Woman who posted video of herself feeding black bear may face jail time

first_imgBody of missing Asheville hiker Chad Seger found Woman missing in Zion National Park for 12 days is found alive After Seger’s body was located, his family gathered near the search area to thank first responders. “We found him yesterday. It wasn’t what we wanted, but our minds are at ease,” Chad’s sister Chelsea told ABC 13 News. “I just wanted to thank Team 57. They found him. They pulled him out and they did their job.”  A California woman who went missing in Zion National Park while on vacation has been found alive after she was lost in the park for 12 days. Holly Courtier, 38, injured her head on a tree while exploring the park and became disoriented, her family said. She survived by staying close to water until rescuers could located and reach her. When rescuers did eventually track down Courtier, she was so dehydrated that she could take only one or two steps before collapsing. The body of missing hiker Chad Seger, of Asheville, was found Tuesday afternoon in the Shining Rock Wilderness Area of Pisgah National Forest, search and rescue officials said. The body was found in an off-trail area near the Art Loeb Trail. The cause of Seger’s death has not yet been determined. “The overwhelming desire to have a close encounter with a black bear is strangely more powerful than common sense,” Sevier County Wildlife Sgt. David Saxton told CNN. “Many people intentionally feed bears with little regard for the dire consequences to the bears and humans they leave behind.”center_img A woman who filmed herself intentionally feeding a black bear in Gatlinburg, Tennessee and posted the video to Tik Tok, may face up to six months in jail, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said. The 21-year-old woman from Virginia has been charged with illegally feeding a bear, a Class B Misdemeanor. Woman who posted video of herself feeding black bear may face jail time “She was very disoriented… and thankfully ended up near a water source—a riverbed,” Kailey Chambers, Courtier’s daughter, said in a statement. “She thought her best chance of survival was to stay next to a water source.”  Photo courtesy of Getty Images – by MattCudalast_img read more

LI LGBT Community Defiant In Wake Of Orlando Terror Attack

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Rashed Mian and Christopher TwarowskiWith the nation reeling in the wake of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history and biggest terror attack since 9/11, members of the Long Island LGBT community expressed sorrow, solidarity and defiance Sunday, resolving to honor those murdered by refusing to allow hatred to alter their way of life.At least 50 people were murdered early Sunday morning at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., known as a hotspot for the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, when a gunman opened fire with an assault rifle. The attacker, Omar Mateen, 29, of Port Saint Lucie, allegedly declared allegiance to Islamist terror group ISIS during the assault, according to still-developing news reports.In an address to the nation Sunday afternoon, President Barack Obama characterized the massacre as an attack against all Americans and the subject of an open investigation by federal law enforcement agencies.“This was an act of terror, and an act of hate,” he said. “This could have been any one of our communities.”The killings are a “reminder that attacks on any American…is an attack on all of us,” continued Obama, stating that no act “of hate or terror will ever change who we are.”“In the face of hate and violence, we will love one another,” he added. “We will stand together as Americans.”More than 300 members and supporters of the local LGBT community showed unity with victims and their families, taking their defiance of fear and prejudice to the streets of Sayville in a “Visibility Walk” Sunday afternoon, carrying signs, pride flags and wearing rainbow-colored sashes.Collectively, they vowed to stand united in the face of violence and bigotry.Dean Carter, 23, a member of the LGBT group Pride For Youth, who moved from Orlando to Uniondale last year, told the Press that though he’d heard rumors of Orlando as being a potential terror target in the past, the news of the bloodbath at the gay club still hit him as a surprise.“To me, it’s kind of shocking, because people always say, ‘Orlando is a target,’ but, Orlando has never actually been the target of a terror attack, and usually, it’s aimed at Disney [World],” he said in a parking lot across from the Visibility Walk’s starting point, the Sayville LIRR train station. “For it to be aimed at a gay club…is kind of shocking to me.”Carter’s grandparents reside near Pulse nightclub, which he described as one of the most popular gay clubs in the city. Obama characterized the club as a “place of solidarity and empowerment” in his remarks, a sentiment echoed by others at the first-of-its-kind walk in Sayville Sunday.“Many of the gathering spots for our community are rooted in nightclubs and bars,” explained Erin Furey, a founding member of LGBTQA+ Visibility Coalition, a local gay and transgender advocacy rights group, after the parade.Furey lamented the lack of “safe places” for the LGBT community nationwide.“We live in a world, a country, and on an island, where trying to find a safe place is of dire importance,” she said.That void–and anti-gay rhetoric–breeds intolerance, she continued.“It really circles back to what happened today, because when social institutions and laws and governments, and people with a lot of influence, send a larger message that LGBT people are not okay, it does allow people to justify horrific acts of violence,” added Furey.David Kilmnick, CEO of LGBT Network, an LI-based gay rights group, stressed the need for tougher legislation protecting this community.“The deplorable act of violence that targeted the LGBT community and stole 50 lives and left scores of others injured, is a painful reminder of the gate and bias that continues to plague our country,” he said in a statement following the attack. “Our hearts and minds are joined with all the family, friends, and loved ones who are mourning today.”Joanna Morena, of Ronkonkoma, another co-founder of LGBTQA+ Visibility Coalition, told the Press she woke up to the horrific news of the massacre via social media, and immediately called her mother, who was in tears.The full significance of Sunday’s “Visibility Walk” and the full weight of the attack hit Morena and her wife hard as she drove to Sayville to join the march.“It just hit home how important walks like this are,” she explained. “To really be visible, be out, even informally, because, as far as far as we’ve come as a community, our transgender brothers and sisters are still without basic protections, and still, unfortunately, and apparently, still subject to attacks.”“When a tragedy like this happens,” she added, “we need to be together.”last_img read more

