Cloud-based software, Arthur, which enables property managers, landlords and agencies to connect and control their property portfolio with a dedicated suite of apps, has unveiled two new innovative tenant functions: the Covid Profile and Vulnerability Profile, in response to the pandemic. Arthur’s two new functions will provide tenants with an accessible platform to inform property managers of any health or well-being related issues that should be considered when scheduling viewings or contractor related work.The Covid Profile is an area of software that has been designed specifically for tenants to connect and share COVID-19 related information with their property manager, featuring options to confirm if they are self-isolating, have symptoms, been in contact with someone who has tested positive in the last 14 days, or if anyone in the household who is considered at risk.The Vulnerability Profile enables tenants to provide regular updates on any ailments or relevant circumstances they feel comfortable disclosing such as: disabilities, long-term illnesses, if the tenant is vulnerable and living alone, or any other concerns they would like to inform their landlord of before viewings or contractor work is scheduled.Marc Trup, CEO for Arthur commented, “The new Covid and Vulnerability profile on our platform is a further demonstration of how we continually seek to innovate for our valued customers. This confidential tool will provide a hassle-free and useful solution for our users.”www.arthuronline.co.uk Covid Profile Vulnerability Profile Marc Trup Arthur cloud-based software October 23, 2020Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Arthur takes on Covid previous nextProptechArthur takes on CovidThe Negotiator23rd October 20200146 Views
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors office at Ninth Street and Simpson Avenue in Ocean City. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices (BHHS) Fox & Roach Realtors congratulates the Ocean City office sales associates for receiving the eighth annual REAL Trends and Tom Ferry International America’s Best Real Estate Professionals Award, a national award ranking measured by REAL Trends.“America’s Best” honors those who are among the top 1.5 percent of 1.4 million real estate professionals in the nation. The list ranks agents and teams in 12 categories, including individual agent sales volume, individual agent transaction sides, team sales volume by team size, and team transaction sides by team size.“These agents rank in an elite group of individual agents and teams from markets across the country. This is quite an achievement, and they should be proud of their sales successes,” said Larry Flick V, CEO of BHHS Fox & Roach Realtors.More than 14,500 real estate professionals from every state are featured. To qualify for inclusion, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2019. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume. Information on the winners can be found online at https://www.realtrends.com/rankings/americas-best/.According to the REAL Trends 2020 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals rankings:Michael Contino had a transaction volume of $56,640,333.33, ranking eighth among individual agents in New Jersey and had 80 transaction sides, ranking 34th among individual agents in New Jersey.Jason Frost had a transaction volume of $27,000,541.67, ranking 56th among individual agents in New Jersey.Dean Chorin had a transaction volume of $26,122,700, ranking 69th among individual agents in New Jersey.The Sheppard Team had a transaction volume of $34,377,800, ranking 47th among small sized teams in New Jersey.The Cheryl Huber team had a transaction volume of $58,547,250, ranking ninth among medium sized teams in New Jersey and had 124 transaction sides, ranking 13th among medium sized teams in New Jersey.The Mark Grimes Team had a transaction volume of $30,274,141, ranking 42nd among medium sized teams in New Jersey.The Patrick Halliday Team had a transaction volume of $78,271,200, ranking 16th among large sized teams in New Jersey and had 113 transaction sides, ranking 26th among large sized teams in New Jersey.“Those individual agents and teams who make up the 2020 America’s Best Real Estate Professionals represent only about 1.5 percent of Realtors in the country yet account for over 10 percent of the closed transactions and more than 16 percent of all the sales volume closed last year,” says Steve Murray, president of REAL Trends.“These sales associates and teams are far above average and have built enormously successful small businesses in an extremely competitive field,” he added.Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach Realtors is part of HomeServices of America, the nation’s largest provider of total home services and largest residential brokerage company in the U.S. in sales volume, according to the 2020 REAL Trends 500 report.The company was recently awarded “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” and “Highest Ranked in Trust and/Love” in the 32nd annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study.With market dominance three times the market share of its nearest competitor, the brokerage completed more than 31,457 transactions in 2019. With over 5,500 sales professionals in more than 75 sales offices across the Tri-State area, the company was recently acknowledged as No. 1 for the fifth year in a row, in the entire national Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Network.Through its affiliate, the Trident Group, the company provides one-stop shopping and facilitated services to its clients, including mortgage financing, and title, property and casualty insurance.The company-sponsored charitable foundation, Fox & Roach/Trident Charities, is committed to addressing the needs of children and families in stressful life circumstances and has contributed over $7.2 million to more than 250 local organizations since its inception in 1995.Visit the website at www.foxroach.com.
