FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(ATHENS, Ga.) — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm will enter the 2020 NFL Draft, the junior announced on Wednesday.Fromm posted his decision on Twitter, saying it is time for him to “take on the next challenge in my life and pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL.”After taking over the starting job for the Bulldogs during his freshman season, Fromm led Georgia to their first SEC championship in 12 years. The team reached the College Football Playoff National Championship, where they lost to Alabama. Fromm and the Bulldogs won the SEC’s Eastern Division title each of the next two years as well, with the team going 35-6 along the way. Fromm also tallied a 13-5 record against opponents ranked in the AP top-25.ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Fromm as the fifth-best quarterback in this year’s draft — behind LSU’s Joe Burrow, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon’s Justin Herbert, and Washington’s Jacob Eason. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. January 8, 2020 /Sports News – National Georgia QB Jake Fromm entering 2020 NFL Draft Beau Lund Written by
Back to overview,Home naval-today “World’s most beautiful ship” heads to New York for final port visit in America Share this article Authorities “World’s most beautiful ship” heads to New York for final port visit in America The crew of the Italian Navy sail training ship ITS Amerigo Vespucci concluded their stay in Boston and are now en route to New York City for their final port visit in North America.The sail training ship’s visit to Boston was the first in seventeen years. Amerigo Vespucci visited Boston for the sixth time, the first in 1951 and the last one in 2000.Amerigo Vespucci is now sailing to New York where it is expected to arrive on July 26. New Yorkers will be welcomed aboard at Pier 88 from July 27 to July 30.Once they conclude their stay in New York, officer cadets will embark on a 20-day transit of the Atlantic taking advantage of the western winds on their way home.The Italian Navy’s 87-year-old sail training ship start the 2017 training campaign on April 19 departing her homeport of La Spezia, Italy.After completing the campaign’s first stop in Portugal, navy cadets crossed the Atlantic to visit Canadian port cities of Halifax, Montreal and Quebec City before heading to Boston.The Amerigo Vespucci is a full-rigged, 100-meter ship named after the famous Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. She is often referred to as the ‘Lady of the Sea’ and has even been declared as the most beautiful ship in the world by the American aircraft carrier USS Independence when the two met in the Mediterranean Sea in 1962. July 25, 2017 View post tag: Italian Navy View post tag: Amerigo Vespucci
May 28, 2015: ThursdayCalls for service: 84Motor Vehicle Stops: 22Motor Vehicle Accidents: 0Property Checks: 16Alarms: 6The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 5 EMS callsTheft, 700 block Atlantic Ave., at 9:12amDomestic violence, 800 block Asbury Ave., at 9:35amFight, 1300 block Simpson Ave., at 6:17pm May 29, 2015: FridayCalls for service: 108Motor Vehicle Stops: 24Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 17Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 9 fire and 11 EMS callsDomestic violence, 600 block 6th St., at 2:13amWarrant, 900 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 10:37amWarrant, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 1:28pmAssault, 500 block Atlantic Ave., at 2:42pmTheft, 800 block Boardwalk, at 7:16pmMotor vehicle accident, 800 block 9th St., at 9:15pm May 30, 2015: Saturday Calls for service: 164Motor Vehicle Stops: 44Motor Vehicle Accidents: 4Property Checks: 22Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 11 EMS callsDWI, 2000 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 12:09amMotor vehicle accident, 10th St. & West Ave., at 9:19amWarrant, 700 block West Ave, one in custody, at 10:11amMotor vehicle accident, 6th St. & Atlantic Ave., at 12:32pmMotor vehicle accident, 9th St. & Haven Ave., at 1:10pmFight, 800 block St. Charles Pl., at 1:37pmMotor vehicle accident, 51st St. & West Ave., at 5:07pmWarrant, 800 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 7:24pmTheft, 900 block Boardwalk, at 9:52pm PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street. Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Boardwalk merchants are reminded that they are only allowed to put merchandise for sale or display on the boardwalk during approved city events. Open signs are allowed until May 2, 2015.Parking meters by City Ordinance go into effect starting May 1, 2015. Please remember to feed the meters. Ocean City Police Department May 24 – 30, 2015Calls for Service: 859Daily Average: 123 May 27, 2015: WednesdayCalls for service: 96Motor Vehicle Stops: 24Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 16Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 8 fire and 6 EMS callsWarrant, 900 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 12:13amCriminal mischief, Sweetwater Ct., at 9:36amMotor vehicle accident, 300 block E. Atlantic Blvd., at 2:12pmTheft, Beach Rd., at 5:43pmFraud, 900 block Ocean Ave., at 6:37pm OCEAN CITY POLICE SUMMARIZED WEEK’S ACTIVITIES May 26, 2015: TuesdayCalls for service: 122Motor Vehicle Stops: 36Motor Vehicle Accidents: 1Property Checks: 19Alarms: 5The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 8 EMS callsWarrant, Moorlyn Terr., one in custody, at 12:47amWarrant, 34th St., one in custody, at 2:19amWarrant, 400 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 836amWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 11:49amMotor vehicle accident, 3rd St. & Asbury Ave., at 3:21pmTheft, 200 block Haven Ave., at 3:30pmTheft, Wesley Rd., at 5:15pmWarrant, 600 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 7:13pmTrespassing, 900 block Ocean Ave., one in custody, at 10:33pm May 24, 2015: Sunday Calls for service: 171Motor Vehicle Stops: 27Motor Vehicle Accidents: 5Property Checks: 12Alarms: 4The Police Department assisted with 7 Fire and 9 EMS callsTheft, 1000 block Boardwalk, at 12:06amTheft, 2200 block Beach, at 12:44amWarrant, 2500 block Central Ave., one in custody, at 1:20amMotor vehicle accident, 33rd St. & West Ave., at 9:15amMotor vehicle accident, 800 block Ocean Ave., at 11:42amMotor vehicle accident, 1000 block Ocean Ave., at 4:47pmMotor vehicle accident, 400 block 8th St., at 4:55pmShoplifting, 900 block Boardwalk, at 6:59pmMotor vehicle accident, 8th St. & Wesley Ave., at 7:54pm May 25, 2015: Monday Calls for service: 114Motor Vehicle Stops: 22Motor Vehicle Accidents: 2Property Checks: 13Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 9 Fire and 12 EMS callsCity ordinance noise, 600 block Atlantic Ave., summons issued, at 1:33amCity ordinance noise, 800 block Wesley Ave., summons issued, at 4:28amWarrant, 900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 7:40amMotor vehicle accident, 10th St. & West Ave., at 9:35amMotor vehicle accident, 6th St. & Wesley Ave., at 10:40amTheft, 1400 block Boardwalk, at 12:30pmTheft, 700 block Plymouth Pl., at 3:54pmShoplifting, 1100 block Boardwalk, at 5:59pmTheft, 1600 block Haven Ave., at 6:03pmShoplifting, 800 block West Ave., at 6:55pm
Cornish baker Prima Bakeries has announced its first export deal following record sales this year.The business, which is based at Scorrier near Redruth, reported that its trade since April had broken all monthly records, and it had just recorded the three busiest ever weeks in its 40-year history.Strong growth in the bakery’s pasty sales, both within and outside Cornwall, has meant that the business recently introduced a new freezer unit, capable of holding 80,000 pasties. This has enabled Prima to take on several new upcountry wholesale customers, as well as its first export sales to a pasty shop in Dublin. Bread, pastries and cakes have also contributed to the recent growth.“People like to buy locally made food products and Prima fills a big gap by looking after the needs of the many small independent retailers, convenience shops and catering outlets looking for a good product, a fair price and, most importantly, great service,” said managing director Mark Norton.Prima Bakeries was purchased by the Norton family back in 2010. Since then, Norton has grown the business five-fold and it now employs 82 staff. He is planning a further 20% growth over the next 12 months and expects to create 10 to 15 full-time equivalent new jobs.It is also working with the next generation of bakers and earlier this year announced that it had partnered with Warrens Bakery and Truro and Penwith College to create a new apprenticeship.
