Outdoor Updates: potential fee changes in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests

first_imgNew research shows that sharks have only one fear: the orca Tsali Mountain Bike and Equestrian Trail Complex increase from $2 to $5 per rider per day, and $15 to $30 for an annual pass. U.S. Forest Service proposes fee changes in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests The U.S. Forest Service is proposing to change recreation fees at four areas in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. Current fees have remained the same for over a decade and the goal of the fee change is to establish a consistent fee throughout all of North Carolina’s national forests and to pay to upgrade sites. Proposed fee changes include: Virginia regulators vote to enter the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative but face push-back from Republicans The public comment period is open from April 22- May 31, 2019. Comments can be sent via email to NFsNCfeeproposals@fs.fed.us. center_img A citizen board responsible for regulating air pollution in Virginia has voted to enter into an agreement with other states to reduce the carbon dioxide emissions released at the state’s power plants. The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative aims to reduce pollution from fossil fuel powered power plants by 30 percent over the next 10 years. State republicans oppose the idea and are attempting to block the move, calling it a tax that will hurt the state’s ability to attract new businesses. Earlier this year, Governor Northam vetoed GOP legislation that would have stopped Virginia from participating in the program without support from two-thirds of the general assembly. Brown Mountain OHV Trail Complex and Wayehutta OHV Trail Complex increase from $5 to $15 per vehicle per day, and $30 to $60 for an annual pass. A new paper published in the journal Nature Scientific Reports has found that when great white sharks encounter orcas they flee immediately and will swim great distances to get away, not returning to the same area until the following year. Orcas swim as fast as great white sharks—35 miles an hour—and hunt in groups. They have occasionally been observed eating great white sharks. Researchers tracked 165 sharks near the Farallon Islands off San Francisco. In the best-documented case, orcas from two separate pods arrived in an area where 17 great white sharks were hunting. When the orcas arrived the sharks took off, swimming as far as fifty miles away. Scientists say that while they don’t know for sure why the sharks bolted it could be because they feared for their lives, or because they were being bullied by the orcas. Swan Cabin increase from $25 to $50 per nightlast_img read more

4M cards stolen from restaurant breaches available on dark web

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » A new report from KrebsOnSecurity reveals that four million credit and debit cards are available for sale on one of the largest cybercrime websites. The stolen card data comes from four different restaurants that have been compromised this year.According to the article, three of the four compromised restaurants – Moe’s, McAlister’s Deli, and Schlotzsky’s – are owned by the same company, Focus Brands. The company disclosed in August that it had been breached between April and July. The other restaurant, Krystal, was breached between July and September and notified the public late last month.Most of the restaurants affected were in the central and eastern parts of the U.S., with the highest exposure in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Alabama. The article includes more insights into the stolen card data and references a number of recent reports on payment security.last_img read more

Oscar win draws unlikely political support for ‘Parasite’s’ Bong

first_imgThe rest of the family then scheme to secure jobs in the wealthy household by inflating their qualifications and pretending they’re not related.Concerns with class and inequality fueled mass protests in 2016 that led to Park Geun-hye’s impeachment and subsequent ouster and propelled Moon into power the next year. While Moon’s administration has since been hit by its own corruption scandals, allegations that the Park administration excluded artists including Bong from state funding complicate any opposition hopes of scoring points from his victory.Bong was among 9,473 artists and cultural figures blacklisted for voicing criticism of how the administration handled the Sewol ferry sinking in 2014, according to South Korea’s culture ministry. Also on the list was CJ Group’s Miky Lee, a relentless advocate for Bong who shared the Oscar stage Sunday and who the Park administration pressured the company to demote.That hasn’t stopped LPK candidates from trying to leverage Bong’s status as a symbol of South Korean soft power. Kwak Sang-do, who was once Park’s senior presidential secretary for civil affairs and later served on the National Assembly’s cultural committee, pledged to expand cultural facilities in Bong’s hometown of Daegu.‘Act of Desperation’Another conservative candidate, Bae Young-shik, suggested erecting a statue of Bong, naming a street after him, as well as restoring his birth home.“The US, Russia, and Europe do not hold back on investing to honor their artists, politicians, academics, and scientists by making streets and erecting statues,” Bae told the DongA Ilbo newspaper. “We must support making Bong’s national contributions known all over the nationwide and worldwide.”Still, it’s unclear how many points such proposals will score with voters.“This is an act of desperation by the South Korean conservatives,” cultural critic Chin Jung-kwon wrote on Facebook. “They are trying to free-ride on director Bong Joon Ho’s glorious victory — that’s some gall.” Topics : “Parasite” director Bong Joon Ho is getting support from unexpected quarters in the wake of the film’s historic Academy Awards triumph: South Korean conservatives.Since Bong became the first director of a foreign-language film to hoist a Best Picture Oscar on Sunday, conservative politicians have been rushing to lionize the filmmaker. One candidate seeking election in the country’s upcoming parliamentary election has proposed naming a street after Bong and erecting statues to him and his characters. Another proposed building a film museum in his hometown.The calls are surprising if only because they’re coming from members of South Korea’s opposition Liberty Korea Party, the successor group that backed former President Park Geun-hye. Park’s staff maintained a blacklist that denied state funding to artists such as Bong and more than 9,000 other cultural figures critical of the government.center_img The attempt to capitalize on “Parasite’s” groundbreaking Oscars success highlights a problem facing the LKP as it attempts to take the National Assembly back from President Moon Jae-in’s Democratic Party in the April general elections.A recent Korea Gallup poll showed 31% of the voters were undecided while 36% supported the ruling Democratic Party and 20% for the Liberty Korea Party, which voters historically associate with the pro-conglomerate policies widely blamed for the social inequality given global exposure by Bong’s film.Class and Inequality“Parasite” tells the story of the poor Kim family whose son Ki-wu gets a job teaching English to the daughter of a tech executive named Park Dong-ik. last_img read more

