Rails-To-Trails Advances In Town of Carroll

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo: PixabayFREWSBURG – Construction of a portion of the ‘Rails-To-Trails’ trail from Main Street in Frewsburg to the state line has been green-lighted, according to Town of Carroll Supervisor Russ Payne.In a statement released on social media, Payne said he was notified by Director Jim Fincher that the state has approved the construction.“Mr. Fincher was excited to report that his firm has been given the necessary permission from the New York State DEC to begin the actual construction on this segment of the Rails-To-Trails project,” Payne said. “Mr. Fincher has secured the cooperation of a contractor who has consented to donate time, equipment and materials to begin this phase of the project.The system could potentially tie into trails into the State of Pennsylvania and thus offering expanded services to residents, tourists and visitors from the Western New York area, Pennsylvania and well beyond, Payne said. In addition, Payne said he reached out to the Jamestown Audubon Sanctuary on Riverside Road in the Town of Kiantone, which has expressed interest in tying into the Rails-To-Trails system.“It is the hope and dream of the Town of Carroll and the Rails-To-Trails organization, that the Town of Kiantone will join with us to help us realize the feasibility of linking the trail in question with the Jamestown Audubon Sanctuary on Riverside Road in the Town of Kiantone to better serve the needs of all citizens, visitors and tourist,” Payne said. “We certainly welcome the input and possible collaborative effort of the Town of Kiantone, to help bring this portion of the project to fruition.”last_img read more

Captainless WTO in troubled water with no land in sight

first_img‘Confessionals’ The organization is due next month to begin three rounds of consultations  — dubbed “confessionals” — in which all member states confidentially voice their preferences, gradually whittling down the list.The process, based on consensus, is expected to last until mid-November.But soaring international tensions and growing politicization of picks to head UN agencies and other international organizations could trip up the tentative timeline.Members failed last month to pick an acting chief from among four deputy directors — something that is normally a straightforward process.Brussels and Washington butted heads over whether German Karl Brauner, or American Alan Wolff, should get the job, in what observers say was unprecedented politicization of an administrative decision.Elvire Fabry, a researcher at the Jacques Delors institute, said that “the US veto” of widely-backed Brauner was first and foremost linked to President Donald Trump’s wish to “increase the power play towards the European Union … ahead of the elections. “Making such a concession, even for an interim [chief], would have been too much for him,” she said, adding that Washington might also expect the interim period “to be longer than predicted, and does not want to allow a European to settle into the position.”A Western trade diplomat who asked not to be named said there was concern over how far some might be willing to go to prevail.The candidates themselves appear to be taking the turmoil in stride.”I have confidence in the selection process and look forward to this concluding in good time,” Liam Fox of Britain told AFP in an email.Kenyan candidate Amina Mohamed insisted in an interview that she saw “no reason to doubt that the timetable [announced for the selection process] won’t be realized.” The WTO has already presented a timeline for selecting one of eight candidates in the running to replace Azevedo within a few months.But Elsig warned that “the process is already torpedoed.”It could well be that many WTO members want to wait until after the (US) election, hoping that the administration changes.”Azevedo’s surprise announcement in May that he would end his second WTO term 12 months early forced the organization to speed up its usually lengthy process of selecting a new leader.Three Africans, two Europeans, two Asians and one Latin American quickly threw their hats in the ring. ‘Harmful power’ “It is difficult to measure the harmful power the US is exerting on this process, to know how far they can and want to go to interfere and disrupt things,” remarked Sebastien Jean, head of the French research center Cepii.”I think that is the great unknown.”There is a feeling that the United States will probably remain fairly passive and show little good will until November 3,” he said.Some think the wait could last until January 20, when the next US president is sworn in, before things will move forward.Many say the process has never been so politicized, and some suggest the organization might be forced to ditch its long-held policy of consensus and ask members to vote.That would mark a big shift. In 1999, when members were unable to unanimously choose who should be given four years at the helm, they opted to hand the two top picks a three-year mandate each instead of resorting to a vote.But professor Elsig said such a decision would be unfortunate in the current climate.”Someone with a short three-year tenure might likely be perceived as a lame duck from the beginning.” The global trade body faces relentless attacks from Washington, which has crippled the WTO dispute settlement appeal system and threatened to leave altogether.Many observers fear that intransigent US positions could paralyze the WTO process of designating a new director general, leaving the organization leaderless for the foreseeable future.”The US demands that the new DG shares US concerns, many of which are about addressing concerns related to China,” Manfred Elsig, a professor of international relations at the World Trade Institute in Bern told AFP.”Given that the DG is chosen by consensus, this tough stance complicates the selection.”center_img As Roberto Azevedo leaves the World Trade Organization Monday, the institution faces multiple crises without a captain — a situation experts warn could drag on for months.Any future WTO leader will head an organization mired in stalled trade talks and struggling to curb trade tensions between the United States and China.It must also help member countries navigate a devastating global economic slump sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia’s forex reserves hit record high in August

