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North Carolina campground closures across state park system to continue through May 22

first_imgVirginia becomes first state in South to pledge goal of carbon-free energy Georgia denies the nation’s last new coal plant North Carolina campground closures across state park system to continue through May 22 “Please do not call the reservation line or the park about your reservation,” NC State Parks said on their Facebook page. “If your reservation falls within the campground closure dates, Aspira, our reservations management company, will contact you directly to cancel your reservation and issue a full refund.” In the shadow of the coronavirus pandemic, Virginia is moving ahead with the goal of becoming carbon-free by 2045, the Washington Post reports. Last weekend, Gov. Ralph Northam signed legislation which mandates Dominion Energy, the state’s largest utility, to switch to renewable energy by 2045. Appalachian Power, which provides energy to southwest Virginia, must be carbon-free by 2050. “I am thankful for the EPD’s decision so we can move on from this outdated and unnecessary project,” Katherine Cummings, a member of Georgia’s Fall-line Alliance for a Clean Environment (FACE) said in a statement. “Plant Washington posed a threat to family budgets, community health, and natural resources in and beyond Middle Georgia. It’s certainly a moment of closure and relief that this polluting giant will never be built.” The actions “Will create thousands of clean energy jobs, make major progress on fighting climate change, and break Virginia’s reliance on fossil fuels,” state Sen. Jennifer L. McClellan told the Washington Post in a statement.  On Friday, NC State Parks announced that state park campground closures will continue through May 22.  Last week, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) denied a request for additional time to begin construction on Plant Washington, a new coal plant that has been in the works for 12 years and would have cost more than $2 billion. It was the last proposed new coal power plant project in the United States.last_img read more

Beverly Shores recognized as official Bird Town Indiana

first_imgBeverly Shores, In. — Beverly Shores became the state’s 14th Bird Town Indiana this past weekend.  At a social event this past weekend at the town overlook, sponsored by the Association of Beverly Shores Residents, the town was officially welcomed into the Bird Town Indiana program.Modeled after the “Tree City USA” program, Bird Town Indiana works with cities and communities to recognize the work and commitment by communities that plan, develop, and implement bird conservation strategies and education on a local level. Communities must meet a minimum of seven criteria to be considered for Bird Town status, including educational programming, conservation initiatives, and governance related to birds and their protection. Town and city officials interested in pursuing Bird Town Indiana status can find get the application here.“With the nearby Chesterton and Porter Bird Town designations, it was a natural fit for Bird Town Indiana status for Beverly Shores, said Brad Bumgardner,” executive director for Indiana Audubon. “Additionally, the town’s dark sky initiatives help make the nearby habitats great for birds during migration periods.”To learn more about Bird Town Indiana or Indiana Audubon Society and to search for programs near you, visit them on the web here.last_img read more

Pardew wants cool heads in derby

first_img The Magpies head into Sunday’s pre-Christmas showdown at St James’ Park desperately looking to avoid a fourth successive defeat at the hands of their arch-rivals and intent on righting the wrongs of back-to-back 3-0 home defeats at the hands of the Black Cats with a victory. Pardew’s current squad, despite its cosmopolitan nature, has the most sizeable home-grown contingent the club has been able to boast for some time, and while the manager insists that will not necessarily be a factor in the game, he admits he may have to instruct one or two of the locals to curb their enthusiasm. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has ordered Geordie boy Steven Taylor not to allow the derby atmosphere to get to him as he plots victory over Sunderland. He said: “If I’m honest, I don’t think it’s a factor in the game, but I will be looking at one or two who maybe get emotionally involved. “Probably the one who worries me the most is Steven Taylor. He wears his heart on his sleeve and he plays like that sometimes in this fixture. “I’ve spoken to him about it. I think this time around he will be a lot calmer and if he plays, he will be in better shape.” Central defender Taylor has been a target for some Sunderland fans ever since he offered a less than complimentary assessment of their squad in a pre-derby interview in October 2012, although he appears to revel in role of pantomime villain. However, both sets of fans and the two clubs have worked hard to try to take some of the poison out of a fixture which has too often boiled over off the pitch in recent times. Bridges have been built in the wake of the MH17 Malaysia Airlines disaster in which Newcastle supporters John Alder and Liam Sweeney were among 298 passengers and crew to lose their lives, with Black Cats fans raising more than £33,000 for a memorial. Pardew, who revealed his players will not be bussed into the ground as they have been for recent derbies, said: “We are trying to get away from all that unsavoury stuff. “They have come across the bridge from Sunderland and you have to pay credit to them for what happened over John Alder and Liam Sweeney. “I would like to think we would meet them there and treat this as exactly what it is – a football match. I’ve tried to follow the pattern of the security, the police and fans and everything said online. “We won’t take a bus to the game this time, we will turn up as normal and hopefully it will be a fantastic football match, although the passion will be no less, the intensity will be no less, which makes it unique in itself, more than any game I’ve ever played in or managed. “Therefore, whatever the result, we will shake hands.” John O’Shea will run out into the white heat of the Tyne-Wear derby having already had a taste of the fierce rivalry this week. The Sunderland skipper will lead his team out at St James’ Park on Sunday looking for an unprecedented fourth successive victory over neighbours Newcastle in a game which could go a long way to determining how enjoyable Christmas is for the respective clubs’ supporters. But O’Shea and his team-mates have already been left in little doubt as to what is expected by both sets of fans after their traditional hospital visits on both Wearside and Tyneside in the last few days. The 33-year-old Republic of Ireland international said: “We went on the hospital visits and it’s brilliant seeing the kids in their particular colours whatever hospital we were in, some Sunderland, some Newcastle. “We went to the RVI [Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary] to the kids’ part and the cancer wards, and the cheer that some of the fans get from seeing us, but also the grief we get as well is brilliant and it puts a big smile on our faces and makes you appreciate what you have in your family when they are happy and healthy, especially at a time like this. “It could be a kid who’s gone through a terrible time and had some operations and what have you, and he is just looking at you and saying, ‘Look, get a win’, or a kid saying, ‘I hope you lose at the weekend’, whatever the case may be. “It’s a very humbling experience. It’s one of those things that does make you realise that football is very important, but there are also some other very important things in life as well.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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