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One M-5 bridge opens, another set to close

first_img Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Motorists cheered the opening of the M-5 Grand River bridge on Wednesday, but will soon contend with another long-term closure on the state highway.The M-5 Drake Road bridge will close on Monday, July 8 for partial replacement, and remain closed through October. The Michigan Dept. of Transportation (MDOT) detour route for northbound Drake Road sends traffic to eastbound Nine Mile Road, then northbound Farmington Road to westbound Freedom Road.Southbound Drake Road traffic will be detoured to eastbound Freedom Road, then southbound Farmington Road to westbound Nine Mile Road.The overall $11.8 million M-5 project spans 10 miles between M-102 (Eight Mile Road) and 13 Mile Road. It includes concrete repair and replacement, pavement conditioning, asphalt replacement, curb and gutter repair, concrete deck overlay, approach work, replacing half of the Drake Road Bridge due to damage from high-load hits, drainage structure repairs, sign replacement, and adding a westbound sidewalk to the Grand River Avenue Bridge to meet Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.To view a project map, visit https://bit.ly/2JfdBjy Reported bylast_img read more

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New BeamPlanner Software Optimizes RF Patterns to Improve Cell Capacity

first_imgBlue Danube Systems has unveiled new BeamPlanner software platform for its BeamCraft active antenna systems. This new software platfrom optimizes RF patterns to improve cell capacity and coverage based on siting conditions and dynamic user distributions.The BeamPlanner Software maximizes the effectiveness of multi-site active antenna deployment with sophisticated network optimization intelligence by directing RF energy to where the traffic is while steering clear of interference from neighboring sites. In addition to this, it automates network-wide configuration, scheduling, and management of BeamCraft systems and integrates seamlessly with existing wireless carrier’s RF planning workflows to simplify design in today’s dynamic mobile world.Blue Danube recently completed its third commercial trial and first outside North America with Telstra in Australia where BeamPlanner was first used at a customer site. The Telstra trials, conducted in the 1800 MHz FDD spectrum, further demonstrated BeamCraft’s capability to form and switch beams with high fidelity to enhance network performance through a combination of improved coverage, capacity and interference reduction. The company’s earlier trials in the PCS and AWS spectrum, which started a year ago, established the industry’s first Massive MIMO systems in FDD networks. With the latest demonstrations, BeamCraft is also the first Massive MIMO system to be implemented in three different FDD bands with multiple operators.In addition to the new trial, the company also received its first revenue order from a North American customer for a multi-site BeamCraft FDD deployment where BeamPlanner will be instrumental as part of the planning process to deliver an optimized site solution. More trials are planned for Europe, Asia and Latin America later this year, and the company will be opening an office in Europe in October to support the growing number of customers and partners.Blue Danube also announced the appointment of its new Vice President of Sales, John Shelnutt, as the company expands its executive team after raising its first Series-C funding recently in a round led by Silver Lake Kraftwerk.last_img read more

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Thais sweep Filipinas in SEA Games volley semis

first_imgAlyssa Valdez of the Philippines (center) attempts a spike against a two-woman Thailand block. JEROME ASCANO FOR SPIN.PH [av_one_full first min_height=” vertical_alignment=” space=” custom_margin=” margin=’0px’ padding=’0px’ border=” border_color=” radius=’0px’ background_color=” src=” background_position=’top left’ background_repeat=’no-repeat’ animation=”][av_heading heading=’Thais sweep Filipinas in SEA Games volley semis ‘ tag=’h3′ style=’blockquote modern-quote’ size=’30’ subheading_active=’subheading_below’ subheading_size=’15’ padding=’10’ color=” custom_font=”]BY ADRIAN STEWART CO[/av_heading][av_image src=’http://www.panaynews.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/sports-ph-volley-for-web.jpg’ attachment=’115393′ attachment_size=’full’ align=’center’ styling=” hover=” link=” target=” caption=” font_size=” appearance=” overlay_opacity=’0.4′ overlay_color=’#000000′ overlay_text_color=’#ffffff’ animation=’no-animation’][/av_image][av_textblock size=’18’ font_color=” color=”]MANILA – Thailand swept the Philippines in the Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball semifinals 25-21, 25-17, 25-17 at the MITEC Hall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The defeat on Saturday relegated the Filipinas to a battle for bronze medal against either Vietnam or Indonesia.“I’m content with the way we played against Thailand but it’s obvious that we still need a lot of international experience to be able to keep in step with them,” said Philippines head coach Francis Vicente.Thinkaow Pleumjit and Kokram Pimpichaya led the way with 13 points apiece while Bamrungsuk Hattaya added 12 markers for Thailand, which aims to retain its SEA Games gold medal.Thailand zoomed to 8-3 in the opening set. The Philippines managed to keep it close and later led 17-16 on a Jaja Santiago hit. But the Thais regained their form behind Pleumjit for a Set 1 victory.The second set was tight. Thailand was up 16-13 but later managed to widen the lead on hits by Pleumjit and Pimpichaya.Thailand waxed hot early in the third set, opening with 11-5 before widening the gap further 20-11. The Philippines came to as close as 16-22 but the Thais came up with clutch points by Pleumjit.Santiago top-scored with 15 – on 10 attacks and four service aces – while Alyssa Valdez added 10 points for the Philippines./PN[/av_textblock][/av_one_full]last_img read more