first_img“The forex reserves level will remain adequate, supported by stability and a positive outlook for the economy, in line with various policy responses to push for economic recovery.”The government faces a daunting task as it looks to raise Rp 900.4 trillion from the issuance of sovereign debt papers in the July-December period to cover for its budget deficit of 6.34 percent of gross domestic product as tax collection and proceeds from nontax income fell amid slowing economic activity due to the coronavirus pandemic.It previously planned to raise $5.5 billion in loans from multilateral organizations.The government has collected Rp 601.9 trillion in tax income as of July, down 14.7 percent year-on-year (yoy) and around 50 percent from this year’s target. Meanwhile, nontax income from oil and gas amounted to Rp 44 trillion as of July, down 34.8 percent yoy. Indonesia’s foreign exchange (forex) reserves soared to a record high in August mainly due to the government’s foreign borrowing, proceeds from oil and gas, as well as tax collection, Bank Indonesia has announced.The nation’s forex reserves rose by US$1.9 billion to $137 billion, surpassing the previous record of $135.1 billion a month earlier. The latest reserves position would allow for the payment of foreign debt and nine months of imports.“Bank Indonesia views the forex reserves level as adequate to support external stability and maintain macroeconomic and financial system stability,” the central bank said in a statement. “Although the downside risks for Indonesia’s economy from the COVID-19 pandemic has declined, the risks still remain and that places some uncertainty on the domestic financial market,” said Bank Mandiri economist Andry Asmoro.The delays in foreign direct investment during the pandemic, which could trigger capital and financial outflow, would put pressure on forex reserves and the rupiah exchange rate, he added.The rupiah appreciated 0.14 percent to 14,730 per US dollar as of 12:30 p.m. Jakarta time after suffering heavy losses last week amid concerns over Bank Indonesia’s independence following a new legislative proposal to revise central bank regulation.Andry expects the rupiah exchange rate to be at around Rp 14,296 per US dollar at the end of 2020, adding that the country’s current account deficit (CAD) would narrow to 1.49 percent of GDP.“Imports are decelerating faster than exports due to postponement in production and investment activities amid the pandemic,” he said, adding that the CAD would shrink as a result and therefore support the country’s balance of payments.Topics :last_img read more

Drink Kubuli and enjoy cricket!

first_imgLocalNews Drink Kubuli and enjoy cricket! by: – April 7, 2012 Share Share Share Sharing is caring!center_img Kubuli beer lovers now have an opportunity to win free tickets to the third Digicel Cricket Test Match between the West Indies and Australia scheduled in Dominica by submitting photographs of themselves or their friends drinking the beer.DA Vibes Inc and Dominica Brewery & Beverages Ltd. (DBBL), manufacturers of Kubuli Beer and Loubiere Spring Water have partnered on this exciting promotion that will captivate the minds of a wide cross-section of Kubuli-drinking and cricket-loving people.Members of the public are invited to submit interesting photos of themselves or with their friends, drinking Kubuli Beer to [email protected] photographs must be accompanied by the full name(s), address(es) and contact number(s) of the person(s) submitting the photo.If submitted as a group, the maximum number of persons in the photo should be five as each person will win a ticket to cricket on the day of their choice.Photos submitted will be posted on the Facebook pages of Dominica Vibes and Kubuli Beer to allow the public to get in on the action.The public will then vote by “liking” the photo(s) of their choice. A total of 20 daily tickets will be given away during this promotion.The ten individual photos and six group photos receiving the most “likes” on Facebook will be judged by a panel and 20 persons will emerge as winners.Persons must be 18 years and over to participate.The promotion runs up to April 18 and winners will be announced on April 19.Kubuli and Loubiere are the official beer and water for the Third Digicel Test, scheduled for the Windsor Park Stadium in Dominica from April 23-27, 2012.Visit our Facebook Page to Vote for the best PictureDominica Vibes News Tweet 134 Views   no discussionslast_img read more