first_img WhatsApp Twitter By 95.3 MNC – June 25, 2019 0 422 Twitter Google+ Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleAmerica’s State Parks hold national photo contestNext articleSpecial prosecutor requested in South Bend police shooting 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. (“Railroad Crossing” by Denise Krebs, CC BY 2.0) The first phase of establishing a Quiet Zone on South Bend’s west side has been completed.The Quiet Zone for the Norfolk Southern crossings at the Grandview Avenue, Meade Street and Olive Street crossings went into effect on Monday, June 17.Quiet Zones eliminate the routine use of train horns at railroad crossings and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods.Additional pavement markings and signage have been added at each of the three crossings. This track accounts for up to 90 trains per day that will stop blowing their horns.South Bend Common Council President Tim Scott said, “Improving the safety of railroad crossings and eliminating train whistles in our city is a major first step in improving the quality-of-life for residents. Studies indicate consistent loud noises affect sleep, concentration, and cognitive development in children. It has been our goal to work with the City administration and the railroads for a quieter South Bend.”The City is reminding residents, however, that the Federal Rail Administration Train Horn Rule requires trains to sound their horns under various circumstances and train horns may still sound at these and other crossings. Quiet Zone in effect at railroad crossings on South Bend’s west side Facebook IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Google+ Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

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first_imgPSA Marine Qalhat SAOC (PSAMQ), a joint venture company formed between PSA Marine and Golden Dunes International, will commence towage operations for Oman LNG LLC (OLNG) in Sur, Oman on January 11, 2015. The contract will be for a period of 10 years. OLNG, a joint venture between the Omani Government (51%), Shell (30%) and other global energy players, is currently Oman’s only exporter of liquefied natural gas.Four newly-built 65-tonne bollard pull tugs were delivered ahead of commencement date to support PSAMQ’s towage operations for OLNG.[mappress mapid=”15835″]last_img read more

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first_img In this Tuesday, April 19, 2016 photo, Henry Maumalanga, left, plays ukulele while hanging out with friends at a park in Honolulu, Hawaii. The agency that promotes travel to Hawaii is starting an online video campaign to remind locals about the benefits of tourism, the state’s biggest employer. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy) In this Thursday, April 14, 2016 photo, chef Mark Noguchi, right, and his wife Amanda Corby Noguchi play with their youngest daughter at Noguchi’s restaurant Mission Social Hall and Cafe in Honolulu, Hawaii. The state agency promoting travel to Hawaii is starting an online video campaign to remind local residents about tourism’s benefits, including a video featuring Noguchi talking about tourism and his family. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy) The first installment features Honolulu chef Mark Noguchi talking about his brother-in-law’s job at a Waikiki restaurant and his uncle’s work building resorts. He closes the 30-second video saying: “Take care of tourism. It’s a family business.”The campaign is aimed at showing tourism helps a broad cross-section of the state, not just those who work in hotels or at other jobs directly in the industry, said Leslie Dance, the Hawaii Tourism Authority’s vice president for marketing and product development. People sometimes forget how important tourism is and start lamenting there are too many people around, particularly when business is good, she said.“It’s just a tendency for people to start complaining,” Dance said. “And so the thing is, let’s remind everybody again.”But not everyone in Hawaii is on board.Critics say the industry offers poorly paid jobs and exploits Hawaiian culture. But many complaints are about increased traffic and congestion.The campaign comes as the state tries to maintain the momentum that brought a record 8.6 million travelers to Hawaii last year, the fourth-straight year of record-breaking visitor arrivals. Industry officials attribute the growth to an increase in flights and Hawaii’s enduring popularity with global travelers.Online review sites like Yelp are directing tourists to restaurants, hikes and beaches in residential areas where travelers rarely ventured decades ago. Websites like Airbnb also allow more visitors to spend the night in neighborhoods instead of Waikiki hotels, even when most Oahu vacation rentals are illegal under county law.Rena Risso, a 30-year-old who was born and raised in Kailua, understands the positive aspects of tourism, but she believes they’re outweighed by the negatives.“I think, as far as the local’s point of view, it’s humbug,” she said after an early morning walk. “I can’t even take my kids to the beach on a weekend because it’s so crazy.”The tourism agency should do more than promote “uncritical support for the growth of tourism,” said Jonathan Osorio, a professor of Hawaiian studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. It should be required to consider the long-range effects of continued growth on Hawaii’s resources and society, he said.“The admonishment that we should take care of tourism because it’s a family business is a slick seduction that wants to avert the public’s attention from the industry’s abuses,” Osorio said in an email.Dance called the campaign an inexpensive, grass-roots way to have a conversation. The videos cost $18,000 each and are posted on the tourism authority’s YouTube channel.The second clip shows Renee Kimura of Kimura Lauhala Shop discussing how tourists support the Big Island store her great-grandfather founded over a century ago. The next video will be filmed on Kauai.People should be reminded of tourism’s benefits so they’ll treat visitors well and encourage them to come back, said Henry Maumalanga, a hotel security guard who lives in Honolulu.“A lot of tourists come here just because of the aloha spirit and all of that. They hear about all that kind of stuff,” he said. “And we got to show it.”For Amanda Corby Noguchi, an event planner who appears in the first video alongside her husband, tourism is a way to teach people about Hawaii. Her husband, for example, has taken visiting friends and other travelers to fishponds and taro patches in Heeia to show them how organizations are reviving traditional forms of Hawaiian agriculture.“It’s an opportunity to educate people about what real Hawaii is, and what matters,” she said.Noguchi, the chef in the first video, said he means it when he says tourism is a family business. His uncle who designs resorts is a structural engineer. His father and the family company insure a number of resorts on the Gold Coast of Hawaii Island.“That wasn’t made-up lines,” said Noguchi, who runs the Mission Social Hall and Cafe. “We know we might not be a concierge or bellboy or valet, but we are still connected.”center_img HONOLULU | As a record number of visitors stream into Hawaii, state officials want residents to know: Tourism is your friend.The agency that promotes travel to Hawaii is starting an online video campaign to remind locals about the benefits of the state’s biggest employer.last_img read more

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