Outdoor Updates: The Autumnal Equinox

first_imgWhat’s better than a Monday? A Monday you can call The Autumnal Equinox! Today at 3:50 a.m. the sun was directly in line with the equator, marking the official equinox. As a result. both the Northern and Southern hemispheres will have the same amount of daylight. Which means the first day of astronomical fall for us, and the beginning of spring for those south of the equator. The new rules go into effect Oct. 17, you can find the complete list here. State officials are still taking public comments on these pending rules through October 2nd.  If you love the outdoors, it’s safe to say that most of your favorite memories as a kid involved exploring nature and getting outside. Every Kid Outdoors understands that and is offering students in the fourth grade a free annual pass to our nation’s national parks for a full year. The Autumnal Equinox is Upon Us Fourth Graders Receive Free Admission to National Parks Through ‘Every Kid Outdoors’ Program More than a dozen new rules go into effect at Virginia State Parks in October.It’s part of a fast-track regulation review from the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Some of the changes to state rules update outdated languages, others could catch campers off-guard. Here’s a list of some of the changes that could affect you:center_img Temperature and weather conditions, though, can impact the intensity of fall colors along with the timing of when they change. Hopefully this year, we get a bright and colorful fall! As daylight hours continue to shorten, the leaves will start to change color. This is because the color change is more dependent on light than temperature Vox reported. The short days cause the green and leafy trees to signal to their leaves to stop producing chlorophyll, which is what gives leaves their green color and photosynthesis. New Rules Heading to Virginia State Parks Generator use will be prohibited at campsites and in the campground at all times.  Previously, generators were allowed except during quiet hours (10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.)Drones and unmanned aerial systems have been included in the list of “flying machines” prohibited in the park.  There is a provision that exempts rescue and training exercises for law enforcement.Vaporizers or e-cigarette use is banned in buildings or parts of parks where tobacco smoking is banned.Fungi have been added to the list of materials park visitors cannot remove from parks.  That list includes trees, minerals, rocks, and historical artifacts.  However, there is a new provision that allows fruits, nuts and berries to be collected for personal use.The penalty for urinating or defecating outside in designated areas or facilities is being re-classified.  Previously an individual caught doing so, was charged with indecent exposure (a class-1 misdemeanor) regardless of intent.  They were also required to register on Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry.  Once the new rules go into effect,  that violation of park law will become a class-3 misdemeanor.Electric power-assisted bikes will be allowed on designated bicycle paths.  From now until August 31, 2020, fourth graders all over the United States can get a free pass to visit any federal lands or waters. For more details and to claim a pass, parents of fourth-grade students, homeschooled included, can go to Every Kid Outdoors’ website. Educators can also get in on the deal in addition to other special program opportunities for teachers to extend learning outside the classroom.last_img read more

Colombia Rebels Seek Peace Talks, Name Replacement After Leader Killed

first_imgBy Dialogo September 28, 2010 Colombia’s FARC guerrillas on September 24 said they wanted a chance for peace negotiations a day after troops killed their top military chief in one of the worst blows to Latin America’s oldest surviving insurgency. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, have often called for talks since the government began a U.S.-backed security crackdown in 2002 but the two sides have never been close to agreeing on conditions for negotiations. Top guerrilla commander Mono Jojoy was killed on September 23 in an air strike and ground raid on his jungle camp, delivering a blow to the FARC’s leadership and its military capacity. “We continue to call for an opportunity for peace,” the FARC said in a statement posted on Anncol website that carries rebel communiques. “It is not through the extermination of opponents that Colombia will find peace and reconciliation.” Battered by the government’s offensive, the FARC is at its weakest in decades. Rebels have lost several top commanders in the past three years and its ranks have been thinned by desertions as fighters flee under military pressure. Guerrillas are still a force in rural areas and over the last month have stepped up attacks, killing 22 police officers in two recent attacks. But negotiations are unlikely unless rebel commanders met government conditions: cease hostilities, release soldiers and police officers held hostage and halt criminal activity such as cocaine trafficking. President Juan Manuel Santos, who took office in August, has vowed to keep up his predecessors hard-line security approach, which has driven down bombings and kidnappings from the war and helped foreign investment grow five-fold in the past eight years. Still, according to new information published on September 28, the FARC has urged its members to redouble efforts in the fight against the Colombian government. Following the death of its No. 2 leader ‘Mono Jojoy’, the guerrilla announced it replaced the fallen leader with Felix Antonio Muñoz, known as Pastor Alape, who had led a faction of the group in the northwest region of Magdalena Medio.last_img read more

NextGen Know-How: The importance of boundaries in leadership (and life)

first_img continue reading » On a recent Wednesday night, I was attending a parent association meeting at my childrens’ school. These meetings have historically run long, sometimes going until 9:30 p.m. or later. I go to bed at 9:30 on weeknights, so the day after these meetings, I would wake up feeling tired and sluggish, negatively impacting the rest of my week. But I realized I have a choice in this situation. Instead of feeling obligated to stay until the end of the meeting, I created a boundary: For weeknight meetings, I would leave by 8:30 p.m. No exceptions. I let the president of the parent association know ahead of time, and at the next meeting, I collected my things at 8:30, said goodbye and headed home.Boundaries are an essential part of leadership. Without boundaries, our days become a haze of activity without focus or accomplishing anything of value. When you don’t have boundaries, everyone else’s emergencies become your emergencies.I like to think of it this way: Boundaries create structure. Structure creates freedom.Boundaries allow you to focus and work at your peak. They protect your time and energy so you can work at your best. So you can be your best. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Navigant wins North Sea Wind Power Hub contract

first_imgNavigant will also manage the process of discussion preparation, collection, and integration of feedback and preparation for decision making, as well as develop or manage the procurement of external services for the development of discussion papers on key topics. The overall goal is to support the NSWPH consortium in delivering on the topical agenda through the development and execution of a structured process to establish political consensus and prepare timely decision making on key issues to facilitate international agreements to support cross-border, cross-sector offshore wind projects after 2030. The Dutch company will provide support services to assist in structuring, initiation, and management of structured discussions with policymakers to realize the first hub-and-spoke project in the early 2030s. TenneT Netherlands, TenneT Germany, Energinet, Gasunie, and the Port of Rotterdam joined forces in the consortium to develop a ”hub-and-spoke” concept, where offshore wind farms will connect to one or several hub islands via alternating current cables. Navigant Netherlands has secured a contract to provide assistance in structured discussions with policymakers to realize the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH). All activities aim to facilitate public commitment in the form of a project-specific Memorandum of understanding (MoU) or intergovernmental agreements between countries. Power converted into direct current electricity by converters on the hub islands before being exported by a series of interconnectors (the spokes) to connecting North Sea countries.last_img read more

Government moved too slowly on regulating e-cigarettes, lead respiratory doc warns

first_img“[E-cigarettes] may be better than smoking… but when you consider that’s the most destructive consumer product ever introduced into the country, it’s not a massive hurdle to get over,” says Dr Jones. TVNZ One News 13 December 2018Family First Comment: “It still comes with health risks, which include damaging airways, causing inflammation and loss of lung function. [E-cigarettes] may be better than smoking… but when you consider that’s the most destructive consumer product ever introduced into the country, it’s not a massive hurdle to get over.”Remember that one of the main products used by Big Marijuana is vaping. It’s all setting the scene for disaster.#SayNopeToDopewww.VoteNo.nzA lead respiratory doctor is warning that too many New Zealanders are vaping, wrongly believing e-cigarettes are safe. The latest statistics show 28 per cent of teenagers have tried e-cigarettes, and in the United States authorities appear to be regretting their relaxed stance on vaping.READ MORE: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/government-moved-too-slowly-regulating-e-cigarettes-lead-respiratory-doc-warns?utm_variant=taboola_visible_1Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. Vaping was legalised in New Zealand early last year – seen as a safer alternative to smoking. But Dr Jones cautions it still comes with health risks, which include damaging airways, causing inflammation and loss of lung function.center_img Dr Stuart Jones, from Middlemore Hospital, says doctors have been gathering for regular meetings this year, and vaping is often brought up. “There seems to be a common misconception that vaping is safe on the airways and this is most certainly not true,” he says. While it’s illegal for those under 18 to buy e-cigarettes, the market is unregulated.last_img read more

141 Speedway promoters nominated for ARPY

first_imgFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. ­– The 141 Speedway promotional trio of Dan Ratajczak, Scott Ratajczak and Toby Kruse are among the nominees for the prestigious Auto Racing Promoter of the Year award given by Racing Promotion Monthly. They were nominated from RPM’s Northern Region. 141 sanctions the Modified, Stock Car, North­ern SportMod and Sport Compact divisions with IMCA.“This is exciting. It’s been a very good combination and we’ve learned a lot from Toby,” said Dan Ratajczak. “We averaged about 130 cars a week last season. We’re glad to be part of IMCA.” Ratajczak was a long-time IMCA Modified driver and Scott was his crew chief. They’ve promoted 141 with Kruse since 2014. “This is really a year-round business,” Ratajczak said, while en route to a weekly conference call with his partners. “We’ve made a lot of improvements to the facility and track but we’re nowhere near where we want to be yet. There’s still so much we want to do. Our goal is “Bigger, better, faster.”They’ve made an emphasis on customer service, which includes thanking fans personally after race programs are completed, and added a four-week chase for top 10 drivers in point standings that will return this August.Also in the works this season at 141 is a new catwalk in turns one and two.The 40th Auto Racing Promoter of the Year will be announced during the annual national workshop in Daytona Beach, Fla., Feb. 15 and 16; the award is sponsored by Charlotte Motor Speedway. This is the first ARPY nomination for the Ratajczaks and the second for Kruse, who also pro­motes Marshalltown Speedway.last_img read more

