Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns Nominee: Bryson City, N.C.

first_imgGateway to the Smokies, Bryson City, North Carolina, is surrounded by mountains. To the north, Great Smoky Mountains National Park and its 900-mile network of trails flank the town. In the east rise the Plott Balsams, which reach elevations above 6,000 ft. To the south is another impressive range known as the Cowee Mountains, and beyond that the Nantahala National Forest, home to two the best-kept secrets in long-distance trail hiking—the Bartram Trail and the Benton Mackaye Trail.Cudas_IB_0814_2The town itself—described by locals as “uncrowded, unspoiled, unhurried, and uncommon”— is just down the road from the Nantahala River, and some of the world’s best paddlers call Bryson City home. It’s also a top craft beer town, and mountain bikers use Bryson City as a basecamp for exploring nearby Tsali Recreation Area, which contains over 40 miles of trails, and other epic singletrack in Nantahala National Forest.Vote now at!last_img read more

Brazil To Delay Fighter-Plane Competition for Several Months

first_img Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim received French Foreign Minister Michèle Alliot-Marie, to whom he confirmed that there will be a delay of “some months” in the decision on a fighter-plane purchase for which the United States and Sweden are also competing, according to official sources. According to Defense Ministry sources, this was one of the matters Alliot-Marie discussed today with Jobim, who explained to her that, due to the budget cuts announced by Dilma Rousseff’s administration in February, the operation has been put on hold “for a few months.” The defense budget for this year was approximately 8.823 billion dollars, but with the cuts decided on by the administration, it will end up at approximately 6.470 billion dollars, resulting in a review of all military acquisitions, the sources said. In the case of the fighter planes, the operation “has not been canceled,” but it has been put on hold “until the budget problems are overcome,” spokespeople at the Defense Ministry’s press office noted. The competitors for the purchase of thirty-six fighter-bombers for the Brazilian Air Force are Rafale planes from the French firm Dassault, Super Hornet F/A-18s from the U.S. firm Boeing, and Gripen NGs from the Swedish firm Saab. By Dialogo February 25, 2011last_img read more

Commack Man Arrested for Hit-and-run DWI Crash With Bus

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Commack man was arrested for drunken driving after he fled the scene of a crash with a school bus that had 23 children aboard in Smithtown on Tuesday morning, Suffolk County police said.Robert Slavonik was leaving the Dunkin’ Donuts on Route 25A in a Dodge pickup truck when he crashed his vehicle into a westbound bus and drove off at 9:45 a.m., police said.A witness took down the pickup truck’s plate number and reported it to police, who responded to the 44-year-old suspect’s home, where they found him in the driver’s seat of the truck in the driveway, police said.Slavonik was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting and driving while intoxicated. He will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Central Islip.The were no injuries reported on the bus, which was from the Three Village School District.last_img read more

Referral marketing where you’d least expect it

first_imgUsually, when RewardStream writes about referral marketing, we talk about referral programs run by financial services providers, telcos and ecommerces. These industries are the mainstay of our business and the types of client we work with the most.The products and services offered by these clients are usually the first thing that comes to mind when you ask a person what kind of things they refer friends to or receive referral s for. These are common, everyday things that people use or buy on a regular basis – chequing accounts, cell phone lines, internet connections, insurance plans, clothing, homewares and other goods. It makes sense for businesses offering these services to run referral programs.However, referral programs pop up in more unusual places too – which isn’t too surprising considering that referral marketing is one of the best marketing and customer acquisition channels, as well as having lower fees than other marketing methods. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

