Governor Wolf Announces New State Investments in Rail Projects, Supporting 375 Jobs

first_img Infrastructure,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release,  Results,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced new project approvals through the State Transportation Commission totaling more than $40 million in funding that will support an estimated 375 jobs in rail freight projects statewide.“Keeping our extensive rail freight system in good shape is a common-sense way to ensure a sound foundation for the state’s economy,” said Governor Wolf. “Pennsylvania is ranked first when it comes to operating railroads, and we are committed to working with this vital industry to serve the state’s business community and keep our job picture bright.”The State Transportation Commission voted today to approve $40 million for nine projects through the Rail Transportation Assistance Program (RTAP) and 25 projects through the Rail Freight Assistance Program (RFAP).Following is a county-by-county list of approved rail freight projects:RTAP Projects:Allegheny CountyAllegheny Valley Railroad Co., $1,032,168 to rehabilitate the 36th Street Trestle bridge to increase capacity by eliminating weight restrictions.Norfolk Southern Corp., $20 million to alter 14 bridges by raising overhead clearances or lowering track to accommodate doublestack train cars.U.S. Steel Corp., $279,830 to rehabilitate approximately one mile of track, install two switches, and improve drainage.Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Clearfield, Elk, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, and Warren countiesBuffalo & Pittsburgh Railroad Co., $1,861,142 to rehabilitate about 220 miles of track by rail grinding and replacing more than 2,700 ties and 35,000 feet of rail.Cambria, Centre, and Clearfield countiesR.J. Corman Railroad Co., Pennsylvania lines, $1,071,485 to rehabilitate 65 miles of track including ties and ballast.Dauphin CountyMiddletown & Hummelstown Railroad, $220,500 to rehabilitate about five miles of track, a wye and a turnout.Susquehanna CountyCentral New York Railroad, $3 million to rehabilitate the Starrucca Viaduct and Bridge.Washington and Westmoreland countiesWheeling & Lake Erie Railway, LLC, $1,799,000 to install 14 miles of continuous welded rail.York CountyYork Railway Co., $735,875 to repair three bridges and rehabilitate about 14 miles of track.RFAP Projects:Allegheny County Tube City IMS, LLC, $700,000 to rehabilitate over one mile of track including ties, ballast, turnout reconfiguration, and surfacing.Union Railroad Co., $700,000 to rehabilitate over four miles of track including about 4,750 new ties and ballast.Allegheny and Washington countiesWheeling & Lake Erie Railway Co., $700,000 to replace the deck timbers on four bridges.Blair CountyD Holdings, $700,000 to rehabilitate about 3,200 feet of track and five turnouts and pave an existing loading dock at a transload facility.Bradford CountyLehigh Railway LLC, $244,125 to install a turnout on an existing siding at the Rock Station fracking sand facility.Bucks CountyTyburn Railroad LLC, $420,000 to construct more than 1,000 feet of new track and install a crossover.Bucks, Chester and Montgomery countiesEast Penn Railroad LLC, $594,912 to install 2,500 new ties and complete five miles of surfacing on the Wilmington Northern line and install 4,000 new ties on the Quakertown line.Chester CountyArcelor Mittal Plate LLC, $274,179 to replace seven turnouts and reconstruct 327 feet of track throughout the company’s Coatesville steel plant.Mittal Steel USA Railways, $308,315 to reconstruct 790 feet of track and replace six turnouts throughout the company’s Coatesville property.Clearfield CountyAmerican Rock Salt, $700,000 to rehabilitate 4,500 feet of existing track, construct 1,000 feet of new track and install a new conveyor at an existing Clearfield County transload facility.Cumberland CountyGettysburg & Northern Railroad Co., $107,250 to rehabilitate and install a new turnout to an existing dead-end stub track siding to create a 2,400-foot turnaround track.Lackawanna and Luzerne counties Redevelopment Authority of Luzerne County, $175,000 for repairs to seven bridges including tie alignment and replacement, tree removal and walkway replacement.Lackawanna and Monroe countiesDelaware-Lackawanna Railroad Co., $639,249 to replace bridge timbers and back wall ties on the two Carbondale Main bridges and repair spalling and cracking on a bridge on the Pocono Mainline.Lancaster CountyLandisville Railroad LLC, $700,000 to rehabilitate nearly two miles of track, including surfacing, installation of eight turnouts, tie replacement and resurfacing of a public road crossing.Lawrence CountyThe Hill Railroad Car Co., $243,177 to relocate a turnout and install new ties and rail on the 1,350-foot South Sample spur.Kasgro Rail Corp., $344,347 to replace and strengthen yard track at the company’s manufacturing and repair facility.New Castle Industrial Railroad, $266,952 to realign and rehabilitate less than one mile of track including new ties, plates and two switches.McKean CountyWestern New York & Pennsylvania Railroad, $700,000 to rehabilitate more than 17 miles of track, including 7,500 new crossties, re-timbering of two mainline turnouts, reconstruction of a two-track highway crossing and ballasting and surfacing.Mifflin CountySEDA-COG Joint Rail Authority, $145,021 to rehabilitate less than one mile of the West Park track including ditching and drainage.Standard Steel LLC, $303,450 to replace three turnouts and 1,500 feet of track at the steel plant.PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Regional Port Authority, $609,161 to rehabilitate the rail approaching and alongside the Tioga III warehouse at the Tioga Marine Terminal.Pike CountyCentral New York Railroad, $210,000 to repair and strengthen various components of a four-span steel deck truss bridge over the Delaware River to New York.Somerset CountyJIDC, $176,656 to repair spalling on bridge abutments and piers and replace 300 ties on a siding.Venango CountyOil Creek Titusville Lines, $69,825 to repair a two-span, through-truss bridge at Petroleum Centre.Wyoming County Proctor & Gamble Paper Products, $249,900 to improve the company’s rail yard, including new rail and ties, stone ballast and resurfacing. Governor Wolf Announces New State Investments in Rail Projects, Supporting 375 Jobs SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img April 24, 2017last_img read more

