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

UN Report Cites Atrocities for Venezuelans in Mining Area

first_imgBy Noleani Kirschner/Share America September 01, 2020 The Orinoco Mining Arc in Venezuela is rife with human rights abuses, including sexual exploitation and trafficking, and killings, according to a United Nations report.U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet released a report on July 15 that collected victim and witness accounts. They detail abuses committed against miners and indigenous people in the arc. The report also addresses extrajudicial killings that continue to occur throughout the country under the illegitimate regime of Nicolás Maduro and his cronies.“Authorities should take immediate steps to end labour and sexual exploitation, child labour and human trafficking, and should dismantle criminal groups controlling mining activities,” Bachelet said in a statement. “They must also investigate, prosecute and punish those responsible for human rights violations, abuses, and crimes.”The Orinoco Mining Arc is a stretch of 112,000 square kilometers in the central part of the country that contains valuable metals, such as gold and cobalt. Mining operations are overseen by armed criminal groups who rule the miners with violent coercion.The report outlines how miners are subjected to 12-hour days in pits deep in the ground. They are forced to pay up to half of their wages to the armed groups and the owners of the mining operations.Some of the miners are as young as 9 years old.Miners face brutal attacks for any perceived noncompliance, from limb amputations to death. Bodies of victims are often dumped in abandoned mines nearby without a proper burial.“Despite the considerable presence of security and military forces in the region, and the efforts undertaken to address criminal activity,” Bachelet said, “the authorities have failed to investigate and prosecute human rights violations and abuses and crimes linked to mining.”The report also says miners and indigenous tribes living near mining sites are exposed to dangerous levels of mercury, which is used to clean the gold. Women, in particular, are affected most by mercury poisoning, it says.Witnesses reported a dramatic spike in prostitution since the mining operations increased in 2016. Adolescent girls and women are the victims of the trade, often falling prey to trafficking and sexual exploitation.“The U.N. has found yet more harrowing evidence of gross human rights violations by the illegitimate Maduro regime,” said U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, “citing more than 1,300 extrajudicial executions for political reasons in 2020 alone.”“International pressure on Maduro must continue until the Venezuelan people can reclaim their democracy,” Pompeo said.last_img read more

Over 9 billion kuna was spent in Croatia during the World Cup in Russia

first_imgLate last night, according to the Ministry of the Interior, Vatrene was greeted by a total of about 550 people. Incredibly! Undescribable!This is the best advertisement ever for Croatia, which has been written about, published on social networks, researched in the world of the Internet like never before.Two days ago, Croatia was mentioned in the media 30% more than after the semifinals all over the world, according to Mediatoolkit data. The numbers are huge and have never been recorded in the history of Croatia – more than ever before the semifinals, said Tomislav Grubisic from Mediatoolkit, a tool that monitors what is written about anyone on the entire Internet in real time, and added: “According to these statistics, more texts about Croatia will be published on the Internet today than have been published in its entire history since its founding. ” Grubisic pointed out. How it will be today and these days after such a welcome in Zagreb and the whole of Croatia, we can only dream and find it difficult to measure everything.This is just another proof that athletes are our best ambassadors and that we need to focus much more seriously and strategically on how to connect and promote tourism, culture, economy through sports success…And as sport, and especially football as the “most important sideline in the world”, attracts the masses, they thus directly affect the increase in consumption and bring a significant impetus to the economy. Thus, according to the estimates of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, HRK 9.277.224.291,92 was spent in Croatia during the World Cup in Russia.Consumption related to major sports competitions is growing by about 10 percent, mostly in the categories of audio-visual equipment or television, sports equipment, ie fan props, travel arrangements (charter flights organized to go to matches) and in the category of food and beverages; primarily snacks, beer and other alcoholic beverages. “Consumption in retail trade compared to the same period last year was increased, especially on the day before the matches and on the day of the matches, on average between 11 and 15 percent”, She pointed out Director of the Trade Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Tomislav Ravlić based on fiscalization data for the period from June 15 to July 15, 2018, how long the World Cup lasted.Compared to the same period in 2017, Ravlić points out, last year in this period the turnover in retail trade, according to the data from the fiscalization system, was lower by about 5 percent (4,56%).  “In the hospitality industry, for example, on the day of the matches, the turnover grew on average by 10 percent and more. The record was set on the day of the semi-finals in the match against England when the turnover in the hospitality industry grew by 17 percent, while during the finals the increase was 13 percent.”, Ravlić points out. A total of HRK 878.824.104,83 was fiscalized in the hospitality industry, or about 3% more than in the same period last year.Croats ate more than 10 million PIK kebabs during the championshipPIK reported that during the World Cup, PIK Vrbovec sold more than 10 million kebabs, more than 2,2 million packs of cold cuts and over 2 million sausages.Although the numbers themselves sound impressive they gain even more weight when compared to sales results at Christmas time when sausages are traditionally eaten in increased quantities. Namely, during Advent in Zagreb, Croats ate more than 700.000 PIK sausages, and during the championship that number increased almost 3 times more, more than 2 million sausages were sold. When it comes to cold cuts, over 2,2 million packs of cold cuts were sold during the World Cup. Sales of durable cold cuts are growing by 30%, and the first choice of consumers are Winter and Tea. From PIK Vrbovec, they say how it is the company in this period recorded an increase in the volume of products sold by more than 10%.Related news:”CROATIA FULL OF EXCELLENT PLAYERS” CNTB CAMPAIGN ON SOCIAL NETWORKSTHIS SHORT STORY WILL BEST SHOW YOU WHAT CROATIA HAS MADE FOR TOURISM IN RUSSIACROATIA – FULL OF CHAMPIONS, A CAMPAIGN THAT SHOULD START TODAY!last_img read more

