first_img A U.S. Navy ballistic missile submarine carried out four successful Trident II D5 missile launches over a three-day period, the U.S. Navy announced.The missile launches were part of what is called a Follow-on Commander’s Evaluation Test (FCET) and were concluded on February 16.The primary objective of an FCET is to obtain, under operationally representative conditions, valid reliability, accuracy, and performance of the missile system for use by Commander, Strategic Command and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.The navy said the missiles were unarmed and all launches were conducted from the sea, flew over the sea, and landed in the sea. At no time did the missiles fly over land.Trident II D5 is a submarine-launched ballistic missile which is one part of the nation’s strategic deterrent triad. As the most survivable leg of the triad, it provides the national command authority with assured second-strike capability. Since its introduction to the fleet in 1989, the Trident II D5 missile has completed 165 successful test flights. Authorities View post tag: US Navy Share this article US Navy carries out Trident II D5 missile testing View post tag: SSBN Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy carries out Trident II D5 missile testing February 17, 2017 View post tag: Trident II D5last_img read more

first_imgA 45 year old Oxford student could compete in the 2012 Varsity boat race.James Ditzell, an Australian and a masters student at Pembroke college where he studies Management, competed on behalf of his home country at the under-23 world championships in 1989 before many of his team-mates were even born; the rest of the team are comparative youngsters, with an average age of just 23.7. The second oldest is Justin Webb at 30 years old.The President of the squad, Karl Hudspith, told Cherwell, “When James arrived on the first day it surprised me to see someone so old having a go at trialling for the blue boat. Initially I didn’t think he would last long, but he surprised us all by pulling a very impressive ergo score in the first week, beating many who were half his age.”He continued, “Unfortunately age does have a cost, and an untimely rib injury that kept him off the water for six weeks dealt a big blow to his selection chances. However, even if James is not in one of the crews on race day, he has shown great character and determination to last the whole way through the season and complete the training program.”Rowing is a notoriously demanding sport, requiring power as well as endurance, and can be challenging for more senior athletes. However, the maintenance of a good level of training can keep older competitors at their peak for far longer than previously thought.Were Ditzell to be chosen to compete in the final team of eight, he would set a new record for the oldest rower to compete in the Varsity Boat race in the history of its 158 contests. The record is currently held by Mike Wherley, an Oxford student who competed at the age of 36 in 2008. The oldest overall competitor is  Andy Probert, who coxed for Cambridge at 38 years old in 1992.The race will take place on the River Thames on April 7th 2012.last_img read more

first_imgDave Stafford for www.theindianalawyer.comNearly 300 people have accused a prolific Munster heart doctor of malpractice for implanting pacemakers or defibrillators they didn’t need and routinely scheduling unnecessary procedures, among other allegations.The sweeping claims against Dr. Arvind Gandhi and other practitioners at Cardiology Associates of Northwest Indiana could take years to unwind, and they may change the calculus that sets surcharges physicians pay to the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund. That fund covers malpractice claims beyond practitioners’ insurance limit of $250,000, up to the statutory cap of $1.25 million.The first verdict came Dec. 8, when a Lake Superior Court jury ruled against Gandhi, awarding Shannon Greer $450,000. Her late husband, Ken Greer, died after the doctor treated him for an infected pacemaker.gloria-sargent-david-cutshaw-15col.jpg Gloria Sargent of Griffith discusses her malpractice claims against Dr. Arvind Gandhi at a news conference in May 2014 as attorney David Cutshaw looks on. Sargent’s claim is scheduled to go to trial early next year. (Photo courtesy Times of Northwest Indiana/John Watkins)Two more malpractice cases have cleared medical review panels, each with findings of malpractice, and those cases are scheduled for trial early next year. Another roughly 170 cases naming Gandhi, and in some cases his associates, have been submitted to medical review panels. Many cases also name Community Hospital of Munster as a defendant.gandhi-dr-arvind-mug.jpgGandhi (Photo courtesy Times of Northwest Indiana/Tony V. Martin)“We believe we have ample