Designing the perfect dog sled

first_imgSportsDesigning the perfect dog sledMarch 8, 2016 by Zachariah Hughes, KSKA Share:Iditarod mushers are preparing for a particularly bumpy, brutal ride on the trail’s first leg on icy terrain with little snow. Many have modified their run strategies and adjusted one of the main tools for keeping a competitive edge: their sleds. Mushers say durability is trumping speed this year as they expect to take a beating along the early trail.Rookie Tim Pappas is running a fast, young puppy team, and made the decision to ride a heavier sled because it stands the best chance of not getting pulverized on ice and rocks.“I can give the sled a little bit more abuse, it sounds like it’s gonna be kinda a rough trail this year, so I think it’s gonna be the right choice,” Pappas said.Originally, he’d planned on switching sleds further along the trail, to one with wooden runners that would have been lighter and faster. But given that conditions through much of the race are looking bare and rough, he decided to stick with his beater.It’s a design crafted in-house at Martin Buser’s Happy Trails Kennel, where Pappas is a handler. And Buser himself is opting for the same strategy: runners made from a heavy plastic composite that puts durability ahead of speed.“I know it adds a bit of weight, it probably adds five or eight pounds to the entire rig. But it also guarantees you virtual success going through some of the rough sections because they literally cannot break,” Buser said.Buser says he isn’t racing to win, just finish.“The joke is, this year’s motto is, ‘How slow can you go,’” Buser said.Other mushers are building slow into their strategy, too. Or simply looking for ways to tamper their teams during a dicey, technical section out of the Alaska Range and toward flatter trail conditions. Lance Mackey is spending the first part of the race on a bigger sled designed for the Yukon Quest.“It’s indestructible, and if anybody can break it it’d be me,” Mackey said. “It’s been tested and abused and it’s still functioning. I’m taking it to Nikolai to confirm that I’ll have a dog team when I get to Nikolai.”Mackey is taking other steps to budget his dogs’ energy. He modified his gangline and harness system to give the team less pulling power. Then, from Nikolai onward: vroom.“You get to Nikolai with a dog team and then you can race,” Mackey said.Another strategy for limiting pulling capacity in this first leg is just running fewer dogs on the line — kind of like taking cylinders out of an engine. Race veteran Kelly Maixner is running an aggressive schedule for a top finish, but he left the start in Willow with a multi-part sled that included, among other things, a hip-high plastic dog crate.“I’ll carry up to four dogs, maybe even more depending on what’s going on out there, just because, I’d rather be carrying dogs than slamming on my brakes,” Maixner said.While many of the sleds departing Willow Lake had a caboose attached, plenty of mushers left with short, unburdened sleds, suggesting they’ve either dropped equipment at checkpoints further ahead or are in for a fast ride to Rohn.Share this story:last_img read more

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A 500-mile hiking trail across Alaska? Advocates say the pandemic is a perfect time to start

