The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District has awarded Houston based Dredgit Environmental Corporation a $520,070 contract to perform maintenance dredging along the Chincoteague Bay Federal Navigation Channel.The company will be responsible for removing approximately 10,000 cubic yards of material to bring the channel to a minimum depth of 6 feet.Commenting the latest announcement, Chris Turner, Norfolk District project manager, said: “This vital navigation project provides access into Chincoteague Bay, Chincoteague Inlet and the Atlantic Ocean for commercial fishing vessels, charter fishing boats and private interests, and has a tremendous amount of economic impact to the eastern shore.”The channel is a protected harbor for small boats on Chincoteague Bay in Accomack County near the Virginia-Maryland border. Dredging will occur in the approach channel and L-shaped harbor basin to a required depth of 6 feet, with a foot of paid allowable overdepth.The channel sediments, comprised of mostly fine-grained material, will be placed into an upland- placement site adjacent to the federal navigation channel, said USACE.Contract maintenance dredging is required every 5-7 years to maintain congressionally authorized depths and ensure safe navigation.According to USACE, the channel was last dredged in 2009.
It was meant to be a party for the Super Eagles as they faced the Cranes of Uganda in Uyo on Wednesday but it turned out differently as they lost the match which was meant to be a preparatory session for their upcoming AFCON qualifiers and also the celebration of the 100th cap for Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.The Ugandans won the match 1-0 through an 81st minute goal by Miya Faruku.The Super Eagles surely needed a victory to win back the trust of their fans, having failed to qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Instead, they earned more distrust as the fans began to cheer the Ugandans after the goal was scored.The only aspect of the game plan that followed the scripts was the team captain Enyeama getting his 100th cap at his home state, Akwa Ibom. The Lille goalkeeper thanked the fans for their support.He said, “This is a milestone and I am glad to have achieved this. I thank God for making it possible. I also say thank you to the fans who have supported me all the way.”He added that the result would not dampen his feelings. “It is a disappointment to have lost the game but then that’s football. It is a training game for both sides and you may have seen how the team was assembled. This is football for you.”Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick, confirmed that the football body had approved the contract for Stephen Keshi as Eagles coach. He spoke on the pitch at half time of the game via SuperSport.He said, “The executive committee of the NFF met today (Wednesday) and approved the recommendation of the technical committee for Keshi to continue as the country’s coach. It is now just left for Keshi to sign.”The former Nigeria captain has been given a new two-year contract after his initial three-year deal lapsed when Nigeria lost at the World Cup in Brazil last year. The new deal will give him $25,000 every month with add-ons of $15,000 for accommodation and $2,500 for transportation.In his first stint with Nigeria which ran from November 2011 to July 2014, Keshi won the 2013 Africa Nations Cup in South Africa and led the team as far as the second round of the 2014 World Cup. His failure to qualify the country for the 2015 AFCON in Equatorial Guinea created a gulf between him and the NFF. He was initially asked to go but was later recalled. –