Leahy details major Lake Champlain funding

first_imgVermont Business Magazine In Senator Leahy’s first full year as Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, funding to protect and restore Lake Champlain is at an historic high water mark. In a statement, Leahy said this is despite a spending plan from President Trump and his administration that would have eliminated many clean water programs.The EPA Lake Champlain Program is funded at $8.399 million, an increase of $4 million over FY17.  The $4 million increase is to be targeted to implement Vermont’s 2016 Phosphorus TMDL while the base of $4.399 will fund ongoing work in Vermont and New York.  While still being finalized, the $4 million will enable two new programs targeting the biggest problems:Developed Lands Implementation Projects:  $1.805 million $100,000:  Saint Albans integrated storm water management and phosphorus control demonstration plan.  The City of Saint Albans will work with private property owners and businesses to assess storm water control needs and opportunities and to design solutions that achieve optimal reductions across both the public and private landscape.$250,000:  Municipal storm water innovative grants.  Competitive funds for municipalities to undertake cross-sector storm water planning as being demonstrated by St. Albans. $1.3 million:  Combined Sewer Overflow/Green Streets Infrastructure/Storm Water prevention Grants:   Competitive grants that complement and add to the $780,000 enhanced implementation grants through Lake Champlain Basin Program from the $4.399 base funding.    $130,000:  Waste water treatment plant phosphorus removal optimization.   Technical assistance funding will help Vermont Waste Water Treatment operators improve phosphorus removal.Agricultural Phosphorus Reduction Projects:  $2.195 million$722,000:  Enhanced implementation of USDA conservation programs.  Additional engineering and technical assistance will be provided to address bottlenecks now reducing access to larger ($20M in 2017) USDA EQIP funding opportunity.  The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program will be supported pending resolution of USDA rule change excluding Vermont from the program.  Farm agronomic practices will be promoted through on the ground technical assistance.$755,000:  Lynchpin wetland restorations by the Resource Conservation Partnership Program. $158,000:  Riparian tree plantings.$115,000:  Quantification of phosphorus storage in wetlands.175,000: Implementation of Vermont Basin Wide phosphorus optimization tool. Missisquoi Bay Municipal Roads Storm Water Grants This will complement the new municipal storm water grants.  Senator Leahy previously earmarked funds of about $4 million for work on the Route 78 causeway that have been reprogrammed in prior year federal spending language and now in 2018 will be used for roadway storm water improvements in the Missisquoi Bay watershed.  Of that amount, more than $2 million that will go in 2018 to municipal road storm water grants administered by the Northwest Regional Planning Commission.Great Lakes Fishery Commission:  $5 millionThis is an increase of $1.5 million over 2017.  The highest priority use of these dollars is to fund the highly successful sea lamprey control program at a cost of between $750,000 and $900,000 per year (varies depending on streams being treated).  The remaining funds of just over $4 million are allocated by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Great Lakes Fishery Commission to a range of species and habitat restoration projects as well as water quality work, research and environmental education.  Specific allocations for 2018 are not yet final but generally are likely to include the following work in Vermont and New York:Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) including boat launch stewards.LCBP water quality monitoring.LCBP competitive grants for schools and non-profits for education and outreach and invasive species work.Riparian buffer outreach and education, LCBP.Lake trout research, University of Vermont.Riparian habitat restoration including fish passage work and stream bank stabilization. River run land locked Atlantic salmon restoration.Wetland restoration.EPA Clean Water State Revolving Fund The EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) is the federal government’s most important source of grant funding for municipal sewage treatment, storm water and similar infrastructure work.  The CWSRF funding has been on a general downward trajectory for decades.  Senator Leahy made this national program a priority.  Working in a bipartisan approach in his first full year as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the CWSRF saw its first increase in many years.  For 2018 there will be $300 million more available for a total of $1.693 billion nationally, with Vermont’s allotment going up more than $1 million to a total of $7.9 million.US Army Corps of Engineers.  As a result of Senator Leahy’s efforts in 2018 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have the necessary dollars to continue funding water chestnut control work on Lake Champlain at a cost of more than $300,000. Lake Champlain Sea Grant.   Not yet final and not being formally announced at this time, Senator Leahy’s work on the legislation funding the National Sea Grant Program makes it highly likely that the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program at the University of Vermont and SUNY Plattsburgh will see its funding more than double in 2018 to at least $1 million.  This should be confirmed later in the summer.Source: Leahy 6.4.2018last_img read more

