Photo: Marjorie Weisskohl, BOEMThe Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has announced final regulations that define the process used by its Marine Minerals Program for issuing negotiated, noncompetitive agreements for sand, gravel, and shell resources on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).The rule describes who may qualify for a negotiated agreement, the application process for qualifying projects, and codifies new and existing procedures for using federal sand, gravel, and shell resources for shore protection, beach restoration or coastal wetland restoration projects undertaken by federal, state and local governments. It also addresses the use of OCS resources for construction projects authorized or funded by the federal government.The rule does not materially change existing requirements for negotiated agreements to use these minerals in coastal restoration and construction projects, and should not impose additional compliance obligations or costs upon the regulated entities. The rule does not apply to competitive leasing of minerals, such as sand for private or commercial use or commodity minerals such as gold, BOEM said.The rule details the requirements for requesting a negotiated agreement for qualifying projects, including technical information on the potential sand borrow site and environmental evaluations and consultations with federal agencies, such as the National Marine Fisheries Service, on potential impacts from the project. The rule also addresses BOEM’s review procedures for processing requests, the process and timelines for requesting lease modifications, and defines commonly used terms.BOEM’s Marine Minerals Program is critical to the long-term success and cost-effectiveness of many shore protection, beach nourishment, and coastal habitat restoration projects along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts.“Coastal erosion, especially in the wake of massive storms, such as Hurricanes Maria, Irma and Harvey, is a serious challenge affecting energy, defense, and public infrastructure, as well as tourism, which is important to state and local economies,” said Acting BOEM Director Walter Cruickshank. “Adding crucial sand, gravel, or shell resources to existing beaches and dunes help to combat future storm and long-term erosion.”To date, BOEM has executed 53 negotiated agreements to provide OCS sand resources for coastal restoration projects in eight states (New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi), conveying more than 143 million cubic yards of material to restore more than 307 miles of coastline.
Illustration purposes only (Image courtesy of WinGD)Turkish technical services consultancy Bulutlu Marine said it has been selected as the WinGD representative for the sale of LNG-fueled machinery in the country.According to the company’s statement, the contract was finalized with the Switzerland-based Winterthur Gas & Diesel (WinGD), for its two-stroke diesel and LNG-fueled machinery.WinGD has over 150 of its X.DF LNG engines on order, under construction or in operation.The company is focusing on boosting the adoption of LNG as fuel for marine transport and has also recently joined the LNG Marine Fuel Institute.
“We’re backyard players,” said Staley, explaining their success as a combination of consistency, timing and adjustment. “You have to play to your opponent,” Brooks said. They also became the first champions crowned at the 37th annual IMCA Speedway Motors fueled by Casey’s. The tourney field was expanded after the planned field of 32 was quickly filled; Boone Speedway’s Coty Mallicoat said he’d received another 20 or so emailed inquiries after that. BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 1) – Tim Staley and Dustin Brooks came to Boone to enjoy the races and party. Musser and Smith earned $441 for their runner-up efforts. Team Sparky, Cheyenne Hines and Ashton Hubbell, both of Sterling, Ill., finished third and pocketed $294; Fourth place and $147 went to Team Here For the Beer, Darin Nelson and John Thorne, both of Adel. “We’re first annual Super Nationals bag tourney champions,” he added. “We came here to party and watch the races. We’ll go home as Super Nationals champions. Top four teams in the inaugural Scorezit Bag Tourney presented by BBB Cornhole were from left, champion Team Shocker, Tim Staley and Dustin Brooks; runner-up Team Show me they Money, Dave Musser and Toby Smith; third-place team Sparky Cheyenne Hines and Ashton Hubbell; and fourth-place Team Here For The Beer, Darin Nelson and John Thorne. (Photo by Tom Macht, www.photofinishphoto.com) Forty-nine teams vied and more than 150 games were contested in the inaugural tourney, played out behind the first set of turns at Boone Speedway. Tournament Director Brett Greer oversees about seven such tourneys a year and was impressed with the turnout for the Sunday Fun Day event at Boone. They defeated the Team Show Me The Money pair of Dave Musser and Toby Smith, both of Boone, 21-11 in a finale broadcast on Facebook Live to earn a $588 top check and a Scorezit scorekeeper The Muscatine duo, aka Team Shocker, won all seven of their games to capture the title of the first annual Scorezit Fun Day Bag Tourney presented by BBB Cornhole. “It was a good tournament. Hopefully next year it will be even bigger,” he said. All $1,470 received in entry fees was paid back to the top four teams. IMCA, Boone Speedway and MyRacePass also gave prizes to tourney competitors. Scorezit is a division of Wehrs Machine and Racing Products. Pre-orders for The Ultimate Scorekeeper will be taken during the week on Manufacturers’ Row.