first_imgInterior | Outdoors | SouthcentralA 500-mile hiking trail across Alaska? Advocates say the pandemic is a perfect time to startAugust 27, 2020 by Lex Treinen, Alaska Public Media Share:A runner descends the Crow Pass Trail, which could become a piece of the Alaska Long Trail, a 500-mile chain of trails from Seward to Fairbanks (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)Since the pandemic started, storefronts in towns around Alaska may have emptied, but trails?“They’re jammed with people, and that’s all the trails — trails up in the Chugach all the trails here in town,” said former Alaska Governor Tony Knowles, standing on the Coastal Trail near downtown Anchorage earlier this week.Audio Playerhttps://media.ktoo.org/2020/08/26Long-Trail.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Park use around Alaska is up over 150% since the start of the pandemic, according to data from Google, which is why Knowles says now is the perfect time to start thinking about a trail project even more ambitious than the Coastal Trail.It’s called the Alaska Long Trail, and it would connect Seward to Fairbanks along 500 miles of existing and yet-to-be-built hiking trails. And that’s just the first section of it. Someday it could include 2,000 miles of trail stretching from the Panhandle in Southeast Alaska all the way to the North Slope.Steve Cleary, Executive Director of Alaska Trails, a non-profit advocacy and trail building group, says a board member came up with the idea in May, just as the pandemic hit. It’s modeled after other similar projects around the world — the Appalachian Trail in the Eastern United States or the Inca Trail in Peru, for example — that give travelers reason to stay around longer and pump more money into the economy.Tony Knowles (left) and Steve Cleary talk at an overlook on the Coastal Trail near downtown Anchorage. Knowles, who served as Anchorage Mayor in the 1980s, says getting public support for trail projects is essential for pushing them through (Lex Treinen/Alaska Public Media)“People might come for a month and see how far they get, put on the map, and that’s where they’ll come back next year, for another month, see how far they get,” he said.He’s not sure if there would be regularly-spaced cabins along the way, as there are on parts of the Appalachian Trail, but there would be ways to get tourists to spend money.“They’ll stop at all the communities along the way to resupply. And it really could be an economic driver and another way to sustain the state’s economy,” he said.While the trail might cost money upfront, advocates see it as an economic investment and cite studies that show the economic value that tourists who hike trails bring with them. Hiking is the fastest growing draw for tourists in Alaska, according to a 2016 survey by the McDowell Group.And Cleary says that while there are a lot of other issues that need funding during a pandemic and an economic crash, funding for the project might be easier than one might think. Federal programs, such as the recently-passed Great American Outdoors Act, could funnel millions into deferred trail maintenance projects. There are also foundations that might be willing to donate to the project for causes like climate change mitigation, promoting public health and wildlife enjoyment.A map of the proposed rough route of the Alaska Long Trail. Click here to see a larger version of the map. (Courtesy of Alaska Trails)“This is not also a huge money project,” said Knowles. “This is not a billion-dollar project. It’s not 100 million dollar project.”There is still lots of construction to be done, including a currently trail-free section of mostly wet lowlands from Healy to Nenana. But other trails already exist.Over 30 miles of trail have already been built on the Kesugi Ridge Trail in the Denali State Park, for example. Cleary says that Alaska Trails has also been working with the Denali Borough on trails in the National Park around the Healy Overlook Trail. And the restoration of the 120-mile Southern Trek of the Iditarod Historic Trail from Seward to Girdwood is already underway.Max Romey, an artist and filmmaker from Anchorage, recently completed a portion of that project on foot for a film project. He was surprised at how much of the trail existed, though it would mysteriously stop and start without warning.“It was really interesting to do these little tiny sections, but you could not feasibly complete them — or reasonably. And they’re only missing a couple pieces. Once you connect those, it wouldn’t be crazy to take a long weekend or, you know, an extreme run or hike or backpack for a week,” he said.You still have to bushwack, ford creeks and crawl across trees above raging rivers, but Romey said the experience of running and backpacking the route gave him a glimpse of some history of Alaska — from Gold Rush prospectors to Indigenous trade routes — that is hard to conceptualize from a textbook. And it’s something that could be lost.“Trails are kind of like the language. Once they’re gone, they’re gone, but there’s so much that goes into making them,” he said.Lars Arneson crosses a creek on the Southern Trek of the Historic Iditarod Trail. Romey said that on some sections of the route, a trail already existed on both sides of a river or creek, but there was no bridge connecting them. (Photo courtesy of Max Romey/Trailbound Alaska)For advocates, the pandemic is a perfect time to reflect on what trails are, and what they could be. Taking lessons from pushing through the Coastal Trail as Anchorage mayor in 1980s, Knowles says getting the public behind the project is what will ultimately determine its success. The Coastal Trail was approved in a public vote before it was built. So would the Long Trail get that kind of support?“I don’t think so right now, because I don’t think anybody knows what it is,” he saidBut he’s hoping that will change as people consider how valuable trails are to their lives during the pandemic. Cleary, of Alaska Trails, also says that getting powerful people behind the project doesn’t hurt.He’s planning to meet with Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan this week.Share this story:last_img read more

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Best of the Brokers for 23 July 2015