evidence to show Community Hospital was acting in concert with the doctors, and that the hospital was putting profits ahead of patient safety by allowing doctors to do things they were not qualified to do,” said attorney Barry Rooth of the Merrillville firm Theodoros & Rooth P.C. His firm, Cohen & Malad P.C. in Indianapolis, and the Law Office of Paul Rossi LLC in Lowell represent plaintiffs, who lawyers say now number more than 290.Lawyers for Gandhi, who retired last year, and the hospital deny the malpractice allegations or that Community improperly permitted doctors to perform procedures. Attorneys at Eichhorn & Eichhorn LLP in Hammond represent Gandhi’s insurer and declined to comment on the Greer verdict or whether it would be appealed.Community “strongly denies the allegation that the hospital was ‘aware’ of unnecessary procedures performed by Dr. Gandhi” or that he lacked credentials to perform cardiac procedures, said Marie Forszt, director of marketing and community relations for the hospital. “Dr. Gandhi, a board-certified interventional cardiologist, met the credentialing requirements established by the hospital through its medical staff for the various procedures performed.”RoothRoothGandhi has been under investigation since at least 2008, when a former nurse and doctor at Community filed a whistleblower suit alleging unnecessary implants of pacemakers and defibrillators, violations of the False Claims Act, and Medicare fraud. Community said the federal investigation concluded with a settlement and no findings against the hospital.Rooth, though, said plaintiffs’ medical records show doctors in the practice routinely performed unneeded procedures, sometimes scheduling patients for invasive procedures such as angiograms every six months. In one case, he said a patient was given 21 scheduled angiograms over a period of years. “There is no such thing as a routine angiogram,” Rooth said.Because of the nature of the cases, he said many contain 15 or more instances of alleged malpractice.Kirk Pinkerton, an attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Schererville, represents Gandhi. “His position consistently has been whatever procedures he performed were medically necessary and justified and with a view to improving the patient’s health and quality of life,” Pinkerton said.“In the cases we’ve reviewed, the medical necessity for the procedure was warranted, and I think it’s a lot of people trying to get on the bandwagon who think they can get some easy money, which it’s not going to be,” he said.But Cohen & Malad attorney David Cutshaw said the records show it was Gandhi who appeared to be putting money first. “Going through all these records just makes you angry he’s doing this to people,” Cutshaw said. The cost of some unnecessarily implanted devices compares with the price of new cars, he said, and patients were wrongly exposed to risk, pain and injury from procedures doctors ordered without cause or against professional guidelines.“The expense, the inconvenience, and having a device in your body you don’t need, obviously that’s a reminder every day,” he said. “There are all kinds of conditions we’re seeing and looking at as we’re going through these cases.” He noted there’s developing evidence to show cardiac rhythm therapy devices implanted unnecessarily may worsen heart conditions or cause heart failure.Cutshaw said a doctor who reviewed 12 defibrillators implanted by Gandhi found seven of the procedures were unnecessary. “The doctors up there reported him through proper channels to the hospital, and nothing happened,” he said.Forszt disputes that. “The plaintiff attorneys continue to allege that the hospital somehow knew that Dr. Gandhi performed medically unnecessary procedures and allowed him to do so. This is simply not true.”The cases, dating as far back as to 2004, are unique, she said, and each will require independent medical review. She also noted that in the two pending cases in which medical review boards found malpractice, the panels found the hospital did not breach the standard of care.Cutshaw said attorneys reported their discovery findings regarding Gandhi’s practice to the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, which he said referred the matter to Medicaid fraud investigators. Spokesman Bryan Corbin said the AG’s office could not confirm whether providers are under investigation, but there currently are no Medicaid fraud cases involving Gandhi.The plaintiff firms in these cases previously represented patients of another Lake County doctor who was accused of hundreds of acts of malpractice, former “nose doctor” Mark Weinberger. Following a federal sentence on 22 counts of health care fraud, Weinberger is living in Florida on supervised probation. Attorneys won a $55 million settlement against Weinberger’s insurers