Route 4 bridge to NH to restrict heavy truck traffic starting Monday

first_imgTRUCK RESTRICTIONS ON LEBANON, NH – HARTFORD, VT BRIDGEUS ROUTE 4 BRIDGE OVER THE CONNECTICUT RIVERThe New Hampshire Department of Transportation and the Vermont Agency of Transportation have announced the planned restriction of heavy truck traffic and the use of alternating one-way traffic on the US Route 4 Bridge over the Connecticut River connecting Lebanon, New Hampshire (Bridge Street) and Hartford (White River Junction), Vermont (Maple Street) on Monday, July 21, 2008.This truck restriction will be in place pending further inspections and evaluation of the bridge. Initial evaluations and analysis of the bridge have found continued and significant corrosion on the steel structure. Depending on what further inspections show, it is possible the bridge will be posted to a 10-ton load capacity to protect public safety.Signs will be in place beginning July 18 alerting motorists to the trucking restrictions and advising trucks to seek alternate routes, including the Interstate 89 bridges over the Connecticut River.The 390-foot long US Route 4 Bridge was built in 1936 and rebuilt in 1976. It is a State of New Hampshire “Red List” bridge, with more frequent inspections required due to known deficiencies. It is scheduled to be replaced in 2010.last_img read more

US House passes green school bill, VT to get $14 million

first_imgUS House passed a bill today that would invest $6.4 billion in school modernization, renovation and repairs in fiscal year 2010. The vote was 275-155. The bill authorizes $14 million in funding to Vermont schools.HR 2187, the 21st Century Green High-Performing Public Schools Act, would require that the majority of funds be used for projects that meet green building standards.US Rep Peter Welch and several other northeastern lawmakers successfully amended the bill during the last Congress to allow schools to use the funding for renewable energy and heating systems including biomass, wind, solar and geothermal. This investment in public education will support Vermont students, make-much needed improvements in their schools and save taxpayers money by reducing energy costs, Welch said. Vermont s schools have already taken the lead in converting their heating systems to woodchip and wood pellet burners. This bill will help continue that process and ensure our schools have the resources they need to thrive.Welch worked with Reps. Carol Shea-Porter, Michael Arcuri and Paul Hodes on the amendment.Source: Congressman Welch’s officelast_img read more

Help! Can I Kayak While Pregnant?

first_imgDear Mountain Mama, Recently a pregnancy test came back with the tell-tale two pink lines. While I’m thrilled about having a baby, I’m not stoked about the next months of being pregnant. Does this mean I have to give up paddling? Any tips on how to kayak while pregnant?Thanks,Preggers———————————————————Dear Preggers,Congratulations on your pregnancy! The magical journey to motherhood begins now, and be prepared to be amazed at your body’s ability to grow and nurture another being. During the months ahead you might be more tired than usual, be held hostage by pregnancy hormones, and eat more than ever before. Now, more than ever, listen to your body.If your body (and mind) want to paddle, get your doctor’s approval before putting on the rivers. I believe that the best gift we can give to our children is the parts of ourselves that make us unique. Chances are if you’re a paddler, being near and on rivers make you a more enjoyable person. And in time, you’ll want to introduce your little one to the sport of kayaking and the river community. But you can only do that if you keep paddling a part of your life.All too often moms feel they must give up their personal time in order to be better moms. I don’t think anything could be further from the truth. When taking care of babies, household chores, office work, and other relationships compete for time, the first thing to go are the parts of our lives that give us bliss.Start protecting that sacred time when you get to paddle now while you’re pregnant. I paddled until I was eight months pregnant. Paddling is a non-weight bearing sport, so being in a kayak often felt like respite from my otherwise now-cumbersome belly. I felt wobbly on a bike. I felt like an elephant running. I felt off-balanced in yoga. But in a kayak, I felt like me.During her ninth month of pregnancy, Emily Jackson took first place in women’s freestyle at the Payette River Games in Cascade, Idaho. Her pregnancy was low-risk with zero complications, so her doctor gave her the nod to keep doing what her body was accustomed to do. And that’s important to remember – Emily is a world-class paddler who is used to kayaking hard every day.As for you Preggers, keep paddling as long as your doctor and body tell you it’s okay. You’ll be starting you little bundle of joy on his or her own lifelong love affair in the process.Here’s to raising a ripper!Mountain Mamalast_img read more

