Defending Great Lakes Navigation System

first_imgContinuing his efforts to safeguard the future of commerce on the Great Lakes, Michigan Representative Jack Bergman is proposing a new policy to ensure baseline levels of funding for the backlogged maintenance projects along Great Lakes transportation routes.The Great Lakes Navigation System (GLNS) is a deep-draft waterway connecting all five lakes through hundreds of navigation channels, breakwaters, jetties, harbors, and the MacArthur and Poe Locks at Sault Ste. Marie in Michigan’s First District.The GLNS sustains American jobs and saves consumers $3.6 billion annually in freight costs.In a letter to his Congressional colleagues, Rep. Bergman pushed for a minimum percentage of Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) resources to be focused on reducing the GLNS work backlogs, which are addressed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).Rep. Bergman said: “The locks are not only essential to our nation’s economy and national security, but they also compose the lynchpin of the GLNS. These valued points in the supply chain and many other key parts of the GLNS have considerable operations and maintenance needs which are supported by HMTF resources.”Bergman’s request comes as lawmakers begin crafting the 2020 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes USACE activities.last_img read more

Boyata pens new deal

first_imgManchester City defender Dedryck Boyata has signed a new two-year contract, the club have announced. The 23-year-old Belgian’s previous deal was due to expire this summer. Boyata has been with City since 2007 and can therefore be registered as a home-grown player in the Premier League and Champions League. That made retaining him an attractive proposition as the club look to stay within the quotas. Boyata was a regular in Manuel Pellegrini’s squads last season but made just six first-team appearances. Only one of them was in the Premier League with the rest in domestic cup competitions, which included a red card at Blackburn in the FA Cup third round. Boyata has twice been loaned out during his time with City, to Bolton in 2011-12 and FC Twente the following season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Trojans finish 11th at NCAA championships

first_imgThe No. 13 USC men’s swimming and diving team finished 11th overall at the NCAA championships at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, topping off its season with strong improvements both as a team and as individual members.Group effort · Sophomore James White teamed up with senior Zoltan Povazsay, junior Emmett Walling and sophomore Jeff Daniels to finish this weekend’s 400-yard freestyle relay in 2:54.88, good enough to place 12th overall. The foursome nearly set a school record in the preliminaries. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily Trojan “While we fell a bit short of our goal of top 10 this season for the men, we clearly are making inroads toward breaking into the top 10 with an eye on the top five soon,” said USC coach Dave Salo.The competition’s start was delayed 24 hours, as 18 student-athletes and one coach were being treated at Ohio State for a possible gastrointestinal illness Tuesday and Wednesday.When the event kicked off Friday, junior Clement Lefert led the team by finishing third in the 500-yard freestyle with a 4:13.77. Lefert had a comfortable lead throughout the race until the final 50 yards, where he was overtaken by Conor Dwyer of Florida (4:13.64) and Jean Basson of Arizona (4:13.65); a mere .13 seconds separated the top-three finishers. This marked USC’s best performance in the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA championships since Olympic medalist Larsen Jensen won the event in 2007.“Clement did his thing and almost won the 500,” USC assistant coach Jeremy Kipp said. “But he also gained incredible experience that will help him contend next season for the 500 title.”Junior Richard Charlesworth made the consolation final in the 500-yard freestyle and came in eighth in his race with a time of 4:23.88 (16th overall). That time was, however, four seconds slower than his preliminary performance (4:19.09).Sophomore diver Harrison Jones just missed qualification for the 1-meter springboard final after finishing ninth in the preliminaries (364.20). He went on to finish tied for seventh in the consolation final with a score of 355.15, to tie for 15th overall. Jones also just missed out on making the final in platform but ended up winning the consolation final and finishing ninth overall with 376.40 points.“Despite illness into the last day of competition, Harrison Jones came away with an outstanding result in the platform event,” Salo said.On Saturday, the Trojans came in sixth in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:20.87). The Trojans won this event at the 2010 Pac-10 championships but this time used a different team with regulars Lefert, senior Zoltan Povazsay, sophomore co-captain Patrick White and freshmen Nick Karpov replacing senior co-captain James Martin. Texas won the race in 6:12.77.Lefert and White both missed qualifying for the final of the 200-yard freestyle, taking ninth (1:34.11) and 15th (1:35.02) in the preliminaries, respectively. Lefert won the consolation final (1:33.84), finishing ninth overall with a time that would have placed him sixth in the A-final. White came in third in the same consolation final, finishing 11th overall with a time of 1:34.69.Sophomore Dillon Connolly and junior Emmett Walling both swam in the consolation final of the 100-yard breaststroke, where Connolly took fifth (13th overall) in 53.35 while Walling came in eighth (16th overall) in 54.02.Sunday’s competition saw Charlesworth become the sixth-fastest miler in USC history; he posted a season best of 14:54.51 and came ninth overall, touching just 0.80 seconds out of top eight.Lefert scored in his third individual event of the competition in the 200-yard butterfly where he finished in 1:44.15.“Clement Lefert was clearly our standout performer,” Salo said.The Trojan 400-yard freestyle relay of Walling, White Povazsay and sophomore Jeff Daniels finished 12th with a time of 2:54.88.USC finished with 116.5 points at the NCAA championships, which marked the team’s final collegiate competition of the season.“We did well, but the coaches are already looking forward to next season,” Kipp said.last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant dishes on his rehab, ESPN rankings, Dwight Howard

