I-89 northbound Montpelier on-ramp to close August 9

first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation on Monday, August 9, 2010 will close the northbound Interstate 89 onramp at Exit 8 (Montpelier) so that crews can repair an Interstate bridge. Northbound traffic emanating from the City of Montpelier looking to access the Interstate will be detoured along Route 2 towards Middlesex, where motorists can enter the Interstate at Exit 9.The detour is expected to be in effect until the first weekend of September.During this time, I-89 will be restricted to one northbound lane at the bridge, which is located just north of Exit 8. The repairs, which involve replacing the bridge’s deck membrane, have been long planned and are part of VTrans’ regular construction schedule.Motorists using the Route 2 detour, as well as those traveling north along the Interstate and passing through the Montpelier area, are encouraged to schedule additional time into their travel plans. Commuters using the Montpelier-to-Burlington bus service may also experience delays in reaching their destination.The northbound ramp closure is necessary because the Interstate bridge in need of repair is located just feet from the onramp, and the close proximity makes it impossible to safely accommodate a traffic merge from Route 2 onto the Interstate. A similar detour was put into place the last time this bridge was repaired back in the late 1980s.Repairs will not impact the I-89 northbound off ramp into the City of Montpelier, or any part of I-89 southbound.Source: VTrans.last_img read more

FARC Rebels to Release Six Hostages

first_img Colombia’s leftist FARC guerrillas said they would soon release without condition six police or military hostages who are part of a group of 11 captives held for more than a decade. Police officers Jorge Trujillo, Jorge Romero and Jose Forero Carrero are to be freed, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said on its website, adding that the names of the other three hostages would be revealed “soon.” Following the statement, Vice President Angelino Garzón said: “What we need is, aside from the release of the three kidnapped people, for the rebels to commit to the unconditional release of everyone they have abducted. They need to stop kidnapping, stop the terrorism.” The six hostages to be released — the FARC calls them “prisoners of war” — were due to be handed to mediator Piedad Cordoba of a humanitarian mission often tasked with fetching hostages, though no date was mentioned. On December 6, the FARC had promised to free several captives without providing a date. Ten days earlier, four members of the security forces who had been held captive for over 12 years were killed by their kidnappers during clashes with the army. By Dialogo December 29, 2011last_img read more

Proving recruiters wrong

first_imgThis is placeholder text continue reading » This post is currently collecting data… A look between two officer recruiters was all it took.A student at UCLA, Terry Williams was walking through campus when he passed the two Marine Corps recruiters. As Williams walked by, he made eye contact with the men, who looked at each other and said, “Nope.”It was enough to make Williams stop.“I said, ‘Wait a minute, I don’t even know you guys,’” says Williams, senior vice president of global fixed assets at $26 billion asset PenFed Credit Union in Tysons, Va. “And they said, ‘We don’t think you’ve got what it takes.’ They got me. They hooked me.”center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Understanding California’s Travel Guidelines for the Holidays

