News / Airlines partner up to carry US mail across the world

first_imgIt noted: “ANZ and Western Global plan to begin mail codeshare service.”However, they are not the only airline pairing interested in carrying US mail.Suparna Airlines, formerly known as Yangtze River Express, has also applied to the DoT to use the GG designator code of Sky Lease Cargo, also to carry US mail on Suparna’s services between Chicago and Shanghai under a codeshare agreement with Sky Lease.Meanwhile, Sky Lease Cargo, which has three MD-11Fs, two of which appear to have been stored, and two 747-400Fs, will see one of its 747s go on dry lease to Atlas Air, according to Cargo Facts. The aircraft, which is more than 21 years old, has been on lease with the Miami-based carrier since September.Sky Lease is a sister airline to Centurion Air Cargo and they have “close managerial and technical relationships”.Centurion, though, appears to have been grounded since the US DoT noted that it had failed to submit required “fitness information”, and added “we intend to proceed with the revocation of Centurion’s economic authority for reason of dormancy”.Centurion had asked for an extension, saying it was in talks with an investor, but no filings have been made since March. E-commerce seems likely to be behind two codeshare requests to the US Department of Transport (DoT) for links to China and New Zealand.Western Global Airlines plans a codeshare with Air New Zealand (ANZ) for carrying mail between the US and New Zealand.In February, MD-11F operator Western Global applied to the DoT to expand operations beyond China and was granted permission to operate to all US open skies partners, as well as other countries including Chile, Singapore and New Zealand.And earlier this month, ANZ applied for approval to to display the KD designator code of Western Global Airlines on certain flights “for the purpose of transporting US mail”. By Alex Lennane 31/07/2018last_img read more

Naples marathon draws 1,000 runners

first_imgNAPLES, Fla. – One thousand runners took the streets of Naples on Sunday for the 33rd annual Gulf Coast Runners Half Marathon. Racers had to not only focus on the run, but also COVID-19 precautions. All athletes had to wear masks until they crossed the start line. They also started the race with athletes staggered every three to five seconds. Runners could also choose to participate virtually. The coronavirus didn’t slow down Parker Stinson, who won the race overall. The Boulder, Colorado native spent the last 15 months on the sideline following a knee injury.  AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementHe returned on Sunday to claim his second 1st place finish in Naples. “To come back out here and get a win is something I didn’t know was going to happen for me anymore,” said Stinson. “It means a lot to come back to Naples Half and win again and I hope to come back for many years to come.”His final time to complete 13.1 miles, just 1:03:33.  RELATEDTOPICS Woman shot outside Naples Waffle House June 16, 2021 AdvertisementTags: Marathonnaples Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Study ranks Naples as best beach town in America to live June 16, 2021 Sea turtle caught on camera nesting on Naples beach June 16, 2021 Naples soldier facing charges for wife’s murder June 16, 2021 Lindsay Flanagan, also from Boulder, Colorado, was the first woman to finish. Her time was 1:10:23. Click to view the full results from the marathon.  Advertisementlast_img read more

