High-tech Detectors Aimed at Stopping Big Rigs from Hitting Parkway Bridges

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Infrared detectors are being installed at three entrances to the Northern State Parkway as a part of a $5-million pilot program aimed at preventing tractor-trailers from hitting low parkway bridges, officials said.The devices use infrared beams to identify over-height commercial vehicles illegally entering the parkway, triggering electronic signs warning drivers to pull over and alerting authorities so New York State Troopers can try to stop the trucks before they hit a bridge.“We are committed to using innovative techniques, enforcement and public outreach to eliminate bridge hits on our parkways,” Joan McDonald, commissioner of the state Department of Transportation, said in a statement.One hundred and 50 bridges were struck by trucks on parkways on Long Island, in New York City and in the Hudson Valley last year, a 29-percent drop from the year prior, officials said.Parkway bridges on LI built in the 1930s and ‘40s were designed for cars, not big rigs, which often have their trailers’ roofs ripped off when trying to pass under clearances as low as seven feet.The LI-leg of the high-tech system, which includes closed-circuit cameras, is nearly completed at the Route 106/107 north ramp to Northern State Parkway westbound in Hicksville, Route 135 north ramp to the Northern State Parkway west in Plainview and the Long Island Expressway east Exit 38 ramp to Northern State Parkway east in Roslyn Heights.More detection systems are slated for the Northern State and Southern State parkways, as well as parkways in the city and upstate. The first one was installed along the Onondaga Lake Parkway near Syracuse three years ago.The state has also been beefing up signage to better alert truckers of height restrictions, updating maps available to truckers through GPS services and coordinating a multi-state bridge hit task force to help combat the problem, which adds to LI traffic delays.last_img read more

Credit union executives express concerns over examinations and regulations

first_imgMembers of the Federal Reserve’s Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council (CDIAC) raised concerns about compliance examination processes and the current regulatory landscape in a recent meeting, according to minutes released on Friday by the Fed.CDIAC members are selected from representatives of banks, thrift institutions, and credit unions serving on newly created local advisory councils at the twelve Federal Reserve Banks. One member of each of the Reserve Bank councils is selected to serve on the CDIAC, which meets twice a year with the Board of Governors in Washington.“The council is very concerned that the working partnership that has existed for many years between examiners and bankers and credit unions is no longer working well, as manifested by increased examination timeframes, less risky concerns being mentioned as matters requiring attention or documents of resolution, and a lack of exam focus on an institution’s overall risk profile,” the group said. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

