World’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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Dutch offshore access solutions provider Ampelmann has formed an exclusive partnership with Seaqualize, a Dutch marine motion technology innovator.Ampelmann said that the collaboration would focus on the development of the latest S-type gangway.The S-type is designed specifically to be fully integrated into large high-speed vessels and dedicated to long-term crew change operations.The company added that the new gangway was designed to compensate the motion characteristics of these vessels when in dynamic positioning alongside a platform.Part of the solution comes from the balanced heave compensation technology of Seaqualize. This patented technology engages the non-linear force of a gas spring to create an easily adjustable counterbalance, enabling balanced heave compensation.The full-scale prototype is funded by a subsidy of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs through top sector energy.Wiebe Jan Emsbroek, commercial manager of crew change at Ampelmann, said: “The crew change market requires a light-weight transfer system which enables a safer and more cost-effective alternative to other crew change methods, such as helicopters.“It [the S-type] utilizes electric actuators opposed to traditional hydraulics which results in reduced fuel consumption for the vessel and significant overall project savings.”Production of the S-type is scheduled to start in early 2018 and Ampelmann predicts that the cost for operators using the system would be around 30 percent less than those using helicopters.“The S-type can continuously transfer 50 people and luggage in five minutes in significant wave heights of up to three to four meters. The S-type design can be tailored for installation to individual vessels and is expected to be a particularly attractive option on current or new build fast or light-weight medium-sized vessels, such as mono-hulls, catamarans, and trimarans,” the company said.
Lease revocation challengeAs the trial on the Red House lease revocation challenge concluded last week, former President Donald Ramotar testified before acting Chief Justice Roxane George, SC, that while he did not put his own signature on the lease granted to the Cheddi Jagan Research Institute (CJRI), he granted approval, instructing the Commissioner of Lands and Surveys to sign the document.Although Ramotar has immunity under the 1980 Constitution, as his lawyer, Anil Nandlall highlighted, the Attorney called him to the stand. The former Head of State stressed that the Research Institute was granted approval to operate in the building since the year 2000.Justice George set December 17, 2018 to hand down her decision in the matter of the Institute challenging President David Granger’s revocation of its 99-year lease that former President Ramotar said he approved in 2012. This was some 12 years after the body was incorporated as a company under the Companies Act, and operated at Red House.Both Attorney General Williams and Attorney Nandlall, his predecessor, presented closing addresses to the court.Williams opined that the President of Guyana was required by law to signify approval of a land transaction while Nandlall countered that the law did not require the President to issue written approval. Nandlall added that Parliament, in making the relevant statue relating to lands, said the President should sanction but did not express how the President should exercise that sanction.Ramotar, who was the long-time General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, was also a founding member of the Institute along with Dr Cheddi Jagan’s wife, former President, the late Janet Jagan and their daughter Nadira Jagan-Brancier.Ramotar outlined that the Institute aimed to preserve the work and memory of Dr Jagan, who served as President from 1992 until his death in 1997. In late December 2016, President Granger, under the coalition Administration, gave the occupants of Red House 48 hours to vacate the premises.This led to much public uproar and a subsequent legal challenge.