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first_img Our job is to protect fish stocks and improve fisheries. The majority of anglers, who fish legally, rightly demand that we take action to catch offenders. During the close season our fisheries enforcement officers, supported by Angling Trust volunteer bailiffs, will be targeting illegal fishing. We take illegal fishing very seriously. Anyone fishing illegally can expect to be prosecuted and face a substantial fine. We urge anyone to report illegal fishing as quickly as possible by calling our incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60. The close season runs from 15 March to 15 June 2019 and applies to all rivers and streams in England but does not apply to most still-waters and most canals.During the close season Environment Agency officers, with support from Angling Trust Volunteer Bailiffs, will be conducting patrols to enforce the close season as part of Operation CLAMPDOWN, now in its seventh year.During last year’s coarse fish close season campaign, 927 patrols were conducted, recording more than 250 illegal or unlicensed offences.Kevin Austin, Head of Fisheries at the Environment Agency said: Public consultation on the future of the close season for coarse fishing on rivers -The Environment Agency recently conducted an 8 week public consultation on the future of the close season for coarse fishing on rivers. It has now closed and more than 13,600 responses were received. The results are now being collated. Along with the existing evidence, this information will be used to determine if there is a case for changing the current close season byelaw.Any proposed change to the current byelaw (whether to change the dates or remove the close season) must be advertised, to give everyone the opportunity to object (or support). We will respond to these objections, before applying to government for confirmation. The final decision rests with Government.Any decision to change the byelaw will not affect the 2019 close season.last_img read more

first_imgCourt hears arguments on use of senior judges Court hears arguments on use of senior judges Amy K. Brown Assistant Editor The chair of the state Supreme Court’s Committee on Appointment and Assignment of Senior Judges told the high court last month that the system for using senior judges in the state isn’t broken.But another member of the committee, Coral Gables trial lawyer Hector Lombana, told the court that present problems in some counties “are so significant that they are seriously, and I mean seriously, eroding the confidence of lawyers and litigants in our judiciary’s ability to handle the most complex of cases.”Judge Gil Goshorn, the committee’s chair, and himself a senior judge, told justices that “it is apparent that, from the comments that we received, that the present system is working extremely well in many of the circuits, and no changes are desired from those circuits,” but he added that the system in some circuits “needed some tweaking.”The committeae was established in June 2001 by Chief Justice Charles Wells to provide recommendations on the use of senior judges in courtrooms across the state and to answer two questions: Is there a need for a formalized certification process for senior judges? And, if so, what type of process should be used to determine the eligibility of judges for assignments in various courts and how should it work?After reviewing the policies of Florida circuits and other states, the committee made 15 recommendations, including: establish a permanent workgroup for ongoing study of the use of senior judges; conduct a review of each senior judge, including checking for compliance with continuing education requirements and gathering input from judges and attorneys the senior judge has worked with; institute mandatory eligibility reviews for senior judges — every three years for those under 70, and every year for those 70 or older; and create an intranet Web site to support the efficient assignment of senior judges.Two of the more contentious recommendations — a judge or justice removed from the bench by election or merit retention defeat should not be eligible for senior judge status, and chief judges should be encouraged not to assign senior judges to complex cases — raised the most debate during oral argument.Goshorn said the committee’s recommendation to encourage chief judges not to assign senior judges to complex cases was a compromise between two opposing viewpoints in the committee.“In my opinion, what this compromise recommendation accomplishes is simply to encourage the chief judges to consider the requirements of each individual case, on a case-by-case basis, and attempt to match the senior judge’s talent and abilities to the case. There is no outright prohibition,” he told the court.But Lombana said there is a real problem in some circuits, and the crux of the problem is that the cases these senior judges are being assigned to require “the highest amount of intellectual acuteness and the greatest physical stamina” Often, because of the judges’ age, physical condition, and temperament, they are the least capable of handling them, he said.He added that the problem is most acute in Broward County, the county of origin of a case currently being considered by the court challenging the use of senior judges in trials, but it occurs elsewhere throughout the state.Judge William Blackwell, chief judge of the 20th Circuit, speaking on behalf of many of the state’s chief judges, opposed the recommendation, worrying that restrictions on the ability to use senior judges would clog dockets.Justice Fred Lewis answered, “I am having a real difficulty with the way this thing is coming down, and that is that it appears that there has been an organized effort on behalf of the organized judiciary, to take the position that anyone who partakes of our judicial system doesn’t know what they are talking about. And it almost has been, now, cast in an ‘us against them,’ and the lawyers in certain parts of the state are really struggling, and it is as though the consumers of the judicial product, justice, and their clients are saying, ‘We can’t trust this process’.. . . ”When the justices questioned the committee’s recommendation regarding election defeats, Goshorn answered, “I think that it is fair to say that the majority of the committee took the position, after discussion, that it was just hard to explain, from a public policy position, how a judge could be defeated in an election one day and the next day be presiding over their case.” July 1, 2002 Assistant Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

