9 tasks to share $2 million in Rebuild Alabama Act grant cash

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Governor Kay Ivey’s office and the Alabama Department of Transportation are awarding more funds for road and bridge projects to several cities and counties in Alabama.

Just over $ 2 million will be used on nine projects. The money comes from the Rebuild Alabama Act of 2019, the an annual scholarship program That requires ALDOT to provide $ 10 million in addition to the state’s new gas tax revenue for local projects.

The nine projects include:

The Office of Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation are releasing $ 2 million in funds from the Rebuild Alabama Act of 2019 for the following projects.((Source: Governor’s Office))

Applicants will also contribute a total of $ 4.2 million to the projects, although no appropriate funding was required to be eligible, the governor’s office said.

“Improving Alabama’s infrastructure remains a top priority for the Ivey administration, and thanks to Rebuild Alabama, we can continue to make good use of those funds. More and more towns and cities in our state are seeing new road and bridge projects in their areas and I look forward to this continuing, ”said Governor Ivey. “When we invest in our roads and bridges, we invest in our employees and our future.”

This is the third round of projects to be awarded under the annual grant program for 2021. The first two rounds earlier in the year saw $ 8 million in state funding for 34 projects, with this final round increasing the total for FY2021 to $ 10.04 million in state funding for 43 local projects.

The law stipulates that all projects must be advanced within one year of the granting of funds.

Although a number of projects are expected to be under contract by the end of this year, all projects must move forward within one year of the funding being awarded.

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UAE publicizes 50 tasks to spice up economic system, companies await particulars

Commuters drive along Sheikh Zayed Road past commercial and residential properties in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates – The United Arab Emirates has launched a number of economic stimulus and diversification programs to attract around $ 150 billion in new foreign investment over the next decade.

Fifty new projects and initiatives will be announced in the coming weeks, Emirates officials said on the country’s 50th anniversary, including new visas to attract residents and skilled workers.

“The UAE’s ambition for the next 50 years is to become a global player in various industries,” said Sarah Al Amiri, the United Arab Emirates’ first Minister of State for Advanced Sciences, to CNBC’s Dan Murphy on Sunday. “The region is what we have set our sights on for the past five decades; now we are going further to ensure that many of our sectors are competitive on a global scale.”

The country wants to invest more in advanced industrial sectors and technological education. Newly introduced changes include visa programs such as the Green Visa, which aims to expand self-employment status for qualified individuals and investors, and the Freelancer Visa, which allows the self-employed to sponsor themselves. The country has already introduced the 10-year golden visa, which is selectively awarded to highly qualified and selected residents and investors.

Visas are a mainstay of the UAE’s economy with nearly 90% of its 10 million residents living abroad. Traditionally, an expat resident without a job loses his visa; This was one reason nearly 10% of the country’s population left the country in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic.

The oil-rich desert sheikdom has worked to attract new capital and residents to help its economy recover from the blows inflicted on it by the pandemic that caused its economy to drop by 6 in 2020 1% shrank. Late last year it launched the Teleworker Visa, which allows individuals to live in the UAE for a year even if their employment is overseas, as long as they meet a certain income limit.

However, like many major announcements in the United Arab Emirates, the news of the 50 initiatives gave little detail without specifying when each of these programs would begin and what exactly they would entail.

Waiting for details

Employment law experts speaking to CNBC described the plans as a “significant and positive” move for the region’s economy.

“In the past, visa and work permit restrictions have made it difficult for companies to enter into more flexible, atypical work arrangements outside of the traditional employment model,” Kiersten Lucas, partner at Dubai-based Stephenson Harwood, told CNBC.

But companies are waiting for more details. “Businesses and individuals are eagerly awaiting further clarification from the authorities on how the new visas will work in practice,” said Laura Anderson, an employee of the same company.

She added that many employers want to know how the changes will give them “more flexibility to contract directly with individuals on a more traditional advisory basis” without being aware of the current legal obligations surrounding a company’s relations with its UAE workers to be bound.

