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Who are quiet trains really serving?

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Dec. 3 article, “Laying off the horn: Schenectady seeks rail quiet zone”: I understand the desire for quiet trains. But there have been noisy trains on the tracks in the north end of the city long before any of us were around. Countless souls have lived and many still live side-by-side with those tracks, the trains,and the noise.And now, instead of a factory building trains across Maxon Road, you have people with money who must have quiet. So when you point to those moneyed folks to justify a quiet zone, are you labeling one side of the tracks as the right side and the other as perhaps the wrong side? Shame on you.James FogartySchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Troopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Anderson starts, but Dodgers finish off NLCS winSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musiclast_img read more

Jebel Ali Port welcomes giant HMM boxship

first_imgEarlier this month, DP World’s flagship Jebel Ali Port welcomed HMM Gdansk, one of the world’s largest container vessels which is now on the return leg of its maiden international voyage between the Far East and Europe. “We are honoured to welcome HMM Gdansk and her crew, who are steadfastly plying the global shipping routes to keep essential trade flowing. It’s something we could closely identify within DP World, especially as our teams kept critical supplies such as food and medicines moving smoothly through Jebel Ali during the recent lockdown,” Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, commented. DP World/Jebel Ali Port The 29,964 HMM Gdansk is one of twelve vessels ordered by South Korea’s carrier HMM from Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine & Engineering (DSME) and Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI). The ship was completed by DSME in June 2020, according to data provided by VesselsValue. The giant boxship arrived from DP World’s London Gateway at the port before sailing to Singapore, its next call in a journey that began in Busan, South Korea on 29 June, with calls at Yantian, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp. “Our early investment in digital technology and automation ensured we faced minimal disruption at Jebel Ali Port. We employ today’s frontline technologies like robotics, automation, Internet of Things, Big Data, virtual reality and cybersecurity to build and sustain our efficiencies,” he added. Jebel Ali is one of the few ports in the Arabian Gulf region that can accommodate mega vessels with the capability to handle ten at a time. It has a total handling capacity of 22.4 million TEU. Flying the flag of Panama, it features a length of 399.9 metres and a width of 61 metres. As an integrated multi-modal hub offering sea, air and land connectivity, complemented by logistics facilities, Jebel Ali Port plays a vital role in the UAE economy. It is a gateway for over 80 weekly shipping services, connecting more than 150 ports worldwide.last_img read more

‘Potterypalooza’ planned in Richmond

first_imgRichmond, In. — On Saturday, September 8 The Richmond Art Museum will host Potterypalooza from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on the front lawn of the Richmond Art Museum.  Potterypalooza is a celebration of ceramics and pottery.Regional ceramic artists will be on hand to sell both hand-made functional ceramics like plates, bowls, and mugs as well as sculpture and art pieces. There will be a Kids Clay Zone for children as well as a wheel demonstration area and a Clay Olympics! Live music will be on hand including John Kogge as well as The Wingwalkers featuring Richmond Symphony Orchestra violinist Doug Hamilton, plus Noah Cope and Michael Kalter. They will play improvisational folk, blues and jazz.Some potters who attended last year were:Ben Clark, Cincinnati; Brian Haviland, Fountain City; Carol Burt, Muncie; Chrissy Trout, Cincinnati; Cornell Studio Supply, Dayton; Debbie Dodge, Martinsville; Earlham College, Richmond; Elisha Frazier, Richmond; Indiana Unviersity East, Richmond;  Jama Young, Plainfield; John Peterson, Albany; Judy Wojcik, Richmond; Lynne Glass, Richmond; Marcia Pendley, Richmond; Millrace Potters Collective, Greenville; Terry Vance, Hillsboro; Walt Schmidt, Bloomington; Bob Reiberg, Indianapolis; Linda Liang, Dayton; Angela Belcher, Cincinnati; John and Christine McKenzie; Cincinnati.last_img read more

