DeFazio Votes Yes to Help Small Ports (USA)

first_imgRep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) applauded the passage of a bipartisan bill that will boost funding for harbor maintenance and provide critical resources to small Oregon ports. The legislation, called the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2013 (WRRDA), gives the Army Corps of Engineers the authorization it needs to move forward with overdue navigation, flood control and environmental restoration projects.For years, Oregon’s coastal communities have been in economic limbo as the Corps’ dredging and maintenance projects were underfunded and the backlogs of unmet needs grew. With the bill’s passage, the U.S. will make investments in its infrastructure, preventing much more costly fixes in the future. Under current law there is no money set aside for small ports, but DeFazio successfully advocated for a guarantee that ten percent of funds would be set aside for harbor maintenance directed to critical projects for small ports.“Today the tide turned for some of Oregon’s coastal communities. The federal government will no longer shirk its responsibility to safeguard infrastructure that is critical to thousands of fishing jobs and our local economies,” DeFazio said. “These communities have been neglected for too long. This legislation will ensure that our most critical needs will be met in our ports and harbors—no matter what size.”In addition, DeFazio offered an amendment to the WRRDA bill that focused on getting ports back in business, rather than undermining critical environmental protections and public participation under the National Environmental Policy Act and other conservation laws. The amendment was defeated, but 183 lawmakers, including 2 Republicans, joined DeFazio in support of the amendment.“Congress doesn’t need to sidestep critical conservation laws and the environmental review process to speed up approved water resource projects—Congress needs to fund these projects. If we stopped short-changing the Army Corps in the budgeting process we could begin to deal with the $40 billion backlog of critical projects. I objected to the so-called environmental streamlining provisions in this bill and offered an amendment that would require Congress to fully fund approved projects before implementing any new environmental shortcuts. I will continue to fight efforts to roll back environmental protections as we move forward in the legislative process. ”The legislation passed by a vote of 417 to 3. The bill is now ready to be reconciled with legislation passed by the Senate earlier this year.[mappress]Press Release, November 4, 2013last_img read more

Star Mountain must step up

first_imgBy KEVIN TEME The Star Mountain Football Club from Tabubil must rise up to be counted in the Kumul Petroleum Holdings sponsored National Soccer league in the Southern Conference. Despite putting up good fights in the last three outings, the new kid on the block has failed to register wins, something the coaching staff could be working very hard on. Last weekend’s 2-1 loss to the hands of the Eastern Star FC is any indication for more rooms to improve on, they again face another uphill battle this Saturday against FC Bougainville at 3pm at the PNG Football Stadium in Port Moresby. It is believed they have a very good side led by their captain however the completion rate is not there. Read more of the story in tomorrow’s edition of the Post Courierlast_img

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Holder grabs four to leave match delicately poised

first_img(Cricinfo) An inspired Jason Holder breathed fire to remove four Sri Lankan wickets late in the day as West Indies kept their series-win hopes alive on a 20-wicket day in Bridgetown yesterday. These are the most wickets to have fallen in a single day of Test cricket in the Caribbean, surpassing the 18 that fell when England last toured here in 2015. Holder’s figures at stumps on the third day read 8-3-21-4 as Sri Lanka stumbled to 81 for 5 chasing 144 for a series-levelling victory in the third Test. The visitors could effectively be six down, with Kusal Perera in hospital for scans following a nasty injury while fielding earlier in the day. An official word on his availability is awaited.West Indies grabbed a 50-run lead, that could have been much more if not for a shoddy drop down leg by wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich in the day’s first over, with Sri Lanka yet to add to their overnight 99 for 5. On 13 then, Dickwella went on to top score with 42 in Sri Lanka’s 154 all out. Holder picked up three of the four wickets to fall, finishing with 4 for 19 off 16 overs.The game then galloped forward when Sri Lanka took just 31.2 overs to skittle West Indies for 93, the least overs they’ve taken to bowl out a Test side outside Asia. Kemar Roach’s adventurous 23 not out was the highest in a disastrous batting performance, with each of the top five recording single-digit scores. Suranga Lakmal, the captain, and Lahiru Kumara picked up three wickets apiece, Kumara easily the most impressive of the lot, troubling batsmen with genuine pace that was married with tremendous accuracy. Then under lights, Holder, Roach and Shannon Gabriel got the ball to hoop around, the batsmen put through a searching examination. Sri Lanka’s hopes now hinge on Kusal Mendis, unbeaten on 25. He has allrounder Dilruwan Perera and the lower order for company.Danushka Gunathilaka and Mahela Udawatte opened the innings in Kusal’s absence, but were dismissed cheaply to expose a fragile middle order without Dinesh Chandimal, sitting because of a suspension. Udawatte’s horror international return after a 10-year gap continued when he was beaten for pace by a sharp inswinger from Roach to be lbw – his second duck and third single-digit score in four innings on tour. Gunathilaka, meanwhile, top-edged a pull to a back-pedalling Devendra Bishoo at mid-on to a steep Holder delivery.Dhananjaya de Silva was then put to severe test by an inspired Holder, who eventually had his wicket when the batsman shouldered arms to a ball coming inwards and saw his off stump flattened. So fired up was Holder that West Indies wasted a review to a caught behind appeal off Roshen Silva, but he wouldn’t last long, nicking to second slip in the same over to leave Sri Lanka in trouble at 50 for 4. That could’ve been 59 for 5 had Shai Hope, keeping in place of the injured Shane Dowrich, held on to a one-handed chance offered by Kusal Mendis off Holder. West Indies’ hopes of building on a big lead suffered early setbacks when they were 13 for 3 at the end of the first session where eight wickets fell. Kraigg Brathwaite was snaffled at short leg by a rising Lakmal delivery, while Devon Smith and Hope were beaten on the inside edge by sharp inswingers. Dowrich and Holder briefly resisted to add 27, the highest partnership of West Indies’ second innings, before the innings unraveled. Roach’s cameo took the lead past 100 and beyond, and gave them a respectable pink-ball target to bowl at.last_img read more