Chris Payne, chief economist at Peninsula Real Estate based in the United Arab Emirates, described the move as strategic, although details are currently lacking.

“In the UAE it is recognition that expats are here for the long term, they are here to stay, and when you’ve gone through the economic cycle, when there’s a downturn, people who lose their jobs leave the country” Payne said on CNBC’s “Capital Connection” on Monday. “And that has an immediate effect on other companies, it has an obvious effect on the real estate market, and so this is being addressed gradually.”

“Often you only get the real details afterwards,” he said of the announcements on Sunday. “But the details will come … When we talk about the visa changes, they are all extremely positive, even if we wait for the details.”

Regional competition

This initiative also takes place amid a growing rivalry with neighboring Saudi Arabia for being the region’s commercial and business hub. United Arab Emirates Dubai special has long been considered the economic center of the region, supported by modern transport and logistics infrastructure and conveniently located at the intersection of east and west.

People walk past the official Dubai Expo 2020 sign near the sustainability pavilion in Dubai on January 16, 2021, hoping to strengthen its soft power and revive the economy will now open its doors in October 2021.

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Last year, Saudi Arabia embarked on liberalizing economic reforms to attract more human capital and investment. And in February, she announced that her government would stop doing business with international companies whose regional headquarters are not based in the UK until 2024.

“Obviously, competition is a good thing in many cases and the UAE is responding by moving to the next level,” Payne said. “That has always been the UAE’s vision that it is not only a GCC hub, but also a hub for South Asia with connections to East Africa and beyond South Asia also in East Asia. So if you look at some of these trade and investment announcements, that says well that we have competition within the GCC, but actually our vision goes beyond the GCC. “

“So it’s absolutely a response to what’s going on in Saudi Arabia, but it’s a positive response; it says, ‘We can rise to the challenge’.”

Report: Utah Board Misused Public Cash on Fossil Gas Tasks, Didn’t Fund Rural Neighborhood Wants

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Clean Infrastructure Coalition publishes a report Today it is revealed that the Utah Permanent Community Impact Fund board has allocated more than $ 109 million in public funds to projects to promote or expand fossil fuel extraction in violation of federal mineral leasing law.

The report also documents that needed infrastructure projects in rural communities are not being funded while Utah leaders are using federal leases and royalties to help the fossil fuel industry, including a planned oil railroad and oil refinery.

“Utahns are deeply damaged by drought, forest fires, smoke and extreme weather exacerbated by fossil fuels,” said Deeda Seed of the Center for Biodiversity. “It is outrageous that Utah leaders are using public money to subsidize the fossil fuel industry that is causing this climate crisis. That has to end now. We need to invest in sustainable, resilient infrastructure for all communities in Utah. “

Oil, gas, and coal companies pay the federal government the right to develop federally owned minerals on public land and pay royalties for any minerals they mine. Congress intended to use this money to help rural communities facing rapid growth and infrastructure problems due to fossil fuel extraction.

Utah is responsible for distributing the money to the affected communities. However, today’s report noted that much of that administered by the governor-appointed Permanent Community Impact Fund Board has been used to enable fossil fuel extraction. Meanwhile, millions of dollars in community projects identified by rural communities have not been funded, including water and sanitation services, recreation centers, road improvements, and public safety equipment.

“I have stayed out of politics since I left office, but I cannot remain silent when I witness the misconduct of the elected and appointed people who represent the people of Utah,” said the former Salt Lake City mayor and State MP Jackie Biskupski at a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol. “I respectfully urge the Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management to conduct a thorough investigation of state mineral lease spending in the state of Utah since 2009 and to take the necessary steps to ensure that local Utah communities receive these funds for their community- and infrastructure projects. “

Today’s report reinforces the findings of a 2020 report from Utah’s Office of the Legislative Auditor General, who raised serious concerns about the Community Impact Board, including the board’s failure to properly fund economic development projects. Despite the findings and recommendations of the audit, the board of directors continued to abuse public funds.

