DEW Construction Corp. has been selected as the Construction Manager for Chittenden South Supervisory Union’s Champlain Valley Union High School Addition and Renovation Project. Work on this project entails a 148,542 square foot renovation of the existing school including a new wood chip-fired heating system, and 63,000 square feet of new construction including space for classrooms, a new library/media center, gymnasium addition, and a new cafeteria and kitchen.DEW will begin preconstruction services immediately and construction is slated to begin next spring and be completed by summer 2005.Banwell Architects of Montpelier, Vermont is the Architect. Heading up the project for DEW are Mike Smith, Project Manger, Gary Gibson, Superintendent, Dave Stone, Assistant Superintendent and Scott Carter, Estimator.DEW Construction was founded in 1997. DEW Construction currently has 80 employees and provides construction services throughout Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and upstate New York.
Governor Peter Shumlin has announced that Sue Minter, Deputy Secretary of the Agency of Transportation, will replace Neale Lunderville as Irene Recovery Officer. Minter will step into the new post on January 6, as Lunderville returns to his job at Green Mountain Power. ‘Neale has been critical in bringing Vermont through the immediate aftermath of the worst storm to hit this state in nearly a century, and to help shape the recovery plan as we move into 2012,’ Shumlin said. ‘I appreciate his willingness to help his state in a crisis.’ Minter, the Governor noted, has also been a pivotal player in the Irene recovery effort, working with AOT Secretary Brian Searles and the transportation crews to get 500 miles of damaged roads and 34 closed bridges re-opened before the brunt of the winter season hit Vermont. The last road ‘ Route 107 ‘ re-opened today. ‘We’ve had very strong start, but recovery will continue for months and years ahead. Irene is not behind us,’ Governor Shumlin said. ‘We need a recovery leader who will be able keep the momentum swift and strong into the new year, and Sue Minter has proven that she has the commitment to the state and the leadership needed to carry the Irene recovery effort forward.’ More than 7,000 Vermonters have registered with FEMA following the storm, which hit on Aug. 28. Approximately 4,300 of those have received individual assistance. In addition, 1,500 homes were substantially damaged by the storm, and roads and bridges ‘ both state and municipal ‘ were severely impacted. In addition to serving as Deputy Secretary of Transportation, Minter was a state representative from Waterbury (one of the communities hard hit by Irene) and worked in the state Agency of Commerce and Community Development for 10 years in community planning and revitalization. ‘I am honored to be asked to serve our state in this capacity at this critical time,’ Minter said. ‘I have the passion and determination to harness our ‘Vermont Strong’ spirit and to make government more effective and even better prepared for future events. Our work is not over until every Vermonter has recovered from Irene.’ Minter will report to the Governor through the Secretary of Administration. She will be a Cabinet officer with the responsibility and authority to oversee statewide recovery. Minter will work across agencies and with outside partners to sustain collaborative, mission-focused recovery efforts.