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Bacolod bows to Navotas in Maharlika basketball

first_imgThe lead grew to its biggest in the third quarter forBacolod but Navotas countered with a huge rally to regain the edge at 66-65 andoutscoring their opponents 13-4 in the final minutes. Mark Tallo finished with 18 points, while Javelona andCustodio contributed 13 and 10 markers for Bacolod, which suffer its secondstraight defeat to slid down to 1-2 win-loss slate./PN After leading by as much as 19 points in the second half,the Bacolodnons slowly lost its shooting in the second half until fullysurrendering the advantage to the Clutch in the fourth quarter. Bacolod trailed early in the match before gaining theadvantage behind outside shooting of Jopher Custodio, Louie Medalla and NicoPaolo Javelona to build a 41-35 edge at the half. MANILA – Bacolod Master Sardines failed to hang on its earlyadvantage to suffer a 78-69 defeat to Navotas Uni Pak Sardines Clutch in the2019-2020 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season at the Blue EaglesGym in Quezon City. Allan Evangelista was hailed as the player of the matchafter finishing with 14 points for the 1-1 Clutch. Francis Munsayac added 13markers, while Elmer Cabahug and Ronald Roy had 11 and 10 markers,respectively. Pao Javelona of Bacolod Master Sardines uses the screen provided by teammate Jan Colina to evade the defense of Navotas Uni Pak Sardines Clutch’s Francis Munsayac. MPBL last_img read more

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My How the Tables Have Turned; Cavs and Warriors Fans Turn Out to Be Hypocrites

first_img Matt Medley ** Disclaimer: This does not apply to every single Cavs and Warriors fan, but a large enough portion of their fan bases that it’s highly noticeable.**Let’s rewind to a year ago.Kevin Love had his arm ripped out of its socket by Kelly Olynyk in Game 4 of the First Round. Were there Golden State fans who joked about the injury and how it would help their team’s chances of winning a title?Of course.I’m sure Cavs fans thought that was a pretty low thing to do. To celebrate someone’s injury.But when it happens and the tables are turned, we’ve already seen the celebration of Cavs fans, just hearing that Steph Curry is out for at least two weeks.Cleveland is practically planning to throw a parade with people mocking Curry with crutches.Not only the Love injury last year, but when Kyrie Irving went down in Game 1 of the Finals, I distinctly remember how upset Clevelanders were with Golden State fans for taking joy in it.When the Warriors won the Finals 4 games to 2, many Cavs fans would make statements to the effect that “It didn’t count because they didn’t play the Cavs at full strength.”Let’s say Curry is out for more than the 2 weeks. Let’s say his team makes the Finals without him (like the Cavs did without two of their best players last year). If the Warriors were to lose to the Cavs in the Finals with Curry injured, wouldn’t Warriors fans be making the same excuse Cavs fans made last year?Don’t we want to settle who the best team is once and for all? With no excuses?The Spurs might be in the best position because of this injury right now, but I would caution fans from thinking that the Warriors are just going to get ran over without Curry in the second round.The Cavs were a much less deeper team in 2015 than Golden State is right now, and the Cavs still made it to the Finals on the shoulders of LeBron James.Golden State still has a great team around Curry and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if they at least get to the Western Conference Finals and possibly even win the Conference Final without Curry.If that happens, wouldn’t Cavs fans have to say like we did of our own team last year, “That’s respectable and admirable.”On the other side of things, it’s interesting to see how the Dub Nation is having a change of heart. Last year it seemed like many of their fans relished the injuries to Love and Irving. They made statements like “Doesn’t matter if they’re hurt, you still gotta’ play with who you got.”Will they be saying the same thing if they get bounced from the playoffs early or lose in the Finals?Everything has a way of balancing out over time and now we get to see how the two fan bases react when the opposite scenarios are in effect.My initial reaction to it is that most of the Cavs fans I’ve seen are saying the exact opposite of what they did last year.But hey, it’s a free country. You are free to do and say as you please as long as it doesn’t affect anyone else’s freedom.You’re free to ignore the fact that you’re doing something hypocritical.I’m sure many Warriors fans are acting hypocritical right now, too. Let’s see if we still get the matchup that we’ve been waiting for since June of 2015. Related TopicsCavsCleveland CavaliersKevin LoveKyrie IrvingLebron JamesNBASteph Currycenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

