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Canaan Lake Restoration Project in Full Swing

first_imgGalvin Bros., Inc. Construction Company is currently working hard on the Canaan Lake Restoration Project using Remu Big Float E22 Amphibious Excavator.  Canaan Lake is a 26 acre lake in Long Island, New York, that has been affected by many different invasive plant species making the lake essentially unusable to the public and the residents who own homes around the lake.The Big Float E22 was brought in to dredge the lake and pile the dredged material on the shoreline to dry out and then be hauled away.Rob Calarco, Suffolk County Department of Public Works, said: “A lot of work has been happening over the last two months. As you have seen, a specialized excavator has been working to cut a channel and move the muck material out of the lake bottom and up to the shoreline to dry out.”“While the machine has been very effective in this process, we have been limited to just this machine as other more traditional heavy machinery still cannot operate in the lake bottom effectively or safely. Therefore, the County is in the process now of securing this special equipment for a more extended time period so that it can complete this work.”“As with any construction project, and especially one this unique, the Department of Public Works has had to manage this project and adapt approaches as complications arise. “Part of this management involves seeking alternative approaches to handling the scraped material to ensure we have both the most effective, timely and cost-effective means to deliver the intended goal; a lake clear of the invasive plants that have choked the ecosystem and diminished the recreational uses of the lake for all the residents.”To that end, they have recently contacted some property owners, who are adjacent to the lake to discuss options that may have benefits to both the property owner and the goal of the project.Image source: Remulast_img read more

Greensburg crowdfunding to add art to downtown

first_imgGREENSBURG, Ind. — The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority and Main Street Greensburg recently announced a crowdfunding campaign that will involve installing art downtown in the City of Greensburg.If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $32,500 by February 17, 2017 the Distinctive Place project will be awarded a matching grant with funds from the Housing and Community Development Authority’s CreatINg Places program.The funding raised during this campaign will allow Main Street Greensburg to install three new murals, 11 trash/recycling containers, nine wayfinding signs, and four benches in and around the downtown area.last_img

Xhaka stripped of Arsenal captaincy

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Akpom pens Middlesbrough loan deal Unai Emery has stripped Granit Xhaka of the Arsenal captaincy following his recent outburst against supporters.Xhaka told fans to “f*** off” as he was jeered following his substitution in a recent 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace – also removing his shirt and cupping his ears.The 27-year-old has since issued an apology of sorts, explaining that ongoing social media abuse aimed at his family played a large part in his furious reaction.In the immediate aftermath of the incident, Arsenal said they would offer counselling and other support mechanisms as Emery said Xhaka was “devastated, sad and very down”.The Switzerland international has since sat out the following two draws against Liverpool and Wolves and has not travelled for the Europa League clash against Vitoria on Wednesday afternoon.And it was in Guimaraes, talking at his pre-match press conference, where Emery revealed he had taken the decision to relieve Xhaka of the captain’s armband.“He is not today here, but also I think we need time with him and first protect him also to be calm and training with us every day,” he replied when asked about Xhaka’s continued absence from the team.“But I was speaking with him this morning and also I decided he is not one of the captains in our group. I decided that and I told him this morning.“He accepted my decision. And also I told the other captains the decision.“We need to carry on and focus for tomorrow’s match and next Saturday’s match. I needed to make a decision and now it is closed.”Former captain Laurent Koscielny left under a cloud during the summer after refusing to travel on the club’s pre-season tour of the United States, eventually being sold to Bordeaux.In response, Emery held a blind ballot amongst his players which saw Xhaka top the poll, and in a five-man leadership group. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hector Bellerin, Alexandre Lacazette and Mesut Ozil were also selected.The Spaniard confirmed another vote will not take place and Aubameyang will lead the team moving forward, adding: “We have now Aubameyang, Hector, Lacazette and Ozil. They are the four captains and the first now is Aubameyang.”Despite revealing his decision over the captaincy, Emery dodged questions as to Xhaka’s long-term future at the club.“The decision I took I told him and I told the other captains and now it’s continuing,” he replied having been asked three times about if Xhaka had played his last game for Arsenal.“Then the time is giving us the next matches, the next weeks and months how we can continue with every player and with him also.“But now the focus is tomorrow. He’s not here we are other players and it’s very important I respect a lot this competition and this Vitoria team.” Tags: ArsenalGranit XhakaUnai Emerylast_img read more

