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CARMARTHENSHIRE beaches have once again been recommended for their excellent water quality.

This years Good Beach Guide saw 109 out of the 152 Welsh beaches tested during the summer of 2013 achieving the highest water quality standard.

Cefn Sidan beach, in Pembrey, is on track to be awarded the Blue Flag for a record breaking twenty-second time.

County executive board member for regeneration and leisure services Councillor Meryl Gravell said: Carmarthenshire is blessed with seemingly endless beaches at Cefn Sidan and Pendine, with several golden sandy gems in between.

These latest test results are great news.

Other beaches and attractions to have been recommended for their water quality include Llanellis North Dock, Ferryside, Llanstephan and Pendine.

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In 2008, 2009 and 2012 beaches in Britain suffered as unusually wet summer weather caused more pollution to run onto beaches at ground level and via overloaded sewers.

In contrast, last years summer was the driest on record, leading to much lower levels of contamination.

Met Office data suggests the early summer in Britain is more likely to be unusually wet than unusually dry, however, which could lead to another increase in pollution.

By 2015 all beaches will be required to meet at least the minimum sufficient standard under the EU Bathing Water Directive, which is about twice as tough as the current standard.

Beaches which do not make the grade will have to feature prominent signs warning visitors against bathing from the summer of 2016 onwards.

Rachel Wyatt, Coastal Pollution Officer for the MCS, said: It’s great news that we are able to recommend more beaches than ever for excellent water quality and it shows just how good British beaches can be.

The main challenge now is maintaining these standards, whatever the weather.

Most people don’t realise what a big impact the weather can have on bathing water quality.

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This summer, the British Virgin Islands Tourist Board invites travelers to celebrate a Summer of FREEdom by taking advantage of incredible offers throughout the 60 beautiful islands.

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Mooresville, NC (PRWEB) March 29, 2014

Liberty University has signed with William Byron to sponsor the No. 9 Late Model Stock car he is driving for JR Motorsports.

The school will receive primary branding on the No. 9 late model as Byron competes regionally in the NASCAR Whelen Series for JR Motorsports this season.

We welcome this opportunity to partner with William Byron, a young man who possesses the skills and values to become a champion, not only on the racetrack, but personally and professionally as well, said Jerry Falwell, President of Liberty University.

Byron is in his first season with JR Motorsports. He joined the late model program in January after a 2013 U.S. Legends Cars debut that featured 33 wins and a Young Lions Division national championship. So far this year, the 16-year-old sophomore at Charlotte (N.C.) Country Day School has finished second in two late model races at Hickory (N.C.) Speedway.

I am proud to represent such a fine university, said Byron. Liberty University provides a number of opportunities both on campus and online to accommodate those seeking a higher education. I understand the importance of balancing my education and passion for racing, thats why this is a perfect partnership. In addition to representing Liberty on the track in my JR Motorsports car, I look forward to enrolling in an online class this summer.

Byron, an avid iRacing simulation racer, didnt start driving actual race cars full time until 2013, although his instant success made it hard to tell. Byron competed in 69 Legends Cars races across the United States, posting 59 top-five and 64 top-10 finishes. He turned Pro in Legends in January and promptly won the 2014 Charlotte Winter Heat Series U.S. Legends Pro Championship. He was also crowned the Pro Legends Champion at Winter Nationals in Auburndale, Fla., after winning six of six races.

William, like so many of Libertys students, has applied skills developed and refined through virtual educational technologies to achieve practical success, said Falwell. Liberty is honored to spread the word about its unique educational opportunities while partnering with this rising star of racing.

The JR Motorsports late model program is in its 13th year competing at tracks across the southeast. Byrons teammate, Josh Berry, won the company its first championship in 2012 with the track title at Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. Berry and Byron gave JRM a 1-2 finish last Saturday at Hickory (N.C.) Motor Speedway.

The JRM late models will be back in action at Hickory on Saturday, March 29.

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ABOVE: Beaches Jazz Festival organizer launches petition to save funding. Carey Marsden reports.

This post has been updated to properly identify the individual behind the petition as a festival organizer.

TORONTO A Beaches Jazz Festival organizer has launched an online petitionto urge Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne to restore funding to the free summer event after its request for a $120,000 grant was rejected.

The festival, which attracted an estimated 500,000 people last year, received $75,000 from the Celebrate Ontario program in each of the last six years.

Organizers were told on March 13 that they would no longer receive the funding this time around.

This year, the festival is in danger of being drastically reduced in size and scope, reads the petition, posted at by Joanna Katchutas, the festivals Multi-Arts and Photography program coordinator.

Critics argued the move seemed odd as the governing Liberals awarded a $300,000 grant to multimillionaire rap star Drake to stage his two-day OVO Fest in Toronto this summer.

BELOW: The Beaches Jazz Festival has been denied a provincial grant it has received in the past. Carey Marsden reports on March 20.

Tourism Minister Michael Chan defended the decision on Monday, saying Celebrate Ontario is a competitive program, which attracted 441 applications last year, and supports many events across the province.

