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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Main Street, Sharon Springs, NY

Main Street, Sharon Springs, NY


Main Street, Sharon Springs, NY

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 12:39 PM PDT

Schoharie County, NY - Rushing water down our Main Street in Sharon Springs, but we're all well aware that it could have been much, much worse.

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Historic covered bridge taken away

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 11:41 AM PDT

This historic covered bridge in Brownsville, VT, was carried 100 yards downstream and deposited nearly intact in a neighbor's yard.

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Fire Department driveway destroyed

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 11:38 AM PDT

The West Windsor Fire Department driveway was torn apart by the force of groundwater flowing beneath.

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Irene's aftermath in Philadelphia

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 11:27 AM PDT

Hurricane Irene was a Category 1 when it slammed into Philadelphia late Saturday and early Sunday.

 

SEPTA was closed for the first time in the city's history and on Saturday Mayor Michael Nutter issued a State of Emergency for the first time since 1986, which was lifted Sunday.

 

Nearly 500,000 people were without power during the duration of the storm in southeastern Pennsylvania.

 

The city's mighty Schuykill River crested Sunday at 13.5 feet.

 

Residents and business owners alike were busy Monday cleaning up after flood damage.

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Brattleboro VT. Flood, 2 Days Later (PHOTOS)

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 11:00 AM PDT

I just biked around town taking photos

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High water marks in West Windsor Fire Dept

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 10:59 AM PDT

Mill Brook flooding filled the West Windsor Fire Department. Luckily the major equipment was brought to higher ground in time.

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Fallen soldiers

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 10:57 AM PDT

These sandbags didn't stand a chance.

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Understatement

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 10:54 AM PDT

Warning sign on footbridge in Brownsville, VT

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Marsh fire plagues the city of New Orleans

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 10:41 AM PDT

Hello, My name is Whitley and I'm actually a former CNN intern (CNN Money in NY). There is a massive fire in the southern Louisiana marsh that has caused a thick layer of smoke to cover the entire city or New Orleans and neighboring towns. According to local news reports, 8 parishes are being affected. City officials say that there's nothing they can do but let the fire burn out on it's own or wait for rain. They haven't tried bring in helicopters or using arial water dropping techniques because they don't believe they'll work. I haven't seen anything about this on CNN and this is our 3rd day dealing with this. Please shed some light on this story. The elderly, young, and sick are being heavily impacted by this catasrophy. Best, Whitley, New Orleans, LA Age: 23 -- Sent from my Palm Pixi

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Sailing down Rowayton Avenue after Hurricane Irene

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 08:57 AM PDT

Rowayton Avenue in Rowayton CT at high tide durring Irene.

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Wire Fire

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 08:46 AM PDT

A wire in my backyard caught fire after Hurricane Irene.

 

Around 6pm, 8/29/11 I saw a flash through my kitchen window. Almost like a lightening bolt.  I then saw smoke by the pole in my backyard which is surrounded by woods.  My jaw dropped when I saw a flame on the wire and then the tree.  I then called 911.  They asked questions like how close was the fire to my home, which was about 80 feet. After I called 911, I contacted my neighbors to let them know about the fire.  It took about 10 minutes for the firetruck to arrive.  As you can see they really took their time in walking towards the fire.  They didn't seem in too much of a hurry. I suppose they see this sort of thing all the time.  Viewing the fire, you can see that it would go from flame to just smoke.  A wire that went down beside the shed that went unnoticed seemed to aide in causing the problem.  Even after the firemen left the tree was still smoking.  To this day we still have no electricity.  In fact, there is a wait time at the Starbucks to use a power outlet.

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Tropical Storm Irene Rains Kittens

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 08:13 AM PDT

At Goshen Fire, we've always considered ourselves a 'full service' department.  Well, we are now resetting the bar.

 

The 6-year-old daughter of a Goshen resident found a box floating in the parking lot of the Northampton MA grocery store parking lot during Sunday's storm.  When she looked at what was in the box, she was amazed to find eight shivering newborn kittens.  Fast forward a few hours and after a phone call to our dispatch center, Goshen's Animal Control Officer and Highland Ambulance EMT Kyle Meservey was asked to intervene.

 

 

The kittens are being bottle fed every few hours and kept warm by heated up IV bags we had at the station.

