Money Won 15% 16% SINGLE TICKET JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $280,342 ITM% 40% 42% 15 17 11 41% 23 38% 18% 21 12% 22 Joel Rosario170 11 19 Rafael Bejarano124 8 7 8 9 10 43% 5 24% 59% Richard Baltas90 Heriberto Figueroa144 32% POPULAR CHILI COOKOFF IS SET FOR TOMORROW 22 18 21 21 Tiago Pereira113 13 19 $268,937 1st 54% $885,842 9 14 32% 1st 44% $1,031,957 $1,055,218 25% 18 5 3 31 18 8 TrainerMts Jerry Hollendorfer74 16 9 $385,759 16 $1,168,296 Drayden Van Dyke109 17% $762,199 $931,102 NOTE: FIRST POST TIME ON SATURDAY IS 12:25 P.M. Mario Gutierrez82 $956,467 Mark Glatt52 14 42% 12% 39 8 Philip D’Amato69 56% Money Won 21 15 Tyler Baze160 42% 8 9 Peter Miller91 50% 16 12% 23% $866,138 Flavien Prat147 $338,896 $595,073 $732,680 21% 6 31% 6 11% Jeff Mullins39 12 15% $996,446 10 29 23 63% 8 9 41% $590,039 Doug O’Neill138 48% 25% 1 19% $473,095 11 15 Win% 41% $534,564 (Current Through Monday, Feb. 18) 13 7 8 15 William E. Morey47 3rd 7 22% FAHAN MURA ONE TO CATCH AGAIN IN BUENA VISTA 15% Joseph Talamo109 12% $783,069 20 4 $1,164,568 $996,435 19 Simon Callaghan28 11 49% 17% 59% John Sadler63 $2,073,949 15 10 2nd 63% 9 11 15 19 20 6 Agapito Delgadillo48 39% JockeyMts 38% 5 17% Edwin Maldonado52 12 $334,558 Bob Baffert53 10 Mike Smith57 7 49% 2 Ruben Fuentes78 18% 12 $2,300,863 30 41% 13% 8 $257,947 18% 2nd 38% 10% Assael Espinoza90 51% 7 ITM% 5 37% 10 55% $953,938 9 Win% 15% Geovanni Franco145 21% 3rd 29 12 16 3 15% 23% $195,890 9 Vladimir Cerin40 STRONACH 5 CARRYOVER TODAY NEARS $170,000 8 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS 58% Steve Knapp39 36 J. Keith Desormeaux46 SHOW IT N MOE IT ON TIME FOR THE SPRING FEVER Kent Desormeaux77 6 9 FLEET FAHAN MURA SEEKS UPSET OF VASILIKA IN BUENA VISTATwo things are certain in Saturday’s one mile Buena Vista Stakes on turf: Vasilika will be favored and Fahan Mura will be the one to catch.A chestnut daughter of the Smart Strike sire English Channel, Fahan Mura has been in front from the opening of the gates for her last 10 races in a row, or ever since jockey Edwin Maldonado got the mount almost a year ago, on March 25, 2018.Together, they have won five races including the Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes on Dec. 29. Last out, they led for about a half-mile in the $7 million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational against males at 1 3/16 miles on a yielding course at Gulfstream Park Jan. 26 before fading to 10th and last at odds of 42-1.“It wasn’t really the distance that compromised her chances,” said Vladimir Cerin, who trains the five-year-old Pennsylvania-bred for Bran Jam Stables and David W. Clark.“She won the Frankel at a mile and an eighth, and the Pegasus was only a sixteenth of a mile longer, but she was done after three jumps, the ground was so soft.“She doesn’t handle it well. This turf course dries up very quickly so it should be good for her, but if it’s got a lot of cut in the ground, she won’t run.”Addressing style and strategy, Cerin asked rhetorically, “Who’s going to keep her from being in front? She’s done 44 and four here and kept going and she loves this turf course.”Fahan Mura led Vasilika on a merry chase before yielding twice, finishing third by less than two lengths in the Grade II John C. Mabee at a mile and an eighth, and second in Grade II Goldikova at a mile on grass.Cerin willingly offers kudos to Maldonado.“I give Edwin all the credit,” Cerin said, “because he never restrained her. He just let her be herself and have a nice, free pace from the beginning to the end.”The Grade II Buena Vista, race eight of 10 offering $200,000 in purse money with a 12:25 p.m. first post time: Take These Chains, Tiago Pereira, 12-1; Ms Bad Behavior, Mike Smith, 5-1; Zaffinah, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Fahan Mura, Edwin Maldonado, 6-1; Compelled, Joe Talamo, 12-1; Amandine, Drayden Van Dyke, 8-1; English Dancer, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Elysea’s World, Joel Rosario, 4-1; Vasilika, Flavien Prat, 8-5; and Streak of Luck, Tyler Baze, 20-1.SHOW IT N MOE IT HAS A CASE OF SPRING FEVERShow It N Moe It is a consistent if unsung filly that has paid her way through two-plus seasons of racing for trainer Gary Sherlock, owner/breeder Terry Lovingier, and part owner Eugene Zondlo.They hope the four-year-old daughter of Grace Upon Grace runs her winning streak to a modest two in Sunday’s $100,000 Spring Fever Stakes for older California-bred fillies and mares at six furlongs.