Increase in Loggerhead Turtle Nests

first_imgRare and majestic giant loggerhead sea turtles are laying eggs in record numbers on beaches across the southeast this year. Loggerheads nest from May through August, crawling onshore to bury their eggs along the Atlantic coast. In 2016, loggerheads laid nests in record numbers but this year, but according to the Associated Press, those records have already fallen in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Loggerhead turtles are nesting in record numbers in Georgia and the Carolinas Looking for a hot and balmy vacation spot? Head to Alaska. Loggerhead turtles are protected under the Endangered Species Act. Scientists think the uptick in egg laying can be traced back to conservation efforts that began over 30 years ago. A battle that has lasted for years is finally settled, and the names of some familiar hotels and other facilities in Yosemite National Park will return to what they once were.  Scientists and volunteers have recorded over 12,200 nests left by loggerheads this egg-laying season. Back in 2016 when the previous record was set, the turtles produced 11,321 nests.center_img Delaware North is a private company that held the contract to run the lodges and concessions at Yosemite National Park. They believed they held the right to change the names of the buildings they operated, renaming iconic Yosemite landmarks like Curry Village to Half Dome Village, the Ahwahnee to Majestic Yosemite Hotel, and the Wawona Hotel to Big Trees Lodge.  In 2016, the National Park Service took Delaware North to court over the name changes and announced this week that the lawsuit was settled. According to the agreement, the trademarks will be transferred to the new concession vendor, Aramark, and then back to the National Park Service if and when the contract with Aramark expires. It’s not yet clear when the former names will be reinstated.  Yosemite settles lawsuit, familiar names of park landmarks restored At the beginning of July, the city of Anchorage, Alaska hit 90 degrees F for the first time in recorded history, smashing the previous high temperature of 85 degrees F set in June 1969. The city also experienced its hottest June on record, with an average temperature of 60.5 degrees, 5.3 degrees higher than normal. NPR reports that it was the sixteenth consecutive month that Anchorage experienced higher than normal temperatures. On July 4th, several cities in Alaska matched or beat their all-time heat records. Kenai saw a record high of 89 degrees, Palmer tied their heat record at 88 degrees and King Salmon, Alaska set an all-time high of 89 degrees.last_img read more

Claude Pepper Award nominees needed

first_img Claude Pepper Award nominees needed The Government Lawyer Section is now accepting nominations for its Claude Pepper Outstanding Government Lawyer Award, which recognizes “an outstanding lawyer who has made an extraordinary and exemplary contribution as a practicing government lawyer.”The nominee must be a member of the Bar in good standing and a practicing government lawyer, who has provided legal services at least 10 years in full-time government employment. The nominee also should exemplify the highest ideals of dedication, professionalism, and ethics in service to the public. Elected officials or judges currently serving in that capacity are not eligible.Completed nomination forms for each nominee and four copies of materials should be submitted by May 15.For more information, or to obtain a nomination form, contact Arlee Colman at The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street; Tallahassee, 32399-2300; (850) 561-5625, Claude Pepper Award nominees needed April 1, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

The most wonderful time of year!?!?

first_img continue reading » It’s SUPPOSED to be the most wonderful time of the year. Only there you are, battling your way to the register among hordes of mall shoppers, listening to relatives bicker at family get-togethers, and staying up until all hours to bake festive treats. But are your GRINCH feelings normal – or do you need to do things differently to better handle the holidays?Seasonal overstress is not uncommon: numerous studies have found that for many people, the holidays are the most overwhelming part of the year, and women are even more affected than men. REALITY CHECK: despite all the holiday craft and decorations boards on Pinterest, there are no requirements when it comes to celebration.Here are 5 proven ways to enjoy the season without freaking out!Remake a list, don’t check it twice: jot down your top priorities, leaving off anything that is not an absolute must.  Be BRUTAL!  Do you really have to host more than one meal or go to every party?  Then delegate what you can.  Give your partner a list of to-dos – whether it’s shopping for gifts or hauling out the decorations.Be REAL about family fun: expecting relatives to be one big happy family can lead to letdown.  Instead, aim for one big CALM family.  If relatives are coming, don’t leave chunks of unstructured time when they can get on one another’s nerves.  Organize EASY activities, like a Monopoly championship or a movie screening.  You can also suggest that guests relax with a book or take a walk outside.  If you’re visiting family, it might help to have an escape plan – tell them that you’ll stop by but can’t stay all day. 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Take precautions with oak tree fungus

