Baltimore-based offshore wind developer US Wind Inc. has signed an agreement with EPIC Applied Technologies for the installation of its meteorological tower at the site of the proposed 268MW wind farm offshore Maryland.Installation of the MET Mast tower is scheduled to begin on 14 July, with installation anticipated to be completed by 8 August, US Wind said.The met tower will be used to collect raw wind data at a height comparable to the eventual turbines’ height. The collected wind data will be used primarily to validate the virtual data collected through what have primarily been mathematical models to date, and will also to monitor the performance of the installed turbines during the lifetime of the eventual wind farm.“This important milestone represents US Wind’s ongoing commitment to realizing this first-of-its-kind large-scale renewable energy project in the State of Maryland,” said Riccardo Toto, President of US Wind, Inc.“We look forward to delivering the significant economic and job-creation benefits that our project represents and to advancing our leadership position in this fast-developing new American industry.”The US Wind Maryland project, expected to be operational during 2023, will involve the installation of up to 32 wind turbines 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City.In May 2017, the project was approved to receive offshore renewable energy credits (ORECs).It is anticipated that the US Wind project will result in the creation of approximately 7,000 direct and indirect jobs and represent an in-state investment of nearly USD 1.5 billion, US Wind said.
The Boys Golf Sectionals took place at The Greensburg Country Club on Friday (6-5).Columbus East was the team champs with a score of 306. Columbus North was second with 313 and the host Pirates also qualified for The Regionals placing third with 328.2015 Boys Golf Sectionals @ GreensburgSpencer Fairbanks of Columbus North was the overall medalist with a score of 73.Area individuals advancing on to The Regionals are North Decatur’s Dayne Lecher, East Central’s Travis Spencer, and Jac-Cen-Del’s Lucas Williams.The Regionals will be taking place on Thursday (6-11) at Clarksville Providence Champions Pointe starting at 8 AM.
“Think big” was a mantra Guggenheim Baseball Management deployed early and often after purchasing the Dodgers out of bankruptcy in 2012.Sometimes a buzzword is just a buzzword, of course, so the question needed to be asked: Would “think big” actually guide the Dodgers’ decision making, or would it merely look good on a billboard? The answer came quickly. Within a year, the club had spent more than $100 million by its own estimate to renovate Dodger Stadium. Within two years, the Dodgers’ payroll was the largest in baseball history. Within three years, the baseball operations department had been overhauled.On Thursday, team president Stan Kasten flew to the midwest for something relatively small by Guggenheim standards. The Dodgers’ new Triple-A affiliate was playing its first game as the rebranded Oklahoma City Dodgers. Co-owner Peter Guber and special advisor Tommy Lasorda were there, too. At the end of the day, it was only a minor-league baseball game. So what’s the big deal?For starters, only the Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals own their Triple-A affiliates. The advantage to all three teams, generally speaking, is control.“We have total input on the baseball side,” Kasten said Wednesday. “We have more input than we would usually have on the business side, A, because we own it. B, because our partner (in the Oklahoma City ownership group) is our partner here, Peter Guber. So we feel really comfortable with this partnership.”The Cardinals and Braves own their top four minor-league affiliates. Once common, this pattern has become the exception to the rule. In fact, no other big league club owns a Triple-A or Double-A team.A 2014 study comparing how many players drafted by the 30 major-league teams reached the majors ranked the Cardinals first and Braves tied for fifth. That’s probably a direct result of their acumen drafting and developing talented baseball players. Still, it’s interesting that these teams have chosen to control the business and baseball sides of so many of their affiliates — a model the Dodgers can now put into practice in Oklahoma City. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error There’s also the marketing aspect.“First of all, they’re called the Dodgers,” Kasten said. “They have a new logo and uniforms that have the ‘LA.’ It’s so cool that ‘OKLA’ stands for Oklahoma. It’s very much Dodger-y. They’ve tried to incorporate that. Their mascots — in the minor leagues, they have mascots — one is named Brooklyn. (The other is Brix.) It’s a lovely park, run by Mandalay, which runs the best minor-league franchise, so we’re fortunate.”Kasten said purchasing a Triple-A team was part of his vision for the franchise from the outset. It didn’t happen right away because of the logistics of baseball affiliation and the long list of competing priorities.In baseball, affiliation agreements last two or four years. Every even-numbered year, some minor-league franchises end their major-league affiliations and a “mating dance” ensues among potential major league teams looking to affiliate.Last year, Kasten said, it so happened the Oklahoma City RedHawks and Tulsa Drillers — a Double-A franchise located 100 miles northeast — were looking for new affiliates by year’s end. Franchises rarely come up for sale, and by summer Guber and Kasten began talks to purchase the RedHawks. The sale agreement was announced in September and formally approved earlier this year. When the Drillers and Colorado Rockies ended their affiliation in September, the Dodgers swooped in for the Oklahoma sweep.The proximity of the Oklahoma teams “was a very strong point for us,” Kasten said. “It made scouting, player movement, just working in general more convenient. Chattanooga is a great franchise and a great city, but being just 100 miles apart is a tremendous advantage.”Player contracts aside, it seems the biggest investments in the Dodgers franchise this year will be realized away from Chavez Ravine. Kasten said crews will break ground soon on a new training complex in the Dominican Republic. That project is expected to take 12 to 18 months to complete.“There hasn’t been a new building since it became the first one (of its kind in the Dominican Republic) almost 30 years ago,” Kasten said. “It wasn’t modern at all in terms of the weight room, no air conditioning, no Wi-Fi — it’s just stuff that you need. “All the new complexes have those things. We had fallen far behind and we’re moving ahead.”Architect Janet Marie Smith, who has overseen renovation projects at Dodger Stadium, Fenway Park and Turner Field and who once designed Camden Yards, is overseeing the project in the Dominican Republic. It’s a small part of the Guggenheim baseball empire, but the thinking is big.
Herro wrote, in part, on Facebook: “Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family. … Thank you for believing in me.”The cause of death wasn’t immediately clear.WWE tweeted a statement Tuesday morning saying it was “saddened to learn that King Kong Bundy has passed away.”WWE is saddened to learn that King Kong Bundy has passed away.https://t.co/SNrSunQYeQ— WWE (@WWE) March 5, 2019Listed at 6-4, 458 pounds and jokingly known as “the walking condominium,” he made his WWF debut in 1981, wrestling under the name Chris Canyon.He was best known, after changing his ring name to King Kong Bundy, for an iconic steel cage match he lost to Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania 2 in 1986.It was during that era Bundy wrestled with or against opponents who were a who’s who of one of the sport’s golden eras, including Hogan, Andre the Giant, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan and The Undertaker. Former professional wrestler King Kong Bundy, a WrestleMania star in the 1980s, died Monday, promoter and longtime friend David Herro said in a Facebook post overnight.Bundy, whose real name was Christopher Alan Pallies, was 61. Hogan tweeted Monday: “Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories. RIP big man until we meet again.”Overwhelmed by King Kong Bundy’s passing, only great memories,R.I.P. big man until we meet again. HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) March 5, 2019Another semi-retired WWF wrestler, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake referred to Bundy as “a kind soul.”Although he had been semi-retired since 1995, he was planning to appear next month at WrestleCon in New York City, according to The Associated Press.