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Indians Drop Two of Three to the Yankees; The Good and Bad from the Bronx Weekend

first_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Related TopicsCarlos CarrascoChris GimenezIndiansMLBRoberto Perez The Indians have lost 5 of 7, and now 2 of three after Sunday’s loss to the New York Yankees in the Bronx in New York. About the only good news about the loss is that the Detroit Tigers lost to the New York Mets at Comerica Park, meaning the Indians remain two games up in the AL Central.Some takes from the weekend:Good1. The rotation got a little more on track the last two days after Josh Tomlin followed suit by the starters from last weeks debacle against the Twins. Corey Kluber had a great outing on Saturday, and Sunday Carlos Carrasco gave the team a good chance to win on Sunday, but the offense was only able to come up with two runs. If this team is going to stay in first and fight for a playoff spot, it’s the rotation that has to carry them.2. Jose Ramirez continues to be maybe the biggest surprise player of the season for the Tribe. He had two more hits on Sunday and over the weekend was .500 (6-for-12) with two runs and a steal. He also had a 12 game hitting streak, one in which he’s been able to hit .426 with four doubles, two homers and three RBI. With Juan Uribe gone, Ramirez is going to play everyday, and thus far that’s a very good thing for the Tribe.3. Many felt this team would have issues with power this season, and instead it’s been great to see the long ball being one of their main weapons at the plate. In in the win on Saturday, the team hit three more home runs, and on the year the Indians have hit 144 homers, good for fifth in the American League. Of course the addition of Mike Napoli and his 28 homers is a huge key, but Jason Kipnis and Carlos Santana are hitting homers at a solid pace, and even Francisco Lindor and Tyler Naquin have gotten into the HR mix.Bad1. All the sudden the Indians have begun to scuffle on the road, a place where they had been playing well most of the season. They’ve lost five of six away from Progressive Field, and now after an off day they go to Washington, a place where the Nats have won 33 of 54 home games. The ability to win on the road has been a major reason why this team has been in first in the division most of the year. They are still 31-27 on the road, but it’s been tough the last six games.2. Roberto Perez is just killing this team at the plate, and while he was able to finally get a couple hits Sunday and raise his average from .050 to .094, you have to wonder how long Terry Francona can play this guy. It was no secret the team was hopeful that adding Jonathan Lucroy would help the teams from an offensive standpoint at the plate, but the team can’t worry about that anymore, and will have to stick with Chris Gimenez and Perez. It was good to see Gimenez come through with a three-run homer on Friday, but the teams’ catchers are batting .210 and .093. Ugh.3. You have to wonder if there’s anything to the recent issues with Josh Tomlin, who since July 6th is 2-3, and in two of those five starts he lasted just 4.2 innings. He’s allowed 19 runs in 30 innings in those five starts, with seven homers. The Indians leader in wins with 11 will try to put Friday’s forgettable outing behind him when he takes on the Angels Thursday. It’s a big 11-game homestand, and Tomlin needs to get the key homestand off to a good start with a good outing on Thursday night.center_img Matt Loedelast_img read more

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Second Alaska LNG Community Meeting in Nikiski Sees Large Turnout

first_imgSpecial Oil and Gas Assistant Larry Persily described why he thinks that was on everybody’s mind. Persily said that there should be a plan agreed on and released to the public in 2016 for the Spur relocation project. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The second borough hosted community meeting on the Alaska LNG Project focused mostly on the relocation of the Kenai Spur Highway. Persily went on to say there will be a 3rd meeting in January but a specific date has not been chosen at this time. “The amount of money that they’re spending, and I actually know a lot of the people with Exxon mobile as far as contractors working on behalf of Exxon mobile, they’re spending a lot of money and I really believe they’ll come through on all this.”“Exxon, to not keep a tight ship, shows me that they’re either showing us their superiority or they’ve got an ulterior motive.” The gas agreements signed by BP and ConocoPhillips were made public December 8th. Persily: “It’s the most immediate thing because the road relocation would happen before the LNG plant construction starts. You look at a map and you look at people who have homes and property and trying to snake a highway through it, it’s going to affect a lot of people and they want to know when, which route, when are you going to start building it, it’s understandable that that is more of an immediate concern to many people.” About 70 people attended the Thursday night meeting. The public was also concerned about Exxon not signing the gas availability agreements.last_img read more

