As the Spring semester comes to a close for students, work on the new Saint Mary’s Angela Athletic and Wellness Complex continues to develop. Benjamin Bowman, the Saint Mary’s construction manager, said, as of right now, the project is on schedule and under budget.“The contractors are doing are a great job,” he said. “They’ve had to work through a lot of different weather conditions.”Despite being on schedule, Bowman said even though the weather has caused delays along the way, Weigand Construction has been working Saturdays and occasional Sundays to make up for lost time.“Normally in the winter the ground will freeze hard and the contractors can move heavy equipment over it,” he said. “This winter it never really froze hard, it created these muddy conditions which was difficult for the contractors when they were putting in the concrete foundations.”Bowman said contractors are currently working on phase one of three which entails work on the field house and the lower level restrooms.“That space they need to turn over to us in August,” he said. “That’s so the Fall athletes have a place to practice indoors.”Athletic director, Julie Schroeder-Biek said in an email that being without an athletic facility has been a challenge for Spring sports teams practice schedules.“It adds an entirely new level of planning for our coaches — if we have inclement weather that doesn’t allow us to practice outside, we have to get very creative,” she said. “Coaches may take their athletes to hit the weight room, watch game film or use various indoor spaces available in the local community or at Notre Dame.”Despite the challenges, Schroeder-Biek said she is looking forward to the new complex.“This building is going to be beautiful,” she said. “It is a building that we are going to be so proud of.”Bowman said phase two, the coach’s offices, is then projected to be completed in either October or November. Phase three, the final phase, will be the health and counseling suite on the South side of the building and should be completed in January of 2018.“It’s pretty amazing,” Bowman said. “The old facility was 44,000 square feet, this one’s 103,000. So it’s over double what the old facility was in size.”However, the 44,000 square feet did not go to waste when the building was torn down. Bowman said Saint Mary’s requires 50 to 75 percent of the demolished material must be recycled for sustainability purposes.“The metal gets sorted and melted down and created into new beams,” he said. “The block and all the concrete parts gets ground up and made into new concrete.”Schroeder-Biek said she thinks the complex will help bring the Saint Mary’s community together. As a result, extending facility hours is currently being considered.“This building will be home to athletics, health and counseling, [the Belles Against Violence Office] and a cafe,” Schroeder-Biek said. “It will be a great place to gather, to cheer on the Belles, to get in a work out, to study with friends, to grab a cup of coffee or a smoothie.”Bowman said Sodexo, a food services company, is currently working on a menu for the cafe that will include healthier options such as smoothies, salads, panini and made-to-order sandwiches. In addition to the cafe, there will be a total of five lounges for students. In order to accommodate for those spaces, there will be 85 wireless access points throughout the building.“There should never be an issue connecting to Wi-Fi,” Bowman said. “Even some of the new equipment will communicate wirelessly.”Besides some equipment pieces that are only a couple years old, Bowman said the rest of the equipment will be new.Other new features include an elevator and a ramp going to the lower level which Bowman says will be able to support an ambulance if needed, a new one-eighth mile track, rather than the previous one-tenth mile track, with smoother corners, not one, but three separate locker rooms for Saint Mary’s athletic teams with a varsity lounge next to them, a laundry facility and a locker room for visiting teams instead of using the racquetball court as teams have in the past.“Not only is it a good collaborative space, but it will also be a space where you’ll see a lot of activity, which will potentially motivate students, employees and faculty,” Bowman said. “It will be a lively space.”The abundance of windows incorporated in the building will help add to the liveliness of the complex Bowman said – that is what he and the contractors call “daylight harvesting.”“The north [side] will have more than the south,” he said. “That’s because the south side is where the sun is, less windows will ensure the building doesn’t gain too much heat.”Even the structure of the building specifically allows for more activity he said.“The design of the building itself has a major north-south spine which lines up with the entry to the athletic fields and LeMans tower,” he said. “So when students park in that North parking, you have the option to walk through the building to get to campus which is part of the activity.”Bowman said what he is looking forward to most is seeing the transformation and the community’s reactions.“I’m on my sixth group of people touring through the building,” he said. “I enjoy doing that and seeing their eyes light up and the excitement in their faces.”All are able to enjoy the transformation both on and off campus through two cameras that have been mounted on campus. To view the progress, visit the Saint Mary’s Athletics page under the “Renovations” tab.Tags: angela athletic and wellness complex, Saint Mary’s Construction, Weigand Construction Co
