Downtowns Share $300,000 In Transportation Grants

first_imgDowntowns Share $300,000 In Transportation GrantsBennington, Bristol, Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland Are WinnersMONTPELIER, Vt. (October 30 ,2008) – Five Vermont communities will be sharing more than $300,000 in state grants to pay for transportation infrastructure improvements in their downtowns, officials announced today. The Vermont Downtown Development Board also approved Village Center Designation for East Montpelier at its meeting Monday.”These grants will help strengthen these important centers of job creation and social activity,” said Kevin Dorn, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and chairman of the Downtown Development Board. “This is in keeping with Governor Jim Douglas’ vision of revitalizing Vermont’s downtowns.”The awards include:* Bennington – $5,157 for street signs, planters, and trees.* Bristol – – $74,772 for Prince Lane improvements to the back side of Main Street buildings to include undergrounding utilities, and a new sidewalk that will open up access to the rear of the buildings, clean up a neglected area, and improve pedestrian safety.* Burlington – $75,000 to contribute to a complete replacement of street lights at the Church Street Marketplace.* Montpelier – $74,961 for restoring an historic railroad turntable and creating a new public park, Turntable Park, on Stone Cutters Way.* Rutland – $75,000 for replacing streetlights on Strong’s Avenue and Washington Street, the fifth phase of the downtown streetlight project in Rutland.”These projects represent important investments in our communities, which not only help promote commerce but also help prevent sprawl and make our citizens less dependent on automobiles,” Dorn said.The transportation grant program was created specifically to support downtown capital transportation projects through the Vermont Downtown Program, which is part of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.The Downtown Board also approved designation of East Montpelier’s village center, which runs along Route 2 roughly from the East Montpelier Home Center and just north of Mekkelsen’s RV, to the town offices and fire station at the junction of Routes 2 and 14.In addition to providing training, technical assistance, and administering grant and tax credit programs, the Downtown Program also oversees designation of downtowns and village centers.To date, 23 downtowns and 83 village centers have been designated and all older and historic buildings in these designated areas are eligible for state revitalization incentives.To become a Designated Downtown, communities must have both a downtown revitalization organization and demonstrate their commitment and capacity to support such a program, as well as meet several other requirements. Village Centers go through a similar, but abbreviated process.Both designated downtowns and village centers are also eligible to compete tax credits for historic and older building rehabilitation.More information can be found at the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s Vermont Downtown Program website, www.historicvermont.org/programs/downtown.html(link is external)-30-last_img read more

Road users advised to be more careful – Police Commissioner

first_img 21 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Police Commissioner, Cyril CarettePolice Commissioner of the Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force, Cyril Carette is advising road users and motorists to be more careful to avoid traffic accidents and collisions.Dominica recorded its ninth (9th) road fatality for 2011 on Monday evening when a twenty-three year old male collided with a cow while riding a motorcycle as part of his employment duties in Picard, Portsmouth.The Police Commissioner says while accidents are avoidable, if road users are more cautious this will reduce the incidents of collisions and accidents.“I want to advise the road users to be very careful. We do not have too many accidents on our road what we do have is road collisions, because an accident is something which is unavoidable. In that case you could consider that one to be an accident because an animal strayed across the road and he hit the animal but sometimes if we are a bit careful I think we would not get into these situations where we collide with each other.”Carette added that with the ongoing road rehabilitation works around the island, road users need to be more vigilant, be each other’s keeper, take preventative measures and be courteous.“We are having better roads now and persons are really doing crazy things on the road and I would urge Dominicans to be more cautious, to be courteous on the road as well because I think that courtesy is going down the drain in Dominica, people do some crazy things that they should not do. I think that we need to look out for each other, be the other person’s keeper, when you’re driving you should drive for the other person and think of what could possibly happen and try to take preventive measures to avoid those things from happening.” Mr Carette also laments the fact that some of the nine (9) road fatalities for the year involved young people who probably would have become productive members of society.He is therefore calling on road users to pay attention to the way they drive as their callous behavior and disregard for human life could result in more accidents and collisions.The Commissioner is further advising road users to exercise patience particularly in light of ongoing road works.“We have a lot of road works going on now and some persons still do not want to take their time. We all will reach at our destination we will arrive at some point in time; all we have to do is to be a bit patient.”Mr Carette pointed out that when nationals travel to other countries they comply with the laws as they would “suffer the consequences” and therefore need to “pay heed to that and be careful on our roads”.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Road users advised to be more careful – Police Commissioner by: – November 17, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