 

We've chosen to name the first five kittens Irene, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria after the next in the sequence of 2011 Tropical Storms. We jumped a few storm for the last kitten who we named Vince since he has a prominent 'V' on his head.  While Vince is cute, we're hoping we don't have a chance to meet 'him' in the form of a storm.

 

Visit the Goshen Fire Department Facebook page to follow their progress and the outpouring we've received from our ever expanding social network.

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Communities Cut Off - Vermont

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 06:52 AM PDT

These photos were shot near Randolph, VT on August 29th.  Destroyed roads, bridges, and utilities have left thousands of residents stranded without power, water, and food.  Vermont's infrastructure in southern VT has been completely devastated.

 

The first three photos show emergency crews working to evacuate residents on the other side of Route 12A.

 

The fourth photo shows residents stranded on the other side of a washed out road.  They have no power, no running water and no way to leave.

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Suspended Railroad Track

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 06:39 AM PDT

I encountered this section of railroad suspended 15' in the air near Braintree, VT.  The railroad bed had been completely swept away by flood water from Irene.  In the other picture you can see in the distance where the entire railroad track is missing.

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MY INTERVIEW

Posted: 30 Aug 2011 05:47 AM PDT

HELLO, ONCE AGAIN MY NAME IS OTARIGHO OVO,

IN RESPONSE TO THIS WEEK'S TASK OF INTERVIEW: I UNDER TOOK AN INDEPENDENT RESEARCH ON THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS TO CONTROL THE SEEMINGLY INCREASE IN CHILD LABOUR IN NORTHERN NIGERIA.

I HAD AN INTERVIEW WITH MEMBERS OF AN ORGANISATION AGAINST CHILD LABOUR.THE INTERVIEW GAVE ME AN INSIGHT INTO WHAT ROLE THE GOVERNMENT HAD PLAYED,THE ROLE THEY CURRENTLY PLAY AS WELL AS THEIR FUTURE PLAN.

MY INTERVIEW WITH THIS ORGANISATION GAVE ME A FIRST HAND INFORMATION ON WHAT CHALLENGES GOVERNMENT AND OTHER ORGANISATIONS AGAINST CHILD LABOUR ARE FACING.

ALSO, I HAD AN INTERVIEW WITH AN EXECUTIVE IN THE NIGERIA SOCIETY OF ENGINEERS TO KNOW THE ROLE OF THE ORGANISATION TO PREVENT THE USE OF CHILD WORKERS IN CONTRUCTION SITES.

THE LAST INTERVIEW I HAD WAS WITH A 10YEARS OLD BOY WHOSE LIFE PORTRAYS THE ADVANTAGE OF A CHILD GROWING UP UNDER THE CARE OF HIS PARENTS.

WITH THESE WHOLE INFORMATION,I AM VERY CONFIDENT OF TELLING A GOOD STORY.

QUESTIONS FOR AGENCY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR IN NIGERIA

1.       WHAT IS CHILD LABOUR

2.       ARE THERE LAWS IN THE COUNTRY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR

3.       HAVEYOU NOTICED AND INCREASE IN CHILD LABOUR IN THE NORTHERN NIGERIA

4.       CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE ROLE OF YOUR ORGANISATION IN CURBING THIS TREND

5.       WHAT MEASURES HAVE THE GOVERNMENT PUT IN PLACE TO SUPPORT YOUR PROGRAM

6.       (YOU SAID YOUR ORGANISATION IS AN NGO) WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR FINANCIAL SUPORT FROM)

7.       CAN YOU TELL ME THE MAJOR CHALLENGES YOU ENCOUNTER IN CARRYING OUT YOUR JOB

8.       HOW FREQUENT ARE THESE CHALLENGES

9.       IN WHAT WAY DO YOU THINK OTHERS CAN SUPPORT TO PHASE-OUT THIS PROBLEM

10.   DO YOU SEE AN END TO THIS GROWING TREND IN THE NEAR FUTURE

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Its a MIRACLE the house is still there!

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 11:24 PM PDT

Many people in New Jersey are grateful that the storm was not as bad as predicted.  The portion that New Jersey experienced was bad enough.  What would New Jersey have been if the storm hit with the fury that it was to hit us with? 

 

Many are grateful to be alive.  I am sure the residents in this house were very grateful!

 

I took this video as I navigated through a few road closures and nonworking traffic lights in Middlesex County.

