This Tour is Carbon Offset: Live Outside and Play 2019

first_img We’re doing out best to live gently on the land. We would love to hear your suggestions, tips, and tricks as we continue on our adventure! What is Carbon Offsetting? This year, we’ve decided to Carbon Offset our tour. We include a lot of sustainable practices in our daily lives, but gasoline consumption is something we can’t change due to the nature of our job and living condition. When it is great for us to fly less and ‘travel slow,’ we are still using non-renewable resources. There is a lot of controversy surrounding carbon offsetting. Does the money actually get used for what it’s intended for? Can you really pay a few dollars and offset a flight across the ocean? Is this a band-aid for a larger problem? If you find the right program to support, the answer will be yes for all these questions. Yes, the money is used responsibly and goes toward any number of projects attempting to keep that amount of carbon out of the atmosphere from somewhere else (distributing efficient cooking stoves, renewable energy production, forest protection). Yes, you can buy carbon credits for a flight across the ocean (around $25) and keep that amount of carbon from entering the atmosphere somewhere else. Is this a band-aid for a larger problem? Absolutely, but it is one piece in the climate change puzzle that we can influence directly right now. We are trying to do as much as we can as two humans traveling in a van throughout the country, and this is a part of that. This is important because each of us is responsible for doing as much as we can to halt climate change and leave a healthy and happy Earth for generations to come. We have been at odds for the past two years during this tour. On one hand, we feel closer to nature living from a van. We wake up with the sun, fall asleep with the crickets, and base our days around weather patterns. On the other hand, we use fossil fuels to get around, a resource that is finite, harmful to extract from the earth, and continues to cause serious economic and political strife. We researched a lot of companies to find what programs we identified with the most. We landed on Stand for Trees and Cool Effect. It is important to put in research time before choosing a program to support. There are many that might not be as transparent. Both sites we chose have calculators so you can estimate your carbon output. You can offset a single road trip, the carbon output of living in a house, and single or multiple flights. We are personally donating $50 total each month we are on tour (we plan on continuing to donate personally when the tour is over). Blue Ridge Outdoors and Elevation Outdoors Magazine are donating $25, and we are matching their donation with our personal funds. Fifty dollars is far more than needed to cover the cost of our travels according to the calculator, but hopefully the extra will cover other trips and ways that we release carbon into the atmosphere. Who are we Purchasing Credits From? There is one way for this tour to be a reality– our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to all of our awesome sponsors that make this tour happen: Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Leki, Big Agnes, Stio, Roofnest, and Franklin County, VA. Is this Controversial? Carbon offsetting is reducing carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases made to compensate for carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases created elsewhere (by you). Carbon offsetting is measured in tonnes of carbon dioxide-equivalent (CO2e). For every tonne of carbon you produce, you can offset a tonne of carbon by a different means. Usually, payment to a program that is working to offset carbon production. last_img read more

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No home rule: Bayern out to show Dortmund who’s boss

first_imgHansi Flick’s Bayern are eager to continue the trend and again assert their dominance over Dortmund, who they routed 4-0 in Munich last November.”We’re looking forward to Tuesday – I hope that we can show what makes us strong and leave Dortmund’s stadium with a smile,” added Mueller.Signal Iduna Park would normally be packed with 82,000 fans for a visit of Bayern, but the terraces will remain empty on Tuesday.”It will still be a hard day’s work,” Mueller added.”We’re marching, Dortmund is marching.”Dortmund winger Raphael Guerreiro is in form with three goals in his last two games and was on the scoresheet in Saturday’s 2-0 win at Wolfsburg. The Portugal star also netted twice in the 4-0 rout of arch rivals Schalke the previous weekend in the Ruhr derby.Dortmund are waiting on the fitness of key defender Mats Hummels, who injured his Achilles’ tendon at Wolfsburg.In the Bayern camp, midfielder Thiago Alcantara has a groin strain while centre-back Jerome Boateng picked up a leg knock on Saturday.Having beaten Bayern 2-0 at home in the pre-season Super Cup match last August and 3-2 in the league in November 2018, Dortmund are eager to again send the Bavarians home disappointed.”I hope we can get the next victory,” said Dortmund’s Swiss centre-back Manuel Akanji.”Since I’ve been here, we’ve always lost to Bayern away, but won at home.  I want to keep this series going.”Tuesday’s showdown will also pit the league’s top-scorer Robert Lewandowski, 31, who has scored 27 goals in 25 games for Bayern, against his former club.For the hosts, Norwegian sensation Erling Braut Haaland, 19, has scored ten goals in as many league games since joining Dortmund in January from Salzburg.Haaland and Lewandowski have exactly the same record – 41 goals from 35 games in all competitions this season.England winger Jadon Sancho came off the bench to set up Achrif Hakimi for the second goal in Wolfsburg.Dortmund coach Lucien Favre has hinted the 20-year-old could start against Bayern.On Wednesday, third-placed RB Leipzig host Hertha Berlin in the day’s key game.Germany striker Timo Werner warmed up with a hat-trick in Sunday’s 5-0 thumping of Mainz.He had also scored a hat-trick in an 8-0 mauling of Mainz last November.Topics : Bayern Munich aim to continue the Bundesliga’s current trend of teams winning on the road behind closed doors when they face Borussia Dortmund in a potential title decider on Tuesday.Leaders Bayern arrive at second-placed Dortmund four points clear and on course for an eighth straight title.”For us this is a very decisive week,” insisted Bayern forward Thomas Mueller. “We’ve clearly set ourselves the goal of three victories this week and taking a giant step forward” towards the league title. Bayern warmed-up by beating Eintracht Frankfurt 5-2 at the weekend and also host relegation-threatened Fortuna Duesseldorf this Saturday.Since the Bundesliga resumed ten days ago, behind locked doors due to the coronavirus, home advantage has counted for little with 10 of the 18 games played won by the away team.Bayern and Dortmund are among only three clubs — the other being Hertha Berlin who thrashed neighbours FC Union 4-0 on Friday — to have won at home since the restart. last_img read more

