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Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for April 25, 2013

first_imgTrevor Thomas atop Katahdin.Your outdoor news bulletin for April 25, the day Hubble was launched into orbit…with a cataract…in 1990:Blind Hikers Dominate Thru-HikingA couple of blind hikers are making news in the Blue Ridge. First is the story of Minneapolis attorney Mike Hanson, a blind man who hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2010. Hanson’s story was picked up by Slate.com earlier this year, and popped up again in the ether on fastcoexist.com this week. The focus of these stories is the fact that Hanson used an outdated Nokia phone GPS system as his guide during the hike. In a more recent and decidedly lower-tech case, another blind hiker passed through Mt. Mitchell State Park on the Mountains to Sea Trail. Trevor Thomas and his guide dog Tennille met with park rangers Wednesday before continuing the rest of his 1,000 miles to the coast. Thomas is no slouch, his accomplishments include an A.T. thru-hike in 2008, Pacific Crest Trail thru-hike in 2010, and a summit of Mount Whitney. You can read more about Thomas on his blog.Minor Leaguers Get Dirty on Arbor DayAmerica’s pastime just got a little greener. The U.S. Forest Service and the Potomac Nationals are going to plant 187 trees at an urban forest in Fairfax, Va. on April 26, Arbor Day. Through the “Break a Bat, Plant a Tree” program, the minor league baseball team joined with Fairfax ReLeaf and the U.S. Forest Service plants a tree for every broken bat during the season. “The Break a Bat, Plant a Tree program is a great way to raise awareness about forest restoration projects underway in D.C., Maryland and Virginia parks and trails,” said U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell. Indeed, Tom.Courtroom Wins Against Mountaintop RemovalEarth Week must be working. Two significant court rulings went in favor of those against the practice of mountaintop removal mining in the past few days. On Monday, the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals revoked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ use of Nationwide Permit 21, a process they have used to expand mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia, saying they did not assess and document environmental impacts before issuing new mining permits. Then, on Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia essentially gave the EPA back it’s power to veto the Spruce Mine permit, one of the largest mountaintop removal mines in history.Read more here from ecowatch.com.last_img read more

Abu Dhabi Ports creates new feeder services company

first_imgUAE-based port operator Abu Dhabi Ports has established a new feeder services company, Safeen Feeders, as part of its strategy to facilitate growing trade demands within the Gulf region. “We are excited to be partnering with Abu Dhabi Ports in developing feeder solutions for the region and look forward to jointly promoting Safeen Feeders’ services in conjunction with our own BTL brand,” Bill Smart, Chief Executive of Bengal Tiger Line, said. According to Abu Dhabi Ports, the service will allow for timely and efficient exchange of container cargo between mainliner vessels and the vessels within the rotation calling at nine regional ports located across the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Pakistan, and Western India. In the medium term, Abu Dhabi Ports and Bengal Tiger Line expect to expand the service to ports in the broader Gulf region. Over the long-term, the new company will explore further service opportunities at container terminals in the Red Sea and East Africa regions. “The launch of Safeen Feeders significantly strengthens our ability to enhance the competitiveness of our growing base of global customers, and helps our region meet international demands as a trade and logistics hub connecting east and west,” Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, Group CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, commented. “By partnering with Bengal Tiger Line, we are not only growing our Abu Dhabi Ports family and creating mutually positive solutions, but we are also significantly broadening our product and service offering to our valued clients and enhancing our contribution to Abu Dhabi’s non-oil economy.” center_img The service will commence during week 27, with the first departure from Mundra expected to take place on June 30, 2020. Safeen Feeders’ pendulum service, called the UAE-Indian Sub-Continent Gulf Service (UIG), will be delivered by three 2,700 TEU vessels via the following 21-day rotation calling: Khalifa Port; Jebel Ali Port; Karachi; (Kandla); Mundra; Nhava Sheva; Khalifa Port; Jebel Ali Port; Bahrain; Dammam; Jubail; and, Khalifa Port. The service will be launched in partnership with Bengal Tiger Line (BTL), a Singapore-based feeder service operator, through a vessel sharing agreement. As informed, Safeen Feeders will introduce a new feeder service linking Abu Dhabi to ports serving the UAE, the broader Gulf region and Indian subcontinent.last_img read more

Mike Trout blasts one of Angels’ 4 homers in victory over Justin Verlander, Astros

