Alaska removes ‘Into the Wild’ Bus from the wilderness

first_imgAfter Krakauer’s book was published, the bus drew hikers from around the world, who regularly embarked on the dangerous 20-mile hike to reach it. Two hikers have died in their attempt to reach the bus, swept away by the unpredictable Teklanika River. “I know it’s the right thing for public safety… At the same time, it’s always a little bittersweet when a piece of your history gets pulled out,” Denali Borough mayor Clay Walker told Alaska Public Radio. The abandoned bus made famous by Jon Krakauer’s book “Into the Wild,” which documented the life and death of Christopher McCandless who lived in the bus, has been removed from its location in the wilderness outside of Healy, Alaska. The bus was airlifted out of the wild by a Chinook helicopter and then loaded onto a flatbed trailer and moved to an unknown location. Some things never change—like the forward march of Earth’s warming temperatures. NOAA reports that 2020 is on track to be one of the warmest on record. Karin Gleason, a climatologist at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, told NBC News that it’s “virtually certain” that 2020 will rank among the top five warmest years in the 141 years the agency has tracked the climate. The current warmest year on record was 2016, but the agency says there’s a nearly 50% chance 2020 could set a new record. The year-to-date period from January through May 2020 has been the second-warmest on record, Gleason said. California woman fights off bear with her laptop The woman fought back with the only defense she had—her laptop. “She hit the bear with it and stunned it long enough to escape inside the house,” Foy said, adding that the attack was “unprovoked.” Wildlife officials have not yet located the bear but if they do it will be euthanized. In this photo released by the Alaska National Guard, Alaska Army National Guard soldiers use a CH-47 Chinook helicopter to removed an abandoned bus, popularized by the book and movie “Into the Wild,” out of its location in the Alaska backcountry Thursday, June 18, 2020, as part of a training mission. Alaska Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige, in a release, said the bus will be kept in a secure location while her department weighs various options for what to do with it. SGT. SETH LACOUNT AP Alaska removes ‘Into the Wild’ Bus from the wilderness Read more on Christopher McCandless: A teenager that fell asleep in her Sierra Madre, California backyard on Monday evening got a rude awakening when she awoke around dusk to a black bear approaching her. “It immediately attacked,” Fish and Wildlife Captain Patrick Foy told CNN. The bear scratched the woman’s arms and legs and then began to bite her leg. Is Into the Wild’s Chris McCandless a Hero? 2020 gearing up to be one of the hottest on record last_img read more

Bolivian Armed Forces Fight Against Human Trafficking

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo November 02, 2020 Bolivian security forces rescued 68 Haitian nationals, including women and children, from organized crime, in four operations that concluded on September 5, 2020, in the city of Cochabamba, Bolivian Interior Minister Arturo Murillo told the press.“We [discovered] and are tracking a gang that perpetrates human trafficking,” Murillo said. “It is in our interest to take care of children, to take care of women, to watch out for human trafficking, to fight against narcotrafficking and against pedophilia.”Marcel Rivas, head of Bolivia’s General Directorate of Migration (DIGEMIG, in Spanish), reported on the state of the rescued Haitians via the Ministry of Interior’s website on September 5. “The women have suffered serious abuse, with signs of violence. None of the children were with their real parents. All were supposedly guardians or distant relatives. When we cross-checked, their last names did not match.”According to DIGEMIG, illegal organizations deceive people and induce them to pay $3,000 to take them to Chile. The journey begins in Brazil, crosses Bolivia, and finally reaches Chile.Rivas said that this crime goes beyond human trafficking. “These citizens are not only used for sexual exploitation but also, unfortunately, for organ trafficking and for controlled substance trafficking,” he said.There is concern in Chile about the increase in Haitian nationals arriving in the country after crossing Brazil and Bolivia. Chile’s senate is debating a new migration bill to modify the transit and legal stay policy in the country, the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio reported on September 30.For its part, the Bolivian government continues to coordinate operations with Brazil and Chile to curb human trafficking. “We contacted Chile’s Investigations Police and the Brazilian Federal Police, in addition to [having] conversations with the governments,” Rivas told BBC Mundo on September 7.Without lowering its guard, DIGEMIG continues to carry out operations in the country, supported by military and police forces, which are complemented by other actions. Since July 30, Bolivia’s Plurinational Council against Human Trafficking and Smuggling decided to join the Blue Heart campaign, an initiative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The goal is to raise awareness in the community to fight against human trafficking and its impact on society.“To this date, the Blue Heart campaign has the participation of 28 countries, the private sector, civil society organizations, and thousands of people around the world,” UNODC indicated during the announcement of Bolivia’s participation.According to the International Labour Organization, a United Nations agency, the business of human trafficking worldwide generates an estimated $150 million in profit for transnational crime annually, based on figures updated on February 2, 2020, by Forbes magazine, which reports that 25 million people are victims of this crime.last_img read more

