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Should hunting be allowed in national parks?

first_imgIllustration by Wade MickleyHouse Republicans recently introduced the Sportsmen’s Heritage Act, which would allow hunting in national parks. Do bullets and big crowds belong together in our most treasured wildlands?YESHunting in America’s national parks should be determined by two principles: scientific data and the premise that our national parks belong to everyone.Hunting is a wildlife management tool based upon a scientific need to perpetuate a healthy population of diverse wildlife; those tactics involve hunting and trapping. Hunting is about perpetuating wildlife, not destroying it.Hands-off wildlife management seems like a fad in comparison to wildlife management, which has served America well for over a century. The theory that our ecosystems would naturally balance themselves if left to their own devices creates situations like that found in Rocky Mountain National Park, where elk are overrunning the public lands. We must not forget that hunters are part of the public that are owners of the national parks, too.Implementation of controlled hunts is humane and can be done inexpensively with little disruption. Hunting and trapping, when done on an as-needed basis, can easily achieve the needs of population control for healthy species. This hunting or trapping can be accomplished in a short period of time with little interruption for park visitors. It seems a shame to spend hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to serve a need that can be done by qualified hunters at little or no cost with benefits for all.Tom Remington is a freelance writer and published author covering hunting and trapping. NOI grew up in a family of hunters and spent many memorable weekends of my young manhood hunting in the woods.  I still appreciate what hunters do for conservation efforts and respect their right to hunt on public lands across the country. I just don’t think hunting inside our national parks is a good idea.Hunting inside the parks runs counter to the National Park Service’s Organic Act, which says the parks were created to “conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wildlife therein.” In simple terms, the national parks were created to protect the lands, and everything on them, including the animals.The parks have been a place where animal populations could re-grow naturally following a decline in numbers. They serve as a refuge, giving herds of elk, bears, and other wildlife a chance to rebound. When a species’ population grows too large for the habitat, the animals tend to naturally migrate onto surrounding public lands, where hunters are given the opportunity to harvest them safely.But the parks haven’t just been a refuge for animals. They have also been popular destinations for travelers who want to experience America in all its spectacular and serene glory. That changes when hunting is allowed on these lands, as visitors would have to be constantly alert to the dangers of hiking or camping in areas that are shared with hunters. Hunting accidents occur between hunters all the time. Add a large group of park visitors who aren’t hunters, and you have a recipe for disaster.Hunters already have access to millions of acres of public land, including most national forests. Opening the parks to hunting is unnecessary, unsafe, and introduces whole new layers of bureaucracy. Leave the parks alone so that they can function as they were intended: to preserve the land and wildlife for future generations to enjoy.Kraig Becker served as media director for the Primal Quest expedition adventure race and is a member of the National Geographic Expeditions Advisory Board. What do you think?Join the national park hunting debate at blueridgeoutdoors.comlast_img read more

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21 throw their hats in the ring for Supreme Court opening

first_img21 throw their hats in the ring for Supreme Court opening June 1, 2002 Regular News 21 throw their hats in the ring for Supreme Court openingTwenty-one lawyers and judges have applied to replace retiring Justice Major Harding on the Florida Supreme Court. Seven are district court of appeal judges, seven are circuit judges, and seven are practicing attorneys.Applications had to be filed by 5 p.m. May 17, and the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission was scheduled to meet to begin reviewing them on May 23, after this News went to press, and conduct interviews beginning June 5 in Tampa.Those applying were: Second District Court of Appeal Judge Chris Altenbernd, 53, of Tampa; First Circuit Judge Kenneth Bell, 46, of Pensacola; attorney Raoul G. Cantero III, 41, of Miami; attorney Edward Royce Curtis, 61, of Ft. Lauderdale; Second DCA Judge Virginia Maria Hernandez Covington, 45, of Lakeland; 10th Circuit Judge Robert L. Doyel, 56, of Bartow; 18th Circuit Judge O.H. Eaton, 59, of Sanford; Assistant City Attorney William N. Drake, Jr., 56, of St. Petersburg; 11th Circuit Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely, 51, of Miami; Ninth Circuit Judge Robert M. Evans, 48, of Orlando; Fifth DCA Judge Charles M. Harris, 67, of Daytona Beach; First Circuit Judge Terry Michael Jones, 51, of Pensacola; 18th Circuit Court Judge Debra Steinberg Nelson, 48, of Sanford; First District Court of Appeal Judge Ricky L. Polston, 46, of Tallahassee; First DCA Judge Philip J. Padovano, 55, of Tallahassee; Northern Region Capital Collateral Regional Counsel Michael P. Reiter, 54, of Tallahassee; attorney Kenneth Wayne Sukhia of Tallahassee; attorney Albert Tellechea, 51, of Orlando; First DCA Judge Peter D. Webster, 53, of Tallahassee; attorney John Williams, 53, of Tallahassee; and First DCA Judge James Robert Wolf, 51, of Tallahassee.last_img read more

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Lee County judgeship available

first_imgLee County judgeship available July 1, 2006 Regular News Lee County judgeship available The 20th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Lee County bench, created by the elevation of Judge Edward J. Volz, Jr., to the circuit bench.Applicants must have been members of the Bar in good standing for the preceding five years, registered voters, and residents of the territorial jurisdiction of the court at the time they assume office.Applications may be downloaded from the Bar’s Web site at www.floridabar.org or are available from the office of William D. Keith, JNC vice chair, 3550 Tamiami Trail E., Naples 34112, phone (239) 774-2229.An original and nine copies of the completed application, with attachments, must be delivered to Keith no later than July 3. The submission of a photograph is encouraged and incomplete applications will not be considered.last_img read more

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WHO suspends trials of hydroxychloroquine as virus treatment

first_imgThe World Health Organization said on Monday it had temporarily suspended clinical trials of hydroxychloroquine as a potential treatment for coronavirus.The decision came after a study published in The Lancet medical journal last week suggested the drug could increase the risk of death among COVID-19 patients, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.Tedros said the executive group of the so-called Solidarity Trial, in which hundreds of hospitals across the world have enrolled patients to test several possible treatments for the novel coronavirus, had suspended trials using that drug as a precaution. Topics : “The Executive Group has implemented a temporary pause of the hydroxychloroquine arm within the Solidarity Trial while the safety data is reviewed by the Data Safety Monitoring Board,” Tedros said.”The other arms of the trial are continuing.” Hydroxychloroquine is normally used to treat arthritis but public figures including US President Donald Trump have backed the drug as a virus treatment, prompting governments to bulk buy.Trump said last week he was taking the drug as a preventative measure, but in an interview aired on Sunday on Sinclair Broadcasting he said he had completed his course. ‘Dangerous assumption’ The COVID-19 pandemic, which began late last year in China, has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and infected almost 5.5 million, according to an AFP tally using official sources.While there is still no approved treatment or vaccine, drastic measures that at one point saw half of humanity under lockdown have pushed down transmission rates in several countries.As many nations begin to gradually lift restrictions, the WHO stressed the need to maintain physical distancing and to scale up efforts to test and detect cases.”All countries need to remain on high alert,” WHO expert Maria Van Kerkhove said. “The virus will take the opportunity to amplify if it can.”WHO emergencies chief Michael Ryan warned against the idea that the pandemic might move in seasonal waves.”Making an assumption that it is on a downward trajectory, and the next danger point is some time in October or November, I think that would be a dangerous assumption,” he said.  “Finished, just finished,” Trump said. “And by the way, I’m still here. To the best of my knowledge, here I am.”Brazil’s health minister also recommended last week using hydroxychloroquine, as well as the anti-malarial chloroquine, to treat even mild COVID-19 cases. The Lancet study found that both drugs could produce potentially serious side effects, particularly heart arrhythmia.And neither drug helped patients hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the study, which looked at the records of 96,000 patients across hundreds of hospitals.Tedros said both drugs were generally safe for patients with autoimmune diseases or malaria.WHO chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan told Monday’s briefing the Solidarity Trial had been looking only at the effects of hydroxychloroquine and not chloroquine.The decision to suspend enrolment for trials using hydroxychloroquine was “a temporary measure”, she said.last_img read more

