Vermont Transportation Secretary Brian Searles today joined officials from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including Lt. Gov. Timothy P. Murray; Congressman John Olver; and MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey; and US Federal Railroad Administrator Joseph Szabo in Greenfield, MA, for the groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off reconstruction of the Pan Am Southern’s rail line between East Northfield and Springfield, Massachusetts. The ‘Knowledge Corridor’ project, so-called because of the number of colleges and universities in proximity to the rail line, will serve as the operating track for the Massachusetts segment of Amtrak’s Vermonter passenger train when construction is completed in 2013. ‘The State of Vermont has been an ardent supporter of this initiative as it’s moved from early vision, to broader study and planning phases, to our strong endorsement of Massachusetts’ application for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding needed to realize this important transportation milestone. Returning our passenger service to this line has been a goal since we first began the state-supported Vermonter service in April 1995,’ said Secretary Searles. ‘The reductions in travel time and delays, and the increased reliability of the service upon completion of the project, will provide a stronger link between communities in Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the New York metropolitan region served by Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor trains,’ he added. ‘We also view it as a key component of our effort to restore passenger rail service over the US-Canada border into Montreal, Quebec.’ Additionally, Secretary Searles noted, ‘The anticipated growth in ridership and corresponding revenues this realignment is expected to yield will aid Vermont in containing the future costs of providing this critical travel option for both residents and visitors to our state and the New England-New York region.’ On June 30, 2011, MassDOT signed the agreements with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that will enable Amtrak’s Vermonter train to again travel the historic Massachusetts ‘Knowledge Corridor’ route between Springfield, MA and East Northfield, MA. The Project will utilize a $73 million Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to undertake rail improvements in the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The Pan Am Southern is a joint venture between Pan Am Railways and Norfolk Southern. Revitalization of the Knowledge Corridor route will restore passenger trains traveling between St. Albans, VT, and Washington, DC to their original route. The construction is expected to begin in late 2011 and be completed in late 2013. VTrans. 10.21.2011
SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration Gives Update on Winter Snow Storm Blizzard 2016, Press Release, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration provided the following update on the winter storm across Pennsylvania and the situation on I-76 in the Somerset area:A historic snowstorm unfolded from Friday through Saturday evening across much of the southern half of the commonwealth. Snowfall ended Saturday evening after leaving behind a swath of 2-3 feet of snow along the Pennsylvania turnpike corridor. Despite the historic and daunting conditions of the storm, there were no fatalities or major injuries as a result of the backlog due to the response of local and state responders who worked tirelessly to check on vehicles and keep drivers safe.PennLive: Jaw-dropping snow measurements tallied in Harrisburg, across the state“Winter Storm Jonas… dumped 30.2 inches of snow on the Harrisburg area from 4 p.m. Friday through late Saturday night… Harrisburg’s prior measurable snowfall record was set nearly 33 years ago, when the capital area was buried by 25 inches of snow in 1983.” [PennLive, 1/23/16]Inquirer: Storm Jonas was one for the record books“A historic winter storm, packing hurricane-force gusts, inciting record tides at the Shore, creating blizzard-like conditions and impacting 20 percent of the nation’s population, heaped up to 28 inches of snow – and a colossal cleanup operation – upon the Philadelphia region… Jan. 23, 2016, will be remembered as one of the wildest days in the region’s weather history. Lehigh Valley Airport seemed to top the region with 31.9 inches as of 2 a.m.” [Inquirer, 1/23/16]Morning Call: Storm smashes Lehigh Valley snowfall record“More than a doozy, the storm proved historic, dumping 31.7 inches of snow and smashing the area’s previous record. Reminiscent of the epic January 1996 blizzard, which produced the previous record of 25.6 inches of snow in the Lehigh Valley, this storm generated blizzard conditions for a couple hours Saturday, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Lance Franck in Mount Holly, N.J.” [Morning Call,1/23/16]Along I-76, there was a backlog of vehicles in an area that was among the hardest hit in the state with more than 35 inches of snow falling over the course of the storm.The backlog began when westbound tractor trailers became unable to climb through the mountains toward the Allegheny tunnels, jack-knifed and traffic backed up behind them. As progress was made to clear the initial stranded trucks, other trucks also became unable to go up the hill. This caused a backlog for all vehicles. Due to the backlog and the increasingly poor conditions, emergency crews were unable to get heavy–duty tow trucks to the scene to clear the disabled trucks. The