VTrans’ Irene Google map transitions to 511

first_imgThe day after Tropical Storm Irene struck Vermont and severely damaged more than 500 miles of state road and some 200 bridges, the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) quickly learned that its usual method of conveying information about road and bridge closures via the Internet was not going to be adequate. A new tool was needed, and it was needed fast. Early the next day, the phone rang. Former Vermont State Senator Matt Dunne, who heads up Community Affairs for Google, was on the line. A resident of Windsor County, which was hit particularly hard by the storm, Dunne was reaching out to all states that were impacted by Irene to offer Google’s services ‘ free of charge. VTrans quickly accepted. Within hours of Dunne’s call, VTrans formed an in-house team of IT technicians and GIS mapping gurus to meet ‘ virtually, of course ‘ with Google staff in California. Working through the night, the joint high-tech team coordinated with VTrans’ scouts who were working in the field to identify the specific locations where highway damage had occurred. In the wee hours of the morning, the team developed and then created a GIS database of Vermont bridge closures and roadway damage. By the end of the next day ‘ just the third day following Irene’s devastating blow ‘ Google published the first of what would be many easy-to-use maps depicting real-time road and bridge damage throughout the entire State of Vermont. ‘Part of Google’s mission is to help communities in crisis with information tools,’ Dunne said. ‘We were happy to partner with the Vermont Agency of Transportation in the aftermath of the flooding. We hope this map was helpful to Vermonters in the months following Irene.’ Helpful is an understatement. The new map not only identified which roads ‘ such as Route 9 or Route 100 ‘ that were impacted, but the map was so detailed that it identified the specific locations along each road that were damaged. Each location was then color coded to help the traveling public understand whether that location was closed, or just limited in some capacity.As road conditions changed and once impassible sections were repaired, VTrans staff continually worked with Google to update the map, a new version of which was published twice daily to ensure travelers had virtually up-to-the-minute information on how to navigate the state.  ‘The Vermont Google Map has been a tremendous help to Vermonters and visitors in the aftermath of Irene,’ said Vermont Tourism and Marketing Commissioner Megan Smith. ‘Roads and bridges around the state were repaired in a remarkably short period of time, and the map’s seamless and real-time updates greatly supported our message that Vermont is open for business and that you can get here from there. The updated map was especially helpful to staff at Vermont’s information centers, as well as to our 1-800-Vermont call center in Newport, whose staff counseled hundreds of travelers.’ The tool was so powerful and easy to use that VTrans quickly reworked its Internet homepage to prominently display the color-coded, traveler information tool. ‘The map was the tool we used to tell our story both to Vermonters and to those looking to visit Vermont,’ said VTrans Secretary Brian Searles. ‘Thousands of people used the map to help plan their travels during a time when it was not intuitive on how to get around. Considering the economic constraints that face all state agencies, we are most grateful to Google for providing us such a valuable service.’ The need for such a service, however, has ended. With all but two bridges and nine miles of state roadway open to public travel, VTrans today will cease publishing its Irene-related Google map. The agency beginning Friday, November 18, 2011 also will return the look and feel of its website’s homepage to the way it functioned before the tropical storm struck on August 28, 2011.Information regarding the remaining Irene-related road and bridge closures will be rolled into VTrans’ long-standing 511 travel information website, which also documents all other closures to the Vermont State Highway System. VTrans will continue to publish information related to Irene, including its popular Facebook page that provides timely information regarding Irene-related events. But beginning November 18, the agency will house Irene information in a designated place within its overall website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) rather than presenting storm-related information as the centerpiece to the agency’s homepage. Tropical Storm Irene severely damaged more than 500 miles of state highway, including some 200 state bridges. Today, only 2 bridge locations remains closed, and all but nine miles of state roadway are open to public travel. Road closures remain on Route 12A in Roxbury, Route 106 in Weathersfield and Route 107 between Bethel and Stockbridge. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter. VTrans. 11.18.2011last_img read more

What is credit unioning?

first_img 40SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (the OSFI is the Canadian equivalent of the US Office of the Comptroller of Currency) has issued a restriction – that any non-banks must remove the terms “bank”, “banker” and “banking” from any references provided by that financial institution. Any financial institutions that continues to use these terms can face criminal charges. “The restriction applies to all non-bank financial service providers, including both federal regulated trust and loan companies and provincially regulated institutions (i.e. credit unions). So processing checks, granting loans, and managing individuals’ wealth is not considered banking in Canada.In the U.S., holding deposits and issuing debit cards is also not considered “banking”. PayPal’s assets, which is the aggregate of all balances held in PayPal’s users’ accounts, $33 billion as of January 2016, would make it the third largest credit union in the U.S., if it were regulated as a credit union, which of course it’s not. PayPal operates only under state-by-state money transmitter licenses. To be fair, PayPal is subject to Regulation E consumer protections. But none of the other quarterly reporting, compliance and restrictions that apply to banks and to credit unions apply to PayPal, so holding people’s money must not be banking. continue reading »last_img read more

