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Throw-Away Plastics a Big Problem, Says Baykeeper Study

first_imgAt least 165 million pieces of non-biodegradable plastic float at any given time in the 250-square-mile New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary, which includes Raritan Bay and associated waters, according to a recently released study.The study, done by the Keyport-based New York-New Jersey Baykeeper, says this breaks down to an estimated 256,322 particles per square kilometer – or a square with sides of about 3,280 feet – throughout the estuary.Locally, the study shows 96,402 particles per square kilometer in Raritan Bay off Keyport, 149,016 at Perth Amboy and 380,947 just at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, based on samplings at those sites.“The big takeaway, we have a big issue on our hands,” said report author Sandra Meola, the Baykeeper’s communications and outreach associate. “And we need a big solution. The solution is to stop the use of single-use, throw-away plastic products.”The study indicated plastics found were in these categories: plastic foam such as in take-out coffee cups, 38 percent; fragments of unidentified hard plastic, 31 percent; filmy plastic such as plastic bags or plastic wrap, 18 percent; pellets such as microbeads found in personal care products, 7 percent; and fishing line or clothing fibers, 6 percent.About 85 percent of the materials were microplastics, or particles smaller than 5 millimeters.Basically, the estuary runs from Raritan Bay in the south to the Tappan Zee Bridge in the north, then west to east from Perth Amboy to Sandy Hook. It also includes Sandy Hook Bay, Hudson River, East River and Arthur Kill.Sandra Meola, the report author, demonstrates a “manta trawl net,” its name derived from its metal scoop resembling a manta ray’s fins, used to collect plastics in the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary.Sandra MeolaThe study was released Feb. 9, but was based on sampling done from last March to August at 18 sites.The sampling spots were near storm water and sewage pipes, Meola said.“We figured a lot of the plastic is coming from them, especially microbeads,” Meola said.A boat pulled a “manta trawl net,” its name derived from its metal scoop resembling a manta ray’s fins. Items were collected in a net, rinsed off, then analyzed.“The reason we did this, I was appalled there were plastics in toothpaste and facial scrubs,” said Meola, referring to the microbeads used as abrasives in these products.In December, President Barack Obama signed into law the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, co-sponsored by local Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. The law, which bans the manufacturing and sale of microbeads in cosmetics and healthcare products, begins taking effect in July 2017 and reaches its full effect in July 2019.The microbeads law will put only a “small” dent in the problem, Meola said.“Microbeads is only one type of plastic,” Meola said. “I think the next thing to tackle is the foam. We need to move forward and get rid of other nasty things we don’t need.”Prior to this study, there had been no solid data compiled for this region, Meola said.“We are beginning to see evidence of just how prevalent plastic pollution is in our waters,” said Dave Conover, education director at Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and a partner in the Baykeeper study. “Plastic trash and debris, along with microplastics, are contaminating fish, birds, mammals, even plankton.“By gathering more data, we can get a clearer picture of the sources of this pollution and create effective strategies to reduce it. We have a responsibility to get plastics out of our waters.”Beth Ravit, co-director of Rutgers University’s Center for Urban Environmental Sustainability, also is working with the Baykeeper to study the impact of microplastics in the Raritan and Passaic Rivers.Clean Ocean Action, based at Sandy Hook, is working on a microplastics study in Atlantic Ocean water and beach sand along the New Jersey coast.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Killjoys

first_imgKicking off the season is host Dam City Rollers meeetinga yet-unseen Valley Brutality at 5 p.m.Staff at Mallards want to salute the Killjoys with Team of the Week honours. Members of the Killjoys roster for Saturday’s opening tilt include (in no specific order) Lil’Miss Hell N Back 80, Jezebrawler 79, Skid Licious 121, Buttermilk 82, Meg A Blast 209, Kerowhack 225, McWrath 360, Concrete Cindy 4, Shove 40, Li’l Squirt 942, D.O. Ava 123, Slay Guevara 1976 and Oso Agro 006. Killjoy coaches are K Boss and Sly. The defending Golden Boot champion, Nelson Killjoys begin quest for back-to-back titles Saturday as the 2014 West Kootenay Roller Derby season commences with doubleheader action at the at Selkirk College gymnasium in Castlegar.The Nelson Killjoys are out to prove last season’s title was no fluke as the Heritage City squad takes on rival Rossland Trail Roller Girls (RTRG) at 7 p.m. in the feature match.last_img read more

