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Vermont foliage report: Display moves south and west

first_imgThe broad Champlain Valley, including the Lake Champlain Islands and the Burlington area, joins the valleys of southern Vermont to continue the colorful display of autumn. In southeast Vermont along the Connecticut River, the lower elevations range from mid-stage to near peak as the elevation increases, reports Forester Sam Schenski about the Brattleboro to Springfield region. To the north, around Burlington, Chittenden County Forester Keith Thompson explains:  ‘Away from the lake the rains and winds have pulled many of the colorful leaves from the trees down to the forest floors.  This is not to say there aren’t still stunning hillsides. Many sheltered valleys and forest pockets are still ablaze with color, but for me, the greatest way to see the fall foliage now is on a hike through the woods. Throughout Chittenden County the forest floor is a carpet of brilliant reds and oranges.’ Forester Chris Olson, who works in the Addison County area around Bristol and Middlebury, concurs about getting into the woods.  ‘The Long Trail winds down into the Gaps and an ‘out-and-back’ walk on this ‘Footpath Through the Wilderness’ will definitely bring you to some beautiful vistas and certainly have some beautiful colors above your head and underfoot.’ ‘There’s still good color where it exists, particularly west and south of Rutland. Again, though many areas are past peak, there is still color in lots of spots that are very picture worthy, especially on a day like this,’ adds Rutland area Forester Eric Hansen The lower elevations along the Connecticut River Valley are also colorful, reports Windsor County Forester Jon Bouton: ‘Foliage is still quite colorful near the main rivers and in the valley-protected villages.  The hills near my home, just south of White River Junction, are very pretty alongside Route 5.  We have occasional bright orange sugar maples, and the maples are red to yellow. Red oaks vary from bright red through ‘brick red’ and burnt sienna.  Many green leaves are still left.’ Areas of bright foliage will still be found in the sheltered mountain villages and towns of central and northern Vermont, though the hills and mountain sides appear increasingly gray as the leaves drop from the canopy. At the same time, anyone hiking or walking woodland trails will find that the understory of smaller, younger trees feature a second wave of color, typically intense lemon yellows. Best Bets: Route 7 from Burlington to Charlotte is showing pockets of bright color. Also recommended are Route 2 through the Champlain Islands, and Route 78 from Alburgh Center to Highgate.  In Addison and Rutland Counties, the foliage west of Route 116 in the northern portion of Addison County is at peak. Morning hours on clear days show off beautiful colors on east-facing hills like Snake Mountain in Weybridge – viewed best from Route 23 and Route 17. The Adirondacks also are showing some beautiful colors in the morning hours, and the Charlotte Ferry is a nice ride across the lake. The Gap Roads in Addison County (Route 17 – Appalachian Gap, Route 125 – Middlebury Gap) are just past peak but still offer some incredible views. Each Gap Road has pull-offs at or near the gap summit where views are incredible anytime of the year, especially right now. Also recommended is Route 30 north from Pawlet to Cornwall. The hills surrounding Lakes Beebe and Hortonia are at peak color and reflect beautifully in the lake water.  Route 7 from Middlebury to Wallingford is peak to just past peak, still showing an abundance of yellow, gold and orange. Along Route 3 from Pittsford south to West Rutland are rolling hills loaded with color, including red. Along Route 4 from Rutland west to Castleton, the mountains on both sides of the highway are peak to slightly past peak.  On Route 22A from Fair Haven north to Bridport the Sugar Maples are peaking and contrasting well with the green meadows, brown corn fields and marsh grasses. The hilly terrain and Village Greens are still displaying brightly colored Sugar Maples along Route 140 Wallington to Middletown Springs, Route 133 from West Rutland to Tinmouth, Route 133 and Route 153 to Rupert and Wells. In southern Vermont, suggested drives include Routes 7A or 7 from Manchester to Bennington, Route 313 in Arlington, Route 153 between Rupert and Wells, Route 315 near Rupert, Route 5 along the Connecticut River, Route 30 from Manchester to Rupert, Route 35 from Townshend to Chester, and Route 30 from Brattleboro to Newfane. In the higher mountain valleys of central and northern Vermont, town and village centers still have many trees just reaching peak colors, contrasting with the dark green of evergreens and the soft gray of hillsides where the leaves have fallen. For more information, visit is external).last_img read more