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WHO seeking $76 mln for Lebanon after Beirut blast, concerned about coronavirus

first_img“A week after the blast, the World Health Organization is still concerned about the health and wellbeing of people who were injured, lost loved ones, or became homeless, and it’s expected (that) recovery from the psychological pain from the blast will last much longer,” said Rana Hajjeh, WHO’s regional programme director.”In particular, we are concerned about the return of COVID-19 in Lebanon. We have launched an appeal for $76 million, and ask the international community to support the Lebanese people and show solidarity with them in every way possible.”The loss of hospital beds had “clear implications for the management of COVID as well as other medical conditions”, said Richard Brennan, WHO’s regional emergency director.Initial results from an assessment of 55 primary healthcare clinics and centers across Beirut showed just over half are not functioning, with the remainder functioning at varying levels, Brennan said.The WHO has so far brought in 25 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE), distributed trauma and surgical supplies to 2,000 patients at 10 hospitals, and is working with at least 11 emergency medical teams that have arrived from overseas, officials said. Topics : The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday it had appealed for $76 million in aid for Lebanon after last week’s massive explosion in Beirut destroyed or damaged hospitals, clinics and medical supplies.Lebanon was already struggling with a financial crisis and a rise in the number of new coronavirus cases before the Aug. 4 explosion in the capital’s port area that left at least 171 dead and injured some 6,000.The blast put three hospitals out of operation and has left three others working at partial capacity, reducing the number of beds in public and private hospitals by 500-600, WHO officials told an online press conference.last_img read more

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The home where you get paid for doing nothing

first_img77-81 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road.An acreage property south of Brisbane has hit the market with a very unique advantage, an annual $50,000 pay cheque.And the best part is the owner does not have to do a thing to get the money.The 2.05ha property at 77-81 Beenleigh Redland Bay Road in Loganholme goes to auction next month, complete with a four-bedroom home, pool, shed and a mobile phone tower.The tall tower might not appeal to everyone, but for the owners it has meant a steady stream of income from the telcos over the last 20 years – and their phone reception is always at crystal clear.The tower is located behind a workshed.In November the owner of the property will get a cheque for just over $50,000 from the three telecommunication companies that use the tower.The payment started out at $15,500 when the tower was constructed, but has steadily increased in the subsequent years.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis 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.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to flaunt your Unique Selling Point01:02AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST BACKYARD WATERSLIDE1918 COTTAGE RESTORED TO FORMER GLORY GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe four-bedroom home has air-conditioning and solar panels.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoElders Shailer Park agent Simon Buchan said the tower, and the sizable revenue it generated, made it difficult to determine just how much the property was worth.“I even had a valuer out there and he said he didn’t even know where to start,” Mr Buchan said.The acreage property could be perfect for truckies or people with horses.Without the tower, he estimated the property would be worth under a million, but the addition of the tower it was very unique.For the current owners, a retired couple, the payments from the tower has easily surpassed the $140,000 they paid they originally paid for the property.There is no problem with phone reception at this property.“I would like to get that 50 grand in my bank account each year,” he said.Several groups had been through the property, and although the tower did not appeal to everyone, most people liked the idea of collecting a big cheque each 12 months.“And your mates will never get lost trying to find your place, you’ll just say follow the mobile tower,” he said.It also comes with a pool and a large shed with three phase power.The property will go under the hammer on Saturday, February 10 at 3pm.FOLLOW BARCLAY WHITE ON TWITTERlast_img read more

