Public vs. Private: Zinke Proposes Privatizing National Park Campsites

first_imgSecretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is proposing outsourcing park functions to private companies. The intention is to address the $11 billion backlog of deferred maintenance projects within the National Park Service. Many fear that even more privatization within parks would significantly increase campsite prices and deter tourists. While many private companies already own and maintain campgrounds throughout the U.S. park system, if widespread privatization were to happen, recreation and camping outings could fall victim to a mean price tag. The majority of camping on public, federally owned land costs under $15 a day and most camping on U.S. Forest Service property is free.The future of the campsites and their prices in our national parks is up in the air as it is being debated whether the actual land the campsites are on would be privately owned or if just the services and maintenance required would be outsourced like trash removal and bathroom cleaning.A pay station at the Juniper Family Campground in the Bandelier National Monument.Photo by Clyde MuellerSupporters of privatizing camping believe it would save taxpayer dollars while improving upon the maintenance issues that have gone unchecked due to a lack of funding. Environmentalists believe it would increase costs, making outdoor vacations and adventure less attainable and desirable. With growing concerns of more private ownership rather than federal ownership, some are even concerned that oil and gas drilling could be happening on the doorsteps of more of our national parks. Already, some national park units are being opened to oil and gas drilling.The U.S. Interior Department budget for 2018 calls for a 10.9 percent cut in funding, including decreasing funding to park maintenance by 15 percent and cutting funding for national parks by 23 percent. This proposal has drawn criticism in Congress from members of both parties.last_img read more

Buyers turn focus to elevated Brendale pocket

first_imgThe home at 17 Girrah Street, Brendale.A RESIDENTIAL enclave in Brendale with elevated home sites has been uncovered by affordability-driven buyers, according to LJ Hooker Albany Creek sales consultant Wayne Cornell.“They’ve been selling pretty much under 10 days there. We’ve been getting quite a few groups through the open homes and we’ve been getting multiple offers as well,” Mr Cornell said.Mr Cornell said 17 Girrah St, Brendale, which sold on November 7 for $457,000, demonstrated the level of demand.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The home at 17 Girrah Street, Brendale.“We took it to the first open home and we had 15 groups come through,” he said.Mr Cornell said the home sold just a few days after listing.He said a mix of first and second homebuyers dominated this patch of Brendale.“Because the prices are getting a bit higher in Albany Creek, some buyers are looking to Brendale. There are approximately 180 homes in that little area there and it’s a secret pocket,” he said.“You can see golf course views from some of the houses and you can also see some city glimpses as well.”Mr Cornell said he was looking forward to a strong market in 2018.last_img read more

Primary schools praised for labelling four-year-olds ‘transgender’

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 19 June 2012Inspectors have praised infant schools for supporting their cross-dressing students, with children as young as four being labelled as “transgender”. A report found young pupils were being encouraged to express themselves and permitted to dress as the opposite sex without judgment. The education watchdog highlighted examples of good practice, such as appreciating “that a boy may prefer to be known as a girl and have a girl’s name and similarly a girl may have a girl’s name but wants to dress as and be a boy”. It praised primary schools where “transgender pupils are taken seriously”, and those which had “gender-neutral” environments. According to a report on one infants’ school, teaching children aged four to seven, it found it was doing “excellent work” with “pupils who are or may be transgender”.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/primaryeducation/9340632/Primary-schools-praised-for-labelling-four-year-olds-transgender.htmllast_img read more

Matt Kemp’s three-run home run sends Dodgers to their latest win, 4-1 over Padres

