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Governor Wolf Reinforces Commitment to Rural Communities, Local Infrastructure with New Investments

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first_imgGovernor Wolf Reinforces Commitment to Rural Communities, Local Infrastructure with New Investments February 12, 2018 Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today outlined Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) plans to fix more locally owned bridges and improve more than 1,100 miles of rural and low-volume roadway through multi-year investments included in his budget proposal released last week.The department is implementing five-year investment programs including a Rural Commercial Routes program that will improve low-volume roads through industry partnerships and with cost-effective treatments like Recycled Asphalt Paving (RAP); and rehabilitating or replacing at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.“These investments build on the Road Maintenance and Preservation Program [Road MaP] that we started last year to increase effort on not only major routes, but also lower traffic roadways across the state,” Governor Wolf said. “We will leverage partnerships with local governments and private industry to bring targeted and much-needed improvements.”The Rural Commercial Routes program will invest $200 million over the five-year period on roadways seeing, on average, fewer than 3,000 vehicles daily. More than 360 miles will be improved in 2018-19 alone, including roadways posted with weight restrictions as well as an estimated 260 miles to be improved with lower-cost pavement treatments such as RAP.The program will also expand cost-sharing partnerships with heavy hauling industries to improve roadways not originally designed to handle heavy vehicles, many of which are posted with weight restrictions. Examples of industries that have previously taken part in the 50-percent cost-sharing partnership include timber, aggregate haulers, Unconventional Oil and Gas and Natural Gas, and more.“Many businesses rely on our rural roadways to transport their products,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “These investments will improve travel not only for these industries, but also residents.”The administration is also expanding its focus on locally owned bridges by rehabilitating or replacing 85 to 100 bridges over five years. The $50 million program will add bridges to the department’s Twelve Year Transportation Program, requires no local match, and will bundle bridges for savings and efficiency wherever feasible.The local bridge investments complement the local bridge program included in Road MaP which makes opportunities available for counties who have taken steps to enhance their transportation networks by collecting the $5 vehicle registration fee enabled by Act 89 of 2013, the state transportation plan. While significant progress has been made on state-owned bridges – with 1,600 repaired or rebuilt since 2015 – 30.7 percent of the more than 6,500 locally owned bridges are structurally deficient compared to 12.2 percent on the state system.“We commend the local government officials who have made investments in their communities’ infrastructure,” Richards said. “This program will underscore our commitment to helping our local partners in our shared mission of safe, efficient travel.”The new investments complement the improvements completed and underway across the state. PennDOT has put out 684 bridge contracts and roughly 1,400 contracts for roadway and other improvement projects worth approximately $7.5 billion since January 2015.More information on Road MaP and Act 89 can be found on the “Act 89 Transportation Plan” page at www.penndot.gov.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Former DSME, Hanjin Shipping Top Brass Put behind Bars

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first_imgSouth Korea is clamping down on behind the scene maneuvering of former maritime executives who were at the helm of major shipbuilding and shipping businesses.The Seoul Central District Court has sentenced former CEO of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) Nam Sang-tae to six years of prison as he was found guilty of accounting fraud, embezzlement, breach of duty and bribery.Nam Sang-tae served as the company’s CEO between 2006 and 2012, and his wrongdoings are beleived to have contributed to DSME’s financial troubles during the industry slowdown.The court also fined him with USD 806,000, Yonhap news agency reported on Thursday, October 7.In a separate ruling from today, the Seoul court sentenced a former chairwoman of the defunct Hanjin Shipping, Choi Eun-young, to 18 months in prison, for insider trading.Eun-young was found guilty of selling off her family-stake in the shipping company days before it declared a court-led debt restructuring plan. She was also fined with USD 1.09 million, Yonhap informed.By selling the stake, her family avoided losses of up to KRW 1 billion.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Equinor to Recover More from Gullfaks

