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Reality Check: Hillary Clinton’s history with same-sex marriage

first_imgKRDO.com 27 July 2016Family First Comment: Gosh – Hillary used to believe in Marriage as one man one woman. But politics slowly changed that. “I have a strong record on same sex marriage.” ~ @HillaryClinton#HillaryLies pic.twitter.com/95ho72J7cj— Neil Turner (@NeilTurner_) March 13, 2016“Could have been sooner.” During the primary season, “Saturday Night Live” comic Kate McKinnon schooled Hillary Clinton on punctuality when it came to supporting same-sex marriage equality.At the star-studded second night of the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton praised his wife’s efforts toward international human rights — focusing on women and the LGBT community.“She went to Beijing in 1995 and said that women’s rights are human rights and human rights are women’s rights,” he said. “She worked to empower women and girls around the world.”While many would agree the first major party female presidential nominee has aggressively advocated gender equality, it’s important to question whether she made “the same exact declaration on behalf of the LGBT community” as Bill Clinton claimed.Hillary Clinton initially expressed staunch disagreement with same-sex marriage during her first run for Senate. In early 2000, she stated plainly: “I think a marriage is as a marriage has always been, between a man and a woman.” She quickly clarified that she was strongly supportive of civil unions, but maintained her stance against same-sex marriage well into her term as senator.In 2006, she told gay rights activists that she would support same-sex marriage if it was introduced in New York. However, she still expressed greater comfort with “states making the decisions.”Throughout the 2008 presidential campaign, Clinton remained opposed to same-sex marriage. She did come out and support repealing portions of the Defense of Marriage Act — a law her husband signed in 1996 that prohibited same-sex couples from accessing certain benefits.In 2011 Clinton declared, “Gay rights are human rights, and human rights are gay rights,” and following her resignation in February 2013, she quickly came out in support of the growing marriage equality movement, saying LGBT Americans should be treated as “full and equal citizens, and they deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes marriage.”While Hillary Clinton has certainly warmed to the gay community during her political career, Bill Clinton’s implication that Hillary has supported gay rights throughout the years is false. http://www.krdo.com/news/cnns-reality-check-team-vets-the-dnc-claims/40901124Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Swans to appeal Fabianski red card

first_img A statement read: ” Swansea City can confirm that the club will be appealing the red card issued to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski against West Ham on Sunday. “The club officially informed the Football Association by today’s 1pm deadline. “The Polish international, who faces a one-match ban, was shown a straight red card by referee Chris Foy for impeding Diafra Sakho and denying a clear goalscoring opportunity in the 68th minute of the defeat at the Boleyn Ground. “The FA will make a decision on the appeal ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Spurs at the Liberty Stadium.” The Poland international was dismissed in the 68th minute of the match at Upton Park for impeding West Ham substitute Diafra Sakho as he burst through on goal. However, Swansea manager Garry Monk said after the 3-1 loss that he expected the club to appeal the decision, saying there was both a handball by Sakho in the build-up and that it was not a clear goalscoring opportunity either, and on Monday the Welsh club confirmed they had been in touch with the FA. Press Associationcenter_img Swansea have announced they will be appealing the red card shown to goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski during Sunday’s Barclays Premier League defeat to West Ham.last_img read more

Germany Lose to Austria in Neuer Comeback

first_imgGermany head coach Joachim Low rested Bayern Munich pair Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels, along with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, in order to give them time to recover at the end of a demanding club season. It looked for a while as if the rest of Low’s squad would be given the night off too as a downpour put the game in doubt.Czech referee Pavel Kralovec carried out a number of pitch inspections – with the kick-off put back three times – before finally deciding that play could start.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Germany captain Manuel Neuer’s comeback ended in defeat by Austria in a friendly delayed by 105 minutes because of heavy rain in Klagenfurt. Goalkeeper Neuer, out since September with a broken foot, returned just 15 days before his country’s World Cup defence begins against Mexico.Mesut Ozil pounced on a goalkeeping error to give Germany the lead. But Martin Hinteregger equalised with a superb angled volley before Alessandro Schopf steered in the winner.It ensured Austria their first win over Germany in 32 years and maintained Franco Foda’s 100% record since becoming their coach last November.last_img read more

