5 Awesome Things About Audra McDonald & Will Swenson’s House, ‘Eggfartopia’

first_img 1. They have an outdoor living room In addition to their gorgeous house, the McSwensons (which we will now exclusively be calling them) also bought the home next door, tore it down, but saved part of the living room—including the fireplace—to use as an outdoor space to relax. They also used it as an altar when they got married, which is equal parts creative and adorable. 5. There’s a cocaine couch No. It’s not what you think. They call it the “cocaine couch” because it’s so comfortable, once you sit down you can never get up again. They say there’s no actual cocaine in it, but in Eggfartopia, you never can be too sure. Will Swenson 2. Audra randomly scatters Tonys around There’s no backlit hardwood Tony cabinet in the McSwenson household. Instead, the “odd Tony Award” is sprinkled around the house, including in the Chill Room, where the kids hang out. Hey Audra, could we borrow one, just, you know, for a couple of days? Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill Related Shows Star Files Welcome to Eggfartopia, the eight-acre stretch of land in Westchester, New York, that Lady Day headliner Audra McDonald and Les Miz star Will Swenson call home. Although we can’t figure out why they actually call it Eggfartopia (Audra? Will? Help us out?), they revealed some very cute things about their house, their relationship and their daily lives in The New York Times. Check out what we learned! Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 Audra McDonald 3. The food isn’t always delicious Although the couple’s amazing sounding wedding menu is recorded on a chalkboard in the McSwensons’ kitchen (mmm, grilled salmon, Kobe beef hot dogs and mac and cheese), the wee posse apparently hates it when Audra cooks—and she can’t cook anything but eggs. Wait, is that where Eggfartopia comes from? View Comments 4. Frogs provide the song stylings You’d think the McSwensons would sit around singing showtunes all night (that’s what all Broadway stars do during their off-time, isn’t it?) but in the evening, they prefer the music of frogs. When they’re sick of the croaking, they also play tunes on Audra’s grandmother’s piano, a treasured family heirloom.last_img read more