Soderberg Memorial concludes season at Dodge City

first_imgAnd now, three quick months later since the green flag finally flew at DCRP, five racers will earn their championship crowns on Saturday night. 2017 – Taylor Velasquez (Sprint), William Nusser (Modified), Brian Davidson (SportMod), Angel Munoz (Stock Car), Duane Wahrman (Hobby Stock).  By Lonnie Wheatley  General admission is $15 with children 11 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult.  Saturday’s racing action will get under way at 7:30 p.m. 2019 – Zach Blurton (Sprint), Clay Sellard (Modified), Blaine Walt (SportMod), Chris Oliver (Stock Car), Tathan Burkhart (Hobby Stock). The Hambelton Racing DCRP Sprint Cars square off with the United Rebel Sprint Series for the final time this season with the IMCA Modifieds, IMCA SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks closing out their DCRP seasons as well.  DODGE CITY, Kan. – It has gone by in a flash it seems. And now the 2020 racing season at Dodge City Raceway Park concludes with Saturday night’s eighth annual Jerry Soderberg Champion­ship Memorial atop the 3/8-mile clay oval in southwest Kansas.  2016 – Jake Bubak (Sprint), Cole Traugott (Modified), Jeff Kaup (SportMod), Michael Pepper (Stock Car), David Berger (Hobby Stock).  2014 – Velasquez (Sprint), Jesse Richter (Modified), Nate Ginest (SportMod), Ron Hartman (Stock Car).  2018 – Blurton (Sprint), Brendon Gemmill (Modified), Dakota Sproul (SportMod), Chris Oliver (Stock Car), Burkhart (Hobby Stock). 2015 – Velasquez (Sprint), Gemmill (Modified), Jamie French (SportMod), Munoz (Stock Car), Reagan Sellard (Hobby Stock). Past Jerry Soderberg Memorial Championship Winners:  2013 – Blurton (Sprint) Ryan Heger (Modifieds), Josh Appel (SportMod), Hartman (Stock Car). The Comfort Suites located conveniently at 2700 West Wyatt Earp Boulevard in Dodge City is the offi­cial lodging partner of Dodge City Raceway Park.  With an extensive list of classic amenities, Comfort Suites will help you feel right at home when traveling.    Be sure to ask for the Dodge City Raceway Park rate when booking.  For more information, check online at https://www.choicehotels.com/kansas/dodge-city/comfort-suites-ho­tels/ks193?brand=CI or call 620-801-4545. It has been a condensed season that didn’t get under way until June 20, more than two-and-a-half months after the originally scheduled April 4 season opener, due to COVID-19 concerns.last_img read more

EPL: Wolves beat Everton, boost top-four hopes

first_imgRelatedPosts Arsenal, Wolves want Michael Olise Liverpool sign Portugal winger Jota from Wolves Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Wolves kept their slender Champions League hopes alive with a crucial 3-0 win over limp Everton.Raul Jimenez’s penalty, his 25th goal of the season, Leander Dendoncker’s header and Diogo Jota’s strike gave them a routine victory against the disappointing Toffees at Molineux. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side returned to sixth after Sheffield United had briefly overtaken them and they remain in the hunt for the top four with three games left, including a final-day trip to Chelsea.For Everton, the season is reaching a sorry conclusion with the Toffees marooned in mid-table.But Nuno’s side had yet to find their top form since the restart and again lacked initiative and ingenuity until Digne’s recklessness provided them with the opener in first-half stoppage time.The impressive Podence tricked his way into the area and Digne rashly clattered into the back of him.Jimenez stepped up to convert the penalty for his 16th Premier League goal of the season. It continued to enhance his reputation and the striker has been directly involved in 35 goals in all competitions for Wolves this term. It was just the sixth time Wolves had taken a lead into the break this season and they doubled it 46 seconds after the restart.Everton were still reorganising after teenager Jarrad Branthwaite replaced Leighton Baines at the interval and Wolves took full advantage when Dendoncker glanced in Neto’s free-kick.Pickford almost gifted Podence a third on the hour when he spilled his effort only to recover just before the ball squirmed over the line.Jota blew a golden chance shortly afterwards when he stumbled with just Pickford to beat after being sent clear by Ruben Neves’ stunning pass.Gylfi Sigurdsson had a shot blocked and Digne dragged wide as listless Everton tried to rouse themselves, but Wolves eventually won at a canter. Jota grabbed his first goal since the restart to wrap up the points with 16 minutes left when Neves’ exceptional vision sent him clear and his low drive beat Pickford.It could have been worse for Everton but Adama Traore hit the crossbar from six yards with the goal gaping with five minutes left.Tags: Diogo JotaLeander DendonckerRaul JimenezUEFA Champions LeagueWolverhampton Wandererslast_img read more