first_imgTwo locations in California are among those hit hardest by the virus in the U.S. Los Angeles County, with a population of 10 million people, has seen more known cases than any other county. At Avenal State Prison in the San Joaquin Valley, more than 85 percent of inmates had tested positive as of Wednesday. [The New York Times] Like thousands of others, my husband and I canceled our plans to visit a neighboring state for Thanksgiving. It was an easy decision to make, given the nationwide surge in cases, but hard to break the news to relatives, especially those who were eager to see their only grandchild for the first time in months.And although not yet experiencing a second wave, California on Thursday reached the grim milestone of one million cases, according to The New York Times’s database. Health officials also announced this week that 11 counties moved back into a more restrictive tier of the state’s reopening system.“If things stay the way we are between this week and next week over half of Californian counties will have moved into a more restrictive tier,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, the state’s health secretary, in his briefing on Tuesday. [Read our recommendations for traveling during the pandemic.]And even if you are staying local for the holidays, health officials say you are still at risk for transmission. Arrange for testing ahead of leaving on trips. California is the second state, after Texas, to reach one million coronavirus cases. If California were a country it would have slightly fewer cases per person than France or Brazil but nearly three times the levels of Germany. [The New York Times] Even so, there are currently no travel restrictions in place for people entering California from another state. A few states require visitors from California to self-quarantine on arrival.Still, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advise that people travel as little as possible at this time. If you must travel, it’s best to check the infection rates in the state you are traveling to and what the restrictions are for each state.[See where cases are currently surging in the U.S.]- Advertisement – Wear a mask, wipe down high-touch surfaces and practice social distancing as much as possible. Good morning.As the holiday season approaches, many people are anticipating gatherings that look markedly different from last year.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – If you’re traveling within the state, Bay Area health officials are recommending 14-day quarantines after traveling outside the county, something that Dr. Ghaly advises as well.In August, I talked to Dr. Jeanne A. Noble, an emergency medicine doctor and the director of the Covid-19 response at U.C.S.F. Medical Center’s emergency department, about how people can stay safe while traveling this year.Among her recommendations were: California Today goes live at 6:30 a.m. Pacific time weekdays. Tell us what you want to see: [email protected] Were you forwarded this email? Sign up for California Today here and read every edition online here.California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley. Bounchan Keola helped fight the Zogg Fire and was nearly killed by a falling tree. Because he was incarcerated, Mr. Keola is now facing deportation to Laos, a country he left when he was 4. [The Guardian] Several public health officials in Sacramento are calling for the resignation of Navdeep Gill, the county executive, accusing him of creating a culture where sexism, racism and intimidation tactics were used to silence dissent and undermine the health department’s work. [The Sacramento Bee] California’s increase in case rates is most likely linked to higher risk activities like indoor dining and private household gatherings in some counties. My colleague Tara Parker-Pope reported that health officials believe small home gatherings are fueling the spread of the coronavirus in part because most homes, by design, are poorly ventilated. Mandatory requirements for private gatherings dictate that they should be limited to no more than three households, should not last longer than two hours and should be held outdoors.While not calling out Thanksgiving dinner by name, Dr. Ghaly said on Tuesday that settings where people from different households congregate indoors sharing long meals together is a “really high risk activity.”“We do advise as much as possible that people reduce those types of activities as much as possible to manage our risk,” he said. “Keep it outside. Keep it short. Keep it social-distanced.”(This article is part of the California Today newsletter. Sign up to get it delivered to your inbox.)Here’s what else to know today California is trying to jump-start the hydrogen economy, having spent about $230 million on hydrogen projects by the end of 2023. The state now has roughly 40 fueling stations, with dozens more under construction. [The New York Times] One Bay Area journalist traveled across the country by plane last month and let experts weigh in on what she did wrong. [San Francisco Chronicle] One of L.A.’s most important art exhibitions, the “Made in L.A.” biennial, is stuck in limbo. Works by 30 emerging local artists sit in empty galleries, awaiting an opening date for indoor museums. [Los Angeles Times] Mayor-elect Jerry Dyer of Fresno has tested positive for the coronavirus after an election night dinner with County Supervisor Steve Brandau, who tested positive late last week. [The Fresno Bee] Tips for a scaled-back Thanksgiving include open windows, fewer people and a big serving of precautions. [The New York Times] Quarantine if you cannot get tested. – Advertisement –last_img read more

