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Loupe leads as Deere Round 1 suspended

Loupe leads as Deere Round 1 suspended

first_imgSILVIS, Ill. – Zach Johnson made himself right at home in the John Deere Classic – again. From just up the road in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the two-time major champion shot a 6-under 65 on Thursday, leaving him two strokes behind leader Andrew Loupe in the suspended first round. ”I don’t know what it is, but I love the golf course,” said Johnson, the 2012 winner at TPC Deere Run. ”I love the putting surfaces. I do know the moment I feel like I can take this place down is the moment it can bite me, so I’ve still got to stay focused and keep the pedal down.” Loupe topped the leaderboard at 8 under when play was suspended because of darkness. The tournament was delayed for 3 1/2 hours by a storm that dropped just over an inch of rain. The round resumed at 3:08 p.m., with none of the afternoon starters able to finish. Loupe will resume play Friday with a 6-foot par putt on the par-4 15th hole. The 27-year-old former LSU player had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch on the front nine and added birdies on 11, 13 and 14. Patrick Rodgers and Ryan Moore were in at 65 with Johnson, and Tom Gillis also was 6 under with two holes left. Johnson had five birdies in a seven-hole stretch in the bogey-free round that he started on the 10th tee. The 12-time PGA Tour winner capped the run on the par-5 second and also birdied the par-4 sixth. John Deere Classic: Articles, photos and videos ”As far as the start and stop, we’re used to that,” Johnson said. ”That’s not any secret. It happens all the time. There’s days where there’s a 30-minute delay, there’s days where, shoot, it takes 30-some odd hours to play 18 holes. I’m used to it. Relaxed a little bit, ate something, worked out a little bit, that kind of thing, just to stay loose, and then went back at it.” Rodgers birdied the final hole for a back-nine 31. ”Today was a really solid day for me,” said Rodgers, the former Stanford star from Indiana. ”I felt like I was very consistent tee to green and gave myself a lot of opportunities to make birdies. My only bogey was a three-putt. My only missed green was in the fringe, so I played really solid golf. There wasn’t a whole lot of opportunities to make mistakes.” Moore eagled the par-5 17th in his opening nine, and finished with a 30-foot par save on No. 9. ”I was playing well and you hate to drop a shot on the last hole,” the four-time tour winner said. ”I didn’t play the hole well by any means. I didn’t hit any good golf shots. But a good putt can save just about anything, and that’s what happened.” Jordan Spieth chose not to defend his title because he didn’t think it would be appropriate in light of his decision to skip the Rio Olympics. Scott Pinckney and Scott Brown shot 66, and Geoff Ogilvy and Morgan Hoffman also were 5 under. Ogilvy completed 12 holes, and Hoffman 14. Pinckney made five straight birdies and six in a seven-hole stretch on his final nine. ”Honestly, I played good on both sides, but the putts started to drop, and I put it a little bit closer on the back side,” Pinckney said. ”So, it wasn’t like all of a sudden I’m hitting it good.” Three-time champion Steve Stricker had a 70. The 49-year-old Stricker, a former University of Illinois player from Wisconsin, won the event in 2009, 2010 and 2011. ”Even after the rain, the inch of rain we got, the conditions were pretty good,” Stricker said. ”I just didn’t play that sharply.” Wesley Bryan has 2 under with eight holes left. He won his third Web.com Tour title of the season last week in Kansas to earn an immediate PGA Tour promotion. NCAA champion Aaron Wise was 1 under after seven holes in his PGA Tour debut as a pro. The former Oregon player won a Mackenzie Tour-PGA Tour Canada event two weeks ago in Edmonton, Alberta.last_img read more

