Burlington awarded $3.15 million for Waterfront North project, benefits Moran redevelopment

first_imgCommunity and Economic Development Office Director Larry Kupferman noted, This project will help revitalize the north end of the waterfront, and is an extension of almost 30 years effort begun by then Mayor Bernie Sanders to convert the waterfront from railyards and oil tank farms into the economic, cultural and recreation asset it is today.   Kupferman added, CEDO and DPW have planning this work for years, independent of the Moran project, but the reality is we can t redevelop Moran without first rebuilding Lake Street, improving the bike path, and creating new public parking. This is a significant step forward in terms of financing Moran. Burlington s TIGER grant application was supported by Senator Leahy, Senator Sanders and Representative Welch, in a joint letter sent to DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. More information on the TIGER Discretionary Grant Program can be found here:http://www.dot.gov/recovery/ost/(link is external) The TIGER funds were among the most sought after competitive Recovery Act monies.  DOT received nearly 1,400 applications from all 50 states, vying for a share of the funds for innovative transportation projects that would have significant economic and environmental impact.  Oversubscribed by a ratio of 38:1, there was $57 billion in requests for the $1.5 billion available.  Only 3% of projects were funded. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced today that Burlington has received a major, and highly sought after Recovery Act ( Stimulus Bill ) grant.  The $3.15 million award will be used for the Waterfront North project, which involves rebuilding the end of Lake Street, realigning and upgrading portions of the bike path, and constructing the parking necessary for the redevelopment of the Moran plant.  The so-called TIGER grant was announced by DOT Secretary Ray LaHood.  More information on the Waterfront North project can be found, here: http://www.cedoburlington.org/waterfront/waterfront_access_north_project(link is external)…center_img Mayor Bob Kiss also emphasized the importance of the award to the Moran Project and continued waterfront development. This is a major boost for the Moran project, as well as for the City s efforts to continue redeveloping the waterfront. This project improves public access to the waterfront, enhances public amenities for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike, and promotes needed economic development and vitality on the North end of the waterfront. This award follows on the heels of Moran being chosen as just one of seven projects in the entire country to be chosen for a Brownfields Economic Development Initiative grant, and one of just sixteen selected for an EPA Brownfields Sustainability award. I m very pleased that the DOT has chosen Waterfront North for funding through this extraordinarily competitive grant program.  It s an investment in Burlington which will have a ripple effect economically and in the community for years to come. With the TIGER grant announcement, funding for the Waterfront North project is complete, since the TIGER program does not require any local match.  The planning stages of the project are complete, and were paid for through funds previously secured by Senator Patrick Leahy to improve public access to the downtown waterfront.  A major thrust of those efforts, including the reconstruction of lower College Street, reconfiguration of the Pease parking lot, and construction of a new information building with public bathrooms, is nearing completion. The $1.5 billion TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) Discretionary Grant program was created by Congress as part of the 2009 Recovery Act, to finance strategic investments in infrastructure that will result in immediate and long term job creation. The official award announcement is here:http://grants.ost.dot.gov/public/ViewMessage.cfm?MsgID=jyw7xgn3te(link is external)Source: City of Burlington. 2.17.2010last_img read more