Solihull’s Cooks the Bakery has completed the acquisition of 120 leasehold stores from the administrators of Three Cooks.The leasehold agreements mark the final stage in the transfer of the Three Cooks business to Cooks the Bakery, after it bought the business and trade of the firm from administra- tor Tenon Recovery in Novem- ber 2006.Property consultant Colliers CRE has led leasehold negotiations with the landlords of the 120 shops on behalf of Cooks. Colliers consultant Andrew Tunney told British Baker that, in many cases, improved leasehold terms have been agreed. “For example, if there were two years left on a lease, we said to the landlords, ’Why not do a new, 10-year lease?’”—-=== Cooks the Bakery timeline ===November 2006: Three Cooks, which has 158 shops, goes into administration. A team of former managers, including chairman Geoff Peppiatt, buy the business and trade of 121 shops from administrators Tenon Recovery, renaming the business Cooks the Bakery.Leasehold negotiations begin with landlords. New-look Cooks fascia rolled out to shopsAugust 2007: Peppiatt tells British Baker the roll-out of the Cooks fascia has been put on holdMay 2008: Purchase of 120 leases complete
Although accreditation is voluntary, I feel that it is important to demonstrate a transparent and compliant approach to the use of CCTV. We are leading from the front as the first security company to achieve this accolade and I hope that others will follow. Achieving this accreditation outlines that even small to medium businesses can put privacy, compliance and transparency at the top of the agenda. Security firm Eboracum was established in 2011 and now provides a range of services in York. These include security guarding, facilities management and community projects. The company also provide a street ranger service to the York business improvement district.Body-worn cameras have become important items of equipment and are now deployed with operatives across the company. Supported by local police and the city council enforcement officers, body-worn cameras have enabled the provision of evidence leading to successful prosecutions. Aside from prosecutions, body-worn cameras have also been used to deter assaults on staff and prevent crime. They also inhibit aggressive behaviour.Recognising the importance of maintaining public trust and confidence when conducting surveillance activity, Eboracum were committed to being transparent in demonstrating high standards and ethical use of their body-worn cameras and therefore decided to undertake voluntary certification assessment against the surveillance camera code of practice, which is regulated by the Surveillance Camera Commissioner, Tony Porter.The code of practice is intended to ensure that individuals and wider communities have confidence that public body surveillance cameras are deployed to protect and support them, rather than spy on them. The government is keen to encourage organisations to voluntarily adopt the code, which is a mandatory requirement for police forces in England and Wales.Eboracum’s procedures, privacy impact assessment and processes were audited by the Security Systems and Alarms Inspection board (SSAIB).Eboracum UK has taken steps to ensure that their body-worn CCTV systems operate within a legal framework and meet the standards of the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s code of practice. This includes data security, appropriate usage, control of records and promoting a culture of honesty.Carl Nickson, Director of Eboracum UK said: A key component of my national surveillance camera strategy is to encourage organisations that are not bound by statute to comply with the Secretary of State’s code of practice, to voluntarily adopt its provisions. In doing so, Eboracum have demonstrated a real commitment to ensure that the public can have confidence in their use of body-worn surveillance cameras. I congratulate them on their achievement and encourage other organisations to follow their example. Tony Porter, Surveillance Camera Commissioner, added:
— Corydon Ireland and Colleen Walsh Harvard’s 361st Commencement continued well into the later afternoon, with graduates, alums, family, friends, and faculty joining in the festivities.Radcliffe grad, Class of 1944The oldest Radcliffe class represented at Commencement was 1944 — 15 years more recent than the Class of 1929, represented by 103-year-old George Barner of Kennebunk, Maine.In the shade of a tent behind Hollis Hall at lunchtime, Frances Downing Vaughan ’44 was aware of the disparity. “I’m only 90,” she said.Vaughan lives in Cambridge, within walking distance of her alma mater. “I can’t think of a greater place to grow old in,” she said.Vaughan remembers a wartime college era when Harvard boys were scarce and you met them at social gatherings called “jolly-ups.” At Radcliffe, she remembers the 10 p.m. curfews and the standard fashion of “socks and shoes, sweaters and pearls.”A longtime poet — “I was a writer by age 7” — Vaughan is at work on her first book, “90 at 90.”George Barner ’29 belongs to the oldest class year but is younger than Donald Brown ’30 by 24 days. Photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerOverwhelmed by ceremonyChen Zhang was still trying to process the sweep of his Harvard experience on Thursday afternoon as he made his way to the Harvard Divinity School (HDS) campus from Tercentenary Theatre.His undergraduate commencement at Stanford University, which was held in the school’s football stadium, had a more informal, West Coast vibe, he said. That ceremony included a healthy amount of “wacky dancing,” and an appearance by the school’s mascot, the Stanford Tree. In contrast, Zhang was overwhelmed by Harvard’s elaborate ceremony, and by its pomp and circumstance. “I really, really liked this, maybe more so than my own.”His experience at HDS, and its environment of inclusion also overwhelmed Zhang. While some students will go on to the ministry, academia, education, or, like himself, to a joint law and social work degree program with the aim of a career in public service, everyone at HDS, he said, was encouraged “to pursue their diverse interests within a common set of curricula.”“HDS is really a unique community; I don’t know of any other place that caters to both the secular and the religious worlds so effectively.”In the world of work, amid changeAs she waited in a long line to enter the tent behind Longfellow Hall for her official diploma ceremony, Justina Wang reflected on her time at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and the importance of her degree. Since mid-May, Wang has been putting her master’s in education from the Education Policy and Management program to good with the Chicago Public Schools system as a positive behavioral support specialist. She headed to the job as soon as she was done with her finals, and made a quick return trip to Harvard for Commencement.“All of these things we have been talking about [at HGSE] have been playing out in the real world,” said Wang, who only regretted one thing about her time at Harvard. “I wish,” she said, “it could have been longer.”To kick off the diploma ceremony, HGSE Dean Kathleen McCartney took the podium, encouraging students to cheer for the faculty and staff at HGSE, and their families and friends, which they did with verve. She then offered some parting thoughts.“You are now a member of a community like no other I know. You will take sustenance from this place, for it will serve as your intellectual home now and always,” said McCartney, Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Development. Recalling the words of a departing student, she told the new graduates that they “have to hit the ground listening,” in order to be ready to answer important calls to action, like the fight against bullying.“Our job as educators and parents is to support our children and their efforts to create community standards where they work and play,” she said. That work will require modeling the way forward by building open and inclusive environments where different opinions and constructive dialogue are welcome, and where “we forgive and ask for forgiveness.”“And then,” she continued, “we need to talk honestly about these efforts with the children in our lives.”‘Inspired by the Harvard experience’Jesus Manuel Alvarado Rivera emerged from under the tent where he had just received his Harvard Law School (HLS) degree with a megawatt smile and a death grip on his new L.L.M. diploma.“It’s done. It feels real now,” said the beaming graduate, who pointed to the document and praised the HLS faculty as both amazing teachers and educators and great human beings. “It’s a great place to be,” said Rivera, who will head back to his native Puerto Rico to work for a law firm for several years, and then hopefully for Puerto Rico’s executive branch, developing policy. “I definitely have been inspired by the Harvard experience.”Voices of experienceThe oldest Harvard College graduate to attend Commencement this year was 103-year-old retired archaeologist Donald F. Brown ’30 of Stowe, Mass. (He turns 104 on Nov. 26.) For the occasion he wore a baseball cap with the legend, “My life is in ruins.” Just 24 days younger: George Barner ’29, a retired lawyer living in Kennebunk, Maine, will