Photo courtesy Virginia Department of Game and Inland FisheriesBy Jessica PorterGreat Smoky Mountains National Park and Shenandoah National Park are two of the most densely bear-populated sections of the trail. Yet very few bear-related incidents occur in these popular parks each year. “We’ve had no human bear conflicts in 30 years,” says Karen Beck-Herzog, public affairs officer and lands coordinator for Shenandoah National Park.But there was one fatal encounter that occurred in the Smokies in 2004. Young bears that are recently away from their mothers’ care are more prone to act predatory, especially in the spring when food can be challenging to find, which was the case in this situation, says Dana Soehn, management assistant of public affairs for Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Situations like these are very rare: 9 million people visit the Smokies every year.Though black bears in the Southeast don’t fully hibernate and are active all year, hikers most often report bear encounters in the spring and the fall, says Laurie Potteiger, information services manager of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. In the spring, black bears are just waking up from winter and looking for food. Much of their food is not available yet, so they are very active foraging. In the fall, they are preparing for the winter and on the hunt for acorns, making sightings common.Improper food storage is one of the most common ways to wind up with an unwanted bear encounter. Hang food from a tree limb approximately 10 feet high and 6 feet from the tree. “If the bag is hung too low, you completely defeat the purpose of it,” says Potteiger. She advises that all food and scented items, including toiletries, should go in the bag.The parks use aversive conditioning—including noisemakers, firecrackers, and pellet guns— to discourage troublesome bears from becoming habituated to humans. “We want to keep our bears wild; we don’t want them to feel comfortable approaching people,” says Soehn.In the Smokies, there are typically about 20 bears per year not deterred by these methods, says biologist Bill Stiver. The park will then capture the bear and remove a tooth to tag it and document its health and age, hoping the process is so unpleasant that it will work as a greater deterrent. If the bear returns after being released, it’s captured again and moved to a more isolated location.If a bear gets too close…Make noise and spread your arms to look as big as possible.Back up slowly to create space between you and the bear.Don’t look it in the eye. In the extremely rare case that the bear acts aggressively, stand your ground and do not run.If it attacks, fight back using any weapon (like trekking poles or rocks) that you can find.
Officials announced a mandatory curfew in the town of Palm Beach to prevent the spread of coronavirus. It is set to start Tuesday night at 9 p.m. and end at 6 a.m. each day.Officials say exceptions will be for town residents, town ID holders and medical personnel. And all public beaches and the Phipps Ocean Tennis Center are shutting down.No curfews have been instituted elsewhere in Palm Beach County or the Treasure Coast.
Tags: elite golf, GB&I, Royal St George’s, Vagliano Trophy, Women’s Golf Eight English players have been selected for the initial GB&I squad for the 2019 Vagliano Trophy match against the Continent of Europe.Four are Curtis Cup players: India Clyburn (pictured), Annabell Fuller, Alice Hewson, and Lily May Humphreys. Alongside them are Lianna Bailey, 2018 St Rule Trophy winner; Hollie Muse, a semi-finalist at the Women’s Amateur Championship; Bel Wardle, the Portuguese open champion; and Caitlin Whitehead, the European Young Masters champion.They are in a 19-strong squad selected by The R&A. The biennial match will be played at Royal St George’s, on the Kent coast, from 28-29 June. GB&I will be aiming to win the match for the first time since 2005 when they defeated the Continent of Europe 13-11 at Golf de Chantilly.England’s Elaine Ratcliffe, who will lead the team for the first time as captain of GB&I, said: “We have selected a talented group of players and they all now have a chance to make their case to be included in the team to play the Continent of Europe.