Daily Dirt: FY15 budget will protect National Parks, KEEN donates for river clean-ups, and Supreme Court ruling endangers Rails-to-Trails

first_imgBlue Ridge Outdoors’ Daily Dirt brings you a look at some of the most pressing issues of the week from the Blue Ridge and beyond.Supreme Court Ruling Could be a Set Back for Rails-to-TrailsThe Supreme Court ruled 8-1 earlier this week in favor of a private landowner in Wyoming who was fighting to keep bike paths from being built on his public land grants, according to reports.So while the case wasn’t about bike paths specifically, it could set a precedent about whether or not the federal government retains its control over land that had been granted to railroad companies, once abandoned for that purpose. The decision threatens to undermine the hugely popular federal “rails to trails” program making up more than 1,400 bike and nature trails created since its inception in 1983. According to the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, the 21 miles of mixed gravel Medicine Bow Rail Trail is “one of the most popular rail-trails in America.”The name of the Wyoming case is Marvin Brandt Revocable Trust v. United States. The land in question is situated in Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and the plaintiffs are descendants of an owner of a sawmill that produced railroad ties, granted dozens of acres in 1976 in exchange for turning other acreage over to the government.The Brandts’ lost their case twice in lower courts after the Forest Service attempted to convert a 10-acre length of former railroad track into bike trails that now runs through their property.“The court undermines the legality of thousands of miles of former rights of way that the public now enjoys as means of transportation and recreation,” said Justice Sonia Sotomayor — the lone dissenter. “Lawsuits challenging the conversion of former rails to recreational trails alone may well cost American taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars.”River Network and KEEN Promote River Clean-UpThis spring KEEN Footwear is partnering with River Network to support 14 river clean-ups across the U.S. through a give-with-purchase program at more than 80 local retailers.KEEN will donate $5 for every pair of KEEN.CNX shoes sold at participating retailers, up to $50,000. Select retailers will host the program for a two-week period from March 1 to April 30. Of those retailers, 24 have made the additional commitment to match KEEN’s $5 donation to support a local non-profit of their choosing in their area.River Network, a non-profit organization which helps to unite different river and watershed restoration and conservation organizations across the U.S., will use the donations to support river 14 clean-ups.River Clean-Up Dates and Locations:3/29/2014 –Houston, TX3/29/2014 – Washington, DC4/5/2014 – Bethesda, MD4/12/2014 – Denver, CO4/12/2014 – Atlanta, GA4/19/2014 – Summerville, MA4/19/2014 – Missoula, MT4/19/2014 – Seattle, WA4/19/2014 – Prescott, AZApril/May – Kansas City, MO5/14/2014 – Petaluma, CA5/17/2014 – Ann Arbor, MI9/20/2014 – Northfield, MNObama’s FY15 Budget Seeks Robust Funding for National ParksPresident Obama’s recently released fiscal year 2015 budget calls for full funding to the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), used to build or improve thousands of athletic fields, parks and other recreational amenities since the 1970s, according to Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).LWCF is a self-funded program from offshore oil and gas leasing royalties and has protected and built recreation infrastructure in every state and 98 percent of U.S. counties.The administration’s budget also asks for $640 million to prepare the National Parks for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.The budget also includes a proposal to separate catastrophic wildfire expenses from management budgets; addressing the pressure agencies face to meet both management and wildfire crises on a shoestring budget.OIA’s research shows nearly half of all Americans participate in outdoor activities, spending $646 billion on outdoor recreation every year, supporting more than 6.1 million sustainable American jobs and generating nearly $80 billion in federal, state and local tax revenue.CamelBak Continues Battle Against Single Use Water BottlesFor the last three years CamelBak has been working on the Relay — the first water filtration pitcher to filter water “at the speed of a faucet.”camelbak pitcherCamelBak Relay filters water 10X faster than the leading competitor, the filter lasts twice as long, the locking-lid gives a controlled pour, and it filters twice: once as you fill and again as you pour, with a unique pleated Double Filter Technology system. Independent test results showed Relay removes 97% of chlorine, taste and odor when tested to NSF/ANSI Standard 42.The space-saving pitcher holds 10-cups of water and fits in most refrigerator doors. Side-locking latches keep the lid in place and it’s BPA-free, dishwasher safe, and covered CamelBak’s Lifetime Guarantee. (MSRP $36.99)“CamelBak Relay is the latest example of our commitment to promote hydration while eliminating disposable bottled water,” said CamelBak CEO Sally McCoy, a long-time industry persona and advocate. “We listened to our consumers’ frustrations and solved each complaint by creating an all-around better product that filters water fast, prevents spills and fits well into refrigerators.”Camelbak also has pledged $100,000 to the 21st Century Conservation Corps, which employs young adults and veterans in protecting, restoring and enhancing America’s natural and cultural resources. The donation is a response to a challenge set forth by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, asking the private sector to donate $20 million to support the Corps. Visit www.camelbak.com.Cotton Still a Sticky Issue for CompaniesLast year the public learned that Uzbekistan uses forced labor, including that of children, to harvest cotton; and since then some 139 brands have pledged to remove Uzbek cotton from supply chains. The Responsible Sourcing Network picked 49 companies and graded them on their efforts.Adidas ranked No. 1 for eliminating Uzbek cotton for implementing practices such as having “a robust public policy with a well-defined strategy,” requiring that suppliers abide by company sourcing policies, and providing the training to suppliers to that they can follow those policies.Many brands still fall short when auditing suppliers — a daunting task considering the number of supplier tiers that go into garment construction. Companies are reluctant to disclose activities to the public “lest they be ridiculed for not attaining higher accomplishments,” according to the report.The report calls for companies to work together to develop a spinner certification program that would audit and approve spinners based on how responsibly-sourced their cotton is.“Why I Love to Ski or Ride” Video Contest Final Entry Date FridayLearn to Ski and Snowboard is a national public awareness campaign designed to motivate newcomers to take ski or snowboard lessons from professional instructors, and the groups’ “Why I Love to Ski or Ride” video contest ends March 14.ImageProxyJudges for the 2013-14 crop of videos are returning judge Senan Gorman, founder of North Pole Design; Joe Stevens, founder of The Media Center in Charleston, W. Va.; and Troy Hawks, communications consultant based in Denver.The contest is for amateur videographers to express why they love snowsports, part of the industry’s effort to encourage current participants to help motivate newcomers to learn how to ski or snowboard.Three finalists will be determined and each finalist will win a jacket from The North Face, a selection of Warren Miller Entertainment films, and a subscription to either SKI or Transworld Snowboarding. A Grand Prize winner will be selected from among the finalists and will win a $500 gift certificate from skis.com and the Warren Miller Entertainment Award of Excellence. Winning videos will be showcased on You Tube, the skiandsnowboardmonth.org website and the National Ski Areas Association’s annual national conference. January is Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month.Vermont Resorts Report Record Breaking FebruaryVermont ski and snowboard resorts enjoyed a record breaking February holiday period, according to Ski Vermont. The Valentine’s Day storm dropped up to 2 feet of snow over the Green Mountains and continued for two weeks through Presidents’ Day. Vermont resorts reported both strong ticket sales and lodging numbers for the entire holiday period and are seeing a continued positive effect with late season lodging reservations.last_img read more