By Dialogo July 16, 2009 Lima, 13 July (EFE).- A fifteenth-century woman belonging to the Chimú culture was buried alive in the archeological complex of Chan Chan, in northern Peru, to mitigate the effects of the “El Niño” weather phenomenon, the National Institute of Culture (INC) revealed today. “This is the first time that evidence has been found that some inhabitants were buried alive during that period, in this case in order to ward off the possible effects of the ‘El Niño’ phenomenon on the mud-built city,” the director of Executive Unit 110 of the INC, Cristóbal Campana, explained to the state press agency Andina. The skeletal remains of the woman, who was between twenty-two and twenty-three years old, were found during restoration work on the western perimeter wall of the “Ñain An” Palace or “House of the Birds,” part of Chan Chan’s mud-built citadel. This archeological complex has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site, but it is also on the list of heritage sites in danger due to the fragility of its structures, as a result of the effect of rain and the intense heat in the region. Chan Chan is one of the most important ceremonial centers in northern Peru and is located 570 kilometers north of Lima. The remains are of a woman 1.55 meters tall who was strangled and buried alive, as determined from the position of her upper limbs and jaws, which reflect a desperate struggle to free herself from the fabric knotted around her neck, the agency press release added. In addition, the victim suffered the amputation of both her feet, in the same way that the Chimú amputated both feet of guardians sacrificed in another palace in the same area. Nevertheless, the press release did not explain how it was known that this sacrifice was related to the feared meteorological phenomenon. Campana indicated that the remains would be removed this week from a structure that has been protecting them from the sun and the rain and taken to the INC’s laboratory in the department of La Libertad, where Chan Chan is located.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Allison MartinWhile out and about, you may have passed by the local credit union without looking twice. You have no need for their services, right? Well, at least that’s what you thought.Are you aware of how credit unions operate and what they entail? If so, you may be inclined to open an account at one close to you or even switch from your bank.What exactly is a credit union and why is it better?MyCreditUnion.gov defines credit unions as “not-for-profit organizations that exist to serve their members rather than to maximize corporate profits.” They operate similarly to banks, as they make loans to members and accept deposits.So, why should I choose the local credit union over big boy banks?1. MotivesThe sole purpose for a credit union’s existence means that it should have your best interests at heart and not the bottom line of the institution. Big banks, on the other hand, are there to turn a profit and will seemingly do whatever it takes to meet their numbers. continue reading »
Addressing the challenges of how to better defend against and more rapidly detect data breaches involves much more than buying the latest technology, says security expert Haroon Meer.“We are hyper-obsessed with the latest [technology], and so, as an industry, we get pretty caught up in just about whatever the industry is selling,” says Meer, who heads Johannesburg-based security firm Thinkst Applied Research.Meer delivered the opening keynote speech at the recent Black Hat Europe 2015 briefings, focusing on how self-defeating behaviors can sabotage information security professionals’ ability to do the right thing (see 5 Secrets to Security Success).“We keep moving on as we try to solve new, shiny problems, which we then half solve, but we still haven’t completely solved problems that we knew about 20 years ago. And we are still getting actively taken out by those old problems,” Meer says in an interview with Information Security Media Group. “So in the end you end up with an enterprise full of half-implemented solutions, which half-protect you from something, and that sort of half-protection doesn’t hold up against determined attackers.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 21-year-old Coram man was arrested Friday for allegedly exposing himself to a teenager in Selden, Suffolk County police said.Arshad Syed Humza was charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Syed Humza was driving a 2010 Nissan north on Boyle Road and Strauss Avenue at 5 p.m. when he pulled up to a 15-year-old girl walking along the street, police said. He asked if she needed a ride, but the girl declined, police said. Syed Humzah allegedly continued to follow the teen and asked for directions, police said. When the girl approached his car, Syed Humzah allegedly exposed his genitals to her, police said. The girl went home and notified her parents and was also able to provide authorities with a license plate number, police said. Syed Humzah will be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip at a later date.
BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Families went to new heights on Friday to have their first face to face visit in months at Bridgewater Rehabilitation Center in Binghamton. Each family is spaced 30 minutes apart to allow sanitizing of the equipment. Friday was the first time visitors were able to see their loved ones face to face in 7 months. The only challenge was that the rooms at Bridgewater are located on the 2nd floor up to the 5th floor. The nursing center was inspired to do something like this after seeing other nursing homes carry out window visits. Bridgewater enlisted the help of a bucket truck to lift the families into the air, each family reserved a time slot for their visit. “To be able to offer this has been very emotional to them [residents] and the staff,” said Patrick Calli the Administrator at Bridgewater. Calli continues, “we have a lot of staff members in the windows today watching them, and they’re just excited that we can offer this up to the residents and their loved ones.” The center had 6 families reserved for Friday and expects to offer this service for another week, as long as the weather holds up. Bridgewater lifted family members up in the air, to the window of their loved ones for a face to face socially distanced encounter. For those with loved ones living at bridgewater, you can call the center at 607-722-7225 to reserve a slot for this type of visit.