Grayson Highlands State Park is an easy portal to the vast 120,000-acre Mount Rogers National Recreation Area in Southwest Virginia. In fact, Grayson Highlands was originally called Mount Rogers State Park when it opened in 1965. The Highlands are an expansive windswept grassland with fields of rocky outcroppings, which offer spectacular views of the region’s tallest peaks. Grayson Highlands also boasts plush backcountry camping spots and the occasional sighting of wild ponies. The miniature horses often ask visitors for handouts; state park officials ask that you resist the temptation to feed them, which leads to nuisance and health problems for the horses.Summit RogersFrom Grayson Highlands you can easily bag the biggest peak in Virginia, 5,729-foot Mount Rogers. The biggest reward about topping Rogers isn’t standing at its summit, which is engulfed in forest, but the scenic eight-mile round-trip jaunt. Starting at Massie Gap, follow the Rhododendron Trail to the Appalachian Trail. Along the way you’ll cross the outcroppings of Wilburn Ridge, which offers panoramic views of the Highlands Range. In late spring and early summer, enjoy colorful thickets of wildflowers as you cross through Rhododendron Gap at the juncture with the A.T., which then goes on to the summit.Sleep UNDER THE STARSThe state park has 96 established campsites with nearby toilets, grill pits, and a general store with other creature comforts. But Grayson Highlands also affords an abundance of appealing backcountry slumber options. Just jump on the A.T. and you’ll run into a number of inviting open fields with grassy plots that are perfect for a night under the stars.Road to DamascusFor local eats and accommodations, head into the quaint little trail town of Damascus, located 20 miles west of the park on Route 58. Grab a quaint cottage at Creeper Trail Cottages (creepercottage.com), or work up an appetite with a bike ride (sundogoutfitter.com) on the Virginia Creeper Trail. Damascus sits midway along the 34-mile rail trail, which runs from Abingdon to Whitetop Station.
Since the Assets Forfeiture Fund began in 2010, authorities have seized 600 motor vehicles (of which 500 have already been sold at auction), three ships, 24 real-estate properties, and at least six airplanes. Among the aircraft, authorities are in the process of auctioning off two; another was given to the Air Force Technical School, two are being used by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the other was transferred to the Ministry of Defense. At about the same time, security agents seized a second aircraft that was loaded with more than 470 kilograms of drugs on a clandestine airstrip in the department of Rocha, near the border with Brazil. The FAU will also deploy the plane “to fight fires, for health outreach and liaison missions – activities that are in alignment with the Liaison Squadron’s primary mission,” he added. Single-engine Cessnas are favored by drug trafficking organizations because they can carry a large amount of cargo, fly a long range at low altitudes to avoid radar, and land on short, dirt airstrips. The list of single-engine planes preferred by drug traffickers is led by the Cessna 182 Skylane, which is light, seats four, can carry 400 kilograms of cargo, and fly for four hours on a full fuel tank, according to the website Aviación Argentina. Drug traffickers also like the Cessna 206, for its excellent flight range, and the Cessna 210 Centurion, which can carry up to 700 kilograms. The Cessna was being used by drug traffickers when security forces seized it. The FAU intercepts a narco-plane “The Uruguayan government and the Armed Forces act in unison in the continuing fight against organized crime and money laundering,” Menéndez said. “We are also constantly conducting professional training to confront these threats.” On July 29, 2013, two A37-B Dragon Fly airplanes belonging to the FAU’s Second Air Squadron intercepted the plane, which was marked with Paraguayan tail number ZP-TMF, and forced it to land in Durazno after it violated Uruguayan airspace. Security forces seize planes, cars, and properties used by drug traffickers By Dialogo November 17, 2015 “The Air Force, its airmen, officers, and NCOs [non-commissioned officers] have demonstrated that this country can be secure in its defense of the country’s airspace,” Romani stated. “Coordinated and professional work performed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, National Defense, the Judiciary, and the Prosecutor’s Offices allowed us to confirm that the aircraft was acting as an escort to smuggle illegal substances into this country,” Menéndez said. “The engine did not have a serial number; it had been erased previously.” Security forces have a solid track record of seizing narco-planes, automobiles, maritime vessels, and properties used by drug traffickers. The Uruguayan Air Force (FAU, for its Spanish acronym) will use in its counter-narcotics fight a small plane that was seized by the Directorate General against Illicit Drug Trafficking in 2013. It will “contribute greater strength to the fight on drugs in this country,” National Defense Ministry Undersecretary Jorge Menéndez said in an interview with Diálogo. Menéndez, along with FAU Commander in Chief Air Force General Alberto Zanelli received the single-engine Cessna C-210 Centurion from Milton Romani, the secretary general of the National Drug Enforcement Bureau, at the Santa Bernardina Second Air Brigade in the city of Durazno on October 6. The processes governing the Assets Forfeiture Fund’s seizure, forfeiture, and administration “were carried out quickly. This wouldn’t have happened without a suitable statutory framework, which is new and which closely tracks international norms,” Menéndez explained.
