CALGARY – Mike Gould’s love of family and hockey was behind the Alberta man’s decision to make a multimillion-dollar donation to a hockey club in southeastern B.C.Giving $7.5 million to the Junior B Kimberley Dynamiters of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League will help the team in a number of ways, Gould said in an interview Monday.“They’re going to get a new bus, I do know that for a fact,” Gould said from Calgary. “It is going to help out with some ice time, too.”Gould, 38, also wants the cash to benefit the region’s fledgling triple-A team, as well as Kimberley’s local minor hockey association.He has two sons playing hockey in Kimberley, but both are too young to play for the Dynamiters.The gift was formally announced at the Dynamiters’ home game on Oct. 13.Gould was born in Kimberley and played hockey there growing up. He said his mother, who died in December, would have been proud of him as he waved to a crowd of 700 when the donation was announced.“It was a little emotional, not having mom there. She would be down on the ice going ‘That’s my boy.’ “Gould said he won a 2008 jackpot in a EuroMillions lottery. He declined to say how much he won but investing the windfall is now his full-time job.“Basically, I just sit back and invest the money now,” Gould said.He said he loves the National Hockey League but realized many years ago that playing in the big leagues wasn’t going to happen so he’d have to stay involved at the local level.While many wealthy people have their money tied up in corporations, Gould said he has more freedom to do what he wants to do with his cash.“So basically, why not challenge the other people to actually step up a little bit and help out their communities with extra hockey rinks and extra sports.”He said it’s exciting to imagine that a local child might become a professional hockey player because they had a chance to play as a result of his donation.Dynamiters president James Leroux says he thinks channelling some funds to the Kimberley Minor Hockey Association could boost registration and increase the amount of local talent available to the junior B team.Curtis McLaren, president of Kimberley Minor Hockey, said the association had heard about the gift but had not yet received any money or been officially informed of the donation.— By Beth Leighton in Vancouver, with files from CHBZ
Dennis Ward APTN National NewsThe Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) along with the Fort William First Nation has signed a statement of commitment with the City of Thunder Bay to improve the lives of Indigenous peoples in a city that seems to be in crisis.Signed on Fort William First Nation Tuesday, the agreement recognizes that the escalation of violent incidents in the city has created a “crisis for the leadership and citizens of Fort William and NAN,” according to a statement released by the three parties.In the agreement, the parties expresses concern for the safety and well-being of Indigenous people who live in and visit the city, especially youth who must relocate from their home communities in order to pursue their education at post-secondary school, college and university.Each party also recognizes the “urgent need to improve relations” among the Indigenous population and non-Indigenous population.Read a copy of the document here: Statement of CommitmentThe agreement follows months of turmoil in Thunder Bay.Thunder Bay’s Acting Mayor Joe Virdiramo signed the document on behalf of the city of Thunder Bay because Mayor Keith Hobbs has stepped aside after being charged with extortion.Two Anishinaabe youth were found dead in the city’s waterways this past May and Ontario’s Chief Coroner asked York Regional Police to investigate the deaths after First Nation leaders called for the RCMP to take over the cases because they had no confidence in the abilities of the Thunder Bay police.The city has also developed a reputation for rampant racism. It has the highest rate of police reported hate incidents against Indigenous peoples in the country.Barbara Kentner, an Anishinaabe woman, died last month from injuries the family believes were inflicted during a targeted assault in January. Kentner was hit with a trailer hitch thrown from a car with four occupants.Only one of the occupants, Brayden Bushby, 18, was charged with aggravated assault. According to Thunder Bay police, investigators are still waiting for a report from Ontario’s coroner before deciding whether to upgrade charges against Bushby.Along with Hobbs, JP Levesque, the city’s chief of police, is also facing criminal charges while the Police Service and its Board are both being investigated by Ontario’s police watchdog.Senator Murray Sinclair was recently appointed as an investigator and tasked to look into the administration of the Thunder Bay police board.The agreement signed on Tuesday recognizes “systemic racism exists in Thunder Bay and must be dismantled.”According to the statement released by the three parties, the commitment calls on the signatories to work collaboratively to ensure the safety and well-being of First Nations students while in the City of Thunder Bay and to work to address issues affecting the health, safety and security of all residents, regardless of ethnicity, in a respectful and appropriate manner.An anti-racism campaign will be developed to eliminate racism against Indigenous people in Thunder Bay by challenging racist, hateful, ignorant discourse directed toward Indigenous people and address systemic racism in organizations and institutions, according to the statement.A “student safety plan” will also be