In an effort to be able to handle next-generation ships and heavier cargoes, the US Port of Everett has embarked on the largest capital project in its history by dollar value.On August 15, the port hosted a groundbreaking to commemorate the start of construction on the South Terminal Modernization Project which is said to be the largest maritime construction project on the West Coast today.As explained, the USD 36 million project will ensure the port’s facilities are ready to support the next generation of over-dimensional cargo, including aerospace parts for the new 777X.“Completing critical infrastructure upgrades like this will better position the port and its facilities to handle the larger vessels and heavier cargoes now calling Everett, including aerospace parts for the new 777X and other opportunities on the horizon,” Glen Bachman, Port of Everett Commission President, commented.“I find it fitting that as we celebrate the Port of Everett’s centennial year in 2018, we continue to be forward thinking, preparing the Port’s infrastructure to carry us into our next 100 years.” – Port Commission President Glen Bachman pic.twitter.com/BXbwEztUEE— Port of Everett (@PortofEverett) August 15, 2018“Since 2015, the port has invested millions of dollars to adapt its facilities to support the next generation of shipping, and this major infrastructure investment is a continuation of that effort,” Lisa Lefeber, Port of Everett Acting CEO, said.The South Terminal facility is a key piece of the port’s overall seaport modernization efforts as it is the largest of the port’s docks by land footprint. However, the dock was originally built in the 1970s to support log operations, and in its current state, can only accommodate 500 pounds per square foot (psf). Modern cargo operations require a minimum of 1,000 psf.The South Terminal Modernization Project (Phase II) strengthens the remaining 560-feet of the 700-foot South Terminal dock structure (140-feet was strengthened as part of Phase I in 2015) and makes electrical upgrades at the wharf. Upon completion, the dock will be strong enough to accommodate two, 100-foot gauge rail-mounted container cranes and provide vaults for ships to plug into shorepower while at the dock.In 2017, the port completed two rail upgrade projects totaling more than USD 8 million. With the help of the port’s 2-percent for public access policy, the project is also generating USD 586,000 to the city of Everett to improve public access along the waterfront that doesn’t conflict with a vibrant working waterfront.The seaport modernization also received nearly USD 22 million in federal loans from the TIGER grant program and FAST Lane grant program as well as the Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program.The Port of Everett, located 25 miles north of Seattle, is a strategic self-operating seaport that supports nearly USD 30 billion worth of US exports annually, the second largest export customs district in Washington state.
Indianapolis, In. — As the national discussion over election security and ballot integrity continues, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson has announced the creation of a new certificate at Ball State University that will allow election administrators and staff to further their knowledge of cyber practices and principles.The Certificate in Election Administration, Technology and Security, or CEATS, was developed by Ball State’s Voting System and Technical Oversight Program to provide instruction on voting systems, information technology, security basics, election law, and more. Election administrators are expected to be proficient in a number of diverse areas including human resources, poll worker training, election and procedural law, budgets, physical space management, organizational communication, public relations, information technology and cybersecurity. This diversity is not traditionally captured in any one single educational or training program. CEATS will help to fill that gap and is one of many steps being taken to enhance the State of Indiana’s election security readiness.Applications from each of Indiana’s 92 counties were solicited and considered for entrance to the inaugural class. The first class was carefully selected and will consist of the following individuals:Sara Arnold, Spencer CountyChad Clingerman, Elkhart CountyPaula Copenhaver, Fountain CountyLori Davis, Vigo CountyNicole Deibel, White CountyTammy Dooley, Hendricks CountyJaymie Duerlinger, Vigo CountyChristina Eurton, Floyd CountyLaDonna Ingram, Vigo CountyApril Johnson, Allen CountyAmy Jordan, Clay CountyCody Kiefling, Vigo CountyPaula Lantz, White CountyKathy Martin, Vigo CountyTara McNamara, Allen CountyCathy Oser, Warrick CountyPatty Perry, Warrick CountyJay Phelps, Bartholomew CountyStephanie Rockey, Washington CountyRuth Rowlett, Franklin CountyBrenda Woods, Brown County“I wish to congratulate those admitted to the first-ever CEATS program at Ball State University,” said Secretary Lawson. “This program represents an exciting new chapter in our ongoing efforts surrounding election preparedness. I want to thank in particular VSTOP Co-Directors Jay Bagga and Bryan Byers, who have put significant time and effort into the development of this program.”The first cohort will begin work on August 27, 2018. A new cohort will be admitted to the program every six months, beginning in August and February. The program will proceed in three distinct phases, and participants must commit to attending each session.
