December 30

Virginia non-profit asks residents to save their oyster shells to support baby oysters

first_imgGrizzly bear attacks mountain biker in southern Montana The ultra-rare blue calamintha bee was first described in 2011. It was recorded at only four locations totaling just 16 square miles of pine scrub habitat at Central Florida’s Lake Wales Ridge, according to a blog post by the Florida Museum. Scientist were unsure if the blue bee still existed until this spring, when the bee was spotted once again. Wildlife officials say the attack does not appear to be predatory and authorities are not searching for the bear. The trail is closed while the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks agency investigates. “I was open to the possibility that we may not find the bee at all so that first moment when we spotted it in the field was really exciting,” said Chase Kimmel, a postdoctoral researcher with the Florida Museum of Natural History. Kimmel and his advisor, Jaret Daniels, are working on a two-year project to study the bees. Their study could help determine whether the blue bee qualifies for protection under the Endangered Species Act.   Virginia non-profit asks residents to save their oyster shells to support baby oysters Rare blue bee spotted at Florida’s Lake Wales Ridgecenter_img Each year, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation receives several thousand bushels of oyster shells from restaurants in Virginia. The shells are recycled into new homes for baby oysters and planted in waterways around the region, the Virginian-Pilot reports. But this year, due to restaurant restrictions caused by the coronavirus, the non-profit is running low on donated shells. Photo from Getty Images A man out for a mountain bike ride on Memorial Day in Big Sky, Montana got the surprise of a lifetime when he rounded a sharp corner on a trail and came face to face with a grizzly bear. The bear attacked the biker, but the man, in this 60’s, was able to walk away and find help. He was later airlifted to a hospital with injuries to his face and back and is in stable but critical condition. To help support the oyster population, the foundation is asking the public to drop off their shells when they eat local oysters at home. “You can help bring back oysters in the Chesapeake whenever you drop off those empty shells,” Jackie Shannon, Virginia oyster restoration manager for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, said in a statement. Shell drop-off bins are located throughout Hampton Roads. View a full list of drop-off locations here. last_img read more

September 17

MLAX : Megill leads dominant defensive performance in win over Albany

first_img Published on February 19, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Ryne: [email protected] Miles Thompson had nowhere to go. The Albany attack was helpless as he tried to break free from Brian Megill, who met him with shove after shove in the back.Finally, Thompson crumbled under the constant pressure, flipping the ball high in the air across the field with no recipient in sight before getting knocked to the ground by Megill.And as the ball rolled off the right sideline, the Syracuse defender motioned down the field with his right hand to signal the Orange would take possession with a chance to add to its six-goal lead.‘I thought Megill did a great job on Miles and really kind of tied him up a little bit,’ Albany head coach Scott Marr said. ‘Miles is our quarterback, and so we see seven goals. If Miles has a day, maybe we’re at 10 or 11 goals, and it’s a different story.’A dominant performance by the Syracuse defense helped carry the No. 7 Orange to a 12-7 victory over Albany in the Carrier Dome. The unit held Albany scoreless in the second and third quarters to build an insurmountable eight-goal lead heading into the final 15 minutes. The Orange kept its opponent off the scoreboard for a 40-minute span that stretched across all four quarters.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLed by Megill, who forced five turnovers and blanketed Albany’s top playmaker, the defense buckled down and limited the Great Danes’ opportunities after they jumped out to a 2-0 lead nearly eight minutes into the game.With SU in a man-down situation after two illegal body check penalties, Albany capitalized for two goals in eight seconds. Albany was playing with confidence and thinking upset.But SU didn’t panic and goaltender Matt Lerman gathered the defense for a quick talk.‘I have a great defense in front of me,’ Lerman said. ‘We went down a couple men early, and Albany got their first quick one, and I just looked at Brian and brought everyone in and I told them to keep playing some good, solid defense and stay out of the penalty box, and I’ll have their back.’Lerman and the defense kept Albany off the board for the final seven minutes of the opening quarter. Then the Orange offense started to click and evened the score at 2-2 heading into the second quarter.That’s when the Syracuse defense ratcheted up the pressure even more. After firing off 12 shots in the first period, the Great Danes managed just four in the next 15 minutes.Marr pinpointed his team’s lack of execution on offense in the second quarter as the difference in the game. The Great Danes continuously failed to get quality scoring chances.Meanwhile, Syracuse’s offense registered six goals in the period to make up for the slow start.‘They score a quick two on you, you think they’re going to try and get more,’ SU attack Tommy Palasek said, ‘but they held on down there and gave us the chance to score goals.’After halftime, with a six-goal lead, Syracuse continued its brilliant performance on defense. Megill harassed Thompson into his frustrating turnover early.And then the SU defender prevented a golden opportunity for Albany on its next possession.Megill poked the ball away as Albany moved toward the net with what would have been a one-on-one with goaltender Dominic Lamolinara. The SU defender then scooped up the loose ball and cleared it, keeping the Great Danes from getting a shot from in close.‘I thought our matchups were pretty good and the game plan going in,’ SU head coach John Desko said. ‘We really didn’t want to let those guys get too close to the goal because they are such good finishers.’By the time Albany finally scored its third goal about four minutes into the fourth quarter, the once animated Great Danes’ sideline was emotionless aside from a few coaches clapping.Marr and the Great Danes knew the game was already over. The scoreless second quarter was too much to overcome.And Marr could only wonder how the story would have been different if the Syracuse defense hadn’t stifled his team in that decisive period.‘We just executed poorly, especially on the offensive end,’ Marr said. ‘And I think if we had done a better job of that in the second quarter, the game wouldn’t have gotten out of hand.‘We would have been in it at halftime, and it would have been a different game.’[email protected] Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

