Bikers and Walkers thrive in new safety initiative

first_imgPartnersThis Program operates in cooperation with a number of local and regional agencies and initiatives, such as Best Foot Forward, OCPS SafeWalk Program, MetroPlan Orlando, the Orange County Sustainability Committee, FDOT Alert Today/Alive Tomorrow, the SunRail safety program and others.Additionally, Mayor Jacobs is participating in the recently announced United States Department of Transportation’s Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets, which has a complementary focus on safety, biking and walking counts, education and improving bike facilities. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your comment! TAGSOrange CountyWalk-Ride-Thrive Previous articleNext week is School Bus Safety WeekNext articleFontanez pleads guilty Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pedestrian Safety ProgramsOrange County’s current efforts include the Orange County Community Traffic Safety Team, a Student-Pedestrian Safety Committee with Orange County Public Schools; new County sidewalk projects consisting of $2 million in annual funding; $3.5 million in funding annually for sidewalk repairs; regular Road Safety Audit projects, school safety audits and many other projects.The initiative will expand these efforts by enhancing the County’s coordination, capital planning and codes, including changes to the Comprehensive Plan and Orange County Code, and a new Pedestrian Bicycle Safety Action Plan and Complete Streets policy. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 center_img Invest in our home for lifeINVEST in Our Home for Life will provide $15 million for pedestrian safety improvements at intersections and other selected locations that will enhance various features such as sidewalks, crosswalks, signals, turn lanes, updated signage and other necessary improvements. The pedestrian safety component of the INVEST program will address selected intersections and corridor improvements.To Learn more about future pedestrian safety projects go here. Please enter your name here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From Orange CountyThe goal of Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ Walk-Ride-Thrive! Pedestrian Safety Initiative is to establish and maintain a coordinated, comprehensive and consistent response to Orange County’s pedestrian and bicycle safety issues. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

How to Replace Cracked and Peeling Grout in 60 Seconds

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Sponsored Content by Alure Home ImprovementsFew things are more annoying around the home than having to stare day after day at cracked or missing grout in your bathroom tiles. Those problems are right there, practically glaring at you, taunting you.But you know what? You don’t have to take that abuse another second. Because in this informative episode of our ongoing series, “The 60-Second Fix,” Doug Cornwell, the chief operating officer of Alure Home Improvements, shows us how to fix these unseemly flaws like a pro—all in a matter of minutes.“Grout is that funny kind of material that fills the spaces between the tiles,” explains Doug, in a recent episode titled “How to Replace Cracked and Peeling Grout in 60 Seconds.” “Every now and then, through contraction or expansion, some of that grout may actually shrink away or fall out from the tile.”Step one is to make sure you match the existing grout with the new grout you get from your local hardware store. There aren’t that many choices to choose from so it’s not too hard to get the proper color. Just make sure you go to the store with the right hue in mind, whether it’s dark, antique white, creamy white or bright white. If you’re uncertain, take in a sample or a photo on your smart phone.Before you start to fill in the cracked grout yourself, Doug advises that you squeeze a little of the new grout into a paper cup. Then add just enough water to give the mixture the consistency of toothpaste. As you can see from the video, Doug stirs it around a bit with a plastic spoon so he can dispose of the spoon later once he’s done with the repair job.Next, dip your finger into the mixture in the cup and put a dab on your fingertip. This way you have the greatest control over where you want the new grout to go.Spread the grout smoothly over the cracked or missing area on the tile. Pack it right into the trouble spots. Then wipe away any excess from the tile borders with a disposable rag or a paper towel so only the new grout is left where the grout belongs. You don’t have to worry about being too messy with the application because the new grout will only adhere to itself, not the shiny tile surface. But you don’t want to let it go unattended because the streaks won’t look nice on the tile and they’re easier to wipe off before the grout has dried.Click here for more information on Alure Home ImprovementsSo, after you have tidied up the new grout, wait a few minutes.“In about five minutes it will haze over again,” Doug advises.This is your cue for one more go-round.Take a damp cloth or a moist paper towel—or even a wet sponge, but not soaking wet—and rub it over the newly repaired area. The point of this process, as Doug puts it, is to introduce a little bit more moisture to the grout so it will settle in firmly and securely.There you have it. You can face your bathroom tile with your pride restored.“Problem solved!” says Doug proudly. And he ought to know.last_img read more

