Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, Utah State football head coach Gary Andersen, junior quarterback Jordan Love and senior defensive tackle Devon Anderson addressed the media ahead of this Friday’s season opener at Wake Forest.Andersen called fall camp “a positive” and cited the bonding that occurred on his team because of it.He called the Demon Deacons “an explosive offense” and called their redshirt junior quarterback, Jamie Newman, “a talented quarterback.”Concerning senior defensive back DJ Williams’ move from nickel to corner, he cited the fact that Wake Forest often plays with three to four receivers, so he wants to give as many Aggies cornerbacks reps as is possible.Andersen also said wide receiver was the toughest position to determine starters for in fall camp. He also wants to wear out opponents with the Aggies’ no-huddle offense he plans to employ throughout the season.He also spoke highly of Demon Deacons senior defensive back Essang Bassey, saying he has “great reactive skills” and likely has a long career ahead of him beyond college football.Love called fall camp “a really good camp” and said the last Wake Forest game, a 46-10 Aggies loss at Winston-Salem, N.C. in 2017, was a tough experience for him.Love also confirmed he still gets butterflies before games because of how the excitement builds up for him.Anderson said it was difficult learning a new defense, but said that scheme-wise it is a better defense for the Aggies to play.Anderson said he respects Newman’s size (as he is 6-4 and 230 pounds) and lauded him for not being “scared of contact.”In closing, Anderson said it is unreal to think of himself as a senior and the Baltimore native appreciates the opportunities Utah State has afforded him Tags: Devon Anderson/Essang Bassey/Gary Andersen/Jamie Newman/Jordan Love/USU Football/Wake Forest Demon Deacons August 26, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Football Addresses Media Prior To Friday’s Game At Wake Forest Brad James
Ben Williams’ friends were taken aback. They were tossing the lacrosse ball around on a field when Williams finally voiced his improbable dream for one of the first times. It was one that, considering where they stood, seemed highly unlikely. He wanted to play Division I lacrosse.“Impossible,” said one friend.“No way, Benny,” echoed another.“We can’t play NCAA, only club.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We” meant Minnesotans. But his assessment at the time, in the late 2000s, applied to a majority of high school students outside of the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions. In 2005, when Williams was 10, Minnesota had zero state-sanctioned high school boy’s lacrosse teams and no competitive base to attract players or scouts. Eight years later, when he graduated from St. Thomas (Minnesota) Academy, the state had 76.Deep down, Williams knew his friends had a point. He only began playing the sport in eighth grade, when a friend suggested it as a more physical alternative to track. A few months after he started in 2009, rain forced a Memorial Day party inside at the Williams family cabin in Spooner, Wisconsin. There, flicking through the TV channels, the bored eighth grader happened upon the Cornell-Syracuse men’s lacrosse national championship. Williams, his father David and half of the party sat enraptured as Syracuse erased a three-goal, fourth-quarter deficit and won in overtime. Williams went to Google.He didn’t know then that he’d make it to Syracuse himself. He didn’t know he’d overcome injuries, a “bad” high school program and the reputation of Minnesota lacrosse to become one of the nation’s best faceoff men. He didn’t know that he’d be one of the No. 2 Orange’s (8-1, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) best chances at snapping an eight-year title drought. Back then, he didn’t even really know how to shoot.On Google, Williams found hope. He’d searched both team’s rosters and found that Cornell attack Ryan Hurley was from Minnesota. In the next five years, Williams watched more games and investigated more teams.“A lot of roster checks,” Williams said. “Not a lot of Minnesota guys.”There on the St. Thomas field that afternoon, playing catch, Williams still had unsaddled hope. He thought about his dad, who’d quit basketball his senior year of high school to weight-lift and prepare for a tryout with the University of Minnesota football team. The basketball coach said, “I don’t know why you’re trying. You’ll never play in college.” David walked on and earned a scholarship his last three years.“I wanted to find another example of a guy who played at the biggest level but wasn’t a stud his whole life,” Williams said. “I wasn’t a great athlete or dominant, really at all, when I was younger … I was looking for a story like that, so I could have a chance to live it.”,If Williams were to overcome Minnesota’s inherent lacrosse disadvantages, St. Thomas didn’t seem like the place to do it.“They were bad,” said head coach John Barnes, who took over the fifth-year program in 2010, Williams’ freshman season. “They had no discipline, no structure, no nothing in their program. These guys didn’t do squat. Inmates ran the asylum. It’s amazing to say, but my first (program change) was starting the practice on time and making them give 100 percent effort.”Williams had transferred from Kenwood Middle School to the Catholic military school before eighth grade because it had stronger athletics. Then, though, he specifically thought about football, because any athletic success seemed destined to originate on the gridiron. But when Williams tried out, he was put on the B team for the first time in his life.David picked him up that day and felt Williams smoldering. He told his son it was a matter of when, not if, that he’d make the A team. The next day, at 5:30 a.m., David went downstairs into the kitchen to brew a pot of coffee when he noticed a basement light on. David clambered down and saw his son at work with the dumbbells.During the workout, Williams thought back to a football game from the third or fourth grade.