Woman hit by train after she fell onto tracks while talking on the phone: Police

first_imgWLS(CHICAGO) — A 28-year-old woman was hit by a train Friday after she accidentally fell onto train tracks, officials said.The woman, who was not identified, was talking on her cellphone when she walked backwards onto the tracks in front of a Blue Line train around 9:25 a.m., according to a Chicago police spokesperson.She was found partially under the train, the spokesperson said.Bystanders who witnessed the incident told emergency responders that the train hit her, according to the Chicago Fire Department. It wasn’t clear exactly, however, how hard she was hit.Officials did not say what the woman’s injuries were, but she was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for treatment.Her condition was not immediately clear.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Rock of Ages owner buys famous French limestone quarries

first_imgRock of Ages Corporation,Vermont Business Magazine The parent company of Barre’s Rock of Ages, Polycor Inc of Quebec, announced today the acquisition of four famous limestone quarries located in Burgundy, France, previously belonging to Rocamat. The French quarries have been used for centuries to build landmarks across Europe. Vermont-based Swenson Granite and Rock of Ages are part of the Polycor family of brands. As a result of this acquisition, local Rock of Ages customers will now have access to this heritage French limestone along with the American granites.France is currently sourcing stone from Vermont’s quarries for its restoration projects. Notably, La Grande Arche de la Défense (in Puteaux, west of Paris) designed by Johann Otto von Spreckelsen, has been restored with Vermont’s Bethel White Granite. The Bethel white is taking the place of Italian marble. Bethel white also was chosen for the 74-story home of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in the United Arab Emirates.The Grand Arch was built to celebrate the bicentennial of the French Revolution (July 14, 1789, storming of the Bastille). The concrete, granite, marble and glass arch is also an office building with 35 floors of office space. The massive structure is large enough to fit the Notre-Dame Cathedral inside its 348-foot span and 361-foot high rooftop terrace. Courtesy Jennifer Smiga (Marketing).Polycor is known for its vast portfolio of stones, many of which are the building blocks of the US’ cherished heritage sites such as the Washington Monument benches, New York City’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and Union Station.The acquisition of these French limestone quarries allows Polycor to further diversify its offering, now including the well-known Massangis stone. For centuries, this limestone has been used to build some of the most important structures in France, including the Louvre Museum, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and the base of the Eiffel Tower.Here in the US, this iconic limestone clads the exterior of the modernist Katzen Arts Center at American University (link is external)in Washington, DC.This acquisition furthers Polycor’s global presence as the company aims to expand its scope of activities and line of products from one continent to another. Thanks to Polycor’s existing sales infrastructure, US and world clients alike will now be able to purchase this iconic French limestone in a variety of shapes and sizes for residential and commercial projects: slabs, tiles, blocks and custom made projects.Polycor plans to invest equipment and infrastructure updates, as well as return 18 employees back to their original activities at the French quarries, now under Polycor’s leadership. SEE RELATED STORY HERE(link is external)About Polycor Inc.Founded in 1987 in Quebec City, Canada, Polycor Inc. is a leader in the natural stone industry in North America. The company’s growth through acquisitions, including U.S. based Rock of Ages and Swenson Granite in September 2016, demonstrates its position as a leader. Polycor Inc. employs nearly 900 people and owns over 30 quarries and 15 manufacturing plants across Canada, the United States and now, France. For more information, please visit our website: polycor.com/incSource: Quebec, July 9, 2018 – Polycor Inclast_img read more

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Op-Ed: State Economy Needs Investment, Vision

first_imgBy Liddie Martinez, chairwoman of the Economic Recovery Council’s Subcommittee on Economic Relief&Brian O’Leary, chairman of the council’s Subcommittee on Economic DevelopmentAs the administration of Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham continues to carefully follow through on its plan for gradually reopening the New Mexico economy, it’s time to start focusing our attention further out on the horizon.The first order of business should be to extend a helping hand to the many homegrown, small businesses struggling to recover from the damage inflicted by COVID-19. Federal aid has been helpful, but more needs to be done. The Economic Recovery Council has supported the development of a new low-interest loan program likely to be considered in this week’s special session. We strongly encourage the Legislature to take this step.Next is the long-term health of our economy. There’s no denying the pandemic hit us with a body blow, so it’s important we regain the momentum we had going into 2020.Before the first case of COVID-19 was diagnosed in New Mexico, the state’s economy was growing far faster than the rest of the United States. New Mexico’s private-sector job growth was in the top 10 nationally, GDP was fourth nationally, and both personal income and wages were accelerating.This progress was a long time coming. After the Great Recession, New Mexico’s job growth was almost dead last among the 50 states. Young professionals were leaving — education in hand — for opportunities elsewhere.Among the factors that turned the state around were investment in business expansion and relocation and workforce training through two signature economic development programs — the Local Economic Development Act and the Job Training Incentive Program. This has been wise and strategic spending by the Legislature and planning by the Lujan Grisham administration. Now is not the time to go backward.Both programs have helped New Mexico attract companies with global footprints — NBCUniversal, Netflix, Facebook and, most recently, SoftBank’s planned investment at Spaceport America. The assistance also has helped homegrown companies add employees and expand, including a family ranch, meat processors, and local breweries and wineries.This assistance is the backbone of a stronger economy and higher salaries. The investments the state of New Mexico has made from the LEDA fund since Lujan Grisham took office have created jobs with an average annual salary of almost $60,000, compared with a state average of $47,000.Meanwhile, the JTIP grants have trained 2,721 workers at 115 businesses since January 2019 — jobs in agriculture, manufacturing, biosciences, aerospace, film and television. They are jobs that diversify New Mexico’s economy and give our children an opportunity to work and raise their families in their own communities.We must also find a way to accelerate investments in broadband and other infrastructure so all of New Mexico can take part in the 21st-century economy. The pandemic has made it painfully obvious how critical information technology is to a sustainable economy.Many of the jobs that transitioned to telework over the past few months likely will stay that way long after we’ve controlled the virus. Attracting new, well-paying jobs and sustainable careers will depend on a workforce that can depend on the infrastructure needed to take part in the new economy.And then there’s the workforce itself, the real key to building a strong economy. We understand the difficulty legislators will face trying to balance a budget hammered by the economic slowdown. But to ensure that slowdown remains short-term, New Mexico must continue its investments in education at every level.We know businesses already here want to hire workers and expand. And we know many outside the state are asking about New Mexico, thanks to its talented, diverse workforce and more appealing lifestyle. Only by investing in our economy can the state return to stronger job growth and a sustainable recovery.last_img read more

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Deals in writing: Noel’s house party poopers

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Onyekuru Replaces Injured Ighalo

first_imgSuper Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has called up Henry Onyekuru as a replacement for injured Odion Ighalo ahead of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification game against South Africa.A tweet on the official handle of the Nigeria Football Federation confirmed the Tianjin Quanjian striker’s replacement.Onyekuru returned to action last weekend for Galatasaray, after picking up an injury in Nigeria’s last qualifying fixture in against Libya in October.Onyekuru featured in Galatasaray’s 2-0 loss to Schalke 04, in Tuesday’s UEFA Champions League clash.Nigeria are top of Group E with nine points, one more than Bafana Bafana who sit in second place.Libya occupy third position with four points, while Seychelles have one point.The Super Eagles will take on the Bafana Bafana at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on November 17 and then take on the Cranes of Uganda in an international friendly on November 20 at the Steven Keshi Stadium, Asaba.Relatedlast_img read more

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