1Q CU shares up 8.3 percent, membership at 108M

first_imgFederally-insured credit unions saw share growth of 8.3 percent, year over year, during the first quarter of 2017 as membership also grew to 108 million, according to call report data released Monday by the NCUA.The NCUA’s 1Q data shows credit union membership growth of 4.2 percent versus a year ago; and loan growth of 10.6 percent, year over year.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger said the first-quarter 2017 call report data shows how much credit union members value their institutions.“The figures show that credit unions’ consistent commitment to providing excellent products and member service is being recognized by members,” said Berger. “Credit unions are maintaining healthy growth by focusing on their members’ needs and concerns. Credit unions succeed when their members succeed – this quarterly report is just more proof of that.” continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Austria could start loosening lockdown from April 14

first_imgTopics : Austria could start easing its coronavirus lockdown measures from next week, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Monday, but warned that this depended on citizens abiding by social distancing rules.”The aim is that from April 14… smaller shops up to a size of 400 square meters, as well as hardware and garden stores can open again, under strict security conditions of course,” Kurz said at a press conference.He added that if the government’s timetable goes to plan, larger shops will reopen on 1 May and from mid-May hotels, restaurants and other services could also start to open their doors again in stages. However, he stressed that the restrictions on movement that Austria has introduced to fight the spread of COVID-19 remained in place and called on Austrians not to celebrate Easter with people outside their household.Schools will remain closed until mid-May and public events will remain banned until the end of June, Kurz said.If trends in infection began to worsen again, the government “always has the possibility to hit the emergency brake” and re-introduce restrictions, he said.The country of 8.8 million people currently has 12,058 confirmed infections, with 204 deaths and 2,998 people who have recovered.last_img read more

Home birth ‘carries higher risk’ for first-time mothers

first_imgHealthLifestyle Home birth ‘carries higher risk’ for first-time mothers by: – November 25, 2011 29 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Where is the safest place to have a baby? Three mothers talk about their experiencesA home birth carries a higher risk for the babies of first-time mothers, according to a landmark study published in the British Medical Journal. However, the chance of harm to the baby is still under 1%, the study of almost 65,000 births in England found. For a second birth there was no difference in the risk to babies between home, a midwife-led unit or a doctor-led hospital unit. Midwife-led care was in general much more likely to lead to a natural birth. The Birthplace study is the largest carried out into the safety of different maternity settings – comparing births at home, in midwife-led units attached to hospitals, those that are stand-alone and doctor-led hospital units. All the women followed had healthy pregnancies and began labour with no known risk factors. It found that, overall, birth is very safe wherever it happens. The rates of complications, including stillbirth or other problems affecting the baby, was 5.3 per 1,000 births in hospital compared with 9.3 per 1,000 home births.Prof Peter Brocklehurst, who led the research, said there were clear differences between women having their first baby and those having subsequent children. He said: “The risk of an adverse outcome for a baby are higher for a woman planning her first baby at home than in all of the other settings, but there was no difference between the midwife and hospital obstetric units.”About 45% of women planning to have their first baby at home were transferred during labour, although this was mainly because of delays in giving birth and the need for an epidural pain-relief injection, rather than because the baby was in distress. The transfer itself was not thought to be responsible for the difference because there was no raised risk for women moved from stand-alone midwife units to hospital during labour. There was no difference in risk when women were having their second baby, whether that was at home, in a midwife unit or a traditional hospital setting.The rate of transfer from home to hospital was much lower too, at just 12%. Currently, about 90% of babies are born in medically-led hospital obstetric units. And in many areas women have a limited choice of where to have their baby. Mary Newburn, from the National Childbirth Trust (NCT), said this research should drive an an expansion in midwife-led care, either at birth centres or at home for the half of women expected to have a low-risk birth. “It’s so disappointing that, at the moment, in 50% of NHS trusts there are no midwife-led units. And only 3% of births are home births. “We think those figures show women don’t really have access to out-of-hospital options.”The research also confirms that midwife-led care is much more likely to lead to a normal birth – without any interventions, including forceps or ventouse.That was true whether the baby was born at home or in a midwife-led unit. The emergency Caesarean rate for the low-risk women in the study was 11% in doctor-led units compared with only 2.8% at home, and 4.4% in a midwife led unit on a hospital site. Louise Silverton, from the Royal College of Midwives, said: “Where a woman needs an emergency Caesarean section for their first birth, they will not be regarded as low risk for the next birth, and won’t have the choice of going outside a medically-led unit.”The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) said it supported the expansion of midwife-led units located on hospital sites, as there can be rapid transfer if complications occur. Although researchers say they could not find an explanation for the higher level of interventions in units run by doctors, RCOG president, Dr Tony Falconer, said: “Within an obstetric unit, care is provided in a multidisciplinary, multi-professional manner, involving midwives and specialist doctors. “Midwifery and obstetric units both work to standard clinical guidelines and medical help is provided only when indicated.”By Branwen JeffreysHealth correspondent, BBC News Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

