Appalachian Trail Dispatch: Difficult Winter

first_img Editor’s Note: Blue Ridge Outdoors contributor Chris Gallaway is currently thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. He will be periodically checking in with BRO and sharing the story of his hike. This is his first dispatch from the A.T. Read his first entry from the trail, A Cold Start, and second entry, Trail Magic.It’s been pretty crazy out here, folks. Two weeks into the Trail I had fairly cemented my trail name for the journey, “Frost.” It was meant to be an homage to one of my favorite writers, but it began to feel like tempting fate. What had been a fairly mild winter here in the southeast gave way to some brutal winter storms in February and March, the worst of the weather hitting just as I hiked into Great Smoky Mountains Park with my friend Mot (not the place you want to be tangling with winter weather!).Now, several weeks after hobbling out of the Smokies, with my pride whipped and my knuckles slightly frost bit I’m cautiously hoping that the worst of the winter weather is behind us, but I know better than to bank on it. I’ve had several good friends leave the trail due to the difficult conditions. Last Chance got a severe case of frostbite on his hands while hiking the Smokies crest, Steven (“Cash”) slipped on a patch of ice up there and badly sprained his ankle, necessitating four weeks of rest. It just goes to show that nothing can be taken for granted on this “simple” walk in the woods.My thoughts and best wishes are with my friends as they heal up and try to get ready to return to the Trail. In the meantime, here are some more images of the past weeks of heavy weather and beautiful hiking. If you think you’re getting tired of winter scenery, imagine how we feel!Photography by Chris Gallaway and Spencer Cooke ( last_img read more

Middle East Revolutions Undermine al-Qaida, Iran

first_img Al-Qaida and Iran are the biggest losers in the wave of reform sweeping North Africa and the Middle East, top Defense Department leaders said on 1 March in Washington. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon press briefing that they are optimistic about the changes taking place in the region. “I think, first of all, the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and the protests elsewhere that are leading to reforms for a number of governments are an extraordinary setback for al-Qaida,” the secretary said. “It, basically, gives the lie to al-Qaida’s claim that the only way to get rid of authoritarian governments is through extremist violence.” The people of the region are proving this is not the case, he said. Gates went on to say he believes the wave of reform is a set-back for Iran. “The contrast of the behaviors of the militaries in Tunisia and Egypt and, except for a brief flurry of violence, in Bahrain, contrast vividly with the savage repression that the Iranians have taken against anyone who dares to demonstrate in their country,” he said. It will take months or years before the full consequences of the revolutions are known, Gates said. Still, a “process of change has begun,” he said. “And the prospect for that change, particularly if it is carried out without violence, as has been the case in several of these countries, and gives rise to democratic governments, I think it is a gain, first of all, for the peoples of the region, but ultimately a gain for everybody.” The admiral said he shares Gates’ optimism because he saw the effect first hand last week when he visited seven countries in the Arabian Gulf region. “One of the reasons I share the optimism is because in each country, it is clearly about the people of that country,” he said. “It’s been about change inside those countries.” All nations will have to adjust to these changes, the chairman said, and the relationships will change too. “I’m optimistic that there is a chance for stability and opportunity that just didn’t exist as recently as four weeks ago,” he said. Still, Libya remains a problem and the U.S. military is working to give President Barack Obama options as Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi attempts to end the revolt by killing demonstrators, Gates said. The secretary has ordered the USS Kearsarge and the USS Ponce – now in the Red Sea – to the Mediterranean. The Navy vessels “will provide us with capability for both emergency evacuations and humanitarian operations,” he said. The Kearsarge delivered 1,400 Marines to Afghanistan and was serving as the U.S. Central Command reserve force. To augment the Marines remaining on the ship, Gates ordered 400 Marines from the United States in support of the Kearsarge’s mission. “We are obviously looking at a lot of options and contingencies, but no decisions have been made on any other actions,’ the secretary said. “I would note that the U.N. Security Council resolution provides no authorization for the use of armed force, and there is no unanimity within NATO for the use of armed force.” By Dialogo March 03, 2011last_img read more