“She’s a nice filly and good filly,” Sherlock said. “I hope we can win, because it will put her over $400,000 (she has earned $375,604).”Sherlock has enjoyed a long and successful run with Lovingier, one of the Golden State’s most dedicated contributors to the Cal-bred program.The Spring Fever, race eight of nine: Show It N Moe It, Rafael Bejarano; Coco Kisses, Joel Rosario; S Y Sky, Joe Talamo; Barbara Beatrice, Tiago Pereira; and Into Rissa, Geovanni Franco.STRONACH 5 CARRYOVER TODAY IS $169,305.51The Stronach 5 will have a record pool Friday when the national wager with an industry-low 12-percent takeout begins with a carryover of $169,305.51.The Stronach 5 will kick off at 1:35 p.m. PT with the ninth race at Laurel Park. It will be followed by a pair of turf races from Gulfstream Park and a five-furlong dash from Golden Gate Fields before finishing at Santa Anita with an allowance optional claimer at 6 ½ furlongs on the downhill course.There were no winning tickets in last week’s Stronach 5 after a $140 winner at Golden Gate and an $89.20 winner at Gulfstream.Friday’s Stronach 5 Sequence:Leg One – Laurel – race 9 – (10 entries, 6 furlongs) 4:35 ET, 1:35 PTLeg Two – Gulfstream – race 10 – (16 entries, 1 1/16 miles turf) 5:12 ET, 2:12 PTLeg Three – Gulfstream – race 11 – (16 entries, one-mile turf) 5:42 ET, 2:42 PTLeg Four – Golden Gate – race 5 – (12 entries, 5 furlongs) 5:54 ET, 2:54 PTLeg Five – Santa Anita – race 5 – (12 entries, 6 ½ furlongs turf) 6:-07 ET, 3:07 PTThe minimum wager on the multi-race, multi-track Stronach 5 is $1. If there are no tickets with five winners, the entire pool will be carried over to the next Friday.For the Stronach 5, if a change in racing surface is made after wagering closes, each selection on any ticket will be considered a winning selection. If a betting interest is scratched, that selection will be substituted with the favorite in the win pool when wagering closes.The Maryland Jockey Club serves as host of the Stronach 5. TODAY’S 20 CENT SINGLE TICKET RAINBOW PICK SIX CARRYOVER AT $280,342Santa Anita’s popular 20 cent Single Ticket Rainbow Pick Six Jackpot proved elusive to punters again Monday, resulting in a Jackpot carryover into Friday of $280,342.With $182,616 in “new” money wagered contributing to a total Rainbow Six pool Monday of $421,150, there were 13 consolation tickets, each worth $7,480.80.Post time for today’s fourth race which begins the Rainbow Six is 2:30 p.m. PT.XBTV’S TRIPLE CROWN TRAIL PORTAL HAS EXCLUSIVE WORKOUT VIDEOSFor the first time ever, videos of the top Triple Crown race contenders are now available in one place and on-demand as XBTV unveils Triple Crown Trail, a portal on theXBTV.com website specifically for Classic-bound three-year-olds. The portal is full of exclusive workout videos, interviews and handicapping insights and analysis not available elsewhere, including:• Workout videos from top horses stabled in California, Florida, New York and more.• Trainer and jockey interviews and features.• Interactive Kentucky Derby points list, updated weekly.• Replays of prep races.With fewer than 75 days until the Kentucky Derby, experienced handicappers and racing fans around the world are starting to build their own Triple Crown Watch Lists and XBTV’s Triple Crown Trail portal is the perfect tool for the task.The Triple Crown Trail also will feature Jeff Siegel’s Triple Crown Daily and his weekly Top 10 Rankings. Siegel is not only a well-respected handicapper and bettor, but he has the unique distinction of being a successful, veteran owner in addition to being a lifelong racing fan.“As an owner, I’ve had the good fortune to win the Santa Anita Derby, Florida Derby and Wood Memorial, so I can vouch that the journey on the road to the Triple Crown, with its highs and lows, is just as exhilarating as the three-race American Classic series itself,” Siegel said.“As a journalist, I can’t wait to chronicle and analyze all of the key prep races and then the Derby, Preakness and Belmont for XBTV.com. During the next 15 weeks, we’ll cover every race, every workout, and every angle. And we’ll do it every day.”The horses listed on both Siegel’s ranking and the list of Kentucky Derby pointsleaders are linkable to the available XBTV video files of each horse. Horses will move on and off of the Triple Crown Trail as their connections determine.In just over three years, XBTV has accumulated a library of over 18,000 workouts from coast-to-coast. These vast resources are searchable and available anytime, free, on XBTV. To access XBTV’s Triple Crown Trail section, click here.SANTA ANITA’S FOURTH ANNUAL CHILI COOK-OFF SET FOR TOMORROWSanta Anita’s popular Chili Cook-Off is set for its fourth annual renewal tomorrow on the Grandstand Apron. It’s a battle of the tastiest, spiciest and most mouth-watering chili recipes in Southern California!Teams from all over the Southland will be vying for fan votes and the right to proclaim themselves “Chili Champs” in one of the season’s most fun-filled events. Packages, which include chili tastings, craft beers, wines and world class racing are available now at santaanita.com.Attendees can save $8 by joining Santa Anita’s Text Loyalty program. Just text chili to 48421 to receive your promo code for $8 off. (Text message rates apply. Opt out anytime).LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:Dream Tree works 4 furlongs (Baffert)Legends of War works 3 furlongs (O’Neill) Enaya Alrabb works 4 Furlongs (O’Neill) Stronach 5 All-Star Ticket: Massive Carryover Jimmy Jerkens Shedrow Stroll: Getting to Know Midnight PartyEskenforadrink works 4 Furlongs (Gutierrez)-2/21/2019Melissa Jane works 4 furlongs (Powell)-2/21/2019Swirling works 4 furlongs (Sadler)-2/21/2019 Chasing Yesterday works 7 furlongs (Baffert)-2/20/2019Flor de la Mar works 6 furlongs in company with Shoe Me Da Lute (Baffert)-2/20/2019Mucho Gusto works 4 furlongs (Baffert)- 2/20/19Improbable works 6 furlongs (Baffert)-2/20/19FINISH LINES: First post time will be 12:25 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday . . .Enaya Alrabb, a fast-closing second by three-parts of a length to odds-on favorite Bellafina in the Las Virgenes Stakes Feb. 9, worked four furlongs Friday under Mike Smith in 49 seconds flat, with the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 10 a likely steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 6. “We took the blinkers off for the work and might take them off for the Santa Ysabel, too,” leading trainer Doug O’Neill said. “That could prove the missing link to winning.” . . . Ray Paulick, publisher of the popular and highly respected Paulick Report, and handicapping author James Quinn, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests, 11:15 a.m. Saturday and 11:50 a.m. Sunday, respectively. 13% 6 EXCLUSIVE TRIPLE CROWN WORK VIDEOS ON XBTV 10 3 Richard Mandella35 $272,011 $160,791 9% $930,681 $408,719 12 47% 7 $458,047
The outstanding work of the Hilbert Foster- led Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) continues to attract support from overseas-based Guyanese. Chief Executive Officer of Baron Foods, Ronald Ramjattan, has become the latest overseas-based Guyanese to support the BCB, by making a financial contribution towards hosting a Cricket Development Concert which would feature legendary Guyanese Singer Dave Martins.All proceeds from this Concert, slated for the compound of the New Amsterdam Technical Institute on November 3, 2018, would go towards development of youth and female cricket in the Ancient County.BCB President, Hilbert Foster, who is spearheading the planning for this historic Concert, has expressed delight at the support coming from Ramjattan. This sponsorship from the St Lucia-based company was obtained by International Cricket Commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira, who recently visited Berbice as aFormer BCB President, Anil Beharry (L), receiving the donation from Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreiraspecial guest of the BCB.Martin has committed to performing for one hour at the Concert, which is expected to attract thousands of Berbicians who are excited to see the legendary international singer live on stage. He is known worldwide for songs like, “We are the Champions, Honey Mooning Couple, Not a Blade of Grass, A Man and a bunch of Animals, Cricket in the Jungle, Copy Cat, Boyhood Days, and Come back again”.Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira, who handed over the donation to former BCB President Anil Beharry on behalf of Baron Foods, also arranged the services of Martin, and is currently working on other fundraising ventures.Beharry has expressed gratitude to both Perreira and Ramjattan for the sponsorship. He noted that, in addition to planning twenty-two cricket tournaments in 2018, dozens of cricket-related developmental programmes were also staged.It is understood that the BCB’s huge overhead expenses include rental, GPL and GTT bills, office staff salaries, and transportation costs, among other things.The Rose Hall Town Youth & Sports Club, MS, has assisted the Berbice Cricket Board by pumping in more than $1.5million of its own funds to assist the Board to stay afloat financially.Sponsors interested in coming on board the historic concert can contact Hilbert Foster on 337- 4562; Angela Haniff on 333-2375; Robby Saywack on 660-0049; Dr. Cecil Beharry on 624- 5707, or Anil Beharry on 623- 6875.
“I just got tired of answering questions about the NFL, because there’s always a follow-up question from (the media), no matter what I say, so I decided I wouldn’t say anything,” Carroll said. “I wasn’t looking at it. I like where I’m at. I’m not going anywhere.” Sources indicated there was communication between the Chargers and Carroll this week, but Carroll said he was never interested. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! USC coach Pete Carroll said Thursday he was not interested in the San Diego Chargers job despite speculation he could be a candidate. Earlier this week, Carroll refused to comment about the Chargers job. But Carroll said Thursday that was not a sign he could be lured to San Diego. Meanwhile, Arkansas quarterback Mitch Mustain continued his visit to USC Thursday and the Trojans are considered a strong favorite when he decides to transfer. Another Arkansas native, tailback Broderick Green, briefly considered going to Penn State last week even after he signed with USC, but will stay with the Trojans. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3607
Thus, pitchers aren’t afraid to challenge him even when they fall behind in the count. Pierre will be called upon to execute hit-and-run plays with Furcal on base, but he says that won’t be a problem. “My swing looks like a hit-and-run swing every time anyway,” Pierre said. Little said he reserves the right to flip Furcal and Pierre if it becomes apparent sometime during the season that the alignment isn’t working. Right-hander D.J. Houlton, a long shot candidate for the vacant fifth spot in the starting rotation, spent several minutes on a bullpen mound practicing his delivery without a ball in his hand. As he did so, he was surrounded by no fewer than five coaches, including Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt and bullpen coach Dan Warthen. Shortstop Ivan DeJesus Jr., the club’s second-round pick in the 2005 amateur draft, played second base for the first time in his pro career with Arecibo of the Puerto Rican Winter League. He wound up being named the circuit’s Rookie of the Year. email@example.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In other words, two leadoff men are better than one. The leadoff spot had been muddled since November when the Dodgers signed the speedy Pierre as a free agent and gave him a five-year, $44 million contract. Furcal, who came to the Dodgers as a free agent a year earlier and signed a three-year, $39 million deal, hit .300 with a .369 on-base percentage last season and gave the Dodgers their first legitimate leadoff man in almost a decade. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Shortstop Rafael Furcal will begin the regular season as the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter manager Grady Little said on Thursday, with newly signed center fielder Juan Pierre batting immediately behind Furcal. Little made the announcement after three months of speculation about where the two players would be slotted in the lineup. “We feel this gives us a good opportunity to get something started in the first inning of every game and in every inning that those two guys come to the plate,” Little said. “If (Furcal) makes an out, we still have a chance to create some offense in that inning.” Pierre, like Furcal, had spent practically his entire career hitting leadoff. But while Pierre has enough speed to have stolen at least 45 bases in each of his six full seasons in the majors, his on-base percentage has never been as high as a leadoff man’s should be. The fact he is a contact hitter with little power who draws few walks made him the perfect guy for the two hole, at least to Little’s way of thinking. And to Pierre’s. “I’ll keep the same approach, just get on the bases and try to score runs,” said Pierre, echoing what Little says he wants Pierre to do. “I won’t do anything differently. I’ll take pitches when they need me to take pitches, and I’ll bunt when they need me to bunt.” One reason Pierre doesn’t draw a lot of walks is because he possesses such modest power.
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court dissected a teenager’s sign Monday and tried to divine whether its “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” message was advocating drug use or just talking nonsense. Students’ free-speech rights could hinge on the outcome of the case. Joseph Frederick was a high school senior when he held up the 14-foot “Bong Hits” banner in Juneau, Alaska, five years ago. He said he was testing his constitutional right to free speech. His principal thought he was delivering a pro-drug message and suspended him. If the justices side with Principal Deborah Morse, the result could be greater restrictions on student speech. “I thought we wanted our schools to teach something, including something besides just basic elements, including the character formation and not to use drugs,” Chief Justice Roberts said Monday. But the court could rule for Frederick if it determines that he was, as he has contended, conducting a free-speech experiment using a nonsensical message that contained no pitch for drug use. “It sounds like just a kid’s provocative statement to me,” Justice David Souter said. Students in public schools don’t have the same rights as adults, but neither do they leave their constitutional protections at the schoolhouse gate, as the court said in a landmark speech-rights ruling from the Vietnam era. Morse, now a Juneau schools’ administrator, was at the court Monday. Frederick, teaching and studying in China, was not. Former Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, whose Kirkland and Ellis law firm is representing Morse for free, argued that the justices should defer to the judgment of the principal. Morse reasonably interpreted the banner as a pro-drug message, despite what Frederick said he intended, Starr said. School officials are perfectly within their rights to curtail student speech that advocates drug use, he said. “The message here is, in fact, critical,” Starr said. Starr, joined by the Bush administration, also asked the court to adopt a broad rule that could essentially give public schools the right to clamp down on any speech with which they disagree. That argument did not appear to have widespread support among the justices. Douglas Mertz of Juneau, Frederick’s lawyer, struggled to keep the focus away from drugs. “This is a case about free speech. It is not a case about drugs,” Mertz said. Conservative groups that often are allied with the administration are backing Frederick out of concern that a ruling for Morse would let schools clamp down on religious expression. The outcome also could stray from the conservative-liberal split that often characterizes controversial cases. Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote several opinions in favor of student-speech rights while a federal appeals court judge, seemed more concerned by the administration’s broad argument in favor of schools curtailing speech than did his fellow conservatives. “I find that a very, a very disturbing argument,” Alito told Justice Department lawyer Edwin Kneedler, “because schools have … defined their educational mission so broadly that they can suppress all sorts of political speech and speech expressing fundamental values of the students under the banner of getting rid of speech that’s inconsistent with educational missions.” Justice Stephen Breyer, in the court’s liberal wing, said he was troubled that a ruling in favor of Frederick, even if he were making a joke, would make it harder for principals to run their schools. “We’ll suddenly see people testing limits all over the place in the high schools,” Breyer said. On the other hand, he said, a decision favorable to the schools “may really limit people’s rights on free speech. That’s what I’m struggling with.”
In fact, about 850 residents attended a Monday night Planning Commission meeting regarding the project, which still would have to pass through many city approval hoops to begin construction. Regarding the Rusnak expansion, Chandler said, “The \ is one of Arcadia leading sales-tax producers and as such they provide a significant amount of money each year to the city’s General Fund, which is what pays for almost all municipal services, including public safety.” Chandler believes the expansion should continue despite the efforts of a restaurant owner who placed a measure on an upcoming ballot restricting it. The council is expected to review the Westfield mall expansion project on April 3, he said. firstname.lastname@example.org ARCADIA – Characterizing Arcadia as “well-off and friendly,” Mayor Roger Chandler outlined a “Pick 6” of major areas in which he says the city progressed last year in his annual State of the City address Tuesday evening. “As was said so often during our centenial year,” Chandler said, before a scant Council Chamber audience, “we are a community that values its past, appreciates its present and eagerly awaits a very bright future.” The controversial The Shops at Santa Anita project topped Chandler’s list and was followed by comments on the Westfield mall and the Rusnak Mercedes dealership expansions, City Hall and Civic Center Plaza plans, the Gold Line extension and a new gymnasium at Foothill Middle School. Of the Shops development, Chandler said, “This project has probably caused the most community conversation in the last year. The review by the Planning Commission and City Council will continue with an eye for what is in the best interests of the this community and the people who live here.” (626) 578-6300 Ext. 4461 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
EDUCATION: Errigal College, under the aegis of Donegal ETB offers a range of exciting QQI Level 5 courses that are designed to give you the skills necessary for employment and further education. If you are a mature learner (over 23) wishing to reskill or a Leaving Certificate/LCA/QQI Level 4 graduate unsure of your next move, why not give us a call today regarding our Post Leaving Certificate QQI Courses?The college offers specialised courses in the following areas: Art, Craft & Design (5M1984)Business & ICT Studies (5M2102)Early Childhood Care & Education (5M2009)Nursing Studies (5M4349)Sports, Recreation & Exercise (5M5146)Vacancies exist in all course areas and further information is available by contacting the college on 0749121047 or by email at email@example.comErrigal College is situated just above Letterkenny General Hospital on the Kilmacrennan Road and has extensive and successful experience in offering quality programmes in this sector since 1987.Our Level 5 courses are part of the National Framework of Qualifications and have work experience at their core.This experience is achieved with the support of the local chamber of commerce in Letterkenny and local businesses and the college has a long legacy of providing relevant work experience for students in their chosen course. Under QQI Quality Assurance guidelines all programmes are full time and commence in mid-September.Learners are also encouraged to participate in the wide range of extra-curricular activities which are on offer at the college.PLC courses are a gateway to further and higher studies through the CAO and/or Higher Education Links Scheme for many of our learners, or a pathway to the workplace, providing graduates with excellent career prospects.Further information is available from the college and on the QQI page on our college website www.errigalcollege.ie.‘LINK LEARNING TO LIFE’ – POST LEAVING CERTIFICATE COURSES AVAILABLE AT ERRIGAL COLLEGE was last modified: September 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:newsNotices
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Railroad companies have warned of potential service disruptions if the Dec. 31, 2015 statutory deadline for implementing positive train control (PTC) was not extended by Congress.PTC is a GPS-based train electronic system designed to prevent collisions and over-speed derailments. The Rail Safety Improvement Act of 2008 mandated that railroads implement PTC systems by Jan. 1, 2016 on lines that carry “toxic by inhalation” (TIH) materials, including anhydrous ammonia and chlorine, lines carrying 5 million or more gross tons every year, or any lines with “regularly scheduled intercity passenger or commuter rail services.”None of the railroads were