Mermaids book second spot for grand finale

first_imgIn the first quarter, Mermaids wasted no time as they picked up the pace to make every attempt count, scoring goal after goal to lead 14-7.The second quarter also followed through with Mermaids still on their toes, moving the ball around with quick passes, finding their shooters under the goal posts to extend the lead to 25-20 before the half time whistle sounded.After the break, Telstas soon found their rhythm and with the help of a few fresh legs on the court, began to change the attack immediately. This triggered the Mermaid’s defense into panic mode as Telstas flew past with countless goals.They eventually narrowed the margin before taking a two-point lead in the 3rd quarter, 34-32.The final quarter grew even tenser as the panic mode set in for both sides, resulting in unnecessary fouls. Telstas was still in the lead though. However, in a scarcely-believable comeback, the Mermaids returned with a stunning finish when they regrouped and forced counter attacks and defended their keyhole.With only 7 minutes on the clock, the Mermaids flashed through, penetrating the Telstas’ defense in the keyhole, scoring quick 10 goals to blow away the Telstas with a 47-40 victory.last_img read more

To belong

first_imgDo I have to hang out late at bars?Smoking weed and drinking scotchAll night long like a big-top guy?Even if I did, I wouldn’t have that touchI am meOne of a kind, one in a wayDraped in fame and just meI can’t be them. I, too, belong to the world, in a way.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Who am I?Maybe I should knowDo I have to wear heels like camels to be sophisticated?Even if I try to crowI would never be a roosterlast_img

Former district attorney now helps world with his photos

first_imgHe’s been way too busy bringing these moving images to the world to waste time looking back on his 32 years as an L.A. prosecutor who rose to the top of his profession only to be toppled by angry voters after the O.J. trial. The past is over, Garcetti says. Nothing he can do about it. It’s the future he’s been working on since leaving office. No, nothing O.J. does surprises him, he says. Certainly not that he’s sitting in another courtroom now facing felony charges for assault and robbery. That’s his problem, Garcetti says. He’s moved on to more important things. He put all those expensive suits he wore on his old job in the closet and grabbed a pair of jeans and a camera. Finally, he was going to put those four years he spent taking photography classes at Reseda High Night School as a young man to use. Back then there were no dreams of becoming a lawyer. He grew up in a little house at 63rd and Estrella streets in South Central Los Angeles – the son of a barber and Mexican-American mother who worked as a meatpacker. “All the guys in my neighborhood wanted to be garbagemen because it was such a macho job back then,” he said. “But we had a career day in high school and I met this man who was all dressed up nice wearing shiny jewelry. “He said he was a lawyer. I didn’t want to be a garbageman anymore.” A few months after leaving the D.A.’s Office, Garcetti said he was driving by the site where the new Disney Hall was being built and he pulled over to watch ironworkers walking high in the sky on steel beams. “It was fascinating to watch them,” he said. “I asked the supervisor of the construction company if I could come on the site to shoot pictures of them. He said no.” Garcetti called an official of the ironworkers union who had been one of his campaign contributors. “He took my call and the first thing he said was, `Hi, Gil, I’ll send you a thousand bucks.’ I laughed and told him I wasn’t calling about politics anymore.” The ironworkers invited Garcetti to shoot all he wanted, which led to the publication of his first well-received photography book “Iron: Erecting the Walt Disney Concert Hall.” Another well-received book followed in 2006 called “Dance in Cuba,” capturing the spirit and energy of the Cuban people who don’t have much but still enjoy life. But it is his latest photo book, “Water is Key: A Better Future for Africa,” that has captured his real passion, he says. Every dime he makes from the sale of his book is going to the NGOs trying to bring clean water and sanitation to a region where 70 percent of the people don’t have safe water to drink, he says. “I figure I have 20 good years left, and I have no doubt that ultimately I will be remembered for my photography and taking on projects I feel passionate about,” Garcetti said. “I want to be an inspiration for people in their 60s and 70s that there is still a lot you can do, not for yourself but for other people in the world.” That, and not O.J. Simpson, is the legacy Gil Garcetti wants us to remember him by. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday., (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While his old nemesis O.J. Simpson sat in a Las Vegas courtroom Wednesday, Gil Garcetti sat on a concrete bench outside UCLA’s Fowler Museum in Westwood waiting for a class of elementary schoolchildren to arrive. The former Los Angeles County district attorney, now a successful photographer, had a two-gallon bucket of water with him to help the kids understand what it’s like for children living on the other side of the world in poor West African villages. For young girls who never get the chance to go to school or visit a museum because their days are spent walking miles in scorching heat and dust storms carrying large jugs of contaminated water on their heads. Dying from thirst is a certainty in these villages without this contaminated groundwater. Dying from drinking it is only a risk. There are no other choices. Not yet, anyway. That’s why Garcetti is here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre When the last line on his life is written, the 66-year-old former prosecutor wants it to be about his work with NGOs – nongovernmental organizations – to bring safe water and sanitation to these poor villages where young girls are treated as chattel. He doesn’t want the line to be about the D.A. on whose watch Simpson walked away from murder charges. “A full jug of water can weigh 40 pounds,” Garcetti said, waiting for the kids to arrive so he could give them a tour of his black-and-white photo exhibit, “Women, Water and Wells.” “Imagine little girls carrying that much weight on their heads. How painful it is to their necks and shoulders. I want these kids to feel how tough it is just carrying around a bucket with only two gallons in it.” Since being voted out of office in 2001, Garcetti has rekindled his passion for photography, spending months traveling throughout West Africa in the last five years, taking vivid pictures of poverty and disease in villages with no safe water to drink. last_img