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‘Attractive entry point’ for cryptocurrencies following price crash

first_img“Investing in cryptoassets remains controversial, and we are extremely selective and cautious in this space,” he said. “However, the attitude of many institutional investors in this space is not dissimilar to that of venture capital investors in early internet companies in the 1990s. Early-stage venture investing implies that the vast majority of companies and projects in this space could, and probably will, fail.“Institutions know they are investing in cryptoassets on the basis that they may see many of their portfolio companies produce no returns, but with outsized returns from one or two of them.“Though cryptoasset investments entail a high degree of risk, some may upend the digital world. Venture-style due diligence and technical expertise may provide a better understanding of cryptoasset investments and their long-term return potential.”Cryptocurrency one-year returnsChart MakerCambridge emphasised that investors in cryptocurrencies would have to “spend a considerable amount of time learning about the space” before allocating.The company added that its research suggested a maximum allocation within a portfolio of 1%. Investors already in the cryptoassets space held an average 0.2-0.3%, Cambridge said.In 2017, French asset manager TOBAM launched the first European open-ended Bitcoin fund for institutional investors. At the time, Yves Choueifaty, president of TOBAM, described Bitcoin as a “highly diversifying asset”, and said the company had conducted research into the digital currency “from a technical, financial, economic and regulatory point of view” for a year prior to the launch of the fund.Since its launch to 22 March, the fund is down 50.5%, according to data from Bloomberg.Further readingGetting to grips with cryptocurrenciesFor institutional investors and asset managers, cryptocurrencies pose a triple dilemmaInvestment in Cryptocurrency: Disruption or disappointment?Understanding the architecture supporting digital currencies like Bitcoin is increasingly important Institutional investors should consider an allocation to cryptocurrencies following recent collapses in the prices of various digital ‘coins’, according to Cambridge Associates.The investment consultancy group said investments in blockchain technology – which backs cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin – could also be worth allocating to following price falls.According to cryptocurrency trading website eToro, the price of Bitcoin fell by 43.6% in the 12 months to 26 March, while other popular currencies declined by even more: Litecoin lost 46.6% and Ethereum was down 64.3% in the same timeframe.Marcos Veremis, managing director at Cambridge Associates, argued that the price falls made for an attractive entry point for the emerging asset class.last_img read more

