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Press release: Record road investment in Yorkshire and the North East steps up in 2018

first_imgThe proposed upgrade of a 2.5 mile section of the A1 between Birtley (junction 65) and Coal House (junction 67) will provide additional capacity, and improve journey times and safety while supporting economic growth in the region.Extra lanes will be constructed and Allerdene Railway Bridge, which carries the A1 over the East Coast railway line, will also be replaced as part of this major project which is due to start late 2020.The consultation started on 8 February 2018 and will close on Thursday 22 March. Seven public consultation events will take place over two weeks. Information about these events can be found on the consultation page.This is one of 4 major scheme milestones which are taking place in Yorkshire and the North East in the first six months of 2018.The upgrades are funded by the Government’s £15bn investment in motorways and major A roads, and being delivered by Highways England.Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: These upgrades in Yorkshire and the North East, will improve millions of journeys. Each of these milestones in this region is evidence of Highways England delivering major infrastructure upgrades for the whole country. In the six months to June two major schemes in Yorkshire and the North East will be completed: the improvements to the M1 junction 45 roundabout near Leeds and the upgrade of the A1 between Leeming to Barton, will improve journeys for drivers across the region. The preferred option for the improvements of the M621 key junctions in Leeds is also due to be announced.Nationwide, almost 40 projects will hit milestones over the same period, including seven schemes starting construction and four improvements opening to traffic, adding much needed extra capacity to some of the country’s busiest roads and improving journeys for millions of drivers. Others will hit crucial points – including public consultations that will help shape the proposals, and route announcements.April will mark three years since Highways England embarked on delivering the Government’s Road Investment Strategy, the biggest investment in the country’s major roads since the 1970s.The schemes reaching milestones in the first half of this year will join the 18 major projects that have already opened to traffic since April 2015. A further 16 are presently in construction. Those which have already opened in Yorkshire and the North East region include the A160/A180 Port of Immingham improvement and the A1 Coal House to Metro Centre improvement in Gateshead which helped reduce congestion and provide opportunities for development in the region. Three smart motorway schemes on the M1 in west and south Yorkshire are also fully operational.There will be consultation forms and brochures available online and at locations open to the public from 8 February 2018. These can be handed in at the events or sent to the freepost address provided on the form.Further information about the proposals and full details of the consultation brochure deposit locations are available from the scheme webpage.General enquiriesMembers of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.Media enquiriesJournalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.last_img read more


Mavis Staples Reveals 80th Birthday Celebration Guests: David Byrne, Jason Isbell, Warren Haynes, More

first_imgFamed singer Mavis Staples will get the opportunity to celebrate her upcoming 80th birthday a little early this year, as Newport Folk Festival recently announced a run of three concerts from the singer set to take place in New York, Los Angeles, and Nashville in mid-May. The run of shows is being branded as Mavis & Friends: Celebrating 80 Years of Mavis Staples.On Thursday, Mavis Staple unveiled the star-studded lineups for her upcoming celebratory concerts. On May 9th, Mavis will be joined by David Byrne, Jason Isbell, Jon Batiste, Lake Street Dive, Nicole Atkins, Norah Jones, The Lone Bellow, Valerie June, and Warren Haynes at New York City’s Apollo Theater.On May 15th, Mavis will be joined by Cody Dickinson, Elle King, Jason Isbell, John Prine, Luther Dickinson, Marty Stuart, Nick Lowe, Nicole Atkins, Phil Cook, The Lone Bellow, The Milk Carton Kids, and The War and Treaty at Nashville, TN’s historic Ryman Auditorium.Finally, on May 22nd, Mavis will be joined by Benjamin Booker, Griffin Goldsmith, Jason Isbell, Jerry Harrison, Joe Henry, Lucius, M. Ward, Phoebe Bridgers, Son Little, Taylor Goldsmith, Trombone Shorty, and The War and Treaty at Los Angeles, CA’s Theatre at Ace Hotel.“I must be the happiest girl in the world,” Staples mentioned in a statement about the upcoming birthday shows. “After all this time, I still do what I love … I never thought I would still be singing at my age, and people seem to really want to hear me, they know me, they give me love—I’m just overwhelmed, really.”Net proceeds from the three birthday concerts will go directly towards extending the Newport Festivals Foundation’s support of music education programs in each respective city.Mavis & Friends’ New York City show is now sold out. Tickets for the Nashville and Los Angeles performances are still available here.last_img read more


James Corden & Rosie O’Donnell Show Off Their Hamilton Rapping Skills

first_img View Comments Hamilton Related Shows from $149.00center_img And you call yourself a Hamilfan? Step aside for Rosie O’Donnell and James Corden. When O’Donnell, who’s hosted the Tony Awards thrice previously, visited Corden on The Late Late Show, she had some advice for this year’s emcee: practice saying “And the Tony goes to Hamilton.” This led to her admitting she’s seen the Lin-Manuel Miranda masterpiece literally a dozen times, likening it to a religious experience, and rapping a good bit of the opening number with Corden. Color us impressed! We now have two people to add to our “King George dream casting” list. Take a look at the clip below, and someone please send poor Nikki Glaser the Hamilton cast recording pronto. James Corden & Rosie O’Donnelllast_img read more