“I got drilled and I was down real bad,” Williams said. “Right then, I thought about my dad, who was always like, ‘You don’t lay down. You get up and get off the field. Don’t sit and be a baby.’ That really resonated with me, because even though I had tears in my eyes, I stood up and dragged myself off the field. That still resonates with me when I think about being tough.”Williams was promoted within three weeks and played both as the A team defensive back and B team quarterback. The same work-more mentality later propelled and torpedoed Williams. He always juggled something else in addition to year-round football and basketball, but lacrosse stuck because he liked the physicality and fast pace.St. Thomas lacrosse might not have been very good — the Cadets finished 5-7 in 2010 — but Williams played more than most freshmen. On his team the summer before, fed up with the nine-midfielder rotation, he realized the surest avenue onto the field ran through the X, where two players faced off after every goal. In an average game, Williams estimated, that meant about 20 extra chances.He volunteered to face off, and the reward arrived immediately. He skipped the entire midfielder line and earned more minutes. He enjoyed the pad-crunching hits and individual challenge. Swiveling the hips was hard, but as he took more faceoffs they slowly synced with his hands, feet and shoulders.The refusal to take days off, to stop tapping his dad’s forehead for extra early morning workouts, strained his still-building teenaged body. St. Thomas improved to 6-6 in Williams’ sophomore year, but injuries, including knees and hips, cropped up. David credits overuse while Williams partially cites puberty. Either way, the pain put Williams in agony but never on the sideline. He took ice baths in between and after football two-a-day practices, and head coach Dave Ziebarth said he never saw Williams not in pain.“Running was …” Williams said, trailing off. “I had to bank on the adrenaline of the game to play.”,In his junior year, doctors ordered Williams to stop everything, running included, for about three months. He missed five games and had a minor surgery to remove bone fragments floating around in his right knee.It was about then that Williams decided he would play lacrosse in college, wherever that meant and whatever it took. He’d taken few faceoffs since the summer before, when he played for a former Maryland defenseman named Joe Cinosky. Williams by then had developed his faceoff specialization to a level he thought may be a ticket to Division I. Knowing that, David approached Cinosky and asked for an evaluation.“If he works really hard,” Cinosky told David, “he might be able to make a D-III team.”David subtly relayed that to his son on the way home, and Williams considered it carefully. He thought about his dad’s Mukwonago (Wisconsin) High School athletic hall of fame induction. Williams wasn’t there that night in 2003 because he had a Pop Warner game, but David ran into his old basketball coach, who said he’d never make football at the University of Minnesota. David shook his hand and said, “Thank you.”After Williams’ rehab, which mostly entailed finally resting, he returned midway through the lacrosse season and helped the Cadets finish 11-3. But the program’s rejuvenation mattered little. It was still in Minnesota.For his senior year, Williams worked out with a new strength trainer to gain muscle and prevent injury. His growth spurt stopped. Back to full strength, Williams totaled 35 goals and 25 assists as St. Thomas went 11-2. He won 82 percent of his faceoffs. But it wasn’t enough to overcome the injuries and lack of recruiters, who focused on freshmen and sophomores because early recruiting sometimes filled classes years in advance. All of it froze a D-I recruiting process already in amber.So, with nothing else to lose, Williams climbed on the computer he had so often used to search for D-I Minnesota players and tried to become one himself.He emailed dozens of schools, including Jim Morrissey at Holy Cross, which played in the Patriot League. He started with his frame (5-foot-11, 185 pounds) and grades (3.74) before listing stats, injuries and accomplishments. Then, Williams departed from things you can measure.“I pride myself on my physical play as a midfielder,” he wrote. “I would like to wrap it up by saying that my football, basketball, and lacrosse coaches all describe me as a great athlete, who is a very hard worker and a person that has a very positive attitude towards sports and school. … Thank you for your time coach and please let me know what I have to do to be recruited by your lacrosse program.”Morrissey now estimates that email represents 80 percent of the reason he gave Williams a shot. The other 20 was because he needed size and toughness to contend with Army at the X. For Williams, it was a chance at D-I.