Daily Dirt: March 12, 2013

first_imgOutdoor news for March 12, 2013Blue Ridge Parkway Weekly Ride StymiedOne would think that cycling and the Blue Ridge Parkway are like peas in a pod, a perfect fit. Mostly, they are, but in recent years growing tension between cyclists, motorists, and the National Park Service have been prickly to say the least. In this magazine, as have countless others, we have written about the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to cycling the parkway – one of the greatest rides east of the Mississippi, if not North America. Dan Casey of the Roanoke Times is reporting that the Blue Ridge Cycle Club‘s weekly Tuesday Night Ride – in existence since at least 2002 – is in jeopardy due to the park service enforcing rules they had not before, including requiring insurance, a permit, and billing for a police escort. The bills could run into the hundreds of dollars per ride, which the small club is not in the position to handle. The article cites some of the mounting problems of the BRP including budget cuts, maintenance backlogs, and unfilled staff positions. Whether this is an effort to raise revenue or just keep cyclists off the busiest sections of the BRP, it kind of stinks.Delaware…Hi, I’m in DelawareDelaware may not get much respect from Wayne Campbell, but it is trying to gain the respect of the National Park Service and the rest of the country in general. Representatives, community leaders, and preservationists from Delaware and Pennsylvania are pushing Congress and/or President Obama to designate 1,100 acres of the Brandywine Valley to become the next national park. The Diamond State (Delaware, if you didn’t know that) is the only state in the nation without a national park, and have been advocating for one for over a decade. The Brandywine Valley straddles Del. and Penn. and is primed for park status, having been bought by the Conservation Fund, and is already a popular spot for hikers and anglers. It also holds much historical significance and would be deemed First State National Historic Park. With all the financial wrangling in Washington, this may seem like a longshot, but if anyone can pull it off, Delaware can.Double Trouble in Great Smoky Mountains National ParkA couple of incidents left outdoor enthusiasts with serious injuries in Great Smoky Mountains National Park over the weekend. A 65-year-old man from Ontario was very seriously injured when he flipped his canoe above The Sinks and was pinned underwater for 30 minutes. Following resuscitation, he remains in critical condition at Blount Memorial Hospital. In a separate incident, a 55-year-old man had to be rescued from Mount LeConte after slipping off the trail due to ice. The man fell about 70 feet down a slope off the Alum Cave Trail Saturday suffering sever lacerations. He was in stable condition when leaving the scene for Tennessee Medical Center. This is just a reminder that the worst can happen at any time. Be careful out there.In Other News…A look at how the Sequester may affect the outdoor industry via Verde PR.Another look at how the Sequester will affect National Parks in Virginia via the Richmond Times Dispatch.White-nose syndrome confirmed in South Carolina via Whitenosesyndrome.orgA look at the invasion of non-native trout in the Smoky Mountains via National Geographiclast_img read more

Why smart people make dumb decisions

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Did you ever find your self in a mess and wonder how you got there? There’s no guarantee your decisions are always going to be good ones. Too much is unpredictable.However, many of us have had the experience of looking back on a situation and thinking “I should have known better. The warning signs were all there.”Here are 8 reasons smart people make dumb decisions. As you think about a time you ignored the signals, was it for any of these reasons?Understanding the warning signs and why you ignored them can help you avoid repeating these mistakes.1. IsolationA major cause of poor decisions comes from making them a vacuum without having important information. Sometimes people don’t solicit input because they are over-confident and don’t believe others have anything worthwhile to add. Other times it’s because they believe they are supposed to be strong and have all the answers and think soliciting input makes them look weak. People in leadership roles are particularly vulnerable to finding themselves isolated from a huge source of important information – the people in their organization. continue reading »last_img read more

Miami-Dade Police officer charged in rough arrest case

first_imgLoving was taken to jail and was released the next morning when the charges against her were dropped, however, the man who pointed the gun at Loving and her friend was not arrested until two days later, when the video of Loving’s arrest went viral.After viewing the video footage, the State attorney’s office announced charges against Officer Giraldo Friday. He is currently being held on a bond of $5,500. A Miami-Dade Police officer has been arrested and charged with  official misconduct and battery after he was seen of video roughly arresting a woman who called for help.Officer Alejandro Giraldo was arrested Friday after an investigation into the arrest of 26-year-old Dyma Loving in March.According to the report, Loving called the police after a man in her neighborhood called her and her friend a derogatory word and then pointed a shotgun at them when they confronted him about it.When authorities arrived, things between the responding officer and Loving escalated and the officer arrested her.A black woman Called Miami-Dade Police For Help After A Man Brandished A Weapon and threaten her life. Yet, She Was Arrested for being distraught pic.twitter.com/xQ2vvDZZsW— Brother Tyrone X (@tyrone345345) March 13, 2019last_img read more