Duke tops Port Royal for fourth PASS win of season

first_imgPASS is now averaging 41 cars per appearance at Port Royal in 2019. Saturday’s event had the starting time moved ahead to beat anticipated rain, and the strategy worked, but with occasional rain drops all night. PORT ROYAL, Pa. (May 11) – Ken Duke Jr. outran fellow front-row starter Jonathan Jones for the first-lap lead in Saturday’s Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature at Port Royal Speedway and made that advantage hold up for the 20-lap distance to score a wire-to-wire victory, his fourth of the season.  Jones chased Duke for the entire race and collected his third straight runner-up finish at Port Royal. Roger Irvine, Doug Dodson and Devin Adams completed the top five. Ken Duke Jr.’s fourth Pennsylvania Sprint Series feature win of the season came Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. Zach Newlin, who only qualified for the feature with a last-lap, last-turn pass in his “B” main, advanced from 24th starting spot to 10th, earning the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Burnin’ Rubber Award for hard charger.  Feature results – 1. Ken Duke Jr.; 2. Jonathan Jones; 3. Roger Irvine; 4. Doug Dodson; 5. Devin Adams; 6. Johnny Scarborough; 7. Jaremi Hanson; 8. John Fiore; 9. Jake Frye; 10. Zach Newlin; 11. Cale Reigle; 12. Scott Ellerman; 13. Jake Waters; 14. Ron Aurand; 15. Jimmy White; 16. Dave Wickham; 17. Michael Wenrick; 18. Erin Statler; 19. Jay Krout; 20. Nick Sweigart; 21. Nathan Gramley; 22. Dave Grube; 23. Wally Eshenaur; 24. Ryan Lynn The win was Duke’s second of the year at the Port “Speed Palace.” He has finished no lower than sixth in seven IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car features run so far.With 12 straight green-flag laps to the finish, lapped traffic became an issue, but Duke finessed that issue and held his lead to the end.last_img read more

State officials urge caution during extreme cold period

first_imgPay attention to your body: “Winter weather activities also places particular stress on your heart, particularly when doing strenuous activities like shoveling your snow or outside in the cold,” said Dr. Michael Kaufmann, State EMS Medical Director. View more tips from Dr. Kaufmann.Pack a winter car kit: If you have to leave, be sure your vehicle is equipped with a winter car kit that could save your life if stranded along the road. Blankets and extra clothing are essential, but other important items to remember are jumper cables, phone chargers, first aid kit, ice scraper and a flashlight.Check road conditions before you leave: IDHS hosts a County Travel Advisory Map. Each county reports its current travel conditions, and the county EMA works with local government officials to update changes to travel status when appropriate.Protecting your homeUse caution with alternative heating sources: Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson urges residents to use extreme caution when using alternative heating sources, a major cause of residence fires. Watch a video of Greeson for more tips.Appliances such as ovens should never be used for heating because it can lead carbon monoxide poisoning.Any alternative heating sources should be at least 3 feet from flammable objects and must be turned off before going to bed or leaving the home.Gas fireplaces should have proper ventilation, with a working carbon monoxide detector nearby. White, grayish-yellow skin ShiveringExhaustionFumbling handsSlurred speech, drowsiness Indianapolis, In. — State officials urge Hoosiers to take the necessary precautions this week and prepare for wind chills that could reach as low as -40 degrees in some parts of Indiana.The arctic blast expected overnight Tuesday into Wednesday could be the coldest system to move through Indianapolis in years. Such frigid temperatures can present a variety of challenges and dangers to residents, although many are preventable by Hoosiers taking extra steps both inside and outside of their home.Local emergency crews are preparing for the weather event, and IDHS stands ready to assist if local resources are overwhelmed. The State Emergency Operations Center will continually communicate with Indiana counties to assist with resources and activate the EOC if necessary. Follow the local news media to learn of any school or activity cancellations.Indiana 211 is tracking warming centers as counties across the state prepare for the polar vortex. Citizens looking for warming centers can call 2-1-1 or visit the website. Citizens and local officials are asked to notify Indiana 211 of warming centers available in their area.The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) provide the following information to help residents protect themselves and their property.More information and safety tips are available at GetPrepared.in.gov.If you have to leave your homeDress in layers: “Extreme cold and wind chill can cause serious damage or even death in a matter of minutes,” said State Health Commissioner Dr. Kris Box, FACOG. “Hoosiers can protect themselves by staying indoors, dressing appropriately if they do have to go out and knowing the signs of frostbite and hypothermia so that they can get treatment quickly if they do occur.”Frostbite is a bodily injury caused by freezing that results in loss of feeling and color in affected areas. Damage can be permanent, and severe cases can lead to amputation. The nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers or toes are especially vulnerable. People who have poor blood circulation or are not properly dressed for extreme cold are at greatest risk for frostbite. Hypothermia occurs when the body temperature falls below 95 degrees. Signs of frostbiteSigns of hypothermia Skin that feels unusually firm or waxy Numbness Protect your pipes from freezing: When possible, insulate water pipes on the outside walls of your home, open cabinet doors, maintain a slow drip through faucets and disconnect exterior water hoses.last_img read more