developed.Contact Dennis here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Zimmer says,” A whole bunch of people from Western Canada that want to get our resources to market”“My comments were that we should be thanking all the oil and gas folks for keeping us warm in the winter, the fuel that flies our planes back and forth from Ottawa comes from the Kinder Morgan Pipeline,” said Zimmer“Wanted to say, show your support to all these folks out here, great to see so many. They have the road completely blocked off with all the trucks. It is good to see. Great show of support, we need to keep the pressure for the Trudeau government that we will actually get our resources to market.” continued Zimmer“It’s pretty sad that we are a world leader in energy, at least we were until the policies over-regulation are doing their very best, Trudeau is doing his best to shut it down, thanks for coming out and all that came from FSJ, I recognized a few when I was speaking,” said Zimmer, “Keep up the good work” OTTAWA, ONT – The United We Roll Convoy has arrived at their final destination at Parliament Hill and Bob Zimmer was in attendance.The Convoy made up of workers and supporters of the oil and gas industry left from Red Deer, Alberta heading to Ottawa to express their concern for the industry.Bob Zimmer posted a video to his FB Page titled; ‘ Awesome show of support for our energy workers and industry with the truck convoy today! #UnitedWeRoll #UnitedWeRollConvoy
Rabat – Khouribga-born Ayoub Chaouak has obtained the best high school mark across Italy, meaning that Moroccans have achieved the highest baccalaureate results in the country for the second year running.Living in the northern Italian region of Bergamo, the 19-year old achieved the highest possible score of 100/100 in the 2017 nation wide exams for computer science.The Moroccan teenager intends to continue his studies in the field of computer science and in particular regarding the development of online security programs. Last year, a Moroccan student living in Turin achieved the best grade in the country.
THE DOCTORS’ UNION representing junior doctors said it will meet tomorrow to consider a series of proposals negotiated between the union and the HSE on the working hours of NCHDs.The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) is demanding an end to shifts for NCHDs running in excess of 24 hours. They also want the HSE to bring in a plan aimed at achieving compliance with an EU directive on working hours.Strike suspensionFollowing negotiations between the two sides, the IMO agreed to a one week suspension of industrial action, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday.The IMO has said that the strike threat remains on the table.In a statement today, the IMO said it was now up to the NCHD Committee to consider the next steps in this dispute.A spokesman today said that the IMO would not have agreed to the Labour Relations Court request to suspend the day of action if the proposals that were negotiated were not significant.Next steps“Ultimately the NCHD Committee will decide on the next steps but we believe that the proposals we have negotiated are significant and go a considerable way to addressing our deep concerns on the working hours issue and on other important issues for our NCHD members,” said the spokesperson.The spokesman said he welcomed what he described as a “belated engagement” on the part of the HSE to acknowledge the problems of NCHD members and their own failures on this issue over many years.He added: Clearly the HSE is finally accepting that they have to move on this issue and therefore we have an obligation to give the negotiated proposals real and serious consideration. The committee will do that tomorrow.Read: Doctors’ strike called off for a week as IMO considers deal>Read: Strike threat still on the table as doctors and HSE resume talks>
In the early days of her career, Evelyn Nagornyy has already faced obstacles on her path to fulfill her dream of working on the pit crew for a racing team.But thanks to a donation from Dick Hannah Dealerships, buying a tool kit will not be one of them.Nagornyy, a first-year student in Clark College’s automotive technology program, and other students enrolled in the school’s Dick Hannah Initiative for Technician Education at Clark College, received basic tool kits valued at $4,000. College President Bob Knight and Dick Hannah, founder and owner of Dick Hannah Dealerships, presented gleaming red tool kits to the students in a brief ceremony at the college’s automotive shop.“We’re really helping educate and train,” Knight said. “It’s going to better our community.”The program, which began earlier this year, pairs automotive technology students with the dealership to give them experience in the shop, as well as a beginning set of tools to help in their classes. In exchange, students must complete their degree program and serve an internship in a Dick Hannah shop for six months after graduating.Before they start taking classes and throughout their degree program, students also have paid internships at Hannah, giving them hands-on experience. Doing so “creates a bridge to industry,” said Jason Crone, and instructor and program coordinator for the automotive technology program.“Students get a foundation in the industry before they start taking classes,” Crone said.Gary Schuler, corporate director for Dick Hannah Dealerships, said the company benefits as well. Schuler worked with the college to launch the program, and said by investing in students, the company guarantees it has a trained workforce in the years to come.
