Flood Recovery: $1.2 Billion for Louisiana

first_imgLouisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and U.S. Representaive Garret Graves have announced that the federal government will allocate an additional $1.213 billion in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for hazard mitigation projects in parishes that were impacted by the 2016 floods. Commenting this, Governor Edwards said: “This new investment from HUD is critically important to our rebuilding efforts. It will allow us to make investments in flood risk reduction and infrastructure projects in areas of our state that were devastated by the 2016 floods, including partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers to make investments in  large-scale projects such as the Comite River Diversion Canal.”“Once we have the full details from the federal government regarding how these funds can be spent, we will work with stakeholders and local governments to determine what projects to fund and outline our plan to HUD. I appreciate the congressional delegation’s continued efforts on our flood recovery, and I am confident these resources will be used to strengthen our communities against future disasters.”Representaive Graves added that “this is one of the largest flood protection, mitigation and resiliency disaster appropriations made to the state of Louisiana in history and brings the sum of federal recovery dollars for Louisiana’s 2016 floods to more than 10 billion, enabling us to advance critical projects that have been stagnant for far too long – projects like Comite, West Shore, Upper Barataria Risk Reduction and Morganza to the Gulf.”“These resources will be used as part of an overall solution for Comite – a solution that will include Army Corps of Engineers funding – but will also give Louisiana flexibility to directly take the lead on implementing and completing projects instead of being held hostage by the bureaucracy of the Corps.”This tranche of federal dollars was appropriated through the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, which became law on February 9, 2018last_img read more

US weekly LNG exports rise to six cargoes

first_imgSabine Pass (Image courtesy of Cheniere)The United States exported in total six liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes in the week ending August 29.Five of these cargoes departed from Cheniere’s Sabine Pass facility and one from the Dominion Cove Point plant, with a combined LNG-carrying capacity of 22 Bcf, according to the Energy Information Administration.This compares to five LNG vessels with a combined carrying capacity of 18.1 Bcf that departed the US in the week before.One LNG tanker with a capacity of 3.9 Bcf was also loading at the Cove Point terminal on Wednesday, EIA said in its weekly natural gas report.The natural gas feedstock to the two LNG terminals averaged 3.1 Bcf/d during the week under review, compared to 3.3 Bcf/d last week.Henry Hub spot prices fell from $2.99 per million British thermal units (MMBtu) last Wednesday to $2.96/MMBtu on August 29, EIA said.last_img read more

Doshie Smith, 84, Cedar Grove, Indiana

first_imgDoshie Smith, age 84, of Cedar Grove, Indiana died Sunday, July 12, 2020 at Mercy West Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.Born January 10, 1936 in Clay County, Kentucky she was the daughter of the late Gilbert & Maude (Duff) Swafford.  On June 29, 1954 she was united in marriage to Cloyd Smith and he survives.She was a member of Smyrna Baptist Church in New Trenton.  Doshie was retired, having worked at Sperry Rubber, and also the former Thies and Christina’s Restaurants.  In her leisure time she enjoyed gardening and cooking, and spending time with her grandchildren.Besides Cloyd, her loving husband of 66 years, survivors include a son & daughter-in-law, Terry & Martha Smith of Cedar Grove, Indiana, a daughter & son-in-law, Beverly K. & Steve Howison of West Harrison, Indiana; a sister, Lola May of Indianapolis, Indiana; seven grandchildren as well as twelve great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son Ted Smith who died November 16, 2012, two sisters, Evie Smith and Edna Smith, as well as two brothers, Ray Swafford and Marvin Swafford.Pastor Chuck McMahan of Smyrna Baptist Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Thursday, July 16, 2020, 1:00 P.M. at Smyrna Baptist Church, 4047 U.S. Highway 52, New Trenton, Indiana.  Burial will then follow in Springfield Cemetery in Bath, IndianaFamily & friends may visit from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Smyrna Baptist Church in New Trenton.Memorial contributions may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to once again serve the Smith family.  To sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Eric Dungey turns in rocky performance against FSU