turn 104 on Dec. 20. “I just go along with the change of time,” said Barner, who waited in the shade of Harvard Yard for the Alumni Procession to begin. He attributes his good health to never smoking and to a lifetime of playing tennis. Barner’s family had a regulation court in his hometown of Webster City, Iowa. He gave the sport up in his 90s, “when I had trouble moving backwards without falling.” But so far, in life, he is still moving forward. Said Barner in parting, “I will see you next year.”Table talkTwo luncheon tents behind Hollis and Stoughton halls were reserved for “Division I” classes — those from 1921 to 1956. General Curtis R. LeMay’s banker was there, along with a graduate in his 90s who still runs a sawmill, a former Jesuit (Class of 1951) who was keeping a conversation on Blaise Pascal alive, and graduate of that era whose Philippines boyhood was darkened by the Japanese occupation. At one table sat Donald F. Brown ’30, age 103, the oldest man at Commencement 2012. Just past noon you could hear the Harvard University Band approaching for its traditional serenade of the oldest classes. Brown sat up straight in his wheelchair and waved his arms like a maestro. “That’s his medicine for the soul – his music,” said Brown’s daughter, Alyson Toole. A chair away was her brother, Christopher Brown, marveling that his father could be at a graduation exercise 82 years after his own graduation. How is he doing so well? “I think it was that comet,” said the younger Brown, referring to the 1908 airburst of a comet fragment over Siberia the year his father was born. “Cosmic dust must have landed on my dad.”
Sunday services at the Memorial Church conclude with final prayers and the benediction, but as some congregants make their way toward the exits, many stay seated each week listening to Thomas Sheehan fill the sanctuary with eloquent music from the church’s pipe organ.Fans of the acclaimed and versatile organist have just a few more opportunities to hear Sheehan perform in the sanctuary of Memorial Church. He is leaving the Church, and Harvard University, at the end of the spring term to become the lead organist at another historic church, the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.After five years of providing the musical accompaniment to the Harvard University Choir, and services in the Memorial Church, the move marks a significant opportunity in the young musician’s life, and an artistic change at the organ keyboards of Harvard’s iconic church.“I feel it’s been a golden period for music here the last five years,” said Edward Elwyn Jones, Gund University Organist and Choirmaster in the Memorial Church. “There is just a lovely spirit in the music department, in the choir, and I think much of that has to do with Tom’s grace as a human.”Sheehan’s final organ recital is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., May 21 in the church. His final Sunday at the keyboards will be May 26. And Sheehan said the upcoming performance and services give him the opportunity to honor the kind of support exhibited each Sunday when Memorial Church congregants remained in their seats enjoying his music following services.“I’m just so grateful for the support of the Memorial Church community, because without them there is less reason to do what we do,” said Sheehan. “We are a church that has an audience in mind, a university community. And I’m so grateful they choose to consume the music we are creating.”The standard for musical excellence at Memorial Church will, of course, continue. In April, Jones announced the appointment of award-winning organist, David von Behren, as the new assistant organist and choirmaster. Von Behren earned his master of music degree at Yale University’s School of Music/Institute of Sacred Music. He is also a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he earned his Bachelor of Music degree in organ performance and music theory.“David is doing really well on the recital scene and also has a lot of experience as a church musician, which is terrific,” said Jones. “He’s a versatile musician and he’s not only a really excellent organist and singer, but he’s a violinist as well, of very high caliber.”Sheehan is also taking on a larger role in his next career step at the Washington National Cathedral, considered the “spiritual home” for the United States.“It’s an exciting part of the job when all of the television cameras are there,” Sheehan said. “But it’s not why I became an organist in the first place. It’s the daily making of the music that really appeals to me. That is why I got into this in the first place.” Read Full Story
Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald and recent The Elephant Man star Bradley Cooper are among Time’s 100 Most Influential People this year. Carrie Underwood, who starred opposite McDonald in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! in 2013, and Tony nominee Oliver Platt, who first met Cooper on the set of Nip/Tuck, shared with the magazine why their peers deserve a place on the list.“I knew from the moment I heard her angelic voice that I was in the presence of greatness,” Underwood recalls of McDonald. “But I feel the greatest legacy she will leave behind lies in the works she does for others.” In addition to her prolific stage and screen career, McDonald is a staunch advocate for marriage equality and recently joined the Covenant House International Board of Directors, which provides programming and shelter for homeless youths. McDonald will return to Broadway next year in Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed.“These are increasingly brave, eccentric, breathtakingly diverse performances,” Platt said of Cooper’s performances in Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and The Elephant Man. “It’s hard to make people, especially your friends, forget who you are onscreen. But Bradley’s that good.” Cooper earned Oscar nominations for three consecutive years since 2013—not to mention a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for his 2006 Great White Way debut in Three Days of Rain.Additionally, the list includes upcoming Beauty and the Beast star and U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson and Oscar-winning Broadway alum Julianne Moore. View Comments
Planting season is still three to four months away, but this year’s peanut crop is already on the minds of Georgia farmers. There are many questions left to answer.Peanut farmers shared concerns about acreage planted, industry impact of the expected increased acreage and the effect on crop rotation during the Georgia Peanut Farm Show, held Jan. 15 at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center. “We need to make sure we try to help them save what little money they can,” said Scott Monfort, UGA Extension peanut agronomist. “The main point here at the farm show is to share information that will maximize productivity while minimizing inputs as much as possible.”Monfort and fellow UGA peanut team members addressed concerns and supplied answers during UGA’s production seminar, an important element of the farm show. Monfort discussed the key factors farmers should consider in preparing for the 2015 growing season. Part of that planning includes farmers readying themselves for a drastic increase in state acreage. “In most years, the information that’s coming out of research and Extension is important. However, with a year like this year, when we know we’re going to increase acres again, and we know it’s going to put a pinch on crop rotations to some degree, and we know prices are going to be somewhat suppressed for all commodities, it’s even more important that we try to share as much information as possible and get that in front of the growers,” he said.Monfort estimates 650,000 to 700,000 planted acres of peanuts next year, up from the 590,000 acres planted last year and 430,000 acres the year before. More acreage could result in an increased strain on peanuts’ market price, which currently sits in the $400 to $425 per ton range. Other major questions Georgia peanut growers have to answer are where to put excess peanuts if there’s another big crop and peanuts continue to be grown at these prices, he said. Like all farmers, peanut growers are at the mercy of Mother Nature. Farmers in Georgia can grow peanuts with irrigation or when enough rain falls. “But if we have another year like we did last year on the non-irrigated fields, it makes it difficult to make a profit year in, year out,” Monfort said.Half of Georgia’s crop is produced as dryland peanuts, or peanuts grown in fields without irrigation. Many of Georgia’s dryland fields failed to produce last year because of extreme dry conditions from June to August.Thursday marked the third year UGA has hosted the farm show on its Tifton Campus. Along with information and insight offered by UGA peanut scientists, farm show attendees saw up close the latest technological developments in the peanut industry. “I think it’s been a good move for the farm show to be held at UGA Tifton. Our facility seems to fit their needs as far as space for the vendors and others. We’re right here at UGA Tifton, and a lot of our scientists are involved with peanut research,” said Joe West, assistant dean on the UGA Tifton Campus.
