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Rocket Mortgage Classic: Nate Lashley remains in control heading into final round

first_imgWhile there’s no comfortable lead in golf, Lashley has a big cushion over the rest of the field. He became the first player to post 23 under through 54 holes of a Tour event since Jason Dufner in 2016 at the Desert Classic.Lashley matched his best round of the week (9-under 63) to get to the record-tying mark. Related News Rocket Mortgage Classic: Dustin Johnson helps couple with gender reveal J.T. Poston moved into second place (17 under), Cameron Tringale holds third (16 under) and Patrick Reed used his putter to jump into fourth (15 under).Reed matched Lashley’s nine birdies but Reed’s scorecard was stained with two bogeys on the front nine. He matched Tringale’s third-round score of 7-under 65.There’s a four-way tie for fifth place (14 under) while Hideki Matsuyama and Charles Howell III are included in the sizable tie for ninth place (13 under). Nate Lashley continues to hold the top spot on the leaderboard after the third round of the Rocket Mortgage Classic.The longtime pro is now just one day away from his first PGA Tour win as he holds a six-shot lead going into Sunday’s final round. Rocket Mortgage Classic: Nate Lashley holds one-shot lead after first round Rocket Mortgage Classic: Dustin Johnson misses first cut since 2018 Open Championship [email protected] is up to something.23-under-par through 54 holes.He leads by six.#LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/Ut0GDRK7Ey— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) June 29, 2019The rest of the golfers are sitting a lot closer as they will now seemingly play for a runner-up finish.last_img read more

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Thanks To A Generous Community, Santa’s On His Way

first_imgLunch Break Executive Director Gwendolyn Love with a pair of Santas from Dogs on the Farm, a boarding facility for pets in Middletown. Dogs on the Farm and Bayshore Middle School students collected donations of pet food and supplies to help families in need continue to care for their pets during tough economic times.arm in Middletown. Dogs on the Farm and Bayshore Middle School held a donation drive for pet food and supplies, which they delivered to Lunch Break on Wednesday.By Eileen MoonRED BANK – With Christmas just days away, Gwendolyn Love is happy to report that thanks to the generosity of the community, Santa Claus will definitely be coming to the homes of hundreds of needy families in the Red Bank area.“People have truly been generous,” said Love, who is executive director of the Lunch Break Soup Kitchen and food pantry, which provides a constellation of services to disadvantaged families in the two river area and beyond.“It’s just been amazing. We’re doing fine with the gifts right now. We’ve really been blessed by the community. We’re very thankful. Two years ago, it wasn’t like that.”That year, requests for help kept rising even as donations dropped, Love said. “They just kept coming. You’re signing up people and you don’t know if you’re going to have the gifts or not.”What Lunch Break does need, however, are monetary donations, Love said. “We are down with the money.” Because December is when the majority of donations come in, she is hoping for some last minute cash, noting that while people are more inclined to give during the holidays, the need for help is year-round – especially in the present economy.“I did read somewhere that 33 percent of all giving is going to take place Dec. 29, 30 and 31st. I’m hoping that’s true.”This year, Lunch Break has provided Christmas gifts and toys for 370 area families, an increase from last year, when they were able to help approximately 325 families.Love has seen more people making a personal donation than in past years. “They’re being more pro-active, just doing things on their own.”Social media has been a big help in spreading the word about what is needed, too.On average, Lunch Break is providing food pantry items and hot meals to some 400 to 500 families.And though December is solid, Love said she has some concerns once when January arrives. “That’s when everything drops off. Don’t forget us in January.”On Christmas Day, Lunch Break will be open, offering a Christmas breakfast from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. that is open to anyone. “Well have a nice, brief program, and we hope to give away toys.”All are welcome, notes Love.“This is a place a lot of people will come to just because they don’t want to be alone.”last_img read more

