Charleston Harbor Deepening Project Remains on Track

first_imgProgress of the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project will remain on track with $49 million awarded in the Army Corps FY18 Work Plan.According to the South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA), the critical funds that will be coupled with financial support from the State of South Carolina will further secure the progress of deepening the Charleston Harbor to 52 feet.“This funding is great news for continued construction activities and timely awarding of dredging contracts for the Charleston Harbor Deepening Project,” said Bill Stern, SCPA Board Chair.Construction to deepen the Charleston Harbor Entrance Channel began in February following the awarding of the first two dredging contracts, totaling $260 million, by USACE.“The deepening of the Charleston Harbor is one of the most important strategic priorities for the State of South Carolina,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “The Southeast needs a 52-foot harbor to efficiently handle the large container ships now calling the East Coast. There are four other harbors on our coast at 50 feet of depth, and such large container ships call a network of ports.”The USACE Work Plan funding, in combination with a $50 million loan from the State, will enable the Charleston Harbor to be deepened to the Wando Welch Terminal by early 2021 in a record construction period of only 40 months. Upon completion of Charleston’s deepening, the Inner Harbor will offer 52 feet of depth with a 54-feet deep Entrance Channel.The project was designated a “New Construction Start” in the USACE Work Plan last year and received Congressional Authorization in December 2016.last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Drop Games To Lady Panthers

first_imgBatesville drops both levels of play to Jennings County in first contest of 2015.  The Varsity score was 13-1 and The JV score was 14-0.Batesville vs JC Varsity Softball (3-31)Batesville vs. JC JV Softball (3-31)Next Batesville is scheduled to travel to Milan on 4/2/15 for a 5:30 Varsity start and JV to follow.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img

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USDA invests in SEI REMC

first_imgOsgood, IN— U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) State Director Michael Dora today announced that Southeastern Indiana Rural Electric Membership Corporation will receive $15 million from USDA Rural Development to finance smart grid technologies that improve system operations and monitor grid security.“USDA is committed to being an effective partner to rural communities in building, expanding and modernizing electric infrastructure,” said Dora. “This investment will be used to assist 796 customers and build and improve 107 miles of line.” The loan includes $2.6 million for smart grid technologies. Southeastern serves approximately 27,000 customers over 3,225 miles of line in Dearborn, Franklin, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland counties.Today’s announcement is part of a larger statement from USDA Deputy Under Secretary of Rural Development Donald “DJ” LaVoy in which he announced USDA is investing $251 million to upgrade rural electric systems in 13 states that will serve rural areas in Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The funding will help build and improve 1,971 miles of line to improve electric reliability in rural areas.SEI REMC has this loan as part of their current work plan for improvements in the area.  They also are considering additional broadband advancement for the future.last_img read more

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Aamir Sohail slams PCB’s plan of end department cricket teams

first_imgLahore: Former Pakistan captain Aamir Sohail has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for its idea of abolishing department cricket teams and confining the domestic first-class structure to six teams.He also urged the PCB to first remove those who enjoyed the sway while making appointments for chief selector, captain and head coach.According to a report published in the ‘Dawn’, Aamir Sohail said during his visit to the Dar Hockey Academy here on Saturday: “The PCB has been considering the policy of a domestic structure based on six (provincial) teams just on one person’s whim. However, it is just rhetoric because the fact is that Pakistan have loads of talent but (with the new structure) you are going to squeeze it, which will not work.”“First of all, the department teams were formed in the past as per the state policy, not by any government. And to change a state policy, you have to go through the Parliament to discuss it at length,” the 52-year-old added.“Ideally, the idea of six teams should first have been floated before the general body of the PCB and then before the Board of Governors. In the end it should have been sent to the government. But (unfortunately) all unconstitutional ways are being adopted to undo a state policy on just one person’s whim,” he continued.The former left-handed opener who played 47 Tests and 156 ODIs further said: “If the PCB disaffiliates the department teams, these organisations will no longer run their sports departments which means they will also close down the teams of other sports because the departments are primarily getting mileage through the game of cricket.”“Back in 2004, we experimented with a seven-team format in first-class cricket. However, since then gradually the number of outfits have increased, which now stands at 16. It is because of the demand of the game among the masses.” Aamir also said that instead of abolishing department teams, the system should be made more competitive. IANS Also Read: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Offers To Host Sri Lanka For Test Series In Pakistanlast_img read more

