The Vermont Agency of Transportation (Vtrans) announced the reopening of two (2) major east west routes for two lane traffic today. Bridge # 9 on Route 9 had been restricted to one lane after a second round of inspections found damage that had been hidden by debris. Route 11 in Chester was also reopened to two (2) lane traffic today after being reduced to one lane in late September. While both Routes are open and traffic is flowing well, Vtrans is asking drivers to be very careful as they drive through towns where the local recovery effort is still underway. VTrans 10.4.2011
Published on December 20, 2014 at 12:05 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Phil D’Abbraccio (7-2): Villanova 79, Syracuse 58Zone vs. WildSyracuse’s recent defensive struggles don’t bode well for this one. Opponents have combined for 25 3s in SU’s last three games and Louisiana Tech quieted the Carrier Dome on Sunday with a flurry of alley-oops. Villanova’s versatile offense threatens to attack in even more ways than those, and on the other end the Syracuse offense takes a step back against the Wildcats’ aggressive Top-25 defense. The Orange erased a 20-5 first-half deficit last year to beat then-No. 8 Villanova, but this time around there won’t be many shades of that old Big East competitiveness.Jesse Dougherty (7-2): Villanova 74, Syracuse 55Super NovaIt’s a game that Syracuse can’t win. Old rivalry aside, the Wildcats are deeper, faster and more talented than the struggling Orange, which most recently beat Louisiana Tech, yes Louisiana Tech, on a near buzzer-beater. It won’t come to that at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, as Villanova’s healthy diet of guard scoring and operation out of the paint is force fed by its unrelenting, in-your-face defense. SU’s nonconference schedule gets much harder before it gets much easier, and its fourth loss of the season comes before heading home for a three-game stretch at the Carrier Dome.Jacob Klinger (7-2): Villanova 75, Syracuse 55Villa-no-funEven in most down years with inexperience starting and subbing in, you’d give Syracuse a fighting chance in this rivalry rematch. But SU is so broken down even in the most basic facets of the game that it’s hard to see the Orange giving a Top-10 team much to think about. This Top-10 team happens to be a nightmarish matchup for the defense Syracuse can usually count on. Fans should instead count on a long afternoon of SU guards picking Villanova 3s out of the bottom of the net. Comments
Additionally, the two sides have discussed increasing prize money for Home Run Derby with the goal of persuading MLB’s top stars to participate. Related News Fans could soon see significant changes to MLB All-Star voting.According to ESPN , which cited unidentified major-league sources familiar with the plan, both MLB and the players association are working to create an “Election Day” for fans to pick starters for the All-Star Game, which this year takes place July 9 in Cleveland. The potential changes are part of an effort to engage fans with the hopes of bringing more excitement to the All-Star voting process and the event. MLB, players union near deal to expand active rosters to 26 in 2020, report says Under the proposed plan, the standard online voting would still take place, but once that step is complete, the top three vote-getters at each position in each league would be placed on a ballot for “Election Day.” From there, the players who receive the most votes on that single day of voting would then become the All-Star starters, ESPN reports.
QPR boss Harry Redknapp reiterated his determination to sign new players following the 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.Rangers were toothless and their loss means they will complete 2012 without an away victory.And Redknapp said: “We will try to improve in the window to give ourselves half a chance. We need one or two extra options, like Newcastle had today.“They could bring a couple of forwards on to freshen it up but we couldn’t do that. We are desperately short of one or two bodies.”More reaction to follow later. See also:Fernandes must ‘bite the bullet’ and spend more, says RedknappRangers beaten by late Ameobi 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Until the Federal Aviation Administration finalizes rules for the use of unmanned aircraft systems, farmers, ranchers and others engaged in agriculture can learn about the current and future status of the use of drones in agriculture during an upcoming webinar, said an agricultural law expert with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.One of the biggest concerns in agriculture right now is how and in what instances drones can be legally used, said Peggy Hall, Ohio State University Extension’s agricultural and resource law field specialist. OSU Extension is the college’s outreach arm.“A question that I’m often asked is, ‘I have a drone now, but can I use it legally?’” said Hall, who is also an assistant professor for OSU Extension. “The answer depends on the specific situation.“If you operate a drone for commercial use but don’t have the proper authorization from the FAA, that is illegal. But if you use a drone just as a hobby, it’s OK.”To help those in agriculture address these issues, Hall will take part in a free webinar to provide information on legal drone usage. The hour-long webinar, “Small Unmanned Aerial Systems in Agriculture: Preparing for the Legal Issues,” is at noon on June 30.The webinar will feature a presentation by Hall, who has expertise in this area of agricultural law, and Rusty Rumley, a senior staff attorney with the National Agricultural Law Center.The webinar will include information on:• The current rules and conditions for operating drones.• The range of proposed and enacted state laws across the country dealing with concerns around privacy, nuisance and trespass.• The FAA proposed federal regulations for small commercial drones.“The FAA closed the comment period April 24 on a rule it has proposed for the use of small unmanned aircraft systems,” Hall said. “The rule, which is now under review, received nearly 5,000 comments.“There likely won’t be a final rule for small unmanned aerial systems until next year.”Instructions for signing into the webinar are at nationalaglawcenter.org/consortium/uavwebinar. The webinar will also be archived on the site after the presentation.The webinar is hosted by the Agricultural and Food Law Consortium, which works to research regional and national agricultural law issues, Hall said. The consortium is part of and led by the National Agricultural Law Center, which is a unit of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture in Fayetteville, Ark. Ohio State is one of four universities to partner in the consortium.The consortium is a formal collaboration to address agricultural law issues that impact food, fiber and energy production, Hall said. As part of the consortium, OSU Extension conducts legal research, writes articles, and produces outreach material, she said.The National Agricultural Law Center covers more than 50 areas of agricultural and food law including biotechnology, the farm bill, states’ right-to-farm laws, environmental law and animal well-being issues.
