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Housebuilders call for HomeBuy reboot

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Shark Tank Pitch: Dirty Water

first_imgdenishamill@gmail.com Share Okay, now I’m rooting for dirty water.Dump your toxic waste into the waters of Coopers Beach, just ranked in the nation’s Top 10. Discharge chemical waste into Sag Harbor. Let the melting ice caps raise the water level until they meet the septic tanks overflowing with the waste of overpopulation of the East End and let the rust tide algae bloom. Sail the Exxon Valdez II toward Montauk Point and let it run aground on Shagwong Reef, spilling an oil slick across the entire East End like a dark black moat. Let the mosquito sprayers napalm the coastline with methoprene larvicide and let the rains wash the weed killers and lawn chemicals into the waters of Lake Montauk, Block Island Sound, and the Atlantic coast.Flush all your plastics.Bring back scandal-polluted Scott Pruitt to finish the task of poisoning our blue waters as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, officially renaming the Potomac as Trump Swamp.Send up a million balloons from Hot Dog Beach.When news came last week that a 20-foot great white shark was tracked off Montauk, I was transported back to 1974 when I first read a popular novel called “Jaws” by Peter Benchley that remained on The New York Times bestseller list for 44 weeks. The book was so frightening that I promised myself I would never again swim in the ocean.I grew up watching monster movies about Dracula, the Wolfman, Frankenstein, Godzilla, Rodan, the Fly, and King Kong. As kids, we collected bubble gum cards with all these monsters from the Vincent Price and Bela Lugosi and Roger Corman and Japanese C-movie catalogue. But even as kids, you knew they were fantasy monsters that you would never run across in real life.But “Jaws” bit readers a different way.Sharks were real-life monsters that in real life could devour you like a hors d’oeuvre at a beach party. Down in Coney Island, the Poor Man’s Paradise of Brooklyn, the waters were so dirty with sewage, sludge, oil slicks, illegal dumping, medical waste, syringes, dirty diapers, and the waste of humans too lazy to walk to a rest room that most self-respecting germs wouldn’t swim there, never mind a noble school of fish that would attract a big shark.One of the last decent things Richard Nixon had done as the dirtiest president in U.S. history — until Trump claimed the title — was sign legislation creating the Environmental Protection Agency. My theory is that if he was going to be sent up the river, Nixon wanted it to be a clean one when his kids came to visit.The first novel after the Hardy Boys that my big brother Pete gave me to read as a kid was “The Mugger” by Ed McBain, a scary crime thriller which I read on a bus to Camp Sebago which was part of the Fresh Air Fund that sent poor city kids to the sticks for two weeks to see cows and horses and verdant forest and mirror-topped lakes. But I’d soon learn that muggers are not as scary as sharks. I learned how to swim in summer camp in gorgeous Lake Sebago. When I came home, I showed off my aquatic skills to the other tenement kids out in the rolling filthy waves off Coney Island.Then my brother gave me “The Old Man and the Sea” as a 13th birthday gift. The chapters where the sharks attack, tearing away great hunks of Santiago’s prized giant marlin catch lashed to his old fishing skiff, gave me the willies. I would then only go into the Coney surf up to my waist, so I could run for shore if I saw a dorsal fin.I never saw one.The waters of Coney were too dirty.But after reading “Jaws,” I swore off all ocean swimming.Then came the movie version of “Jaws,” made by a skinny, 26-year-old director named Steven Spielberg, and that has remained, for me, the scariest monster movie ever made. I watched it in a darkened theater with screaming adults who jumped from their seats at the shock editing so effective it won a Best Editing Oscar. The lingering images of Robert Shaw being masticated by a great white shark made me fearful of taking a bath. It did for swimming what “Psycho” had done for taking showers.I have not dipped a toe in the ocean since. I have never been on an ocean cruise. If I won one, I’d give it away to someone I don’t like.Don’t get me wrong, I love to look out at the ocean. I love the mystery, majesty, and might of the sea. But the ocean is unforgiving and filled with monsters with big giant teeth, the better to eat you with, called sharks. Like the sharks that devoured Santiago’s final great catch and that terrorized the little fictional coastal town of Amity in “Jaws,” which is so similar to the beach towns of the East End.The sea belongs to the creatures that inhabit it. I have nothing against sharks. They wouldn’t eat us if we didn’t invade their home. I am a proud landlubber who takes the advice Humphrey Bogart’s Rick gives a Nazi officer in “Casablanca.” “There are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.”There are certain sections of planet Earth I don’t invade. Starting with the seven seas. But I have kids and grandkids much braver than I who love to swim in the ocean. I watch from the blanket, always scanning for a dorsal fin.And now that there is a great white shark dun-dun-dun-dunning off the coast of Montauk, the experts tell us it has come our way because the waters are cleaner. Following other creatures lured by clean water upon which the sharks feed.Not long before one of those creatures has two legs and two arms instead of gills and tails.So, I’m rooting for sludge, oil spills, nitrogen, and enterococcus. I want waters so polluted that bilge rats will think they’re skeevy and upon which mosquitoes will perish on contact. I want waters that only corporate America could love. Polluted waters that sea life and my loved ones will avoid, sending great white sharks back to deep water where they belong.We don’t need a bigger boat.We need dirtier water.last_img read more