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My Questions - Life of a Blue Collar Worker

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 09:50 PM PDT

I am very sorry. I was not able to interview my main source, Gie Paderna, because of personal and technical problems. I will surely interview him today and upload the interview before the deadline. But I still upload this iReport for the questions and to explain a new twist on my story.

 

I consulted one of my professors about how can I improve the depth of my story. He suggested relating the life of Gie Paderna, as a blue collar worker, to the Labor Code of the Philippines. I read some parts of the said Labor Code and found out some employees' benefits and rights in which Gie is not experiencing. These include the employer-employee relationship, membership to the worker's organization and the Social Security System (SSS). Also, about the collective bargaining for the self-employed in which Gie's boss is concerned. I will also add a new source - an economist. Primarily, my story will now focus on worker's rights and protections and still, the life of a blue collar worker.

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I've prepared plenty of questions, around 40 plus in total. These are the selected questions:

 

1. How much is your salary per month? Do you have overtime? day-off? lunch break?

 

2. How did you find your work? What were the requirements you've submitted?

 

3. How is your relationship with your employer? with your co-worker?

 

4. What are the benefits you enjoy from your work?

 

5. Are you an SSS member? Do you know the benefits you may get if you are a member?

 

6. Do you ask for salary increase? Is your current salary fair enough?

 

7. Are you aware of the existing benefits an employee should get as mandated by the Labor Code of the Philippines? Do you mind this at all?

 

8. Are you a member of a worker's organization or association? Given a chance, would you like to be a member? Is it important for you?

 

9. When you were a child, what was your dream? What is your dream today? What is your dream work?

 

10. Are you happy with your work? What is good about being a blue collar worker? Does it matter if you wear a white or blue collar?

 

*I will upload the second part, the interview, before the deadline. Sorry.

 

Week 1: My Story - Life of a  Blue Collar Worker »

Week 2: My Sources - Life of a  Blue Collar Worker »

 

Comments are highly appreciated.

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Irene leaves its mark on Middlesex County resident's fence

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 09:48 PM PDT

Eddie shows us how his pool could not handle all the water that Irene brought in.  The clean up continues.

 

 

 

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Middlesex County residents clean up after Hurricane Irene

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 09:40 PM PDT

I ran into Brian (he lives next to a brook that flooded the area) as he took care of things after Irene.  He said that they have had to deal with the water before.  His road was closed while a crew took care of fallen trees in the background. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Uneven Road

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 09:17 PM PDT

Woodstock, Vermont

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Hurrican Irene Danages a Small Town in Vermont

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 09:14 PM PDT

Because of Irene's damage, most of us living in Plymouth, Vermont are now stranded because some roads don't exist or they are undrivable.  We lost our power for a day or two and we're thankfully to get it back sooner then we expected.  They we telling us we could of lost it for mouth, a week, three days, and finally two hours.  One good thing about this is the town came together and worked as a comunity.

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Nonexistent Driveway

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 09:09 PM PDT

Woodstock, Vermont

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The State Everyone Overlooked but Irene: Vermont’s Unexpected Disaster

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:53 PM PDT

"A quite road dips down a small hill and through the open mouth of a covered bridge. The slick sky innocently peppers the road with small rain drops and a warm, humid breeze begins to kick up the the lush, green leaves hanging from the trees above. It is the perfect day for fishing. I slip a writhing worm onto my hook and toss it into a deep pool beneath my feet. I don't know if the fish will bite, but I really don't care; this is Vermont, and I am here to feed my soul."

 

     Tonight, as I read several posts and messages from loved ones in my home state of Vermont, this recent memory of a weekend in the Green Mountain State crumbled faster than a Vermont covered bridge after Irene. And to think, my husband and I debated high-tailing it to family in Vermont to ride out the storm just in case things got bad here in Boston!

 

     But, as I listen to reporters scream blunt words about my beloved fishing holes and childhood playgrounds as though they are personally hurt, I can't help but wonder: Where was all this concern two days ago? I watch pictures of incredulous scenes flash across the television, and can't believe these are places I know and love. Wasn't this supposed to be New York City, Connecticut, Long Island and Massachusetts?

     Now, don't get me wrong; I don't wish ill on anyone in any city or state. But, where and when was the concern for Vermont voiced during the almost obsessive media coverage of Irene? Where were the warnings from officials and state leaders? Where were firemen and police officers to issue evacuation notices prior to homes being engulfed by torrents of mud and water, debris and flotsam? Where were those stern, CNN weatherman warnings New Yorkers received when Vermont viewers were considering their plan of action?