“We will be monitoring their results closely over the coming months as well as the performance of other players who still have time to play their way into our plans, ahead of selecting the eight golfers to play at Royal St George’s.”The GB&I team will be made up of the two highest ranked golfers in the World Amateur Golf Ranking™ on 29 May and six players chosen by The R&A women’s selection committee.Six players will be selected on Monday 3 June, following the St Rule Trophy, and two players selected on Monday 17 June, following the Women’s Amateur Championship at Royal County Down.The GB&I team for the Junior Vagliano Trophy match will be announced on Monday 3 June.The GB&I squad:Lianna Bailey (21, Kirby Muxloe, Lesicestershire, England)India Clyburn (22, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, England)Beth Coulter, (14, Kirkistown Castle, Ireland)Hannah Darling (15, Broomieknowe, Scotland)Annabell Fuller (16, Roehampton, Surrey, England)Chloe Goadby (21, St Regulus, Scotland)Paula Grant (25, Lisburn, Ireland)Alice Hewson (21, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England)Lily May Humphreys (16, Stoke by Nayland, Essex, England)Connie Jaffrey (22, Troon Ladies, Scotland)Hannah McCook (25, Grantown-on-Spey, Scotland)Olivia Mehaffey (21, Royal County Down Ladies, Ireland)Shannon McWilliam (18, Aboyne, Scotland)Hollie Muse (19, West Lancashire, Lancashire, England)Ffion Tynan (15, Minchinhampton, Gloucestershire, Wales)Lauren Walsh (18, Castlewarden, Ireland)Isobel Wardle (19, Prestbury, Cheshire, England)Caitlin Whitehead (16, Carus Green, Cumbria, England)Annabel Wilson (17, Lurgan, Ireland) Image © Leaderboard Photography 2 Jan 2019 English eight in GB&I Vagliano squad
Chonburi officials congratulated the family of native daughter Sukanya Srisurat after she won Thailand’s second gold medal in weightlifting at the Rio Olympics.Gold medalist Sukanya Srisurat, of Thailand completes a successful lift in the women’s 58kg weightlifting competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 8. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)Sricracha District Chief Wornyan Boonarat, district Red Cross members and members of the Sport Association of Chonburi called on Sukanya’s family Aug. 9, a day after she lifted a combined 240 kilograms to win the gold medal in the women’s 58kg bracket.The 21-year-old set an Olympic record in the snatch with 110kg, before lifting 130kg in the clean and jerk. Pimsiri Sirikaew took the silver medal in the same event, the first time Thai athletes have finished 1-2 in an Olympic event.Srisurat gave Thailand its second gold medal in women’s weightlifting. Sopita Tanasan opened the Games with a gold in the 48kg class. Chonburi native Sukanya was born on May 3, 1996 and first competed in 2009 before being added to the national team in 2010. A black cloud was cast over her weightlifting career when she was banned for two years in May 2011 after testing positive for the outlawed anabolic steroid methandienone.In 2013, Sukanya returned to the sport at the Asian Championships in North Korea where she won three silver medals. She took gold at the 27th Sea Games in Myanmar that year.In 2014, she won two more gold medals at a Russian competition and two at a Polish tourney. She has also collected numerous medals in domestic competitions.