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Tillie leads No. 2 Gonzaga over San Francisco 71-54

first_imgSan Francisco hosts Pepperdine on Saturday.Gonzaga plays at No. 23 BYU on Saturday. The Zags beat the Cougars 92-69 in Spokane earlier. “There will be 18,000 there and it will be electric,” Few said. “BYU is having an phenomenal year. We have to play great to get out of there with a win.”___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 “I truly believe we have the blueprint for what it takes to beat these guys, and I hope we get another shot in the conference tournament,” Golden said.IRON MANRyan Woolridge scored 12 points, handed out seven assists and had five steals for Gonzaga while playing all 40 minutes. “He’s our only point guard in the program right now,” Few said. “He’s been phenomenal.“We needed all 40 minutes tonight,” Few said.STREAKS Tillie leads No. 2 Gonzaga over San Francisco 71-54 Corey Kispert hit a pair of 3-pointers as the Zags extended their lead to 46-33, outscoring the turnover-prone Dons 24-2 to open the second.San Francisco found its shooting touch and a basket by Minlend cut Gonzaga’s lead to 56-49 late in the second.But the Bulldogs outscored the Dons the rest of the way for the win.San Francisco was plagued by 16 turnovers, many in the second half, and shot just 33% for the game. They made just 1 of 12 3-point attempts in the second half.“We had to play a full 40 minutes to win,” coach Todd Golden said. “We really struggled to take care of the ball to begin the second half, and that cost us. “We were not being who we were,” Few said. “Not doing the things that have made us so successful this year.”Indeed, Gonzaga trailed 31-22 in the first half.“That’s about as poorly as we’ve played on the offensive end in the first half,” Few said.But the Zags, who lead the nation in scoring, could not be contained for long. They erupted for 49 points in the second half while holding the Dons to 23 points, and cruised to their 19th consecutive victory.“We played spectacularly on the defensive end in the second half,” Few said. February 21, 2020 Killian Tillie, who missed several games with a sprained ankle, scored 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Gonzaga.Filip Petrusev scored 16 points and Ryan Woolridge 12 for Gonzaga (27-1, 13-0 West Coast), which is seeking to go undefeated in the league for the second consecutive season. Charles Minlend scored 22 points and Khalil Shabazz 13 for San Francisco (17-11, 6-7), which lost just 83-79 at home to Gonzaga on Feb. 1. The Dons have lost 18 straight to Gonzaga, dating to their last win in 2012.With the win, Gonzaga clinched at least a share of an eighth consecutive regular-season WCC title.Five of San Francisco’s first seven baskets were 3-pointers, three by Minlend, as the Dons took a 19-16 lead. They pushed the lead to 25-16. Gonzaga has won 40 straight regular-season conference games and 37 straight home games, both the longest streaks in the nation.BIG PICTURESan Francisco: The Dons’ earlier four-point loss to Gonzaga was the Bulldogs’ narrowest victory in the league this year … The Dons average nearly 76 points, despite shooting just 44% … The Dons lost three of their previous four games, in part because they failed to connect much from 3-point range.Gonzaga: The Zags came in leading the nation in scoring at 88.6 points per game, and in scoring margin at 21.3 points … The Zags are the only team in the nation with seven players averaging in double figures; no other team has more than five … Gonzaga’s only loss this season was to Michigan on Nov. 29.UP NEXT Gonzaga scored three straight baskets to cut San Francisco’s lead to 25-22.Minlend scored a pair of baskets as the Dons took a 31-22 lead at halftime, despite shooting just 33% in the first half. Gonzaga shot 38%, but committed eight turnovers and made just one 3-pointer, compared to five for the Dons.“The offense scoring 22 points in the first half is not who we are,” Petrusev said.Asked if the team was worried they might lose for the first time since November, Petrusev said: “We never worried we are going to lose.”Gonzaga, which trailed by eight at halftime in the first game between the teams, scored the first 12 points of the second half to take a 34-31 lead. The Dons were scoreless for the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditSPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — For the second time this season, San Francisco led second-ranked Gonzaga at halftime, and for the second time the Bulldogs needed a big second half to rally for a victory.Gonzaga coach Mark Few had a few words for his team at halftime Thursday night.“Just be us,” Few said after the Zags beat San Francisco 71-54.last_img read more

