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Top Adventure Towns 2020

first_imgPick some apples and watch the sunset from Carter Mountain, ride the rooty network of singletrack at Walnut Creek Park, and explore the beautiful scenery around Ragged Mountain and Ivy Creek natural areas.  From hiking and climbing to whitewater rafting and hang gliding, Chattanooga is surrounded by waterways and forests to explore. Choose from a variety of adventures on the Tennessee River, from standup paddleboarding through downtown to kayaking through the towering cliffs of the gorge. Pack in a full day at Lookout Mountain, including a trip to the tallest and deepest underground waterfall open to the public, views of seven states, and one of the world’s steepest passenger railways. Fifteen minutes from downtown, Raccoon Mountain features 30 miles of intermediate and advanced singletrack filled with technical obstacles.  With that in mind, we asked our readers to select the region’s best adventure hubs in our 10th annual Top Adventure Towns contest, which featured 100 towns across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast competing for the title of best outdoor burg. Week by week, readers narrowed down the choices to pick their top tiny town (population less than 3,000), small-town (population 3,001-16,000), mid-sized town (population 16,001-75,000), and large town (population 75,001+).  Top Medium Town: Charlottesville, Va. (pop. 48,019) Top Tiny Town: Floyd, Va.(pop. 428) The Chattahoochee River runs right through Helen, Ga., providing endless opportunities for water play in the tiny mountain town. Raft, kayak, or tube sections of this scenic river, or ride Georgia’s first mountain coaster. Venture out farther to Unicoi State Park and the Chattahoochee National Forest for miles of mountain biking singletrack, hiking trails lined with waterfalls, and secluded spots for trout fishing. Anna Ruby Falls, a pair of towering, double waterfalls, are a must-see while you’re in the area.  Tucked away in southwest Virginia, Floyd combines the authentic feel of a quaint country town with a vibrant cultural scene in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “I feel like Floyd is a hidden gem,” said Floyd local Brittany Bonner. “It’s known for bluegrass music, art, and wineries, but there really is so much to do here as far as the outdoors.” To share the area’s adventure opportunities, Bonner and her husband opened Buffalo Mountain Adventures, which offers caving and climbing trips and driving tours of the area. “A lot of people come to Floyd, and they know there are options, but there’s nobody to really guide them,” she said.  The hike to Roaring Run Falls, just outside of Roanoke, Va., features a trout stream, natural waterslide, and rock walls. Photo by Sam Dean Photography–Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge Top Adventures When Matt and Leslie Evans saw property for sale on the French Broad River, they decided it would be the perfect place to open a paddling outfitter in Hendersonville, N.C. At the time, it was a relatively unused section of the river in comparison to stretches near Asheville and Brevard. That began to turn around in 2016 when the Evanses opened Lazy Otter Outfitters and the state started putting in public boat ramps. “We went from having almost no easy river access to having wonderful river access with multiple points,” Matt Evans said. “Even on a busy day, you can feel like you have Henderson County’s stretch of the river all to yourself.” The proposed Ecusta Trail, a 19-mile rail trail, is an exciting recreation opportunity in the works to connect parks, communities, and Pisgah National Forest.  Although 2020 was not the year we thought it would be, it offered many of us the opportunity to slow down and fully explore the mountains, waterways, and parks in our Blue Ridge backyards.   Woodstock, Ga. (pop. 32,234) Readers Pick This Year’s Best Outdoor Hubs Floyd, Va., offers a variety of backroad biking experiences, including Tour de Dirt in the fall. Photo by Tony Greatorex Top Small Town: Bedford, Va. (pop. 6,597) After traveling on the Blue Ridge Parkway as a kid, Micah Pick decided he wanted to live in a small town in the Blue Ridge one day. As a college student in Virginia, he would explore the area looking for places to hike. “I drove through Bedford and I said, ‘wow, this place is perfect.’ So I bought a house in town and I’ve been here for eight years,” Pick said. From his front door, he can hike Sharp Top Mountain and be back home in two hours.  Finalists Hendersonville, N.C. (pop. 15,166) Top Adventures Hot Springs, Va. (pop. 750) In the 24 years since starting as the Roanoke Valley Greenways coordinator, Liz Belcher has worked with a variety of government and nonprofit partners to build more than 30 miles of greenway across the valley. “What really makes Roanoke special in terms of being an adventure town is that no matter where you live, you can drive 15 minutes and get to a trail,” she said. “Or ride your bike for 15 minutes and get to a greenway. There are just so many close-to-home opportunities. We are really blessed with public lands.” The paved greenways link downtown and neighborhoods to popular recreation spots like Mill Mountain Park and Carvins Cove.  Hart and her husband own Blue Mountain Adventures, a public/private partnership with Explore Park to offer camping, shuttles, and gear for beginner and experienced adventurers. “[I] love where I live, which I guess is what has inspired me to be so committed to my small business project here,” Hart said. “It’s an opportunity to create, build, and be a part of something that I believe brings good to our community and promotes the outdoors for all.”   Featuring more than 250 waterfalls, Brevard, N.C., and the surrounding county boasts the highest concentration of waterfalls on the East Coast, from ledge-style falls to tumbling cascades. Demacy Monte-Parker, a yoga teacher at Brevard Yoga Center and Namaste in Nature, leads a hike and yoga session to Hooker Falls in Dupont State Forest. “We get the world from a different perspective because most of the time when we’re outside we’re not laying on our back and looking up,” she said. “I love allowing yourself to tune into the sounds around you and grounding down to the earth.”  For hiking, Hess recommends the Cascade Gorge Trail for views of several waterfalls and unusual plant life. Mountain bikers should try Deer Lick Trail for stunning views of the valley and challenging terrain or Fore Mountain for a thrilling 45-minute ride downhill.  With all of the water in the area, there are countless opportunities to cast a line or paddle. If you prefer to stay on land, the granite plutons provide an abundance of slick rock singletrack mountain biking trails and challenging climbing routes. Float or paddle the James and Roanoke rivers, hike the Appalachian Trail to Virginia’s Triple Crown, and mountain bike at Carvins Cove.  The Saunders-Monticello Trail in Charlottesville, Va., is a great way for the whole family to get outside. Photo by Sanjay Suchak Erin James and Seth Herman have noticed the increase, too. Since the couple opened High Tor Gear Exchange, they’ve worked with close to 1,500 consignors to resell outdoor apparel and gear. With two kids under the age of four, they said it’s a great town for outdoor families, noting a favorite activity is to pack a picnic and ride the Rivanna Trail to Darden Towe Park. “We could go somewhere different every weekend for a really long time,” James said. “It feels doable. There are a lot of ways to get outside that are within reach.”  