Balder R Ready for Cairns Job

first_imgImage source: Michael Healy MP official facebook pageDredging vessel Balder R, owned by the Danish company Rohde Nielsen, is getting ready to start work on the $127 million Cairns Shipping Development project.Commenting the latest news, Member for Cairns, Michael Healy, said that the 111m-long German-built dredger would be tasked to open up Trinity Inlet for large cruise ships after a successful stint at dredging sand for the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.“The Cairns Shipping Development is the key to unlocking a whole new tourism and jobs market for the Far North,” Mr Healy said.“Already we’re seeing this project create 800 direct and indirect jobs during construction, and by 2031 it’ll mean more than 2,700 jobs for the region.”The vessel will remove soft clays from the channel, which will then be delivered to a facility 3km offshore and pumped along an 8km pipeline to a dedicated site at the Northern Sands mine.Dredging is expected to take 12 weeks and be complete mid-September, with second dredge Woomera scheduled to join the works in late July.According to Mr Healy, the 65m Woomera will be used to remove the stiff clays from the channel.last_img read more

Over a 150 people killed in Paris terror attacks

first_imgOne Twitter user has put his two plane tickets to Paris in December up for sale for a mere €20. A series of bomb and gun attacks left well over a hundred and fifty people dead and dozens more injured in central Paris on Friday night.Some reports put the number of dead at 158.There were at least seven attacks, all in the east and north of the city.In one venue alone – the Bataclan concert venue – over a hundred people were killed. A heavy metal band were in the middle of a concert when gunmen opened fire and threw grenades into the crowd.Witnesses say the firing lasted for at least fifteen minutes. The attackers were apparently bent on killing as many people as possible, leaving the security forces no choice but to storm the building before more people were killed.Watch as one of the explosions detonates outside the Stade de France during a France v Germany football match: the nature of the concert it is likely that most of the victims in the audience would have been young people.As well as the Bataclan the attack sites included the restaurants Le Carillon, La Belle Equipe, Le Petit Cambodge, and a fast food restaurant near the national football stadium. There were reports of gunfire at another site as yet unidentified.The clearly shocked French President Francois Hollande described the attacks as ‘unprecedented’ and called on the country to stay strong in the face of fear. He said France will be victorious.Earlier the president had been watching his country play football against Germany in the Stade de France. It was near there that the first of the suicide bombers struck at a fast food restaurant close by.The game was abandoned and he left for the Interior Ministry. Spectators were kept in the stadium for some time to stop them spilling on to the streets.With about an hour a series of other attacks had taken place including the assault on the Bataclan concert hall.A restaurant was attacked in the 11th district by a suicide bomber. Reports say eleven people were killed there.Here are some social media comments: read more

Area Boys Soccer Sectional Scores (10-1)

first_imgArea Boys Soccer Sectional ScoresMonday  (10-1)Class 1A @ Jac-Cen-DelSouth Ripley  1     Milan  1    (SR Wins On PK)Class 1A @ SouthwesternGreenwood Christian  3    Oldenburg  1Indy Lutheran  3     Hauser  0Class 2A @ LawrenceburgSouth Dearborn  3     Rushville  1Greensburg  6     Franklin County  5Class 3A @ Greenfield-CentralGreenfield-Central  3     Shelbyville  1last_img

FEMA Considers Changing Local Flood Maps and Risk Zones

first_imgIf you do not currently have flood insurance, you may soon be required to purchase it.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that is changing its flood maps and risk zones throughout South Florida.The current maps, which determine whether flood insurance is optional or mandatory, were adopted three years ago.“We see remapping typically every three years,” says Fielding Mcelory with Bullen Insurance Group.A preliminary FEMA report indicates that thousands of Palm Beach County homeowners may soon go from “low risk” to “high risk,” which would make it mandatory for them to get coverage.“People, if they have a flood policy today, we can grandfather their older BFE, base flood elevation,” explains Patricia Latshaw, Senior Vice President of Compliance at Wright Flood. “So if they’ve had continuous coverage through the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program), or they built in compliance, we want to give them that better rate because they did what they were supposed to when they initially built the building. So they shouldn’t be penalized for that.”FEMA plans to hold open house meetings on February 4 and 5 at the Mary V. McDonald-Wilson Center off Australian Avenue in West Palm Beach.Homeowners who do not have a mortgage are not required to get flood insurance.“If they do have a flood, their homeowner’s policy is not going to cover flood or storm surge,” Mcelory adds.There will be a 90-day appeal period after next week’s public meetings. FEMA will then make final decisions, although experts say the new guidelines could take up to a year to be put into effect.last_img read more

