Blue Ridge Parkway wildlife cam captures Bobcat with meal in mouth

first_imgAs the video suggests, bobcats are excellent hunters. The cat, named for its bobbed tail, lives only in North America and grows to about double the size of a housecat. Blue Ridge Parkway wildlife cam captures Bobcat with meal in mouth According to the Charlotte Observer, the park service uses the cameras to learn more about the wildlife that lives (and hunts!) along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The cameras have been funded by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation since 2009, and have captured more than 25,000 images of over 35 species of wildlife including black bears, bobcats, coyotes, red and gray foxes, elk, European wild hogs, white-tail deer and many other species, the foundation says.  A hungry bobcat was caught on a National Park Service infrared nighttime wildlife cam running with a rabbit clamped between its jaws. The National Park Service posted the video to its Facebook page with the caption, “When you grab the last cupcake from the breakroom…” To place the cameras, volunteers hike off the beaten paths into remote areas off the parkway and use GPS coordinates to place the motion-sensitive cameras, according to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation website. Volunteers then return periodically to find out what types of birds, mammals, reptiles and other creatures have been captured on camera. This kind of “citizen science” allows park biologists to cover more territory in a multiyear study of animal populations and their locations and habits. last_img read more

Sabang mayor calls for cruise ship to delay arrival in wake of coronavirus outbreak

first_imgThe MS Artania, which has 1,200 passengers and 502 crew members on board, planned to make a stop in Sabang on Feb. 16. The passengers mostly hail from European countries such as Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Norway.The rejection and quarantine of cruise ships is the latest effort by governments around the world seeking to contain the outbreak ever since Japan quarantined the Diamond Princess cruise ship and its 3,700 passengers in Yokohama after one of the passengers tested positive for the virus.Another cruise ship, the MS Westerdam, has been denied entry into port by five countries, most recently Cambodia. Topics : The mayor of Sabang, Aceh has called for foreign cruise ship MS Artania to delay its planned arrival to the city in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak.In a letter addressed to the Sabang Free Trade Zone and Port Management Body (BPKS) seen by The Jakarta Post, Sabang Mayor Nazaruddin had asked the BPKS head to prevent the foreign ship from entering Sabang to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading to the region.“After taking feedback from the public into consideration […] we have requested that the cruise ship postpone its visit to Sabah until the World Health Organization declares that the situation is safe enough,” Nazaruddin wrote in the letter.last_img read more

Habibie’s historic N250 prototype aircraft to be on display at Yogyakarta museum

first_imgState-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) in Bandung, West Java, is set to hand over the Gatotkaca N250 Prototype Aircraft 01 (PA01) to the Dirgantara Mandala Central Museum in Yogyakarta.The N250 was the first aircraft produced from the grand strategy of technology development launched by the late president BJ Habibie when he was the research and technology minister.PTDI corporate communications and promotion manager Adi Prastowo said the transfer of the aircraft was stipulated in Air Force Chief of Staff Decree (SKEP) No. 284/2020. “The handover of the N250 to [the museum] is a way to safeguard state assets since the N250 has high historical value,” Adi said in a statement on Thursday.The aircraft, he said, marked the establishment of the aerospace industry and thus it was expected to provide educational and motivational value for younger people visiting the museum. The PTDI had dismantled the aircraft’s access panels in the main parts, including the engine and propeller, as well as the main structure, consisting of the body, wings and vertical stabilizer, he said.Dismantling the aircraft would reduce the risk of damaging the aircraft’s parts, which would be transferred by land, before they were reinstalled in Yogyakarta, Adi added.A number of officials from the PTDI and the military, including Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, Air Force chief of staff Air Chief Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo and PTDI president director Elfien Goentoro, are scheduled to attend the reception on Aug. 25 at the museum. Topics :center_img In 1989, Habibie introduced the N250 turboprop aircraft at the Paris Airshow, Le Bourget, France. On Nov. 10, 1994 it left the hangar and was taken by 50 employees of the Nusantara Aircraft Industry (before becoming PTDI).The name Gatotkaca was given by then-president Soeharto. He also named three other three prototypes, namely the Krincingwesi, Koconegoro and Putut Guritno.On Aug. 10, 1995, the N250 under the PK-XNG registration successfully made its first flight, witnessed by Soeharto and then-first lady Tien Soeharto, as well as then-vice president Try Sutrisno and his wife Tuti Sutiawati.Following the monetary 1998 crisis, the certification of  the N250 was hampered as the International Monetary Fund, while lending funds to Indonesia, included the terms of the N250 project termination.National Technology Awakening Day is now celebrated every year on Aug. 10. (syk)last_img read more

