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Best Jersey Shore Beaches – Beaches – TravelChannel.com

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May 232015
 

Plakias Beach, Crete, Greece

On the south coast of Crete, between mountains and the Libyan Sea, lies Plakias, a tiny fishing village whose population swells during the summer months. Popular with backpackers, many of whom come here to stay in the southernmost youth hostel in Europe, Plakias is also a favorite with nudists, who can swim and sunbathe in the buff along the 0.8-mile Plakias Beach. Beyond the nudist strand, Plakias offers several beach options (Ammoudi, Damnoni and Souda), mountain hikes and casual tavernas. Nearby, Mona Preveli, one of the most famous monasteries in Crete, is a worthwhile day trip. 960 1280

On the south coast of Crete, between mountains and the Libyan Sea, lies Plakias, a tiny fishing village whose population swells during the summer months. Popular with backpackers, many of whom come here to stay in the southernmost youth hostel in Europe, Plakias is also a favorite with nudists, who can swim and sunbathe in the buff along the 0.8-mile Plakias Beach. Beyond the nudist strand, Plakias offers several beach options (Ammoudi, Damnoni and Souda), mountain hikes and casual tavernas. Nearby, Mona Preveli, one of the most famous monasteries in Crete, is a worthwhile day trip.

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Coast Guard creates First Amendment zone in Puget Sound for anti-Shell protests

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Apr 142015
 

The U.S. Coast Guard, with help from activist groups, has identified an informal First Amendment Zone, just north of Terminal 5, where protesters can take to the water against Shell Oils Arctic drilling fleet when it arrives at the Port of Seattle.

The Shell Arctic drilling rig Polar Pioneer. It was occupied by Greenpeace protesters last week, demonstrating against Shells plans to drill in Arctic waters this summer. It is due soon in Washington waters.

I didnt choose this area: I gave them a chart and asked them where they wanted to be, Capt. Joe Raymond, captain of the port, said Tuesday.

Raymond initiated a meeting on Monday with organizers of a sea of kayaks protest. He described the zone as an excellent place for protesters wishing a high-visibility presence while not interfering with ferries, tugs and other marine traffic in the harbor.

Still, a key player in the anti-Shell protests Greenpeace says no accord was reached at the meeting on where sea-borne protests can take place.

We did not walk away with an agreement on where people can be or how they will conduct themselves, said John Deans, Arctic campaign specialist with Greenpeace.

For us, the questions will be: What do people want to do? Where do people want to be? This is a movement that we are talking about.

If its drilling plan passes final muster with two U.S. Interior Department agencies, Shell intends to operate two drilling rigs and drill two exploratory wells this summer in Alaskas remote Chukchi Sea.

The Shell drilling ship Noble Discoverer drifts near shore near Dutch Harbor on Unalaska Island in the summer of 2012 after losing its moorings. Its due back this summer. Photo: Capt. Kristjan B. Laxfoss / AP

The Polar Pioneer occupied at sea last week by six Greenpeace activists is due soon in Washington waters, but will stop in Port Angeles, as first reported Monday by The Stranger.

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Liberty give Laimbeer another shot

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Apr 032015
 

The New York Liberty are such a franchise. But the re-hiring of Bill Laimbeer as coach less than three months after he was fired by the organization is head-scratching even by Liberty standards.

Oh, wait a minute. Not really. This is the Liberty we’re talking about.

Let me make haste to say, though, I actually don’t think this is a bad decision at all. It’s correcting a bad decision, which was firing Laimbeer back in October without a really strong idea of whom the franchise could get to replace him.

From what I gather from sources around the league, Madison Square Garden Company chair James Dolan had some candidates in mind. But they didn’t work out. Now with the Knicks being the primo disaster of this NBA season, Dolan probably just wanted to get the Liberty job filled. And ultimately decided to go back to Laimbeer.

