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first_img Share By CRAIG ALANIZReporter/Photographerpress@portisabelsouthpadre.com The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce hosted Coffee and Conversation with Lizzy Delagarza, a representative from the Brownsville EDC.Delagarza gave an update and presentation over the possible SpaceX Launch Site that would be located three miles away from the border of Mexico and five miles away from South Padre Island on Boca Chica Beach.The environmental impact study has been completed, but has not gone public. Delagarza said she spoke to a representative from SpaceX who indicated to her things looked good for the proposed location.The City of Brownsville and the State of Texas are currently working on incentive packages to make the site more attractive than the other two competing proposed launch sites located in Puerto Rico and Cape Canaveral, Florida, Delagarza said.“We are working to make this project is beneficial for everyone involved,” Delagarza said.Delagarza said getting the aerospace company to the Valley would provide 600 direct jobs to the area that offer very competitive pay. She said the students in the area would be also be afforded many more opportunities such as internships and partnerships if the company decided to bring their operation to Boca Chica Beach.“It is a great way to keep bright minds here in the valley,” Delagarza said.The launch site would also attract tourism to the area, Delagarza said. A launch could bring up to 10,000 people to the area. She said beach closures would be kept to a minimum and the company would provide maintenance and security to Boca Chica Beach.Delagarza said at their first town hall meeting the idea to bring SpaceX to Brownsville was well received by the community with very few opposed.“Even college students made time to attend and show their support of the project,” Delagarza said.Another town hall meeting will be scheduled after the results of the environmental study are made public which is at the discretion of SpaceX Delagarza said everyone from the area will be invited to voice their opinion.Read this story in the Jan. 24 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedSpaceX leaders speakBy CRAIG ALANIZ Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce met for its Quarterly Public Affairs Luncheon Thursday. The chamber presented guest speakers Gil Salinas, Brownsville EDC and County Commissioners Sophia Benavides and Dan Sanchez, who spoke about the possibility of the SpaceX rocket launch site…July 16, 2012In “Gallery”Hearing set on SpaceX legislationSpecial to the PRESS A bill critical to the effort to attract SpaceX to the Brownsville area has been set for a hearing before a Texas House of Representatives’ committee. The bill will permit Cameron County and the GLO to temporarily close Boca Chica Beach for rocket launches, should SpaceX…March 28, 2013In “News”BEDC backs SpaceX at workshopBy AARIN HARTWELL Special to the PRESS Boca Chica Beach is among the top contingents of the first ever, commercial rocket launch site in the world only five miles south of South Padre. Brownsville Economic Development Council member Lizzy De La Garza presented on behalf of Space X Thursday, Add MediaMay…May 2, 2013In “News”last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement wq8aNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs892Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eube( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5pjmoWould you ever consider trying this?😱n9Can your students do this? 🌚5tj9uRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Spurs and the Thunder played out a blinder of a game in San Antonio. The game went to double overtime, and it finished 154-147 in favour of the home team. LaMarcus Aldridge was the highest scorer in the game, and the forward notched up 56 points to lead the Spurs to victory.Advertisement Russell Westbrook had a monster triple-double of 24 points, 24 assists, and 13 rebounds, but it was in vain. His teammate Paul George scored 30 points, and Jerami Grant added 25.Advertisement Aldridge got his career-high, and his 56 was the most points by a Spurs player for a decade. The Spurs started the game with 14 consecutive three-point makes, which was the most in the league for 20 seasons.In other news, the Sacramento Kings beat the Detroit Pistons 112-102. It was the seventh loss in eight games for Detroit. Meanwhile, the Miami Heat claimed a surprise 115-99 win over the Boston Celtics. Jaylen Brown and Marcus Morris were involved in a heated tussle during the game.Advertisement Nikola Jokic recorded a triple-double of 18 points, 10 assists, and 14 rebounds as the Denver Nuggets won 121-100 against the Clippers.That’s all the action from today, visit this space tomorrow for more of the same! Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgGalway United progressed to the second round of the EA Sports Cup with a two goal victory over Athlone Town in Eamon Deacy Park last night. Second half goals from Alberto Cabanyes and Wilson Waweru led Alan Murphy’s side to victory after a much improved effort after half time. A hard fought encounter remained scoreless at the break with Dylan Sacramento coming the closest to breaking the deadlock for United when his shot from outside the box just flew over the crossbar. Goalkeeper Micheal Schlingermann and captain Shane Duggan were the only players retained from last weekend’s league draw in Wexford, while next up for United is a home game against Cabinteely in the Airtricity League First Division on Friday night. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

first_imgSouthland Baseball Weekly Release (PDF)FRISCO, Texas – Houston Baptist junior right-hander Curtis Jones has been named the Southland Conference Pitcher of the Week and Lamar senior shortstop Sam Bumpers has been named the Southland Hitter of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Jones tossed his second complete game of the season in leading HBU to a 7-1 win over Southeastern Louisiana to clinch the series win. The junior from Cypress, Texas (Cypress Ranch H.S.), allowed just one run on six hits while striking out two hitters and not allowing a walk. Lion hitters only managed to notch a .200 batting average as Jones lowered his season ERA to 1.91, which ranks sixth in the conference. Jones also leads all starting pitchers with a 0.73 ERA in league play. With the win, Jones moved to 2-1 on the year. Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors. Honorable mention for hitter of the week goes to Houston Baptist junior second baseman Josh Martinez and Stephen F. Austin senior shortstop Brett Thornell. Honorable mention for pitcher of the week goes to Northwestern State freshman right-hander Adam Oller, New Orleans junior right-hander Alex Smith and Stephen F. Austin junior right-hander Tyler Wiedenfeld. Bumpers had one the better hitting performances of the year in the series opener against McNeese State to help lead the Cardinals to the 8-7 win in 11 innings. The senior from Bourbonnais, Ill. (Bradley-Bourbonnais H.S.), went 7-for-7 with three home runs and a double against the Cowboys. Bumpers drove in five runs in the contest while scoring three times. He is just the third player in league history to record seven hits in a game and is the first Cardinal to ever accomplish that milestone. Bumpers also had a home run in the second game of the series and hit safely in all four of Lamar’s games. On the week, Bumpers hit .700 (14-for-20) with four home runs, two doubles, seven RBI and seven runs scored. He notched an impressive 1.400 slugging percentage while recording a .714 on-base percentage.last_img read more

first_imgWinter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Loss to Pirates only motivates Red Lions Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, and guard Lonzo Ball, right, reach for a loose ball along with Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Patrick Beverley crowded chest-to-chest with Lonzo Ball before an inbounds pass in the first quarter while they were 94 feet from the basket. Moments later at midcourt, Beverley emphatically fouled the Lakers’ rookie point guard and watched him fall.Ball still might turn out to be Los Angeles’ basketball star of the future, even after his awfully quiet NBA debut.ADVERTISEMENT “We got blown out, so I didn’t play too well,” Ball said. “It was great to start out, but all I care about is winning, and we lost today. We’ve got to regroup.”Ball is expected to revitalize his hometown team this season, but the rookie started out with all the nerves and mistakes that might be expected from any 19-year-old with the weight of a 16-time NBA championfranchise on his slender shoulders.Beverley, who joined the Clippers in Paul’s trade to the Rockets, had 10 points while introducing Ball to high-level NBA defense.