“It is desperately sad that so much of our country’s wildlife has been lost since Kenneth Grahame wrote his wonderful book The Wind in the Willows. Of all the characters in the book it is hard to know whose descendants have suffered the most. Water Voles, Toads and Badger’s friends in the book, Hedgehogs, have all seen catastrophic declines.“I am backing The Wildlife Trusts’ campaign to rally people to secure a ‘wilder future’ by restoring large areas of wildlife habitat, in city and country. What we create may not look exactly like the countryside that Kenneth Grahame drew such inspiration from, but our wildlife won’t mind just so long as it has the places it needs to live and thrive.“As a society we know how to put meanders back into straightened rivers and how to build bridges for wildlife. We know which wild places we should be protecting and expanding. But we need ambitious new laws to ensure we do this, laws that ensure we map out nature’s recovery. Meanwhile we can all make a practical difference. Together we can make the next chapter for wildlife a happier one.” 383 total views, 5 views today Celebrities join forces in film trailer for new Wildlife Trusts campaign Currently there is no legislation to help nature recover, and The Wildlife Trusts aims to build support for strong environmental laws and for a Nature Recovery Network.The charity hopes that the trailer will inspire people to help by nature by contacting politicians to call for strong environmental laws to help nature recover, creating new homes for wildlife in their garden or local area, and checking out the events and volunteering opportunities at local Wildlife Trusts. Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry, Catherine Tate, Alison Steadman and Asim Chaudhry are supporting a new campaign from The Wildlife Trusts that calls for more help to restore nature.The Wildlife Trusts #WilderFuture campaign launches today (28 March) and will see an animated film trailer starring Wind in the Willows characters Mole, Ratty, Badger and Toad play across 500 cinemas in the UK for the next week. The film is also being released on social media, and is available for viewing on the charity’s site.The trailer shows how the lives of Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad are disrupted by roads, river pollution and intensive agriculture, and calls people to join the campaign by committing to play their part in nature’s recovery. [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=JZYcoeqzxVI[/youtube] Melanie May | 28 March 2019 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Tagged with: Celebrity Volunteering Stephanie Hilborne, CEO of The Wildlife Trusts, said:“We are a nation of nature-lovers, yet we live in one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world. If we want to put nature into recovery we have to create a mass movement of people calling for change. Our film is a sad version of The Wind in the Willows – showing how Ratty and Toad have hit the buffers – but it ends with a message of real hope. It’s not too late to create strong laws which will help our wildlife make a comeback – and it’s not too late to establish a Nature Recovery Network which will enable us to plan a wilder future.”Sir David Attenborough (c) The Wildlife TrustsPresident Emeritus of The Wildlife Trusts and narrator of the film trailer, Sir David Attenborough added: Advertisement 384 total views, 6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.
by: Henry MeierAs early as this week, New York is expected to take its next big step toward legalizing the distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. Its Department of Health is expected to announce the five companies that will be responsible for producing and distributing cannabis throughout the State. These five entities will be authorized to establish up to four “dispensing facilities,” meaning that if all goes according to plan, on January 5, 2016, qualified ailing New Yorkers will be able to purchase and use cannabis.Regardless of whether you think medical marijuana is the greatest wonder drug since penicillin or that legalizing drugs will unleash refer madness across the state, New York is entering into a legal haze, which is unlikely to clear any time in the near future. Most importantly, cannabis remains illegal as a matter of federal law. This has several implications for states such as New York that have legalized marijuana. Most importantly, as I’ve discussed in previous blogs, credit unions are still responsible for filing Suspicious Activity Reports (SARS) on institutions with accounts that engage in the business of legally selling marijuana pursuant to state law. The Department of Justice and FinCEN have issued guidance authorizing credit unions and banks to issue so-called “marijuana limited SAR filings.”The basic idea is that the Department of Justice and FinCEN will not prosecute certain types of legal marijuana businesses so long as they do not, among other things: distribute marijuana to minors; facilitate distribution of drug money to criminal gangs, facilitate the distribution of marijuana to states where it is not legal; use legal marijuana sales as a pretext to sell illegal drugs; or aid in the growing of marijuana on public land where it poses public safety or environmental risk. Institutions that choose to help legal marijuana dispensaries take on a huge oversight responsibility. They will have to have the ability to monitor these companies on an ongoing basis to make sure that they are complying with the federal government’s criteria. The amount of paper work and staff is enough to prevent all but the largest institutions from aiding these organizations. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Tim Howard says he will retire following 2019 MLS season “A new coaching change brings that energy and spark and similarly it does that here with the national team,” Roldan said. “But people have a whole new aspect to the national team, people look at it differently.”The scale of the Sounders’ comeback reached a large audience. However, now the world is watching what Berhalter and company will do over the next two weeks – first Sunday in Arizona against Panama and then next week in California vs. Costa Rica.“In a way it’s very similar but also drastically different,” Roldan said.During the 2016 season, the Sounders and coach Sigi Schmid parted ways. Brian Schmetzer, who served as Schmid’s assistant, took over and revived the team, leading it all the way to its first MLS Cup championship. The team and Schmetzer returned to the final in 2017 but lost.The Sounders bought in and found success. Now, the USMNT is working on doing the same thing.“It’s a brand new team, brand new team,” Roldan emphasized, “and obviously with a new set of guys comes change. With the coaching change as well, it brings a whole different aspect and a whole different mindset to the players coming in.”Everybody’s bought it and that’s really important because if one or two players on the field aren’t bought in, it doesn’t help the team. So in that way, the system I think suits me because I’m able to – I’m not the fastest or the strongest guy – but if I can play my part and be a smart player on the field, then I’ll help the guys next to me.”Roldan, 23, is one of only a handful of players with more than five caps and has become a leader on a very young roster working to make an impact while learning a new system. PHOENIX — Cristian Roldan has been through this before.In 2015 – his first season with the Sounders, who were fresh off a U.S. Open Cup victory and winning the Supporters’ Shield – Seattle finished fourth in its conference and sixth overall. It was some of the Sounders’ lowest finishes since they began play in 2009. A season later they won MLS Cup 2016 after a coaching change midseason.But, this isn’t a comeback story. Well, in a sense it is, but this is more about maneuvering change and how Roldan and the rest of the U.S. Men’s National Team are adapting to it as they gear up for the first match under new manager Gregg Berhalter and a new system. Related News The way Roldan sees it, he’s just here to do his part.“This system will help us long term,” Roldan said. “It’s a style of play that will bring the team together, and it’ll help us succeed with the 11 players on the field. It just simplifies the game, so if I can play the system and play it well and do my part, it’s going to help the team going forward.”Kickoff between the U.S. and Panama is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. The match will be televised by ESPN2.