As CUNA Chief Compliance Office Jared Ihrig mentioned in last week’s webinar on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website accessibility, CUNA has developed a number of compliance resources designed to help credit unions ward off potential legal threats. As credit unions are facing increasing threats of litigation over ADA uncertainty, CUNA has made it a top advocacy priority.CUNA’s FAQ document explains the current status of potential rulemaking, and advises credit unions on standards they should follow in the absence of federal regulations.Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, is used by many website operators as a de facto standard. It contains “success criteria” categorized into three levels: Level A (provides the most basic accessibility features); Level AA (addresses most common barriers); and Level AAA (the highest level of web accessibility). continue reading » 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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January 23, 2016 Governor Wolf and Transportation, Emergency Management Provide Update on Winter Storm Blizzard 2016, Press Release, PSA, Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – With much of Pennsylvania in the midst of a winter storm, Governor Tom Wolf, and the state Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) advised that while crews and staff have been working through the storm, hazardous conditions will persist throughout the day. There is also an ongoing, multi-agency response to a backlog of cars on I-76 near Somerset, where emergency personnel have performed multiple driver checks.“The safety of Pennsylvanians is my top priority, as many areas across Pennsylvania have been hit hard by this storm, which features heavy snow falling at a fast rate” said Governor Wolf. “First responders from multiple state, county and local agencies are working together to address issues and ensure people are safe. Hazardous conditions will persist throughout the day and we are urging people to stay off the roadways for their own safety and to allow PennDOT to clear the snow.”I-76 Response and Driver ChecksAs westbound tractor trailers became unable to climb a hill toward the Allegheny tunnels, 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, emergency crews are unable to get heavy–duty tow trucks to the scene to clear the disabled trucks. The backlog also prevents 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. There are more than 135 first responders on the scene. 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.When the backlog was reported, PEMA contacted Somerset/Bedford emergency management to add extra resources for driver checks by first responders on ATVs. There are five fire departments, including Shanksville, Berlin, Shawnee Valley, New Baltimore, and Somerset, and Pennsylvania State Police personnel performing driver checks. Every car has been checked multiple times.The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is refueling cars that are low on fuel so they can keep heat running in their cars. There is a warming shelter at the Bedford exit, with additional EMS on standby there. The National Guard, as a second responder, has been deployed with shovels, MREs, water and chains to assist with driver checks and stuck cars.PennDOT Vehicle and Speed RestrictionsBeginning at 8:00 A.M. due to extreme winter road conditions, PennDOT is temporarily restricting certain vehicles from Interstates across the southern sections of Pennsylvania.The purpose of the ban is to help ensure the interstates remain open during the most challenging conditions of the winter storm. When conditions improve, PennDOT will remove the travel restrictions.“PennDOT has more than 2,200 trucks statewide to battle winter weather and many of them have been working since before the storm to treat the roads, but travel is still hazardous in many areas and should be avoided if possible,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “The high accumulations coupled with strong winds will make visibility and road conditions very difficult.”The types of vehicles prohibited from traveling on the interstate highways in the region are:Empty straight trucks;Large Combination Vehicles (tandem trailers and doubles);Tractors hauling empty trailers;Trailers pulled by passenger vehicles;Motorcycles; andRecreational Vehicles, or RVs.Due to the winter storm, PennDOT has temporarily reduced speeds to 45 mph on:· Interstate 80 in Clearfield, Centre, Clinton, Union, Montour and Columbia counties.