SEPTA buys rail cars from NJ Transit to deal with crowding

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SEPTA buys rail cars from NJ Transit to deal with crowding

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

As gas prices have risen in the United States, the regional transport authority for southeastern Pennsylvania, SEPTA, has seen a sharp increase in ridership, which has caused overcrowding on the trains.

“As fuel prices have continued to rise, SEPTA ridership has steadily increased and is the highest in 18 years,” said SEPTA General Manager Joseph Casey. Monthly ridership was 22 percent higher last month than a year ago.

“They have crushed loads on their rail lines, already where people are standing, and there’s not enough seats,” said Rich Bickel, the director of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission.

“At peak times some railcars are standing room only and commuter parking lots are nearly full. All Regional Rail lines are running near full capacity and the train station parking lots are at about 90 percent capacity or more,” SEPTA spokesperson Felipe Suarez said.

While SEPTA awaits new Silverliner V trains from Hyundai Rotem, which begin arriving in 2009, it had hoped to lease eight rail cars from New Jersey Transit, at an agreed-upon rate of US$10,000 per month. However, due to problems with insurance and liability indemnification, the deal fell through, according to Casey.

SEPTA has entered a new agreement to purchase the eight rail cars from NJ Transit. The transit authority will pay US$670,000 for the cars and assorted supplies plus one additional inoperative car which will be used for spare parts. The rail cars will be operated using a SEPTA provided locomotive as they are not self-propelled.

The cars are being disposed of by NJ Transit because it has switched from single-floor cars to double-decker cars.

SEPTA is expecting to raise US$3.1 million by selling rail that has been out of service since 1981 at auction.

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Obama, Romney battle over foreign policy in final U.S. presidential debate

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Obama, Romney battle over foreign policy in final U.S. presidential debate

July 31, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Thursday, October 25, 2012

2012 US presidential election candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney took part Monday in their third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Florida. The topic of the debate was foreign policy and the candidates discussed the Arab Spring, Iran, and Mali, among other issues.

Mr. Obama criticised Mr. Romney’s foreign policy positions as “all over the map”. “Every time you have offered an opinion you have been wrong.” “You said we should have gone into Iraq, despite the fact there were no weapons of mass destruction. You said we should still have troops in Iraq to this day. You said we shouldn’t be passing nuclear treaties with Russia.” Mr. Romney countered saying Mr. Obama had failed to take proper advantage of the Arab Spring: “I congratulate him on taking out Osama bin Laden and going after the leadership of al-Qaeda, but we can’t kill our way out of this mess”.

Mr. Romney said Mr. Obama was proposing military budget cuts. He said “the highest responsibility of the President of the United states … is to maintain the safety of the American people, and I will not cut our military budget by a trillion dollars… That in my view is making our future less certain and less secure”. Mr. Obama accused Mr. Romney of not properly understanding modern defense priorities. “You mention the navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. Because the nature of the military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines”.

Well governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets. Because the nature of the military has changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines”.

Mr. Romney criticized his opponent for visiting the Middle East on an “apology tour”, and said he would be tougher with Iran. “I think from the very beginning, one of the challenges we’ve had with Iran is that they have looked at this administration and felt that the administration was not as strong as it needed to be. We’re four years closer to a nuclear Iran and we should not have wasted these four years.” Mr. Obama said he would stand with Israel against Iranian threats but added that the main national security concern was terrorist networks. He said his administration had focused on “those who actually killed us on 9/11” and said that under his leadership, “al-Qaeda’s core leadership has been decimated”. Mr. Romney said northern Mali had been taken over by “al-Qaeda-type individuals” .

Mr. Romney criticized China for “holding down artificially the value of their currency”. He added “on day one, I will label them a currency manipulator, which allows us to apply tariffs where they’re taking jobs.” Mr. Obama countered saying under Mr. Romney’s policy America would be “buying cars from China instead of selling cars to China”.

A poll, taken by CBS straight after the debate, indicated 53% of voters thought Mr. Obama had done better, while only 23% thought Mr. Romney had done better.

Both candidates now have plans for continued campaigning ahead of the election on November 6. Mr. Obama is to travel through Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Iowa, Colorado, and Nevada as well as appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in a two-day “America Forward Tour”. Mr. Romney is to hold two joint rallies with his vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan in Nevada and Colorado before going on to campaign in Iowa and Ohio. Mr. Romney’s advisers said he would also consider making a speech on government spending and debt in the next few days.

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Affordable Log Cabin Kits

July 28, 2017 · Filed under Camping Gear

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By David H. Urmann

Log cabin kits are good alternatives when planning to make your own log cabin. The kits include all the necessary materials already, and just have to be assembled.

Log cabins are widely popular to some of the resorts, camp sites and woodland locations. Many people appreciate the simplicity and beauty of this type of home and are investing in it as their permanent dwelling or as a rest house. Log cabins are sturdy and elicit the natural beauty of log materials.

