Santana was scheduled to start Tuesday for the OKC Dodgers but the game was rained out. Shortly after, he got the call that he was wanted in the big leagues. He hasn’t slept since, he said.“It was very emotional. It was beautiful,” Santana said through an interpreter. “It was something that only happens once in a lifetime.“I always say God has a plan and if that game was rained out it was because God had a different plan for me. Thank God, I’m here now.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Santana will be available to pitch out of the bullpen in an “emergency” over the next two days but Santana could make his first big-league start this weekend in Colorado. With Rich Hill still on the DL and Brock Stewart returned to Triple-A after starting Monday, the Dodgers will need a starter to fill in during the three-game series against the Rockies.“One hundred percent,” Santana said when asked how ready he was to face big-league hitters. “You always have to be ready and have confidence in yourself no matter who’s in front of you.” Related Articles Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers’ disabled list got a little more crowded Wednesday – but the door to the big leagues opened for one of their top pitching prospects.After leaving his start in the second inning Tuesday, right-hander Kenta Maeda underwent an MRI on Wednesday that confirmed the diagnosis of a strained muscle in his right hip.The Dodgers placed Maeda on the DL, giving them four members of their season-opening starting rotation on the DL (Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to come off the DL and start Thursday). Second baseman Chase Utley also went on the DL on Wednesday with a left thumb injury – the 13th different player placed on the list by the Dodgers this season. That created an opening for reliever Pat Venditte, much-needed reinforcement for a bullpen that had to cover 12-1/3 innings over the previous two days.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.In Maeda’s place, the Dodgers promoted right-hander Dennis Santana. Santana, 22, had made only two starts at Triple-A Oklahoma City after starting the season in Double-A. Between the two stops, he was 1-3 with a 2.54 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 10 starts with 65 strikeouts in 49-2/3 innings. Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day Maeda won’t be facing major-league hitters any time soon, but he said his understanding is that the hip strain is “pretty mild,” making him optimistic about a quick recovery.“It’s a strain which he said he had in Japan and he only missed a week or two,” Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said. “We hope it’s in that range.”Maeda said the injury is more of a muscle issue than any problem in the hip joint itself and improves with rest. He hopes to miss only one or two starts. The Dodgers have three off days in an 11-day stretch starting Monday which could help to mitigate Maeda’s absence from the rotation.“That is my hope, that I recover as quickly as possible,” Maeda said. “But at the same time, I want to make sure it is completely healed so it doesn’t affect the rest of my season.“It is disappointing considering I was doing well and I was feeling well. My focus now is that I recover and be able to pitch well again.”ALSOAfter starting 22 of the first 40 games when both Logan Forsythe and Justin Turner were on the DL, Utley has played less frequently since their return – and slumped badly. Before going on the DL on Wednesday, he was hitless in his last 14 at-bats with a .137 average (7 for 51) in May. …Hill threw three innings in a simulated-game setting with Kike’ Hernandez and Austin Barnes serving as hitters. Hill continues to keep the blister on his middle finger covered whenever he throws.UP NEXTPhillies (RHP Aaron Nola, 6-2, 2.27 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 1-4, 2.86 ERA), Thursday, 4:35 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), MLB Network (out of market only)
Mans explained that the NJDEP is looking both outward and inward to see where the state can plug into federal clean energy initiatives, as well as act as a leader.Mans spoke of an executive order signed by Murphy in May that set a goal of 3,500 megawatts of offshore wind capacity to be generated off New Jersey’s coast by the year 2030.“This is an area where we’re playing a bit of catch up with other coastal states,” Mans said, noting recently announced projects in Massachusetts and New York.The NJDEP has pinpointed four favorable sites at least three miles off the coast of southern New Jersey in federally regulated waters. The state recently concluded several stakeholder meetings, including one in Belmar, and is currently in the midst of a public comment period to better understand the ramifications of developing these sites and what impact they may have on surrounding wildlife, including bird migrations. UPHOLDING PARIS AGREEMENTMans also stated that New Jersey had joined the United States Climate Alliance, a bipartisan coalition of 16 states and Puerto Rico, which is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.President Donald Trump announced in June that he intends to pull the country out of the international accord on Nov. 4, 2020 – the earliest possible withdrawal date – due to cost concerns, job loss and negative impacts on the coal industry.