Homeless man accused of attacking girlfriend with hammer

first_imgA homeless man was arrested Thursday night after he attacked his homeless girlfriend with a hammer in a Burger King parking lot, Florida Keys deputies said.Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Adam Linhardt  said 59-year-old Mark Bucher beat his 57-year-old girlfriend with the hammer and then fled with the tool.Butcher was found a short time after walking north on U.S. Highway 1 with fresh dried blood on his arms, police said.Deputies found the hammer in some nearby bushes.Butcher’s girlfriend said they were celebrating their one-year anniversary when he became intoxicated and argumentative. She said Bucher threatened to kill her and repeatedly struck her with the hammer. She was taken to Lower Keys Medical Center, but her condition wasn’t immediately known.Linhardt said two witnesses corroborated the woman’s version of events.Butcher faces charges of aggravated battery, resisting arrest and tampering with evidence. He is being held without bond at the county jail.last_img read more

France, Brazil, Uruguay, Belgium Battle for Semi-final Spots

first_imgBut first, the world’s most expensive player and his star-studded supporting cast have to get past Belgium, who boast an array of their firepower, to reach the semi-finals.In a Kazan Arena expected to be dominated by yellow-clad Brazil fans, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne have a chance to prove they can cut it at the highest international level.They will have to be wary of attacking threats coming at them from every direction.“Individually, Brazil are the strongest team in this World Cup,” said vastly experienced Belgium defender Vincent Kompany.“But it doesn’t affect our chances against them. None of us are going to sleep at night thinking ‘We have already lost to Brazil’.“We are going to look them in the eye. But if we make this a match of individuals, then we’ll lose,” he said.Brazil coach Tite said he was desperate to win the match without resorting to the “horror” of penalties after three of the last-16 ties were settled by spot-kicks.“A football match should never be settled with the horror of penalties. I don’t see that as a valid result,” Tite told a packed press conference on Thursday. “For me, there has to be another way.”Brazil made a slow start in Russia but hit their stride with an impressive performance to shut down Mexico in the last round, even though Neymar was roundly criticised for once again play-acting at the nearest contact from an opponent.“If I seem more relaxed, it’s because the players have put me in this position by playing better,” said Tite.France overran Argentina in a last-16 match that appeared to signal the passing of a torch to a new generation of superstars, as 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe scored twice to outshine Lionel Messi and dump the 2014 finalists out of the competition.Yet nobody in the French camp is under any illusions that Uruguay will give them the acres of space they enjoyed against the disorganised Argentinian defence.“Uruguay have so many assets, so many qualities,” said France coach Didier Deschamps. “They defend as a unit, they play together and they love to do that.”Uruguay are crossing their fingers that prolific striker Edinson Cavani will recover from the calf injury he sustained in his impressive two-goal performance that ended the hopes of Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.Cavani was back in training on Thursday and France are acutely aware of the threat posed by the man who plays his club football for Paris Saint-Germain.“I am preparing my team for if Cavani plays,” Deschamps said, although he suggested Uruguay were keeping their cards close to their chest: “If he plays or not, I will only know 90 minutes before the game.”In England, World Cup fever is building as hopes rise that Gareth Southgate’s young team can beat Sweden on Saturday and reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1990.Even Bank of England governor Mark Carney is getting swept up in the excitement, saying that if the Three Lions were to win the tournament for the first time since 1966, “it would be an unalloyed, unadulterated, absolute good”.Coach Gareth Southgate has urged his young squad to seize their chance.“It’s a great opportunity, and although our team will be individually better in two years, we might not have this opportunity again,” Southgate told the BBC.In Saturday’s other quarter-final, host nation Russia will hope to keep their rollercoaster ride through the finals going when they face Croatia.Written off as no-hopers before the tournament, Russia are now within reach of their first semi-final sinceShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The World Cup bursts back into life on Friday as tournament favourites Brazil take on a Belgium side brimming with talent while a young France team face battle-hardened Uruguay.The first match Uruguay-France, will take place at 3pm Nigerian time and the second at 7pm.Neymar’s Brazil are aiming to win a record-extending sixth World Cup at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.last_img read more

