Champlain Bridge, August 24, 2011, NYSDOT.NYSDOT expects the transport process to begin at sunrise on Thursday with lift work extending into the late afternoon or early evening that same day. The arch will be floated from its construction site at Velez Marine in Port Henry to the bridge site over a two- to four-hour period. The lift is expected to last between four and eight hours. The main navigational channel through the center span will be closed as the arch is floated into position, lifted into place and secured. Marine traffic will be directed through an alternative navigational channel during this time period. VTrans reminds the public that opportunities to view the arch lift from the Vermont side of the lake are limited. Due to safety concerns, viewers will not be allowed close to the construction site, by land or water. Viewers are welcome to watch the lift at locations along Route 125 on the Vermont side or from the New York side at The Crown Point State Historic Site or DEC campground. Viewers are also reminded that The Chimney Point State Historic Site is currently closed and is not available as a viewing site. High traffic volumes are anticipated for the ferry and viewers will not be allowed to access the ferry landing area unless traveling on the ferry.The ferry connecting New York State to Vermont will remain open and operational at all times during the work. However, higher than normal traffic levels near the bridge site may cause some highway traffic congestion. For those interested in viewing the process, on the New York side, the Department of Environmental Conservation campground, Crown Point State Historic Site and Essex County Visitors Center will be open to the public. Free parking is available at the historic site. The DEC campground will charge an entrance fee. However, parking is limited in these areas and no additional parking accommodations are available due to the need to keep New York Route 185, Vermont routes 17 and 125, and the ferry access roads passable at all times. The lift can also be viewed by visiting NYSDOT’s Lake Champlain Bridge webcam page at: https://www.nysdot.gov/lakechamplainbridge/bridgecam(link is external). The webcam takes periodic still shots of the construction site. The operation could be postponed or delayed due to excessive winds or lightning. The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) today announced plans to transport and lift into place the center arch span of the new Lake Champlain Bridge this Friday, August 26, weather permitting. The public will be able to watch the transport and lift, but some marine and vehicle traffic restrictions will be in place. There will also be a webcam showing the event (see link below).‘The arch lift will provide clear and tangible evidence that we’re moving very close to reopening the Lake Champlain Bridge to the public,’ said NYSDOT Commissioner Joan McDonald. ‘This is an exciting and historic moment for the people in the region who heavily depend on the bridge for their livelihoods. I would like to extend my appreciation to them for their patience as we move forward toward the final phase of the project.’
Over the past few days, I have had the distinct pleasure of attending my younger sister’s graduation from Yale University’s prestigious School of Drama Graduate Program. I am incredibly proud of my sister, and I have enjoyed every second of the commencement ceremonies for this Ivy League institution.One takeaway that I found particularly valuable for everyday life occurred during the keynote address by ABC Correspondent Barbara Walters. She was a powerful speaker, and had incredible presence as she told anecdotes about her history of interviewing the many famous personalities of her career. During her discussion about former Prime Minister of England Margaret Thatcher, she said to the seniors: “If you have a failure, you will rise; you will be fine; you will work your way back. Do not sink into ‘Why? Woe is me! It’s not my fault!”Although deep down I know that this is true, it helps to hear these words once in a while from a successful third party. It also reminded me of a quote from the keynote address at my own graduation: “If you’re not dead, get up!” I know it’s a cliché concept, but it is good to be reminded of this once in a while… we are all fallible human beings, and learning lessons from failure is part of what makes us stronger and better people.I found this concept to be particularly applicable as I research and write about a number of Olympians from the Southeast who will be making the trip to London to represent their country this July. These people are not superhumans. In most cases, their VO2 Maxes are not unattainable for us mortal athletes. They have, however, separated themselves by working through their failures, and have risen from the depths of many disappointments to try again. They are stubborn in their passion for their sports, and they have poured their hearts and souls into that passion.Another concept that Walters touched on in her address was what she believes should be the ultimate goal in life – to be happy, or “find your bliss.” When you reduce our existence down to that simple goal, it makes life seem less complicated, and more straightforward.Love what you do, and don’t give up.While some of these Olympic athletes that I am covering have the million dollar sponsorship deals and celebrity status across the country, others are scraping by with the support of parents, significant others, and their communities. They are sacrificing everything in the pursuit of the simple goal of an Olympic medal, but they love what they do and they are not giving up!I think that we can all learn something from these ideas, and I will certainly be working to integrate these concepts into my own existence moving forward.