first_img“I think they’re counting on me being on one leg,” Bryant said on the general manager’s poll. “They think I can’t come back from this injury.”What does Bryant make of such skepticism?“I try not to pay attention to it too much,” Bryant said. “It can get to you a little bit and make you impatient, especially when you hear the doubt with, ‘Will I be able to come back?’ It’s not, ‘Will I be able to come back and play well.’ It’s I won’t be able to come back and play well.”It appears Bryant’s feeding off such doubts.In his interview session, Bryant publicly called out an ESPN writer who considered his ranking “fair” in a playful albeit sarcastic tone. He told the reporter afterwards that ESPN’s employees “should be drug tested.” Last week, Bryant also changed his Twitter avatar to “1225” presumably in reference to ESPN’s pre-season Western Conference ranking on the Lakers (12) and his personal ranking (25). But Bryant joked his updated avatar actually refers to “my pet’s birthday.” He insisted “motivation has always been there for me, while describing the public skepticism as “cherry on top of the cake.”“When you hear those things, you want to push and play right away to shut a lot of people up,” Bryant said. You have to be patient, rest and relax and come back when you’re ready. It’s a challenge right in front of your face. You really have to restrain yourself to get out there.”How does he do that?“Just try to be calm and try to be approaching it as the rest and the therapy and it’s all a part of training,” Bryant said. “A lot of times when you think of training, you think of weights and running. If only I looked at it from that standpoint, I’d drive myself crazy. I try to think of it as this process is part of the training as well. This will enable me to come back and get as close as 100 percent as I can.”Yet, there are limits to Bryant’s patience. He expressed optimism this offseason he could play beyond his $30.5 million contract that ends this season, perhaps for another two to three seasons. But as much as he wants to add longevity to his career, he said he’s more consumed with something else.“I’m thinking about this year,” Bryant said. “Obviously we all want to be healthy in years down the road. But the only thing I’m thinking about right now is getting as healthy as I can as quickly as possible so I can come back and try to help us make some noise.” “We saw different ways of leading this team. Dwight wanted to do it one way, which he felt like was effective. I wanted to do it another way,” Bryant said. “There was constant tension.”The Lakers still finished out the regular season 28-12 to finish with a seventh seed in the Western Conference.“In the second half of the season, everything was able to fall in line,” Bryant said. “We wound up making a pretty good run at it. I think Pau [Gasol] stepping in and taking significant load of the offensive responsibilities is a big thing for us as well. It wound up getting Dwight a lot of easy ones and Pau got a lot of easy baskets for everybody else. Things fell in place and we were able to get into the playoffs.”No matter how much Bryant sounded engaging, his biting and playful sarcasm revealed his irritation with numerous outside skepticism.He called ESPN’s recently ranking him 25th “laughable” and “silly.” An anonymous survey of all 30 league general managers posted on NBA.com listing him as the second best shooting guard behind Houston’s James Harden. That marked the first time in the survey’s 12-year history the Lakers’ star didn’t receive top billing. This should’ve marked the time Kobe Bryant’s gearing up for another season, proving Father Time still hasn’t won and that he can still lead the Lakers to another NBA championship.But no matter how much he wants to, Bryant has forced himself to resist even with the Lakers less than a week away from their season opener Tuesday against the Clippers at Staples Center. After participating in some light shooting and jogging drills last week in China, Bryant said he “scaled back” his activity to allow his left Achilles tendon to heal from the added pressure. Despite conceding he wants to begin practicing with a ball in his hands, Bryant said he’s remained “steady” for one simple reason.“Injuries to the lower extremities can always lead to something else,” Bryant said. “It’s not about waiting until I’m 100 percent necessarily. But it’s about making sure you’re running with the proper gate. We’re not putting stress on other areas that can cause problems down the road.”Bryant spoke for the first time this week to reporters in Los Angeles as part of the NBA’s new rule that requires injured players to speak at least once a week. That left him with a lot of topics to address, including providing more detail on his unsuccessful pairing last season with Dwight Howard.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more