Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin and administration officials today reduced Agency of Transportation damage estimates in response to Tropical Storm Irene. VTrans, which initially believed the cost of repairing all roads, culverts and bridges on the state system could exceed $600 million, now estimates the actual cost will be between $175 million and $250 million. The agency revised its estimate following two intense months of conducting repairs to more than 500 miles of state highway and some 200 state-owned bridges. The new estimate is based on Federal Highway’s Detailed Damage Inspection Report (DDIR) process and includes a contingency for unknown costs and spring repairs. ‘This is great news for Vermont taxpayers,’ said Governor Peter Shumlin. ‘Not only are we recovering from Irene faster than anyone expected, we are also conducting repairs at a cost considerably less than anyone expected.’ Administration officials explained that there are a variety of factors that account for the higher initial estimate: Standard vs. Emergency Construction: Our engineers are trained to estimate construction costs based on standard construction practices, not emergency construction practices. Normal estimates include lengthy and sometimes costly processes, such as federal and state permitting, utility relocation, environmental mitigation, design reviews, planning, scoping, municipal coordination, survey, right-of-way acquisition and legal proceedings, etc. These are part of the standard roadway process but were not a part of the emergency response during a declared state of emergency. Significantly, during Irene recovery, much of the work was done while roads were closed. This removed the timely and costly burden of trying to accommodate traffic and heavy equipment through work zones. It also eliminated the mobilization/demobilization that occurs on many ‘normal’ construction projects when you need to reopen roads at the end of each day. Vermont Strong: VTrans original estimates were based on standard construction practices, and didn’t anticipate the collaborative spirit and sense of urgency that Vermonters shared during this emergency. Irene drove people to work harder, faster, and to use innovation to get the job done more expeditiously. VTrans repaired over 500 miles of damaged road and opened 32 bridges in just 2 months; this was done in large part from the sense of urgency and teamwork that the estimators could not have foreseen. Nobody would have ever guessed we could accomplish so much in such a short amount of time, not even us. ‘We cannot emphasize enough that these are only estimates, and continue to be volatile and subject to change,’ said Deputy Secretary Sue Minter. ‘There are Irene related projects that will not be completed for years and we expect our construction costs to change through time, although we do not expect them to exceed $250 million.’ To account for new issues that the Administration anticipates may emerge over the coming months and years, a contingency reserve has been added to current estimates. This reserve will address issues that may arise in the design of permanent repairs, plus work that may need to be redone from spring high water and roadway settlement. There are numerous concerns with river stability and debris as related to sink holes and slides. While the revised construction estimate is good news for Vermont, Governor Shumlin emphasized that repairs related to Irene are still projected to exceed the amount that Vermont would normally spend during an entire highway construction season. As a result, help from Congress is still needed to ensure the heroic work conducted this fall does not have lasting financial consequences that impede the state’s ability to properly maintain its roads, culverts and bridges into the future. ‘The news today is good, but I caution that we are not out of the woods yet,’ Shumlin said. ‘The magnitude of what happened to us is still enormous, and we will need help from our federal partners to recover properly.’ Governor’soffice. 10.31.2011###
Long time entertainer of the national football team Black Stars,Joseph Langabel says the players of the team have no respect for local coaches who have coached the team and believes the trend will continue if a local coach is given the job.Kwesi Appiah recently parted ways with the team after an unsuccessful World Cup campaign littered with bickering. The former coach also revealed at the hearing of the Dzamefe Commission that he had run ins with German born midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng.According to Langabel who has been with the national team since the late 1980’s local coaches will continue to struggle at the helm of the national team.”The blacks stars players don’t respect the black .Our black coaches have a fair attitude towards the players and that relationship has led to the players taking them for granted.A white coach will deal with them if they misbehave” he told Hello FM in Kumasi”Kwesi appiah is a gentleman but the players do not like that just like Ghanaians do not like easy things. When Ghana was ran by military men look at how we behaved,everybody was at their most respectful,it is the same with the white coaches”.Langabel,who is also an ardent fan of Accra Great Olympics recalled the situation that led to Sulley Muntari almost getting kicked out of the World Cup in 2010. “In 2010 an incident happened between Sulley and Milo.As soon as that happened Milo drove him out with no hesitation .I went to tell Randy Abbey,Fred Pappoe and the rest of the management team. They were helpless and they came together as a team including Inkoom and some players to kneel and beg for mercy before Muntari was restored to the team.Our local coaches have too much sympathy for our players because in Ghana everybody knows everybody.”
