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Bayside Dredging Season Prolonged

first_imgThe N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) has reached the decision to extend the season for Bayside Dredging works from February 28 to March 31.This was announced yesterday by the Ocean City Mayor, Jay Gillian, who received the word from the NJDEP that the season for dredging activity in the bay has been prolonged to March 31.As stated in the release, the extension provides Ocean City residents an additional month to arrange for dredging their private slips.“The extension of in-water dredging activity is a result of current data provided to NJDEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife showing protected fish migration begins closer to April 1 than previously believed,” the officials said.According to the notice, this extension gives residents an additional four weeks for slip dredging and alleviates concerns about insufficient time to complete work prior to the cutoff date. Trident Marine and Scarborough Marine Group are actively working to coordinate and complete dredging of private properties for interested homeowners.The program has successfully completed dredging of 95,000 cubic yards from city waters and 54,000 cubic yards from state channels over the past three years. Slip owners have taken advantage of the opportunity to remove close to 41,000 cubic yards through private dredging efforts.The mayor will hold a town hall meeting later this winter to present the 2019-2020 dredge program currently being designed to maintain open waterways in Ocean City.last_img read more

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Death is so personal it can’t be politicised

first_imgSydney Morning Herald 23 Oct 2012Julie Fewster is a former pastoral care worker at Sacred Heart  Hospice.Right now there are two people in my life wanting to die. My 19-year-old  university student friend Josh made his intentions really, really clear last  week. He stood in front of a train. It didn’t kill him and he is vigorously  being kept alive in intensive care. My 86-year-old dad, Bob, who lives in an  aged care facility, regularly quotes the  Ol’ Man River song “I’m tired  of living, but scared of dying.”So with all this talk about the possibility of legalising euthanasia, what’s  the difference between Josh’s suicide attempt and assisted suicide should my dad  Bob want it?Having worked as a pastoral carer at a hospice for the dying, baptised dying  babies, and witnessed more than 200 deaths, I have heard the  physical and  spiritual pain and cries  of the dying, and their families and friends. All I  know is when it comes to death people have divided reactions. With something so  personal, it is dangerous to make it political and legalise euthanasia.Some are praying for Josh to live no matter how hard it will be for him and  his shattered family to cope with his shocking, permanent brain injuries or  asking if Josh wanted to die, why did they try to save him? That he will be  useless now anyway so let him die.<iframe id=”dcAd-1-4″ src=”http://ad-apac.doubleclick.net/adi/onl.smh.news/opinion/societyandculture;cat=opinion;cat1=societyandculture;ctype=article;pos=3;sz=300×250;tile=4;ord=4.1015104E7?” width=’300′ height=’250′ scrolling=”no” marginheight=”0″ marginwidth=”0″ allowtransparency=”true” frameborder=”0″> </iframe>Most people say (and sometimes I think) that it will be a relief when dad  goes – losing his marbles as he is, as well as being a cranky, proud old  bastard. The main thing dad hates most is his loss of dignity – he really hates  to have to constantly change his pull-ups and that he has no privacy. He hates  that his body needs so many hands on it – to change things, rub things, make him  swallow things. He feels diminished when he has to lift his arms like a child to  let me put on his jumper, or can’t stand up to fasten his trousers (”a bank  manager wouldn’t be seen dead in tracky daks”), can’t do up his own seatbelt,  or see the food on his clothes, walk me to the door, or slip me a crisp $50  note.Since dad has been at his most undignified, I have had a choice. To leave him  alone (which still I frustratedly do now and then),  do what he says (”take me  out the back and shoot me”)  or learn to love him no matter what. We struggle.  We have learnt to look at each other with compassion when I kneel before him and  dry his feet, when I tell him he still looks like Frank Sinatra after I cut and  comb his hair and when he tells me it’s not right that a daughter has to wipe  his bottom. I’ve learnt to walk really, really slowly beside him. I tune in to  the little sighs, sometimes our breaths align. We’re both learning about  patience and saying sorry – there are tears and curses. In our daily  ministrations we are learning to say, no matter what you are going through I  love you, I will not leave you alone and you are still worth something in this  world. Even in this state.Research tell us that the reason people try to kill themselves is primarily  due to strong feelings of disconnection to people and society, a sense of  isolation and/or lack of belonging, and a feeling of ineffectiveness or the  sense of being a burden for others. Spiritually, a loss of hope.Being highly functional and in control is a highly prized concept in our  western world. But death is about as out of control as it gets in life. After  witnessing so many deaths, I know you should never underestimate a person’s will  to live; even if the rest of us don’t think it’s a life much worth living.Our expectations that we don’t have to endure being out of control or to  suffer indignities is feeding a growing sense of entitlement that dulls our  capacity and willingness to experience pain and suffering. Yet these two things  give us empathy, which leads to tolerance, compassion and love.When a young person like Josh attempts suicide we cry ”oh no, there must be  something wrong with him”, or we blame ourselves. We rarely say, “that’s OK,  they were sick of living and it’s their right to choose”. I already hear the  rumblings of  ”he would be better off dead”. Better for who?What part of us says it’s OK to look at a sleepy, drooling, pant-dirtying  group of old people with dementia and say they can choose to die if they want?   Or let someone else says it’s ok.http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/society-and-culture/death-is-so-personal-it-cant-be-politicised-20121022-281h7.htmllast_img read more

