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DeVante Parker, New England Patriots

The job of any NFL coach is to put their players in the best position to succeed. Some suggest that Bill Belichick and Co. failed at least one player in this area.

Have the New England Patriots put WR DeVante Parker in the best positions to show his worth? Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald says no. Guregian calls out the Patriots coaching staff — especially de facto offensive coordinator Matt Patricia — for not finding the right ways to implement the weapon the team traded in to get this offseason.

“In the first two games he was on the pitch for the majority of the attacking snaps,” Guregian explains. “And produces almost nothing. He had just one strike for nine yards on four targets. Lil’ Jordan Humphrey has so many catches. Worse, two of Parker’s targets resulted in Jones interceptions. So something has to change. Parker needs to get more involved, or eventually get his shot count reduced.

Jones seems to barely watch Parker in most passing plays, and when he does, he only throws the ball to him in 50-50 situations. Since the two men don’t have much chemistry and arm strength isn’t one of Jones’ main qualities, those assists were losing bets for the Patriots.

“Playmaker Matt Patricia and the collective of coaches who craft the offensive game plan each week need to put Parker in better positions to succeed,” Guregian explained. ‘Forget the jump balls. Patricia needs to do a better job opening it up in the coming weeks, starting Sunday against the Ravens. This means he needs to execute more quick tilts, in-cuts, or short crossovers. Just give him the ball and see where he goes from there.

The lack of route diversity makes Parker much easier coverage, especially considering he’s a bigger, more physical receiver who never made a name for himself creating a ton of separation at the line of scrimmage. Parker is at his best, forcing his way into a position to get between his defender and the ball. Are these contested capture situations? Yes, but there are other ways to use this skill.

“While it was easy to see his catching ability challenged over the summer when observers noted he was the type of receiver the Patriots wanted N’Keal Harry to become, it’s incumbent on Patricia to dial in plays that put the ball in his hands with room to run,” Guregian continued. Part of that is on Jones, part on Parker, but it also comes down to playing. Parker’s strength does not gain in separation on the routes. He failed to beat anyone on the field. So Patricia has to see if he can spring Parker with shorter routes down the middle. If the Patriots try this and Parker remains unproductive, cut his snaps and hand them to Bourne.

Parker may be the latest bust in the Patriots’ series of relatively high-profile wide receiver acquisitions. However, Belichick and his assistants owe it to themselves, Parker and the Patriots fanbase to at least put the veteran WR in a position to do what he does best.

When will N’Keal Harry return for the Bears?

Patriots fans will likely always have at least a slight interest in Harry’s career. There were such high hopes for him in New England when he was drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Things didn’t work out and he was traded to the Chicago Bears this offseason for a pick. of the seventh round.

Unfortunately for Harry, he injured his ankle during training camp. The injury required surgery and he was sidelined for eight weeks. That schedule started in early August, so Harry could be ready to make his debut for the Bears in October.

Before Harry was injured, most agreed that Chicago was a great landing spot for Harry as the team lacked a No. 1 wide receiver. Harry could be in a good position to revitalize his career , but he must enter the field first.

Patriot Notes and Quotes: Bill Belichick’s Biggest Mystery?

CBS Sports Radio’s Maggie and Perloff posted an interesting Belichick-themed poll on Twitter Thursday night.

If you could convince Belichick to reveal one of the biggest mysteries of his coaching career, what would it be? Candidates for the poll were “locker room eavesdropping,” “Deflategate,” “Spygate,” and “Malcolm Butler benching?”

I have a lot in common with many people who chose to participate in this survey. At the time of this article’s publication, Super Bowl Bench Butler was winning the poll by a landslide. This is also what I chose.

Discover the most romantic restaurants in the Berkshires https://minecraftinventions.com/discover-the-most-romantic-restaurants-in-the-berkshires/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 21:59:44 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/discover-the-most-romantic-restaurants-in-the-berkshires/

It’s now officially fall here in the Berkshires. The temperatures here start to be in the 50s and 60s during the day, and in the evening we dive into the 40s, Perfect cuddle time! If you’re looking for a romantic place to dine, take a look at what we’ve found.

Grazie/ North Adams



Located in the heart of downtown North Adams, Grazie serves traditional Italian cuisine. Focused on traditional values ​​and the highest level of service.

Frankies / Lenox



Frankies opened in July 2007 to bring home-cooked Italian-American food “Like Your Mommy Used To Make”. Enjoy real Italian American cuisine with warm, attentive, old-fashioned service with friends and family. If your darling is vegan, no problem, he takes care of that for you too. I’ve never been, but now I want to go!


Mazzeos / Facebook

Mazzeos / Facebook

Mazzeos’ can make your night, last time we went we had the freshest oysters, nice and cold and delicious. A great atmosphere to start your romantic evening.

The Barn Kitchen and Bar / Williamstown

The barn kitchen and bar

The barn kitchen and bar

They serve American dishes. They also source locally and support local farmers wherever possible. Some of the places they work with are Marty’s Local, R&G Cheese Makers, Maplebrook Farm, Red Shirt Farm, Cricket Creek Farm, Maine Family Farms, Kitchen Garden Farm, Mighty Food Farm, and Misty Knoll Farms.

Alta / Lenox

Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar / Facebook

Alta Restaurant & Wine Bar / Facebook

A friendly European restaurant with wine choices from around the world.

Zinc Bistro / Lenox

Zinc Bistro / Facebook

Zinc Bistro / Facebook

Not too far from Tanglewood, a perfect place to start or end your evening.

Mezze Bistro and Bar / Williamstown

Mezze Bistro / Facebook

Mezze Bistro / Facebook

They received a mention in Condé Nast Traveler in this year’s 2022 Fall Foliage New England roundup.

What is your favorite romantic restaurant where you go?

WATCH: What major laws were passed in the year you were born?

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WATCH: This is the richest city in every state

Just saying the names of these cities immediately conjures up images of grand mansions, fancy cars and fancy restaurants. Read on to see which city in your home state won the title of richest place and which place had the highest median income in the country. Who knows, your hometown might even be on this list.

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Federal dollars are coming to cities https://minecraftinventions.com/federal-dollars-are-coming-to-cities/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:55:18 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/federal-dollars-are-coming-to-cities/

The new Inflation Reduction Act signed into law in August is a game-changer and has yet to see its way through the long journey from President Joe Biden’s pen to our cities. But it’s coming and the message is clear: municipalities must be prepared to eliminate these resources.

Cities can do this by having strong decarbonization plans ready, adequate staff to request the new resources, “shovel-ready” projects that leverage low-carbon solutions, and staff to manage them.

This new law has the potential to provide financial support for a wide range of infrastructure projects and in several forms. Here is an example.

The law contains a new provision that provides 30% of project costs for solar and geothermal investments through a new direct cash payment for non-taxable entities, including municipalities. Since geothermal and solar are two big tickets, this 30% off coupon (and we might be entitled to an additional 10% if we use domestically sourced equipment) will result in millions in support from the federal government.

Let’s apply this to the elementary school project underway in Amherst. When I last checked, the estimated price for the geothermal system, which will provide clean heating and cooling, was $12.1 million. With the new Inflation Reduction Act, it is my understanding that this investment will qualify for a 30% direct federal incentive, which will earn Amherst $3.6 million in financial support that it does not did not expect to receive. This is in addition to newly enriched utility incentives for $1.6 million.

In other words, changes to government support in the last month alone have unearthed $5.2 million in funding from our utility partners and the federal government for a single piece of $12.1 million. dollars from our global infrastructure puzzle. It’s massive.

With the same 30% off coupon available for solar energy, our municipal buildings have the opportunity to lead the way to a carbon-free future. We can combine investments in solar and geothermal energy so that our buildings can produce their own clean energy, then use it to keep buildings comfortable, without on-site combustion or carbon emissions.

Even with this new financial support from the government, these are still substantial investments for the communities. But with rising natural gas prices and increased extreme heat events making air conditioning in public buildings a necessity, not a luxury, do we really think we understand the cost of the status quo? Everything indicates that this moment calls for a rapid transformation and not covered half measures.

We have entered a new era where government, including our federal government, is mobilizing massive resources toward climate-smart infrastructure. Design teams, contractors and project managers across the country are just beginning to understand what the Cut Inflation Act will mean for their projects.

This change will take some time to work its way into our specific project budgets such as the currently in jeopardy Jones Library Project. But it will happen. Our job is to keep moving forward.

Sara Ross lives in Amherst.

Dr. Mark Rosekind, an internationally renowned transportation and safety expert, will lead the California Mobility Center https://minecraftinventions.com/dr-mark-rosekind-an-internationally-renowned-transportation-and-safety-expert-will-lead-the-california-mobility-center/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 00:30:00 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/dr-mark-rosekind-an-internationally-renowned-transportation-and-safety-expert-will-lead-the-california-mobility-center/

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The California Mobility Center (CMC) today publicly announced that Mark R. Rosekind, Ph.D., has assumed the role of first CEO of the Mobility Innovation and Commercialization Center 18 months effective October 3, 2022. The announcement has was made at the ITS World Congress in Los Angeles, California, an event that brings together various stakeholders from the intelligent transportation systems industry.

CMC Chairman of the Board, Arlen Orchard, made the announcement, saying, “Mark’s career includes decades of diverse experience in complex, high-performance environments that required innovation, data and strong leadership. It is this combination that has led to an impressive set of achievements. His skills, experiences and expertise developed in academia, NASA, NTSB, NHTSA and autonomous vehicles bring to CMC an unparalleled set of tools and knowledge at a time when we are poised to expand the impact , scale and scope of CMC. .”

Dr. Rosekind joins the public benefit nonprofit that launched commercial operations in the first quarter of 2021 with the goal of pursuing innovation and ways to leverage and integrate efforts in the areas of security , sustainability and equity. “The accomplishments that the CMC has made in a very short time are remarkable,” said Rosekind. “In just a year and a half and during a pandemic, CMC has created a portfolio of people, projects and networks that position it for tremendous future success. We will build on this momentum, while evolving and expanding CMC’s enormous potential to affect change in the complex and demanding areas of transportation safety, sustainability, and equity.

Dr. Rosekind is an internationally recognized transportation safety professional with over 30 years of experience. He comes to CMC from Zoox, an autonomous mobility company where he served as director of safety innovation since 2017. He was the 40th member of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) from 2010 to 2014 and the 15th National Highway Traffic Administrator. Safety Administration (NHTSA) from 2014 to 2017, appointed to both positions by President Obama. He was also a policy scholar emeritus in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health for 2020-2022.

“The CMC represents a tremendous opportunity to improve societal safety, sustainability and equity through new mobility innovations,” Rosekind said. “These are big and bold opportunities that can leverage California’s innovation, technology, expertise and resources for meaningful national and global impact.”

Dr. Rosekind led a significant transformation at NHTSA, instilling a proactive safety culture while inspiring the Agency and the auto industry to look to the future. His initiatives included developing and releasing the first-ever federal policy on automated vehicles, founding the Road to Zero Coalition to develop a 30-year plan to eliminate road deaths, and aggressive safety oversight. in the automotive industry, including leading the Agency through the nation’s largest product safety recall in US history. His leadership earned him the distinction of being named the 2015 Industry Leader of the Year by Automotive News. As a member of the NTSB, he served as an on-site board member for seven major investigations and advanced the agency’s advocacy goals on impaired driving, fatigue, fire safety and transportation. by common rail.

CMC also announced that Neal Best has been named Chief Operating Officer. From the initial conception of the CMC, Best has provided leadership in establishing founding partnerships, securing funding, developing strategies and onboarding new customers. He has over 20 years of global experience in international business advisory and economic development. Best replaces Mark Rawson who served as CMC’s chief operating officer since 2018. Rawson will join GridCure, an electric vehicle charging optimization platform, as senior vice president of strategy and partnerships in October. . He will continue to support the CMC as a senior advisor for the remainder of the year.

Rawson and Best are credited with leading CMC through its formative phase, which included expanding strategic business relationships, CMC members and partners, overseeing the Ramp- Up from CMC at Depot Park in Sacramento, California, and the spearhead of CMC. official marketing launch in March 2021.

“CMC’s full potential is limitless,” Rosekind said. “The needs of society are great and the opportunities for CMC to deliver meaningful results are enormous.”

About the California Mobility Center (CMC): CMC is a public-private, not-for-profit entity providing future mobility innovators and industry incumbents access to programs and resources that accelerate the pace of commercialization worldwide and aspires to be the leading innovation hub for global mobility success. CMC was founded by thought leaders in the cleantech industry, including California State University, Sacramento, EnerTech Capital, PEM Motion, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), and Greater Sacramento Economic Council (GSEC). CMC is strategically located in Sacramento, California. Its location puts CMC close to the California government, which leads the United States and the world in developing green mobility and technology policies. For more information, visit californiamobilitycenter.org.

]]> European stock exchanges open at closing; markets brace for further Fed rate action https://minecraftinventions.com/european-stock-exchanges-open-at-closing-markets-brace-for-further-fed-rate-action/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 15:36:00 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/european-stock-exchanges-open-at-closing-markets-brace-for-further-fed-rate-action/

Rheinmetall grows by 9.7%

German gunsmith Rheinmetall continued its ascent on Wednesday afternoon, rising 9.7% to hit the top of the Stoxx 600.

It follows news on Monday that the German armed forces have contracted with the company to purchase a total of 48 fuel tankers for use at numerous army and air force airfields. German.

— Karen Gilchrist

US stocks open higher

U.S. stocks opened higher as investors anticipated a possible interest rate hike announcement from the Federal Reserve later on Wednesday.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3% in early trading, while the S&P 500 rose 0.4%. The Nasdaq was also up 0.2% in early trading.

— Karen Gilchrist

Stocks on the move: Fortum up 9%, Uniper down 34% after nationalization deal

Shares of Finland’s Fortum rose more than 9% in the early afternoon after the company agreed to sell its 56% stake in struggling German utility Uniper to the German government as part of a nationalization agreement. Uniper shares plunged more than 34% in Frankfurt.

At the bottom of the Stoxx 600, Games Workshop shares fell more than 9% after the British wargaming company released a trade update.

Rheinmetall leads European stocks with a 9.6% gain

German auto and arms maker Rheinmetall rose 9.6% late in the morning, leading to large gains for defense firms after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization, an apparent escalation of tensions in the war in Ukraine.

Rheinmetall shares have been on a steady decline since Monday after it announced it had secured an order for vehicles for the German armed forces.

Rheinmetall was contracted to supply 48 fuel tankers for use at German Army and Air Force airfields.

—Hannah Ward-Glenton

Qatar Airways will continue to fly to Russia, says CEO

Qatar Airways CEO HE Akbar Al Baker said on Wednesday that airlines would continue to fly to Russia as long as it was safely operational.

“We will continue to fly to Russia, we will continue to serve the people,” he told CNBC’s Hadley Gamble on Wednesday. “We are not a political institution. We are an industry serving ordinary people.”

The CEO said China’s Covid policies are “least worry” for him, particularly in relation to the potential escalation of the Ukraine-Russia war, which he said could fuel inflation and put less ” passengers on airplanes.

“Like all other airlines still operating in Russia, we will continue to operate in Russia, as long as our operations in Russia are safe,” he said.

— Lee Ying Shan

Oil prices rise after Putin announces partial military mobilization

The Bank of England faces a crucial policy decision on Thursday as the pound hits a multi-decade low

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said central bank independence “is critically important”.

Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images

The Bank of England’s monetary policy committee will announce its latest decision on Thursday, with analysts divided on whether to expect an interest rate hike of 50 or 75 basis points.

The Bank faces a crucial choice as it navigates a plummeting currency and the effects of a new government program on energy costs that has altered the outlook for inflation.

The Bank rose 50 basis points last month, its biggest increase since 1995, but some analysts say it will need to raise the bar and keep pace with its global peers to avoid a currency sell-off.

The pound fell to $1.1340 on Wednesday morning, its lowest since 1985.

Learn more here.

-Elliot Smith

Stocks on the move: Fortum up 9%, Uniper down 34% after nationalization deal

Shares of Finland’s Fortum rose more than 9% in the early afternoon after the company agreed to sell its 56% stake in struggling German utility Uniper to the German government as part of a nationalization agreement. Uniper shares plunged more than 34% in Frankfurt.

At the bottom of the Stoxx 600, Games Workshop shares fell more than 9% after the British wargaming company released a trade update.

Putin announces partial military mobilization

Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech during a ceremony to receive the credentials of newly appointed foreign ambassadors at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, September 20, 2022.

Pavel Bednyakov | sputnik | Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization in Russia on Wednesday, putting the country’s people and economy on a war footing as Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine continues.

In a rare pre-recorded TV ad, Putin said the West “wants to destroy our country” and claimed the West had tried to “turn the Ukrainian people into cannon fodder”, in comments translated by Reuters.

Putin said the “mobilization events” would begin on Wednesday without providing many more details, apart from the fact that he had ordered increased funding to boost Russia’s arms production.

Learn more here.

– Holly Ellyatt

Germany nationalizes energy giant Uniper as Russia cuts gas supplies

Uniper received billions in financial aid from the German government following soaring gas and electricity prices following the Russian war in Ukraine.

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The German government agreed to the nationalization of utility Uniper on Wednesday as it struggles to keep the industry afloat in the wake of a global energy crisis.

Having already agreed in July to bail out the main gas importer with a 15 billion euro ($14.95 billion) bailout deal, the state will now buy Finland’s Fortum’s 56% stake for 0.5 billion euros. The German state is expected to own around 98.5% of Uniper.

“Since the stabilization package for Uniper was agreed in July, Uniper’s situation has further deteriorated rapidly and significantly; as such, further steps to resolve the situation have been agreed,” it said. Fortum in a statement Wednesday morning.

Learn more here.

Eliot Smith

Oil prices rise as investors brace for further Fed rate hikes

Oil prices edged higher after losing trade earlier on Wednesday ahead of an expected aggressive rate hike by the Federal Reserve.

Brent crude futures rose 0.23% to $90.83 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate also gained 0.17% to $84.10 a barrel.

“The US Energy Information Administration expects oil production in the seven major US oil and gas basins to increase slightly in September,” Commonwealth Bank of Australia analyst Vivek Dhar wrote in a note.

— Lee Ying Shan

CNBC Pro: FedEx Warned of Gloomy Outlook – Should Investors Be Worried?

FedEx’s dismal early results and revised outlook sent stocks tumbling last week, but is it as bad as it sounds?

CNBC Pro asked investment experts who weighed in on what the announcement means for the global economy and for investors.

Pro subscribers can learn more here.

— Zavier Ong

European companies are rethinking their Chinese projects

European businesses in China increasingly face an environment in which “ideology trumps economics”, the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China said in its annual position paper released on Wednesday. .

Joerg Wuttke, chairman of the group of companies, said this year’s Covid controls have turned China into a “closed” and “distinctly different” country that could entice businesses to leave.

Earlier this month, Chinese President Xi Jinping said the country had “continued to respond to Covid-19 and promote economic and social development in a well-coordinated manner,” according to a paraphrase of his remarks shared by the ministry. Chinese Foreign.

— Evelyn Cheng

CNBC Pro: Want to play in the EV sector? Analysts say this lithium stock could skyrocket 70%

As interest in battery stocks picks up after a tough year so far, CNBC Pro has analyzed a number of stocks in the sector that analysts say have serious potential.

CNBC Pro reviewed the Global X Lithium & Battery Tech ETF on FactSet for stocks that could outperform. A stock that was on the list has jumped more than 40% this year so far, and analysts say it’s still up more than 70%.

CNBC Pro subscribers can learn more here.

—Weizhen Tan

European markets: here are the opening calls

European stocks are expected to open in negative territory on Wednesday as investors react to the latest US inflation data.

Britain’s FTSE index is expected to open down 47 points to 7,341, Germany’s DAX down 86 points to 13,106, France’s CAC 40 down 28 points and Italy’s FTSE MIB down 132 points to 22,010 , according to data from IG.

Global markets fell following a stronger-than-expected U.S. consumer price index report for August, which showed prices rose 0.1% for the month and by 8.3% a year in August, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Tuesday, defying economists’ expectations that headline inflation would fall 0.1% month-over-month.

Core CPI, which excludes volatile food and energy costs, rose 0.6% from July and 6.3% from August 2021.

UK Inflation figures for August are due and Eurozone Industrial Production for July will be released.

—Holly Ellyatt

UK’s Truss says it will cut taxes despite economic crisis | app https://minecraftinventions.com/uks-truss-says-it-will-cut-taxes-despite-economic-crisis-app/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 15:06:08 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/uks-truss-says-it-will-cut-taxes-despite-economic-crisis-app/

NEW YORK (AP) — British Prime Minister Liz Truss said Tuesday she was prepared to make “unpopular decisions” such as increasing bonuses for wealthy bankers to help grow the country’s sluggish economy.

Speaking ahead of an emergency government budget declaration at the end of the week, Truss said tax cuts were key to boosting economic growth, even if they benefited the rich more than the poor.

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The high-speed railroad that decouples the Baltic states from Russia and their Soviet past https://minecraftinventions.com/the-high-speed-railroad-that-decouples-the-baltic-states-from-russia-and-their-soviet-past/ Mon, 19 Sep 2022 23:30:07 +0000 https://minecraftinventions.com/the-high-speed-railroad-that-decouples-the-baltic-states-from-russia-and-their-soviet-past/

The largest infrastructure project in the Baltic region for a hundred years is underway.

