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RPC Transpo Survey: Fix the stuff we have, we’ll even pay more in taxes

first_imgThe percent of respondents who work in places that offer telecommuting is up to 37% from 26% in 2012. Telecommuting use has almost doubled from 16% in 2012 to 29% in 2018. 76% have reduced # of trips by using the internet for shopping, bills, work (61% in 2012; 57% in 2006).CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESENTATION(link is external)To learn more about how Chittenden County residents currently view transportation in the region, view the presentation(link is external) given to the CCRPC Board or for more detail see the full 2018 survey results(link is external).Source: CCRPC(link is external)center_img Vermont Business Magazine Earlier this month, the CCRPC released the results of the 2018 Chittenden County Transportation Survey(link is external). The purpose of the survey was to objectively measure public opinion regarding performance of the region’s transportation system and strategies to address existing and future transportation issues. Among the findings is that people want existing roads and bridges better maintained but don’t want to see new highways; interest in public transportation appears to have waned a bit; people are willing to pay more in gas taxes to get transportation upgrades they do want; and they’re letting the Internet do their shopping instead of driving around as much.Previous surveys were undertaken in 2000(link is external), 2006(link is external) and 2012(link is external). They are collected from a random sampling of Chittenden County residents in order to achieve results that can be reliably extrapolated, within a margin of error, to the entire County population.Questions measure opinion on how well the transportation system serves the public’s travel needs, affects issues of livability, promotes economic development and opportunity, and impacts the environment. Regarding possible improvement strategies, the survey garners opinion on a variety of approaches, including: adding more highway capacity, expanding public transportation, providing more and safer pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and changing development patterns to better support the transportation system. Broader questions related to transportation policy and financing are also part of the mix.A few notable results are related to the increased use of technology:16% of respondents reported using app-based services such as Uber and Lyft which did not exist 6 years ago.last_img read more

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Government says no to recreational marijuana use

first_img“Unregulated consumption of recreational marijuana poses a number of risks and challenges that we do not currently have the data on which to make informed decisions, or the capacity to manage effectively,” Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves told Parliament on Monday, during the delivery of the 2018 budget address. Even though the Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration is exploring its options in the production of marijuana for medicinal purposes, it is not currently prepared to legalize ‘weed’ for recreational purposes.last_img read more

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Chart 207: COVID-19 In New Mexico Oct. 7

first_imgThis chart shows per capita diagnoses in New Mexico by county. Shown is the cumulative number of COVID-19 diagnoses per 100 residents. Los Alamos County is highlighted, while Hidalgo County (20 diagnoses per 100 residents) is not displayed. source: New Mexico Department of Health. Created by Eli Ben-Naimlast_img

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Pure O2 solutions for water treatment from Air Products

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Construction Technology webinar: the transition to new power, 19 Nov

first_imgThis free KHL Construction Technology webinar will examine the relative merits of these alternative power sources and ask which, if any, could realistically vie with diesel for dominance in the coming years.An expert panel will discuss the costs of developing these power technologies and what that could mean for potential equipment buyers as well as the practical challenges of implementing fuelling and charging infrastructure for the construction equipment of the future.Organised by KHL group and its magazines Construction Europe and International Construction. Eradicating emissions from equipment is a significant hurdle on the journey towards net-zero-carbon construction and a journey that has been accelerated by emissions regulations.Diesel is being challenged as a power source by technologies using electricity and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as bio- and synthetic fuels, although is fighting back by becoming cleaner than ever.last_img read more

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Lack of awareness on mental health

first_imgIn his letter of 8 July, Hugh Barrett of the Legal Services Commission referred to ‘procurement area’, ‘client access’, ‘proper advice provision’ and ‘client demand’. Regrettably, this shows a lack of awareness of the type of work in which mental health lawyers are involved. For over 20 years I have represented hundreds of clients, as have many of my colleagues. On admission to hospital, these clients are vulnerable and frightened. Sometimes I am their first port of call. This is not just a matter of knowing the law, it is also about time spent listening and building up a relationship and rapport, and becoming privy to their confidences. It is a privileged position to be a party to their innermost confidences, and such a relationship cannot be abandoned lightly. What am I to say to a client I have represented for the best part of 20 years, when I tell them my legal aid quota has run out and they will now have to see someone else? They will not understand the market place which is now the legal aid system. Luke Grant, solicitor, Worcestershirelast_img read more

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Anti-partisan action

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY 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 To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN 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-newsletterslast_img read more

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A plan submitted

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access 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 Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN 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 communitylast_img read more

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Stuttgart 21 called into question again

first_imgGERMANY: Deutsche Bahn’s controversial Stuttgart 21 project to replace its present terminus with a through underground station is under threat once more, because of a steep rise in costs. In a report handed to DB’s Supervisory Board on December 12, the official cost of the scheme is shown as increasing from €4·5bn to €5·6bn.Prepared by Dr Volker Kefer, DB Board Member for Technology, Systems, Services & Infrastructure, the report says that there is also a risk of ‘external factors’ forcing the cost up by a further €1·1bn to reach a total of €6·7bn. DB is expected to decide shortly whether to continue with the scheme, but for the moment it favours sticking with the project as abandoning it would cost at least €2bn, none of which could be recovered. Precisely when the Supervisory Board will give its ruling is not certain, but the scale of the project and the dramatic rise in costs suggest a swift announcement.Even before the referendum held by the Land of Baden-Württemberg on November 27 2011 in which 59% of voters backed the project, there were signs that costs were rising inexorably. In its subsequent reappraisal of the scheme, DB examined the potential for cost savings and better operational performance. Its unwelcome conclusion was that essential works not previously costed would add €610m to the bill, while various savings are now seen as unattainable, pushing up the total by another €490m. DB is proposing a revised budget of €5 626m to cover the increase.Resolving the situation is made more difficult by local politics. The parties in the Baden-Württemberg parliament that had backed the scheme are no longer in power, and a new mayor has taken office in Stuttgart. Continued opposition by local residents means that some backers of the project are now opposing it, which complicates management of the project by the five partners — DB, the federal government, Baden-Württemberg, the Verband Region Stuttgart and the city authorities.The ‘external factors’ relate to additional costs occasioned by long delays in the approvals procedure and to planning changes made to meet the demands of regional bodies such as better access to the airport. Whether DB can persuade its partners to continue is debatable, given that the city and the Land have refused to countenance paying any more than their share set out in the original funding agreement. Federal Transport Minister Peter Ramsauer says that the project is too far advanced to be dropped, but he has also ruled out further federal funding.DB finds itself accused of not being able to estimate costs reliably or to have deliberately held down cost figures in order to influence voting in the referendum. However, speculation that DB is seeking to distance itself from the project is dismissed as ‘entirely unfounded’.The board has suggested that DB accords the project high priority internally and sets up a dedicated project management company to work with DB Station & Service and DB Netz and see it through to completion. This, it suggests, would accelerate internal procedures, improve relationships with DB’s partners and simplify contact with the various authorities.There are reports that the board may in the meantime seek a legal opinion on the potential personal liability of its members for possible losses incurred. This would beg the question as to whether DB’s liability insurance would cover eventual claims from third parties.DB’s admission that Stuttgart 21 is now much more expensive will put even more pressure on the project team. It will also give ammunition to the scheme’s opponents.last_img read more

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Two ex-leaders look set for second round in Madagascar presidential poll

first_imgUS presidential candidates face off in second presidential debate Madagascar’s presidential poll scheduled for Nov. 7 Ballots papers are seen at a polling station in Faravohitra district during the first round of the presidential election in Antananarivo on November 7, 2018. (Photo by RIJASOLO / AFP) (Photo credit should read RIJASOLO/AFP/Getty Images) Ballots papers are seen at a polling station in Faravohitra district during the first round of the presidential election in Antananarivo on November 7, 2018. Photo by RIJASOLO / AFPFormer presidents Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana won most votes in Madagascar’s presidential election, according to provisional results issued on Saturday that pointed to a likely second round.Rajoelina led with 39.19 percent of the vote followed by Ravalomanana with 35.29 percent. The incumbent President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, seeking a second term in office, was a distant third with about 9 percent.A total of 36 candidates ran for president. Turnout was 54.23 percent, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said.The final results will be announced in nine days by the constitutional court and if no candidate has a majority the top two will compete in a second round on Dec. 19.Voters are eager for a leader who will tackle the impoverished Indian Ocean island’s many problems including unemployment and corruption.Madagascar is hoping for the second peaceful election since upheaval in 2009 when Ravalomanana was forced out of office by protests led by Rajoelina in what international organisations such as the African Union said was a coup.Relatedcenter_img Madagascar’s presidential party wins senate votelast_img read more