FB : Nassib, Syracuse offense enter season with heightened expectations

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ NEWPORT, R.I. — Ryan Nassib sat at the Syracuse table in the Hotel Viking on Tuesday, cool and confident in both his team and himself.The Syracuse quarterback, who enters his second year as the starter, talked at Big East media day about the new options SU will have in the shotgun formation, giving him a chance to air it out a little more to a cast of receivers he developed a rapport with last season. It is rapport that showed its potential in Syracuse’s Pinstripe Bowl win, accomplishing a goal that Orange head coach Doug Marrone set at Big East media day one year ago.In commenting on the next step for the Orange, Nassib was a little brasher than the SU contingent of a year ago. His confidence was aired in his description of what that next step should be — a Big East championship.‘That’s the goal,’ Nassib said. ‘We really feel that way. We have a team that can take the Big East championship, and it’s a matter of going out there and executing, and we know what it takes in order to win.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse was picked to finish fourth in the preseason media poll released Tuesday at the annual Big East media day. It’s the same spot the Orange finished in, in the 2010 standings. But the preseason standing gives SU a lot more respect than the team has received heading into a season in years. Last year, the Orange was picked seventh in the poll. West Virginia was named preseason favorite, as the Mountaineers garnered 21 of 24 first-place votes.Marrone said he isn’t into the polls. He made sure to remind everyone during his opening remarks about the question marks SU has at its linebacker and interior defensive line positions.But the third-year head coach also acknowledged that the bar needs to be raised once again.‘Obviously, we wanted to be better than we are right now. I don’t think you ever, unless you win everything, that you’ve ever said ‘this is what we planned, this is where we need to be,” Marrone said.The biggest key for SU to reach its lofty goal may be Nassib and the Orange passing game. Syracuse ranked 91st among Division I Football Bowl Subdivision teams in passing offense last season, but also had the luxury of placing the bulk of the offensive load on running back Delone Carter’s brawny shoulders. Carter rushed for 1,233 yards and is now with the Indianapolis Colts.Helping Nassib’s cause should be the new plays that can be implemented out of the shotgun formation. Syracuse center Macky MacPherson worked primarily with the shotgun in high school, so his comfort level with it should give Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett more options to get creative with the passing game.Marrone said Nassib looks to have really improved his shape this summer. He said when he saw his quarterback the other day, he told Nassib that he’s ‘looking like a quarterback.’And while Nassib actually told Marrone that he doesn’t feel as strong overall, the only thing that matters is how strong his arm feels.‘I said, ‘How do you feel?’ He said, ‘Well I don’t feel as strong,” Marrone said. ‘I said, ‘Do you throw the ball better? Is your arm strong?’‘He said, ‘Oh yeah, my arm’s much stronger.’ I said, ‘That’s all that matters.”Nassib said he thinks confidence as a whole within the Syracuse team is really high, coming off the team’s win in the Pinstripe Bowl last season. Syracuse recorded its first winning season since 2001, a sure sign that things moved in the right direction.The Orange’s fourth-place selection in the media poll provides further evidence.‘A lot more respect,’ Orange defensive end Chandler Jones said. ‘We’re ranked No. 4 preseason. I feel like I’m not satisfied. Everyone wants to be No. 1.’Nassib said the SU offense had a special spring in which it was really able to hash out its weaknesses and work on them. Syracuse returns four of its five starting offensive linemen, with the center MacPherson being the only new contributor.But despite his inexperience, he does bring to the table a new element for the Orange one Nassib hopes to use to exploit opposing defenses and to keep them honest.‘It does open up a shotgun package that we lacked last year,’ Nassib said. ‘It gives us a chance to take some pressure off the offensive line and keeps the defenses from calling defenses that do very well against quarterbacks under center.’mcooperj@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Published on August 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