backlog also prevented Turnpike road crews from being able to clear the snow for motorists.Plan X was instituted by PSP and the Turnpike overnight to start turning people around, and having cars exit turnpike in opposite direction. Plan X is the method by which the Turnpike Commission, in emergency situations such as multiple vehicle accidents, closes certain sections of the Turnpike and reroutes traffic around the affected sections. In order to turn vehicles around, the roadway needed to be cleared by hand and using vehicles smaller than large plows. At this time, the snow was falling at a significant rate.When the backlog was reported, PEMA contacted Somerset/Bedford emergency management to add extra resources for driver checks by first responders on ATVs. There were five fire departments, including Shanksville, Berlin, Shawnee Valley, New Baltimore, and Somerset, and Pennsylvania State Police personnel performing driver checks. Every car was checked multiple times. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission refueled cars that were low on fuel so they could keep heat running in their cars. The National Guard was deployed with shovels, MREs, water and chains to assist with driver checks and stuck cars. There was a warming shelter set up at the Bedford exit, with additional EMS on standby there.On Friday night and early Saturday morning, there were more than 135 first responders from state, county, and local governments on the scene. By Saturday, the number of first responders grew to 250 including 87 guard troops supported by 28 humvees, 8 cargo trucks, and 2 large wreckers.PEMA, in coordination with state agencies and local authorities, implemented a plan to remove stranded motorists from the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bedford and Somerset counties. This plan included buses and specialized vehicles from private vendors, the Pennsylvania National Guard and the Department of Corrections. In addition, incident management teams from PEMA, DCNR, Region 13, and Keystone were on scene to support the established incident command post. A PEMA-IMT representative along with 13 total IMT staff have been at the staging scene.The queue between mile-markers 126-128 westbound steadily decreased overnight and, at last report, all vehicles were cleared. Salt/plow trucks are in the area and are clearing and treating the roadway. Abandoned vehicles were moved to the KEGG. PEMA with local partners are working out logistics for getting motorists reunited with their vehicles.Additionally, a number of freed passengers – with the assistance of the National Guard – began to move to the Bedford shelters at the local high school that was established by PEMA. Although shelters were identified at both the middle school and high school only one shelter needed to be established at Bedford High School. Bedford High School had a midnight shelter count of 216 residents. 1,200 meals were delivered by the National Guard consisting of box lunches made by the Salvation Army. The school cafeteria was also opened and served food. Cots were delivered.Some individuals, mostly commercial truck drivers, elected to remain with their vehicles. Well-being checks of motorists who chose to remain with their vehicles were performed overnight. Meals were also offered to those who stayed with their vehicles.The shelter manager advises that buses for shelter residents are waiting to go. The manager plans to facilitate their departure and will give each shelter resident a boxed lunch to take with them for the ride. Turnpike is working with a private contractor to reunite people at shelters with their vehicles.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf January 24, 2016
Atlas Professionals has won a two-year contract to provide a range of technical personnel to the Dutch branch of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.The new recruitment agreement will make Atlas provider of personnel for Siemens Gamesa’s new and existing offshore wind farms in the Netherlands — including Borssele 1&2, which consists of 94 turbines and is expected to have a yearly electricity production for approximately 1 million households per year.The personnel Atlas will provide for Siemens Gamesa’s wind farms in the Netherlands include Site Managers, Service Planners, HSE Advisors, Wind Technicians, Stock Keepers, and Stock Operatives. Atlas will run the operation from its offices in Hoofddorp and Vlissingen and will recruit for both national and local professionals.“SGRE is looking forward to the cooperation with Atlas to lead the recruitment for service personnel for both our onshore and offshore wind farms in The Netherlands. Atlas’ concept for the recruitment is professional, flexible and demonstrates their expertise. We believe that Atlas is passionate about the wind industry and this is also what we are looking for in our new employees,” said Carin Koole HR of Siemens Gamesa in the Netherlands.There is rapid growth in the development of wind power in the Netherlands, with the Dutch government expecting offshore wind plants to produce 40 percent of the country’s current electricity consumption by 2030, Atlas Professionals said.Joost Pellis, Strategic Manager Renewables, Atlas Professionals, said: “This contract award is a perfect start to intensify our relationship with Siemens Gamesa in The Netherlands. We will use our knowledge and experience gained over the years to ensure we supply the most competent and experienced professionals to Siemens Gamesa’s Dutch wind projects to help the company reach its goals.”