NATO Ends Operation in Libya

first_imgBy Dialogo October 31, 2011 NATO decided to officially end its seven-month operation in Libya as of October 31, in spite of calls made by the transitional Libyan government to continue its air patrolling until the end of the year. On October 31, NATO fighter aircrafts brought to a close their mission, after more than 26,000 interventions and the bombing of almost 6,000 targets in an operation that allowed rebel forces to overthrow the veteran ruler Moammar Gadhafi. “The operation in Libya will come to an end on October 31, 2011. Our military job is now done”, informed the Secretary General of NATO, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in a message on Twitter, after coalition ambassadors agreed to end the mission. NATO had preliminarily taken this decision the week prior, since the organization considered that civilians were safe of attacks after Gadhafi’s death and the fall of Sirte. The decision was announced on October 28, after the UN Security Council voted unanimously to rescind the order that authorized military action in Libya from 11:59, Libyan time (21:59 GMT) on October 31. British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that the UN decision clarified that Libya had entered “a new era”, even though the new leader, Mustafá Abdel Jalil, warned on October 26 that men faithful to Gadhafi still represented a threat. According to Hague, this decision “represents another significant step towards a peaceful and democratic future for Libya”. The operation had caused serious divisiveness in the UN, since Brazil, China, India, Russia, and South Africa accused NATO of violating the mandate. The fears of Jalil seem to gain strength due to the information that Gadhafi’s intelligence chief, Abdullah al Senusi – who flew from Libya – has passed from Niger to Mali. “We have heard, and it is more or less confirmed, that Abdullah al Senusi has crossed Niger”, said Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, vice president of the National Council of Transition. It is unknown whether Saif al Islam Gadafi, son of the deposed Libyan ruler, is with him. It seems that Saif al Islam would be hidden in Niger since his father’s death in Sirte on October 20. However, this is not confirmed. Even though NATO has firmly denied that Gadhafi was one of its targets, it was a coalition’s aircraft strike that intercepted the convoy in which the former ruler was trying to escape. The operation ended with the capture and death of Gadhafi. Due to the unanimous international criticism for Gadhafi’s death, the interim government promised to bring the perpetrators to court on October 27, apparently leaving aside its allegation that the former ruler had died in a shootout. The coalition, headed by the United States, France, and Great Britain, started the first air operations on March 19, before transferring command to NATO on March 31. Contrary to other NATO operations, European countries assumed a central role, with France and Great Britain in charge of most air strikes, while the United States played a fundamental role in providing intelligence data and refueling of aircrafts.last_img read more