on behalf of 282 malpractice clients.Tina Korty, general counsel for the Indiana Department of Insurance, said it’s too soon to forecast the Patient’s Compensation Fund’s eventual liability due to Gandhi-related cases. But an expected result is higher future surcharges on health care professionals.Korty said as a result of past multiple claims the PCF paid on behalf of single providers or entities, actuaries contracted by the state are adding multiple-claim events as a factor used to set rates various practitioners pay.In addition to potential claims from Gandhi, the fund has dealt with claims resulting from Weinberger’s cases, and in the 1990s, those linked to Orville Lynn Majors. The former Vermillion County Hospital nurse was convicted of murdering six patients under his care and is serving a 360-year sentence in Indiana State Prison.“It seems the potential is there for these to continue to pop up with the Patient’s Compensation Fund,” Korty said of multiple-claim events. While the PCF has yet to pay any claims connected with the Gandhi cases, it will pay $200,000 of the Greer judgment if that verdict is finalized.“We’re probably a couple of years from getting a real idea what the medical review panels think about these cases,” Korty said. “It’s so early, a lot of the details are just not there yet.”She noted it typically takes about five to seven years for a medical malpractice judgment to be rendered from the time a notice of complaint is filed.•FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

first_imgSainsbury’s is targeting school leavers for an in-store Bakery Apprenticeship Scheme which it plans to roll out to all 360 of its scratch bakeries.The supermarket plans to recruit the first 30 trainees to pilot the scheme in the north east and London this year. It hopes to introduce a further 60 apprentices through its stores in 2007, as it starts to roll out the scheme nationwide.Johanna Jones, qualifications manager, said the first 10 apprentices are being recruited for the north east from this month. Sainsbury’s is particularly aiming to attract 16 to 18 year olds, she said. One recruit, or a maximum of two, will be posted per store. Ms Jones told British Baker: “We decided to pilot in the north east as the region has a strong background in bakery and the departments can support training.” Recruitment for 10 trainees for London stores will start after exam time in June. Another 10 trainees will be recruited in September and October. They are also likely to be posted in London, where Sainsbury’s has a shortage of trained bakers. The new course has been designed by Sainsbury’s and developed with Skillsmart Retail, the Sector Skills Council for the retail sector. Government funding has been allocated to support training candidates aged up to 24 in England. Older candidates will also be considered, funded by Sainsbury’s itself. Sainsbury’s will also seek government funding for the scheme in Scotland and Northern Ireland.The apprenticeship lasts between 12 and 18 months – allowing trainees to progress at their own speed. It is equivalent to five GCSEs (grade A*-C) and includes an NVQ Level 2, one unit of a NVQ Level 3, a technical certificate and NVQ Level 2 key skills. The course covers modules from stock management and quality standards to selling techniques and baking skills. Trainees will have a ‘buddy’ to act as a sounding board. Apprentices can become in-store bakers once they complete the course, or take on a fast track career path to a supervisory or junior management role. Sainsbury’s project manager for the apprenticeship, Julia Read, said: “We’ve recognised that the number of skilled bakers is sharply declining. We’re extremely proud to be the first supermarket to offer an apprenticeship with a craft and to be working so closely with Skillsmart Retail to deliver a qualification that really meets our business needs.”last_img read more

first_imgAnn Curtis | The Observer A student talks with a recruiter at the 2017 Fall Career Fair. The 2018 event will take place Wednesday in the Duncan Student Center and will feature a wide range of employers from various different sectors.Julie Gray, associate director of operations and event services at the Career Center, noted that the fair also offers students a chance to build rapport with businesses, as well as offering students an additional opportunity to interact with these companies in a casual, low-pressure environment, she added.Ryan Willerton, associate vice president of career and professional development, believes the career fair’s new location in the Duncan Student Center will provide a more hospitable experience to its visitors. In addition to its other amenities, the student center houses the Career Center on the fifth floor. For Willerton, this feature will showcase students’ “holistic development.”The Career Center will provide employers with tours of the student center throughout the day, Willerton said.Edinborough said she recommends that all students attend the fair, even if they are not currently seeking employment opportunities.Kate Cover, events manager at the Career Center, added that while upperclassmen will benefit from the exposure to recruiters, freshmen will also find the event worthwhile because they can gain valuable experience engaging with employers.Willerton believes that exploration plays a central role in the career development process.