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COVID-19: West Java to enforce fines, community service for violators of face mask rule

first_imgThe West Java administration will require all residents to wear face masks starting Monday, with violators of the new policy to be fined as the province steps up efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.Many residents had failed to comply with government’s advice to wear face masks in public, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said. He said that he had signed a gubernatorial decree outlining the new policy, which would come into effect on Monday.According to the decree, those found not wearing a face mask in public will be given a Rp 100,000 (US$6.95) to Rp 150,000 fine or forced to do community service. “According to our [internal] survey, only 50 percent of West Java residents wear masks. We are imposing a fine so that we can reopen schools and the economy,” Ridwan, who serves as the province’s COVID-19 task force head, said in a virtual discussion on Tuesday.He said the policy was based on recommendations from experts, as face masks were key to minimizing coronavirus transmission.”We’ve listened to the health experts and economists. They believe a lockdown could reduce transmission of the virus, but wearing masks could work too,” he said.”However, a lockdown destroys the economy but wearing masks doesn’t. Japan has decided not to impose a lockdown but it imposes a mandatory use of face masks. So let’s wear masks.”The former Bandung mayor expressed hope that by imposing the policy, West Java residents could help the country to avoid an economic recession. West Java is Indonesia’s most populated province with a total population of nearly 50 million people.“We could reopen the economy as long as we wear masks and carry out aggressive testing. If successful, the West Java economy could grow 2.3 percent in December. If we fail, we could face recession, a negative growth to 2 percent,” Ridwan said.West Java has the fifth-most number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia with 6,218 cases and 206 fatalities as of Tuesday.Topics :last_img read more

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Lyon hold transfer talks with Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud

first_img France’s all-time top scorers Thierry Henry – 51 goalsMichel Platini – 41 goalsOlivier Giroud – 35 goals Comment (Picture: Getty)Chelsea are appealing a transfer ban, but face the prospect of being unable to sign any players until the summer of 2020.Sarri could also be relieved of his duties if there is not a turnaround in results and Chelsea fail to qualify for the Champions League.A new coach and a transfer ban may give Giroud new hope he could become the No.1 striker at the club.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Coral BarryThursday 28 Mar 2019 11:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link317Shares Aulas has met with Giroud (Picture: Getty)Giroud spoke out about his frustrations at the club and Aulas has now made the first move to sign the Frenchman.ADVERTISEMENTLe Parisien claim Aulas and Giroud met up to discuss a potential switch to Lyon, with the club chief laying out his vision for the Ligue 1 side moving forward.AdvertisementAdvertisementGiroud played his entire career in France before joining Arsenal in 2012. Giroud scored in action for France this month (Picture: Getty)Lyon want to sign Olivier Giroud and club president Jean-Michel Aulas has reportedly already sat down with the Chelsea star.Giroud linked up with his international team-mates last week, scoring against Iceland to move third in France’s all-time goalscoring charts.The striker has scored freely in the Europa League for Chelsea, but has found himself sidelined by Maurizio Sarri in the Premier League.center_img Lyon hold transfer talks with Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud Advertisement Advertisement The 32-year-old moved to Chelsea last year, but it is unclear if the club want to extend Giroud’s current deal, which expires this summer.Chelsea can trigger another 12 months on Giroud’s contract, which would then require Lyon to submit a bid.It is suggested Giroud would cost somewhere in the region of £13million, but the forward is keen to wait and see what happens at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