Phillips’ trophy case will display four of a kind after latest IMCA Modified Duel In The Desert win

first_imgLAS VEGAS, Nev. (Nov. 11) – Nothing slowed Terry Phillips on his way to a career fourth IMCA Modified Duel In The Desert victory and a $7,777 paycheck Saturday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track.Phillips led all but the first of 40 laps, nearly hitting the wall getting around traffic before pulling ahead to win nearly eight seconds ahead of Eddie Belec.The race stayed green the last 36 laps. Peyton Taylor, Johnny Scott and Cody Laney rounded out the top five finishers at the 20th annual event, the biggest of the season in IMCA’s Larry Shaw Racing Western Region.“These slick tracks, I like them. I guess I’m getting a little long in the tooth, but I’ve got a lot more left in me, probably more than most of these young kids,” said Phillips, from Springfield, Mo., and also the Duel winner in 2010, 2011 and 2014. “There were a couple lanes and I was all over this thing. It was awesome.”Arvada, Colo., speedsters Belec and Dominic Ursetta made up the front row but the third starting Phillips was ahead of both by the time the second lap was scored. Belec stayed close following the early restart but lost ground when Phillips moved from the high line to the middle groove.Taylor caught Ursetta for third while Phillips gradually moved down on the track and into the same line as Belec by lap 13.Lapped cars came into play beginning at halfway. Phillips moved back to a higher groove looking for the fastest way through and came close to catching the turn four wall on lap 29.He cleared traffic and left the battle for second well behind by lap 35. The main event was completed in just 20 minutes, with Belec .19 of a second ahead of Taylor at the finish.“Somebody hit me at the end coming off the corner and I didn’t know if it was second place. I thought, ‘I better get going here!’” Phillips said, adding plugs for teammate Jordan Grabouski and his crew as well as Toby Kruse for the track prep. “With the lapped cars, sometimes you’ve got to try different lines to see if you’re faster or not. It’s kind of like playing chess: You’ve got to make the right moves.”Phillips was already a candidate for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. Jeremy Payne, 24th in this year’s event, leads all Modified drivers with five career Duel In The Desert crowns.Chris McKellar and Nick Spainhoward both made the trip to the Dirt Track from Bakersfield, Calif., and were separated by less than a second at the finish of the $1,777 to win Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main.McKellar started from the pole and led all 25 laps, beating Spainhoward, Robert Elliott, 23rd starting Johnathon Logue and Michael Johnson, who’d exited to fix a flat tire following an opening-lap skirmish and restarted at the back.Spainhoward had made his first unsuccessful bid to pass following the first restart. McKellar was never able to pull away as cautions kept the field close through midway. Logue was already running fifth when the 15th circuit was scored.One second was the difference between first and second with five laps left. Spainhoward was unable to reel in McKellar and had to settle for a close second.“It’s just unbelievable and I can’t even put this into words. It got a little hairy on that last lap. I got a little loose down the front straightaway and banged the wall,” McKellar said. “This old 2010 car came out here on an open trailer and to come out here and run with these guys is amazing. I’m stoked. It’s the biggest win of my career, for sure.”Bricen James passed D.J. Shannon coming to the white flag and pulled away on the 10th and final circuit to top the Young Guns race for Modified drivers 19 and under. Shannon and Ethan Braaksma completed the top three.Bill Brack led all 10 laps of the Legends feature, repeating his winning way in the Modified race for drivers ages 55 and over. Brack was a couple car lengths ahead of sixth-starting Christy Barnett at the checkers.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Terry Phillips, Springfield, Mo.; 2. Eddie Belec, Arvada, Colo.; 3. Peyton Taylor, Batesville, Ark.; 4. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 5. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 6. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 7. Dominic Ursetta, Arvada, Colo.; 8. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 9. Rob Sanders, Bakersfield, Calif.; 10. Ricky Alvarado, Delta, Colo.; 11. Jason Noll, Peoria, Ariz.; 12. Jared Hoefelman, Humphrey, Neb.; 13. Collen Winebarger, Corbett, Ore.; 14. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz.; 15. Jason Wolla, Ray, N.D.; 16. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 17. Rodney Sanders, Worthington, Minn.; 18. Nick DeCarlo, Martinez, Calif.; 19. John Hansen, Brush, Colo.; 20. Bob Moore, Sioux City, Iowa; 21. Josh Most, Red Oak, Iowa; 22. Scott Drake, Diamond, Mo.; 23. Lucas Schott, Chatfield, Minn.; 24. Jeremy Payne, Buckeye, Ariz.; 25. Casey Skyberg, Rapid City, S.D.; 26. Johnny Saathoff, Beatrice, Neb.; 27. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 28. R.C. Whitwell, Tucson, Ariz.Young Guns – 1. Bricen James, Albany, Ore.; 2. D.J. Shannon, Merced, Calif.; 3. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa; 4. Austin Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz.; 5. Dylan Thornton, Santa Maria, Calif.; 6. Brylon Holder, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Bubba Stafford Jr., Desert Hills, Ariz.; 8. Braxton Yeager, Green River, Wyo.; 9. Sean Stacy, Kearny, Ariz.; 10. Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif.; 11. Camron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo.; 13. Troy Morris III, Bakersfield, Calif.; 14. Vinny Raucci, Las Vegas; 15. Matt Belcher, Pahrump; 16. Matthew Mayo, Bakersfield, Calif.; 17. Kendra Vollmer, Idaho Falls, Idaho.Legends – 1.  Bill Brack, Mead, Colo.; 2. Christy Barnett. El Paso, Texas; 3. Lawrence O’Connor, Port Hardy, B.C.; 4. Roy Spielman, Mills, Wyo.; 5. Jerry Bailey, Pocatello, Idaho; 6. Jerry Frydrych, Austin, Texas; 7. Steve Streeter, Madera, Calif.Northern SportMods – 1. Chris McKellar, Bakersfield, Calif.; 2. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif.; 3. Robert Elliott, Clinton, Okla.; 4. Johnathon Logue, Boone, Iowa; 5. Michael Johnson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 6. Jason Nation, Bakersfield, Calif.; 7. Shawn Harker, Nebraska City, Neb.; 8. Ethan Braaksma, Newton, Iowa; 9. Fred Ryland, Brentwood, Calif.; 10. Shane DeVolder, Pacifica, Calif.; 11. Arie Schouten, Blair, Neb.; 12. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz.; 13. Luke Krogh, Dickinson, N.D.; 14. Cory Hemphill, Yuma, Ariz.; 15. Gary Dutton, Bakersfield, Calif.; 16. Kyle Wood, Bakersfield, Calif.; 17. Danny Concelman, Colorado Springs, Colo.; 18. Chase Alves, Chandler, Ariz.; 19. Matthew Andrews, Malcolm, Neb.; 20. Jake Sachau, Denison, Iowa; 21. Lee Jensen, Bakersfield, Calif.; 22. Austin Kiefer, Pahrump; 23. Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo.; 24. Chase Rudolf, Prole, Iowa. Terry Phillips raced to a career fourth IMCA Modified victory Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s 20th annual Duel In The Desert. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com)last_img read more

