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Governor Wolf Announces $30 Million for Abandoned Mine Reclamation Projects

first_img Energy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today announced the award of $30 million for 14 projects to reclaim abandoned mine lands (AML) in 10 Pennsylvania counties. The projects were selected for funding based on their potential to create long-term economic benefits in the coal communities in which they are located.“When these mines closed, these communities lost jobs and were left with land that was difficult to repurpose,” Governor Wolf said. “This program will help strengthen coal communities and put people back to work, while also improving the environment in these areas.”The projects were approved by the federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement through a new AML Pilot Program authorized by Congress last December under the Consolidated Appropriations Act. The $30 million of AML Pilot funding is coming from US Treasury funds and is in addition to the $44 million in funding from the federal AML Trust Fund that Pennsylvania received earlier in 2016 from the federal Office of Surface Mining for abandoned mine reclamation.“By targeting projects that have an economic development aspect, more funding can be leveraged and more projects completed without additional state dollars,” DEP Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell said. “That’s government that works.”The AML Pilot is intended to help demonstrate the benefits of the proposed federal RECLAIM Act, which if passed by Congress would help coal states across the country accelerate efforts to address abandoned mine lands, while simultaneously providing economic development in historic coal regions which have been hard hit by recent declines in the coal industry. Governor Wolf has strongly supported passage of the Act, which would direct an additional $67 million of federal AML funding per year to Pennsylvania over the next five years for projects which provide local economic benefits similar to the projects included in the pilot.“Making impactful investments in Pennsylvania’s infrastructure and communities is critically important to the future economic success of the commonwealth,” Department of Community and Economic Development Sec. Dennis Davin said. “Today’s announcement is great news and we look forward to supporting future development opportunities.”The 14 projects selected include five surface mine reclamation projects, three acid mine treatment projects, two water supply replacement projects, remediation of two coal refuse piles and the remediation of an underground mine fire. They will result in new or upgraded water supplies for more than 600 homes and businesses, reforestation and restoration of public lands, significant stream water quality improvement, restored fisheries, and increased tourism through public trail development and mining heritage preservation. Several projects are located adjacent to industrial developments or business parks.The 14 pilot projects have the potential to leverage an additional $4 for every $1 of AML Pilot Program funding from other abandoned mine land and abandoned mine drainage funds and/or public and private economic development funds.For information about abandoned mine reclamation in Pennsylvania, visit DEP’s website.AlleghenyPittsburgh Botanic Garden – The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to facilitate phase two of the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden’s project. Phase two will address a dangerous highwall on 50 additional acres of the property, mine subsidence and acid mine drainage. The first phase of the project covering approximately 100 acres of the site began in 2011 and is nearing completion. When finished, the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden will be a world-class botanic garden, including 18 distinct gardens, five diverse woodland experiences, a visitor’s center, an amphitheater for outdoor concerts and performances, a celebration center to accommodate large outdoor or indoor weddings and corporate events and serve as a center for botanic research.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Attraction of millions of visitors annually creating an economic engine for the regionEstimated addition of 1,200 new jobs and as much as $88 million in revenue within 10 years of operationServe as a national Gold Standard in reclamationRestored public landsProject Partners:Pittsburgh Botanic GardenAllegheny CountyNorth Fayette TownshipAmerican Chestnut FoundationDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementAllegheny County Airport Authority World Trade Center Business Park — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to reclaim more than 54 acres of abandoned mine land including two dangerous highwalls. Once reclaimed, the ACAA plans to develop the 195 acre “Pittsburgh International Airport World Trade Center.” This proposed international trade center will include office space, research and development facilities, and a 400-room hotel/convention center immediately adjacent to the Pittsburgh International Airport. In addition, the Montour recreational bike and walking trail will be relocated and expanded to connect the proposed business park with existing airport facilities.