Maria Creek Boat Ramp Facility Remains Closed

first_imgDuring the 2017 winter season the Maria Creek Boat Launch Facility saw a significant amount of seagrass enter the creek system, which has resulted in the entire facility being closed for the duration of the 2017/18 peak holiday summer season, Kingston District Council said in its latest release. Dredging seagrass at the Maria Creek is a common annual activity of council, which usually only requires minor works. This year, after more than five weeks of continuous dredging and the removal of an alarming 35,000 cubic meters of seagrass, the facility is still unable to be opened due to the continuous and unprecedented flow of seagrass down the creek into the boat launch area.Further to the extraordinary seagrass situation, a new issue has emerged which is the unforeseeable movement of sand around the top of the southern breakwater. In the period of just four (4) days approximately one meter depth of sand has blocked the entrance to the channel and is moving inside the creek system.This is a direct result of the incredible amount of sand built up on the southern side of the main breakwater (between the jetty and breakwater) and along Kingston’s beach, particularly over the past two winter seasons, the council said.The combination of seagrass and sand has now created an unmanageable situation for the council. On Wednesday, 31 January, 2018, Elected Members called a stop to all dredging works and invited Tonkin Engineers from Adelaide (marine infrastructure experts) to provide independent and professional advice on the circumstances.Tonkins visited Kingston on Tuesday, 6 February, and conducted a full onsite assessment of the Maria Creek seagrass and sand situation. They briefed council on the same day stressing the enormity of the situation and the significant ongoing cost likely to be incurred if dredging works was to continue.Tonkins also highlighted that even with ongoing dredging there is no immediate guarantee of success.At the meeting of council held on Friday, 16 February, Elected Members formally resolved not to continue to expense rate payer’s money, without first fully understanding all options, associated costs and the likely outcomes/impacts. As a result of this decision, the Maria Creek Boat Ramp Facility will remain closed until further notice.Over the coming weeks, the council will engage a coastal engineer to investigate short and long term options, including all associated costs (capital and ongoing) for the Maria Creek Boat Launch Facility.Once this information has been received and carefully reviewed by Elected Members, a community engagement process will be conducted to ensure feedback from the whole community is received and fully considered as part of council’s decision process.[mappress mapid=”24903″]last_img read more

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Minesto installs MGS buoy off Wales

first_imgMinesto has completed the installation of the micro-grid system (MGS) buoy that will be used for the company’s first tidal energy installation in Holyhead Deep, off the coast of North West Wales.Moored to the seabed using three anchor lines, the offshore buoy designed for extreme sea conditions will provide data and communications with Minesto’s DG500 marine energy power plant, according to Minesto.It will also act as a floating micro-grid system, facilitating grid compatibility testing by handling and analyzing electricity generated by the 500kW device.The MGS buoy has been designed and constructed by Malin Group in Glasgow and was towed down the River Clyde and the Irish Sea to Minesto’s Holyhead Deep site. The MGS buoy in Holyhead Deep (Photo: Minesto)last_img read more

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Team Tardi play-off bound at World Junior Curling Championships

first_imgOn February 20, Team Tardi would move on to face China for game six of the Round Robin. Tardi would take a strong lead and managed to win 6-2 over China.Then in the afternoon, Team Tardi would take on Germany for game seven.After some close competition, Tardi went on to beat Germany 8-6.On February 21, Team Tardi would, once again, face Sweden for game eight of the Round Robin.This time, Tardi managed to beat Sweden 9-5. This win would qualify Team Tardi for the semi-finals.Advertisement LIVERPOOL, N.S. – Sterling Middleton and his Team, Team Tardi, have managed to secure a spot in the playoffs at the World Junior Curling Championships.Team Tardi is representing Canada and started the Championship Round Robin, on February 16, with a game against the USA.This was a close round as it was neck-and-neck throughout. In the end, Team Tardi fell 8-7 to the USA.- Advertisement -On February 17, for game two, Team Tardi would face Norway.Tardi managed to win this round 6-4 over Norway.Then on February 18, Tardi took on Switzerland for game three.Advertisement Team Tardi handily swept Switzerland 8-3.Game four, on February 19, proved to be tricky as they faced Sweden.Tardi couldn’t maintain the lead despite picking up the first end. This game would result in a loss of 9-3 to Sweden.Later on in the day, Team Tardi would rebound as they played against Italy. Tardi managed to beat Italy 10-3.Advertisementcenter_img This morning, February 22, Team Tardi faced New Zealand for game nine of the Round Robin.Tardi managed to sweep this game 12-1 over New Zealand.Tonight, February 22, Team Tardi will be facing Norway for the semi-finals.Currently, in the standings, Team Tardi is sitting in second at 7-2, with Scotland in first at 9-0.You can watch Team Tardi face Norway in the semi-finals tonight at 7:30 p.m. MST on World Curling TV.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Angels GM to step down