Triathlon Show 2014 tickets now on sale

first_img Related Tickets are now on sale for The Triathlon Show 2014 – billed as the ‘biggest dedicated show of its kind in the UK.’ The event, which takes place at Sandown Racecourse from 28 February to 2 March 2014, is positioned as being ideal for everyone; from experienced triathletes, to those starting out in the world of all things swim, bike, run.The show has undergone significant changes for 2014 following its acquisition by Immediate Media Co, publisher of 220 Triathlon, ‘the UK’s best selling triathlon magazine’. With 40% more floor space, visitors will be able to see the newest 2014 kit and apparel, get tips from some of the biggest stars of triathlon, enjoy free 1-2-1 swim, bike and run assessments and even take home personalised training programmes. Andy Healy, Show Director, said “In its 12th year, the UK’s only dedicated triathlon show will bring a host of new zones, interactive features and exciting content to thousands of new and actively participating triathletes.“With big name brands launching products at the show and the world’s elites sharing their training tips and tricks we’re confident that this year’s show provides everything a triathlete could need to get their season off to a great start.”Leading brands will be showcasing their new collections throughout the three-day event. In the Zoggs’ Swim Zone, visitors can take to one of the two pools for a 20-minute swim analysis session with elite coaches. The Triathlonguard Bike Zone offers a full set up bike fit with Bike Science and makes use of the event’s on-site mechanics.In the Run Zone triathletes have the chance to purchase the latest range of shoes and kit and even take part in the Triathlon Show 10K Challenge on Sunday morning. The Running School sessions will improve running technique, helping athletes to remain injury free.In response to visitor feedback, the 2014 show will also include dedicated zones for Events, Fitness, Performance and Nutrition – along with a full programme of clinics, workshops and presentations. The show’s coaching partner, Tri Training Harder will offer a bespoke training programme and biomechanical partner, Sub 4 is offering a free biomechanical assessment.Tickets are available now and athletes can pre-register for 1-2-1 training clinics and master classes at www.triathlonshow.co.uk.Ticket prices as follows:• Advance booking £10• On the door £12• Two-day entry £16• Race with show entry £16www.triathlonshow.co.uklast_img read more

CUNA, merchants, Fed offer oral interchange arguments

first_imgOral arguments began on Friday as the Credit Union National Association and financial services partners, the Federal Reserve, and merchants present their views before U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Judges David Tatel, Harry Edwards and Stephen Williams.CUNA’s partners are the American Bankers Association, Clearinghouse Association, Consumer Bankers Association, Electronic Payments Coalition, Financial Services Roundtable, Independent Community Bankers of America, Midsize Bank Coalition of America, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, and National Bankers Association. The case is known as NACS, et al. v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.Merchants brought the case against the Fed in 2012, alleging that the Fed made errors in implementing a Dodd-Frank-imposed debit interchange fee cap. The Fed’s final rule caps debit interchange fees for issuers with assets of $10 billion or more at 21 cents. The regulation also allows card issuers to charge an additional five basis points of the value of the transaction to cover fraud losses. An extra penny may also be charged by financial institutions that are in compliance with the Fed’s fraud-prevention standards.Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in July moved to strike down the Fed’s interchange fee caps, but later issued a stay to keep the Fed rules in place during the court proceedings. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Swimming in the Educational Gene Pool? How Far Can Children Go With the Genes They Have?

first_imgThe Huffington Post: It seems so sci-fi! First there were educational toys, then educational apps and now educational genes. A recent paper published in the journal Developmental Psychology finds that there are three genes associated with academic achievement. Florida State University, Professor Kevin Beaver headed the team reporting that certain forms (alleles) of the genes DAT1, DRD2, and DRD4 predicted the level of education individuals would reach. Imagine genes in a Petri dish telling whether you were going to get your high school diploma or graduate from Harvard Law (OK, not quite that level of precision). So does this mean you should run out and have your children’s genomes sequenced, which by the way is getting cheaper and cheaper? Will submitting your genome be a requirement in the preschool and college admission’s process? NO! As even these researchers remind us, genes are not destiny. Just because something has a genetic basis doesn’t mean it will come to pass.Take health for example. Many of us carry genetic potential for heart disease or cancer. It was in our family tree. But we don’t just throw in the towel and wait for the disease to strike. Instead, we alter the environment in ways that reduces risk by exercising and avoiding that buttery popcorn at the movie theaters that tastes so so good.Read the whole story: The Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Discovery Seeks Approval For East Quogue Project