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Building buys a pint … for Whitelaw Turkington

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

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Giant move for Jumbo

first_imgThe unit was transported on the heavy lift vessel Jumbo Kinetic for the JUPC petrochemical project.Measuring 101.1 m x 10.8 m x 11.4 m, the wash tower was loaded on to the vessel using the ship’s own cranes. According to Jumbo, the unit is the heaviest piece of cargo it has ever lifted.Jumbo also transported four columns from Zhangjiagang, China to Saudi Arabia for the project.www.jumbomaritime.nllast_img

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Planning for tax-year end

first_img Capital gains tax Many know that charities get back basic-rate tax relief from the government on donations made through the Gift Aid scheme. What is less well-known is that higher-rate taxpayers are entitled to further tax relief on their Gift Aid donations when claimed on their tax return. High earners can get 50% tax relief on their donations in this tax year, which might motivate some to be more generous, and others to be better at recording the Gift Aid donations they make. In view of the reduction in the top rate of tax to 45% in 2013/14, you may wish consider making more than one year’s worth of regular donations in the current tax year. There is also scope to carry back Gift Aid donations made in a subsequent tax year, up until the date your tax return for the year being carried back to is submitted. Alternatively, it may be worthwhile setting up a Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) or similar account and making a lump sum payment into the account to fund future donations. Payments to a CAF account will receive Gift Aid tax relief when paid, rather than when the funds in the account are paid out to individual charities. Tax relief on pension contributions is currently restricted to an annual maximum allowance of contributions of £50,000 gross (£40,000 net) per year. Relief will be given at your highest marginal rate and you should look to maximise your pension contributions in 2012/13 if you will be paying tax at 50%. All contributions must be paid before 5 April 2013 for relief to be given in this tax year. The annual allowance applies to contributions paid in a pension scheme’s input period. It’s important to note that each pension scheme has a different input period, which may not necessarily coincide with the tax year. You can potentially carry forward any unused annual pension contribution allowance from the previous three tax years, as long as you had a pension fund in those years. Doing this will increase the amount you’re able to contribute and claim tax relief on in this tax year, so it would be prudent to review your previous years’ pension contributions to see whether there is any allowance you can use by 5 April 2013. If you’re planning to use unused allowance, it’s important to find out the date of your pension scheme’s input period. If it doesn’t end on 5 April with the tax year, this could potentially cause problems with calculating the timing of your contributions. It is worthwhile consulting your financial adviser about the best way to time your pension contributions within the tax year. You won’t be able to claim tax relief on contributions paid above the annual allowance. The lifetime allowance remains at £1.5m for this year. Changes to pension contribution reliefs are coming over the next few years. From 6 April 2014 the annual allowance for tax relief on pension savings will reduce from £50,000 gross to £40,000 gross (£32,000 net) per year, with the lifetime allowance to reduce to £1.25m. A transitional fixed protection regime will be introduced for those who believe they may be affected by the reduction in the lifetime allowance. The government has announced that it will be reducing the top rate of tax from 50% to 45% for those on incomes over £150,000. This change, along with forthcoming changes to pensions contribution reliefs, means that you should review the reliefs on offer to make sure you’re minimising your tax liabilities as much as possible. Changes to pension contribution reliefs Tax relief on investmentscenter_img Louis Baker, is partner at national tax, audit and advisory firm Crowe Clark Whitehill There are a few aspects to consider regarding capital gains tax, particularly around the sale of property and transfer of assets between spouses. Each of us has an annual capital gains tax allowance of £10,600, which entitles us to gains of £10,600 in each tax year. As spouses can transfer assets between themselves without attracting capital gains tax, it’s possible to realise gains of £21,200 tax free by transferring assets to your spouse. If you have sold or are selling a property, it’s worthwhile looking at the exemptions around capital gains. A capital gain on selling your sole home is tax free if it and its grounds do not exceed half a hectare. If you have two residences (for example, a midweek flat or weekend cottage) together with the main home, the main home will still be exempt from capital gains tax. However, dual exemption for a period can be engineered on more than one residence where an election is made within two years of acquiring the second residence. If this applies to you, speak to your tax adviser to explore your options. With a range of exemptions and reliefs on offer, it’s worth investigating the options that apply to your personal and business circumstances to ensure you aren’t paying more tax than is correctly due. As part of your fiscal year-end preparations, it’s worthwhile assessing your situation and, if appropriate, speaking to both a tax and financial adviser to ensure your tax matters are in order before the 5 April deadline. If you are looking to invest, there are a number of schemes available, particularly for investment in new or start-up businesses that attract favourable tax reliefs. Investment in shares that qualify for the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) are tax-favoured investments. Income tax relief of 30% is available on EIS investments of up to £1m each year and 50% on SEIS investments of up to £100,000 per investor, with additional capital gains tax and inheritance tax benefits. SEIS is new for 2012/13 and may be of limited importance as each qualifying company will only be able to receive investments totalling £150,000 from the scheme. Investments in venture capital trusts of up to £200,000 each tax year generate 30% income tax relief and benefit from capital gains tax exemption after a qualifying period. There are some interesting and diverse investment opportunities within these arrangements which you should explore in full before making an investment. Making the most of your Gift Aid donationslast_img read more

