Florida Legislature Passes Bill to Combat Blue-green Algae Blooms

first_imgAlgae blooms in the state’s rivers and other waterways have killed fish, irritated eyes and have shut down fishing, swimming, boating and other water activities.With that in mind, the bill puts forth a plan to more closely regulate onsite sewage treatment, upgrade leaky utility water lines and better manage farm fertilizers that currently wash into the state’s waterways. It also directs the Department of Environmental Protection to work with the University of Florida in order to recommend rules for preventing fertilizers from flowing from golf courses.“This is going to be a piece of legislation that we’re going to talk about decades from now as the starting point where we shifted gears and proved to people that we, as a state, are prepared to take on these big environmental issues,” said Republican Rep. Blaise Ingoglia. “Make no mistake about it, this is an historic piece of legislation.” In an ongoing effort to contain the blue-green algae blooms that have hurt Florida tourism and wildlife, the state legislature is sending Gov. Ron DeSantis a bill that proposes to reduce nutrients reaching our state’s waterways and groundwater.The bill, which is a priority for the governor, includes recommendations from a task force which was formed to address the algae problem that has plagued the state in recent years.The 77-page document addresses septic tanks, municipal wastewater treatment, storm water runoff, and farm fertilizers, among other items.“This bill actually advances water quality in Florida in a real substantive way. I mean, I think I’m going to cry, I’m so excited,” said Democratic Rep. Margaret Good before the House unanimously approved the bill. “Clean water and water quality are so important to Florida.”The Florida Senate unanimously passed the bill two weeks ago.last_img read more

Taste of Highlands to Feature ‘Delicious’ Side of Town

first_imgBy John BurtonHIGHLANDS – The High­lands Business Partner­ship is moving forward with its second annual Taste of High­lands event, slated for June 22 throughout town.Carla Cefalo-Braswell, the partnership’s president, said there were discussions about canceling the event this year – despite how well it was received last year – because of the obstacles the community has faced during the last seven months as residents and business owners have worked to recover from the impact of Super Storm Sandy.“We had a dream of pulling it off, even with so many of our businesses were closed,” Cefalo-Braswell said.So far, about 16 restaurants and eateries have committed to the June 22 event. Last year, 21 participated, she said. While there will be fewer establishments participating, attendees will find the same quality that last year’s event highlighted. “You’re truly getting delicious food,” from some of the finest eateries and biggest draws in the area, Cefalo-Braswell said.Sandy hit Highlands hard, causing extensive damage, displacing many families and causing businesses to remain closed for months; many are still not open.This year promoting the event has been somewhat problematic.“A lot of people thought we weren’t going to have it because a lot of our restaurants were closed,” Cefalo-Braswell said.Out of about 25 restaurants and eateries in the borough, 18 have reopened. Unfor­tunately, Cefalo-Braswell said, there is a handful that likely will not reopen following the storm damage, including the Clam Hut, which had been operating for decades.The second annual Taste of Highlands, like last year’s event, will feature food and cocktails from the various borough locations from noon to 5 p.m. Ticketholders can come to either Veterans Park at Bay and Shrewsbury avenues or Huddy Park, Waterwich Avenue, to catch a ride with one of the party limousine buses that will be running throughout the day. Participants also can walk from site to site.Ticketholders will receive a drawstring backpack and a map marking the locations. Those who get their maps marked at all the participating establishments will qualify for a chance to win a $200 “Bid Buck” gift certificate, which can be used at any of the participating locations.Last year’s event turned out to be successful with many people waiting until the day of the event to purchase tickets, Cefalo-Braswell said. That success was a motivating factor in holding the event again.“It was well received,” said Doug Lentz, whose Inlet Café, 3 Cornwall St., in the business district, participated last year and will again be part of it.His restaurant was damaged in the storm and only reopened last month, so for Lentz, “anything that can raise our exposure is a good thing.”Now, business owners are just hoping for the weather to cooperate.“You get 16 weeks,” for the all-important summer season, he said, “and you’ve got to make the best of them.”Tickets are $40, the same as last year, and can be purchased at any of the participating locations or on the day of the event.The Taste of Highlands is being sponsored by the business partnership, the organization that markets and advocates for the local business improvement district, and by the Sandy Hook Police Benevolent Association. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Bene­volent Association for its efforts to construct a playground in Highlands. The playground will be one of 26 to be built in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey as part of the association’s Where Angels Play project, in memory of the victims of Dec. 14 shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.last_img read more