first_imgThe Hills in East Quogue, pictured in a rendering made by the developer, may have to be redrawn again.No matter how many years it takes, no matter how many assorted municipal boards mull the plan over, and no matter how many variations of the plans are ultimately drawn up, one thing seems a certainty: There is going to be 100-plus luxury homes built in East Quogue on nearly 600 acres.It would be the largest development in the modern history of the hamlet.There have been nearly three years of spills and chills, charges and counter charges, legal threats, and altercations. The next milestone will occur on Thursday, November 15, at the Southampton Zoning Board of Appeals regular meeting. At that time the board will vote, with no further comment, on the latest reiteration.In an earlier version, Discovery Land Company sought to create a Planned Development District that would incorporate the golf course and luxury homes into it. The applicant needed a super majority of the town board, but did not get it.Discovery then turned to the planning board to seek approval for a Planned Residential District for the newly named The Lewis Road Planned Residential Development, which treats the golf course as an amenity for the property owners — it would not be open to the public.A new wrinkle developed in June. The planning board decided Chief Building Inspector Michael Benincasa should make the determination after Anthony Trezza of Discovery opined the planning board probably didn’t have jurisdiction. Benincasa, though, had to recuse himself: He had already voiced his opinion at a public hearing. That put the application in the hands of the ZBA.Carolyn Zenk, a Southampton attorney with a long history in planning and zoning matters and a former town board member, represents private interests. Her client is worried about the groundwater and the negative effects development — especially a golf course — will bring.She called the current plan “grossly misleading.” Further, she said, “Golf courses don’t belong in the Pine Barrens.” Discovery, and its attorney Wayne Braun, argued that recreational uses like tennis and golf routinely take place in private subdivisions. The developer also pointed out that several golf courses have been built in residential zones in Southampton. Numerous homeowners also have one or more golf holes on their property to practice on. Zenk said it is clear cut: “All unlisted uses are prohibited,” she said, and noted golf courses are not a permitted use anywhere in the town code.Adam Grossman, the chair of the ZBA, noted that Discovery is already suing the town over the PDD. Both sides in the PRD application have vowed to take legal action should they not approve of the pending ZBA decision. “Let’s just say there is a strong possibility there will be litigation,” Grossman said. Discovery is already suing the town over the PDD denial as well.But there is more — yet another Discovery proposal lurks, this one to go to the planning board without a golf course option, although in addition to legal action, the company will reportedly pursue other options: to buy a nearby golf course.Ironically, the best chance to minimize damage to the aquifer and postpose nitrogen loading to the nearby bays has probably come and gone.During the PDD hearing process, Discovery was going to purchase 33 additional acres of land at the headwaters of Weesuck Creek and preserve it. The owner, Carolyn Parlato, said she plans to develop it, adding more septic flow into the ground. Discovery also offered an aid/incentive package to the East Quogue School District that included a significant upgrade in the septic system.East Quogue school district officials voiced their support for The Hills to no avail.Mark Hissey, a representative for Discovery, warned the company wasn’t required to do any of the upgrades it volunteered.“We’re going to end up with a subdivision that is worse,” Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman said at the time.Richard Amper, the executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens, is opposed to any sort of development and would like to see the town purchase the property. So would the newest Southampton Town Board member, Tommy John Schiavoni, whose “no” vote helped sink the PDD application.But Hissey said his company will never sell the land to the town, and a perusal of its business model indicated the company is a very successful development company, and East Quogue fits nicely into its portfolio.According to its offering page, Discovery Land Company, founded in 1994 by Michael Meldman, specializes in building luxury residential private club communities and resorts throughout North America. There are more than 20 world-class projects in the portfolio. “Our communities are distinct with their own architectural styles, world-class amenities, and high levels of service. There are Discovery developments in Mexico, the Bahamas, Hawaii, and many other luxury markets. Many of its clients buy one or more homes and travel seasonally. Discovery is rumored to be preparing for any contingency. The company is reportedly in contract to buy a golf course nearby and already owns the Dune Deck in Westhampton. If Discovery can find a marina to buy, it can offer potential homeowners in East Quogue a boating, dining, and golf experience without building a golf course on its Pressey Roadproperty.rmurphy@indyeastend.com Sharelast_img read more

