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Congress agrees on heavy truck waiver for Vermont interstates

first_imgUS Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has won House and Senate negotiators’ approval of a 20-year extension of a pilot program in Vermont to move heavy trucks off state secondary roads and onto the state’s Interstate highways. It bill still needs full congressionial approval and the president’s signature. Leahy said, “This is a hard-won victory for Vermont’s towns and rural communities.  No one thinks that overweight trucks should rumble through our historic villages and downtowns on two-lane roads, putting people and our state’s failing transportation infrastructure at risk.  This extension will shift heavy trucks from overburdened state secondary roads, which wind through many downtowns across our state, to the state’s Interstate highways for decades to come.  This will especially help Vermont businesses and communities that are struggling most from the large number of state and local roads heavily damaged by Irene.’  Current federal law restricts trucks weighing more than 80,000 pounds from regularly using the nation’s Interstate highway system.  But portions of the Interstate network in neighboring states allow higher-weight trucks to operate on those Interstates due to special circumstances, from tolling to grandfather clauses.  Prior to Leahy securing the initial pilot program in 2009, these exceptions, combined with a state law that allows trucks over 80,000 pounds to operate on Vermont’s secondary roadways, have resulted in overweight truck traffic traveling through Vermont on some of the state’s smaller roadways, creating safety concerns and putting pressure on the state’s aging transportation infrastructure. Leahy said he hopes the extension will help transportation officials better understand whether or not the new option is helping to ease truck traffic in commercial and residential areas like Derby Line, where heavy trucks from Canada are forced to exit from Interstate 91 to take U.S. Route 5 South through Vermont.  Leahy said he has heard similar stories of overweight truck traffic taking state routes along the Interstate from several communities, including in Burlington along U.S. Routes 2 and 7, in Brattleboro along U.S. Route 5, and in St. Johnsbury along U.S. Routes 2 and 5.  Leahy and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-Vt.) have been working with state and municipal officials across Vermont to find a solution to the problem of excessive numbers of overweight trucks rumbling through downtowns and villages.  Sanders and Welch support the Leahy provision.  WASHINGTON (THURSDAY, Nov. 11, 2011) Leahy’s provisions for Vermont — and similar provisions for Maine, advocated by Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine — have now been agreed to by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees’ negotiators on the transportation budget bill.  Leahy had included his provision in the annual transportation funding bill passed earlier by the Senate.  The counterpart House bill did not have truck waiver provisions.  Leahy is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and of its transportation subcommittee.  The final bill is expected to gain final Senate and House approval next week, then it will go to the President to be signed into law.  The final compromise extends Leahy’s Vermont waiver and the Maine waiver for 20 years. The earlier Senate bill would have made the changes permanent.last_img read more

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Who will lift The Grocer Cup 2017?

first_imgMatthew BarnesJob title: chief executive officerCompany: Aldi UK“Fresh produce – and UK sourcing – is at the heart of its marketing, cleverly linked to UK athletics”Read more Thank you for voting in The Grocer Cup, voting has now closed. A winner will be announced on 3 October.,The most prestigious trophy in grocery is back. Held aloft by icons of industry for 20 years, the coveted The Grocer Cup is awarded to an exceptional leader as voted for by readers. Here, we profile each of the industry heavyweights on our 2017 shortlist. But only one can take home the prize. So who deserves it most? You decide.The deadline for votes is 9 September and the winner will be announced at the IGD Awards ceremony in London on 3 October , one of 20 categories to be announced at the 25 IGD Awards. Alison BrittainJob title: chief executive officerCompany: Whitbread“Solid growth is evidence of Brittain’s exceptional leadership and steady hand”Read morePatrick CoveneyJob title: chief executive officer Company: Greencore“With years of experience and an enviable track record, Coveney’s is a vital voice for business post Brexit”Read moreDiana HunterJob title: chief executive officer Company: Conviviality“Hunter has proven time and time again she isn’t afraid to make bold moves to get ahead”Read moreDave LewisJob title: chief executive officer Company: Tesco“Lewis has succeeded in creating a company that sets the retail agenda rather than reacting to it”Read moreJanet McCollumJob title: chief executive officer Company: Moy Park“Under McCollum’s guidance Moy Park has not only survived JBS’s crises but flourished”Read moreDavid PottsJob title: chief executive officer Company: Morrisons“Potts has consistently shown that Tesco was wrong to overlook him in favour of Philip Clarke in 2011”Read moreAndrew SelleyJob title: chief executive officer Company: Bidfood“Selley is a cool, calm operator who gets the job done with minimum fuss”Read moreMalcolm WalkerJob title: founder & executive chairman Company: Iceland Foods“Walker could have sold up, retired and swanned off to the sunshine. But that was never going to happen”Read moreRoger WhitesideJob title: chief executive officer Company: Greggs“Never one to sit still, you can be sure Whiteside will be on to the next phase of Greggs’ evolution before long”Read more● DON’T FORGET YOUR VOTE !last_img read more

