Outdoor Updates: Georgia man arrested for illegally trapping turtles to send to China

first_imgIn 2016, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources discovered Nathan Horton trapping turtles in Georgia’s Lake Jackson, 44 miles southeast of Atlanta. He admitted to authorities that he had 1,000 active turtle traps on the lake. A year later, undercover agents met with Horton, who admitted to sending all of the turtles he caught to a person in California who exported them to China. In China, turtles are considered prized pets and a single turtle pulled from the wild in the U.S. can sell for hundreds of dollars. Wildlife officials began tracking shipments of turtles from Atlanta to LA and recently arrested Horton on federal charges for violating the Lacey Act, which prohibits trade of illegal wildlife. Great Smoky Mountains National Park receives “priceless” donation of Cades Cove artifacts The FAA says that the pilot reported experiencing weather-related problems before air traffic control lost communication with the plane. Park rangers heard an explosion and watched the Cirrus SR-22 fall to the ground. The plane was located about an hour and a half later and the passengers were escorted from the scene. The downed flight had planned to travel from the Donaldson Center Airport in Greenville, TN to Medina Municipal Airport in Ohio. Georgia man arrested for illegally trapping turtles to send to China On Thursday afternoon a small plane with two men on board crashed about a mile from the Mount Mitchell ranger station in North Carolina. Both men survived the crash, one was sent to the hospital with minor injuries. 2 men survive plane crash near NC Mount Mitchell Cades Cove, one of the most popular destinations in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, was once home to European settlers who made their home in the cove and, before that, a space where Cherokee Indians hunted deer, elk and bison. Today, the National Park Service preserves Cades Cove as it was during the time of settlers. In March, four men in South Carolina were charged in a similar case involving illegal trade of turtles over Facebook messenger. The ringleader received 27 months in federal prison.  Just this week, the park service received what they call a “priceless” donation of artifacts from the great-granddaughter of one of the cove’s settlers. The donation includes a handmade dresser, a Bible owned by the family, and photos including wedding portraits. The items will be displayed at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend.last_img read more

Spring Notebook: Offense tops 2005 performance

first_imgLast Thursday afternoon, UW head coach Bret Bielema took a stroll down to the office of his former head coach and current Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez to speak about the 2005 spring football game.They weren’t the only ones talking.Quietly, those who have followed the football program and the team’s progress this spring feared the worst from the annual UW spring football game. Following the nigh unwatchable UW Cardinal-White contest from a year ago that ended in a 14-14 tie, this contest looked like it possibly could be even more dreadful, at least from an offensive perspective, as the seasoned Wisconsin defense had consistently outplayed the offense through the course of spring drills. “We knew coming in that we had the upper hand, having played all spring pretty well,” said senior linebacker Mark Zalewski. “We didn’t want to give up any points. We didn’t really state it, but we wanted to keep them off the board, just like you would in any game.”After the first two drives for the starters of the Cardinal squad, it appeared as if the nightmares were being realized. After a very quick three-and-out on the first drive, the next Cardinal possession got underway with P.J. Hill suffering a stinger on a dive to the right. On second down, junior defensive lineman Kurt Ware broke into the backfield and “sacked” quarterback John Stocco. And on the next play Stocco was picked off by Zach Hampton, who returned the pick 59 yards for a touchdown.Things weren’t looking good.In the end, however, the 2006 spring game was hardly a disaster at all and, unlike in 2005, lent optimism toward the upcoming season. The game was hardly a shootout, with only three touchdowns and a field goal, and it was sloppy at times, but most players and coaches left satisfied with the offensive performance.After its initial struggles, the first-team cardinal offense moved the ball well, and senior quarterback Stocco looked as in-tune with his receivers as he has at any point all spring, his pick-six to cornerback Zach Hampton not-withstanding.”Obviously, we still have some things to work on, but overall, I thought we did some good things today,” Stocco said. “It’s really just another practice for us, and we improved ourselves.”The Cardinal squad piled up 417 yards of offense, with Stocco netting 154 of those through the air. His throws were on target, and his reads were accurate. “I felt pretty good at making our throws, making plays, and I made my reads today, so it was a good day for me,” Stocco said.Hampton continues spring success: Hampton is making a name for himself as being an annual spring game star. In last season’s game, Hampton jumped in front of Jarvis Minton to pick off a John Stocco pass, solidifying what had been a fantastic spring for the aspiring safety.This year, after being moved to cornerback, Hampton repeated the feat and took it a step further, making it all the way to paydirt.On third-and-12, Stocco dropped back and attempted to hit wide receiver Paul Hubbard cutting across the field on a square route. The pass was behind Hubbard, who managed to get at least a hand on it, and was snatched by the opportunistic Hampton. He was then off to the races from there.”I was pretty much just trying to knock it down and it stuck,” Hampton said. “[Then] I saw the whole field, and I didn’t think anybody was going to catch me.”Nice reward: Offensive lineman Mike Van Someren tends to stick out in a crowd at 6-foot-7 and 320 pounds. However, the junior was even more noticeable than usual on Saturday, as he could be seen wearing a black jersey, symbolizing he was playing for both the cardinal and white, functioning as both the first- and second-string left tackle.Van Someren has become an iron man this spring, sometimes seeing 95 percent of the offensive line snaps. He has been one of the more impressive players during spring drills, if only for his endurance.His reward for the effort was somewhat dubious, having to play for both teams while wearing a black jersey on a very sunny day.”It was an opportunity, and I hope I took advantage of it,” Van Someren said. “I think, from an endurance standpoint, I think I showed them something. … With the sun beating down, it got pretty warm in there.”Infirmary report: Besides Hill, Hubbard appeared to be shaken up and said he rolled up his ankle in the first quarter but that he would be fine.Backup outside linebacker Jammar Crane also appeared to suffer an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.last_img read more

Finnplay secures UKGC software operating licence

first_img Related Articles Submit Martin PrantnerSeeking to boost its licensing provisions, Finnish platform and white-label industry solutions supplier Finnplay has confirmed that it has gained a software operating licence from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).Updating the market, Finnplay management detailed that it had added UK betting industry software supplier certification to its existing UKGC ‘pool betting’ licence, thus being able to better service the world biggest betting market.Finnplay strengthens its licensing inventory, which currently includes the jurisdictions of Belgium, Bulgaria, Hungary, Malta, Mexico and Curacao. Martin Prantner, Chief Executive of Finnplay, commented on his firm gaining UKGC software certification“The UK market is without a doubt one of the biggest and longest-established licensed jurisdictions in the world, with exacting regulatory standards that are sound, rigid and trustworthy for both players and operators.“This will be a significant stepping stone for our company’s strategy of continued regulatory technical compliance and growth opportunities in which we can offer our customers an all-inclusive, serviced gaming product for the UK, with a full array of licensed products across the gaming spectrum including, betting, pool betting, and casino.” Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Sharelast_img read more