Cardinals add depth with safety Brice, receiver Patton

first_imgLast Updated: 6th August, 2020 07:33 IST Cardinals Add Depth With Safety Brice, Receiver Patton The Arizona Cardinals have added depth to their roster by signing safety Kentrell Brice and receiver Andre Patton SUBSCRIBE TO US The Arizona Cardinals have added depth to their roster by signing safety Kentrell Brice and receiver Andre Patton.The 25-year-old Brice was recently released by the Chicago Bears. He played three seasons for the Green Bay Packers from 2016-18 and appeared in 36 games, including 14 starts, after coming into the league as an undrafted free agent from Louisiana Tech.Patton played in 13 games last season, including five starts, for the Los Angeles Chargers. The 26-year-old spent two years on the Chargers’ practice squad before jumping to the active roster last season. The former Rutgers standout had six catches for 56 yards and also made three special teams tackles in 2019 before being released on Aug. 1.Image credits: AP COMMENT First Published: 6th August, 2020 07:33 IST WATCH US LIVEcenter_img LIVE TV Associated Press Television News Written By FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Rugby player suffers spinal injury after diving into swimming pool

first_imgNewport Gwent Dragons forward Ed Jackson has revealed he suffered a serious spinal injury after diving into the shallow end of a swimming pool.He was injured at a friend’s barbecue on 8 April and remains in hospital.Jackson, 28, underwent neck surgery for what his region at the time described as a “non-rugby related injury.””After hitting my head on the bottom I realised I couldn’t swim to the surface because I’d lost movement in my legs and power in my arms,” Jackson said.Jackson, who has also played for Bath, Wasps, London Welsh and Doncaster Knights, said his father – a retired GP – and a friend realised immediately something was wrong.They pulled him to the surface and stabilised him until the ambulance arrived to take him to Southmead Hospital in Bristol. “After a number of MRI scans and X-Rays the Drs decided to operate at 2am to stabilise my neck as pressure was being put on my spinal cord,” Jackson added in a Facebook post.”In surgery they removed my shattered disc, relocated my vertebrae and fixed it in place with a metal plate.”I woke up in ICU, luckily completely coherent, however no feeling below my neck other than limited movement in my right arm.”Bath-born Jackson has made 36 appearances for the Dragons since joining from Wasps in 2015 and signed a contract extension with the region in December.last_img read more

Why the Giants can’t afford to trade Odell Beckham Jr., literally and figuratively