O’Sullivan hoping his Portarlington comrades can right wrongs and down The Town

first_img Facebook Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Pinterest Portlaoise and Portarlington are set to square off in the Laois senior football championship for the second time in 12 months in O’Moore Park this evening.They last met in the 2019 semi final and it really was a classic between the two best teams in the competition.Portarlington, seeking to reach a first final in 18 years, had led by six points at the break but Portlaoise stormed back in the second half to lead by two. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Alan Hartnett – 5th September 2020 Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Portarlington’s wing back from that game, Paddy O’Sullivan, will miss this one because he is currently in Syria with the Irish Defence Forces.He appeared on the LaoisToday Talking Sport Podcast earlier this week where he stressed that his side can put right what went wrong the last time out.He said: “It (the defeat) was hard to take. They came out and got a penalty early on.“They had the experience to kick on but I know it is a cliché and everyone says it that you will take the loss and learn from it.“This year Port have definitely learned from it. I do think we are going to kick on this year I will watch it on Saturday. I have the flag here and the 130 of us will watch it.”A number of players who played 12 months ago, aside from O’Sullivan, are unlikely to be involved today.For Portlaoise, Michael Nolan, Brian Mulligan and Bruno McCormack have all retired, Colin Finn is playing intermediate while there are injury concerns around Brian Glynn and Benny Carroll.Portarlington’s star forward Colm Murphy limped off in the win against Stradbally and would have to be a major doubt for them.However, the stakes here, as O’Sullivan rightly points out, are not as high as the loser will have the opportunity to come through the back door.Paddy said: “Whoever loses will get a second chance. But it would be good to get one over them.“I’m sure they will be happy if they beat us.“But I’m also sure whoever loses will be hopeful of bouncing back and be in the later rounds of the championship.”You can listen to this week’s Talking Sport episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or Podbean or below on Soundcloud.The LaoisToday Podcast · Talking Sport: A Laois man in Syria, Round 2 previews, Tim Barry & TV debutSEE ALSO – Subscribe to LaoisToday on Apple Podcasts to never miss an episode of our Talking Sport Podcast Home Sport GAA O’Sullivan hoping his Portarlington comrades can right wrongs and down The Town SportGAAGaelic Football Electric Picnic Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic News Previous articlePreviewing all of Saturday’s Laois GAA actionNext articleFr Paddy: Students are more than just points Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Port fought back again to take the lead only for a Brian McCormack point, which brought his tally to 1-6, level the sides again. Then Dillon popped up with the winner and Damon Larkin made sure of it a couple of minutes later.It was a dramatic second half which saw referee Michael Tarpey brandish three red cards and play 13 minutes of injury time. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival O’Sullivan hoping his Portarlington comrades can right wrongs and down The Town TAGSLaois SFCPaddy O’SullivanPortarlington last_img read more

Government to Establish Implementation Unit to Drive Investment and Development Programmes

first_imgAdvertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Government is to establish an Implementation Unit that will stimulate and guide its investment and development programmes. The unit is to be housed at the office of the Prime Minister and will benefit from the guidance of an advisory board that will comprise both private and public sector representatives. The board will be a small and efficient one, headed by a Chief Executive Officer who will have the responsibility of guiding the process of seeing which agencies will be responsible for elements of the implementation programme.Making the announcement at a wrap-up press conference at the end of a 3-day National planning summit at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Rose Hall Montego Bay yesterday (November 4), Prime Minister, Hon Bruce Golding said the Unit would report directly to him because so much of what is to be done will cross cut a wide range of ministries and government agencies. This, he said would need Prime Ministerial authority to ensure that the process is carried out effectively. He said the Unit will be monitoring the implementation of recommendations of the specific objectives discussed this past weekend, in order to stimulate investments and to look at what needs to be done to enable investments. Reports will be made every three months at which time a meeting will be held to carry out an evaluation to see what progress has been made and whether timelines have been met.Mr. Golding said he was always clear that what is needed is the kind of environment that would encourage private sector investment. Having established this partnership, there was the need to identify issues and to agree on a collaborative approach to removing the obstacles to investment. He said it was out of these discussions that government decided to sit down with private and public sector representatives, representatives of the diplomatic corps, the trade unions and Non- government agencies, to formulate a plan of action. The National Planning Summit under the theme, ‘Jamaica Tomorrow’ was developed from those discussions and he said time was spent on structuring the programme. The government engaged the services of PricewaterhouseCoopers to guide the discussions to ensure they were result oriented so that at the end of the exercise the parties would arrive at conclusions that were relevant.“What we did not expect out of the discussions and which we don’t have, is any one thing that we are going to do by a specific date, because development growth is a process”, the Prime Minister said. He said a full report from the summit would be prepared later this week.He said the government, with private sector support, is committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure increased production, increased tourism arrivals, and ensuring growth in agriculture. But he said all of this has to be calibrated within an overall framework that involves careful management to protect the macro-economic fundamentals of the country. Mr. Golding said the government is prepared to hold hands with the private sector in a partnership stronger than this country has ever seen in order to ensure that investors do invest and that when they invest they create jobs that are meaningful, productive jobs that will provide income for families not earning before, to provide the catapult necessary to move this country forward.In his remarks at yesterday’s wrap-up press conference, the President of the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica, Mr. Chris Zacca, pledged his organisation’s commitment to ensuring the success of the programme of collaboration between government and the sector. Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr Everton McDonald, also pledged his company’s support to the government. RelatedGovernment to Establish Implementation Unit to Drive Investment and Development Programmes RelatedGovernment to Establish Implementation Unit to Drive Investment and Development Programmescenter_img RelatedGovernment to Establish Implementation Unit to Drive Investment and Development Programmes Government to Establish Implementation Unit to Drive Investment and Development Programmes UncategorizedNovember 5, 2007last_img read more

