Pizzagalli awarded $8 million contract for Fletcher Allen building

first_imgPizzagalli Construction Company of South Burlington started work this week on a new Radiation Oncology facility on the Medical Center Campus at Fletcher Allen Health Care.  The $8 million project, designed by Cannon Design, will include approximately 23,000 square feet of new construction.  The total cost of the project, including the structure and new medical equipment, is $19.3 million. It will be built into the hillside on the east side of the Ambulatory Care Center.As part of its overall “green” design, the new facility will be less visible than other structures on the Medical Center campus and will feature a grass roof.  Fletcher Allen is aiming to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification for the building and a rigorous set of national standards must be met to earn that designation.  Elements of the project that will help in achieving LEED status include efficient heating and cooling systems, multiple skylights to provide natural light, and use of “green” construction materials obtained from local sources.Pizzagalli Construction Company’s experience with green building practices and LEED is extensive.  The company recently assisted the University of Vermont’s Student Residential Learning Complex at University Heights achieve LEED Gold.  Additionally, Pizzagalli team members are ASHE (American Society for Healthcare Engineering) certified and are well-versed in the renovation and construction of hospitals and health care facilities.  “Pizzagalli is very pleased to have been awarded this important health care project for our community and to be working alongside the Fletcher Allen Health Care team once again,” said Vice President Jay Fayette. “A project of this magnitude awarded to a Vermont contractor will greatly benefit the local economy and subcontractor marketplace.”The new building will allow Fletcher Allen to consolidate all of its clinical radiation oncology services in one location, making it easier for cancer patients to receive the care they need.  It replaces a 40-year-old building elsewhere on the campus that currently houses these services.Construction is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2010, and the facility is expected to be open for patient visits in the late summer or early fall.###last_img read more

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German protesters demonstrate against EU migrant policy in Berlin

first_imgMigrant crisis: Rescued migrant delivers baby on Warship Uganda University Students Demonstrate Against Terrorism Activists stand around symbolic graves of immigrants and a wooden cross reading ‘Borders Kill’ German protestors dig migrant ‘graves’ in BerlinA German activist group on Sunday staged a mock funeral outside the Chancellor’s Office in Berlin, in protest against the European Union’s migrant policy. Several thousand demonstrators marched through downtown Berlin, carrying crosses and flowers.Activists in rallied in front of Reichstag and dug at least one hundred graves to express their solidarity with asylum seekers, who have died trying to reach Europe after fleeing war and persecution in their home countries.They say the move, which they have named “The Dead are Coming”, is a protest against the European migrant policies which they say continues to be the cause for the continuing migrant casualties, often deadly, taking place in the Mediterranean.The protest, which took place a day after UN World Refugee Day, gathered at least 5,000 people, according to police estimates.Relatedcenter_img Thousands in Durban rally against Xenophobialast_img read more

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Freshmen Democrat Legislators Get Feel of 11th District