“We call on the legislature and the Utah Community Impact Board to adopt the recommendations set out in the report, including a motion to ban the use of CIB public funds on projects designed to promote or facilitate the extraction of fossil fuels, in accordance with federal law. “Said Carly Ferro, executive director of the Sierra Club’s Utah Chapter. “The Sierra Club will continue to hold regulators and industry accountable for ensuring that polluters are given priority over people. We must continue to invest in communities, people and the environment, and only together can we achieve what is possible. “

“The misuse of money by the Community Impact Fund Board, which is legally intended to help communities affected by the dirty fossil fuel industry, is reprehensible and illegal,” said Jonny Vasic, executive director of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment. “These funds should be used to help local communities deal with the impact of the mining industry, not to duplicate a polluting industry that affects people’s health and contributes to climate change.”

Utah Clean Infrastructure partners include the Center for Biological Diversity, Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Sierra Club, Rural Utah Project, Utah Physicians for a Health Environment, Utah Tar Sands Resistance, Living Rivers, Utah Environmental Caucus, No Coal In Oakland, No Coal In Richmond and the Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah (HEAL Utah).

Ramsey saves cash, approves extra road initiatives | Ramsey

The city of Ramsey saved over half a million dollars on road improvement deals this year – paving the way for some bonus overlay projects.

The city budgeted $ 1.88 million for road construction projects that year, but the bids came in at just $ 1.3 million, city engineer Bruce Westby said.

“There’s a significant difference there,” said Westby. “In the past, the council has always instructed staff to try to spend all of the pavement management program funds that have been allocated to these projects.”

At the June 8th city council meeting, the council unanimously ordered that another 2.58 miles of road be covered at Reilley Estates, Sunfish Gateway Business Park, Traprock Commons, and the wildlife sanctuary this year. The additional projects are estimated at $ 672,000 from road construction management and rainwater funds.

There’s more than enough money in the sidewalk management fund to cover the cost of these projects, Westby said, and the tech department wanted to make sure the extra money was spent.

“I applaud that,” said Councilor Chris Riley. “We have the money, we have roads that are deteriorating. This shows that we are trying to move forward. We’re spending the money as it was intended and trying to get the money out on the streets. “

The new projects were supposed to start next year but have been postponed.

“These projects we looked at had some of the worst pavement peeling due to … the top coat,” Westby said.

The sealant coating is damaged by freeze-thaw cycles, Westby said.

The following road sections will receive road overlay improvements this year:

• Juniper Ridge Drive from 156th Lane to the north end of the sidewalk.

• Salish Street from Juniper Ride Drive to the cul-de-sac.

• Waco Street from the south end of the sidewalk to Juniper Ridge Drive.

• Juniper Ridge Drive from the cul-de-sac to the south end of the sidewalk.

• Yakima Street from the southwest end of the sidewalk to Juniper Ridge Drive.

• 157th alley from Yakima Street to the cul-de-sac.

• Yakima Street from the south end of the sidewalk to the north end of the sidewalk.

• 140th Court from Sunfish Lake Boulevard to the cul-de-sac.

• 158th Avenue from Traprock Street to Variolite Street.

• Traprock Street from 155th Avenue to 158th Avenue and 158th Avenue to the north end of the sidewalk.

• 156th Lane from Iodine Street to Dead End and TH 47 to Iodine Street.

• 157th Avenue from 156th Avenue to Krypton Street and from Krypton Street to the cul-de-sac.

• Iodine Court from Iodine Street to the cul-de-sac.

• Jodine Street from 156th Lane to the south end of the sidewalk.

• Krypton Street from 157th Avenue to the north end of the sidewalk.

• 154th Avenue from Krypton Street to the east end of the sidewalk.