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Generation of $250 million in private investment and creation of 7,000 direct and indirect permanent positionsEmploy more than 1,200 construction workersProvide over one million square feet of Class A office spaceProvide 90,000 square feet for research and developmentConstruction of a 400-room hotel with convention spaceCreation of up to six corporate airplane hangers that will allow corporate tenants to locate their headquarters in office space at the siteProject Partners:Allegheny County Airport AuthorityPennsylvania Department of Community and Economic DevelopmentPennsylvania Department of TransportationDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementArmstrongSpaces Corners South/Rayburn Township Waterline Extension Project — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to Rayburn Township Joint Municipal Authority to extend a waterline to 160 residences, 118 of which have wells or water supplies impacted by abandoned mine land runoff. The authority will combine the AML pilot project funding with PENNVEST grants and loans to complete the project. Without project funding for the waterline extension project, residents may relocate which would impact the local tax base and property valuesEnvironmental & Economic Benefits:Provide potable water to 160 residences/businessesIncrease potential for industrial development due to a potable water supplyIncrease potential for construction of new single family dwellings and small business developmentProject Partners:Rayburn Township Joint Municipal AuthorityPennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST)DEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementCambriaPoint Stadium Discharge Mine Drainage Treatment & Mine Pool Geothermal Project — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to help fund one of two options to treat or eliminate the Point Stadium Discharge that enters the Stonycreek just upstream of its confluence with the Little Conemaugh River near the Point Stadium in downtown Johnstown. One option would provide only for treatment of the discharge while the second option would use the treated water and/or the mine pool as an industrial water supply or as a geothermal energy source.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Potential to demonstrate geothermal energy capacityfrom underground mine poolsPotential to provide geothermal energy for various public facilities in JohnstownCost savings from entities utilizing the geothermal energy will be used to support a trust fund to pay for the continued operation and maintenance of the AMD treatment facilityTwo miles of stream improvementTreated AMD could potentially be used as an industrial water sourceProject Partners:Foundation for Pennsylvania WatershedsStonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement Project (SCRIP)Cambria County Conservation DistrictPennsylvania Environmental CouncilLift JohnstownPenelec Sustainable Energy FundConemaugh Health SystemseCap NetworkCity of JohnstownDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementEhrenfeld Coal Refuse Pile Reclamation Project — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to complete reclamation of the massive 3.2 million ton abandoned Ehrenfeld Coal Refuse Pile. The coal refuse material will be excavated, hauled away, blended with alkaline material, and disposed of in accordance with an approved handling and placement plan authorized within the mining permit for an adjacent surface mining site operated by the Rosebud Mining Company.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Eliminate severe on-site erosion and off-site sedimentation issues in the Little Conemaugh River WatershedEliminate a source of acid mine drainage runoffStabilize slope to prevent landslide issuesPrevent the burning of coal refuse materialEliminate unauthorized recreational use by ATV driversRestore 62 acres of barren undevelopable land situated in Ehrenfeld Borough and Croyle TownshipProvide sustained employment of 40 miners who would have been laid off due to slump in the coal marketEnhance recreational development through construction of a parking area to access the Johnstown Flood Memorial Rails to TrailsPossible site of future industrial developmentImprove and restore water qualityRestore land by re-establishing the American ChestnutProject Partners:Forest Hills Regional AllianceRosebud Mining CompanyPristine Resources Inc.Cambria County Conservation DistrictFoundation for Pennsylvania WatershedsCommunity Foundation for the AllegheniesStonycreek-Conemaugh River Improvement ProjectSouth Fork BoroughEhrenfeld BoroughCroyle TownshipAmerican Chestnut FoundationDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementClearfieldPine Grove North/Lawrence Township Waterline Extension Project — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to construct the first of a three-phase waterline extension project in cooperation with the Clearfield Municipal Authority to service approximately 153 homes and businesses in Lawrence Township. Phase 1 will service 96 of the 153 homes and businesses which currently have wells/water supplies that are impacted or degraded by former surface and underground coal mining operations. Without project funding for the waterline extension project, residents may relocate which would impact the local tax base and property valuesEnvironmental & Economic Benefits:Provide potable water to 96 total residences and businessesIncreased potential for industrial development due to a potable water supply in this rural areaIncrease potential for construction of new single family dwellings and small business developmentProject Partners:Clearfield Municipal AuthorityLawrence TownshipDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementClintonSproul State Forest/Fran Contracting Surface Mine Restoration Project — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to be used to fund the reclamation of the Camp Run No. 2 AML site in Sproul State Forest to restore water quality in the Rock and Camp Run tributaries of Cooks Run. The site will be reclaimed by excavating and removing or treating the acid forming materials on site by mixing them with alkaline material to neutralize acidity. The reclaimed site will be reforested to bring the land and water back to pre-mining conditions.