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COVID-19: More Indonesian travelers test virus positive abroad

first_imgThe second case is a 62-year-old woman who entered Singapore on a social visit permit and had no travel history to countries or territories affected by COVID-19. She tested positive on March 6.Previously, nine Diamond Princess crewmen were diagnosed with the virus in Japan, while an Indonesian domestic worker in Taiwan tested positive. Six, all from Diamond Princess, have recovered from the disease.Meanwhile in Australia, an Indonesian woman in her 50s was declared as the 12th case of COVID-19 in Victoria on Sunday.The Health Ministry’s Disease Control and Prevention Director General Achmad Yurianto, who just got promoted on Monday from the secretary of the directorate general to the director general itself,  said his ministry had coordinated with Indonesian representatives in Australia and found that the patient had traveled in many places in Australia.“The patient’s travel records are rather long. From Jakarta, she has visited many places including a Vietnamese restaurant where many Southeast Asian people come to eat,” he told reporters on Monday.He said she tested positive for the virus but that her condition was stable and she was being treated in a health facility in Australia. According to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering, 76 people have been tested positive for COVID-19.Victoria’s Department of Health and Human Services has advised anyone who visited the restaurant on 6 March between 6-7pm to seek advice from the COVID-19 hotline.“We believe that she did not contract the virus in Indonesia,” Achmad said.Topics : Indonesian travelers have become the latest group of Indonesians who contracted the novel coronavirus abroad, as the government confirmed reports that its citizens have tested positive for the virus in Singapore and Australia.A 64-year-old Indonesian man in Singapore has been diagnosed with COVID-19, but it is likely he contracted the virus outside of the island nation, the Indonesian embassy has stated, confirming an earlier announcement from the Singaporean government. The Singapore Ministry of Health announced on Sunday that the man, identified as Case 147, had just arrived in the city-state on Saturday and tested positive for the virus on Sunday. “It is not yet known how the Indonesian citizen contracted the COVID-19 [virus], but the Singapore Ministry of Health has said that this case is an imported case, meaning that the [man] is likely to have been infected before [arriving in] Singapore,” the embassy said in a statement on Monday.The embassy also said it would be monitoring the situation closely and coordinate with the relevant local authorities on all matters regarding the patient.Case 147 is the third Indonesian to be diagnosed with COVID-19 in Singapore.The first Indonesian case is a 44-year-old domestic worker whose test results came back positive on Feb. 4, along with the positive test results of her employer, a Singaporean national. The woman has since recovered and has been discharged from hospital.last_img read more

