AFM – Bart Koolstra has temporarily stepped down as member of the supervisory board (RvT) of Dutch supervisory body Authority Financial Markets (AFM). He cited recent publicity about an AFM monitoring dossier on company Eriks in 2009. As a senior partner of accounting firm PwC, Koolstra was involved in the dossier at the time. Koolstra said he made his decision to avoid the impression of a conflict of interest. Recently, Dutch news daily NRC suggested that Eriks had been involved in corruption in the Middle East – its parent company declined to comment. Koolstra left PwC in 2013 and joined the AFM’s RvT in 2015.Aon Hewitt – Tim Gardener has joined the UK consultant as a partner. He joins from AXA Investment Managers where he was global head of the institutional client group. During more than six years at AXA IM Gardener oversaw consultant relations and was involved in the establishment of the asset manager’s smart beta products. He also spent 24 years at Mercer, latterly as global CIO.Actiam – The €60bn asset manager Actiam named Dudley Keiller as chief transformation officer (CTO) on its executive board. He will be tasked with rolling out Actiam’s new strategy focused on international growth based on responsible investmentment. Keiller joins from NN IP/ING IM, where he was subsequently global controller and CFO. As of 1 March, Actiam’s executive team is to also comprise Hans van Houwelingen (CEO) and John Shen (CRO). The asset manager is still searching for a CIO to join the executive team.Bank of England – The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has been brought within the single legal entity of the Bank of England with effect from 1 March. As a result, the PRA’s most important supervisory and policy decisions will be made by a new Bank of England Prudential Regulation Committee (PRC), which replaces the PRA Board. Ben Broadbent, the deputy governor of the Bank of England, has been appointed to the PRC, and all external members of the PRA Board have been re-appointed to the PRC. The changes were made under financial reform legislation from last year.Robeco – Peter Walsh has been named head of the Netherlands-based asset manager’s UK business. He will lead sales and marketing for Robeco’s UK office and have oversight for its operational management. He has worked at Robeco since 2014 as global head of consultant relations. Prior to joining the firm he was director of distribution at Treasury Group Limited.Schroders – The FTSE100 listed asset manager has hired Chris Paine from Henderson Global Investors to its multi-asset team. In his new role, he joins Schroders’ global income portfolio management team and will contribute to its research, security selection, asset allocation, and portfolio construction.BTIG – The US-based fund manager has appointed John Agnew as managing director of fixed income credit trading. He was previously senior managing director for high yield securities at Guggenheim Partners. His colleague at Guggenheim, Drew Hall, has also joined BTIG as managing director of fixed income credit sales. Finally, Evan Jones has moved from Jefferies to become BTIG’s managing director of fixed income credit strategy. The trio are based in New York.Spence Johnson – The UK consultant has appointed Magnus Spence as chief executive. He was previously managing director, and co-founded the company in 2008. The group has also promoted Nigel Birch and Will Mayne to managing director roles. Birch was previously deputy managing director. He leads the client management team. Mayne was previously a director, and leads on the creation of “data and intelligence content”.Pensions Management Institute – Prominent UK politician and pensions campaigner Frank Field was presented with an “outstanding contribution” award by the Pensions Management Institute this week. Field chairs the Work and Pensions Committee, a group of members of the UK parliament’s lower house. The committee was influential in the settlement of the BHS pensions case as well as contributing significantly to the government’s defined benefit reform proposals. L&G Mastertrust, Kingfisher, AFM, Aon Hewitt, Actiam, Bank of England, Robeco, Schroders, Henderson, BTIG, Guggenheim, Spence Johnson, PMILegal & General (L&G) – Dermot Courtier, head of group pensions at Kingfisher, has been named as chairman of the £2.9bn (€3.4bn) Legal & General Mastertrust, the insurance and pensions provider’s multi-employer defined contribution (DC) offering. He will also chair L&G’s independent governance committee, the trustee board of the master trust and L&G’s other DC offerings.Courtier will remain in his role at Kingfisher, which owns UK store chains including B&Q and Screwfix. He has helped the company’s £3.5bn defined benefit pension fund deploy a derisking strategy – including a medically underwritten buy-in with L&G last year. Kingfisher also has a £230m defined contribution scheme.Emma Douglas, head of DC at Legal & General Investment Management, said Courtier would play a “pivotal role” at L&G. “His innovative flair in the way he thinks about investments and communications will help ensure both our offering and the way we engage continue to meet members’ and employers’ needs,” she said.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised the attitude of controversial striker Luis Suarez. Liverpool headed into the international break behind Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal only on goal difference, and Suarez’s desire for excellence is just what Rodgers wants to see. The Reds boss told liverpoolfc.com: “With Luis, he demands the best from himself and his team-mates at all times, and we saw that against Crystal Palace, even right at the end when the game was won. “You see his work-rate and his demand for a better ball into the box, and that’s what we want. “There was a moment in the first half where he chased back on the left and won the ball, too. There is no doubting his commitment and there is no doubting he will always have that desire at all times. “That attitude from Luis to demand the best is exactly what we want. We can’t accept just winning and say it’s all right.” Press Association The Uruguayan has made headlines on the pitch rather than off it since returning from a 10-game ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic last season. Suarez has netted three goals in as many games and struck up a formidable partnership with Daniel Sturridge.