Amidst its popularity, a lot of people who want to build cabins are restricted by their financial capacities. Log cabins are after all quite expensive. Because of this consideration, many manufacturers developed a way to decrease the time and money needed to construct a cabin by introducing log cabin kits. Log cabin kits are more affordable and could be finished in lesser time than the traditional construction method.

Log cabin kit is a complete set of a home package. The different parts of the cabin are manufactured in the factory according to the specifications of the owner. Once all the parts are completely manufactured, it will be transported to the site where it will be assembled.

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Log cabin kits come with a complete package including blueprints of the cabin, materials and the pre-manufactured parts. Log cabins are assembled faster with less trouble since the parts are carefully made based on the designs.

The major advantage with log cabin kits is there is no need to rent heavy equipment such as cranes and trucks. Since the parts are made up of several pieces, you just have to use the most common tools to assemble it. You also need fewer people to work on it.

These kits come in many designs, sizes and structures. You can also request for your own design in which the manufacturers will make the necessary parts for you. Custom made log cabin kits are made based on the specifications of the owner.

Materials in these kits are as sturdy as other log cabins. All materials and parts undergo rigid quality control to ensure the durability of the cabin when assembled. It is important that when assembling the parts of the log cabin, you must follow the instructions indicated in the manual that came from the manufacturer. This manual includes proper installation of each part of the cabin.

Because of these kits, more and more tourist spots have taken advantage on this option and allowed them to construct beautiful log cabins for their rental business. With log cabin kits, people were given the opportunity to build their dream log cabin without spending too much money for the construction.

If you are planning to build one for your family, you can visit some of the sites in the internet and you would surely find the log cabin kit which suits your taste. They provide photos and specific technical description of their available log cabin kits. There are plenty of designs you can choose from so go ahead and take your time in searching for your ideal log cabin home.

Remember to look for the most credible log cabin manufacturers to guarantee quality and durability.

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C-17 crashes near air force base in Alaska

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C-17 crashes near air force base in Alaska

July 28, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Friday, July 30, 2010

A Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, operated by the United States Air Force, crashed on Wednesday near Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska at about 6:15 pm (0215 Thursday UTC), killing all four crew members. The plane was practicing for the 2010 Arctic Thunder air show.

These facts were confirmed by Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, Commander of Alaskan Command NORAD, in an impromptu press conference later in the evening. Col. John McMullen, commander of the 3rd Wing (under whose authority the plane belonged), announced the four deaths on Thursday. Three were members of the U.S. Air National Guard, one was active duty. Names are being withheld pending the notification of family members.

The Elmendorf base is near Anchorage, Alaska, and the fireball and plume were visible from that city’s downtown. “It was a big, gray plume of smoke and I saw a fireball go up in it,” said Anchorage Fire Dept. Captain Bryan Grella in an interview with the Associated Press.

The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft is designed for rapid response strategic airlift, medical evacuation, and airdrop roles, carrying cargo and troops. The aircraft are used by the United States, the United Kingdom, NATO, Australia, Canada, and Qatar.

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Delta flight makes emergency landing at JFK, no injuries

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Delta flight makes emergency landing at JFK, no injuries

July 28, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Delta Airlines flight 4951 made a safe emergency landing at JFK International Airport in New York City yesterday after the aircraft’s right landing gear failed. There were 64 passengers and crew members aboard as well as 3,000 gallons of flammable fuel.

The pilot maintained composure as he radioed air traffic control. He reported “The right gear is stuck up. The other two are down”. When asked which runway he wanted to land on, he stated “Whichever one would be better for you all.” They settled on Runway 31 Right.

Flight crew members prepped passengers for the emergency landing by telling them “heads down stay down!” in the crash position. The captain told them to brace for impact over the intercom.

Rescuers on the ground feared the worst on account of the 3,000 gallons of flammable fuel. As the plane landed, sparks flew from the righthand side but the plane did not catch fire.

All 64 people were shuttled safely from the aircraft to the airport.

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July 28, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

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Demonstrators clash with police in Algeria after slum protest

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Demonstrators clash with police in Algeria after slum protest

July 28, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Demonstrators and police clashed on Wednesday in Algiers, Algeria, after the residents of a slum district in the city took to the streets to demonstrate against housing and job shortages.

The protest, led by residents of the Diar Echams area of the Algerian capital, conflicted with security forces after starting a protest late on Wednesday. Police officials said at least eleven officers were injured in the violence, but they have not released a civilian casualty figure.

400 or so policemen, equipped with riot gear and an armoured vehicle, tried to break up the protests. Demonstrators hurled petrol bombs, stones, and other heavy objects at police.

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Cyclone Laila lashes across India’s Eastern coastline

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Cyclone Laila lashes across India’s Eastern coastline

July 28, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cyclone Laila packing winds of 110 kilometres per hour closed in on the east coast of India on Thursday as tens of thousands of people evacuated their homes, fearing major storm damage.