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Revise domestic abuse legal aid rules, MoJ urged

first_imgVictims of domestic abuse potentially face being cross-examined by their alleged attackers as a result of legal aid restrictions, according to a report by Citizens Advice.Victims of domestic abuse: struggling for support?, shows that six in 10 advisers found the changes regarding legal aid since April 2013 have affected the help they have been able to give domestic abuse clients.Of those who had been affected by the legal aid change, around a fifth reported they could no longer help as many domestic abuse clients as before.A similar proportion found most domestic abuse clients were unable to afford required contributions when offered legal aid, resulting in some representing themselves in court. This resulted in an ‘unacceptable’ situation where a victim of domestic abuse potentially faced being cross-examined by the alleged perpetrator.Even in cases where the victim can provide evidence required for legal aid, many advisers recount that clients were required to pay substantial additional fees due to their assets or income.‘In many cases, the victim is trapped in a catch-22 situation unable to access their assets because of domestic abuse, but unable to resolve the situation with their abuser without expensive legal consultation and representation.’Citizens Advice called on the Ministry of Justice to revise evidence requirements and financial contributions for legal aid. Evidence requirements must be such that individuals suffering any type of abuse, without access to finance, can access legal aid, it said.The report states: ‘More thought needs to be given to the financial thresholds in the cases of joint-assets and potentially fluctuating income across an insecure relationship. In cases in which legal aid has been granted, additional fees must not be prohibitively high.’The MoJ said the government was ‘exceptionally clear’ that victims of domestic violence should get legal aid wherever they needed it to help break free from an abusive relationship.An MoJ spokesperson said: ‘That is why we listened carefully to concerns and made changes to expand the types of evidence that could be used to access legal aid.’The ministry said since the reforms were introduced thousands of people had successfully applied for legal aid where domestic violence is involved. ‘However, we have always said we will keep the new system under review – and our door is always open to those with evidence about concerns.‘Citizens Advice have not contacted the department about this report, but if they submit it to us we will consider it carefully.’Earlier this month charity Rights of Women lodged an appeal – supported by the Law Society – against the High Court’s backing of reforms which have the effect of restricting access to legal aid for victims of domestic violence.The High Court had rejected a challenge, brought by the Public Law Project on behalf of Rights of Women, and supported by the Society, to rules introduced in April 2013 requiring victims of domestic violence to provide a prescribed form of evidence in order to apply for family law legal aid.Some of the forms of evidence are subject to a 24-month time limit, despite the fact that perpetrators may remain a lifelong threat.last_img read more

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TT to host Concert and Telethon to benefit Dominica

first_imgThe event was initiated by Errol Fabien, a local media personality who said he was encouraged to begin a “movement for the island of Barbuda after seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma. For BarbudaThe event will be held at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain. “Having visited Barbuda and many of the islands, I remember always seeing products from Trinidad and Tobago readily available and sold in these countries, I knew then that we, TNT had to come together to help our brothers and sisters as we are all one island,” Fabien said at the launch of the event earlier this week. Originated with WhatsApp ideaThe idea began with a WhatsApp group formed with a group of friends and it will grew to become e a full 12-hour concert with performers from all genres. Those scheduled to perform include Freetown Collective, DJ’s Private Ryan and Rupee. Over 100 artists will be performing at a concert and telethon in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday, September 24 – Republic Day, to raise funds for those affected by hurricanes that have devastated some Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. The funds from this venture as well as relief supplies that are being packed on spot at the Queen’s Park Oval, will be sent to the Halo Foundation in Antigua and Barbuda. The foundation works with over 20 charities and groups in the twin-island federation to assist with poverty eradication and will ensure that the aid gets into the hands of persons in need.last_img read more