BCTF says full-scale strike set to begin Tuesday

first_imgB.C. Teachers Federation President, Jim Iker  made it official this morning and says the union is doing it because the system is under-funded.“This week’s vote made it clear that B.C. teachers care deeply about the state of public education and their ability to meet the needs of all their students,” said Iker. “As well, it showed how firmly teachers are committed to doing what’s necessary to reach a fair deal.Still, an email to members says bargaining will continue throughout the weekend and it’s possible a negotiated agreement could be reached to avert the province wide walkout.- Advertisement -The escalation in job action comes at a time when teacher’s wages have been cut by ten per cent and the BCTF has run out of strike pay.Meantime, with nothing from the union to suggest otherwise, it’s assumed that earlier scheduled rotating strike action will continue today and tomorrow, with all three school districts in the Northeast impacted, Peace River South today and Peace River North and Fort Nelson tomorrow.If this all plays out according to what’s now before us, this could be the final day of classes in the current school year in the local school district.Advertisement “In the interest of student safety, parents are asked not to bring students to schools until further notice,” a letter from the district reads. Although,  government exams for students in Grades 10 – 12 are scheduled to continue as planned. “That’s why the British Columbia Public School Employers’ Association applied last week to designate provincial exams and report cards for senior grads as an essential service,” Minister of Education, Peter Fassbender said. “We’re pleased to learn that last night the Labour Relations Board agreed that provincial exams are an essential service.Fassbender’s comments are confirmed by the Superintendent of Peace River North, Dave Sloan.Advertisement “They’re (exams) scheduled at the appropriate time, student’s have those time and will show up, as far as we know to date, the regular processes will be in place,” says Sloan.As for graduation, Sloan says while it’s a little early to be called, ceremonies are still scheduled to run as planned.last_img read more