first_imgRUMSON – A cold fall morning Saturday, Nov. 16 wasn’t enough to stop hundreds of Rumsonites and friends from coming out to support Rumson PTO’s second annual 1-mile Fun Run and 5K Dawg Dash and Kiddie Dashes. Nearly 400 athletes of all levels registered for the runs that took place around the Deane Porter and Forrestdale schools and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. Over $6,000 was raised by the Bulldogs, according to Tara Harmon, who co-chaired the event with Irene Hall. The money will go toward funding academic enrichment programs and a variety of assemblies for Rumson’s elementary and middle schools. Photos by Patrick Oliverolast_img read more

first_imgWHAT:         Grade III, $100,000 SANTA YSABEL STAKESDistance & Conditions: 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-old filliesWHEN:          Saturday, March 5 Race 5, (approximate Post Time–2:30 p.m. PT) MY DYNAMO, owned by Rusty Brown, Phillip Lebherz and Alan Klein, returns to Santa Anita following a close second place finish in the 1 1/16 miles (synthetic Tapeta) California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 6. Trained by Jeff Bonde, the Kentucky-bred filly by Discreetly Mine was fifth, beaten 2 ¾ lengths, two starts back in the 6 ½ furlong Santa Ynez Stakes here Jan. 2. Ninth, beaten 22 lengths by Songbird five starts back in the Grade I, seven furlong Del Mar Debutante, My Dynamo will be making her seventh career start. WHY:             Undefeated Eclipse Champion Songbird will continue on her road to the Santa Anita and Kentucky Oaks for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and owner Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc. Considered by some to be America’s top 3-year-old, irrespective of gender, Songbird heads a field of 10 sophomore fillies.WHO: My Dynamo, Fernando Perez, Jeff Bonde, 119Land Over Sea, Mario Gutierrez, Doug O’Neill, 119Street Fancy, Victor Espinoza, Phil D’Amato, 123Pageant Material, Santiago Gonzalez, Richard Baltas, 119Merirosvo, Drayden Van Dyke, Patrick Gallagher, 119Songbird, Mike Smith, Jerry Hollendorfer, 123Code Warrior, Anne Sanguinetti, Manuel Badilla, 119Jade Princess, Rafael Bejarano, Bob Baffert, 119Not Now Carolyn, Kent Desormeaux, Keith Desormeaux, 119Mokat, Flavien Prat, Richard Baltas, 119 MOKAT, owned by J K Racing Stable and trained by Richard Baltas, comes off a close third place finish in a one mile turf allowance here on Feb. 5. A Kentucky-bred filly by Uncle Mo, she has been favored in three out of her five starts but would appear better suited on turf. A romping one mile turf maiden winner in her second start on Oct. 31 at Del Mar, she was subsequently second, beaten a half length, in the Grade III, one mile turf Jimmy Durante Stakes Nov. 28. With Mike Smith opting to stick with the favorite, Mokat will be handled for the first time by Flavien Prat. STREET FANCY, owned by Agave Racing Stable, won the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Starlet at Los Alamitos two starts back on Dec. 12, but was subsequently annihilated by Songbird in the Grade II, Las Virgenes, finishing 28 lengths back while eased. Trained by Phil D’Amato, Street Fancy, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Street Sense, will be ridden back by Victor Espinoza, who rode her for the first time on the Las Virgenes. SONGBIRD, owned by Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and the Eclipse Champion 2-year-old Filly for 2015, will try to follow up on her sensational 6 ½ length win here in the Grade II, one mile Las Virgenes on Feb. 6 and extend her unbeaten streak to six. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is unbeaten in two starts at Santa Anita and is prepping for the Grade I, 1 1/16 miles Santa Anita Oaks on April 9. Regular rider Mike Smith termed her half mile workout in 48 flat here on Sunday thusly: “That was probably one of the best half miles I’ve ever gone, about as easy and as smooth as you could possibly go–very impressive.” JADE PRINCESS, owned by Don Alberto Stable, showed brief speed and was subsequently beaten 13 lengths while running fifth behind Songbird in the Las Virgenes here Feb. 6. Trained by Bob Baffert, the Kentucky-bred filly by Tapit was a 1 ¾ length first condition allowance winner going one mile here two starts back on Jan. 8. In what will be her sixth career start, Jade Princess will be handled for the first time by leading man, Rafael Bejarano. NOT NOW CAROLYN, owned by Big Chief Racing, LLC, Don’t Tell My Wife Stables, LLC and partners, this lightly raced daughter of Tapit comes off a solid gate to wire one mile maiden special weight win on Jan. 28 and appears to be an up and coming sort. Well beaten in her first two tries, she improved dramatically in her first start for trainer Keith Desormeaux on Jan. 28 and if she can continue her ascent, she could be a factor on Saturday. LAND OVER SEA, owned by Reddam Racing, LLC, a Kentucky-bred filly by Bellamy Road has been soundly beaten by Songbird in four out of her six lifetime starts, including her most recent, as she finished second, beaten 6 ½ lengths, in the Las Virgenes Stakes here on Feb. 6. Trained by Doug O’Neill, Land Over Sea was off at 23-1 in the Las Virgenes but figures to be a shorter price on Saturday as she hopes to improve on her last effort with regular rider Mario Gutierrez up.last_img read more