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South African nine-year-old becomes third HIV infected child to go into…

first_imgResearchers hope that by treating people as soon as possible after HIV infection, they can one day induce drug-free remission for sustained periods of time, perhaps for good (AFP Photo/NOAH SEELAM)A South African nine-year-old is the world’s third child born with HIV to go into remission, scientists have said.The child has had a healthy immune system for eight years nine months after receiving a ten-month course of treatment in early life, according to a new study.“This new case strengthens our hope that by treating HIV-infected children for a brief period beginning in infancy, we may be able to spare them the burden of life-long therapy,” said AIDS expert Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) which funded the study, AFP reports.Some scientists refer to sustained, drug-free remission as a “functional cure”.Unlike a traditional cure, where the virus is eradicated, the patient still has HIV in their system but it is so weakened that it cannot replicate or spread to sexual partners.Researchers hope that by treating people as soon as possible after infection, they can one day induce drug-free remission for sustained periods of time, perhaps for good.This has become a major focus of research amid fading hopes of finding a permanent cure.The virus has proven more sneaky than imagined — it has the ability to hide out in human cells and play dead for years, only to re-emerge and attack as soon as treatment is stopped.Anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment inhibits the virus, but doesn’t kill it, and infected people have to take pills daily for life which are costly and have side-effects.– Relapse possible –A rare group of infected people — fewer than one percent — are able naturally to stop the virus replicating. They are known as “elite controllers”, but the mechanism by which they keep the virus at bay remains a mystery.The girl does not have “elite controller” DNA, said the study authors.Among people taking virus-suppressing anti-retroviral drugs, only a few have attained drug-free remission.They include 14 adults in a French trial who were able to quit their medication after three years and stayed healthy.A French woman aged 20, treated as a baby, has been healthy for 14 years since stopping her medication — the longest-known remission.In the United States, the so-called Mississippi Baby was in remission for 27 months after being given ART for the first 18 months of life, but the virus rebounded in a major let-down for researchers.Now there is the South African girl — the first case of remission in a child enrolled in a trial to test the effectiveness of early treatment, for a limited time.“Relapse is a possibility in any case of remission,” underlined study co-leader Avy Violari of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.However, “the fact that remission has been for a long period suggests this is likely to be durable,” she told AFP.Researchers do not understand how the girl achieved remission when 410 other children in the trial did not.“We can’t tell if her immune system would have controlled the virus on its own or if the treatment made a difference,” said Sharon Lewin, a professor of medicine at the University of Melbourne.– ‘Impressive’ –The girl was diagnosed HIV-positive on her 32nd day of life. After ten months of treatment, levels of HIV in her blood went from “very high” to undetectible.Tests conducted when she was nine-and-a-half years old showed the vaguest trace of virus, unable to replicate, said the team. The girl had healthy levels of key immune cells.Some fear the girl is in a minority of people for whom early treatment is sufficient to induce remission.“Early treatment is good for lots of reasons. Early treatment stops HIV transmission, early treatment means the immune system stays in better shape and early treatment keeps the (virus) reservoirs small,” Lewin told AFP.“Early treatment may also increase the chance of remission, but more studies are needed to really prove this.”Michael Brady, medical director of the Terrence Higgins Trust, an AIDS charity, said remission was “impressive”.“We just need to understand more about why this is and then find ways to apply it to others,” he commented on the study.The children in the trial were monitored for rebounding virus levels, and the experts stressed it is not a good idea for people to take themselves off ARV treatment.last_img read more

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Mamelodi Sundowns, Bloem Celtic advance to Nedbank Cup final

first_imgMamelodi Sundowns players celebrate after their Nedbank Cup semifinal against Bidwest Wits. COURTESY: TWITTER/Mamelodi SundownsSouth Africa’s football season resumed, on Saturday, nearly five months after it was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The Nedbank Cup semifinals were the first games to be played on Saturday before the GladAfrica Championship kicked off on Sunday.On Saturday, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic booked their places in the Nedbank Cup semifinals.Sundowns edged Bidwest Wits 3-2 in an entertaining match at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in Pretoria.Lyle Lakay netted an injury-time winner with the game appearing to be destined for extra time after Terrence Dzvukamanja had twice pulled Wits level. Ricardo Nascimento and Keletso Makgalwa scored Sundowns’ other goals.In the other game, Victor Letsoalo scored twice and Ndumiso Mabena added another goal as Celtic thumped 10-man Baroka F.C. 3-0 at the Pietersburg Stadium in Polokwane. Namibian forward Ananias Gebhardt was dismissed just after the half hour mark as Baroka was forced to play for more than an hour with 10-men.On Sunday, Real Kings defeated Cape Umoya United 2-0 while Richards Bay and TS Sporting drew 2-2.The Absa Premiership will take centre stage later on Tuesday when Mamelodi Sundowns play rivals Orlando Pirates.The GladAfrica Championship will see three games earlier in the day: Free State Stars v Royal Eagles, Jomo Cosmos v Tshakhuma and Uthongathi v JDR Stars.Related Mamelodi Sundowns crowned 2018/19 Absa Premiership champions Bertrand Traore’s penalty miss sees Lyon lose final French League Cup finalcenter_img Mamelodi Sundowns responds to speculation on Mosimane’s futurelast_img read more

