NC Wildlife Resources Commission delays lifting Sunday hunting ban Last year, the WRC announced that they would form public listening sessions in the spring and a stakeholder group to gather public input about lifting the Sunday hunting ban in time for the 2020 hunting season. Those sessions never took place, in part because some of the commissioners on the WRC felt uneasy. A survey conducted in 2018 by the WRC showed that users of public game land are split nearly in half on the issue of opening the land for Sunday hunting. Respondents to that survey cited a number of concerns including animal rights, religious beliefs and safety concerns. Researchers in Mexico have discovered five previously unknown reefs off the southwestern Gulf coast of Mexico. The reefs cover more than 2,700 underwater acres and are located both inside and outside of protected areas. The newly discovered reefs include one off of the Tamiahua Lagoon, which is the northernmost and longest coral reef ever discovered in the area. A 150-year ban on hunting on public game lands on Sundays may remain for at least another two years as the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC), the agency that oversees hunting on public land, gathers public input about potentially lifting the Sunday ban. Construction for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline has been held up since December 2018 due to regulatory setbacks. Dominion Energy, the major developer of the pipeline, released a statement saying that they expect the permits to be re-issued and the pipeline to be completed by late 2021. A judge with the U.S. 4th Circuit Court has ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service didn’t follow its order to protect endangered species when it fast-tracked and re-issued two permits for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Judge Robert Gregory ruled that, “in fast-tracking its decisions, the agency appears to have lost sight of the mandate under the ESA (Endangered Species Act): ‘to protect and conserve endangered and threatened species and their habitats.’ Federal court throws out two key permits for Atlantic Coast Pipeline 5 previously unknown coral reefs are discovered in Mexico Scientists are now asking for the reefs to be legally protected from drilling and development, stating that the reefs are a key component in the marine food chain and an oasis for ocean species fleeing warming water temperatures.
AFCON 2019 COUNTDOWNFemi Solaja13 years after Super Eagles trained at the famous Ismailia Stadium before moving to Port Said for the group stage of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations tournament, the three-time African champions returned to base yesterday morning and conducted their first session in the Egyptian city. In 2006, Nigeria was grouped alongside Black Stars of Ghana, Warriors of Zimbabwe and Teranga Lions of Senegal whom Eagles will play in their last friendly this weekend before the kick off of AFCON 2019.Interestingly, Nigeria topped the group ahead of Senegal whom they later eliminated in the third placed match in Cairo.Early hours of yesterday, the John Mikel Obi-led squad was received at the Cairo airport by Nigeria’s Foreign Mission in Egypt led by Emmanuel Oguntoyi (Minister at the Embassy of Nigeria, Cairo) and Muhammed Tukur Garba (Administrative Attaché) who represented the Nigerian Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt.Later in the evening, Eagles had their first training session at the pitch located within the premises of their Hotel Mercure.According to Eagles programme during the one-week stay before moving to Alexandria, a number of technical and tactical sessions are scheduled for the team before going up against Senegal’s Teranga Lions on Sunday evening.At a friendly game at The Hive in London in March 2017 (the most recent of the 21 encounters between the two nations), both teams settled for a 1-1 draw, with Moussa Sow putting the Lions ahead nine minutes into the second half before Kelechi Iheanacho tied the game from the penalty spot with only nine minutes to go.Incidentally, the Leicester City man was one of the two players dropped from Nigeria’s final AFCON 2019 squad.Super Eagles are up against Burundi’s Itamba Ru Mugamba, Guinea’s Syli Nationale and Madagascar’s Barea in Group B of the 32nd Africa Cup of Nations, with Alexandria as venue for the first game.Nigeria’s only match at the city that is surrounded by water was the 0-1 semi final loss to Côte d’Ivoire in the 2006 edition. Didier Drogba scored the lone goal in the early minutes of the restart.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram