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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest During floor debate of Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act in early November, the House of Representatives voted to defeat the “Safe Trucking Act” amendment proposed by Congressman Reid Ribble (R-WI). The legislation would have allowed states to permit six-axle, 91,000-pound semis on their interstate system. The final vote was 187 ayes, 236 nays, and 10 who did not vote.More than 70 of the nation’s leading food and agriculture associations — including the American Farm Bureau, American Fruit and Vegetable Processors and Growers Coalition, American Soybean Association, International Dairy Foods Association, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Grain and Feed Association, and the National Farmers Union — sent a letter urging Congress to include the Safe, Flexible and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act (H.R. 3488) as an amendment to the highway reauthorization legislation.In the letter, the organizations wrote: “In the agriculture and food industries, our farms and businesses are growing and making products more resourcefully, but outdated federal transportation rules force trucks to leave the farm and our plants when they are partly empty. By giving states the option to raise the federal gross vehicle weight limit from 80,000 pounds to 91,000 pounds for trucks equipped with six axles rather than the typical five, the SAFE Trucking Act would safely modernize truck shipments on Interstate highways by reducing the number of trucks needed to move our commodities and products through better utilization of existing capacity.”In its most recent “Comprehensive Truck Size and Weight Study,” the U.S. Department of Transportation found that six-axle trucks can safely weigh up to 91,000 pounds — the configuration allowable under the SAFE Trucking Act — while yielding significant truckload reductions, pavement wear savings and environmental efficiency benefits without diverting significant freight from rail. The U.S. DOT has also stated that the configuration is compliant with the federal bridge formula, and that wide use of the SAFE Trucking Act configuration would not cause any increase in one-time rehabilitation costs for Interstate bridges. Critically, the SAFE Trucking Act enables the U.S. DOT to require additional safety equipment for these vehicles before states can put these trucks to work.last_img read more


first_imgIt wasn’t that long ago that Yahoo stood accused of letting Flickr decay beyond repair. Today, under the guidance of new CEO Marissa Mayer, the company has given the oft maligned image-sharing community a major facelift. Yahoo’s announcement promises a Flickr that’s “more spectacular, much bigger, and one you can take anywhere.”  Introducing The GridThe most instantly noticeable change is an aesthetic one. Your photos have enlarged themselves to jaw dropping size and now dominate the screen. Taking a cue from Instagram, your home page is now an infinite scroll through your contacts’ recent photos.Your profile page has also gone the way of Pinterest and Windows 8, filling the page with a grid of images. Just like Facebook and Twitter, your profile page includes a background photo to offset your profile picture. I found that Flickr had already put one of my Favorites as my background image, a photo I didn’t even take myself. As it’s not credited, I certainly hope the photographer doesn’t take issue. Tags:#flickr#Yahoo Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… lauren orsini 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the grid. Here’s what’s new on your Flickr account:Room To GrowAs recently as yesterday, free Flickr users could upload and display 200 images at a time. Now every user has one terabyte of storage space. For those of you playing along at home, that’s enough for roughly 200,000 photos. Or as the Flickr staff puts it even more dramatically, “you could take a photo every hour for forty years without filling one.”Following Flickr’s consistently freemium model, you can get even more perks by going pro. Fifty dollars will remove all advertisements. And for the serious professional, $499.99 will double your storage space to two terabytes per year. Or, you know, more than 400,000 photos. If you already had an original Flickr Pro account, priced at $24.95, you’re getting a heck of a deal. Yahoo has upgraded you to the $49.99 option until August 2013, free of charge. Pro user Aaron Brazell sent us a screenshot of his pro account, pictured below: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Wait, What’s Going On?A lot here has changed and Flickr power users are still trying to figure out what’s new. Flickr’s most active discussion forum, Flickr Central, is abuzz with comments about the change. Given that these are the people that continued to daily use Flickr even as the rest of the Internet complained it was dead, it’s no surprise they’re unhappy with the change.“I signed on Flickr to post a story about Yahoo vowing not to screw up Tumblr … and then I see the clusterfuck that is the new homepage,” one user wrote. Meanwhile, confusion abounds at Flickr’s official Help Forum. I’d be amazed if the staff can answer all 1,100 plus questions that were added in the last hour. It looks like Yahoo might want to update Flickr’s FAQ guidelines, which still link to old news like the ability to pay $24.95 for a pro subscription.If you’re confused, don’t add to the backlog. I have reached out to Yahoo for details on when the new FAQ will be up and will update when we know more. Update May 21 at 8 AM Pacific: a Yahoo spokesperson informed me the Flickr FAQ has been updated with new information about the redesign.  Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts last_img read more


first_imgREAD: Gilas Pilipinas joins Fiba Asia Champions Cup in ChinaThe 7-foot-1 Austin, 23, is an alumnus of Baylor University, but went undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingApart from Austin, another import in Bright Akhuetie, who is currently serving his residency after transferring from University of Perpertual Help to University of the Philippines, will also beef up the team.FILE PHOTO – Bright Akhuetie goes for a dunk. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAkhuetie averaged 17.6 and 12.1 rebounds in his last season for the Altas in the NCAA. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ LATEST STORIES Blackwater set to acquire Maliksi from Star in 4-player trade Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Austin, who arrives in Manila on Tuesday, is currently signed with Guangxi Rhinos in China’s second division National Basketball League after suiting up for KK FMP Beograd in Serbia last season, where he averaged 8.4 points and 3.6 rebounds.Gilas is slotted in Group A with ONGC of India, Mono Vampire of Thailand, Petrochimi of Iran, and Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine in the group stages.READ: Gilas, Blatche’s China club set for collision course in Champions CupIf the Philippine team progresses past the preliminary round, it is set for a collision course against naturalized center Andray Blatche and his mother ball club Xinjiang Flying Tigers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Isaiah Austin. AP PhotoSeeking to boost its roster for the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is set to tap Isaiah Austin as a potential candidate for naturalization.Sources close to the situation bared that the SBP is also bringing in Austin to backstop Chooks-to-Go Gilas Pilipinas in the eight-team club tournament from Sept. 22-30 in Chenzhou, China.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more