New COVID-19 clinics and increased operations for Northern Beaches

first_imgNew COVID-19 clinics and increased operations for Northern Beaches NSW GovernmentThree new pop-up clinics will open and more testing options will be available in the Northern Beaches to help stop the spread of COVID-19.From Thursday 17 December 2020, three new pop-up testing clinics will open at the following locations:Avalon pop-upOpening hours: 7 days from 8am to 10pmAddress: Avalon Recreation Centre, 59 Old Barrenjoey Road, AvalonNewport pop-upOpening hours: 7 days from 8am to 10pmAddress: Newport Community Centre, 11-13 The Boulevard, NewportWarringah Aquatic Centre drive-throughOpening hours: 7 days from 8am to 10pmAddress: 1 Aquatic Drive, Frenchs ForestThe new testing clinics are open until 10pm and will continue to operate if required to help meet the demand for community testing.Additional Northern Beaches testing centres include:Brookvale Community Health CentreOpening hours: 7 days from 8am to 6pmAddress: 612-624 Pittwater Road, BrookvaleMona Vale HospitalOpening hours: 7 days from 7:30am to 5.30pm. Additional staffing has been increased to assist with testingAddress: Gate 3 Coronation Street, Mona ValeNorthern Beaches HospitalOpening hours: 7 days from 8am to 5pmAddress: 105 Frenchs Forest Road (West), Frenchs Forest, (rear of Emergency Department)NSW Health urges the community to monitor for symptoms, immediately come forward for testing and isolate until a negative result is received.Find a COVID-19 testing location in NSW.Stay up to date on the latest COVID-19 news and Travel to and from NSW.This information is correct as of 9am, Friday 18 December 2020. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Avalon, community, community health, coronavirus, covid-19, Emergency, emergency department, Government, health, hospital, meet, New South Wales, NSW, Old Bar, staffing, testing, travellast_img read more

Paringa regional quarantine for seasonal ag workers

first_imgParinga regional quarantine for seasonal ag workers More than 1,000 seasonal workers will be able to safely arrive in South Australia over the coming months with a speciality regional quarantine facility to be set up in the Riverland.The facility at Paringa will cater specifically for workers arriving under the Commonwealth Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme, with new arrivals expected every 14 days over the next three months.The $7 million program will help fill critical worker shortages in agriculture and will be jointly funded by the Marshall Liberal Government and industry.Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the State Government has worked closely with SA Health and SAPOL to ensure the facility meets strict safety standards.“South Australia’s primary industries are worth $14.1 billion a year to the state economy and with citrus season fast approaching it is critical we deliver a safe solution to fill our seasonal worker shortages to ensure our state’s crops are harvested,” Minster Basham said.“We know that many Pacific nations have seen low case numbers of COVID-19 but protecting the wider community from any risk has been at the forefront of our planning.“We have been working closely with SA Health, SA Police, industry and a number of key businesses to ensure the safety of the Paringa facility.“We are expecting around 200 workers to arrive in South Australia shortly with our program able to cater for up to 1,000 more over the coming months.“I know the stress that industry has been facing as the citrus harvest draws closer, and I am pleased that through dedication and hard work we have been able to map out a safe pathway forward to bring in seasonal workers.“The State Government has made a significant push to encourage unemployed locals to take up fruit picking this year, but unfortunately not enough people have rallied to the call and foreign workers are now a critical need.”The seasonal workers will arrive under the Commonwealth Seasonal Worker Programme and Pacific Labour Scheme and will be transported directly to the Paringa Resort near Renmark, where they will complete 14 days quarantine before being able to undertake vital work.Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said careful planning had occurred across a range of agencies in order to ensure this program was safely managed, with the workers to undergo COVID-19 testing on arrival, as well as on day five and 12.“The Department of Primary Industries and Regions, supported by SA Health and SA Police will oversee the program, which will involve creating a secure, regional hub to cohort seasonal workers in COVID-safe accommodation,” Minister Wade said.“This is a different process to the Medi-Hotel programme and focuses on seasonal workers who can quarantine together within secure units, with access to outdoor space and self-catering facilities to ensure minimum contact with dedicated quarantine workers.“Reassuringly although more than 2600 Pacific Island workers have come into Australia since the outbreak of COVID-19, none of those individuals has tested positive for the virus.”The workers will be over and above the repatriation of returning Australians.If any individual tests positive for COVID-19 they will be transferred to the dedicated quarantine facility in Adelaide and managed according to the appropriate guidelines set out by SA Health. /Public News. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Adelaide, Agriculture, AusPol, Australia, commonwealth, Government, health, pacific, Paringa, quarantine, regional development, Renmark, SA, SA Government, SA Health, SAPOL, seasonal worker programme, South Australialast_img read more