November 18

Here is your horoscope for December 11, 2017

first_imgARIESYou are likely to be involved in a variety of activity, business expansion and new ventures. Avoid being laid back to achieve targets. There can be delay in practical matters and opposition in some relationships. Relationships become more meaningful. Lucky number 21. Colour blue.TAURUSYou establish authority at work and realize an important goal today. You stand up for fair play and rights and gain respect and admiration of people around you. You support people and causes with zeal. Don’t be afraid to use your position of power. Lucky number 3. Colour orange.GEMINIYou manage to come out of difficulties without being harmed in any way as ‘The Sun’ shines through the dark night of ‘The Moon’ today. Some interesting people are attracted to you. Personal relationships are sensitive and vulnerable, be gentle. Lucky number 18. Colour silver.CANCERYou tend to over indulge in food, drink or anything else today! Keep an eye on balance or there can be some health problems. You make decisions according to your preferences. The heart is in the right place but you need to give all relationships their due. Lucky number 7. Colour green.LEOBusiness opportunities and relationships develop with speed, demanding attention and clarity. There is growth in material aspects as commercial transactions and deals are concluded smoothly. Keep your business moving till you find an opportunity for change. Lucky number 3. Colour pink.VIRGOYou bring order in chaotic situations. You gain success, wealth and influence in professional aspects. Tender moments and special feelings are shared with your partner. Stay away from a prejudiced and covetous person in the family. Yoga is great for you. Lucky number 4. Colour saffron.advertisementLIBRAYou want to make some changes, which may involve giving up the past to make new beginnings today. You are likely to break away from limitations in professional and personal situations and opt for freedom. You touch higher levels of consciousness. Lucky number 12. Colour white.SCORPIOYou are full of new ideas, a force to reckon with at home and at work. A focused effort in any direction brings success today! Spending time in natural surroundings is therapeutic. Back off now and watch relationships take new direction and meaning. Lucky number 1. Colour green.SAGITTARIUSYou make unstable efforts to achieve your goals as you vacillate and find it hard to concentrate on priorities. When opposition at work or at home is too powerful, it is best to watch for a time before making your move. Make clear decisions. Lucky number 7. Colour blue.CAPRICORNThree golden Cups full of light bring happiness and fulfillment in personal relationships and family situations. A prestigious professional assignment is allotted to you. You are likely to specialize further and gain success in your field of activity. Lucky number 3. Colour red.AQUARIUSYou make a quality truce in an ongoing conflict, which has also been disturbing your inner peace. You and three others contribute in your own individual ways to a nucleus, which is productive. After a period of dispute there is peace as goodwill prevails. Lucky number 4. Colour red.PISCESWith mastery in your craft you integrate resources to achieve targets. You make a new deal or bag a contract. You are into sport, theater and travel today. Goodwill and friendship enhance your social standing. You communicate well and give good counsel. Lucky number 14. Colour blue.last_img read more

