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first_imgINTRO: Jean-Paul Masse examines legislative changes in France that empower the regions to fund regional railservices directly and take their own investment decisionsON JANUARY 1 2002 an act will come into force that will change the way regional transport is organised in France. Despite its significance, the act has remained nearly unnoticed by most French people. Even rail staff failed to react strongly when it was adopted by Parliament on November 21 2000. This was all the more surprising given that it may ultimately lead to other operators challenging SNCF’s monopoly on operations.Until now, French regional transport has been partly financed by payments from central government to SNCF. Under the revised arrangements, the state will no longer pay SNCF to organise regional transport. Instead the money will go directly to the regional authorities. With the exception of seven pilot regions where this change was implemented from mid-1997, SNCF has enjoyed a centrally allocated grant for regional operations and has been responsible for setting its own service levels.From next year the regions will take over these responsibilities, signing contracts with SNCF as the sole operator. They will use funds granted to them by central government to pay SNCF’s costs for providing local and regional services.Railways are not the only operations covered by the new act, and the regions will also have responsibility for organising bus services. Ile-de-France (greater Paris) and Corsica are excluded from the act.The transport section of the Loi Solidarité et Renouvellement Urbain (SRU) was drawn up by Senator Hubert Haenel. In 1997 the first six regions (Alsace, Centre, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Pays de la Loire, Provence-Alpes-Clast_img read more

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first_imgby Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow — The annual fundraising event for Bowl for Kids Sake will be held Saturday, April 7 with session at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. at Meadow Lanes in Wellington. The money will go toward the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization by providing mentorship to children who may face adverse situations.It doesn’t take much to make a difference in a child’s life. Through BBBS people can build strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.Currently, there are 51 youth in Sumner County who have requested a one-to-one mentoring relationship. Since 2000, BBBS has been serving youth in Sumner County. Youth ranging from ages 5-17, along with their parents and/or guardians must both wish to participate in the program. Parents and guardians of the participating youth must complete an application for the school based program. Those wishing to match with a volunteer outside of the school must go through an intake process including orientation, personal safety training, and an interview.Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have graduated from high school, or earned a GED. All volunteers must commit to one year of service, complete an application, background checks, an information session and interview. They must have a vehicle, valid insurance and driver’s license to participate outside of school. There are also couple and family matches which allow either spouse to participate individually and be matched with either a boy or girl.Their annual fundraising and recruitment campaign, Bowl for Kids Sake, raises funds for Sumner County events that serve the county’s youth. Businesses can help by providing sponsorships, organizing teams, and providing prizes for participants. Groups of youth or adults can form a team of six, with a goal of raising $960, to support a match for one year. Participants receive two games of bowling, pizza, drinks, and the opportunity to win door prizes. Individuals who raise $160 will be awarded with a t-shirt.Wellington’s event will be held Saturday, April 7, with sessions at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Another event will be held in Derby on April 28 from 1 to 3 p.m.Grab some friends or family, form a bowling team, and help out the youth of Sumner County!Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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first_imgMATER DEI By MATTHEW ROCCO Correspondent Mater Dei Prep surged to the sectional finals in the state softball tournament, continuing to show signs of a big turnaround from the team’s early-season struggles.The Seraphs, a young team with up to three freshmen in the starting lineup, hit a few bumps in the road this spring. In addition to some injuries, Mater Dei had to overcome inexperience on the field. Meanwhile, the Seraphs were eliminated in the first round of the Shore Conference Tournament, where they were ranked 19th.So if Mater Dei (15-5) was picked to appear in the NJSIAA Non-Public South B championship, would that have come as a surprise?“Without question,” head coach Jeanne Dickinson said. “We’re young, and we’ve made young mistakes. We took our lumps in the preseason.”Dickinson went on to explain that it took some time for Mater Dei to find its footing. Now the Seraphs look like “a completely different team,” she added. “I couldn’t be prouder of them.”Mater Dei’s bats came alive in the sectional semifinals against Wardlaw-Hartridge School of Edison. Freshman shortstop Tyrah Graves led off the game with a single, followed by a double off the bat of senior third baseman Emilie Boman. An errant throw on the next play allowed both runners to score.The fifth-seed Seraphs added a run in the third inning and scored three more in the fourth, taking a 6-1 lead. Run-scoring singles from seniors Erin Batz and Stephanie Sudziarski made it 8-1, and sophomore Maggie Klatt added an RBI single in the sixth.The 9-1 victory propelled Mater Dei to the championship game against No. 2 St. Joseph High School of Hammonton. The teams were scheduled to play on June 4 at Northern Burlington County Regional High School, meeting for the first time since the 2008 title game.“My whole approach is we have nothing to lose and everything to gain,” Dickinson said. “We’re playing with house money.”Mater Dei grew stronger as the team got deeper into the season. Freshman pitcher Paige Fernandez quickly developed into a promising starter, while the veterans used their experience to help the newcomers along. The Seraphs are coming off a 24-4 season in 2013.In the South B semifinals, Fernandez held Wardlaw-Hartridge to just one earned run despite giving up nine hits. She also struck out five. Fernandez improved to 15-5 on the season with a 1.63 ERA and 104 strikeouts.“You can’t just be a chucker. You have to be a pitcher at this level. She has really learned how to pitch,” Dickinson said. Dickinson, who is in her 34th season coaching softball, said her players had the athletic ability to succeed from the start. It was the fundamentals that needed to be squared away.“We spent a lot of time learning how to run the bases and where the cutoffs are,” the head coach said. “I really haven’t had to go back to that point before.”In a surprising twist, Mater Dei’s youth turned out to be an advantage for the team. With that inexperience came mistakes, but the players were rarely fazed by them.“They’re too young to be intimidated,” Dickinson said. “They always bounce back.”last_img read more

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first_imgChief Executive Officer of the GTT, Justin Nedd, has assured members of the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce (ECC) that quality Internet and improved services will be given to residents and the business community in Region Two.Speaking at a special stakeholder meeting held in the boardroom of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) at Anna Regina, Nedd said he had heard the many complaints faced by residents and the business community, and is assuring that the company would do everything in its capacity and within its resources to have the issues resolved.GTT officials met with Essequibo Chambers of CommerceNedd said his team is willing to assist the ECC in whatever way possible, but businesses need to realise that GTT, as a telecommunications company, has many challenges. He, however, said that only recently the company launched its LTE service within the region, which is affording persons the ability to surf, stream and communicate much faster.Nedd also shed some information on the heavy taxes that have been imposed by the Government on the company, explaining that, at the end of the day, GTT is in the business for business and to make a profit.It was also explained that Essequibo is paying the cheapest rates for Internet wireless services, although the company has to invest millions to dispatch same.This meeting was organised by the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce and the Regional Democratic Council  (RDC) to raise concerns with the telephone company in relation to the poor landline services and intermittent Internet being provided in Region 2. The GTT CEO and team visited one week after the request was made by the ECC for an audience to voice their concerns.President of the Essequibo Chambers of Commerce (ECC), Daleep Singh, although having raising several concerns with the GTT at the meeting — including the poor quality of Internet and landline services, limited Internet access, data cap, and giving businesses a rate reduction — congratulated the company for launching the high- speed Internet and boasted that his ‘point of sale’ is now made easier.He had, however, explained that while the service is faster than the ‘Atlantic Service’, there is still need for improvement, because businesses are suffering. He had also called on the company to examine the issues raised at the meeting, and rectify same in a prompt manner.Singh said that the ECC will, in the future, be doing constant follow-ups with the company on the issues raised.Nedd promised to support the ECC in whatever way possible, and to follow up on the areas that were receiving poor services. He also noted that the landline service is an obsolete one in the company, but said the company still pursues same because of its policies.Region Two Chairman, Daveanand Ramdatt, who was at the meeting, thanked the GTT officials for visiting the region promptly upon request, and said he was happy that the ECC and the company had met, since it was important that that partnership be extended, and he expressed the desire for both parties to work in close collaboration.He also said he was never aware of the taxes that the company pays to the Government, but said the RDC would continue to aggressively approach utility companies for the benefit of the people, once their services are poor.The GTT team that visited Region 2 included Public Relations Officer Allison Parker and Chief Commercial Officer Carlos Mendoza. (Indrawattie Natram)last_img read more

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