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first_imgJ.E. McAmis, a California based heavy-civil, marine and environmental contractor, has won the Mouth of the Columbia River (MCR) 2017 North Jetty Rehabilitation Project.In continuation of interim repairs completed also by McAmis in 2015, the basic repair template for the 2017 MCR North Jetty Rehabilitation effort includes more than 6,300 LF of rehabilitation or construction of a 30-ft crest width, 1V:1.5H side slopes, and a crest elevation of +25 ft (NAVD88).To complete the repairs, McAmis will utilize more than 120,000 tons of stone ranging up to 30 tons per stone.“The MCR jetties help support the economy of our region and the entire country. The Columbia Snake River System is the nation’s largest wheat export gateway. When combined with soybeans, corn, pulses and other grains, it is the third largest grain export gateway in the world. It is number one on the west coast for forest products and mineral bulk exports,” according to the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA).Each year, approximately 44 million tons of cargo moves through the deep draft Lower Columbia River, valued at roughly $24 billion, PNWA said.last_img read more


first_img“It does make you complacent. You become lazy. But I mean mentally, I’m not different,” the student told 1 NEWS. “That would be particularly difficult in the New Zealand context because you’d be requiring an increase in services in the mental health addiction sector which is one of the most over stretched sectors out there,” said Joseph Boden of Otago University. “Clarity, I sort of focus a lot better. Eating better definitely,” he said.The Drug Foundation wants cannabis treated as a health issue, suggesting the drug should be decriminalised with its cultivation and sale regulated.Drug researchers warn that where cannabis has been legalised, there has been an increase in rates of dependence. ‘You become lazy’ – uni student who started smoking cannabis at 12 says quitting gave him clarityTVNZ One News 18 July 2017Family First Comment: Interesting comment that addiction services will struggle with increase if dope laws are liberalised. Mental health services already can’t cope! www.saynopetodope.org.nzA university student who started smoking cannabis when he was just 12 says the drug makes you complacent and lazy.The young man spoke anonymously as the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll showed New Zealanders are divided over whether to decriminalise cannabis.The poll showed 47 per cent support the idea of regulating the cultivation and sale of the drug, and 41 per cent were opposed. Twelve per cent didn’t know. He has since given up using cannabis, to focus on his studies. Cannabis is popular with young Kiwis. By the age of 21 an estimated 80 per cent will have used it at least once. Otago University also found that young people who use cannabis face more mental health problems, are more likely to use other illicit drugs and may struggle at school.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/you-become-lazy-uni-student-started-smoking-cannabis-12-says-quitting-gave-him-clarityKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Lieke Visser patiently surveyed the field. She had enough space to fire a shot, but instead, she saw teammate Lauren Brooks at the goal post and passed her the ball. Brooks fired it home for her second goal of the day.Displays of that same patience and composure led No. 5 Syracuse (6-0) to a 5-0 win against Ball State on Sunday at J.S. Coyne Stadium. The Orange’s smoother game helped head coach Ange Bradley’s team take advantage of the wider gaps in the Ball State defense to rebound from a 2-1 escape in Saturday’s home opener against Albany.“We were a bit nutty yesterday,” said Bradley. “We had better composure today. In our attack, in our patience, to be able to go forward and play Syracuse-style hockey.”Some of the 10 freshmen on the team felt the pressure of the home opener, Bradley said, especially having to follow a class of players that only lost one game at home during their entire collegiate careers.Bradley believes the patience and shot selection the team played with Sunday showed off a better version of the Orange.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Put yourself in their shoes,” Bradley said. “Now you got to just realize we’re just playing, it makes no difference if we’re on Coyne or another field. You just got to play the game you love.”While Bradley believes the biggest reason for the improved offensive performance comes from getting over the home-opening jitters, some of the players believe it was more a case of different opposing defenses yielding different results.Against Albany’s more compact defense, the Orange failed to score until the 59:50 mark of the match, when Jordan Page scored to tie the game at one.“The defense of Albany vs. Ball State were a little different,” Brooks said. “Albany was a little more aggressive in the circle in not letting us get as many shots off. I think once we adjusted to Ball State it was a little easier to open them up.”SU only recorded 10 total shots Saturday. Against Ball State, the Orange was able to hit its goal total from the day before in just the first half with goals from Kati Nearhouse and Brooks, who both scored again in the second half. Outshooting BSU, 28-4, the Orange more than doubled the amounts of shots it tallied Saturday.“I think I had a little space on the right side,” Visser said of her assist for SU’s third goal Sunday. “I had so (much) space there to work in the circle and look for the ball.”Five minutes later, Page found herself in a similar situation not far from the goal. She could have forced a shot, but she had space and spotted Visser in front of the goal and passed to her instead. Visser put the ball in the net.“We didn’t let them dictate,” Page said. “I think that was a really big part of it. Us deciding when to go for it and being patient and taking our space and just getting the ball on goal.” Comments Published on September 8, 2014 at 12:15 am Contact Ryan: rlraigro@syr.educenter_img Related Stories Seniors lead Syracuse to blowout win over Ball State, finish dominant weekendlast_img read more