Trinidad deny U.S. seventh successive 4×400 world title

first_imgBy Brian HomewoodLONDON (Reuters) – Trinidad and Tobago denied United States a seventh successive world 4×400 metres relay title when Lalonde Gordon overhauled Fred Kerley on the final straight to win a breathtaking final at the World Athletics Championships on Sunday.The U.S led for most of the race and appeared to be on course for another win after Michael Cherry ran a strong third lap to extend their lead before handing the baton to Kerley.But Gordon gave chase and ran a superb final lap for the Caribbean islands, catching the American on the home straight to give Trinidad their first world title in this event and add to the list of upsets at the championships.It was just reward for Lalonde who was part of the Trinidad team which took bronze on the same track at the London Olympics five years ago and won silver at the Beijing World Championships in 2015.Jereem Richards, bronze medallist in the 200 metres, and Machel Cedenio also kept them in contention in the second and third legs as Trinidad claimed their first and only gold of the championships.Martyn Rooney put up a brave chase for Britain but was unable to haul in the leading pair and the hosts took bronze.Trinidad’s time of 2:58.12 was the fastest this year.Jamaica and Bahamas, Olympic silver and bronze medallists respectively in Rio de Janeiro last year, both failed to qualify for the final as did Botswana, another of the favourites, after they dropped the baton in the semi-finals.The United States, who are also Olympic champions, last failed to win the world title in Paris in 2003.last_img read more

Tiger Roll unlikely to seek Grand National hat-trick , says owner O’Leary

first_imgBy Frank Keogh BBC SportTIGER ROLL is unlikely to go for an unprecedented third successive Grand National win at Aintree next year, according to owner Michael O’Leary.On Saturday, the nine-year-old gelding became the first horse since Red Rum 45 years earlier to claim back-to-back victories.Red Rum claimed a record third win in 1977 but no runner in the race’s 180-year history has won three in a row.“I feel no pressure to go back and try to win a third time,” said O’Leary.“Tiger Roll isn’t Red Rum – he’s Tiger Roll.”The Ryanair chief has said his target next season would again be the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and Tiger Roll could be retired if he wins, meaning the horse would bow out after a fifth victory at jump racing’s big March fixture.However, O’Leary’s comments have been met with scepticism as he had warned Tiger Roll would not go to Aintree this year after winning at Cheltenham last month.Sent off the 4-1 favourite on Saturday, the horse, ridden by Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott, was the shortest-priced winner since Poethlyn 100 years ago, seeing off runner-up Magic Of Light by just under three lengths despite carrying 6lb more in weight than last year.O’Leary, who owns the horse through the Gigginstown House Stud operation he runs with his brother, knows he would almost certainly be made top weight in 2020 for the handicap chase, which would mean another 5lb to carry.Tiger Roll has looked an even better horse this year, and the way he travelled so sweetly in the National had some observers suggesting he should run in next year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup.“We are not tempted by the Gold Cup – he is a small horse, the Gold Cup is such an attritional race,” said O’Leary.“He has won four times at Cheltenham, and if he were to go back and win five times at Cheltenham – what more do you want from the horse? I think at that stage I would mind every precious hair in his body.”O’Leary flew back to Dublin on Saturday night with Elliott and Russell among the passengers on one of his aviation firm’s planes and he treated passengers to two free drinks each.On Sunday, the horse was paraded through the village of Summerhill, County Meath – near to where he is trained – and a crowd of about 2,000 people gathered for the homecoming.last_img read more

USC captures crown in UCI Invitational

first_imgIt was a long time coming, but the USC women’s water polo team finally got its rematch against reigning national champion No. 1 Stanford.Eyes forward · USC head coach Jovan Vavic and the women’s water polo team handed Stanford its first loss of the year in the championship game of the UCI Invitational to extend the Women of Troy’s 12-game winning streak. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan After Sunday’s game, it is fair to say they did not squander their opportunity.But the path to the much-anticipated rematch was not clear when play began on Sunday. After routing No. 18 Pacific and No. 7 San Diego State on Saturday to begin the festivities at the UCI Invitational, the Women of Troy (12-0) had to get past the semifinal game against crosstown rival No. 3 UCLA.Led by a scoring attack of freshman driver Anni Espar, sophomore driver Monica Vavic and senior driver Dominique Sardo — who each had a multigoal game — USC was able to set the pace, but the Bruins (16-2) were never far behind.With two seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter and the score notched at 10-10, junior     two-meter Kaleigh Gilchrist rocketed the go-ahead goal past UCLA goalie Sami Hill. With no time to mount a threatening attack, the Women of Troy triumphed by a final score of 11-10.With the semifinal win, USC was matched up against rival Stanford in what would prove to be a                                                 star-studded championship game, with two 2012 first-team All-Americans squaring off against one another in USC’s Vavic and Stanford’s sophomore driver Kiley Neushul.The Women of Troy jumped out to a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, but the Cardinal took the lead in the second quarter, rattling off four unanswered goals to take a 7-5 lead. It wasn’t until the final two minutes of the half that USC began their comeback effort, when junior two-meter Hannah Buckling tacked on two goals to even the score.It was the third quarter that made the difference in this one, however, as Buckling, Vavic and junior driver Kelly Mendoza scored three consecutive goals to put USC ahead 11-8. The team’s ability to hold strong, despite facing a multigoal deficit to the defending champions, was not lost on USC head coach Jovan Vavic.“They never quit,” Jovan Vavic said of his players. “We had an excellent third quarter, and that was the turning point of the game for us.”The Women of Troy would never trail again, holding on for the 13-10 victory in the rematch of last season’s national championship game.“It was the first time winning a SoCal tournament for a majority of the team, and it was great to have Anni [Espar] out there,” Monica Vavic said. “Those were her first games with us, so to win the tournament with her was huge.”In addition to the pride gained from defeating four in-state rivals, the Women of Troy gained something else from this tournament victory, something far more important: a greater chance of making the NCAA tournament.Eight teams make the field at the end of the season, and six of those eight spots are reserved for conference champions. Though winning the conference championship is the preferred method of entering the tournament, locking up at least a wild card spot is the aim of most teams, and Jovan Vavic knows just how important these wins are to his team’s tournament chances.“Every game is so important,” Jovan Vavic said. “Getting a 1-0 jump on conference rivals is huge if it comes down to head-to-head records.”The wins against UCLA and Stanford were especially important because USC meets those schools each only once more during the regular season. An early win against both of them only increases their chances of receiving a bid into the NCAA tournament and ensures, at the very, least a split in the teams’ season series.So far, the Vavic family has had a lot to celebrate in the past six months.  USC’s men’s water polo team, led by national player of the year Nikola Vavic, posted a 29-0 record en route to its unprecedented fifth consecutive national championship. The women’s team has yet to drop a game all season and is led by the aforementioned Monica Vavic, whose 38 goals this season far and away lead the team in scoring.  With one half of the battle already won, the possibility remains for Jovan Vavic to take home both men’s and women’s national championships, something he hasn’t done since the calendar year of 2010.USC, still yet to play a home game this season, will travel to Berkeley on Saturday, March 2 to take on conference rival No. 4 Cal at 1 p.m.last_img read more

McIlroy 5 off the lead at US PGA

first_imgShane Lowry fared slightly better, with a 3-over 74.Kevin Kisner and Thorbjorn Olesen share a one shot lead on 4 under. Photo © – Tipp FM Rory McIlroy is 5 off the lead on 1 over after a first round 72 at the US PGA Championship in Quail Hollow.Graeme McDowell ended 2 over.Padraig Harrington carded four double-bogeys in a disastrous 8-over par round of 79.last_img

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Pondering some opposites on either side of the pond