Paul Smith edges Mike Allidi for low gross honours

first_imgThe low gross winner was Paul Smith (4) with a score of 75 gross winning on count-back from Mike Allidi.Recently returned from Australia it was Bob Watson (4) winning ‘A’ Flight, playing stroke play from the white tees, with 73 net on count-back from Mike Allidi.B Flight winner – Bryan Neal.‘B’ Flight also from the white tees, but playing Stableford, saw regular monthly player Bryan Neal (14) take top spot with 40 points.In ‘C’ Flight, from the yellow tees, with 42 points, the best Stableford of the day, it was Christian Boysen (17) who took the honours.Clive Mullins (26) secured ‘D’ Flight with a fine 41 points.The Seniors were joined with the Ladies today but it was the Ladies who showed the way with (Oy) Suphattra Dulkys (25) scoring an excellent 39 points with PSC Lady Champion Yui Bietry (8) runner-up with 33 points.This month the presentation and prize giving was at Shenanigans in Jomtien with great freshly cooked food by Dave of the Sportsman and excellent service provided by the Shenanigans’ staff. Those who attended, which was fewer than was hoped, had an enjoyable evening which was over by 8 p.m.Golf Chairman Mark West had recovered enough be at the presentation and following introduction by Nigel, Mark expressed his appreciation to today’s players and the team at the course, Dick, Peter, Andre, Tom and Nigel for taking care of the administration and to Noi Emmerson for the selling of the 50/50 lucky tickets.  He also commented on the excellent work that happens before the day by Mai and PSC office staff – it does make running the day much easier.D Flight winner – Clive Mullins.Mark went on to inform members of the current situation reading the voucher arrangements PSC had made with a number of courses.Nigel then announced the winners and Mark presented the prizes. This month there was an extra long putt prize – donated by Tip Briney to celebrate his 68th birthday and won by Larry Deverdenne – who promptly returned his winning back to PSC. This was followed by the lucky draw. It was time for the 50/50 draw which this month had additional prizes with 4 x 1000 baht vouchers kindly donated by Mark of Shenanigans and 2 x 1000 baht vouchers kindly donated by Freddy Starbeck for his new restaurant D’ablo. The final ticket for the 50/50 was won by a very happy Thai lady Panomporn.Important! Note the next PSC Monthly is on Wednesday 22nd October at Treasure Hill -with the first tee time at 0900 and the presentation is at Lewiinski’s.Sign up early!50 – 50 winner – Panomporn.Greenwood Hole B9 – Green.Greenwood Hole C3 – Green. PSC 136th Monthly Golf TournamentFriday, September 19, Greenwood Golf CourseThere were 113 members signed up for today’s tournament at Greenwood – which was presented in fine condition.  There were 2 no-shows, leaving 111 – a phone call to the office is all that is required. Checking in was swift, with the Greenwood office staff being most helpful, together with sunny weather all was set for a fine golfing day. With Golf Chairman Mark being unwell it was down to the international team of Dick Warberg, Peter Blackburn, Andre Van Dyk, Tom Herrington and Nigel Cannon to take care of registration – marking the technical holes, and acting as starters on both the 1st and 10th tees. As the players returned in a little over 4 hours it was Peter and Nigel who checked the cards and calculated the results.Flight winners.last_img read more