Cody Bellinger regains MLB home run lead with two in Dodgers’ rout of Phillies

first_img“Just a lot of good approaches,” Muncy said. “You see one person do it so the next guy does it and everyone buys into it.”The hits and runs just kept coming. Bellinger struck for a solo home run in the fifth then doubled up with Muncy on back-to-back homers in the seventh. With the multi-homer game, Bellinger leap-frogged past his commercial co-star Christian Yelich to regain the major-league home run lead (33).“It’s pretty cool,” Bellinger said. “But there’s a lot of season left with a lot of dudes who are close.”In the eighth, Matt Beaty and Pederson had back-to-back doubles followed by a two-run homer from Verdugo. Phillies reliever Yacksel Rios hit the next batter (Turner) with an 85-mph slider – prompting home plate umpire Doug Eddings to eject Rios (despite Turner appearing to argue in favor of letting Rios stay in).The Dodgers sent 11 batters to the plate that inning, scoring five more times. Then scored two more in the ninth against Phillies outfielder Roman Quinn, pressed into duty on the mound. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The Dodgers scored six times in the fourth inning, got four home runs (two from major-league leader Cody Bellinger) and piled it on in the late innings hanging a 16-2 whooping on a Philadelphia Phillies team that looked fairly hapless.“I went on record and said that,” Roberts said of his pre-game guarantee. “I believe in these guys and they realize every game is important. So for us to not get much rest and get through a grind of a series with the Red Sox, it really didn’t affect us. Tonight really showed it.”The Dodgers finished with 19 hits (matching their season-high). Every one of the starting position players had at least one hit, one RBI and one run scored. Seven of the eight had multi-hit games led by Bellinger with four. Six drove in at least two runs.The win was the Dodgers’ third in a row since snapping a four-game losing streak that straddled the All-Star break. They have outscored the Red Sox and Phillies 34-8 in those three games.“I think it’s just more kind of a ‘Whatever’ attitude,” Bellinger said of the sleep-deprived approach. “It was different. You’re not as hyped up. I mean, I drank two Red Bulls and took a lot of Advils so I was feeling alright. I guess it was just one of those days where you’re feeling more relaxed.” Not early. Kershaw worked out of a bases-loaded jam of his own making (two walks, two wild pitches) in the first inning then surrendered a leadoff home run to Scott Kingery in the third and had to do it again. A catcher’s interference by Austin Barnes and an error by shortstop Corey Seager helped load the bases with one out. But Kershaw struck out Jay Bruce and got Maikel Franco to ground out on the 10-pitch of an extended at-bat.“He just competes as much as anyone I’ve ever seen,” Barnes said. “Whether his stuff is good or maybe not, it doesn’t matter. He always competes.”The Phillies had just one more baserunner in Kershaw’s six innings. The Dodgers seemed to have nothing but baserunners the rest of the night.Alex Verdugo led off with a single and scored from first base when Justin Turner split the left-center field gap for a double. Since doing what he described as “some tinkering” in the batting cage before Saturday’s game, Turner is 6 for 16 with four doubles and a home run.The Phillies began hemorrhaging after that. Max Muncy beat out an infield single to drive in a run. Kiké Hernandez singled in another. Austin Barnes laid down a squeeze bunt to drive in a run – and was safe at worst when second baseman Cesar Hernandez was late to cover.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img PreviousPHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsPhiladelphia Phillies’ Zach Eflin pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw pitches during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Jay Bruce , right, cannot reach a foul ball hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner follows through after hitting an RBI-double off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits an RBI double against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins tosses the ball to first on a groundout by Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated after scoring on a single by Max Muncy #13 against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Alex Verdugo runs home to score on an RBI-double by Justin Turner during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Philadelphia Phillies’ Zach Eflin pitches during the second inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts yells to his dugout before a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez hits an RBI-single off Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zach Eflin during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes, right, steals home past Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, left, during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes, left, steals home past Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 15, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers steals home before the tag of catcher J.T. Realmuto #10 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the third inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the fifth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Pitcher Edubray Ramos #61 adjusts his cap as Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers circles the bases after Bellinger hit a home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger is congratulated by teammate Max Muncy after hitting a home run during the fifth inning of Monday’s game against the Phillies in Philadelphia. Bellinger had two home runs among his four hits, and Muncy had a home run as well in their 16-2 rout. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers circles first base after hitting a home run as Rhys Hoskins #17 of Philadelphia Phillies looks on during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Home plate umpire Doug Eddings gets between catcher J.T. Realmuto #10 and manager Gabe Kapler #19 of the Philadelphia Phillies and Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after Turner was hit by a pitch during the eighth inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)Dodgers outfielders Joc Pederson, left, Alex Verdugo, center, and Cody Bellinger celebrate their 16-2 rout of the Phillies on Monday night in Philadelphia. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates with his teammates after their 16-2 rout of the Phillies on Monday night in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 25PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 15: Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a baseball game at Citizens Bank Park on July 15, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)ExpandPHILADELPHIA — After a 12-inning game that ended around 12:45 a.m. in Boston, the Dodgers didn’t arrive at their team hotel in Philadelphia until after 4:30 on Monday morning.Sitting in the dugout before the game Monday night, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he expected the same energy and focus from his team, regardless of the early-morning arrival. He believed it would happen, he said, because he knows and trusts his team.For three innings, it looked like he might have been mistaken. The Dodgers didn’t have a hit and their only baserunner (on an error) was starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw – who flew ahead of the team Sunday night.Then the energy drinks must have kicked in. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