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first_imgThe Gullfaks partners have decided to drill seven new wells and thereby improve oil recovery by 17 million barrels.On behalf of the licence partners, Equinor’s executive vice president for Development and Production Norway, Arne Sigve Nylund, presented an amended plan for development and operation (PDO) to the minister of petroleum and energy, Kjell-Børge Freiberg, at the Sandefjord Conference.“Our ambition is to maintain profitable production from the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) for several decades. Wells that can be drilled fast and at a low cost, near existing infrastructure, will be a major contributor,” says Nylund.The wells will be drilled in the Shetland Group, a carbonate reservoir that lies above the main reservoir at the North Sea Gullfaks field.Drilling on Gullfaks is challenging due to the carbonate reservoir. A well test in 2012 proved however that also this reservoir had an oil production potential. The Gullfaks partners have therefore invested more than NOK one billion in production wells in this formation since 2013, which have so far produced more than six million barrels of oil from Shetland/Lista phase 1.As this reservoir could potentially produce more oil by use of water injection, the authorities requested the Gullfaks partners to submit an amended PDO in 2019.The Gullfaks partners (Equinor, Petoro and OMV) are now ready to recover even more resources by use of water injection and new production wells in the Shetland/Lista phase 2 development. A total of seven horizontal wells is planned to be drilled by use of existing drilling facilities on Gullfaks.“These formations that used to pose a challenge are now due to producing at a break-even below USD 30 per barrel – I find that to be a nice bonus from Gullfaks,” says Nylund.The oil from Shetland/Lista is a small contribution to the total Gullfaks reserves, but a major contributor to the remaining field potential.Furthermore, the project deepens our knowledge of carbonate reservoir production, which can be used in other parts of the world.last_img read more

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Titan Wind Energy Buys Ambau Facility in Cuxhaven

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first_imgTitan Wind Energy has acquired an Ambau GmbH facility in Cuxhaven in Germany, marking the company’s entry into the offshore wind turbine foundations manufacturing market.Titan Wind Energy is a global supplier of towers for onshore wind turbines, having its European headquarters in Varde, Denmark, under the name of Titan Wind Energy (Europe) A/S.The takeover of the facility will be through the newly established Titan Wind Energy (Germany) GmbH, which willbe a 100% subsidiary to Titan Wind Energy (Europe) A/S. “Ambau has been playing an important role of supplying foundations for offshore wind turbines in the North Sea area and has an ideal location for the future demand within the offshore wind industry,” President of Titan Wind Energy (Europe) A/S, Michael Buus Nielsen, said.“With the experience from the facility in Cuxhaven and the many years of experience from tower production in Denmark, we will be able to utilize the synergies and knowhow to create a strong set up for the future.”The official takeover will take place in October, when Ambau finalizes its last customer obligations at the Cuxhaven facility.Ambau filed for bankruptcy at the Cuxhaven district court in February, citing insolvency due to the lack of orders as the main reason. Apart from the Cuxhaven facility, Ambau also operates a plant in Gräfenhainichen.The last offshore orders the company received were for the Nordergründe, and Nordsee One projects back in 2015.last_img read more

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Same-sex marriage and the ‘motherless generation’

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first_imgDavid van Gend – The Australian 3 June 2013Atheist philosopher Bertrand Russell said, “It is through children alone that sexual relations become of importance to society and worthy to be taken cognisance of by a legal institution.” The legal institution of marriage is, as anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss puts it, “a social institution with a biological foundation”. Our marriage laws and customs exist to reinforce this biological foundation, helping bind a feral-by-nature male to his mate for the sake of social stability and the child they might create. Not all marriages create children, but typically they do, and the institution exists for the typical case. Self-evidently, homosexual relationships cannot create children, so society has no institutional interest in regulating such friendships; they remain a private affair.Gay lobbyist Rodney Croome denies all this dreary biology (The Australian, May 30). He seems to write in ignorance of the facts of life: “The link between marriage and children is not about the ability to procreate.” What is more bewildering is that Kevin Rudd (see his Blog) should come to share Croome’s quest to break this natural link and so deny a child’s birthright to both a mother and a father.I write as a family doctor for whom the question of same-sex marriage centres on one fact: that the marriage of two men means a motherless family. This is because marriage is a compound right including the right to found a family, so we cannot separate same-sex marriage from same-sex parenting. Any child created artificially within the “marriage” of two men must miss out on a mother. That’s why same-sex marriage is wrong….http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=15091last_img read more