‎19 Dead In Bolivia Dengue Outbreak, 31,000 Affected

first_imgBy Dialogo February 27, 2009 In Bolivia’s worst national outbreak in a decade, 19 people have died from dengue fever since January and 31,000 people have been affected, official estimates showed. Twelve people died from the disease in the tropical eastern region of Santa Cruz, three others died in central Bolivia, two others in the Andean west and one in the capital city of La Paz, according to an official toll cited by ATB television. A Bolivian national died on arriving in neighboring Peru, and Health Minister Ramiro Tapia said that one additional death brought the overall death toll to 19. A total of 30,870 dengue cases have been counted, 71 percent of them in Santa Cruz, — the region most affected by the outbreak, where authorities have declared a health emergency, Beni, Pando and Cochabamba departments. More than 15,000 troops have been mobilized to assist health teams. Transmitted by the Aedes aegypti, or yellow fever mosquito, dengue is the most widespread tropical disease after malaria. The highly infectious disease causes high fever, headaches and joint pain. Its deadly hemorrhagic variant is much more dangerous than the classic type because it causes violent internal bleeding and swift fluid loss, which can lead to a quick, painful death if not treated in time. Tapia said that 88 confirmed dengue cases were from the hemorrhagic variant. Several countries, including Brazil, Cuba, Paraguay, Venezuela, Spain and Japan have sent help to La Paz in the form of donations, experts or fumigating equipment. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 50 million people worldwide each year are affected by dengue, a disease that has grown in recent decades, in part due to global warming. The virus has made a major comeback on the American continent, where some 900,000 cases were counted in 2007, including 20,000 under the hemorrhagic variant.last_img read more

Revealed: The most expensive home sales in southeast Queensland this financial year

