Mobile home park residents: ‘Where is our recovery?’

first_imgMobile home park residents will talk about the devastating impact of Irene on mobile home parks and speak out about what they describe as the lack of assistance for the specific needs of mobile home park residents after the storm. What: Press conference with mobile home park residents from across Vermont to set the record straight about the recovery efforts that are leaving them out and announce a petition for additional assistance for some of Vermont’s most vulnerable residents.  When: Saturday September 24th, 2011 at 11 am Where: Weston’s Mobile Home Park off Rt 12 in Berlin Who:  Weston’s Mobile Home Park residents have invited peers from across the state to join them along with their state representatives, Governer Peter Shumlin, and Vermont’s Federal Congressional Delegation.  Background: Mobile home park residents are some of the people most affected by tropical storm Irene but according to advocates, many are still not receiving the assistance they need to recover.Sandra Gaffney, a displaced resident of Weston’s Mobile Home Park in Berlin explains:  ‘We lived in these parks because they are affordable and we don’t have a lot of money, but now they are destroyed and we are ultimately responsible for either the disposal of the home or extensive repairs, costly guidelines that need to be met before even being able to return to the park, which we simply cannot afford on a fixed income. We are still in limo- where is our recovery?’Another resident, Donna French is concerned that ‘we’re talking about getting the state ready for tourist season, but we still have lots of Vermonters with no homes and mounting expenses. We need affordable, long-term housing for those that do not have the financial ability to return to their former living situation and help with the very high cost of removing the destroyed homes.’September, 21, 2011last_img read more

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PL on Citi: Southampton stun Chelsea, Arteta’s first game as Arsenal coach end in a draw, Everton win

first_imgMichael Obafemi stunned the Stamford Bridge crowd with a superb opening goal Tottenham’s earlier defeat of Brighton moved Spurs to within three points of Frank Lampard’s side, and they missed the chance to restore a six-point gap between them in fourth and the Lilywhites in fifth.The key talking point heading into Boxing Day was the debut matches for both Mikel Arteta and Carlo Ancelotti, the new managers of Arsenal and Everton respectively.Unfortunately for Arteta, he watched on from the dugout as his side could only come from behind to draw 1-1 at Bournemouth. Everton, meanwhile, scored 10 minutes from time to give Ancelotti a winning start against Burnley. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang canceled out Dan Gosling’s opener to rescue a point for Arsenal Southampton enjoyed a massive boost in their fight against relegation by winning 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the biggest shock of the Boxing Day Premier League action.Goals from Michael Obafemi and Nathan Redmond in each half-stunned Chelsea in front of their own fans and meant the Blues ended the day with their top-four place under threat. There was also a 2-1 win for the hosts at Selhurst Park as West Ham let their lead slip against Crystal Palace, and Aston Villa beat Norwich to claim a vital three points from one of their relegation rivals.Premier League scoresTottenham 2-1 BrightonAston Villa 1-0 NorwichChelsea 0-2 SouthamptonCrystal Palace 2-1 West HamEverton 1-0 Burnleylast_img read more

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Kotoko boss dissolves communication team

first_imgThe board chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko has dissolved the club’s communication team led by Listowel Yesu Bukarson.This came about during the chairman’s meeting with the RCC of the club in Accra on Monday to deliberate on pertinent issues which will help move the club forward.“I have effectively dissolved the communications team led by Mr. Bukarson. It will no longer function until I come up with a new team,” Dr Sarpong stated during the meeting.“The new team for communications which I will form soon will include three people from Greater Accra, three from Ashanti, one from Brong Ahafo, Central, Western region and others.”This is the second time that Dr. Sarpong has hit hard on the communication team after coming out exactly a year ago that Bukarson and Ben Nti should not talk about matters relating to Kotoko on radio, a decision he later reversed.last_img read more

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Modi’s ‘badbola’ remark triggers talk of wrinkle in saffron alliance