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January 21, 2019 Police Blotter

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first_imgJanuary 21, 2019 Police Blotter012119 Decatur County EMS Report012119 Decatur County Fire Report012119 Decatur County Law Report012119 Decatur County Jail Report012119 Batesville Police Blotterlast_img

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Magath erases Fulham fear factor

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first_img Press Association “We invited some fans here to join training and afterwards we sat together for lunch with the fans, they talked together. “We had a sports day for Sport Relief, with the players and the staff on the same teams.” Fulham are two points adrift of safety with four matches remaining and Magath has urged his squad to ensure survival for the club, not for him. “I don’t want the players to go for me, because I don’t pay them. The club is paying them, not me,” he said. “So I tell them every time: you have to go for your club through a wall or spring from a bridge. “Not for me, I don’t want that so I don’t ask for that.” Felix Magath insists his Fulham players have learnt he is not a “monster” despite the fearsome reputation that accompanied him to Craven Cottage. The Whites will climb out of the relegation zone if they win at Tottenham on Saturday, with Magath having masterminded successive victories over Aston Villa and Norwich. Magath was viewed as a disciplinarian unafraid to push his players to the limit during his long career as a manager in Germany’s Bundesliga, but he has also demonstrated a softer touch since arriving at Fulham two months ago. As a reward for their 1-0 victory over Norwich on Sunday, the players were given two days off. Magath insists his players now understand he is a reasonable man. “The players read a lot of stories before I came, and they are afraid: ‘What happens now?'” the Fulham manager said. “If the players work with us – not only me, but my athletic coach and my assistant coach – they realise that we are not monsters. Don’t worry about it, it’s not so bad! “Maybe at the beginning they were afraid about what they had read.” Magath explained that one of the most pressing matters when he joined relegation-threatened Fulham on February 14 was to ease the sense of fear that had gripped Craven Cottage. “You have to change the atmosphere to take out the fear,” he said. “We have done a lot of things, the whole club has done a lot of things to give them more confidence and give the players the feeling that all are behind them. “That was the most work, that the whole club supports the players and gives them confidence. last_img read more

