Summer is finally beginning to take hold here in the Blue Ridge and that means one thing, the open road. The kids are out of school by now and if you have not already signed them up for one of those 2 month summer camps, you’ll probably be tearing your hair out in a matter of weeks. There is a cure, however, and it’s a good one: the Road Trip.Our July issue will feature five of the best weekend road trips in the Blue Ridge, from epic mountain biking to fishing to climbing, we can help you get your summer plans dialed. Below is a smattering of images from the “research” I did while on assignment as a little teaser of what’s to come.Road Tripping from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.And now a little history.When I was a kid, my parents packed my four siblings and me into a 1986 Chevy Beauville 12 passenger van and took us across the country not once, but twice in a period of 5 years. I was too young to be involved in the planning or execution of these trips, but I do have vague memories of lines on maps and hushed talk of “scheduled stops” and things of that nature. My parents were very into letting things do what they do and not interfere too much. They were certainly not headband wearing hippies, not at the time at least, but you could definitely see that side of them.When we went to the Grand Canyon on the first trip, my parents let my 15 year-old brother lead my 14-year-old sister and 11-year-old me on an overnight hike down into the canyon. We slept with no tent on top of a picnic table because we were scared of scorpions.The whole family took a 10 mile hike from the rim to the base of the canyon, on a quest to find a cool waterfall my dad had heard about. It turned out to be this, regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world and the coolest place I have ever been to. We then proceeded to climb up and impress even the local tribe with our brave teenage rock jumping prowess.We camped every night, ate lunch from a cooler at rest stops or random small towns, and played silly word games during the long stretches of straight highway. Of course, this wasn’t some 12-seat utopia; we bickered and whined just like normal kids, but we also treated each mass van exodus like we were bursting onto a new playground, a place we had never seen or experienced before that was ours for the taking.This youthful exuberance is had to rebottle once we know the stresses adulthood, but that’s the beauty of a road trip. You’re mobile, away from normal life, experiencing new and exciting things you may have never experienced before. Who has time to worry about whatever it is you usually worry about? You can leave your cares and worries behind because this is supposed to be fun, damnit.So let us help you plan a road trip this summer. Keep a lookout for the feature in our July issue.
It has been reported that Mourinho was frustrated at having to wait to conduct his post-match press conference because Martinez was speaking in the media room first. After finishing his press conference, Martinez left the room and was speaking to other reporters outside when Mourinho walked past on his way in. “Roberto next time tell me go before you because we have to travel,” Mourinho is reported to have said in several national newspapers. “We don’t control that Jose, I don’t control that,” Martinez replied. It is at this point that Mourinho is alleged to have sworn as he continued his way into the media room. Mourinho was accompanied by Chelsea’s head of communications and public affairs Steve Atkins. As Mourinho sat down to speak to press, there was a hint of frustration as Atkins first said a few words to reporters. He said: “Okay, if we could get going quickly that would be great. It is only going to be about five minutes long. “We had to wait for the home manager to go first and all the players are on the bus, so we are going to be quick.” Chelsea were beaten 3-1 by Everton, a result that left the Barclays Premier League champions with just four points from their first five games of the new season. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho swore in a clash with Everton boss Roberto Martinez following the champions’ loss at Goodison Park on Saturday, it has been claimed. Press Association
A new state-of-the-art Business Enterprise Centre was officially opened in Glenties on Monday afternoon. The Glenties enterprise centre is on a 7,500 sq ft site leased from Donegal County Council and includes six industrial units, three of which have a mezzanine, as well as an administration and training facility of 1,500 sq ft.Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh was on site to officially open the new Business Centre. Speaking at the launch, McHugh said the site would be ‘big asset for the region’.“The project has been backed over the last number of years by Enterprise Ireland and the International Fund for Ireland and it was €200,000 Government funding as a Rural Economic Development Zone that brought it to where it is today,” McHugh said.