Sea Gate Project in Brooklyn Makes Progress

first_imgWork is underway on the long-awaited Army Corps of Engineers project to construct T-groins and place sand in the community of Sea Gate west of the West 37th Street Groin in Coney Island.Crews working under a $25.2 million contract are first carrying out the stonework portions of the project, which includes the construction of four stone T-groins, a stone spur on the West 37th Street Groin and reinforcement of the Norton Point Dike and the West 37th Street Groin.In all, the project calls for roughly 100,000 tons of stones, varying from small bedding stone to stones ranging upwards of eight tons that are being used to construct the T-groins.This sort of stonework makes up a great deal of the project’s construction timeline and is estimated to continue through the end of 2015.The project also includes the placement of roughly 125,000 cubic yards of sand, with sand coming from the Gravesend Bay side of Sea Gate as well as dredged from the Rockaway Inlet Federal Navigation Channel. Sand placement work will take place during later stages of construction, pending progress on stonework portions of the project. Once completed, the stone and sheet pile groins will work to limit the erosion of sand on the beach.While this work will provide increased risk reduction for some residents in the community of Sea Gate, the primary purpose of the proposed work is to protect the West 37th Street Terminal Groin from flanking and reduce rapid erosion of fill on the Atlantic coast of Coney Island/Sea Gate that occurs from that groin westward to Norton Point.The project is being carried out in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and in close coordination with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation.This project is 100 percent federally funded through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, also commonly referred to as the Sandy Relief Bill.[mappress mapid=”19780″]Press Releaselast_img read more

Fees in deep freeze

first_img RM Napier, Albinson Napier & Co, Warrington I long ago came to the conclusion that the last government did not like solicitors, presumably because we were the point of contact for members of the public who were dissatisfied with the actions of the executive and wished to turn to the judiciary for redress. During the years of apparent plenty, when money was spent like water, certain solicitors’ fees were frozen, particularly the amounts paid for legal aid work and one item which might appear to be insignificant – namely fees for commissions of oaths. I appreciate that the present government has a major financial problem on its hands, which accounts for the sorry state of affairs in respect of legal aid. However, commissioners’ fees are not dependent upon the public purse; though I note that the amounts payable to the court for swearing there were doubled a couple of years ago. Solicitors’ charges had always marched in step with the court fee; they are set by the Commissioners for Oaths (Fees) Order 1993. There was, however, no increase in our fees when the fees for swearing an oath at court were doubled. Solicitors’ fees for swearing an oath are a bargain compared with the courts’ fees. Indeed, I sometimes wonder whether we ought to hang ‘buy one get one free’ signs in our windows, since this is the effect of the present arrangements. It is quite disruptive to have one’s thought processes interrupted for five or eight minutes to swear an oath – surely it is time our fees were raised at least to the court level. I cannot think of any trade unions that would tolerate having their members’ earnings left at a level fixed 17 years ago.last_img read more

RCCLI moves Philippine pontoons

first_imgThe entire consignment weighed approximately 4,500 tonnes and was transported using SPMTs. The over-dimensional cargoes will form the base of an oil rig in the Keppel Batangas shipyard, which will be transported to

Rugby World Cup officially opens in Japan

first_imgCHOFU, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Japan and Russia at the Tokyo Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) CHOFU, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 20: A general view during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Japan and Russia at the Tokyo Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)Japan’s Prince Akishino declared the Rugby World Cup open on Friday, the first time the global showcase has been held in Asia as the game seeks to tap into new horizons.Twenty teams will compete for the Webb Ellis Cup with the final in Yokohama on November 2 and the gleaming trophy was carried out by the former skipper of the reigning champions, All Black Richie McCaw.CHOFU, JAPAN – SEPTEMBER 20: A pitchside flag is seen during the Rugby World Cup 2019 Group A game between Japan and Russia at the Tokyo Stadium on September 20, 2019 in Chofu, Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)The 2019 edition is expected to be one of the most open World Cups in history, with five or six teams capable of dethroning the defending champions.Combining the ancient with the modern, the ceremony drew deeply on symbolic Japanese cultural references.Encapsulated in the theme of a Japanese festival, the ceremony told the story of the mythical dawn of time, rugby’s origins and its arrival in Japan, and the blossoming of Rugby World Cup into today’s global showpiece.A military brass band, traditional dancers, live DJs, martial artists and drummers all took to the stage, as high-definition graphics projected onto the stage.The 20 countries taking part were announced, the biggest roars saved for the host nation, closely followed by defending champions New Zealand and South Africa.Related Match Point: Springboks at the Rugby World Cup Algerian World Cup Fan center_img South Africa recommended to host Rugby World Cuplast_img read more

