House Approves Transportation Bill With Key Rail Provision

first_img The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill to keep federal funds flowing to road and bridge construction projects into late November, while also extending a key rail safety deadline to the end of 2018. In a voice vote, lawmakers backed continued surface transportation funding through Nov. 20, giving the House about three weeks longer to pass a bipartisan-backed six-year bill that would allow highway spending to keep pace with inflation but provide no new money for America’s crumbling infrastructure. The newly approved measure now heads to the Senate.Indiana’s congressional delegation supported the bill which pleased Indiana Farm Bureau. “We are especially pleased that H.R. 3819 contains provisions for a longer term extension of the deadline for implementation of Positive Train Control technology,” said Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock in a statement. “The PTC extension will prevent major disruptions of both passenger and freight rail service across the country. This will allow Hoosier farmers to get their crops to market in a timely fashion and as important, take delivery of important agricultural inputs in time for planting next year. Without passage of the PTC extension, shipment disruptions could lead to shortages, resulting in significant price hikes on fertilizers such as anhydrous ammonia. Increased costs are the last thing farmers need in an already depressed market.”The newly approved House measure would allow the U.S. transportation secretary to extend the PTC deadline beyond 2018 on a case-by-case basis.House lawmakers have proposed a six-year transportation bill that promises $325 million in infrastructure funding through Sept. 30, 2021. However, the legislation would fund only the first three years of investment and contains no mechanism to pay for it. Funding for the second three years would require a new act of Congress. The Senate approved its own six-year transportation bill in July. Home Indiana Agriculture News House Approves Transportation Bill With Key Rail Provision Facebook Twitter SHARE House Approves Transportation Bill With Key Rail Provision SHARE By Gary Truitt – Oct 28, 2015 Previous articleMerritt Joins Indiana Pork.Next articleNew Era of Farm Safety Net Payment Begins Gary Truitt Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Newspaper publisher freed but still faces trial

first_img Organisation February 24, 2021 Find out more CambodiaAsia – Pacific News RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” June 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper publisher freed but still faces trial News January 21, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Cambodia Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Reporters Without Borders welcomes yesterday’s release of Dam Sith, the publisher of the Khmer-language daily Moneaksekar Khmer. As he left the Phnom Penh prison where he had been held since 8 June, he thanked “embassies, journalists’ organisations, members of the Sam Rainsy Party, especially Sam Rainsy, and (Prime Minister) Hun Sen,” for interceding on his behalf. He added that he did not intend to stop criticising the government in his newspaper.In a letter the previous day to the president of the Phnom Penh court in charge of the case, the prime minister requested Dam Sith’s release and pledged to “personally” act as his guarantor, although they are political opponents.Dam Sith is still facing trial on charges of libel and false information brought by foreign minister Hor Namhong.———-10.06.2008Opposition newspaper publisher arrested and local radio station closed a few weeks ahead of parliamentary electionsReporters Without Borders condemns the arrest of Dam Sith, the publisher of the Khmer-language daily Moneaksekar Khmer (“Khmer Conscience”), on 8 June on charges of libel and false information that were brought against him by foreign minister Hor Namhong. Dam Sith is also an opposition candidate in next month’s parliamentary elections.“Dam Sith’s arrest violates both press freedom and political pluralism, and we call for his release, especially as Cambodia decriminalised defamation in 2006,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The government must let journalists cover both the elections and the trial of former Khmer Rouge leaders freely. Full light has not yet been shed on the involvement of some current politicians in the Khmer Rouge regime. Although this needs to be done, it should not be used as a pretext for settling political scores.”Aged 39, Dam Sith was arrested in Phnom Penh on the morning of 8 June on a warrant issued by judge Chhay Kong, who then ordered him placed in pretrial custody after he had been questioned for several hours. He has been charged with libelling the foreign minister and the economy minister by publishing an interview in which Sam Rainsy, the main opposition leader and head of the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), accused them of collaborating with the Khmer Rouge. Sam Rainsy was not arrested.The complaint was brought by the foreign minister, who has successfully sued people in the past after they accused him of Khmer Rouge links. Information minister Khieu Kanharith yesterday said he asked the court to free Dam Sith on bail pending the outcome of the investigation.Dam Sith is a member of the SRP steering committee and an SRP candidate for a Phnom Penh district in the parliamentary elections due to be held on 27 July.In a separate development, the information minister on 28 May ordered the closure of Angkor Râtha, a radio station located on the banks of the Mekong river in the eastern province of Kratié, on 28 May on the grounds that it sold air time to the SRP and the Norodom Ranariddh Party, another opposition party.The opposition parties, including the Human Rights Party, described the closure as “abusive” and “illegal”, and as a violation of the constitutional right to information. Reporters Without Borders calls on the government to allow the station to resume broadcasting immediately. CambodiaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News News RSF_en to go further Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream Google experiments drop Australian media from search resultslast_img read more