Up and coming upstate New York jammers Aqueous have some serious summer plans, as the group has revealed a handful of dates that will carry them from May through the end of August, with appearances at festivals like Domefest, Summer Camp, Good People Good Times, Electric Forest, Disc Jam, Mad Tea Party Jam, FARM Fest, Jezzum Crow Festival, Buffalove Music Festival, Shadefest, and Night Lights Music Festival.To keep their fans apprised on their many summer doings, Aqueous has released some of their major dates for the summer. In addition to those festivals, the band will perform a number of venue gigs as well, bringing their infectious live sound on the road all year long!Check out the full schedule below and head to their official website for more information.
In a recently shared clip, The Roots drummer Questlove drops by Sesame Street to jam with Grover and learn about the letter “M”—which, of course, is for “musician.”As Grover explains, “A drummer is a musician, and luckily, we have one of the world’s most amazing drummers right here…” Questlove begins to thank the blue puppet for the compliment before Grover cuts him off—”Me!” he says with confidence.Chance The Rapper Stars In Theatrical Performance Alongside Cookie Monster On ‘Sesame Street’ [Watch]Grover goes on to “teach” Questlove his best drum chops, which Quest unsurprisingly picks up pretty quickly. When he stops Grover’s lesson to show him his real abilities (Grover: “If you want, I do not want you to embarrass yourself”), the Sesame Street-er is unfazed by his talent. As Grover exclaims, “You know what? I am not only an excellent drummer, but I am also an amazing music teacher!” You can watch Quest play drums on Sesame Street below.Grover Teaches Questlove To Play Drums On Sesame Street[Video: Sesame Street]This is not the first time Questlove has jammed out with members of the Sesame Street crew. Check out the 2013 video of Jimmy Fallon and The Roots playing the Sesame Street theme song on toy instruments below:Jimmy Fallon, The Roots – Sesame Street Theme Song[Video: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon]
The 14-member task force commissioned by Harvard President Drew Faust in the wake of a series of controversial email searches last fall will launch the second phase of its work this week with a set of open and online forums to run through October.Led by Professor David Barron of Harvard Law School, the task force was charged by Faust to develop a set of recommendations on electronic communications policies following searches that, Faust said, demonstrated the need for “much clearer, better, and more widely understood policies and protocols.”The task force, consisting of faculty members and senior staff from across Harvard’s Schools, met several times over the summer to define underlying principles and questions that it hopes to discuss with the community in the coming months. Among the principles: transparency about the realities of technology, the importance of fostering trust in the Harvard community, and respect for the privacy interests necessary to ensure academic inquiry.“It is important to reach out to the community for input and guidance about both areas of concern and possible ways forward as we move toward formulating our recommendations,” Barron said.Student leaders have met with Barron and will meet with the task force this week.“It’s very important that different groups are consulted, especially on such an important, University-wide issue,” said Tara Raghuveer ’14, president of the Undergraduate Council. Encouraging participation in the forums, Raghuveer said that “the main issue for students is a lack of awareness or even a lack of understanding where to look for policies, so communication and education is critical.”Two open meetings have been scheduled, in Cambridge and at Longwood. The Longwood campus session is scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Walter Amphitheatre at the Tosteson Medical Education Center at Harvard Medical School. The Cambridge meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 in Hall D of the Science Center on Oxford Street.In addition, the task force has launched a discussion blog for the Harvard community.Task force members said that hearing from faculty, students, and staff would both inform the policy and make for greater awareness of the protocols in place.“This has been very much a ‘thinking and listening’ committee,” said task force member Emma Dench, a professor of the classics and of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “We have to make sure we cover every angle possible, so consultation is critical.“We’re all going to be part of this, and it’s important that we are better informed about the issues involved,” said Dench.Barron’s task force has already met with Michael Keating, a Boston-based attorney from Foley Hoag. Keating undertook an independent inquiry into facts related to the email searches conducted last September in connection with the proceedings of the Harvard College Administrative Board.The task force began its work in May. Barron told the Harvard Gazette at the time that its aim was to “develop forward-looking recommendations concerning electronic communications and Harvard’s policies regarding privacy of them, and access to them.”