Inter Milan are currently placed fifth in the Serie A and Luciano Spalletti wants to create a pressure on Lazio and AS Roma by winning the upcoming game against Chievo.The experienced coach knows that his side are entering the most important part of the season and they have to win every single game to achieve their season goal – to qualify to the Champions League for the next season.The former AS Roma coach spoke about his side’s goals as he said, according to Gianluca Di Marzio:Report: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…”We have important objectives, but time is running out. We can no longer postpone things, we’re working well and on Wednesday we proved we’re in good health. We must give everything until the end of the season.”“We wanted to plate for a spot in the Champions League until the end, and here we are. Chievo knows how to handle difficulties and have experience, they know full well this time of year you must play a certain way to avoid relegation”
Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter June 4, 2019 Posted: June 4, 2019 ???? Man Diego, CA#FriarFaithful pic.twitter.com/QbqLXp1nT8— San Diego Padres (@Padres) June 4, 2019“It felt great. I finally got a good swing and got a grand slam and got the W,” Machado said. “Beating a good pitcher like (Aaron) Nola, I mean, he was getting out of some key situations there that we left runners in scoring position that we should have drove in. … Overall a good W, a good inning for the ballclub so we really thrive off that.”Machado’s two-out slam off JD Hammer highlighted the seven-run sixth. After rookie Josh Naylor hit a two-run single to knock out Nola (6-1), Hammer came on and walked Greg Garcia to load the bases. He struck out Franmil Reyes before Machado drove the next pitch for his ninth career slam.Machado signed a $300 million, 10-year deal with the Padres on Feb. 21 and Harper signed a $330 million, 13-year deal with the Phillies on March 1.Machado said he didn’t get a chance to speak with Harper before the game.“I think he was getting ready and I was. It’s always good to find a new home. He found one and I found one myself. That’s the most excitement that we could get, knowing that we’re going to be here for a long period of time.”Reyes homered off Nola in the fifth, his 17th, and Ian Kinsler hit a go-ahead double in the sixth.Nola allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked three.“I just didn’t have it tonight, really didn’t have anything,” Nola said. “Curveball was missing, changeup was missing, fastball was missing. ”San Diego’s Eric Lauer (5-4) held the Phillies to one run and two hits in six innings, struck out three and walked three.J.T. Realmuto homered off Brad Wieck in the seventh, his ninth. He also had an RBI single in the fourth.ODD PLAYMcCutchen drew a leadoff walk before Kinsler, the second baseman, let Jean Segura’s popup drop. Kinsler threw to first to get Segura, who slipped coming out of the box and didn’t run hard. McCutchen was caught in a rundown and was hurt as he spun and tried to elude the tag getting back to first. He had to be helped off the field.“I didn’t feel it pop or anything,” McCutchen said. “Something felt uncomfortable, something that made me grab my knee and go down. I’ve had an ACL injury before and I know what that feels like. This didn’t feel like that. It’s swollen a little but there’s still mobility, I can still move it and all that.“I didn’t know where Jean was,” he added. “I didn’t know that he wasn’t close. Had I known he was close I would have stayed on first and not even ran. It’s kind of like a golden retriever going after a stick, the ball drops, I’m going.”Kapler said the Phillies will bring up Adam Haseley on Tuesday and if McCutchen isn’t available for the Phillies, “it will sting.”UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff (2-3, 4.10) is scheduled to start the middle game of the series Tuesday night.Padres: Rookie RHP Chris Paddack (4-3, 2.40) is looking to bounce back from a loss at the New York Yankees in which he allowed career-highs of six hits, four runs and three home runs. AP SAN DIEGO (AP) — Manny Machado drove a high fly ball to right field and all Bryce Harper could do was turn, run to the wall and watch it sail over his head into the home run deck at Petco Park.Machado’s grand slam carried the San Diego Padres to an 8-2 victory against the NL East-leading Philadelphia Phillies in the first showdown this season between the superstars who changed teams during spring training.The Phillies lost center fielder Andrew McCutchen to a sprained left knee in the first inning. He’ll have an MRI TuesdayIt was Machado’s 10th homer this season and first since May 14 off Kenley Jansen in a 6-3 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers. AP, Machado’s grand slam carries Padres over Harper’s Phillies
Ostrander and Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel gave a ‘State of Kenai’ address at a Kenai Chamber Luncheon on Wednesday, March 6. During the luncheon they discussed the current local economic condition, progress on capital projects, and city finances. Ostrander: “It’s really going to be an open conversation with the community about what services are most important to them. But, one component we are going to have is live polling where we actually will be asking the people who show up what is most important to them.” The meeting is open to the public and will take place at 6pm, at the Kenai Senior Center. Mayor Gabriel expressed concern with the proposed state budget, but stresses optimism: “We’ve got some good news, we’ve got some investment that’s happening within the city. We’ve got challenges there is not doubt about it, and when the Dunleavy administration unveiled his budget there were some gasps with the level of reductions, so we will see where that ends up in the legislature.” In years past the City of Kenai has been able to depend on capital credits to fund city capital projects. Between 2011 and 2015 the city received upward of $4 to $6.5 million dollars. In recent years from 2016 to 2018 capital grants from the state have been at zero. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享As the City of Kenai begins their 2020 budget planning, Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander explained that the City of Kenai will be hosting a community meeting, Invest in Kenai, on Tuesday, to talk with community members about the upcoming budget process, city services, and projects.
Yalal: Responding to the news in the media about the leakage of pipeline of Mission Bhagiratha at Juntupalli, the officials clarified that it was not a leakage but the overflow of water. The DE of Mission Bhagiratha Vijayakumar said it was not the leakage. “After completion of leakage work near Balma Naik thanda, water was released to Tandur BPT. At the time, water level increased in the CWR and pressure developed in the pipeline due to slope towards Thimmaipally BPT,” he clarified. The overflow was controlled within few minutes, he said.
Mahesh Babu with director Trivikram SrinivasTwitterSuperstar Mahesh Babu says that he is back with his favourite director Trivikram Srinivas and he always loves working with him. His fans are thrilled and requested him to announce a movie with him.Mahesh Babu has almost wrapped the production of his 25th landmark film Maharshi, which is scheduled for release in the theatres on May 9. He had announced to do his 26th movie with director Sukumar of 1: Nenokkadine fame. But he walked out of this film in a bid to work with young filmmaker Anil Ravipudi.When he was expected to start shooting for Anil Ravipudi’s upcoming project, Mahesh Babu surprised everyone with a new announcement. The superstar took to his Twitter account on Wednesday night to share his photo with director Trivikram Srinivas. He caption it with, “Back with my favourite Love the experience…always “Mahesh Babu first teamed with Trivikram Srinivas in Athadu in 2005. The movie was not only a big hit at the box office, but also fetched Filmfare Award for Best Director, Nandi Award for Best Dialogue Writer and Vamsee International Award for Best Director for Trivikram. The two joined hands again after 5 years, but their second combo film