“Just because the United States pulled out of it doesn’t mean that we as a state can’t go and achieve the goals,” Mans said. “There’s a lot we can be doing locally and as a state to make a difference.”This article was first published in the July 26-Aug. 2, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. Mans said. “And we can step in to help groups and municipalities financially to purchase land, if and when they find a willing seller.”CLEAN ENERGY BY 2050 “For a long time we did have a state plan that really did try to direct nodes of growth and open space preservation, in conjunction with counties and local entities. And that’s sort of been withering on the vine for the past few years,” said Mans, who was appointed to the NJDEP in February after serving as the executive director of the Keyport-based NY/NJ Baykeeper. By Chris Rotolo | HOLMDEL – Monmouth County is rapidly developing vacant land along its highways and waterfront, but there is a renewed desire by the state to preserve open space.At a July 16 meeting of local environmentalists in Holmdel, deputy commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) Debbie Mans, said state planning could have an impact on conservation efforts. With approximately 25 members of the Holmdel-based Citizens for Informed Land Use organization in attendance, Mans discussed NJDEP’s agenda under Murphy, including a commitment to completely renewable clean energy by 2050.One aspect of that process includes the NJDEP rejoining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cooperative effort among 10 Northeast and mid-Atlantic states to cap and reduce carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, including the placement of mandatory compliance obligations on fossil-fueled power plants.THE POWER OF WIND Though Mans understands that most land use choices are decided at the municipal and county levels, she did state that Gov. Phil Murphy is interested in bringing the idea of conservation back to the forefront with state planning.The mindset of Mans and Murphy is aligned with Two River-area citizens groups like the Neighbors for Waterfront Property in Atlantic Highlands who are working to preserve one of the last remaining tracts of undeveloped land on the Bayshore from being developed into 21 homes, and those in Middletown who are entrenched in a battle to hinder the Village 35 project.“A lot of these choices are very local, but when our regulations are triggered we have permitting authority,”
The Nakusp Varsity soccer team doubled Kelowna’s Immaculata 4-2 to finish ninth overall at the B.C. High School A Boy’s Championships last month in Victoria. Nakusp finished the round robin with a 1-2 record after defeating Southpointe 4-1. The boys then edged Osoyoos Rattlers 1-0 before doubling the Okanagan side. For this great result the movers and shakers at Mallard’s Source for Sports have selected the varsity squad Team of the Week. The team includes, back row, L-R, Tyler Hascarl, Jade Streliev, Kellan Nishida, Adam Watson, Ryan Bateman, Damin Devlin, Carter Stenseth, Nathan Hawe, Jacob Balske, Zach Friedenberger and coach Rod Morrison. Front, Nathyn McInnes, Mitchel Hascarl, Luis Carrillo, Kodi Bowman, Connor Reimer, Brody Jordan, Jesse Jensen, Sean Harper, Tyson Cann, Quinton Fahlman and coach Ron Balske.
Kent Desormeaux1312816 1421%44%$1,646,817 Edwin Maldonado71117 717%37%$735,542 $1 MILLION DOLLAR ST. PAT’S PITCH WINNER RECALLED 1022%53%$1,302,356 232%55%$261,930 1432%68%$1,871,827 322%50%$213,575 Mark Glatt72911 3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Kristin Mulhall3276 2917%48%$2,115,582 920%39%$820,176 Joseph Talamo1452015 ECLIPSE CHAMP FINEST CITY STRETCHES OUT IN SANTA MARGARITAFinest City attempts to successfully negotiate the longest distance she’s ever traveled on dirt in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes for older fillies and mares at a mile and an eighth.She’ll have to conquer streaking Vale Dori while she’s at it. The five-year-old Argentine-bred mare trained by Bob Baffert has won three straight Grade II events, and four races in a row, all on or close to the lead and all by daylight margins.Trainer Ian Kruljac feels Finest City is up to the task, even though the five-year-old daughter of City Zip is coming off two seven furlong victories and has never run further than one mile on dirt, finishing third behind champions Beholder and Stellar Wind in the Grade I Vanity Mile at Santa Anita last June.Finest City would go on to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 and earn an Eclipse Award as best in her division.