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East Side Access Project Moves to Next Phase

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An artist’s rendering of the completed Long Island Rail Road terminal at Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan.The East Side Access construction project that will bring Long Island Rail Road trains to Grand Central Terminal has moved into the next phase of work: Building the interior of the terminal.Wisconsin-based Michels Corporation was awarded the $200,602,743 contract, the first of three required to build the permanent structural concrete lining, interior structures and equip newly excavated caverns and tunnels, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Monday.“This contract begins the construction on the interior work that 160,000 weekday LIRR customers will experience when the new LIRR station terminal opens below Grand Central,” said Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA Capital Construction.Tunnel Vision: Inside the East Side Access ProjectThe $8.24 billion East Side Access project, currently the largest public works project in the nation, will conclude with an eight-track terminal. Each cavern will contain four tracks, an upper and lower level platform, and a mezzanine.It is designed to cut 40 minutes off the commute time for LIRR riders who work on the east side of midtown Manhattan but are forced to use Penn Station on the west side. The LIRR also expects its first new Manhattan terminal in a century will ease congestion at Penn Station, which sees 230,000 LIRR riders daily.The contract and two others in the works for the north and central locations are being paid for by federal and local funds, the MTA said.The latest estimated completion date of the long-delayed project is 2019.last_img read more

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Mercury will pass in front of the sun on Monday

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — This coming Monday you have the chance to witness an event that only happens once in a lifetime. Mercury will pass in front of and almost directly across the middle of the sun.This event is called a transit. It’s the same thing as an eclipse, except instead of the moon covering the sun, its a planet. The last time it was this close was in 1973, and the next time won’t be until the year 2187.This event is unable to be seen by the naked eye and special equipment is required. The Besser Museum is holding a free viewing party for anyone who wants to witness the transit, and they have special telescopes for people to use. “You won’t actually be able to see it,” said Planetarium Coordinator Johnathan Winckowski. “Mercury is just too small. However, if we have solar safe telescopes we’ll be able to see a small black dot slowly move across the surface of the sun. Kind of like a floating chocolate chip almost. It’s pretty cool.”Only with the proper equipment can this transit be viewed. It’s important to note that looking directly at the sun is very dangerous and could lead to permanent eye damage. “The sun can cause permanent eye damage in only a second. Even more so, if you try to use binoculars or a telescope, I like to tell people it’s like taking a magnifying glass to an ant hill, except in this case the ant hill is going to be your eye,” said Winckowski.Besser Museum is hosting the viewing party on Monday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  It’s free for all who attend. There will be a video playing throughout the event inside the planetarium as well as solar safe telescopes for people to look through.If the weather does not cooperate, a NASA live stream will be playing inside.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Art in the Loft signature fundraiser brings in nearly $9,000 to support community art programsNext Alpena Rotary Club pledges $50K to proposed new waterfront parklast_img read more

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Newman downs Don Bosco to advance to 1A title game

first_imgStory from iahsbb.comDES MOINES — The top-ranked and top-seeded Newman Catholic Knights moved a step closer to a third straight state title with a 10-0 five-inning victory over fourth-seeded Don Bosco in the Class 1A semifinals Thursday at Principal Park. The Knights (37-3) will seek their eighth state title overall as they advance to Saturday’s championship game.Josh Fitzgerald went 4-for-4 with three RBIs to lead Newman. He had two triples and a double — all to deep left-center — in addition to a bunt single. The 8-9 hitters — Doug Taylor and George Schmit — both went 2-for-3.Evan Paulus (8-1) went the distance for Newman. He allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one.Newman jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first on a lead-off triple by Fitzgerald, an RBI single by Merritt McCardle and a balk.The Knights added two more runs in the second on a double by Taylor, an RBI triple by Fitzgerald and a RBI double by Max Burt. An intentional walk and hit batter followed, but Newman left the bases loaded.Newman padded its lead to 7-0 with three runs in the fourth. A lead-off single by Schmit, a bunt single by Fitzgerald set the stage for runs to score on a wild pitch, a sacrifice fly and an RBI single by Jacob Schutt. The Knights left the bases loaded for the second time — a total of nine LOB for the game.The Knights ended the game with three runs in the fifth. Taylor and Schmit led off with singles, and both scored on a double by Fitzgerald. The game ended on a walk-off bases-loaded walk.The Knights are in the title game for the 12th time. Newman has won 35 state tournament games — second only to Assumption.The Dons — ranked sixth in the final poll — end the season at 29-5.last_img read more

