WDFW Closes Recreational Fisheries Statewide in Wake of Governor’s Order to…

first_imgFacebook45Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeThe Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced its decision to temporarily close recreational fishing and shellfishing statewide in the wake of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s order directing Washingtonians to stay home and stay healthy to limit the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19.The closures began at midnight Wednesday, March 25 and last until at least 5 p.m. on April 8, 2020. WDFW will re-evaluate on April 6 whether the closure may need to be extended.“This is not a decision we take lightly, but it’s the right thing to do for the health and well-being of Washington’s families,” said WDFW Director Kelly Susewind. “Monday’s extraordinary order for the residents of our state to stay home requires all of us to work together to ensure these measures have the intended effect.”Fishery managers have reported that some anglers have been seen crowding banks as concerns over coronavirus have continued.“We’ve seen an uptick in outdoor recreation at some locations in recent weeks as people have looked for ways to get outside,” said WDFW Fish Program Director Kelly Cunningham. “We’ve had reports of crowded boat ramps and busy fishing on some rivers, which runs counter to the governor’s direction to stay home and practice social distancing.”In addition, many salmon and steelhead fisheries require regular monitoring under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), which includes conducting angler interviews at access sites surrounding the state’s marine waters. The on-site, face-to-face nature of angler interviews puts people at potential risk of transmitting the coronavirus. Without such monitoring, these recreational fisheries must close to ensure ESA protections.WDFW and other state agencies previously closed all of their water access sites, including boat launches, and other public lands where people may gather. Local and tribal governments are taking similar actions across Washington.WDFW Enforcement officers remain on duty and will be enforcing these new closures.The lowland lakes opening day for trout remains scheduled for April 25, but will be evaluated depending on whether the governor’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order might be further extended.For the latest updates on WDFW’s coronavirus response, please visit https://wdfw.wa.gov/about/covid-19-updates. Updates to openings and closures will be posted to that page. For the latest information on the statewide response to this pandemic, visit https://coronavirus.wa.gov/.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is the state agency tasked with preserving, protecting, and perpetuating fish, wildlife, and ecosystems, while providing sustainable fishing, hunting, and other recreation opportunities.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 (dolores.noyes@dfw.wa.gov). For more information, see https://wdfw.wa.gov/accessibility/reasonable_request.html.last_img read more

Red Bank Democrats Start 2019 In Control of Borough Council

first_img“Youare really what drove me to care about our town so much; the diversity of ourtown; the people of our town. I promise that I’ll always be accessible andtransparent. Most of you know where I live and you can come knock on my door,”Triggiano said. Despitethe scathing remarks in this 42-page report, Menna said the study was a positiveduring Tuesday’s remarks. Additionally,Menna noted that the borough is working closely with NJ Transit to create atransit village concept near the historic Red Bank train station on BridgeAvenue and described a new working partnership among the borough, NJ Transitand private developers. “Onething that I take from my faith that I plan on applying is the concept thatleadership is more about responsibility,” Yassin said to an audience thatoverflowed the municipal courtroom into the town hall lobby. “I know that we asa council are responsible to our residents and constituents. And I hope that Ican live up to your standards.” RED BANK – November’s election sweep gave Democratsfull control of the Borough Council, and Tuesday’s reorganization meeting wasthe ceremony that made it official. Triggianowas also appointed to serve as the police and fire commissioner, a title givento the council member who acts as the council’s emergency services departmentliaison. Mennasaid Triggiano is only the second woman in borough history to serve in therole, following in the footsteps of Sharon Lee. It’shis hope that in the next month or two the council will have an opportunity toadopt this program. Mennaalso commented on a controversial 2018 management enhancement review, aborough-commissioned study that described municipal operations as “ineffective”and “dysfunctional.” Accordingto Menna, a “Shop Red Bank” program is also coming to the borough in 2019,which could result in real estate tax deductions for residents who frequent RedBank businesses and restaurants. center_img Whilejuggling her young son Otto, Triggiano stretched to raise her right hand andplace the other one on a bible and, after accepting an oath delivered by longtimeformer state Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-19), she spoke appreciatively anddirectly to her neighbors. Councilwoman Kate Triggiano, standing with her family, prepared to be sworn in. (Photo by Chris Rotolo) “Theadoption of this plan means, at the end of the day, in excess of $90 million inclean, new ratables,” Menna said. “New, clean, modern housing for ouraffordable housing obligation, which has been stuck in neutral for the past 20years.” Inhis own address, Menna discussed the forthcoming redevelopment project onRiverside Avenue at the former Visiting Nurses Association headquarters and thepositive impact its completion could yield for the borough. Afterbeing sworn in for his fourth consecutive term by District Judge Susan DavisWigenton, Mayor Pasquale Menna stepped back to observe the oaths taken by RedBank’s newest council members Kate Triggiano and Hazim Yassin, who replacedoutgoing Republicans Mark Taylor and Mike Whelan. Accordingto Menna, Yassin became the first borough officeholder to take his oath of dutyon the Koran, an oath delivered by Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling (D-11). Mennasaid the project is on property that over the past 30 years has contributednothing to the borough in real estate taxes. “As a result of that report we actually, at this time, have probably either perfected or are in the process of perfecting roughly 35 to 40 of the different recommendations made to catapult this municipality into the next generation,” Menna said, though no specifics were detailed.last_img read more

