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Lockwood Folly Inlet Dredging Complete

first_imgThe Lockwood Inlet Association has announced that the Lockwood Folly Inlet Dredging project for Spring is complete.The Army Corps hopper dredge Currituck arrived on the site in mid-February to finish this 14 day dredging cycle.According to the Association, “for the first time in several years our inlet has a good navigable channel. It has been quite a journey to say the least.”“This is a huge win for our community, Brunswick County, and the state of North Carolina. We would like to thank those who really worked hard and put time into making this happen,” added the Lockwood Inlet Association.The project included clearing the navigation channel to its authorized width and depth—about 150 feet wide by 12 feet deep—and placing over 100,000 cubic yards of beach-quality sand on Holden Beach.The state of NC shallow draft inlet fund which is supplemented by boater registration fees will pay for 2/3 of this project. The county and Holden Beach would be responsible for the remainder.last_img read more

Rarotongan competition runs out of creativity

first_imgSnapchat streakers: trading 10 seconds of nudity for 5 days in paradiseStuff co.nz 13 January 2017Family First Comment: The competition promoters should be “a little more creative, and a lot more family-friendly.”A sudden burst of nude streaking around the country has been revealed as a promotional stunt organised by a self-styled social media ‘daredevil’.Up to 17,000 people around New Zealand are claimed to have signed up for the stunt and stripped off in public in the last few weeks for a chance to win a trip to Rarotonga.Photos of the streaks have peppered social media, either posted by those in the buff to prove they took part, or uploaded by startled members of the public who came across their cheeky stunts.While some saw the funny side, Family First’s Bob McCoskie said there was a time and place for nudity, and it was not on our main streets, beaches or in public where families and children could see it.“These ‘show-ponies’ should be told to cover up and go home,” he said.McCoskie said the competition promoters should be “a little more creative, and a lot more family-friendly.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/88373193/snapchat-streakers-trading-10-seconds-of-nudity-for-5-days-in-paradiseKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

PCG W. Visayas gets new commander

first_imgHe will replace Commodore Allan Victordela Vega who will be assigned as PCG commander of the National Capital Region. The emergency response equipment of thecoast guard “is already in place” and there is still ongoing procurement ofadditional equipment like patrol boats and X-ray machines, he added. When it comes to its campaign againstillegal fishing, Boado said Western Visayas also “has enough floating assets,regularly conducted operations, and apprehended a number of illegal fishing activities.” Commodore Edgar Boado, new PCG 6commander, vowed to implement the policies of the uniformed service andcontinue the projects and reforms of his predecessor during the change ofcommand ceremony held at PCG 6 headquarters in Lapuz district. “I anticipate your significantcontribution to the betterment of the coast guard. I expect you to performbeyond expectations,” he said. (With a report from PNA/PN) Among the priority programs of the PCGin ensuring the safety of the public are through enhanced emergency responseand to curb illegal fishing, he said. “There is an ongoing procurement ofsearch and rescue equipment, among others, on the national level and it will bedistributed here in the region,” he said.center_img ILOILO City – The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Western Visayasinstalled last week its new district commander.   Boado was the commander of PCG EasternVisayas before his assignment in Western Visayas. In his speech, Boado called on thesupport of the personnel and officers in his new assignment. “We will continue the priority projectsstarted of the outgoing commander, and cooperate with the PCG’s recruitment ofthe 4, 000 personnel before the end of the year,” Boado said in a mediainterview after the ceremony. Commodore Edgar Boado last_img read more

