The Libyan Ministry of Transport has decided to close the Port of Tobruk.As explained, the port will be closed with immediate effect for import and export activities.Shipments from/to Libya will be regularly accepted for the following ports: Al Khums, Benghazi, Misurata and Tripoli.The closure follows the order of the head of the Libyan National Army, Khalifa Hafter, to General Transport Authority director Mohamed Abdelgader, local news agency Libya Herald reported.Foreign ships are advised to use the Port of Benghazi instead. The order has no impact on oil shipments through Tobruk’s Hariga terminal, according to Libya Herald.The reason for the closure of the port has not been officially disclosed. However, media reports suggest that the move is aimed at prevention of smuggling through the port.At the beginning of October, Libya’s Port of Benghazi reopened after a three-year-long closure due to the military conflict in the country.The port opening was marked with the arrival of an oil tanker from Tobruk with Abdullah al-Thinni, the Prime Minister of a government based in the east, on board the ship.As of October 19, 2017, the port situation in Libya is reported to be as follows, according to Gard:Working: Farwah, Bouri, Melittah, Zawia, Tripoli, Al Khoms, Misurata, Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Marsa El Brega, Zuetina, Benghazi and Marsa El HarigaClosed: Sirte, Derna and TobrukAll working ports are currently considered safe for ships and crew. The situation is, however, subject to change and Gard advised its members to warn their ships’ crews of the volatility of situation and carry out an assessment of the risks involved prior to entering or transiting Libyan waters.Ships should exercise caution when entering Libyan ports and waters, particularly when navigating in the coastal waters near Derna, Benghazi and Sirte. NAVAERA III warning 225/2016 recommends that all ships in or near the militarised area south of 34°00’N should also report their position to the nearest Coastal Station in order to receive a safe track-line, Gard added.World Maritime News Staff
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, has issued notice of plans to prepare, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, an environmental assessment (EA) for the Tacoma Harbor, Washington, Navigation Improvement Project.The Corps will analyze alternatives for navigation improvements to the Blair Waterway of Tacoma Harbor, including potential deepening and widening of the waterway.According to USACE, the initial alternatives include deepening the Blair Waterway from -51 feet to up to -58 feet MLLW, and widening the existing authorized channel (330 to 520 feet wide) to better accommodate larger vessels already calling at Tacoma Harbor, such as the post-Panamax Generation 4.The purpose of this Public Notice is to solicit comments from interested persons, groups and agencies on the environmental impact of the proposal and issues for consideration in the EA.Deadline for sending written comments is February 21, 2019.
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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Keep an eye out for any mail arriving from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.On Tuesday, the BMV announced it has begun sending out notifications to customers who are entitled to excise tax refunds dating back to 2004.Those eligible for a refund should receive a claim form in the mail within the next 30 days.The agency says 180,000 Hoosiers who registered vehicles with the BMV since 2004 are entitled to refunds. Current estimates indicate the BMV will issue about $29 million in refunds, plus interest.BMV officials say some vehicles were misclassified and as a result those customers overpaid when registering their vehicles. The error was announced last month.
Southeastern Indiana General Practitioner, Dr. Gary Scudder (left), accepts a recognition plaque and a check in his honor for the Scudder Association, from A. Kenneth Ingram, Chairman of the Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees.DEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. –A longtime staff member at Dearborn County Hospital has retired after 47 years of service.Dr. Gary Scudder spent over four decades as a General Practitioner, caring for tens of thousands of patients, doing everything from delivering babies to providing emergency treatment for accident victims.The Ohio County native graduated from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine before entering the service and was deployed to Vietnam where he served as a Battalion Surgeon.After his return stateside, Dr. Scudder was appointed as the Chief Medical Officer for the Armed Forces Examining Station in Cincinnati.The following year in 1967, he entered into full time private practice at the Ludlow Hill Clinic in Lawrenceburg and became a member of the Dearborn County Hospital Medical Staff.Dr. Scudder practiced medicine full time in Lawrenceburg at the Clinic until the late 1990s when he opened a second office in Rising Sun. Upon its opening in 1999, Dr. Scudder consolidated his two offices into one full time practice at the newly constructed Rising Sun Medical Center, where he also served as Medical Director.During his 47 year career in Southeastern Indiana, Dr. Scudder held numerous DCH Medical Staff offices including twice as Chief of Staff. He currently serves as the Dearborn County Health Officer Administrator, a position he has held since 1995. Over the years, Dr. Scudderhas worked as Medical Director for several area long-term care facilities and has been an active member of state professional organizations including serving as President of the Indiana Association of Public Health Physicians.“Dr. Scudder has spent his career caring for the residents of Southeastern Indiana. Today, physicians rarely practice in the same area for such extended periods of time,” noted Roger D. Howard, Dearborn County Hospital President/CEO. “We are most grateful for the 47+ years of dedicated service Dr. Scudder has provided to the hospital, his patients and the region as a whole.”At the September meeting of the Dearborn County Hospital Board of Trustees, Dr. Scudder was presented with a plaque recognizing his medical career and commitment to the region. In addition, the Board made a $2,000 donation to the Scudder Association in honor of Dr. Scudder.The Scudder Association is an international charitable organization comprised of the descendants of John, Thomas and Elizabeth Scudder of 1600s Kent, England. Goals of the organization include providing financial assistance to specific hospitals and schools in India, as well as supporting religious and educational activities, such as scholarships to qualified students in the fields of medicine, ministry and social work.Dr. Scudder will also be presented with a custom made captain’s chair at the next meeting of the Dearborn County Hospital Medical Staff.“These items are just expressions of the deep appreciation the hospital, medical staff and community have for the work Dr. Scudder has done over the past 47 years,” concluded Mr. Howard. “Nothing can fully express our combined gratitude for his lifelong commitment to medicine and to the people of Southeastern Indiana.”
