Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey visited Morecambe today (19 October) to officially open the town’s new flood defenses.Funded by £10.8m central government grant-in-aid funding, the wave reflection wall defense will reduce flood risk to 11,400 homes and has a design life of 100 years, taking into consideration climate change and sea level rise.Led by Lancaster City Council in partnership with the Environment Agency, the wall consists of 4km of reinforced concrete defenses that will provide protection against a major flood event.Floods Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “Morecambe’s new Wave Reflection Wall, which has been entirely funded by the government, is absolutely fabulous and I want to thank the Council and other partners in their support in achieving this.”“I also want to thank local MP David Morris who worked tirelessly to make the case for nearly £11m of investment into this flood defense, better protecting more than 13,000 homes and businesses as well as the local tourism industry from the risk of flooding.”Environment Agency Area Director for Cumbria and Lancashire, Keith Ashcroft, said: “The Morecambe Wave Reflection Wall is a great example of partnership: by working together the Environment Agency, Lancaster City Council, engineers VBAJV Ltd have created an exceptionally value-for-money sea defense.”Richard Walsh, project manager at VBA, a joint venture comprising VolkerStevin, Boskalis Westminster and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business said: “As the main contractor, VBA is extremely proud to be involved in a scheme that brings a wide range of benefits to the local community, not only protecting homes and businesses from flooding, but providing a lasting legacy to residents and visitors to enjoy for many years to come.”
Ripley County, In. — Distracted driving is cited as the cause of a Monday crash that injured a Cross Plains man.A report from the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department says Cody Pennington, 24, was southbound on State Road 129 near the Halcomb Home Center when looked down at his cell phone. Pennington lost control of the vehicle, struck a guardrail and flipped.Pennington was treated for minor injuries. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.Versailles Fire and Rescue and Rescue 69 assisted.
Graeme McDowell insisted he would never consider not playing the Masters despite another frustrating experience at Augusta National. “It is a celebration of golf on my favourite golf course in the world. It is. I love it. But it’s unrequited. “Once I feel like I have got one up on this course it takes two back. I walk away still disappointed a little that I can’t score as well as I feel I should round this course. I threw away shots like confetti all week. ” I think it’s a puzzle you can solve. I realised my style of putting is not suited to Augusta. I’m going to have to work on a type of speed putting that’s going to be suitable. “You have to be a ‘front-edge’ putter like Bubba (Watson), I’ve never seen anyone roll in putts from six feet slower than Bubba. You have to drop them in and I have to adapt to do that round here.” McDowell’s score could have been even worse after he was initially given a one-shot penalty for moving his marker as he attempted to swat a bee away from his ball on the third green. However, European Tour chief referee John Paramor rescinded the penalty a few holes later and McDowell added: ” I said could he follow me the rest of the day because he was the first guy who has saved me a shot in a while.” McDowell carded a final round of 73 on Sunday to finish six over par and is now a combined 24 over for his eight appearances in the year’s first major championship. ” I can’t imagine not coming here,” the former US Open champion said. “It would be sacrilege not to play here no matter how much it frustrates you as you have to enjoy it for what it is. Press Association
Caster Semenya Caster Semenya has lost a landmark case against athletics’ governing body meaning it will be allowed to restrict testosterone levels in female runners.The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) yesterday rejected the South African’s challenge against the IAAF’s new rules.But CAS said it had “serious concerns as to the future practical application” of the regulations. Olympic 800m champion Semenya, 28, said in response to the ruling that the IAAF “have always targeted me specifically”.Now she – and other athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) – must either take medication in order to compete in track events from 400m to the mile, or change to another distance.“For a decade the IAAF has tried to slow me down, but this has actually made me stronger. The decision of Cas will not hold me back,” said Semenya in a statement.