Due to damage from Tropical Storm Irene, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has closed the approximately 1.5 mile section of Route 107 in Stockbridge between Tozier’s Restaurant and Lambert’s Chainsaw Repair to all traffic except emergency vehicles.The stretch of Route 107 in this area was completely washed away by Tropical Storm Irene. Roadway reconstruction efforts have been hampered by recent rains, which destabilized roadway embankments and caused trees to collapse into the construction area. Restoring access to Route 107 is a state priority. Crews are working diligently to repair the road, stabilize the embankment and clear trees that are in danger of falling into the roadway. Although crews are allowing emergency vehicles to traverse the roadway if necessary, the area is not safe for public use and remains closed to all personal vehicles, including local traffic. Realizing that this closure restricts people from accessing their homes, VTrans is quickly working to make the area safe for local traffic, and hopes to restore limited local travel by the end of the week. Beginning sometime later this week, VTrans, barring any unforeseen setbacks, plans to reopen this 1.5-mile segment of Route 107 only to local traffic, and then only between the hours of 6 pm and 7 am. The exact day and time that limited public access will be allowed is unknown. Limiting local access to the hours between 6 p.m. and 7 a.m. is necessary to maintain public safety. The restriction will keep vehicles out of the roadway when construction crews are working, but will allow residents to leave their homes early in the morning and return later that same evening. Once the roadway is reconstructed to the point where construction crews and local traffic can safely use the area together, VTrans will alter the time restriction and allow local vehicles to access nearby homes for an increased period of time. As for full public access, VTrans does not yet have a timeline. Route 107 in this area is one of the state’s most severely damaged roadways, and the Agency asks for everyone’s patience while construction crews make repairs. VTrans. 9.13.2011
By Dialogo December 17, 2012 One of Colombia’s top analysts on drug cultivation and trafficking said his country’s drug policy must be judged by its results rather than its intentions. Daniel Mejía, director of the Research Center on Drugs and Security at Bogotá’s Universidad de los Andes, spoke Dec. 5 at a seminar entitled “Lessons from Colombia’s War on Drugs” that was co-sponsored by the Cato Institute and Inter-American Dialogue. “The current debate on drug policy should not be based on simplistic solutions, but on analysis and research that takes into account what works and what doesn’t,” Mejía told his Washington audience. “With the advent of drug trafficking in the late 1970s, the homicide rate went from 30 per 100,000 to more than 70 per 100,000 in 1990. At the peak of Pablo Escobar’s reign, homicides in Medellín reached 420 per 100,000 — levels unseen anywhere in the world.” Mejía suggested that if the external narcotics market had not grown during that time, Colombia’s homicide rate today would be 23 per 100,000 instead of 36 per 100,000. “Cocaine production has dropped. Unfortunately, the reductions we’ve observed have led to increasing coca cultivation in other countries. It’s the so-called ballooning effect,” he said. “Coca crops have started moving back to Peru and Bolivia, processing facilities to Venezuela, and trafficking to Mexico and Central America.” Colombia’s experience: A lesson for others? Mejía, whose research center published a book on Colombia’s drug trade earlier this year, said cocaine production and trafficking pumps about $8 billion a year — or about 2.5 percent of total GDP — into the Colombian economy, though he said more than 97 percent of the profits are reaped by criminal syndicates and banks outside Colombia. “The situation in Colombia has improved significantly, but our neighbors have become indirect victims of our own success. As long as there is demand for drugs, there will be someone willing to take risks to satisfy that demand,” he said, adding that even so, cocaine consumption rates in Colombia are still low compared to those of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay. “Colombia’s experience is very useful for countries such as Mexico, Guatemala and Peru. These lessons should also be analyzed by U.S. and Latin American scholars. This is why our book ends by suggesting that the Colombian government has the moral authority and knowledge to promote a global debate about drug strategy,” Mejía said. Carlos Urrutia, Colombia’s newly appointed ambassador to the United States, said his country has suffered more than any society in the world from the drug trade. “We have lost many thousands of lives, including those of policemen, soldiers, judges, journalists, and many of our bravest and best politicians. This war has proven to be extremely challenging and at times highly frustrating,” said Urrutia, who took up his Washington posting in September. “In close partnership with the United States and other nations, we are no longer the world’s top cocaine producer, as acknowledged by the latest UNODC [United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime] Report. Not only have we reduced corps and trafficking, but we’ve also dismantled the world’s most menacing cartels,” he noted. “However, as President Santos has said, this war often feels as if we were exercising on a stationary bicycle. As Colombia exerts pressure, other areas in the region suddenly become exposed to the same cycles of violence and destruction. This needs to be a multilateral approach.” Urrutia added: “We do not know whether the peace negotiations with FARC will be successful, but if a peace agreement is reached, it will certainly have a major and very positive effect on Colombia’s fight against drug trafficking. In the meantime, Colombia’s commitment to the war on drugs is unwavering.”
