Mid-Atlantic Data Portal Offers Maps and Resources for Ocean Planning

first_imghttp://portal.midatlanticocean.org/By Jenna Moldaver |POINT PLEASANT – The Mid-Atlantic Ocean Data Portal is a publicly available online tool that consolidates data and provides visual representations of ocean resources.It can be accessed at portal.midatlanticocean.org. The mapping and visualization technology is available for free use in the five mid-Atlantic states, from New York in the north to Virginia in the south. The portal includes data in 12 categories, including marine life, recreation, oceanography, renewable energy and fishing.In July, the American Littoral Society offered a free public workshop at Jenkinson’s Aquarium to introduce the portal and talk about ocean planning and management of the New Jersey coast. The event was led by American Littoral Society member Helen Henderson and Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute’s Karl Vilacoba. There were 17 attendees, including biologists, engineers and members of Clean Ocean Action.Following the Trump Administration’s replacement of the National Ocean Policy in June, whichcut federal involvement in ocean planning and reprioritized extractive resources over the maintenance of ocean ecosystems, environmental groups are examining the potential impact on regional ocean plans, and advocating for state and local support for ocean planning in the future.The goal of the portal is to advance the priorities of the mid-Atlantic states, which include preparing coastal communities for changing ocean conditions like sea level rises and generating data on offshore habitats for job creation.Professionals from the Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute, Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School and Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, The Nature Conservatory and Ecotrust actively work as a team in collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Region Ocean Council representatives from New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia to manage the portal and facilitate ocean planning in these areas.Vilacoba explained that the tool can be read almost like a weather map, with different colors signifying amounts of activity. Introducing the marine life category, Vilacoba noted the specificity and depth of the data.“It shows specific groups and species here,” he said. Vilacoba also noted that in many categories, data goes back as far as 20 years. In total, the site contains over 3,000 maps.The tool also invites its users to import data, which requires embedding a link from an online source with records of the findings.This is not the first time Jersey Shore residents have been called to participate in a crowdsourcing effort to preserve environmental conditions in the region. In 2016, the New Jersey Environmental Protection Agency enforced littering laws by introducing an app that allows users to report on conditions in their area. Much like that, this portal relies on the public to submit data and engage with local environmental problems.“The data must be published,” said Vilacoba. However, with the portal accessible to anyone interested, the availability of information and thus the productivity of ocean planning is hopeful in the mid-Atlantic region.Participants in the workshop experienced themselves just how accessible this tool is. They each either logged in to or signed up for the portal as part of the presentation and experimented with the tools in guided exercises.Despite legislative barriers, regional efforts reaffirm the strength of state and local interest in advancing ocean planning and prioritizing healthy marine economies and ecosystems.This article was first published in the Sept. 6-13, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Miller scores twice to rally Leafs past Braves 6-3

first_imgFor 12 minutes, the Nelson Leafs looked like they had returned of the doldrums of the past few months.However, after a goalie change Nelson rallied to score six consecutive goals en route to a 6-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the visiting Spokane Braves Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.Nelson’s player-of-the-game Eamonn Miller scored twice, including the winner on the power play three minutes into the third period to spark the rally.Trailing 3-0 after Troy Pichette had scored his second of the game less than two minutes into the second period, the Leafs coaching staff decided to replace starter Patrick Ostermann with Zakery Babin in an attempt to spark the team.The decision appeared to have worked as goals 12 minutes apart by Andy Fitzpatrick, Miller and Jordan Davie, on the power play, pulled Nelson even at 3-3 before the period ended. Miller, Matthew Sokol and Blair Andrews into an empty net completed the comeback in the third.Kurtis Reading also scored for the Braves.Nelson out shot the Braves 32-20 in the game making a winner out of Babin in the Leaf nets.Patrick Kasper took the loss for the Braves.Both teams played the game shorthanded, each dressing 16 skaters.Nelson, improving to 16-20-0-0-1, climbs to within two points of third place Grand Forks in Murdoch Division standings.Nelson travels to Fruitvale to visit the Beaver Valley Nitehawks Friday.Next home game is Thursday, January 14 against the Border Bruins.last_img read more

