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October 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe parking lot that connects the station with State Street lacks style (probably not included in the budget). The sidewalk along Liberty Street where it goes under the railroad bridge is narrow and disgusting.(It’s too late now, but a tunnel from the city parking lot on the southwest corner of Liberty and Broadway would have been nice and made for a better connection with all the public buildings on that side of the tracks: City Hall, County Library, Post Office, and Union College).I have only one criticism of the interior of the station: At least one of those huge screens, instead of touting Schenectady’s glorious past, should be dedicated to showing, in real time, the progress of regional trains on the same map that one can already download from the Internet. Such a display, indeed, would be a local attraction.Roger ShefferSchenectady Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionImprove access to new railroad stationThere has been talk about making Schenectady a destination worthy of its new Amtrak Station.It already is worthy; the connections have to be put in place, to the Mohawk Harbor, to the Stockade, even to the downtown which, though close by, lacks a dignified entrance to the beautiful new station. The sidewalk under the railroad bridge is often littered, slippery and full of cigarette smoke. Enjoyed the holiday display in NiskayunaI just wanted to thank the families on Lexington Parkway in Niskayuna for creating a scene that seemed straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Your luminaries cast a tranquil glow and looked so beautiful on Christmas Eve.Rosemary PodbielskiNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccinelast_img read more

October 20, 2020 | |Post a Comment

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October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGoogle Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Linkedin Facebook PDI-P Golkar Gerindra-Party RUU-PKS family-resilience-bill Islamic-conservatism house-of-representatives Following the revelation of controversial articles in the family resilience bill, major political parties have begun challenging it, claiming that the parties had never wanted the draft to enter the legislative process.  Although the bill is currently included in the 2020 National Legislation Program (Prolegnas), the three largest parties in the House of Representatives — the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), the Golkar Party and the Gerindra Party — have denied they were officially supporting the bill, saying any expression of support came from individual members acting on their own.PDI-P lawmaker Diah Pitaloka, who is a member of the House Commission VIII overseeing religious and social affairs, said the party had already issued an official rejection of the draft of the bill since it was brought to the House’s legislation body (Baleg)…. Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register herelast_img read more

October 16, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Press Release,  Weather Safety Harrisburg, PA – As forecasts call for heavy rain and flash flooding through Wednesday, the Wolf Administration is acting to ensure all state agencies and related organizations are providing Pennsylvanians with the necessary information and services they need to stay safe during this weather event.“My overriding goal is to make sure Pennsylvanians are safe and protected,” Governor Wolf said. “Our state agencies and partner organizations are working together across communities and counties to help everyone affected by this severe rain to obtain up-to-date information and services as needed.”The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was activated this morning at PEMA with staff in the Situation Awareness, Logistics, and Plans Support sections to plan operations and staffing throughout the rest of the week.Part of the operations order that initiates the activation requires that staff from the following agencies and organizations are on-site at PEMA Wednesday morning: Pennsylvania State Police; the departments of Military of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection, Human Services, Transportation, and Health; the Office of the State Fire Commissioner, the Fish and Boat Commission, The Public Utility Commission, the Turnpike Commission, and The American Red Cross.Additional agencies not covered under the activation were asked to continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to staff the CRCC if the need arises.State agencies continue to monitor the forecast for numerous storms which are forecast to bring significant amounts of rain and flooding to already saturated areas across southcentral, northcentral and eastern Pennsylvania through late tomorrow.The risk of flash flooding is high as the storms move from south to north throughout Wednesday. Numerous small streams and creeks have flooded, closing roads and forcing some evacuations. There are limited power outages and no major road closures.Pennsylvanians are encouraged to follow ReadyPA on Twitter @ReadyPA and Facebook for the latest on the weather and how to prepare, and motorists can check road conditions on over 40,000 miles of roadway at 511PA.com.PennDOT cautions motorists to remember to never drive through flooded roadways, as it takes just two feet of fast-moving water to float a car. Anyone who drives around barriers intended to close a road can face increased penalties if emergency responders are called to rescue motorists who disregard traffic control signs. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 24, 2018center_img State Activates Commonwealth Response Center Due to Severe Weather, Agencies to Report Wednesday Morninglast_img read more