First person to climb Mount Everest 10 times has died Officials at Great Smoky Mountain National Park are asking the public for help identifying the person responsible for vandalizing the Foothills Parkway West Entrance sign to the park, near the highway intersection in Walland, Tenn. “We are excited to include Fall Creek Falls State Natural Area in the Network,” Dr. Sarah Horsley with the Old-Growth Forest Network said. “We depend on local, county-level volunteers to help us identify the candidate forests they want to see recognized and work with forest and park managers to make sure these forests will remain protected.” Falls Creek Falls inducted into Old Growth Forest Network The tournament is single elimination, so for each set of bears you’ll vote for the one you think is the fattest. The bear with the most votes advances and one will be crowned champion of Fat Bear Week. “He was a climbing star and his death is a major loss for the country and for the climbing fraternity,” Ang Tshering Sherpa, a former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told CNN. His body will be placed at a holy site in Kathmandu and cremated on Wednesday according to sherpa tradition. That evening, Wurman launched a drone to capture the true impact of campers atop Max Patch. The release of the video has drawn attention from the public and the National Forest Service, who says that while camping atop Max Patch is not advisable, it’s not illegal, either. The survival of the bears in Katmai National Park depend on their ability to accumulate ample fat reserves. During winter hibernation the bears lose one-third of their body weight. Katmai’s bears are fattest in the late summer and early fall after they’ve spent the summer feasting on salmon. Len Pardue, past president of the Blue Ridge Audubon Society, passed away on Oct. 1. A retired newspaper reporter, Pardue was known as an excellent birder and exceptional gardener. Pardue moved to Asheville, NC in 1997 and became “deeply engrossed in bird-watching and pursued that avocation in much of North America and in six Latin American countries,” his obituary said. Former president of Blue Ridge Audubon dies Great Smoky Mountain National Park sign vandalized with racist message, real bear skin “People are ready to safely be outside. A bike ride along the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a stroll through Falls Park and outdoor dining along Main Street are just what the doctor ordered,” Green Mayor Knox White said. “Greenville is ready to welcome new and repeat visitors. Our place on this prestigious list will hasten our economic recovery.” Missing woman is found, then lost again, in Outer Banks woods Falls Creek Falls State Natural Area in Tennessee has been inducted into the Old-Growth Forest Network, a national network designed to protect native and publicly accessible mature forests, News Channel 9 reports. The mission of the network is to connect people with nature by creating a national network of forests protected from logging. “To me he was the epitome of a gentleman,” Tom Tribble, a longtime friend and birding buddy of Pardue, told the Citizen Times. “He was such a good friend and a good man.” Residents call for responsible management of Max Patch amidst flood of campers, trash The mountain bald known as Max Patch in Pisgah National Forest is one of the most iconic stops along the Appalachian Trail. Offering 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, Max Patch is beloved by AT thru-hikers and day hikers alike. But activists say the mountaintop faces destruction by overuse—trashed by those who come to camp and hike in the area. Rangers performed CPR on Brown until emergency responders arrived. He was transported to Blount Memorial Hospital where he later died. Recently, Sarah Jones Decker, who lives near Max Patch and once thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail, set out to climb to the top of Max Patch with her friend, Mike Wurman. After encountering a mile-long line of cars leading up to the trailhead, they summited Max Patch only to find dozens of tents, piles of trash and toilet paper and visitors disregarding fences put in place to keep people from trampling the fragile plants growing atop the bald. Park visitors reported seeing a real black bear skin hanging from the sign Saturday morning along with a piece of cardboard scrawled with the words “from here to the lake black lives don’t matter.” Officials say the incident occurred sometime between September 18 and 19. They are offering up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of those responsible. Greenville, SC named one of the best small cities by Conde Nast Traveler It might be the greenspace, the city’s walkability or the natural beauty of the area– whatever the reason, Conde Nast Traveler readers have voted Greenville, NC as the No. 6 Best Small City in the United States. Charleston, SC, the only other South Carolina city on the list, stole the show at No. 1. Fat Bear Week is back and it’s just what the world needs right now On Saturday morning the woman was spotted in the woods by a park ranger. There was no word on her condition. “The Seashore appreciates being part of such a dedicated team of county, state, federal, and volunteer organizations that help to protect public safety,” David Hallac, superintendent