“There is no better exploratory activity than seeing a variety of organizations, within a short period of time, within one facility,” Willerton said.There are opportunities for students of all grade levels, Edinborough said.“[From] first years to seniors, there’s something there for everybody,” she said.To prepare for the fair, Gray said students should consult “Go IRISH”, a database hosting information about jobs and internships available for Notre Dame students. There, students can find useful information about the fair, including what companies will be attending as well as the positions employers are seeking to fill.Before attending the fair, Gray said she recommends students be comfortable introducing themselves, discussing their major and extracurricular activities and demonstrating interest in the companies they engage with. The fair will also feature a counselor table for students should they need tips on how to best connect with employers.“Ask a question,” Gray said. “The conversation will flow from there.”Tags: Career Center, duncan student center, employers, professional development, Winter Career Fair The Notre Dame Career Center will host its annual Winter Career and Internship Fair on Wednesday afternoon on the seventh and eighth floors of the Duncan Student Center. The fair features representatives from hundreds of companies from across the country.LoriAnn Edinborough, director of employer engagement at the Career Center, explained that the main purpose of the fair is to provide an “opportunity for employers and students to meet face to face.”The fair is a unique chance for employers to share information about their organization and discuss employment opportunities, Edinborough said. Likewise, she added, it allows students to familiarize themselves with the businesses they’re interested in.last_img read more

first_imgAt their first meeting after Thanksgiving break, Notre Dame’s student senate continued a conversation from their previous meeting about students with disabilities. At their meeting immediately before Thanksgiving break, the senate heard a presentation from Scott Howland, coordinator of the Sara Bea Center for Students with Disabilities and Dr. Bill Stackman, the University’s associate vice president for student services. Howland outlined the services and accommodations that the Sara Bea Center offers to students, and Stackman led a discussion about a recent STAT article about a prospective Notre Dame student who is said to have requested a single room because his epilepsy required him to get a uninterrupted night’s sleep. According to the article, Notre Dame denied the request and the student ultimately enrolled in another university. A week after the original discussion, members of the group still had insights to share about the discussion. Junior and Welsh Family Hall senator Lindsay McCray brought up a point that sophomore senator Erin Hiestand of Ryan Hall made the previous week. Hiestand and McCray encouraged senators to consider the burden that having an epileptic roommate would have placed on the roommate who didn’t have epilepsy.“How stressful would it be to know that if you accidentally wake up your roommate or do anything wrong in your room, ever, to mess up his sleep schedule, you could actually potentially kill your roommate,” McCray said. Sophomore and Fisher Hall senator David Morris added Stackman said this situation has arisen before and students with disabilities have been accommodated at Notre Dame.“I talked to the doctor afterwards, and they have a very set protocol and a way to help students with epilepsy,” Morris said. “He talked to me about how that works, and that there are not a lot of students with epilepsy who live in doubles on this campus, but this situation has happened before, and all the other students that had epilepsy were able to live in doubles their freshman year.”The Senate also confirmed a new co-director of First Undergraduate Experience in Leadership (FUEL) because current co-director, sophomore Clark Bowden, chose to study abroad in the spring. Senior and student body president Gates McGavick, senior and student body vice president Corey Gayheart and senior and chief of staff Briana Tucker nominated sophomore Ryan Mullin for the position