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  • Quick Hits: September 2018

    first_imgBy Jed Ferris and Rachel HicksNine-Year-Old Girl Plans A.T. Thru-Hike for CharityAlexandria Amadoro from Hamburg, Pennsylvania, spent the summer training for an upcoming thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, a journey she’s undertaking in an effort to raise more than $3 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. As a child, she saw a fundraising letter from the hospital and asked her parents why the child on the paper had no hair. When she found out about kids with cancer, she ran to her piggybank and wanted to make a donation. Now she’s hoping to make a much bigger one by blending her love of hiking with a desire to help others (Fundraising efforts have already started at goalexandriago.org).“We always tell her to dream big so we have to support her,” Alexandria’s father, Eddie, told the Kutztown Area Patriot. Eddie will join Alexandria when she attempts a complete hike of the nearly 2,200-mile trail from Georgia to Maine next spring. Meannwhile, she’s been training on portions of the trail near home with day hikes and one 70-mile multi-day backpacking trip. She’s also been meeting current thru-hikers, and, with her family, assisting with acts of Trail Magic. Of getting acquainted with other A.T. hikers she said: “It makes me realize that you’re never alone, that you always have someone there rooting you on and that those hikers become your friends. You can really depend on them to be there when you need them.”Whitewater Center Adds Protected LandIn June, the U.S. National Whitewater Center added 193 acres to its gradually expanding property. With help from $1 million awarded by North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the recreation hub, located northwest of Charlotte, acquired the land in partnership with the Catawba Lands Conservancy. Through an easement, the land addition also grows the conservancy’s 1,060-acre Long Creek conservation area, which helps protect the watershed of the nearby Catawba River. The acquisition also added 1.5 miles to the steadily developing Carolina Thread Trail.Hurricane-Displaced Cyclist Gets Fresh Start in VirginiaAfter living with no electricity or running water for four months, a result of the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Andres Pertierra decided to it was time to leave his long-time home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. So in June he joined his wife, who moved ahead of him, to start a new life in Williamsburg, Va. To help himself get adjusted, Pertierra, 50, is planning to concentrate on his passion for cycling, particularly training aspiring riders. In Puerto Rico he spearheaded a program called PowerClad, which focused on cycling endurance and safety, and he recently started a similar group program in Virginia. Pertierra now leads riders every Sunday morning from the local Studio A Fitness, where his wife works. In a story in the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, he said teaching cycling is helping him get acquainted with his new home: “It feels weird because we’re in a brand new place but Williamsburg people are amazing, they are so welcoming.”Big Money: Jobs, Jobs, JobsOutdoor recreation generates 7.6 million national jobs, almost $900 billion in consumer spending, $65.3 billion in federal tax revenue and $59.2 billion in state and local tax revenue. In the South, recreation provides far more jobs than coal, oil, gas, or timber. Here is a breakdown of outdoor recreation revenue by state and how it compares to other industries.North Carolina   $28 billionOutdoor recreation generates $3.1 billion consumer spending than all financial services and insurance ($24.9 billion) in North CarolinaSouth Carolina   $16.3 billionOutdoor recreation provides 151,000 in South Carolina, which is 43,000 more jobs than the automotive industry and aerospace industry combined (108,000)Georgia   $27.3 billionOutdoor recreation provides 238,000 jobs in Georgia, which is 31,000 more jobs than the state’s entire auto industry (207,000)Alabama   $14.0 billionOutdoor recreation provides 135,000 jobs in Alabama, which more than twice as many jobs as the auto industry (57,000)Tennessee   $21.6 billionOutdoor recreation provides 188,000 job in Tennessee, which is 62,000 more jobs than auto manufacturing (126,000)Pennsylvania   $29.1 billion Outdoor recreation provides more than three times as many jobs in Pennsylvania (251,000) as the natural gas industry (72,000)Maryland   $14 billionOutdoor recreation sustains a comparable number of jobs in Maryland (109,000) to IT and cybersecurity (117,000)Virginia   $21.9 billionOutdoor recreation provides 197,000 jobs in Virginia, which is more than all of the software developers, web developers, and systems and cyber security analysts combined (105,000)West Virginia   $9 billionOutdoor recreation provides 91,000 jobs in West Virginia, which is nearly twice as many jobs as the coal industry (49,000)Kentucky   $12.8 billionOutdoor recreation provides 9,000 jobs in Kentucky, over twice as many as distilling (4,300)Bad Driver Fakes Jogging to Evade PoliceIn July, an unidentified 19-year-old man flipped his car in Madison, Wisconsin, and then tried to avoid responsibility after fleeing the scene by removing some clothes and pretending to be a runner. Police Chief Mike Koval told the Wisconsin State Journal: “The suspect driver fled and stripped some clothing, but was caught by officers after he initially claimed he was an uninvolved jogger.” Fortunately nobody else was involved when the driver hit a curb after over-correcting a turn; he was ticketed for failure to have control, hit and run, and operating a vehicle after license revocation. According to police, he was not impaired.“I love to rock climb in my spare time, and I think we’ve created something pretty special.”—Country music star Kip Moore on the opening of BedRock at the Red, his new hiking and climbing lodge located in Rogers, Kentucky, that offers prime access to the premier routes of the Red River Gorge.City Cycling Hazardous to Your Health?Initial findings of a recent study revealed cyclists are breathing in significantly more air pollution than people who are using alternative modes of transportation. The concern: inner-city pollution may be outweighing the health benefits of cycling. So far, dozens of cyclists in New York City have been recruited for the five-year study. They’re each wearing a gadget that measures how much soot they’re consuming per day. When soot penetrates deep into the lungs and bloodstream, it heightens the risk for respiratory illnesses like asthma and lung cancer. At rest, an average person breathes in eight liters of air per minute. While cycling, that increases to 70 liters per minute. Preliminary results have found that cycling behind cars increases pollution intake versus cycling beside traffic, so the study hopes to inspire more bike-friendly paths.last_img read more

