Trump Taps Ryan Zinke to Head Interior, Outdoor Industry Reacts

first_imgOn Thursday morning, President-Elect Donald Trump officially nominated Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke of Whitefish, Montana to serve as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior.In case you’re a little hazy on the bureaucracy of the executive branch, the Secretary of the Interior oversees the Department of the Interior.Among other things, the Department of the Interior administers large swaths of public land, including those managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Geological Survey.The outgoing Secretary is Sally Jewell, the former CEO of REI who made headlines recently when she moved to block a gold mining operation proposed near the border of Yellowstone National Park.If confirmed by the Senate, Zinke would be in charge of more than 500 million acres of public land. He’ll have to balance the public’s access to those lands with the interests of tourism and outdoor recreation as well as things like cattle grazing and extraction.As was expected, reactions to the nomination resonated quickly throughout the outdoor industry and the conservation and environmentalists communities.One by one, conservation groups, environmental advocacy organizations, and outdoor industry representatives from across the country voiced their opinions about a nomination they’ve been cautiously waiting for—some would say dreading—since Donald Trump unexpectedly became president-elect back on November 8th.Some of these groups have expressed support for the former Navy SEAL, often citing a promise he made in January of 2015 and restated in October to never tolerate the sale of public lands back to the state, a platform embraced by many within his own party.Supporters also point to Zinke’s life-long interest in hunting and fishing, and the fact that he hails from Montana, a state whose economic lifeblood literally hinges on the more than 94 million acres of public land it contains.But others have decried his nomination, citing his cozy relationships with extraction industries like oil, gas, and mining, his skeptical view on climate change, and an abysmal three percent lifetime score he received from the League of Conservation Voters. Here’s a list of some of the loudest voices complete with their official statements on the nomination. The League of Conservation Voters“By nominating Rep. Ryan Zinke for Secretary of the Interior, Trump is sending yet another message to Big Polluters that their profits will come first on our public lands. While Rep. Zinke on occasion has broken with his party’s congressional leadership on conservation, it remains to be seen whether as Secretary of the Interior he would truly challenge their anti-parks agenda.  His atrocious 3 percent score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard gives us little confidence that he will stand with the American people over polluters. Indeed, he is a climate denier who supports drilling in the Arctic and continuing outrageous subsidies for dirty energy development on public lands–positions that align with the oil and gas companies that have spent nearly $350,000 on his campaigns. The American people should be alarmed that someone with his anti-environmental record could be responsible for our national parks and wildlife refuges and could promote more dirty and dangerous drilling.”More here…Outdoor Industry Association Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and OIAPAC endorsed Zinke in the 2016 election citing his understanding of the outdoor recreation economy and his support for investment in and the protection of America’s public lands and waters. Specifically, Zinke was a co-sponsor of the Outdoor REC Act in the House of Representatives, supports reauthorization and full funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and co-sponsored the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act (WDFA), a fix for the fire suppression budgeting issues that dry up federal agencies in years of increasingly devastating forest fires. Zinke also voted for the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act and has taken a vote against the state takeover of public lands. Earlier this year, Zinke resigned from the 2016 Republican Platform Committee at the RNC Convention citing the GOP’s position in support of the selling off of public lands.”More here…Sierra Club“In nominating Representative Zinke, President-elect Trump has once again chosen someone unsuited for the job at hand. His nomination jeopardizes the places that are so much a part of the American spirit and the backbone of the outdoor recreation economy. Zinke is only able to recognize the importance of programs like the Land and Water Conservation Fund a mere 3 percent of the time, while the other 97 percent of the time he’s voted with those that would dismantle, degrade and dispose of our public lands. Being Secretary of the Interior requires someone who will protect our public lands 100 percent of the time.”More here…Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership“Zinke is someone we can work with,” says Whit Fosburgh, TRCP’s president and CEO. “He’s shown the courage to buck his own party on the issue of selling or transferring public lands that provide 72 percent of Western sportsmen with access to great hunting and fishing. He’s a lifelong outdoorsman, who we’ve found to be receptive to sportsmen’s interests in Montana and D.C. We won’t agree with him on everything, but we think he’s someone who will listen and has the right instincts.”More here…The Wilderness Society“We have serious concerns about the nomination of Congressman Zinke, whose repeated support for logging, drilling and mining on cherished public lands is out of step with most Americans. While he has steered clear of efforts to sell off public lands and supported the Land and Water Conservation Fund, far more often Rep. Zinke has advanced policies that favor special interests. His overall record and the backdrop of cabinet nominations with close ties to the fossil fuel industry cause us grave concern. Rep. Zinke has refused to acknowledge that climate change is caused by fossil fuel emissions, while vocally opposing the Obama administration’s efforts to reduce harmful methane emissions. In addition, he has fought efforts to reform coal and voted to scrap environmental safeguards related to logging efforts on national forests.”More here…Backcountry Hunters and Anglers“Congressman Zinke understands the importance of public lands and balancing management of these important resources with energy development and other uses. As Montana’s lone representative in the House of Representatives, Mr. Zinke has shown himself to be receptive to the interests of a wide range of constituents and a potential ally of sportsmen and other outdoor recreationists.”More here…last_img read more