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Outrage over US police shooting black man in back

first_img‘Trauma, fear and exhaustion’ “As always, the video currently circulating does not capture all the intricacies of a highly dynamic incident,” said Pete Deates, president of the Kenosha Professional Police Association.The officers involved in the incident were placed on administrative leave, according to the justice department. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents the families of Floyd and other black victims of police violence, said Blake had been trying to break up a fight between two women, and that his three sons were in the car at the time.”We will seek justice for Jacob Blake and for his family as we demand answers from the Kenosha Police Department,” Crump said in a statement.Protesters set alight several city vehicles and damaged the county courthouse late Sunday.Evers said he was sending 125 members of the national guard to the city to maintain order Monday night.He urged protesters to be peaceful, adding: “We must see the trauma, fear and exhaustion of being black in our state and our country.”He also called a special session on the state legislature to pass bills on police reforms he said were submitted two months ago but stifled by Republicans.”We cannot wait for Republican leadership to show up for work, because clearly they intend to keep us waiting,” he said. A video showing Wisconsin police shooting a black man in the back in front of his children sparked outrage across the United States on Monday, with officials calling in the national guard as they girded for a second night of violent protests.Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes said the shooting of Jacob Blake in the city of Kenosha reflected a pattern of police violence nationwide against African Americans.Kenosha County, on the shores of Lake Michigan, declared a “state of emergency curfew” from 8.00 pm until 7.00 am Tuesday, as angry citizens planned demonstrations. “The public needs to be off the streets for their safety,” the county sheriff said in a statement.Video footage showed Blake, 29, being shot in the back seven times at extremely close range by two officers Sunday as he tried to enter his car following what some observers said was his attempt to break up a fight.The footage and the lack of any immediate explanation provoked painful memories of the police killing of African American George Floyd three months ago in Minneapolis, which sparked massive nationwide protests.Blake was airlifted to hospital in Milwaukee in a serious condition, but local media reported Monday afternoon that his family said he was out of surgery and improving.  ‘Familiar violence’ “Tonight, Jacob Blake was shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight, in Kenosha, Wisconsin,” Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers said Sunday. “While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know for certain is that he is not the first black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement in our state or our country.”Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden called for a transparent probe into the shooting.”Yesterday, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back by police. His kids watched from the car. Today, we woke to grieve yet again. We need a full and transparent investigation,” he said.Barnes, the lieutenant governor, said Blake “was actually trying to deescalate a situation in his community but the responding officer didn’t feel the need to do the same.”This was not an accident. This wasn’t bad police work… This is familiar violence to too many of us. This didn’t start with George Floyd.” Kenosha police though pushed back at criticism, and urged the public to wait for the results of an investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Topics :last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Praises Senate Action to Form Bipartisan Lead Task Force

