Q Burke pushes opening to January 8

first_imgBurke Mountain Ski Area,Vermont Business Magazine Warm conditions and even rain have caused Q Burke Resort to reset its ski calendar to a January 8 opening. “As we look ahead, the 7-day forecast may include some much needed colder temperatures and perhaps even a sprinkle of natural snow, but this week has been tough and we will need to go back and resurface Warren’s Way training hill, Upper Willoughby, and Bear’s Den once again,” Q Burke said in a statement. “During our operations meeting yesterday, we discussed a timeline and game plan so we are ready to go when Mother Nature says so.  With the projected time table and the amount of running time it will take to resurface sections of trail, we are projecting a new target open date for skiing and riding Friday, January 8th. Jay Peak will continue to honor Q Burke season passes at their resort until we are open.”Today is the last day to save for our Dinner and Comedy show happening this Saturday evening, 7pm in the Sherburne Base Lodge. Not only can you save some money by pre-purchasing your ticket but you also receive one complimentary drink with every pre-buy ticket.”last_img read more

Valley First banks on Challenge Penticton and becomes title sponsor

first_imgValley First, a division of First West Credit Union, has increased its support and commitment to the success of Challenge Penticton Canada by signing on as title sponsor for this year’s event.Announced yesterday morning by Valley First President Paulette Rennie, the 2014 triathlon, which takes place on 24 August, will be known as Valley First Challenge Penticton Canada.“I couldn’t be happier with this partnership,” said Rennie. “It’s the perfect fit for Valley First. We’ve become well-known for leading exciting new initiatives and Challenge has brought a fresh new approach in multi-sport to the South Okanagan.”Valley First’s title sponsorship of Challenge Penticton Canada is an extension of the Penticton-based financial institution’s support in 2013. Last year, Valley First presented the post-event athlete and volunteer awards banquet in addition to arranging on-course aid station volunteers.“So many people give so much to make events like Challenge Penticton Canada a success,” said Rennie. “Last year Valley First recognized the athletes and volunteers. This year, we’re going a step further to help take this world-class event to the next level. I’m truly excited about this year’s race.” Valley First Challenge Penticton Director Diana Stirling said that having Valley First commit its support as title sponsor is a real boost for the Challenge Family event. “It’s great for us to have a truly community-focused partner in Valley First,” said Stirling. “The expertise, support and enthusiasm Valley First will bring to Challenge are simply tremendous.“We’re heading into year two and working hard each day to establish Valley First Challenge Penticton as one of the premier multi-sport events in North America. To have an institution like Valley First get behind us really underscores how committed our city is to making this event a huge success.”One aspect that made increasing its sponsorship of Challenge Penticton Canada the right fit for Valley First is the organizations’ shared commitment to community building. As part of the sponsorship, Valley First Challenge Penticton will also be incorporating Valley First’s hunger- and poverty-fighting signature cause, ‘Feed the Valley’.“At Valley First we’re incredibly proud of our reputation as community supporters,” added Rennie. “It’s important for us to be more than just a good neighbour. Entering into this partnership with Challenge Penticton, we saw a real opportunity to work with a like-minded group and be part of a fantastic week-long celebration all while furthering our commitment to building and strengthening the communities we serve.”www.challenge-penticton.comwww.challenge-family.comwww.valleyfirst.com Relatedlast_img read more

Citing traffic, light and noise, Lenexa council rejects proposed QuikTrip at 95th and Noland