KPK receives more than 800 complaints on social aid in less than 3 months

first_imgTopics : According to Jakarta-based SMERU Research Institute researcher Athia Yumna, the root cause of the problem was the sluggish pace at which regional governments regularly updated their list of beneficiaries.To ensure accountability in the distribution, the KPK issued a circular in April that urged government agencies and regional administrations to utilize the Social Affairs Ministry’s Integrated Data on Social Welfare (DTKS), in addition to citizen identification numbers to verify social aid recipients.The KPK has also urged regional governments to deliver the aid to citizens who are unregistered but meet the central government’s criteria to receive the COVID-19 relief. Afterward, regional governments are expected to submit reports on said social aid distribution to the Social Affairs Ministry to update the beneficiary data. Previously, KPK chairman Filri Bahuri asserted that those found guilty of corruption relating to COVID-19 relief funds could face the death penalty. The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has received 894 complaints pertaining to social aid in less than three months through its dedicated digital platform, JAGA Bansos, as the government distributes trillions of rupiah to help citizens during the COVID-19 epidemic. The complaints came from 243 regional administrations, namely 19 provincial administration and 224 cities and regencies administration, between May 29 and Aug. 7.“As many as 369 reports were from those who did not receive social aid even though [they said] they had registered for the program,” said KPK commissioner Lili Pantauli Siregar during a press conference on the KPK’s biennial performance report on Tuesday. center_img The KPK has resolved 357 of the total complaints, while 207 others were being processed. In the meantime, the agency is still verifying the remaining 312 complaints. JAGA Bansos is a feature in KPK’s portal and mobile app, JAGA, which provides the public with information and complaint submission services. The feature, which is accessible at jaga.id, allows the public to make reports over suspected irregularities and misappropriations regarding the distribution of COVID-19 relief.The initiative is also part of the KPK’s role in supervising the government’s national COVID-19 mitigation spending, totaling Rp 695.2 trillion (US$47.03 million). Out of this budget, the government has allotted Rp 203.8 trillion for social safety nets, including various forms of social assistance.The distribution of the assistance, however, has faced many hurdles, with reports mentioning slow or mistargeted distribution amid red tape and lack of coordination among central and regional governments. last_img read more

Reiss Nelson reveals Arsenal’s summer signing David Luiz has encouraged him to take more risks