“And it is fitting that it is opening as we mark Enterprise Week 2019.”The project was granted €200,000 from the Department of Community and Rural Development in order to complete the project. The Donegal TD added: “I also want to thank Donegal County Enterprise Fund which took responsibility for the completion and management of the Enterprise Centre. “Huge effort has gone into getting the enterprise centre to where it is today with significant construction work completed on the units, doors, decoration, street lights, drainage and landscaping and bringing the whole place up to a high standard. “It is great to see local business here already and I understand some local businesses are interested in taking up space in the new facility.“I look forward to seeing all the units becoming home to Donegal firms and keeping busy.” New Enterprise Centre officially opens in Glenties was last modified: March 6th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GlentiesJoe McHughWest Donegal
8 August 2013 Racing out front, he was chasing the world record of 1:49.11 and managed to better it with a mark of 1:49.04. Russia’s Nikolay Skvortsov was a distant second, almost two seconds behind the South African star. SAinfo reporter He came close to defeating the favourite, Yannick Agnel, eventually finishing just 0.16 behind the Frenchman. His time was an African record of 3:37.91, which bettered the previous mark, set by Ryk Neethling in 2004, by a clear two seconds. He followed that up with a silver medal in the 50 metres butterfly, finishing just behind the winner, Germany’s Steffen Deibler, in a time of 22.22 seconds. Le Clos placed third, clocking 22.62. Outstanding performanceMyles Brown, who usually swims the 800 and 1 500 metres freestyle, moved up to the 400 metres and produced an outstanding performance. Roland Schoeman proved yet again that one should be judged on performance and not age. The 33-year-old sprint specialist raced to victory in the 50 metres breaststroke in a fast 25.85 seconds. The next Fina World Cup event takes place in Berlin, Germany, on 10 and 11 August. It has been a wonderful month for the 21-year-old Le Clos. At the Fina World Championships in Barcelona, he claimed two gold medals, doing the double in the 100 and 200 metres butterfly. His achievements, along with those of Cameron van der Burgh (gold in the 50m breaststroke and silver in the 100m) and Giulio Zorzi (bronze in the 50m breaststroke), helped South Africa finish a high ninth on the medal table. South African Olympic gold medallist Chad le Clos was in world record-setting form on Wednesday evening at the Fina World Cup in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as South African swimmers shone in short course action. Competing in the 200 metres butterfly, Le Clos – who rose to fame by defeating the legendary Michael Phelps in the long course event at the London Olympics in 2012 – was in a league of his own.
PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Flora led the Lady Falcons with 14 points while Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla had 13 and 12 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes was proud of what he saw in his team especially with the younger stars not only serving as support players to Rondina but matching up with their veteran star.“This was a test of character and this really is the team we’ve been searching for a long time,” said Reyes in Filipino. “Before Sisi would score 30 points on her own and we’d still lose, but now she has the support.”“Milena played softly early on but was able to ramp up the intensity in the latter periods and same thing for Eya. Even though Eya had some errors she was able to correct them and she was able to redeem herself in the end.”Laure and Rondina both had 17 points to lead all scorers for UST while Alessandrini added 15 points.Rookie Kecelyn Galdones also had moments for UST scoring eight points.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of Santo Tomas’ comeback bid is off to a good start after fending off Adamson University, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-6, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Golden Tigresses were abysmal in Season 80 after tallying a 4-10 record despite Cherry Rondina and rookie Milena Alessandrini’s stellar efforts.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Rondina scored a total of 296 points, the best mark in the league, to become the Best Scorer while Alessandrini had 105 points to become the Rookie of the Year.And it was truly a comeback for UST after it squandered a two-set lead to the Lady Falcons forcing a fifth set wherein the Golden Tigresses eventually showed their grit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Golden Tigresses ran to an early 5-0 lead after Eli Soyud touched the net and that lead developed into a 13-4 barrier for UST after rookie Eya Laure’s service ace.Alessandrini then finished off the match with UST’s final two points with game-clinching one being a block on Bernadette Flora. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Champion coach Obet Javier goes back to being a referee for a game in UAAP ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments
If you sow the wind, you will reap the whirlwind. So goes the Biblical saying. Kerala has just had another date with disaster, exactly a year after the century’s worst floods battered the state almost beyond recognition. One should have thought appropriate lessons would be learnt from the 2018 catastrophe. The repeat of last year’s horrors shows that we have not. We are paying a heavy penalty for inexcusable inaction. A deeper analysis of the grave situation is necessary to realise the catastrophic consequences of our criminal failure to apply the correctives. Also Read – A special kind of bondA notable feature of this year’s disaster is that the damage has been most pronounced in the Malabar region. Districts like Wayanad, Malappuram, Kasaragod, Kozhikode and Palakkad have been the worst hit. Majority of the deaths have happened due to landslides in the Malabar region. The reasons are not far to seek. Indiscriminate grant of licence for quarries and sand mining are villains of the piece. The fact that as many as 80 landslides have happened within a week into the calamity is self-explanatory. Governments of both the right and left persuasion are guilty. And they owe an explanation for the dismal failure to initiate remedial action. Also Read – Insider threat managementHow do we go about undoing the damage? Well, the top priority must be accorded to permanent shifting, at the earliest, of the vulnerable population from ecologically fragile areas. This a task easier said than done. There will be fierce resistance, as had happened when the Madhav Gadgil Report on saving the Western Ghats was published. But the government must show the political will to do that. What happened in the wake of the 2018 calamity was that people returned from relief camps to their damaged houses and started living there again after undertaking repairs. Those who lost their homes reconstructed them with the help of the government and other agencies. That will be an invitation to the disaster which must be averted at all costs. No wonder, Gadgil has squarely blamed successive governments for their failure to implement his report to protect ecologically fragile areas by shifting people to safer areas. Ignoring the warning has resulted in death and destruction through torrential rains and dreaded landslides. Gadgil, it may be mentioned, had notified as many as 123 villages as ecologically sensitive areas (ESAs). All construction activity must be banned in the ESAs. Indiscriminate issuing of a licence for quarrying activity must become a thing of the past and a non-bailable offence. Likewise, people must not be allowed to live in ecologically sensitive areas, especially in zone 1 and zone 2 as recommended by Gadgil. Successive governments are also guilty of watering down provisions of the Wetlands Act. To the credit of the erstwhile VS Achuthanandan government, it enacted the legislation and enforced it vigorously. But the Oommen Chandy government that succeeded the VS government and the present Pinarayi government diluted the Wetlands Act in the name of development. Precious wetlands and waterbeds were filled up with vengeance as it was resulting in alarming shrinkage of the area where water could be spread out and retained. The government still has time to make amends. All it has to do is to cancel amendments to the Act and retain status quo ante. That is, rigorous implementation of the Wetlands Act the way the VS government did. A major reason why Kerala finds itself in a sorry plight is the unpardonable assault on nature. Eroding the base of rivers through indiscriminate sand mining has created a dangerous situation. Rivers have lost their capacity to retain water. Encroachment of river banks has caused the rivers to shrink in size. Mindless felling of trees and deforestation have played havoc with the delicate ecological balance, once pride of Kerala. The destruction of forests and felling of trees causes floods. Rivers have virtually become stormwater drains with the water rushing towards the sea. The result is unprecedented floods during monsoon season and drought during the summer months thanks to the erosion of river basins. This must cease if we are serious about saving the dying rivers of Kerala. The government must also give top priority to constitute its own Disaster Management Force (DMF). This is of paramount importance. Having its own DMF will enable the state to launch rescue and relief work without having to depend on the central forces stationed far away from the state. Last but not least, it is time to change entrenched mindsets. The tendency to trifle with nature must be avoided. People must learn to live in harmony with nature. Otherwise, nature will exact its revenge as it did in 2018 and now, again, in 2019. The need to preserve and protect whatever remains of the Western Ghats cannot be overemphasised. This must become an article of faith with the people of the state. Failure to do so would result in Kerala turning from being God’s Own Country to a country of calamities. At stake is survival of the state. Time for action is now. Tomorrow will be too late. (The views expressed are strictly personal)