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I’ve lost my soulmate – Rio

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first_img Ferdinand confirmed his wife’s passing in a statement posted on QPR’s website on Saturday morning. “My soulmate slipped away last night,” he said. “Rebecca, my wonderful wife, passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London. “She was a fantastic, loving mother to our three beautiful children. She will be missed as a wife, sister, aunt, daughter and granddaughter. She will live on in our memory, as a guide and inspiration.” Ferdinand expressed gratitude to the Royal Marsden Hospital staff who cared for his wife in her final days. “Myself, my parents Janice and Julian, along with Rebecca’s parents Lesley and Stephen, would like to thank our families, friends and my club colleagues who have rallied around in these desperate days, weeks and months,” he added. “I would also like to express my gratitude for the dedication and expertise of the staff led by Professors Johnstone and Clarke at the Royal Marsden. Their valiant efforts to prolong Rebecca’s all-too-short life will not be forgotten. “Our grief, as a family, is total. We would appreciate being allowed to mourn privately.” The couple married in August 2009 after Ferdinand had helped United win a third successive Premier League title and the club, where he won six league titles and the Champions League, paid their respects shortly after the news broke. “Manchester United would like to express its deepest condolences to Rio Ferdinand after the news that his wife, Rebecca, has sadly passed away,” a statement on the club’s official website said. Ferdinand wore the number five shirt at United and the fifth minute of Saturday evening’s Premier League encounter against West Brom at Old Trafford sparked applause and chants of “Rio, Rio, Rio” from the home fans, while players from both sides wore black armbands. Ferdinand joined QPR last summer after 12 trophy-laden years at United and the Hoops, whose players wore black armbands against Liverpool, also expressed their sympathy. In a statement, the west London club said: “The thoughts of everyone at Queens Park Rangers Football Club are with Rio and his family at this immensely difficult time.” The news prompted messages of support from footballers past and present, with Ferdinand’s former United and England team-mates Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Michael Owen among those to pay tribute on Twitter. Rooney wrote: “Devastated to hear about Rebecca. My prayers are with Rio and his family at this sad time.” Owen posted: “Stunned to hear about @rioferdy5’s wife. Thoughts with him and his family.” Smalling, who played many times alongside Ferdinand in the heart of United’s defence, added: “Incredibly sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with @rioferdy5 and his young family.” Ferdinand won 81 England caps in a 14-year international career and the Football Association, like so many others, used Twitter to extend its condolences to the former Three Lions captain and his family. “The FA wishes to express its deepest condolences at the passing of Rebecca Ellison. Our thoughts are with Rio, their family and friends,” a post on their official account read. Ferdinand missed the 2010 World Cup in South Africa due to injury and was part of the BBC’s punditry team for the Brazil tournament four years later, and subsequently worked alongside Gary Lineker, who tweeted: “Thoughts are with Rio Ferdinand and his family. How dreadfully sad.” QPR midfielder Leroy Fer revealed a message of support to the Ferdinand family on his base layer after scoring at Anfield and was one of a number of Hoops players to let their team-mate know he was in their thoughts. Club captain Joey Barton wrote: “Just heard the terrible news. My heart goes out to @rioferdy5 and his family. RIP Rebecca.” Midfielder Karl Henry added: “Devastated to hear the sad news of Rio’s wife passing. All of our thoughts are with him and his family.” Rebecca Ellison, who married the QPR defender in 2009 while he was a Manchester United player, passed away on Friday at a hospital in London. She is survived by the 36-year-old former Leeds and England captain and their three children, Lorenz, nine, Tate, six, and Tia, four. Rio Ferdinand has paid tribute to his “wonderful” wife and “soulmate” after she died aged 34 following a short battle with cancer. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Drogba bids farewell as Blues win

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first_img Press Association Dick Advocaat may also be leaving Sunderland after steering them to safety at Arsenal on Wednesday night. Drogba was, bizarrely, carried off by his team-mates after 29 minutes in a pre-planned substitution. Perhaps distracted by the celebrations, Chelsea were already a goal down as Fletcher headed in Adam Johnson’s corner. The Black Cats are the only side to have beaten Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League, having won here last term. This was Mourinho’s 98th home league game as Blues boss and his side responded when Costa, Drogba’s replacement, equalised from the penalty spot for his 20th Premier League goal this term. Remy, another substitute, struck twice in the final 20 minutes to ensure a 15th win from 19 home games this term. Chelsea paraded many of their 2004-05 title-winning squad prior to kick-off, although Frank Lampard was saying his farewells to England with Manchester City. That was Mourinho’s first Premier League and Chelsea’s first championship in 50 years and perhaps he was making a point to his current squad, who he said on Friday had a long way to go to become great. Another point was made by a banner in the Matthew Harding End which read: “Players come and go. Legends last forever.” Drogba is revered after an eight-year first spell which yielded 157 goals in 341 appearances and which concluded with the memorable Champions League win in Munich three years ago. His season-long second spell has been less fruitful, but he has claimed the Capital One Cup and a fourth Premier League title, Chelsea’s first in five years. Drogba captained the Blues in an emotional selection, with Eden Hazard fit to start despite requiring emergency dental surgery during the week. The Belgian dazzled once more as he, along with Branislav Ivanovic and John Terry started all 38 of Chelsea’s league games. Terry completed the Sunderland clash to become only the second outfield player to play every minute in a Premier League season and win the title, after Manchester United’s Gary Pallister in 1992-93. Sunderland were immediately under pressure as Vito Mannone punched Willian’s free-kick clear under pressure from Ivanovic and then saved as Drogba tried to divert Juan Cuadrado’s cross in. There were times when Cech – displaced by Thibaut Courtois after a decade as number one – showed his class, but whether a move to rivals Arsenal or Manchester United is permitted remains to be seen. He saved from Sebastian Larsson and Jermain Defoe before being beaten by Fletcher’s header after Johnson’s corner evaded Terry at the back post. Drogba departed, but was soon left to rue not staying on for a few more minutes as Cuadrado was felled by John O’Shea. Costa converted the penalty. Cuadrado then hobbled off with Remy on in his place, before Cech denied Defoe again. Hazard played a key role in Chelsea’s second, bursting forward before finding Remy, whose shot squirmed under Mannone. Fletcher headed wide as Sunderland sought a quick-fire reply, but it was Chelsea who scored next as Nemanja Matic’s cross was tucked in at the near post by Remy and the celebrations began in earnest. Chelsea bade farewell to Didier Drogba before coming from behind to beat Sunderland 3-1 and lift the Premier League trophy on a day of celebration, farewells and potential goodbyes. The title was sealed with three matches to go after a defeat of Crystal Palace and there was a strange atmosphere on the day of Chelsea’s coronation as a Diego Costa penalty and two Loic Remy strikes cancelled out Steven Fletcher’s opener. Drogba announced prior to kick off the match would be his last for the Blues, while Petr Cech played in goal in potentially his final appearance after 11 years as a Chelsea player. last_img read more