· Interstate 95 in Delaware and Bucks counties and Philadelphia.· Interstate 676 in Philadelphia· Interstate 476 in Delaware and Montgomery counties· Interstate 76 in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties.· Interstate 78 in Lebanon, Berks, Lehigh and Northampton counties· Interstate 176 in Berks County.· Interstate 81 in Franklin, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties.· Interstate 83 in York, Cumberland and Dauphin counties· Interstate 283 in Dauphin County.· Interstate 70 in Washington, Westmoreland, Bedford and Fulton counties· Interstate 79 in Greene, Washington, Allegheny and Beaver counties.· Interstate 279 in Allegheny County· Interstate 376 in Allegheny, Beaver and Lawrence counties.· Interstate 579 in Allegheny County.· US 322 in Juniata and Mifflin counties.· US 422 in Berks and Montgomery counties· Route 581 in Cumberland County· The Pennsylvania Turnpike has restricted doubles, empties and towed trailers.With each PennDOT plow having an average of 40 miles to cover on its plow route, it takes a few hours to return to the route’s start point on interstates and expressways, or longer during heavier accumulations and on lower-traffic roadways. During periods of heavy snowfall, several inches of snow will accumulate on roads before a plow returns to clear it.PEMA Weather UpdatePennsylvania Emergency Management Agency reports that winter storm conditions continue across the commonwealth this morning. The storm system is expected to remain particularly intense with snowfall rates of 1-2” per hour through midday before tapering a bit by early afternoon. A sharp cutoff in snow continues around the I-80 corridor. Snow should exit the Commonwealth by late Saturday evening. Colder air has produced a more powdery snow, which will combine with winds to produce blowing snow hazards that will continue well after midnight. Snow totals around two feet or more remain possible south of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.The winter storm’s high winds and snowfall rates pose potential risks beyond travel, and PEMA has been working around the clock to assist local emergency management agencies, other state agencies and law enforcement.Pennsylvania residents can visit www.511PA.com for travel information such as incidents, winter road conditions and to view traffic cameras. The public can also track more than 700 department and contracted trucks on interstates and expressways statewide with the site’s new “Plow Trucks” option.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Baker Hughes, a GE company, has elected BHGE president and chief executive officer (CEO) Lorenzo Simonelli as the chairman of the BHGE board, effective October 2.BHGE said on Monday that Simonelli would continue in his president and CEO role, which he has held since the closing of the merger of Baker Hughes and GE’s Oil and Gas business on July 3, 2017.Simonelli replaces former GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, who retired from the BHGE board of directors effective October 2.The newly elected chairman, Simonelli, said: “I am honored to take on the added role of chairman and further help BHGE win in the market and deliver for our shareholders.“We have a differentiated full stream portfolio, a great team, and valued customers. We are making the right moves to compete in the down cycle and position the company for long-term value creation. I look forward to serving the board, the company, and shareholders.”In addition to Immelt’s departure, BHGE board member Larry Nichols has also announced his decision to resign from the board.“Nichols served as a member of the legacy Baker Hughes Inc. board, and for the past 16 years provided valuker able counsel and board leadership,” the company said.With these two resignations, BHGE has reduced the size of its board to nine members and has named current GE-designee BHGE board member W. Geoffrey Beattie as the new lead director.GE owns approximately 62.5% of BHGE and retains five designated seats on the BHGE board.“BHGE is a valued and strategic energy business, and an important part of the GE portfolio,” GE chairman and CEO John Flannery said. “With Lorenzo’s new chairmanship, the strong GE representation and the experience of the legacy Baker Hughes Inc. board members, the board leadership is in good hands.”