first_img With that said, New York does have a potential work-around if it has decided Beckham needs to be traded. (Presumably for locker-room reasons, or whatever, because there are no football or financial reasons to trade Beckham.)The Giants could use a post-June 1 trade designation, which would increase their cap savings to $17 million for 2019. The dead cap charge of $16,000 would remain, but it would be split over two years, with a dead cap charge of $4 million in 2019 and a dead cap charge of $12 million pushed back to 2020.That would provide New York some cap relief this season, in which 38-year-old quarterback Eli Manning carries a cap hit of $23.2 million. Manning — assuming he is not re-signed — would be off the Giants’ books in 2020 when that $12 million dead cap charge arrived.SN’s MOCK DRAFT: Giants get Eli Manning successor at No. 6Even under this scenario, though, the Giants essentially will have paid Beckham $21.459 million for 12 games in 2018, with the salary-cap impact being felt for an additional two years.Money management aside, Gettleman has one more reason to stand by what seems to be his word and keep Beckham. This is the GM who has been ripped by New York media and fans for, among other questionable roster moves, letting safety Landon Collins hit 2019 free agency. Gettleman, who was hired at the end of the 2017 season, needs to show some clarity in his approach to rebuilding a team that has a combined eight wins in two years after making the playoffs in 2016. His plan to replace Manning is not yet apparent. And evidently, his strategy in improving a defense that ranked 23rd in the NFL in points allowed per game last season does not feature three of the unit’s best players in Collins, Damon Harrison (traded to the Lions at the 2018 deadline) and Olivier Vernon, who was traded to the Browns.Yet if Gettleman were to trade Beckham a year after signing the receiver to a five-year contract — keep in mind that deal did not exactly come drama-free — it would be the biggest sign of discombobulation.Do you want the car or not? Would you sell?Of course not. Now, add three zeros to each of the above figures, and you can understand why an Odell Beckham Jr. trade in 2019 makes little to no sense for the Giants.MORE: Latest Odell Beckham trade rumorsThe Mercedes sale is not a perfect analogy. But in principle, it is part of the reason New York general manager Dave Gettleman, when asked about trade rumors surrounding the star wide receiver, told media assembled at the NFL Combine that the Giants “didn’t sign Odell Beckham to trade him.”Yet the speculation was fueled last week when CBS’s Jason LaCanfora reported “that for the right price, Odell Beckham can be had” and “Cleveland, Oakland and San Francisco are the teams I’ve heard most connected to Odell Beckham Jr.”The problems for the Giants when it comes to any scenario in which they trade Beckham in 2019 are, going back to the car analogy, the wasted cash spent to buy the Mercedes and the burden of money still owed to the bank.The $21,000 represents the $21 million the Giants have paid Beckham (signing bonus and 2018 salary) as part of the $41 million they guaranteed him at signing last summer on his five-year contract. That guarantee included a $20 million signing bonus, his 2018 salary of $1.46 million, his 2019 salary of $16.75 million and a small portion ($2.75 million) of his 2020 salary. The first $21 million is already in Beckham’s pocket.NFL FREE AGENCY: Best players available by positionThe $16,000 represents the $16 million in 2019 dead cap with which the Giants would be stuck should they trade Beckham this spring. The $5,000 gift card represents the $5 million in 2019 cap savings the Giants would get in trading Beckham, but those savings don’t impact the sunken cost that is the $16 million in dead cap.The rental car vouchers represent the draft picks the Giants presumably would receive in a Beckham trade. (Again, not a perfect analogy.)The point is, for a struggling franchise that has roughly $24 million in cap space with which to work in 2019, the dead cap charge that would come with a Beckham trade is too great. There is nothing the Browns, Raiders, 49ers or any potential trade partner can offer to relieve the Giants of that sunken cost.center_img You just purchased a $37,000 Mercedes. (Congrats!) You paid $21,000 in cash, because you have the financial means to flex that hard, but you still owe the bank $16,000.After driving your Mercedes for months, dealing with some mechanical glitches but still appreciating the car’s splendor, somebody asks whether you’re willing to sell it. As a return in the sale, that person offers you a couple rental car vouchers and a $5,000 Visa gift card, which your bank won’t accept as payment on the $16,000 you still owe.last_img read more

Devils’ P.K. Subban’s top five quotes: ‘I don’t play for New York’