Governor Wolf Introduces PA GI Bill, First Education Program to Support PA National Guard Member Families

first_img February 27, 2019 Governor Wolf Introduces PA GI Bill, First Education Program to Support PA National Guard Member Families Economy,  Education,  Press Release Annville, PA – Today at Fort Indiantown Gap, Governor Tom Wolf outlined the benefits of his proposed PA GI Bill that enables members of the Pennsylvania National Guard (PNG) to earn college benefits for their spouse and children. The PA GI Bill, or Military Family Education Program, would be the first program of its kind in the nation.The governor was joined by Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania’s adjutant general and head of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), along with legislators, military members and their families.“The PA GI Bill is designed to show that we not only appreciate our Pennsylvania National Guard members’ service, but that we also acknowledge their families’ support and sacrifice,” Gov. Wolf said. “With the PA GI Bill, Pennsylvania can lead the way on a program I think we can all agree provides fitting support for our servicemembers and their families who endure great hardships through multiple overseas deployments, training exercises, and domestic emergencies in and outside of the commonwealth.“This program will recognize the sacrifice of our Guard families by offering education benefits to Guard spouses and children in Pennsylvania schools.”The legislation will be sponsored by Senator Mike Regan, Senator Lindsey Williams, Representative Stephen Barrar, and Representative Chris Sainato.“In order for us to maintain a strong National Guard over the next several decades, it is important that we retain these citizen soldiers beyond their first enlistment,” said Sen. Mike Regan. “The Military Family Education Program will help in this cause.”“Pennsylvania’s National Guard service members deserve this education credit for both themselves and their families, and I’m thrilled to support it,” Sen. Williams said. “The Military Family Education Program is essential to retaining and attracting new National Guard service members.”“The families of our Pennsylvania National Guard personnel are to be commended for their daily support of their loved ones who serve their Commonwealth and country, and these family members deserve similar benefits bestowed by the provisions of our federal GI Bill to active duty military personnel,” Rep. Barrar said. “Therefore, I stand ready to partner in legislation to enhance our National Guard’s college tuition program by extending this state educational benefit to the spouse or child of our heroic Pennsylvania National Guard men and women.”“The families of our Guard members sacrifice time with their loved ones for our benefit, so it is our duty to thank them with programs like the MEFP that give military families every tool they need to seize the opportunities for success,” said Rep. Sainato.In addition to supporting military family members, this program would also improve PNG retention and strengthen its readiness. The PNG is the third largest National Guard in the nation with nearly 20,000 soldiers and airmen who reside in every county across the commonwealth.“The PNG is comprised of highly trained soldiers and airmen who are experts in their specialty areas and are frequently called for federal or state duty. It’s critical to Pennsylvania and the nation that we retain these talented men and women,” said Carrelli. “This is a great re-enlistment incentive for these service members who are not only protecting commonwealth and country, but also want to secure a bright future for their family.”The education benefit will be available to PNG members and existing service members transferring into the PNG who completed their initial military term and commit to an additional six years of PNG service. The program will provide for 10 semesters of tuition-free education for family member(s). The benefit must be used at a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) approved educational institution, and at the tuition rate set by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).Currently, PNG members are eligible for the Education Assistance Program with their initial service obligation of six years that provides them a non-transferable educational benefit.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Lambert expects survival