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe Nelson Leafs rolled the dice Saturday night against the Castlegar Rebels, believing the Heritage City squad could play undisciplined hockey and still win.However, the defending Kootenay Conference Champs didn’t get to the KIJHL final last season by fluke.The Rebels looked to be in mid-season form, making the Leafs pay for their mistakes by scoring four times on the power play en route to a 6-3 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League drubbing of Nelson at the NDCC Arena.The win by the Sunflower City squad avenged a 3-0 loss Friday in Castlegar.“I thought we controlled the play for a good portion of the game but penalties just killed us really in the (third period),” said Leaf defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk, wearing the captain’s “C” for the game.“I thought we were playing well except for a 10-minute span in the third period.”The Kelowna native was correct in his assessment of the game.The Leafs displayed flashes of brilliance before a somewhat controversial goal eight minutes into the third period by Aaron Brewer appeared to turn the tide in the favour of the Rebels.Brewer sped into the Leaf end and dribbled a shot past Leaf goalie Patrick Defoe.The Leafs protested the net was already dislodged from the goal line before players colliding with Defoe completely removed the goal.However, two consecutive power play goals by Tyler Robinson and Erik Alden, the latter coming less than two minutes after Brewer’s game winner, was more than enough to erase any controversy and give Castlegar its first win of the season.“I’m obviously happy . . . happy with the win,” said Rebel head coach Steve Junker. “It’s nice to get that first one out of the way.”“We took a step in the right direction tonight,” Junker added. “I don’t think we had a very good start . . . it was pretty sloppy on both sides. But we were able to find a way to win and obviously finding the back of the net helps with confidence. Hopefully we can build off of that.”Nelson held leads of 1-0 thanks to a shorthanded marker by Patrick Martens and 3-2-advantage after two second period goals by James Sorriey and Max Mois erased a 2-1 Castlegar lead.But Anthony Delong tied the game at 3-3 with a marker late in the middle frame on a delayed penalty.And the Rebels made the Leafs pay for their undisciplined ways with three goals in the third.Delong and Alden each finished the game with two goals and an assist for three points.Tyler Robinson scored the other Castlegar marker.Alex Ross was solid in goal, especially in the second period when Nelson peppered the Montrose native with 14 shots. Ross finished the game stopping 24 of 27 pucks.Defoe, who started training camp in Castlegar, took the loss.Both coaches are eager to get some practice time after a month of finding the right players to fill out the respective rosters.The Leafs next game is Friday when the Green and White host Kelowna Chiefs while the Rebels travel to Grand Forks to meet the Border Bruins.ICE CHIPS: Prior to the start of Saturday’s game the Leafs paid tribute to four people who played major roles in Nelson hockey. Two devoted fans, Nina Arabia and Harold Epp, died during the off season as well as former senior Leaf goalie Gerry Koehle and longtime scorekeeper Jim Kienholz. The bearded scorekeeper was killed in a plane crash over the summer. . . .Leaf defenceman Walker Sidoni tried to fire up his teammates after going toe-to-toe with Anthony Delong in a third-period tilt. Sidoni, however, was whistled for the extra two-minutes for instigating allowing the Rebels to score its fifth goal of the game on the power play. . . .Nelson lost its second defenceman of the night minutes later when Riley Henderson was hit with a checking-from-behind penalty, which carries an automatic game [email protected]
Oscar, Gary Cahill, Cesar Azpilicueta and Baba Rahman are restored to the Chelsea side for the Champions League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv.Baba Rahman gets a chance to impress at left-back, where Kenedy caught the eye for the Blues in Saturday’s league win against Norwich.Boss Jose Mourinho’s other three changes mean Branislav Ivanovic, Kurt Zouma and Pedro drop to the bench.Chelsea, currently second in Group G, will qualify for the knockout stage with a game to spare if they win in Israel this evening and third-placed Dynamo Kiev fail to win away against group leaders Porto.Chelsea: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry, Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Blackman, Ivanovic, Zouma, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