NBA legend Kobe Bryant killed in Calabasas helicopter crash

first_imgUSC students reflect on Kobe Bryant’s life and legacy. He was an 18-time All-Star and the 2008 league MVP, bringing the Lakers to five NBA championships. (Photo via Los Angeles Lakers/Twitter) Bryant was always one of the most respected players in the league during his career and a staple of Los Angeles inside and outside of sports. The news of his passing impacted USC students — Lakers fans or not — who grew up watching and idolizing the “Black Mamba.”  Bryant moved to Italy when he was 6 as his father had retired from the NBA to play internationally. Overseas, Bryant not only learned how to speak fluent Italian and play soccer but he started to seriously learn how to play basketball. Almost four years after the final game of Bryant’s career — a 60-point performance against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center in April 2016 — his impact is still felt in the NBA. Now, after Bryant’s passing, his legacy in the sport and in the lives of fans around the world is sure to live on.  “Kobe’s legacy isn’t even basketball, it’s work ethic and dedication,” said Jayden Smith, a sophomore majoring in political science. “The way Kobe trained, he did that in every aspect of his life. Everything he does he obsesses over it, over the minute details, and does everything he can to be better than the person that he’s competing against.” Bryant’s legacy is a somewhat complicated one. In 2003, Bryant was arrested and charged for allegedly sexually assaulting a hotel employee in Colorado. The accuser later dropped the charges after refusing to testify but later filed a separate civil suit against Bryant. Bryant did not directly admit guilt but publicly apologized for the circumstances between himself and the employee. After the news of Bryant’s death was first reported by TMZ Sports and followed by confirmation by multiple outlets, numerous celebrities, sports figures and fans were quick to share their grief on social media. Memorials were quickly set up near the crash site and outside Staples Center, the Lakers’ home arena and site of the 2020 Grammy Awards show that began just hours later, bringing a mix of attendees and mourners to L.A. Live. Bryant had three straight championship-winning seasons with teammate Shaquille O’Neal and head coach Phil Jackson from 2000-02 before O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004. That trade, however, cemented Bryant’s role as the Lakers’ franchise leader. He would go on to win two more championships with Jackson and teammate Pau Gasol in 2009 and 2010 before tearing an Achilles tendon in 2013 at age 34. “It’s more than just basketball really with Kobe, he kind of just encompassed everything L.A.,” said Diego Briones, a junior majoring in political science. “Especially because it’s such an artsy town, he was such a sophisticated, intellectual person … He really viewed the sport like an art and I think that really resonates with a lot of Los Angeles citizens.” “He’s an international icon,” Briones said. “He helped take basketball international … I think he’s pivotal in that regard.” Bryant has become a household name for many across the globe, including those outside of the basketball community and fanbase. His legacy and approach towards his goals even impacted people off the court that did not tune in to witness his impressive on-court performances. Bryant and Gianna are survived by Kobe’s wife Vanessa and three daughters — Natalia Diamante (17), Bianka Bella (3) and Capri Kobe (7 months). Tributes to Kobe Bryant hang on the windows of Cale & Irani Residential College at USC Village. (Photo courtesy of Jayden Smith)center_img Bryant’s tenacious work ethic, highlighted in his book “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play,” has served as a model for young athletes and others inside and outside the realm of sports. He was known for his unwavering, constant willingness to improve. Former NBA superstar Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were killed Sunday morning after a helicopter crashed in Calabasas just before 10 a.m. Bryant and Gianna were on their way to Thousand Oaks for her basketball practice. He was 41. Bryant grew up as a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers and played with them for all of his 20-year career. Considered by many as one of the greatest basketball players of all time, Bryant was an 18-time All-Star and the 2008 league MVP, leading the Lakers to five NBA championships.  Bryant — especially after his retirement — was also an outspoken advocate for growing women’s basketball, frequently attending college and WNBA games, coaching Gianna’s teams and using social media to praise women’s basketball players. For many, that drive and determination extends past basketball. “I think his passing is definitely a part of the city is passing, too,” Ghajar said. “And any sport you can apply his mindset, the Mamba Mentality to it. You can apply the Mamba Mentality to anything in life, really. [He] will be missed everywhere.” “Kobe has been my role model my whole life, sort of my idol,” said Tyler Ghajar, a freshman majoring in art. “I got inspiration from his work ethic and determination … to sort of apply that to my life. He was more than an athlete in terms of what he meant for this city and just for people in general.” “Kobe Bryant really was a huge influence even on those of us who never really were big on basketball,” freshman Economics major Freya Haksar said. “He was the kind of icon that gave you a vision of success…He was always kind of a figure for us to keep pushing forward, to turn our challenges and pressures into lessons, and a drive to always keep our heads up and better ourselves and spread that energy to the people around us.” Bryant was also a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Beijing and London and served as a key figure in helping expand the NBA’s international reach, attracting and inspiring young fans from all across the world. “I hope people — regardless of their affiliation to teams, whether they’re a Laker fan or whether they’re a Celtic fan, whether they’re even a basketball fan or even a sports fan — just recognize what he meant to the city,” Smith said. “He was able to get a whole city to get behind him and embrace him … Kobe is L.A. basketball.” Bryant’s death comes just one day after he was passed by current Lakers superstar LeBron James for third all-time on the NBA’s career scoring leaderboard. James was seen in tears after the Lakers landed in Los Angeles after flying in from Philadelphia, Bryant’s hometown.last_img read more