first_img June 13, 2017 Environment,  Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today praised the formation of a bipartisan task force to investigate the scope of Pennsylvania’s lead exposure problem. Senator John Yudichak (Luzerne/Carbon) led the charge for the Senate to pass a resolution to form the task force. The task force includes administration representatives, including the Secretaries of Health, Environmental Protection, and Labor and Industry, and the Physician General (or their designees).“We know that a number of areas of the commonwealth are dealing with various issues related to lead and this demands comprehensive investigation and action,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “My administration looks forward to participating and assisting in this effort. We’ve learned on issues like pensions, fair school funding, and the opioid epidemic that these statewide issues demand people coming together and hashing out a path forward. I thank the Senate, particularly Sen. Yudichak, for leading on this vital issue. I look forward to participating in the task force’s work and recommendations as we work to address lead issues facing many communities.”The resolution calls for the Senate to establish a task force on lead exposure comprised of the chairs of the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee and two members appointed by the Senate President pro tempore and the Minority Leader. An advisory committee of the Joint State Government Commission will conduct a comprehensive review of Pennsylvania law and public policy related to lead exposure and abatement practices and then submit a report to the task force and full Senate within 18-months. The report must assess the age of housing and infrastructure, lead exposure threats, and identify the prevalence of lead in structures where children spend significant time. Governor Wolf Praises Senate Action to Form Bipartisan Lead Task Forcecenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Pensions at UK subsidiaries ‘an extra burden for French firms’

first_img“However, the impact upon performance and return on investments of the UK subsidiary companies can be more pronounced,” he said.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Large French companies with UK defined benefit (DB) pension liabilities are finding these schemes a disproportionate drag on overall profitability compared to pension costs in their other operations, according to a new study.Data compiled by UK consultancy Barnett Waddingham showed that, although UK subsidiaries on average produced only 5% of global revenue for French companies, they accounted for 32% of global DB liabilities and 31% of total contributions.Andrew Vaughan, partner at Barnett Waddingham, said: “The costs and risks associated with DB pension schemes are well known within the industry.”In most cases, he said, the parent companies in the survey were leading players in their industries and able to absorb reasonably substantial pension costs. Source: Barnett WaddinghamFrench companies’ UK scheme funding levelsThe analysis of DB schemes covered 27 French companies with around £45.7bn (€52.3bn) of UK pension liabilities between them, and a combined deficit of £3.3bn. Most were constituents of the CAC40 stock index.The report revealed a similar picture to a survey of Spanish and Italian companies with UK subsidiaries, which Barnett Waddingham published in January.However, for the Spanish and Italian parent companies, the UK subsidiaries on average produced 15% of their companies’ global revenue, while their DB schemes accounted for an average 60% of the parent companies’ global DB liabilities.“In both France and southern Europe, UK subsidiaries on average only produce a small proportion of the global revenue, but they account for a much larger proportion of the global DB liabilities and contributions,” the consultancy said. “This suggests that in both regions, UK pensions may have a disproportionately large effect on the performance of the global company.”#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#center_img Source: Barnett WaddinghamFrench companies’ UK scheme contributions as percentage of profitslast_img read more

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Petrobras gets ‘favorable decision’ in Sete Brasil arbitration

first_imgBrazilian state-owned oil and gas giant Petrobras has obtained a favorable arbitration award related to a rig dispute with its compatriot offshore driller Sete Brasil. Petrobras and Sete Brasil initiated an out of court mediation over an offshore rig order dispute in September 2017. The two companies picked Gustavo Binenbojm to act as an impartial third party mediator, without decision-making power.Petrobras informed on Friday that the arbitration award rejected a request made by an investor of Sete Brasil, in judicial reorganization, in the arbitration against Petrobras, with the purpose of obtaining reimbursement of investment made in the Sondas Project.Petrobras also said on Friday that the adjusted amount of the lawsuit is approximately R$318 million ($95.9 million).FIP Sondas is a private equity fund from Brazil, which holds a 95% interest in Sete Brasil. The remaining 5% is held by Petrobras.Sete Brasil was established in late 2010 to build, own and operate a fleet of ultra-deepwater drillships and semi-submersibles to develop the Petrobras-operated pre-salt oil fields off Brazil’s Atlantic coast.This was supposed to be a 28-rig project worth about $90 billion in revenues. However, following a widespread corruption scandal in Brazil which involved both Sete and Petrobras, Sete failed to obtain the funds needed to pay for the rigs it had ordered from Sembcorp Marine and Keppel. Petrobras also refused to commit to the whole rig contract package.In April 2016, Sete Brazil was forced to file for bankruptcy protection due to Petrobras’ hesitation to sign the long-term contracts for the rigs ordered from the driller.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