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Premium / Supply chain radar: Through the lens of payout trends – CH Robinson, Expeditors, JB Hunt et al

first_img Password* There are tiny little signs in the corporate finance world that are often overlooked but currently suggest that some players are healthier and ought to be preferred to others in the supply chain, although we always have to keep in mind that a comprehensive approach to corporate finance matters remains the rule of thumb.Still, I thought it would be worth flagging payout growth rates for some major transport and logistics players in North America, whose aggregate market cap amounts to … Subscription required for Premium stories In order to view the entire article please login with a valid subscription below or register an account and subscribe to Premium Premium subscriber LOGIN By Alessandro Pasetti 13/02/2020 << Go back Please Login New Premium subscriber REGISTER Email* Reset Your Password Please either REGISTER or login below to continue Email* LOGIN Reset Forgotten your password? Please click herelast_img read more

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CCPD officers cracking down on illegal ATV’s this weekend

first_imgLEE COUNTY, Fla. — The Cape Coral Police Department is cracking down on ATV’s.On Saturday, June 12, officers will be busting riders who are not following the rules.Reckless ATV drivers are a persistent problem in several areas across the city, according to officers.Riders are often violating the rules of the road or trespassing on vacant lots. WATCH: Porch pirate targets newly moved in Cape Coral residents June 16, 2021 Advertisement RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments One year later: Still no answers about Cape Coral mother’s disappearance June 16, 2021 AdvertisementAlso, operating an ATV anywhere in Cape Coral is illegal — unless the rider owns the property they are on or it is street-legal with a valid license plate. CLICK HERE to read more about Cape Coral’s city ordinance regarding ATV’s.center_img Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: ATVCape Coralcape coral police department Cape Coral applies for FWC grant to improve Yacht Club Park’s marina June 16, 2021 ‘Fun Mobile’ program to bring free meals to Cape Coral children over summer June 16, 2021last_img read more

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Panel announced for meeting on development of Erkina Digital Hub in Rathdowney

first_imgHome News Panel announced for meeting on development of Erkina Digital Hub in Rathdowney News Panel announced for meeting on development of Erkina Digital Hub in Rathdowney RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp The meeting will be chaired by senator Diarmuid Wilson and the key note speaker will be Louise Phelan – the former Vice-President of PayPal.There will also be six panel speakers: Paddy Buggy, Eamon Callaghan, Cllr Brendan Phelan, Bernie Moloney, Eamon Bowe and Antoinette Brennan.Paddy Buggy is the General Manager of the Mountmellick Development Association and he will present the Mountmellick Experience – Webmill Digital Hub, best practices and lessons learned.Eamon Callaghan is the manager of Vision 85 in Portlaoise. He will showcase Vision 85 and explain how to designing a digital hub.Cllr Brendan Phelan will outline why he believes Rathdowney is an ideal location for a digital hub and the huge potential it offers for job creation, supporting local business, building sustainable communities and better ways to work for commuters.Bernie Moloney is involved Operations and Property at Llanelli Ltd while Eamon Bowe is the Director of WEBO and Sport.ie.While Antionette Brennan will be Laois County Council’s representative on the day.SEE ALSO – Criminal Assets Bureau carry out raid on Laois business Twitter A meeting to discuss the development of the Erkina Digital Hub in Rathdowney will take place tomorrow, Thursday May 16.The gathering will take place at the Retail Outlet, Johnstown Road, Rathdowney at 10am.The Erkina Digital Hub has been described by the orgainsers as ‘a foundation stone for regeneration of Rathdowney as a dynamic centre for smart working, collaboration, business development and events’. Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Previous articleCllr Noel Tuohy – ‘I do it because I care about my community and the people that make it’Next articleConcerns over the future of Portlaoise Mail Centre Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. By Alan Hartnett – 15th May 2019 WhatsAppcenter_img Twitter Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest GAA GAA Facebook TAGSErkina Digital Hub Pinterest GAA 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Arles-Kilcruise take on Courtwood in SFC Round 1