PREAKNESS 2016: 5 New Shooters to Watch

first_imgNyquist, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, wins the Florida Derby horse race, Saturday, April 2, 2016, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. ( Coglianese Photos/Gulfstream Park via AP) The Associated Press Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will face a slew of new challengers in the Preakness next Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.Runner-up Exaggerator and ninth-place finisher Lani are two Derby horses taking him on again. Here’s a look at some of the new shooters, including possible rising star Stradivari, a pair of colts who weren’t able to run in the Derby and another 3-year-old from Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert.For now, here’s your hottest new shooter. With just three races on his resume, this 3-year-old son of Medaglia ‘Oro is looking to follow a similar path taken by 2006 Preakness winner Bernardini.The bay colt makes his stakes debut in the second leg of the Triple Crown. But, oh boy, his two victories have been eye-catching: one by 11 ¼ lengths at Gulfstream Park last year, the latest a 14 ½ lengths at Keeneland on April 17. Both races were around two turns, an encouraging sign for trainer by Todd Pletcher.Pletcher is well aware Stradivari is taking on much-more experienced 3-year-olds, but “from a talent standpoint he belongs.“You just hope you have enough seasoning,” he added, pointing to the approach taken by Bernardini, who was trained by Tom Albertrani.Like Stradivari, Bernardini ran fourth in his first race, then broke his maiden at Gulfstream by 7 ¾ lengths and won the Withers at Aqueduct by 3 ¾ lengths. A slight difference is Bernardini did not run as a 2-year-old.“Hopefully,” says Stradivari’s jockey John Velazquez, “he can handle it.”___COLLECTEDA well-traveled 3-year-old, this Baffert-trained Lexington winner seems to be improving. The son of City Zip clinched his Preakness chance after a solid seven-furlong workout Friday at Churchill Downs.He opened his 2016 campaign with a win the Sham Stakes and ran fourth in the Southwest at Oaklawn Park. He then rebounded and won the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes and the Lexington. Baffert has won the Preakness six times, four times with Derby winners. His two non-Derby Preakness winners are Point Given in 2001 and Lookin at Lucky in 2010.___LAOBANLike Nyquist, a son of Uncle Mo. Based on that alone, who can discard this colt? Laoban was an also-eligible but not get into the field limited to 20 starters. Trainer Eric Guillot has himself a speedy, front-running horse that could shake things up in the Preakness. In his last start, Laoban (Lay-ban) set the pace in the Blue Grass despite a slow start but faded to fourth. His career record says he doesn’t have much chance, though — he’s 0 for 5.___UNCLE LINOYet another son of Uncle Mo? Well, yes. With a leading 20 horses nominated to Triple Crown races, Uncle Mo is racing’s top sire these days with his first class of 3-year-olds. A remarkable feat.In Uncle Lino, here’s a colt making his first start outside California, which has been home base for three of the last four Preakness winners.In his last race for trainer Gary Sherlock, Uncle Lino won the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos on April 30. He ran second, fourth and third, respectively, in the Robert B. Lewis, the San Felipe and the Santa Anita Derby.___CHERRY WINEDale Romans is looking to pull off a surprise and win his second Preakness. The trainer won the 2011 race with Shackleford at 12-1 odds. Unlike Shackleford, Cherry Wine prefers to come from off the pace. In his past two races, the gray son of Paddy O’Prado finished fourth in the Rebel and rallied for third in the Blue Grass — behind winning stablemate Brody’s Cause. An also-eligible for the Derby, Cherry Wine did not make the field.___Follow Richard Rosenblatt on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/rosenblattap,Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will face a slew of new challengers in the Preakness next Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.Runner-up Exaggerator and ninth-place finisher Lani are two Derby horses taking him on again. Here’s a look at some of the new shooters, including possible rising star Stradivari, a pair of colts who weren’t able to run in the Derby and another 3-year-old from Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert.For now, here’s your hottest new shooter. With just three races on his resume, this 3-year-old son of Medaglia ‘Oro is looking to follow a similar path taken by 2006 Preakness winner Bernardini.The bay colt makes his stakes debut in the second leg of the Triple Crown. But, oh boy, his two victories have been eye-catching: one by 11 ¼ lengths at Gulfstream Park last year, the latest a 14 ½ lengths at Keeneland on April 17. Both races were around two turns, an encouraging sign for trainer by Todd Pletcher.Pletcher is well aware Stradivari is taking on much-more experienced 3-year-olds, but “from a talent standpoint he belongs.“You just hope you have enough seasoning,” he added, pointing to the approach taken by Bernardini, who was trained by Tom Albertrani.Like Stradivari, Bernardini ran fourth in his first race, then broke his maiden at Gulfstream by 7 ¾ lengths and won the Withers at Aqueduct by 3 ¾ lengths. A slight difference is Bernardini did not run as a 2-year-old.“Hopefully,” says Stradivari’s jockey John Velazquez, “he can handle it.”___COLLECTEDA well-traveled 3-year-old, this Baffert-trained Lexington winner seems to be improving. The son of City Zip clinched his Preakness chance after a solid seven-furlong workout Friday at Churchill Downs.He opened his 2016 campaign with a win the Sham Stakes and ran fourth in the Southwest at Oaklawn Park. He then rebounded and won the Sunland Park Festival of Racing Stakes and the Lexington. Baffert has won the Preakness six times, four times with Derby winners. His two non-Derby Preakness winners are Point Given in 2001 and Lookin at Lucky in 2010.___LAOBANLike Nyquist, a son of Uncle Mo. Based on that alone, who can discard this colt? Laoban was an also-eligible but not get into the field limited to 20 starters. Trainer Eric Guillot has himself a speedy, front-running horse that could shake things up in the Preakness. In his last start, Laoban (Lay-ban) set the pace in the Blue Grass despite a slow start but faded to fourth. His career record says he doesn’t have much chance, though — he’s 0 for 5.___UNCLE LINOYet another son of Uncle Mo? Well, yes. With a leading 20 horses nominated to Triple Crown races, Uncle Mo is racing’s top sire these days with his first class of 3-year-olds. A remarkable feat.In Uncle Lino, here’s a colt making his first start outside California, which has been home base for three of the last four Preakness winners.In his last race for trainer Gary Sherlock, Uncle Lino won the California Chrome Stakes at Los Alamitos on April 30. He ran second, fourth and third, respectively, in the Robert B. Lewis, the San Felipe and the Santa Anita Derby.___CHERRY WINEDale Romans is looking to pull off a surprise and win his second Preakness. The trainer won the 2011 race with Shackleford at 12-1 odds. Unlike Shackleford, Cherry Wine prefers to come from off the pace. In his past two races, the gray son of Paddy O’Prado finished fourth in the Rebel and rallied for third in the Blue Grass — behind winning stablemate Brody’s Cause. An also-eligible for the Derby, Cherry Wine did not make the field.___Follow Richard Rosenblatt on Twitter at: http://www.twitter.com/rosenblattaplast_img read more

