Senators Push for Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study

first_imgU.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, along with members of the bipartisan Senate Great Lakes Task Force, yesterday urged USACE to include the Great Lakes Coastal Resiliency Study in the president’s FY2019 budget request. Following the damaging flood waters that impacted New York’s Lake Ontario shoreline communities last year, causing millions of dollars in damages, the senators said that USACE needs to fund a new study to develop an infrastructure strategy for the future management of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River coast.The Great Lakes Coast Resiliency Study will identify vulnerable areas and identify measures to increase resilience.According to the senators, “without such a plan, management strategies would continue to address coastal flooding through a piecemeal approach that is inefficient and limited in effectiveness.”The study which was proposed by the three USACE Great Lakes District Offices (Chicago, Detroit, and Buffalo) to USACE headquarters for funding consideration this year would be the first of its kind to coordinate a strategy across the Great Lakes states to most efficiently and effectively manage and protect the Great Lakes coastline from future flooding events.“After the devastating Lake Ontario flood waters that eroded shorelines and inundated homes, business, and infrastructure causing millions in damages, we need to bolster our Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River shoreline and make it more resilient against any future flooding. Just as after Superstorm Sandy the Army Corps created a plan that is now making New York’s Atlantic shoreline more resilient, we need the Army Corps to greenlight this plan to protect New York’s Lake Ontario, Lake Erie and St. Lawrence River shorelines. It is imperative that we protect the Great Lake coastline and this study is the first step to doing just that,” said Senator Schumer.The senators explained that it is vital to protect the Great Lakes’ 5,200-mile coastline, as well as the 4.2 million people who live within two miles of the coastline.The coastline is also critical to a robust economy and tourism industry in the Great Lakes, which includes 60 commercial harbors, a maritime economy valued at $17.3 billion and generating 293,000 jobs, a $14 billion Great Lakes recreation, and tourism economy, and a diverse ecosystem of features such as wetlands, bluffs, dunes and beaches, and species that are either threatened or endangered.last_img read more

Wild blue yonder

first_imgSgt. Brian Rodriguez, a Marine Corps Drill Instructor, inspects an Air Force Academy cadet at Saturday’s Southern California Invitational Drill Meet. The USC Air Force ROTC Detachment 060 has hosted the annual drill meet for 45 years. The competition featured more than 25 competing universities and high schools from across the nation. The U.S. Air Force Academy took first place overall at the university level.Tim Tran | Daily Trojanlast_img

Gabrielle presents an amazing €11,270 to Donegal Down Syndrome

first_imgThe Donegal Down Syndrome has gained a major boost with a donation of €11,270 from the proceeds of Gabrielle’s Diary Ball.Social diarist Gabrielle McMonagle hosted a successful fundraiser in March to bring 400 people together in support of a strong local cause.The charity ball in the Clanree Hotel was a special celebration of diversity and inclusion, while many members of the Donegal Down Syndrome Association starred as special guests and dancers on the night. This year’s ball was Gabrielle’s 10th charity event. Once again, it brought a large community of businesses and individuals together in support of the chosen cause.Gabrielle caught up with her friends in DDS on Thursday to proudly present them with the grand total raised.L-R: Gina Grant, Sinead McDevitt, Gabrielle McMonagle, Sheila McMenamin and Gearoid Melvin from the Donegal Down Syndrome Association, with little Seanie McMenamin at the frontThe money is sure to go a long way in supporting members and their families across Donegal.The Donegal Down Syndrome branch is a parent-led group with more than 160 members. They provide speech therapy and parent support, along with annual events and community awareness initiatives. Gabrielle McMonagle presents €11,270 to the Donegal Down Syndrome Association Gabrielle presents an amazing €11,270 to Donegal Down Syndrome was last modified: April 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Down SyndromeGABRIELLE’S DIARYlast_img read more

Another active week for Ohio Crop Progress

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Warm temperatures accelerated fieldwork despite above average rainfall last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 7. Statewide temperatures averaged approximately 6 degrees above normal. Operators took advantage of rain free days early in the week to plant, and in some cases replant, soybean and corn fields. When the rain did fall, it left ponding in low lying areas of some planted fields, stressing crops. Wheat harvest began in northern Ohio while it continued in southern Ohio. Oats were 76 percent headed last week and harvest was about to begin for some southern Ohio farmers with workable field conditions. Wheat condition remained low as 28 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition, compared with 83 percent last year. Hay harvest progressed quickly as operators hurried to put up their cuttings before the rain fell during the last few days of the week. Livestock were stressed as the temperatures increased and pasture conditions were rated 40 percent good to excellent condition compared with 65 percent last year.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

