first_imgThe Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is continuing to protect the roads from flooding effects, particularly around Lake Champlain and the Islands. While lake levels have crested and are beginning to recede, strong winds from the north are now continuing to affect some roads.  VTrans is monitoring the situation, and taking immediate action when needed to shore up the roads affected.  Traffic controls are also in place to assist construction vehicles for road improvement operations that continue throughout the day in some areas.  Delays can be expected along Route 2 between Milton and the Islands.  Travelers are cautioned to please drive slowly and, if possible, to avoid the area during commuting times.  Road work is expected to continue throughout the area until at least Wednesday. Road Updates as of Monday, 4 pm: Ongoing Areas of Concern: Route 2 / Sandbar / Causeway:   Water is still over the road surface (up to 6 inches in some areas), and travel is slow.  VTrans has completed installation of jersey barriers which are intended to delineate the edge of the roadway and keep debris out of the travel way.  Crews have armored the south side of the causeway with large stone and are currently working on armoring the north side of the causeway.  Crews expect to be done with armoring the causeway by Wednesday. Route 2 / City Bay  and Carry Bay:  Crews have worked to armor portions of the banks with large stone.  Armoring work is complete for now, but is being monitored. Route 2 / Alburgh-North Hero Bridge / ‘Mother’s Bend’:  Crews have worked to armor portions of the banks with large stone.  Armoring work is complete for now, but is being monitored. Route 2 / Just north of Alburgh-North Hero Bridge:  Crews have installed jersey barrier and built up the roadbed with crushed stone.  The work is done, and the area is being monitored. Route 78 / Swanton:  Crews continue to armor the banks with large stone, and build berms to keep debris out of the road.  Crews expect to be done with the armoring by Wednesday.  Delineators have been installed to define the edge of the roadway.  Road is now clear of water. Route 129 / Ilse La Motte:  Traffic down to one lane as crews continue to armor the causeway with large stone, and build berms to keep debris out of the road.  Crews expect to be done with the armoring by Wednesday.  Areas with water over the road are being constantly monitored. Travelers should proceed with caution. Route 17 in Chimney Point (previously closed) remains open. I-89 Southbound in Milton reduced to one-lane traffic due to instability of the right lane. Route 118 between Montgomery and Belvidere is down to one lane in  multiple locations. These are extended events that will last until further notice. Route 122 in Lyndon, between the Interstate and Wheelock Road, is down to one lane due to slope failure.  This will be an extended event that will last until further notice. Route 114 between Canaan and Island Pond, through Norton, is down to one lane in several areas due to multiple slope failures. State Road Closures: Route 7 / Highgate / ‘Tyler Place’:   Closed due to flooding and debris.  Area is being monitored and we anticipate being able to open the road later in the week. Route 36 in St. Albans, between Georgia Shore Road and McQuam Road, is closed due to flooding. Motorists are advised to avoid this section of roadway. We anticipate an extended closure. Route 125 near Chimney Point is closed approximately 13 miles west of Middlebury.  Smugglers Notch, Jeffersonville to Stowe, remains closed, weather pending. Note that the Chimney Point and Grand Isle ferries are still running on schedule.last_img read more

first_img April 1, 2004 Associate Editor Regular News Children’s legal services tag clears hurdles Jan Pudlow Associate Editor After assurances that 100 percent of revenues will go toward providing legal representation for disabled, abused, and neglected children, both the House Subcommittee on Highway Safety and the House Transportation Committee unanimously approved a specialty tag called “Kids Deserve Justice.”“It will be 100 percent. Can’t get any better than that,” said Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, who sponsored the tag that would be administered by The Florida Bar Foundation.In the elevator on the way to the subcommittee meeting room on March 11, Mahon said someone saw his poster-sized mock-up of the proposed tag of a boy and girl sitting on the scales of justice, groaned, and said, “Oh, no, not another license plate.”But, Mahon, an attorney, told the subcommittee: “I hope this is one you will find in your hearts to support.”Rep. Mitch Needelman, R-Palm Bay, wanted more specifics on the breakdown of market costs, administration costs, and how much of the proceeds will actually be spent on legal representation of children.As for administrative costs, Steve Metz, The Florida Bar’s legislative counsel, said: “The beauty of this setup is that we already have the infrastructure in place through the longstanding Florida Bar Foundation.”Metz said the target group to buy the specialty plate is Florida’s 70,000 lawyers, and because The Florida Bar Foundation already has such a recognized “brand name,” the market survey predicts between $1.5 and $2 million