S.African judge orders psychiatric tests for Pistorius

first_imgA South African judge on Wednesday ordered that Oscar Pistorius undergo psychiatric tests to establish if he has a “general anxiety disorder,” raising the prospect of lengthy delays in his murder trial.Judge Thokozile Masipa said a “proper inquiry” was needed to test whether the sprinter had the disorder that could mean he was not fully responsible for his actions in shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.Oscar Pistorius “The accused may not have raised the issue that he was not criminally responsible at the time of the incident in so many words, but evidence led on his behalf clearly raises the issue and cannot be ignored,” she said. “Mental illness or mental defect are morbid disorders … not capable of being diagnosed by a lay court.”Masipa said a full order will be made next Tuesday, when the court will reconvene, but indicated she may be amenable to a proposal for Pistorius to be treated as an outpatient.The tests were not meant as punishment, she said, adding that she was unconcerned by any delay caused as long as it was in the interest of justice.Pistorius could face up to 30 days of tests.Prosecutor Gerrie Nel had asked the court to have Pistorius committed Tuesday, after defence psychiatrist Meryll Vorster claimed the sprinter’s deep-seated anxiety would have given him a heightened fear of crime. During two months of trial, Pistorius’s lawyers have sought to portray him as manically obsessed with safety after a difficult childhood and in the face of high crime levels in South Africa.Those factors, they argue, help explain his reaction on Valentine’s Day last year when he allegedly believed his girlfriend to be an intruder and shot her dead through a locked toilet door.Nel said he did not believe Pistorius’s mental state was unusual, but warned the athlete’s defence team may try to use that evidence to limit sentencing, launch an appeal or reset the case.“My lady, accused persons have in the past replaced their counsel, particularly when things go wrong,” said Nel.last_img read more

Dave Parker fondly remembers his ‘wide world’ of ABC Sports, meeting Howard Cosell