Democrat Madeline Singas Declares Victory in Nassau District Attorney Race

first_imgThe campaign for DA was often contentious, pitting a Democrat who has spent the last 24 years of her adult life as a prosecutor against a Republican who has never prosecuted a criminal case, but touted her leadership abilities in the most populous town in the nation. The pair spent the final weeks of their campaigns questioning their opponent’s experience and dubiously forecasting what crime would be like if their contender triumphed. They argued over how best to combat the heroin epidemic and who’d be tougher on crime.Republican Kate Murray during her concession speech Tuesday at the GOP election party in Westbury.For Democrats, the DA race held extra significance because Republicans currently have a stranglehold on Nassau County politics, as they control the county executive office, legislature, and the comptroller’s office. Winning the DA contest was seen as critical for Democrats, who boast more registered voters in the county but have struggled to get their supporters to vote during off-year elections.The race played out as observers imagined it would. Murray, according to various polls, led throughout the race but the margin narrowed dramatically in the weeks prior to the election. While Murray received endorsements from major police unions and popular Republicans like senator-turned-lobbyist Alfonse D’Amato and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Singas welcomed endorsements from The New York Times, Newsday and The New York Daily News, which slammed Murray in several scathing editorials over the past month.Singas’ campaign characterized Murray as a prosecutorial neophyte who lacked the requisite experience necessary for such an important post. Murray’s law experience includes two separate positions as a junior lawyer at two firms and as an assistant in the state attorney general’s office prior to her election to the state Assembly in the late ‘90s, her tenure as Hempstead Town clerk and subsequently town supervisor.Murray’s camp countered assertions that she’s inexperienced for the post by touting her record as Hempstead Town Supervisor for a dozen years. On the stump, Murray promised to tackle the heroin epidemic, which has led to an increase in overdoses, and portrayed herself as a candidate who is tough on drugs. Murray also highlighted her leadership abilities and her political prowess, the latter of which she’d use to encourage state lawmakers to pass laws that would keep the community safe.The campaign was not without controversy.Singas called for a special prosecutor last week when NuHealth, the corporation that oversees taxpayer-funded Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, published on its website a news release endorsing Murray for district attorney that reportedly used language taken directly from her campaign literature. Singas called on Murray to answer for her “campaign’s illegal coordination” with NuHealth, whose board member is a prominent Murray supporter, and also demanded an investigation into the legality of endorsement, which was later deleted from NuHealth’s website.The campaign also comes amid Singas’ ongoing investigation into how Nassau approves government contracts, which was sparked by the federal probe into the alleged abuses by state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), the former state Senate majority leader who rose to power through the Nassau GOP machine. Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, also subpoenaed Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as part of the Skelos probe. Singas had promised, if elected, that she would expand her investigation into Nassau’s three towns, something she was hesitant to do during the campaign.In her victory speech, Singas pledged to combat heroin and root out corruption.“No one is above the law,” she said.,Alure cube,Alure cube Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Democrat Madeline Singas, considered the underdog in a race with far-reaching implications, declared victory over Kate Murray, her well-connected Republican challenger, in the hotly contested race for Nassau County District Attorney.In what appeared to be a striking rebuke of the Republican Party machine that dominates Nassau County politics, the career prosecutor was on her way to a resounding victory over GOP stalwart Murray, who has spent more than a decade as Hempstead Town Supervisor.Singas has served as acting Nassau DA since January, assuming the role following Kathleen Rice’s election to Congress last year when Rep. Carolyn McCarthy declined to run.With a majority of districts reporting late in the evening, Singas was up by more than a dozen points over Murray, according to unofficial election results. She took the stage at swanky Garden City Hotel shortly after 11 p.m.“What a great victory,” said a smiling Singas, joined on stage by her family. “I said it many times before that this election would come down to a choice…would they choose someone with the expertise and the experience, a prosecutor who could root out corruption, a prosecutor who could end the heroin scourge in our community, a prosecutor who can end violence on our streets? And today the voters responded with an overwhelming ‘yes.’”Singas congratulated Murray on a “hard fought battle,” calling her a “public servant.” She also thanked her predecessor and her many volunteers.“I’m also very proud of what this victory represents because this victory transcends politics,” she told the doting crowd. “This victory transcends Republican or Democrat, this victory means the voters put aside their partisan issues, the voters overwhelmingly said we’re going to put our community first.”Murray did not concede the race until after midnight.last_img read more

Fully open borders to tourists from 10 countries

first_imgThe 232nd session of the Government of the Republic of Croatia was held today, at which the website was presented Enter Croatia on which there is an online form for faster and easier crossing of the state border. / / / EXAMPLE OF ACCOMMODATION RESERVATION CONFIRMATION PROOFING ENTRY INTO THE REPUBLIC OF CROATIA FOR TOURIST PURPOSES By the said Decision, nationals of Member States of the European Union such as Slovenia, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and Germany, due to the satisfactory epidemiological situation, will not have to prove the reason for their entry (such as business, economic, tourist, etc.) when entering the Republic of Croatia, but will be able to enter under the same conditions as before COVID-19, but still with epidemiological control, and with the obligation to comply with general and special recommendations of the Croatian Institute of Public Health. Tourists from countries not mentioned above will still need to have confirmation of booking accommodation / charter services / etc. proving entry into the Republic of Croatia for tourist purposes. For this purpose, an official example of the accommodation reservation confirmation has been prepared, which is attached. center_img Upon entry into the Republic of Croatia of citizens of these Member States, their entry will be recorded with the collection of additional data (such as destination, mobile phone number and e-mail address), for the possible need to contact for epidemiological reasons, via the already mentioned website. online obrasa Enter Croatia. Also, the Minister of the Interior Davor Božinović presented Decision amending the Decision on temporary prohibition of crossing the border crossings of the Republic of Croatia.last_img read more