first_imgWas @subbanator throwing shade here at the #Preds? 🧐😂A post shared by TSN (@tsn_official) on Jul 25, 2019 at 5:13pm PDTSubban’s “legit banners” remark (via TSN) was prompted when he was asked to reflect on what he sees in the Prudential Center’s ceiling, but the comment could be interpreted as a reference to his last franchise’s odd decision to raise a banner honoring the team’s success as the 2017-18 Western Conference regular season champions in Oct. 2018.Could bad blood brew between the Devils and Predators over Subban’s comment? It is rare to see a true rivalry flourish between teams in opposing conferences, but the newest Devil’s comment may not have gone unnnoticed in Tennessee.4. “I know on the day when I got traded all I wanted to hear was where I was going, and I was really excited when I heard that it was New Jersey. I was ecstatic.”Subban explained that he has a number of friends within the league that are connected in some way to the Devils organization, such as former Canadiens teammates Scott Gomez and Brian Gionta, who were members of the Devils teams that won the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003 before both headed to Montreal. Subban also referenced the legacies that Martin Brodeur left on the franchise and said the Hall of Fame goaltender, as well as Patrik Elias, reached out to him after the trade to tell him he will like New Jersey.  MORE: 2019 NHL free agency trackerSubban’s first trip to the Prudential Center involved a press conference in which he was presented with a Ric Flair-style bathrobe in honor of his joining the Devils.That @RicFlairNatrBoy robe tho 👀 @PKSubban1 pic.twitter.com/LJhA5DJctl— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 25, 2019Rarely one to hold his tongue, Subban also offered up some tantalizing quotes during his visit; here are the top five from his first few official days spent as a New Jersey Devil.1. “People mention New York a lot, and I don’t play for New York, I play for New Jersey.”The Devils organization both benefits from and lives in the shadow of the big city. NYC-based fans need to commute just about an hour from Midtown Manhattan to the Prudential Center for a game, opening the opportunity to catch the Devils in action. But it’s not easy when the team contends with the two other area franchises — the Rangers and Islanders — which both have deeper roots in the area than the Devils, who began playing in New Jersey in 1982. That’s not to mention the number of other sports franchises and entertainment options the five boroughs offer.But Subban, well known for his philanthrophic efforts, plans on making his presence known primarily in New Jersey, not its larger-than-life next door neighbor.“So that’s where my focus is,” Subban said during his official Devils introduction, via the New York Post. “On New Jersey and what I can do to help this organization and help this city.”2. “It’s a young team, but this is a young league now.”The Devils hope the additions of Subban and top draft pick Hughes can leapfrog the team past their Metropolitan division rivals and into legitimite contention for the Stanley Cup for the first time since the franchise advanced to the Cup Final in 2012. Subban’s ability as a physical, puck-moving defenseman should provide immediate help on the blueline.The team has yet to see how well Hughes, despite his near-unlimited potential, adjusts to the NHL level. In addition, 2017 first overall pick Nico Hischier has not even turned 21 yet and is already a key asset for New Jersey. Subban made note of how young the team is — including Hughes and Hischier, 13 of the 21 players currently on the roster are younger than 25 — but the 30-year-old blueliner does not see a youth movement as a hindrance to success this upcoming season.“This is beyond the expectations I could have ever expected coming here.”Welcome to Jersey, @PKSubban1! pic.twitter.com/kUzVVsE4vl— New Jersey Devils (@NJDevils) July 26, 2019″I’m not looking at this as a three-year process,” Subban said via the Devils’ Twitter. “I want to win now and next year, that’s where it starts.”3. “[I see] banners, man. Like, legit banners, Stanley Cup banners.”Subban has not won the Cup over the course of his 10-year career. He does know how it feels to lose on the game’s biggest stage, having been part of the Predators team that lost in six games to the Penguins in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final. The Devils won three championships in nine seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s and cemented themselves as one of the league’s premier franchises during that time period. Aside from the one Cup final appearance, Nashville has struggled to make it through the first two rounds of the playoffs throughout the team’s 20-season history.  View this post on Instagram The Devils have missed the playoffs six of the last seven NHL seasons, but the organization is hoping for a bigger and brighter future after two major offseason acquisitions: first-overall pick Jack Hughes and defenseman P.K. Subban, who was acquired in a trade with the Nashville Predators on June 22.Subban, the 2013 Norris Trophy winner, visited his new organization’s facilities in New Jersey, this week to meet with the team’s coaching staff, front office and excited fan base. “[The Devils are] a first-class organization,” Subban told NHL.com in a video interview. “There’s no question from me [or] my skills coach Cam, who has been here for the past few days. We’re just blown away at how they’ve treated us.”5. “My whole tagline is about changing the game.”Subban has generated buzz around the league for his entire career for his flashy style on and off the ice. His star power and electric personality has even been reported as a reason why the Canadiens traded him to Nashville in 2016. The Toronto native has connected with fans in each city he has played in, whether it’s by way of social media or making donations to hospitals, and Subban said he does not care about what some may think of the way he conducts himself.”It’s not about changing the hockey game specifically but changing the things that we need to change in the game of life,” Subban said in a one-on-one video interview with NHL.com. “Because it is, right? Life is a chess match. Every decision that you make has a consequence to it. So why not? Why do I have to just focus on hockey? Why can’t I help people? Why can’t I have fun with my fans?”last_img read more

When does the Premier League return? Date, TV schedule & more to know about EPL’s restart

first_imgThe league will return, albeit with empty stadiums and players and staff regularly tested to assure the return to competitive soccer does not promote spread of the virus. The games are expected to be played mostly at home venues, a condition teams involved in the fight to avoid relegation had agitated to ensure. They expressed that sacrificing home-field advantage was too extreme given the stakes involved, even if there would be no audience to aid the cause. But league officials still allow that some games could be played at neutral sites because of concern about fans congregating outside stadiums in gatherings that would violate the notion of quarantining (and possibly government regulations) relative to the coronavirus crisis.The announcement that EPL action would resume with two games June 17 — Arsenal at Manchester City and Sheffield United at Aston Villa — and then a full slate of games the weekend of June 19-21 means Liverpool almost certainly will win its first Premier League championship since the founding of the league in 1992-93. Despite the lack of suspense about which team will become champion, there are plenty of compelling competitions within the league to capture our attention. Here’s everything soccer fans need to know about the return of the Premier League, including the restart date and a full TV schedule to watch matches in the United States.When does the Premier League return?Date: Wednesday, June 17The Premier League is scheduled to return on June 17 with a special Wednesday doubleheader, ending the league’s shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic after 100 days.When the shutdown took effect March 13, four days after Leicester City had slapped Aston Villa with a 4-0 defeat, every team but four had completed 29 games of the 38-game season. To allow the remainder of the season to progress symmetrically, the league will have Arsenal visit Man City and Sheffield United travel to Aston Villa for the reopeners.The league generally has scheduled the majority of its games in a single window (10 a.m. ET, which is 3 p.m. in England) to help protect the gate at the various stadiums. With fans unable to enter, the league will contest games one at a time so fans, if they wish, can watch every one on television.The schedule of game windows will be: Fridays, 3 p.m. ET; Saturdays: 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m. ET; Sundays 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. ET and Mondays, 3 p.m. ET.Premier League schedule 2020The complete schedule for the return of the Premier League has not yet been announced. Kickoff times and TV information will be added when they are available.Wednesday, June 17MatchTimeTV channelArsenal at Manchester CityTBDTBDSheffield United at Aston VillaTBDTBDHow to watch EPL games in the USANBC Sports has rights to Premier League broadcasts in the United States. It typically broadcasts three select games on Saturdays and two on Sundays on the NBC Sports Network, better known as NBCSN. Some prime early afternoon games are broadcast on NBC’s main network. When there are multiple games in a single window and some are not chosen for television, there is a pay-service package called NBC Sports Gold that accommodates the rest.NBC made NBC Sports Gold free during COVID-19 quarantine, but that offer is scheduled to expire at the end of May. You can also stream EPL games with fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.NBC has not yet announced whether it can or will place the entire EPL schedule on television when the league returns.Soccer fans in Canada will be able to stream Premier League games live with a subscription to DAZN.When can soccer fans return to EPL stadiums?As the Premier League discussed “Project Restart” to complete the 2019-20 season, it was a given the games would be played with no spectators allowed, as has been the case in the successful return of Germany’s Bundesliga, which resumed play May 16.In an interview with Sky Sports, however, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters expressed “optimism” fans would be permitted to return during the 2020-21 season but that their return will be in phases”Hopefully it will be a huge morale boost and that is what we’ve been working towards,” Masters told Sky. “We’ve got some incredible fans in this country and we all know the Premier League as we know and love it won’t be fully back until we have fans back through the turnstiles.”Premier League standingsBelow are the Premier League standings as of March 13, the date of the last EPL game played before the coronavirus shutdown:ClubWDLPTS1. Liverpool2711822. Manchester City1837573. Leicester City1658534. Chelsea1469485. Manchester United1298456. Wolverhampton10136437. Sheffield United11107438. Tottenham11810419. Arsenal91364010. Burnley116123911. Crystal Palace109103912. Everton107123713. Newcastle United98123514. Southampton104153415. Brighton611122916. West Ham United76162717. Watford69142718. AFC Bournemouth76162719. Aston Villa74172520. Norwich City561821Liverpool has lost exactly two games in the past two seasons, compiling a record of 57 victories, two defeats and eight draws in that period. To lose the Premier League now, LFC likely would have to go 0-9 while Man City would have to be nearly perfect, no worse than 8-0-1.That possibility is pretty much null and void.But there are plenty of other tight races to follow: Champions League positions: With second-place Manchester City currently banned from European competition, Leicester City (53 points), Chelsea (48) and Manchester Uniteed currently occupy the automatic qualifying positions, but Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United (43 each) are close behind and Tottenham Hotspur (41)  and Arsenal (40) are in the chase. Man City are appealing the ban, however, and have a June date to be heard in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Europa League positions: Those two spots currently belong to Wolves and Sheffield United, with Spurs and Arsenal in pursuit, but they’re certainly also in reach for Burnley and Crystal Palace (39 points each).Relegation: A fierce battle that was a large part of “boardroom” discussions regarding the restart now will return to the field, with Bournemouth AFC (27 points), Aston Villa (25) and Norwich CIty (21) in the drop zone but Watford and West Ham United (27 each) plus Brighton and Hove Albion (29) trying to remain safe. “Null and void” is null and void. The Premier League is coming back.During the months to date of the COVID-19 quarantine shutdown, there had been an online campaign among rivals of Liverpool FC to have the 2019-20 season canceled permanently and the accumulated results discarded because they relished the idea of LFC, two wins from a title, being denied. They came to be known, informally, as the “null and void brigade.”last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis to Officials: Laid-off Workers Should Get Retro Benefits