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Who says Long Island is only fun in the summer? You don’t need the beach or warm weather to plan a staycation, and these five destinations prove that. From kid-friendly activities like the aquarium to adult-only adventures like beer and wine tastings, Long Island has much to offer for a weekend of excitement. Plus, the hotels, bars, and restaurants will welcome visitors with open arms after a long day of exploring.Whether you enjoy the thrill of a casino or the tranquility of an art museum, Long Island can deliver a staycation you won’t soon forget. With lots to do indoors this winter, you won’t know where to visit first. Here are five destinations to check out this season.RIVERHEADStay at the Hyatt Place Long Island/East End, where you can relax at the indoor pool or work up a sweat in the fitness center. But the best reason to visit is for the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center, located right next door. The hotel offers a “Land and Sea” package through Dec. 31 that includes aquarium tickets starting at $170 per night. The aquarium has a 120,000-gallon shark tank, sea lion shows, animals you can touch, and more than 100 other exhibits.Fun for the whole family doesn’t end there because Riverhead is also home to the Railroad Museum of Long Island. Plus, you’ll want to pop over to nearby Flanders for a Long Island favorite, the Big Duck gift shop and visitor center.SOUTHOLDIf you’re feeling fancy, Southold is the place for you. You can easily bounce between each of the North Fork town’s wineries and warm up with a variety of tastings.Start at Duck Walk Vineyards, then make your way up the wine trail. Next along the strip is Mattebella Vineyards. Then, make your reservation at Sparkling Pointe winery and sip some bubbly inside its enchanting tasting house. Other options include Mudd’s Vineyard, One Woman Wines & Vineyards, and the Old Field Vineyards in the area.For meals, the North Fork Table & Inn is your spot. And for a place to stay, there’s the Southold Beach Motel or hotels in nearby Greenport.ISLANDIATry your luck at Jake’s 58 Hotel and Casino. It’s the perfect winter escape because your place to eat, play, and sleep is all in one location. For the kids, there’s a Dave & Buster’s just a minute’s drive from Jake’s 58. There are also plenty of restaurants along Veterans Memorial Highway, and other hotel options such as the Hampton Inn and Residence Inn by Marriott.HUNTINGTONDevour a slice of Long Island history when you visit Huntington’s Oheka Castle. Book a hotel stay at this historic mansion, which is the second-largest private residence built in the United States. If exploring this massive estate isn’t enough, Huntington also offers the Heckscher Art Museum, as well as quaint cafes, restaurants, and plenty of shopping along Main Street in the downtown.GLEN COVEWhat better way to get cozy this winter than with a freshly brewed beer in a rustic-style tasting tavern? Glen Cove’s Garvies Point Brewery and Noble Savage Brewing Company have craft beer lovers covered.Glen Cove is also chock-full of history, with several museums to visit, including the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County, Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, and North Shore Historical Museum.Be sure to visit Glen Cove Salt Cave, a relaxing, holistic health spa offering immersive salt therapy. And rest your eyes at The Mansion at Glen Cove, another historic estate-turned-hotel with lofty amenities, such as a fitness center, spa, yoga studio, and indoor heated pool.Sign up for Long Island Press’ email newsletters here. Sign up for home delivery of Long Island Press here. Sign up for discounts by becoming a Long Island Press community partner here.