November 7

Sport Education – Coach and Referee course presenter update

first_imgTouch Football Australia has been undertaking a review of Sport Education courses and resources and is pleased to provide further update with regard to the process for release and trialling the updated Foundation Coach Course and Level 1 Referee Course.As part of this trial process, the educating and updating of Presenters with the new course material and requirements is vital. This will be undertaken through a targeted approach which will include the following steps:1. TFA and state offices to identify and target relevant level course presenters and communicate directly requirements listed below.2. Course Presenters to register to update their accreditation as per Course Presenter updating Registration process as outlined in the TFA Sport Education Guidelines3. Course Presenters are required to complete relevant ASC General Principles Course (coaching or officiating) http://learning.ausport.gov.au/ and provide certificate to complete currency update process to [email protected] Course Presenters are required to attend and complete webinar workshop to be updated on the changes to the materials and course processes. To register to attend the webinar please select the link from the list below for your preferred date.The following webinar options will be held throughout September/early October to update Course Presenters. Further dates or potential face to face opportunities will be provided in due course. Foundation Coach Course http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/5942e7 Foundation Coach Course http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/dd97b7 Registration Link Thursday 3rd October – 7pm AEST Level 1 Referee Course Monday 30th September – 7pm AEST http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/3d07e6 Thursday 26th September – 7pm AEST http://events.redbackconferencing.com.au/9a3e1b Date & Time Presenter Update Tuesday 24th September – 8pm AEST Level 1 Referee Course For more information, please click on the attached memo.Related Filescoach_and_referee_course_presenter_update_-_webinar_registration-pdfRelated LinksSport Educationlast_img read more

October 17

Edmonton man appeals extradition to US to face terrorism charges

first_imgEDMONTON — An Edmonton man is fighting his extradition to face terrorism charges in the United States.Abdullahi Ahmed Abdullahi, who is 34, has been charged in the U.S. with conspiring to provide and providing material support to terrorists engaged in violent activities in Syria.He was ordered extradited by Court of Queen’s Bench Justice John Little in May 2018.Three judges with Alberta’s Court of Appeal heard his appeal Wednesday and reserved their decision.Officials in the U.S. allege Abdullahi conspired with Douglas McCain, the first known American who died fighting for the Islamic State, and others in the U.S. and Canada.Abdullahi, known as Phish or Fish, was indicted in California in March 2017 and arrested by Canadian authorities in September 2017.The U.S. indictment alleges that Abdullahi conspired with McCain and others to provide personnel and money to people engaged in terrorist activities in Syria, including killing, kidnapping and maiming people.It also alleges Abdullahi robbed an Edmonton jewelry store to finance the travel of McCain and others, then wired the money.Abdullahi also faces an armed robbery charge in Canada.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

October 12

RCom promoters’ shareholding dips to 22% in January-March

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Communications promoters’ stake has come down to 22 per cent in January-March 2019 quarter, with family and group firms jointly losing more than half of the equities, the telecom firm said Thursday. In the October-December 2018 quarter, the promoters and promoter group of debt-ridden RCom had 53.08 per cent stake in the company. In the third quarter of 2018-19, Ambani family members jointly held 145.48 crore equity shares, which came down to 59.79 crore in last quarter of the same fiscal, according to shareholding pattern disclosure made by the firm. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalShares held by promoter group firm Reliance Communications Enterprises Private Limited dropped by almost half to 36.56 crore from 72.31 crore. The disclosure shows that equity holding of Reliance Ornatus Enterprise and Ventures and Reliance Wind Turbine Installators Industries came down to 9.2 crore and 85 lakh, respectively, from 30 crore shares held by each of them in the third quarter. According to records, most of the pledged shares were sold by lenders in January-March 2019 quarter. The company, which is reeling under debt burden of around Rs 45,000 crore, has approached the National Company Law Tribunal to invoke insolvency against it as the firm has been unable to sell assets and pay back to lenders.last_img read more

October 12

Youth must shoulder greater responsibility: Naidu

first_imgChandigarh: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the youth must shoulder greater social responsibility of exercising judgement while looking at social issues. “We will be able to fully realize the vast demographic dividend in the years to come only if we can empower our youth with the right skills and attitudes,” Naidu told the 68th Convocation of Panjab University, of which he is the Chancellor, here. Urging the youth to adhere to traditions of tolerance and respect and protect the country’s pluralistic culture, Naidu said that India of the future would be powered by the dreams, ambitions, character and competence of young people. Also Read – NRI marriage bill referred to Parl’s standing panel on External Affairs He also urged the youth to use means of communication that technology has provided, responsibly. He emphasized that these modern means of communication must be used to facilitate social harmony and to cultivate a culture of healthy and civilized discussion on many of the pressing problems such as class and gender inequalities and the needs of the less privileged in society. “We need to address these problems with empathy and sincerity,” he added. Also Read – Cong slams govt on economy, says move beyond ‘piecemeal approach’ Naidu said that Panjab University had a glorious past and was one of the oldest universities in India, set in a land which has witnessed centuries of civilization and dedication to spreading knowledge in ancient centres of learning like Takshila. He expressed happiness at the university’s relentless quest for academic excellence and the rapid progress it has made in providing quality education to over thousands of students. He congratulated Panjab University for having secured the 34th position among all academic institutions in the nation in the recent rankings under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). He applauded the University’s focused efforts towards cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship among students. “I am very happy that the university has been recognized by the UGC as the ‘University with potential for excellence in Biomedical Sciences’ with facilities for stem cell Research and Drug development,” he said. The Vice President proposed that there was a need to “rethink and re-orient our educational system in the context of the 21st century when the concerns of ecology, of human welfare and the welfare of the planet are equally imperative. “It is possible only if we turn our system around, including aspects of curriculum and evaluation, towards critical thinking,” he said. The Vice President also felicitated Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization who was honoured on the occasion with the Vigyan Ratna Award.last_img read more