Rising Stars: Samuel Salva stays unbeaten, gets shot at IBF minimumweight belt

first_imgMark Cuarto (L) vs Samuel Salva (R) in Rising Stars card at Resorts World Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Undefeated Filipino Samuel Salva earned a world title shot after outclassing compatriot Mark Cuarto in the Rising Stars fight card Saturday at Resorts World Manila.Salva won via unanimous decision with the judges scoring it, 116-112, 116-112, 117-111.ADVERTISEMENT Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other The 22-year-old Salva had Cuarto in trouble in the ninth round, rocking him with a solid right to the jaw.Cuarto had a hard time dealing with Salva’s counter right especially in the later rounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSalva (17-0, 10 KOs) is now next in line to challenge current IBF minimumweight champion Deejay Kriel (15-1-1, 7 KOs) of South Africa.Meanwhile, Enrique Magsalin also won by unanimous decision over Justine Darap in a flyweight encounter. Rising stars: Filipino bet Cris Leon scores split decision over Singaporean foe Google Philippines names new country director Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag View comments MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more

Improved Benefits to NHT Contributors Take Effect

first_imgEffective July 1, 2017, some new National Housing Trust (NHT) loan applicants began benefitting from improvements in Home Grants and financing for NHT scheme solutions. There are also special benefits for persons with disabilities. These include reduced interest rates and a special grant to assist with retrofitting their houses. The policy changes were announced by Prime Minister the Most. Hon. Andrew Holness during his 2017/2018 budget presentation in March and are aimed at making home ownership even more affordable for contributors.Leading the new policy changes is the NHT’s offer of 100% mortgage financing for all housing units it produces. This means that the Trust will lend qualified contributors the full amount required to buy NHT units, providing that they can afford the monthly loan payments.Currently, NHT contributors with a disability, who are certified by the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities, repay their loans at a rate of interest of two-percentage points below that of the income group in which they fall. As of July 1, individuals earning up to $30,000 weekly will borrow at a rate of 0%. The NHT will also provide a grant of $150,000 to NHT mortgagors with disabilities or to mortgagors who reside with and care for a family member who is disabled, to retrofit or upgrade the dwellings to make them more suited for their needs.Meanwhile, NHT’s lowest earning contributors can now access increased funding following improvements made to the Home Grant programme. Contributors earning below $12,000 weekly and who have been contributing for over seven years, will be able to access up to $2.5 million for an NHT Home Grant. By combining their mortgage loan and the Home Grant amount, these contributors should be able to purchase a unity equivalent in value to an NHT studio. Previously, contributors could benefit from a maximum Home Grant of $1.5 million.Earlier this year, the NHT implemented policies which saw an increase in the loan limit for Home Improvement Loans to $2.5 million up from $1.5 million. With this new policy, two qualified NHT contributors can co-apply and access up to $5 million for home improvements. In addition, the loan limit for a House Lot loan was increased to $2.5 million from the previous limit of $2 million.The Trust’s housing programme for the 2017/2018 Financial Year will see the NHT commence construction of almost 6,000 housing solutions across Jamaica. Ground has been broken for approximately 3,000 solutions to date. For the 2017/2018 financial year, the NHT plans to write approximately 8,500 new loans at a value of $17.5 billion.last_img read more

Aphria shares soar on reported talks with Altria for possible equity stake

first_imgLEAMINGTON, Ont. – Shares of Aphria Inc. soared on Wednesday in the wake of a media report that said U.S. tobacco giant Altria Group Inc. was in talks with the licensed cannabis producer to acquire an equity stake.The Leamington, Ont.-based cannabis grower’s stock rose more than 15 per cent on Wednesday afternoon to close at $20.06.The stock surge came after the Globe and Mail published a report on the discussions between Aphria and the Virginia-based tobacco producer and marketer, citing multiple sources.Aphria said in a statement late Wednesday that while it engages in discussions with potential partners or investors at times, there is no agreement, understanding or arrangement in place with a potential investor at this time.The news report comes one week before Canada moves to legalize cannabis for recreational use on Oct. 17 and after other traditional industries have expressed interest in players in the Canadian marijuana sector.In August, beer, wine and spirits producer Constellation Brands in August signed a deal to invest $5-billion into Canopy Growth Corp., increasing its stake in the cannabis producer to 38 per cent.last_img read more