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CAF postpones CHAN inspection visit to Kenya

first_imgThe Cranes team that was held goalless by South Sudan. Uganda is one of the nations that have qualified for CHAN. FILE PHOTO FUFA MEDIANairobi, Kenya | AFP |  The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has called off its final inspection visit to Kenya to assess preparations for the 2018 African Nations Championship, officials said on Sunday.A delegation was expected in Nairobi on September 7 but the current political situation in Kenya following the Supreme Court’s decision to annul the results of last month’s presidential poll has cast doubt over the country’s chances of hosting the 16-team tournament.“We have just been informed that in the light of the recent happenings CAF will be sending its second vice-president Constant Omari to assess the political and security situation of the country, before they can proceed with the inspection visit,” Football Kenya Federation (FKF) chief Nick Mwendwa said.Omari, who is also the president of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Football Association (FECOFA), arrived in Nairobi on Sunday and is expected to meet Mwendwa and Kenyan sports minister Hassan Wario to discuss the implications of the Supreme Court ruling. A re-run of the presidential election has been ordered within the next 60 days, triggering the likelihood of intense political activity in the country over the next two months.Kenya has identified five stadiums to host the January 12 to February 4 championship, which is reserved exclusively for footballers playing in their domestic leagues. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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LeBron: Health risks mean sons won’t play football

first_imgTV’s Rehab Addict host Nicole Curtis, right, poses with LeBron James and his sons, LeBron Jr., and Bryce at a rehab site on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Michael Chritton)CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James isn’t ready to let his two sons strap on shoulder pads and a helmet just yet.The NBA superstar doesn’t want his boys, LeBron Jr. and Bryce, to play organized football because of safety concerns. He hasn’t ruled them out playing the sport in the future, but for now he’s insisting they stay off the field.“We don’t want them to play in our household right now until they understand how physical and how body demanding the game is,” James said following practice on Thursday. “Then they can have their choice in high school, we’ll talk over it. But right now there’s no need for it. There’s enough sports they can play. They play basketball, they play soccer, they play everything else but football and hockey.”James told ESPN.com (http://es.pn/11jvDtB) last week while the Cavaliers were in Denver that that he didn’t want his sons playing football because of the sport’s dangers. He’s made similar comments in the past to the Associated Press.“It’s a safety thing,” he said Thursday. “As a parent you protect your kids as much as possible. I don’t think I’m the only one that’s not allowing his kids to play football, it’s just that I’m LeBron James and it gets put in the headlines for no reason.”James often refers to himself as a football player when talking about making physical plays. He’s also a big football fan, and closely follows the Dallas Cowboys, Browns and Ohio State.The 6-foot-8 James was an All-Ohio wide receiver at Akron’s St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. This summer, he brought his boys to the Browns’ training camp, where they played catch on a side field as the team worked out.Before he concentrated on basketball, James said football provided a possible avenue for him to escape the inner city.“I needed a way out,” he said. “My kids don’t need a way out. They’re all right. I needed a way out when I was a kid. I tried to do whatever it took to get out. That’s my excuse.”last_img read more

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Kimberley doubles Leafs 4-2, Green & White win streak ends at six

first_imgKimberley, leading the season series against Nelson 2-0 after posting a 2-1 win in October, now has won six straight games.Cody Campbell stopped 31 of 33 shots to register the victory in goal for Kimberley.Netminder Billy Gorn, taking the loss for Nelson, saw his four-game unbeaten streak end.Kimberley outshot the Leafs 35-33 in the game.The Nitros stormed back on the shot clock, out shooting the Leafs 21-2 in the third period after Nelson fired 31 shots at the Kimberley net through 40 minutes but was only able to muster two goals.The Leafs enter the Christmas break with a 6-1 record in the last seven games.Next up for the Leafs is a game December 30 in Grand Forks against the Bruins.Nelson returns home Saturday, December 31 to host the Beaver Valley Nitehawks at 2 p.m. in the annual New Year’s Eve game. Kimberley Dynamiters outscored the Nelson Leafs 4-1 in the final 40 minutes to double the Heritage City franchise 4-2 in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Bavarian City.Matt Davies, Nolan Kurylo and Lucas Purdy scored in the second period before Franco Colapaolo converted a powerplay marker in the third to lead the Eddie Mountain squad to the victory.Former Nitro Sawyer Hunt gave the Leafs a 1-0 lead after one period.Logan Wullum also scored for Nelson, which saw its winning streak end at six games.last_img read more

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Finally, Minister says Hinterland roads to be fixed

first_imgRehabilitation and construction of the Itaballi to Puruni Road should commence within the coming weeks, according to the Public Infrastructure Ministry.A section of the roadway from the Mahdia airstripAccording to the Department of Public Information, responsibility for this specific road falls under the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC); however, the Public Infrastructure Ministry says it recognises the urgency for repairs.This is being agreed to by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, who visited Mahdia, Region Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) on February 7. During the visit, the issue of derelict “roads” was raised by miners and other residents of the Mahdia community.“We are reminded that come hell or high water, night or day, we do have a responsibility to get them (roads) fixed,” declared Minister Trotman.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman walks along a paved section of the Mahdia Main Road during his visit to Region EightHe said the height of the rainy season was usually the worst period for hinterland roads, adding that the Government is working quickly to get them repaired.The Minister said he would expect that the very complainers who also use the roads would assist in ensuring that they were not further damaged.“Trucks are being overloaded with too much fuel and even when the roads start to go bad, instead of easing back on its use, some truck drivers are proceeding without any regard” … “We have a dual responsibility, both the users – the miners, the loggers – as well as the Government, to ensure that the roads are kept open.”According to the Minister, the Government through the Natural Resources Ministry will work along with the Road Services Division of the Public Infrastructure Ministry and the GGMC to get the roads ready in a short time.The Public Infrastructure Ministry via a press release also reiterated its commitment to lending its assistance and working with the GGMC to have the roadways, especially the Itaballi to Puruni Road fixed as a matter of priority.last_img read more

