Funding set aside for 10/605 upgrades

first_img“We think it’s a good compromise and it will work for us,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, who was part of a delegation of more than two dozen lawmakers at the CTC meeting in Irvine to lobby for the San Gabriel Valley. “We did not come to take away from anyone else, we just came for our fair share.” The commission’s decision still left out $97.3million for the extension of a carpool lane on the 10Freeway through Baldwin Park. The money had been included in an earlier list of recommended projects but was later taken out as commission staff boosted funding for projects in western Los Angeles and Riverside and San Bernardino counties. Baldwin Park Councilwoman Marlen Garcia, a longtime booster the 10/605 upgrade, said she was encouraged by the commission’s decision despite the loss of the carpool lane funding. The San Gabriel Valley, she said, “is the stepchild that has been ignored and become an orphan. But now there is at least light at the end of the tunnel.” Assemblyman Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, said he received confirmation late Tuesday that the state would find funds for the 10/605 interchange from CTC Executive Director John Barna. IRVINE – The San Gabriel Valley may get the money to upgrade a congested freeway interchange after all, even though the area was shut out of a statewide plan to spend billions in voter-approved transportation bonds. The California Transportation Commission voted Wednesday not to give the San Gabriel Valley a single dollar from the $4.5 billion in freeway improvement funds made available when Proposition 1B passed last November. But the commission made up for the slight by earmarking $70 million from a different pot to pay for upgrades to the San Bernardino (10) and San Gabriel River (605) freeway intersection. The compromise was reached following weeks of furious lobbying by local legislators – efforts that initially not only failed to secure the funding, but were met by further cuts to Valley transportation projects. “This is by no means the ideal solution, but at least we have a seat at the table again,” said Hernandez, who participated in a last-minute conference call Tuesday with Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials, state Sen. Gloria Romero, D-Los Angeles, and Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, to talk about funding for the San Gabriel Valley. The next step is to make sure the MTA allocates the funds to the first phases of the 10/605 interchange project even before it gets the money from the state, said Baldwin Park Councilman David Olivas. “We need to make sure MTA begins immediately with the \,” said Olivas. “The MTA has discretionary funds to start this, which can be backfilled with the \ funds.” Molina, chairwoman of the MTA board, said the agency should be able to advance the funds. Hernandez staffers said the money for the interchange won’t be available until the Legislature finalizes the state budget – hypothetically by June30. If the MTA gets the ball rolling with its own discretionary funds, an EIR could be commissioned as early as next month, with construction starting nine to 12 months after that. MTA Executive Director Roger Snoble promised that his agency would move quickly. “It’s a real safety issue,” he said. “We want to get going on that as soon as possible.” Garcia said she would not be convinced until she saw actual progress on the project. She encouraged her fellow lawmakers to continue to press the MTA. “These are just words, and now we have to lobby with MTA to make sure they designate those funds,” she said. “We have to continue to talk to MTA folks to make sure they know the San Gabriel Valley exists.” The money allocated for the interchange project will come from the State Highway Operation and Protection Program. The program, funded by the state gas tax, fees and federal money, is administered by Caltrans but the CTC has the final say on how the funds are spent. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want 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

Fort St. John unofficially passes December snowfall norm

first_imgWe had already topped the precipitation norm prior to the weekend post of two millimetres, which raised that unofficial monthly total through yesterday to 28.8. That’s now 2.3 millimetres more than the December norm and we’re still waiting for this morning’s total. All this means that driving conditions have deteriorated and considering what’s gone down in the last 18 hours north of the city, it would appear we can’t say this, enough: slow down and proceed with care and caution.- Advertisement –last_img

Exclusive – Everton can win the title! Southall says Lukaku can lead Toffees to unlikely triumph