     An interview played over and over on CNN with seniors in New Jersey who refused to evacuate shows an elderly woman who says something along the lines of, "We're from hearty stock. We're not going anywhere." But, anyone who has spent time around a Vermonter will tell you there is no, "heartier" stock of American.

     It seems to me that the difference between the citizens of Vermont and other states is that they won't blame the media for the lack of attention and warning they received, (though they would be perfectly justified in doing so). They won't cast blame on elected officials who will then go on to sweat out their terms under a burden of guilt. No, they won't even shake their fists at the sky and scream, "Why us, why Vermont?" Quietly, in the shadow of much more important coverage, and loud mouth commentators saying, "New England was spared," I suspect my fellow Vermonters will do what they always do in the face of tragedy and hardship: pick up the pieces, begin rebuild, and proudly wear their scars as the state everyone overlooked but Irene.

 

(NOTE:Picture is of the White River in South Royalton, Vermont, just a week prior to Irene.)



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Washed Away Road #2

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:49 PM PDT

Woodstock, Vermont

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Flooding at Perkiomen Creek, near Philadelphia (part 2)

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:31 PM PDT

Part 2 of 2; flooding at Perkiomen Creek, near Philadelphia

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Underwater Trailer Park

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:29 PM PDT

A trailer park underwater as a result of flooding

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Our Golf Course is Flooded!

Posted: 28 Aug 2011 08:28 PM PDT

We had prepared for Hurricane Irene. Bought our supplies, closed the garage, etc. However, we were only prepared for four inches of rain....not four feet. What is pictured is the submerged parts of our course, and the aftermath. The brook across from us swelled and flooded the entire street infront of our course, causing the park across from us to become a mini lake. Ironically enough, New York City's subways didn't flood...but our miniature subway did. Here are the photos. The fourth picture represents the completely submerged spanish guitar. The fifth picture, you can make out the beer cup, but the black plastic covers a large beer keg which has become completely submerged. The carpeting has all but disappeared. In the sixth photo, the spanish guitar is found....filled with mud, after the water levels subsided many hours later. The seventh is the entrance to our golf course, which was completely submerged beforehand. The eight is the beer keg hole. The last photo is a repeat, but its the front of the golf filled with water just as a comparison.

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After IRENE

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:24 PM PDT

After IRENE- Sunday Aug 28, 2011

Arlington, VA

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Flooding at Perkiomen Creek, near Philadelphia

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:23 PM PDT

Here are photos taken along the Perkiomen Creek, just NW of Philadelphia, on Sunday morning after Irene left. (Part 1 of several)

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Loose Propane Tank

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:19 PM PDT

Taftsville, Vermont

August 28, 2011

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Swollen River

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:13 PM PDT

Taftsville, Vermont

August 28, 2011

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Our Car was Submerged

Posted: 28 Aug 2011 07:53 PM PDT

So we were promised four inches of rain in sunny upstate New York. New York City was supposed to be hit hardest. We weren't prepared for the onslaught of flooding from the innocent brook across from us. The brook swelled into a river that was probably four feet high infront of our house. Needless to say, we didn't plan on moving our old Buick. She went down like the Titanic, hull first. Our driveway was knee deep, which is a lot for my sister and I since we're both 5'8.

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The Front of Our Golf Course is Flooded!

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 07:45 PM PDT

We were a bit surprised that the water reached as high as it did, since we were promised four inches of rain. Instead, the entire sloped pavement infront of our golf course was covered in water. The fences are literally drowning and what used to be a sidewalk completely disappeared. The innocent brook across from us swelled into a dangerous river that fed into the lake, causing huge amounts of devastation. Our hole was partially underwater as well.

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Flooded River

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 07:43 PM PDT

Taftsville, Vermont

August 28, 2011

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This Used to Be a Scenic Road in Front of a Tourist Lake

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 07:40 PM PDT

We were promised only four inches of rain. Instead, the little innocent brook across from us swelled with such force that caused a huge flood. Trees fell, and whirlpools were created. My sister is 5'8-- so imagine our shock when the water flooded to about her waist level. This picture is taking on a road that seperated us from the so called innocent brook that became a deadly river with rocks, mud, and broken trees.