Making education more relevant to employment

first_imgTwitter George O’Callaghan, Limerick Clare Educational Training Board. Photo: Cian ReinhardtAs a former teacher, George O’Callaghan may well reflect on the career trajectory that brought him to the stage where he has a €90 million budget to deliver education and training services across two counties.When the Vocational Education Committees in Clare, Limerick City and County merged to form the LCETB in 2013, there was a determination that it would result in a stronger voice for the region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Continue reading below…“The whole exercise was to rationalise and refocus the education and training function of what were then the VECs and to give them a better and more regional focus in terms of what they were doing.Then, in 2014, some of the training functions that were the responsibility of FÁS were transferred to the LCETB along with the Raheen and Shannon training centres in Raheen and Shannon.With 9,500 post primary students and up to 25,000 adult learners, the LCETB has 30 different centres, 18 of which are schools that offer further education and training through Youthreach programmes, vocational training schemes and back to education initiatives.“We have a significant presence in the region and we probably have the largest number of learners and students when you combine them all together, but our reach is to every community from the West Clare coast down to the Kerry and Cork borders.“Demand for post-primary school places is increasing year by year, as nationally an extra 65,000 school places will be required by 2025.“In the Limerick and Clare area, this demand is reflected in the need to provide over 3,500 school places in the coming years. The LCETB is investing more than €90 million over the next number of years in meeting local education needs through the provision of new schools and the improvement of education facilities across a range of schools and education centres.”Mr O’Callaghan, who is a former principal of St Mary’s Secondary School in Newport, said that the LCETB has embarked on an ambitious school building programme with an investment of over €86 million.One of the biggest projects is the new school building for Coláiste Chiaráin in Croom which is due for completion at the end of the year.Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh on Clare Street and a new primary school in Monaleen, as well as projects in Shannon, Ennis and the Steiner School in Scarriff, are just a few of the extensive list of projects in the frame.“This investment plan will have a huge impact on the social fabric of the area by providing much needed school places for our children and will have a major impact, not only on education delivery but also on the economic life of the region”.“It is providing more jobs in the building and delivery phases in the short-term, as well as more employment opportunities in the increased number of teaching posts being filled.“There is also a positive impact on local communities through increased economic activity as well as improving the facilities in which the children of the region are educated.“We are also focusing a lot on developing pathways to third level through apprenticeships and career traineeships and we try to replicate that in other areas as well.“As we are almost at full employment, our focus is also about working with companies re-skilling, up-skilling as well as advancing the knowledge base.“We are also creating pipelines for the third level colleges and have a memorandums of understanding with LIT through which our learners will have a gateway in to the college. We are developing similar arrangements with Mary I and UL.“We want to be engaged with all the communities across the region by offering them pathways to education and progression routes across the system from the early levels.”“A partnership with Clenn Construction means that the LCETB is training their workers and this is developing the links that would see us as the ‘go to’ people for training exercises. We are working with a company in Shannon to train people to paint aircraft and up-skill 200 employees.”“Links to Troy Studios allowed us to train and re-skill carpenters and electricians for set design work, so we see ourselves as having that added value.“You constantly have to be ahead of the curve in terms of further education. The training division under Paul Patton is constantly looking at new ways of providing an enhanced service.“It is very challenging and exciting at the same time because you are actually plugged in to quite a lot of parts of the regional economy as well.“Our role is much expanded from the narrow lanes of before and it is essential for us to be part of the resurgence of Limerick and the region.“The whole region has progressed hugely in the last few years in terms of employment and inward investment and that has meant that we are part of that framework and making a major contribution towards it.“We feel we are making a contribution to the community because we have the tools to be able to do that.”Advising those embarking on the educational pathways and the challenges they face, Mr O’Callaghan said that students should explore all the options that are available.“Traditionally, we have looked at primary to post primary to third level as a direct path but there are further opportunities on pathways that can lead to areas where people may be very comfortable in and succeed in.”“Apprenticeships and traineeships allow people to garner a lot of experience. The pipeline isn’t narrow anymore as there is quite a variety out there.”“Any pressure put on post primary students derives from the points race because you need to achieve a certain amount and if you don’t, then you don’t get into third level.“That suits some, but for others, it puts a lot of pressure on them when they don’t need it because there are opportunities and alternatives.“You can find programmes to help you get the tools and skills and perhaps allow you to have a better picture of where you want to go.“A lot of people go into third level and there is a significant drop out because they’re not ready for the change, so we can help with that.” Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp TAGSClareeducationLimerick City and CountyLimerick Clare Education Training BoardNews Facebook Limerick social entrepreneurs honoured for their work in response to covid-19 Linkedin Email TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! center_img NewsBusinessEducationMaking education more relevant to employmentBy Staff Reporter – March 9, 2019 1506 Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Previous articleRed shoe demonstration on International Women’s Day highlights gender-based violenceNext articleWATCH: Limerick book place in League semi final with comfortable win over Laois Staff Reporter Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Local backlash over Aer Lingus threatlast_img read more

