Tompkins man fined $3,500 for shooting bald eagle

first_imgCAROLINE, N.Y. – A Tompkins County man has been fined a total of $3,500 and assigned 50 hours of community service after shooting a bald eagle in December. Donald Mix, 58, of Caroline, pleaded guilty April 16 in the Town of Caroline Court to a misdemeanor charge under New York agriculture and markets law section 353, which covers cruelty to “wild and tame” animals. “A person who overdrives, overloads, tortures or cruelly beats or unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills any animal, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another… is guilty of a class A misdemeanor,” the statute reads. Featured image: Bald eagle flying. (Andy Morffew/Flickr Creative Commons) Bald eagles are considered a threatened species in New York, and are protected by Department of Environmental Conservation regulations. Mix agreed to a civil compromise on DEC charges for taking a bald eagle in violation of fish and wildlife and hunting laws. “A subsequent interview with a neighbor revealed that the man had placed deer carcasses in the field to shoot coyotes and turkey vultures, another protected species,” the DEC said. Mix told Eisenberg he mistook the eagle for a turkey vulture, according to an agency spokesperson. Turkey vultures are also a protected bird species in New York.center_img Mix was fined $1,000 and sentenced to 50 hours community service for the agriculture and markets misdemeanor charge and fined a total of $2,497 for the DEC violations. Tagged: bald eagle, Department of Environmental Conservation, hunting, protected species According to a DEC press release, Mix shot the eagle on Dec. 15 after it was lured to his yard by a deer carcass. A neighbor initially reported hearing gunshots and seeing a large bird flapping on the ground. DEC conservation officer Ozzie Eisenberg responded and found a dead bald eagle with a gunshot wound, according to the news release. Related: DEC charges man with killing bald eagle in Tompkins Devon Magliozzi Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzilast_img read more

News story: GIAA’s Business Administration apprentices

first_imgOn Tuesday, our Business Administration apprentices held an interactive workshop in the boardroom of our London office, during which they presented their personal journeys so far. The group then went on to pitch their business proposals, centred on how communications and social media can enhance the Agency, to a Dragons’ Den-style panel of line managers and subject matter experts.The panel fed back that the pitches were fantastic and, faced with an impossible choice, the ‘dragons’ asked the groups to merge their proposals and then offered their support to help the apprentices turn their ideas into reality.On Wednesday our apprentices came together and had coffee with our Chief Executive Officer Elizabeth Honer, and our Non-Executive Chair Steve Burnett; and heard first-hand the interesting career paths each has taken to their current leadership roles. They also discussed how valuable life skills are at work, such as the ability to influence and engage customers.And on Thursday, GIAA’s Learning & Development team hosted a webinar jointly with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy on our new Level 7 Professional CIPFA Qualification scheme, supported by the Apprenticeship Levy.Lupa said “our interactive session helped me to overcome nerves while presenting and boosted my confidence”,and Ryan said “while completing my Level 4 has been challenging in some aspects, knowing I have now achieved a qualification that is equal to a foundation degree has been rewarding”.With 22 apprenticeships in the Agency, GIAA is proud to be on track to exceed our own apprenticeship target this year and contribute to the Civil Service’s target for new apprentices to make up 2.3% of our workforce by March 2021. Recognising the value that apprenticeships can offer an organisation, from addressing skills gaps to growing and retaining talent for the future, apprenticeships offer a win-win for everyone by enabling people to gain qualifications (up to and including post graduate degree level), whilst they learn professional skills on the job and earn a wage too.In recognition of the importance of growing new talent, GIAA has recently welcomed Helen Ives, our new Trainee and Apprentice Lead, to continue to develop the support and activities the Agency can offer to ensure colleagues undergoing apprenticeships have the best possible experience. Helen said “We’re so proud of how far our colleagues have come during their apprenticeships with the Agency – well done to all”.Here are some other comments from our apprentices:Lupa Kazi: “I am learning and growing as an individual as each day passes, as well as absorbing new information every day. Our interactive session helped me to overcome nerves while presenting and boosted my confidence.”Ryan Auer: “While completing my Level 4 has been challenging in some aspects knowing I have now achieved a qualification that is equal to a foundation degree has been rewarding. For the cohort workshop yesterday, the biggest thing I have taken away from it is gaining experience in presenting which is a skill I need to improve upon.”Emma Breach: “I found that sharing my presentations was a great learning opportunity as it helped to build my confidence with presenting, technical difficulties aside! It was great to hear everyone’s stories, and the presentations from Helen on her own journey were enlightening.”last_img read more