Australia Look To Put Tough Years Behind In World Cup

first_imgNew Delhi: Australia were without captain Michael Clarke when they took on England in their first match of the 2015 World Cup. And yet, it was no surprise when they strolled to a 111-run win in that match. When Clarke made his return from a hamstring injury, the team was so well built that the only man who could make way for him was stand-in skipper George Bailey, who was Australia’s highest run scorer in ODI cricket for the past three years.It is hence rather ironic that rarely have an Australian cricket team looked as vulnerable as the men’s side have in the years since their success in 2015. They lost all six ODI series that they played between 2016 and 2019 and were also dumped out of the Champions Trophy in the group stage, albeit one might argue that the weather was more to blame than their performances in this case. But they have enjoyed a revival of sorts since the turn of the year, beating India and Pakistan away from home.IANS does an analysis of the Australian team for the 2019 World Cup where they would begin their title defence against Afghanistan on June 1.Strengths:A common factor in Australia’s recent spate of victories has been that their key batsmen have found their groove. Captain Aaron Finch was imperious against Pakistan, with totals of 116, 153*, 90, 39 and 53 while Usman Khawaja managed totals of 24, 88, 0, 62 and 98.Steve Smith has been impressive in their warm-up matches against New Zealand. While David Warner may not have done as much in Australia colours, his tally of 692 runs in 12 matches in the Indian Premier League should be enough to make him a threat.Glenn Maxwell, Australia’s highest run scorer in 2015 after Smith and Warner, seems to have found a semblance of consistency just before the big tournament.When it comes to their bowling department, it would be foolish to discount their bowlers. Adam Zampa successfully used conditions in India in his favour and would be an asset for them while Pat Cummins and Jason Behrendorff have shown enough in the last one year to be deemed dangerous. Mitchell Starc on his day can be the scourge of any batting attack in the world, although his days have been quite rare in the past year.Weaknesses:Coach Justin Langer will however be grappling with the fact that while the team has great individuals, it is one that is untested. Not too long ago, an Australian ODI side with a core made up of Smith, Warner, Starc and Finch were going around the world losing series after series. Moreover, Khawaja’s recent success has been as an opener but the return of Warner means that the latter could be preferred at the top of the order. Fitting Finch, Khawaja and Warner into the top order will be a conundrum that Langer and assistant coach Ricky Ponting have to solve before the showpiece event.Opportunities:There is no better way to turn around what has been a miserable last couple of years for the Australians than with a good performance at the World Cup and the Ashes that come after it. Before the turn of the year, one could envision Australia being beaten black and blue by Afghanistan in their first match and crashing out of the tournament as wooden-spooners in the group stage. That is no longer the case now, so much that the defending champions are now being termed favourites behind England and India to lift the trophy.One of the fallouts of the ball tampering scandal in 2018 that resulted in the suspension of Smith and Warner and the ouster of then coach Darren Lehmann was the wave of soul-searching it sparked within the Australian cricket setup. In the intervening months, the men’s team has displayed an on field personality that is markedly different from the chewing-gum chomping, sledge-spewing one tends to relate an Australian team with. A good performance at the World Cup with this new persona might just set an example for future generations of cricketers from the country.Threats:The biggest threat that the Australians have to be wary of could very well be the hostile English crowds. Langer has already spoken of how Smith and Warner cannot possibly go through worse than what they have in the past 12 months but the coaching staff will have “to care for them” in their long England tour. Hostility from the crowd may not be new for these players but the context in which it is coming is. In a way, a good performance at the World Cup might go a long way in making things easy for them at the Ashes. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Women of Troy look to get back on track in Texas

