Head In The Clouds

first_imgClimbers Seek Access To Cloudland CanyonGeorgia’s Cloudland Canyon boasts gorge walls that rise almost 2,000 feet from the valley floor. Miles of steep sandstone cliffs and creekside boulders highlight the state park. The quality of rock has prompted the Southeastern Climbers Coalition (SCC) to start a grassroots letter writing campaign requesting climber access to Cloudland’s forbidden cliffs.“We’ve received a number of public comments, which are being discussed in upper management,” says Ryan Hilton, a ranger at Cloudland Canyon. “But climbing has been off-limits for some time, and as of right now, that’s still the policy.”The Southeastern Climbers Coalition has been successful in reversing climbing bans. They recently secured bouldering access at Panola Mountain, another Georgia state park.“The Cloudland Canyon process is only in its infancy right now,” says Brad McLeod, spokesperson for the SCC. “But it’s one more piece in the puzzle, and Cloudland would offer another climbing option near Lookout Mountain.”Cloudland Canyon sits on the western edge of Lookout, the same long, wide, rocky mountain that has given climbers classic crags like Sunset Mountain in Tennessee, Rock Town in Georgia, and Little River in Alabama. According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, however, climbers shouldn’t hold their breath while waiting for access to Cloudland Canyon.“We can’t offer climbing right now at Cloudland with the current trail system in place,” says Kim Hatcher, information officer for Georgia State Parks. “The type of rock that makes up Cloudland’s cliffs breaks easily, which means there would be a significant amount of debris falling below the climbers. Right now, the trails are located beneath the rock, so it’s a safety issue. Climbing would put hikers at risk.”And forget about re-routing the hiking trails in the current economic recession. The Department of Natural Resources is in the midst of a budget crunch and doesn’t have the staff or resources to undertake a large trail-building project.Still, McLeod feels as if the letter writing campaign has laid the groundwork for a serious access discussion in the future. “It’s one of the last parks run by the Georgia DNR that still bans climbing. The fact that there’s any kind of movement on the issue is promising.”last_img read more

Serena Williams vs. Barbora Strycova results: Williams advances to 2019 Wimbledon final for shot at 24th Grand Slam

first_imgThe quest for 24 continues.Serena Williams made quick work of Barbora Strycova, defeating the Czech in straight sets (6-1, 6-2) to advance to the Wimbledon Final where she will meet Simona Halep on Saturday morning. The match lasted just 59 minutes. 10:10 a.m.: Strycova bounces back to tie the set at 1-1. Williams just missed wide and long to hand Strycova the hold.9:58 a.m.: Serena elects to serve and wins the first game.Who will join Simona Halep in the #Wimbledon final?It’s @serenawilliams vs @BaraStrycova…Live scores 👉 https://t.co/1I4MjWFaWP pic.twitter.com/H9YpCLUHBP— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 2019The match is scheduled for around 10 a.m. ET. Live updates will begin at that time. With Williams serving to take the first set, Strycova managed two break points before the seven-time Wimbledon champion blasted an ace pact Strycova to take Set 1 in just 27 minutes.MORE: Wimbledon 2019: Scores, schedule and TV channels for every matchSet 2 was more of the same as Strycova was visibly in pain and even let a pair of screams out on Centre Court. Williams broke the Czech in the fifth game before closing out the match.Saturday’s final will be Williams’ 11th appearance in Wimbledon singles championship, the second-most all-time behind only ‎Martina Navratilova’s 12. Williams will be the oldest women’s finalist in the Open Era.A win on Saturday would tie Williams with Margaret Court for the most career Grand Slam singles titles of 24. Since returning in 2018 from giving birth to her first child, Williams had advanced to three of the six Grand Slam finals that she has appeared in. Halep has never played in a Wimbledon final.Sporting News tracked live scoring updates and highlights from the 2019 Wimbledon women’s singles semifinals. Follow along below.Serena Williams vs. Barbora Strycova score, resultsBelow are live scores and results from the 2019 Wimbledon semifinals.WimbledonSemi-finalThursday 11 JulyEndElina Svitolina (8)13-Simona Halep (7)66-EndSerena Williams (11)66-Barbora Strycova12-All start times are estimatesClick here or refresh the page if you don’t see a live scoreboard.Match updates, highlights from 2019 Wimbledon women’s semifinalsFinal: Williams def. Strycova 6-1, 6-2Set 2: Williams 6, Strycova 211:01 a.m.: Well that was easy. Williams wins the set 6-2 and advances to her 11th Wimbledon singles finalSerena is Finals bound at #WimbledonShe has reached at least one major final in 12 consecutive years, the second-longest streak of its kind by a woman in the Open Era. pic.twitter.com/MKbuPqOM8S— ESPN (@espn) July 11, 201910:56 a.m.: Strycova lets out a piercing scream as Williams wins the game to go ahead 5-2. Williams now serces for a spot in the final opposite Halep.10:52 a.m.: Quickest game yet for Williams. Williams wins 45-0, and Strycova appears to be in some pain.10:47 a.m.: There’s the break Williams needed. After Williams won the fourth game of the set, Strycova was in position to take the fifth game, before a double fault at 30-30 and an easy unforced error at the net for game point gave Serena the lead. Williams leads 3-2.10:40 a.m.: Strycova holds serve and leads 2-1 in Set 2.. Williams has dominated Strycova’s second serve, but nonetheless Strycova wins the game and shouts, “Come on!” 10:38 a.m.: Williams jumped out to an early 40-0 lead before Strycova earned a point down the line. Williams blasted her fourth ace by Strycova to win the game.10:33 a.m.: After losing five consecutive games, Strycova bounces back to take an early 1-0 lead in Set 2.Set 1: Williams 6, Strycova 110:28 a.m.: Wow. Williams was down 40 to love before rattling off five straight points to take the first set.An 11th #Wimbledon singles final is on the horizon…@serenawilliams wins the first set 6-1 vs Strycova pic.twitter.com/OR0S8E60H8— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 11, 201910:22 a.m.: Williams starts the game with an ace and cruises to an easy point. 4-1 Williams.10:18 a.m.: Williams breaks Strycova! The pair was level at 15-15 and then 30-30 before Williams put a final shot by Strycova.last_img read more

Olympia Street Crews Prepare For Ice Or Snow This Weekend

first_imgInformation about what we use:Salt Brine Anti-Icing Agent. When snow is predicted, a salt brine anti-icing agent is applied to Olympia’s lifeline roads and hills before the snow begins to fall.  This helps to keep snow and ice from sticking to roadway surfaces for easier removal.The salt brine is a combination of whey, salt and molasses. Whey is used in place of water because it contains salt naturally, which requires less of a salt additive. Molasses is used to help adhere the solution to the road surface. The molasses does cause some temporary staining, but it washes away as the snow and ice melts. Lifeline roads are the main routes that fire, police and transit need to use. For a list of the City’s lifeline routes, check the City of Olympia website, www.olympiawa.gov/snow. Facebook3Tweet0Pin0With temperatures predicted to drop and the possibility of ice or snow the weekend, City of Olympia crews will work overnight Saturday and through the Monday holiday, if needed. Their primary focus is on major hills and the City’s lifeline travel routes. As appropriate, they will apply either a salt brine anti-icing agent or a sand/salt mixture.The city’s five dump trucks have also been outfitted with snow plows and are ready to be deployed, if needed.Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians are reminded to always use caution when traveling on hills, even if the anti-icing agent or sand mixture has been applied.last_img read more

Golden man: David Beckham turns 45 and wishes pour in on Twitter!

