City of Port Arthur sandbag giveaway continues Sunday in Monday

first_imgHurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning watch area by midday Monday, with tropical storm conditions possible by early Monday. Bring your own shovel, and maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask is required.The Public Works Department for the City of Port Arthur will have sand and sandbags available to homeowners at the Downtown Pavilion, 500 Procter St., and at the Bob Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive, beginning Monday (Aug. 24) at 8 a.m.NOTE: THERE IS A 5-BAG LIMIT! A gradual turn toward the west with a decrease in forward speed is expected after Marco moves inland on Monday and on Tuesday. Residents are Required to: (1). Bring a shovel, (2). Wear a mask and (3) Maintain social distancing.A Storm Surge Watch is in effect for Sabine Pass to Morgan City, Louisiana.center_img The City of Port Arthur is providing sandbags and sand Sunday (Aug. 23) at the Bob Bowers Civic Center.The Center is located at 3401 Cultural Center Drive in Port Arthur.The giveaway is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday. At 7 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm Marco was located about 360 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River. It’s moving toward the north-northwest near 13 mph. Marco is forecast to continue moving north-northwestward across the central Gulf of Mexico today and will approach southeastern Louisiana on Monday.last_img read more

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Bureau Veritas Takes Over HydrOcean

first_imgBureau Veritas has finalized the acquisition of HydrOcean, a French engineering company specialized in hydrodynamic digital simulation for the maritime industry.Established in 2007, HydrOcean provides design support for the construction of ships, offshore structures, racing yachts and marine energy systems. Its focus is on assessing and optimizing hydrodynamic performance. The company has co-developed advanced digital simulation tools in partnership with Ecole Centrale Nantes’ fluid dynamics laboratory.“The acquisition of HydrOcean enables Bureau Veritas to integrate an outstanding team of experts and highly innovative entrepreneurs. The group is increasingly developing solutions combining its core testing, inspection and certification services with new technologies. “HydrOcean fits perfectly into this strategy thanks to its simulation tools and its technical expertise. Its services will complement those offered by the Marine & Offshore business, especially in reducing ship fuel consumption,” commented Didier Michaud-Daniel, CEO of Bureau Veritas.Based in Nantes, France, HydrOcean employs 18 engineers and had revenue of EUR 2.7 million in 2014.last_img read more

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MPs urge government to preserve access to European legal services market

first_imgPreserving access to the single market in legal services is among the reasons why the government urgently needs to set out a vision for trade with the EU following Brexit, MPs say today. In its first report, the International Trade Committee of the House of Commons backs re-joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) to preserve continuity in trading relationships. The report cites evidence from the Law Society on the legal services sector. The Society told the committee that while the EU single market in services is still ‘a work in progress’, in legal services a single market is already a reality.Mickael Laurans, the Society’s head of international policy and engagement, told the committee that the continuation of the participation of the UK legal services sector in the two EU lawyers’ directives and the mutual recognition of qualifications directive was a ‘key ask’.Leaving the single market would render the UK vulnerable to restrictions on legal practice that vary among member states. Some EU jurisdictions operate nationality requirements, Laurans noted, while right of audience before EU courts could be lost by UK lawyers. There might also be problems regarding clients’ ability to benefit from legal professional privilege.The committee says the government must act quickly to bolster confidence and put the UK in the best position to forge new trading relationships after 2019.Among its recommendations is for the government to publish a white paper about the possibility of the UK re-joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).EFTA, whose current members are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, has free trade agreements covering 38 countries, which the UK might stand to benefit from if it were to re-join. According to the report, the committee ‘was impressed by the potential benefits of EFTA membership, given the close alignment between the UK’s economy and those of EFTA members, although the government has not proposed this as an option’.last_img read more

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Rice, Canty return to practice; rookie M. Brown sits out