An ever-growing network of trails encircles the city with a mixture of paved greenways and hand-built singletrack. Multiple parks along the Rivanna offer a variety of places to put in and take out a canoe or kayak. “When you paddle out of town on the Rivanna, you can see bald eagle, catch smallmouth bass, and enjoy some rapids,” Silver said. “It’s all right here.” Charlottesville’s location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge offers easy access to some of the region’s classic scenic gems. Just a half hour’s drive west you can reach the southern terminus of Shenandoah National Park and northern entrance of the Blue Ridge Parkway. But when Gabe and Sonya Silver decided to move back to Charlottesville, they wanted to help others tap into the adventure opportunities right in town. So six years ago, they opened Rivanna River Company, a paddling outfitter on the edge of the Rivanna River, right near downtown. “In terms of paddling, mountain biking, trail running, I don’t know that Charlottesville is on the top of everyone’s radar,” Gabe Silver said. “But all of that stuff is available in abundance around here.” Top Large Town: Roanoke, Va. (pop. 96,000) Having grown up in Roanoke, Holly Hart was shocked when she moved back in 2015 by the amount of recreation infrastructure development that had gone on during the few years she lived out west. “Roanoke is perfectly nestled in the valley of a chain of mountains, like it’s surrounding us with a hug,” she said. “We live in a beautiful valley and are fortunate enough to run into a mountain or a river most any direction you go.”    In a college town known for its wineries, breweries, and history, the outdoor recreation possibilities are attracting a growing number of visitors and locals. “Interest in the river had been on the rise even before we started,” Silver said. “Having an outfitter in town really put the river on the map as something to do. This year with COVID and quarantine, the lid has come off it. We saw pretty much double the use of the river than ever before this year.”  Boone, N.C. (pop. 17,100) With an increasing interest in the river from both locals and visitors, Sowers started On the Water in Floyd in 2008. Now, from fly fishing on nearby streams to cycling the rolling backroads, he’s seeing more visitors come to Floyd for the outdoor opportunities. “During the summer of the first year, we helped 100 people,” he said. “That was a big year. Now, we run 115 people a day [on a busy weekend].”Top Adventures Melissa Weddell moved to Boone for a job with Appalachian State University’s Recreation Management program. The past president of the Boone Area Cyclists said the eight miles of trail, four skills areas, and pump track at Rocky Knob Mountain Bike Park has become a go-to hangout spot for the community. “In the past 10 years, it’s changed our total dynamic,” Weddell said. “We’ve all worked together in the community to create different types of outdoor experiences based on comfort level.”  A chef and avid mountain biker, Justin Balmes has always been drawn to towns with a bustling food and outdoor scene. Woodstock provided the perfect blend of the two. “The green space of Woodstock is just gorgeous with phenomenal trails,” he said. “I can’t say enough good things about them.” Blankets Creek and Rope Mill feature miles of fast, flowy singletrack for mountain bikers of all abilities. Balmes’ favorite trails in town are Van Michael, Turbine, and Raceway. You can also walk miles of paved greenway along Noonday Creek or paddle to the parks and creeks off Allatoona Lake. Chattanooga, Tenn. (pop. 180,000) Finalists Fly through the trees at Buffalo Mountain Ziplines, one of the tallest and longest tree canopy tours in the area, and drive 40 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway, including a stop at Mabry Mill. For hikers visiting the area, Bonner recommends Buffalo Mountain Natural Area and Rock Castle Gorge for panoramic views of southwest Virginia.FinalistsHelen, Ga. (pop. 524) This year’s winners boast miles of nearby trails, summits, and serene waters, and hold communities passionately prioritizing access to the outdoors.  When he moved to Hot Springs for his job at the Omni Homestead Resort, John Hess quickly fell in love with the natural beauty of the area. “There are many, many mapped trails around that are not highly traveled,” he said. “I love that remote feeling when you go out and you don’t hear any traffic. It seems that everywhere you turn, there’s a gorgeous view right around the corner.”  Pick’s three children are also hooked on the outdoor opportunities Bedford presents. “Every day of the summer and every Saturday during the school year they say to me, ‘Dad, what’s going to be our adventure today?’ This year, my seven year old hiked up Sharp Top for the first time. It was like a rite of passage, and she was so proud of herself,” Pick said. Although paved trails take a lot of time and money to implement, local residents have come to expect the greenways as everyday amenities. “It has just become part of their life,” Belcher said. “It’s like if you never lived without public libraries, you can’t imagine not having your library to go get books. People can no longer imagine not having the greenways. It has allowed the region to build a system that connects not just what the local government owns but the National Forest and Appalachian Trail.”  Other favorites include the rocky climbs, ladders, and challenging hiking terrain at Grandfather Mountain, plus some classic East Coast climbing at nearby Ship Rock. In the winter, locals head to nearby resorts like Appalachian Ski Mountain and Beech Mountain Resort to hit the High Country slopes. Special thanks to River Expeditions for sponsoring the 2020 Top Adventure Towns contest. Please check local guidelines and regulations before making plans to get outside. Check locations to make sure access is open to the public. Remember to practice social distancing guidelines, wear a mask, and respect others’ health when outside.  Asheville, N.C. (pop. 92,000) In the mountains of western North Carolina, Asheville sits surrounded by outdoor recreation opportunities. Drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to a variety of overlooks and hikes, including Craggy Pinnacle and Mount Mitchell State Park. Take a trip on the French Broad River Paddle Trail past the Biltmore Estate, through town, and out to national forest land with several camping spots along the way. Run or bike the trails at Bent Creek Experimental Forest along flowing streams, laurel-rhododendron thickets, and hardwood forests.   Bike the hand-built trails at Falling Creek Bike Park, including the dirt jumps, hike the Peaks of Otter off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and get on the water at Smith Mountain Lake. If you have a full day, Pick recommends the Terrapin Mountain hike for a challenging loop within Jefferson National Forest. When he’s with his kids, the Claytor Nature Center is a great stop to walk the trail system by streams, woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  Brevard, N.C. (pop. 7,600) Daniel Sowers had a similar idea, but he focused on the Little River, his longtime favorite for floating and fishing. Sowers had a few extra boats, so at first he would invite friends to spend the day out on the water with him. After helping people find put-in spots and set up shuttles, he began to see a potential business opportunity opening up. “Back then, it wasn’t a river scene but it was starting to get bigger,” Sowers said.  Finalists Beyond the trails and prime location in the mountains, Bedford has become a top destination in Virginia for disc golf. In 2008, a local group approached the parks and recreation department about building a course at Falling Creek Park, which offered long, open fairways, whereas most courses in Virginia are largely wooded. “A lot of people [started] traveling to Bedford just to play this course because it was so different,” said Kenny Palmer, operations coordinator for the parks and recreation department. “It’s a cheap activity, so it’s something most people can get outside and do.” Since the opening of the first course, opportunities to play have multiplied. With the help of pro disc golfer Paul McBeth, who resides in Bedford, there are now four courses in the area with plans to build an additional championship level course in the coming months.  Top Adventures Cover Photo: Hike Sharp Top for stunning views of Bedford, Va. Photo by Lee Sandsteadlast_img read more