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LIAT resumes commercial flights into Dominica

first_imgLI581 landed at the Douglas-Charles Airport at 8:14AM on Friday 18 September 2015 (Photo courtesy: The Office of the Prime Minister)LIAT, the Caribbean Airline, has resumed its service to Dominica after Tropical Storm Erika ravaged the island last month. Over forty (40) passengers arrived on that flight LI581 at Douglas Charles Airport at 8:14AM on Friday 18 September including International Relief Coordinator, Baroness Patricia Scotland, while forty-two (42) passengers left on the return flight.“It is the first scheduled passenger flight, and we hope that more will continue so that persons coming to and from Dominica, it would be a lot easier for them,” Senator Tonge told Dominica Vibes on Friday.The Douglas Charles Airport was ravaged by storm waters from Tropical Storm Erika on 27 August 2015 which now requires a replacement for all equipment, estimated at a cost of 39.5 million dollars to fully restore the facility.Earlier this week Chief Executive Officer of LIAT, David Evans applauded the government and people of Dominica for their resilience and tireless efforts to get the country back to a state of normalcy following the storm.LIAT flight LI581 (Photo courtesy: The Office of the Prime Minister)LIAT will increase to two daily flights from Saturday September 19.Effective Saturday, September 19, LI 364 will depart Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados at 14:20 daily, arriving at the Douglas-Charles Airport at 15:20. On Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday the service continues to Guadeloupe and Antigua arriving at 16:25 and 17:20 respectively. On Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, the service continues non-stop to Antigua, departing Dominica at 16:00 and arriving in Antigua at 16:40.Though much effort has been made to restore the facility, all night flights in and out of Dominica remain suspended until further notice. Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 277 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share BusinessLifestyleLocalNewsRegionalTravel LIAT resumes commercial flights into Dominica by: Dominica Vibes News – September 18, 2015 Sharelast_img read more

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Charlie K. Sprague, 94, Brookville

first_imgCharles K. “Charlie” Sprague, age 94, of Brookville, Indiana died peacefully early Saturday morning August 17, 2019 at his residence in Brookville.Born June 6, 1925 in Kurtz, Indiana he was the son of the late Charlie & Helen (Fleetwood) Sprague.  He was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II.  On August 17, 1952 he was united in marriage to the former Betty L. Goen, and she preceded him in death on March 10, 2014.Charlie was retired, having taught school and coached at the former Brookville High School and later Franklin County High School for 39 years.  He also was self employed selling insurance for many years.  He served on the Franklin County Community School Board for 24 years; and held various offices throughout that time on the board.He was a member of the Brookville United Methodist Church, the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion where he was Past Commander, and had also served for many years as the Chaplain of the Firing Squad; the Harmony Masonic Lodge # 11 F. & A.M. for over 60 years; as well as the Franklin County Retired Teachers Association.Survivors include two sons & daughters-in-law, Randy & Sherry Sprague of Greenfield, Indiana and Rusty & Jean Sprague of Brookville, Indiana; three grandchildren Justin Sprague of Indianapolis, Indiana, Ryan Sprague of Indianapolis, Indianan and Amber Kriech of Carmel, Indiana.In addition to his parents and wife of 62 years, Betty, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathy Kriech.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville, where Masonic Memorial Services will begin at 7:00 P.M..Pastor Steve Rundel, of the Brookville United Methodist Church, will officiate the Funeral Services on Thursday, August 22, 2019, 10:00 A.M., at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home.  Burial with full military graveside honors by the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Franklin County Community Foundation for the Brookville Aquatic Center.  The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to once again serve the Sprague family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