Matt Kemp had just finished smacking several balls over the fence during batting practice ahead of the Dodgers’ game against the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday. The sweetness of his swing and the power with which it zoomed through the zone was something to see.Kemp was the toast of the Dodgers in 2011, when that swing helped create a marvelous season where he walloped 39 home runs, drove in 126 runs and scored 115 times — all league highs. He also batted .324, slugged .586, had an OPS of .986 and stole 40 bases. He finished second in National League MVP voting and came close to winning the elusive Triple Crown.Afterward, Kemp signed an eight-year contract worth $160 million.Three years later, Kemp is still trying to regain that magic. Hamstring and shoulder injuries in 2012 limited him to 106 games, during which he hit .303 with 23 home runs and 69 RBIs. Hamstring and an ankle injury reduced him to just 73 games in 2013, when he hit just .270 with six home runs and 33 RBIs. “Well, I was locked in,” he said of 2011. “Body-wise, I was feeling all the way 100 percent. You know, it’s just a different year. Every year is different. Everybody’s got stuff they’ve gotta deal with and mine the past years have been injuries I’ve had to overcome and it’s getting better and better every day.”It must be difficult, Kemp was told, to be a superstar one year and then suddenly become something other than that. Kemp agreed, but he wasn’t singing the blues about it. Rather, he spoke with a stiff upper lip.“It’s tough,” he said. “I think it’s tough for anybody to try to go from being something to being something else and you’re trying to get back to where you were. Sometimes injuries take time to heal. It could be one year, two years, three years. But for me, every year I’ve had to deal with a different injury.“There was my shoulder and my ankle, so those are two major body parts, especially for the game of baseball, especially for what I can do as far as hitting home runs and stealing bases. I’ve just gotta get my legs under me and work every day to get back to where I was before.”Kemp had offseason left shoulder surgery following 2012 and offseason left ankle surgery following the 2013 campaign.“I feel good,” he said of those repairs. “There are times when I’m stiff, sore and that’s just any baseball player. You can ask any baseball player, something’s always hurting on him.”As far as getting back to what he once was, Kemp has no doubt he will.“Oh, I’m not worried about it,” he said, emphatically. “I know I’m going to be back to where I need to be as far as stealing a lot of bases and hitting home runs, driving in runs. I’m going in the right direction now.”Manager Don Mattingly also believes fans will again see the Kemp of 2011.“I’m confident,” Mattingly said. “It’s still there. He’s swinging the bat good. He looks good.”Guerrero still outAlex Guerrero’s agent said the infielder is still undergoing outpatient skin-graft treatments on his left ear and could be two weeks away from resuming baseball activities.Guerrero hasn’t played since May 20, when a portion of his left ear was bitten off by then-teammate Miguel Olivo during a game with Triple-A Albuquerque. He was hospitalized for several days after the incident and needed surgery to re-attach the ear.“We can safely say the surgery is fully successful,” said Guerrero’s agent, Scott Boras.Two weeks from today is July 1, exactly six weeks after the incident. Guerrero hasn’t been able to work out, run, or throw in the meantime. Guerrero could face another lengthy process as he returns to baseball shape. This and thatMattingly said third baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) continues to improve and will soon be ready for a rehab assignment — perhaps this week. … Crawford (ankle) still can’t run or hit and has seen the team physician this week. … Third baseman Justin Turner (calf) could be ready to play in the next series beginning Friday in San Diego.— Staff writer J.P. Hoornstra contributed to this report Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Things have changed so much for Kemp that this season he lost his center-field spot to Andre Ethier and the only reason he has been playing every day is because left fielder Carl Crawford is on the disabled list.Well, don’t look now, but Kemp just might be flirting with becoming the player who shook up the baseball world in 2011.“I feel good, just trying to have good at-bats and trying to get good pitches to hit, trying to grind it out and just get in a groove,” he said during an exclusive interview with this newspaper.Kemp, just 29, is batting .267 with six home runs and 24 RBIs in 217 at-bats. Nothing to write home about. But over his past 10 games, he is 14 for 33 — an average of .424 — with a home run and eight RBIs. He has gotten two hits in four of his past five games.He was asked to talk about how he feels at the plate right now compared to how he felt in 2011.