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COVID-19: 42 Indonesian pilgrims stranded as Saudi Arabia imposes travel restrictions

first_imgSaudi Arabia announced the suspension of umrah on Feb. 27 and has since restricted movement to contain COVID-19. It suspended all international flights to and from the country for two weeks on March 15.Read also: Umrah pilgrims can reschedule at no extra costs, government promisesThe Islamic kingdom has also locked down its capital city of Riyadh and two Islamic holy cities, Mecca and Medina, while also imposing travel restrictions on 13 regions to stem the transmission of the disease, which has infected 767 people and killed at least one in the country, Bloomberg reported.Saudi Arabia’s Hajj and Umrah Ministry has urged pilgrims with umrah visas within this year’s umrah period to register with the government at e.services.haj.gov.sa until March 28 in order to arrange their departure, which will be facilitated by the Saudi government.Endang Jumali, the hajj consul of the Indonesian Consulate General in Jeddah, said that the stranded Indonesian pilgrims were currently staying at the hotels provided by the travel agencies and that they were all in good health.”The information regarding their departure flights and times will be delivered to their registered phone numbers,” he said in statement on Thursday. (trn)Topics : Forty-two Indonesian umrah (minor haj) pilgrims are reportedly stranded in Saudi Arabia after the Islamic kingdom imposed travel restrictions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country.Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Ministry said that the 42 pilgrims – 39 of whom possessed umrah visas and three of whom had visit visas – had planned their trips to Saudi Arabia through 11 umrah travel agencies.”I have already asked [the travel agencies] to immediately report the pilgrims to Saudi authorities so that their return can be arranged,” the ministry’s umrah and special hajj director, Arfi Hatim, said in a statement on Thursday.last_img read more

Nicolas Pepe finally ends Virgil van Dijk’s long-running Premier League record

first_imgADVERTISEMENTJust seven minutes in, Van Dijk had to move across to cover the space as Pepe burst forward, but, in a sight that hasn’t been seen for 50 games, the new Arsenal star glided past the Dutchman.AdvertisementAdvertisementIncredibly, it is the first time Van Dijk has been successfully dribbled past since March 2018 when Mikel Merino did it for Newcastle United.Le fameux dribble de Nicolas Pépé sur Virgil van Dijk 👀 #LIVARS pic.twitter.com/xEmt197slh— Hugo Le Carnec (@HugoLeCarnec) August 24, 2019 Pepe’s performance only got better from there, routinely scaring the Liverpool defence with his blistering pace, though he spurned a great opportunity to give his side the lead when clean through on goal.Moments later, Liverpool made Arsenal pay for their profligacy as Joel Matip rose highest to head Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner.Interestingly, only three players have dribbled past Van Dijk in the last three seasons, Lacazette back in 2017, Merino in 2018 and now Pepe in 2019, while Gabriel Jesus appeared to go round the Dutchman in the recent Community Shield though it was not officially recorded as a dribble by Opta.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Nicolas Pepe finally ends Virgil van Dijk’s long-running Premier League record The £72m summer signing was a livewire on his full debut at Anfield (Picture: Getty)Nicolas Pepe became the first player to dribble past Virgil van Dijk in a Premier League match in well over a year as he made a bright start to his full Arsenal debut against Liverpool.The £72million summer signing from Lille started for the first time for his new club at Anfield, lining up on the right flank as Alexandre Lacazette dropped to the bench.Unai Emery’s tactical plan was clear, asking both Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to pull out wide and exploit the space left behind Liverpool’s attack-minded full-backs.Analysts: Nobody has dribbled past Van Dijk in 2018/19 seasonPepe, who has just come to Arsenal in 2019: HOLD MY BEER#LIVARS pic.twitter.com/PFoYsc8QGk— Sayantan Chatterjee (@ThisIsSayantan) August 24, 2019 Commentcenter_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 24 Aug 2019 6:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.6kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces $12 Million in Green Light-Go Traffic Signal Improvement Funding

first_imgButler County:Butler Township – $43,880 to improve traffic signals at the intersections of Route 3002 (Whitestown Road) and Route 3007 (Meridian Road), Route 3002 (Whitestown Road) and South Eberhart Road, Route 3002 (Whitestown Road) and South Duffy Road.Cranberry Township — $50,000 to install adaptive traffic signal system software that adjusts signal timing based on traffic conditions at the intersections of Route 19 and Cranberry Square Drive, Route 19 and Short Street, and Route 19 and St Francis Way. May 16, 2016 Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 109 municipalities will receive $12 million to underwrite the costs of upgrading traffic signals under the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) “Green Light-Go” program.Made possible by Act 89, the state’s transportation funding plan, the program establishes partnership agreements between municipalities and PennDOT through which municipalities request up to 50-percent funding for traffic-signal projects.“State and local partnerships like this are critical to improving traffic flow and safety across the state, and this program helps us meet that goal,” said Governor Wolf. “Through this investment, communities across the state will benefit from upgraded signals and intersections.”During this fiscal year, grants can be used for installing light-emitting diode (LED) technology, performing regional operations such as retiming, developing special event plans and monitoring traffic signals, as well as upgrading traffic signals to the latest technologies.Under the Green Light-Go program, projects on corridors with fewer than 10,000 vehicles per day will be managed by the municipality, and PennDOT will manage any project with signals on corridors that have greater than 10,000 vehicles per day. Both types of projects will require a 50 percent match from the municipality.Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews or “like” the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.MEDIA CONTACT: Megan Healey, 717-783-1116Rich Kirkpatrick or Erin Waters-Trasatt, PennDOT, 717-783-8800Following is a county-by-county list of Green Light-Go funding recipients, the amount of state funding, and a brief description of the projects. Note the state funding identified below only represents part of the total project funding:Allegheny County:Monroeville Borough — $38,602 to replace vehicular and pedestrian indications with LED modules at 25 intersections throughout the municipality. These include seven intersections along Route 22 (William Penn Highway), four intersections along Route 48 (Mosside Boulevard), two intersections along Route 130 (Broadway Boulevard), seven intersections along Route 2048 (William Penn Highway), two intersections along Route 2054 (Northern Pike) and three intersections along Route 2057 (Haymaker Road).Monroeville Borough — $114,170 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 2054 (Northern Pike) and West Patty Lane.North Versailles Township — $17,953 to improve the intersection of Route 30 and Leuhm Avenue by installing an advanced overhead ”signal ahead” warning sign.Plum Borough– $30,000 to replace traffic signal controllers at four intersections – Route 286 (Golden Mile Highway) and New Texas Road, Route 286 (Golden Mile Highway) and Pine Valley Drive, Route 286 (Golden Mile Highway) and Sandune Drive, and Route 286 (Golden Mile Highway) and Holiday Park Drive.Sewickley Borough– $206,969 to upgrade and install an adaptive traffic signal system that adjusts signal timing based on traffic conditions at three intersections along Route 65 (Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) and Chestnut Street, Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) and Broad Street, and Route 65 (Ohio River Boulevard) and Walnut Street).South Fayette Township –$381,391 to upgrade and install an adaptive traffic signal system that adjusts signal timing based on traffic conditions at the eight intersections along Route 50. These include Route 50 and Route 3026, Route 50 and Municipal Drive, Route 50 and Hickory Grade Road, Route 50 and the Interstate 79 southbound ramps, Route 50 and the I-79 northbound ramps, Route 50 and Route 3034, Route 50 and Route 3003, and Route 3003 and Daniell Drive.Stowe Township – $97,500 to update the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 3092 (Broadway Street/Seventh Street) and Valley Street continuing the Broadway Streetscape Project. Mercer County: City of Hermitage — $22,500 to improve traffic signals at the intersections of Route 3008 (East State Street) and Route 3025 (North Buhl Farm Drive) and Route 18 and Indian Run Road.Sharon — $103,100 to improve traffic signals along State Street from Buhl Boulevard to Irvine Avenue and the intersections of Roemer Street and Mercer Street, New Castle Street and Mercer Street and Roemer Street and Spearman Street.Sharpsville Borough — $1,998 to replace LED modules at the intersection of Route 518 (Walnut Street) and Route 3025 (Mercer Avenue).Worth Township — $354 to replace LED modules to the warning signal sign on Route 173 North and South of the Route 965 intersection.Monroe County: Pocono Township — $68,512 to install optical emergency pre-emption equipment at nine intersections along Route 611.Montgomery County:Abington Township — $25,308 to replace LED modules at 20 intersections.Cheltenham Township — $80,180 to install GPS time clocks at six intersections along Limekiln Pike and Easton Road.; to install a traffic signal mast arm at the intersection of Ashbourne Road and New Second Street.; to perform system integration at the intersections of Greenwood Avenue and Rice Mill Road.; to upgrade pedestrian facilities at the intersections of Limekiln Pike and Church Road and Limekiln Pike and Easton Road.; and for the study, development and construction of safety improvements at the intersection of Shoppers Lane and Ogontz Avenue.East Norriton Township — $143,789 to install a fiber optic network and connect 15 intersections into PennDOT’s traffic management center.Franconia Township — $27,500 to install a radar detection system at the intersections of Route 113 (Harleysville Pike) and Route 1001 (Allentown Road), Route 113 (Harleysville Pike) and Godshall Road, Route 113 (Harleysville Pike) and Route 1011 (Cowpath Ed), and Route 113 (Harleysville Pike) and Route 1007 (Schoolhouse Road).Hatboro Borough — $771,918 to upgrade the intersections of Route 2009 (Byberry Road) and Route 2040 (Warminster Road) and Jacksonville Road and Montgomery Avenue.Lansdale Borough– $185,150 to replace LED modules and improve traffic signals at eight intersections along Route 63, one intersection along Route 2004 and one intersection along Route 2006.Lower Gwynedd Township — $132,425 to improve the traffic signals at the intersections of Bethlehem Pike and Dager Road, Tennis Avenue and Norristown Road, and Bethlehem Pike and Tennis Avenue.Lower Merion Township — $503,947 to upgrade and install three adaptive signals at the intersections of Route 30 (Lancaster Avenue) and Old Wynnewood Road, Route 3044 (Wynnewood Road) and Penn Road and Route 3044 (Wynnewood Road) and Williams Road, and to upgrade existing loop detectorswith video detection systems at 45 intersections.Lower Moreland Township – $32,625 to install emergency pre-emption devices at the intersections of Huntingdon Pike and Welsh Road, Huntingdon Pike and Red Lion Road, Huntingdon Pike and Byberry Road, Byberry Road and Pine Road, and Byberry Road and Buck Road.Lower Providence Township – $1,041 to replace LED modules at the intersection of Egypt Road and Surrey Lane.Lower Salford Township – $16,868 to replace LED modules at five intersections along Route 63 (Main Street); eight intersections along Route 63, two intersections along Route 113 and one intersection along Route 1058.New Hanover Township — $6,291 to replace LED modules at the intersection of Route 633 (Charlotte Street) and Swamp Pike, and for maintenance improvements at the intersections of Charlotte Street and Swamp Pike, Layfield Road and Hoffmansville Road, Big Road and New Hanover Square Road, and Charlotte Street and Buchert Road.Royersford Borough — $233,358 to upgrade the traffic signals at the intersections of Main Street and 4th Street and Main Street and 5th Street.Towamencin Township — $52,127 to replace the existing traffic controller and install uninterrupted power supplies systems