Donegal Daily’s new business directory

first_imgDonegal Daily has set up a list of the top businesses across the north-west to give our 55,000 daily readers an opportunity to view these businesses.Click here to view Donegal Daily’s new business directory.Only five business are being published under each category which gives businesses even more access to the huge followers and potential customers that we have. We are adding new categories and businesses everyday and will be the ‘go to’ place to find any sales or service in the north west.If you would like your business listed on Donegal’s biggest news website contact Hugh today on 087 164 1160 OR Daily’s new business directory was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:business directoryDonegal Dailysales & serviceslast_img read more

Spending bill costs have risen

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – A must-pass spending bill to pay for the rising costs of the war in Iraq and for additional hurricane aid for the storm-ravaged Gulf Coast is debuting on the Senate floor to poor reviews from conservatives over its massive cost. The $106.5 billion bill has ballooned by almost $15 billion over President George W. Bush’s February request, and that figure could grow as senators of both parties press amendments to add money for border security and medical care for veterans. The White House asked the Senate on Tuesday for $2.2 billion more to repair and strengthen levees in and around New Orleans. It reduced its request for Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster funds by the same amount, a reflection of concerns over the bill’s cost. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe measure is expected to eventually pass with ease, but not before the Senate takes ample time to discuss Iraq policy, gasoline prices and homestate projects. Among the first amendments will be one by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., and endorsed by Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., to add about $2 billion in new border-security funds. The border-security measures were to have been part of a major immigration bill that stalled in the Senate just before the Easter-Passover holiday recess. The money would be used to hire and train more Border Patrol agents and build new detention centers for immigrants.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has welcomed a court ruling in London today which ruled that the prosecution of Sinn Féin member John Downey was an abuse of process and should not continue.The ruling means the John Downey has now been set free to return home to his family. Deputy Doherty said: “I welcome today’s ruling. John Downey should never have been arrested. His family should not have been put through this ordeal for the past nine months. “The arrest and detention of John was a clear breach of commitments given by the British Government at Weston Park and in subsequent agreements.“I welcome his release and look forward to seeing him at home in Donegal in the near future.”JOHN DOWNEY: ARREST WAS BREACH OF PEACE PROCESS, SAYS DONEGAL TD was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:John DowneyPearse Dohertylast_img read more

Combined 2016/17 Premier League minutes of England’s World Cup stars revealed

first_imgEngland’s Under-20 World Cup heroes played a total of 1,094 Premier League minutes between them last season – equivalent to about 12 full matches.Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook – the captain of the team – made the single biggest contribution to that total of the 13 players who featured in the victory over Venezuela with his 431 minutes for the Cherries, with the final match-winner Dominic Calvert-Lewin second on the list with 346 minutes for Everton.Toffees team-mate Ademola Lookman appeared for 287 minutes according to with Josh Onomah of Tottenham Hotspur (17), Jonjoe Kenny of Everton (12) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal (one) making up the rest of the total.The key to Paul Simpson’s side now progressing will surely be regular exposure to Premier League football, and it will be interesting to see how many members of the squad gain additional playing time in the 2017-18 season. Newcastle United goalkeeper Freddie Woodman – who saved a penalty in the second half to ensure England secured the trophy – racked up the most minutes of any player with 1,260, but they all came on loan at Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock. He will hope for more chances with his parent club, who will of course play in the top flight next season.Home-grown debutants averaged 716 minutes of Premier League football in 2016-17, a 20 per cent increase on 2015-16 (596 minutes), according to figures from the Premier League.An Everton side including Kenny, Calvert-Lewin and Dowell won the inaugural PL2 competition for under-23 players, designed to bridge the gap from academy football to the first team.Tom Davies played 12 times for Everton’s PL2 side before going on to star in the first team. Lewis Cook, the England U20 captain, lifts the World Cup trophy 1last_img read more

