Weekend Pick: Volunteer on the John Muir Trail

first_imgSaturday is National Trails Day, a nationwide series of events hosted by local trail clubs, individuals, and organizations dedicated to keeping the United States Trail System in good working order. Throughout the country, events will be held encouraging people to get outside and hit the trail. Although National Trails Day is organized by the American Hiking Society, mountain biking, paddling, bird watching, trail running, and anything else that involves a trail are all supported by the program. Not only is this a celebration of our trail system and a chance to get more people outside and on the trail, it is also a chance to recognize the thousands of volunteers who spend their time keeping the 200,000 miles of U.S. trails in good working order. They are the ones out there on weekends and evenings doing the manual labor and maintenance it takes to make the trails passable and beautiful.To that end, this weekend give a little something back and volunteer to help clear or cut a trail on public lands this Saturday. There are numerous opportunities to do so in North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee with all the national park and national forest land and you can find a map of official National Trails Day clean up events on their website. We recommend heading for Ducktown, Tenn. and volunteering with the Tennessee Wild Helping Hands to clear up the eastern end of the John Muir Trail. The John Muir Trail is a National Recreation Trail, but is in need of rebuilding, reshaping, and other basic trail repairs. No previous trail maintenance experience is necessary and all tools and safety gear will be provided. Just bring your work boots, lunch, and enthusiasm – long pants would probably be a good idea also.Give back to the trails that have given so much to you and make this Saturday a day of service. You’ll feel good, get some exercise, and set the tone for future generations of trail users.View Larger Maplast_img read more

Arsenal hero Jens Lehmann says coronavirus isn’t a ‘big concern’ for players

first_img FIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirusTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 1:43FullscreenFIFA and WHO team up to give you five ways to tackle spread of coronavirushttps://metro.co.uk/video/fifa-team-five-ways-tackle-spread-coronavirus-2131812/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘We have plenty of players who were actually infected, and most of them did not even show any symptoms.‘So I think for young, healthy, people with a strong immune system it’s not such a big concern.’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 ArsenalNewcastle United left-back Danny Rose slammed the Premier League’s plans for ‘Project Restart’ and isn’t in any hurry to get back to playing football, regardless of the potential morale boost it could provide for the country.‘The Government’s saying bring back football to boost the morale of the nation… I don’t give a f**k about the nation’s morale,’ said Rose on Instagram.‘People’s lives are at risk! Football shouldn’t be spoken about til numbers have dropped massively. It’s b******s.’MORE: Tackling to be banned in training and pitches disinfected in Premier League’s plan for Project RestartMORE: Tackling to be banned in training and pitches disinfected in Premier League’s plan for Project RestartFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 May 2020 10:37 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Arsenal hero Jens Lehmann says coronavirus isn’t a ‘big concern’ for players Advertisement Lehmann recently recovered from a bout coronavirus himself (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann says footballers concerned about playing during the coronavirus pandemic will have to just ‘get on with it’ until a vaccine is discovered.Earlier this week, the Government gave the Premier League the green light to return at the start of June behind closed doors, while ‘avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact’.Whilst other European leagues such as the Eredivisie in the Netherlands and Ligue 1 in France have decided to cancel their domestic campaigns, Germany’s Bundesliga is due to restart on Saturday.Lehmann, who recently made a full recovery from Covid-19 himself, urged players to get back on the pitch as he believes the virus is not a ‘big concern’ for fit and healthy athletes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘In the end, you have to live with it, because the only thing that this lockdown is based on is the hope that eventually we are going to find a vaccine or some medicine which cures it. But there’s only hope,’ he told beIN Sports. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news live‘So far we don’t have anything. Because of that, you cannot shut down everything. So you have to get on with it.‘As long as the symptoms are not that bad, I think players have to cope with it. Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Busy Year for JFSE in Asia Pacific

first_imgJames Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) said it has provided 200 days of operational expertise in the  region to date in 2019.The projects have included several work scopes for Woen Jinn Harbor Engineering (WJH) at offshore windfarm sites in Taiwan.JFSE’s Twin R2000 spread has been mobilised for more than 300 days in the past two years, supporting WJH’s efforts on major Taiwanese energy projects.Bruce Lee, director at WJH, said: “JFSE has become a trusted partner in our work. We have a very collaborative relationship developing solutions which streamline the excavation element of our projects.”These projects have included trenching and deburying cables at Formosa 1, near Miaoli on the west coast of Taiwan – a 130MW windfarm that is the country’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project.Elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region, JFSE’s SP6000 and LARS system has provided trench maintenance and remedial post trenching services at a remote site in Papua, Indonesia as part of a major project to increase the total capacity at a gas liquefaction plant. The team recently returned to the site and is currently providing operational supporting to assist the client with another work scope.JFSE’s T8000 is preparing three areas of seabed for jacket leg installation in Malaysia and will soon be mobilising to assist with a pipeline repair project elsewhere in the region.More than 200 operational days in Asia Pacific are already contracted for the remainder of 2019 across a number of project sites.Richard Beattie, regional director at JFSE said:“The Asia Pacific market is enjoying a strong period with the extension of oil and gas sites and the growth of the renewables industry. We have been working in this region for many years and have tools based in multiple strategic locations so are well-placed to respond to the needs of new and existing clients.”last_img read more

Raising young can be lethal for sea otters

first_imgIt’s not easy being a sea otter mom. Mothers exert twice as much energy as females without offspring, according to a study published online today in The Journal of Experimental Biology. Ecologists began studying the animals when they noticed more and more mama otters dying and in bad shape with thinner bodies. After observing young southern sea otters in their natural habitat and in aquariums, the team calculated the daily energy invested between birth and 6 months, when weaning begins. The researchers found that as Enhydra lutris nereis (pictured above), an otter that lives off the coast of central California, grow more and more, exertion on mom’s part increases—by the end of lactation, daily energy usage skyrockets by 96% from prepregnancy levels. Weary moms often can’t eat enough to meet the demand, leading to substantial weight loss, weak immune systems, and even death. The findings suggest that southern sea otters may be faced with some tough decisions when raising their young, like whether to abandon pups early on to save energy (and their own lives).last_img read more