SA wins ICC ODI Women’s Challenge

first_imgSunette Loubser, the leading bowler in the tournament, shot up 12 places in the bowling rankings, from 26th to 14th. “They wanted to prove to themselves that they could be the best, and they have succeeded in doing so and proving it to the rest of the world as well.” From Thursday, the six competing teams face off in Twenty20 competition. A satisfied South African coach Yashin Ebrahim said in a statement: “The team has really impressed me with their performance in the ODI section of the tournament. Captain Cri-Zelda Brits led from the front and was South Africa’s best batter. Thanks to her strong performances during the event, she has risen two places in the latest Reliance Mobile ICC ODI Women’s Rankings, up to seventh. ‘I really enjoyed myself’ ‘Drive, commitment and modesty’ “I did as the coach has been telling us and I took responsibility for my game. I’m working harder at my keeping. I want to be the best I can be with that and I look forward to it,” said concluded. Never challengedSouth Africa dominated their five ODI matches and were never really challenged. They opened their challenge with a 153-run thrashing of Sri Lanka and kept their foot on the accelerator throughout the rest of their matches. Trisha Chetty jumped 11 places to 17th after some strong performances at the top of the batting order. “I really enjoyed myself out on the crease,” she said. “I’ve been working hard and I believe I was due a good performance. 14 October 2010 Led by 43 from opener Shandre Fritz, South Africa responded with 162 for 4 to win by 6 wickets with 64 balls remaining. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Taylor’s figures were bolstered by the tournament’s top score of 147 in the Windies’ opening game against the Netherlands. The home side’s final game proved to be a cakewalk. They held the Netherlands to a measly 109 for 9 in their 50 overs. Loubser’s return on this occasion was 3 for 27. Shandre Fritz then cracked an unbeaten 61 off just 59 balls and Trisha Chetty an undefeated 46 off only 48 deliveries to rocket South Africa to a 10-wicket victory with a massive 194 balls in hand. Toughest oppositionThe West Indies, South Africa’s next opponents, were expected to provide the home team with their toughest test. It turned out that they were the the toughest opposition, but they came nowhere near stopping South Africa’s winning streak. Captain Brits then struck an unbeaten 60 off only 64 balls and Mignon du Preez 66 not out as the hosts posted 163 for 2 in the 35th over to win by eight wickets with 94 balls in hand. Captain Cri-Zelda Brits was the star of SA’s innings of 228 for 8 in their 50 overs against the Sri Lankans, top scoring with 78. Batting first, the West Indians tallied 161 all out. Off-spinner Loubser starred with the ball once again, picking up 2 for 19 from her 10 overs. South Africa’s women’s cricket team proved tough opposition on home soil as they put together an unbeaten campaign in the one-day international portion of the ICC Women’s Cricket Challenge, which ended in Potchefstroom on Tuesday. Ireland chose to bat first against South Africa, but batted at only 3.24 runs to the over as they totalled 162 for 6. Marcia Letsoalo achieved the astonishingly miserly figures of 1 for 12 from her 10 overs with the ball. Spinners Sunette Loubser and Dane van Niekerk then spun a web around the Sri Lankans, who stumbled to 75 all out, picking up 4 for 11 and 4 for 13 respectively. “The drive, commitment and modesty they have shown throughout have humbled me, and I am proud to be their coach,” Ebrahim said. Cri-Zelda Brits was the third highest run scorer, totalling 182 at an average of 60.66, which was bettered by the West Indies’ Stefanie Taylor only. Leading performersSunette Loubser, with 12 wickets in the five matches, led all bowlers and her average was an astonishing 7.84. PakistanPakistan provided the opposition in South Africa’s second match. They managed only 123 all out after being put in to bat. Loubser shone again, returning figures of 3 for 19 from her 10 overs. Trisha Chetty, with an unbeaten 60, then guided South Africa to a seven-wicket victory with almost 20 overs to spare. last_img read more

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USDA Details Hemp Rules

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorOMAHA (DTN) — Farmers who choose to grow hemp under USDA rules will have to face the risk that their crop could test “hot” and lead to the destruction of their crop without a crop insurance indemnity even if they have a license to grow hemp.USDA on Tuesday announced its interim final rule for hemp will go into effect on Thursday when the rule and its various provisions are published in the Federal Register. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the department had “all hands on deck” to get the rules out for the 2020 growing season, which will be used to “test drive” hemp production nationally.“At USDA, we are always excited when there are new economic opportunities for our farmers, and we hope the ability to grow hemp will pave the way for new products and markets,” Perdue said.Perdue added, “I encourage all producers to take the time to fully educate themselves on the processes, requirements and risks that come with any new market or product before entering this new frontier.”Hemp farmers will also become eligible for a number of USDA programs, including loans, some whole-farm crop insurance policies, disaster assistance and conservation programs. All of these various programs will be available starting in the 2020 crop year.Diversified producers will be able to buy whole-farm revenue protection if they have a five-year crop history, though veterans and beginning farmers can buy the insurance with three years of crop history. Hemp farmers will also be eligible to buy Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policies as well, said Bill Northey, USDA’s undersecretary for farm production and conservation, “which will give them essentially insurance coverage in an adverse weather event.”To tap into USDA programs, farmers will need licenses through their growing state or tribe to grow the crop and will need to file acreage reports at local Farm Service Agency offices with details on where the crop is being grown, including greenhouses. USDA also wants to know the intended use for the hemp in those reports, whether it’s for fiber, grain, seed or cannabidiol (CBD) products.The FSA acreage submissions will also provide better detail for actual production of hemp by state. Right now, USDA only has estimates from private sources. The group Vote Hemp issued a report earlier this year that more than 510,000 hemp acres were licensed this year in 34 states, but actual planted acres may have been closer to 230,000 acres.Greg Ibach, USDA’s undersecretary for marketing and regulatory programs, noted some of the key questions sent to USDA involve testing. USDA will require testing by labs registered with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Sampling will be one within 15 days before harvest by a USDA-approved sampling agent, or a federal or state law-enforcement agent. USDA will provide details for sampling, including how to collect a statistically valid sample from a field.USDA will approve state plans with slightly different sampling protocols if officials think they will create comparable testing results.Under the farm bill, the chemical Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) must be limited to 0.3% on a dry weight basis. USDA said measurement will take into account uncertainty and variations in sampling or testing procedures. Still, a test above 0.5% THC will translate into a negligent violation that will cause the crop to be destroyed.An Oklahoma reporter asked USDA officials on a press call about the risks of high-THC tests because of weather variability in areas such as in the High Plains. That would lead to the crop being destroyed. Ibach and Northey said that is a risk farmers will have to face.“Just like every other crop has its risks and rewards — sometimes we have weather conditions that cause wheat to be low protein and not as valuable in the marketplace, or sometimes we have droughts that cause aflatoxin problems in other crops — hemp is not without its production risks and difficulties either,” Ibach said.Ibach said farmers need to learn about hemp seed varieties to plant in their area that will be suitable. “So that is something producers need to be cognizant of as they move forward,” he said.Crop insurance also will not cover losses from hemp that has to be destroyed because of too much THC, Northey said.The farm bill allows states to choose if they want to authorize hemp production. Four states right now have no legislation allowing hemp production: Idaho, Mississippi, New Hampshire and South Dakota. Farmers in states that do not allow hemp simply won’t be allowed to grow it in those states.Some states submitted plans to USDA several months ago. Ibach said USDA will review plans as soon as possible to get responses back to the states, and nearly all of them have placed their state department of agriculture as the oversight agency. Ibach noted there may be a few states that allow growing hemp, but decline to set up a program.“In that case, the statute provides that USDA provide a way for those hemp producers to obtain their license through USDA,” Ibach said.While USDA now has its rules out, other agencies are moving slower at the moment. The big challenge lies with the Food and Drug Administration and how it treats the broad range of CBD oil products now on the market without FDA approval. The Grocery Manufacturers Association just Monday issued a report citing that consumers are confused about CBD products and whether they are safe. The trade association cited that one-in-three Americans have used a CBD product and the overwhelming majority, 76%, believe CBD products are already subject to federal regulations. GMA called on FDA to bring some clarity to the growth in cannabidiol products.“It is the role of federal agencies to ensure a safe and transparent consumer marketplace — but the CBD market is currently the Wild West,” said GMA President and CEO Geoff Freeman. “Without a uniform federal regulatory framework in place, consumers lack the basic information they need to make informed decisions about CBD.”CBD is the big market for hemp in the U.S. right now with sales at just under $2 billion last year and a forecast that sales could top $20 billion in less than a decade, according to the Colorado firm BDS Analytics. It is the CBD market that is generating revenue for at least some farmers of $50,000 an acre or more to produce CBD oil in their plants.EPA also closed a public comment period in September on 10 different pesticides that could be used on hemp and the agency is working through a pathway for pesticide registration.More details on USDA’s hemp program, including the interim final rule, can be found at https://www.ams.usda.gov/….Chris Clayton can be reached at Chris.Clayton@dtn.comFollow him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/ SK)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Web Design and Feedback Tool Notable Gets a Face-Lift

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… audrey watters The web design feedback tool Notable has taken a dose of its own medicine, if you will, monitoring its customers’ usage and feedback in order to roll out today what is a major redesign of this great app. Notable is a browser-based tool that lets you easily annotate and share feedback on website design and content. We covered Notable when the app launched a few years ago, and raved about its simplicity. As Frederic Lardinois wrote at the time, “The service works without any hiccups, is easy to use, and clearly focused on giving a specific set of users the right tools to get the job done without being encumbered by lots of extra bells and whistles.” Even so, the app is now more streamlined, with many of its feedback features easier to use.One of the best additions may be that there are now new ways to capture the websites you’d like to annotate. The original version of Notable worked (best) in Firefox, but there are now browser plugins for all major browsers – Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and IE – as well as tools to capture information from the iPhone, iPad, Mac Desktop and Windows Desktop screens. You can also export directly from Photoshop.Capturing what a website looks like is really just the first step in the process of getting feedback and revising it. The redesigned Notable has made it easier to share posts, either with a team, with specific individuals, or even with those outside your team. The app also helps clarify why people are being asked to comment, what sorts of information you’d like, and how they should act on it. Tags:#biz#tips 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market The app has also altered its user and storage limits. With the free account, you can have 10 active pages captured for annotation; the paid plans give you an unlimited number of pages to capture and mark up, as well as several additional features including PDF exports. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

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Why Mobile Developers Are Really Starting To Embrace The Enterprise

first_imgIT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#app development#Appcelerator#BaaS#Backend as a Service#enterprise apps#enterprise software#mobile#mobile apps#paas#Platform as a Service Mobile in the enterprise is like crack. First, organizations got a little taste of it and liked the results. Now they crave more. And mobile developers are scrambling to hook them up.Unlike consumers, enterprises tend to sample addictive new technologies warily. Smartphones and cloud services take months or years to integrate into the enterprise. Often they start in one department (like sales or accounting or IT) and then spread throughout the rest of a business. For instance, salespeople will adopt a customer relationship management (CRM) mobile app to help improve efficiency. The rest of the organization will see how well it works and make requests for their own mobile apps.This is how the mobile imperative spreads through an enterprise—horizontally, from worker to worker, rather than from the top down. Whereas many organizations will have five to ten essential apps, there is need and desire to build dozens (or hundreds) to serve all aspects of business functions. These apps are both for external, customer-facing purposes, as well as internal organizational purposes. “Enterprises have had just a taste,” said IBM’s VP of mobile enterprise Phil Buckellew. “Mobility is moving into the rest of the enterprise.”Developers Follow SuitStartups and established technology companies alike are coming to realize the value of selling mobile solutions to the enterprise. The fact of the matter is that building apps for consumers is a very hit-or-miss business. And, as we have seen, building tools for mobile developers is a dicey proposition as well. Enterprise is where the money is and many developers have come to that realization over the last year. Instead of building the best new mobile social network (hello, Path), they are building apps for accountants, for salespeople, for IT gurus and administrators. Once a quarter, Appcelerator surveys the developers who use its Titanium Studio integrated developer environment, or IDE, and other mobile tools. (It conducts the survey in association with research firm IDC.) In its most recent survey of 6,046 Titanium developers released today, Appcelerator saw a distinct increase in developers interested in building apps for the enterprise over the last three years.Since the fourth quarter of 2010, enterprise-focused developers have risen from 29.3% of Appcelerator’s survey respondents to 42.7% in the second quarter of 2013. Developers primarily interested in consumer-facing apps have shrunk from 70.7% to 57.2% in the same time period.From Appcelerator developer surveyIt is important to note that Appcelerator, as a company, has moved more into enterprise services in the last three years. A survey of its developers will likely reflect that change. At the same time, Appcelerator and its developer base are large enough to be indicative of mobile app ecosystem at large. (Appcelerator’s Michael King, director of enterprise strategy, notes that Appcelerator does a separate survey focused on enterprise developers; this one targeted the mobile developer community at large.)The bottom line: Enterprises need apps, are willing to pay for the creation and the service needed to maintain and integrate them.Connecting Mobile To The CloudTo serve the enterprise, developers need the tools necessary to provide integration and support for large organizations. These tools include things like IDEs, continuous deployment, tracking and analytics, device and app management and security, strategy, consulting, design and cloud integration. Appcelerator survey on developer interest in building for multiple platformsMobile-focused cloud services have gone from a few startups to more than 40 companies, all clamoring for attention and shouting in every which way to be heard by developers and enterprises. The big three in this category—known in the industry as “backend-as-a-service”—are Parse, (recently acquired by Facebook); StackMob; and Kinvey. They’ve been joined by the likes of Antenna Software, DreamFactory, AnyPresence, Proxomo, OpenKit, FatFractal, Kidozen and a variety of others, all jousting for enterprise’s biggest goal: to attach their mobile applications to the cloud as easily as possible.See also: The Rise Of Mobile Cloud ServicesEnterprises like services that are easy to plug in and maintain. That desire is what originally led to the whole “as-a-service” movement. As enterprise needs move to mobile, though, the services are evolving. Appcelerator’s survey notes that 61% of developers think that these backend-as-a-service solutions will replace traditional platform-as-a-service for mobile developers over the next 24 months. That statistic is potentially self-serving: Appcelerator now provides its own BaaS platform after buying Cocoafish last year. Yet, it highlights how important mobile cloud services are to enterprise development. Which Enterprises Are Adopting Mobile Solutions First?Top 8 enterprise sectors adopting mobile:BankingHealthcareTransportationGovernmentTelecommunicationsInsuranceRetailAutomotiveSome enterprise industry sectors tend to adopt new technology before others. Buckellew said that IBM focused on eight different industry categories that are in need of mobile solutions are actively building in search of services.Think about that list for a second. Some categories of apps will be inherent in any type of enterprise (expense reporting, contact management etc.) while other industry sectors will require more specific apps and services. For instance, the banking industry will place an extreme emphasis on security and management while the automotive industry will need great solutions for cellular connectivity in moving vehicles. It is the breadth and variety of enterprise needs (and the billions upon billions of dollars controlled by those companies) that make it such an enticing area for mobile developers. No one solution will be perfect for every organization. Hence, opportunity abounds for enterprising entrepreneurs to build their own billion dollar businesses.  dan rowinski Related Posts center_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

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Calm, cruel and connected: November’s best and worst of IoT

first_imgFollow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts At first glance, the SuperSuit has a lot going for it. It’s the world’s first wearable gaming platform. Players wear the suit, go out in their backyards and start playing right away with Zi-Fi — an ad-hoc standalone wireless network that sits in between BLE and ZigBee in terms of range, no phone needed — and 15 pre-loaded games.As they run around, hide and zap each other, a proprietary gesture engine activates “superpowers.” They can generate “Force Fields,” unleash “Shock Waves” and much more.The problem is that it’s kind of uncool and not in a good kitsch way, more in a Power Glove way. I can’t see kids committing to this. After all, you need at least one other friend to buy one to be able to play together, and as I suspect most kids would be a touch embarrassed to be seen playing with this in public. I can see this being popular with parents but not necessarily kids.Verdict: MissKello Smart alarm clockAnyone who struggles with long-term poor sleep typically doesn’t lack insight into their condition. The markers of the smart alarm clock Kello are refreshingly aware of this, noting:“Kello improves your sleep by training you to improve your lifestyle. People with bad sleep habits don’t need another smartphone app, a sleeping pill, a gimmicky alarm clock, or spreadsheets full of sleep data. They need to change their lifestyle.People don’t NEED a one-time gimmicky alarm clock that makes gourmet coffee, threatens to donate to the Trump campaign if you press snooze, or forces you put 2 feet on the ground.”Kello is a device based on extensive sleep study research into effective sleep strategies. It offers a range of programs based on behavioral change. For example, a “Wake Up Earlier” program helps you get to your personal wake-up goal by knocking off a few minutes from your alarm every day. The “Deep Sleep” feature prompts Kello to emit a gentle pulsing light that mimics a rhythm typical of breathing.Just follow the lights with your breath, and you’ll quickly slow down to your own natural sleep rhythm. It’s also compatible with smart home devices like Samsung’s SmartThings Hub and Philips’ Hue, and can automate simple tasks with IFTTT.Verdict: HitTgoma digital trampolineIn response to the problem that kids no longer play outside as much as they used to, Australian company Tgoma have created a digital trampoline. The trampoline mat features sensors around the perimeter that directly integrate with the users’ own tablet device.Users place their tablet in the Tgoma tablet holder and can play games while they jump. There’s even a fitness program for adults that includes fitness exercises and the tracks the number of jumps and calories burned. The problem, however, is in the execution. It’s not all that easy to see instructions on a small screen clearly, particularly when you are jumping up and down, or to be able to click on the screen as required.Hence the player has to keep stopping to click on the tablet, somewhat defeating the purpose of the exercise incorporated games. This could perhaps work better in the future with gesture control armbands or a pair of VR or AR googles. A WiiFit session seems far more appealing. But seriously, what’s wrong with a simple gadget-free jump on the trampoline?Verdict: MissVue Smart glassesFor those of us who wear glasses every day as a necessity rather than a choice, it makes sense to make them smart. After all, they’re the first thing we put on at the beginning of every day and the last thing we remove at night.These frames are smart yet subtle and come with a range of functions including bone conduction audio for listening to music, an activity tracker, hands-free calls and gesture control. The glasses are campaigning on Kickstarter, priced at $159 (with prescription lenses) making them incredibly affordable. They have an API so it’ll be great to see what functions fellow developers create for them.Verdict: HitFlatev tortilla makerWhen you hear a product described as “the Keurig of tortillas” you know it’s going to be another one-trick pony contributing to excess packaging and bad food.Flatev is a “magic box” where the “freshest little ball of dough jumps out of the recyclable pod and into the baking system, ready to be a tortilla.” After seconds of baking, your tortilla slides into the warmer and waits for you to enjoy the “aromatic perfection.”It retails at $437 per machine and the makers anticipate that each dough pod will retail for $0.79. Did I mention that each pod is only for one tortilla? This makes it rather expensive and time-consuming as you can only make one tortilla at a time. You can store it next to the bread maker and waffle maker that you bought but never use.Verdict: Miss Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Tags:#Connected Devices#connected health#digital health#flatev#Internet of Things#IoT#kello#kids wearables#LVL#military#play#smart kitchen appliances#Supersuit#tgoma#vue#wearable gaming#wearables Cate Lawrence It seems that every day a new IoT device or means to connect existing devices is revealed. With so much energy being devoted to telling us how, when, where and what we can connect to each other, the “why” may be getting a little blurry. So we want to take a step back every now and again and take a calm, cruel and critical look at the connected devices that you can actually go out and buy, right now.Here’s what caught our eye, for all the right – or wrong – reasons:LVL wearable hydration monitorWe’ve all read recommendations on how much we should drink to stay properly hydrated. The problem is that there’s no agreed-upon rate of said hydration — with some touting the “eight glasses a day” missive and others suggesting less or more.We also lack the knowledge of how much water we’ve actually absorbed, especially when it’s hot or we’re exercising. But now, health startup BSX Technologies has created LVL, the first wearable device that promises to measure your hydration levels in real time.The LVL Band also tracks hydration, heart rate, sleep quality, steps, and calories burned.  It measures hydration and heart rate using NIRS (Near Infrared Light), similar to the red light sensors utilized within their BSX Insight device. While it’s being primarily marketed towards athletes, you could imagine applications in health and aged care, the military and for people living in hot countries.Verdict: HitSuperSuit Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Ayodhya case: appellants accuse UP govt of ‘non-neutrality’

