Takers will get more while others pay Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCuomo wrong on immigration policyThe Daily Gazette ran the following headline following the governor’s inauguration: “Cuomo rallies state against Trump.” Apparently, the writer, Shane Goldmacher, forgot our governor only won 15 of 62 counties in the state. The large Democratic strongholds of Westchester county and south to New York City along with the large urban cities in the western part of the state won him the election. His rant at Ellis Island does not reflect the rest of the 47 counties of upstate voters.His stand on illegal immigrants coming to the United States is totally wrong.When he talked about his family and others coming to Ellis Island to start the American dream, he should have known that after years of no control of immigrants entering the United States, Congress passed the immigration act of 1924 (the Johnson-Reed Act).This set up consular control system which required that a visa be obtained from the American consulate in their home country. They were also required to present medical certification of their health in order to get their visa. So Gov. Cuomo, apparently your grandparents met the criteria to enter and were allowed to enter.This is a far cry from the hordes of undocumented immigrants coming to our unsecured southern border with no way to vet them and check for disease.Jay JanczakBallston Spa The Daily Gazette’s Dec. 27 editorial on New York state’s population drain inadvertently exposes the difference in the thought process between the left and the right.The writer states “if the state keeps spending the way it has, the tax burden will have to be spread among a smaller number of taxpayers, meaning each of us will pay more.”“Each of us” will not pay more. The taxpayers will certainly have to be drained of more of their money. But the tax users, those who receive more in public assistance than they pay in taxes, will continue to live off the generosity of those who contribute.The writer thinks the state legislators should address the urgent problem now. So a bunch of Democrats will suddenly see the destructive nature of their socialist policies?On another subject, Marilyn Scott’s Jan. 1 letter asks how many more migrant children will die in custody before Republicans wake up?I ask: When will Democrats understand that migrants will stop risking their children’s lives after the learn that a wall they can’t get through greets them at the border — walls like the one that protects Israel from Palestinian bombers or the walls that surround Nancy Pelosi’s mansion.Speaking of Nancy, perhaps she could lead a new private initiative and adopt 50 or so of these families and let them live on the grounds of her estate. And of course, the rest of the elites will step up to the plate and join the cause.Paul KuziaScotia Let’s all try to help keep America greatAfter two years under President Trump, the American people now have reduced regulations, lower taxes, a growing economy, the lowest unemployment in 50 years, cancellation of the Iranian deal and a new NAFTA agreement, just to name a few accomplishments. Imagine what more could be done for the American people if it were not for the obsessive obstruction by the Democrats, who have nothing positive to offer.Their only goal, aided and abetted by the fake news press, is to destroy President Trump by any means possible. Granted, President Trump isn’t the same polished, smooth-talking politician we are accustomed to who promises us the world and delivers nothing, like the previous administration. President Trump just gets it done, his way. Much more work still needs to be done.Just think of the possibilities if the Democrats were working for the good of the American people.William ThielGuilderlandMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC) – Kolkata Knight Riders superstars Andre Russell and Sunil Narine have been the latest players from the just concluded Caribbean Premier League to arrive for the historic Indian Premier League scheduled to bowl off next weekend.The pair touched down here Sunday to link up with KKR but will first undergo the mandatory week-long isolation before being able to join the squad.West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard, who presided over Trinbago Knight Riders’ capture of their fourth CPL title last Thursday, arrived 24 hours earlier along with Sherfane Rutherford to join Mumbai Indians.Both Russell and Narine enjoyed a productive campaign in the CPL even though they sat out a few games for both their franchises.All-rounder Russell scored 222 runs at an average of 44 with three half-centuries and a strike rate of 141. However, he hardly bowled his medium pace, sending down only 13 overs and picking up three wickets.Russell proved a key figure for KKR last season, plundering 510 runs at an average of 56 and a strike rate of 204, while snaring 11 wickets.Narine, meanwhile, was a member of the successful TKR side in the CPL but featured in only five matches, taking six wickets at 15 runs apiece at less than five runs per over.He also missed the final when TKR beat St Lucia Zouks by eight wickets at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad.Narine, who has reinvented himself as a bowling all-rounder in recent time, endured an average campaign last year for KKR with only 143 runs and 10 wickets.This year’s IPL will be played in the UAE from September 19 to November 10 in a bio-secure “bubble” amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
