The Ocean City Fishing Club’s pier at 14th St is not only a fine place to fish, it’s a great structure to photograph or paint.For surf or bay fishermen, there is nothing like the comfort and camaraderie that comes with dropping a line off a pier.And Ocean City is blessed with some of the best places to do that in South Jersey, and perhaps the entire East Coast.“Pier fishing has its advantages,” said Mike Shepherd, longtime Press of Atlantic City fishing writer, “with probably the key thing being to go back to a good spot and getting to know the people you see there and making friendships.”Pier fishing also provides the opportunity to spread out, relax in a comfortable folding chair and while away a few hours in search of seafood, or just a challenging catch.The most famous spot for doing so locally is the Ocean City Fishing Club’s pier at 14th St and the Boardwalk, but there are other public and private docks, bridges and piers all over the city on both the bay and ocean sides of the island. Finding these spots, either through trial and error or word of mouth, can be half the fun. We don’t have the space here to describe them all. We’ll leave that up to our intrepid readers. But we will mention a few choice locations that should fuel a fisherman’s (or woman’s) quest for a “tight line.”14th St. “Ocean fishing off a pier can be really enjoyable, and of course you have one of the best in the Fishing Club’s pier,” Shepherd said. “That is a pier with quite a history to it.”In 2016, the private Ocean City Fishing Club will be celebrating its 103rd season, making it the oldest continuously operated fishing club in the United States, according to its website. They didn’t survive that long by being less than an ideal location. For an experienced angler it is obvious but still bears mentioning, said Shepherd, author of the “Shep on Fishing” column and Facebook website: “You are a few hundred feet out over the ocean. That means 40 or 50 feet deeper water. It’s usually better than surf fishing (from the beach).”The actual length of the picturesque pier, which is one of the most photographed and illustrated structures in Ocean City, is 635 feet from its boardwalk entrance. That translates to more species of fish, bigger runs and more fun, he said.“Kingfish, summer flounder, bluefish and stripers (the sought after striped bass) are a few species that run through there pretty regularly,” Shepherd said.For membership information, stop by the pier or write Ocean City Fishing Club, PO Box 1215, Ocean City, NJ 08226.Ocean City – Longport Bridge PierWhen a new bridge linking Ocean City with Egg Harbor Twp. Was built about a decade back, the powers that be made a decision that warmed the hearts of local anglers: a section of the old bridge was retained and repurposed as a fishing pier.“That is a unique spot for the Great Egg Harbor inlet,” Shepherd said. “You can often catch tuna there, which is not common for the inlet.”Judging from the close to a dozen people fishing there recently on a cold weekday, the word is out.Corson’s InletThe Rush Chattin Bridge is technically not a pier, but a real haven for locals and vacationers alike at the South End of Ocean City.Weakfish and stripers are the big attraction there, according to Shep. The place gets a lot of action from fishermen at night. On a summer night at the height of the season, the roads around the bridge are crowded with vehicles and people angle for the best locations on the structure as well as for the fish.Ninth St.The fishing pier is one of the design features of the new Causeway bridge, which celebrates its fourth anniversary this year. The old Causeway was a popular spot for those who like to fish the bay for generations. However, the new pier is more spacious and much safer, with dedicated parking and a location far removed from the roadway.So there you have today’s fish story: just a few places where fishermen and women can enjoy dropping a line off a pier in Ocean City and environs. Any bait or tackle shop or local angler can probably provide a few more choice locations or simply leave it up to your own inner explorer. Chances are you won’t go home empty-handed.
