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_imgBy Dialogo October 29, 2010 The sudden death due to a heart attack of former Argentine president Néstor Kirchner, who was sixty years old, led to sorrowful reactions from world leaders and organizations such as the UN, the EU, and the OAS, addressed especially to his widow, President Cristina Kirchner. U.S. President Barack Obama highlighted Néstor Kirchner’s “significant role in the political life of Argentina.” “On behalf of the American people, I offer my sincere condolences to the Argentine people and to President Cristina Fernández,” Obama declared in the statement issued by the White House. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered his “sincere condolences.” “A friend of the United Nations, Mr. Kirchner was a national and international leader who believed in multilateralism,” he emphasized. The president of the European Union (EU), Herman Van Rompuy, said Wednesday that he was “deeply saddened” by the death of the sixty-year-old Kirchner, who died on 27 October of a heart attack. “Receive, dear president and friend Cristina, the affection of the entire Spanish people, which accompanies you in these moments of deep sorrow,” said the message sent to Fernández by Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. The Organization of American States (OAS) lamented the “unexpected” death Wednesday, at a meeting at which the ambassadors of member states observed a moment of silence in honor of his “life of dedication and work.” Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, very close to the Kirchners, lamented the “irreparable loss” of his death, sent a heartfelt message of condolence to his “dear Cristina,” and decreed three days of national mourning. “Ay, my dear Cristina … What sorrow! What great loss has Argentina and Our America suffered! Long live Kirchner forever!” Chávez wrote on the social network Twitter. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva decreed three days of official mourning and defined Kirchner as a “great ally and brotherly friend.” “I always had in Néstor Kirchner a great ally and brotherly friend. His role in the economic, social, and political reconstruction of his country and his efforts in our shared fight for South American integration were noteworthy,” he indicated. For his part, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera sent his “deepest and most heartfelt condolences to President Cristina Fernández and to all the people of Argentina.” Meanwhile, Mexican President Felipe Calderón lamented the death and characterized Kirchner as a “promoter of Latin American unity.” From Colombia, President Juan Manuel Santos asked for a moment of silence for the “great loss.” Néstor Kirchner mediated in the recent establishment of diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela, to the point that he participated in the summit at which the two presidents, Santos and Chávez, agreed to resume ties, on 10 August. From Uruguay, President José Mujica was visibly moved and announced that he expects to attend the burial, along with the majority of South American leaders. The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC), headquartered in Los Angeles and known around the world for its fight against anti-Semitism and the Nazis, lamented the death. Kirchner “called for the investigation of the AMIA Jewish Center bombing” and advocated for human rights, the center indicated. The director of the IMF, Dominique Straus-Khan, emphasized that Kirchner “led Argentina” toward economic recovery following the severe financial crisis of 2001. “He will be greatly missed,” he affirmed. The French foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, expressed “great sadness” for this death that “leaves behind the memory of a man of action and conviction.” The Andean Community of Nations (CAN) expressed “its most heartfelt condolences,” while the Union of South American Nations (Unasur), of which Kirchner was secretary-general, said that his death “deprives Latin America of a key leader in building a region without exclusions.” Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, and Costa Rica also expressed their condolences. Cuban leader Raúl Castro did the same, sending a message of “heartfelt condolences” to Cristina Kirchner and the “brother Argentine people.” For its part, the Peruvian government decreed a national day of mourning for 28 October. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said that he was “deeply saddened” by the death of a man “deeply committed to his country and to advancing peace.” Finally, Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo, a former Catholic bishop, turned to a biblical phrase of consolation for Cristina Fernández. “I want to appeal to the Christian faith in order to remind her of Psalm 23, when it comforts us, faced with the immensity of the passage to our eternal dwelling place, with the sublime expression, ‘The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want,’” he said.last_img read more


first_img– Advertisement -Games one and two will be played in Grande Prairie on Saturday, August 23 at 12:00 and 4:00 (Alberta time). The Fort St. John Paladin Black Sox will begin their best of fivechampionship series against Grande Prairie this coming weekend. Games three and four will be played in Fort St. John on Sunday, August 24 at 11:00 and 3:00.Game 5 site & time to be determined later.last_img