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Doris “Dodie” G. Reynolds

first_imgDoris “Dodie” Gene Reynolds, age 95 of Dillsboro, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Waters of Dillsboro in Dillsboro, IN.  The daughter of Lawrence and Ethel (nee: Reed) Rogers was born on November 16, 1924.The Western Hills High School graduate enjoyed her job at Aurora Elementary as a cook. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and walking.  She especially enjoyed her beer and doing puzzles. Dodie will be dearly missed by her family and friends.She is survived by her daughter Patty Oak (Perry) of Chesterville, IN; two sons Dave Reynolds (Karen) of Holton, IN and Doug Reynolds of La Grange, KY; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Jan Caldwell and Mary Foley.A memorial service will be held on Saturday June 6, 2020  at 2:00pm at Meyers Funeral Home.  Due to the COVID-19 precautions, if you are not feeling well, or if you have compromised immune system, you are encouraged to stay home.  All attending will be asked to follow proper social distancing protocol.We also encourage you to leave a message at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com on Dodie’s obituary page for the family in the online guestbook.last_img read more

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COVID-19: FIFA, WHO launch ‘BeActive’ campaign for people to keep fit

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike FIFA has joined forces with the UN and World Health Organisation in supporting the “BeActive” campaign to encourage people to keep fit and fight the Coronavirus Disease. The WHO said this in a statement posted on its website. According to the statement, the campaign was launched on the UN International Day of Sport for Development and Peace to encourage people to be HealthyAtHome during the pandemic. IDSDP is an annual celebration of the power of sport to drive social change, community development and to foster peace and understanding and it is globally celebrated on April 6 annually. According to the statement, WHO recommends all healthy adults do at least 30 minutes a day of physical activity and children at least 60 minutes per day. It said: “As part of this, BeActive and remain HealthyAtHome include the following suggestions along with any other form of recreation to stay healthy at home: “Taking some online exercise classes, dancing, playing active video games, jumping rope, and practising muscle strength and balance training.” It quoted António Guterres Secretary-General of UN as saying: “We are delighted that football is strongly supporting the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace. “We are happy that football is strongly supporting the international day by asking everyone to BeActive and to remain healthy at home during this difficult time. ”FIFA has asked the football community, from member associations and clubs, to players and fans, to show their support, to put their rivalries aside and to show a new solidarity so we can overcome the coronavirus. “This is an important lesson not only for today, but for every day.” The statement also quoted FIFA President Gianni Infantino as saying: “More than ever, especially now, one thing must be clear to everyone, health comes first. “FIFA is delighted to support both the UN and the WHO in amplifying the BeActive campaign today. “We are encouraged that the football community is also playing an active role in ensuring the message is understood globally. “For the first time ever, we are all on the same team and together, with team spirit and positive energy, we will win.” According to the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, BeActive campaign supports WHO’s drive to help people be healthy at home. “WHO is proud to collaborate as part of the UN family with FIFA and football lovers worldwide to promote the importance of being active for both physical and mental health,” Ghebreyesus stated. The campaign kicks off with Real Madrid CF, FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC asking football fans to set aside their rivalries and to come together to BeActive in order to defeat the coronavirus. Other clubs include Club América, CD Guadalajara, Beijing Guoan FC, Shanghai Shenhua FC, Mohun Bagan AC, East Bengal FC, Melbourne City FC, Sydney FC and Auckland City FC. Also to join the initiative in the coming days are Team Wellington FC, CA River Plate, Olympique de Marseille, TP Mazembe, CR Flamengo and SE Palmeiras. As part of the campaign, world-famous players share the following message: “At this time, even rivals need to stick together. “We have to keep our distance, but we do not lose our focus. We can show solidarity by being active, and active means following the guidelines from the WHO.”Tags: CoronavirusFIFAhealthyAtHomeUn International Day of Sportlast_img read more