NFL news and notes: Bradley Chubb has torn ACL; Vontaze Burfict suspended for season

first_imgRamsey was missing in action last week, first due to flu-like symptoms, then because of a back injury, then he was absent for the birth of his second child. He also missed Sunday’s win over the Broncos, leaving doubt that he’ll play at Carolina in Week 5, though it will depend if he returns to practicce this week.One video you have to seePatrick Mahomes will have a tiny little superfan cheering him on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.This girl’s reaction to getting @Chiefs tickets for her 10th birthday is precious 🤗Now she’ll get to see her favorite player, @PatrickMahomes!(via @5young3)pic.twitter.com/OOgaMh7juv— ESPN (@espn) September 30, 2019Monday’s tweet of the dayRetired Browns lineman Joe Thomas is impressed by Nick Chubb’s wheels.That’s receiver speed!! 😳😳wow!✈️ https://t.co/hqVeAIg81l— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) September 30, 2019 Another week, another season-ending injury for a key player.On the other hand, one young quarterback is feeling healhy enough to start his comeback campaign. We dive into the top headlines from Monday in this edition of NFL news and notes. Three things that matterBradley Chubb out with torn ACLIt doesn’t get much worse for the winless Broncos, but somehow it did Monday when it was revealed the linebacker has a partially torn ACL in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season. Chubb actually returned to Sunday’s game against the Jaguars with the injury, but will now need surgery to repair the damage.”He felt good enough to come back in and actually, he played that last series pretty damn well,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio told reporters. “He was as surprised as anybody, I think, this morning when he woke up feeling the way he did. It’s a huge loss. He’s one of our better players, obviously. He’s a tempo setter, great player, great person, leader — all that.”Chubb, Denver’s fifth-overall pick in 2018, had his first sack and forced fumble of the season in Week 4.NFL suspends Vontaze Burfict rest of seasonMaybe the Raiders linebacker will get the message this time, considering it’s the longest suspension for an on-field act in NFL history. Burfict’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts tight end Jack Doyle during Sunday’s game in Indianapolis drew a penalty for unnecessary roughness that resulted in an ejection, and the league was quick to ban him for the rest of 2019.The 29-year-old Burfict has a long history of illegal hits, and if the season-long suspension is upheld, he will have been suspended for a total of 22 games in his career. Those absences and additional fines incurred will have also cost him more than $5 million in salary.Mitchell Trubisky won’t need surgeryThe Bears quarterback was hurt on the team’s sixth play of the game Sunday when he was hit and fumbled the ball, but will reportedly avoid surgery after an MRI on Monday revealed a dislocated left shoulder with a slight labrum tear.While a definitive timeline for his return has yet to be determined, the team has faith in backup quarterback Chase Daniel should Trubisky be sidelined for an extended period.”That’s why Chase is here,” Nagy told reporters. “We’ll prepare for both guys, and I’ll know more (later). Again, our game plan is not going to change a whole lot. If Chase is the guy, we’re going to do things that Chase does well. If it’s Mitch, then we’ll continue to keep doing things with him. I’ll never get to a point where I’m frozen because I don’t know what to do. We’ll just keep growing.”Two things that don’t matterSam Darnold cleared for non-contact drillsThe Jets quarterback has been out since Sept. 12 with mononucleosis and the team had hoped he would be healthy enough to return after the team’s Week 4 bye, but his availability won’t be determined until later this week.In the meantime, Jets coach Adam Gase said Darnold’s status remains “up in the air” and he has yet to rule him out. Darnold has not lifted, run or thrown since being diagnosed with the illness, so he’ll ramp up workouts this week but won’t be able to participate in full practice, hinting his return could be pushed back another week.Jaguars turned down two first-round picks for Jalen RamseyAnother week has come and gone, but the disgruntled cornerback remains on the roster even after requesting a trade. It was reported that Jacksonville had the chance to move on, but wouldn’t settle for a pair of first-round picks offered from an unidentified team.last_img read more