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Danish regulator reprimands pension fund for engineers

first_imgBeing a smaller player in the pensions market is challenging, he said, particularly with increasingly stringent demands for pension funds.“So one could say we have been prudent and have already taken account of this particular scenario, but the inspection just happened before everything was fully in place,” he said.The FSA said that when it had inspected ISP in January 2014, the pension fund had been unable to calculate its individual solvency requirement according to the new rules.In its report, the authority said: “In this context, the FSA considers it reprehensible that neither the supervisory board nor the management board was in possession of a clear enough basis for assessing whether proposed and implemented risk-reduction measures were sufficient to ensure compliance with the current solvency requirements in the transition to a new method.”On the subject of ISP’s agreed cooperation with AP Pension, the FSA criticised the pension fund for failing to have a clear enough basis for making that agreement in the first place. This meant the pension fund had put itself in a situation where it was unclear to what extent tasks would be solved within the framework of the agreement.The FSA said it had told ISP back in January 2013 that the pension fund did not have adequate collective skills on its supervisory board.It said it had now given the pension fund a risk notification because ISP had still not taken the necessary steps to strengthen collective skills on the board. The pension fund was also reprimand for failing to take enough account of the differences in mortality rates for scheme members with guaranteed with-profits pensions and those with unit-link pensions. Regarding investment practice, the FSA ordered ISP to set clear risk limits in relation to which asset types it may invest in, and about the extent to which interest-rate derivatives could be used.“Furthermore, a reprimand was given on the setting of adequate guidelines on concentration risk,” the FSA said.The authority said ISP’s average investment return for with-profits pension savings had been lower than those produced by comparable businesses over the last five years.At the end of the first quarter, ISP had a capital requirement of DKK578m, the FSA said, and a solvency level of 1.31.Bytoft said at no point had there been any risk to members’ savings. The Danish financial regulator (FSA/Finanstilsynet) has reprimanded engineers’ pension fund ISP for being unable to calculate its solvency requirement, as well as a lack of skills among its directors.ISP, the pension fund for technical and diploma-qualified engineers, responded by saying it had already decided to outsource most operational functions to commercial provider AP Pension, and that this arrangement would be in place in the second half of this year.The labour-market pension fund, which manages DKK15.4bn of pension assets, announced the outsourcing deal in June last year.Lars Bytoft, chairman of ISP’s supervisory board, said: “We at ISP have decided long ago that it will give us many advantages if we outsourced the majority of our activities to AP Pension.”last_img read more

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Thai king strips ‘disloyal’ royal consort of titles

first_imgBANGKOK – Thailand’s King MahaVajiralongkorn has stripped his newly named royal consort of her titles andmilitary ranks for being “disloyal” and conducting a rivalry with QueenSuthida, the palace said.      Royal consort General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi was stripped by Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn of her titles and military ranks for being “disloyal,” the palace said on Monday. ROYAL HOUSEHOLD BUREAU/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS King Vajiralongkorn was crowned hereas constitutional monarch in May after first taking the throne following the2016 death of his father, who reigned for 70 years.    Sineenat, 34, had breached a code ofconduct for courtiers and was disloyal, the palace said on Monday.center_img It made the extraordinary announcementjust months after the king, who was officially crowned in May, made SineenatWongvajirapakdi a royal noble consort – the first such appointment in almost acentury. Days before his coronation ceremonies,the king married the deputy head of his personal bodyguard, Suthida Tidjai, 41,giving her the title of Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana.(Reuters)last_img read more

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Lambunao 1st COVID case infects 4 family members