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 31, 2015 at 8:56 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Eric Dungey blamed himself for killing Syracuse’s momentum.With the Orange down 14 and Dungey already 6 yards into a scramble on third-and-7, the ball popped out. Derwin James knocked it loose and Josh Sweat recovered. Travis Rudolph reeled in his third touchdown three plays later to put Florida State up 21 early in the third quarter.“Fumbling the ball, that’s unacceptable,” Dungey said. “I’ve got to tuck it away and I really killed the momentum.”Dungey accounted for all 14 of Syracuse’s offensive points with two 1-yard rushing touchdowns. He ran for 46 yards and those two scores, but an 11-of-24 mark for 120 yards in the air left much to be desired. Eighty-seven of those yards came on plays mostly manufactured by others, a screen turned into a 62-yard gain by Dontae Strickland and a 25-yard floater that Steve Ishmael climbed Jalen Ramsey to grab.Other than that, a vaunted FSU defense held Dungey to 33 yards on nine completions to help shut down the Orange (3-5, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) in a 45-21 win for the No. 17 Seminoles (7-1, 5-1) on Saturday afternoon at Doak Campbell Stadium.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I could’ve done a lot better,” Dungey said. “A lot of mistakes that I could’ve fixed … I got to get rid of the ball and be smarter with the ball.”Dungey was sacked twice and ran the ball twice more than he passed. He rarely had time in the pocket as Syracuse’s offensive line was bullied by the FSU front. It led to 13 rushes – only two of which went for first downs – and one hit where he was slow to get up.Offensive coordinator Tim Lester still thinks Dungey needs to get rid of the ball more. He acknowledged receivers weren’t getting open downfield in one-on-one matchups, but would’ve liked to see the freshman throw underneath the coverage rather than over it.“It was going to be his first real test at that speed, not a lot of time, make quick decisions,” Lester said. “I thought he made some good ones. Other times I thought he was waiting on some big play or trying to take a shot on a wheel route when a check down would’ve been just as good.”Dungey had his lowest completion percentage of the season by 4.2 percent and several times was visibly on a different page than his receivers.One pass hit wideout Sean Avant in the back of the leg as he set a screen for a streaking Jordan Fredericks. Another fell well in front of Brisly Estime, who appeared to slow up on a slant route.“There were gaps,” Dungey said. “I just had to find them.”With receivers blanketed, Dungey looked short when he did pass. Tight end Josh Parris had a season-high 35 yards on four receptions and provided an option in a short game that has often trumped a Syracuse downfield attack not often in existence.On Syracuse’s fourth drive of the third quarter, with the Orange clinging to its last bit of life down 35-14, four of the drive’s last five plays ended with the ball in Dungey’s hands. Two rushes for 8 and 3 yards, respectively, preceded two consecutive sacks.“I don’t know if he had a chance to play well to be quite honest with you,” head coach Scott Shafer said. “I don’t think we did a good enough job up front to give him a chance.”Riley Dixon trotted out for his eighth punt of the day and Dungey didn’t finish another drive. Fredericks and Zack Mahoney shared the last five snaps, and Dungey watched from the sideline as Syracuse stalled out once again. Commentslast_img read more

Board happy with response to hurling schedule change

first_imgThey altered the quarter-final schedule to avoid a clash with the Republic of Ireland’s match in Euro 2016 yesterday.Holycross-Ballycahill, Loughmore-Castleiney and Drom’n’Inch won through in the matches played over the past two days.PRO Trevor Hasset believes supporters responded well to the changes.last_img