28 August 2014Mayors and councillors should be at the forefront of the fight against water leakages in South Africa, says KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu.Mchunu was visiting KwaMashu Township in Durban on Tuesday as part of the government’s War on Water Leaks campaign.“We will continue with this campaign across the province, and mayors and councillors must demonstrate leadership and be at the forefront of this campaign,” Mchunu said, while encouraging communities to report water leaks and illegal connections to the authorities.“Through the War on Water Leaks campaign, we are educating the people of this province about the importance of fixing leaking taps in their homes,” he said, noting that one drop per second from a leaking tap wasted up to 30 litres of water an hour, meaning that one household could waste 10 000 litres of water per year through leaking taps.“This excludes water leaks in schools, hospitals, clinics, government offices, public buildings and other recreational facilities in various municipalities.”He said that water leaks and illegal connections did not only occur in residential areas but also in industrial areas.“In this regard, government is committed to working with captains of industry, business chambers, small and commercial farmers in order to ensure that we comply with the water laws in the country.”The Premier announced that the provincial Water and Sanitation Department had allocated R2.4-million to eThekwini Municipality to take care of water leaks in the Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu (INK) areas.“In the INK Area (Inanda, Ntuzuma and KwaMashu) about 533 leaks have been identified and fixed. About 375 illegal connections have been removed. 950 cases have been investigated,” he said.“At the end of second quarter in December 2012, eThekwini Municipality was losing more than 237-million litres a day – an increase of 3.467 million litres every day when compared to the whole of the 2011/12 financial year period. In 2011/12 the eThekwini Municipality a total of 85.6-billion litres – more than 234-million of litres a day.”He encouraged municipalities to use the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant to implement water conservation programmes, and to concrete action plans in partnerships with Water Service Authorities, Water Boards and other bodies such as the Water Research Commission, the Strategic Water Partners Network, the KwaZulu- Natal Water Conservation Forum and tertiary institutions.Source: SAnews.gov.za
Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#mobile#web marshall kirkpatrick Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Location based social network Foursquare is the darling of the media’s eye these days and appears to be growing very fast. Rumors are growing louder that Netscape co-founder Marc Andreesen’s venture capital fund is about to invest in the startup and the company now reports that it sees “100,000 new users every 10 days.”Is old-school local social network Yelp scared? No, says Eric Singley, Yelp’s Director of Consumer and Mobile Products. Singley told us he finds Foursquare’s user numbers “hard to quantify” and said “they don’t blow my mind.” Foursquare may be fun, he says, but Yelp remains the best place to find good restaurants and bars to patronize. Yelp is also much bigger than Foursquare. Tonight the company is making a number of mobile announcements that seem aimed directly at defending Yelp’s crown.Yelp Mobile is Already BigStarting tonight, local businesses that have created free accounts and claimed their listings on Yelp will receive additional analytics specific to mobile user traffic: the number of times they’ve shown up in mobile search, the number of times mobile users have clicked to call them by telephone and the number of times users have clicked for directions to their business.Yelp says that 2 million unique users searched on a mobile Yelp app last month, performing 27% of the total searches the company saw. The entire Foursquare network claims 1.8 million users. Yelp said this Spring that it sees 31 million unique visitors to its website every month. That means Yelp is probably at least 15 times as big as Foursquare. The tech press is fixated on Foursquare (ourselves included) because it is more social networky, more innovative and may be significantly faster growing. It’s only 15 months old. It’s also a lot less useful than Yelp is. Founded by an ex-PayPal crew more than five years ago, Yelp has raised about $30 million in venture funding itself. Two and a half years ago it had a rumored valuation that was already two and a half times what Foursquare’s reported valuation is today.Possibly as soon as next month, Singley says Yelp will release an Android app with check-ins, a feature clearly modeled after upstarts like Foursquare but that Yelp says is proving successful with its users as well.Foursquare is very interesting, as a multi-purpose location platform it may prove a very disruptive technology. Maybe. But it will be hard pressed to turn the tables between business owners and consumers the way Yelp has in this country and it remains a fraction of the size as a business, despite the hype.Business owners all around the United States will begin getting emails tonight showing them just how important Yelp’s own mobile applications are to their bottom line. Foursquare loyalty programs might be big someday, but Yelp mobile numbers are likely to make a big impression right away. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts
AFA president Tapia: Messi will play again for Argentinaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArgentine FA president Claudio Tapia believes Barcelona star Leo Messi will return to the national team.Messi has stepped aside from playing for Argentina after a disappointing World Cup.But Tapia says: “Leo Messi never left the national team. I believe for the love he has wearing the Argentinian jersey that when he is summoned, he will answer immediately, I have no doubt. “It depends on the coach, not on him. I hope he will appear in the next games so to be able to take advantage of his talent.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say