July 15: At 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for any club that designated a Franchise Player to sign such player to a multiyear contract or extension. After this date, the player may sign only a one- year contract with his prior club for the 2019 season, and such contract cannot be extended until after the club’s last regular season game.Mid-July: Clubs are permitted to open preseason training camp for rookies and first-year players beginning seven days prior to the club’s earliest permissible mandatory reporting date for veteran players. Veteran players (defined as a player with at least one pension-credited season) other than quarterbacks or “injured players” (as defined in CBA Article 21, Section 6) may report to a club’s preseason training camp no earlier than 15 days prior to the club’s first scheduled preseason game or July 15, whichever is later. Veteran quarterbacks and injured players may be required to report to the club’s preseason training camp no earlier than five days immediately prior to the mandatory reporting date for all other veteran players, provided the club has already opened (or simultaneously opens) its official preseason training camp for all rookies and first-year players. A three-day acclimation period will apply to players who are on a club’s roster up to and including the mandatory veteran reporting date. Players who rejoin the roster after that date may practice (including wearing pads) and play immediately after passing a physical.July 22*: Signing period ends for Unrestricted Free Agents to whom a “May 7 Tender” was made by prior club. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights. (*or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later). Signing period ends for Transition Players with outstanding tenders. After this date and until 4:00 p.m., New York time, on the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, prior club has exclusive negotiating rights.AUGUSTAug. 1: Hall of Fame Game, Canton, Ohio.Aug. 1-4: Hall of Fame Weekend, Canton, Ohio.Aug. 6: Deadline for players under contract to report to their clubs to earn an accrued season for free agency. If a drafted rookie has not signed with his club by this date, he cannot be traded to any other club in 2019, and may sign a player contract only with the drafting club until the day of the Draft in the 2020 league year.Aug. 31: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must reduce rosters to a maximum of 53 players on the Active/Inactive List. Simultaneously with the cut-down to 53, clubs that have players in the categories of Active/Physically Unable to Perform or Active/Non-Football Injury or Illness must select one of the following options: place player on Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform or Reserve/Non- Football Injury or Illness, whichever is applicable; request waivers; terminate contract; trade contract; or continue to count the player on the Active List.SEPTEMBERSept. 1: Claiming period for players placed on waivers at the final roster reduction will expire at 12:00 noon, New York time.Sept. 1: Upon receipt of the Personnel Notice at approximately 1:00 p.m., New York time, clubs may establish a practice squad of 10 players (clubs participating in the International Player Development Program may sign one additional international player to a Practice Player Contract.) No club, including the player’s prior club, will be permitted to sign a player to a practice player contract until all clubs have received simultaneous notification via the above Personnel Notice that such player’s prior NFL player contract has been terminated via the waiver system.Sept. 5: At 12:00 a.m., New York time, the Top 51 Rule expires for all NFL clubs. Sept. 5: 8-9 Regular Season Week 1.(Important dates via NFL Operations) Here are the important dates you need to keep an eye on this NFL offseason.MORE: Way-too-early NFL power rankings after Super Bowl 53When is the 2019 NFL Draft?The 2019 NFL Draft will be held from Thursday, April 25 through Saturday, April 27. Round 1 Thursday; Rounds 2-3 will be on Friday; Round 4-7 will be on Saturday.This year’s draft will be in Nashville, Tenn. The NFL picked Nashville over Kansas City, Denver, Las Vegas and Cleveland/Canton in May 2018. MOCK DRAFT 2019: Kyler Murray goes early; Eagles, Colts find new playmakersWhen does NFL free agency start in 2019?Free agency officially begins on March 13 at 4 p.m. ET — the official start of the league year. However, teams can enter negotiations with players who have expiring contracts starting March 11 at 4 p.m. ET. Teams are also able to facilitate trades starting at 4 p.m. ET on March 13.MORE: Full list of 2019 free agents by positionNFL offseason schedule 2019FEBRUARYFeb. 