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

London CIV appoints chief of staff to aid governance overhaul

first_imgLondon CIV has appointed a chief of staff as it works to remedy governance shortcomings that had threatened to scupper the pooling project for the UK capital’s public sector pensions.Kristina Ingate has been appointed to the role, London CIV (LCIV) announced today. She will have responsibility for the company secretariat, governance and strategic planning.Ingate joins London CIV following a number of senior governance roles in both the public and private sector. She has worked at Highways England, housing association Peabody and in financial services, the company said.According to her LinkedIn profile, Ingate is a “company secretary and governance consultant who supports organisations managing change”.  Kristina Ingate, London CIV’s new chief of staffIngate added: “I hope my experience will help LCIV achieve its strategic goals and meet stakeholder expectations.“Quality investment management to deliver good pensions is important. I am excited to be joining LCIV at this phase in its development.”Ingate’s appointment comes after consultancy firm Willis Towers Watson found London CIV to be suffering from major governance problems.In a statement, LCIV said it had earlier this year reviewed its governance with its members – 32 London public sector funds – and the board had since approved recommendations resulting from the review.These “deliver the original vision for LCIV while responding to wider changes in the local authority pension fund landscape,” according to the company.LCIV’s assets represent around 40% of the 32 London local government pension schemes’ assets under management. Mark Hyde-Harrison, chief executive of the £13.6bn (€15.4bn) London CIV, said: “Kristina’s extensive governance experience is a valuable addition as we enhance our relationship with our members and stakeholders, and continue to deliver investment opportunities and greater cost efficiencies.”last_img read more