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Bob Weir To Join Dumpstaphunk Tonight For Annual Halloween Show

first_imgDumpstaphunk will return to Sweetwater Music Hall tonight for their annual Halloween celebration in Mill Valley, CA. For the second year in a row, Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir will join the New Orleans funk masters for a night of mischief music, alongside the Jazz Mafia Horns. In 2016, Weir joined Dumpstaphunk for a “Shakedown Street >Dear Prudence > Iko Iko > Big Chief New Orleans Medley > Knockin’ on Heavens Door” medley that kept fans dancing all night long. There’s no telling what will go down tonight, but the band warns fans to come on out and “find out what tricks n treats we gonna pull outta the Dumpsta!!”There is a limited supply of tickets left here.Check out a taste of what’s to come in the video below, from last year’s “Shakedown Street”:last_img read more

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Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool

first_imgArsenal will be without the suspended Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang against Sheffield United (Picture: Getty)They need to give Sheffield United the award for the team of the season, seriously, they are doing unbelievably. Saying that, I do like Arteta, the football that he preaches and the way he would like to play is good. Although Aubameyang will miss the match they have Lacazette who, for me, is a striker that can score many goals, also if Pepe is on form as well then he can be very important. I would like to say I’ll go for a surprise here but I think Arsenal will have too much for Sheffield at the Emirates.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0Brighton vs Aston VillaAston Villa are coming into this game on the back of a heavy defeat to Man City, as a player when you lose with a bad result you think to yourself ‘f***, I’m f***.’ But look at Southampton, they lost 9-0 at home but they have picked themselves up and they are doing really well now. However, I think Brighton will nick this one.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1Man City vs Crystal Palace Comment It’s a huge weekend of Premier League action (Pictures: REX/METRO.CO.UK)It’s a huge weekend of Premier League action but you don’t need to look too hard to pick out the star attraction.Liverpool really are in with a decent shout of ending the season unbeaten and emulating Arsenal’s Invincibles, but Manchester United perhaps represent a sterner test than Jurgen Klopp’s side are anticipating.Speaking of the Gunners, for all of their obvious improvement, they could really do with a win against this season’s surprise package Sheffield United, or their hopes of catching Chelsea, who visit Newcastle on Saturday, will be over for good.At the bottom meanwhile, there’s a huge game at Carrow Road between Norwich and confidence-sapped Bournemouth and Betfair Ambassador Dimitar Bebatov previews the action exclusively for Metro.co.uk…AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTWatford vs TottenhamWatford are flying at the moment under Nigel Pearson and I’m a big fan of Troy Deeney as well. It’s going to be a difficult game for Spurs, especially away from home. So for this one I’m going to go for the draw.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-1Arsenal vs Sheff United Advertisement Joelinton finally scored his first goal at St James’ Park in midweek for Newastle (Picture: Getty)Newcastle is a tough place to go, believe me. I like that Lampard is giving young players the change to play and it will no doubt help them in the long term. Chelsea look to be turning round their form and I think they will get the result at St James’ Park.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-3Burnley vs LeicesterLeicester will still feel a little frustrated by VAR last time out against Southampton, but they have to get over that now and regroup. They have been excellent this season and they have to keep getting the results to get that top four spot which they deserve at the moment. Burnley look as though they could be in a bit of trouble, so I expect Leicester to take all three points on Sunday.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-2Liverpool vs Man United Sergio Aguero was back in the goals for Man City last weekend (Picture: Getty)Although this looks a pretty obvious one, Crystal Palace won this fixture last season at the Etihad and I’m sure this will be on City’s mind and they will prepare for it. Crystal Palace must exploit the space that City leave in defence but I think for this one I am going to go for City, especially if Kevin De Bruyne is playing, he is in the form of his life.Dimitar’s prediction: 3-1Norwich vs BournemouthI probably won’t watch this one, I’ll be honest… I feel a bit sorry for Eddie Howe, every coach and team goes through a bad patch every now and then, but that doesn’t mean they are a bad coach. I like him and he’s been a Bournemouth for a while and built them up, I’d like to see him stay there. I believe he will turn it around starting this weekend.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-1Southampton vs Wolves Dimitar BerbatovFriday 17 Jan 2020 10:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Advertisement Marcus Rashford is an injury doubt four Man Utd’s match at Liverpool on Sunday (Picture: Getty)Obviously, I would like Man United to be the team to stop Liverpool’s unbeaten run, I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like that. But, Liverpool are too good at the moment and although it pains me to say it, they will probably get the result on Sunday, especially if Rashford isn’t playing, which will put more pressure on the team and weaken United upfront.AdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 1-0MORE: Jamie Carragher makes Liverpool vs Manchester United predictionMORE: Gary Neville sends warning to new Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Danny Ings is enjoying a remarkable run of goalscoring form (Picture: Getty)I’d like to see Southampton continue the way they are going at the minute, they are in great form and Danny Ings is on fire when it comes to scoring goals. I do like Wolves though, and I think they are also doing a great job, especially with all the fixtures they have had to play.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 1-1West Ham vs EvertonDavid Moyes is coming up against his old club and Ancelotti for this one. He obviously some bad luck and results at Man United, but for West Ham to come back to him they are going back to something familiar, and maybe they didn’t want to risk something new. I wish him and West Ham luck, they are a big team that can beat every team but they can also lose to every team as well.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-2Newcastle vs Chelsea Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpoollast_img read more