first_img Villa are currently in the bottom three but victory at the Britannia Stadium will leave them only one point adrift of the Potters, who have won only one of their last 11 games. Lambert takes heart from the performance levels and confidence shown by his players in recent weeks and said: “The thing for me is that they are confident in having the ball. It is not as if they are frightened by it and just want to launch the ball up the field. They are certainly play with a bit of freedom.” Paul Lambert is backing Aston Villa’s crop of youngsters to hold their nerve in the Barclays Premier League survival battle and believes the pressure is on Stoke ahead of Saturday’s clash. Press Associationcenter_img He added: “When you look at the table, from 11th place down only four points separate the teams down to us. That’s nothing. It’s basically just one game. “Everybody has to play some really hard fixtures. It’s how you hold your nerve. We try to keep the place upbeat and we don’t look like a team that is playing with nerves. “You have to have a strong mentality so the pressure doesn’t get to you and see it through. If you do that, that’s half the battle. “I have not spoken about relegation or anything like that. I think that breeds negativity. Form gives you confidence and we are playing well enough to get results.” Lambert has plenty of respect for the success Pulis has enjoyed with Stoke but knows it is an opportunity for Villa to drag the Potters back into the thick of the relegation battle. He said: “Maybe Tony didn’t visualise Stoke were going to be in this position after the start they had, but the reality is they are not too far ahead. I am sure Tony would like more points than he has got but we are only four points behind them. “The pressure is on them. It’s on Stoke because they are the home team and they haven’t won of late as well. There will be a lot of pressure there for Stoke as well as ourselves. It is a huge game. Every game you play is massive. We know if we win, we are only one point behind them and that’s the way to go and view it.” last_img read more

Taylor Ford is the spark plug Syracuse could rely on but doesn’t always have

first_imgGREENSBORO, N.C. — All it took was 51 seconds for Taylor Ford to put her stamp on Syracuse’s 10th straight win, which came Friday night against North Carolina State. Three 3s and three emphatic celebrations later, SU’s lead grew from two points to nine early in the third quarter.It took a little longer on Saturday, but Ford’s two 3s within 79 seconds continued the Orange’s push as SU led Louisville by 11 late in the second quarter.“Syracuse looks great,” No. 21 Miami head coach Katie Meier, sitting behind press row, said after Ford’s first 3.Two quick spurts and two quick flashes of the added dimension Ford brings.But on Sunday against No. 2 Notre Dame, Ford played for just three minutes, didn’t make a shot and picked up three fouls.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I wouldn’t say that because I didn’t play well this game,” Ford said when asked if she plays better in bigger games after facing Notre Dame. “But I mean, there are certain times where I’ve stepped up. I guess, but that’s hard to explain because I haven’t done that consistently to say yes.”Ford’s season has been a see-saw between healthy and hurt, effective and irrelevant. In marquee wins against No. 10 Florida State and No. 7 Louisville, Ford’s provided No. 14 Syracuse (25-7, 13-3 Atlantic Coast) with another shooter for defenses to deal with. But at other times, the senior forward has barely found the court and had little influence on games.In the Orange’s first two games of the ACC tournament this past weekend, Ford combined for 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 27 minutes, her best back-to-back stretch of the season. In the championship against Notre Dame, she didn’t score a point for the 13th time in 32 games.“I try to (hit key shots off the bench) here and there,” Ford said on Sunday. “A couple games I’ve done that, a couple games I haven’t. This game I didn’t, so that was upsetting for me. I mean, I want my team to win at all costs.”With a nagging back injury, Ford has played her fewest minutes and scored her fewest points since her freshman season. Her 32.6 field-goal percentage is a career low.But with only do-or-die games left on the schedule — seeding for the NCAA tournament will be announced on Monday — Ford knows the effect she can have when given opportunities.“I’m not the most dominant scorer on the team, I’m not the most dominant defensive player on the team,” Ford said. “My role is to come in any time I get in and give that spark. I think I’ve shown that.” Published on March 8, 2016 at 1:07 am Contact Paul: | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ Ford ranks fourth for Syracuse with 24 made 3-pointers this season. Brianna Butler (111) and Alexis Peterson (42) rank first and second. Maggie Morrison is tied for second with 42, but she’s hit multiple 3s in a game just once since early February. A third weapon to support Butler and Peterson could help push the Orange into the Sweet 16, somewhere SU has never reached in program history.After Butler hit five 3s in the first half on Friday, the Wolfpack switched to a box-and-one to stop her and doubled her when she dribbled around on-ball screens. That left Ford open and she capitalized. But her night ended with 5:08 to play when Bria Day tumbled into her and she rolled her ankle.Another injury limiting her production.In Syracuse’s biggest win of the season the next day, Ford scored eight points in 14 minutes while shooting 3-of-7 from the floor, including two 3s.Another contribution in a big game.“She’s been here before,” Peterson said. “She’s a senior. She knows what to do in those big moments.”After the Louisville game, Ford was asked if she felt disrespected by the Cardinals’ loose defense on her. She diplomatically said no, but Peterson, sitting next to her in the press conference, shook her head yes.In early February, head coach Quentin Hillsman said Ford could be SU’s sixth or seventh best player. But that was when she had only scored in double figures once this season.Now, Ford’s proven she can be.“That’s what we need her to do, come in the game and make shots and that`s what she does,” Hillsman said. “We have a lot of balance, and that’s what you have to be when you’re winning basketball games.” Commentscenter_img Evan Jenkins | Staff Photographer Related Stories Taylor Ford’s status uncertain heading into ACC tournament semifinal against No. 2 seed LouisvilleSyracuse reaches No. 14 in AP Poll, highest rank in program history for 3rd consecutive weekNo. 2 Notre Dame snaps No. 17 Syracuse’s 11-game win streak in ACC championship gameGallery: Syracuse falls short in bid to capture 1st ACC titlelast_img

