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Dates for Annual Crab Trap Removal Set

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first_imgTrap Drop-off SiteLOWER LAGUNA MADRE – Local TPWD coordinator Jason Ferguson (956) 350-4490Adolph Thomae County Park – Non-facilitated trap drop-off sitePort Mansfield Navigation District Ramp – Non-facilitated trap drop-off site Special to the PRESSFor more than a decade, countless volunteers have spent 10 days each February searching  Texas bays for abandoned crab traps left to foul shrimpers’ nets, snag anglers’ lines and create unsightly views.This year, volunteers will clean up the crab traps from Feb. 19 to 28.During this 10-day period, coastal waters will be closed to crabbing with wire mesh crab traps. All other legal means of crabbing will not be affected.Any traps left in bays, including traps tied to docks, during the closure period will be assumed abandoned and considered “litter” under state law. This allows volunteers to legally remove any crab traps they find. To date, volunteers have hauled off more than 31,000 of these derelict traps.To facilitate volunteer trap removal efforts this year, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) will provide trap drop-off locations in each major bay system along the coast from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 20, weather permitting. Dumpsters or collection areas marked with banners will also be available at all sites to receive traps for the duration of the closure.  Volunteers may focus their efforts on Feb. 20 or work at their own pace anytime during the closure, but traps cannot be removed by anyone other than a game warden or the device’s legal owner prior to Feb. 19 or after Feb. 28.To participate, volunteers can pick up free tarps, gloves, trap hooks and additional information at their local TPWD Coastal Fisheries field stations. TPWD requests volunteers record and submit information about the number of traps they collect and document any sightings of diamondback terrapins.The Coastal Conservation Association Texas, Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, Galveston Bay Foundation and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are providing continued support to the crab trap removal program.For more information, contact your local TPWD Coastal Fisheries office or Zack Thomas at TPWD Headquarters: (512) 389-8448or crabtrap@tpwd.texas.gov. Sharecenter_img RelatedGreat Outdoors: Let’s Get CrabbyBy JIM FOSTER Special to the Parade It’s that time again, beginning on February 17 and continuing through February 26, all Texas bays will be closed for crabbing. As in past years, any traps left in the water will be assumed to be abandoned and considered “litter” under state law,…February 1, 2012In “Opinion & Advice”GREAT OUTDOORS: The Yearly Crab Clean UpBy JIM FOSTER Special to the Parade Many anglers and boaters have had the frustration of spending an hour or better cutting an abandoned and unseen crap trap from their lower unit and prop. In addition, these traps are death boxes for many game as well as non-game species. These…February 14, 2013In “South Padre Parade”UTB intern studies dune restoration efforts on SPIBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS If you have been out on the beach lately, you might have seen a contraption in the dunes that appears to show that “X” marks the spot. Many have asked the city, what is it marking? Well, University of Texas Brownsville (UTB) student…August 4, 2015In “News”last_img read more