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Ferguson not swayed by Mancini comments

first_img As they attempt to close a 12-point gap that could have widened to 15 before they face Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, City have been keen to talk up the potential for Manchester United to drop points over the final 12 games. Their hope is sustained by the knowledge United blew an eight-point advantage in the space of just six matches last term and Roberto Mancini is confident it may happen again. But Ferguson said: “They are going on about us dropping points – but I would say the same thing to be honest. The fact of the matter is they will drop points too. It is unavoidable.” Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is determined not to fall for Manchester City’s title kidology. Ferguson went on: “Teams drop points. It is a tough league. It is not easy winning all your games. At the moment we have a good momentum. The only thing we can do is try to win our next match and see where it takes us.” Yet there is already half an eye turning towards that crucial Champions League second-leg encounter with Real Madrid, for which Ferguson has confirmed Phil Jones has only an “outside chance” of being fit for after he injured an ankle in Monday’s FA Cup win over Reading. Jones suffered the problem in a crunching tackle with Jobi McAnuff, the execution of which has been criticised by Bryan Robson, amongst others. It is not the first time Jones’ technique has been questioned. However, Ferguson said: “He tackled awkwardly. It is the tackle of a young man. He was going in too bravely. He was unbalanced and ended up with a sore one. But you can’t measure a person by a tackle. “He has the courage and willingness to tackle. Bryan Robson was exactly the same. Bryan couldn’t see danger and neither can Phil. That is a lot to do with the courage they have. You are not going to take that out of them. I wouldn’t even attempt that. “He did an incredible job against Real Madrid. The great thing Phil has got is that he doesn’t care who he is playing against. There is no fear about playing against anyone. We will have to wait and see. It is two weeks away and a lot can happen in that time. He has an outside chance, but no more than that.” Jones will certainly miss the QPR encounter and Wayne Rooney is also likely to be absent after sitting out the Reading victory with a sinus problem. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Sagna in talks over new Arsenal deal

first_imgArsenal defender Bacary Sagna has confirmed he is in talks to extend his contract, but the full-back has not ruled out a return to France for a “new challenge” in the future. Sagna, 30, is entering into the final season of his current deal at the Emirates Stadium, and so could become a free agent this time next year and agree a lucrative Bosman transfer. Big-spending Paris St Germain and Monaco are said to be monitoring the situation and the former Auxerre defender told L’Equipe: “There are [talks], but I still haven’t extended my contract. I am talking, and I am not at a bad club either.” When asked whether he could return to play in France, Sagna, who is currently on international duty, added: “It is possible. “We would have to see in which conditions and, in sporting terms, what they propose. I won’t go just anywhere. “If I stay at Arsenal, I will try to have a good season, there’s the World Cup at the end of it. “If I am to leave, it will be a new challenge.” Swansea’s Ashley Williams and Borussia Dortmund defender Lukasz Piszczek are two reported targets should Gunners boss Arsene Wenger decide to overhaul the rearguard again in the summer, with captain Thomas Vermaelen vowing to stay on and battle for his place in central defence while Laurent Koscielny has emerged as a target for Champions League winners Bayern Munich. Wenger has some £100million with which to improve his squad for a long-overdue serious title challenge. A large chuck of that warchest – to include both transfer fees and wages which will be freed up by off loading surplus squad men – is understood to be set aside for attacking reinforcements, with England striker Wayne Rooney, Swansea forward Michu and Real Madrid frontman Gonzalo Higuain all on Wenger’s radar while a move for France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo is set to be completed shortly. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Toffees tame Tigers on final day