Enda Gaffney: Mr Green debuts new sportsbook offering at #boscon2017

first_img Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 StumbleUpon Mr Green Head of Sportsbook Enda Gaffney, a key speaker in the opening ‘Leaders in Betting’ session at last week’s Betting on Sports conference, spoke to SBC News to recap the discussion and highlight the launch of the company’s new sportsbook offering which has just gone live in the UK & Ireland.SBC: In this world of algorithms and automation, where is the human touch best utilised in the process?EG: It’s about where you create a better experience for the customer? Knowing and understanding all the customer touchpoints in your product and in your marketing. Lots of opportunities are available, be it what you present on your homepage to how you do cross sell. Strategizing and figuring that out is where the human touch is best utilised.SBC: What is the future for the role of a sports trader or are they becoming obsolete?EG: This largely depends on the strategy of the business but for most I do see it as a role that will evolve over time. I believe it will move more to being a data scientist – customer profiling, extracting insights and so on.SBC: Is the marketing department, the finance department or someone else the enemy of a sportsbook?EG: No. Becoming a successful Sportsbook involves many factors, one of the most important is how effectively you work with other departments in your organisation – be it Marketing, Finance, Tech or BI. You need to help them understand the opportunity and how they can each add value to the Sportsbook and ultimately the overall Sportsbook revenues.SBC: What are the factors that make you decide it’s time for a new product?EG: The primary factor is about by being very close to and understanding your customer –  what does existing data tell you about your customers, what insight can you apply to justify the creation of new product features, what trends are emerging elsewhere in other online industries. Overall how can you add value for the customer.SBC: How do you weigh up the cost against the benefits of a new product?EG: With my Mr Green team, we will do a SWOT analysis of every new product idea. Then if we still like it, I will move forward by doing a mini-business case for management where I crunch down the numbers, establish KPI’s, set timelines for delivery and achieving ROI.SBC: Anything new in the pipeline?EG: We’ve just launched phase 1 of our new Sportsbook offering. It’s what we believe to be a new and improved experience in the marketplace. There’s two key elements to it. Firstly, we’ve set out to increase engagement for the customer by now displaying snippets of content throughout our product. These snippets which we call ‘Bet Assists’ are provided to us by Bettorlogic and we showcase over 15,000 of them per week across both Football and Tennis.The second element of our new Sportsbook 2.0 is about looking to add entertainment for our customer – so we’ve set out to create new Experiences around betting on Football and Tennis. Partnering with the development team at Bettorlogic we’ve created Football Combi Spin which has a Slots type feel to it. We’ve also built in-house a new feature called Instant Tennis which is about betting on next point. A mobile first experience, it’s already proving very popular with our players.SBC: Is the sportsbetting industry in danger of becoming too generic and not enough differential between different companies?  and if so what can we do to change that?EG: Most definitely and I believe we already see that in some places particularly with the UX of the major sportsbook operators. Having just launched over 1 year ago, Mr Green Sportsbook is still a baby but I’m determined that we’re going to grow up to be different in the marketplace.Central to that is taking a customer first and a data driven approach. Working with our great in-house UX team, we will deliver a best in class product experience, and our Marketing will be about being super relevant to the player. The Mr Green brand is about entertainment and we’re going to ensure that it is represented in our Sportsbook offering.SBC: What is your priority in running a sportsbook?  The customers, profitability, innovation, your team.EG: Customers…it’s easy to say but everything should be about the customer. They will give you so much feedback that if you listen to it and act upon it then you will be successful. Customer feedback can be found everywhere from CS emails to Google Analytics data. In our office, we sit right beside our Customer Service team!Equally important to Customers is our own Sportsbook Team – they are the ones who drive the Sportsbook business forward every day, by working closely with external suppliers and internal teams such as Marketing, Customer Service, BI and Tech. A customer-first mentality and a great Sportsbook team, get them two right and then profitability and innovation will follow.SBC: Is the sportsbook related know-how and innovation moving over to PR-odds and the marketing surrounding it?EG: There will always be room for product innovation – it’s the lifeblood of any online industry in 2017. There’s also room for PR-odds but the key is to be tactical with what you go after. Less is more. Share Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Thunder Bay Theatre wants ‘STEAM’ center stage

