On Thursday, June 3, the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees approved a resolution that authorizes the Community College of Vermont (CCV) to enter a lease agreement with DEW Construction Corporation of Williston, Vermont to design and build a new academic facility for CCV in Rutland. The facility will be located on the corner of Wales and West Streets, and will be a 30,000 square foot building. CCV will lease the facility from DEW, with occupancy scheduled for August 1, 2011. The new building will replace CCV’s current location at 24 Evelyn Street, where CCV has leased 12,000 square feet of classroom and office space since 1999.CCV President Joyce Judy stated that “Rutland is CCV’s second largest location, and it is the fastest growing location in the college.” CCV had 900 students enrolled in the Rutland area in the spring 2010 semester, which is a 58% increase in student enrollment in the past five years.“CCV is pleased to be able to remain in downtown Rutland,” said Dean of Administration Barbara Martin, who oversaw the development of the new lease agreement. “We have enjoyed tremendous benefits through growing student enrollments in Rutland, with excellent faculty and staff and strong partnerships with area agencies and businesses.”In its current location, CCV brings over 400 potential customers per day – 900 per week – to downtown retailers.CCV in Rutland is offering 150 courses for its fall semester beginning September 7th, and registration for fall semester is now under way. The Community College of Vermont is a member of the Vermont State Colleges and has 12 learning centers statewide, serving 12,000 students each year. For more information, visit www.ccv.edu(link is external), call 802-786-6996 or stop by 24 Evelyn Street for more information.Source: CCV. 6.3.2010
INTRO: Next month is due to see the selection of a preferred bidder for a build-operate-transfer concession to build Taiwan’s long-planned Taipei – Kaohsiung high speed line. The government hopes to have the 340 km route open by 2003BYLINE: Dr Ching-Lung LiaoDirector General, Bureau of Taiwan High Speed RailWITH A population of 21·3 million crammed into a land area of less than 36000 km2, the island of Taiwan has long been an economic powerhouse of the Far East region. Around 95% of the population lives in the western coastal plains, which stretch from Taipei in the north to Kaohsiung in the south. The coastal belt is served by Taiwan Railway Administration’s main line, electrified in the early 1980s, but steadily growing traffic and overcrowding on the parallel motorway are signals that something better is needed.For the past decade, planning has been under way for a 340 km high-speed line linking the 10 principal cities in western Taiwan. Studies suggest that ridership will be around 200000 passengers/day at opening in 2003, rising to 292000 per day by 2010. The government has now made a substantive decision to build the line, and a preferred consortium to carry out the work is due to be selected next month. The line has been designed as a purely passenger route, with conventional steel wheel on rail technology. The guideway will be aligned for a maximum of 350 km/h. To reduce land severance, over 75% will be built on viaduct, with the remainder a mix of bored tunnel, cut-and-cover, and embankment.Trains will be able to run at headways down to 4min during the 2h peak periods morning and evening. Each train must have a minimum capacity of 800 seats, and a basic service offering no less than 300000 seats per day is required. Running time for the 340 km Taipei – Kaohsiung journey is envisaged as 90min for express services with a single 3min intermediate stop at Taichung. Regular trains will take 120min, including 2min stops at four selected intermediate stations.The total project cost is approximately US$17bn, of which 44% will be allocated to civil works, 19% to the ’core system’ (rolling stock, signalling, catenary and power supply), 16% to land acquisition, 4% to trackwork, and 3% to stations (Fig 1).Following the global trend of privatising state-owned enterprises and transferring investment projects into the private sector to relieve financial burdens on government, the high speed line has been chosen as the first transport infrastructure project in Taiwan to be implemented using the Build-Operate-Transfer model. To make the scheme commercially viable, the government will be responsible for acquiring land, and will assign property development rights around the stations to the concessionaire. Three-part BOT concessionIn fact, the government will grant three parallel rights to the concessionaire. The first is the right to finance, build and operate the high-speed line itself, running from the northern depot site at Hsichih, northeast of Taipei, to Kaohsiung, including stations, depots, maintenance bases, and related facilities. This concession will run for 35 years from contract signing, providing periods for construction and operation.A second concession gives the promoter the right to conduct ancillary businesses as approved by the government. In principle, this will run for the same period as the main concession, but is negotiable. The third right is for the concessionaire to develop property at the stations and maintenance