“You get a million emails,” Morrissey said, “so I was lucky to open that one. I had never seen him play, but … he passed the handshake test, so I went with my gut. He didn’t need a lot of coddling and he didn’t disappoint.”Williams won 53.1 percent of his draws in 2014, including 11-of-17 against an Army faceoff specialist that Morrissey respected. At the season’s end, the Crusaders coach called John Desko to recommend the SU head coach look into Williams. The improbable dream became possible.“The only reason he’s at Syracuse is because of Jim Morrissey,” David said.In 2015, Williams’ first year at SU, he finished second nationally in faceoff percentage (67.4) and was a Tewaaraton Award nominee. Junior year, he was nominated again and won 62.2 percent at the X. This season, though he missed his first collegiate game with an undisclosed injury, he set the Syracuse program record for career groundballs (298) and won the overtime-opening draw against Johns Hopkins on March 11 to set up the game-winning goal.Williams’ one constant at SU, whether he’s winning or losing at the X, has been his pregame ritual. It’s added and subtracted steps in his three years, but he’s always wrapped the handle of his stick in pink tape and written the initials of everyone who’s helped him get to this point. There are too many to count. Inevitably, once the game starts, the symbols smear and swirl with heat and friction into one long, black streak.From the stands, you cannot see the stick’s tattoo, or the stick-owner’s face, or the trail from lacrosse’s shadows to its brightest lights. You can see only No. 37 pretzeling at the X, steering the hips and knees mangled and mended, bracing mind and shoulders to employ his greatest gift. 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Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Related Articles “There will be a slight taper and it will have to bend a little to conform to the guide wires. And that’s part of the complexity of it. You can’t just run down to the store and say, ‘Give me a net.’ … We have to move anchors and account for camera angles. We have done all that. And we think this is going to be a real enhancement for fan safety in keeping with changing attitudes of both fans and players.”Many players throughout MLB have been vocal in calling for extended netting at stadiums after an increasing number of fan injuries over the past two years. The Chicago White Sox extended the netting at their park to the foul poles with several other teams expected to make similar adjustments.After a woman was injured by a foul ball during a June game against the Colorado Rockies, Kasten acknowledged that plans were underway to extend the netting at Dodger Stadium, though the plan was still in the formative stages at the time.Because of “Dodger Stadium’s geography,” Kasten said, extending the netting foul pole to foul pole was “not necessary.”“It makes sense when you really dig into it,” he said, citing studies the team did before drawing up the two-phase plan. “We did a lot of studies – and the reason this has taken so long – with current baseball. Let’s face it, I didn’t want old data so we got the latest data we could assemble – every single foul ball that has gone into the stands this year, where they go in, at what height, at what speed. All of that went into making these decisions. We think this is the best decision we could make to enhance safety while also still keeping the stadium as comfortable and accommodating for fans as it has always been.”Kasten said he spoke with “team leaders” to get their opinions on what needed to be done.“There is not uniformity of opinion on this. We took all of that into account,” he said. “That was definitely a part of our study as to what to do. And listen – we think this is the best decision we could make, but it’s fluid. If next year it needs to change, we’ll look at it again.”Of the cost, Kasten said, “I wouldn’t say minimal. I would say irrelevant. That was not a factor.”The Dodgers also plan a $100 million renovation this offseason which will create numerous changes to the outfield pavilions, including the addition of a two-acre entertainment plaza in center field.The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger looks to give a ball to the fan he accidentally hit with a foul ball while at bat during a game against the Colorado Rockies earlier this season at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers plan to extend the protective netting substantially between now and early September. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies LOS ANGELES — After studying data on foul balls and soliciting opinions from current players, the Dodgers are ready to begin a two-phase plan to heighten and extend the netting at Dodger Stadium.The first phase will begin as soon as the Dodgers complete their current homestand. By the time they return from a six-game trip to Miami and Atlanta for a home game on Aug. 20, the current netting which extends to the end of each dugout will be heightened by 8 feet.The second phase will take place during the following trip. When the Dodgers return for a homestand beginning on Sept. 2, the netting will have been extended down both foul lines to the elbow where the stands bend back away from the field. All of the netting will be at the increased height.“It’s really much more complicated than people appreciate,” Dodgers team president Stan Kasten said Friday, speaking exclusively to the Southern California Newspaper Group about the plan. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