Rashford wins PFA Award for fighting child food poverty

first_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiShe Managed To Change The Lives Of Pakistan WomenWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Great Ancient Mysteries Of China9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, has received the PFA Merit award for his contributions in helping fight child food poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 22-year-old was presented with the special accolade at the Aon Training Complex after a year in which he successfully lobbied the UK government to provide free school meals for children over the summer holidays. Marcus also recently announced the formation of a national food task force to recommend further policy changes and in June became the youngest-ever recipient of an honorary degree from The University of Manchester. Rashford, who along with team-mate Mason Greenwood was also nominated for the PFA’s Young Player of the Year award, also enjoyed his best season yet on the pitch for United, scoring 22 goals in 44 games as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side finished third in the Premier League and reached three cup semi-finals. On the PFA Merit award for 2020, he said: “It’s obviously a huge honour and I just hope it encourages and promotes other players to do things to help as much as they can. Of course I’m very happy and I’ll definitely continue to do my best to help people.”Advertisement Loading… center_img On his child food poverty project, he said: “I was injured during lockdown and at the beginning I was working towards getting back with the team and stuff like that but there were conversations going on saying there might not be games until September. When I was sat at home I just needed something to work towards and a goal to achieve. So that was just something I spoke about with my brothers over the phone and the rest of my family. We just tried to find the best way to try and help people.” “It’s been a long journey but I think the first phase was probably the hardest bit, learning and self-teaching who the right people to get in contact with to help these children were especially. We had the ideas but we didn’t know where to pitch them, or who to pitch them to, so that was probably the most difficult phase of everything really. That was right at the beginning of lockdown.” read also:Rashford, Martial, VAR keep Man Utd on course for top-four finish “What we’ve done so far is only a short-term answer and me and my team behind me are just trying to find plans on how we can help these children for the rest of their childhood really and long-term answers to the problem. At the moment we don’t have the answers but we’ll do our best to try and find them and progress the situation that they’re in the best way we can.” “It’s been a year that’s been quite difficult for me, with injuries and niggles and stuff that I’ve just had to deal with as and when the games come up. It’s been a tough season but also a season where I’ve matured a lot and it’s been a big year of learning for me. I’ve always said, as long as I’m learning and improving, I’m happy and hopefully next year we can continue to do that, but we need to add that little bit of getting over the line and winning trophies. Obviously [I got to] three semi-finals with United and we’ve not quite got over the line so it’s something that we need to definitely learn from. It’s a young group so I’m sure we’ll learn and improve and hopefully next season we can get some trophies.”On the new season, he said: “Yeah, I’m definitely excited. Like I mentioned before about last season, we missed out on those trophies but by very fine margins. Hopefully next year we can go that extra step. Trophies is what drives this club and it’s what’s important to all the players so it’s something we need to have in the future and I think the players understand that. I’m just looking forward to being involved in those games.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Berbatov bags brace as Hoops’ hopes fade

first_imgQPR’s chances of beating the drop look bleaker than ever after defensive mistakes cost them dear in a 3-2 west London derby defeat at Fulham. The hosts started brightest and, after early warning shots from Riise and Damien Duff, Samba thought he had thwarted Berbatov with a decent tackle inside the box. However, the Rs defender had not accounted for Dejagah latching onto the loose ball and his late challenge on the winger saw referee Lee Probert point to the spot. Berbatov stepped up to take the resulting penalty and nonchalantly sent Julio Cesar the wrong way and – after 22 minutes – Samba was caught out by Damien Duff, whose hassling saw the ball end up at Berbatov’s feet, allowing him to burst into the box before finishing with aplomb. After Urby Emanuelson replaced the injured Dejagah, things got worse for QPR. Brede Hangeland directed a deft backheel into the path of Riise, whose driven cross was deflected home by Hill. However, QPR gave themselves a glimmer of hope late in the first half when Taarabt ran at the hosts’ backline before firing low past Mark Schwarzer. Remy saw a shot deflect just wide 10 seconds into the second half and had a chance from the penalty spot in the 49th minute. Probert pointed to the spot after Giorgos Karagounis was fooled by the quick feet of Taarabt, but Remy’s penalty was saved to his left by Schwarzer. The France international, though, soon made amends, losing marker Philippe Senderos and continuing forward before thrashing home off the underside of the bar. Fulham were on the ropes and their hopes of hanging on were made even tougher when Sidwell received a straight red card for bringing down Armand Traore. Press Associationcenter_img Last season QPR suffered an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at Craven Cottage and it looked like there could be a similar scoreline after a dominant first-half display by the hosts. Christopher Samba gifted the Cottagers their first two goals, bringing down Ashkan Dejagah to allow Dimitar Berbatov to net an eighth-minute penalty before Berbatov added a second. Chants of “going down” echoed around Craven Cottage when Clint Hill put a John Arne Riise cross into his goal, but QPR rallied as Adel Taarabt and Loic Remy netted – moments after seeing a penalty saved – before the home side were reduced to 10 men following Steve Sidwell’s late sending off. But Fulham held on, condemning QPR to a potentially season-defining defeat. last_img read more

