I-90 Improvements Officially Complete

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.SILVER CREEK – The New York State Thruway Authority announced Tuesday improvements to parts of I-90 in the Cattaraugus Territory are now complete.Officials say the $20.8 million project included the complete repair and rebuild of approximately 14 lane miles of the Thruway and additional safety enhancements. The project was completed weeks earlier than scheduled and on budget.“Our focus from the start was to provide a safe and reliable roadway that the millions of drivers that travel this section each year deserve, and I am proud to announce that we have delivered on that promise weeks earlier than planned,” Thruway Authority Executive Director Matthew J. Driscoll said. “We thank the Seneca Nation for their partnership and for working with us as we completed this project which utilized Nation employees and equipment.”Originally started in Fall 2019, the two-phased project included the complete repair and rebuild of approximately four miles of the Thruway, or 14 lane miles, on I-90 between exit 57A in Eden – Angola and exit 58 in Silver Creek. During the project, crews used approximately 125,000 tons of asphalt pavement and more than 20,000 tons of gravel subbase to completely rebuild the roadway down to the concrete base.The project also included additional safety enhancements including the replacement of more than 20,000 linear feet (approximately 3.75 miles) of guiderail, drainage improvements, and new roadway striping for enhanced visibility.The contractor, Union Concrete and Construction Corp. of West Seneca, completed the second phase of the project. Crews generally worked 24-hour shifts, 6 days a week.At the peak of construction, Union Concrete used a workforce of 50 employees on site each day, including employment rights participation rates agreed to by the Seneca Nation and the contractor.With the completion of the project, the speed limit in both directions between exit 57A and 58 has been returned to 65 m.p.h.last_img read more

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Squigs Sketches Taye Diggs! Check Out the New Hedwig Portrait

first_imgDon’t you know him? He’s the new Berlin wall, baby! Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson is no stranger to sketching transgender East German rock stars. He’s drawn portraits of former Hedwig and the Angry Inch headliners Neil Patrick Harris, Michael C. Hall and Andrew Rannells—and he’s created a new tribute for Hedwig star Taye Diggs! Check out this portrait of the Rent and Wicked alum with his new co-star Rebecca Naomi Jones as Yitzhak, then see them in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre! View Comments Hedwig and the Angry Inch About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home.center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Related Showslast_img read more

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Do it yourself: Ikea masturbation video goes viral in China

first_img“We resolutely oppose and condemn this kind of behavior, and immediately reported it to the police in the city of the suspected store,” Ikea said in a statement, without revealing the name of the branch.The homeware group said Saturday that it would take “even more careful security and public cleanliness measures” and encouraged all customers to “browse stores in an orderly and civilized way”.The identity of the woman and the person who filmed it have not been revealed.Some Chinese social media users have speculated it was a store in Guangdong province, as Cantonese — spoken in parts of southern China — can be heard in the background store announcements. Ikea has said it will take “more careful” security measures in its shops in China after an explicit video of a woman masturbating in one of its stores went viral online.The pornographic clip shows a woman pleasuring herself half-naked on various sofas and beds in the furniture store’s showroom, while oblivious shoppers walk by in the background.While uncensored versions of the video have been scrubbed from Chinese social media, the Swedish company’s response to the clip gained nine million views. Topics :center_img Baffled users online also pointed out that nobody is wearing face masks in the video, suggesting it was filmed before the coronavirus outbreak which brought China to a standstill from late January.”This woman is so brave, I don’t understand, [she’s] just doing it in broad daylight,” read one Weibo post that gained more than 8,000 likes.”There are so many people around, I just don’t understand,” another wrote.It is not the first explicit video to cause a stir on China’s tightly controlled social media platforms.A Beijing branch of the Japanese clothing chain Uniqlo became infamous in 2015, after a clip of a couple having sex in one of its changing rooms went viral.Police arrested five people, including the young couple in the video, over the matter, while Uniqlo firmly denied that it was a publicity stunt.The clip “severely violated socialist core values,” the Chinese Cyberspace Administration said at the time.Chinese citizens can face up to ten days’ administrative detention for deliberate public nudity, while those who upload and disseminate obscene content online face up to 15 days’ detention and a maximum fine of 3,000 yuan.last_img read more

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Daimler transfers €1.8bn Renault/Nissan stake to pension fund

first_img“Regardless of the share transfer, we will continue the successful strategic alliance with the Renault-Nissan Alliance,” he said.Bodo Uebber, Daimler’s management board member responsible for finance and controlling and financial services, said the transaction improved the funding level of pension obligations significantly, by around 6%, with no effect on cash flow. “In addition, the company value will further benefit from a better interest result and a higher equity ratio of the industrial business,” he said.Zetsche referred to the start of Daimler’s joint production with Nissan of its new premium compact cars in Mexico as “one of the major milestones” in the cooperation between the car manufacturers.Daimler said the shares in Renault/Nissan, valued at €1.8bn and representing a 3.1% stake in the carmaker, were being transferred to the pension assets of Daimler AG.The transfer will result in a one-off positive impact to Daimler’s 2016 EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) of around €500m, the company said.Daimler said the funding level of the pension obligations was falling due to the persistently low interest-rate environment. In December 2015, Daimler announced that it was making an extraordinary pension contribution of €1bn to the German pension fund, and the previous December it said it was contributing an extra €2.5bn to the fund.Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance – a partnership between France’s Renault and Japan’s Nissan – began working together in April 2010 and made an equity exchange as part of their strategic collaboration, giving the Renault-Nissan Alliance a 3.1% stake in Daimler and Daimler a combined 3.1% interest in Renault and Nissan.Last year, companies on Germany’s DAX stock exchange made around €10bn in pension fund contributions in 2015, according to research by Willis Towers Watson, an amount roughly the same as 2014 contributions.Of this, the largest contribution had been Daimler’s €1.9bn, increasing its funding level by 1,200 basis points to 71%, the research showed. Germany’s Daimler has moved to increase the funding level of its employee pension scheme by 6% by transferring its strategic holding in Renault/Nissan valued at around €1.8bn.In recent years, the company has topped up its German pension fund by large amounts but in cash rather in shares.Dieter Zetsche, chairman of Daimler’s management board and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, said: “With this contribution, we are again reinforcing our pension assets.”He said the company’s aim was to safeguard employees’ pension benefits for the long term. last_img read more

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‘Pusher’ falls in buy-bust

first_imgNine more sachets of suspected shabu were seized during his apprehension, police said. Detained in the lockup cell of the Panay municipal police station, the suspect faces charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002./PN The 47-year-old Alberto Asis was arrested around 9:05 p.m. on Wednesday in Barangay Tanza Norte, Panay, Capiz. An undercover cop initially bought to Asis a sachet of suspected illegal drugs for P500. ILOILO City – He allegedly sold shabu.last_img read more

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AFCO marks sponsorship milestone in 25th season of IMCA support

first_imgBOONVILLE, Ind. – AFCO joins even more exclusive company in 2018, its 25th consecutive season as an IMCA sponsor.The Boonville, Ind., manufacturer becomes just the fifth company to reach the quarter-century mark of sponsorship with IMCA, continuing a generous slate of awards for IMCA Modified, IMCA Late Model, IMCA Sunoco Stock Car, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and IMCA South­ern SportMod drivers.“AFCO is thrilled to mark its 25th year supporting IMCA racing. We value our longstanding tradition of being involved with this great organization,” said AFCO Performance Group Marketing Director Kerri Hart. “We look forward to awarding IMCA racers with GM replacement frame kits and many various contingency awards. We’re gearing up for an exciting racing season!”The Modified national champion and rookie of the year, as well as the first hard luck driver to get upside down during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, all receive GM frame replace­ment kits.Top three eligible drivers in each of the five Modified regions receive product certificates worth $250, $150 and $50, respectively, while the top three in both Stock Car regions receive certificates good for $200, $100 and $50.Top three eligible drivers in both Northern and Southern regions for Hobby Stocks and top three drivers in national SportMod standings get product certificates valued at $125, $75 and $50, respec­tively.Drivers in those divisions must compete with AFCO-manufactured shocks and springs, display two AFCO decals on their race car and return a completed sign-up sheet to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1 to be eligi­ble.The national Late Model rookie of the year and fourth, sixth and 11th place finishers in national Late Model point standings all earn $100 product certificates.AFCO awards will be pre­sented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Information about AFCO products is available by calling 800 632-2320, on Facebook and at the www.afcoracing.com website.“AFCO has elevated themselves to rare air through the support of IMCA racing for 25 years,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Our relationship with them pre-dates the length of time most other sanctioning bodies have been in existence and even the age of a fair percentage of our most promising racers. We’re proud to be associated with AFCO and plan for many more years of success.”last_img read more