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Power Plant #2

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 07:36 PM PDT

Taftsville, Vermont

August 28, 2011

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Power Plant

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 07:30 PM PDT

Taftsville, Vermont

August 28, 2011

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A Grass Slab Collapsed During Flooding

Posted: 28 Aug 2011 06:59 PM PDT

We were supposed to receive only four inches of rain in Upstate New York. Instead, the flooding was so intense that this grass slab alongside a pavement that hugged an otherwise peaceful tourist destination collapsed.

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Our Entire Course was Under Water

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 06:54 PM PDT

We're located in Lake George, New York, where we were told that we would receive four inches of rain. Imagine our surprise when the entire half of our miniature golf course disappeared. In this photo, our entire carpeting and some holes are under water! Our bright blue pond, on the left most part of the photo behind the vertical bamboo pole isn't visible at all!

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Taftsville Power Plant

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 06:47 PM PDT

Taftsville, Vermont

August 28, 2011

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Cessna 172 crashes in Santa Monica: by Christine Peake, Photo by Oliver Peake

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 06:02 PM PDT

A pilot broke his leg and was seriously injured today. The pilot was flying his small white Cessna 172 airplane when it crashed into the side of a house on 21st and Navy in Santa Monica, California.  Luckily, there was only damage to the house and no fatalities. The crash happend a less than a block from Santa Monica airport. It is not known at this time what caused the crash. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Allen Kenitzer says the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash. One thing is certain, the pilot is one lucky man!

A group of children on bicycles were very close by, and Oliver Peake, aged 12, took the photo shortly before Police closed the Street off to traffic.

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Salute to SP4 Doug Smith

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 05:49 PM PDT

Good morning Robin

 

My name is Robin and I would like to salute my son Army SP4 Doug Smith and wish him a happy birthday. He is stationed in Afghanistan and turns 21 on September 6.  We are so proud of your service son, and your education at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, UNL. Your personality brings spice to the family as you strive to  live each day to the fullest. We so enjoyed your visit this month and can't wait to see you again in August. You come from a long line of military service with both mom and dad retired military. Be safe, we love you dearly, and need our Prince back home!

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Brandon House of Pizza at its new location

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 04:42 PM PDT

Brandon, Vermont's pizza parlor, where it ended up after floating about 20 feet.

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Hurricane Irene - CT Shoreline

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 04:20 PM PDT

Hurricane Irene - Branford, CT



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Hurricane Irene - CT Shoreline

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 04:17 PM PDT

Hurricane Irene - Branford, CT



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Documenting Hurricane Irene in NYC

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 04:13 PM PDT

We used our home video camera to document Hurricane Irene's effects in lower manhattan. We used time lapse to capture the flooding in Battery Park City, South Street Sea Port, World Trade Center, World Financial Center, etc.

 

It was filmed from the 33rd floor of the New York by Gehry Building.

 

Thanks to www.FridayMixTape.com for the music clips!

 

Hope you guys enjoy!

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Hurricane Irene - CT Shoreline

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 04:12 PM PDT

Hurricane Irene - Branford, CT

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Hurricane Irene - CT Shoreline

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 04:08 PM PDT

Hurricane Irene - Branford, CT

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Hurricane Irene 2011

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 03:29 PM PDT

While walking on the roads in vermont we came upon a few totally washed away roads....

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Culture Obesity Interview

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 03:26 PM PDT

Hello CNN,

 

Today I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Montoya and Dr. Wittenburg from the University of Texas at Brownsville. The interview was a great success and even though I cannot post all of the interview at this time, here is a sneak peek.

 

Here are ten questions:

 

1. What type of study have you conducted on obesity?

2. Why did you conduct it?

3. What type of results did you find?

4. Why was it important to conduct this study in our community?

5. Is there anything about this study that surprised you?

6. Would you agree that because the hispanic community does not make health a priority, we have high numbers of obesity in our community?

7. Would you agree that hispanics do not talk about being healthy enough?

8. Do you think parents play an active role to prevent obesity at a young age?

9. Do you think that our schools are doing enough to educate people on the importance of health and to prevent obesity?

10. Is there anything either of you would like to add?

 

Thank you Dr. Wittenburg and Dr. Montoya for your time and knowledge on this subject.

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3 minute excerpt of interview with a legislator on population issue

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 03:10 PM PDT

Apart from the National Population  Commission and the Federal Capital Development Authority which were  among my sources for my project on the growth of the Nigerian population  and its impact on development, I had planned on interviewing residents  on the city to get their views on this issue.