The 870 km Rail Baltica project will connect the capitals of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia with Warsaw and the rest of Europe, allowing trains from the continent to run without interruption.

However, the project is both symbolic and physical.

For the EU, it is a declaration on the return of the Baltic States to Europe and their decoupling from their Soviet past.

An ambitious project

Discussions on an inter-Baltic railway project have increased since the late 1990s, with the signing of a cooperation agreement by the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian transport ministers in 2001.

However, it was not until 2010 that a memorandum was signed by representatives of the transport ministries of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Finland.

While it currently takes seven hours to travel from the Lithuanian capital to that of Estonia, the new line will almost halve that time to just three hours and 38 minutes.

The railway will start in Tallinn before going through Pärnu, Rīga, Panevėžys and Kaunas before reaching the Lithuanian-Polish border; there will also be a connection to Vilnius from Kaunas.

Once completed, the trains will be able to travel to the Baltic from Poland, with passenger trains running at a maximum speed of 234 km/h.

Economic benefits

Although the project is not cheap with an estimated cost of €5.8 billion, the cost-benefit analysis of the project predicts that the project would yield up to €16.2 billion in quantifiable benefits.

The cost of the project for the Baltic countries is alleviated thanks to EU funding of 85% of the project through its Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) instrument.

So far, the EU’s CEF fund has contributed €824 million to the new line.

The project is so colossal that its construction alone is expected to create 13,000 full-time direct jobs and another 24,000 indirect jobs.

When completed, the line will be the latest addition to the EU’s North Sea-Baltic Corridor, a trans-European route including key cities such as Rotterdam, Berlin and Warsaw.

For passengers, there will be regular connections with at least one international train service every two hours, which will translate to eight pairs of trains per day in each direction.

In addition to speeding up passenger journeys, the project will also reduce freight costs and provide an efficient means of transporting mass cargo.

Political statement

Perhaps more important to the EU than the economic promise of the project is its political message.

While the Baltic was once connected by European railway standards of 1435 mm gauge, since its Soviet occupation the region’s railway system has adopted the Russian gauge which is 1524 mm.

This difference severely limited the Baltics’ ability to connect to Europe by rail, as passengers or freight had to be reloaded onto a new train at the Polish border before continuing.

Due to its Russian size, the Baltic has generally relied on a west-east axis, with much of its rail trade coming from Russia.

However, since their independence in the 1990s, the Baltic countries have swung towards Brussels and away from Moscow.

The countries joined NATO in March 2004, and EU membership soon followed in May; both moves infuriated Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In the face of growing Russian aggression, the three countries were already looking to increase their interoperability with the rest of the EU, but Putin’s invasion of Ukraine added urgency to that.

In August, the project attracted military mobility funds from Latvian funds, demonstrating the civilian and military features of the program.

“Under the current geopolitical conditions, the strategic importance of the Rail Baltica project is increasing,” the Latvian Transport Minister said at the time.

“It is particularly important to ensure reliable connectivity with Western Europe and to make full use of the new rail transport connection with Europe to increase our country’s defense capabilities.”

Decoupling the Baltic state’s rail network from Russia is not the only area where countries are trying to reduce their dependence on Russia.

Another legacy of the Soviet occupation is that the electricity grids of the Baltic countries are synchronized with the centralized network of Russia, which raises fears that Russia could cut off the electricity of the countries.

The Baltic states have agreed to complete the desynchronization of the Russian power grid and synchronize with European grids by 2025.

However, in July, Reuters reported that the European power grid ENTSO-E would connect the networks of the Baltic states within 24 hours if the countries were to be disconnected by Russia.

Project review

Like all major projects, Rail Baltica has not been without critics.

Speaking to Emerging Europe last year, Priit Humal, board member of the civil movement Avalikult Rail Balticust (Publicly About Rail Baltica), explained that Rail Baltica is as controversial in the Baltics as HS2 is. United Kingdom.

He went on to say that the main difference was in GDP discrepancies, saying Rail Baltica is three times more expensive for Estonia than HS2 for the UK.

Concerns have also been raised about the security of EU funds.

Any decrease in EU funding would have to be compensated by national governments, which could lead to increased public opposition to the programme.

However, with several parts of the project currently under construction, it seems unlikely that the project will hit the buffers before its scheduled completion in 2026.

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Emerging Leaders Programs as well as the Peer Leadership Initiative. She focuses on developing student leaders and wants them to feel challenged, accepted and supported in all three programs, she said.