first_imgWhile the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena appears to have been finalised, statements made by leaders of both parties — including Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark on the Ram temple on Thursday — have ignited speculation that all is not well in the partnership.The fact that Mr. Modi made no direct mention of the Sena in his rally in Nashik, but made a comment about a badbola (loudmouth) leader from Maharashtra who wouldn’t stop talking about the Ram temple, raised eyebrows. The only leader from Maharashtra who has recently been talking about the Ram temple and even visited Ayodhya is Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray. Both parties have also locked horns over the Metro car shed in Aarey colony. While Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray has opposed the proposed removal of trees for the car shed, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has termed the youth leader ‘misinformed.’ Moreover, Mr. Fadnavis recently also indicated that the government could reconsider the decision to scrap the oil refinery project at Nanar in Konkan, which was key to forging the BJP-Sena alliance before the Lok Sabha election. Sena leader and State Transport Minister Divakar Raote had on Wednesday demanded that the BJP and Sena contest an equal number of seats in the Assembly polls, failing which the alliance was unlikely. Sena’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut supported the statement. In response, BJP leader Girish Mahajan said, “The alliance is bound to happen. Those who have no say in the seat-sharing talks must not comment on the issue.” Mr. Mahajan expressed confidence that issues in the seat-sharing arrangement will be resolved within two to three days. BJP president Amit Shah will be in Mumbai on Sunday to address a public rally on the abrogation of Article 370. According to sources, during his visit, the BJP is likely to take a final call on the alliance with Sena.last_img read more

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Federer wins 101st title, beating Isner in Miami Open final

first_imgMOST READ Now 37, Federer became tennis’ first repeat champion of 2019 when he won his 101st career title Sunday by beating a hobbled John Isner in the Miami Open final, 6-1, 6-4.Federer neutralized Isner’s big serve and won 32 of 35 points on his own serve. The 6-foot-10 Isner scrambled so desperately to stay in rallies that he hurt his left foot and limped badly through the final few points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIsner said afterward he didn’t yet know the nature or severity of the injury.Federer, by contrast, is just fine. He was the Dubai champion on March 2, and runner-up to Dominic Thiem at Indian Wells two weeks ago. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director “It was just important to keep on doing what I was doing, and if he’s hurt, well, then so be it, and bad luck for him,” Federer said. “After the game, of course, you hope it’s nothing serious .” / gsgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Roger Federer, of Switzerland,holds the trophy after defeating John Isner in the singles final of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Orange streamers rained down while Roger Federer held another championship trophy aloft, his familiar grin as wide as ever.For the ageless Federer, winning never gets old.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next PBA All-Star promoter more than happy to donate wheelchairs after big scoring night View comments Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img The first 33 men’s and women’s titles in 2019 were won by 33 different players, including Ashleigh Barty in the Miami women’s final Saturday. Federer is the first repeat winner in 20 men’s tournaments this year.“Kind of fitting,” Isner said.Federer first played in the Miami tournament as a wild card 20 years ago. He won the title in 2005, 2006 and 2017 before it moved from Key Biscayne to its new home this year in the Dolphins’ complex.“It has been a super long journey for me here,” Federer told the crowd. “To stand here right now really means a lot after so many years.”The temporary stands inside the NFL stadium were almost full for the final, but Federer quickly defused any drama. He broke in the opening game and then twice more in a first set that lasted only 24 minutes.“Champion, Roger!” one fan yelled during a lull, prompting cheers. Federer went on to earn the adjective yet again.To complicate matters for Isner, he said the top of his foot started to hurt during the first set, and the problem grew worse as the match progressed.“It’s a terrible feeling,” Isner said, “going up against the greatest player ever, playing in this incredible atmosphere, and my foot’s killing me.“Not that I would have won the match anyway. Let’s make that clear. But, you know, I think I could have made for a more interesting match, and one that was a little more fun.”Federer said he felt badly for Isner but didn’t let that affect his game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants “This is a good phase, a good stretch for me right now,” Federer said. “I really feel super healthy. That’s why I have been able to play every day for the last four weeks. That’s something that maybe hasn’t always been the case for the last few years. So you appreciate these moments.”Federer is 18-2 this year, best on the men’s tour, which stamps him as a threat to add to his record total of 20 Grand Slam titles in 2019.“Unbelievable for you to keep winning and playing this level of tennis,” Miami tournament director James Blake, a former top-five player, told Federer at the trophy presentation. “It makes me feel like such an underachiever. We’re all just in awe.”Isner also paid tribute to Federer during the ceremony.“You were entirely too good today, entirely too good this whole tournament,” Isner said. “You are entirely too good your whole career. It’s absolutely incredible what you’re doing. We’re so lucky to have you in this game, and we all want you to keep playing and literally never retire. So keep it up, man.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Jericho Cruz reunites with Yeng Guiao at NLEX

first_imgJericho Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Jericho Cruz finally gets a fresh start after he was shipped to NLEX as part of a three-team trade following a turbulent stint at TNT.The trade, involving NorthPort, was approved by the PBA on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Apart from Cruz, the Road Warriors also received the rights to NorthPort’s 2020 second-round pick.The KaTropa on the other hand, ended up getting Marion Magat and 2021 and 2022 second round picks from the Batang Pier, who gained the rights to Phoenix’s 2019 and Columbian’s 2020 first-round picks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNLEX is currently at the bottom of the Commissioner’s Cup standings with a 0-5 record but the arrival of Cruz, a fearless guard, gives the Road Warriors a jolt of optimism moving forward.“I expect he’d be excited to play. He brings a lot of veteran poise in him. He’s a dynamic player who can create his own shot and penetrate—that’s what we need. His excitement is something I look forward to him showing on the court,” said NLEX assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa in a statement. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too The 28-year-old Cruz reunited with Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao.Cruz was part of the Rain or Shine team under Guiao that won the Commissioner’s Cup championship in 2016.center_img Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Stepped on me’: Dominic Thiem loses French Open final to Rafael Nadal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View commentslast_img read more

