New Business Conditions Survey results show continued slow economic recovery

first_imgToday Lisa Ventriss, President of Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) and Jeffrey Carr, President, Economic & Policy Resources (EPR), announced the inaugural results of their new joint initiative, the VBR-EPR Business Conditions Survey.  The survey, which will be conducted quarterly, is the next generation of the Roundtable’s economic outlook surveys that began in 2004, and will result in a more meaningful and predictive index going forward. The new economic indicator, constructed as a Diffusion Index, is designed to follow economic sentiments of Roundtable members over time, and serve as a tool for analyzing and presenting insight into the Vermont economic outlook; as a leading economic indicator. This inaugural survey, which achieved a response rate of 74 percent overall, included a strong level of response from every industry sector within the membership.  The survey asked eight questions about the economic outlook, demand, capital spending, and employment. This quarter’s survey also included a topical question about the F-35s. Results of this third quarter survey show that:·         Roundtable members corresponded strongly to the economic reality of a slow recovery from the recent recession, which lasted from December 2007 to June 2009; most responses were mildly positive or neutral;·         VBR responses also aligned closely with the lukewarm results from the recent National Business Roundtable (BRT) survey for capital spending and employment for the coming three months; and·         VBR responses concerning employment the last three months align closely with Vermont Department of Labor data on employment. Employment growth in most sectors is positive or neutral, according to both member responses and Department of Labor data.The survey also asked CEOs a topical question related to the current discussion around the basing of the F-35s at the Vermont Air National Guard (VTANG). ·         Over 80 percent (80.8% percent) of respondents believed that ‘the continued mission of the Air National Guard including the F-35 jets’ would have a positive effect on Vermont’s economy (3 percent replied negative; 16 percent replied neutral)This graph shows the composite of the diffusion index points, which were generated from the percentages of ‘positive’, ‘negative’, and ‘neutral’ replies to the capital spending and employment questions. Diffusion index points measure the level of confidence respondents have about different aspects of the economy, and can range 100 (where 100% of respondents answered ‘strong positive’) to -100 (where 100% of respondents answered ‘strong negative’).  The diffusion index points, graphed over time, can show the relative amounts of optimism and pessimism that the respondents have about the economic climate.  The orange line marks the start of the new data, which uses new methodology; specifically, the new methodology takes into account the ‘intensity’ of replies, and differentiates between ‘mild’ and ‘strong’ answers.  The new methodology also weights VBR’s employment by sector to Vermont’s employment by sector, for greater representativeness to the Vermont economy.  Although the new points seem less optimistic than the years before, they are lowered because of the new methodology, and present a more accurate view of the current economic climate and future economic expectations; a slow recovery, and slightly less optimism for the three months ahead compared to the last three months.  The old points are included to show that the diffusion index is successful at illustrating the economic reality; the diffusion index points calculated from the previous surveys corresponded to the recession and gradual recovery.  The next survey will be conducted in early November, 2013. The Vermont Business Roundtable (VBR) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of chief executive officers of Vermont’s leading private and nonprofit employers, representing geographic diversity and all major sectors of the Vermont economy. The Roundtable is committed to sustaining a sound economy and preserving Vermont’s unique quality of life by studying and making recommendations on statewide public policy issues. is external). Economic & Policy Resources, Inc. (EPR) has been providing private and public sector clients throughout the U.S. and Canada with problem-solving economic research and analysis services for more than 25 years. Our professionals bring a broad spectrum and a deep reservoir of problem-solving knowledge and experience in applied economics to each assignment. We put our capabilities and experience to work for our clients so that they have the insight and understanding necessary to move forward with confidence. EPR has successfully completed assignments throughout the United States and in eastern Canada. is external) .VBR 8.14.2013last_img read more