Unfortunately this year, the jazz festival, the proposal they submitted they were not able to make it, he said.

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When you live in a country that fuses together urban sophistication, impressive skylines, gorgeous beaches and the friendliest people on this side of the world, its hard not to look forward to it at its finest during the summer

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, WI ( — The ice caves on the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are melting and even though it’s a weekday, it didn’t stop thousands from making the journey to see them.

The influx of winter tourists is expected to spill over into the summer.

They’re melting… but thousands are trying to get one last glimpse before the ice turns back to water. The National Park Service is reporting over 120 thousand visitors to the caves this season, and that number is nearly as many as typically visit the park for the entire year.

“We’ve known all along that the park is an amazing place and now hundreds of thousands of people all over the world understand the beauty of Lake Superior.” said Apostle Islands National Lakeshore official, Neil Howk.

Puddles are forming everywhere and soon the ice that covers the lake will also melt and the water will be too deep to walk through.

As the temperatures rise, the ice caves will once again become the sea caves and people are already taking a hint by making reservations for the summertime so they can revisit in a different way.

“We’ll definitely come back in the summer because we kayak so it’d be nice to kayak this area and try and get into these same caves.” said visitor, Heather Pawlak.

Heather Pawlak and her family were among the thousands exploring the caves and they’re far from alone with their intentions to come back.

“I want to come out for Big Top Chautauqua and then do a sea kayak thing.” said another visitor.

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The center-right Popular Party (PP) has always made a point of defending chiringuitos beach bars that open during the summer season and it looks like the new coast law will bring yet more improvements to the sector.

Draft regulations to which EL PAS has had access talk about letting some chiringuitos take up twice as much surface area as they are currently allowed to do, and move closer to one another.

The document is part of a new law that purports to protect the coastline through sustainable activities, yet has been widely criticized for doing just the opposite: it allows all existing construction to remain standing, regardless of its legal status, and issues even more licenses to build.

The secretary of state for the environment, Federico Ramos, captured the essence of the law with the following sentence: Whatever impact has already been done, let us make the most of it.

Whatever impact has already been done, let us make the most of it

The new regulations developing the Coast Law make a distinction between urban beaches and natural beaches. In the latter, beach bars will have a maximum surface area of 70 square meters and be made entirely of collapsible elements. The minimum distance between chiringuitos will be 300 meters.

But urban chiringuitos will be allowed to take up 300 square meters, up from 150, and stand no more than 75 meters from one another if their activities are dissimilar.

Urban beaches will also be allowed to host public events with a tourism impact, including all kinds of sports and cultural events as long as they have national or international impact. Licenses will be granted by local authorities after securing a favorable report from the regional government. Visual or audio advertising, which used to be banned, will be allowed in exceptional cases for authorized leisure and sports activities.

Under the new regulations, two types of sand dune will remain outside the public domain the category that encompasses the beaches and affords the highest protection. This is because these dunes are not considered necessary to guarantee the stability of the coast. These criteria could open the door for building residential estates and hotel complexes in dune areas such as Valdevaqueros (Tarifa), several experts agreed.

The minimum distance between chiringuitos will be 300 meters

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The contents of the following column are based on real circumstances. Certain elements have been changed to respect the privacy of each site.

Imagine there are two websites. Here are their basic profiles:

Site One is an e-commerce company and website launched in 2013 that sells nutritional supplements, based in Atlanta, Georgia. They sell to anyone in the US and are heavily dependent on PPC and organic search traffic for their revenue. Due to their insanely high monthly PPC spend, they have also been link building since the day the sitelaunched.

They hired a local SEO firm to do their link building which then (secretly) out-sourced the link building work to a third-party company. At first, things were working great. Their site started ranking well in Google for a number of money terms, only to drop and then vanish completely from the top 100.The site received notification of amanual penalty from Google.

A review of the backlink profile of this site shows it does not have a single link from any site in the Atlanta area. It does not have links from any reputable health, fitness or training blogs. It has paid product reviews and hundreds of anchor text forum links, is part of a link network, and is listed in several hundred directories that most of us have never heard of.

Site Two is for a Summer Camp for special-needs kids, also located in Georgia. The camp itself was founded in the 1980s and launched a website in the early 2000s. They, too, hired an SEO firm to help them (a different SEO firm than the one Site One hired), and that SEO firm did the work themselves.

This work included conducting outreach to many kids organizations and businesses in the Atlanta metro area as well as in Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, and Alabama, which is where most of their campers come from. Their SEO firm ended up merging with a larger SEO firm, and the camp stopped working with them due to increased cost. The camp then hired the same SEO firm as Site One above. Within six months, Site Two received notification of a manual penalty from Google.

A review of Site Twos backline profile showed paid reviews and hundreds of anchor text forum links. The site was part of a blog link network and was listed in several hundred directories that most of us have never heard of.