Lumberjacks suffer first loss of the season, fall to Under-18 squad 8-3

Lumberjacks suffer first loss of the season, fall to Under-18 squad 8-3

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The loss was the first of the season for the Lumberjacks, who have been the talk of the United States Hockey League after winning their first eight games of the season.Muskegon’s Nolan Sullivan weaves his way through the Team USA defenders for a shot on goal. Photo/Jason GoormanThe Jacks will get a rematch with the Team USA Under-18s in a special Thursday morning home game at 10:30 a.m.“We played them twice in the preseason, so we know what they have,” said Lumberjacks coach Mike Hamilton. “If you don’t play disciplined they will make you pay. I feel we didn’t do a good job of picking up guys without pucks. You have to take away the backdoor goals. We got a little away from our game plan, but we will learn from it.”The Lumberjacks proved they could play with Team USA though the first two periods, when the two talented teams kept trading blows.Muskegon’s Bobby Lynch opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season at 6:09 of the first period. Team USA tied the score about three minutes later on a goal by Henry Thrun. The Jacks pulled back in the lead with an Owen Farris goal at 11:07, then Team USA struck back with a goal by Cole Caufield.The score was tied 2-2 after one period.Matthew Boldy scored to give the visitors a 3-2 lead at 7:36 of the second period, then Muskegon’s Nolan Sullivan answered less than a minute later to tie the game.But it was all Team USA after that.Christoffer Bjork watches a loose puck flip through the air near the Team USA net. Photo/Jason GoormanCaufield scored his second goal at 10:25 of the second, and Trevor Zegras followed at 17:47, and Team USA led 5-3 at the second intermission.The Lumberjacks pulled starting goalie Brandon Bussi, who has been outstanding all season, midway through the second period, in favor of Keegan Karki. Bussi stopped 12 of 16 shots during his time on the ice.Hamilton said the goalie switch was not punitive – he just thought a change might help.“I was trying to spark the team a little bit, but we didn’t respond,” the coach said.Team USA finished the scoring in the third period with goals by John Beecher, Caufield and Ryder Ralston. Caufield’s goal, his third of the game, came on an empty-netter with 2:21 left.The Lumberjacks had a 33-30 shot advantage. Add Comments (Max 320 characters) IMG_0447IMG_0452IMG_0465IMG_0475IMG_0495IMG_0515IMG_0531IMG_0538IMG_0543IMG_0573IMG_0562IMG_0551IMG_0600IMG_0604IMG_0407IMG_0427IMG_0476IMG_0480IMG_0549IMG_0550IMG_0611IMG_0443IMG_0380IMG_0386IMG_0389IMG_0406IMG_0412 Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. Thank you! This will help us improve your ad experience. We will try not to show you such ads again. 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Marshfield boys soccer upends Wausau West on Warriors’ own goal

Marshfield boys soccer upends Wausau West on Warriors’ own goal

first_imgHinson, McCann score for TigersBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWAUSAU — The Marshfield boys soccer team opened up its Wisconsin Valley Conference schedule with a 3-2 victory at Wausau West on Tuesday.Knotted at 2-2, the tiebreaker was a West own goal 11:59 into the second half.Alec Hinson scored off an assist from Klaus Friedli just 1:40 into the game to put Marshfield up 1-0.After West scored twice in a 16-minute span, Luke McCann scored for the Tigers, off an assist from Kade McManus, to tie the game nine minutes before halftime.The own goal was the only score in the second half.“I was really happy with our good early start, and we showed several glimpses through the game where we really controlled the ball well,” Marshfield coach Steve McCann said. “There is still a lot to work on and improve, but it is early yet.”Jared Klein had 13 saves in goal for the Tigers, who are now 2-2 overall.Marshfield is off for a week before hosting Stevens Point on Sept. 6 at Griese Park in its home opener.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Tigers 3, Warriors 2Marshfield 2 1 – 3Wausau West 2 0 – 2First half: 1. M, Alec Hinson (Klaus Friedli), 1:40; 2. WW, Joe DeLoye (Logan Ickert), 18:02; 3. WW, Luke Bailey (Nati Shiferaw), 34:24; 4. M, Luke McCann (Kade McManus), 35:59.Second half: 5. M, West own goal, 56:59.Saves: M, Jared Klein 13; WW, Brayden McMahon 3.Records: Marshfield 2-2, 1-0 Wisconsin Valley Conference; Wausau West 1-2, 0-1 Wisconsin Valley Conference.last_img read more