“It was pretty cool deal. To be able to win this race twice in a row means a lot to me,” said Kiefer, already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot candidate. “I grew up watching Tina and Brad (Pounds, McGowan’s daughter and son-in-law) race.” Nick Spainhoward, Garrett Jernagan and 13th starting Daniel West completed the top five. Drivers with proven Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod credentials squared off in that $700 to win feature and it was defending track champion Michael Johnson first across the stripe half a car length ahead of defending race winner Jason Nation. Johnson rallied to pull even, then pulled just ahead on the final lap. Northern SportMods – 1. Michael Johnson; 2. Jason Nation; 3. Nick Spainhoward; 4. Garrett Jernagan; 5. Daniel West; 6. Brian Baker; 7. T.J Etchinson III; 8. Jeff Miller; 9. Dylan Potter; 10. Greg Mann; 11. Justin Gonzalez; 12. David Pearson; 13. Austin Ruskauff; 14. Billy Simkins; 15. Jason Bannister; 16. Brylon Holder; 17. Tyler Blankenship; 18. Brock Crawford; 19. Robby Claborn; 20. Michael Black; 21. Markus Frazier; 22. Cale Kanke. Laney made his way to fourth from 14th starting. Johnson used the higher line to lead most of the way before the eighth starting Nation sped by with four laps to go. Kiefer started outside Sawyer on the front row and led every lap. Sawyer challenged early but there was no catching Kiefer after the sole caution flew at midway. Austin Kiefer repeated as the IMCA Modified feature at Bakersfield Speedway’s Richie McGowan Memorial. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphotos.com) Modifieds – 1. Austin Kiefer; 2. Robby Sawyer; 3. Jerry Flippo; 4. Cody Laney; 5. Troy Foulger; 6. Logan Drake; 7. Gary Dutton; 8. Rob Sanders; 9. Bobby Hogge IV; 10. Alex Stanford; 11. Jack Aguiar; 12. Brad Pounds; 13. Roger Holder; 14. Bryan Clark; 15. Michael Thing; 16. Steve Noland; 17. Tom Smith; 18. Chris Crompe; 19. Dakota Schweitzer; 20. Chett Reeves; 21. Tommy Malcolm; 22. Ethan Dotson; 23. Gavyn Manning; 24. Kyle Heckman. Feature Results BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (June 27) – Racing returned to Bakersfield Speedway and Austin Kiefer returned to victory lane following Saturday’s Richie McGowan Memorial. Kiefer topped the IMCA Modified special ahead of Robby Sawyer for a second straight year, earning $1,000. Jerry Flippo, Cody Laney and Troy Foulger completed the top five.
“I think the coach (Phil Simmons) would be disappointed if he heard me just talking about getting through the group,” veteran batsman Niall O’Brien told Press Association Sport. “That’s the first objective of any side and it’s not going to be easy but we know what we need to do, and the teams we need to beat. That’s the first hurdle and then once you get to the knock-out stages, anything can happen. “We’ve got players who can win matches for us all through the side so we’ve got confidence that if we get to the knock-out stages, we can take it a little bit further.” The United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe represent obvious targets for Simmons’ side, who will also hope to catch Pakistan or the West Indies on an off day. Much-fancied India and South Africa complete the group. Ireland’s squad features six World Cup debutants – including Max Sorensen, whose late call-up in place of the injured Tim Murtagh provided evidence of their increased strength in depth. “Max was very unlucky to get left out in the first place,” said O’Brien. “He had a bad injury just before the tour to Australia and in fairness the young guys put their hands up, took some wickets and forced the hand of the selectors. “It’s disappointing for us to lose Tim, he brings us experience and control with the ball and we’ll certainly miss him, but Max comes back in and he’ll feel he has a point to prove to the selectors. “There’s competition for places throughout the team. In previous World Cups, we were probably picking from 12 really, but in this side anyone who’s left out can feel disappointed. Us older guys are being kept on our toes by the young kids, so that’s the way to be.” Press Association O’Brien heads into his third 50-over World Cup with real pedigree, having scored 72 in that win over Pakistan and 63 against England in the same tournament – and, although younger brother Kevin’s astonishing 158 against England captured the headlines, top-scoring overall for Ireland in 2011 too. “I’ve always said I find it easier to get up for the big tournaments than if it’s just the odd match here and there, so I’ll be looking forward to stamping my authority on the tournament,” he said. “I think the last two World Cups I’ve been leading scorer for Ireland so I’ve got that to spur me on. There’s some good competition with our batting, the likes of Paul Stirling, (William) Porterfield, obviously Kevin who’s scoring some big runs. “Hopefully we can all crack on and win a match or two for Ireland.” O’Brien, who has just signed a new county contract with Leicestershire, has been playing as a specialist batsman for his country but is keen to regain wicketkeeping duties from Surrey’s Gary Wilson. The 33-year-old said: “I still think I’m good enough to keep for the team, at the moment I haven’t got the gloves but I’ll be working hard on a daily basis to get them back.” For the Irish, as for most of cricket’s Associate nations, the wider issue is establishing themselves among the leading nations on a regular basis – and O’Brien is aware of the need for another good World Cup showing to push their claims. “I think we’ve played seven games since the last World Cup against full members,” he said. “As a cricketer, we would love to play more cricket against the top sides. That’s how we’ll improve, in three or four games against South Africa and Australia we’ll learn a lot more than we will in 20 games against other associate teams. “Obviously there are financial implications in trying to host these teams and get them over to Ireland, the funding is very different to the top eight or top 10 teams in the world. “Speaking to a lot of friends and opponents, they’d love to play Ireland. Obviously they’re busy in their schedules but hopefully in the not-too-distant future Ireland can play a bit more white-ball cricket. “Hopefully we can cross that bridge with some big performances in the World Cup. If we can do that, we’ll be in a bit stronger position in saying ‘give us some more matches’.” World Cup wins over Pakistan in 2007 and England four years later showed the ability in Ireland’s team, with the former also helping them through to the Super Eight stage. They missed out on the quarter-finals in 2011 but making it through Pool B is the bare minimum of their ambitions this time in Australia and New Zealand. For Ireland, gone are the days of simply trying to take a scalp at major tournaments – the Blarney Army are out to establish themselves on the big stage for the long term.
He shot a 68 over night – his joint best round of the week – to give him a tie of 21st on 8-under par. American Kevin Kisner leads the way on 16-under
Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) board, Aisha Falode has explained to busybuddiesng.com why it became necessary to postpone the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super Four Championship by almost a month.As announced via a press release on Wednesday (6th September), the NWPL Super Four which is aimed at producing the champions of the league has been moved from 11-16 September to 9-14 October 2017.The release stated that the postponement was due the U20 women’s national team’s World Cup qualifying matches against Tanzania scheduled for the 16th of September and the 1st of October respectively.Falode explained further: “We have four clubs. The four top clubs in the women’s premier league who have qualified for the super four. These four clubs, between them, have twenty of their players in the national U20 women’s team, the Falconets, and you also have a coach of one of the clubs who is also the coach of the Falconets.“And we want to end the season on a high in terms of quality of play, in terms of participation, in terms of entertainment, in terms of competition between the teams, and if you now take away the 20 players, you take away one coach out of the four, you are going to have a depleted team between the clubs, you are going to have the competition also depleting, therefore you are not going to have what we envisaged and what we envisaged was to end the season on a high note.“A note that it will be something to remember until another Super Four where we can improve on what we do this year which was why I said regrettably and sadly putting all these considerations into focus it was the best decision to take,” Falode told busybuddiesng.comThe NWPL Super Four championship will feature Bayelsa Queens, Rivers Angels, Delta Queens and Nasarawa Amazons as they battle for the league title in the ancient city of Benin, Edo State.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Aisha-Sept-8.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: How Benin became host city of NWPL Super Four.October 4, 2017In “Nigeria”AUDIO: Delta Queens Coach Praises NWFL Board, Sets Sights On NWPL TitleAugust 23, 2017In “Nigeria”Falode Rates NWPL Season High As Super 4 Starts In SeptemberAugust 3, 2017In “Nigeria”
The relationship between AC Milan and Sulley Muntari is over. The club parts ways with the 30-year-old who joined Milan on loan in January 2012 from Inter. Before then, he’d been at Sunderland.Muntari has played just 57 league games in three years since then boss Massimiliano Allegri gave him a permanent contract.Milan finished 10th last season in Serie A and its is widely believed Muntari himself wanted out of the team, even before now boss Sinisa Mihajlovic was appointed earlier this month.Last season, the Ghana midfielder played 16 league games.The rumour mill has linked him with a move to Major League Soccer, Portugal and the Far East as well as Everton and Schalke. –