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Tree clearing on US 52 Monday

first_imgNew Trenton, IN —INDOT has announced they will be doing tree clearing work that is scheduled to begin Monday on U.S. 52, east of State Route 1 near the Franklin-Dearborn County line, to prepare for two small structure replacements. Lane closures will be in effect with flaggers. Slow down and use extra caution in the area.last_img

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Athlete Anu wins gold at Asian junior meet

first_imgGifu, June 9: India’s Anu Kumar won gold in the men’s 800 metre event at the 2018 Asian Junior Athletics Championships here on Saturday. Kumar clocked 1:54.11 to push Iran’s Abdolrahim Dorzadeh (1:54.23) to the runners-up spot. Fuki Torii of Japan took bronze in 1:54.55. India also bagged a bronze in the men’s 4x100m event with the quartet of Prajwal Ravi, Akash Kumar, Nithin Balakumar and Gurindervir Singh registering a time of 40.75 seconds. Hosts Japan won the title with Yuki Takagi, Daisuke Miyamoto, Satoru Fukushima and Justin Junpei Tsukamoto clocking 39.65 seconds. Chinese Taipei’s Lin Yu-tang, Wei Tai-sheng, Lu Hao-hua and Yeh Shou-po took silver with 39.72 seconds. IANSlast_img read more

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Preparations for Guyana Cup rematch moving apace – Habibulla

first_img– Despite GHRA’s management being at standstillPREPARATIONS for the February 26 Guyana Cup Rematch is moving apace,inspite of the factVickram Oudittthat the management of the Guyana Horse Racing Authority (GHRA) is at a standstill.The one-day event is billed for the Rising Sun Turf Club (RSTC), Arima Park, West Coast Berbice.Speaking exclusively with Chronicle Sport on Thursday, coordinator of Guyana Cup Rematch, Fazal Habibulla, categorically stated that the race meet will go ahead as planned, adding that the organisers of the Guyana Cup Rematch are less concerned with what takes place at the management level of the authority.Dubbed the ‘Sport of Kings’, the proper management of the sport is at a standstill, since executive members have not met to discuss GHRA’s business for almost a year, after its president,Vickram Ouditt,demitted office in February last year following the expiration of his term.Recent-acting secretary of the GHRA, Chattergoon Ramnauth,is of the opinion that the work of the authority has also been put on hold due to the lack of a critical piece of legislation that would have legitimise its operations.He, however, maintained that the implementation of the legislation will be the only way out of the dilemma the authority finds itself in.Once put into law, the Guyana Horse Racing Authority Act will allow the sport to run more effectively and help to deal with violators.The proposed law includes: increasing the membership of the Racing Authority from nine to 15; including the Bush Lot United Turf Club as a member of the GHRA and implementing a two-year term for members of the Authority.It will also give the GHRA the power to schedule race dates for each club in the event that a club is unable to run off a race meeting.But the realisation of that act seems some distance away, since the status of the document remains unknown.Meanwhile, organisers are yet to release a provisional programme, but according to Habibulla,the feature race will be for animals classified B and lower for a whopping $1.2M,over 1800 metres.last_img read more