Benteke, still looking for the inspiration that was ever-present last season, had one further sight of goal but shot wide having ignored Aleksandar Tonev’s intelligent run. The next half-hour was little more than a non-event, Cardiff having marginally the better of things but producing nothing clearer than a Craig Bellamy free-kick that Guzan was able to catch with minimal fuss. Odemwingie gave hints that he may have the skill to create a breakthrough without ever actually doing so, while Villa’s efforts were stifled too often by sloppy passing – Yacouba Sylla too often the guilty party in that respect. When the sides went in for the break there was an audible, though hardly deafening, chorus of boos from the home support. Nathan Baker’s body check on Odemwingie 25 yards out gave Cardiff the first chance to spark the game into life and former Villa man Peter Whittingham stood over the free-kick. He whipped the ball across the area but none of his team-mates were able to get a boot to it. Villa countered and went closer than ever to an opening goal as Bacuna’s cross found Kozak at the far post. His header looked to be on target but Marshall did enough to keep it out. Malky Mackay had seen enough of Odemwingie after 55 minutes and sent on Fraizer Campbell, whose high-energy style at least provided a sharp contrast to the man he had replaced. With 62 minutes gone Ashley Westwood’s first-time shot – taken after Benteke’s pass had ricocheted off Kevin Theophile-Catherine – briefly looked as if it might find the top corner but ended up a yard high and wide. Benteke had two headers in the space of 10 minutes from positions he would typically fancy but on each occasion his radar was off and he failed to hit the target. Bacuna, moved into midfield as part of a tactical reshuffle, rescued the game from stalemate. He powered into the Cardiff half and was heading towards the penalty box when Medel’s cynical foul stopped him his tracks. But that merely delayed the danger and Bacuna curled the resulting free-kick round the wall, leaving Marshall flat-footed as the ball hit the net. Villa made the points safe when Kozak claimed his second goal for the club, heading home after a period of untidy defending by the Bluebirds. Tonev’s initial cross was poorly cleared by Theophile-Catherine, allowing Lowton to head back towards Kozak, who applied the finishing touch from six yards. Having gone four Barclays Premier League matches without a goal, Villa looked certain to draw another blank as they laboured for three quarters of a low-quality encounter against a Cardiff side showing little of the fight that saw them defeat Swansea last week. But Bacuna laid the foundation for their 2-0 win with a precision free-kick in the 76th minute, having won the decision himself following a foul by Gary Medel. Press Association Second-half efforts from Leandro Bacuna and Libor Kozak ended Aston Villa’s goal drought and ensured Cardiff’s derby day joy came crashing down at Villa Park. That opened things up enough for Kozak to double the lead eight minutes later, heading home after substitute Matt Lowton had nodded the ball across the face of goal. Prior to that late action it had been an unedifying affair all round, with Villa booed off by their own fans at the interval. The hosts began with plenty of attacking intent, Kozak’s header drawing a good save from David Marshall after just a minute – though an offside flag would have cancelled it out regardless. Marshall was less assured when Karim El Ahmadi tested him from 25 yards, palming the ball back into the danger in front of goal with Christian Benteke sniffing around. Luckily for the visitors Steven Caulker was a fraction quicker off the mark than the Belgian and cleared the danger. Caulker was also the unlikely originator of Cardiff’s first real attack, carrying the ball towards the edge of the Villa area before chipping a pass towards Aron Gunnarsson. Villa might have conceded had Peter Odemwingie got a clean connection with his attempted volley but when it bobbled away from the Nigerian, Ron Vlaar slid in to avert the danger. There were still only 10 minutes gone Medel’s floated free-kick drew Kozak into a defensive header that wrong-footed Brad Guzan and flashed across the face of his own goal.