first_imgThis property at 65 Longman Tce, Chelmer, recently sold for $6.6m. Ben Seymour and Kevin Seymour at 39 Griffith St, New Farm. Image: AAP/Attila Csaszar.Ray White New Farm principal Matt Lancashire, who marketed both New Farm properties, said he believed large parcels of land close to the city would always appreciate in value.“I think Brisbane is targeted in the next three to five years to see some significant growth,” Mr Lancashire said.“With all the infrastructure that’s going in, all of the urban renewal that’s happening, Brisbane is a really affordable, liveable city. The home is just as impressive from the back. This mansion at 24 Cayman Crescent, Raby Bay, is going to auction.Marketing agent Joseph Lordi of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty said he had noticed an increase in urgency among buyers in recent weeks.“If buyers find the right home, they’re willing to make a move on it pretty quickly,” Mr Lordi said. “High income earners seem to have confidence in the current government.”Mr Lordi said he had received an increase in inquiries from interstate buyers and local buyers looking to upgrade their home or location for lifestyle reasons. This property at 31-13 Maxwell St, New Farm, sold for $8.5m. Address Suburb Sale price Sale date Alfio and Alannah Marino are selling their mansion in Raby Bay.FROM waterfront mansions in glamorous locations to prime development sites, these are the most expensive homes sold in southeast Queensland this financial year.Despite a horror 12 months plagued by the banking royal commission and uncertainty in the lead-up to the federal election, the state corner’s prestige property market still managed to record some impressive home sales. Using data from and CoreLogic,The Courier-Mail has compiled a list of the top 20 reported sales in 2018/19, and the result is a mixed bag. RELATED: Inside look at Coast’s $7m home The view from the property at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne, which recently sold for more than $6m.They include a five-bedroom home at 65 Longman Tce, Chelmer, a four-bedroom house at 30 Wendell St, Norman Park and another at 146 Virginia Ave, Hawthorne.“There are more buyers than properties, which is great because it’s been a long time since that happened,” she said.The most recent big sale to scrape in to the financial year list was a Hamptons-style home on the Gold Coast’s waterfront, which sold for $7 million under the hammer more than a year after it hit the market. This property at 2 Belmore Tce, Sunshine Beach, was the most expensive home reported sold in Queensland’s southeast in 2018/19. An aerial shot of 8-10 Marseilles Court, Sorrento.Mrs Hackett said she had noticed an influx of buyers looking to upgrade since the federal election.She said she had negotiated three sales above $6 million on the Brisbane River in the past 45 days. The view from the Hedges Ave chief economist Nerida Conisbee said the top sales reflected an appetite from buyers for a beach or waterfront lifestyle.“They’re very Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast focused,” Ms Conisbee said.The inner Brisbane suburb of New Farm has also had a bumper year, with two riverfront properties with scope for development selling for big sums. MORE: Agent puts money where mouth is This property at 45 Knightsbridge Pde West, Sovereign Islands, sold for $6.98m.On the Sunshine Coast, the biggest home sales were again in Noosa and Sunshine Beach.A four-bedroom, four-bathroom, waterfront home at 45 Witta Circle, Noosa Heads, sold for $8 million in November.The Hamptons-inspired house with a private jetty sold to an expat to use as a holiday home.There were two big sales in the coveted ‘La Mer’ building on Noosa’s main strip, Hastings Street, with two apartments selling for $7.2 million and $6.1 million each. This house at 150 Adelaide Street East, Clayfield, sold for $7m. Sarah Hackett of Place Estate Agents said the top end of Brisbane’s market was awash with buyers waiting to pounce on prestige properties, but there were not enough to choose from. The view from the private jetty at 39 Griffith St, New Farm. This property at 8-10 Marseilles Court, Sorrento, sold for $9m. Ms Conisbee said New Farm was third most in-demand suburb in Queensland in the past six months.