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While Montreal sleeps every minute counts for subway maintenance workers

first_imgMONTREAL — In the early hours of the morning, when most Montrealers are asleep, below the city’s surface subway maintenance workers are in a race against time.Between approximately 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., more than 200 workers are dispatched to some 130 sites, where they’ll carry out jobs ranging from minor welding to major station rebuilds. Since the work is loud and requires heavy machinery, almost all of it needs to be wrapped up by the time the first train rolls out at 5:30 a.m.“Each night, every minute counts if we’re going to finish on time,” said Marie-Claude Leonard, the executive director of the subway system.The first portions of the 69-kilometre, 68-stop subway, known as the metro, were inaugurated in 1966. Earlier this week, the city’s transit authority announced it would spend $1.6 billion to refurbish the aging network between 2020 and 2025, with funds divided between equipment upgrades, infrastructure repairs and new wheelchair-accessible elevators in 12 stations.Early Thursday morning, the Montreal Transit Corp. invited a few guests on a rare visit into the tunnels to highlight the work that happens after dark.Here’s a rundown:1 a.m., Montreal Transit Corp. maintenance garageThe electricity is cut to the tracks below. Men are using flashlights to direct convoys of heavy vehicles and work crews down the ramp and into the tunnels, where they’ll head to the 130 or so different jobs that need to be done in the next four hours.1:58 a.m.A flatbed of journalists, politicians and transit authority officials rolls its way down the “drawer,” or long ramp that leads into the damp concrete tunnels of the metro’s Orange line.2:05 a.m., Jean-Talon stationThick electrical cables are draped across the signs marking the station as a dozen men in hard hats examine exposed walls and operate a jackhammer behind a cloud of dust. The $10-million renovation includes excavating and building a new foundation to anchor two new walls for the station, as well as redoing the waterproof membrane, according to Donald Desaulniers, who oversees the system’s major projects.  Due to the noise and piles of debris, the underground portion of the year-long project can only be done when the subway is shut down, giving workers a 2.5 hour daily window.By 5 a.m., the mess will be gone, he says.2:35 a.m., between Beaubien and Rosemont stationsIn the middle of a dark tunnel, two workers wearing face shields are checking a chart. They’ll be using welding equipment to replace some of the metal pieces of the original 1960s-era track, worn down by the friction from millions of rubber tires.2:50 a.m., Mont-Royal stationShiny metal framing lines the underside of the curved vault of this station, where workers are preparing to install an elevator as part of the transit authority’s $323-million plan to improve accessibility.The project means drilling a shaft down from the surface, some 10 to 15 metres above, and building a new reinforced tunnel wall inside the one that was drilled from the rock in the 1960s.“The concrete here doesn’t have any reinforcement inside, so that’s why we need to built a new one with reinforced bar so it can take the load,” Desaulniers says.In addition to engineering concerns, the project involves consulting with architects to ensure the tunnel’s design and heritage are respected, he says.3:10 a.m., between Mont-Royal and Sherbrooke stationsIn the middle of the tunnel, two men on a lift are working to redirect the flow from one of the many water infiltrations that are common in the spring. The water will eventually pool in a low spot and be pumped out, explained Martin Chartrand, the transit authority’s equipment maintenance specialist.“We don’t want to stop water from flowing, we want to control where it goes,” he said.3:17 a.m., in a tunnel past Sherbrooke stationHere a crew is working on a major project to slowly replace the original metal bolts that both fix the rails to the ground and isolate them from electric currents. The painstaking work involves drilling holes, removing the old fixtures and installing new ones — all 340,000 of them. The transit authority hopes to have the first 10,000 done by the end of 2019, but finishing them all will take decades.“Guys just starting out now will probably finish their careers with this job,” Chartrand says.4 a.m., maintenance garageThe convoy returns to the garage. The crews, however, have an hour to finish work and pack up before the rails are electrified at 5 a.m. By 5:30 the first train rolls out, sometimes passing the last straggling crews as they make their way back to the garage.Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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