Pisgah National Forest will begin reopening trails and roads and lifting restrictions on dispersed camping

first_imgFor a complete list of trails, roads, and recreation areas that are reopening please visit www.fs.usda.gov/goto/pisgahreopenings. The few roads that remain closed are only closed to motorized vehicles, non-motorized use is allowed.  Restrictions on dispersed camping will be lifted for the entire Appalachian Ranger District. Dispersed camping restrictions will also be lifted for the Grandfather Ranger District with the exception of overnight camping within the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area on the weekends, which requires a permit. For the month of May, the Forest Service will not be issuing these permits. Dispersed camping restrictions remain in place for the Pisgah Ranger District. These decisions were made in coordination with county and local partners to ensure the safety of the public and employees. Visitors can expect restrooms to remain closed and trash services to continue to be suspended. Please pack out what you pack in and remember to use Leave No Trace Principles. Forest Service staff will continue to perform risk assessments to determine which recreation areas can resume operations in accordance with county and local partners and current public health guidance. The Forest Service’s highest priority is ensuring the safety of the public and their employees while supporting mission-critical functions. Please review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention along with local and state guidelines for social distancing and cloth face coverings. For additional information please contact the Appalachian Ranger District at (828) 689-9694; Grandfather Ranger District at (828) 652-2144; Pisgah Ranger District at (828) 877-3265; Supervisor’s Office at (828) 257-4200. The Pisgah National Forest began to reopen many trails and roads and partially lift restrictions for dispersed camping May 14, using a site-by-site approach, including assessment of facility cleanliness, maintenance status, and health and safety of recreation areas. Facilities and services may remain limited at some sites. Popular recreation areas that reopened include, but are not limited to: Follow the National Forests in North Carolina on Facebook (www.facebook.com/nfsnc) or Twitter (twitter.com/NFsNCarolina) for more news and features.center_img Catawba Falls, TR 225Brown Mountain Off Highway Vehicle AreaBlack Balsam Road, FSR 816, and associated trailsBent Creek Road, FSR 479 and most trails and trailheadslast_img read more

Call to review teen abortion law

first_imgStuff co.nz 26 April 2015Young pregnant teens don’t have the mental maturity to understand the implications of an abortion, new research suggests.Parents should be involved in the abortion decision, rather than giving all girls, no matter what their age, the right to consent, Otago University masters law student Michael Morrison said.The current “clumsy” legislation that allows teens to chose to have an abortion without their parent’s permission is outdated and should be repealed, he said.“We’re relying on an ancient piece of legislation.”Morrison’s law and ethics essay, which argues this case, has won second place in an international academic writing competition.The paper has been published in the latest edition of the Asian Bioethics Review.In New Zealand children aged under 16 generally need their parent’s permission to undergo medical procedures, except when it comes to abortions.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/68052527/Call-to-review-teen-abortion-lawREAD THE REPORTlast_img read more