at the intersection of Route 1001 (Allentown Road) and Fretz Road/Derstine Road.Upper Dublin Township – $463,632 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Limekiln Pike and Dillon Road/Meetinghouse Road; install adaptive signal control technology at six intersections along Pennsylvania Avenue; and replace existing loop detectors with a video detection system as well as replace vehicular and LED modules at five intersections along Route 2017 (Susquehanna Road).Upper Moreland Township — $34,800 to replace existing loop detectors with video detection systems at the intersections of Easton Road and Blair Mill Road and Easton Road and Fitzwatertown Road.Upper Providence Township — $45,508 to replace LED modules at 19 intersections along Egypt Road.Whitemarsh Township – $593,312 to upgrade and widen the intersection at Route 3014 (Joshua Road) and Route 3003 (Stenton Avenue) to provide left turn lanes on all four approaches.Whitpain Township — $14,355 to replace LED modules at the intersections of Route 2001 (Morris Road) and Route 2016 (School Road), Route 2001 (Morris Road) and Tournament Drive, Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Union Meeting Road, Route 73 (Skippack Pike) and Route 3012 (Walton Road) and Butler Pike and Route 3001 (Norristown Road).Worcester Township — $4,725 to improve maintenance at 13 intersections along Route 73, Route 363, Route 3006, Route 2001 and Route 3001.Northampton County:Bath Borough — $2,895 to install a video detection camera at the intersection of Route 512 and Barrall Avenue.Pen Argyl Borough — $160,500 to upgrade the intersection of Route 512 (Main Street) and Route 1020 (Robinson Avenue).Upper Nazareth Township — $7,000 to install emergency vehicle pre-emption at the intersection of Route 248 and Route 946.Northumberland County: Mount Carmel Borough — $9,500 to provide improvements to the traffic signal at the intersection of 3rd Street and Oak Street.Philadelphia:$725,000 to upgrade six intersections along Cottman Avenue from Caster Avenue to Roosevelt Boulevard.$385,000 to extend the city’s fiber optic network along Germantown Avenue and replace pedestrian countdown signals from Walnut Lane to Washington Lane, Johnson Street to Upsal Street and Seymore Street to Rockland Street, a total of six intersections.$131,000 to install switches and related communication hardware at 29 controllers along Roosevelt Boulevard in order to access and connect to the city’s integrated traffic management system.$290,000 to improve traffic signals at five intersections along West Girard Avenue between College Avenue and 31st StreetUnion County: Mifflinburg Borough — $14,700 to replace LED modules and install video detection systems at eight intersections.Warren County: Mead Township — $17,404 for the maintenance and upgrades to the traffic signals at the intersections of Route 6 and Glade Bridge and Route 6 and Warren Kinzua Road.Washington County:North Strabane Township — $70,900 to install Emergency Vehicle Protection (EVP) with ancillary equipment upgrades as necessary at the intersections of Route 19 (Washington Road) and Demar Boulevard, Route 1023 (McClelland Road) and Demar Boulevard, Route 19 (Washington Road) and Route 1025 (Weavertown Road), Route 19 (Washington Road) and Meadowbrook Drive, Route 19 (Washington Road) and Route 1023 (McClelland Road), and Route 1023 (McClelland Road) and Route 1009 (Morganza Road).Peters Township — $121,500 to improve the existing traffic signal at the intersection of Route 1002 (McMurray Road) and Route 1010 (Valleybrook Road); to connect the adjacent intersection at Route 1017 (Thomas Road); and to improve the traffic signals at the intersections of Route 19 and Waterdam Road, Route 19 and Valleybrook Road, and Route 19 and Gallery Road. Governor Wolf Announces $12 Million in Green Light-Go Traffic Signal Improvement Funding SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Cambria County: Ebensburg Borough — $26,920 to install pedestrian crossing signals to allow the borough to extend new sidewalks at the intersection of Route 1036 (Rowena Drive) and Route 1001 (Manor Drive).Centre County:Ferguson Township — $176,084 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 26 (West College Avenue) and Corl Street.Patton Township — $121,583 to install an adaptive traffic signal system that adjusts signal timing based on traffic conditions at the intersections of Valley Vista Drive and Green Tech Drive, Valley Vista Drive and North Atherton Street, Valley Vista Driveand Lowe’s Centre Driveway, and Valley Vista Drive and Carnegie Drive.center_img Beaver County: Ambridge Borough — $1,632 to replace LEDs at the intersection of Route 989 (Eighth Street) and Duss Avenue.Bedford County: East Providence Township — $7,000 to assist with maintenance improvements at 20 intersections along Route 30, Route 2029, Route 1013 and Route 503.Berks County:City of Reading — $12,450 to improve traffic signal equipment damaged by weather events at 20 intersections throughout the city.Hereford Township — $5,468 to replace traffic signal loop detectors with a video detection camera system at the intersection of Route 100 and Route 29.Blair County: Duncansville Borough– $20,000 to improve the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 22 (Third Avenue) and 13th Street.Bucks County:Bristol Township — $144,626 to update the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 2029 (Bristol-Oxford Valley Road), Route 2049 (Bath Road) and Lakeland Road.Bristol Township — $174,292 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 2051 (Oxford Valley Road/Levittown Parkway) and Route 2006 (New Falls Road).Falls Township — $154,654 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 2051 (Levittown Parkway) and Mill Creek Parkway.Middletown Township — $290,360 to install an adaptive traffic signal system at 15 intersections that adjusts signal timing based on traffic conditions along Lincoln Highway from the intersection with Interstate 95 Ramps to Oxford Valley Road.Northampton Township — $20,880 to replace existing loops with video detection and upgrade pedestrian signals to countdown pedestrian signals at the intersection of Route 2067 (Holland Road) and Middle Holland Road/Upper Holland Road.Penndel Borough — $12,580 for controller and pavement marking improvements at the intersections of Lincoln Highway and Durham Road, Lincoln Highway and Bellevue Avenue, and Lincoln Highway and Hulmeville Avenue.Richland