However, Site Two had something else. From the work done by the first SEO firm, they had links from sites such as the Down SyndromeAssociationofAtlanta, Atlanta Parent,Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta,Autism Speaks, Chattanooga Parent Magazines special needs camps directory, and at least 50-75 more links similar in theme and credibility to the ones I just mentioned.

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Publicists for outdoor concert venue Freedom Hill announced a string of shows scheduled for this summer. The Temptations and Four Tops appear June 21; STYX, Foreigner and Don Felders are July 10; Willie Nelson and Allison Krauss & Union Station come through July 13; Tony Bennett hits Aug. 15. Tickets for those shows go on sale noon Friday. Other events scheduled for this summer at the Sterling Heights venue include Il Volo June 19, Wolverine Harley Davison Harley Fest June 14, Stars & Stripes Festival June 26-29 and Festa Italiana July 18-20. The MoPop, Forever Festival and Chill on the Hill events are also expected to return this season.

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Finance ministry has roped in Enforcement Directorate, Financial Intelligence Unit and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence besides the I-T department to investigate the list of 600 who have allegedly stashed funds in tax havens.

Recently, the member (investigation) of Central Board of Direct Taxes, who has been reporting to the finance minister on this issue, held a video conference with income tax directors general and chief commissioners and asked them to expedite their probe against all such individuals and corporate entities.

This time, the finance ministry has roped in Enforcement Directorate, Financial Intelligence Unit and Directorate of Revenue Intelligence besides the I-T department to investigate the list of 600 who have allegedly stashed funds in tax havens.

These 600 names, whose investments have been allegedly tracked in tax havens, are in addition to the 700 that France had shared with the government in 2011 about Indians having deposits in the Geneva branch of HSBC.

Investigation in the HSBC deposits across Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata among other cities had revealed that the ill-gotten cash belonged to top industrialists, some politicians and other entities, some working as fronts for people yet to be identified. The I-T department had recovered tax from many of these high-profile individuals and let them off without prosecution.

Sources said the ED has begun investigation of foreign exchange violations, and possible money laundering against these 600 entities. The database of 600 was first brought out by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) in the summer of 2013.

According to sources, the ED has written to the CBDT for details it has obtained from various foreign authorities on the Indians on the ICIJ list. The CBDT investigation has found that some of the addresses on the list are wrong, and in some cases, the individuals are NRIs who can legally carry out financial transactions in tax havens.

The ED is primarily looking at violations of Foreign Exchange Management Act, but if any criminality is unearthed, the agency could probe the violation under Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

The ICIJ database contains names of a few famous industrial families, some politicians, and several others. These people primarily used the services of Singapore-based Portcullis TrustNet and British Virgin Islands-based Commonwealth Trust Limited for opening offshore financial entities.

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Washington, DC (PRWEB) February 12, 2014

Mary Beth Tinker, a plaintiff in the landmark 1969 students rights case Tinker v Des Moines, launched a crowdsource campaign ( today to finish her national civics education tour, the Tinker Tour, with visits to at least 12 western states this spring.

This fall, Tinker and student rights attorney Mike Hiestand traveled 16,000 miles across the Eastern half of the country — from Massachusetts to Michigan to Mississippi — stopping at nearly 60 schools, colleges, libraries, courts, a student detention facility and several national conventions. Tinker shared her story with more than 20,000 students and teachers while also talking with them about free press, free speech and civics education. More information about the tour is available on the Tinker Tour Web site (

The Tinker Tour, which began on Constitution Day in Philadelphia, coincides with the 50th anniversary of a number of major civil rights anniversaries such as the Birmingham Childrens March and Mississippis Freedom Summer, events that Tinker says had a huge effect on her, and even on the Tinker ruling by the Supreme Court.

I was a child growing up during a time much like today, when there was great inequality as well as war. I was only thirteen years old, but I wanted to speak up. When I saw the Birmingham Children on TV in 1963, that helped inspire me.

Then, when three civil rights workers, Chaney, Schwarner and Goodman, were killed in Mississippi in the summer of 1964, Tinkers parents went to Mississippi to volunteer with Freedom Summer. Tinker said that their bravery, as well as the stories her parents brought back about the civil rights workers, like Fannie Lou Hamer, also motivated her.

Tinker learned recently that Freedom Summer influenced her case even more than she realized. In the Tinker ruling, the Supreme Court cited a 1967 Appeals Court ruling that high school students in Mississippi should not have been suspended for wearing buttons to school to protest the killings there in 1964.

This year is huge in civil rights history, said Tinker. And, its so important to pass along these stories that inspire young people, just like they were passed along to me.

In 1965, Tinker, along with her brother, John, and Chris Eckhardt, the other plaintiff, wore black armbands to school to mourn the dead in Vietnam. When they were suspended, the case was argued by the ACLU at the Supreme Court, which ruled that neither students or teachers leave their Constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.

Now, the ruling is cited by liberals and conservatives alike. In November, it was featured by the Liberty Institute at a Supreme Court Historical Society event.

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