Resistance to coup grows despite Myanmar’s block of Facebook

first_img Pinterest Pinterest Local NewsBusinessUS NewsWorld News Twitter Facebook WhatsApp TAGS  Resistance to coup grows despite Myanmar’s block of Facebook Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleNHL revises virus protocols; Colorado is 5th team shut downNext articleAP source: White Sox, C Lucroy agree to minor league deal Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

OCC Releases Evaluations of 36 Financial Institutions; Six Rated ‘Outstanding’

first_img About Author: Brian Honea Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) this week released its list of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance evaluations that were made public during the month of October 2014 for 36 financial institutions.The financial institutions that received ratings from the OCC that became public during October were national banks, federal savings associations, and insured federal branches of foreign banks that have received ratings. The four possible ratings were outstanding, satisfactory, needs to improve, and substantial noncompliance, according to the OCC.Six of the institutions evaluated received outstanding ratings: First National Bank Alaska, a large bank in Anchorage; Eastern National Bank, an intermediate small bank in Miami; BankChampaign, National Association, a small bank in Champaign, Illinois; North Shore Trust and Savings, a small bank in Waukegan, Illinois; Sunrise Banks, National Association, an intermediate small bank in St. Paul, Minnesota; and Texas Heritage National Bank, a small bank in Daingerfield, Texas.Twenty-nine of the institutions evaluated received a satisfactory rating, and one bank – Certusbank, National Association, a large bank in Greenville, South Carolina, received a needs to improve rating. None of the 36 banks evaluated received a substantial noncompliance rating.A searchable list of all public CRA evaluations can be found on the OCC’s web site. The CRA was first enacted by Congress in 1977 and revised in both 1995 and 2005. The purpose of the CRA is to “encourage depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound operations,” according to the U.S. Federal Reserve Board web site. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Tagged with: Banks Community Reinvestment Act CRA Financial Institutions OCC Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Home / Daily Dose / OCC Releases Evaluations of 36 Financial Institutions; Six Rated ‘Outstanding’ Banks Community Reinvestment Act CRA Financial Institutions OCC Office of the Comptroller of the Currency 2014-11-14 Brian Honea in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Previous: Report: Despite October’s Monthly Spike, Foreclosures Declined in 10 States Next: Fourteen Indicted in New York Over $20 Million Mortgage Loan Fraudcenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago November 14, 2014 942 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles OCC Releases Evaluations of 36 Financial Institutions; Six Rated ‘Outstanding’last_img read more