October 6, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThis striking pyramid of Via 57 West is offering affordable rentals via a lotto that will see the lucky winners pay less than half market rent. Photo: Richard Berenholtz. Supplied: The Durst OrganisationHousing affordability is a barbecue stopper issue in Australia, but no-one does expensive rentals like New York City.One of the latest entries in the affordability stakes is Via 57 West located at 625 West 57th Street, New York — a striking wedge-shaped structure that at first glance looks like an aerated Sydney Opera House sail broke free and drifted to Manhattan.Via 57 West offers a whole new level of “affordable housing” in The Big apple. Photo: Alex Fradkin Supplied: The Durst OrganisationThe eye-catching 35-storey Bjarke Ingels Group tetrahedron design comprises 709 apartments and rises 140 metres above NYC’s Midtown West with views across the Hudson.The central “parkland” is a major sell point. Photographer: Iwan Baan. Supplied: The Durst OrganisationMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoIn this latest rental lottery, 36 units are being made available for qualified households at substantial discounts of over half the current market rate.There’s high-end design and multimillion-dollar views from the apartment. Photographer: Alex Fradkin Supplied: The Durst OrganisationAccording to the guidelines from NYC Housing Connect, a household with an annual income as low as US$51,532 could snag a studio that would normally rent for US$830 per week, for as little as US$330 per week.The developer, The Durst Organisation, receives tax-exemptions in exchange for making the affordable apartments available to low-income households.Among the residential amenities at Via 57 West are 24 hour attended lobby, fitness centre, basketball court, golf simulator, screening room and poker room.The facilities certainly aren’t what you’d expect in affordable housing. Photographer: Iwan Baan. Supplied: The Durst OrganisationNew York City’s history with affordability schemes such as rent control and rent stabilisation date back to the early 1900s, and are designed to ensure tenants aren’t stung by runaway rental increases.Via 57 West is easy to see among it’s more oblong neighbours. Photographer: Iwan Baan. Supplied: The Durst OrganisationFollow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook at Kieran Clair — journolast_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe floating island concept, revealed earlier this year, will now be further studied and developed through a Horizon 2020-funded project Space@Sea that started on 1 November and will run for three years.Under the project, a consortium consisting of seventeen European partners will study the most suitable shape of the floaters to minimise the motions. As a starting point, triangles will be used which also allow for a modular design maximising the flexibility to add and remove deck space and applications if necessary. Offshore specialists will contribute to design a shared mooring solution in combination with a remote monitoring and sensing system to reduce installation and maintenance costs.Of the total project cost of EUR 7.6 million, the Horizon 2020 programme will support it with approx. EUR 6.8 million, according to the programme’s website.Project coordinator Maarten Flikkema from MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) said: “The three year project can be regarded as a success if the modular design of the multi-use platform has successfully been validated in a relevant environment at model scale.”This summer, MARIN carried out research using computer simulations and model tests in its Offshore Basin (40 x 40 m) in which wind, waves and currents can be simulated at scale.The concept for a floating mega island could provide, inter alia, future-proof living and working space at sea for developing, generating, storing, and maintaining renewable energy, including offshore wind.Within the Space@Sea project, four applications will be studied: farming, transport and logistics hub, energy hub and living. To show the potential of multi-use modular floating islands, Space@Sea will conclude with the evaluation of three business cases with combinations of applications for various locations throughout Europe.Three specific islands will be validated and demonstrated as part of Space@Sea: an energy hub in the North Sea, aquaculture in the Mediterranean and a floating logistics hub in the Black Sea.last_img read more

