US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced travel time on Amtrak’s Vermonter line will be cut by nearly 30 minutes through a $72.8 million grant to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. The project will restore a rail line, improving 50 miles of track and infrastructure on a direct route from Springfield to East Northfield, MA, along the Connecticut River Valley. ‘Thanks to President Obama’s commitment to create jobs and strengthen our manufacturing sector, these dollars are delivering more than 200 new jobs along with the purchase of 50 miles of American-made steel rails,’ said Secretary Ray LaHood. ‘Coupled with previous federal investments along the Vermonter line, these improvements will bring almost a one hour reduction in travel time for passengers traveling in Vermont and Massachusetts.’ With more than a 16 percent ridership increase in 2010, the Vermonter line operates between St. Albans, VT and Washington, DC. The Massachusetts portion of the rail line dates back to the mid-1800’s. After track conditions deteriorated in the 1980’s, Amtrak service was shifted to a rail line farther east. Work to restore the original passenger route on Pan Am Southern Railway’s Connecticut River mainline also includes construction of two new stations in Greenfield and Northampton, MA. Progress on the Vermonter service began last year with a $50 million grant to the Vermont Agency of Transportation, improving 190 miles of track between St. Albans and Vernon, shaving 30 minutes off of travel time within Vermont. Long-term, the investments in Vermont and Massachusetts will also increase reliability and for future expansion of service to Montreal, Quebec. Until September, however the trip will require Vermonters to take an Amtrak bus, as work continues to upgrade the line.Source: US DOT. 7.1.2011
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano (Left) faces off against Democrat Tom Suozzi (Right) who is vying for his old position.Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his Democratic predecessor, Tom Suozzi, who’s running for his old job, clashed in their first debate of their rematch four weeks before Election Day.The current and former county executives accused each other of lying before the boisterous crowd that frequently heckled both candidates as they discussed topics ranging from affordable housing, policing and Nassau’s troubled finances.“Tom, I would just ask…that you stick to the facts and don’t make them up,” Mangano said in his closing remarks after Suozzi alleged Mangano forced 19-percent property tax hikes through the assessment system—a claim Mangano interrupted Suozzi when he first mentioned it, calling it “an outright lie.”“We all know that this administration is in serious financial trouble and leading us down a road of ruin,” Suozzi said during his closing in which he asked Mangano if he supports a Shinnecock Indian Nation casino at Nassau Coliseum, which Mangano proposed years ago but hasn’t materialized.Hundreds of Mangano and Suozzi supporters—taking turns cheering their candidate and booing their opponent—filled the auditorium Tuesday evening at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury for the debate moderated by the Nassau County Village Officials Association.Despite the politically charged atmosphere, there was one point on which both sides agreed: the need to lobby against New York State enacting more unfunded mandates—state laws that force local governments to spend more without providing new revenue.They also agreed that the county needs more affordable housing in downtowns near public transit to stem the so-called Brain Drain, the term for Long Island’s college graduates increasingly moving away, although they parted ways on how to go about building such housing.On the topic of the police department, Mangano touted “eliminating duplicative administrative heads” and intelligence-led investigations, although he did not mention his controversial merging of eight precincts into four—a plan that was left incomplete, leaving five precincts.For his part, Suozzi conceded in his response to the question on county police that his old style was too combative and that, if returned to office, he would try to be more collaborative.Once the topic turned back to county finances—most notably the Nassau Interim Finance Authority tightening its control when Mangano took over in 2010—the gloves came off.Mangano reiterated his argument that NIFA held him to stricter standards, which he said should be taken into consideration when comparing their records. Suozzi maintained that his record includes 13 bond upgrades versus three bond downgrades under Mangano.But, when Suozzi quoted newspaper editorials blasting Mangano—specifically Newsday, whose parent company, Cablevision Systems Corp., hired him after he was unseated in 2009—one heckler shouted: “Did you write it?”