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first_img Español,  Press Release,  Public Health En el día de la fecha, la Administración Wolf se refirió a los estudios de investigación recientes que señalan en mayor medida la importancia de usar máscaras para detener la propagación de COVID-19.“Se realizó el seguimiento del aumento de casos en el suroeste de Pennsylvania y se ha atribuido a las personas que no usan máscaras en lugares públicos como bares y restaurantes”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “La investigación nos dice que las máscaras, aunque no son perfectas, marcan la diferencia en la propagación de la COVID-19 y representan una manera simple y eficaz de ayudar a protegernos a nosotros mismos y a los demás”.Según un estudio reciente y exhaustivo publicado en The Lancet y financiado por la Organización Mundial de la Salud, que identificó 172 estudios observacionales en 16 países y seis continentes, el uso de máscaras podría significar una gran reducción en el riesgo de infección por COVID-19, en particular cuando se combina con el distanciamiento social.Un estudio realizado por un equipo de investigadores a cargo de un profesor de la Texas A&M University descubrió que no usar una máscara facial aumenta dramáticamente las posibilidades de que una persona se contagie el virus de la COVID-19. Las conclusiones se publicaron en la revista científica PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences). Según las conclusiones del estudio, “no usar una máscara facial aumenta dramáticamente las posibilidades de que una persona se contagie el virus de la COVID-19”.Y un reciente estudio basado en modelos realizado por la Royal Society A señala que el uso de máscaras en público podría tener un gran impacto tendiente a la reducción de la propagación de la COVID-19. Según el modelo, “bajo ciertas condiciones, cuando los períodos de bloqueo se implementan junto con el uso de máscaras faciales por parte del 100% de la población, hay una propagación mucho menor de la enfermedad, las ondas secundarias y terciarias se aplanan y la epidemia se controla. El efecto se produce incluso cuando se supone que las máscaras faciales tienen una eficacia del 50% para capturar el inóculo de virus exhalado con una eficacia igual o menor en la inhalación”.“Todos los estudios indican la eficacia del uso de máscaras para ayudar a detener la propagación de la COVID-19 y mantener aplanada la curva de casos”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Por eso exigimos máscaras al estar en público. Es la manera más simple y eficaz de protegernos a nosotros mismos y a los demás durante nuestros esfuerzos continuos para mitigar la COVID-19”.La Secretaria de Salud la Dra. Rachel Levine firmó una orden que indica la obligatoriedad del uso de máscaras el 1 de julio. Permanece vigente. Puede encontrar las preguntas frecuentes sobre la orden de uso de máscaras aquí.View this information in English. Más puntos de investigación sobre la importancia de las máscaras, la orden sobre el uso obligatorio de máscaras sigue vigente July 06, 2020center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Germany’s BVV: Pensions guarantee of 4% would be ‘irresponsible’