For sophomore forward Kelli Rowswell, hockey is all in the family

first_img Published on October 22, 2017 at 11:11 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Facebook Twitter Google+ On the ice, sophomore Kelli Rowswell feels at ease. Growing up in a hockey household, the rink is her natural environment.Learning from her older brothers, Rowswell has been able to translate her hockey history into success for Syracuse (1-6-1). The forward, who had aspirations to play in the National Hockey League, now leads Syracuse’s offense. She is tied for the team lead with four points, scoring 37.5 percent of Syracuse’s goals.“She has always had a hockey stick in her hand,” said Dena Derkatch, Rowswell’s mother. “Both her brothers played hockey. I played hockey.”Growing up in Winnipeg, Canada, the sporting culture centered around hockey, said Victoria Klimek, Rowswell’s freshman teammate and fellow Manitoba native. Still, Rowswell did not feel as though it was any burden to play. It was her own choice.“Hockey ran through the family,” Rowswell said. “… There was no pressure to go out and start playing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHer two older brothers, Blake and Scott, had a large role in her development. Rowswell used them as motivation. When she saw her brothers suit up and play, Rowswell immediately wanted to do the same. Sometimes, Derkatch said, Rowswell would put on her brother’s pads and try to skate on the family’s outdoor rink.Rowswell learned the sport’s routine, traveling to junior tournaments with her brothers. The majority of the sleeping and eating came in the car. As she aged and played junior hockey herself, the love for the sport only increased.As a child, Rowswell’s dream was to play in the National Hockey League, her mom said. Yet, around 13, she realized it was not a possibility. Rowswell began to ponder other future possibilities with the sport, eyeing an opportunity to play collegiately in the United States.Rowswell decided to commit to Syracuse, a roughly 1,500-mile trip across eight American states and an international border away from Winnipeg. Fellow incoming freshman and childhood friend Savannah Rennie and then-junior Steph Grossi, also a Manitoba native, helped ease Rowswell’s transition.“Sometimes we miss home a little bit and we just have some girl time,” Rennie said in 2016. “…Some cuddle time when we miss home.”Now a sophomore for Syracuse, Rowswell has become a star on the ice. While her two fellow Winnipeg natives have both missed time with injury, Rowswell has stepped up in their absence, starting all eight games. SU head coach Paul Flanagan credits her confidence and aggressiveness as a player as the reason behind her improved play.“Last year, she was looking to pass,” Flanagan said. “She is shooting the puck much better. She is playing with more confidence. She is a part of a good line and getting some special teams play. …She is starting to realize that if the opportunity is there I should shoot the puck.”Hockey will always be at the forefront for Rowswell. Though she still has room to growth, pointing toward her deking skills as an area for improvement, she has become a leader for Syracuse.Her freshman season, Rowswell did not receive much playing time and was fairly quiet in the locker room, Flanagan said. But after becoming more comfortable and earning a consistent role, Rowswell has become a main voice on the team. And, she’s only a sophomore.“She is really encouraging to everybody,” Klimek said. “I look at her as a leader. I can go to her and get advice from her.” Commentslast_img read more

AFCON Qualifier: Ghana-Uganda match moved to September 6

first_imgThe Ghana FA has confirmed that their game against Uganda Cranes in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier will be played on September 6th.Edgar Watson, the Chief Executive Officer of the Uganda FA told MTNFootball.com on Thursday saidthat their counterparts in Ghana had communicated that they have moved the game by a day instead of the earlier date of September 5.“We received the confirmation that the game will be played on a Saturday in Kumasi,” said Watson.In their last meeting at the same Stadium in an Afcon qualifier, the Cranes held the Black Stars to a 1-1 draw in 2003.The Cranes who last qualified for Afcon in 1978 have already embarked on training ahead of the match and will have a build-up away to Niger on September 2. Guinea and Togo are the other teams in Group E of the Afcon qualifiers.last_img read more

