first_imgEarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: What exactly is the federal government’s Recreational Trails Program and is it true that it’s on the chopping block?                                                            — Randy Caldwell, Lyme, NHThe Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is a federal assistance program that helps states pay for the development and maintenance of recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail uses. The Congressionally mandated program was in jeopardy due to budget cuts, but its backers in Congress announced this past July that RTP would be retained to the tune of $85 million per year as part of the new surface transportation agreement law called MAP-21. Minnesota Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar was instrumental in the retention of RTP by introducing it as an amendment to MAP-21 as a stand-alone program with its own dedicated funding.Overall, MAP-21 allocates $105 billion for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 to improve safety, reduce traffic congestion, maintain infrastructure and improve the overall efficiency of highway transportation. RTP is one of several provisions of MAP-21 that bolster transit, bike and pedestrian programs across the country.Funding for the RTP portion of MAP-21 comes from a portion of the motor fuel excise tax collected across the country from non-highway recreational fuel use in snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles and off-highway light trucks, and comes out of the Federal Highway Trust Fund. Half of the RTP funds are distributed equally among all 50 states, and half are distributed in proportion to the estimated amount of non-highway recreational fuel use in each state. Individual states are responsible for administering their own RTP monies and soliciting and selecting qualifying projects.That said, the use of RTP funding is restricted to maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation of trailside and trailhead facilities and trail linkages, purchase and lease of trail construction and maintenance equipment, construction of new trails, acquisition of easements or property for trails, and assessment of trail conditions for accessibility and maintenance. RTP funding may not go toward property condemnation (eminent domain), construction of new trails for motorized use on federally managed public lands or for facilitating motorized access on otherwise non-motorized trails.States must allocate 30 percent of their RTP funding for motorized trail use, 30 percent for non-motorized use, and the remaining 40 percent for so-called “diverse” (motorized and non-motorized) trail use. Projects may satisfy two categories at the same time, giving states some flexibility in how to allocate their share of the RTP pie. States can use up to five percent of their funds to disseminate related publications and operate educational programs to promote safety and environmental protection related to trails.Trail lovers across the country are thrilled that Congress extended RTP, which began in 2005 with a $60 million allocation and was increased each of the following years until it plateaued at $85 million in 2009. The continuation of the $85 million allocation was also good news to those who feared that if it wasn’t cut entirely it would be scaled back significantly. With new funding for the next two years, Americans can look forward to the creation of many new trails and continued maintenance of existing ones.CONTACTS: RTP info, www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/recreational_trails/index.cfm; American Trails overview of RTP funding, www.americantrails.org/rtp.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine ( www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.last_img read more

first_imgConnersville, Ind. — Indiana State Police have confirmed carfentanil intoxication as the cause of death for two men in the Fayette County Jail.On June 6 police arrested Chad Sizemore, 37, of Connersville, in Wayne County and determined he had an outstanding warrant in Fayette County. Sizemore was transported the Fayette County Jail and place in a holding cell with two other men at 11 p.m. At midnight jail officers found all three men unresponsive.Sizemore and Thomas Lohr, 30, of Connersville, were pronounced dead at Fayette Regional Health later. The third inmate, Weslee Jenkins, 26, was treated at Fayette Regional Health Hospital and recovered at Reid Health in Richmond. The investigation revealed all three men sniffed a powder that Sizemore smuggled into the jail.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

first_imgTHE Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Dr George Norton, last Friday witnessed the grading of approximately 70 karatekas from varying dojos across the country at the Guyana Karate College’s (GKC) third and final 2017 grading exercise at its temporary Dojo located in Thomas Lands.The grading examinations included the other GKC Dojos counting in the Guyana Karate College Sophia Juvenile Holding Centre Dojo and the Guyana Karate College West Coast Demerara Dojo.Heading the list of karatekas were: William Grant (Jr), Ronaldo Junior Persaud, Jessica Callender and Mark Wong who moved from Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) to Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt).Moving from a 1st kyu Brown Belt to a Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) were Nadia Ramlall, Jose Rodrigues, Javed Deen Nurhausain, Gopal Rajin Persaud, Manoj Lachhman, Rajnie Brijmohan, Omadai Sukul, Nalini Rampersaud, Paula Louis-Grant, William Grant (Sr) Mekhi Ritchie, and Daniel Denny.Delivering the feature address, the Minister encouraged the students to “follow their dreams” and to recognise that “discipline leads to success”.In a press release the GKC expressed how grateful they were for the Minister to attend the ceremony, noting that his presence was a testimony of the commitment of the Ministry and Government at large, to the development of sports in the country.Reminding the graduates that the competition in the international arena gets tougher with each passing day, Minister Norton implored the students that for them to retain the top positions they achieved at previous international tournaments, they will have to work harder and faster.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Listed as a 6-foot-5 small forward, Owens will compete for playing time under the same coach who helped shape his father into a top NBA prospect. A former SU All-American and Big East conference player of the year, Billy Owens was selected No. 3 overall in the 1991 draft after averaging 17.9 points per game across three seasons with Syracuse. He tallied 1,840 collegiate points, and went on to play 10 seasons with six different NBA teams. Subscribe to the D.O. Sports NewsletterWant the latest in Syracuse sports delivered to your inbox? Subscribe to the D.O. Sports newsletter to read our best sports articles, sent to you every Friday morning.* indicates requiredEmail Address *center_img Published on September 2, 2020 at 12:19 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @CraneAndrew The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Three decades after his father starred for Syracuse, Chaz Owens, the son of Billy Owens, will join Syracuse’s roster for the 2020-21 season, the program announced. Owens is expected to be on scholarship, which would be the final opening on SU’s current roster and make him the second son of a program alumnus currently on scholarship, according to Syracuse.com.Owens, who most recently spent a postgraduate year with Pennsylvania’s Scotland Campus, averaged 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior with The Shipley School in 2018-19. He helped the Gators advance to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Hill School. In the loss, Owens led The Shipley School with 10 points on 4-for-12 shooting.Earlier that season, Owens had separate games where he tallied 20 points and 20 rebounds, respectively, while the Gators finished 21-6. He spent his first two high school seasons at Wissahickon High School (Pennsylvania) where he became a consistent rotation player and scored a season-high 30 points. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Clare Swindell – CamelotNational Lottery operator Camelot UK has confirmed the appointment of Group CFO Clare Swindell as a corporate governance director, joining Chief Executive Nigel Railton as the second company executive to sit on the Camelot Board.Swindell has served as Camelot’s group financial lead since May 2017, having joined the lottery operator from Tesco owned retail data solutions provider dunnhumby.Confirming the board appointment, Camelot governance highlights Swindell’s extensive 17-year executive career having led financial planning, key projects and major transformation programmes as CFO of Tesco.com and Group Audit Director of Tesco Plc.Camelot Chairman, Sir Hugh Robertson commented: “I am delighted to welcome Clare to the Camelot Board. Since joining Camelot just over two years ago, Clare’s wide-ranging operational experience – as well as her extensive knowledge of strategic finance and internal control processes – has added great value to the business.“This appointment recognises Clare’s seniority and contribution, and while her role and responsibilities as CFO will remain unchanged, she will be taking on additional and important statutory duties and obligations. The rest of the Board and I very much look forward to working with Clare in this enhanced capacity.” Share Submit StumbleUpon Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020last_img read more