Syracuse women’s lacrosse beat writers predict Final Four matchup with Maryland

first_imgTomer LangerMaryland 14, Syracuse 11Hard shellIf there was a Syracuse team that could beat a Maryland team, it would be this year’s version of both. Syracuse returned most of its starters and its key positions were littered with upperclassmen, with Kayla Treanor and Halle Majorana leading the attack, Erica Bodt and Taylor Gait at midfield and Mallory Vehar and Kaeli O’Connor at defense. Meanwhile, Maryland returned just five starters and is starting a freshman goalie. But the Terrapins are undefeated for a reason, and I don’t expect anything to change on Cummings’ farewell tour. It should be a close game, but Maryland will come out on top.Liam SullivanSyracuse 11, Maryland 10Shell shockedAll the evidence points to Maryland continuing its winning ways and completing its undefeated run to a third-straight national championship. But the Terrapins have been mortal at times this season, barely escaping Penn State and North Carolina during the regular season with one-goal wins over each. Even Syracuse, which Maryland defeated 14-9 on March 12, had a fighting chance before surrendering five straight second-half goals. Expect Cummings and company to take a commanding lead early, but SU will make it interesting with a late push led by Treanor controlling possession from the draw circle. Also, the Orange defense, which has played in close games all tournament long, will challenge and control a Maryland attack that’s had its way with opponents recently. SU knows the stakes and has felt pressure in each tournament game so far. It’ll need to lean on those experiences and bring the edge seen in the overtime win over USC, but if it does, Syracuse will finally find a way to crack the Maryland code Friday. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 27, 2016 at 11:14 am Related Stories Syracuse attempting to break from history in NCAA semifinal against MarylandSyracuse women’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about MarylandNicole Levy battling rib injury ahead of Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal3 things Gary Gait said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Maryland3 things Cathy Reese said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Maryland Top-seeded Maryland (21-0, 5-0 Big Ten) has ended No. 4 seed Syracuse’s (19-5, 5-2 Atlantic Coast) season in each of the past three years. All three of those matchups came in either the Final Four or national championship game. And the two teams will face each other again on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pennsylvania with a trip to the national title game on the line.Here’s how beat writers Sam Fortier, Tomer Langer and Liam Sullivan forecast the game.Sam FortierMaryland 13, Syracuse 12The Tortoise and the HareIn April, we saw the greatest women’s college basketball player in history end her career with a thumping of Syracuse. In May, we’ll see the greatest women’s college lacrosse player in history get to the end of her career the same way. Taylor Cummings isn’t the statistical leader of the Terrapins, but Maryland goes as she does. Add in that Nicole Levy, Syracuse’s second-leading goal-scorer — who feasts behind the 8-meter arc with a low-to-high shot that takes rotation — has an injured rib and Syracuse might be forced out of its comfort zone. The Orange could afford to take time to solve a defense like Stony Brook’s. That can’t happen against Maryland. Cummings will keep plugging away en route to likely becoming the only three-time Tewaraaton Award winner, given to the nation’s top player, in the sport’s history. And greats like that don’t lose in spots like this.MORE COVERAGEAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse attempting to break from history in NCAA semifinal against MarylandNicole Levy battling rib injury ahead of Syracuse’s NCAA semifinalSyracuse women’s lacrosse opponent preview: What to know about Maryland3 things Cathy Reese said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Maryland3 things Gary Gait said before Syracuse’s NCAA semifinal matchup against Marylandlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Tuesday, March 29, 2016•12:30 a.m. Stacey Z. Robinson, 41, Enid, Okla. was issued a notice to appear for defective headlight.