first_imgThe Muslim appellants in the Ramjanmabhoomi-Babri Masjid title dispute on Thursday criticised the Uttar Pradesh government for taking a “non-neutral stance” in the Supreme Court.They said the State government had shed its promise of staying neutral in the Ayodhya land dispute.The appellants were referring to arguments before a three-judge Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in the previous hearing.On July 6, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Tushar Mehta, appearing for the State, strongly objected to the appellants’ persistent plea for the case to be referred to a Constitution Bench.The appellants wanted a Constitution Bench to first decide the question of whether a mosque is essential to Islam. They questioned a line in the 1994 apex court judgment in the Ismail Farooqui case, which says Muslims can pray “anywhere, even in the open”. They argued that Islam would collapse without its mosques to congregate and pray.Mr. Mehta had wondered why the appellants had raised this question eight years after the Ayodhya case came to the Supreme Court in 2010. He submitted that there was something “inherently wrong” with the request.Lashing out on Thursday, senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, representing the appellants, said Mr. Mehta’s remarks were “uncalled for”.“The non-neutrality of the officer of the State is evident… They have accused one party of lack of bona fide… this is impermissible and a breach of faith,” Mr. Dhavan submitted.He pointed out that the ASG was a law officer of the Centre, which is in fact the ‘Statutory Receiver’ of the area in dispute under the Acquisition of Certain Area at Ayodhya Act of 1993 and thus should have maintained a neutral stance.Mr. Dhawan brushed aside the position taken by Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Syed Waseem Rizvi to settle for a new mosque in a “Muslim-dominated area at a reasonable distance from the most revered place of birth of Maryada Purushottam Sri Ram”.Mr. Rizvi, through his counsel, traced the lineage of the Babri Masjid, which was razed down by karsevaks on December 6, 1992, to Mir Baqi, a Shia noble in Mughal Emperor Babur’s court. He claimed Babri Masjid was a Shia waqf (endowment).“I do not even want to respond to these submissions,” Mr. Dhavan reacted.At one point, Mr. Dhawan sarcastically said the idea of giving up the legal fight now, as suggested by Mr. Rizvi, would amount to an “indulgent act of charity”.last_img read more

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Rep Bizon says M66 project part of states dedication to roads

first_img Legislator: Coming budget has record transportation spending Categories: Bizon News,News 07Aug Rep. Bizon says M-66 project part of state’s dedication to roadscenter_img State Rep. Dr. John Bizon today said a road project starting next week to make a portion of M-66 in Battle Creek safer is another example of the importance the Legislature has placed on repairing and maintaining the state’s transportation system.Bizon, of Battle Creek, said the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will begin work Monday on 2.7 miles of M-66 from D Drive South to Glenn Cross Road. The $547,000 project includes resurfacing the road, lengthening the southbound right-turn lane at Glenn Cross Road, and joint and crack repairs.“This will make the road smoother and safer for families as well as business traffic,” Bizon said. “Currently southbound cars and trucks have a very short right-turn lane from Glenn Cross Road, which MDOT said is an ongoing safety concern. Lengthening the turn lane will ease traffic congestion as well.”Bizon said more projects such as this will take place throughout the state in the coming fiscal year.“The Legislature made repairing roads, bridges and underground water systems a priority, and the budget for the coming fiscal year has more money than ever before in the state’s history dedicated to fixing our transportation system,” said Bizon, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee. “At nearly every meeting I attend or office hours I conduct, the issue of our crumbling roads and bridges is raised. We listened to your concerns and are taking action moving forward.”Bizon said the project will continue through October and one lane of M-66 will remain open with flag control directing traffic flow. In addition to improving safety, Bizon said the new asphalt surface will extend the life of the road by up to 10 years.“The Legislature is also demanding stronger warranties to make sure the money is not being wasted on projects that require repaving a few years down the road,” Bizon said. “We are careful to get the most out of every tax dollar entrusted to us to maintain roads and bridges.”#####last_img read more

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