28 Sep

Shelby Secures Potential Funding for Mobile Harbor Improvements

first_imgAlabama Senator Richard Shelby yesterday voted to approve the first of two comprehensive appropriations packages that together contain all 12 Fiscal Year 2020 (FY2020) appropriations measures, H.R. 1865.  The legislation, which passed the Senate by a vote of 71-23, contains funding for various Alabama priorities.“Completing the Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations process is good news for the nation and Alabama,” said Senator Shelby. “From investing in our state’s infrastructure and supporting agricultural development to funding groundbreaking medical research, this package addresses many important priorities. I am proud of this bipartisan agreement and look forward to witnessing the positive impact this funding will have in my home state.” H.R. 1865 contains the following provisions impacting Alabama:Corps of Engineers:$378 million recommended in the Construction account for a Regional Dredge Demonstration Program in the central Gulf of Mexico. Mobile Harbor would be eligible for these additional funds.Includes a new regional dredge demonstration program for the Central Gulf Coast which will explore innovative ways of executing dredging in a logical and sequenced manner to seek efficiencies, cost savings, and minimize disruptions to critical construction and maintenance dredging requirements across the nation;$50 million above the budget request in the Operation and Maintenance account for Donor and Energy Transfer Ports. Funds will benefit Mobile Harbor;$10.975 million for Coastal Inlets Research Program in the Operation and Maintenance account and report language recommending additional funding to establish a multi-university-led effort for connecting terrestrial and coastal models and to continue work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Water Center in Tuscaloosa on protecting the nation’s water resources;Includes $16 million for Aquatic Nuisance Control Research in the Operation and Maintenance account for research and development related to harmful algal blooms.last_img read more

18 Sep

Longest season ends with Bayern beating PSG for 6th Euro Cup

first_imgOnly a few hundred people were allowed into the Benfica stadium, because of pandemic restrictions, to see PSG academy graduate Kingsley Coman head in the winner from Kimmich’s cross in the 59th minute.While Bayern won its first continental final since 2013, PSG has yet to lift the European Cup despite more than $1 billion being spent on players in the nine years under Qatari ownership.More than $500 million was spent on Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Angel Di Maria, but PSG looked far from formidable or threatening against the Bavarian club that was more assured than the first-time European Cup finalists.As the front three were frustrated in front of goal, it was instead a left winger who plays in Neymar’s position, was born in Paris and started his career at PSG, who inflicted the blow.It was Gnabry attacking down the right that unpicked the PSG defense before passing to Thomas Müller. The forward deftly clipped the ball back to Kimmich, who spotted Coman running unchecked into the penalty area. “Who would ever have thought a guy from Canada would win the Champions League? Davies said. “Two years ago, if someone had told me this, I never would have believed it. Dreams do come true.” PSG, with its “Dream Bigger” motto, will hope they do, eventually in the Champions League.___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLISBON, Portugal (AP) — Breaking the silence beating a drum, his Bayern Munich jersey replaced by a “Champions of Europe” T-shirt, Joshua Kimmich wanted to savor the scene of glory.Two hours after setting up the goal that secured Bayern’s sixth European Cup, Kimmich emerged from the tunnel to walk back onto the empty confetti-covered pitch where his team had beaten Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 on Sunday night.Soon he was joined, sitting in the center circle, by David Alaba, the winners’ medal around his bare chest, and Serge Gnabry in a Bayern hat, swigging from a bottle. Longest season ends with Bayern beating PSG for 6th Euro Cup August 23, 2020 Before long the lights went out on the Stadium of Light. In the near-darkness of the Lisbon stadium, the players remained in celebration and contemplation. “When you win a title like this with brothers on the pitch,” Kimmich had said shortly after the full-time whistle, “that’s the maximum you can ask for.”On a continent where more than 200,000 have died from the coronavirus, the longest and most disrupted of peacetime men’s European football seasons ended in emptiness and near silence.Just as it was for so much of a first Champions League final played without fans. “We all know where we’ve come from this season,” Müller said. “There are no secrets, we just kept moving forward. Obviously we have a lot of quality in the team, but we also have the spirit. The boys are prepared to suffer. ”The season is now over — three months later than planned — with Bayern a treble winner just as it was in 2013.Bayern joins deposed champion Liverpool as six-time champions of Europe, only behind AC Milan (seven) and Real Madrid (13). It was the first final to end 1-0 since Real Madrid beat Juventus in 1998 which was also the last final to feature teams who qualified as domestic champions. “I don’t know when that party will end,” Flick said.A night when PSG fans hoped to party on the Champs-Élysées ended with dozens clashing with French riot police. Back in Lisbon, when the final whistle blew, Neymar was in tears, embraced by rival Alaba. The Frenchman netted a 43rd goal of a perfect European campaign that has seen Bayern become the first team to win all 11 Champions League matches.“I feel a lot of joy, but also sadness for PSG,” said Coman, who left his boyhood club in 2014 — first for Juventus — after feeling undervalued. “It hurts my heart a bit.”The win capped an incredible transformation this season under Hansi Flick, who emerged from the shadows in November, with a promotion to the top coaching job with Bayern fourth in the Bundesliga. “I remember in November the papers wrote that no one fears this Bayern team anymore, that no one respects it and how bad they are,” Flick said. “I think the growth they underwent is sensational.”The European Cup will join the Bundesliga trophy — won for an eighth successive season — and the German Cup at Bayern. “We weren’t clinical enough,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. “We want Kylian and Ney to always score, but you can’t ask for that.”PSG’s footballing superstars were subdued at a final which lacked usual pre-match entertainment from pop stars.Not that PSG lacked chances to take the lead at a final that should have been played in Istanbul in May, rather than the Portuguese capital in late August when seasons usually begin not end.Only the presence of “Istanbul” on the match ball that Neymar struck at Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the 18th was a reminder here of the pandemic-enforced change of location.Neymar did spark the move that saw Ander Herrera and Di Maria combine but the Argentine could only strike over. And an interchange between Herrera and Mbappé before halftime ended with a weak shot from the French forward. It was a downbeat way to end a season that saw PSG sweep a fourth domestic treble in six seasons that underlines why it is on Europe’s biggest stage where the team now has to prove its quality.“We need to once again build another strong, powerful side that can really kick on and continue this run,” Tuchel said. “That will be the challenge to try and rediscover this spirit.”PSG did manage to prevent Robert Lewandowski claiming a 56th goal of the season. For once his scoring contribution was not needed as this season like no other ended with a 21st successive win for Bayern as part of a 30-game unbeaten run.“When you think how we worked defensively until the 92nd minute — Lewandowski was chasing after the ball, that was incredible,” Flick said. “It was a complete team performance.”From the front to the back, as the 19-year-old Alphonso Davies became the youngest defender to win the Champions League. Associated Press last_img read more