Point-Counterpoint: Worst record in sports

first_imgHagstromRyan Howard has been rung up 195 times in 2007 to put him in the record books along with Adam Dunn as MLB’s single-season strikeout king. Inevitably the 2006 NL MVP will pass even Dunn, as Philadelphia has five more games before the year concludes.Howard’s feat got me thinking about some of the other shame-filled records in sports. As tempting as Joe Sullivan’s 106 errors during the 1893 season is, or the 23 fumbles by quarterback Kerry Collins in 2001, I can safely say there’s one record that trumps all others: the longest streak without a hit.You see, unlike some of the notorious records in the sporting world, batting in baseball is all about the individual. But in the case of Bill Bergen, he sure could have used a teammate to hit for him. Bergen owns MLB’s record for most at-bats without a hit. In 1909 Bergen went through an 0-for-46 slump en route to the worst single-season average ever for a player who had enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title, .139. Not even Bernie Mac came close to that mark in the movie “Mr. 3000,” and he’s an actor, not an athlete.In fact, I’m sure Peewee Herman could get a hit in 46 opportunities. That is, if he could remain out of legal trouble for the two weeks required to get that many chances.In fact, Bergen also owns baseball’s worst career batting average (.170) among hitters with over 2,500 at-bats.The former Brooklyn Superbas catcher truly holds a record no one wants to beat.Point: Bergen.VoelkelSure, there are a lot of records you wouldn’t want to hold. Holding or breaking one of the worst records forever infamously brands you a disappointment on some level.The New York Mets lost 120 of 160 games in 1962, the Duke football team recently won for the first time in 22 tries, and George Blanda has completed more passes to members of the opposing team than any other quarterback (coincidently, also probably more passes than the reportedly ex-Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman completed to his own team). All those are records few would ever want to touch with a 10-foot pole.But none of those records are the worst to ever hold. In fact, none are even in the same league. When looking for the worst record in all of sports, one need look no further than his proverbial backyard and charcoal grill.That’s because the worst record to hold is actually the “wurst” record. And the wurst record holder is none other than world-renowned professional eater Takeru Kobayashi of Japan.Just last year at Sheboygan’s own World Bratwurst Eating Championship, Kobayashi-san polished off 58 brats in just 10 minutes.Now, being a native-born Wisconsinite, I was born to appreciate a good brat every now and then. Fifty-eight brats in 1/6 of an hour is a bit excessive, though. Also, consuming the nearly 17,000 calories and 1,450 grams of fat he did has to make the wurst record also the worst record for his health.Sure, it would suck to go 40-some-odd at-bats without a base hit, but in the big picture, does it really hold a candle to eating more brats in 10 minutes than most people do in a year?Plus, the fact that the wurst record was set in Wisconsin gives it bonus points, which puts the record over the top.Wurst. Count it.last_img read more

