September 28

FEMA Approves Lake Houston Mouth Bar Dredging

first_imgHouston City Council Member, Dave Martin, said in its latest announcement that the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to remove sand and siltation from the Lake Houston mouth bar.In October 2018, the USACE began removing debris from the San Jacinto River that was deposited during Hurricane Harvey. This project was designated as a FEMA Mission Assignment (DR 4332) and directed the USACE to restore the river to pre-Harvey conditions.DR 4332 has removed debris from three out of four identified sections of the San Jacinto River, and this project is due to be completed in May. The mouth bar, which was identified as the fourth section, was not included in the scope of work for DR 4332.Last month, the application for the additional dredge material disposal site, as well as mouth bar removal, were submitted by the City of Houston, for review by the USACE and FEMA.The State of Texas, the City of Houston, as well as multiple stakeholders from the Lake Houston area, requested expedited consideration for FEMA to authorize a Mission Assignment for the debris removal and dredging of the mouth bar while the equipment is still in the river.At a meeting last week in Austin, FEMA issued a directive of Mission Assignment to the USACE for dredging of the mouth bar at the confluence of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston. FEMA has been working with TDEM, the City of Houston, and USACE to determine the amount of silt deposited at the confluence of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston attributable to Hurricane Harvey.The calculation is expected to be finalized this week, and dredging is expected to begin within thirty days.last_img read more

September 26

Bureau of Gender Affairs Plans Abuse Prevention Hotline

first_imgLifestyleLocalNews Bureau of Gender Affairs Plans Abuse Prevention Hotline by: – April 20, 2020 Share Share 78 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share According to the Bureau of Gender Affairs, incidents of abuse have been on the rise since global lockdown measures have been imposed which has led the Bureau to introduce a hotline for those who require help.Melissa Morgan is director of the Bureau.  She says the stress and anxiety of COVID19 is presenting as a trigger for those unable to cope in healthy ways.Several countries, she said have reported increases in domestic violence compared to last year.“Compared to last year, Wuhan the epicentre reported almost a triple increase in the number of calls related to domestic violence. This is very significant for us,” she said.Morgan also listed other triggers as loss of control, change in the power dynamic in the home and the use or abuse of alcohol.“Prior to COVD19, the workplace or school were safe places for some people. This is where they would go to escape the harsh realities of living in a confined environment with some family members.“However, it has changed now,” Morgan went on. “We are locked down for our own safety and persons are locked down with their abusers. This is considerable cause for concern.A hotline is therefore planned to provide psycho-social support to the community. A Whatsapp chat number will also be launched.“Persons can call in and just talk,” she explained. “There is significant stress which is normal. It’s normal to be anxious, to feel lonely or isolated during the lockdown. It’s normal to miss the way things were.”The number to call in the meantime to access that support is 266 3344.“Persons can call in and just have a conversation. Let us know how you feel. There will be trained people responding to the callsJust recently, police apprehended a man who stabbed his partner and her sister in an incident of domestic dispute.He was charged with attempted murder. Sharing is caring!last_img read more

September 26

Government to introduce new legislations targeted at protecting children in Dominica

first_imgHon. Prime Minister Rosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says government will be introducing several legislations geared at strengthening child maintenance laws in Dominica.Skerrit told the official opening of CHANCES-a place for safety for children at risk- that some of the new legislations include the cutting of salaries of delinquent fathers.He says government will also move to introduce an Act to deal with parents who frustrate the efforts of law enforcement officials.“There is a limit towards what the state can do on this matter. The state cannot legislate that parents should love or act responsibly towards their children. What the state can do is act to strengthen child maintenance laws so children are not left wanting food, clothes and shelter,” Skerrit said.According to him, government is aware “that some parents deliberately frustrate the efforts of law enforcement by retracting statements they give the police the police about abusers of their children…of by simply having a change of heart when they are to appear in court.Prime Minister Skerrit said government will be introducing legislations that will hold these parents accountable for their injustice to children. 30 Views   no discussions Share Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Government to introduce new legislations targeted at protecting children in Dominica by: – April 13, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