“I just had to set the tone,” Beverley said. “I told him after the game, due to all the riff-raff his dad brings, he’s going to get a lot of people coming at him. He has to be ready for that, and I let him know after the game. But what a better way to start him off. I was 94 feet guarding him tonight. Welcome his little young ass to the NBA.”Along with a handful of good-looking passes and a 3-pointer late in the first half, Ball went 1 for 6 from ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors The present in this town still belongs to the Clippers, even without Chris Paul.Blake Griffin scored 29 points and DeAndre Jordan added 14 points and 24 rebounds in the Clippers’ 108-92rout of the Lakers on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLou Williams added 12 points in the Clippers’ first game since Paul spurned the perennial playoff team after six years and forced an offseason trade to Houston. The Clippers will have a new look this season after adding Beverley’s tenacity and several new scorers, but they were still miles ahead of their Staples Center co-tenants in both teams’ season openers.Beverley and the Clippers got little trouble from Ball, who had three points, four assists and nine rebounds in 29 minutes during the first game for the No. 2 overall pick from UCLA. He had about 40 friends and family members in the stands, including his voluble father, LaVar. UP NEXTClippers: Host Suns on Saturday.Lakers: At Suns on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games the field and committed two turnovers.“He’s going to be a great talent, but he has to go through the tough times,” Beverley said. “He’llappreciate this when he looks back on it.”Brook Lopez scored 20 points in his debut for the Lakers, and Jordan Clarkson added 18.“I wasn’t happy with what we gave our fans tonight,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Obviously I heard the (boos), and we deserved it at those times.”TIP-INSClippers: Danilo Gallinari had 11 points in his LA debut. … Coach Doc Rivers answered back at Paul, who said he didn’t like the Clippers’ team culture in a documentary that will be released this week by ESPN.“Listen, when you leave, you should just leave,” Rivers said. “I don’t think you have to try to burn the house down or justify why you left. That’s what I would say to it. I like our culture.Lakers: New G Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed this game while beginning a two-game suspension for getting arrested in March and later pleading guilty to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated. … Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers’ other first-round pick, had eight points in his NBA debut. … Andrew Bogut, the former Golden State center, had three fouls and three turnovers in his Lakers debut.NEW BACKCOURTEven with several new contributors, the Clippers already resemble a hard-nosed, tough-minded veteran team led by Beverley. Milos Teodosic, the other starting guard in Rivers’ revamped lineup, hit two 3-pointers in the 30-year-old Serbian rookie’s NBA debut.MAGIC BALLIt was a busy night for Lakers executive Magic Johnson, also a co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Magic watched from the tunnel while Staples Center showed Game 5 of the NL Championship Series on the scoreboard during pregame warmups, and he celebrated behind the scenes when the Dodgers clinched their first World Series berth since 1988 during the first half. “I’m just happy for all the players and all the Dodger fans across the world,” Johnson said. “This is a moment that I’ll never forget. I was torn, because I wanted to be here for Lonzo Ball’s first game as a Laker, but my heart is in Chicago. … I’m so happy with Clayton Kershaw, that he can finally pitch in the World Series. He deserves this moment, and all our players deserve this moment, too.” Staples Center erupted in cheers when the Dodgers recorded the final out in Chicago, and again when the final out appeared on the video board. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse chargeslast_img read more

first_imgWhat is arguably the biggest tech launch of the year is almost upon us. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be launched tonight at Samsung’s ‘Unpacked 2017’ event in New York and the company will be streaming the event live.Samsung needs the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones to be embraced warmly by customers after its reputation took a big dent due to the Galaxy Note 7 debacle and the arrest of their CEO on bribery and embezzlement charges.How to watch the live streamThe ‘Unpacked’ event will start at 11am EST (8:30pm IST) and the live stream can be seen on the company’s website and the Samsung Mobile and Samsung Electronics Facebook pages.Additionally, users can also download the Unpacked 2017 app on their iPhone or Android device and watch a 360 degree live stream of the event.Also Read: Jio Prime: Deadline, cost, plans, benefits, drawbacks and everything else you must knowGalaxy S8 priceThe Galaxy S8 will be priced at 799 Euros (roughly Rs 56,500), while the Galaxy S8+ will retail for 899 Euros (roughly Rs 63,500). Both smartphones will be available in five color options at launch – Gold, Black, Blue, Silver and Orchid Gray.Galaxy S8 specificationsBy piecing all the leaks, rumours and official information together, we have now got a pretty comprehensive understanding of what the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will be bringing to the