first_imgFreshmen state Assembly members Joann Downey and Eric Houghtaling, representing the 11th Legislative District, work to acclimate themselves to state government and addressing the needs of constituents.By John BurtonOCEAN TOWNSHIP – It has definitely been a learning curve for freshmen state Assembly members Joann L. Downey and Eric J. Houghtaling, both Democrats, as they get their footing in Trenton and in their district. But at nearly the 100-day mark of their two-year term, they believe they’re on solid ground, working for their constituents.At this point, “It feels really nice to be part of the process,” Downey said from her legislative offices on Ocean’s West Park Avenue. She did acknowledge, however, “It’s taken a lot longer than we hoped,” learning to maneuver the halls of power.Taking their seats in January, Houghtaling noted “It was overwhelming…It takes you quite aback,” when you think about the history and responsibility of the role. “It’s really something,” he observed.“The biggest surprise was winning in the first place,” Houghtaling said, which both would admit.The two Democrats pulled off a surprise victory last November defeating eight-year Republican incumbents Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande. The campaign got contentious and aggressive toward the end, with the relatively newly formed 11th District, which is seen as somewhat more Democrat-friendly (now including such municipalities as Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park and Neptune), going for the two neophyte Democrats.In that race, “We were confident we worked as hard as we could,” to win the votes to secure the victory, winning seats for the Democratic majority, in what had been an exclusive Monmouth County Republican legislative block.The 11th District has 18 municipalities: Allenhurst, Asbury Park, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Interlaken, Loch Arbor, Long Branch, Neptune City, Neptune Township, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls and West Long Branch.As it stands “We have as good a relationship as we can,” with their Monmouth County GOP legislative counterparts, Houghtaling believes.He is a recently retired 39-year union member electrician who had served as a member of the Neptune Township Committee, including as its mayor. Houghtaling, a father and grandfather, continues to live in Neptune with his wife.Downey, who is originally from Hudson County, is a trial attorney who grew up mostly in Freehold Township where she still lives with her husband, an Ocean County Community College history professor, and daughters ages 5- and 6–years-old. This is her first elected office.Downey currently serves on the Financial Institution and Insurance, Regulated Professions and Women and Children committees. Houghtaling sits on the Agriculture and Natural Resources, Labor and Telecommunications and Utilities committeesNow in office, the two share offices in Ocean and Freehold for constituent services and have begun working on some issues that they see as priorities and have begun appreciating the complexity which their district faces.“It’s been one thing after another,” Houghtaling said. “We’re just jumping in to find out what’s going on before we make any decisions.”“I think we know one thing for sure,”, Houghtaling discovered in his short time in the Legislature’s lower house, “every aspect of state funding is underfunded.”That is particularly true of public education, and particularly of two public school districts in the 11th: Red Bank and Freehold Borough, the legislators said.According to Houghtaling’s and Downey’s office, due to continued flat funding from the state, their district’s schools are underfunded by $18.8 million for the 2015-16 school year on top of the $17.5 million from the prior year.The state has continually shortchanged those two districts, the legislators say, impacting the districts’ ability to continue to provide a thorough and efficient education.In Freehold, the issue is literally a concrete one, as the school district looks to address a way to come up with the needed $34 million to renovate an aging and outmoded school structure. Voters in the district have twice rejected a bond referendum for the construction money. And Downey said she appreciates the concerns of already strained taxpayers. Now the issue is to try to find a way to build that school, she said.“We cannot wait for the school funding to get resolved,” she said, calling the Freehold case “a crisis situation.”The two have begun looking at the opioid addiction problem rampant throughout the state. Heroin addiction is on the rise, clearly, but what needs to be addressed, as well, is the proliferation of prescription pain medication that is greatly contributing to the epidemic. Downey has been working with colleagues, looking at ways to have doctors and administrators more accountable for those prescriptions.Here in Monmouth County, horseracing, a long staple of the area economy, has been in tough straights in recent years. The legislators have been in discussions with those who run Freehold Raceway, which is in their district, and Monmouth Park, located in the 13th District, for means of reinvigorating these important businesses.“Yes, we do have different interests than other parts of the state,” Downey pointed out. “And we’re working hard to make these interests known, and advocate for Monmouth County.”last_img read more

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English Premier League Reviews

first_imgAFC BOURNEMOUTH 2 MANCHESTER UNITED 1GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: STANISLAS 2nd; KING 54th. UNITED: FELLAINI 24th.A week after toppling reigning Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea, newly promoted Bournemouth shocked Manchester United. After David de Gea was beaten from a corner by Junior Stanislas, United equalised via Marouane Fellaini. The visitors faded after the break and could not fight back after Joshua King fired in from Matt Ritchie’s set piece.CRYSTAL PALACE 1 SOUTHAMPTON 0GOAL:- PALACE: CABAYE 38th.Crystal Palace moved up to sixth in the Barclays Premier League thanks to a Yohan Cabaye winner. The hosts fully deserved their first Barclays Premier League win over Southampton, a victory that also extended Palace’s unbeaten run to three league games. Yannick Bolasie’s cross allowed the unmarked Cabaye to tap home from six yards late in the first half.MANCHESTER CITY 2 SWANSEA CITY 1GOALS:- CITY: BONY 26th; IHEANACHO 90th. SWANSEA: GOMIS 90th.Manchester City went top of the Barclays Premier League on Saturday thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s injury-time deflection. City, beaten at Stoke a week ago, struggled against managerless Swansea, who sacked Garry Monk on Wednesday. And after Wilfried Bony lost Ashley Williams to score against his former club, Bafetimbi Gomis’ late equaliser looked like it would earn a point – before Iheanacho’s lucky strike.NORWICH CITY 1 EVERTON 1GOALS:- NORWICH: HOOLAHAN 47th. EVERTON: LUKAKU 15th.Romelu Lukaku scored for the sixth successive time in the Barclays Premier League, but Norwich produced a battling second-half display to hold Everton to their third straight Premier League draw. Lukaku scored with a header from Gerard Deulofeu’s excellent cross. Wes Hoolahan levelled for Norwich from close range before Cameron Jerome missed a great chance for the hosts.SUNDERLAND 0 WATFORD 1GOAL:- WATFORD: IGHALO 4th.Watford claimed their third successive win through Odion Ighalo’s early goal to leave Sunderland in the relegation zone. Ighalo and Black Cats defender Sebastian Coates met Allan Nyom’s low cross at the near post and diverted the ball past Costel Pantilimon. Sunderland took time to find a response but dominated the second half.WEST HAM UNITED 0 STOKE CITY 0These teams drew for the third Barclays Premier League game in a row at the Boleyn Ground. Marco van Ginkel, brought in for the injured Xherdan Shaqiri, had Stoke’s best chance in the first half but he put wide from close range. West Ham enjoyed more action in front of goal but they were denied time after time by Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.last_img read more