Moyes: United can fill Vidic void

first_img Vidic has confirmed his intention to seek a fresh challenge when his contract expires in the summer. With Rio Ferdinand virtually certain to be leaving Old Trafford as well, it means Moyes must plan for life without the two men who have been the cornerstone of the Red Devils’ defence for almost a decade. Numerous big names are bound to be linked with a summer transfer. However, in Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, Moyes already has players with a combined total of 384 United appearances to call upon, in addition to 49 international caps and six league titles. And while some may question whether the trio have what it takes to fill such vast shoes, Moyes will give them the chance. “People who know football will tell you centre-half is probably the toughest position,” said Moyes. “I even think it is harder to play centre-half than goalkeeper now. “The movement and quality of the centre forwards means it is very difficult to play a young centre-half. “We are trying to nurture one along and bring them into the team. “Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans are already here. We will give them an opportunity to show what they are capable of.” Press Association In addition to a new anchor at the heart of his defence, Vidic’s statement means Moyes is also on the lookout for a new captain. Although there are alternatives in the form of Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick, the obvious choice – if he signs the contract extension United are discussing with him – would be Wayne Rooney. Moyes is certain to give the matter some considerable thought given the importance of a role that has been held with some distinction by the likes of Bryan Robson, Sir Bobby Charlton, Roy Keane and – from the Busby Babes era – Roger Byrne. “Captain of this club is a really big job,” said Moyes. “It holds a massive responsibility. You have to be respected by your players and realise what the club stands for. “Even without Vida we have always had that with Patrice Evra, Rio Ferdinand, Darren Fletcher and Wayne Rooney.” Although it has cruelly been suggested Vidic is deserting a sinking ship, Moyes revealed it was a mutual decision to sever ties after over eight years’ service. Though Vidic has not been the same player since rupturing cruciate ligaments in the Champions League defeat to Basle in December 2011, he has continued to lead United from the front, skippering the club to their last two Premier League titles. “When I arrived at the club and saw Vida up close I thought ‘wow’,” said the United boss. “He is a fantastic defender and a great warrior. “They use the word quite loosely nowadays but if you think in terms of what that means, people like John Terry and Nemanja would come into that category. “For years he has been a top central defender. He still is. He still plays a big part here but we felt it was the right thing to be open with it. “His contract was coming to an end. We felt it was the right thing for him and we decided it was the right time to do it for the club. “He will remain captain and continue to do it to the end of the season. Hopefully he will finish this part of his career here at Manchester United.” With Evans not recovered from the calf injury he sustained in last Saturday’s defeat at Stoke, Vidic will return from a three-match suspension in Sunday’s Premier League encounter with an ailing Fulham outfit who are managed by Sir Alex Ferguson’s former United assistant Rene Meulensteen. Marouane Fellaini will not be available though. The Belgian has recovered from wrist surgery but suffered a minor groin strain in training earlier this week that will rule him out of both Sunday’s game and the midweek trip to Arsenal. Meanwhile, Press Association Sport understands United will embark on some warm-weather training immediately after the Emirates Stadium trip. With a blank weekend following their early exit from the FA Cup, Moyes has opted to get away from England as part of United’s preparation for the Champions League encounter with Olympiacos in Athens on February 25. David Moyes is content to let his current crop of central defenders have first shot at filling the gap created by Nemanja Vidic’s decision to quit Manchester United at the end of the season.last_img read more

Downing: Football all about results

first_img “You need your fans onside. We’ve not given them much to shout about and it’s been a difficult season. “They’ve stuck with us all the way through and I’d ask them to stay with us right till the end. If we keep getting results we’ll stay in the Premier League. “Hopefully the next (home) game, Liverpool, we can give them something to cheer about and all will be forgotten.” Downing started the season at Liverpool, who are in title contention, but now finds himself embroiled in a battle at the bottom of the table. He has had no second thoughts over his move. “Good luck to them,” he added. “The big thing for me was to play. At my age you need to be playing regularly. I’ve done that when I’ve been fit here. “No regrets on that part. We’ve still got Liverpool to come and we might have a say in the title race.” Downing, who had a short loan spell at Sunderland from Middlesbrough early in his career, knows victory at the Stadium of Light could secure the Hammers’ top-flight status. But, in an unpredictable season, he is not resting on his laurels. He added: “We should just get as many wins as we can on the board. Don’t think one more game will be enough because we could easily get dragged back in again. “It will be massive for us if we beat Sunderland. They’ve got games in hand, but difficult games. “They need points desperately and if we can get a win it probably deflates them a little bit.” “In this game it’s all about results. It wasn’t pretty but the big thing is we got the points because it moves us closer to safety. “In the situation we’re in the most important thing was to get the win, especially against a team that was in and around us. “We just play effective football to get results. When I was at Liverpool we played nice football but we finished eighth. “There’s no point playing good football and getting relegated. I did that with Middlesbrough.” Downing hopes for a more positive reaction from the Upton Park faithful in the next home game. “Players always hear it, especially playing at home,” he said. “I’ve had worse than that before: I’ve been at England games when there’s been booing and that’s 90,000 people. “It can affect players and it puts people off their game. The more experienced people deal with it better. Press Association West Ham winger Stewart Downing insists winning is all that matters in the Barclays Premier League and that pretty football is no guarantee against relegation. The Hammers and manager Sam Allardyce were booed last Wednesday after the crucial 2-1 defeat of Hull. “We found it all a little bit strange, winning the game and getting booed off,” said Downing, who was speaking ahead of Monday’s vital clash at Sunderland. last_img read more