Borough — $38,295 to improve traffic signal retiming at the intersections of Route 309 (South West End Boulevard) and W. Pumping Station Rd, and Route 309 (South West End Boulevard) and Tollgate Road. Lackawanna County: City of Scranton — $11,760 to replace LED modules at 2 intersections along Adams Avenue, one intersection along Albright Avenue, two intersections along Ash Street, one intersection along Brick Avenue, one intersection along Court Street, one intersection along Franklin Avenue, two intersections along Gibson Street, one intersection along Larch Street, three intersections along Linden Street, one intersection along Main Street, one intersection along Moosic Street, one intersection along Pine Street, one intersection along Spruce Street, one intersection along Vine Street and one intersection along Wyoming Avenue.City of Scranton – $99,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Green Ridge Street and Sanderson Avenue.Clarks Green Borough — $14,689 to improve the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 407 and Grove Street.Lancaster County:City of Lancaster – $387,825 to upgrade pedestrian signals at four intersections along Route 462, six intersections along Route 272, four intersections along Route 23, three intersections along Route 222, and three intersections along Route 72.Elizabethtown Borough — $2,000 to connect the traffic signal at the intersection of East High Street and Spruce Street into the existing traffic signal system.Ephrata Borough — $33,366 to improve the traffic signals at the intersections of Route 322 and Lincoln Avenue, Route 322 and Lake Street, Route 322 and State Street, Route 322 and Church Street, Route 322 and Arch Street, and Route 322 and Martin Avenue.Lititz Borough — $23,081 to improve traffic signal wiring and install pedestrian signals at the intersections of Route 501 and Lincoln Avenue and Route 772 and Locust Street.Mount Joy Township — $49,950 to install communications equipment at the intersections of Route 4025 (Cloverleaf Road) and Route 283 westbound ramps, Route 4025 (Cloverleaf Road) and Schwanger Road, Route 4025 (Cloverleaf Road) and Andrew Avenue, Route 230 (Main Street) and Colebrook Road, Route 743 (Hershey Road) and Route 241 (Mt Gretna Road, and Route 743 (Hershey Road) and Route 283 westbound ramps.Warwick Township — $30,812 to install a video detection system at the intersections of Route 772 (Main Street) and Newport Road, Route 772 (Main St) and Church Street, and Route 772 (Main Street) and Route 1018 (Rothsville Road).Lehigh County:Heidelberg Township — $4,917 to install an uninterruptible power supply system at the intersection at Route 309 and Route 4029 (Northwest Road).South Whitehall Township — $8,000 to improve traffic signal retiming at the intersections of Route 1002 (Tilghman Street) and Parkway Road, Route 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Scherersville Road, and Route 1017 (Mauch Chunk Road) and Route 1021 (Perma Avenue).Upper Macungie Township, $35,000 to install traffic signal emergency vehicle pre-emption systems at the intersections of Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Continental Way, Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Trexlertown Shopping Center, Route 6222 and Trexler Mall Entrance, Route 6222 (Hamilton Boulevard) and Route 2012 (Lower Macungie Road), and Route 3008 (Cetronia Road) and Route 2015 (Schantz Road).Luzerne County:Butler Township — $80,040 to improve traffic signals at six intersections along Route 309 in Butler Township, Fairview Township and Wright Township.Lake Township — $3,723 to install an uninterrupted power supply system at the intersection of Route 29 and Route 118.Plymouth Township — $10,000 to install emergency vehicle pre-emption at the intersection of Route 11 and West Nanticoke Bridge. Lycoming County: Loyalsock Township — $86,500 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 2029 (Northway Road) and Sheridan Street.Muncy Creek Township — $3,125 to install an uninterrupted power supply system at the intersection of Route 442 and Route 405.Old Lycoming Township — $2,510 to replace LED modules at the intersections of Route 3014 (Mill Lane) and Route 1017 (Lycoming Creek Road) and Route 2016 (Roosevelt Avenue) and Route 1017 (Lycoming Creek Road). Chester County:East Goshen Township — $514,167 to install an adaptive traffic signal system that adjusts signal timing based on traffic conditions on Route 3 (West Chester Pike) at 10 intersections from Route 2010 (East Strasburg Rd) to Route 352 (South Chester Road.East Pikeland Township — $9,000 to replace LED modules and improve the traffic signals at the intersections of Route 113 and Coldstream Road, Route 113 and Firehouse Lane, and Route 113 and Pothouse Road.East Vincent Township — $165,000 to upgrade the intersection of Route 724 (Schuylkill Road) and Route 1043 (New Street) by adding dedicated left-turn lanes.Kennett Township — $65,050 to improve the traffic signals at the intersections of Route 82 (Kailin Road) and Hillendale Road, Route 1 and Exelon Way, Route 1 and McFarlan Road, and Route 1 and Kendal Drive.Uwchlan Township — $79,190 to replace inductive loop sensors with a video detection system to control and improve the flow of traffic at three intersections along Route 100 and at nine intersections along Route 113.West Whiteland Township — $18,300 to install generator hook-ups and install uninterrupted power supplies at the intersections of Route 30 and Springdale Drive, Route 30 and East Mall Entrance, Route 30 and West Mall Entrance/Iron Lake Boulevard, Route 30 and Whiteland Towne Center, Route 30 and Campbell Boulevard, and Route 30 and Oaklands Boulevard.West Whiteland Township – $22,000 to improve maintenance at 27 signalized intersections throughout the township. Westmoreland County:Hempfield Township — $17,790 to replace LED modules at the intersections of Route 119 and Roseytown Road, Route 130 and Route 30 eastbound ramp, Donahoe Road and Roseytown Road, and East Pittsburgh Street and Triangle Drive; and to install a radar detector system and update the power supply at the intersection of Mount Pleasant Road and Route 8006 (Ramp A).Penn Township — $93,733 to install LED conversion kits and to upgrade the intersection of Route 130, Route 993 and Walnut Street.York County: York Township — $251,175 to upgrade the traffic signals at the intersections of Route 74 and Route 2002 (Springwood Road), Route 74 and Route 3056 (Tyler Run Road), and Route 2002 (Springwood Road) and Route 3023 (Hollywood Drive).