Marching On Together

Marching On Together I have had a romance with a lady since my childhood just like thousands of other people around the world who are also in love with her. I have remained in love with her through the many bad times and the few good times, my love for her has never faltered and never will. My lady's name is Leeds United and she is just five games away from returning to the English Football Premiership, after sixteen years in the football wilderness. In the sixties, seventies and early nineties my lady was known as "Super Leeds," however in 2003, my love was relegated from the English Football Premiership due to financial miss-handling by her owners. "Super Leeds," dropped down to the third tier of English football. If Leeds United can grab ten points from their last five games my lady will be back where she belongs in the higher echelons of English football and I can once more embrace my love with happiness.

Leeds 5 v 0 Stoke, 7 points needed from 4 games... Swansea City 0 v 1 Leeds United, 4 points needed from 3 games...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

' Millions' of dead shellfish wash ashore on Waihi Beach New Zealand thought to be victims of the 'weather bomb' from last week

Most of the dead shellfish which washed ashore at Waihi Beach this week have now been removed. Local residents were shocked when they encountered "millions" of dead shellfish washed ashore on the northern end of Waihi Beach on Tuesday.
Jeanette McCallum believed they were pipi and posted a video of the finding online, sparking thousands of views and hundreds of comments.
She said today that most of the shellfish had already been washed away now but they had begun to smell "horrible" while they were there.
"It's amazing how the ocean manages to clean itself," she said.
A Ministry of Primary Industries said it was in discussions with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council about the incident but the cause of the mass death was unlikely to be known before next week.
She said the council had collected samples and couriered them to the ministry for disease testing, which was standard practice in mortality events such as this.
"It is important to rule out any disease cause," the spokeswoman said.
The samples were expected to arrive today and the ministry planned to run tests on them tomorrow, and will likely conduct testing on further samples early next week, she said.
"At this stage it is considered that flooding with freshwater is the most likely cause of the event.
This is not uncommon with flood conditions."
The spokeswoman also confirmed the affected shellfish were actually tuatua, not pipi.
"In terms of eating the affected shellfish, MPI recommends people leave them alone.
Standard health safety advice regarding shellfish is that you do not consume obviously sick or dead animals."
In a statement released this afternoon, the Bay of Plenty Regional Council said staff from the council and the University of Waikato will be analysing the shellfish for toxins.
Professor Chris Battershill, chairman in coastal science, said it was likely a number of factors contributed to the die-off. "
Apart from the weather bomb that hit the area last week, higher ocean temperatures are being recorded in this area and there have been some large sea swells," he said.
"It is also possible that this is a natural die-off due to stress from overcrowding as there is a very large population of shellfish densely packed just off the beach in this area."
Despite the huge amount of shellfish that died, Prof Battershill said there were many live shellfish within the wave zone.
The council expected to have some results within 3-4 weeks.

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