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


UEFA Champions League ready to restart, at long last

first_img Read Also: Iheanacho faces Leicester exit as Foxes hunt for suitors Wolves entertain Greek champions Olympiakos on Thursday having drawn 1-1 in the first leg of their last-16 tie. Their campaign started more than a year ago now, with a 2-0 win over Northern Irish side Crusaders in the second qualifying round on July 25, 2019. Extending it by another couple of weeks would do them no harm. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… UEFA also recently insisted it was “confident” there would be no more delays despite cases of coronavirus emerging among players at Real Madrid and Sevilla. It is, in any case, now or never. Indeed, the preliminary round of next season’s Champions League begins next Saturday, the same day Bayern Munich entertain Chelsea and Napoli visit Barcelona in their outstanding last 16 second legs. Before that, Manchester City defend a 2-1 first-leg lead at home against Real on Friday as Pep Guardiola’s side target Champions League glory on the back of the club’s success at getting a two-year ban from the competition overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The winner of that tie will face Juventus or Lyon in the quarter-finals in Lisbon. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face Real Madrid on Friday looking to clinch a place in the quarter-finals, fresh from having their two-year ban from the Champions League overturned – Wolves’ longest year – It is the Europa League which is first up, though, with the last 16 being completed on Wednesday and Thursday.center_img Wolverhampton Wanderers’ coach Nuno Espirito Santo is targeting a place in the Europa League ‘Final Eight’.Their season started more than a year ago now Two ties – Inter Milan against Getafe and Sevilla against Roma – will go ahead as one-off ties in Germany as the first legs were never played. Six second legs will also be played with the winners heading to Germany for the last eight. Among the ties to be completed is Manchester United’s against Austrian side LASK, which will be a formality for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team after they won 5-0 in the first leg in March. Their form since the Premier League resumed in mid-June has been excellent and they have already sealed a place in the 2020-21 Champions League, but now they want to finish this never-ending season with a trophy. “Now our focus is on the Europa League because this is a really good trophy and we want to win,” Bruno Fernandes told MUTV. “I came to Manchester to win trophies. We need to play every game to win. If we go into the Europa League and win every game, we know we’ll win the trophy.” United, Europa League winners in 2017, could yet find themselves facing Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi-finals in Cologne on August 16 should both teams get there. The UEFA Champions League and Europa League are set to restart this week after an enforced hiatus of almost five months.. This move will allow the Europe’s soccer governing body, UEFA, clear up the last remaining games in a troubled season. Both competitions were frozen in March as the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the continent, and while European football’s governing body acted swiftly to move Euro 2020 back a year, for a long time it was unclear how it would manage to complete its two landmark club competitions. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin In the end the solution was to set up two mini tournaments bringing all teams together in one place from the quarter-finals onwards, with all ties being decided in one-off matches behind closed doors. And so the Champions League will move to Lisbon for the ‘Final Eight’ starting on August 12 and ending with the final at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on August 23. The Europa League, meanwhile, will be played to a conclusion at a series of venues in western Germany, with the last eight beginning on August 10 and the final in Cologne on August 21. “I believed it from the first moment,” said the UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin recently when asked if he ever doubted it would be possible to play the tournaments to a conclusion. “You should always be optimistic, and if something like this crisis happens, you must have a plan ready. “At the present time, we will be playing matches without spectators until further notice. We will not take any risks.” There is, though, no question of further changes being made to the formats despite concerns about an increase in Covid-19 cases in and around Lisbon, and more recent worries in Germany about a rise in cases there. 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Black and Basel: Where to find black art during Art Basel…

first_imgPreeminent and Global Digital publication puts spotlight on art by African, Caribbean & African American Artists Art BaselArt Basel/Miami Art Week is three weeks away and Sugarcane Magazine’s highly anticipated annual guide Black And Basel: Where To Find Black Art During Art Basel Miami Beach is set for release on November 29, 2017, on rapid growth of black art within Art Basel and Miami Week is rich and key to the vibrant diversity of the cultural landscape, however not always widely known.Black art plays a vital roleCultural leader and influencer, Melissa Hunter Davis, Founder, and editor of Sugarcane Magazine is the architect of the annual guide. She is focused on ensuring that people know that black art plays a vital role in the landscape of the most significant art platforms that happens in Miami annually.The Black and Basel: Where to Find Black Art During Art Basel Miami Beach includes; independent events, exhibits by local artists, art fairs and galleries within premiere art fairs like Art Basel, NADA, Red Dot, and Pulse, where African, Caribbean & African -American artists are exhibiting their artwork.Also, the guide maps out where key Black and Caribbean satellite art fairs will take place. Some of those include, Art Africa Miami Arts Fair, Yeelen Gallery, Prizm Art Fair, Miami Urban Contemporary Experience.Map to guide shoppers This year a map will be included to help people plan out their Black Basel schedule. This guide is a significant tool for collectors, professionals, aficionados, and influencers who look to view and purchase art by African, African American and Caribbean artists.Sugarcane Magazine is an independent and black-owned, digital platform for visual and performing artists of Africa and the African Diaspora. The magazine has featured interviews with Hank Willis Thomas, Renee Cox, Nora Chipaumire, Carol Mallard of Sweet Honey in the Rock, Edwidge Danticat to name a few.Sugarcane Magazine is a part of Sugarcane Global Media, a boutique videography firm that works with non-profits, small corporations, podcasters, and artists. Sugarcane Global Media is also the official firm of Art Africa Miami and Prizm Art Fair 2017.last_img read more