September 24

Batesville Swimming 3-Way Meet Results

first_imgGirls:   Greensburg 146, Batesville  119, Rushville 34.Lady Bulldogs are 5-3 on the season.Boys:  Batesville  139, Greensburg 100, Rushville 38.Bulldogs are 3-2 on the season.Varsity Event Winners: 200 Medley Relay (Weiler, Hatcher, Hawkins, Hunter), Evan Miller (200 free), Matt Weiler (200 IM, 100 fly), Emily Gutzwiller (100 fly), Thomas Hatcher (100 free, 100 breast); 200 free relay (Matt Weiler, Hatcher, McKinley, Hunter).JV Event Winners:  Ally Ritter-50 free, Lexi Hatcher 100 free, Zach Hall 100 free, Sarah Poltrack 100 back, Ben Schwettman 100 back, 100 breast Lauren CaplingerImprovements:  Girls:  Caplinger 100 breast, Cox 100 back, Gutzwiller 100 breast, Hatcher 100 free, 100 breast,  Ritter 100 free, Villani 50 free.Boys:  N Hall, 100 free, K Main 100 back, Patel 100 free, 100 back, Pelo 50 free, Schwettman 100 back.Submitted by Batesville Coach TJ Greene.last_img read more

September 22

Moses Simon enjoying life at Nantes

first_imgRelatedPosts Osimhen dedicates award to late dad Osimhen wins 2020 Marc-Vivien Foe prize Moses Simon pens farewell message to Levante On-loan Levantes winger, Moses Simon, revealed he is enjoying his football with Ligue 1 side Nantes after struggling to impress at Ciutat de Valencia.The Nigerian international teamed up with Christian Gourcuff’s men last summer on a season-long loan from the Spanish club in an effort to play more regularly. Before his departure from the Frogs, the forward was afforded only 19 games, having joined the side in 2018 from Belgian outfit Gent on a five-year deal.Simon has been turning heads since his arrival in France as he scored nine goals and provided eight assists in 30 appearances amid other dazzling displays in the recently ended 2019-20 season.His blistering performances ensured he scooped the club’s Player of the Season award while his header against Nice was named the best goal.“To be honest, I did not expect it. I just wanted to go there and do my job,” Simon told ESPN.“I didn’t even expect that goal to win it. I thought it would be the goal against PSG. But they voted that one to be the best goal. “I don’t mind though, it is my goal so it doesn’t matter. I just think the goal against PSG was better.“At Levante, I did not play very well due to some circumstances with the coach. In Spain, the coach only spoke Spanish and I needed a translator.“It was easier to play in France because I understand the language more and communication is very good with the coach.“I am enjoying my football now. The most important thing is to play. Not to sit on the bench. To have the freedom to play, have the freedom to speak and to do what you know how to do best.”Nantes have the option to make the Super Eagles star’s deal permanent but the forward is uncertain of his future. Simon, who is a key member of the Super Eagles squad, will hope to continue his eye-catching performances in the 2020-21 season.Tags: Christian GourcoffCiutat de ValenciaFC NantesMoses Simonlast_img read more

September 20

CDC Warning: Packaged hard-boiled eggs have been linked to a deadly Listeria outbreak

first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Food and Drug Administration are currently investigating a deadly outbreak of Listeria infections that have been linked to packaged hard-boiled eggs.According to reports the eggs were packaged in plastic pails by Almark Foods in Gainesville, Georgia, and sold to nationwide food service operators.Four out of seven people reported infections across Florida, Maine, Pennsylvania, Texas and South Carolina.One death was reported in Texas, the CDC said. Others affected were hospitalized.Check out the CDC’s advice to retailers, food service operators, and consumers, plus the latest on the outbreak here.last_img read more