4: Waiver system begins for 2019.Feb. 12: Beginning at 12:00 noon, New York time, NFL clubs may begin to sign players whose 2019 CFL contracts have expired. Players under contract to a CFL club for the 2019 season or who have an option for the 2019 season are not eligible to be signed.Feb. 19: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players. Feb. 26-March 4: NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana.MARCHMarch 5: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players.March 11-13: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become Unrestricted Free Agents upon the expiration of their 2018 player contracts at 4:00 p.m., New York time, on March 13.March 13: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must exercise options for 2019 on all players who have option clauses in their 2018 contracts.March 13: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their Restricted Free Agents with expiring contracts to retain a Right of First Refusal/Compensation.March 13: Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2018 contracts who have fewer than three accrued seasons of free agency credit.March 13: Top 51 Rule begins. All clubs must be under the 2019 Salary Cap prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time.March 13: All 2018 player contracts will expire at 4:00 p.m., New York time.March 13: The 2019 league year and free agency period begin at 4:00 p.m., New York time. The first day of the 2019 league year will end at 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 13. Clubs will receive a personnel notice that will include all transactions submitted to the league office during the period between 4:00 p.m., New York time, and 11:59:59 p.m., New York time, on March 13.March 13: Trading period for 2019 begins at 4:00 p.m., New York time, after expiration of all 2018 contracts.March 24-27: Annual League Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.APRILApril 1: Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2018 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.April 15: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin offseason workout programs.April 19: Deadline for Restricted Free Agents to sign offer sheets.April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft, Nashville, Tennessee.MAYMay 3-6: Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.May 7: Deadline for prior club to send “May 7 Tender” to its unsigned Unrestricted Free Agents. If the player has not signed a player contract with a club by July 22 or the first scheduled day of the first NFL training camp, whichever is later, he may negotiate or sign a player contract from that date until the Tuesday following the 10th weekend of the regular season, at 4:00 p.m., New York time, only with his prior club.May 10-13: Clubs may elect to hold their one three-day post-Draft rookie minicamp from Friday through Sunday or Saturday through Monday.May 13: Rookie Football Development Programs begin.May 16-19: NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Invited rookies (typically, first and/or second-round selections) must be permitted by their respective clubs to attend. Such players are unavailable for offseason workouts, OTA days, and minicamps during this period.May 20-22: Spring League Meeting, Key Biscayne, Florida.JUNEJune 2: For any player removed from the club’s roster or whose contract is assigned via waivers or trade on or after June 2, any unamortized signing bonus amounts for future years will be included fully in team salary at the start of the 2020 league year.June 3: Deadline for prior club to send “June 1 Tender” to its unsigned Restricted Free Agents who received a qualifying offer for a right of first refusal only in order for such player to be subject to the CBA’s “June 15 Tender” provision.June 15: Deadline for club to withdraw qualifying offer to Restricted Free Agents and still retain exclusive negotiating rights by substituting “June 15 Tender” of one-year contract at 110 percent of the player’s prior-year Paragraph 5 Salary (with all other terms of his prior-year contract carried forward unchanged).Late June: Rookie Transition Program to be held at individual clubs. Attendance is mandatory for all 2019 rookies.JULY With the Super Bowl behind us, the NFL offseason is officially here.The Rams and Patriots join the other 30 NFL clubs who’ve been in offseason mode for weeks now. While the draft on April 25 is still two months away, there’s plenty of important dates teams and fans need to keep in mind. The NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 26, the franchise-tag deadline on March 5 and the start of free agency on March 13 are just a few marquee dates on the league calendar.