Spotted: Robin Thicke Enjoyed a Day at The Great Race Place

first_imgSinger and songwriter Robin Thicke enjoyed a day at the races for San Antonio Stakes Day. He was seen in the Paddock, the Suites at Santa Anita and brought his kids to the Family Fun Zone for pony rides, the jumpers and face painting.Thicke attended the races with girlfriend, April Geary. People noted, “Posing for a photo on park’s official Instagram, the couple beamed with their arms around each other.”Via People.last_img

A little kindness gives plenty to be thankful for

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ralph, a “Food for Thought” groupie, recently requested I write about being kind. Nothing says kindness better than a surprise homemade treat or meal. Have you heard of “Random acts of kindness?” Random acts of kindness all started in 1982. Anne Herbert scrawled the words “practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty” on a place mat in a restaurant in Sausalito, California. This kindness trend took off slow with bumper stickers, radio and even a movie in 2000 called “Pay It Forward.” It has continued to spread like wildfire, hitting college campuses, social media and even organizations such as randomactsofkindness.org. There is even a week designated Random Acts of Kindness week and February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. I’m not really sure how random it is if we all do it on one day, but how can you go wrong with spreading a touch of kindness throughout your day any day of the year? The holidays become so commercialized these days that maybe Random Acts of Christmas Kindness (RACKs) can bring back the true meaning of Christmas and Thanksgiving. Sprinkling acts of kindness during the advent season can help us shower our blessings on the community around us. Here are 24 ways you can share your joy for the season and spread kindness. Holiday mail and socks for heroes.Make a treat for a nursing home resident.Help someone load their groceries.Bake a cake or cookies and like a flash mob hand out samples at the local mall.Shovel snow for a neighbor.Candy cane bombing — stick a candy cane and a note to windshields in a parking lot.Let someone else ahead of you in line.Make a treat for the local police and fire station.Pay for someone else’s coffeeBuy dessert for a stranger.Take a bag of cat or dog food to the shelter.Fill out a comment card with positive comments.Give a hot drink to Salvation Army bell ringer.Leave a treat for the garbage and mailman. Play board games with a senior citizen.Leave a bonus tip to your server.Make dinner for an older neighbor couple/single.Volunteer in a soup kitchen.Clean the bathroom at a state park. (This was Paul’s idea! Not for me.)Babysit for a young couple so they can have date night.Give someone a dozen eggs.Open and hold the door open for someone.Give $5 McDonald’s gift card to homeless.Make an anonymous donation to a local charity. Food gifts and treats make great RACKs. Deliver your treats anonymously. Leave treats on porches, hanging from doorknobs or car doors. These are great ways to add an extra spark to your deliveries. One of our neighbors loves to bake and share cookies. They have delivered a plate of assorted cookies to friends and neighbors for years during the Christmas season. These treats may have started out as random, but after years of receiving them, we now look forward to their sweet treats! Think what this country would be like if these Random Acts of Kindness become every day? Have a blessed Christmas, be kind and share through your giving spirit to others.Eat Well & Healthy!Shelly Double Chocolate Peppermint Bark 2-12 oz. packages milk chocolate chips2 -12 oz. packages dark chocolate chips1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract7-8 peppermint candy canes, crushed, divided  Line a 12×18 inch jelly roll pan with aluminum foil.Melt the dark chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 5 minutes (depending on your microwave). Do not overheat or chocolate will scorch. Stir in the peppermint extract. Spread the chocolate evenly in the prepared pan; chill until set, about 30 minutes.Meanwhile, melt the milk chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl in 30-second intervals, stirring after each melting, for 1 to 5 minutes. Spread the milk chocolate mixture evenly over the dark chocolate. Sprinkle the candy cane pieces evenly over the milk chocolate layer. Chill until set, about 1 hour. Break into small pieces to serve. Bacon Brittle www.ohbiteit.com/Just sounds interesting with the bacon craze. Room Temp Butter, just to coat the Baking Sheet1 1/2 cups Sugar1/2 cup Light Corn Syrup3/4 cup cold WaterPinch of Salt1 lb thin cut, crispy & crumbled bacon1 tsp. Vanilla Extract1 tsp. Baking SodaA hammer!  Directions:Brush a 9×13″ Baking Sheet with butter and set aside.Combine the Sugar, Corn Syrup, Water and Salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Cook, swirling occasionally, until mixture reaches the softball stage on a candy thermometer (238 degrees). Stir in the crispy and crumbled Bacon, continue to cook, stirring often so the Bacon doesn’t burn, until the mixture is amber in color!Carefully stir in the Vanilla and Baking Soda. The mixture will foam up in the pan.Pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet and quickly spread it evenly. Set aside until it’s completely cool.Gather everyone around and take turns breaking the Brittle into pieces with a hammer. Giggle, Eat. Repeat! ~Enjoy! Gift in a Jar: Spicy Three-Bean Soup midwestliving.comTop of FormBottom of FormOur Spicy Three-Bean Soup makes dinner in a jar, the perfect present for busy people. Give along with a bag of corn chips or tortilla chips. 1 1/2 c dehydrated mixed vegetables(1/4 cup) dried tomatoes (not oil-packed)2 Tbsp. instant chicken bouillon granules1 tablespoon dried minced onion1 tablespoon dried parsley1 -2 teaspoons Mexican, fajita, Jamaican jerk or Cajun seasoning3/4 teaspoon garlic powder1/2-3/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper, cayenne pepper or ground black pepper2 bay leaves1/2 cup dried pinto beans1/2 cup dried red kidney or black beans or dry cranberry beans1/2 cup dried navy beans or dry great Northern beansCorn chipsShredded sharp cheddar cheese (optional) For seasoning mix, in a small plastic bag, combine dehydrated mixed vegetables, tomatoes, bouillon granules, dried onion, parsley, Mexican seasoning, garlic powder, chipotle chile pepper and bay leaves. Seal; set aside. For soup mix, layer in a 1-quart glass jar or a 32-ounce canister or container with a tight-fitting lid the following ingredients, adding each ingredient at a time in this order: the pinto beans, kidney, beans and navy beans. Tap jar gently on the counter to settle each layer before adding the next. Place bag of seasoning mix in jar. Cover the jar.Give as a gift (or store the layered jar of soup ingredients at room temperature up to 1 month) and attach a recipe card with the following instructions:1. Before using, remove seasoning mix; set aside.2. Rinse beans. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine beans and 4 cups water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand for 1 hour. (Or place beans in water in pan. Cover; let soak in a cool place overnight.) Drain and rinse beans.3. In the same saucepan or Dutch oven combine beans, 6 cups fresh water and seasoning mix. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender. Discard bay leaves.4. For slow cooker: Rinse beans. Place in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add 4 cups cold water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover; let stand 1 hour. Rinse and drain beans. Transfer beans to a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add 6 cups fresh water and seasoning mix. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. Discard bay leaves. Stir before serving.5. Serve soup topped with corn chips. If you like, sprinkle each serving with shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Makes 6 servings. Grandpa Paul’s Caramel Corn Paula Deen www.foodnetwork.com 1 cup butter 2 cups packed brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup light corn syrup 1 teaspoon baking soda 8 cups popped popcorn Preheat oven to 200°F. Over medium heat, combine first 4 ingredients and boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in baking soda. Stir well. Pour over the popcorn. Stir to coat well. Bake in large roaster or pan for 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Spread on waxed paper to dry. Recipe courtesy of Paula Deenlast_img read more