Fighting for Justice in Authoritarian Regimes

first_imgBy Leigh Hartman / ShareAmerica February 20, 2020 World Social Justice Day encourages people to recognize the importance of basic rights and human freedom.As the world celebrates Social Justice Day on February 20, here’s a look at some of the injustices that authoritarian regimes in China, Iran, and Venezuela inflict on their own people.ChinaThe Chinese Communist Party has interned more than 1 million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims in internment camps since 2018. Inside the camps, prisoners are forced to renounce their religious and ethnic identities and swear allegiance to the Communist Party.In China, the government also has imprisoned more reporters than any other country in 2019, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.IranThe Iranian Constitution stipulates all laws and regulations must be based on “Islamic criteria” and an official interpretation of Sharia. The regime targets those who dissent from state-sanctioned policy and beliefs, including members of unrecognized religious minorities. In 2018, authorities arrested at least 40 members of the Baha’i faith and more than 300 Sufi dervishes.The Iranian regime has funneled tens of millions of dollars to terrorist organizations while Iran’s economy has shrunk and inflation has shot up. This makes it harder for ordinary Iranians to make ends meet.VenezuelaNicolás Maduro and his cronies continue to plunder Venezuela’s gold reserves, threatening to leave the country bankrupt, while Interim President Juan Guaidó works alongside supporters of democracy to rebuild the nation.The Pemón, an indigenous community of 30,000 people who live in a part of Venezuela that potentially holds great wealth, have come under attack from the army and other armed groups as they attempt to defend their lands against illegal miners and loggers as well as against corrupt and brutal soldiers.last_img read more

Mesut Ozil reacts to Arsenal ending two-month wait for a win and praises Freddie Ljungberg

first_imgLjungberg picked up his first win in charge of Arsenal since taking over (Picture: Getty)On goalscorers Martinelli and Pepe, he added: ‘We are happy for them.‘We know they have the quality they showed today and we are happy they scored important goals for us. We will continue fighting hard to reach our goal for the season.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Advertisement Mesut Ozil reacts to Arsenal ending two-month wait for a win and praises Freddie Ljungberg The Gunners finally got back to winning ways on Monday night (Picture: Getty)Mesut Ozil admits Arsenal still have plenty of hard work ahead of them despite ending their long wait for a Premier League win, while he has praised the impact of interim boss Freddie Ljungberg.The Gunners appeared to be heading for another miserable night against West Ham on Monday but rallied in nine frantic second-half minutes as Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang all netted.Arsenal had been on their longest run without a league win since 1977 – having last recorded a victory against Bournemouth at the start of October. Commentcenter_img Arsenal turned up the heat in the second half to claim three huge points (Picture: Getty)But their comeback at the London Stadium brought an end to that poor form and pushed them back up into the top-half of the table, though Ozil acknowledges that this is just the first step of many.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe tweeted: ‘Finally a reason to smile again… a little bit! That winning feeling is back. How I’ve missed you!‘But of course we all know that there’s still a lot of work in front of us.’Ozil had been frozen out by axed manager Unai Emery but has started all three of Ljungberg’s games in charge and believes the Swede’s promotion has been a welcome change.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘He was a football player and he understands us as players. He has already shown his quality as a coach and we are thankful we have him,’ Ozil told Sky Sports.‘Today was a successful day for him and us. It is always hard for the club to change the coach. Freddie is a young coach and he is always there for us, which is what we need.’ Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 10 Dec 2019 7:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link166Shareslast_img read more

