Image source: GatorGator Dredging, a dredging contractor from Clearwater, Florida, is mobilizing a second dredger for the Lake Seminole Restoration Project – ‘JESSIE MARIE II’.On November 19, 2018, Gator started construction on a four-year $18 million lake restoration project for Pinellas County’s Lake Seminole in Florida. The project is removing approximately 900,000 cubic yards of sediment from the lake.The main goals of the Lake Seminole scheme are to reduce nutrient inputs into the lake, remove existing in-lake nutrients, and restore wetland and upland areas adjacent to the lake to improve in-lake water quality, ensure healthy fish and wildlife populations, and maintain recreational uses.The dredge portion of the Lake Seminole Restoration Project will improve water quality in the lake through the removal of nutrient-enriched (phosphorus and nitrogen) sediments that are contributing to elevated nutrients in the water column and persistent algae blooms.Image source: Gator
NZ Herald 27 August 2012More than half the drivers taken to hospital after causing a crash were found to have drugs in their system, a study has found.The Ministry of Transport study used blood samples taken from 453 drivers who caused crashes.Drugs were detected in the systems of 258 drivers, analysis by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (ESR) found.Of that group, 156 were found to be on drugs not administered by a medical professionalNinety people sent to hospital had both cannabis and alcohol in their system.Yesterday, the Automobile Association renewed its calls for random roadside saliva tests to be used to target drug drivers.Such saliva screening devices can detect only three drugs – cannabis, methamphetamine and Ecstasy – and are used in every Australian state.http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10829711Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 09.00 PM – 01.00 AMThe Derrick Dance Club DanceSenior Citizens HallDance Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 11.00 AM2nd Triathlon @ Royal Canadian LegionLegionSports & Fitness Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 08.00 PM – 11.00 PMTexas Threat @ JD Fitzgerald’sJD Fitzgerald’s PubMusic – Advertisement – Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 05.00 PMRod & Gun Club Fundraising DinnerPomeroy Hotel & Conference CentreFood ,Fundraiser Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 08.00 AM – 05.00 PMFSJ House League Indoor Soccer TournamentNorth Peace Secondary SchoolYouth , Sports & Fitness Thursday, Feb 25, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 Black History Month Celebration–Dance , Food ,Conferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetings ,Celebration ,Sports & Fitness Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 06.30 PMShare the Excitement @ The Lido TheatreLido TheatreFilm , Sports & Fitness Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 01.00 PMShare the Excitement @ The Lido TheatreLido TheatreFilm Friday, Feb 26, 2010 – Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 06.30 PMPottery Workshop with Jim EtzkornArtspostConferences, Lectures, Workshops & Meetings , Art & Culture Sunday, Feb 28, 2010 12.00 PM – 04.00 PMCuts for KidsOxygen Salon & Day SpaFundraiser Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 10.00 AM – 03.00 PMGit-Along Horse Club Winter GymkhanaNorth Peace Light Horse Riding ArenaChildren & Family , Animals, Sports & Fitness Below is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John. The information has been provided by the Fort St. John Visitor Information Centre. Wednesday, Feb 24, 2010 – Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010 National Lifeguard Service CourseNorth Peace Leisure PoolSports & Fitness Friday, Feb 26, 2010 – Saturday, Feb 27, 2010 07.00 PM – 10.00 PMComedy Detour featuring Dylan MandlsohnLido TheatreTheatre & Performances
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If the merrie folk of Nottingham, who watched India on its last stop in the World T20, could speak in one voice, it would probably belong to someone called the Old Trent Bridge regular.Dejected Indian players at the DugoutAnd he just didn”t get it. Quiet people, Indians, he said, ever,If the merrie folk of Nottingham, who watched India on its last stop in the World T20, could speak in one voice, it would probably belong to someone called the Old Trent Bridge regular.Dejected Indian players at the DugoutAnd he just didn”t get it. Quiet people, Indians, he said, ever so polite, but something just happened to them when they got near cricket. They could make a right noise, they could. Their team had made so much noise too, winning many things in many countries, cricket like a fireworks display.For an old codger, he quite liked T20 actually, so thought he”d better take a look when India came visiting. They were the T20 champions, all flashy batting, fiery bowling (the spinners, too!), acrobatic fielders, not like the old days. But then, between booking a ticket and collecting it, India were suddenly gone. Taken apart by the West Indies and, blimey, England. How had that happened? Where had the champions gone?It is hard to explain to the old boy, but whatever he”s heard about India, whatever we”ve heard, are myths churned