ALMATY – A BekAir plane with 95 passengers and five crew members on board crashed near thiscity in Kazakhstan on Friday shortly after taking off, killing at least 14people, authorities said. At least 14people were killed, and 22 have been hospitalized in grave condition, accordingto the mayor’s office. Emergency and security personnel are seen at the site of the plane crash near Almaty, Kazakhstan on Dec. 27. REUTERS/PAVEL MIKHEYEV Authoritieshave not suggested any possible cause of the accident. The aviation committeesaid it was suspending all flights of that type of aircraft pending aninvestigation.(Reuters) The Fokker 100aircraft “lost altitude during takeoff and broke through a concrete fence”before hitting a two-story building, they added.
The 2015 Wrestling Sectionals took place at South Dearborn.Team results. South Dearborn 228, Franklin County 227.5, Lawrenceburg 144, Milan 133, Union County 117, East Central 110, Rushville 100, Batesville 91, and Connersville 67.2015 South Dearborn Official Sectional Results report xlsxCongrats to the Individual Champs and Regional Qualifers. The Top 4 in each weight classes advance on.The Regionals will be taking place on Saturday (2-7) at Richmond.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Chris Deal and The IHSAA.
Bonnie J. Arnold, 88, Greensburg, Indiana, passed away on Monday, January 21, 2019 at the Arbor Grove Village in Greensburg. Born September 17, 1930 in Greensburg, Indiana, she was the daughter of Melvin T. and Stella F. (Hutchison) McNew. She was married to Robert N. Arnold on January 19, 1950 and he preceded her in death on September 4, 1989. Bonnie graduated from Greensburg High School. She worked for many years at the Greensburg Community Schools in the administration building. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Decatur County Hospital Auxiliary, Delta Theta Tau Sorority, The Eastern Star, and had been a volunteer for the American Heart Association. She is survived by two children, Lynda (Roger) Stipe, New Castle, OK, James (Joanie) Arnold, Milford; one sister, Glenda (Tom) Porter, Greensburg; grandchildren, Kimberly (Todd) Abshire, Joseph Stipe (fiancée Jennifer Bray), Shawna Arnold, Callie Arthur; great grandchildren, Seth Powers and Madison Powers, Rory, Nolynn, and Gavyn Abshire, Scottlynn Stipe, Landry Arthur; great great grandchild, Miles Aguilera. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 11:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg. Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the funeral home with Rev. Terry Canfield officiating. Interment will be held in the South Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.com
CMC – AS the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) continues its fight against FIFA taking over administration of the organization, its ousted president William Wallace has warned First Citizens Bank against changing the signatories on the association’s accounts there.Wallace, through lawyers representing the TTFA in its challenge to FIFA appointing a normalization committee to replace the association’s Board, has reportedly written to the bank warning that legal action would be taken if it was discovered that signatories or any other information was changed without the required authorization.“Since the elections held in November 2019, following which Mr William Wallace was duly elected president of the TTFA and subsequent thereto added as a signatory to the accounts, there has been no further change,” the lawyers wrote in an April 17 letter, according to Sports Max.“Any attempts to change the signatories on the account which may have already been made in March or April 2020 or attempts which may be made hereafter without the express approval of Mr William Wallace and/or the duly elected executives is unauthorized.“Should it come to light that the bank has provided any confidential information to, or acted to make any changes in respect to the TTFA accounts…my clients shall without delay approach the High Court or urgent assistance in preventing or stopping any breach or unlawful interference,” it added.A normalization headed by a local businessman was appointed by FIFA to take charge of TTFA’s operations late last month, after an assessment by football’s world governing body and continental body CONCACAF found that “extremely low overall financial management methods, combined with a massive debt” had left the local body “facing a very real risk of insolvency and illiquidity”.The committee, which will have up to two years to carry out its work, has to create a debt repayment plan for the embattled TTFA, review the local governing body’s statutes and ensure their adherence to FIFA regulations, and oversee new elections.But the TTFA is challenging FIFA’s takeover at the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Switzerland.In the correspondence to First Citizens Bank, the TTFA’s lawyers made it clear that as far as they were concerned, FIFA had no standing to touch the association’s bank accounts.“My client would like to believe that in the modern banking context which is set against a backdrop of robust due diligence, no mere letter from a body with no legal standing in Trinidad and Tobago, could usurp the due authority of the TTFA Board of Directors and/or induce the bank to breach its contract with the TTFA,” they wrote.Last week, FIFA insisted that its normalization committee remains the sole authority for football governance here, after Wallace sent a letter to the Trinidad government stating that he and his executive remained the constitutionally elected leaders of the TTFA.