first_imgANAHEIM – Bill Stoneman is expected to announce today that he is stepping down as general manager of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to become a consultant with the baseball team. Tony Reagins, the Angels’ director of player development, is expected to be named today to succeed Stoneman. The team has called a morning news conference to make what is described as “a major announcement.” Tim Mead, the Angels’ vice president of communications, declined to elaborate. Stoneman, 63, was named as the Angels’ general manager in November 1999, hired Mike Scioscia as manager and built the team that won the 2002 World Series. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Angels have reached the playoffs three of the past four seasons, but were swept by the Boston Red Sox in both 2004 and 2007. Stoneman has drawn criticism from sports columnists, sports talk show hosts and fans for his refusal to trade prospects for veteran players, especially a power hitter. Reagins, 40, a Cal State Fullerton graduate, joined the Angels as an intern in the baseball operations department in 1992, was named a marketing assistant in 1994 and returned to the baseball operations department in 1998. Reagins, who is black, would join Ken Williams of the Chicago White Sox and Omar Minaya of the New York Mets as the only minority general managers in Major League Baseball. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Crested Cranes eye early advantage in Olympics qualifiers

first_imgCrested Cranes players warming up at the National stadium in Addis Ababa before the skies went loose with heavy rains. (FUFA Photos)Tokyo 2020 CAF Women’s Olympics qualifier Ethiopia vs UgandaAddis Ababa National Stadium, Addis Ababa Wednesday, 03-04-2019 @4pmADDIS ABABA – The Crested Cranes will take on Ethiopia in the CAF Women’s Olympics qualifier at the Addis Ababa National Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.The game will be the Uganda Women National team’s first in the Olympics setup having not featured in the qualifiers before.Lately, the Women’s game has been growing in the country and it comes as no surprise that they will make an attempt at qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Faridah Bulega and her team of 20 players flew out of the country on Tuesday morning after having a 9 day training camp at Njeru Technical Center in Jinja.They held a training session in Addis Ababa on Tuesday afternoon but it was cut short due to heavy downpour.Amongst the team, there are three professional footballers who joined them in Njeru.Sandra Nabweteme and Yudaya Nakayenze who ply their trade in the US and Kazakhstan based Fazila Ikwaput.Nabweteme is one of the three professionals in the team.The three are expected to be pivotal if Uganda will be able to get anything tangible in the first game on Wednesday.What they are saying before the game:Sandra Nabweteme, Crested Cranes forward.“I feel happy to join the team. We want to get a very good result here to take back home for the return leg.“The players in camp are confident and ready to deliver come Wednesday.“We shall work as a team and take responsibility of representing our country at all times.Faridah Bulega, Crested Cranes head coach.“Apart from the rains that disorganized our training plans, the rest is very fine.“We have had good preparations for the fixture and I have a lot of trust in this team.“We want to make this chance count a lot towards development of football in Uganda.The winner between Uganda and Ethiopia on aggregate will play Cameroon at the next qualifying stage.Africa has one and half slots at the Olympics with the overall winner of the qualifiers earning a direct ticket while the runner up will play a playoff game against a team from South America.The last time the two teams met was at the 2018 Women’s CECAFA Championship in Rwanda, a game that Uganda won 2-1.The squad that is currently in Ethiopia:Goalkeepers:Ruth Aturo (UCU Lady Cardinals), Daisy Nakaziro (Lady Doves).Defenders:Shadia Nankya (Uganda Martyrs High School Rubaga), Aisha Namukisa (Kampala Queens), Viola Namuddu (Makerere-She MAK),  Yudaya Nakayenze (Siminole State College, USA),  Grace Aluka (Kawempe Muslem SS Ladies FC), Marion Amangat (Olila High School).Midfeilders:Phionah Nabbumba (Ajax Queens), Tracy Jones Akiror (Kawempe Muslem SS Ladies FC),  Shamilah Nalujja (Isra Academy), Fauziah Najjemba (Isra Academy), Lilian Mutuuzo (Kampala Queens),  Ritah Nabbosa (Lady Doves).Strikers:Juliet Nalukenge (Kawempe Muslem SS Ladies FC), Hasifa Nassuna (UCU Lady Cardinals), Zainah Namuleme (Kampala Queens), Resty Nanziri (Kampala Queens), Sandra Nabweteme (Southwestern Oklahoma State University, USA) and Fazila Ikwaput (BIIK Kazygurt, Kazakhstan).Comments Tags: crested cranesfaridah bulegaSandra NabwetemeTokyo 2020 CAF Women’s Olympics qualifiertoplast_img read more

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