first_img LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Arles-Kilcruise take on Courtwood in SFC Round 1 Brought to you in association with Sammy Kelly BuildersWe’re back in O’Moore Park this evening for what is now the penultimate installment of Round 1 of the Laois senior football championship.Courtwood take on Arles-Kilcruise at 7.45pm this evening with the replay between Ballyroan-Abbey and Emo, who drew last night, still to be fixed.We have had seven games so far and all bar three of them have all been rather one-sided.The championship began on Wednesday with Portlaoise running out easy winners over Ballylinan.Then on Friday, Killeshin were comfortable 11 point winners over Stradbally.Saturday saw a double header with Portarlington and O’Dempsey’s also enjoy victories by big margins.The Heath fell to Portarlington while St Joseph’s lost out to O’Dempsey’s.While on Sunday, Ballyfin went down to Graiguecullen before Arles-Killeen edged out Crettyard.Laois Senior Football Championship Round 1Portlaoise 2-18 Ballylinan 0-11 – SEE REPORT HEREStradbally 2-6 Killeshin 3-14 – SEE REPORT HEREThe Heath 0-7 Portarlington 0-19 – SEE REPORT HERESt Joseph’s 0-11 O’Dempsey’s 2-15 – SEE REPORT HEREBallyfin 0-7 Graiguecullen 2-11 – SEE REPORT HEREArles-Killeen 1-13 Crettyard 1-11 – SEE REPORT HEREBallyroan-Abbey 1-13 Emo 2-10 – SEE REPORT HEREThe draw for Round 2 has already been made so the winners of this game will meet Portlaoise and the losers will face Ballylinan.Follow all the action as it happens: Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory Pinterest Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA Home Gaelic Football Club Football LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Arles-Kilcruise take on Courtwood in… Gaelic FootballClub FootballSportGAA Previous articleIn Pictures: An evening of style at the Knockbeg College debsNext articleClassy Courtwood defeat Kilcruise to mark senior return in style Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. By Alan Hartnett – 31st July 2019 SEE ALSO – Pregnant with quadruplets: Laois mother-to-be reveals shock and excitement ahead of four little arrivalscenter_img Twitter WhatsApp GAA Facebook GAA Twitter WhatsApp TAGSArles-Kilcruise v CourtwoodLaois SFCLive Blog Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

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Prolific Laois poet launches new lockdown collection ‘Ireland Calling’

first_img Prolific Laois poet launches new lockdown collection ‘Ireland Calling’ Home Lifestyle Prolific Laois poet launches new lockdown collection ‘Ireland Calling’ Lifestyle By Alan Hartnett – 28th November 2020 Twitter Facebook Previous articleNominations sought from Laois for Adult Learning STAR AwardsNext articleCoronavirus: 243 further cases and seven more deaths Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Facebook Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Pinterest WhatsApp If you had to snag some turnips and the ground was turning softand your wellingtons were wearing, the soles had sprung a leak,you’d head straight in to Phonsie Joe’s, he’d have them on the loft.Or your sheep were lame with footrot or the wife was baking bread,you’d get the bluestone fresh, the flour judged with a scoop;fluke dose for your yearlings, hot water bottle for the bed,sugar, tea, bread soda, all a house could need,Sherry, if the priest called, wire for the chicken coop.SEE ALSO – €1.2million Chinese vase and poster of Hannibal Lecter mask sold at Laois auction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Electric Picnic Pinterest Arthur Bloomfield, right What do poets do in the lockdown? Write poetry of course, or that’s what renowned Ballyfin poet, Dr Arthur Broomfield has been doing.His latest work, Ireland Calling [Revival Press, Limerick] is a new departure for the best-selling author.It ‘digs deep into the Irish ballad tradition of telling yarns and bringing characters to life through language that sparkles with vitality.This book truly is poetry for the people’, says Dr Clare Bolger. Maureen Culleton, world renowned leader in the promotion of Irish culture, has given the book her imprimatur, praise indeed from the founder of Sean Chistin.Why the title, Ireland Calling? “My big influences in poetry are Patrick Kavanagh and Paul Durcan”, explains Arthur.“In this book the poems are speaking from an Ireland of the mid-twentieth century, the era in which I grew up. The characters, ‘spakes’ and ways of life of that time inspired me to write it.“Much of that era is forgotten, even unknown to younger generations, so I suppose it’s a call from the past to remember our tradition, the colour of its ‘spakes’ the genius of its characters, its humour and its tragedy.”The work is written in rhyming ballad form, a new departure for the Ballyfin poet.Arthur said: “The ballad best accommodates what I want to say, which may be described as folk poetry. Its rooted in the Irish tradition – Yeats perfected it – the ballad is the form loved by those who find modern poetry obscure and inaccessible.“Ireland Calling is people’s poetry for the people, I really enjoyed writing it.”Ireland Calling is attracting interest from the Irish diaspora in USA, Canada, and Australia.The US based ‘Irish Post’ has interviewed Arthur and other journals have contacted him.“I’m pleased, but not surprised”, says the author. “Many of the poems reach out to the diaspora.“People are buying it as Christmas gifts for loved ones abroad. Most of my sales are on-line.”If you wish to buy Ireland Calling, you can click here. While below is an sample of one of the poems.Phonsie Joe’s PubIf you had time for a drink and money you could spendyou’d surely head for Phonsie Joe’s at the top of Roche’s street,where you’d veer off for Ringleston, the short cut through Coolmend,you’d get the best of spirits, for herself a glass of Port, perhaps a tad too sweet,Guiness from the quarter vessel, the best served in the town.You might sit upon a barstool, the ladies in the snugor of a night a match was on, a crowd would be around,you’d sit among the sacks of bran upon a Foxford rug. WhatsApp Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festivallast_img read more

