Dredging Projects Clear Waters in O.C.

first_imgDredging projects in Ocean City are removing sediment in the channels. By MADDY VITALEDredging projects are underway in Ocean City to remove sediment from lagoons and channels along the bayfront and provide clear waterways for boaters, marinas and property owners.Back in October during a town hall meeting, Mayor Jay Gillian explained that a five-year, $20 million dredging program is about improving quality of life. “When you put up all that money, it shows people that we’re serious,” the mayor said in an interview during a break from the meeting. “We’re going to keep on looking at our options.”This past week, Eric Rosina, project manager for ACT Engineers, the city’s dredging consultant, said, “Dredging progress continues throughout the city.”Rosina pointed out that the dredging contractor has worked in several areas, including Bluefish Lagoon, Glen Cove, Snug Harbor, Seventh Street and the Bayside Center. “Post-dredge surveys are being conducted to confirm required dredge volumes have been achieved,” Rosina said.The Bayside Center overlooks one of the waterways that will be dredged.Ocean City Public Information Officer Doug Bergen said the most recent bay dredging operation will be between the Bayside Center and North Point Lagoon.Dredging equipment was set up in North Point Lagoon last week, but the work has not begun yet. Bergen said he does not have exact start dates from the contractor.During the October town hall meeting, a list of dredging projects was provided to the public.In addition to Bayside Center and North Point Lagoon, there will be other areas in the north end of town dredged in this series of projects, including the Waterfront Park and Marina at Second Street.In the central part of the city, dredging will be done at the entrances to Snug Harbor, Glen Cove and Sunny Harbor. The entrance and midway in South Harbor, the bay end of Seventh Street and Bluefish Lagoon will also be dredged.The mayor and City Council have pledged to complete projects to clear out the sediment-choked channels. The city has been working in partnership with the state and federal governments for millions of dollars in grant money to help offset the cost of dredging and flood-mitigation projects. The dredging program has benefited from more than $8 million in grants.To view Ocean City’s presentations on dredging projects and flood control: www.ocnj.us/capital-projects-bay/Dock owners and marina owners will see clearer waterways for boating.last_img read more

Tasting Tomatoes.

first_imgWalter Reeves Can a green or purple tomato taste as good as a red one? On the next “Gardening inGeorgia” Aug. 3, host Walter Reeves and Wayne McLaurin, plus a panel of food experts,gather to compare the taste of heirloom tomatoes.Reeves will also look at planting in wet areas. Hank Bruno, trails manager at CallawayGardens, shows some of his favorite ornamental plants that grow in wet places.Thursday on GPTVDon’t miss “Gardening in Georgia” Thursday, Aug. 3, at 7:30 p.m. on GeorgiaPublic Television. The show is designed especially for Georgia gardeners. “Gardening in Georgia” is produced by the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences and GPTV.last_img

Are the NCUA business continuity planning requirements sufficient for your credit union?

first_imgNCUA headquarters 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The National Credit Union Association outlines basic requirements for business continuity planning, but are they stringent enough to protect your credit union? At Ongoing Operations, we believe that a business continuity plan should cover all contingencies, and below are just a few of our suggestions.All credit unions must adhere to the NCUA standards for business continuity planning, but those guidelines are a bare minimum for operations. While some jokes about bare minimums come to mind  (e.g. “Q: What do you call the person who graduated last in their class in medical school? A: Doctor”), it bears noting that the punchlines indicate a certain lack of trust placed in the expertise of those doing the bare minimum. If credit unions wish to gain the trust of their members and their board, they should expect to go above and beyond the minimal requirements set forth by the NCUA.Testing Your Continuity PlanWhen you’re testing your business continuity plan, whether it be through a tabletop exercise involving your employees or disaster recovery testing for your technology and processes, it’s important to remember that the NCUA guidelines mandate only general solutions for general problems. At Ongoing Operations, we recognize that not all risks to your credit union will fit under that general mandate umbrella.center_img continue reading »last_img read more

