Endangered Red Wolf: a Distinct Species

first_imgThe red wolf is one of the world’s most endangered species. Once common throughout the eastern and south central United States, the animal was decimated due to the destruction of their natural habitat and intensive predator control programs. The red wolf was designated as endangered in 1967 and declared extinct in the wild in 1980 when the last dozen wild red wolves were captured and brought into zoos for captive breeding. Twenty years later, red wolves were successfully reintroduced into the wild in eastern North Carolina; it was the first reintroduction of a large carnivore anywhere in the world. In 2006, the wild red wolf population peaked at 150 but several years of high gunshot mortality levels drastically lowered those numbers. Report confirms the endangered red wolf is its own distinct species Red wolf advocates believe that the uncertainty surrounding the taxonomy of the red wolf has stalled recovery programs in recent years and cast doubt on the urgency to preserve the species. NASEM produced the report after Congress asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conduct a taxonomic review of red and Mexican gray wolves. Yesterday’s announcement proves that the red wolf deserves their status as a distinct species and should continue to be protected under the Endangered Species Act. The public has overwhelmingly shown support for the protection of the red wolf in North Carolina. During the Fish and Wildlife Service’s public comment period in 2018, over 99 percent of the total comments received were in favor of protecting the red wolf in the state. Susan Holmes, Federal Policy Director of Wildlands Network, said in a press release that polls have shown nearly 80 percent of North Carolina voters are in support of restoring the red wolf in the state.center_img The wolf taxonomy committee of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has concluded that the endangered red wolf, found only in five counties in eastern North Carolina, is a valid and distinct species. The distinction gives the red wolf a much-needed scientific and political boost; there are fewer than 30 remaining red wolves in the wild. Recently, some North Carolina officials argued that the red wolf was a coyote and gray wolf hybrid and pushed the government to abandon recovery efforts of the animal. last_img read more

How does reduced branch traffic affect credit union business services?

first_imgLet’s face it – member traffic in and out of our physical, brick-and-mortar branch facilities isn’t what it used to be. Far from the heyday of most members conducting business regularly in one or more credit union branch offices, we now live in a digital express age in which members spend a great deal more time in drive-thrus and on smartphones and tablets they ever will in your physical locations.This is problematic for credit unions in that for many of them, branch traffic was a primary source of information and leads for cross-selling additional business services. When members were frequently came into branch facilities, they were more likely to engage with credit union staff about their business lives, challenges and needs. Credit union professionals could then use that information to correlate member needs with credit union products and services, thus tailoring situation-specific solutions for members.This means credit union professionals must find new ways of securing leads for promoting business lending and business services. While there are many ways to think outside the box and do this without the benefit of additional branch traffic, below are three ways credit union professionals can consider.Detective work. Even though members may not be in our branches with a physical presence like they used to, they still leave a digital footprint. Those tasked with promoting lending and business services can review things like scanned copies of checks and other documents. In doing so, they could discover if a member was depositing checks from another credit union or making loan payments to another credit union (or other competitor). Armed with this information, they could then try to engage the member and bring that lost business in-house.Vehicle inspections. Credit union professionals could regularly scan their parking lots and drive -thru lines for vehicles wrapped professionally. Using business names, telephone numbers and website addresses from these vehicles, they could then reach out to business owners (whether they are credit union members or not) and attempt to gain those business accounts.Building relationships. At the end of the day, it’s still all about building relationships. This is a forte credit unions have worked well with for decades. Building relationships isn’t rocket science – it still includes relatively simple concepts like asking open-ended questions, being more proactive and assertive in promoting credit union products and services and simply not being scared to ask members for their business. Credit union professionals must come to regard themselves not so much as salespeople but as solutions providers for the members that come to them for help.It’s true — a rapidly growing percentage of members prefer to interact with their credit unions digitally, through computers, smart phones and tablets. While this comes at a price to traditional in-branch traffic, it also offers its own set of solutions to help deal with the change in the challenge. Credit union professionals that see this usage shift as an opportunity for growth instead of a harbinger of doom are more likely to realize success in this digital age. 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lisa Dent Ms. Dent joined MBL in July 2012 as a Risk Assessment Manager. She has worked in various roles at MBL which include Implementation Specialist and Training and Development Administrator. Prior … Web: www.mblllc.com Detailslast_img read more