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Gautrain ‘will be ready for World Cup’

first_img8 January 2010Despite earlier doubts about its completion date, the Gautrain rapid rail link between Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport and Sandton Station will be ready in time for South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup™, says construction consortium Bombela.The Bombela Concession Company has just been given two amounts of R144-million each from the provincial and national governments, and it plans to have the route between the airport and Sandton complete by 27 May. The World Cup starts on 11 June.“The Gautrain consortium and the Gauteng provincial government have come to a resolution to ensure completion of the OR Tambo link and Sandton before the event,” according to a statement from the National Treasury’s Thoraya Pandy.In July 2009, Bombela offered to fast-track construction of this section at a cost of R1.3-billion, but this was refused by the provincial government. Bombela responded by indicating it would find solutions without the extra funding, says Ingrid Jensen, the spokesperson for the Gautrain.The extra R288-million was paid at the end of 2009 and, stresses Jensen, it will not necessarily be used for the completion of the airport link but rather for general construction along the entire route. The amount largely accounts for inflationary costs.“A lot can happen, like construction delays. It is a tight schedule,” she says.In November, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane emphasised that the Gautrain was never a World Cup project, saying that it would be a bonus if the train were ready by 11 June.Good progressConstruction work to the airport station is making good progress. The station concourse is directly linked to the departures level of the adjacent new central terminal building, one level below.“Finishing works within the station concourse shell are approaching completion and electrical and mechanical installations are well advanced. Ticket vending machines and fare gates have been installed and are being tested,” according to the latest Gautrain construction update.“Externally, the platform structures and canopies are substantially complete, with finishing works, including the installation of tinted glass closure screens, currently in progress. Rail tracks have been installed through the station. Construction of the three sets of emergency access stairs located at the ends on the platform is ongoing.”Meanwhile, the 16 kilometres of tunnels running from Park Station in Johannesburg’s CBD to the Marlboro Station in Alexandra are complete. Work on the seven emergency access shafts – in Hillbrow, Riviera, Dunkeld, Rivonia Road, Illovo, and two in Houghton – is ongoing.The 10 Gautrain stations are beginning to look like railway stations, with entrances and exits, stairways, platforms and parking garages taking shape.Delays in construction have been caused by land acquisition issues, delivery and numerous project variation instructions.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Investing in African Mining Indaba 2015

first_imgThe annual Investing in African Mining Indaba makes a compelling business case for why global investors should consider South Africa – and the continent as a whole – an important trade and investment destination. Mining’s contribution to South Africa’s global competitiveness9 February 2015 – At the 2015 Investing in African Mining Indaba in Cape Town from 9 to 12 February, the Department of Trade and Industry will emphasise the government’s strategic focus on industrialisation and improving connections between mining and the rest of the economy, writes DTI Minister RobDavies. MORE > Infographic: Mining robot can save lives5 February 2015 – Safety in mines is a big issue in South Africa, and robots produced by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research present the perfect solution. Its Mobile Intelligence Autonomous Systems group created and tested robots that can monitor the safety of mines after blasting. MORE > Infographic: Mining in South Africa4 February 2015 – South Africa’s Mining Indaba, set to run from 9 to 12 February in Cape Town, is Africa’s – and the world’s – largest mining investment gathering. To preview the event, we bring you facts and figures about the mining industry in South Africa. MORE > Mining groups invested in South Africa3 February 2015 – No longer simply the exploiters of resources and people, the mining industry in South Africa today invests R3.9-billion a year in corporate social investment projects, more than any other sector on the stock exchange. Most of this investment is in communities around the mines’ operations. MORE > Machel, Blair head to South Africa for Mining Indaba30 January 2015 – Graça Machel and Tony Blair are the keynote speakers at the Investing in African Mining Indaba, now in its 20th year. As head of the Foundation for Community Development, Machel leads the sustainable development sessions. A host of other global mining leaders and economists are scheduled to speak. MORE > Licensing reform to lift competiveness of South African mining22 January 2015 – South Africa’s mining sector contributes 9% of GDP directly and over 30% in foreign exchange earnings, writes Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Now new regulatory reforms are set to boost this contribution even further. MORE >last_img read more