SC rejects Tamil Nadus plea for review of jallikattu verdict

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The Supreme Court today dismissed the plea of the Tamil Nadu government seeking review of the 2014 judgement banning use of bulls for jallikattu events in the state and bullock-cart races across the country.A bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R F Nariman rejected the state governments review petition, filed in 2014 through its Chief Secretary, saying that it was illegal and unconstitutional as the taming of bulls for such an event amounted to “cruelty”.Senior advocate Shekhar Naphade, appearing for the state, submitted during the hearing that the jallikattu is not cruel as a whole, and instances of animal torture are isolated cases.The apex court had on January 21 dismissed similar pleas for re-examination of the 2014 judgement.A bench of Justices Gopala Gowda and P C Ghose, during in -chamber proceedings, had dismissed the review petitions filed by some residents of Tamil Nadu seeking reconsideration of the ban order on the controversial bull-taming sport.On January 8, the Centre had issued a notification lifting the ban on jallikattu in Tamil Nadu with certain restrictions, which was challenged in the apex court by Animal Welfare Board of India, People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India, a Bangalore-based NGO and others.The apex court had stayed the notification.Jallikattu, also known Eruthazhuvuthal, is a bull-taming sport played in Tamil Nadu as a part of the Pongal harvest festival.The court in its 2014 judgement had said that bulls cannot be used as performing animals, either for Jallikattu events or bullock-cart races in the states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra or elsewhere in the country and banned their use across the country.advertisementThe apex court had declared Tamil Nadu Regulation of Jallikattu Act, 2009 as constitutionally void, being violative or Article 254(1) of the Constitution. PTI ABA SJK RKS SClast_img read more