Athletes and Officials chosen for Refugees Olympic Team at Rio

first_imgThis was announced on Friday.They will compete across the three sports of athletics, swimming and judo.Kenyan marathon running Tegla Loroupe, a United Nations Ambassador, will be Chef de Mission.last_img

Dembélé relapses from his injury and will be 15 days off

first_img(MEDICAL RELEASE)During this Monday’s training, @Dembouz You have noticed some discomfort in the right thigh as a result of muscle fatigue. The player will continue with his recovery work pic.twitter.com/6km6hNqqUM– FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_en) February 3, 2020In any case, it is an obvious step back in his recovery. So much so that In the club there is already an open talk of at least two more weeks for Dembélé to return to the pitch. That means that the chances of the player being available for the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Naples are significantly reduced. The word bad luck and Dembélé seems to go hand in hand since he landed in Barcelona. And the injuries have turned his Blaugrana adventure into a true ordeal. After a disastrous first season, including an operation that kept him off for four months, a second campaign also arrived with a lack of continuity because of his hamstring injuries. In his third year, and when it seemed that he had assumed his role in the team and the need to be more professional in all aspects, a new break in the biceps femral truncated all his hopes.Now, when he seemed to be at the gates of receiving the discharge – the doctors hoped to give it to him on Wednesday to play a few minutes against Athletic in the Cup -, the French striker took a step back in his recovery by feeling some discomfort in the back of his right leg that forced him to withdraw from training, as Marca advanced and then confirmed Barça. The tests ruled out a break, but they did detect an overload resulting from “muscle fatigue”, as indicated by the medical statement sent by the club.last_img read more

Álex’s eleven goals have given Cádiz 13 points

first_imgÁlex is a capital player for Cádiz. The leader of the yellow team He is completing his best scoring season since being a professional, with eleven goals with eleven days to go before the end of the championship. His previous best record was achieved last season in which he scored six. In addition to being the top scorer for the yellows, his goals have been essential for Cádiz to continue at the top of the table. Its eleven goals have allowed the people of Cadiz to add 13 more points. Data that shows the importance of the midfielder. Against Mirandés, Extremadura, Racing and Sporting, in the first round, he helped the team add four victories with five goals (before the Asturians he made a double). In the second round, his ‘arrows’ served to beat Las Palmas and Almería; and to get a very important point against Zaragoza on matchday 26. 5Girona0 In total 13 more points without which Cadiz would be well below first place. This season Álex has played almost everything. Only 62 minutes lost, in the intersemanal meeting of the first round in Alcorcón. His versatility makes him unique in the Cervera team. He is more comfortable playing ahead of the double pivot, but he has also had minutes this season as a midfielder. when José Mari or Garrido were absent, (both fixed in this position) and from here he has demonstrated all his qualities in the distribution of the ball.Cádiz is the leader of Segunda in centers in the area with 752; and Álex stands out in this facet, with 197 (the first of his team and the fourth of LaLigaSmartBank. Also, his electric dribble has led rivals to stop him with fouls 66 times (the one in Cádiz and the fifth in Segunda). 4Racingtwo 30Almeriatwo twoMirandatwo The incidence of their goals Having gone through several teams throughout his career, Álex has found his place in Cádiz and declares his love for the club and for the city whenever he has occasion. After the last game at Carranza, against Almería, (in which he scored a goal) he posted a message on his Twitter account with the following message: “How beautiful is my Cádiz, how beautiful is my city … ! ”center_img Working dayRivalPoints it gives 27Las palmastwo 3Estremaduratwo 26Saragossaone 14Sportingtwo 12Las palmas0 twentyOviedo0last_img read more