Cheptegei goes for the double

first_img1962 Perth114611  SilverWilliam Koskei1970 EdinburghAthletics400 metres hurdles  SilverJames Odwori1974 ChristchurchBoxingLight Flyweight  GoldBoniface Kiprop2006 MelbourneAthletics10,000 metres  SilverJoseph Lubega2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Heavyweight  SilverLeo Rwabwogo1970 EdinburghBoxingFlyweight  GoldMohamed Muruli1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Welterweight  GoldBenson Masanda1970 EdinburghBoxingHeavyweight 2006 Melbourne201315 2010 Delhi200218  GoldJustin Juuko1990 AucklandBoxingLight Flyweight (– 48 kg)  GoldGodfrey Nyakana1990 AucklandBoxingLightweight (– 60 kg)  SilverShadrack Odhiambo1974 ChristchurchBoxingFeatherweight  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2014 GlasgowAthletics10,000 metres Total1315214918  SilverRuth Kyalisima1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles Uganda medals Commonwealth games  GoldGeorge Oywello1962 PerthBoxingHeavyweight 1970 Edinburgh33179 RELATED STORY 1954 Vancouver010114  SilverDeogratias Musoke1970 EdinburghBoxingFeatherweight  SilverVictor Byarugaba1982 BrisbaneBoxingLight Middleweight  SilverSilver Ayoo1974 ChristchurchAthletics400 metres  GoldDorcus Inzikuru2006 MelbourneAthletics3000m Steeplechase MedalNameGamesSportEvent FILE PHOTO: Cheptegei wins the 5000m on Sunday. He could make it a double gold today.center_img  SilverAli Rojo1974 ChristchurchBoxingBantamweight Tweets about #GC2018 uganda  SilverPatrick Etolu1954 VancouverAthleticsHigh Jump  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics5,000 metres  GoldMoses Ndiema Kipsiro2010 DelhiAthletics10,000 metres  SilverThomas Kawere1958 CardiffBoxingWelterweight 2014 Glasgow104518 1994 Victoria002224 1958 Cardiff010117  GoldMohamed Muruli1974 ChristchurchBoxingWelterweight 1974 Christchurch243910  GoldJames Odwori1970 EdinburghBoxingLight Flyweight Gold Coast, Australia | THE INDEPENDENT  |  Joshua Cheptegei is set to emulate Moses Kipsiro’s Commonwealth Games double winning feat when he competes in the 10,000m final on Friday.Cheptegei is a firm favourite to add the 10,000m title to the 5000m gold he won last week that will see him equal Moses Kipsiro’s double achievement at the 2010 Commonwealth games in India.Kipsiro, the most successful Ugandan track and field athlete with three gold medals, won both the 5,000m and 10,000m in Delhi, before adding the 10,000m final at the 2014 Games.Cheptegei (26:49.94), one of only two athletes at this final who have ever run sub-27 minute times, will be the man to beat following his dominance of last Sunday’s 5000m final.It is however the first time he is going for the double, and lying in wait for any mistake will be Kenyans Josphat Bett Kipkoech (26:48.99),  Glasgow 2014 steeplechase gold medallist Jonathan Ndiku (Kenya) and World Under 20 champion Rodgers Kwemoi (Kenya).Also in the race is Mohammed Ahmed (Canada) who came second in the 5000m final but has experience of running in two finals at the last Olympics.Team tactics will be key, with the Kenyans traditionally running such races with a planned role for each of their athletes.  In the 5000m final, Cheptegei kept behind the leaders and only charged in the final four laps, but with three Kenyans in this, staying in the lead pack will be key.Cheptegei, 21, has been in formidable form since winning 10,000m silver at the World Championships last year.  In the past 6 months, he has run the  world’s second fastest 15k race ever at the Seven Hills Race Zevenheuvelenloop in Nijmegen, The Netherlands in November and dominated all the cross-country races he participated in this year.Uganda’s history at Commonwealth games 1982 Brisbane030318  GoldAyub Kalule1974 ChristchurchBoxingLightweight 1990 Auckland202411  SilverKesi Odongo1962 PerthBoxingLightweight GamesGoldSilverBronzeTotalRank  SilverMohamed Kayongo2002 ManchesterBoxingLight Welterweight Share on: WhatsApp   10,000m final 2pm: Cheptegei | Toroitich | Kiplimo ??  SilverPeter Rwamuhanda1982 BrisbaneAthletics400m Hurdles 1966 Kingston001119 1998 Kuala Lumpur001132 2002 Manchester020230last_img read more