table.The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+  will sport a radical near bezel-less design with dual curved edges. Samsung is also ditching its iconic home button in the upcoming smartphones.advertisementThe Galaxy S8 will come with a 5.8′ Super AMOLED display. The Galaxy S8+ is set to come with the exact same specifications as the S8 but with a much bigger 6.2′ screen. Both smartphones will have curved OLED displays with a new ultra-wide 18:5:9 aspect ratio.The Galaxy S8/S8 + will come with IP68 dust and water resistance, Samsung Knox, Samsung Pay, 4G LTE support and earphones tuned by AKG.Additionally, the smartphones will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor – the Snapdragon 835 in the U.S, Japan and China and the 3GHz Exynos 8895 processor in other regions including India alongside 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage expandable via a microSD card (up to 256GB).The Galaxy S8 will come with a 3,000mAh battery, while the Galaxy S8+ will feature a bigger 3,500mAh battery. Both smartphones will come with fast charging and wireless charging support.On the imaging front, both smartphones will come with a 12MP ‘Dual Pixel’ camera at the rear with an aperture of f/1.7 alongside an 8MP front facing camera with an aperture of f/1.7.Galaxy S8 featuresIris sensorThe Galaxy S8 will come with a 3.7MP Iris camera sensor placed right next to its front camera.The Iris sensor will use the unique characteristic of a person’s eyes, such as their shape and pattern to unlock the device. The Iris sensor can also be used to verify one’s Samsung account and sign in to apps and web pages.Face recognitionDue to limitations with the Iris scanning technology, Samsung is also adding facial recognition to the smartphone to aid in faster and more accurate biometric authentication.Bixby voice assistantSamsung’s  is developing an AI based voice assistant codenamed ‘Bixby’ which will be introduced with the Samsung galaxy S8. Bixby can be initiated using the dedicated hardware key or by saying the word ‘Bixby’. Bixby can be interacted with using one’s voice or by typing.A feature called ‘Hello Bixby’ will allow users to view content such as alarms, weather and reminders in one place. Hello Bixby will analyse your activity and usage patterns to provide suggested information and applications.Another feature called ‘Bixby Vision’ will let users search for products online by scanning objects or locations with the Galaxy S8’s camera.Also Read: Best smartphones in India under Rs 15,000last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Four persons, including two women, were arrested late on Monday night and on Tuesday for allegedly assaulting police personnel inside Tollygunge police station on Sunday night.Several more have been detained in connection with the case. According to sources, after the incident came to light, Commissioner of Police (CP), Kolkata, Anuj Sharma ordered immediate action and sought a report on the incident. Also, the officer-in-charge of Tollygunge police station, Anup Ghosh, has been show caused as he failed to bring the law and order situation under control and apprise his Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujasuperiors about the situation. Sharma also questioned why the case was registered after almost 11 hours of the incident. As soon as Sharma ordered for police action, officers started identifying and nabbing accused persons. At first, CCTV footage was scrutinised and a few of the accused persons were identified. Late on Monday night, the anti-rowdy squad of Kolkata Police gathered information about the identified persons and conducted raids at a slum in Chetla. During raid, two youths, who were seen in the CCTV footage and identified as Dipak Adhikary and Chotka Dolui were arrested. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThey were produced at the Alipore Court and have been remanded to police custody till August 17. On Tuesday, two women, identified as Purnima Das and Putul Naskar, have been arrested. Police sources informed that this duo had past criminal records. On Sunday night, police officers were on naka-checking duty in front of Menoka cinema. Around 11pm, the police intercepted a biker and found that he was driving in drunken state. Police tested the alcohol level of the accused, Ranajoy, using a breath analyzer machine and took him to Tollygunge police station. After being taken to the police station, Ranajoy called some of his friends and claimed that police were harassing him without any reason. Soon, more than 100 people gathered outside of Tollygunge police station and started agitating. Despite repeated requests by the police, the crowd refused to leave the spot. After a few minutes, the furious mob rushed into the police station and demanded Ranajoy’s release. According