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RYAN CRAIG NAMED MONSTERS’ 2015-16 IOA/AMERICAN SPECIALTY AHL MAN OF THE YEAR

first_imgCLEVELAND – Cleveland’s Lake Erie Monsters are proud to announce that Ryan Craig has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year Award for his outstanding contributions to the Northeast Ohio community during the 2015-16 season. In his role as the Monsters’ team captain, Craig served as the leader of his team both on and off the ice, specifically through his passionate support of numerous Monsters community relations initiatives, including the “Craig’s Kids” Program, supporting local families in need. Working alongside the Monsters’ ‘Charities of the Month,’ Craig and the Monsters treated several families to a Monsters game at The Q, $40 in food and beverage credits, a spot in the Monsters’ “Cave Crew” (a high-five tunnel leading to the ice on game-nights) and a personal locker room tour from Ryan following each game.In addition, Craig led the charge in mobilizing his teammates to visit local hospitals, including Cleveland Metro Health Hospital, to provide toys and gifts to children undergoing treatment. The team visited youngsters within the burn unit, the pediatric cancer wing and the pediatric intensive care unit. Many of these children spent the holidays within the hospital and the team’s visit was a welcome breath of fresh air.Craig was also an integral part of the Monsters’ “adoption” of several children in need at Cleveland’s West Side Community House. Through this initiative, children from some of the most underserved areas of the city were able to receive gifts from Monsters players during the holiday season. Led by Craig, every single Monsters player purchased clothing and toys specifically for each child, helping to ensure that every child received something they needed and wanted for the holidays. Additionally, Craig was a driving force behind the biggest highlight of the Monsters’ Community efforts this season, as the team partnered with the Cleveland Chapter of “A Special Wish” Foundation to make four-year old Robert Gibson’s wish to become a “Monster for a day” come true. The young Monsters fan has endured 14 surgeries, a kidney transplant and many trips in and out of the hospital due to stage-four Kidney disease, and wished to become an official Monsters Hockey Player for a day.When the idea was presented to Craig and his teammates, Craig became an integral part in planning for the little boy’s big day and took the lead on the many activities needed to make Robert’s wish come true. After surprising Robert at a local Dick’s Sporting Goods store the night before the game to gear up for his pro hockey debut, Craig was a constant companion for Gibson through an unforgettable experience. Robert had his very own locker right next to the captain and, in addition to participating in morning skate, Robert signed an AHL/NHL contract at a full press conference, led the Monsters onto the ice for pre-game introductions at The Q and spent some time in the locker room after the game. The praise from the family to Ryan was incredible, and the relationship the two hockey players fostered will no doubt help this little boy endure the various treatments he will continue to face at his young age.Craig is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2015-16 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the AHL later this month.Next up for the Monsters, it’s a Friday road clash vs. the Chicago Wolves with full coverage, live from Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL, underway at 8:00 pm on ESPN 850 WKNR and the Monsters Hockey Network. Matt Medley Related TopicsLake Erie MonstersRyan Craigcenter_img Matt Medley is co-editor at NEO Sports Insiders, covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians and high school sports in Northeast Ohio.Follow @MedleyHoops on Twitter for live updates from games.last_img read more

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City Of Kenai Live Eagle Streaming Camera

first_imgTo view the live camera feed http://www.kenai.city/eaglecam FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander presented the City of Kenai’s live streaming eagle camera which showed a view of a nest in which one eagle sitting on two eggs. Kenai Information Technology Director Dan Castimore has plans to begin publicly streaming the eagle camera on the city of Kenai’s website in time for the eggs to hatch. Cm Ostrander: “This is actually a discussion that I had several months ago with a couple of individuals, and they had mentioned that it would be really great if this could be shared with the city and they city could share it with others beyond that. It was just a really cool and exciting and they wanted to be able to share it with others.”center_img Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander….. Installing the camera required a permit from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation, and had followed the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service’s eagle management guidelines. The camera was installed while the eagles were not in the nest.last_img read more