in a letter. The letter said Bowden and FUEL co-director sophomore Rachel Ingal recommend Mullin. In his year and a half at Notre Dame, Mullin has been involved in FUEL, as well as the University Affairs and Student Life departments of student government, the letter said. Mullin also served as a Judicial Council peer advocate, a part of the Student International Business Club travel team and an associate in Notre Dame’s Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion. “Critically, he has also expressed a clear understanding of Clark and Rachel’s vision for making FUEL a hands-on, involved group that puts motivated young students in position to succeed in student government,” McGavick said, reading the letter to the Senate. “He has made clear his desire to continue the impressive progress Clark and Rachel have made, and, as mentioned above, comes highly recommended by his predecessors.”After a vote, Mullin was confirmed by the senate for the position. Tags: FUEL, ND student senate, SARA BEA CENTER, Senate, statlast_img read more

first_imgDanny Boyle(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Is the Saigon movie in Danny Boyle’s mind? The Oscar winner is in talks to helm the long-in-the-works film adaptation of Miss Saigon with mega-producer Cameron Mackintosh and Working Title films (the team that brought you the Les Miz movie), the Daily Mail reports. Lee Daniels was previously reported to be hoping to get the project off the ground. A revival of the Boublil and Schönberg tuner closed in London last month and will land on the Great White Way in the 2017-18 season.Boyle won the Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire; his additional screen credits include Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and 127 Hours.Directed by School of Rock and Les Miz’s Laurence Connor, the Broadway-bound revival is set to star the West End’s leads, Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones. This latest incarnation of Miss Saigon will also helicopter into Japan in 2016, before heading to Germany, Australia, Asia and on tour around the U.K., Europe and the Middle East.Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever.The original production of Miss Saigon opened at the Great White Way’s Broadway Theatre on April 11, 1991 and shuttered on January 28, 2001. At time of closing it had played 19 previews and 4092 regular performances. Miss Saigon Related Showscenter_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018last_img read more

first_imgWhile it seems Georgia is finally seeing a break from the summer heat, the long hot summer, including a record-setting September, has already caused problems for many Georgia farmers.With almost no rain during September, drought conditions expanded across the state.Record-setting temperatures and almost no rain during September caused a major expansion of drought across Georgia. The dry conditions caused problems for farmers trying to grow forage and harvest peanuts in heavier soils but the harvest was ahead of schedule due to the lack of rain.At the beginning of the month, only 7 % of the state’s area was in moderate drought and 27 % was abnormally dry or in drought. By the end of the month, the entire state was at least abnormally dry, and extreme drought covered over 4 % of the state, mostly in areas north and south of the Atlanta metro area.The dry conditions in September caused a lot of problems for farmers. Forage stopped growing and feeding hay to livestock was widespread. Filling of soybean pods was reduced with a negative impact on yields, and it was too dry to defoliate some cotton and harvest some dryland peanuts. However, in areas where harvest was possible, dry and clear weather allowed harvests to proceed ahead of schedule for both cotton and peanuts.While October saw a break from record high heat across the state, climatologists project that temperatures will continue to be warmer than normal throughout fall. The state should see less rainfall than normal during October but may return to normal patterns later this fall.A return to normal would be welcome after such a dry summer and September when the majority of the state receiving less than a quarter of their normal monthly rainfall.The highest monthly total precipitation recorded by the National Weather Service reporting stations was 2.76 inches in Brunswick, 3 inches below normal. The lowest temperatures were in Macon and Valdosta, with 0.02 inches each, 3.57 inches below normal for Macon and 4.62 inches below normal for Valdosta.Albany received 1.27 inches; 2.17 inches below normalAlma received .2 inches; 3.44 inches below normalAtlanta received .76 inches; 3.71 inches below normalAthens received 1.4 inches; 2.54 inches below normalAugusta received .77 inches; 2.45 inches below normalColumbus received 1.29 inches; 