Willie Mullins made no excuses for Faugheen after the Champion Hurdle hero tasted defeat for the first time when upstaged by stablemate Nichols Canyon in the StanJames.com Morgiana Hurdle at Punchestown. “The other horse (Wicklow Brave, third) ran very well. We rode him to come home, but Patrick (Mullins) said we should have made more use of him. “I’ll talk to the owner and see if we keep him in training. We were going to put him away, but ran him in this race as he was so well. “We’ll probably put him away now as he was as fit as he could be today and couldn’t beat them first time out.” Walsh said: “He just seemed to hang, from the first down the back he was hanging right all the way, it’s not something he’s done before. “It’s disappointing, he didn’t pick up like he can, but that’s horse racing isn’t it? “We always knew Nichols Canyon was a good horse, it’s just disappointing.” Winning rider Mullins said: “He settled well enough and every time I gave him a squeeze at a hurdle he was there for me. “He was really professional. He possibly would have won five Grade Ones last season had he not unseated, any horse like that has to have a chance in any race. “Not at all (a fluke), I let him pop the last and he picked up again from the back of it. “Willie and the owners Andrea and Graham Wylie have given me a great opportunity, so it’s thanks to them.” Faugheen was eased to 7-4 from evens with RaceBets to retain his Champion Hurdle crown at Cheltenham. Nichols Canyon was cut to 5-1 from 12-1. Spokesman Joseph Burke said: “With Willie Mullins housing the first four in the betting (as well as the sixth) RaceBets quote the Irish maestro at 1-3 to win his fourth Champion Hurdle in just six years.” Press Association Mullins said: “That worked out completely different from the way they worked on Tuesday. Faugheen left Nichols for dead – maybe he left his race behind, I don’t know. “Nichols won four Grade Ones last year and he’s no back number by any means. He looks like a Champion Hurdle horse now, rather than the stayers. “Faugheen was a little disappointing. Ruby said he hung, but horses hang when they get tired. Maybe he just met a good horse. “They went a good gallop and Nichols did it the hard way out in front, he jumped fantastic. Maybe he has improved more. Until he tells me something wasn’t right, I’m not making any excuses for Faugheen. “We’ll see how they come out of the race and they’ll be entered in all those races that Champion Hurdle horses should be in. “They’ll probably have to take on each other, but if we can keep them apart we will.” He went on: “Nichols Canyon was under the radar last year. He was a second string, but did win four Grade Ones. “We used the wrong tactics with him at Cheltenham and that took the gloss off him a bit. It was our fault. He put in a huge performance today. All appeared to be going to plan for the 1-6 favourite as he jumped and travelled beautifully in the early exchanges, but Ruby Walsh was sending out distress signals as they swung for home. Nichols Canyon was still marching on out in front for David Mullins and despite Faugheen throwing down a strong challenge in the closing stages, the 7-1 winner responded really well for pressure and had half a length in hand as they hit the line.
Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story This didn’t keep Hornets running back Jack Nucerino from burning Proctor’s defense for a 63-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage. But the way the Raiders answered set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.Proctor drove to F-M’s 18, where running back Tasean Cooper drove in for six points and then added a two-point conversion less than four minutes after Nucerino’s big play.They stayed that way until the midway point of the second quarter, when the Hornets’ special teams hurt them. A high punt snap set up the Raiders deep in Hornets territory, and Cooper again scored from 18 yards out. Even bigger was what happened with 1:17 left in the half. F-M had Proctor pinned on its own 19, but Cooper took a handoff right, cut back up the middle and was gone, 81 yards to the end zone. Another two-pointer followed, and the Hornets trailed 24-7 at the break.Until now, the Raiders’ pass attack was mostly quiet, but Brandon Peterson hit for his first TD pass, 25 yards to Saleh Eltayeb, late in the third quarter, and a fourth straight two-point play made it 32-7.Dauksza would hit for his lone TD pass, 33 yards to Jordan Leuze, before the period ended, but F-M got no closer as Cooper added a fourth score on a 25-yard run and Patrick Minor scored from 30 yards out.F-M (1-2, 0-1 league) visits defending sectional Class AA champion Cicero-North Syracuse this Friday, a crucial game since the Northstars are also 1-2 and also dropped its league opener last Friday, stunned 34-27 by Rome Free Academy.Meanwhile, eight-man football got underway again last Saturday and Bishop Grimes, the 2017 sectional champions in that sport, started strong again, traveling to Pulaski and earning a 48-14 victory over the Blue Devils.A.J. Burnett’s six-yard TD run got the Cobras on the board, but it was in the second quarter that Grimes took off, burning Pulaski for 22 points.Not only did Burnett score again on a five-yard run, he threw scoring passes of 35 yards to Rob Gilbert and 12 yards to Jacob Fritz, and the Cobras were up 28-6 at halftime.Even with a comfortable lead, Grimes kept on adding points in the second half, too, this time on the ground as Joe Wike, Karmelo McKelvin and Nader Elturk all netted touchdowns, Elturk going 35 yards for his score.This sets up a big early-season showdown on Friday when Grimes visits defending sectional eight-man champion Weedsport. The Warriors routed Altmar-Parish-Williamstown 46-14 in its opener. It didn’t take long for the Fayetteville-Manlius football team to discover that Utica Proctor is the side everyone in the Class AA-2 divisin will be chasing.A split of its first two games brought the Hornets to Utica last Saturday afternoon for its first AA-2 showing of the season, where the Raiders utilized its speed and skill to pull away and prevail 46-21.Going in, F-M was short-handed as Zak Conley, the senior quarterback and top defensive lineman, was out with a shoulder injury, so Alex Dauksza replaced Conley under center. Tags: Bishop GrimesF-Mfootball
As the season progresses, his carries continue to increase and his production remains consistently high.Redshirt freshman running back John Clay entered the weekend bout with Ohio State averaging 6.6 yards per carry on the season. Saturday, he finished with 10 carries for 69 yards, upping his season average once again.“I think I’ve grown as the season’s gone on,” Clay said. “The last couple of games I was kind of slow-starting, and then leading up to this game I started off fast. No turnovers, so that’s good for me.”In the team’s opening conference game against Michigan on Sept. 27, Clay rushed for 52 yards on only three carries. The significant increase in touches is credit to his work ethic off the field.“It’s a little bit of a combination of what he showed last week in addition to how he prepped this week during the course of the week,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “He’s got a tremendous amount of ability, and I love the way he loves to compete.”As for Clay, he’s just excited to contribute.“That just shows that I’ve made progress on my plays, and they’re trusting me now on my offensive scheme and picking up blocking,” he said. “It feels good that the offense counts on me. They’re trusting me to get first downs and get positive yards, so I’m just happy to help the offense any time I can.”Carimi goes down, Oglesby steps inWith about 12 minutes left in the second quarter, UW left tackle Gabe Carimi went down with an apparent leg injury and was unable to return. Redshirt freshman Josh Oglesby, the nation’s No.1 high school tackle recruit from two seasons ago, took his place for the remainder of the game.“I don’t think I can even put the feeling into words,” Oglesby said. “It was a shock. But it’s ‘next man in’ and I try and take that approach to it.”His coach was pleased with his performance.“Josh Oglesby popped in there and one thing that did jump out to me, I didn’t see him give up anything [negative],” Bielema said. “I said a few words to him when he first got in there, and he seemed to go out there and compete against a very good defensive front. I haven’t had a chance to assess exactly what he did, but it seemed like he popped in there and did some good things.”The severity of Carimi’s injury remains unknown, but if he is unable to go this Saturday against Penn State, Oglesby feels more than comfortable in what would be his first career start.