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Time for Noé to turn his attentions elsewhere

By on October 20, 2020

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Extra Funding Boost for Bowen Seawall

By on September 28, 2020

first_imgThe Palaszczuk Government has committed to a full rebuild of the Bowen Front Beach Seawall, with a further $895,000 allocated to upgrade a remaining 45-meter section of the 165-meter structure.Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said that the funding would be provided to Whitsunday Regional Council to make sure the entire seawall is built to a higher and more resilient standard.“As a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March 2017, significant sections of the Bowen Front Beach Seawall were damaged,” the Premier said.“A 120-meter section of the wall had already been approved to be rebuilt through the joint state and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA), as part of the Category D Environmental Recovery Package, however, the remaining 45-meters of the wall was not eligible for NDRRA funding under the Commonwealth’s terms and conditions, as it was not damaged by Cyclone Debbie.“To ensure a consistent and stronger seawall rebuild, my government is pleased to provide the additional funding to upgrade this remaining section.”Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, Cameron Dick, said the additional funding would see the seawall rebuilt with an improved design to increase resilience to severe weather events.“The seawall will be raised by half a meter, with the improved design and construction set to better protect council’s built assets and minimize the potential for loss,” Mr Dick said.The seawall, which aids in the protection of the parkland at Front Beach and adjacent road Santa Barbara Parade, extends from Bowen Water Park towards the Bowen Marina rock wall and Starboard Drive.last_img read more

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Robert L. Nappier

By on September 24, 2020

first_imgRobert L. Nappier, 84 of Dillsboro passed away April 11, 2017 at his home with his family by his side. Robert was born in Williamson, West Virginia on December 17, 1932 to William K. and Thelma (Horne) Nappier.  He married Doris May (Wilcox) Nappier January 10, 1954 and she preceded him in death June 5, 2003. Robert was in the Army during the Korean conflict; after his 21 years of service to his country he retired and started working at the Cochran and Chair Company for 16 years in Aurora.  He was a member of the Dillsboro American Legion Post #292. Robert enjoyed his family and visiting his friends at the Legion.Robert is survived by sons: Robert Jr.(Linda) Nappier of Columbus, Ohio; Ron (Andrea) Nappier of Dillsboro; John Nappier of Dillsboro. Brothers: James and George Napier; Sister: Ann Napier. 4 Grandchildren, 3 Great-Grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one sister Billie Jean Tridico and brother John Napier.Services for Robert Nappier will be at the convenience of the family. Memorials may be made to the Dillsboro American Legion.  Filter-DeVries Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 146, Dillsboro, In 47018; (812)432-5480.last_img read more

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A complete betting guide to college football’s New Year’s Six bowl games in 2019-20

By on August 14, 2020

first_imgCollege football’s 2019-20 bowl season will start in the Bahamas on Dec. 20 with Buffalo taking on Charlotte in the Bahamas Bowl, but the games everyone is most excited for are the New Year’s Six bowls. The pairings for these games were determined during the College Football Playoff selection show, and there are betting lines available now.Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports Insider Peach Bowl: LSU (-13) vs. Oklahoma, O/U 75.5The Tigers are massive favorites over the Sooners in the Peach Bowl on Saturday, December 28. LSU is having its best season in over 60 years, and Joe Burrow is set to become the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner since Billy Cannon won the award in 1959. Burrow is a -30000 favorite to win the award this Saturday, making him the loftiest favorite we have seen since Troy Smith won the 2006 Heisman Trophy. LSU was initially -10 by the opening college football betting odds, but an influx of money on the Tigers led to this line taking off. Oklahoma has not looked sharp since its loss to Kansas State in Manhattan, beating Iowa State by a point, Baylor by three points, and TCU by four points before finally winning comfortably in Bedlam. The Sooners needed to outlast Baylor in overtime in the Big 12 Championship Game to get here too, and they would not have been chosen by the Selection Committee if Utah beat Oregon in the Pac 12 Championship Game on Friday night.Fiesta Bowl: Clemson (-2) vs. Ohio State, O/U 63.5Dabo Swinney might think that the defending national champions are being disrespected, but the oddsmakers believe in Clemson. The Tigers are the No. 3 seed, but they are slight favorites over No. 2 Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday, December 28. Clemson has pasted each team it has played over the last two months. All the Tigers’ wins have come by at least 31 points, and they hammered Virginia 62-17 in the ACC Championship Game last week. Meanwhile, Ohio State had a tough time getting past Wisconsin, needing to rally from a 21-7 halftime deficit to keep its undefeated season alive. MORE: Picks for all 40 bowl games in 2019-20Cotton Bowl: Penn State (-7) vs. Memphis, O/U 60.5Special teams could play a major role in the Cotton Bowl, as Penn State and Memphis have two of the best special teams’ units in the country. Memphis has returned 10 kickoffs for touchdowns since the start of 2018, and the Tigers have the third best special teams in the country by SP+. Penn State is one of the nation’s best at preventing returns, allowing just 262 total return yards all season, and the Nittany Lions are conceding a scant 1.8 yards per punt return. The Nittany Lions will be using a new offensive coordinator for this game though as Ricky Rahne has become the new head coach at Old Dominion. Rahne had been the OC in Happy Valley since Joe Moorhead left to take the Mississippi State head coaching job two years, and that could create some hiccups on an offense that could be without star receiver K.J. Hamler too if he declares early for the NFL Draft.Orange Bowl: Florida (-13.5) vs. Virginia, O/U 55Virginia is making its first trip to the Orange Bowl after its best season in over 20 years. However, the Wahoos are one of the biggest underdogs of bowl season. Bryce Perkins did it all in leading the Cavaliers to their first ACC Coastal title in program history, but the oddsmakers believe that Florida’s defense will shut him down and hamstring this offense.Perkins was responsible for over 78 percent of UVA’s offense this season. The Gators have one of the best defenses in the country, though, ranking seventh in SP+. That could lead to a long day for Virginia as SP+ rates the Cavaliers as the 45th best team in the country, behind 6-6 teams like Michigan State and Tulane. MORE: Ranking all 40 bowl games of 2019-20 seasonRose Bowl: Wisconsin (-2.5) vs. Oregon, O/U 51If this year’s Rose Bowl is anything like the 2012 Rose Bowl between Oregon and Wisconsin, we’re all in for a treat. In that year’s edition of “The Granddaddy of Them All”, Oregon and Wisconsin combined for 1,129 yards and set a then-Rose Bowl record with 83 combined points. This year’s version is likely to see considerably less scoring according to the betting lines though.  Both Oregon and Wisconsin like to run the ball and trust their defenses to make big plays. The Ducks ran all over what had been the best run defense in the country last week in the Pac 12 Championship Game, and the Badgers have been one of the best running teams for the last two decades. That will put the onus on both teams to stop the run in Pasadena. Sugar Bowl: Georgia (-7.5) vs. Baylor, O/U 42.5UGA is hoping that Baylor decides not to bring either of its live bear mascots to the Sugar Bowl after nearly being impaled by Bevo last year.  That ominous event foreshadowed what was to come as Texas stunned Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, beating the Bulldogs 28-21 as a two-touchdown underdog.Baylor isn’t nearly as much of an underdog, as Matt Rhule has the Bears playing the best defense in the Big 12. That nearly led to Baylor beating Oklahoma twice, but the Bears fell short both times and have to settle for an NY6 game rather than a spot in the College football Playoff.last_img read more