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Cooney looks to find consistency against Holy Cross

first_imgThe ball swished through the net and Trevor Cooney’s celebration wasn’t much of a celebration at all. It was his and Syracuse’s first made 3 of the game, sandwiched between a three-point play on a layup and two free throws for Cooney — a personal 8-0 run that helped the Orange bury Loyola (Maryland) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. But he didn’t yell or pump his fist. He just glided backward to the defensive end while lightly nodding his head. “I think at times this year I’ve gotten a little too up and I can’t get up or down,” Cooney said after the win over the Greyhounds. “As a shooter you just have to think about the next one, not the one that just happened. Miss or make.”And Cooney’s up-and-down demeanor is a microcosm of the start to his season. In spurts, the junior guard has been the perimeter threat that can jumpstart the SU offense and take pressure off of Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough in the post. But he’s also had trouble stringing together two straight makes and has often been the same inconsistent player that greatly contributed to the Orange’s sputtering out at the end of last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat Syracuse (4-1) will get out of its most experienced guard this season is still up in the air, and Cooney will use the next nonconference game — a 7 p.m. date with Holy Cross (3-0) in the Carrier Dome on Friday — as another chance to find a consistent touch.“I’m not too worried about slow starts,” Cooney said. “I just need to take the right shots and I’ll contribute just fine.”Cooney is averaging 11.2 points per game and has made nine of his 29 3-point attempts through five games, but slow shooting starts have coincided with slow starts for the Orange offense. Syracuse held Loyola scoreless for the first 10:04 of game time, but only scored 28 points in the first half to let the Greyhounds stay in the game. Cooney came around a screen for his first long-range attempt and, with a defender right in his face, hoisted an off-balance shot and was stuffed as soon as he released it.He went 0-for-3 from downtown in the first half and found more success going to the rim against an inferior defense. “That first shot I took was horrible,” Cooney said. “Just can’t do that.”At the start of the season, Cooney wouldn’t say whether he considered himself a top shooter in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but added that he was honored to even be asked. On Tuesday, he said he knows he’s solely defined by makes and misses and was quick to point out that one more 3 would have given him 16 points and “then you’d all say I had a great night.”Instead, it was SU’s frontcourt that had a great night while Cooney played a supporting role.“Trevor’s even more important with us trying to get it down to the low post all the time,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said earlier in the season. “When he is hitting, we just get that much more dynamic.”With Syracuse methodically working the ball into the post and relying on frontcourt scoring, Cooney’s availability depends on how much opposing guards help down on Christmas and McCullough.If they do help down, Cooney will be tested to hit open jump shots and there will be groans from the crowd if he doesn’t. If they don’t, he’ll have to create his own shots and work off the dribble, which has presented discomfort in the past but could be his best bet to contribute as teams continue to key on him.Cooney saw a mix of both against Loyola, as the Greyhounds focused on Christmas on the block but also had enough size to let their guards chase Cooney step for step around the arc. It wasn’t 16 points or a spotless performance by any stretch, but head coach Jim Boeheim was satisfied. “It’s not two guys, you can’t win with two guys,” Boeheim said after the win. “Trevor was more aggressive tonight, made some good plays. If he can get 13 points every night I’d be happy.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2014 at 10:10 am Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

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LA Clippers will have their hands full in Sacramento

first_imgThere has been so much talk about how strong the Western Conference is, how its elite teams got stronger over the summer by adding solid players. The Sacramento Kings have typically not been mentioned in that group, but they don’t look too shabby on paper.The Clippers on Wednesday night open their season at Sacramento. The Kings traded away power forward Jason Thompson in the off-season, but they signed free-agent point guard Rajon Rondo. They also signed small forward Marco Belinelli.Add them to center DeMarcus Cousins, small forward Rudy Gay and guard Darren Collison, and they appear formidable.“I think they’re going to be a good team this year,” Clippers point guard Chris Paul said Tuesday at practice. “They’ve got Rondo now leading them, DeMarcus Cousins keeps getting better year in and year out. They added Marco Belinelli and they’ve got Rudy, who they’ll probably play through most nights. They’re a better team.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rondo left Dallas on less-than-terrific terms. Near the end of his one season there, he was given a one-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team after a shouting match with coach Rick Carlisle.Clippers forward Paul Pierce, who played with Rondo when they were members of the Boston Celtics, believes his former teammate will be raring to go.“Rajon, you’ve gotta feel like he has something to prove this year, so you’ve gotta expect his best, especially with the way things ended in Dallas last year,” Pierce said.Coach Doc Rivers believes Sacramento can make a push for the postseason.“Yeah, yeah, I do,” Rivers said. “I mean, they are really talented. And when you have a really talented team with length — like, they’re a really long basketball team — then they’re going to create some problems.”center_img In other words, this opener doesn’t figure to be a cake walk for the Clippers.An 18th season could be it for PiercePierce is entering his 18th season, his first for the Clippers. Out of Inglewood, he has often talked about how cool it would be for him to end his career in Los Angeles.“I don’t really know,” he said, when asked about the anticipation of playing at home. “It hasn’t really hit me yet. I think I probably got a lot of the jitterbugs out during preseason, so excited to get the season started, I guess, and, you know, counting down my last days.”Doc on TwitterRivers has officially joined the ranks of Twitter users. He sent out his first tweet on Monday. It read, “Hello, Twitter world! Thanks to @PhilJackson11 who suggested I try this.”Rivers told reporters all about it Tuesday. He said it was indeed former Lakers coach Phil Jackson who is responsible for getting him on the social media trail.“A year ago, maybe two years ago, we were in the gym here and he came in just watching us,” Rivers said. “And, in Phil’s way, ‘You gotta get on Twitter.’ And I kept saying, ‘I can get in a lot of trouble on Twitter.’ And he said, ‘No, you won’t. Trust me. You’ll have control.’“And I said, ‘You don’t know me that well.’ He even said it at a clinic last year, as well, that he thought more coaches should do it. And so I thought about it from that day. It took me two years, a year and a half, to actually follow through on it.”Rivers indicated he won’t tweet much, but that he will send out his own tweets. He’s licking his lips.“After the games, I’m going to blast reporters,” he said. “From this day forward, whoever asks the worst question, I’m blasting. Is that fair?”Reporters answered in the affirmative.Rivers’ handle is @DocRivers.last_img read more

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Career in limbo, Steelers LB Shazier helping in other ways

