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Ambulance, Fire Engine Involved in New Jersey Pile-Up

first_imgA multiple-vehicle crash involved a firetruck and an ambulance Tuesday morning. Chopper 4 was over the pile-up. (NBC New York) Emergency crews responded en masse to Interstate 280, near exit 9, in West Orange after a call about the accident came in shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday. New Jersey State Police said that two troopers were outside their patrol cars investigating an earlier crash on the eastbound side of the highway when the dump truck came barreling in and hit both of them. Both were taken to a hospital. No serious injuries were reported, state police said.  The chain of events remains under investigation and isn’t clear at this time. Video from the scene showed multiple mangled vehicles. A dump truck appeared on top of a silver SUV, crushing the back of that car. The front of the truck smashed into an ambulance, which then smashed into the back of a fire truck. MOREcenter_img WEST ORANGE, N.J. (NBC New York) – At least a half-dozen vehicles, including a state police SUV, an ambulance and a fire engine, appear to have been involved in a huge wreck in New Jersey, based on footage of the scene from Chopper 4. last_img read more

Troy Lee Phillips

first_imgFuneral services for Troy Lee Phillips, 83, of Silsbee will be 10:00 am Friday, April 1, 2016 at Farmer Funeral Home with interment following in Baker-Bell Cemetery in Fred. Visitation will be 5:00 – 8:00 pm Thursday at the funeral home.Mr. Phillips died March 29, 2016 at his residence.A native of Fred, Troy was a lifelong resident of Silsbee. He proudly served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. After 40 years, Mr. Phillips retired from Texaco in Port Arthur where he worked as a heavy equipment operator. Next UpMr. Phillips is preceded in death by his parents, ‘Son R’ and Amy Reid Phillips, first wife Lola Phillips, second wife Jewette Phillips, daughter-in-law Rose Phillips, and grandsons Troy Lynn Robinson and Scott Tynes.Survivors include sons Jim Phillips of Jasper and Tommy Robinson and wife Debbie of Hardin; daughter Rhonda Tynes and husband Carl of Fred; step-daughter Sandra Foster and husband Eddie of Silsbee; special friends and caregivers Lamesa Smith and Debbie and Megan Lacey, all of Silsbee; grandchildren Mandy Cook and husband Marcus, Michael Robinson and wife Ashley, Thomas Robinson and wife Heather, Keith Phillips, Teri Phillips, Bridgett Hicks, Jason Biggs and wife Alicia, Kimberly McNeely and husband Brian and nineteen great grandchildren.Troy will be tremendously missed by his loving family and many friends. Farmer Funeral HomeCondolences will be accepted at read more

Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott’s remarks to the Senate

first_imgAppropriations Sen. Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland), ChairSen. Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden), Vice ChairSen. Don Collins (D-Franklin)Sen. Ann Cummings (D-Washington)Sen. Bill Doyle (R-Washington) Sen. Bob Hartwell (D-Bennington), ChairSen. Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden), Vice ChairSen. Peter Galbraith (D-Windham)Sen. Mark MacDonald (D-Orange)Sen. John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) Economic Development Transportation Sen. Bobby Starr (D-Essex-Orleans), ChairSen. David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden), Vice ChairSen. Chris Bray (D-Addison)Sen. Bill Carris (D-Rutland)Sen. Norm McAllister (R-Franklin) Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham), ChairSen. Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington), Vice ChairSen. Claire Ayer (D-Addison)Sen. Bill Carris (D-Rutland)Sen. Norm McAllister (R-Franklin) Sen. Peg Flory (R-Rutland), ChairSen. Ann Cummings (D-Washington), Vice ChairSen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia)Sen. Dick Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle)Sen. John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans)Lieutenant Governor’s Office. 1.10.2013 PHOTO by Sen. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia), ChairSen. Alice Nitka (D-Windsor), Vice ChairSen. Sally Fox (D-Chittenden)Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington)Sen. Diane Snelling (R-Chittenden)Sen. Bobby Starr (D-Essex-Orleans)Sen. Rich Westman (R-Lamoille) Sen. Claire Ayer (D-Addison), ChairSen. Sally Fox (D-Chittenden), Vice ChairSen. Ginny Lyons (D-Chittenden)Sen. Dick McCormack (D-Windsor)Sen. Anthony Pollina (D-Washington) Agriculture Sen. Dick Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle), ChairSen. Rich Westman (R-Lamoille), Vice ChairSen. John Campbell (D-Windsor)Sen. Peg Flory (R-Rutland)Sen. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) Natural Resources AFTERNOON COMMITTEES Finance Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington), ChairSen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia), Vice ChairSen. Alice Nitka (D-Windsor)Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham)Sen. Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott was sworn in this morning for his second two-year term as Vermonts Lieutenant Governor. After taking the oath of office from Senator Dick Mazza (D-Chittenden/Grand Isle), Scott offered the following remarks. See committee assignments below.”Good morning. First, Id like to thank Vermonters for the opportunity to serve the state for another two years. It truly is an honor for me to serve as Vermonts Lt. Governor. To think a Barre-born stock car racer like myself would ever have an opportunity such as this is truly incredible. I also want to thank my family for their support. And Id like to welcome our freshman class. We have 5 new faces in the chamber: Chris Bray, Don Collins, Norm McAllister, John Rodgers, and David Zuckerman. None of their faces are truly new, but we welcome them back in a new capacity. We do, after all, in true Vermont fashion, like to recycle. And to the rest of you: My sincere congratulations, and welcome back to each and every one of you.  This session offers us an interesting mix of fresh perspective and experience. We have a returning Governor, Pro Tem, Senate Secretary and Lieutenant Governor these are all things we didnt have last time around.  (This time, we may actually know what were doing! Or at least, give that appearance.) The expectations for elected officials, at all levels, are higher than theyve ever been. Last week, on a national level, we went right to the edge during the Fiscal Cliff standoff, which showed us the danger of political brinksmanship something that I hope we can all remember in this chamber when those seemingly polarizing issues arise. My belief has always been that if you put aside the ego and the rhetoric, and inject a bit of creativity, fairness and common sense, that almost any problem involving money can be solved. While campaigning, a recurring message I heard, and Im sure many of you heard, was the anxiety over affordability. The margins are getting smaller. And with the recent 2% rise in the Social Security tax, disposable income has shrunk for all of us in the workforce. Another problem we face is the exodus of our young professionals. According to state census data, our 25-to-44 age group lost 30% of its population in the last decade. Thats 28,000 Vermonters who left our state and took with them their buying power, their innovation, and their children. Many of our elementary school classrooms echo with their absence. We also struggle in this building with a state budget pie that seems to get smaller and smaller each year, much like the pies in Mazzas Store, which, oddly enough, still cost just as much. The question is, what do we do about it? Ive been in business for almost 30 years, and as in any business, there are two sides to the balance sheet: expenses and revenues. We have the same thing here in state government, so we have choices: We can reduce expenses by cutting staff and programs, or we can increase revenues by raising taxes and fees. And, for better or for worse, weve already done both. What I continue to hear all over the state is that Vermonters are feeling frustrated, tapped out, and taxed out. The Governor has said the same, and I suspect many of you have gotten that same feedback. But there is another way to hit both sides of that balance sheet at the same time. And thats by growing our economy.  If we can work with businesses, both small and large, to replenish those private-sector jobs, progress and prosperity will come. If we can entice young professionals to move here, our classrooms will fill up again, and so will our vacant storefronts, and so will our state coffers. But we need more tools to entice people here than just our incredible quality of life. Were all familiar with the Tourism and Marketing survey completed last year that asked Americans what they associate with the word Vermont. Along with beautiful unspoiled mountains, we need people to think opportunity. Our ability to make this happen can be surprisingly easy, if we put aside the temptation to score political points at the expense of Vermonters, who are counting on us to solve our very real problems. Ive talked to a number of you over the last several weeks about coming together around this theme of Growing Vermonts Economy. I only ask you to please keep this goal in mind as you consider the bills that come through each of your committees. Ask yourselves questions like: What will this bill do to help our economy? Will this bill make it easier for families to live and prosper in Vermont? Does this help or hurt our balance sheet? Of course, there will always be issues that dont fit into a neat little box, and whose impact cant be measured in dollars: whether its the most compassionate way to handle end-of-life care, or the best way to integrate migrant workers into our society. These might not be the questions we want to think about, but they are the ones before us. We will each have our own, sometimes very personal and deeply-held beliefs about these issues. And we will not always agree. But we have a choice. We can make those inevitable disagreements into divisions, or we can commit to respectful and reasonable debates, not only with each other, but with the citizens of Vermont. Never forget that we are just caretakers here in this beautiful building, which belongs to the citizens of Vermont. Voters on November 6th sent us here with an enormous responsibility resting on our shoulders. But with all of us pulling in the same direction, and treating each other with respect and civility, I think there is a lot of potential for what we can accomplish together in the next two years. My door is always open. I, along with my chief of staff, Nancy, look forward to working with all of you. Thank you.”Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott, Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell, and Senator Dick Mazza, members of the Senate Committee on Committees, announced the Senate committee assignments for the 2013-2014 legislative session. Those committee assignments are:MORNING COMMITTEES Sen. Dick McCormack (D-Windsor), ChairSen. Don Collins (D-Franklin), Vice ChairSen. Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden)Sen. Bill Doyle (R-Washington)Sen. David Zuckerman (P-Chittenden) Institutions Education Sen. Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden), ChairSen. Mark MacDonald (D-Orange), Vice ChairSen. Chris Bray (D-Addison)Sen. Peter Galbraith (D-Windham)Sen. Bob Hartwell (D-Bennington)Sen. Ginny Lyons (D-Chittenden)Sen. Kevin Mullin (R-Rutland)Government Operations Health & Welfare Judiciarylast_img read more

