Outdoor Updates: World’s best paddlers battle for the Carolina Cup this weekend

first_imgWorld’s best paddlers battle for the Carolina Cup this weekend Of the 1.4 million households that began camping in 2018, 56 percent are Millennials and 51 percent are from non-white groups. Hispanic campers now represent 11 percent of all camping households while African American campers now represent 9 percent of camping households and Asian American campers make up 7 percent. African American campers are the youngest demographic of campers, with 64 percent Millennial representation. Some of the best standup paddleboarders, prone, kayak, surfski and OC endurance racers from around the world will compete this weekend in Wrightsville Beach, NC for the Carolina Cup. Competitors include Olympians and world-record holders all the way down to first-time paddlers. The event will also hold clinics and workshops about ocean racing, SUP paddling, outrigger canoe paddling and more. Kentucky biologists need the public’s help in identifying barn owl nesting sites According to the just-released 2019 North American Camping Report, more than 7.2 million American households have begun camping in the last five years, bringing the total number of U.S. camping households to a new high of 78.8 million. People are also camping more frequently, with 72 percent growth in people who report they camp three or more times each year. Barn owls are sensitive to disturbance, so researchers ask that if you do find a nest to not disturb it. Researchers are also asking the public to report any dead barn owls they find. Anyone with any information about barn owls should email Kate Slankard at kate.slankard@ky.gov or call 1-800-858-1549. Camping is on the rise in the U.S. and campers are more diverse than ever Biologists with Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are asking for the public’s help in identifying barn owl nesting locations in an attempt to determine why the species is so rare in the state. Barn owls were common in the Bluegrass state as late as the 1960’s. By 2016, however, there were only 75 documented nesting locations statewide. Barn owls prefer open areas like pastures and hayfields. They nest in hollow trees and manmade structures like barns, silos, haylofts and attics. One must-watch event taking place at the Carolina Cup this weekend is the grueling 21-kilometer Graveyard Race, one of the most difficult paddling races on the circuit. Australian Michael Booth and Germany’s Sonni Honscheid will both defend their titles.last_img read more

Venezuelans Unable To Prevent Diseases

first_imgBy Voice of America November 25, 2019 The regular water supply in Venezuela has declined notably, following a spike in power outages, creating more hardship for Venezuelan citizens. According to a study from the Venezuelan Observatory of Public Works, 72 percent of people store water. Not all, however, have the means to do it following international health standards to prevent diseases, such as by using airtight containers.Neither can all people boil water to make it potable, because the gas supply is increasingly irregular. “We don’t boil it, we collect it, and drink it like that, ready for whatever comes,” Miriam Vega told Voice of America’s Venezuela 360. Vega, who lives with her family in an impoverished area of Caracas, made the decision to limit the use of gas to ensure that her family is able to cook the little food they can afford.Like her, thousands of Venezuelans are forced to ration their use of basic services. The Nicolás Maduro regime, however, affirms it works to guarantee the quality of life of in communities.“Venezuela has a social security system, a social protection system, missions, great missions, and, specifically, a profoundly humane public health system that’s profoundly inclusive,” Maduro said at the end of August.Citizens who spoke to Voice of America, however, say the basic services crisis prevents them from following even the simplest recommendations to avoid propagating diseases, including dengue, chikungunya, or Zika, which can be fatal if not treated on time.last_img read more

DCSO promotions announced

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Decatur County Sheriff Dave Durant has announced the promotion of two detention deputies to the rank of Sergeant. The two pictured are Sgt. Nick Beagle and Sgt. Todd Black.Nick Beagle is being promoted to the now vacant position in the disciplinary and classification field and will also be taking an active role as a supervisor. Nick has been with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office assigned to Detention Division since June of 2013. Nick was awarded Decatur County Sheriff’s Office “Jail Officer of the Year” in 2016. We are excited to put Nick in to a more direct supervision role and watch him grow and assist the DCDC in moving forward.Todd Black is a recent hire from Ripley County and has filled a long vacant Sergeant position at the Detention Center. Todd’s experience at Ripley County Sheriff’s Office will bring a valued alternate view of how things can be done at the Detention Center and we are excited to have him as a part of our administrative team.last_img read more

Dublin beat Tyrone in All Ireland semi final

first_imgDublin are through to their 5th All-Ireland football final in 7 years.Jim Gavin’s side dominated Tyrone in yesterday’s semi-final to claim a 12 point victory and book a final meeting with Mayo for the second year in a row.Tyrone were expected to give the Dubs their toughest test of the summer so far, but their challenge never got going in what was a bad end to an encouraging Championship for Mickey Harte’s side. In total Dublin hit just two wides as they amassed a score of 2-17 to Tyrone’s 11 points.The goals came from Con O’Callaghan and Eoghan O’Gara, while Peter Harte also had a late Tyrone penalty saved by Stephen Cluxton.Jim Gavin says there’ll be plenty of competition for places on the team ahead of the All-Ireland in three weeks.last_img read more