UWF Women’s Tennis Falls in the GSC Championship Finals

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first_imgUWF Women’s Tennis Falls in the GSC Championship Finals April 20, 2008 MONTGOMERY, Ala. In its attempt to achieve its third straight Gulf South Conference Championship, the No.16 West Florida Women’s Tennis Team (13-10, 4-1 GSC) returned to action this Sunday, April 20 for the final match at the Lagoon Park and O’Conner Tennis Center in Montgomery, Ala. The Argonauts faced a very familiar opponent, the all-time rival No.4 Valdosta State (11-5, 4-0 GSC). Both teams have faced each other in the final of the last two year’s event. Also in the regular season, the Blazers defeated the Argos by a 7-2 score. The Argonauts earned its spot in the final by defeating 5-3 Delta State, while the Blazers rolled 5-1 over North Alabama. In the final match, the Argos had the lead after the doubles; however, the Blazers were too much for the Argos in singles. In doubles, the Argonauts earned two out of three matches to get the 2-1 lead, as the third ranked duo formed by Argonauts Suzana Cavalcante (junior/Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Paola Arevalo (senior/Cali, Colombia) defeated 8-3 Dominique Rothlaender and Tina Trautmann in the first spot. In the second doubles position, the Blazers defeated 8-4 Taylor Brewster (freshman/Ontario, Canada) and Lorena Rebolledo (freshman/Puebla, Mexico) to tie the match at 1-1. The Argonauts earned the lead as the third duo formed by Renata Matos (junior/Sao Paulo, Brazil) and Tatiana Rodrigues (junior/Sao Paulo, Brazil) defeated 8-6 Blazers Natali Gunbrecht and Hollie Bees. With the 2-1 lead, the Argos needed three wins out of six singles, while the Blazers would need four out of six wins to be declared the GSC champion. No.7 Cavalcante rolled over No.21 Rothlaender with a 6-1, 6-2 score. In the second singles spot, unranked Arevalo defeated No.16 Raphaelle Durante from the Blazers with a 6-4, 6-4 score, to give the Argonauts the 4-1 lead over the Blazers. Valdosta State bounced back by winning the next three singles spots in straight sets. Mattos fell at the third spot by a 6-3, 6-4 score. Brewster and Rebolledo fell with a 6-1, 6-2 score in the fourth and fifth singles spots, respectively, to tie the match a 4-4. The clinching match at the sixth singles position, had to be decided in the third decisive set. Rodrigues fought a set down and tied the match at one set all. In the third set the sixth player in the Blazers lineup managed to win by a 6-3 score, finishing the match at 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 score. The Blazers earned the 5-4 win, its second win over the Argonauts this season. Valdosta State women’s tennis won another GSC title three years in a row. With the loss, the Argonauts were declared the runner-ups of the GSC Championship and now hold a 13-10 overall record. The Argos will return to action as they qualified to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds on Thursday May 8. The opponent and time has not been announced yet. Doubles #1 Cavalcante/Arevalo (UWF) def. Rothlaender/Trautmann (VSU), 8-3 #2 Redon/Durante (VSU) def. Brewster/Rebolledo (UWF), 8-4 #3 Mattos/Rodrigues (UWF) def. Gumbrecht/Bees (VSU), 8-6 Singles #1 Suzanna Cavalcante (UWF) def. Dominique Rothlaender (VSU), 6-1, 6-2 #2 Paola Arevalo (UWF) def. Raphaelle Durante (VSU), 6-4, 6-4 #3 Natali Gumbrecht (VSU) def. Renata Mattos (UWF), 6-3, 6-4 #4 Tina Trautmann (VSU) def. Taylor Brewster (UWF), 6-1, 6-2 #5 Hollie Bees (VSU) def. Lorena Rebolledo (UWF) 6-1, 6-2 #6 Karine Redon (VSU) def. Tatiana Rodrigues (UWF), 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

Consultant Raises Concerns About Alaska Gas Project

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first_imgHe says they include a competitive market and a laundry list of tasks the state will need to achieve, such as finding buyers, insulating itself from cost overruns and buying gas at commercially reasonable prices from its former project partners, the North Slope’s major energy companies. Walker says the project will be pursued only if it has long-term customers and not “at all costs.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A legislative consultant is raising red flags about Alaska taking the lead on a major proposed liquefied natural gas project, even as Gov. Bill Walker has said he’s comfortable with it. In a recent report to lawmakers, consultant Nikos Tsafos outlined challenges threatening the project’s potential for success. Legislators are scheduled to hear a project update Monday.last_img read more

We are ready for New Zealand – Fowler – Sunshine Girls brace for NZ test in Quad Series following positive start

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first_imgHaving defeated South Africa in their opening match of the four-nation Vitality Netball Nations Cup, Sunshine Girls captain Jhaniele Fowler said the Jamaicans are pumped up ahead of tomorrow’s clash against world champions New Zealand in Birmingham, England.The Sunshine Girls, who are ranked fourth in the world, turned back the challenge of the world’s number five ranked South Africans, 59-54 in Nottingham, England, on Sunday.Tomorrow’s clash is a top-of-the-table encounter between the two sides and victory for either team will guarantee them a spot in Sunday’s final. CONFIDENT Fowler told The Gleaner from the team’s base in Birmingham yesterday, that the Jamaicans are quietly confident ahead of this game.“A lot is at stake and so we want to come out victorious,” said Fowler. “We are feeling confident and positive about ourselves and our processes that we are trusting in and we are ready to go against New Zealand.”“We have gained a lot of confidence from that victory (over South Africa) because that was a game that we wanted to right some wrongs and so we just want to push forward to other games,” added Fowler in reference to the Jamaicans’ loss to South Africa at last year’s Netball World Cup and their overall disappointment at that championship, where they finished fifth.Like the Jamaicans, the New Zealanders got off to a winning start, recording a 64-48 victory over hosts England in their opening match.Fowler, who is rated as the best goal shooter in the world, underlined that they will be going all out for victory and are bracing for a tough challenge from the New Zealand outfit.“We are looking forward to it because we know that it is going to be a challenge just like every game,” Fowler said.“New Zealand are the world champions at the moment and so we know that we have to be very strong in all departments going up against them,” she further stated.Fowler, on Sunday produced an excellent performance in the Sunshine Girls’ win, netting 46 goals from 47 attempts.She noted that she has been putting in a lot of work in the shooting circle and is now reaping the rewards from it.“I am feeling really good about it because I have been putting in a lot of work and so it is good to see it paying off,” said Fowler.The skipper will be hoping to register another strong performance tomorrow and lead her team to what would be a statement win against the New Zealanders.last_img read more

