first_imgGovernor Eric J. Holcomb announced he signed an executive order directing state agencies to pursue collection of damage information that could lead to a declaration of disaster emergency along the Lake Michigan shoreline. He also outlined steps state agencies will take to provide assistance along the shoreline. The executive order is attached.Gov. Holcomb surveyed the Lake Michigan shoreline via Indiana State Police helicopter on Sunday and observed conditions along the entire shoreline including Beverly Shores, Ogden Dunes, Portage and Long Beach.“Our administration has been monitoring the erosion along the Lake Michigan shoreline but I wanted to see the damage firsthand,” Gov. Holcomb said. “I signed an executive order to initiate new action steps and further express our dedication to preserving one of our state’s crown jewels for all those who live, work and play along the shoreline.”The Executive Order calls for:Indiana Department of Homeland Security to immediately notify the Office of the Governor if the damage criteria, set by the federal government, is met to allow the State of Indiana to apply for federal disaster assistance so the Governor can issue an executive order declaring a disaster emergencyIDHS to seek other federal funding, programs or assistance that may be available for short-term and long-term mitigation projectsIDHS and Indiana Department of Natural Resources to make every effort to identify additional means, methods, and ways to provide necessary and appropriate assistanceDNR to continue to expedite its review and granting of governmental permits requested by property owners so they can initiate projects to protect their properties along the shoreline as quickly as possibleIDHS to develop and launch a webpage to share updates and new informationThe State of Indiana has already taken steps to help address and respond to the situation with coordinated efforts between IDHS and DNR. State officials have visited the affected areas on several occasions to observe the damage. DNR signed a letter of support for the Great Lakes Resiliency Study, which is an effort by Great Lakes states and federal partners to find strategies to improve the shoreline. DNR, DHS, local officials and members of Indiana’s congressional delegation have participated in training with FEMA to ensure a proper understanding of the federal Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act.Relevant state leaders will continue to communicate and collaborate with local, state and federal partners. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

IPL 2016: Dinesh Karthik seeks to take a leaf out of Virat Kohli’s book

first_imgWicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik, who will be plying his trade with the new Indian Premier League franchise Gujarat Lions this season, said the T20 format is not all about playing innovative shots.”In modern cricket, many batsmen play innovative strokes which I think are not enough to score runs in T20 format,” the 30-year-old batsman said here at the SCA stadium in Khandheri where Gujarat Lions players started practise. (Indian Premier League 2016: Complete team list) The Lions will play their first match on April 11 against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali in the Indian Premier League (IPL). “T20 format is not all about playing innovative shots, as batsman like Virat Kohli have been scoring lot of runs by playing only cricketing shots” he said.”In this format, the batsmen should stay calm and execute their shots selection properly to score runs,” the Chennai-born player said.Karthik, who had earlier represented Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils among other teams, said he was very happy to be associated with Gujarat Lions.”I am very happy and excited with the new team as most of things are new like coach, teammates and ground,” he added.Karthik, Pradeep Sangwan, head coach Brad Hodge, bowling coach Heath Streak arrived here yesterday, while rest of the players like captain Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja will join the team soon.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more