first_imgImage Courtesy: REX/manutd.comAdvertisement bjn667NBA Finals | Brooklyn VsecWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E943398( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) xxnoWould you ever consider trying this?😱82wCan your students do this? 🌚2vk9zRoller skating! Powered by Firework One of the most popular celebrities in the world and a former icon of football David Beckham has turned 45 today. From the dressing room of Manchester United, the former England international has had the taste of heavyweights such as Real Madrid, AC Milan, LA Galaxy and Paris Saint Germain in his career, and is still remembered for his sublime free kicks. Now a businessman, model and spokesperson. Today on his birthday Beckham’s social media floods with felicitations from all over the world.Advertisement Image Courtesy: REX/manutd.comFrom players and celebrities to football clubs and several organisations, social media filled up with spectacular tributes towards the legendary footballer on this special day. Below here are some of the best tweets and Instagram posts-Advertisement In a decorated career that spans more than two decades, Beckham has won six English Premier League, one La Liga, two MLS Cups and one Ligue 1 trophies. He was also the runner up in the 1999 Ballon d’Or, losing out thew award to the Brazilian legend Rivaldo. He is also the ambassador of UNICEF UK since 2005.The former midfielder has earned 115 caps for the England national football team, scoring 17 times. Beckham is also the first English footballer to score at three world cups, and to win league titles in four different countries.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Read Virat Kohli’s romantic message to Anushka Sharma on her birthday!Setback: Bundesliga side FC Cologne reports 3 coronavirus positive tests after resumption of training Advertisementlast_img read more

Second Highlands Home Falls While Being Elevated

first_imgBy John BurtonHIGHLANDS – Borough officials have been in discussions with state Department of Community Affairs representatives about the circumstances surrounding the falling of the second home being elevated in the borough in less than a month.Like the first home to fall while being elevated, the second damaged home had to be demolished.The incident occurred at about 9:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, when police and emergency responders received a report that 49 Second St., which was being elevated, had fallen from the pilings it was sitting on, said Tim Hill, borough administrator.The structure fell 10 to 12 feet, crashing to the ground, according to Dale Luebner, borough engineer.“Due to the collapse of the structure, it had to be demolished” as a precaution because it posed a safety hazard, Hill said.There were no reports of injuries at the site, Hill said.Because the house fell close to the neighboring home at 47 Second St., the family there was relocated to a hotel as a precaution for the evening while their home was examined for any structural damage. None was found, Luebner said.A large two-story Locust Street home fell on Aug. 23 while being elevated. The home, which hit the house next door, was so heavily damaged that emergency management personnel ordered it torn down. No one was allowed to enter that home.That was also the same situation with the Second Street home, which had been damaged by Super Storm Sandy, according to Jerome Larson Jr., president of Jerome Homes, LLC, the Atlantic Highlands contractor working on the renovation and elevation project.The 1,411 square-foot home, built in 1943, was owned by Walter Shippee, according to the state’s tax records.Shippee moved into the home just weeks prior to Sandy last October. The home was severely damaged with 4 feet of flooding that ruined the first floor, Larson said.“It was undergoing a major renovation and elevation,” with the interior completely gutted, Larson said.“There doesn’t seem to be anything we can pinpoint at this point” as a cause for the collapse at this time, Hill said.“We’re stilling trying to figure out what happened,” Larson said. “We do know there were high gusty winds” that evening.“We’re studying the weather reports” to determine if the winds were a factor in what happened, he said.The house had been sitting on lally columns, which are 4-inch steel columns filled with cement. There were 16 of them – 12 around the building’s perimeter and four in the middle – which is usually more than enough anchoring for a structure of this size, Larson said.The columns are permanent and would remain as workers constructed the foundation, a job that was scheduled to be done this week, Larson said.The borough’s construction official, Paul Vitale, has been in discussions with the state’s Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Luebner said. DCA is responsible for determining if the contractor followed proper protocol on such a project.Larson said he will be talking to DCA representatives, borough officials and professionals to determine what happened to prevent it from reoccurring for the sake of homeowners and the safety of his workers and himself.last_img read more

