Here’s How Families and Groups Are Pitching in to Maintain National Parks During Government Shutdown

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThough the partial US government shutdown has left some national parks scrambling to maintain their lands and facilities, hundreds of civilians are stepping up to care for the public lands of their own accord.In Tennessee, a father-daughter duo has been tackling the litter left behind on the trails of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.With park services lacking funding to keep parks clean, Marc Newland and his 10-year-old daughter Erica have spent their days hiking the mountain trails with trash bags in hand so they can pick up litter along the way. The group recently made headlines for their early morning clean-up of the trash left behind by New Year’s Eve festivities. According to a press release from Dr. Madeel Abdullah, the president of youth group, “service to our nation and cleanliness are important parts of Islam.“We could not sit idly by as our national parks collected trash,” he added. “We will lead by example and dispose of this garbage appropriately and invite all Americans to join us in these parks and others across the nation.”LOOK: This Simple Solution for Pollution Kept 815 Pounds of Trash Out of the Water–Make Sure Your City Does itThis is not the first time that the group has volunteered their services, either. With over 5,000 members of various ages, the organization has reportedly logged over 200,000 hours of public service since 2016.In addition to individuals lending a hand, dozens of small businesses located in proximity to Yellowstone National Park have all chipped in thousands of dollars to keep the park open and tidy during the winter tourist season.MORE: Couple Takes It Upon Themselves to Turn Ocean Trash into Prosthetic Limbs for Kids That Cost Only $45With the breathtaking scenery blanketed in snow, the park is visited by over 20,000 tourists every month. Since many of these travelers had already planned their wintery expeditions months in advance, local tour guide services, snow mobile rentals, and park resorts volunteered to split the costs of paying park rangers to keep bathrooms and park lands clean.“I mean it’s not cheap [for these families],” one snowmobile guide told NPR. “They had to plan and budget for this, and to all of a sudden get the carpet ripped out from underneath them, I think is not fair.“[The park] should be open, and services should be there, because it is the people’s park,” he added, saying that he was happy to help keep the park open until the park received funding once more.LOOK: When School Places Ad For Male Mentors, They’re Overwhelmed by ‘Volunteer Dad’ ResponsesThere are other smaller efforts underway to help keep the parks clean as well. According to the Washington Post, a team of 40 volunteers have been cleaning toilets, restocking toilet paper, and recovering trash throughout Joshua Tree National Park. Another group of civilians is maintaining Yosemite National Park.While none of these efforts can replace the full force of the National Parks services, the volunteer-led initiatives show that Americans will always be willing to take care of its lands and communities when adversity arises.Clean Up Negativity By Sharing The Good news With Your Friends On Social Media – Photo by Marc NewlandAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore The Newlands have always been avid hikers, but when Marc told his daughter about how the shutdown would affect the mountain park, she suggested that they take it upon themselves to keep the trails tidy.RELATED: Swiss Businessman is Contributing $1 Billion Towards Protecting 30% of the Planet“Erica says that she would like to challenge other hikers to take one day off from getting in miles and impressive vista pics and instead, give back by grabbing a trash bag, heading to the park and collecting some litter!!” Mark wrote in a post to the Hike the Smokies Facebook page. “These mountains give so much to so many people. Imagine if only a fraction of those people decided to give back to the mountains.”Meanwhile, hundreds of Muslim men volunteering with the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association have been picking up trash in parks and public spaces across the nation – from the Everglades in Florida to the National Mall in Washington DC.last_img read more

Scientists doing basic studies of human brain win longer reprieve from clinical trials reporting rule

first_imgU.S. scientists who challenged a new rule that would require them to register their basic studies of the human brain and behavior in a federal database of clinical trials have won another reprieve. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, says it now understands why some of that kind of research won’t easily fit the format of ClinicalTrials.gov, and the agency has delayed for the reporting requirements for another 2 years. The agency has not backed down from classifying many basic research studies with humans as clinical trials. “But it seems to essentially be saying that NIH knows that relabeling basic research as clinical trials won’t work,” says Sarah Brookhart, executive director of the Association for Psychological Science in Washington, D.C. “My hope is they are now willing to work with the community to figure out the best ways to achieve our shared goal of providing access to the research in question,” she says. Read the whole story: Science More of our Members in the Media > …last_img read more

WATCH: Ndombassy comes out tops

first_imgCristiano Ndombassy fought Johannes “The Pearl of Paarl” Salie in the junior international middleweight bout on Friday January 25. To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Cristiano Ndombassy defeated longtime rival Johannes “The Pearl of Paarl” Salie in the junior international middleweight bout at the Wynberg Military Base on  Friday January 25.center_img Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlaySeek back 10 secondsSeek forward 30 secondsMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration -:-Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time –:- Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis 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.Video Advertisementlast_img read more

Carsley praises players after Bees win

first_imgLee Carsley praised on-loan duo Sergi Canos and John Swift after they made their first starts for Brentford in the 2-1 win at home to Rotherham.The outstanding Alan Judge scored both the Bees’ goals as they clinched their first victory since Carsley was installed as head coach.Carsley praised the Irishman and was also impressed with the two youngsters.AdChoices广告He said: “Sergi has come from Liverpool and John from Chelsea and they have very good energy and I felt we needed that lift. They’ve done well in training and deserved to start.“You can see that Sergi needs games fitness-wise, but I’m really pleased for both of them. Chelsea have got a lot of faith in John.”Joe Mattock equalised for Rotherham in the opening minute of the second half but Brentford hit back, with Judge heading home Jake Bidwell’s left-wing cross.“I’m pleased for the players. We worked hard, the shape was good and we got the win we deserved,” Carsley said.“We got a fantastic start. We had spoken out coming out of the traps and setting a high tempo quickly.“Rotherham got the equaliser but it was a great reaction from our players. They showed a lot of resilience.” See also:Judge the hero as Bees get first win under Carsley Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more