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content Brought To You By NY Auto GiantThe 2015 Jeep Renegade is an all-new subcompact crossover SUV possessing everything you’ve ever known and loved about the Wrangler and Cherokee, along with its own distinct style, character, and added perks. Shorter, yet about an inch wider than the popular Cherokee, the Renegade boasts a three-passenger rear seat and additional useful cargo capacity. It’s easy to park, fun to drive, and its four-wheel drive models, such as the Trailhawk, absolutely dominate the off-road environment.With a body structure modeled after the Fiat 500X, who would have thought this mini off-road hybrid would pack so much punch with Jeep fans and auto reviewers alike?“Sure, the Renegade has unmatched off-road credentials,” states Edmunds. “You almost expect that. But would you have also guessed that this Jeep is fun to drive around town and has plenty of character?“It’s nimble around town and easy to park, and four-wheel-drive models, especially the Trailhawk, offer best-in-class off-road capability,” it continues. “Buyers have a choice of two engines. We prefer the base turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder because it is smoother than the available 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Otherwise, the engines put out similar amounts of power. “Compared to previous, inexpensive Jeep crossovers like the Compass and Patriot, the Renegade is also more personable,” adds Edmunds. Visit NY Auto Giant today and drive home the compact, economical and rugged 2015 Jeep Renegade SUV!Mud, snow, sand or rock, this tiny beast will get you and your loved ones where you need and want to go, safely. Those terrains, as well as a map of the world-famous Moab off-road area, are actually embossed in the center console tray of the Trailhawk—along with decorative mud splatter! If that doesn’t give you some sense of just how reliable the Renegade is in these challenging conditions, we’re not sure what else does. “Small, cheap, and cheerful, the Renegade is just as much fun as its toylike dimensions might lead you to believe,” writes Car and Driver. “Its styling is full of nifty Jeep touches, including two removable ‘My Sky’ roof panels and clever Easter Egg design details sprinkled throughout. “Power comes from a 160-hp, 1.4-liter turbo four with a six-speed manual or a 180-hp, 2.4-liter four with a nine-speed automatic,” it continues. “Each is available with front- or four-wheel drive, and the Trailhawk model promises real off-road capability.”Click Here To Learn More About NY Auto GiantKelley Blue Book cites the Renegade’s safety technology and the Trailhawk version as its “Favorite Features.” Among some of this safety tech—which was until recently reserved for luxury cars, it explains—are: Lane Departure Warning-Plus and Forward Collision Warning-Plus, which can automatically apply the brakes in the event of a collision, and blind-spot monitoring.“No other vehicle in its class has the off-road chops of a Jeep Renegade Trailhawk,” it raves. “This trail-rated Renegade boasts additional hardware and software that make it surprisingly capable in the wild. And even if you never exploit its full potential, you can appreciate the Renegade Trailhawk’s tougher looks. “…the Renegade is practical, efficient and offers surprising safety and tech features,” continues Kelley Blue Book. “Its small size makes it at home in crowded cities, and its sub-$19,000 starting price is highly attractive. Where it stands apart is in the wild. With optional 4-wheel drive and the ability to tame terrain, the Renegade earns its Jeep badge.”To get behind the wheel of your very own 2015 Jeep Renegade SUV, visit NY Auto Giant’s Atlantic Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram or any one of NY Auto Giant’s other locations across Long Island today!
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Francis Underwood is president, so what now? That’s the burning question going into Season 3 of Netflix’s hit political thriller House of Cards, which capped its second season with the conniving politician ascending to the highest office in the land. Of course, all he had to do to get there was kill two people—a fellow lawmaker and a female reporter he used to weasel his way to the White House—and create a scandal that forced the resignation of the (worst ever!) sitting president, Garrett Walker. Netflix revealed Monday that House of Cards will return Feb. 27, 2015. All episodes in the first two seasons were dumped on the streaming service on its release date, so you can assume all dozen or so episodes will be available for immediate consumption that day. A video posted on House of Cards’ Facebook page shows the President Underwood (KevinSpacey) and the First Lady (Robin Wright) boarding Air Force One. The date of its premiere then flashes on the screen. That’s it. Seasons 1 and 2 followed the conniving Congressman Underwood as he schemed his way to the Oval Office, first as Vice President and then President. Now that he’s taken the presidential throne, where do we go from here? Will Season 3 document Underwood’s downfall? Will someone finally nail this sick bastard for the two murders? We only ask that the creators don’t bring back the magic Underwood typewriter.
Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Talking with hundreds of people about the proposal to change our form of government, I often hear: Why do the charter changers want Saratoga Springs to be like Watertown?The charter changers have highlighted Watertown when trying to answer the core question that has plagued their efforts for more than a year: What upstate New York state city run by a city manager is doing better than Saratoga Springs?I believe being unable to find even one city doing nearly as well is a fatal weakness of their argument for change.To put it politely, Watertown is no Saratoga Springs, and some of its problems are important warnings for Saratoga Springs residents.There’s a move in Watertown to throw out the city manager form of government and move to a strong mayor to save money and be more democratic. This isn’t surprising, since Watertown taxes are out of control, growing 32.5 percent in the last six years while Saratoga Springs’ taxes have remained flat.So much for promising that city manager cities will be more efficient and keep costs down.The charter changers using Watertown as a positive example of a city manager-run city is a great reason to vote no on charter change.Richard SellersSaratoga SpringsThe writer is spokesperson for SUCCESS.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
The coronavirus crisis has forced Greece to take rapid steps to computerize its lumbering civil service and belatedly introduce e-governance in one of the EU’s worst digital laggards, experts say.After recording its first coronavirus death on March 12, Athens took unprecedented measures totally at odds with its previous love affair with paperwork and red tape.Diomidis Spinellis, head of the department of management science and technology at the Athens university of Economics, says that the COVID-19 crisis “accelerated” Greece’s digital turn — though critics say the country has a long way to go. Between March 23 and May 4, when a nationwide lockdown was imposed, Greeks were required to inform authorities when leaving their homes. A special SMS service was introduced for those unable to print a special form created by the government.Eventually, some 110 million messages were sent free of charge during this period, in an initiative praised by the OECD.The government also rolled out gov.gr, an online platform combining all public services and simplifying online access.Greece’s minister of digital governance Kyriakos Pierrakakis said the platform freed thousands of users — especially high-risk groups — from having to turn up at public services, as they were now able to sign documents digitally. Previously at civil services “physical attendance (by the public) was the norm and remote activity the exception,” Pierrakakis told AFP.’Archaic’In 2019, Greece was among the EU’s laggards in digital performance, ranking 25th in the Digital Economy and Society Index published by the European Commission.That same year, about 20 percent of the active population had no access to the internet, nearly double the EU average of 10 percent according to Eurostat figures.Nikos Smyrnaios, an associate professor of digital media at the university of Toulouse, said the 2010-2018 Greek debt crisis had already forced the country to overhaul its “archaic” civil service, but the process was often “haphazard.””Let’s hope the trend doesn’t come to a halt once we are out of this emergency,” said Spinellis. Not everything has gone according to plan.On May 11, the government faced criticism after large crowds gathered outside the main Athens offices of just-reopened state electricity company PPC to settle bills.Officials later insisted that customers had received ample warning that most transactions could be handled online or by telephone.Many users have lamented a lack of network bandwidth, while noting that their own homes could not be turned into office work areas at the flick of a switch when the lockdown was imposed in March.”We are celebrating the disappearance of the fax in 2020,” jeers Dimitris Tsingos, a tech entrepreneur and founder of the Hellenic startup association. ‘Hardly revolutionary'”There are efforts by the government but it’s hardly revolutionary… there is still a lot of work to be done,” he said.Diamanto Zafiraki, a 38-year-old economy ministry employee, has her personal laptop to work with, but has to share with her eight-year-old twins when it’s time for homework.”I don’t have a dedicated work area at home. I work from my kitchen, using equipment that is not made for this purpose,” she said.Zafiraki also frequently battles slow connection and software glitches.”This takes up a lot of my time and energy, and work with colleagues is much more difficult at a distance,” she says.With thousands of school pupils at home because of the lockdown, the process of education continued online mainly due to the initiative and persistence of the teachers themselves, says Thanasis Goumas, a senior member of the teachers’ association.”The education ministry gave neither guidelines nor equipment during this period,” Goumas told AFP.Goumas also notes that many school pupils don’t have a computer at home, or an internet connection.And there was uproar among teacher unions earlier this month when the education ministry announced that cameras would be set up in classes during teaching hours, to enable pupils not attending school to follow courses from home.”The government claims this helps distance learning, but (schools) are not reality shows. We are completely against this,” Goumas said, citing a possible violation of privacy rights.Topics :
