Buffalo Bills Logo.ORCHARD PARK — The Buffalo Bills are settling for simplicity in calling their home field “Bills Stadium” after they were unable to find a new naming rights partner before the start of the season.The Bills announced the decision on Thursday, shortly before the team practiced inside the facility for the first time during training camp.“As we continue the transition process from New Era Field to a new naming rights partner, we will officially use the name Bills Stadium for our home in Orchard Park,” the Bills announced.The Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company backed out of its naming rights agreement last month at a time the global sports headwear and clothing apparel company was laying off more than 100 employees as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. New Era signage is still visible around the facility, including the company’s name featured on a large billboard along the front of the stadium.The decision to drop out of the agreement came four years after New Era acquired the naming rights for what was previously called Ralph Wilson Stadium, and named after the team’s late Hall of Fame owner.The agreement was worth more than $35 million and spanned the remaining seven years of the Bills’ lease with the county-controlled facility. New Era was also provided the right of first refusal to extend the agreement under a new lease or if the team built a new stadium. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) notified House leaders today that he will be seeking significant disaster relief for Vermont due to the catastrophic damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene. It is expected that Congress will need to appropriate additional disaster assistance funds to pay for federal recovery efforts in Vermont and elsewhere. ‘Vermont is responding promptly and energetically to repair and rebuild,’ Welch said in the letter to House Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. ‘But we cannot do it alone. Upon our return to Washington, I will be asking to work closely with you and our House colleagues to provide Vermont with the federal assistance it needs to help itself recover. Vermonters have always supported disaster relief for communities around the country hit hard by natural disasters, and we always will. Now we ask for the support of our colleagues to assist Vermont.’ The damage caused by Irene in Vermont is extensive. Some areas received over 11 inches of rain in under eight hours. Over 250 roads are closed and 36 bridges have been heavily damaged. Six state highway bridges have been completely destroyed. Road washouts have left nearly a dozen towns cut off, accessible by emergency vehicles only. The full text of Welch’s letter is copied below. Congress is scheduled to reconvene on September 7th. Dear Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi, Tropical storm Irene dumped up to eleven inches of rain on Vermont in eight hours. It caused unprecedented damage: washed out roads throughout the state; destroyed and damaged bridges, public buildings and homes; and shuttered businesses vital to our economy. Vermont is responding promptly and energetically to repair and rebuild. But we cannot do it alone. Upon our return to Washington, I will be asking to work closely with you and our House colleagues to provide Vermont with the federal assistance it needs to help itself recover. Vermonters have always supported disaster relief for communities around the country hit hard by natural disasters, and we always will. Now we ask for the support of our colleagues to assist Vermont. Sincerely, PETER WELCHMember of Congress
To access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletters
Furthermore, the agency also predicted that rain would fall on Jakarta, Cilacap in Central Java and the southern coast of Java in the next three days.Read also: Indonesia braces for peak dry season after massive 2019 forest firesThe rain could increase the level and duration of the tidal floods.“After three days, the tide level will gradually decrease as the wind speed also decreases,” Herizal said.He called on people who worked in ports and coastal areas to be on the lookout for signs of floods.”Especially in beaches where the ground has low elevation, such as the northern coast of Jakarta, Pekalongan, Semarang and Demak in Central Java and the northern coast of East Java,” he said. Topics : The Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) has warned of potential tidal flooding along the northern and southern coasts of the islands of Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara over the next few days.BMKG deputy of meteorology Herizal said in a written statement on Thursday that the tides could be 4 meters high in the Java Sea and exceed 4 meters along the southern coasts of Java, Bali and Nusa Tenggara between Friday and Sunday.Herizal said the new moon, which will appear next Sunday, was one of the factors behind the high tides, along with strong and persistent east monsoon winds traveling at 25 knots or 46 kilometers per hour.