The Trade Ministry has said that the rice stock from the upcoming harvest season will last through November despite declining production and surging demand.The ministry’s domestic trade director general, Suhanto, estimated rice production to decline by 10 percent to around 17.8 million tons, citing a report by the Indonesian Rice Millers and Entrepreneurs Association (Perpadi). Added with the current stock of 3.3 million tons, the supply would exceed national demand by 6.2 million tons, the ministry estimated.Perpadi also recorded a threefold rise in demand recently with government agencies and private organizations buying more rice for social assistance aimed at helping those most vulnerable to the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak. “It means that milled rice in general has been distributed to the public either via retail markets or social assistance,” Suhanto said Tuesday in an online hearing with the House of Representatives Commission VI overseeing trade and industry.Rice farmers and food businesses are facing logistical disruptions on top of price volatility due to the large-scale social restrictions that were implemented to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has infected more than 7,700 people nationwide.The average price of rice slightly rose by around 0.8 percent to Rp 11,950 (77 US cents) per kilogram on Wednesday from a month earlier, according to data from the government’s staple food prices tracker, the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS).President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said Tuesday that rice prices should have fallen instead, in line with the downward trend in unhusked rice prices. The average price of unhusked rice declined 4.6 percent to Rp 4,936 per kg between March and January, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data in February.With Ramadan having started Friday, the demand for rice is expected to rise even more. According to data from the Agriculture Ministry’s Food Security Agency (BKP), rice demand rose 3 percent in the days leading up to Ramadan and is expected to jump 20 percent ahead of Idul Fitri in late May.“To ensure there is a sufficient rice stock and stable prices, the Trade Ministry has ordered the State Logistics Agency (Bulog) to distribute medium quality rice to the markets,” Suhanto said. Topics :
The Norwegian Financial Supervisory Authority (Finanstilsynet) has warned in its latest risk report that if interest rates remain low for a long time, it could be hard for life insurers to make good on the returns promises they have made to customers.In Norway, most pension provision is offered via life insurance companies.Publishing its Risk Outlook report for December, the authority said the capital adequacy of life insurers had been strengthened in recent years, and they were compliant with the Solvency II requirements.“A protracted low interest rate level poses a challenge to institutions’ ability to achieve the guaranteed return on their investments,” it said. Higher risk premiums in financial markets and declining equity prices were of particular consequence to insurers with a large proportion of paid-up policies in their portfolios, Finanstilsynet said.Norwegian pension institutions were rapidly increasing their proportion of defined contribution (DC) pension plans, it said, but contracts with an annual guaranteed return still represented the greater part of their obligations.The authority stressed providers had to tell customers about the risks involved in DC plans.Morten Baltzersen, the regulator’s director general, said: “The transition from defined benefit to defined contribution pension schemes with no guaranteed rate of return entails that the return risk is transferred from employers or pension institutions to the individual member covered by the pension scheme.“It is important that institutions give their customers detailed information about expected returns, risk and costs related to the defined contribution scheme,” he said.Turning to pension funds, Finanstilsynet noted that new solvency requirements for these providers took effect in Norway on 1 January 2019.“Pension funds meet the new solvency requirements, although there are wide variations in their financial soundness,” it said.