World rail infrastructure market – September 2019

first_imgAustralia: John Holland, CPB Contractors and Aecom have been awarded a A$215m contract to undertake platform extension, power upgrading and other works as part of a A$2·1bn of upgrade of Melbourne’s 39·5 km Sunbury suburban line.Bulgaria: NRIC has awarded the Ertms CA Voluyak DZZD consortium of AER and CAF Signalling a contract to design and supply ETCS Level 1, GSM-R and electronic interlockings for the 12 km route from Sofia’s main station to Voluyak.Canada: Mosaic Transit Group has awarded London Trackwork Inc a contract to supply turnouts, crossovers and point machines for the Finch West light rail project in Toronto.Czech Republic: AŽD Praha is installing ETCS Level 2 on the 108 km Česká Třebová – Přerov route at a cost of KC386m, and on the 54 km Praha-Uhříněves – Votice section of Corridor 4 at cost of KC211m.Latvia: RB Rail has awarded IDOM and Ineco a €13m contract for detailed design and construction supervision for 56 km of the Rail Baltica route through Riga. Egis, DB Engineering & Consulting and Olimps have been awarded a €12m contract covering another 67 km.Poland: PKP PLK has awarded Colas Rail Polska a €43m contract to upgrade a 8·5 km section of route E59 between Słonice and Choszczno.Pro-Tra-Building has won a 31m złoty contract to build a 1·5 km extension of the Wrocław tramway to Nowy Dwór.Slovenia: The Ministry of Infrastructure has awarded a consortium of CAF Signalling and local company Iskra a contract to design, supply, install and commission electronic interlockings and other signalling equipment to replace relay-based technology on the 117 km route between Zidani Most and Sentilj.Spain: ADIF has awarded a consortium of Thales and CAF Signalling a contract to supply and maintain signalling equipment for the La Encina – Xátiva – Valencia section of the Mediterranean Corridor. This includes ETCS levels 1 and 2, interlockings and train detection, protection and traffic control systems, power supplies, and telecoms for both broad gauge and future standard gauge services. The contract includes 25 years of maintenance on the 1 435 mm gauge, and 20 years on the 1 668 mm gauge.ADIF has awarded Belgorail and ECA a 48-month contract to undertake interoperability verification of infrastructure, power, signalling and control systems on the 170 km Murcia – Almería section of the Mediterranean Corridor.Sri Lanka: A US$91·3m Indian-financed contract for modernisation of the 130 km Maho – Omanthai line was signed by the government and Ircon on July 18. The 36-month project will raise the line speed from 60 km/h to 120 km/h and eliminate 40 km/h restrictions, while reducing maintenance costs.UK: Tyne & Wear transport authority Nexus has appointed Mott MacDonald to undertake demand modelling studies for potential rail and metro network extensions. Mott MacDonald, Turner and Townsend Project Management and WSP UK have been appointed to support the technical feasibility studies.Network Rail has awarded Story Contracting a £4m contract to design and build Horden station in County Durham.USA: Sound Transit has selected Parsons as lead designer for Seattle’s Federal Way Link Extension project, working as part of a team led by Kiewit Infrastructure West Co which was awarded a design-build contract earlier this year.ExxonMobil and Sabic have appointed Savage to design, build and operate a terminal to handle polyethylene traffic at the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures petrochemical plant in San Patricio County, Texas, which they plan to open in 2022. Savage will provide shunting, wagon washing, loading and repair services as well as facilities maintenance.As part of the $870m Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility project to expand rail capacity at the Port of Long Beach, the Board of Harbor Commissioners has awarded HDR Engineering a $39m five-year contract for engineering design services and Hill International a $18m contract for programme management and real estate services.California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued a request for qualifications for its $1·6bn Phase I Track & Systems contract, covering design, construction and testing of the track, electrification, signalling, train control and other railway systems for the 190 km route between Merced and Bakersfield in the Central Valley, followed by 30 years of maintenance of the railway systems and the underlying civil works.last_img read more

Ban on CONCACAF Funding partly lifted

first_imgCONCACAF soccer region will soon get some financial relief, following the recent announcement from FIFA that the governing body will be lifting their funding ban on the region.The federation will receive $10 million in funding. Last February, the CONCACAF programs were cut off from FIFA funding following the arrest of CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb from the Cayman Islands, and charges filed on former FIFA VO, Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago, for corruption and racketeering. Funding for the Paraguay-based CONMEBOL is still on hold pending an audit into their finances “for the next 15 days” before releasing their $10 million.“The audit and compliance committee has acknowledged the measures taken by CONCACAF and has agreed to lift the suspension of the frozen funds,” FIFA said Tuesday. “However, the release of the funds is still subject to the fulfillment of the requirements cited in the FIFA development regulations.”A former president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, Webb is currently under house arrest at his home in Atlanta, Georgia until next month, where he will be sentenced on June 3rd for crimes ranging from money laundering to racketeering.last_img read more