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — At least one portion of Ryan Shazier’s daily routine hasn’t changed much from the previous time the Pittsburgh Steelers were preparing to face Cincinnati, even if the rest of the injured linebacker’s life is hardly the same. Shazier still makes his way to the club’s practice facility around 7 a.m. most days. Any teammate willing to drop by Shazier’s usual spot can feel free to pull out a notebook and start jotting Shazier’s thoughts while he serves as both peer and professor.“He’s just trying to find little nitpick things,” Pittsburgh rookie safety Terrell Edmunds said.It is Shazier’s way of staying connected to the game even as he continues his long and inspiring recovery from that frightening moment last December when the Pro Bowler lowered his helmet to hit Bengals wide receiver Josh Malone late in the first quarter, a play that ended with Shazier clutching his lower back in agony while players knelt around him in prayer and Paul Brown Stadium feel eerily silent.Ten months later, the sight of Shazier being taken off the field on a stretcher before being placed in an ambulance remains fresh as the Steelers (2-2-1) brace themselves for their annual visit to Cincinnati (4-1) on Sunday.“It was just a really weird feeling after that happened,” Pittsburgh linebacker L.J. Fort said. “You’d make a good play but nobody was really jumping around or was excited or anything like that, so it was really sobering moment and brought to the forefront that football is not the most important thing in life.”Playing amid a mixture of fear for their friend and uncertainty over Shazier’s status, the Steelers rallied for a 23-20 victory .Asked how they managed to recover emotionally in time to put together a stirring rally, they’re still not sure. In the immediate aftermath of Shazier’s injury there was only chaos and confusion.Outside linebacker Bud Dupree admitted he and inside linebacker Vince Williams — two of Shazier’s closest friends on the team — were under the impression Shazier had been blindsided by a member of the Bengals. The two spent the rest of the first half looking for revenge.“We were just walking around trying (to hit) the first person we see,” Dupree said. “We weren’t worried about football. We wanted to take up for our brother.”In the end, it’s Shazier who has taken up for his teammates.Though the 26-year-old remains open to the possibility of playing again — he’s able to get around the practice field without assistance these days and his practice clothes remain hanging in his locker much as they have been before he got hurt — he’s intent on helping in other ways.His mere presence provides an emotional lift, but Shazier is intent on being something far beyond an avatar for inspiration. He’s become a go-between of sorts between the coaching staff and the defense. He can cut through the clutter and deliver some “real talk” when necessary.During last Sunday’s 41-17 romp over Atlanta, Shazier sat on the bench with a tablet in hand. After every series the inside linebackers would crowd around him looking for instruction and insight. Shazier would offer words of encouragement when necessary or tips on how to avoid mistakes.“Since he’s not playing, his mental part of the game is so great,” Dupree said. “He shares a lot of stuff with us. He lets us know stuff ahead of time before the coaches even tell us. We already know it. It keeps us on our toes.”And it keeps Shazier engaged. There remains no timetable for when he will make a decision on whether returning to play is feasible. There’s so much going on in his life — from his physical recovery to his new role with the team to becoming a father for a second time — it hardly matters.Football remains an integral part of his plan no matter how his physical recovery goes. When asked if he believes Shazier could become an effective coach whenever his playing career ends, linebacker Tyler Matakevich nods enthusiastically.“You look at him, what he’s been through, how he’s handled it combined with his love for the game and his mind for the game, it’s amazing,” Matakevich said. “It hasn’t changed him. He’s been the same guy since the day I got here.”And in a way, Pittsburgh is counting on it. Shazier will be back on the turf in Cincinnati with the rest of the team on Sunday afternoon as the Steelers look for their first winning streak of the season. When the defense runs onto the field, he’ll linger behind, a feeling that will probably never truly feel normal.Yet if this is the best way for him to contribute, he’ll take it. So will the teammates who have come to rely on him in so many ways.“The only time he really doesn’t come is when he’s tired from rehab,” Dupree said. “You see him on the sideline. He’s active at practice. In the meetings. Never sleeping. Attacking every day like he’s still here.”NOTES: S Morgan Burnett (groin), LB L.J. Fort (ankle) and WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (ankle) did not practice on Wednesday. … LB Vince Williams (hamstring) and Edmunds (calf) were full participants.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL In this Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers injured linebacker Ryan Shazier, right, poses with Pittsburgh Penguins NhL hockey player Sidney Crosby before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)last_img read more

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Five African American NFL head coaches fired