“We’ll be close to the pace, but if she wants to be on the lead, she will be,” said Ian, 28-year-old son of trainer Eric Kruljac. “If (supplemental entry) Perfect Pic wants to go, I’m sure we’ll let her go.“Hopefully, we’re the fastest horse in the race at the end of it.”Finest City has been ridden by Mike Smith in her last two races, but with the Hall of Fame jockey at Oaklawn Park Saturday to ride Sham Stakes runner-up American Anthem in the Rebel Stakes, Kruljac has Tyler Baze back on Finest City.Baze has ridden her twice, finishing a distant second in an overnight race at Los Alamitos in December of 2015 and third in the Vanity.Owned by Seltzer Thoroughbreds, Finest City came into her own late last year, following her seven furlong Breeders’ Cup victory at 8-1 with a comfortable 3 ¾-length win Jan. 21 in the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes, also at seven furlongs, as the 2-5 favorite.Overall, the chestnut mare bred in Pennsylvania has a 5-4-2 record with earnings of $1,045,594.“She’s been more than a surprise,” Kruljac said. “She’s been a blessing.”The field for the Santa Margarita, race nine of 10: Autumn Flower, Martin Pedroza; Vale Dori, Rafael Bejarano; Finest City, Tyler Baze; Show Stealer, Kent Desormeaux; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez; Perfect Pic, Santiago Gonzalez; Wild At Heart, Flavien Prat; and Estrechada, Stewart Elliott. Jon White’s morning line for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita from the rail out: Autumn Flower (20-1), Vale Dori (9-5), Finest City (8-5), Show Stealer (8-1), Lady Tapit (20-1), Perfect Pic (5-1), Wild At Heart (6-1) and Estrechada (15-1). 3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Stewart Elliott1441516 918%58%$485,064 Jeff Bonde2273 Bob Baffert58138 Steven Miyadi58815 Tyler Baze2303943 Mike Smith56186 Jockey Standings 2311%48%$487,537 2216%50%$1,365,470 Corey Nakatani70127 (Current Through Sunday, March 12, 2017 Inclusive) 521%44%$490,995 1610%39%$621,263 1914%37%$681,423 614%50%$385,761 2110%36%$743,388 4122%57%$3,115,225 2114%52%$631,813 1817%49%$1,159,076 J. Keith Desormeaux3984 Peter Miller932821 William Spawr28104 1412%37%$399,685 TrainerMts1st2nd 1318%48%$1,077,870 Peter Eurton52115 Victor Espinoza62915 Vladimir Cerin50911 930%62%$1,354,941 Santiago Gonzalez1221220 Martin Pedroza1081520 Richard Baltas1182020 (Current Through Sunday, March 12, 2017 Inclusive) O’NEILL’S SMOOVE IT DEFENDS TITLE IN SATURDAY’S IRISH O’BRIEN 336%61%$303,596 TEAM O’NEILL EYES ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION What could be more fitting than a trainer named O’Neill winning a race called the Irish O’Brien in honor of St. Patrick’s Day?Nothing.Which is why Doug O’Neill is optimistic that Smoove It can capture Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes restricted to horses bred or sired in California for the second straight year. The six-year-old Square Eddie mare won the race in 2016 by 3 ¼ lengths.The Irish O’Brien is run over Santa Anita’s unique downhill turf course at about 6 ½ furlongs, where Smoove It has found a home, boasting a 3-2-2 record from nine starts over the layout for owner Reddam Racing, LLC.“She’s the defending champ and she drew well,” O’Neill said, alluding to her number seven post position. “She’s doing well, but Enola Gray, who just beat her (in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf on Jan. 28) is in there and she looks pretty tough.“The field is loaded with talent but we’re very happy with the way Smoove It is going into it and we definitely think this is her preferred surface.”As to a pending celebration should Smoove It win the Irish O’Brien, O’Neill said, “We’ll be drinking green beer after the big effort.”The Irish O’Brien, which goes as race seven: Chaulk O Lattey, Rafael Bejarano; Roo’s Valentine, Martin Pedroza; Enola Gray, Tyler Baze; Desert Steel, Flavien Prat; Lily Kai, Stewart Elliott; Bert’s Melody, Brice Blanc; Smoove It, Mario Gutierrez; Cuddle Alert, Corey Nakatani; Emmy and I, Joe Talamo; and Late ‘n Left, Edwin Maldonado.MULHALL/PEDROZA COMBO TEAM IN SATURDAY’S IRISH O’BRIENTrainer Kristin Mulhall and jockey Martin Pedroza are hoping the Luck of the Irish is with them on Saturday, as they team-up with Roo’s Valentine in the $100,000 Irish O’Brien Stakes, for older fillies and mares bred or sired in California at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.A 4-year-old filly by Vronsky, Roo’s Valentine, who is owned by her breeder, Kretz Racing, LLC, tried the hillside turf for the first time on Feb. 10. Breaking from the rail with open company in a second condition allowance that attracted a field of nine, she was dispatched at 24-1 and prevailed by a half length after pressing the early pace.“Six and a half wasn’t really the game plan,” said Pedroza’s longtime agent, Richie Silverstein. “Kristin was looking for anything from six and a half to a mile. Martin rode her like she was four to five and it worked out.”A trainer/rider combination to be reckoned with on the tough Southern California circuit, Silverstein attributes their success to several factors, including good timing and hard work.