Tags: Surrey, Women and girls’ golf 28 Oct 2019 Saint turned winner – the future’s bright for Woad She could have been a footballing Saint.However, Surrey’s Lottie Woad has found her sporting heaven on the golf course.England Girls’ squad member Woad is one of the country’s brightest young talents and spent last week at the National Golf Centre in Woodhall Spa with her international team-mates preparing for the 2020 season.Had she followed a different path then kicking a ball rather than striking one with a club could have been her sporting pathway.Woad is a talented all-rounder – excelling not only at golf, but football and cricket.At one point she could have chosen to pursue a route into football as a member of Southampton’s academy.But by then Woad had picked up the golfing bug and she’s never looked back.Woad has enjoyed an impressive debut year in the England set-up. She gained experience in team events at the European Young Masters in the Czech Republic and represented England in challenge matches against Switzerland and Ireland.Football’s loss is most definitely England Golf’s gain.“I started playing county stuff when I was nine or 10 and, gradually, I started to focus a lot more on golf ahead of my other sports,” admitted the 15-year-old during a break in sessions at the England camp.“Over time I got my handicap down and started playing for teams and I’ve met loads of new people and have just kept improving.“I used to play lots of other sports, but I have to prioritise golf now.“Now I maybe play a couple of football matches a year – just the cup ones – and the team understands that.“Luckily, I have good hand eye co-ordination for most sports.“I was good at football and cricket and I still play them to a high standard even if I don’t practise them. I’m naturally quite decent at them.“I could have gone down a football route. I played for the Southampton academy when I was 12 but I also played golf and then I decided to go down the golf path more and more.“I preferred golf and carried on.“My dad encouraged me and now my younger sister plays. My dad played a lot but he doesn’t do it so much now as he’s busy taking me everywhere!“I play at Farnham Golf Club and have always been a member there- it’s really nice.”As well as playing in junior events, Woad represented Surrey at the 2019 Women’s County Finals staged at Delamere Forest GC.But it’s on a national stage that the Surrey youngster is keen to impress.She added: “2019 was the first year I played for England. I went to the European Young Masters which was great as it allowed to me play competitive golf abroad for the first time.“I also played against Switzerland and we won and then I played against Ireland and that was a really good course at Hunstanton – just a pity we got drenched!“I also played in lots of ladies’ events on really nice courses such as Sunningdale and the Berkshire.“It was good experience and step up for me.“Finishing sixth at the European Young Masters was the highlight. I shot two good rounds of three under and one under.“It was a new experience for me being away from my parents and playing in a team format.“I’d never been to the Czech Republic and I enjoyed that too.”Now the focus is on 2020. Sessions on the range with England coach Mark Day, on-course tips from head of performance Nigel Edwards and classroom sessions on the mental side of the game are all part of the England Golf experience for the girls’ squad.Woad has a big year ahead of her with GCSEs on the horizon, but she is also excited about what her future holds in golf.“My school has been good giving me time off too for my golf, but with GCSE’s I might not have as much time off this year,” added Woad.“I didn’t play in the British Girls’ championship last year because I couldn’t make it and that’s a big one for me in 2020.“I want to play Home Internationals and get selected for other teams and help England get good results.“I follow both Men’s and Ladies’ tours – I like Georgia Hall and Charley Hull for how they played at the Solheim Cup. They are both inspiring.“Justin Rose is another I follow. He’s always been my favourite golfer because of how he swings the club and I like how he talks off the course. He’s really good.“The ultimate aim is to be a professional – I’ll work hard and see what happens.”Surrey has produced some excellent women golfers over the years – none moreso than Dame Laura Davies.“I met Laura when I was much younger,” added Woad.“They picked younger people to have a lesson with her when I was aged eight.“I remember it quite well and she gave me lots of tips. I don’t think my swing was very good back then!”Now playing off plus one, it has clearly improved. And there are plenty of exciting times ahead for one of England’s rising stars.Photograph credit: Leaderboard
