Press release: Fish released to boost North East rivers

first_imgThe Environment Agency has released more than 8,000 young fish into North East rivers to give stocks a boost.The trout – bred at Kielder Salmon Centre in Northumberland – were released into the tributaries of the River Tyne.There were 4,000 released into the River Ouseburn at Woolsington and Brunton Park, and 4,000 into the River Team near Kibblesworth and Beamish.The fish were released to the two recovering river system to support wider restoration projects and encourage natural recovery of fish stocks in the future.Niall Cook, Fisheries Technical Officer at the Environment Agency in the north east said: Fishing is free for children under 16, although those aged between 13 and 16 still need a junior licence. For anyone over 16, a full annual licence costs from just £30, with some short term and concessionary licences also available. You can buy your fishing licence online It’s hoped by giving the two rivers a boost it will help aid their natural recovery. Restocking is just one of the many things we do together with our partners to develop fisheries, including reducing the impact of any industrial legacy and pollution incidents. But we’re also working hard to improve habitats and remove barriers to fish migration which make it difficult for fish to reach their natural spawning grounds. Water quality is the best it’s been for decades and targeted and appropriate restocking has helped the restoration of natural fish stocks and viable fisheries. In fact returning salmon have already been seen in the lower reaches of the River Team recently, which is great news.center_img Fish releasesEach year Environment Agency staff release thousands of salmon and trout from Kielder Salmon Centre into the River Tyne and its tributaries. The centre breeds 360,000 salmon and between 10,000 and 20,000 trout every year to compensate for the construction of Kielder Reservoir and ensure the River Tyne and its tributaries continue to flourish.In addition, last year they released 40,000 fish including chub, dace, roach, bream, barbel, tench, grayling, crucian carp and rudd into rivers across the North East which were reared at the Environment Agency’s fish farm near Calverton, Nottinghamshire, using funding from rod licence sales.The Environment Agency releases fish into our waterways annually. Fisheries officers target fish stocking activity using data from national fish surveys to identify where there are problems with poor breeding and survival.Angling is a great way to keep healthy and enjoy the natural environment. All rod licence income is used to fund work to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries.last_img read more

SBSS Secures Two New Contracts

first_imgS.B. Submarine Systems (SBSS), a subsea cable installation joint venture between China Comservice and Global Marine Systems, said it has signed two contracts last week: the Hainan OBS Phase 3 project, and the Wando-Jinsan project with Haechun.OBS is a subsea observation cable system in Chinese waters on which SBSS will conduct cable recovery and re-trenching works.Over the past two years, SBSS has completed phase I and II of OBS, one of China State ‘High-Tech Development Plan’ projects, thus continuing its participation in this industry by using its experience of OBS installation techniques to plan, engineer and execute the subsea solution.“With the industry still in its infancy in China, SBSS is pleased to support its growth through technical problem solving and successful delivery,” the company said.Wando-Jinsan is a 13.2-kilometer power cable installation project in Korean waters, with the additional application of 11 kilometers cast iron pipe plus 9 kilometers ROV trenching for enhanced protection in the strong current conditions at the project site.Both Hainan OBS and the Wando-Jinsan projects will begin shortly with CS Fu An and CS Fu Hai already undergoing mobilizations for the projects.last_img read more

USC looks to start spring with victory

first_imgThe USC women’s golf team, fresh off three top-10 finishes in the fall, kicks off its spring schedule Monday with the 2012 Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge.Teeing off · Sophomore Sophia Popov was the best freshman in the country last season, winning Pac-10 and National Freshman of the Year. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports and Information DepartmentThe three-day tournament, held at the Palos Verdes Golf Club, will feature 16 teams, including Pac-12 rivals UCLA and Oregon. The Women of Troy are the two-time defending champions of the tournament, winning individually in 1999 and 2006, and also capturing the 2008 Pac-10 title on the course.The team returns five golfers from the 2011 squad, which won four tournaments, including the 2011 Pac-10 Championship and the 2011 West NCAA Regional. The Women of Troy have been a consistent force in recent years, as evidenced by their top-five finishes in each of the last six years, and seven of the last nine.The Trojans are led by All-Americans senior Lisa McCloskey and sophomore Sophia Popov. The spring season is especially critical for Popov, whose productivity in the fall was hampered by a wrist injury that kept her out of the season-ending SEC/Pac-12. Popov rose to prominence as a freshman, garnering both National and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors while leading the Trojans to yet another strong finish.The team also returns junior Cyna Rodriguez, a 2010-11 All-Pac-10 honorable mention and regular starter last year, as well as senior Inah Park and sophomore Rachel Morris (2011 All-NCAA West Region), both of whom registered multiple starts. Additionally, the team features freshman Kristen Park, the nation’s top women’s recruit and Doris Chen, a leading recruit and former U.S. Girls’ junior champion.USC is anchored by coach Andrea Gaston, who is in her 16th year at the helm of the squad. Last year proved to be an especially successful year for Gaston, who was named National Golf Coaches Association National Coach of the Year for the second time, leading USC to four tournament victories.Though the Women of Troy were unable to replicate their dominance from the previous year, the fall season marked a trend of improvement. After starting slowly and finishing eighth at the 2011 Fall Preview in September, the team bounced back to finish in sixth place at October’s Stanford Intercollegiate tournament, which is even more impressive considering Popov’s wrist injury early in the second round of play. This was followed by an even stronger performance at the Pac-12 Challenge in November, where the Women of Troy tied for fourth — despite fielding four starters.“Our fab four have something in which they can be very proud,” Gaston said. “It was a big-time field, so this was a darn good performance to have low round of the day. It was a difficult and long course that required a lot of patience on the greens.”McCloskey provided the team’s most consistent effort, recording three top 10 finishes, including a mark of seventh at the Pac-12 Challenge to conclude the fall campaign.Following this tournament, the Trojans will have two weeks off before participating in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans Feb. 26-28.last_img read more