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CWI top executives laud use of technology for greater effectiveness

first_imgCRICKET West Indies (CWI) top executives, Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow, are lauding the introduction of new technology since taking over the reins of leadership just over a year ago. In their wide-ranging one-year review, released during last week, President Skerritt and Vice-president Shallow referred to several instances where the technology was used for greater effectiveness in spreading the work of the CWI.Among them was the hosting, jointly with UNICEF, of a regional Sports Science Workshop in Trinidad and Tobago in December 2019 to update on the latest sports science and medicine research, technological advances, and the implementation of best practices at CWI.The review pointed out that “In keeping with our commitment to keep all stakeholders informed, press conferences to announce the new selection system, new white-ball captain and other developments, were streamed live on YouTube with the aim of reaching stakeholders in real-time.Other significant achievements, the review said, were the recruitment of a new Broadcast Production partner, Whisper, to ensure that coverage of West Indies cricket is of the highest possible economic, player-centric, and cultural value; procurement of a new clothing producer, Castore, with the most modern and comfortable fabric and design quality and the greater effectiveness achieved in fitness testing and fitness results.These results included: Out of 118 regional players tested in March 2019, only 43 players met the minimum fitness standard; out of 130 players tested ten months later, in January 2020, 102 have met the minimum fitness standards, including all centrally contracted Test and white-ball-only players.The review also alluded to the fact that CWI partnered with USA-based weather company, Accuweather, to utilise their unique technology for weather updates on website ahead of cricket matches and as a commercial drive to enter the USA market. “This is breaking new ground for CWI and will need capacity-building if we are to optimise.”The review referred to the employment of an experienced West Indian, Richard Berridge, as a selection-data analyst, specifically to service the information needs of all selection panels and also that of a world-renowned data analyst, AR Srikkanth, to bring additional technological expertise to aid decision-making and performances of the senior men’s team as they strive to move up the rankings.The duo boasted that during the one-year period, the use of best-practice accounting and human resources management software saw the improvement in the financial and human resources management, respectively; the implementation of remote meetings for CWI standing committees while they are currently exploring a comprehensive diagnosis of the Information Technology infrastructural needs of the entire organisation and the improved use of social media communications in general, with fans and other stakeholders, including as follows: FaceBook – which saw followers increasing by 3.2 per cent; impressions and engagements increased by 178 per cent and 87.6 per cent respectively; video views on Facebook surpassed 112 million in the past 12 months and Twitter – 121k new followers, an increase of 37 per cent. “We passed the one million subscriber milestone and increased subscribers by 990 000 in the past 12 months. (Frederick Halley).last_img read more

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Amuneke Warns Rohr on Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomori

first_imgAbraham has been the major talking point of the new English Premier League season since his impressive goal-scoring form for Chelsea, where he has netted seven goals in six games.Although both Abraham and Tomori have played age grade competitions for England and Canada respectively, the are both qualified to play for any country of their choice since none of them have been capped in competitive tournaments in line with FIFA rules.But Amuneke who led Tanzania to the last AFCON 2019 in Egypt before he was relieved of the job due to the inability of the Taifa Stars to go beyond the group stage, insisted that trying to lure Abraham to play for Nigeria in the Brazil friendly in Singapore next month appears hasty.The AFCON 1994 winner /Atlanta ’96 Olympic gold medalist told Soccernet.ng Coach Gernot Rohr to focus on building the confidence of other strikers such as Victor Osimhen and Henry Onyekuru before extending an invitation to Abraham.“At this point in time, it will be a distraction for the team if the Nigeria Football Federation and the Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr continue to focus their attention on Chelsea forward, Tammy Abraham.“Yes, Abraham has shown that he’s a quality striker going by the number of goals he has scored for Chelsea this ongoing season. However, trying to lure him to play for the Super Eagles against Brazil when he has not made up his mind won’t be the best choice at the moment.“Besides, Victor Osimhen has been impressive for his club, Lille in the Ligue 1, scoring goals at will. He should be encouraged and not be distracted.Just at the weekend, Tomori admitted his willingness to play for any of the three countries that wants him for their senior national teams.England, Nigeria and Canada are the three countries tussling for the services of the Chelsea centre-half’ due to his impressive displays for the Blues.England Manager Gareth Southgate have Tomori on his radar.Tomori, who was born in Canada to Nigerian parents, but the family moved to Gravesend when he was a baby, had played for Canada’s Under-20 team and for England’s Under-20 and Under-21 teams.Tomori is non-committal at present and said: ‘I’m a citizen of all three (countries) so we’ll see. I was born in Canada and lived there about seven or eight months old. My family is Nigerian, obviously I live in England. It’s nice to have that. I can’t play Under-21 football anymore so the last international break I didn’t get called up to anyone. Next one maybe we’ll see,” observed the Chelsea lad.His manager at Chelsea, Frank Lampard has tipped him to be good enough to make the cut for England but insists he won’t try to influence his decision.Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick reckons Abraham should play for the country of his dad’s birth.He said: “We will not relent in our quest for good players to play for the country.“But these kids are very independent-minded.“We have been told to wait until April 2020, when he (Abraham) hopes to make a final decision on the matter.“I told him he stood a better chance of playing regularly for Nigeria than with England,” concludes Pinnick who was at Stamford Bridge to watch Abraham at work recently.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram * England, Canada wait in the shades to cap them at senior levelDuro IkhazuagbeAs Nigerians are clamouring for invitations to be extended to Chelsea stars, Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori, former Super Eagles and Barcelona winger, Emmanuel Amuneke has called for caution, insisting that Abraham in particular should be critically examined in view of options available to the national handlers.last_img read more