My husband quit his job to help me train for Paralympics”- Nigerian Paralympian

first_img Flora who has paraplegia due to the effects of polio started para-sports in 2004 while she was in secondary school and the experience as she describes it has been bittersweet “Being a Nigerian Para-Athlete is no joke because there’s nothing to motivate us, we just believe we can do things irrespective of what we’re going through.” Opening up on her journey, Flora said preparing for the Rio Paralympics game was tough as members of the Nigerian Paralympics federation had doubts if she could deliver a medal at the games “It was not an easy task, while we were in camp the Secretary told them to decamp me because I had a medical challenge and bring someone else but I kept believing and when I was finally cleared to compete I gave it my all and that’s how I won, it’s one of the best experience of my career.” Self belief is a major ingredient for success but having a support system that works is also a plus, something that Flora had and credits for her rise. “As the saying goes behind every successful man is a woman but for me behind every successful woman is a man, my husband did everything for me to be happy. When he noticed the challenges I was facing, as I was being sidelined for athletes I was better than, he quit his job and started training with me, he wasn’t into sports but things worked out well when we started working together.” Flora got married in 2014, and started training with her husband immediately after in preparation for the All Africa games. In 2015 erased Tunisian Hania Aidi’s World Record (WR) of 18.86m set at the IPC World Championships in Doha and was a GOLD medallist at the 2015 African Games in Congo Brazzaville. She won a silver medal at the 2019 world para-atheletics championship which qualified her for the 2020 Paralympics game. Read Also:2020 Paralympics: I‘m pregnant with medals, says Onye Flora Ugwunwa who serves as the female athletes’ representative in the Paralympic Committee of Nigeria has revealed she will break her world record at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Nigerian Paralympic gold-medalist and world record holder in Javelin Flora Ugwunwa moved from almost been decamped to a world champion a feat that was borne from self belief and support from her husband who quit his job to help her train. Promoted ContentThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Why Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?These Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

HMIN produces 2 millionth vehicle

first_imgGreensburg, IN—Recently Honda of Greensburg produced the two millionth vehicle that was built in that plant. Indiana governor Eric Holcomb says the robust Indiana economy has produced a shortage of workers but this is no time to slow down.The 2 millionth vehicle was a Crystal Black Pearl CR-V. It comes 10 years after the start of mass production at the Indiana facility. It is also fitting that Honda will mark its 40th anniversary of manufacturing products in North America in September of this year.There are 2,500 workers in Greensburg that have the capacity to produce 250,000 vehicles per year.last_img