Black Cats rue their bad luck

first_img Hodgson was making a rare trip to the Stadium of Light, but saw little to cheer him on a chill Wearside afternoon with the Black Cats labouring in their efforts to avoid a second successive relegation fight. However, it might have been so different had referee Mike Jones seen two key first-half decisions the same way as the home fans among a crowd of 40,943. England manager Roy Hodgson watched on as his former side West Brom emerged with a 0-0 draw in controversial circumstances at Sunderland. Press Association Mr Jones opted not to send off last man Joleon Lescott despite awarding a foul for his early challenge on Danny Graham on the advice of assistant Constantine Hatzidakis, who then raised an offside flag to deny Adam Johnson a 45th-minute opener. Sunderland enjoyed the better of the game, but were unable to find the back of the net – legitimately, at least – for the third game in a row, although they looked far more likely to do so than an unadventurous Baggies side, who have now lost only once in 10 outings in all competitions. Head coach Gus Poyet, who had hinted in the run-up to the game that he would take a gamble on the fitness of Lee Cattermole after a 10-game absence and Jermain Defoe, who missed the FA Cup fifth-round debacle at Bradford with a niggling calf problem, did just that for a game he could not afford to lose. Having pleaded with fans to get behind the team in an open letter earlier in the week and urged his players to give the crowd something to shout about, it was referee Jones and his assistants who prompted the biggest reaction at either end of a drab first half. The game was just five minutes old when Cattermole played striker Graham in behind Lescott. Graham looked to be clear, but he went to ground as the defender recovered, and the home supporters were on their feet calling for blood as the flag went up. Jones produced only a yellow card and replays suggested there had been little contact, but there was a tangible sense of injustice as Sebastian Larsson curled the resulting free-kick into the side-netting. Thereafter, the half unfolded in unspectacular fashion with Cattermole adding a solidity to the Black Cats and opposite number Darren Fletcher probing for the Baggies, although with little success. James Morrison curled an eighth-minute shot on the turn into goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon’s arms, but that was the Romanian’s only notable action of the opening 45 minutes. Baggies midfielder Claudio Yacob was perhaps fortunate to escape without further action when he was lectured by the referee for pushing Defoe to the ground inside the penalty area for the second time while the pair awaited delivery of a corner. However, that was not the end of the controversy as the home side were denied what they felt was a perfectly good goal on the stroke of half-time. Ricky Alvarez crossed from the right to the far post, where Johnson controlled before rounding Ben Foster and stabbing home, only for a harsh offside flag to end his celebrations. Larsson forced a diving save from Foster deep into injury time, but the stalemate remained. Sunderland resumed where they had left off after the break, as they dominated possession, however West Brom’s organisation left little space to exploit. Full-back Chris Brunt had to block a 55th-minute Alvarez drive after the Argentina international cut inside on to his left foot, and Craig Dawson had to be equally determined to repel Defoe’s effort six minutes later. The home side should have gone ahead from the resulting corner when full-back Santiago Vergini met Larsson’s cross unopposed, but he glanced his header wide of the far post. As the game entered its final quarter, Poyet sent strikers Connor Wickham and Steven Fletcher on for Graham and Alvarez, and Wickham very nearly made a swift impact when he saw Foster bundle away his header from Johnson’s 76th-minute corner, and that was as good as it got as the last push fell short. last_img read more

June petroleum and natural gas rights sale worst in four months

first_imgIt resulted in the purchase of eight drilling licenses and nine leases, resulting in only $9.3 million in bonus bids. The average price per hectare for the 17 parcels was $950. That made it the third monthly sale this year to come in under $10 million, and it left the six month calendar year total at $127.6 million. Drilling licenses provide the exclusive right to explore for petroleum and natural gas, and depending on well location, primary terms are three, four, or five years. Leases provide the exclusive right to produce natural gas and petroleum and primary terms – again depending on location – are five or 10 years. – Advertisement -These parcels are also a prime source of government revenue, and after three months of bonus bids totalling more than $103 million, this sale has to come as a major budget shock to Finance Minister Mike de Jong, especially if it’s an indicator of what’s to come in the second half of the year.last_img read more