September 28, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgMaldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) late last year won a contract by the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure, Republic of Maldives, in relation to the development of Maafushi, Island, South Male’ Atoll.The proposed project involves land reclamation in the shallow lagoon on the southern side of the island and shore protection works.As part of this program, a total of 1110 meters of revetment will be installed and 25 hectares of land will be reclaimed, as per the speed of MTCC’s trailing suction hopper dredger ‘Mahaa Jarraaf‘, within an estimated 75 days.The reclamation concept is a detached separate island connected to the main island via a causeway. The proposed reclamation design by the ministry is based on introducing more beach areas during reclamation rather than constructing a surrounding shore protection.The value of the contract is estimated at approximately $6.4 million. The dredging activities for the project commenced in the 4th quarter of 2019 and are expected to be completed in the 3rd quarter of 2021.Overall, MTCC aims to conclude the entire operation within 249 days. The project was awarded to MTCC by the Ministry on August 27 and is a key electoral pledge to the people of Maafushi.The development of Maafushi, an inhabited island of 39.6 hectares with the second largest population within the administrative islands of Male’ Atoll, forms part of the Ministry of National Planning and Infrastructure’s strategic plan to bring a solution to the high demand of residential plots on the island. The project will serve the Ministry’s reclamation concept in connecting a detached separate island to the main island via a causeway, making this part of the Maldives less susceptible to erosion.The project will consist of suitable dredged material by hydraulic dredge and pipeline for a fill of the reclamation area and for slope protection in revetments.The work also includes dredging to required depths of 50 feet, with a maximum permissible over dredging of 0.3 m below the specified maximum depth.During the 4th quarter of 2019, MTCC has executed 5 climate change adaptive dredging and reclamation projects. Among these 2 projects were completed. These include:· Land Reclamation and Shore Protection at K. Thilafushi Project· Land Reclamation and Shore Protection at K. Huraa Project· Expansion of Maadhoo Island Project· Land Reclamation and Shore Protection at G. Dh. Faresmaathodaa· Land Reclamation and Shore Protection at K. GuraidhooThis was followed by several subsequent projects, including land reclamation activities for the airport development of H. Dh. Kulhudhuffushi, Sh. Funadhoo, and Ha. Hoarafushi in 2019, for which 345,000 sqm were reclaimed. The company also carried out reclamation at K. Kagi and K. Maavaru lagoons as private projects, which are a part of tourism property development.Since the company’s inception, it has been involved in projects that enable national development. Dredging and reclamation, which is one of the company’s core activities was started in 1985, with just a few excavators.Some significant challenges faced during the Maafushi land reclamation project include the proposed reclamation area being susceptible to constant erosion due to being too close to the wave; break and high current.The Maafushi Reef is a large reef system with a surface area over 771 Ha. The physiographic features of the lagoon system including live coral cover zones around the project site. As with project sites in other remote and environmentally significant locations in the Maldives, in the case of K. Maafushi, environmental impact assessment is key.Also, proper shore protection needs to be implemented while or immediately after reclamation. Also, the proposed reclamation area can be too far inside the atoll, resulting in longer pumping cycles, reducing the efficiency of the project.Additionally, the proposed borrow area can be too far away from the reclamation area, resulting in longer pumping cycles, reducing the efficiency of the project.Further, in the case of remote island locations in the Maldives, MTCC has to import all materials required for project execution. Basic facilities such as temporary accommodation, jetties needed to be built, and various equipment mobilized over long distances.Note: The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinions of DredgingToday.com.last_img read more

September 26, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Tweet 20 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! LocalNews ALBA Cultural assists Dominica through Cultural Promotion Training Programme by: – April 18, 2012 Sharecenter_img Share Share Waitukubuli Dance Theatre Company performance during the opening of 2011 Independence celebrations at the Old Mill Cultural CentreCultural leaders and teachers in Dominica have been participating in a cultural promotion training programme organized by the Division of Culture and supported by ALBA Cultural. The programme which began in January involves week long workshops in various districts around the island. These workshops are being facilitated by Cuban cultural trainer, Professor Aida Martin Rodriguez with support from staff of the Division of Culture. Just about 100 persons have participated in the programme.The training programme introduced participants to the basics of cultural theory and the design and planning of cultural programmes and highlighted the importance of research and evaluation, teamwork and cooperation and the need to increase people’s participation in cultural activities. The central role of the school in the transmission of cultural knowledge and as cultural centres within the community was also underscored.Participants were given the opportunity to analyse the cultural situation in their respective communities and schools and to develop practical project ideas and plans to be implemented over the next few months.The Division of Culture will work closely with cultural leaders and school teachers in terms of follow up, monitoring progress of their plans, projects and activities. The intention is to strengthen cultural work in the communities and in the school system. The current cultural training programme is one of ten cultural projects being implemented in Dominica under the ALBA Cultural programme. Other projects approved by ALBA Cultural for Dominica include training in the arts, folk music recordings, publications, the upgrading of the Arawak House of Culture, research, film production and video archive preservation among others.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