“We’re finding in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne, there’s a real flight to quality (properties),” she said.A 941 sqm riverfront block of land with development approval to remove the existing house at 31-33 Maxwell St, New Farm, changed hands for $8.5 million in August last year. This home at 9 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, sold to Clive Palmer for $12m. This apartment in ‘La Mer’ at 11/37 Hastings St, Noosa Heads, sold for $7.2m.Motivated by the renewed confidence in the market, Alfio and Alannah Marino have decided to sell their Raby Bay home after 15 years.The six-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 24 Cayman Crescent is on a 1247 sqm corner block with a 30m water frontage, overlooking the bay.“I feel it’s probably one of the best times for a long time (to be selling),” Mr Marino said.“We’re hearing from all different sources that people are coming back out again — buying with more confidence — and the upper end of the market is moving again, and the banks are more confident in starting to lend again.” 1. 2 Belmore Tce Sunshine Beach $14m Aug 20182. 9-11 Hedges Ave Mermaid Beach $12m Aug 20183. 3 Sir Lancelot Cl Paradise Point $11.05m July 20184. 13 Natasha Ave Noosa Heads $10.17m July 20185. 8-10 Marseilles Ct Sorrento $9m Oct 20186. 33 Maxwell St New Farm $8.5m Aug 20187. 7/3533 Main Beach Pde Main Beach $8.25m Feb 20198. 3 Brittanic Cres Paradise Point $8.25m Nov 20189. 45 Witta Circle Noosa Heads $8m Oct 201810. 22-24 Admiralty Dr Surfers Paradise $7.975m Jan 2019 11. 39 Griffith St New Farm $7.75m Mar 2019 12. 311 Monaco St Broadbeach Waters $7.5m Jan 201913. 11/37 ‘La Mer’ Hastings St Noosa Heads $7.2m Oct 201814. 54 Noosa Pde Noosa Heads $7.1m Jun 201915. 119B Botanica Dr Woodwark $7.08m Aug 201816. 1A Yacht St Southport $7m June 201917. 150 Adelaide Street East Clayfield $7m Aug 201818. 45 Knightsbridge Parade West Sovereign Islands $6.98m Mar 201919. 65 Longman Tce Chelmer $6.6m Jun 201920. 27 The Esplanade Sunshine Beach $6.5m Feb 2019(Source:; CoreLogic) This house at 24 Cayman Crescent, Raby Bay, is for sale.TOP 10 REPORTED HOME SALES OF 2018/19 IN SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND This house at 45 Witta Circle, Noosa Heads, sold for $8m. Picture:“I deal with a lot of people from Sydney and Melbourne, as well as expats who are making lifestyle decisions to come back and being affordable is a huge factor for them.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoMr Lancashire said there had been a surge in buyer activity since the federal election, which had increased competition for what was an already tight market with limited stock.“Since the election, we’ve seen a 30 per cent increase (in online) inquiries and a 10 per cent increase in open for inspection numbers, which is a huge statistic,” he said. An aerial view of the property with the house removed.And another riverfront property at 39 Griffith St, New Farm, sold for $7.75 million to the Seymour family.With his grandfather and one of Queensland’s best-known developers, Kevin Seymour, on the phone, Ben Seymour made the winning bid on auction day in March — breaking the Brisbane record for the most expensive house ever sold under the hammer.The Seymour Group plans to build a luxury, residential development on the site. The view from the property at 2 Belmore Tce, Sunshine Beach, which sold for $14m.Tom Offermann Real Estate principal Tom Offermann, who negotiated the sale of the property, said he and colleague Nic Hunter invited an interstate buyer to have a preview inspection. “They flew up and signed an unconditional contract on the spot,” Mr Offermann said. The second biggest sale was on the Gold Coast, in the so-called “millionaire’s row” of Hedges Ave.Clive Palmer forked out a cool $12 million for a beachfront mansion with five bedrooms, a gym, a wine cellar, a lift and a lap pool at 9 Hedges Ave. Sunshine Beach had the most expensive recorded home sale in 2018/19.It comes as a prestige property drought is creating a buyer’s market in Brisbane, with a renewed sense of urgency and a shortage of top end homes set to drive up prices in the new financial year.The biggest residential home sale of 2018/19 in the southeast was an oceanfront property at 2 Belmore Tce, Sunshine Beach, which sold for $14 million to an interstate buyer before it even had a chance to hit the open market. “I’ve never seen such a little amount of stock available,” she said.“We’re seeing multiple offers on properties because there’s not as much to choose from.“(Properties with) good floorplans conducive to the outdoors, gardens and the river are in demand.” This property at 1A Yacht St, Southport, sold at auction for $7m.The Southport residence at 1A Yacht St was snapped up in front of about 70 onlookers at auction last weekend.Property records show several agents have tried their hand at selling the house since it hit the market in March last year.last_img read more