first_imgA rendering of the proposed QuikTrip project denied by the Lenexa council.The Lenexa City Council shut off the pump on a proposed new QuikTrip store at the northeast corner of 95th Street and Noland Road, citing ongoing concerns about anticipated negative effects on the adjacent residential neighborhood from excessive traffic, light and noise.At its Tuesday meeting, the council rejected a proposed ordinance to rezone the property to allow the convenience store; a proposed ordinance for a special use permit to allow gasoline sales on the property; and a preliminary plan for the store. Ward 2 Councilman Thomas Nolte cast the lone vote in favor of the store. Ward 3 Councilman Dan Roh was absent.Neighbors were concerned that the plans for a QuikTrip on the site would bring light and noise pollution. Photo credit Johnson County Appraiser’s Office.The new QuikTrip would have replaced and doubled the size of JB’s One Stop at 95th and Noland. At its July 3 meeting, the council voted unanimously to return a revised proposal for the new store to the Lenexa Planning Commission, which recommended denial of another amended plan at its Aug. 6 meeting. The planning commission had also recommended denial of an earlier plan at its June 4 meeting.Shannon Marcano, a lawyer with Local Law LLC who represents QuikTrip, made a presentation to the council describing the concessions the company had made in its amended applications and citing the benefits the store would have on the area, including increased tax revenue.Jim Briuer, who co-owns JB’s One Stop with his wife, Linda Briuer, also addressed the council. They have owned JB’s for more than 30 years, he said, but decided to sell it because of his poor health.“When first approached by QuikTrip to purchase our property, both Linda and I agreed: Who better to turn our loyal customers over to (than) QuikTrip?” Briuer said. “As a competitor of QuikTrip for many years, I gained a huge appreciation of the quality of their operation…Turning our long-operation business over to QuikTrip provides Linda and me with the sense that we’re doing good by Lenexa and the greater community…We cannot stand any longer to allow a few neighbors to keep QuikTrip from continuing our legacy…This is the right thing for us and the right thing for Lenexa.”Lenexa resident Joe Quint, whose residential property abuts the site of the proposed store, also made a presentation to the council. It included photos of himself, his wife and their children, and photos and maps of his property relative to the proposed store’s site.“It’s very close to my house,” Quint said. “We will actually see 100 percent of the traffic, despite what they say. … We’ll see 100 percent of those (vehicles’) lights.”Quint said that he liked and frequented QuikTrip stores but added that, because they’re “very well lit…you can see them from a mile away.” He also cited in his presentation’s visuals other reasons for concern about having the store so close to his property, including a “greater crime vector” and “loud talking, lurking, substantially higher danger for my and other neighborhood children, abduction, fights and foul language.”“Would you want your children to be playing in my backyard, or grandchildren?” Quint said.Ward 4 Councilman Andy Huckaba said the proposed store “feels like a misfit for a number of reasons.”“I’m challenged by the impact on the neighborhood,” Huckaba said. “I’m challenged by the traffic that’s there right now, and I see that nearly every day as I go past that area. It’s a challenging intersection, Noland and 95th, and cars back up often there … and I can only see that increasing in the scenario with this particular application.”Nolte disagreed that a new QuikTrip at the site would necessarily attract extra traffic.“They live off the traffic that’s already there,” he said, adding that QuikTrip “set(s) the price for gasoline, and they set the standard for service.”last_img read more

