By: Leslie S. Richards, Secretary of Transportation January 26, 2016 BLOG: New Plow Tracking Technology Put To The Test Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Blizzard 2016, Innovation, The Blog, Weather Safety Much of the state just experienced historic snowfall that brought, in some cases, a winter’s worth of snow over a couple of days. Thankfully, many Pennsylvanians heeded our warnings to not travel during this hazardous weather. But without being on the road, it can be hard to assess conditions, especially for those who don’t have the option to stay home.On Saturday afternoon, a PennDOT plow was the only vehicle on part of Interstate 81.This winter, we have made available on www.511PA.com the location of more than 700 PennDOT and contracted plow trucks across the state. These trucks cover mostly interstates and expressways, and are part of our Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) system pilot. While these 700 trucks don’t represent all of PennDOT’s more than 2,200 trucks statewide, making this information available is a great resource for the public.Check out the story from the Philadelphia Inquirer, and how NBC 10 in Philadelphia showed their viewers how the plow tracker works.We were very pleased to see media, customers and officials alike sharing this resource online (just search “PennDOT track” on Twitter). And the numbers show that 511PA, which also offers travel alerts, traffic cameras, alerts on speed and vehicle restrictions and more, was used by hundreds of thousands of customers. The website saw 379,000 visits from Friday through Sunday – 173,000 of those came on Saturday, making it the highest number of visits since the site launched in 2009. From Friday through Monday, more than 121,000 of the visits used the “Plow Truck” option.And, as they say, there’s an app for that! While the 511PA app primarily gives hands-free, eyes-free travel updates while you’re traveling, you can also use it before you go to check our traffic map where you can see the plow truck information. We’re still getting numbers for the whole weekend, but on Friday when the storm started, nearly 10,000 people downloaded the iPhone or Android app, bringing the total number of app users to more than 112,000!Through a weekend that relied so heavily on our services, we were glad to have another example of PennDOT’s efforts to support a Government That Works for Pennsylvania drivers. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
An infant is lucky to be alive after becoming stuck underwater when the canoe her family was traveling in flipped after entering a rough current.The incident occurred Friday on the Weeki Wachee River in Hernando County, Florida.According to the report, two Hernando County marine patrol deputies who decided to stop along the river for a late lunch witnessed the canoe flip over.The deputies then heard the child’s mother screaming for help and ran over to assist. The mother told the deputies that her daughter was stuck under the canoe in her car seat.The deputies were able to turn the canoe upright and began first aid on the baby who appeared to not be breathing.Once the deputies began first-aid, the child opened her eyes and began crying.The father has since been cited for not putting a life-jacket on the baby.
(REUTERS) – U.S. fast-food giant McDonald’s Corp (MCD.N) has ended its 41-year-long Olympic Games sponsorship deal three years early, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said yesterday.The company had said last year it would reevaluate its relationship with the Olympics.McDonald’s, a sponsor since 1976 and part of the IOC’s top sponsors programme that contributes more than $1 billion in every four-year cycle for the Games, had a contract running through the 2020 Tokyo summer Olympics.“In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, we understand that McDonald’s is looking to focus on different business priorities,” Timmo Lumme, managing director of IOC Television and Marketing Services, said in a statement.Financial terms of the separation were not disclosed.While it is unusual for an Olympic sponsor to leave early, sponsors change regularly within the IOC’s top programme. The most recent addition was China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N), which signed a deal in January for a partnership through 2028.“As part of our global growth plan, we are reconsidering all aspects of our business and have made this decision in cooperation with the IOC to focus on different priorities,” said McDonald’s Global Chief Marketing Officer Silvia Lagnado.John Lewicki, who oversees global Olympic sponsorship deals for McDonald’s, said last year the company would reevaluate its Olympic relationship after changes to a rule that ended a marketing blackout for companies that sponsor athletes rather than the event itself.McDonald’s has been tightening costs as it invests in improving its food quality, restaurant service and online ordering to woo back diners in the United States, where intense competition has gnawed away at sales.A source who has negotiated previous IOC sponsorship deals said that top global sponsors, like McDonalds, spend about $25 million per year for the rights, or about $100 million for a four-year period that includes a summer and winter games.The company, first involved with the Games in 1968, was its food retail sponsor. Despite pulling out with immediate effect, McDonald’s will continue at next year’s Pyeongchang winter Olympics as sponsors with domestic marketing rights.The IOC said it was not planning a direct replacement for McDonald’s, but it is expected to announce a new global deal with Intel Corp (INTC.O) next week, according to a source familiar with the matter.A spokeswoman for Intel did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The IOC has faced criticism from public health campaigners for allowing sponsors such as Coca-Cola (KO.N) and McDonald’s to use the Games as an opportunity to market their products, which are perceived to be unhealthy, in contrast to what the event seeks to promote.Shares of McDonald’s rose $1.08, or less than one percent, to $152.25 in morning New York Stock Exchange trading.
The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) has granted initial accreditation to the Professional Nursing (Associate Degree) programs at Jersey College’s Tampa, Jacksonville, and Ft. Lauderdale campuses. This accreditation means Jersey College has met the standards of a programmatic accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.“Jersey College is honored to have been awarded accreditation by the ACEN,” said Greg Karr, CEO of Jersey College. “This distinction is another indication of our success as a leading provider of nursing education and highlights our commitment to our students.”ACEN accreditation is a voluntary peer-review process intended to enhance quality improvement in nursing education as well as assist in the further improvement of the institutions or programs as relates to resources invested, processes followed and results achieved. The ACEN may be contacted at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30326, (404) 975-5000. About Jersey College: Jersey College is a nationally accredited private institution of higher learning specializing solely in nursing education. Jersey College currently enrolls more than 2,500 nursing students and has graduated more than 5,000 nurses across its six campuses located in Florida and New Jersey. The school of nursing at Jersey College offers both Practical and Professional nursing programs that allow an individual to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) or a Registered Nurse. The nursing programs have been designed to support the adult student in accomplishing their educational and professional goals, and to foster the diversification of the nursing workforce to better serve the area’s multicultural communities.