Wolves present in CO for the first time since the 1940s

first_imgThe N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public hearing for public comment about the plan to excavate coal ash at Duke Energy’s Roxboro Power Station on Wednesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 6 p.m., according to a DEQ press release. Rangers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are recruiting volunteers to adopt small plots of land within the park to track seasonal biological data. Volunteers will be asked to monitor their plots at least twice a month from the first bloom in spring until the trees lose their leaves in the fall. Read the story here: https://wlos.com/news/local/volunteers-to-record-impacts-of-changing-weather-patterns-on-plants-trees-in-smokies Read the story here: http://outdoornewsdaily.com/genetics-tests-confirm-presence-of-wolves-in-colorado/ The public session will start with a meeting to provide information and answer questions immediately followed by a public hearing to record public comments. All comments received by March 11, 2020 will be considered in determining whether the plan will be approved by the state. The meeting will be held at North Elementary School in Roxboro, NC. More details about Duke’s closure plans can be found on the DEQ website. A genetic test has confirmed that four scat samples collected near a scavenged elk carcass in Moffat County, CO came from wolves. It is the first official documentation of a pack of wolves in the state since the 1940’s. Testing indicated that three of the wolves are female and the other is male. The test also determined that the wolves are related, likely as full siblings. Two training dates have been scheduled for those interested in volunteering. The first will be held at the Oconaluftee Visitors Center on Feb. 29 and the other at the Sugarlands Visitors Center on March 7. Both sessions will run from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. “The DNA doesn’t tell us age,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife Species Conservation Program Manager Eric Odell. “We don’t know where or when they were born. We can’t say. But that they are closely related wolves is a pretty significant finding.”  Great Smoky Mountains National Park seeks Adopt-A-Plot volunteers Public hearing on closure plans for coal ash impoundments at Roxboro Power Station to be held Feb. 19 Wolves present in CO for the first time since the 1940’slast_img read more

Chilean Navy Deploys Hospital Ship Amid COVID-19 Crisis

first_imgBy Guillermo Saavedra/Diálogo July 07, 2020 The Chilean Navy’s multipurpose ship LSDH-91 Sargento Aldea deployed in mid-June as a hospital ship off the coast of Valparaíso in central Chile to provide health care to non-COVID-19 patients. The ship’s mission is to free up beds at local hospitals so that they can focus on the most urgent cases of COVID-19, and also prevent contagion among patients who do not have the coronavirus.The ship began to provide services on June 22, and has a team of 10 Navy nurses and surgeons on board to carry out medium complexity medical procedures, working together with civilian doctors, nurses, and health technicians. According to a report from the Ministry of Health published June 30, Valparaíso is the region with the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in Chile, after the Metropolitan region.Before arriving to Valparaíso, between early April to mid-June, the Sargento Aldea provided support off the Talcahuano coast in the Biobío region, in the south of the country, where the medical team conducted 63 surgeries of low and medium complexity, the Navy said on its Facebook page on June 21.“The ship has all the necessary facilities to perform these surgeries and protect patients who still need operations and cannot get them in the hospitals where they live, due to the coronavirus situation,” Chilean Navy Lieutenant Marina López, a surgeon on board the Sargento Aldea, said in a video the Navy posted on Facebook.According to the Navy’s website, the Sargento Aldea, since its acquisition from France in 2011, serves as a medical and transport vessel for units deployed in humanitarian assistance operations. The ship has 22 hospital beds, two surgery wards, an X-ray room, a sterilization room, a burn unit, and a dental clinic.“We have prepared logistically to go anywhere in Chile to provide support to the health network, so that [civilian] health personnel can focus their efforts on assisting COVID-19 patients,” Chilean Navy Captain Gastón González, commanding officer of the Sargento Aldea, told the news portal Infodefensa.last_img read more

15 quotes about money from people who have made lots of it

first_img 46SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Opinions about money range dramatically, even among those who have a lot of it. Some consider it the root of all evil while others consider it totally irrelevant to their success.Whether it’s in its acquisition, expenditure, saving or investing, most people devote a lot of time thinking about wealth and money. While it’s easy to be overwhelmed and disillusioned, some of the planet’s wealthiest inhabitants have clearly stated their position on the almighty dollar.Here’s what some of the greatest influencers of our time had to say about it.“Rule number 1: Never lose money. Rule number 2: Never forget rule number 1.” — Warren Buffett continue reading »last_img read more