September 16

SU teams still ‘on path to compete this fall,’ John Wildhack says

first_img Published on August 25, 2020 at 5:19 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img The Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Despite the cancellations of two Power 5 conferences, fall sports in the Atlantic Coast Conference “continue to be on a path to compete this fall,” Director of Athletics John Wildhack said during a press conference Tuesday.Wildhack, who signed a five-year extension last week to continue serving as athletics director, offered a sense of cautious optimism throughout the press conference. The success of Syracuse’s coronavirus protocols has encouraged him, but he said multiple times that plans could unravel quickly if an outbreak were to occur.Syracuse has now administered more than 1,750 tests to athletes, coaches and staff, five of which have been positive, Wildhack said. None of the five infections are active cases, and none have occurred within the last six weeks.Wildhack said in June that SU Athletics wasn’t planning to release information on positive cases among athletes, but he listed the numbers for total and positive tests in a statement Aug. 14. He also committed to testing athletes three times a week during the athletic season after football players sat out three practices over concerns with other school’s COVID-19 policies.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We wanted to be in-sync with the University,” Wildhack said on releasing results. “They now have a COVID-19 dashboard, and we wanted to do so in conjunction with them.”Classes at SU began Monday, but ACC school Notre Dame has temporarily halted in-person instruction due to a rise in COVID-19 infections on campus. North Carolina, also in the ACC, has permanently stopped on-campus learning for the fall semester.Wildhack said he’s in frequent conversation with the 14 other athletic directors from the conference. The COVID-19 protocols at SU have proven to be successful, he said.“For us, it’s a reminder frankly of how fragile this all is,” Wildhack said. “It doesn’t take much to shut the entire enterprise.”Syracuse is in a unique position in the ACC due to its location in New York, which mandates a two-week quarantine for travelers returning from COVID-19 hotspot states. Wildhack stressed that the Orange will only have essential personnel on road trips with its teams, and no one will be allowed to leave the hotel ahead of the game.The ACC has not determined an exact time frame for testing players prior to athletic competitions, but Wildhack said discussions are underway. The conference has also discussed increasing testing frequency, but no official policy decisions have been made. The difference between high-risk and low-risk sports has not been discussed, Wildhack said.“It looks like we’re going to increase the testing frequency, which is good,” Wildhack said.One reason for the cancellation of both the Pac-12 and Big Ten fall athletic seasons was multiple reported cases of myocarditis, a COVID-19 complication, among athletes. “Top doctors” and cardiologists have been involved in calls conference-wide, and higher-ups have discussed potential health risks and explained them to players.But if the ACC medical advisors were to change course, or New York state health officials were to tell them that the season couldn’t safely continue, that would mark the end of fall sports.“The environment we live in nobody’s out of the woods yet,” Wildhack said. “Nobody is…we understand the environment we live in, we just try to progress day to day and week to week.”last_img read more

August 28

Wellington demands Satellites success

first_imgGhana yesterday began their final leg of preparations in Naivasaha, Kenya ahead of their 2011 Africa Youth Championship trophy defence in South Africa.The Black Satellites who are both defending African and World Champions are keen to match the title winning feat chalked by the 2009 squad.Coach of the team, Orlando Wellington has declared it time for his Black Satellites to recognize their status as African Champions and aim for success again.Pitted in Group B, Ghana take on rivals Nigeria, Cameroon and the Gambia in the competition for U-20 players.Wellington, who was assistant coach for the Championship winning side two years ago says Ghana’s status as champions should be an inspiration to his new generation of Black Satellites players.“The past success (2009 title winning feat) would have no bearing on this campaign but it would certainly be a source of inspiration for us,” Wellington told www.ghanafa.org. “Winning the title in Rwanda was an important time for us. We put in lots of work and we would certainly approach the Championship with the same seriousness and aim to improve.“The personnel, thus players are different but we have a wonderful group. We all share similar ambitions, winning the title.”Being defending champions means, Ghana faces a tough task of living up to their billing with Wellington explaining that it could also play to their advantage.“It (champions tag) gives us an edge over our opponents. It only seeks to remind us of the huge expectations out there.“Opponents would give us respect and we would do same for them. But the major task of winning depends largely on us. “We need to take each game as it comes. Be confident, adopt a good tactical approach and play till the last minute to see us through,” the Black Satellites coach said.“Being champions does not mean an automatic place in the finals again. We need to earn it by working hard.”Ghana lifted the title at the Championship for U-20 players two years ago in Rwanda for the third time in the history of the competition and would be represented at the up-coming tournament in South Africa from 17 April to 2 May.Four teams in each group will meet in a round-robin format, with group winners and runners-up qualifying for the FIFA-organized U-20 World Cup in Colombia beginning in July.Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more