Hawks sweep Leafs, edge Green and White in another one-goal nail biter Sunday in Fruitvale

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs have played very well for most of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League seasons.Unfortunately, very well won’t get the Green and White to the top of the Neil Murdoch standings.The Leafs saw its losing streak climb to four games after Beaver Valley Nitehawks – the Murdoch Division leaders — edged Nelson 4-3 Sunday afternoon in Frutivale.Beaver Valley, winning Friday in Nelson by the identical 4-3 margin, has won five of six games this season against the Leafs.Nelson also lost 6-4 to Castlegar Saturday in the Sunflower City.“It was a tough weekend for the boys but I think it was a good learning weekend,” Leaf head coach Frank Maida said Sunday. “Our team got a good eye opener to where we need to be on a consistent basis against two good teams in our division.”Craig Martin’s second-period power play goal, the fourth of the game for the odds-on favourite to win the KIJHL’s rookie of the year award, proved to be the winner as the Hawks escaped with its fourth one-goal victory over Nelson in six attempts.Twice Beaver Valley rallied from one-goal deficits.Nelson led as Nelson 2-1 in the first period on goals by Linden Horswill and Dallon Stoddart.After Martin tied the game at the end of the first 20 minutes, Max Mois busted out of a four-game goalless streak to give the Leafs a short-lived 3-2 advantage in the middle frame.Martin then scored twice on the power play, the winner coming with 6:38 remaining in the second.Beaver Valley out shot the Leafs 33-26 in the game as Mike Vlanich out dueled Nelson rookie goalie Patrick Defoe in the nets. The game was Defoe’s first start in a few games and the Leaf rookie did not disappoint the coaches.“Patrick played very well,” Maida exclaimed. “He played solid and steady and make some timely big saves when we needed them. I was very happy with Patrick’s performance after not having played for a few games.”The weekend sweep increases Beaver Valley’s lead in the Murdoch to 14 points over the Leafs.The Hawks hold a five-point advantage over Castlegar Rebels, the team Beaver Valley meets in a home-and-home series when the teams return from the Christmas break, Dec. 29 in the Sunflower City.“We feel finishing first in the division is very important,” said Beaver Valley head coach Terry Jones when asked about the weekend series against the Leafs. “We really hate to have to play (Nelson or Castlegar) in the first round (of the playoffs). Over the past few years that’s what we had to do . . . which means you have to go through to tough rounds to get out of the division.”WEEKEND NOTES: The win for Beaver Valley, 27-5, runs their unbeaten streak to 13 games. . . .Craig Martin has been a Leaf killer this season. During the six games the Beaver Valley winger has 11 goals and three assists. Two games Martin has scored four and three goals. . . .Friday, Scott Morriseau scored three times and rookie Brenden Heinrich added a pair to lead Castlegar past the Leafs. Daylen Pearson and Tyler Jones each had three assists as Castlegar finally defeated former teammate Andrew Walton. Four Leafs — Nick Newman, Matti Jmaeff, Cameron Dobransky and J.J. Beitel — replied for Nelson. . . .Nelson had three affiliate players in the lineup this weekend — defenceman Cole Arcuri Friday, forward Colton Dawson Saturday and defenceman Andrew Miller Sunday. . . .The four-goal performance by Martin lifts the Beaver Valley sniper into second spot in goals behind Creston’s Brandon Formosa. The Thunder Cat forward has scored 30 times. Martin is fifth in league scoring, nine points behind KLIJHL leader and teammate Ryan [email protected]last_img read more

