Last summer, the local lifeguards won their fourth straight Ocean City Beach Patrol Women’s Invitational.Rachel Boudart and Holly Berenotto won the doubles rowing race. Lexi Santer won the paddleboard race, and (picture courtesy of David Nahan of the Ocean City Sentinel), from left, Carly Wray, Sarah Westley, Stephanie Hauck, Samantha Brady won the surf dash relay.Rachel Boudart and Holly Berenotto placed second in the row-swim, and Lexi Santer placed third in the swim.The 12th annual Ocean City Beach Patrol Women’s Invitational will be held on Wednesday, July 29 beginning at 6:15 p.m., on the 34th Street Beach.— By Fred Miller, historian and former OCBP lieutenant
by: Eric McWhinnieWhile the economy is still trying to fully recover from the financial meltdown known as the Great Recession, more Americans are feeling better about their personal situations. In fact, sentiment readings are hitting new multiyear highs.Almost half of Americans consider themselves better off this year than last. According to a new poll from Gallup, 47% of Americans say they are financially better off than a year ago, compared to only 28% who say they are doing worse. Those are the best readings by Gallup since before the financial crisis. In 2008, as many as 58% of Americans said their situation was worse from the prior year. Last year at this time, 35% of Americans said their financial situation was getting better and 42% said it was getting worse. The more positive results in 2015 are closer to what Gallup measured during strong economic times over the past 40 years.“The improvement is especially notable given that just five years ago, near the end of the Great Recession, Americans gave the bleakest assessment of their personal finances at any time in the last 40 years,” Gallup said. “As usual, most Americans expect things to continue to improve over the next year, but the optimism they express about the coming year also exceeds what is typical.“Whether Americans’ finances actually improve over the coming year will depend in large part on whether the national economy continues to get better, or takes a step back.” continue reading » 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Stantec and Jacobs, operating as the Galveston Coastal Services Joint Venture, has been selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, to design a 26.7-mile-long levee and floodwall system along the coastline near Galveston, Texas. The eight-year, $1.9 billion construction effort, known as the Orange County Coastal Storm Risk Management (Orange), will increase the area’s preparedness to respond to natural disasters and disturbances.According to their official release, the scheme will also increase resistance to long-term impacts due to climate change – including sea level rise, land subsidence, increased frequency of abnormally heavy rainfall events, and regional drought.Orange consists of seven design packages for coastal storm risk management from the edge of the Sabine and Neches River floodplains to the vicinity of Orangefield, Texas.The project will include:15.6 miles of new levees,10.7 miles of new concrete floodwalls and gates,7 new pump stations to mitigate interior flooding during surge events,453 acres of marsh restored through a mitigation plan, and560 acres of forested wetlands preserved.Also encompassing navigable sector gates to reduce surge penetration, this project is one of many coastal storm risk management measures for the region designed to combat these increasingly frequent historical storm conditions.
Manila – An opposition senator wants a Senate inquiry into the allegeddisplacement of “Aetas” and other indigenous communities caused by the NewClark City (NCC) Development Project in Capas, Tarlac. The BCDA, meanwhile, said it hasfollowed due process by consulting the Capas local government while offeringfinancial assistance package amounting to P300,000 per hectare or P30 persquare meter to the indigenous community. “We need to ensure that developmentcomes in a way that indigenous people, cultures and the environment areprotected and remain sustainable. We need to build greener and smarter citiesthat include everyone,” added Hontiveros./PN Sen. Risa Hontiveros filed SenateResolution No. 257, urging the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities toconduct a probe into the said displacement in aid of legislation. “Development should not come at theexpense of the rights and welfare of the indigenous communities and of theenvironment,” Hontiveros added. “Pinagmalakinatin ang mga katutubong kultura sa opening ng Southeast Asian Games saNew Clark City pero tinatanggalan namannatin sila ng lupa at kabuhayan.” “Hinditunay ang pag-unlad kung may paglabag ito sa karapatan ng mga katutubo at ngkalikasan,” she said, lamenting on the reports of“hectares and hectares of green land” being converted into concrete. Last November, an eviction notice wasissued to the Aeta families of Barangay Aranguren, Capas, Tarlac by the BCDA togive way to the construction of a road connecting Clark International Airportto NCC. The resolution said Aeta communitiesin the area have applied for the Certificates of Ancestral Domain Titles orCADT in 1999, 2014 and in 2019 for around 18,000 hectares in Capas, Tarlac. Hontiveros said indigenous communitiesin the area are protected by Republic Act 8371, or the Indigenous People’sRights Act (IPRA). Hontiveros said there were around15,000 local farmers and 20,000 Aetas and Abelling indigenous communitieslikely to be affected by the said project under the Bases ConversionDevelopment Authority or BCDA. Sen. Risa Hontiveros says local farmers and indigenous communities are likely to be affected by the New Clark City Development Project in Capas, Tarlac. She urged the Senate Committee on Cultural Communities to conduct a probe into the alleged displacement of Aetas in the area. GMA NETWORK “We need to understand that it is notjust homes and livelihood that are being taken away from them,” Hontiverossaid. “Honoring and cherishing our indigenous cultures and cultural communitiesshould not be merely paid lip-service.”
By Ben DeatherageBANKS, Ore. (April 18) – Collen Winebarger was best in the Budweiser IMCA Modified field, on opening night Saturday at Sunset Speedway Park.Don Jenner took control of the lead in the early going. The veteran driver set the pace until lap 10, when Winebarger seized the position.Once in the lead, Winebarger pulled away and dominated the rest of the distance.Craig Cassell was second and Rob Ireland was third.