Watch UFC Fight Night 164 featuring Jan Błachowicz vs Ronaldo Souza

first_imgAdvertisement 3b5NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs72iWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1y3( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) e8q5Would you ever consider trying this?😱39kvzCan your students do this? 🌚ln7Roller skating! Powered by Firework Live and Exclusive in India on 17th November 2019 from 06:30 am (IST) on SONY TEN 2 & SONY TEN 2 HD.Advertisement UFC Fight Night 164Advertisement UFC Fight Night 164 will feature Jan Błachowicz facing off against Ronaldo Souza in the Light Heavyweight Bout category for the main event. To add to the electrifying main event, the co-main event will showcase the Light Heavyweight division contenders Maurício Rua and Paul Craig who are all set to punch and grapple all the way to their titles.Weight classAll  Fights on SONY TEN 2 and SONY TEN 2 HDLight Heavyweight BoutAdvertisement (Main Event)Jan BłachowiczVs.Ronaldo Souza Light Heavyweight Bout(Co-Main Event)Maurício RuaVs.Paul CraigLightweight BoutCharles OliveiraVs.Jared GordonMiddleweight BoutAntonio ArroyoVs.Andre MunizMiddleweight BoutMarkus PerezVs.Wellington TurmanMiddleweight BoutAntonio ArroyoVs.Kevin Holland Light Heavyweight Title Bout (Main Event) – Jan Błachowicz and Ronaldo SouzaUFC with Fight Night 164 has made inroads all the way to Brazil, where Jan “John” Błachowicz will be facing off Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza this weekend. This time Ronaldo Souza will look to be more Thiago Santos and less Luke Rockhold when he challenges Jan Blachowicz in Jacare’s native Brazil. The duo is all set for the Light Heavyweight main event seizing the limelight and keeping their fans up from their seats. Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, a veteran in the UFC roster, has very strong control on the mat and John might have a tough time grappling him. At 40, he is an explosive athlete however what causes the slightest tension for the fans is that despite his strong calves, he might be giving up a substantial amount of reach to Blachowicz, who is only one inch taller and has a 78” reach compared to Jacare’s 72”.Jan “John” Błachowicz, on the other hand, might not have physical strength at bay but is known to take over with his strong mental game, which has always rendered the opponent unconscious around the fence. However, the fight is predicted to be very simple and if Jacare can get Blachowicz down then there’s every chance he can get him out of there with a submission, as well.Light Heavyweight Title Bout (Main Event) – Maurício Rua and Paul CraigThe co-main event this week is a reminder of the abode of talent that exists in the Light Heavyweight with the incredible opening act with Maurício Rua and Paul Craig.Keeping his boat afloat this year after that violent knockout by Anthony Smith, Maurício “Shogun” Rua is back this weekend to face Paul “Bearjew” Craig. Craig is almost everyone’s favorite all over the world right now. He may not the best athlete or isn’t as skilled but has got to this level due to sheer hard work and dedication. He’s not terrible from the clinch to be fair, but against some of the more explosive 205lbers, he always has a tough time as he struggles to grapple.Shogun, on the other hand, is a BJJ black belt and a skilled grappler and is known to steer his opponents away by reminding them of his incredibly hard punches. Amongst these two, Craig might have some success early on by clinching with Shogun, but we really doubt his strength and stamina to combat the heat that Shogun’s going to throw at him. Of course, Shogun’s power and finishing instincts undoubtedly remain intact. Advertisementlast_img read more