“I won several titles in Portugal and outside of it. In the last two years, I played in the Champions League and got to the semifinals. It was a very good experience but moving to Germany would be a new challenge.“I therefore felt it was time to change the level of the league that I would be playing since the Olympic Games is not too far away, it is very important to get well prepared. More importantly, I moved to Germany to improve the standard of my game which would enhance my performance at the Olympics,” Quadri said.He further said, “When I got the invitation to play in the German League I was so excited because it’s like a dream come true. I have been expecting the move for years and finally, I’m totally fulfilled that I’ll be playing in one of the best leagues in Europe.“I will be the only African that will be playing in the Budesliga this season. Individually I really want to support the team; I want to give everything for the team. I am also praying for good luck because it’s very important in one’s career. Though I have been working very hard but I also need luck to match my effort. Hopefully, I‘m going to be making my debut in the Bundesliga on Sunday and am really looking forward to the match and giving everything and see how it goes.”Meanwhile, the organisers of the elite table tennis league in Germany, Table Tennis Bundesliga (TTBL) have said that the arrival of Quadri would ignite the interest in the European League.The Nigerian will be making his debut tomorrow for his club – TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell away to TSV Bad Königshofen and there have been excitement in Germany over Quadri’s arrival.According to the spokesperson of TTBL, Patrick Wichmann, Quadri’s transfer has attracted the attention of table tennis fans in Germany. “We are very happy to have Quadri in the TTBL. As a league, we have felt the national interest that the transfer has attracted, but of course also the international media response. Quadri is a worldwide table tennis brand.Therefore, we are very happy to have him in the TTBL and are looking forward to his debut on Sunday. In TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell he had to replace Croatia’s Tomislav Pucar, who played two seasons with the team. Now it will be exciting to see how fast Quadri gets used to the level in the strongest league in Europe,” Wichmann said.Also in the preview of the league kick off this weekend, TTBL described Quadri as an exciting player that Germans are looking forward to watching him play against the best in the league.“The fact that the TTBL is considered the strongest league in Europe is due to the numerous top stars who appear at the tables year after year. The fans can look forward to one or the other new face in the new season. One of the most exciting transfers was made by the TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell, which ranks 20th in the world with Quadri Aruna. The Nigerian will appear for the first time in the TTBL and should compensate for the departure of Pucar,” the statement said.On his first thoughts when the TTC approached him, Quadri said he was very excited because a lot of good players played in Fulda. “It was a very nice moment for me to know that I’ll be playing in a team that has already had the best players. I will give my 100 per cent to the club. I want to help the team and support them as much as possible.”Asked of his goals with Fulda-Maberzell, he said, he wants to win even if it is difficult sometimes, he believes that it is always possible to win. He promised to work very hard and wait to see where it leads him.“I have played in France before and it was very demanding, in Germany I think it will be a little more difficult. But I am ready for this task and will work very hard,” he noted.The Nigeria No. 1 table tennis player is conscious of his status as a role model to upcoming sportsmen and women and would therefore not want to live a life that would portend a negative influence on them.“I am conscious of the kind of impact I can have on the lives of a lot of people across the world. So for me, I ensure I remain positive and a good ambassador of my country wherever I found myself. Even off the table, I relate with some of them and share my life experience with them because I did not get to where I am today by just dreaming about it but by the Grace of God. I worked hard to get here. You must also believe in yourself and these are some of the qualities I am hoping that people can pick from me,” he noted.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Aruna Quadri was ranked as Africa’s best player going into the New Year yesterday at 26th position by ITTF After playing for over a decade in Portugal, Aruna Quadri attracted interest from several top teams in Germany but the Nigerian decided to settle for TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell. The Oyo State-born athlete who has continued to put Nigeria on the world map with his exemplary performance on and off the table and being the only African ranked among the top 20 players in the world, Quadri will begin a new life in his quest to flourish his career. Considered as a dependable leader by his new club, he has been tasked by the management of TTC to lead the club to the play-offs in the 2020/2021 season of the Table Tennis Bundesliga (TTBL), Kunle Adewale writesAfter 10 years playing in Portugal, a country he described as his second home, African number one table tennis player, Aruna Quadri, has decided to ply his trade with TTC RhönSprudel Fulda-Maberzell in Germany and will be making his debut tomorrow.“After playing in Portugal for about 10 years and won virtually everything and for years I was the number one player in Portugal.
