Governor Kasich Signs Senate Bill 2

first_imgOhio Governor John Kasich visited Cleveland yesterday to sign a bill to protect the health of Lake Erie. Senate Bill 2 will expand the power of the Ohio EPA but it’s also aimed at helping businesses.The legislation will also strengthen efforts to improve the environment, the governor’s office said. It does so by encouraging better use of dredge materials and ensuring proper disposal of construction debris.“We want to take good care of our environment,” Kasich said at the ceremony at the Great Lakes Science Center, overlooking Lake Erie. “This is one of the crown jewels of our state.”Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof, Senator Cliff Hite and Port of Cleveland CEO Will Friedman attended the ceremony.Read more about the bill here.last_img

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Fernandinho focused on Chelsea game

first_img City must pick themselves up for a crunch early-season clash with their main title rivals after suffering an agonising last-gasp defeat in their Champions League opener at Bayern Munich on Wednesday. League leaders Chelsea already have a five-point advantage over the champions after just four games of the campaign. Fernandinho says Manchester City must quickly get over their Munich heartbreak to prevent Chelsea stretching their lead in the Barclays Premier League. Fernandinho said: “When you lose a game like this at the end, after the game you feel a little bit sad. “But you have to recover as soon as you can. We have a great game against a big team like Chelsea and the best way to recover is to win that game. “In the Premier League the most important thing is not to give the team at the top of the table reasons to keep winning game after game. “We don’t want a big space between us. We have to win because there would be six or eight points difference between us and Chelsea. We have to shorten it. “We have to win, keep working and keep going until we are top of the table.” Chelsea ran City close last season but eventually finished six points behind Manuel Pellegrini’s men in third. This term they look stronger with their summer recruitment, particularly the signings of prolific striker Diego Costa and cultured midfielder Cesc Fabregas, adding much to the side. Costa could be a fitness doubt for Sunday’s encounter at the Etihad Stadium but Fernandinho is anticipating a tough contest. The 29-year-old said: “They have started very well. Their new players have shown their quality. “I think this will be a great game. We have a good team as well and are playing at home for our supporters. I hope we can win this game.” The match may also be important for confidence with City having now not won in three games with the Munich loss – heartbreaking as it was – coming after a defeat by Stoke and a draw at Arsenal. Fernandinho said: “That is not easy (to take) for a big team such as City, but the best way to recover our confidence and our best qualities is to win the next game. “Already we think about the Chelsea game. We have to win this game because we have had a draw against Arsenal and a loss at home to Stoke. “We have to recover points to think about the top of the table.” Fernandinho has no doubts about City’s quality and takes much from the performance at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. City ultimately went down 1-0 after a deflected strike from Jerome Boateng in the 89th minute found a way past the imperious Joe Hart. Bayern’s dominance over 90 minutes meant victory was not undeserved but City not only showed resilience but had chances of their own. Because of that Fernandinho is convinced City can succeed at the top European level. The club have made no secret of their ambition to make an impact in the Champions League this season after three years of doing little more than gaining experience in the competition. Asked if City can compete against such sides, Brazil international Fernandinho said: “I think so, especially like we have played here. We played well. We created some chances to score goals, we (could have) had a penalty for us. “Unfortunately we conceded the goal at the end of the game. “But in the Champions League you have to keep the concentration to the end, then we wouldn’t get beaten or concede a goal.” Despite his confidence, the result leaves City already playing catch-up in a tough Group E, with their next opponents Roma having opened their campaign with a 5-1 win over CSKA Moscow. And there was also no doubting that City’s star performer was their goalkeeper, as Hart produced a string of brilliant saves to deny the likes of Thomas Muller, David Alaba, Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze. It looked like being his night when he made another fine one-handed stop to deny Boateng with the clock ticking down, only for his former team-mate to get lucky with another strike moments later. It was almost a reputation-restoring display by Hart, whose loss of form last autumn led to a short spell out of the side and questions have persisted over his consistency since. “He showed his best quality,” said Fernandinho. “He showed why he is the number one for England.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Mason City council receives update on North End study

first_imgMASON CITY — The City Council in Mason City recently received an update on a study looking at the city’s north side. The “Healthy North End Neighborhood Plan” is the end product of more than two years of study, research and community engagement events by local officials and University of Iowa graduate students from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. The city’s Director of Development Services Steven Van Steenhuyse says the study shows the negative perception of the North End as a drug and crime infested neighborhood doesn’t hold true when you look at the facts.  “It was interesting that when we actually started to look at the numbers, the crime statistics in the North End are not really any worse than other neighborhoods in the city. They’re not the best, but they’re not the worst. One of the things we wanted to do, and what the students really encouraged, was to find a way to reverse that negative perception of the North End, and let people know that not only is it a safe place, but it’s a nice place to be.  Many of the residents that the students talked to were very emphatic about how much they loved living there in that it’s not a bad place to be.”Van Steenhuyse says they are working to restore a neighborhood organization that promotes the North End.  “One of the things that was encouraged was revitalizing the North End Neighborhood Partnership, which was very active some years ago. The founders of that have kind of burned out, not really desirous to keeping that going themselves, but we’ve started to identify individuals who want to take that mantle up and keep running with it. Now we even have got some people working with Main Street Mason City in trying to find ways to use some of the streetscape elements we have downtown and extending them into the North End neighborhood.” Van Steenhuyse says addressing the issue of blighted properties is a key for the city.  “One of the things that we intend to do once the Highway 122 project is completed, we are going to prioritize the 122 and 65 corridors for nuisance abatement of any kind of dilapidated homes that need to be fixed or removed. By then, the public realm will have caught up and we’ll be able to justify saying ‘look, you know the taxpayers have done their part, now it’s your turn’.” The council will consider officially adopting the plan at a future council meeting. You can check out the plan as well as listen back to the council workshop dealing with the North End below Healthy North End PlanHealthy North End Plan AppendixAudio of meeting:last_img read more

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Anthony Martial wants Manchester United to snap up ‘extraordinary’ striker

first_imgAnthony Martial has urged Manchester United to sign superstar forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the summer.United are favourites to land the Swede if he decides to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires at the end of the season, although they may face competition from the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea.And Martial, who has impressed in his debut campaign at Old Trafford, revealed he would relish the chance to play alongside the imperious Ibrahimovic next season.“It would be good, he is an extraordinary player,” the 20-year-old told Telefoot.“He has won nearly everything and he is still performing well despite his age.”Anthony Martial wants to play alongside ‘extraordinary’ Zlatan Ibrahimovic at Manchester United 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action for Paris Saint-Germain last_img read more

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