first_imgMembers of the BVV, the €26bn pension provider for Germany’s financial industry, have approved by a large margin proposed amendments on guarantees.In light of the current interest-rate environment, the BVV recommended dropping its 4% guarantee for pension claims accrued from 2017.Overall, the adjustment would entail a 24% annual cut in guaranteed pension increases, it said. Rainer Jakubowski, CFO at the BVV, told IPE: “We have decided not to guarantee 4% net interest on all future pension rights, each year, at all times, regardless of the return situation, because it would have been irresponsible. “We are not touching pension rights already accrued – we are merely adjusting the future to the market environment.”He said the members of the pension provider, organised as a mutual association, understood the “need to take such measures in the current market environment”.At a general assembly, more than 90% of employee and employer representatives approved the amendments, which will apply to both the Pensionskasse and the Versorgungskasse.“Other providers will have to take similar steps in the near future,” Jakubowski predicted.He conceded, however, that members had asked “a lot of questions”, and that more than 100 one-on-one talks with companies had been necessary to achieve the outcome of the vote.On a voluntary basis, “several large members” have already pledged to make additional contributions to the BVV to compensate for the future cuts.“There already has been significant commitment by some members, and we will see who else will follow over the coming months,” Jakubowski said.He said it was “sad” that such measures had to be taken now, but he emphasised that it was not because the BVV had made bad investments.Last year, the BVV granted a net interest rate of 3.4%.“We have achieved this despite the low-interest-rate environment, which is nothing but a natural disaster created by the central banks,” he said.last_img read more

