Man’s Best Friend

first_imgI took my 9-month-old puppy for her first mountain bike ride, and for once in her life she was worn out.However, I worried about her the rest of the day, even though every one else in the house was grateful for her unusual tranquility. There was no chewing on the kids’ toys, no wrestling the cat down from her feeding station, no pouncing on the 3-year-old.According to veterinarians, it’s best to ease a dog into being a riding buddy. Just like us, they’ve got to build muscle, stamina, and callused feet. That said, I took Jojo to the woods for the last several months just to get her used to staying with me and being around bikes. I have to admit that chasing an 8-year-old while the 3-year-old whines and then refuses to ride is difficult when being distracted by a hyper puppy who wants to attack and lick the face of every passerby.“JOJO! COME!”“Mamaaaaaa!!! I don’t wanna ride this STUPID bike!”“Mom! Mom! MOM! Did you SEE that jump I just made?“Come on, Wyatt! Pleeeeeease don’t make me carry you, your bike, my bike and the prancing puppy’s leash!”Somehow through all that she figured out she was supposed to stay with us.I streamlined on the next several forays to the woods, leaving behind the bikes and one child. Unlike my last dog, who would wander away and be lost for days, Jojo comes every time I call her, no matter how fast the squirrel was getting away.My next step was taking her running. She stayed with me, and of course outran me, scampering into the woods after every chipmunk. In fact, she ran circles around me as I panted along suffering.A few months ago she was afraid to get into the truck with us. As soon as she associated the truck with going to the woods, it was on. Every time I packed the children up, she would jump in and refuse to get out.It was time to take her on a real ride.She bounded happily along as we took off, knowing immediately that she was to stay with the pack. She repeatedly ran ahead and circled back around as I wondered how much of that she’d be doing by the end of our ride. I was surprised, actually.We avoided the fire roads so as to save her virgin paws as much as possible. She loped joyfully (although I realize it’s difficult to lope without joy) and especially perked up on the rolling parts where she was able to really run. Our energy levels were drastically different by the top of the climb.  I checked her paws, and they looked great. It wouldn’t be a long ride, but even this 45 minutes was further than she had been. I fed her treats and made her rest until we were ready to descend. 1 2 3last_img read more

EcoShape Releases the Koehoal Salt Marsh Development Study

first_imgThe EcoShape foundation which carries out the public-private Building with Nature innovation program recently released a study on the Mud Motor Koehoal salt marsh development.The Koehoal Salt Marsh Development with a Mud Motor looks at the potential for furthering the development of salt marshes in the Wadden Sea by making optimal use of the sediment transportation capacity of ambient flows.Approximately 1.3 million m³ of mainly fine sediment is dredged annually from the harbor basins in the Port of Harlingen to maintain navigability. The dredged sediment is deposited in a designated area in the Wadden Sea near the harbor. A lot of the dredged sediment flows back into the port relatively quickly.ApproachThe Building with Nature study Ports of the Wadden Sea suggested an innovative approach to sediment management: deposit the dredged sediment further north of Harlingen and let natural processes spread the sediment to nearby salt marshes.An underlying hypothesis in the Mud Motor concept is that, when the mud dredged from, for example, a nearby channel or port is picked up by a tidal current, that current will achieve its maximum transport capacity. Higher mud concentrations in the currents that feed a salt marsh will probably accelerate marsh-development processes, while maintaining the desired gradients that are associated with natural salt-marsh development.ObjectiveThe Mud Motor is expected to generate three beneficial effects:less recirculation towards the harbor, and therefore less maintenance dredging;promotion of the growth and stability of salt marshes, improving the Wadden Sea ecosystem;stabilization of the foreshore of the dikes, and therefore less maintenance work on the dike.ApproachThe approach of increasing the sediment supply to further the development of salt marshes is an alternative to the traditional approach of slowing down tidal flows with semi-permeable barriers to stimulate sedimentation.Over a period of two winters (2016 and 2017), part of the sediment dredged from the Port of Harlingen (470,000 m³ in total) was deposited upstream from the Koehoal salt marsh. It is expected that this mud will be transported by the tidal currents to the study site. Preliminary calculations indicate that 10% of the mud will remain in the study area, raising the level of the marsh by 1-2 cm more by comparison with the reference growth rate which is 1-2 cm.ResearchThe formulae for combined wave-current shear stress and mud re-suspension will be analysed in order to identify and predict the fate of the deposited mud in the context of the biological effects involved in initial salt-marsh development. The transport of fines in various tidal conditions and horizontal salinity gradients at transects near the Mud Motor will therefore also be investigated.The natural boundary conditions for salt-marsh vegetation and macrozoobenthos relating to sedimentation events are being investigated to support the design of a Mud Motor. Both the intertidal area (where the sediment will be temporarily stored) and the salt marsh receive the right amount of sediment to optimize functioning. This will make it possible to quantify the total benefit of a Mud Motor for ecosystem services.Alongside this pilot project the STW research project ‘Sediment for salt marshes: physical and ecological aspects of a Mud Motor’ will further investigate processes relating to the use of a Mud Motor. The aim is to develop the fundamental knowledge needed to understand and quantify the physical and ecological aspects of large-scale mud nourishment operations of this kind for further upscaling and exporting.ResultsDredged fine sediments are currently considered unsuitable for re-use. However, sediments, including fine sediments, are a valuable resource, and even more so given sea level rise and sediment starvation due to activities such as reservoir construction and other river engineering works. Authorities worldwide are therefore on the alert for initiatives involving the beneficial use of dredged material.The Mud Motor is an innovative method for beneficial use of dredged sediment in which salt-marsh development is furthered by natural processes, making it a genuine Building with Nature approach. The potential economic and ecological benefits are that the introduction of a Mud Motor will reduce the necessity for dredging, while at the same time creating and extending salt marshes that are valuable from the point of view of both ecology and coastal protection.[mappress mapid=”24977″]last_img read more

