VIDEO: Cocoa Beach Muck Dredging Underway

first_img<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Brevard County’s Official Save Our Indian River Lagoon has just released a very interesting video about the Cocoa Beach dredging program in Florida. In the video, Cocoa Beach Project Manager, Wayne Carragino, discusses about the muck removal project in the canals of Cocoa Beach, explaining the challenges and benefits of this project that will remove 2,455 pounds of nitrogen and 366 pounds of phosphorus from polluting the lagoon.According to the City of Cocoa Beach’s latest project update, Phase IIb of the dredging work will be starting within the next month.Phase IIb consists of the dredging operations on the last twelve remaining residential canals, permitted by USACE. These twelve canals are located in the center portion of the city.The projected completion date for Phase IIb is November 13, 2020.last_img read more

Wheat, darnel and mustard seed

first_img 194 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Sharecenter_img Photo credit: andrewjbrown.blogspot.comToday’s Gospel presents us with different images of the Kingdom.  Each image in its own way says something significant about how we must imagine the Kingdom.  It is, first, like a field, says Jesus, in which good seed is sowed but where an evil person sows darnel (a type of weed).  In their early stages of growth, wheat and darnel were difficult to distinguish, with the result that in rooting out darnel you ran the risk of uprooting wheat.  ‘Let them grow together,’ says the Master of the field, ‘until harvest time.’  Then the separation will take place.  The darnel will be burnt and the wheat reaped and stored away.The early Church read this parable as a warning about the dangers of judging who was in the kingdom and who wasn’t.  Such judgments often mistook wheat for darnel and darnel for wheat.  You couldn’t tell very often who belonged where.  As St. Augustine said, some of those who are out are in, and some of those in are out.  Judgment should be left to the Lord.Judge not, Jesus also said in the Sermon on the Mount.  We do have to judge others at times, of course, especially if we are in positions of authority.  Every parent judges; so does every manager. What the prescription warns against is judging a person’s entire life.  It’s difficult to pass judgment on a person’s life, for the very obvious reason that we never have all the facts. And yet how casually we often summarize people as if we did. Sometimes a look does it, a raised eyebrow, or a nod – and a person’s entire life is dismissed.The imagery of wheat and darnel can be applied in other ways.  For instance, all young people have faults.  There’s also, as we know, in the young a great deal of idealism and generosity.  Every young person also goes through upheaval of some sort as part of growing up.  The difficulty a parent or someone in responsibility has is knowing what things time will take care of and what things require intervention now.  Not every fault is an occasion for intervention.  Sometimes one has to live with faults or tolerate them, because if you intervene too quickly or too harshly you will negatively affect or endanger other qualities.  What one has to say is what the master of the field says: let them grow together.   Sorting out will come later.  Often the young themselves, as they grow older and more mature, will progressively uproot the darnel, when they can distinguish more clearly what is harmful to their lives and what is not.The field in the image can also be taken to be the life of every person who reads or hears the passage.  None of us is all goodness.  We all have faults of one kind or another, shortcomings and weaknesses.  Both goodness and its opposite are in each of us, coexisting, indeed, interpenetrating, and the Lord says about that situation too: let them grow together.  There is a great deal of forbearance in that expression, a great deal of hope for what we may yet become, i.e. persons from whom an abundant harvest is always possible.Let me say finally just a word about the third image of the mustard seed.  This, of course, is meant to underline the truth that small or inauspicious beginnings have powerful results.  The community Jesus spoke the parable to, the small band of apostles and disciples, was one such beginning, which has grown into the major spiritual and civilizing force.  But one need not think only in Church terms.  Many significant modern achievements have been the fruit of the work of one individual.  Modern South Africa, for instance, is incomprehensible without the contribution of Nelson Mandela.  There were solidarity protests of different kinds around the world, of course, and they had their effect.  But even those protests were inspired by that single life.  The same is true of civil rights in the US.  All the benefits that are taken for granted by black persons today in the US would not have been possible without the life and energy of MLK.  Sometimes when we look at the world – the big one out there or the one just around us – and see how formidable the obstacles to improvement seem, we tend to say to ourselves: what can one person do?  The answer to that is that significant human achievement has rarely if ever been the work of a committee.  I remember being abroad when Cardinal Basil Hume passed away in London, and I read where all the churches in Britain, not only ours, thought they had lost someone who belonged to them, not to Catholics alone.  The example of his holiness, intelligence and humility was a beacon in a land where God to many people is more dead than alive.  Such is the possible range of influence of one person.Let us then pray at Mass this weekend to be patient with ourselves and other people, as God is patient with us, and continues to have hope for a harvest from our lives. Let us also pray that we may not look upon our individual lives as insignificant.  A mustard seed grows into a tree of stature and height. Great things can issue from small and insignificant beginnings.By: Father Henry Charles Ph.d Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Wheat, darnel and mustard seed by: – July 16, 2011last_img read more

