Shut down order costs conservation organization Huron Pines $900,000

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Non-profit organizations are also being hurt by the governor’s executive order. Huron Pines, a conservation group here in Northern Michigan, has lost $900,000 in grant funds. This group focuses on maintaining and improving natural resources in our area, such as the Emily Min Hunt Nature Preserve in Alpena.The grant money was coming from discretionary funds provided by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Complications from the COVID–19 pandemic caused those funds to be relocated. Executive Director Brad Jensen says these funds make up about one third of their on-the-ground budget. “We have a long-time, wonderful partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, but losing out on that funding for this year really impacts us in terms of both planning right now and implementation of those projects later in the year,” he said.While many people realize protecting our natural resources, Jensen added that not many think about how deep of an impact conservation has on the economy in our area. “There’s a lot of people who really care about natural resources in terms of the tourism benefit that it has, our own recreation, but we lose sight of all the jobs that are tied up in resource management in Northern Michigan,” he said.In order to help deal with the lost funds, Huron Pines is asking the public for donations. To contribute, you can visit Huronpines.org/donate.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Huron Pines, Michigan DNRContinue ReadingPrevious Daily COVID-19 update 4-20-20Next Guidelines for PPE on mental health workerslast_img read more

Injuries stand in the way of Egypt’s AFCON hopes

first_imgAction in the group stage match, Egypt versus Uganda 10pm: Egypt vs Burkina Faso – Weary Pharoash seek another semi-final triumphLibreville, Gabon | AFP | Weariness will worry Egypt as they seek to extend an Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals winning streak to six matches by beating Burkina Faso in Libreville Wednesday.Surprise survivors Burkina Faso overcame Tunisia in the first quarter-final last Saturday evening, more than 24 hours before Egypt edged Morocco in the last.Many pundits believe this could give the west Africans an advantage at Stade de l’Amitie in the Gabonese capital, especially if the match went to extra time.Argentina-born Egypt coach Hector Cuper admitted he was concerned about the shorter recovery time his team have compared to Burkina Faso.“It is not an ideal situation, but we have no choice but to adapt,” said the greying 61-year-old former Valencia and Inter Millan manager.“The players will be given time to rehabilitate and hopefully they will be ready come Wednesday night.”A calf injury rules out Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny and striker Marwan Mohsen is a doubtful starter owing to a knee problem.Despite the disadvantages, record seven-time African champions Egypt will be expected to continue a remarkably successful semi-finals run spanning 31 years.The Pharaohs eliminated Morocco (1986), Burkina Faso (1998), Senegal (2006), the Ivory Coast (2008) and Algeria (2010) to reach finals, all of which they won.Egypt have reserved some of their finest performances for the last-four stage, thrashing Didier Drogba-led Ivory Coast 4-1 in Ghana and Algeria 4-0 in Angola.A wide winning margin against the Burkinabe Stallions is unlikely, however, as Egypt have clawed rather than cruised past opponents in Gabon.Following a 0-0 draw with Mali, they achieved three consecutive 1-0 victories against Uganda, 2015 runners-up Ghana and Herve Renard-coached Morocco.– Rock solid defence – While scoring only three goals — an average of one every 120 minutes — must trouble Cuper, his team are the only one not to concede a goal in this tournament.Much credit for that goes to goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who turned 44 this month and became the oldest footballer to play at a Cup of Nations.“He is first on to the training field and the last to leave,” said Cuper in admiration of an Egyptian chasing a fifth Cup of Nations winners’ medal.El Hadary was part of the squad that went to Burkina Faso 19 years ago, and beat the hosts 2-0 in the semi-finals en route to lifting the trophy.Morocco did give the veteran shot-stopper moments of severe anxiety from crosses — a fact that will not have gone unnoticed by Burkina Faso coach Paulo Duarte.Given the outstanding semi-finals record of Egypt, the Portuguese handler studiously avoided making any gung-ho predictions.“We dream of doing better than in 2013,” he said, referring to the 1-0 final defeat by Nigeria in South Africa after a giant-killing run.“My team is capable of producing fantastic football. There is quality and confidence among the boys.”Like Egypt, Burkina Faso enter the semi-finals boasting an unbeaten record after victories over Guinea-Bissau and Tunisia and draws against Cameroon and Gabon.Goalkeeper Herve Koffi, 24 years younger than El Hadary, has conceded two goals, but none from open play.Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo beat him with a free-kick and 2015 African Footballer of the Year and Gabon captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang converted a penalty.In front of Koffi, Burkina Faso have an experienced ‘spine’ in Bakary Kone, captain Charles Kabore, Prejuce Nakoulma and supersub Aristide Bance.Cameroon and Ghana, both four-time African champions, meet Thursday in the second semi-final in southeastern city Franceville.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Serena beats Sharapova in French final

first_imgby Steven WinePARIS (AP) — Two hours before her French Open final, Serena Williams practiced on center court, the stands deserted as she whacked one winner after another to the distant sounds of a brass band playing on the plaza.When the music stopped, the seats filled and the match began, Williams went on defense, relentlessly chasing down one shot after another to defeat familiar foil Maria Sharapova. With a 6-4, 6-4 victory, the No. 1-ranked Williams won her first French Open championship since 2002.“Eleven years,” Williams said in French during the trophy ceremony. “I think it’s unbelievable. Now I have 16 Grand Slam titles. It’s difficult for me to speak because I’m so excited.”Then the national anthem played for the first American singles champion at Roland Garros since Williams’ previous title.Williams whacked 10 aces, including three in the final game, and the last came on match point at 123 mph — her hardest serve of the day. She then sank to her knees, screamed at the sky and buried her face in the clay.The victory completed her rebound from a shocking loss to 111th-ranked Virginie Razzano in the first round at the French Open a year ago. Since that defeat she’s 74-3, including titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the London Olympics and the season-ending WTA Championships.Both finalists swung with their typical aggressiveness from the baseline, but Williams’ superior serve and defense proved the difference. She silently ran side to side whipping groundstrokes with little apparent strain, while Sharapova often found herself lunging after the ball to stay in the point, with each shot accompanied by her familiar shriek.When Williams once summoned a grunt herself to match Sharapova’s volume and pound a winner, the crowd responded with a laugh.Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by winning Roland Garros last year, but she’s still looking for a breakthrough against Williams, who has won their past 13 meetings since 2004.“I played a great tournament and I ran into a really tough champion today,” Sharapova said.Lately Williams beats everyone. She extended her career-best winning streak to 31 matches.At 31, she became the oldest woman to win a major title since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1990 at age 33. Her 11-year gap between Roland Garros titles is the longest for any woman.Williams, who has a home in Paris, is already thinking about winning again next year.“I love Paris,” she said. “I spend a lot of time here. I live here. I practice here. I think I am a Parisian.”Williams also congratulated Sharapova during the ceremony. Serena Williams of the U.S. holds the trophy after defeating Russia’s Maria Sharapova in two sets 6-4, 6-4, in the women’s final of the French Open tennis tournament, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday June 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)last_img read more