Khaleja (2010) failed to live upto the expectations.It has been almost 10 years that they have not joined hands for another. A few of Mahesh fans feel that he should not join hands with Trivikram Srinivas, as his recent track record is not good. But maximum number of fans say that it is time for this combo comeback together. Here are some fans’ replies to the superstar.HARI KIRAN @meharikiran Yahoooooo……! My favorite director and my favorite hero together! Beautiful combo! Waiting for the movie and expecting another evergreen hit like #Athadu and #Khaleja Srinu Ane Nenu @sssrinu49 Srujan Reddy @srujan_DHFM Sumithkumar @sumithkumar666 can’t wait for it..hope it’d be as good as ATHADU @urstrulyMahesh Anna me iddari combination lo 3rd movie malli eppudu v r waiting Anna expecting soon We need dis combination Waiting for this combination Again Not Only For You Annaya.. Guruji Gaaru Always A Favarate Of Your Extended Family Also.. He Is Only One, Who Pictureaiged A Total Mass And Stylish Movie With Complete Meaningful Way With You.. Waiting For Onother One From #SSMB With #Thrivikram #Maharshi #SSMB25 Saradhi Rudhrapati @saradhijey @UrstrulyDhfm @FanOfSSMBEver
Ethiopia’s religious leaders on Monday urged the government to block a US gay travel company from touring the country’s ancient sites, and one group warned visiting homosexuals could face violence.The Chicago-based Toto Tours, which describes itself on its website as “the only gay tour company in existence” that has been operating with the same ownership and management for almost three decades, told AFP it has received death threats since announcing a 16-day trip to Ethiopia, which includes numerous historical religious sites.Their itinerary has sparked ire in Ethiopia, which like many in Africa is deeply homophobic and has strict anti-gay laws, punishing homosexual acts with up to 15 years in prison.”Tour programmes and dating programmes that try to use our historical sites and heritage should be immediately stopped by the Ethiopian government and we urge Ethiopians supporting these sinful and evil acts to desist from their acts,” Tagay Tadele of the Inter-Religious Council of Ethiopia told journalists.The council counts seven Islamic and Christian denominations as members.An influential Ethiopian Orthodox organisation, the Sileste Mihret United Association, also held a press conference Monday to condemn the tour company.”Homosexuality is hated as well as being illegal in Ethiopia. Toto Tours are wrong to plan to conduct tours in our religious and historical places,” the organisation’s vice chairman, Dereje Negash, told AFP.”If Toto Tours comes to Ethiopia where 97 per cent of Ethiopians surveyed oppose homosexuality, they will be damaged, they could even die,” he said.Dan Ware, the president of Toto Tours, said the company had been “terribly misunderstood”, in an email to AFP.”Our company is not aimed at spreading values contrary to local cultures when we travel around the world. We are simply an organization where like-minded people can travel comfortably together to experience the world’s most precious wonders.”We come with only the greatest respect and humility.”He said the tour had been advertised on the company’s social media pages and spotted within Ethiopia, leading to “death threats”, and called for protection for the tour group from both the US State Department and the Ethiopian tourism ministry.”This is terrible discrimination, and when the word of this spreads internationally, as it is most likely to do, it will have a negative impact on the important tourism industry in Ethiopia.”He said that by the time the tour takes place in October “the eyes of the entire world will be on the people of Ethiopia to see what happens to us.”Twenty-eight out of 49 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have laws penalising same-sex relationships, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW).Some countries, like Angola, Mozambique and Seychelles, have moved to scrap anti-gay laws.However Kenya’s high court earlier this month refused to do so, in a major blow to gay activists on the continent.
