State approves funding for Grand Lake St. Marys

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The State Controlling Board has approved the release of $584,186 for work at Grand Lake St. Marys, State Representative Susan Manchester (R-Lakeview) announced.The funding is being used to contract with DLZ Ohio to provide design and construction administration services for rehabilitation of the west dam embankment, located near Celina. The contract also calls for an engineering assessment of the east dam spillway, located near St. Marys.“I appreciate the support of the State Controlling Board for these important projects,” Rep. Manchester said. “Grand Lake St. Marys is a signature of the 84th District and valuable to our local economy. It is imperative that we continue to strive to address the state of the watershed with hope of restoration. Rehabilitation projects, such as the DLZ Ohio contract, support jobs, tourism and recreation.”According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, the scope of work at the west dam embankment will include embankment fill placement, grading, tree removal, utility decommissioning and/or relocation, construction debris removal, topsoil placement and vegetation establishment.The 13,500-acre lake is the gateway to swimming, boating, camping and fishing in one of Ohio’s oldest state parks. The dam was originally constructed between 1837 and 1845 and is a Class I structure under Ohio Dam Safety regulations. Currently, according to ODNR, the west dam embankment does not meet established dam safety standards. The agency said the improvements are an “interim risk reduction measure” and will improve the safety of the dam structure.last_img read more

Maharashtra impasse: Kharge says Congress will sit in Opposition, Pawar meets NCP leaders

first_imgWith no new govt. in sight, Maharashtra Assembly to be in ‘suspended animation’  “It looks like the BJP-Sena alliance has broken. There have been talks that the Shiv Sena and NCP may join hands to stake claim for the government. I feel respect to the mandate is not indulging in government formation exercise,” he said.“I will pursue with our central leadership to not encourage formation of a government in Maharashtra with the help of the Shiv Sena. It will not be a stable government and ultimately both the Congress and NCP will suffer,” said Mr. Nirupam, who was a Shiv Sena Rajya Sabha member before joining the Congress.The BJP and its ally Shiv Sena are locked in a bitter tussle over the Chief Minister’s post.Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari on Saturday asked the BJP, the single largest party in the new Assembly, to “indicate the willingness and ability” to form government in the State.In the October 21 polls to the 288-member state Assembly, the BJP won 105 seats, Shiv Sena-56, NCP-54 and Congress-44. Congress general secretary Mallikarjun Kharge on Sunday met the party’s newly elected MLAs from Maharashtra, who are staying at a resort in Jaipur, to discuss the political situation in the state while NCP chief Sharad Pawar met some of his party leaders in Mumbai.Later talking to reporters in Jaipur, Mr. Kharge reiterated his party’s stand of sitting in the Opposition in Maharashtra, while Mr. Pawar said he would react only to an official statement from the Sonia Gandhi-led party.Former Mumbai Congress chief Sanjay Nirupam in Mumbai said “it seems the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance has broken”, and that he would urge his party leadership not to encourage government formation with the Shiv Sena’s help as it will “not be a stable government” and both the Congress and NCP will suffer.Also Read Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invites BJP to form government  “The Congress has to decide if it wants to stop the BJP in Maharashtra or whether it doesn’t care if the BJP is able to form a government. An alternative government can be formed only with Congress’ support,” he said.He also said that Mr. Kharge held informal talks with the Maharashtra Congress MLAs in Jaipur in the morning.He also brushed aside suggestions that the Governor could invite the Congress-NCP for government formation as the ’second largest’ alliance, claiming no such provision existed in the Sarkaraia Commission’s recommendations.In another development, NCP chief Sharad Pawar also held a meeting with some of his party leaders in Mumbai.Refusing to speak on a “non-BJP alliance”, Mr. Pawar said he would react only to Congress’ official statement.“I cannot go by news reports about the decision of the Congress. I will react only when the Congress officially informs me about its decision,” Mr. Pawar told reporters.Meanwhile, former Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam reiterated his party’s stand of not being in favour of entering into an alliance with the Shiv Sena.“The mandate is for the BJP-Sena (to form government) and for the Congress-NCP to sit in the opposition,” he told reporters.Also Read  “We have not changed our stand from day one. We have always maintained that we will sit in the opposition and respect the mandate,” Mr. Kharge said after meeting the Maharashtra Congress MLAs in Jaipur.Earlier, senior Congress leader Manikrao Thakare told PTI that Mr. Kharge met the MLAs informally to ascertain their views on what stand the party should take over government formation in Maharashtra.“Kharge will then convey the sentiments of the legislators to the party leadership,” Mr. Thakare said.All 44 newly elected Maharashtra Congress MLAs, including senior leaders like Ashok Chavan, Prithviraj Chavan and Balasaheb Thorat, were staying at a resort in the Congress-ruled Rajasthan amid fear of ‘poaching’ in view of the stalemate over government formation.A senior Congress leader, on condition of anonymity, said the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has deputed two observers to hold discussions with the MLAs in Jaipur on what stand the party should take in view of the impasse on government formation.Also Read Mallikarjun Kharge meets Maharashtra Congress MLAs to discuss impasse last_img read more