Vermont towns not in flood insurance program will get another chance

first_imgSanctioned Communities Legend:(F) Community’s FHBM was superseded by a FIRM.(S) Suspended from the NFIP for failure to adopt.Blank = Never Joined the NFIP. ### ADDISON                 ORWELL, TOWN OF           11/15/74                                  06/04/90(S)ADDISON                 WALTHAM, TOWN OF       02/07/75                                  06/18/90(S)ADDISON                 WHITING, TOWN OF          09/20/74                                  06/18/90(S)BENNINGTON         MANCHESTER, VIL.           10/13/74                                  06/04/90(S)BENNINGTON         PERU, TOWN OF                 01/10/75                                  01/10/76BENNINGTON         READSBORO, VIL.                         08/09/74                                  11/01/85(S)BENNINGTON         SANDGATE, TOWN OF      01/31/75                                  01/31/76BENNINGTON         SEARSBURG, TOWN OF    11/15/74                                  11/15/75CALEDONIA            KIRBY, TOWN OF               12/13/74                                  12/13/75CALEDONIA            NEWARK, TOWN OF          01/10/75                                  01/10/76CALEDONIA            SHEFFIELD, TOWN OF      02/07/75                                  11/01/85(S)CALEDONIA            SUTTON, TOWN OF            12/13/74                                  12/13/75CALEDONIA            WEST BURKE, VIL. OF      06/04/80(F)                             06/04/81(F)CALEDONIA            WHEELOCK, TOWN OF     11/15/74                                  11/15/75CHITTENDEN          ESSEX JCT., VIL.                 06/28/74                                  06/28/75CHITTENDEN          ST. GEORGE, TOWN OF     04/11/75                                  07/03/86(S)ESSEX                        EAST HAVEN, TOWN OF 12/13/74                                  11/01/85(S)ESSEX                        FERDINAND, TOWN OF    12/13/74                                  12/13/75ESSEX                        GRANBY, TOWN OF          12/13/74                                  12/13/75ESSEX                        LUNENBURG, TOWN OF 06/28/74                                  06/28/75ESSEX                        MAIDSTONE, TOWN OF    12/13/74                                  12/13/75ESSEX                        NORTON, TOWN OF           03/28/75                                  03/28/76ESSEX                        VICTORY, TOWN OF          12/13/74                                  12/13/75GRAND ISLE            ALBURG, VILLAGE OF     12/06/74                                  05/05/81(S)GRAND ISLE            ISLE LA MOTTE, TOWN    11/01/74                                  04/15/80(S)LAMOILLE               EDEN, TOWN OF                 12/06/74                                  12/06/75LAMOILLE               WATERVILLE, TOWN OF 12/20/74                                  12/20/75ORANGE                   NEWBURY, VILLAGE OF             11/26/76                                  11/26/77ORLEANS                 ALBANY, TOWN OF           01/10/75                                  01/31/86(S)ORLEANS                 BROWNINGTON, TOWN   12/13/74                                  12/13/75ORLEANS                 CHARLESTON, TOWN OF             08/09/74                                  08/09/75ORLEANS                 IRASBURG, TOWN OF       12/20/74                                  12/20/75ORLEANS                 MORGAN, TOWN OF          01/31/75                                  01/31/76ORLEANS                 WESTMORE, TOWN OF     01/03/75                                  01/03/76RUTLAND                 MT. TABOR, TOWN OF      01/10/75                                  01/10/76RUTLAND                 TINMOUTH, TOWN OF      12/06/74                                  12/06/75WINDHAM               ATHENS, TOWN OF            12/06/74                                  12/06/75WINDHAM               HALIFAX, TOWN OF          01/31/75                                  09/04/85(S)WINDHAM               SOMERSET, TOWN OF       11/22/74                                  11/22/75 Total : 39 FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards. Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, English proficiency or economic status.  If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, call FEMA toll-free at 800-621-FEMA (3362). For TTY call 800-462-7585; or call 800-621-3362 if using 711 or Video Relay Service (VRS). FEMA’s temporary housing assistance and grants for public transportation expenses, medical and dental expenses, and funeral and burial expenses do not require individuals to apply for an SBA loan. However, applicants who receive SBA loan applications must submit them to SBA loan officers to be eligible for assistance that covers personal property, vehicle repair or replacement, and moving and storage expenses. SBA disaster loan information and application forms may be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for people with speech or hearing disabilities) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET or by sending an e-mail to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov(link sends e-mail). Applications can also be downloaded from www.sba.gov(link is external) or completed on-line at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/(link is external). County                        Community                             Hazard Area Identified          SanctionDatecenter_img Some Vermont municipalities that didn’t join or failed to comply with provisions of the National Flood Insurance Program ‘ potentially making their residents ineligible for some disaster assistance ‘ will be getting a second chance. Most of the towns are small, but the list includes Essex Junction and Manchester Village.Officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that some 39 Vermont communities who are listed as ‘sanctioned’ will be given until March 1, 2012, to apply for entrance into the NFIP (SEE LIST BELOW).  If accepted, the owners of properties located in the floodplain that were damaged by Tropical Storm Irene would become eligible to apply for FEMA disaster assistance grants. ‘Sanctioned communities need only submit a ‘resolution of intent’ to apply for NFIP participation and residents of the community can register for FEMA assistance,’ said FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer, Craig Gilbert.The National Flood Insurance Program offers federally-backed flood insurance to property owners and renters in communities that participate in the program, as well as increased state disaster assistance and access to federal mitigation grants that can be used to help prevent future damage.In exchange, those municipalities agree to adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances that set standards for building or repairing structures in the floodplain to reduce the risk of damage from flooding in the future.Cities or towns that do not join the NFIP after having flood-prone areas identified, or that fail to adopt and enforce floodplain management ordinances, are considered sanctioned. Buildings in those sanctioned communities that could have been insured by the NFIP are not eligible for FEMA grants to repair or rebuild them. Other penalties for sanctioned communities include: ·         Property owners, or renters, will not be able to purchase a NFIP flood insurance policy, and existing policies will not be renewed. ·         Federal grants or loans for development will not be available in identified flood hazard areas under programs administered by Federal agencies such as the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Environmental Protection Agency, and Small Business Administration. ·         Federal mortgage insurance or loan guarantees, such as those written by the Federal Housing Administration and the Department of Veteran Affairs, will not be provided in identified flood-hazard areas. ·        Rental Assistance will be provided in sanctioned communities, but only to those renters who do not reside in a flood-prone area. At this time, FEMA is not delaying processing Individual Assistance applications from residents of sanctioned communities.Nearly 21,000 communities participate in the NFIP nationwide. As of this year, some 231 Vermont towns and cities were participating in the program, which is administered by FEMA but whose policies are sold through private insurance agents throughout Vermont.More than 25 percent of claims paid are from areas at medium or low risk of flooding. In these areas, NFIP flood insurance can be purchased for as little as $129 a year for a building and its contents or $49 for contents only.Homes can be insured against flood damage for up to $250,000 and commercial buildings insured for up to $500,000. Policies can be written to include contents coverage up to $100,000 for homes and $500,000 for business owners’ contents. Renters can insure their personal property for up to $100,000.The average homeowner pays about $600 a year for flood insurance, which pays claims even if a disaster is not declared by the president. Less than half of the floods in the U.S. result in a federal disaster declaration.Since 1973, the NFIP has paid nearly $40 billion dollars in flood insurance claims, helping hundreds of thousands of families and businesses recover from flood events.Due to the 30-day waiting period, NFIP policies become effective 30 days after the premium is paid and remain in effect for a year.last_img read more

