Mountains to Sea Trail Completed in the Mountains

first_imgThe longest continuous section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail is now complete in Western North Carolina thanks to Carolina Mountain Club volunteers and N.C. State Parks staff. “I feel like it was extremely successful, efficient and educational for both CMC and N.C. State Parks staff,” Crocker wrote. “This was a perfect example of multiple agencies and volunteers coming together to accomplish something through teamwork and collaboration,” N.C. Trails Program Manager Scott Crocker wrote in a letter to CMC volunteers. “A special thanks to Tom Weaver and Les Love and others with the CMC that helped organize the trail work days.”The new trail bypasses the Rattlesnake and Sherrill Cove tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, meaning that the MST is now complete from Clingmans Dome on the North Carolina-Tennessee border to Stone Mountain State Park, which straddles Alleghany and Wilkes counties near Elkin.For the first time, N.C. State Parks used a hybrid approach to build the trail, using a machine to rough in the route and volunteers with hand tools to conduct the finishing work.center_img Work is now underway to blaze the final route through the mountains, allowing it to be open to the public in the near future.For more information about the MST, including an interactive map and downloadable section guides, visit read more

Randomizing the news for science, transplanting genetically engineered skin, and the ethics of experimental brain implants

first_img This week we hear stories on what to do with experimental brain implants after a study is over, how gene therapy gave a second skin to a boy with a rare epidermal disease, and how bone markings thought to be evidence for early hominid tool use may have been crocodile bites instead, with Online News Editor Catherine Matacic.Sarah Crespi interviews Gary King about his new experiment to bring fresh data to the age-old question of how the news media influences the public. Are journalists setting the agenda or following the crowd? How can you know if a news story makes a ripple in a sea of online information? In a powerful study, King’s group was able to publish randomized stories on 48 small and medium sized news sites in the United States and then track the results. Listen to previous podcasts.[Image: Chad Sparkes/Flickr; Music: Jeffrey Cook] Chad Sparkes/Flickr last_img read more

Kolkata, March 29th 2017 (PTI) following are the results of

first_imgKolkata races held here today. Vijay Singh trained Setaflame, ridden by Neeraj Rawal won The Delhi Race Club (1940) Ltd Cup about 1400m the feature event of the races held here today. Winner is owned by Ms.Ameeta Mehra & Mr.D.A.Nanda, Mrs.Esha Nanda Bhojwani & Mr.Amitabh Nanda rep. Arion Horse Co.Pvt.Ltd. 1st Race : The Cheviot Handicap (No Whip) (abt) 1400m New Challenger (Mr.B.K.Agarwal & Mr.Rajat Agarwal rep. Guru Sports Media Pvt.Ltd. and Mr.Harjinder Singh Gill.) 62 B. Mahesh first, Desert Cat 62 C. Alford second, Romancer 58.5 crd 54.4 Nikhil Naidu third and Mccartney54 Hindu Singh fourth All Ran Won By 2, 1/2, and 1/2 Time : 1m 27.936 sec Tote : Rs 63/- for win, Rs 20/-, Rs 16/- and Rs 20/- for Places. Fc: Rs. 236/- Shp: Rs.55/- Tanala: Rs 1104/- Favourite : Desert Cat Winner trained by Javed Khan — (more) PTI Corr LNS LNS AHlast_img read more