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The Crown Estate Details Round 4 Update

first_imgThe fourth round of offshore wind leasing in the UK will not take place until after the summer, The Crown Estate announced after assessing the latest market feedback.The Crown Estate has updated the plans for the new offshore wind leasing summarising the received feedback from developers since the November engagement events and confirming how it will be taken forward.A new tender requirement has been introduced to ensure that projects are awarded across a minimum of three seabed regions, to help facilitate greater geographic diversity of the pipeline.In addition, refinement has been made to the proposals on the number of project bids per bidder, to provide the option to bid for up to five variations of site boundaries, anchored at each of five locations, totaling a maximum of 25 possible site options.The lease terms have been increased from 50 to 60 years, which, as the UK authority said, is sufficient for two project cycles.Alternative options for the commercial assessment phase at the Invitation to Tender (ITT) are being explored in order to introduce greater transparency for bidders and help inform decisions on project location and option fee bid price.“These latest refinements to Round 4 come as a direct result of listening closely to the hugely valuable feedback we’ve received, supporting our ongoing work to meet the needs of an ambitious wind energy market, while balancing a wide range of other interests in the marine environment,” said Jonny Boston, Business Development Manager at The Crown Estate.“While the additional work we are committing to at this stage requires us to revise our timescales for the launch of Round 4, we are confident that developers and stakeholders will value the time we are investing now to address their feedback, ensuring our final designs offer a robust and attractive proposition, supporting the continued growth of the UK’s world leading offshore wind sector.”The Crown Estate said it will share a further market update once the work required to develop and stress test the new element of the tender design is completed Ongoing stakeholder engagement will continue simultaneously.last_img read more

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Police Search For Walmart Jewelry Heist Suspects

first_imgPolice search for woman believed to have stolen jewelry from the Aurora store.Authorities are investigating an alleged jewelry theft from the Aurora Walmart.Police Chief Josh Daugherty said his agency is seeking assistance from the community in identifying suspects they believe to be involved in the theft on Wednesday, Jan., 29, around 6:30 p.m.Approximately $375 worth of jewelry was stolen, Daugherty added.Police are searching for a dark haired, white female who reportedly took numerous items. Other suspects arrived with the female and may have assisted in the theft.It’s been a difficult month for the Aurora Walmart. Autorties are also searching for two men they believe stole $6,5000 worth of iPhones from the store on Thursday, Feb. 13.If you recognize any of these individuals, please contact the Aurora Police Department at (812) 926-1101.Multiple suspects are being sought for alleged involvement in a Walmart jewelry heist.(Image: Aurora Police Department)(Image: Aurora Police Department)last_img read more

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Groundbreaking For New Home For Milroy Wounded Warrior

first_imgSPC Jacob Lyerla was severely injured in September 2009 serving in Afghanistan. (Image: Homes for Our Troops)MILROY – A local wounded warrior will be honored this weekend for his sacrifice and service to the country.Home for Our Troops, a non-profit organization builds specially adapted homes for disabled veterans.Along with local supporters, the nationwide group will break ground on a new handicapped accessible home in Milroy on Saturday.Army SPC Jacob Lyerla, of Milroy, was severely injured on September 21, 2009 when he was thrown from the turret of his vehicle during an enemy attack in Kandahar, Afghanistan.While driving past a bus station and following up on suspicious activity, members of the 4th Engineers unit were hit by an improvised explosive device (IED).The subsequent blast ejected SPC Lyerla, causing multiple injuries to his right leg and rendering him a paraplegic upon impact.SPC Lyerla was just 19 at the time of his injury and on his first deployment.Now medically retired, Lyerla calls the prospective home another step in his recovery.“This is going to push me to the next level of being independent. Maybe I will find a job or go to college, or just find something to help me keep on-keeping on,” Lyerla said.The mortgage-free home will provide the veteran with an opportunity to live in his own specially designed home modified to fit his needs.Community members are invited to attend the official groundbreaking ceremony at 800 West State Road 244 in Milroy at 11 a.m. Saturday.Organizers say it’s a chance to learn how you, your family, your company and friends can support Lyerla, and this project throughout construction.For those interesting in attending the ceremony RSVP here >>PG Gentrup, of Rising Sun, helped with the Homes for our Troops project for wounded Lawrenceburg soldier Brett Bondurant earlier this year.“Jacob Lyerla, and Brett Bondurant, these are true American heroes. They came really close to losing their lives on the battlefields in Iraq and Afganistan,” Gentrup commented.“We need to remember that and help keep take care of them. Let’s show this young man, who was badly injured at age 19, that the people of Indiana support him.”last_img read more