LONDON (AP): Guus Hiddink returned to Chelsea for a second spell as manager yesterday, hired until the end of the season with the tough task of turning around the struggling Premier League champions following Jose Mourinho’s firing. As Chelsea beat Sunderland 3-1 under the temporary command of Steve Holland, Hiddink watched from the stands at Stamford Bridge with owner Roman Abramovich and former striker Didier Drogba, who has been linked with a coaching role. Drogba scored in Chelsea’s 2009 FA Cup final win when Hiddink previously filled the Chelsea managerial void for around four months after the exit of Luiz Felipe Scolari. The 69-year-old Hiddink’s latest firefighting role comes with Chelsea only four points above the Premier League relegation zone following an alarming slump just seven months after sweeping to the title. “I am excited to return to Stamford Bridge. Chelsea is one of the biggest clubs in the world, but is not where it should be at the moment,” Hiddink said. “However, I am sure we can all turn this season around.” Chelsea said they viewed the Dutchman as a coach with a “wealth of top-level experience and success”. The club highlighted how fans were “singing his name following our final home game” of the 2008-09 season, but it was Mourinho’s name they were still chanting yesterday. Hiddink’s fortunes have faded since he was last at Chelsea. He quit as manager of Turkey after failing to qualify the team for the 2012 European Championship and did not win a trophy with Anzhi Makhachkala during a spell with the Russian club. He has been out of work since being fired by the Netherlands in June during the latter stages of his country’s unsuccessful attempt to qualify for Euro 2016. He had five losses, four victories and a draw during his year in charge of a team that finished third at the 2014 World Cup under Louis van Gaal, now the manager of Manchester United.
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook New signing Josh Scowen will not be involved in either of QPR’s friendlies against Reading this weekend.Two behind-closed-doors friendlies have been arranged against the Royals, who will be Rangers’ first opponents of the new season.Midfielder Scowen recently completed a move to Loftus Road when his Barnsley contract expired so was not part of the Rangers squad which spent time at a training camp in Portugal.He is therefore still building up his fitness and is not yet being considered for selection.See also:QPR confirm signing of ScowenCousins features in QPR training-ground gameQPR accept offer from Everton for BowlerBowler having medical ahead of Everton move
22 April 2016She was in such awe that her book was doing well on the movie circuit, she hoped producers would turn more to local novels for their next projects, said Cynthia Jele, author of Happiness is a Four-Letter Word.In celebration of World Book and Copyright Day, which is observed on 23 April, the South African novelist believes any day that honours books and reading should get the thumbs up. “Books are sources of knowledge and inspiration. I wrote Happiness is a Four-Letter Word as a result of reading.“There is a famous quote by a British writer, Neil Gaiman, that sums up my feelings for books. It goes: ‘A book is a dream that you hold in your hands.’”AccoladesJele won first and fourth prizes in the 2008 BTA/Anglo-Platinum Short Story Competition. Three years later, her debut novel, Happiness is a Four-Letter Word, won Best First Book (Africa region) in the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2011, as well as the 2011 M-Net Literary Award in the film category. The novel, which celebrates love and female friendships, was also shortlisted for the 2011 Booksellers Choice Award.Earlier in her writing career, in 2006, Jele self-published a guide, So You Wanna Be an Au Pair in the USA: What Your Agency Will Never Tell. It covered the experiences she and others had of au pairing in the United States.Jele was also one of the first Faces of Fundza and her short stories, such as The Big Crush, are published on the Fundza mobi site. Fundza Literacy Trust is a South African non-profit organisation dedicated to improving literacy among teens and young adults, which does through using technology accessible to its target market, such as smartphones.The beginning“I once attended a reading session given by an American author, where towards the end of her talk she took the audience through a short writing exercise: she read out a line from a new short story she was working on and asked the audience to complete the first two paragraphs,” Jele told Fundza about how her writing journey started.“I remember the thrill of trying to put something on a piece of paper. When I got home, I pulled out my computer and wrote a short story. I haven’t stopped since.” That was about 10 years ago.It took her three years to write her debut novel, which she completed in 2009.“I was tired of books that I battled to identify with because most of them were set in different countries with different nationalities,” she explained to Bona magazine about her motivation.“Based on that, I decided to write a book that people could identify with. I was nervous because it was my first. I had no literature qualifications; all I knew was that I wanted to write it. I started writing about the women I know and mirrored the average modern day woman’s life.”And it has resonated with many women:Nandi from Happiness Is A Four Letter Word reminded me of myself so much, so weird.The love of Merlot & Avocado and how she’s so indecisive.