2 May

Rare Blue Lobster Caught Off New Jersey Coast Will be Saved

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiMost lobsters hauled in by commercial fishing boats end up on someone’s dinner plate.But a remarkably rare blue lobster caught this week by the crew of the Sea Isle City-based vessel “Two Dukes” appears headed for an aquarium instead of a pot of boiling water.“Nah, I wouldn’t dare do that,” Eric Burcaw Sr., owner of the “Two Dukes,” said with a laugh when asked whether he would consider selling the bright blue crustacean for supper.His sons, Eric Jr. and Kevin, were operating the boat about 85 miles off the coast of New Jersey when they caught the lobster Monday.They showed off their exotic catch to the media on Thursday, one day after returning from sea. They were joined by fellow crew members Robert Martinelli, 26, of Sea Isle, and Joe O’Donnell, 31, of Dennis Township.Weighing about 1.5 pounds, the lobster is estimated to be about 7 or 8 years old.The Burcaw brothers did some research online and discovered that only one in about every two million lobsters is blue. The distinctive coloring is caused by a genetic abnormality.Eric Burcaw Jr., 24, of Dennis Township, said he could hardly believe what he found in the lobster trap when it was pulled in the boat.“I didn’t know what it was,” he said. “At first, I thought it was one of the blue gloves that we have on board.”Kevin Burcaw, 21, of Upper Township, said he was standing near the back of the boat when he heard his brother let out a cheer, “I caught a blue lobster!”“We’ve never seen one like that before,” Kevin said. “Usually, the lobsters we see are calico colored or have leopard-like spots on them, but never a blue one.”Eric Burcaw Sr. 51, a resident of Upper Township whose family has been in the commercial fishing and lobster industry since 1976, said this is the first blue lobster he’s ever seen.He estimated the blue crustacean, which weighs about 1.5 pounds, is 7 or 8 years old. For the time being, it is being kept in a container submerged in the lagoon where the Burcaws dock their boat off Park Road in Sea Isle City’s historic Fish Alley district.“He’ll be fine. He’s just chilling out. Anything below 65 degrees, he’ll be OK,” Eric Burcaw Sr. said of the lobster adjusting to its temporary home in the 62-degree lagoon water.Eric Burcaw Sr. had never before seen a blue lobster in his four decades of commercial fishing out of Sea Isle City.Burcaw noted that he has been trying to donate the lobster to an aquarium. The Adventure Aquarium in Camden turned him down, so he plans to call the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The Atlantic City Aquarium agreed to take the lobster, but Burcaw would prefer seeing the creature go on display at a major aquarium.“We don’t know for sure what we’re going to do with it,” he said.On average, Burcaw is paid a market price of $6 per pound for the lobsters that are caught by his company, called Capt. Eric Inc.As for the value of the rare blue lobster, he couldn’t even fathom a guess. But he stressed that it will be saved.“We don’t know what we would sell it for. It’s probably worth more than what all of us are making,” he said, smiling.Whatever ultimately happens to the blue lobster, it seems a whole lot luckier than a 15-pound mega-lobster once caught by Burcaw.“That one’s mounted on the wall,” he said.The Burcaw family’s commercial lobster boat “Two Dukes” is moored at a lagoon in Sea Isle’s historic Fish Alley. From left, brothers Kevin and Eric Burcaw show off the bright blue lobster they caught.last_img read more

21 Dec

Main Street Glenties to close for two days during Harvest Fair

first_imgThe Main Street of Glenties will be closed to traffic on Thursday 12th September and Sunday 15th September to facilitate events for the Glenties Harvest Fair.The road will be temporarily closed from 8am-9pm on Thursday for the Harvest Fair Day, as over 150 market stalls are set up on the street alongside street entertainers.The road will close again from 12noon-9pm on Sunday for the festival parade and entertainment. Donegal County Council has planned the following diversions for traffic: • Traffic from Donegal Town (R262) will be diverted left onto the N56 at Kilraine continuing on to Hillhead, Ardara and from there divert right onto the R261 continuing on this route until rejoining the N56 at Maas.• Traffic from Ardara/Killybegs will be diverted left onto the R261 at Hillhead, Ardara continuing on this route until rejoining the N56 at Maas.• Traffic from Lettermacaward/Dungloe will be diverted right on to the R261 at Maas and continue on this route rejoining the N56 at Hillhead, Ardara.• Traffic from Letterkenny/Ballybofey (R250) will be diverted right onto the N56 at Glenties Grotto and rejoin the N56 at Hillhead, Ardara via the R261 at Maas• Traffic intending to use the R253 will be diverted onto the R252 at the R253/R252 junction at Glenmore and are advised that access to Glenties is not possible via this route Main Street Glenties to close for two days during Harvest Fair was last modified: September 10th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Glentiesroad closurelast_img read more

