Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is seeking applications from farmers, agricultural producers and owners of rural small businesses to purchase renewable energy systems and make energy efficiency improvements. The funding is provided through USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), authorized by the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill).The funding notice dated April 26, 2010 notes the deadline of June 30, 2010 for nation-wide applications, however, states have also been given funding for in-state competition. Applicants wishing to be considered for the in-state funding must submit applications no later than close of business (4:30 P.M.), Friday, May 21, 2010. A second round of applications will be accepted for in-state funding and must be received by 4:30 P.M., Friday, June 4, 2010. All applications received after Friday, June 4, 2010, will be submitted for national competition. These applications must be received in the Montpelier Area Office, not later than close of business (4:30 P.M.), Wednesday, June 30, 2010. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered for funding in FY 2010, regardless of the postmark on the application. More information on how to apply for funding is available in the April 26, 2010 Federal Register: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-9580.pdf(link is external). Eligible projects include installing renewable energy systems such as wind turbines, solar, geothermal, biomass, anaerobic digesters, hydroelectric, and ocean, or hydrogen systems. Funding may also be used to purchase energy-efficient equipment, adding insulation, and improving heating and cooling systems. In fiscal year 2009, this program helped fund 1,485 REAP projects in 50 states, the territory of Puerto Rico and the Western Pacific Islands.For more information about USDA Rural Development’s Rural Energy for America Program in Vermont contact Cheryl Ducharme, Rural Energy Coordinator, at 802-828-6083 or visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external). Under REAP, grants are also available to intermediaries to help owners of rural businesses and farms to conduct energy audits. Eligible applicants include a unit of State, tribal, or local government; institutions of higher education; rural electric cooperatives; or a public power entity. The program is designed to provide energy audit assistance to farmers, ranchers, and rural small businesses. USDA Rural Development has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which is implementing an energy audit program for farms, to minimize duplication of services by sharing information about funding recipients. The NRCS initiative (the Environmental Quality Incentives Program – EQIP) will provide approximately 1,000 on-farm energy audit evaluations in selected states. Information about EQIP is available by visiting the following website: www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/EQIP_signup/2009_signup/index.html(link is external) USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in 500 national, state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $134 billion in loans and loan guarantees. To learn more about USDA Rural Development programs visit the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/vt(link is external).USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer and lender. To file a complaint of discrimination, write: USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).Source: USDA. 5.3.2010
Dear Editor,I note with great interest the big media frenzy and hype that accompanied the release of the injunction that prevented elections of the Guyana Cricket Board in the past few years after the Cricket Administration Act was enacted in May 2014.It should be noted that this Act was challenged by the Guyana Cricket Board, since it was found to be deeply flawed and contradictory.The GCB, in its submissions to the Court, had never requested that elections be stopped for any Board, but the Chief Justice made the interim decision to issue such an Order. I am penning this letter just to refresh the memory of everyone on the issues and facts surrounding this very controversial Cricket Act.In the lead up to the passing of this Act, there was a special Select Committee of Parliament that met over 20 times with all the valid stakeholders in the administration of cricket, which included the GCB, the DCB and other cricket related individuals.The GCB and the DCB made written and oral submissions to this Select Committee, but not a single item of its submissions were taken on board by the Committee in the drafting of this Act, hence, its lopsidedness that was eventually enacted. In fact, several of the said Select Committee Members never even took the time to read the said Bill that was being debated and voted on.It seems that voting was mainly on political grounds. The Select Committee recommended to Parliament that the constitutions of the Guyana Cricket Board and the Demerara Cricket Board be rewritten without any contribution from the membership of these two Boards. This Act in itself is enough to render this Cricket Act unconstitutional.In late June 2014, after a heavy outpouring of protests from the GCB and the West Indies Cricket Board about the content of this Act and the manner in which it was introduced, there was a special meeting arranged between the Government of Guyana, represented therein by Ministers Nandlall and Anthony, the WICB, the Guyana Cricket Board and some representatives of the disgruntled group now calling themselves ‘stakeholders’.Attorneys for all parties were also present, with the GOG attorneys also seemingly representing the ‘stakeholders’.It was UNANIMOUSLY AGREED that the Cricket Act was indeed deeply flawed and needed amendments.All of the amendments