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College football: Demons’ consistency, camaraderie take center stage on Media Day

first_imgFooter Related Stories 08.08.19Reservations accepted for Aug. 22 Independence Bowl Foundation/NSU Kickoff Luncheon08.07.19N-Club Hall of Famer, long-time educator Hudson remembered08.06.19Receivers not changing expectations with new faces in key roles08.05.19Eppler leads deep crop of talented NSU signal callers Related Videos NATCHITOCHES – Second-year head football coach Brad Laird talked about consistency at nearly every turn in July’s two-week long Northwestern State Victory Tour across Louisiana and Texas.That word – along with chemistry and camaraderie — again was on Laird’s mind when he spoke at NSU’s annual Fall Sports Media Day in the Steve and Lori Stroud Room on Wednesday afternoon.“One of the coaches talked about consistency,” said Laird, whose team went through roughly a two-hour practice Wednesday morning. “Are we where we need to be? No, but we’re trying to put good days back to back, good plays back to back. We strive each and every day for that.”Whenever the Demons find that consistency on the field, it will come, in part, because of the consistency atop each position group. Every full-time member of the Demons’ 2018 coaching staff returns in 2019 along with a handful of graduate assistant managers.“In this day and age in college football, you don’t see a staff of full-time coaches that stay together,” Laird said. “You see a lot of movement. Northwestern State football is lucky to have the consistency within the coaching staff. What does that mean?“Just like you see consistency with players, a coaching staff can be consistent. Our guys, starting with me, are hearing the same things over and over. They know what to expect, position to position, offensively, defensively and special teams.”That consistent message has helped form a cohesive unit that had many of the 10 seniors who spoke during Wednesday’s media day echoing their coaches.That, along with seeing the full group of 21 seniors gathered in the Stroud Room, was enough to bring defensive coordinator Mike Lucas’  emotions to the surface.  Lucas was moved nearly to tears as he spoke about his 38th season coaching and his 25th as a member of a Southland Conference institution.“I’m sitting at the table there crying like a baby, tears running down my face,” Lucas said. “I’m looking at these seniors over there, and there are guys I recruited when I was here in 2014 who have graduated.“I sat down with Brice Borgeson in May when he graduated. I said, ‘Brice, I understand you have one year of eligibility left, but if you don’t want to come back – if you want to start your career – he sat in my office and started crying. He said, ‘Coach, I want to see this thing through. We’re going to win the championship this year. I can feel it.’ That’s the kind of guys we have over here.”Of the 10 members of the senior class who spoke, three were offensive linemen –Dustin Burns, Tyler Rapp and Chris Zirkle. Chemistry and camaraderie exist all across a football field, but arguably no bond is stronger than the one formed in close contact on either line.With four seniors along the offensive line, there has been ample time for the group to cultivate its friendship.“The camaraderie in the offensive line is probably the best on any football team across the country,” said Rapp, who has seen time at center and guard in his two seasons at Northwestern State. “We’re a unit. We’re brothers. We come to work ready to work, and no outside thing is going to make a difference in what we do.  “This is my third season here. I’ve seen a lot of guys come through here, and I can honestly say this is the most cohesive group we’ve had in my time here. I’m truly excited to go out and battle with my brothers. I’m so ready to get on the field and light some people up.”Members of the offensive line said they want that group’s tight-knit bond to permeate throughout the 115-man roster.“Everyone looks at us as the goofballs,” said Zirkie, a preseason second-team All-Southland Conference selection and a nominee for the AFCA AllState Good Works Team. “We elevate other position groups. Say someone’s having a bad day, our personalities will bring them up, and vice versa. We have our bad days. Receivers, special teams, punters, whoever, will come help us out.”The seeds of that have been sown.Senior defensive tackle O’Shea Jackson  arrived at Northwestern State less than a week before the 2018 season opener at Texas A&M yet saw action against the Aggies as what Lucas termed “a stranger to the team.”A year later, Jackson not only is a leader – preferably by example – he is comfortable as a Demon.“O’Shea says he doesn’t talk much,” Lucas said, “but he smiles an awful lot.” Play Video08.06.19Quan Shorts filling leadership role for receiversPlay Video08.06.19Receiver Akile Davis discusses transition from BYUPlay Video08.06.19Alvin Slaughter discusses receiving corps aiming to make its markPlay Video08.06.19Head coach Brad Laird post-practice recap. Courtesy of Northwestern State Sports Information … NSU head football coach Brad Laird speaks during Wednesday’s Media Day. 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COVID-19 ‘a big setback’ for CONCACAF Beach World Cup Qualifiers preparation -Simon