Apply now for 2020 Master Composter Recycler training

first_imgApply now for 2020 Master Composter Recycler trainingPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Thursday, December 26, 2019in: Community Newsshare 0 Master Composter Recyclers educate the community about easy ways to reduce waste and recycle right VANCOUVER — The Master Composter Recycler program is now accepting applications for a no-cost 10-week training program that begins in January.Participants who successfully complete the program are certified as Master Composter Recyclers. Graduates are asked to contribute 30 volunteer hours within a year in exchange for the training. Photo courtesy of Clark County Master Composter RecyclersParticipants who successfully complete the program are certified as Master Composter Recyclers. Graduates are asked to contribute 30 volunteer hours within a year in exchange for the training. Photo courtesy of Clark County Master Composter RecyclersMaster Composter Recyclers educate the community about easy ways to reduce waste and recycle right. Program volunteers host backyard composting workshops, share their knowledge at community events, and operate composting demonstration sites.Those who are interested in becoming a Master Composter Recycler can register for the 10-week training program. Classes will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 22 through March 26.“If you have any hint of guilt when you throw something in the trash, or any curiosity about whether you should recycle something, please sign up for this course,” said Cassy Dinius, who completed the training this year. “It made my frugal, green heart so, so happy!”The training covers a variety of topics, including composting, food waste, mulching, soil composition, vermicomposting, recycling and green cleaning. Participants will also compete in a compost contest, perform jar soil-tests and waste audits, and tour a natural garden and transfer station.“This free course made me confident in reducing my landfill waste,” Dinius said. “Last year, we were sending two or three trash bags to the landfill every week. This year, we’re down to one!”Participants who successfully complete the program are certified as Master Composter Recyclers. Graduates are asked to contribute 30 volunteer hours within a year in exchange for the training.For more information about Master Composter Recyclers, to view the training program syllabus and to register for the training, visit the Master Composter Recycler website.Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouvershare 0 Previous : Residents can reduce holiday waste by recycling Christmas trees Next : A Visual Year in ReviewAdvertisementThis is placeholder text I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). guestLabelcenter_img guestLabel Name*Email*Website 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentslast_img read more

Welsh man has his BMW accidentally crushed while stuck in surgery

first_img A man in Wales identifying only as “Mr G” is pretty upset about his car being crushed, and we would be too, considering it was legally parked at his home when it was seized.In late 2016, Mr G spent three days at a hospital after receiving surgery for his ankle, and was shocked when he came back to his home in Flintshire to notice his car was not in the spot he’d left it.Mr G reported his British Racing Green BMW 323 missing to the police, who told him the car had been crushed after being mistakenly marked as “abandoned.” RELATED TAGS3 SeriesBMWLuxuryLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca Trending in Canada See More Videos Trending Videos We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2019 BMW 430i xDrive Gran Coupe BBC News reports no attempt was made by the city council to try and contact the owner before seizing and crushing the BMW. Even worse, Mr G says he paid £14,000 pounds (about CAD $24,000) for the car in 2004 and put another £2,500 pounds ($4,300) into it for a new engine and brake work, apparently; there was also about £2,000 ($3,400) worth of tools in the trunk.The council will only pay him back £2,750 ($4,700) for the trouble, which is obviously not even close to the amount spent, especially considering he had not committed any wrongdoing. After refusing to pay the claim, Mr G said they “shut up shop and denied responsibility.”“I was utterly horrified and so confused because I couldn’t understand why they took away a vehicle that was registered to me at my address,” Mr G said, calling the incident “utter ineptitude.”A council officer claimed to have searched for the vehicle’s registered owner in a database, but could not find one. A report from the authorities states there was no evidence of the search being done at all, and they also found no evidence the council tried to issue a statutory notice of the intention to remove the vehicle. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Officers are conducting a full review of the situation and state “means are in place to prevent re-occurrence”, but we hope Mr G gets his full sum of insurance money back, or a new car. ‹ Previous Next › The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everlast_img read more

Portlanders Pay Tribute To National Heroes

first_imgPortlanders Pay Tribute To National Heroes CultureOctober 20, 2010 RelatedPortlanders Pay Tribute To National Heroes RelatedPortlanders Pay Tribute To National Heroes FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The people of Portland paid tribute to the country’s National Heroes during the annual Heroes Day Salute held yesterday (October 18) at the Port Antonio square.The function, held under the national theme: “I believe in Jamaica.. Our People, Our Land, Our Heritage’, was organised by the Portland Office of the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC).It was a festive occasion highlighted by the parade of uniformed groups, featuring the Royal Salute, inspection of the parade, and the march past by the groups, including the police, firefighters, cadets and scouts. Musical support and entertainment were provided by the Port Antonio Marching Band.Acting Chairman of the Portland Parish Cultural Committee, Maureen Campbell, in her remarks, paid tribute to the National Heroes for the sacrifice they have made for the betterment of the country and its people, and exhorted the audience to ensure that their efforts do not go in vain.Mayor of Port Antonio, Councillor Floyd Patterson called on the people of Portland to enable the parish and the country to realise the dreams of the National Heroes to make Jamaica an exemplary nation to the rest of the world.In lamenting the high level of lawlessness and indiscipline, which have been plaguing the society in recent years, the Mayor said it is incumbent on all well-thinking Jamaicans to “wage a relentless struggle” to make the country the kind and caring place it was known to be in the past.The Governor-General’s message was read by Custos of Portland, Hon. Roy Thompson, while the Prime Minister’s message was read by Deputy Mayor of Port Antonio Councillor Derron Wood, who deputised for Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, and Member of Parliament for Western Portland, Hon. Daryl Vaz.The message from the Leader of the Opposition was read by Councillor Wayne McKenzie, representing Member of Parliament for Eastern Portland, Dr. Donald Rhodd.center_img RelatedPortlanders Pay Tribute To National Heroes Advertisementslast_img read more

Fall Sports Guide

first_imgKalispell’s Hard-Hitting SpikersKalispell’s two AA volleyball teams could battle for bragging rights and state trophies on the courts again this season. Both Flathead and Glacier have two all-state spikers returning. A few big names are gone, like Kwyn Johnson, but the Bravettes bring back talented seniors Emma Andrews and Iris Matulevich from last season’s second-place team. Flathead fell in the Class AA state title match last year, losing in three sets to top-ranked Billings Senior. The Bravettes were perfect in conference matches for the first time ever. They won the Western AA title for only the third time and advanced to state for the 10th straight year. The second-place state trophy was the program’s best finish since 2006, when the team also earned second. Glacier returns senior Cassi Hashley and junior Hannah Liss. The Wolfpack qualified for state for the third straight season a year ago, but fell to Flathead in the semifinals. The first matches of the season for both Flathead and Glacier are Aug. 31-Sept. 1 on the road against Great Falls’ teams. Glacier, Flathead Soccer TeamsThe Glacier girls soccer team enjoyed a turnaround season in 2012 under new head coach Brendan Byrd. The Wolfpack won their first game in nearly two years and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. Kendall Halliburton, an all-state senior, is back leading the Wolfpack’s growth this fall. The Glacier boys have a new head coach, Cody Fierro, who replaced Ryan O’Rourke. The Wolfpack finished 6-4-2 in 2012. Glacier’s first matches are Sept. 3 at home against Missoula Sentinel. Cory Wilson is Flathead’s new girls soccer coach and Dan Ferguson is the Braves’ new coach. The Bravettes finished 6-5-1 last season and the Braves were 0-11-1. Flathead’s squads open the season against cross-town rival Glacier, Sept. 5, at Kidsports Complex. Doorn, Tabish Tee Off for WhitefishTwo talented seniors are back on Whitefish’s boys and girls golf teams. Senior Art Doorn is the top returning leader for the Bulldogs. He tied for second last year at the Class A state tournament in Anaconda, finishing one stroke back. Sophomore Cooper Donahue placed 23rd at state. The Whitefish boys earned second as a team, 11 strokes behind Belgrade. Erin Tabish is entering the final season of an impressive career on the Whitefish girls team. Tabish placed second at state last fall, barely losing the second hole of a championship playoff to Christal Tokash of Livingston. Tabish placed third at state as a sophomore and 15th as a freshman. Whitefish earned third place as a team in 2012. Polson won its second straight girls title.New Stable of distance Runners Line UpTwo of the best long distance runners ever to emerge from the Flathead Valley, Flathead’s Zach Perrin and Glacier’s Troy Fraley, have graduated on to college competition. Now it’s time to find out who will follow in their footsteps. One of the best opportunities to get a glimpse of this year’s local running talent arrives Sept. 15 at the Flathead Invitational Cross Country Meet. The longtime local meet is at a new course this year at Rebecca Farm west of Kalispell. Only a few all-state runners from the valley are back this fall: Bigfork siblings Makena and Logan Morley, Columbia Falls junior Samantha Mundel and Polson senior Claudia Hewston. Whitefish, which won the Class A boys title last fall, returns its No. 3 and No. 4 runners: senior Caleb Knox, who earned 20th at the state meet in Helena; and junior Keaton Grove, who placed 23rd. The 50th annual state cross country meet is Oct. 26 in Missoula. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Autumn is ushering in a new school year and with it, a new prep sports season. Last week the Beacon highlighted Flathead County’s high school football teams. Here’s a guide to the other sports returning to action this fall, including volleyball, soccer, cross country and golf.Several exciting plotlines are resuming for our local athletes, and new storylines are sure to emerge as well. Good luck to all.Morley’s Reinvigorated PursuitWhen we last left Makena Morley, her spring had ended with three runner-up finishes at the state track meet. The overall experience “totally lit my fire,” she said afterward. In other words, Bigfork’s stalwart runner should be even more awe-inspiring this fall. The state’s two-time reigning Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year is back for her junior season with renewed pursuit. Morley has yet to lose a cross country race in Montana, owns the Class B state record (17:44) and has already qualified twice for Foot Locker nationals. Her top opponent from a year ago, Chiara Warner of Townsend, has graduated, which means Morley’s top competition will likely be herself. Against a fast field last fall at the Mountain West Classic in Missoula she ran 17:07, nearly breaking the elusive 17:00 barrier and approaching Zoe Nelson’s 2002 all-class state record, 16:50.Whitefish Soccer Eyes Three-PeatFour all-state starters have graduated, but head coach O’Brien Byrd has a talented group of replacements eager to extend the Bulldogs’ reign as the kings of Montana soccer. Whitefish kicks off the season at Hamilton on Sept. 5. All-state senior striker Nathan Boone is back alongside three all-conference players: seniors Jon Dittman, Tommy Murphy and junior Jared Johnson. The Bulldogs steamrolled through the 2012 campaign, capping an undefeated 15-0 season by winning a second straight state title, and fourth since 2006. The 2013 team enters the season riding a 27-game win streak dating back to 2011.