Who, apparently, wasn’t exactly stunned to get the call to return. Laimbeer was spending the winter fishing and playing golf. And while he wasn’t expecting to coach again in the WNBA this summer, he’s glad to be doing it.

“My passion is still there for the New York team,” Laimbeer said Thursday. “I’d like to accomplish more for this franchise.”

The Liberty were 11-23 and then 15-19 in Laimbeer’s two seasons, missing the playoffs both years. But Thursday, he repeated something he had also told me back in October when he was let go: That while he didn’t always enjoy his first season with the Liberty, this past season he really did like the job and working with the team. (Having a world-class center such as Tina Charles, whom the Liberty got in a trade before the 2014 season, undoubtedly helps in that regard.)

Laimbeer also said something else in October that seems pertinent to the Liberty’s reversal in course this week. He talked about the difference in working for the Detroit Shock, where he answered primarily to one person, then-owner Tom Wilson. As compared to working for a public corporation like MSG.

“They’ve got a lot of moving pieces,” Laimbeer said in October about MSG.

Indeed, they do. But from the Liberty’s inception in 1997 to 2010, Carol Blazejowski was the team’s general manager and front-office point person for the franchise. And while she took her share of barbs (including from me), at least you always knew whose hands were on the Liberty’s steering wheel.

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Apr 022015
 



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Apr 012015
 



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Photos: Nation's 10 Best Family Beaches Revealed

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Apr 012015
 

Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, has announced the winners of its annual Best Beaches for Families list, naming the top family-friendly beaches of the year, along with fun, insider tips for each destination. Pictured here, Cape May, New Jersey.

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Lincoln City Beach, Lincoln City, Oregon. Insider Tip: “Search the sand for glass floats – they’re part of a program called Finders Keepers, in which ‘Float Fairies’ disperse beautiful ornaments on the beach for vacationers to find and take home.”

Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau

Virginia Beach, Virginia Beach, Virginia . Insider Tip: “Don’t leave Virginia Beach without a photo in front of King Neptune, a 34-foot-tall statue of the mythological sea god. Families can also enjoy free concerts and live entertainment across the boardwalk in the summer. ”

Virginia Beach CVB

Ogunquit Beach, Ogunquit, Maine. Insider Tip: “Use the Ogunquit Trolley to get to the beach and around town – fare is just $2.00 per adult and $1.50 per child (ages 10 and under).”

Audrey Gottlieb

Manatee County Beach , Holmes Beach, Florida. Insider Tip: “Reserve a Nesting Beach Tour at the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch to join federally permitted volunteers as they analyze nests and hatched (and unhatched) shells during turtle nesting season.”

Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Top 7 Uncrowded Beaches Near Metro Manila to Beat the Summer Heat

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Mar 282015
 

Top 7 BeautifulBeaches Near Metro Manila to Beat the Summer Heat

People in Metro Manila feel the summer heat coming. And, it is a perfect time of the year to go to the beach. Yes, you want to enjoy the white sand, plunge yourself into the crystal clear water and witness the beautiful sunrise and sunset but do you know where to go to beat the heat?

Cagbalete Island (photo by 10nisboy via Flickr)

Well, let me give you these top 7 unspoiled beaches near the metro. Read on:

Cagbalete Island photo by Pansacola Beach Resort FB

Boasts of white sand, Cagbalete Island is a perfect place to go to if you dont want to go to overrated beaches. Exciting activities you can do in this not-so-commercialized island include swimming, kayaking, snorkeling as well as trekking. To get there: You can ride a bus at Jac Liner Buendia Terminal going to the city of Lucena. Upon getting off, take a mini-bus ride to Mauban then walk towards Pantalan port to take a public boat going to Cagbalete Island. Estimated expenses is around P1000 pesos, including entrance fee, food and miscellaneous.