Walker says Elders tears over Harper governments treatment of First Nations people

first_img(Walkers from Listuguj, Que., arrived in Ottawa early Tuesday morning after walking nearly 900 km. Pictured are Adam Barnaby, 25, (left) and Ryan Papineau, 26, (right). APTN/Photo)APTN National News OTTAWA–The tears of Elders drove a group of six Mi’kmaq from Listuguj to walk about 900 kilometres from their community in Quebec to Ottawa.Adam Barnaby, 25, said Elders in his community often shed tears during ceremonies when they spoke about what the Harper government was doing to First Nations people and the land.“I kept hearing elders cry about what the Harper government was doing to our people, the Mi’kmaq First Nations people, and why are they tearing up the land,” said Barnaby.Initially his friends laughed at the idea of walking from Listuguj to Ottawa but, after a sweat in Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick, Barnaby decided the walk had to happen.So, on May 1, a group of seven left Listuguj and six arrived in Ottawa early Tuesday at about 2:30 a.m. They called themselves the “Peace and Friendship Walkers” in reference to the Peace and Friendship Treaties signed between the Mi’kmaq and the Crown.“It was a roller coaster of a ride. We received a lot of positive support. We did receive some negative remarks from people passing by,” said Ryan Papineau, 26. “People came out to us in tears; right after someone gave us the middle finger. That is the way the Creator works in these polarities of positive and negative.”The group walked and ran in turns with a van following behind. The three women in the group slept in a trailer and the three men slept in tents. Every morning the group conducted ceremonies to push them on along the highway.“Our ancestors, they walked with us and gave us the strength we needed to carry on and we sent them off in the evening,” said Papineau.The group sat through question period on Tuesday afternoon, but missed by 30 seconds a statement delivered in the House of Commons from their local NDP MP Philip Toone.Toone said the walk was “just the latest example of the leadership the Mi’kmaq Nations have taken in the Gaspe and across Atlantic Canada.”Papineau said the “theatrics” of question period, which swirled around Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff Nigel Wright’s $90,000 gift to Senator Mike Duffy, left him longing for substance.“I don’t have a lot of faith invested in the current system of government,” said Papineau. “First Nations people have to develop their own systems of government.”The Mi’kmaq of Listuguj have been at the forefront of the Idle No More movement and community members launched a rail blockade in January in support of the Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence during her hunger strike.Barnaby said to expect Listuguj to again be on the front lines once Idle No More’s Sovereignty Summer hits full swing in the coming months.“We are not going to stop, we are going to keep blocking the roads and keep blocking the railroads,” said Barnaby. “It is Idle No More and we are not idling.”Last week, a group of walkers from Manitoba arrived in Ottawa and in March a group of walkers from Quebec’s northernmost Cree community were met by thousands of people on Parliament Hill at the end of their 1,600 kilometre read more

Over 500 will sleep under the stars to experience homelessness

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The San Diego Rescue Mission is celebrating its 11th Sleepless San Diego with a service day and sleepless night.KUSI’s John Soderman was live at the event Saturday evening with the story.San Diego now has the fourth largest homeless population in the country and every night, 10,000 men, women and children go to sleep on the streets of San Diego.The Rescue Mission has partnered with the YMCA Peninsula, The Food Bank, First Presbyterian Church, New Vision Christian Fellowship and the Downtown Fellowship to run several service sites on October 13, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The service opportunities will include feeding the homeless, cleaning community park areas, helping with the elderly, church beautification and more.Once day-of-service projects have been completed, participants will be invited to a Sleepless night at Liberty Station at 4 p.m. Participants can come for the evening activities only. Those who wish to sleep over will be able to choose to sleep on a cot, cardboard, or plastic sheeting to gain a greater appreciation of the homeless condition. Over 500 will sleep under the stars to experience homelessness Posted: October 13, 2018 John Soderman, John Soderman October 13, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