Bandara Depati Amir, Dulunya Adalah Basis Pertahanan Jepang Saat Melawan Sekutu

first_imgBandara baru Depati Amir (Kompas) Menjadi tujuan Boeing 737 Max 8 Lion Air JT-610 yang jatuh di perairan Tanjung Karawang pada 29 Oktober lalu, nama Bandara Depati Amir menjadi banyak diperbincangkan orang, dan ternyata bandara ini sudah ada sejak 76 tahun silam. Bandar Dapati Amir sendiri berada di kota Pangkal Pinang Provinsi Kepulauan Bangka Belitung.Baca juga: Pesawat Canggih Boeing 737 Max 8 Lion Air Jatuh Perairan Tanjung Karawang, Ini Dia Spesifikasinya!Dibangun sejak masa penjajahan Jepang tahun 1942 lalu, awalnya bandara ini bernama Pelabuhan Udara Pangkal Pinang yang digunakan untuk pertahanan militer Jepang dari serangan tentara Sekutu. Kemudian sejak tanggal 22 Agustus 1985, nama Pelabuhan Udara diubah menjadi Bandar Udara. Lalu pada 25 Agustus 1999 atau 18 tahun kemudian nama Bandara Pangkal Pinang berganti menjadi Bandara Depati Amir yang merupakan UPT dari Instansi Vertikal Direktorat Jenderal Perhubungan Udara, Kementerian Perhubungan. Dirangkum dari berbagai laman sumber pada 1 Januari 2007, pengelolaan dan pengoperasian Bandara Depati Amir menjadi tanggung jawab PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II).Sebelum seperti saat ini, Bandara Depati Amir sudah mengalami beberapa kali perubahan fisik baik di terminal penumpang, fasilitas landasan pacu, apron maupun ruang udara. Terminal penumpang mengalami perluasan karena semakin banyak pengunjung yang menuju ke Pangkal Pinang.Sedangkan landasan pacu yang awalnya merupakan hamparan rumput kemudian berubah menjadi tanah keras atau disebut runway strip dan menjadi aspal setelah bertambahnya dan kapasitas pesawat yang semakin besar. Awalnya landasan paci ini memiliki panjang 1200 meter di tahun 1978 dan diperpanjang hingga 1600 meter, 1800 meter dan 2000 meter hingga pada 2013 lalu menjadi 2250 x 45 meter panjangnya.Sebenarnya saat melakukan perpanjangan landasan pacu, ada sebuah jalan raya yang harus terpotong dan dialihkan ke jalur lainnya. Kini dengan panjang yang kompeten, Bandara Depati Amir bisa didarati pesawat tipe Boeing 737-800NG/900ER dan Airbus A320 meski dengan kapasitas terbatas.Baca juga: Bandara Internasional Soekarno-Hatta Menjadi Hub Kedua Terbesar di Asia PasifikApron atau tempat parkir pesawat juga beberapa kali mengalami penebalan aspal atau overlay dan saat ini sudah mampu menampung empat pesawat berbadan lebar sekaligus. Dulunya tinggi batas wilayah udara hanya 2500 meter saat menjadi pangkalan pertahanan, kemudian hingga 2008 setelah di kelola AP II, ketinggiannya menjadi 24.500 kaki.Hingga pada 1 Januari 2013 setelah pengelolaan udara Depati Amir pada AirNav Indonesia. Diketahui, pada tahun 2017 kemarin pergerakan penumpang mencapai 2.053.947 per tahun dan diprediksi akan mencapai 5.205.583 per tahun.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading… Relatedlast_img read more