were discussed and agreed upon by everyone present at the forum. It was further agreed that since the Act was not yet assented to, that the agreed amendments to the Act would have been tabled in Parliament in mid-July 2014.A draft amendment to the Act was completed and circulated to all the parties. The team from the Cricket Boards and their attorneys met with the other parliamentary parties, APNU and AFC, and sought to obtain their agreement on the draft amendment to the Cricket Administration Act.The other parties agreed to the amendments that were proposed and were willing to append their signatures to the agreed-upon document. The GOG became very incensed with the intervention of the other Parliamentary parties and refused to sign off on the agreed-upon document with the other Parliamentary parties included therein. It was then agreed to exclude the other Parliamentary parties from the document.The GOG NEVER signed that document and have allowed this confusion to continue unhindered.The Honorable Ministers that attended this meeting never took any further step to have this lopsided Act corrected and it is incumbent on the present administration to investigate this matter and have it corrected or await the verdict of the Court in the legal challenge by the GCB.Actually, this was the second time that the previous administration walked away from a proposed settlement on this manufactured cricket crisis.The other time was with Caricom’s intervention when Clive Lloyd was appointed as head of the IMC. Here again, an agreement was hammered out, but the same 2 Honorable Ministers that represented the GOG walked away from that resolution.How can anyone blame the GCB for this impasse? Investigative journalism needs to be exercised and blame placed where it is due? The GCB has been made the unwitting scapegoat in this entire fiasco.It is really hypocritical of these same persons that attended this forum in June 2014 and agreed with the blatant flaws of the Act, to be now publicly supporting this piece of legislation as the cure all for the purported ills of cricket administration in Guyana.In another very blatant act of illegality since then, the Sports Minister of the previous administration proceeded to appoint an Ombudsman in clear violation of the very Act that he assisted to pilot through Parliament. How can our leaders act in such grave violation of the very laws that they enact?The current Sports Minister may not be familiar with the history of this matter and it would be in her best interests to research and acquaint herself with this situation before she is deemed to be acting in contravention of the laws of Guyana by blindly following in the footsteps of her predecessor from the previous administration.The first step in this process would be for her to obtain a copy of the said Act, if she has not already done so.Yours faithfully,Raj SinghMarketing ManagerGCB read more
American studies professor Juan De Lara has researched the economy’s impact on Southern California communities outside L.A. since the early 2000s. (Kevin Lu | Daily Trojan)As the son of immigrants, American studies professor Juan De Lara started picking fruit when he was four years old to earn money. Wages were low and the work was difficult, but the experience helped him realize the importance of education.This year, De Lara published his book “Inland Shift: Race, Space, and Capital in Southern California,” which was developed in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration. De Lara’s book is a conversation about new ways to examine how economic issues impact local communities, similar to the one he grew up in. He will speak on a panel for his new book on Nov. 13. “[The book] is thinking about Southern California and about the process of globalization and what that meant for the racial and class politics of Southern California as a region,” De Lara said. “I look at things like the ports and the expansion of the logistics industry and what that did to jobs.”De Lara said he started researching this topic in the early 2000s because he wanted to learn more about Southern California outside of Los Angeles However, he faced difficulties during the process because of the limited research conducted in the areas around the Riverside and San Bernardino counties. To ameliorate the gap in literature, De Lara said he believed it was appropriate to publish his book now, to further educate the audience.“Nobody was really writing about the area and what was going on and from an academic perspective,” De Lara said. “I thought it was time that somebody published a book that’s specifically focused on the region.”De Lara said that since the 1990s, the Inland Empire experienced an economic shift that drastically changed the demographic makeup and landscape. When he tried to conduct further research, De Lara discovered a lack of related academic studies. “There has been a tendency to think of the drama of social movement mobilization playing out in our major cities like Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco,” Manuel Pastor, a professor of sociology and American studies and ethnicity, said in an email to the Daily Trojan. According to Pastor, the economic growth in the region was influenced by what was happening in the Inland Empire.“We wouldn’t have L.A. and Long Beach emerge as the biggest ports in the country without the kinds of warehousing facilities that have grown in Riverside and San Bernardino counties,” De Lara said.De Lara also noted that the two counties were the fastest growing part of California, with one of the largest concentrations of Latinx and immigrant population.The book takes a look at how logistics shaped the demographic and regional makeup of Southern California. It also examines the pockets of resistance in fighting against economic and social disparity in the region.