Retirement talk inspires Ireland’s Johnny Sexton, warns Joe Schmidt

first_img Schmidt insists Sexton will start the Six Nations unencumbered, and backed the fly-half to channel all the outside chatter to help produce his best rugby. “One of the massive frustrations for Johnny was that he was bouncing around full of enthusiasm, training, and doing a good job of it,” said Schmidt of Ireland’s Monday training session. “And he feels that this time last year a number of opinions were thrown out there, some by ex-players, who didn’t have the same medical expertise that two of the best guys in Europe did. “And he felt it was probably better to base his opinion on his health and well-being on the expertise rather than someone who had never clinically assessed him, or anyone else for that matter. “That’s a distraction that he found a little bit unfortunate last year. “But at the same time he’s a strong character, Johnny, and he doesn’t get affected too much by those things. “There was a little bit of unsavoury dialogue in the lead-up to the last pool game at the World Cup (against France), in terms of him being targeted. “And if you know how stubborn Johnny is, that’s fuelled the fire. Joe Schmidt believes Johnny Sexton is fed up with being told to retire off the pitch and openly targeted on it – but will turn that frustration into top form in the RBS 6 Nations. Sexton has been passed fit after his head-injury scare in a saga now dating back almost three years that includes 12 weeks sidelined starting in December 2014 after four concussions inside 12 months. Columnist and former Ireland international George Hook has urged Sexton to consider quitting for his long-term health, while Schmidt grew tired of France vowing to hunt down the 30-year-old during the autumn’s World Cup. “He’s incredibly brave as a number 10, he stands his ground as a defender. “You only had to see that, because when he did get back from his lay-off last time he had a big feller come straight down his channel with his forearm, and Johnny grabbed him, held him up, with a little bit of help from his friends, and that’s the nature of him.” Ireland would make history with a third consecutive Six Nations title this year, but Schmidt believes the arrival of Eddie Jones as England boss and Guy Noves leading France will crank up the quality of the competition. “I think he is universally respected,” said Schmidt of Noves. “He’s coached in Toulouse for so long and so successfully that his experience will inevitably bring out a little bit of excitement amongst the players. “Guy will bring a voice of calm and a voice of reason. “His experience will give the players a bit of confidence, and maybe the French public a bit of confidence, that with the success he’s had, that the future for France will be successful as well. “And for Eddie the massive advantage is that he’s got a lot more international experience than I had when I took over Ireland. “Eddie has had some really good success with Australia and that Japan win over South Africa that none of us will ever forget, but they also won two other games that people will maybe forget. “With his experience and previous international success, he knows exactly what it takes to get in front on big days in big international Test matches. “With him and Guy joining the crew it’s going to be a bit tougher again.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Orange takes part in 1st game action as reigning Big East champs, rout Le Moyne in exhibition

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Jenna Caira couldn’t hold back a smile. As she jogged back to the Syracuse dugout, she stuck out her tongue and laughed. She’d just gotten a taste of her own medicine. Caira had struck out looking on a changeup, the same pitch she has perfected as SU’s ace. The same pitch she uses to torment opposing batters. ‘Karma,’ Caira said laughing. ‘Hitting a changeup right now, eh — I’ll work on it with Coach (Wally) King.’ But that one strikeout was the only thing Caira, a junior pitcher, and her teammates did wrong Friday, as they dominated crosstown rival Le Moyne 10-0 to wrap up their fall ball season. Caira and sophomore Stacy Kuwik combined for a two-hit shutout. The overpowering pitching was complemented by a balanced offense in which seven players registered a hit and four drove in at least one run. SU head coach Leigh Ross kept her projected starters out on the field for the first four innings before moving personnel around. That gave fans a brief taste of what to expect come spring, and the lineup already looked to be in good form.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Caira continued right where she left off playing for Team Canada over the summer. Her changeup fooled the Dolphins’ hitters consistently, and five of her six strikeouts came on that pitch. Kuwik replaced her in the top of the fifth and retired all nine batters she faced. ‘They did fantastic,’ Ross said. ‘They have just made huge strides, even from last year. Caira’s experience this summer was fantastic. And (Kuwik) is just even more sharp. I think she’s starting to grow, too, and mature a little bit more.’ The only two hits Le Moyne managed came against Caira, and both were bloopers. One lobbed softly over first baseman Jasmine Watson’s head. The other was an infield single that traveled fewer than 10 feet from home plate. When outfielder Lisaira Daniels was asked about Caira and Kuwik’s performances, her only response was ‘amazing.’ The offense wasn’t far behind, either. The Orange jumped out in front early, with three runs in the top of the first and two more in the top of the second. SU sent eight batters to the plate in each inning. In all, Syracuse sent seven or more batters to the plate in four of its six plate appearances. ‘I think it’s going to be one of our strengths this year is our lineup all the way through,’ Ross said. ‘Good power mixed with speed.’ A good sign for the Orange is that its offensive contributions came from a mix of youth and experience. The four players who drove in runs represented four different classes — from freshman all the way up to senior. Senior Hallie Gibbs and junior Stephanie Watts drove in three runs each. Gibbs reached base in all three of her at-bats, and Watts’ two-run home run to left field put an exclamation point on the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. ‘I think (we did a good job) just hitting the ball solidly,’ Caira said. ‘Getting hits when needed so when there are runners on base, we cash them in.’ That will be something the Orange looks to continue once the regular season rolls around in February. SU is the defending Big East tournament champion and looks to return to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in school history. With that goal in mind, Ross has used the fall ball season as a chance to develop some of the younger players who could make important contributions in the spring. Freshman Shirley Daniels, the sister of Lisaira, will most likely start in right field this season. The aforementioned Watson, who drove in a run on Friday, has a powerful bat and can fill at both first and third. ‘They just fit so well with this team,’ Lisaira Daniels said. ‘They came here wanting to play, and they came with the college mindset already. It’s like we’ve been playing with them for years.’ Once again, Ross will take her squad to a bevy of tournaments to start the season against some of the best teams in the country. Five tournaments will bring the team to Georgia, Alabama, California, Florida and Virginia beginning in mid-February. And after Friday’s blowout win, the Orange will have to try and pick up where it leaves off this fall. ‘We said with this game, we want to set the tone for how we go in the spring,’ Caira said. ‘And I think we did that.’ mjcohe02@syr.edu Published on October 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: mjcohe02@syr.edu | @Michael_Cohen13center_img Commentslast_img read more