first_imgAdamson University head coach Air Padda could only shake her head and admit defeat when Cherry Rondina singlehandedly carried University of Santo Tomas over the Lady Falcons in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Ravena vows no letup for playoff-bound NLEX Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:34Monsey stabbing witness says he ‘threw coffee table’ at suspect00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Rondina was an unstoppable force leading the Golden Tigresses in a three-set win, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Padda said Adamson had futile resistance to at least slow down Rondina, who unleashed 22 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We didn’t fight against her, my players totally bowed down,” said Padda as Adamson (2-2) slipped into a tie with UST, Ateneo, and Far Eastern University for the third seed in the tournament.“They were scared on defense, we couldn’t stop Rondina at the net, we made way too many errors and it just caused not to play like we normally do.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The closest a Lady Falcon got to the production of Rondina was captain Jema Galanza who only had 10 points but that out was still three points less than what UST’s second-highest scorer Dimdim Pacres had.Adamson’s 25 errors were the same as UST but the number that truly defined the match were the Golden Tigresses’ advantage in spikes, 39-21, and service aces, 12-3.And the Lady Falcons’ 21 scoring spikes were just four more than what Rondina had for herself alone in the match.“Cherry is capable of taking a whole set, I was looking if her teammates would step up and they did,” said Padda. “The girls were intimidated, this is probably the biggest crowd we’ve played in and UST brings a lot of fans.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceSAN JOSE — Brent Burns made sure that the Sharks season-high losing streak didn’t reach an embarrassing pre-Joe Thornton era mark.Burns blasted in a shot from the point just 22 seconds into overtime at SAP Center on Saturday, ending the Sharks losing streak at seven games with a 4-3 win over the Vegas Golden Knights.In doing so, the Sharks clinched home-ice advantage in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, …last_img read more

first_imgBraxton Miller works out in Bane-style mask.Ohio State’s men’s basketball team’s season came to an end Saturday evening, as the No. 10-seeded Buckeyes fell to No. 2 seed Arizona in the NCAA Tournament’s Third Round. Don’t fret, though, OSU fans. You still cheer for what is perhaps the best college football program in the country. One of the people who will attempt to help lead the Buckeyes to another national championship on the gridiron was in the gym today, working out like Bane. Will Miller be Ohio State’s starter in 2015? The Buckeyes open their campaign Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech.last_img read more