“The other thing is the emergence of a new kind of political class of [a] very young population that is beginning to now assert themselves in terms of becoming involved in politics,” De Lara said. “It’s been a rich environment to understand how the politics of race and class and culture have taken hold in the region.”De Lara’s research has given the Inland Empire greater exposure by opening a door for different groups to understand and better serve the region. “He has been able to bring this research into the public sphere to influence how policy makers, community based organizations, and funders view global trade and its local level impacts,” sociology professor Jody Vallejo said in an email to the Daily Trojan.Much of De Lara’s research directly showcases the Latinx community and issues related to their communities. As a Latinx academic, he finds creating conversations about his history helps Latinx students at USC feel more comfortable. “I talk about my own history in order to make sure that students … understand that they can come talk to me or I can sort of provide some mentorship,” De Lara said. “And I think I’ve benefited from that.” read more
Jason Kidd discusses potentially coaching Lakers, LeBron James “I fully expect to be coaching this team again next year,” Walton said.The Lakers reportedly will consider hiring former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue if they let go of Walton this offseason. They’ve also been linked to Rick Carlisle and Jason Kidd. Related News Lakers reportedly could be eyeing these 2 candidates to replace Luke Walton Walton said he wasn’t focusing on the speculation.“I just view it as outside noise,” Walton told The Athletic. “Unless someone from within our group is telling me that, I just view it like all the other things we’ve gone through as a team this year. Those are things that I don’t have the time to worry about.“I’ve got more important things to do like getting the team better and doing my job.”LeBron James left the Cavaliers and signed a four-year, $153.3 million contract with Los Angeles last July. But, the Lakers have struggled and are already out of playoff contention. “There’s different rumors and everything else,” Walton said. “Unless some kind of information comes from someone within our organization, I don’t pay attention to it and I don’t concern myself with the rumors.”Los Angeles entered play Wednesday with a 33-41 record. Luke Walton believes he’ll be back in Los Angeles next season.Reports have surfaced that the Lakers are planning to fire their third-year coach after 2018-19. Walton, however, told The Athletic this week he’s not thinking that way. read more
Nelson Minor Hockey product Dallon Stoddart scored twice as the Nelson Leafs extended its win streak to four games with a 6-5 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the visiting Creston Thunder Cats Saturday at the NDCC Arena.The win maintains a slip one-point lead for the Leafs in Murdoch Division standings over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Leafs, 5-1-0-1, conclude a three-game weekend home stand Sunday at 2 p.m. in the NDCC Arena against defending KIJHL champion Osoyoos Coyotes.Nelson opened the seesaw battle jumping to a 2-0 first period lead on goals by Patrick Martens and a power play marker from Colton Malmsten.Creston converted its own power play goal late in the frame as Brandon Formosa beat Patrick Defoe in the Leaf nets.Creston took a 3-2 lead early in the second frame as Trevor Forward and Brock Ward scored goals 18 seconds apart.But Riley Henderson tied the game six minutes later before Stoddart, with his first of two, gave Nelson the lead for good.Brett Norman, the game’s first star with three points, and Stoddart increased the Nelson lead to 6-3 in the third.However, the Cats roared back with two goals — by Forward and Jordan Johnson — in 48 seconds to make the game close down the stretch. Forward’s goal was short handed.Creston out shot Nelson 28-26 but Defoe had a great game in the nets for the Leafs to register his third win of the season.OVERTIME: Nelson’s opposition Sunday, Osoyoos, defeated Castlegar Rebels 4-3 Saturday thanks to a hat-trick performance by Zach Lindsay. . . .The two goals gave Dallon Stoddart, earning second star status Saturday, three on the season. . . . Nelson’s leading scorer Matti Jmaeff was held off the scoresheet Saturday. The Creston product, playing against his hometown, had five assists Friday for Nelson against Grand Forks to earn recognition on the KIJHL website. Jmaeff leads the Leafs with 11 points and is tied for ninth in KIJHL scoring. . . . Leaf center Matthew Naka had three assists for the Leafs. . . . Nelson stretched its home-ice record to 3-1-0-1 and concludes its four-game home stand Tuesday against the Beaver Valley Nitehawks in an early-season Murdoch firstname.lastname@example.org read more
Eureka >> These last few months of Grace Brushi’s athletic career at College of the Redwoods have been memorable to say the least. The 2017 Golden Valley Conference discus and hammer throw champion signed a National Letter of Intent on Thursday to attend NCAA Division II Fresno Pacific University, where she will compete as a field athlete specializing in the hammer throw for the Sunbirds next year.“I’m pretty excited and nervous at the same time,” said Bruschi, who owns the CR school record … read more
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. In a move that the Warriors dreaded happening from the minute he re-signed with the team last summer, Kevin Durant announced he will join the Brooklyn Nets instead of staying with the Warriors. Durant announced the news on Sunday night on his Instagram account of The Boardroom, his company-owned sports business network. Other outlets reported the news first, though.