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NSW Police issue warning after rise in elaborate phone scams

first_imgNSW Police issue warning after rise in elaborate phone scams The NSW Police Force is warning the community about an elaborate phone scam, believed to be linked to transnational organised crime syndicates, which are targeting people across the state.In the past month, several people across NSW have reported receiving a call from someone purporting to be a NSW Police Force officer or government agency representative, demanding money under the threat of violence or arrest.Many of these calls are made using caller ID spoofing, where the number appears to be that of the agency they claim to represent.The caller then convinces the person to divulge personal information, before giving instructions to purchase gifts cards or withdraw money and provide it to a nominated person.In one instance, about 11am on Friday 4 December 2020, a woman was contacted by a caller purporting to be from Service NSW, who advised their tax file number and personal accounts had been compromised.The woman was advised to withdraw $10,000 cash and provide it to an undercover police officer at a shopping centre at Miranda, before contacting Cronulla Police Station to establish new accounts.Upon receiving the woman’s call, detectives from Sutherland Shire Police Area Command commenced an investigation and subsequently arrested a 34-year-old man just before 9am on Friday 11 December 2020.The Roselands man was charged with three counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and recklessly deal with proceeds of crime (greater than $5000).Police will allege in court the man fraudulently obtained $42,500 cash from three separate women through scam phone calls.He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 21 January 2021.Financial Crimes Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett, urged the community to never provide any personal information on unsolicited calls, instead report the incident immediately.“These callers purport to be various government officials and the essence of the scam is to convince the victim they are in trouble, but they can pay their way out of it,” Det Supt Howlett said.“I want to make it very clear that NSW Police Force officers will not request money from you under any circumstances.“Sadly, this is not the first time these types of scam phone calls have circulated in the community, and likely won’t be the last.“These scams often have ties to organised criminal syndicates operating across the country and around the world and are designed to take advantage of people’s trust in authorities.“All reports of fraud will be thoroughly investigated by the NSW Police Force and we will continue to put perpetrators before the courts.“As we continue working with our law enforcement colleagues here and abroad to investigate the origins of these scams, we are urging the community to heed our warning not to respond to caller demands.“If a call is received, the best course of action is to hang-up and report to police,” Det Supt Howlett said.Further examples of phone scams reported to police this month include;Last Monday 14 December 2020, a 42-year-old woman received a phone call from a woman claiming to represent the Australian Taxation Office. A short time later, the woman received a call from a man purporting to be a local police officer and instructed her to withdraw cash and deliver it to him. The woman complied and provided the man $22,000 cash at a shopping centre at Wetherill Park. Investigations into the incident are being conducted by Liverpool City Police Area Command.Last Thursday (17 December 2020), a man received a call from an individual purporting to be a NSW Police Force officer from a local police station. The caller advised the man his tax file number had been used by another individual currently in $1 million debt. To rectify the issue, he was advised to purchase gifts cards valued at $5500. The details were then provided to the caller before officers from Cumberland Police Area Command were notified.Police are urging anyone with information that may assist investigators in relation to this scam to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.Further, police remind the public to take the following precautions to reduce the risk of being scammed by cold-callers:If you receive a threatening phone call (and demanding money), hang up immediately;Do not disclose personal details to the caller;Never provide your personal or banking details to a person who calls you;Never provide your financial PIN or account passwords to anyone;Do not make any payments to the caller, either via phone, internet, or cash;If you are suspicious about the credentials of a person on the phone, ask questions of them. If they avoid answering or refuse to provide information, hang up;Don’t let scammers pressure you – scammers use detailed scripts to convince you that they’re the real deal and create a high-pressure situation to make a decision on the spot;If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately; andContact police immediately to report the incident.To find out more information about scams or to find out other ways to protect yourself, visit www.scamwatch.gov.au.If you have been the victim of a scam, you can report it to local police or to the ACCC online at the ‘SCAMwatch report a scam’ page or by calling 1300 795 995.****************************Issued by NSW Police Force Media Unit (02) 8263 6100Authorised by Det Supt Linda Howlett, SCC Financial Squad(Ref:acb:meddocs/medrel/2020/December/SCC/Financial.Phonescam-warning.YES.201220) /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ACCC, Australia, Australian, Australian Taxation Office, community, Cronulla, Cumberland, Government, Internet, investigation, liverpool, New South Wales, NSW, NSW Police, police, proceeds of crime, Service NSW, Suspiciouslast_img read more

