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Know your ROPES: U.S. Coast Guard issues marine safety alert for parasailing operations PDF Print E-mail
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Written by U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters Public Affairs   
Monday, 05 August 2013 12:42

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard Monday issued a marine safety alert regarding parasailing operations due to 11 passenger deaths and 52 passengers injured related to parasailing activities since 2006.

"The Coast Guard expects licensed mariners to follow all regulations regarding safe vessel operations and has an expectation of parasail operators to follow established standards," said Rear Adm. Joseph Servidio, assistant commandant for prevention policy. "Parasail operators must evaluate and consider all safety risks before getting underway, including weather conditions and condition and maintenance of equipment, in order to ensure safe parasailing activities. In the future, we expect the parasailing industry and related industry associations to share best practices and develop operational standards to maximize safety and prevent marine casualties."

Additionally, the Coast Guard asks those who decide to engage in this activity to consider the risks and to understand current safety standards for parasailing. Parasailing equipment is not regulated or inspected by the federal government.

All of the incidents have had several common factors unique to parasailing. The mnemonic "Know your ROPES," briefly summarized below, was established to remind parasail operators of important safety issues that may help prevent future casualties:

R is for Remember: Remember that most parasail fatalities and injuries are related to the failure of the towline.

O is for Observe and Monitor: Observe and monitor weather conditions continuously. ASTM Standard F2993-13 published April 1, 2013, is a "Standard Guide for Monitoring Weather Conditions for Safe Parasail Operation."

P is for Prepare: Prepare for emergencies by having well-documented procedures and conducting crew training to ensure proficiency in responding to various types of emergencies.

E is for Ensure: Ensure that all of your equipment is properly maintained on a continual basis.

S is for Safety: Safety is up to you, the parasail operator. The Coast Guard ensures safe operation of vessels, but does not regulate or inspect parasail equipment or regulate parasail operations.

You may read "Know your ROPES" in its entirety on the Coast Guard's Homeport page.

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Quad City Area Labor-Management Council's annouces their 19th Annual Golf Outing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sharon De Frieze   
Monday, 05 August 2013 12:32

Quad City Area Labor-Management Council’s  

19th Annual Golf Outing
Friday August 16, 2013
(Rain Date August 23, 2013)
Arsenal Island Golf Club
1:00p.m. Shotgun Start
5:00 p.m. Dinner ($25.00 Dinner Only)
$80.00 per person or $320.00 per foursome

Includes: Green fees, Cart Rental, Dinner, Complimentary Beverage Tickets and Door Prizes

This is QCALM’S major fundraiser, proceeds go toward

Quad City Area Student Educational Programs

Register by Contacting QCALM at (309) 794-9194 or E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
HEARTBREAKING NINTH ENDS BANDITS' WIN STREAK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 05 August 2013 09:52

Cedar Rapids snaps Quad Cities' longest regular season winning streak in more than six years

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AUG. 4, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits came within two outs of their longest regular season winning streak in 11 years Sunday, but the Cedar Rapids Kernels took advantage of an error by center fielder Teoscar Hernandez to score the tying run, and Joel Licon had a walk-off single for the last of his team's three ninth-inning hits in a 3-2 Kernels victory at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Quad Cities (25-16 second half, 63-47 overall) had won seven straight games and sought the club's longest winning streak since a 10-game run in 2002. Shortstop Carlos Correa had three singles – including a go-ahead hit in the top of the ninth inning – to tally seven hits in the first two games of the series, and River Bandits pitchers only allowed two hits through the first eight innnings. Quad Cities left 11 runners on base and suffered its second walk-off defeat of the season – and first since June 8 in Peoria.

The River Bandits took a first-inning lead against Kernels right-hander Jose Berrios, who allowed singles by left fielder Danry Vasquez and shortstop Carlos Correa before walks to designated hitter Dan Gulbransen and first baseman Bobby Borchering, the last of which forced home the game's first run. With a 1-0 lead, left-hander Brian Holmes took the mound for his first Midwest League start since May 26. Center fielder Jonathan Murphy hit a leadoff triple and later scored when right fielder Adam Brett Walker II hit into a fielder's choice.

Holmes and Berrios kept the 1-1 tie through their six-inning starts. Berrios overcame six walks and five hits to strike out three batters and strand eight runners on base in the first six innings. Holmes kept Cedar Rapids hitless from the second batter of the game until one out in the fifth inning, and he did not allow a runner into scoring position after the first inning. In a season-high six innings, Holmes gave up two hits and two walks while striking out three batters.

Cedar Rapids (27-15, 67-43) used left-hander Brandon Bixler and right-hander Madison Boer (1-0) for scoreless seventh and eighth innings respectively, but Boer allowed Hernandez's ninth-inning leadoff double off the left-field wall. Vasquez grounded out to advance Hernandez to third base, and Correa singled through the middle of a drawn-in infield for a 2-1 lead.

After two scoreless innings by River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor, right-hander Juan Minaya (1-5) started the bottom of the ninth inning. Second baseman Jorge Polanco hit a one-out single to right field, and Walker lined a single to center, where Hernandez had the ball go under his glove and roll to the warning track, which scored Polanco and put Walker on third. After an intentional walk to first baseman Max Kepler, Minaya struck out designated hitter Travis Harrison. But Licon grounded an 0-1 pitch up the third-base line for a two-out, game-winning single.

The River Bandits continue the series in Cedar Rapids at 6:35 p.m. Monday. Quad Cities left-hander Josh Hader will make his Midwest League debut against Kernels right-hander Christian Powell (2-4).

UP NEXT: Modern Woodmen Park is a nominee for the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, and fans can vote once per day at 10Best.com until the winner is announced Aug. 14. The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park Wednesday, Aug. 7. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
CATFISH, BIRCHER, BATS EXTEND BANDITS' STREAK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 05 August 2013 09:46

Quad Cities has first seven-game winning streak in the regular season since May 30-June 5, 2007


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AUG. 3, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits second baseman Austin “Catfish” Elkins came within a double of the cycle, shortstop Carlos Correa had four hits and left-hander Joe Bircher went seven strong innings for a second straight start to lead the River Bandits' to a 5-2 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium Saturday night.

 

Quad Cities (25-15 second half, 63-46 overall) won its seventh straight game for the Midwest League club's longest regular season winning streak since May 30-June 5, 2007. The River Bandits had 11 hits combined with four Cedar Rapids errors to pull within one-half game of the Kernels (26-15, 66-43) in the second-half Western Division standings.

 

In the first inning, Kernels left-hander Mason Melotakis (9-4) allowed consecutive two-out singles by Correa and right fielder Dan Gulbransen – who extended his hitting streak to 11 games – before escaping without a River Bandits run. In the second inning, however, first baseman Terrell Joyce singled to right field with one out and went to second base on a groundout. Elkins then grounded to shortstop Niko Goodrum, who allowed the ball to get through him, and Joyce came around to score.

 

Melotakis allowed at least two baserunners in each of the first four innings, but Quad Cities didn't extend the lead until the fourth inning. Joyce reached on an error by third baseman Travis Harrison, and Blasik and Elkins each placed bunt singles to the third-base side. With the bases loaded, Melotakis fanned center fielder Teoscar Hernandez, but left fielder Danry Vasquez singled to left field for a 2-0 lead. Correa then grounded a single up the middle to plate two runs, and went to second when Vasquez was caught in a rundown.


Meanwhile Bircher (3-1) retired the first seven Kernels of the game before a third-inning, one-out single by catcher Michael Quesada. Goodrum doubled leading off the fourth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by right fielder Adam Brett Walker. Following Goodrum's hit, Bircher retired 12 of the final 13 batters he faced, with the only batter reaching on a sixth-inning error by Correa.


Elkins homered with one out in the sixth inning off right-hander Dallas Gallant, who worked one inning before right-hander Tim Shibuya held Quad Cities scoreless for the final three innings.


Trailing 5-1, the Kernels made noise in the eighth inning against right-hander Jamaine Cotton, who walked two batters and allowed two this to load the bases and bring in a run. Right-hander Gera Sanchez came in with a three-run lead and two outs to fan Walker and end the Kernels best threat. In the ninth inning, River Bandits right-hander Jordan Jankowski gave up consecutive singles before getting the final three outs – including the last two on strikeouts – for his fifth save.

 

Saturday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Sunday, Aug. 4. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Sunday, Aug. 4. The River Bandits continue a four-game series in Cedar Rapids at 2:05 p.m. Sunday.

 

UP NEXT: Modern Woodmen Park is a nominee for the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, and fans can vote once per day at 10Best.com until the winner is announced Aug. 14. The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park Wednesday, Aug. 7. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
BANDITS RALLY AGAIN FOR HOME SWEEP OF CHIEFS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 05 August 2013 09:31

Quad Cities matches season high with sixth straight win and splits 18-game season series with Peoria

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AUG. 2, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits center fielder Teoscar Hernandez hit a game-tying home run and an RBI triple, while designated hitter Dan Gulbransen had the go-ahead hit for a third straight game to help right-hander Chris Devenski earn his first Midwest League victory in a 5-2 win that completed a sweep of the Peoria Chiefs at Modern Woodmen Park Friday night.

Devenski (1-2) threw the game's first pitch in the rain, and Chiefs left fielder C.J. McElroy hit it through the left side of the infield for the first of Peoria's 12 hits. A sacrifice moved McElroy to second base, and second baseman Bruce Caldwell singled to put runners at first and third bases. Chiefs first baseman and former River Bandit Jordan Walton hit a sacrifice fly to center field, and third baseman Breyvic Valera followed with an RBI single to give the visitors a 2-0 lead. Devenski allowed a baserunner in each of the next four innings but kept the Chiefs from adding to the lead. He allowed seven hits and one walk with one strikeout.

Quad Cities (24-15 second half, 62-46 overall) remained scoreless through the first three innings against Chiefs right-hander Silfredo Garcia (3-4), who escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third inning. In the fourth, right-fielder Jordan Scott hit an infield single and scored when catcher Jobduan Morales grounded a double down the first-base line – his first hit since July 21.

In the fifth inning, Hernandez led off with a blast to left-center field for his team-high 10th home run – and fourth in as many series – to extend his eight-game hitting streak and tie the game, 2-2. Shortstop Carlos Correa hit a one-out double down the third-base line and went to third base on a passed ball. Gulbransen then slapped a single through the left side of a drawn-in infield that scored Correa for a 3-2 score. Each of Correa's three runs in the series gave Quad Cities the lead, and Gulbransen's hit extended a 10-game hitting streak. Morales later added an RBI single to drive in Gulbransen, and the former had his first multi-RBI game in four weeks. All of it came against Garcia, who allowed seven hits and four earned runs with two walks and three strikeouts in five innings.

In the sixth against Chiefs right-hander Joe Scanio, second baseman Austin Elkins singled to center field and scored on Hernandez's team-high eighth triple to right field. Hernandez has 14 hits, including seven for extra bases, in his last 31 at-bats (.452 average).

From the River Bandits bullpen, right-hander Juri Perez worked around a single and hit batter in the sixth. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson allowed three this in the seventh but no runs in two innings of work. Right-hander Juan Minaya allowed a single and another baserunner on an error but finished the ninth inning for his seventh save. The Chiefs left 12 runners on base.

Friday's victory was Quad Cities' 29th comeback win and also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Saturday, Aug. 3. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Saturday, Aug. 3. The River Bandits start a four-game series in Cedar Rapids at 5:05 p.m. Saturday. Left-hander Joe Bircher (2-1) will face Kernels left-hander Mason Melotakis (9-3) in the opener.

UP NEXT: Modern Woodmen Park is a nominee for the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, and fans can vote once per day at 10Best.com until the winner is announced Aug. 14. The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park Wednesday, Aug. 7. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses . The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks – 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

 

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