“I will once again rise above and continue to inspire young women and athletes in South Africa and around the world.”Previously, she had said that she wanted to “run naturally, the way I was born”.CAS found that the rules for athletes with DSD were discriminatory – but that the discrimination was “necessary, reasonable and proportionate” to protect “the integrity of female athletics”.However, CAS set out serious concerns about the application of the rules, including:Worries that athletes might unintentionally break the strict testosterone levels set by the IAAF;Questions about the advantage higher testosterone gives athletes over 1500m and the mile;The practicalities for athletes of complying with the new rules.CAS has asked the IAAF to consider delaying the application of the rules to the 1500m and one mile events until more evidence is available.Semenya is still eligible to compete at the Diamond League meet in Doha on Friday and can make an appeal against the CAS ruling to the Swiss Tribunal Courts within the next 30 days.Their hormones, genes, reproductive organs may be a mix of male and female characteristics, which can lead to higher levels of testosterone – a hormone that increases muscle mass, strength and haemoglobin, which affects endurance.The term “disorders” is controversial with some of those affected preferring the term “intersex” and referring to “differences in sex development”.The new rules come into effect on May 8, which means athletes who want to compete at September’s World Championships – also in Doha – will have to start taking medication within one week.Those affected by the rules will have to have a blood test on 8 May to test their eligibility. A statement from the IAAF said that no athlete “will be forced to undergo any assessment” and that any treatment was up to the individual athlete.Athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) have higher levels of natural testosterone, which the IAAF believes gives them a competitive advantage – findings that were disputed by Semenya and her legal team.Her lawyers had previously said her “genetic gift” should be celebrated, adding: “Women with differences in sexual development have genetic variations that are no different than other genetic variations in sport.”They have also suggested that Semenya “does not wish to undergo medical intervention to change who she is and how she was born”.The rules, applying to women in track events from 400m up to the mile, require athletes to keep their testosterone levels below a prescribed amount “for at least six months prior to competing”.However, 100m, 200m and 100m hurdles are exempt, as are races longer than one mile and field events.Female athletes affected must take medication for six months before they can compete, and then maintain a lower testosterone level.The rules were intended to be brought in on 1 November 2018, but the legal challenge from Semenya and Athletics South Africa caused that to be delayed until 26 March.The United Nations Human Rights Council has called the plans “unnecessary, harmful and humiliating” and South Africa’s sports minister called them a “human rights violation”.On Friday, Semenya won 5,000m gold at the South African Athletics Championships – a new distance for her, and one outside the scope of the IAAF rule change.It was only the second time Semenya had run the distance and she finished more than 100m ahead of defending national champion Dominque Scott.However, Scott said she was unsure whether Semenya could be a serious Olympic contender over the longer distance.Semenya is national and Commonwealth champion at 1500m, and also broke the African 400m record in August.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Postdoctoral fellow Zhiyao Lu said the most reliable drive for economicgrowth is technology. Lu believes ground-shaking technology can stem from traditional research. (Photo from USC News)Postdoctoral student Zhiyao Lu leads Catapower, a startup that designed a molecular robot to turn vegetable oil into renewable fuels and biodegradable plastic. This year, Lu earned the top 2018 Wrigley Sustainability Prize in an annual competition that promotes eco-friendly business concepts. From that, Catapower was selected for the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps program, which aims to foster national innovation beyond the laboratory. The I-Corps program has provided Lu’s team with training on technology commercialization, as well as providing research and development funds. “Our idea at the time was to turn this waste into a biodegradable plastic to replace the plastic currently in the market,” Lu said. As chemists, Lu’s team wanted to tackle the rise of greenhouse gases and the filling of plastic waste in the ocean. The team began to research biofuels and realized that the largest issue was the excessive waste generated during manufacturing.To combat the issue, they considered biodegradable plastic, which decomposes naturally in the environment through living organisms such as bacteria. Lu’s team wanted to make an impact in the society, and to do so, they decided to commercialize the new technology in July 2017. “When I first started the research, I purely looked at it as an academic research problem,” Lu said. “Then, I realized there is great market potential and I wanted to know what people think of the technology, what customers really need.”Lu said that commercialization has been a complex process. He said that it has become difficult to get companies to accommodate the new technology.“To effect change in this industry, we have to be able to convince people to think differently,” Lu said. Catapower plans to expand its business by helping manufacturers implement their technology on a larger scale, recruiting more customers and helping non-biofuel industries such as the wax and cosmetic industries, which deal with products from vegetable oil. “If people don’t think we can make the ground-shaking technology in the traditional research areas, then they’re wrong,” Lu said. “I think the future direction for the company is not only to scale up the technology we have now but also to advance more clean technologies to make the world a better place, to preserve the environment and to improve the quality of life.”