first_img Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share David CliftonNews from either side of the Atlantic Ocean within the last month shows a yawning gap between the UK on the one hand and the U.S. on the other, not only in terms of social responsibility and player protection requirements but also in relation to attitudes towards gambling generally.I am not for one moment suggesting that responsible gambling is not a matter of concern for U.S. gambling operators and regulators alike. Indeed, in a press release published in February, the American Gaming Association (“AGA”) stated that “the U.S. gaming industry commits more than $300 million to responsible gaming annually, supporting education, training and rehabilitation programs across the country”. However, it is abundantly clear that the measures in place to mitigate against gambling-related harm in its country are considerably less than those required of licensed gambling operators by the Gambling Commission here in the UK, notwithstanding higher rates of problem gambling prevalence in some parts of the U.S. than the “statistically stable” such rates in the UK, as evidenced by the Commission’s most recent “Gambling participation in 2018: behaviour, awareness and attitudes” Annual Report, published on 27 February.Once upon a time, one might have wondered whether that gap in terms of social responsibility and player protection measures might reduce over time, given the work being undertaken by the Responsible Gaming Collaborative, established last year by the AGA to:conduct a comprehensive review of current responsible gaming policies and regulations,identify programmes that work and those that fail to meet their objective,study regulations to determine which are based on solid evidence,determine whether government resources are being properly targeted toward effective programs and prevention,develop a set of recommendations and industry best practices andwork with regulators and other stakeholders to understand the best approaches.However, I can’t help but wonder whether the gap will expand ever further, given the quite relentless efforts by UK regulators to constantly raise standards in their quest to ensure that “consumers in Britain [are] able to enjoy the fairest and safest gambling in the world”, to quote Gambling Commission CEO, Neil McArthur last November. In the last month alone, the changes to age and identity verification requirements within the Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (“LCCP”), about which I wrote in my last Licensing Expert article and which will come into force on 7 May 2019, have been followed by:a regulatory statement from the Committees of Advertising Practice, announcing (with effect from 1 April 2019) revised guidance containing new standards designed to protect children and young people from exposure to gambling advertisements and, as CAP puts it, “from irresponsible gambling ads”,a consultation by the Gambling Commission (that runs until 9 May 2019), this time on planned changes to requirements within its LCCP relating to customer interaction and alternative dispute resolution, also taking the opportunity to call for evidence on gambling website blocking software,a clear indication of what will be contained in the new National Gambling Strategy for 2019-22 (due to come into effect in April) following on from the Commission’s publication of a range of recommendations it has received from the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board in terms of priorities to reduce gambling harm,the Commission’s calls for evidence requesting, by 16 May 2019, data and views on greater player protections associated with category B gaming machines and gambling online with credit cards, andannouncement by the newly formed Gambling Related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group (GRH APPG) that it is undertaking an inquiry into the harms caused by online gambling, the likely outcome of which is not hard to guess, given that the group’s previous incarnation was as the FOBT APPG. With Brexit-related uncertainty looking set to continue for some considerable time yet, the possibility of a future Labour Party General Election victory cannot be discounted so, in addition to the above list of regulatory developments, we should add the 28 February speech by Tom Watson, The Labour Party deputy leader, in which he called for:mandatory limits on online gambling spending, staking and speed of play (with the issue of affordability firmly in mind) andthe introduction of a new “E Category” to gambling legislation to regulate online gambling products (focussing on maximum stakes and speed of play) in order to correct what he sees as a regulatory imbalance between online and land-based gaming products.From the above and all else that has been battering the UK industry in the recent past, it seems clear that the social responsibility regulatory burdens on the gambling industry on this side of the Atlantic are bound to become ever more burdensome. With that in mind, and also taking into account that public trust in the UK gambling industry continues to plummet (now down to 30% according to the most recent statistics), it has been interesting to read another recent AGA press release  (this time under the heading “New Research Reveals 90 Percent of Casino Visitors Practice Responsible Gaming”). With a sub-heading “Acceptance of Gaming at All-Time High”, it paints a very different picture of public attitudes towards gambling in the U.S. than those that currently exist in the UK.According to the AGA, its statistics indicate that:88% of American adults view gambling as an acceptable form of entertainment,80% recognise gaming’s role as a job creator, and60% believe that casinos help their local economies.Given the positive attitudes towards gambling (or at least casino gaming) evidenced by the above statistics, it is perhaps not surprising that, according to further research findings announced in an earlier AGA press release on 30 January 2019:as many as 63% of Americans support last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down the federal ban on sports betting and80% support legalising sports betting in their states.The AGA welcomed those findings, adding comment that it “will continue to advocate for the inclusion of sensible gaming policies wherever it is being considered, including consumer protections and reasonable tax rates that enable the legal, regulated market to compete with illegal bookies and offshore operators.”As sports betting developments proceed apace in the U.S. it will be intriguing to see (a) to what extent increased levels of gambling regulatory concern arise there in the same way that they have reared their head in recent times here in the U.K. and (b) whether the U.S. industry reacts to those concerns in a manner that succeeds in avoiding the degree of regulatory crackdown that has been experienced by UK operators in recent times.That may, of course, depending on how open-minded the American industry is to learn from the experiences of (and the mistakes made by) its UK counterparts. Some answers to that conundrum may be forthcoming at next month’s SBC Events‘ inaugural Betting on Sports America conference and exhibition, including the first panel session of Conference Day 1 on the subject of “Avoiding the pitfalls – lessons to learn from other regulated markets”, moderated by William J Pascrell III, Partner at Princeton Public Affairs Group, at which I will be speaking, together with:James T Plousis, Chairman, State of New Jersey Casino Control Commission,Martin Lycka, Director of Regulatory Affairs at GVC Group, andWilliam Bowers, Manager Human Resources at Western Cape Gambling and Racing Board. I hope to see you there…._____________________David Clifton – Director – ‎Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited Related Articles UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more

Rio Ferdinand on Man Utd sporting director shortlist

first_imgUnited want a candidate who understands how the club works, which makes Ferdinand, who spent 12 years as a player at Old Trafford, an attractive candidate.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was appointed as United’s permanent manager last month, is willing to work with a sporting director and has been involved in discussions regarding the recruitment.In contrast, Solskjaer’s predecessor Jose Mourinho was against such an appointment.During his time as a player with United, Ferdinand made 455 appearances for the club, winning six Premier League titles, the Champions League and two League Cups.Since retiring four years ago, the 40-year-old has predominantly worked as a television pundit, and also briefly had plans to launch a boxing career. Ferdinand won 14 trophies during a 12-year spell as a player with United Rio Ferdinand is one of several candidates Manchester United have spoken to about becoming their first sporting director according to Sky SportsUnited executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has discussed the position with Ferdinand, and wants to finalise an appointment before the start of next season.last_img read more