Hughes wants permanent Ireland deal

first_imgMark Hughes hopes midfielder Stephen Ireland will join Stoke on a permanent basis. Hughes said: “He’s done very well for us and we’re pleased with what he’s producing. “He’s out of contract at the end of the season and it’s fair to say I don’t think Stephen thinks his future lies at Aston Villa. He will be moving somewhere, ideally it would be to us.” Asked whether talks had taken place, Hughes said: “Only in passing, there’s been no official talks as yet. “Stephen’s enjoying his time here and it’s up to him to keep on playing well and impressing everybody here, which he has done up to this point.” Ireland will be ineligible when Stoke meet Villa at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday, and Hughes faces being without both of his first-choice centre-halves. Robert Huth is definitely out while captain Ryan Shawcross picked up a slight groin problem during Wednesday’s Capital One Cup defeat by Manchester United. “Ryan hasn’t trained yet,” said Hughes. “We’re going to give him as long as we can. He’ll get a fitness test in the morning. “We’ve got lots of games coming up and if it means he just misses this one and we have him for the full Christmas period and beyond then so be it.” The former Manchester City playmaker is at the Britannia Stadium on a season-long loan from Aston Villa, where his contract runs out at the end of the season. Ireland has impressed in spells so far, particularly with a goal and an assist in this month’s 3-2 victory over Chelsea. Huth had initially been ruled out for three or four weeks following minor knee surgery at the start of this month but Hughes revealed he will definitely miss the whole of the Christmas period. The Stoke boss said: “He did really well the first couple of weeks. His progress has slowed a little bit this last week so we’ve just got to make sure we’re going at the right pace and we’re not going to push him too hard. “We need to make sure the knee is responding well to the work that we’re giving him. Marc Wilson’s come in and done really well so we can afford Robert more time than possibly we thought.” If Shawcross is unavailable, either Marc Muniesa or Geoff Cameron is likely to join Wilson in the centre, while strikers Peter Crouch (groin) and Jonathan Walters (ankle) are both slight doubts. Villa sit a point and two places ahead of Stoke in mid-table, with both teams struggling to find the net. Coincidentally, the sides have both failed to score in three of their last four games, winning the other one 3-2. Christian Benteke was the key figure in Villa’s successful fight against relegation last season with 23 goals but he has not scored for three months. Hughes said: “It’s maybe second-season syndrome. It’s probably a consequence of him bursting onto the scene and not too many of us knew too much about him. “He’s an outstanding football player and it’s taken a little bit of time for everybody to come to terms with his ability and what you do to try to stop his effectiveness. But he’s a quality player and at some point he’ll start scoring again. “I think there was some suggestion that he might be dropped but I wouldn’t put too much stall by that. He’s pivotal to how they want to play, he’s a focal point, and even if he’s not scoring, he’s certainly still of value to Aston Villa’s team.” Stoke have picked up five points from three games since a 4-0 thrashing by Everton and are unbeaten at home in the league since September. “It’s an important game for us,” said Hughes. “We were disappointed in midweek to go out of the League Cup obviously but there’s games one after the other and we’ve got an opportunity to get over the disappointment. “We want to keep our decent run going in the Premier League and keep our home form going.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Anderson throws 3-hitter for 1st CG as Giants top Dbacks 5-1