going to meet the Dec. 31 deadline and they made statements that absent an extension of the PTC deadline, they would not transport TIH materials after Dec. 31. Some of their statements have suggested they would also cease any grain shipments and possibly all train movements.President Obama signed H.R. 3819, the Surface Transportation Extension Act of 2015, into law Oct. 29. H.R. 3819 extends surface transportation programs through Nov. 20 and includes the bipartisan-bicameral long-term extension of the PTC deadline.The Ohio AgriBusiness Association supported work by The Fertilizer Institute, the Agricultural Retailers Association, and the National Grain and Feed Association to help petition Congress to extend the legislation. The bill was sent to President Obama after the Senate unanimously approved a short-term extension of the highway bill that includes an extension of at least three years — Dec. 31, 2018 — to the deadline for rail carriers to implement positive train control (PTC) technology.The final version of the legislation contains a requirement that each of the carriers required to install PTC submit a revised PTC implementation plan within 90 days of enactment, with several significant reporting metrics designed to ensure that carriers implement PTC as soon as possible.However, it does allow carriers to file an alternative schedule that would allow up to an additional two years — Dec. 31, 2020 — contingent upon approval of the secretary of transportation. For the additional two-year extension to be granted, the carrier would be required to: 1) show it already has installed all PTC hardware where required; 2) already acquired all radio spectrums necessary to implement PTC; 3) already completed employee training; 4) in the case of Class I carriers and Amtrak, implemented PTC on the majority of its geographic territories or route miles; and 5) included an alternative schedule and sequence for implementing PTC as soon as practicable.In addition, annual progress reports on the status of PTC installation would be required, with the first reports required by March 31, 2016.The measure also had the support of the American Soybean Association (ASA) and other agricultural industry partners urging Congress to extend the PTC deadline to avoid any disruption in rail service.
RELATED ARTICLES We need a new mindsetNRDC’s analysis of this problem shows just how much we need to change our approach. We need to switch from a mindset of “flood, rebuild, repeat,” to one in which we offer homeowners timely assistance to move out of harm’s way.Among our key findings:(1) Since 1978 there have been more than 30,000 SRLPs. These properties represent 0.6% of all NFIP policies (5.1 million policies), but a disproportionate 9.6% of all flood damages ($57 billion since 1978).(2) The homes of low and moderate income owners are more likely to incur damages that exceed the property’s value. For single-family homes worth less than $250,000, the average home is worth $109,882, but suffers $133,923 in total flood damages.(3) In coming decades, sea level rise may cause as many as 2.5 million properties to repeatedly flood and the NFIP could pay as much as $447 billion to repeatedly rebuild before they are finally inundated.(4) In many instances, it would be less expensive to help these homeowners relocate to higher ground. Among the 2.5 million properties at risk, as many as 1.6 million cost less than $250,000 and their owners could have their homes purchased for less than the anticipated damages. Rob Moore is a senior policy analyst in the NRDC’s water program. This post originally appeared at the NRDC’S Expert Blog. The Natural Resources Defense Council has released a groundbreaking report, Seeking Higher Ground, that takes a hard look at the plight of people whose homes are repeatedly flooded and the difficulties they face in acquiring assistance to move somewhere safer.Under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a federal disaster aid program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), some of the most flood-prone properties in the country have been repeatedly rebuilt even when it would be less expensive to help homeowners move to higher ground. NRDC has proposed an innovative program that would guarantee a homeowner a buyout of their flood-prone home, enabling them to move to a safer location in the aftermath of a flood.Since 1978, more than 30,000 properties have been flooded so often they’ve been designated “severe repetitive loss properties” (SRLPs) under the NFIP. That’s not a designation