Nadal loses, hopes over for 4 Slams in a row

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal (right) reacts as he talks with compatriot David Ferrer at the net after his quarterfinal loss to Ferrer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday.Rafael Nadal’s bid to win four straight Grand Slam tournaments is over.An injury-affected Nadal lost for the second straight year in the Australian Open quarterfinals, going down 6-4, 6-2, 6-3 Wednesday to fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.Nadal, who appeared to have tears in his eyes during a changeover while trailing 3-0 in the third set, took a medical timeout for an apparent leg injury after three games and was clearly out of sorts, failing to chase down balls that he would ordinarily return easily.”This is a difficult day for me,” Nadal said, adding that he preferred to not talk about the nature of the injury.”Today I can’t do more than what I did, he played at a very high level.”When pressed about the injury, Nadal added: “I don’t have to tell you what I felt on the court, but it is obvious I did not feel at my best. I had a problem with the match at the very beginning, and after that, the match was almost over.”It was the second year in a row he lost in the quarterfinals here due to injury – in 2010 he retired against Andy Murray due to a right knee ailment that kept him off the tour for two months, again on the Australia Day national holiday.advertisement”This is one big victory for me, but it’s not like a victory really,” seventh-seeded Ferrer said on court after the match.”He was playing with injury … and I had luck. But I played my game.”Nadal, who didn’t bother chasing the winner on match point, won last year’s French Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open and was trying to add the Australian title so he could hold all four major trophies at once. That hasn’t been achieved since Rod Laver won four in a row in 1969.Nadal didn’t want to elaborate on his injury, saying he didn’t want to use injuries as an excuse when he lost matches.”In general, I had a virus. When you have a virus, your body goes down and you have more risk of everything,” he said of a sickness he picked up in Doha at the start of the year and carried into the tournament. “That’s probably what happened. That’s the simple thing.”The fireworks that would have lit up the tennis world had Nadal won his fourth in a row came Wednesday night during the match – Australia Day celebrations forced a 10-minute interruption while the sky outside Rod Laver was lit up by a pyrotechnics show.As the fireworks exploded, Nadal changed his shirt and briefly left the stadium. He came back a couple of minutes later and took off his right shoe and rubbed his toes and sock.After losing the second set, the usually fidgety Nadal slumped in his chair at the changeover, completely still with his head bent.The crowd cheered almost exclusively for Nadal – “Come on, Rafa,” – they roared, while often applauding Ferrer’s errors.All, eventually, for nothing.Nadal picked up a virus two weeks ago. He sweated profusely in several of his matches, but appeared to be over his problems, saying after his fourth-round win over Marin Cilic that he was “perfect physically.”Murray won’t have to get past Nadal this year, but he will have to beat Ferrer and either defending champion Roger Federer or 2008 champion Novak Djokovic to claim his first major title.He advanced earlier Wednesday with a 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 win over unseeded Alexandr Dolgopolov, after Kim Clijsters and Vera Zvonareva advanced to the women’s semifinals.Clijsters, the growing favorite in the women’s draw, advanced to a semifinal against No. 2 Zvonareva, whom she beat in the final at the U.S. Open last September. It will be the 10th tour meeting for the pair, with Clijsters holding a 6-3 advantage.Clijsters had some nervous moments in her 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over No. 12 Agnieszka Radwanska. None were as bad as when some air force planes flew in formation overhead as part of celebrations for the Australia Day holiday. Cannons went off earlier when Zvonareva started the Australia Day proceedings with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Petra Kvitova.Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki plays Li Na of China in another semifinal Thursday, before Federer and third-seeded Djokovic meet in a night semifinal.Dolgopolov had already beaten 2008 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and French Open finalist Robin Soderling and has the kind of unorthodox game that can unsettle higher-ranked players.advertisementApart from the second set, when 2010 finalist Murray didn’t lose a point on serve until he had triple set point, momentum swung frequently.Dolgopolov had 77 unforced errors, mainly because he was trying to push Murray to the extremes. In the first set, it took Murray more than 10 minutes and four set points to finally win the 12th game.Murray spent a lot of time talking – maybe swearing – to himself.”I was trying to get myself pumped up,” Murray said. “It was very slow, cool conditions out on the court. You need to make sure you’re moving your feet a lot when you’re out there. You need to urge yourself to play a solid, stable match, not make too many mistakes.”Clijsters is the only Grand Slam winner into the women’s semis, although she’s still seeking her first major title outside of America.”I hope the experience can help me a little bit,” Clijsters said. “But there are some tough players out there, we have Nos. 1, 2, 3 still in and Li Na has been playing really well. So it is going to be really tough.Zvonareva has lost the last two Grand Slam finals, to Clijsters in New York and Serena Williams at Wimbledon.Clijsters was up a set and a break before Radwanska rallied, winning three straight games to lead 5-4 with a chance to serve for the second set.Zvonareva wore a black ribbon on her hat in honor of the 35 victims of the suicide bombing at a Moscow airport this week. Her quarterfinal also featured a couple distractions.Zvonareva and Kvitova were surprised when cannons went off in a nearby park. And Zvonareva asked that the match be stopped for a few minutes while a woman in her sight line was given medical attention in the stands, but chair umpire Mariana Alves told them to continue.”I didn’t know they were going to start this noise during our match, it was a difficult moment,” said Zvonareva, who led the final set 3-0 before the disruptions but saw Kvitova level it at 4-4. “You’re here to play tennis … I was trying to keep my concentration.”At the end of the day, a reflective Nadal pondered his loss in the quarterfinals again. He had two months off before rejoining the tour, preparing him for what became his best year to date.”Last year I had a fantastic year,” he said. “I think it is almost impossible to repeat that. I still hope to have a lot of really good moments.”last_img read more


