Wellington teams finish off home regular season games; boys get swept, girls sweep

first_imgBrooke McCorkle pitches Wellington to victory in game two.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A four-game winning streak came to an abrupt end for the Wellington baseball team as No. 6 ranked Buhler swept the Dukes 14-2 and 5-1 during senior night at Sellers Park.Meanwhile down the road at Worden Park, the Lady Crusaders had little trouble sweeping Buhler for the second consecutive time, 15-3 and 12-2. These were makeup games from a rainout two weeks ago.Wellington baseball is 6-10 with four games left to play this week. The girls softball team is 14-4 and will finish the regular season at Clearwater Thursday.On the boys side, Wellington came into the Buhler contest on a hot streak having swept both Circle and Winfield. But Buhler proved to be a tougher matchup, especially in game one where the opponent went on a 7-run rampage to start the second inning and added six more runs in the third.Buhler would smack out eight hits, getting 14 runs on 22 at bats in game one. Cameron Bartelson got his first start on the mound with four other Wellington pitchers following. All total 14 northern Crusaders walked and two struck out.With two more doubleheaders this week at Clearwater and then at Kansas City Turner, Wellington head coach Jeff Frazee wanted to save enough pitching for the rest of the week.In the second game, he would go back to his pitching ace Cade Phelps, who allowed four hits and five walks, while striking out three in 6.2 innings pitched.Still it wasn’t enough to overcome Buhler which took a 2-0 lead at the top of the first. Wellington would narrow the margin by one in the third when Cade Phelps brought his brother, Connor home in the top of the third to make it 2-1.But Buhler opened up three more runs in the top of the fifth to lead 5-1.Wellington opened the bottom of the sixth with a hard grounder by Co. Phelps. But he was picked off at first, and the Crusaders could not manufacture any runs thereafter.—————The Wellington softball team won big run ruling Buhler both games in five innings at Worden Park. The Crusaders opened with an 8-0 lead and added a run to make it 9-0. Wellington would score six more runs in the third and fourth for the win.Madi Lewellen was the winning pitcher in the pitching circle, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out three.The Lady Dukes was led by Ryleigh Buck who was 3-of-4 at the plate with a triple and three runs. Brooke McCorkle would also go 3-of-4 and had a 3RBI double. Wellington had 16 hits for the game. Both teams had a couple of errors.In the second game, McCorkle would allow Buhler just four hits and a walk, while striking out one.On the other end, Wellington continued its hitting domination with 15 hits at the dish, combining for 31 hits for the day.R. Buck was 4 of 4 from the plate with two doubles. Madi Adams was 3 of 3 including a 3RBI double.The only negative for Wellington in game two was committing three errors. But Buhler had four.The Crusaders will end their season Thursday against Clearwater in hopes of obtaining their best regular season record in history.Game 1: Wellington 15 Buhler 3BHS    0 0 2 0 1    3 3 2WHS   8 1 2 4 X   15 16 2Winning pitcher: Lewellen 5I 3H 3R 2ER 3K 1BB 1HBPLosing pitcher: SchrockRusk 1/4 1R 1RBIB DeJarnett 1/3 1R 3RBI 1BBR Buck 3/4 3R 1DBL 1TRIPLEMcCorkle 3/4 1R 3RBI 1DBLE Goodrum 1/2 2R 1RBI 1BB 1DBL 1SFJ Buck 1/3 1R 2RBI 1SBA Goodrum 2/2 2R 2RBI 1DBL 1HBPLewellen 3/3 1RBI 1DBLZimmerman 2RAdams 1/3 2R 1RBI 1ROEGame 2: Wellington 12 Buhler 2BHS    0 1 0 0 1    2 4 4WHS   2 1 3 3 3   12 15 3WP – McCorkle 5I 4H 2R 1ER 1K 1BBLP SullivanRusk 2/4 2R 1RBI 1DBL 1SBB DeJarnett 1/4 2R 1RBI 1ROE 1SBR Buck 4/4 4R 2RBI 2DBL 1SBMcCorkle 2/3 2RBI 1BB 1DBLE Goodrum 2/2 1R 2RBI 1SFA Goodrum 0/3 1R 1ROEZimmerman 1/3 1R 1DBL 1ROEOathout 0/3 1R 1ROEAdams 3/3 1R 3RBI 1DBLFollow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Clear Lake council approves final plat for Courtway Park, hear details about hotel & conference center complex

