Police Increasing Patrols Through Labor Day

first_imgBATESVILLE – Two local law enforcement agencies are stepping up enforcement efforts through the next month.The Batesville Police Department told us that they along with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department will add more patrols in an effort to curb drunk driving between August 1 and September 1.The crackdown is in conjunction with The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Law enforcement agencies across the nation are participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.In 2012, Labor Day weekend saw 147 drunk-driving fatalities. To put it in perspective, throughout the year someone is killed in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash every 51 minutes, on average. Over the Labor Day weekend, that statistic jumps to one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 34 minutes.Among the people killed in drunk-driving crashes over the 2012 Labor Day holiday weekend, almost half were between the ages of 18 and 34.“We are determined to help bring these numbers down,” said Batesville Police Lt. Doug Wolfer. “There are too many people dying on the roads, and many of those deaths could have been prevented.”last_img read more

Sheriff Street/Mandela Avenue upgrade begins

first_imgRehabilitation work on the $6.4Billion Sheriff/Mandela Road upgrade project has begun.The project is being carried out in phases beginning with drainage works and the relocation of pipes/utilities. Acting Project Manager for the Donor Programme at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Mark Green told the Department of Public Information (DPI) that contractor Sinohydro Corporation Limited is currently cleaning all the canals and doing sand filling to facilitate the installation of the new pipes and fittings.“Once we complete the drains and pipe works we’ll then start the embankment work which is to excavate the earth with the sand, loam and crusher run. From then we’ll get a repaired surface on which we’ll build the sidewalks and parking lanes. Once that is completed then we will look to do the pavement rehabilitation,” Green explained.Once completed, Sheriff Street will remain a two-lane road while Mandela will be aActing Project Manager for the Donor Programme at the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, Mark Greenfour-lane. Green said the upgraded roads will be outfitted with new features including cycle lanes, separate sidewalks and smart traffic signals which will use above ground vehicle detectors.“Also, along the roadway, there’ll be a concrete median similar to that on Carifesta Avenue so you won’t have vehicles changing lanes randomly and colliding with other vehicles. In that median, there will be LED street lighting. At the four-lane from Mandela Avenue to the Hunter Street junction, the concrete median will be retained and a shared pedestrian and cyclist path will be included.”Additionally, two culverts at the junctions of David Street with the Cummings Canal and Lamaha Canal bridges will also be replaced. The wooden bridge atA section of the drainage works being done on the road upgrade projectHomestretch Avenue will be replaced with a concrete structure and other culverts will be extended. A pedestrian overpass and roundabout at the Sheriff Street-David Street junction are also included. Safety features include traffic signs and thermoplastic reflectors and road markings.The final phase of works will see the pavement upgraded and asphalted. All the entrances to side roads will be upgraded, however, side roads will not be rehabilitated. Most of the construction materials and equipment will be sourced locally.Work on the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) venture is being executed with an eye to ensure minimal disruption to traffic and should wrap up within two years.last_img read more

Five things we learned from the Premier League

first_img0Shares000020th Premier League goal for Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Apr 28 – Manchester City remain just a point ahead of Liverpool at the top with two games of the Premier League season to go as both were victorious again this weekend.By contrast, the pack of four chasing behind them for Champions League football failed to muster a single win between them once more, whilst at the bottom of the table Cardiff edged closer to relegation. Here, AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the Premier League:Liverpool’s Golden boot battleMohamed Salah and Sadio Mane both scored twice as Liverpool cruised past Huddersfield 5-0 at Anfield on Friday to move the Reds temporarily back on top of the table and edge ahead in the race for the Golden Boot.Salah, last season’s winner, holds a slender lead with 21 Premier League goals to Mane’s 20.However, it was Mane and not the Egyptian who made it into the PFA’s player of the year this week.Salah has now scored more goals (69) in his first 100 games for the club than any other player in Liverpool’s history and Jurgen Klopp believes backing up his incredible 44-goal debut campaign with another stellar season is an even bigger achievement.“It’s such an important season for him,” said Klopp. “After a flying season in which nearly every shot was a goal, then being assessed by everyone, is it just a one-season thing?Mohamed Salah celebrates the fifth goal against Huddersfield © AFP / Oli SCARFF“Keeping that level (the next season) is an even bigger achievement than scoring 40 goals last season, which was already an incredible achievement.”‘Legend’ Aguero hits 20 againSergio Aguero moved level with Mane as his winner at Burnley ensured the Argentine has now scored 20 goals in five consecutive league seasons — the first player to do so since Thierry Henry.“He is a legend; he does that all the time, score important goals for us,” said City boss Pep Guardiola. “He is an incredible player.”City are now just two wins away from a fourth title in eight seasons.Aguero, whose memorable stoppage time goal against QPR in 2012 started that run, remains as important to City’s challenge now as he was then.Tiring top four contenders falterFor the second consecutive weekend, none of the contenders for the final two Champions League places behind City and Liverpool won.Tottenham were first to falter in a 1-0 defeat at home to West Ham.Ten-man Arsenal were thrashed 3-0 at Leicester before Manchester United and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw.Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal are all still involved in European semi-finals this week, while United were also playing their seventh game in April, and tiredness is catching up on all four.“The stress and the fatigue arrived. We are competing with circumstances that are not the best,” said Spurs boss Pochettino.De Gea decision to makeBlunder: Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea © AFP / Paul ELLISOle Gunnar Solskjaer insisted before his side’s “must-win” clash with Chelsea that he would not consider dropping David de Gea as the Spaniard’s years of excellent service outweighed a recent bad run.However, Solskjaer’s loyalty may have cost United Champions League football next season as De Gea was at fault once more for Chelsea’s equaliser at Old Trafford.The Norwegian must now not only decide whether to reconsider that call for United’s last two games of the season, but whether the time has come to cash in on De Gea come the summer.United’s player of the year for four of the past five seasons has just one year left on his contract and is holding out for a new deal on a par with the huge contract given to Alexis Sanchez last January.Sanchez has done little to justify his wages in the past 16 months and rewarding De Gea on current form with a similar pay packet is a huge risk.Warnock wonders what could have beenCardiff manager Neil Warnock lamented the tragic loss of Emiliano Sala after his misfiring side slipped closer to relegation.Warnock’s side were beaten 1-0 at Fulham to leave them four points from safety and with a much inferior goal difference to 17th-placed Brighton with only two games remaining.Cardiff’s perilous position is largely due to their toothless forward line according to Warnock, who bemoaned Sala’s death in a plane crash before he had even played a game for the Bluebirds following his January transfer from Nantes.“It was a great finish and I can’t complain about that. That’s the Premier League for you,” Warnock said of Ryan Babel’s late winner for Fulham.“You get what you pay for. For me it brings home the Emiliano Sala tragedy. I thought he could have got us 10 goals. It’s been blow after blow for us.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more