Willamette openers go to Peery, Coffman

first_imgLEBANON, Ore. (Aug. 15) – Saturday went down in history as the first race of the 2020 season at the Willamette Speedway with drivers from all over Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada competing. In the IMCA Modified main event, Justin Cady led early before a dizzying six lead changes. Bricen James, Travis Peery and Grey Ferrando all took turns at the front. Peery navigated his way back into the lead on lap 33 and held on for the rest of the distance. Kevin Williamson was the runner-up. James was second while Washington traveler Tyson Blood placed third.  Domination was the keyword in the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods. Doug Coffman set a wicked pace and was practically in his own area code over the rest of the pack.  It was Coffman’s second win of 2020. last_img read more

Palace sign Spain U20 skipper Campana

first_imgCrystal Palace have signed Spanish midfielder Jose Campana from Sevilla, subject to clearance from the Premier League and the Football Association. Campana, 20, has put pen to paper on a four-year deal after Palace, preparing for their return to the Barclays Premier League, agreed an undisclosed fee with Sevilla. Campana captained Spain at the Under-20 World Cup this summer after a foot injury restricted him to just five appearances for Sevilla last season. The goal-scoring midfielder is excited about playing in the Premier League. “I’m delighted to become a Crystal Palace player,” Campana told Palace Player through an interpreter. “Over the last two years, I’ve had some problems with my hometown club, but I’m really excited to play in the Premier League. “I think it’s a good step for me and I’m really excited and looking forward to meet all the boys and start as quickly as possible.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Big games will test Saints – Shaw

first_img Saints are third in the standings after their best-ever start to a top-flight season, even trumping the 1983-84 campaign in which they finished runners-up. Mauricio Pochettino’s side boast the best defensive record in the Barclays Premier League and are unbeaten in eight matches, although those records will come under pressure after the international break. “But we knew when we play at our ground that we take full control and I think we did that. Obviously in the first half I was told to stay back a bit because sometimes when we lost the ball my space was free. “But in the second half they went down to 10 men and it allowed me to get forward more.” That did not mean Shaw was not bombing down the left in the first half, though – in fact, it was the left-back’s venomous strike that saw Saido Berahino net his first goal of the night. The full-back’s effort was destined for the bottom corner until a fine reaction save, meaning his wait for a goal for club and country continues. “Obviously we have got San Marino on Tuesday so you never know what might happen then,” Shaw said. “But I hope (my first goal) will be for Saints. I want to score at home.” Luke Shaw believes positive results from the upcoming trips to Arsenal and Chelsea will show Southampton can maintain their challenge at the top. Southampton return to action in a top-of-the-table clash at leaders Arsenal, before returning to London to take on Chelsea the following weekend – matches that Shaw knows will prove Saints’ mettle. “The next two games we have got coming up will show whereabouts we are and whether we can challenge for the top,” the highly-rated left-back said. “If you take points from there, you know you are doing well. “It is two of the biggest clubs in the league and hopefully we are going to go there positive to pick up points.” Collecting points in the capital would be an impressive feat, but Shaw’s immediate attention is on representing his country. The 18-year-old is currently on duty with the England Under-21s and put in an outstanding performance on Thursday evening as Gareth Southgate’s side beat Finland 3-0 in Milton Keynes. “It was very dominant,” Shaw said of the manner of victory. “We knew from when we played them out in Finland that it was going to be a hard game. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pulis applauds goalscoring duo