The Senate today is expected to complete its work on NAFCU-backed S. 754, the “Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act” (CISA), a bill that encourages faster, more efficient sharing of cyber-threat information among the business and government sectors.Last week, the Senate invoked cloture on a manager’s amendment, which set the stage for the chamber to complete consideration and vote on the bill today.Several amendments were considered for this bill, including one from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., which would have made companies liable for inadvertent violations of terms of service or privacy agreements. NAFCU opposed the amendment, which was later voted down.NAFCU also signed on to a joint letter with three other financial trades to raise concerns about other proposed amendments, including those introduced by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Al Franken, D-Minn., Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., regarding the definition of a cyber threats, how long the measure would be in effect, and other aspects of the bill. The trades argue that the amendments would create ambiguities and complications in the bill’s language and otherwise undermine the measure. continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The virus is not contagious and cannot be transmitted by coming into physical contact with another human, said health officials. Zika virus is primarily contracted from an infected Aedes mosquito. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.State health officials urged residents who are considering traveling to Central and South American countries where the virus is prevalent to check all health advisories and take preventive measures.“There is virtually no risk of acquiring Zika virus in New York State at this time as the virus cannot be spread by casual contact with an infected person, and mosquitoes are not active in cold winter months,” said state Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.The CDC says about two-dozen countries are grappling with the virus. The agency also issued a travel alert for people heading to nearly all the countries where the virus is being transmitted.Officials overseas have turned to drastic measures to try and prevent birth defects in children. In El Salvador, the government has advised women to halt any pregnancies until 2018. Brazil is calling upon its military to help eradicate the mosquitoes.An image of a baby suffering from Microcephaly. (Courtesy: CDC)The impact to unborn babies could lead to lifelong complications. Among the birth defects that have been reported is microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head fails to grow at a normal pace, according to the CDC.Pregnant woman are advised to postpone travel or to follow strict preventive steps if traveling is a must. Women considering pregnancy should speak with their doctor about the risks posed by the Zika virus, the CDC advised.Previous outbreaks of the virus have been reported in such tropical areas as Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.“Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas,” the CDC warned.Health officials said only one in five people who are infected actually fall ill. The symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headaches. The incubation period is believed to last anywhere from a few days to a week.There are no known vaccines to treat or prevent the virus.LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH ACTIVE ZIKA VIRUS TRANSMISSIONSZika Virus Map (Courtesy: CDC)AmericasBarbadosBoliviaBrazilColombiaDominican RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorFrench GuianaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuyanaHaitiHondurasMartiniqueMexicoPanamaParaguayPuerto RicoSaint MartinSurinameU.S. Virgin IslandsVenezuelaOceania/Pacific IslandsSamoaAfricaCape Verde Embed from Getty Images A person living in Nassau County is among three people statewide who have tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has officials in Latin American countries warning of potential birth defects.The person who contracted the virus has recently traveled to an area outside the United States where there is confirmed transmission of the virus, according to Mary Ellen Lorraine, a spokeswoman for Nassau County Department of Health.The unidentified resident contracted the virus in August, she told the Press. Lorraine was unable to provide details of the person’s sex, age or town of residence. She did say, however, that the person is not pregnant.One patient has fully recovered and the two others are recovering without any complications, state health officials said.
Jan 12, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – An H5N1 avian influenza virus recovered from a Turkish patient has a mutation that may enable the virus to spread more easily from birds to humans, though the finding’s significance for human health is not yet clear, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today.Viruses recovered from the first two Turkish children to die of avian flu have been analyzed in London, the WHO said. A sample from one of the patients has a mutation at “the receptor-binding site,” a reference to hemagglutinin, a protein that enables flu viruses to attach to and enter host cells.”One of the mutations has been seen previously in viruses isolated from a small outbreak in Hong Kong in 2003 (two cases, one of which was fatal) and from the 2005 outbreak in Viet Nam,” the WHO said. “Research has indicated that the Hong Kong 2003 viruses bind preferentially to human cell receptors more so than to avian cell receptors. Researchers at the Mill Hill [London] laboratory anticipate that the Turkish virus will also have this characteristic.”What the finding may mean for human health will depend on clinical and epidemiological data now being gathered in Turkey, the agency said. It added that it has found no evidence of sustained person-to-person transmission of the virus in any country so far.In a Washington Post report today, the WHO’s Michael Perdue called the finding “a little concerning because the virus is still trying new things in its evolution.” Perdue is overseeing the WHO’s response to the Turkish outbreak from agency headquarters in Geneva, the story said.The WHO statement did not suggest whether the mutation could be a factor in the rapid increase in reported human cases in Turkey since the first two were revealed Jan 4. The number reached 18 today with the report that three more Turkish children have tested positive for an H5 avian flu virus, a finding that usually points to H5N1. The tests were done in a Turkish lab.The cases include two children, aged 4 and 6, in Sanliurfa province in southern Turkey and in Siirt province in the east, the WHO reported. Both had contact with sick birds. The other patient was a 12-year-old girl who died Jan 7 in eastern Turkey and was the sister of two teenagers who died of avian flu earlier.The WHO so far has officially recognized just four cases in Turkey on the basis of confirmation by outside labs.The analysis by the British lab showed that the viruses from the two Turkish children were very similar to H5N1 viruses recovered from birds in Turkey, the WHO said. The viruses were also closely related to viruses isolated from migratory birds that died at the Qinghai Lake nature reserve in China last spring.The WHO said the studies also indicate that the Turkish viruses are sensitive to both classes of antiviral drugs used against flu: oseltamivir (a neuraminidase inhibitor) and amantadine (an adamantane). H5N1 viruses are usually described as insensitive to adamantanes, though some strains have been susceptible.”WHO and collaborating experts will review the data on amantadine sensitivity. Oseltamivir remains the drug of first choice recommended by WHO,” the agency said.The agency said its pandemic alert level is still in phase 3: “human infections with a new virus subtype are occurring, but the vast majority of these infections are acquired directly from animals.”See also:Jan 12 WHO news releasehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2006_01_12/en/index.html
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Liverpool and Arsenal submit offers to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe Nicolas Pepe is wanted by Liverpool and Arsenal (Getty Images)Arsenal and Liverpool have submitted offers to sign Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, according to reports in France.The 24-year-old is one of the most in-demand attackers this summer following his impressive season for Lille in which he scored 22 goals in Ligue 1.Lille are open to selling their star player but are holding out for an €80 million (£70.9m) transfer fee following interest from several clubs.According to L’Equipe, Lille have received concrete offers from Liverpool, Arsenal and Inter for Pepe and are now waiting for the winger’s representatives to reveal their decision.ADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that all three clubs have tabled bids in the region of €80m (£70.9m). Metro Sport ReporterThursday 18 Jul 2019 10:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link119Shares Advertisement Pepe scored 22 goals in Ligue 1 last season (AFP/Getty Images)But Lille will also open negotiations with Atletico Madrid and Napoli in the event that Pepe rejects a move to Liverpool, Arsenal or Inter.AdvertisementAdvertisementEarlier this month, reports claimed that Pepe had not made a decision over his future but the midfielder would prioritise a move to Paris Saint-Germain if it was on the table.PSG have not yet submitted a bid but could make a move if Barcelona are successful in re-signing Neymar.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityLiverpool, meanwhile, have only signed sign 17-year-old centre-back Sepp van den Berg from PEC Zwolle for an initial £1.3m this summer and the defender is expected to start his career at Anfield with the academy side.Jurgen Klopp has already admitted that Liverpool could potentially end up not signing a new first-team player before the transfer window closes on August 8.‘I said already, we have to think about everything and in the end maybe we do nothing, but we will see,’ the Liverpool manager said earlier this week.‘Of course, as you can imagine, we will have a look at all the things around us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Comment