  • Governor Wolf Names New Members to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women

    first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Names New Members to the Pennsylvania Commission for Women First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced the appointment of nine dedicated business, civic, and community leaders to serve on the Pennsylvania Commission for Women. The new commissioners, along with 25 returning commissioners, were sworn in by Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar at the Governor’s Residence.“We owe it to our families and communities to remove barriers that women too often face at school, work, and home,” said Governor Wolf. “The Commission for Women serves as a powerful voice and has worked tirelessly over the last four years to represent the best interests of Pennsylvania’s women and girls. With the addition of these nine new members who are just as passionate and dedicated, we will work together to ensure women are treated equally and that their rights are protected.”“Now, more than ever, women need to be active and engaged so that our interests are represented,” said Commission Chair Randi Teplitz. “I am proud that the Commission for Women has been a leader on issues such as campus sexual assault prevention and pay equity. We look forward to continuing to work with Governor Wolf and other policymakers on behalf of women and girls in Pennsylvania.”The Commission for Women, which was created by Executive Order and consists of volunteer members, is responsible for advising the governor on policies and legislation that impact women; supporting economic and civic opportunities for women; encouraging mentoring programs for girls and young women; identifying programs and opportunities for the benefit and advancement of women; and serving as a resource center for Pennsylvania women. The Commission also acts as an advocate for policies and legislation that impact women and girls in Pennsylvania.Below is a full list of the individuals appointed as members of the Pennsylvania Commission for Women.New Appointees:Senator Camera Bartolotta (Washington County)Itha Cao (Allegheny County)Blayre Holmes Davis (Allegheny County)Catherine Domanska Elliott (Lancaster County)Caitlin Handerhan (Erie County)Senator Pam Iovino (Allegheny County)Sara Manzano-Diaz (Philadelphia County)Nabila Taha (Dauphin County)Stefanie Valar (Lancaster County)Returning Commissioners:Anne Ard (Centre County)Donna Barbetti (Lackawanna County)Rep. Karen Boback (Luzerne County)Dana Brown (Allegheny County)Jessica Brubaker (York County)Rep. Carolyn T. Comitta (Chester County)Congresswoman Madeleine Dean (Montgomery County)Kristen Houser (Dauphin County)Susan Jacobson (Philadelphia County)Denise Johnson (Crawford County)Jazelle Jones (Philadelphia County)Claire E. Kelling (Centre County)BJ Leber (Allegheny County)Grace McGregor Kramer (Lackawanna County)Leslie Anne Miller (Delaware County)Deborah Melamut Minkoff (Montgomery County)Tina Nixon (Dauphin County)Jessica Rothchild (Lackawanna County)Patti Stirk (York County)Tiffany Tavarez (Philadelphia County)Randi Teplitz (Dauphin County)Lesley Ward (Dauphin County)Tracey Welson-Rossman (Montgomery County)Erin Willford-Skipworth (York County)Michelle Zmijanac (Allegheny County)For more information on the Commission for Women, contact [email protected] or 717-831-3224.center_img October 17, 2019last_img read more