Troy Doris made history for Guyana

first_imgDear Editor,It was the last man standing for Guyana that just became king at the Australian Commonwealth Games 2018, and here I make reference to Mr Troy Doris, Gold Medalist. I believe he also just made history for Guyana.On a forum with the GOA President, Mr Kalam. A. Juman-Yassin, via social media a few days ago, I penned a comment that I expected Troy Doris and Winston George to make the finals of their respective event, because they are way too experienced not to make it happen.Unfortunately, Winston George’s timings in the semifinals did not allow him to make the finals, so it was now left for the last man standing (Troy Doris) to live up to expectations. And lo and behold, he earned the gold medal in the triple jump, and that sealed it for me. He saved the day for the entire Team Guyana.Editor, all can attest to the fact that I have also penned commentaries in the respective dailies in the past, saying that Troy Doris is the only athlete currently on the international circuit who can actually make the podium anytime soon. I was not wrong, was I?Troy Doris, you have just broken the ice, and the one thing I would like to share with you is that you have to be mentally focused for the bigger games which await you, especially the 2020 Olympic Games.What to expect from Guyana as a rewarding gift to Troy Doris? Absolutely nothing to talk about. What did Guyana award Gold Medalist Aliann Pompey for her accomplishment with her win in the women’s 400m at the 2002 Commonwealth Games?Perhaps for their respect years of wins, the Government can consider two independent postage stamps with both Troy Doris and Aliann Pompey showcasing their gold medals.I would not mind the honour of taking the photos of them both free of charge.Loud applause go out to the other athletes of Team Guyana for their efforts. And I say: keeping pushing the button and, who knows, Guyana can shine brighter at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Yours faithfully,T. Pembertonlast_img read more

LEC Increasing Power Generation to 18MW

first_imgThe Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) said it was increasing its power generation from 10 to 18 megawatts in an effort to connect more homes in Monrovia and its suburbs effective February 15.The disclosure was made by LEC Board Chair, Ian Yhap, following a recent high-level steering group (HLSG) inaugural meeting held at a resort in Monrovia as reported by ELBC. Mr. Yhap, according to ELBC, said the process is intended to strengthen the entity’s power and revenue generation across Monrovia.He noted that the Board, in collaboration with its partners, will ensure that it manages the millions of dollars being spent on the LEC through the production and distribution of high quality, stable and affordable electricity to the Liberian people. He disclosed that the role of the high-level steering group is to focus on building and delivering operational capacity at LEC, as well as implementing the agreed objectives stated in the institution’s management plan, which is to create a coordination and monitoring mechanism.He said the group is also charged with the responsibility of enhancing cross-project coordination and interfacing between donors and key ministries of government, including the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy, to improve the LEC.The HLSG, according to the LEC Board Chair, is expected to identify and mitigate high risks that could affect delivery of electricity, as well as mitigate funding gaps that have the potential to negatively impact the operations of the LEC.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Businessman found guilty of stealing $10M mining equipment

first_imgA Station Street, Kitty, Georgetown businessman was on Friday fined $100,000 with an alternative of 18 months’ imprisonment after he was found guilty by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan for stealing a $10 million wash plant (equipment used for gold mining).Vickram Singh, 32, was found guilty of the charge after a lengthy trial in the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.It was alleged that between February 1 and February 15, 2018, while in the vicinity of Republic Park, East Bank Demerara, he stole a wash plant valued $10 million, property of Mario Ferreira.According to the prosecution’s case, between February 1 and February 15, 2018, the businessman paid a truck driver to transport the said equipment, which was parked in an empty lot next to the Virtual Complainant’s home. The VC was out of town at the time when the equipment was moved, the Court was told.Upon returning home, Ferreira noticed that the equipment was missing and without hesitation, made reports to several Police Stations. Based on reports, Ferreira was able to make contact with the truck driver who was allegedly paid some $200,000 to remove the wash plant.The Court heard that the truck driver told the VC that he was contracted by Singh to transport the wash plant in his vehicle to the North West District (NWD), Region One (Barima-Waini).The businessman was subsequently arrested and charged.Singh was ordered to pay a $100,000 fine, or in default, 18 months in prison. He was also instructed to transport the equipment back to Georgetown and pay for any damage caused.last_img read more