The Legions Annual Childrens Christmas Party

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C – Applications are due for children to participate in this free event open to the general public, Sunday, December 9th, 2018.The Legion’s Children’s Christmas party is an open event that fills up quickly and is put together by volunteers. Parents wanting to have their children participate in the event must fill out and return an application form. The only requirement for the event is that the parent delivers a pre-wrapped present for their child to the Legion.This gift is returned the day of the party to the child and the intention is to hold the attending child’s space. On the day of the event, the child will receive two gifts, the one the parent provided and the one the Legion gets for them. In previous years applications were filled and with alot of no shows the day of the event the Legion does not want any missed opportunities for children to attend and this is the reason for bringing in a present.Once all the applications for the event are collected the volunteers go through sorting genders and ages and go out shopping to be able to purchase toys that are personalized to the children receiving them.The Children’s Christmas Party starts at 1 pm and goes until 4 pm on Sunday, December 9th, 2018. The main hall of the Legion is decorated and ready with snacks and food, seasonal music, as well as games such as bobbing for Candy Canes which also includes winning prizes.  Santa makes his way into the hall about 2:30 pm where he presents the children with their gifts.To get an application for your child to attend the Christmas party email Jennilee at; [email protected] receiving the application you can either return the filled out form to Jennilee or drop it off at the branch. People unable to get the application printed are also able to email Jennilee and include the attending child’s name, age, gender, the parent’s name and parents phone number. This process needs be completed by cutoff at 8 pm Friday, December, 7th, 2018The wrapped present for the attending child is required to be at the Legion before noon Saturday, December 8th, 2018last_img read more

Geno Smith Wasnt Better Than His Backup

In the most surreal bit of sports news to hit Tuesday’s wires, Geno Smith, the incumbent starting quarterback for the New York Jets, is going to miss six to 10 weeks with an injury. And it wasn’t just any kind of injury; it was the kind you get when a teammate punches you and breaks your jaw.According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, now-cut linebacker IK Enemkpali slugged Smith because he failed to reimburse Enemkpali for a $600 plane ticket. Jets fans — at least, Jets fans in the FiveThirtyEight office — rejoiced. But coming into the preseason, this Jets team showed at least a vague sense of promise. Are the Jets really better off without Smith? Last year, New York went 4-12 (3-10 under Smith) with one of the NFL’s worst passing offenses, and Smith was pretty bad for the second straight season. In fact, his career has gotten off to one of the worst starts of any QB since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Although Hall of Famers Troy Aikman and Terry Bradshaw kicked off their careers with equally bad passing efficiency numbers, it’s far more likely that Smith is a talent on par with, say, Kyle Boller than that he’s harboring hidden star potential.And while Smith will be 25 this season, an age at which QBs still show a decent amount of improvement, the typical aging curve wouldn’t even carry Smith to league-average status at his peak.Meanwhile, the Jets’ backup quarterback isn’t a bad one. Longtime Buffalo Bills starter Ryan Fitzpatrick occupied the seat behind Smith and — statistically speaking — he’s probably a better QB than the man slated for the huddle, at least in the short term. Over the past two seasons (when he was with the Houston Texans and the Tennessee Titans), Fitzpatrick’s Total QBR1ESPN’s play-by-play-based measurement of quarterbacking performance, which grades on a 0-100 scale. of 54.1 was better than Smith’s 41.2 mark during that span, and Fitzpatrick’s cumulative ProFootballFocus grade of +11.3 vastly outpaced Smith’s total of -37.3. By the numbers, the Jets are better off with the glass-jawed Smith out of the game, holding a clipboard on the sidelines.Of course, these kinds of assessments always come with the caveat that individual football statistics are obscured by countless interactions, coaching decisions and other contextual factors. And the Jets did add a good receiver over the offseason, Brandon Marshall, so it’s possible Smith would have improved significantly in 2015 had he not run afoul of Enemkpali’s fist. But Jets fans shouldn’t worry too much about what might have been: The team’s offense will probably be better with Fitzpatrick under center than it would have been with Smith. read more

Evan Turner injured taken to medical center

Junior guard Evan Turner was injured Saturday after falling to the floor after an attempted dunk in the first half of Ohio State’s game against Eastern Michigan. Turner left the floor under his own power, but was taken to the OSU Medical Center for precautionary x-rays on his lower back.Turner leads the Buckeyes in points, rebounds and assists per game.Stay tuned to for more information and coverage of the game.