first_imgNeville Southall claims Everton can win the Premier League this season.The Merseyside club are 200/1 with bookmakers to win the title, having finished fifth last term and seen the sides who finished above them all strengthen considerably over the summer.But Southall insists his former club should not be written out of the race for the championship this time around, telling talkSPORT there is no reason why Roberto Martinez can’t lead the Toffees to an unlikely triumph.Speaking ahead of Everton’s clash with Arsenal, the Welshman said: “What really gets on my nerves is everyone is going on about the title being between [the likes of] Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, Man United. No, there are a couple of other teams out there that could win the league and we are one of them.“It’s all about them, but we are a good team. We could surprise a few people this season, especially if we can get a few more in. It is not what it used to be any more, it is not a two horse race now.”The likes of Liverpool, Man United and Chelsea may have spent more this summer, but Everton have splashed out a large amount of money themselves, largely on Romelu Lukaku, with the striker arriving from Chelsea for a club record fee of £28million.The young Belgian enjoyed a successful spell on loan at Goodison Park last season, but Southall believes he is far from the finished product and claims the Toffees’ hopes of a successful campaign could depend on whether the 21-year-old makes the necessary improvements to his game.“Lukaku needs to come on and he needs to show he has learnt more than last year,” added Southall, speaking on The Sports Bar.“He is great at scoring goals but his all-round play has to improve. His hold up play certainly needs to improve.“He could be a little Drogba, he could flatten people for fun, but he seems to be a little intimidated about using his power. If he can bully people and hold the ball up, we will do really well this year. “Everton v Arsenal is live on talkSPORT on Saturday 23 August 2014, kick off 17:30last_img read more

WOW! YOUR STUNNING PICTURES OF DONEGAL IN THE FEBRUARY SUN

first_imgSunset in Falcarragh by Robert McClean for donegaldaily.comAFTER the dullest January for a generation, the sun is finally out in Donegal.And it looks like it could be with us for more than a week.The downside is that it is going to get colder. But with calm air over Ireland has come some glorious sunshine.You can send your pictures to info@donegaldaily.com*******Donegaldaily.com – Donegal’s No1 News & Sports Website – more than 30,000 Visitors Every Day Follow the leader on:https://twitter.com/DonegalDailySun going down at Derryreel Falcarragh by Robert McClean for donegaldaily.comBuncrana by Liza Lindsay Gorgeous Glencolmcille by Ireland By BikeStorm brewing at Malinmore Bay, Glencolmcille by Paul Hegarty. WOW! YOUR STUNNING PICTURES OF DONEGAL IN THE FEBRUARY SUN was last modified: February 18th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WOW! YOUR STUNNING PICTURES OF DONEGAL IN THE FEBRUARY SUNlast_img read more

HEARD THE ONE ABOUT THE DONEGAL FUNDRAISING GROUP SWIMMING (YES SWIMMING!) TO DUBLIN

first_imgA group of Donegal people are attempting to swim to Dublin.They won’t be using rivers but rather the Finn Valley Leisure Centre in the Twin Towns.The challenge takes place in the leisure Centre on 30th May in aid of Our Lady’s Childrens’ Hospital Medical and Research Foundation of Crumlin.The challenge is to swim the distance from the leisure centre to Crumlin Hospital. Participants are collectively attempting to reach the target of 8600 lengths of the pool. This equates to a distance of 215km’s.People can pledge to swim any number of lengths on the day. We will have a whiteboard on poolside with a countdown of the remaining lengths.The challenge is open to any age and the customer will inform the event personnel how much they have swam once they are finished. People can raise their own sponsorship and also anyone can donate on the day at the centre.The idea came from local Crumlin Research Foundation fundraiser Niall Mulrine approached Martin McDevitt, Pool Operations Manager of Finn Valley Leisure Centre on how to raise funds for Crumlin Research Foundation.Martin’s idea on the swim to Crumlin in lengths of the pool came from a project they worked on before swimming the length of nearby river Finn.The money raised will go directly to the Children’s Medical and Research Foundation of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital of Crumlin.With the huge task of improving Crumlin still ongoing, there’s good news, and some very worrying news too. New children’s heartThe good news is that the recently renovated Children’s Heart Centre is now benefitting hundreds of children and their families. With 25 spacious new bedrooms, two isolation rooms, a kitchen, showers, toilets, and a tea-room for parents. This state of the art unit is the kind of facility that our young patients, and our highly trained and qualified team of cardiac doctors and nurses fully deserve.The really worrying news is that Crumlin are now a full €1 million short of the funds needed to upgrade the Outpatients Dept. The situation is desperate. Outpatients was built almost 60 years ago to cater for 500 children a week. Today, there are 1500 going through per week.With everyone helping to fundraise, the Heart centre can become the state of excellence our local and national children need.HEARD THE ONE ABOUT THE DONEGAL FUNDRAISING GROUP SWIMMING (YES SWIMMING!) TO DUBLIN was last modified: May 27th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHILDREN’S HOSPITALdonegalFinn Valley Centreswimlast_img read more