first_imgThis NFL season the following Black head coaches were fired: Marvin Lewis (Bengals, 6-19), Vance Joseph (Broncos, 6-10), Todd Bowles (Jets, 4-12), Hue Jackson (Browns, 7-8) and Steve Wilks (Cardinals, 3-13).The firings mean there are now only two Black head coaches in the NFL: Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn and Steelers longtime head coach Mike Tomlin.Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 27-24. Associated PressThe firing of Wilks in Arizona after only one season won particular attention. In the NFL, many coaches fail in their first year yet remain employed. Though the NFL has made great improvements in hiring Black head coaches over the last twenty years as the result the Rooney Rule, the recent firings were sobering. The Rooney Rule mandates that NFL teams interview at last one minority candidate before making their final hiring decision.Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, front left, greets Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)Professional football is dominated by African American players, as over 70 percent of them are African American. Typically, players go on to become coaches but the overwhelming numbers on the field have yet to surface among the coaching ranks in the NFL. Many see the recent firings as ironic progress: There was a time when the firing of five African American coaches would have been inconceivable because there were none on the sidelines. However, thirty percent of NFL coaches were Black before the firings this season.Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, greets Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson after an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 33-18. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Though one of the coaches fired, Hue Jackson, has one of the worst win/loss records in the modern NFL, many point to the fact that there haven’t been enough hired over a long enough time to conclude that the hiring and firing pattern is biased one way or the other. Still others say that management above the head coaching position is actually often to blame for failing results and losing records.From 2007-2008, Lane Kiffin went 5-15 with the Oakland Raiders. From 2000-2002, Dave Campo went 15-33 over two seasons. From 2006-2008, Rod Marinelli went 10-38, which included a 0-16 season, with the Detroit Lions.“Despite owning one of the league’s worst rosters, the Cardinals fired their coach anyway, as Bidwill scapegoated Wilks — who became only the 10th coach to be fired after only one season since 2000 — for the franchise’s failures,” wrote NFL writer for Yahoo News, Terez Paylor, regarding Wilks’ firing.New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Writer Dave Zirin, who writes about race and sports often, wrote, “In a league 70% African American, there are now two (!) Black head coaches after today’s (firings). Shameful numbers. Failure of a Rooney Rule without teeth and owners who will nearly always bend towards whiteness.”[pullquote]“Not a good look for diversity today in the NFL. In 2006, when Commissioner Goodell was hired, there were seven minority coaches and four minority general managers. Today there are three minority HCs and 1 minority GM after Ozzie retires,” wrote Jim Trotter.[/pullquote]The regular season in the NFL ended on December 30. As more changes are made over the off season there is likely to be more Black head coaches added. But for now, the debate on the numbers will focus on the recent firing and whether those dismissed will find employment elsewhere for 2019.Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and writer for NNPA as well as a political analyst and strategist as Principal of Win Digital Media LLC. She may be contacted at [email protected] and on twitter at @LVBurke,This NFL season the following Black head coaches were fired: Marvin Lewis (Bengals, 6-19), Vance Joseph (Broncos, 6-10), Todd Bowles (Jets, 4-12), Hue Jackson (Browns, 7-8) and Steve Wilks (Cardinals, 3-13).The firings mean there are now only two Black head coaches in the NFL: Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn and Steelers longtime head coach Mike Tomlin.Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks walks off the field after an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 27-24. Associated PressThe firing of Wilks in Arizona after only one season won particular attention. In the NFL, many coaches fail in their first year yet remain employed. Though the NFL has made great improvements in hiring Black head coaches over the last twenty years as the result the Rooney Rule, the recent firings were sobering. The Rooney Rule mandates that NFL teams interview at last one minority candidate before making their final hiring decision.Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph, front left, greets Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn after an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)Professional football is dominated by African American players, as over 70 percent of them are African American. Typically, players go on to become coaches but the overwhelming numbers on the field have yet to surface among the coaching ranks in the NFL. Many see the recent firings as ironic progress: There was a time when the firing of five African American coaches would have been inconceivable because there were none on the sidelines. However, thirty percent of NFL coaches were Black before the firings this season.Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, right, greets Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson after an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 33-18. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Though one of the coaches fired, Hue Jackson, has one of the worst win/loss records in the modern NFL, many point to the fact that there haven’t been enough hired over a long enough time to conclude that the hiring and firing pattern is biased one way or the other. Still others say that management above the head coaching position is actually often to blame for failing results and losing records.From 2007-2008, Lane Kiffin went 5-15 with the Oakland Raiders. From 2000-2002, Dave Campo went 15-33 over two seasons. From 2006-2008, Rod Marinelli went 10-38, which included a 0-16 season, with the Detroit Lions.“Despite owning one of the league’s worst rosters, the Cardinals fired their coach anyway, as Bidwill scapegoated Wilks — who became only the 10th coach to be fired after only one season since 2000 — for the franchise’s failures,” wrote NFL writer for Yahoo News, Terez Paylor, regarding Wilks’ firing.New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)Writer Dave Zirin, who writes about race and sports often, wrote, “In a league 70% African American, there are now two (!) Black head coaches after today’s (firings). Shameful numbers. Failure of a Rooney Rule without teeth and owners who will nearly always bend towards whiteness.”[pullquote]“Not a good look for diversity today in the NFL. In 2006, when Commissioner Goodell was hired, there were seven minority coaches and four minority general managers. Today there are three minority HCs and 1 minority GM after Ozzie retires,” wrote Jim Trotter.[/pullquote]The regular season in the NFL ended on December 30. As more changes are made over the off season there is likely to be more Black head coaches added. But for now, the debate on the numbers will focus on the recent firing and whether those dismissed will find employment elsewhere for 2019.Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist and writer for NNPA as well as a political analyst and strategist as Principal of Win Digital Media LLC. She may be contacted at [email protected] and on twitter at @LVBurke Five of the NFL’s seven African American head coaches were fired on December 31st. Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks was fired after just one season. 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Razor Clam Dig Begins April 20, More Proposed for May