“We’ve always enjoyed riding for Kristin,” he said. “She always been there for us. A couple years ago at the Del Mar Fall Meet, most of her help was up here, at Santa Anita, and she needed some help with her horses down there. Kristin starts at 5 a.m. and Martin was there to get the horses out. He’d get on three or four before the first break…He knows her horses and he knows what she wants. We try to ride whatever Kristin has for us.”A one-time stakes winner versus state-breds at age two, Roo’s Valentine, who has an overall mark of 13-4-2-4, with earnings of $255,555, rates a big chance as a sharp horse breaking from post position two in Saturday’s 10-horse Irish O’Brien.RANCHO CUCAMONGA MAN WON $1 MILLION ST. PAT’S PITCH NINE YEARS AGO With the return of the $1 million St. Pat’s Pitch here on Saturday, memories harken back to a special moment in Santa Anita history, when John Placzankis, a 41-year-old warehouse manager from Rancho Cucamonga, electrified an on-track crowd of 15,660 with a million dollar ringer on March 15, 2008.“The drinks are on me,” bellowed Placzankis from Santa Anita’s main track. “I barely got the entry in on time. I’m a big Duke (basketball) fan and I lost money on them today. I was watching the game and I wasn’t thinking about the contest…I was just trying to relax. I’m pretty calm and I was actually just trying to throw it like a softball…and I didn’t want to go over the line. I probably hadn’t done it in like 30 years.”A native of New Rochelle, New York, Placzankis was thinking of family in the aftermath of his million dollar toss.“I’ll pay some bills and take care of my nieces and nephews…I’m also going to take care of my mom back home.”Registration forms for Saturday’s $1 Million Dollar St. Pat’s Pitch will be available, free of charge, on-track. A total of five finalists will be randomly selected. Four of them will be from those submitted on-track and one finalist will be selected via online signup, at santaanita.com/events.FINISH LINES: Bob Baffert, reached by text this morning, reports Grade II San Felipe winner Mastery, who underwent surgery to repair a condylar fracture to his left front ankle on Monday at Santa Anita, stated: “He came out of surgery fine and he looks good.”…Get Well wishes go out to our own Ed Golden, who has been dealing with the effects of Benign Positional Vertigo for the past week…With “Big Money” Mike Smith out of town to ride Baffert’s American Anthem in Saturday’s Grade II Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park, Baffert has enlisted Rafael Bejarano to ride Vale Dori in Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes. Smith had ridden the Argentine-bred mare to three consecutive graded stakes victories; the Grade II Bayakoa at Del Mar on Dec. 3, the Grade II La Canada here on Jan. 14 and the Grade II Santa Maria on Feb. 11. Prior to getting injured, Bejarano had guided her to two wins from four tries…While Team O’Neill’s Smoove It is the defending champ in Saturday’s $100,000 Irish O’Brien, trainer Sean McCarthy’s Bert’s Melody, who’s been idle since winning the one mile turf Fran’s Valentine here on May 28, was a close fourth beaten one length, in the 2015 O’Brien. A 6-year-old mare by Bertrando, Bert’s Melody is owned by her breeders, Mr. and Mrs. John Barr’s Oakcrest Stable…Jon White’s morning line for Saturday’s Grade I Santa Margarita from the rail out: Autumn Flower (20-1), Vale Dori (9-5), Finest City (8-5), Show Stealer (8-1), Lady Tapit (20-1), Perfect Pic (5-1), Wild At Heart (6-1) and Estrechada (15-1). SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 621%42%$567,152 1015%39%$351,151 Doug F. O’Neill1381827 715%50%$755,487 Rafael Bejarano1252021 John W. Sadler571010 1218%56%$606,220 Trainer Standings Jerry Hollendorfer1162417 MULHALL & PEDROZA TEAM WITH ROO’S VALENTINE Philip D’Amato841512 JockeyMts1st2nd Tiago Pereira1001211 Flavien Prat2154833 Luis Contreras891010 2221%54%$1,640,389 SAN FELIPE WINNER MASTERY ON MEND AFTER SURGERY Norberto Arroyo, Jr.971910 2113%48%$1,610,651 FINEST CITY, VALE DORI MEET IN SATURDAY’S SANTA MARGARITA 913%40%$445,830