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Improved/restored water quality in Camp Run, Rock Run, and Cooks RunRestored public landsReforestation including reintroduction of hybrid American Chestnut TreesRestoration of the land and water back to its pre-mining condition will allow for citizens that enjoy hunting, fishing, hiking, ATV riding and sightseeing to utilize the areaIncreased tourism to the areaProject Partners:Allegheny Mountain Chapter of Trout UnlimitedDepartment of Conservation & Natural Resources, Sproul State ForestKettle Creek Watershed AssociationTrout UnlimitedEast Keating & Noyes TownshipsWestern Clinton Sportsman’s ClubPennsylvania Fish & Boat CommissionAmerican Chestnut FoundationPenn State UniversityClarion UniversityDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementLackawannaPowderly Creek NE Underground Mine Fire and Economic Development Project –– The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to be used in combination with other funding to undertake a reclamation project to extinguish the Powderly Creek underground mine fire just outside the City of Carbondale. Additional AML features adjacent to the mine fire area will also be reclaimed in order to create conditions suitable for future industrial development. The total acreage of AML being reclaimed (including the mine fire area) is 108 acres.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Improved air quality for nearby residents due to extinguishment of the underground mineRestoration of 108 acres of abandoned mine land back to pre-mining conditionsPotential for industrial/commercial development of the land following extinguishment of the mine fire and reclamation of adjacent AML featuresThe four-lane Robert P. Casey Memorial Highway (U.S. Route 6) runs from Interstate 81 near Scranton north past Carbondale adjacent to the project siteProject Partners:LandownerCarbondale CityCarbondale Enterprise Development ZoneDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementLuzerneEckley/Hazleton Rail Trail/Hazel Creek Cleanup –– The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to reclaim a 70-acre abandoned surface mine with 2,500 linear feet of dangerous highwall ranging in height from 40 to 50 feet by backfilling and grading with on-site spoil material, including construction of wetlands, and reconstructing 3,200 feet of stream. The project will facilitate an extension of the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails to connect with the Eckley Miner’s Village and improve water quality in Hazel/Black Creeks.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Reclamation of 70 acres of abandoned mine land facilitating the extension of the Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails to connect with the Eckley Miner’s Village tourist site and to eventually connect with the larger Delaware Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Trail systemImproved/restored water quality in Hazel Creek and the Black Creek WatershedIncreased tourism to the areaImproved opportunities for fishing, hiking, and sightseeingProject Partners:LandownerGreater Hazleton PartnershipGreater Hazleton Chamber of CommerceWeatherly BoroughWildlands ConservancyEastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine ReclamationPennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural ResourcesPennsylvania Department of TransportationDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementSchuylkillTamaqua City Revitalization and Improvement Zone — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to remove legacy abandoned mile land piles in the area of Slum Creek, regrade about 19 acres to a riparian/ park setting, including grading for a future fork of the proposed Panther Valley rail-trail system. Thirteen acres of legacy crop falls will be backfilled using the material from the Slum Creek project. An existing haul road will be improved so that in later phases it can become a segment of the planned Tamaqua Bypass.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Reclamation of 32 acres of AML which will serve as a catalyst for the large scale economic development to follow in and around Tamaqua’s existing City Revitalization and Improvement Zone (CRIZ) parcelsThe new gateway feature (to be constructed in a later project phase) will serve as a future traffic bypass linking Routes 309 and 209 directly alleviating traffic congestion in downtown TamaquaRedirecting vehicular traffic to the bypass route will restore charm and character to the existing downtown, improve pedestrian and vehicular safety, improve local travel efficiency, and improve emergency response times in the local areaSt. Luke’s Miners Hospital is currently evaluating the feasibility of constructing a Cancer Treatment Campus within the Tamaqua Area Mine Reclamation/Economic Development project area, which will provide life-saving treatment for cancer patients in and around the Tamaqua areaOther community revitalization/development under consideration after the reclamation project and bypass construction are completed include meeting and conference space and geothermal infrastructureProject Partners:Landowners – Lehigh Anthracite/BET AssociatesTamaqua CRIZ AuthorityTamaqua Area Community PartnershipTamaqua Industrial Development EnterprisesTamaqua BoroughSchuylkill CountySt. Luke’s HospitalSchuylkill HeadwatersKaufman EngineeringPennsylvania Department of Community and Economic DevelopmentPennsylvania Department of TransportationDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementBowman’s Shaft – Pioneer Tunnel Mine Headframe & Hoist Preservation Project — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to paint and erect a salvaged headframe and hoisting drum as exhibits at the Pioneer Tunnel tourist coal mine in Ashland Borough, Schuylkill County. The mining artifacts were recovered from the North Mahanoy Colliery, Park No. 1 Shaft. The shaft, which was located near several homes in Mahanoy Township, was backfilled in 2015. During the project, the headframe and hoist were carefully disassembled and preserved.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Increased tourism and preservation of Anthracite mining heritageThe Pioneer Tunnel provides employment opportunities for the people of the Anthracite Region, as well as being a regional tourist attractionThe tourist mine and museum are listed among the top 10 tourist attractions in PennsylvaniaAccommodation of about 30,000 guests each season (April 1 to October 31) with 30 percent of the guests being groups from elementary schools through college-levelThe addition of the headframe will provide additional educational opportunitiesProject Partners:Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine & Steam TrainAshland Community EnterprisesSchuylkill CountyAshland BoroughPagnotti EnterprisesSDL Construction and Keystone AnthraciteDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementWashingtonBlack Dog Hollow/Fredericktown Coal Refuse Pile Reclamation Project — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to complete reclamation of the abandoned Fredericktown Coal Refuse Pile which is located within 500 feet of 60 homes. The 45-acre coal refuse pile, which is 90 feet high with steep, unstable slopes and severely eroded channels, will be regraded to create more stable slopes, compacted, and capped with clean alkaline fill to allow for successful revegetation and future development of the site.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Elimination of severe on-site erosion and off-site sedimentation issues in the Village of Fredericktown and the Monongahela River WatershedReduce acid mine drainage laden runoffStabilize slope and eliminate hazardous erosion gulliesReduce unauthorized recreational use by ATV ridersEliminate several hazardous facilities situated on the refuse pileRestore 45 acres of barren undevelopable land situated in the Village of Fredericktown in East Bethlehem TownshipIncrease recreational development through construction of recreational and greenspace public parkIncreased tourismPossible future industrial developmentWater quality improvementProject Partners:East Bethlehem TownshipLandowner, Hobo Ventures, Inc.DEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementMulti-countyCarbon & SchuylkillTresckow/Beaver Brook Surface Mine Restoration Project — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to be used in combination with other funding sources to backfill several huge strip pits using mine spoil materials obtained on-site to facilitate future industrial/commercial development and allow for the construction of a dedicated access road to the McAdoo Industrial Park. The project will also relocate a Kline Township Municipal Authority water line to service 400 residential customers in the village of Tresckow.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Reclaim 298 acres of AML for possible commercial developmentAllow for the expansion of the McAdoo Industrial Park that is home to several development sites that are also Keystone Opportunity ZonesAllow PennDot to consider construction of a dedicated highway from Rt. 309 to service the Industrial ParkWaterline replacement for Tresckow Village that will increase capacity to better serve the current industrial and residential customers and allow for new customers including future factories in the existing CanDo McAdoo industrial parkPotential for residential expansion in the Village of TresckowProject Partners:LandownerCommunity Area New Development Organization (CanDo)Pennsylvania Department of TransportationBanks TownshipKline Township Municipal AuthorityDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementLuzerne & SchuylkillGreen Mountain Discharge/Audenreid Tunnel Discharge — The AML Pilot funding, in combination with other project funding, will be used to treat the mine water discharge from the Green Mountain Tunnel and to improve the treatment of water from the Audenreid Tunnel. The project will result in the delivery of finished potable water to the Hazleton City Authority that will increase the available safe yield of the area’swater supply. Also, geothermal energy will be recovered from the raw water for cooling and heating the water treatment buildings.Environmental & Economic Benefits:Treatment of the Green Mountain Tunnel dischargeImprove treatment of the Audenreid Tunnel dischargeDeliver finished potable water to the Hazleton City Authority that will increase the available safe yield of the area’s water supplyFacilitate the sustainable recovery of the upper Catawissa Creek Watershed while developing the water and energy assets to provide a source of revenue to fund the ongoing AMD treatment costProject Partners:Community Area New Development Organization (CanDo)Eastern Middle Anthracite Regional Recovery (EMARR)Hazleton City AuthorityNatural Lands Trust (NLT)Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR)Schuylkill/Columbia County Conservation DistrictsCatawissa Creek Restoration AssociationButler EnterprisesDEPOffice of Surface Mining Reclamation and EnforcementHazleton Environmental and Schumacher Engineering (will provide design and construction oversight) Governor Wolf Announces $30 Million for Abandoned Mine Reclamation Projects July 15, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Atlantic Petroleum completes Orlando field sale