Report: Bristol City Women 1-0 Durham Ladies

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first_imgOlivia Fergusson’s first-half strike was enough to earn Bristol City three points and a valuable victory over title rivals Durham in a hard-fought encounter at Stoke Gifford Stadium.Fergusson profited from a mistake by Durham defender Sarah McFadden in the 19th minute, steering a low drive passed Helen Alderson in the Durham goal. In a tight game of few chances between two teams gunning for promotion, the Vixens had the better opportunities to extend their lead. Goal-scorer Fergusson was unlucky not to add to her tally in the 39th minute, seeing her acrobatic volley well saved by Alderson.Chloe Arthur should have done better on the stroke of half-time but sent her volley from Jodie Brett’s left-wing corner high over the bar from six yards.The second period continued in the same pattern as the first with both teams struggling to create any clear-cut chances. Bristol City skipper Hayley Ladd should have scored when she rose unmarked to meet another Brett corner, but her header went narrowly wide of the right-hand post. The closest Durham came to scoring was in the 75th minute when Bristol City goalkeeper Hannah Reid moved smartly off her line to smother at the feet of Durham striker Natalie Guttering.Olivia Fergusson believes the destiny of Bristol City is now firmly in their own hands after her goal secured a vital win over fellow FA WSL 2 promotion candidates Durham at Stoke Gifford Stadium.The striker was unlucky not to add to her tally in the 39th minute, seeing her acrobatic volley well saved by Alderson, but was left delighted to head into their five-week break with a win to put pressure on those vying to reach WSL 1.”It was a good win for us, it’s important for us to beat our promotion rivals, especially at this stage of the season,” she said.”In the first half the girls all performed really well, it was a really good game, then Durham threw everything at us but I think our defence and goalkeeper dealt with the pressure really well.”We’ve got five weeks now until the Everton game, there’s a few girls with niggles so it will be about managing those injuries and getting everyone back to full fitness.”Now we’ll be focusing on ourselves, controlling the controllables as (head coach) Willie Kirk always says.”The aim at the start of the season was to win promotion, being greedy the aim was to win the Championship. It’s in our hands now, so that’s what we’ve got to go for and we want to win every game.”Despite being a goal down, Durham were far from out of the game, although both sides found it difficult to create chances in the second half.Attendance: 870last_img read more

Sheedy blown away by new training facility

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first_img‘World Class facility’Pat Lam’s squad made the move to the Failand facility on Monday, July 6th before beginning contact training two days later – and Sheedy says the squad have been blown away their new headquarters.“We want to be at the top of Europe and this World Class facility is definitely a nice steppingstone to doing that,” he said.“I remember seeing it when it was being built; you see a few pictures of it and you think: ‘that’s good’, but when you actually step foot in it, you can’t put into words how good it actually is.”’New faces’The Bears number ten also praised the impact of the squad’s newest arrivals, with Kyle Sinckler, Semi Radradra, Max Malins, Ben Earl, Mitch Eadie and Chris Cook having already linked up with their new teammates“Rugby is strange – you see some good friends leave but then you’ve got new boys coming in who have definitely added value,” he continued.“World class talent on the pitch and then some great coaches coming in who we are learning from already. The new boys have settled in really well, they’ve come into the culture and the Bears way, and it’s as if they’ve been here for years – they’ve fitted in really well.’Ready for the restart’“Being in training, still in small groups, it feels a little bit more normal and we’re so excited to get back to Ashton Gate, and in time, in front of the crowd whenever that is allowed.“But the biggest thing is gearing up towards that Premiership return and making sure we’re ready to go whenever the restart is.”last_img read more