— Nasiphi Q. Mvunyiswa (@NasiphiQM) April 17, 2016Happiness Is a Four-letter Word is going international, starting with a theatrical release in Nigeria https://t.co/8I2E44TO11— City Press Online (@City_Press) April 12, 2016Watched Happiness Is A Four Letter Word for the first time today and I actually quite enjoyed it. Good quality South African movie— Innocentia Shole (@InnieShole) April 17, 2016Writing was a solitary exercise, Jele said, that required a lot of discipline and commitment. “I also have a full-time job as a director at Enterpriseroom, an enterprise and supplier development consultancy. It competes with my writing time. It’s easy not to write, except writing is the most fulfilling experience for me.“I love how for that minute, hour, hours, I can get lost in my characters’ world. It’s like living a double life.”World Book and Copyright DayTo Irina Bokova, the director-general of Unesco, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a book is a link between the past and the future. “It is a bridge between generations and across cultures. It is a force for creating and sharing wisdom and knowledge,” she said.According to the United Nations, 23 April is a symbolic date for world literature. “It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejia Vallejo,” says the world organisation.World Book and Copyright Day is held to pay worldwide tribute to books and authors. It is also to encourage everyone to discover the pleasure of reading.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nobody is short of moisture. I look forward to just having firm footing again. When you can’t walk across the yard without splashing water up on you, it’s wet.The livestock are also getting tired of the wet conditions and continuous showers. I’ve had several calls from people looking for hay. This is a really bad time to be running out. The latest call was someone who had just fed their last bales and did not want to turn out on pasture yet until they had enough forage growth. That is exactly what I like to hear. If you turn out too early, the grass never gets much of a chance to get good leaf cover. Grazing too early in the spring does nothing but remove that solar panel the plants need to start building sugar and growing new roots. The forages really need to be able to canopy and get a good start before animals begin removing the top growth otherwise production will be reduced.It is still better to find and feed poor hay and supplement it to meet nutritional needs than to start grazing too early, especially when it is wet. Soybean hulls or corn gluten can make good supplemental feed. Neither seems to drop the pH of the rumen as much as starchy grain. This is important, because if you are going to be relying on forages and rumen pH is too low, it kills off enzyme-producing flora needed to break down the cellulose in forages.Back to the wetness factor — fields that were grazed down tight last fall or over winter as stockpiled forage will not have adequate standing dry matter or fiber available and are not the best fields to start grazing early anyway. If there is little or no above-ground plant growth or residual, then there is not going to be a lot of root mass below the surface, especially if those forages were kept short for long periods of time. This scenario, combined with extremely wet conditions, is a quick way to totally pug up and severely damage a field, making it look like it has been plowed with hooves. Grazing too early and under wet conditions reduces desirable plant populations, creates compaction, and opens up the soil for erosion by reducing soil cover, which provides opportunities for numerous weeds and warmer, less productive soils. It is just better to wait for good grazing conditions.Those fields grazed short last fall will also lack sufficient fiber to go with all the washy high-water, high-protein forage that will come on with first growth. All ruminant livestock need to balance the carbon-nitrogen ratio in their rumen to maintain that mat. If they don’t, then they will not perform the way you want them to and have less gain and less milk production. The plants just go through their system faster than they can effectively utilize it. You know what means–don’t stand too close behind those cows! You’ve heard me say that several times before. If you don’t believe me, well, I’ll let you test that.If you would look at the manure consistency during that time period, it could be very thin, almost watery, not that pudding consistency that is ideal for the rumen.Fields that do not have adequate dry matter to go along with lush new growth will need to be supplemented to keep the animals in balance. This is a good time to put out some low quality hay, baled corn stalks or even straw because if they need it, they will eat it.I hope you have been able to keep at least one or two fields with some stockpiled forage for early spring use. Stockpiled forages left from the previous season mixed with that new growth grass makes for a nicely balanced sward for grazing in the spring and a really nice place to calve. There is little to no mud, and good quality, balanced forage to eat. If you have never tried it, you will wonder why you haven’t been doing it.These rains will eventually provide some really nice pasture. Just remember, don’t get in too big of a hurry to start grazing. I know, it takes about all the patience you can muster up. Ideally, forages should be at least 6 to 10 inches tall before grazing begins. You will not want to remove too much and leave at least 4 to 5 inches to keep that solar panel active and the plant growing, especially for most cool-season grasses, such as orchardgrass and tall fescue. That stop-grazing height is the shortest forage in the field, not the tallest left