“We have a tremendous coaching staff, so I’m not worried about being prepared for left tackle,” he said.Langford continues to play wellAfter undergoing offseason ACL surgery, senior cornerback Allen Langford’s health was a concern entering this season. But after a strong performance against an extremely talented Ohio State receiving corps — including an interception, three tackles and a pair of pass breakups — Langford has become everything but a question mark.“Allen, through the trials and tribulations that he’s had, is probably playing as good of football as I’ve seen him play,” Bielema said. “He’s started a lot of ball games for us; he has a confidence to him. He has so many seasoned plays and experience. People try and beat him deep, try and run hitches on him, they try and do everything. The personal story that he has to get to where he is today speaks a lot about what kind of person he is, and he’s definitely playing some pretty good football for us.”Of the acrobatic first-quarter interception, Langford remained humble.“I was just trying to do my job,” said the senior. “I was playing deep and I wanted to stay deep, and he actually threw the ball up there which gave me an opportunity to make a play and I did.”Bielema loses for first time at homeEntering Saturday night’s game, Bret Bielema was a perfect 16-0 in two-plus seasons as the Badgers’ head coach. His feeling, of course, was a new one, one he’s not looking forward to feeling again.“It was tough. It’s tough to lose the way you lose,” Bielema said. “That’s a very good football team; I have the utmost respect for coach Tressel, and I think they’ve got a lot of talent. It was nice to be an undefeated coach at home. It’s not a stat I’m looking for; I’m just looking for wins this year, and unfortunately we haven’t been able to get two of them.”
Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 4th September, 2020 08:53 IST Mets Honor Seaver With Salute, Jersey And Dirt-smudged Knee Far too young to remember Tom Seaver’s glory days, Pete Alonso and the New York Mets found a perfect way to pay tribute to the greatest player in franchise history WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US Far too young to remember Tom Seaver’s glory days, Pete Alonso and the New York Mets found a perfect way to pay tribute to the greatest player in franchise history.Starting pitcher Robert Gsellman, his right knee already dirtied, led the Mets from the dugout onto the diamond at Citi Field on Thursday to face the Yankees. Every teammate who followed him had a smidge of dirt in the same spot along the right knee.What better symbol to honor Seaver, the Mets icon and Hall of Famer whose classic, drop-and-drive power pitcher delivery was imitated by thousands of Little Leaguers in the 1960s and 1970s?Seaver, known for decades simply as “The Franchise,” died Monday at the age of 75 due to complications from Lewy body dementia and the coronavirus. His death was announced Wednesday night, a few hours after New York beat the Baltimore Orioles – the team Tom Terrific and the Miracle Mets toppled in the 1969 World Series.“He turned the organization around from a laughing stock ballclub into a complete team instantly,” said Ed Kranepool, who spent his entire 18-year career with the Mets. “You knew every time out, you were going to be a competitive team.”“It’s a sad day in Metsville,” he said. “We lost our star and our leader.”Hours later, Alonso hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning that lifted the Mets over the Yankees 9-7.“I think that this is a really special win not just for us, but for anybody who knows about the Mets or knows about Tom Seaver,” said Alonso, the NL Rookie of the Year last season. “This is a really meaningful and special day. Really, really happy that we could get it done in the way that we did.”Prior to the final Subway Series game of the season — played at a ballpark without fans during the pandemic season in front of no fans — the Mets and Yankees both paid their respects to Seaver, who pitched for the Mets from 1967 through 1977 and again in 1983 before spending five seasons as a Yankees broadcaster.“We’re actually family friends with the Seavers,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “In the ’81 strike, my dad was a National League rep and the Seavers came and stayed with us for like a week. I was 8 years old. Tom and I were out messing around and Tom was on a moped. I actually jumped on the back to get on the moped with him and burnt my calf on the muffler. And I still have the scar.”Both teams stood in front of their dugouts for a pregame video montage and a moment of silence. After the Mets took their positions for the top of the first, the Yankees joined the Mets in doffing their caps towards Seaver’s 41 hanging along the left field upper deck.The Mets hung Seaver’s jersey in their dugout. The Seaver Gate at Citi Field — located at 41 Seaver Way — was adorned with black bunting and some fans placed flowers at the entrance.The scoreboard displayed the same graphics used in 1969. Beginning this weekend, the Mets will sport a uniform patch honoring Seaver, whose arrival transformed the club’s fortunes.