C-NS swimmers top Baldwinsville; Liverpool falls to F-M

first_imgAs for B’ville, Clare Burke won two races, going 2:13.60 to hold off Devinney (2:15.54) in the 200 freestyle while pulling away to win the 100 butterfly in 1:07.81.Kali Sacco also won twice, edging Myers, 59.01 seconds to 59.10, in the 100 freestyle and claiming the 200 individual medley in 2:27.33. Ashley Konz, second in the 50 freestyle to Myers, would win the 100 backstroke in 1:03.49 to Gucciardi’s 1:04.51.As that went on, Liverpool began a full season where it would not swim at home, with home meets moved to Fulton because of the  school’s ongoing construction projects.But the Warriors opened at Cazenovia College last Thursday against Fayetteville-Manlius, who again relied on its deep lineup to build a margin so big that it clinched the meet with five races left.Liverpool lost, 92-86, but still had plenty of highlights, whether it was Dominique DeRuijter blazing to first place in the 100 backstroke in 1:07.29 or having its 200 freestyle relay team of Jessica Testone, Chloe Brown, Kaitlyn Thompson and Delaney Gellert going 1:51.95 in the 200 freestyle relay.Testone was second in the 50 freestyle in 26.80 seconds, with Thompson second in the 100 freestyle in 59.22 seconds. Calli Rushia finished second in the 100 butterfly in 1:10.64. Gellert swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:14.91 as F-M’s Lindsay Mathews won twice, in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle, to lead her side.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: BaldwinsvilleC-NSliverpoolswimming Kate Gucciardi, Brittany Wood, Alayna Harbaugh and Bryn Myers were first in the 200-yard medley relay in one minute, 59.68 seconds, this before Grace Devinney joined Myers, Wood and Harbaugh to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:51.31.On her own, Wood had the quickest time of 1:19.73 in the 100 breaststroke ahead of Cassidy Svoboda (1:23.25), just as Myers prevailed in the 50 freestyle in 26.12 seconds.Jeanne Vinette won the 500 freestyle in 6:07.85 over Devinney (6:14.10) and Ryleigh Lenning in a 1-2-3 sweep. Vinette, Devinney, Gucciardi and Alexa Kulakowski swam the 400 freestyle relay in 4:15.07.center_img It was quite an opening Thursday of the area high school girls swimming season, with two local SCAC Metro divisions immediately confronting each other and the other facing the defending league and Section III champions.Cicero-North Syracuse hosted Baldwinsville at the  Le Moyne College pool the Northstars have long called home, and though the Bees claimed most of the individual races, superior depth  helped C-NS take the overall meet 96-72.The Northstars were first in all three relays, and had quite a diving competition, too, as Madeline Thorne picked up 227.60 points to fend off teammate Kaitlyn Carroll, who had 204.50 points.last_img read more