first_imgWith the CONCACAF Beach World Cup Qualifiers tentatively slated for early 2021, Guyanese International Kenard Simon has said that the current COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on the team’s preparation. This was disclosed during an exclusive interview with Stabroek Sport yesterday. According to Simon, who has been capped six times and has scored nine goals for Guyana in this format, the ongoing contagion is thwarting and affecting the overall quality of the team’s preparation.“It has been and will be a big setback because we are not getting to do anything; we begin preparation and have no socialisation with the team. It will be a further setback because when it’s eventually over and once it’s not cancelled, we will have to work harder to get prepared. We will have to work hard because of the confinement before and put our bodies in shape for the tournament,” he said.Guyana competed in the 2019 CONCACAF Beach Football Championship, which was staged in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico from May 13th-19th. Guyana ended their Group D campaign with a record of one win and two losses. The Guyanese opened their tournament with an 8-4 loss to El Salvador before going down agonisingly to Guadeloupe 2-0 on penalty kicks following a 3-3 gridlock at the end of full time. The Guyanese ended their campaign with a 3-2 win over Belize. Asked how he has been maintaining his fitness levels during the lockdown, Simon, 30, revealed, “I have been keeping fit through long runs and mostly gym work. I am hoping the situation ends so that we can prepare properly.”He declared that it is always an honour to represent Guyana on the international level. “It is very important and it means a lot to wear the flag on your chest. No matter if you do badly or good, at least you let people know there is a place called Guyana. It is the same and I will work hard as I usually do to make the team and represent Guyana once again,” he said.Simon, who plies his trade for the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), has been absent for over a year due to work commitments from the local Elite League circuit. “The intention was to go back but with all of that and how the sport is going, it’s kind of changing your mind to play. It has affected your thinking and doesn’t give you that urge to work,” he said. Simon’s comments echoed similar sentiments expressed by Golden Jaguars International Jeremy Garrett, who opined that the current situation and resulting lockdown will take a toll on the mental health of individuals. He said that the safeguarding of good mental health is essential to the overall wellbeing of everyone.Simon further added, “The COVID-19 situation has changed a lot of things, but I want to get back on the field and play.”last_img read more

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Confusion galore at GFA over billions of cedis “kickback”

first_imgEven before the Ghana Football Association (GFA) could explain the controversy surrounding the dismissal of the former coach of the Black Stars, Goran Stevanovic, and the astronomical compensation being demanded by the latter, the FA has yet; embroiled itself in another controversy.The decision by three of its executive members to write officially to the very association they serve, seeking its mandate to broker a sponsorship real for the football governing body, and the subsequent remand of 15% of the sponsorship real, has been met with public uproar.Players in the industry have raised serious concerns about the possible conflict of interest, and have asked the FA to stop the three members from using the association to pursue their financial interests.On September 15, 2011, the three wrote a letter to the FA using a company which was formed in 1983 to real in general goods. The import of the letter was to seek the consent of the GFA for them to use their company to seek sponsorship for the Black Stars.This follows the official pronouncement by mining giants. Goldfields Ghana limited that it would not renew its $3 million sponsorship package for the senior national team.Upon receipt of the letter from the three executive members, the GFA summoned an emergency committee meeting, and after discussing the issue, surprisingly consented to the real and subsequently wrote back to their three members who head various sub-committees of the FA to go ahead and seek the sponsorship for the Black Stars. With the letter of consent firmly, tucked into their pockets, the three, whose names The Chronicle has withheld, wrote a letter to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) asking for a $5 million sponsorship package for the Black Stars. The Chronicle also gathered that the three FA officials were not directors of the company that was formed about 30 years ago. They only became directors after the FA had given the co9troversial company: a consent letter to negotiate for the real.The GNPC was said to have consented to the real, but before they could put pen to paper to cement the contract, the Board Chairman of the GNPC, Mr. Ato Ahwoi, came out strongly at the weekend to deny that the three FA members brokered the real, and were therefore, entitled to a percentage of the sponsorship money, which is $3 million annually for 3yrs.Ato Ahwoi’s decision followed public outcry against the real, especially, the huge percentage that is going to the three FA executive members, who apparently, got hint of the intention of the GNPC to sponsor the team, and quickly wrote a letter to the FA seeking its mandate to look for sponsorship, and the follow up letter they sent to the state owned company.Mr. Ahwoi, who has been in football management for years, told the various radio stations in Accra that so far as his outfit was concerned, the decision to sponsor the Black Stars was not brokered by any third party for an agency to emerge that it should be paid a percentage of the real.According to Ato Ahwoi, a former board chairman of Accra Hearts of Oak, when the information got to them that Goldfields was no more going to sponsor the Black Stars, he personally called the FA President, Mr. Kwasi Nyantekyi, that the GNPC would be interested in taking over the sponsorship. Ahwoi further told listeners that Ghana had now struck oil in commercial quantities, which is raking in revenue to GNPC and the state, and for the people benefit from the windfall, they decided to sponsor the Black Stars, since football is the passion of this nation.The GNPC Board Chairman said the sponsorship package would induce the Black Stars qualifying matches for South Africa 2013, and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Airfares, accommodation, bonuses would also be taken care of by the sponsorship package.According to him, in all his dealings with the FA, he did not come into contact with any third party, and was, therefore, surprised at reports that it was an agency that brokered the deal.He reiterated his position that all the sponsorship money must go directly to the Black Stars, and that any attempt by an agency to take a percentage out of it would compel his outfit to withdraw from the sponsorship.The President of the GFA, Mr. Kwasi Nyantekyi, confirmed in an interview with Happy FM that the FA was in talks with the GNPC to sponsor the Black Stars. He, however, said no real had been brokered yet. The image of the senior national football team sunk so low in the late 80s, 90s early 2000 that no corporate body was interested in associating its brand name with it.However, when the current FA President took over the administration of football in the country, the image of the Black Stars changed, resulting in its first qualification for the World Cup in Germany in 2006.The team repeated the dose in 2010, by appearing for the second time in the world football fiesta in South Africa, where the players dazzled the world with the Ghanaian brand of football artistry.The telepathic understanding among the players, coupled with carpet soccer and delightful distribution of the round leather on the green turf, endeared the hearts of football connoisseurs.This has attracted many corporate bodies to now associate themselves with the Black Stars, but why the GFA did not instruct its marketing and sponsorship committee to write the letter seeking sponsorship for a brand that has become so attractive, and has to rely on a third party, who are also members of the FA, remains a puzzle to be resolved. Already Mr. Goran Stevanovic has reported the FA to FIFA, claiming over $800,000 compensation following the former’s decision to dispense off his services.Marcel Desailly, the Ghanaian born former French captain, who has invested heavily in the country, is likely to succeed Goran, but his monthly wage bill, which could ran into thousands of dollars, has not been made public, since talks for the World Cup winner to take over the national team have not been concluded.last_img read more

