first_imgIs it time to look at Vermont s transportation system or the lack of one? That is a question being explored by AARP and a number of other groups around Vermont. An AARP report released today shows that significant groups of Vermonters are unable to get where they need to go particularly older and lower income residents. As a strong consumer advocate, AARP is committed to supporting efforts that foster independence and livable communities or communities that have affordable and accessible housing, community engagement opportunities, and offer a range of mobility options.The report reveals that a substantial number of residents (54%) do not believe there are enough driving alternatives in their community and would like to see more. In addition, some 73% of Vermonters are concerned about the impact of vehicle emissions on global warming. Survey respondents said they were also concerned about gas costs and change their driving habits when prices are high. About 90% of residents believe the State should play a role in helping non-driving residents get where they are going.A convergence of factors changing demographics, environmental impacts, volatile gas prices, and transportation funding shortfalls make this an opportune time to rethink the way we transport the public, concluded the report. Vermont s rural nature also presents a host of challenges to traditional public transit. The study shows that a significant percent of residents are motivated by a variety of reasons to consider alternatives to driving their own car. The report, based on a survey of 800 residents over age 18, covers current driving habits, transportation alternatives, public transit and what motivates Vermonters to change driving behaviors.The AARP study is intended to inform a public discussion on the subject and help begin the process of putting this important issue on the state s policy agenda. AARP is convening a group of stakeholder groups to explore transporting the public. Initially, they will work to identify principles and create a vision for a statewide system while engaging a broad cross-section of Vermont agencies, institutions and organizations in the transformation process. We re working with several organizations that believe some action is needed in this area and the survey findings show that Vermonters support that view as well, said Greg Marchildon, AARP Vermont state director. This is a complex subject that seems to have been overlooked to date by policymakers and others. As a convener of this process, AARP ultimately aims to engage policymakers, legislators and the Governor s administration as we put together a roadmap to better serve the transportation needs of Vermonters.Selected Data & Findings:-Nearly all Vermont residents rely on a car to get around. However, a number of respondents traveled to their destinations in other ways most frequently, walking or sharing rides. -Older, lower income, and unemployed residents are more likely to have problems with transportation and get out less frequently.-Some 90% of respondents believe the State should help people get where they need to go if they are no longer able to drive.- Vermonters are motivated to change their driving habits by rising gas prices and a desire to protect the environment.-73% of Vermonters are concerned about vehicle emissions contributing to global warming. In addition, most Vermonters are concerned about the cost of gas and change their driving habits to lessen the economic burden when prices are high.- 54% do not believe there are adequate driving alternatives in their community and a majority of these people would like to see more alternatives. Interest in these alternatives is strong in communities where they are not available.The key refers to residents who live within or beyond five miles of services. Residents who live within five miles of services would be more likely to walk on sidewalks and use bike paths if these options were available, whereas those living farther away are more inclined to carpool and use park and rides should they become available in their communities.-Two-thirds of Vermonters believe the State has a role in providing personal car driving alternatives if gas prices continue to rise and to reduce vehicle emissions.AARP Vermont commissioned Pacific Market Research to conduct telephone interviews with 800 Vermont residents age 18 and older in December, 2008. The results of the survey are detailed in the final report. For a full copy of the report go to: www.aarp.org/vttransportation(link is external).AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with 138,000 members in Vermont and 35 million members nationally. Through a wide array of special benefits, services, and information resources, we help our members make important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of life after 50.Source: AARP. BURLINGTON, VT, April 23, 2009last_img read more

first_imgA 1,068 TEU containership, owned by Maersk Line, has been detained in Tunisia in relation to claims on Maersk Honam fire, the Danish shipping major informed.“We can confirm that on September 10, 2018 the vessel Alexander Maersk was detained in the Port of Sfax, Tunisia,” a spokesperson from Maersk said.The spokesperson added that the detention is related “to different claims cases which we are looking into and have informed our insurance company about. We cooperate with all relevant authorities to resolve the matter as quickly as possible”The Danish flagged container vessel Alexander Maersk, deployed on a SeagoLine-service in the Eastern Mediterranean, arrived in Tunisia on September 8 and was subsequently arrested in relation to claims on losses shippers suffered in the Maersk Honam fire.The ultra large boxship was hit by a serious fire on March 6, while it was sailing around 900 nautical miles southeast of Salalah, Oman. The fire claimed the lives of a total of five crew members.Maersk Honam, which was carrying 7,860 containers at the time of the incident, spent over two months at sea before berthing at Jebel Ali port on May 27.At the time, Maersk Line said that “containers which have been declared sound and for which all General Average and Salvage securities have been submitted” were released and loaded on other vessels for transport to their final destination.The company added that the condition of the vessel was to be further evaluated, confirming Maersk Line’s earlier announced plans to repair the fire-stricken Maersk Honam.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_img Lisbon: Captain Cristiano Ronaldo left the field with a thigh injury as Portugal drew 1-1 against Serbia in an Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday. Ronaldo was replaced after 30 minutes in Lisbon as Fernando Santos’ reigning European champions drew for a second time in their opening two games of the campaign after they were held by Ukraine on Friday. There was no word whether the five-time Ballon d’Or winner would be fit for to play for his club Juventus in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Ajax on April 10.William Carvalho wasted the best of the early chances at Benfica’s two-thirds empty Estadio da Luz.Serbia failed to clear the ball in the box before it fell to the unmarked Real Betis midfielder who’s side-footed shot glanced past the post after five minutes.Ajax playmaker Tadic opened the scoring from the penalty spot two minutes later. Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio collided with an advancing Mijat Gacinovic in the box and Tadic tucked the spot kick away with ease to take a shock lead over the Euro 2016 winners.Ronaldo was denied an equaliser two minutes later as his effort was very well saved Marko Dmitrovic. Portugal will next play Switzerland in a Nations League semi-final.Serbia will take on Ukraine in the Euro 2020 qualifier.Juventus will take on Ajax, who knocked out Real Madrid from UEFA Champions League. The 156-time international left the field on the half hour mark after he pulled up chasing a ball on the left wing. He received quick treatment from members of the medical team before returning to action but was replaced by Pizzi minutes later as Pepe took over the skipper’s armband. The visitors were level with three minutes of the first half to play. Porto’s Danilo Pereira hammered his shot from outside the box into the top corner past a helpless Dmitrovic.Carvalho should have put his side into the lead 25 minutes into the second half. Guerreiro chipped a cross to the back post, Bernardo Silva then played it into the middle of the box but Carvalho couldn’t make a solid enough contact with the ball to challenge Dmitrovic. Fernando Santos’ outfit were denied a second penalty on 73 minutes after the linesman overruled referee Szymon Marciniak’s original decision for off-side. The hosts pressed on for the winner in the closing ten minutes but Mladen Krstajic’s outfit defended stubbornly to claim a point in their first game of the campaign. Next for Portugal is a Nations League semi-final against Switzerland on June 5 and Serbia travel to Kiev in a Euro 2020 qualifier two days later. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more