This year, Pula Airport is breaking the historical record for the number of passengers

first_imgAfter the record-breaking June, July, August and September, when Pulapo Airport had four consecutive months with over 100.000 passengers for the first time in history, a successful series of record numbers continues in October.Namely, on October 18, 2018, Pula Airport welcomes 700 thousand passengers, who have not been at Pula Airport since the independence of the Republic of Croatia. While on Saturday, October 20, ZL Pula will cross the historical record from 1987, when 701.370 passengers passed through Pula Airport the most ever. “So far, the total traffic from January to September has increased by 21% compared to last year, when we had a remarkable increase in the number of passengers of 36,5%.points out the director of Pula Airport, Svemir Radmilo.This year, passengers at Pula Airport were able to choose their trip to one of the 20 European countries, with 42 companies to 76 destinations, the most so far. “At Pula Airport, we are proud of the fact that both airlines, even under increased peak load, recognize our work and professionalism and our attitude towards business partners and passengers, which maintains the constant of a serious, safe and top-notch airport. “Concludes Radmilo and emphasizes that this is a historic and important event for the entire Istrian economy.In August 2018, Croatian airports recorded 1 thousand passengers or 809% more than in the same month last year.The largest passenger traffic was realized by Split Airport, with 625 thousand passengers (increase of 5,8% compared to August 2017), followed by Dubrovnik Airport with 479 thousand passengers (increase of 9,2% compared to August 2017) and Zagreb Airport with 372 thousand passengers (an increase of 7,2% compared to August 2017).The most significant international passenger traffic was realized with German airports, 329 thousand passengers, which is an increase of 10,8% compared to the same period last year. The total number of landings and departures of aircraft at airports in August 2018 was 19, which is an increase of 271% compared to August 2017, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics.last_img read more

Paul Merson names the three Arsenal fixtures that will decide the top-four race

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSunday 7 Apr 2019 10:13 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link784Shares Sorry, this video isn’t available any more.Merson added to Sky Sports: ‘Arsenal have also got a bit tighter at the back and I think they will get a massive win here.‘They have hard games left with Everton, Leicester and Wolves away.‘They are games you would not be surprised if they lost but you also wouldn’t be surprised if they won quite comfortably.‘That’s Arsenal. If you are a fan that’s what you have to live with for the next six weeks, but they played some good football on Monday against Newcastle and we know they can do that.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesArsenal have been in superb form at home this season and Emery says the ‘challenge’ for his side is to replicate those performances on the road.‘For us it’s a big challenge. We want to achieve the same good performances as when we play at Emirates Stadium,’ he said.‘We have confidence now but we know it’s very difficult and I think it’s a long way until the last matches.‘Each match is worth three points, like Sunday against Everton, which is the most important. We know other clubs will take a lot of points.’MORE: Dwight Yorke explains how Manchester United can beat Barcelona Arsenal Premier League fixtures Everton (a) – April 7Napoli (h) – April 11Watford (a) – April 15Napoli (a) – April 18Crystal Palace (h) – April 21Wolves (a) – April 24Leicester City (a) – April 29Brighton (h) – May 4Burnley (a) – May 12 Former Arsenal and England forward Paul Merson (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson believes Arsenal’s away matches against Everton, Leicester City and Wolves will decide the Premier League top-four race.With just over a month of the 2018-19 campaign remaining, Arsenal find themselves fourth in the table, one point behind north London rivals Tottenham.Unai Emery’s side can move above Spurs on Sunday when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.And Merson believes Sunday’s fixture is one of three that will determine whether Arsenal qualify for the Champions League or slip outside of the top four.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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‘This is a massive match,’ Gunners hero Merson said when asked about Arsenal’s trip to Everton. ‘Arsenal have got five away games left from seven.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I think they can afford to lose one game, when you can do that you want to make sure it’s not the first one of the seven otherwise that puts you under real pressure.‘Everton rinsed West Ham last week and if it wasn’t for Lukasz Fabianski I don’t know what the score would have been.‘But I don’t forget how bad Everton were in the first half against Chelsea before and if they play anything like that I think Arsenal will blow them away as they are very good going forward.’ Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Comment Paul Merson names the three Arsenal fixtures that will decide the top-four racelast_img read more