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Man United ready to introduce safe standing at Old Trafford

first_img Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Things You Didn’t Know About Channing Tatum’s Ex-Wife7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The Hatchet Manchester United hope to introduce safe standing at Old Trafford. Sportsmail can reveal that the club have requested permission to install rail seating which could be in place later this season. United have approached their local authority to ask for the green light to bring in 1,500 rail seats in Old Trafford’s North East Quadrant. Manchester United have requested permission to bring in safe standing to Old Trafford They believe the seats, which allow people to stand against a barrier, will ‘enhance spectator safety’ in areas where there is persistent standing. Rail seating could be in place in the stadium later this season if permission is granted The club are waiting to hear back from the Safety Advisory Group — a partnership between the local authority and other bodies including the police and fire service — on whether they will get the go-ahead. Sources have suggested a trial could take place before the end of the current campaign, depending on the speed of response.Advertisement Read Also: Arsenal stars head out on desert safari during winter break in Dubai Aware of fan support for safe standing, the club carried out a ‘detailed and comprehensive study’ into the feasibility of installing rail seats at the ground. United lodged the request in December and it is currently under review. A recent change to the stadium safety guide means clubs can now install seats incorporating safety barriers in their grounds. Standing was outlawed in the top two divisions following the Taylor Report into the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The move comes after Sportsmail revealed in September that United had launched a consultation on the matter.# Loading… last_img read more

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Messer proposal to help vets impacted by ITT Tech closure moves forward

first_imgMesserWashington D.C. — A proposal to help veterans impacted by the closure of ITT Tech made by Indiana 6th District congressman Luke Messer is one step closer to law. The proposal allows veteran-students to recover their GI Bill educational benefits if the institution closes in mid-semester. The closure of ITT Tech is estimated to have impacted at least 7,000 veterans.“When ITT Tech closed its doors, thousands of veterans were left high and dry… with no degree or path forward,” Messer said. “Our service men and women count on these benefits to help them start a career and build a life after serving our country. The least we can do is insure they get that chance.”In addition to Messer’s GI Bill school closure proposal, the bill removes the 15-year time restriction to receive GI Bill benefits and increases funding for Reservists and Guardsmen, dependents, surviving spouses and surviving dependents.The school closure provision included in today’s bill would apply to all veterans impacted by school closures dating back to Jan. 1, 2015.last_img read more

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Robson: Rooney bid an insult

first_imgFormer Manchester United captain Bryan Robson has branded Chelsea’s £25million bid for Wayne Rooney “an insult”. The relationship between Rooney and Ferguson broke down completely, to the extent the Scot went public with a claim his forward wanted to leave. As it transpired, Rooney merely aired the possibility as part of what he thought was a private chat. What Rooney views as conduct beyond acceptable boundaries from Ferguson has not been checked publicly and is highly unlikely to be so given the status of the former United boss. However, Robson insists the situation is not irretrievable. “I don’t know what’s in the head of Wayne and his agent – why he wants to leave,” he said. “I know he had loggerheads with Sir Alex but David Moyes is the manager now. To me it is so important for him to concentrate on his football this season. “I don’t know what he sees – the grass is greener on the other side – the fans love him, the players love him so I don’t see what the unsettlement is. Everyone would like to see Wayne Rooney settle down and be part of the team to try to retain the title.” It all provides an uncomfortable backdrop to Sunday’s Community Shield encounter with Championship outfit Wigan, which is followed six days later by the start of United’s Premier League title defence at Swansea. Press Association And, in a summer where Real Madrid are apparently willing to offer mega-money to secure the services of Gareth Bale and Arsenal have bid in excess of £40million for Luis Suarez, Robson feels Chelsea’s valuation of Rooney – who still has two years remaining on his contract – is ludicrously low. “The thing that makes me laugh is I’ve been told it [the latest bid] is £25million to £30million. For Wayne Rooney? A 27-year-old who is probably in the top six strikers in the world?” Robson told talkSPORT. “What are United going to have to pay to replace him? I’m amazed at that. I think it is an insult to Wayne Rooney.” With Javier Hernandez, Danny Welbeck, Shinji Kagawa and, most obviously, Golden Boot winner Robin van Persie in his squad, Moyes clearly has attacking alternatives to Rooney. Yet there is no doubt though that, having so far failed to secure the services of Cesc Fabregas, losing Rooney would increase the pressure on new manager David Moyes and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who has endured a difficult first summer since replacing David Gill as the man responsible for completing transfer deals. Yet it does seem the England forward is happy to call time on his stay at Old Trafford. His relationship with United may not have deteriorated to the point where he is forced to train with the reserves, as has been the case with Suarez. However, the 27-year-old has clearly decided he has no future at Old Trafford. Rooney’s major concern appears to centre around Sir Alex Ferguson’s continued presence in the United hierarchy and the influence he will be able to exert given he selected Moyes as his successor. As a global ambassador for the Old Trafford outfit, Robson remains close to United affairs and travelled with David Moyes’ squad throughout their recent tour of the Far East and Australia. Robson is acutely aware of the club’s ‘not for sale’ stance on Rooney and Chelsea’s keen interest in the 27-year-old given Jose Mourinho has already had two offers turned down. last_img read more