out by the PR folk to fit an image defined as: Young, Fearless, Aggressive, Guaranteed to Conquer World. Not the most apt descriptors for guys who only beat Bangladesh and Ireland. The Old Trent Bridge regular awaits an explanation. The story of India”s T20 campaign, truth be told, is amorality”and cricketing”tale. It revolves around Seven Deadly Spins.1. THE IPL HAS MADE INDIAN CRICKETERS INTO T20 EXPERTSadvertisementThe last fortnight in England provided a grim reminder”to players and fans”that more separates the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the global game than just salaries and the presence of Bollywood.The spread of quality bowling in an attack and the stakes involved meant that neither were runs so easy to come by against the frontline teams nor were there too many second chances. For the international players, every IPL team offered one if not two gimme bowlers. The sense of accountability for performance and result was not quite as clear-cut as it was with India. “Our performance,” said captain M.S. Dhoni, “was not up to international standard” and he meant every word of it.Coach Gary Kirsten was fairly categorical too, saying that the Indians failed to generate “the level of intensity that you need to at the international game with the standard and quality of cricket (at the World Twenty20) obviously higher than what we would experience at the IPL”. Every IPL team had four overseas players, maybe the same number of India internationals but the rest were domestic players and rookies.In the World T20, every player was an international quality cricketer, with a higher level of skill and free lunches were hard to find. South African Captain Graeme Smith said the IPL had “afforded us a wonderful opportunity to learn about the T20 game”. Indeed. Everybody, it seems, benefited from the IPL barring Team India.2. INDIA ARE THE FORM FAVOURITES TO WINIndias youngsters failed to deliver when it mattered mostIndia were certainly the team causing the most commotion about and around T20 but a more dispassionate analysis of India”s T20 international form would have shown that since its 2007 World T20 Championship win, at international level it has had an adverse win-loss record, two wins from five games.Dhoni denied that the Indians had spent two years stagnating in the format, citing the batsmen”s collective collapse of “form” as the overriding reason for India”s anti-climactic performance in the World T20, saying he reckoned India needed to be at 90 per cent.”You have to be in peak form when conditions are too tough for batting, you have to be middling the ball from the go. The T20 format doesn”t allow you to settle down and it”s not like in Tests or ODIs where if you are struggling or playing to 60 per cent you can spend time getting in,” Dhoni said, somehow managing to give to the T20 format an element of romantic struggle over other forms.It sounds like a persuasive reason but it does not explain how the men who struck “form”, aka got runs in practice games and against Bangladesh and Ireland, suddenly lost it in the next three games.3. M.S. DHONI IS CAPTAIN COOL, THE MAN WITH IN HIS VEINSAsked by a friend what he considered the difference between success and failure, Dhoni had replied “results”. It is a robust philosophy that cuts through jargon, but in this series the confident, composed captain has stumbled.advertisementDhoni has a big riddle to solveQuestions about Virender Sehwag”s injury status made him irascible, producing the hokey Unity Parade, and the results that followed did him in.He only scored 86 runs (@96.92 strike rate) runs in five matches, India were outpointed and every gamble looked like empty bravado. “Give him time,” says former India captain Sourav Ganguly who wants Dhoni to bat up the order.”Dhoni”s strength is that he can clear the field but he needs to get set. He must back himself in difficult conditions.” This current condition is about as difficult as it gets.4. NEW INDIA IS A BREAKAWAY TEAM 4 OF THE FAST, THE FIT, THE FRESHCoach Gary Kirsten would like them to be, but at the moment India are none of the above. Captain Dhoni admitted that nobody on the team was a 100 per cent fit going into the World T20, but refused to accept that the fatigue of playing virtually two years of cricket had taken its toll in 10 days.Raina was clueless against short pitched deliveriesGood, because nobody bought it; the South Africans, who have been on the road too, played back to back Tests and ODIs against Australia and look where they ended up. Ganguly said, “These are guys who have played one or two years in the game”they shouldn”t be thinking like that.”With the bowlers, India failed to find the balance between getting them fit and keeping their bodies fresh. As the runs dried up at the top, the big shot was always the preferred option, over the plebeian single. Against the West Indies, the Indian innings featured 51 dot balls, 34 against the English and then 44 against South Africa. In effect the dot balls shrank a 120-ball T20 innings by around eight, five and seven overs in the Super 8s.Had the Indian batsmen taken singles off even half those dot balls, the men in blue would have entered the semifinals doing a bhangra. The failure to take singles, fielding like sluggish