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first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas yesterday received a letter from Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, James Oberstar (D-MN) commending Vermont for ranking first in nation for “the percentage of wastewater infrastructure Recovery Act funds put out to bid, under contract, and underway.”  Vermont has committed all of its wastewater infrastructure funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).“The entire Recovery Act team, from our Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery to the Department of Environmental Conservation, has done a tremendous job ensuring that we are getting these critical infrastructure funds into our communities and creating jobs expeditiously,” said Governor Douglas.  “When Congress passed the Recovery Act last year, it was up to the states to implement much of the funding.  We are doing our part to get the money into our economy quickly, while being responsible stewards of the public’s resources.”Wastewater infrastructure projects funded through ARRA include the Twin Oaks stormwater project in South Burlington, the combined sewer overflow elimination project in Springfield and a solar panel installation project at the wastewater treatment plant in Montpelier, among others.  Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Justin Johnson said of the state’s work, “With a combination of smart work and good sense, Vermont was able to identify good projects and get the stimulus funds obligated quickly and efficiently.”Source: Governor’s office. 5.7.2010###last_img read more

first_img Owner Stephen Curran said: “Everything has been going well and he seems in good form at home. “He’s back with Tony and we’re looking forward to his first race back after injury. “We’re hoping to get him ready for Punchestown, but Saturday will tell us a lot and we always take it one day at a time with him. “Whatever he does at the weekend he’ll improve on it.” Flemenstar stars in a dozen entries for the two-and-a-half-mile Grade Two event, with Martin also represented by Savello, last seen finishing sixth in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham. Sandra Hughes is also double-handed with Art Of Logistics and Bright New Dawn in contention, while Willie Mullins relies on Felix Yonger. There is a potential British challenger in the shape of Donald McCain’s Desert Cry. The Charles Byrnes-trained Arnaud, Tom Taaffe’s Argocat and Rathlin from Mouse Morris’ yard are also in the mix. Flemenstar will make his long-awaited return in Saturday’s Webster Cup at Navan. A three-time Grade One-winning chaser for trainer Peter Casey, the 10-year-old has been sidelined by injury since making a successful debut for Tony Martin in November 2013. That was Flemenstar’s fourth victory from six starts at Navan and having been nursed back to fitness, he will make his comeback in County Meath this weekend. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 11, 2012 at 12:46 am Contact Jacob: jspramuk@syr.edu Silvi Uattara is starting to adjust.Coming to Syracuse from Russia, Uattara endured a huge culture shock. But after working with her teammates, Uattara said she’s become more comfortable on the court.“The first game, I was very nervous,” Uattara said. “After some time, I know the girls better.”Uattara shined in Syracuse’s (5-5) five-set upset over No. 18 Iowa State last weekend. The freshman outside hitter posted a game-high 25 kills in the back-and-forth victory. Uattara has led the Orange in kills in three of the team’s last four games.Uattara attended Sports School 65, a high school in which the athletic programs are funded by the state. The schools offer a similar experience to American high schools, but they put more focus on athletics, SU head coach Leonid Yelin said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt Syracuse, Uattara had to overcome a language barrier and cultural differences in addition to meshing with her teammates on the court.“She came to a different world, a different game, a different school,” Yelin said. “She has begun to adjust well in a short time.”Those adjustments were an integral part of the team’s success this past weekend. The Orange had lost five straight games before winning two straight, including the win over the ranked Cyclones.Yelin praised the quality of his team’s character for its performance.He said the players began playing better as a team because they became more comfortable with one another. And Uattara’s role in the system was a large part of the Orange’s success.SU outside hitter Nicolette Serratore, a sophomore, has aided Uattara’s transition to SU.Serratore is a team leader who has helped Uattara learn her position. She knows the team and the game, and her communication with the freshman has made a difference through 10 games this year.“We’re all just trying to do what we can to help out,” Serratore said. “Everything’s been going really smoothly, really well.”The ease of the transition helped Uattara to her dominating weekend. Yelin said she’ll have to adjust even more if she wants to continue her hot streak.But, he doesn’t think that will be an issue with her teammates’ support on the floor.“They’re all great people,” Yelin said. “They can be better players, but I know they’re great people.