VTrans announces $170,000 in walk-to-school awards

first_imgJericho Jericho Elementary School$2,539 WestfordWestford Elementary School$1,707 S. BurlingtonChamberlin School$1,751 WillistonAllenbrook School$6,780 Colchester Colchester Middle School$5,352 BurlingtonCP Smith Elementary School$1,791 WinooskiSt. Francis Xavier Elementary School$3,804 BurlingtonWheeler Elementary$3,464 The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today announced that 30 schools will receive a total of $170,000 in Planning and Program Development grants through the Agency s Safe Routes to School program. Competition for funding was solid, as VTrans received 13 applications representing 35 schools for a total request of $225,000.The grants will be used by schools to help them form travel plans that will identify the barriers (both cultural and physical) that prevent students from walking and bicycling to school.Sixty schools across the state have participated in the program since 2006. This most recent round of funding focuses on adding new schools to the program, as well as supports schools that have an ongoing program but need additional funds to help change the culture in their community. Safe Routes to School is about kids walking and biking to school regularly, routinely, and safely, said VTrans Secretary David Dill,  These planning funds provide schools with the means they need to develop opportunities to bring their communities together to solve some of their pressing safety, environmental and health challenges.VTrans in 2009 also will award about $25,000 worth of bike racks to schools that were previously or are currently in the Safe Routes to School Program.  The funding will purchase approximately 300 bike racks.  Eligible schools must submit an application to be eligible.  Applications are due June 5, 2009 and can be found on the Vermont website at http://www.aot.state.vt.us/progdev/Sections/LTF/SRTS/VTSRTS.htm(link is external).Safe Routes to School is a Federally funded safety program that is administered through VTrans. The program supplies money to schools for encouragement and education efforts aimed at increasing the number of K-8 students who walk or ride bikes to and from school.  VTrans administers this program in two phases, with phase two consisting of funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements including sidewalks, multi-use paths and traffic-calming measures.The percentage of kids who walk or bike to school has dropped dramatically over the past several decades; from 42% in 1969 to 16% in 2001 according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control.  With the rise in childhood obesity as a national and Vermont issue, Safe Routes to School can be part of the solution.  The Vermont Departments of Health and Education are both actively involved with the Safe Routes to School program. A complete list of schools and awards is provided below. S. BurlingtonCentral School$6,592 BurlingtonFlynn School$2,033 Hinesburg Hinesburg Community School$2,557 WillistonWilliston Central School $7,415 S. BurlingtonTuttle Middle School$7,496 center_img BurlingtonChamplain School$6,276 Colchester Porter’s Point Elementary School$3,129 30$168,664 Lead ApplicantSchools Covered by applicationNumber of schoolsActual AwardWaitsfield ElementaryAcademy School; Green Street School1$10,000 Northwest Regional Planning CommissionEnosburg Falls Middle School and Enosburg Elementary School2$19,069 Union Elementary School Union Elementary School 1$6,300 Southern Windsor Regional Planning CommissionWeathersfield School1$10,000 Windham Regional Planning CommissionReadsboro Central School 1$6,535 Wallingford Elementary Wallingford Elementary1$3,000 Guilford Elementary School Guildford Elementary School 1$10,000 Local MotionSee list of schools below22$103,760 Grand Total WinooskiWinooski Middle School$4,366 S. BurlingtonOrchard School$3,517 ShelburneLake Champlain Waldorf School$2,624 WinooskiJFK Elementary School$2,162 Local MotionBurlingtonBarnes Elementary School$1,468 EssexFounder’s School$6,657 MiltonMilton Elementary School$7,036 For additional information about the selection of these projects or participation in the Safe Routes to School program, please contact Safe Routes to School Coordinator Aimee Pope at (802) 828-5799 or aimee.pope@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Leahy renews effort to permanently charter EB-5 foreign investment program

