Science Committee on EPAAnother Congressional committee has pounced on the Environmental Protection Agency for regulatory overreach, singling out EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. and other rules. It’s not the Ag Committee or the House Energy and Commerce Committee or even the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. It’s the House Science, Space and Technology Committee chaired by Lamar Smith.“As many had predicted EPA has claimed unprecedented jurisdiction over many kinds of water including those that temporarily result from a ‘drizzle,” he said. “The EPA actually uses that word, drizzle.”Smith complains EPA will now have jurisdiction over prairie potholes and other ephemeral features, like ditches, that are not always filled with water. EPA argues the new rule keeps Clean Water Act exemptions for traditional agriculture and adds 56 conservation practices that will be exempt from dredge or fill permit requirements. But Smith and Ag Committee Republicans and Democrats see it differently.“Under this regulatory regime Americans will be subject to required permits and the constant threat of government intervention. The onslaught of EPA regulations continues.”Some Democrats pushed back, like ranking panel Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson.“Unfortunately today’s hearing is just a continuation of the same familiar theme we’ve heard in this Congress, resistance to the EPA’s efforts to carry out its mission to protect the nation’s environment and public health, resistance that is unsupported by scientific evidence,” she said.The American Farm Bureau charges EPA’s aggressive advocacy campaign for WOTUS and alleged misstatements about its content show the Agency’s extreme agenda. AFBF argues the Supreme Court ruled isolated intrastate waters are not waters of the U.S. since they are not navigable, but that EPA is trying to claim jurisdiction, regulate most ditches and groundwater, and fundamentally change the exercise of private property rights in the country. Home Indiana Agriculture News Even House Science Committee Questioning EPA Overreach Facebook Twitter Previous articleA Strong Voice for Biofuels in the Strangest PlaceNext articleIndiana Farmers say New Water Rule is Murky Andy Eubank Even House Science Committee Questioning EPA Overreach By Andy Eubank – Jun 7, 2015 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCouncils accused of using ‘slave labour’Next articleSearches continue for missing students Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick WhatsApp TAGSCllr Diarmuid ScullyCllr Pat KennedyLimerick city councilMayor Kathleen LeddinMusic LimerickShannon Bridge Advertisement Facebook Email Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Mayor Kathleen Leddin reflects on the renaming of the Shannon BridgeTHE decision to rename the Shannon Bridge after President John F Kennedy has been postponed in the wake of strong local opposition.The city council’s decision to rename the bridge is to be referred to the recently established Monuments sub-committee for consideration. This group will be tasked with looking at the naming of future roads and bridges in Limerick.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mayor Kathleen Leddin last week told the Limerick Post that she would not be reversing the council decision because it was done through the proper procedures.However, this week she believes a “time of reflection” is needed.“Notwithstanding the great admiration that I have for the late President John F Kennedy and of his family’s deep affection for Ireland, I feel that it is best to postpone the naming of the bridge at this stage,” said Mayor Leddin.“I acknowledge that a number of people have been in contact with me and were unhappy with the proposal to change the bridge’s name. I feel that a time of reflection is now needed before a final decision is made,” she explained.The proposal to rename the Shannon Bridge and separately, the area at Merchant’s Quay had been the subject of a Notice of Motion by City Councillor and former Mayor Pat Kennedy last month.The motion stated it would be appropriate for Limerick City Council to “honour and commemorate appropriately JFK and Brian Ború for their extraordinary contributions to the advancement of Limerick, Irish and International affairs”.Fine Gael councillor Diarmuid Scully, who proposed that the people of Limerick should be heard on the matter, has welcomed the Mayor’s decision to postpone the proposed name change.“It’s unusual enough in politics for people to recognise that a mistake has been made and correct it. The Mayor has done so and deserves full credit for that,” said Cllr Scully. #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Twitter Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch New Music: 40Hurtz NewsLocal NewsA ‘time for reflection’ on the JFK bridgeBy Alan Jacques – March 13, 2014 863 Print #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’
High School -Boys Tennis vs Franklin County – NOW Monday, 9/16 at Franklin County – 4:30 pm startBoys Soccer at Roncalli (Saturday, 2/28) – Start times now JV 1:00 PM and Varsity 2:45 pm* * Volleyball at Rushville – No date set yet. * *Middle School –7th & 8th Football at South Dearborn now Thursday, 9/17 – 7th grade starts at 5:30 pmVolleyball at Seymour Invitational NOW on Saturday, September 28th (moved from 9/21)
