Vermont Business Magazine The DC Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet rules. The Open Internet rules, which were adopted in 2015, ban all domestic broadband providers from blocking or throttling lawful online content and engaging in paid prioritization agreements through which websites could be charged for priority access over the Internet. On September 21, 2015(link is external), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) and 27 other members of Congress filed a brief with the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the FCC’s Open Internet rules. Senator Leahy has been outspoken on the need for concrete net neutrality protections for years and he previously convened hearings in Vermont(link is external) and Washington(link is external) to highlight the importance of this issue.“I applaud the DC Circuit Court’s decision affirming the FCC’s vitally important Open Internet rules that were adopted in 2015,” said Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), Ranking Member, Senate Judiciary Committee. “Meaningful net neutrality protections are paramount to Vermonters and millions of hardworking Americans who rely on accessible broadband services, in their livelihoods, and in their daily lives. Today’s decision ensures that Americans across the country can continue to access broadband services without fear that their voices will be drowned out by paid prioritization schemes that benefit large corporate moneyed interests. It is important to all Vermonters and all Americans that the Internet will remain an open platform that fosters innovation and free speech, and I will continue to advocate for the preservation of these foundational principles.”The telecoms, including Comcast and AT&T wireless, are expected to appeal the ruling. Consumer advocates applauded the ruling, which regulates the largely unregulated Internet providers. The ISPs and cell providers will neither be able to either slow down some services in favor of others, nor require extra payments for “fast lane” services.Source: Leahy 6.14.2016
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Mammoet explained that the Focus can be erected vertically in a very small area – 22 m x 22 m for assembly and operation – meaning the machine is suited for projects in busy inner-city areas and congested spaces.Following the announcement of the initial crane concept in 2016 and the development of more detailed designs in 2018, Mammoet confirmed that the concept is finalised and is ready to be launched on the market.In the final design, the upper structure of the crane is on a pedestal, which helps the crane remain stable and lowers ground bearing pressure to less than 10 tons per sq m (9.1 tonnes per sq m).The Focus will utilise a climbing frame to build itself vertically, as opposed to the initial principle of an extension ladder. This is similar to the proven concept of a tower crane.The new design will also include a variable super-lift system, with a radius that can be adjusted from 16 m to 30 m.It is projected that the Focus crane will be available in the second quarter of 2020.www.mammoet.com
The Ministry of Interior came out with an official position in connection with the melee between police officers and fans of Botev (Plovdiv) in front of the Bulgarian Army Stadium.“Before the start of the football match between CSKA-Sofia and Botev-Plovdiv, tension arose. Fans of the visiting team did not want to comply with the anti-epidemic requirements, they asked to be accommodated in a sector intended for fans of the host team, as they had bought their tickets for them online. Due to the obvious impossibility of this happening, an escalation of tension has occurred. After repeated warnings from police officers engaged in guarding public order at the entrance to the sports facility, fans tried to forcibly overcome the police barrier. This necessitated the use of aids. In a short time the situation was under control.The work on protection of public order and prevention of anti-social acts continues “, informed the Ministry of Interior. It became clear why Botev does not have many fans in the standsThere were excesses
In the midst of swirling political intrigues, the latest news on the new proposed Demerara Harbour Bridge (NDHB) appears to have passed under the radar of most citizens.Last Tuesday, the National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) announced that 11 companies had submitted tenders to “prequalify” for the financing, designing, and construction of the NDHB.This “prequalification” process had been severely criticised by the governing APNU and AFC parties when they were in the opposition, when it was used in the procurement of pharmaceuticals for the Ministry of Health and the GHPC, even though it had been designed with the input of the World Bank (WB) and the World Health Organisation (WHO).This module is used to winnow out bidders that may not be in a position to be serious contenders to deliver the goods or services sought. Screening of potential contractors, suppliers, or vendors would be scrutinised in general on the basis of factors such as experience, financial ability, managerial ability, reputation, work history, etc. to develop a list of qualified bidders who would receive the invitation-to-bid (ITB) documents.For instance, the NY Department of Transportation insists that to get on the prequalified list for the Design of a Large Bridge – in excess of $40 million in construction cost – a firm must satisfy the following criteria:“A minimum of 60 full time technical employees must be employed at regional offices. At least eight professional Engineers on staff full time with at least eight years’ experience, who have successfully completed a bridge design project within the last five years. A