“It’s a very, very impressive streak, but we’re about putting ourselves in the best possible position to try to make a three-peat happen,” said Byrd, who was named the national soccer coach of the year in January. “I’m very excited for the challenge. The guys are excited. This is their team. This is their season. They want to make their mark on our program’s history in their own special way.”New Concussion Policy Now In PlaceGov. Steve Bullock signed into law a new law designed to protect young athletes from the dangers of concussions. The Dylan Steigers Protections of Youth Athletes Act was named in honor of a 21-year-old Missoula football player who died after sustaining consecutive concussions while playing in college. Under the new law, an athletic trainer, coach or official can now remove an athlete from participation in any organized activity if signs, symptoms or behaviors of a concussion exist. The athlete cannot resume participation until a licensed health care professional clears them to play. The law covers any athletic activity sponsored by a school or school district, and includes practices, tryouts, training exercises and sports camps. “We owe it to our young athletes to do everything in our power to prevent repeat brain injuries,” said state Rep. Anders Blewett, who crafted the bill. Momentum on the Pitch for Columbia Falls GirlsGreg Trenerry, entering his 17th season as head coach of girls soccer at Columbia Falls, has one all-state defender back, junior Meagan Seliger, and three all-conference players: senior Alexi Corbett, junior Lindsay Strouse and sophomore Tavia Bechtel. Trenerry is hoping to follow last season’s path, when the Wildkats quickly reloaded and rolled into the Class A state championship, where they faced a familiar nemesis, powerhouse Billings Central. The Lady Rams, who bounced Columbia Falls from the second round of the 2011 playoffs, defeated Columbia Falls 6-0 to win their fifth consecutive title. The Wildkats still finished the season with an impressive 12-2-1 record. The two-time reigning Northern A champs officially renew their title pursuit Sept. 6 at home against Livingston. Teigan Avery is entering her sophomore year of golf at Glacier High School. Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Makena Morley is entering her junior year of cross country at Bigfork High School. Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Whitefish High School boys’ soccer head coach O’Brien Byrd, center, keeps an eye on his team running soccer drills in Whitefish. Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Whitefish Girls Return Solid Core of Soccer TalentDon’t forget about Whitefish’s girls soccer team. In the last decade, the Lady Bulldogs have advanced to the state semifinals nine times and played in five championship matches, winning in 2006. This fall, head coach Wendy Farrens has six standouts returning, including all-state senior Caroline Carbo and Madison Grady. There’s also all-conference senior Ella Kobelt and sophomores Cassidy Grady and Anna Peterson. The girls’ sights are firmly set on reclaiming the conference crown and unseating the five-time state champs in Billings. Whitefish opens the season on the road against Hamilton on Sept. 5. A year ago, Farrens’ squad earned second in Northern A and ran into a familiar opponent in the semifinals. Billings Central edged Whitefish 2-1 and went on to claim another championship. Glacier Golfers Re-Grip for Title DefenseGlacier’s defending Class AA state champion boys golf team enters the fall season under the guidance of a new head coach and three talented returnees. The top two seniors from last year have graduated, but sophomore Tommy Mann and junior Cody Sherill are back for the Wolfpack, which won its first outright team title last year, edging Billings Skyview. Mann tied for fourth individually at the 2012 state golf tournament in Great Falls, showing impressive poise for a freshman. Sherill earned ninth and Kevin Talcott tied for 17th. Head coach Jim Schaibley, who replaced Rob Logdson, will likely see other young talent emerge in a program that produces perennial contenders and has finished in the top three as a team at state every year since 2007. Flathead’s Ryan Keenan is poised for a strong season as well. The AA state tournament is Oct. 1-2 in Missoula at the Country Club and Canyon River.Avery Back in the Tee Box for Glacier GirlsBefore she even reached high school, Teigan Avery was highly touted on the golf course. Now in her sophomore season at Glacier, she’s one of the best prep competitors in Montana. The Kalispell golfer is the lone returning member from last fall’s second-place Wolfpack team. Avery placed second individually at the 2012 state tournament in Great Falls and Glacier earned runner-up, its best finish in the program’s history. Avery teed off in the first prep tournament of the season last week in Missoula against one of her top competitors, Coral Schulz of Helena Capital, who placed third at state last year. The best girls golfer in Montana remains in Billings. Kortney McNeil, a junior at Billings Senior, has won the last two state championships. A year ago, McNeil rallied in the final round to edge Avery atop the leaderboard. McNeil finished with a two-round score of 154, two strokes ahead of Avery. Emaillast_img read more