Long Island Blizzard to Shut LIRR, Roads and Other Travel

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A blizzard forecast to dump up to three feet of snow on Long Island overnight Monday is halting virtually all modes of transportation, including planes, trains, buses, ferries and all roadways.The Long Island Rail Road will tentatively be shut down at 11 p.m. Monday, New York State officials said. Airline passengers were also grounded from flights in and out of New York Metro area airports, including Long Island MacArthur Airport. Nassau and Suffolk county officials said buses will stop running once the weather worsens tonight—while both Cross-Sound and Fire Island ferries also canceled service.“This is not a storm to take lightly,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned during a news conference Monday afternoon. “Getting stuck on alast_img read more

California lawmakers shelve E coli bills

first_img Assemblywoman Cathleen Galgiani, a Democrat from Tracy, said lawmakers should give the industry’s marketing agreement a chance to improve food safety before passing any legislation, the AP report said. Two months before those episodes, another high-profile E coli outbreak was caused by contaminated spinach from California’s Salinas Valley. That outbreak involved 204 cases and 3 deaths in 26 states and one Canadian province. The committee’s actions prompted a sharp exchange between Florez and Assemblywoman Nicole Parra, a Democrat whose district also includes part of the Central Valley growing area, according to several media reports. Florez called the Assembly Agriculture Committee “cowards” and charged that their inaction on the bills signaled that they were “willing to wait for another death, another injury, another sickness,” the AP reported. See also: The voluntary marketing agreement is administered by the state of California but was drafted by food producers, according to previous media reports. Florez has claimed that self-regulation has done little to improve food safety. Even if the bills had passed, it’s unclear if they would have become law, because California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has indicated that he prefers the voluntary approach, the Visalia Times-Delta reported today. Jun 28, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Blocking proposals stemming from notorious foodborne-disease outbreaks last year, a California State Assembly committee yesterday rejected one bill aimed at reducing contamination in leafy greens and stalled voting on two others, despite the State Senate’s earlier approval of all three. Parra countered that Florez was misinterpreting the committee’s actions, according to the AP report. She said the reason for blocking the bills was that the committee instead supported a new, voluntary marketing agreemennt that allows food products to carry an official seal if they come from producers and processors that have followed good food safety procedures.center_img One of the stalled bills would have required quality standards for irrigation water, prohibited the use of untreated manure as fertilizer, and banned portable toilets from farm fields, according to the AP. The other would have established a state inspection program for leafy vegetables and a recall procedure for contaminated produce. The Western Growers Association, an agricultural group, applauded the Agriculture Committee’s actions, according to a press release yesterday. “We are very pleased with the committee’s decision to stop these pieces of legislation and allow our industry an opportunity to show that the Leafy Greens Handler Marketing Agreement is the most effective approach to ensuring the leafy greens grown, harvested, packed, and shipped to our dinner tables is as safe as scientifically possible,” said Tom Nassif, Western Growers president and chief executive officer, in the press release. Jan 26 CIDRAP News story “California debates produce safety measures” The three bills never progressed past the Assembly’s Agriculture Committee, according to an Associated Press (AP) report today. The committee rejected a bill that would have made it easier for officials to trace contaminated produce and decided not to vote on two other bills, the AP reported. The three bills were proposed by Dean Florez, a Democratic state senator whose district includes part of the Central Valley, the area implicated in the late 2006 Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak linked to lettuce from Taco John’s restaurants in Iowa and Minnesota. The US Food and Drug Administration said lettuce probably caused a nearly simultaneous E coli outbreak linked to Taco Bell restaurants on the East Coast, though the growing area was never identified. California leafy greens marketing agreement Web sitehttp://www.caleafygreens.ca.gov/last_img read more

‘Haley’s Comet’ gets players who fit his offense

first_imgLE’VEON BELL by Smokin’ Jim FrazierRunning the football is an important part of the Steelers offense and their history.Offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s offense is a zone blocking scheme where stretch plays can create cut back lanes to be exploited by a back with some speed and power and they found their man in the second round.Le’Veon Bell (6-2, 245), of Michigan State, is a big back that draws comparison to Eddie George and Steven Jackson.  Bell rushed for 1,793 and 12 touchdowns to lead the Big Ten in 2012.He can step out of tackles, drop his shoulder and plow through contact.  Bell is light on his feet, displays an effective spin move and hurdling ability in the open field.Rashard Mendenhall plays for the Arizona Cardinals, so Bell will compete with Issac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer for the starting running back position.The Steelers were looking for a player who has the speed to stretch the field the way that former receiver Mike Wallace could do.Wide-receivers are the engines that drive the high-flying, big-yardage offenses across the league and the Steelers found a replacement for Wallace in the third round.Markus Wheaton (5-11, 185) set the Oregon State school record for career receptions with 227.  He led the team in receiving with 91 catches for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012.Wheaton, is a speedster, who also ran track for the Beavers and he joins Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Plaxico Burress to give quarterback Ben Roethlisberger a dangerous group of receivers.Editor’s Note: To keep up with the latest news, opinion, lifestyles, sports and entertainment go to the Apple Store or Google Play and download the New Pittsburgh Courier App for iPhone, iPad or android devices. It’s free! Check it out and let us know what you think!last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Leafs Hockey Club