Projected cut: +3Players within cut: 65 (T-57th position)Notables who missed: Sergio Garcia (+4), Justin Rose (+4), Danny Willett (+4), Brandt Snedeker (+5) How many make the cut at the Masters?The initial 87-player field will be whittled down to 65 by the time the first group tees off Saturday morning.Masters live leaderboardLeaderboardMasters Tournament10 – 13 April 2019Pos.Player NameNationalityScoreRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total1Tiger WoodsUSA-13706867702752Dustin JohnsonUSA-12687070682762Brooks KoepkaUSA-12667169702762Xander SchauffeleUSA-12736570682765Tony FinauUSA-11717064722775Francesco MolinariItaly-11706766742775Webb SimpsonUSA-11727164702775Jason DayAustralia-11706773672779Rickie FowlerUSA-10707168692789Patrick CantlayUSA-10737364682789Jon RahmSpain-106970716827812Justin ThomasUSA-87368697028012Justin HardingSouth Africa-86969707228012Ian PoulterEngland-86871687328012Matt KucharUSA-87169687228012Bubba WatsonUSA-87272676928017Aaron WiseUSA-77571686728118Adam ScottAustralia-66968727328218Phil MickelsonUSA-66773707228218Patton KizzireUSA-67070736928221Matthew FitzpatrickEngland-57867687028321Thorbjørn OlesenDenmark-57171687328321Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland-57371716828321Si Woo KimSouth Korea-57272706928321Jordan SpiethUSA-57568697128321Kyle StanleyUSA-57272706928321Kevin KisnerUSA-56973726928321Lucas BjerregaardDenmark-57072697228329Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa-47166717628429Charley HoffmanUSA-47171727028429Bryson DeChambeauUSA-46675737028432Hideki MatsuyamaJapan-37570687228532Viktor HovlandNorway-37271717128532Gary WoodlandUSA-37071747028532Charles Howell IIIUSA-37367766928536Kevin TwayUSA-27271707328636Jimmy WalkerUSA-27272727028636Patrick ReedUSA-27370746928636Alvaro OrtizMexico-27371736928636Rafa Cabrera BelloSpain-27370756828636Henrik StensonSweden-27472677328636Tommy FleetwoodEngland-27171707428643Keegan BradleyUSA-17668717228743HaoTong LiChina-17274736828743Keith MitchellUSA-17274726928746Andrew LandryUSAPar7273737028846Kevin NaUSAPar7173737128846Corey ConnersCanadaPar7071717628849Kiradech AphibarnratThailand+16972757328949Marc LeishmanAustralia+17272707528951Martin KaymerGermany+27374727129051Eddie PepperellEngland+27473727129051Trevor ImmelmanSouth Africa+27472756929051Cameron SmithAustralia+27074697729055Devon BlingUSA+37473717329156Tyrrell HattonEngland+47373727429256Billy HorschelUSA+47275747129258Branden GraceSouth Africa+57275727429358Zach JohnsonUSA+57473737329358Takumi KanayaJapan+57374687829361Satoshi KodairaJapan+67570737629462J.B. HolmesUSA+87072748029662Alex NorenSweden+87572757429662Bernhard LangerGermany+87172757829662Emiliano GrilloArgentina+872757376296Click here or refresh if you can’t view the leaderboard. TIGER TRACKER: Follow Tiger Woods’ Round 2 at the MastersMasters cut rules for 2019Every major on the PGA Tour has its own cut rules. For the Masters, it’s simple. The top 50 players on the leaderboard automatically make it through to the third round, including ties. From there, any player within 10 strokes of the clubhouse leader also moves on to Day 3.Masters cut line 2019Francesco Molinari, Jason Day, Adam Scott, Brooks Koepka and Louis Oosthuizen are the current Masters co-leaders at 7-under par, meaning the cut line sits at 3 over. That means 22 players will miss the cut at this year’s Masters. The Masters cut line can be tricky to pin down while play is in progress.With Round 2 well under way at Augusta National on Friday, the 2019 leaderboard reflects a who’s who list of golf’s biggest names at the top. But others weren’t so lucky, with struggling stars like Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose among the 22 on the wrong side of the cut.