Nagsasa Cove photo by Nagsasa Cove FB

Seated in San Antonio, Zambales, Nagsasa Cove is a new-found paradise. You can reach the place from Manila in approximately five hours. This perfect summer getaway destination can be reached via a boat or you may choose to do mountain trekking going to the Nagsasa Cove. Unlike other beaches, this place has a grayish sand. But of course, it boasts of crystal blue water. Apart from it being serene and picturesque, Nagsasa Cove also houses waterfalls. This place is also near to other scenic destinations: Capones Island and Anawangin Cove.

Malagawa Island photo courtesy of AmadaResort.com

Magalawa, located in Palauig, Zambales, is a place to unwind your tired limbs and soul. Here, you and your family can enjoy exciting activities, such as bamboo rafting as well as snorkeling. Its charm: its white sand, picturesque landscape as well as blue clear waters. To avoid the scorching heat of the sun, you can rent your own tent in the place. One can avail tour packages from the Magalawa Island Resort, Ruiz or Armada, which include transportation, meal, and fun activities.

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Freedom Rider tells of 60s push for civil rights in South – Sat, 21 Mar 2015 PST

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Mar 212015
 

Max Pavesic wasnt sure what awaited him as the train rolled into the station in Jackson,Mississippi.

During the summer of 1961, Pavesic was a 21-year-old college student and one of 436 Freedom Riders activists committed to ending segregation on public transit in theSouth.

He was part of a group of 15 blacks and whites who had boarded the train together in New Orleans, in defiance of local segregation laws. They knew theyd be arrested in Jackson and possibly beaten. They expected an angry mob and police withdogs.

We were considered outside agitators, Pavesic recalled. I

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Max Pavesic wasnt sure what awaited him as the train rolled into the station in Jackson,Mississippi.

During the summer of 1961, Pavesic was a 21-year-old college student and one of 436 Freedom Riders activists committed to ending segregation on public transit in theSouth.

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Mild winter spares San Diego beaches

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Mar 182015
 

San Diego beaches are 33-50 feet wider than normal due to a lack of strong winter storms, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography says in a report released Tuesday.

The region usually gets large waves out of the north-northwest that cut into the coastline and carry sand offshore, producing bars that are pushed back to the beach in the summer months. But that was mostly missing this winter, which ends on Friday.

“Wave heights at the Scripps Torrey Pines offshore buoy never exceeded 10 feet and only two seven feet for about 40 hours, compared with 190 hours an average winter,” Scripps graduate student Sean Crosby said in a statement. “The few high waves that did occur coincided with lower-range neap tides, minimizing shoreline erosion.”

Adam Wright, founder and chief forecaster at Solspot.com, noticed the same thing.

“We’ve been missing that steady north-northwest wind we get in the winter,” Wright said. “We’ve had a lot of Santa Anas, which has sent the winds offshore. And the storms we got in December produced a lot of rain but not a lot of winds that would have moved sand off the beaches.”

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Liberty High linebacker commits to UCLA football

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Mar 152015
 

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – A Liberty High School junior student is making Kern County proud after committing to play football for the University of California, Los Angeles.

Krys Barnes, a linebacker for the Liberty Patriots, announced today via Twitter and Instagramthat he had committed to the UCLA Bruins after considering 16 previous offers from others schools including Boise State, USC, UC Berkeley, The University of Oregon, and others.

Liberty High Football Coach Bryan Nixon andnational recruiting analyst for Bleacher ReportDamon Sayles, were able to confirm his commitmentwith 23ABC.

S/O to LB @KrysBarnes. Newest #Bruins commit. Will compete at #TheOpening this summer. #4sUp #8clap MT “@KrysBarnes https://t.co/vquputoYqE”

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Freedom camps in the red zone

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Mar 102015
 

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FREEDOM CAMPING: The Christchurch City Council is investigating whether parks and reserves, including those in the red zone, could be made available to freedom campers in a bid to reduce the problems caused by makeshift camps.

Parks and reserves in Christchurch’s red zone may be opened up to freedom campers to get them out of the way of residents.