Ronaldo does it again as Real dump PSG out of Europe

first_img0Shares0000Ronaldo strikes as Real bury PSG to reach quarter-finalsPARIS, France, Mar 6 – Cristiano Ronaldo and Casemiro got the goals for Real Madrid as the holders won 2-1 away to a Paris Saint-Germain side missing Neymar to secure their place in the Champions League quarter-finals on Tuesday.Ronaldo had scored twice — including his 100th goal for Real in the competition — as they won 3-1 in the first leg in Spain last month, and his header early in the second half at the Parc des Princes effectively ended the French club’s hopes of progressing. Edinson Cavani equalised on the night for PSG, but only after they had Marco Verratti sent off, and Casemiro’s late goal secured an ultimately comprehensive 5-2 aggregate victory for Zinedine Zidane’s side.PSG never looked like turning the tie around in the absence of the injured Neymar, and it was a horribly flat way for them to exit the competition.As they limp out, Real’s dream of becoming the first team in more than 40 years to win three successive European Cups remains alive.A year after their spectacular collapse against Barcelona in the last 16, when they were humiliated 6-1 away in the return after a stunning 4-0 win at home, PSG had hoped to produce a memorable comeback themselves this time.Yet, shorn of the world’s most expensive player, who is back in Brazil recuperating from a foot operation, they struggled to create chances, and the night will be remembered just as much for the stupidity of a section of their supporters.Flares were lit en masse on several occasions at one end of the ground, once even leading to a brief stoppage in play, and PSG will face punishment from UEFA as a result.– Di Maria flops –Without Neymar, this was Angel Di Maria’s big chance to shine after he was left on the bench for the entirety of the first leg, but nothing came off for the Argentine against his former side, his performance symbolic of a wider malaise in the home ranks.They had only made Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas work once in the first half, from Kylian Mbappe’s shot in the 43rd minute.In contrast, Alphonse Areola had kept the home side in the game with two fine saves to deny Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema before the interval.That just delayed the inevitable. Having come close with a header moments earlier, Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 51st minute, heading in a Lucas Vazquez cross for his third goal in the tie.The goal had come from an error by Dani Alves initially, and it completely punctured PSG and the atmosphere.The tie had escaped them before Verratti was sent off midway through the second half, picking up a second yellow card for dissent.Substitute Javier Pastore’s header deflected into the net off Cavani in the 71st minute to level the scores on the night, but more poor defending allowed Real to make it 2-1 with 10 minutes left.Unable to clear their lines in their own area, PSG saw Casemiro’s shot go in via a Marquinhos deflection.With Marco Asensio and Isco both hitting the post in the second half for Real, the visitors more than deserved their win on the night, as well as in the tie.That rubbed more salt into the wounds for PSG, who had not lost any of their previous 51 home games in all competitions, a run going back two years to before the start of Unai Emery’s reign as coach.This defeat is likely to hasten the end of his time in charge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vodacom Bulls raise funds for education