Berger urges credit unions to contact lawmakers on data security

first_imgNAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger on Friday urged member credit unions to reach out to their lawmakers and seek their support and cosponsorship of H.R. 2205 and S. 961, which would set national standards for merchant data security and lead to enhanced member data protection.“As the House will be in recess next week and representatives will be in their districts, this is an opportune time for you to reach out to your members of Congress about the importance of data security and the issues that are important to your credit union,” Berger said in his message Friday to member credit unions.H.R. 2205 was introduced Friday by Reps. Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, and John Carney, D-Del. Both are members of the House Financial Services Committee, and Neugebauer is chairman of the Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit Subcommittee. S. 961was introduced by Sens. Tom Carper, D-Del., and Roy Blunt, R-Mo., both members of the Senate Banking Committee.The two bills, both titled the Data Security Act of 2015, would set national data security standards for merchants, outline a process for breach notifications and recognize financial institutions’ compliance with the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act’s information security requirements. Berger testified in favor of such legislation last month during a hearing of the House Small Business Committee. continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Sanders roughed up, hits back at Democratic presidential debate

first_imgFellow progressive Elizabeth Warren and centrists Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, all desperate to halt Sanders’ momentum before it is too late, laid into his ability to deliver on costly programs like universal health care and tuition-free college.Buttigieg, a 38-year-old military veteran presenting himself as a unifier, warned a Sanders fight against Trump would spell “chaos” and divide the nation.”I tell you what it adds up to,” Buttigieg said, “it ends up as four more years of Donald Trump.”Sanders is in pole position in South Carolina, the last step before “Super Tuesday” March 3 when 14 states vote and a whopping one third of all delegates — the representatives who pick the nominee at the Democratic Party’s July convention — are up for grabs. Topics : The 78-year-old hit back at the charge his policies were too “radical,” insisting such ideas “exist in countries all over the world,” including the notion that health care is a human right.”The way we beat Trump, which is what everybody up here wants, is we need a campaign of energy and excitement,” Sanders said.”We need to bring working people back in to the Democratic Party.”Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg speak after the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. Seven candidates qualified for the debate, hosted by CBS News and Congressional Black Caucus Institute, ahead of South Carolinas primary in four days. (AFP/Win McNamee/Getty Images)- ‘Bumper stickers’ -Talking over one another in often contentious exchanges, the seven candidates on stage aggressively vied for attention, locking horns on everything from housing to China policy and whether or not to move the US embassy from Jerusalem back to Tel Aviv.Seeking to prove he is still in the fight, the 77-year-old Biden put in a spirited performance and snapped back at moderators who tried to cut him off, telling them: “I’m not going to be quiet anymore, OK?”The former vice president aimed a sharp attack at Sanders over gun control, an issue largely absent from previous debates, and a significant weakness for the Vermont senator who voted against legislation that would have allowed lawsuits against gun manufacturers.Sanders had emerged largely unscathed from the previous debate. But he acknowledged he was now in the firing line, with rivals seeking to derail his push for the nomination following two straight victories, in New Hampshire and then Nevada.”I’m hearing my name mentioned a little bit tonight,” he said to laughter. “I wonder why.”Piling on, Klobuchar hammered Sanders’s plans as “broken promises that sound good on bumper stickers,” while billionaire activist Tom Steyer accused him of planning “a government takeover of large parts of the economy.”Like Buttigieg, Bloomberg sought to cast a Sanders nomination as a sure path to losing.”Vladimir Putin thinks that Donald Trump should be president of the United States, and that’s why Russia is helping you get elected so you’ll lose to him,” the former New York mayor told Sanders in a heated opening exchange.”I’m the one choice that makes some sense,” said Bloomberg, touting his experience running America’s largest city for 12 years — a point hammered home in lavish televised ads during multiple commercial breaks.Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the Democratic presidential primary debate at the Charleston Gaillard Center on February 25, 2020 in Charleston, South Carolina. Seven candidates qualified for the debate, hosted by CBS News and Congressional Black Caucus Institute, ahead of South Carolinas primary in four days. (AFP/Win McNamee/Getty Images)- Bloomberg, Biden seek rebound -Bloomberg seeking to rebound from a disastrous performance last week in his first debate and prove he is a credible, moderate alternative to the leftist Sanders.But the 78-year-old found himself under assault too, including by Warren who called him “the riskiest candidate” on stage.”I don’t care how much money mayor Bloomberg has. The core of the Democratic Party will never trust him,” Warren said. “He has not earned their trust. I will.”Bloomberg jumped late into the race, and has not been on the ballot in the four early states, opting instead to make a splash on Super Tuesday. He has now spent more than $500 million on campaign advertising.Rival centrist Biden desperately needs a win after dismal showings in Iowa and New Hampshire, and a disappointing result in Nevada where he won 20.2 percent, well behind Sanders’ 46.8 percent.Biden has been counting on strong support among black voters in South Carolina to recharge his flagging campaign — earning cheers at one point when he promised to put a female black justice on the Supreme Court if elected.Pressed on whether he would throw in the towel if he falls short on Saturday, Biden stood defiant, saying: “I will win South Carolina.”center_img Democratic White House hopefuls rounded on leftist frontrunner Bernie Sanders at a feisty debate Tuesday, attacking him as too extreme for American voters and a flawed challenger to President Donald Trump.Joe Biden, who needs a victory in South Carolina’s crucial primary on Saturday to keep his campaign alive, hit Sanders as soft on gun control, while billionaire tycoon Michael Bloomberg claimed Russia was working to help Sanders win the nomination — betting he would be defeated in November.And Sanders’ rivals joined in savaging the self-described democratic socialist as too radical to appeal to a broad swathe of Americans.last_img read more