first_img “Those two have been brilliant,” the former Stoke boss said. “They have given everyone in the team a lead in respect how they worked. Chamakh was wonderful, his link-up play was very good, and Cameron is a threat. If he does what he is good at he is a threat to anybody. “Chamakh has real quality – Arsenal never buy a player unless they’re quality. Wenger knows people with quality and he has got it, it is just about getting it out of him. “He has looked really up for it. He recognises he is an important member of this group and hopefully he keeps playing the way he is.” Palace have now taken 10 points from their last five league games but Pulis, who took charge of the club a little over two weeks ago, knows a string of results has been crucial to stay in touch ahead of a difficult festive period. “They are important games,” he added. “It is going to be a massive task for us – it’s always difficult for promoted teams to stay in it. We needed the points this week as we have some tough away games coming up.” Jerome, whose effort was his first Premier League goal since February, is pleased with the understanding he is starting to form with Morocco international Chamakh. “We have struck up a good little partnership,” he said. “We both work well together and are hardworking players. Chamakh deserved his goal today. He worked hard off the front and is important to the team and shows his attitude is great.” The defeat means Malky Mackay’s Bluebirds have just one win in their last nine league outings but the Cardiff boss is not yet worried about the threat of relegation. “It is about keeping picking up points,” he said. “We know that is not easy to do in the PL but we had a good result against Man United, it is 1-0 against Arsenal with four minutes to go and we got a good point at Stoke. “As far as I’m concerned it is about performances and picking up points as we go. “We have to be more clinical in front of goal. We have got to be in every game and more competitive in every game. “I don’t cast an eye over my shoulder. If I was cast adrift at the bottom of the league I could understand that but we are not.” The visitors had started brightly at Selhurst Park and Fraizer Campbell was guilty of missing a great opportunity to open the scoring with a second-minute header. Mackay was left bemoaning that miss and the fact Jerome scored with his own header moments later. He said: “We certainly weren’t at it the way we have been but even then it is about taking chances and we had a great chance in the first five minutes and we should have scored. “That would have changed the game, goals change games. They went up the other end and scored their chance. Then we head the ball straight down to Chamakh 18 yards out and he strikes at goal. We have got to be better at our end and certainly we have got to defend our box better than that. “They are all disappointed and if we get chances we have got to take them. Overall we want to be better than we were today but we have got three chances inside their six-yard box away from home and we should score.” Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis was full of praise for his goalscoring duo of Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome after they fired the Eagles to their second Barclays Premier League win in the space of a week at the expense of Cardiff. Press Association Jerome, on a season-long loan from Stoke, opened the scoring with a sixth-minute header with Chamakh sealing the victory in the second half with a well-taken finish. The win means only an inferior goal difference is keeping Palace in the relegation zone and Pulis was left delighted with the impact his forward players had on the game. last_img read more

Dust Plume Headed to South Florida

first_imgPeople may notice a difference in the appearance of the sky, more intense allergies, and less hurricane watch areas along the coast. The cloud of dust is the result of atmospheric conditions in the Sahara at this time of year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Saharan Air Layer is a mass of extremely dry dusty air that forms over the desert between late spring and early fall. It normally forms a layer in the atmosphere that is around two miles thick and sits around one mile above the surface. It can cover an area about the size of the lower 48 states and at peak periods, the layer can reach as far as the U.S. southeast coast. (Undated) — The Sahara dust plume is making its way across the Atlantic ocean to the U.S. The dust plume from the Sahara desert will arrive in the Southeastern parts of the country mid-week. Experts say dust plumes aren’t uncommon, but most of the time they dissipate over the Atlantic and don’t make their way to the states.Fortunately the dusk cloud prevents the formation of hurricanes. In a tweet, the National Weather Service (NWS) Houston/Galveston TX said dusty weather could be possible as a result of the cloud, which would be moving into the state’s southeast on Tuesday. “If this dust reaches the area we should expect some red skies at sunrise and sunset for a few days and probably drier weather as well,” it said.A large plume of dust has moved off the west coast of Africa during the last few days. As this dry and dusty Saharan air layer moves across the tropical Atlantic toward the Caribbean it will help suppress the development of tropical systems.— NWS Eastern Region (@NWSEastern) June 18, 2020last_img read more

Silica Sands golf tourney on today

first_imgSILICA Sands, a long-time supporter of the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC), will host its third annual golf tournament today, starting at 12:30hrs.The one-day tournament is being held in recognition of the remarkable academic achievements of Kayshav and Shreveda, son and daughter of Pandit Haresh Tiwari, owner of Silica Sands.With the Guyana Cup Open teeing off in a little over a month, LGC has set out to host some seven tournaments prior to its October 26 Open.The tournament features Best Gross and Best Net along with first and second places in Categories A, B and C. The tournament usually attracts a full field, and this is anticipated as players warm up for the Suriname Open, set for October 4-6.At the simple handing-over ceremony, the young Tiwaris expressed their support for the game and stated how much they and their dad enjoy the sport.This year Shreveda, a psychology first year student joins her brother as they pursue their respective degrees of advanced studies.Defending Guyana Open nine-time champion Avinash Persaud will demonstrate his skills, along with top contenders Guillermo Escarraga, Mahesh Shivraj, Patrick Prasad, Mike Mangal, William Walker, Pur Persaud, Richard Hanif, Max Persaud and Aleem Hussain. Female champions Joann Deo and Shanella London are also expected to be in action.Silica Sands is a local company created 16 years ago by Tiwari. The company has a private wharf, mining areas, and the complete logistic facilities to export sand from Guyana to the world market.last_img read more