•8:14 a.m. Officers took a report of a runaway in the 100 block E. Maple, Wellington. The person was located.•9:27 a.m. Billie J. Saltkill, 30, Wellington was served a summons to appear charged with theft.•10 a.m. Offices took a report of a child in need of care in the 800 block N. Woodlawn, Wellington.•12:03 p.m. Patsy A. Bouckaert,  72, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•3:15 p.m. Michael A. Black, 39, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for dog at large.•5:35 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the 300 block N. A, Wellington involving vehicles operated by Diana S. Johnson, 66, Wellington and Julie I. Jennings, 49, Wellington.•5:44 p.m. Officers investigated contributing to a childs misconduct in the 1400 block E. Michigan, Wellington.•5:52 p.m. Diana S. Johnson, 66, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for fail to yield right of way.last_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2016)–Graded stakes winning Toews On Ice heads a field of six sophomores in Santa Anita’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at six furlongs on Friday.TOEWS ON ICE: Trained by Bob Baffert and named for Chicago Blackhawks star center and captain, Johnathan Toews (pronounced TAZE), Toews On Ice was an impressive winner of the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes three starts back on Nov. 14 at Del Mar, but he comes off a disappointing sixth place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the one mile Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 18.Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Toews On Ice, who is Triple Crown nominated, was a close second to his highly regarded stablemate Mor Spirit two starts back in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 19. A Kentucky-bred colt by Archarcharch, Toews On Ice has pressed or been on the early lead in all seven of his starts, resulting in three wins and earnings of $245,700.DENMAN’S CALL: Trained by Doug O’Neill, this Kentucky-bred gelding by Northern Afleet has done little wrong in two starts. A stylish 3 ¾ length first-out maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 9, Denman’s Call hugged the rail en route to an impressive third place finish behind top Derby contender Nyquist in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15–an effort that earned him a lofty 94 Beyer Speed figure. Owned by Gilman Racing, Westside or W.C. Racing, Inc., Denman’s Call is  also Triple Crown nominated and could use a win in the San Pedro as a springboard to the Derby trail.THE SAN PEDRO STAKES FIELD IN POST POSITION ORDERRACE 8  Approximate post time, 4:30 p.m. PTGold Rush Dancer – Gary Stevens – 120Boldly True – Mario Gutierrez – 120Toews On Ice – Martin Garcia – 124Mt Veeder – Rafael Bejarano – 120Denman’s Call – Flavien Prat – 120He’s a Tiger – Edwin Maldonado – 120last_img read more

Breaking: More private criminal charges filed against Govt ministers

first_imgAttorney-at-law and former Attorney General, Anil Nandall, has filed more private criminal charges against sitting Government ministers. On Monday, Nandall filed the court proceedings against Finance Minister Winston Jordan, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson and Minister Rupert Roopnarine over the $906million D’Urban Park project.More details in Tuesday, April 24 edition of Guyana Times.last_img