After lockdown, Australians seek to learn survival skills in the bush

first_imgThe interest in the course comes as Australia loosens its lockdown laws after months of restrictions that saw runs on supermarket staples, and many Sydney dwellers cooped up at home. Now beaches are reopening and pubs in Sydney are allowed to accept ten patrons for meals.”I’ve been caught up with that supermarket mayhem. I didn’t realize how entrenched I was in that,” course participant George Hamza said. Hamza is one of 11 participants taking part in a three-day intermediate course near Ku-ring-gai National Park, Ingleside, north of Sydney.”Coming out here and spending a few days here and removing myself from that, I’m feeling like I’m detoxing a little from that sphere of the world,” he said Topics : “The more knowledge you have… it actually gives you a sense of confidence and then you can make better informed decisions.”Course participants learn how to erect a shelter, build a fire, solar and celestial navigation, forage for edible plants, some within a timed environment designed to emulate the stress of a real survival situation.”They’ve got a timed period to make a fire using the procedure that we’ve given them because it makes it efficient. They may have to light a fire to signal for help, to boil water to give to a person that’s suffering from hypothermia,” Dedman said.”The other thing is that the timed deliverables gives an element of stress and in a survival situation you’re going to be very, very stressed.”center_img Learning Australian bush survival skills is becoming popular as city folk turn to nature with the easing of the coronavirus lockdown, organizers of a course outside Sydney said.The Bushcraft course teaches basic survival skills like foraging for food and water, and also offers insight into traditional indigenous cultures. The course filled up soon after the lockdown began to be eased late last month, and there is a lot of demand, the organizers said.”A lot of people come to learn self discipline. How to organize themselves and organize themselves in a natural environment,” said instructor Gordon Dedman at Bushcraft Survival Australia, who is a former army commando.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Budget Update Remarks

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Budget Update Remarks December 19, 2015center_img Remarks Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf gave the following budget update. Remarks as prepared:“We still have a budget plan. It is a compromise and it is the product of a lot of good people working across the aisle to get it done.“This is not over. We still need a budget. And we need it now. The Senate Republicans led on this – but it was a bi-partisan effort. They delivered a budget –full year budget – that made wise investments in our schools and that was truly balanced.“We cannot slide back on our commitment to our schools. We cannot slide back on our commitment to a truly balanced budget. We cannot slide back on our commitment to a full year budget. Let me be clear. A stop gap is not the answer. We need a full year budget.“Let’s get back to work. All of us. Let’s get this done now.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Martinez: Keane comments ‘nonsense’

first_img McCarthy was sent home from international duty without playing a match after the Republic’s medical team decided not to risk the midfielder’s hamstring problem. Left-back Leighton Baines sustained a similar injury on England duty, and he and McCarthy are both doubts for Saturday’s visit of West Ham. “James picked up a grade-one hamstring injury against Sunderland and we are assessing him, but we have a bit more time than with Leighton in that we have an extra seven days but we will see how he recovers,” added Martinez, who said Baines was “touch and go” for the weekend, with midfielder Gareth Barry highly unlikely to feature after injuring ankle ligaments at Sunderland. The Republic of Ireland assistant boss claimed midfielder James McCarthy and team-mate Seamus Coleman were put under pressure by Everton to protect themselves on international duty and that the Toffees always gave the impression players were “barely able to walk”. Martinez rejected the accusations and said nothing was further from the truth. “It is completely nonsense. We have a good relationship with (Republic manager) Martin O’Neill and we keep in touch frequently and share information,” the Toffees boss said. “We are always very proud when our players represent their countries, and the record shows that. “Every player at our club is desperately proud to represent their countries. “A lot has been said – a lot is nonsense. The reality is the conversation between managers of the associations and ourselves has been good and will continue to be. “The only thing I care about is the players, and we had four players in the Republic of Ireland squad who are incredible characters who just love to play for their country. “It is disappinting when you see some ‘news’ that could put that in doubt. “All the fans in the Republic of Ireland and other nations should know these players will give their lives to represent their countries and that is something we are very proud of. “Seamus, Darron (Gibson), James and Aiden (McGeady) have been extreme professionals and that is something we will carry on seeing.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez has dismissed as “nonsense” Roy Keane’s suggestion the club over-state players’ injuries before they report for international duty. Press Associationlast_img read more