Naomi Osaka Wins First Match after US Open

first_imgNaomi Osaka Japan’s Naomi Osaka has beaten Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-1 at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo – her first match since winning the US Open.The 20-year-old beat Serena Williams to win her first Grand Slam earlier this month – a victory overshadowed by Williams’ outbursts at the umpire.The third seed raced to victory in 59 minutes against Slovakia’s Cibulkova. She will play either Barbara Strycova of the Czech Republic or Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in the quarter-finals.“I didn’t really feel any pressure,” said Osaka, the tournament’s 2016 champion.“It was really difficult because she’s such a great player but I just thought it was more fun.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Again,Arsenal, Chelsea Lock Horns in FA Cup Final Derby

first_imgThe Gunners have so often relied on the oldest domestic cup competition of them all to salvage their campaign in recent times, and that is very much the case this time around.Improvements have been made since succeeded Unai Emery in December, but results have been mixed and the Gunners finished a lowly eighth in the Premier League.That makes 2019-20 Arsenal’s worst league season in 25 years, having also crashed out of the other two cup competitions they entered relatively early.It all comes down to one game for the North London outfit, then, with victory today worth up to £30m for the club given it means automatic qualification to the Europa League.That could be the difference between keeping or selling skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang; the difference between retaining Dani Ceballos or being made to promote from within.Indeed, they have triumphed in eight of their last nine FA Cup finals, including each of the last six – only Tottenham Hotspur (seven between 1901 and 1982) have won more in a row.The worry for Arsenal, however, is that Chelsea are equally as prolific when it comes to getting the job done – even more so, perhaps.After seeing off Manchester United in the semis, this will be the Blues’ ninth appearance in the showpiece fixture since 1997 and they have won seven of those.There is less pressure on Chelsea than their capital rivals heading into this latest tussle, it is fair to say, with the Blues enjoying a successful debut campaign under Lampard.The club legend, in only his second campaign as a boss, has navigated a transfer ban and the exit of Eden Hazard to guide his side into fourth and back into the Champions League.Assuming there is no upset in next week’s Champions League last-16 second leg with Bayern Munich, which they trail 3-0, this is Lampard’s only chance to win silverware this term.In many ways, though, finishing fourth in the Premier League is deserving of a trophy in the current climate, ensuring that the Blues can push ahead with ambitious transfer plans.The arrival of Hakim Ziveck and Timo Werner will take Chelsea to another level in 2020-21, but right now, it is all about overcoming Arsenal to lift a first trophy in 15 months.That most recent piece of silverware was the 2019 Europa League, secured with victory over today’s opponents in the Baku final.Incredibly, this will therefore be the third time in the last four seasons that Arsenal will end their campaign against Chelsea.The sides have had a mixed time of things in those previous two finals. Now another chapter is set to be written in a battle between two managerial rookies.Meanwhile, Chelsea have been handed both good and bad news on the injury front ahead of today’s FA Cup final at Wembley.In the run-up to the game, Chelsea have had a couple of injury problems, most notably N’Golo Kante, who has missed the last six games in all competitions due to a hamstring injury.Winger Willian also missed the last Premier League game of the season due to injury. But, speaking in his pre-match press conference, Lampard confirmed that both would be available for the trip to Wembley.“N’Golo Kante and Willian are in the squad,” he said.There was however some less cherry news about midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.“Loftus-Cheek has a small problem and is out of the game,” Lampard added.ARSENAL, CHELSEA FA CUP FACT SHEETFor third time in the last four seasons, Chelsea and Arsenal end the season playing each other in a cup final.Chelsea and Arsenal have won a combined 12 of the past 20 FA Cup finals (six each).Chelsea are unbeaten in three games against Arsenal since the Gunners’ 2-0 home Premier League win in January 2019.This is the 15th time Chelsea and Arsenal have been drawn together in the FA Cup. The Blues have won five and Arsenal nine of the meetings so far.Chelsea play Arsenal for the 201st occasion in all competitions, more times than the Blues have played against any other club.This will be the first FA Cup final managed by two men who both also played for their teams in an FA Cup final since 2012 (Roberto Di Matteo and Kenny Dalglish).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram As Arteta, Lampard crave for first managerial trophyEnglish football’s longest-ever campaign comes to a conclusion this evening when Arsenal and Chelsea face off at Wembley in the 139th FA Cup final. The Gunners knocked out holders, Manchester City in the semis and are seeking a consolidation record of 14th triumph in the competition, three years on from their most recent success. Chelsea, who have secured a top-four finish in the Premier League and could make this an exceptional first campaign for frank LampardNo two teams have had more success in the FA Cup since the turn of the century than Arsenal and Chelsea, lifting the famous trophy a combined 11 times since 2001.last_img read more