The Maine Department of Transportation will be sending workers and equipment to Vermont in an effort to help respond to rebuilding the Vermont’s roads and bridges in response to Tropical Storm Irene. ‘We are so grateful to our neighboring states to help bolster our efforts at this time of need, ‘ said VTrans Secretary, Brian Searles. ‘Just as neighbors are helping neighbors throughout Vermont, states are now helping states so that we can rebuild from this storm.’ Maine Governor, Paul LePage explained, ‘Maine has a long-standing tradition of helping neighbors in need, and this is no exception. The extraordinary damage in Vermont would compel any neighbor to assist however they can.’ One hundred and forty nine Maine DOT employees are expected to arrive at the Dummerston Incident Command Center on Tuesday. They will be organized into two contingencies, one entering the state through Keene NH, the other via Lebenon into White River Junction at approximately 2pm. Accompanying these employees will be 145 heavy equipment vehicles, including excavators, loaders, graders, dump trucks and other vehicles needed help speed Vermont’s recovery. This past Friday, September 2, Vermont requested MaineDOT’s assistance under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) which is administered through the Maine Emergency Management Agency. Over the holiday weekend, an advance team from MaineDOT met with Vermont officials and toured the state, inspecting the damage. This team then worked to plan the mobilization of equipment and staff. Mobilization of equipment occurred during the weekend and Labor Day. MaineDOT has been mobilizing equipment in three different staging areas in preparation for the trip to Vermont. MaineDOT crews are planning to leave on Tuesday for Vermont. 149 MaineDOT employees volunteered to assist in the relief effort. It is expected that the duration of deployment will be a maximum of two weeks. The cost of the relief effort will be reimbursed from federal emergency relief funds administered through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact. ‘We are fortunate in Maine not to have suffered similar damage to our roads and bridges. Storm repairs are continuing in Maine, but are not as extensive as those in Vermont. In this type of emergency situation, we can temporarily aid our neighbors to help speed their recovery,’ said MaineDOT Commissioner David Bernhardt.VTrans. 9.5.2011#30#
Metal detectors will be commonplace at Great American Ball Park next year.CINCINNATI – The Reds begin a 7-game home stand Friday evening and fans entering Great American Ball Park (GABP) may see some upgraded security procedures.The organization has installed metal detectors at the stadium’s main entrance and will be in place for the 7:10 p.m. game against the New York Mets.Attendees will be asked to remove cell phones and metal objects from their pockets before entering the stadium. Standard bag checks also remain in place.Metal detectors will be instituted at every GABP entrance by the start of next season as part of a league wide security plan. Every Major League Baseball park will have detectors in 2015.Major League Baseball has been working with the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to safeguard ballparks.
Published on November 13, 2016 at 7:24 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary As the ball hit the court for the final point of the second set, the gym went silent. The crowd let out a collective sigh as Florida State pounded the ball to the floor of the Women’s Building. Syracuse’s players buried their heads and proceeded to jog back to the conference room for their halftime meeting.“(I) could keep going on and on and on (about) whatever I’m saying,” Syracuse head coach Leonid Yelin said, explaining that the team suffered mental lapses. “They can hear you but they can’t focus on what you’re saying.”It was overall disappointing game for SU. The Orange (7-19, 6-10 Atlantic Coast) scored just nine points in the second set — the worst set of its season — and struggled defensively throughout the game en route to a 3-1 loss to No. 18 Florida State (20-5, 13-3) at home.FSU’s serving was a problem for the Orange all game long. The Seminoles served the ball hard and low to the net, which SU’s players had trouble judging and often had to dive for. It got bad enough to where middle blocker Leah Levert, who was standing at the front of the net, turned to her teammates in the back to yell out that FSU was “going to serve quickly.”Off one Florida State serve, Mackenzie Weaver reached down for a ball near the ground and it ricocheted off of her forearm and sideways into the court. She smacked her hand against the court in frustration following the Florida State point.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They are a very good serving team,” Weaver said. “That’s what we try to focus on. We try to keep it low and quick to the net so it’s hard for the defense to read.”In large part due to the serving by Florida State, the Orange recorded 73 digs and was forced to make a lot of desperation saves to stay alive in the point. Belle Sand, Syracuse’s leader in digs, as well as teammate Jalissa Trotter led the team with 18 digs each and five SU players had 11 digs or more.The digs were inflated due to the high volume of attack attempts from FSU, in addition to the Orange misreading some of the Seminoles’ serving trajectories causing them to have to make the diving saves off the initial serve attempt.“You know we have a great block. We out block a lot of teams,” said Sand, “But we can’t just rely on the block, defensively we do need to step up. Today we did step up, but obviously you can only go up from here.”Syracuse’s inability to catch on to Florida State’s serving patterns as well as the large amount of attacks from the Seminoles took the life out of the Orange defense. It led to a disastrous second set and another disappointing loss for SU.“How we played in the second set was not okay,” said Weaver, “we don’t work so hard in the gym every day to lose like that. It’s not fun.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+