Tremont Waters’ drive beats Maryland, sends LSU to Sweet 16

first_img“It’s huge for these guys,” Benford said. “They’re the ones that paid the price. They’ve been through a lot. … I give it to these guys. They have taken ownership of this team.”“They trust each other and respect each other, they love each other, and when you have a team like that, you have a chance to win games, he said.Waters finished with 12 points and five assists. Reid added 13 points, and Darius Days chipped in 10.LSU outscored Maryland 34-24 in the paint.The Terrapins (23-11) rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half to make it a nail-biter down the stretch. Coach Mark Turgeon switched to a zone defense, which slowed Waters, and his guys started making shots. They even had a 3 point lead with 5 minutes to play. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Maryland fans had some fun with the allegations.One fan unhappy with the refs yelled “How much did Will Wade pay you?” Others chanted “Where’s your coach?” during timeouts.Regardless, the Tigers advanced in the East without Wade and mired in controversy. They will face No. 2 seed Michigan State on Friday.They also dedicated the season to the memory of Wayde Sims, their teammate shot and killed in late September. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Benford dialed up the final play for Waters, a dynamic sophomore who has been terrific all season.“The players knew exactly what was coming,” Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said. “We all knew what was coming. It was whether we were going to be able to stop it or not.”The 5-foot-11 Waters got a pick from big man Naz Reid, drove into the lane and somehow got off the winner.“I was in the bottom of the dog pile, and just the feeling, it feels amazing,” said Waters, who laughed off those who questioned whether he traveled. “I’m going to continue to do everything I can to help this team win and just keep pushing for my guys.”Wade could only celebrate from afar. The head coach was banished indefinitely after details emerged about him talking to a recruiting middleman about a “strong ass offer” he made to a high schooler. If true, Wade clearly violated NCAA rules.ADVERTISEMENT Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Inspired by grieving friend, Florida State rolls to Sweet 16 “I never thought we were going to lose until the kid made the lay-up, to be honest with you,” Turgeon said.Maryland trailed 46-31 with 16 minutes remaining after Turgeon was hit with a technical foul. But the call seemed to ignite — or maybe infuriate — Maryland.Smith led Maryland with 15 points. Bruno Fernando added 10 points and 15 rebounds.BIG PICTUREMaryland entered the postseason with the fourth-youngest team in the country, according to KenPom. Kentucky is the only team in the NCAA field with a younger roster. So the Terrapins could be in position for another run in 2020.“I always grew up watching these type of games, these big-time games,” guard Darryl Morsell said. “So just to be able to be in it, it’s a great feeling, and just to have all these young guys coming back and stuff, it’s just going to make us hungrier.”LSU improved to 13-5 in games decided by 6 points of less, and Waters has been a big reason for the late-game success.UP NEXTMaryland waits to see what Fernando does regarding the NBA. The 6-foot-10 sophomore entered the draft after his freshman season, but returned to school and averaged 13.7 points and 10.5 rebounds.LSU will play the Michigan State winner in Washington D.C. on Friday. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Google Philippines names new country director Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Tremont Waters drove by three defenders and scooped in a banking layup with 1.6 seconds remaining to give third-seeded LSU a 69-67 victory over sixth-seeded Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.“Great players make great plays, and he made a great play,” interim coach Tony Benford said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter Maryland’s Eric Ayala failed to get off a shot from midcourt before the final buzzer, LSU players mobbed Waters under the basket. They could have done the same to Skylar Mays, who scored 16 points and hit a huge 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining that put the Tigers (28-6) up 67-64.Jalen Smith answered on the other end, sending the packed crowd into a frenzy and prompting LSU to call timeout. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LSU players celebrate after defeating Maryland 69-67 in a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday, March 23, 2019. (AP Photo/John Raoux)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — It’s probably the same play suspended LSU coach Will Wade would have called.After all, it worked several times during the regular season. And now it has the Tigers in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2006. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Toronto’s Jurassic Park adds college vibe to NBA Finals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s so energetic,” Raptors fan Katie Thiessen said of the atmosphere at Jurassic Park as she and friends visiting from Australia and New Zealand prepared to enjoy the festivities during the Eastern Conference finals. “Everybody is just so great. You have so many people, you make so many friends. The energy is just amazing, the atmosphere. It feels great to come together instead of watching at home.”And it’s free.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWith every playoff game, home or away, thousands gather to watch on the big screen fixed to the arena’s west wall. Officially, it’s called ‘Raptors Tailgate in Maple Leaf Square,’ but it’s better known as Jurassic Park. On Thursday, when the Raptors host Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the mighty Golden State Warriors, the party will get cranked up to a whole new level.It’s Toronto’s first trip to the finals since entering the league in 1995 and for those fans who can’t get their hands on tickets, or can’t afford them, Jurassic Park is a popular alternative. The fans who gather there are mostly young, in their late teens or 20’s, and represent a cross-section of Toronto’s broad ethnic diversity. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Rapper Drake, who sits courtside at Toronto games and holds a role as the team’s “global ambassador,” said the Raptors and their fans are reminiscent of a college team.Toronto guard Fred VanVleet, who went to the Final Four with Wichita State, agrees with the four-time Grammy winner.“I think there are some similarities there,” VanVleet said. “Somebody was saying it’s more soccer, like how those fan bases are so passionate. I just think we’ve got a really good fan base. I don’t know what to compare it to. It’s definitely unique in the NBA.”It’s almost like Krzyzewskiville — Duke students camping out for basketball games — meets the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” — the tailgating for the annual Florida-Georgia football game.It’s been so successful, Toronto suburbs Mississauga and Brampton are opening their very own versions of Jurassic Park for the NBA Finals. Outdoor viewing parties for Raptors playoff games first became a thing in 2014, when Toronto finished as surprise Atlantic Division winners and returned to the postseason following a five-year absence.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Whether intentionally or inadvertently, then-general manager and current team president Masai Ujiri helped establish a fiery tone for the nascent event when he went outside to address fans before Game 1 of the Raptors’ series against the Brooklyn Nets. By the time the Nets earned a narrow Game 7 win over Toronto, the crowd outside was estimated at 10,000, about half as many again as the number seated inside.Fast forward five years, and Jurassic Park has become one of the hottest spots in Toronto on game nights.For safety reasons, and to keep traffic moving, fans are now split into five distinct viewing areas. The one right outside the arena boasts multiple food and beverage concessions, even a team store outlet. The event has an official corporate sponsor, a bank, and there’s plenty more advertising plastered around.While admission is free, fans come early; the official capacity is about 5,000 and crowds start gathering more than five hours before tipoff, waiting for the gates to open.Even as severe thunderstorms drenched Toronto before Game 6 of the East finals, fans formed a line that encircled the arena and nearby Union Station, the city’s main transit hub, stretching more than three quarters of a mile. With thousands still trying to get a glimpse of the action after the viewing areas had filled up, police closed part of the road one block west to allow more people to watch safely. The same could happen again in the finals, with even bigger crowds expected to attend.One of the things that make loud and boisterous Jurassic Park such a popular destination is that people tend to play nice.Jubilant fans spread out across downtown for an impromptu celebration after Toronto beat the Bucks on Saturday to move on to the finals. More than a dozen people climbed atop a city bus but no arrests were made, a fact Toronto Police spokeswoman Katrina Arrogante called “impressive.”VanVleet said he’s touched by the support he and his teammates receive from Toronto’s rabid fans, both inside and outside the arena.“It’s something that you really take to heart and you can’t take it for granted as a player,” he said. “Obviously there’s a really good connection between us as players and our fans.” DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kevin Durant travels with the Warriors to Toronto ahead of finals Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war FILE – In this Sunday, May 12, 2019, file photo, Owen Smith, center, dresses up to show his support at the Jungle Park tailgate party at Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, as the Toronto Raptors prepare to play the Philadelphia 76ers during Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. For Raptors games, Maple Leaf Square, aka Jurassic Park, boasts a college vibe of rowdy fans crammed into an area that covers two city blocks. (Tijana Martin/The Canadian Press via AP, File)TORONTO — There’s nothing quite like Jurassic Park anywhere else in the NBA.The college vibe of the writhing, rowdy mass of bodies crammed into an area that covers about two city blocks to cheer for their beloved Raptors outside their downtown Toronto arena makes for one of basketball’s best parties.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoEverton boss Silva: Baines future could be in midfield