first_img First Published: 23rd August, 2020 10:38 IST LIVE TV Tyler Anderson pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game, overshadowing a record-tying night for Zac Gallen as the streaking San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Saturday.Mike Yastrzemski and Alex Dickerson drew consecutive walks with the bases loaded against reliever Junior Guerra in the seventh inning to break open a tight game. Brandon Belt singled twice and had an RBI.Yastrzemski also made a spectacular defensive play when he crashed into the right-field wall to take away a hit from Ketel Marte in the sixth, helping the Giants win their fifth straight.Anderson (1-1) was sharp all night, allowing an unearned run while striking out four with one hit batter. The lefty retired 15 straight after giving up a one-out double to Marte in the first inning. Marte also doubled in the ninth. Arizona’s only other hit was David Peralta’s RBI single in the seventh.“It felt great,” said Anderson, who had never gone more than eight innings. “Our bullpen’s been getting a little worn out so it’s nice, especially probably for myself they’ve had to cover a lot of the innings in games I’ve thrown. For them to not have to throw today is great.”Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he didn’t think much about pulling Anderson, although Marte’s leadoff double in the ninth made him pause.“I thought if there was another guy that got on that would have prompted me to think about (using reliever) Jarlin Garcia, but he just kept getting outs. He continued to be efficient,” Kapler said. “He earned the right every time an inning ended to go back out and get the next three hitters. I think he hit 91 (mph) a couple of times in the ninth. Just an all-around gutsy performance.”Starling Marte scored Arizona’s only run after reaching on an error in the seventh. The Diamondbacks have lost four straight.Gallen gave up one run and three hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked four, including the first three batters he faced.The Arizona right-hander tied the record for most games allowing three earned runs or fewer to begin a career. Gallen’s streak of 21 starts ties the mark set by Aaron Sele of the Boston Red Sox from 1993-94.It came after a rough first inning, too.Gallen walked the bases loaded on 15 pitches, then got a mound visit from pitching coach Matt Herges before getting Belt to ground into a double play. Yastrzemski scored on the play.“It’s just a testament of trying not to let innings explode,” Gallen said. “It’s like that first inning – trying to minimize damage. It’s a testament to guys making plays. Just one of those things where I try to minimize damage and keep us in the game.”The Giants’ defense bailed out Anderson in the sixth after he hit Kole Calhoun with a pitch with two outs. Yastrzemski had to chase down Ketel Marte’s long fly and made a leaping grab as he crashed into the padded wall in right field.“I was so pumped. I was amazed he caught it,” Anderson said. “I just wanted to make sure he got up and he wasn’t hurt, slamming into that wall. Yaz is a great player. He goes after every single one.”After the Diamondbacks tied the game with an unearned run off Anderson, the Giants batted around in the seventh. Matt Grace (0-1) issued a pair of walks sandwiched around a pinch-hit double by Joey Bart. Yastrzemski and Dickerson followed with walks off Guerra to force in a pair of runs, and Belt’s single made it 5-1.FAMILIAR FACESThe four Diamondbacks cutout “visiting fans” for this weekend’s series in San Francisco are Hall of Famer Randy Johnson (earned his 300th win with the Giants on June 4, 2009), Luis Gonzalez (had two splash hits here), Mark Grace (five homers and one splash hit) and Roland Hemond. Another Arizona great, Matt Williams, already had a place in the stands for his contributions to the Giants from 1987-96.TRAINER’S ROOMGiants: Austin Slater was placed on the 10-day IL with a mild left groin strain sustained while running the bases Friday night. Slater has also been dealing with a strained right elbow. “It’s tough for the club but it’s even tougher for Slater,” Kapler said. … RHP Sam Coonrod (Grade 1 lat strain) threw a simulated game and could return soon. Kapler was mostly pleased with Coonrod’s velocity and overall health. … Bart, called up to be the team’s everyday catcher, was given a planned rest to keep him fresh. … OF Steven Duggar was called up from the alternate training site and started in center field.UP NEXTArizona RHP Luke Weaver (1-3, 9.16 ERA) is coming off a solid five-inning start against the A’s and will try to match that against the Giants on Sunday. Weaver beat San Francisco in his only appearance at Oracle Park last season. RHP Trevor Cahill (0-0, 1.59) goes in the series finale for the Giants. Cahill has pitched a total of 5 2/3 innings in his two previous starts this season.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News Written By FOLLOW UScenter_img COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 23rd August, 2020 10:38 IST Anderson Throws 3-hitter For 1st CG As Giants Top Dbacks 5-1 Tyler Anderson pitched a three-hitter for his first career complete game, overshadowing a record-tying night for Zac Gallen as the streaking San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Saturday SUBSCRIBE TO USlast_img read more