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Burlington begins work on side streets with $1.6 million in federal funds

first_imgExcavation work began today on lower Church Street as part of a $1.6 million project which will significantly re-design pedestrian and streetscape elements of lower Church Street and Saint Paul Street.In 2005, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity: A Legacy for User (SAFETEA-LU) act provided transportation funding to communities across the country. Through the efforts of Senator Patrick Leahy, the City of Burlington received $3 million for specific improvements on the Church Street Marketplace as part of the Church Street Marketplace Improvement Program and $3 million for improvements on the side streets to the Church Street Marketplace.The improvements undertaken in this phase of work include new traffic signals, crosswalks, curbs, sidewalks, street lighting, and road surfaces.  Over the summer, work will occur along St. Paul Street between Main Street and College Street and on Church Street between Main Street and King Street.  The project cost is $1.6 million, which includes $323,000 in local match funding, with the remainder covered by SAFETEA-LU funds. This investment in Burlington’s downtown core will enhance the vitality and economic opportunity on these blocks that border the Church Street Marketplace. ‘The Church Street Marketplace is the crown jewel of Downtown Burlington and a true treasure for Vermont,’ said Senator Patrick Leahy.  ‘I was pleased to work with the city to upgrade the Marketplace’s aging infrastructure and begin to incorporate the side streets and alleyway into the overall Church Street experience.  These improvements will ensure that Church Street continues to be a vital and vigorous place for residents and visitors alike for years to come.’  Senator Leahy has secured more than $14 million in federal funding for the Church Street Marketplace since its inception.  He obtained $5.4 million in 1979 to get the Marketplace started, and over the past decade he has secured $9 million more to help refurbish Church Street.  These funds have been used to brick the City Hall Block; overhaul the antiquated electrical system; install new trees, benches, and information kiosks; reconstruct the alleyway to the Marketplace Garage; and prepare for streetscape improvements along the side streets of Main, St. Paul, College, Bank, and Cherry.  The side-streets project now underway includes upgrades to sidewalks and ADA compliance issues, minor improvements to major intersections, providing bulb-outs, mid-block crossings, and use of on-street kiosk parking meters. The following lists the components: â ¢ Installation of bulb-outs at key intersections;â ¢ Granite curbing with brick solider course;â ¢ Cold plane pavement and overlay;â ¢ New catch basins (with narrow openings and flush to pavement where needed);â ¢ Slow speeds to 20 mph;â ¢ New ‘countdown’ crossing signals, pavement and new ramps;â ¢ New mid-block crossing on St Paul Street;â ¢ Lower Church Street and St. Paul re-configuration and improvement;â ¢ Additional lighting upgrades for downtown fixtures;â ¢ Additional way-finding;â ¢ Bicycle transportation improvements;â ¢ On-street parking using kiosk payment;â ¢ Additional plantings; andâ ¢ Consistent sidewalk pavement and widths at key areas.‘The City is pleased that work has started on this important project,’ said Mayor Bob Kiss.  ‘These improvements will enhance the experience of residents and visitors in our downtown and central business district, promote economic vitality, and improve quality of life.  I appreciate the support of Senator Leahy in making this project possible.’last_img read more

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‘Rock, paper, scissors’ order garners worldwide attention