Trojans begin the year off to great start

first_imgMaheen Sahoo contributed to this story. Beginning the season with much attention and great anticipation, the No. 1 USC men’s water polo team has surpassed all expectations — at least thus far.Clutch · Senior driver Peter Kurzeka, pictured here during a nonconference clash with UC Santa Barbara last season, has led an impressive array of Trojan attackers with 13 goals in 2011, including three during last weekend’s NorCal tournament. – Daily Trojan file photoThe Trojans (5-0) remain undefeated even after last weekend’s NorCal tournament in Stockton, Calif., which pitted them against some of the toughest teams in the country.USC upended No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 UC Irvine and No. 3 UCLA en route to becoming two-time defending champions of the prestigious early-season tournament.“We played all of our players that traveled, which was 19 players,” USC coach Jovan Vavic said. “And every single player contributed in a positive way. It was really a team-orientated tournament. We didn’t have any major lapses. Overall, I was very impressed.”On Sunday night, USC broke open an early 2-2 deadlock in the first quarter against UCLA with three consecutive goals — two from freshman driver Kosta Genidounias and one from sophomore driver Nikola Vavic.By halftime, after yet another Genidounias goal, the score was 6-4 in favor of the Trojans.Armed with a 10-7 lead with more than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, USC managed to stave off a late UCLA surge to secure the 10-8 victory and repeat as champions.“This really was a complete team effort,” Vavic said. “[Redshirt junior two-meter Brian] Boswell played really well. There were a lot of people who needed to step in and play because [senior two-meter] Matt Burton, our best defender, did not play in this tournament. The players that really gave us a boost when he didn’t play were [sophomore two-meter] Connor Virjee and [redshirt freshman two-meter] Jack Plaga.”In the process, senior goalie Joel Dennerley notched 19 saves against UCLA to break USC’s all-time record of 692 saves.“Joel broke our record in blocks and he was absolutely on fire,” Vavic said. “He really stepped up when we needed him.”Against No. 4 Stanford in the semifinals earlier Sunday afternoon, USC jumped out to a commanding 4-0 lead after the first quarter and ballooned the lead to 10-3 at halftime, effectively punching its ticket to the final match before the second half began.The weekend started with a Friday morning match against West Valley Junior College, a team added to the NorCal Tournament at the last moment to reach a complete 16-team field.West Valley only trailed 4-2 at the end of the first quarter, but could not muster a game plan to neutralize the Trojans, as USC proceeded to outscore West Valley 16-1 over the remainder of the match for a final victory of 20-3.On Saturday, USC endured a sluggish start against No. 6 UC Irvine, with both teams knotted at 2-2 at halftime.Once play resumed, however, the Trojans, on the strength of nine different scorers, exploded for nine goals in the second half while only surrendering two, delivering an 11-4 victory.Despite the well-rounded effort throughout the tournament, one position player stood out to Vavic.Genidounias tallied 12 goals in four games, including five in the final match against UCLA.“[His performance] was definitely a surprise,” Vavic said. “I knew he was an excellent player, but I have many good players play for us and not perform like this in the very first tournament.”Though USC comes away with another tournament title, the coaching staff insists its focus is now on the next match and the team must be prepared for every team’s best shot.“We try to focus on the game, and we have Irvine coming up this Saturday,” Vavic said. “We knew at the beginning of the season that we would be a team to beat. It’s not a secret that we are the favorite to win at the NCAAs. We know what our goal is, and we are trying to do something that has never been done. It’s not going to be easy but we are enjoying this road.”last_img read more

