternoon into the early evening after receiving a report that a woman with dementia went into the park and never returned. Dozens of people at the park watch as searchers combed the area looking for the woman, recalling the countless times they heard her call Walsh’s name.
West Java’s cities and regencies in Greater Jakarta, namely Bogor municipality and regency, Depok as well as Bekasi municipality and regency, are preparing to impose their own large-scale social restriction (PSBB) policies, as the Health Ministry has approved their requests for such restrictions.A ministerial decree issued on Saturday – a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post – shows the ministry’s approval of the requests due to “significant escalation of COVID-19 cases in five cities and regions” surrounding the capital city.The decision was made based on “results of epidemiology study as well as the regions’ preparedness on social-economy aspect.” West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil submitted to the Health Ministry on Wednesday a proposal to implement PSBB status in five cities and regencies surrounding the capital .A 2020 government regulation on PSBB requires regional administrations to obtain a permit issued by the Health Ministry prior to imposing the social restrictions in their region.The ministry’s disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto said the technical guidelines on restrictions would be prepared by the respective regional administration.“They must issue a regional regulation on when and how to implement such restrictions,” said Yurianto, who is also the government’s spokesperson for COVID-19, as quoted by Antara news agency.West Java’s Ridwan said he would coordinate with mayors and regents as well as the Regional Leadership Communication Forum (Forkopimda) to discuss the preparation for PSBB implementation.Read also: COVID-19: Vacant roads, little activity mark first day of PSBB implementation in JakartaBogor and Depok suggested to the provincial administration that the social restrictions be imposed on Wednesday or Thursday.Bogor Deputy Mayor Dedie A. Rachim said the city administration had been coordinating with the Forkopimda to carry out a simulation prior to the policy implementation.Meanwhile, Depok Mayor Muhammad Idris said he was drafting a mayoral decree, which would be issued after the West Java provincial administration issued a regional decree as a legal basis for the PSBB in the area.Bekasi Mayor Rahmat Effendi said the municipality was ready to follow the restriction protocols. The Bekasi administration had previously imposed a stricter policy, including ordering all minimarkets to close by 8 p.m.Greater Jakarta includes South Tangerang, Tangerang municipality and Tangerang regency in Banten, as well as Depok, Bekasi municipality, Bekasi regency, Bogor municipality and Bogor regency in West Java. It covers an area occupied by around 30 million residents, many of whom, under normal circumstances, commute to the capital for work. (trn)Arya Dipa contributed reporting from Bandung, West Java.Topics : “It is necessary for the aforementioned cities and regencies to implement PSBB to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the region,” as written in the ministerial decree.Jakarta on Friday became the first region to impose stricter restrictions on people’s movement, in accordance with the PSBB status, in an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19. As of Sunday noon, the capital had seen 1,948 confirmed cases, which represented 50 percent of cases nationwide.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had previously suggested that the PSBB policy be applied to Jakarta’s satellite cities, as the outbreak had affected the entire region.Read also: COVID-19: Satellite cities to follow Jakarta’s lead on PSBB
Pension trustees are neglecting their fiduciary duty if they pursue the highest possible return without considering the impact of their investment behaviour, the chief executive of Hermes Fund Managers has argued.Rather than chase an inflation target, pension funds should aim to offer beneficiaries a certain living standard on retirement, while investing in a way that is also beneficial to the more deprived members of a society, Saker Nusseibeh said at an event organised by think tank Tomorrow’s Company.Nusseibeh noted that pensioners were often more severely affected by price rises in key areas, such as food, energy and fuel, and said, that due to the discrepancy between the statutory inflation increase and his estimate, investors were using the wrong figure.“The pension promise should be about delivering, 30 years down the line, a living standard that is roughly 60% of what the beneficiary enjoys today,” he argued. “This must include soft issues such as living conditions, infrastructure, the environment – in a wider sense – as well as financial issues such as the price of food and energy.”He said it would be an insult to pensioners if assets held by its own fund achieved a higher return, resulting in an environment where food and energy prices had risen to a level “substantially higher” than when they were in employment.“That I would suggest is not only a dereliction of fiduciary duty even within the bounds of the current understanding of Trust Law, but in fact a form of negligence,” he said.His comments come as the UK awaits the final recommendations by the Law Commission on the matter of fiduciary duties and, to what extent these allow trustees to invest in a sustainable fashion, rather than simply seek the highest return.The Law Commission’s investigation was triggered by John Kay’s review of the UK equity market, which recommended a number of changes to encourage long-termism. Nusseibeh added: “It matters that we engage with large corporations on their behalf to maintain an infrastructure that serves the high street because, at their income level, their interaction is limited to the high street.“It matters that we pursue sustainability because, when the system fails as it did in 2008, it is their taxes that bail it out.”He said that if economist Milton Friedman’s theory of the neoclassical economic model – which Nusseibeh said was “a load of old cobblers” – were to be believed, the best investment would be addictive drugs, such as crack cocaine.“Some may think I am joking, but, in 2003, a brothel called the Daily Planet was listed on the Australian Exchange. Do we really think investing in slavery and exploitation is a ‘good’ investment?”Therefore, investors should not only think within the “dry framework” of nominal returns but also examine the “common-sense framework” of holistic, long-term returns.“We would start to look at projects like public transport and affordable housing and healthcare through a different lens, a lens that reflects the concerns and aspirations of our beneficiaries, the capital providers,” he said.
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 This property at 25 Margaret St, East Toowoomba, is for sale.Mrs Statton said the suburb also had lots of large blocks, which was rare so close to the CBD. “That’s become a real lifestyle thing,” she said. “You can still get a big block, a basic house, do a bit to it, and it seems there’s always a lot of room for growth and improvement.“A lot of houses in the higher price brackets don’t ever go on the market — most are sold offmarket.”Mark Costello of Toowoomba real estate agency, iThink Property, said East Toowoomba was regarded as the most in-demand suburb in the region.“This is due to a number of factors; its proximity to the Toowoomba City and beautiful Queens Park, as well as some of the popular private schools also located in the suburb,” Mr Costello said.“East Toowoomba is quintessentially ‘Toowoomba of old’ with its wide, tree-lined streets and 19th century character homes.” * This data is provided by licence from realestate.com.au Pty Ltd and is current at the time of publication. realestate.com.au Pty Ltd does not make any warranty as to the accuracy, completeness or reliability of the data nor accept any liability arising in any way from omissions or errors More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours ago“Now, I think we would easily recover what we’ve put in to it, and a little bit more, just because it’s so sought-after. “In Toowoomba, liveability is really important, and East Toowoomba is close to all the lovely parks, the CBD, St Vinnie’s hospital, which is a major employer, private schools.“It’s very central, but still very quiet.” This three-bedroom house at 9 Argyle St, East Toowoomba, is on the market for offers over $795,000.Mr Costello said the suburb had also become quite a cultural hub, with new cafes popping up.“Some of the homes are truly magnificent,” he said.“From the heritage-listed ‘Fernside’, built in 1876, to the charming ‘Whyemnbah’ Queenslander overlooking Queens Park, built in the late 1800s. “Just a drive up Campbell Street and you automatically get a sense of nostalgia of days gone by, but this is also mixed with culturally-tasteful restorations and renovations.” FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK TOP REGIONAL QLD SUBURBS FOR HOUSE PRICE GROWTH OVER 20 YEARS The regional suburb’s median house price has jumped from $119,000 20 years ago to $565,000 in June of this year, outperforming the likes of Broadbeach Waters on the Gold Coast and Golden Beach on the Sunshine Coast. Suburb Median house price June 2000 Median house price June 2020 GrowthPalm Beach $167,750 $900,000 437%Warana $140,000 $740,000 429%Buddina $170,000 $855,000 403%Miami $165,000 $828,500 402%Noosa Heads $231,500 $1,142,500 394%Burleigh Heads $186,000 $910,000 389%Sunshine Beach $315,000 $1,540,000 389%Sunrise Beach $183,000 $890,000 386%Noosaville $205,000 $995,000 385%Mooloolaba $189,000 $905,000 379%Minyama $250,000 $1,187,500 375%East Toowoomba $119,000 $565,000 375%Tugun $161,400 $760,000 371%Yaroomba $165,000 $775,000 370%Broadbeach Waters $260,000 $1,217,500 368%Wurtulla $140,000 $649,400 364%Doonan $197,500 $915,000 363%Worongary $163,500 $752,500 360%Golden Beach $138,000 $635,000 360%Jacobs Well $121,500 $556,000 358% (Source: Realestate.com.au) The Caribbean meets Gold Coast glamour MORE: Instant property mogul: 10 homes for just over $3m Rebecca Statton and three of her children, James, 10, Jack, 16, Lucia, 13, and their dogs, Billy and Henry, at their home in East Toowoomba — a suburb that recorded staggering house price growth over the past 20 years. Picture: David Martinelli.IT’S the surprise growth star shining brightly amid a sea of trendy coastal hubs and city slicker suburbs.East Toowoomba has emerged as the quiet achiever over the past two decades, recording an impressive 375 per cent growth in house prices since the year 2000 — one of the highest growth rates in the state, research from Realestate.com.au reveals. This four-bedroom house at 37 Kitchener St, East Toowoomba, is for sale for offers over $549,000.The growth in East Toowoomba, 125km west of Brisbane, is no surprise to mother-of-four Rebecca Statton, who has lived in the suburb for 16 years.Mrs Statton and her husband, Grant, bought their first house in the suburb in 2004 for $299,000, renovated it and sold it in 2015 for $1 million.