Alumna founds program for kids with hearing loss

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Michelle ChristieHelping hand · Executive Director Michelle Christie and No Limits has helped students with hearing impairment attend college.In the summer of 1996, USC alumna Michelle Christie noticed that children who suffered from hearing loss had few avenues to improve their speaking abilities. To combat this issue, Christie founded No Limits for Deaf Children, a program that would help these kids develop their skills and be successful at school. Through this after-school theater program — the only one of its kind in the United States, according to Christie — the kids were able to develop their communication skills through role-playing and character development.Building on her work helping children with hearing loss, Christie was selected as a 2017 CNN Hero earlier this month. The award aims to recognize “everyday people changing the world,” according to the CNN website. “There are so many other people out there who are just as deserving, so it just feels very humbling,” Christie said. “I don’t know how to describe it — it’s an honor definitely. There are so many wonderful people in this world, and I think sometimes being a part of a nonprofit you can meet so many great people who are really giving back to the world.”Christie, currently the executive director of No Limits, graduated from the John Tracy Clinic Program and later earned her a doctorate in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. No Limits has produced over 100 shows and reached over 200,000 people total since its recent production, Silent NO MORE, which was performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City.“It’s like this little dream has become bigger than I even imagined,” Christie said. “What’s wonderful is that other people are sharing it so it’s not my dream anymore. It’s a dream for all the families and all the people who are a part of it, from volunteers to our staff to our board members to our community, we are all part of the dream now.”Silent NO MORE aims for people to understand what children with hearing loss experience by telling individual monologues about their lives. Its creators want to hear what members of the Deaf community are thinking so they can have a discussion and help No Limits make a difference in their lives.“We have people who only believe in sign language, and some of the kids who are cast members on stage speak and sign,” Christie said. “Some might disagree with that, but we can discuss it and see what we can do to bridge the different philosophies and work together to help all children with hearing loss. It doesn’t matter if they speak or use signs or do both — we want to do whatever we can to help these children succeed in school and life.” While Christie was working in a classroom at the John Tracy Clinic in 1996, she wanted to build the confidence of the children who she was working with by helping them overcome their shyness and develop their communication skills. Christie started the first theater program during that summer in Los Angeles. The kids performed on stage for the first time, and according to Christie, it was amazing to watch their growth. Christie said that as a shy kid during her own childhood, she took to theater to build her confidence, literacy and public speaking skills. She said theater helped her mature and grow as a person.“I think my background in theater was something that I always thought would be helpful as a teacher,” Christie said. “So when I was working with John, my first student, I was able to, as a speech teacher, bring in props and costumes to act things out so he could understand it, and I could see the results instantaneously.” When Christie traveled across different cities to reach out to communities with hearing loss, she noticed that parents were struggling with the cost and of speech therapy and other after-school programs for their children. Christie wanted to help the children who came from low-income families and give them an opportunity to receive the services that they needed. To meet this need, she founded the No Limits Educational Center in Culver City in 2002, where children go three times a week and receive individual attention in speech therapy, literacy, academic tutoring and other services. Center members nurture the kids throughout their school year and also have weekly education classes where they invite deaf role models to speak about their experiences.“It’s just a wonderful opportunity for these families who really don’t have access to a lot of resources to be able to have their child develop skills that they need to succeed in school and in life,” Christie said. “I am very excited about what we have been able to accomplish in the sense of allowing these kids to know that they can go to college one day.” No Limits has two other educational centers — one that opened in Las Vegas in 2013 and the other more recently in Oxnard, Calif. The organization creates a college-going culture at its educational centers and also holds graduation ceremonies for the children while involving their parents and talking to them about college. Children from No Limits have been able to enroll in colleges and graduate — and Christie said seeing their growth has been rewarding.Different kids enroll every summer for the No Limits theater programs while the educational centers run throughout the school year. Every parent is involved in their child’s progress throughout their time at No Limits, and they also attend weekly parent classes every Saturday.“They don’t drop off their child and leave — they actually stay and are a part of all the lessons,” Christie said. “During the weekly parent classes, we educate them about their rights, teach them advocacy skills, have them meet with other deaf adults and role models. It is a wonderful opportunity for them to know what they could do at home to work with their child.”Clarification: A previous version referred to the Deaf community as the “deaf community.” The Deaf community signifies those who use sign language.last_img read more

Maximum Impact… GambleAware launches advisory to support UK marketing initiatives

first_img Related Articles Share YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Industry charity GambleAware has detailed further insight related to the make-up of its marketing advisory board.On Monday, GambleAware governance confirmed the appointment of M&C Saatchi as creative lead for its upcoming UK multi-media ‘Safer Gambling Campaign’.Further to the appointment of M&C Saatchi, GambleAware confirmed that it had developed a new advisory board to oversee the progress and impact of its UK marketing initiatives.For its upcoming Safer Gambling Campaign, GambleAware governance seeks to broaden the public understanding of gambling-related harm as a health issue.Furthermore, the campaign seeks to enhance harm-prevention supports for the young and most vulnerable consumers of gambling services.Updating the market, GambleAware has disclosed the five members of its Safer Gambling marketing advisory:Professor Sian Griffiths, GambleAware Trustee and Deputy Chair, Public Health England (Interim)Sheila Mitchell, Marketing Director, Public Health EnglandTeresa Owen, Executive Director of Public Health, The Betsi Cadwaladr University Health BoardDr Crawford Moodie, Senior Research Fellow in Institute for Social Marketing, University of StirlingGerda Reith, Professor of Sociology in the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of GlasgowGambleAware’s marketing advisory will be further supported by observers from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Gambling Commission and Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, the Advertising Association, the Senet Group and commercial Broadcasters.last_img read more