21 Dec

Chelsea ‘ready to gazump Arsenal and Liverpool to snatch Barca striker’

first_imgChelsea are ready to gazump Arsenal and Liverpool to snatch Barcelona striker David Villa, the Daily Mirror say.It is claimed interim manager Rafael Benitez is planning a £12m raid for his fellow Spaniard.The Daily Mail say Bayer Leverkusen striker Andre Schurrle remains a serious target but Villa is available, possibly on loan until the end of the season, which means he would not interfere with Chelsea’s long-term pursuit of Radamel Falcao.Frank Lampard has been told his Chelsea career is over and that he can find a new club in January, according to The Sun.A source is quoted as saying: “Frank is absolutely distraught. He wants to keep playing for Chelsea but they’ve told him to find another club in the January transfer window.“He can’t believe it. All he wants to do is play for Chelsea. This club means everything to him.”The Daily Star say John Terry’s contract will not be renewed because club owner Roman Abamovch has not forgiven the captain and Lampard for failing to back former boss Andre Villas-Boas.Meanwhile, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes is determined to deliver the signing of Newcastle striker Demba Ba for manager Harry Redknapp, the Mirror reports.It is claimed Fernandes is prepared to include a clause in any deal allowing Ba to leave for a minimal fee if he joins Rangers and they are subsequently relegated.This page is regularly updated. 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

18 Dec

Tech hub to grow African entrepreneurs

first_img25 February 2013A new South African innovation and technology incubator, JoziHub, aims to promote technological development and entrepreneurship, it was announced at the launch of the project in Johannesburg last week.It is the city’s first technology incubator and was founded by mobile health technology firm Praekelt Foundation.“Technology hubs can play a pivotal role in fostering the emergence of a new generation of African tech entrepreneurs,” founder of the Praekelt Foundation, Gustav Praekelt, said in a statement.“By providing the training, support, facilities and networks required to enable entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into sustainable businesses, incubators such as JoziHub can make an immediate and lasting impact on local innovation and development.”Focus will be given to addressing the country’s most pressing social challenges through the development of internet, social media and mobile technology.Content streams to cater for markets such as health, arts, environment and sustainability and women in technology will also be used to help address these problems, as will the hosting of regular events to bring together experts and entrepreneurs.‘Creating socially minded ventures’“For Johannesburg tech entrepreneurs, the world just became smaller and the path to innovation shorter,” said Omidyar Network partner, Stephen King.Omidyar Network is one of the firms backing the project, along with Google and ISLabs. Omidyar is a global investment firm which aims to stimulate social and economic growth.“Our experience in Silicon Valley, as well as our support of technology hubs in Nairobi and Lagos, demonstrates the vital role JoziHub will play as an open, living lab where collaboration among social entrepreneurs and technologists will spark new ideas, nurture innovation and create socially minded ventures,” King said.ISLabs is a division of service provider Internet Solutions, established to identify online projects and help with their development.JoziHub will work with other hubs across Africa, such as Kenya’s iHub, and is planning to apply to become part of networking organisation AfriLabs.“Johannesburg has a vibrant community of innovators and world-class thinkers whose ideas can transform the country and indeed the African continent,” Praekelt said.“At JoziHub we are seeking to harness this energy and allow its vast potential to be realised.”It will be free for entrepreneurs to join and use JoziHub’s services for the first three months in order to drive growth.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

17 Dec

A court win for co-op allows insurance patronage to continue

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Ty Higgins, Ohio Ag NetAfter a two-year court battle regarding the legality of it’s insurance patronage program, Sunrise Cooperative was given the green light to continue the process of making these payments, when available, to customer-owners as it has been for a decade.After the 2008 farm bill made insurance rebates illegal, Sunrise was grandfathered around the law as their insurance patronage was structured to be given to members who chose to use Lund & Smith Insurance Services, LLC (L&S) as their crop insurance provider. Sunrise owns one-third of L & S, so the payments were found to be justified.That is until 2016, when Sunrise was about to merge with TruPointe Cooperative. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) had given notice to Sunrise that those insurance patronage payments would have to stop, since TruPointe was not grandfathered in to the aforementioned law and the addition of TruPointe would change the entity structure of Sunrise.“We looked at what merging with TruPointe and losing the insurance patronage would mean for our customer-owners and it would have been devastating,” said George Secor, President and CEO of Sunrise Cooperative. “At the same time, we looked at all of the benefits of the merger which added up to millions of dollars to a total of 7,000 customer-owners of what would be the new Sunrise Cooperative.”After legal counsel sat down with both the Sunrise and TruPointe Cooperative boards, the decision was made to move forward with the merger and at the same time defend the practice of divvying out insurance patronage.The first decision came down from a district court. That ruling was in favor of the RMA, noting that the 2008 farm bill “prohibits large, abrupt increases in the amount of premium-rebating that can occur when, as in this case, a non-grandfathered entity merges with a grandfathered entity.”Sunrise then took their case to the Sixth Circuit, where they made the argument that nothing about their entity changed after the merger with TruPointe and therefore the insurance patronage should be allowed.All three judges on the Sixth Circuit panel agreed with that assessment.“It took a lot of money, time and effort to defend this right for the customer-owners of Sunrise,” Secor said. “But it was definitely the right thing to do and at the end of the day we prevailed.”AUDIO: The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins visited with Sunrise Cooperative’s President and CEO George Secor about the court win and what it means for customer-owners. Audio Playerhttp://ocj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Sunrise-George-Secor.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

