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The Return of the Natives

first_imgMatt Kulp, a senior biologist for the National Park Service (NPS), stood alongside members of the Little River, Great Smoky Mountains, and Clinch Mountain chapters of Trout Unlimited as they donned wading gear, put on hats, and applied sunscreen. Surprisingly, they’d left their fishing gear at home. Nevertheless, the anglers hoped to land thousands of brook trout by assisting NPS employees in a field test of a stream in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP).Kulp and his assistants were preparing to test the results of an effort to restore native brook trout to Lynn Camp Prong, a mid-sized trout stream in the GSMNP. At some point in the past, a well-meaning but ignorant individual transplanted a number of rainbow trout into the stream. The transplanted trout thrived and quickly began crowding out the native brook trout.As early as 2005, Park officials began trying to uproot the rainbows. After electro-shocking the rainbows proved ineffective, NPS employees shocked brookies instead, moved them out of the stream and into adjacent streams within the park, and then released the fish-killing chemical antimycin into Lynn Camp Prong. Officials were convinced that such drastic action was the only way they could be certain that the invasive rainbow trout would not return.By 2010, officials believed that all the rainbows had been extirpated from the stream. They then painstakingly moved nearly 1,000 native brookies from their temporary homes back to Lynn Camp Prong. Workers captured the fish and walked them in buckets outfitted with aeration pumps back to the stream. When all was said and done, the brookies proved to be in even greater abundance than the rainbows found here earlier.Lynn Camp Prong is ideal for brookies and a boon for trout anglers. “Many of our brook trout streams are at high elevations that are more susceptible to acid deposition, so this lower elevation segment will provide better buffering capacity against acid rain for years to come,” says Kulp. The Lynn Camp project reconnects some tributaries, such as Marks Creek, Indian Flats Prong, and Panther Creek that now also have brook trout in them, and it will also supply fish downstream to Thunderhead Prong.Reopening Lynn Camp Prong was a significant milestone. It marks the first time that every stream in the park was open to fishing and harvest since the park’s inception in 1936.last_img read more

EU urges members to prolong entry ban until May 15

first_img“We should not yet let the door open whilst we are securing our house.”Since the implementation of the travel restriction by all EU member states except Ireland in the second half of March, air passenger traffic has dropped to almost zero, the commission said. Topics : The European Commission urged EU member states Wednesday to maintain a ban on non-essential travel into the bloc’s passport-free zone until at least May 15 to slow the coronavirus epidemic.”All member states have successfully implemented social distancing measures to limit social interaction and slow down the spread of the virus,” said Margaritis Schinas, commissioner for promoting the European way of life. “The restriction on non-essential travel from third counties to the EU complements these measures at the EU’s external borders.”center_img The ban on entry to the so-called EU+ area — which also includes non members Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland — is one of bloc’s most drastic measures against the epidemic.Responsibility for visa and migration rules lies with the member state governments, but Brussels is trying to coordinate the response to slow infections while avoiding unnecessary economic harm.Some EU members are beginning to chafe at lockdown restrictions, while others are tightening them, hoping to cut off the spread of a disease that has killed more than 80,00 people.”While we can see encouraging first results, prolonging the travel restriction is necessary to continue reducing the risks of the disease spreading further,” Schinas said in a statement. last_img read more

Excel College Inter-house Sports Hold Thursday

first_imgInvitational Relay races will be the highpoint of the Excel College Annual Inter House Sports competition as teams from top schools in Lagos battle for top prizes.The Annual sports meet holds thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Sports Ground, Shasha, Lagos.Relays teams from Whitesands School, Lekki, St. Francis Catholic School, Idimu, Ronik College, Ejigbo and Queensland College, Ago, Isolo, top the list of schools that will vie hours in the 4x100m (boys and girls) and 4x400m (junior, intermediate and senior) events.Other star events to be contested by the houses are the 100m (male and female), 200m (male and female); and the 400m for the junior, intermediate and senior categories.Also to featuring are the middle distance races-800m and 1,500m (boys and girls), Basketball, Table tennis, Volleyball and Badminton; High jump (boys and girls), Shot put ( Boys and girls).Principal of the school, Lady K.O. Oke said the 2017 edition of the annual sports meet promises to be a celebration of grassroots sports talents.“We have always placed high premium on high academic standards as well as sports talents. Every past edition of had some spectacular performances by the students. We look forward to this every academic year and it has always an exciting part of our programme,” she said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Wellington volleyball team beats Clearwater powerhouse; sweeps double dual in Mulvane

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — How big of win was it? Well, historically speaking the Wellington varsity volleyball team has never had much luck with Clearwater. When asked the last time Wellington beat Clearwater in volleyball nobody could really answer the question.But the new answer is Tuesday night. The Lady Dukes beat Clearwater in Mulvane 17-25, 25-15, 25-23.Earlier in the day, Wellington beat the host Mulvane 23-25, 25-23, 25-14.The Crusaders are now 8-4. And that’s another stat worth noting. This may be the first time in years or ever that the Crusaders have a winning record at this juncture of the season.As always Wellington head volleyball coach was pleased but not completely satisfied.Against Mulvane she said:“Not our best performance but we came out with a win. Missed serves killed us. We have to stop giving teams points they don’t have to earn. We finally started to pick it up in the third game. Happy for the win!”And against Clearwater:“Much happier with our performance vs Clearwater. However, we still didn’t play to our fullest potential. We played well the second/third game.  We had some great scrappy plays and some very exciting plays. It was a fun game to watch.”Here is another thought to ponder. When was the last time Wellington beat a Class 4A ranked opponent? Well, that would be against Wichita Trinity in the season opener. But opening week is a little bit of an anomaly. Let’s rephrase the question. When was the last time the Crusaders beat a Class 4A ranked opponent in the middle of September?Clearwater is currently ranked No. 6 in the latest Class 4A- Div. 2 poll. This poll came out on Sept. 10 and a new one is expected today. The Indians were 2-0 at the time of the Sept. 10 poll.Wellington continues to play strong opponents. Rose Hill is ranked No. 5 and McPherson is ranked No. 6 in the Class 4A Div. 1, which is Wellington’s classification.Andale, a team Wellington has yet to play, is ranked No. 2 in Class 4A Div. 2. Clearwater is 6 and Wichita Trinity is No. 7.The full Class 4A poll is as follows:Class 4A – Division 11. Bishop Miege 1-1 (1)2. Topeka-Hayden 3-0 (3)3. Louisburg 4-1 (2)4. Andover Central 8-0 (9)5. Rose Hill 2-0 (4)6. McPherson 7-1 (6)7. Wamego 0-0 (7)8. Abilene 3-0 (8)9. Basehor-Linwood 8-2 (NR)10. Ulysses 6-0 (10)Class 4A – Division 21. Clay Center 2-0 (1)2. Andale 8-0 (2)3. Holton 4-0 (3)4. Jefferson West 6-1 (4)5. Frontenac 2-0 (5)6. Clearwater 2-0 (7)7. Wichita Trinity Academy 4-2 (8)8. Colby 1-1 (9)9. Pratt 7-3 (NR)10. Royal Valley 4-3 (NR)Wellington will travel to the Chaparral Invitational on Saturday, before hosting its second triangular of the season when Circle and Wichita Collegiate come to town next Tuesday at 5 p.m.•••••In junior varsity volleyball action:Wellington over Mulvane25-1725-15 Wellington over Chaparral25-1925-15“Junior varsity and varsity came out with two wins tonight,” Widen said. “It’s a good night for Wellington volleyball! Varsity is going to take this confidence into the tournament in Chaparral this weekend!”Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more