Hull thrash sorry Cardiff

first_img Cardiff, meanwhile, are deep in the relegation mire, down in 19th place, three points and nine goals from safety with 11 matches of the season left. Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reverted to using Kenwyne Jones and top-scorer Fraizer Campbell up front, in pursuit of the cutting edge that has been lacking from his side’s play for much of the season. The pair had plenty of chances, but it was the same old story. For every opportunity the home side squandered, Hull hit back with deadly accuracy. The game started positively for Cardiff. Winger Wilfried Zaha had the first attempt on goal when his tame side-footer was easily saved by Allan McGregor. And it was Zaha who twisted and turned past Curtis Davies, loanee Livermore and Alex Bruce before his venomous shot was palmed away. The early onslaught continued when Jones showed his strength to bump off defender Maynor Figueroa and force a third early save from the busy McGregor. The visitors broke the deadlock against the run of play in the 19th minute. The Malaysian billionaire turns 62 on Sunday, but any celebrations will be quelled by the Welsh side’s worst home defeat in 14 years. A deflected Tom Huddlestone shot, a brace from the clinical Nikica Jelavic and a goal on the counter-attack by Jake Livermore pushed the visitors firmly into mid-table. Cardiff failed to give owner Vincent Tan any kind of birthday present as they lost 4-0 at home to Hull in what was a crunch Barclays Premier League game for the Bluebirds. Norwegian Magnus Wolff Eikrem gave the ball away to Jelavic, who played a one-two with strike partner Shane Long, before selling a sweet dummy and forcing David Marshall to save with his feet. The ricocheted ball found Livermore on the edge of the box and he was able to tee up oncoming midfielder Huddlestone, whose low drive was deflected by full-back Andrew Taylor, bending it round the despairing Marshall. Cardiff have now failed to score in 15 Premier League games this season – more than any other team. As the chances came and went, that unwanted burden continued to grow. In the first half alone, Campbell headed straight at McGregor from a corner and nodded a Fabio cross over the bar. Jones had a shot blocked and headed wide as Hull continued to ride their luck. But the Bluebirds were putting themselves in trouble by giving the ball away cheaply and, when they did, the Tigers were ready to pounce. The visitors were more than happy to take what Cardiff threw at them and retaliate with interest on the counter. It was the dangerous Jelavic who extended his side’s lead in the 38th minute, following a comfortable one-two with his strike partner. Picking the ball up on the break, the Croatian played it down the left channel to Long, who had plenty of time to return the favour as the home midfield failed to track Jelavic’s run. He took his chance with ease, side-footing it home. The Bluebirds felt aggrieved at the hands of referee Howard Webb, who in the first half turned down penalty claims from winger Craig Noone and later Jones, when Jelavic appeared to climb over him in the box. Webb felt both were fair challenges. In his programme notes, Solskjaer urged his players to show calmness, maturity and patience. All three were tested in the second period as the minutes ticked by but the zero next to their name on the stadium’s scoreboard continued to loom large. Jelavic had no problem changing the digits for Hull, however. On 57 minutes, he finished off a curling cross from the unchallenged Liam Rosenior, glancing an unmarked header into the far corner. Then, when Bluebirds full back Andrew Taylor surrendered the ball in the Hull half, Ahmed Elmohamady charged forward and found Livermore on the edge of the area to make it 4-0. With the Tigers out of sight, Cardiff pressed for a consolation, but Noone and Campbell both wasted chances. But not since Cambridge won 4-0 at Ninian Park back in April 2000 have the Bluebirds suffered such a heavy home defeat. Press Associationlast_img read more

20 Ancient Coffins Unearthed In Egypt

first_imgThe coffins are believed to be thousands of years old. Most of the tombs at Asasif, which is close to the Valley of the Kings, are from the Late Period (664-332BC) of ancient Egypt.However, there are also tombs from the earlier 18th Dynasty (1550-1292BC), which was the first of the New Kingdom and included the famous pharaohs Ahmose, Hatshepsut, Thutmose III, Amenhotep III, Akhenaton and Tutankhamun. More details will be released at a news conference Saturday. Archaeologists have made a stunning discovery of 20 ancient coffins near the Egyptian city of Luxor.Egypt’s antiquities ministry says the intricately decorated and brightly-colored coffins were found near the Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs were buried.The ministry says the coffins were buried in two layers, and called it “one of the largest and most important discoveries in recent years.” A huge cache of stunning coffins covered with elaborate inscriptions and paintings has been found at the Assasif necropolis in Egypt. – https://t.co/y5YYCn36fa— Ancient Origins (@ancientorigins) October 16, 2019last_img read more