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


NBA All-Star weekend gives Clippers’ Chris Paul chance to reflect

first_imgFrom a Clippers perspective, All-Star weekend offered a chance to go their separate ways for a bit. Call it a cooling-off period after the 35-19 record they compiled was good enough for just sixth place in the rugged Western Conference. Much lower than anyone would have imagined going into the season.“To get a little bit of a break from each other, from the game,” Paul said. “And come back ready to play the second half of the season.”There are potentially bleak days ahead, with Griffin out four to six weeks and the Clippers’ defense still not showing signs of discernible improvement. Somewhere between last season and this season they lost their way a bit defensively. It’s absolutely cost them in the standings and it might very well be their undoing in the postseason.“I don’t know. I don’t know the answer,” Paul said frankly when asked the root of the Clippers’ defensive issues. “I just know we have to do better.”Still, there will be future days for Paul to address the state of the Clippers and a more subdued forum to discuss L.A.’s increasingly shrinking basketball influence. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Friday wasn’t that kind of party.In some ways, it was about Paul reconnecting with a significant part of his beginnings and a chance to reflect on just how far he’s come over the last decade.New York was the launch site of his brilliant college career at Wake Forest and Madison Square Garden the hallowed stage he climbed to play his first college basketball game.“I’ve got great memories of New York,” Paul declared, his audience a throng of reporters with accents ranging from Asian to Middle Eastern to Spanish, and every one of them hanging on to every word of a North Carolina-born and bred basketball junkie who’s grown up to be one of the best point guards of his generation.“It’s something you never take for granted,” Paul said.No matter what might be going on 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles — namely the Clippers’ struggles to put it together — this was a chance for Paul to breathe, recollect and appreciate. He’s 29 years old now, no longer the bright-eyed youngster who took the NBA by storm 10 years ago.He’s a husband now, a father to a young son and daughter. This is Paul’s eighth All-Star weekend, but any jaded attitude that might be setting in immediately fades upon seeing it through the eyes of his 4-year-old son.“That’s one of the coolest parts of all this, having my son with me to take it all in,” he said.He’s also the President of the NBA Players Association, if not an elder statesman of the game certainly approaching middle age. And while he’s still one of the fiercest gunslingers in professional basketball, some of the point guards he guns hardest for aren’t just opponents, they’re mentees and graduates of his annual basketball camp. Stephen Curry and Eric Bledsoe, two of the best young players in the NBA, are among the most prominent.“It’s crazy, but I guess it’s just me getting older,” Paul said. “Some of those guys, I’ve built long friendships and relationships with. But they know (it’s all business) once we get on the court.”Off the court, they know they can pick his brain about everything ranging from league matters to how best to taken in All-Star weekend.“My advice is to take plenty of pictures,” Paul said. “A lot of times, it’s the only thing you have to remember it by.”But while his 10 years in the NBA have added great wisdom and experience, if not mileage on his body, they haven’t eroded the love affair he has with a sport that lifted him out of the nurturing bosom of Charlotte, N.C., and delivered him to world super-stardom.Paul grew up idolizing Michael Jordan. Now he’s a friend and business partner of the NBA legend, his Jordan CP3 sneaker collection one of the most popular brands in Jordan’s legendary shoe empire.“Kind of crazy, being from North Carolina, being able to call MJ a mentor and a friend,” Paul said.If not also a driven, competitive businessman.“I’m always asking him about my shoes and my ideas and he’ll be like, ‘You trying to sell my shoes or your shoes?’” Paul said, laughing.There will be other days for Chris Paul to talk about the Clippers and what it will take to get things right.On Friday, it was a chance to breath, reflect and appreciate.center_img NEW YORK — There will be other days to talk about a season that hasn’t yet lived up to advanced billing. About how the Clippers have teetered between average and maddening and not exactly capable of soaring with the elite teams in the NBA.And when it comes to Chris Paul being the singular Los Angeles point man for All-Star weekend — teammate Blake Griffin is down with a staph infection in his right elbow and Kobe Bryant of the Lakers is out for the season with a torn rotator cuff — about the only thing more depressing than the fragile health of the L.A. hoops scene was a bitter cold front taking a major bite out of the Big Apple on Friday.It was only a few years ago that the West All-Stars were dominated by Los Angeles, with Paul and Griffin teaming with Bryant and Pau Gasol to form a decidedly L.A.-centric All-Star weekend.Those days are long gone of course. Hell, even Paul had to sweat out the decision of West coach Steve Kerr to add him as a reserve. Had Kerr opted for someone else, there is a good chance the City of Angels would have been shut out of this event for the first time in forever. last_img read more