first_imgDavid Luiz has quickly emerged as a leader at Arsenal following his move from Chelsea (Picture: Getty)‘It’s a great feeling to have a lot of big characters in the team who are willing to help the younger players come through and help them do well,’ he said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘You see the likes of Laca, Auba and Granit who are all big players in the team. David Luiz is a new addition and he’s always talking to me, always talking about the mental side of football.‘You can have a bad pass or a bad shot, but you need to do this to take the risk. You need to shoot to score the goal. If it goes wide, you just need to keep going and keep your head up.‘I think that helps you a lot.’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 CityNelson has long been regarded as one of Arsenal’s best up-and-coming young players and featured 16 times for the club during Arsene Wenger’s final season in 2017-18.In a bid to accelerate his progress further, Arsenal loaned Nelson out to Bundesliga side Hoffenheim last term and he enjoyed a productive spell, scoring seven times in 29 appearances.Luiz, meanwhile, was a surprise deadline day signing from Chelsea but he has quickly emerged as a leader of Emery’s side, starting in three of Arsenal’s four Premier League matches.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Reiss Nelson has made two appearances for Arsenal so far this season (Picture: Getty)Reiss Nelson has admitted that David Luiz has been encouraging him to take greater risks in the final third following his first-team breakthrough at Arsenal this season.The 19-year-old started Arsenal’s first two Premier League matches of the season against Newcastle United and Burnley before making way for club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.Nelson showed flashes of his potential in those first two outings but he was unable to reward Unai Emery’s show of faith with a goal or assist, missing a good chance against Burnley.However, Nelson revealed that Arsenal’s experienced players, in particular, Luiz, have advised him not to let his confidence dip if he misses a shot and instead to keep trying to score.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Reiss Nelson reveals Arsenal’s summer signing David Luiz has encouraged him to take more risks Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 10 Sep 2019 8:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link874Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Chicken nuggets recalled due to possible foreign matter

first_imgWashington D.C. — Tyson Foods, Inc., a Sedalia, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 36,420 pounds of chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.The panko chicken nugget items were produced on Nov. 26, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]5-lb. plastic packages of “Tyson WHITE MEAT PANKO CHICKEN NUGGETS” with a “BEST IF USED BY” date of “NOV 26 2019,” case code “3308SDL03” and time stamps 23:00 through 01:59 (inclusive).The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-13556” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.The problem was discovered when the establishment received consumer complaints of extraneous material in purchased Panko Chicken Nugget products. FSIS was notified on Jan. 29, 2019.There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.last_img read more

Nancy Lu Hall, 80, West Harrison, Indiana

first_imgNANCY L. HALL R.N.Nancy entered this world on August 5, 1939, the daughter of Mary & Howard Reiber of Indianapolis, Indiana.  Nancy was joined by a sister Rosemarie Weber four years later.Nancy & I met in grade school when she was eleven and I was twelve years of age.  We became friends and remained so until we entered high school.  We became high school sweethearts and remained so throughout our lives.After high school Nancy entered St. Vincent Hospital School of Nursing.  1960 was a very busy year for us, she graduated with her diploma, passed her boards, and we were married.Our marriage blessed us with four great kids, Juliann King, Mark Hall, Marie Saylor and Randy Hall.  Nancy saw her grandchildren grow into young adults.  Alexandra, Stephanie and Jack Hall, Wesley and Joseph King, Carlyann and Steven Hall.Nancy left us on August 24, 2019 to spend time with god and the angels.Our children and I invite you in saying goodbye to our Nancy.  Please join us on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at Holy Guardian Angels Oratory, 405 U.S. Highway 52, Cedar Grove, Indiana.  Good byes from 10:00 A.M. until 12:00 Noon, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial.Nancy after 59 years of marriage I have one last request. When God assigns you your room, could you ask for a double so we can spend eternity together?Nancy I love you so very much.Tomlast_img read more

English lifts the Irish

first_img France’s new middle distance star Pierre-Ambroise Bosse looked on course for gold after starting at a blistering pace, but tailed off dramatically, finishing last. Poland secured a one-two thanks to fine runs from Adam Kszczot and Artur Kuciapski, with English following them home. “It was fantastic,” he told BBC Sport. “To finish in the home straight with the team in the corner was fantastic. I’ve been training for the last few years to get a medal on this stage. “I changed my tactics because I went too hard in the semi-finals. I knew Bosse would take it out but I had a lot of energy left in the last 200m.” English’s medal helped soften the blow of team captain Heffernan’s struggles in downtown Zurich earlier in the day. The 2013 world champion looked to be in the race walk medal hunt at the halfway point, but soon began to drop off the pace and, having stopped briefly to stretch, withdrew just before the 40km mark. Heffernan showed his class at the finish line, though, by going to congratulate France’s Yohann Diniz for setting a new world record of 3hrs 32mins 33secs. “The pace was too fast, it broke me,” he said. “They got their tactics right today and I didn’t. “It’s really disappointing. I wanted to win today, nothing else appealed to me. Mentally it probably wasn’t good today, I’ll have to look at it afterwards” Ireland’s Brendan Boyce was never going to challenge the leading pack, but set a new personal best as he finished 16th in 3:51:34, while back in the stadium Paul Robinson and Ciaran O’Lionaird made it through to the 1,500m final. Mark English secured Ireland’s first medal of the European Championships, winning 800 metres bronze on a day which began with world champion Robert Heffernan struggling in the 50km race walk. The 21-year-old Donegal man came into the race ranked fourth in Europe, having ran a season’s best of one minute 45.03 seconds at the Diamond League event in New York. It is a time English equalled at the Stadion Letzigrund on Friday evening, securing bronze at the end of a remarkable race. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Dalung: Why Nigeria Performed Woefully at Rio2016