first_imgFaroese oil and gas company Atlantic Petroleum has completed the sale and purchase agreement with Decipher Energy for its 25 percent interest in the Orlando field in the UK North Sea.Atlantic said on Monday that the consideration is a two percent revenue share of the total Orlando production revenue until the field has produced five million barrels of oil.After that, the revenue share to Atlantic Petroleum increases to 4.35 percent of the total Orlando field revenue. Also, $1 million of the initial two percent revenue has been prepaid to Atlantic Petroleum.The company added that it would not be participating in or funding the development of Orlando, and the only involvement for the company would be receiving its share of the sale proceeds when the field starts production.Ben Arabo, CEO of Atlantic Petroleum, said: “We are very pleased to complete the agreement with Decipher Energy and we look forward to the field commencing production. There is significant upside to Atlantic Petroleum from the Orlando sales proceeds if the field performs as expected or better.”The two companies agreed to the 25 percent interest sale back in mid-March. This was the second time the Orlando development had been put up for sale. Atlantic had agreed to sell its interest for the first time last year but the buyer, Bridge Petroleum, backed out of the deal.According to the most recent Competent Persons’ Report prepared for Atlantic by Gaffney Cline and Associates announced in March 2015, Orlando holds between 8.5 and 15.3 million barrels of recoverable reserves. Initial production rates on Orlando are expected to be in excess of 10.000 barrels per day.Decipher Energy is now a sole owner of the Orlando field, as it in April 2017 completed the acquisition of Iona Energy Company (UK), which held a 75% interest in both Orlando and Kells fields.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Marijuana blunts boys’ marriage prospects – study

first_imgNewsHub 9 November 2017Family First Comment: No surprises. It’s called dope for a reason.“Chronic marijuana use in adolescence was negatively associated with achieving important developmental milestones in young adulthood.”Teenage boys who smoke a lot of weed might have trouble finding a wife, new research has found.Researchers in the US tracking more than 1000 young adults over two decades found men who habitually used alcohol or marijuana in their teens were less likely to get married.They were also less likely to go to university or have a full-time job, says study author Elizabeth Harari of the University of Connecticut.“Chronic marijuana use in adolescence was negatively associated with achieving important developmental milestones in young adulthood.”Marijuana and alcohol use by young women on the other hand had no effect on their marriage or employment status, but did make them less likely to go to college or earn high wages.“Awareness of marijuana’s potentially deleterious effects will be important,” says Dr Harari, with a growing trend towards decriminalisation and legalisation across the US and the world.READ MORE: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/health/2017/11/marijuana-blunts-boys-marriage-prospects-study.htmllast_img read more

Man Utd to go all out for Sancho, despite interest in Chelsea rebel

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better11 Greatest Special Effects Movies Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Amazing Facts About Ancient EgyptTime Playing Video Games Can Have A Detrimental Effect On You The Evening Standard claim the England attacker is the priority for Solskjaer this summer as he looks for the missing links that will turn United into title contenders. “We know we lack one, two, three players to be considered a title contender and some experience. We know that,” said the Norwegian after Sunday’s impressive 2-0 win over Man City at Old Trafford. United chief Ed Woodward has vowed to continue reviving the club’s fortunes in the summer with the “same planned, disciplined approach” to transfers. “This season is one of rebuild, with many changes to the squad – in terms of players who have left or gone out on loan; new players who we have brought into the club; and academy graduates that we have brought through to the first team. “This process will continue as we implement our plan and our footballing vision under Ole and his coaching staff,” said Woodward last month. And 19-year-old Sancho has risen to the top of United’s wanted list after an impressive 18 months in the Bundesliga. The former Man City attacker has hit 17 goals and grabbed 19 assists this term, on the back of 13 goals and 19 assists last season. United though are also believed to have an interest in Chelsea winger Willian. The Brazilian was a target for United under Jose Mourinho, and he remains on United’s list of targets with Le 10 Sport reporting United are one of three clubs serious about the 31-year-old. Willian, who scored in Chelsea’s 4-0 demolition of Everton on Sunday, remains a favourite of Frank Lampard’s but his future looks in doubt with his contract expiring in the summer. Only last month Willian revealed Chelsea had offered him another two-year contract, but the winger was holding out for three years. “Chelsea offered me two years, and they are not going to change what they offered,” Willian told Esporte Interativo after Chelsea’s defeat by Bayern Munich on Tuesday. “I said I wanted three more years. The situation is difficult because of this, I really don’t know if it will be possible. Lampard has since admitted that the timing wasn’t “ideal” on Willian’s interview about his contract situation and suggested their could still be common ground sought between the parties. Read Also:Martial shows off gruesome injury after Man Utd goal in Derby win But, the French publication report that PSG are the main contenders for Willian’s signature with United and Arsenal also interested in a deal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Borussia Dortmund ace Jadon Sancho reportedly remains Manchester United’s top summer target, despite talk linking Willian to the club. Loading… last_img read more

Farm Bill meeting set for Jan. 8 in Batesville

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. – A free informational meeting on the 2014 Farm Bill is scheduled to be held at the Knights of Columbus in Batesville on January 8.Purdue Extension and the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture have partnered with the USDA Farm Service Agency to hold several meetings across the state.Discussion will focus on Agricultural Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs authorized by the Farm Bill. Crop producers must select one of the new programs, which will replace the direct program payments of previous years.To register for the meeting click here.Jim, Mintert, director of Purdue’s Center for Commercial Agriculture, said the information provided in the workshops is important because producers must now choose coverage options that are much different from prior government programs.“During the workshops farmers, lenders, and landowners will learn how the new program works and also have a chance to work through some examples so they will better understand how to make program decisions that are best for their individual circumstances,” Mintert commented.last_img read more

Ripley County Basketball Hall Of Famer Randy Combs Returns To The Indians As Head Coach

first_imgRandy Combs is returning to the sidelines to lead the Milan Indian Boys’ Basketball program once again.Combs previously led the program for 14 seasons from 1995-2008 during which time the Indians claimed 4 ORVC Conference titles, 3 Sectional titles and 2 Regional Titles.  The veteran coach was named the Hoosier Basketball Coaches Association District Coach of the Year in 2000 and was inducted into the Ripley County Basketball Hall of Fame in 2014.Combs grew up in Vincennes, Indiana where he played for the Alices and was a member of the 1981 State Basketball Champions under Hall of Fame Coach Gunner Wyman.  A graduate of Wabash College, he played both football and basketball for the Little Giants before beginning his coaching career at Southmont High School.  After a five year coaching stint there he served as the Varsity Assistant at Greenfield-Central High School for Cliff Hawkins and Hall of Fame Coach Larry Angle for six seasons before becoming the Head Coach for the Indians.  Combs was a long time football assistant for the Indians before stepping aside after the 2015 season, but plans to return as well to that position this fall.Coach Combs stated “The Milan Basketball program has always been a big part of our lives.  We have stayed active in the program over the course of the last ten years by working in the feeder program.  The efforts of Coach Blankinship and his staff have made this an opportunity that was too good to pass up when it became available again.  I always envisioned getting back into head coaching when I stepped out 10 years ago so I didn’t hesitate when the opportunity presented itself.”Combs resides in Milan with his wife Lisa, and his son Cameron and daughter, Marisa.last_img read more