first_imgEverton boss Silva: Baines future could be in midfieldby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton boss Marco Silva says Leighton Baines’ future could be in midfield.Everton experimented with Baines in a new position during Roberto Martinez’s time as manager but the plan was shelved soon after.However, Silva says: “It is possible.“When Roberto told you that, what I can tell you is that you are talking about a player with fantastic individual qualities.“His passing, his last decision, his crossing is amazing and it could be. To be honest, it is not something I have spoken to him about but it could be something that happens in the future.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Photo: USC Interim Coach Clay Helton Wrote A Letter To “Trojan Family”

first_imgInterim USC Coach Clay Helton's letter to the Trojan family.Helton LetterClay Helton has taken over as interim coach at USC for the second time in his tenure, and he should provide the program with some much-needed stability. After assuming the head coaching duties, Helton produced a letter for the entire USC family, which USC shared on its official athletics Twitter account last night. Upon taking over as interim head coach, Clay Helton wrote a letter to YOU, the #TrojanFamily. #FightOn pic.twitter.com/dA6M7xCev8— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 14, 2015Classy move. Helton and his players will get their first chance to “Fight On” this Saturday when they take on their nationally ranked arch-rival Notre Dame at 7:30 PM EST in South Bend. The game will be televised on NBC.last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for August by province