Clinton Alan Lewis

first_imgClinton Alan Lewis, 52, of Aurora, Indiana passed away Monday, January 11, 2016.He was born Thursday, August 29, 1963 in Frankfort, Germany, son of Betty Louise Lee Lewis and the late Robert Lewis Jr.Clint was a songwriter and also wrote poetry, he plalyed guitar and was a lead singer all over the United States. He was an accomplished musician and helped teach others with music. He collected musical equipment, guitars and knives, and he enjoyed going to flea markets. Clint was well loved and touched many lives and he will be greatly missed.Surviving are his mother, Betty Lewis of Aurora, IN; daughter, Katelind Nichole Lewis of Norwood, OH; brothers, Bruce (Virginia) Lewis of Lake Wales, FL, Robert “Bob”(Cindy) Lewis of Brookville, IN, David (Crystal) Lewis of Aurora, IN; Step daughter, Kelly Brown of Rising Sun, IN; Sister in law, Sharyn Scott Lewis (late Brent) of Tega Cay, SC; several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Lewis Jr., and a brother, Brent Lewis.Friends will be received 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the funeral home, Friday, at 10:00 am with Pastor Tommy Beatley officiating.Interment will follow in the River View Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the YES Home or Heart House. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Whittier teacher contract rejected

first_imgWhittier Elementary Teachers Association president Martha Winans blamed recent comments by school board President Javier Gonzalez for stirring up teacher rancor, which she said contributed to their rejection of the tentative agreement. Gonzalez, in an interview two weeks ago, implied that teachers should look elsewhere for jobs if they weren’t happy at the district. His comments, which were supported at a recent board meeting by fellow trustee J.C. “Mac” McFarland, left bitter feelings among district teachers, Winans said. Anger over the remarks was “fresh in everyone’s minds” as teachers went to the polls to vote on the pact, she added. “Our hope is that we can come to some kind of agreement and we can feel respected by the school board again and valued,” Winans said. In addition to the 3 percent raise, which would have been retroactive to Feb. 1, the tentative agreement also promised more so-called “no questions asked” days off and paternity leave, as well as a $500 stipend for National Board-certified teachers. • Photo Galleries: Election day around the Valley | Pasadena and WhittierWHITTIER – Teachers in the Whittier City School District rejected a proposed three-year contract offer that included a 3 percent pay hike, school and union officials said Tuesday. Union leaders and district administrators expressed disappointment at the vote. While the total tally figures were not available Tuesday, a majority of the teachers voted “no” Monday on the proposed pact, officials said. Teachers’ health benefits would have remained the same through 2008 under the proposal. “We were really surprised and disappointed,” said Assistant Superintendent Richard Tauer. “We worked in good faith for five and a half months to come up with a new contract. “We believed it was a good deal that recognized the importance of teachers and also balances the long-term stability of our budget,” Tauer added. But Winans said teachers were not happy that the deal made the pay hike retroactive only to February and not to the beginning of the school year. Now, it’s back to the bargaining table for both sides. Union and district officials are scheduled to return to bargaining on Friday. Meanwhile, Winans said she plans to meet with teachers at their schools to find out what they want. For his part, Gonzalez on Tuesday said he made his comments out of frustration over the lack of progress in the contract negotiations. “Personally, I don’t know if everyone knows or understands that I made an apology at the board meeting. If not, I would still like to say that I made a strong statement for which I do apologize,” Gonzalez said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Vardy at double, Iheanacho injured

first_img0Shares0000Leicester City’s striker Jamie Vardy applauds the fans following the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match against Club Atletico de Madrid at the King Power stadium in Leicester on April 18, 2017 © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 5 – England striker Jamie Vardy struck twice as Leicester defeated Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 on Friday in a pre-season friendly but new £25 million striker Kelechi Iheanacho came off injured.Vardy scored in the 67th and 74th minutes after Thorgan Hazard had given the German side the lead with a fine finish from distance early in the second half. Nigerian international striker Iheanacho, who signed from Manchester City on Thursday for £25 million ($32.8 million), set up Vardy’s winner but was substituted with an injury shortly after.Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare said it was just a precautionary move.“Last thing he needed was another kick on it (his leg), so we played if safe,” said Shakespeare.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

The Danger in Being Reflexively Contrarian

first_imgSome people reflexively take the contrarian view. But there is nothing to be gained by always taking the contrarian view.If you say white, the reflexively contrarian says black. If you say up, the reflexively contrarian says down. It doesn’t matter what you say or believe, the contrarian has to inform you (and anyone else who will listen) that there is another–opposite–view.The problem with being reflexively contrarian and committing to that role is that you never see the value in what someone else is presenting. Because you believe your first obligation is to be contrarian, to play devils advocate, to point out the exceptions, you prevent yourself from realizing the value of any idea that’s being shared.But there’s another problem with being reflexively contrarian: you damage relationships. By always taking an opposite position instead of supporting someone, you establish yourself as a negative, prickly, reflexively contrarian person. The devil has plenty of advocates, it’s the angel who needs advocates.Worse still, by being reflexively contrarian no one takes your opinion seriously. They can guess what you’re going to say before the words ever escape your mouth. They know what you are thinking before you think it. And because you always have the opposite view you never add any real value to any discussion.There’s nothing wrong with having contrarian views. No one should agree with everything anyone else suggests, believes, or proposes. A lot of people believe there is no longer any value in cold calling because of the rise of social media. I take a contrarian view to that belief. But it doesn’t mean that I reflexively reject social selling as an option for many salespeople. (myself included).Be warned. By being reflexively contrarian you alienate people and they discount your opinions. You would do better to find ways to strengthen ideas rather than to reflexively suggest their opposite. Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Nowlast_img read more