The Great Contradiction: Liberian Business People Facing a Reluctant Government

first_imgThis newspaper following the tradition of its key mentor, Albert Porte, has repeatedly expressed the hope that the Liberian Government would at last rise up to the sacred challenge of empowering Liberians in business. Why sacred? Because this is the only way to end poverty in Liberia. The Daily Observer has over many years and with great fervency urged that so long as our economy remains dominated by foreigners, so long, will Liberians remain in abject poverty. Yet, when we consider the critical and compelling symbiosis between the people’s economic empowerment and peace, we have no choice but to continue pleading with, urging, prevailing upon, even begging the Liberian Government to see the need to change the macroeconomic paradigm in the country by ensuring that Liberians share a greater stake in the national economy.And why does this newspaper continue to hope that the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Government will listen to this plea? Why continuously follow the tradition of Albert Porte? Because, he always considered himself “an eternal optimist”. That is why his nephew Kenneth Y. Best titled his biography of Mr. Porte as “A Lifetime Trying to Save Liberia”. According to Mr. Best, Albert Porte, from the young age of 23 in 1929, started challenging corruption and other serious malpractices in the Liberian government. It was Mr. Porte and his brother-in-law, George S. Best, whose Crozierville Observer persistently published excerpts of the report of the International Commission on the Fernando Po Crisis in 1930. The Crozierville Observer also followed and reported on the political reactions, especially of the people of Montserrado County. They held a series of anti-government meetings and demonstrations. The final one was held on September 30, 1930, the day President C.D.B King delivered his final Annual message to the Joint Session of the Legislature. When he announced that his government should adopt all the recommendations of the International Commission, he was jeered by the demonstrators. On Tuesday December 2, Vice President Allen Yancy resigned his position. The following day, December 3, 1930, President King’s Aide de Camp submitted the President’s letter of resignation. With the Speaker of the House, J.N. Lewis in Sinoe and unable to get to Monrovia quickly, the Legislature swore in Secretary of State Edwin J. Barclay as the 18th President of Liberia.Despite the great persecution he was to suffer through the Tubman, Tolbert and Doe years, Albert Porte continued his indomitable crusade for better governance in Liberia. Always calling himself the “eternal optimist”, he never gave up.So are we the Daily Observer in our crusade to plead with the GoL to take concrete measures to empower Liberians in business. The Observer Publisher, Kenneth Y. Best, in his commencement address at Cuttington University on December 12, 2012, urged the GoL to take a giant step to see to it that all foreign owned businesses in Liberia with investments of US$50,000 and above shall have a Liberian partner. Mr. Best knew that there would be a tall order for the government whose leader, President Sirleaf, once told him that there were certain foreign businesses here that were “untouchable”. More beside, there are people close to the administration that are decidedly on the side of foreign business, determined to maintain the status quo of foreign economic domination, which status they know fully well would perpetuate poverty in Liberia.These are people who seem determined that lasting peace will continue to elude Liberia, and that the country will perpetually live in a fragile peace.Yet we remain optimistic that somehow President Sirleaf in the two years she has left will muster the courage and determination to do what is needed to change the economic paradigm in Liberia. Liberians must be encouraged through training and financial stimuli to play a greater role in the economy.Our farmers should also be encouraged to grow more food especially vegetables, fruits, tubers, coffee, cocoa and rice, toward moving Liberia to food self-sufficiency. This will at last lift them out of subsistence farming and empower them to provide better education for their children, build modern homes, be able to afford modern healthcare and lift their standard of living.This leadership by government would end once and for all the great contradiction that the people continue to face in their government’s reluctance to come on their side and help empower them in business.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Huge increase in allegations of abuse toward the elderly

first_imgThere has been a 40% surge in allegations of physical and psychological abuse towards the elderly over the past two years, it has been revealed. According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, the HSE received 711 complaints of physical abuse in 2016 – but this rose to 1,010 last year.Allegations of psychological abuse rose by 41% in this time frame, with 1,261 last year. The HSE said it has a no-tolerance approach towards all abuse, but Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy said the stats are a big worry.He said: “The information which has been received through the Freedom of Information revealed shocking figures.“While one might say they are allegations, the fact that the HSE is saying that quite a large amount of them have reasonable grounds is certainly shocking and certainly is an issue that would cause a lot of concern to a lot of people.”Huge increase in allegations of abuse toward the elderly was last modified: August 30th, 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)last_img read more

