Switchback Results: Wild Horses and Spandex

first_imgIllustration by Wade MickleyShould wild horses be removed from Assateague Island?Yes: 1%The horses are not native to the islands and are suffering. They might seem like beautiful wild ponies, but in fact, they are non-native, feral horses brought over to the islands in the last century. Many have diseases, worms, and malnutrition. They’re also competing with native creatures for limited island resources. Many die getting stuck in marsh mud. And they’re destroying the marsh grasses and the sea oats along the dunes. For the sake of the horses’ health (and the island’s), their numbers should be reduced to a small demonstration herd. —Karen Tiemeyer, Mt. Laurel, N.J.No: 99%The wild ponies are as iconic to Assateague as the dunes and the lighthouses. They should not be removed. If the health of the ponies or size of the herd is of concern, then appropriate wildlife management practices should be considered. To remove the ponies would be a national tragedy. —Kristina Plaas, Knoxville, Tenn.Removing them from their homes will disrupt family units, cause undue stress to the horses, cost taxpayers money that can better be utilized somewhere else, create situations of homeless, unwanted horses that will be vulnerable to abuse and sale to slaughterhouses. —Emily Pompei, Hampton, Va. Those ponies have been there longer than most of us have been around. They are part of the region’s heritage and should be left alone. People have been culling the herds for generations and that should continue to keep the ponies from overrunning the islands and stay healthy.  —Kent Clow, Bellvue, Neb.The horses were there before man decided to take over the island. They are as much a part of it as the swamps and trees and grass and foliage and ocean. They must not be removed from the islands. —Gail Jordan, Washington, D.C. Spandex: Cool or Not Cool?Cool: 37%Spandex is cool—when covered up. It functions well as a material and feels good on the skin, but I’m glad that folks aren’t walking around at the crag anymore wearing their lycra tights. In the late 1980s, some of us climbers wore them as a fashion statement. Now I realize it’s much better to express that with your chalkbag, and not something that reveals the furniture placed in the front room. —Lynn Willis, Blowing Rock, N.C.Have you tried spending all day on a bike without it? Maybe it happened the day I said “I do,” or maybe it happened the day I turned 39, but at some point, self-preservation started winning out over cool. —Lisa Mattson, via e-mail 1 2last_img read more

LNG Fuel Tank for TSHD Ecodelta on Its Way to Barkmeijer Shipyard

first_imgImage source: CryonormCryonorm BV said in their latest release that the LNG fuel tank for Van der Kamp’s new trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Ecodelta is on the move and heading for Barkmeijer Shipyard in Stroobos, the Netherlands.Cryonorm, the Alphen aan den Rijn based company, develops, designs and manufactures cryogenic vaporizers, small scale systems and plants for Air Gases and LNG.The 325m³ LNG storage tank is completed with the tank connection space holding both vaporizers and all required valves and safeties.“With a total weight of 88t, diameter of 7.4m and overall length of nearly 12m this transport asks for quite some special arrangements,” the company said.The newbuild, scheduled for delivery in late 2018, will be one of few LNG-powered dredgers in operation around the globe.Despite being in the early stage of construction, the Zwolle-based dredging company has already won the first contract for the newbuild.According to Van der Kamp, under the agreement signed last year, the TSHD will be responsible for keeping Rotterdam’s port basins at the correct depth until 2023.[mappress mapid=”24675″]last_img read more

Betfred activates Super League sponsorship with JDG Sport

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 UK independent bookmaker Betfred has hired sports media agency JDG Sport to help optimise its title sponsorship of rugby league’s ‘2017 Super League’ season (start date 9 February).JDG, a content marketing specialist, will promote Betfred as title sponsor and best bookmaker for UK Rugby League. The partnership sees Betfred take up significant coverage on JDG’s loverugbyleague.com portal, the UK’s biggest rugby league news and information website.Betfred marketing detailed that JDG deep knowledge of the sport was needed in order to boost activation of its ‘Betfred’s Super League’ sponsorship, one of the bookmaker’s biggest marketing initiatives.Gemma Strath, Group Head of Marketing at Betfred, commented on the partnership: “Love Rugby League have been engaging with Rugby League fans for many years and as such, it made perfect sense for us to work together in this our inaugural year as Super League sponsors. Doing so allows us to get closer to fans of the sport and build strong relationships moving forward.” JDG Sport MD James Gordon backed Betfred as partner: “From our first meeting, we recognised there were some great opportunities and, with both companies being based in Warrington, it lends itself well to a positive and developing working relationship. We cannot wait for the new rugby league season with such a great partner on board, whose input will allow our great team of journalists led by John Davidson in continuing to deliver exclusive news and feature content.” Submit Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Betfred boosts US racing coverage with XB Net deal renewal August 10, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020last_img read more