September 22, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgRelatedPosts Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon How we got rights to broadcast Live German Bundesliga matches – OurTv Borussia Dortmund have signed Brazilian attacking midfielder Reinier from Real Madrid on a two-year loan deal, the German Bundesliga club announced on Wednesday.Having come through the youth ranks at Rio de Janeiro-based Flamengo, Reinier won the double of domestic title and Copa Libertadores with the Brazilian side in 2019. The 18-year-old moved from Flamengo to Real Madrid for a reported 30 million euros ($35.84 million) in January, but is yet to make his senior debut for the La Liga club.“Reinier is a player who possesses enormous talent and can be deployed in various attacking positions,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.“We’ve been keeping tabs on the lad for over two years; in addition to his outstanding technical qualities, he also boasts a strong physical presence.“Following the long break from competitive football, we’ll give him the necessary time to adapt to professional football in Germany and he can then be an additional option for us going forward.”Reinier, a Brazil Under-23 international, follows the footsteps of Moroccan full back Achraf Hakimi, who spent two years on loan at Dortmund before Real sold him to Inter Milan last month. “The club is known for its focus on young players and improving them,” Reinier said. “I would like to learn a lot and play a lot here, help the team and be successful.”—Tags: Borussia DortmundBrazilGerman BundesligaReal MadridReinierlast_img read more

September 21, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Press Association Yet while Mourinho was more than happy with the contribution of Azpilicueta, he fully expects the 33-year-old Cole to soon return to his best. “I can make mistakes, I can be unfair, for sure I am and for sure I do that, but I always give a lot of thought to my decisions,” said Mourinho. “I decided for Azpilicueta to play against Schalke and he was fantastic. On Saturday he was very good again. “Ashley is a top professional, he is a fighter. He has to work hard, to fight hard because the place (in the team) is his place. “Of course it is not Azpilicueta’s best position, and it is not a position where Ashley can think that he is in trouble now. “No, he has to just to work and fight and the position is there waiting for him, no problem.” Mourinho feels his team will grow in confidence for the battles ahead with the manner in which they refused to take defeat against West Brom after falling behind to second-half goals from Shane Long and Stephane Sessegnon. “When they scored second it is easy to die, especially for a team who played two days ago and had players who were tired,” said Mourinho. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is confident “fighter” Ashley Cole will soon be back in top form. “I risked and gambled a lot, but the players have to accept that if they are scared of it, then I can’t do it. “Everything we did was because of a strong personality. “We had a bad result, because drawing at home to West Brom isn’t a good result, but we rescued a point.” Mourinho – who returned to take charge at Stamford Bridge for a second spell earlier this summer – may have come within touching distance of what would have been a first defeat in 66 Premier League home games, but the Portuguese coach insists he would not be concerned to see such an impressive statistic consigned to the history books. “The opposition can think about it, but I don’t,” the 50-year-old said. “My record is good enough to lose a game and accept it that the record finishes. “I have a record that I have accumulated with my English football, Italian football and Spanish football – and Portuguese football. “When I lost that first game at home in Madrid I went to the opposition dressing room to say ‘well done for ending my record’. Here I will do the same when that day comes.” The England left-back, who missed the final World Cup qualifiers because of a rib injury, was again on the bench as the Blues battled to a dramatic 2-2 draw with West Brom at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, when a controversial stoppage-time penalty from Eden Hazard rescued a point. Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta has slotted into the left-back spot in Chelsea’s last two matches while reports have also linked the Blues with Sevilla’s 21-year-old talent Alberto Moreno as Cole’s long-term replacement. last_img read more