Learn effects of fetal alcohol syndrome

first_imgThe news is spreading that there is no safe amount of alcohol for a woman to consume when pregnant. With that being said, there are still many women prenatally exposed to alcohol. The effects to those exposed are lifelong, and many have negative outcomes. Many of those who suffer with fetal alcohol syndrome disorders (FASD) don’t learn from their consequences, and they keep repeating the same sequence of events. Please understand it’s not that those with FASD want to break rules and get in trouble with law enforcement. It’s because many of those affected by FASD have no idea of the negative outcomes of situations until they are staring them in the face. Impulsivity is at the top of FASD characteristics. Lying is also a common theme. Speaking as someone living with FASD, we don’t mean to lie. We forget a sequence of events and just fill up the gaps with whatever others tell us to say. Sixty percent of people with FASD over age 12 have been charged with a crime. That percentage is scary.The trouble is while our close family and friends, and even our educators, may understand us and how to handle our shortcomings, much of society does not. Society is still learning about FASD, what it is and how one becomes diagnosed. The many implications of those with FASD are so diverse, yet many have similar lifestyles.Rebecca TillouVoorheesvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the census Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Workers, students stage another round of protests against Job Creation Law

first_imgEmma said Monday’s protests were a follow-up on demands made by workers to revoke the new law, which was passed despite mounting opposition on Oct. 5.Protestors on motorcycles were seen gathering on Jl. Medan Merdeka Barat in Jakarta, carrying signs conveying their discontent regarding the jobs law.Protests also took place in Jambi where around 1,000 protesters – consisting of workers and students, among others – gathered around the Jambi Legislative Council complex in Telanaipura district.Several protesters breached the gates of the Jambi Governor’s Office building. Some of them clashed with police personnel deployed to guard the building’s perimeters. Topics : Members of labor unions and the general public have once again taken to the streets nationwide to protest the controversial Job Creation Law.Workers affiliated with the Confederation of Indonesian Prosperity Trade Unions (KSBSI) staged protests to oppose the jobs law in front of the Presidential Palace in Central Jakarta on Monday afternoon.“Yes, there’s [a demonstration] in front of the palace,” said KSBSI representative Emma Liliefna as quoted by, adding that around 1,000 members of the confederation participated in the rally.center_img By 3 p.m., the demonstrations consisted mostly of students, as many workers had left the area.The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) and 32 other labor unions had agreed to continue with the protests after partaking in similar rallies last week, when thousands of people from union workers to students participated in three-day protests over the contentious law from Oct. 6 to 8.“Labor unions and workers will continue the protests in a structured manner according to the Constitution,” KSPI chairman Said Iqbal said on Monday as reported by said the unions would make sure that the planned protests would not result in violence.“We are antiviolence but don’t prohibit us from staging protests. We will continue to voice our opposition against the jobs law,” he added.Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo had warned the public against participating in any protests throughout the week as such events could jeopardize their health and safety amid the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.“The President would like to remind the public that the COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing,” Airlangga said.“Therefore, protests are not advised to prevent new infection clusters.”He went on to urge citizens to prioritize curbing the spread of the coronavirus in accordance with the health protocols established by the national COVID-19 task force.Concerns have been raised regarding the government’s alleged authoritarian measures to stifle dissent in recent weeks.Activists accused the police of using excessive force against protesters and journalists during Thursday’s protests, with hundreds of reported cases of alleged assault and missing people.Jokowi previously drew the ire of critics and protesters by claiming that criticism of the jobs law was merely based on “disinformation and hoaxes spread through social media”.last_img read more