“You put a bunch of guys together of varying abilities and you know who the great ones are,” former Mets outfielder Ron Swoboda said. “When you played behind Tom Seaver, you were playing behind greatness. And you saw it almost every time.”Tribiutes to Seaver poured in from the sports world and beyond. Sports radio station WFAN in New York was filled with calls from fans reminiscing about Seaver, a three-time NL Cy Young Award winner with 311 career victories.“Baseball lost the best pitcher of my era,” tweeted Orioles Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, who finished with the same 2.86 ERA as Seaver.Hall of Fame slugger Hank Aaron recalled meeting Seaver at the pitcher’s first All-Star Game “and I knew he was a special person.”“He was a terrific pitcher and a wonderful friend. I was lucky to have dinner in his home in New York and in California which I remember fondly,” Aaron posted on Twitter.Comedian Adam Sandler seemed to speak for many fans and their families when he posted on Twitter: “Tom Seaver. My dad loved him. My brother loved him. I loved him. A hero to so many.”Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez, who played with and against Seaver, choked up while talking about him on a pregame show. Fellow announcer and big leaguer Ron Darling said Seaver “was like a big brother to me” during days of playing bridge, doing crossword puzzles and having dinner on the road.Swoboda is among many who have pushed for a Seaver statue at Citi Field, close to where the pitcher dominated for so long at Shea Stadium.A statue seems likely by the 2021 season and Swoboda has an idea of how it should look.“His motion was so iconic,” said Swoboda, who played for the Mets from 1965 through 1970. “I would love to see something out there. I’d love to see them capture his motion from right at delivery, with his knee that close to the mound as he comes through. And its follow-through — it was so iconic.”Image credits: AP LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT First Published: 4th September, 2020 08:53 IST Written By
More than 300 hikers and nature lovers left on Saturday morning to the Lukomir village on the Bjelašnica. Located at 1.495 meters above sea level, it is the highest settlement in B&H.This is the most numerous hike of the mountaineers to Lukomir in the history of the hikers of B&H. Muamer Drugovac, one of the guides of this interesting climbing expedition, said that the group of hikers would be even greater if the weather was more stable.”More than 700 people have announced to join us fort the expedition today, but many gave up because of the unstable weather”, said Drugovac, adding that they have nevertheless broke the national record when it comes to mountain hikes.The organizer of yesterday’s trip to Lukomir is the ”Avantur” Association, Mountaineering-Sports Society ”Prijatelj prirode”, MS ”Energoinvest”, and the MS ”Visočica”, with the help of friends from the Mountain Rescue Service Sarajevo, as well as friends from Visoko, Tuzla, Mostar, Zenica, Kakanj, Olovo, Busovača..The hikers have come to Umoljani with cars and buses, from where they climbed to Lukomir over the Obalj peak (1.896 meters above sea level). They returned from Lukomir to Umoljani via the Studeni Creek. (Source: nap.ba)
The football national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) will play one of the most important qualifying matches on Friday night at 20:45 o’clock against Greece. From the morning it is obvious that Zenica will be the center of BiH tonight.The final preparations for the match between BiH and Greece are coming to an end, the fence around the stadium was set two days ago, and a big flag of the Football Association of BiH is set up as well.Cars with flags of BiH are noticeable on the street of Zenica and how much interesting is the match between BiH and Greece proves the information that nearly 70 media will report from Bilin Polje tonight.The arrival of the most fans in Zenica is expected in the late afternoon, and everyone announces the fire and full support to BiH football team for all 90 minutes of the match.(Source: klix)
Facebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)State fishery managers have given the OK for the second razor clam dig this month, this one scheduled to begin Jan. 13 at two ocean beaches.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the three-day opening at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon. The long weekend should provide an excellent opportunity for diggers to visit the coast for clamming, Ayres said. However, he noted the razor clam opening does not include the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides: Jan. 13, Friday, 7:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Copalis, MocrocksJan. 14, Saturday, 7:59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Copalis, MocrocksJan. 15, Sunday, 8:40 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, MocrocksUnder state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors are closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. WDFW will continue to monitor toxin levels at all ocean beaches.A list of razor clam digs tentatively scheduled through February can be found on WDFW’s website at http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.