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

Cricket News Ambati Rayudu reported for suspect bowling action in Sydney ODI, to undergo testing in 14 days

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Ambati Rayudu had a tough time in the Sydney ODI, bowling two overs and conceding 13 runs. With the bat, he was trapped LBW for 0 by Jhye Richardson and he used up a review which proved to be costly as MS Dhoni fell victim to a poor umpiring decision when he was dismissed for 51. Rayudu’s troubles have mounted as he has been reported for a suspect bowling action during the game and he will have to undergo testing. In a statement released by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the match official’s report, which was handed to the Indian team management, cited concerns over the legality of his action.The statement further read, “Rayudu’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Rayudu is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known.”Read More | Dhoni’s fifty in Sydney ODI criticised by former players, social mediaIn the Sydney ODI, Rayudu bowled with a different action. When the Andhra player had started bowling, his action was more upright but here, he bowled with a slight flex. Although he conceded just three runs in his first over, he conceded two boundaries to Usman Khawaja in his second over which allowed Australia to build momentum.Read More | Shubman Gill – From U19 World Cup winner to India team selectionRayudu’s bowling troubles could present Virat Kohli some selection headaches heading into the next seven ODIs against Australia and New Zealand. With Hardik Pandya suspended, he might be tempted to draft Vijay Shankar in the squad purely as a bowling all-rounder. Kedar Jadhav is present in the side and he might get a look-in for Adelaide. However, the Indian skipper has not tried the legspin combination of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal outside the subcontinent too much but this latest development might force Kohli to bring about some balance in the lower middle order and the bowling line-up.India lost the Sydney ODI by 34 runs despite some fabulous batting from Rohit Sharma, who blasted his 22nd century and seventh against Australia. Dhoni gave him good support for 51 but the former India skipper’s knock was deemed too slow by social media, resulting in added criticism as the time draws near for the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 which will be held in England. last_img read more

Julio Urias impressive but LA Dodgers are edged by Giants

first_img“Sunday Night Baseball (on ESPN). Biggest rival. Pennant race starting to take form,” Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. “For him to step in and throw the ball the way he did for 5 1/3 was phenomenal. The mix, the ability to finish guys with his fastball – a lot of life on the ball today.“I think there’s a confidence that he belongs. I think he’s got that desire to attack hitters and challenge hitters. We saw that today. He really went after guys. … Man, two runs against that lineup in this atmosphere? Very impressive.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called the performance “special” and said Urias “did everything and more that we needed to win a game.”But the offense didn’t do what was needed. The Dodgers were shut out through six innings by Giants starter Jake Peavy (who came into the game with a 6.41 ERA). They put the leadoff hitter on base three times in his six innings but couldn’t manufacture a run. Only one of the three even advanced past first base.“Today, it felt like a day when a lot of guys hit the ball hard,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said in a slumping lineup’s lament that predates exit velocity measurements and hard-hit rates. “Sometimes baseball just doesn’t go your way.” SAN FRANCISCO >> The Dodgers have handed Julio Urias his learner’s permit. They just didn’t put any gas in the tank.Urias pitched into the sixth inning for the first time in his four big-league starts Sunday night and showed the kind of poise and talent that prompted the Dodgers to promote him to the majors at age 19. The precocious left-hander made just one mistake and it didn’t come until his 86th pitch of the game.But Brandon Belt crushed that 85-mph slider left over the heart of the plate for a two-run home run as the San Francisco Giants handed the Dodgers a 2-1 defeat Sunday night.All three games in the weekend series were decided by one run. Two went to the Giants, who increased their lead in the NL West to five games and handed the Dodgers the 13th loss in their past 17 games at AT&T Park. When leaving the bats of Dodgers hitters, the baseball has not gone their way very often. Over the past 45 games, the Dodgers are hitting .220 as a team (.205 with runners in scoring position) and averaging 3.8 runs per game. They are 21-24 in that time – for which they can thank a pitching staff that has posted a 3.29 ERA over that ample sample size.“That’s a hard one. I don’t have an answer,” Roberts said when asked for an explanation. “I know that it’s not from a lack of preparation or lack talent within the group.“I think for us it’s just a matter of staying the course and continue to try to improve and get results because at some point you have to find a way to score some runs.”That point came and went Sunday night.Urias was walking a 0-0 tightrope as his pitch count cracked 80 in the bottom of the sixth inning. He gave up a one-out single to Joe Panik, only the Giants’ third hit off the rookie.With right-hander reliever Casey Fien warming up in the bullpen and Buster Posey on deck, Urias was facing his last batter in the left-handed Belt.“He just made pitches, kept executing,” Ellis said of Urias. “I felt coming out for the sixth inning, he might have been a little tired. It was the first time getting up and down six times for us in the big leagues. I thought maybe he was slowing down a little bit there. He still got a strikeout of Span. Got ambushed by Panik a little bit, up in the zone.“Then he just spun a ball into where Belt’s honey hole is.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

PPP demands full disclosure of Auditor General’s Report

first_imgWith the Auditor General’s report for 2018 being handed over amid political uncertainty regarding sittings of the National Assembly, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members are urging that the parliamentary Opposition’s absence not be used as an excuse to duck the report.The report was handed over on Monday by Auditor General Deodat Sharma, to Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland. In handing over the report, Sharma had urged the Speaker to ensure that it was laid in the National Assembly as soon as possible.Afterwards, Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill reiterated that the People’s Progressive Party will not be returning to Parliament. However, he stressed the need to have the report released to MPs and the media, whether the Opposition is in Parliament or not.“In the absence of a sitting of the National Assembly and where we in the parliamentary Opposition do not envisage any sittings that we will participate in, because in our view the Parliament has expired, we would like to ensure that this report is not ducked and hidden for the next five months, where the country will be kept in suspense as to its contents.”“You are aware that over the years, the parliamentary Opposition has been indicating matters of serious concern as it relates to corruption, maladministration, mismanagement and misuse of public funds in a number of sectors,” Edghill said.Here he cited the D’Urban Park Project, for which millions could not be accounted for. Funding for the D’Urban Park Project has always been a contentious issue, with money from the Lotto Fund being used by the APNU/AFC Government for the project.In his 2015 report, the AG had listed some $36.5 million in Lotto Funds being used for rehabilitative works. As a consequence, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman, Irfaan Ali had previously requested that further probing be done by the Auditor General. Ali had stated that these requests were in relation to follow-ups from the findings that had been included in the AG’s 2015 Report.In his 2015 report, the Auditor General had said that following checks on the accounts, it was found that while Government transferred $1 billion of the Lotto money to the Consolidated Fund in 2015, it held onto just over half a billion dollars to remain under the control of the Ministry of the Presidency and it spent $305 million on various activities.But the audit into the D’Urban Park Project has always been hindered by a lack of access to pertinent information, with the Audit Office being forced to write to the Public Infrastructure Ministry requesting documents.Current illegal spendingEdghill’s view was also expressed by fellow Public Accounts Committee member and parliamentarian, Nigel Dharamlall. Additionally, Dharamlall noted that the Auditor General could monitor illegal spending on a current basis.“In terms of 2019, we are in a year of unconstitutional rule, by the Granger Government. And we feel the Audit Office should pay keen attention. We have said that we would not return to Parliament to extend the life of the Government, because that would give life to their illegitimate rule.”“So all of their spending beyond March 21 would be considered illegal. And we expect the audit report would in some way address the concerns of the Opposition and the Public Accounts Committee and the general public at large,” Dharamlall said.President David Granger, during an address to the nation last week, had announced that Parliament would reconvene on October 10. It will be without the Opposition, however, as they have staunchly reflast_img read more