first_img‘Rock, paper, scissors’ order garners worldwide attention ‘Rock, paper, scissors’ order garners worldwide attention Senior EditorDutifully following a playful, but pointed, federal court order, Tampa lawyers David Pettinato, of the Merlin Law Group, and D. Lee Craig, of Butler Pappas, will meet June 20 and engage in one game of “rock, paper, scissors” to solve a dispute in the midst of heated litigation.“We will do it quickly, humbly, and go on about our business,” said a contrite Pettinato, who is amazed about “getting bombarded from news media from all over the country.”CNN, ABC, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, to name a few.Make that international news, as London’s The Guardian also did its version of the everybody’s-talking-about-it June 6 order issued by U.S. Middle District Judge Gregory Presnell, who was a member of The Florida Bar Board of Governors from 1989-93.At issue was the childlike squabbling between the attorneys in Avista Management, Inc., vs. Wausau Underwriters Insurance Co. (case no. 6:05-cv-1430-Orl-31JGG), in litigation over an insurance settlement stemming from 2004’s Hurricane Charley.Even though the sparring lawyers’ offices are only four floors apart in the same building at 777 S. Harbor Island Blvd. in Tampa, they could not agree on where to hold a deposition. Craig, representing Wausau, wanted to question a witness in his office. Pettinato, representing Avista, was not willing to let Craig have the home-court advantage, and insisted on a neutral setting of a court reporter’s office down the street.When they took the matter to the court, Presnell let them have it, fed up with “the latest series of Gordian knots that the parties have been unable to untangle without enlisting the assistance of the federal courts.”In what the judge called “a new form of alternative dispute resolution,” Presnell ordered that each attorney will be “accompanied by one paralegal who shall act as an attendant and witness,” and “the winner of this engagement shall be entitled to select the location for the 30(b)(6) deposition to be held somewhere in Hillsborough County during the period July 11-12, 2006. If either party disputes the outcome of this engagement, an appeal may be filed and a hearing will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, July 7, before the undersigned in Courtroom 3.”That creative order compelled St. Petersburg Times columnist Sue Carlton to nominate Presnell for “Jurist of the Year.”No Need for an Appeal On June 8, Pettinato said that he and Craig have resolved the issue. Pettinato said both sides agreed to play rock, paper, scissors, at “an undisclosed location.” Whoever wins will get to hold the deposition in his office.“We want to do it out of respect for the judge’s order,” said Pettinato, who added, “I have to say I am a little disappointed that we couldn’t resolve our differences without this court order. But it provided us with an eye-opener to resolve our differences in a more amicable way. Since the hurricanes, we have been having huge battles trying to get insurance companies to pay.. . . If you get a little too passionate advocating for your client, it helps to rethink your strategy.”The matter has been zinging across the state, around the country, and across the ocean, on news Web sites, lawyers’ e-mails, and law blogs.Orlando lawyer Lynn James Hinson, who called Presnell an excellent lawyer and judge, posted this comment on The Wall Street Journal’s Law Blog: “Many lawyers act like they are in kindergarten, and this order treats them appropriately.”Craig, who did not return the News ’ request for an interview, may be at a disadvantage. Pettinato has a kindergartner in the house, as the father of a 5-year-old and 9-year-old.“I play it all the time with them. I can’t say I’m an expert, but I know the rules,” Pettinato said. “Now, my 5-year-old keeps throwing her hand out, saying, ‘Dad, let’s practice.’”Pettinato said his kids have advised him to open with rock, which he thought was apropos “because my case is solid as a rock.”But Matti Leshem, co-commissioner of the USA Rock Paper Scissors League, told The New York Times, “I guarantee you right now that both lawyers will open with paper. Lawyers open with paper 67 percent of the time, because they deal with so much paper.”Leshem agreed to officiate, saying, “What I don’t want is some rogue element of rock-paper-scissors coming down from the bench. When the law takes rock-paper-scissors into its own hands, mayhem can occur.”While Pettinato said he has greatest respect for the judge and “got the message,” he is willing to laugh at himself, “or else I’ll grow despondent.”Taking it somewhat seriously is the World Rock Paper Scissors Society.“This is a landmark case of how RPS should be used to keep the wheels of justice moving forward when dealing with lawyer engaging in posturing tactics,” Doug Walker, managing director of the World RPS Society, told the News. “Although we take issue with RPS being labeled as a ‘new’ form of dispute resolution, we understand it is not commonly used in courtrooms and applaud Judge Presnell’s wisdom in the matter.”Noting that Rock, Paper, Scissors dates back to at least the 18th century in Japan, it was used to settle an auction-house dispute in April when “an $18 million art portfolio was acquired by Christie’s due to a cleverly executed throw of paper,” over Sotheby’s rock.The World Rock Paper Scissors Society, Walker said, plans to invite Judge Presnell to attend the International Rock Paper Scissors Championships in Toronto on September 30, as “chief consultant to Head Referee Brad Fox.”No word yet on whether the judge will accept the invitation.center_img July 1, 2006 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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Insignia wins Olympic gold