DDTV: Which Irish rugby star did Letterkenny RFC youngsters rub shoulders with?

first_imgCheck out Letterkenny RFC receiving their €10,000 Topaz Cash for Clubs winner’s cheque along with a very special surprise training session with a certain rugby star!DDTV: Which Irish rugby star did Letterkenny RFC youngsters rub shoulders with? was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

DONEGAL TO PLAY CAVAN IN PRELIMINARY ROUND TO START DEFENCE OF ULSTER

first_imgDONEGAL will play a preliminary round match against Cavan in next year’s Ulster senior football championship.And if they win that they will face a replay of this year’s Ulster final – against Derry.The winners of that game will face either Tyrone or Armagh in the semi-final. The full draw is below:Prelim: Cavan v DonegalQuarter-finals: Fermanagh v Down; Monaghan v Antrim; Armagh v Tyrone; Cavan or Donegal v DerrySemi-Finals: Fermanagh or Down v Monaghan or Antrim; Armagh or Tyrone v Cavan, Donegal or DerryOther Provincial drawsMUNSTER SFCQuarter-finals Waterford v LimerickKerry v TipperarySemi-finalsClare v Waterford/LimerickCork v Kerry/Tipperary CONNACHT SFCQuarter-finalsNew York v SligoLondon v Leitrim Galway v RoscommonSemi-finalsNew York/Sligo v Galway/RoscommonMayo v London/LeitrimLEINSTER SFCPreliminaryWestmeath v LouthLongford v LaoisMeath v WicklowQuarter-finalsWestmeath/Louth v DublinLongford/Laois v WexfordMeath/Wicklow v CarlowOffaly v KildareLEINSTER SHCPreliminaryWestmeath v AntrimLaois v CarlowQuarter-finalsLaois/Carlow v DublinOffaly v WexfordGalway v Westmeath/AntrimSemi-finalsGalway v Westmeath/Antrim v Offaly v WexfordLaois/Carlow v Dublin v KilkennyMUNSTER SHCSemi-finalsClare v WaterfordCork v Limerick/TipperaryDONEGAL TO PLAY CAVAN IN PRELIMINARY ROUND TO START DEFENCE OF ULSTER was last modified: October 6th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJim McGuinnessUlster GAA SFC 2012last_img read more

DONEGAL STUDENTS WIN INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING AWARD

first_imgPictured from left is Ruairi McGee, Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal;Niall McHale, Ballina, Co. Mayo; Gary Lyons, Balla, Co. Mayo ; and Anthony Mannion Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal; and student’s at IT Sligo who have been named Winners in the 2014 Engineers Ireland Level 7 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards, sponsored by Siemens, for their project of a Willow Harvester Prototype .Pic:Naoise CulhaneTWO Donegal Students at the Institute of Technology in Sligo are among a team who have won an Innovative Student Engineering Award.Winning projects explore transporting critical medical supplies long distances and develop a more efficient way of harvesting willow to use as a renewable energy sourceStudents Ruairi McGee and Anthony Mannion from Ballyshannon, along with classmates Gary Lyons from Balla and Niall McHale from Ballina in Co. Mayo won first prize in the Engineers Ireland Level 7 Innovative Student Engineer of the Year Awards 2014, sponsored by Siemens. Titled ‘Willow Harvester Prototype’, the winning group’s entry involved the design, fabrication, testing and analysis of a new and improved prototype device for whole stem willow harvesting.The project focused on providing a more efficient solution for an existing local willow plantation at Ardtarmon House Hotel in Ballinfull whose current harvesting options are time consuming and costly.The harvested willow is used on-site to provide domestic hot water and heating for the guest accommodation.The winning IT Sligo team worked with the Centre for Renewable Energy & Sustainable Technologies (CREST) to introduce an innovative design to existing technologies to provide a more economical harvesting solution to smaller, dispersed, willow growers. John Power, chartered engineer, director general of Engineers Ireland said, “Engineering is not only at the heart of our day-to-day lives but it is clear to see from the diverse range of projects entered this year that engineers play a vital role in many existing and developing industries in Ireland – from agriculture and automotive to technology and biomedical.“Of the numerous job announcements over the past 12 months, many of these have been engineering opportunities. There continues to be real career options and demand for engineers of all backgrounds in Ireland. While there is an increase in the number of students opting for engineering at third level we still need more students choosing from the wide variety of engineering courses available to fulfil the employment needs of industry now and in the future.”He continued, “I wish to congratulate all entrants, in particular the finalists, who are an example of the ingenuity and talent that exists in Ireland today.”  DONEGAL STUDENTS WIN INNOVATIVE ENGINEERING AWARD was last modified: June 11th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalengineering awardssligo itlast_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 0 Liverpool 0 (Agg: 1-1) – Blow for Blues as extra time looms