Super Evil Megacorp partners with Alibaba Group, via Alisports

first_imgSuper Evil Megacorp, the developer behind the mobile esports title Vainglory, has announced a new partnership with Alisports, the sports branch of Alibaba Group. Kristian Segerstale, Super Evil MegacorpAlisports is also the host of the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG).Vainglory will expand its esports ecosystem by becoming part of the WESG 2018 lineup. The first mobile only esport integrated with the tournament structure for 2018, Vainglory will stand alongside the other titles which include CS:GO, Dota 2, Hearthstone, and StarCraft II.Chinese e-commerce juggernaut, Alibaba, formed the Alisports division back in 2015 and set their sights on ‘improving the sports industry through technology’.More recently, Alisports secured an Olympics sponsorship deal until 2028 alongside Coca-Cola and Samsung. In 2016 Alisports formed WESG, an international esports tournament that saw 63,000 participants from 125 countries compete for a share of $5.5m (£m). The WESG 2017 Grand Finals are taking place this week in Hainan, China during which time Vainglory will be revealed during a live showcase as the latest title to be added to the WESG 2018 ranks.This will be the first-ever Vainglory 5v5 cross-region esports event, with teams representing the likes of China, Korea, Indonesia, and Singapore. Kristian Segerstrale, CEO of Super Evil Megacorp commented: “We’re extremely excited to partner with Alisports, a brand that is playing a pivotal role in developing the sports and esports industries.“The partnership signifies an important step for Vainglory esports and comes at a perfect time with the recent launch of 5V5. We’re excited to offer our teams a global platform on which to compete and we hope the community will join in to support their local teams competing in WESG.”“Our ambition for the World Electronic Sports Games is to incorporate the most influential titles in each genre in order to unite fans and talent from each corner of the world. Our current line up sees some of the most popular games played and welcomes the best teams. We are always looking to evolve,” said Jason Fung, Global eSports Director of Alisports. “Vainglory is one of the world’s biggest mobile esport with one of the most engaged communities. We’re excited to welcome Vainglory teams and fans to WESG 2018.” Alibaba is of course a major competitor to Tencent too, the company behind League of Legends and Arena of Valor, meaning this rivalry now involves Super Evil Megacorp and Vainglory. Alibaba has also been in the news this week with their esports Olympics ambitions, and the fact that they’re keen to support this goal as long as the titles selected are neither violent nor gory. Alibaba CEO Zhang Dazhong recently stated that they are “pushing for soccer, car racing and other games to be endorsed as an official competitive sport”. The CEO of the company, which it’s worth noting is signed on as a key sponsor of the Olympics until 2028, also stated that “given the fast-moving nature of technology and games, reviewing games annually, as opposed to every four years, would be best for the Olympics.”Esports Insider says: This is huge news for Vainglory and Super Evil Megacorp, and frankly mobile esports in general. A partnership with Alisports is a major achievement; and the company’s commitment in the form of a long term investment into the Olympics, is evidence of their more global aspirations going forward. We look forward to seeing an esports division of the Tencent and Alibaba battle play out too!last_img read more

Alpena Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Assaulting Granddaughter

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis An Alpena man accused of sexually assaulting his granddaughter earlier this year has pleaded guilty.The investigation began in December of 2016, after a child disclosed the sexual assaults to Alpena police officers.53-year-old Douglas Alvin Becker admitted in court that he did sexually assault the victim, who was under the age of 13 at that time.Earlier this week on Monday, Becker pleaded guilty to an amended charge of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree, of a family member, or member of the same household.As part of a settlement agreement he will receive 12.5 to 20 years in prison. The offense was originally a life sentence.Becker will be sentenced later this year in September.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Grand Hotel Celebrates 130th Anniversary!Next Salvation Army of Alpena to Host Free Summer Cookoutlast_img read more