Bill would reduce judges’ pensions

first_imgBill would reduce judges’ pensions Bill would reduce judges’ pensions Associate EditorA bill filed by Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, calls for amendments to two Florida Statutes which would modify the formula used to determine taxpayer-funded pensions for elected officials, including Supreme Court justices, district court of appeal judges, circuit judges, and county court judges. “We have to come up with ways to reduce cost to the Florida Retirement System and to taxpayers,” Fasano told the News. “Elected officials — including judges — need to take the lead and set the example. If we’re going to change the benefits for rank-and-file members, it should start at the top with elected officials and judges.”If passed, the amendments would go into effect July 1, reducing pension plans for a large number of court employees.The bill works this way:Public employees’ pensions are currently determined by utilizing a multiplier, a number based on the years an employee works and his or her highest salary. Pensions of elected officials are determined by a set multiplier of 3 percent of their average final compensation. For elected judicial officials, the number is higher at 3.3 percent.SB 290, filed last month, would amend F.S. §§121.062 and 121.72 and reduce the multiplier to 2 percent of the average — not final — compensation for all elected officials, including those in the judiciary.Fasano believes the reduction is necessary, especially since fellow lawmakers are exploring reducing benefits for other state employees.“No elected official or judge should be in a higher class than any other government official when it comes to retirement benefits,” Fasano said.“I don’t understand why a judge would be getting 3.3 percent while the rank-and-file government employees get less than 2 percent.”No staff analysis of the bill was available as this News went to press.The bill, still untitled, will be followed closely by the courts, according to the Office of the State Courts Administrator, and the Bar’s Legislation Committee plans to discuss the bill at its January 27 meeting.“This has come up since our last board meeting, so we’ve not yet taken any action,” said Board of Governors member Ed Scales of Key West, chair of the Legislation Committee. “We’ve just been made familiar with the bill, so anything right now would be premature.“We’re certainly watching it very closely,” Scales said.Bar members can track SB 290 — and other relevant legislation — in the “2011 Bill Reports” found within the Legislative Activity section of The Florida Bar website at www.floridabar.org. The Legislature convenes March 8. January 15, 2011 Annie Butterworth Jones Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Gondola rides in Venice are now also possible for people in wheelchairs

first_imgA city located on 118 smaller islands in a bay in the north of the Adriatic Sea, a city bordered by more than 170 canals connected by over 400 bridges, a city with a rich history, a city of masks and much more – all this is Venice. One of the most popular symbols of Venice is the gondola, which has been used since the 11th century, and then, as today, it was used to transport passengers through the city. Today, there are about 500 of them and they are the most common tourist attraction. Venetian tradition dictates that a couple riding in a gondola must kiss under every bridge in order to remain in love forever.Gondola rides and the mentioned tradition have so far been an unattainable dream for people in wheelchairs, who have not had access to the gondola so far. But thanks to good people and the crowdfunding community, the dream has become a reality.” For over 20 years I have watched the unhappy faces and looks of people in wheelchairs who could not ride with us and the eyes that look at us with longing as if we were the last Coca-Cola in the desert. It destroyed me from within. But now it has come to an end“Points out Enrico Greifenberg, gondolier and project founder Gondollas4allA new private-public project, funded through the IndieGoGo campaign, called Gondolas4All – Gondola for All, introduced the service and the first place where there is a ramp for safe entry of people with wheelchairs into the famous Venetian gondola. The plan is to build even more ramps, and your own by donation you can help spread the project all over Venice as soon as possible. All information as well as booking your ride can be found at www.gondolas4all.comFreedom is when you are free to go wherever you want, points out the boy in a wheelchair at the beginning of the video. What is the situation in Croatia? Can people in wheelchairs move freely around our destinations? Can wheelchair users enter hotels and are our hotels adapted for the disabled? How accessible is Croatian tourism to people with disabilities?We will try to find the answer to these questions and explore the real situation in Croatian tourism. Everyone deserves freedom of movement! #slobodakretanja PS Let us know your experiences, suggestions, ideas and who to contact at vijesti@hrturizam.hrlast_img read more

“Another chapter” for Linde Korea with 5,200 tpd facility

first_imgGet instant access to must-read content today!To access hundreds of features, subscribe today! At a time when the world is forced to go digital more than ever before just to stay connected, discover the in-depth content our subscribers receive every month by subscribing to gasworld.Don’t just stay connected, stay at the forefront – join gasworld and become a subscriber to access all of our must-read content online from just $270. Subscribelast_img