Cycling Ireland Launches Four-Year Strategy

first_imgRas na mBan Stage 3 Kilkenny-The CutThe race leaders chase down a lone breakaway rider over the Wolf Trap in the Slieve Bloom MountainsPic : Lorraine O’Sullivan Cycling Ireland has today published its new 2020-2024 Strategic Plan and vision of Ireland, an island enriched by cycling. The strategic plan sets forth the sports ambition from grass roots to elite level and encompasses cycling in all its forms. From road and off-road to track and BMX, from competitive and leisure to cycling as a form of transport, all under the guidance of Cycling Ireland.center_img Cycling is at the heart of many communities and the inclusive nature of the sport, one which caters for people throughout the cycle of life is central to the delivery of our strategy over the next four years.Cycling Ireland’s vision will be delivered under three pillars.Participate: We provide opportunities for Irish cyclist of all ages and stages to fulfil their aspirations and potential.Perform: Our cyclists deliver international success to inspire the people of Ireland.Enable: We create the environment for investment of resources in the development of cycling.This approach has been developed following a productive consultation process and will see stakeholders work in harmony towards our shared vision of an island enriched by cycling, with more people riding their bikes, Ireland’s elite athletes winning on the world stage and sustained investment of resources into cycling.While originally intended for publication in early 2020 the strategy has been amended so that Cycling Ireland is well placed to meet the challenges presented by Covid-19.Chief Executive, Matt McKerrow commented;“The plan we’re publishing today sets out our vision, aspirations and priorities for the next four years. We’d like to thank the many members of the cycling community as well as our funders, sponsors and wider stakeholders for their input into the development of the plan, which we see as a guiding document to align and unite our efforts to develop the sport into the future.“Whilst we’d set our vision of ‘an island enriched by cycling’ long before the pandemic currently facing us, Covid-19 has shone a spotlight on our way of life like never before. It is our aspiration that cycling, and Cycling Ireland by association, will play a key role in enriching life in Ireland – whether it’s through improving the mental and physical health of those who cycle; providing inspiration with medal winning performances; or through the other societal benefits of cycling; such as the environmental benefit of active transport; the sense of community building provided by clubs, events and facilities; and the benefits to the economy generated by cycle tourism.“It is an aspirational 4-year plan, and we look forward to delivering it in partnership with our community and stakeholders.”Read the 2020-2024 Strategic Planprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zola

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Morata lacks confidence – Zolaby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola believes Alvaro Morata is lacking confidence.The Spaniard has scored just five goals this season and has been linked with an exit this month.But Zola has assured fans that the goals “will come” from Morata.”Mainly it’s confidence. I’ve been a striker myself and when you get into these loops where you’re looking for the goal all the time and it doesn’t come, you lose confidence. “The less confidence you get the less you’re going to score. It’s one of those things that happens frequently with all players.”Alvaro has to understand for us it’s important when he scores, but also when he comes and plays and does all the things important for the club. The goal has to be only a consequence of what you do for the team. The way we play always helps the front players to score. But, you have to keep working for the team to participate to the process. The goal will come.” last_img read more