Dominica home to thirty centenarians

first_imgMarie Angol-Dominique turned 100 on September 11, 2013.The Commonwealth of Dominica is home to thirty centenarians, statistics from the Dominica Council on Ageing reveals.Zephrine Antonia Thomas, 107, of La Plaine who resides in St. Croix is the island’s oldest centenarian, followed by Muriel Almaira Boyd, 105, of Checkhall. Nora Maria Victor-Charles of Cottage and Moris George of Coulibistrie are both 104. There are three centenarians aged 103, one aged 102, eight aged 101 and fourteen aged 100.President of the Council on Ageing, Zetma Toussaint who visited the centenarians last month as part of an annual ‘Meet the Centenarians’ activity, said earlier this week that they all appear to be in relatively good health. “They are enjoying themselves, some are more active than others and most of them are alert and can converse”.There is one male centenarian in Colihaut “who still reads his newspaper without glasses so that’s to tell you how well they’re doing”, she noted.Toussaint, who described the centenarians as “gems” also admonished citizens to cherish and keep them actively involved in family life for as long as possible.Maria Mark Laurent of Tete Morne, Grand Bay turned 100 on December 25, 2013“One of the things that I would love to see us doing more and more too, is introducing them and making them part of the family so that the younger generation can cherish them as well”.Additionally, Toussaint said the centenarians “have a lot of offer us and if we just take time to sit and listen to them you can really get a lot from them”. Minister of Community Development, Gloria Shillingford, who also described the centenarians as “gems”, said there is something to be learnt from these citizens.“What we notice about those persons [is that] they are not very angry, they lived a good life, they looked after persons, they helped in the community”.“I think they are sending us a message for us to have all of those years, we need to live all of the aggression and all of the selfishness and all of the anger behind so that God will continue to give us that strength to be able to live for a hundred,” Shillingford stated. She make reference to the Bible which indicates that a human being’s life expectancy is “three scores and ten; seventy and to go beyond that, thirty years more, it is a feat”.According to the Minister, the Dominica Government continues to ensure that all centenarians are cared for by providing their families with EC$500 monthly as well as free LPG cooking gas.“If there are other needs that our centenarians have, you just let us know and we are going to help you,” Shillingford added.Toussaint and Shillingford were part of an official 100th birthday celebration for Maria Mark Laurent of Tete Morne, Grand Bay on January 7, 2014.Dominica Vibes News 232 Views   no discussions LocalNews Dominica home to thirty centenarians by: – January 11, 2014 Share Tweetcenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Phase two of Silver Lake Housing Project begins

first_imgLocalNews Phase two of Silver Lake Housing Project begins by: Government Information Service – January 29, 2015 Share First completed Silver Lake Complex (file photo)The Housing Revolution initiated by the Dominica Labour Party Government is continuing to grow in the Roseau South Constituency.Phase Two of the Silver Lake Housing Project began on Tuesday, January 27th with the demolition of one of the old longhouses.These houses were built in the early 1980s to address housing needs of the people after the passage of Hurricane David in 1979. A number of residents, of Roseau Central in particular, took up refuge in the area after.Contractor on the project, Felix Thomas says, “After the demolition works, we are going to excavate to the ground levels. We will then set up our foundations and once the trenches are on, actual physical construction and the concrete works. That will be followed by the laying of blocks, casting of floors and all of the basement works will [begin]. Then we [will] move to the ground floor and then the top floor.”Senator the Hon. Jahisiah Benoit is excited to see work begin on the second phase. He says the residents are waiting patiently.“Clearing works are taking place on the Second Phase of the Silver Lake Housing Program which will afford at least six families a better housing situation and of course, an improved quality of life.”He continued, “I think it’s very encouraging, cognizant of the number of youth that live in Silver Lake. They can look forward to a future where they will grow up in an enabling environment that empowers them to reach their full potential academically and otherwise.”Senator Benoit commended the Labour Party Government for “continuing its Housing Revolution not only in Silver Lake but in Bath Estate and Elmshall as well.”Contractor, Felix Thomas says experience from construction of Phase One of the project will contribute to a more efficient process on the Second Phase.“You saw the record time; though we had some delays [on Phase One] of some 56 days when we were unable to do work on the structure, we still met our time deadline.”He commended the promptness, cooperation and collaboration of the staff of the Housing Division.Government launched the Silver Lake Housing Project in October 2013 at the cost of $1M and a year later six families called the apartments home. 257 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Sharelast_img read more