first_imgAll four ofthem were asymptomatic (not showing COVID-19 symptoms) and currently on homequarantine, according to DOH. These droplets also land on objects andsurfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching theseobjects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. The five newcases brought to 30 the number of COVID-19 cases in Region 6, according to theDepartment of Health (DOH). The family nowhas a total of six members positive for COVID-19. Earlier, a 44-year-olddaughter also tested positive. Not wearing facemask in public places is now an offense in Iloilo city and province. Facemask covering the nose and mouth of the wearer prevents droplets expelled when coughing or sneezing from infecting others, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Contracttracing has also been launched. Meanwhile, theother confirmed positive case yesterday was a 48-year-old male from BacolodCity (Patient No. 26) with a travel history to Los Angeles, USA and Manila. Healso had hypertension and polymyositis. All residentsof the town are strictly required to stay in their homes except for one familymember with a quarantine pass to buy basic necessities./PN The four newcases in Lambunao were the 70-year-old wife (Patient No. 29) of the town’sfirst case (who eventually died) and the couple’s three children – a39-year-old female (Patient No. 27), 41-year-old male (Patient No. 28) and a48-year-old female (Patient No. 30). Antique andGuimaras still have no cases. ILOILO City –Western Visayas recorded five more persons positive for the coronavirus disease(COVID-19) yesterday, four of whom were family members of the first confirmedcase in the municipality of Lambunao. With theadditional cases in Lambunao, Mayor Reynor Gonzales ordered strict homequarantine of all the residents of the barangay where the family with positivecases resides. Peoplecan catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread fromperson to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spreadwhen a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales, according to the World HealthOrganization (WHO). In the wholeRegion 6, Iloilo province has now the most number of positive cases with 11,followed by Bacolod City with seven, Aklan with five, Capiz and Iloilo Citywith three each, and Negros Occidental, one. The localgovernment of Lambunao called on to those who have close contact with thefamily members to coordinate with the Municipal Health Office. Meantime, allthe needs of the quarantined family are being shouldered by the localgovernment of Lambunao. He had closecontact of Patient No. 14, still with dry cough but in stable condition. last_img read more

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Tigers Pounce Argonauts

first_img Share Tigers Pounce Argonauts April 6, 2007 Box Score  PENSACOLA, Fla. – Mike Jeffcoat’s 100th game as head coach of West Florida (30-11; 6-4 GSC) was not as fond of a memory as he would have hoped as his Argonauts were trounced 12-2 by visiting West Alabama (27-11; 8-2 GSC) Friday night at Pelican Park on the UWF campus.The game started as a pitchers duel as starters Jonathan Weaver (Molino, Fla./ Tate HS) and Noel Baca III battled back and forth for the first five innings with West Alabama taking an early 2-0 lead.West Alabama broke the game open with a three-run sixth inning to take a 5-0 lead. The Tigers scored three runs on three hits in the inning and threatened to score more but stranded two runners on base. Todd Rea drove in the first run with an RBI single and West Alabama manufactured the other two runs on a ground out and a wild pitch.The Tigers added to their lead with five runs coming on seven hits in the seventh inning. Clark Humber, Clint Moody, Chris Gilbertsen and Dallas Rodgers all picked up RBI singles in the inning, while Rob Dahlberg smacked an RBI triple.West Florida did not score their first run until the bottom of the seventh inning. Clay Wallace (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/ Pensacola Junior College) and Logan Hundley (Gulf Breeze, Fla./ Jefferson Davis CC) got the rally started with a pair of singles. Daniel Jones (Wetumpka, Ala./ Gulf Coast CC) walked to load the bases and Jon Reed (Chesterfiled, Va./ University of Virginia-Wise) followed with a walk to score the Argonauts first run of the game.The Argonauts cut the score to 10-2 with another run in the eighth inning. Peter Antoske (Olmsted Township, Ohio/ St. Edwards HS) reached second base on a fielding error and was knocked in on a Kyle Andrews (Fort Walton Beach, Fla./ Fort Walton Beach HS) single to right field.The Tigers added two insurance runs in the top half of the ninth inning giving them the 10-run lead. Both runs were scored on a pair of home runs by Jake DeRoy and Brent Bumgarner.Weaver (4-1), reigning Gulf South Conference Pitcher of the Week, picked up his first the loss of the season tossing 5 and 1/3 innings. He allowed six runs, five earned, on six hits while striking out four batters.For West Alabama Noel Baca (6-4) received the win, pitching 7 innings and allowing only one run on four hits. He struck out eight and walked two.The Argonauts loss first lost in theri last seven games came in the first game of a double header Friday night against the TigersPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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