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Press release: Boaters warned to register your vessel or face court action

By on April 20, 2021

first_imgAs well as not contributing to the upkeep of waterways, unregistered boats can be unsafe, hazardous to other river users, and a pollution risk to the local environment and its wildlife.The Environment Agency looks after 353 miles of navigable waterways in the Anglian network, which includes the Ancholme, Black Sluice, Glen, Welland, Nene, Great Ouse and Stour, as well as associated locks and navigation facilities like moorings, showers and toilets.More information about boating and waterways, including registering vessels, is available from the Environment Agency. If you suspect a boat is illegal, please contact them on 03708 506 506 or email [email protected] Boat owners are being urged to make sure their vessels are properly registered – or face paying thousands of pounds in penalties.The call comes after 6 boaters were ordered to forfeit more than £7,200 between them – all for failing to register their craft for use on the River Nene.It is a legal requirement for boat owners to register any vessel they keep, use or let for hire on Environment Agency waterways, and to clearly display a valid registration plate. None of the guilty 6 had done so.Mark Bennett of Meadow View in Great Addington, Jim Brown of Station Road in Ringstead, David Campion of Oxford Street in Finedon, Andrew James MacGilliuray of Kestrel Lane in Wellingborough, Stewart Richardson of Ringstead Road in Ringstead, and Robert William Whiteside of Beloe Crescent in King’s Lynn have each been given 14 days to pay up.Their cases were heard at Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 1 May 2018. Mr Bennett was ordered to pay a total of £944.99, Mr Brown £1,393.29, Mr Campion £944.99, Mr MacGilliuray – who owned 3 of the unregistered vessels – had to pay £2655.95, Mr Richardson £503.98, and Mr Whiteside £843.98.It brings the total amount of avoided registration charges that have been recovered by the Environment Agency this year to almost £120,000. The cash is reinvested into maintaining, improving and protecting waterways.Nathan Arnold, Waterways Partnerships and Development Team Leader, said: Our historic and precious waterways are an important part of our nation’s heritage and are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people every year, Those who don’t contribute as they should are threatening the future of our waterways – and we won’t hesitate to take action against them.last_img read more

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Wenger laments Gunners injuries

By on September 21, 2020

first_img Press Association Arsene Wenger was left to reflect on what could have been after victory over Hull kept Arsenal on course for the Champions League but long since out of the title race. Liverpool now appear champions-elect and while Wenger praised their performances, he insisted things could have been different. Brendan Rodgers’ side have also not had to contend with European football, unlike all their main rivals. Wenger said: “The table is very close. Liverpool have played very well in the second part of the season and I wouldn’t like to take anything away from them, but they had (the advantage) that they could focus completely on the Premiership. “If you look at the injuries, the players we missed plus the schedule we had, it was much heavier than Liverpool. “We lost (Theo) Walcott on an accident, we lost Ozil – we haven’t really found why – Ramsey, maybe we overplayed him a little bit and should have rested him before he was injured.” Arsenal also still have a chance to prevent their trophy drought stretching to nine years when they face Hull again in May 17’s FA Cup final. But Wenger said: “What is important is that we finish as strongly as we can in the Premier League. After that, the cup final will be completely different.” Ramsey’s goal was added to by two from Lukas Podolski, leaving Tigers manager Steve Bruce frustrated that a creditable first-half performance went unrewarded. The Gunners began 2014 top of the Barclays Premier League – and indeed had been seven points clear at the end of November – but have tailed off in the second half of the season and must now hold off fast-finishing Everton for fourth place. Injuries have played their part, but a goal from fit-again Aaron Ramsey sparked a 3-0 win over the Tigers in a game which also saw Mesut Ozil’s first appearance since March 11. He was also left sweating on injuries to two of his most potent attackers after a calf injury forced Shane Long off at half-time, with Sone Aluko already absent from the matchday squad with a hamstring problem. Long’s partnership with fellow January signing Nikica Jelavic has been key in keeping Hull at arm’s length from the relegation zone and with safety not quite assured, a lengthy absence would be cause for concern. “He’s got a calf injury,” said Bruce of the Republic of Ireland international. “We’ll see how he is but he’s got a whack to the back of his calf. “He’ll be touch and go for the weekend (away to Fulham), I would have thought.” Aluko has missed much of the season with Achilles problems and his latest injury, suffered in training, is likely to keep him out of the Fulham clash. “Sone Aluko unfortunately nicked a hamstring on Thursday,” said Bruce. “It’s unfortunate because we were just seeing Sone again. “It’s getting a bit too often with Sone, we get him up to speed and unfortunately he breaks down again and that’s a disappointment. “I think he’s only played three 90 minutes this season so it’s a real concern.” last_img read more