Freedom camping numbers in the city have grown since the quakes and are causing unease among residents forced to put up with unwelcome neighbours.

In a bid to reduce the problems caused by makeshift camps, Christchurch City Council staff are investigating whether parks and reserves, including those in the red zone, could be made available to them and whether some toilet facilities could be left open at night.

“The problem is not going to go away and we need to find some solutions,” Councillor Glenn Livingstone said. “The threshold of going down the path of looking at a bylaw has been reached.”

A report on freedom camping will be considered by the council on Thursday but it recommends holding off on introducing a bylaw that would limit where freedom campers could go until other options have been exhausted because it could be problematic to enforce.

Earlier this summer a group of freedom campers who had taken up residence in the Beresford St car park in New Brighton upset neighbours by defecating outside and partying late at night.

The campers were all foreign tourists on working holidays and most have since taken up residence in the Waimairi Surf Club car park. Complaints there include campers blocking an emergency entrance to the beach, slamming doors in the middle of the night and using the sand dunes as a toilet.

Chris Smith, who manages the surf club, said the council needed to act. The group using the club car park was “quite confrontational and intimidating” and although there had been no physical altercations so far, tensions were escalating.

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Postgrad profile: Cormac Murphy (MSc in regenerative medicine)

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Mar 102015
 

Cormac Murphy went straight from an undergraduate degree in zoology at Trinity College Dublin to a taught masters degree (MSc) in regenerative medicine at NUI Galway.

Originally from Drumcondra in Dublin, the 23 year-old moved to Galway for the one-year full-time course.

After doing his undergraduate thesis in developmental biology, he decided to move to a health-related science. His supervisor told him about the Regenerative Medicine Institute and NUI Galway and thought he might enjoy it.

It had a really good reputation, and she thought it would be a good springboard to further things, Murphy said. In undergrad I really enjoyed science and lab time and stuff like that, but I wasnt quite sure whether I wanted to go on to do a full PhD.

Its the only regenerative medicine masters degree in Ireland and one of the few in Europe. The course is a combination of lectures, lab time and continuous assessment.

Its about getting research from the lab to the clinic, which is what Im interested in and focused on: making clinical products that will actually help people.

Murphy says hes learning a lot about stem cell biology, and the course includes things like immunology and pharmacology. He has taken an elective business course. Thats something we scientists dont tend to know a lot about, but its important.

Over the summer, students will do independent research projects in the labs. Murphys project involves taking skin cells and attempting to turn them into the photoreceptors at the back of the retina: rods and cones.

It sounds kind of like magic. Thats why I was interested in it, he said.

Murphy hopes to move onto a PhD in the regenerative area after the masters, but he might take a year out first to work in industry. His long-terms plan is research and possibly lecturing.

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Dogs on islands in lake cause concern

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Feb 192015
 

Boaties are being reminded to leave their dogs at home if they intend visiting Lake Wanaka’s islands.

Department of Conservation ranger Flo Gaud said dogs were believed to be responsible for the death of one of a breeding pair of buff weka on Te Peka Karara Island, or Stevensons Island, late last month.

”A witness reported that a black Labrador was sighted on the island at the time,” Ms Gaud said recently.

Once plentiful in the South Island, the light-coloured buff weka is now found only on Chatham and Pitt Islands – except for populations introduced to Te Peka Karara and Mou Waho Islands in Lake Wanaka, and Pigeon and Pig Islands in Lake Wakatipu.

Te Peka Karara has five or six breeding pairs.

Ms Gaud said there had also been two reports from the public of dogs being illegally on Mou Waho this summer.

Signs warning dog owners it is an offence to take dogs to the islands are in place at several points on the islands and at lakeside boat launching areas.

Ms Gaud said the disturbance of wildlife on the islands was disappointing and frustrating.

”It is very sad to see this abuse of the rules on the island.