in sales a year.Rep. Stan Jordan, R-Jacksonville, told Mahon with a grin: “I appreciate the great contribution lawyers are making. If they collect the money (for the tags) and it buys legal services, it’s kind of like putting a pay toilet in your home. It will go from legal proceeds to legal expenditures. But it’s still great.”Joking aside, Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton, an attorney, said, “Really, you are giving kids a voice who haven’t had a voice. The money is going to go to pay costs associated with these kids having some sort of representation, trying to get access to justice. I think it’s a great tag and I ask if I can co-sponsor this bill.” Kids deserve justicelast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Donald Trump is expected to visit Long Island on Wednesday to discuss the street gang MS-13 — the president’s second visit to LI in less than a year for the same reason.U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) said Trump invited the congressman to attend a forum on the ultraviolent transnational gang. It will be held at the Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, a White House official confirmed.“The Congressman has had multiple conversations with the White House about the problems of MS-13 on Long Island,” said King’s spokesman, Kevin Fogarty. “The White House is the one who initiated the forum for next week.”The White House did not immediately have further details on the planned visit. Trump visited the Island in July to discuss a crackdown on the gang, which authorities have blamed for dozens of murders in Nassau and Suffolk counties.The case that prompted Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to visit Suffolk last year was a quadruple murder in Central Islip. Members of the MS-13 have been arrested in that case.The president also referenced Long Island’s gang problem during his first State of the Union speech in January. He congratulated Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Celestino Martinez for leading an operation to track down the gang’s members on LI and called attention to four of his guests, the parents of Brentwood teenagers Nisa Mickens and Kayla Cuevas, who were both killed by the gang in 2016.Trump has said MS-13 is an example of why Congress should approve more funding for federal immigration agents and pass his four-part immigration plan. The proposal would end the visa lottery, complete the wall along the US-Mexico border, end chain migration and create a path to citizenship for 1.8 undocumented immigrants whose parents brought them to America as minors.During his last visit, Trump likened the gang members to animals who “transformed peaceful parks and beautiful quiet neighborhoods into blood-stained killing fields.”last_img read more

first_imgNZ Herald 22 July 2015At first glance, the profiles seem innocent enough. There’s Lucy, 31, from Rochester, who enjoys cooking, theatre and books, and Jack, 46, from Hampshire, who describes himself as a “laid-back character who travels a lot with work and loves music and sport”.Some of the requests even sound rather sweet. Matthew, a 59-year-old Londoner, hopes to meet a woman to “chat about life in general, politics, faith and social justice”, while Sally, 43, from Hertfordshire, wants “someone to keep me on my toes and make my pulse race”.They could all be hopefuls on an ordinary dating website – one of the many that have sprung up in recent years to help single men and women find love through the internet.But these profiles are far more sinister than that. For the people behind them are all, in fact, married. They are signed up to Ashley Madison, a controversial website that promotes and caters for extra-marital affairs.One can only imagine the huge wave of terror felt by them yesterday when a group of hackers threatened to reveal the identities of Ashley Madison’s members.One of the site’s many opponents, a secretive group calling themselves The Impact Team, claim to have hacked into the online database and stolen the details and private messages. They warn that unless the site is shut down with immediate effect, they will expose its 37 million cheating users worldwide by publishing their names, addresses and explicit images online. read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich — For college seniors, now is the time to start seriously considering colleges of interest. One of the most daunting tasks associated with this process is figuring out how to pay for a future in higher education. Alpena High School is offering parents and student help in this area.An informational meeting will be held Tuesday evening for anyone interested in learning about ways to pay for college. Counselors will discuss things to look for when narrowing down schools and offsetting costs.Advise Michigan counselor, Khindra Clarke will also be available to offer career and technical training advice. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and will last about an hour. Parents who can’t make it can call their child’s advisor, at (989)358–5200AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Sanborn Elementary School hosts American heroes on Veterans DayNext Police offer tips to reduce winter accidents after seeing spike in crasheslast_img read more