The Vermont Agency of Transportation today announced that two accelerated bridge replacement projects on Route 12A in the Town of Roxbury have been completed and the roadway is now open to all traffic. ‘These are the final two bridge closures resulting from Tropical Storm Irene,’ noted VTrans’ Secretary Brian Searles. ‘We are very close to reaching our Irene Response mission of opening all our damaged roads by the end of the year.’ The final closed road under construction, Route 107 in Stockbridge, remains on track for opening at the end of next week. Luck Brothers of Plattsburg, New York, was the contractor for the replacement of bridges 15 and 22 on Route 12A, both of which cross the third branch of the White River. The total closure on October 17, allowed the bridges to be completely replaced in just under 10 weeks. Unlike the temporary bridge replacements in other areas of Irene-affected roads, bridges 15 and 22 were permanent fixes to damaged bridges. ‘In responding to these bridge failures we were able to deploy innovative techniques and rapid bridge deployment to complete permanent bridge replacements in record time,’ noted Rich Tetreault, VTrans’ chief engineer. The agency also completed work this week on two culverts in the Refrigerator Flats area of Route 107. The 1.1 mile segment between its intersection with Route 100 in Stockbridge and the Post Office in Gaysville has reopened to local traffic only. Replacing the two culverts in Stockbridge is among the final tasks necessary before Route 107 can be reopened in its entirety. Irene struck on August 28, 2011 and severely damaged more than 500 miles of state highway, including some 200 state bridges. Today, only seven miles of Route 107 between Stockbridge and Bethel remain closed to public travel. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter. VTrans 12.21.2011
BANGOR, Wis. – Wehrs Machine and Racing Products gives $50 gift certificates to designated place finishers at 80 IMCA special events for a fourth consecutive season in 2015.Those awards will be given at all Deery Brothers Summer Series for Late Models events, and at specials for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods.Certificates will be mailed from the IMCA home office the week after official race results are received.Wehrs manufactures high performance parts and is located in Bangor, Wis.More information about all Wehrs-made products is available by calling 877 460-7211, on Facebook and at the www.wehrsmachine.com website.“Chad Wehrs is another one of the true innovators in the racing industry,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Wehrs Machine is constantly developing new products to assist our racers and I am always intrigued by what they come up with to make race cars faster and more efficient.”
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said: “It is extremely disappointing for the club, Sami Hyypia and those of us who worked hard to bring him here, that Sammy Lee has now reversed his decision after agreeing to become assistant manager. “Nobody at our club or Bolton was aware of any interest from Southampton until several hours after we announced Sammy’s appointment as our assistant manager. It’s certainly not a situation any of us have come across before. “Having already agreed his contract and terms with us to start work on Monday, we could have insisted on Sammy serving a notice period but we all feel it would have been counter-productive to do so – and while it’s incredibly frustrating for us we wish Sammy well. “Our focus now is on working with Sami to help him recruit his assistant – while also supporting him to bring in the players he needs to improve the squad for the new season.” Lee apologised for the situation on the Seagulls’ official website as he said: “I was thrilled to be offered the job at Brighton and I was excited at the prospect of working with Sami Hyypia again. “But, totally unexpectedly, I have been given an opportunity to work in the Premier League. “I fully appreciate that this is not an ideal set of circumstances and I am very sorry for the inconvenience and any embarrassment my change of mind, after the announcement was made, has caused. “However, at this stage of my coaching career, the opportunity to work again at the very top level of English football was not something I felt I could turn down. “I hope everyone at Brighton can understand the difficult predicament I found myself in and why I made this decision.” Sammy Lee has done a U-turn and will not be taking up the position of assistant manager with Brighton. The former England and Liverpool midfielder had agreed to leave his role as the head of academy coaching and development at Bolton to take up the position with their Championship rivals following the appointment of Sami Hyypia as boss. However, th e 55-year-old now intends to take a coaching position at a Premier League club – believed to be Southampton. Press Association
The United Nations and the USC Shoah Foundation Institute launched iWitness, an interactive Internet application that allows students and educators to retrieve more than 1,000 video testimonies from the Holocaust, on Monday.The application has been in progress since the Shoah Foundation was founded in 1994 by Steven Spielberg to preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors. The institute gained more than 50,000 archived testimonies, but developing a plausible method to share the information was its biggest challenge, said Kim Simon, managing director of USC Shoah Foundation institute.“We were founded on the premise by Steven Spielberg after Schindler’s List to gather 52,000 testimonies of survivors and witnesses, and to videotape their life stories before the war, during the war and after the war,” Simon said. “The question of how to get access was a quest, but as the Internet became more prominent and important to education, we saw that it would be a responsible and appropriate educational setting.”The development allows students to gain an extensive understanding of the Holocaust that would be limited by learning solely through a textbook.“By searching and receiving, the student will have the ability to operate or engage in an intersection of the story and the video,” Simon said. “They are adding their own voice because they can record their narration that expresses what it means to them.”Through the video testimonies, the viewer is given a different perspective on the history of the Holocaust.“The video is an immediacy that allows them to not only see the faces but also hear the voices,” Simon said. “It’s from a personal point of view because they are connected with something that is very human, and that’s unique.”Currently iWitness focuses on the Holocaust, but the institute is already planning to add testimonies from the Armenian, Rwandan and Cambodian genocides to the archive.“We are interested in broadening and expanding the scope of testimony,” Simon said. “The archive will continue to expand.”
(Source: klix.ba) Coach of the National football A team of B&H, Mehmed Baždarević, published a list of team members that he is counting on for the upcoming qualification matches for the European Championship in France, against Belgium and Andorra.Following players are on Baždarević’s list: Begović, Šehić, Burić, Spahić, Šunjić, Bičakčić, Lulić, Mujdža, Kvesić, Aničić, Bešić, Kolašinac, Pjanić, Medunjanjin, Višća, Džeko, Ibišević, Đurić, Zec, Hajrović, Hadžić, Sušić, Vranješ and Vrančić.Dragons are meeting with Belgium on the 3rd of September in Brussels, and they will host Andorra on the 6th of September, on Bilino Polje in Zenica.