From Milan To The Hamptons

first_imgJaime LopezNative to Peru, Jaime Lopez came to New York to study graphic design at Parsons in 1980 only after being rejected from his choice university in Switzerland, which had hit its quota of Latin American students. Upon arrival Lopez, who only spoke Spanish at the time, was quickly forced to learn English prior to beginning his studies. Then, during an internship with photographer Alex Chatelain he came across his true calling. Since then, his photos have been published across the fashion landscape in Cosmopolitan, GQ, Elle, and other magazines. He now resides in Sagaponack with his wife, former model, Marilyn Clark, and two daughters, as he works on his latest project, a book capturing local artists.How did you discover your love of photography?When I got to 100 Fifth Avenue, I went up to the top floor and I didn’t walk out until I got an internship. I got a week-long internship with a fashion photographer — Alex Chatelain. I fell in love with the freedom of the pace and the amount of people that work together on a photoshoot. Then I switched careers.What was your first hired shoot?I moved to Milan to do a year abroad. I worked for anybody that would hire me. I originally went for only eight months but I ended up staying for 10 years. It was at the time Spain was being admitted to the European Union and all the major magazines had unprecedented editions in Spain. For a photographer to be there at that moment, a huge moment of growth, they didn’t have enough talent there. It was the best thing ever.Independent/Jaime LopezHow do you know when an image is right for print?It depends on the subject. If your subject understands your vision and is an artist, you will have the picture very quickly. You know that you got the picture and then you’re just curious about what else. You become like a scavenger trying to provoke other situations. Ninety percent of the work is done. Finding the location as you walk around, trying different attitudes, trying to find a more spontaneous picture.Did you meet your wife, an East Hampton native, on a shoot?In 1985, we were on a shoot in Florida. I was there for 15 days and models came and went. She was the only model involved with the pictures when she was not in front of the camera, helping out. It was weird but we had a better chance to catch up.How do you choose black and white v. color?The picture chooses itself. The location, the clothing, the model. The drama in the clouds or the story the picture is telling you. A girl that’s wearing all black leather, with a lot of art in the background, that’s better off in black and white. Something very colorful like red boots, whatever that is very flashy, that calls for color. Nowadays, with digital photography, it’s easy. In the old days, you had to mount the camera with black and white film and that was it, unless you had another camera with color film.Independent/Jaime LopezWhat is your favorite camera to work with?Now it’s the Canon. With film, I used Nikons.What is the book you’re working on?It’s a wonderful project with around 40 Hamptons artists. When I got the studio, I told my agent I need a project. I started working with Folioeast, the name of my gallery here on the East End. And I wanted to photograph all of their artists.Where do you take these photographs?It’s at my studio with a white background, where I tried to provoke situations that take you away from being scared of being in front of a camera. We play, we discover. Sometimes we don’t do anything. They are sometimes hiding behind a newspaper or with their hands in their pocket. Then I go to their studio and photograph them in their environment and that environment — the paintings, the backdrops, the tubes laying around. I try to photograph the energy of that art.When did the project begin?It began last summer. I’m aiming to have it done by spring 2020. We are trying to rush it now because a few artists work outdoors. Sharelast_img read more

Unjust deserts

first_imgThe boot was on the other foot last week, when Obiter found himself cast as a token male at the International Women in Law Summit 2012. He listened with humility as Law Society vice-president Lucy Scott-Moncrieff told delegates that senior male partners generally thought they deserved their success, rather than it being a mere ‘accident of birth’ that they were not born female. Set up on your own, she urged delegates, it’s the one way to be sure that ‘your male boss is not being unfair’. City firm Ashurst partner Helen Burton told a breakout group about an all-women shortlist for promotion that she and others had to consider. She said: ‘Someone wondered whether we should add a man to make it look good, even though for years it had been OK to have all-men shortlists…’ A delegate had the final word: ‘Women are more efficient than men – and more honest.’ Obiter sloped off home, duly chastened.last_img read more

Euston, we have lift off!

