Officials: Work together for transport funding

By on December 30, 2019

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It’s going to take teamwork, they said. Dale Bonner, secretary of the state’s Business, Transportation and Housing Authority, noted that some areas in Southern California have higher-priority transportation needs than others, especially those supporting goods movement corridors. “No one will get everything they’re requesting,” Bonner said. “The real issue is: We can’t fund everything. We’ll have to take a hard look at what gets funded now and what gets funded in the future.” Each year, counties compete against each other for millions of dollars in state and federal transportation funds. Some need major freeway interchange and lane-addition improvements, while others need an overhaul at traffic-laden train crossings or on-ramps and off-ramps. Whatever counties’ individual needs are, one thing is for sure: they all have major congestion issues and are in dire need of fresh transportation dollars. ONTARIO – If we stand together, we might be able to garner a whopping $1.7 billion for freeway, road and train crossing improvements. That was the message transportation and government officials from San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, Los Angeles and Ventura counties talked about Monday at the Ontario Convention Center. The annual Mobility 21 transportation coalition event marks the first time officials from five counties gathered to hear the pros of working together in vying for state and federal transportation money. But speaking as one voice – instead of competing against each other – is going to take a change of habit, county and state officials said. It’s even more reason to beckon with one voice to representatives in Sacramento and Washington, officials said. “It’s very important that we do not get into a fighting situation with other cities and counties,” said Sen. Bob Dutton, R-Rancho Cucamonga, whose district includes portions of San Bernardino and Riverside counties. “It’s going to take everyone to work together as one.” San Bernardino County Supervisor Paul Biane and Lawrence Dale, president of San Bernardino Associated Governments, underscored the Inland Empire’s role in transporting products to the rest of the nation. Forty-three percent of the nation’s imports move through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, and are eventually housed in 1.5 billion square feet of warehouse space located throughout the two-county area, they said. Regional economist John Husing estimates the 15.8 million cargo containers coming through the ports every year will eventually grow to 30 or 40 million in the next two or three decades. However, the state’s transportation bond that passed last November, Proposition 1B, can only do so much to keep up with the region’s infrastructure needs, Dutton and other officials said. The bond provides $19.9 billion for local road and freeway improvements, public transportation, and goods movement/air quality projects. “It’s time for the federal government to step up to the plate and provide some serious dollars,” Dutton said. But half of that battle is for local governments and businesses, said Roger Snoble, CEO of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. For years, cities and counties have executed their land-use plans on one side of the fence, while transportation planners and businesses carried out their own plans on the other side. “The trouble is, you have railroads making their own plans, and the different ports, and everyone else,” he said. “It’s finally time to pull everyone together.” [email protected] (909) 386-3871160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Bahamas Environment Ministry Holds Seminar on Strengthening Nuclear Energy and Radiation Regulations

By on September 17, 2019

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 31, 2017 – Nassau – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Mission to the Bahamas for Inventory of Radioactive Devices, Sources, and Radiation Equipment held a workshop for staff of the Ministry of the Environment and Housing and the Department of Environmental Health (DEHS) at the British Colonial Hilton, October 23-25, 2017.The IAEA is the United Nation’s agency charged with ensuring that radioactive and nuclear materials are secured and applied safely.The lecture for environmental health professionals on using nuclear materials for peaceful purposes officially opened on the Monday morning.  Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and Housing, Janice Miller stated:  “The Bahamas became a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during January 2014.  Since then we have been making incremental steps to establish a regulatory infrastructure for the safe and secure use of radioactive materials, including an independent regulatory body.“We are continuing to work with many of our partners including Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bahamas Bureau of Standards, Ministry of Health, Health Facilities Council, Ministry of Works, Bahamas Customs Department, University of The Bahamas, Ministry of National Security, Attorney General’s Office and others, in order to achieve this objective.”Ms. Miller explained further that preliminary information suggests that radioactive technology is presently being used in The Bahamas in Medicine and Industry.“The activities of the IAEA experts and local team, for the next few days will assist in establishing and maintaining a national inventory of radiation sources, and by extension inform the process of our efforts in ultimately putting in place the appropriate regulation.  Of course the completion of this effort will have to be conducted by the local team, so funds will have to be accessed to make visits to the other islands,” said Ms. Miller.“In addition to other agencies being involved in training workshops, the Ministry of Environment and Housing is taking part in regional projects to begin building capacity in meeting the human and technical resource needs of all aspects of establishment of the needed regulatory infrastructure. The IAEA has been very helpful in this regard and will hopefully continue to give the necessary assistance.”Ms. Miller said that the proper legal framework is crucial to our country receiving full benefits as a member, and as a result, the Ministry of the Environment & Housing has prepared a Cabinet Paper for submission to Cabinet, so that we along with the Attorney General’s Office can officially begin drafting the regulations for the safe and secure use of radioactive material.“The salient components of the law will include, (1) Designation of regulatory body and functions (e.g. Authorization, Licensing, Inspection, Enforcement); (2) Radiation/nuclear protection and safety; (3) Safeguards; (4) Emergency preparedness and response; (5) Transportation of radioactive material; (6) Import/export; (7) Radioactive/nuclear waste/storage; and (8) Nuclear liabilities,” said Ms. Miller.“At each phase the IAEA will be consulted for guidance so that assurance is given that our obligations as a member, are met.   We along with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Attorney General’s Office will also give attention to the various international instruments, conventions, codes and protocols, which will strengthen the international response to nuclear accidents by providing a mechanism for rapid information exchange in order to minimize trans-boundary radiological consequences.”Ms. Miller concluded with saying the Ministry believes that “being a part of key conventions will strengthen the international response to a nuclear accident or radiological emergency, including a terrorist or other malicious act, thus protecting life, property and the environment against the effects of radioactive releases.”“It is my sincere desire that the objectives of this workshop are met and that the meeting will encourage us to continue to work together toward the common goal of establishing a regulatory infrastructure for the safe and secure use of radioactive materials, in The Bahamas,” said Ms. Miller.By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo caption:  Group photo of the IAEA lecturers and participants from various agencies throughout the government, including the Ministry of the Environment & Housing and the Department of Environmental Health (DEHS) at the workshop opening session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Mission to the Bahamas for Inventory of Radioactive Devices, Sources, and Radiation Equipment, October 23-25, 2017.(BIS Photo/Gena Gibbs) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Inter Milan join race for Carrasco