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UCLA is our rival, not our enemy

first_imgDoes everyone at USC really hate UCLA? Possibly, but probably not — and here’s why: I don’t hate UCLA.The band tells us we hate UCLA nearly every time they play. But what is the real meaning behind this rivalry, or rather, why does every incoming freshman play along so willingly, professing their hatred for UCLA at every chance they get?I, too, was one of these freshmen. I purchased a FUCLA shirt during the 2014 football season  to wear to the Rose Bowl. Luckily for me, I was too embarrassed to wear it before the game even started, so I didn’t have to wear it later that night after we had suffered the loss.I understand that UCLA is right across town from us and the competition is fierce, but why the hatred?I grew up an unabashed UCLA fan because of their basketball team, being a young basketball player myself. My dad and I would spend countless hours watching the games, discussing the players and feeling crushed when, in 2006 and 2007, Florida ended our bid for a national title.My grandma earned her Ph.D. in education from UCLA and consequently, rooting for the Bruins became a familial ritual symbolic of a great achievement for one of our own.When college applications rolled around, UCLA was an obvious pick for me, and I didn’t even consider applying to USC until I toured the campus with my mom on the same day. I fell in love with USC and of course the rest is history: I picked USC the moment I got accepted I became a Trojan for life, and I immediately resented every trace of powder blue and every note of the eight-clap.Not so fast.Of course I love USC, but I don’t despise UCLA.My allegiances lie without a doubt with the Cardinal and Gold. How could they not? I love kicking the flag poles before a football game, singing along to a good ole DJ Malski song at the basketball game and singing along to the Fight Song and Tusk when the band plays. I am a Trojan through and through.In light of the upcoming rivalry game though, I know that the anti-Bruin sentiment will be flowing among my fellow classmates, and I will be cheering for our basketball team alongside the rowdiest and loudest of the bunch.This is what makes the rivalry so much fun for me. While some students on campus curse the Bruins and desecrate their mascot, I hope they don’t really mean it. Of course I love being at Conquest to witness the burning of the bear, and “Tusk” is my favorite song that the band plays, but it’s all just fun and games.The real competition will be between each sports team and as much as we’d like to think that we do, there really isn’t any impact the student body has on the outcome of the game — being that the Galen Center is nowhere near the hostile environment of Allen Fieldhouse or Cameron Stadium.When it comes down to USC and UCLA, ‘SC is going to be my pick every time, but when UCLA is taking on someone else, am I allowed to call myself a closet UCLA fan?Sure, it could lead to questions regarding loyalty, pride or school spirit, but I am confident in myself and my school in all of those departments, and I have nothing to say to those who doubt that I can be dedicated to USC while still harboring a soft spot for UCLA.My friends always criticize the fact that I like baby blue uniforms, think Joe Bruin is cute or know the eight-clap, but I can’t help it; it’s part of my heritage.So to any UCLA sympathizer out there, I hope you know that you aren’t alone. That doesn’t mean I’m sitting around hoping that a recruit picks Westwood over Downtown, but I’m hoping that I don’t have to choose between being considered a loyal Trojan or having to prove my loyalty by wearing disrespectful clothing and shouting profanities at every UCLA fan that I encounter; let’s face it: the quality of our rival improves ourselves.By continually competing with UCLA in academics, sports and social life, we raise the bar for ourselves as well. Going head-to-head with one of the top universities in the country only validates our claims of being at the top as well.That’s why this rivalry is special to me and hopefully to everyone on either side of the pick. No matter what team you are pulling for or what mascot graces your t-shirts, greatness presides in every match, meeting, game and competition that our schools engage in.With all of that said, rest in confidence knowing that all my heart will be cheering for our Trojans Thursday night when they clash with the Bruins at the Galen Center, and I’ll be crushed if we don’t win. But know that the next round of the rivalry is just around the corner. There is always another chance for us to get back at the big bad Bruins, but I don’t think a little powder blue ever hurt anybody.Hailey Tucker is a sophomore majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, “Tucker Talks,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

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