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Syracuse starts season on largely positive note, believes future is promising

By on September 17, 2020

first_imgThe Syracuse track and field team looks poised for another rewarding indoor season after finding success in its first three meets. The team heads to Penn State on Friday and will look to continue the trend. Syracuse had seven athletes with top three performances in the Gotham Cup on Jan. 10. The men’s team scored 79 points and finished third at the Upstate Challenge on Saturday, while the women’s team scored 66 and took fourth.Neither the men’s or women’s team had a score at the Terrier Invitational, yet senior Jaquan Holland thrived individually. He tied his school-record time of 21.09 seconds to take third place in the 200-meter dash and automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships.Although Holland’s times have improved over the past year, he still isn’t satisfied.“I want to break the school record [of 21.09 seconds] again,” Holland said. “My goal for the 200-meter dash is to run at least a 20.8 seconds time.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Holland has set his own personal sights high, SU head coach Chris Fox says it’s too early to talk about his team’s progress and any goals for the season.“We’ve only begun to scratch the surface,” Fox said, before his team departed for the weekend. “We’re just going to continue to train hard.”SU boasts a strong core of returning runners, as well as talented freshmen.Holland leads a men’s team that already has had at least one senior, Donald Pollitt, junior, Max Straneva, and freshman, Joel Hubbard, take first in an event.Sophomore Kevyn Hoyos almost made it a clean sweep when he finished second in the mile run at the Terrier Invitational on Saturday.Senior Molly Malone anchors a young women’s team that features a combined 21 freshmen and sophomores on the roster. Malone credits the development of the young runners, and believes they will only improve as the year progresses.“Last year (the women’s team) had a pretty good incoming freshman class that are now sophomores, and they’ve just developed since then,” Malone said. “This indoor season, I think, will go really well.”The team looks to build upon its recent success in previous meets and heads to Penn State for the Penn State National Invitational with some momentum.At last year’s meet, Syracuse had seven runners place within the top three at their respective races, including Malone.Although three of those runners have graduated, Fox aims to prepare his team to surpass that number this year. Fox plans to keep his team in check, even with all the distractions surrounding this weekend, including the men’s basketball game against Duke and the Super Bowl.“[The basketball game] won’t be a distraction,” said Fox. “We’ll run well and then we’ll come home and watch the Super Bowl.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 28, 2014 at 1:39 amlast_img read more

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Rep Hughes invites Muskegon area employers to Lansing

By on August 9, 2019

first_img Tags: #SB 15Apr Rep. Hughes invites Muskegon area employers to Lansing Categories: Hughes News,Newscenter_img Local residents express support for continuing electric choiceState Rep. Holly Hughes (R-Montague), welcomed Wes Eklund, CEO of Fleet Engineers, and John Workman, co-owner of Eagle Alloy, two important employers in Muskegon County, to Lansing on Monday as they testified before the House Energy Policy Committee.Rep. Hughes, a committee member, invited Eklund and Workman to testify because of their roles in business, and as chair and vice chair of the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee.  In their testimony, Eklund and Workman outlined the significant cost-savings that both businesses and schools in Muskegon County have realized as a result of electric choice.“It was interesting to get the perspective of our county’s employers on what the impact of eliminating electric choice would mean not only to businesses, but also our schools,” said Rep. Hughes.  “I was very surprised to learn that employers are saving between 25%-30% on electric costs through choice, and our area schools are saving nearly $2 million each year by having the ability to choose alternative electric suppliers.”The House Energy Policy Committee took nearly 12 hours of testimony on Monday, discussing a package of bills that would make a number of changes to the state’s electric laws.  One of those bills would eliminate the ability for commercial electric customers to choose their electric supplier.  Currently, Michigan law allows up to 10% of commercial customers to make this choice.“Michigan Schools Energy Cooperative is a valuable program for schools in Michigan. In Muskegon County alone, neighborhood public school districts have saved nearly $2 million cumulatively through December 2014,” said John Severson, superintendent of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.  “On average, schools saved around $30 per pupil annually for the past few years alone. Such savings translates into more money being utilized in classrooms, and allows public school leaders to continue their work as good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”The Energy Policy Committee adjourned at 8 p.m. on Monday evening but will continue discussing the package of bills over the coming weeks.  Rep. Hughes invites any constituents that may be impacted by the proposed changes to testify in person or send her office their testimony for inclusion into the committee’s record.  For further information, constituents are encouraged to e-mail her office at [email protected] or call 517-373-3436.###last_img read more

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