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French central bank formalises responsible investment stance

first_imgSource: © Banque de FranceThe bank expressed three main commitments in the charter and said it would report annually on its progress in implementing them.The commitments are to reinforce the integration of ESG factors in investment decisions, advance its investment portfolios’ contribution to “the environmental transition”, and pursue best practice in public reporting and other areas of responsible investment.Each commitment was further broken down into “actions”. Under the heading related to the environmental transition, for example, the bank said it would work on analytical tools and environmental impact indicators to enable it to progressively align its investments with a maximum 2°C global warming trajectory.In addition to setting out various international norms that its investments would respect – such as the Oslo convention on cluster munitions – the bank’s charter stated that it would not invest in coal miners or energy producers that derive more than 20% of revenues from thermal coal. It also prohibited investments in financial instruments that enabled speculating on agricultural commodities.The bank said its responsible investment charter was in line with its fiduciary responsibility as a long-term investor and its mission to contribute to financial stability. The latter required managing environmental risks. According to the bank, the responsible investment charter reflects and “amplifies” its existing work on integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in the management of its assets. The French central bank has adopted a responsible investment charter that will govern the management of some €20bn of assets.The charter is part of Banque de France’s vision of its corporate social responsibility, which it formally documented in a charter at the end of 2016.The central bank said its responsible investment charter reflected an ambition to be “exemplary” in how it took into account its corporate social responsibility “in all its dimensions” and applied this to its role as an institutional investor.The responsible investment policy covers the bank’s own funds, including pension assets. A spokesperson for the bank told IPE that it applied to close to €20bn of assets as at the end of December, around two-thirds of which were in portfolios linked to pension obligations.last_img read more

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Beyer: We were naive liberalising prostitution

first_imgNZ Herald 7 April 2013The world’s first transsexual mayor, former street prostitute Georgina Beyer, admitted yesterday she was naive when the trade was legalised.At a passionate public forum in Papatoetoe yesterday, South Auckland residents berated MPs for not addressing the notorious street prostitution problems around Hunters Corner.MPs from National, Labour and New Zealand First spoke. Beyer, a former Carterton mayor and Labour MP who championed the push to decriminalise sex work a decade ago, said lawmakers glossed over the issue. “We thought, naively, that with the liberalisation of prostitution, that it would not be desirable necessarily to be a street worker.”Beyer said she recently told Justice Minister Judith Collins the Government should amend the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act to address street prostitution.New Zealand First leader Winston Peters said human traffickers were probably involved in the importation of prostitutes. “My Asian informants tell me how rampant it is,” Peters said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10875922last_img read more

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Bulldogs Harriers Win Middle School Meet

first_imgThe Batesville Middle School boys won their cross country meet against Sunman Dearborn on Monday. Ean Loichinger won the boys race, followed by Benjamin Moster, 2nd, Will Nuhring, 3rd, Vonley Hund, 4th, Aiden Geers, 6th, Lyle Oesterling, 8th, Daren Smith, 9th, Cole Pride, 13th, Carter Walsman, 15th, Tacoma Nicholas, 16th, and Cayden Pohlman, 17th.   The Batesville Middle School girls won their race against Greendale and Sunman Dearborn. Lily Pinckley won the girls race, followed by Emma Weiler, 3rd, Ava Hanson, 4th, Sophie Myers, 5th, Sarah Ripperger, 6th, Maria Lopez, 8th, Katie Olsen, 12th, Megan Allgeier, 13th, Jada Day, 14th, Madelyn Pohlman, 17th, and Margaret Wilson, 18th.Boys: Batesville 16, Sunman Dearborn 49, Greendale 73.Girls: Batesville 19, Sunman Dearborn 41, Greendale 81.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img read more