Michael A. Taylor set to miss Significant Time due to Injury

first_imgThe Washington Nationals’ outfield will take a huge hit as center fielder Michael A. Taylor injured himself in Thursday’s 10-4 win against the Minnesota Twins. In the second inning, it was reported that Taylor made a diving catch, then one batter later trudged to the dugout in discomfort. Results of the MRI taken on Friday was worse than what manager Dave Martinez hoped for and he told the media that Taylor would, “miss a significant amount of time.” Taylor has a sprained left knee and hip, with no timetable for his return. He was one of the Nationals top prospects but his shine took a hit when the then teen hitting machine Juan Soto took his place in a call-up and never looked back. In 24 at bats with the Nats in 2017 he posted a .250 AVG, and nearly doubled in 2018 with 59 at bats and a .288 AVG. While he is not the defensive standout that Taylor is, you don’t lose much on offense and on the base pads. Some might argue that in a limited amount of showings, Robles is the better hitter. Though he will need serious grooming and big league experience before considered a threat, this is a huge opportunity for him to etch his name in the lineup for good. The outfield for Opening Day reads: Juan Soto LF, Victor Robles CF, Adam Eaton RF. In all honesty, any outfield lineup devoid of Bryce Harper is significantly weaker, but Robles now carries the title of “best arm.” When Taylor returns it will be interesting to see how Martinez involves him as the only healthy backup at this time is Matt Adams (Howie Kendrick out with hamstring injury). Taylor puts the Nats in a tough situation but one they are all too familiar with. While this temporarily closes the door on him, look for more young guys that play the outfield like Andrew Stevenson to stick around and fill the void when necessary. Next Man Up With 12 days until all games count, do not look for much to change with who will take the field for game one of 162. Please follow and like us: Taylor was batting .360 in spring training and jockeying for the starting center field position. The work he put in during the offseason to improve his swing was paying off and it was going to be quite the race to Opening Day, but now it seems that 21-year-old Victor Robles will get his shot. last_img read more

Holiday, minus the fun

first_imgFor the record the best scores were posted by Mike Earley (31), Toshihiro Aoki (32) and Dave Moriarty (33).  There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy went to Alan Walker for his 21-9 point split.  It was altogether a day best forgotten.Vic puts on a showEastern Star had its turn to host the Pattaya Golf Society on Wednesday, 27th February, for a medal round on another enigmatic track.  The course was not in good condition with fairways in need of some “TLC” and greens sporting newly turfed areas making accurate putts a challenge.Scores inevitably reflected course conditions with Larry Slattery and Dave Moriarty sharing third place with net 78.  For Larry it could have been much better had it not been for the adventurous embarrassments on the par five hole number eleven.  One shot better was Peter Ditz on 77.The winner with his best performance with the group in more than six years was Vic Barton whose game plan was simple.  Long gone was the power and exuberance of youth, to be replaced by canny accuracy off the tee and unnerving precision onto the greens giving him the advantage.  He finished with a score of net 67 to become the only PGS golfer to break par on the course in seven visits!Such is the challenge at Ban Chang’s alternate course these days.  There were no birdie ‘2’s and the Booby Bevy went to Tim Davies for his hero-to-zero efforts after a fine performance a few days earlier.  Times are tough at Eastern Star with the greens the way they are at present and sadly there is no miracle cure for the once proud course.Big win for Kiwi FlynnAfter playing courses recently which have disappointed in their conditions, the Pattaya Golf Society put all the frustration behind them as the group visited Bangpra on Friday, 1st March, to play a stableford competition.  The course was in magnificent condition with wickedly fast greens and a slight discount and an early start gave the golfers in the two flights a great boost.The cut was set at seventeen and under and in the second flight Pat Murphy, sporting his very “new” knee, showed he is ready to take to the course again with 29 very well crafted points which gave him third place.  In second place with his best individual finish in two months was Mr Len with 30 points, another sign, if one were needed, that he is overcoming his physical problems at last.  The flight winner, fit and full of it, was Vic Barton who has enjoyed a fine week ending on level par 36 points.In the top flight third place went to Robbie Taylor with 32 points and second went to Rick Schramm on 35 points with the best gross figures of the day also.  The winner, with the best PGS score at Bangpra for a few visits, was Kiwi golfer Alan Flynn, currently sweeping all before him, with a fine 41 points.  He also shared the ‘2’s pot with Jim Ferris, birdying the second whilst Jim’s came on the seventeenth.Rabbi’s free beer draw was won by Dave Plaiter and the Booby Bevy went to Jimmy Cloy after his 15-7 split.  Beautiful Bangpra, good golf, and the luxury of Khun Peung’s birthday party back at Rabbi’s ensured the week ended on a high for the PGS. The Pattaya Golf Society (IPGC) at Rabbi’s Elephant BarThe Pattaya Golf Society began the week on Makha Bucha Day, Monday 25th February, with a visit to Rayong CC to play a stableford competition on the enigmatic course.  The golfers were met with no caddies, an increased fee and a scruffy course which now has a cart restriction.  “Grin and bear it” was the advice and few were grinning by the end of a long day. last_img read more