Congo ending their 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign without a win in group E after playing to a 1-1 draw against Uganda at the New Kintele Stadium in Brazzaville on Sunday.The home side got off to the perfect start with Marvin Baudry opening the scoring for Congo in the 10th minute, 1-0.Uganda, though, quickly hit back with Milton Karisa levelling matters a minute later, 1-1.Congo controlled the rest of the half, but struggled to break down the Ugandan defence as the two nations headed into the halftime break all-square.The second half saw Uganda gaining the ascendancy early on, but their finishing in front of goal was poor, with their attackers constantly firing off target. Congo struggled to get their foot on the ball in the second 45 and were mere spectators in front of their home crowd.Nonetheless, Congo threw players forward in the final 10 minutes of the match as they went in search of a winner which they were unable to find as the game ended 1-1.The result leaves Congo without a win in group E as they hold up the bottom of the standings with only two points from six matches.The draw for Uganda leaves them in second place in the group with nine points.Egypt are the team to qualify from group E after topping the standings irrespective of the lastShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The Thunder Bay International Film Festival is quickly approaching, and NOAA is teaming up with Art in the Loft for a sneak peek event on Jan 16. Trailers for all 50 of the upcoming films will be shown and there will also be door prizes and giveaways throughout the evening.Acting Research Coordinator with the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, Stephanie Gandulla says this is the perfect time to get a preview of what the film festival has in store. “If you are at all interested in a film festival, have never been to one, want to learn more, you want to be at art in the loft tomorrow night,” she said.This will be the eighth annual Thunder Bay International Film Festival and will feature both ocean and Great Lakes films. “You can really expect fascinating and beautiful coverage of sharks, whales, sea turtles and all those critters that we love. There’s also some great adventure stories about sailing and scuba diving,” said Gandulla.You can get your sneak peek of the festival at Art in the Loft Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m and this event is free for the public. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Art in the Loft, NOAA, Thunder Bay International Film FestivalContinue ReadingPrevious Michigan DNR adds interactive map for exploring shipwrecksNext Construction on Alpena County Jail set to finish this fall
The 2007 All Africa Games (AAG) silver medallist, Bastir Samir has thrown a challenge to sensational Braimah “Bukom Banku” Kamoko.Samir, who returned from the United States of America (USA) recently after sparring with Floyd Mayweather, said he was looking forward to taking on Bukom Banku to make a statement.According to Samir, Bukom Banku has been bragging for too long and it’s time to silence him, hence his decision to throw him the challenge.Samir, said he had since return from the USA placed a call to Bukom Banku, but there was no response but added he will be ever ready to fight the World Professional Boxing Federation Light heavyweight and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Light Heavyweight champion.The 2008 Olympian, said, Bukom Banku will experience his first defeat in his career if he dares take up the challenged.“I have trained adequately and focused on my target. That is to be the first boxer to defeat Bukom Banku”. He stated.