Webster Lawrence Clapp

first_imgWebster Lawrence Clapp passed away at his home in Groves, TX on December 4, 2016 at the age of 80.Web is predeceased by his parents, Webster Ballinger and Eva Bernice Cassity Clapp.Web is survived by his loving wife Alice Verlene Clapp of 60 years. Web is lovingly remembered by his five children; Daryl Clapp and wife Barbara of Bossier City, LA, Ron Clapp and wife Glory of McDonough, GA, Mary Hinton and husband Richard of Palestine, TX, Paul Clapp and wife Pam of Bossier City, LA, and Sarah Howlett and husband Lane of Groves, TX, 16 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Margaret Parker of Whitehouse, TX, and Sue Johnson of Cypress, TX.Web was born in Odessa, TX in 1936. He graduated from Whitesboro High School in Whitesboro, Oklahoma in 1955 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Theology from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He was ordained into the ministry at Pimento Bible Baptist Church in Indiana. He served as a Baptist minister as well as owning his own drywall contracting company.The funeral service will be held at Grammier Oberle Funeral Home, 4841 39th Street in Port Arthur, TX on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 2:00 p.m., Frank Hodges officiating, with visitation at 1 p.m. Interment to follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Groves immediately following the service. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Roussel Clement, and to the caregivers from Gentiva HospiceIn lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be offered at www.grammier-oberle.comlast_img read more

For up-and-coming triathletes – Gwen Jorgensen, USAT and ROKA launch scholarship…

first_imgProfessional triathlete, US National Team member and Olympian Gwen Jorgensen has launched a scholarship fund, with support from the USA Triathlon Foundation and Gwen’s wetsuit sponsor ROKA. The fund is for up-and-coming draft-legal triathletes or paratriathletes leading up to the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games.The Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship was created to assist junior draft-legal triathletes and paratriathletes in their pursuit of excellence in the sport. In 2014, US$15,000 and mentoring services with Jorgensen will be awarded to one or multiple applicants who demonstrate ‘financial need, creative use of funds and passion for the multisport lifestyle.’Members of the multisport community, including athletes, coaches and race directors, are welcome to apply, but funding must be applied to programming, training or travel costs for junior triathletes aged 19 and under.“With the goal of promoting excellence at an early age, I am excited to launch the Gwen Jorgensen Scholarship this year,” Jorgensen said. “The triathlon community has supported me and instilled values of excellence since I was introduced to the sport in 2010. I want to do the same and give back to the next generation of potential triathlon stars. I especially appreciate ROKA and the USA Triathlon Foundation for their commitment to match my contribution.”“We are honoured to be partnering with Gwen to establish this important scholarship, and to support our junior draft-legal triathletes as they pursue their Olympic dreams and quest to bring home the gold,” said Jacqueline McCook, President of the USA Triathlon Foundation.“Gwen’s example and initiative tie directly with the Foundation’s mission of ‘Opening Pathways to Triathlon for All through the Generosity of Donors.’ We are thrilled to support this initiative.”“We are honoured to support Gwen and her scholarship program,” added Rob Canales, Co-Founder and CEO of ROKA. “Gwen is a remarkable triathlete and person, one who is keenly aware that it takes support at many levels to achieve greatness. It speaks volumes for her character that so early in her career she wants to give back. We couldn’t be more pleased to help with that endeavour.”Details on how to apply for the scholarship are available online as a downloadable PDF. Applications must be submitted to gwenjorgensenscholarship[at]gmail.com by 1 November 2014, and the scholarship will be awarded on 1 December.Jorgensen, who competed in the London 2012 Olympic Games, is currently ranked number one in the world following four consecutive 2014 ITU World Triathlon Series wins in Hamburg, Chicago, London and Yokohama.A former collegiate runner and swimmer, Jorgensen was introduced to draft-legal triathlon in 2010 through the USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program.www.usatriathlon.orgwww.gwenjorgensen.comwww.rokasports.com Relatedlast_img read more

Trident targets shipping’s sulphur

first_imgThe Trident Alliance is a coalition of ship owners and operators that share a common interest in the enforcement of maritime sulphur regulation and are willing to collaborate to help bring it about. The current members include: American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier (ARRC), EUKOR Car Carriers Inc, Höegh Autoliners, J. Lauritzen, Maersk, Rickmers-Linie, Stena, Torvald Klaveness, UECC, Unifeeder and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics.Roger Strevens, vice president environment of Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics, who has been elected chairman of The Trident Alliance, explained: “Robust enforcement of sulphur regulation is needed for health and the environment and, from the perspective of maintaining a level playing field, it is a business imperative. Already during its formation the Trident Alliance has raised awareness of the current shortcomings of enforcement and related consequences, particularly in the European ECA. Now our work starts in earnest.”The alliance will use a number of different strategies to bring about robust and transparent enforcement, which is likely to vary from country to country, and will raise awareness globally. It will also communicate with industry stakeholders regarding innovations in enforcement technologies.www.tridentalliance.orglast_img read more