Two River Politicians In The News

first_imgBy Jay Cook |In the midst of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica personal privacy and data release scandal which has dominated the 24-hour news cycle in recent weeks, one of New Jersey’s own federal representatives were questioned and challenged Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his second consecutive day in Washington, D.C.U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), the ranking member of the federal Committee on Energy and Commerce, was given the floor and delivered a critical opening statement to Zuckerberg on Wednesday morning.“Facebook is just the latest in a never-ending string of companies that vacuum up our data but fail to keep it safe,” Pallone said as Zuckerberg sat in front of him. “This incident demonstrates yet again that our laws are not working.”On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-6), of Long Branch delivered the opening remarks at a hearing at which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the federal House Energy and Commerce Committee. Pallone is the ranking member.The hearings come after Facebook came under fire for not protecting who can access its personal privacy data. A third-party app created by Aleksandr Kogan collected data from over 80 million Facebook users which was then given to Cambridge Analytica for use in the 2016 presidential election.To prevent that from happening again, Pallone pushed for more legislative oversight.“We need comprehensive privacy and data security legislation,” said Pallone. “We need baseline protections that stretch from internet service providers to data brokers to app developers and to anyone else who makes a living off our data. We need to figure out how to make sure these companies act responsibly even before the press finds out.”Zuckerberg, who was questioned at length on Tuesday by representatives from both political parties, doubled down on the positive impact Facebook has had on the world. He said 70 million small businesses use the social media site to grow and it’s helped organize social movements like #MeToo, March for our Lives and Hurricane Harvey relief efforts last summer.“It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well, and that goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy,” said Zuckerberg. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of responsibility and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake and I’m sorry.”Holmdel’s DiMaso Pushing for More Gun LegislationSince being sworn in four months ago, Assemblywoman Serena DiMaso (R-13) is making one of her first pushes for legislation in Trenton. Last week, DiMaso, along with Assemblywoman Nancy Munoz (R-21), made a call for legislators to take action on 10 bills designed to make New Jersey schools safer.The bills were drafted with guidance and information learned through hearings after the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The legislative push also comes nearly two months after the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14 where 17 students and staff were gunned down by a former student.“Many school districts are doing everything they can to ensure their schools are as safe as possible, but the state can do more to help ensure those districts are using the best practices,” DiMaso said in a news release.The bills call for additional supervision over student and staff identification in schools, more enhanced communication and better training for school staff.“Everyone should feel safe at school: students, parents, and teacher alike,” said DiMaso. “Making sure that all our schools are using the best plans will ease all concerns.”Here is a list of the proposed bills:• Requiring the attorney general and Education Department to share best practices on school security with school districts (AR154), based on recommendation No. 4 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force report.• Training for all school employees and local police on how to handle a school emergency (A3787 and A3793), based on recommendation No. 5 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force Report and recommendation No. 5.10 of the 2013 N.J. SAFE Task Force Report.• Create a 24-hour State Police hotline for tips that must be shared with local police and school officials (A3789), based on recommendation No. 5.1 of the 2013 N.J. SAFE Task Force Report.• Better real-time communication between school security, emergency responders and law enforcement during emergencies, and procedures to notify parents (A3788), based on recommendation No. 10-12 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force Report.• Require all school employees and students to carry identification cards (A3790), based on recommendation No. 27-31 of the 2015 N.J. School Security Task Force Report.• The Department of Education must review and rate all school safety and security plans and school district emergency communications policies (A3791).• Require DOE and Homeland Security to develop online forum for schools to share best practices (A3792), based on recommendation No. 5.12 of the 2013 N.J. SAFE Task Force Report.Stoler Suspends Primary Race Against Incumbent SmithInstead of a head-to-head race with longtime Republican incumbent U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (NJ-4) in the June primary elections, his challenger and fellow Republican Felicia Stoler bowed out of the race earlier this month, so she can face Smith in the November general election.Stoler is now running as The Inclusion Candidate and has focused her campaign on term limits, tort reform, family law, health care, education affordability and taxes.“I want to give people in the district a real choice in November,” Stoler said.“I want to hear from all of you,” Stoler continued. “I want to hear what’s important to you, I want to address your issues so that you have fair representation regardless of what party you are a registered voter for.”Stoler, 51, is a registered dietician professional with offices in Red Bank. She’s been featured on national broadcasts with Fox & Friends, ABC News, CBS News and NBC News.To keep Two River area residents up to date on the political movements countywide and in their respective towns, The Two River Times will be compiling local coverage and notices of different happenings from now up until the November 2018 elections. Please send additional tips, notes or information to reporter Jay Cook at [email protected] article was first published in the April 12-19, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Things to know: Sharks coach confirms the nature of Erik Karlsson’s injury

