The Environment Agency’s Lincolnshire Beach Management (LBM) scheme gets underway on 13 May, reports the EA.Over the course of the £7 million LBM scheme, the EA’s contractors will pump around 400,000 cubic meters of sand onto Lincolnshire’s beaches.Mark Robinson, senior flood risk adviser for the Environment Agency, said: “While our annual beach nourishment works continue to be very effective, our long-term estimates suggest that it will not be sustainable to continue with just sand as a method of flood risk management in the future due to the impact of climate change.”“This is why we have worked over a number of years to review our strategy for coastal flood risk management between Saltfleet and Gibraltar Point. We took a shortlist of options to public consultation in early 2019 and are currently finalizing our new draft strategy for coastal flood risk management over the next 100 years,” added Robinson.Over the next six weeks, beaches at Trusthorpe, Mablethorpe, Ingoldmells, Trunch Lane, Wolla Bank, Chapel Six Marshes and Huttoft will be replenished.The sand that is used to replenish the beaches is dredged from licensed offshore locations by a trailing suction hopper dredger HAM316Twice a day – just before high tide – the dredger moves closer to the beach to pump approximately 5,000 cubic meters of sand onto the beach.
If ever the Trojans needed home-field advantage, now is the time.USC baseball has dropped six of its last seven games (with its most recent against Pepperdine Tuesday) and has dipped to two games below .500 at 7-9.Tuesday’s game against the Waves was supposed to offer a battle-worn Trojan team a brief respite from a tough schedule that pitted them against four ranked teams in their last five games.While the Trojans fared well in a 2-1 win over the then-ranked No.10 Oklahoma Sooners and their top pitching prospect, ultimately this last stretch has been a woeful tale of bullpen inconsistencies and hitters being too tense in the batter’s box with runners on base.And the team is not about to catch any breaks in the near future. This weekend, they play at home against No. 12 Oregon to kick off conference play.USC head coach Dan Hubbs said the problem is all in his players’ heads.“It’s about where they are mentally, more than physically,” he said. “When you start to see them doubt themselves and struggle with that, it makes it more difficult.”As of late, it’s the pitching staff that has taken a shock to its confidence. In the team’s last six losses, the Trojans’ bullpen has surrendered 27 runs, putting even more pressure on a lineup that’s pressing at the plate and struggling to score.But junior starting pitcher Bobby Wheatley said that despite their recent slump, he’ll never lose faith in his teammates and that he understands the difficulties that this bullpen, comprised primarily of freshmen, is going through.“This could be the first time that they’ve ever really failed,” Wheatley said. “Coming from high school, they’re used to being successful. I’ve been there before, getting your first taste of failure.”Hubbs acknowledges that his young players are still acclimating to a cruel learning curve, but said that players need to remember that not everybody takes collegiate baseball by storm as a freshman. He insisted that this is an opportunity for them to mature as players and learn from losing.“That’s part of growing up as a baseball player,” Hubbs said. “You have to have this attitude where you forget your failures and just remember your successes.”Even if the root of the problem is internal, the result manifests itself in pitchers losing their command of the ball, missing the zone and giving up free bases.“It’s all about strike one,” sophomore catcher Garrett Stubbs said. “If they get ahead in the count then they have control of the batter. Right now, we’re getting behind in the count.”Giving up walks has been the pitchers’ pitfall, but being unable to take them is an equally important problem for hitters. Hubbs said that at a time when the team is trying to do too much with a bat to compensate for missed opportunities, getting bases on balls can help players turn their slump around.“They look at a walk sometimes as a weakness instead of a free base but it doesn’t go against your average,” Hubbs said. “Instead, they force their swing and they get themselves out.”The Trojans need to worry less about the long ball and focus more on small ball and scrappy play: being patient at the plate, fouling off pitches and not caving in to balls they can’t hit. Aside from being a blow to a box score, Hubbs worries that the “go big or go home” mentality might affect the way his players approach the game.“Sometimes I worry they take it too seriously,” Hubbs said. “I want them to be passionate about winning but at the end of the day, they have to understand it’s a game and be able to play with relaxed freedom, the way they’ve been doing it since they were five.”Wheatley takes the mound for the Trojans on Friday, and he said that he is looking forward to using conference play as a way of helping the team reshape its focus and live up to its potential.“We can play with any team if we show up,” Wheatley said. “The next step for us is showing up every day and having our play on the field be consistent.”This next stretch will test whether the freshmen can pick themselves up and dust themselves off or if the growing pains are going to hurt a little bit longer.
Samir Nasri is the most West Ham signing I could imagine. Vintage.— Tom Rennie (@thomasjrennie) November 12, 2018 At 31 years of age, time may not be on the former France international’s side. Especially when you consider he will not be able to play until 2019 after the conclusion of his 18-month drugs ban.With youngster Declan Rice bossing Premier League games yet still on his academy wages £3,000-a-week, it really begs the question as to where the priorities of David Gold and David Sullivan lie.As you can imagine, plenty of fans were quick to ridicule the east London club on Twitter – mocking them for signing yet another Premier League veteran on exorbitant wages with their best days seemingly behind them.Check out the best Tweets below! Nasri was sent off during his last appearance in England for Sevilla Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Player who peaked earlier this decade and also has just come back from a long term football ban signing for West Ham? Imagine my shock https://t.co/56BWwhY2ye— Cartlon Cole (@_CarltonCole9) November 12, 2018 West Ham signing Samir Nasri in November is the real life version of using your FPL wildcard.— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) November 12, 2018 targets LIVING THE DREAM LATEST West Ham signing a 31-year-old Samir Nasri on a £100k-a-week contract and who can’t play until the new year is probably the most West Ham signing of all time.— Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) November 12, 2018 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Latest Transfer News Samir Nasri is reportedly closing in on a move to West Ham United in what is being descried by many fans as ‘the most West Ham signing of all time’ by fans.The former Arsenal and Manchester City man is due for a medical in the capital ahead of sealing an £80,000-a-week deal back to the Premier League. Not sure what all the Nasri fuss is about. Refusing to give a talented youngster a contract he deserves, then handing a 80k-a-week contract to an unfit 31 year old with a drug ban is the classic West Ham banter I’ve grown up with. #COYI ⚒ #banterera #WHUFC— Frank Anderson (@F_Anderson11) November 12, 2018 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland REVEALED Samir Nasri having a medical with West Ham.A man currently banned after his visits to the “Drip Doctor”, signing for a club run by the Dildo Brothers.A match made in heaven.— Paddy Power (@paddypower) November 12, 2018 IN DEMAND Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father RANKED targets Samir Nasri, Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere and Marko Arnautovic all at the same Christmas party? I support West Ham now. #COYI #ForeverBlowingBubbles— Dipo Faloyin (@DipoFaloyin) November 12, 2018