Wisconsin sophomore Courtney Thomas was considered one of the top volleyball recruits in the 2011 class by college coaches around the nation. She was recruited by Wisconsin coach Pete Waite as a setter, and after a year of an unfamiliar job, Thomas is finally back at her natural position this season.Last season as a freshman, Thomas split time as a setter and an outside hitter for the Badgers as they ran a two-setter system known as a 6-2. Waite said despite recruiting her as a setter, her athleticism made hitting come natural.“It was just a bonus that she was such a good attacker,” Waite said. “There are not that many in the country that can do both as well as she can. She’s very athletic and has an attacker’s mind set.”In 2011, Thomas averaged 1.96 kills per set with a hitting percentage of .225. She also averaged 5.63 assists per set, solid numbers for someone playing two positions. The hardest part about playing two positions is the different mindset involved in being both a setter and a hitter.“A setter is more like a point guard in basketball,” Wisconsin assistant coach Dan Pawlikowski said. “They’re the distributor. Courtney has to get our hitters in the best position to score.”Upon senior setter Janelle Gabrielsen’s graduation after last season, Wisconsin switched back to a 5-1 system this season in which there is only one setter. This meant Thomas was then back to being a full time setter this season, something she hadn’t done since high school.The move made sense for the Badgers, who have a surplus of young hitters on their team. Wisconsin has seven hitters on the roster who have made significant contributions for the team this season, three of which are sophomores like Thomas. Despite the move making a lot of sense, it still was a big change for Thomas.“When I was a hitter, I didn’t have to worry much about the other side of the net,” Thomas said. “I think just knowing the other side of the net and how I should attack them with my hitters is what I’ve been trying to focus on this year a lot more.”The improvement in Thomas has been very noticeable this season. While her kills are down to 1.02 per set, Thomas averages 10.60 assists per set this season, which ranks 6th in the Big Ten. Thomas also moved into 10th all time on the Badgers’ career assists list with 1,348. She also currently ranks 8th in all-time assists per set in Wisconsin history with 7.41, a number that should climb with her change to being a full-time setter.Senior middle blocker Alexis Mitchell said other players are improving as well because of Thomas becoming more comfortable as the setter.“Courtney and I have a great relationship on and off the court,” Mitchell said. “It really helps out on the court when we’re talking and communicating. She’s really responsive and gets the ball where I need it [as a hitter].”Thomas has recorded nine double-doubles this season, two of which came last weekend against Michigan State and Michigan. She has recorded 25 double-doubles in her career and her nine this season leads all Badger players. Thomas also put up a career high 57 assists in the match against Illinois Sept. 23. She reached the 1,000 assist mark this season in the Georgia Southern Invitational in September against Georgia Southern.Thomas is considered one of the best all-around setters in the conference, and with good reason. Thomas ranks third on the team in digs per set at 2.66. She also ranks third on the Badgers in blocks per set at 0.86. She needs only five more kills to reach the 300 kill mark for her career as well as only 25 more digs to reach 500 career digs.Even though the position switch was a big transition, Thomas said she was perfectly fine with it.“Obviously I loved hitting, but I’m a team player,” Thomas said. “I do what I can for the team. If I don’t get the credit, as long as we win, I don’t care.”
The Trojan track and field team began the indoor season with an impressive effort at the MLK Jr. Invitational meet in Albuquerque, N.M.. The outing resulted in 17 top-3 finishes, including seven wins as the Trojan athletes faced off against competitors from the likes of UCLA, Fresno State and Grand Canyon University over the two-day meet marking the beginning of a season filled with high expectations.USC track and field shined in Albuquerque. Trojans claimed the No. 2 through No. 5 spots in the women’s 200m race. Katie Chin | Daily TrojanThe big winners of the meet showed no signs of rust as they came off to a scorching start to the season. Freshman Zach Schinnick and sophomore Kyra Constantine won the men’s and women’s 400 meter dashes with times of 46.49 and 53.2, respectively. With her time, Constantine also set a personal record. Redshirt junior Ky Westbrook put up a blazing 7.29 second time in the women’s 60m dash to win the final for the event, while teammate sophomore Zaria Francis came in second with a time of 7.34. Senior Kendall Ellis ran a 23.29 to win the women’s 200m, followed by fellow teammates sophomore Anna Cockrell, Westbrook, freshman Twanisha Terry and Constantine, who placed from second to fifth, leading to a USC sweep of the top 5 spots in the event. USC also dominated the 400m relays, with wins for both the men’s and women’s teams. To round out the winners pantheon, senior Dominic Smallwood dominated in the triple jump, winning on a 55-10.25 jump after only taking three jumps, which would end up being the three best jumps of the day.The Trojan athletes impressed across the board, notching noteworthy finishes in the field events. In men’s long jump, redshirt senior Eric Sloan captured second place with a jump of 25-7.25, the top distance for any collegian at the meet. Junior Margaux Jones also placed second in the women’s long jump, jumping an impressive 20-8. In men’s high jump, senior Randall Cunningham found himself in a tie for third place with a jump of 6-9.5. The USC shot putters also put up strong performances, with top-3 finishes in both the women’s and men’s event. Redshirt senior Breana Jemison achieved a distance of 56-8, earning her second place, while junior Matthew Katnik reached 62-9.25 to secure a third place spot. Both distances were worthy of qualifying for Nationals—an impressive feat for the first meet of the season.The team found similar levels of success on the track. In the women’s 60m hurdles, the four collegiate finalists were all Trojans. Redshirt junior Dior Hall placed second on a time of 7.98, followed by Cockrell at 8.02 in third. Freshman Chanel Brissett and sophomore Mecca McGlaston rounded out the USC contingent in the event, coming in fifth and eighth, respectively, with times of 8.15 and 8.35. Sophomore T.J. Brock ran a time of 6.65 in the 60m dash to win second place, setting a new personal record. Senior Robert Ford placed second in the 600m dash with a time of 1:18.51.The team looks to carry over the success from the first meet of the season going forward as they prepare for a meet in Arkansas this coming weekend. Though the competition will be stiff coming from SEC schools such as Arkansas and Georgia, the team remains unfazed and confident in their abilities. “We have so much talent on this team; we are really looking stronger than ever,” junior heptathlete Lyndsey Lopes said.If their efforts from the opening meet are indicative of anything, the team looks well-poised to be successful down the stretch of this season.