Law school applications are up

first_imgLaw school applications are up Law school applications are up There was an increase of nearly 2,500 students seeking basic law degrees at ABA-approved law schools in fall 2001 compared with the previous year, but that reflects in part the addition of a number of newly approved schools.The number of male students grew slightly more than did the number of female students. The number of minority students grew, but not as a percentage of the student body.The freshman law school class in fall 2001 totaled 45,070, an increase of 1,552 students or 3.6 percent, according to newly compiled statistics reported by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The class included 22,816 men, up from 22,019, who represented 50.6 percent of the total. There were 22,254 first-year women students, up from 21,499 the year before. The increases represented 3.6 percent for men and 3.5 percent for women. Total law school enrollment for a Juris Doctor, or basic law degree, in fall 2001 was up 2,437 from the year before, to 127,610. Also in fall 2001, total law school enrollment, including students seeking advanced law degrees, was up 2,627 students, to 135,091.The totals include students from six law schools that had been newly accredited in the prior four years, making statistical comparisons potentially misleading, said section officials. These newly accredited schools are at the University of the District of Columbia, Chapman University, Western State University, Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and Appalachian School of Law.Using as a baseline only the schools that were approved by the ABA in fall 1997, the number of students entering law school increased 4.9 percent between 1997 and 2001.It had been anticipated that women entering law school in fall 2001 would outnumber men, but that did not happen. For the years 1999, 2000, and 2001, the percentages of women in first-year classes were 48.7 percent, 49.4 percent, and 49.4 percent, respectively. Among all J.D. students, women represented 49 percent in 2001, or 62,476 students, compared with 48.4 percent in 2000, or 60,633 students.The number of minority J.D. students increased to 26,257 in 2001, a hike of 504 students, or two percent, compared with 2000. Among first-year students, minorities also increased numerically, from 9,335 in 2000 to 9,557 in 2001. But as a percentage of the whole, minorities only held their ground among all J.D. students, and dropped fractionally among first-year students. For 1999, 2000, and 2001, minorities constituted 20.2 percent, 20.6 percent, and 20.6 percent of total J.D. enrollment, respectively. In the entering classes for 1999, 2000, and 2001, minority students represented 21 percent, 21.5 percent, and 21.2 percent, respectively.Among the total 26,257 minority J.D. students, 9,412 were Black; 990 were American Indian; 8,421 were Asian; 2,334 were Mexican; 689 were Puerto Rican; and 4,411 were other Hispanic. Those totals do not include the 1,821 students enrolled in law schools in Puerto Rico.center_img May 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Bohemia Man Lit, Threw Bottle of Fuel, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Bohemia man was arrested after he allegedly lit a bottle full of flammable liquid on fire and threw it out of a moving vehicle in Lake Grove on Sunday night, Suffolk County police said.Officers responded to a report that a incendiary device landed in the street, which caught on fire before a resident extinguished the flames with a hose shortly before 8 p.m., police said.Witnesses provided police with a description of the vehicle, which officers found less than an hour later at Gulf gas station on Expressway Drive South in Holbrook, police said.Anthony Persico, 25, was identified as the suspect who threw the flaming bottle.Arson Squad detectives charged him with criminal possession of a weapon.He will be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Sampoerna factory closes after two COVID-19 deaths, authorities race to trace contacts

first_imgTobacco giant HM Sampoerna’s factory in Rungkut district of Surabaya, East Java, has temporarily shut down following reports that two of its workers had died of COVID-19 and dozens of other workers had tested positive for the virus that causes the disease.Curative management head Joni Wahyuhadi of the East Java COVID-19 task force said that its teams were scrambling to trace people who may have come in direct contact with the two workers at the factory, which had at least 500 workers.Nine workers at the factory had been admitted to hospital as patients under surveillance (PDP) after showing symptoms of the disease, Joni said.”The tracing is underway, [while] 163 swab samples are awaiting results from the PCR [polymerase chain reaction] tests,” Joni told reporters on Wednesday evening.The task force took blood samples from 323 factory workers for the COVID-19 rapid tests on Wednesday. Of these, 63 samples have returned positive test results for the coronavirus.The task force was to take swab samples for more accurate PCR tests from these 63 workers, as well as some 100 others who had undergone the rapid tests, Joni said.”[The 63 workers] are in good condition so far,” he said, adding that the workers were now in quarantine at the factory complex.Read also: An examination of Indonesia’s death toll: Could it be higher?The cigarette factory was identified as a new cluster of COVID-19 cases in Surabaya when the two workers’ test results came back positive after their deaths on April 14.The date or dates on which the task force received the two workers’ test results has not been released.Hundreds of the factory’s workers were furloughed while the task force was tracing contacts, Joni added.The discovery of the new cluster of community transmission at the factory has raised further concerns among the public, who are questioning the government’s decision to allow factories to continue operating during the epidemic.East Java province has the third largest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, with 872 confirmed cases and 95 deaths according to the government’s official tally as of Wednesday afternoon. Surabaya, the provincial capital and the epicenter of the East Java outbreak, has recorded 394 confirmed cases and 55 deaths.The province has 2,986 cases of PDP, a government classification for people presenting COVID-19 symptoms and has either traveled to an affected area (domestic or international) or has had direct contact with a confirmed case, and require further testing. Of these PDP cases, 260 have died, but it is unknown whether their deaths are related to COVID-19.Surabaya and its satellite regencies of Sidoarjo and Gresik imposed the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) on April 28 for an initial period of 14 days.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Funding for 42 Multimodal Projects Aimed at Strengthening Jobs, Accessibility, and Commerce Statewide

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces Funding for 42 Multimodal Projects Aimed at Strengthening Jobs, Accessibility, and Commerce Statewide October 02, 2018 SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Governor Tom Wolf announced today that 42 highway, bridge, transit, ports and waterways, and bike and pedestrian projects will be in line for $49 million in funding through the Multimodal Transportation Fund.“With these resources, we can improve transportation connections down to the local level and make a big difference for communities,” Governor Wolf said. “These investments reflect our commitment to all modes of transportation, both statewide and locally.”Reflecting Governor Wolf’s and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards’ emphasis on helping counties and municipalities tackle their backlog of needed bridge repairs, 14 of the 42 grants were awarded for local bridges.“We simply must help our local partners address these critical links to ensure they remain open and in good repair,” Richards said. “Losing these links to weight restrictions or outright closures would place too great a burden on local communities and these grants will help avoid such outcomes.”On October 5, PennDOT will begin accepting applications for the next round of funding for grants under the Multimodal Transportation Fund.PennDOT will evaluate the applications and make selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, regional economic conditions, the technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability.Applications are due by November 15, 2018. PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients next year for the funding that becomes available in July 2019.For more information about the program visit www.penndot.gov and click on Multimodal Transportation under the “Projects & Programs” button.Map of ProjectsProject DetailsAllegheny CountyCity of McKeesport — $2,951,500 for improvements to the existing Steel Valley Trail through the RIDC Park along the Monongahela River, linking the river to the McKeesport Multimedia Center, and improvements to the City’s municipal parking garage that offers trail parking.Ross Township — $708,130 for the installation of an eastbound right-turn lane on Sewickley Oakmont Road at Perry Highway in conjunction with approximately 700 feet of sidewalk on the north side of Sewickley Oakmont Road from Perry Highway to Carriage Drive.Berks County Exeter Township — $2,955,670 to design and construct pedestrian improvements on Perkiomen Avenue, including continuous sidewalk, pedestrian lighting, pedestrian buffer, trees, and defined entrances and exits for business driveways.Bucks County Bristol Township — $884,581 to install pedestrian safety and mobility facilities along U.S. Route 13 from the Croydon train station to Janet Avenue, including sidewalks, traffic calming measures, and storm water improvements.Butler County Summit Township — $1,299,526 to reconstruct drainage, resurface roadway, and improve shoulders on the Bonniebrook Road corridor.Cambria County University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown — $175,137 for Phase Two of the pedestrian connectivity project, REACHland Connect, including installation of 2,920 linear feet of sidewalk along Theater Drive and Eisenhower Boulevard that will connect to work underway in Phase One, and two painted crosswalks at the Theater Drive intersections to ensure safe pedestrian crossings.Centre CountyCollege Township — $1,149,041 to complete multimodal improvements on Pike Street (SR 3011), including handicap-accessible ramps, curb extensions, sidewalks for pedestrians and transit users, highlighted crosswalks, and storm water management.Delaware CountyRadnor Township — $1,302,979 to complete a set of roadway and signal improvements at the intersection of King of Prussia and Eagle Roads, including adding turn lanes and a new traffic signal, in partnership with Cabrini and Eastern Universities.Erie CountyBorough of Union City — $121,800 to replace deteriorated, unsafe sidewalks and install sidewalks where none exist to increase accessibility to a preferred walking route to schools in the southern portion of the community.Elk CountyRidgway Township — $1,212,341 for reclamation of 7.83 miles of roadway in Elk County, which includes 4.07 miles of Spring Creek Township-owned, 2.34 miles of Ridgway Township-owned, and 1.42 miles of state-owned roadway.Huntingdon CountyHopewell Township — $140,240 to improve the radii of the intersection of Upper and Lower Ridge Roads and resurface Upper Ridge Road.Lebanon CountyLebanon Valley College — $400,000 to widen an existing pedestrian bridge over the Norfolk Southern railroad to enhance the connection between Lebanon Valley College’s north and south campuses and the greater Annville area.Lehigh CountyLower Macungie Township — $152,053 for improvements that will provide safe multimodal access to commercial and recreational facilities on Hamilton Boulevard from neighborhoods to the south, including installation of 500 feet of sidewalk; textured crosswalks and ramps at Krocks Road, Krocks Court, and Hamilton Boulevard; and a 90-foot sidewalk between Wawa and the turnpike overpass.Borough of Coopersburg — $622,287 to complete streetscape, traffic, bicycling, and pedestrian improvements to Main Street (SR 2045), including ADA-compliant pedestrian crosswalks at three key intersections, and 0.16 miles of curb, sidewalk, pedestrian lighting, signs, and pavement marking.Luzerne CountyLuzerne County — $533,312 to undertake necessary road improvements on North and South Beisels Road and add a bike lane.Valley Crest Real Estate, LP — $3,000,000 to reduce traffic, traffic movements, and traffic phases at critical intersections along Route 315 near the Mohegan Convention Center with the installation of coordinated traffic signals at nine locations and construction of road improvements to facilitate access to the former Valley Crest facility.Lycoming CountyRiver Valley Transit — $1,193,306 for the realignment of Franklin Street; reconstruction of Basin Street; addition of bike lanes, transit stops, ADA ramps, sidewalks, lighting, and storm water management.Mercer CountyCity of Farrell — $1,000,000 for improvements to Emerson Avenue, including resurfacing the roadway, installing ADA-compliant curb ramps, replacing damaged, broken sidewalk sections, and installing a public bike rack.Monroe CountyTobyhanna Township — $1,650,000 to widen Long Pond Road (SR 0940), realign the I-380 southbound exit ramp, and add sidewalks, decorative street lighting, and a multi-use trail along SR 0940.Montgomery CountyLower Gwynedd Township — $1,026,616 for roadway widening, pedestrian upgrades, and traffic signal improvements to improve efficiency and safety at the Bethlehem Pike, Norristown Road, and Sumneytown Pike intersection.Upper Providence Township — $927,000 to eliminate a 50-foot offset between Jacobs Street and Walnut Street at their signalized intersection with Bridge Street (Route 29) by realigning Jacobs Street to intersect Bridge Street directly opposite Walnut Street.Horsham Township — $3,000,000 to widen Horsham Road and Limekiln Pike to provide additional capacity through the intersection and install two new traffic signals, five-foot sidewalks, ADA ramps, and a new signalized pedestrian crossing.Hatfield Township — $1,919,000 to realign the Cowpath Road (SR 0463) and Orvilla Road (SR 1004) intersection and install sidewalks and ADA-compliant pedestrian accommodations.PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Streets Department — $3,000,000 to construct multimodal safety improvements to Market Street from 6th to 2nd Streets, changing from four travel lanes to three, adding a protected bike lane in each direction, constructing floating bus islands and pedestrian islands, and improving two intersections.Provco Penrose, LLC — $1,300,000 to support transportation improvements associated with the transformation of a previous heavy metal shredding facility at 2600 Penrose Avenue to a proposed convenience store with gas and a separate restaurant facility.Philadelphia Streets Department — $2,682,934 for critically needed traffic safety improvements on a Vision Zero High Injury Corridor, Parkside Avenue, including pedestrian islands, LED lighting, intersection improvements, and a new side path.Philadelphia Regional Port Authority — $1,500,000 to upgrade two container cranes by replacing the crane drive system and converting the cranes from diesel to electric, extending the useful life of the cranes and creating an opportunity to attract new business and diversify operations.Philadelphia Streets Department — $900,000 to construct eight new bus plazas at four key intersections along Roosevelt Boulevard to support SEPTA’s next segment of Boulevard Direct, which will ultimately connect to the Wissahickon Transportation Center in Manayunk.Local BridgesArmstrong CountyArmstrong County — $471,851 to assist Cowanshannock, Kiskiminetas, and Perry Townships with replacing their structurally deficient bridges, including Blanco bridge, Church Road in Cowanshannock; Dunmire bridge, Dunmire Road in Kiskiminetas; and Millers Eddy bridge (two structures), Millers Eddy Road in Perry.Bedford CountyBedford Township — $230,000 to replace the existing reinforced concrete slab bridge on Belden Road with a new precast concrete box culvert.Centre CountyCentre County — $1,365,000 for major rehabilitation of three structurally deficient, large-span bridges, including Lower Coleville Road bridge in Spring Township, Front Street bridge in Curtin Township, and Fox Gap Road bridge in Miles Township.Chester CountyWest Pikeland Township — $1,169,000 to replace an existing one-lane bridge over Pickering Creek with a two-lane bridge, raise the Horseshoe Trail roadway, and widen the waterway opening to prevent frequent flooding that is occurring now.Clarion CountyElk Township — $87,500 to replace Black Road bridge, a structurally deficient and weight restricted bridge, restoring full access for residential, commercial, and recreational traffic.Monroe Township — $95,302 to replace the large pipe system in Pennsy Road with an aluminum box culvert to provide access for residential, commercial, agricultural, and recreational traffic.Clearfield CountyIrvona Borough — $1,050,000 for replacement of the Hopkins Street bridge.Fulton CountyLicking Creek Township — $56,950 for structural repairs to Licking Creek Township Bridge 2 which carries Mill Road (T-417) over Licking Creek. Repairs are necessary to allow school buses and emergency vehicles to cross the bridge.Luzerne CountyHanover Township — $535,357 to replace Loomis Park bridge, which provides pedestrian and vehicular access to the Loomis Park development.McKean CountyFoster Township — $1,699,820 to replace two structurally deficient bridges that carry Fairview Heights Road and Harrisburg Run Road over Foster Brook and additional road, scour, and safety repairs.Monroe CountyBarrett Township — $689,475 to rebuild the closed bridge on Old Canadensis Road.PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia Authority for Industrial Development — $3,000,000 to replace the 1898 timber deck structure supporting the main entrance (Broad Street) to the Navy Yard.Schuylkill CountyHegins Township — $479,098 to replace Forest Drive bridge, an existing one-lane bridge that spans Deep Creek and is in poor overall condition with deteriorated concrete facing with exposed stones at water’s edge.Washington Township — $477,602 to replace the deteriorating bridge along Kutz Road, north of its intersection with Sweet Arrow Lake Road (SR 3002) and remove the existing load posting (29 tons).last_img read more

Return at Denmark’s LD boosted by 11% climate fund performance

first_imgThe fund invests in quoted shares of companies that have a significant part of their business in environmental and climate-orientated products and services.Both equities and bonds contributed positively to the 2016 LD Vælger result, the pension fund said.The global equities fund also produced a high return in 2016, generating 9.4%, it said, up from 7% in 2015.Danish shares, however, lost 2.8% over the year – down from the 37.5% return they generated in 2015.The low-risk LD Short Bonds fund ended last year with a 1.8% return, and LD Mixed Bonds generated 3.9% for 2016 – a result LD described as very good seen in the light of the very low level of interest rates.“There were periods of significant falls in share prices in 2016, and, despite this, the year finished with what is a very good result, seen overall,” LD said.“Developments at a few large Danish companies were decisive for the Danish stock market.”The global equities markets were more severely affected by uncertainty about growth in the world economy, as well as some key political events such as Brexit and the US election, LD said.It added that the bond markets absorbed the first small step in the direction of higher interest rates. An 11.6% return on its climate and environment investment fund gave a boost to the main balance pension product of Denmark’s Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond (LD) last year, according to preliminary financial data published by the pension fund.LD’s balanced unit-link investment option LD Vælger (LD Discretionary Investments) – which holds the assets of around 90% of LD’s members – made a return of 5.3% in 2016, it reported, which is the same as the previous year’s return.The pension fund said LD Vælger had invested for the first time in its LD Environment & Climate fund in May last year, putting DKK750m into the fund and getting a return of more than DKK100m.The climate fund made a 5.3% return in 2015.last_img read more

Would you design your own dream home plot if you could?

first_img Homeowners could save thousands switching to better mortgages now MORE: Cattle station sold for massive $35m via online auction “A larger lot gave us the opportunity to build the perfect home in a community right on the water with everything you need on your doorstep.“There is no other place like Newport – to have access to the canals, the lake and to be able to hop on your boat and be in Moreton Bay within minutes is a huge opportunity.” LATEST QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS Waterfront buyers were able to amalgamate blocks to get their dream home right at Stockland Newport.Land buyers in a development in Brisbane’s north have been able to design their own block of land on which to build their dream home.Buyers in Stockland’s Newport project on Brisbane’s Redcliffe Peninsula were able to choose the size of their block under the developer’s new ‘Design Your Lot’ program. Prices are based on the number of square metres acquired.center_img Auction set for epic Gold Coast mansion once listed for $45m Stockland Newport under development in Brisbane’s north.With more than 3,500 sqm of the development facing a 22-hectare lake, buyers had the option of a private mooring and could tweak the size of their water frontage.Stockland senior development manager Blair Britton said Newport’s ‘Design Your Lot’ was created in response to customer demand. “We have had a huge increase in demand for wider block sizes that allow people to build a bigger home and also incorporate a bigger yard, swimming pool, fire pit or space to store a caravan or boat.”He said the program was a first for Stockland and put buyers in the driver’s seat, allowing them to customise their lot to a home design and lifestyle they want to build. Buyer Shane Newcombe said his goal was a large home when he amalgamated his site at Stockland Newport.“While the Design Your Lot promotion is now closed, Newport continues to offer a range of land options, including lakefront blocks, with private moorings, that can be amalgamated for those wanting wider frontage.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market8 hours agoShane Newcombe, who amalgamated his site in Stockland Newport, said his goal was to have enough space to build a large home. “We really wanted to build a big family home, but there weren’t any large blocks available to suit the home we’d already designed. After a lot of searching, we decided to amalgamate two lots in Stockland Newport. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

Child-porn docs still work in medicine

first_imgSunday Star Times 2 Dec 2012An Auckland GP convicted of possessing images of child abuse is among the criminal medical professionals allowed to keep working.Nineteen medical professionals with criminal convictions have appeared before the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal in the past three years, with eight struck off. Offences included grooming children for sex, assaulting a police officer, fraud and drug dealing.A child advocate says the decision to allow two doctors to keep working despite being caught with images of child abuse raises serious questions about the tribunal. “They should have been struck off,” Stop Demand founder Denise Ritchie said. “These men have a sexual interest in children.”Parents would be horrified to learn their family doctor had masturbated to images of young girls, she said.The Auckland GP was granted permanent name suppression after being sentenced to four months’ home detention and being suspended from work for nine months. He now works at an Auckland clinic and listed his expertise as child health and obstetrics.He was caught with 290,000 images of pornography featuring young girls, and is now on medication to reduce his pornography addiction. Conditions around continuing to practise include counselling and mentoring. However, a psychiatric report raised concerns that his criminal urges might return if he stopped taking his medication.“There does remain an inevitable question mark over whether Dr Y will escape from this addiction,” the tribunal noted.The doctor and clinic refused to comment.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8024860/Child-porn-docs-still-work-in-medicinelast_img read more

Nani lands five-year United deal

first_imgManchester United winger Nani has signed a new five-year contract with the Old Trafford outfit. Press Association Last season he won the Premier League for the fourth time and whilst there was talk he was unhappy at the terms he was offered to remain at United last season, it seems now he is much happier. “Playing at United has been a fantastic experience for me,” he said. “When I came to the club, I never imagined the success we have enjoyed. “Training every day with top players who want to win trophies every year is a great motivation to me. “I’m very happy that the new manager has shown this faith in me and I’m looking forward to helping the team compete for more honours this season.” There had been speculation the Portugal international would leave United this summer. Instead, he has signed a deal that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2018. “I’m really pleased Nani has re-signed for the next five years,” said United boss David Moyes. “He has great ability and experience beyond his 26 years.” Following the capture of Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, it did seem United had a wide player too many given the presence of Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia in the Red Devils squad. With a year remaining on his contract, and the transfer deadline just passed, there did appear an obvious need to secure Nani’s services for an additional amount of time in order to prevent him leaving for nothing in 12 months. Yet the length of contract does indicate Moyes has faith in a player who has struggled to consistently hit the heights during his six years at the club. “I’ve been impressed with his approach to training and look forward to working with him in the coming seasons,” added Moyes. Nani does boast an impressive medal collection since his £17million move from Sporting Lisbon. He was part of the Champions League-winning squad in his debut campaign, scoring a crucial penalty in the shoot-out triumph over Chelsea. last_img read more