27 Nov

Raptors draw first blood, thump Warriors in 1st NBA finals appearance

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Fans began arriving at Jurassic Park outside the arena in the morning. There were lengthy lines at the arena entrances hours before the game, with some of the few fans who weren’t wearing Raptors red sticking to their original purple uniform with the dinosaur logo.Rapper and Raptors global ambassador Drake sat in his courtside seat wearing a Curry No. 30 jersey. That’s Dell Curry, Stephen’s father who finished his career with the Raptors.”We just got to continue to be ourselves…”After scoring a #NBAPlayoffs career-high 32 PTS, @pskills43 talks over the @Raptors Game 1 win! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/sP19BlHS8d— NBA (@NBA) May 31, 2019The Raptors introduced Dell Curry and some of their other former players after the first quarter, a group that included perennial All-Stars such as Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh.But it wasn’t until they went out and got Leonard in a trade with San Antonio that Toronto was finally good enough to get to the NBA Finals.He wasn’t the dominant force he was in the first three rounds, when he averaged 31.2 points. But he had eight rebounds and five assists in his first NBA Finals game since winning MVP of the 2014 championship with the Spurs.🔥 @pskills43 (32 PTS, 14-17 FGM) makes 11 CONSECUTIVE field goals, lifting the @Raptors over GSW in Game 1 of the #NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV! #WeTheNorth Game 2: Sunday (6/2), 8:00pm/et, ABC & TSN pic.twitter.com/R3TvX8C2mg— NBA (@NBA) May 31, 2019DeMarcus Cousins made it back from a torn left quadriceps to come off the bench in his first NBA Finals game, but the Warriors remained without Kevin Durant, the MVP of the last two NBA Finals. He traveled to Toronto but it’s unclear if he’ll play before the series returns to the Bay Area, with Kerr saying he would have to go through a practice first.The Warriors had won every game since he got hurt in the second round but sure missed him against the Raptors, who are on a roll after falling behind 2-0 to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference finals.TIP-INSWarriors: Cousins finished with three points in eight minutes. … Draymond Green had his fifth triple-double of the postseason with 10 points, 10 rebounds and assists, but shot just 2 for 9. … Golden State had a 12-game winning streak in Game 1s snapped. … Curry’s four 3-pointers gave him a record 102 in the NBA Finals and he was also 14 for 14 from the free throw line.Raptors: Danny Green went 3 for 7 from 2-point range after he was just 4 for 23 in the conference finals. … The Raptors improved to just 4-15 in Game 1s.UP NEXTGame 2 is Sunday night. “I think they were into it and that’s the way it should be, man,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “That’s what home court is, and our fans deserve a bunch of credit for being a big part of that.”Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Klay Thompson had 21 for the Warriors, who had won all four Game 1s in the last four years. All those had come at home, but this time Golden State doesn’t have home-court — or home country — advantage.Game 2 is Sunday night in Toronto, which is hosting an NBA Finals game for the first time after the Raptors entered the league as an expansion team in 1995.When the Spice hits ya hard 🌶️ pic.twitter.com/c7ZOrsQpXm— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 31, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Toronto Raptors won the first NBA Finals game played outside the U.S., beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 on Thursday night.The Raptors hardly looked like newcomers to the NBA’s biggest stage, controlling the action most of the way against a Golden State team beginning its fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.ADVERTISEMENT New era for James-Wade in high school link-up of eldest sons The Raptors were perhaps a little jittery at the start, with Kyle Lowry firing a pass well out of bounds on their first possession.But they quickly settled in afterward, building a 10-point lead by halftime.Siakam then went 6 for 6 in the third quarter to keep Golden State from gaining much ground, and the Raptors kept their lead around double digits for much of the final quarter, countering every attempt the Warriors made to catch up.“I thought we made a good effort in the second half, got back in the game. Our guys did some good things, but made too many mistakes to actually go ahead and win the game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr [email protected] heard you, Canada. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/VG7ludtnM0— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 31, 2019All four of the Warriors’ previous finals were against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they struggled to figure out a new opponent. Toronto shot 50.6 percent from the field and the Warriors never found an answer for Siakam, the finalist for Most Improved Player who has a nice start for an NBA Finals MVP resume.The player nicknamed Spicy P was red hot, shooting 14 for 17 from the field — and he tipped in his own shot on the last of those misses with 54 seconds to play. Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and Marc Gasol had 20 for the Raptors, fueled by a crowd that couldn’t wait for a party 24 years in the making.Ball game. Raps win! pic.twitter.com/TYECYB87lhFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 31, 2019 View commentslast_img read more