Silver: NBA will review domestic violence policies

first_imgNBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses the media during a news conference in New York, Tuesday, April 29, 2014. Silver announced that Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned for life by the league, in response to racist comments the league says he made in a recorded conversation. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK (AP) – NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday his league will “take a fresh look” at its domestic violence procedures in the wake of the NFL’s rash of incidents.Silver said during a community service event in Staten Island that the league has been discussing with the NBA Players Association ways to further educate players and provide programs to them and their families.“We learn from other leagues’ experiences,” Silver said. “We’re studying everything that’s been happening in the NFL. We’re working with our players’ association. We’ve been talking for several weeks and we’re going to take a fresh look at everything we do.”The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell have been criticized for punishments that were too slow or lenient for Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players involved in recent domestic violence cases. Goodell said last week the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement calls for a minimum 10-game suspension for a first offense of a player convicted of a violent felony.“We have in place the appropriate mechanisms for discipline, although we’ll take a fresh look at those as well,” Silver said. “But most importantly, it’s education, and it’s not just the players, but it’s the players’ families. That’s what we’re learning, too.“We have to take these programs directly to the players’ spouses, directly to their partners so that they’re aware of places they can go to express concerns, whether they’re anonymous hotlines, team executives, league executives. And we’re consulting experts. There’s a lot to be learned here. It’s a societal problem; it’s not one that’s unique to sports.”Silver spoke at the opening of a refurbished Staten Island playground and basketball court in an area damaged by Hurricane Sandy. He was joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Knicks and Nets officials in announcing community efforts throughout New York, which will host the 2015 All-Star weekend. Silver said the goal of the programs is to directly reach 500,000 children.New union executive director Michele Roberts also took part in what was her first official day in her new position. However, Silver said discussions with her started before Monday.“We do have in place, unlike the NFL, a penalty scale, and to the extent it needs any tweaking, then we’ll talk about tweaking it,” Roberts said. “What I hope we’re going to do as well is figure out ways to prevent any occurrence like that on our side. It’s one thing to know how to react in the event it happens; it’s a lot smarter to try to make sure it doesn’t happen in the first instance.”Silver noted that the NBA has had its own difficulties with issues off the court, saying the aftermath of former Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s racist remarks means “everyone understands the high standard that we are living under now in the NBA.” The NFL’s issues just accelerated the need to look for improvements.“It’s been going on, but the whole world is focused right now on what’s happening around the NFL,” Silver said, “so it’d be foolish for us not to try to learn from everything that’s happening with that league as well.”last_img read more

Shoaib Akhtar advocates adding a ‘G’ before Rohit Sharma’s name to represent the word…

first_imgAdvertisement 1j65NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsyawWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E0ad( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cmWould you ever consider trying this?😱7dz6Can your students do this? 🌚u2qjRoller skating! Powered by Firework Before India’s first test against South Africa, a big section of supporters doubted Rohit Sharma’s position in the test squad. A magnificent 176 at Vishakapatnam has shut them up and reminded everybody that modern Indian Cricket is synonymous to Rohit Sharma.Advertisement This fact was even acknowledged by Pakistan legend Shoaib Akhtar in his facebook video.Advertisement “I had asked Rohit to add a G, for Great before his name (Great Rohit Sharma) and play in the manner going in with the mindset that he is the best batsman in India,” Akhtar said in the video, refering to 2013.The Rawalpindi express also added that – Rohit is also turning out to be a modern-day great like Virat Kohli and Steven Smith. The former Pakistan pacer also said that in future when India face-off against England in a five-match Test series, Rohit could amass 1000 runs in the rubber and will surpass Smith’s run tally of 774 runs in the recently concluded Ashes series.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Basketball Under the Lights

first_imgPhotos and story by George Mazzeo |RUMSON – Under the setting sun on the banks of the Navesink River, the cheers of excited parents and basketball fans can be heard emanating from Victory Park. The “D” League, for seventh-to 10th- grade Rumson and Fair Haven boys, is in full swing and the competition is heated. With slick passes, smooth shooting and some turnovers too, the boys hone their skills, learn the game and wow the fans.The vision of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) Bulldogs head basketball coach Chris Champeau, the league has been a staple on summer Friday nights in Rumson for several years. Champeau, who serves as league commissioner and game announcer, encourages the players, chides the referee and generally provides fun to the festivities with his commentary. “Shempy,” as Champeau is affectionately known, refers to Victory Park as “the most beautiful basketball venue in the United States.” It may be, with striking sunsets and moonlit skies providing a backdrop for arcing jump shots.The teams, sponsored by local businesses, are coached by RFH high school varsity basketball players. All the kids who sign up get a chance to play and the third quarter is always the “futures quarter,” featuring the youngest players. The season ends Friday night Aug. 24.This article was first published in the August 23-30, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Christmas Caramels to Kick Off the Season