Suburb cashing in on people looking for a lot more space

first_img8 Reuben Cl, Forest Lake.Four-bedroom homes in Forest Lake are proving popular, with one agent selling several on the same day.Four homes sold on July 26 by RE/MAX — Masters selling agent George Vuong.He sold properties at 11 Victoria Close, 8 Reuben Close, 4 Purdie Place and 8 Ballandean Close, with all but one being a four-bedder.“This is a big and popular suburb, Mr Vuong said.“There’s many schools around and it’s cheaper than surrounding suburbs.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The property at 4 Purdie Pl, Forest Lake.He said buyers were willing to pay between $350,000 to $750,000 for properties, with others near the lake selling for more than $800,000.“I am seeing a lot of first-home buyers, families and older couples wanting to downsize or move here,” Mr Vuong said.He described the real estate market in the area as “hot”.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenPlanning to be purchase-ready01:18“Most buyers want bigger homes, more land and more space,” he said.“Four-bedroom, two-bathroom homes are more popular than ever.”The property at 4 Purdie Place, has a heated in-ground pool and sold for $505,000.The property is on a massive 720sq m block.last_img read more

Gabon green-lights amended Tortue oil field development plan

first_imgFPSO BW Adolo, formerly known as AzuriteGabonese government has approved the amended Field Development Plan (FDP) for the Tortue oil field located offshore Gabon as part of the Dussafu Production Sharing Contract (PSC). The Tortue structure is one of four existing oil discoveries in the Dussafu Exclusive Exploitation Area (EEA) in which the operator, BW Energy Gabon (BWEG), holds 91.667 percent while its partner Panoro holds 8.33 percent interest. BW Energy is a subsidiary of the FPSO operator, BW Offshore.Panoro Energy on Monday revealed that the updated preliminary oil reserves review of the Tortue oil field by an independent reserves auditor showed an increase in oil reserves at the field. Namely, Tortue mid case reserve estimates increased by over 80% compared to previous independent reviews.In a separate operational update on Monday, Panoro said that the amended Field Development Plan (FDP) for the Tortue oil field has been approved by the Gabonese regulator, the Direction Général de Hydrocarbures (DGH).In addition, the Borr Drilling-owned Borr Novre jack-up drilling rig, previously hired by BW Energy, has recently arrived in Gabon, with the drilling operations to start in the first quarter of 2018. The Norve, a Pacific Class 400 jack-up constructed at PPL Shipyard in Singapore in 2011, was acquired by Borr in May 2017 from Transocean together with the rest of Transocean’s jack-up fleet.The rig will drill two horizontal oil production wells and one appraisal sidetrack to the north to prepare for Tortue Phase 2 development. The two production wells will be tied back to a leased FPSO via subsea trees and flowlines. BW will use its own FPSO, which previously operated on the Azurite field, for the Tortue development. The unit, which is currently in Keppel shipyard in preparation for deployment, has been renamed to BW Adolo FPSO. First oil is planned for 2H 2018.Depending on results of phase 1 and appraisal well, phase 2 of drilling at Tortue may consist of two further development wells to increase production.Phase 2 drilling starts in 4Q 2019 and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 1Q 2020. It will contain one horizontal well in Gamba reservoir and one horizontal well in Dentale D6.According to Panoro, next successive phases would tie back existing discoveries or further yet to be discovered resources nearby.John Hamilton, CEO of Panoro, said “ To complement our updated independent reserve review, we are pleased to report operational progresses at Dussafu. The amended FDP is a very important milestone for Panoro, and with drilling operations expected to start shortly, we remain on track to start producing at Dussafu during 2H 2018.”Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