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Middletown Holds Groundbreaking for Nut Swamp School Fields

first_imgMIDDLETOWN – The Middletown Board of Edu­cation and Township Com­mittee gathered last week at Nut Swamp Elementary School to break ground on the first of two new artificial turf fields.“This is a great day for Middletown Township, the school district and the local sports community,” Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger said. “This new field will be invaluable to our school children and many active athletic leagues.”The field, which is located at Nut Swamp Elementary School adjacent to Normandy Park, will be open to students and local athletic leagues for football, soccer, field hockey, lacrosse and other sports. Construction is slated to begin in early July and scheduled to be completed before school starts, the mayor said.The project is the first step in a recent shared-services agreement struck between Middletown Township and the public school district for joint maintenance and periodic upgrades of township and school athletic fields over the next decade.By collaborating on field upgrades and maintenance, township and the school district expect to save on personnel costs, purchase more materials in bulk and more efficiently maintain fields on a regular basis, Scharfenberger said.Under the agreement, the school district contributed $250,000 to the $1.16 million project at Nut Swamp School. The municipal share will be paid for with increases to recreation fees that were approved last year. The township will handle issuing permits to use the field, Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante said.The artificial turf will not need to be watered or cut, requiring less regular maintenance and less expense than traditional grass, Mercantante said.A second artificial turf field will be built on the north end of town, possibly at Thorne Middle School and Harmony Elementary School, which are adjacent to each other. That field is expected to be constructed in 2014, Mercantante said.last_img read more

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BJP leadership’s caution had little impact on lynchings: Mayawati

first_imgTargeting the BJP, BSP chief Mayawati on Thursday said statements of its top leadership had little impact on the issues of mob lynching and cow slaughter, especially in the States ruled by the party. Review meetMs. Mayawati was attending a review meeting of Madhya Pradesh held here with party functionaries.The BSP supremo also trained her guns on the Congress, saying that though it had dethroned the BJP in Madhya Pradesh and formed government, there was no positive change in the lives of the poor, farmers, youth, OBCs and Dalits in the State.Like in BJP-ruled States, “casteist and communal” incidents were rampant, Ms. Mayawati alleged. Assault on officialsReferring to the incident of BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, son of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, assaulting government officials recently, Ms. Mayawati said the entire country was “shocked” and in condemnation after seeing the way he was honoured and welcomed by BJP workers on his release from jail. “How effective will Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement be in this regard, time will tell,” she said.Economic SurveyReferring to the Economic Survey 2019, which was tabled in Parliament, Ms. Mayawati took to Twitter and said it proved that the BJP government was “nonchalant” on serious issues like poverty, unemployment and farmer suicides.last_img read more

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10 months agoReal Madrid captain Ramos: We’re failing in front of goal

first_imgReal Madrid captain Ramos: We’re failing in front of goalby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos says they must fight to stop their slide after defeat to Real Sociedad.Madrid have begun the New Year with one point from two games.Ramos said, “It upsets all of our plans. We would have liked to have got the year off to a good start, but it’s not turned out that way. We’re going through a bad spell. “The team performed well in spells but we lacked that cutting edge and luck in front of goal and had we had it, we’d be reflecting on a different result right now. We’ve been through a lot of tough times and this is another such spell. We’ve got to look at ourselves. It’s all about performing as best we can and being clinical, particularly because football is all about the results.”You go through periods in football where everything goes for you and right now nothing is going our way. Sometimes the woodwork gets in the way and at others you’re not creating the chances… We can’t blame the referee for the result, although he had a defining role, but we’ve also got to look at ourselves. “We’re going to keeping battling, but it’s difficult because Barcelona don’t usually slip up and the gap is opening up. We’re going to stick together and fight until the end. Real Madrid won’t lie down, even if we’re kicked seven times.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Mark Ingram Made Fun Of Jemele Hill’s Looks, Called Her “Tales From The Crypt”