first_imgIntent on rebounding from a frustrating 1-0 season-opening loss to San Diego, the USC women’s soccer team must bear the Texas heat this weekend as it squares off against Texas Christian University and the University of Texas at Austin in two non-conference matchups.Moving on · Junior midfielder Carly Butcher looks to continue her strong play as the soccer team travels to Texas for two games this weekend. – Sundaram Kuppuswamy | Daily Trojan On Friday, the Women of Troy will kick off their road schedule against TCU (1-1); from there, they will travel farther south to face Texas (1-0) on Sunday.Despite the disheartening beginning to the season, which included being dropped unceremoniously from the top 25 rankings, the team is not dwelling on its opponents. When asked about the challenges TCU and Texas pose, coach Ali Khosroshahin turned his focus to the Women of Troy.“To be honest, the biggest challenge is ourselves,” Khosroshahin said. “Right now, the biggest challenge is the ball and ourselves.”Evident in Khosroshahin’s response was not only the frustration that accompanies an unexpected early-season loss, but also his steadfast confidence in his team.During practices, he has emphasized maintaining formation as the team progresses down the field and staying connected. And as senior striker Megan Ohai pointed out, by staying in their own lanes, the Women of Troy can stretch the field and make themselves more difficult to defend.“We weren’t doing the little things,” Ohai said. “Everyone needs to work together and get on the other side of some of these crosses.”Undoubtedly, teamwork is how the Women of Troy will generate more offense and enjoy sustained success this season.“If we don’t connect, we won’t generate anything. It’s all based on the same thing,” Khosroshahin said.In TCU and Texas, USC faces two unfamiliar opponents, both unranked and coming off of mediocre seasons. The Horned Frogs opened their season with a 3-0 loss to Texas Tech, but soon rebounded, beating Texas Southern 7-0. The Longhorns won their only game 2-1 against North Carolina State, but also beat Louisiana State by the same score in an exhibition game.last_img read more

The importance for affiliates to use their audience

first_imgShare LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Besides pushing forward the products of their gaming partners, affiliates should not forget about promoting their own product, according to LeoVegas.In the latest edition of the mobile gaming operator’s Affiliate Academy, LeoVegas explains how affiliates can increase traffic to their website and hence increase sales numbers. The simple equation is that by having more visitors to your page, you will concurrently be increasing the number of potential buyers .LeoVegas explained: “Many affiliates focus solely on pushing hard the merchants’ products and totally forget to promote their product: the website/brand. To start increasing traffic, you should first map out how you can achieve this, and determine how you should let the world know that your website exists.“Start with identifying places where your target audience virtually hang out, like forums, websites, etc. Another way is to engage some of your audience as brand ambassadors as after all, they know where people like themselves can be found online.”According to LeoVegas’ Affiliate Academy, it is important to be social and be present to establish trusted relationships with followers, engage with them and be sure to reply to their comments.74% of consumers identify ‘word of mouth’ (WOM) as a key influencer to their decision making process when buying, therefore it is important to interact with followers and create relationships.Social proof is when humans take action or make a decision based on seeing other humans doing it first. It’s sort of like an implied recommendation – if other people do it, it must be good.Check out the article ‘How your audience can be your best asset’ by clicking here. Related Articles Sharelast_img read more