Day: May 8, 2020

CT can delay its transportation financing debate only a few months more

Keith M. Phaneuf :: CTMirror.org

Construction trades union members Martin Alvarenga (right) of Glastonbury and Steve Frantz of Essex rallied outside the Legislative Office Building for more transportation spending last spring.

With Connecticut’s economy reeling from the coronavirus, legislators insist they won’t hike gasoline taxes or impose tolls this summer — even with new projections the transportation program is headed for collapse in just over one year.

But they also concede their ability to postpone that debate likely is measured in months, not years.

In the meantime, Connecticut may have to rely on its reputation — and its great wealth — to secure the financing it needs to continue maintaining its aging highways, bridges and rail lines.

“I think a commitment to do something about the STF [Special Transportation Fund] and a more detailed look at revenues will be at the head of the agenda” when the regular 2021 General

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UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital nurse cries tears of joy after strangers help her replace stolen bicycle

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A nurse working at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital finished a 12-hour shift on Tuesday morning only to find that her bicycle had been stolen. Vanessa Nguyen says it was locked up inside a caged area with other bikes located in the hospital’s garage.

She posted her frustrations online and hours later ABC7 News Reporter J.R. Stone took things a bit farther by posting pictures of the bicycle on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Within hours the Bay Area responded. Dozens of random people offering bicycles and money to Nguyen.

She says she wasn’t looking for anything but was overwhelmed by the amazing responses, so much so that she broke down crying when we spoke with her. As someone who is used to caring for children, she says she still can’t believe that the community cared enough to help her.

“The outpouring of love from people I’ve never

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UW center Joe Hedstrom had a big scare when his father almost lost his life from a bicycle accident

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UW redshirt freshman center Joe Hedstrom had a big scare scare when his father almost lost his life from a bicycle accident on April 5. (Photo: Rick Wood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON – Joe Hedstrom feared the worst when he learned the details of the gruesome injuries his father suffered during a bicycle accident on April 5 in Minnesota.

Peter Hedstrom suffered a traumatic brain injury, a skull fracture, a broken collarbone, three broken ribs, bruised lungs and a fractured ear canal.

“Once you hear that you break down a little bit,” Hedstrom, a redshirt freshman center on the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, said by phone Tuesday. “Your thoughts when things happen like that tend to go to the worst-case scenario. So, I definitely thought about things like that.”

About losing his father, who is only 59.

Later that night, doctors delivered an encouraging update.

“It was

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CLEPA PR | A survey of automotive supplier companies in Europe to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 crisis shows that the sector’s outlook has worsened considerably over the past weeks: clepa.eu/mediaroom/outl…

About 10 hours ago from CLEPA’s Twitter via TweetDeck

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The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Forcing Cities To Rethink Public Transportation

As parts of Europe and the United States begin to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions and allow people to go shopping, visit relatives and return to work, public officials are facing a new conundrum: How can people travel safely in crowded cities?

Italy is poised to serve as a major test case. On Sunday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that many restrictions on daily life will be eased starting next Monday, but he warned that people would still need to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing and wear masks in certain circumstances.

“If we do not respect the precautions, the curve will go up, the deaths will increase and we will have irreversible damage to our economy,” Conte said in a televised address to the nation. “If you love Italy, keep your distance.”

People walk to the San Giovanni metro station in Rome on April 24 during a three-hour testing period of new measures designed



People walk to the San Giovanni metro station in Rome on April

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Florence woman celebrates 100th birthday with 50-car parade

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Florence woman celebrates 100th birthday with 50-car parade


A special parade helped Maggie McKee celebrate her 100th birthday.Ms. Maggie’s family couldn’t visit her Tuesday at the Villa South assisted living in Florence because of COVID-19 restrictions, so they came up with a surprise for her.A 50-car parade, which included fire trucks, drove past the facility, where Ms. Maggie sat outside, surrounded by signs and wearing a big grin. Ms. Maggie is a retired Florence school teacher.

A special parade helped Maggie McKee celebrate her 100th birthday.

Ms. Maggie’s family couldn’t visit her Tuesday at the Villa South assisted living in Florence because of COVID-19 restrictions, so they came up with a surprise for her.

A 50-car parade, which included fire trucks, drove past the facility, where Ms. Maggie sat outside,

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Transport Vocabulary – Learn English Vocabulary

Learn English Vocabulary


Transport Vocabulary



Useful Vocabulary









an aeroplane / a plane
a bicycle / a cycle
a boat
a bus
a car

(aero)plane(s)

(bi)cycle(s)

boat(s)

bus(es)

car(s)

a helicopter
a lorry
a moped
a (motor)bike
a ship

helicopter(s)

lorry(lorries)

moped(s)

(motor)bike(s)

ship(s)

a submarine / a sub
a tanker
a taxi
a train
a tram

submarine(s) / sub(s)

tanker(s)

taxi(s)

train(s)

tram(s)

an underground train / a tube train
a van
a yacht

tube train(s) /

underground train(s)

van(s)

yacht(s)

SoundPronunciation Click hereSound
Now try the flash cards

Build Up

How do you get there?







By air
an aeroplane / a plane
At the airport. / On the runway. / In the air.

a helicopter

At the airport. / On the helipad. / In the air.

By road

a car

On the motorway. / On the road. / In the garage.

a taxi

At the taxi rank. / On the road. / In the garage.

a moped

On the

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Sales of Automotive Lead Acid Batteries to Soar, as Global Vehicle Production Ramps Up, Says Fact.MR

Automotive lead acid battery market is set to surpass a valuation of US$ 41.8 Bn and is poised to grow at a value CAGR of 5% during the forecast period (2019-2029). The surge in production of automobiles globally has supplemented the growth of lead acid battery market. Lead acid batteries are soaring on popularity as they provide an additional source of power to the vehicle. However, in the current scenario, the global automobile market has been stagnant in terms of profitable growth. This is anticipated to change in the coming years as the automotive sector is set to capture growth opportunities owing to the increasing vehicle production, thus aiding the demand for automotive lead acid batteries. Moreover, the heightened uptake of passenger cars globally, is expected to accelerate the growth of automotive lead acid battery market. Further, a steady rise in the use of pure electric and hybrid vehicles is

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xkcd: Car Problems

xkcd: Car Problems

Car Problems

Car Problems

Permanent link to this comic: https://xkcd.com/1014/
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[[Person 1 stands in front of a projection of a car, with an audience of 3 people. One of the people is the Black Hat Man.]]
Person 1: Attention Please. This is a photo of my car as of two weeks ago.

[[Same person in front of a new projection of the same car engulfed in flames]]
Person 1: And *this* is my car as I found it this morning. Can anyone tell me what’s wrong with this picture?

[[The audience ponders]]

Person 2: The white balance, for one.
Person 3: Focus is a bit too close.
Black Hat Man: The chromatic abberation suggests you bought your camera because it had “The most megapixels”.

Person 1: THE CAR IS ON FIRE!
comment from audience: Maybe you should use the insurance money to get a

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