JR Central names Chairman

first_imgJR Central has announced that its current President Yoshiomi Yamada (left) is to become Chairman of the company with effect from April 1. He will succeed Yoshiyuki Kasai (centre), who becomes Chairman Emeritus, and will in turn be replaced as President by the railway’s current Executive Vice-President Koei Tsuge (right). In his new role Kasai will remain on the JR Central board while promoting Shinkansen and maglev technologies internationally. Yamada will continue to supervise the project to build a superconducting maglev route between Tokyo and Osaka. All three executives bring decades of experience to their roles, having joined Japanese National Railways prior to its privatisation in 1987.last_img read more

Industry Reaches Consensus on Propagation Models for Spectrum Sharing in the 6 GHz Band

first_imgThe Wireless Innovation Forum (WInnForum) has announced the first technical report from its new 6 GHz Band Multi-Stakeholder Committee: WINNF-TR-1002-V1.0.0 “Propagation Models and Interference Protection Criteria for Sharing between the Fixed Service and Unlicensed Devices in the 6 GHz Band.” The report provides stakeholders and regulatory authorities with vital information supporting sharing of this band between incumbent users and the new entrants into the band proposed by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (Docket 18-295).WInnForum’s 6 GHz Committee has accomplished the most important task for any co-existence analysis: Identify suitable protection criteria and propagation models used to predict compatibility. It’s important that these considerations get a buy-in from all stakeholders using the band, and, as the publication of this Technical Report demonstrates, WInnForum has proven to be a highly effective venue for facilitating such coordination and cooperation among a diverse range or participants.This report represents remarkable cooperation among the members of the WInnForum’s 6 GHz Multi-Stakeholder Committee to achieve consensus on recommendations regarding key elements of the Automated Frequency Coordination (AFC) needed to protect incumbents. This report provides stakeholders, including the regulatory authorities, with relevant information to study the introduction of unlicensed devices in 6 GHz while protecting the incumbent microwave systems.WInnForum’s newest Committee conducts projects that focus on the technical aspects of spectrum sharing advancing innovative and competitive uses and increasing deployment speed of AFC systems.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more