first_imgLee WilsonAPTN NewsA program run by the Haisla Nation is marking its success in helping members overcome barriers in search of employment.Graduates of the Active Measures program in Kitimat, B.C. reunited this week to celebrate individuals who’ve been able to overcome health, social and other barriers making it difficult for them to find work.Nancy Maitland was in the program in 2018 and 2019; she is now over 300 days drug free and credits some of her success to the program.“For me, it’s just being able to stay sober and to continue dealing with my self-issue,” she said. “I’ve learned a lot of tools here.”Liz Robinson and Cecil Paul Jr. lead the 5-month program initially funded by Rio Tinto’s Canada Fund but is now fully funded by the Haisla Nation. The program has a goal of graduates being self-sufficient.“The government-funded five nations to run a pilot program on Active Measures,” Robinson explained. “Our program is targeting our Haisla band membership — the ones that are on social assistance, the ones that can get jobs but can’t keep jobs.”The Haisla Nation offers additional programs such as cultural and language, driver training and employment programs that all come together to help [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgPORTLAND, Maine – Holy hometown, Batman!A highly anticipated Batman comic book series will have some locations that might look familiar to Maine residents. The Portland Press Herald reports Portland City Hall, Old Port’s cobblestone streets and various red brick buildings will be a part of Gotham in DC Comics’ “Batman: White Knight.”The artist and writer is Sean Murphy, who recently moved to Portland. He says he was inspired by the city feeling like a “perfect foggy New England town.”Murphy says the series centres on a seemingly reformed Joker who runs for City Council and uses his media campaign to blame Batman for the city’s crime.DC representatives say the series is one of the top three bestselling comic books for October.The first issue goes on sale Oct. 4.___Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.comlast_img read more

Oakland Raiders’ starting quarterback Jason Campbell broke his collarbone during the team’s 24-17 win against the Cleveland Browns Sunday. With only Kyle Boller and former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was selected by the Raiders in the NFL’s supplemental draft on Aug. 22, on their roster, Oakland completed a Tuesday trade that brought former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer to the team. Pryor, Oakland’s No. 3 quarterback, may have a chance to lead the Raiders offense as a result of Campbell’s injury, but not this season. After being suspended for first five games of the Buckeyes’ 2011 season, Pryor departed OSU on June 7 to pursue a professional career, and was selected by Oakland in the third round of supplemental draft. Pryor was suspended from games and practices through Week 5 of the NFL season by commissioner Roger Goodell, and was not on the Raiders’ active roster for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Though Pryor will join the Raiders’ active roster this week for Oakland’s game against Kansas City, Vittorio Tafur, a Raiders beat writer for the San Fransisco Chronicle, said Pryor won’t be seeing the field any time soon. In addition to dropping on the team’s depth chart as a result of the trade for Palmer, Tafur said Pryor was nowhere close to being ready to play. “Palmer is going to come in and be the starter,” Tafur said. “Pryor missed five weeks on suspension with no practice time, so he probably goes back to being a project.” Tafur added that Pryor, who would be the third-string quarterback behind Palmer and Kyle Boller, will benefit from watching from the sideline. “That will give (Pryor) plenty of time to learn going into training camp next year,” he said. “I think this is probably good for (Pryor).” Kevin Noon, managing editor of Buckeyegrove.com, agreed with Tafur. “At this point I don’t see Pryor being a very viable option,” Noon said. “Could (Pryor) go in there and do a little something here or a little something there for a set or something? Sure, but the NFL game is not built the way the college game is.” Pryor quarterbacked for three seasons at OSU, though his entire junior season, which included a victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, was vacated. Pryor, along with five other players, received improper benefits in the form of tattoos for selling OSU football memorabilia. Former coach Jim Tressel also failed to self-report the violations and knowingly fielded a team with ineligible players. Tafur said the Raiders won’t attempt to experiment with Pryor at other positions. “It’s been clear that the plan, as of now, is definitely quarterback (for Pryor),” Tafur said. “I think they’ll definitely give him a full training camp before they decide to alter that plan. I’m sure in the back of their minds, there’s always the possibility. As of now, Pryor is strictly a quarterback.” Noon added that there are no certainties, given Pryor’s employer. “But we are talking about the Oakland Raiders,” Noon said. “If there’s ever a team to sit there and kind of do things sideways, it would be the Raiders.” read more