Scientists: Red Tide Returns on SW Florida Coast

first_imgAccording to scientists, toxic red tide has returned in the waters off of Florida’s southwest coast, after it had faded away earlier in the year following a 15-month bloom.Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute report that samples they took from the waters off the shore of Collier County included high concentrations of the algae, in the same area with reports of dead fish and cases of respiratory irritation.Red tide occurs naturally due to nutrients in salt water as well as an organism called a dinoflagellate. The previous bloom caused respiratory irritation in people. It also resulted in the deaths of sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and fish.The Institute’s red tide status report also indicates that scientists found low concentrations of red tide algae in Lee County.last_img read more

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‘I’m only 17 – no need to rush my career’ – Conor Gough

first_img9 Dec 2019 ‘I’m only 17 – no need to rush my career’ – Conor Gough Tags: England Boys’ Squad, English Men’s Amateur Championship, Walker Cup Conor Gough has confirmed he wants one more crack at the Walker Cup in 2021 before he even considers trading the amateur ranks for a professional career.The 17-year-old English Men’s Amateur champion has the golfing world at his feet after a year in which he started to realise his outstanding potential as one of England’s, and indeed Europe’s, top talents.Already hailed as one to watch after winning the British Boys’ Championship and McGregor Trophy in 2018, Gough’s stunning victory at Hankley Common in August confirmed his status as one of the rising stars of world amateur golf.That win earned him a slot in the GB&I Walker Cup side which lost to a strong USA team at Royal Liverpool in September.Gough will finish 2019 ranked as Europe’s top male amateur.He is currently rated number three in the world.Yet Gough is remaining grounded and for now puttting all thoughts of a pro career to one side to simply ENJOY his game and focus on schoolwork at St Joseph’s College in Berkshire.Gough will also enjoy hanging out with his mates, spending time with his girlfriend and playing county football.For Gough, the correct balance in life will improve his golf in the long run and it’s hard to argue with such a mature approach from a laid-back young man with wisdom beyond his years.After attending a session with the England boys’ squad at Woodhall Spa, Gough said: “I am 100% sure that I won’t be turning pro before the Walker Cup in 2021 no matter what my results are like next year.“I want to do as much as I can as an amateur. There’s no rush to turn pro. I’m only 17.“I will just keep on playing golf.“No-one will change my mind on what I want to do. No-one can tell me differently.“Right now I don’t need to think about anything other than getting up in the morning to go to school, practice after school and then playing in my competitions.“It doesn’t need to be complicated.“I have to keep it simple and keep on winning.“At the end of the day it’s a game to be enjoyed. I’m only 17 and there’s no point stressing. I just go out and play.“I know for a fact that all golfers miss out on things because they have to be dedicated. But if I have a week between competitions during the season I don’t play.“I just go out and see my mates, see my girlfriend and just make sure I don’t miss out on a social life.“I want golf to be my career, but there are other things in life to consider.“I’d love it to be my job and I do work hard at it. But if you focus everything on golf it will have a negative impact.“It messes up the balance which everyone needs. I definitely play other sports to take my mind off it – you have to.”Gough could have joined fellow 17-year-old Ben Schmidt in the England men’s squad for 2020, but will stay with the boys’ set up to allow him to split time between his ‘A’ levels and golf.For the youngster from Stoke Park, this is a wholly sensible option.“Ben has got a lot more freedom with his education. I’m doing ‘A’ levels for the next two years,” added Gough who is studying sociology, sports science and business.“You have to get through them – if golf doesn’t work out I have to have a Plan B.”When chatting to Gough, there is no hint that he is one of the most talked-about amateur golfers in the world.He’s as chilled as they come with a positive attitude, a polite manner and a keen focus on what he needs to do to make the most of his ability.Take his week at this year’s English Men’s Amateur as a case study.Gough knew he needed a big week to boost his Walker Cup credentials. He fine-tuned his game, sharpened his mind and delivered when it mattered most.“I was very focused on what I had to do that week,” he said.“I feel like every time I have to do something big, I focus in a different way.“I was playing very, very well and had one outcome in my mind. That was to win and that’s what I achieved.“I didn’t put myself under pressure, but I knew I could win.“I don’t think there was anyone there that week who could have beaten me the way I was playing.”Gough is currently plotting his schedule for 2020 and working on his game with England Golf coaches such as Rob Watts and Mike Kanski.He may have ended the year flying high in the rankings, but he takes these things with a pinch of salt.“It’s definitely a very nice feeling to see my name at the top of the European rankings,” said Gough.“Last time I looked I was also world number three.“But I don’t think of myself as the third best in world. I just go out to win.“When I go to a big competition there’s a genuine feeling that most people in the field can win, but it does give me an extra boost to know that I’m rated highly.“I’m in the middle of planning for 2020 now and looking at the different goals I want to achieve.“Everything is geared towards that 2021 Walker Cup.”Photograph credit: Leaderboardlast_img read more

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Thurston County Propane Or Heating Oil: Will Call vs. Auto Delivery…