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Frye: Progress on Lawrenceburg Port encouraging

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — State Representative Randy Frye has been an advocate of adding a fourth Indiana port in the Lawrenceburg area.Currently the 725-acre site, formerly a coal-fired power plant, is being cleaned up by the Commercial Development Company, Inc. “CDC has tremendous experience with redevelopment and remediation projects, which coupled with our team’s maritime and logistical expertise, creates a unique opportunity to pursue development of a port at this location,” Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana, stated in a news release.Site mitigation is scheduled to be complete by December 30, 2018.The Ports of Indiana operates three existing ports at Mt. Vernon, Burns Harbor and Jeffersonville. The organization employs 15,000 people and generates $4 billion annually in revenue for the state.Frye says if site mitigation is on schedule some construction activity could begin in the summer of 2019.last_img read more

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Mourinho becomes second highest-paid manager

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Aguero could be out of action until November, Guardiola says Jose Mourinho has become the second highest-paid manager in world football after signing a monstrous £15 million-a-year contract to become Tottenham manager.  It has emerged that Mourinho will earn almost double the wage of his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino after taking charge at the north London club on Wednesday morning.This is the first time in Tottenham’s history that they have appointed a manager of Mourinho’s pedigree – he has won 25 trophies in his managerial career – and it seems they have paid a hefty price.Mourinho’s £15 million-a-year salary sees him jump straight into the list of the game’s highest earners at No 2.He still trails nemesis Pep Guardiola though, with the Manchester City boss signing a new two-year contract in 2018 worth £20 million per season.The Spaniard is the best-paid boss in world football but has proven to be worth every penny after winning back-to-back Premier League titles at the Etihad.Below Mourinho in third place is Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone. The fiery Argentine has been in charge of the Spanish giants since 2011, winning La Liga in 2013-14 and taking the club to two Champions League finals.Simeone earns a cool £13 million-a-year and has a contract with Atletico until 2022.China is renowned for paying big wages and it is no surprise that two of the top five highest-earning managers come from there.Rafa Benitez takes home £11.5 million per season with Dalian Yifang after joining when he left Newcastle over the summer while Italian legend Fabio Cannavaro earns £10 million per year for his work with Guangzhou Evergrande.  Zinedine Zidane shares fifth place with Cannavaro. The Real Madrid boss made a sensational return to the Bernabeu towards the end of last season and managed to negotiate a £10 million-a-year salary.Antonio Conte comes next with his £9 million-a-season salary at Inter Milan. The Italian returned to his homeland over the summer and has started extremely well. His side sit just one point behind Juventus after 12 matches.The rest of the top 10 is made up of three European heavyweights. Paris Saint-Germain’s Thomas Tuchel is paid £8 million per season as he looks to finally end the club’s woes in the Champions League.Tags: Pep GuardiolaTottenham Hotspurlast_img read more

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UCL: Four-goal Ilicic leads Atalanta to quarter-finals

first_imgRelatedPosts Fati, Torres, Traore lead Spain squad full of fresh faces Nathan Ake seals £40m Man City deal Manchester City sign Valencia winger on five-year deal Josip Ilicic scored four goals as Atalanta beat Valencia 4-3 away to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time, winning 8-4 on aggregate. In an empty Mestalla Stadium due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the hosts made a nightmare start as Mouctar Diakhaby brought down Ilicic to concede a penalty after four minutes with the Sloveanian converting the spot kick. Albert Celades’ side gave themselves a lifeline when they took advantage of a loose ball with Kevin Gameiro netting the equaliser. But Diakhaby’s night got even worse when he was penalised for handball, giving the visitors another penalty which Ilicic dispatched for his 18th goal of the season. Gian Piero Gasperini brought on striker Duvan Zapata for the injured Marten De Roon on the stroke of half-time, showing his side had no intentions of shutting up shop. Their trademark attacking flair was their undoing at times in the second half with Gameiro grabbing an equaliser with a powerhul header. And the Spanish side had a glimmer of hope when Fernan Torres took an advantage of poor goalkeeping from Marco Sportiello, playing instead of the injured Pierluigi Gollini, to loft the ball over him to make it 3-2. But any prospect of an unlikely Italian job were dashed when Ilicic completed his hat-trick with another slick finish from close range. The Slovenian signalled to be taken off but Gaspirini kept him on the field and he responded with another goal, the best of the lot, with a first time strike into the top corner to seal yet another impressive victory.Tags: Albert CeladesDuvan ZapataFerran TorresJosip IlicicMestalla Stadiumlast_img read more

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