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels hit four homers, including three against Verlander.The decisive homer, however, was hit by Mike Trout against reliever Hector Rondon in the eighth. It was Trout’s fourth homer in the past three games, and his 26th of the season, which equaled his own franchise record for homers before the All-Star break.“It’s pretty special,” Kole Calhoun said of Trout’s recent performance. “He’s a guy who can carry this ballclub. We can go a long way on his back. With the way he’s swinging the bat right now, hopefully he keeps it rolling when we come back (from the break).”Trout has helped the Angels to three wins in four games on what figured to be a tough Texas trip even before its tragic start. The stunning death of Tyler Skaggs before the first game in Arlington cast a shadow over the team, but the Angels have since played well amid difficult circumstances.“Obviously, it’s good to get back into things,” Trout said. “But we’re still thinking about him. He’s watching over us. We’re going out there and playing for him.” PreviousHOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 05: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim shakes hands with Shohei Ohtani #17 after the final out against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)The Angels’ Kole Calhoun watches the flight of his two-run home run during the third inning of Friday’s game against the Astros in Houston. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Noe Ramirez throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsHouston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlanders throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Noe Ramirez throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Houston Astros’ Michael Brantley, right, celebrates with Yordan Alvarez (44) after hitting a home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, hits a two-run home run as Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos watches during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun drops his bat after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, right, drops his bat after hitting a two-run home run as Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos watches during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 05: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros walks back to the mound after Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hit a home run in the third inning at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun (56) is congratulated by third base coach Mike Gallego after hitting a two-run home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun, center, celebrates with David Fletcher (6) after both scored on Calhoun’s home run as Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos stands at home plate during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) hits a home run as Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos watches during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) watches his home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, celebrates with third base coach Mike Gallego after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani (17) celebrates with Kole Calhoun (56) after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros during the third inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 05: Justin Verlander #35 of the Houston Astros walks off the mound after giving up two home runs in the third inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Felix Pena throws against the Houston Astros during the fourth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 05: Yordan Alvarez #44 of the Houston Astros doubles in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons, right, hits a home run as Houston Astros catcher Robinson Chirinos reaches for the pitch during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons (2) celebrates with Mike Gallego after hitting a home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)The Angels’ Mike Trout hits a home run during the eighth inning of Friday’s game against the Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston. Trout’s fourth homer in the past three games proved to be the difference in a 5-4 victory. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim receives congratulations from Shohei Ohtani #17 after hitting a home run in the eighth inning Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 05: Yuli Gurriel #10 of the Houston Astros hits a two run home run in the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Cam Bedrosian reacts after giving up a two-run home run to Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, July 5, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 05: Hansel Robles #57 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates after the last out against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 05: Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim receives a hug from Hansel Robles #57 after the final out against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)HOUSTON, TEXAS – JULY 05: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim shakes hands with Shohei Ohtani #17 after the final out against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 05, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)The Angels’ Kole Calhoun watches the flight of his two-run home run during the third inning of Friday’s game against the Astros in Houston. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 28The Angels’ Kole Calhoun watches the flight of his two-run home run during the third inning of Friday’s game against the Astros in Houston. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)Expand Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros HOUSTON — Brad Ausmus managed Justin Verlander for nearly four seasons, so he knows all about how dominant the Houston Astros right-hander can be.“Great competitor, great pitcher and you know you’re in for a battle,” said Ausmus, who had Verlander with the Detroit Tigers. “With that being said, I haven’t come across any pitcher who’s pitched in the big leagues for any length of time who’s unbeatable.”The Angels did just that, beating Verlander and the Astros 5-4 on Friday night, taking the first game of the series against the run-away AL West division leaders. They took the field on Friday night in a matchup that certainly didn’t seem favorable. Not only were the Astros starting Verlander, but the Angels were using Noé Ramírez to open for Félix Peña.Peña gave up a homer to Michael Brantley, the first batter he faced in the second inning, to put the Astros on the board first. But Peña retired the next three, and then the Angels got to work against Verlander.In the third, Kole Calhoun hit a two-run homer, his 19th of the season. That equaled his total from each of the past two seasons.An out later, Shohei Ohtani belted a solo homer to straightaway center field, putting the Angels up 3-1. Andrelton Simmons added a solo homer in the sixth.The Angels have hit three homers in each of their games against Verlander this season, including a loss in Mexico back in May.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone “We have some guys who can hit the ball out of the ballpark,” Calhoun said. “With a guy like that, you’ll take them any way you can get them. They’re going to be few and far between. It’s going to be a battle from the first pitch. It’s nice to get some runs on the board against them.”Simmons’ homer gave the Angels a two-run lead with 12 outs to go, so Ausmus pulled Peña, who was only at 61 pitches, to give the ball to his bullpen. All four of the relievers he’s lately been trusting to hold leads were available.Justin Anderson came in first. He issued a walk and gave up a double, but both runners were stranded. Anderson got the first two outs and Ty Buttrey got the third. Buttrey then worked a perfect seventh inning.Cam Bedrosian took the mound in the eighth with a three-run lead, thanks to Trout’s homer, and he gave back two of those when Yuli Gurriel lofted a fly ball that dropped just over the fence, inside the right-field pole.That left the slimmest of margins for Hansel Robles, but he worked a perfect ninth to end it. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more