More families are childless couples – Stats NZ

first_imgNZ Herald 4 November 2014Childless couples are making up an increasingly large proportion of families – a trend that has been on the rise for more than 20 years, Statistics New Zealand says.There were now 1.1 million families in New Zealand, according to 2013 Census data.“Couples without children make up just over 40 per cent of all family types, up from 35 per cent in 1991,” Census customer focus manager Gareth Meech said.“Couples with children are still the most common family type, but the proportion of these families continues to fall.”Since 2006, the rise in the number of couples without children was almost double that of couples with children.Marlborough was the only region where over half (53.2 per cent) of the families were couples without children, which reflected the older age structure of people in these families in this region, Mr Meech said. read more

LeBron James: It’s ‘unfair’ to expect so much from Lakers’ young players

first_imgLeBron James is aware the Lakers haven’t lived up to expectations, but he doesn’t think the team’s youth is to blame.Instead, the 34-year-old star came to the defense of his teammates and said he doesn’t think the amount of pressure placed on his young teammates is fair.  LeBron James’ former Cavs teammates refuse to count him out of playoffs Here’s the full video of LeBron James on how youth impacts the Lakers.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) March 6, 2019James, who signed with the Lakers during the offseason, has led Los Angeles to a 30-34 record and he’s in danger of missing the postseason for the first time in 14 years. Including Wednesday’s game against the Nuggets, the Lakers have 18 games remaining in the regular season to try and pass the Spurs (eighth in the West), Kings (ninth) and Timberwolves (10th) to sneak into the playoffs.James reiterated, however, that it’s not fair to point to Los Angeles’ youth as the problem because they are still learning. He also explained that it’s an unusual situation to be in because there isn’t another team in the league that has this type of challenge. “It’s unfair to those guys for us to continue to — we want them to learn, we want them to learn, we want them to learn — I want them to learn,” James said. “But also we have to understand that they’re young as well and they’re going to make mistakes. You just try to limit the mistakes as much as possible. You look at all of the 16 teams right now, the best teams in our league right now, just look at the guys they rely on every single night to be able to come through for them. If they have a young guy it’s probably one or two of them.”He added: “It’s been tough on us.” “You have four guys in our top eight rotation that you have to really rely on, and it’s unfair to them to ask for so much when they’re in their second or third year. We have Zo (Lonzo Ball), Josh (Hart), Kuz (Kyle Kuzma) and B.I. (Brandon Ingram). And we had Zu (Ivica Zubac) at the time,” James explained Wednesday, per the Los Angeles Times. “That’s like five out of our top nine guys that we rely on, and they’re in their first and second year. You can’t find one other team in our league right now that has to rely on that much every single night from their young guys that’s in their first or second year.” Related Newslast_img read more

Jets’ successful pass interference challenge shows how rule will work

first_img“In #NYJvsNYG, the defender significantly hinders the receiver’s opportunity to catch the ball. The ruling on the field is changed because there is clear and obvious visual evidence of defensive pass interference.” – AL— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) August 9, 2019Gase explained in his postgame press conference that the Jets were pleased with the result of their challenge, but also acknowledged there could be confusion around it as the season goes on.“It’s interesting. We just got to keep working through it,” Gase told reporters. “I’m sure there will be mistakes made along the way where it’s like should we have challenged that, should we have not of. You are trying to go off of the way that we’ve been explained over the years of of the whole DPI, OPI, so that seemed like the right time, and we all felt good about it and then we got the result that we wanted.” The Jets’ Adam Gase became the first coach to successfully test out the new pass interference challenge rule in his team’s preseason opener Thursday against the Giants. The call came during the third quarter when Jets quarterback Davis Webb threw an incomplete pass. It was intended for Tim White, but Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine was seen on the replay holding White’s left wrist while the ball was coming toward the two players. No flag was thrown, but Gase challenged the no-call. The Jets ultimately were rewarded with a gain of 33 yards on the play after officials determined Ballentine interfered.NFL senior vice president of officiating Al Riveron explained the challenge on Twitter through the NFL’s officiating account, writing: “The defender significantly hinders the receiver’s opportunity to catch the ball. The ruling on the field is changed because there is clear and obvious visual evidence of defensive pass interference.”  Related News The Broncos were the first team to challenge the pass interference rule last week in the Hall of Fame Game against the Falcons, though they were unsuccessful. The first challenge of a pass interference call.Hear the explanation behind the call.— SNF on NBC (@SNFonNBC) August 2, 2019The league’s competition committee unanimously recommended the rule for instant replay of pass interference for this season only. NFL owners can then decide to extend, alter or eliminate it entirely.The change comes after last season’s NFC championship game between the Saints and the Rams when there was a non-call on Los Angeles’ Nickell Robey-Coleman, though replays showed clear contact on the play. NFL preseason 2019: Kyler Murray nearly perfect in Cardinals debut NFL preseason 2019: 3 takeaways from the first big night NFL news and notes: 49ers’ Nick Bosa to miss the preseason; Browns trade running back to Texanslast_img read more