# # # Crawford County:City of Meadville — $15,601 to improve signal heads at the intersections of Route 6 (French Creek Parkway) and Route 322 (Linden Street), Route 6 (French Creek Parkway) and Route 151 (Mercer Street), Route 6 (French Creek Parkway) and Route 138 (Mead Avenue), and Route 322 (Linden Street) and Route 1001 (Park Avenue).City of Meadville — $122,809 to upgrade the intersection of Route 6 (French Creek Parkway) and Route 138 (Mead Avenue).Cumberland County:Carlisle Borough– $11,250 to install optical emergency pre-emption systems at the intersections of Ritner Highway and Industrial Drive, Ritner Highway and Key Real Estate Warehouse Entrance, and Ritner Highway and Sheare Drive to improve emergency vehicle pre-emption service.Monroe Township – $7,950 to install an uninterrupted power supply at the intersections of Route 2011 (Williams Grove Road) and Route 2004 (Lisburn Road) and Route 74 (York Road) and Route 174 (Boiling Springs Road).Mount Holly Springs – $22,000 to replace and relocate the traffic signal pole at the intersection of Route 34 and Mill Street.Newville Borough- $38,976 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 641 (Main Street) and Route 233 (High Street) with new mast arms, controller cabinet and pedestrian facilities.North Middleton Township – $127,394 to upgrade the intersection of Route 1001 (Cavalry Rd) and Route 34 (Spring Rd) with new mast arms, pedestrian facilities, a battery back-up system and emergency vehicle pre-emption.Silver Spring Township — $63,595 to improve 11 intersections along Route 11, one intersection along Route 994 and seven intersections along Route 114 by installing  uninterrupted power supplies.South Middletown Township — $82,282 to replace controllers at the intersections of Route 74 (York Road) and Fairview Street and Route 74 (York Road) and Westminster Drive; to install emergency pre-emption at the intersections of Willow Street and Pitt Street, Walnut Bottom Road and Belvedere Street, Walnut Bottom Road and Interstate 81 southbound ramps, Walnut Bottom Road and I-81 northbound ramps, Walnut Bottom Road and Stonehedge Drive, and Walnut Bottom Road and Sprint Drive; to install emergency pre-emption at the intersections of Route 74 (York Road) and Giant Lane, Route 74 (York Road) and I-81 northbound off-ramp, Route 74 (York Road) and Westminster Drive, and Route 74 (York Road) and Fairview Street; to complete a traffic engineering study to determine optimal signal timing and reconfiguring the controllers at the intersections of Walnut Bottom Road.; and to assist with traffic signal maintenance at 13 traffic signals along Allen Road, Walnut Bottom Road, Holly Pike and York Road.Dauphin County:City of Harrisburg — $326,469 to upgrade damaged equipment at the intersections of Front Street and Chestnut Street, Fourth Street and Chestnut Street, Front Street and Market Street, Fourth Street and Market Street, Front Street and Walnut Street, Fourth Street and Walnut Street, Commonwealth Avenue and Walnut Street, Front Street and Pine Street, Front Street and Paxton Street, and Fifth Street and Walnut Street.Lower Paxton Township — $152,000 to upgrade the signal at the intersection of Route 22 and Devonshire Road.Middletown Borough — $7,500 to replace inductive loop sensors with a video detection system to control and improve the flow of traffic at the intersections of Route 230 (Main Street) and Route 441 (Union Street), Route 230 (Main Street) and Vine Street, and Route 441 (Union Street) and Emaus Street.Swatara Township — $33,312 to replace a traffic signal mast arm at the intersection of Route 3010 (Paxton Street) and 28th Street.Delaware County:Aston Township — $132,102 to improve pedestrian facilities at seven intersections along Route 452 (Pennell Road) and five intersections along Route 3007 (Concord Road).Brookhaven Borough — $224,000 to upgrade pedestrian and electrical traffic signal equipment at one intersection along Bridgewater Road and six intersections along Edgmont Avenue.Chadds Ford Township — $9,702 to replace the traffic signal controller and  loop sensors with a video detection system to control and improve the flow of traffic at the intersection of Route 202 (Wilmington Pike) and Brinton’s Bridge/Dilworthtown Road.Concord Township — $93,661 to improve pedestrian facilities at seven intersections along Route 1 and seven intersections along Route 202.Edgmont Township — $2,883 to replace vehicular and pedestrian LED modules at the intersections of Route 3 (West Chester Pike) and North Crum Creek Road and Route 3 (West Chester Pike) and Rock Ridge Road.Ridley Township — $44,730 to improve the existing crosswalk with LED pedestrian crosswalk lighting systems at the intersection of Kedron Avenue and Academy Avenue, MacDade Boulevard and Milmont Avenue, MacDade Boulevard Edgewood Avenue, MacDade Boulevard and Swarthmore Avenue, MacDade Boulevard and Amosland Road, and MacDade Boulevard and Holmes Road.Springfield Township — $9,000 to install an audible pedestrian signal system at the intersection of Baltimore Pike and Saxer Avenue.Upper Chichester Township — $41,966 to improve pavement markings, replace and relocate signs and install uninterrupted power supplies at four intersections along Route 3009, two intersections along Route 322, two intersections along Route 452, one intersection along Route 3012 and one intersection along Route 491.Upper Darby Township — $31,500 to install video detection cameras at three intersections along Route 2019, one intersection along Route 2007, one intersection along Route 2026, one intersection along Route 3, two intersections along Route 2024, one intersection along Route 2001 and one intersection along Route 2015.Erie County:Albion Borough — $223,056 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of Route 6 (State Street) and Route 18 (Main Street).City of Erie – $67,361 to retime six traffic signals, install three new controllers, and install GPS time units to maintain updated timings and network coordination along Route 4016 (East 38th Street).McKean Borough — $14,000 to improve a flashing red light at the intersection of Route 99 and West Road.Wesleyville Borough — $27,708 to install GPS time units, repair existing detection and the systematic retiming at the intersections of U.S. 20 (Buffalo Road) and Bird Drive, U.S. 20 (Buffalo Road) and Eastern Avenue, U.S. 20 (Buffalo Road) and Station Road, U.S. 20 (Buffalo Road) and Water Street and Fremont Street and Station Road.Franklin County:Borough of Shippensburg — $18,325 to replace LED modules and to install uninterrupted power supplies at 13 intersections throughout the borough.Southampton Township – $3,521 to improve existing road markings using thermoplastic at the intersections of Route 696 and Interstate 81 southbound ramp, Route 696 and I-81 northbound ramp, and Route 696 and Mount Rock Road.Washington Township – $14,088 to replace LED modules and install uninterrupted power supplies at the intersections of Route 16 and Route 2007 (Old Forge Road) and Route 16 and Route 2007 (Midvale Road).last_img read more