Chelsea exploded out of the blocks with a goal inside four minutes, with Ramires heading in from Cesar Azpilicueta’s deflected cross.Liverpool dominated possession for long periods of the second half and scored a deserved equaliser deep into first time stoppage time when Coutinho found the net with a brilliant strike. Cutting onto his left foot on the edge of the box, the Brazilian curled a wonderful shot into the top corner to leave Jose Mourinho’s half time team talk in tatters.Chelsea rarely threatened in the second half and Liverpool, who should have had Lucas Leiva sent off for two yellow cards, turned the tables on Chelsea with the crucial third goal, created by Christian Benteke’s nod down and finished by Coutinho for his second.Benteke, a second half substitute, capped his fine cameo with the third goal – finishing low into the bottom corner after Adam Lallana’s clever dummy wrong footed the Chelsea defence.The defeat leaves Chelsea languishing just above the relegation zone and plunges Chelsea and Jose Mourinho even deeper into crisis.– –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports. Catch the BPL games live and exclusively on SuperSport, your world of champions.
Share on: WhatsApp Paris, France | AFP | Paul Lonyangata won the 41st Paris marathon on Sunday with his wife Purity Rionoripo tying up the women’s race to make it a memorable day out for the Kenyan couple in the French capital.Lonyangata recorded his biggest career win in a time of two hours six minutes and 10 seconds despite losing valuable time when doubling back after missing the penultimate water station.His compatriot, pre-race favourite Stephen Chebogut, came in second at 2hr 6min 56sec, with Solomon Yego completing the all-Kenyan podium in third at 2hr 7min 13sec.“I feel good now as my aim was to come here to win,” said Lonyangata who was going one better after taking second in the Paris half-marathon in March.With Paris bathed in spring sunshine Rionoripo made it a red letter day for the couple, the 23-year-old setting a new record time of 2hr 20min 50sec to smash her personal best by almost four minutes.The couple’s success put a smile back on the face of Kenyan athletics 48 hours after the shock news of Olympic marathon champion Jemima Sumgong’s failed dope test.Sumgong was the first Kenyan woman to win an Olympic gold in the marathon when she triumphed in Rio last year.The 32-year-old, who is also the reigning London Marathon champion, tested positive for the banned blood booster EPO in a test by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) in her native Kenya.Lonyangata, 24, made his decisive move after the 35km marker, surging clear of Chebogut in the Bois de Boulogne to add Paris to his previous marathon wins in Shanghai in 2015 and Lisbon two years earlier. In the women’s race Rionoripo was followed across the line by her compatriot Agnes Barsosio at 2hr 21:02 with Flomena Cheyech (2hr 21:23.) completing the podium.“It’s great for my wife, I’m very proud of her,” beamed happy husband Lonyangata.“I’m so happy, it’s a great day for me to win and to beat my personal best,” said Rionoripo, who had last year’s winner Visiline Jepkesho (fourth) among the more fancied contenders in her slipstream.She lowered the previous women’s Paris marathon record time set by Ethiopia’s Feyse Tadese of 2hr 21:06 in 2013.In the men’s race her husband’s winning time was 53sec outside the record established by Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele of 2hr 05:04 in 2014.Britain’s six-time Paralympic champion David Weir tuned up for his career swansong in the London marathon on April 23 with success in Paris.The 37-year-old wheelchair racer won four gold medals at London 2012 but crashed out of last year’s Rio Games marathon.
Florida breaks the state record for most new cases with 10,109, breaking the previous record of 9,585 in one day (Saturday.) The deaths also climbed up by 67 in one day, according to the Florida Department of Health announced Thursday.The total number of cases in the state is 169, 106. In one week, Florida’s cases have risen by 57,382 for an increase of 51.4 percent.South Florida is a hotspot for coronavirus cases.In Palm Beach County, new cases were 423 compared with 297 Wednesday and the record 658 Friday for a total of 14,859, including residents and nonresidents. Miami-Dade’s cases increased 2,304 and Broward 579. In the Treasure Coast area, the rise was 64 in St. Lucie, 38 in Martin, 33 in Indian River and 7 in Okeechobee.Florida’s cases reported Wednesday were third in the nation behind California with 9,740 and Texas with 8,076.VP Mike Pence and Gov. Ron DeSantis are scheduled to discuss coronavirus in Florida Thursday at 3 PM.