of the National Parks of Eastern North Carolina, said in a statement. “I thank all of the emergency services personnel that spent the night searching through thick woods and in the air.” “As I was rifling through bags of… samples, two vials, each containing a single slender-bodied insect with extra-long legs, caught my attention,” Will Kuhn, an entomologist, said of the discovery. “After a little digging, I tentatively identified them as two different thread-legged bugs not previously known to exist in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.” A 26-year-old hiker died in Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday despite attempts by park rangers to save him, park officials said. Rangers responded to a report of a man in cardiac distress beside Laurel Creek Road near Crib Gap. A park news release said Zach Brown of Portland, Tenn. was standing beside the road with his family when he experienced a “cardiac event.” A 31-year-old woman became lost on Friday during a nighttime walk in thick woods at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Charlotte Observer reports. Her disappearance launched a nighttime search-and-rescue operation. A Coast Guard helicopter initially located the woman, but she became lost again before rescue personnel could reach her. The search was then suspended until the next morning. People that live along Max Patch road have joined the chorus of voices saying it’s time to address the overuse of Max Patch. James Sutton Jr., whose family owns a house on Max Patch Road, told the Citizen Times that hikers headed to Max Patch “don’t even slow down when they see us and the kids [in the yard]. They’re doing 35 mph. They beat up the road so bad. It’s miserable on the locals.” Researchers at work inventorying insects and other creepy crawlies living in Great Smoky Mountain National Park’s beech tree canopy made a surprising discovery recently when one of them came upon specimens of two different thread-legged assassin bug species (Barce fraternal and Empicoris sp.), never before known to exist in the park. Thread-legged bugs are predators of other insects and arthropods, the Citizen Times reports. “By no means do I think the outdoors should be closed to anyone,” Jones Decker told the Citizen Times. “But there’s no bathrooms up there, and hundreds of tents are up there. It looks like fun, but where are these people using the bathroom?” While there are no easy answers, many agree that action needs to be taken to lessen the human impact on Max Patch. “We don’t want these places closed forever,” said Jones Decker, “and we don’t want to lose our access, so this is the conversation that needs to be out there.” Man dies of cardiac arrest in Smokies despite rangers’ attempts to save him Nepalese mountaineer Ang Rita Sherpa, the first person to climb Mount Everest 10 times, died on Monday, CNN reports. All of Ang Rita’s ascents of the mountain were made without oxygen between 1983-1996. The 72-year-old suffered brain and liver ailments and died at his home in Kathmandu, his family said. Covid-19 cancelled March Madness and just about everything else, but it can’t cancel Fat Bear Week, an annual tournament celebrating the fat, healthy bears that snack on salmon at the Brooks River in Katmai National Park. During Fat Bear Week, Katmai’s bears go head-to-head in a single elimination tournament. Each day your votes will decide which of the hefty bears will advance in the tournament and which will be eliminated. Assassin bug discovered in Great Smoky Mountain National Park This year, the National Park Service has moved voting from their Facebook page to it’s own website: explore.org/fat-bear-week. Matchups begin today and voting will be open from noon- 10 p.m. Eastern time. Get a sneak peek at the bears by watching the bear cam. Get into the spirit of Fat Bear Week by filling out your Fat Bear bracket and encourage your friends to do the same. Will you pick the fattest bear of the year? Only time will tell! Photo courtesy of Getty Images by RobChristiaans
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Marine Bureau officers pulled three men out of the Great South Bay Friday night after their 17-foot boat ran out of fuel, police said. Two officers aboard the Marine Juliet patrol vessel responded after receiving a distress call at 6:48 p.m. from a passerby who reported people in the water. When the officers arrived, they found the 18-year-old owner of the boat and two other men attempting to pull the boat to shore with a rope. The boat was approximately a half-mile south of Hecksher State Park at the time, police said. The men, who had been in the water for 45 minutes, were wearing flotation devices, police said. The trio was pulled out of the water and their boat towed to the Hecksher State Park boat ramp, police said. The officers cited the boat’s owner for failing to carry visual distress signals and for a discharged fire extinguisher, police said. They also issued warnings for missing safety equipment, police said. Following the rescue, Suffolk police offered the following tips to boaters: Check all required safety equipment is on board and operable.Leave a float plan with someone on shore with your destination and expected time of return.Carry a cell phone or Marine VHF Radio in case you need emergency assistance.