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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman dies at age 43 after 4-year-battle with cancer

first_imgActor Chadwich Boseman has passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer.Chadwick Boseman, played Black icons such as Jackie Robinson and James Brown, before starring as the Black Panther in the Marvel movies.Boseman was just 43 years old when he died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side, his publicist Nicki Fioravante told The Associated Press.pic.twitter.com/aZ2JzDf5ai— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) August 29, 2020last_img

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Galloway gets redemption on Tigers allowing just one goal in win

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — John Galloway didn’t hide his extra motivation. This time, in this game, he had something extra to prove.Flash back a year ago. The then-sophomore Galloway manned the net for Syracuse on the biggest of lacrosse stages. Giants Stadium. The Meadowlands. A record crowd for a lacrosse event.Then, it all came crashing down. Seven saves to 12 goals allowed. Three goals allowed in the fourth quarter to put the game away completely in Princeton’s control. And a four-goal loss, one of SU’s two blemishes in 2009.‘It’s a huge motivational factor,’ Galloway said of his performance last year. ‘I still have the article from last year after the game.’Galloway came into Saturday night’s contest against No.4 Princeton with a chip on his shoulder. He wanted a performance to silence the doubters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd on this night, he answered the call. In almost 50 minutes of action, Galloway stonewalled the Tigers’ offense, allowing just one goal and stopping 11 shots along the way, leading the No. 3 Orange to a 13-4 victory over No. 4 Princeton.Galloway gave up his lone goal to the Tigers’ Mike Chanenchuk on a blistering shot in the bottom left corner of the goal. At that point, it was 3-2 Syracuse with 9:26 remaining in the first half.From there, the Orange went on a 9-0 run that spanned parts of three quarters and over 31 minutes. JoJo Marasco, who scored two of his three goals on the day in that run, credited Galloway ‘100 percent’ for SU’s offensive success.‘We don’t get those goals unless John stops (Princeton),’ Marasco said. ‘It’s a great feeling knowing he’s making all those saves and the defense is playing so well, because the ball is really on our end of the field and then we get to do what we do best.’That was all the Tigers would get against Galloway until Al Cavalieri replaced him with 9:13 to play in the game. Granted, the SU offense possessed the ball for extravagant chunks of time. Galloway credited his offense with as much.But when those shots were fired at his end, he stopped them. There was the point-blank attempt by Princeton attack Chris McBride. There was the near full-out split by Chanenchuk. And there was the save in which he went across his body to stop Jack McBride, who burned Galloway for a hat trick last year.‘The ball was big and white,’ Galloway said. ‘It looked like a beach ball today. It was nice.’Princeton noticed the difference as well. Last year, sophomore defenseman Chad Wiedmaier and senior midfield Scott MacKenzie saw a flustered SU goaltender struggling to find his identity. MacKenzie took advantage, putting up a goal and two assists in Princeton’s win.Different year. Same goalie. Completely different story.‘I think John played great,’ MacKenzie said. ‘He’s a good goalie. When you have no angle, he’s going to make those saves. I think when you play against a goalie like that you have to make that extra pass, make that one more and get an open shot instead of those low angle shots.’MacKenzie looked like he had more to say. But it was then when Wiedmaier interjected. On the defensive end, he had practiced all week for the Orange’s offensive attack, knowing full well how Galloway jumpstarts it in transition.But on Saturday, Wiedmaier and his teammates couldn’t stop the SU offense. And he knew part of it was because of the quick finds and long passes from Galloway to start the attack.‘He obviously played great in the net, too,’ Wiedmaier said. ‘But we knew coming into the game that he’s a great outlet passer. He’s the one who sparks their offense every time. He caught us a couple of times. He’s just a good player. He had a really good day.’On this night, was a similar setting. Arguably the biggest game of the year thus far. The bright lights shone on every player on the field, but Galloway felt them even more. The record crowd was back, too, and many of those eyes were on Galloway.Last year, he deflected the spotlight. This year, smiling, he left a different stadium a different goalie. This year, he left wanting to come back. Said Galloway: ‘Is the final four here this year? I wish.’ Comments Published on April 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm bplogiur@syr.edu  Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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D.O. Sportscast episode 9: Sam Fortier breaks down the start of men’s basketball season