By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROA former Baltimore rector will speak at the royal wedding at Windsor Castle in England on Saturday.Michael Bruce Curry, Primate and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, served 12 years as rector of St. James Episcopal Church in Baltimore, from 1988 to 2000.The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, will speak at the wedding between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle. He will join the dean of Windsor, the Rt. Revd. David Conner and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who will officiate at the service. (The Episcopal Church via AP)Born 1953 in Chicago, Illinois, Curry attended public schools in Buffalo, New York. He attained a Masters in Divinity from Yale; going on to study at Princeton, Wake Forest and the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore.He was ordained a priest in 1978, ministering to St. Stephens, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 1982, he became rector of St. Simon in Cyrene, Lincoln Heights, Ohio.A St. James delegation traveled to Ohio in search of a new rector to replace Rev. Donald Wilson, who had retired in 1986.“We were in awe,” senior warden Dr. Charlene Griffin told the AFRO. She and her companion, Candace Simms, returned to Baltimore resolved.“On the way back, between the two of us, we were trying to determine how could we get the members of St. James to understand that this is the person that we need as our rector,” Griffin said. “It was just that tremendous, in hearing him.”Curry’s distinction at the time was his evangelical style.“He came down from the altar, he walked the floor as he talked to us, he wore his microphone, he was enthusiastic about everything,” Griffin said. “Everything he shared with us.”Curry’s approachability also defined his moments between delivering the Gospel.“There was no problem in getting to talk with him or having him show the interest that parishioners were interested in having, when they talked or were with their rector or their priest,” Griffin said.In 2000, Curry was elected Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. In 2015, he was elected in the first ballot to preside as bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church. It will be as the leader of a territory of the Anglican Communion that spans across the United States, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Taiwan and Micronesia. Curry is the first Black presiding bishop and primate.“I heard him say that when he got elected, he would be the ‘CEO of the Episcopal Church,’ and went on to say ‘Chief Evangelism Officer,’ said Father Charles Cloughen, an Episcopal priest and friend and colleague of Curry from seminary school. “But that’s how he was, he’s very big on evangelism, the Jesus Movement, and presenting a living Jesus Christ to the world around him.”Curry’s unique charismatic style, emblematic of the Jesus Movement, likely stems from the Baptist and Episcopal traditions shared by his parents, Cloughen says.“His presence is incredible,” Cloughen told the AFRO. “I credit part of that to his Baptist grandmother. His father was an Episcopal priest. They went to a church in the South and Communion was to be done and the Episcopal Church would practice a common chalice. And his father was not Episcopalian, but his wife went up and took Communion and he thought they’ll never give her the same chalice that White people are going to be drinking from.”“His father sat there, and said ‘Oh my God, what’s gonna happen now?’ Cloughen continued, recounting Curry’s story of his father. “‘Will we be asked to leave? What’s going on?’ And the priest gave her the wine from the common chalice.”Curry is one of several speakers at the May 19 wedding of Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle, whose mother is African American and father is White. Curry’s mission and evangelism will cross the Atlantic in the coming days, but he has a history of crossing denominations here in the United States.“The love that has brought and will bind Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God, and is the key to life and happiness. And so we celebrate and pray for them today,” Curry said in a statement.Upon assuming rectorship of St. James, Curry initiated a revival.“The revivalist was from the AME church,” Griffin said. “It was Dr. John Bryant who came as the revivalist. That’s how open [Curry] was, that’s how involved he was in the community and we continued that even after he left. Probably because we were still thinking of the influence that he had on us. Probably thinking, we wanted to make him proud of us, also.”“He’s a truly spiritual leader, a gifted and person who clearly knows God,” Alice Pinderhughes, Chancellor of St. James told the AFRO. “He always was a very upright person and always concerned about people. He always put the church, always put St. James above everything else.”