minimum of 15 full-time Bridge Design Engineers must be employed at regional offices. The firm must have successfully completed three “Large” Bridge Design Projects, as the Prime Consultant, within the last five years at regional offices.Over the previous three years, the attrition rate of the technical employees of the firm must not exceed an average of 10% annually. The firm must have an available line of credit in excess of $1,000,000, or equivalent that must be verified by an officer of the lending institution in writing. The most recent 12 month billings cannot be less than 75% of the average of the last 5 years’ billings.”Yet, in the present NDHB project, there was no prequalification process, not even for the feasibility study. LIEVENSE CSO, the firm that was handed the contract via the even more heavily criticised “sole sourcing” method, estimated the new bridge to cost US$170 million. But maybe it is a case of better late than never; and possibly, now that the prequalification process is being used for the NDHB, maybe the Government may once again utilise it in other large contracts such as a pharmaceutical supply.But, very sadly, the Government has not announced the criteria that will be utilised to determine which of the eleven companies applying to be prequalified for the financing, designing and construction of the NDHB. At the announcement last Tuesday, the Minister of Public Infrastructure referred to all eleven of the applicants as “prequalified”. He confirmed the Government would proceed with its previous announcement to arbitrarily choose three of the applicants to submit bids. The Minister admitted the process might be “unfair”, and insistences that “only the absolutely best company” would be selected rang hollow in the face of a lack of objectively stated criteria.From all indications, the Government appears to be using the NDHB as what the Americans call a “pork barrel” project to garners vote for the 2020 elections from the groups that would presumably benefit. However, the Government has still not addressed concerns that the three-lane bridge with a retractable span would still present disruptions to commuters.The Minister insisted that even though no money has been allocated in the 2018 budget for the extensive roadwork that would have to be undertaken by the Government in the proposed Public-Private Partnership Agreement, the project would commwnce in the third quarter of that year.
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Heskey: Aubameyang can fire Arsenal into top fourby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool striker Emile Heskey believes Arsenal can finish in the top four.The north London side finished in the top four in 20 straight seasons under Arsene Wenger but have completed the campaign in fifth, sixth and fifth in the last three years.”Arsenal have quietly gone about their business this season and should definitely be confident of a top four finish,” Heskey told bwin.”They’re picking up results and have some excellent young players coming through the ranks.”Heskey has pointed to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as one of the main reasons behind his confidence in Arsenal this year.”Aubameyang’s really sunk his feet in to the league and looks like he could score every game,” Heskey said.”He’s a defender’s nightmare, because he only needs one chance. It plays on a defender’s mind a lot more when you know that one slip and the guy you’re marking is going to punish you.”He’s hungry for goals and can make something out of nothing, he was an outstanding buy from the club.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
PITTSBURGH, PA – NOVEMBER 07: Jaylon Smith #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish celebrates by wearing the hat of team mascot, Lucky The Leprechaun, following their 42-30 win against the Pittsburgh Panthers at Heinz Field on November 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Things can’t get much worse for Notre Dame at the start of the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State just took a 14-0 lead, and ND’s star linebacker Jaylon Smith just suffered what appears to be a terrible leg injury.Warning: the photo is gruesome. Look at your own risk. And that is the last time we’ll see Jaylon Smith in a Fighting Irish uniform. One of the greats. #respect pic.twitter.com/mWRRwV8YEc— Carlos Lozada (@CarlosLozadaWP) January 1, 2016More bad news for Notre Dame. Butkus Award winner Jaylon Smith. pic.twitter.com/U5HRCj1x5u— Dan Worthington (@danWorthington) January 1, 2016That’s awful. Let’s hope the injury isn’t as bad as it looked.
zoom Greece-based owner of drybulk carriers and offshore support vessels DryShips has agreed with Sifnos Shareholders to convert USD 8.75 million of outstanding principal amount under the previously announced secured revolving facility deal to 3.5 million preferred shares.The company said that each preferred share will have 100,000 votes. In addition, Sifnos has agreed to provide a 90 day waiver of any defaults under its revolver.On September 9, 2016, the company delivered the 2000-built bulk carrier MV Coronado to its new owners. The 75,700 dwt vessel, featuring a length of 225 meters and a width of 32.2 meters, was sold for a gross price of USD 4.25 million.DryShips said that all of the net proceeds from the sale were used to pay down the relevant loan facility.“We are pleased to see our founding shareholder actively supporting the company in a way that is not dilutive to the rest of our shareholders. As we continue our discussions with our lenders, we hope that they will now also make the necessary compromises to restructure the company’s debt to more sustainable levels,” Anthony Kandylidis, Executive Vice President and interim CFO of the Company, said.