first_imgChelsea have twice been denied a penalty in the Capital One Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, where Cesc Fabregas went off injured soon after the interval.With the tie finely poised after a 1-1 draw at Anfield in the first leg, they looked menacing from the first whistle and might have been awarded a penalty in the opening five minutes.Diego Costa got the better of Mamadou Sakho on the right-hand side and picked out Willian, whose shot was blocked by Lucas with the ball hitting the Liverpool man’s hand as he threw himself in the way.At the other end, Raheem Sterling scampered towards goal after Kurt Zouma had misjudged a long ball, but the centre-back recovered to tackle him after Sterling had gone past Chelsea skipper John Terry.The hosts were soon back on the attack and Costa appeared to be fouled in the box by Martin Skrtel, but again referee Michael Oliver ignored appeals for a spot-kick.With Terry back in the side after being rested for Saturday’s FA Cup debacle against Bradford, Blues boss Jose Mourinho made a bold decision by retaining youngster Zouma and instead dropping Gary Cahill to the bench.And Chelsea have been caused some problems at the back, twice relying on keeper Thibaut Courtois to prevent Liverpool going ahead.The Belgian saved superbly from Alberto Moreno following a clever pass from Steven Gerrard.Soon afterwards Courtois was called into action again, this time saving with his legs to keep out an effort from Philippe Coutinho, who showed great skill to get himself into a shooting position but ought to have then scored.Chelsea were dealt a blow four minutes into the second half when Fabregas was hurt after colliding with Terry as both went for the ball. The Spaniard was replaced by Ramires.But they stayed on the front foot and Eden Hazard fired wide after a brilliant run saw him ride three challenges near the edge of the area.Hazard’s away goal means a 0-0 draw would take Chelsea to Wembley to face Tottenham or Sheffield United in the final – but only if that were to remain the scoreline after extra time.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas (Ramires 50); Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa. Subs: Cech, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Ake, Remy, Drogba.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Courage and Confidence

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Courage and confidence are intertwined. They develop together, and they depend on each other as they grow. To succeed in sales, you need both in large quantities.The Courage to Take ChancesIt takes courage to compel your dream client to change by sharing insights that demonstrate how their current state is untenable. By sharing a view that is disruptive you put your potential opportunity at risk.If you are confident in your business acumen, your situational knowledge, and your reading of your client’s risk, you’ll have the courage to disrupt their worldview.The Courage to Gain CommitmentsYou need courage to wrest control of the process and argue for the commitments that you know your prospect to make in order to achieve the results they need. Gaining those commitments improves your ability to make change.If you are confident in your ability to create value during ever interaction you have with your client and your ability to move them forward towards the results they seek, that confidence will give you the courage.The Courage to Think BigCourage is necessary if you are going to share a bold vision of the future. A “too big” vision can create a sense of fear in your prospective client.The greater your confidence in your vision, the more confident your dream client will be. Your confidence is what infects your prospective client with confidence. Knowing you can bring that vision to life gives you the courage to share it.The Courage to Believe in Your StrategyA greater investment is often what is necessary to produce greater results. It takes courage to stand fearlessly behind your pricing when you know that many of your competitors are trying to win business by reducing the customers existing price.It takes confidence to embrace your higher price as the differentiation that makes you worth paying more to obtain. Knowing that the investment is necessary and that it will produce better results gives you the courage to lead with your higher price.If you have the courage to face your fears and do what makes you uncomfortable, your confidence will grow. If you have the confidence that what you are doing is right, have the courage to do it.last_img read more