Darryl Butler leads the way with an excellent outing at Ballyliffin

first_imgSunday Confined 6th November 20161st Darryl Butler (19) 35pts2nd Liam Doherty(C) (13) 34pts 3rd Daniel G McGonigle (21) 34pts4th Corny Doherty (21) 33ptsGross: Brendan Devlin (1) 31ptsCSS: 74 Saturday Open 5th November 20161st Daniel McNamee (14) 36pts2nd Mark Taylor (14) 34pts3rd Thomas Mailey (20) 34pts4th Liam McLaughlin (9) 33pts Gross: Cormac McKeone (4) 26ptsCSS: R/OFriday Open 4th November 20161st Jeff Davie (17) 40pts 2nd Stephen John Michell (14) 35pts3rd Matt Concannon (9) 33ptsCSS: 73Wednesday Society 2nd November 20161st Andy McGonigle 38pts2nd Don McGonigle 36pts3rd Martin O’Mahoney 36ptsLadies:Glashedy No 5 Sunday 6th November 20160-181st Lisa Glover 18pts2nd Roisin Rooney 17pts19-281st Sadie Grant(N) 16pts BOT2nd Ruth McGartoll 16pts29-361st Rita McCrossan 16pts2nd Crea Harkin 15ptsBallyliffin Golf Club Results by Phelim DavenportThe first real chills of Winter accompanied the golf in Ballyliffin this weekend.The Friday Open was won by Jeff Davie[17] with a great score of 40pts, bye bye 17 Jeff. In 2nd place was Stephen John Mitchell[14] with 35pts. In 3rd spot was Matt Concannon[9] with 33pts.The Saturday Open was played in difficult conditions. The winner was another up and coming young player Daniel Mc Namee[14] with 36pts. In 2nd place was Mark Taylor[14] with 34pts. Thomas Mailey[20] showed that there was more to him than his good looks and took 3rd with 34pts. Liam Mc Laughlin[9] seems to be on an upward curve again like his beloved Chelsea, he took 4th with 33pts, The Gross went to regular Sat. gross man these days Cormac Mc Keone[4] with 26 gross pts.Even the brass monkeys needed lagging to play in the Sunday Confined on the old course. In top place was morning man Darryl Butler[19] with35pts. 2nd spot went to Liam Doherty[c][13] with 34pts. Daniel G mc Gonagle[21] took 3rd with 34pts also. Corney Doherty made an appearance in 4th place with 33pts. Brendan Devlin[1] got back on the Gross trail with 31 gross pts. Quite a few members didn’t make it for the competition, they had been on a Pioneer outing to Murvagh with the Captain on Saturday and their sense of direction would not have been great come Sunday.The Wed. Soc. was won by Andy ‘Pep’ Mc Gonagle with 38pts. In 2nd plac was Don ‘Klopp’ Mc Gonagle with 36pts. In 3rd place was Martin O Mahoney with 36pts also.Next Saturday is the annual battle of the sexes when the ladies go out and marvel at how great the men are at golf and then after a few holes realise that most of us are crap and then try to beat us. Brown bag regular size for me Margaret. Happy GolfingForthcoming Events & FixturesFriday 11th November Open Competition on Glashedy Links. Visitors €30ppFriday 11th November Christmas Fayre in the Golf Club at 7.30pm Tickets €5Saturday 12th November Ladies V’s Gents on The Old LinksSaturday 12th November Open Competition on Glashedy Links. Visitors €30ppSunday 13th November Glashedy No 3 on both coursesSaturday 26th November Christmas Dance Champagne reception at 7.30pm followed by dinner at 8pm. Music by Jolouise Trio. Tickets €25pp available from the clubDarryl Butler leads the way with an excellent outing at Ballyliffin was last modified: November 7th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BallyliffingolfSportlast_img read more