first_img(CLICK HERE, if you are unable to view this photo gallery on your mobile device.)SAN JOSE — Brent Burns is good to go, Evander Kane is still out and the Sharks coach provided insight into Erik Karlsson’s latest setback.Pete DeBoer confirmed after the Sharks morning practice on Sunday that Karlsson re-aggravated a groin injury on Tuesday that forced him out of the lineup for 10 games in January and February. The Sharks coach said recent test results affirmed that Karlsson isn’t dealing with a …last_img

Sasol trust for competitive agriculture

first_img9 March 2012 Petrochemical giant Sasol has launched a trust aimed at improving the competitiveness and sustainability of South African agriculture while providing support for enterprise development projects and emerging farmers in the country. The Sasol Agricultural Trust, which will be administered by independent trustees, will also support initiatives aimed at enhancing education and training programmes for farmers and the agricultural industry at large. Sasol will donate R30-million to the trust over a three-year period. Announcing the launch of the trust this week, Sasol said it would focus in particular on the sustainability of grain production, taking into consideration grain’s large contribution to food security in South Africa.Sustainable agriculture for food security “Sasol believes that sustainable agriculture for food security is a priority for the continued development of the country,” Sasol Nitro managing director Marius Brand said in a statement. A successful agricultural industry depends, among other things, on the availability of quality fertilisers and fuel, as well other products produced by Sasol as part of its value chain. Brand said Sasol saw itself as having an important role to play in South African agriculture. The company’s most recent agricultural investments include a boost to the fertiliser manufacturing sector, with the development of a new 100 000 ton per annum ammonium sulphate plant, along with a 400 000 ton per annum limestone ammonium nitrate production facility due to be commissioned by mid-2012.‘Cooperation of all players needed’ Sasol said it believed the cooperation of players along the entire value chain was needed to collectively improve the competitiveness of South African agriculture – a position supported by Grain South Africa, which assisted with the establishment of the new trust. “Grain SA welcomes the announcement and views it as a positive gesture from Sasol to plough back into the South African grain industry,” said Grain SA chairman Neels Ferreira. Sasol Nitro manufactures a wide range of fertilisers at its plant in Secunda, Mpumalanga, including limestone ammonium nitrate, ammonium sulphate and a range of ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulphate-based liquid and granular NPK fertiliser blends. Farmers from across the country can buy fertilisers either directly from Sasol Nitro or from a number of fertiliser retailers distributing Sasol Nitro’s fertilisers. To ensure an efficient, hassle-free commercial and product support service to all customers, Sasol Nitro has implemented a Customer Contact Centre to support the servicing of customers. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Spekboom, the plant with a carbon fixation