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Churches say they will snub gay weddings

first_imgDominion Post 1 Sep 2012An overwhelming majority of churches would not host a same-sex wedding, even if the law is changed to allow it. Almost all the major Christian denominations have vowed not to officiate for gay marriage, as have most other religious groups. The same-sex marriage bill passed its first reading in Parliament this week and must now pass two more readings before it can become law. But Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists and many other smaller denominations have already joined Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Orthodox Jews in prohibiting gay marriages on their turf. Only a handful of churches are standing behind the bill. Labour MP Louisa Wall, champion of the gay marriage bill, said the tepid religious support for the bill was no surprise. “I anticipated that . . . but that’s their choice. I believe every New Zealander should be free from discrimination but we [also] uphold the right for freedom of religion.….Anwar Ghani, president of the Federation of Islamic Associations of New Zealand, said Muslim law made it clear gay marriages could not be accepted. “Our position is very clear: Islam does not allow marriages of same sex. Islam views marriage not just for recreation, but for procreation,” he said. Lali Singh, general secretary of the New Zealand Sikh Society, said: “We will not allow any gay marriages in the temples. It’s against religious rules – it should be just between a man and a woman.” And the Catholic Church has spoken out repeatedly against Ms Wall’s bill.http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/7591312/Churches-say-they-will-snub-gay-weddingslast_img read more

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Polar ice loss quickens, raising seas

