Governor Wolf Announces New Winter Travel Tool for Public, Administration Outlines Winter Preparations

first_img Press Release,  PSA,  Public Safety,  Transportation,  Weather Safety Winter Job Opportunities Also HighlightedNorristown, PA – With the winter season approaching, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that a new online tool is available to inform the public of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) operations this winter. He made the announcement in conjunction with a news conference that PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards held today outlining the agency’s plans for winter services, and sharing job opportunities and driver preparation tips.“Public safety is our principal mission, which drives our team’s preparation for the winter season,” Governor Wolf said. “Not only are PennDOT’s staff, equipment, and materials ready to go, but we also have yet another tool for the public to make winter travel decisions.”New this winter, the public can view a color-coded map of when each of the nearly 40,000 miles of state-maintained roadway was last plowed by visiting the www.511PA.com plow trucks section. The information is the latest enhancement made possible by PennDOT’s Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) technology, which uses units in each of the more than 2,200 department-owned and rented plow trucks to send a cellular signal showing truck locations.The AVL program, started in 2014, is part of Governor Tom Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative that leverages inter-agency coordination and collaboration to maximize efficiency, modernize state government operations, and provide the highest quality services.During the news conference at the PennDOT maintenance facility in Norristown, Montgomery County, Richards noted that PennDOT is actively seeking approximately 480 temporary equipment operators statewide for the winter season to supplement the department’s full-time staff. Details on minimum requirements, such as possession of a CDL, as well as application information, are available at www.employment.pa.gov. Through the same website, job seekers can apply for seven other types of non-operator, winter positions such as diesel and construction equipment mechanics, welders, clerks and more.In discussing PennDOT’s readiness for the season ahead, Richards said that the department has compiled its information about winter services and winter-driving resources for motorists at www.penndot.gov/winter. The site also has a complete winter guide with detailed information about winter services in each of PennDOT’s 11 engineering districts.The 40,000 miles for which PennDOT is responsible translates into 96,000 snow-lane miles — enough miles to circle the globe nearly four times. A snow-lane is calculated as the miles of road multiplied by the number of lanes, which means a one-mile section of four-lane roadway would equal four snow-lane miles.The department maintains roughly the same number of miles maintained by the state in New York, New Jersey, and all of the New England states combined.With $220 million budgeted for this winter’s statewide operations, PennDOT deploys about 4,800 on-the-road workers, has more than 652,000 tons of salt on hand across the state and will take salt deliveries throughout the winter.“Carrying out our winter mission is a massive undertaking for our team, and it’s critical that the public do their part to keep our roads as safe as possible,” Secretary Richards said. “Drivers should keep safety top of mind in their travel decisions, and give our operators and other motorists plenty of room during inclement weather.”When winter weather hits, PennDOT’s primary focus is on interstates and expressways, and equipment may be redirected to those routes during significant winter events. The more traffic a roadway has, the more attention it will receive from plows, so motorists may find deeper accumulations on less-traveled routes and should adjust their driving for those conditions.If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 252 crashes resulting in 129 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.In addition to planning for traffic impacts, Richards noted that vehicle preparation is critical to safe winter travel. Tires should be checked often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow. A quick way to check tread depth is to insert a penny in the tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see the entire head, the tires are worn and traction will suffer. If you live in an area prone to heavy snow, drivers may want to consider using dedicated snow tires or carrying a set of tire chains. At a minimum, all-season tires should be rated for use in mud and snow.Once vehicles are travel-ready, drivers should be prepared for winter or vehicle emergencies especially if long-distance travel is planned. PennDOT urges motorists to carry an emergency kit. An emergency kit should include items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. However, motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families may have. Consider adding such items as baby supplies, extra medication, pet supplies, or even children’s games.In addition to viewing plow information, motorists can use www.511PA.com to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website. Governor Wolf Announces New Winter Travel Tool for Public, Administration Outlines Winter Preparations October 19, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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New city planned for Queensland cane fields

first_imgA new coastal city, with scope for a Disney-sized theme park, education, housing, retail and commercial space has been proposed between Brisbane and the Gold Coast under a historic deal between the owners of 248 properties.A parcel of sugarcane land more than 10 times the size of Surfers Paradise, bordered by the M1, Moreton Bay and two rivers, is on the market, with sellers hoping to achieve a national land sales record, likely to be well over $1 billion.Norwell sugar cane farmer Peter Kaddatz. Source: News Corp AustraliaThe site in the Norwell Valley would become Australia’s largest masterplanned city, triple the land size of Ipswich’s Greater Springfield which is projected to house 105,000 people by 2030.The 40 landowners in the deal — many of them cane farmers — see the sale of the 6117 hectares as a dignified end for the area’s industry, which has been struggling to maintain viable supply to the Rocky Point Mill.Prospective buyers of the valley would become its master planners, co-ordinating government approvals and engaging major residential and other developers to deliver the extensive infrastructure required — with up to a third of the area proposed to be designated green space.Sugar cane harvesting at Norwell in 2007.  Source: News Corp AustraliaThe deal between the owners was struck by Global Enterprise Management Solutions, which was formed by architect Rob Machon and stockbroker Wayne Cummins, who have both moved to the Gold Coast from Sydney.A statement released by Canford Property, which is running the sales campaign, says agents had already spoken to “some of China’s largest developers and theme park operators who want to unseat Disney and develop one of world’s largest theme parks on the Gold Coast”.One of China’s richest people Wang Jianlin has made no secret of his ambitions to take Disney’s worldwide theme park crown through his Wanda Group, and Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Wang about investing in Queensland last year.Chairman of China’s Wanda Group Wang Jianlin. Source: AFPWanda is already building the Jewel development at southern Surfers Paradise and has various other landholdings in the city.Government approvals and zoning changes are likely to be one of many potential hurdles for the project, which could take more than a decade to reach fruition. It took 22 years for Greater Springfield to go ahead, and it required the Queensland Government to create specific legislation for its development.The area is zoned rural under the Gold Coast City Plan, which was approved by the Queensland Government last year and specifically aims to ensure land uses “do not interfere, encroach or impact on the city’s sugar cane growing, particularly in the Woongoolba/Norwell areas and the Rocky Point Sugar Mill”.The council is understood to be studying alternative uses for cane land under the City Plan 2015, with a view for submitting changes to the Queensland Government within 12 months.Queensland Government reps were briefed on the project on Monday. It already has the backing of Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate, who says it has the potential to become an Orlando-style tourist drawcard.“We are talking about an expansion of the Yatala enterprise area, the southward expansion of the aquaculture industry from the northeastern corner, and primarily an expansion of the tourism, recreation and entertainment offerings,” he says in the agent’s statement.“The secondary opportunities of education sector expansion and silicon valley-type activity is particularly exciting to me.“Development can’t be piecemeal — that would never work given the flood and drainage challenges.“Some landowners would win, some would lose, and there would be many in between.”Roland Evans. Source: News Corp AustraliaCanford managing director Roland Evans says he has already had discussions with Australian and foreign companies about buying the land.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor9 hours ago“What we’re looking for is someone who’s got the ability to do the master planning for this, because it’s such a massive concept,” he says.“Effectively it closes the gap between the Gold Coast and Brisbane.“It will be a major grower of jobs, homes and work — it’s a whole new town effectively.”How the deal was doneGolf was the unlikely catalyst that lead two men to convince 40 landowners to drive for an Australian-record land deal.Architect Rob Machon, who “retired” to the Gold Coast from Sydney’s northern beaches 12 years ago, met fellow former Sydneysider and stockbroker Wayne Cummins by chance on the fairways of Sanctuary Cove and the pair became friends.But it was a third golfing mate, cane farmer Arthur Fiumini, whose idea a year ago would eventually lead to the announcement.Farmers’ long battle to secure a futureNorthern Gold Coast sugar production would not immediately cease, but would taper off over a number of years if the 6117-hectare Norwell Valley land package is sold for development.Much of the 2016 crop is still in the fields as the Rocky Point Mill lies idle due to a power failure, with parts sent off for expensive repairs.Land offer for second M1The joining of major tracts of land in the Norwell Valley could fast-track a duplication of the congested M1, which is currently not expected before 2031.Former Queensland Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney worked to remove the Intra-Regional Transport Corridor while considering the Gold Coast’s Draft City Plan 2015 — but it was reinstated by the Labor Government this year.This article was first published on the Gold Coast Bulletin.last_img read more

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Property listings may have slowed down in December but there are still more homes on offer

first_imgThere are more properties for sale in Brisbane now compared with the same time as last year.WHILE property listings have dropped during the past month, there are still more homes listed for sale than at the same time last year.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The latest figures from SQM research reveal there are 30,040 residential properties listed for sale in Brisbane, that’s down 5.4 per cent on November but was 3.2 per cent higher than the same time last year.Nationally listings dropped in every state during December, but year on year listings were up in most capital cities.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said it was not unusual to see a slowdown of listings during the festive season.The report also found that while listings may have been down in December, asking prices were up.In Brisbane asking prices for house rise by 2.4 per cent and for units by 0.9 per cent.last_img read more

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Poverty trap set at birth – study

first_imgNZ Herald 18 January 2012New Zealand researchers have put hard numbers to the adage that success breeds success – and failure breeds failure. A long-term study of 1265 children born in Christchurch in 1977 has found that those whose families were poor in their first 10 years of life earned about $20,000 a year less by the age of 30 than those who grew up in rich families. Those from poor families were more likely to leave school without qualifications, have babies before they were 20, commit crimes, go on welfare and have addiction and other mental health problems in adulthood. Most of these effects were explained by factors which tended to vary in line with family incomes, such as parents’ education, addictions, criminality and marital conflict and breakup, and the children’s own intelligence.“It could be that competent, bright families transmit their skills to their children and also earn higher incomes. It could also be that being bred in a high-income family provides children with role models and resources for both educational achievement and career success.”Professor Fergusson said the study showed that income inequality and behavioural issues, such as parents’ addictions, both had to be tackled to fix social problems. “For example, increasing the income of substance-using parents may be counter-productive since it will give them more access to purchasing alcohol or drugs,” he said.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10779433last_img read more

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Theft suspect lands in jail

first_imgThe 45-year-old Roberto Salon ofBarangay Luna, La Paz district was nabbed around 12:05 p.m. on Monday, itadded. The court recommended a P3,000 bail bondfor his temporary liberty./PN Officers of the Jaro police station caughtSalon on the strength of an arrest warrant. center_img ILOILO City – A man charged with theftwas arrested in Barangay Ungka, Jaro district, a police report showed. last_img

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Navy country streams ‘From Bluegrass to Country’ performance

first_imgFort Meade, Md. — The United States Navy Band Country Current presents “From Bluegrass to Country,” episode four of the Navy Band’s “Origins” educational webcast series. The members of Country Current will explore bluegrass and examine how it influenced modern country music. Additionally, you will learn about instruments key to the development of these distinctly American art forms. The live webcast will take place Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. EST and can be viewed online here. The webcast will be archived at the same link for those unable to watch live.“Bluegrass and country are uniquely American musical styles, and Country Current bridges the gap between the two better than anyone,” said Capt. Kenneth Collins, the U.S. Navy Band’s commanding officer. “Throughout our history, Navy musicians have used music to inspire, to tell stories and to bring people together. It is our pleasure to present this educational webcast, ‘From Bluegrass to Country: Origins of Country Music.’”The U.S. Navy Band Country Current is the Navy’s premier country-bluegrass ensemble. The group is nationally renowned for its versatility and phenomenal musicianship, performing a blend of moderncountry music and cutting-edge bluegrass. This seven-member ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of Nashville, New York, New Orleans and more. In the tradition of country music, each member is a skilled performer on multiple instruments. The band utilizes banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum set. With a fun-filled and family-friendly stage show, Country Current has been delighting its fans for over 45 years with their musical virtuosity and humor. Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, they regularly perform for veterans, elementary schools, and in support of our active-duty Sailors.For the 2018-2019 school year, the United States Navy Band presents “Origins,” a series of educational webcast presentations through which we examine the origins of musical styles, musical instruments, and other questions dealing with how musical elements came into existence. “Origins of Inspiration” is an interactive performance suitable for middle and high school students, as well as adults. Questions from students are highly encouraged and may be emailed before or during each webcast to: navymusicintheschools@gmail.com. Be sure to include what school you attend and/or where you are watching the webcast.last_img read more

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Cowing to Coach Varsity Baseball At Bucksport

first_img State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 Bio BUCKSPORT — Mike Cowing, who coached varsity baseball at Bucksport High School from 2003 to 2006, is back in that position this season. Cowing, who also teaches mathematics at Bucksport High School, was named recently to replace Tiger Stewart, who guided the Golden Bucks for the past three seasons before moving to Florida. Under Cowing’s guidance, the Golden Bucks reached the playoffs each year and won the Eastern Maine Class B championship in 2003. Also approved by the Bucksport School Committee was the appointment of Josh Tripp as junior varsity baseball coach. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTripp coached this year’s varsity basketball team and has been a middle school baseball coach for five seasons. Latest Posts Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015center_img House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all) adminlast_img read more

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Cricket News Fourth ODI preview: West Indies aim to sustain momentum, Virat Kohli eyes redemption

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Following the end of the Guwahati ODI, India were favourites to achieve a 5-0 whitewash over the West Indies after they had swept them 2-0 in the Tests. However, a tie in Vizag and a win in Pune have raised questions on India’s momentum. Heading into the fourth ODI, the West Indies have ensured that it is a level playing field with plenty at stake.A loss for either team will put the series out of their reach and India will be desperate to avoid that fate. The match will be played at the Brabourne stadium, the first time that the venue is hosting an international match since 2009. The last time India played an international game there, they became the world No.1 in Tests. Kohli would be hoping for something similar in this match.Read More |Delhi Pollution: Haze engulfs national capital as AQI touches 369-markKohli – One-man armyWhat can one say about the current form of Kohli? Three consecutive centuries in the series, fourth consecutive in India and already accumulating many milestones. Take Kohli out of the equation and the rest of the Indian batting is a slight cause of concern.Read More |Rahul Gandhi in MP: Congress chief to visit Mahakaleshwar temple in UjjainIn Pune, the lower middle order failed to capitalise on decent starts and perished to low scores. MS Dhoni’s form at No.6 continues to be a cause of concern. With Dhoni not firing, a failure for Kohli could put the batting under immense strain.Read More | Lion Air passenger jet with 189 on board crashes in IndonesiaThe bowling was boosted by the return of Jasprit Bumrah but his new ball partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar struggled for rhythm. Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have picked up wickets but have been guilty of leaking too many boundaries in the middle overs.West Indies gain momentumShimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope are the two individuals who have sparked a West Indies revival. The two have displayed aggression, maturity and have played fearless cricket. Hope’s 123* and 95 have been vital in West Indies’ fortunes.The bowlers worked as a total unit in Pune, with the bonus of Marlon Samuels whose offspin accounted for the wicket of Kohli. With Samuels looking fit after recovering from a knee injury, West Indies would be hoping for more contributions from the all-rounder.The Brabourne stadium has not been a happy hunting ground for the West Indies. In four games, they have won only once and that was against Australia in the Champions Trophy encounter in 2006. In other games, they have tasted heavy defeats, including being bowled out for 80 against Sri Lanka. last_img read more

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Local shooters continue to impress leading up to WIFBSC championships.

