The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) today opened a storm-damaged bridge along Route 7 in Clarendon. Opening the bridge to public travel removes the last impediment to free-flowing traffic along the entire length of Route 7, which is western Vermont’s most significant highway. VTrans today also opened the storm-damaged portion of Route 100 between Warren and Rochester, eliminating a significant detour around Granville. Tropical Storm Irene swelled the Cold River in Clarendon, which runs underneath Route 7, causing it to wash away the a large section of the roadway’s approach to the bridge just south of Route 7’s intersection with Route 4. The damage severed the roadway, leaving a nearly 30-foot deep opening to the ground below. Crews rebuilt the roadway approach and repaired the bridge damage in little more than three weeks, restoring normal traffic and eliminating the need for detours.Roadway crews today also opened the section of Route 100 that runs through Granville, eliminating the need for a lengthy detour. During Tropical Storm Irene, several miles of Route 100 that is commonly referred to as Granville Gulf received heavy damage by floodwaters. The reopened portion of Route 100 through Granville is not yet paved, but the roadway is now open to the public. Motorists should expect delays as crews continue to make roadway repairs, as well as reduced speeds due to its gravel surface. Questions regarding storm-damaged roads and bridges related to Tropical Storm Irene can be answered by calling VTrans’ Irene Storm Center at 1-800-Vermont. People can also visit VTrans’ website at www.aot.state.vt.us(link is external) where they can sign up for travel updates for their mobile phone, and follow the agency’s progress on both Facebook and Twitter. September 20, 2011
By Lorena Baires/Diálogo May 07, 2020 U.S. Southern Command’s Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo) is deploying its humanitarian arm in Central America to strengthen response capabilities and halt the rapid spread of COVID-19.JTF-Bravo is sending health supplies to protect doctors, nurses, service members, and police forces. This aid began to reach the region in early April. El Salvador was one of the first countries to receive U.S. support, with deliveries of basic health supplies to stock up containment centers, where people potentially infected with COVID-19 receive treatment.During the Vita exercise, the medical evacuation team of JTF-Bravo’s 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment, trained together with the Colombian Military Forces on victim assistance and air transport operations to improve capabilities and increase interoperability. (Photo: Joint Task Force Bravo)The United States has also sent food rations to service members in the field who prevent people from evading health controls. “The Sumpul Command, deployed in more than 186 illegal border crossings, received meals ready-to-eat donated by the U.S. military,” said Salvadoran Naval Force Rear Admiral René Merino, El Salvador’s minister of Defense. “They have also sent disinfecting gel and masks, because personnel are in contact with many people every day.”JTF-Bravo practiced setting up a field hospital to care for its COVID-19 patients internally, if it were to be needed, at its José Enrique Soto Cano Air Base headquarters in Comayagua, Honduras. This would allow them to avoid burdening the local health system. According to a press release, their Army Forces Battalion has also rehearsed a plan to treat and evacuate infected service members, while the 1st Battalion, 228th Aviation Regiment has been conducting humanitarian assistance training and demonstrating its ability to mobilize forces when needed during a crisis.Months before the virus was detected in the region, several armed forces refreshed their knowledge in emergency interoperability.“The best strengths our military provides are the tangible U.S. commitment to alleviate human suffering and for people to know that they will receive the help they need,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Laura Miller, JTF-Bravo’s Civil Affairs officer in Honduras.An example of this assistance was the Vita exercise, conducted in La Guajira region of Colombia in March 2020, to offer preventive care, and public health, pharmacy, and dentistry services.“We have significantly increased the task force’s readiness to execute humanitarian assistance operations in austere environments, which is particularly critical, because aviation crews needed to become familiar with the unique demands of flying over mountainous and desert terrain,” said U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Bob Yerkey, head of Operations for JTF-Bravo. “Our civil and medical affairs staff has made valuable contacts that will prove essential in future humanitarian assistance operations.”In another exercise in Panama’s Darién province, conducted in December 2019, JTF-Bravo and Panama’s Public Force worked to respond to a simulated disaster following a natural event. “This exercise became a forum for various agencies to come together and solve problems, such as displacement of people, food assistance, and humanitarian supplies to communities,” said Lt. Col. Miller, who led the exercise. “We not only strengthened ties between countries, but also between civilian and military response agencies. [It’s] a cooperation effort currently being put into practice.”“All the above are on top of the numerous medical preparation exercises and other activities that we coordinate in the region. By working with partner nations’ forces, we are prepared to face together the challenges of today and tomorrow,” said U.S. Air Force Captain Beau Downey, head of JTF-Bravo’s Public Affairs. “The most relevant competency both sides get is interoperability; we build relationships with each other and learn where contact points are, so as to use them quickly during a crisis.”
The No. 1 USC men’s tennis team proved they are worthy of the high praise they received with a strong performance at the Sherwood Collegiate Cup in Westlake, Calif. this past weekend.Double threat · Junior Jaak Poldma competed in both the singles and doubles events at the Sherwood Cup. – Mike Lee | Daily Trojan The Trojans excelled in the doubles bracket where the teams of senior Robert Farah and sophomore Steve Johnson, senior Jason McNaughton and sophomore Daniel Nguyen and sophomore Matt Kecki and junior Jaak Poldma all qualified for the quarterfinals.On top of that, the final featured two USC squads with Farah and Johnson beating out McNaughton and Nguyen 8-3.The Trojans proved their competitive mettle in the all-USC final.“It’s fun to play against USC, we’ve got a great team of competitors,” Farah said.The team of Farah and Johnson was able to improve upon the previous year’s performance at Sherwood where they lost in the doubles finals.The road to the finals did not go as anticipated before the tournament as freshmen J.T. Sundling was forced to sit out of the tournament on account of illness before it began.To compensate for Sundling’s loss, McNaughton and Nguyen paired up and excelled against the competition. They faced the No. 1 ranked duo of sophomores Ryan Thacher/Bradley Klahn from Stanford in the semifinals and won 8-6 to advance to the finals.In the singles bracket, top-seeded Johnson and Poldma advanced to the quarterfinals, and No. 1 seed Robert Farah qualified for the semifinals where he lost a tough match to eventual singles tournament champion Klahn in three sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.Injuries were a big story line as the weekend progressed. Along with Sundling’s illness, Johnson had to pull out of the singles bracket after the quarterfinals because of an aggravated minor back injury during doubles play. Kecki was also not at his best during the tournament.Peter Smith said the team is concerned with injuries as they start to get back in the swing of things“We have to make sure we are healthy. We had some bumps and bruises coming back from break,” Smith said.The injuries do not seem like they will affect the team long-term, Farah said, and, if they do, he feels that the team will be able to fill in the missing pieces.“We have great players on the team. Another player will step in to take the spot of an injured teammate,” Farah said.The squad proved its depth and adaptability in their strong performance in doubles, but Smith is still trying to find the right lineup for the long haul.“I didn’t use the combinations that I wanted because of J.T.’s illness. I know we have good doubles players. I’m just trying to find the right combos,“ Smith said.Although the team still has some questions to answer in doubles and left more to be desired in singles play, this weekend’s performance made a good impression on the Trojans as they await the official start of the season.“Overall it was a good tournament for the majority of the team,“ Smith said.