Laila hit the state of Andhra Pradesh as heavy rain and strong gales battered the coast, state authorities said at least 30,000 people had been evacuated from low-lying areas. The armed forces were drafted in to help the evacuation efforts after Andhra Pradesh’s chief minister, K. Rosaiah, called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to request extra assistance.

The Indian Meteorological Department graded the cyclone as “severe”, and said it was due to hit land near the city of Machilipatnam after moving from its current position 100 kilometres (62 miles) off the coast in the Bay of Bengal.

The department’s latest warning said a “storm surge” of up to two metres above the regular tide was likely to inundate parts of Andhra Pradesh. It said large trees were likely to be uprooted, houses damaged and escape routes from the coast flooded. All fishermen were ordered to stay on shore due to “very rough” sea conditions, and the Asian Tribune said Reliance Industries had suspended crude oil and gas production in the Bay as a precaution.

The agency said 40,000 people had been evacuated from hundreds of coastal villages, while some air flights and train services were also affected. State disaster officials said that besides existing cyclone shelters, schools and community halls were serving as relief camps to evacuees.

Three people were killed when a shed collapsed during heavy winds in Andhra Pradesh, while a fisherman drowned in rough sea in neighbouring Tamil Nadu state. Local unconfirmed reports put the total death toll at between 14 and 17.

India and Bangladesh are hit regularly by cyclones that develop in the Bay of Bengal, causing widespread damage to homes and fields. Last May, Cyclone Aila tore through southern Bangladesh killing 300 people and destroyed 4,000 kilometres of roads and river embankments, leading to major flooding.

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Weakening Dean makes landfall on Mexican coast

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Weakening Dean makes landfall on Mexican coast

July 28, 2017 · Filed under Uncategorized

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

After gaining strength in the western Caribbean last night, Hurricane Dean made landfall as a Category 5 storm on Mexico’s Yucatán coast at about 4:30 a.m. this morning (EDT).

The storm struck just north of Chetumal, the capital of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. However, hurricane-force winds were felt over 60 miles (~100 km) away from the center of the storm, and tropical storm conditions impacted areas 175 miles (280 km) away.

The Mexican government ordered the deployment of over 4,000 troops, and declared a state of emergency in the state of Campeche. Some areas braced for up to 20 inches (510 mm) of rain.

Dean made landfall as a category 5 storm, before being downgraded hours later to a category 3 storm. Later Tuesday afternoon, Dean was downgraded to a category 2 storm. Currently, the storm maintains category 1 status, with top sustained winds at 85 mph (137 km/h).

The hurricane moved towards modern oil installations of the Yucatan Peninsula, prompting evacuations of offshore oil rigs that produce most of Mexico’s oil and gas.

Forecasters warn the storm could pick up strength as it crosses the Bay of Campeche and turn into an even more destructive hurricane before making a second landfall on Wednesday.

A hurricane warning remains in effect along the Gulf Coast of Mexico from south of Progreso to Tampico.

Forecasters do not believe it presents a threat to the United States.

Dean is being blamed for 13 deaths already.

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July 21, 2017 · Filed under Amusement Park

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Ok, so no trader truly enjoys taking a losing trade. But if you want to succeed in this business of day trading, learning to love your losers (or at least accepting them) is one of the most important lessons you can learn. Psychologically, human beings are not well designed for trading financial markets. We hate losing, we hate being wrong, and we get buffeted about by those twin emotions – fear and greed. This leads us into all sorts of self destructive habits. Moving stop losses further out – just to give the trade time to turn round. Or grabbing a profit as soon as it appears – just in case we have to give it back.

The simple fact is that most successful traders lose as many, more likely more, trades as they win. What separates them from the rest is their ability to cut a losing position and run a winner for as long as possible. The arithmetic is simple. If your average winner is twice the size of your average loser, then you can be wrong on 50% of your trades and still make very good money.

In fact, you can be wrong 66% of the time and still break even. Improve the ratio by more than two to one and you can make massive amounts of money in the markets. Unless you can learn the art of letting winners run and cutting your losers short, you will never get those big winners that make the difference, and you will never reach that magical relationship where your average win is at least twice as big as your average loss. This fundamental concept holds true no matter what time frame you trade and whether you’re a day trader, swing trader, or even if hold your trades for over a year.

The key to reaching this state of affairs is to develop or adopt a high probability trading system and stick to it. The more you can automate the trading process, the less likely you will fall into bad habits. This will take the psychological problems away and allow you to be less controlled by your emotions.

So don’t be afraid of losing trades. They are part and parcel of this business. Learn techniques that will allow you to minimize and control them and the profitability of your trading will improve more than you can imagine. Fail to master this concept and you set yourself up for disappointment and frustration.

Of course, getting the mental bit right is only part of the answer. There is a plethora of moving parts when it comes to trading. Learning how to pick good trades, understanding entry and exit signals, and spotting when a move is coming to an end are vitally important, too.

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