Guyana to face Jamaica, Antigua and Aruba in League B of CONCACAF Nations League

first_img… GFF president confident of Nations League successBy Rawle Toney in Las VegasCompliments of Guyana Chronicle and Let’s Bet Sports)THE Golden Jaguars, Guyana’s senior Men’s National football team, will face Aruba, Antigua & Barbuda and Jamaica, in Group C of League B in the CONCACAF Nations League.The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) held its official draw for the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League, at the Chelsea Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was conducted by CONCACAF Chief Football Officer Manolo Zubiria and the confederation’s Director of Development and former Grenada international footballer, Jason Roberts.The home-and-away group stage of the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League will be played on FIFA match dates in September, October and November 2019, while the Final Championship will take place in 2020.Additionally, the teams at the bottom of each League A and B group will be relegated to League B and C.By virtue of finishing seventh in the qualifying stages of the competition, Guyana were pitted in League B; something Wayne Forde, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) says he’s comfortable with, given the fact that he’s confident that the Golden Jaguars will hold their own against the Reggae Boyz, Antigua and Aruba.“I know that the countries that would have done well will try to do better and those that might not have done good enough, are going to be making the investment because of the attention this Nations League is getting globally and within the region. It’s going to push member associations to make the investment,” Forde told Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview in Las Vegas.Forde further added: “My only hope as in the case of Guyana, where the government has come on board in some measure and helped us. That will deepen and we’ll have a greater partnership with the Government and corporate Guyana to help us. I’m wishing similar success for my brothers and sisters within the region.”“I’m excited, I’m not afraid of this group, I think we have the players and we’re continuing to do our work at home and do our procuring abroad to find players that we think can really complement the squad. Coach (Michael) Johnson is optimistic and inspired,” said the GFF boss.Guyana qualified for their first-ever Men’s Gold Cup tournament and will feature in the June 15 – July 7 event. As Forde related that he believes Guyana will be very competitiveness and I’m absolutely confident that we will be a permanent fixture for two consecutive years at the CONCACAF Gold Cup for two consecutive years.”The groups for the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League are as follows (listed in the order drawn):LEAGUE AGroup A – USA, Canada and CubaGroup B – Mexico, Panama and BermudaGroup C – Trinidad and Tobago, Martinique and HondurasGroup D – Haiti, Curaçao and Costa RicaLEAGUE BGroup A – French Guiana, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belize and GrenadaGroup B – El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia and Montserrat.Group C: Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda and Aruba.Group D: Nicaragua, Suriname, St Vincent and the Grenadines and DominicaLEAGUE CGroup A: Barbados, Cayman Islands, Saint Martin and U.S. Virgin IslandsGroup B: Bonaire, Bahamas and British Virgin IslandsGroup C: Guatemala, Puerto Rico and AnguillaGroup D: Guadeloupe, Turks and Caicos and Sint MaartenAt the conclusion of the group stage, the winners of each League A group will qualify to the Final Championship, while Leagues B and C group winners will be promoted to Leagues A and B for the next edition of the competition.last_img read more

Stanley Cup Final 2019: Blues’ Ryan O’Reilly wins Conn Smythe Trophy

first_img Related News O’Reilly beat out rookie Jordan Binnington, who set a rookie record with 16 wins in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The 25-year-old stopped 32 of 33 shots to lead the Blues to a victory in Game 7.But O’Reilly’s overall play was just too good to pass up as he was fantastic in scoring and on the defensive end, leading a forecheck which dominated a very tough Bruins team.His defense on Patrice Bergeron helped hold down one of the best facilitators in the NHL and win the Stanley Cup. Ryan O’Reilly has won the Conn Smythe Trophy.The Blues won the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-1 victory in Game 7 over the Bruins on Wednesday and it had everything to do with O’Reilly. Stanley Cup Final 2019: Three takeaways from Blues’ Game 7 win Nine points in the Final.A franchise-record 23 points in the #StanleyCup Playoffs.First-year @StLouisBlues forward Ryan O’Reilly is the 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy winner. #NHLStats #Game7— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) June 13, 2019He scored the first goal of the game, just as he did in the last four games of the Stanley Cup Final.Ryan O’Reilly is the first player to score in four straight Stanley Cup Final games since Wayne Gretzky in 1985.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) June 13, 2019He finished with a franchise-record 23 points in the playoffs — eight goals, 15 assists — and, most importantly, helped the Blues win their first-ever championship.last_img read more

Dukes Doers asking for volunteers at the Wellington High School

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (2) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +7 Vote up Vote down Guest · 314 weeks ago Good job ladies! I hope you are able to garner a lot of support! You are definitely filling a need! Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jodie · 314 weeks ago So far we have 82 forms turned in and tabulated. We’d love to have more volunteers. You don’t have to have a high school student to volunteer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 314 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Jaime Lowe and Bridgett DeJarnett provide leadership on Wellington’s newest volunteer group.By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — People registering their students at Wellington High School this week may notice a table containing information called D2 – Dukes Doers.Dukes Doers is a volunteer group for parents and community members to assist with the needs of students, faculty and coaches at the high schoolIf people are interested in being a volunteer group, they are urged to fill out and return the form below to the WHS office no later than Sept. 5, 2014.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more