first_imgHere are the final results from the 2005 School Sport Australia Touch Football Championships held in Darwin… 15 Boys: Qld (10) def WA (0) NT (14) def Tas (2) ACT (3) def SA (1) NSW (10) def ACT (2) Vic (12) def SA (6) Play off 7th/8th: SA (9) def Tas (5) Plate final: NT (6) def Victoria (4) Play off 3rd/4th: ACT (6) def WA (3) Grand final: NSW (7) def Qld (5) 15 Girls: NT (12) def WA (1) ACT (6) def SA (1) NSW (9) def NT (0) Tas (3) def Victoria (2) Play off 7th/8th: SA (3) def Vic (2) Plate final: Tas (5) def ACT (3) Play off 3rd/4th: NT (5) def WA (3) Grand final: Qld (3) def NSW (2) 12 Boys: NSW (11) def ACT (0) Qld (12) def ACT (1) NT (2) def SA (1) NT (11) def Tas (0) SA (7) def Tas (0) NSW (2) drew Qld (2) 12 Girls: Qld (9) def NT (0) NSW (9) def NT (1) NSW (16) def Qld (5) ACT (10) def Tas (3) SA (2) def Tas (1)last_img read more

18 days agoJack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from struggling

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jack Grealish: Aston Villa so far away from strugglingby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJack Grealish says Aston Villa are “so far away from struggling” in their return to the Premier League.The Villians recorded a 5-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road on Saturday, pushing them up to 15th on the Premier League table.Critics still believe Villa will be amongst the teams battling relegation, but Grealish begs to differ.”The manager told me before the game he wanted me to get a tap in, more than anything,” Grealish told the Birmingham Mail. “I told him after it wasn’t a tap in! It was actually a hard finish at the time.”I’m so happy to get the goal but the only thing I wanted was the win. It has been coming for a long time.”I sat down with Christian (Purslow) on Friday night and we had a chat. I was saying how sometimes you see things on social media and people talk about us, saying we are struggling. I think we are so far away from struggling. We have been unreal if anything”If you look at our games the only one we have struggled with is Spurs, where we should have lost. The rest of the games we have only lost by one goal. To get the win just tops it off.” last_img read more

Doctors in staterun hospitals to write dosages in prescriptions in Bengali

first_imgKolkata: In state-run health care establishments, doctors will now write dosages in prescriptions in Bengali, thanks to an initiative by state government that makes life easy for numerous patients. This apart, e-prescription has been recently introduced in the Bidhannagar Sub Divisional hospital.As dosages are being written in Bengali, the patients or their relatives do not have to ask the pharmacists to clarify them. It may mentioned that many doctors practicing privately are already writing dosages in Bengali. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe doctors at Bidhannagar Sub Divisional Hospital said for the convenient of the pharmacists the generic names of the medicines have been written in English while the dosage are written in Bengali. The doctors said many patients, even those who are educated, fail to understand prescriptions and call up doctors and medicine shops to know details about the dosages. Citing examples, they said OD is one time a day while BD is twice daily. Similarly, TDC is thrice daily. AC means before meal and PC means after meal and HS is before bed time. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhenever the doctors of the state-run hospitals will write the dosage as OD or BD, it will be automatically translated into Bengali in case of e-prescriptions. Along with the Bidhannagar Sub divisional hospital, e-prescriptions will be shortly introduced in Calcutta Medical College, Burdwan Medical College, Bankura Samelani Medical College and R Amhed Dental College. Slowly it will be introduced in all the state-run health care establishments in the state. The doctors felt it would be excellent to write the entire e-prescription in Bengal but this would be not easy as the Bengali spellings of many diseases written on the left of the prescriptions will be difficult. It may be mentioned that it was very difficult for both patients and pharmacists to follow the handwriting of Dr BC Roy. For the convenience of the patients, Dey’s Medical had engaged a person who used to read Dr Roy’s prescriptions and to provide the dosage to the patients.last_img read more