Spain beat Argentina to win FIBA World Cup

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: Traore withdraws from Spain squad UEFA Nations League: Spain’s Gaya nets late goal to snatch draw with Germany Adama Traore tests positive for coronavirus Spain beat Argentina 95-75 to win the FIBA Basketball World Cup for the first time since 2006 on Sunday.Their victory in the final capped a stunning campaign for a squad considered among the rank outsiders when the 32-team tournament began.The Spaniards scored first and never relinquished the lead, relying on swarming interior defence and superior rebounding to snuff out the offensive threat of 2004 Olympic champions Argentina.Point guard Ricky Rubio racked up 20 points and three assists and Marc Gasol and Willy Hernangomez swatted three shots each as Spain pulled down 47 rebounds, 20 more than Argentina.For Gasol it was the crowning achievement of an incredible year that saw him win an NBA World Championship with the Toronto Raptors before leading his national team to glory.His 33 points in the semi-final victory over Australia put them in position to fight for the gold medal, but it was his defence that put them on the top step of the podium.From the opening tip, the 34-year-old dominated the driving lanes to the basket that Argentina had used to such great effect against France, forcing them into outside shots that would not fall.He was equally effective banging under the basket at the other end and he hit nine of his 12 free throws to maintain the gap between the two teams.He and Rubio were rewarded for their performances in Spain’s unbeaten run to the gold medal with a place in the tournament’s five-man All-Star team, which was announced after the final.There was to be no fairytale ending for the seemingly evergreen Argentinian Luis Scola, whose superb show against France had helped to carry his side into the final.The 39-year-old power forward, his jet-black hair now flecked with grey at the temples, was kept well-shackled throughout.And it was late in the third quarter before he notched up his first point from the free throw line.The 2019 win for Spain marks the second time they have won the tournament on Asian soil, having claimed the 2006 title by beating Greece in Saitama, Japan.Earlier in the day, Nando De Colo netted 19 points as France shot 43 per cent from behind the arc to take their second consecutive World Cup bronze medal with a 67-59 win over Australia.Reuters/NAN.Tags: ArgentinAFIBA Basketball World CupFIBA World CupSpainWilly Hernangomezlast_img read more

Manchester United wont travel to India for pre-season amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis

first_imgManchester: English giants Manchester United have reportedly shelved their plans of playing a pre-season match in India amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.The Red Devils were in touch with authorities over the possibility of playing a match in Kolkata later this year.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, football across the top European leagues has been either suspended or put on hold for the time being.Slowly and steadily the football associations are trying to restart their respective seasons and targetting a finish by July. This is expected to clash with clubs’ pre-season tours as the matches are played during that small July-August window itself, before the start of next season.“Cancelling the lucrative tours will cost clubs millions in appearance fees, sponsorship and merchandising. United sources confirmed that no insurance is in place because it was still at the planning stage with contracts yet to be signed,” the Daily Mail report stated.It was earlier stated the Manchester United were planning to play a pre-season friendly against East Bengal on their tour of Asia.East Bengal, as part of their centenary year celebrations, were interested in playing an exhibition match with the 20-time Premier League champions at the Salt Lake Stadium in July.A delegation even travelled to Kolkata and visited the Salt Lake Stadium, however the Red Devils’ huge appearance fee had resulted in talks being put on hold.Not just Manchester United but cross-town rivals Manchester City have also reportedly done away with their pre-season trips of Asia and Europe. (IANS)Also Read: Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville slams Football AssociationAlso Watch: War against COVID-19: Assam Health Department signs 22 MoUs with private hospitals in Silcharlast_img read more