Cowboys & cowgirls hit the trail to the PSC Summer Party1 of 81 The evening commenced with the thrilling Khon Dance presented by children from Nong Ket Yai School. They performed a whole segment of the epic tale of Ramakien (Ramayana) much to the fascination and enjoyment of the guests both Thai and foreign.Guests were also charmed by the performance of little children from the Child Protection & Development Center (CPDC) under the care of Mrs. Radchada Chomjinda, director of the Human Help Network Foundation Thailand. (HHNFT) and Siromes Akjrapongpanich, the assistant director.After a most thrilling Khon performance, the artists receive gifts of appreciation from Elfi Seitz and Nittaya Patimasongkroh.Whilst the grown-ups were wetting their whistles served by pretty saloon girls, Tim Hedges performed Elton John’s top hits. He was quite impressive and received accolades from the audience.Michael Good Man Sing band performed rock and roll songs, while a male heart-throb singer belted out popular Thai Esan songs, much to the delight of the local ladies and their energetic dudes on the dance floor.Social Chair Paul Cornwell presents a gold chain to the luck winner.At the end of the evening raffle prizes were drawn. Prizes included dinner vouchers from the various establishments in Pattaya with the main prizes being 2 half-baht-weight gold chains.A hearty hand shake of gratitude and appreciation goes to PSC Social Chairman Paul Cornwell, who planned and executed an excellent Summer Party this year.Y’all come back to our Christmas party now ya hear.Peter Malhotra presents the second gold chain to a lucky winner.Rachan Buahin, Sales Manager of Mytt Beach resort presents one of the raffle prizes sponsored by the hotel.Contestants and winner of the Best Cowboy Costume.Excellent musicians ensure the dance floor was packed throughout the evening.Peter Malhotra thanks Siromes Akrapongpanich Dep. Director of the CPDC for the performances as Noi Emmerson (right) presents the kids with a little gift. Ngamjit (Noi) Emmerson (left) Charity Chairperson smiles as Ingkarat Chaimongkon, PSC Office and Publicity Manager introduces her team. (l-r) Watcharin Amnuayseri (Oar), Nantida Thepsai (Tida), Kasamol Promkoon (Molly) and Pajaree Srichat (Candy).The Pattaya Sports Club held their Summer Party on July 4, which coincided with American Independence Day, so naturally the theme chosen for the festivities would be a “Cowboy Night”. The summer roundup saw cowboys and cowgirls of all ages “head ‘em up and move ‘em out” to the grand ballroom at the Holiday Inn.President Peter Malhotra welcomed the guests and outlined a brief history of the PSC, stressing the support the club has received from many individuals and groups over the years. “Pattaya Sports Club has changed a lot over the years, but still remains true to what we set out to do. As a founding member of the club, I am delighted with what has been achieved over the years. The dedication and commitment of the committee means that thousands of people’s lives have been changed for the better. All of this comes from the members, without them there would be nothing. The club is embracing many types of sports, broadening the net, making the club more attractive and in turn enabling us to continue doing what we do best, ‘Promoting Sports and Supporting Local Charities’.A number of local personalities attended the soirée including Nittaya Patimasongkroh, a member of the registered committee, Elfi Seitz, designer of the club logo, and Vutikorn Kamolchote, president of the Rotary Club of Jomtien-Pattaya, the civil engineer who planned and built our clubhouse many years ago.Staunch supporters of the golf section, Andrew Cornelio – Director of Sales and Jirapol Kaemajaree – Golf Consultant at the Pattana Golf Club & Resort including Rachan Buahin, Sales Manager of Mytt Beach Resort were also in attendance.
by Armon GilliamFor New Pittsburgh Courier During Jamie Dixon’s tenure at the University of Pittsburgh, his basketball teams have fared well in regular season play and enjoyed a moderate amount of success in the Big East post season tournament. The regular season victories along with the Big East tournament success have piqued a lot of interest in Pitt’s basketball program and infused the hearts of many fans with hope for bigger and better things on a national stage. ARMON GILLIAM Coach Dixon has continued the winning tradition of Pitt basketball that was re-established during the Ben Howland era. Here are some of Dixon’s accomplishments: 1. led the team to a Big East regular season title in 2004 and 2011, 2. led team to winning the 2008 Big East tournament and he was named Big East Coach of the Year in 2004. Yet with all the winning, awards and elevated expectations, fans are not satisfied because they long to see their team make a respectable NCAA tournament run.The NCAA tournament is the crucible where the true merit of players and coaches are tested by the heat of competition. Once a team enters the tournament, they will face quality opponents that are highly motivated to win. The conference a team plays in or the regular season record doesn’t amount a hill of beans when tournament play begins.Games are decided by players: ability to execute a game plan, making hustle plays, shot selection, basketball I.Q., and defensive intensity level. Coaches have to formulate a successful game plan that gives their teams a better chance to win. At the end of the day, however, players will determine their own fate by the level of play they muster up in pursuit of victory.There was a time when a great disparity existed between teams from large conferences and teams from mid major conferences. Those days are gone and now there is an unprecedented level of parity in NCAA basketball. It is the parity that allows for many close games and upsets where either team has a legitimate chance to win.Case and point: Butler vs. Pitt.As I watched the game, I didn’t feel at any point that Butler was over matched. In fact, Pitt played from behind most of the game. Shelvin Mack of Butler stood out as the best guard on the floor. On the other hand, Gilbert Brown played his heart out while his teammates played subpar games. Sadly, this hotly contested game came down to a case of dumb and dumber.With 1.4 seconds on the clock Ashton Gibbs threw a careless