first_img18 January 2012The 2012 Vodacom Super Rugby season is fast approaching, and the Vodacom Bulls are preparing for the kick-off on the weekend of 24-25 February by using a pre-season match to raise money for matriculants to pursue tertiary education.On Monday, the Blue Bulls Company announced a three-year partnership with the Polokwane Municipality aimed at generating funds for first-year students from disadvantaged backgrounds.The charity drive will begin at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on 11 February, when the Bulls take on the Toyota Cheetahs in a pre-season fixture.The venue hosted four matches in the 2010 Fifa World Cup. That same year, the 41 733-seater stadium played host to a highly successful warm-up clash between the Bulls and Lions. Now the organisers are hoping for another big turnout from rugby fans for the clash against the Cheetahs.‘Inspire youngsters’Blue Bulls Rugby Union Louis president Louis Nel said: “I think that the success of the Vodacom Bulls in the Vodacom Super Rugby competition, as well as the popularity of our players and franchise, will boost the Polokwane Municipality and inspire the youngsters to follow their dreams.“We are proud to work in conjunction with Polokwane on an initiative that is dear to our hearts and we are confident that we will make a significant impact on the lives of our future leaders.”Polokwane Mayor Freddy Greaver said the Bulls set a trend of high standards and expectation when they played the Lions in the city, which has resulted in a demand for more by the rugby public in his municipality.“The Vodacom Bulls have started a culture here in Polokwane, which continues to grow,” reckoned Greaver.‘Loved and admired’“The players are loved and admired by our rugby-starved residents, and after having experienced such a memorable game last year, they want more.“I have no doubt this warm-up game will be a success and I’m grateful to the Blue Bulls Company for paving the way to a bright future for our young learners, most of whom are unable to afford tertiary education. I’m confident that this initiative will change the lives of many of our matriculants and result in success stories in the years to come.”Both the Bulls and Cheetahs are expected to field their strongest teams for the match on 11 February as both sets of players fine-tune their performances for the start of the Super Rugby season.Not only will students benefit from the contest, the Blue Bulls Rugby Union amateur club in Limpopo will also be a beneficiary.Golf DayIn addition, the Blue Bulls players have committed themselves to a Golf Day in conjunction with the Polokwane Municipality later in the year to raise additional bursary funds for learners.Tickets for the game range from R80 behind the poles, to R100 for open stand tickets, to R120 for grandstand seats. They will be available at the stadium and through Computicket. Various hospitality opportunities will also be available in the impressive Skyboxes/suites.Parking tickets will be on sale at Computicket for R20, while hospitality tickets will be sold from the stadium.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

How you can turn smarter decisions into smart cities

first_imgReadWrite Sponsors Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … Tags:#Honeywell#Internet of Things#IoT#Smart Cities#smart city Related Posts center_img Is Voice Search the Next Big Travel Technology … Recently, the city of Austin, Texas passed an ordinance requiring all new-home construction to include a smart or connected Wi-Fi thermostat as part of each HVAC system. This will not only help make homes more comfortable and energy-efficient, but also help reduce energy usage for the entire city.Today, municipal efforts to manage home energy usage tend to focus on improving HVAC systems – especially in the summer, when temperatures soar and air conditioners strain power grids. Solutions have ranged from smart utility meters and switches to energy-saving functions built into thermostats.See also: 3 benefits a smart city can gain from smart infrastructureBut we can do more for our cities. Street lights, traffic signals, power grids, automobiles, water systems – opportunities abound. The key? The data collected from these sources can trigger automatic responses in other devices throughout a home or across a city – intelligent responses that improve efficiency and help conserve resources.Smart decisions based on that shared data can save all of us time and energy, improve lives, and, ideally, inspire other cities and regions to follow.The evolution of the smarter thermostatSmart thermostats have been around since well before the phrase “Internet of Things” was even hatched.Being able to have a thermostat that automatically adjusts for nighttime comfort, or can ensure the HVAC system doesn’t run needlessly when no one is home, have long been available – think of a setback timer or a programmable schedule.But those could carry some shortcomings:  figuring out the right schedule and guessing the best settings for the right time of day. Today’s thermostats have grown smarter, able to know when you’re coming or leaving home and then changing settings accordingly.Yet even with that level of ease and control, we still may find ourselves changing settings for vacations, family gatherings, and parties. The weather also plays a factor – your home heats or cools at differently based on things like the temperature outside, wind, and even cloud cover around your home.Making the city smarter, one home at a timeWith more smart and connected products and systems in our homes, and even neighborhoods becoming more connected, cities have a wealth of information that can positively change and update today’s cities, as well as individual homes and the people who live and work there.For example:What if your thermostat could automatically know and set itself to balance and be more efficient based on the afternoon’s weather, energy costs, and where you live? What if homeowners could get real-time updates about rising energy costs? And what if they could check the energy usage for each product and system in their home with connected outlets? What if how an entire city uses energy more efficiently could in turn give back that energy and savings to each home, optimizing for better power sharing and lower cost (while not needing devices to go into low-power mode or even shut down entirely)?Smart Cities Hackathon at CESThese “what ifs” are possible today. But first we need innovative people – the world’s developers, designers, and engineers – to help make our homes and our cities even smarter. Which is why we invite you to join Honeywell and our fellow sponsors next month at the Smart Cities Hackathon at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (Jan. 7-8). There, you can join us and hundreds of other developers as we spend two days hacking our way to the “what ifs.”If you haven’t registered for the hackathon yet, click here to register now. All hackathon participants will receive a free CES badge.This article was produced in partnership with Honeywell. 4 Big Reasons Retailers are Racing to Embrace IoTlast_img read more