Djokovic breaks down in tears at his Belgrade event

first_imgTopics : No-go Montenegro The event had suffered an embarrassing setback on Saturday when the planned Montenegro leg of the four-nation tour was cancelled over coronavirus protocol rules.Montenegro was due to be the third stop on June 27 and 28 after Croatia and before the conclusion in Bosnia.But organizers said the visit to the neighboring country was called off when it became apparent Serbia did not match strict health requirements.Meanwhile, asked to comment on social distancing measures during the Belgrade weekend, which witnessed packed stands, Djokovic said that both Serbia and the region had been relatively successful in containing the virus.”Of course you can criticize, you can also say this is dangerous or not, but it’s not up to me to make the calls what is health-wise right or wrong,” he told reporters, stressing he was acting in line with recommendations of the Serbian government.Balkan countries coped with the coronavirus pandemic with relative success.The region of some 22 million people registered about 24,000 infections and fewer than 800 deaths.The ATP and WTA Tours have been suspended since March due to the pandemic and will not resume at least until the end of July.Initially, the organizers in Belgrade, respecting the rules in force after the relaxation of the lockdown in Serbia, put 1,000 tickets on sale.They sold out in just seven minutes.Since then, the authorities further relaxed the lockdown and another 1,000 tickets were put on sale and they sold out almost as quickly.An additional 2,000 tickets were distributed to various sponsors. “It’s fantastic, we are the capital of the tennis world this weekend,” said Dusan Bogicevic, 25, a law student from Belgrade.However, spectators appeared to have little regard for health precautions.Each person was given a mask at the entrance to the stadium, but inside only a few wore them.Amongst the players, Zverev of Germany was happy to be back playing.”To tell you the truth I didn’t see that many people in one room in quite a while,” Zverev told a press conference.On June 20 and 21, the Adria Tour tournament will move to Zadar, on Croatia’s Adriatic coast.Djokovic will be joined there by Croatia’s 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic and Borna Coric.The final stop in Bosnia will be in the northwestern town of Banja Luka on July 3 and 4.The tournament will close on July 5 with an exhibition match in Sarajevo between Djokovic and Bosnia’s Damir Dzumhur. Djokovic’s win against Zverev on Sunday was not enough to secure him a place in the final which saw Thiem defeat Krajinovic 4-3, 2-4, 4-2. To a standing ovation, the 33-year-old added: “I love you all and thank you so much for coming.”Third-ranked Dominic Thiem, number seven Alexander Zverev and Grigor Dimitrov, the world 19, also took part in the Adria Tour event that got underway on Saturday.The four headline stars were joined by Serbian ATP players — Viktor Troicki, Filip Krajinovic and Dusan Lajovic.Two big surprises marked the first day — Djokovic lost to Krajinovic in three sets and Dimitrov went down in two against late call-up Nikola Milojevic. Emotional Novak Djokovic broke down in tears in front of an enthusiastic home crowd in Belgrade after he failed to make the final in the first leg of his Balkans charity tennis tournament on Sunday.”I am not crying because I missed the finals. I am just overwhelmed by emotion because this reminds me of my childhood,” the world number one told 4,000 fans packed into the Novak Tennis Centre on the banks of the Danube.”It’s been an emotional few days and I want to thank everyone who supported the event and made it happen.” last_img read more

Huge Queensland home comes with tiny $35,000 price tag, and there are more like it

first_img Reno that needs to be seen to be believed And thus the $35,000 price tag, according to agents Felix and Peter Reitano of Felix Reitano Real Estate Ingham. Brisbane prices at bottom of cycle 14 Donald Street, Eromanga, Qld 4480This one’s on a double block 2,023sq m in size.Agent Dannielle Dunlop of Ruralco Property GDL Real Estate Dalby has it listed as being in a great location opposite the school. 24 Skinner Street, Ingham, is one of the bigger blocks in the area.“The number of bedrooms and bathrooms has been estimated,” was how they described it in the listing of 24 Skinner Street, Ingham.“Under instructions from Tony Miskiewicz and Robert Hutson as receivers appointed to certain property of Anthony Dotta Pty Ltd, the Property is offered for sale.”It’s expected to be sold “as is, where is”.It’s one of several listed in that price range across the Queensland market, located on large blocks.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours ago19-21 Eyre Street, Charleville, Qld 4470Further inland, at Charleville is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom, double car garage house on a large 1,287sq m block.It was listed at $40,000 by Darryl Langton, sales manager of Landmark Queensland.center_img It does need some elbow grease.Located at 19-21 Eyre Street, the price tag speaks for itself, with the home needing some work. Keen buyers may be a bit late though with this one now under contract.Also at $40,000 is 14 Donald Street, Eromanga — a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, single car park property. 24 Skinner Street, Ingham, will need to be completed but at $35,000 is less than most home deposits.If size and price matter more to you than location than these properties starting at just $35,000 will blow your mind not your budget — though you must be willing to roll up your sleeves.The large 1,611sq m site was listed as a two-bedroom, one-bathroom, single-car park property — but the home breakdown is estimated because it’s an “uncompleted timber residence”. MORE: House that’s “as good as gold” It does have undercover parking.“Donga style home with veranda attached. Airconditioned,” was how it was described, and the vendors are pretty motivated to sell apparently and open to offers. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Promised Automation Benefits Hard to Deliver?