Chelsea winger Hudson-Odoi delighted with early season formby Ansser Sadiq17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi admits that he was fearing for his career after suffering an Achilles injury last term.The 18-year-old was missing for the back end of last season after the horrific injury.However, he has found his way back to fitness and is already shining for the first team under Frank Lampard with three assists and a goal in four matches.He told Sky Sports News: “It’s an amazing feeling.”I was out for three to four months and it was crazy to even get the injury in the first place. It’s something I had to deal with mentally because I’d never experienced an injury like that before.”I’m really delighted with the way I’ve come back. I didn’t expect to get this many assists and to contribute with a goal as well. Hopefully I’ll keep improving and adding goals to my game.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Texas hosted No. 14 Baylor tonight, and the Longhorns needed the win to keep their NCAA Tournament hopes alive. They won 61-59 in overtime on a runner by guard Isaiah Taylor, but not before seven players from both teams were ejected following a serious scuffle in the extra session.The scrum started near the scorers table and resulted in multiple players leaving their respective benches. Assistant coaches and referees had to break up the action.A look at the fracas in Austin. Several #Texas players left the bench area, to join the scrum Maybe 1-2 #Baylor plyrs pic.twitter.com/eBTDmN7gD4— Mike Leslie (@MikeLeslieTV) March 3, 2015Here’s a glance at the seven players who got the boot for their roles in the near melee.Seven players (4 Texas, 3 Baylor) have been ejected in #BAYvsTEX. pic.twitter.com/Kq3LvsYmqC— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 3, 2015Amazingly, Taylor, who was involved in starting the entire incident, not only didn’t get ejected but ended up winning the game with his floater in the lane. Longhorns head coach Rick Barnes needed this win, but it’ll be interesting to see if players from either team are suspended moving forward.
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — Dawson Creek city council voted in favour of awarding the contract for the City’s new curbside recycling program, which will be rolled out this fall.Chief Administrative Officer Duncan Redfearn said that the possibility of Dawson Creek getting curbside recycling collection has been brought up several times in the past several years. During planning for this year’s budget, he said the City was able to include curbside recycling collection. The program will be single-stream – similar to Fort St. John’s – meaning residents can dispose of all acceptable items into the 360-litre wheelie bins without the need to sort.Redfearn explained that the cost of the program will see residents’ utility bills – which already include water, sewer, and waste collection – rise by $6.86 for the next five years. The cost of the wheelie bins is included in that amount. The recycling bins will be collected every two weeks, while unlike in Fort St. John, household waste will continue to be collected weekly. Dawson Creek received two bids for the contract to do the new curbside collection. On Monday, Council awarded the contract to its current household waste collection contractor, Waste Management, since its bid was 43 cents/month cheaper than the only other bid from DC Recycling.The contract is set to begin on September 1st for a period of five years. Redfearn said that the program will be rolled out in stages for residents in each part of Dawson Creek after it comes into effect.
UPDATE – This fire has now caused an area north of Prespatou to be evacuated. Click here for more details.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two fires burning north of Fort St. John have merged into one large wildfire, which has grown from a combined 4,000 hectares to over 11,000 hectares.According to Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds the Tommy Lakes fire, which is the new name of the former Tommy Lakes Road and Beatton River fire, now covers an estimated 11,405 hectares. The fire is located approximately 30 kilometres northeast of Wonowon, and is said to be burning in a northeasterly direction. A map of the Tommy Lakes Fire perimeter. Photo by BC Wildfire ServiceReynolds said that the high winds on Friday caused an increase in fire activity, with the two fires merging in the afternoon. She said that a total of 58 firefighters, 5 helicopters, and 4 pieces of heavy equipment are focused on building a fire guard along the fire’s southern perimeter in order to protect oil and gas industry sites, two of which are said to be located a short distance from the fire.Two unit crews are working on the east side of the South Nig Road connector and north of the North Nig Road to contain growth in these areas. A third unit crew is working along with heavy equipment to build guard to establish access to Beatton River off the Tommy Lakes Road. Bucketing helicopters are said to be working with crews to aid in the fire suppression efforts.Reynolds said that in order to allow fire crews to do their jobs properly, the BC Wildfire Service will be adding an Area Restriction around the fire in order to keep members of the public out. She added however that oil and gas industry workers will still be permitted access to worksites, and that the Area Restriction is being implemented to keep out “looky-loos.”
“27 percent of these vacancies will need to be filled by 24,300 immigrants each year. That’s job ready, labour ready, trained, language ready newcomers each year.”The B.C. Labour Market Outlook estimates that 77 percent of the 903,000 jobs that need to be filled by 2028 will require at least some form of post-secondary education or training.The AMSSA released a report in September 2018 calling for action from the Government of B.C. to increase support for the integration of newcomers. The report provides a series of significant recommendations for investments into BC’s immigration integration system.Rosenberger says the next steps for AMSSA will be working with the Immigrant and Employment Council.“Our next steps around the multi-year immigration levels plan, we’re looking at bringing associations and councils together working with the Immigrant and Employment Council.”For more information on Immigration for B.C.’s Future, you can visit AMSSA’s website. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce held a luncheon on January 22 focusing on Immigration for B.C.’s Future.The guest speaker for the event was Katie Rosenberger, Executive Director of the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies.Rosenberger talked about the need for immigrants and said they will play a vital role in filling the Province’s upcoming 903,000 job vacancies.