Athletics’ World Championship Moved to Avoid Clash C’wealth Games

first_imgWhile the dates of Birmingham 2022 will remain the same – 27 July to 7 August – the start of the event is now set to overlap with the finale of football’s Women’s European Championship.Governing body Uefa has said it it is likely to delay the tournament,to be held in England, by a year because of the postponement of Euro 2020 in men’s football.BBC Sport understands the women’s Euros will now conclude at the end of July 2022, meaning a potential direct clash with the start of the Commonwealth Games.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Organisers of the 2022 World Athletics Championships in the United States have agreed to stage the event three weeks earlier than planned to avoid a clash with the Birmingham Commonwealth Games.The championships, in Eugene, Oregon, had already been pushed back a year after the postponement of this summer’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics to 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic.After a week of negotiations, a compromise has been reached, with athletics’ governing body shifting the event to 15-24 July 2022.last_img read more

Chris Sale, Red Sox ‘mutually invested’ in contract extension

first_img Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright suspended 80 games for PED use “But just because I’m in a different area of my life doesn’t mean I have to change my values or my focus. What I’ve done my entire career has been just baseball — play baseball. That’s it.“I’ve been stuck in that way for so long that I have a really hard time thinking I’ll have to find a way out of it.”Sale is one of several notable arms scheduled for free agency along with Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg and Madison Bumgarner. And though it may not matter to Sale, he deserves the biggest payday of them all. Justin Verlander not thinking about retiring, open to re-signing with Astros If any pitcher deserves a new, lucrative contract it’s Red Sox ace Chris Sale.Sale has been named an All-Star each of the last seven seasons and finished in the top five of Cy Young voting each of the last six. And by the way, he’s doing it on a steal of a contract.center_img Sale made $12 million in 2017, his first season with the Red Sox, and $12.5 million in 2018. For a little perspective, teammate David Price made $30 million each of those seasons and won seven fewer games with an ERA nearly a point higher than Sale.It’s unlikely Boston will be able to keep Sale’s services at that meager rate, but according to the lanky lefty, both sides want to get something done before he hits the market in 2020. Related News “I think we’re both mutually invested in this,” Sale said this week, via The Boston Globe. “We’ve both said on both sides that it’s a possibility, for sure.”The last time Sale signed a contract was in 2013 when he agreed to a five-year, $32.5 million deal with the White Sox that included two separate team options that kept him off the market and out of line for hefty free-agent money.Sale said he has no regrets about signing that deal.“If I didn’t have kids, wasn’t married, I probably wouldn’t have signed that deal,” he said. “But I was 23 years old. I’ve got a 2-year-old at the house, been married two years at that point. Put $30 million in front of me, I’m taking it.”However, even with those millions now in the bank, Sales priorities haven’t shifted much.“Obviously, this go-round is a little different than the last one with the contract situation. The wheels could fall off tomorrow and I can just take it to the house. There’s no worst-case scenario for me, knock on wood,” he said. “I’m doing what I love to do. I can’t really complain past, present, or future.last_img read more

Come clean! Jagdeo urges Patterson

first_imgUS0M airport deal… calls Ministry a ‘black hole’ for public fundsPublic Infrastructure Minister David Patterson is being challenged to come clean with the public regarding the changes the Administration would have made with regards to the scope of works for US$150 million expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe challenge was issued by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, who this past week told media operatives that the coalition A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Administration has in fact reduced the size of the facility – to be built at the original price.Jagdeo told media operatives that according to the information supplied to him, the Government when it amended the contract with China Harbour Engineering Corporation (CHEC), substantially reduced the size of the new terminal building.He suggested that Government may very well want to disguise the variations by including the total square footage of works to be done in the rehabilitation of the old facility.As such, Jagdeo has called on the Minister to provide to the nation a disaggregated scope of works. Jagdeo said the original plan was to tear down the existing facility and to construct a brand new terminal but the current Administration has since changed this.According to the Opposition Leader, the information being sought is imperative in light of the recent Auditor General’s report for 2015, which Jagdeo said outlines the Ministry as being a black hole for public funds.That report was highly critical of the operations of the Public Infrastructure Ministry which was found to be in the habit of making multiple advance payments to contractors in breach of stipulated contractual obligations and has been unable to recover the hundreds of millions of dollars paid for works not completed or abandoned altogether.It was documented that as it relates to the road works to be undertaken between La Bonne Intention (LBI) and Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara (ECD), not only was the contractor overpaid and the Ministry still unable to recover its monies, but it was found that the contractor had, in fact, received three advance payments in contravention of the contract agreement.The Auditor General, Deodat Sharma, also found that a physical verification check carried out on that project revealed that while there were variations made to the original scope of works, it appeared that the site was in fact abandoned, “with no equipment or personnel from the contractor on site”.The three advance payments totalled $264.1 million, which represents 76 per cent of the contract sum.The contract, however, “only allows for an advance payment of 50 per cent… This is a breach of contract where the contractor was paid advances greater than that which is allowed for under the contract.”Compounding the situation further, Sharma found that at the time of reporting, a valuation of the works completed was $157.7 million; “however, the actual payments made to the contractor totalled $278.3 million.”As such, the Auditor General concluded that the contractor received excess payments totalling $120.6 million.Auditor General Sharma found too that with regard to road works to be undertaken between Beterverwagting and Triumph, ECD, at the time of reporting, the works were incomplete and the site appeared to be abandoned.Sharma has since managed to deduce that the contractor, in this instance, also received three advance payments, this time totalling $209.6 million, representing 65 per cent of the contract sum.This situation persisted, despite the fact that the contract only allowed for an advance payment of 50 per cent.“This is a breach of contract where the contractor was paid advances greater than that which is allowed for under the contract,” Sharma stated.Sharma said too in his report that at the time of reporting, a valuation of the works completed put their value at $77 million.As such, “the contractor received excess payments totalling $132.6 million at the time of the physical verification.”last_img read more

South African biker in Dakar challenge

first_imgSouth African motorbike racer Joey Evans is competing in the 2017 Dakar Rally, less than 10 years after he was paralysed in a motorbike accident. Hard work and determination to fulfil his lifelong dream to compete in the race got him back on his feet and up on his bike again. (Photo: From Para to Dakar website)CD AndersonSouth African motorbike racer Joey Evans is currently competing in the gruelling Dakar Rally across South America. While being in the race, running from 2-14 January 2017, is an achievement in itself, Evans’ journey to this point has been a remarkable story in which he beat the odds after a life-changing accident.An avid rider in his 20s, participating in local road and off-road racing events, Evans had always aimed to become good enough to do the Dakar. A serious accident during a race in 2007, however, left him a paraplegic. He broke his T8 and T9 vertebrae, crushed his spinal cord and was paralysed from below the chest down. He had little hope of even climbing back on a bike again.Writing on his website, From Para to Dakar, Evan explains: “I was told by the two previous hospital specialists that I would never walk again in light of my spinal cord injury that appeared to be ‘complete’. A few days later, after many X-rays and CAT scans, the doctor recommended that we fuse my T8 and T9 vertebrae to stabilise my back and attempt to relieve pressure on my spinal cord. This was a big decision to make as other doctors had recommended that we leave the area to ensure no further damage.”If the operation was successful Evans would have a small chance of walking again – but never, the doctors said, the possibility of riding a motorcycle again.This did not deter him though, and while slowly building up his strength to start walking again, the dream of riding the Dakar was always in the back of his mind.“After the operation,” Evans writes, “lying in that hospital bed, I decided that this was not going to beat me… I would work as hard as I possibly could to walk again. I had so much support from my wife, my family and friends. Everyone pushing me to keep going and always full of encouragement.”Following extensive physical therapy, Evans was walking again and less than two years after his accident, he climbed back on a bike.“I was determined to try to get back on a bike. The first time I tried to throw my leg over I could not support my weight and the bike on one leg and ended up falling over with the bike on top of me.”After enough practise and more than a few falls, he mastered the motorcycle enough to be able to ride over long distances. “Words could never describe the feeling of being back on the bike again. Alone in my helmet I felt my eyes well up knowing that this was truly a miracle to have come what seemed full circle and be back on the bike again.”A decade after being told he may never race again, Evans was at the Dakar starting line, on his trusty KTM, feeling that whatever happened next, just making it this far was a victory in itself.“Physically,” he writes, “I can now walk quite well and sometimes people don’t even notice I have a problem. My legs still don’t work properly; they are a lot weaker and slower that before and spasm a lot when I’m tired or when my adrenalin is going… But I can ride.”As of 9 January 2017, after the completion of the sixth stage of the Dakar in La Paz, Bolivia, Evans is in 102nd place in the motorcycle category, and is one of only two South Africans remaining in the race. The other is Giniel de Villiers.The epic 9,000km race ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 14 January.Source: GoodThingsGuy and From Para to Dakar websiteslast_img read more