”Ignorance is not an excuse.

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A WEDDING VIDEO LIKE NO OTHER- Summer Wedding at Tunnels Beaches Ilfracombe (8MFH EP23) – Video

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Feb 042015
 



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10 Best Beaches in Pangasinan

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Feb 012015
 

Pangasinan is a province located on the shorelines of Luzon. Being located here has made Pangasinan one of the leading suppliers of rice, root crops, and fish within the Philippines, especially the countrys national fish, the Milkfish. But aside from agriculture and fishing, Pangasinan also has its other perks, and, since its on the shorelines, its pretty obvious what those perks arethats right, beaches!

Hundred Islands in Alaminos Pangasinan by Joseph Dayo via Flickr

Beaches here attract both local and foreign tourists all year-round, and since their naturally (and not man-made) there, theres no entrance fee or whatsoever needed. Just bring your stuff, find a good spot, and youre solved.

Whether its Christmas, Summer, or just Labor Day, you may spend your time in the following best beaches in the province:

Patar White Beach by Jaya via Flickr

Travel southwest from Bolinaos town proper and come see the famous white-sanded Patar Beach, or the so-called Boracay of the North. Spending time here is not a problem, for you may choose to rent the cottages/nipa huts that are quite far from the coasts, or you may simply find a nice spot and lay out a large cloth, sit directly on the sand, and have your own perfect view of the sea. Sea urchins and puffer fishes, which are expensive delicacies in Japan, are cheap here, since theres an abundant amount of those in here. Scattered amongst the sands are rock formations and coves, and just nearby is the famous Bolinao Lighthouse.

Hundred Islands

Alaminos City of Pangasinan boasts its Hundred Islands, that is a tourist attraction and at the same time a preserved sanctuary. The tourist destination got its name from the number of islands, totaling to 124 during low tide. To get here, you have to travel to the ports and ride a boat for up to 45 minutes at most. You may also talk to the boat driver so you could also go island hopping while on the way to one of the islets. There are very few islands which have been developed for tourism, and the rest, such as the islet with a rock formation resembling the Virgin Mary, are being protected by the local government.

Cabongaoan Beach by April Delarosa024 Own work. via Wikimedia Commons

If you prefer a more calm vacation on the beach, then Cabongaoan Beach should be on the top of your list. Its relatively less developed compared to most beaches in Pangasinan, and the ride from the town proper to here isnt short. Still, once you get here, it will be all worth it. Its white sand and long shores make it the perfect beach for snorkeling, jogging, or just, unwinding.

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Keep our beaches beautiful – Video

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Jan 292015
 



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Jan 282015
 



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Australia beaches reopen after shark sightings

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Jan 192015
 

“Bruce, he has been sighted on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, definitely the Friday,” Mr Scruton told AFP. “But I don’t think they’ve sighted him again this weekend.”

Sharks are a regular feature in Australian waters and swimmers and surfers have had their fair share of encounters with the animals this summer.

Some beaches to the north and south of Sydney were closed at the weekend due to shark sightings and a 17-year-old boy was admitted to hospital after he was bitten on the hand while spearfishing 230 kilometres south of Sydney on Friday.

A white shark in Australian waters in 2014 (@SLSWA)

Fatalities are rare in Australia but two teenagers died in shark attacks last month, one on the west coast and one on the east.

Mr Scruton said there had been a number of sharks seen around Newcastle and the Hunter region this summer, with another large one taunting two fishermen at the weekend by circling and nudging their small boat.

“It felt like getting trapped in a room with an angry pit bull,” one of those on-board, Tim Watson, told the Newcastle Herald.

“It wouldn’t leave us alone. You almost wanted to stop and admire it but it was being pretty aggressive.

“It was as big as a wagon car that’s what it felt like looking at it,” Mr Watson said.

Mr Scruton said he hoped that Bruce had enjoyed his holiday in Newcastle and had moved on for good.

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