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion An outbreak of oak wilt, a fungus that kills oak trees, has been confirmed in Schenectady County as of Nov. 27. This disease has been recorded in our county previously in 2008 and 2013. Killing trees within weeks, oak wilt harms trees by infecting their water-carrying cells, preventing the tree from receiving water and nutrients.Unfortunately, there’s no treatment that’s known to save infected trees. The only thing we can do is prevent the disease from spreading. An extremely effective way of doing so is not transporting firewood, especially oak wood, out of the area. Even if a tree isn’t exhibiting symptoms, it may still be infected. Therefore, any wood from a tree cut down in the area shouldn’t be transported out of the county. As has been done in the past, a protective zone will most likely be established around the location where diseased trees have been discovered, legally preventing the removal of wood from this area. Until then, the public should be aware of this issue and should take proper precautions to keep the trees in our area healthy.The trees in our area are worth protecting, not just for their beauty, but for their value to wildlife. Oak trees in particular provide both a habitat and food source for many animals, including birds and small mammals.As the weather continues to get colder, please keep the health of the Capital Region’s trees in mind when managing your firewood.Additionally, please be observant of the trees surrounding your home and report any abnormalities to the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s Forest Health at or call 1-866-650-0652.Grace CoddNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectlast_img read more

New Zealanders will vote on whether cannabis should be legalised for personal use at 2020 election

first_img“We have made the decision that we’re not going to use the citizen assembly process for policy development largely because the decision is quite late in the process so we won’t be using that mechanism in terms of a public engagement we will have other ways of getting the public debate going.” Mr Little is expecting there will also be a referendum on the Act MP David Seymour’s assisted dying euthanasia bill at that time too. A short time ago the Justice Minister Andrew Little told reporters, “The Cabinet decision is that it will be held at the 2020 general election, the agreement is that it will be binding, there’s a bit of detail still to be worked through but we’re telling the Electoral Commission that’s when it will be”. TVNZ One News 18 December 2018Family First Comment: #SayNopeToDopewww.VoteNo.nzThe Government has confirmed there will be a binding referendum on legalising cannabis at the 2020 general election. He says the Government has not yet decided if it will also hold a third referendum on the MMP threshold at the next election.READ MORE: read more

Re-creation of arrival of Emperor Haile Selassie I in Jamaica.

first_img Sharing is caring! 1038 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img NewsRegional Re-creation of arrival of Emperor Haile Selassie I in Jamaica. by: – April 21, 2011 Share Haile Selassie I of EthiopiaIn an exclusive interview with Mr. Henry Shillingford, Dominica Vibes News learnt that today marks forty-five years since the Emperor Haile Selassie I the First, King of Ethiopia visited Jamaica.On 21st April, 1966 the Ethiopian Airlines flight landed in Jamaica and on board was the Emperor Haille I Selassie I the First the King of Ethiopia and in fact recognized as god elect byt the Rastafarian society of Jamaica.Click here for full audio of interview: To highlight this significant day in history the rastafarians have decided to re-create this very scene in Jamaica.Mr. Shillingford also attributed rastafarianism as the unifying factor of the Caribbean and not cricket.Here is the audio: Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Ohio man found in fatal single vehicle motorcycle accident

first_imgSeymour, IN – The Indiana State Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on Saturday. The accident, near the exit ramp for Interstate 65 northbound to State Road 11, claimed one life. Officers found the driver, Ivan F. Hammond, 78, of Monclova, Ohio, deceased at the scene.ISP investigators think the crash likely occurred sometime Friday, but the bike was not observed because of the distance and location to the exit ramp.The initial investigation indicates that Hammond was traveling northbound on I-65 when he attempted to exit onto State Road 11. He was apparently traveling too fast for the exit and his motorcycle left the roadway and overturned. The victim was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained fatal injuries. Hammond was wearing a helmet and other protective clothing at the time of the crash.  Hammond’s family had reported him missing.  The investigation by ISP crash reconstruction team is ongoing. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be contributing factors.last_img read more