2012 NSW Junior State Cup Results

first_img10’s Boys – McCall Cup Wests Magpies 13 defeated Wagga Wagga 410’s Girls – Tirado CupWagga 11 defeated Wollongong 012’s Boys – Zabielo CupBalmain 7 defeated Berkeley Vale 212’s Girls – Vassallo CupManly 3 defeated Wagga Wagga 214’s Girls – Taylor CupManly 9 defeated Berkeley Vale 214’s Boys – Yiangou CupParramatta 7 defeated Penrith 216’s Boys – Wall CupRyde Eastwood 7 defeated Parramatta 616’s Girls – Toohey CupParramatta 3 d Berkeley Vale 018’s Boys – Galea CupBankstown 9 defeated Manly 218’s Girls – Rose CupManly 9 defeated Easts Roosters 6Manly won the Club Championship ahead of Wagga Wagga and Berkeley Vale.Highlights from the event have started to be uploaded to the Touch Football Australia YouTube channel. Highlights including ‘Plays of the Day’, the 18’s Boys and Girls grand final highlights as well as daily highlights packages have been added to the channel and can be found by clicking on this link:www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

Seton Lake blockade CN Rail line in solidarity with Chief Spence Sarnia

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsA blockade of a CN Rail main freight line is going into its third day north of Vancouver.Chief Garry John of the Seton Lake Indian Band says community members put up the blockade Friday at 3 p.m. in solidarity with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike that began Dec. 11 in Ottawa.John said the rail line is the main route for CN from North Vancouver and Prince George. They are positioned near the mile 138 marker.“An average of four trains go up through here each day,” said John.John said CN hasn’t issued a court injunction to have the protesters removed like they did in Sarnia where a blockade of a spur line is in its ninth day. A court has ordered Sarnia police to remove the blockade but so far they’ve refused to intervene unless it’s done in a peaceful manner.“We’re going to take it day by day. We certainly want the folks in Sarnia and Chief Spence to know we are in support of them,” said John as to when the blockade could end.He said they expect to go into Sunday and are there now, where they’ll remain overnight.Before blocking the line they called CN to give them a heads up.APTN National News contacted CN but spokeswoman Emily Hamer provided no information.CN is currently working to reroute freight trains in Sarnia because the blockaders say they’ll be there until there is a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Governor General and First Nation leaders, which is the same demand made by [email protected]@afixedaddresslast_img read more

Klopp apologises as Liverpool fans damage City bus

first_imgThe Manchester City team bus’ window was shattered during their arrival to Anfield as Liverpool fans had gathered, ignored police warnings and used flares and smoke bombs just before the first leg of the Champions League clash.City then confirmed they will be needing a new transportation vehicle for their trip back to Manchester. Guardiola was pelted with bottles and cans by the fans as well.“We apologise unreservedly to Pep Guardiola, his players, staff and officials caught up in the incident. The behaviour of a number of individuals was completely unacceptable and the club will cooperate fully with the authorities to identify those responsible,” Liverpool’s official statement claimed, according to Sky Sports.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“The priority now is to establish the facts and offer Manchester City whatever support is necessary.”“Absolutely I don’t understand it. We tried everything to avoid a situation like that. When we came through it was very positive. City were in front of us. For Liverpool FC, I have to say sorry,” Klopp apologised for the Reds’ supporters’ actions.last_img read more

Klopp planning to bring some players in summer

first_imgIt was already announced that Naby Keita from RB Leipzig will join Liverpool in the summer as the Reds decided to pay his release clause and signed a new deal with him.However, Jürgen Klopp insisted that this midfielder won’t be the only player who will come to strengthen his squad and he is planning to bring more players when the summer transfer window will begin.The German coach spoke about his transfer plans as he said, according to ESPN:“We already have Naby Keita coming and that is really good and we will probably sign a couple more players because that’s how it is.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We have to strengthen, first of all, the squad. To bring in players who are 200 percent better than the players we already have will be quite difficult, but we still need to do a few things to have more depth in the squad. That is very important.”“We had a weak problem in the winter. Phil left and Adam Lallana was not here then, which would have been a perfect replacement but he was not involved. And then Emre Can disappeared with an injury.”“That was our problem, so we need to prepare as good as possible so that it will not happen again.”last_img read more