Neymar suffers fractured metatarsal, serious doubt to face Real

first_imgMetatarsal injuries usually take weeks, if not months to recover from.Just last year, Neymar’s international team-mate Gabriel Jesus was out of action for two months after breaking a metatarsal with Manchester City, and has struggled with further injuries since.Neymar’s status for #PSG against Real Madrid will be in question after this nasty ankle injury … pic.twitter.com/krFQTavVgG— Goal (@goal) February 25, 2018Former England stars David Beckham and Wayne Rooney spent six weeks on the sidelines with metatarsal injuries in the past, with both still arguably being rushed back too soon for the 2002 and 2006 World Cups respectively.Brazil fans will also be keeping a close eye on Neymar’s fitness, especially after he missed their 2014 World Cup thrashing by Germany with injury.PSG, who lead the French top flight by a massive 14 points, also said that Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos had picked up a leg muscle problem.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Neymar carried off the pitch on Sunday’s game against Marseille where he picked the injuryParis, France | AFP | Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar suffered a sprained ankle and a fractured metatarsal when he was stretchered off in Sunday’s win over Marseille, the Ligue 1 leaders announced on Monday.The Brazilian, who signed for PSG in a world-record move from Barcelona last year, is now a serious injury doubt for the Champions League last-16 second leg against Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes on March 6.PSG trail in the tie after a 3-1 first-leg defeat in Spain, with their hopes of a maiden Champions League title taking a further body blow with the confirmation of Neymar’s injury, although they didn’t specify how long the 26-year-old would be out of action. “Additional examinations performed today (ultrasound and CT) confirmed an external sprain of the right ankle, but also an associated fissure of the fifth metatarsal,” PSG said in a short statement.The chances of Neymar returning to fitness in time to face the reigning European champions now appear extremely slim.He is all but certain to miss Wednesday’s French Cup quarter-final against Marseille and the weekend’s Ligue 1 visit to Troyes, with the Real clash just three days later.last_img read more


South Puget Sound Community College Awarded $500,000 Grant for Guided Pathways…

first_imgFacebook97Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeCollege Spark Washington along with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges today awarded South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) a grant of $500,000 over five years to develop a Guided Pathways program.  Guided Pathways aims to support low-income students and students of color by helping community colleges develop clear paths to certificates, transfer degrees, or careers.College Spark Washington stated that it selected SPSCC because of the college’s commitment to student success and closing achievement gaps.  “SPSCC faculty and staff have been working hard for several years to identify and implement research-based practices that increase student success,” said SPSCC Vice President of Instruction Michelle Andreas.  SPSCC is one of five pilot colleges to receive this funding; eighteen colleges applied.The newly awarded grant will support students in the Guided Pathways Program, supporting low-income students and students of color. Photo courtesy: SPSCC“At many community colleges, students are provided with insufficient clarity on how to navigate a path,” said College Spark Washington. “The Guided Pathways Initiative aims to address this issue by reducing and simplifying the number of choices about course selection a student must make, informing and supporting those choices, and directing students into an intentional, comprehensive program of study within one or two terms.”SPSCC will receive $100,000 per year for five years to further develop the work that College Spark Washington has praised.  One of the college’s praised efforts is a pilot pathways program that intentionally drapes themes across different types of classes.  Makenzie Earlywine, a student in SPSCC’s pilot program, said, “It’s a really great way to learn with the same classmates and the same themes. It makes it a whole lot easier to learn because you’re hearing it more than once in different classes.”“The College Spark Washington grant will allow us to take the lessons learned from our pilot [pathways] program and devote time and financial resources to implement the model for all students at SPSCC,” added Andreas.  SPSCC foresees tremendous growth opportunities as a result of the funding the college will receive through 2021.last_img read more


Washington State Parks and Wildlife Areas to Close Following Governor’s Order

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeYesterday, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced the temporary closure of all state-managed parks, wildlife areas, and water access areas for at least two weeks starting Wednesday, March 25. The closure is in response to Gov. Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order issued yesterday.Entrance gates and facilities will be closed, and on-site public services will be suspended. Essential staff will be present to preserve and protect resources.Camping and other overnight accommodations on state-managed recreation lands will remain closed through April 30.The public can find the latest information about State Parks and WDFW operations at:Parks: parks.state.wa.us/COVID19.WDFW: wdfw.wa.gov/about/covid-19-updatesState land officials and staff appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation in this unprecedented time.last_img read more