 

The  officials at the two government agencies had promised to call this week  after the end of the public holiday on Wednesday, so I had ample time  to go in search of my other sources. As fate would have it, I stumbled  on an opportunity to talk to a resident of the city, only this resident  happened to be a legislator at the House of Representatives, which is  the lower house of the Nigerian legislature. I wasted no time in getting  an interview with the legislator who was gracious enough to share what  his thoughts were on the population issue. Below are the questions I  asked

 

 

1) What is your opinion on the population growth issue?

 

2)  Will you say there has been a decline in the population of the rural  areas as more people migrate to the cities in search for jobs?

 

3) Has the growth in population led to the rise in crime in the city?

 

4) Do you think the surge in population affects the Abuja masterplan?

 

5) The UN predicts that by 2100, the population will reach 730 million, what do you think about this prediction?

 

6) What do you think the government can do to contain the population surge?

 

7)  Will the movement of various government agencies and offices to the  outskirts of the city help in the decongestion of the city?

 

8) Do you have any suggestions for the government as regaards this population issue?

 

9) Is there any thing else you would like to add to this interview?

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Irene Flooding - Quechee, Vermont

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 03:03 PM PDT

Significant damage from the Irene flooding in Quechee, Vermont, along the Outtauquechee River.

 

The popular bridge was flooded, causing extreme damage and washing away the road on both sides.

 

A jeep in the parking lot near the banks of the river sunk into the mud; only its roof is visible now.

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Irene aftermath in Pittsfield, Vermont

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 03:00 PM PDT

Photos and video taken yesterday in Pittsfield, Vermont.

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Tree Falls on Townhome Killing Boy Inside

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 02:50 PM PDT

My mother lives in Newport News, Virginia in Brookridge Townhomes.  During Hurricane Irene, my mother called me and said her power was out as well as she heard a loud boom and then a crash outside.  A few minutes later my mom called back and my aunt in Chicago also called me and told me that a tree had fell on a townhome in my mom's complex and killed a little boy inside.  Concerned about the well-being of my mom and my nieces, I immediately drove out battling the winds in the hurricane and brought her to my house which had power.

 

I also used to live in Brookridge Townhomes with my mom a few years ago and we are no strangers for the large trees in the complex landing on apartments; it happens almost everytime there are hurricane force winds.  A large tree had landed on our former apartment during Hurricane Isabel a year after we had moved out of Brookridge slicing it in half like a hot knife through butter.

 

After the hurricane was over, the next day I drove out to find the townhome where the tree fell and killed the little boy.  I didn't have to drive too far from my mom's home as it was just on the next block.

 

These are the photos of the townhome, still with the tree on top, where the boy died.



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Tree Falls on Townhome Killing Boy Inside

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 02:47 PM PDT

My mother lives in Newport News, Virginia in Brookridge Townhomes.  During Hurricane Irene, my mother called me and said her power was out as well as she heard a loud boom and then a crash outside.  A few minutes later my mom called back and my aunt in Chicago also called me and told me that a tree had fell on a townhome in my mom's complex and killed a little boy inside.  Concerned about the well-being of my mom and my nieces, I immediately drove out battling the winds in the hurricane and brought her to my house which had power.

 

I also used to live in Brookridge Townhomes with my mom a few years ago and we are no strangers for the large trees in the complex landing on apartments; it happens almost everytime there are hurricane force winds.  A large tree had landed on our former apartment during Hurricane Isabel a year after we had moved out of Brookridge slicing it in half like a hot knife through butter.

 

After the hurricane was over, the next day I drove out to find the townhome where the tree fell and killed the little boy.  I didn't have to drive too far from my mom's home as it was just on the next block.

 

These are the photos of the townhome, still with the tree on top, where the boy died.

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Irene - Connecticut Shoreline

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 02:29 PM PDT

Hurricane Irene - Branford, CT

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Hurricane Irene: Newport News & Hampton, Virginia

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 02:28 PM PDT

Photos of damage caused by Hurricane Irene in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia.

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Hurricane Irene Floods the Passaic River in Little Falls

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 02:23 PM PDT

Wheeler scrambles down the cliffs under Union Avenue in Little Falls, NJ to capture a unique angle on the 2011 Passaic River floods caused by Hurricane Irene.  Feel free to share this video or post it to your Facebook wall....

 

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Hurricane Irene: Newport News & Hampton, Virginia

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 02:14 PM PDT

Photos of damage caused by Hurricane Irene in Newport News and Hampton, Virginia.

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After Hurricane Irene Passed Through NYC Metro

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 01:49 PM PDT

"It's a beautiful Day," Freddie Mercury's singing in a song. It is a beautiful day, indeed, here, in NYC metro area. To continue with Freddie's song, "the sun is shining." A newcomer to the area wouldn't believe that only yesterday hurricane Irene (then a tropical storm) skirted these parts of the world.

 

Living in highrises we're used to much stronger winds, especially during the winter. The strange thing with this hurricane was that, I kept waiting for it to come, glued to CNN and also local news, and I kept waiting for the wind to pick up... and there was nothing. Count my blessings and can't complain. Still... I couldn't tell when it got here (Hurricane Irene, I mean) and when it left.

 

Yes, we did have a lot of water, parts of some streets got flooded, but the wind only picked up after Irene had gone on up, on its way to New England.

 

But we were prepared (boy we were prepared!) especially thanks to one of the BOD members we have here, who, together with the help of some of the management and other staff, did a fantastically fabulous job--from setting the sand bangs just right in front of the entrances to organizing everything, from storing on supplies to making sure everybody in the building had their questions answered and helped offered and given, whenever necessary.

 

Some of the things we did in preparations for irene:

- packed up and stored away from windows all things that could break and/or electronics

- stuck up on food, water, batteries

- made sure flash lights were working, also cell phones (and camera) had fully charged batteries

- taped those windows (and we have lots of them) up, down, on the diagonal and any other direction possible; made sure everybody had enough tape to do the same

- prepared meals for staff members who stood overnight

- made sure that all residents freed their balconies of all items (that particular task took forever)

- made sure everything was stored away and safe, in the common use areas of the building

- interacted with residents/neighbors at all times

- had bags packed with necessary things for several days, just in case (thank the Skies, that was not necessary, but better safe than sorry)

 

By the end of the day, the only reminder that Irene had passed by was a serious increase in wind. Jersey sky became a dramatic red, while Manhattan sky turned metallic-blue.Then the wind died out, too, following Irene, I guess.

 

Today is a beautiful day, indeed. The sun is shining...

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Irene Flood Damage - Quechee Covered Bridge, Quechee Vermont

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 01:47 PM PDT

Covered bridge in Quechee, Vermont, one day after the destructive floods from Irene.

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Williams River Rushes under a bridge

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 12:52 PM PDT

Barre Pinske Vidoe's the Williams river as it rushes under a bridge showing the wrath of Hurricane Irene.

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Irene Flooding - a mud-caked lot near the Outtaquechee River, Quechee, Vermont

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 12:49 PM PDT

This is the lot behind the river-front businesses in Quechee, Vermont. The flood waters left it caked in inches of mud.

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Irene Flood Damage - Submerged Jeep

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 12:45 PM PDT

Jeep submerged near the Outtaquechee River, behind the river-front businesses in Quechee, Vermont

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Irene - Flood-Damaged Covered Bridge, Quechee, Vermont

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 12:40 PM PDT

Took this shot late this morning of the flood-damaged covered bridge in Quechee, Vermont. It once spanned the Outtauquechee River.

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Rockingham covered Bridge survives flood

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 12:19 PM PDT

Barre Pinske shoots Vidoe of a coverd bridge riddled with debris but a survivor of hurricane Irene. The flood waters were able to go around the bridge unlike it's neighbor the Bartonsville bridge which was washed away in the fierce storm.

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Rte 103 in Ludlow VT closed

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 12:08 PM PDT

Barre Pinske films Rte 103 in Ludlow  VT. Rte 103 is the main road to Okemo mountian Ski Resort was washed out by the Black River flilled by Hurricane Irene.

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Bartonsville Bridge gone

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 12:03 PM PDT

The beloved Bartonsville bridge was washed away by Irene Barre Pinske Discribes his theroy as to why the bridge fell and shows video of the site.

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Flooding Pittsfield, Vermont

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 11:53 AM PDT

Flooding Pittsfield at Tweed River and Rte 100. Washed out the historic  covered bridge and our access to get out.  Most people at the river  level are stranded and flooding out.

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Aftermath, Brattleboro, VT. Whetstone Brook Flood

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 11:43 AM PDT

We're cleaning up downtown Brattleboro in Southern, VT after the Whetstone brook severly flooded yesterday. The Connecticut river is full of flotsam and jetsam. Route 9 is closed up to Marlboro, homes and businesses flooded.