Report ranks cities’ terrorist attack risks

first_img They calculated a place-based vulnerability index (PVI), which includes measures of social and built-in vulnerabilities, as well as a community’s experience in responding to extreme events. Mar 11, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who specialize in geography and environmental risk recently assessed the vulnerability of the nation’s major urban areas to terrorism events and found that the highest risk areas were broadly located across the eastern and southern seaboards. The researchers, led by Walter Piegorsch, PhD, an environmental risk expert from the University of Arizona, based their benchmark risk assessment on data from past terrorist incidents and several environmental factors. For example, when considering infrastructure vulnerability, they considered bridges, tunnels, and water and sewer systems, along with the robustness of buildings and skyscrapers to sudden shocks. They also factored the age of roads and housing into their risk analysis, according to the report. Piegorsch WW, Cutter SL, Hardisty F. Benchmark analysis for quantifying urban vulnerability. Risk Analysis 2007;27(6):1411-25 [Abstract] The findings of the study contain useful information for cities that seek to lower their risk of a terrorist attack, the authors said. They also said the results may help officials prioritize national and regional funding for homeland security preparedness and response. Cities that were assessed as having the highest terrorist attack risks exceeded the authors’ statistical benchmarks for casualties and incidence. Locations that were ranked as moderate risks exceeded only the incidence benchmark. Those that scored lowest on the risk assessment did not exceed either benchmark. Locations with the greatest risks had PVIs higher than 0.917, and 19 cities exceeded that measure. Some of the cities that scored highest include New Orleans, Baton Rouge, La., New York City/Newark, Charleston, S.C, Norfolk, Va., and Washington, D.C. The authors pointed out that the cities with the highest risk are port cities. A national map showing the color-coded risk assessment for each of the 132 towns is available on a press release link on the University of Arizona’s Web site.center_img See also: The study, published in the December issue of Risk Analysis, was funded by the US Department of Homeland Security, according to a Mar 3 press release from the University of Arizona. Researchers focused on 132 cities that the US government believes are at highest risk to terrorism incidents, ranging from Albany, N.Y., to Youngstown, Ohio. “Our capacity to adequately prepare for and respond to these vulnerabilities varies widely across the country, especially in urban areas,” they wrote. “We see that ‘place matters,’ and so anyone-size-fits-all strategy of resource allocation and training will ignore the reality of geographic differences.” Mar 3 University of Arizona press release read more

World number one Kerber says she has nothing left to prove

first_img(REUTERS) – Newly-crowned world number one Angelique Kerber has nothing left to prove after clinching the U.S. Open for a second grand slam this year and securing a place in the record books, the German said yesterday.The 28-year-old became the oldest player to rise to that rank when the new list was published on Monday, capping a memorable summer that also included the Olympic silver medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and a Wimbledon final appearance.Her success in Rio was followed up by a final defeat in Cincinnati to Katerina Pliskova, whom she then beat in the U.S. Open final.“In Cincinnati, that is where the questions about number one started coming up and that is where the additional pressure started,” she said.Kerber had started the year by winning the Australian Open but said her triumph in New York on Saturday, coupled with the number one ranking, had now taken off any pressure.“Winning the second grand slam, it was a bit different,” she told a news conference in Munich following her return to Germany.“I don’t have anything to prove anymore. I am at the top, number one. I waited for this moment all my life,” she said. “Melbourne was different as it was my first grand slam. I had to deal with a lot of things off the court after that.”Kerber, who beat Pliskova in three sets in New York, having secured the top spot days earlier following Serena Williams’ exit, said her improved fitness and mental strength had been key to her success.“This year everything came together. The experiences, specifically dealing with pressure. I am even fitter now than earlier this year. I am more positive and can deal with things even if they do not go that well.”“This mental strength was a life-saver when I was trailing 3-1 in the third set,” she said. “At 28, I am now at the peak of my career and can enjoy it.”Kerber said she would now put her tennis racquet to the side for a few days and would treat herself to a special gift with some of her $3.5 million prize money.“It will probably be in the direction of jewellery. But exactly what it will be I do not know yet.”last_img read more

Funds raised for new lobby at Thunder Bay Theatre

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — The Thunder Bay Theatre reached their goal of raising $150,000 for a brand new lobby.It’s phase one of four phases in reconstructing the historic venue. Workers at Thunder Bay Theatre have had their hands full, moving different items around. They’ve been moving files, bins, and other items from the lobby to basement storage. Associate Producing Director Paige Mindock and Producing Artistic Director Jeff Mindock have been at the forefront of the project, ready to watch their dreams become a reality.“It was really a very humbling sign from the community that what we are doing here is working, and that what we are hoping for and what are goals and dreams are the goals and dreams of this community,” said Jeff Mindock.The goal is to have the brand new gathering space ready for the summer season of shows. That means preparing for new windows, an open layout, and a new box office with a little bit of old school charm.“The wall that faces the rest of the lobby, we’re actually going to be cutting a ticket window out of it, so that everybody can look in and see this beautiful tin and still get a little bit of that smell of the cigars,” said Jeff Mindock.The future site of the new ticket booth used to be a humidor for the Alpena Candy and Cigar Company. Construction will begin in February, so these next few weeks will involve a lot of cleaning and shuffling to help set a certain vibe that the couple plan to install.“We’re going to keep our old beautiful bricks and our beautiful hardwood, the tin ceiling, and all of those antiques we love,” said Paige Mindock. “We’re going very dark with the walls, a dark blue, so it’s really kind of moody, and artsy, and cozy then some modern furniture.”Thanks to a strong fall season and large renovations, Thunder Bay Theatre has had to expand their administrative staff to six. During the spring season, renovations will push ticket sales and entrances to the door right of the lobby entrance. It’s an exciting time for Thunder Bay Theatre and by the summer, it will be a new step into the future for the historic venue.For more information on the renovations, visit the Thunder Bay Theatre website.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena, Alpena Candy and Cigar Company, Capital Campaign, Lobby, Modern Furniture, New Lobby, renovations, Theater, Thunder Bay TheatreContinue ReadingPrevious What’s Trending for January 21Next United Way Currently Accepting Applications for 2020 Agency Fundinglast_img read more