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 6.0 per cent in August. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 14.4 per cent (15.4)— Prince Edward Island 9.3 (9.5)— Nova Scotia 8.4 (8.0)— New Brunswick 8.3 (7.5)— Quebec 5.6 (5.6)— Ontario 5.7 (5.4)— Manitoba 5.8 (6.0)— Saskatchewan 6.7 (6.6)— Alberta 6.7 (6.7)— British Columbia 5.3 (5.0)last_img

Amos Lee Supports Charity With New Tour

first_imgMusicians on Call supporter Amos Lee will tour the U.S. this fall in support of his fifth studio album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, which will be released on October 8 by Blue Note Records.Amos Lee on TourThe headline run will kick off on November 5 at Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, and Amos will donate $1 from each ticket sold during the fall tour to Musicians on Call.Amos has been part of the Musicians On Call family for many years. He’s an ongoing volunteer at their WXPN Musicians On Call Bedside Performance Programs in Philadelphia, has inaugurated their Bedside Performance Program at the Philadelphia Veterans Community Living Center, performed a benefit concert in NY, and shared his MOC experience on CNN in order to raise awareness of their mission.“Some of my most meaningful moments as a musician have been with XPN Musicians On Call,” says Amos Lee. “You get to connect with people on more of a human personal level than at any other time. You get to witness the transformative power of music, and until you behold of something like that, it’s more of an abstract notion. It reminds me that music is not a means to an end but rather an ever-flowing body that nurtures us, challenges us and connects us all.”Tickets for the Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song tour went on-sale on Tuesday, August 6th at 10 AM, and are available for the first time directly on Amos Lee’s website. If you decide to make an additional donation to Musicians On Call when purchasing your tickets, you will be automatically entered into a contest to win an Epiphone Vintage Starburst PR-150 Guitar autographed by Amos Lee! Click HERE to purchase tickets.last_img read more

Exxon Mobil withdraws application to approve 25billion BC LNG project

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:IMO)The Canadian Press CALGARY — The B.C. government says Exxon Mobil Corp. has withdrawn its environmental assessment application for a $25-billion LNG export facility it proposed in 2015.The apparent shelving of the project is a blow to the West Coast liquefied natural gas export industry which at one time featured about 20 proposals, but has resulted in only one firm commitment to build.The withdrawal came in a one-sentence update on the website of the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office. Exxon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The project had been proposed by Exxon and its Canadian partner, Imperial Oil Ltd., for Tuck Inlet in the Prince Rupert area on B.C.’s north coast.Earlier this year, Calgary-based Imperial took a writedown of $289 million on its northern B.C. Horn River shale gas development, a 50-50 venture with Exxon that was once expected to become a major supply source for B.C.’s LNG industry.In October, Royal Dutch Shell and its partners announced final investment approval for the $40-billion LNG Canada project, including a gas liquefaction plant in Kitimat on B.C.’s coast and a 670-kilometre gas supply pipeline.last_img read more

Oilsands firm Canadian Natural cuts 1 billion from budget due to low

first_imgCanadian Natural says a curtailment program announced by the Alberta government last weekend designed to remove 325,000 barrels per day of oil from the province’s over-taxed pipelines has already resulted in stronger forward crude prices in January.It says it will monitor those prices and the progress of the stalled Keystone XL and Trans Mountain expansion export pipelines with the option to increase its spending by about $700 million next year if signals warrant.The company says production in 2019 is targeted to be between 1.03 million and 1.12 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, with a product mix of about 76 percent oil and natural gas liquids and 24 percent dry natural gas. CALGARY, A.B. – Oilsands producer Canadian Natural Resources is setting its 2019 capital budget at $1-billion less than its “normalized” range but says it will ramp up spending if heavily discounted oil prices in Western Canada rebound.The Calgary-based company says it is targeting a 2019 base capital program of $3.7 billion, about 20 percent below its preferred range of $4.7 billion to $5.0 billion.The program includes about $3.1 billion needed to maintain production and $600 million to be spent on long-term growth projects.last_img read more