first_imgBeing featured on ABC Sports the second time brought me just as many chills as the first. In life, being given something you love never subsides, and seeing the ABC Sports logo on that microphone under my chin was a thrill of personal victory that never went dull.  Dave Parker was a seven-time MLB All-Star, two-time batting champion, the 1978 NL MVP and a World Series champion with the 1979 Pirates and 1989 A’s. He retired in 1991 after playing parts of 19 seasons in the majors. Parker now volunteers his time at the Cincinnati Reds Urban Youth Academy near his home in Ohio. His book, “Cobra: Dave Parker and the Boys at the Peak of Black Baseball,” will be released through University of Nebraska Press in spring 2021. MORE: Dave Parker recalls first spring training after Roberto Clemente’s deathAs a child, I’d spend my Saturdays in pee wee football or Knothole baseball, what we Ohio people call Little League. We’d get home in the afternoon. Mama would make me and my brothers peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, then we’d join Daddy in the den to watch some TV. Cassius Clay and his outspokenness made an impression on young me. He could do anything, he could say anything. He was The Champ, man. He made me believe my dreams were reasonable. Hell, I could change my name if I wanted to. That’s what ABC Sports showed me. And the man he was always talking to was Howard Cosell. If ol’ Howard was all up in your face, you were somebody. You were special. It didn’t matter if he was praising or intellectually razzing you. If that ABC mic was in front of your lips, you were relevant. It was possible that anything and everything was on the table for me in life, and ABC Sports delivered that lesson. While some of y’all had “Free to be You and Me,” I had Cosell and Ali.The network supported The Champ through his stance of rejecting his draft notice, which led to the stripping of his heavyweight boxing crown. Cosell continued to publicly engage Ali, provide him a forum to tell his side of things, but in 1968 Howard also spoke out for the rights of Olympic athletes Tommie Smith and John Carlos. I was 17 and preparing for my junior year football season when I watched these great men act, not in defiance but in courage and support for the black community. The actions of Smith and Carlos showed me that, like Ali, the black athlete could speak their mind, regardless of the consequences. Now football, as many of you know, has always been my first love. And if it wasn’t for a critical injury during the opening game of my senior year in high school, I would’ve most certainly gone on to be an NCAA D-1 tailback. I was in a real bad place during the winter of 1970. I underwent two surgeries on my knee and I couldn’t play baseball for my school, which affected my MLB draft status. I laid on my couch in the early spring that year, wondering where my life was going. Chris Schenkel was a broadcaster for ABC around this time. Some of you might remember that one of the most popular sports on television in 1970 was, of all things, bowling. You can look it up that bowling probably drew higher ratings than college football games — certainly college basketball, which was something that became more popular as a televised sport later in the decade, but if you were at home during the late winter-early spring, the Professional Bowlers Tour was probably the only sports on TV. I couldn’t run, I couldn’t pivot, I couldn’t dive. I felt like a cripple. I spent that day trying to figure it all out, not an easy thing for a 17-year-old. Watching those men roll that heavy ball down the lanes, I was impressed at the skill in bowling a 300 perfect game. I respected that. I watched the Firestone Tournament of Champions. The winner took home $25,000. I couldn’t believe it — $25K to go bowling! I thought to myself that with some practice, maybe I could compete. I held my own in every other sport — why not bowling? If you didn’t change the channel, you would hear Jim McKay’s voice and you knew it was time for “Wide World of Sports.” They always had skiing on. I knew that wasn’t for me, but it sure looked cool. I imagined myself spanning the globe, traveling to all these exotic locations. Much like the opening of that legendary Saturday afternoon show, my high school life was the constant variety of sport, but with my injuries, I was staring the agony of defeat right in the face. The love and support of my family and ABC Sports gave me the strength to push through my blues and get my heart and my mind right. I managed to heal and was ultimately drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 14th round in June 1970. I had a great season at Rookie League and returned home for a few weeks before taking part in the Buccos’ Instructional League program down in Florida. I spent as much time with my folks and siblings as possible before heading down to my adopted baseball family at Pirate City, and during this time I learned about a new program on Monday nights. The first game would offer the New York Jets, with the most popular player in the league, Joe Namath, at QB against my beloved Cleveland Browns and their star running back, Leroy Kelly. I had dreams of being Kelly’s home-state heir apparent, just like how he replaced my football idol, Jim Brown. And for those moments watching that game at home with my dad, ABC Sports once again brought us together, recalling my great moments on the high school football field and most importantly, envisioning my daddy watching me play. Over the years, I wouldn’t catch much “Monday Night Football” because of winter baseball obligations, but that doesn’t mean ABC Sports was far from my mind. Arriving at ballparks through the minor leagues in the afternoons a few hours ahead of Saturday evening games, some clubhouses came equipped with TVs. And as I dressed for my sport, Jim McKay’s words and that bombastic soundtrack were my battle cry. I would glance at the television and maybe catch some gymnastics, bull-riding, Summer Olympic boxing. Me and the fellas used to laugh while watching Evel Knievel make all those crazy jumps on his motorcycle. I hung out with Knievel once after an event in Cincinnati. Quirky cat, but the man had some stones to do all that he did. After I became a major leaguer for good with the Pirates in 1973, Saturday afternoon always involved ABC Sports. Before a night game or a quick-pitched nine innings, me and the boys would be at our lockers in the clubhouse at Three Rivers or on the road while auto racing played on the TV. I can almost hear that Scottish dude now — Jackie Stewart, the color commentator for racing. Watching a clip of him today brings me right back to being with the fellas — post-game beers with Willie Stargell, Dock Ellis and Larry Demery, Manny Sanguillen, Rennie Stennett, my manager Danny Murtaugh. Jackie Stewart’s voice is like a damn portal to my past, a glorious Miller Time gone by. When ABC Sports started airing baseball on Monday nights, the first thing I said to myself was “When am I gonna get to meet Howard?” 1976 and I’m still dreaming just like you, hoping maybe one day I’d have a clever back-and-forth with the great Cosell, just like Ali. The Pirates played on “Monday Night Baseball” four times in ’76. Howard wasn’t in the building, but I got to be a part of an ABC Sports history moment when my teammate, John Candelaria, threw a no-hitter on national television. It was Candy’s night, and I was thrilled to bear direct witness. Still wanted to hang out with Howard, though. That day was almost there. It was the following spring training, 1977. Cosell had come down to Florida to interview players. I was coolin’ out with Demery on the back fields at Pirate City toward the end of a workout when he approached us. The man I watched as a child slowly walking our way. I didn’t show it, but I was giddy as all get out.  “Dave Parker,” Cosell said in that nasally, deliberate voice that we all remember, “The Cobra. May I have a word with you?” I can hardly remember any of the topics we discussed, and bucket lists didn’t exist in the ‘70s, but if they did, this was a real big one for me. The Pirates appeared a bunch of times on “Monday Night Baseball” in ’77. I never heard Cosell say my name, but seeing that network banner logo on the sidelines of Three Rivers and other stadiums reminded me that I made it as a black professional athlete in America. Howard and I would speak every so often over the next few years, sometimes for good reasons and sometimes not, but this relationship, and the relationship with ABC Sports, made it so special to me.  I left my hotel room in Hawaii that morning, three years later in 1980, got on the elevator feeling energized by all those memories. If y’all have been wondering why a cat in a fancy Honolulu resort would be daydreaming about television, well, when the elevator doors opened, the answer was right in front of me. Frank Gifford, Reggie Jackson and Jim Palmer were in the lobby, along with a whole camera crew from the network. We were all about to film a segment of “The Superstars,” a popular ABC Sports Saturday show during the ‘70s and early ‘80s. This was my second time appearing on the Superstars, when I tackled The Penguin, Ron Cey, for the Obstacle Course championship back in ’78.  Sports. It’s the diversion of our lives. For some of us, it gets us through the night. I know things are weird right now, but let me tell you something: I’m no different. I get up in the morning and turn on ESPN and I watch sports all day. When I’m home, I’ve eaten dinner with Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon yelling at me from the TV for the last 10-15 years. College Hoops, MLB, I even plan my Saturday afternoons around rooting on my Ohio State boys. Hearing Keith Jackson’s voice during all those college football seasons through the years always reminded me of my high school days — and Hawaii, and I’ll tell you why. I woke up in a five-star hotel room in Honolulu on an early, sunny day in January 1980. I walked out onto the balcony, through the morning breeze and the swaying of the palm trees, with only one thing on my mind: ABC Sports. last_img read more

Yorkshire and Hampshire to meet in title showdown

first_img Yorkshire and Hampshire will meet tomorrow in a title showdown at the English Men’s County Finals at Sandwell Park Golf Club in Staffordshire.They both won in today’s strong winds to make it two wins from two matches and set up the classic ‘winner-take all’ finale to the championship.Both teams were wrong-footed in the foursomes and trailed 2-1 at lunch, but they came out with such determination in the singles that tomorrow’s head-to-head promises to be excellent.Hampshire, which includes the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands, powered through the singles without losing a game and beat Warwickshire overall by 6.5-2.5. Yorkshire’s singles challenge was spearheaded by Will Whiteoak, who won on the 13th, and the team went on to defeat Cornwall 5.5-3.5.Hampshire’s win was a milestone in their recent history for it’s the first time in at least seven outings at County Finals that the team have won on the Saturday.“We always win on the first day then tie or lose on the second, so this is fantastic,” said team captain Martin Young. He played his own part in the success, teaming up with Billy McKenzie to get Hampshire’s sole point in the foursomes and the polishing off his singles 7/5.“This morning was a bit disappointing, but Warwickshire had lost yesterday and they were really up for it and definitely putted better than us. But this afternoon it came down to ball striking and, from what I’ve seen, our players kept it straight,” said Young.He added his point to those already scored by Tom Robson (3/2) and Ryan Harmer (5/4) and set the stage for McKenzie to clinch the team’s win when he finished 2/1.“I knew coming down the 17th that this was the clincher and it’s a nice feeling to do it,” said McKenzie, who has won all four of his games so far (pictured top, copyright Leaderboard Photography)His match against Max Martin was extremely close over the front nine and he was four-under when he reached the turn all square, before winning 10, 11 and 12 to forge ahead. George Saunders (2/1) added another point while Jordan Sundborg squeezed a half out of his game with Gareth Jenkins.Yorkshire’s plan for the afternoon was simple. Team captain Darryl Berryl told his players: “I want the first point on the board to be a Yorkshire point to level the game.”Whiteoak duly obliged. He was bogey free and three-under par when he won 6/5. “We needed a couple of players to get some early points and hopefully it would seep back to the bottom end,” he said.Steve Robins quickly supported him. He was also bogey free and was four-under when he claimed the team’s second point 4/3 and maintained his own 100% winning record.Kealan Lowe, the Yorkshire order of merit winner, showed tremendous class as he closed out his 4/2 win. First he played a remarkable shot out of thick rough behind the 15th green which finished inches from the hole; then he slotted a tricky, downhill birdie putt on the 16th for the win.Bailey Gill, who became the Yorkshire matchplay champion last week, sealed the team’s victory when he won 3/1. He had been three down after six but turned the tables with three consecutive birdies from the 10th which got him to one up and, as the match moved towards the closing holes, he played crucial shots close to the pin.English champion Dan Brown holed a 25-ft birdie putt on 17 to go down the last one up – but his opponent Rob McGregor, replied by holing a 35-footer on the 18th for his own birdie and a halved result.Darryl Berry commented on his team’s performance: “It was all about getting the momentum to feed the team and the guys have done what they needed to.”Click here for full scores 24 Sep 2016 Yorkshire and Hampshire to meet in title showdown last_img read more