Doherty labels Taoiseach’s comments as ‘cheap shots’

first_img DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – December 19, 2018 Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Pinterest Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Doherty labels Taoiseach’s comments as ‘cheap shots’center_img Previous articleDaryl Gurney relieved to get through world openerNext article30% increase in whitefish quotas for North West News Highland WhatsApp A Roscommon family who were evicted from their home last week has criticised the Taoiseach for remarks he made during a heated Dail debate on the issue.Leo Varadkar told Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty that it doesn’t take long for his Balaclava to slip when it comes to condemning violence.In a statement the Mc Ganns say the Taoiseach deliberately tried to deflect attention from their situation.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says Leo Varadkar was throwing cheap shots across the chamber. He was speaking this morning on the Nine til Noon Show……..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

California fires update: Thousands of structures threatened as many remain evacuated

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Dozens of fires continue to burn in California Thursday as thousands of structures are threatened and many people remain under evacuation orders. The LNU Lightning Complex Fire, which includes Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties in California, has burned more than 124,000 acres and is 0% contained. It has already destroyed 105 structures and 125,000 structures are still threatened. The commander of Travis Air Force base in Solano County, California, has ordered all non-mission essential personnel to evacuate the base due to the LNU Lightning Complex Fire, according to a statement released by the 60th Air Mobility Wing Wednesday night. “There is currently no lodging available on Travis Air Force Base and members are directed to stay with family or friends, proceed to evacuation centers, or secure commercial lodging outside of the evacuation area,” the statement read.Meanwhile, the SCU Lightning Complex Fires, which encompasses parts of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties, is 102,000 acres and is currently threatening nearly 4,00 structures. It has 5% contained. The SCU fires are made up of 20 different blazes. In San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties, the CZU August Lighting Complex Fires are 0% contained and are currently burning 25,000 acres. More than 6,500 structures are threatened and more than 22,000 people have been forced to evacuate. A Red Flag Warning continues Thursday morning from California to Montana, where gusty winds near 35 mph could spread the fires. Record heat has also not been helping the firefighters deal with all blazes, which were sparked by lightning. A monsoon storm and tropical moisture from the Pacific have been creating thunderstorms that produced all the lightning in the last week, but because it’s so dry, most of the lightning comes without rain. Through the West, the oppressive heat will continue. On Wednesday, Las Vegas (113 degrees), Death Valley, California, (124 degrees), Salt Lake City, Utah, (100 degrees), Phoenix (115 degrees) and Tucson, Arizona (111 degrees) were just some of the places breaking record high temperatures.Excessive heat warnings and advisories continue for southern California into Nevada, Arizona and Utah Thursday, when more record highs are possible throughout the Southwest. Unfortunately for the region, there is not a lot of relief for the Southwest in sight. Temperatures might actually get hotter for some cities this weekend, like Sacramento, California, and Salt Lake City. This heatwave could continue in the Southwest into next week. Turning to the tropics, there are three storms worth monitoring in the Atlantic.One of them has become a tropical depression overnight and is forecast to be named Laura in the next 24 hours as it moves just north of the Caribbean Islands. It moves toward the Bahamas and Florida by the end of the weekend into early next week. This storm is forecast to stay as a tropical storm through the time period, with winds up to 70 mph as it approaches Florida. The other tropical disturbance is in the Caribbean now and is forecast to become a tropical depression by Friday or Saturday as it moves over Yucatan Peninsula this weekend. After that, it will move into the Gulf of Mexico and could bring heavy rain and gusty winds to Texas. Finally, a third tropical wave is still far away near the African coast, but now has a 40% chance for development into a tropical cyclone. It is expected to move east over the Atlantic Ocean. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The compilation of a reconnaissance map of Alexander Island, Antarctica, from trimetrogon air photographs