Claire Garland, left, shows Red Bank Public Library children’s librarian Sira Williams a Lenape “knee wrap,” made of leather and deer knuckles. These wraps were used in Native American dance ceremonies and were prized for their musical sounds.By Rick Geffken |Hundreds of years before the Oyster Point Hotel and Marina was built on the banks of the Navesink, a band of Lenape feasted on those succulent shellfish and left behind a huge 30 ft. wide by 15 ft. high midden of oyster shells. These piles of shells were found all along the Bayshore and helped archaeologists determine much about how our Native American predecessors lived on our Two River estuaries, according to Claire Garland.Garland, the director of the Sand Hill Indian Historical Association, gave an informative talk, “500 Years on the Navesink” at the Eisner Memorial Red Bank Public Library on Saturday, August 11th. She brought along her sizable collection of artifacts from her Native-American ancestry – leather shirts and pants, a feathered fan, gourd rattles, and pictures of her Revey family ancestors, whom she dates to 1780. Their heritage lingers in a section of Tinton Falls still called Reveytown, along and around Shafto Road in that borough. It was named for Thomas Revey during the 19th century.Among the Lenape and Cherokee artifacts Claire Garland dis- played were a leather vest, moccasins, a peace pipe and other clothing adornments. Photo by Rick GeffkenSand Hill in Neptune was the location of one of her ancestor’s homes. The area near today’s West Bangs Avenue is occasionally used for family reunions, including one with over 75 people just a few weeks ago.“History didn’t begin here with Columbus in 1492,” Garland told the attentive audience of adults and children. “European fishing boat crews in the 13th century were trading with natives along the coast down through Massachusetts.” Indians, as they were wrongly described by Columbus and other explorers, even further south were aware of these strange looking men sailing along their coastal waters.Garland’s ancestry is a mix of native Lenape, Cherokee (who had moved from Georgia to New Jersey), and colonial Dutch. The Revey family included many artisans who created traditional clothing and other useful articles to help support themselves. Lenape influence on European culture after first contacts was substantial in surprising ways. “When the European started arriving in the New World, they dressed in shorty-sorts and high stockings,” noted Garland. “They quickly learned to wear leather pants like the Indians to prevent briars from cutting their legs.”Claire Garland, director of the Sand Hill Indian Historical Association, spoke about her Native-American heritage before an audience at the Eisner Memorial Red Bank Public Library Saturday, Aug. 11. Photo by Rick GeffkenPlace names, or “Indian talk” as Garland called it, that we take for granted now were originally Lenape designations – Wanamassa, Mantoloking, Manalapan, Manasquan, Wickatunk, and yes, even Navesink and Rumson. The last two derived from variations of the name of the Navesinck band of Lenape and from the peninsula they referred to as Narumsunk.Garland pointed out that the late Paul Boyd (Atlantic Highlands, From Lenape Camps to Bayside Town) believed that the shell middens he found about every eight miles along the shoreline indicated Indian villages about a day’s walk from each other. Until Europeans appeared, Native Americans believed in communal rights to property with everyone share in the land’s riches. When the Indians “signed” deeds (mostly by making a mark like an X), they thought of them like leases. The European concept of hard rights to property essentially let the Europeans steal land. The New Jersey State Archives has preserved over 800 of these deeds.An interesting aspect to Garland’s talk was her assertion that during the last Ice Age, the water captured as ice at the north pole reduced the Atlantic Ocean to the extent that our coastline was a further 80 miles out from today’s. She claimed that Native Americans built villages and houses on this extended shelf, though few remains of them have ever been found.Other revelations from Garland included that the Turtle Clan of the Lenape occupied most of the middle section of New Jersey in our area. “Lenape people hunted seals, whales, porpoises. They supplemented their diets with fruit like apples, quince, and beach plums. Europeans were in awe of the abundance in the local estuaries here. They sent letters back home encouraging more settlers to come to the New World where they would find ‘a whole cellar of food.’”Garland also mentioned, seemingly without rancor, that “The County of Monmouth took 105 acres of my family’s property at Reveytown to construct the Reclamation Center along Shafto Road.” One wonders if the pungent odor in the area is something of a Lenape revenge.For more about Garland’s Revey and Sand Hill Indian ancestry, see www.SandHillIndianHistory.org.