bases, including interchange facilities, car parks, retail plazas, green areas, and other real estate development. The government will adjust the development rights to reflect the scope of work and level of investment proposed by the winning bidder, but the concession period will not be longer than 50 years from the takeover of the land.Following the decision to go ahead with the project, the former Provisional Engineering Office of High Speed Rail was renamed the Bureau of Taiwan High Speed Rail, and authorised to start land acquisition for the route.BOTHSR’s major task at present is to evaluate bids for the BOT concession and select the best applicant. The evaluation process has been divided into two phases, with the first task being to identify prequalified applicants. Two private groups, China Development Corp and Taiwan High Speed Rail Consortium, submitted proposals based on Japanese shinkansen and European TGV and ICE technology respectively. Both organisations passed the Phase 1 review and were formally prequalified on February 22 1997.During Phase 2, intensive meetings were held between BOTHSR and the two groups, to discuss and clarify various investment terms and the rights and liabilities between the government and the private investors. This period finished at the end of June, after which BOTHSR issued on July 15 a set of ’Supplementary Documents of Instructions to Application’. These are the basis for the two groups to draft their investment proposals, and for subsequent contractual negotiations between BOTHSR and the preferred bidder. Final investment proposals were due to be submitted by the end of August, and the selection of the preferred bidder will be made by the Ministry of Transportation & Communications by November 30 1997.Partnership agreementThe partnership between the government and the BOT concessionaire will be based on a complex investment arrangement, government will be directly responsible for about 28% of the total project cost, the BOT concessionaire for at least 40% of the total, and the remainder will be funded by the government but implemented by the concessionaire.The government will be responsible for handling and funding directly all land acquisition (approximately 1200 ha for the new line and 93ha for station area developments). It will manage the civil works for the underground section between Nankang and Panchiao in the Taipei metropolitan area, excluding trackwork and E&M facilities. The government will also be responsible for administration and supervision.Other than these three areas, the BOT concessionaire is free to include all other works within the scope of its investment proposals. Anything not included in the proposal will be treated as ’remainder’ works – which is primarily expected to cover civil works for construction of the guideway; this will be funded by the government but managed by the concessionaire.The actual works to be included in the BOT investment will be finalised as part of the bidding negotiation and selection process, but the following items shall be included as a minimum:
Pakistan and Bangladesh are virtually out of 2019 World Cup. Two teams will look to end tournament on fifth spot. The encounter between two nations will take place at Lord’s in London. highlights New Delhi: With the race for semi-finals virtually over for Pakistan and Bangladesh, the two teams head for their last 2019 World Cup encounter at Lord’s in London to play for pride and end the tournament on high. For Pakistan, the journey has been full of ups and down. However, Bangladesh, on the other hand, have been able to impress with their consistent effort in the mega event.Pakistan’s resurgence in the World Cup looked eerily close to the 1992 Cup-winning edition before India’s loss to England dented their hopes of a semi-final spot and when New Zealand went down to the hosts last night, it was almost over for them.The road to the knockout stage for Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men is just an improbable mathematical calculation and that too provided Pakistan win the toss and bat first.If Pakistan lose the toss and are asked to field, their miniscule semi-final hopes will be over even before the first ball is bowled at the Lord’s.New Zealand finished their engagements at 11 points from nine matches after their 119-run loss to England but despite the massive defeat, the Kiwis are way ahead in terms of their net run-rate, which is +0.175, compared to Pakistan’s -0.792.Currently placed fifth with nine points from eight matches, Pakistan face the challenge of beating Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 or by 316 runs after scoring 400, something which is practically impossible.Following their loss to arch-rivals India, Pakistan staged a remarkable comeback with wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan, riding on some impressive performances by Babar Azam and Harris Sohail in the batting department.Left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi’s five-wicket haul against New Zealand was also a big positive as it added firepower to their bowling led by Mohammad Amir.Bangladesh, on the other hand, will rue their missed chances and would hope to bring some cheer to their fans back home with a solid performance against