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WATCH: A sleek 151 Seat Leon is car of the month at DMG Motors

first_imgDMG Motors of Donegal are continuing their sensational ‘Get your Car for Free’ competition with some incredible offers on used cars.From May 2019 to May 2020, all used car buyers at DMG Motors will be entered into a draw to win the price of their vehicle back for free.There is no shortage of quality used car options at the DMG Motors showroom outside Donegal Town either. The September Car of the Month is a 2015 1.4 TSI Petrol Seat Leon. The car comes with multi-function steering, electric windows and a six speed gearbox. This is the SE Select model, which comes with upgraded alloy wheels and LED headlights.Here, Shaun Burke gives a quick introduction to this spacious and stylish car: If this sounds like your dream car, why not visit DMG Motors to take it for a test drive? Call (074) 972 1396 to book now. Get your car for free @ DMGAnd the extra bonus is you could be in with a chance of winning the price back!The Get your car for free @ DMG giveaway means each customer who buys a used car at DMG will receive a unique number on delivery which will be placed in the draw.The winner will be drawn independently on Friday 1st May 2020.In the video below, Finn Harps legend Kevin McHugh explains how winning could be as easy as 1-2-3!Visit the Facebook offer page here to tag your friends: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DMG-Motors-221791084500477/offers/ Browse the current stock now at: www.dmgmotors.ieWATCH: A sleek 151 Seat Leon is car of the month at DMG Motors was last modified: September 3rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:car of the monthDMG MOTORSDonegal Townseat leonused carslast_img read more

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Soft Tissue Found in Chile Ichthyosaur Bonanza

first_img(Visited 153 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 They were buried in the deep sea, but are becoming exposed under a glacier in southern Chile.Forty-six exceptionally-preserved ichthyosaurs (extinct air-breathing marine reptiles) have been found in strata becoming exposed under a melting glacier in southern Chile, Live Science reported.  The completely articulated (unseparated) fossils range from juveniles to adults.  Soft tissue and embryos were found, the abstract says from the GSA Bulletin:After three field campaigns to the area, a total of 46 articulated and virtually complete ichthyosaur specimens, both adults and juveniles, were tentatively assigned to four different species of Ophthalmosauridae. Preservation is excellent and occasionally includes soft tissue and embryos. The skeletons are associated with ammonites, belemnites, inoceramid bivalves, and fishes as well as numerous plant remains. The enormous concentration of ichthyosaurs is unique for Chile and South America and places the Tyndall locality among the prime fossil Lagerstätten for Early Cretaceous marine reptiles worldwide.Prior to this discovery, ichthyosaur fossils were rare in South America.  Now, this site under the Tyndall Glacier in the Torres del Paine National Park of southern Chile is one of the best in the world.  It was very difficult to reach; one of the team members told Live Science, “the team had to drive for five hours, hike for 10 to 12 hours to camp and then hike another two hours, sometimes in heavy rain, hail or snow.”Based on the GSA Bulletin paper, PhysOrg presented an account of how the marine reptiles might have become fossilized:The Tyndall ichthyosaurs were gregarious and likely hunted in packs in a submarine canyon near the east coast of this sea. Their potential prey, belemnites and small fishes, were abundant due to plankton blooms caused by cold water upwelling. Occasionally, high energy turbiditic mudflows sucked down everything in their reach, including ichthyosaurs. Inside the suspension flows, the air-breathing reptiles lost orientation and finally drowned. They were instantly buried in the abyss at the bottom of the canyon.How the fossils got mixed with plants and uplifted to hundreds of feet above sea level (265′ according to Google Earth) without being disturbed was not explained.  According to the evolutionary timeline, the burials occurred between 150 million and 100 million years old.  This would require successive mudflows in the same submarine canyon hypothesized for the burial site over 50 million years.  If that were true, it would seem there would be stratification separating the “episodic mass-mortality events”, rather than the uniform deposit described in the paper as “a monotonous bathyal to abyssal sequence of the Late Jurassic to late Early Cretaceous.”It’s interesting to compare this spectacular burial site with that of the whales in another part of Chile (2/26/14).  There, the evolutionists wove a tale about multiple burials over 16,000 years.  Here, they fictionalize multiple burials over 50 million years.  Both deposits yielded spectacularly-preserved specimens concentrated in a small area.It’s also interesting to see them gloss over the “soft tissue” aspect.  How could soft tissue be preserved for up to 150 million years?  In most freshly-buried deposits, a paleontologist would expect bioturbation by worms and other creatures to have disturbed the sediments and their fossil contents.  The articles mention soft tissue and embryos, but provide no plausible mechanism in which it could be preserved for so long.  We would like to know more details about said soft tissue, if anyone can find out: is it original tissue, or is it lithified?When a scenario includes too many ad hoc elements, it loses plausibility: (1) the animals were concentrated by upwelling currents, (2) the animals lost their orientation gasping for air in the mudflow; (3) they were buried instantly in subsequent mudflows over 50 million years in the same canyon; (4) they were buried in the abyss, but later uplifted to above sea level without becoming disturbed; (5) they are just now becoming exposed in our lifetime under a melting glacier; (6) soft tissues were preserved because everybody knows marine reptiles (along with their terrestrial contemporaries, the dinosaurs and pterosaurs) went extinct in the Cretaceous.Does this make sense?  A single global Flood that buried the ichthyosaurs and the whales is a sufficient cause to account for the findings; no millions of years needed.  Ockham’s Razor would favor a single cause over the convoluted string of improbable events proposed by the evolutionists.Item: no ancestors are known for the sleek, well-designed ichthyosaurs, which resemble porpoises (mammals) in many respects (that’s supposed to be a remarkable case of “convergent evolution”).  Item 2: other cases of instant burial of ichthyosaurs are known, including one found in China of a female in the process of giving birth (2/14/14) and another spectacular example (from Europe?) published in Creation Magazine.last_img read more

