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.’ is external) February 17, 2011last_img read more

10 ways to take charge of your financial future in your 30s and 40s

first_imgby: Marisa Torrieri, LearnVestIn most cases your 30s and 40s are the prime of your life.Chances are you’re killing it in your career, likely earning more than ever before, expanding your family, and might even be living in your white-picket-fence dream home.But with success comes greater financial responsibilities. You probably have a mortgage, credit card bills and your children’s activities to worry about — plus your kids’ college education and your own nest egg to fund.All of this can make the idea of financial security seem like a pipe dream.But take heart. We’ve whittled down a potentially long list of money moves to make in your 30s and 40s into five manageable — but impactful — to-dos for each decade. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

INDOT crews plan complete State Road 46 closure Sunday

first_imgBatesville, In. — Indiana Department of Transportation maintenance crews plan to replace a culvert pipe under State Road 46 located between Huntersville Road and Mitchell Avenue at Batesville next Sunday, July 29 in the evening hours.  The location is approximately a quarter mile east of the Batesville Primary School.Motorists should anticipate complete closure of S.R. 46 on Sunday evening starting at 6 p.m.  INDOT officials anticipate reopening the east-west highway before midnight.State maintenance personnel from the Penntown Unit will upsize the existing drainage pipe, replacing it with one measuring 18 inches in diameter, 48 feet in length.last_img read more

Tyler Lydon can be Syracuse’s best player even when he doesn’t score

first_img Published on January 30, 2017 at 11:20 pm Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ In back-to-back blowout losses to North Carolina and Notre Dame, Tyler Lydon was a rare bright spot and undoubtedly Syracuse’s best player.The sophomore scored a combined 50 points in those two games, shot 67 percent from the floor and hit 56 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc. Despite the Orange’s downfalls against both ranked opponents, Lydon stood out because of his numbers in the scoring column.Saturday’s 82-72 win against then-No. 6 Florida State told a different tale. Lydon finished third on the team in scoring with 14 points behind Andrew White’s 24 and John Gillon’s 21. Yet the sophomore still might’ve been SU’s best player. He doesn’t always need explosive scoring nights to do that, possessing a knack to make a sizable dent on the game in other facets over the course of a full 40 minutes.“I’m looking at what really is important and he was just good on defense, he blocked shots,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s one of the best defensive players we’ve ever had in the middle, anybody. He’s really probably better than some of the great centers we’ve had because he covers more people, more ground and can still block shots.”What Boeheim referred to was Lydon’s six blocks, which tied a career-high (all six came in the first 13:13 of the game). He also grabbed 11 rebounds, which were the second most he’s tallied in a single game this season. Add on 14 points on another efficient outing from the field — 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from deep and 100 percent from the line — and Lydon was Syracuse’s most balanced player on Saturday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGranted, the most obvious contender would be White. His 24 points led Syracuse, and he also chipped in nine rebounds and four steals. But take a closer look and Lydon secured three more offensive rebounds than White for an SU team that doesn’t exactly excel in that area, committed two fewer turnovers and disrupted the Seminoles with his bevvy of blocks more than White did.Then there’s Gillon, but 13 of his 21 points came within the final three minutes, 11 of which came from the foul line.“Everybody was concerned about him playing center when he came here, but he’s really one of the best we’ve had in there,” Boeheim said. “He’s been phenomenal, and nobody’s going to give him any shots.”Lydon’s best play of the game and arguably the flashiest of his brief Syracuse career happened when he flushed home with one hand a Tyus Battle missed 3-pointer. At the time, SU only led by two with just over eight minutes left. It was the first time Florida State had cut Syracuse’s lead to two after the Orange led by 18 at half, but Lydon delivered, as Syracuse has grown accustomed to.“It was nothing because that’s what he does,” White said. “All day, every day … I was just like, ‘There he goes. Tyler Lydon.’ That’s what I knew he could do. That was a huge, huge play, just Tyler being Tyler.”“Tyler being Tyler” stretches beyond making highlight-reel plays and canning jumpers from anywhere on the court. It extends to the intangibles — the plays Syracuse has been missing but the ones it found in its biggest win of the season.“I think it really came down to our guard play. John, he was really composed down the stretch which helped out a lot,” Lydon said, “and across the board I think guys just kept their heads and played tough.”Lydon won’t pinpoint himself, especially when White is hitting from everywhere and Gillon closes out a game like he did. But the truth is, with his ability to affect the game in a myriad of ways when it matters most, Lydon can be Syracuse’s best player even when it doesn’t seem like it. Commentslast_img read more