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Thank you for your input. +13 Vote up Vote down KsRes · 313 weeks ago Well, we all know that the 10 minute rule does NOT apply here!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 313 weeks ago +9 Vote up Vote down Voodoo Child · 313 weeks ago I guess its one of those we wont do anything till we get sued deals huh. Unfortunately it will probably cost a person their life before anyone makes a move. Its called the stalling game cause they, the railroad, has the most money, the better gene pool of attorneys and power in places we have no idea where or how far it reaches…but good luck anyhow. By the way I live south of the tracks too. Report Reply 1 reply · active 313 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Bluejays Rule · 313 weeks ago It’s like that in Caldwell too with UP Report Reply 0 replies · active 313 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Wellington Resident · 313 weeks ago I use to be a south sider. I moved specifically because of the trains. Loved my house, loved my neighborhood but I could not handle the trains any longer due to this reason… Report Reply 0 replies · active 313 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down S. Wellington residt · 313 weeks ago I live in south Wellington and I too have noticed the length that crossings are blocked. The 800 number given on the equipment boxes near the tracks to get you to a BNSF rep get you nowhere as I think that line is not answered ever. Pedestrians have no alternative as it’s a trek to go to the underpasses or to the highway. The greatest and most tragic consequence would be if a child or adult (who might know better) were killed in a back up action of a train (when engines are added or train restarting) when trying to cross thru a standing train. Young boys think of themselves invincible. Do we have any serious train safety education in the schools in this town? We have up to 80-100 trains crossing Wellington daily. More than in the history of this railroad town. A little known fact. Some people on the south side are bothered by the horns of the trains but I am not. At least I know they are out there and there are greater dangers as I see it. Community leaders, even visiting national leaders, do not see the dangers and problems with the trains passing via our city. I will not mention names. It is common knowledge to people who read national papers or even are on the Internet of the possible dangers of oil carrying tank cars (of which are passing thru our city). Serious accidents have happened in other states and Canada.You may want to get online and find out. Are our city first responders able to deal with a catastrophic accident from one of these oil trains? Has there been preparation for such an event? Any discussion? Can we be assured? Is such an accident a concern or not likely to happen? You may not get any response from Kyle Hoffman. He seems to be totally in the pocket of big, big business, and even voted against (he told me himself and was proud of it) wind energy (2X) contrary and perhaps oblivious to the evidence that wind energy produces revenue for our farmers and ranchers which can be a big plus especially in this type of crop year. Is that not oblivious? Is there anything the city can do to bring up the discussion/forum about the trains, problems, benefits? Is it possible to get any modifications from BNSF or even starting some negotiations with BNSF? No?Yes? Not likely? Has that happened? What can we do ourselves for the safety of children from the south side? Is there a definite plan (take the highway?) for emergency vehicles to get to the south part of town in case of need during train blockages? I for one do have interest to know what others think. Report Reply 0 replies · active 313 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Not Happy · 313 weeks ago The trains block the county road crossings as well. I personally seen one train block a crossing for 12 hours and it was left unmanned during that time. I called the 800 number and the dispatcher told me there were alternative routs around the blocked crossings and there was nothing they were going to do about it and I would just have to wait tell the train moved. I personally think the trains should be shortened to less than a mile in length therefore they can be parked outside the city and not block crossings. However nothing short of a presidential order will make ALL train traffic follow there own rules. This is a ticking death trap something bad will happen when we least expect it!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 313 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down just wondering · 313 weeks ago I worked for the Santa Fe for 10 years many moons ago. Trains very seldom blocked the intersections since even main line trains switched crews at head end and the way car(caboose). The crews were taxied each way. Trains were inspected during this time by car-men who looked for hot wheels and shifting loads. All those jobs are long gone, since the early 90’s. There is no more way-cars, just a flashing red light, so trains now change crews at the yard office. Why they are stopping for deadheading crews on rear locomotives instead of the head end is anybody’s guess. I know Mike has a valid complaint and it is too bad no one has an answer for him. I feel it’s great that we have a major railroad main line that passes through here. A lot of people work for the BNSF. These people are our friends and neighbors. Their children attend our schools and churches. They pay taxes, just like you and me. They belong to service clubs, attend ball games, etc., just like you and me. The railroad is the reason Wellington is here and not the size of Mayfield. I’m old enough to remember the cattle pins out in the yards, but only heard stories of the roundhouse where 400 men were employed. I wish Mike and his neighbors South of the tracks the best of luck finding a solution to this problem which has gone on for many years. What makes the most sense would be for the BNSF to construct a small building out East on the double-track at US160 overpass and change crews there. No more stopping on intersections. Here’s a question for you Cue. What year was the bride built over the railroad on 160 East? The highway used to go under the tracks there. Report Reply 1 reply · active 313 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down SWellingtonresidt · 313 weeks ago FYI Earlier this spring a statewide committee (The Kansas Freight Advisory Committee) was formed to study issues around freight transportation in the state. It looks like it is geared to assessing the needs of business. It was created by Kansas Secretary of Transportation Mike King. It’s function as stated in an article-“As well as advising and assisting with identifying freight transportation issues, the committee will help us (the state) prioritize highway and rail freight corridors of significance and identify multimodal freight infrastructure needs” King stated in a news release. No mention was made of safety issues. French Thompson was named as the representative from BNSF. In short-KDOT needed a better understanding of the demands of expanding freight within the state. That includes train freight and how it functions. Name of the Article-Area officials named to committee studying freight issues. from the Hutchinson News. This may perhaps be helpful information Report Reply 0 replies · active 313 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 313 weeks ago Today a train stopped. ..was only standing still six minutes. ..but it shut down every intersection from the yard office south..the train extended south over us 81..the train stopped at the yard and switched crews…been just as easy to switch north of the yard…that is what all those vans are for. I love the trains..love the people that work there..seems to be a common sense thing. Report Reply 2 replies · active 313 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Harold Gaines · 313 weeks ago There are underpasses at US 81, S. Ash St., S. Fair St. and at Meridian Rd. The south side of town is never completely blocked by trains. As for the statute, the penalties (upon conviction) are only $100 for 10 to 20 minutes, $300 for 20 to 30 minutes, $600 for 30 minutes or more and $600 for each additional 30 minutes. Now, being a misdemeanor complaint, this would have to be provable in court, and would have to be prosecuted by the district attorney. The BNSF has lots of attorneys on staff. This is moot, though, since the Interstate Commerce Commission Termination Act of 1995 pre-empts local regulations on level crossing blockage. Several court cases have upheld this preemption. Road crossing blockage is regulated by the Surface Transportation Board. The Kansas law from1897 is not valid or enforcable. Here’s a link to a PDF file at the Minnesota DOT that details it: www.dot.state.mn.us/frac/PDF/landusereg.pdf Report Reply 1 reply · active 313 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Michael Cody of Wellington lives at 616 S. Washington Ave. and for years he has lived with the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe trains passing near his home.This weekend Cody sent an e-mail letter to members of the Wellington City Council, State Rep. Kyle Hoffman, and Burlington Northern – Santa Fe officials expressing his concerns with the dangers of trains sitting on the railroad tracks blocking public traffic intersections within the Wellington City Council. He had asked that Sumner Newscow re-publish the letter for the public. We have granted his request.Dear sirs:The reason I am writing this letter is to let all concerned parties of the problem that we have in Wellington, KS. I have contacted the State of Kansas, City of Wellington, BNSF and also the FRA. With all of my attempted efforts I have received no help regarding this matter! Under Kansas statute 66-273, the BNSF uses Wellington as its yard which I believe is not the intent of the statute. The trains that come into Wellington from the west-to-east stop at the yard office to switch crews which consequently block all five public road crossings in town. This action also blocks off the whole south end of town, the only way to avoid this is to drive around to an underpass which we have two and using these from Washington Ave to get back to Washington Ave is 1.1 and 1.4 miles, respectively.If this was not enough now the BNSF are taking their trains out of town going east to west and stopping them so they can get on the rear engine at the yard office and do a DP which is not all the trains but just another reason to use Wellington as their yard when they so choose. These trains can stop for several minutes or it could even be hours.The problems this cause for the citizens of the south end of Wellington are enormous! There is no access for emergency vehicles, which we have two elder care homes on the south end of town and anybody else in need of emergency vehicles. Pedestrians have no way around and I feel this is where the greatest problem is. I see many people climb across the trains when they are stopped in the public road crossings. I see kids climbing across them even with their bikes.Why would a company or a town allow trains to stop inside of the city at their public road crossings ? This has to be the most dangerous thing the BNSF could be doing inside of a community and they do it as there normal operating procedures!The BNSF claims to be about safety and the community, what I want to know is what part of this operating procedure has to do with the safety of the community and of being a good neighbor.I will be sending this letter to all concerned parties. I am tired of calling people about this problem and nobody doing anything about it! I feel there are peoples lives being put at risk by the way the BNSF is using the City of Wellington as their yard! The next time there is an incident, I don’t want to hear that nobody knew there was a problem in the City of Wellington, KS!!!!!!!!!!Michael L CodyCody then provided a Kansas State Statute addressing the issue:Chapter 66: Public UtilitiesArticle 2: Duties And Liabilities Of Railroad CompaniesStatute 66-273: Permitting trains, engines or cars to stand on public highway. Each and every railroad company or any corporation leasing or otherwise operating a railroad in Kansas is hereby prohibited from allowing its trains, engines or cars to stand upon any public road within one half mile of any incorporated or unincorporated city or town, station or flag station, or upon any crossing or street, to exceed ten minutes at any one time without leaving an opening in the traveled portion of the public road, street or crossing of at least thirty feet in width.History: L. 1897, ch. 169, § 1; L. 1903, ch. 394, § 1; June 1; R.S. 1923, 66-273.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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first_imgChristian Eriksen had reduced the deficit to 2-1 in the first half, but City will be crowned champions if United lose to bottom of the table West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.If United draw the race would also effectively be over as City would be 15 points clear with a maximum of 15 available to Jose Mourinho’s team, who have a vastly inferior goal difference.A United victory would keep City’s champagne on ice for a few more days at least.Fourth-placed Tottenham were powerless to halt City’s revival and a first defeat in 14 league matches shouldn’t ruin their bid to qualify for the Champions League.After sweeping through most of the season in regal fashion, City had crashed down to earth with a bump over the last 10 days.Their limp Champions League quarter-final exit against Liverpool came either side of their failure to clinch the title last weekend, when United came from two goals down to beat them.City’s hellish week had Guardiola warning his players that “anything can happen” as he recalled other great sporting collapses from seemingly invincible positions.But it quickly became clear that run of three successive defeats wasn’t weighing on City.Leroy Sane met Sterling’s cross with a searing volley that cannoned off a post with Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris rooted to the spot.Unusually sluggish, Tottenham weren’t testing City and, with a swagger back in their stride, Guardiola’s men took the lead in the 22nd minute.Most of their goals this season have come with a flourish, but for once City took a more direct approach.– City back on track –Vincent Kompany’s long pass caught Tottenham defender Davinson Sanchez flat-footed and Jesus made him pay as he raced clear to fire past Lloris.City’s problems were suddenly a thing of the past and they went further ahead three minutes later.When Sterling weaved his way towards the Tottenham area, Lloris raced off his line to make a crude lunge that sent the City winger flying.While it was a clear foul, the contact appeared to be made just outside the area, yet, to Tottenham’s fury, Jonathan Moss awarded a penalty that Gundogan slotted home with ease.In the week Premier League clubs voted not to introduce the Video Assistant Referee system next season, this was a moment when the controversial replay technology would have been useful.Tottenham defender Ben Davies somehow escaped a red card for a horrible studs-up foul on Kompany, but the leaders still had a soft centre to their defence.Harry Kane was lampooned in some quarters for making what was perceived as a slightly greedy, if successful, appeal to have Tottenham’s second goal at Stoke last weekend credited to him instead of Eriksen.Kane at least returned the favour as Eriksen scored in the 42nd minute.Running onto Kane’s defence-splitting pass, Eriksen’s shot hit City’s Aymeric Laporte and deflected back onto the Tottenham midfielder on its way past Ederson.City regained control after half-time and should have been out of sight as Jesus scuffed badly wide and Sterling fared no better with a woeful close-range miss.But they moved within touching distance of the title in the 72nd minute.Lloris palmed Jesus’s shot to Sterling and the winger drilled into the roof of the net to leave City fans singing “we’re going to win the league”.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling were on target as City moved to the cusp of the Premier League title© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 14 – Manchester City are on the brink of winning the Premier League title after ending their troubled spell with a stylish 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.Pep Guardiola’s side extended their lead over second-placed Manchester United to 16 points thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus, Ilkay Gundogan and Raheem Sterling at Wembley.last_img read more

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first_imgFianna Fáil local election candidate for Letterkenny James Pat McDaid, has called for more support mechanisms to help small businesses and the self-employed.James Pat McDaidMr McDaid said the State currently makes almost no distinction between genuine risk takers who set up a new business and take on all the risks that come with that, and passive investments in property based schemes.“In the last budget the Minister extended the exemption from capital gains tax for land or buildings held for at least seven years on purchases up to 31 December 2014. While this may encourage more buy to let investors into the housing market and land speculators, it does nothing to support a genuine enterprise culture in the country – and these people are the real employment creators”. “The Minister introduced a very limited relief for entrepreneurs who build up their business from scratch and subsequently sell it on. The relief is extremely restrictive in nature and the fact that the proceeds must be invested in a new business but the second company cannot be involved in an activity previously carried on by the entrepreneur renders it almost useless.“We know that Ireland does extremely well in terms of foreign direct investment and we give less than adequate importance to business start-ups. According to a Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2011 study, only 8.5% of Irish people aspire to owning their own business. That is one of the lowest rates in the OECD and is about half that of the US. The reality now is that Ireland is not the location of choice for high potential start-up enterprises and our tax system is partly responsible for this.”The Glenswilly-based  candidate said one practical way the State can affirm the value it places on entrepreneurs is to reduce the rate of capital gains tax that applies when a successful business is sold.