Story + video: Shumlin promises to bring high-speed rail, natural gas pipeline to Vermont

first_imgby Anne Galloway vtdigger.orgFresh from a two-day jaunt to Montreal, Governor Peter Shumlin announced to the press on Wednesday that he hopes to see the construction of a high speed passenger rail line that links Montreal to New York in the near future. In addition, he is looking to solve the state’s long-term energy needs through an enhanced power agreement with Hydro-Quebec and the extension of a natural gas line from Chittenden County to Rutland. Shumlin, Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott and former Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie met with Quebec Premier Jean Charest and officials from Hydro-Quebec and Gaz Métro of Montréal, Québec, which owns Northern New England Energy Corporation, which in turn owns Vermont Gas and Green Mountain Power. Shumlin said he was grateful for Dubie’s willingness to provide introductions to Charest and the other officials. (He also joked about Scott’s expertise on the icy road way en route to Montreal and described it as a demolition derby. Scott is a well-known race car driver at Thunder Road, a local race track).Shumlin told reporters that the Quebec officials were surprised by his arrival with Dubie, his former campaign rival. Shumlin said they remarked such political amity was unprecedented in Canada.The visit was something of a trade mission, though it seemed that Vermont was buying and Quebec was selling ‘ power. ‘Quebec is our biggest trading partner,’ Shumlin remarked. ‘It’s an extraordinarily important friendship.’Shumlin said he continues to negotiate with Hydro-Quebec for additional power. Vermont has already sealed a 20-year agreement with the power company at a rate of roughly 6 cents a kilowatt hour. Shumlin declined to give specifics about the nature of the talks.‘It’s a buyer’s market,’ Shumlin said. ‘They want to sell us power.’Shumlin said he couldn’t say how much electricity the state will need until he completes a comprehensive energy plan that’s ‘credible.’ Until his advisors devise a comprehensive plan the state’s energy needs will be a ‘guessing game.’‘There is a glut of electricity on the market,’ Shumlin said. ‘They want to sell us power â ¦ and it’s a buyers’ market.’When asked whether he was trying to purchase Hydro-Quebec power to find a way to increase power reliability in the aftermath of the likely closure of Vermont Yankee, Shumlin said he is ‘eager’ to see the state expand its natural gas pipeline to Rutland. He said he believes the gas could help drive economic development in that area of the state. He said the project could give a boost to GE Rutland and Omya, the calcium carbonate extraction company in Florence, Vt.As for high-speed rail, the main sticking point is Homeland Security.‘I think we are learning from the ongoing reaction to 9/11 that we have to see the border as a border between friends,’ Shumlin said. ‘If it means we can’t (renew) passenger rail from Vermont to Montreal then the terrorists are winning.’  www.vtdigger.org(link is external) February 17, 2011last_img read more

Oprah slams ‘FAKE’ report that she was arrested for sex trafficking in Florida

first_imgBoca Raton resident, Oprah Winfrey is denying online rumors early Wednesday that her posh Florida estate had been raided by law enforcement and she had been arrested for sex trafficking.Winfrey decided to send out a tweet in order to dispel the bogus reports that propelled her name to trend on Twitter late Tuesday.“Just got a phone call that my name is trending. And being trolled for some awful FAKE thing. It’s NOT TRUE,” Winfrey wrote. “Haven’t been raided, or arrested. Just sanitizing and self-distancing with the rest of the world. Stay safe everybody,” she concluded.Numerous false reports and social media posts said Winfrey’s Boca Raton home was raided and the talk show host was arrested.The rumors appeared to originate in an online message forum for teenagers and adults with too much time on theirlast_img read more

Easy Payment Gateway – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Why realistic odds and outcomes trump top graphics for virtuals March 28, 2019 Share David Webb, BetConstruct: Why meeting new regulations is the industry’s big challenge for 2019 April 4, 2019 SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 Easy Payment Gateway is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Easy Payment Gateway COO Jose Manuel Peral about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, how the market is changing from a consumer perspective, and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?JMP: Football is the most popular sport in the world; matches like Real Madrid vs Barcelona are viewed all around the planet. Also it is the most practiced sport, so I think these two things make it so attractive for betting.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?JMP: The option to bet on different leagues and see all matches at the same time is key. You can also bet at any point during the match, and on markets covering almost everything. The amount of operators is making the industry evolve and think about how to differentiate from competitors.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?JMP: This is a difficult question, because many people are saying that football teams should not be sponsored by betting operators. I guess regulation and more events like this one would be a very good starting point.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?JMP: The fact that you can withdrawal your winnings at any point of the match or bet on anything with your mobile has a huge impact.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?JMP: The debate around LatAm and the Spanish market will be interesting for sure. Submit Sharelast_img read more

The Balkan Ice Hockey League arrives in Sarajevo

first_imgThe upcoming weekend will offer much pleasure to all ice hockey enthusiasts.Matches of the Balkan Ice Hockey League are to be played in Sarajevo, where teams from Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina will participate.Matches of the second round of BIHL will be held within the Ice Fest Sarajevo 2016 between January 15 and 17, 2016 at the Olympic Hall Zetra.Official opening of the Ice Fest Sarajevo 2016 and the first match of BIHL will start on Friday, January 15, from 7 p.m., when players of HC Metalurg (Macedonia) will face players of the HC Spartak (Serbia). Afterwards, the match between HC Vukovi (B&H) and HC Slavija (Bulgaria) is to start from 7:30 p.m.(Source: radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more