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Judge sets trial dates, bond for Pindell

first_imgVersailles, In. — Chad Pindell, 36, of Napoleon, had his first day in court after his Sunday arrest for inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor.Senior Judge Carl Taul set a surety bond of $35,000, set the pre-trial conference for June 25 and scheduled three days for a jury trial beginning on August 14, 2018.The court documents allege Pindell was an assistant coach for the Jac-Cen-Del girl’s basketball team when the events occurred with the 17-year-old player. Documents say Pindell sent pictures of his genitalia and performed oral sex on the girl sometime between December 1, 2017 and February 12 of 2018.Pindell resigned from Jac-Cen-Del as a teacher in July of 2017 to pursue a clergy position with a Batesville church.Pindell is being represented by Brookville attorney Jud McMillin. McMillin was the second highest ranking Republican in the Indiana House of Representatives in 2010 when he resigned after a curious text message was sent from his phone to several people, according to a report by the Indianapolis Star. The message read:“My phone was stolen in Canada and out of my control for about 24 hours. I have just been able to reactivate it under my control. Please disregard any messages you received recently. I am truly sorry for anything offensive you may have received.”   During that 24-hours the report alleges a sexually explicit message was sent from his phone.Chad Pindell is listed as the Ripley County councilman in District 3.last_img read more

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New Raceway Park following guideline list for Sunday show

first_imgJEFFERSON, S.D. – The first event of the 2020 season is Sunday at The New Raceway Park, with numerous precautions in place for drivers and spectators alike.  Maximum numbers of IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods and Mach-1 Sport Compacts are already entered. Hand sanitizer stations will be in place around the track and everyone must wear masks at all locations.  Everyone attending will have their temperature taken and anyone with a temperature of 101.1 or above will not be allowed in the facility.   “We are taking this very seriously. We want to make an impression on the country on how we’re able to race and stay within health guidelines,” he emphasized.  Five IMCA divisions are on the April 26 card at Jefferson. Promoter Steve Kiraly said a list of guidelines would be followed to ensure safe distancing in the pits and grandstand alike.center_img  “There’s been a lot of interest in this race. We’ve gotten a lot of calls from a lot of people,” said Kiraly. “We want to race, too, and we’re going to follow all the guidelines.” While the grandstands can seat 1,500, pre-sold tickets will be limited to 500; all spectators will be ushered in and bleachers have been marked off to provide spaced seating for singles through groups of 10.  Teams must maintain a minimum of 10 feet apart in the pits and remain in their designated area until racing.  Hot laps are at 6 p.m. on Sunday with racing at 6:30 p.m. Sunday’s program will be broadcast by Advantage Racing TV.last_img read more

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Gallagher claims World Cup win

first_img Press Association Competing in the visually impaired Super Combined, Gallagher and Evans were fastest over both the downhill and slalom portions of the event to finish well ahead of Russian world champion Alexandra Frantseva. Gallagher said: “Charlotte and I worked really well today. We had a lot of fun and it’s just training for the big event.” Northern Ireland skier Kelly Gallagher and her guide Charlotte Evans have claimed their first World Cup victory of the season at the IPC Alpine Skiing World Cup in Panorama, Canada.center_img Gallagher is Great Britain’s biggest hope of claiming a medal at Winter Paralympics in Sochi in March. Along with Evans, she became the first Briton to win a medal at the IPC World Championships when she took a silver and bronze in Sestriere in 2011. She followed it up with three more medals in the World Championships in La Molina, Spain, last year. last_img read more

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More than 70 turn out for first Iron Dolphin Triathlon

first_imgELLSWORTH — Seventy-three participated in the Down East Family YMCA’s first Iron Dolphin Triathlon on Sunday.The triathlon — a fundraiser for the DEFY swim team — offered three separate races for individuals or teams of three.Matt Damon, 42, was the first male finisher in the max triathlon, which included a 525-yard swim, 20K bike ride and 5K run. Damon won with a time of 1:07.14. Jessie Damon, 41, was the top female (1:21.28).Team MeMe — which included Cooper Holmes, Eric Holmes and Camden Holmes — was the first team in the max triathlon (1:07.21).This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn the midi triathlon (250-yard swim, 10K bike and 2.5K run), Beckett Markosian, 14, was the first male finisher (44.46), and Kristy Barry, 12, was the first female (52.30).Kiana Maddocks-Wilbur, Chip Loring and Seneca Maddocks-Wilbur comprised the top team (44.19).In the mini triathlon (100-yard swim, 4K bike and 1K run), Sarah Weaver, 10, was the first female finisher (21.57), and Jay Haney, 9, was the first male finisher (22.21).last_img read more