first_imgA New Orleans Saints helmet sitting on the field.BALTIMORE, MD – AUGUST 13: A New Orleans Saints helmet sits on the turf before the start of the Saints and Baltimore Ravens preseason game at M&T Bank Stadium on August 13, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram crossed a line early Tuesday morning. Expect the tweet you’ll see below to get some serious play in the coming days.Monday night, ahead of the national title game between Alabama and Clemson, Ingram, a former Crimson Tide running back (and Heisman winner), was an honorary captain. When ESPN’s cameras panned to show Ingram at midfield, he appeared much smaller than current Alabama tailback Derrick Henry, leading to a number of jokes at his expense.ESPN’s Jemele Hill was one to take advantage. She joked that if the two were brothers, it’d be clear that Henry got the size and speed, while Ingram got the strong hairline. When you’re little brother gets the size and speed and all you get is a strong hairline pic.twitter.com/nLc7QnESST— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 12, 2016Well, Ingram clearly wasn’t thrilled. He responded, telling Hill that she looks like “Tales From The Crypt.” He also said that she wears a lace front. Serious escalation, to say the [email protected] @jemelehill oh u talkin bout tales from the cript lookin shawty w the lace front?!— Mark Ingram II (@MarkIngram22) January 12, 2016Probably not the best PR move. We’ll see if there is any fallout.[The Big Lead]last_img read more

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Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlements

first_imgJERUSALEM — Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.The company said Monday it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.”Airbnb says that although it had been operating in accordance with U.S. law, it long wrestled with the question of whether to do business in Israeli settlements, which most of the international community views as illegal. Palestinians and human rights groups have long urged the company to remove the listings.Airbnb said it would cease its operations in the occupied territory in hopes that “a framework is put in place where the entire global community is aligned.”Israeli officials condemned the decision.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Council approves new property tax rates for 2018

first_imgHere is a breakdown of the new tax rates.Property Tax Rates for the City of Fort St. John will increase in 2018. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John City Council has approved new tax rates for 2018, that will see the tax rate increase for almost all property owners in the city.In April, the City’s General Manager of Corporate Services David Joy gave a presentation on the proposed tax rates for 2018.  Joy explained that after Assessment BC finalized property assessments earlier this Spring, the value of property assessments in Fort St. John actually decreased an average of seven percent compared to last year, while business property assessments increased just over three percent. Overall, the city saw property values drop by roughly $200 million, from $3.8 billion to $3.6 billion.Joy said in April that the rate increase is needed to keep revenues the same as in 2017 in order to maintain the same services the City provided last year. He explained that homeowners whose properties dropped in value by the average of seven percent will actually pay less in property taxes this year, while those whose property values were unchanged will see a $40 increase this year.last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP investigate theft from local auction yard

first_imgItem 1:2012 Polaris Razor 900Black in colour with yellow/green markingsItem 2:Sony 450w Mini HI-FI Component System #LBT-DJ2iThe Fort St. John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information in this matter to contact them at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a theft that occurred on September 7 from the Short Busche Auction yard.According to RCMP, the theft occurred sometime between September 6, at 8:00 p.m. and September 7, at 9:00 a.m.The items are described as:last_img read more