Despite this appeal, it’s not as easy as shoving veg into a blender and reaping the rewards. Just 10% of consumers polled said they would be more likely to buy a vegetable-based juice or smoothie than a pure fruit version. So brands will need to convince shoppers of their relative benefits.Health credentials are one obvious selling point to communicate. Although veg juices were designed to reduce sugar levels, fewer than one in five respondents believe they are healthier than a pure fruit juice or smoothie. 7. Introducing adventurous and exciting flavours could attract more shoppers 2. Young people are also the most frequent consumers of smoothies Celery and beetroot juices are dividing opinion and smoothie consumption varies wildly by age, finds our exclusive poll with Kantar’s Research Express service. Click here to download our findings in full.Free download: 10 charts explaining UK attitudes to juices,Juice sales have been distinctly underwhelming of late. But there is some good news on the horizon. Younger consumers are buying into juices, while vegetable blends could represent fresh opportunities for growth among certain demographics, our poll of over 1,000 consumers with Kantar’s Research Express service reveals.1. Over half of young people drink juice at least once a day 9. Londoners are most open to trying out celery juice Now for a less positive finding: branded juices are struggling. Their sales fell 2.2% in value last year, as more and more shoppers switch to own label. That’s partly down to the rising price difference between branded and own label juices and smoothies, which hit 72p per litre last year [Kantar 52 w/e 4 November 2018]. There is also increasing competition from the retailers, which are bringing out their own premium blends.Savsé CEO Paul Gurnell warned of the tough branded environment in February. “We’re seeing shoppers switch from premium brands like Tropicana into own label products, namely due to price premiums and the rising quality of own label juices,” he said. “That means brands really need to add value to the market if they’re going to get shelf space.” 3. But brands are struggling against own label Precisely which vegetables are used in blends could prove crucial. Green veg such as broccoli and spirulina are at the bottom of the wishlist, according to our poll, while beetroot and carrot proved more palatable.But there is still potential for green blends, argues Cawston’s Kearns, who points to their popularity outside supermarkets. “People are happy to include green veg in the juices and smoothies they make at home or the ones made in front of them in juice bars, but there’s a lack of trust in how the product will taste when it’s pre-packaged in store.”Indeed, earlier this year Crussh juice bars reported its bestseller was Veggie Greens – a juice made from spinach, kale, ginger, lime, celery and cucumber. 5. The appeal is particularly high among parents and millennials This bias towards younger generations was equally present in smoothies. Over a fifth of 16 to 24-year-olds drink smoothies at least once a day – a habit only replicated by 1% of over-65s. Cawston Press MD Steve Kearns says there is a reason behind this disparity.“We would expect to see higher percentages of young people drinking juices and smoothies because we know they’re the most adventurous in their drink choices,” he says. “They consume a wider variety of drinks throughout the day, from sparkling waters to soft drinks and even trying out new sectors like kombucha.” By contrast, Kearns says older generations tend to be less adventurous and are “more likely to stick to what they know”.Free download: 10 charts explaining UK attitudes to juices For that added value, brands could do worse than turn to vegetable-based blends. Amid all the concerns about the sugar content of fruit juice, these less sugary options hold an appeal. Almost one in five respondents to our poll said they felt very positive about juices and smoothies containing vegetables, with a further 20% feeling slightly positive.Those who have taken the plunge into vegetables are reporting positive results. Cawston Press says its beetroot juice has remained popular since it launched five years ago, and organic drinks brand Plenish states its bestseller is Fuel, an entirely vegetable-based juice.“We’re seeing a growing trend for less sweet flavours across a lot of categories, including juice,” Plenish founder Kara Rosen tells The Grocer. “People want less sugar, which is leading them towards more savoury flavours.” As with the celery juice craze, juice cleanses have made a big impact on social media. So again, it stands to reason that the younger generation would be most open to the idea. Overall, 37% of consumers said they would be willing to try, or had already tried one. That number rose to 57% of millennials, making them a key demographic for the juice cleanse sector.