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first_imgInter Milan have reportedly joined a host of clubs in the race to acquire the services of Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, according to Gianluca DiMarzio.The Nerazurri are looking at the Belgium international as a potential replacement for Antonio Candreva, who’s future at the Italian club has been cast into doubt by his agent Federico Pastorello.Carrasco, who currently plays for Dalian Yifang in the Chinese Super League, has been attracting a lot of interest from top European clubs with AC Milan and Arsenal also believed to be interested in his signature.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.The 25-year-old began his professional career with AS Monaco, where he scored 20 goals in 105 appearances, winning the French Ligue 2 in his first season and finishing second in Ligue in the second season.Inter are keen to strengthen their squad this month, and are also closing in on the signing of Cedric Soares on loan from Southampton, but with an option to make the move permanent in the summer.last_img read more

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IBM to Open Up Jeopardy Winner Watsons Brain for Everyone

By on August 30, 2019

first_imgNovember 14, 2013 2 min read IBM is opening up the “brain” of supercomputer Watson by making the software technology behind it available to anyone who has the interest.For entrepreneurs looking to develop programs on top of the Watson infrastructure, this is your green light.IBM’s goal is to enable innovation to happen more quickly than it would if Big Blue kept the software technology private. “With this move, IBM is taking a bold step to advance the new era of cognitive computing,” said Michael Rhodin, senior vice president at IBM Software Solutions Group, in a statement.Related: Intel’s Futurist: We’ll Soon Be Living In ComputersThe application programming interface, or API, for Watson — who famously triumphed on the game-show Jeopardy! in 2011 — will be made available in what will be called the IBM Watson Developers Cloud.Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM expects to partner with businesses of all sizes, from startups to larger enterprises. Watson’s power is its ability to process extensive amounts of information intelligently, a red-hot industry called ‘big data.’”This could bring about a paradigm shift not only in how people interact with computers, but in how we live our lives,” said Mohamad Makhzoumi, partner at New Enterprise Associates and board member at Welltok, one of the first companies to work with the Watson software, in a statement.Related: This Major Crowdfunding Site Now Accepts Bitcoin PledgesFor those businesses and individuals interested in building an application on top of the Watson software, IBM will make upwards of 500 of its own experts available.Early business partners with IBM are developing applications that will build on the Watson cognitive software to make digital personal shoppers smarter, to make the medical device purchasing process more streamlined and a health management application that rewards positive behaviors.Related: Voice Recognition and No Wallet: PayPal’s Vision of the Future Enroll Now for Freecenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

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An Equity Crowdfunding Campaign Just Launched to Create a Private JetSlashHelicopter Hybrid

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first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 26, 2015 Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.center_img If airplanes can travel extensive distances at great speeds and helicopters have the ability to take off vertically and land with unparalleled precision, aviation experts now want to combine the best of both worlds.Denver, Colo.-based XTI Aircraft Company has just launched an equity crowdfunding campaign seeking to raise up to $50 million to develop the TriFan 600, a six-seat private airplane that boasts three deducted fans. Two of these fans, initially acting as propellers of sorts, remain horizontal during liftoff, and then flip forward within seconds to generate thrust, XTI says. This process is reversed upon landing.Click to Enlarge+Image Credit: XTI Aircraft CompanyWhile the lightweight machine, which can travel at speeds that far outpace helicopters, could eventually be used for medical evacuations or tourism, XTI initially envisions the TriFan 600 as a stated play for the multibillion-dollar private aviation market.Related: How the Global Stock Market Selloff Will Affect CrowdfundingThe company says it will sell the planes for between $10 and $12 million. However, it expects that it might take two-and-a-half years to build the first prototype once funding is secured — with FAA approval estimated to follow between six and eight years thereafter. If 100 TriFans are ultimately sold, XTI notes in its StartEngine campaign, that would amount to $1 billion in revenue.XTI, which says that it is not inventing new technology but combining existing flight paradigms, is the brainchild of David Brody, who developed the initial configuration for the TriFan 600 back in 2012. His partners include top executives from leading aircraft manufacturing companies Sikorsky and Cessna.Given that the SEC recently amended its policy to allow non-accredited investors to participate in equity crowdfunding for small businesses, XTI says it wants to invite “anyone to be a part of the journey that will change personal transportation as we know it.” Venture capital, private equity and high net worth investors are also part of its funding plan, the company said in a press release.Related: Meet the Mastermind Who Designs Private Jet Vacations for the Ultra Wealthy 2 min readlast_img read more

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