Outdoor Updates: Half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s wildfires

first_imgThe Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are investigating a shooting of a bald eagle in Decatur County, Tennessee. The eagle was found off Martins Landing Road in Bath Springs on December 30. The injured eagle was transported to an animal hospital on December 31 where it was determined the eagle could not recover from its injuries and it was euthanized. Fires raging across the continent of Australia have killed an estimated 500 million animals, including 8,000 koalas, ecologists say. The fires, which began in September, have charred birds, mammals and reptiles and threaten to wipe out entire species in a country that already has the world’s highest extinction rate. CNBC describes the current situation on the ground in southeast Australia as a “charred, apocalyptic nightmare.” Australia’s fires are stoked by record high temperatures and drought exacerbated by climate change. The fires are expected to worsen as the southern hemisphere moves deeper into the summer months.  The U.S. Forest Service is closing roads in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests. The seasonal road closures affect five districts and are primarily put in place to reduce damage from winter weather and disturbance to wildlife. Though closed to motor vehicles, the roads are still open to hiking. Click here for a full list of road closures. A reward of $2,500 is offered for information leading to an arrest. Bald Eagles are protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Violations of these acts carry a maximum criminal penalty of up to $100,000 and/or up to one year in federal prison. If you want to do something to help, donate to Australia’s Red Cross here: https://www.redcross.org.au/center_img Reward offered for arrest of person responsible for shooting bald eagle in Tennessee Half a billion animals have been killed in Australia’s wildfires Roads and campgrounds temporarily closed in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests Additionally, the U.S. Forest Service will temporarily close Davidson River Campground in Pisgah National Forest beginning January 15 to remove hazard trees affected by a fungus. The campground will remain closed until February 15. last_img read more

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OPINION: Have those backing reform thought through the implications for construction worksites?

first_imgMore cannabis use not what the construction sector needsStuff co.nz 11 September 2020Family First Comment: “The 2019 Civil Contractors NZ annual report highlighted legalised cannabis as an issue looming over the construction sector with 65 per cent of respondents saying it would negatively impact their operations as businesses were already struggling with staff recruitment due to substance abuse – in effect removing them pending a clear drug test.From a health and safety perspective, construction sites are hazardous and dangerous work areas, and require employees to be alert.”Of course!OPINION: The upcoming general election and the referenda, including the proposed legalisation of cannabis, pose a concerning dilemma for the construction industry.The construction industry is one of New Zealand’s largest employers and anecdotally we suspect that many of our 250,000 workers already routinely abuse drugs like alcohol, methamphetamine and, to a lesser degree, cannabis.Unlike alcohol, cannabis can stay in the human body for several weeks. If employees return a positive drug test in that time they are unable to work and contribute to society.Medically it is acknowledged that the active psychedelic ingredient in cannabis, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which produces the “high” effect, also impairs and affects people’s judgement because it alters the way information is processed by the brain.This impairment occurs over the time that THC stays in the fatty tissues of a person’s body and can impair motor performance, cause loss of balance and coordination, decrease attentiveness and alertness, prolong response time to stimuli and danger, and decrease the ability to judge distance and space.If recreational use of cannabis is allowed in the September referendum, then construction companies will also be required to introduce pre-selection drug testing of employees – many are already doing this – and the issue then also becomes one of finding and hiring enough drug-free workers who can pass the pre-employment screening.The legalisation of cannabis in the referendum is a simple yes or no question and so most people being asked to make a very critical decision on a powerful drug will be unaware of the potential consequences for the New Zealand workplace, including the construction sector.Perhaps the question should be asked if cannabis is legalised will the Government pay businesses compensation for employees who are unable to work following a positive drug test or change the employment legislation allowing for faster failed drug test dismissals without any recourse to personal grievance procedures?There will be both social and economic impacts arising if there is a legalisation of cannabis. But have our legislators fully thought through all of the implications if a larger proportion of the construction workforce is unable to work at a time of economic recovery where keeping jobs and growth in a post-Covid-19 environment will be paramount? Hopefully the voting population are smarter than that.Gary Walker is chair of the Construction Strategy Group and general manager, Fletcher Construction, buildings.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/opinion/300104507/more-cannabis-use-not-what-the-construction-sector-needs?cid=app-iPhonelast_img read more

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Rushville Invitational

first_imgThis coming Saturday will be the Rushville Cross Country Invitational.  Rushville started this event almost 40 years ago.  At that time cross country was just becoming popular in southeast Indiana.  In the early days more than 40 teams participated in this event, and it was a boys only meet run in classes based on enrollment.Batesville was very fortunate because they won this event early and often.  Many of the large Indianapolis schools ran in this event.  It was a preview of the state meet.  In fact, there were more teams participating in this meet than ran in the state meet.  When Batesville runs in this event this Saturday, the number of teams will not be as many as there were in the old days, but it will be a boys and girls invitational.  Good luck to all the teams from the area who will be running in this event.last_img read more

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Dublin Ireland – The Merrion in Dublin invites Ir

first_imgDublin, Ireland – The Merrion in Dublin invites Irish Americans (and their friends of any nationality) to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland where all of the shenanigans began centuries ago. The Merrion’s St. Patrick’s Festival Special Offer and St. Patrick’s Shamrock Package offer excepitional access to the five-day festival of street performances, dancing and music adds to Dublin’s spirit and fun.The St. Patrick’s Festival Special Offer includes accommodations in a superior double or twin room in the hotel’s Garden Wing, full Irish breakfast for two the next morning and two Black Velvets, The Merrion’s signature cocktail, on arrival.St. Patrick’s Shamrock Package, perfect for guests who want the full festival experience, includes two nights in a superior double or deluxe twin room in the Garden Wing, full Irish breakfast on both mornings, two Black Velvet cocktails on arrival and two grandstand tickets for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival Parade on March 17.www.merrionhotel.comlast_img read more

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