first_imgUSC benefactors Mark and Mary Stevens have donated $50 million to officiate the creation of the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute.The endowment will be used to expand the understanding of the human brain and enable researchers to discover new ways to treat, prevent and cure brain disorders. The Institute will be led by professors Arthur Toga and Paul Thompson.The funds will also enable the researchers to undertake more high-risk and high-reward projects, collect preliminary data and recruit additional top faculty.According to USC News, researchers plan to accelerate the translation of basic research into new therapies, preventions and cures for brain injury and diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia and traumatic brain injury.Toga sees the endowment as an opportunity to look at more unusual types of relationships.“For example, are there things that occur when people are young, early in life that affect them later in life?” Toga said.  “Those are lifelong investigations that are extremely important in terms of understanding reduction of risk for neurological or psychiatric disorders or ways in which we can improve brain health.”The institute and its Laboratory of Neuroimaging was originally brought to the Keck School of Medicine in 2013, to unite a team of more than 130 faculty and scientific staff members. The institute represents a diverse group of faculty from around the world who are acclaimed leaders in examining the brain’s structure and function in health and disease.According to USC News, the institute has recruited a large group of global scientists to pool resources in “reverse-engineering” the brain. Specifically, the institute will study the ways in which they can learn to map and understand how its structure plays into its function.The institute was among the first to map the spread of Alzheimer’s disease in the human brain and to create digital 3-D and 4-D brain atlases to examine the effects of neurological diseases.The institute is known for the world’s largest repository of healthy and diseased brain images, along with medical and cognitive data from diverse populations around the globe.It will continue to partner with the Viterbi School of Engineering, and other faculty in biology, genetics, biostatistics, computer science, mathematics, pharmacology and numerous other disciplines.President C. L. Max Nikias said that the funds will be used to explore a captivating new field.“Neuroscience has been called ‘the final frontier’ in medical science’s progress toward a fuller understanding of human life and human health,” Nikias told USC News.  “Through the Stevens’s support, USC researchers will have the opportunity to address many of the most pressing questions in medicine today.”Students will also benefit from the endowment as it creates a more interdisciplinary learning experience for students on both campuses.Toga said that overall, the donation is going to be most beneficial for students.“We’ll have more and interesting projects that students can participate in and those are the type of experiences that are great for students because it engages them in a kind of science they really wouldn’t have an opportunity to see otherwise,” Toga told the Daily Trojan.As longtime USC benefactors, Mark and Mary Stevens have made lasting impacts in areas ranging from engineering and innovation to now medicine and the life sciences.“The gift from the Stevens is unbelievably bold,” Toga said.  “For him to have the vision and the level of commitment not only to USC but to this institute, I think that’s a testament to the excellence of USC and his recognition of not only how good we are, but how good we can be, how much better we can be.”last_img read more


first_imgUSC moved to No. 1 in ESPN’s Top-25 Preseason Poll, released Monday. Previously ranked No. 2, USC ousted LSU from the No. 1 spot.With a solid recruiting class, featuring three five-star athletes, the Trojans went for quality rather than quantity on their way to next season. The Trojans’ national signing day results made heads across the country turn.Recruits like wide receiver Nelson Agholor, defensive back Devian Shelton and defensive end Leonard Williams boosted the caliber of this year’s class of 15 recruits, adding depth to a relatively small number of incoming players.The three five-stars, Agholor and offensive linemen Zach Banner and Jordan Simmons, will be crucial in ensuring a strong offense, something USC worked on steadily last season.The Trojans average a star rating of 4.07, according to Rivals.com.Regardless of the scholarship restrictions that went into place this recruitment cycle, USC remained appealing to some of the top players in the country — 10 four-star players were among the 15 total recruits.Though seven months still remain before the team’s season opener, the poll indicated USC’s nine returners on the offense and defense, combined with strong new recruits, puts it in a spot to compete for the BCS national championship title.With the return of junior quarterback Matt Barkley and junior wide receiver T.J. McDonald and the arrival of new players,  things are certainly looking up for a team that was unable to compete in bowl games for the last two seasons.Polling right behind USC are the Alabama, Louisiana State University and Oklahoma. USC is the only Pac-12 team ranked in the top five, with Oregon ranked No. 6 and Stanford at No. 13.The Trojans will begin spring practice on March 6. They are set to play six away games and six home games next season, beginning with Hawaii on September 1.last_img read more


first_img Published on November 1, 2016 at 9:12 pm Syracuse began its exhibition slate with a 83-65 win over Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday night in the Carrier Dome. With six first-year players logging minutes for SU, it took the Orange a while to settle down before storming past the Crimson Hawks by halftime.There was man-to-man defense, plenty of debuts and a stark contrast of play at the point. Here’s a breakdown of Tuesday night’s storylines.Syracuse played man-to-man defense — and it didn’t workSU head coach Jim Boeheim hinted his team might do “some more things” on the floor this season, and he wasn’t kidding. Syracuse spent much of the first half pressing on defense as it tried to catch up, but the stranger sight came as SU settled on defense.The Orange set up in man-to-man defense right at the onset, a strategy relayed to the players in pregame meetings. That left SU as the only attendees in the Carrier Dome Tuesday night that saw what was coming, but the scheme quickly backfired. The Crimson Hawks picked apart the Orange defenders who chased IUP around the court. The visitors shot 50 percent in the opening 12 minutes to open up a 15-point lead at one juncture.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIUP’s Blake Danielak hit a 3 near the top of the arc as Coleman failed to play catch up, and the play repeated itself three times as Syracuse’s stalled on all fronts.“It’s just not a good situation for us to play man,” Boeheim said. “It doesn’t mean we can’t play it, but we can’t play it against a team that brings our center out there … we’re not good in that situation.”Paschal Chukwu made his debut and tried to extend his 7-foot-2 frame under the basket to alter Jacobo Diaz’s shot, but Chukwu tried to swat a ball that never went up. Diaz waited for Chukwu to pass, and put in the easy lay-up.Much to SU’s benefit, it returned to zone in the second half.John Gillon could be the spark plug SU hoped he’d beAfter sinking to a 15-3 deficit in just under five minutes, Boeheim had seen enough of his starters. He sent Taurean Thompson, Matthew Moyer, John Gillon, Tyus Battle and Chukwu in as an entirely new unit on the floor.“It was poor,” Frank Howard said. “It was sloppy. The whole game was sloppy.”The starters slowly integrated their way back into the lineup, but one thing was clear as Syracuse mounted its comeback: The offense ran much smoother in the first half with Gillon at the helm.Liam Sheehan | Staff PhotographerHoward started the game as expected, but a flustered SU team couldn’t figure out anything offensively. Not all of that was Howard’s doing, but the speedy Gillon was the spark plug Boeheim hoped he would be. The fifth-year transfer from Colorado State finished with nine assists and worked his options on the floor.“I think it’s always good when you have somebody coming off the bench and can push the tempo and offensively,” fellow fifth-year transfer Andrew White said. “… I think he did a really good job speeding us up.”Gillon heaved an alley-oop to Tyler Lydon that clanked out of his hands, but the point guard recovered possession and found Lydon in the lane for a clean dunk. The more deliberate Howard still matched Gillon’s 20 minutes of play, but couldn’t get into any rhythm until the second half.In the final minutes of the opening stanza, Howard fumbled a loose ball bouncing his way. IUP recovered possession and sent another errant shot headed Howard’s direction. The loose ball ricocheted off the sophomore’s ankle and out of bounds, sending his head coach into a fit.“You stand right here!” Boeheim screamed as he stepped onto the court, pointing a few feet away from where Howard was positioned.“When you don’t make the play,” Howard said, “you should expect that.“I’ve been through it. I don’t worry.”Tyus Battle and Taurean Thompson impressed quicklyThere was no question as to who the Orange’s biggest offensive threat was Tuesday, let alone the player who made the best impression in their Carrier Dome debut. Battle led Syracuse with 16 points and a 4-for-5 shooting night from 3.He sunk his first collegiate shot from 3 with a clean look at the basket, and continued to deliver as SU climbed back into the game. Thompson, a fellow freshman, logged 15 minutes and chipped in six points. Multiple times Tuesday night he did well to create space under the basket with his 6-foot-10, 225-pound frame.“I think Taurean is more advanced than most freshmen forwards,” Boeheim said. “He’s probably our best mid-post player.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more


first_img“I’m looking forward to what’s ahead,” Brady said in an interview with Westwood One radio, per ESPN. “Whatever the future may bring, I’ll embrace it with open arms.”MORE: Tom Brady, NFL athlete of the decadeThe 42-year-old Brady has spent his 20-year NFL career with the Patriots. He’s never before reached free agency, and his age and relatively mediocre 2019 season has helped fuel speculation the divisional round loss to the Titans was Brady’s last game in a Patriots uniform.Neither he nor New England coach Bill Belichick discussed the quarterback’s future with the team following that loss. Tom Brady returning to New England may not be quite the fait accompli many have assumed.Brady, who will soon hit free agency for the first time in his career, said Sunday he is “open-minded about the process” of potentially finding a new team to play for. “I don’t know what the future looks like, and I’m not going to predict it,” Brady said at the time.Brady said he has no timetable for a decision. He becomes a free agent in March, and told Westwood One he spent the first weeks after the end of the season decompressing with his family.last_img read more


first_img“After the second goal they scored two in a few minutes and it is hard to recover from that. In every press conference for the last few months you have said that the Premier League is done and I always said ‘no, it is still to be done’.“We will defend our position game by game.”Oxlade-Chamberlain said Liverpool knew they could beat the runaway Premier League leaders if they were at their best.“We know they like to play from the back and are good at it and we thrive when teams do that,” he said.“The second half when we went on a bit of a rampage for five or 10 minutes. The manager keeps telling me to shoot so I had a go and it went in.”Share on: WhatsApp Liverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola insisted the Premier League title race is not over after his side slipped to a dramatic 4-3 defeat by Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s early strike was cancelled out by Leroy Sane’s goal shortly before half-time but three goals in nine scintillating minutes from Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah stunned City.Guardiola’s team threatened an astonishing comeback with late goals for Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan but Liverpool held on for a famous win.“Congratulations to Liverpool for the victory,” said Guardiola. “The game was in our hands at 1-1 but our finishing was not good and then it went suddenly to 4-1.“You have to be stable when you concede a goal and we were not solid enough. You have to live this kind of situation in the season.“The reality is we lose the game, we have a week to recover and prepare for the Newcastle game. All credit to the opponent, we know how difficult it is against a Jurgen Klopp team, so aggressive, at Anfield too. We did a good performance apart from a few minutes.last_img read more


first_imgStarting at 12pm there will be a blockbuster with the Simbu Lions taking on the Agmark Gurias at the Kalabond Oval. This game will be a prelude to the SP PNG Hunters and Easts Tigers game later at 3pm.All the action moves to the Highlands where the Hela Wigmen go up against the Lae Tigers in Mendi while the Wahgi Tumbe play host to the Port Moresby Vipers in Minj. Both games kick off at 2pm.The National Sports Institute (NSI) is where the Goroka Lahanis clash with the Mendi Muruks at 3pm.Down to the nation’s capital the home side Gulf Isapea will lock horns with the Mt. Hagen Eagles. This game is scheduled for 3pm as well.last_img


first_imgMountains of dirt, unattended for weeks, have again raised concern about a potential sanitation crisis that looms over the nation’s largest food market of Red-light, just outside Monrovia.The Red-light Market plays host to ninety percent of Monrovia’s food and other critical needs from rural Liberia, though the market and its surroundings could never be mistaken for anything that Mary Broh might be associated with.Mr. Davidson B. Mulbah, 44, a prominent resident of Paynesville City, in which the Red-light Market is located, told the Daily Observer Friday that the garbage crisis at Red-light can only be tackled by a radical approach.He added that residents and business people of Red-light Market have suffered to long over the years, from the unbearable stench of rotten garbage, which are dumped right on the main route leading into Liberia’s hinterland.Resident Mulbah also pointed out that the Red-light Market is one of the entrances to the Monrovia, which is Liberia’s capital.“The scene of the rotten garbage is indeed unpleasant and the endless odors highly unacceptable by all standards,” John Belleh, a trader at the Red-light Market, stated.“I personally want to stop speaking to the media. Why? Because, we have spoken and complained through several media outlets and nothing has happened,” trader Belleh bellowed out at our reporter, who had gone out to speak with those doing business in the squalor.He, however, suggested that the current strategies being used by sanitation companies must be revisited and a better crafted one that would swiftly enhance the collection and disposal of trash from the garbage ridden market, be put into place.“In order to ensure a better and healthy environment,” Mr. Belleh noted, “stakeholders in the sanitation sector must graduate from the cosmetic solution to a more robust one. That is the only way, this thing of garbage crisis will be solved.”He further argued that ad-hoc solutions to the sanitation crisis at the Red-light Market are no longer realistic and therefore, efforts should be aimed at sustainable strategies.“We cannot afford and tolerate our food-stuffs being contaminated by both water and air-borne diseases simply due to poor urban sanitation management at the Red-light Market in Paynesville,” trader Belleh stressed.He also underscored the need for Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other sanitation stakeholders to translate their various conferences’ documents into practical working instruments that would address current challenges in that sector.Mr. Belleh said that mosquitoes, rats, cockroaches and other poisonous animals such as snakes and scorpions are common place in the heart and outskirt of the Red-light Market in Paynesville.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more