1.77 inches below normalRome received 0.31 inches; 3.10 inches below normalSavannah received 1.27 inches; 3.31 inches below normalNot surprisingly, no daily precipitation records were set during the month.The highest 24-hour rainfall total from Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network observers in September was 4.50 inches observed east of Newnan in Coweta County on Sept. 29, followed by 4.45 inches measured south of Savannah in Chatham County on Sept. 18 from Humberto. The highest monthly amount was 6.51 inches measured by the observer south of Savannah in Chatham County, followed by 6.32 inches measured near Darien in McIntosh County.While rainfall was far below normal, temperatures were above normal across the state.In Albany, the monthly average temperature was 82.9 F, 5.2 degrees above normal.In Alma, the monthly average temperature was 79.7 F, 2.6 degrees above normal.In Athens, the monthly average temperature was 79.3 degrees F, 6.0 degrees above normal.In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit, 8.9 degrees above normal.In Augusta, the monthly average temperature was 80.2 F, 5.6 degrees above normal.In Brunswick, the monthly average temperature was 82.5 F, 4.4 degrees above normal.In Columbus, the monthly average temperature was 83.3 F, 6.7 degrees above normal.In Macon, the monthly average temperature was 81.1 F, 6.1 degrees above normal.In Rome, the monthly average temperature was 80.0 F, 6 degrees above normal.In Savannah, the monthly average temperature was 81.4 F, 4.4 degrees above normal.In Valdosta, the monthly average temperature was 81.5 F, 4.1 degrees above normal.Numerous high-temperature records were broken during the month, especially in the last week.Some of the daily records include: 99 F in Atlanta on Sept. 12 (breaking the old record of 94 F set in 1900), 97 F in Athens on Sept. 27 (breaking the old record of 94 F set in 1954 – another drought year), 100 F in Columbus on Sept. 26 (passing the old record of 99 F set in 1921), 103 F set in Macon on Sept. 17 (breaking the old record of 98 F set in 2018), and 101 F set in Augusta on Sept. 30 (surpassing the old record of 96 F set in 1904).Many other high-temperature records were broken or tied this month, including Brunswick which reported a new high nighttime low temperature of 79 F on Sept. 27 (breaking the old record of 76 F set in 1998).For more information, see the “Climate and Agriculture” blog at https://site.extension.uga.edu/climate/ or follow SEAgClimate on Facebook and @SE_AgClimate on Twitter. 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first_imgWolf Administration Previews 2018 East Central Region Construction Season, Highlights More Than 115 Projects SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Allentown, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Secretary Leslie S. Richards today highlighted transportation investments as the department’s six-county, east central region District Executive previewed more than 115 highway and bridge projects expected to be underway in the region this year.“These roadway and bridge improvements are being performed to improve mobility for our citizens and businesses,” said Governor Wolf. “These projects also aim to improve safety.”Complementing the significant projects in the east central region, Governor Wolf recently reinforced the administration’s commitment to rural roads with new plans to improve more than 1,100 rural and low-volume roadway miles and rehabilitate or replace at least 85 municipally owned bridges over five years.“The investments being highlighted today illustrate our commitment to urban and rural communities alike as we support Pennsylvanians’ safety and quality of life,” said Richards.Today’s announcement was made at the office of PennDOT’s Engineering District 5 which serves Berks, Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe, Northampton, and Schuylkill counties. Work in that region this year will pave approximately 299 miles of roads and replace or rehabilitate 61 bridges. The department anticipates investing more than $360 million in the east central region this year.