  • LVR cruises to Bomber Invitational Tournament Title

    first_imgThe team may be low in numbers but this team has a huge heart after the L.V. Rogers Bombers dominated the competition to capture the Bomber Senior Girl’s Basketball tournament this past weekend at the Hangar.The Bombers rocked Rutland Secondary of Kelowna 64-41 in the final of the eight-team tournament to claim the overall title. LVR opened the tournament by rocking Elkford 54-16 before destroying an uninspired Osoyoos team 64-11.Meanwhile, Rutland beat David Thompson of Invermere by 30 in game one before getting past J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail by 14 to reach the final.”Our girls played fantastic defence all weekend and stifled Rutland with our press and speed.,” said coach Chris Dergousoff.The Bombers were led by seniors Naomi Perkins, Ansleigh Dergousoff, Allie Zondervan and Sian Nielsen.Earlier this season, LVR took top honours at the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Tournament.last_img read more

  • Sharks lose fifth straight game in Anaheim

    first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — Jakob Silfverberg scored just 38 seconds into overtime to extend the Sharks losing streak to five games.Logan Couture returned from flu-like symptoms on Friday, but it wasn’t enough to get the Sharks back in the win column as they completed a two-game road trip to Southern California with a winless record, dropping a 4-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks.By earning a single point, the Sharks moved to within four points of the Calgary Flames for first place in the Western …last_img read more

  • South Africa’s FNB opens in Tanzania

    first_imgSAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material He added that while many banks already operate successfully in Tanzania, the market is large enough to accommodate another bank and that FNB’s products and services were well suited to the environment. 8 August 2011 “Having a physical presence here enables us to tap into one of the most attractive markets in East Africa with excellent economic growth and banking sector performance,” FNB Tanzania chief executive Richard Hudson said in a statement last week. “The roll-out of branches, products and services will be on a phased approach and will be tailored to the needs of the citizens of Tanzania.” Products suited to the market According to the statement, FNB is considering expanding its footprint into countries like Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda. FNB Africa chief executive Danny Zandamela said the bank believed that Tanzania’s demographic profile offered the perfect market for their innovative products and services. “FNB’s low-cost and convenient products such as cellphone banking will directly address market conditions in Tanzania,” he said. Hudson concluded that the bank was confident of success in Tanzania and remained committed to continually growing its business in East Africa. FNB will initially focus on establishing its footprint in Dar es Salaam with the intention of expanding its representation to all regions of Tanzania. In addition to branches and ATMs, the bank’s product offering will also include online banking and mobile phone banking. Beyond its South African home market, FNB currently operates in Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland and Zambia. The group was granted a licence to operate in Tanzania in March this year. South African financial services group First National Bank has launched in Tanzania with a fully operational branch in Dar es Salaam, and plans to open two more branches in that country shortly.last_img read more