Wrestling Snyder Stieber put in impressive World Cup performances USA falls to

Junior Kyle Snyder and former OSU wrestler Logan Steiber are honored at the Buckeyes Feb. 3, 2017 match against Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorImpressive showings at wrestling Freestyle World Cup in Iran by Buckeye and world champion Kyle Snyder and world champion and former Buckeyes Logan Stieber were not enough to bring home the gold for USA Wrestling. The U.S. ultimately finished in second to Iran in the tournament, and Snyder and Stieber each compiled an individual record of 3-1 at the two-day event.Snyder’s loss came to Aslanbek Alborov of Azerbaijan, but the U.S. still put together a victory over the Azerbaijani team. Alborov defeated Snyder by a score of 5-4 at 97 kg.Stieber only suffered one loss as well, being taken down by Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran in his final bout of the tournament. Stieber fell 6-2 to Esmaeilpoorjouybari while wrestling at 61 kg.Overall, the U.S. team lost five of eight matches in the final, with the U.S. wins coming from Snyder, Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs (74 kg) and David Taylor (86 kg).Snyder will travel back to be with the Ohio State team for the postseason, but will miss this week’s matchup with No. 8 Cornell on Feb. 19, OSU coach Tom Ryan said. read more

Urban Meyer adds familiar faces Voltolini Pantoni to administrative staff

New Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer added two members to his coaching staff Monday, both of whom worked under Meyer during his coaching tenure at Florida. Brian Voltolini will serve as the program’s director of football operations and Mark Pantoni will serve as the director of player personnel. “I am really pleased that Brian Voltolini and Mark Pantoni wanted to be a part of the football program at The Ohio State University,” Meyer said in a press release. “I have spent considerable time working with each and I certainly appreciate the passion and the effort that both bring to their positions every day.” Voltolini, an Idaho native, has worked with Meyer dating back to 2001 when Meyer was coaching at Bowling Green and followed him to Utah and eventually to Florida. As director of football operations, Voltolini will manage the football program’s budget, scholarships, team travel, housing, camps and clinics. “Brian not only has a sharp awareness of what needs to be done for an efficient, fluid operation of a football program,” Meyer said in the release, “but he also has that keen sense of knowing what the program needs from an operations perspective. And I appreciate that greatly.” Pantoni, a Florida native, will mostly be involved in helping the program in its recruiting efforts. He spent the past five years working for Florida including the previous two years as the Gators’ recruiting program coordinator. During his time at Florida, Pantoni helped Meyer put on Friday Night Lights, a summer recruiting showcase in which invited players competed at night and under the lights. Friday Night Lights was considered an instrumental recruiting tool and many have speculated Meyer would bring a similar idea to OSU. “Mark has proven abilities at organizing recruiting efforts and in building relationships with prospects and their families,” Meyer said. “I have seen how well he understood recruiting in the state of Florida and nationally, and I am certain his efforts are going to be well-received in the state of Ohio. He is one of the hardest working people I have been around.” read more

Nacho talks about Lopeteguis sadness at Real Madrid

first_imgReal Madrid defender Nacho, spoke to the media after the match against Viktoria Plzen about the bad moment that Julen Lopetegui is going through.Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is going through the most difficult moments of his career, players like Nacho Fernandez are very aware of how much the boss is suffering and always try to express their support for their boss.Sometimes in the top clubs in European football, it’s complicated to convince the players to keep winning trophies, especially if they are coming from winning four out of the last five Champions League titles.It was quite evident that this dip in form was eventually going to happen, it’s unfortunate that this is happening in the same moment that Julen Lopetegui took control of the squad.Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez attended a public event this Wednesday and he was questioned by the press about the manager.“I see a hurt Julen, he’s just like every one of us. We are all professionals and all we think about is winning,” said Nacho via Cadena Cope. “We have to get through these complicated moments and now we have to hold the pressure and try to win El Clasico.”Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“El Clasico is a very special match, it’s a beautiful game that everybody wants to play. We have been through regular matches and we got back some good feelings with yesterday’s victory. We will get to this match very eager to play.”“Julen staying in Real Madrid is not my decision, all I care as his player is to win next Sunday and I want Julen to stay in the club.”“We are all to blame for this situation because we are a team. We can’t be looking out for what the press has to say about this situation, we have to remain focused on winning matches,” he concluded.📹VÍDEO | @nachofi1990: “A Julen le veo dolido como a todos los jugadores por la situación que estamos pasando”https://t.co/JvL5mREIGI pic.twitter.com/zAkz4g8zNz— Tiempo de Juego (@tjcope) October 24, 2018last_img read more