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThe young actors at Thunder Bay Theatre wants to put the ‘A’ in ‘Arts’ in STEM. Some of the actors feel that the performance arts often gets lets out of core education programs, which is why they hosted their family fundraiser to cultivate a greater appreciate for it in the community – pushing full STEAM ahead.Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/WBKBTV/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/WBKB11 Instagram | http://www.wbkb11.com/AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Dealing for a cause at the Alpena Senior Citizen CenterNext Vintage lovers walk down memory lane in Snowmobile and Motorcycle Showlast_img read more

Revealed: Kotoko ask Dramani to jump to avoid push

first_imgAsante Kotoko has asked coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani to jump to avoid the push with a year left on his contract.A trusted source told GNA Sports, Kotoko on Thursday, asked Dramani to resign honourably latest by Monday, July 22, or risk getting the push.Dramani who has been in charge of Kotoko for a season, supervising 38 competitive games, winning 21, drawing 14 and losing three is said to be consulting his legal team to weigh his options.The coach, 47, who is on a monthly wage of 4,500 dollars is said to have been offered a three- month salary plus compensation in the region of 10,000 cedis.The source cited disinterest from the management of the league champions as the cause of the break down in the relationship that has spanned only a year.Dramani succeeded Maxwell Konadu, last season following the latter’s decision to accept a national job as assistant coach of the Black Stars. After a successful stint with the female U-17 team, Black Maidens at the 2012 FIFA World Cup in Azerbaijan, Dramani who guided the team to a bronze finish was offered a two-year contract by the Porcupine Warriors.Having endured a torrid season, Kotoko still managed to successfully defend the Premiership to become the only club to have annexed the title 22 times.The spell at Kotoko remains Dramani’s first and only shot at the elite division.last_img read more

Ronaldo and Rodriguez strike as Real ease past Roma into quarter-finals

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez scored to send Real Madrid through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a comfortable win over Roma.Real Madrid booked their passage into the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the sixth consecutive year with a 2-0 Round of 16 second leg win over AS Roma at the Bernabeu.Leading 2-0 from the first leg, Zinedine Zidane’s side completed a 4-0 aggregate win over the Italians thanks to second-half goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez.But it could have been all so different, if Roma hadn’t spurned three gilt-edged chances before Ronaldo netted his 40th goal of the season on 64 minutes.Luciano Spalletti’s side failed to take any of the opportunities offered to them by some erratic Los Merengues’ defending, with Edin Dzeko and Mohamed Salah, twice, missing when one-on-one with Real Madrid goalkeeper Kaylor Navas,.And Ronaldo went up a level in the second half, scoring the 90th goal of his Champions League career with a smart finish at the near post from substitute Lucas Vazquez’s cross, then turned provider for James’ strike four minutes later. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Browns’ Myles Garrett on Cam Newton’s struggles: ‘He’s forcing the ball’

first_imgBrowns defensive end Myles Garrett says Newton is still a threat, despite battling a sore right shoulder.”It just looks like he’s kind of exerting himself more than usual to get off those longer throws,’’ Garrett said Friday (via cleveland.com) “He’s forcing the ball. Related News Graham Gano injury update: Panthers kicker out Sunday, team signs Chandler Catanzaro “He doesn’t look like he did at the beginning of this season and last year, so it (shoulder) might be biting at him, but we’ve got to play him like he’s Super Cam.” Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had one of the worst games of his career last week against the Bucs, throwing four interceptions as Carolina lost its fourth straight game.The 6-6 Panthers play Sunday in Cleveland in a virtual must-win situation, and Browns players are wary of facing Newton, who last week aside, has had a season comparable statistically to his 2015 MVP campaign. Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun said Newton’s bad outing against the Bucs was just “one of those days.”“You never know so I just feel like it is one of those things where you can’t expect him to come in here and throw us four picks after he just threw four picks,” he said. “He is going to come in here and he’s going to be ready to go.’’Newton, who had been designated as questionable earlier in the week on the injury report, was a full participant in practice Friday and is set to start Sunday despite his sore shoulder.last_img read more