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted By: ACMEIf you have propane or heating oil at your home, you most likely have an account for service at one or more fuel companies.  You have two main delivery options: 1) will call : this is where you are responsible for monitoring your tank level and you notify your company when you need fuel delivery,  or  2) automatic delivery service : this is where the fuel company takes the responsibility for monitoring the amount of fuel you use and provides automated delivery to you to prevent you from running out of fuel.While I cannot speak for other service providers, at Acme Fuel, we are pleased to serve both types of accounts. We maintain the highest service priority to those customers who choose the Auto Fill service as they have requested that we assume the responsibility for maintaining adequate fuel levels for them. We also are committed to making sure our Auto Fill customers receive the most competitive pricing available.  When the snow hits, like it has recently, we will do everything we can to ensure the Auto Fill customers do not run out of fuel.  We also strive to maintain a high level of commitment to our Will Call customers, but understandably during times of extremely high demand, these customers may need to temporarily wait for fuel delivery until things settle down.If an Auto Fill customer calls to notify us that they are very low or out of fuel, we will get our truck out there immediately – weekends, evenings, holidays, etc – at no extra charge.  If we are unable to get to the fuel tank due to snow, we will use 10 gallon containers to bring in enough fuel to get the customer by until conditions allow for our trucks to reach them.  We will also provide this service to our Will Call customers in the same situation but an overtime charge does apply.If you ever have any questions or would like any more information, you can call our office at 360-943-1133 or visit our website at www.acmefuel.com.last_img read more

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$2.5 M In Grants To Help Weather The Storms

first_imgBy Wilson Conde and John BurtonState administered grants totaling $2.5 million will be used for repairs of a Sandy-damaged marina as well as preparing some coastal communities to better withstand future flooding and storm damage.The state will spend $1.5 million for capital repair work to the Leonardo State Marina in Middletown, which underwent severe damage following Super Storm Sandy in 2012.The storm damaged, and in some parts, destroyed the Marina’s docks, concession building, boat ramp, gas pumps, and entire electrical system, among other things.“Leonardo sustained significant damage due to impacts from Sandy,” said Bob Considine, press director for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection.The money will go toward engineering and design plans, and securing the necessary permitting from the DEP and U.S. Army Corps of Engineering for the bulkhead and rip-rap repair and replacement. About 600 feet of bulkhead and 250 feet of stone rip-rap along the Marina will be repaired. It sustained damage when it was flooded with six feet of water above the bulkhead during Sandy.Considine said the DEP has already dredged the Marina to accommodate boats, and also restored the electrical system and boat ramp during the Spring following Super Storm Sandy; but has decided not to replace the gas pumps or the concession building.The grant package includes approximately $900,000 in funds the National Oceanic and Administrative Administration (NOAA) is making available to the DEP for the New Jersey Fostering Regional Adaptation through Municipal Economic Scenarios (NJ FRAMES) initiative, which aims to study how to adapt and better protect the infrastructure in communities located between the Navesink and Shrewsbury Rivers against future coastal hazards.NJ FRAMES partners the Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program with the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve (JC NERR), the Louis Berger Group, the Rutgers Climate Institute and the Borough of Oceanport as the representative of the Two River Council of Mayors.“It is something that will benefit all 15 towns of the Two River Council of Mayors and Highlands,” said Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey.The funds will be used to draft a Regional Adaption Planning Project, which will look how to establish an interrelated plan for the communities to better withstand significant weather events, which are getting more severe, according to Coffey.“Flooding is the number one issues,” for these communities, like Highlands, Oceanport, Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright and others, he said. That is is becoming increasingly apparent with each storm, Coffey stressed. “Obviously, things are different now, with each storm, with high tides,” Coffey said.The study, the mayor explained, will also take into consideration public interest, economic implications and actual costs.The project is expected to begin next month and take approximately 36 months.In exchange for the funds, communities are expected to provide in-kind support, with the use of municipal facilities for public outreach and contributions from municipal professionals, such as their engineers.The partnering groups will use a scenario-based approach to help the Two Rivers Council determine and understand the range of costs and benefits of planning resiliency decisions in communities surrounding the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers. Using a vigorous public stakeholder process that includes the visions of the involved communities, the NJ FRAMES project is expected to produce a plan identifying independent and regional measures that maximize efforts to improve resiliency.“The expertise of coastal scientists, combined with the input of affected communities and residents will help us identify these important next steps to be taken to protect this region from the effects of devastating floods,” said DEP Commissioner Bob MartinRep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ-06), said that the grants give a major boost for local efforts to recover from Sandy’s impact, as well as protect against future storms like Sandy.“As we continue to rebuild from Superstorm Sandy, we have the unique opportunity to improve our infrastructure in Monmouth County to ensure that we are better prepared for the next storm,” Pallone said. “Grants like these for the Leonardo State Marina and the Two Rivers region will make our community more resilient in the future, while also providing critical funds to continue these ongoing repair efforts.”Jason Reimer, a resident of Middletown, said that Sandy hurt the Marina, and that any repairs and upgrades that could be done there would be a boost to the neighborhood. “The marina is definitely in need of repair and upgrades for sure,” Reimer said. “It will bring a lot more people to the area (once it’s repaired).”Leonardo resident Joseph Giliberto said he’s hoping that the project will address the flooding issues that have frequently battered the neighborhood around the marina during most storms, especially when there’s a high tide.“Anything they can do about it to stop the flooding would be more than welcome,” Giliberto said.Joan Marchetta said she used to greatly enjoy the Marina’s aesthetic elements, such as the vegetation and the glassed in information center that was in front of the harbormaster’s house, until they were both damaged by Sandy and demolished afterward. She is disappointed by how the Marina currently looks compared to before Sandy, particularly the placement of a portable toiled in front of a neighbor’s house. “The Marina is a mess, and has been since Sandy,” she said. “I hope there’s something in the plans to make it beautiful again.”Middletown Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante said that although he had no specific knowledge of the Marina repair project’s details because the NJ DEP is running that project, he believes that any work to repair the Marina would be beneficial for Middletown.“It’s an integral part of the (Middletown) economy,” Mercantante said of the Marina. “A lot of residents use it, so seeing it restored would definitely improve the local economy.”last_img read more

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