first_imgFew would deny that the advent of the aerial photograph caused a major revolution in surveying, or that the mapping of large areas at topographical scales,is most profitably done by a systematic coverage of vertical air photographs and an adequate system of ground control. In our student days, how many times were we told that an aerial photograph is not a map as far as the surveyor is concerned, the implication being that without that adequate ground control the photographic coverage may be dismissed as being near to useless. And yet there must be large areas of the earth’s surface for which air photograph cover exists but for which no ground control has ever been obtained—areas “on which the hand of man has never set foot”. Large tracts of the Antarctic come into this category; during and since the, war many Antarctic expeditions, particularly American, have flown photographic sorties which must amount to many thousand miles in toto, and the resulting photographs have remained in their storage boxes for up to twenty years largely because no ground control was ever established. Generally the position of the base from which the aircraft were operated was known accurately enough, but without landing a surveyor for a long enough period to fix by astronomical means features which appeared on the photographs, or by flying the sorties in close conjunction with independent ground survey teams, these expeditions could add little to the maps of the areas over which they flew. Usually all that resulted from many undoubtedly, well-intentioned flights were several thousand more fine photographs and a cover diagram of a system of flight lines radiating from a central base camp. Generally these flight diagrams have been drawn at a scale of one to several million, since few have had the courage to finalise the plotting of flight lines from such notoriously unreliable information as a flight record of magnetic compass bearing and air speed.last_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 3/10/20

first_imgMarch 11, 2020 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/10/20 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Tuesday’s sports events:NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONBoston 114, Indiana 111Washington 122, New York 115Houston 117, Minnesota 111Chicago 108, Cleveland 103San Antonio 119, Dallas 109Orlando 120, Memphis 115Portland 121, Phoenix 105Brooklyn 104, L.A. Lakers 102L.A. Clippers 131, Golden State 107 NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEBoston 2, Philadelphia 0Pittsburgh 5, New Jersey 2Toronto 2, Tampa Bay 1Nashville 4, Montreal 2Carolina 5, Detroit 2NY Rangers 4, Dallas 2NY Islanders 4, Vancouver 5 — OT/SOAnaheim 5, Ottawa 2 TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLGonzaga 84, Saint Mary’s 66Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Hootie & The Blowfish Perform “I Only Wanna Be With You”, Tell Tour Stories On ‘The Tonight Show’ [Video]

first_imgOn Monday morning, 1990s pop/rock favorites Hootie & The Blowfish announced their return to performing with a 25th-anniversary reunion tour alongside the Barenaked Ladies scheduled for summer 2019. By Monday evening, their music was blaring through television sets across the country, as the band served as the featured musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon where they performed their biggest career hit, “I Only Wanna Be With You”.Jimmy Fallon, like anyone who was alive and rocking back in the 1990s, seemed to be more than ecstatic to welcome the band to his stage, and with good reason: Hootie & The Blowfish have not toured together since announcing their 10-year hiatus back in 2008 to make room for singer Darius Rucker‘s then-ambitious plans to launch what has since been a successful run as a solo country artist. Surely, anyone who grew up in the 1990s felt at least a little sense of nostalgic bliss as the band dove right into the opening chords of the 1994 hit single to start Monday night’s performance.While in the house for their performance, the band took some time to tell a handful of amusing old stories featuring naked pranks, getting left behind on tour, and passing joints between the bartender, the (very small) audience, and the stage at an underattended gig. Watch both the performance and interview clips below:Hootie & The Blowfish – “I Only Wanna Be With You” – ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’[Video: The Tonight Show]Hootie & The Blowfish Tales From Tour[Video: The Tonight Show]Overall, the band sounded great, as if they’ve spent the last decade touring together with new music and old hits. It’s as if the 1990s never ended and the much looser, pre-Internet days of their breakout decade were still going strong, if only within the walls of Jimmy Fallon‘s studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York. While fans know this not to be true, it’s somewhat warming to see and hear bands get back together and bring listeners back to a more simpler, distraction-free time in life—if even just for a few minutes through a television screen before bed.Speaking of new music, the band also announced on Monday that they’re working on a currently-untitled sixth studio album to be released through Universal Music Group Nashville. The album would be their first since 2005’s Looking for Lucky. Although the project hasn’t been given any sort of release date, fans could be optimistic that some new Hootie & The Blowfish tunes could be ready for their live debut when the band heads out on their Group Therapy Tour starting May 30th in Virginia Beach.last_img read more