Pakistan, a team they had defeated in the 1999 edition.Currently placed seventh, Bangladesh have been impressive in their wins against South Africa, Afghanistan and West Indies.They have shown the stomach for a fight even in losses and Mashrafe Mortaza and his men will hope for a good outing against Pakistan on Friday.Bangladesh have been too dependent on star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who has become the only cricketer to score 500 runs and claim 10 wickets in World Cup history.Led by Shakib, Bangladesh have consistently crossed the 300-mark this World Cup but it is their bowling which has let them down, especially the lack of form of skipper Mortaza.Mustafizur Rahman’s variations, which fetched him five wickets, and Mohammad Saifuddin’s fifty helped them give India a scare in their last match and Bangladesh will hope for a stronger show against Pakistan.Interestingly, with Pakistan being the host for the game. Bangladesh team need to wear the ‘away jersey’. Interestingly, the game will also see a few players from both sides playing their last World Cup game. The likes of Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Mashrafe Mortaza are few among many in the list and all will look to give their best.(With Inputs: PTI) For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Tags: DreamFutsal Super LeagueParkYeak Kabowa Park’s Iddi Babu (right) scored twice against Yeak on Thursday night (Photos by Futsal Media)Futsal Super League Thursday, 07-03-2019International Futsal Courts, Mengo -Nomad 1-1 Typhoon @6pm-Park 3-0 Yeak Kabowa @7pm-Yap Stars 3-5 Aidenal-Elephants 0-4 Crown-Equator 2-1 Bajim-Mengo City 0-2 Dream-Parakeets 8-1 Kabowa UnitedMENGO – They say, ‘When u want to be the best, beat the best’ and that is exactly what Park did in the Futsal Super League on Thursday night as they defeated log leaders, Yeak Kabowa 3-0 at the International Futsal Courts in Mengo.Going into the much anticipated encounter, Park were trailing Yeak by 5 points and knew that anything short of victory would all but end their title charge.With utmost determination and desire, Park showed they wanted it more right from the start and they raced into a 1-0 lead by halftime thanks to Shaffic Mulangira’s strike.In the second, Yeak threw all they had at Park but were always suspect at the counter and they were made to pay twice as Park Captain Iddi Babu helped himself to a brace, taking his tally of goals for the season to 22.In the end, Yeak who had scored in all their last 10 games could not breach a resilient Park defence, losing 3-0 at the sound of the final whistle.The three points earned see Park close the gap on Yeak to just two points with 15 rounds played. Park now have 33 points while Yeak remain on 35.For third placed Dream, they continued their fine run of form, thanks to a hard fought 2-0 win over Mengo City.Dream players celebrate one of their two goals against MengoDream who were without influential defender John Kitanda due to suspension, failed to get going in the first half as they were repealed by Mengo and hence the two sides went into the break dead-locked 0-0.In the second, John Ssegawa took the initiative, scoring two goals in the final 10 minutes, to see Dream take the day 2-0.Ssegawa (10) scored both goals as Dream defeated MengoDream who have not lost in any of their last 8 games now, move to within six points of leaders Yeak. The defending champions have now accumulated 29 points from 15 games and are very much back into the title race as they sit 3rd on the log.Mengo City on the other hand remain 10th with 16 points.In the other high profile encounter that took place on Thursday, Aidenal who went into the game winless in their last four, defeated bottom of the pile-Yap Stars 5-3 in a thrilling game.The Entebbe based side were rampant from the word go, taking a 5-1 lead by halftime thanks to goals from Oniala Louis, Michael Kasozi and a hat trick by Ronald Ssonko. Yap’s first half strike was scored by Ronald Kimbugwe.In the second half, Yap tried to mount a comeback as they scored the only two goals of the half, but Aidenal held on to take all three points. Kimbugwe and Hamidullah Nduga struck for Yap in the last 15 minutes.Victory sees Aidenal remain in 11th with 15 points while Yap are still rock-bottom on 6 points from 15 games.The highest scoring fixture on the night took place in the game between Parakeets and Kabowa United.Parakeets who have had a trying last few weeks produced a scintillating performance on the night, one identical to that that saw them climb onto the top of the log at one stage earlier in the season.Parakeets started strongly and held a huge 4-1 lead by halftime. In the second period, they never took the foot of the peddle, scoring as many as they scored in the first (4), to win the encounter 8-1.Victory sees Parakeets climb into 4th on the standings with 28 points, 7 adrift of leaders Yeak while Kabowa remain second from bottom with 9 points.Elsewhere, Equator defeated Bajim 2-1, Crown annihilated Elephants 4-0 while Nomad and Typhoon played out a 1-1 draw.Yeak’s Shaffic Avemah still leads the scoring charts with 26 points, four ahead of Park’s Iddi Babu (22).The Futsal Super League returns next Thursday with another gigantic battle between Yeak and Dream.Comments