German shipbuilder Meyer Werft has handed over Spirit of Discovery to the British cruise company Saga Cruises.The delivery ceremony for the 236-meter-long newbuild, which is intended for the British market, took place on June 24.Last month, the 58,250 GT Spirit of Discovery left Meyer Werft to travel up the River Ems, out to the open sea.Following the river conveyance, the 999-passenger small cruise ship underwent sea trials in the North Sea.This environmentally-friendly vessel is now expected to reach Dover on June 28 before its naming ceremony scheduled for July 5 and its maiden voyage a few days later.Earlier this month, the keel laying for Spirit of Adventure, Spirit of Discovery’s sister ship, was celebrated at Meyer Werft. The second vessel ordered by Saga is slated for delivery in summer 2020.Saga’s Spirit of Discovery is the second newbuild completed by Meyer Werft in 2019, following the delivery of Royal Caribbean’s Spectrum of the Seas in April.Norwegian Encore is the third vessel built by Meyer Werft and expected to be delivered in autumn 2019.The shipbuilder plans to complete another three cruise ships in 2020.Images Source: Meyer Werft
Tweet Sharing is caring! Photo credit: thewestindiannews.comCHARLESTOWN, Nevis — Premier and Minister of Tourism, Joseph Parry on Wednesday, November 30, officially welcomed the much anticipated Cape Air Airlines to Nevis. Cape Air, which is headquartered in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA, began operations to Nevis on November 11 with a non-stop service from the San Juan, Puerto Rico hub.The island has been facing some challenging times with flights into and out of Puerto Rico after American Eagle discontinued its service in early April 2011.Speaking at a brief but symbolic ceremony at Nevis’ airport, Parry said, “We are not sure where American Eagle Airlines is today in terms of travel to and from Nevis, but Cape Air is here and we are glad that they are”.During the premier’s remarks he told the audience that he is pleased with the Cape Air representatives that he met, among them president Dave Bushy and he hopes to continue a very hospitable, welcoming relationship with the airline.“I really believe both sides will make merry music together, as we bring more and more passengers to Nevis,” Parry told the audience.He said it is significant that Cape Air is based in New England, and that at one time many of the visitors to Nevis came from that area. He hoped the trend could continue.With Nevis on the route map, Cape Air now flies to seven Caribbean islands. The others are Puerto Rico, Vieques, St Thomas, St Croix, Tortola and Anguilla. The airline has been providing inter-island service in the Caribbean for 14 years.According to a commemorative booklet (Bird’s Eye View) launched to coincide with the Nevis launch, travellers can book their entire trip with one click on a number of websites including: Continental.com, Jetblue.com and travel booking sites including Expedia and Travelocity.The premier concluded that he is looking forward to moving out of the present global recession and into witnessing a growth in tourism on Nevis.Cape Air daily flights departs San Juan at 4: 21pm arriving in Nevis at 6pm. The airline departs Nevis at 10am and arrives in San Juan at 11:30am. Caribbean News Now Share 32 Views no discussions LifestyleTravel Premier welcomes Cape Air to Nevis by: – December 6, 2011 Share Share
“A further £50,000 already donated to local community initiatives by The Arsenal Foundation, in partnership with Islington Giving, will also be re-directed to Islington Giving’s Crisis Fund as part of this COVID-19 community response. “From Tuesday, March 24, we will make all Arsenal in the Community cars available to transport frontline NHS mental health workers. Driven on a voluntary basis by Arsenal in the Community staff, this service will support NHS workers in delivering vital medication and emergency supplies.” Read Also:EPL: Arsenal alter training plans as Arteta recovers from coronavirus With London the hardest hit area of the United Kingdom in terms of the number of coronavirus cases, Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham is keen to keep the connection between club and supporters. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Arsenal have pledged a £100,000 donation to local charities supporting the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Mikel Arteta and Arsenal’s players The Premier League club announced their latest contributions on Tuesday, which also includes using company cars – driven by Arsenal in the Community staff – to transport NHS workers and help deliver supplies. “Arsenal Football Club has never shied away from responding to the needs of its community. In these uncertain times we are taking a series of steps to ensure our local and global communities receive our full support,” an official statement read. “The Arsenal Foundation will donate £100,000 to local charities and organisations that are supporting those most in need during this COVID-19 crisis. We are in constant dialogue with Islington Council and our partners in the NHS to ensure this response is aligned with their priorities and supports those most vulnerable.Advertisement Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made