first_imgLaid-off workers in the Sunshine State should get money going retroactively to the day they tried to file, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Wednesday.Since the middle of last month, thousands of workers who have been laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic have attempted to file claims with the Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) CONNECT system.In many cases, they were unable to access the overwhelmed system.DeSantis did not take action to make the additional payments a requirement. According to state law, benefits are typically calculated from the date an unemployment application is filed.“If someone was trying to apply last Wednesday and the system wasn’t really working, you should count that as the day,” the governor told reporters. He says he also shared that sentiment with the DEO. In recent days, the state has reassigned hundreds of government employees to help process claims. It is also establishing a system to distribute and receive paper applications, which are already available through some libraries.Additionally, Gov. DeSantis has hired a private call center firm, waived several requirements that applicants must meet in order to expedite the filing process, and had more than 70 servers added to the state’s unemployment system to handle the large number of claims being submitted.last_img read more

World War I-Era Ordnance Found Along Jersey Shore

first_imgGardner said crews spent the time between December and March sifting and digging through the sand, excavating up to 10 feet in some places. Metal detectors were also used on the beaches, as well as instruments to inspect the surf zone in the ocean as well.Gardner also added that there is no origin of the boosters, either where they came from or when then were dumped into the ocean. Though only speculating, he said they were most likely tossed overboard when considered as excess after WWI.The ordnance found along these beaches has no correlation to the mortar round found by a beachgoer at the F Beach Jan. 5 on Sandy Hook. That ordnance was destroyed by the Naval Weapon Station Earle’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, which closed down the beach two days later.“Unexploded ordnance are not uncommon at Gateway’s Sandy Hook Unit,” Gateway National Recreation Area’s superintendent Jen Nersesian said in a statement. “Not only was Fort Hancock an active military base until 1974, but this site was also the proving ground of the U.S. Army from 1874 until 1919.”Gardner said that since the search has ended along the three towns, residents can comfortably go to the beach, yet must always keep an eye out.“By conducting this thorough screening of the beaches, we do feel we’ve significantly reduced any potential risks to the public related to these items,” he said. “I do want to clarify although that highly unlikely, given the dynamic environment of the ocean and surf zone, the potential could still exist for an individual to discover one of these items.”In the chance someone encounters a possible unexploded ordnance, the USACE asks residents to follow the Three R’s:Recognize: A possible munition item has been encountered.Retreat: Mark the area and move away from the item.Report: Immediately notify a lifeguard or call 911 to report the discovery. This article was first published in the March 16-23 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By Jay Cook |Over 300 pieces of military-grade ordnance, each no larger than a pocket-sized ChapStick, were recovered along beaches in three Shore towns, and ultimately disposed of safely.The beach towns of Loch Arbour, Allenhurst and Deal had been the site of a post-Sandy coastal storm risk management project spearheaded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which began in 2015.Sand pumped onto those beaches for the replenishment was riddled with hundreds of fusing components for World War I-era artillery, unbeknownst to the USACE.Starting in December of 2016, the Baltimore District – which specializes in munitions and explosives – came to aid in the removal.“For the past couple months, what we’ve done is sifted through the sand that was placed on the beach, while being pumped in,” said Baltimore District spokesman Chris Gardner. “We modified our processes to prevent any more from being inadvertently pumped onto the beach.”In total, 362 fusing components, mostly consisting of boosters, were found over a three-month span, which ended in the first week in March.Boosters are one of four components to a basic artillery round, acting as the explosive agent. Despite their size, Gardner said, the pieces had the potential to still be live and dangerous.After collection, the rounds were taken to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for safe detonation, said Staff Sgt. Caitlin Jones.On March 2, the 87th Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit destroyed 329 boosters on location at the base.“When those kinds of items are found in the region,” Jones said, “our team is trained to retrieve them in a variety of environments and safely dispose of them on our range.”last_img read more