Arsenal v Fulham player ratings

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first_imgSee also:Fulham are beaten by Cazorla’s doubleBoss is confident Fulham will stay up Fulham showed plenty of fighting spirit but eventually succumbed to the Premier League leaders. Here’s how we rated the players in their 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.Maarten Stekelenburg: 7Produced good saves to delay Arsenal getting in front, particularly when denying Bacary Sagna and Serge Gnabry.Sascha Riether: 7Had a solid game at right-back but was badly positioned in the build-up to Arsenal’s second goal. That lapse aside, he did well.AdChoices广告Brede Hangeland: 7Outstanding in the first half, marshalling an under-pressure defence and saving the day with a number of excellent challenges, showing how much he’s been missed while sidelined. Was given the runaround in the second half as Arsenal took control. Perhaps his lack of match fitness following his recent injury lay-off caught up with him.Dan Burn: 7A tough Premier League debut for the centre-back but he can feel proud of his display. Reads the game well despite his relative lack of experience and is quick once he gets into his stride.Kieran Richardson: 7Hardly able to get forward at all but showed he is capable of doing a solid job at the back.Ashkan Dejagah: 7Occasionally a threat on the counter-attack but most of his best work came in his own half, where he offered excellent cover for Riether down the right-hand side.Steve Sidwell: 8Had an excellent game against his former club. He passed the ball well, closed down brilliantly and almost scored with a cracking volley.Scott Parker: 7Also had an effective game in midfield, where Fulham needed to have some success in order to avoid being overrun by a slick Arsenal side. Sidwell and Parker made sure the visitors were in the game well into the second half.Alexander Kacaniklic: 7The young Swede missed a decent chance but had a good game overall. Full of running, especially off the ball, and willing to put a foot in when needed.Clint Dempsey: 5A disappointing afternoon for the American, who struggled to get into the game in his first league appearance since rejoining Fulham on loan from Seattle Sounders.Dimitar Berbatov: 7His representatives have been quick to talk up potential interest from Arsenal, and Berbatov certainly showed Gunners boss Arsene Wenger what he is capable of. His touch and link-up play was top-class, especially in the first half. Constantly looked to make things happen and his movement gave Arsenal problems.Darren Bent: 5Struggled to get info the game after coming on and when a chance did come his way he made a mess of it.ArsenalThe Gunners continue to answer the critics who argue they won’t last the course in the title race. They showed great persistence against a team that frustrated them for long spells, and the all-important opener was a beauty, with Santi Cazorla finishing off a lovely move – the first of his two fine goals.Man of the match: Cazorla Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