IPE Conference: Political risk in Europe ‘on the decline for first time’

first_imgWith threats from the outside increasing, Europe will actually move together more closely, delegates at the 2017 IPE Conference in Prague heard.“Political risk in Europe in general is on the decline for the first time,” said Giuseppe di Mino, managing director at hedge fund Amber Capital.“After the French election, Brexit and Trump, there is a sense that for the first time Europe needs to integrate, get together, defend itself.“The hope is that when a German government is formed eventually, next year the French-German coalition will rekindle the willingness to move forward.” Di Mino was speaking on a panel on niche investments in Europe including central and eastern European (CEE) countries, Greece and Iceland.Asked about whether there was a higher political risk in these regions, the panel disagreed.“Perhaps there is some risk in Hungary or Poland, but there is also some in Italy, France, Spain and Germany – at least a little bit. Political risk cannot be reduced to CEE,” said Friedrich Mostböck, head of group research at Austria’s Erste Group Bank.He also emphasised that CEE countries had a much lower level of debt compared to the euro-zone.“The debt crisis is still global and not solved and includes not only the euro-zone but also large industrial states like the US or the UK,” Mostböck said. “On a positive note, most of CEE countries have – in relative terms – a much lower debt than the rest of the world.”He added that virtually all European debt levels were above the Maastricht threshold for the euro-zone, “but these criteria are gone, they are not important any more”.Jared Carney, founder and CEO of Lightdale, an asset management boutique focusing on European niche opportunities, admitted: “I’m not one to talk as the US has increased its political risk significantly.”But he added: “Europe is an exciting place to invest, not just on an index basis but also in specialised situations – but it is a very local market, especially for an American looking in.”As a specialist for Russia, Tim Umberger, deputy head of eastern Europe and portfolio at East Capital, provided a glimmer of hope for investors in that market.“What people are missing is that we have elections in 2018 and a reshuffling of the government is possible,” he said. Umberger also mentioned the rise of technocrats who might get to power, which would be “positive for Russia”.He also noted: “International relations cannot get much worse, but on the flip side Russia has good relations with other important countries like China, India and Japan.”Talking about other markets neglected by investors, Di Mino noted “a lot of direct lending opportunities” in Greece as companies were trying to refinance and banks have been unable to help.In addition, he mentioned distressed assets from banks’ balance sheets and privatisation initiatives happening in an economy that is “just coming out of the deepest recession since World War II”.Some investors have already made the first move, he said.“What we see on the ground is that for the first time ever in the last seven years [foreign direct investments] are increasing, mainly from Asia and the east,” Di Mino said. “If you are looking for a distressed country with good opportunities to invest in, Greece is one of them.”Similarly, Mostböck added that the CEE region was “a perfect place for niche investment opportunities as the growth is now generated on a much more solid level and governance also continues to increase”.The analyst was convinced that the financial crisis actually helped this effect, to a certain extent.“The CEE countries did their homework, reduced the debt levels, increased foreign exchange reserves,” Mostböck said. “Otherwise, the double-digit growth levels we saw before would have created a bubble in the region.”  The panel discussed niche investment opportunities in Europe and beyondlast_img read more

70pc of unit projects shelved or dumped as developers sit tight

first_imgMr Walker said Brisbane’s apartment market had bottomed and was in recovery mode.“The next 12 months will remain a challenging marketplace where only good quality residential stock is going to appeal to buyers,” he said.”Vacancy rates will tighten, rents will start to grow and on the back of that, we should start to see some price growth.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“We’re predicting 2021 will probably be the next big growth stage.” Place Advisory residential research director Lachlan Walker.Mr Walker said the inner Brisbane apartment market was showing some of the best prospects for price growth of all the capital cities. The Brisbane market’s supply has dropped off the most since its peak, while population growth is above the national average and increasing. Mr Walker said the market also offered “significantly superior rental yields” compared to Sydney and Melbourne. “Relatively, apartments remain more affordable than they were 10 years ago, while the ratio of apartment prices to houses and other capital city apartment markets also remains below long term averages,” the report said. “This in turn maintains the capacity for the inner Brisbane apartment market to be able to sustain an increase in prices as the market’s fundamentals continue to improve.” Brisbane’s apartment market is showing good prospects for price growth, according to a new report. Image: AAP/Darren England. More than two thirds of apartment projects planned for Brisbane have been deferred or abandoned. Picture: Mark Cranitch.There were 217 apartment sales during the September quarter — an increase of 119 per cent on the previous three months — showing the market is recovering and buyer demand starting to increase.The average sale price was $688,134, with an increase in interest for apartments at lower price points.Silk One in Woolloongabba was the standout performer for the quarter, recording 81 unconditional apartment sales. The Silk One apartment building at Woolloongabba will feature Australia’s first “Sky Stand” giving residents clear views into the Gabba. Picture supplied.There are currently 44 new large scale apartment buildings in Inner Brisbane with apartments available for sale.Place Advisory residential research director Lachlan Walker said the number of deferred and abandoned projects was high because many developers had bought at the peak of the market.Those developers were now sitting on their projects waiting for demand to pick up significantly again.