Three local teams remain in the hunt for a North Coast Section championship, and all three will play in their respective semifinals tonight.In the Division 3 girls bracket, Eureka will travel to play an in-form and favored Cardinal Newman program, while in Division 4 Arcata will host Piedmont, and in Division 5 St. Bernard’s will host University.All three matchups pit a No. 2 seed against a No. 3, and all three are expected to be competitive encounters.The Loggers, who defeated Alhambra …
Enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule has so far yielded three noncompliance claims against contractors, with the first dated May 6.However, as noted in a summary of a recent webinar presented to remodelers by the National Association of Home Builders, the agency will be stepping up inspections in 2012 and following through on tips likely to lead to enforcement action. Don Lott, associate director of the EPA’s Waste and Chemical Enforcement Division, told webinar participants that the agency already has conducted 1,000 compliance inspections of job sites and contractor-training certifications, as well as audits of records that contractors must keep for projects requiring lead-safe practices.The RRP rule applies to residential renovation, repair, and painting on properties built before 1978. Contractors, landlords, and property managers are subject to the rule, although individual homeowners and tenants doing work on their personal residence are exempt.Collecting and culling tipsThe EPA is enforcing the rule in all 50 states, although 12 states (Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin) administer the rule on their own.One indication of the potential scale of enforcement action, NAHB noted, is that the EPA has been receiving an average of 400 tips a month (many of them submitted via the agency’s compliance and enforcement page) and has found that 60% of firms inspected so far have not yet been certified to perform RRP work. NAHB maintainson online database on RRP compliance, training, and certification requirements.NAHB says members can access for free a recording of the webinar – and download related documents and slides – on the group’s “Webinar Rewinds” page: http://www.nahb.org/product_details.aspx?forSaleID=9068The material is available to nonmembers for $44.95.
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar set new records on Tuesday when he scored his 51st Test century against South Africa in Cape Town.A look at his recordsThis is Tendulkar’s second ton in Cape Town.He is the first non-South African to score two Test centuries in Cape Town. His first century came during the 1996-97 tour when he scored 169.This is Tendulkar’s 5th ton on South African soil – the maximum by any overseas batsman. Englishman Wally Hammond and Aussie Neil Harvey had scored four apiece.This is Tendulkar’s 7th century against South Africa. Only Neil Harvey and Ricky Ponting have scored 1 more.Amazingly, this is his 12th Test ton after turning 35. England’s Graham Gooch is the only other batsman to hit as many Test centuries after the age of 35.An indication of his spectacular overseas performance is that he has scored 29 Test centuries away from home – the highest by any batsman.
PFI Western Store and the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) are excited to welcome back the PFI/PBR Party in the Parking Lot concert on Thursday, September 3rd starring Thomas Rhett.The concert kicks off PBR Week when the Built Ford Tough Series returns to JQH Arena, September 11-13, with the PFI Western Invitational, presented by Bass Pro Shops.Rhett’s debut album “It Goes Like This” earned him a nomination for the ACM “New Artist of the Year” that had two consecutive Platinum-certified No. 1 hits, including a three-week run with “It Goes Like This.” His new single, “Make Me Wanna” also topped Billboard’s list of Best Country Songs of 2014. The same project produced the platinum-certified No. 1 smash “Get Me Some Of That,” as well at two Top 15 hits, “Beer With Jesus” and “Something To Do With My Hands.”General admission tickets are $30 and standing pit tickets are $40. They’re on sale now at O’Reilly Auto Parts, PFI Western Store or online here. A portion of the proceeds from Party in the Parking Lot will benefit the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks, a local 501c3 that provides resources and support for local individuals and families impacted by breast cancer. Another portion of the proceeds benefits The Rider Relief Fund. This 501c3 charity provides financial assistance to athletes of all ages that have been injured in the competitive sport of bull riding.Concert Information:-Five great performers lined up and ready to entertain: Lindsey Highlander, Jason Pritchett, Tucker Beathard, Members Only, and, of course Thomas Rhett.-Gates will open at 4:00 pm. No sooner.-First artist takes the Cooper Tires Stage at 5:30pm.-Coors Light Party Trailers will be On-Site so come thirsty.-Chairs will be provided only in general admission. All Pit admission is standing room only.-Concessions will be available from Hardee’s, Ozark Empire Fair and PriceCutter so come hungry. No coolers or outside food or drink will be allowed.-Party in the Parking Lot performers will play rain or shine.-Kids two years old and younger will be free and will sit on a parent’s lap. Strollers will not be allowed.