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CEMENCO Honors Distributor, Employee

first_imgThe Liberia Cement Corporation (CEMENCO) on Friday, April 25, honored one of its distributors, Vamuyan S. Sheriff as the “Highest Purchaser of Cement” and Torfic Tarnue as employee of the year 2014 to 2015.The event brought together employees and officials as well as other distributors and was held at a local resort in Monrovia.Mr. Sheriff, who runs the MaYanly Business Center Incorporated (MBCI), received the company’s prestigious award for the second time.As a Liberian-owned business, MBCI was established in 2009. Sheriff received his first award in 2012.Presenting the award to Mr. Sheriff, the Comptroller General of CEMENCO Mr. Emmanuel Asante praised the honoree for his dedicated services in promoting the institution to the business community in the country.Mr. Asante used the occasion to call on other entrepreneurs and distributors of cement to emulate the good example of the manager of the MBCI.Receiving the award, Mr. Sheriff acknowledged the company for the honor and promised to do all he could to promote the good image of CEMENCO.Mr. Sheriff noted that he was proud to be selected among thousands of CEMENCO distributors in the country to receive such an award.“I’m proud today to receive CEMENCO award as the highest best purchaser of cement for the second time in Liberia. I must give thanks to my wife and colleagues,” he said.The honoree then thanked the management and employees of the company for their fullest support.CEMENCO is one of the oldest firms operating in the country and it holds monopoly on the manufacture of cement in the country.The factory was opened by the late President William V.S. Tubman in early1968. The company announced plans to in November 2012 to build a new manufacturing plant in Liberia.CEMENCO has operated out of warehouses at the Freeport of Monrovia, but an ownership dispute over the warehouse property resulted in its conveyance to a Chinese firm in late 2012.[5]In the mid-2000s, CEMENCO was privately owned partially with shares divided among international firm Scancem, (which owned 62%, the Liberian government (with 29%) and other stockholders,(who owned 9% of the company).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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John Cole Commends LFA for ‘Employee of the Month’ Award