Premier League clubs told to get ready for season to return in June Metro Sport ReporterSunday 5 Apr 2020 11:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link44Shares Advertisement The season has been postponed since mid-March (Picture: Getty)Once the rate of new infections begin to fall, the government will be pressurised into a so-called ‘exit strategy’ that would see an easing of the lockdown measures currently in place. AdvertisementAdvertisementThere was even a discussion over whether supporters should be allowed to attend matches but the Premier League is just keen to resume in the most safe manner. With 92 matches remaining and the possibility that large sections of society will still be in self-isolation, there was a discussion over whether matches should be made available to terrestrial television and the matter is ongoing.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySky and BT Sport also want to be able to show more than their allocated share, arguing that live sport would be a boost in morale for the public. Should matters proceed as the Premier League hope, all teams and squads will have to comply to the strictest of measures to see matches played.The arrangement is also dependent on current forecasting and it’s accepted that there could be further postponements if the situation does not improve as expected. MORE: Jesse Lingard desperate to stay at Manchester United despite Arsenal interest The Premier League could return in May (Picture: Getty)The Premier League are in ‘advanced talks’ with the government over plans to resume the season in June.All 20 clubs were told to prepare for a return in June after the Premier League reached a ‘tentative’ agreement with the government that would allow matches to be played behind-closed-doors, according to the Mirror.The season has been suspended since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic reached the UK in early March and there was an initial dispute over how the season should be finished.However, after agreeing that the campaign must be finished by whatever means, the Premier League’s focus has been on a safe return and the government is forecasting for the ‘peak’ of the pandemic to hit in around 10-14 days in the UK.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment
E.ON is expanding its service business in operation and maintenance of offshore wind farms in the UK. The company said that going forward it will also be offering services to onshore wind farms in the UK and Italy.The service scope will cover full as well as tailored operation and maintenance solutions for wind farm owners in these countries. Both markets have a combined installed wind capacity of more than 25,000 megawatts.”We are able to draw on our experience in operating our own wind farms and apply it to the services we provide in Italy and the UK. We anticipate an increase in demand for maintaining and overseeing sites, since the warranty periods for many of these installations is set to expire,” said Anja Isabel-Dotzenrath, Chair of the Executive Board at E.ON Climate & Renewables.The offers for the two new markets cover the entire spectrum of operation and maintenance activities for onshore as well as for offshore operations in the UK.E.ON Climate & Renewables has been active in the wind service market in Sweden and the US since 2015. Since January 2017, these services are also available to wind farm owners in Germany. The operation and maintenance service in these markets includes site management, major correctives and wind farm optimization.
Legalising euthanasia gains support in BayBay of Plenty Times 3 June 2016Family First Comment: Head of Tauranga Hospice “From my experience at hospice and hospices around the country, is that when you get that life-limiting condition, or given there is no further treatment discussion with your specialist, initially there is a loss of hope and often people do question, what is life all for and everything else like that, but … after a couple of weeks of being looked after by hospice, anyone who has any questions of wanting to have an assisted death in some way, actually change their mind.”Well said!Waipuna Hospice chief executive Dr Richard Thurlow said he too was not surprised by the result, but said those answering in this, and other recent surveys may not be the most appropriate to answer.“We’re asking a population of people, who, this is possibly the first time they’ve thought about it,” he said. “Is that the demographic we need to be surveying, or is it actually the people who are in the period at the end of their life.”“From my experience at hospice and hospices around the country, is that when you get that life-limiting condition, or given there is no further treatment discussion with your specialist, initially there is a loss of hope and often people do question, what is life all for and everything else like that, but … after a couple of weeks of being looked after by hospice, anyone who has any questions of wanting to have an assisted death in some way, actually change their mind.”He said he thought funding was better to be directed into palliative care in hospice, and in hospital and in aged residential care.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503343&objectid=11649652