“That number is inflated in my opinion because people bought those sites thinking they’d be able to deliver apartments given the market was booming,” Mr Walker said. “But because the market has tightened, it’s soaked the confidence out of many developers releasing stock.” MORE: Burger man selling Noosa mansion Apartment buildings in South Brisbane. Image: AAP/Darren England.MORE than two thirds of apartment projects planned for Brisbane have been shelved or dumped altogether, a new report reveals.The Place September quarter apartment report shows 70 per cent of projects in the inner city’s future apartment pipeline have been deferred or abandoned as developers wait for demand to pick up again.And developments in the application stage account for just 11 per cent of all projects, while the remaining 19 per cent are at the approval stage and awaiting construction. RELATED: Brisbane home prices to rise in 2020last_img read more

HIV evolving ‘into milder form’

first_img Share HealthLifestyle HIV evolving ‘into milder form’ by: BBC News – December 2, 2014 HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious, according to a major scientific study.The team at the University of Oxford shows the virus is being “watered down” as it adapts to our immune systems.It said it was taking longer for HIV infection to cause Aids and that the changes in the virus may help efforts to contain the pandemic.Some virologists suggest the virus may eventually become “almost harmless” as it continues to evolve.More than 35 million people around the world are infected with HIV and inside their bodies a devastating battle takes place between the immune system and the virus.HIV is a master of disguise. It rapidly and effortlessly mutates to evade and adapt to the immune system.HIV, in red, has infected a cell in the immune system, yellow.However, every so often HIV infects someone with a particularly effective immune system.“[Then] the virus is trapped between a rock and hard place, it can get flattened or make a change to survive and if it has to change then it will come with a cost,” said Prof Philip Goulder, from the University of Oxford.WeakenedThe “cost” is a reduced ability to replicate, which in turn makes the virus less infectious and means it takes longer to cause Aids.This weakened virus is then spread to other people and a slow cycle of “watering-down” HIV begins.The team showed this process happening in Africa by comparing Botswana, which has had an HIV problem for a long time, and South Africa where HIV arrived a decade later.Prof Goulder told the BBC News website: “It is quite striking. You can see the ability to replicate is 10% lower in Botswana than South Africa and that’s quite exciting.“We are observing evolution happening in front of us and it is surprising how quickly the process is happening.“The virus is slowing down in its ability to cause disease and that will help contribute to elimination.”Drug bonusThe findings in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences also suggested anti-retroviral drugs were forcing HIV to evolve into milder forms.It showed the drugs would primarily target the nastiest versions of HIV and encourage the milder ones to thrive.Prof Goulder added: “Twenty years ago the time to Aids was 10 years, but in the last 10 years in Botswana that might have increased to 12.5 years, a sort of incremental change, but in the big picture that is a rapid change.“One might imagine as time extends this could stretch further and further and in the future people being asymptomatic for decades.”The group did caution that even a watered-down version of HIV was still dangerous and could cause Aids.HIV originally came from apes or monkeys, in which it is frequently a minor infection.Prof Jonathan Ball, a virologist at the University of Nottingham, told the BBC: “If the trend continues then we might see the global picture change – a longer disease causing much less transmission.“In theory, if we were to let HIV run its course then we would see a human population emerge that was more resistant to the virus than we collectively are today – HIV infection would eventually become almost harmless.“Such events have probably happened throughout history, but we are talking very large timescales.”Prof Andrew Freedman, a reader in infectious diseases at Cardiff University, said this was an “intriguing study”.He said: “By comparing the epidemic in Botswana with that which occurred somewhat later in South Africa, the researchers were able to demonstrate that the effect of this evolution is for the virus to become less virulent, or weaker, over time.“The widespread use of antiretroviral therapy may also have a similar effect and together, these effects may contribute to the ultimate control of the HIV epidemic.”But he cautioned HIV was “an awfully long way” from becoming harmless and “other events will supersede that including wider access to treatment and eventually the development of a cure”. Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share 276 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Man Utd’s killer attacking trio of Fernandes, Pogba, Rashford excite Solskjaer