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IMCA Modified stars will shine at Hancock County specials Aug. 10-12

first_imgBRITT, Iowa – The stars of the IMCA Modified division will shine during a rich three nights of racing at Hancock County Speedway.The Thursday, Aug. 10 Night of 1,000 Stars at Britt pays a guaranteed $3,500 to win, plus a bonus of $1,000 to the leader at halfway and another $1,000 if they have perfect attendance this season at Britt.The Night of 10,000 Stars on Friday, Aug. 11 boasts a $7,000 top check, plus $1,000 bonuses to the halfway leader, for perfect attendance and for having won on Thursday as well.Winner of the Saturday, Aug. 12 Shryock Memorial All Stars event can more than double his or her guaranteed $4,000 payday: In addition to the $1,000 paid to the halfway leader, $1,000 bonuses will be paid if the Shryock winner as perfect season attendance and won on Friday.Another $1,500 bonus goes to the driver winning all three Stars features, making their earnings for three days an impressive $24,000.All three events are draw/redraw and qualifiers for the 2018 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA Speedway Motor Weekly Racing National, Side Biter Chassis North Central Region and Allstar Performance State points, but no track points will be awarded.Thirty cars will start three-wide in each of the 50-lappers. Minimum start money is $300 on Thursday and Saturday and $400 on Friday.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the front gate opens at 5:30 p.m. and racing follows 6:30 p.m. hot laps each night. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $10 for students ages 13-17 and free for kids 12 and under. Pit passes are $30.Also running on the 23rd annual Landus Cooperative and Doug Studer Farms-sponsored Night of 1,000 Stars card are Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $600 to win and IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars for $500 to win.DuPont Pioneer and DuPont Crop Protection sponsor the fifth annual Night of 10,000 Stars. Stock Cars run for $750 to win, SportMods and Hobby Stocks both for $500 to win.The Shryock Memorial is sponsored by Lake Mills Motor Sports and Pritchard Family Auto Stores. Top checks are $750 for the Hobby Stocks, $600 for the Stock Cars and $500 for the SportMods.National and state points will be awarded to Stock Car, SportMod and Hobby Stock competitors; regional points will also be given to Stock and Hobby drivers. Transponder scoring will be used all three nights.More information is available at the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com website or by emailing 4widepromotions@gmail.com.The Hancock County Speedway events are all part of IMCA Modified Speedweek, which starts with the Arnold Motor Supply Hawkeye Dirt Tour show on Aug. 7 at Clay County Fair Speedway in Spencer.The Harris Clash is Aug. 8 at Hamilton County Speedway in Webster City and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour finale is Aug. 9 at Buena Vista Raceway in Alta.All six events will be broadcast by IMCATV.last_img read more