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Thrilling Three Lions Forward Gives Southgate Hope of Early Berth in…

first_imgKane and Sterling have each scored six times in four qualifiers so far.But unlike many major tournaments that ended in disappointment over the past two decades when England relied on one source of goals from the likes of Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen, Gareth Southgate has a wealth of options to choose from.Jadon Sancho, 19, scored his first two international goals in the 5-3 victory over Kosovo last month and has edged ahead of Marcus Rashford as the prime candidate to join Sterling and Kane in a front three.Rashford has struggled for fitness and form in a Manchester United side devoid of creativity, but is still just 21 and has plenty of time to make his case to start at the Euros.Between them Kane, Sterling and Rashford have 19 goals in the first two months of the Premier League season, but none of them are even the top-scoring Englishman in the Premier League.Tammy Abraham’s electric start to life back at Chelsea after a series of loan spells has earned him an England recall with eight goals in as many league games.However, Abraham faces the thankless task of trying to usurp Kane to be England’s No 9.“For me, he’s the greatest striker in the world,” Abraham, 22, told UK’s Evening Standard.“When you look at Harry Kane, if he gets a chance in the box, nine times out of 10, it’s a goal. So I’ll go there learn off him and hopefully be like him.”The competition just to make Southgate’s squad next summer is just as fierce in the areas out wide and just behind the striker.Callum Hudson-Odoi is not involved for the trips to Prague and Sofia having only recently returned from a long-term Achilles injury, but the 18-year-old has impressed on his comeback for Chelsea.In midfield, another promising product of the Chelsea academy, Mason Mount has overtaken his international teammate Ross Barkley at club level to break into the England senior squad.James Maddison’s wait for a first cap has been prolonged by an illness that forced him to withdraw from the squad on Thursday morning.However, his time will come as one of the stars of Leicester’s early rise to challengers for a Champions League place in the Premier League this season.Four more qualifiers over the next two months with little on the line just as the Premier League season is getting up to speed may signal a lull for supporters.But for Southgate there are precious few opportunities left to mould the right 23-man squad that despite their tender age will have great expectations placed on their shoulders next summer.England have fallen short at the semifinals of the World Cup and Nations League over the past year.Now blessed with such firepower and home advantage for the majority of Euro 2020 should they go all the way, the demands are higher.FRIDAY FIXTURESUkraine v LithuaniaTurkey v AlbaniaAndorra v MoldovaIceland v FranceMontenegro v BulgariaCzech Rep v EnglandPortugal v LuxembourgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram EURO 2020 QUALIFIERSThe Three Lions will be confident of maintaining their 100 percent record in qualifying when they visit the Czech Republic today and can even mathematically secure qualification for the Euro 2020 by the time they travel to Bulgaria four days later.At 26 and 24, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling are the older heads of a thrilling forward line that threatens to be the envy of Europe next summer.last_img read more