AL in dilemma To suppress BNP now or later

first_imgAwami League Flag. Prothom Alo File PhotoRuling Awami League (AL) is in a dilemma as to whether it will repress the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) or allow it to observe peaceful programmes uninterrupted, calling for the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia.BNP chief and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, now in jail, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February. Since then, the BNP leaders and activists have been observing peaceful political programmes to press home their demand of releasing Khaleda Zia.According to AL policymakers, if the ruling party obstructs BNP from observing its peaceful programmes, Khaleda Zia and BNP may win public sympathy. But at the same time if AL lets BNP observe its programmes, the party may get the opportunity to reorganise, they said.The AL leaders also said that the BNP has been trying to prove itself as a peaceful party and its leaders and activists’ participation in the BNP programmes has increased recently. If this continues, BNP may gain strength before the next general elections. And so the ruling party is in a dilemma over allowing BNP’s programmes, they also said.Ruling party insiders said that BNP went all out to foil the 10th parliamentary election in 2014 by observing programmes like general strikes and blockades and the government got an excuse to repress the opposition party then.But over the past few months, the BNP has displayed its stand for peace. The ruling party thought that the BNP would launch violent demonstrations after its chairperson’s imprisonment, but it did not do so, they observed.According the AL leaders, the ruling party has taken a number of counter strategies to frustrate the BNP’s tactics. First, AL leaders would project the BNP programmes to free Khaleda Zia as contempt of court. Secondly, law enforcers would continue the ongoing arrest spree of the BNP leaders and activists. And thirdly, the government would not allow the BNP’s street agitations if Khaleda Zia is released on bail. Awami League presidium member Muhammad Faruk Khan said BNP lacks seriousness to legally prove Khaleda Zia innocent and to obtain bail for her.The main goal of the BNP leaders, rather, is to gain public sympathy by alleging that Khaleda was not given due facilities in the jail, he noted.The AL leader argued BNP will get sympathy if the party lawfully proves Khaleda Zia innocent.Faruk Khan observed their movements, either violent or peaceful, will go in vain.BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia landed in the abandoned central jail after a makeshift court convicted her and sentenced her to five years in jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on 8 February.Amid tight security and presence of a huge number of law enforcers in the capital, a large number of BNP leaders and activists joined the motorcade of Khaleda Zia on her way to the court on 8 February, which stunned the ruling party.After the judgement, BNP announced two-day demonstration programmes to press home their demand to release Khaleda Zia.Then BNP peacefully observed a human chain, a sit-in programme and a hunger strike.BNP has been avoiding any clashes with the law enforcers while observing their protest programmes.The principal opposition of the country announced a three-day protest programme on Thursday.The BNP will collect mass signatures across the country on Saturday. On 18 February, the party will submit memorandums to all deputy commissioners’ office, and will stage demonstrations in all the district and metropolitan cities, except Dhaka, on 20 February.BNP wants to hold a public rally in Dhaka on 22 February. The party has already sought permission from the authorities to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan or in front of the party’s Naya Paltan central office.Insiders of the government said there is little possibility that BNP will be given permission to hold a rally in Suhrawardy Udyan. Permission may be given to hold the rally may at Naya Paltan, the insiders said.AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said the law enforcement agencies and the government will decide on whether or not permission will be granted to BNP to hold a rally. It is not the business of Awami League, he added.According to AL central leaders, BNP has realised violence cannot be used to force the government to step down or to release Khaleda Zia.BNP is trying to use Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment to garner public sympathy, the leaders observed.Simultaneously, BNP wants to unite and organise the party before the national elections slated to be held at the year end.last_img read more

Watch the moment police catch this driver speeding between cameras on the

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThis is the moment unmarked police officers caught a motorist slowing down for speed cameras and then breaking the limit after passing the devices. The driver was seen by the Staffordshire Police Tactical Support Team (TST) slowing down to 60mph as they passed the cameras on the A34, Stone Road, between Stafford and Stone, earlier this afternoon (February 11). Officers in the unmarked car soon realised the driver began accelerating once he had past the cameras, reaching speeds of up to 79mph in a 60 zone. Police officers stopped this driver on the A34, Stone Road. (Image: Staffs Police TST) A Staffs Police TST spokesman said: “Reducing your speed down to the limit ( 60MPH ) because of the speed camera location, then accelerating away won’t necessary avoid three points and £100. “Especially when the unmarked police vehicle is following and recording you. Driver reported for 79mph.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collision Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive.last_img read more