first_imgIN a real match simulation of the West Indies Full Bore Shooting Council Short Range Match, the Guyana rifle team shot an impressive score of 1142: 74 Vs.Shooting at various positions of the range at the 300-, 500- & 600-yard banks to test the conditions all over the range the scores were of an exceptionally high standard.At 300 yards three shooters shot scores of 49. They were Ransford Goodluck with 49 (6 Vs), Lennox Braithwaite with 49 (5 Vs) and Full bore captain Mahendra Persaud 49 (4 Vs) with an overall team figure of 378 with 26 Vs.At 500 yards it improved further with the team only dropping 8 points, shooting 392 out of the possible 400 points. Possibles were shot by Mahendra Persaud 50 (5 Vs), Braithwaite 50 (4 Vs) and Sherwin Felicien 50 (4 Vs) .At 600 yards the wind got trickier and shooting from the extreme right of the newly renovated Timehri Rifle Ranges for the first time in over 4 years, the scores dipped.The wind coaches had their work cut out for them and had to call on all their experience to conquer the conditions.The wind was switching quickly and the speed was changing rapidly also, at times it was difficult to even judge what was happening.Top Scores for the range was Felicien with 48 (2 Vs) and Goodluck 48 (1 V).The Guyana National Rifle Association, in conjunction with the Guyana Defence Force, has expended large sums of money and effort in renovating the Timehri Rifle Ranges and can now boast of having a truly International Shooting Range.The Fullbore shooters especially played an important part in making this a reality with lots of days in the hot sun replanting grass on the shooting banks, installing and renovating target mechanisms and in general rebuilding and redesigning the range.This was part of the preparations for the celebrations for the 150th Anniversary of the Guyana National Rifle Association, making it one of the oldest Rifle associations in the world.Guyana shooters are set to defend both the Short Range over 300-, 500- & 600-yard ranges and the Long Range Title over 900 and 1000 yards. They have dominated and won trophies over the past decade.last_img read more

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CWI faces possible logistical challenges from coronavirus fallout

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Cricket West Indies (CWI) says it will face a logistical nightmare in rescheduling its international home series if the coronavirus pandemic results in a disruption to these fixtures.Of main concern for the governing body is the three-match One-Day International series against New Zealand which is part of the qualification process for the 2023 World Cup, and the two-Test rubber against South Africa which forms part of the World Test Championship.Both series have been carded for July but have been placed in jeopardy by the coronavirus which has now hit the Caribbean and forced CWI to suspend its domestic competitions for a minimum of 30 days.“The challenge with rescheduling is that the schedule is (already) so tight,” CWI chief executive Johnny Grave told CMC Sports.“The other challenge that we’d have is those ODIs we’re playing against New Zealand and the Test matches against South Africa are part of leagues.“We’re now in the Test championship and the games against New Zealand in the ODI format are the first games we’re playing in the ODI league which obviously now is the qualifying process for the 2023 Cricket World Cup.“You would have to try and re-prioritise replaying those in order to keep the integrity of those tournaments – particularly the ODI qualification for the Cricket World Cup.”The ODI series against New Zealand runs from July 8 to 13, with the first two matches set for the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua and the last one scheduled for Windsor Park in Dominica.Following the ODIs, the two teams clash in a three-match Twenty20 series in Dominica and Guyana from July 15 to 19South Africa arrive later in the month for Tests at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad July 23-27 and the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia from July 31 to August 4.A five-match T20 series will then follow from August 8 to 16, with the first two matches in Florida, United States and the last three at Sabina Park in Jamaica.Already, the Caribbean has reported several cases of the coronavirus with Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana, Antigua, St Lucia and Barbados all affected.Up to Tuesday, the United States had reported 4 226 cases of the virus, also known as COVID-19, with 75 deaths resulting.While Grave remained hopeful, he conceded there was much uncertainty surrounding the upcoming fixtures as it was difficult to determine the extent of the impact from the pandemic.“It would be a big challenge trying to reschedule them but we are looking ahead,” he said. “Again, no one knows quite how long this pandemic will last or how far it will spread.”The spread of the virus has so far disrupted the international cricket schedule with England pulling out of the two-Test tour of Sri Lanka, India scrapping their ongoing ODI tour of South Africa, and Australia and New Zealand also calling off their limited-overs series Down Under.Organisers of the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) have also delayed the start of the tournament and say it could face further disruption.last_img read more

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