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Barca agree personal terms for Martinez as transfer faces another hurdle

first_img Loading… Barcelona have agreed personal terms to sign Inter striker Lautaro Martinez but could only fund a transfer by selling Philippe Coutinho. A report in ESPN claims a verbal agreement between the Argentine striker and the Blaugrana is in place but the club’s ability to strike a deal with the Italian club remains a major stumbling block. Barcelona agree personal terms for Lautaro Martinez, but transfer depends on Coutinho sale Indeed, Barcelona transfer news has been defined by their interest in Martinez this summer and claims from Diario Sport said the striker’s €111m release clause has now expired, although it is unclear if the Catalan giants were ever prepared to sanction such a fee. Martinez’s current deal in Italy runs to June 2023 and was signed in July 2018, when Inter paid Racing Club a reported €22.7m for his services and he has swiftly established himself as a star in Italy. However, Barcelona are hopeful of landing the player by a combination of cash plus players in exchange, but even that scenario is said to be available should they be able to process the separate sale of Philippe Coutinho.Advertisement Read Also: Man City striker out of Real Madrid Champions League clash Barcelona are said to be keen on selling the former Liverpool star this year to raise vital funds, while the player is said to have little interest in returning to Inter or joining Paris Saint-Germain and instead is keen on a move to England. The Brazilian scored 21 goals in 76 outings for Barcelona after moving in a club record €160m fee from Liverpool in January 2018 but he has consistently flattered to deceive since. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO History10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian Actresses7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your Mind10 Popular Asian Actresses That Look Irresistible10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do10 Of The Worst Celebrity Dads In HollywoodTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Story Of The Small Italy Windows In The Walls Is Rather Grim8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

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La Liga : No fans return for start of new season

first_imgThe Spanish government does not believe fans will be able to return for the start of the new La Liga season. The 2020-21 Spanish football season schedule was confirmed this week, with the league campaign getting underway on 12-13 September this year. As per Cadena Ser’s El Larguero show, the situation will continually be monitored but there is not currently optimistic that fans will be able to return to matches by the early stages of the competition. There had been expectations that supporters would be allowed to return to grounds from the start of the 2020-21 campaign with hopes that the Covid-19 pandemic would have eased by that stage.Advertisement Read Also: UCL: Bayern must tighten defence against PSG in final, warns Flick However, local infection rates across Spain remain high and whilst the number of deaths and patients in intensive care are not close to the suffering at the peak of the initial outbreak, there is pessimism that there will be a return to normality this calendar year. Spanish football in June in order to complete the 2019-20 campaign and whilst the return of football was successful, fans have not been allowed to return to stadiums. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Breathtaking Train Stations Around The GlobeA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?last_img read more

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Wayman handles Eagle SportMod foes

first_imgOther winners were Jordan Grabouski in the IMCA Modifieds, Jeff Ware in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Dillon Richards in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.  EAGLE, Neb. (June 27) – Cole Wayman got the lead on lap seven and drove to the Karl Kustoms North­ern SportMod checkers Saturday at Eagle Raceway.  Wayman had cracked the top four on the fourth circuit and the top three the next time around. The final caution of the Star Spangled Showdown show came with six laps left and while Matt Andrews was the mn on the move, he had to settle for third behind Wayman and Mike Scheinost.  By Greg Soukupcenter_img Next weekend is Eagle Raceway’s annual Fourth of July Freedom Fest. There will be a Red, White and Blue Challenge at intermission with the area’s largest fireworks display following the final feature. Front gates open at 5 p.m. Toby Chapman was the fourth and final leader in the IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature, beating Adam Gullion and Ryan King to the checkers. last_img read more

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Girls Basketball Sectional

first_imgThe area girls’ sectionals begin tomorrow night in most of the sectional sites.  In the local area, East Central will be playing in the 4A sectional at Columbus East.  The Lady Trojans are seeded second behind Bloomington South.  In 3A, the sectional this year will take place at Lawrenceburg where the Greensburg Lady Pirates are a slight favorite over Rushville and Lawrenceburg.  Batesville is seeded 5th in this 7-team field.In 2A South Ripley is the top seed at South Decatur.  North Decatur is seeded 2nd and Milan is seeded 4th.  The 1A sectional this year will take place at Waldron.  Jac-Cen-Del is the favorite over the host Lady Mohawks.  Oldenburg Academy is seeded 3rd in this sectional.Good luck to all of our area teams.last_img read more

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