…Toronto Cricketers capture Premiere titleBy Frederick HalleyTORONTO, Canada — Victoria Park made light work of Scarborough Cricket Club (SCC) to emerge winners of the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) inaugural Elite League tournament which climaxed at the Ashtonbee ground, Scarborough,here on Saturday.It was another dominant performance from Victoria Park, which included former Guyana Under-19 captain Eugene LaFleur, following their disposal of six-time Premiere League champions Hawaiian Arctic Cricket Club (HACC) in the previous weekend’s semi-final encounter, played at the same venue.After bringing a halt to the unprecedented six consecutive championships win by the Guyana-based HACC,by a whopping 105 runs, Victoria Park eased to an effortless eight-wicket victory in the final;once again denying SCC the chance of copping a title following their loss to HACC in the 2015 Premiere League final.While Victoria Park were celebrating in grand style, Toronto Cricketers were also marking their entry into the Elite League with a hard-fought 29-run win over archrivals Islanders in the Premiere League final, played on the adjoining ground.Set a target of 111, after SCC, like HACC the previous week, had succumbed to the spinners, Victoria Park were indebted to a fine unbeaten third-wicket partnership of 86 between middle-order batsman Anand Erramilli (50 not out) and opener Rao Yug (44 not out).The pair of Erramilli and Yug came together with their team in a spot of bother at 25 for two and ensured there were no further alarms as they reached the required target in 23.1 overs,with the former slamming seven fours and the latter three fours and a six in the 50-over final.SCC had earlier won the toss and elected to take first strike but found the going tough throughout their innings, losing wickets at regular intervals, mainly to the spin combination of the Victoria Park bowlers. Latchman Kumar bagged three for 22, Sailesh Patel three for 31, Jaimit Patel two for 13 and Parth Desai one for 13. The lone resistance came from Seeraj who struck two sixes and two fours in a top score of 26.The Premiere League final saw Toronto Cricketers stoutly defending what looked to be an inadequate 125,after fast bowler Gustin Gibson, who was later named the most Valuable Player (MVP) for the losing Islanders team, claimed five for 17 in his allotted 10 overs in the 50-over affair.Gibson received fine support from Nairoon Motilall (three for 34 in 10) and Mahadeo Moonasar (two for nine in 3,5),but their efforts were all in vain.Skipper and MVP,Harjeet,Singh led from the front with a defiant,even half-century with three fours and a six,and crowned a fine all-round performance with three for 12 from seven overs,as Islanders plummeted to 96 all out in 33.2 overs. Abdulla Hasan took three for 11 from four overs.The approach by the Islanders batsmen, who seemed bent on reaching what seemed a winnable score in a hurry, put paid to their hopes of copping the title after they had edged Toronto Cricketers by two points in the points standing race.At the presentation ceremony which followed, SCA president,Shiv Persaud, congratulated the teams on their fine showing throughout the season,and reminded that the association’s annual presentation, dinner and dance is set for November 26.
On the face of it, when the whistle blows at the Montego Bay Sports Complex this afternoon at 4 p.m., or whenever, signalling the start of the 2016 Red Stripe Premier League final, promoted team and multiple champions Portmore United should start as favourites. The team, which originated in the parish of Clarendon under the name Hazard before changing base to Portmore in St. Catherine but now straddles both parishes, has been the most consistent this season. That consistency saw them crowned ‘League’ champions as they ended the regular season with the most points and were duly rewarded with the $1m bonus. Additionally, Portmore United have owned Montego Bay United (MBU) on the three occasions that they have met this season. In their match, which marked their return to top-tier football, they defeated Montego Bay United 2-0, with Montego Bay resident Ricardo Morris responsible for one of them. That was followed up with a 1-0 win at the Juici field, courtesy of a Cleon Price strike. Morris was again on the score sheet along with Tramaine Stewart and Mark Alves as Portmore United left Montego Bay with a 3-1 win in the last meeting. QUALITY TEAM Even with the evidence, which is helped by the depth of their available squad, Portmore United coach Jeffrey Hewitt will not accept the favourites’ tag. “To me, MoBay will be starting favourites. This is their third consecutive final and that shows that they are very consistent. They are quality team and their record speaks to that, so no one can take anything away from them,” said Hewitt who was a part of Portmore United’s coaching staff when they won in 2008 and 2012. “Despite that, we are confident in our abilities and what we can do. Yes, we have beaten them in the three matches that we have played so far, but the past does not matter now. What matters is what we do on the day,” added Hewitt. According to the man who distinguished himself at Garvey Maceo, the Portmore United unit is so focused right now that nothing will distract them. Not even the protest action by MBU, which has seen them boycott a number of promotional events leading up to today’s big day and them threatening not to show up for the 4 p.m. start. “We are so focused that we are not entertaining any thoughts of them turning up or not. We are preparing for a 4 p.m. game and we will be showing up for that. “Tomorrow’s game, we are anticipating, will be a very competitive one. It is a final and our players know what is at stake and we have to go out there and compete,” he added. VERY OPEN While the Portmore United camp has been very open, the Montego Bay United camp has not so much as entertained a call or interview request from the media in relation to today’s game. The Sunday Gleaner, however, managed to speak with someone close to the camp. “My players are ready for the game. They have not been distracted by what is going on, and they will be showing,” the source said. “This is the third final that the team has been in, the past three years, and this is important to us. The first year, we won; last year, we came second; and this year, we are going out to win again. “Even if it is nine players, we are going to play them. No team can beat Montego Bay United four times in a season,” the source added. In addition to the record going against them, Montego Bay United have the offfield distractions which could spill over on the field going against them. Add to that the absence of two of their most potent players – Owayne Gordon, the season’s leading scorer to a loan deal, and Dino Williams to an injury. Allan Ottey is the only one available of that pacy and skilful trio. A lot will depend on the former schoolboy star who shone alongside Portmore’s Morris for St James High. Injury kept him out for chunks of the season, but he will have to lead the forward line with support from Cory Hylton. Goalkeeper Jacomena Barrett is a player with a lot to prove as he is a former Portmore United player and conceded three goals in the last match. Losing again will not sit well with him. If he reports in inspired form as he has been on occasion, he could lift his teammates. With almost everything stacked against them, this could be the motivation the Montego Bay United players need to pull off the improbable victory.
OAKLAND — The Athletics made one of the best deals in franchise history to bring Khris Davis aboard in 2016.They made another one on Thursday, signing the slugging designated hitter to a two-year contract extension which will tie him to the Athletics through 2021. The A’s will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Friday including Davis, general manager David Forst and manager Bob Melvin.Davis, whose 143 home runs are the most in the major leagues since the start of the 2016 season, will …
Lillard finished with 32 points, and Portland snapped a two-game skid. Jusuf Nurkic added 28 points.Lillard was 1 of 5 from 3-point range before the game-winner. The crowd roared when the shot fell, andLillard nodded and pointed to his wrist.“I felt good. The ball was coming off my hands good all night, even the ones that I didn’t make. In thosemoments, you don’t think about what happened before. It’s a chance to rise to the occasion. You’re 0 for 0 in that moment,” Lillard said. “I go back to my very first game-winner against New Orleans my rookie year. I had a terrible shooting game but I was able to block that out. All that mattered was that moment. No different tonight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrook Lopez had 27 points and rookie Kyle Kuzma added a season-high 22 for the Lakers, who were short-handed after Larry Nance Jr. broke his left hand in the second half. Fellow rookie Lonzo Ball was 0 for 2 from the field with no points, four assists and three rebounds.There were a few fans in the crowd wearing Ball’s No. 2 jersey for his first appearance in Portland. But most fans booed him heartily during player introductions. 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Tagalog NPA Kuzma took the final shot, a missed 3-pointer from 28 feet out at the buzzer that would have tied it.Lillard had missed a 3 the night before at the end of regulation in Portland’s 112-103 overtime loss at Utah.“He made a good read last night and (Rudy) Gobert made a great play,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “Tonight I think he had his mind made up to take the shot. It’s what great players do.”The Blazers were without Al-Farouq Aminu, who injured his right ankle Wednesday against the Jazz. The team posted a photo of the 6-foot-9 forward on crutches before Thursday’s game.Aminu was averaging 9.4 points and 8.1 rebounds this season. Noah Vonleh, who returned the night before following a shoulder injury in camp, started in his place.Portland led by 18 in the first half but the Lakers closed the gap to 66-62 at halftime. It was tight the rest of the way.“We have the game against Toronto, then you have a tough one last night against Utah. Maybe if we come back and have a blowout, maybe we don’t have to look at ourselves as much,” Lillard said. “We come in here tonight and we had a dogfight on our hands. We really had to look at ourselves and make it happen. We had to trust ourselves and trust each other to get it done.“So I think a game like this and having to pull out a game like this does more for our team, character-wise.”TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles was 0 for 9 from 3-point range in the first half. … The Lakers were coming off a 113-93 victory at home against the Pistons on Tuesday night.Trail Blazers: Rookie big man Zach Collins started the second half in place of Vonleh, who had four fouls. Collins, a 7-footer out of Gonzaga, was acquired by the Blazers in a draft-day deal with Sacramento.ON BALL“I thought he was a little too passive tonight,” Walton said about his rookie point guard. “The hardest thing for young players is consistency. He’s so unselfish that sometimes we want him to be more aggressive with attacking the defenses.”Ball, for his part, recognized that.“I definitely could have been more aggressive,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nance was hurt late in the third quarter and went to the locker room. He did not play the rest of the way. Nance was averaging 11.1 points and 7.9 rebounds for the Lakers.Afterward, the Lakers confirmed Nance broke a bone in his hand.“Obviously, I feel terrible for him. He’s been playing so solid for us,” coach Luke Walton said. “It’s tough but that’s what team sports are about, and someone else has to step up.”Portland took a 106-105 lead on Lillard’s free throws with 1:56 left. Kuzma made a hook shot on the other end, but Lillard answered with a layup before Nurkic made free throws for a 110-107 lead. The standing crowd chanted “Beat LA! Beat LA!”But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope quieted the fans with a 3-pointer off an assist from Ball to tie it with 15.5 seconds left. Lillard hit the winner over the outstretched arm of Brandon Ingram.ADVERTISEMENT Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts after hitting a shot in the final seconds of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The Blazers won 113-110. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard didn’t really need to gesture to his wrist. The crowd already knew it was Lillard Time.The star guard made a 3-pointer with 0.7 seconds left and the Portland Trail Blazers extended their winning streak over the Los Angeles Lakers to 13 games with a 113-110 victory Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
With Tiger Woods restored to his familiar place among golf’s major winners, it’s tempting to allow the sports nostalgia to seep in. Tiger’s back! It’s just like the 1990s again! But as is the case in every sport, the game that Woods played 20 years ago is very different from today’s version and, if anything, makes his win at the Masters last month all the more impressive.Perhaps the biggest difference involves the sheer power of modern hitters. In 1995, Woods’s last season before turning pro, the average qualified PGA Tour golfer hit the ball 263.6 yards per drive; the leader, John Daly, checked in at 289.0 yards per drive. So far this season, the average is 292.9 yards per drive, and tour leader Cameron Champ checks in at 315.7. That’s right — the average drive distance from 2019 would have led the PGA Tour each season through 1996. Woods’s mark in 19971The first year Tiger played enough as a pro to qualify for the PGA Tour’s leaderboards. of 294.8 ranked second only to Daly’s 302.0. A 294.8-yard average today would rank just 86th of the 214 golfers on tour — tied with the slumping former World No. 1 Jordan Spieth. And just like the existing players increased their power through technology, existing major hosts have added length to offset it. Sixteen courses hosted a major in both the 1990s and 2010s; those courses averaged 7,011.6 yards back then and 7,307.9 yards now — an increase of 296.3 yards on average. Even the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Long Island, which hosts this weekend’s PGA Championship, has increased its length by 222 yards since it hosted Woods’s U.S. Open victory back in 2002.We should note that both the boom in driving distances and the Tiger-proofing craze have largely leveled off since the mid-2000s. The average PGA Tour drive continues to creep up by a couple of yards every few years, but today’s long-drive leaders, such as Champ, Johnson and Rory McIlroy, are mostly hitting it the same distance as Bubba Watson and Robert Garrigus were a decade earlier. In that sense, the game Woods left when his 11-year major drought began in 2008 was actually similar to the one he climbed to the top of again last month.Just the same, when Tiger tees off Thursday at Bethpage in the PGA Championship, the modern sport’s power will be on full display. Woods might still smash it a solid 300 off the tee like he did in the late ’90s, but he won’t be vying for the tour lead in distance; instead, that part of his game makes him just another golfer in the middle of the pack. What once was a massive distance advantage that Woods used to rack up a -13 score relative to par on par-5s at the 1997 Masters is now nothing special. These days, just about everyone hits it like Tiger — if not better.So what happened? For one thing, pro golfers took Woods’s lead and became much stronger and more athletic. Although Daly was a freak of nature — he never worked out and bombed drives while chain-smoking and pounding Diet Cokes — today’s top players have a lot more in common with current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who stands a lean 6-foot-4, hits the ball 305 yards per drive and proudly posts shirtless Instagram photos. As we’ve written before, Woods’s current pursuit of majors has been made more difficult by an influx of younger athletes to the game that he himself helped inspire. And a big part of that younger generation’s success is linked to hitting the ball really far.But another, even bigger factor is a drastic improvement in equipment over the years. Before the 1990s, driver clubheads were significantly smaller, made of heavy material like persimmon (instead of metal) and attached to the ends of shorter, heavier metal shafts (as opposed to graphite). As more and more players began switching to modern clubs — the last major won with a persimmon driver was Bernhard Langer’s victory at the 1993 Masters — the tour began to see a massive increase in driving distance (and, interestingly enough, a decrease in driving accuracy). More than just the introduction of fitter players, established golfers were also hitting the ball harder: The 60 players who qualified for the PGA Tour driving leaderboard in both 1995 and 2005 saw an average increase of 18.6 yards per drive over that span.Simply put, lighter clubs with a longer shaft and larger clubhead surface area generate more power. As a fun exercise last year, YouTuber and PGA club pro Rick Shiels hit 10 drives with both a top-of-the-line club from about 20 years ago (the Ping TiSi Tec) and 2018 (the Ping G400 Max) and measured the results using tracking analytics. On average, Shiels estimated to have hit the ball 16 yards farther in the air (and 19 yards farther in total) with the modern driver, thanks in part to a ball velocity 4 mph faster off the clubhead:Of course, the ball itself has also made it easier to drive for huge distances. The introduction of Titleist’s Pro V1 model in 2000 — which features a “multilayer” design with a solid rubber core and thin polymer casing — instantly revolutionized the way balls were manufactured, optimizing power without sacrificing accuracy. When Shiels ran a similar test between 1998 and 2018 golf balls (using the same club for each), he drove the ball 11 yards farther through the air — and 12 yards farther in total — with the current Pro V1, thanks again to a nearly 3 mph boost in velocity off the face.These clear technological improvements have led to questions over whether such advantages should be dialed back at the pro level to make the game harder again. Although the golf ball debate rages on, many top-tier courses have been remade since the ’90s, “Tiger-proofing” themselves by adding more distance to their layouts. Par-72 major championship courses in the 1990s averaged 7,006.1 yards in total length; by the 2000s, that average became 7,319.3 yards, and this decade it’s 7,456.6 yards — a 6.4 percent increase that mirrors the change in average driving distance since the early 2000s.
Chelsea have reportedly set an asking price in the region of £50m for goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois amid interest from Real Madrid, claims the Daily MailThe Belgium international had previously spent three successful loan seasons at Atletico Madrid and has never hidden his desire to return to the Spanish capital in the future due to his young children currently residing there.Courtois is now entering the final 12 months of his contract at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are now considering whether to sell him now or receive nothing next summer.The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Real since the beginning of the year with the European champions looking for an upgrade on Keylor Navas.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I have a certain preference, I already have ideas in my head, but I have moved everything until after the World Cup,” Courtois said recently.“My children are the most important thing for me: I now have one and a half years less contact with Chelsea, FaceTime is beautiful, but seeing them grow up is something else, so my children will play an important role in my decision.”Chelsea have since been linked with moves for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland and AS Roma’s Alisson, who has also been linked with a move to Real this summer.
Leicester City defender Harry Maguire can’t wait to get started against Manchester United in Friday’s season-openerThe 25-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer following his impressive displays for England at the World Cup that saw the national side reach the last four of the competition for the first time since 1990.While Maguire was believed to have been keen on moving to United this summer, a move failed to materialise with Leicester boss Claude Puel even mocking the media about it afterwards.But the Maguire has put the setback behind him and is now looking forward to facing the Red Devils for the 2018/19 Premier League opener on Friday night.“Can’t wait for the season tomorrow,” he wrote on social media last night.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Maguire incidentally scored a late equaliser for Leicester the last time the two sides met in December 2017.Can’t wait for the season to start tomorrow. ⚽️?? #lcfc— Harry Maguire (@HarryMaguire93) August 9, 2018