first_imgMallard’s Source for sports would like to add to the Leafs success with Team of the Week honours.Leafs include back row, L-R, Carsen Willans, Blair Andrews, Austin Lindsay, Rayce Miller, Robson Cramer, Alec Wilkinson and Nolan Percival.Middle, stickboy Hayden Whitman, Austin Seaman, Aaron Dunlap,Troy Petrick, Adam Hodge, Patrick Croome, Kyle Clayton, Brandon Sookro, Rayce Miller, Nick Trefry and trainer Corey Niminken.Front, Brad Rebagliati, Travis Wellman, assistant coach Stathis Dimopoulos, Jamie Vlanich, head coach Frank Maida, Darnel St.Pierre, assistant coach Sean Dooley, Linden Horswill, goalie coach Bill McDonnell, Adam Maida and stickboy Aiden Osaka.Missing trainers Justin Willans, Derek Jackman and Shawn Badger. The Nelson Leafs gave Heritage City fans a taste of everything this Junior B season as the club played well into April for the first time in a few years.Fans attending Friday’s Cyclone Taylor Cup preliminary round contest between Nelson and KIJHL champion Beaver Valley Nitehawks said the battle was one of the best games the NDCC Arena has seen in years.last_img read more

VWSA wins huge Polo export order

first_img20 November 2009Volkswagen South Africa is set to double the number of cars it exports from its plant in the Eastern Cape, after the company won an order to export 55 000 new-generation Polos to countries including the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and Singapore in 2010.The contract, which follows from a multi-billion rand investment programme by the automaker and its component suppliers, will also see the export of 19 000 of the cars to right-hand-drive country destinations around the world by the end of 2009.This will double Volkswagen SA’s total exports from approximately 28 500 in 2009 to 55 000 in 2010. Production of the new Polo hatch began at the Uitenhage plant in July, and the vehicle is due to go on sale in South Africa from early 2010.“By the end of 2009, Volkswagen South Africa will have invested R3.5-billion in new plant, local content development and new product,” VW South Africa MD David Powels said at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park in Uitenhage this week.“A further R500-million will be invested in 2010 to complete the process and ensure that the company is well placed to capture future opportunities both in the South African and global markets.”Supplier investmentAccording to the company, one of the key factors enabling it to secure the contract was the investment of approximately R600-million by suppliers, including Rehau, Bentler, Flextech, Faurecia and Grupo Antolin, in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP).“The investment on the part of these five suppliers into the NMBLP has resulted in the creation of 685 highly skilled, new jobs in the Metro with upside potential in coming months,” Powels said.This has enabled the company to increase local content of the new-generation Polos from below 40% to in excess of 70%.“The establishment of the NMBLP has been a crucial step in the process to enable Volkswagen to become a globally competitive manufacturer of vehicles in the Eastern Cape,” he said.As a result of the suppliers’ investment in the park, 77% of suppliers to Volkswagen of South Africa are now based in Nelson Mandela Bay – a factor Powels described as critically important in Volkswagen’s globalisation strategy.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report — June 27th, 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Much Needed Rain Helped Crop ConditionsRain throughout the state brought relief to many areas while pockets of dryness persisted, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 26th. Storms passed through the state midweek, boosting soil moisture levels on average, but farmers observed everything from parched ground to standing water, sometimes within the same county. Some wind damage was reported, and other local instances of severe weather was reported throughout the state. Producers are largely finished with planting, though some double crop soybeans will be planted after wheat harvest. Crop emergence is steady, and conditions improved with the much needed rain. With the planting finished, growers are focusing on applying nitrogen to corn, spraying herbicide, starting wheat harvest, and cutting hay.Read the full report herelast_img read more

Upcoming Webinar – Hidden Heroes: Caregiver Stress and What to Do About It

first_imgPlease join us Wednesday, May 17 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, for our free webinar entitled ‘Hidden Heroes: Caregiver Stress and What to Do About It.’In this session we will address family caregiving: its role in society, the stress associated with it and the impact caregiving stress can have on a person. Additionally, we will discuss how military helping professionals can assist family caregivers.Presenter:Denise Miner-Williams, PhD, RN brings to the table 39 years of nursing background. Dr. Miner-Williams is an adjunct associate professor with University of Health Sciences San Antonio medical school, a retired Army Nurse Corps officer, and active as an Advance Care Planning Certified Facilitator and with ABODE Contemplative Home for the Dying. For over ten years she has worked with family caregivers with the Stress-Busting Program for Family Caregivers in San Antonio, TX. On a personal note, she remains involved with the military life having three children as Army officers. She also understands the role of family caregiver having had a daughter with dual diagnosis.Continuing Education Credit Available!The MFLN Military Caregiving concentration has applied for 1.0 continuing education credit from The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work for credentialed participants. Certificates of Completion will also be available for training hours as well.Interested in Joining the Webinar?To join this event, simply click on “Hidden Heroes: Caregivers Stress and What to Do About It” The webinar is hosted by the Department of Defense APAN system, but is open to the public.If you cannot connect to the APAN site, an alternative viewing of this presentation will be running on YouTube Live. Mobile options for YouTube Live are available on all Apple and Android devices. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on May 12, 2017.last_img read more