first_imgAutomation of shipping and ports has been dubbed as a “marketing rush” by the president of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) Paddy Crumlin, while speaking in Singapore last week.According to the MUA President, and its General Secretary Stephen Cotton, consequences of automation have not been carefully thought through.The union leaders see the push for automation of the two sectors more as a form of union busting, stressing that the benefits such as higher productivity and cost effectiveness have not been proven.Even though automated ships are a long way off, MUA believes that a more balanced discussion should take place in order for various aspects of the process to be hammered out, as numerous uncertainties remain in the air.The criticism comes on the back of Wärtsilä’s testing of the remote control of ship operations.The testing, which involved driving the vessel through a sequence of maneuvers using a combination of Dynamic Positioning (DP) and manual joystick control, was carried out on August 21 off the North Sea coast of Scotland in collaboration with US-based operator Gulfmark Offshore.The remote control navigating was carried out from the Wärtsilä office located in San Diego, California, 8,000 km away.Wärtsilä’s move is just the tip of the iceberg as numerous shipping majors rush to join the automation race and the hope of reaping the advantages and efficiencies it promises.These include Rolls-Royce, NYK Line, ABS, Yara and Kongsberg,to name just a few, who have embarked upon projects aimed at bringing to the seas the first autonomous and zero emissions ship.As disclosed earlier to World Maritime News by DNV Gl’s expert Albrecht Grell, ships are becoming sophisticated sensor hubs and data generators, and advances in satellite communications are improving ship connectivity, allowing for a massive increase in the volumes of data transferred at ever-lower cost.The benefits to be reaped from the switch include combining data streams from multiple sources that will enable the industry to make informed decisions faster, leading to more efficient operations and responsive organizations.What is more, when it comes to seafarers, it is believed that remote and autonomous operations could see the transfer of seafaring jobs, requiring high levels of education and skills, from sea to remote operations centers on land and make them more attractive to young people entering the industry.Nevertheless, at this point in time, it is still too early to judge how the process would impact the workforce.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Prime Ministers Browne and Gonsalves Disappointed in Harris Decision on LIAT

first_img Share LifestyleNewsPoliticsRegionalTravel Prime Ministers Browne and Gonsalves Disappointed in Harris Decision on LIAT by: Caribbean News Service – September 14, 2015 Share Share Prime Minister Gaston Browne (left and Prime Minister Ralph GonsalvesST JOHN’S, Antigua, Sep 14 2015 – Two regional prime ministers are taking issue with the refusal of St Kitts & Nevis, the sub-region’s fastest economy, to invest in LIAT.Prime Minister Gaston Browne said other countries which benefit from LIAT but do not wish to invest in it “were taking a very selfish position.”“You cannot have a situation where they continue equitably in the benefits of LIAT, but at the same time do now wish to share in any of its burden,” Browne is quoted as telling a LIAT shareholder governments’ news conference is St John’s.He reiterated his appeal for “the other countries within the region to reconsider their position.”Prime Minister Timothy Harris said recently that he would want to see LIAT demonstrate some level of financial viability before investing in it.However Gaston Brown said he has heard enough “tired excuses.”Chairman of the LIAT shareholder governments, St Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said he did not hear Dr Harris’s remarks, but promised to raise it with him when next they speak.Meanwhile, St. Kitts Tourism Minister Lindsay Grant says he fully supports the position taken by Prime Minister Harris against investing in financially troubled regional airline LIAT.Dr Harris says LIAT’s Financial troubles do not make it an attractive investment option.He says his Team Unity administration would have to be convinced that an investment in LIAT at this stage makes sense.According to the prime minister, investing in LIAT would be simply bad financial decision making.Tourism Minister Grant agrees.center_img 337 Views   one comment Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Man falls in buy-bust

first_imgAn antidrug officer inspects the items seized from drug suspect Sebastian Lo during an entrapment operation in Barangay 27, Bacolod City on Feb. 6. POLICE STATION 4/BCPO Officers of Police Station 4 stagedthe entrapment operation which led to the arrest of Lo around 1:45 a.m. on Feb.6, the report added. Four sachets of suspected shabu valuedaround P21,600 were seized from 34-year-old resident Sebastian Lo, a policereport showed. PHOTO BY POLICE STATION 4/BCPO Bacolod City – Police arrested a drug suspect in a buy-bustoperation in Barangay 27. Aside from suspected illegal drugs, aP500 marked money and P400 cash were also recovered from him, police said.    The suspect was detained, facingcharges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive DangerousDrugs Act of 2002./PNlast_img read more

DNR sets up shop at Indy Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 15-24

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The DNR will have a strong presence at the Indianapolis Boat, Sport and Travel Show, Feb. 15-24, at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.The show is presented by Renfro Productions and opens at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15.The DNR’s main location is in Tackle Town, in the Blue Ribbon Pavilion. The booth is a convenient one-stop shopping opportunity for licenses, state park passes, lake-use permits, Outdoor Indiana magazine, and a State Parks GO! (Get Outside) promotion.Biologists and Go FishIN volunteers will be on hand throughout the show to share fishing stories and hot spots, answer questions about aquatic invasive species, and share opportunities to learn and volunteer.The Live Birds of Prey from Hardy Lake’s Dwight Chamberlain Raptor Center will be presented Feb. 16 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A “Snakes Alive, Snake Buffett” from O’Bannon Woods State Park will be offered Feb. 17 and 24 during roughly the same hours.Members of the Indiana Conservation Officers K-9 team will be offered Feb. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The public will have an opportunity to interact with the officers and their K-9 partners. All times are subject to change.last_img read more