No. 4 USC battles for Pac-12 supremacy

first_imgWith three weeks to go in the regular season, the USC women’s volleyball team doesn’t have the luxury of letting up quite yet. This weekend they will hit the road and travel up to the state of Washington where two hungry Pac-12 opponents will be waiting for them: the unranked-but-dangerous Cougars of Washington State and the conference-leading Washington Huskies.Efficient · Junior middle blocker Hannah Schraer has converted 114 of her 253 attempts for kills for a .344 hitting percentage this season. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanThe fourth-ranked Women of Troy (22-3, 12-2 Pac-12) last saw these two foes less than a month ago, and virtually nothing has changed on paper for any of the teams. No. 3 Washington (24-1, 15-1) has gone unbeaten since its victory over USC on Oct. 27 and is currently in the middle of a 12-match winning streak. Washington State (17-11, 3-11) has performed as expected; they have lost four of their past five matches, but the one victory was an impressive sweep over Utah. The only noticeable difference coming into this weekend can be found in the rankings — this time around, the Women of Troy are the ones trailing closely behind the Huskies in the coaches’ poll.USC senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard, however, knows that there is much more to her team than what can be found on a stat sheet. Though her team is behind in the conference standings and in the rankings, she has seen a big change in the demeanor of the locker room since the four-set loss to the Huskies.“I think we’re more focused and determined,” Olgard said. “Playoffs are getting closer and closer each game and I know that none of us like the feeling of losing.”Olgard was unstoppable last time out against Washington, recording 12 kills while recording a .429 hitting percentage. She could have had many more, but the Huskies were able to neutralize USC’s offensive attack by serving tough. USC head coach Mick Haley said the key to beating the third-ranked Huskies is beating their serving game.“We didn’t make very good volleyball plays last time,” Haley said. “A lot of times, Washington forced us into those plays with their very aggressive serving. Quite honestly, that’s the only thing they do better than us at this point — they bring high velocity six times in a row serving the ball.”A major problem for USC in their last match against Washington was their inability to get a good pass off of the serve; instead of having three or four options to go to off of a pass they would only have one good look, limiting their offensive potential. With weapons such as Olgard, sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio, and freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu, passing will be crucial to USC’s success.The deck will be stacked even further against the Women of Troy this weekend due to the match’s location. Washington plays very well in their own arena, a facility that regularly hosts around 10,000 fans. The Huskies are unbeaten this season at home and show no signs of slowing.“They’re always strong in their own gym,” Olgard said. “They’ll have a sold-out crowd, so it’s going to be tough.”Washington State has not played quite so well at home this season, but they did start the season with eight consecutive home wins. Though the media focus this weekend will certainly be on Friday’s game in Seattle, Haley stresses that Sunday’s matchup in Pullman is nothing to skim over.“I’m actually as concerned about going to Washington State on Sunday as I am about Washington,” Haley said. “That’s the catch game right there. It’s a smaller venue, it echoes, it’s louder. We can’t just go this weekend to play Washington, we have to play both teams.”The postseason implications for this weekend are massive. If the Huskies beat the Women of Troy, Washington will be in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the season. If USC wins, however, things could get a little more interesting. A Trojan victory would mean a possible share for the conference title at the end of the season due to the teams’ identical head-to-head record. With tough remaining matches against UCLA, Arizona and upstart Colorado, USC has more than enough motivation to pull out a victory in Seattle.Several members of the USC squad are eyeing personal milestones as the season comes to a close. Senior All-American libero Natalie Hagglund has already set the USC all-time record in digs and will continue to chase the all-time Pac-12 record. Bricio looks to continue to carry the team offensively as she goes for yet another Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week selection. Already five-time Freshman of the Week Nwanebu has high expectations of her own this weekend.“I want 22 kills,” Nwanebu said. “It’s my personal record, and I want to beat it.”Such a performance would likely make Nwanebu the most accomplished Pac-12 freshman in quite some time — her five conference selections have her tied for the most all-time with current teammate Samantha Bricio, who also was named Freshman of the Week five times last season.But as the team readies to travel north, it’s likely that no player is focused on her own individual achievements with the team’s ultimate goal in reach. The desire is there — all that’s left to do is execute.Friday’s match against the Huskies will begin at 6 p.m., and Sunday’s match will begin at 1 p.m. in Pullman. Both matches will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Networks. 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CAF Executive Back Moves for Samoura to Lead African Football

first_imgGianni Infantino The Confederation of African Football’s Executive Committee was “almost unanimous” in backing the move to bring FIFA’s top official to work with CAF when it met in Cairo on Wednesday, according to the President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick.The plan to send FIFA Secretary-General Fatma Samoura as a “General Delegate to Africa” has attracted some criticism within the game.But Mr Pinnick said Ms Samoura’s appointment would help “strengthen our judicial, governance and fiscal discipline”. He said it had “99.9%” approval within the Executive Committee.FIFA President Gianni Infantino attended the meeting and said he believed the plan would help “significantly improve” football on the continent.Asked by the BBC about opposition to the plan, which has also been expressed by some African football federation chiefs, Mr Infantino said it should be judged on “results”.“You cannot have unanimity anywhere – at least in the modern world – so we take on board all the comments of everyone and together we try to do our best,” he said.“The only thing I am asking is that you judge on the results, not the speculation.”The move is likely to be discussed at CAF’s General Assembly in Cairo today. There is also set to be another Executive Committee meeting later in the day.A number of other major decisions were taken on Wednesday.They include a change to the format of the continent’s club competitions, with the finals of the African Champions League and Confederation Cup moving from two leg ties, played home and away, to one-off showpieces on neutral grounds.There will also be an expansion of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations from 8 teams to 12 for the next edition, a move the CAF President Ahmad described as a “great decision”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more