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgSan Jose Earthquakes general manager, John Doyle, says Jamaica midfielder Simon Dawkins will be a key to their offence in the 2016 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.Dawkins is rejoining the club from Derby County after three seasons in the English Premier League and Championship.Doyle sees the Jamaican, who has a club record of the most goals by a midfielder in two seasons (14) as a key element.”We’re delighted to welcome Simon back,” Doyle said in a team statement. “He has a tremendous amount of experience in England as well as internationally. Simon is a proven player in Major League Soccer and helped the club win the Supporters’ Shield in 2012. He will be a key part of our attack,” Doyle insisted in a report on the Major League Soccer website.Dawkins spent the last two years with English Championship side, Derby County, scoring nine goals in 73 appearances. He also spent time at Tottenham and Aston Villa. He has 20 caps for the Jamaican national team, scoring three goals. His most recent international cap came in Jamaica’s crucial 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over Nicaragua in that country on September 9 last year.Dawkins is just one of two Earthquakes players to score six or more goals in consecutive seasons since the club’s return to Major League Soccer in 2008. He is also the only midfielder in the club’s history to score 14 or more goals over a two-year period.last_img read more

first_img Recommended For YouBeyond Meat’s forecast sends 2019’s IPO darling to new heightsDavid Rosenberg: Deflation is still the No. 1 threat to global economic stability — and central banks know itTrans Mountain construction work can go ahead as National Energy Board re-validates permitsBank of Canada drops mortgage stress test rate for first time since 2016The storm is coming and investors need a financial ark to see them through June 11, 201912:01 AM EDTLast UpdatedJune 12, 201910:31 AM EDT Filed under News FP Street 0 Comments Facebook More Share this storyDesmarais-backed venture capital platform closes new $55-million tech fund Tumblr Pinterest Google+ LinkedIn Reddit Twitter Barbara Shecter Email Desmarais-backed venture capital platform closes new $55-million tech fund Portag3, the venture capital arm of three companies within the Desmarais family’s Power Corp., is the ‘anchor’ investor in both Diagram funds A venture capital platform with the backing of Quebec’s Desmarais family has closed a second fund to finance technology startups primarily in financial services, this time with $55 million to invest.Francois Lafortune, chief executive of Diagram Ventures, said the first $30-million fund has already invested in or co-founded five companies since it launched in 2017 with a target of seven investments, and the plan is for the second fund to back about a dozen more.The portfolio companies already up and running have grown to a combined enterprise value of $175 million in less than three years, and have created 250 full-time jobs, Lafortune said, adding that the value is based in part on what third parties have been willing to invest in the companies.“We’ve proven that this is possible, our model has a place,” he said. Koho locks down $8M investment from Desmarais-backed venture fund The Game Changers: The banker, the venture capitalist and others changing the way we think, work and play Desmarais scion to oversee family-backed Canadian fintech venture capital fund The strategy is to find early-stage technology companies and partner with their management financially, provide support services, and give them access to a network of limited partners and large incumbent players within Power Corp.Portag3 — the venture capital arm of entities of the Desmarais family’s Power Financial Corp. and outside investors — is the “anchor” investor in both Diagram funds, the second of which also boasts 75 angel investors.“They have a global view on the trends in fintech and it helps us be smart when we create companies … to learn what’s happening globally and to create the right type of company,” said Lafortune. “And also to validate investor appetite early, which we couldn’t do if we were just on our own.”Paul Desmarais III, Diagram’s co-founder and chairman who is also a senior vice president at Power Corp., said the funds are a “key” component of the family’s strategy of investing in “the next generation of global financial services platforms.”Millions of dollars in investments have been made through Portag3 already, in companies including robo-advisor Wealthsimple, online lender Borrowell, and Koho, a mobile payments and banking startup.I have full confidence in the team and that the model works Comment In a statement about the latest Diagram fund, Desmarais highlighted the participation international investors, which more than doubled from the first fund.“We expect this will create substantive benefits for our portfolio companies as they expand internationally,” Desmarais said.“My personal commitment to Diagram is unwavering because I have full confidence in the team and that the model works.”The first fund’s portfolio companies include Dialogue, a Montreal-based virtual health platform for employees, and Toronto-based Collage, a developer of a cloud-based software application for companies to automate human resources, benefits, and payroll administration.An investor in Diagram’s first fund, Montreal entrepreneur and investor Hamnett Hill, has joined the venture platform as a partner.Hill co-founded TotalNet, one of Canada’s largest early Internet Service Providers, Zero-Knowledge Systems, a pioneer in online privacy and security, and Smooch, a messaging software provider, which was sold to San Francisco-based Zendesk in May.“Diagram’s unique, entrepreneur-focused model and the success it has enjoyed so far drew me to the platform,” Hill said in a statement. “I have yet to see anything else like it and I believe this formula represents the way forward to create the next generation of Canadian-based global businesses in the financial technology sector.”Limited partners in Diagram’s second fund include Bruce Heyman, former United States Ambassador to Canada and a former partner at Goldman Sachs, Mark Britto, executive vice president of global sales and credit at PayPal, and Anatol von Hahn, the former group head of Canadian banking at Bank of Nova Scotia. Join the conversation →last_img read more