August 26

Following loss to Bulls, Clippers take on Nets Saturday

first_img–Robert Morales CLIPPERS at NETSTipoff: 2 p.m.TV/Radio: Prime / 980 AMUpdate: The Clippers (13-10) are coming off an 83-80 loss to the Bulls at Chicago on Thursday. Prior to that the Clippers had won three consecutive games and six of seven. It was a game in which Blake Griffin was ejected midway through the third quarter for a flagrant 2 foul on Chicago’s Taj Gibson. There appeared to be no intent, but Griffin did foul Gibson hard across the face under the basket as Gibson did a pump-fake. … Clippers guards were awful in the game from a shooting standpoint. Starters Chris Paul and J.J. Redick and reserves Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford shot a combined 9 of 38 from the field. They’ll likely lose this game against the Nets if that happens again. … Griffin is averaging a team-leading 24.0 points, Paul is averaging 16.6 points and 8.3 assists and DeAndre Jordan is grabbing 13.4 rebounds per game. … The Nets are just 7-15. They have won their past two games – over the Rockets (110-105) and the hapless 76ers (100-91). Brooklyn is led in scoring by center Brook Lopez, who is averaging 19.6 points; he’s also averaging a team-high 2.2 blocks, as well as 8.0 rebounds. Power forward Thaddeus Young is averaging 16.2 points and a team-best 9.1 rebounds and point guard Jarrett Jack is averaging 12.8 points and 6.8 assists. … The Nets began 0-7 and are 7-8 since. … The Clippers conclude this five-game road trip Monday night at Detroit. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