first_imgCLEAR LAKE — The Clear Lake City Council Monday night approved the final plat for the Courtway Park Subdivision on the east side of the community, and it was announced that a letter of intent for a potential development agreement between the city and the developer to assist with a hotel and conference center project will likely come before the council next month.The 64-acre tract of land previously was Andrews Pre-stressed Concrete, located just north of State Highway 122 between Interstate 35 and North 32nd Street. The southern portion of the property will have six lots zoned as “highway commercial”, with the northern portion having five lots zoned as “light industrial”.The proposed hotel and conference center development would be on a 5.8 acre piece of land on the far southwestern part of the subdivision. City Administrator Scott Flory says the project would be a $16 million investment.  He says the hotel would be not less than a mid-scale brand hotel with not less than 70 rooms. “It would also entail a five to six thousand square foot restaurant with an estimated 180 person capacity, an approximately 9000 square foot conference meeting center that would be capable of accommodating somewhere around mid range of about 600 persons, so depending upon seating arrangement could be could be a less and more. Generally arranged maybe a 450 to 900 persons, kind of concentrating it be around that 600 person of the midpoint there.”Construction on the hotel and conference center would begin in October of this year with a scheduled completion date of October 31st in 2020. Flory says the city would rely on the new anticipated property and sales taxes generated from the hotel and conference center development, as well as other future developments in the subdivision, to help offset a city economic development contribution to the project.  “We would anticipate a forgivable loan to the project in the amount of between $3.75 and 4 million towards the project as a 10 to 12-year forgivable loan, and that would be premised on the whole project being built and completed by that October 31st 2020 date. Upon completion of the project, the city would provide the loan funds to the developer, not an upfront loan, but once the project is completed, then the loan funds that would be provided.”Flory says he believes the prospective project would be the most significant of its kind between Ames and Owatonna on Interstate 35.  “I think it’s got the great potential to be catalystic for not only the Courtway Park but Clear Lake in general and north Iowa in particular. We’re fortunate to be able to have some good developers involved with this project that have a good strong track record, and we’re looking forward to hopefully making a deal come to fruition with them and making project happen here”Flory says the project will have a positive economic impact on the community. “I think this is a great example of how a community can use tax increment financing to benefit the entire community here by really facilitating the creation of a what I would refer to the project as an economic impact generating opportunity that can help bring outside dollars into the community without creating new cost for the taxpayers. I think it’s a complex, complicated project, but I think it’s very realistic for a community. I think that said those are things that we have to concentrate on.”Old Dominion Freight Line has already announced they plan to use one of the lots for a $5 million capital investment, creating up to ten full-time jobs, for what’s commonly referred to as a “cross dock” or “less than truckload” distribution facility.last_img read more

Jamaica face Panama next month

first_imgThe Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) will charge the same monies for tickets for the upcoming CONCACAF FIFA World Cup Qualifying game against Panama on Friday, November 13, at the National Stadium, starting at 9 p.m.In the previous round against Nicaragua, the JFF had charged $6,500 for grandstand category one, $5,500 for grandstand category two and $1,200 for the bleachers section.After the opening game in Round Four of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Reggae Boyz are scheduled to play Haiti next, away on November 17; then Costa Rica on March 25, 2016, at home; again against Costa Rica away four days later; Panama away on September 2, 2016; and then host Haiti on September 6, 2016.After the completion of the round, the top-two teams will advance to the final round, set to run from November 11, 2016 to October 10, 2017.Six teams will play in the final round, and after a home-and-away series, the top-three countries will qualify for the World Cup, while the fourth-place team will beinvolved in a play-off for another spot.Reggae Boyz head coach Winfried Sch‰fer will miss the first two games in Round Four because of a suspension handed down by FIFA’s disciplinary committee.That means the German coach will not be allowed on the sidelines in the games next month. He was also ordered to pay a fine of US$5,150 for a charge of unsporting behaviour against a match official in the previous round against Nicaragua on September 8.Lance Laing and Upston Edwards were banned for four games apiece. The players were charged for using offensive language and gestures against a match official in the same encounter. Both players were also ordered to pay US$5,150 apiece.last_img read more

