Vermont delegation seeks to stimulate economy with transportation waiver

first_imgVermont delegation seeks to stimulate economy with transportation waiverWASHINGTON, DC, November 24 – In order to stimulate the economy and meet pressing infrastructure needs, the Vermont congressional delegation is seeking to waive the state and local match requirement for all federally-funded highway, transit and rail projects through September 2009.The move would give Vermont and other states facing tight budgets a much-needed boost to improve roads and bridges, support public transit agencies and upgrade rail lines at no additional cost to the federal government.Transportation officials have reported that because of growing budget deficits at the state and local level, many ready-to-go projects simply cannot move forward without untying the strings of the required match. Under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act, states are typically required to meet a 10 or 20 percent match for federally funded projects.By waiving the match requirements, states and municipalities will be able to continue upgrading the nation’s crumbling infrastructure while stimulating the economy and quickly creating new jobs. Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch are drafting legislation they plan to introduce in the coming weeks that would grant this waiver through September 2009.Leahy said, “It’s clear that Vermont’s infrastructure has suffered due to limited state funding. By allowing the free flow of federal funds to these projects, Vermonters will see improved roads and bridges, as well as additional jobs. With tight state budgets all over the country, Congress has a responsibility to enable the completion of projects that are already lined up and ready to go.”Sanders said, “Any economic recovery package should first improve our crumbling infrastructure by improving our roads, bridges and public transportation. The elimination of the state and local match would complement increased funding and heighten the effectiveness of economic recovery efforts. Our nation’s state and local governments are currently taking in far less revenue due to falling property values and reduced sales tax revenues, and also face higher borrowing costs in credit markets. These cities and towns are on the front line of our economic crisis and they would be the first to benefit from reduced matching requirements.”Welch said, “Vermont’s growing transportation budget shortfalls and lengthening project backlogs are bad news for our state’s economy and worse news for the safety of its drivers. As our roads and bridges crumble and our economy falters, we must work hard to find common-sense solutions to both problems. This no-cost waiver is a solid first step on our road to recovery.”last_img read more

The most popular Korean TV show is being filmed in Croatia

first_imgPhoto: HTZ It is a six-day visit to Croatian destinations where the most watched Korean TV show is being filmed. Otherwise, a show Battle trip which is broadcast on the KBS channel is watched by over 25 million viewers in South Korea, as well as a large number of Korean expatriates, predominantly in the United States, through the KBS World channel. Battle trip production in Croatia will visit Zagreb, Hrvatsko Zagorje, Split, Makarska Riviera and Brač.  South Korea, with a population of 51 million and the establishment of a direct scheduled Zagreb-Seoul flight of Korean Air, represents a great market potential for Croatia.  “Croatian destinations have turned into excellent locations for shooting top films, series and shows. The positive impact of world-famous shows and films on the global promotion of our country is unquestionable, which is confirmed by the huge jump in popularity of our country in the Korean market after the Korean reality show The Romantic was filmed in Zagreb in 2013. I am sure that the popularity of Croatia in Korea will increase further after the stay of their music stars in our country, but also after the broadcast of this most watched South Korean TV show “, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that the recent formal opening of the CNTB Representation in Seoul will further increase the promotional activities of our country in Korea. During their trip, they will get to know traditional Croatian customs such as making gingerbread hearts in Zagorje, enjoy gastronomic delicacies in Split, but also experience an off road buggy adventure in Baška Voda and bike rides on Brač. The show, filmed in the most beautiful Croatian destinations for 90 minutes, will be broadcast in South Korea in about a month.center_img Croatian National Tourist Board and Bluesun hotels in cooperation with Korean National Television KBS te media house A9 hosted the production team of South Korea’s most popular TV show Battle trip, but also the biggest Korean pop stars Park Cho-rong and Yoon Bo-mi.  Korean pop stars Cho-rong Park i Yoon Bo-mi currently residing in Croatia are members K-pop group Red Velvet. On social media, they are followed by an army of followers, more precisely, 8,3 million followers on Instagram and 1,3 million followers on Facebook . According to the number of overnight stays, the destinations with the highest turnover from the Korean market are Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Plitvice Lakes. Korean tourists mostly visit Croatia in the pre- and post-season, mostly during May and June and September and October. So far this year, we have recorded over 317 thousand arrivals and 402 thousand overnight stays from this market, which compared to the same period last year represents an increase in overnight stays of almost 5 percent. last_img read more

Two English clubs in Champions League action.

first_imgManchester City are at CSKA Moscow in the Champions League tonight, desperate for a victory to keep them in contention in Group E.City have one point after two games.The match will be played in an empty stadium after UEFA ordered the Russians to play behind closed doors as a punishment for racist chanting. Chelsea host Maribor in Group G knowing victory would leave them with one foot in the last-16.last_img