• 155th lane from Krypton Street to Iodine Street.

• 155th Lane from Krypton Street to the west end of the sidewalk.

• Krypton Street from 155th Lane to the cul-de-sac.

• Krypton Street from Alpine Drive to 155th Lane.

Boardman church sells Greek meals, elevating cash for future initiatives

Because of the pandemic, they couldn’t have some of their bigger events


Posted: May 22, 2021 / 4:48 pm EDT
Updated: May 22, 2021 / 4:49 p.m. EDT


BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Greek food was sold Saturday to serve the Saint John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Boardman.

The food sold was lamb rolls wrapped in flatbread and grilled ham.

Churches above the “March for Jesus” valley in Youngstown

The church has plans to use the funds for future projects and due to the pandemic they have not been able to hold some of their larger events.

“With COVID and things like that, we couldn’t have them as often as we’d like and how we want to do them. This is just something we are giving the community the opportunity to still have some of that Greek culture in the region, ”said Andrew Rosko, a member of the Church.

Their next sale is June 19th and they are planning their Greek festival for this year.

No cash for brand new capital initiatives, metropolis says | Information

Norman City Council is facing a potential deficit on certain capital projects in the equity fund, city officials say, amid potential revenue challenges.

During a Tuesday meeting on the capital fund and financial reports, the city’s financial services director Anthony Francisco told the council that the budget for new pay-as-you-go projects is expected to be – $ 650,000 by the end of fiscal 2021 and – $ 471,000 for the following year. The forecast for the fiscal year ending 2023 is not in the red with a forecast value of 1.4 million US dollars for new allocation projects.

“If the council wants to add projects beyond what we have in mind or propose, you’ll have to abandon another project to save money on the project you want to add,” said Francisco.

These projects are also known as pay-go projects and can include, for example, the replacement of equipment, drainage projects for rainwater or the maintenance of streets and sidewalks.

The negative projection is unusual, he said.

“When we are in this step in the capital budgeting process, the council usually has some funds to allocate to new projects, but the current status of the fund is negative,” he said.

Francisco told The Transcript on Friday that the negative position could improve as savings are expected from other current projects and he hopes revenue could improve.

Revenue for the city has fallen in several funds, including fines and foreclosures that are well below budget and “still below last year’s level,” he said.

During Tuesday’s discussion of the shortage of space tax funds due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Francisco seemed optimistic that fall 2021 could be a different story for that fund, too. As previously reported by The Transcript, most of the hotels were in 50% capacity or less during the height of the pandemic, and the fund was subsidized by the Council through funds from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“We hope that we will recover at the beginning of the next fiscal year,” he said. “We assume that we will have full football stands in autumn 2021, which we are planning as the national championship season. We hope this will have a positive effect on our spatial tax fund. “

Some revenues have increased, such as the use tax generated by online trading and shipping. The city will levy $ 2 million more in use tax, while flat-rate sales tax revenues are only half 1% higher than expected, Francisco said.

“The general message I’d get from this on the revenue side is that it’s not as bad as we feared, but it’s not good,” he said.

With utility costs rising during the last two storms, franchise fee income is expected to be much higher.

“This impact on our ONG franchise earnings that is not yet visible, but I would suspect that it will improve our earnings to hundreds of thousands of dollars,” said Francisco.

Storms have also contributed to emergency reserve fund spending. The cost of storm debris removal is $ 6 million, he said. Upon an expected reimbursement, the city’s cost could drop to less than $ 1 million.

The cleanup was funded upfront from the general fund, Francisco said.

“We expect to be spending a 1% emergency reserve this year for the first time in a while, and we’ve already moved much of that to the road maintenance and public works department,” said Francisco. “All of these things together, we expect to end this fiscal year with approximately $ 1.2 million of our initial fund balance and end this fiscal year with approximately $ 2.7 million in fund balance. “

This balance falls below the city’s reserve policy of less than 3%.

“We will moderate that further,” he said.