“The rate of capital gains tax has been rising steadily in the last few years but the yield has been falling year after year. Fianna Fáil proposes to cut capital gains tax from 33% to 15% for business start-ups up to a maximum of €10m. “This would target the measure at local job creating SMEs and help underpin an environment where people with new ideas are encouraged to take the risk of starting their own business. We need to create a culture that celebrates success and we can do this by placing a far greater emphasis on rewarding enterprise risk takers.”Small and Medium Sized Enterprises“SMEs are the lifeblood of the economy representing 99.8% of active enterprise, nearly 70% of all employment in the State and 46% of Gross Value Added in the economy. Employment in SMEs for the total business economy fell from 1,045,000 in 2006 to 839,000 in 2011 or to 80.3% of the 2006 level. The sector that was impacted the most was Construction, where SME employment in 2011 was only 38.9% of the 2006 level with almost 128,000 job losses. Industry was also impacted quite heavily with SME employment in the sector falling to 78.2% of the 2006 level which corresponds to over 31,000 job losses. The domestic SME sector is diverse in nature and employs workers with a much wider range of skills than the multinational sector.“SMEs can range from a small welding business to a local supermarket employing 100 people. The jobs crisis cannot be solved by focusing on foreign direct investment alone and by supporting the SME sector we are ensuring job opportunities for those with traditional skills as well as people with tech qualifications.”Voluntary PRSI Scheme for Self Employed “The self-employed currently pay Class S PRSI at a rate of 4%. This entitles them to a significantly reduced range of benefits when compared to PAYE workers. To be eligible for Jobseekers Assistance, a self-employed person must undergo a means test. This can be time consuming with waiting periods of up to eight months. Inaccurate media reports have led some people to believe that they are entitled to nothing because they have no automatic entitlement to Jobseekers Benefit. This has caused unnecessary confusion among the self-employed.“In the past decade, self-employed people have made a considerable contribution to the country and the economy. The importance of providing support for people who are unemployed or unable to find work by virtue of unemployment, illness etc. cannot be overstated. Extending social welfare protection to self-employed people achieves a measure of social justice. In addition it reduces the risk for those entrepreneurs who wish to start up their own businesses by providing a safety net. This makes perfect sense at a strategic level as well. We are committed to building an indigenous sector based on small and medium-sized enterprises. However, we must put in place structural reforms to do so. Providing social welfare support for self-employed people should be a part of this process.”“To facilitate this I propose that we allow the self-employed to opt into Class A. In addition to their existing Class S contribution, the voluntary PRSI payment the self-employed person will make will depend on the level of income they earn. The same terms and conditions would then apply for the unemployed self-employed as they do for the unemployed employee. For example, the level of average weekly earnings would impact on the level of rate of Jobseekers Benefit; to receive Jobseekers Benefit for a year would require the payment of at least 260 contributions. I think that this would provide a more equitable solution and it would take some of the fear factor out of the self-employment route.”ELECTION 2014: MORE SUPPORT STRUCTURES NEEDED TO HELP SMALL BUSINESSES – McDAID was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalJames Pat McDaidLocal electionssmall businesses. bankslast_img read more

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first_imgIf you were at SAP Center at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, you might have seen Nhat Meyer on the catwalk above the east net, setting up for a moment that came just under seven hours later.The result was this:(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)Meyer captured the moment the Sharks moved on to the second round with his remote camera, which he had set up four and a half hours before puck drop of San Jose’s improbable 5-4 comeback victory over the Vegas Golden Knights.“I thought I hit the button when the …last_img

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first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In August, Marquez was among 22 people sanctioned by the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. He was accused of acting as a frontman for the Raul Flores Hernandez drug trafficking organization.Marquez has denied any wrongdoing and said he will work to clear his name. He is not known to face any criminal charges in the United States or Mexico.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAtlas says Marquez will continue his legal fight while at the team.Marquez has played internationally with AS Monaco, Barcelona and the New York Red Bulls. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this June 5, 2016 file photo, Mexico defender Rafael Marquez leaves the pitch after a Copa America group C soccer match against Uruguay at University of Phoenix Stadium, in Glendale, Ariz. Marquez is back with his club on Monday, Sept. 18 2017, more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties. Atlas says the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again and will continue his legal fight. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)MEXICO CITY — Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez is back with his club more than a month after the U.S. Treasury Department named him on a sanctions list for alleged drug trafficking ties.Atlas said Monday that the 38-year-old defender is practicing with the team again.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:21Police report on Nov. 2013 Pampanga drug sting ‘full of lies’ — ex-PNP official00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Bucks re-sign 40-year-old guard Jason Terrylast_img read more

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first_imgAPTN National NewsIt was an eventful weekend for a Cree community in northern Manitoba.The Misipawistik Cree Nation also known as Grand Rapids had members of a world renowned organization visit their region.It was also a chance for community members to share their experiences with development through their traditional territory.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.last_img

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