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGINlast_img read more

No bargain in this basement

first_imgIt is fair to say that basement conversions are controversial. On the one hand, they can cause mayhem and stress for neighbours but on the other, they provide an excellent solution to alleviating cramped living once completed. Basements also raise particular design challenges which can lead to numerous problems if things go wrong, including if the insurers refuse to pay and the question arises: who is at fault? The recent case of Goldswain vs Beltec Ltd (t/a BCS Consulting) [2015] (TCC) provided welcome insight into these knotty issues where the remit of an engineer’s duty to warn, and extent of responsibility for design, were considered.The facts of the case were as follows: Mr Goldswain and his partner Ms Hale (the claimants) owned a ground floor flat in a semi-detached house. The flat had a cellar and the plan was to convert the cellar into living accommodation by underpinning the outer walls and lowering the floor to create more height. The claimants appointed engineer Beltec Ltd to design the essential structural works and AIMS Plumbing and Building Services Limited to carry out the work. AIMS started the work and installed the underpinning but apparently not anything else of importance. AIMS retained Beltec to visit the site to inspect the construction of the initial pin and Beltec duly visited the site and advised AIMS that the pin had not been constructed in accordance with the design.  Engineers should expect that builders would understand and act upon the construction method indicatedThe underpinning was completed but shortly afterwards, following increasing amounts of cracking in the superstructure, the house collapsed.  The claimants’ insurer refused to cover the claim on the grounds of inadequate construction.The claimants then issued proceedings against Beltec and AIMS claiming that Beltec had failed to exercise the appropriate level of skill and care when designing the basement and failed to warn the claimants about the contractor’s progress following the initial site visit. Unfortunately, according to the judgment, AIMS was, at that time, “believed to be insolvent” and so did not take part in the proceedings. The court ruled that Beltec was not liable and that there was an overwhelming probability that AIMS had failed to carry out its work with reasonable skill and care or complied with the drawings with which it had been provided. Therefore, AIMS’ breaches of contract had caused the collapse. The key points to note are as follows:The court had close regard to the scope of Beltec’s retainer and held that Beltec had no ongoing obligation to supervise the works. Beltec’s obligation was limited to providing the claimants with the structural designs with reasonable care and skill. Competent engineers should be entitled to expect that builders would understand and act upon the construction method indicated in the drawings.The court explained that when and to what extent the duty will apply will depend on all the circumstances, but it will often arise when there is an obvious and significant danger either to life and limb or to property. In addition, the obligation can arise when a careful professional ought to have known of such danger, having regard to all the facts and circumstances. The court will be unlikely to conclude that a duty to warn arises in situations where, at the time that the professional inspects the work, there is a possibility that the contractor in question may in future not do the works properly. Here, Beltec did not owe the claimant a duty to warn. It was AIMS, and not the claimants, who had retained Beltec to visit the site to see what AIMS had done in relation to the initial pin. Beltec advised that the pin should be redone and resent AIMS the drawings; however, there was no danger at this stage. The court held that, while generally it is the responsibility of the engineer or architect  to design the permanent works and the contractor’s responsibility to construct the temporary works required to build the permanent works, it will always be necessary to consider what services the professional is engaged to provide. Here, it was noted that Beltec’s design provided a precise sequence of work which, if followed, would have resulted in the basement being created without any significant damage to the structure above. The conclusion was that nothing in Beltec’s design should have prevented AIMS from working in a reasonably safe way.Sarah Strange is a senior associate in the construction and engineering team at international law firm Taylor Wessinglast_img read more

Alstom opens UK train refurbishment plant

first_imgUK: What Alstom describes as ‘the largest and most sophisticated’ rolling stock refurbishment facility in the UK was officially opened in Widnes on June 29 by Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.At its new 13 000 m2 plant, Alstom is due to begin work shortly on a €28m contract to repaint the 56 Class 390 Pendolino trainsets operated by Virgin Trains West Coast, with the first trainset already delivered to Widnes. The 80-strong repainting team have mostly been recruited from the Liverpool city region and the surrounding area, and includes five apprentices. Alstom said ‘Industry 4.0’ features of the contract include the use of virtual reality painting simulators to train the staff. ‘This new centre for manufacturing will grow local skills, create hundreds of jobs both in Widnes and across the entire UK rail supply chain’, said Lord Brampton. ‘This long-term investment marks Alstom’s commitment to the future of the sector in the UK.’‘Alstom is committed to the UK and this area’, said Gian-Luca Erbacci, Senior Vice-President of Alstom in Europe. ‘We want this to be just the start of our story in Widnes’, he added, noting that Alstom had already made a commitment to build new rolling stock for the UK market at Widnes, if it were successful in tenders such as Transport for London’s Deep Tube Upgrade Programme (formerly known as New Tube for London).last_img read more