Germany FIFA member thinks Qatar World Cup 2022 will be blocked for heat issues

first_img Sport EN CEST Germany FIFA member Theo Zwanziger thinks that the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar, because of the high temperatures.  “That is not something that FIFA executive committee members will want to be responsible for.” “Medical experts say that they cannot accept responsibility for a World Cup taking place under these conditions. Zwanziger told Sport Bild: “I personally believe that in the end the 2022 World Cup will not take place in Qatar. “They may be able to cool the stadiums but a World Cup does not take place only (in the stadiums). Fans from all around the world will be coming and travelling in that heat and the first life-threatening case will trigger an investigation by a state prosecutor. Upd. at 17:50 22/09/2014last_img read more

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos to head towards China?

first_imgReal Madrid had to refuse an offer from China after they were reluctant in paying the transfer fee for Sergio RamosAdvertisement bb2NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsare9Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7fcv5( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ph05Would you ever consider trying this?😱gowtdCan your students do this? 🌚zgRoller skating! Powered by Firework Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has received a lucrative offer from China and wants to go there. However, club President Florentina Perez is reluctant to leave him and as things stand, Sergio Ramos will not be heading towards China.Advertisement Real Madrid had to refuse an offer from China after they were reluctant in paying the transfer fee for Sergio RamosSergio Ramos, 33, told the Real Madrid President through his agent that he received a “very good offer” from an unnamed Chinese club and wanted to try his luck there. The Spaniard is contracted with Madrid up to 2021 and cannot leave unless the club offers a transfer fee. However, rules and regulations in China meant they couldn’t offer so.“They came to see me at the office and they told me that they had a very good offer from China but that the rules there do not allow them to pay the transfer. I told Ramos that it was impossible for Real Madrid to let their captain go for free,” said PEREZ.Advertisement Sergio Ramos is Real Madrid’s longest-serving player after he joined the club from Sevilla in 2005. He has won the La Liga and Champions League four times with them since joining.Given how important Sergio Ramos is to Real Madrid, club President Florentina Perez made a wise decision to not let him go free.Advertisement Also Read:Florentino Perez : Karim Benzema is the best centre forward in the world! Advertisementlast_img read more

Gay vows will come

first_imgBy BEN CAMERON A PAKENHAM celebrant believes it is only a matter of time, and a change of Federal Government…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Darby signs with Smoke Eaters

first_imgThe Trail Smoke Eaters would like to announce the commitment of Jimmy Darby from North Vancouver. The 6’2”, 210-lb defenseman has played the past two seasons for the Vancouver Northwest Giants of the BC Major Midget League, where he helped the Giants reach the playoffs, registering 20 points and 101 penalty minutes in 39 games.Darby, who will be suiting up as a 17-year-old next season, is considered to be one of the top defensive prospects in the province and will be looking to make an immediate impact with the Smoke Eaters. Selected by the Kamloops Blazers (84th overall) in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft, Darby made the decision to join the Smoke Eaters after affiliating with the club this season and spending some time in the community. “I want to thank my family, coaches and teammates for helping me along the way. I’m beyond excited to join such a high-class organization and wear a Smokies jersey.” Darby said.The Smoke Eaters organization feels that the addition of Darby will help to solidify a backend that will see three 20-year-old players age out at the end of the playoffs. The Trail Smoke Eaters are very excited to have Jimmy join our organization. We look forward to working with him as he pursues securing an NCAA scholarship.last_img read more