first_img Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching Hitting more home runs has definitely been a good thing for the Dodgers. Kike’ Hernandez added a solo homer in the third inning off Richard as the Dodgers continued their longball renaissance.The Dodgers were outhomered 51-39 in the first 42 games this season. That’s a good way to find yourself 10 games under .500 and, sure enough, the Dodgers did.Since then, however, they have begun to muscle up. Through Friday’s win, they have hit 11 home runs in their past eight games while allowing only three.Not coincidentally – they have won seven of those past eight games.“Three-run homers are nice,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, speaking for every manager since the deadball era. “When you’re giving yourself a chance for the pitcher to make a mistake and trusting that you can run an at-bat, good things are going to happen. Mistakes are going to happen. That’s kind of what’s happening now.”Kemp’s three-run shot gives him 25 RBIs (second on the team) and he added two more hits, giving him three of the Dodgers’ five hits in the game, raising his team-leading average to .338 and continuing his own personal renaissance.“He’s been fantastic,” Roberts said. “Just every at-bat in there, he’s grinding at-bats. Really just a tough out. He’s getting big hits for us. He’s taking the walk when he needs to. Defensively, he’s been considerably better than the last couple years. Just a staple in the middle of the order.”The yin to baseball’s home run yang during the current era has been the strikeout. Stripling is a newcomer to the trend. The right-hander held the Padres to one unearned run on six hits in 6-2/3 innings Friday, striking out a career-high 10.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Pressed into the starting rotation due to injuries to Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Rich Hill, Stripling has settled in nicely. Over his past four starts, he has allowed four runs on 20 hits and only two walks while striking out 31 in 22 innings – a tidy 1.23 ERA and 1.00 WHIP.Stripling’s strikeout rate over his first two seasons, bouncing in and out of the bullpen, was 7.6. It has taken a sizeable jump this season to 10.9 per nine innings (11.4 as a starter).Asked to explain Stripling’s emergence as a strikeout pitcher, Roberts’ immediate answer was “confidence.” Stripling doesn’t dispute it.Related Articles PreviousLOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers shakes hands with Kenley Jansen #74 after defeating the San Diego Padres 4-1 at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Ross Stripling throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)San Diego Padres starting pitcher Clayton Richard throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp tosses his bat as he hits a three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp, second from left, is congratulated by Justin Turner, second from right, and Chris Taylor after hitting a three-run home run during the first inning of Friday’s game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won 4-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Matt Kemp #27 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Justin Turner #10 and Chris Taylor #3 after Kemp hit a 3-run home run in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Clayton Richard #3 of the San Diego Padres pitchesin the forth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 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Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Clayton Richard #3 of the San Diego Padres reacts as Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers rounds thrid after hitting a solo home run in the third inning at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez, left, is congratulated by manager Dave Roberts during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is welcomed into the dugout after his 3rd inning homre run against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Logan Forsythe #11 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is caught in a double play by Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)San Diego Padres center fielder Travis Jankowski makes the catch on a ball hit by the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)The Padres’ Jose Pirela tags the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp out at second when Kemp tried to stretch a hit for a double in the eight inning at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Padres’ Jose Pirela tags the Dodgers’ Matt Kemp out at second when Kemp tried to stretch a hit for a double in the eight inning at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen throws during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Friday, May 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Kenley Jansen #74 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Diego Padres in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Dodgers won 4-1. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Kenley Jansen gestures as the Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-1 in a baseball game Friday, May 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 25: Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers shakes hands with Kenley Jansen #74 after defeating the San Diego Padres 4-1 at Dodger Stadium on May 25, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Ross Stripling throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 21Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Ross Stripling throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Friday, May 25, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The Dodgers have brought an endangered species back from the brink of extinction.Matt Kemp hit the Dodgers’ first three-run home run in more than a month, staking Ross Stripling to an early lead on the way to an eventual 4-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.Kemp followed back-to-back walks by jumping on a defenseless fastball left over the middle by Padres starter Clayton Richard in the first inning. It was the first three-run home run by a Dodger since … Kemp also hit one off the Padres back on April 16.“Oh, really? Wow. That’s not good,” Kemp said when he was told of the 35-game hiatus. “Maybe we need to hit some more. I’ll remember that. I’m going to tell the guys tomorrow.” Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury center_img Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day “It might go back to just being confident and trusting your stuff,” he said. “I probably hadn’t thrown a 3-2 curveball – maybe ever in the big leagues. And now I can think of a couple – I threw one to (Joey) Votto (to strike him out two starts ago) and one today (to strike out Christian Villanueva).“You get confident in your stuff. Another thing is, in the bullpen, you kind of have to be clicking from the start. In the rotation when you’re starting, you can kind of figure out what works. … You figure out what’s working that day.”Stripling’s curveball has definitely been part of what’s working for him during this stretch. He acknowledged he threw “a ton of them” against the National League’s flailing-est team, part of a scouting report he credited for Friday’s success against the Padres.“I just felt like I was able to keep them off balance,” he said. “I had all four pitches working and a great scouting report. (Pitching coach Rick) Honeycutt prepared me as always. I was able to go out and execute and get some strikeouts. Yeah, that’s pretty cool to get a career-high.“When a scouting report comes together and you go out and execute it, that’s a cool feeling.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more