first_img 81 Views   no discussions News Polar ice loss quickens, raising seas by: – March 9, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Ice loss from Antarctica and Greenland has accelerated over the last 20 years, research shows, and will soon become the biggest driver of sea level rise. From satellite data and climate models, scientists calculate that the two polar ice sheets are losing enough ice to raise sea levels by 1.3mm each year. Overall, sea levels are rising by about 3mm (0.12 inches) per year.Writing in Geophysical Research Letters, the team says ice loss here is speeding up faster than models predict. They add their voices to several other studies that have concluded sea levels will rise faster than projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in its landmark 2007 assessment. By 2006, the Greenland and Antarctic sheets were losing a combined mass of 475Gt (gigatonnes – billion tonnes) of ice per year.On average, loss from the Greenland sheet is increasing by nearly 22Gt per year, while the much larger and colder Antarctic sheet is shedding an additional 14.5Gt each year. If these increases persist, water from the two polar ice sheets could have added 15cm (5.9 inches) to the average global sea level by 2050. A rise of similar size is projected to come from a combination of melt water from mountain glaciers and thermal expansion of seawater.“That ice sheets will dominate future sea level rise is not surprising – they hold a lot more ice mass than mountain glaciers,” said lead author Eric Rignot from Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. “What is surprising is this increased contribution by the ice sheets is already happening.”Grace on fire Extending this rate of ice loss forward to 2100, the sea level rise contribution from the two ice sheets alone is calculated at 56cm (22 inches).  By contrast, the IPCC in 2007 projected a maximum rise of 59cm, while acknowledging this was likely to be an under-estimate because understanding of processes happening on ice sheets was insufficient to enable reliable estimates to be made.Since 2007, several other research groups using different methods have concluded that a figure between one and two metres is likely – which would have profound consequences for island nations and countries with long, low coastlines such as Bangladesh. “If present trends continue, sea level is likely to be significantly higher than levels projected by the IPCC,” said Dr Rignot.“Our study helps reduce uncertainties in near-term projections of sea level rise.” The new research combined two different methodologies. One calculates ice gain and loss through combining various types of satellite reading and data taken on the ground, for example the thickness of the ice sheet and the speed at which glaciers are moving.The second dataset comes from Nasa’s Grace mission, which uses twin satellites to measure variations in the Earth’s gravitational pull. Ice loss causes a fractional reduction in gravity at that point on the Earth’s surface. Two years ago, this mission surprised some in the research community by showing that even the vast and frigid East Antarctic ice sheet was losing some of its mass to the oceans.By Richard Black Environment correspondent, BBC Newscenter_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

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Leptospirosis a growing concern in Barbados

first_img Tweet Sharing is caring! BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) — Leptospirosis is of great concern to the Ministry of Health in Barbados. According to Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Dr Joy St John, at a press briefing, there is more than one strain of leptospirosis and the bacteria is not only spread by rats and mice but can be transmitted through other animals such as lizards, monkeys, dogs, mosquitoes, toads, mice, goats, sheep, cattle and pigs, among others.She added: “The risk factors associated with leptospirosis are all dependent on the level of exposure… We realised from our information that a high risk of exposure is usually directly related to your occupation, the environment you live in or your lifestyle.” She noted that the main occupational groups at risk included farm and agricultural workers, pet shop workers, veterinarians, sewer workers, abattoir workers, meat handlers and the military.St John explained that the potentially serious bacterial illness could enter the body through broken skin or through ingestion. She indicated that it was characterised by fever, headache, chills, nausea and vomiting and eye inflammation. Moreover, she said in severe cases, the illness could cause yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes, which is indicative of liver damage caused by jaundice. Persons could also experience kidney failure and internal bleeding, she noted.The CMO, therefore, encouraged individuals experiencing these symptoms to seek medical attention immediately. St John stated that since the last reported case of leptospirosis, there had been two more deaths, in quick succession, due to the illness.The CMO further advised persons that hospitalisation would be necessary if there were signs of low blood pressure, decreased urine output, yellowing of the skin and eyes, spitting blood, breathlessness, irregular pulse and altered levels of consciousness.The Ministry of Health has urged members of the public to take care of their surroundings and to exercise care when in high risk areas.By Alyson HolderCaribbean News Now 13 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share NewsRegional Leptospirosis a growing concern in Barbados by: – December 22, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

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Saint Louis School Getting New Water Fountains

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Saint Louis School will be getting 4 new water fountains thanks to a grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation and the William A & Martha H Hillenbrand Foundation.The new water fountains will include water bottle fillers.The school currently allows students to have water bottles in class to promote student wellness, but the current fountains are not designed to fill bottles.Filling one bottle can take around 30 seconds.The new fountains will eliminate the time challenge, as bottles can be filled while students are getting drinks.The school’s goal is to complete the installation over Christmas break.last_img read more