‘Shabu peddler’ busted in Boracay

first_imgAntidrug operatives inspect the seized sachets of suspect shabu from Mark Andrew Panganiban (2nd from the left). PDEA REGION 6 Panganiban was nabbed after he allegedlysold illegal drugs to an undercover officer for P1,600, the police added. Panganiban was detained in the lockupcell of the Malay police station, facing charges for violation of Republic Act9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (With a report from Akean Forum/PN) The 28-year-old Mark Andrew Panganibanyielded five sachets of suspected shabu, police said. Operatives of the Philippine DrugEnforcement Agency Aklan, Provincial Mobile Force Company, Malay police stationand 605th Maritime Police staged the entrapment operation that led to thearrest of Panganiban around 12:10 a.m. on Nov. 4. Aside from suspected shabu, a cellphoneand drug paraphernalia were also seized. BORACAY – A suspected drug peddleroperating in this world-famous island was arrested. last_img read more

SC Medeama grateful to Wassa Fiase chief for Land reward

first_imgMedeama Vice chairman Albert Commey has thanked chief of Wassa Fiase area Osagyefo Dr. Kwamena Enimil for rewarding the team after winning this season’s MTN FA Cup trophy.Osagyefo Dr. Kwamena Enimil gave the team 50 plots of land and a cash reward of 2000 Ghana cedis last Thursday when the team paid a courtesy call to his palace.”The chief was very happy with our performance in the FA Cup and taking the trophy back to his land triggered him to do something for us,” said Albert Commey in an interview with Joy sports”We are grateful to him and already plans are underway to put the land in good use, we want to have an astro-turf and other facilities so we see this as an opportunity to cash in so we are very happy.”Medeama SC defeated Asante Kotoko in this year’s FA Cup to clinch their first ever title since joining the premier league three seasons ago.last_img read more

PBSO: Impaired, Unlicensed Driver Flees Deputies and Kills Man

first_imgOne man is dead and another is in jail facing charges, after a traffic stop turned into a deadly crash on Friday night.According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, 21-year-old Pedro Hernandez was speeding on Southern Boulevard westbound after failing to stop for deputies around 9:30 p.m.He ran a red light at the intersection of Pike Road and Florida’s Turnpike, the sheriff’s office says. Another driver, 28-year-old Michael Dibartolo, was driving southbound on Pike Road near the intersection of Southern Boulevard when Hernandez’s vehicle struck the rear driver’s side of Dibartolo’s vehicle, causing it to spin and ejecting Dibartolo from the car. Dibartolo was pronounced dead at the scene.Hernandez suffered minor injuries. He does not have a driver’s license and showed signs of impairment, deputies reported. Hernandez is facing vehicular homicide and no driver license causing death charges.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office reported on Friday that deputies would be out looking for drunk drivers this weekend.last_img read more

Overtime: The Miami Heat won the NBA title…Next!

first_img:10 You know how that alert notice that comes on TV in the middle of the night when you’re watching TV and it makes you pay attention? Well, pretend like that’s happening right now. ALERT… ALERT… ALERT! This just in: Not only does “Brother Roy” of Rankin heritage, belong to the “Know it all Club” as an official member, but he is now “In the Locker Room” with the great and President Eddie Jefferies, Dwight Law, Roland Slade, my old man and many others. Here’s the point. Roy’s preseason unofficial prediction for your Pittsburgh Steelers upcoming season is a 9-7 record. If you didn’t know…now you know…holler!:09 The Miami Heat won the NBA title…Next!:08 To the man who invented the black stretch that all women wear these days… may God truly bless you! (C’mon you all know a man had to be the inventor. Have you been on the South Side lately? Wow…wow…and wow!):07 Yvonne Morris, yeah, girl we go way back. I appreciate all you did to help Champions get where it’s at. We couldn’t have done it without you. (Well, we could have, but that’s a nice thing for me to say.) Anyway, your reward is…you’re now “In the Locker Room” for being a dedicated reader…Boom!:06 If you own the Washington Redskins and you know the name offends Native Americans and you still won’t change the name, you are, in fact, not only a greedy, uncaring capitalist, but yes, you are a little bit racist. I am just saying.:05 Former Boston Celtic Coach “Doc” Rivers is the new coach of the L.A. Clippers. Two things. Lakers you better go get Phil Jackson. You better go find the rest of your game!:04 Here’s a heartfelt and glorious celebration to Coach Karen Hall and the recent passing of her beloved mother. God Bless you Mom! Coach Hall…one of the best people in the world. We love ya, Coach. BILL NEALlast_img read more