inbound pass to Gilbert Brown who made an athletic play to save the ball from sailing out of bounds around half court. As Brown grabbed the ball inches away from the sideline, he quickly adjusted his body and prepared to make a desperation heave to the basket. Shelvin Mack ran into Brown as he launched the shot and committed a dumb foul that sent Brown to the free throw line with a chance to win the game. Brown sank the first of two free throws attempts. Routinely coaches would have their players vacate the lane in a situation like this. Coach Dixon failed to do this. Brown missed the second shot. As Matt Howard of Butler secured the rebound, Nasir Robinson lunged towards him, grabbed his arm and committed an even dumber foul. Howard stepped up to the free throw line and sank a game winning free throw that broke the hearts of Pitt fans.I do understand the great frustration and anger that spewed from many disgruntled Pitt fans. After all, Pitt has a long history of making early exits from the NCAA tournament which is disheartening to their fan base. Playing the blame game, however and claiming that Brown choked or Coach Dixon was out coached or he choked is hitting below the belt.Brown was a hero in the game. He led the team in scoring and sank the game tying free throw. The last time I checked choking is losing a game. Brown gave his team a chance to win in overtime.Coach Dixon’s record speaks volumes and his team had many chances to win. The team’s lackluster performance coupled with an inexplicable foul by Robinson is what led to Pitt’s demise. Robinson must feel like the village idiot. I feel bad for the guy.Pitt fans are going to lament this heart wrenching loss for awhile. Seeing their basketball team make another early exit from NCAA tournament is hard to stomach. Hang in there Pitt fans. Who knows, maybe next year the team will have a good regular season and put together a respectable NCAA tournament run.(Bethel Park native Armon “The Hammer” Gilliam played 13 years in the NBA (1987-2000). He also played one season (2005-06) for the Pittsburgh Xplosion of the American Basketball Association.)
March 21, Thursday, 7:48 p.m.; -0.5 feet; MocrocksSwitch to a.m. tides.March 22, Friday, 8:14 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, Kalaloch;March 23, Saturday, 9:01 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis, KalalochMarch 24, Sunday, 9:49 a.m.; -0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Mocrocks, KalalochApril 6, Saturday, 8:05 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, CopalisApril 7, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 8, Monday, 9:20 a.m.; 0.0 feet; MocrocksApril 20, Saturday, 7:58 a.m.; -1.1 feet; Long Beach (during the Long Beach Razor Clam Festival), Twin Harbors, Copalis;April 21, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, MocrocksApril 22, Monday, 9:25 a.m.; -1.0 feet; Twin Harbors MocrocksAll diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. New 2019-20 fishing licenses will be required for dates in April.Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license (starting at $9.70) to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.In order to ensure conservation of clams for future generations, WDFW sets tentative razor clam seasons that are based on the results from the annual coast-wide razor clam stock assessment and by considering harvest to date. WDFW authorizes each dig independently after getting the results of marine toxin testing.Under state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.More information can be found on WDFW’s razor clam webpage at https://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the primary state agency tasked with preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish and wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing and hunting opportunities. WDFW razor clam digs support outdoor lifestyles and coastal economies.Persons with disabilities who need to receive this information in an alternative format or who need reasonable accommodations to participate in WDFW-sponsored public meetings or other activities may contact Dolores Noyes by phone (360-902-2349), TTY (360-902-2207), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html. Facebook740Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeState shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled razor clam digs on ocean beaches for 12 days starting March 16 and extending into late April.Final approval of all scheduled openings at Copalis, Mocrocks, Long Beach, Kalaloch and Twin Harbors beaches will depend on whether results of marine toxin tests show the clams are safe to eat.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) typically announces whether a dig will go forward about a week before the opening, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the department.Ayres noted the first three digs in March are on evening low tides, while those that follow are on morning low tides.No digging is allowed before noon during evening digs and digging must be completed by noon during morning digs.WDFW will consider additional dates later this spring if enough clams remain available for harvest, Ayres said.The proposed razor clam digs, along with low tides and beaches, are listed below:March 16, Saturday, 3:43 p.m.; 0.3 feet; Twin Harbors, Copalis (during the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival);March 17, Sunday, 4:43 p.m.; -0.2 feet; Twin Harbors (during the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival), Mocrocks;