  • The Buckeye Cowboy — Kirby Hidy

    first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest If you have ever been around the Farm Science Review, The Ohio State Fair, The Sale of Champions, The Agriculture Hall of Fame Breakfast, Pork Congress, Power Show or a number of other events around Ohio and saw a salty-haired, mustached man sporting a cowboy hat and a smile, I can almost guarantee  that you met Kirby Hidy.We lost our great friend and co-worker over the weekend and for a man who brought so much life to every conversation he had, it is hard to believe that he is gone. Kirby was in and around Ohio agriculture for decades. He worked at The Ohio Department of Agriculture, The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, WRFD Radio, with me years ago at The ABN, and over the last five years after he and I began working here at The Ohio Ag Net.Kirby was the most simple, yet complex man I have come to know. He didn’t need much. His family and a group of friends he considered family would do.The complexities came from what molded him over time.He was an Ohio boy, who found his love for the cowboy way during the years he lived in Texas. His passions were diverse. He loved horses, The Dallas Mavericks, The Texas Longhorns, wood working, jazz music, disc golf and above all, telling a good story. Some stories he told almost sounded made up from out of the blue. But if you knew Kirby, you knew they were true…with some ad libbed details to add a little color to the picture. What noble cowboy can’t tell a good story?For Kirby, life was all about the people he spent it with. The conversation would most always turn to his wife and three kids and he would beam when he talked about them. He had a way of making every meeting at our conference room table interesting. His wit was so fast sometimes he couldn’t take the toothpick out of his mouth quick enough to get his quip in and make us all laugh out loud.He had a group of friends that he had known for years, some since college, that he would play poker with every month. I can tell you for a fact that it was never about how many chips he was up or down — he was always winning by just being a part of that camaraderie.That is how everyone that came across Kirby Hidy at one time or another should feel. For having met him, we all hit the jackpot. People were the highlight of his life and he most certainly accentuated all of ours.Peace, Love, Dove, Compadre. We will miss you.last_img read more

  • Wood Buildings Make a Happy Planet

    first_imgBenefits for the forestAbout 12.5% of the world’s forests are located in reserves. Oliver said that encouraging a mix of forest habitats and densities in non-reserved areas would have two other benefits — a lower risk of catastrophic wildfires, and the preservation of biodiversity in the world’s ecosystems. “Forests historically have had a diversity of habitats that different species need,” Oliver said. “This diversity can be maintained by harvesting some of the forest growth. And the harvested wood will save fossil fuel and CO2 and provide jobs — giving local people more reason to keep the forests.”The study, “Carbon, Fossil Fuel, and Biodiversity Mitigation With Wood and Forests,” was published online last month. It’s a free download. Harvesting more wood for use in bridges and buildings and using less steel and concrete would sharply reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and lower carbon dioxide emissions, a study led by Yale University has found.By increasing the amount of wood that’s harvested annually from 20% of sustainable growth to 34% of sustainable growth, carbon emissions could be reduced by between 14% and 31%, scientists from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and the University of Washington’s College of the Environment said.A summary of their findings published at ScienceDaily.com said that by replacing concrete and steel with more wood, the consumption of fossil fuels could be trimmed by as much as 19%.Chadwick Oliver, director of the Global Institute of Sustainable Forestry at the Yale school, said that making steel, concrete, and brick adds up to about 16% of fossil fuel use globally. When you add transportation, the share rises to between 20% and 30%, he said.last_img read more

