A Call for More Diversity in the Nation’s Parks

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — As the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service nears, a coalition of civil rights and conservation groups is calling for public lands to be more inclusive over the next century.The coalition has started a petition urging President Barack Obama to issue an executive order to make public lands more diverse.Maite Arce, president of the Hispanic Access Foundation, says the coalition has the legacy of public lands in mind with this petition.“Our work here as a coalition is to challenge this president, and also our next president, to really embrace a vision for the next century of conservation that focuses on the importance of national parks and public lands for all Americans, with emphasis on all,” she states.Indiana has three National Park Service units – the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City, Indiana Dunes on the south shore of Lake Michigan and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes – as well as more than two dozen state parks.Arce says hiring a diverse workforce in the parks, in order to hear from diverse voices, is key to making public lands more inclusive.“There’s always been for many years a discussion about the difficulty in reaching diverse communities, but without those individuals working on these lands and for our parks, it’s really going to be difficult to develop programming that reaches and engages different populations,” she stresses.Shantha Ready Alonso is the executive director of Creation Justice Ministries, an environmental justice group that represents major Christian denominations. She maintains there should be more protections for the sacred parts of public lands.“Right now, too many places where there are petroglyphs, or we know that there are graves, are being ravaged and disturbed because they’re under-protected and under-recognized,” she points out. “We would like to see more reverence for those types of places.”last_img read more

Aruna Quadri Arrives France for 2018 ITTF World Cup

first_imgAruna Quadri is Africa’s sole representative at the 2018 ITTF World Cup starting in Paris, France friday The 2018 ITTF African Champion was in high spirit for the tournament and he is eager to reenact the feat that saw him becoming the first African to make it to the quarterfinal stage of the championship with his superlative outing at the 2014 edition in Dusseldorf, Germany.A determined Quadri said he is looking forward to a good draw with the aim of advancing to the knockout round. “I am here to perform like every other player and I am in good shape after the last weekend’s win in the Champions League. Every player competing in the World Cup, are potential champions and I am looking forward to give my best again and hope for the best against the best in the world,” Quadri said.The draws for the first round of the World Cup holds today at the Disney Event Arena in Chessy, a suburb in the east of Paris, France.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After leading Portugal’s Sporting to their first win of the 2018/2019 European Table Tennis Union (ETTU) Champions League, Africa’s sole representative at the 2018 ITTF World Cup, Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri has arrived Paris, France, in readiness for the three-day tournament which serves off on Friday October 19.The $250,000 prize money championship will have 20 best players in the world competing to share from the prize money and also amass ranking points.Quadri, who made the final cut based on his world ranking, will start his campaign from the first round where 12 players will be drawn into four groups of three players in each group. The top two players in each group join the already seeded eight players to compete in the knockout round on October 20, while the final holds on October 21.last_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny mother-of-two has denied she told her 10-year-old child to steal a product from the EuroGiant store at the Courtyard Shopping Centre.Letterkenny Court.Melissa Byrne of 18 Whitehorn Grove, Gortlee, said she gave her child €20 to go in the store and buy a heater. However, the court heard that the child went in the shop, retrieved the heater and then left it beside the door.Melissa Byrne then lifted the product and proceeded to walk away from shop.She claims she thought her child had paid for the heater with the money she had given him.The court heard how all of the activity was recorded on CCTV and that Ms Byrne was stopped from leaving The Courtyard Shopping Centre with the item by security staff.She was subsequently arrested for handling stolen property.Solicitor for the defendant Patsy Gallagher said his client was deeply remorseful for what happened and deeply ashamed at what has happened because her children were involved.Mr Gallagher claimed his client thought her child had paid for the heater with the €20 she was given.Mr Gallagher told the court, “We accept what happened was wrong, my client has found herself in some very difficult and traumatic circumstances of late and is looking after the children on her own.“She deeply regrets what has happened and is both remorseful for it and ashamed that her children were implicated in this nasty incident.“She gave her child €20 and she thought he had paid for it, but obviously he didn’t and that’s were the issue arose.“She wants to put this sorry episode behind her and move on.”Judge Paul Kelly said he wanted to find out more about her background and ordered a probation report to be carried out on the defendant.He adjourned the case until May 7th.WOMAN DENIES GETTING HER TEN YEAR-OLD CHILD TO STEAL was last modified: March 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ChildcourtCourtyard Shopping CentredonegalEuroGiantletterkennysteallast_img read more