By Greg SoukupEAGLE, Neb. (June 4) – Two hours of work on his race car Saturday morning paid off that evening at Eagle Raceway for Chad Fegley.Fegley took the lead on the second circuit and drove to the Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock victory at his hometown track. Cody Leifeld, Mark McKinney and Jeff Watts completed the top four.“I started in fourth and got a great jump. I didn’t even touch the car until this morning and spent about two hours on it,” Fegley said from victory lane. “It’s tough when you have your own business to find time for maintenance on the race car. It was great to finally get a win this year.”Bob Zoubek’s first Kaplan University IMCA Modified victory at Eagle this year came from the 11th starting spot. Another first-time winner in 2016 was Matt Moyer from 10th starting in the Mountain Dew Kick Start IMCA Sport Compacts.Twelfth starting Lance Borgman was the NAPA IMCA Northern SportMod winner. He caught Gary Saathoff for the front spot with two laps left. The victory was his third this season at Eagle.Adam Guillion repeated in the IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car division, by all of .006 of a second ahead of Trevor Grossenbacher.Saturday’s Student Breakout-Driver Appreciation Night at Eagle Raceway saw an overflow crowd in the stands and 157 teams in the pits.
NEW YORK — Brady Skjei completed the comeback for the New York Rangers, scoring the game-winning goal on a 2 on 1 in overtime.The Rangers clinched the 3-2 overtime win over the Sharks after they scored the tying goal with less than three minutes to play in the third period.Joonas Donskoi put the Sharks ahead 2-1 at 4:59 of the second, the first tally from the team’s all Scandinavian line trio that includes he, Antti Suomela and Marcus Sorensen. Donskoi scored on a 3-on-1, punching in a …
Pastor Babongile Moto has dedicated her time and energy to helping youth in Port Elizabeth fulfil their potential and overcome some of the challenges they face. It is this selflessness that earned her a seat among our Play Your Part ambassadors.Pastor Babongile Moto, founder of the Changing Young Star’s World faith-based organisation, joins our group of Play Your Pat ambassadors. (Image: Babongile Moto, via Facebook)Play Your Part ReporterWith a strong passion for helping young people to grow on many levels, it is no surprise that Pastor Babongile Moto has been selected to join an already impressive line-up of Play Your Part ambassadors.Moto discovered her passion for helping people during her six-year stint as a member of the Bisho Community Church Youth Ministry, where she got the opportunity to help members of her church and community.While studying for her BCom degree in business management at the University of Fort Hare, Moto became the first female chairperson of the university’s Student Christian Organisation. During her time there, she pioneered a number of youth development programmes.In recognition of her achievements both academically and as part of the student organisation, Moto received a scholarship to study for a diploma in theology in the United Kingdom.On her return, armed with her degree and diploma as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience, Moto set in motion her plans to have a positive effect on the lives of even more people.Changing their worldWith the help of her colleagues from the Student Christian Organisation, she set up the Changing Young Star’s World organisation (CYSW).She says the aim of the organisation is to “holistically develop young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, starting with their spiritual wellbeing and permeating through to each gift, talent and acquired skill.“We believe that nothing is impossible, thus we seek to help young people in finding a way out of their current adverse situations to full progression in life.”CYSW has four programmes, each aimed at addressing different issues that Moto and her colleagues have identified as areas of concern.These programmes are:The Give a Child a Future Project, aimed at supporting learners to access better schools and tertiary education institutions.The Youth Mentorship Programme, which looks at developing the life skills of high school learners.The CYSW Community Development Project, which offers spiritual and social support to a number of communities in and around Kwamagxaki in Port Elizabeth.The Kingdom Advancement Network, which develops young people who show a passion for preaching, praise singing and counselling.Moto says that by focusing on these four areas she hopes that the organisation can make an ongoing difference in the lives of the youth with whom it works.Like all our ambassadors, Moto actively plays a part in making South Africa a better place for us all. She is a great example of how active citizenship can help us overcome the challenges we face as a country.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
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Billions of dollars in much-needed federal funding are finally being made available to nine states and five local communities. These dollars are to be used for activities and projects that reduce vulnerability to future disasters, including consideration of how such disasters could become more dangerous due to climate change. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the agency overseeing these grants, is making it clear that these dollars are not the typical federal disaster aid, which tends to put everything back in the same vulnerable locations and replicate vulnerabilities that were just made evident in a disaster. These dollars will require grantees to design projects with an additional margin of safety for flooding, to factor in projected future sea level rise, and to invest much more heavily in forward thinking measure that reduce the risk of future damages in the face of climate change. The $6.875 billion now being made available by HUD will be going to nine states and five local jurisdictions that previously received congressionally approved Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds between 2015 and 2017. An additional $9.059 billion for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be made available separately.RELATED ARTICLESResilient CommunitiesResilience is the New GreenResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsIs It Time to Move Our Cities?How Texas Is Building Back Better From Hurricane Harvey Wait a minute, HUD is a federal agency. The Trump administration is funding work to address the impacts of climate change? Essentially, yes, whether the president knows it or not. While the words “climate change” never actually appear in HUD’s description of the grant program, there are multiple references in the document to changing future conditions, which can only occur as a result of climate change. Examples of such language include: “…the action plan must include a risk-based Mitigation Needs Assessment that identifies and analyzes all significant current and future disaster risks and provides a substantive basis for the activities proposed.” (p.11) “For flood mitigation efforts: grantees must consider high wind and continued sea level rise…” (p.35) Grantees must explain how projects, “will reflect changing environmental conditions (such as sea level rise or development patterns).” (p.49 and p.71) “A Mitigation Needs Assessment. Each grantee must assess the characteristics and impacts of current and future hazards identified through its recovery from the qualified disaster and any other Presidentially-declared disaster.” (p.32) “Mitigation solutions designed to be resilient only for threats and hazards related to a prior disaster can leave a community vulnerable to negative effects from future extreme events related to other threats or hazards.” (p.32) How are these funds different than past federal disaster aid? HUD’s intention is for communities to use these funds to “increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship, by lessening the impact of future disasters.” In other words, this funding isn’t for simply rebuilding what was previously damaged. These dollars are intended to enable communities to make infrastructure less likely to fail in a disaster, to make housing safer, and to pursue projects that can reduce the risk of future damage. It’s also got several provisions that require grantees to build with a greater awareness of how disasters could be worse in the future. How does $6.875 billion compare to past levels of funding for climate resilience and disaster mitigation? This is by far the largest single appropriation the federal government has ever made for climate resilience and disaster mitigation. Also, this funding is part of a larger $16 billion package, with $9.059 billion still to be made available to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. What kinds of things can grantees do with these funds? A whole range of forward-thinking projects can be done with these funds, including buyouts of flood-prone homes and buildings. For buyouts done with these funds, the structure will be demolished and the land must be maintained as open space in perpetuity. Grantees are also encouraged to pursue nature-based solutions, like living shorelines and green infrastructure projects, wherever practicable. These funds can also be used to support a host of longer-term actions that can make communities safer and better prepared for the impacts of climate change. Developing long-term plans for reducing the risk of disasters, updating building codes, or establishing revolving loan funds to create a long term mechanism for funding future disaster mitigation projects are all eligible activities that communities tend to under-invest in. All grantees are also required to develop a Mitigation Needs Assessment as part of their application for funding, identifying current and future risks, building on plans that states and territories are already required to develop for FEMA. Are grantees required to consider future risks or climate impacts? Yes. In addition to the sections I referenced above, there are other provisions. Future sea level rise must be considered for flood mitigation projects. And projects must be designed with an additional margin of safety for future flooding: Two feet above the elevation of a 100-year flood, as indicated on current FEMA flood maps, for all non-critical projects. For critical infrastructure, projects must be either three feet higher than the 100-year flood or built to the elevation of the 500-year flood, whichever is most protective. These requirements generally mirror a flood protection standard that President Trump rescinded days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. Despite President Trump’s earlier decision to throw-out the federal flood protection standard, HUD is including very similar provisions anyway. How long do states and communities have to apply and how much can they receive? States and local government grantees have several months to submit their applications for funding. Below are application deadlines and the amounts states have been allocated by HUD. Application Deadline, February 3, 2020 Florida $633,485,000 Louisiana $1,213,917,000 North Carolina $168,067,000 South Carolina $157,590,000 Texas $4,297,189,000 West Virginia $106,494,000 Application Deadline, March 2, 2020 Columbia, SC $18,585,000 Lexington County, SC $15,185,000 Richland County, SC $21,864,000 Houston, TX $61,884,000 San Marcos, TX $24,012,000 Application Deadline, April 6, 2020 California $88,219,000 Georgia $26,961,000 Missouri $41,592,000 -This post originally appeared at the Natural Resources Defense Council Expert Blog. Rob Moore is senior policy analyst in the NRDC’s Healthy People & Thriving Communities program.
David Warner is well known to be doting father and likes to spend quality time with his daughters, Ivy Mae and Indi Rae. But, his family’s whereabouts have been under close watch, something that has been worrying the burly Australian.Warner posted a photo on Instagram on Saturday of a man who was allegedly following him and his wife Candice at the supermarket and was even waiting for them outside his daughter’s dancing class.”Does anyone know this bloke?? He may or may not be a pap. Well he’s decided to follow @candywarner1 and I to the supermarket then also decided to wait at the front of my daughters dancing class even before we got there. I’m a bit concerned by this. Stalker or Wannabe pap. We respect the paps as they respect us now this bloke did none of this Today!! Lookout for him,” he posted.At first he thought he would be a paparazzi clicking pictures of them going about their day, but later the father in Warner was furious by the actions of the said man. He was angry by the man’s action and asked if anyone knew who this man was and advised them to stay away. advertisementWarner is quite active on social media and especially on Instagram where he lets his fans all over the world in on his life with photos, videos with his family.Earlier in the day he had even posted a photo of the three women in his life, a usual feature of his bustling Instagram page.Last month, as Australia were touring India, Warmer’s two little girls were pictured next to a street-side shop, paying a lady after enjoying a lemonade.
Touch offices around Australia will be closed for a period over the Christmas season. Please see below for the dates for each office around Australia. Touch Football Australia- 19 Dec – Jan 02 Victoria: 22 Dec – 09 Jan Queensland: 19 Dec – 06 Jan South Australia: 19 Dec – 08 Jan Western Australia: 24 Dec – 02 Jan New South Wales: Dec 15 – Jan 17 Tasmania: 23 Dec – 04 Jan Australian Capital Territory: 21 Dec – 02 Jan Northern Territory: 19 Dec – 03 Jan