Milk production growth continues

first_imgOctober 2017 U.S. milk production grew 1.4 percent compared with the same month a year earlier, picking up the pace after slowing somewhat in September, according to the USDA’s latest Milk Production report. At 1.5 percent, year-over-year growth in the 23 major dairy states was also higher, led by gains of 5 percent or more in Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Utah. The increase came despite a 1,000-head decline in cow numbers from September.advertisementadvertisementUSDA: October recapReviewing the USDA estimates for October 2017 compared with October 2016:• U.S. milk production: 17.81 billion pounds, up 1.4 percent• U.S. cow numbers: 9.4 million, up 65,000 head• U.S. average milk per cow per month: 1,894 pounds, up 12 pounds• 23-state milk production: 16.74 billion pounds, up 1.5 percentadvertisement• 23-state cow numbers: 8.735 million, up 67,000 head• 23-state average milk per cow per month: 1,917 pounds, up 13 poundsCow numbersNationally, October milk cow numbers were down 1,000 head from September’s revised estimate, but still 65,000 head more than October 2016.Compared with a year earlier, the largest growth was in Texas (+25,000 head), Arizona and Colorado (each +9,000 head), and New Mexico (+8,000 head). California (-13,000 head) and Minnesota (-4,000 head) led decliners.Milk per cowChanges in monthly milk output per cow showed geographic diversity. Compared with a year earlier, individual cow production declined in most Western states – New Mexico, California, Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Utah – along with Florida and New York. In contrast, milk output per cow rose 2 pounds per day in Illinois, Minnesota and Virginia, and more than 1 pound per day in Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.Milk productionOn a percentage basis, October milk production was up 6.6 percent in Arizona, 5.7 percent in Colorado, 5.3 percent in Texas and 6.2 percent in Utah.advertisementWisconsin production was up 2.3 percent on increased output per cow; Idaho production was up just 0.2 percent, despite the presence of 4,000 more cows. Fewer cows and less production per cow led to declines of 1.5 percent and 2.4 percent in California and Oregon, respectively.Another temporary Northeast milk dumping request grantedAlthough October milk production was virtually unchanged in much of the Northeast, Federal Milk Marketing Order (FMMO) #1 Market Administrator Erik Rasmussen has again authorized temporarily pooling milk disposed or “dumped” at farm or other non-plant locations, this time through Jan. 8, 2018.In late October, Dairy Farmers of America Inc. (DFA) requested pool handlers be allowed to temporarily dispose of surplus milk for the period of Nov. 22, 2017, to Jan. 8, 2018. DFA’s request cited the region’s milk supply and available plant capacity, as well as holiday plant closings.Land O’Lakes Inc. (LOL), which subsequently asked that the period begin a week earlier, on Nov. 15, said multiple plants have announced shut downs for the holidays, effectively removing processing capacity during the period.In addition to DFA’s request and LOL’s requested extension, cooperative handlers Agri-Mark Inc., Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Inc., St. Albans Cooperative Creamery Inc. and Upstate Niagara Cooperative Inc. submitted comments acknowledging the potential for having milk supplies in excess of available plant processing capacity during the upcoming holiday period.The volume of milk pooled on the Northeast order has set eight all-time record monthly volume records during the first nine months of 2017.Temporary dumping authorizations were approved for the periods of Nov. 22, 2016, to Jan. 9, 2017; March 1 to May 31; and June 1 to Aug. 31. During those periods, the only reported requests seeking authorization for dumping raw milk at a farm was caused by snow storm milk pickup complications.For the January to September 2017 period, milk volumes reported in the Northeast marketing area’s monthly statistical reports under Class IV Minimum Price Class (often referred to as dumped milk) totaled nearly 150.9 million pounds. The total represents milk delivered to a plant, processed to some extent and then discarded for any reason.USDA outlookAccording to the USDA’s latest Livestock, Dairy and Poultry Outlook report, milk production is flattening out as growth in milk per cow slows and cow numbers start to decline. 2017 production is now forecast to be up 1.6 percent from 2016. Cow numbers may build next year, but continued slower growth in milk per cow will limit 2018 total milk production growth to 1.8 percent.Despite the slowdown in milk production, prices are weaker. USDA projections put the 2017 all-milk price at $17.70 per hundredweight (cwt), falling to about $17.35 per cwt in 2018. The USDA-projected 2017 Class III price is about $16.20 per cwt, dipping to $15.95 per cwt in 2018. The projected 2017 Class IV price is $15.20 per cwt, weakening to $14.65 per cwt in 2018.High stocks in the U.S. and the EU continue to overhang the market, especially for products with high skim-solids content. EU intervention stocks of skim milk powder (SMP) have been high since the last half of 2016, standing at 800 million pounds at the end of September 2017. Most of the stocks are more than a year old. The EU is considering options for disposing of the SMP stocks at the same time that prices have fallen below intervention levels.Cropp-Stephenson outlookMark Stephenson, director of dairy policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and Bob Cropp, dairy economics professor emeritus, summarized the dairy situation in their monthly podcast.While October’s 1.4 percent increase in milk production seems modest, it comes on top of last year’s strong October (up 2.5 percent from October 2015), strength that continued into the fourth quarter of the year, they said.Growth in production isn’t limited to the U.S., with all other major exporting regions increasing in production. And, combined with new challenges facing U.S. export markets, both Cropp and Stephenson lowered their price expectations. The export challenges include the biggest U.S. customer, Mexico, which is sourcing more milk powders elsewhere.Cropp sees the Class III price to be about $16.70 per cwt in November, dropping into the $15s in December and then into the $14s through the first half of 2018.“The unfortunate thing is we’re looking at another price drop over the next few months,” Stephenson said. “There’s enough product being made, and we aren’t moving as much product as we hoped.”Cropp and Stephenson are slightly more optimistic than current futures prices for the latter half of 2018.“If prices get as low as futures are saying in the first quarter, I think it will speed up cow culling,” Cropp said. If that happens, USDA’s forecast of a 1.8 percent production growth in 2018 won’t materialize.Margins start November weakerDairy margins declined during the first two weeks of November, although weaker milk prices were offset somewhat by lower projected feed costs, according to Commodity & Ingredient Hedging LLC. Margins through the first half of 2018 are below breakeven, while deferred third-quarter 2018 margins are projected slightly above breakeven.Milk prices remain under pressure from increased output both in the U.S. and other major exporting countries, as global demand is having trouble keeping up with rising supply. EU production during September 2017 totaled 27.2 billion pounds, up 4.1 percent from September 2016 and the largest monthly increase in year-over-year growth since March 2016. Milk production in New Zealand also started to recover after cold, wet conditions made for a poor start to their spring flush. October milk production was up 2.7 percent compared with October 2016.Feed prices moderated further, with corn futures dropping to new lows following a bearish November World Ag Supply and Demand Estimates report. The soybean balance sheet was relatively neutral, and soybean meal prices held steady over the first two weeks of November.Cutter cow pricesNational average fourth-quarter 2017 cutter cow prices are forecast to weaken, in a range of $56 to $60 per cwt. That would result in a 2017 average of just $64.99 per cwt, down from $70 per cwt in 2016 and $99.56 per cwt in 2015. Little if any improvement is forecast for 2018, with cutter cow prices expected to remain in a range of $58-$67 per cwt for the entire year.   Dave NatzkeEditorProgressive DairymanEmail Dave Natzkedave@progressivepublish.comlast_img read more

Lamm, Vaccaro Lead UWF on First Day of GSC Championships

first_imgUWF posted a 310 total and is six shots behind Lee at 304 on a day that saw pockets of rain showers hit the course through much of the day. West Georgia is second at 306 and West Alabama is third at 307. Vaccaro found herself at 6-over through 11 holes before consecutive birdies at 12 and 13, and an eagle on the par-5, 15th got her to 2-over. She bogeyed 16 and ended the day with two pars. UWF will be paired with Shorter and Union in Monday’s second round. The first groups for those teams will start on No. 1 at 8:45 Eastern time. Live scoring will be provided by Golfstat with links at The Argonauts made the turn at 13-over and were at 15-over entering the final two holes. But they struggled down the stretch and played those ending holes at 7-over. Lamm had a birdie and eagle on the 12th and 13th holes to get to 1-under before a double bogey on 18 dropped her a spot from second into third. Senior Fabiana Salazar is tied for 16th after signing for an 80. Sophomore Kayla Smith had an 82 that placed her in a tie for 22nd place, with freshman Kelie Kan in 26th place at 84.center_img RESULTS & LIVE SCORINGMONDAY PAIRINGSPINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. – UWF senior Lauren Lamm and junior Paloma Vaccaro posted two of the top four scores to lead UWF on the first day of the Gulf South Conference Women’s Golf Championship at Callaway Gardens’ Lake View Course on Sunday. Lamm’s 1-over-par 73 placed her alone in third place, while Vaccaro’s 75 put her in a three-way tie for fourth after one round in the 54-hole tournament. “We didn’t get off to a good start and the greens were a little firm and we struggled with that,” UWF head coach Bryan Clarke said. “We made some mental errors that resulted in a few bad holes. The course isn’t hard enough where it separates a lot of teams. The team is confident that they will improve (Monday).”  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Ignoring the obvious: 3 takeaways from the Cavs loss to the Celtics