A native of Burlington, Vermont, Halligan graduated from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with bachelor’s degrees in music (vocal performance) and psychology. She earned her Masters in Higher Education Student Affairs Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Halligan was living outside of New York when she and her husband decided to move to the Richmond area to be closer to their family.

Why did you decide to work with VCU?

I have always been in love with public universities and the access to education they provide for students. Luckily for me, VCU had a few positions open and I applied quickly. I was hired to work as a student leadership coordinator in 2014, and although it was a step back in my professional career to make this move for my family, I loved the transition to VCU, the community and students. VCU is a special place. That’s what kept me here for eight years.

What do you like most about your job?

Working in higher education in student engagement is rewarding because it is a cornerstone of student success in college. An engaged student will be a successful student. I enjoy spending time engaging and supporting students in our programs, challenging them in the classroom, and helping them apply their leadership knowledge to their activities outside of the classroom. What I enjoy most about my job is seeing our students graduate and knowing that we were a small part of their future success.

What does a typical day look like for you?

No workday in student affairs is typical. My team oversees three top-level programs, and we spend a lot of time supporting our students both in person and administratively. On a normal day, you will see me in the classroom teaching our “Foundations of Leadership Studies” course (UNIV270) to our first-year students in the Emerging Leaders program. Ultimately, I plan programs, support our team of assistant directors, work on recruitment efforts, connect with alumni, and find ways to strategically position our programs for expansion and more. great successes.

What part of your job can be difficult?

As we continue to adapt to the ever-changing pandemic environment, it has been difficult to anticipate the needs of our students. Some students have spent the past two years in high school with varying levels of engagement or access to in-person activities. Our upper class students have had a variety of experiences and are adjusting to a more “normal” experience as a student. We’ve found that students are still in survival mode and engagement outside of the classroom is less of a priority than before…and I get it. It’s hard to commit to something when you don’t know what the next few months will bring. It has been a challenge to engage students in programs that might take longer, despite knowing the positive impact. Changing our programs to accommodate the changing priorities of a VCU student during the pandemic is exhilarating and exhausting. I am grateful to have the time and the platform with our students to engage, learn and adapt as needed.

What motivates you?

Personally, I am motivated by my daughters. Every day I hope they see me authentically and that as they get older they are inspired to have a career-focused mother who balances more than I sometimes think is humanly possible. Professionally, I am motivated by my students. Our VCU students are some of the brightest and most inspiring students I have ever met. I don’t know if people tell them enough – if not, I hope they read this. I am motivated that the work I do to support student leaders will benefit us all in the future, as I am convinced that our VCU students will change the world.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

My mother always taught me to be a good human and above all to be kind. It’s something I’m proud of. In this often conflicting climate, benevolence allows us to continue to maintain a human connection with each other. It refocuses self-awareness and encourages self-care and self-kindness. For me, I value people and relationships and this manifests through my interactions and priorities by providing non-judgmental, compassionate and supportive environments.

Who is your dream table companion and why?

To be honest, it would be a dream to have dinner with my maternal grandmother, Angie. I was blessed to have her in my life until I was 90, but I wasn’t shrewd enough during my time with her to appreciate her power and wisdom. She was an immigrant from Slovenia and her story is one of resilience, perseverance and strength that comes from a long line of stubborn matriarchs. I see myself in her a lot now and wish I could hear her stories again of where I am now in my life.

What is your favorite movie and why?

My dad is a retired film teacher, so I grew up watching foreign films, black and white classics, musicals and blockbusters. If I had to choose my current favorite film based on the impact it has had on the current stage of my life, it would be “Arrival” by Denis Villeneuve. I’ve always been drawn to science fiction and this film was an exploration of language, perception and human relationships. The movie touched on a deeper question that my family struggled with, which is, “If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?” We had to ask ourselves this question the hard way in 2016 when we welcomed our beautiful second daughter, Maggie, into the world and lost her 11 days later. The film question helped us reframe our trauma and allowed us to search for meaning and meaning. We have observed the immense level of impact of his short life, the relationships we have built during our time at VCU NICU, and the gratitude we have for our ability to share his story. One year to the day after Maggie passed away, we welcomed her younger sister into the world. “Arrival” asked us if we would change things if we could see our life and know the outcome, for us the answer is no. We are grateful for our journey through loss, the incredible connections we have made, and the perspective it has given us on the meaning of life.