Jokowi sends list of new ambassadorship candidates to House

first_imgMeanwhile, Golkar Party politician Roem Kono is the ambassador candidate to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hildi Hamid, the former regent of North Kayong, West Kalimantan, who was also on the Jokowi campaign team, is the ambassador candidate to Azerbaijan.Jokowi has also named politicians from smaller parties who supported his reelection: Indonesian Justice and Unity Party (PKPI) treasurer and coal businessman Iwan Bogananta as the top envoy to Bulgaria, Albania and Macedonia, Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI) politician Mohamad Irzan Djohan to Oman and Crescent Star Party (PBB) deputy chairman Sukmo Harsono as ambassador candidate to Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.The ninth candidate is Army Maj. Gen. (ret) Imam Edy Mulyono, proposed as the ambassador to Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, Saint Lucia, Dominica and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.Commission I member Willy Aditya from the NasDem Party confirmed the veracity of the list of candidates, saying he received the same copy as the Post.”Some of the [candidates] have a political background, but the majority are still Foreign Ministry officials,” he told the Post on Monday. He added that the House was scheduled to hold a confirmation hearing after its recess period on June 12.List of ambassador candidatesChalief Akbar Tjandraningrat for AlgeriaElmar Iwan Lubis for IraqHildi Hamid for AzerbaijanRachmat Budiman for Thailand and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)Andri Hadi for Belgium, Luxembourg and the European UnionLutfi Rauf for Egyptian ArabicMaj. Gen. (ret) Imam Edy Mulyono for Venezuela, Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica and St. Vincent & The GrenadinesDindin Wahyudin for Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Cote D’Ivoire, Gabon and Congo.Mayerfas for the Netherlands and the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)Ridwan Hassan for QatarDenny Abdi for VietnamNana Yuliana for Cuba, Bahamas, Jamaica, Dominica and HaitiRatu Silvy Gayatri for Finland and EstoniaAdam Mulawarman Tugio for PakistanDewi Savitri Wahab for Denmark and LithuaniaDesra Percaya for the United Kingdom, Ireland and the International Maritime Organization (IMO)Herry Sudrajat for Mozambique and MalawiJose Antonio Morato Tavares for Russia and Belarus.Mohamad Irzan Djohan for Oman.Mohamad Hery Saripudin for Kenya, Congo, Mauritius, Seychelles, Somalia, Uganda and permanent representatives of UNEP and UN-HABITATSukmo Harsono for Panama, Honduras, Costa Rica and NicaraguaAgung Kurniadi for EcuadorRoem Kono for Bosnia and HerzegovinaSuryopratomo for SingaporeIwan Bogananta for Bulgaria, Albania and MekedoniaKamapradipta Isnomo for Sweden and LatviaRonny Prasetyo Yuliantoro for Iran and TurkmenistanLaurentius Amrih Jinangkung for the VaticanWisnu Edi Pratignyo for Namibia and AngolaHeri Akhmadi for JapanMuhammad Lutfi for the United States President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has submitted the names of 31 ambassador candidates to House of Representatives Commission I overseeing defense and foreign affairs.According to a copy of the list seen by The Jakarta Post, nine of the 31 candidates have nondiplomatic backgrounds, with the majority comprising politicians and supporters of Jokowi’s 2019 presidential bid.Former trade minister Muhammad Lutfi, who was on the Jokowi-Ma’ruf Amin campaign team, has been named as the ambassador candidate to the United States and Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician Heri Akhmadi is the ambassador candidate to Japan. Meanwhile, former Metro TV chief editor Suryopratomo has been touted as Indonesia’s top diplomat in Singapore. Topics :last_img read more

Tipp Ladies go in search of All Ireland glory

first_imgCaptain Samantha Lambert says there’s great character in the squad.Throw-in is at 1.45 this afternoon in Croke Park and Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Klassy Lady Boutique Cahir.The senior final has Mayo taking on Dublin at 4. Tipperary hope their blend of youth and experience will stand to them in this afternoons All Ireland Ladies Intermediate Football final.The Premier go into the game against Tyrone with an unbeaten record this season.Tipp are unchanged from the side that beat Meath in the semi-final. Photo © Twitter Tipperary Ladies Footballerslast_img read more

Dillard High School football coach dies at age 34

first_imgMany are mourning the death of a  34-year-old high school football coach from Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard High School.Coach Eddie Frasier led the high school team to a perfect regular reason in his first year as the team’s head coach. He was named the 2019 George F. Smith High School Coach of the Year by the Miami Dolphins.The cause of death is still unknown, but NBC Miami reported it was not related to the coronavirus.We send our condolences to the Dillard High School community on the passing of Head Football Coach Eddie Frasier. pic.twitter.com/flsqu7ya8F— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) April 13, 2020last_img read more