12 Aug

McKeesport’s Cash aims for second Olympic gold

first_imgThat was before back surgery forced her to miss the 2008 Beijing Games.But Cash didn’t want her Olympic dreams or her career to end on a sour note.“I was at a point in 2008 where I didn’t want to leave this game with people defining who I was as a player,” Cash said. “Going out with an injury is not what I wanted my legacy to be.”A conversation with five-time Olympian and basketball great Teresa Edwards helped her refocus with one goal in mind—making it to London. Cash dedicated herself to getting healthy and now that the 32-year-old is back in the Olympics, she is ready to play whoever is next on the U.S. schedule.“The last four years have been a humble journey for me. I’m just taking it all in,” said Cash, who played in China during the WNBA offseason and worked out whenever she could with her former strength and conditioning coach at Connecticut. “I came in with Dee (Diana Taurasi), Sue (Bird) and Catch (Tamika Catchings) and we all thought we’d win three medals.“I took one off and now come back and it’s a different feeling.”Cash, who is only one of six players to have won titles in college, the WNBA, the FIBA world championship and the Olympics, knows her role has changed. She also knows she can contribute and stays ready for whenever and however coach Geno Auriemma needs her.Cash made an immediate impact in the team’s Olympic opener on Saturday, keying a U.S. run that helped the Americans pull away from Croatia. She didn’t get in the game until late in the third quarter. But she was ready when her former college coach subbed her in, converting a three-point play early in the fourth quarter that gave the U.S. some breathing room.“She understands her role will be a little bit different on this team than the team she plays on,” Auriemma said. “Regardless of what team she’s on, she’s going to give you the same thing. When she comes into the game the tempo of the game is going to change, she knows that.”Bird, Cash’s longtime teammate, has watched Cash battle her way back to the world stage. Bird played with her in college at Connecticut and in the WNBA with the Seattle Storm, winning titles in both places.“It’s impressive, Swin’s been through a lot of injuries, obviously it started with her ACL and progressed into that back injury,” Bird said. “Swin is someone who always wants to prove herself no matter what. When she had those injuries she didn’t have a chance to and people were saying things. Maybe her career is on the down side of things.“She was determined to get back on the court and be herself again.”Now Cash has an opportunity to win a second Olympic gold medal.The next obstacle for her and the U.S. is Turkey, which improved to 2-0 in pool play with a 61-57 victory over the Czech Republic. The Americans also will face China and the Czech Republic. The U.S. beat the Czechs in the finals of the 2010 world championship to qualify for the London Games.Their game against Angola on Tuesday was expected to be an easy romp —and it was—with the U.S. overwhelming the Olympic newcomer 90-38. Even though Angola didn’t pose much of challenge for the U.S., the Americans had an intense practice Sunday—working to correct some of the weaknesses that the Croatians exposed Saturday. The Americans struggled on offense for three quarters against Croatia before winning by 25—the biggest margin of victory in any of the games on Saturday. Still, they know there is a lot to improve on.The Americans (2-0) have won their last 35 games in the Olympics and four consecutive gold medals while Angola was looking for its first victory. The team lost its opener to Turkey by 22 points meaning African nations have only won one of their 25 games in the Olympics since Congo— formerly known as Zaire—first qualified in the 1996 Atlanta Games.It’s definitely about ourselves,” said Bird. “That’s how Coach (Geno) Auriemma coaches in college. It’s his philosophy. Never about how much you win by or lose by, it’s how we played. Especially in a game like tonight where going in we kind of had a feeling it might be like this. Not to play to the score, not to relax.“This is an opportunity for us to play together and we need to take advantage of every opportunity we get.”(Follow Doug Feinberg on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ Dougfeinberg) MAKING AN IMPACT—United States forward Swin Cash, left, traps Croatia forward Ana Lelas while looking to pass during basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, July 28, in London. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) by Doug FeinbergLONDON (AP)—Next up for Swin Cash and the U.S. Olympic women’s team in their quest for another gold medal is a matchup with TurkeyThe Americans are looking for their fifth in a row, Cash has one from 2004—she once dreamed of winning three.last_img read more

3 Sep

Man killed in Satkhira gunfight

first_imggunfightAn accused of a rape incident was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Hijaldi village of Kalaroa upazila in Satkhira early Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased is Sohag Dalal of Boalia village and the lone accused of the rape case, filed on Saturday, in connection of raping a class III student.Being tipped off a team of police in a drive arrested Sohag around 2:00am, said Biplab Nath, officer-in-charge of Kolaroa Police Station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, Sohag and his associates hurled brick chips and bombs towards police, prompting them to retaliate, triggering the gun battle, leaving Sohag injured, said the OC.Later, he was rushed to Kolaroa Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead. Two assistant sub-inspectors were also injured during the ‘gunfight’.Police also recovered one shooter gun and five round bullets from the spot.The law enforcement’s version of the event was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more