Outdoor Updates: N.C. Governor urges action to protect red wolves

first_imgIf passed, the Restore Our Parks Act would address the nearly $12 billion deferred maintenance backlog at the National Park Service. The Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was reauthorized as part of a public lands package back in March.  Matt McDonald, 26, a chemical engineer and five-year member of the elite Atlanta Track Club, is heading to the Olympic Marathon Trials in February. McDonald graduated from Princeton University where he won the Ivy League Championship 10,000 meters as a senior. He moved to Atlanta to pursue his Ph.D. at Georgia Tech University. “The FWS’s Red Wolf Recovery Program has been a global model for successful reintroductions, but changes in management strategies over the last several years have diminished the wild population to a dangerous level,” Cooper said in his letter. “This population decline has occurred despite the availability of proven conservation strategies, such as coyote sterilization and captive wolf reintroductions.” The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee voted in mid-November to advance two bills that would create new trails and ensure existing trails are maintained into the future. In a bi-partisan vote of support, the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act and the Restore Our Parks Act now head to the Senate floor.  Senate committee votes to advance bills that will create and support hiking trails N.C. Governor urges action to protect red wolves Runner and Chemical Engineer from Atlanta is heading to the Olympic Marathon Trials On November 22, N.C. Governor Roy Cooper sent a letter to David Bernhardt, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, urging the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to act immediately to rebuild and sustain a wild wolf population. The letter comes amidst declining rates of wild red wolves in North Carolina, home to the only population of wild red wolves in the world. Today, there are only 14 known red wolves in the wild and no known breeding pairs. Wolves were first reintroduced to North Carolina in 1987 and last spring was the first time that there was not a new litter of wild red wolf pups born in North Carolina. Blue Ridge Outdoors has been covering the Red Wolf saga for sometime. Learn more here! At the Chicago Marathon last month, McDonald clocked a personal best, finishing in 14th place with a time of 2:11:10. As of late October, McDonald is the ninth-fastest man heading into the Olympic Trials that will take place in Atlanta in February.last_img read more

Nationally the property market may have slowed but Brisbane is still on the increase

first_imgNerida Conisbee REA Group Chief Economist said demand still existed for the Brisbane market.WHILE it may not be at the pace many investors would like, Brisbane house values are continuing to slowly move ahead.As price growth begins to slow in other capitals, Brisbane property values are still on the increase – if a little incrementally.The good news though is for renters. With rents continuing to decline, tenants are finally in a position of power to negotiate on rents and conditions.The latest CoreLogic market analysis reveals that in the quarter to the end of July within the Brisbane City Council region, median house prices have increased 0.8 per cent to $665,000 while unit prices have dropped by 0.7 per cent to $444,000. MIGRATION to Queensland highest in years Within the Greater Brisbane area, that is including council regions of Ipswich, Logan, Moreton and Redlands, the median house value rose 0.5 per cent during the September quarter and unit values went up 0.1 per centCoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said while, clearly the market was not particularly strong, houses were significantly outperforming units.REA Group chief economist Nerida Conisbee said buyer demand on realestate.com.au was not too bad in Brisbane.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoShe said the segment of the market feeling the pinch was the investor market which had been affected by restrictions on borrowing.But she said there was some positivity with growing offshore demand, particularly from China, for Brisbane apartments. THE nation buying 8 per cent of new Queensland homes Ms Conisbee said the big winners in the current property market were renters.According to CoreLogic figures, Brisbane’s median asking rent for houses was now $450 a week and for units it was $400 a week.Weekly rents were down 0.1 per cent for the quarter on the back of a series of drops.Ms Conisbee said a drop in asking rents put tenants in the box seat.“It’s great for renters in terms of what they can pay, but also the types of conditions they can negotiate, whether it’s to allow pets in their rental or longer- or shorter-term leases,’’ she said.last_img read more

Men’s basketball takes down Arizona

first_imgThe Wildcats attempted to come back, but Porter hit two more threes to eliminate any chance of a momentum shift. The daunting score deficit remained with the Trojans ahead in the final 10 minutes of the second half, 53-33. Rakocevic continued to play the mismatch to his advantage, making 4 points in the opening minutes of the second half. Senior guard Shaqquan Aaron’s presence was felt as well. He grabbed two offensive rebounds and finished a short-range shot with strong displays of hustle. The Trojans continued to dominate the game four minutes into the second half, with Boatwright completing a double-double on an uncontested three. The Trojans took a commanding 16-7 lead, forcing Arizona to regroup and use a timeout. Afterward, USC brought in Porter, who had missed the team’s previous two games due to a suspension. He hit a 3-pointer at the first opportunity, clearly energized to be back. Porter would go on to miss two dunks and commit two fouls, although his presence was welcomed. USC had offensive contributions throughout the night from many different sources, including star senior forward and captain Bennie Boatwright. Rakocevic continued to capitalize on the size mismatch that was presented to him and racked up 12 points on 6-7 shooting. With six minutes left in the first half, the Trojans held a commanding 29-15 lead. Arizona’s offensive struggles continued as USC played lockdown defense. The Wildcats were unable to penetrate and continued to shoot threes that wouldn’t fall. USC took a commanding 36-19 lead at the end of the first half after junior guard Derryck Thornton hit a buzzer-beating 3-point shot. The remainder of the second half was highlighted by excellent shooting and stellar defense by the Trojans. USC held Arizona to a mere 27.8 percent shooting overall and 20 percent 3-point shooting. “It all starts with defense,” Rakocevic said. “If we get some stops, that allows us to create offensively.” Junior forward Nick Rakocevic led the offensive charge in the opening minutes with 6 straight points. He demonstrated effective movement of the ball by cutting past Arizona senior center Ryan Luther for uncontested layups. Even when guarded, Rakocevic used his long wingspan to lay it in at the block. USC men’s basketball defeated Arizona 80-57 at home Thursday. The victory was highlighted by overpowering first-half play and the return of freshman guard Kevin Porter Jr. “[Porter] came in and played within the flow of the offense,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “He fit in perfectly.” “We played 40 minutes of zone,” Enfield said. “Our players were rotating, helping and sliding out to the 3-point line to challenge shots.” Junior guard Jonah Mathews made a strong effort on the defensive side with a steal and subsequent 3-point play early on. In Arizona’s next run, he deflected a Wildcat pass to force a scoreless possession. Arizona would continue to turn the ball over and give USC more opportunities to extend their lead. Freshman guard Elijah Weaver runs the court and looks for his teammates against Arizona Jan. 24 at the Galen Center. (Tucker Judkins/Daily Trojan) Rakocevic ended the game with an efficient double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Porter impressed in his return as well, scoring 14 points. As a whole, the team contributed to a 50 percent shooting percentage from beyond the arc. The Trojans will look to carry their strong play into another home game against Arizona State this Saturday at 5 p.m.last_img read more

Leinster forced into making change for Pro12 semi

first_imgFull-back Rob Kearney is injured meaning Luke Fitzgerald starts on the wing and Isa Nacewa moves to full back.On the bench Jack Conan returns from injury for his first game since February while Ian Madigan returns for what is his last game at the RDS. Ulster are unchanged for the game.last_img