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Ravens coach John Harbaugh expressed optimism Wednesday that Ray Rice would be able to play against the Buffalo Bills and the Pro Bowl running back’s return to practice so early in the week is a strong predictor of that happening.The sixth-year practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday after missing his first game since the 2008 season in the win over the Houston Texans. Harbaugh’s willingness to talk about Rice’s return to practice supports the notion that the running back was close to being able to play on Sunday despite being listed as doubtful on last week’s injury report.“Very hopeful. I would expect that,” said Harbaugh when asked whether he thought Rice would practice this week. “That’s the plan right now. We’re going to try to get him out there [Wednesday] and see what he can do, and we’ll have our fingers crossed.”Defensive end Chris Canty (groin), linebacker Arthur Brown (pectoral), and wide receiver Deonte Thompson (foot) were also limited in their return to the practice field as it appears the Ravens are slowly but surely getting healthier. Of those three, Brown appeared to be very limited as he wore a yellow cap on his helmet.Thompson practiced on a limited basis last Wednesday before sitting out the final two workouts of the week and told reporters that he would really test out his foot to see how close he is to returning to the field. The second-year wide receiver hasn’t practiced since injuring his foot in the preseason opener on Aug. 8.If he’s able to play against Buffalo, Thompson would provide the Ravens another option in the kickoff return game as Tandon Doss and Shaun Draughn have handled those duties over the last two weeks. Draughn suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 3, which could leave the Ravens thin in the return game.“I’m coming along great,” Thompson said. “We’re going to go out today and see how I feel and try to do a lot on it and see how it holds up. There’s still some soreness in [the foot]. We’ll definitely know after this week.”Wide receivers Jacoby Jones (knee) and Marlon Brown (neck), outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (knee), nose tackle Terrence Cody (knee), Draughn (ankle), and offensive lineman Ryan Jensen (foot) did not participate in Monday’s workout. Harbaugh expressed significant doubt that Cody would be able to play in Week 4 after he injured his knee in the first quarter of the win over the Houston Texans.Jones has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game as he continues to rehab the MCL injury he suffered in the season opener on Sept. 5.Listed as a limited particdipant, defensive tackle Brandon Williams (toe) was practicing once again after he was a limited participant in practices last week. He did not play against the Texans, but he appears to have a chance to make his return to action for the first time since injuring his toe in the preseason finale on Aug. 29.During the viewing portion of practice, left tackle Bryant McKinnie appeared to be limited and was not taking his normal number of practice reps. Both of his ankles were taped, but it was unclear whether he suffered an injury in Sunday’s game and wasn’t listed on the injury report.Newly-claimed safety Jeromy Miles was taking part in practice and wearing No. 36 while rookie safety Brynden Trawick officially became part of the Ravens’ practice squad.Linebacker Brandon Copeland was waived to make room for Trawick on the developmental squad.For Buffalo, 10 players sat out Wednesday’s practice including defensive end Mario Williams (ankle), defensive tackle Kyle Williams, wide receiver Stevie Johnson (hamstring), and cornerback Leodis McKelvin (hamstring).However, starting running back C.J. Spiller (quadriceps) was a full participant for the Bills.Here is the official injury report for Wednesday:BALTIMOREOUT: WR Jacoby Jones (knee)DID NOT PARTICIPATE: WR Marlon Brown (neck), DT Terrence Cody (knee), RB Shaun Draughn (ankle), C Ryan Jensen (foot), LB/DE Pernell McPhee (knee)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: LB Arthur Brown (chest), DE Chris Canty (thigh), RB Ray Rice (hip), WR Deonte Thompson (foot), DT Brandon Williams (toe)BUFFALODID NOT PARTICIPATE: DB Ron Brooks (foot), DT Alex Carrington (quad), CB Stephon Gilmore (wrist), WR Marquise Goodwin (hand), K Dustin Hopkins (R. groin), WR Stevie Johnson (hamstring), CB Leodis McKelvin (hamstring), G Kraig Urbik (knee), DT Kyle Williams (achilles), DE Mario Williams (ankle)LIMITED PARTICIPATION: FS Jarius Byrd (foot), DT Marcell Dareus (ankle)FULL PARTICIPATION: G Doug Legursky (knee), RB C.J. Spiller (quad)last_img read more