L-3 MSI to Wire Up First Biogas Ferry

L-3 Marine Systems International (L-3 MSI) has been awarded a contract to provide advanced automation, navigation, communications and electrical propulsion facilities for Samsø Færgen, a new 100-metre, double-ended passenger/car ferry built by Remontowa Shipbuilding at its Gdansk shipyard on behalf of Danish proprietor, Samsø Municipality. Due to enter service in September 2014 on domestic routes between the renewable energy island of Samsø and Hou on the Danish mainland, the eight-deck DNV-class vessel will carry a maximum of 600 passengers and 160 cars.” Initially LNG-fuelled, Samsø Færgen is expected to become the world’s first ferry to operate on locally supplied biogas.”“We are particularly proud to be actively associated with the ongoing development of this remarkable maritime innovation, which marks a huge stride in reducing carbon dioxide emissions and pollution from ships,” said Reinhard Swoboda, senior vice president of drives and special systems at L-3 MSI’s SAM Electronics division. “The supply of our latest PWM technology underscores L-3’s continuing contribution to providing cost-effective, efficient and eco-friendly propulsion technology.”The NACOS Platinum integrated navigation system to be supplied by L-3 MSI’s Lyngsø Marine division, comprises S- and X-band radars linked to a series of five Multipilot multifunction consoles and associated conning units for control of all main radar, ECDIS, automatic steering and voyage planning functions.Subsidiary sensors consist of AIS, VDR, DGPS, Doppler logs, echosounders, gyros, rudder steering and indicators, wind/weather navaids and BNWAS.The vessel’s control system is completed by L-3’s MCS Platinum automated monitoring and control system, with approximately 4,000 data inputs remote controlled from several onboard computer workstations, as well as emergency shutdown and DNV-approved LNG cargo control systems.L-3 MSI’s SAM Electronics division is providing the ferry’s complete electrical propulsion system.The vessel will be equipped with four 850 kW azimuth thrusters, each driven by an asynchronous motor and a speed-controlled, low-voltage PWM converter featuring the latest active front-end (AFE) technology.The vessel’s power generation configuration will include the installation of two 690 V, 60 Hz propulsion switchboards, four gensets, including 1,275 kVA synchronous generators, and dual-fuel diesel/LNG engines.[mappress]Press Release; July 8th, 2014; Image: Remontowa read more

Gazprom, YPF ink memorandum of cooperation

first_imgGazprom head Alexey Miller signed a memorandum of cooperation with Miguel Galuccio, CEO of Argentine National Petroleum Company YPF in Moscow on Thursday.“The document stipulates the main areas of the future bilateral cooperation, including exploration, production and transmission of hydrocarbons in Argentina and third countries,” Russian gas giant said in a statement.YPF is the main oil and gas producer in Argentina, with a market share of more than 43 percent.Gazprom is supplying LNG to Argentina as part of a deal won in 2013 to supply 15 LNG cargoes with a total volume of one million tons to the country between 2014 and 2015.[mappress mapid=”17166″]LNG World News Staff; Image: Gazpromlast_img

Eversheds to fight employment tribunal bias ruling

first_imgNational firm Eversheds last week lodged an appeal against an Employment Tribunal ruling that it must pay £123,300 in compensation to a male associate who suffered sexual discrimination during the firm’s 2009 redundancy programme. The tribunal found that former real estate associate John de Belin was treated less favourably than another associate who was on maternity leave when he was selected for redundancy. Eversheds’ redundancy programme was based on a points system judged against certain criteria. One criterion, which carried a maximum of two points, judged potential redundancy candidates on how quickly they achieved payment for work during a certain timeframe. A woman colleague of de Belin was automatically awarded the maximum two points for this on the grounds that she was not available to be assessed. Eversheds considered that it would have been open to a discrimination claim from her had it not awarded maximum points. De Belin received only half a point for lock-up, giving him 27 points against the woman’s 27.5 when the final points were counted. He was selected for redundancy and took his case to the tribunal. An Eversheds spokesman said the firm would appeal the decision on the basis that the Sexual Discrimination Act excludes maternity from being taken into account when comparing the treatment of men and women.last_img read more

Peters & May appoints German sales agent

first_imgThe global boat transportation provider says that it has been serving its German customers though its UK head office but the appointment of a dedicated sales agent will enable it to provide a comprehensive service to yacht manufacturers, dealers and owners across the country.www.petersandmay.comwww.atsincintl.comlast_img