first_imgMr. John W. Cole says he is glad for the inspirational leadership of Mustapha Raji’s administrationJohn W. Cole, known by friends as TJoe, has worked for the Liberia Football Association for the last 15 years.His title at the LFA is ‘office attendant at the president’s office,’ and while he told the Daily Observer he has enjoyed the job, it was during the administration of Mustapha Raji that he has been rewarded, for at least two months as Employee of the Month.“I earned the employee of the months for the months of December and January,” he said, last Friday, at the headquarters on Benson Street in Monrovia.He said it is the first time that he has been rewarded or that his work at the LFA has been appreciated and he is grateful for President Raji and his team of officers who have placed human development ahead of everything.“I am encouraged to do all I can for the LFA,” Cole said, “As I speak to you I have my bag of rice over there.” Raji’s administration provides a 25kg bag of rice for each employee, along with the selection of an employee of the month, which goes with a cash award.Cole said there is a lot of motivation at the LFA unlike any other administration in the past. “The new leaders make the work here good to do,” Cole, who previously served the Armed Forces of Liberia for 32 years, said.Some of his doings that earned him two consecutive awards as an employee of the month, included being prompt at his job. “As a former soldier I know what it means to be in time on your job,” he stated. “I just want to tell the leadership of the LFA a big thank you for caring for all the employees.”Cole said he has asked God to bless LFA president Mustapha Raji and all his vice presidents for the new love and care that they have introduced at the LFA.He meanwhile called on all the employees of the LFA and their associates to realize the good administration at the LFA and, as a result, they should work as hard as they can to bring success to the many football programs being introduced at the LFA.“For me,” he promised, “I will continue to my best, God’s willing, to assist the LFA administration for success.”Mr. Raji’s administration has instituted progressive reforms with emphasis to benefit players, stakeholders, media, and everyone that is connected with the development of football in Liberia.When he took over the administration of football recently, records revealed that at U$200,000, sent from Confederation of African Football (CAF) to the LFA was diverted to an unknown account in Poland.His office said the money was for the development of football in the country and efforts are being made with Polish FA authorities to uncover whose account the money was sent to.His policy to reward particularly exceptional players has been praised throughout the country, as a step in the right direction. Raji and his group are utilizing the ideas of President George Manneh Weah that say those who benefit from football should be those who sacrifice for it.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Subsidizing Oscar