first_imgBy Elizabeth Wulfhorst |The gift-giving season is upon us. Don’t panic.Over the next four weeks in our Holiday section we’ll give you relatively easy recipes for making delicious edible gifts. All these items are perfect for hostess gifts, your kid’s favorite teacher or that hard-to-buy-for uncle or coworker. Take these treats to your holiday book club meeting, give some to your local librarian or just keep them on hand for when guests drop in unexpectedly. (But really, they should call first. It’s kind of rude to go to someone’s house uninvited.)We’re going to start with the most difficult recipe because early in the season you’re still feeling carefree, thinking you have all the time in the world. You haven’t started frantically adding random items to your Amazon shopping cart, wrapping gifts with newspaper or throwing garland all over the house and calling it “decorated.” Also, this recipe makes a ton of caramels and they keep for a while, so you’ll have them on hand well into the season. A dozen in a pretty bag, tied with a festive bow, make the perfect present. Or wrap them in newspaper. Really, they taste so good no one will care.And these caramels aren’t hard to make, they’re just a little time-consuming. With the addition of chocolate and flaked sea salt they taste amazing, well worth the time investment. The recipients of these confections will be thanking you for weeks to come and begging for more.A few tips before you embark on the caramel making.Follow the directions carefully. You really need a thermometer for these. A few degrees either way and you have a completely different confection. That said, don’t worry if your caramels aren’t the perfect consistency. Undercook them and you’ll have a delicious caramel sauce perfect for packing into glass jars. Overcook them and they’ll be more a sucking candy than a chewing candy (and much harder to cut) but still tasty.Be patient and pay attention. Caramel takes a while to reach the desired temperature. Put the phone down and focus (now is not the time to be answering emails or checking social media). Think of it as forced down time. There can be something very Zen and relaxing about standing and stirring if you embrace it. Don’t start the caramels if you have someplace to be or if you are in a hurry.Get everything ready before you start cooking. You don’t want to step away from the caramel for too long and once it hits 230 F things will happen fast. Have all your ingredients measured and within reach. Prep the pan and keep it close; you do not want to be walking around the kitchen with hot caramel.Enlist some help. The caramel making can be a lonely affair (no one wants to stand by for 45 minutes watching you stir) but the wrapping certainly doesn’t have to be. Anyone – even young ones and spouses – can wrap a caramel and twist the ends into a pretty package.Be careful. Caramel gets hot. Make sure you use good oven mitts and protect yourself from any splatter. Once you pour the caramel into the prepared pan, don’t move it until it’s completely set.Use high quality ingredients. You don’t have to use organic cream and the most expensive chocolate. I have even used semisweet chocolate chips in a pinch and had a great result. But there are very few ingredients in this recipe and their flavors will really stand out, so choose accordingly. And remember, ’tis the season for splurging.CHOCOLATE SEA SALT CARAMELSStart to finish: 1 to 1 ½ hoursServings: 96-120 caramels, depending how you cut them2 cups heavy cream, divided1 ¼ cups light corn syrup2 ¼ cups granulated sugar1 teaspoon fine sea salt5 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, cubed1 teaspoon vanillaFlaked sea salt (like Maldon), for sprinklingEquipment needed:Parchment paperSmall binder clips3-quart or larger straight-sided potCandy thermometerSilicone spatulaEmpty plate5-inch square parchment pieces for wrappingLightly grease an 8-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper both ways so parchment overhangs on all four sides and the entire pan is covered. Clip parchment overhang to the pan with binder clips. Lightly grease parchment with cooking spray. Place an empty plate on your work surface next to the stovetop.In a large, straight-sided pot, combine 1 cup cream, corn syrup, sugar and salt. Clip the candy thermometer to the pot and bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.Once the mixture begins to boil (212 F), cook, stirring constantly, until the temperature reaches 220 F. Add the chocolate and butter (keep stirring) and return to a boil. Slowly add the remaining 1 cup cream. The mixture will really bubble, sputter and expand but shouldn’t boil over (this is why you want a large pot). If you are concerned, reduce the heat slightly.You will now need to stir the caramel for 30-45 minutes (or longer). It will seem as if the temperature is never going to rise above 220 F and then all of a sudden, it will. And it might happen quickly. Do not leave the caramel at this point.Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until the temperature reaches 245 F on the thermometer. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla.Remove the candy thermometer and place it on the empty plate along with the silicone spatula you were using to stir.Immediately pour the caramel into the prepared pan, being careful not to touch the hot mixture.Homemade caramels aren’t that difficult, just time consuming.Do not scrape the bowl. Any leftover caramel that doesn’t fall naturally in to the pan can be scraped into a small bowl for you to eat (it’s called “taste testing”).Leave the caramel to set in the pan without moving it for 30 minutes, then sprinkle with the flaked sea salt to taste. Waiting 30 minutes is necessary or the salt will melt into the caramel (which will still be tasty, but not as pretty).Allow the caramel to cool undisturbed and uncovered for at least 12 hours.When you are ready to cut and wrap the caramels, remove them from the pan by undoing the binder clips, grabbing the parchment overhangs and lifting. Place on a cutting board.Using a very sharp knife or pizza cutter, cut caramels into eight to 10 strips, then cut each strip into approximately 10 pieces. If the knife is sticking, spray it with a little cooking spray. And don’t sweat the size of each piece; uniformity is overrated. These are homemade, remember.Wrap each piece in a parchment square, twisting the ends to secure.Store in a cool, dry place. Caramels will keep for up to two weeks, longer in the refrigerator.Recipe adapted from Erin McDowell for Food52This article was first published in the Nov. 22-28, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more