any homeowner wants. On average, these properties flooded five times every 2 to 3 years. Some of the most affected properties have flooded more than 30 times. In each case and after every flood, the NFIP paid to rebuild the property at a cost of $5.5 billion. Flood, Rebuilt, Repeat: The Need for Flood Insurance ReformBuilding for Reduced Flood RiskMaking the Case for Resilient DesignResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense Storms Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More Resilient Today there are thousands of these properties. In the coming decades, our analysis indicates there will be millions of these properties as a result of sea level rise and the impacts of climate change. Congress will act soonSeeking Higher Ground details some of the problems facing the NFIP that Congress needs to address. Congress is currently debating the future of the NFIP and must reauthorize it before the end of September. NRDC is calling on Congress to adopt a series of “climate-smart” reforms to the NFIP that would make the program better able to provide the kind of assistance people need.Among the recommendations:(1) Through the NFIP, provide homeowners with a guaranteed buyout if they no longer want to rebuild. The first, and sometimes only, assistance provided by the NFIP is to rebuild in the same vulnerable location in the same vulnerable way. That’s a recipe for disaster in far too many cases. For homeowners who want to move out of harm’s way, the NFIP should help, not hinder, them in making that choice.(2) Give owners the right to know about their home’s history of flood damages. Often, people buy a house only to find out later that it is susceptible to flood damage. If previous owners filed an NFIP claim, FEMA has knowledge of that property’s flood history. Homeowners, whether they currently have NFIP coverage, should have a right to this information. Providing the flood history of a property can help homeowners make informed decisions.(3) Make more data on the NFIP publicly available. The public has a right to know where flood damages occur, the cost of those damages, and what communities are doing to reduce their vulnerability to flooding and sea level rise. FEMA should make this information available to decision makers, researchers, community organizations, and the public.(4) Flood maps should show how sea level rise and other effects of climate change will impact future flood risk. Flood maps are used by government officials, developers, and planners to decide where it is safe to build. Without the inclusion of future flood risks, communities cannot make fully informed, sustainable decisions.(5) Invest in resilience and in reducing our vulnerability to flooding. According to the National Academy of Sciences, more funding should be dedicated to reducing vulnerability to flooding, rather than repeatedly rebuilding. Little spent to move people to safetyFEMA’s current approach to address the problem of homes that are repeatedly flooded is to ensure the owners have coverage under the NFIP and then rebuild their properties — over and over again. While FEMA provides assistance to reduce the risk of flooding, these programs can take years to provide assistance to homeowners. Moreover, they have been woefully underfunded by Congress. For every $100 the nation has spent to rebuild homes through the NFIP, we’ve spent a paltry $1.72 to help people move out of harm’s way.While many of these homeowners would like to move out of harm’s way, they find it extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get assistance to do just that. One such person is Olga McKissic, who owns a home in Louisville, Kentucky that’s flooded four times. Play the short video below to hear Olga’s story.Since she was last flooded in April 2015, she has been trying to secure assistance from FEMA to buy out her home. Sadly, she has been told by local officials that it could take years before that happens, if it happens at all. In the meantime, Olga must hope that her home doesn’t flood again.“It’s a nightmare to live here with the thought and the anticipation that it is going to flood again,” Olga says. “I don’t want other people to have to go through this.” Sadly, more and more people across the country are finding themselves in Olga’s situation.The number of people in the same situation as Olga is growing ten times faster than the number of people who receive mitigation assistance and are already repeatedly flooding. With sea level rise, we could have millions of these properties in the coming decades.