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first_imgUS Fish and Wildlife Service comply with order to put grizzly bears back on Endangered Species List North Carolina’s 1,175-mile Mountains-to-Sea trail turns 42 years old this September and the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea trail are inviting hikers of all abilities to come out and celebrate. The move to delist the Yellowstone grizzly was an attempt to carve the Yellowstone grizzly out of the larger whole, and conservationists warned it did not take a look at the bigger picture of grizzly recovery. A federal judge agreed and blocked the delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly. On July 31, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it had complied with the court order and relisted the Yellowstone grizzly bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. Thirty-three group hikes are being offered in 27 trail towns across the state over the weekend of Friday, September 6 through Sunday, September 8. The hikes will range in distance from one to twelve miles and in difficultly from easy to strenuous. There’s also a 42-mile challenge for hikers looking for an endurance challenge. For more information about any of the hosted hikes visit the website: https://mountainstoseatrail.org/birthdayhike/.center_img Before the year 1800, approximately 50,000 grizzly bears roamed the United States and parts of Mexico. But by 1975 less than 1,000 grizzly bears remained and the animal was listed on the Endangered Species Act. As part of the grizzly recovery plan, six recovery regions were identified, one of which was the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Grizzly bears in this region have made a strong recovery, growing from less than 150 to around 700, though recovery efforts in other regions have been less successful. Two years ago, the US Fish and Wildlife Service attempted to remove the grizzly bear in and around Yellowstone National Park from the endangered species list.  Celebrate the Mountains-to-Sea trail birthday this Septemberlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Brazilian offshore drilling firm Constellation has been awarded three new contracts with Petrobras for its offshore drilling rigs.Gold Star / Image source: KeppelConstellation said Monday that Petrobras had hired its three ultra-deepwater semi-submersible drilling rigs Alpha Star, Gold Star, and Lone Star. The contracts are for two years each. All three rigs entered service in the 2010-2011 period.While Constellation did not provide the financial details of the contracts, Norwegian rig broker Bassoe Offshore has estimated the dayrate to be around $155,000 for each contract.Petrobras will use the rigs for drilling activities offshore of Brazil. Operations under each contract are expected to begin by January 2020.The news of the contracts for the rig trio comes two weeks after Petrobras had hired Constellation’s Laguna Star rig on a two-year deal.Commenting on new contracts, Guilherme Lima, CEO of Constellation, said: “Securing these three contracts, together with the recently announced contract for Laguna Star, is a remarkable achievement for the company. Petrobras is a key player in the Brazilian market, and this reinforces the long-standing partnership our companies have built over the years.”He said that with Constellation’s Brava Star and Olinda Star rigs also under contract, “a substantial majority of our fleet is currently under contract.”Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. uAlso, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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first_imgThe rivalry, he said, is between a set of a very old Pasadena Latino gang and a local set of the African-American gang known as Bloods. Although police said the crime cluster was definitely gang-related, they resisted labeling it a “race war.” “We don’t know exactly what’s causing this,” said police Chief Bernard Melekian. Information from sources on the street and inside prisons varies and is not necessarily accurate, he added. Melekian expressed his deep concern for the safety of Pasadenans and reiterated that the police department’s role is to “keep kids from killing each other.” It’s hard and dangerous duty enough, he noted, without society expecting public-safety officials to provide the social solutions to inter-racial problems. PASADENA – A former gang member and ex-felon from Northwest Pasadena says he has turned his life around and wants to reach out to area teens during what he terms the current gang-related race war. “City officials need to admit there’s a race war going on in Pasadena,” said Michael “Money Mike” Peterson, 38, who said he is an original member of the Raymond Avenue Crips, an African-American street gang. “I understand police and officials want to maintain Pasadena’s unblemished reputation and keep property values climbing,” he said, “but the public has a right to know what’s happening.” He said the first of four violent crimes on May 6 and 7 involved black against Latino gangs and spurred a wave of Latino-against-black retaliation attacks. The department’s Operation Safe Streets, an increased gang-enforcement effort begun in early February after several shooting deaths, had been scheduled to conclude May 9. But following a 30-day period with no deaths or shootings – before the two deaths May 7 – officials decided to prolong the operation, said Deputy Chief Chris Vicino. “We make no apologies for our efforts to stop loitering and loud parties and to give priority to all gang-related calls,” said Melekian. “Our objective is to keep citizens safe.” Melekian noted that several drive-by shootings had occurred after such parties in the city’s Northwest, and said that he is willing to take any criticism for an increased patrol presence on the streets if it protects people from violence. Peterson, a self-proclaimed authority on gang culture, is now a member of CURE, Common Unity Reaching Everybody, a Los Angeles-based anti-gang organization. As is often the case in gang culture, the basis for the fight is difficult to clearly define. Gang-related shootings occur over drug deals, retaliation or even for fun, Peterson said. “This is a race war,” Peterson said. “They’re sharing neighborhoods in Northwest Pasadena. The drug trade gets a little crowded. Some of the racial aspect entrenched in gang prison life spills out into the street. It’s about time to tell the truth.” On May 16, Jose David Elias, 20, of Pasadena; Eric Perez, 22, of Azusa; and Joseph Raymond Ruiz, 22, of Alhambra – all admitted gang members – were arrested and charged with two counts of murder for the daylight shooting deaths May 7 of Jamal Varcasia, 21, and Anthony Walker, 37, according to police. A woman – who may have been driving the get-away vehicle, according to Peterson – was also arrested. The two-day crime surge began at 11:30 p.m. May 6 when Christian Peralta, 19, was shot in the back at the Super Liquors store in the 100 block of East Orange Grove Boulevard. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461 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