There is no shortage of award winners in the shortened season…

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first_imgThe Latvian classic rugby top league season starts on Tuesday, before which most of the team representatives did not hide quite specific goals at the press conference. Content will continue after the ad Advertising Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the teams of six clubs will start in the shortened season of the Latvian rugby championship – “Livonia” / “Garkalne”, “Miesnieki” / “Ķekava”, LMT / “Eži”, “Jūrmala”, Valmiera “Fenikss” and “Rāmavas Lāči” who will play a single round tournament.Already in the first game on Tuesday in the stadium of Riga Technical College, the vice-champion “Ķekava” / “Miesnieks” will examine the “Rāmavas lāču” unit, where many young rugby players are playing.As Bautris told a news conference on Monday, the name “Rāmavas bears” came from the team because he himself lives near Rāmava, from where the team has several players. Also, one of the sponsors is from Rāmava.“There are a lot of young guys in the team, but if we talk about adults – we have players who are over 20 and who are under 40, but none of them played in the championship last year. We also got guys from the Vikings. “Maybe there will be one guy from Eleja, maybe another one from the” butchers “who will not be able to play in the big team. In the first game against the” butchers “the main thing will be not to be injured. Time will tell which team will be formed,” . In turn, the head coach of “Miesnieki” Kristaps Andersons revealed that until the middle of August, the team’s primary will be the Baltic “Top League” championship.“Given that the calendar overlapped, we will play in the Latvian Championship with those players who spend less time in the” Top League “. Let’s watch the autumn cycle, because the calendar is different this year In any case, we will go and fight with the players we have, “Anderson said.Artūrs Baranovskis, the representative of the national champion “Garkalne” / “Livonia”, noted that the team does not have a head coach yet, but there are two foreign players who share valuable experience and knowledge.“We will win the Latvian championship. We have lost two games in the Baltic” Top League “, so now we will have to work twice to make up for the loss.“Eži” / “EK Sistēmas” rugbyists are also ready to fight for the title of national champion and the Latvian Cup. “There is a fight for the composition, there is competition in the team. We will meet in the games,” said the head coach of the unit Mārtiņš Straume.The head coach of Valmiera “Phoenix” Kristaps Staņa did not hide that the task of Vidzeme residents is quite simple – to keep the players in good physical shape until the end of the season in autumn.“We want to get into the top four team and fight for the Latvian Cup. We had bigger plans with games abroad, but everything was paused. One of the good news is that already this year we could manage to open the field in Brenguli, which is being built by the federation and Valmiera region. We have not yet set the goal, but we are waiting for the moment when we will be able to conduct the first trainings there.“Jurmala” head coach Oleg Voronin added that the preparation conditions for all clubs were similar.“Obviously, the players are not well prepared, but the season has to start. We are building a new team, and the first goal is to keep the existing players, as well as involve a lot of new players in the games. There is also a maximum program – to win prizes in the championship. will or will not achieve, “explained Voronin.LRF President Aivars Pilenieks admitted that there are countries where rugby is not played at all due to the pandemic, and against this background Latvian teams can feel happy that they have the opportunity to participate in matches.“The season this year will be much shorter and more intense, but maybe more interesting. Thanks to Uldis, who also applied for a junior team with a combination of experience and youth. The young guys will have a good experience and maybe a core for a good team in the future. we mainly play with positive emotions, which I also wish to each team and each player, “stressed Pilenieks.The Latvian championship will take place in five rounds from July 14 to September 6.The semi-finals of the Latvian Cup will take place on September 19, but the cup final is scheduled for September 26. The Latvian rugby-7 championship will take place on August 29 in Baldone.last_img read more

Super Falcons Stagnant in September FIFA Rankings

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first_imgNigeria remained 36th in the latest FIFA Ranking for Women’s national teams released on Friday, September 27.The Super Falcons maintained their position as Africa’s highest ranked team and consequently, remain the longest number one ranked team in a continent irrespective of gender. In the last ranking released in July, Nigeria climbed two spots in the world, but remain stagnant in September.On the African scene, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Ivory Coast trail Nigeria to complete the top five.The next Women’s World Ranking will be released December, 13 2019.  RelatedFIFA Ranking: Falcons End 2017 As Africa’s No.1December 16, 2017In “Africa”Super Falcons Rise in Latest FIFA Women RankingsMarch 30, 2019In “National Team”Super Falcons Slump in Latest FIFA RankingsDecember 7, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

Kwadwo Asamoah makes return

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first_imgKwadwo Asamoah has made his long awaited return from injury after four months out on the sidelines.The Ghana midfielder was thrown into the deep end in his first competitive match and handed a start in Udinese’s 0-1 loss to Palermo over the weekend before being taken off on the 90th minute mark.The former Liberty Professionals player burst onto the Serie A scene last season in style but had to watch the opening games of the season from the stands after picking up a knee injury in pre-season.His return will be a major boost for Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac ahead of the final world cup qualifying game against Mali in Kumasi on November 15.Even though Ghana has already qualified for the world cup, two straight losses in recent games against Japan and Benin is beginning to worry Rajevac who is determined to end the bad run.He would also have monitored the performance of Ghanaian players abroad over the weekend with a smile on his face. Sulley Muntari was picked once again by Jose Mourinho and the Ghanaian rewarded the manager’s faith with the opening goal in their 2-1 win over Catania. Even though he admitted it had been a freak goal, Muntari was still delighted and is hoping it will provide the spark for a season that has been unusually difficult for him.Michael Essien hit a fine goal for Chelsea in their 5-0 demolition of Blackburn Rovers while in France, Asamoah Gyan struck a wonderful third goal for Stade Rennes in their 3-0 win over Montpellier to take his season’s tally so far to five goals.Source: Kickoff.comlast_img read more