Minerals beneficiation policy approved

Minerals beneficiation policy approved

first_img10 June 2011 The Cabinet has approved minerals beneficiation as official policy for South Africa, opening up exciting opportunities for long-term investment in the beneficiation/ manufacturing sector of the economy.“This strategy provides a framework that seeks to translate the country’s sheer comparative advantage inherited from a significant mineral resource reservoir to a national competitive advantage,” government spokesman Jimmy Manyi told a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday following the Cabinet’s regular Wednesday meeting.As a vital input to the government’s industrialisation programme, the new policy presented exciting opportunities for long-term investment, for both local and foreign, into the beneficiation/manufacturing sector of the economy, he said.“This will leverage optimal benefit from enhanced value of exports, increasing sources for consumption of local content, and contribute towards the creation of sustainable jobs.”Cabinet also approved the design of the commemorative crown-size silver coins in celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the South African Reserve Bank.The new coin design would be published in the Government Gazette, Manyi said.Sapalast_img read more

Belotti: ‘Toro behind Mazzarri’

Belotti: ‘Toro behind Mazzarri’

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Andrea Belotti insists the Torino players are firmly behind coach Walter Mazzarri as “we showed this team are still alive” against Juventus. Another derby defeat to the Old Lady at the Grande Torino has put Mazzarri under pressure and the Granata are still without a win in Serie A since the 2-1 victory over Milan in late September. Despite that, Belotti reassured his boss he still had the full support of the club’s dressing room to come through this difficult spell. “We confronted ourselves and some of us have let out what we kept inside,” the striker told Corriere Torino. “After speaking about it, we have understood and got to know each other better. We have released ourselves from bad thoughts and, against Juventus, we showed this team are still alive. “The whole squad are still behind Mazzarri, we always have been. And on the pitch against Juventus, we demonstrated this.” Torino desperately need to bounce back this weekend against Brescia, given they are just four points off the teams inside the relegation zone.last_img read more

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

SIXTY SECONDS IN TOUCH

first_imgWelcome to Sixty Seconds in Touch, while the world of Touch marches on, this is an edition tinged with sadness as we farewell a much-loved staff member…Kristy McManus has been working in the TFA office for the past 6 years (after coming to ‘fill in’ doing data entry for just one week). She moved from data entry to reception and was the ever-organised, ever-friendly voice answering the phones before she recently moved into the role of Personal Assistant to the CEO and organising National Travel. Today is her last day in the office, we’ll certainly miss her but wish her all the best as she heads to the Department of Health and Aging and new opportunities there. The NSW Country Championships are being held on the 27-28 May in Dubbo. For all the news and info, or to visit the website, go to www.nswtouch.com.au As the new season kicks off make sure you have a read of the article ‘Something to think about this season’, which focuses on the behavioural expectations of parents and the Ugly Parent syndrome. It’s a great chance to teach our juniors the right way to behave. Click here to read the story: SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT THIS SEASON With tomorrow being ANZAC day, lets take the opportunity to honour and remember those who have served our country and sacrificed much for us to live as we do in Australia. Touch Football Queensland Staff Member Patrice Donnelly is also making a name for herself outside the sport of Touch…a talented Hockey player, Patrice was recently featured in this Courier Mail article: TOUCH EMPLOYEE A HOCKEY STAR The My Club Touch Club Management section is now complete and contains loads of information of topics such as affiliation, constitutions, marketing, media releases, risk management and more. To visit My Club Touch either use the logo on the homepage or click here: MY CLUB TOUCH If you haven’t subscribed to the TFA mailing list yet, make sure you do…over 200 people have subscribed and regularly receive special stories or newsletters. Just visit the front page to leave your name and email address. On a separate staff note, happy birthday to finance guru Dave McMurray who celebrated his birthday on Sunday. We hope you had a great day and enjoy your birthday cake at morning tea time! In other NSW news there has been some shuffling of roles within the office as Development Officer Jarrat Wood has taken over the care of the Sydney affiliates and Chris Reynolds has been appointed to look after the Northern NSW affiliates. All of their contact details are available on the NSW Touch website. The Touch West North West Championships are back in Broome for 2006 and their website is updated with event info, nomination forms for teams and referees and more. Just check out www.touchwest.com and then follow the links. In 2005 Karratha Touch made it five straight Championship wins…who will challenge them in 2006? Gloria Jeans run an annual program known as ‘Cappuccino for a Cause’, where 50 cents from every cappuccino sold on a particular day goes towards Mercy Ministries, an organisation supporting young women. Gloria Jeans and their communication partners run an extensive marketing program to promote the day/cause and recently approached TFA to have several leading players involved as ambassadors for the program. Bo de la Cruz from the Australian Womens Open side has already agreed to be involved as an ambassador. Keep an eye on the website for future stories and promotion in the lead up to the event which takes place in October this year.With the ANZAC Day weekend competition not finished until Tuesday, results are a little drawn out this week, but upsets in both the NRL and AFL are sure to rattle a few of the leading contenders and shift those who just guess each week higher to the top. Make sure you jump online Wednesday for the latest results and standings, with several matches still to be played. The 2006 Queensland State Cup will be held on the Sunshine Coast on December 2-3 with Under 20, Open and Senior divisions available. Keep an eye on the Queensland website over the coming months for more info and nomination forms. The new Touch Football Australia referee badges are in…while the style remains the same, the badge face has been updated with the new name and logo. If you would like to order a new badge contact Chris on 1800 654 951 or [email protected] last_img read more

Chief hopes Senate committee sees link between resource development violence

Chief hopes Senate committee sees link between resource development violence

first_imgWINNIPEG — The chief of a Manitoba First Nation says he hopes a Senate committee will seriously listen to how resource development is linked to allegations of physical and sexual violence in his community.York Factory Chief Leroy Constant says more people have come forward to talk about violence and racism linked to hydroelectric projects over many decades.A report released last year by the province’s Clean Environment Commission — an arm’s-length review agency — outlined discrimination and sexual abuse at Manitoba Hydro work sites in the 1960s and 1970s.RCMP said in January that officers have conducted nine sexual assault investigations since 2015 at the Keeyask Generating Station and four resulted in charges.Members of Amnesty International visited the community this week to hear the stories.Different groups including some First Nations are to appear before the Senate Standing Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources in Winnipeg Friday.The committee is studying proposed federal legislation that would change how resource development projects are reviewed.Amnesty International and some Indigenous leaders are calling for the process to include a requirement for gender-based assessments.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Strike causes French railway chaos with more to come

Strike causes French railway chaos with more to come

first_imgPARIS – A major French railway strike brought the country’s famed high-speed trains to a halt Tuesday, leaving passengers stranded or scrambling for other options — and posing the biggest test so far of President Emmanuel Macron’s economic strategy.The SNCF national rail authority said only about 12 per cent of trains were running during the first of a series of weekly two-day strikes that labour unions have called for the next three months.Rail service is expected to remain “very disturbed” Wednesday, with 86 per cent of trains cancelled nationwide, according to forecasts from state-owned SNCF.International traffic also will be reduced for a second day from Paris to London and between France and Germany, SNCF predicted. No trains are expected to be operating between France and Italy, Spain and Switzerland, the railway company said.The strike’s impact immediately was visible on Tuesday .Passengers hitched rides on traffic-clogged roads and shared travel tips online.At the Gare de Lyon station in eastern Paris, platforms were so packed that commuters spilled over onto the tracks as they waited for infrequent trains. Two people were injured, including a woman in the head, according to SNCF manager Alain Krakovitch.Commuters expressed anger at the overall situation, but were not necessarily taking sides.“Really this is catastrophic. Something needs to be done. We are the victims. We haven’t done anything. We need to get to work like everyone else,” Aziza Fleris, 56, said.“I was really positive this morning, but now — you should have seen what happened on the train. Some people felt unwell, women were crying. Children. This isn’t normal,” Fleris said.SNCF said 77 per cent of train drivers were on strike. The overall proportion of rail workers participating in the work stoppage including employees on trains and on the ground— was 33.9 per cent, the company detailed in a statement.Labour unions say Macron — a centrist former investment banker whom critics consider the president of the rich — is threatening hard-fought French rights that workers in other countries envy, as well as damaging the whole idea of public service.A few thousand demonstrators marched through the French capital at the call of rail workers union.“We are very satisfied with the number of strikers because due to the strike practically the entire railway network was paralyzed,” Francois Grasa, leader of the FO Cheminots (Railway Workers) Union, said.“It doesn’t make us happy to go on strike. We lose money when we are on strike,” Grasa added.A group of about 100 people, most of them young, overtook the striking train workers and their supporters at the Paris march, smashing shop and bank windows.The police charged the crowd and ordered the demonstration dispersed. No injuries were reported. Five people were detained.All in all, it was one of the worst days of industrial strife in France since Macron was elected president nearly a year ago. Macron has made reforming France’s economy a central plank of his presidency. Many of his plans, particularly in the labour market, are meeting with increasing opposition from France’s unions.There was further disruption in the air, with Air France cancelling a quarter of its flights Tuesday amid a strike over pay.Students also blocked campuses to protest plans to allow selection in state universities, while garbage collectors are on strike to protest what they say are worsening working conditions.Rail workers are protesting plans to eliminate a special status that they’ve enjoyed for decades.The “cheminot” status effectively guarantees jobs for life and other benefits, in keeping with the image of France’s railways as an essential pillar of the country’s infrastructure and its public services.The government wants to maintain the status for existing workers, but abolish it for new workers.Macron’s government says the guarantee is no longer tenable in a globalized and increasingly automated economy that requires more flexible workforces.In addition, with European Union rules requiring all member states to open up government-run railways to competition, the government argues that the special status puts SNCF at a disadvantage compared to potential private competitors.___Sylvie Corbet, Jeffrey Schaeffer and Philippe Sotto in Paris contributed to the story.last_img read more

Trump hails Illinois steel mill as an economic success story

Trump hails Illinois steel mill as an economic success story

first_imgGRANITE CITY, Ill. – President Donald Trump on Thursday trumpeted the renewed success of an Illinois steel mill, pushing back against criticism that his escalating trade disputes are hurting American workers and farmers.The president pointed to the U.S. Steel plant’s reopening as a success story after he slapped tariffs on imported steel and aluminum last spring. On Wednesday, he and European leaders agreed to open talks on trade, a decision he called a breakthrough.“America never surrenders,” Trump said in an address to workers at the company’s steel coil warehouse in Granite City. “We don’t wave the white flag.”Trump held events in Iowa and Illinois a day after reaching an accord with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker at the White House to discuss tearing down trade barriers and address U.S. tariffs on steel imports. Trump also said the EU had agreed to buy more soybeans from American farmers, who have seen prices decline sharply since China imposed retaliatory tariffs.Farmers and manufacturers have criticized tariffs imposed by Trump, warning that they will spur a global trade war and retaliatory tariffs from countries like China, Mexico and Canada that will damage their livelihoods and raise prices on consumers.But Trump said he stepped forward to protect the U.S. steel industry with tariffs of 25 per cent on imports out of national security concerns and in solidarity with workers who had been hurt by unfair trade agreements. In the past, Trump said Thursday, “Our steel towns became ghost towns” and the U.S. engaged in “the worst trade deals ever made in history.” Now, he said, he was negotiating better terms.“After years of shutdowns and cutbacks, today the blast furnace here in Granite City is blazing bright, workers are back on the job and we are once again pouring new American steel into the spine of our country,” Trump said.Earlier, Trump said his talks with European allies would benefit Iowa farmers who have been hurt by the fallout from his protectionist trade measures.“We just opened up Europe for you farmers. You’re not going to be too angry with Trump, I can tell you,” the president said at the workforce development event in Peosta, where he was joined by two Iowa Republicans, Gov. Kim Reynolds and Rep. Rod Blum.Business leaders and Republicans in Congress have said the tariffs could hurt companies reliant on steel and aluminum raw materials in their manufacturing and raise prices.That includes Mid Continent Nail Corp. in Poplar Bluff, Missouri, which has shuttered a multimillion-dollar plant and is “on the brink of extinction” and blames its issue on Trump’s tariffs.“This is a county that went 79 per cent for Trump so people are certainly willing to give him the benefit of the doubt,” said spokesman James Glassman. “But their jobs are at stake because of this misguided tariff.”Iowa is among the nation’s leading producers of soybeans, and the event at Northeast Iowa Community College came on the heels of the Agriculture Department’s announcement of $12 billion in temporary aid to help farmers deal with retaliatory tariffs from U.S. trading partners.Tariffs threaten more than $3.8 billion in Illinois exports, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and major companies including Caterpillar and Boeing already have been hurt.But Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, briefing reporters on Air Force One, said more jobs have been created by the steel and aluminum tariffs than are being lost, and said companies were wrongly blaming Trump for their issues.“This is a real vindication that the president’s trade policy is starting to work,” Ross said of Wednesday’s EU deal.On the outskirts of St. Louis, more than 2,000 workers from Granite City Works were given layoff notices just before Thanksgiving 2015. U.S. Steel cited low oil prices —the mill produces steel for oil refineries and the auto industry — as well as the availability of cheap, imported steel.Granite City Works is now near its 2015 employment level of 2,100, with a second blast furnace to be operating by this fall. Jobs there mean dozens more at steel-processing plants throughout the city that bend, cut, coat or reshape the raw product, said James Amos, Granite City’s economic development director.David Burritt, U.S. Steel’s president and CEO, said the company was experiencing a “renaissance” and credited Trump’s actions for the steel industry’s revival. “The president has been in office really only a short time, but a lot has happened for our company because of the president,” Burritt said.Trump appeared eager to keep promoting more good economic news. The Commerce Department delivers its first estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product on Friday, and the president signalled the numbers would be in line with what economists have forecast: a sizzling growth rate of 4 per cent or more.“You’re going to see on Friday what happens with GDP. Lot of predictions. Lot of predictions,” Trump said in Iowa. “I told you before, some with a 5 in front of it … we’ll take anything with a 4 in front.”___Associated Press writers Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville in Washington and Sara Burnett in Chicago contributed to this report.last_img read more

Transportation Minister says no replacement for Greyhound service has yet been found

Transportation Minister says no replacement for Greyhound service has yet been found

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — With less than two months before Greyhound is allowed to pull out of Northern B.C., Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena says the government does not yet have a plan for a replacement.In Ferbruary, the Passenger Transportation Board ruled that Greyhound would be permitted to cut nine routes in B.C., including service between Prince George and Whitehorse. Greyhound says that ridership on routes connecting the northern half of B.C. with Prince George has declined by 51 percent since 2010, including a 30 percent drop in the last five years. The company said it was losing $35,000 per day, or nearly $13 million per year.The Board ruled that Greyhound would be allowed to cease serving Northern B.C. after May 31st, though the company was not given permission to stop service between Dawson Creek and Edmonton. Trevena travelled to Smithers and Prince George this week for meetings with local government and First Nations leaders about the loss of service. She said that while officials agreed that there is a need for a service to replace Greyhound, what that replacement is has not yet been determined.“There’s the thought of maybe we need community buses to get people from smaller from smaller communities to the bigger centres where they can get a longer-distance bus. There was talk about having a hub-to-hub bus service rather than a bus service that goes straight through. And there is still the question about whether we could have a service that will those longer-distance routes.”The Minister did point out that the short-haul service offered by BC Transit on Highway 16 has seen a large uptick in passenger numbers, but added that the service is not a complete replacement for Greyhound. Trevena said that local government officials are also concerned about what the funding model would be, especially having the extra costs downloaded onto them.Trevena also effectively ruled out looking at the government relaunching a passenger rail service in Northern B.C. BC Rail previously operated a passenger rail service that was subsidized by the provincial government between North Vancouver and Prince George which ended in October of 2002. Trevena explained that since freight trains are given priority over passenger trains on rail lines in B.C., the current backlog of freight and volume of freight trains in B.C. could result in passengers being stranded for hours at a time waiting for other trains to pass.Trevena said that the government is trying to find a replacement as quick as possible, but that it won’t likely be before Greyhound is allowed to cease service on June 1st.last_img read more