“We look forward to the new construction season, and the opportunity it presents to fix and improve our highway system,” PennDOT District 5 Executive Michael W. Rebert said. “We are proud to provide motorists with a safe, efficient transportation network and look forward to building on our accomplishments.”In addition to construction projects, PennDOT’s regional county maintenance employees will resurface 15 miles of lower-traffic roads with Recycled Asphalt Pavement this year.Along with projects to replace or rehabilitate bridges, waterproof membranes will be applied to the decks of 19 more bridges in the region to preserve the bridges and extend their service life.Notable projects that will continue this year include:Rehabilitation of the Penn Street Bridge over U.S. 422/West Shore Bypass in City of Reading and West Reading Borough, Berks County ($42.5 million);Interstate 78 at Exit 40 interchange reconstruction including reconstruction of mainline between Long Lane Road and approximately 1.2 miles west of Old Route 22 in Greenwich Township, Berks County ($42 million);Reconstruction of Route 662 and Park Road in Fleetwood Borough, Berks County (Route 662 from just north of Poplar Road to just south of Schiery Road, and Park Road/Main Street/Fleetwood Lyons Road from the Fleetwood Community Park to just west of Dryville Road), includes reconstructing both roads, upgrading utilities, upgrading traffic signals at Main and Richmond streets and Main and Franklin streets, and new curb ramps that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act ($12.6 million);Improvement of intersection of U.S. 222/Kutztown Road and Route 662/Moselem Springs Road in Richmond Township, Berks County, including replacing the signalized intersection with a modern roundabout, widening U.S. 222 to four lanes at the roundabout approaches, and drainage improvements ($6.6 million);East Wall Street Bridge over Schuylkill River replacement in Leesport Borough, Berks County ($4.8 million);Route 534 Bridge over Swamp Run replacement in Kidder Township, Carbon County ($1.1 million);Resurfacing of U.S. 209 in Lansford Borough, Carbon County ($2.89 million);Resurfacing of U.S. 209 in Summit Hill and Nesquehoning boroughs, Carbon County ($1.2 million);Repairs to 21 bridges in various municipalities in Carbon, Monroe, and Schuylkill counties ($8.3 million);U.S. 22 at Fullerton Avenue Interchange: reconstruction and replacement of U.S. 22 bridges over Lehigh River in Lehigh County ($64.7 million);Rehabilitation of the Tilghman Street Bridge over Lehigh River, Norfolk Southern Rail Road and local streets in the City of Allentown, Lehigh County ($21.9 million);Repair and resurface I-78 in Lehigh County ($7.6 million);Addition of an auxiliary lane on I-78 east and west between U.S. 22 and Route 100 in Lehigh County ($5.1 million);Reconstruction of Route 611 from Scotrun to Swiftwater in Pocono Township, Monroe County, including creating new traffic lanes with two through lanes and a center left turning lane, designated left turn lanes at intersections; installing a new traffic signal at the intersection of Route 611 and Brookdale Road; replacing the Route 611 bridge over Scotrun; repairing the Route 611 culvert over Scotrun; and repairing the Route 611 culvert over a tributary to Scotrun ($12.3 million);Project to improve I-81 between exits 124 (PA 61) and 131 (PA 54) in Schuylkill County including milling, paving, and placing new line paint on the section of I-81, also includes milling and paving the interchange ramps at Exit 124 ($11 million);U.S. 209 Bridge over Reading Blue Mountain Northern Railroad and West Branch Schuylkill River replacement in Branch Township, Schuylkill County ($4.9 million);Route 443 Pavement Preservation Project in Pine Grove Borough and Township, Schuylkill County ($1.2 million);Route 309 Pavement Preservation Project in Rush Township, Schuylkill County ($3.9 million).Notable projects that are expected to begin this year include:Reconstruction of I-78 between Exit 35 (PA 143/Lenhartsville) and Lehigh County line in Greenwich Township, Berks County (estimated $165 – $175 million);Reconstruction of Business Route 422 in City of Reading, Mt. Penn and St. Lawrence boroughs and Exeter Township, Berks County ($11.8 million);Shoey Road Bridge replacement over Schuylkill River in Centre Township and Shoemakersville Borough, Berks County ($3.7 million);Schaeffer Road Bridge replacement over Willow Creek in Maidencreek Township, Berks County ($1.1 million);Resurfacing of Route 902 in Summit Hill Borough, Carbon County ($283,000);Fritz Valley Road Bridge replacement over Normal Creek in Mahoning Township, Carbon County ($1.1 million);Route 29 Bridge replacement over Indian Creek in Upper Milford Township, Lehigh County ($2.5 million);Resurfacing of Route 100 in Macungie Borough, Lower Macungie and Upper Milford townships, Lehigh County ($1.5 million);Replacement of two ramp bridges at Exit 310 on I-80, including installation of a roundabout at intersection of River Road, Foxtown Hill Road and Broad Street in Delaware Water Borough and Smithfield Township, Monroe County ($14.1 million);Reconstruction and widening of a portion of Route 115 in Tunkhannock Township, Monroe County ($6.9 million);Resurfacing of Route 611 in Stroudsburg Borough and Stroud Township, Monroe County ($1.7 million);Resurfacing of Center Street in City of Bethlehem, Northampton County ($4.5 million);Repairing and resurfacing of Wood Avenue/Hackett Avenue/Tatamy Road/South Eighth Street in Palmer Township and Wilson, Tatamy and Stockertown boroughs, Northampton County ($1.2 million);Resurfacing of Easton Avenue in Bethlehem Township, Northampton County ($643,000);Resurfacing of Route 901 in Minersville Borough, Cass and Foster townships, Schuylkill County ($2.5 million);Gap Street Bridge replacement over Pine Creek in Hegins Township, Schuylkill County ($1.6 million);Resurfacing of Route 443 in Pine Grove Borough and Pine Grove Township, Schuylkill County ($1.2 million).