Just north of Libya’s territorial waters, a rescue boat operated by Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières/MSF) awaits the call. A small wooden fishing boat, sometimes a rubber dinghy, overloaded with refugees to five or six times its capacity, is in distress — in danger of capsizing in the rough Mediterranean waters. Equipped with a search-and-rescue crew and medical team, MSF responds, locating the distressed boat, evacuating the men, women, and children and treating them for ailments from dehydration to torture wounds they’ve sustained in arbitrary detention in Libya. MSF then transports the refugees to a safe port in southern Italy.In the years of the NGO’s presence in the Mediterranean — from 2015‒2018 — MSF executed 425 of these rescue operations and assisted 77,000 people. As its director of advocacy and communications, Hernan del Valle RI ’19 witnessed the crisis up close, helping oversee MSF’s search-and-rescue operations for people fleeing conflict and famine in parts of Africa and the Middle East — and watching as Europe slowly but decisively turned its back.From his third-floor corner office in Byerly Hall, on Radcliffe’s campus, del Valle — who is the 2018–2019 Rita E. Hauser Fellow — is stepping back and trying to make sense of what transpired during those tumultuous years when MSF stepped in to fill the void that Europe left when its policy toward refugees crossing the Mediterranean shifted from rescue to obstruction. Del Valle wants to better understand where things went wrong: how it all started, what was happening in the background politically, and how it is coming to an end. “Promoting policies that marginalize and exclude hundreds of thousands of people is not only morally wrong but also politically foolish.” — Hernan del Valle Related Law students help young immigrants start anew ‘They’re representing individuals who are in need’ Houghton exhibit shows how new arrivals repeatedly influenced, rejuvenated American theater Immigration, under the stage lights “There was a massive transformation in Europe over a very short period of time,” he said. “When we started rescuing refugees at sea there was an outpouring of solidarity, but three years later we are excoriated and under attack. I want to write the story of the transformation of Europe. Today solidarity with fellow human beings is being criminalized.”Although he is examining that transformation through the lens of his experience in the Mediterranean, del Valle believes that the issues in the U.S. and other countries receiving immigrants parallel those in Europe. “We need to understand migration differently,” he said. “Refugees and migrants are being framed as a threat to the political order — as a problem that needs to be solved. Rather, the relevant question is whether we can manage migration humanely. What kind of society are we, and what do we want to become?”Search and rescueFor decades, rigid border controls for migrants entering Europe from Africa and the Middle East have made sea crossing the only means of entry for those refugees. Since 2000, 35,000 have died trying to reach Europe by sea. And as hardship and conflict have intensified throughout those regions in recent years, the number of sea crossings has grown. In 2013 alone, Italy’s Operation Mare Nostrum rescued more than 100,000 migrants. But soon, Italy, along with other European nations, was reversing its response to the refugees’ plight. In April 2015, MSF launched its first rescue boat. As del Valle explained at his Radcliffe Institute fellow’s presentation in October, although naval rescues are not part of MSF’s typical responsibilities, “We knew it was the right thing to do.” In June, MSF launched two additional boats. Groups of citizens from Europe also responded, and in just one year, more than 10 NGO-run rescue boats were operating in the Mediterranean.MSF did not anticipate what came next, del Valle said. The refugee crisis became a central issue for several European countries, a weapon for fighting elections. Emboldened right-wing groups emerged from the shadows, spewing anti-immigrant rhetoric. In a final blow, European politicians negotiated with Turkey and then Libya to send Europe’s refugees back to them, with the understanding that both countries would control their borders and prevent further debarkation of boats. “That moment is when we knew that we were losing, that we had no traction, and there was no hope,” del Valle said.,Despite Europe’s decision to, in his words, “pass the buck,” MSF continued its operations. “We knew we were an obstacle, but we decided to keep going,” he said. A smear campaign against NGO-led search and rescue ensued, with prosecution and the impounding of NGO rescue boats. By the summer of 2018, MSF’s Aquarius was the only rescue boat left at sea. And by summer’s end — having been refused refugee debarkation in Italy and stripped of its flag twice, by Gibraltar and Panama — the ship was forcibly immobilized, and MSF ceased operations. Today, no rescue boats are in the Mediterranean, and in 2018, 2,297 people died attempting the crossing.