first_imgClimate change is an increasing problem globally; and South Africa is among the top 20 largest producers of carbon emissions in the world. Reducing our carbon footprint is more important than ever. The Wonder Plant social enterprise and the Spekboom Foundation have just the plant for the job.Spekboom, indigenous to the Eastern Cape, has remarkable carbon fixing properties that have the potential to offset greatly our carbon footprint. (Image: Bradley Dennis)Mathiba MolefeThere was a time when it covered vast sections of the landscape in the Eastern Cape, spreading for kilometres in every direction. But today, as a result of overgrazing farm animals, spekboom, Portulacaria Afra, is limited to small patches scattered loosely throughout the province.Indigenous to South Africa, spekboom is considered by some to be a wonder plant of sorts. Given its remarkable ability to draw large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere, it is no surprise that it is regarded so highly.With climate change a growing problem worldwide, there are widespread efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and impact on the environment. Tapping into the under-utilised potential of local flora such as spekboom may be part of the answer.Most of South Africa’s energy is still generated by burning coal and this, coupled with the country’s energy- and carbon-intensive mining and industrial sectors, made it the thirteenth highest producer of carbon emissions in the world in 2008, according to data collected by the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Centre (CDIAC).This also makes South Africa the largest producer of carbon emissions on the African continent, with more than 460 metric tons of CO2 produced in 2011.According to the Spekboom Foundation and the Wonder Plant social enterprise, spekboom can absorb nearly 10 times as much carbon dioxide per hectare than any tropical rain forest on the planet.Offsetting carbon emissionsBradley Dennis, a conservationist from the Samara Private Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape, said “fortunately, environmental awareness is ripe and many people and organisations are actively working towards counteracting these threats.“One such way to combat these emissions is through carbon sinks.”According to the Spekboom Foundation and the Wonder Plant social enterprise, spekboom can absorb nearly 10 times as much carbon dioxide per hectare than any tropical rain forest on the planet.This is because spekboom functions differently from other plants in that it continues to photosynthesise during the night, thanks to its ability to store solar energy. This, together with its ability to grow in some of the country’s harshest conditions, makes spekboom the ideal plant to help offset our carbon footprint.“The plant is extremely water-wise and requires very little attention. It can tolerate long periods of drought,” Dennis explains.“And best of all, besides being very attractive and blooming wonderful little pink flowers, it is easy to grow.”Organisations such as the Spekboom Foundation and Wonder Plant offer members of the public easy access to this amazing plant, so you can play a part in actively lowering South Africa’s carbon footprint.“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now” – an old Chinese proverb. Above, volunteers planting spekboom saplings at the Samara Private Game Reserve.Get involvedThere is an old Chinese proverb that says “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”.If you would like to get your hands on a spekboom plant, support local business and reduce your carbon footprint, you can visit either the Wonder Plant website or the Spekboom Foundation website to find out how.“Making a difference, even if it’s as small as planting a tree in your backyard, has a bigger impact than one realises,” says Dennis.Play Your PartAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of those around you through your everyday actions? Do you know of anyone who deserves recognition for improving South Africa and its people?If you do, then submit your story to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all; we want to hear it.If we don’t get actively involved in creating a better future for South Africa, then who will? Step up and play your part in our country’s journey to greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Twitter Kills Off Tweetdeck – R.I.P. Third-Party Clients

first_imgThe Twitter client end times are nigh. Well, to be fair, they’ve been nigh for a while now – so I guess now the end times are here.In a blog post today, Twitter announced that it would formally discontinue support for TweetDeck’s trio of non-web apps, TweetDeck for iPhone, Android and AIR. The clients will be pulled from their app stores in early May, so you can expect considerable wonkiness thereafter.Twitter, The Control FreakThe death of the TweetDeck trifecta marks a formal end to the heyday of third-party Twitter clients. Last year, as Twitter began to tighten its guidelines, the company effectively wrestled developers into a choke-hold.Along the way, many great clients and apps folded, deeming it too risky to pour themselves into projects that could be felled by Twitter at a moment’s notice. The three clients that Twitter will no longer support are all powered by its old API v1, which the company already announced plans to retire.Power Users Left In The Cold What are we left with? Well, acccording to its blog, Twitter will rally around the “modern, web-based version of TweetDeck – namely TweetDeck for web and TweetDeck the Chrome app. TweetDeck’s native Mac and PC clients will also live on, though Twitter will focus its efforts on the other versions. None of these option are atrocious in their own right, but it’s slim pickings for power users these days. Many self-proclaimed power users remain loyal to the AIR version of TweetDeck, in spite of its quirks. The AIR-powered client retains the flavor of the original app, before Twitter began to splice TweetDeck’s DNA into a less feature-rich client meant for more casual users.Twitter Is A Platform, Not An AppTwitter’s plan to evolve beyond a platform and into a suite of apps has been building momentum for years. Twitter acquired TweetDeck back in 2011 and casual Twitter client Tweetie before that, in 2010.Still, the vestigial remains of half-abandoned clients are just as much of a mess than ever – and the fact that Twitter is keeping the TweetDeck branding isn’t helping. At its essence, Twitter is still more of a platform than it is an app. But as its development strangehold tightens, the ample customization of a thriving ecosystem will soon be the stuff of archived tweets.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… taylor hatmaker The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts center_img Tags:#social media#twitter A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more