Pack of 4 strong and resilient 9 : long hair slide combs

first_imgOk but poor quality ( brittle ). Bought 2 of this product ,i`m very satisfied with it. Nice combs, can be used with any colour hair, and do not have sharp pointed comb ends like most hair combs, so do not hurt your head when using them. I chose to get this product on line as it is very hard to get bigger combs in the shops i am very pleased with them and they were delivered very quick thank you. These are perfect for gray hairlong hair slide combsPack of 4 strong and resilient 9.5cm long hair side combs. Available in 3 colours; Black, Brown tortoiseshell effect or Clear. Useful hair accessory for many hairstyles. (Clear)Pack of 4 plastic hair combsMeasure 9cm wideplasticAll measurements approximate across widest point I had looked for combs everywhere and decided to try the internet where i found these. They are really great, strong and well made. I can now make hair ornaments for my grand-daughter’s bridesmaids. Does not grip fine hair easily. Everything which was required. Arrived 4 days before due date. Pack of 4 strong and resilient clear long hair combs 9. 5cm arrived in cardboard box with package nuts. To keep them safe and damage free. The combs are great for long hair. Thank you these side combs are nice and big and hold my hair in place just fine as my hair is still thick and long. Also the clear go with my blond hair must add they are strong and did not break in my hair. These are perfect for gray hair. These are perfect for gray hair. They are strong – not like some i have purchased over the counter before, which lose teeth easily. These are the best i’ve had. Love this product, good value for money.last_img

Earn a new souvenir for International EarthCache Day

first_imgShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedYour Next Souvenir Reveals Mysteries of the EarthSeptember 8, 2014In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”2020 Geocaching HQ souvenir momentsDecember 10, 2019In “Learn”International EarthCache celebration for 2018October 8, 2018In “Events” International EarthCache Day is October 11On October 11, you can earn a new souvenir for celebrating the geocaching game board. What’s that, you ask? The whole entire Earth!* All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache on International EarthCache Day.EarthCaches don’t have physical containers, but instead bring you to a unique location and teach you an earth science lesson. To make the find, you’ll have to check the EarthCache’s description and answer questions based on where you are.If you’re using the free Geocaching Intro App, finding and logging an EarthCache is easy. You can just send your answers to the cache owner via Message Center. Visit the search page to find an EarthCache near you.Find an EarthCache Near You*and one lonely space stationlast_img read more

Mapua’s Nieles rules NCAA Skills Challenge

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Nieles had a perfect run, but faced a slight hitch when his ball didn’t go down the net after his lay-up.“I wanted to get the ball, but (Naboa) was still shooting a layup,” he said, as he allowed Naboa to shoot two more attempts before taking the ball and cruising to the top of the arc to drill the game-winning jumper.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNieles retained the Skills Challenge plum for Mapua after Darell Menina won the title last year.“I checked Shane’s time last year and he got 24.6 seconds. I felt I needed to best that and I was really inspired with what he did,” he said. MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe league’s best speedster remained from Mapua.Cardinal guard JP Nieles ruled the Skills Challenge in the 2017 NCAA Season 93 All-Star, beating St. Benilde rookie Unique Naboa in the Finals on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters UFC: Trilogy bout with Nate Diaz should happen at 155 lbs, McGregor insists NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Nielestopped Letran’s Jeremiah Taladua in the semifinals to earn his spot in the championship round.Still, it was a huge validation for Nieles given the Cardinals’ woeful campaign this season.“I’m really happy. It shows that even though we’re down, I can prove that some of us can still step up,” he said.Nieles recorded the best time in the first round with 20.7 seconds, leading the list that also had Naboa (21.9 seconds), Lyceum’s Jaycee Marcelino (25.8 seconds), and Taladua (27.5 seconds) to qualify for the final round.Also joining the competition were Perpetual’s Keith Pido, Arellano’s Levi dela Cruz, San Sebastian’s Michael Are, San Beda’s Radge Tongco, EAC’s Jervin Guzman, and JRU’s Karl Bordon.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more