License hikers to pay for rescues, trails

first_imgThe May 27 article [“Forest rangers: Searches highlight staffing needs”] by Stephen Williams documents the disturbing number of rescues our forest rangers and others are required to perform in both the Adirondack and Catskill parks. Most of these rescues are, as Mr. Williams notes, the result of poorly prepared hikers. These people are a hazard to themselves and to others. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion In 1949 (I think), New York recognized the need to make hunting safer, and hunter education was required before a new hunter could purchase a hunting license. The program has been responsible for a significant reduction in injuries associated with hunting. The courses I teach are appropriately focused on firearms safety. But about one-third of the instruction deals with personal safety in the field. We teach compass- and map interpretation, some first aid, and stress-planning for the hunt by gathering weather reports and selecting appropriate clothing. We expect students to learn about where they plan to hunt and what to do if you become disoriented.I believe that people who walk into the forest in our great wilderness parks should be similarly trained, tested and licensed. I’m certain that mandatory orientation and survival training will significantly reduce the number of rescues the state Department of Environmental Conservation staff are required to perform. License fees could be earmarked for additional forest rangers, the hiker training program, and maintenance of trails and parking areas. Hikers, rock and ice climbers, birders, backcountry skiers and other non-motorized users have had a free ride for more than a century. I think it’s time for them to step up and pay their fair share.Art HenningsonScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: South Africa register first win with crushing win over Afghanistan

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Afghanistan were putting up a good fight in the initial phases of the ICC Cricket World Cup clash against South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday. However, a disastrous collapse of 6/21 in the middle overs, primarily due to Chris Morris’ 3/13 and Imran Tahir’s 4/29 saw Afghanistan lose their way. A total of 125 was never going to challenge the Proteas and a solid 68 from Quinton de Kock ensured South Africa had registered their first win in the tournament in emphatic fashion as they finally got going. For Afghanistan, it was yet again a case of making a bright start but losing their way completely towards the end. With so much of rain in the last couple of days, South Africa had no hesitation in bowling after they won the toss. However, much to their surprise, the Afghanistan openers put up a solid display against the pace of Kagiso Rabada and Beuran Hendricks. Hazratullah Zazai and Noor Ali Zadran scored at a strike-rate of over 100 before a short rain break broke their momentum. Following the rain delay, Rabada got rid of Zazai and Rahmat Shah’s struggles ended when he was trapped in front by Morris for a 22-ball six. Noor Ali held firm before the second rain delay, which lasted for an hour, resulted in the game being curtailed to 48 overs. However, this time the rain had a massive impact on Afghanistan’s progress as they collapsed sensationally. Immediately after the resumption, Andile Phehlukwayo got rid of Hashmatullah Shahidi while Imran Tahir struck twice, removing Noor Ali Zadran for 32 and Asghar Afghan for 0. Phehlukwayo struck again by removing Mohammad Nabi and when Tahir sent back skipper Gulbadin Naib, Afghanistan were in real danger of not reaching 100. However, Rashid Khan’s entertaining cameo ensured Afghanistan could at least get past three figures.  Rashid got going with two boundaries off Rabada and he regularly found the boundaries as Afghanistan aimed to get past 150. After hitting two more fours off Tahir, Rashid perished for 35 off 25 balls and Morris wrapped up the tail to bowl Afghanistan out for 125. In response, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock started slowly as they looked to negotiate the early swing and bounce on offer with the new ball. After negotiating the first powerplay in which only 35 runs were scored in the first 10 overs, Amla and de Kock opened up and played more aggressively. De Kock reached his fifty with a couple of fours off Rashid while Amla also looked in solid touch. Although Naib got the wicket of de Kock for 68, it did little to derail South Africa as they coasted to victory and register an emphatic win in a crucial stage of the tournament. highlightscenter_img South Africa registered their first win of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.Imran Tahir took four wickets for South Africa.Afghanistan has lost all matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.last_img read more