first_img Hull had half-chances to go level, Phil Jagielka’s back-pass almost gifting former team-mate Nikica Jelavic a one-on-one and Sone Aluko driving over from 20 yards. Everton’s promptings were more threatening, with Gareth Barry more involved than usual in driving the side forward. But the finishing was less than clinical, Naismith side-footing wide and Lukaku scuffing a first-time effort, both from good positions. Hull appealed for a penalty on the half-hour when Lukaku, stationed on the end of the wall, appeared to move his arm towards Jelavic’s free-kick but Howard Webb was uninterested. The hosts were certainly struggling to get the job done from open play, with Tim Howard only kept interested by a pair of low drives from Maynor Figueroa. Everton might have nicked a second before the break when McCarthy’s cross was deftly turned goalwards by Lukaku, but McGregor was alive to the danger. Lukaku did not have to wait long for his goal, with the second half underway only a matter of seconds when he picked up Leon Osman’s through ball, shrugged off McShane and fired home. For McShane it was the kind of moment that bodes ill for Wembley and, with his comeback cut short in the 62nd minute, he faces a nervous wait. Jelavic has no such uncertainty over his place having been cup-tied earlier in the season and he was replaced in the 54th minute by Matty Fryatt, his likely stand-in next weekend. His arrival prompted the home contingent into a chorus of ‘Que Sera Sera’ but on the pitch Hull were looking like anything but potential cup winners. With little else of note happening it was impossible for minds not to drift towards the final, not least when Hull’s player of the year Curtis Davies hobbled away from a coming together with the muscular Lukaku. Fortunately for Bruce, who had pondered resting the 29-year-old, he was soon back at full tilt, almost scoring from a corner late on. The end-of-term feel continued when Bruce handed club captain Robert Koren a 17-minute cameo in what seems likely be his final appearance at the KC Stadium, but he could not lift the Tigers. For the hosts, an impressive return to the top-flight ends on something of a bum note with just one win from their last eight fixtures and four points from a possible 24. Steve Bruce’s side still have a first-ever cup final to look forward to against Arsenal next weekend, but they will need to be significantly better than this to compete with the Gunners. There was some good news with Allan McGregor and Paul McShane both coming through comeback matches to put their names in the hat for Wembley, but both could have done better for Everton’s goals. Everton left World Cup hopeful Ross Barkley out of their squad, along with John Stones, but they did not miss him in a neatly crafted opener. Sylvain Distin played the ball forward to Lukaku, collecting with his back to goal, before laying off to Steven Naismith, who spotted McCarthy appearing on the overlap. The Irishman connected well but McGregor was well-placed enough to do more than parry it into the far corner. For McCarthy, it was a first goal in 39 matches since arriving from Wigan. The away fans celebrated heartily, though that was not a patch on the roar they mustered when news filtered through that rivals Liverpool had gone behind to Newcastle. Everton boss Roberto Martinez would dearly love to make the Belgian’s stay a more permanent arrangement following a hugely successful season-long loan from Chelsea, but the striker is sure to have plenty of high-profile suitors. He was the stand-out performer in Everton’s win over the off-form FA Cup finalists, involved in James McCarthy’s ninth-minute opener before showing power and poise to double that lead just after half-time, and otherwise cause the Tigers all manner of problems. Press Association Romelu Lukaku left Everton with a final reminder of his considerable talent as his 15th goal of the Barclays Premier League season helped the Toffees to a 2-0 victory over Hull.last_img read more

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‘I was hung out to dry on KP sacking,’ says Cook

first_imgFORMER England captain Alastair Cook has opened up on the controversial sacking of star batsman Kevin Pietersen, and says he felt “hung out to dry” by English authorities.Pietersen played his last Test in Sydney in early 2014 as England slumped to a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of a rampant Mitchell Johnson and an Australian team led by Michael Clarke.The fallout from Pietersen’s sacking dominated headlines around the England cricket team for the best part of 18 months, culminating with the batsman scoring a triple-century for county side Surrey to prove his worth in the lead-up to the 2015 Ashes, only to be told by the newly appointed director of cricket Andrew Strauss he would not be picked again.Cook this week resigned from the England captaincy after 59 Tests in charge in a four-year span. It prompted Pietersen to take to social media where he tweeted #BringBackKP.Cook, at 32, will carry on in the England Test side as an opening batsman, but it is the presumption that he alone was responsible for the sacking of KP that still rankles.But having set aside the Test leadership, Cook was keen to clear the air and set the record straight with former England captain Nasser Hussain, now a Sky Sports pundit.“It was obviously a big part of my captaincy. I felt like it wasn’t handled particularly well from the ECB,” Cook said of the Pietersen saga.“I was kind of that lightning rod for it. Every person thought it was my decision, and I felt I bore the brunt of that unfairly in my personal opinion.“Because as much power as you have as the England captain, you don’t get the ultimate decision on that sort of thing.Yes, I was part of the decision making – as six or seven others were – but I didn’t have the final trigger.“I felt as if I was the only person who made the decision. I felt a little bit let down by the ECB in that one period, where they let me out to dry a little bit.“But that’s all gone now. It’s part and parcel of the challenges of being captain.“I can’t say now I have any regrets. I’ve tried – whether I’ve got it right or wrong – I’ve tried to do what’s best for English cricket at that time.“In every decision, whether it’s to have another slip or short leg or something behind the scenes, I’ve always gone back to what I think is best for English cricket. That was how I lived my 59 English caps.”last_img read more

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