first_img Comments Published on November 14, 2017 at 12:39 am Facebook Twitter Google+center_img This week on the D.O. Sportscast, men’s basketball beat writer and sports editor Sam Fortier joins the show to break down the beginning of men’s basketball season. He provides takeaways from the Cornell game, assesses Geno Thorpe’s role on the team and provides an outlook for the Orange’s upcoming schedule.Episode nine here:last_img

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Women’s basketball: No. 21 Michigan proves too much for resilient Badgers

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team played well against the No. 21 Michigan Wolverines but just didn’t have enough in the tank to score the upset.The Badgers were close throughout the whole game but could not overcome 18 turnovers and the Wolverines’ strong 3-point shooting. UW lost the turnover battle 18-10 and had 19 fouls to Michigan’s 10. This trend has contributed to many of the Badgers’ losses throughout the season.But the Badgers’ offense has become stronger in the last three games, as they have looked cohesive and potent on the court. In their last game against Nebraska, the Badgers scored 82 points, a Big Ten high for UW, and the team has scored 60-plus points in their last three games. Their offense is getting better, but turnovers and their defensive struggles continued to plague them.Women’s basketball: Badgers hope to end winless streak against NebraskaTwo teams at the bottom of the Big Ten standings will face off Thursday as the University of Wisconsin women’s Read…The Badgers’ defense struggled to contain Michigan’s Katelynn Flaherty, who had 35 points and was a thorn in the Badgers’ side all night long. Flaherty was 12-17 from the floor and a scorching 6-10 from downtown.The Wolverines hit nine 3-pointers as a team. This turned out to be a major deciding factor in the game, as the Badgers only made five 3-pointers at a clip of 35.7 percent.The Badgers dominated the rebounding category 40-26 with 12 offensive rebounds. Unfortunately, UW could not do much with the advantage as 18 turnovers negated the benefits.The offense, while not great, was better than it has been for the most of the year. The Badgers shot 48.3 from the field, and Avyanna Young represented UW well as she scored a team-high 23 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.Women’s basketball: Losses pile up in yet another missed opportunity on Badgers’ home courtThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (5-18, 0-10 Big Ten) couldn’t buy themselves a sorely needed win on Saturday, Read…Three other Badgers scored in double figures, with 12 for Cayla McMorris, 11 for Courtney Fredrickson and 10 for Marsha Howard. The bench was not very productive as they only provided seven points of support.There is no rest for the weary, as the Badgers will have another tough game against No. 2 Maryland on Wednesday. Maryland is the offensive juggernaut of the Big Ten and is ranked first in the conference.But the game presents a unique opportunity for the Badgers to score an upset and produce serious momentum. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. EST in College Park, Maryland.last_img read more

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Man City Braced for Anyone in Semis, Says Aguero

first_imgManchester City are ready to face the best players in Europe, striker Sergio Aguero said after a 3-2 aggregate Champions League quarterfinal victory over Paris St Germain booked their place in the next round.Aguero missed a first-half penalty on Tuesday but Kevin De Bruyne’s 76th-minute strike saved the Argentine’s blushes as it ensured City beat PSG to qualify for the semifinals of Europe’s elite club competition for the first time.City will be joined by 10-times European champions Real Madrid and with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Benfica all vying for places in the semifinals, Aguero knows there is no easy route to win the Champions League. “At this point you cannot choose. To win the Champions League you have to play against the best and we were up against one of those, a favourite,” Aguero told British media.“This was our goal, to be among the four best teams in the Champions League and now we want to keep growing. The confidence is there, we are in semis and anything can happen.“We will be at our maximum, depending on who we play against, but we will be going all out to win it.”The draw for the semifinals will be held on Friday after which City, who are fourth in the Premier League, will turn their attention to Saturday’s trip to face 10th-placed Chelsea as they look to clinch the final Champions League spot.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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