August 26

Hoffarth: The relationship that a booth built for Robertson, Scully

first_imgIt’s been a 28-year give-and-take relationship that Boyd Robertson and Vin Scully have going on here. It’s also a given that neither of them take it for granted.Much of it works without a word spoken. At least, on Robertson’s part.Between hand signals, index cards, spotting boards or just a knowing nod, you’ll find Robertson, as the stage manager positioned to Scully’s right and with his left ear always open on his headset as he sits in the SportsNet LA TV booth on the Dodger Stadium club level.There is no disputing he has been the play-by-play legend’s self-appointed information middleman/security blanket/work wife/gatekeeper/sidekick for every situation imaginable, before, during and after a contest since the two of them were paired up for the 1989 season opener in Cincinnati. Every home game this season, especially, reinforces that heart-felt feeling for Robertson.Because of his responsibilities in the booth as the liaison from the TV truck and Scully, Robertson has become part of the daily dance that takes place upon Scully’s arrival usually at about 3:30 p.m. for a 7:10 p.m. game. As visitors come by his booth to share a moment with Scully, both arranged ahead of time or by spur of the moment, Robertson can go into a natural protective mode.“It’s really all about keeping things the way he wants it, and adjusting to him whatever he needs,” said Robertson, who drives in from Lake Forest and often carpools with his 28-year-old daughter Darcy, an Irvine resident who works as an EVS operator on the in-house DodgerVision team.“At the same time, we all know he tries to make time for as many people as possible. It’s just a matter of knowing his schedule, review notes, knowing when we have to have him on camera for the openings, get stat packages ready, all those things that go into it.”That’s also where Rob Menschel, the camera operator to Robertson’s right who also arranges the lighting for Scully’s on-camera appearances, statistician Brian Hagen and audio specialist Dave Wolcott come in.Menschel, who occasionally produces Dodgers telecasts, has logged 25 seasons on Team Scully. While manning his camera, he’ll often flip open his laptop to track down a note that Scully may be interested in and hands it to Robertson. Hagen has been there another 10 years, feeding numbers to Robertson, who then slips them across the table for Scully’s consideration.If the 88-year-old Hall of Famer is the last Major League Baseball broadcaster to call a game without an analyst, it’s not as if he’s all by himself.“All of them mean so much to me,” Scully says. “I think if I were there all alone, I wouldn’t have half the stuff I’m able to rely on because, well, I just can’t do it.“Sometimes I’ll be talking and miss something that Boyd sees — a pitcher in the bullpen warming up, a pinch runner comes in. Sometimes, I’ll be writing a play down in the scorebook, and could miss a decision that a play will be reviewed, and Boyd will have it.“It’s a constant source to prop me up. They can anticipate me and I can rely on them. Their personalities are wonderful, they’re great to work with, they’re constantly working, we have great respect for each other and best of all, as all these years got along, we’re good pals. I love all of them.”As time goes onRobertson can now laugh as he humbly recalls the first time he met Scully on the field at Riverfront Stadium before that Dodgers-Reds game, when Scully used to do pregame interviews in the dugout.With a suit and tie on, Robertson addressed him as “Mr. Scully” out of respect and then told him his name. The immediate response after the handshake was: “If we’re going to work together, it’s Vin.”“Right away, I knew that I’d better be pretty good at this or I won’t be here long,” said Robertson, who found out almost immediately that wasn’t going to be true. During that same Dodgers-Reds series, Robertson realized that he gave a note to Scully that was used on the air and was incorrect.“I signal for him to take off the headset after he threw it to a commercial, and I said: ‘You know that information I gave you on the air? It’s wrong. I made the mistake and it’s my fault.’“I thought that would be it for me. But Vin took this pause, and looked at me and finally said, ‘Well, welcome to the club.’“That, to me, was a confidence thing that he wanted me to succeed. Out of that failure, I succeeded, I think. It’s come to a point where I wake up every morning and can’t believe I still get to do this. I take none of it for granted.”Work ethic rubs offIf he can admit it took some years to finally get comfortable as the stage manager for Scully, Robertson says now that as far as the booth crew goes, “we all develop a rhythm off him, supporting him, and all feeding off each other.” Like passing notes in class without distracting from a teacher’s lesson, Robertson has the system down.As to whether Robertson has ever seen Scully have a so-called “bad day,” he honestly says: “I’m not sure what a bad day is with him. He’s always done his homework. Always professional and with energy. Maybe it comes from what he said he heard once from an old-time writer in New York: Only losers beef. And that rubs off on everyone. You don’t complain around him – after all, what can you complain about?”Maybe that, after all these years, things are about to change dramatically. Robertson can’t even be sure he’ll be around after this season depending on the needs of new play-by-play man Joe Davis.“We know it’s very different this year, and it’s supposed to be,” said Robertson. “We wish it could go on, but I remember all the times when we’d leave one channel at the end of the season, knowing we’d join another one, and Vin would always say, ‘Nothing lasts forever.’ “Well, this really is his year to say goodbye.”And on that note …MEASURING MEDIA MOMENTUMWHAT SMOKES• Whereas California governor Jerry Brown was in Europe on vacation, and whereas Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was in Montana on vacation, and whereas Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon could basically do whatever he wanted as the acting boss until Monday aside from changing back the minimum wage, it was declared “Vin Scully Day” in the state on Friday, all because de Leon, whose state Senate district includes Dodger Stadium, had that power. Would it have been cooler if Brown himself had signed off on it, perhaps saving it for the Dodgers-Giants regular-season finale on Oct. 2 in San Francisco? That’s for another day.WHAT CHOKES• Vin Scully declared months ago he had no desire to inject himself into Fox’s coverage for the 87th MLB All-Star Game in San Diego on Tuesday. But there is no logical reason why Dick Enberg, another Baseball Hall of Fame broadcaster who will also be finishing his career after the last seven years with the Padres on the Fox Sports San Diego cable channel, wasn’t requested to join Joe Buck and John Smoltz on at least an inning or two for the exhibition. Instead, Fox has asked him to … well, we’ll let Enberg tell it. “I’ve done several All-Star historical pieces in limerick style, not written by me, that are playing around the game, pre and post, on the network. I also did pen an essay, my love letter to baseball, that is playing this weekend on our FSSD games (Padres vs. Dodgers, blacked out in L.A.) that I think is really good and has been offered to the network.” Is just this small part of Enberg better than nothing? Hmmm. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img No matter how many times a Dodgers’ local broadcast has changed hands and new rights holders have considered changing things up — from KTTV Channel 11 in the late ’80s when Robertson first came on to KTLA Channel 5, from the original Prime Ticket to the recent SportsNet LA — Scully’s request is that Robertson be part of the package deal.Wish granted. To think that at 63 years old, and already mapping out some retirement plans having also logged a dozen years as a stage manager for the Lakers’ Chick Hearn and more of them on major events at ABC for Jim McKay, Keith Jackson and the “Monday Night Football” crew of Howard Cosell, Frank Gifford and Don Meredith, Robertson wasn’t even alive when Scully started his broadcasting career with the franchise.“This is the pinnacle of my professional life,” said Robertson, a varsity golfer at Southeastern Oklahoma State who came West in the early 1980s, moving to Burbank to get further into the TV business. “I’ve always been down on the food chain. I like to be part of a team. That’s where I belong. But with Vin, it’s the best.”Managing Scully’s timelast_img read more