behind. This is the time of year when you just need to keep moving forward once you start grazing. Generally, the faster the grass is growing, the faster the cows should be moving forward. This helps to keep the forages under control. As the forage growth starts slowing down, then the rotation should also slow down which will allow for longer rest periods before being grazed again.It will soon seem like you have more forage than you can use at the moment, but resist the urge to cut too much for hay. Long wet springs often are followed by hot, dry summers. The more forage residual left behind, the more drought resistant the pasture will be. I know it sounds a bit crazy talking about droughts when you’re standing in water, but it has happened, and very well could again and it’s best to be prepared. Besides, do you need all the hay that you produce? Pasture yields, when managed well, can actually out-yield hay fields with the same fertility. Why? Because you are leaving adequate live plant residual (green leaf) behind to grow back quicker and induce some more tillering. Haying also promotes less diversity and increased diversity usually means increased yield and over a greater period of time.I recommend stopping to think about how many days you are relying on hay in your operation. I’ve heard Jim Gerrish say numerous times; paraphrasing him, “Winter feed costs are the main expense for most cow-calf producers…period.” “We feed hay to the extent that we make hay.” “Cow producers in Michigan, Missouri and Mississippi all feed hay for about 130 days a year.” It would pay us all to seriously think about how much we feed. Do the higher livestock numbers pay for all of the extra inputs required to keep them? Could you make more with less; that is something to pencil out on one of these rainy days. I would encourage you to shoot for 60 days and no more than 90. It is possible, with some planning, to accomplish it with less also.
31Oct Rep. Iden bill creating savings opportunities for community colleges is signed Categories: Audio,Iden News,News Michigan’s community colleges will now have increased ability when it comes to funding forward-thinking infrastructure and energy efficient development, thanks to legislation proposed by state Rep. Brandt Iden and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.Lease-purchase agreements do not demand up front full payments like bonding debts and act as a pay-as-you-go system. Money community colleges begin to save from energy-friendly improvements will help pay for the project or the implementation of others.Current law allows local governments and school districts to enter into lease-purchase agreements. Iden’s provision allows for community colleges to employ the same option.“This is a flexible, sensible option for an age when budgets are often strapped for funding,” said Iden. “It’s a win-win for community colleges across our state. They can spend carefully through these agreements and have savings for other projects over the future with the energy-friendly projects they invest in right now.”Community colleges will have the option to cancel a lease-purchase contract after each fiscal year and after as little as one year.Within 60 days of improvements, a filed report will be required by the Michigan Public Service Commission listing which facilities were worked on, energy consumption of those facilities prior to improvement, project costs and estimated annual savings.House Bill 4457 passed with unanimous votes in both the House and Senate before becoming Public Act 133 of 2017.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Brandt Iden (left), of Oshtemo, holds a signed copy of House Bill 4457 with Gov. Rick Snyder at a ceremony in Lansing on Oct. 26.
Measure aims to boost job creation in small townsState Rep. Jason Wentworth discusses legislation with colleagues in the Michigan House chamber.State Rep. Jason Wentworth’s plan to help small businesses in rural areas of Michigan was recently approved by the Michigan House with bipartisan support.Wentworth, of Clare, said the Rural Jobs Act aims to give small job creators in counties with populations of 200,000 or less additional access to investments, creating new jobs and boosting the economies of struggling rural communities.“Many small, rural businesses have trouble attracting new capital or getting approved for business loans,” Wentworth said. “By creating a safe and effective financing tool, we are helping local job creators expand their businesses and create new, good-paying jobs in growing industries.”Under Wentworth’s plan, the Rural Development Creation Fund would be established within the State Treasury with oversight by the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development. Target industries for the grants include aviation and aerospace, advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, clean energy, cybersecurity, information technology and life sciences.Rural small job creators would partner with the state and qualified private investment fund managers in utilizing the grants. If a business did not achieve its goals it would have to return the funds to the state.“In the past 18 years, only 5 percent of Michigan’s private investments have been made in rural areas,” Wentworth said. “This solution would provide a much-needed boost for the many small towns that were left behind during Michigan’s economic recovery.”The measure, House Bill 6064, now moves to the Senate for consideration.### 08Oct Rep. Wentworth’s plan to jumpstart rural economy gains House approval Categories: Wentworth News