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Wild wallops Green Valley

first_imgJohn Hendry and his Mate Graham Stitfall were over from Canarvon, but unfortunately Graham got a cracked rib and was playing in all sorts of pain.  Impressive perseverance and enjoy your trip up to Nong Khai mate and get some rest.There were some fantastic scores in today and four ‘2’s also.  When a score of 36 points from Gus George only gets fourth spot you know the field has scored well.  Third place went to Bruce McAdam with 37 points, second went to Dayle Shier with 40 and in first place was Kevin Wild who finished with a magic 46 points.  This is the second time in his golfing career that he has broken a hundred gross and he couldn’t stop smiling even as he rang the bell.The ‘2’s came from Dayle Shier, Mark Wood, Peter Lenoury and Bob Philp.Friday, August 9, Crystal Bay – StablefordWith six groups we set off from the bar a little early because sometimes travelling to Crystal Bay can get a bit hectic in the traffic and today was no exception.  The course was a little rough around the edges and the greens with different grass here and made for a good challenge.We said hello today to Brad Sproxton and goodbye to Bill Rogers, who was going home to Melbourne and hopefully coming back at Xmas.There was a three-way count back for second, third and fourth places, all on 35 points, which was headed by Brad Sproxton with 21 on the back nine while Darl White (18) took third and Eng Cotterell (17) fourth.  The winner meanwhile was the Capt. Bob with 38 points.There were two ‘2’s coming from Bob Philp and Owen Walkley.Note:  If you are looking for a game with some friendly golfers give Bob a call on 082 204 3411 or call into the bar we are just off Siam Country road looking straight down Lake Maprachan.  Also, if anybody is looking for a right hand R1 there is one for sale for 10.000 baht.  Just give Bob a call and he will put you in touch with the vendor.  He assures it hasn’t been used properly since he bought it! The Billabong Bar Golf SocietyWednesday, August 7, Green Valley – StablefordGreen Valley is our normal venue for Wednesday and with eight groups taking part it was a grand day out.  Everyone enjoyed themselves today as this course is manicured to perfection; the greens were top dressed the previous week and they are now as good as you will putt on anywhere.  The fairways on 17 and 18 have been scarified but that didn’t make any difference either. We were off to an early start and it was a four hour round for easy golf.  John Mills had a big night the night before and had to call it quits after eleven holes and call a taxi to take him home.  I don’t think the flu had anything to do with his condition, just a little over indulgence.Green Valley winners.last_img read more

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Sports deaths 2015: Banks, Gifford, Smith, Tarkanian, Berra