first_imgThe minister also said that the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) had not informed him that it hired a new foreign coach for the Super Eagles even as he described as unfair the federation’s treatment of Dream Team’s coach, Samson Siasia.Dalung has never hidden his preference for a local coach, but the NFF had recently announced a German coach, Gernot Rohr, to manage the Super Eagles.Speaking with State House correspondents shortly after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigeria’s outing at the ‎just concluded Rio2016, Dalung said he wished the new coach the best of luck even though NFF had not informed him of Rohr’s appointment.He said he begged the president to host the Nigerian contingent to the Olympics Games in Rio, Brazil, despite winning only one bronze medal in football and coming 78th on the medals table.The minister also rejected the claims that Siasia who handled the football team at the Olympics has resigned, saying the true situation was that his contract with the NFF had lapsed.Dalung faulted the way the NFF treated Siasia when it withdrew his official car in Abuja while struggling to secure a medal for the country in Rio.The minister insisted Siasia was still relevant to football development in Nigeria, advising that he (Siasia) could be re-engaged based on his track record and pedigree.According to the sports minister, it would be sad to have someone like Siasia leave Nigeria to go and represent another country out of frustration, just like many athletes did at the Rio Olympics.Dalung also exonerated the coach and his team over the $390, 000 donation they got from a Japanese surgeon.The minister insisted that he was convinced after meeting the Japanese in Brazil that there were no strings like match-fixing attached to the donation,He however attributed the abysmal outing of the Nigerian Olympic contingent to late release of funds and inability to develop home-grown talents, noting that many athletes in the continent that performed relatively better were home-grown.Dalung also told reporters that there was need to go back to the drawing board by reviewing the basic architecture of sports in the country.“We need to go back to grassroots and groom talents for future competitions,” he said.Dalung also took on his critics, saying they were ignorant of facts.“I am not the problem of Nigerian sports because abysmal performance predates my appointment, ” he charged.Asked what he briefed the president concerning the just concluded Rio Olympics, he said: “It is normal if somebody sends you on an errand, when you accomplish that task you first and foremost brief that person before you go public to start talking to outsiders.“So, all I did was to brief the president on our performance, the challenges we had, the progress we made because in 2016 Nigeria was celebrated.“These two (Nigerian) athletes (Aruna Quadri and Ukogu) were recognised internationally in Rio; that happening to Nigeria is an achievement.“And I also requested from him (President) the support for getting a date to organise a reception for our Dream Team VI that won the bronze medal for us.“He ( Buhari) also appreciated our performance and thanked us for doing the country proud and keeping the flag flying. He challenged us to do more for the country to move forward in sports,” concludes Dalung.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram * Says won’t resign as Sports MinisterTobi Soniyi in AujaMinister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung has admitted that late release of funds to the nation’s Olympic team affected Nigeria’s performance at the ‎just concluded 2016 Olympics Games in Rio, Brazil,last_img read more