 

(Photo credits: Two Rt 9 photos by John Stiteler. Other photos and all video by me)

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Ducks Swimming on the Road

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 11:03 AM PDT

Photo was taken at 525 Main Street in Hulmeville, PA.  Previously that was a very busy road, the ducks seemed to enjoy having it all to themselves.

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Hurricane Irene 8AM off Rockaway Beach

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 10:57 AM PDT

Waves off beach in Rockaway going over beach wall and flooding street.

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Hurricane Irene

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 10:54 AM PDT

Rockaway Beach, NY. Shot from my window at 7AM an hour before high tide.

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CNN Special Report "How Can Christians Understand Judaism"

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 10:43 AM PDT

Mr. Nicholas Pegues a Shelby County Unified School Board Applicant interview with Rabbi Aaron Rubenstein regarding Christians understanding the Jewish people & culture.Mr. Pegues is a business associate of the family owners of The Peabody Hotel in Memphis who as a paralegal student was interested in the Christian & Jewish heritage of Memphis.

 

Here are a few questions that were asked during the interview.

 

1. How can Christians understand Judaism?

 

2.Can Christians travel to Isreal to study more about the connection of Christians & Jews?

 

3.How does someon become Jewish?

 

4. Who are the 12 tribes of Isreal?

 

5.How old is the jewish calender?

 

6.How many Christians travel to Isreal a year?

 

7.How can Christians support Isreal?

 

8.Isreal was founded in 1947 & many people in my generation will probably live to see it's 100 year anniversary.How can my generation around the world celebrate Isreal & will there a great 100 year annivesary celebration?

 

9.How many people live in Isreal?

 

10.Can Christians pray at the Temple Mount?

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Woodstock Flooding

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:36 AM PDT

Video shot from the interior of house on the bank of the Ottaqueechee River that runs through Woodstock, VT. The river is easily 15 feet above normal level. This is about 5 miles up-river from the Queechee Covered Bridge that was destroyed. Propane tanks are floating down the river along with all kinds of debris. The smell of propane and oil was strong.

 

We were ordered to evacuate shortly after this.

 

Our house was spared any damage, but we spent the night with friends on Apple Hill in the dark. We have power in the village now, but no water. A broken water main somewhere in the system.

 

Will post a second video from the exterior of the house.

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Storm pix

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:33 AM PDT

Roseanne Schnoll, PhD, RD, CDN Associate Professor Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences Brooklyn College of CUNY

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week 3 boot camp

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 08:15 AM PDT

This week I asked a parent some questions about the education system and what can be done to improve it and what they and their children are doing to improve themselves to succeed in college and adulthood.



Questions I Asked in video:  (and possibly to other parents)

Are you concerned as a parent about your child's future after graduating from school?

As a parent what could the government do in your view to improve our education system to be competitive in the world?

What is your child doing to improve his or her chances to be successful after school?

Questions to a teacher (unnamed)

What are you doing to make children motivated in doing better in school?

In our view, what can the government do to make it easier to teach children during the school day?

What do you think colleges can do to make it easier for graduating students to succeed in college?

How can schools increase the math and science curriculum to benefit students?

Do you think increased standardized testing makes students better prepared for life?

Questions to Matt Blum (delayed due to Hurricane Irene, but will be asked later this week)

What does the show Phineas and Ferb teach viewers about making science, creativity, and exploration cool?

What can schools and teachers learn from Phineas and Ferb to better prepare students for life?

Are Dan Povenmire and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh surprised in the great success of the show?

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Irene hit hard at Inner Banks, NC

Posted: 29 Aug 2011 06:57 AM PDT

Pamlico Beach,NC-a remote area was hit extremely hard by Irene.

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Video: Hurricane Irene Severe Boardwalk Damage NJ

Posted: 28 Aug 2011 11:02 PM PDT

Video of damage to boardwalks in Spring Lake and Belmar New Jersey USA from Hurricane Irene. Taken 28 August 2011.

 

Power is still out for many in Monmouth County, New Jersey USA where these were taken.

 

Many New Jersey coastal towns, including Spring Lake, had mandatory evacuations the day before.

 

 

The concrete pilings seen are from WPA 1939  [Works Progress Administration]. These have survived every storm since they were built. The boardwalk has been destroyed before, but the concrete pilings remain.

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