USACE Releases Work Plan for Fiscal 2019

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered to Congress its Fiscal Year 2019 (FY 2019) Work Plan for the Army Civil Works program yesterday.On September 21, 2018, President Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 115-244, of which Division A is the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (the Act) for FY 2019.The Act provides $6.999 billion in FY 2019 appropriations for the Army Civil Works program, of which $6.566 billion is appropriated in five accounts: Investigations; Construction; Operation and Maintenance; Mississippi River and Tributaries; and the Formerly Utilized Sites Remedial Action Program (FUSRAP).The Act’s accompanying Statement of Managers report allocates approximately $4.467 billion of the total for these five accounts to specific programs, projects and activities (PPA).According to the Corps, USACE is responsible for allocating the remainder in these accounts, approximately $2.099 billion, to specific PPAs, consistent with the categories, subcategories, and other direction provided in the Statement of Managers. The allocation of these additional funds is presented in the work plan.The remaining $432 million in the FY 2019 Civil Works appropriations provides funding for USACE in the Expenses, Regulatory, Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies (FCCE), and Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works accounts.More Infolast_img read more

“I will continue to stand strong” – industrious HEYS entrepreneur

first_imgAdela Robertson, a young and industrious resident of Aishalton, Deep South Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo), continues to defy the odds.Adela Robertson having a busy dayAdela operates a thriving snackette including lunch specials (she bakes her own pastries) and also sells a variety of agricultural produce in her village, which was established through the Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Ministry’s Youth initiative, the Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) Programme.Speaking of the steady progress she’s experienced over the past nine months, the 29-year-old businesswoman said “I continue my entrepreneur with the $50,000 grant booster, I also employ somebody to roast every evening for me and I’m glad that I’m trying and I will continue to stand strong.”While she credited the success of her business to the support she continues to receive from villagers, Adela praised her parents for standing by her side through the difficult times.She noted that “my mother and father always tell me to stand strong and to get my business bigger and greater and to employ youths as I plan to in the future. I can also help youths that need help or advice and I’m now twenty-nine years of age, single, without a boyfriend and no children and I will do my best.”Adela, who is the last of five siblings (all sisters), added that “I also sell provision, farine and plenty things to keep my business running and I have almost everyone in the village support me.”Her father, Bernard Robertson, said he undertook the construction of the shop and also provided support in acquiring much-needed equipment so villagers can enjoy a variety of cold beverages among other things.“I’m a farmer and I does try to help her with the provision and the lil things to prepare her snack, farine, banana and things like that and she going up. We help her to buy a generator and a freezer to keep her lil things cool, she sweet drink, icicle, cool down and she got everything out there.”During the evenings, Adela’s hired help, Alex Carlos, ensures her customers enjoy delicious roast meat (chicken/beef) with both eat-in and takeaway services readily available.Due to the success of the business, Adela was able to acquire a motorcycle which is the family’s only mode of transportation to and from the business since they reside about ten minutes outside of the village.Her mother, Freda Robertson explained, “her father (Bernard) would bring me in the night and I would keep her company because it is not really safe for her to be alone is a busy place, vehicles up and down all the time and you don’t know people, plenty of them does be passing through so I would come or Ananias (another successful HEYS student) would help out. We would stay here till about ten or so and then we close up and go home.”Adela, who was an Aeronautical Engineering student in Brazil where all of her siblings reside, (only had ten months to complete her practical) said she had to make a hard decision to quit the training and return home (Aishalton) because of the love she has for her parents who needed her support because of illness.She said despite this setback, she is determined to give herself and her parents an opportunity to live a prosperous life and “I am working towards that, I love my parents”.With plans to extend her business, Adela has also already applied to the Aishalton Village Council for another piece of land to construct and open another shop.According to her, this new venture will see clothing and footwear, groceries and other much-needed commodities available for sale.Adela was among twenty young people selected from Aishalton to participate in the HEYS Programme which has been a life changing initiative for close to four thousand Indigenous youth across Guyana.last_img read more

Fossil Worm: Does It Help Solve Cambrian Explosion Puzzle?

