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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4th Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup launched

first_imgThe 4th edition of the annual Sheikh Sharubutu Ramadan Cup has been launched in Accra, with organizers promising a much-improved competition this year. The competition, named after the National Chief Imam and organized under his auspices, brings Zongo communities together to compete in a football competition as part of social events to mark the end of Ramadan.Speaking at the launch yesterday, the coordinator of the tournament, Tamimu Issah, revealed that sixteen Zongo communities will participate in this year’s edition which will come off a week after Eid el Fitr on June 23, 2018.The tournament coordinator, Tamimu Issah, said the tournament has achieved its objectives of bringing Zongo communities together through football, as well as promoting friendship, peace, and discipline.”The competition has been named after a national icon, the Chief Imam, and he represents the very objectives of the competition which are peace, togetherness, discipline, and humility. From a humble beginning of just eight communities which took part in the inaugural edition, the competition has grown rapidly with sixteen communities now involved. We are happy with the progress and we are happy with the achieved our objectives.”A representative of the National Chief Imam, Dr. Inusah Osman, said the Chief Imam was thrilled by the continuous progress of the tournament and urged both organisers and participants to continue to work hard to make the tournament better. An official of The Royal Bank, who have been supporting the event since 2016, said the continuous support offered by the bank is in line with the vision of its late Founder, Alhaji Dr. Adamu Idrissu who okayed the bank’s inaugural support for the bank in 2016.Sheikh Aremayao, the spokesperson of the National Chief Imam advised the youth to emulate one of the exemplary characters of the Chief Imam, humility.”I want to urge all of you to be humble because when you’re humble, God will lift you up.”The launch of the 4th edition was chaired by Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah, who was supported by his two assistants Ibrahim Tanko and Maxwell Konadu. Other guests present were Ahmed Abdulai an aide to the Vice President, who represented him at the launch. The 4th edition, as usual, is being sponsored by The Royal Bank and supported by Nasco Electronics, Multi Pac Ghana Limited (producers of Perla Natural Mineral Water and 5 Star Energy Drink), Palace Shopping Mall, Afro Arab Group and Holiday Inn Hotel.last_img read more

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Matt Kemp’s throw helps Los Angeles Dodgers edge St. Louis Cardinals 1-0

first_imgMatt Kemp did not hesitate.He charged hard in left field, scooped the ball up and fired to the plate. Catcher Drew Butera made a nice catch and placed the tag on Allen Craig just before Craig crossed the plate to end the seventh inning, a close call that was upheld on a replay challenge.It was a game-changing play that bought enough time for the Dodgers to finally scratch across a run in the eighth in a hard-fought 1-0 victory Thursday over the St. Louis Cardinals.“It’s do or die right there,” said Kemp, recently relocated to left field. “If it’s off to the right or off to the left, he might be safe. I’m just glad it was right there and he caught it and tagged him out. “Defense honestly won that game for us tonight. Sometimes defense is just as important as offense.”Kemp’s throw electrified the announced crowd of 48,624 that came out for a Brian Wilson bobblehead and came away buzzing from a playoff-like atmosphere, the kind of game the Dodgers are going to need to win if they are going to have October aspirations.An electric crowd. A pitchers’ duel. Dazzling defensive plays. And a clutch hit.And it is still only June.“It kind of felt like a playoff game,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “You don’t feel you can make a mistake or it will cost you.” The Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals picked up right where they left off last season in their first meeting since the National League Championship Series, won in six games by the Cardinals.Suddenly revitalized Dodgers starter Josh Beckett matched Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright for seven scoreless innings.Miguel Rojas dazzled at shortstop. Kemp provided a spark from left field. And Justin Turner delivered a timely pinch-hit RBI single in the eighth inning off Wainwright to score recently activated Juan Uribe with the winning run.“This is how playoff games usually are: 1-0,” Kemp said. “We just had to wait them out and get the big hit when it counted and get the win.”The crowd got a thrill when bobblehead hero Wilson entered to pitch the eighth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning that included two strikeouts to earn his first win since Sept. 12, 2013 against San Francisco.Closer Kenley Jansen – rediscovering some confidence this week – converted his 24th save in 27 chances to complete the five-hit shutout.The Dodgers moved to a season-high nine games over .500 at 45-36 and pulled within two games of the first-place San Francisco Giants after trailing by 9.5 games on June 8.But the spotlight belonged to Beckett, who continued his resurgence this season.Beckett allowed four hits over seven innings with four strikeouts and two walks. It was the seventh game in which Beckett pitched at least five innings and allowed no runs, equalling Wainwright for the league lead.“Josh has been pretty amazing this year, changing speeds and showing why he was so good for so long,” Mattingly said. “Their guy was a handful. Early on, I told Josh we’ll figure out a way to get you one run. Somehow that was enough. And he did it against a pretty good, hitting ballclub, a veteran ballclub.”Beckett did receive a defensive boost from Rojas, who has impressed the club with his glove, particularly in saving Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter last week.Rojas fielded a grounder, took it to the second-base bag himself and fired to strike to first to double up Matt Adams in the first inning. Rojas also made a leaping catch to rob former Dodger Mark Ellis to lead off the third inning.“Tonight was about the defense,” Beckett said. “Kemp’s play was huge. The guys were great. That double play in the first inning was huge.”Second baseman Dee Gordon also got into the theft business, ranging far up the middle to snare a grounder and make an accurate throw to first to nab the slow-footed Yadier Molina in the seventh.Then of course there was Kemp’s throw to Butera to end the seventh.“That was a great throw in a key moment and it kept us in the game,” Butera said. “We came back and scored a run after that.”Wainwright was imposing as usual.After issuing a leadoff walk to Dee Gordon to begin the game, Wainwright settled in and retired 15 straight Dodgers before Miguel Rojas rifled a single to left field to open the sixth. He allowed just two hits through the first seven innings.The Dodgers finally got to Wainwright in the eighth.Uribe lined a single up the middle to lead off the eighth in his first game back from a right hamstring injury since May 20.Butera followed with a beautiful sacrifice bunt, and Rojas followed with an infield single — his second hit of the night — to put runners at first and third.Then Turner delivered the pinch-hit RBI single, picking up his sixth pinch-hit in 15 at-bats (.400) with a double and six RBIs. He is hitting .342 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 42 games since May 1.“I keep telling everyone he’s the best pinch-hitter,” Butera said. “He’s making me look good.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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EPA Fines Aureus Mining US$10K

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has fined Bea Mountain Mining Corporation, a subsidiary of Aureus Mining, US$10,000 for what the EPA described as “disruption of an on-going investigation into allegation that the company discharged acute toxicity of effluents into the Mafa River in Grand Cape Mount County.”EPA Executive Director Anyaa Vohiri, who headed a team of investigators to the company’s operational site on Saturday, said “Bea Mountain Mining Corporation disrupted the investigation by blocking effluents from its Tilling Storage Facility (TSF) to the ‘point of compliance’ without notifying the EPA.” She said the investigation into the allegation, which included sites verifications, laboratory analyses of water samples and technical conference with the company’s management was in response to several complaints by residents of Jikando, Gola Konneh District.Madam Vohiri said EPA monitors received information from some of the residents of the area where fish were found dead within 3.15 km of the company’s Tilling Storage Facility due to the use of chemicals in her gold mining processes.According to her, this indicates that ‘acute toxicity of effluents was illegally discharged into the Mafa River,’ which the residents said is a primary source of trade, livelihood and domestic uses.Madam Vohiri said the residents also complained of loss of biodiversity along the diverted segment of the Mavoroe Creek as a result of overflow and the illegal discharge of ‘highly toxic effluents.’ She said although investigation into the matter was continuing, the loss of biodiversity along the diverted segment of the Mavoroe Creek as a result of its stagnation due to inappropriate stream diversion; and that the illegal discharge of effluents from the company’s Tilling Storage Facility into the environment without discharge permit from the EPA is a violation of several provisions of the environmental law of Liberia. Madam Vohiri said, “Consistent with the standards and regulations of the agency and the permitting conditions of your permit, the EPA has determined that your entity did violate conditions 6.0 and 7.0 of the permit, part V Section 56 (1) of the Environmental Protection and Management Law of Liberia, and Part III Section 21 (4) of the Act Creating the EPA.” She therefore threatened that the company’s operating permit may warrant a suspension based on the unveiling circumstances.“The EPA hereby fines Bea Mountain Mining Corporation the amount of US$10,000 payable into government revenue coffers through the Central Bank of Liberia within 42 hours. You are further directed to come along with copy of the notice of violation and the appropriate official flag receipt substantiating full compliance for the issuance of a clearance,” she told the company’s General Manager, Debar Allen, at a meeting during her visit on Saturday.During the visit, Madam Vohiri also toured Jekando, the affected community and assured the residents that the EPA as a regulator would prevail on the company not to repeat what has happened.She requested that a committee comprising representatives from the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, EPA, Bea Mountain Mining Corporation and the affected community monitor the situation so as to avoid future occurrences.Mr. Allen did not register any opposition to the EPA’s position, but said that his corporation has put in place mitigation measures to avoid re-occurrence.He admitted that the company’s technical people collected dead fishes from the river and disposed of them as well as collected water samples when the company was informed about the incident.He disclosed that as part of the measure, the company has constructed two hand pumps to provide clean and safe drinking water for inhabitants of the affected community.“The company has also connected Jekando with motor road in the aftermath of the incident,” Mr. Allen said.Jekando Town Chief, Jimmy Kamara, lauded Madam Vohiri for visiting the community. He said prior to her visit, the residents had felt frustrated over the pollution of their river. The chief however also lauded the company for responding to their needs by constructing the hand pumps.He then called on the management to expand the road it constructed to link the various communities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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