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New infections in Germany continued to rise Wednesday, pushing past 5,000 cases in 24 hours – a level not seen since a lockdown imposed on Europe’s biggest economy in the spring.”We’re in a situation where I think we can still flatten the exponential growth,” said Lothar Wieler, head of Germany’s disease control agency. “But for that we all need to make an effort.”In Spain, bars and restaurants will close across the northeastern region of Catalonia for the next 15 days as the country tackles one of the highest rates of infection in the European Union, with nearly 900,000 cases and more than 33,000 deaths.In the Netherlands, where new measures also came into force, including restrictions on alcohol sales and new mask requirements, people drank and danced to pumping techno music in the final minutes before all bars, restaurants and cannabis “coffeeshops” closed down. Ireland’s prime minister Micheal Martin announced a raft of new curbs along the border with the British province of Northern Ireland, including the closure of non-essential retail outlets, gyms, pools and leisure centers.Earlier on Wednesday Northern Ireland’s devolved government announced plans to shut pubs and restaurants for four weeks, tighten restrictions on social gatherings and extend the mid-term school break to counter soaring case numbers there.Infection rates “must be turned down now or we will be in a very difficult place very soon indeed,” First Minister Arlene Foster told lawmakers in the Northern Ireland Assembly.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also under increasing pressure to impose more stringent measures to cut spiralling rates in England, including a two-week “circuit-breaker” lockdown.Johnson said a new UK-wide lockdown would be a “disaster” but refused to rule it out as the government’s science advisory committee endorsed a temporary shutdown.And in Italy, authorities recorded 7,332 new cases on Wednesday – the highest daily count the hard-hit country has yet seen.Rome has already imposed new, tougher rules to control the virus’ resurgence, including an end to parties, amateur football matches and snacking at bars at night.Beyond Europe, the US death toll rose by 794 in a day to 216,597, according to Johns Hopkins University, with just three weeks before a crucial election in which the pandemic plays a central role. Another 52,160 had become infected in the past 24 hours, an increase of 0.7 percent.Iran on Wednesday announced new travel restrictions affecting the capital Tehran and four other major cities, as well as new single-day records in both COVID-19 deaths and new infections.And neighboring Iraq’s death toll since the start of the pandemic passed 10,000 people.At least 1,089,039 people worldwide have died of the coronavirus since it emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late in 2019, according to an AFP tally using official figures. At least 38.3 million cases have been recorded around the world.Topics : France on Wednesday became the latest European country to toughen anti-COVID-19 measures, imposing a curfew in Paris and eight other cities from Saturday, while Germany and Ireland also ramped up restrictions. “We have to act. We need to put a brake on the spread of the virus,” President Emmanuel Macron told public television, announcing a shutdown between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. that will remain in force for as long as six weeks.Other major French cities such as Lyon, the Mediterranean port Marseille and southwestern Toulouse will similarly impose curfews, with around 20 million people affected in all, out of a total population of some 67 million. Just minutes before Macron’s announcement, his government had said it would prolong a state of health emergency.With over one million coronavirus deaths and nearly 40 million cases worldwide, regions like Europe that suppressed the first outbreak are again facing tough choices on how to control a new wave without the economic devastation wrought by nationwide lockdowns.In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced tougher measures on gatherings and mask-wearing. “I am convinced that what we do now will be decisive for how we come through this pandemic,” the leader said.
Guardian (UK) 17 March 2012Researchers have established a direct link between the number of friends you have on Facebook and the degree to which you are a “socially disruptive” narcissist, confirming the conclusions of many social media sceptics. People who score highly on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory questionnaire had more friends on Facebook, tagged themselves more often and updated their newsfeeds more regularly. The research comes amid increasing evidence that young people are becoming increasingly narcissistic, and obsessed with self-image and shallow friendships. The latest study, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, also found that narcissists responded more aggressively to derogatory comments made about them on the social networking site’s public walls and changed their profile pictures more often. A number of previous studies have linked narcissism with Facebook use, but this is some of the first evidence of a direct relationship between Facebook friends and the most “toxic” elements of narcissistic personality disorder.http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/mar/17/facebook-dark-side-study-aggressive-narcissism?newsfeed=true