Defense prepares to face Cal quarterback

first_imgGuarding Goff · Junior outside linebacker Su’a Cravens began preparing to face Cal quarterback and NFL prospect Jared Goff in practice on Tuesday. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanIf USC wants to achieve its goal of a Pac-12 title, the Trojans cannot afford to lose another game. Consequently, the Trojans practice as if they’ve already put their impressive win against No. 3 Utah behind them, so they can focus on one thing — beating Cal.“I told these guys that they inspire me. To come off of a big win and then to come out like they did today — there was no letdown,” interim head coach Clay Helton said after practice Tuesday. “It just looks like this team wants to keep getting better.”USC will travel to face Cal, who will be playing in front of their home crowd after two losses to quality opponents, UCLA and Utah.“We know what kind of game Cal is going to try to play because they are coming off of two losses,” said running back Justin Davis. “We’ve been in that position before, so we know they are going to be hungry, and they don’t want to go to three straight losses, so they are going to fight. We are going to have to match their intensity.”Though the Trojans are excited about knocking off the No. 3 team in the nation, they haven’t wasted any time in preparing for their next game.“We haven’t even spoken about Utah, besides Monday, because we’re on to Cal,” linebacker Su’a Cravens said. “Cal is a tough team that took Utah to the fourth quarter. We have to get ready to play because they’re a really talented team when they throw the ball.”Unlike last week when the linebacker was asked to stop Utah’s run attack led by Devontae Booker, Cravens will have his hands full in pass coverage against Cal and their star quarterback, Jared Goff. Cravens, a converted safety, said he will be in coverage much more this week and is looking forward to the challenge of competing against the future pro.“He is the captain of that team, and he’s the potential first pick of the board, so if we get the ball out of his hands and make them run the ball and make their receivers make a play, I think we have the best chance to win the game,” Cravens said.Rather than being intimidated by Goff’s talent and his potential first-round status, Helton and the Trojans are excited to face such a talented quarterback.“It is going to be so much fun. You’re talking about two NFL quarterbacks that are going to be on the field Saturday,” Helton said. “[Goff] has had this group of wideouts for a couple of years now, and you can tell that they are on the same page. He is releasing the ball before they are even near open, and he is hitting them unbelievably and with great accuracy. We have a huge challenge this week.”Helton said quarterback Cody Kessler demonstrated a tremendous amount of poise in USC’s final drive against Utah last Saturday. Helton said that though time was running down and the offense was largely running the ball, Kessler’s timely completions to JuJu Smith-Schuster, which extended the drive, exemplify the benefits of having a fifth-year veteran.“That is what you want in a senior quarterback,” Helton said. “Just the maturity and the poise that led a group of young men. His body language was great — there was no phase in him about his second center being down. I think he handled it incredibly well.”Kessler, who threw for 264 yards and a touchdown, echoed Helton’s sentiments and acknowledged that he had gotten back on track after throwing two interceptions against Notre Dame.“I got the ball where it needed to go,” Kessler said.  “We extended drives, we made huge third downs and we pushed the ball down the field a little bit. And the guys responded great.”Sophomore Khaliel Rodgers started his first game Saturday as USC’s third center of the season due to injuries to Toa Lobendahn and Max Tuerk.The return of left guard Chad Wheeler against Cal will be a huge addition for the line. Wheeler, who was out against Utah with concussion-like symptoms, practiced Tuesday.“Rodgers did such a good job. He was thrown in there, and he came in and started making plays and really leading our group. It was really cool to see,” Kessler said.Kessler stayed and worked on shotgun and under center snaps with Rodgers after practice Tuesday. But, Kessler said because he’s caught so many snaps, he’ll be able to adjust to whatever Rodgers is most comfortable with if he can continue playing like he did against Utah.“I was able to jump right in. We practice it all the time,” Rodgers said.Rodgers has primarily practiced as a guard since spring training but said offensive line coach and run game coordinator Bob Connelly rotates the linemen’s positions in practice, which has made the transition much easier. Consequently, he was less nervous, because he had already worked with Kessler in practices.“I just grind in practice, and when they called my number, I wanted to go out there and execute,” Rodgers said. “The way they teach us, each lineman has to learn every position so they have got to be ready. When you prepare like we do, you don’t have any doubts. We just work so hard and execute everything in practice so that you expect to be perfect in the game.”Rodgers added that he has relied on leadership from veterans such as Zach Banner, who preaches that physicality is essential in being the dominant offensive line unit that they’ve expected to be all season. USC’s line was notably active, aggressive and controlling against Utah’s front, which opened holes for running back Ronald Jones II.USC rushed for 119 yards against Utah. Banner said that the offensive line’s performance was inspired to prove that they could play tough football. And that’s exactly what they love to do.“Coach Connelly challenged us before the game and challenged me as a leader to be physical,” Banner said. “He challenged me during the game too. He said, ‘We need to make sure we keep going, keeping hitting, and don’t let them get complacent.’ So I brought the guys together, and I looked at them and I said, ’If we do this every single drive, we’re going to win the game.’”Connolly is proud of how his team has handled being shorthanded and is optimistic about the coming games.“They played very, very well versus a good football team,” Connelly said. “If you would have told me or asked me at the beginning of the year that we had beat Utah or the No. 3 team in the country — minus three starters on the offensive line and those starters being Chad Wheeler, Max Tuerk and Toa Lobendahn — I’d have told you you’re crazy. It’s extremely encouraging to me and to us.”last_img read more