‘Golf is shining and that’s thanks to you’ – Our CEO’s letter to golfers and clubs

first_img27 May 2020 ‘Golf is shining and that’s thanks to you’ – Our CEO’s letter to golfers and clubs There’s been so many positive stories around the game of golf in the past two weeks that it’s hard to know where to begin.With very few exceptions, the safety measures put in place for golf’s return have been embraced by golfers and golf clubs across England.The ‘course closed’ signs have been replaced by news of full tee sheets.We have witnessed a rise in membership rather than a drop off and last week we were delighted to bring you news of financial aid for clubs in the shape of The R&A’s Covid-19 Support Fund.On a personal level, I’d almost forgotten how good it felt to be up with the lark and out on the golf course.Although I was behind most of the golfers in England on this one, it was still a great feeling to be back out at Marlborough Golf Club last week for the first time in months.Hats off to the greenkeepers for their work! The course was in great nick.After being checked in by my lifelong pal and Head Pro Simon, I’m pleased to say that the new procedures in place to allow us all to ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ worked like clockwork.Like many, I anticipated teething problems under the new guidelines. Yet the vast majority of golfers and clubs have seamlessly returned to playing and any problems have been quickly ironed out.Clear guidelines have helped, but golfers and clubs alike have “stepped up”, taken responsibility and applied the unwritten rule of common sense to their actions.We have been contacted by many happy golfers extolling the virtues of social rounds as well as zipping round their course in under three hours.There have also been a great number of enquiries about when clubs may return to three and four ball play outside of household groups.I empathise with this request and understand the point, sharing the frustrations of golfers and clubs.Social distancing can still be achieved in fourball golf not to mention the freeing up of precious tee times, allowing clubs to welcome back guests and visitor green fee income.But as we are all aware, the protection of public health must continue to be our key priority.With no specific government rules for golf, the guidelines exist for outdoor recreation as a whole. Any change will be a change for everyone that we would then apply to golf.Please rest assured we will continue to constructively and passionately promote a speedy, safe return to increased playing numbers as quickly as possible.An additional pressure on golf clubs at the moment is a welcome one…creating space for new members.It’s been wonderful to hear news of lapsed members returning to the game or newcomers embracing the fact that golf is one of the healthiest and safest sports around.On average, each club we have spoken to has recruited a minimum of 15 new members over the first two weeks of golf’s return.It’s great news that many core values of golf club membership – camaraderie, freedom to play and a sense of belonging – once again have new meaning!Looking to maximise this new membership momentum, we will soon be reaching out to all clubs with our national membership growth campaign which will be adaptable to suit clubs of all sizes.We will also be communicating criteria for clubs to apply for our Covid-19 Support Fund, so please keep an eye out for further details over the coming weeks.In among the good and positive feelings, I also want to convey our understanding of the financial strain on golf clubs that have re-opened.You will have heard me speak before of the increased expenditure without many income streams for example bar and restaurant, function fees and retail. In many cases, these are secondary to subscription income, but just as essential to balancing the books.With this in mind, I again ask that we keep the faith. This time, of course, the light we head towards is brighter, but still a little way off.Golf as a sport is shining and, in no small way, that’s thanks to you!And, of course, to all golfers who enjoy “a good walk spoiled” I’d say lap up the sunshine and a continued return to playing the game we love.Jeremy TomlinsonChief Executive Officer, England Golf Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more