seals?all this is hardly new-age, this is old hat. These are not the dukes of Youngistan, this is India circa 1970s, just discovering the limited overs game. This is just depressing.Some whispers now indicate that the Indians came into the World T20 suffering from an IPL hangover. Some of the younger players continued with the IPL-style off-hour merriment, rather than switch into India mode with the necessary urgency required at a global event. Kirsten admitted, “We never really got ourselves to the level of intensity that you need to at the international game?it probably didn”t help that we had two relatively lower intensity games against Bangladesh and Ireland.”5. THE INDIAN BATTING HAS DEPTH AND EXPLOSIVE OPTIONSIt all depends on the where and the when. It took half-an-hour at Lord”s of Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor and Dwayne Bravo steaming in to swat away this bubble. Opposition captains, like Chris Gayle, had paid handsome tributes, saying, “We know the quality of the Indian team, they have batting through the order and most of their batters are dangerous.”advertisementIndias opening pair failed to clickWhen it came to live games, the bowlers” pitch map hit less obliging notes: India”s batsmen faced as many as 68 per centage from the fast bowlers” half and against England, it was more than 45 per cent.On the seaming, quick track at Lord”s, England captain Paul Collingwood had a simple plan against the batting line which every team had feared going into the tournament but which the West Indies efficiently overwhelmed.”We were very clear”taking wickets are important in this format of the game,” Collingwood said and fleshed out the scene a little more: “We wanted to hit the ball into the ground hard.”Before the Super 8s, the Indian openers”Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma”had rattled together stands of 42, 140, 59, 77 in the warmups and the first round on the spinfriendly track in Nottingham. In the Super 8s, over on the speedy slope of Lord”s, it was 12, 12 and 48 (in the inconsequential match against South Africa).The opposition bowlers were able to get their lengths just right to prevent being called for wides or no balls, and they preyed not so much on the Indian batsmen”s fragility against the short one, as their failure to get it away for runs. The Indian team wanted to save the hitters Yuvraj Singh, Dhoni and Yusuf Pathan for the last 12 overs of the innings. Marvellous idea in theory but badly scrambled in execution during a crisis. Flexibility in thinking was overridden by the desire to prove the flexibility of tactic.6. THE INDIAN TEAM HAS TRIED AND TESTED BENCH STRENGTHThe IPL”s cheer leaders (the ones in trousers that is) maintained that the event had given the Indians a battery of players who would effortlessly slot into the international team. Not so. India”s most reliable short-game performer is Yuvraj Singh with Gautam Gambhir only just coming through.Suresh Raina”s struggle with the short ball the highest level continues and the rest of the class of 2007 (Rohit Sharma, and the absent Robin Uthappa) have not backed up breakthrough performances with the consistency. Ravindra Jadeja was out of his depth when promoted ahead of Yuvraj against England. New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori says it helps to play more T20 matches but “eventually it depends on the quality of the player.” India”s bench still needs to work on refining the quality of its bench.7. THE NEW BCCI REGIME IS BREAKING WITH THE PASTAspanking new office and sending out e-mails every day do not make professionalism. India came to the World T20 with 10 support staff, almost one man for every member of a playing squad.Ravindra jadejas promotion ahead of Yuvraj and Yusuf lacked cricketing logicA year-long media gag has been maniacally enforced by the Board on everyone barring captain and coach as a way of controversy-control. Yet when the Sehwag injury drama broke out, it was a free for all” the BCCI was free to let all speculation reign.The lack of a pre-determined injury protocol or the ability to swiftly disseminate information only intensified Dhoni”s war of words with the travelling press corps and led to the somewhat over-the-top Unity Parade. In another minor but telling detail, all the players turned up at a reception for the Indian high commissioner to the UK in their civvies. One senior player wore T-shirt that had US flags on it. If the cricketers believe what is suitable for a disco will do around diplomats, it is the manager”s job to correct the impression and the threads. The Union of the Unshaven at the high commissioner”s was proof that off-field management was off-duty that evening.The old Trent Bridge regular listens. Oh that. He”d seen it happen before. Cricket had been played at this ground for 168 years and the game had undone greater men, bigger names. It was inevitable that even South Africa”s slow bowling would prove to be too much for the millionaires at the end.The game has a code and it looks like these Indian boys had violated it. It is well known and echoes around the red-brick archways of old county grounds. It is not pretty but it makes perfect sense. It goes like this: “If you take the p*ss out of cricket, cricket takes the p*ss out of you.”