CAUV bills awaiting committee action

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Legislation proposing changes to Ohio’s current agricultural use valuation (CAUV) program has remained on hold in the General Assembly since last fall. Senator Cliff Hite (R-Findlay) and Representative Brian Hill (R-Zanesville) introduced the companion bills on November 18, 2015. The Senate referred its bill, SB 246, to the Senate Ways and Means Committee on December 9, 2015 and House Bill 398 was referred to the House Government Accountability and Oversight Committee on January 20, 2016. Neither committee has acted on its bill.Taking up Ohio Farm Bureau’s recommendations, the bill sponsors target two aspects of the CAUV program — the formula used to determine CAUV values and the valuation of land used for conservation practices or programs. To create more accurate valuations, the legislation proposes several changes to the CAUV formula:• States additional factors to include in the rules that prescribe CAUV calculation methods. Currently, the rules must consider the productivity of the soil under normal management practices, the average price patterns of the crops and products produced to determine the income potential to be capitalized and the market value of the land for agricultural use. The proposed legislation adds two new factors: typical cropping and land use patterns and typical production costs.• Clarifies that when determining the capitalization rate used in the CAUV formula, the tax commissioner cannot use a method that includes the buildup of equity or appreciation.• Requires the tax commissioner to add a tax additur to the overall capitalization rate, and that the sum of the capitalization rate and tax additur “shall represent as nearly as possible the rate of return a prudent investor would expect from an average or typical farm in this state considering only agricultural factors.”• Requires the commissioner to annually determine the overall capitalization rate, tax additur, agricultural land capitalization rate and the individual components used in computing those amounts and to publish the amounts with the annual publication of the per-acre agricultural use values for each soil type.To remove disincentives for landowners who engage in conservation practices yet pay CAUV taxes at the same rate as if the land was in production, the proposed legislation:• Requires that the land in conservation practices or devoted to a land retirement or conservation program as of the first day of a tax year be valued at the lowest valued of all soil types listed in the tax commissioner’s annual publication of per-acre agricultural use values for each soil type in the state.• Provides for recalculation of the CAUV rate if the land ceases to be used for conservation within three years of its original certification for the reduced rate, and requires the auditor to levy a charge for the difference on the landowner who ceased the conservation practice or participation in the conservation program.To access the bills and follow their status in the Ohio legislature, visit HB 398 here  and SB 246 here.last_img read more

NU stumps FEU for 1-0 lead in UAAP men’s volleyball finals

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Richard Solis had 17 points to lead FEU while John Paul Bugaoan added 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Season MVP Bryan Bagunas finished with 18 points to lead NU while getting additional firepower from Rookie of the Year James Natividad, who put up 16 points.“We had a small problem in the first set because of the adjustments our opponents made,” said NU head coach Dante Alinsunurin in Filipino. “It’s a good thing once the second set started we were able to recover and carried that momentum in the third and fourth sets.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I hope this continues in the second game.”Madzlan Gampong and Kim Malabunga also finished in double digits for the Bulldogs with 10 points apiece. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment02:42PH 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion National University moved on the cusp of the title after turning back Far Eastern University in four sets, 21-25, 25-23, 25-23, 25-18, in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball finals Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Bulldogs need just one more win to repeat as champions and take their fourth title overall.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ NCAA committee proposes moving 3s to international line Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Trouble connecting? Plug into identity.

first_imgIn just 68 words, Seth Godin recently summed up a fundamental truth of human behavior that all nonprofit fundraisers should take to heart. (Read it here: “People like us do stuff like this.”) Rather than focusing on need or showing a donor what their gift can accomplish, those looking to move proverbial mountains should spend more time understanding and appealing to shared identity. When individuals perceive themselves as part of a community (or “tribe”, as Seth would say), they’re more likely to act in a way that supports conformity and loyalty to this group. If you can show or suggest that a group would act in a certain way as part of their shared identity, the individuals who identify with this group are much more likely to act in the same way. This means that if you’re a graduate of Virginia Tech, you’re more likely to give to a cause if other Hokies are also supporting the cause. If you’re a Mets fan, you’ll sign up for the blood drive in Queens — because that’s what Mets fans do. If you live in the Lone Star State, you won’t mess with Texas.There are many types of shared identity, such as those created through:Location — a neighborhood, a nationalityCommon experiences — graduating classes, survivorsShared passions — birdwatchers, mountain bikersBy plugging into these social norms of community pride and self-identity, fundraisers and changemakers can inspire people to change behaviors, take action, and give.How are you appealing to your audience’s identity and sense of community to rally support for your cause?last_img read more