“Our construction projects involve extensive coordination with our planning partners, counties, municipalities, school districts and other stakeholders,” Rebert said. “We are eager to begin this season’s work for the benefit of our region.”As construction projects are underway in the region, the traveling public can anticipate seeing many work zones and are urged to keep in mind their safety and the safety of highway workers. When encountering a work zone, please drive the posted speed limit, turn on your headlights, pay close attention to signs and flaggers and avoid all distractions. In high traffic locations, motorists are encouraged to use both lanes of travel to the merge point and are to take turns merging into the open lane.For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.Follow regional PennDOT information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/511PAAllentown, and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.center_img April 02, 2018last_img read more

first_imgOne of the bedrooms, complete with freestanding tub. Picture: realestate.com.auUpstairs, there is another self-contained area that has been purpose built with a private staircase, ensuite, walk-in robe and living area.A large balcony overlooking the gardens captures views of the city and river.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The original title deed for 75 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park. Picture supplied by Ray White.“He’s just got a bit of a passion for it,” marketing agent Mathew Abboud of Ray White said.More 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 ago“It takes him back to another era.”So, do they come with the house?“Unlikely but everything’s up for discussion,” Mr Abboud said. The impressive man cave. Picture: realestate.com.auOwner Kevin Robinson runs a professional photography business and has collected pieces from his travels over the years — notably old petrol station signs, an Ampol oil lamp and even a jukebox — which are proudly on display downstairs. This house at 75 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park, is for sale. Picture: realestate.com.auIF you’ve ever been stuck in traffic on busy Wynnum Road, there’s a good chance you’ve found yourself peering into this historic house and wondering what’s inside.Well now you can see for yourself — and we bet you wouldn’t have guessed that it has arguably one of the best man caves in Brisbane.Built over 130 years ago, the eclectic Queenslander at 75 Wynnum Rd, Norman Park, is now for sale for the first time in 16 years. Retro furniture and quirky homewares inject plenty of personality. Picture: realestate.com.auThe middle level of the house features three bedrooms, a large gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry and spacious outdoor living areas. A wonderful entertaining space, inside and out. Picture: realestate.com.auThe five-bedroom, five-bathroom house spans three levels and sits on a rare 952 sqm of landscaped gardens just 3km from the CBD.The lower level is completely dedicated to an oversized rumpus room, complete with kitchenette, bedroom with ensuite and study area, which is the perfect retreat for the man of the house.It also offers direct access through panel doors to the back gardens, inground pool and Balinese style thatched gazebo. Classic and contemporary features combine beautifully here. Picture: realestate.com.auMr Abboud said the level of attention to detail throughout the house was extraordinary and difficult to replicate, down to the to the brass ball catches at the bottom of the doors.He said he had been surprised by the interest he had received within days of listing the home — which will be open for inspection for the first time on Saturday — particularly from car enthusiasts.Perhaps that was because there was enough space underneath the house to accommodate six vehicles.Muscle flexed in mega home saleOwn this Aussie island for $3.5 millionBespoke reno is a piece of art The pool area feels private thanks to plenty of greenery. Picture: realestate.com.auThe home is a short walk from Norman Park ferry terminal and bus stop, and close to Oxford Street, Bulimba.The property is scheduled for auction on August 30 through Ray White Paddington. The front veranda is the perfect spot for a sundowner. Picture: realestate.com.aulast_img read more