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$5 million emergency aid approved for storm-damaged Vermont roads and bridges

first_imgThe US Department of Transportation released $5 million in emergency funds to rebuild and repair roads and bridges destroyed or damaged in Vermont by Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont’s congressional delegation announced today. U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Tuesday evening notified U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a member of the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.  Sanders had been in discussion with LaHood to explain the magnitude of the destruction in Vermont and to convey the state’s need for emergency help.  Sanders said, ‘I want to thank Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood for his quick response to providing emergency help to Vermont in our time of need.  Secretary LaHood has a strong understanding of the magnitude of the disaster that has struck Vermont and the need for immediate federal help and I appreciate that very much. While no one can yet estimate the full extent of the damage and destruction that Vermont has suffered, it is likely that the long-term cost of rebuilding our roads, bridges, rail lines, businesses, homes and public buildings will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.  For Vermont’s rebuilding effort to be successful, there is no question but that there will have to be strong cooperation between the federal government and the state. Sen. Leahy, Rep. Welch and I will be working as hard as we can to make that happen.’          Leahy said, ‘Never in my life have I witnessed this much destruction in our state, and it breaks my heart to see it. I am grateful to Secretary LaHood and the Department of Transportation for their prompt response to this disaster.  The people of Vermont are resilient, but even the strongest among us can use a helping hand. This emergency aid will help to start rebuilding the many roads and bridges all over Vermont that were destroyed in the flooding.  As Vermonters move forward, looking to each other for support, I will continue to do everything in my power, along with Senator Sanders and Congressman Welch, to secure aid for the state and to see that all levels of government come together to effectively bolster the efforts of neighbors and friends as we all work to come to terms with this tragedy.’ Welch said, ‘This is welcome news to Vermont. The damage to public infrastructure is immense and this will help us begin to rebuild. We have more work to do. Traveling around the state, I am meeting small business owners who have lost their livelihoods, employees who have lost their jobs, farmers who have had their crops washed away, and individuals whose homes are ruined. We have a long recovery ahead of us, and more assistance will be vital. Vermont has always responded to times of great hardship by working together. We will do so again. I thank Secretary LaHood for the quick action and look forward to working with Sens. Leahy and Sanders as well as Gov. Shumlin to make sure the necessary assistance gets to Vermont quickly.’ The emergency funds help pay for the repair and reconstruction of federal highways and bridges that have suffered serious damage as a result of the storm. The funds are for immediate responses to repair storm damage and will not reduce the amount Vermont may ultimately receive if, as expected, President Barack Obama declares a federal disaster in the state.  BURLINGTON, Vt., Aug. 31 ‘last_img read more

Thunder Bay Transportation Authority Announces Winter Routes

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAnd with winter around the corner, the Thunder Bay Transportation Authority trolley service will decrease its route. Trolleys will continue to transport riders on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only beginning this Wednesday, November 1st.The decreased route will run between the hours of 10:30 am until 2:30 pm starting at the Ramada Inn instead of it’s normal starting point at Neimans Family Market.Thompson and Michekewis Park stops will be eliminated until the spring. A new stop for the winter will include the dollar tree on Ripley Street.The winter route is to make sure that road conditions are safe for both drivers, and riders.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Region 9 Area Agency of Aging Receives National AccreditationNext Shakespeare in the Parking Lot to Offer Cultural, Economic Impact on Downtown Alpenalast_img read more

Djokovic needs 10 match points in ‘real battle’, Nadal’s ‘positive’ start

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic hits a return to Croatia’s Borna Coric during their men’s single tennis match at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament on April 18, 2018 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHENovak Djokovic said it was “great” to deal with the emotions of a “real battle” again, after saving 10 match points to beat Borna Coric at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, while Rafael Nadal made a “positive” return to the ATP Tour by thrashing Aljaz Bedene.Djokovic, playing only his fourth tournament since Wimbledon last July after struggling with a right elbow injury, overcame some late nerves to win 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 in the second-round clash.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “It feels like I gained more power, especially on the serve. I gained more angle,” he said.“The racquet is the most important tool that we have, but it’s not more important than our body and our mind, our movements. So it is a tool that helps, but it doesn’t play for you.”Nadal makes ‘positive’ startNadal started his bid for an 11th Monte Carlo title with a comfortable victory over Slovenia’s Bedene.The 16-time Grand Slam winner, like Djokovic, is looking for a record 31st Masters title, and he swatted aside Bedene for the loss of only four games.The 31-year-old Spaniard said he still needs more time on court after playing his first tour match since an injury-hit Australian Open quarter-final exit in January.“It’s a positive start, of course. It’s important for me to win matches… I need days on court,” said Nadal.“Since Shanghai last year, I (have) spent not enough time on court competing.“Every match that I have the chance to win is great news because it’s confidence and is a chance to play another day, and that’s what I need.”Japan’s Kei Nishikori continued his comeback from injury with an impressive 7-5, 6-2 win over Russian Daniil Medvedev. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “It was a real battle. I mean, I could have won the match earlier definitely, but it was great to deal with these kind of emotions again,” said the 12-time Grand Slam champion.Djokovic is working with long-time former coach Marian Vajda for the first time in almost a year after splitting from Andre Agassi, and the 30-year-old has looked rejuvenated in Monaco after early exits in Indian Wells and Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Serbian will next face Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem with a possible quarter-final against defending champion Nadal, who plays Karen Khachanov in the last 16 on Thursday, up for grabs.But Djokovic insisted he wasn’t looking past the clash with Thiem, a French Open semi-finalist in each of the last two years. 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Niño feastcenter_img LATEST STORIES View comments Paul, Green spark Rockets in rout of Timberwolves in Game 2 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The former world number four, who has struggled over the last year with a right wrist injury, followed up his first-round victory against Tomas Berdych with a solid display on centre court.“The first set was a real battle, he was playing a little better than me I think at the beginning,” said Nishikori.“I just tried to stay calm and not do anything too crazy and stay calm at the baseline.”Second seed Marin Cilic safely negotiated a potentially-tricky opener against Fernando Verdasco, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).The former US Open champion will take on Canadian Milos Raonic in round three on Thursday.Russian Khachanov cruised past Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-2, while last year’s runner-up Albert Ramos-Vinolas slumped to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat by Philipp Kohlschreiber.Italian qualifier Andreas Seppi came from a set down to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and progress to a tie with Nishikori.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ “It’s disrespectful towards Dominic and Dominic’s tennis… To think about and talk about potentially a match-up with Nadal,” Djokovic added.“Last year in Roland Garros he beat me in straight sets. He’s definitely (a) top-three player in the world on clay.”Djokovic came through a tight first set in a tie-break and moved a break clear in the second, before late drama as he missed nine chances to close out the match.The ninth seed rediscovered his composure, though, to finally complete the job at the 10th time of asking as the 39th-ranked Coric sent a backhand flying long.Two-time Monte Carlo winner Djokovic said that he has gained power since changing to a lighter racquet to try and take pressure off his troublesome elbow.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more