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first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Innovation,  Press Release,  Public Safety,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Less than a year after its creation, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the administration’s initiative to provide motorists with information during long-term road closures, 511PAConnect, has earned several regional and international transportation awards.“Following Winter Storm Jonas, I asked our agencies to develop a tool to better keep drivers informed about the status of accident cleanup and highway reopening and 511PAConnect was the innovative response,” said Governor Wolf. “511PAConnect is the first initiative of its kind to link directly to a targeted group of travelers who are being impacted by, or who are approaching, a large-scale emergency.”Coordinated among the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), Pennsylvania State Police, and PA Turnpike Commission, the service recently earned four awards:2017 Toll Excellence Award for Technology from the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association;2017 Transportation Achievement Award for Operations from the Institute for Transportation Engineers;Outstanding ITS Project for 2017 from the Intelligent Transportation Society of New Jersey; and2017 Project of the Year from the Mid-Atlantic Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers.Through 511PAConnect, personnel from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the PA Turnpike identify a potential long-term closure and notify staff at the 24-hour Commonwealth Watch and Warning Center at the PA Emergency Management Agency, who issue an initial location-based alert to motorists in the area of the closure. Law enforcement also uses the alerting system to issue Amber Alerts for missing children.“Governor Wolf tasked us with developing a service that would provide travelers and our agencies alike with valuable information during an incident,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “511PAConnect meets that goal and also aims to reach other motorists before they reach the impacted area so they can potentially avoid the incident altogether.”Motorists who receive the alert have the option of registering for automatic text messages or phone call updates. Follow-up notifications are generated by Turnpike and PennDOT staff monitoring the closure. Once the incident is resolved, motorists who registered for the alerts are automatically unsubscribed and all personal data is scrubbed from the system.“Being caught in any type of extended roadway closure is stressful for travelers who may be unfamiliar with their location as well as concerned how long the closure will last,” said PA Turnpike CEO Mark Compton. “It’s comforting to know that someone is aware of your situation and you are receiving updates and regular safety messages. This can ease some of the stress and help to make stranded motorists feel better connected.”PennDOT and the Turnpike offer a variety of tools to keep travelers informed during all levels of incidents — including the 511PA smartphone app, phone number, online sources and social media platforms — but 511PAConnect was the first initiative of its kind to link directly to a targeted group of travelers who are being impacted by, or who are approaching, a large-scale emergency.“The 511PAConnect initiative was a collaborative effort that shows how state agencies can work together effectively for improved customer service to motorists,” said PEMA Director Richard D. Flinn Jr. “We are thrilled that the hard work our teams did is being recognized by other groups.”Since the service was launched, PennDOT and the PA Turnpike used it a combined five times from December 2016 through March 2017. During four incidents, an average of 77 people opted in for follow-up incident messaging over an average of 222 minutes. The system was also activated to inform travelers of a planned exit closure in January.“We are proud to work together with our government partners to create such a useful service to keep motorists aware and safe”, said Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Tyree C. Blocker. “511PAConnect allows motorists to receive instant notifications regarding extended road closures and even Amber Alerts, which could prove invaluable when a child goes missing.” Pennsylvania Recognized for Wolf Administration’s 511PAConnect Systemcenter_img November 17, 2017last_img read more


first_img The Republic of Ireland international has been in fine form this season and at the centre of speculation linking him with a possible move away from the Hawthorns. But Long, who made the £5million switch from Reading during the summer of 2011, is happy with life under head coach Steve Clarke. “Am I committed to West Brom for next season? Yes, I’m happy here,” said the striker. Press Association Shane Long has pledged his future to West Brom for next season – and hopes he can continue his successful partnership with on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.center_img “I like playing for the manager here. He is very good, and I’m learning a lot every week. “The lads are a good bunch, the family are happy up here, so I’m not looking to move on. “I’m concentrating on this season and hopefully getting a few more goals before the summer and kicking on from there.” Nine-goal Long and Lukaku, who has been on target 12 times, have been key players in seventh-placed Albion’s push for a Europa League spot. Long is surprised Chelsea did not recall him during January but hopes the 19-year-old will return on loan to West Brom next season. He said: “They paid £18million for him. I thought they’d bring him in with a view to bringing him off the bench and giving him games and forcing his way into the team. I suppose with Demba Ba coming in there, rather than having Rom sitting in the reserves at Chelsea it is better to put him on loan to us, playing games every week and showing what he can do. “Hopefully he will come back next season.” last_img read more