Semi-finalists decided in Fruta’s U-19 league

first_img… GFC vs Uitvlugt, Santos vs ConquerorsTHE last two sides to advance to the final four in the inaugural Fruta Conquerors Academy U-19 football League were decided from the last two preliminary group matches played on Monday at the Tucville ground.Both Black Pearl FC and Buxton United narrowly missed out on making the semis after failing to prevail in their must-win final matches of their respective groups of the 12-team competition that was reduced to 11 teams, following the withdrawal of Linden’s Botofago FC after playing two games.Buxton were closest to advancing, but surrendered a 1-0 lead to tie 1-1 with Santos who missed a penalty kick to seal victory in the last group ‘A’ match that left the East Coast side a point short of making the semis, but Black Pearl were easily put away 5-2 by the host in the final group ‘B’ encounter.The win by Conquerors pushed them to the top of the group on 12 points (4W, 1L) as the unbeaten Uitvlugt Warriors slipped to 2nd with 11 points (3W, 2D). In Group ‘A’, GFC (4W, 1D) topped with 13 points while Santos (2W, 3D) on 9 points finished second.The semi-finals are billed for this coming Friday at the Tucville ground where the Warriors tackle GFC in the first match at 17:00hrs and Santos meet Conquerors at 19:00hrs.The Championship game is scheduled for next Tuesday December 27.last_img read more

ICC World Cup South Africa withstand David Warner ton, Alex Carey blitz to end World Cup in style with win over Australia