“Millennials were raised with the juice cleanse trend in the same way that Gen Y is being raised with gut health,” says Kearns. “It’s also important to point out that these products aren’t cheap, so it’s the shoppers that are really invested in the concept that are going to dive in.”,Downloads10 Charts_Juices & Smoothies_Digital PDFPDF, Size 3.1 mb Nowhere is quicker to jump on a social media trend than the capital. Having seen the likes of Kylie Jenner and Gwyneth Paltrow wax lyrical about celery juice, nearly four in 10 Londoners say they would be very willing to give it a whirl.Other parts of the country are less convinced. The north west is the most sceptical with only 15% of consumers very willing to try celery juice, closely followed by Scotland with just 16%.The drink also appeals more to the younger generation, which is more likely to have seen social media buzz about celery juice (there are more than 120k Instagram posts using #celeryjuice). A whopping 34% of 25 to 34-year-olds said they would be very willing to try the blend. 10. The younger generations are interested in juice cleanses 8. Consumers are more likely to be dubious about green ingredients such as kale, broccoli and spirulina 4. Branded experimentation with vegetable juices could pay off Here’s the first bit of good news: younger consumers are buying into the juices market. Overall, 36% of respondents to our research said they drank juices at least daily. Among 16 to 24-year-olds, that figure rose to a significant 54%. That includes 18% who will drink it more than once a day. Younger people were also less likely to shun juice altogether. While a whopping 23% of over-65s said they never drank it, that figure was as low as 4% among 16 to 24-year-olds. All of which suggests the natural sugar content of juice isn’t deterring younger people from making it a regular part of their diets. If juice continues to attract more younger consumers, it could be in for some healthy growth ahead. Parents tend to be particularly health-conscious. So it’s no surprise they are especially open to vegetable-based juices and smoothies.While 46% of parents said they felt either very or slightly positive about the blends, less than a quarter of non-parents could say the same.“Parents being open to vegetables in drinks comes as no surprise,” says Cawston’s Kearns. “They tend to be more in tune with the nutritional benefits in food and drink, and welcome any way of getting more vegetables into their children’s diet.”There was also a generation split between younger groups and older groups such as the silent generation, which Kantar defines as those born between 1925 and 1945. Less than a fifth of this generation felt positive about veggie-containing juices and smoothies, compared to nearly six in 10 millennials. Another way to tempt shoppers is through more adventurous flavours. Just 14% of shoppers described the vegetable-based options on the market as new and exciting. More worryingly, a significant number are not just bored – they are actively put off by the taste. Our poll found 30% of shoppers were dubious about the flavour of vegetable-containing juices.To win over those consumers and create some more excitement in veggie juices, brands should look to the rising interest in world-inspired flavours, says Julia Buech, food and drink analyst at Mintel. “There’s a big opportunity in the trend for example, particularly in attracting more experimental younger shoppers.” 6. However, there is still work to be done on health messaging
Shane Shillingford. Photo credit: ESPN CrickinfoThe Dominica National Selectors has named Shane Shillingford and 29 other cricketers for training for the 2011 win lotto Windward Island T20/20 tournament.The Cricketers selected for training are as follows:Martin MathewMervin MathewJunior JervierKent MitchelJerlanie RobinsonVivian TitreKavem HodgeRay CasimirShane ShillingfordElton MarkJoel MingoNigel CarbonDenis BellAnderson JollyKevin JamesClem NicohlasJohn FabianVincent CasimirOscar GeorgeJean PaulKirstin CasimirOdiama OrnareVincent RivsTimothy JosephSamuel MitchelTyrone TheophileRoyston SobersAllan LaurentLiam SebastianEzron GreenThe event which will be held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium will commence from May 26th to May 30th 2011.News Reporter: Grace HendersonDominica Vibes News 37 Views no discussions NewsSports Training Team Selected To Prepare For Win Lotto Windward Island T20/20 Tournament by: – April 18, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! Share Tweet
CHICAGO –The U.S. Great Lakes Naval Base in Waukegan, Illinois, was on a lockdown after an active shooter report near the base.For local parents hearing of this lockdown, sounds like nothing to fear. Sources say it was civilians involved and the base has reopened approximately 2:45 p.m. EST.There are roughly 40,000 recruits that pass through the base annually with an estimated 7,000 recruits there at any time. Many aspiring sailors from Southeastern Indiana pass through the base at one time or another.The base is located just north of Chicago.