first_imgIn yesterdays County Senior Hurling Championship action Portroe were 8 point winners over Cappawhite – 3-16 to 1-14 the final score in Newport. There was one game in the County Senior Football Championship last evening.Kilsheelan Kilcash and Thomas McDonaghs locked horns in Templemore with the south side coming out on top with 16 points to spare.6-12 to 1-11 the final score.last_img


first_imgA pensioner was on Tuesday afternoon crushed to death in his car after a sand truck being driven by a drunken man crashed into it on the Corentyne Highway.Dead is 71-year-old Narinedatt Lowhar, called “Uncle Balo”, of lot 23 Number 47 Village, Corentyne. At the time of the accident, he and his wife were in a motorcar bearing registration plate number PJJ 25 and were turning into their yard when the truck bearing registration plate number GPP 2369 slammed into the car sending it 30 meters away.Dead: Narinedatt LowharWelliama Lingen, 55, the dead man’s wife, said she was rendered unconscious by the impact and cannot remember much, but recalls residents having to remove her husband from the wreckage.“When ah catch myself they take me out from the car and my husband leave in and I tell them to go and see what happen to him,” the grieving widow said. She added that she saw persons wrenching open the car and then she lost consciousness the second time.Meanwhile, an eyewitness, Zoreen (only name given), who lives nearby said it took villagers several minutes to remove Lowhar from the wreckage. She said they were on their way home when they noticed the wrecked car on the road and screamed for help.The woman related that when she went to the rescue of Lingen, her husband got some men who were in the vicinity to wrench open the vehicle to get the injured man out.The damaged car in which the couple were travelling“When they get him out they put him to lie down on the ground and I check and his heart was beating,” she told this publication.Lowhar was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Skeldon Hospital and then transferred to the New Amsterdam where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Meanwhile, the Police said the accident occurred at about 18:40h.Reports are the truck driver told the Police that he was about to overtake the jeep, when Lowhar made a right turn a short distance in front of his lorry and in the process, the left front of the lorry collided with the right side of the jeep.The Police said a breathalyser test was conducted on the driver and his alcohol level was above the legal level. A close relative of the driver said the lorry driver was overtaking another sand truck being driven by his son when he collided with the car.Meanwhile, Rohan Singh, 45, on Number 52 Village was refused bail when he appeared before Magistrate Alex Moore on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.Police Prosecutor, Inspector Orin Joseph told the court that the Police are preparing other charges for Singh and asked for bail to be refused.He was remanded to prison and the case will continue on June 9 when other charges are expected to be filed against him.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The School Education department has guaranteed pay protection for the teachers who have post-graduate (PG) degree and are holding PG category post.These teachers are eligible to apply for the post of PG category if they are within the age limit of 40 years and will be entitled to get protection of their last drawn pay. A notification in this regard, undersigned by the Principal Secretary of School Education department, has been published. The matter regarding the pay protection of in-service assistant teachers appointed afresh by the West Bengal Central School Service Commission under graduate or PG category has been under active consideration of the department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA teachers’ organisation had met state Education minister Partha Chatterjee at the state Assembly last month, with their demand for pay protection and the minister had assured them that it was under consideration of the department. It may be mentioned that earlier the department had declared that teachers belonging to PG scale should not appear for examination again to seek transfer to a place near his/her residence. Similarly, teachers of graduate scale were also prevented to sit for examination of the same scale, but were allowed to do so for achieving PG scale. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe department had reasoned that with the provision of transfer to nearby places already available, such teachers need not appear for examination. However, a section of teachers had moved court challenging the order and got the nod of the court for appearing in such examinations. These teachers were recruited in their new posts by the department, but their seniority was not considered in the pay scale. They were drawing salary (initial pay) on the basis of their new post. These teachers have been pitching for pay protection and have made rounds to the Education department to press for their demand in the last few months. “The same principle of pay protection will be applicable for the teachers holding pass graduate degree and pass graduate category of post to apply for the post of pass graduate category of teachers. It will also be applicable for teachers of government-aided madrasas,” an official said.last_img read more