USC celebrates Class of 2020 with virtual commencement

first_imgThe main ceremony also featured a jazz rendition of “I’ll Be Seeing You” by Thornton jazz studies students and a performance of “Fight On” by members of the Trojan Marching Band, who streamed their parts individually. “You are a remarkable group of individuals with an extraordinary education, and you’re living in a remarkable time when extraordinary things are both needed and possible,” Folt said. “Your moment has arrived, and you are up to the task.” “I know you’ll join generations of your fellow Trojans who have used their knowledge and their talents to make the world a better place,” Folt said. “Wherever you go in life, please know that your Trojan Family will be there to support you.” “Many people are suffering, but you stepped up to deal with your upended plans and different dreams,” Folt told attendees. “I know many of you are concerned about your future in the face of so much uncertainty this year. You’re probably asking, ‘Even with a superb education from USC, will I make it?’ You will.” While commencement could not be held in its traditional format this semester due to concerns about large gatherings amid the spread of the coronavirus, the University put on an online event for seniors to celebrate their time at USC. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan) Jamia Pugh, who graduated with a master’s degree in journalism, was one of the keynote speakers included in the CBCSA newsletter. Besides wishing she could have delivered her speech in person, Pugh hopes that her video message resonates with her graduating class.  “You’ve made it through — you’re a USC graduate,” Ferrell said. “I know it’s been a challenging semester, but you’ll have stories for the rest of your lives. Take care, fight on and congratulations.” “I am immensely proud of USC for the way it has responded to our national crisis while keeping our values in mind,” Hauptman said. “Of course, we would have all much preferred to be together and celebrate this momentous occasion, but we prioritized the health and safety of our fellow Trojans.” Instead, cultural centers commemorated their graduating seniors with mementos. La CASA sent commemorative booklets and stoles to seniors in the Latinx Honor Society, while Asian Pacific American Students Services created a graduation video with photos of seniors and addresses from leaders of APASS and the International Student Assembly. The Center for Black Cultural and Student Affairs mailed graduates a souvenir book and a newsletter with video messages from several graduates. Deans from each of USC’s schools recorded short videos recognizing their graduating students and praising their resilience. Provost Charles Zukoski presented candidates for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees before actor and alumnus Will Ferrell briefly interrupted Folt’s degree conferral speech mid-sentence with a message for the new alumni. Graduating senior Natalia Smith, who is currently in Los Angeles, watched the virtual commencement with her family in England via screen sharing. Smith said that while an online graduation wasn’t what she had envisioned, she appreciated the online engagement USC planned and looks forward to attending the in-person ceremony.  To conclude the commencement ceremony, Folt assured students that the University has begun planning for the in-person commencement, which USC will host as soon as it is safe to do so. President Carol Folt opened the main ceremony Friday by recognizing the more than 19,000 students graduating in the Class of 2020 and the unprecedented circumstances that made a virtual event necessary. She acknowledged the pandemic’s impact on the graduating class and praised the way students have adapted to an unfamiliar situation and contributed to their communities through volunteerism and creative work. Schools and faith-based organizations also held additional ceremonies throughout the day. Cultural centers, which typically hold special events during graduation — including the Chicanx/Latinx Graduate Celebration, Lavender Celebration, African American Cultural Celebration and the Asian Pacific Graduate Celebration — to recognize their graduates had to place traditional celebrations on hold. center_img Valedictorian Isabella Hauptman, who received a bachelor’s degree in cognitive science, spoke about the changes students in the Class of 2020 have witnessed during their tenure at USC, including Folt’s selection and inauguration. Other notable individuals participated in graduation activities throughout the day. Actors Mark Hamill and Rainn Wilson partook in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism’s virtual commencement, while composer and musician John Williams spoke at the Thornton School of Music’s ceremony. Although cultural centers’ in-person ceremonies could not take place this year, the Student Equity and Inclusion Programs plan for a joint in-person cultural group celebration in the future.   “I was pretty disappointed to start with, because … we’ve kind of built up to this moment for the last four years,” said Smith, who received a bachelor’s degree in international relations and nongovernmental organizations and social change. “At least we know at some point in the future, we’ll be getting together to celebrate it.” “The Trojan Family and alumni and all the faculty really tried to make this as special as possible and they did an amazing job,” said Emily Markarian, who received a bachelor’s degree in human biology and a master’s degree in health administration. “It’s not the same as an in-person ceremony, but it’s very touching to see the effort they put into it and dedication.” She applauded USC’s decision to postpone rather than cancel in-person commencement and said the compromise took students’ opinions into consideration while protecting the well-being of the University community. Leading up to virtual commencement, the University encouraged 2020 graduates to post photos on Instagram with the hashtags #USCGrad, #2020Trojan and #USCMemories. It also created downloadable celebration kits with Instagram story filters, yard signs and Zoom backgrounds from iconic spots on campus. Alumni Aloe Blacc, Rozzi and Saweetie celebrated the Class of 2020 with a Zoom Visions and Voices concert Wednesday. “We’ve seen enormous change ripple throughout our campus and our country at USC,” Hauptman said. “We’ve watched our University take steps toward reform, witnessed multiple transitions in leadership and have experienced the implementation of policies centered around inclusion and social responsibility.” “For me personally, it was more important to deliver my message that I had originally written up to make sure I connect with each of the African American Trojans on a deeper level versus talking about the virus, which we all already know is an unfortunate situation,” Pugh said. Campus stood nearly silent as the Class of 2020 joined commencement celebrations from their phones and laptops at home without the full regalia and sounding of “Fight On” and “Conquest” sounding from the Spirit of Troy. Following a pandemic that swept across the globe and pushed everyone to shelter in place, USC was forced to host its May commencement virtually, though a second will be held in person once it is safe to do so. Though bittersweet for seniors who missed out on much of the end-of-year traditions, the virtual commencement brought together members of the USC community to celebrate the accomplishments of the graduating class.  In the commencement address, her first as president, Folt advised graduates to believe in themselves and use the skills they learned as students to pursue their ambitions. The collaboration and connection fostered at USC would help them succeed, she said. President Carol Folt commended the Class of 2020 for adapting to a new setting created by the pandemic and advised graduates to continue pursuing their ambitions despite the new challenges. (Vincent Leo | Daily Trojan)last_img read more

Manchester Utd Fan Gets Betway’s N50m

first_img“This is my biggest winning since I have been forcasting and I am happy to have received all my money,” gushed the winner with pride.According to Betway Marketing Manager Lere Awokoya , “this is the second biggest pay out from our company . Another customer won N58m in 2015 , now we have someone winning N50m.”He assured punters that BetWay was easily accessible online as customers need not go through stress.The Deputy Director/Zonal Cordinator for National Lottery Regulatory Commission, Nkiru Onuzulu, congratulated the winner, while applauding Betway for always keeping to their promise.She affirmed that as a regulatory body, they have the responsibility to ensure that all operators keep their promise to stakeholders.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram History was made in the sports betting business yesterday with BetWay keeping its promise to Emeka Cephas, the winner of the N50m price when he was paid his win.Elated Cephas who is a Manchester United fan received his N50m payment at an impressive presentaction ceremony at the company’s office.The jackpot winner who is an Estate Agent won the N50m after betting with N13,000 on 10 different games played over the weekend.According to him “I want to say thank you to Betway for fulfilling their promises .They have paid me to the last kobo. This is unlike my previous experience with another sports betting company who are still owing me.last_img read more

“Change is Gonna Come”: Isaac Dogboe’s lyrical message as he TKOs Chris Avalos [VIDEO]

first_imgFourteen months ago, Ghanaian boxer, Isaac Dogboe, hit rock bottom, devastated by a crushing defeat by Mexican boxer Emmanuel Navarette.It was a rematch in May 2019.After Dogboe had lost his WBO Super-bantamweight title to Navarette in December 2018, an attempt to reclaim it ended embarrassingly.The immediate aftermath of that fight was a period of rushed decisions and poisonous rhetoric. First his father, Paul Dogboe, said Isaac was quitting boxing to concentrate on school. He later claimed his son’s defeat was down to a misapplied black magic.Dogboe’s attempt to come back was far from smooth either. He changed coaches like he changed his T-shirts – from Freddie Roach to James ‘Light Out’ Toney.Eventually, “The Royal Storm” subsided and Dogboe settled for a fight with American Chris Avalos in the Featherweight Division.Choosing to move up in weight class can always be risky, but Avalos was the perfect opponent to start off with.With no stand out fight in his career (35 fights, 27 wins,  8 losses), it is fair to say the 30 year old was carefully selected.THAT is how you debut in the Featherweight division. 😤@IsaacDogboe was on point the entire way, and ultimately stoped Chris Avalos in the 8th and final round.#ValdezVelez | LIVE NOW on ESPN— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) July 22, 2020In boxing, picking the right opponent in itself is half the fight won. Choose them carefully, and you could end a career undefeated (I’m looking at you Mayweather).In front of an empty MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, engineered by the coronavirus pandemic, Isaac Dogboe oozed class, knocking out Avalos in the 8th round, and showing the prowess that made him WBO Super-bantamweight champion in 2018.Dogboe pounded Avalos with his weakening body shots, and the American almost hit the deck in the 4th round after a stinging blow into his body from Dogboe.Dogboe continued his dominance in the 5th and 6th rounds, continuing to work the body of the 30 year old Avalos, who looked tired and worn out at that point.The dominance of the former WBO Super bantamweight world champion, Dogboe, finally paid off in the 8th and final round when he ultimately stopped Avalos.Before the fight, Isaac Dogboe chose the right music the herald his coming. It was as if he knew. Sam Cook’s classic, “A Change is Gonna Come”, isn’t just another song, it’s a historical piece that brought hope and signaled a brighter future.The win was a signal that Dogboe was on his way back, and the change we have long been hoping for, certainly seems like it’s on its way.Isaac Dogboe sings “A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cook”“And I know … a change is gonna come.” 🎶A fight for redemption leads it off at the top of the hour, as former world champion @IsaacDogboe is more than ready for his Featherweight debut to start the show.#ValdezVelez | ESPN— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) July 21, 2020last_img read more