Orsted reaffirms offshore wind investment plans for Taiwan, Japan FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:The world’s biggest developer of offshore wind farms is weighing nearly $13 billion worth of projects in Taiwan, saying that so far the coronavirus outbreak hasn’t shifted its optimism about the region.The potential investments by Orsted A/S would include the Greater Changhua 3 wind farm, which it plans to bid for in the next round of auctions if the conditions are “manageable,” Matthias Bausenwein, the president for Asia Pacific of the Danish utility, said in a phone interview. The auction is due to take place at the end of this year, and the company will wait to see the framework and rules for the contest before deciding whether to participate.Orsted has already built and commissioned Formosa 1, the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in Taiwan, with joint venture partners. It’s also building the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a wind farms, which are estimated to be completed in 2021 or 2022. Another plan is to build the Greater Changhua 2b & 4 wind farms in 2025.Total capital expenditure for all four projects with a capacity of 2.4 gigawatts are estimated to be up to NT$380 billion ($12.5 billion).Orsted said on Wednesday it’s sticking to its 2020 guidance despite the coronavirus and that its liquidity position is strong.In addition to Taiwan, Japan is the next big step for Orsted in the Asia-Pacific region. The company recently formed a joint venture with Tokyo Electric Power Co. to prepare a bid for an auction at end-2020. Japan and Taiwan both are mountainous and rely heavily on fossil fuels imports, with highly populated coastal areas which makes offshore wind an ideal renewable energy source.[Cindy Wang]More: Unfazed by virus, Orsted weighs almost $13 billion in Taiwan
NBA players paid tribute to Kobe Bryant at Monday’s games, with the Minnesota Timberwolves recalling an iconic moment in the late superstar’s legendary 20-year career. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion in two decades with the Los Angeles Lakers, died Sunday aged 41 in a helicopter crash near Los Angeles that claimed nine lives in all, including Bryant’s daughter Gigi. Detroit Pistons players wore jersey numbers 8 and 24 in NBA pre-game introductions as a tribute to the only jersey numbers worn by Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant “Kobe was a trailblazer, someone I looked up to my entire childhood wanting to be like him, wanting to hit last-second shots like him,” said Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns. In pre-game introductions, Detroit Pistons players wore jerseys with only the numbers 8 and 24, but they lacked Kobe’s magic on the court, falling to visiting Cleveland 115-100. Games began with teams exchanging 24-second shot clock violations or eight-second violations for not advancing the ball beyond the mid-court line – an homage to 24 and 8, the two jersey numbers Bryant wore for the Lakers. At Minneapolis, the T-Wolves put a unique spin on the idea after winning an opening tip-off against Sacramento. Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins took the ball and placed it on the free throw line upon the very spot Bryant sank two free throws on December 14, 2014, to move past Michael Jordan and become the NBA’s number three all-time scorer. Bryant kept that spot on the NBA career points list until just hours before his death, when he was passed by current Lakers superstar LeBron James. Sacramento defeated Minnesota 133-129 in overtime, but just as in host Chicago’s 110-109 win over San Antonio, heartache over Bryant’s death tempered the joy of victory. “There will never be another Kobe Bryant,” Chicago’s Zach LaVine said. “There’s only one person like that ever. He made an impact on people off the court and in basketball as well. “Kids growing up in the 1980s, they wanted to be like Mike (Jordan). We all wanted to be like Kobe.” Dallas won 107-97 at Oklahoma City with the host Thunder playing without forward Chris Paul. He missed his first game of the season mourning the death of Bryant, his friend and teammate on the 2008 and 2012 US Olympic gold medal squads. At Salt Lake City, the Houston Rockets had a career-high 50 points from 12th-year veteran Eric Gordon in a 126-117 victory over Utah. But he was still struggling to wrap his thoughts around Bryant’s death. “I’m still hurting for that,” Gordon said. “I’ve known him since I was in college. It’s a tough day for everybody.” Loading… (NBA players, fans pay tribute to trailblazing idol Kobe | The Guardian Nigeria News – Nigeria and …) – https://t.co/y5MhcN7sDG – pic.twitter.com/5iNKcw9B5I— KonnyNews (@KonnyNews) January 28, 2020 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Disney Male Role ModelsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World Read Also: Kobe Bryant: Three of the nine victims bodies recovered from crash site The Rockets were without NBA scoring leader James Harden, out with a thigh bruise, and Russell Westbrook, taking a planned rest game. Gordon led the Rockets in beating a Jazz club that had won 14 of 15 prior starts and nine in a row at home. Utah fans applauded the game-opening Bryant tribute, one waving a sign saying, “Salt Lakers feel it too.” “He touched so many people, truly a unique human being,” said Jazz coach Quin Snyder, a Lakers assistant coach guiding Bryant in the 2011-12 season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Women’s basketball junior guard Courtney Jaco wakes up at 5:30 a.m. to get ready for morning practice, after which she attends classes for the majority of the day, before finally getting the chance to eat, study and sleep. Last season, Jaco appeared in all 30 basketball games, while earning Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention last season.For Jaco and the rest of the roughly 550 student-athletes at USC, juggling academics with practice, traveling around the country and competing in intercollegiate sports is just part of daily life. Over time, this wear and tear on the mind and body