“One thing I’ve learned is that there is nothing more powerful than fear,” del Valle said. “I have learned also through this experience how agitating fear and concerns work. People are worried about their jobs, as they should be worried. We shouldn’t dismiss this. This is a very legitimate claim. What is not a realistic claim is that people do not have these jobs because of the immigrant. That is the part of the equation that doesn’t add up. It’s not a zero-sum game of whether it’s us or them.”A personal migration storyDel Valle’s commitment to human rights and to the issue of immigration is informed by his family’s own story. His father’s parents fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War, settling in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the early part of the 20th century. His mother’s parents emigrated from northern Italy to Argentina around the same time. “The whole history of our family is about leaving Spain and Italy because there was no chance of staying and having a bearable existence or any prospects,” he said. “It was a search for a better life, and we found a country that welcomed us.”But del Valle also bore witness to a dark period in Argentina’s history, when the country’s military waged war on left-wing political parties and 30,000 civilians were kidnapped and disappeared. It motivated him to study law and become a human rights lawyer, working early in his career at Argentina’s first NGO both to document human rights abuses and disappearances and to seek justice and redress for the victims. His subsequent practice, as an international human rights lawyer, most recently with MSF, has taken him around the world, from Colombia to Afghanistan to Pakistan to Papua New Guinea. For the past several years, he has made his home in Amsterdam with his partner, Jennifer, a consultant in the nonprofit sector, and their 5-year-old daughter, Alma.Reframing the narrative Opponents of immigration have spread fear by promoting a number of misguided and erroneous arguments, said del Valle. In addition to the threat of economic scarcity, opponents say, refugees pose a threat to a nation’s culture and security. “In Europe today, they talk about how we’re going to lose some essential culture, which is very ill-defined,” he said. “It is an ahistorical concept that there is a fundamental culture that is somehow at risk because of change. The reality is that it’s bound to change, and that is not a bad thing.“The other threat,” del Valle said, “is this notion that somehow Europe is being invaded: the Islamization of Europe. It has caught the people’s imagination, and it is being politically exploited. None of that has any ground in reality. We are focusing on all the wrong things. If we just focus on the mechanisms to ensure integration and inclusion, the refugees will find a way. It’s about having a smartly managed system that provides safe and legal alternatives for people to move across borders and contribute their share toward the collective. Promoting policies that marginalize and exclude hundreds of thousands of people is not only morally wrong but also politically foolish.”,Del Valle believes that one of the most effective ways for people to go beyond the rhetoric of fear is to see the individuals behind the numbers. “Much of what I read about refugees presents such a global perspective that it turns into an intractable problem,” he said. “It’s much better to have people tell their stories.”He believes that’s why the story of Alan Kurdî — the 3-year-old Syrian boy on the beach who drowned, along with his mother and older brother, attempting to reach Greece — received so much attention. It put a human face on a story that is often told in the context of a mass invasion. After being forced to flee their home in Syria in the midst of intense civil conflict, the boy’s family lived for two years under desperate conditions in a Turkish refugee camp. “I spoke with Abdullah, the father, who described the decisions that led up to the trip, and they were all rational decisions,” del Valle said. “He had two kids and a wife and found the life they had in Syria destroyed. There was no chance they could go to another country or stay in Turkey in misery. He tried all the connections he had to apply for asylum. In desperation, he paid $5,000 to a smuggler to make the trip and to pay for the best life jackets he could afford. It was only on the fourth attempt, after determining the first three crossings to be too dangerous, that they decided to make a go of it. You ask, ‘How do people make these decisions?’ But when you talk with refugees, you realize you would do exactly the same thing.”The other side of the debateDel Valle wants to move the immigration discussion to where people begin thinking about what they want their country to become. “The skepticism and apathy we see in Western democracies are not the answer,” he said. “We’re not just consumers of politics. We are active participants. That is what democracy is about.”Despite the current negativity around immigration, del Valle believes that voices on the other side of the debate can and will emerge. “The notion of ‘our tribe first’ is as old as humankind, but there have also always been opposing responses from the political arena,” he said. “Social processes often take years. We have proven time and again that we can change things, and I have no doubt we can. Argentina went from a military regime to building a democracy — one that has problems, but I have no doubt that it is 20 times better than having a military regime.”On a recent trip to New York City, del Valle and his family visited the Statue of Liberty. “The inscription on that statue, the poem there, which I read to my daughter, begins, ‘Give me your tired, your poor,’” del Valle said. “Someone chose that poem. This tension has always been there, but we need to go back to that poem — we need to go back and ask ourselves, ‘If America was ever great, what made America great?’ “Two hundred years from now, I believe we will look back at the current situation and ask, ‘Were we really caging people because they were trying to move — something our ancestors have been doing for millennia? Were we really firing tear gas at children?’ At some point, we will look at this the same way we now look at slavery. But for now what we have to ask is, ‘What do we want to become?’”With his fellowship year in its final semester, del Valle is grateful to Radcliffe for offering him the time to reflect on what those four years of MSF’s efforts in the Mediterranean meant. “I have felt liberated to move beyond the operational challenges of rescuing people at sea to letting myself explore the fundamental ethical and political questions that are at stake in our world today,” he said. “It’s the first chance I’ve had to actually sit down and ask what happened over the past four years. And if that story is told in a book or something else, it’s only because Radcliffe gave me the space.”Sarah Abrams is a freelance writer based in Cambridge. This story originally appeared in Radcliffe Magazine, winter issue 2019.
Southwest Montana is a bucket list destination for fly fishing enthusiasts from all over the globe, so you can understand my excitement when I got to spend a few days there completely immersed in the local fly fishing scene.Luckily, I have a buddy from my days living and working in Yellowstone National Park who lives in Bozeman, owns a drift boat, and spends 99.9 percent of his waking hours obsessing over all things trout. All I had to do was show up, sit back and enjoy the ride—and a few of Montana’s finest craft-brewed ales—while he shuttled me around to a handful of the area’s most renowned fishing holes.What follows are brief descriptions of each of those fisheries along with some photos of the success we enjoyed while fishing them.Floating The Lower MadisonNamed in 1805 by Meriwether Lewis, the Madison River is one of Montana’s premier blue ribbon trout fisheries. It originates in Yellowstone National Park, at the confluence of the Firehole and Gibbon Rivers—both famous trout rivers in their own right—and flows for about 180 miles until it joins forces with the Mighty Missouri River (more on that later).My day on the Madison was eventful and full of fish. Of all the rivers I had the pleasure of visiting during my time in Montana, this was the most productive.Browns and rainbows were plentiful—most falling victim to cadis pupa and olive hare’s ear nymphs—and the scenery was typical Montana, complete with high-rising, riverside cliffs and the occasional bald eagle circling above. If you ever make the trek to Montana don’t miss out on the Madison.Strippin’ Streamers on Hyalite ReservoirHyalite Canyon is a go-to for Bozemanites looking for quick access to mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, camping, and fishing—all in the shadow of Montana’s stunning mountain landscape.For us, fishing was the pursuit of choice, so we put the boat in on Hyalite Reservoir—a 206-acre high altitude lake perched at an elevation of 6,700 feet—and started casting streamers in hopes of hooking up with native cutthroat trout and arctic grayling.Fishing was understandably slower in this still body of the water, but I did manage to net one small cutthroat. Unbelievable scenery, craft beers, and good times with good friends dominated the rest of the day.Salmonflies on the Big Hole RiverThere was something in the air when we showed up to at the banks of the Big Hole River on the morning of Friday, June 17. To me they looked like small, uncoordinated birds, but it turns out they were huge aquatic insects called salmon flies.Every year these gargantuan bugs make their ascent from the bottom of the Big Hole to its swirling surface. Most are quickly gobbled up by hungry trout. Others make their escape for nearby tree limbs. We were just happy to have a box full of flies in our possession that closely resembled these unique insects.As soon as we put it on the Big Hole we noticed trout rising in every direction, and I had what I can only assume was a giant brown emerge from the depths to break my salmon fly off within the first 30 minutes.We continued to fish salmon fly dries and girdle bugs for the rest of the float. By the time we arrived at the takeout, where we had stashed our tent and camping gear a few hours earlier, everyone aboard had netted trout and spirits were high.The next day we woke up with the sun and re-embarked on our journey down the Big Hole. Saturday