Ellen’s 4th Letter for Loan: US$144m Needed for Post-epidemic Development Agenda

first_imgAmidst news of steady progress in the containment of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) which has killed over 3,000 persons and imposed a severe strain on the economy, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has requested the ratification of a 4th Loan Agreement this time to the tone of US$144 million for “the country’s development agenda after the Ebola outbreak”.Even though the President did not outline the development plans in her letter to House Speaker J. Alex Tyler, dated October 15, 2014 (reference index EJS/MOS/RL/606/2014), she stressed that her action is intended to mitigate the negative impact of the economic slowdown created by the epidemic.The financing agreement is tagged as the “Dollar Credit Line Agreement between the Government of Liberia and the Export-Import Bank of India.”The Liberian Chief Executive argued that the agreement would purposely address one of the two economic constraints to sustained growth in Liberia, which is the lack of affordable and reliable power.“This agreement will finance transmission and distribution of up to 50MW in northern and central Monrovia,” the President noted. “By ratifying this and other such instruments now, we can begin the tendering and other preparatory activities for such public sector investment projects, thereby allowing us to commence immediately after the outbreak.”According to the President’s letter, the money will be credited from the EXIM Bank in India and not more than US$1.75m is to be earmarked for preparation of feasibility studies for the project.“Mr. Speaker, I ask for ratification of this instrument for the fiscal space that is needed to continue our development agenda after the outbreak,” the President said.The EXIM BankEstablished in January 1982, EXIM Bank’s main objective is to boost India’s export promotion drive and to pay for the increased imports. The Bank is responsible for providing refinancing facilities to the commercial banks and other commitments in the areas of exports and imports.  As for Loans to Foreign Governments‚ Companies and Financial Institutions, there are three mandates: Overseas buyers credit directly to foreign importers for import of Indian capital goods and related services; Lines of credit to foreign Governments and financial institutions for import of Indian capital goods and related services and Re-lending facilities to banks overseas to enable them to provide term finance for import of Indian capital goods.As observed in the Export Import Bank of India Act, 1981: “……the Bank may grant, in or outside India‚ loans and advances by itself or in participation with any bank or financial institution whether in India or outside India‚ for the purpose of export or import and shall also function as the principal institution engaged in financing of the export and import in such manner as it may deem appropriate….”Recent Loan Ratification Requests total US$227.61 millionThis means since the outbreak of the virus, the President has so far written the National Legislature to ratify four (4) separate Loan Agreements, totaling US$227.61 million.According to the President’s argument, the endorsement of US$62.31 million would be an additional funding to fight the Ebola virus and to support the government’s effort to address the budget deficit, which has resulted from the epidemic.  The financing agreements for this amount are the African Development Fund (ADF) Loan Agreement for Ebola Sector Budget and the Transitional States Facility Loan Agreement for the Ebola Sector Budget Support.The President also sought the concurrence of the Legislature to ratify a US$21.3 million Loan Agreement to improve the condition of roads in the country and the wellbeing of civil servants.So far, the House has only approved the US$21.3m.  Of this amount, according to the Loan Agreement, signed between the Liberian Government and the International Development Association (IDA), US$19.2m, dubbed “Second Additional Financing for Urban and Rural Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project”, will be used to improve the condition of access roads from Monrovia to Ganta as well as other rural roads.The remaining US$2.1 million is to improve pay management of civil servants, which includes upgrading the caliber of Liberia’s civil service, and the classification of civil servants, under the financing agreement, “Public Sector Management Project.”The remaining three Loan Agreements, totaling US$206.3m including the President’s latest US$144m request, are under scrutiny by the Committees on Ways, Means and Finance and the Judiciary.The Ways, Means and Finance and the Judiciary, chaired by Representatives Emmanuel Nuquay and Cllr. S. Gayah Karmoh, are to advise the Body on these agreements within a week.Liberia’s Worst Nightmare Liberia is in the midst of its worst crisis since fifteen years of brutal civil war came to an end a decade ago. From late June to the end of September, Ebola cases were mounting, the health system is all but broken.  A month ago, security units fired shots at people who were attempting to break a quarantine that had overnight been imposed on West Point, a neighborhood of over 75,000 people. A 15-year-old boy was killed in the tragic incident, sparking outrage and sadness in a country whose society has already been torn by the epidemic.More than 3,000 persons have died of the Ebola virus, including foreign heath personnel and a diplomat; and nine counties, which have about one million Liberians, were under quarantine.Of late, developed countries have become more proactive to save lives in West Africa, including Liberia, and the outbreak now appears to be subsiding.  Several nations and international organizations including the UN and the USA; the MSF, the Samaritan’s Purse have greatly assisted in bringing the virus under control.The long-term effects of the Ebola outbreak in Liberia are impossible to predict, but they are certain to be profound. Economic activity is grinding to a halt and the price of food has begun to climb. In a country where a large majority of the population lives on less than three dollars per day, an increase in food costs is a matter of overwhelming consequence.To begin, the top-down economic strategy that emphasized economic growth above all and which failed to consider the social context in which that growth was taking place has proved to be deeply flawed. Even if the outbreak had not exposed the social fractures that lay behind the country’s progress, grievances and mistrust bubbling in places like West Point would have eventually erupted. Development partners must do a better job of insisting that issues like corruption, disparate access to justice, land tenure, and housing rights rise to the top of the agenda. In addition, bottom-up accountability mechanisms that give average citizens a greater role in policing officials and determining how and where money is spent are desperately needed.No amount of GDP growth or foreign investment is likely to produce a functioning, stable society without the perception that all its members are equally valued. While growth is important, the Ebola outbreak has showed that if it does not translate to a sense of inclusion, hard-earned progress can be undone nearly overnight. Nobody could have planned for Ebola, but for years the country’s partners stood mostly mute while frustration rose in the streets and the government became widely resented.Liberia’s poor believe that the international community “chooses” their leaders, and then shrugs when those leaders treat them callously. In the aftermath of the ongoing Ebola tragedy, it will be necessary to combat that view, and to ensure that development interventions are geared towards building trust between Liberians and their government, even if it means picking a fight with politicians.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more