in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, journal, News Ben Carson Disaster Relief FEMA HUD Hurricane harvey texas U.S. Small Business Administration 2017-11-17 David Wharton The state of Texas will receive more than $5 billion in disaster relief funding thanks to a new grant awarded today by HUD. During a press conference today in Austin, Texas, HUD Deputy Secretary Pamela Hughes Patenaude and Governor Greg Abbott announced that $5.024 billion in relief were headed deep into the heart of Texas, courtesy of HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program.HUD Secretary Ben Carson said:As President Trump has said from the beginning, the whole federal family is with the people of Texas to help them recover from this devastating storm as quickly as possible. HUD will work with Governor Abbott and his staff to do whatever is needed to rebuild damaged homes and to restore shuttered businesses in some of the hardest-hit areas of the State.Governor Abbott said:The urgency with which our federal partners are addressing the needs of Texans following Harvey is exactly what is needed to help them rebuild their lives. I thank Secretary Carson, Deputy Secretary Patenaude, and the Trump Administration for working on behalf of Texans who have been hardest hit and in need of immediate aid. Our goal from the start has been work in conjunction with federal and local leaders to help Texans repair and rebuild as quickly as possible, and this funding is a good start that brings us one step closer to achieving that goal.This grant follows on President Trump’s September 8 signing of the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2018 and the Additional Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief Requirements Act, 2017, which set aside $7.4 billion in funding for major 2017 disasters. HUD is responsible for dispensing the funds, based “the number of seriously damaged homes lacking adequate insurance and businesses that failed to qualify for SBA’s disaster loan program,” as determined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Small Business Administration.HUD determined that over 230,000 homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, of which approximately 65,000 and more than 4,000 businesses are not adequately covered by insurance or other programs.Texas Senator John Cornyn said:Texans hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey face unprecedented hurdles as they rebuild their homes and businesses, and these funds will help them move forward after the storm. I’m grateful for the support Texas has received from Secretary Carson, and I look forward to continuing my work with Senator Cruz, the Texas delegation, and Governor Abbott to ensure Texans aren’t left behind. Here’s How HUD Billions Will Rebuild Texas Share November 17, 2017 631 Views
Heading into this weekend, the Seahawks have allowed an average of 186 yards per game through the air. Quarterbacks have posted a rating of 85.6 against them while averaging a paltry 6.7 yards per attempt. The secondary is led by cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Cary Williams along with safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, and has long been regarded as one of the best in the league.Throughout Arizona’s locker room, there is a healthy amount of respect for what the Seahawks can do against the pass, but it’s important not to mistake that for fear.“Most definitely, there’s no fear at all,” receiver John Brown said. “These are the games that we prepare for and these are the games that we want.”While the Seahawks’ secondary deserves all the accolades it has received, the Cardinals have every reason to believe their offense can have success Sunday night.Larry Fitzgerald (55 receptions, 706 yards, seven TDs), John Brown (37 receptions, 562 yards, three TDs) and Michael Floyd (20 receptions, 319 yards, three TDs) form what ProFootballFocus.com ranked as the best receiving corps in the league, and all season long have — combined with an effective running game and useful options at tight end — proved to be too much to handle for pretty much every opponent they’ve come across. Even in Arizona’s two losses, to the St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers, they passed for 334 and 414 yards, respectively. TEMPE, Ariz. — It’s a classic case of strength meets strength.The Seattle Seahawks and their No. 2 pass defense matching up with the Arizona Cardinals and their fourth-ranked passing attack.It’s the kind of matchup people look forward to seeing; coaches, not so much.“No, not really,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said when asked if matchups like this are fun to coach in. “I’d much rather play somebody else. As long as we can block their front four on a consistent basis, we’ll be OK.” Last season the Cardinals threw for 204 and 187 yards in a pair of losses to the Seahawks, though they did not have starting quarterback Carson Palmer for either game. Out with an ACL injury then, he has returned this season and thrown for 2,386 yards and 20 touchdown passes in eight games, and his presence has understandably given the Cardinals a jolt of confidence.As does the play of his wide receivers.“We’ll find out on Sunday,” Palmer said of how his group matches up with Seattle. “I wouldn’t rather go in there with any other five wideouts, especially our top three.”The beauty of Arizona’s passing game is that a defense, in theory, cannot take away every one of Palmer’s options. Arizona offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin said he thinks that makes it difficult for a team like Seattle, who cannot choose to put Sherman, their best cover corner, on one player and expect to neutralize the Cardinals.A two-time Pro Bowler, Sherman said he’ll cover whoever his coaches ask him to. Some plays that may be Fitzgerald, others it could be Brown or Floyd. Either way, he should have his hands full, but also an opportunity to make plays. After all, no one expects the Cardinals to back down from their normal game plan of taking some shots down the field — no matter who is lining up against their receivers. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Some Arizona Sports 98.7 FM hosts made predictions for Sunday’s game.And in “Double Coverage” Brady Henderson, who covers the Seahawks for ESPN 710 in Seattle (think the me of that station) answers some questions about the team.The Arizona Cardinals wide receivers got high praise from Pro Football Focus.More stories from the Seattle side of thingsThe Seahawks have intercepted just three passes, though they’re more concerned with points allowed.ESPN 710 AM’s Danny O’Neil believes limiting big passing plays is the key to beating Arizona.In “Chalk Talk,” Brock Huard explains how the Cardinals will try and contain Russell Wilson.Miscellany-A touchdown reception by Larry Fitzgerald would give him eight on the season, a mark that would tie a career high through nine games. Fitzgerald is also 79 receiving yards shy of surpassing his yardage total all of last season.-A 100-yard or more rushing effort from Chris Johnson would tie a franchise record for consecutive games with 100+ rushing yards at three.-The last time the Cardinals played the Seahawks in Seattle, defensive lineman Calais Campbell recorded three sacks. Cards coach Bruce Arians has maintained the Pro Bowler should have had even more. -Remember that long TD run Marshawn Lynch had against the Cardinals in Glendale last season, the one where he made a gesture while diving into the end zone? Bruce Arians does.“Not me. I didn’t get my ass run over,” he answered when asked if it motivates the team at all. “Hopefully with the guys that got their ass run over, it motivates them.”-Michael Floyd needs a TD catch Sunday to become the first player since Larry Fitzgerald in 2013 to record a touchdown reception in four straight games.-The Cardinals are acutely aware of Russell Wilson’s ability to burn him with his legs after he burned them for a combined 161 yards in two games last season. Cardinals defensive coordinator James Bettcher said they will absolutely change their approach to rushing the QB.“Rush very aware of your rush lane integrity. Taking chances can cost you big,” he said. “Look back last year, we had the one scramble coming out of the goal line where someone jumped out of their rush lane and 40 yards later it’s a field position change for us.”-Given an extra week to prepare for the game, the Cardinals are clearly amped up for the contest, and Arians does not see that as an issue. “Any night game, Sunday or Monday night, they’re going to be a little more jacked up, and it’s a big division game so you would want them jacked up,” he said. “But snot bubbles and tears don’t win [expletive]. As soon as you get hit in the mouth, they dry up.” The Cardinals have allowed just 11 sacks all season, which has allowed Palmer and the passing game to thrive. They have yet to face a secondary as strong as Seattle’s, which makes Sunday’s game a bit of a proving ground for them.And you know what? While they’d surely rather play a lesser opponent, as Arians said, there is value in the opportunity to step up and outclass one of the league’s best groups.“You hear about the Legion of Boom all the time and to be able to have the chance to play against them, with our starting quarterback especially, it’s a lot of fun,” receiver Fitzgerald said. “We have a lot of confidence in our skill guys.”Some stories for pre-game readingAs Craig Grialou reports, the Cardinals know the road to the top of the NFC West goes through Seattle.Jimmy Graham is not putting up the kind of numbers he did in New Orleans, but Arizona knows he is still a tough cover.John Gambadoro believes all the pressure in Sunday’s game rests on the home team’s shoulders.The Cardinals would like to have a rivalry with the Seahawks because that would mean they have beaten them a few times.The last time the Cardinals faced the Seahawks with Carson Palmer, they won. In Seattle. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) lines up against Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Michael Floyd (15) and wide receiver John Brown in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear) Comments Share “It’s always a great competitive matchup when we play these guys,” Sherman said. “Just great respect for both sides and there are always some unique battles down the field. Obviously, we’ve been playing Larry and Michael for three or four years now, and John Brown has come on as of late. It’s going to be fun. It’s going to be an interesting game.”Interesting? Probably. Intense? Definitely.Goodwin said his receivers definitely get excited to face one of the league’s best secondaries as it’s a chance to show just how good they are. Facing off against Arizona’s defensive backs in practice helps, he noted, since there is plenty of talent there as well.“I know they’re excited, and I know they’re even more excited because Carson’s back there,” he said. “Just like any other game, as long as we can protect there’s going to be opportunities to put the ball down the field, but it starts up front and me and my group have to do a great job.”Indeed, the easiest way to short-circuit an electric passing game is by getting after the quarterback, so it is imperative that Arizona’s offensive line gives Palmer enough time to find his targets. Seattle has amassed 20 sacks this season, with Michael Bennett (6.5), Bruce Irvin (4.5) and Cliff Avril (3.5) doing most of the damage.
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