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Kompany on target in winning City return

first_img Carlos Tevez, David Silva and Yaya Toure were also on target against a lacklustre Newcastle outfit, who remain not quite far enough clear of the drop zone for comfort. With potential back-to-back games against Manchester United looming, little wonder why City manager Roberto Mancini was so concerned at Belgium’s use of his captain, who was returning to club duty for the first time in two months after a calf problem. Manchester City skipper Vincent Kompany was amongst the scorers as the Blues recorded their biggest Premier League win since November – a 4-0 victory over Newcastle. Press Associationcenter_img The opener came when Gael Clichy squeezed a cross through to the far post and Tevez slid in to turn it home. Then an intricate bit of passing from Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri offered Silva the chance to reach the corner of the six-yard box, where he buried his shot with some aplomb. Newcastle rallied after the break and Yohan Cabaye flashed a shot across goal after running onto Papiss Cisse’s lay-off before the midfielder zipped a shot over from 20 yards. That flurry was as good as it got for the visitors. And there could be no more appropriate scorer of City’s third goal than Kompany. His last for the Blues was the goal that won the derby in April 2012. This was not quite in the same class, the Belgian flicking home an off-target Gareth Barry effort. With 20 minutes left, Toure strode through some poor Newcastle defending and beat Rob Elliot at his near post with a shot that deflected off James Perch. last_img read more

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Pitt, NC State meet in ACC tourney

first_imgPitt, NC State meet in ACC tourney Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPittsburgh (16-16, 7-14) vs. No. 5 seed North Carolina State (19-12, 10-10)Atlantic Coast Conference Tourney Second Round, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina; Wednesday, 1 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh is set to match up against North Carolina State in the second round of the ACC tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 29, when the Wolfpack shot 45.6 percent from the field en route to a 77-73 victory. Associated Press SAVVY SENIORS: North Carolina State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Markell Johnson, Devon Daniels, C.J. Bryce, D.J. Funderburk and Jericole Hellems have combined to account for 78 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 81 percent of all Wolfpack points over the last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: M. Johnson has either made or assisted on 42 percent of all North Carolina State field goals over the last five games. M. Johnson has 21 field goals and 38 assists in those games.WINNING WHEN: North Carolina State is a perfect 8-0 when the team makes nine or more 3-pointers. The Wolfpack are 11-12 when the team hits fewer than nine threes.ASSIST RATIOS: The Pack have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Panthers. North Carolina State has an assist on 44 of 86 field goals (51.2 percent) over its previous three outings while Pittsburgh has assists on 33 of 77 field goals (42.9 percent) during its past three games.TOUGH DEFENSE: Pittsburgh has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 23.8 percent of all possessions, the second-highest rate among all ACC teams.center_img March 11, 2020 ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Students hear from entertainment industry insiders

first_imgPanelists spoke to journalism students about the overlap of entertainment and journalism when covering Hollywood and television at Wallis Annenberg Hall on Monday evening. The event was hosted by the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.The panel featured Danielle Robay, an entertainment journalist, TV host and Pop Politics blogger; Heidi Clements, the executive producer and writer of the ABC Family show Baby Daddy; and Ken Baker, a senior news correspondent for E! News. Mary Murphy, a senior lecturer at Annenberg, moderated the event. The panel discussion took place as part of Murphy’s class, “JOUR 381: Entertainment, Business and Media in Today’s Society.”“When I became a journalist, no one ever said you had to be entertaining. They said you have to be accurate, honest, tell both sides of the story,” Murphy said.With the development of apps like Instagram and Twitter and outlets like YouTube, being entertaining and creating a brand has become important to a successful career. The number of followers a person has elevates their value as an entertainer who need to gather support from fans in order to make a living. “When I got into entertainment news, everyone told me you had to find your niche,” Robay, who is currently a host and producer of CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online, said.Robay defined niche as her “why,” the “why” being the reason why she is in entertainment news. For Robay, a person needs a reason to work besides money, such as passion for their careers.Clements encouraged the event attendees to follow their passions and choose what makes them happy over what might make them wealthy. “A lot of times you can end up following a certain path because the money is so good and you get stuck in it even if it’s not your passion,” Clements said. “Go be broke.”The best time for a person to re-evaluate and find what their true career path is, is when they are “stuck” in a job that they are not passionate about, according to Baker. Baker previously worked at People Magazine and US Weekly.“That’s when you define your career, when you’re stuck. What’s going to propel you is your passion,” Baker said.Baker encouraged the audience to keep trying to break into the entertainment industry and realize that more people in the world are going to say no than yes, which does not signify defeat. “What are you meant to do in service to the world? Find your dharma,” Baker said.last_img read more

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