ATO warns holiday homeowners about deductions

first_imgHoliday homeowners are coming under the scrutiny of the Australian Taxation Office, as property investors skirt or misinterpret property rules.HOLIDAY homeowners are coming under the scrutiny of the Australian Taxation Office, as property investors skirt or misinterpret property rules.Assistant Commissioner Kath Anderson said the ATO had identified a large number of mistakes with deductions for rental properties, particularly with regards to holiday homes.“We’ve noticed some people are claiming deductions for holiday homes even where the property is not genuinely being rented out, or genuinely available for rent,” Ms Anderson said.“There’s no problem with people using their rental property for their holiday, but holiday home owners need to remember they can only claim tax deductions for expenses made during a period when the home is rented out or genuinely available for rent.”Property owners also need to understand that if they rent their property at a discounted rate, or ‘mates’ rates’ they can only claim deductions equal to the amount of rent charged.“One taxpayer had to pay the ATO back over $45,000 in tax from deduction claims made for a holiday home they were renting out to friends and family below the market rate.”Ms Anderson said the ATO is focused on using data to identify errors.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Property owners should be aware that incorrect rental property claims will not go unnoticed,” she said.“Technology enhancements and extensive use of data is allowing us to identify incorrect or suspicious claims. We also have a good idea of the locations likely to be used for holiday homes.”Ms Anderson said that all rental property owners, particular those who rent out holiday homes, should always double-check their claims before lodging their tax return, and follow a couple of simple rules.“Firstly, make sure that you declare all rental income and only claim deductions for periods that the property is rented or was genuinely available for rent,” she said.“Secondly, make sure you have accurate records of expenses, and strong evidence of the property being rented or genuinely available for rent at market rates.“Advertising through a real-estate agent or an online site is not always enough evidence to demonstrate that a property is genuinely available for rent.”For more information on Holiday homes, visit ato.gov.au/holidayhomeslast_img read more

Colorado College continues to dominate UW

first_imgJunior forward Mark Zengerle was the top returning scorer in the nation from last season but could miss several weeks.[/media-credit]No matter who is on the roster or what the stats sheet says, some teams simply know how to beat another team, time and again.The Wisconsin men’s hockey team (1-4-1, 1-2-1 WCHA) opened its home slate last weekend against precisely that kind of team – Colorado College (5-3-0, 2-0-0) – which always finds a way to best the Badgers.“Sometimes teams just have your number and I have no idea why,” senior forward Ryan Little said. “We’ve struggled with them ever since I’ve been here. If I knew why I would do everything in my power to change it. It’s just how it is right now.”Head coach Mike Eaves was unable to explain the phenomenon, especially given the extreme differences in the way the games played out Friday and Saturday.With plenty of emotion between the rink dedication to former Wisconsin head coach Bob Johnson and the home opener Friday night, the Badgers started out hot, netting two goals in the first period. But with a weak showing in the second, emphasized by a 17-7 difference in shots on goal in favor of CC, the Tigers tied things up 2-2.After a back-and-forth third period, the game went into overtime, where CC ended things quickly, scoring 25 seconds in for the 5-4 game-winner. The Badgers only managed 26 shots on goal to the Tigers’ 39.Saturday night was an entirely different affair. While both teams combined for nine goals in game one of the series, CC goaltender Joe Howe made 33 saves to keep UW off the board. Colorado College netted three goals off 22 shots on goal for a 3-0 game two decision and the series sweep – for the second season in a row.Last year, CC swept UW 4-2, 4-1 at home, and in 2010-11 it ended UW’s postseason run by winning the final two games of a best-of-three series in the first round of the WCHA playoffs. The last time the Badgers won a regular season matchup with the Tigers was Jan. 15, 2010, with a 4-0 decision in game one of a series in Colorado Springs, Colo.Bad breaksIf the results weren’t offensive enough for the Badgers, a Mark Zengerle broken finger adds yet another hurdle to the season.The Badgers opened the second period of game two short-handed, as Michael Mersch was serving an interference penalty that carried over from the first period. The top centerman blocked a shot with his hand, ultimately breaking his left index finger. He reportedly knew it was broken the second it happened and will miss four-to-six weeks.The Badgers need to find a way to fill in for Zengerle while he heals simply because it’s a tough blow to their offense. The Rochester, N.Y., native was the top returning scorer in the nation from last season, posting 13 goals and 37 assists in 2011-12 for 50 points and scoring a point in every game this season before the injury.“Losing a guy like Mark is a big impact on the team,” junior forward Tyler Barnes said. “He’s a great player, but we can’t worry about what we could or couldn’t do without him. He’s out for now.”“If we want to make a blanket statement, it makes it more difficult for us to score goals than it has been,” Eaves said. “… There’s going to be a hole there for a while.”Size mattersWhile Wisconsin didn’t give a consistent performance against Colorado College, that inconsistency was most noticeable in Friday night’s 5-4 overtime loss. With a strong first period, the Badgers didn’t keep up the pressure in the second and barely kept it up in the third.Eaves is not one to make excuses, but he did point out the Badgers’ unfamiliarity with their own home rink in game one’s postgame press conference, noting they have not played on the Bob Johnson Rink regularly since September and instead practice at the adjacent LaBahn Arena – their new practice rink.“I wouldn’t say that’s an excuse whatsoever,” sophomore defenseman Jake McCabe said. “Granted there is seven more feet on the width of the ice sheet but … our systems have to adapt to the different dimensions of the rink and we can’t use that as an excuse.”Follow Kelly on Twitterlast_img read more