first_img Quenton S. Albertie The Cleveland Cavaliers loss to the Boston Celtics was ugly, and though the primary reason for their inability to keep the game close was a third quarter in which they were outscored 39-20, the Cavaliers struggled on both ends for all but the first quarter. However, Cleveland was once again plagued by an overreliance on isolation plays and it wasn’t one of the Cavaliers’ most well-coached, or executed games, with Cleveland burned repeatedly by the same plays.Nonetheless, the Cavaliers did learn quite a bit from their game against the Celtics.Alec Burks can be a playmakerOn Friday, Burks scored 15 points in while shooting 4-11 from the field (0-4 from three-point range), 7-8 from the free-throw line. He also added six rebounds, four assists and two steals to his stat line while failing to commit a turnover in the 26 minutes he played. It wasn’t a perfect debut for the newly acquired Cavalier but it was impressive in certain respects, as Burks constantly probed and scored over the defense around the rim while displaying a combination of court vision and willingness to pass that’s been lacking in Cleveland’s backcourt.Unless a guard is injured or traded, it’s unlikely that Burks will continue to play more than 20 minutes per game with regularity. However, with Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew saying that he likes to go with the hot hand at the ends of games, he could be seen in quite a few closing lineups this season.At 27-years-old, Burks is the type of player that Cleveland may not mind having during their rebuilding period. With shooting guard Rodney Hood on a one-year deal and veteran guards George Hill and J.R. Smith not in the team’s long-term plans, Burks has just as much of a chance to stick around the Cavaliers as anybody. If he chooses to stay in Cleveland, of course.Larry Nance Jr.’s three is coming alongLarry Nance Jr. is shooting 37.5 percent from three-point range for the season and 57.1 percent from three-point range (1.4 three-point attempts per game) over the last five games; he went 2-2 from three-point range against the Celtics on Friday.The versatile big man’s ability to be a reliable option from three-point range could be key to the Cavaliers getting a boost from their offensive output at the power forward position, as they’ve been unable to replace Kevin Love’s scoring since the five-time All-Star left the lineup.Love was averaging 19.0 points per game this season and, more importantly, he’s an inside-outside threat with a level of reliability and voluminous scoring not possessed by Nance, Sam Dekker or David Nwaba. With him sidelined until January, Cleveland has become a more defensive-oriented group but that doesn’t mean the “next man up” shouldn’t be able to be a solid scoring threat as well.Nance has averaged just 7.3 points per game this season but if he becomes more willing to take three-point attempts, the Cavaliers’ spacing and scoring will be better off for it.Ante Zizic a situational centerAfter notching 5 points (on 2-5 shooting from the field) and two rebounds in 20 minutes, center Ante Zizic continued a long stretch of games in which he’s looked like he’s far from ready to be a consistent contributor for Cleveland. In fact, while a skilled low-post player, Zizic looks much more like a situational center whose lack of agility and explosiveness could doom the Cavaliers against most teams.Against a Jonas Valanciunas, Nikola Vucevic or Nikola Jokic, Zizic’s size would be a benefit because the other centers on the roster don’t have same level of bulk. However, more often than not, Zizic is at a disadvantage because he doesn’t move well laterally in space.That said, if the Cavaliers are going to rely on Zizic to be the backup center until one of their big men returns, they should start considering bring center Channing Frye in instead. Though he was brought in for his positive impact in the locker room, Frye is a capable inside-out player on offense and has had spurts of solid defense when given playing time.Of course, if the team is rebuilding, Zizic will continue to get the minutes. However, if the team wants a better chance at winning, Frye could be the better option as a backup center while the frontcourt corps works to get healthy. Related TopicsAlec BurksAnte ZizicCleveland CavaliersLarry Nance Jr.last_img read more

Kono, Kameda to square off in title bout

first_img Koki Kameda, Kohei Kono, WBA super flyweight KEYWORDS Kameda, looking to conquer his fourth weight class, hasn’t fought since November. He made a surprise appearance at Kono’s news conference Monday, trying to stare down the champion.“You better train,” said Kameda, who had never met Kono. “You can’t win the way you’re boxing now.”Kono didn’t take the bait and took the high road.“I was surprised to see him here. Just as you’d expect from Kameda,” he said. “Let him say what he wants.” WBA super flyweight champion Kohei Kono will take on second-ranked Koki Kameda on Oct. 16 in Chicago, the Watanabe Boxing Gym announced Monday.The WBA ordered both camps to hold a mandatory world title match in March, but Kameda, along with his two younger brothers, have been barred from fighting in Japan due to sanctions imposed on the Kameda Boxing Gym by the Japan Boxing Commission.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img read more