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Edo 2020: Dare Receives National Sports Festival Committee Report

first_imgThe Edo 2020 Sports Festival Committee set up to review Edo State’s readiness to host the event in the wake of the postponement due to the outbreak of Covid-19 has submitted its report to Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare.Speaking while submitting its report to the Minister on Thursday in Abuja, Chairman of the Committee Mr. Tonobok Okowa said the committee had done a thorough job which would help the government decide on the best possible date to host the Games.According to the Minister, ” Exactly a month ago this committee was set up, I thank you for keeping to the schedule of your mandate. We shall study your report, sit down with relevant agencies of government to examine the recomendations there-in. The Ministry is properly guided by Covid-19 protocol and will not shy away from taking decisions based on the reality on the ground.” Sunday-Dare Dare further said: “This is a milestone to determine when to start sporting activities, but we would not jeorpadise the health and wellbeing of our sportsmen and women.”The commiitee had made several recommendations which would be scrutinized before a final decision is taken on the hosting of the festival.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Cooper: Hack reflects on time as beat reporter, editor in chief

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 9, 2013 at 12:22 am Knowing he would never suit up for Syracuse again, Kris Joseph spit out six words in between his sobs and sniffles.“I just can’t believe it’s over.”The quote came after the Orange lost to Ohio State in the Elite Eight in Boston in March 2012, ending one of the most successful seasons in basketball program history. Joseph’s feelings were similar to the rest of the team’s — devastated. It showed in the tears streaming down their cheeks and reverberated in their words.That game would be one of my final ones, too, as I moved off the beat to work as editor in chief this past year. I did not see the team get any better than last year, but the Orange went and surprised everyone and ultimately reached Atlanta.When the Orange made the Final Four this season, I tried to vicariously live through our coverage, attempting to know what was happening behind the scenes, just like I witnessed a year earlier. I found my passion for planning projects such as a Final Four special edition preview to fill in the gap of missing the games.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMy four years have been stamped with moments like these. Through all of it, what I learned most was that each one of these moments is always about the people. The best stories paint a picture for the reader and display the personalities of the people in them.As I pack my suitcase and prepare to move on to another stage in my career, I will always remember the people I have covered and interviewed through times of jubilation and duress. A soaking wet yet infinitely optimistic men’s soccer head coach Ian McIntyre after his team blew a two-goal lead to lose at home to South Florida in freezing rain, another lump during a miserable season in 2011. Doug Marrone taking to the podium and placing all of the blame on himself in five straight games to end Syracuse football’s 2011 season, his eyes more tired and hair more disheveled with each loss.Dion Waiters, always happy to talk about his skills, smiling and telling me that no one in college basketball can guard him.The people make the stories. Even, and especially, the ones who don’t make it into print. I met a taxi driver in Raleigh, N.C., who was originally from Rochester, N.Y., but left to find a job and always carried pictures of his two young kids. I spent Thanksgiving in a New York City hostel while covering a tournament in Madison Square Garden. OK, that one isn’t so glamorous.Early in my career, an editor told me to always make sure to watch what happens in between plays — what players and coaches are doing on the sidelines, what players do on the court after a shot — because that is often from where the best moments come.Syracuse’s Elite Eight loss was full of those moments, and it’s why it will be the event I remember most from my time here.My fingers rarely stopped typing during the game, whether it was capturing coach Jim Boeheim’s reaction after receiving his first technical foul of the year, or Jared Sullinger’s demeanor as he went to the bench in foul trouble. Late in the game, Joseph turned the ball over, and as he picked it up from the sideline, he put it to his mouth and attempted to take a bite out of the rubber.When the game ended, I took my notepad and recorder into both locker rooms. Before talking to anyone, I surveyed the scenes and attempted to describe them on paper.Agony and ecstasy. Scoop Jardine, overwhelmed by tears, and Deshaun Thomas, overcome by glee with a giant grin. I filed a story I was as proud of as any, and still am to this day.As my colleagues and I drove back to Syracuse the next day, we had mixed emotions, as well. On one hand, it would be nice to return to campus — spending nearly every week on the road for two months takes its toll — but on the other hand, our journey was also done. I knew I was preparing for editor in chief and would no longer be on the beat.One year later, I submit my final words of an unimaginable four-year run at The Daily Orange. I think I understand a little better what Joseph felt that night.I just can’t believe it’s over.Mark Cooper is editor in chief of The Daily Orange, where his columns will no longer appear. He can be reached at mcooper.syr@gmail.com or on Twitter at @mark_cooperjr.-30- Commentslast_img read more

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