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Awogu Backs Team Nigeria to Do Well in Rio

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first_imgBy Kunle AdewaleAgainst the backdrop of doubts by Nigerians on their athletes to do well at next month’s Olympic Games in Rio, the General Manager SuperSports, Felix Awogu, is however not losing sleep over Team Nigeria; saying they might just surprise a lot of people. In a chat in his office, he said, “A lot of people said we failed in London. I am one of those that think we didn’t fail. If you look at the team, most of our athletes finished in the semi-finals. They didn’t win medals but I see a lot of progression, what could happen is transcending from that semi-final finish into the medal zone this year. If you look at Atlanta ’96, we didn’t expect any medal in football even after losing to Togo here in the last friendly. We still went ahead to win.“We are a team, a country that likes to spring surprises. Wrestling is doing pretty well. Two of our wrestlers, the female ones, are actually in the top three in the world so why not give them a chance? Athletics we may have a few issues but I think we should look at relay and if I were the managers of Blessing Okagbare, I will tell her to focus on the jumps because that is the area where she has the advantage. Here, we are pushing her into athletics, 100 metres, 200 metres, relay, I hope she doesn’t burn out. Sometimes, you need to sit down and look at your structure and look at where you have comparative advantage and stick to it, “Awogu said.Continuing he said: “I heard the minister saying that Nigeria is expecting four gold medals. To me, that will be a great record. I have a feeling we will not come back empty handed like we did in London. The lifters always have ways of springing surprises. Okagbare, I hope will also be able to do us proud. We will be paying special focus on the football team because Nigeria is technically a football country and I hope this year’s selected team will do us proud and move ahead from the last qualification in the finals where they won silver, and probably win us gold. It has been a long time since ’96.”Awogu said in keeping with tradition, SuperSports is to deliver the best quality content. “We are covering virtually everything and we have a couple of dedicated channels, which will be beaming those events live to our audience. The beautiful thing about us is that we are also going ahead with technology because of the timing, which is probably not very convenient with most people. We have the catch up facility, which MultiChoice has provided and customers can always catch up when they wake up in the morning especially to watch the performance of the Nigerian team,” he said.Awogu said SuperSports is sending a full team that will be covering the competition in spite of Zika virus scare. “I know a lot of people would be wondering how we will manage with the Zika scare and it is a major constraint. Even though some athletes are pulling out, we just need to prepare ourselves, take preventive measures and go there to do a quality job. I am sure the Brazilian government would do whatever they can to safeguard participating Olympic athletes and visitors to the games, including the journalists. We have a team following the Nigerian team, especially the football and athletic teams, just like we do with some of these well-established athletes. There will be a couple of magazine shows in place for subscribers apart from the daily highlights. It will be quite innovative,” Awogu assured.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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