can lead to stress. Student-athletes face many of the same mental health risk factors as their non-athlete peers, but can also be exposed to an additional set of risk factors such as time demands and performance pressures, according to the NCAA.USC, though, has made it a priority to assist its student-athletes in managing these pressures. In his August 2015 report, Athletic Director Pat Haden said one of his guiding principles for the Athletics Department is to continue helping students find the balance in their lives among the challenges of academics, competitions and the social life of a college student.Former USC baseball preferred walk-on player and junior C.J. Angle was part of the team during the fall of both his freshman and sophomore year, but was cut before the start of the season both times, due to injuries.According to Angle, almost every athlete at USC comes from a high school where he or she was the best player on the team and most likely the leader on the team. The athletes are then made to transition to a Division I environment where they are surrounded by athletes with the same, or even higher, skill set.“The fact that I didn’t have a secure spot on the team is what really stressed me out,” Angle said. “I would worry about doing my best to impress the coaches every time I stepped on the field instead of playing the game I love and doing the best I could no matter what happened.”Being a student-athlete can have its advantages, however, when it comes to establishing a fixed routine to follow daily.“To be honest, I felt that because my life was so structured with a set schedule, I was able to adequately get my work done without being too stressed,” Angle said. “I knew exactly when I needed to get work done, and it really helped my organizational skills.”Angle now serves on the Undergraduate Student Government’s Wellness Affairs committee and advocates for the importance of student-athletes to remain stress-free, despite the hurdles that may come with athletics, such as injuries.“Of course there were times when exhaustion kicked in and the stress of baseball itself was getting to me, but it’s something you just learn to deal with and get through,” Angle said.At an institution with the academic rigor of USC, there can be a great deal of pressure for student-athletes to keep up in the classroom while managing equally high expectations on the field.Freshman linebacker Cameron Smith, who enrolled at USC last spring, said he uses football as his primary motivator for doing well in the classroom.“It’s important to be mentally tough and getting through it so I can play football,” Smith said. “You have to grind through it, and I love the grind.”Based on higher GPAs and the academic progress from student-athletes, it seems like many are putting the student aspect of the phrase student-athlete first and foremost. In the spring 2015 semester, student-athletes’ average semester GPA increased to a 3.00, the highest it’s been since 2000, when the information was first recorded.This improvement can be attributed to the many different resources offered by USC’s Student-Athlete Academic Services Program. This program includes providing student-athletes additional services such as tutors in order to assist them in fulfilling their full academic potential.Last spring, the football team notched its highest semester GPA (2.71) and cumulative GPA (2.52) ever. The team’s most recent academic progress rate (2013-2014), which was released by the NCAA last spring, also rose seven points to 948, though it remains below the national average of 956.“Balancing football and academics is simple for me,” said redshirt senior defensive lineman Antwaun Woods. “I’ve been here for five years now, so I don’t have a big academic load, but I’m glad because this year, with everything we’ve been going through, I couldn’t imagine how the other guys have been doing it.”A few players said that striking the balance between football and school can be much tougher in the fall with the team holding practice daily and also having to travel to away games, which can force players to miss a significant amount of class time.Sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is considered “superman” on the football field, leading the Pac-12 Conference in receiving with over 1,100 yards this season. But Smith-Schuster said balancing that on-field success with his coursework hasn’t always been easy.“It has been really tough,” Smith-Schuster, a human biology major, said. “The classes that I scheduled are some pretty tough classes. But, I did it last year and I thought it was harder as a freshman coming here and not knowing what major I was going to be and how my football career was going to turn out.”In October 2014, the Pac-12 also implemented landmark reforms to increase athletic scholarships to include the full cost of attendance, guarantee four-year athletic scholarships and increase medical coverage for student-athletes.Varsity student-athletes, however, aren’t the only ones on campus who have to deal with the dilemma of balancing sports and school. The Recreational Club Council at USC oversees 57 club sports and is composed of more than 2,500 student-athletes. Many of them share the same dilemmas as Division I student-athletes but with fewer perks.These perks can range from the financial security of athletic scholarships to meals to tutors and a central facility to study in the John McKay Center.Since USC doesn’t have a Division I men’s soccer team, Ian Anderson, a sophomore majoring in business administration, plays on the men’s club soccer team at USC and said playing a sport has benefits for stress and time management. Studies conducted by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have shown that exercise, such as participating in competitive athletics, can relieve stress, reduce depression and improve cognitive function.“It isn’t too stressful because the exercise I get from practice relieves stress, and I use practice as a break from study sessions,” Anderson said. “To me it’s ultimately beneficial for school work.”John Walsh contributed to this report.