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Young South Africans act for change

By on December 18, 2019

first_img30 July 2012Young South Africans making a meaningful change in their communities and the country were honoured for their contributions at the inaugural South African Youth Awards in Midrand, Johannesburg on Saturday.The event was hosted by the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) to recognise outstanding achievements by South Africans between the ages of 14 and 35.The awards were divided into nine categories: academic excellence, arts and entertainment, entrepreneurship, extraordinary champions, health and wellbeing, science and technology, social cohesion, environment and the Presidential Award.“The winners are examples of what can be achieved when one is dedicated,” Deputy Performance Monitoring Minister in the Presidency Obed Bapela said at the ceremony.“It’s also proof that it’s not always about what the country can do for you but rather what you can do for your country.”Inspiration to ‘soar beyond the sky’It was the Durban-born Nolwazi Pinkie Madlala who stole the limelight on the night, as she won the the Extraordinary Champion Award and Overall Award – known as the Presidential Award. The disabled Madlala is currently working on her thesis for her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology.The NYDA said Madlala is an inspiration to others to “soar beyond the sky”.Other winners included Peter Malati, who won the Academic Excellence Award. He runs a Chemistry project in six high schools in Nokaneng Circuit in Mpumalanga, mentoring rural learners in science and engineering.Ross McReath received the Health and Wellbeing Award for running a cricket club that provides diversion for youth in Nolukhanyo Township in the Eastern Cape. The club gives youth in the area access to professional trials and also gives them a chance to experience life beyond township boundaries.The Social Cohesion Award went to North West-born Lebogang Bogopane, who works as a volunteer at a 24-hour centre for abused and abandoned women and children.Building a brighter futureAlso among the winners was Ntombomzi Tsotetsi, who was honoured for her contribution in environment. Tsotetsi is a farmer and hosts workshops in her community about the environment, climate change and how to grow organic vegetables.The Science and Technology Award went to 25-year-old Sir Stuart Ntlathi who invented a 15-in-1 microwave oven, an electronic Vuvuzela and an automatic shoe polisher.Ntlathi will be joining Sir Branson in the Virgin galactic space trip and said education is the key to success. “Geniuses themselves don’t talk about the gift of genius, but hard work and long hours.”The Arts and Culture Award went to Paul Modjadji, who has also won the Global Youth leadership Award from the Global Youth Leadership Congress in Washington, DC for his contribution to the dance community.The Hammanskraal-born Modjadji believes that he is an agent of change through his dancing – which has seen him receiving standing ovations on world stages, including Denmark and New York.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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More than half the state designated an ag disaster area

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentFarmers in more than half the counties in Ohio are eligible to apply for emergency loans following a series of natural disasters since November 2018, culminating in a disastrous planting season this spring.U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue granted the disaster designations following rain, flooding or other weather conditions that prevented thousands of acres to be planted in Ohio in 2019.“We are so appreciative of our state leaders from the governor to both our U.S. senators, our entire congressional delegation and so many others working to draw attention to the plight of far too many farmers here in Ohio by asking for these disaster designations,” said Jack Irvin, OFBF senior director of state and national policy. “Having USDA take action on those requests is a welcomed step.”According to USDA, a secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Service Agency, which may include Farm Service Agency emergency loans.“While we are still learning and working to identify exactly what resources might be available for those in a disaster area, we applaud the national recognition that farmers across Ohio are in a challenging situation to say the least,” Irvin said. “No one program will ever be able to erase the struggle in these disaster areas, but hopefully can offer a few small tools to help our farmers survive another day.”Online ExtrasUSDA designates 16 Ohio counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas–News Release Aug. 12, 2019USDA designates 12 Ohio counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas–News Release July 31, 2019   Leave a Commentlast_img read more

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