The general fund “survives” but is unable to add new projects.

“At least this year, we do not assume that a fund balance will have to be reduced on a rainy day in order to save the general fund, as the balance is still above 1% of expenditure but below the reserve level of 3%”, he said.

Tough choices

As sales tax revenue growth has fallen below expectations with the advent of online retailers, some quality of life projects at the Norman Forward Sales Tax Fund have been scaled back. Several planned projects are underway, including the Senior Wellness Center, several park and sports improvements, and an indoor water and multisport center.

Meanwhile, other capital project challenges remain underfunded after failing a general bond in August 2020 to meet the drafts.

The council must decide whether it can find the money to complete an emergency and communications center of $ 16 million or build what it can afford with a funding gap of $ 9.5 million. City documents show the facility would have to eliminate 7,000 square feet and five shipping stations, with only that part of the building’s IT department hardened to withstand the harshest weather conditions.

While negotiations between the Norman Regional Health System and the city over a land swap continue, the council must also decide how a building will be used in 718 N. Porter. Station 3 Alison Petrone suggested that the Norman Police Department use it as a temporary communications center until the city can find the rest of the funds needed to build it according to the design.

The city continues to put out its dollars for fleet replacement, but is behind schedule, according to a study.

“You can see that we spend about $ 2 million a year on vehicle replacements,” said Francisco. “We should spend about $ 5 million to keep up to date, but that’s what we have and we’re doing the best we can.”

City manager Darrel Pyle said the city is still reviewing a leasing program and giving grants to some electric vehicles to save money.

Among other things, the employees drew attention to underfunded renovation work on communal complexes, outdated equipment for animal welfare, roads, bridges and the maintenance of the rainwater infrastructure.

Public hearings on the budget will take place on April 27th and May 25th.

Cash for Lake Champlain water high quality initiatives

Saturday, February 27, 2021

Money for water quality projects on Lake Champlain

Recently, I wrote through the Adirondack Council and asked the state for funding a comprehensive study of water quality in the Adirondacks. (Speaking of advice, it’s easy hired someone outside of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office to be his new Vice President for Conservation.)

I’ve been thinking about how much money is influencing public conversation – not just advertising and PR, but also money or a lack of money for research.

Decades ago, money poured into the Adirondacks to research the causes of acid rain. When the acid rain subsided, this money was understandably diverted elsewhere.

However, some new money has come in. One of the most interesting sources of money for some time, in large part, has been Senator Patrick Leahy’s longstanding interest in protecting Lake Champlain. The interest is shown in the form of money for the exploration of the lake and its massive watershed, which includes the Saranac, Boquet and Ausable rivers and their headwaters in the Adirondacks.

Check out just two of the grants recently awarded by one of Leahy’s beneficiaries. the Lake Champlain Basin program::

Editor’s Note: This first appeared in Ry’s weekly Water Line newsletter. Sign up to stay up to date on the water quality from the Adirondacks.

A Fairytale Partnership – Animation Initiatives Introduced by Massive Display Leisure Group, The Princess Community and Animation Renaissance

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., February 26, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Big Screen Entertainment Group (OTC: BSEG) is developing a variety of animation projects with its new production partner The Princess Network and the fast-growing animation Renaissance studio.

The new projects will be fairytale-like, leveraging the innovative work and cutting-edge technology on which Animation Renaissance boutique studio has built its growing reputation.

A feature film will be produced first with a fresh version of Cinderella, and the as-yet-untitled film will be co-directed by Catherine Taylor and Kimberley Kates.

The internationally renowned director Catherine Taylor is one of the most exciting newcomers in directing. She was helped on her rise to success by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) new talent programs. She has made fashion films for stylish brands such as Tom Ford and Stella McCartney, and has gained recognition for her feature films and music videos.