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Federal Government Blocks Predator Hunting on Refuges

first_imgThe new rule covers most national wildlife refuges in Alaska, comprising more than 73 million acres of land. The state of Alaska regulates general hunting and trapping of wildlife, including on national wildlife refuges. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Hunters will no longer be able to take predators as freely on federal wildlife refuges as in the past, unless its for a conservation concern, in accordance with a new rule from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Some predator hunting may still be allowed for conservation reasons, to protect moose and caribou populations. The rule was published Wednesday in the Federal Register and will take effect after 30 days.center_img During the public comment period last spring, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andy Loranger detailed the first of three parts of the proposal…Loranger: “This first part addresses an overall policy relative to when, where, and how we conduct predator control on national wildlife refuges in Alaska and it basically says it has to be consistent with the mandates under which we administer the refuges.” Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Andrea Medeiros says that under the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), all refuges in Alaska are mandated to provide the opportunity for continued subsistence use by rural Alaska residents in a manner consistent with the conservation of natural diversity. The final rule will not change federal subsistence regulations or restrict taking of fish or wildlife under them.last_img read more

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No foreign players for Scorpions

first_imgThe Jamaica Scorpions Franchise will have a totally local composition after the 2020 Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Player Draft for the Colonial Medical Insurance Super50 Cup and the Professional Cricket League Regional Four-Day Championship.With 13 local players already pre-selected and protected, the Scorpions will only need to select two players from the online draft, which will be held via Zoom today. The Gleaner has learnt that the franchise is planning to add an all-rounder and a fast bowler to complete the minimum 15 contracted players.With that, Guyanese batsman Assad Fudadin, who played four games for Jamaica last season in the Four-Day Championship, has been cut, as well as Grenadian wicketkeeper Denis Smith, who played six games during his debut season for the Scorpions.Fudadin scored just 83 runs in eight innings this season at an average of 10.37 while Smith, who fared better with 227 runs in 11 innings, had 17 dismissals behind the stumps after taking over from Aldane Thomas.In the 2018-2019 season, the Scorpions had Fudadin and Barbadian all-rounder Kenroy Williams as their two overseas picks.This year, CWI’s board has decided that the requirement to contract at least two players from outside of the franchise territory will not be mandatory.With the advent of COVID-19 and the negative impact it has had on the sporting landscape, in particular cricket, globally and regionally, all contracts will be awarded for only a six-month term at a 50 per cent reduced value.After the latest developments, Scorpions chief selector Junior Bennett, who will make the two picks with head coach Andre Coley today, says the move by the board to go with only local players was a unanimous and obvious one.“With the cut in fees, looking at someone with a ‘C’ contract now to come and live in a different country earning, let’s say $60,000 per month, you can’t pay rent and find transportation out of that, and so that doesn’t make sense to have an overseas player right now,” Bennett said.Eighteen Jamaicans have been listed in the player pool, which has 109 players. Several Jamaicans who represented other franchises last season are now available to be selected. They are Odean Smith, who played for the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force; Ramaal Lewis, who played for the Guyana Jaguars; and leg spinner Damion Jacobs, who played three matches for the Leeward Islands Hurricanes. Windies Under-19 batsman Kirk McKenzie is also listed in the draft pool. The Scorpions will have the third picks in both rounds.John Campbell (captain)Jermaine BlackwoodNkrumah BonnerPaul Palmer JrDerval GreenMarquino MindleyAkim FraserDennis BulliAndre McCarthyNicholson GordonPatrick Harty JrAldane ThomasJeavor Royallast_img read more

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High School Baseball: Benton’s Horton co-MVP in District 1-4A

first_imgBenton’s Horton co-MVP in District 1-4ABenton sophomore Cole Horton has been named the co-Most Valuable Player on the All-District 1-4A baseball team selected by the district’s coaches.Horton, a catcher, helped the Tigers win their fifth straight district championship. Benton finished 32-9 after losing to Neville two games to one in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.Horton shares MVP honors with senior center fielder Drake Foster of runner-up North DeSoto.Benton placed 10 other players on the first team, including three pitchers — senior Will Hine, freshman Cameron Ross and junior Colby Sharp.Hine, the ace of the staff, went 10-1, including 3-0 in the playoffs.Other first-team selections were junior infielder Garrett Hable, senior infielder Connor Jack Smith, junior shortstop Cody Norris, sophomore outfielder Sam Simmons, senior outfielder Coleman Nerren, senior outfielder Hal Gatti and freshman designated hitter Cade Scott.Bossier junior infielder Kaleb Harlow made the first team as a utility player.Benton junior infielder Peyton Long made the second team.Bossier’s second-team selections were sophomore outfielder Xavier Murphy, junior pitcher Rangel Miller and junior outfielder Kevin McCuthen.Benton juniors Andrew McPherson and Kade Bailey and Bossier sophomore Chase Bounds were honorable mention selections.For a complete list of the All-District 1-4A team, go to bossierpress.comRussell Hedgesrhedges@bossierpress.comTop Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

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