first_imgManchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is excited by the prospect of naming Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford in what is a mouth-watering attacking line-up. Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone Fernandes has been a revelation since joining from Sporting in January, helping the Reds to enjoy an 11-match unbeaten run across all competitions before football was postponed back on 13 March. The Portuguese is yet to play with long-term absentees Pogba and Rashford, but that possibility could soon become a reality as the duo both continue to work hard on their rehabilitation at home. During an interview with Sky Sports on Friday morning, when asked about Fernandes and Pogba playing together, Solskjaer could not hide his enthusiasm for the squad that he is building.Michael Carrick. “Good players can always play together, so definitely, they can – it’s a big yes,” said the manager. “I think it’s exciting. We do have an exciting squad. I’ve got Scott (McTominay), Fred, Nemanja (Matic). There’s many games coming up and I’m sure we can find a good connection between them. “We’ve been discussing that as a coaching team of course, and we’re looking forward to it. Of course, Bruno coming in, making the impact he made, it was a boost for everyone, the club, supporters and players. Getting Paul and Marcus Rashford back would be fantastic. “Paul has had a difficult season with injuries, and Marcus as well is getting back. So for us – and for them too – this gives them a chance to start on a par or even ahead of other players.” It was confirmed this week that all of United’s overseas players have returned to Manchester and that training has stepped up, although a return to the Aon Training Complex is yet to be announced. Talks are ongoing about when the Premier League season will resume, yet Solskjaer is confident the Reds will be in top physical condition and more than ready to fight for success on three fronts. Loading… “We’ve got loads at stake,” Ole told Sky Sports today. “We’ve just started to find form, three points behind Chelsea, we’ve got nine games, so we’re hoping to move up the table. That’s what we’ve got to do, and whenever that starts, and we’re going to try to catch them. “Now, it’s about getting them together as a group. That’s a strange scenario; we’ve been working in a team environment all these years, you’re used to the connection with the boys, shaking hands, giving them a hug if they need to. Now with all this, that’s gone, so that’s my main concern: how we get back and how we’re going to build that environment again. “We’ve always got this pressure at Man United of trophies, winning the next game. We’ve been through a difficult season, a rebuild – I think everyone knows that and has seen that. And I think we’re starting to see something exciting. We’re still in the FA Cup, we’d like to win it, the Europa League we’re still in. Of course, we’d like to win trophies. I think the players we have are exciting, and they’re getting better and better, most of them are improving. What we’re working towards – with the principles and the way we want to play – yes, we’re settled defensively, we want to get more exciting attacking-wise, but with Marcus back, Bruno and Paul back, you’d expect us to be more exciting.”Harry Maguire. During his interview with Sky Sports, Solskjaer was also asked about the transfer market and the manager stressed he is happy with the squad – although the club is always looking for new talent. “I think Mason (Greenwood), Anthony (Martial) and Marcus have been fantastic this season, they’ve scored almost 50 goals between them,” said Ole. “Marcus got his injury, [but is] on course for his best season, Anthony too, and Mason, of course, is just a unique talent with his goalscoring ability. read also:Ighalo would like to finish the season with Man Utd “But we’re always looking to improve the squad. This uncertainty in the market now, who knows how football and the market is going to be, but I’m very happy with the squad I’ve got. “Today’s world is different to what it was two months ago. We’ve got to adjust, adapt, there’s clubs out there struggling more than us financially. It’s a new world, and I think the transfer market this summer will be completely different to what anyone thought it would be.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Hasty Hammock tops 281 Sprint Series of Texas main

first_imgSTEPHENVILLE, Texas (July 25) – Jerry Hammock didn’t waste much time getting to the front Saturday night at 281 Speedway.The sixth starting Hammock drove to the lead half a lap into the Sprint Series of Texas main event at 281 Speedway. He stayed in front ‘til the end of a 20-lapper that ran caution-free.“The two cars in front of me went to the cushion and I went to the middle,” Hammock summarized after the win, his IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car tour second of the season.Mike Herring was second and Reagan Reed was third. Completing the top five were Gary Kelley and Trevor Reed.Feature results – 1. Jerry Hammock; 2. Mike Herring; 3. Reagan Reed; 4. Gary Kelley; 5. Trevor Reed; 6. Adam Barr; 7. Dustin Woods; 8. Matt Etzelmiller; 9. Mark Klis; 10. David Garland; 11. Craig Woods; 12. Jason Howell; 13. Josh Hanna; 14. David Munden; 15. Bud Hanna; 16. Drew Wright; 17. Matt Holt; 18. Bob Odom; 19. Ed Keaton; 20. Danny Merrell.last_img read more

Settlement Reached in ITT Case

first_imgStatewide — Attorney General Curtis Hill has secured an agreement to obtain nearly $10 million in debt relief for 1,354 former ITT Technical Institute students in Indiana as part of a settlement in partnership with 46 other states, the District of Columbia, and the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.The settlement is with PEAKS Trust, a private loan program run by the for-profit college, and affiliated with Deutsche Bank entities. PEAKS was formed after the 2008 financial crisis when private sources of lending available to for-profit colleges dried up. ITT developed a plan with PEAKS to offer students temporary credit to cover the gap in tuition between federal student aid and the full cost of the education.ITT, which was based in Carmel, filed bankruptcy in 2016 amid investigations by state attorneys general and following action by the US Department of Education to restrict ITT’s access to federal student aid. ITT had more than 130 campuses nationwide, including in Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, South Bend, Merrillville, and Newburgh, Indiana.Nationally, the settlement will result in debt relief of about $330 million for 35,000 borrowers who have outstanding principal balances. Students do not need to take any action to receive the debt relief. The notices will explain their rights under the settlement. Students may direct questions to PEAKS by email at customerservice@peaksloans.com or by calling  866-747-0273, or by calling the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at 855-411-2372.last_img read more