New Aurora Police Chief Sworn In

first_imgAurora’s acting police chief became permanent this week. Joshua Daugherty, 39, was sworn in following his appointment by Aurora Mayor Donnie Hastings.According to the Dearborn County Register, Daugherty has been with the Aurora Police Department since July 2001. The 1992 Rising Sun High School graduate became interim police chief last month following the arrest of former chief Bryan Fields.Daugherty is now in charge of a department that employs ten law enforcement officers and three dispatchers.last_img read more

Lady Twisters Down Lady Spartans In Soccer

first_imgLast night the Lady Twister’s traveled to Connersville High School, OA came out with the 5-0 victory.This was the fifth game in 6 days for the girls, but it was great game to give some girls a rest and let a lot of our underclassman play. The first goal of the night was scored by Cori Hammoor as she received the ball from a throw in and with a great first touch she was able to find the net. Goal number two and three on the night came from sophomore Haleigh Reed. Reed has really been able to work on her first touch this season thus far and it has greatly improved her game. The fourth goal on the night came off of a penalty shot from senior Emma Schulte. The final goal of the evening came with 17 minutes left in the second half by junior Andrea Rinck from an assist by Cori Hammoor. Regan Weberding and freshman, Lizzie Kelnhofer were able to split time last night. Kelnhofer is gaining so much confidence in the back as the season progresses.OA improves to 7-2 on the year and they will take on Seymour High School with a double header with the boys team following.Courtesy of Twisters Coach Kendra Getz.last_img read more

Rashford: Man Utd star to get honorary doctorate from University of Manchester

first_img The award is the highest honour the university can bestow. England forward Rashford said it was “a proud day for myself and my family”. United legends Sir Alex Ferguson and Sir Bobby Charlton have previously received the award from the university. Rashford said: “When you look at the great names that have been awarded this doctorate in the past, it’s humbling. “We still have a long way to go in the fight to combat child poverty in this country but receiving recognition from your city means we are heading in the right direction and that means a lot.” read also:Rashford takes knee with Man Utd and Tottenham stars United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called Rashford a “great person”, adding: “He cares about others so much more than himself. “Very proud of him and hopefully [he will] keep his personality for the rest of his life.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Manchester United forward, Marcus Rashford, will become the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate from the University of Manchester for his campaign against child poverty. Rashford, 22, campaigned for the government to allow about 1.3 million children to claim free school meal vouchers in England’s summer holidays. Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phone9 Actors Who Stay Famous For That One Movie They Did 10 Years Ago27 Animals That Don’t Need Color To Be CoolYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Dystopian Movie Worlds You’d Never Want To Live InWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldEvery Movie Starring Sylvester Stallone From Best To Worst Loading… last_img read more

Forbes Names Ivanka Trump Among Most Powerful Women

first_img(Washington, DC) — Forbes magazine is naming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and First Daughter Ivanka Trump to its Word’s Most Powerful Women list.The California Democrat is ranked number three on the list and President Trump’s daughter is number 42.Leading the list is another top politician, German Chancellor Angela Merkel.Other women on the list include Melinda Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old climate change activist who was just named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.Why Greta Thunberg is one of the world’s most powerful women: by @mcgrathmag #PowerWomen— Forbes (@Forbes) December 12, 2019last_img read more