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SA welcomes international election observers

first_img6 May 2014 South Africa has welcomed various international observer missions that have arrived in the country ahead of Wednesday’s national and provincial elections. The international election observers are spread across all nine provinces to assess the conduct of the South African electoral process and monitor compliance with international standards. “The practice of foreign countries and international organisations monitoring elections is accepted as one of the ways in which the international community can monitor and promote compliance with democratic values, principles and practices,” International Relations and Cooperation spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in a statement on Tuesday. According Monyela, the missions include those dispatched by the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU) and the Commonwealth. The United Nations (UN) has also been invited to send an election observer mission, while ambassadors and high commissioners have been invited by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) to visit polling stations throughout the country. Monyela said this was not necessarily standard international practice. “It’s not all countries that extend this courtesy to the diplomatic corps … And we do this even for countries that don’t extend the same courtesy to us during their own elections.” The government has urged all South Africans, especially young and first-time voters, to exercise their democratic right to vote. Young people comprise a large proportion of South Africa’s population, and “the future should be forged by them”, the government said on Tuesday. Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

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Devendra Bishoo grabs four scalps as West Indies claim first Test

first_imgDevendra Bishoo provided an excellent display of leg spin to grab four wickets as West Indies eased to a 117-run victory over Zimbabwe in the first Test in Bulawayo on Tuesday.Bishoo took four for 105 in Zimbabwe’s second innings as the hosts were bowled out for 316, taking his haul for the match to nine for 184.Zimbabwe had earlier been set a target of 434 for victory after West Indies were bowled out for 373 in their second innings after Roston Chase top-scored with 95.Zimbabwe made a bright start with a 99-run opening partnership before Hamilton Masakadza (57) and Solomon Mire (47) lost their wickets in quick succession, followed by Craig Ervine and Sean Williams to go to tea on 159-4.Brandan Taylor (73), recalled to the side for the series after an absence of three years, provided some stout resistance, but the home side’s hopes of victory were ended when he was run out as the eighth wicket to fall.The second and final Test will also be played in Bulawayo and starts on Sunday.last_img read more

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10 months agoKoulibaly thanks Napoli teammates and fans after Bologna win

first_imgKoulibaly thanks Napoli teammates and fans after Bologna winby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveKalidou Koulibaly has thanked Napoli teammates and fans for their support during the weekend’s defeat of Bologna.While suspended for the game, Koulibaly dominated the proceedings after last week’s racist insults from Inter Milan fans.After the 3-2 win, he took to social media to say: “The emotions of this day and this victory will remain forever in my heart: thank you”.Le emozioni di questa giornata e questa vittoria resteranno per sempre nel mio cuore: grazie #NapoliBologna 3-2 #ForzaNapoliSempre#KK26#famiglia#DifendoLaCittàpic.twitter.com/tYiY6jrDGP— Koulibaly Kalidou (@kkoulibaly26) December 29, 2018 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Breaking up with Facebook is hard to do Heres how

first_imgNEW YORK — Every relationship has a breaking point. Even yours with Facebook. A growing number of people say they are deleting Facebook, or at least considering it.The past two years of privacy scandals, election manipulation by Russian trolls, executive apologies and even just the political disagreements with friends and relatives have become too much for some people.If you are one of them and want to take the plunge, remember to download your data first. Then, you can deactivate temporarily, or delete everything in a few steps.Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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