OOPS! 2013 Coming to Downtown Olympia

first_imgBands start at 2pm and include:TeardropcityHorace PickettThe Fabulous Downey BrothersFruit JuiceTangerineFull Moon RadioThe Hard WayRock out in front or relax with a cold beer in full view of the stage from the outdoor beer garden.OOPS! is free to attend thanks in part to Eastside Big Toms, Music 6000, Olympia Framemakers, Site Impressions, Color & White Printing, Coffee News, KAOS, Olympia Power & Light, and Elite Cleaning of Washington.  Proceeds from the event will benefit the Olympia Film Society and help keep this annual community celebration going.  See you there! Facebook2Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Elite Cleaning of WashingtonA wide range of bands play OOPS! in front of Olympia’s Capitol Theater. Photo Credit Winter Teems.On Saturday September 14th the Olympia Outdoor Public Spectacle (OOPS!) will be taking place from 2 pm to 9pm right on 5th Avenue in front of the Capitol Theater.  Seven diverse bands from the South Sound will be performing live throughout the day interspersed with various other entertainment including a local business raffle, a silent art auction inside the mezzanine of the Capital Theater, local vendors starting at 12 pm, and a Cakewalk, where the lovely girls of TUSH! Burlesque will display locally baked cakes specially made for the event.last_img read more

Traffic victims stay in heart

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – On Saturday, a serene monument will open in Central Park, devoted to the memory of young people whose lives were cut short by traffic crashes. Fifty-six lives will be remembered at a dedication ceremony. “Seeing this completed, it is one more thing (as) we are trying to reach kids out there,” said Alice Renolds, whose sons Danny and Tim Renolds were among four who died in a crash on Soledad Canyon Road in 2000. “And some parents don’t have a place to be with their child who was cremated or buried out of state.” Tree-stump sculptures ringing the monument are a graphic reminder of the severed lives. Bearing inscriptions like those carved by teens in love, these forms testify to loss. Each stump will be inscribed with a young person’s name and age. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The memorial, beyond the park’s grass playing fields, is designed to encourage teens to drive more carefully and to prevent more driving deaths, as well as to give people a quiet place to remember those who have died. Organizers plan to hold annual vigils at the site, with memorial banners flying overhead. The project has been in the works for about three years, driven by members of the Blue Ribbon Task Force, which educates the community on teen issues. The group helped raise about $130,000 to build the exhibit. In-kind donations from local businesses have helped defray costs, expected to be about $250,000, said Tess Simgen, community-services analyst. Kathy Tabajdi, 22, had proposed the grove to honor three friends who lived on her street and died in collisions. She sees the tranquil setting as a place those who are left behind may cross paths. “It’s almost like more of a gift to the parents, something other than a headstone to visit. Their child is a part of the memorial,” Tabajdi said. And for strangers who visit, “when you see one name, and you don’t know that person, the name is not that significant,” she said. But seeing dozens of names will underscore the fact to teens that they are “definitely not invincible,” she said. “It adds up. It tallies everything up. This is the cost. This is the bill.”‘ She hopes the message will not seem like a scolding but rather a reminder of the importance of defensive driving and of “all those (safety) tricks your parents said to you 1,000 times in the car (and) you didn’t pick up.” A central monument features a vow composed by Tabajdi’s mother, Debbie Knight. “It is a vow to drive safe,” Knight said. “The high cost of reckless driving is too much to pay. We have 99 names so far. One is too many.” Some parents have not given permission to name their children in the exhibit. Those named in the memorial were 24 or younger and had a Santa Clarita connection by birth, education or location of the fatal incident. Simgen is still accepting names to be included. Renolds praised city officials for forging ahead with the project, for “not hiding their heads in the sand and always trying to help kids in the valley.” The dedication will take place at 10 a.m. at Santa Clarita Central Park, 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road, in Saugus. For further information, contact Simgen at 255-4956. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more