first_imgIn this 1970 file photo, Chicago Cubs’ Ernie Banks poses. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. (AP Photo/File)The loss column is where to look in the standings. Those are the ones that can never be made up.And losses, of a different kind, hit Philadelphia in 2015 with the deaths of two 76ers centers — backboard-busting Darryl Dawkins and Moses Malone, who gave basketball a math lesson with his playoff sweep prediction of “Fo’, Fo’, Fo’” that fell just short.Joining them was Dolph Schayes, the Syracuse Nationals center who briefly played for and coached Philadelphia in its Wilt Chamberlain days.There were losses in baseball of Joaquin Andujar, Dean Chance, Darryl Hamilton, Tommy Hanson, Bill Monbouquette, Al Rosen. In hockey, the bespectacled Islander coach Al Arbour and the great Canadiens winger Dickie Moore.Losses of boxing champions Gene Fullmer and Bob Foster. And in football of Ken Stabler, the left-handed quarterback of the renegade Raiders, and Garo Yepremian, whose slapstick field-goal attempt lives on in Super Bowl lore.Losses of those who cut a path for Black players to follow: Minnie Minoso (baseball), Earl Lloyd (basketball), Pete Brown, Calvin Peete, Charlie Sifford (golf); and Mal Whitfield (track).And those while on the job: IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, struck by debris at Pocono and gone the next day at 37.Below, other losses, lives that soared across the games:In this Aug. 31, 1955, file photo, Chicago Cubs’ Ernie Banks, center, demonstrates the long stride and wrist action which has brought him close to the leaders in the National League home run race at Ebbets Field in New York. The Cubs announced Friday night, Jan. 23, 2015, that Banks had died. The team did not provide any further details. Banks was 83. (AP Photo/File)ERNIE BANKSLots of players are in the Hall of Fame. But how many bring a credo, a way of life, with them? “It’s a great day for baseball. Let’s play two.” Ernie Banks wouldn’t have it any other way.He came up in the old Negro Leagues, a skinny shortstop with a whip-fast swing and sinewy wrists, playing his way into the hearts of Chicago baseball fans.At a time when the National League could point to the mighty Willie Mays, Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson, Banks stood beside them as noble peer. He died at 83.He played 19 seasons and hit 512 homers. And he did it for the Cubs, who for more than a century have crafted the art of frustration and defeat.Banks never made it to the postseason but he did make the All-Star team 11 times and was MVP in 1958 and 1959. He was a Gold Glove shortstop before switching to first base.But the stats, in all their indisputable evidence, don’t’ account for why there is a statue of “Mr. Cub” outside Wrigley Field or his No. 14 flies on the left-field foul pole.Banks spoke to the transcendent joys of sports. He always found time to chat with fans. He never was ejected from a game and never argued with umpires. Why stoop to such pettiness when it’s a privilege to play baseball?He once said the “riches of the game are in the thrills, not the money.” The thrill he wanted most eluded him: hitting three homers in the last game of the World Series at Wrigley. But, as Hall of Famer Al Kaline reminds, Cubs fans had ample compensation.“They never got to see a World Series,” he said. “But they can always say they got to see the great Ernie Banks.”___FRANK GIFFORDHis was the golden life.The USC All-American with chiseled looks who became the face of the great New York Giant teams of the 1950s and ’60s and then rode another wave of celebrity in the “Monday Night Football” booth and as husband of TV host Kathie Lee Gifford.Frank Gifford often said his life was divided into three parts, and each was a blueprint in elegant living. Not everyone at Yankee Stadium shares a locker with Mickey Mantle.Gifford — a running back, defensive back, wide receiver and special teams player — played in five NFL title games and was the league’s MVP in 1956. Giants co-owner John Mara called him “the ultimate Giant.”In 1960, a pulverizing hit by the Eagles’ Chuck Bednarik (who also died this year, at 89) left Gifford with a head injury so severe he didn’t return to football until 1962. In 1964, Gifford was back in the Pro Bowl.For many, though, Gifford was the calm at the center of the rollicking storm of “Monday Night Football.” On one side of Gifford was Howard Cosell, all bombast and grandiloquence, a raging Jeremiah in a network blazer. On the other was Don Meredith, ladling out country corn as if accompanied by the banjo soundtrack of “Deliverance.” It was left to Gifford to return everyone to Planet Football. “Third and long, two receivers split wide .”Gifford died at his Connecticut home at 84. Months later, his family said he showed signs of degenerative brain disease. (Two of Bednarik’s daughters said their father had dementia, tied to football injuries.) The Gifford family took comfort in knowing Frank Gifford “might be an inspiration for others suffering from this disease that needs to be addressed.”in this May 5, 1984 file photo, North Carolina guard Michael Jordan, left, and Tar Heels coach Dean Smith are shown at a news conference in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Jordan announced he would forfeit his final year of college eligibility to turn pro. Smith, the North Carolina basketball coaching great who won two national championships, died “peacefully” at his home Saturday night, Feb. 7, 2015, the school said in a statement Sunday from Smith’s family. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)DEAN SMITHIf college basketball had a Mount Rushmore, a place in the mountainside would be carved for Dean Smith.He was the soul of basketball at North Carolina. He led the Tar Heels to 11 Final Fours, won national titles in 1982 and 1993, gave the sport its clock-draining Four Corners offense, earned an Olympic title in 1976 and coached some of the game’s best. Among them was Michael Jordan, who said he loved Smith for always being there when he needed him.Roy Williams, the current Tar Heels coach, lauded Smith as the “perfect picture of what a college coach should have been.” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said Smith helped “mold men of integrity, honor and purpose.”Smith died at 83, his basketball roots going back to Kansas, where played on a Jayhawks team coached by Phog Allen that won the 1952 NCAA title. Smith would go on to surpass Adolph Rupp for the most coaching victories in men’s Division I (879 in 36 seasons). Krzyzewski now has the record.Off the court, Smith left a different imprint. He was among the first to recruit black athletes in the South, helped integrate a Chapel Hill restaurant and, in his way, spurred the civil rights movement.“Basketball,” President Barack Obama said in connection with Smith, “can tell us a lot more about who you are than a jump shot alone ever could.” In 2013, Smith was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.“Sometimes the word legend is used with too little thought,” said John Swofford, the Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner and former North Carolina athletic director. “In this instance, it almost seems inadequate. He was basketball royalty.”In this Nov. 15, 1995, file photo, Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian watches his team play Weber State during the preseason NIT in Fresno, Calif. (AP Photo/Thor Swift, File)JERRY TARKANIANHe was a sketch artist’s dream: the basset-hound eyes, the bald head, the forlorn look and, of course, the towel clamped between his teeth.Jerry Tarkanian built a basketball power at UNLV, coaching teams full of bravado that became a dazzling piece of the Strip’s high wattage. He was also in perpetual war with the NCAA, a legal entanglement spanning his career at Long Beach State, UNLV and Fresno State.The casino lights dimmed when Tarkanian died at 84, three days after Dean Smith. Las Vegas pays homage to headline acts.Tarkanian was the consummate teacher on the court, preaching a fierce defense that may not have gotten full due because of all the noise from the Runnin’ Rebels’ amped-up offense.He drew respect from coaches and love from players. But the NCAA sang no songs for “Tark the Shark.” Lawsuits do that. (Tarkanian won a $2.5 million settlement, but the sting never left.)Tarkanian was among the first to rely on junior college players and go with all-black lineups. The NCAA felt he played fast and loose with rules. Probation followed his teams. A photo of UNLV players in a hot tub with a game fixer only heightened the team’s outlaw aura. For his part, Tarkanian felt the NCAA pounced on small schools while letting the big boys off easy.Tarkanian coached the likes of Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony. The Rebels made it to four Final Fours and won the 1990 title, shredding Duke 103-73 in the final. In all, he coached 31 seasons (19 at UNLV). Only twice did he not win 20 games in a season.“I knew right from Day One I wanted to be a coach,” he said. “Coaching has been my entire life.”___YOGI BERRAAfter all the countless tributes — his decency, his friendship, his love of family, his dignity, his faith, his wit (intentional or otherwise), his valor in battle — it’s important to never lose sight of this:What a player he was.Yogi Berra, the anchor behind the plate of all those imperious Yankee teams, played 19 seasons in the majors in a career covering three decades. He was the American League MVP three times (1951, 1954, 1955). He played on 10 World Series winners and in 75 World Series games — both records. He made 18 straight All-Star teams.Casey Stengel once said Berra understood how every hitter should be pitched to. He caught Don Larsen’s perfect game in the 1956 World Series, his leap into the pitcher’s arms a moment frozen in baseball history.But No. 8, the Hall of Famer with that welcoming mug of a face who died at 90, was more than all the compilation of his records. He managed for George Steinbrenner, and stood head and shoulders above the owner’s unending tirades. Berra always had the right thing to say, and say it as only he could. He became the country’s everyman philosopher, coming off the bench to pinch-hit for Mark Twain and Will Rogers.“The Baseball Encyclopedia” speaks to one side of Berra, “Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations” the other: “You can observe a lot by watching”; “When you come to a fork in the road, take it”; “I really didn’t say everything I said.”“Yogi was a beacon of Americana,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said.Jorge Posada, another ex-Yankee catcher, said Berra “made you feel good inside.” Hall of Fame shortstop Cal Ripken knew he was in special company when Berra was around.“When Yogi spoke, everyone was quiet and hung on every word,” he said. “He owned the room.”___Contributing to this report were AP sports writers Aaron Beard, Tim Dahlberg, Mike Fitzpatrick, Ben Walker, Barry Wilner and AP writer Mike Stewart.last_img read more

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Ajax player Abdelhak Nouri collapses during friendly match in Austria

first_img SPORT.ES Un jugador del Ajax se desploma sobre el campo por una arritmia cardíaca Although initially Nouri’s life was feared for, with his fainting recalling the cases of Antonio Puerta, Miklos Feher and Cameroon Marc-Vivien Foe, it seems that the player is now out of danger. Nouri remains in hospital, Ajax have confirmed, as messages of support poured in for the youngster on social media. Upd. at 20:25 The Dutch club tweeted: “A trauma helicopter landed on the field. There was talk of heart rhythm disorders. He is stable.” Nouri, of Morrocan origin but a international at youth level for Holland, is said to be in a stable condition. center_img The 20-year-old midfielder fell to the ground in the 70th minute and remained unconscious on the pitch, leading the postponement of the game.  Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri collapsed on Saturday during a friendly match against Werder Bremen in Austria.  CEST 08/07/2017 IN SPORT.ESlast_img read more

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