Shuttle Time programme expected to be implemented by GBA this month

first_imgRECENTLY, the Guyana Badminton Association (GBA) president Gokarn Ramdhani attended the Badminton World Federation (BWF) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Gold Coast, Australia May 19-21, 2017, and was able to lobby for the Shuttle Time programme to be held in Guyana.In 2012, BWF launched Shuttle Time, a schools badminton programme supporting the principle that children should lead a healthy and active life, both in and out of school. BWF’s goal is to make badminton one of the world’s most popular and accessible school sport.Shuttle Time offers school teachers access to free resources, training and equipment, which support the teaching of enjoyable, safe and inclusive badminton activities to children aged 5-15 years old.Shuttle Time lessons are designed to provide children with a positive image of badminton through many opportunities to have fun, engage with others, and experience success.The programme is currently being implemented in 101 countries in partnership with BWF’s Continental Confederations and Member Associations.The GBA has plans to implement this programme in June 2017, and arrangements are ongoing to get the international coaches and personnel ready.last_img read more

Never given a fair chance in WI cricket, says Permaul

first_imgTHE insularity in the regional selection policy continues to hurt several Caribbean cricketers. Our se¬lec¬tors must at¬tempt to stop de¬cid¬ing on the ca¬reer paths for our crick¬eters with¬out giv¬ing them a fair and hon¬est tri¬al.Disrespect, discrimination and insularity have been meted out to so many players over the years and one such player is Guyanese left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul, who feels that he has never been given a fair chance in West Indies cricket.The Berbician con¬tin¬ues to demon¬strate va¬ri¬ety and con¬fi¬dence in his bowl¬ing at the regional level over the years, which is a clear ev¬i¬dence that he is at the top of his game, yet is not given a fair deal by the regional selectors.During an exclusive interview yesterday, 29-year-old, Permaul, who played six Tests and seven ODIs for West Indies, revealed that he is accustomed not to be in a West Indies setup, be it the senior or A-team.“I am accustomed by now, not to be selected for West Indies, not even in the senior or A-team after doing so well over the years at the regional level. But having said that, it is way out of my control … all I do is just play cricket, do well, and hope someday I get picked.”With 113 First-class matches to his credit, the former West Indies youth player added, “I (have) never been given a fair chance in West Indies cricket. I always get one game to prove myself while other players get a series to prove themselves and loads of opportunities.“Every year I have been doing well, and still can’t make a senior West Indies or A-team, so sometimes I wonder how others make it when my performance is better than theirs. For the past years in regional cricket I (have) been up there with performance and continue to be neglected. I hope a day will come when God will make things turn around for me.”Permaul questioned the criteria used in selecting a West Indies senior or A-team, since he is of the opinion that performance at the regional level should be the selectors’ benchmark.“To be honest I am not a person that likes to ask any selector why I am not selected because I would think performance in regional cricket is the criterion in making a West Indies senior or A-team, and if that is not the criterion then what is it? I am leaving everything in the hands of God. I will continue to play my cricket, and hope for the best,” he concluded the interview.Cricket West Indies (CWI) had recently selected three squads for the West Indies-A team series against the visiting India-A. Permaul is not in any of those squads, despite finishing among the top wicket-takers in the last five regional seasons, where he was a key player in Guyana’s fifth consecutive CWI Regional four-day titles. He has also been a crucial member of Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).Al¬though we would be in¬clined to crit¬i¬cise the se¬lec¬tion pol¬i¬cy and cer¬tain se¬lec¬tions in the past, these cur¬rent se¬lec¬tors have es¬sen-tial¬ly stuck with the same unit from be¬fore; no change, just ex¬change.Some¬thing is definitely wrong with the selection policy. But the ques¬tion is: can we trust newly elected president Ricky Skerritt to find a so¬lu¬tion, or will he just turn a blind eye? Let us watch and ob¬serve Skerritt care¬ful¬ly, as I am not very con¬fi¬dent of the fu¬ture, the left-arm spinner lamented.last_img read more

Ikeja Saddle Club Holds 51st Anniversary with Games

first_imgThe Ikeja Saddle Club will December 8, 2018 hold its 51st anniversary celebration and this year’s Equestrian Games in Ikeja.The club, which organises gymkhana for members, will use the occasion to showcase knowledge in equestrian sports to beginners and seasoned riders, and it is expected to be graced by at least 400 participants.The 2018 Equestrian Games, according to the Club Horse Member, Riad Boulous, is the 3rd since inception, and will include jumping, agility exercises on horseback, horseback archery competition, and mini polo tournament, among others. He said there will also be various stands and booths with food vendors including bar session for adults.Boulous said: “Our focus is to create family-oriented fun that involves all member of the family; as such we always have events that will allow all, from the youngest to the eldest, to join in the fun. We want to showcase horsemanship in all its forms, and to share that with all who attend. The Equestrian Games is a club project with all members of the club actively involved – whether they are training as participants in the games or involved in the planning and preparation,” he said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more