AS Roma go third as Inter sink again in Genoa

first_imgLuciano Spalletti’s side, who were top of Serie A two months ago and unbeaten until December 16, are now fourth and could fall to fifth if Lazio, who lost last weekend to Genoa, beat Verona on Monday.Cengiz Under and Diego Perotti scored in the second half in Udine as Roma, with 50 points from 25 games, jump two points ahead of Inter.Serie A leaders Napoli, who have 63 points, and champions Juventus, one point behind in second, are both in action on Sunday.Inter defender Andrea Ranocchia turned the ball into his own net for Genoa’s first goal on the stroke of half-time with former Inter forward Goran Pandev scoring the second.“When you go behind at the end of the first half with an episode like that it’s not easy, especially in this period, to regain confidence,” said Spalletti.“We are fragile right now and that makes it difficult for us to react to setbacks.“We have to believe our potential, believing can get us back on track and allow us to stay in the running for the top spots.”Inter were still without injured captain and top scorer Mauro Icardi with Yann Karamoh, who scored the winning goal against Bologna, starting alongside Eder.Macedonian Pandev threatened early as he pushed visiting goalkeeper Samir Handanovic into two early saves with Genoa counterpart Mattia Perin doing well to clear an Antonio Candreva volley.But Genoa grabbed the lead on the stroke of half-time when Ervin Zukanovic crossed to Milan Skriniar who slipped with his clearance bouncing off Ranocchia’s knee and into his own net.Pandev doubled Genoa’s advantage after 59 minutes, when Oscar Hiljemark’s corner was picked up by Diego Laxalt at the edge of the box setting up the former Inter player.“I always have to thank Inter because they brought me to Italy and I won everything with them, but it was crucial for us to win tonight on front of our fans,” said Pandev of Genoa who are in 12th position.– Under strikes again –Under pressure: Inter Milan coach Luciano Spalletti © AFP/File / MARCO BERTORELLOTurkish forward Under, 20, fired home his fourth goal in three games after 70 minutes, with Argentine Perotti tapping in a Radja Nainggolan cross in injury time for Roma.It was the third straight win for Eusebio Di Francesco’s side and a boost ahead of their Champions League clash at Shakhtar Donetsk next Wednesday.“The team have been improving for the last few games,” said Di Francesco who felt they were reaping the benefits of “a psychological as well as a tactical shift”.Perotti added: “It was important that we find our form before the Champions League resumed. Apart from Juventus and Napoli, everyone is dropping points, so we had to win this game before Shakhtar Donetsk.”In an intense first half, both sides had chances with in-form Under shooting just wide while Roma’s Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson kept out a Stipe Perica shot.Roma were denied a penalty when the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled that a handball from Iraqi left-back Ali Adnan, returning after two months out injured, was unintentional.Perotti came off the bench after 69 minutes with Under opening the scoring a minute later.And Perotti sealed the victory when converting Nainggolan’s cross a minute into time added on.Massimo Oddo’s Udinese stay tenth after back-to-back defeats, missing the chance to pull level with Torino, who host champions Juventus on Sunday.Chievo earned their first three points since November 25 with a 2-1 win over Cagliari.Substitute Emanuele Giaccherini had an immediate impact scoring on 74 minutes and setting up Roberto Inglese two minutes later.The side from Verona are 14th moving ahead of Cagliari who are just behind.Leaders Napoli host SPAL on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Time to celebrate: Genoa’s players after beating Inter Milan © AFP / MIGUEL MEDINAMILAN, Italy, Feb 18 – AS Roma confirmed their return to form with a 2-0 win at Udinese on Saturday to move third in Serie A as Inter Milan fell back into crisis with a 2-0 loss in Genoa.Inter had looked to have put their poor run going back two months behind them with a 2-1 success against Bologna but the revival was short lived as they suffered a fifth consecutive defeat in Genoa.last_img read more

Russia creates ‘tourist police’ for World Cup

first_imgThe impending deluge of tourists for the World Cup is a mixed blessing for provincial host cities unused to visitors from abroad.Gleeful restaurant and hotel owners are rubbing their hands in anticipation of a once-in-a-lifetime business boom.But the security services are worried about fans from the 32 rival nations getting along and feeling safe during the June 14-July 15 football finals.This is an especially big problem in a country where basic knowledge of English is still spotty outside Moscow and Vladimir Putin’s native Saint Petersburg.“These units will be comprised of territorial interior ministry officers who know foreign languages,” police spokeswoman Irina Volk said on Monday.“If necessary, the personnel will undergo additional training.”It remains unclear how much of the existing police force across the 11 host cities has foreign language proficiency.Volk said the tourist police would be omnipresent around stadiums and fan zones in all 11 host cities by May 25.Russia’s regular armed police have long had an image problem with the locals.They have a reputation for conducting intimidating spot identity checks on the streets and using heavy handed tactics during peaceful protests.Now Russia is out to build a reputation as a welcoming place to visit despite a new spike in diplomatic tensions with the West.The charm offensive began with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and continued during last year’s Confederations Cup.Moscow has had a tourist police force patrolling the most popular spots around the Kremlin for the past four years.First-time visitors to Russia had previously been startled to discover almost no English signage on the streets.But the Moscow metro — the bustling lifeline of one of Europe’s biggest cities — introduced English station names for last year’s Confederations Cup.It now intends to identify which ticket vendors speak English with colourful stickers on their booths.The subway system is also putting up directions pointing fans to stadiums and where to go once they get there.Other cities are slowly playing catchup by introducing English announcements on busses and trams.But nearly all street signs still only appear in Russian and there will be no time to change that for the World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A tourist policewoman are on patrol in downtown Moscow, with two months to go to the World Cup, the Russian government is thinking creating units in other cities © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Apr 2 – Russia is looking for a few good men and women who can shoot a gun and speak a bit of English.Knowledge of French and Spanish or perhaps even Chinese would also be a plus for joining a new “tourist police” force, launched Monday by Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev.last_img read more