first_imgA soft embryo of a Cambrian worm, exquisitely preserved, makes Graham Budd (U. of Uppsala, Sweden) ask some hard questions about it and other recently-discovered embryo fossils in the Jan. 15 issue of Nature:1These fossils raise several questions, to say the least.  First, how could they possibly be preserved?  Second, why are they concentrated in a period (600-500 million years ago) that is already unfairly overstocked with exceptionally preserved fossils, such as those of the Burgess Shale in the Canadian Rockies?  Third, do they tell us anything about animal evolution?He spends most of his article on the third question, but seems to end up with more questions than answers about the “miraculous preservation of these embryos.”The BBC News has a report and pictures of the embryos.Ask yourself how soft tissues could be exquisitely mineralized and preserved for 600 million years, when many later fossils have been reworked by storms, glaciers, moving continents and asteroid impacts.  More interesting than the data that seem to fit the reigning myth are the anomalies that do not.  This find does nothing to help evolutionists in their Cambrian explosion predicament (08/21/2002).  Graham Budd has been pushed by the disconnect between his expectations and the facts to the ultimate no-no in science: invoking miracles.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

UnBOOlievable Geocaching Halloween Costumes

first_img SharePrint RelatedCreepin’ it real: Add geocaching to your HalloweenOctober 30, 2017In “Community”How to have a ball when creating a geocache: Interview with cache owner Bouncebounce!April 23, 2019In “News”How to earn almost 5,000 Favorite points: Interview with cache owner goblindustMarch 1, 2018In “Community” Share with your Friends:More Get ready to get spooky — Halloween is coming! This year, ditch the usual broomstick and witch hat and opt for a more geo-tacular disguise. In a crowd of witches, superheroes, and princesses, you’ll definitely stand out. They’re dreadful, ghoulish, and just the right amount of strange — check out our geocaching costumes, and let us know if you create your own!(To the tune of Monster Mash):I created a cache late one night When my eyes beheld an eerie sight For my ammo can became a disguise And suddenly to my surpriseHe found the cache!(He found the geocache)He found the cache!(He found it in a flash)Travel BugPut on a bug costume, grab a suitcase, and you’ll be all set for your voyage around the neighborhood.Bison TubeQ: What did the buffalo father say to his son as he left to go trick-or-treating? A: Bison. (K)night CacheDo you defend the castle from intruders during the day and search for caches at night? Are you a skilled swordsman and a night owl? Are you a fan of mediocre puns? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, dress yourself up as a (k)night cache this year!Muggle Impress your geocaching buddies with this muggle costume. They’re oblivious, they’re everywhere, they make our lives difficult… but geocaching wouldn’t be nearly as fun without them!Ammo CanWe ammo-can’t believe how great this costume is.last_img read more

Odisha Human Rights Commission awards ₹50,000 compensation to minor Koraput gang-rape victim on humanitarian grounds

first_imgBhubaneswar: The Odisha Human Rights Commission on Friday awarded ₹50,000 as compensation on ‘humanitarian’ grounds to a minor girl gang-raped allegedly by four uniformed personnelin Odisha’s Koraput district, while directing the State’s Crime Branch to submit a progress report on the investigation into the case within four weeks.Human rights activists Biswapriya Kanungo, Prabir Kumar Das, Pradipta Nayak, Debaranjan Sarangi and Akhanda had moved the OHRC separately, seeking its intervention in the case soon after the girl was allegedly sexually assaulted on October 10. They sought financial assistance on humanitarian grounds for the victim on grounds of severe trauma.“It is the trite law (laws that are common knowledge) and a well-accepted proposition that monetary or pecuniary compensation is an appropriate, indeed an effective, and sometimes perhaps the only suitable remedy for the redressal of the established infringement of the fundamental right to life of a citizen. It is the obligation of a welfare State to see that its citizens live in a society without endangering their life and safety,” observed OHRC Acting Chairman Justice B. K. Mishra.The Commission asked the Additional Director General of Police (Crime Branch) to keep it informed of the progress in the investigation. The Naveen Patnaik government ordered a judicial probe into the gang-rape incident after the Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC) of the State police said there was no evidence of rape. The HRPC had also said that no deployment of police or paramilitary personnel had been made in the Kunduli area on the day the alleged rape took place.last_img read more

Usain Bolt wins 200m at IAAF Grand Prix

first_imgA bout of flu failed to prevent world record holder Usain Bolt from cruising to an easy victory over European champion Christophe Lemaitre in the 200 meters at the Areva Diamond League athletics meeting here.The Jamaican sprinter clocked 20.03 seconds, well adrift of his record of 19.19 set at the 2009 world championships in Berlin, but enough to outclass Lemaitre of France, who finished second in 20.21.”It was just one of those days,” Bolt said. “I was not feeling good because of a flu, but at the end of the day, I decided to run and could win.”Bolt came out of the curve with the lead and eased off in the last 50 meters.”Overall it was an OK race,” Bolt said. “I ran the first part very hard. Then I just came into the straight, made sureI was leading, and I kind of backed off a little bit.” The start in the 200 was delayed by 15 minutes because of a technical problem with the timing.That hitch however did not affect Bolt’s mood. The triple Olympic champion pointed his index finger at the camera as the stadium’s speaker blasted ‘Everybody needs somebody to love’ by the Blues Brothers. “It was a little bit too long,” Bolt said of the delay.”It’s never good to stand out and just wait. The wind picked up, it started to get cold. For me, it wasn’t a good thing. I’m just happy I got through it injury free.”After the meet was over, Bolt jogged a bit and was massaged by a physio on a table just behind the finish line while sending some text messages. “The flu is going away, I’ll be all right,” he said.advertisementBolt has been working on his technique lately and will defend his world titles next month in Daegu, South Korea.In the 110 hurdles, Olympic champion Dayron Robles of Cuba dipped his chest to beat U.S. champion David Oliver in a photo finish.Robles led from the start but Oliver made a strong comeback at the halfway stage to put pressure on the Cuban hurdler as both crossed the line in 13.09.World champion Caster Semenya of South Africa won the women’s 800 in 2:00.18.”It’s a little bit upsetting,” Semenya said about her time. “I cannot worry about the time, the most important thing about Daegu is to win, getting back to the podium.””I will compete also in China at the World University Games, that will be my time trials before Daegu.”Semenya, who is trying to rediscover her form after missing 11 months of competition because of a gender controversy, was at the back of the pack after the first lap, but she quickly made up ground to lead after 600 meters, pulling away in the home stretch. Halima Hachlaf of Morocco took second in 2:00.60.Meanwhile, Christina Obergfoell, Yargelis Savigne, Zuzana Hejnova and Meseret Defar set world-leading marks this season in the women’s events.Olympic bronze medalist Obergfoell of Germany won the javelin event with a throw of 68.01 meters at her first attempt, while world champion Savigne of Cuba leapt 14.99 to beat Ukraine’s Olha Saladukha in the triple jump.”I knew I can achieve a good mark but did not expect 68 meters,” Obergfoell said. “So I am more than satisfied. I think 68 will be enough for a medal in Daegu and that is also my goal.”Hejnova of the Czech Republic ran 53.29 in the 400 hurdles in which Olympic and world champion Melaine Walker of Jamaica only finished fifth in 55.06.Defar eased to victory in the 5,000 with a time of 14:29.52 to beat fellow Ethiopian Sentayehu Ejigu who came in second.Kelly-Ann Baptiste of Trinidad and Tobago stunned Jamaican sprinters Kerron Stewart and Veronica Campbell-Brown in the women’s 100. Baptiste ran 10.91 to edge Campbell-Brown into second with 10.95 and Olympic runner-up Stewart into third with 11.04.Christopher Brown of the Bahamas overtook Belgian runner Jonathan Borlee in the home stretch to win the men’s 400 in 44.94.American Jeremy Wariner, who took Olympic gold in 2004 and silver in 2008, finished fourth in 45.50 while South African amputee Oscar Pistorius was fifth in 45.84, failing to reach the 45.25 time that would automatically qualify him for the worlds.The Areva Meeting is the eighth leg in the Diamond League circuit. The next leg is the Aviva Grand Prix in Birmingham on Sunday.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

a month ago​Solskjaer happy with important home win for Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Solskjaer happy with important home win for Man Utdby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was satisfied with three points against FC Astana.United should have run away with the game, given the number of chances they created.But they made it difficult for themselves and had to rely on a second half goal from Mason Greenwood to nick a 1-0 win.But Solskjaer is more concerned with getting points on the board so they can qualify for the knockout rounds.”The main thing now is to get through the group stages,” he said to reporters after the game. “And to do that you need to win your homes games, and get one or two draws away from home or win away from home and then you should be through.”There’ll be plenty of minutes for the boys, definitely, but it’s still an experienced side out here with loads of capped internationals.” last_img read more

19 days agoChelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his start

first_imgChelsea boss Lampard says Hudson-Odoi deserved his startby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard says Callum Hudson-Odoi deserved his place for their defeat of Southampton.Hudson-Odoi was making his first league start of the seasonLampard said, “He did well. It was a great assist for Tammy’s goal, a great ball. His work-rate was good, he stayed tight to the midfield and released himself to the full-back. It was all the things I want from the wingers. “He could have got a goal, he got in behind a few times where he can be lethal. That’s where I want him.”He can get better. He has had a serious injury so fitness has been a bit of an issue, and looking after him. Now he’s showing he’s getting towards proper match fitness.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Virtual tour Fort St Johns newest elementary school

first_img The front entrance of the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The front entrance of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton A view from the mezzanine of the gym inside the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The gymnasium stage at the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The gymnasium stage at the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA's new daycare at the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA's new daycare at the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA's new daycare at the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The loft inside the YMCA's new daycare at the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The loft inside the YMCA’s new daycare at the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Two sombrero's inside the music room of the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Two sombrero’s inside the music room of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Instruments inside the music room of the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Instruments inside the music room of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Acoustic dampers inside the music room of the new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Acoustic dampers inside the music room of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Inside the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's office. Photo by Chris Newton Inside the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s office. Photo by Chris Newton Inside the Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's office. Photo by Chris Newton Inside the Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s office. Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School's library space, or "Learning Lab." Photo by Chris Newton The Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School’s library space, or “Learning Lab.” Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret 'Ma' Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton The new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School. Photo by Chris Newton FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – School District #60 Assistant Superintendent of Special Projects Doug Boyd gave members of the Fort St. John media a tour of the new Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray Community School on Monday.The new school, which began construction less than two years ago, will be opening its doors to parents and students for the first day of school, which is taking place on Tuesday, September 4th.A photo gallery from the tour, as well as a video showing the entire tour, can be found below.last_img read more

Giants Fan Throws Banana Near Orioles Adam Jones Apologizes

Photo by espn.com/goThe Giants fan, 48-year-old Alexander Poulides, insists he did not intend to throw a banana at the Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones after doing just that.Jones, who is black, did not take kindly to the act—which had strong racial tones.Poulides told the San Jose Mercury News that he grabbed a banana off a catering cart at AT&T Park and threw it toward the field in frustration near the end of the Orioles’ 10-2 victory over the struggling Giants. That says a lot about a grown man right there.The banana landed  in the vicinity of Jones, who angrily tweeted about the incident following the game, criticizing people who apparently defended the incident and hinting that he may no longer participate in social media.Poulides said he had no idea of the controversy until he got home and watched the local news.“Oh, my god,” Poulides told the newspaper he thought when he watched the broadcast. “I threw a banana on my way out. . . I’m embarrassed and shocked by the outcome. In hindsight, I wish I didn’t do it and I apologize. I’m very sorry.”“It’s unfortunate that things happen like that,” Jones said ,”but it ain’t going stop me, myself and the Orioles, We have games to win. It’s mid-August. I’ve got a bigger concern in my head than someone’s ignorance or act of whatever. You know what I mean?”The Giants released a public statement earlier Monday, saying:“We were extremely disappointed to learn about the incident involving Adam Jones at AT&T Park yesterday. The Giants have a zero tolerance policy against this type of behavior, which results in immediate ejection from the ballpark. While we have been investigating the matter since we learned of the situation, unfortunately we have been unable to identify the person responsible.“We would like to extend our sincerest apologies to Adam and the entire Orioles organization for this unfortunate incident. The inappropriate actions of this individual in no way reflect the values of our organization and our fans.”Jones, who scored a home run and had four RBIs in the game, tweeted to his more than 129,000 followers: “I want to thank whatever slapd— threw that banana towards my direction in CF in the last inning. Way to show ur class u jacka–.” read more