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Board announces the opening of the application period of the 2018 Pork Industry Scholarships. This program is open to college juniors and seniors who have plans to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field. In addition, students who will be seeking to attend veterinary or graduate school with an emphasis on swine are encouraged to apply. The National Pork Board will award up to 21 scholarships in 2018 totaling $48,000. The top applicant will receive $5,000, the second-ranked applicant will receive $3,500 and all others will receive $2,000.“Developing human capital and identifying future leaders is critical to the continued success of the swine industry,” said Chris Hostetler, animal science director for the Pork Checkoff. “The National Pork Board’s Animal Science Committee understands this need and continues its commitment to recognize excellence and encourage students through awarding scholarships.”The guidelines for the scholarship application and the online form can be found at www.pork.org/scholarship. The deadline for application submission is Feb. 16, 2018. Following review and selection, recipients will be notified in April.“Students who meet the scholarship criteria are encouraged to submit an application for consideration.” Hostetler said. “This is an excellent opportunity to provide financial assistance to students seeking swine-oriented careers.”About 80% of the previous recipients of the Pork Industry Scholarship have pursued advanced degrees as they prepared to serve the industry as veterinarians, nutritionists, reproductive biologists and management consultants.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest President Trump signed into law the Support for Patients and Communities Act, a measure that promises help in the fight against drug addiction.“Opioids are stalking rural America. Our farmers and ranchers once thought addiction was predominantly something cities had to deal with,” Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “Sadly, we know now that opioids are taking the lives of Americans from all walks of life. And unlike years ago, rural America is showing some of the highest rates of opioid addiction anywhere.”The new law will make it easier for Medicaid patients to seek and receive the treatment they need to overcome drug addiction. It increases policing of the mail that accounts for much of the opioid trade and increases grant funding to fight addiction in our communities.“We lost a record 72,000 lives to overdoses in 2017,” Duvall said.“We thank Congress and the President for making this legislation law.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt Hutcheson, CCA, product manager, Seed Consultants, Inc.For much of the eastern Corn Belt, it has been too wet to plant this spring. However, in some areas corn has been planted is emerging or in the early growth stages of development. One phenomenon that commonly occurs at the early stages of the growing season is the appearance of purple corn plants. Corn plants can turn purple for several reasons related to environmental factors such as:Sunny days and cool nights (temps in the 40s to 50s F)Soil pH lower than 5.5Cool temperaturesWet soilStresses that hinder the uptake of phosphorusHerbicide injurySoil compaction.Because many fields have saturated soils and the forecast includes cooler nights and continued wet weather, producers may see some purple plants in their fields. Purpling in corn due to cooler weather most often occurs when plants are in the V2 to V5 growth stages. Because of diverse genetics, hybrids react differently to early stress and some will exhibit purpling while others will not. Anyone who has walked a test plot to observe early plant vigor or has split their planter between two hybrids has probably seen a side-by-side comparison where one hybrid turned purple while the other did not.The biggest concern for corn growers is usually about whether or not plants that turn purple will diminish corn yields. If the purpling is caused by a temporary stress (sunny days and cool nights, cool temperatures, wet soil, etc.) it will disappear when soils dry out and temperatures increase allowing for normal corn development. Temporary stresses generally do not affect yield. However, if the purpling is symptom caused by a problem that doesn’t go away with a change in the weather (soil compaction, herbicide injury, etc.) yield could be negatively affected.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentA $5,000 contribution from North High Brewing to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation expands a unique partnership between two organizations with shared values. The North High Brewing/Farm Bureau relationship began last year when the two partnered on the release of Cover Crop beer, created to help celebrate Ohio Farm Bureau’s 100th anniversary. The beer features locally grown farm products, which was a priority for both organizations. It has enjoyed great acceptance by both craft beer enthusiasts and Ohio’s farm community with its popularity far exceeding expectations. The beer’s name was chosen to reflect the two organizations’ commitment to nature. The term Cover Crop honors the revival of a farming practice that sustains the land and its surrounding environment. According to Jason McKibben, brewmaster at North High Brewing, “Every brewery in Ohio uses Ohio water and the largest ingredient in every beer is water. High quality beer can only be made with high quality water. It is with these facts in mind that North High Brewing is making a contribution to the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation in support of its environmental