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Securing halophytes

first_imgHalophytes are salt-tolerant plants that grow in waters with high salinity, such as in mangrove swamps, marshes, seashores and saline semi-deserts. Only two per cent of the plant species found on the Earth are halophytes. As they are able to tolerate high salinity through different adaptation methods like tolerance, resistance and avoidance, they have less competition in saline environments. Halophytes are classified into aqua-halines, terrestro-halines and aero-halines. Also Read – A special kind of bondAqua-halines include Emerged Halophytes, among which most of the stem remains above the water level and Hydro-halophytes, among which almost the whole plant remains under water. Terrestro-halines include Hygro-halophytes, which grow on swamp lands, Meso-halophytes, which grow on non-swamp and non-dry lands and Xero-halophytes, which grow on dry or mostly dry lands. Aero-halines include Oligo-halophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl (Sodium Chloride) from 0.01 to 0.1 per cent; Meso-halophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl from 0.1 to 1 per cent and Euhalophytes, which grow in soil with NaCl greater than one per cent. Also Read – Insider threat managementIn the state of Tamil Nadu, where I come from, halophytes are found growing in waters with high salinity along the seashore in Pichavaram in North Tamil Nadu as well as the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary and Gulf of Mannar Biosphere Reserve along the Palk Strait in the southern part of the state. These are the associates of the true mangrove plants. Some of the mangrove associates that grow abundantly in the Point Calimere Wildlife and Bird Sanctuary and Muthupet areas include Suaeda monoica, Suaeda maritima, Suaeda nudiflora, Arthrocnemum macrostachyum, Tecticornia indica, Salicornia brachiate and Sesuvium portulacastrum. Out of these halophytes, plants belonging to the Suaeda genus have been growing in large numbers. They are herbaceous plants growing to a height of 1 to 2 metres. Suaeda maritima has red streaks on the main stem, which is missing in Suaeda monica. The Suaeda and Salicornia varieties do not compete with each other. Unlike other plants, those of the Sesuvium genus grow by spreading on the floor. Their stems and leaves are red in colour. Halophytes are generally colonisers and grow in areas which are subjected to periodic inundation. Suaeda monica is the only halophyte which is observed growing more gregariously in degraded areas when compared with other halophytes. As halophytes are salt extractors, they perform the key function of reducing soil salinity and making the area more suitable for growing mangrove species. Over a period of time, in the course of ecological succession, halophytes are gradually replaced by mangrove species, which grow vigorously and get established. If not for the presence of halophytes, the regeneration of mangroves would be very difficult in seashore areas which face frequent seawater ingress. Seawater generally contains 40 grams of dissolved NaCl per litre. Beans and rice can grow in water containing about 1-3 grams of NaCl/ litre. Barley and Date Palm can grow in water with 5 grams of NaCl/ litre. Though these plants have more salt content, parts of them are used for human consumption and as cattle feed. Halophytes that grow in desert regions, estuaries where rivers join the sea and along the seashore, are used for human consumption, cattle feed and for biofuel production. In Point Calimere, the succulent leaves of Suaeda monoica are relished by black bucks while in Somalia and Kenya, it is browsed by camels and goats. It is said that during famine, the leaves of Suaeda monoica were boiled and eaten by the people of this region. Edible oil is extracted from the Salicornia species. The salt absorbed through its roots is evaporated through the minute pores of the leaves of the halophytes. Generally, halophytes will have very small leaves. When there is scarcity of water, they shed them. These plants are bestowed with long roots that help in the search for fresh water. When the leaves are absent, photosynthesis will take place through the stems. Some of the halophytes grow on top of hills situated near seashores and on sand dunes. They are capable of thriving even in semi-desert regions with scanty saline water. The succulent leaves help the halophytes for storing water in these kinds of adverse conditions. A treasure trove from Nature Halophytic flora plays a major role in protecting coastal habitats and maintaining ecological stability. They often creep and act as sand dune binders. They prevent erosion to a great extent and seawater incursion into freshwater habitats. Halophytes provide food and shelter for a large number of aquatic and terrestrial animal species. Researchers have identified some halophytes which have the potential of yielding sustainable supply of renewable resources like food, fodder, fibre, fuel, green manure and raw materials for pharmaceutical, industrial and household products. Studies have shown that many halophytes can be used as sources of nutritious grain and oil, while some bear edible or economically-useful roots, bark, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit and seeds. Certain halophytes are able to accumulate and transform toxic levels of heavy metals (lead, cadmium and selenium) into organic compounds. Salicornia cultivation is considered to be economically profitable since it is harvested as selenium-rich animal feed because of its ability to convert high concentrations of inorganic selenate into organic selenium. Salicornia plantation has been initiated in Mexico as it plays a key role in carbon sequestration. The commercial viability of halophytes is determined by screening relevant properties such as salt tolerance, nutritional value, palatability, and digestibility. Halophytes are assessed to have potential as biomass crops to directly sequester up to 0.7 Gt C. Thus, halophytes, like trees, can play a significant role in mitigating climate change. In reality, many of the frontline field staff of forest departments in India are not able to identify these valuable halophytes. The ecological values of the halophytes are not known to many. So far, no tangible action has been initiated to propagate and protect halophytes by any government agency. Since halophytes play an important role in helping the establishment of mangroves which in turn protect the interior from tsunamis, cyclones, and storms, it is very essential to propagate and protect them. It is high time that the Central and state governments make some serious efforts to identify, propagate and protect the most useful halophytes. (The author is President, the Society for Conservation of Nature, Trichy, Tamil Nadu and consultant with the Society for Social Forest Research & Development, Tamil Nadu. Views expressed are personal)last_img read more

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