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The first two days gave no encouraging indication of pitch turning square and aiding the spinners. But on day three, the Green Park track had spin and bounce – needless to say the Indian spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja were in thick of things. At the end of day two, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson had done well to keep the Indian bowlers at bay, especially the two spinners. India started with spin from both ends and Ashwin didn’t take long to send back overnight batsman Latham for 58 trapped lbw. Then Jadeja joined in to snare Ross Taylor out for a duck. The ball of the match has to be the one bowled by Ashwin to get the prized wicket of Williamson for 75. The ball pitching way outside off, spun back sharply to castle the stumps of a clueless Kiwi captain. Once the overnight batsmen were gone, Ashwin and Jadeja were all over the tourists. However, the partnerships between Luke Ronchi-Mitchell Santner and then the stand between Santner and BJ Watling frustrated India. And once both these stands were broken, the New Zealand slide was fast. The left-arm spinner picked up three wickets (Mark Craig, Ish Sodhi, Trent Bount) in one over to complete his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests. This was Jadeja’s first five-for since December 2015 against South Africa in Delhi. (R Ashwin can overshadow Kapil Dev as India’s best all-rounder) Jadeja (5-73) was successful today against New Zealand for not trying anything different and bowling to his strengths. His four wickets out of five were lbw dismissals. Meanwhile at the other end Ashwin also played a key role by picking up wickets at crucial stages and finishing with impressive figures of 4-93. Moreover, in this match he stands a chance of becoming the second fastest to 200 Test wickets after Aussie spinner Clarrie Grimmett, who achieved the feat in his 36th Test. Ashwin, who is playing his 37th match, is just three wickets away from the milestone and with the pitch turning sharp, the record looks achievable. Currently, Waqar Younis and Dennis Lillee are joint second fastest to 200 wickets. In the last home series against South Africa, spinners had a happy time with the ball turning square right from the first session. But the Kanpur strip didn’t behave that way and looked vicious only on the morning of day three when Ashwin and Jadeja were bowling in tandem. The New Zealand batsmen played the sweep shot consistently to counter spin and it worked pretty well, but flopped once there was some juice on offer for the spinners. (New Zealand go down on their knees to combat Indian spin) As the game progresses, the wicket is bound to break and the Indian spin duo would be too hot to handle, with New Zealand having to bat in the fourth innings.advertisement read more
LAS VEGAS — They met a year ago this week in a fight that was the richest ever, even if it disappointed most of the millions who watched it.Now there are rumblings, however slight, that Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao might be persuaded to do it again.“I would say there is a possibility a rematch happens, yes,” promoter Bob Arum said May 2. “How big a possibility that is, I can’t really measure.”Mayweather helped stir speculation over the weekend by saying in a Showtime interview that he might be persuaded to come out of retirement if the money was big enough. He said he had talked to Showtime and CBS about another fight and that “some crazy numbers have been thrown my way.”Though Mayweather wasn’t asked specifically about Pacquiao, the Filipino might be the only opponent who can help him reach those numbers.“If I came back, of course, it would have to be a nine-figure payday and probably a championship fight and a nine-figure payday,” Mayweather said.Showtime Executive Vice President Stephen Espinoza said he is among the minority in boxing who believe Mayweather won’t come back. But Espinoza said he also believes a second fight between Mayweather and Pacquiao would do well.“All of us here would love to see that fight again, or any other fight with Mayweather,” Espinoza said.There wouldn’t seem to be a great appetite among boxing fans for a rematch of the bout that sold 4.6 million pay-per-views, but got lousy reviews. Mayweather won the fight by unanimous decision, and afterward Pacquiao revealed he fought with a shoulder injury.Both fighters are also technically retired, and Pacquiao is in the middle of a campaign for Senate in the Philippines that, if he wins, would make it difficult for him to fight again.But Pacquiao could be tempted by a chance to avenge his defeat. And Mayweather could be lured back into the ring not only by a big payday but a chance to break Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 record and win fight No. 50 in his pro career.“Obviously he’s coming back,” Arum said of Mayweather. “And I can’t see him making the kind of money he’s talking about with anybody other than Manny.”Both fighters have fought once since the big fight, with Mayweather beating Andre Berto last September and Pacquiao defeating Timothy Bradley last month. Both fights were pay-per-view busts, with sales in the range of 400,000, a tenth of what they sold in the ring together.Arum said the tepid box office performances were largely a result of a hangover from last May’s fight. Many fans who spent a record $99.95 to buy the fight at home felt they got taken by a lackluster bout that didn’t come anywhere near living up to its hype.Arum said it will be hard for either fighter to move forward without the other.“If they fight anybody else there’s going to be that hangover,” he said. “If they fight each other, people will be attracted to the fight. It won’t do what the last fight did, but it might do 50 percent of the last fight.”That would be enough to make Mayweather his nine-figure purse. It would also be enough to give Pacquiao a huge payday, if not the $100 million or so he took from the Mayweather fight.And, as proven in the first fight between the two men that grossed some $600 million, anything can happen in boxing if the money is right.(TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares read more