It took him two years, but he finally got to London all the way from China on a rickshaw

first_imgLondon’s Chinatown is hosting an unusual Olympic fan- A farmer who says he has cycled on a rickshaw all the way from China for the games. Chen Guanming, 57, says he undertook the two-year trip to support the athletes and “spread the Olympic spirit.” He is also seeking a last-minute ticket to attend Friday’s opening ceremony.He said Thursday his extraordinary journey began in April 2010 in his village in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. Over the next two years, he said he covered 16 countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, Turkey and Italy. He arrived in Britain by a ferry from France on July 6, he said.His rickshaw, loaded with his possessions, is plastered with pictures of him posing in front of international landmarks like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.last_img read more

Trans Tasman Tour Diary – Kristy Brennan

first_imgAustralian Mixed Open player, Kristy Brennan tells www.austouch.com.au about her day on tour on Friday, which involved the ANZAC Day service and the first game of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Dear Diary,I was very excited waking up this morning knowing it was finally game day! A few made the early start and attended Mudgee’s ANZAC Day dawn service in town.There was a positive vibe entering the breakfast room this morning as I feel all three teams have been waiting for this day to arrive. The Women’s team were celebrating the young Kim Sue See’s 18th birthday. I can only imagine the overwhelming feeling of being on debut for your country and also celebrating your 18th birthday.It wasn’t long after breakfast that we were ready to leave to go march in the ANZAC Day service. It was a great honour and I feel we are all very lucky to be able march and play on a day that has such a rich history to our country and to our neighbours across the ditch. I would personally like to thank the community of Mudgee for allowing us to share in their service and for the support we received while walking down Elin’s favourite street, ‘Mortimer’ Street. Glen, our Australian photographer, seemed to be everywhere, as he was taking pictures behind us then as we would look forward, he would be right there in front of us. Great athleticism Glen!I hope our Flag Bearers’ arms weren’t too sore after carrying the Australian flag throughout the streets of Mudgee during the march. It must have been a great feeling and honour and one I hope to experience one day. Congratulations to Kristin, Matt and Steve for leading our contingent from the front. Once back at the Parklands Resort we had time to relax, enjoy lunch, have a nanna nap (Lambo), and take plenty of photos for Instagram (Laura, Yasmin and Patricia). I even had a visit from my wonderful fiancé, Craig. Before leaving to go to the fields, there was a quick trip to the physio to get my ankles strapped (thanks Jude), and I was enlightened by the conversation between the Doc and Elin about the benefits of Vitamin B. Steph and I were also surprised when we saw the Doc eat the stem of a pear!On the bus the tunes were pumping but they were short lived as it is only a five minute trip to the fields! The team entered the grounds together and were allowed the opportunity to explore the field prior to the game. The butterflies were well and truly flying in my stomach when walking onto the field again. The memories of Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium are all positive for me as it was this time two years ago that we were successful over New Zealand in the Trans Tasman series. Boots were on, GPS trackers set and it was time to get down to business. As Springy said, “Double time today people! Who’s ready to get to work?” It was clear in the warm up that we were all ready for work and to work for your mates either side of you on the field. Walking back from warm up, Cameron shared some words of wisdom on the meaning of love!In the sheds for the last time before taking the field, the love was shared by wishing each other good luck. A big shout out to our debutants Laura, Bundy, Sammy, Yasmin, Springy and Langy. Also Justin who has played before but somehow that didn’t count.I know we couldn’t have asked for a better result after day one of the 2014 Trans Tasman series. After scoring two touchdowns myself, our Mixed team was successful 10-2. The Women’s had a win 8-6 with the birthday girl scoring a hat-trick, congratulations Kimmy! And Trady’s Men are on their way to winning back the trophies with an outstanding 10-6 win.After the celebrations at the field, there was a quick dinner stop at KFC on the way home, much to Mick’s disgust (even though he ordered a pizza down the road). Then it was time to recover and focus on the challenging task ahead.Bring on day two! Good luck to our three teams for tomorrow and goodnight.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksKristy Brennan Tour Diarylast_img read more

Mississippi State Releases Hype Video For Arkansas Game

first_imgA general view of Mississippi State's football field.STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 13: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Mississippi State Bulldogs on October 13, 2012 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Mississippi State can no longer win the SEC West after a loss to Alabama this past Saturday, but the Bulldogs still have a lot to play for. MSU, at 7-3, still has a chance to post a 10-win season for just the fourth time in school history. The Bulldogs will need to get things started with a strong bounce-back performance against red-hot Arkansas this weekend.Wednesday, the school released a two-minute hype video to tease the contest. Check it out:The Bulldogs and the Razorbacks are set for a 7:00 PM ET kick off.last_img read more