England players target team title in Spain

first_img British stroke play champion Sophie Lamb will team up with Georgia Price and Bel Wardle for the Nations Cup at the Spanish women’s championship. The team event will be played alongside the two stroke play qualifying rounds of the championship, at Sherry Golf, Jerez, from 1-5 March. Sophie Lamb, 19, (Clitheroe, Lancashire) is the 2016 British women’s stroke play champion, won the England Golf Women’s Order of Merit and helped England win the Women’s Home Internationals. This year she’s already had a top ten in the Harder Hall Invitational in Florida. (Image © Leaderboard Photography). Georgia Price, 23, (Bude and North Cornwall) was runner up on the 2016 England Golf Order of Merit after results including second place in the English stroke play and third in the British stroke play. She tied for the Royal Birkdale Scratch Cup and was second in the Liphook Scratch Cup. Bel Wardle, 17, (Prestbury, Cheshire) was runner up in the 2016 British girls’ championship and was eighth in the World junior girls’ championship. She tied with Georgia Price for the Royal Birkdale Scratch Trophy and was third on the England Golf Girls’ Order of Merit. 17 Feb 2017 England players target team title in Spain last_img read more

No. 4 Pitt holds off No. 25 West Virginia

first_imgCOMING UP BIG—Pittsburgh’s Nasir Robinson (35) shoots over West Virginia’s Dalton Pepper (32) during the second half, Feb. 7, in Morgantown, W.Va. Robinson had 15 points to lead the Panthers. (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner) MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP)—Pittsburgh had a solid Plan B for West Virginia in the absence of injured guard Ashton Gibbs—spread the ball around inside to the Panthers’ other playmakers. The fourth-ranked Panthers overcame an awful start by shooting 61 percent from the field in the second half and beat No. 25 West Virginia 71-66 on Monday night. Without Gibbs, the Panthers’ leading scorer (16.3) who is out up to two weeks with a left knee injury, Pittsburgh had little outside shooting presence—and it didn’t matter. The Panthers, who lead the nation in rebounding margin, outrebounded West Virginia 40-28 on the strength of 18 offensive boards.“We really focused on rebounding,” Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon said. “We cut down their offensive rebounds. We won with our rebounding and defense and that’s what we set out to do.”From start to finish, Pittsburgh pounded the ball inside, piling up 42 points in the paint against a Mountaineers defense that eventually wore down.Nasir Robinson scored 15 points, Gary McGhee had 13, Travon Woodall added 12 and Brad Wanamaker scored 11 for the Panthers (22-2, 10-1 Big East).“Ashton is a good player and a great shotmaker for us and without him, we just wanted to come out and play our game,” Wanamaker said. “We just wanted to stay with Pitt basketball and get the guys that sub in to play their game.”Pittsburgh went hard to the glass after being held to a season-low 23 points in the first half. The Panthers went ahead to stay with 8 minutes left in the game to improve to 5-0 on the road in the Big East and continue their best overall start in conference play.This is the 10th straight season Pitt has won at least 20 games overall and at least 10 in the Big East, the conference’s longest current streak.West Virginia coach Bob Huggins had pointed to the Pittsburgh game as a possible jump start to a solid final month of the Big East race. Instead, the Mountaineers’ shortcomings showed and West Virginia (15-8, 6-5) has now lost three of its last five.“They beat us to death on the offensive glass and drove it where they wanted to drive it,” Huggins said. “They just outmanned us.”Pittsburgh had just three turnovers after halftime, shot 61 percent (17 of 28) from the field in the second half and 44 percent for the game.“They threw the first punch today,” Wanamaker said. “We settled down a little and came back in the second half and made some plays, penetrated and got guys open looks.”The Panthers matched their first-half output in the first 11 minutes of the second half.Woodall, Gibbs’ replacement, put the Panthers ahead to stay, 47-46, on a jumper with 8:16 remaining.But like most games in the Backyard Brawl, West Virginia managed to stay close until the Panthers’ decisive run.last_img read more