Trump says ‘I do regret’ some caustic campaign statements

first_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Trump says ‘I do regret’ some caustic campaign statements Published: August 19, 2016 5:32 AM EDT SHAREcenter_img CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – In a highly uncharacteristic move aimed at resetting his struggling campaign, Donald Trump has said for the first time that he regrets some of the caustic comments he’s made that may have caused people pain.“Sometimes in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that,” the GOP nominee, reading from prepared text, said at a rally in Charlotte, N.C. Thursday night. “And believe it or not, I regret it – and I do regret it – particularly where it may have caused personal pain.”Trump didn’t specify what comments he was referring to, but he added that, “Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.”It was a rare admission for a man who has said that he prefers “not to regret anything” and it underscores the dire situation he finds himself in. With just 80 days left until the election, Trump is trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in preference polls of most key battleground states. At the same time, party leaders have conceded they may divert resources away from the presidential contest in favor of vulnerable Senate and House candidates if things don’t improve.The remarks came a day after Trump announced that he was overhauling his campaign operation, bringing in a new chief executive and appointing a new campaign manager. Rarely do presidential campaigns wait to advertise, or undergo such leadership tumult, at such a late stage of the general election.Yet Trump has struggled badly in recent weeks to offer voters a consistent message, overshadowing formal policy speeches with a steady stream of self-created controversies, including a public feud with an American Muslim family whose son was killed while serving in the U.S. military in Iraq.Trump’s decision to tap Stephen Bannon, a combative conservative media executive, as his new campaign chief suggested to some that he might continue the divisive rhetoric that has angered minorities and alienated large swaths of the general election electorate.Instead, a new Trump emerged on Thursday: a less combative, more inclusive candidate who said he was running to be the “voice for every forgotten part of this country that has been waiting and hoping for a better future” and for those who “don’t hear anyone speaking for them.”And the changes appear to be more than cosmetic. Earlier Thursday, Trump moved to invest nearly $5 million in battleground state advertising to address daunting challenges in the states that will make or break his White House ambitions.The New York businessman’s campaign reserved television ad space over the coming 10 days in Florida, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to Kantar Media’s political ad tracker. While Clinton has spent more than $75 million on advertising in 10 states since locking up her party’s nomination, Trump’s new investment marks his first of the general election season.Trump also made a last-minute scheduling change, scrapping a planned event in New York in order to travel with his running mate Mike Pence to tour the flood damage in Louisiana on Friday morning.But the visit was met with harsh words from Gov. John Bel Edwards, whose spokesman Richard Carbo said, “We welcome him to LA, but not for a photo-op.”In his remarks, Trump struck a new, inclusive tone and tried to appeal directly to non-white voters, who have so far resisted his candidacy.“I will not rest until children of every color in this country are fully included in the American Dream,” Trump said, urging African-American voters to give him a chance.“What do you have to lose by trying something new?” he asked.Clinton’s campaign, meanwhile, brushed off the speech off as just words he read from a teleprompter.“Donald Trump literally started his campaign by insulting people. He has continued to do so through each of the 428 days from then until now, without shame or regret,” said spokeswoman Christina Reynolds in a statement.“We learned tonight that his speechwriter and teleprompter knows he has much for which he should apologize. But that apology tonight is simply a well-written phrase until he tells us which of his many offensive, bullying and divisive comments he regrets and changes his tune altogether,” she said.It remains to be seen whether Trump’s reboot comes too late, and whether he has the discipline to maintain it.But several Trump supporters at the rally applauded the move.“It takes a lot of strength to say, ‘I’m sorry, ‘ to admit – not that he was wrong, but he wished he hadn’t done it,” said Cindy Ammons, 70, a Trump supporter from Spindale, North Carolina. “I think he’s evolving,” she said.Still, some said it was unnecessary.“I think the regime wanted him to say it. It was damage control,” said Jeff Devers, 46, visiting from Arkansas. “But I personally don’t regret anything that he’s said. What he has said should have been said, politically correct or not.” Author: Associated Press last_img read more