stewardship and conservation initiatives. Ohio farmers across the state have made great strides to minimize their impact on the Ohio waterways and we endorse their continued efforts.” Improving the environment is one of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation’s priority goals. North High Brewing’s contribution will support the Foundation’s Healthy Water Ohio Fund. “The generosity of our friends at North High Brewing will help accomplish our mission,” said Chris Baker, executive director of the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. To learn more about North High Brewing and Cover Crop beer, visit northhighbrewing.com. Ohio Farm Bureau maintains a directory of where to find Cover Crop beer. To learn about and support the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation, visit ofbf.org/foundation.This is a news release for use by journalists. Questions should be directed to Joe Cornely, 614-246-8230. Leave a Comment
MLS Beckham partner ‘fears’ Miami stadium deal won’t get done Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 06:34 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images MLS The project’s lead negotiator has expressed pessimism despite his group making a major breakthrough earlier in the year David Beckham’s business partner Tim Leiweke says he fears that a stadium deal in Miami won’t get done. Beckham is part of an ownership group looking to secure a Major League Soccer franchise in Miami, a goal that has thus far proven elusive. All the latest football odds Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player MLS commissioner Don Garber has insisted that Beckham’s group must have a viable stadium plan in place before the league awards Miami an expansion franchise. Beckham appeared to make a breakthrough in June, winning a court battle to purchase the land for a 25,000-sea stadium, with Miami-Dade County sanctioning a $9 million deal.However, speaking to the Toronto Sun, Leiweke, who has been serving as the Beckham group’s chief negotiator, expressed his concerns about a deal that is still not over the finish line. “I hope it gets done, but it’s not done,” Leiweke said. “I have my fears as to whether it’s going to get done, because things like this drag on this long that’s always tough on a process. But for David I hope he lands somewhere.”Leiweke joined Beckham’s investment group in 2015, one year after the former LA Galaxy star announced he was taking up a $25 million option to buy an expansion team, which was included in his original MLS contact. “It would be unfortunate for the league to not honor the job he [Beckham] did and the decision he made,” Leiweke added. “His best work would still be ahead of us if we could figure out a way to get him involved with a franchise.“But our company has a lot of different projects. I haven’t spent a lot of time on Miami lately so I’m not sure if that gets done. I hope it does for David’s sake.”The current stadium site is the Beckham group’s fourth attempt at securing a venue for the potential team, after failing to seal a deal at three previous locations.
The Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing will be partnering with the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) to undertake two infrastructure projects during this financial year.Making the announcement during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on June 5, State Minister for Transport, Works and Housing, Hon. Richard Azan, said one project will involve the installation of light-emitting diode(LED) street lighting along the elegant corridor in Montego Bay, St. James.[RELATED: Additional River Training Along Yallahs River]“The second project involves the Ministry partnering with the TEF on the design and construction of 6.25 kilometres of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure along the Norman Manley Boulevard in Negril, Westmoreland,” he said.Mr. Azan said this project will complement the 1.5 kilometres of shared used path being funded under the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)/Government of Jamaica Road Improvement Programme,” he said.Turning to other matters, he said that efforts are being made to improve the working relationship between the National Works Agency (NWA) and the National Water Commission (NWC), citing the signing of an agreement by the two agencies late April.“The NWA and the NWC restored their close partnership with the signing of a two-year contract, which will see the NWA reinstating roadways excavated to facilitate NWC works. This agreement represents a fundamental shift in the working relationship between these two agencies,” he stated.Mr. Azan said it is expected that this arrangement will result in increased work productivity and efficiencies going forward, adding that the Ministry plans to identify areas and other public agencies where similar agreements can be fashioned to allow for greater synergies.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwards