USACE to Determine Level of Shoaling Along San Jacinto River

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, began surveying levels of sediment deposits last weekend within the West Fork of the San Jacinto River in response to a State of Texas and FEMA request.To determine the level of shoaling and silt accumulation within the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, a New Orleans District Corps survey crew and vessel collected GPS and sonar data near Humble and Atascocita from April 6-9 along a five-mile area between Hwy 69/59 and West Lake Houston Parkway“Corps Surveyors operated a 20 foot Xpress Boat with survey grade GPS and a sonar transducer to determine sediment deposition,” said Alicia Rea, an emergency management response official with the Galveston District.           “County and City officials conducted a site visit to the locations on April 10, 2018. We believe this is the most prudent action to take to better define the scope of work. The USACE and FEMA are working diligently to expedite the process.”  FEMA responded to a request from the State of Texas and under Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Act of 1988, FEMA directed the Corps to begin the initial assessment of the conditions.Corps Hydrologists will utilize the survey data and use hydrologic modeling to determine the best course of action.[mappress mapid=”25041″]last_img read more

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Vaclav Havel funeral: World leaders pay respects

first_img 35 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img FaithLifestyle Vaclav Havel funeral: World leaders pay respects by: – December 23, 2011 Share Prague’s archbishop read out a message from Pope Benedict praising Vaclav Havel’s courageous defence of human rightsThe funeral of former Czech President Vaclav Havel is taking place in the capital, Prague, attended by leaders from around the world.A bell tolled at the start of the ceremony at St Vitus Cathedral, as mourners in the building and those filling the square outside observed a moment of silence.Havel, who led the 1989 overthrow of communism, died on Sunday aged 75.The Archbishop of Prague read out a tribute from Pope Benedict.The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, are among the mourners.The presidents of France and Germany are also attending, along with UK Prime Minister David Cameron.Poland’s own dissident-turned-president, Lech Walesa, is also there, along with current leaders from across Eastern Europe.The former US Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, herself born in Prague, is to speak at the ceremony, along with the Czech Foreign Minister, Karel Schwarzenberg.Havel’s coffin lay in state at Prague Castle for several days prior to the ceremony. Thousands of people queued to pay their respects.The funeral is being shown on big screens in Hradcany Square.Since Havel’s death on Sunday, tributes have come from a wide range of world leaders as well as from Czech citizens.“I wish that all who are not indifferent to the future of our country, pursue their opinions with the same courage and conviction as Vaclav Havel did,” said the current President, Vaclav Klaus.In a letter to Mr Klaus the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said Havel’s “fight for freedom and democracy was as unforgettable as his great humanity”.“We Germans also have much to thank him for. Together with you, we mourn the loss of a great European,” she said.Lech Walesa called Havel “a great fighter for the freedom of nations and for democracy”.Prisoner to presidentVaclav Havel first made his name as a playwright in the 1960s.The increased freedom brought to Czechoslovakia by the Prague Spring in 1968 allowed him to satirise the communist old guard, which won him wide public acclaim.But the Soviet invasion later that year saw his work banned and he was driven underground.He became Czechoslovakia’s most famous dissident and was jailed for “anti-state activity”.In 1989 when communism fell he moved in a matter of months from being a political prisoner to president of the country. The euphoria soon faded when Slovak nationalists succeeded in their campaign for independence during 1992.This prompted Havel to resign from the presidency, but a few months later after the “velvet divorce” at the start of 1993, he was re-elected Czech president.Although he was sometimes a reluctant leader, he continued to serve as president until 2003.BBC Newslast_img read more

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MLB owners agree to plan for July start to season, according to reports

first_imgPlayers already agreed to be paid their regular salaries on a pro-rated basis — if 50 percent of the schedule is played, players would receive 50 percent of their salaries. If many of those games are played in empty ballparks, the players salaries would be reduced even further.Tony Clark, head of the union, told the Athletic on Monday that they would not agree to revenue sharing.“A system that restricts player pay based on revenues is a salary cap, period,” Clark said. “This is not the first salary cap proposal our union has received. It probably won’t be the last.“That the league is trying to take advantage of a global health crisis to get what they’ve failed to achieve in the past — and to anonymously negotiate through the media for the last several days — suggests they know exactly how this will be received.“None of this is beneficial to the process of finding a way for us to safely get back on the field and resume the 2020 season — which continues to be our sole focus.”If there is no agreement and the season isn’t played at all, players would receive a total of $170 million in April and May, and nothing else. That’s about 4 percent of the salary they would earn for a full season.The hope is that later in the season teams could begin selling tickets, perhaps not to the full capacities of their ballparks.California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has said that he doesn’t foresee games in this state with fans in the near future, said on Monday that any return for baseball will be contingent on state-mandated safety precautions.“I talked to the Commissioner of Major League Baseball and he said we won’t do anything that’s not consistent with state guidelines, so I’m not concerned about what they do, as long as it’s consistent with state guidelines,” Newsom said. “We’ll see where we will be in July.“We certainly look forward to Major League Baseball and all sports resuming, but again the question is when, and that will be determined on the basis of public health and public safety.”The owners’ proposal also reportedly calls for a new schedule, which would limit teams to games within their division and the corresponding division in the other league. The Angels and Dodgers would then play only games within the AL West and NL West.According to a report in the Athletic, teams would play four three-game series against the other four teams in their division and two three-game series against each of the five teams in the corresponding division in the other league. That totals 78 games, although a few extra games could be added with four-game series.The playoffs reportedly would be expanded to include seven teams in each league, with the team with the best record getting a bye, and the other six playing best-of-three series to determine the four teams advancing to the best-of-five division series.Both leagues would also adopt the designated hitter for the 2020 season, according to reports.Under the proposal, teams would begin a modified reboot of spring training in early to mid June, with teams able to work out either in their home city or returning to Arizona or Florida.Teams would also have rosters expanded to 30, instead of 26, which would help account for pitchers not being prepared as thoroughly after a shortened training period. The teams would also keep a squad of inactive players to replace injured players, because there would likely be no minor league games. Minor league baseball can’t function financially without fans.The additional roster spots certainly provide the players with one incentive to accept ownership’s proposal, even with the possibility of having their salaries reduced further. Plans for Major League Baseball’s return cleared one hurdle on Monday morning, but the most difficult may still be ahead.MLB officials are reportedly scheduled to meet on Tuesday with representatives of the MLB Players Association, who will certainly have concerns about precautions to ensure their health and plans to further reduce their salaries, the latter of which could be a deal-breaker for the union.MLB owners on Monday morning approved the framework for an 82-game season that would begin around the weekend of July 4, according to multiple reports. Games would initially be played in empty ballparks, but in the teams’ home cities when possible, according to the reports.The proposal for a start to the season in early July would also likely mean the cancellation of the All-Star Game, which was scheduled for July 14 at Dodger Stadium. As players weigh the proposal, they will no doubt want to know about how the sport will function with regard to the coronavirus. Earlier public ideas called for players to be quarantined away from their families to protect them from the virus. It’s unclear what measures are in the current proposal, and also what would happen if a player tests positive.Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle said via Twitter that the “most important” parts of a plan are “health protections for players, families, staff, stadium workers and the workforce it would require to resume a season.”The financial implications for players are also significant.The proposal reportedly includes a 50-50 revenue split between owners and players. Major League Baseball has never had a similar revenue-sharing plan before, with players having set salaries regardless of the sport’s revenue.However, the coronavirus pandemic has limited the sport’s ability to play games in front of fans, which would slash the sport’s revenue. Television revenue from playing games in empty ballparks would account for only a portion of the teams’ normal income.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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That time Michael Jordan had to wear No. 12 after someone stole his jersey

first_imgMichael Jordan and the Bulls once had to improvise after His Airness’ No. 23 jersey went missing before a game in Orlando.It was on this day in 1990, after a frantic but fruitless search for the iconic No. 23, that Jordan was forced to wear a nameless No. 12 for a game against the Magic. A long-forgotten image, yes, but one the NBA doesn’t want anyone to forget — lest fans use their $300 on something else. Michael Jordan wore #12 on Feb. 14, 1990 after his jersey was stolen from the locker room in Orlando. pic.twitter.com/IvfQjEA00T— Hoops History Pics (@HoopHistoryPics) February 26, 2014MORE: Classic photos of Michael JordanTo this day, that No. 23 jersey has never been found. But if the thief was hoping to throw Jordan off his game that night, it didn’t work.Not that it mattered what number was on Jordan’s back that night, or that his name was missing. This was prime Jordan. Everyone in the arena and watching on TV knew exactly who dropped 49 points on the Magic that night. It was a typical ’90s-era Jordan performance, even though the Magic won 135-129. Yes, the NBA, always in search of a marketing opportunity, has made a replica version of that No. 12 available for purchase so basketball fans everywhere can spend a bunch of money to relive an obscure blip in hardwood history while also looking like they bought a surplus Bulls jersey that was accidentally produced without a name.last_img read more

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‘Welbeck and Sanogo score on the same night – Wenger has got problems now!’

first_img1 England finally restored some pride to the famous Three Lions shirt on Monday night with a 2-0 victory over Switzerland in Basle.And who does Roy Hodgson have to thank for the win? None other than ‘Dat Guy’ Danny Welbeck!The new Arsenal forward was deployed out in his unfavoured wide position, but perhaps gave Hodgson and his new club manager Arsene Wenger some food for thought with two good finishes to kick the team’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign off to a great start.Yes, the 23-year-old fluffed his crosses more than once from the wing, but he caused problems for the Swiss back-four, put in a shift throughout the 90 minutes and netted a brace that pulled him level with Three Lions legend Paul Gascoigne’s goal tally.And, with fellow Gunners frontman Yaya Sanogo scoring for the France Under-21s on the same night, Arsenal supporters had much to be positive about… England striker Danny Welbeck last_img read more

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Sen Mark Pryor Assumes Ag Approps Chairmanship

first_imgSen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) assumed the chair of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which writes budgets for USDA and the Food and Drug Administration.The new position for Sen. Pryor, who is up for reelection next year, restores a bit of the clout on agricultural programs that his home state of Arkansas lost when then-Senate Agricultural Committee Chair Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) lost her bid for reelection in 2010. Sen. Pryor fills the seat vacated by the retired Herb Kohl (D-Wis.).last_img

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Last Abortion Clinic in Cincinnati May Fall to New Law

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesOctober 24, 2014; Cincinnati EnquirerThe only remaining abortion clinic in Cincinnati, a Planned Parenthood clinic, received a citation this week from the health department—and that very likely means that it will be closed, making it the sixth to close out of a field of 14 since the start of 2013. This closure could leave women having to drive to Louisville, Columbus, or Indianapolis to have an abortion.Ohio law requires abortion clinics to have a “transfer agreement” with a private hospital, and all of the local hospitals have declined this clinic’s request, although the group does have agreements with individual doctors at a local hospital, a measure that in the past has been sufficient. Recently, however, the health department declined to approve such a measure for a Sharonville provider Women’s Med, which then stopped performing abortions.“We have received the letter, and it is accurate in its statement that we do not have a transfer agreement,” Planned Parenthood spokesman Rick Pender said. “But what we have pending, for more than a year, is our variance request, which the health department has not acted on.”“I’m flabbergasted that the Ohio Department of Health sent a notice to Planned Parenthood to tell them they don’t have a transfer agreement or variance, when ODH has sat on a request from Planned Parenthood to approve a variance for over a year,” said Kellie Copeland, executive director for NARAL Pro-Choice Ohio, in a statement. “This is the sort of behavior we expect from political hacks, not public health professionals.”Another Women’s Med clinic, this one in Dayton, also is lacking a hospital transfer agreement. The issue of accessibility in terms of erecting barriers that would necessitate long travel times has been looked at before in the case of the last remaining clinic in Mississippi, where a similar law is in place and where the clinic was ordered to be kept open by the court because closing it would have placed an “undue burden” on women seeking services.—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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