Vermont Gas Systems Inc,Vermont Business Magazine In a 3-2 vote Thursday night, the Hinesburg Selectboard signed off on an agreement to allow Vermont Gas to continue its pipeline project through the Town of Hinesburg. Vermont Gas now has secured agreements with all landowners along its 41-mile route connecting Chittenden County with Addison County and Middlebury. The Hinesburg deal still needs regulatory approval by the Public Service Board. The agreement includes a permanent and a temporary easement through Geprags Park, for which the town will receive $250,000. The town will receive another $1,000 for plantings and as part of the Warbler Protection Plan and Audubon itself will also receive $1,000 for the Warbler Protection Plan. Vermont Gas has agreed to employ only horizontal directional drilling (versus the typical open trench digging) for the Geprags Park section. The horizontal drilling is less intrusive but also more expensive. The vote by the Selectboard updated the July 22 agreement. The major changes to that agreement is the horizontal drilling language and a single payment of $250,000. The Public Service Board will take up the matter when it meets next Thursday.CLICK HERE FOR AGREEMENT(link is external)VGS Statement“We want to extend our sincere appreciation to the Town of Hinesburg, the Selectboard and others for their efforts to reach resolution. This agreement brings important value to the town and allows the company to move forward with construction in Geprags. Hinesburg is the last remaining parcel needed to secure 100% access to the project’s right-of-way, and is an important step towards timely completion of the project.“This agreement provides significant investments including funding for recreational use, habitat protection and land conservation. It expands the benefits of natural gas service to almost 200 new families and businesses in town. The agreement also includes a commitment to use a horizontal directional drill (HDD), rather than traditional construction, to eliminate impacts to the park or its wetlands from construction.“We are making great progress on construction; pipe has been placed throughout most of the corridor and crews are busy welding and coating. We have also successfully completed seven horizontal drills.“There is more to do to ensure the project is completed this year and we are committed to meeting those challenges head-on, in an open and direct way. This project is about bringing the choice of a cleaner and more affordable energy to thousands of Vermont families and businesses and we look forward to delivering on our promise.”Vermont GasVermont Gas Systems is a leader in energy efficiency and innovation, offering a clean, safe, affordable choice for over 50,000 homes, businesses, and institutions in Franklin and Chittenden counties. The company plays an important role in Vermont’s clean energy future by displacing higher-emitting fuels and with its award-winning energy efficiency programs. For more information about Vermont Gas visit www.VermontGas.com(link is external), addisonnaturalgas.com(link is external)
Harbour View FC general manager Clyde Jureidini has high hopes of midfielder Timar Lewis, doing well on his two-week trial at New York Red Bulls II in the United Soccer League.Lewis, 20 years old, was spotted by Red Bulls director of scouting & head scout, Benjamin Ehresmann, who recently visited the island to watch Portmore United’s central midfielder, Chavany Willis. However, Lewis caught his eye during Harbour View’s Red Stripe Premier League fixture against Waterhouse FC. Lewis was then offered the trial, and Jureidini says he has the talent and versatility to earn a deal with the Red Bull second tier team. “He has gotten an unexpected opportunity, and naturally he is elated,” Jureidini said. “He came to us in preseason from Sandals South Coast through Aaron Lawrence, came on a trial and did well enough to stay with us, and we wish him the best.“He is a left-footed midfielder who has been playing both in the defence at left back and on the left side of midfield, and he is learning the roles. But in his last six or seven games, he has played in a more advance attacking role on the right as an inverted winger. He scored against Montego Bay in one game and has done well, and since Fabian Taylor has taken over, he has played more in that attacking role and has been doing well. That is the role he has been seen in, and that’s the role he has been invited to the trial for.”
PERUGIA, Italy (AP) — Italy was held to a 1-1 draw by Luxembourg on Wednesday in its final World Cup warm-up match before leaving for Brazil, with forward Mario Balotelli looking in impressive form.Claudio Marchisio headed Italy in front in the ninth minute after a splendid assist from Balotelli but Maxime Chanot levelled five minutes from time.It was Italy’s seventh successive match without a win, although the six draws and a defeat to Spain have all happened after securing qualification for the World Cup.WORLD CUP: Rooney ends scoring drought in friendly ahead of Brazil“This test is absolutely not a failure, we tried to do things we had practiced in training,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. “But it’s clear we have to improve. But we had to try certain things as we have very few matches.“We know that we weren’t brilliant, but we leave with the knowledge that we can have a great World Cup.”Prandelli had said Balotelli would amaze with his improved form and the AC Milan forward was involved in most of the Azzurri’s best moves.He went close to scoring on several occasions and hit the crossbar as Italy dominated.COMEBACK?: Beckham hints at possible return to soccer in new documentaryItaly departs on Thursday and will play Brazilian club Fluminense in a final friendly match on June 8, six days before kicking off its World Cup campaign against England in Manaus.Prandelli’s side also faces Costa Rica and Uruguay in Group D.Italy started brightly and took an early lead when Marchisio picked out Balotelli from near the halfway line. The forward controlled the ball perfectly before crossing for the onrushing Marchisio to head home from close range.Balotelli almost doubled Italy’s advantage shortly afterward but a last-ditch tackle saw his effort deflected over the bar.The tempo slowed down somewhat but Italy should have extended its lead two minutes before halftime, when free-kick specialist Andrea Pirlo saw his effort parried with a diving save by Anthony Moris and Balotelli fired just wide of the left upright as the moved continued.MEXICO: World Cup helps Chicharito forget disappointing seasonMoments earlier, Antonio Candreva had also fired narrowly wide.Balotelli had another chance just after the interval when he sent a snapshot past the far post.Antonio Cassano came off the bench for only his second appearance since the European Championship final in 2012 and he almost made an immediate impact with a through ball to Balotelli, who bamboozled two players before evading a tackle from a third as he unleashed a shot which crashed off the crossbar.Candreva also hit the crossbar moments later.Luxembourg had barely troubled Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon but leveled in the final minutes when Chanot headed home Mario Mutsch’s corner.Ignazio Abate almost immediately restored Italy’s advantage but was denied by Moris.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Valencia coach Marcelino admits Chicharito admirationby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveValencia coach Marcelino admits they need to sell if they’re to sign West Ham striker Javier Hernandez.It’s been suggested Marcelino would prefer to cut short the loan of Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi and replace him with Chicharito.He said, “Chicharito is a player with an international trajectory. But I prefer the four attackers we have. I do not see today the possibility that we stay with five attackers because it is a particular position. “We have four good attackers. They do not find the way to the goal but we have to change that. If an attacker leaves us because all the parties agree, we will look for a solution in the transfer window. But we are not considering the possibility of having five attackers.”
Liverpool boss Klopp reveals hilarious Rocky speech fail in BVB daysby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his failure to rouse his players by using a speech from the movie Rocky IV.Klopp was speaking about his career and achievements at the FIFA gala where he won the Best Men’s Coach award for the previous year.And he mentioned an incident where he gave his Borussia Dortmund players a Rocky-themed speech before a game against Bayern Munich.”My Borussia Dortmund team were playing Bayern Munich,” Klopp told The Players’ Tribune.”It was a huge match in the league. We hadn’t won in Munich in something like 20 years. I take a lot of inspiration from movies, so whenever I needed to motivate the boys I would always think of Rocky Balboa. In my opinion, they should show Rocky 1, 2, 3 and 4 in public schools all across the world. It should be like learning the alphabet. If you watch these movies and you don’t want to climb to the top of a mountain, then I think something is wrong with you.””So the night before we played Bayern, I gathered all my players at the hotel for our team talk. I told them the truth of the situation: ‘The last time Dortmund won in Munich, most of you were still in your Pampers.’ Then I started playing some scenes from Rocky IV on the screen. The one with Ivan Drago. A classic, in my opinion. “Drago is running on the treadmill, and he’s hooked up to the big computer monitors and the scientists are studying him. I told the boys, ‘You see? Bayern Munich is Ivan Drago. The best of everything! The best technology! The best machines! He’s unstoppable!’ Then you see Rocky training in Siberia in his little log cabin. He’s chopping down pine trees and carrying logs through the snow and running up to the top of the mountain. “I told the boys, ‘You see? That’s us. We are Rocky. We are smaller, yes. But we have the passion! We have the heart of a champion! We can do the impossible!’ I was going on and on, and then at some point, I look out to all my boys to see their reaction.”I was expecting them to be standing up on their chairs, ready to go run up a mountain in Siberia, going absolutely crazy. But everyone is just sitting there, staring at me with dead eyes. Completely blank. They’re looking at me like, ‘What in the world is this crazy man talking about?’ So then I realised, ‘Wait, when did Rocky IV come out, 1980-something? When were these boys born?’ Finally, I said, ‘Wait a minute, boys. Please raise your hand if you know who Rocky Balboa is?’ Only two hands went up.”Everyone else, ‘Nope, sorry, boss.’ My entire speech — nonsense! This is the most important match of the season. Maybe the most important match of some of the players’ lives. And the manager has been screaming about Soviet technology and Siberia for the last 10 minutes! Can you believe this? I had to start my whole speech over from scratch. “You see, this is the real story. This is what actually happens in life. We are human beings. Sometimes, we embarrass ourselves. That’s how it is. We think we’re giving the greatest speech in the history of football, and we’re actually talking complete nonsense. But we get up the next morning and we go again. “Do you know the strangest part of that story? I honestly cannot be sure if we won or lost the match. I am pretty sure that I gave this speech in 2011 before we won 3–1, and that certainly makes for a much better story! But I can’t be 100% sure. This is one thing about football that people don’t always understand. The results, you forget. You get them all mixed up.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Cover your eyes, Miami fans. It appears the Hurricanes’ football team could be on the verge of losing a recruit. Isaiah Johnson, a three-star wide receiver in the 2016 class, has been committed to Miami since mid-February. The 6-foot-3, 198-pound prospect recently received a scholarship offer from Florida, though, and he seems to like the Gators very much. The Palm Beach Gardens native visited Florida’s Gainesville campus today. He says he “felt at home.” Felt at home today pic.twitter.com/kZt1Eob9MK— Bigplayzay2⃣1⃣ (@ZayLive21) March 14, 2015That’s, obviously, not a great look for Miami. Johnson is rated the No. 164 wide receiver in the country by 247 Sports.
Entering yesterday’s National Signing Day, Alabama sat behind schools like Florida State, LSU, Michigan, and Ohio State in the national recruiting rankings. After a huge day, highlighted by the commitments of five-star linebackers Ben Davis and Mack Wilson, the Crimson Tide class was ranked No. 1 by three of the four major recruiting services: 247Sports, Rivals, and Scout. Here are how the rankings for those sites shook out after the dust settled on National Signing Day.247Sports:Rivals:Scout:The one ranking site that spurned Alabama? According to ESPN, the Crimson Tide were edged out by the Florida State Seminoles.As you’d expect with those results, 247Sports’ composite ranking, which utilizes all four of the major services, also has Alabama No. 1.Alabama has four national championships on the field under Nick Saban, and amazingly, they are even more dominant in the recruiting game. The Tide have signed a top recruiting class for six straight years now, and there is no sign that Saban and his staff are slowing down.
The Buckeyes will challenge Penn State, Virginia, West Virginia, Texas and Georgia in a video game competition set up by Uplifting Athletes Sunday, Feb. 28, in efforts to raise money for rare diseases.Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit organization aligning college football with rare diseases and raising them as a national priority through outreach, research education, and advocacy.Scott Shirley is the founder of Uplifting Athletes. He was a student-athlete at PSU. While there, his dad was diagnosed with kidney cancer. His teammates rallied around him and started to raise money and awareness for kidney cancer.Because of the support of his teammates, Shirley founded Uplifting Athletes. Pennsylvania State University was the first chapter of the organization. Uplifting Athletes has gained four more schools since its humble beginnings. There are five university chapters in total: Penn State, OSU, Boston College, Colgate and Maryland.Each chapter has the opportunity to choose a rare disease. Chapters often select a cause that is personal to the team. OSU’s chapter has selected to raise money and awareness for Charcot-Marie-Tooth.CMT is one of the most common inherited neurological disorders, affecting approximately one in 2,500 people in the United States. OSU quarterback Tyrelle Pryor’s father has the disease.CMT is a neurological disorder that causes damage to the peripheral nerves. The damaged nerves carry signals from the brain and spinal cord to muscles and relay sensations. This causes pain to the spinal cord from the rest of the body.Some symptoms of CMT are muscle weakness and wasting, stiffened joints because of abnormal tightening of muscles and associated tissues and some loss of sensation in the feet, the lower legs, the hands and the forearms. CMT can also cause curvature of the spine, also known as scoliosis.The unique part of this organization is that OSU’s chapter network is run by current football student-athletes. These athletes are provided with an opportunity to gain practical job skills while learning how to leverage their assets and abilities to make a positive and lasting impact. Students can make donations to Uplifting Athletes by coming to the event. OSU’s defensive back Donnie Evege is the chairman of this event. It will be held at Damon’s restaurant at 3025 Olentangy River Rd. from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance and $10 at the door.Tickets for the event can be purchased online www.upliftingathletes.org. Donation for CMT can also be made by going to the Web site and clicking on the OSU chapter.