Gold Coast acreage property perfect for nature lovers

first_img5 Darwalla Rd, Mount Nathan is on the market for offers over $1.5 million.THERE’S a moat and bridge entrance, stone walls and a knight in shining armour even greets you at the door.Welcome to Nathan Manor — a castle-like house on almost 5ha of sprawling riverfront land at 5 Darwalla Rd, Mount Nathan.Delma Paul and her daughter Nicole bought the house 10 years ago after falling for its unusual character.“It’s not your normal glitzy Gold Coast houses,” Delma Paul said.“As you come down the long driveway it’s like you’re in another world. It’s just so relaxing and peaceful out here.”“It’s got all the things that you would expect when you’re out in the country — birds including eagles and black cockatoos, platypus in the creek and turtles.” 5 Darwalla Rd, Mount Nathan offers a peaceful lifestyle.The property was passed in at $1.3 million at the Ray White mega auction The Event on the weekend but is now on the market for offers over $1.5 million.Josh Thomas of Ray White Prestige Surfers Paradise is marketing it. 5 Darwalla Rd, Mount Nathan.While they haven’t done major renovations, the pair have completely transformed the once rundown house into what it is today.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“When we bought it, it was a bit of a wreck,” Delma Paul said.“It was multicoloured, had Balinese-inspired columns and carved walls. But we could see the potential.“We have since painted it from top to bottom and completely fixed it up to what it is today.” 5 Darwalla Rd, Mount Nathan.The house has four bedrooms and a family room upstairs as well as several entertaining areas both inside and outside.There are plenty of gardens for the keen green thumb with the original garden created by artist Antoinette Edmunds. There are also four paddocks, dams and a pool.“It’s probably time to let someone else enjoy the property and it’s time to move on and downsize to something a bit smaller,” Delma said. 5 Darwalla Rd, Mount Nathan — perfect for the keen book worm.last_img read more

LNG Limited extends Magnolia LNG EPC deal

first_imgImage courtesy of LNG LimitedLiquefied Natural Gas Limited has extended the validity period of its current binding engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract for its Magnolia LNG project in the United States.The binding lump-sum turnkey deal with the KSJV, a joint venture between LNG engineers KBR and SKE&C, worth $4.35 billion is now valid through June 30, 2018, LNG Limited said.The company’s managing director and CEO, Greg Vesey, said, “Our EPC contract with KSJV is an important component of the overall de-risked position of the project.”The initial agreement with KSJV was signed in November 2015 with an installed capacity EPC cost/tonne range of US$495 to US$544 based on the final design at final investment decision (FID).Magnolia LNG, a US‐based unit of LNG Limited, is developing an 8 mtpa or greater LNG export terminal in the Port of Lake Charles in Louisiana.last_img read more

Update: Norwegian Frigate Heavily Listed, Minor Leak Detected

first_imgNorwegian frigate HNoMS Helge Ingstad, which collided with Sola TS oil tanker at the Sture terminal in Øygarden, Norway, on November 8, has developed a heavy list and continues to take on water.“Due to the damage to the frigate it was moved to a safe place and the crew was evacuated in a professional manner,” Allied Maritime Command of NATO said.The collision occurred while the frigate was sailing inner Fjords for navigation training after the naval exercise Trident Juncture 2018.To remind, 137 people have been evacuated from the vessel and eight sustained minor injuries in the collision.The navy ship suffered a large gash below the waterline and its helicopter tank is said to have been punctured. The vessel’s helicopter deck is submerged based on the latest footage from the Norwegian Coast Guard.Several anti pollution ships are dispatched to the scene and a containment boom has been placed to curb pollution from the vessel.A minor spill has been detected on the spot, which is believed to be helicopter fuel. According to the Norwegian Coast Guard, the amount of leakage is not considered to be actionable as the thin layer of helicopter fuel is expected to evaporate and dissolve naturally.The Norwegian Navy said it was close dialogue with the Norwegian Coastal Authority regarding the further rescue work, including the recovery plan and curbing of potential environmental impact from the vessel.There were 23 people on board the oil tanker Sola TS when the collision occurred and there were no reported injuries. The Norwegian Coast Guard said that the ship did not sustain damages below the waterline and that it was planned to move to the dock.The Maltese-flagged Aframax, built in 2017, is part of Tsakos Energy Navigation’s fleet. The ship is underway using engine, based on the Marine Traffic’s data, its destination being Sture, Norway.Norwegian energy giant Equinor said that operations were resumed at the Sture terminal and the Kollsnes plant on Thursday afternoon after being shut down in connection with the collision early Thursday morning.North Sea installations affected by the shut-down of the two onshore plants are gradually starting up again.The shutdown and evacuation of personnel were performed as a precautionary measure, Equinor said.The Accident Investigation Board Norway has launched an investigation into the cause of the collision.World Maritime News Staff; Image and Video Courtesy: Kystverketlast_img read more

Ugandan rappers ‘rapping’ the news

first_imgIn Uganda, a group of young Rap artists is bringing a different touch to the way TV news is delivered.They read news as though they are rapping, the Hip Hop style.The ‘Rap news” is currently aired on a local Television station in the country in different local languages including English.CCTV’S Isabel Nakirya with details.