started with more technical whitewater and our drift boat even took on some of said water at one point. After a quick foray on the bank and some manual bilging with a Nalgene bottle, we were back on the river catching more trout on girdle bugs.Once we reached the pullout and loaded the boat onto the trailer we were off again to the tiny town of Craig, Montana. Of all the trout-obsessed towns I’ve visited over the years, Craig is the one I can most accurately describe as a “Trout Mecca”. It sits mere feet from the banks of the much tamer but just as fishy Missouri River and boasts more drift boats than year-round residents.Conquering the Might MoThe Missouri River might be best known as the waterway that delivered the Lewis and Clark expedition from the midwestern frontier deep into the heart of the mysterious mountain West.Today it is known for delivering hungry trout into the nets of eager anglers. Our trip was no exception.We arrived during the heart of another famous hatch. Instead of salmon flies we were hoping to see hoards of caddis and pale morning duns. Unfortunately, the wind thwarted our dreams of all-day dry fly action, so we turned to trusty nymphs rigs, complete with split shots and bobbers.This proved to be the ticket, and before long Josh was battling the biggest fish of the trip on a secluded Missouri River side channel. Needless to say, the giant rainbow found the bottom of his net, and a fitting cap was placed upon a perfect Montana fly fishing excursion, but not before indulging in celebratory beers, bourbon, and burgers back in Craig with the Missouri River still in view. Here’s to hoping I make it back soon.Related Content:
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County officials are hoping a pilot program using 21st century DNA technology developed by a Stony Brook-based biotechnology firm will make it easier to reconnect burglary victims with their stolen products—but the program first has to pass the county legislature.If implemented, Huntington Station residents would get first dibs but the greater Huntington Town area could also get in on the action. Suffolk County police and the firm that develops the technology, Applied DNA Sciences, will determine which residents get the “DNAnet” kits.“DNA is the gold standard,” Legis. William Spencer (D-Centerport), who will be sponsoring legislation for the pilot program, said Friday at a press conference in Huntington Station. He called the DNA markers a “cutting-edge resource” that can make communities safer.The DNA technology involves a dime-sized mark placed on an item, such as a laptop or jewelry. Each swab contains unique DNA markers that authorities could use to identify a potential stolen item. Applied DNA Sciences takes tags from plants and flower to create the DNA. After a product is marked with a DNA swab, the user will then have to register the product on the firm’s website. In theory, if a product marked with the technology is stolen and eventually located by authorities, they can use the DNAnet mark, which looks like a bright red ultraviolet signal, and match it to its owner.Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, threw his support behind the proposal. Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota, who did not attend the press conference, has also given his blessing.Applied DNA Sciences’ Chairman, President & CEO James A. Hayward credited Long Island for being a world leader in DNA science and said his firm has added incentive to assist the community because its employees work on the Island.An example of what a “DNA Protected Community” sign would look like.Five hundred kits will be made available to Huntington Station residents, free of charge, officials said. But it’ll be up to Suffolk police, working with the Applied DNA Sciences, to determine the best locations for the kits, which can mark up to 100 items. Spencer suggested that the kits won’t be clustered in one area but instead would be spread around the community.Aside from obtaining the kits, homeowners would also get stickers and signs, similar to what alarm companies offer customers, with language stating that the property owner is utilizing the technology. Various streets would also be marked as a “DNA protected community.” Officials suggested the signage may deter would-be burglars thinking about breaking into a residence.Hayward said the DNA marks do not contain GPS components, meaning the firm can’t track products tabbed with the technology.While the pilot program would be a first for the Island, it has already been implemented in European cities like London and Stockholm.Hayward noted that the technology cold also be used commercially, at banks and even utility companies housing copper—a much-desired metal that attracts thieves.If the pilot program is approved by the legislature, it will be evaluated by Suffolk police six months after its implementation. If necessary, the department will then be able to make recommendations to improve how its used.Spencer is hoping the legislature will vote on his bill soon, so officials can start getting the product out by the summer. He did not say how much the private-partner partnership would cost taxpayers.