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Supporting recovery of Adelaide Hills wildlife

first_imgSupporting recovery of Adelaide Hills wildlife The yellow-footed antechinus is a small mouse-like native animal which is classified as vulnerable in South Australia. Most species nest communally in tree-hollows.Wildlife ecologist Dr Jasmin Packer from the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences, has lent her voice to the long-haul recovery of the habitat devastated by the recent Adelaide Hills bushfire, which is home to endangered species and wildlife.“The Adelaide Hills bushfire left a devastating 2700-hectare hole in wildlife habitat,” Dr Packer said.“The bushfire primarily ravaged across the Mt. Bold Reservoir Reserve and Scott Creek Conservation Park – a biodiversity hotspot that is home to many native wildlife.“The core remaining habitat for nationally endangered Chestnut-rumped Heathwren and Southern Brown Bandicoots, and our tiny Brown Thornbills, is right here in the heart of the Mt. Lofty Ranges.“Six of our 14 long-term mammal monitoring sites were decimated by the fire. Bandicoots have been spotted in the habitat refuge near one of those sites but we need to support their habitat to recover as quickly as possible so they can re-colonise throughout the burn area.”Volunteers from Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park are urging the state government to commit to a plan for the recovery of the burnt habitat.Dr Packer and volunteers from ‘Friends’ are also encouraging local nature-lovers in the community to get involved in the recovery effort.“People in the hills region can play a part by protecting all bushland habitat on their property, providing a habitat for wildlife survivors by laying large hollow logs, and sharing wildlife sightings on iNaturalist to give us a better picture of who has survived and where.”Dr Jasmin PackerFor more information in getting involved people can visit: https://friendsofscottcreekcp.org.au/Dr Packer’s research focuses on understanding how ecosystems respond to disturbance and other global changes, and what steps can be taken to enhance their capacity to cope with the negative impacts. She builds long-term partnerships such as citizen science projects that have a real impact on improving biodiversity conservation. /University Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Adelaide, Adelaide Hills, Australia, biodiversity, biological, community, conservation, endangered species, Government, property, research, South Australia, southern, university, University of Adelaide, wildlifelast_img read more

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