first_imgSenator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced Friday that he is renewing his effort to make permanent the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Regional Center pilot program. Vermont’s Regional Center program, established in 1997, has been a highly successful private-public partnership between the State of Vermont and several Vermont businesses.‘Vermont’s regional center program is an economic engine for the state,’ said Leahy at a news conference in Burlington. ‘In a small state like ours, economic success in one area is inevitably felt in other parts of the state. Making the EB-5 program permanent is just the start. We are working to modernize the program to handle the growth it has seen across the country in recent years. Vermont’s use of the program is a model of success, and other states have taken note.’Leahy has successfully steered short-term extensions of the pilot program through Congress. The current authorization will expire in September 2012. On Thursday, Leahy introduced legislation in the Senate to permanently authorize the program. Leahy chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over the program.Vermont’s Regional Center was rechartered in 2007. Two Vermont ski resorts, Jay Peak and Sugarbush, are active participants in the Regional Center pilot program and have been engaged in ambitious development projects. Vermont’s Regional Center projects have drawn business and tourism to the state, fueling local economies and creating jobs. Leahy said several other businesses, including manufacturers in Windsor and Newport, are also working to use the program in Vermont.At the news conference in Burlington, Leahy was joined by Lawrence Miller, Vermont’s Secretary of Commerce and Community Development; Bill Stenger, the President and owner for Jay Peak Resort; and Win Smith, the President of Sugarbush Resort.Since it was created in 1993, the regional center program has attracted more than a billion dollars in foreign investment to the United States, and created thousands of new domestic jobs ‘ hundreds, in Vermont. There are now approximately 135 Regional Centers across the country, with new applications pending.‘Making the EB-5 program permanent should receive bipartisan support,’ Leahy said. ‘Most people will agree that creating jobs and capital investment is a good, bipartisan goal. We faced some challenges in recent years as we tried to make the program permanent, but these were due to broader immigration politics, and a desire to fold all immigration reforms into a comprehensive package. These are political challenges and not policy problems.’The Regional Center program attracts foreign investors seeking legal permanent residency and a chance to invest in the American economy. Investors must pledge a minimum of $500,000 to a project within an approved regional center and independently apply for an EB-5 visa. If approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), foreign investors are granted a conditional two-year green card. After two years, the investor must provide proof that they have created at least ten jobs as a result of the investment and have met additional investment requirements set by USCIS. As a result of the program’s popularity, additional applications are pending with USCIS to establish new Regional Centers in several states.Source: BURLINGTON, Vt. (FRIDAY, March 18, 2011) ‘ Senator Patrick Leahy# # # # #last_img read more

Column: Current energy stock bear market may be permanent

first_imgColumn: Current energy stock bear market may be permanent FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享MarketWatch:Even Wall Street firms are urging clients to dump energy stocksWhile the S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the Nasdaq Composite index hover near all-time highs, energy stocks have fallen on very hard times.Exxon Mobil — the world’s most valuable public company as recently as 2012 — has seen its stock price plunge about 40% from its all-time high above $100 a share in June 2014, a loss of more than $180 billion in market capitalization. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF, the largest energy-sector ETF, is down by a similar amount from that date.Meanwhile, the S&P has surged more than 70% over those 5 1/2 years, outperforming energy stocks by over 100 percentage points.An oil glut in the wake of the shale oil boom, which has vaulted the U.S. to the top of global energy producers, has caused some of the sector’s stock-market troubles. That oversupply has persisted, despite production cuts, and has kept oil prices in the $50-a-barrel range. This year, fears of the coronavirus have triggered another sharp sell-off in energy shares.Corporations and big investors, who have to live in the real world and not on Planet Wishful Thinking, are stepping up. Their big bottom-line fear: Much of the carbon-based energy reserves companies like Exxon Mobil — the biggest stock in Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF, followed by Chevron and ConocoPhillips — have spent decades accumulating will remain in the ground or under the sea. Those potential “stranded assets” — assets these companies may never use and may even have to write off — have prompted Wall Street firms to mark down energy stocks’ valuations and urge clients to dump the shares.That’s why the five-year bear market in energy stocks may turn out to be as permanent as the secular decline in newspaper publishers or department stores.[Howard Gold]More: This 5-year bear market in energy stocks could turn into foreverlast_img read more