Kimberley Kates is the chief executive of Big Screen and has driven the public company’s most recent expansion into streaming, content creation and acquisition. This is Big Screen’s first animated production in collaboration with its newest partner, the elegant lifestyle brand The Princess Network (www.theprincess.network).

“It will be amazing to share this wonderful opportunity to create animation magic and inspirational imagery together,” said Richard Culver, owner and director of Animation Renaissance in Thailand.

Thousands of variations of the Cinderella story have been told across the world for centuries, but the timelessly constant theme of a young woman rising above her circumstances is more relevant to this day than ever.

About animation renaissance:
An animation studio in Thailand run by film director Richard Culver. Animation Renaissance is known for its stunning graphics and its unique creative talent as an artist, which differs from other studios in that it is innovative, original and always at the cutting edge of technology.

About the Big Screen Entertainment Group (BSEG):
Beverly Hills-based Big Screen Entertainment Group is a 16 year old production and distribution company that continues to grow and develop into new business models in the rapidly changing media landscape.

Forward-Looking Statements: A number of the statements in the press release are forward-looking statements that are made under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. This includes the timely development and market acceptance of products and technologies, competitive market conditions, the successful integration of acquisitions and the ability to secure additional sources of funding. In this press release, words such as “may,” “plan,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “potentially,” “should” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements.

Lorraine Lee

Proposal to place public cash in direction of family infrastructure initiatives advances

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) – State legislators want to help people get internet, water and sewer pipes into their homes by paying for them. The state is currently not allowed to do this. Proponents for this said it would help many New Mexicans get into the 21st century because many of them don’t have or have running water Internet access.

Proposed overhaul of the New Mexico Wildlife Agency booths

“The intent is to use this change to meet those very essential needs and then implement laws that define the scope of the programs. You can approve projects,” said Christine Chandler MP (D-Los Alamos). “You may or may not create a fund, that’s all that needs to be determined at our next meeting as we move forward.”

Joint House Resolution 9 would allow public money to flow into household infrastructures such as internet access, electricity, natural gas, water, sewage and other services. It would be aimed at low-income New Mexicans. There is also a chance that people could seek financial aid for major repairs to their water, sewer or electrical systems, but that depends on what the legislation would later outline. Some Republican lawmakers feel the proposal requires more work and fear that people might take advantage of it.

“Not that the idea is bad, but the details aren’t there,” said Rep. Rod Montoya (R-Farmington). “And again, I think your good intentions remain open to what a misinvestment of government funds would mean.”

Legislation to limit tax credits for films deemed to be too violent

Supporters of the bill said the pandemic highlighted the lack of broadband in households across the state. The House gave the green light to the bill and will now go to the Senate. If a simple majority approves the idea, it is elected nationwide.

Editorial: Oklahoma use of federal COIVD-19 reduction cash included unwise, low precedence tasks | Editorial

Was it wise to spend $ 2 million on a marketing campaign with Stitt to lure tourists to the state when Oklahoma had a terrifying COVID-19 infection rate and Washington health officials discouraged unnecessary travel?

Was it wise to spend $ 250,000 to lure the Cattlemen’s Congress to the Oklahoma City Exhibition Center a few months after the Oklahoma State Fair was canceled because it couldn’t be held safely?

Was it a judicious use of taxpayer money to prepay $ 2.1 million for 1.2 million masks from a company that failed to deliver the goods?

Was buying $ 2 million worth of hydroxychloroquine, a drug hyped by former President Donald Trump but found ineffective against COVID-19, good business? If so, why is the state now trying to return all drugs?

The federal government gave a tremendous amount of money to Stitt’s office to help tackle the COVID-19 crisis, and much of that money – probably most of it – was being spent exactly as it should have been around the people and organizations that were Put down to bring relief from illness.

Some of that spending was disorganized at times, and none of it had the kind of legal scrutiny that is the hallmark of good government, but the blame lies with Congress, not Stitt.

Even so, there is much to be asked about how some of the aid was spent and we have not yet received a reasonable answer.