  • How to Create a Hyperlapse Plus 3 Cool Example Videos

    first_imgHyperlapse is motion applied to timelapse…and it’s sweeping the pro video community. In this post learn how to create your own hyperlapse video and check out a few impressive examples.Image from Trey Ratcliff on FlickrOver the last few years hyperlapse has become a sought-after video shooting technique. Unlike timelapse which is usually shot from a fixed position (tripod) or with subtle movement (slider/dolly), Hyperlapse requires the camera to be moved through long distances. The result are visually dynamic shots, with the camera sweeping around an object in hyper speed.As if timelapse shots weren’t tricky enough, hyperlapse shots require an even greater degree of technical skill and tricks – making sure the camera is stable and moves at a set interval for each frame.In this entertaining video tutorial by Indy Mogul, you’ll get a quick primer on how to shoot your own hyperlapse video using a tripod, chalk, tape measure and camera with intervalometer (in-camera tool for taking shots at a set interval). Bonus tip: Using the After Effects warp stabilizer gives a nice smooth result to your Hyperlapse footage.Want to see more examples of Hyperlapse shooting? Check out the videos below that showcase Hyperlapse shots in a variety of conditions and environments. Then, get out there and experiment on your own!last_img read more

  • Wall held out as Wizards overwhelm Hawks

    first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I thought we played with a great spirit,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “Our mindset was right where it needs to be. It’s defending and passing the ball. It was a simple game plan but they did it with great effort, great passion. Now we just need to keep doing it.”Markieff Morris matched his season high with 23 points while making four 3-pointers. Frazier had a season-high 14 assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think everybody just picked up the slack for John Wall not playing,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said.Wall, selected to his fifth All-Star team as a reserve Tuesday, was held out due to a recurrence of soreness and swelling in his left knee. He missed nine games earlier in the season with soreness in the knee. Anthony reaches milestone as Thunder beat Pistons 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Wizards pulled away with an 11-2 run to open the second quarter. Kelly Oubre Jr. opened the quarter with a powerful left-handed jam and free throw. Oubre, who had 15 points, capped the run with a 3-pointer for a 38-20 lead.Washington’s superior long-range shooting was decisive. While Atlanta made only 2 of its first 16 3-pointers, the Wizards made 10 of 17 in the first half and led 61-45 at the break. Morris made each of his three 3s in the half and four of five for the game.Satoransky, making his first start of the season, sank a 3-pointer for the first points of the game. He had 11 points. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ The Wizards, who had lost two straight and four of five, pulled away with a strong start to the second quarter and never trailed.“No offense to Atlanta, but we’re a lot better team than they are,” Morris said. “They’re a young team.”Mike Scott, who began his career in Atlanta, had 19 points. Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. each had 18 for Washington.Washington made 18 3-pointers, matching its high mark for the season.Taurean Prince, Tyler Dorsey and Dewayne Dedmon each had 14 points to lead Atlanta.ADVERTISEMENT Atlanta Hawks guard Malcolm Delaney (5) crashes into Washington Wizards center Ian Mahinmi as he goes to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta. APATLANTA — With John Wall held out with a sore knee, Washington’s winning game plan was executed to near perfection by his backups.Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier combined for 21 assists with only three turnovers and Washington used balanced scoring and strong 3-point shooting for a 129-104 runaway victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

  • 10 months agoHughton insists Brighton didn’t deserve Bournemouth defeat

    first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hughton insists Brighton didn’t deserve Bournemouth defeatby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton insists they didn’t deserve defeat at Bournemouth.The Seagulls were beaten 2-0 after David Brooks found the back of the net for the Cherries either side of half-time.Hughton said, “I thought we were good value to get something from the game. The difference between the two sides was they put their opportunities away and we didn’t.“We were good in the first half and they scored against the run of play. It was very difficult towards the end when we were down to ten men, but certainly before that I thought we were always in the game.“It was a wonderful strike by Brooks for the first goal, but I thought we created really good chances of our own.“If you don’t put your chances away, then you know that a very good Bournemouth side that play with a lot of pace, with two players up front that run in behind, are going to cause you problems.“The chances are the pinnacle moments of any game, but on the balance of play, I thought we deserved more.”On Lewis Dunk’s dismissal, he added: “Initially we had no problems with it, we thought it was two yellow cards, but seeing them again, we feel that [Yves] Bissouma made the first contact, so there’s some doubt about who should have been booked.” last_img read more