first_img New Delhi : An Australia vs South Africa World Cup clash is considered a marquee event. Thus, it was a shame that the final league game of the tournament was a dead rubber considering that the four semi-finalists were decided. Faf du Plessis blasted a ton and Rassie van der Dussen’s 95 helped South Africa to 325/6. David Warner blasted a ton and Alex Carey slammed 85 off 68 balls to keep Australia in the hunt. But, Chris Morris changed the course of the game not once but twice. He took a brilliant catch to dismiss Warner and got rid of Carey when the Australian keeper was threatening to take the game away from them. South Africa held their nerve and ended their tournament on a high with a 10-run win over Australia, which erased 20 years of pain, this being the first encounter in England since the 1999 semi-final tie in Edgbaston.With this result, India will face New Zealand in the first semi-final in Old Trafford on July 9 while Australia will square off against England in the second semi-final in Edgbaston on July 11.South Africa had no hesitation in batting first in Old Trafford and they got a great start with Mitchell Starc starting poorly. The left-armer, currently the leading wicket-taker in the 2019 World Cup, started with five wides and Aiden Markram made him pay by slamming two boundaries in the first over. Markram looked in excellent touch with two fours off Jason Behrendroff and Starc clearly struggled for rhythm, conceding two more fours to Quinton de Kock.Pat Cummins was greeted by two fours by De Kock as the partnership zoomed past fifty in just the seventh over. Markram looked in great touch by launching Nathan Lyon for a six but was stumped by Carey in the quest for aggression. Faf du Plessis, the skipper, pounced on Starc’s woes by hammering him for two boundaries as South Africa maintained a great rate.De Kock notched up his third fifty in the 2019 World Cup but immediately fell to Lyon. That brought in Rassie van der Dussen and along with du Plessis, the duo continued to hurt Australia. Carey missed a stumping chance of van der Dussen on 3 and the batsman made Australia pay . Du Plessis reached his fifty and hammered Cummins for a six and a four in the 34th over. The Proteas skipper neared his ton with a six and two boundaries off Lyon and Behrendorff respectively.Van der Dussen broke the shackles with a couple of sixes as he reached his fifty while du Plessis scored a century in what could potentially be his last World Cup game. However, du Plessis fell immediately after reaching the landmark but van der Dussen continued to punish Australia as he launched into Cummins in the 48th over as South Africa crossed 300. The right-hander had a chance to reach his 100 in the last ball and he timed the pull shot well off Cummins only for Maxwell to take a good catch and send him on his way for 95.Chris Morris took a stunning catch to dismiss David Warner and got the big wicket of Alex Carey. (Image credit: Getty Images)Still, a target of 326 would have been the second-most successful chase and Australia did not start well. Imran Tahir, playing in his last international game for South Africa, trapped Aaron Finch LBW and set off on a wild celebration. Usman Khawaja retired hurt due to a hamstring injury while Steve Smith’s underwhelming tournament continued when he was trapped in front by Dwaine Pretorius for 6. Marcus Stoinis and Warner looked to rebuild but Stoinis’ run-out dented Australia further while Glenn Maxwell was undone by a superb catch from Quinton de Kock.However, Warner and Carey took the fight to South Africa. The left-handed opener, in particular, pierced the gap brilliantly and took a calculated risk everytime. Warner notched up his third hundred and he was all set for the onslaught. However, Morris took a brilliant catch off Pretorius but Carey continued the fight, hammering 16 runs off Tahir and a further 12 runs off Tabraiz Shamsi as the match boiled down to a tense finish.When Morris sent back Carey, it seemed the game was up but Khawaja came back and along with Starc, kept the fight going. Starc blated a six and a four off Morris but once both Khawaja and Starc fell to Rabada, South Africa closed it out in style.The final match lived up to all the billing as a thriller, shame it had to be a dead rubber. It was also sad that South Africa turned up so late in the tournament. However, the win was a fitting tribute to Tahir and JP Duminy, playing their last international games and it was also a great tribute to du Plessis, potentially leading the side for the last time in a major tournament. This was South Africa’s first win against Australia in World Cups since 1992.India have topped the group and will play New Zealand on July 9 in the semi-final.Australia will take on England in the second semi-final on July 11. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more

John ounce of gold richer after copping Kadir Mohamed Memorial Cycle road race

first_imgGUYANA’s current number one ranked cyclist, Briton John, is an ounce of gold richer after he won the lucrative annual Kadir Mohamed Memorial Cycling road race, yesterday morning.Some of the country’s top cyclists battled through a gruelling 80-miler, which started and ended at Homestretch Avenue after proceeding to Dora on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway and back.Briton John stormed to the finish line in three hours, 18 minutes and 23 seconds to beat Michael Anthony (second place) and defending champion, Jamaul John (third).Walter Grant-Stuart ended in fourth position, followed by Jornel Yearwood, Andrew Hicks, Christopher Griffith and Marcus Keeler.Jamaul John, Deeraj Garbarran and Balram Narine finished with two sprint prizes each while Briton John, Anthony, Grant-Stuart and Keeler had one apiece.JUNIOR BATTLEMeanwhile, Berbician Ajay Gopilall continued his good form with a victory in the Junior category of the eighth annual event.He finished his ride in a time of three hours, 22 minutes and 30 seconds. Jason Seenarine and Jason Sampson finished second and third respectively.Lear Nunes stormed to victory in the veteran U-45 division. He finished in three hours, 29 minutes and 47 second, which placed him ahead of Paul Choo-Wee-Nam, Kwame Ridley and Junior Niles.In the veteran over 45 event, Ian Jackson was the first across the finish line. He won ahead of Nigel London and Oliver Young.Mario Washington, who finished ahead of David Hicks, Steven Bhim Shing and Sherwin Sampson respectively, won the Juvenile’s battle. Meanwhile, in the mountain bike race, Ozia McCullay won ahead of Jamal Kapil and Jermain Jordon.last_img read more