to a source, to bring the situation under control, Ranajoy was released after police imposed a fine on him. But, this did not help much. The mob started pushing police personnel inside the police station. When some of the police personnel tried resisting the move, a few people from the mob assaulted several police personnel. A constable and an officer were assaulted. They even tried to tear the uniform of a policeman. While, the police were getting assaulted a few of the accused persons went to the chamber of Officer in Charge’s (OC) room and verbally abused him. It was also alleged that a lady police personnel, who was trying control the women, was assaulted. Around 1:30 am, a huge contingent of police went to Tollygunge police station and brought the situation under control. a suo moto case was initiated on Monday after almost 11 hours of the attack.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Opposition parties say that a plan to shift more than $2 billion worth of federal infrastructure spending points to problems with one of the government’s cornerstone programs, despite what the Liberals say.The cash comes from planned spending in multiple years and multiple funds set up by the Liberals and the previous Conservative government, as well as large-scale projects, such as the Champlain Bridge replacement in Montreal.More details are expected some time next week when departmental reports are tabled in Parliament.Conservative infrastructure critic Michael Chong said he is hearing concerns from cities that they don’t have enough time to spend their transit and water money, pointing to a need to change the terms and conditions on the Liberal infrastructure cash.“This is not just a cash flow issue, this is actually impacting real infrastructure decisions that are being taken on the ground,” Chong said.He also said the delay conveniently helps the government “with its ballooning deficit, something that they’re clearly worried about.”NDP critic Matthew Dube said the figures should give the government some pause as it negotiates longer-term agreements with provinces and territories to make sure the money delivers the social and economic benefits the Liberals have promised.“We can brag about how much money is being invested into infrastructure, but at the end of the day, if the shovels aren’t in the ground, and the projects aren’t happening … you can’t start looking at that upside.”Infrastructure Canada’s website shows that as of last Friday, there was about $20.5 billion left unspent across 13 different programs, including two set up by the Liberals. More than half the money, about $12.8 billion, is from the marquee infrastructure fund the Tories set up.The two Liberal funds — one for public transit projects, the other for water systems — have together doled out about $82 million, leaving about $5.2 billion unspent.The federal government regularly has to carry over infrastructure money from one fiscal year to the next: Spending analyses have shown about one-quarter of infrastructure funds don’t get spent in the year for which they are budgeted.Federal dollars only flow once project proponents submit receipts for reimbursement, often leaving a lag of weeks, months or years between when work takes place and when infrastructure money is actually spent. Projects can also be delayed for reasons beyond the control of the federal government, such as bad weather or a labour disruption.The Liberals have already carried over $828 million to this fiscal year because it couldn’t be spent in the 12 months leading up to April 1.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Tuesday that the majority of the approximately 4,000 projects the government has approved for funding since November 2015 are underway, based on the information cities and provinces have provided the Liberals — even though federal payments so far are a fraction of what’s budgeted.Sohi said the government’s plan to move funding to later years has more to do with cash flow management than it does with the state of infrastructure work.“We’re the last ones to pay out because that’s how the system works,” Sohi said. “If you visit various communities where these projects are being funded, you can actually see the work being done.”The Liberals promised in the last election to move unspent infrastructure money into the gas tax fund that goes directly to cities for transit, water or roads projects.The government closed out several old infrastructure programs at the end of March, giving the gas tax fund $30.1 million of money that provinces didn’t earmark for any projects.That won’t happen in this case because the money comes from programs that still have years left before they expire.— Follow @jpress on Twitter.last_img read more

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