Study finds most elderly are scammed by people they know

first_img(WBNG) — Pennsylvania is taking extra steps to ensure its older adults don’t get scammed. On Tuesday, the State Department of Aging released the results of a year-long study on financial exploitation. It found most victims are female, around 80 years old, and are often taken advantage of by people they know. The department estimates $58 million dollars was lost in reported cases of elder abuse, but because most cases go unreported, up to $2.5 billion dollars could have been lost in 2018. The State’s Secretary of Aging announced support for a bill currently in the state senate that would change the Older Adult Protective Services Act. He told 12 News these changes can’t come soon enough.center_img “We’re hoping that it’ll get serious consideration before the end of the session; it’s an important piece of legislation,” said Robert Torres. “If you talk to anyone, no one’s going to say they’re not supportive of protecting and advocating for older adults.” Some of the legislative changes proposed include increasing the number of mandated reporters of abuse, and requiring financial exploitation trainings for protective services.last_img read more

‘RHOSLC’ Star ’Shocked’ Costar Is Married to Her Step-Grandfather

first_img“I think everyone in Utah wants to be on the show,” Barlow tells Us. “I think some people might start coming back to church again when they figure out they can be Mormon 2.0.”The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City premieres on Bravo on Wednesday, November 11, at 10 p.m. ET. – Advertisement – Scandals in Salt Lake City! The wait is almost over for the premiere of The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, and it promises to bring the drama and some shocking story lines.One of those story lines surrounds Mary Cosby, who is married to her grandmother’s second husband, Robert Cosby Sr.- Advertisement – “When you think about Mormonism, there’s like a laundry list of things don’t ever do, which basically makes you perfect and I am far from that, but so we just found Mormon religion in general is a choice,” the reality star explains. “But for me, I’m like, you know what, I’m still an individual. I’m not like everybody else. So why would we all check off the same boxes? So I’m just doing Mormonism my way.”The Bravo star said the Salt Lake City Mormon community “loves” that the Housewives franchise has taken over their city.- Advertisement – “I would not be human if I weren’t surprised by it. I was definitely taken aback. Like, ‘Wait, what?’ I was shocked,” RHOSLC star Lisa Barlow tells Us Weekly exclusively on the Friday, November 6, episode of the “Getting Real with the Housewives” podcast. “I don’t know Mary’s story. I’ve never walked in Mary’s shoes. Mary does have fabulous shoes.”She adds, “I think that’s Mary’s story to tell. I mean, religion, culture, it plays a lot into our choices and I think it plays a lot into Mary’s, and I think she’s the only person that can tell her story.”Real Housewives of Salt Lake City Lisa Barlow Shocked Mary Cosby Is Married to Her Step-GrandfatherLisa Barlow and Mary Cosby Chad Kirkland/Bravo (2)Barlow, 45, who is an owner of a marketing company and various tequila brands, considers herself “‘Mormon 2.0,” in that she “doesn’t check off all the boxes.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Area Basketball Scores (1-10)

first_imgArea Basketball ScoresThursday  (1-10)Boys ScoresGreensburg  60    Batesville  55Girls ScoresOldenburg  44     South Decatur  42South Ripley  56     Rising Sun  22Milan  50     Shawe Memorial  10Greensburg  59     Columbus East  56  (OT)North Decatur  50     SW-Shelby  30Waldron  63     South Decatur  38Brownstown Central  60     Hauser  24SW-Hanover  48     Switz. County  44last_img

Irvine asks fans for patience

first_img “It’s up to them how they want to react or behave when they come to the games.” Albion may be without full-back Sebastien Pocognoli (dead leg) and midfielder James Morrison (illness) for the Hammers’ visit. West Ham head to tackle the Baggies on the back of a scrappy 1-0 win over in-form Newcastle at Upton Park on Saturday. Allardyce believes the Irons are heading into a period which will define their campaign. “We have a massive few weeks and months ahead of us and it will be a big test,” he said. “This week we have had nine points on offer – we have got three of them already, so it is a huge week for us.” Allardyce added: “West Brom have only won one home (league) game this season, so their fans are starved of victory at the moment and we have got to pray on what might be a little lack of confidence. “If we can keep the ball and move it around like we did on Saturday, then we might be able to make the West Brom fans a little nervous.” The head coach admits such a reaction is unpleasant but rejects any suggestions his tactics are too negative. “It hurts,” he said. “I’d be telling lies if I said it didn’t hurt. It stings. “I made a decision which I thought might give us a chance to get back into the game and it nearly worked, because we were more dangerous in that last period of the game. “It could have worked and people would have felt differently about it then.” Irvine, whose side face West Ham at The Hawthorns on Tuesday, added: “The fans are our supporters – and that’s exactly what we’re hoping they’ll do. We’re hoping they’ll be there to support us. “Obviously I know it works both ways and we’ve got to give them things to cheer about. Hopefully in the good times we can do that, but in the difficult times we could do with our fans being exactly that – supporters. People there to try to help us. “We want the same thing: to win games. And we have a better chance of winning games if we’re all together, the fans, the players and the whole club. “I can’t tell them that they have to be patient. I can say I would like them to be patient and bear with us but I can’t demand or insist that they are. Albion are enduring a sticky patch which has seen them lose three in succession while going over 300 minutes without a Barclays Premier League goal. Fans voiced their frustration during Saturday’s 1-0 loss at home to Arsenal, with Irvine’s decision to send on Georgios Samaras in place of Stephane Sessegnon particularly irking them. West Brom boss Alan Irvine has asked the Baggies boo-boys to be supporters rather than just fans, admitting their criticism of him “hurts” and “stings”. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: Turkish club Trabzonspor training as a team

first_img Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has complained about being “harassed” and says his family has been “torn apart” after admitting to breaking social-distancing rules again during the coronavirus pandemic.British newspaper The Sun reports that Walker breached regulations three times in a 24-hour period this week by visiting family members and going on a cycle ride with a friend.The England international apologized last month for hosting a party at his home during the lockdown.Walker posted a long statement on Twitter saying he feels he is being followed constantly while also raising mental health concerns.Walker writes “this is no longer solely affecting me but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.” May 8, 2020 ___Soccer teams will be allowed to use two extra substitutes per match to protect players during a backlog of games caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The International Football Association Board says competition organizers can now approve teams making five changes with a sixth in extra time.IFAB says the temporary rule is available to “competitions which have either started or are intended to start, but are scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31.”Leagues which typically end in May face a congested program into July and August to complete their season. A further IFAB decision is needed to extend the rule into next season’s competitions and national team games in 2021.___Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic will need to be vaccinated to keep playing if tennis bodies make coronavirus shots obligatory once they become available.Nadal tells Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia this week that Djokovic and all players will have to follow the rules when tennis eventually returns to action.Nadal says no one can be forced to take the vaccine and everyone should be free to make their choices but all players will have to comply if tennis officials require “vaccination to travel” and to “protect” everyone on the tour. The Turkish club is based in the Black Sea coastal city of Trabzon. The team’s players had previously been training in groups of three in line with social distancing guidelines.Turkey’s health ministry has said it was not involved in the decision to restart games and added that the federation would be responsible for any consequences.Istanbul club Fenerbahce said Thursday that it “understands” the federation’s decision but raised questions about the fate of the season if a team needs to be quarantined and the legal implications if a player were to sustain lasting damage after becoming infected.___Spanish soccer teams have resumed individual training after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.center_img The Latest: Turkish club Trabzonspor training as a team Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Turkish soccer team Trabzonspor says its players have started to train as a team following the federation’s decision to resume league games on June 12. Djokovic recently said he was against taking a vaccine for the coronavirus even if it became mandatory to travel. He later said he was open to changing his mind.Nadal says “Djokovic will have to be vaccinated if he wants to keep playing tennis at the top level.”He says that “if the ATP or the International Tennis Federation obligates us to take the vaccine to play tennis then we will have to do it.”___Inter Milan players can resume training at the club’s Suning Center after everyone from the first team tested negative for the coronavirus. Inter had to delay the resumption of training earlier in the week because not everyone on the team had been tested for COVID-19.The club says all tests have now come back negative and that “optional individual training sessions will begin this afternoon.”AC Milan has also reopened its training center for its players.Most of the other Italian league clubs had already resumed training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___ Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal and other clubs have returned to action after the Spanish government loosened some of the lockdown restrictions that had been in place since mid-March.Atlético Madrid is set to resume its activities on Saturday and Real Madrid’s players will be back on the field on Monday.Barcelona’s players were practicing at different parts of the team’s training camp to avoid contact with each other. Coach Quique Setién was wearing gloves and a mask as he watched from afar as players ran their drills. Players had their regular training uniforms but no masks or gloves while on the field.Lionel Messi was seen juggling the ball by himself at one point.All players, coaches and club employees were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice. The league has not yet released results but some local media reports said three yet-to-be-named players tested positive. The information has not been independently confirmed.last_img read more

Smith: Stave’s time is up, Wisconsin needs Tanner McEvoy

first_imgThe Wisconsin football team’s ceiling for success in the 2014 season hinges on redshirt junior quarterback Joel Stave’s role.Still recovering from a shoulder injury, Stave watched from the sidelines Saturday as fellow redshirt junior quarterback Tanner McEvoy took snaps with the first team offense during Wisconsin’s annual spring game. And that is precisely where he should stay if the Badgers want their best chance at making the inaugural Division I College Football Playoff.McEvoy is the one person who can make sure that happens, as he is the last quarterback standing in the battle for the starting job.“Those two kids are going to get most of the reps in the fall, those two being Tanner and obviously Joel,” Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen told reporters after the spring game.After two seasons as the starting quarterback at Wisconsin, Stave has done nothing to solidify his position as the Badgers’ top gunslinger, posting a 13-6 overall record in games he started. The Greenfield native has completed 61 percent of his passes for 3,598 yards, 28 touchdowns and 16 interceptions and has suffered serious injuries — a broken collarbone and an injured shoulder — in both freshman and sophomore seasons.Stave’s career numbers are good — he finished fifth in program history for passing yards in a single season (2,494) in 2013 — but he had a lot of help, help that won’t necessarily be there this fall.Last season, Stave had first-team All-Big Ten wide receiver Jared Abbrederis and two second-team All-Big Ten running backs (James White and Melvin Gordon) to lean on. The year before that, he had All-American and the NCAA’s record holder in career touchdowns, Montee Ball, behind him. Only Gordon will be back for the 2014 season.With a majority of unproven talent at the offensive skill positions, Wisconsin desperately needs a playmaker at the quarterback position, and Stave is not it. An average arm that lacks accuracy at times and an inability to extend plays with his legs makes Stave a one-dimensional player.On the other hand, McEvoy, a junior college transfer in his second year at Wisconsin, is a dual-threat with a strong arm and an ability to leave the pocket and make plays with his legs. At Arizona Western College, McEvoy threw for 1,943 yards and 25 touchdowns and rushed for 414 yards and six touchdowns.In his first season with Wisconsin in 2013, McEvoy struggled to pick up the offense and dealt with a hand injury that knocked him out of contention for the quarterback role. In an effort to still get playing time, the New Jersey native switched to safety and would end up with 27 tackles and an interception.Now with a full offseason at his disposal, McEvoy is back at quarterback and feels much more comfortable at the position.“I think I’m a lot more comfortable. I think it shows,” McEvoy told reporters after Wisconsin’s spring game. “I can only make more strides so I’m looking forward to the summer and I’m looking forward to fall.”McEvoy showed a comfort level with the offense in the spring game, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another in the first and second quarters, which weren’t scored. “Tanner has improved a whole lot. He has definitely learned the playbook,” Wisconsin wide receiver Kenzel Doe said after the spring game. “Now he is back at quarterback and he has proved to me that he can compete for the starting job and he doesn’t really care what people say. He can run, he can throw — just have to give him a shot.”Stave is the safe choice for Andersen because he knows what he will get: a quarterback that can manage the game, won’t make a ton of mistakes and will rely on the running game to make plays.McEvoy may be more of a risk considering he hasn’t started a game at quarterback for Wisconsin yet or in division one for that matter, but I believe the Wisconsin’s ceiling of success is much greater with him manning the offense.It’s time for Andersen to take a gamble at quarterback and give Wisconsin a dynamic offense that goes beyond the backfield. What does he have to lose? Another Outback Bowl?last_img read more