10 months agoPSG goalkeeper Areola: With or without Mourinho Man Utd dangerous

first_imgPSG goalkeeper Areola: With or without Mourinho Man Utd dangerousby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola says they’ll be ready for Manchester United in their Champions League round of 16 tie.However, Areola also recognises they cannot underestimate United after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.He stated, “Manchester is a very big club with or without Mourinho.”They are back, they have a story, they know how to handle those moments. “We had difficulties during this group phase, we came out even bigger and we will be ready on the day.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoJuventus star Ronaldo collects two more titles at Globe Soccer Awards

first_imgJuventus star Ronaldo collects two more titles at Globe Soccer Awardsby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus star Cristiano Ronaldo has collected two more titles at the Globe Soccer Awards.Ronaldo received the awards for Best Goal of the Year and Best Player of the Year, beating Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé.“It’s an honour to receive this trophy. I want to say thank you to my family, my girlfriend, my son, my friends, Jorge Mendes and all the staff.“While it has been a tough year, I win many trophies, including the Champions League, and it was an unbelievable year again.“Now 2019 is a new year, I am dreaming of winning many important trophies for Juventus, which is my new club. I am a person who likes a challenge, so my new life is in Turin and I want to win as much as I can.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Paul Finebaum Doesn’t Think Notre Dame Will Compete For A National Title This Year

first_imgPaul Finebaum's expectation for Notre Dame.Paul Finebaum Notre Dame National ChampionshipFighting Irish fans likely aren’t fans of pro-SEC ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum in the first place. After hearing what he has to say about Notre Dame’s 2015 title chances, that likely won’t change.Friday, Finebaum made a bold prediction, stating that he doesn’t believe that the Fighting Irish will compete for a national championship this year. While he believes Notre Dame has a good team, he thinks the schedule, which features Georgia Tech, Clemson, USC and Stanford, is too difficult. He added that he isn’t sure when the school will be able to compete for a national title, either.Notre Dame isn’t competing for a national championship in 2015 http://t.co/DmXr6tar5U— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) August 7, 2015Here’s a link to the video, if it doesn’t work for you on mobile.There are many who believe that Notre Dame needs to start putting together easier schedules to compete for the College Football Playoff. It’ll be interesting to see whether the school changes its ways.last_img read more

Mark Hamill Visits Great Ormond Street Hospital

first_imgStar Wars legend Mark Hamill visited patients at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) this week.Mark Hamill visits GOSHCredit/Copyright: Alex Lentati via GOSHHamill, who played Luke Skywalker in the legendary films, was visibly moved on a visit to the hospital where he met dozens of patients and staff including four-year-old Jake, from Barnet, who recently had a kidney transplant.As he handed out presents on the wards, he called on readers of the Evening Standard to donate to their Give to GOSH appeal.He said: “One of the greatest things I am given, because of the profession I am in, is the ability to give back. It feels wonderful. It can be harrowing emotionally because your heart goes out to these children but it’s also very uplifting. You walk away thinking that being an actor is so trivial compared to helping needy children.”Hamill said he chose to go to the hospital rather than appearing on the Graham Norton Show, which some of the Star Wars cast were filming during his visit on Thursday. “Rather than going on TV chat shows I would rather give back somehow by going to hospitals. I want to do more of that.“Star Wars movies are meant to be a couple of hours of diversion from reality, and we need that. They are optimistic and hopeful stories. But in comparison to what we can do with this [the hospital], last night [the Star Wars premiere] is very trivial.”Hamill visited patients and their families as part of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity’s long-standing partnership with Disney.To read more about Mark’s visit, click here.Source:GOSHlast_img read more

Sit Down To Lunch With Paul Rudd

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