SUBSCRIBE TO US After blessing fans by putting the BMF title on Jorge Masvidal’s waist at the UFC 244 recently, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is planning to make a biopic on the UFC heavyweight champion from the 90s, Mark Kerr. Dwayne Johnson is all about challenges and surprises and the WWE Superstar-turned-actor has always been a role model for millions. His decision of making a biopic on Mark Kerr has won him a lot of appreciation again. ‘The Rock’ has always been a huge fan of MMA and he has graced UFC events with his presence in UFC 214 and UFC 244. Now, it is time to bring up that love onto the silver screen for Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. COMMENT Written By 10 months ago Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson hauls up new UFC title belt 10 months ago UFC 244 becomes the second most attended UFC event in New York First Published: 5th November, 2019 23:50 IST LIVE TV Raj Sarkar WATCH US LIVE WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago UFC Salaries: Conor McGregor, Khabib, Nate Diaz salary revealed 10 months ago UFC 244: Doctor faces online threats after Diaz vs Masvidal fight Also Read- UFC 244: Doctor Faces Online Threats After Diaz Vs Masvidal FightUFC: Dwayne Johnson’s thoughts on the UFC StarAccording to Dwayne Johnson, Mark Kerr’s story is incredible and he feels that like that Kerr is a fighter inside and outside the Octagon. Kerr has fought with the demons of addiction, mental health and the extreme pressure of fighting in front of 50,000 people. The Rock feels that it is a story everyone should know. He added that Mark Kerr lives a dramatic life and if things go as per planned, UFC fans will really have a good time in the theatres with a legend on the silver screen.Also Read- UFC: Dana White Won’t Set Up Yoel Romero Vs Israel Adesanya ClashAlso Read- Dwyane ‘The Rock’ Johnson Hauls Up New UFC Title Belt FOLLOW US 10 months ago Conor McGregor: Fighter’s salary, net worth and next UFC opponent Also Read- UFC: Dana White Says “things Will End Badly” For Tyson Fury At UFCUFC: Biopic on Mark KerrMark Kerr was one of the most prominent heavyweight superstars of UFC back in the 90s and his story is surely that motivates us all for keeping up the fight. After getting success in Brazil, Mark Kerr was invited to compete in the UFC. He was one such fighter who has been with UFC since its very initial days. Mark Kerr debuted at the UFC 14 Heavyweight Championship title fight. He stepped in the first fight against Moti Horenstein and got the TKO win in the very first round. After the victory, Karr advanced to the finals of the heavyweight tournament and became the champion by submitting Dan Bobbish in the first round of the finals. Last Updated: 5th November, 2019 23:50 IST UFC: Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Plans To Make A Biopic On Mark Kerr Dwayne Johnson updates UFC fans with the fact that he is planning to make a movie on Mark Kerr’s life and it is his upcoming project. Know more about it.
Over 12,000 athletes from primary and secondary schools across the 31 local government areas of Akwa Ibom State are expected to feature at the 2nd Akwa Ibom Youth Sports Festival for primary and secondary school pupils and students starting today through March 11, 2018.The event which will feature 23 sports for secondary schools and 14 for primary schools is expected to be declared open by the state Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel while Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung will be in attendance as a Special Guest.This edition of the Games has a prize money of N18million up for grabs for the first three positions.Governor Emmanuel is expected to light the festival torch and watch activities including the opening ceremony of the games.Meanwhile, athletes have arrived camp in preparation for the games and the provision of facilities by the Main Organising Committee for the games have been excellent as athletes expressed happiness on the welfare given to them. The opening ceremony will feature callisthenic displays, musical performance, relay races and parade of the 2017 team Akwa Ibom contingent to the 2017 National Youth Games in Ilorin Kwara State where Akwa Ibom State placed second overall.The ceremony will take place at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” The great thing about the Wellington football hamburger scrimmage is Wellington always wins.The annual inter-squad scrimmage between the offense and defense had a larger crowd than usual. That’s because the youth football teams was involved with the scrimmage.Wellington freshman Derek Driskell gets off some lengthy runs. Wellington Youth Football team plays at hamburger scrimmage. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down Roy Rogers · 362 weeks ago Great job. Involving middle school and youth football with the high school. Makes them feel like part of the program, which they are. GO BIG RED!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 362 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Posted in: Sports Wellington assistant John Gifford jokes with a parent and youth football player at scrimmage.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of nurses working at Iowa prisons and other state-run facilities who have not been paid overtime for two years have sued the state and Gov. Kim Reynolds.The five women filing suit say the state is violating federal and state laws. They are seeking class-action status on behalf of as many as 700 registered nurses working for state agencies.The state court lawsuit filed June 28 seeks an order requiring the state to pay overtime going forward, past unpaid compensation and other damages and costs.The women said Monday the state refuses to pay registered nurses for overtime even though their jobs require them to work beyond 40 hours a week and other nurses working with them are paid overtime.A spokesman says the governor declines to comment.
Penguins right wing Jarome Iginla (12) goes up and over Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk (55) as they battle for the puck during the second overtime period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals in the Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, June 5. The Bruins beat the Penguins 2-1 in 2OT on a Patrice Bergeron goal. That set off a celebration in Boston — the first for the Bruins at home after they won the first two games of the series in Pittsburgh 3-0 and 6-1. It is the first time all season that Pittsburgh has lost three consecutive games. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)by Bill Neal• The passing of the now late great Deacon Jones is not only the loss of a true and original legend, but an innovator as well. Not only did he create the vicious and brutal head slap, but he also named what we now know as “the Sack.”• When MLB brings the hammer down on A-Rod and the other alleged offenders, they will still be about 100 short of all PED’s offenders.• Elgin Baylor, Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins, Julius “Dr. J.” Irving, Michael Jordan, Kobe “Black Momba” Bryant and now LeBron “King James” James. The greatest of all time…will come again!• Hearts certainly go out to the family of Monica Murphy, the mother of five killed in a car accident by former NBA star Mookie Blaylock in Clayton County Georgia. So far, tests indicate that Blaylock had no drugs or alcohol in his system and apparently suffered a seizure of some sort and it may be just a tragic accident.• I don’t know much about hockey. In fact, I don’t know anything about hockey. However, I do know this: no team has ever come back from 0-3 to win the Eastern Conference Title!