first_imgFacebook78Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and WildlifeState shellfish managers today approved nine days of razor clam digging beginning April 20 on the first of three ocean beaches.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager, said the department added two days of digging at Copalis, which was not originally included in the list of tentative digs previously announced by the agency. The dig was added after catch estimates indicated that there are still clams available for harvest to allow for two weekday openings at the beach, he said.Ayres recommends that diggers arrive at the beaches an hour or two before low tide for best results. However, digging is not allowed on any beach after noon.The upcoming dig is scheduled on the following dates, beaches, and low tides:April 20, Wednesday, 6:25 a.m.; 0.6 feet; Long BeachApril 21, Thursday, 7:01 a.m.; 0.2 feet; Long BeachApril 22, Friday, 7:35 a.m.; 0.0 feet; Long BeachApril 23, Saturday, 8:08 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, MocrocksApril 24, Sunday, 8:42 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long BeachApril 25, Monday, 9:18 a.m.; -0.2 feet; Long Beach, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 26, Tuesday, 9:56 a.m.; -0.1 feet; Long Beach, Mocrocks, CopalisApril 27, Wednesday, 10:39 a.m.; 0.1 feet; Long BeachApril 28, Thursday, 11:28 a.m.; 0.3 feet; Long Beach Under state law, diggers are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Ayres notes that Twin Harbors Beach remains closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid, a natural toxin produced by certain types of marine algae. Toxin levels at Twin Harbors are above the threshold (20 parts per million) set by public health officials.Tentative razor clam dates in May 2016Meanwhile, WDFW has also proposed additional digs in May, pending the results of future marine toxin tests.May 6, Friday, 6:51 a.m.; -1.5 feet; Long BeachMay 7, Saturday, 7:39 a.m.; -2.0 feet; Long BeachMay 8, Sunday, 8:26 a.m.; -2.1 feet; Long BeachAyres said the department will consider adding digging days at Mocrocks in May after reviewing harvest levels from the April dig.During all upcoming digs, state wildlife managers urge clam diggers to avoid disturbing snowy plovers and streaked horned larks by observing posted vehicle speed limits and avoiding nest sites. Both species nest in the soft, dry sand at Leadbetter Point on the Long Beach Peninsula.The snowy plover is a small bird with gray wings and a white breast. The lark is a small bird with a pale yellow breast and brown back. Male larks have a black mask, breast band and “horns.” Both species are listed as “endangered” in the state and as “threatened” under the federal Endangered Species Act.Copalis extends from the Grays Harbor north jetty to the Copalis River, including Ocean Shores, Oyhut, Ocean City and Copalis areas.Mocrocks extends from the Copalis River to the southern boundary of the Quinault Reservation near the Moclips River, including Iron Springs, Roosevelt Beach, Pacific Beach and Moclips.Long Beach extends from the Columbia River to Leadbetter Point and Seaview, Cranberry, Klipsan , Ocean Park and Oysterville area.last_img read more

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Westport Winery Finalists in Seattle Magazine Community Involvement Award

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWe were honored to learn that Westport Winery is a finalist in the Seattle Business Magazine Family Business Award for Community Involvement. It is exciting for a modest family business like ours to achieve this level of recognition. We look forward to representing our business and community at the gala in Seattle in December. We even had a photo shoot here this past weekend!In 2017 the Westport Winery was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012 by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Westport Winery TASTING @ Cannon Beach is open Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more