September 28

Notre Dame Continues To Hold On To A Playoff Spot — But

LSU 7-21524100%<1% ▲ 21<1% RankingProbability of … Michigan 8-212181714%9% ▲ 211% Ohio State 10-032445%62% ▲ 2118% Notre Dame 9-1478—a26% ▲ 216% Same old, same old. The college football playoff committee had it easy this week. After a week of games where all their top teams won, they didn’t have to shake things up in their rankings much. The top five remain the same: Clemson, Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Iowa. After suffering crushing losses last week, Baylor and Stanford fell back in the rankings. Meanwhile, the Sooner state made headway: Oklahoma State and Oklahoma rose up to the No. 6 and No. 7 spots, respectively. But while the Big 12 looks ascendant, they both can’t stay there long: they play each other Thanksgiving weekend.The FiveThirtyEight model has bad news for Notre Dame fans: last week it was Baylor that was projected to elbow out the Irish by season’s end; this week it’s Oklahoma. The model continues to think an undefeated or one-loss Big 12 champion will most likely surpass Notre Dame. Our model simulations — which predict where the committee will land in its final rankings on Dec. 6 — are shown in the following table: College Football Playoff (CFP) rankings as of Nov. 17. Oklahoma might eventually edge out Notre Dame, but they have two awfully tough games remaining: against TCU this Saturday and on the road versus Oklahoma State. While the Sooners are our favorite for the fourth slot, the model still only gives them a 45 percent chance of making it in.Lurking at the edges are a slew of hopefuls: Oklahoma State and Iowa, though each doesn’t have a loss, stand but a 25 percent and 22 percent chance to make it; one-loss stalwarts Florida, Baylor, and Michigan State — along with two-loss Stanford — all have above a 10 percent shot.For those of you who want more nitty-gritty about our projections, check out our original methodology manifesto, as well as last week’s methodology update. Oklahoma St. 10-0641335%25% ▲ 215% Northwestern 8-22029610%<1% ▲ 21<1% Oregon 7-32310284%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida 9-1881435%23% ▲ 214% Michigan St. 9-1962211%12% ▲ 211% Iowa 10-05132928%22% ▲ 212% Alabama 9-121361%63% ▲ 2119% TCU 9-1181265%5% ▲ 212% Wisconsin 8-22520241%<1% ▲ 21<1% Utah 8-213262312%1% ▲ 21<1% Baylor 8-11022214%16% ▲ 216% Houston 10-019143739%1% ▲ 21<1% Mississippi 7-3222894%<1% ▲ 21<1% Florida State 8-21419160%<1% ▲ 21<1% Navy 8-116164422%<1% ▲ 21<1% Stanford 8-211111144%11% ▲ 212% Oklahoma 9-175146%45% ▲ 2118% USC 7-32417734%1% ▲ 21<1% North Carolina 9-11791536%9% ▲ 211% Memphis 8-22136430%<1% ▲ 21<1% Clemson 10-013562%68% ▲ 2115% TeamCFPEloFPIConf. TitlePlayoffNat. Title read more

September 18

Koulibaly thanks Pogbas support

first_imgThe Napoli footballer has been supported by many after he was racially abused during the match against Inter Milan on Boxing DayAfter Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly was racially abused by Internazionale Milan fans, many people have come out to support him.And one of these is Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.Pogba knows that is to be racially abused, as he played for Italian Lega Serie A side Juventus before.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….And he showed his solidarity by wearing a wristband adorned with the word “honor.”“Well done guys beautiful way to finish the year,” Pogba started the post according to The Manchester Evening News“Honour hand band for @kkoulibaly26. 2019 say NO to racism. @manchesterunited #mufc.”“Thank you my bro for the supporting! Congratulations for the goals and the victory! See you soon bro,” Koulibaly wrote on his social media.last_img read more