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re “Oscar parties give L.A. hangover” (March 7): Why should we citizens who work so hard to make a living subsidize the Tinseltown bashes? No other industry generates the kind of income the entertainment industry does. With our city deficit, I don’t consider this money well spent. L.A. is bursting at the seams, with no money to take care of our current needs. When my organization needs additional security, we hire off-duty police officers. Why is the entertainment industry exempt from paying its own way? If every motion picture and television star made $1,000 less per year (from their $50,000 and more per episode or $60 million or more per movie) these expenses could be covered, probably with money left over. Come on, Hollywood, step forward and cover your costs. – Ellen Fremed Northridge Academy costs Re “Oscar parties give L.A. hangover” (March 7): Regarding the article about Los Angeles absorbing $1 million in costs due to the Oscar show, I’d like to point out that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pays the city well over $1 million yearly to cover security costs – police and fire. In addition, the academy spends over $20 million to put on the televised Oscar show each year – with almost all of that money spent locally. In addition, the academy will be investing over $200 million to build and maintain a museum celebrating the history of motion pictures and will build the facility here in Los Angeles. This project alone will create thousands of high-paying jobs, both in construction and in the maintenance of the museum and will help bring tourists to our area from all over the world. – David W. Fleming Universal City Costly events Re “Oscar parties give L.A. hangover” (March 7): I found it most interesting that the story of this year’s Oscar expenses absorbed by L.A. is about $1 million. How ironic is it that the story continued on Page 9, right alongside a picture of levees overflowing in Schellville, Calif.? – Cathy DuVall Winnetka Call that a song? Songs like “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and “Love is a Many Spendored Thing” were among the many great songs with unforgettable melodies and classic lyrics that were Oscar winners in the past. Now, we add to this list a rap “song,” if you want to dignify it by calling it a song, about a pimp. Anyone else think our culture is going downhill? – Don Gately Valencia Better questions Re “Are we evolving? Study says yes” (March 7): Your front-page poll, “Do you believe in evolution?” made me chuckle. Why not “Do you believe in race?” next to the racial generation gap article? How about “Do you believe in government efficiency?” next to the county government article? Or even, “Do you believe the Oscars really pick the best picture of the year?” Each of these concepts is far more debatable than evolution. – Damian Carroll Van Nuys Darwin dogma Re “Are we evolving? Study says yes” (March 7): No doubt that there will be evolutionists who will point out this study as further proof that we have evolved from an apelike ancestor. The truth is that all this is saying is that we have the ability to adapt to our environment. We are not evolving. We are adapting. The writer of the article failed to point out that there is a difference between the two, thus furthering the indoctrination of Darwinism to the unsuspecting. The ability to adapt to different environments shows evidence of an Intelligent Designer. Yeah, you heard me: a Designer. – Howard Doll Palmdale Box-office mediocrity Re ” ‘Crash’ gets a big boost from Oscars” (Business, March 7): While your Business section may characterize Lionsgate’s “Crash” as having done an “unspectacular domestic gross of $53.4 million,” I’ll show you dozens of defunct companies that can only dream of having generated such alleged box office mediocrity. – Bob Wenokur Stevenson Ranch The smell test Re “Corrupt politics” (Editorial, March 7): That is so true that whether a politician is Democrat or Republican does not “make a whiff of a difference” when it comes to corruption. What else would you expect when both political parties are dedicated to the same goal: power for themselves. If you want something different, elect a Libertarian. – Bradley Bobbs Calabasas Different lies Re “Our tangled web” (Editorial, March 5): It is unfortunate that many individuals don’t understand the difference between lying under oath and lying. Lying under oath is a felony no matter what the lie is about. On the other hand, lying is legal in most cases and is practiced by most politicians and many individuals even though it is deceitful. A president can be impeached for lying under oath but not for lying or poor judgement. – Bill Zelenka Granada Hills Bataan comment Re “Lakers are be-treyed” (Sports, March 7): How dare he compare the Lakers season to an event that caused the tortures and deaths of thousands of people. Does he really think that the Lakers having a bad season can even come close to such an event? My uncle was captured at the age of 17 and was lucky enough to survive the march. And then he was put on one of the hell ships and transported to Japan and was used as slave labor in a steel mill until the end of the war in 1945. I think that was a little harder than playing a game for millions of dollars and trying to make the playoffs. I don’t know if Jackson thought he was being funny or just did not think when he made such a comparison, but either way, it showed very poor taste. – Robert D. Hartzfeld Van Nuys Mission of church Re “Cardinal Mahony” (Your Opinions, March7): I am a Protestant, a combat vet of World War II who fought against fascism and for human rights, but foremost, I am a child of God who feels compelled to respond to critics of Cardinal Mahony. For centuries, people have made confession to priests with complete assurance that it would go no further. For government to legislate that a priest must violate that trust by identifying those who are illegal aliens would be a travesty. The mission of the church is to minister to all, giving special attention to the poor, the tired and the hungry (which by the way has always been the American proclamation to the world). Rendering unto Caesar does not mean turning informant. – Philip Wilt Van Nuys Hurray for Mahony After reading all these letters of readers upset over Cardinal Roger Mahony’s sermon, it is obvious to me that his message hit the nail right on the head and it seems that he is not preaching to the choir any more. Mahony’s sermon/message should be printed in the Daily News for all of us to read and listen with our hearts. It appears that many Daily News readers would benefit greatly from his sound teachings and perhaps deter their misplaced anger. – Victor Ordonez San Fernando Dread consequences Dick Cheney threatened Iran with “meaningful consequences” if it persists in defying the international community with respect to its nuclear program. Could this mean that the vice president is planning a bird-hunting trip to Tehran? – Marshall Barth Encinolast_img read more

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Atletico emerge as leaders to land Lacazette – blow for Arsenal and Liverpool?

first_img Alexandre Lacazette celebrates scoring for Lyon 1 Atletico Madrid have prioritised the signing of France international Alexandre Lacazette, amid interest from Liverpool and Arsenal.With suggestions Antoine Griezmann is heading to Manchester United, Atletico are keen to line up a potential replacement and have identified Lacazette as the ideal target.The 25-year-old is valued at £50m and is also attracting the interest of both Liverpool and Arsenal.However, according to L’Equipe, Atletico are now considered to be in the driving seat to sign the Lyon forward in the summer.While there remains no agreement in place though, Lacazette is likely to continue to cause a stir around Europe, having scored 31 goals in 40 games for the Ligue 1 giants this season.Arsenal’s interest stretches back to last summer but they were unable to reach a deal with Lyon.Liverpool are also keeping tabs but will face stiff competition if they are to land the highly-rated striker.last_img read more

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