“It was the classic worst house in a really lovely street,” Mrs Statton said.“But the trend I could see is that our street had lots of older people living there and gradually they would sell.” This circa 1880s Queenslander in East Toowoomba is one of many character homes in the suburb. Image supplied.The Stattons then bought their current house in Campbell Street — a classic 1880s Queenslander on a massive 2500 sqm block. “We thought we’d paid too much at the time, but since then, houses on smaller blocks have sold for as much,” Mrs Statton said. ‘Ramshackle’ QLD reno named Australian House of the Year
Vestas has now secured its fourth intertidal project in Vietnam with this order placed by Sigma Engineering Joint Stock Company. Nguyen Quang Ngoc, Chairman of Sigma Engineering Joint Stock Company, said: “As the EPC contractor for the Phase I of Ben Tre V1-3 wind farm project, I strongly believe that the project will be successfully installed and operating on schedule with Vestas’ team of experienced experts. Moreover, it will create a premise for cooperation between Sigma and Vestas in the upcoming phase 2 of the Ben Tre V1-3 wind farm and many other wind energy projects in the near future in Vietnam.” The order will include a 20-year Active Output Management 4000 (AOM 4000) service agreement. It is the longest service contract for Vestas or any other wind turbine manufacturer in Vietnam, the company said. Turbine delivery is scheduled in the first quarter of 2021 and installation is expected to commence from the second quarter of 2021. Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has secured a contract to provide wind turbines for the 29MW Ben Tre V1-3 intertidal wind farm in Vietnam. The Ben Tre V1-3 wind project will be located in Ba Tri District of Ben Tre Province in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. The contract includes the supply and supervision of the installation of seven V150-4.2 MW wind turbines that will be installed in shallow waters close to shore. Each turbine will be equipped with a full-scale converter. “This fourth intertidal win reinforces Vestas’ leadership in developing wind energy solutions for this specific market segment in Vietnam and the 20-year service contract showcases Vestas’ capabilities to service challenging intertidal projects over the project lifetime, thus de-risking the project for its investors and lenders,” said Tommaso Rovatti Studihrad, Sales Director of Vestas Asia Pacific.
NZ Herald 12 February 2014Amber-leigh Erasmus had Myrah when she was 17 years old.Amber-leigh Erasmus became a mother at 17 and while she wouldn’t give her daughter up for anything, she said better education could have made a huge difference to her life.She gave birth to Myrah in 2011 and spoke to the Herald at the time about her belief that giving sex education to young teenagers resulted in too many unplanned pregnancies.The Hibiscus Coast mum-of-one welcomed the “fantastic” news that teen pregnancies were declining.“I am so pleased to hear that girls are taking on board the information they are gaining from peers and sex education and being safe,” she said.“I personally had a fair share of sex education, but what I learned the hard way is that as a teenager we all have the idea in our heads that things ‘won’t happen to us’ when in fact it does.”http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11200256