Mane set to be crowned Africa’s best as troubles rumble on

first_img Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?8 Most Interesting Sylvester Stallone Movies7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketThe 9 Best Robots In Movie History6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World AFP Sport looks at some of the issues facing the most popular sport in a continent where good footballers and bad administrators often share the media stage. Awards Consistent Liverpool scorer and Senegal talisman Mane is favoured to become the second star from his country after El Hadji Diouf to be named Player of the Year. His rivals are Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian who won the last two editions, and Algerian Riyad Mahrez of Manchester City. The Player of the Year, and the winners of seven other male and female categories, will be announced at a ceremony in Egyptian Red Sea resort Hurghada. World Cup A couple of weeks after the awards banquet, Egypt will host another eagerly anticipated event, the draw in Cairo for the group stage of World Cup qualifying. The latest FIFA rankings are expected to determine the seedings, meaning Senegal, Tunisia, Nigeria, Algeria, Morocco, Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon, Mali and DR Congo will be in pot one. All those nations except Mali have played at the World Cup, and an Ivory Coast team that can call on the dazzling footwork of Wilfried Zaha could be the most dangerous second seeds. Cup of Nations Trouble lies ahead after a change from a January/February to June/July tournament this year to avoid tug of wars between clubs and countries over the services of Europe-based stars. The first revamped Club World Cup, featuring 24 teams, is set for June 17 to July 4 2021 in China, effectively ruling out a mid-year Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Senior CAF officials say off the record that a return to January/February dates is likely, and with it the possibility that an increasing number of players will put clubs first. Nations Championship Tunisia have reportedly decided because of fixture congestion to withdraw from the 2020 edition in Cameroon of the tournament for footballers playing in their country of birth. Traditionally a biennial January/February competition, it is slated for April 4 to 25 this year in three southern Cameroon cities, the capital, Yaounde, Douala and Limbe. The 16-nation championship will test the readiness of Cameroon to stage the Cup of Nations next year after construction delays led to them being replaced by Egypt as 2019 hosts. Loading… Champions League Tunisian club Esperance have been erratic as they seek an unprecedented third straight title, battling to overcome a Chadian club then defying the odds to defeat Raja in Casablanca. They have lost several 2019 title-winning stars, including Algeria winger Youcef Belaili, and the starting line-up for a group match last weekend included only four Tunisians. Record eight-time champions Al Ahly of Egypt, TP Mazembe of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa and Casablanca clubs Raja and Wydad are potential threats. Confederation Cup A new name will be engraved on the trophy this year as recent winners Ahly, Etoile Sahel of Tunisia, Mazembe, Raja and Zamalek of Egypt are all competing in the Champions League. Judged by group form up to the halfway mark, Cairo outfit Pyramids could become the third Egyptian winners of a competition modelled on the UEFA Europa League. Emirati Salem al Shamsi has invested millions in a squad dominated by Egyptians but also containing stars from Burkina Faso, Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Tunisia and Uganda. Super Cup Zamalek are threatening to boycott the February 14 match against Esperance scheduled for Qatar, a country Egypt accuses of destabilising the Middle East region. Controversial club chairman Mortada Mansour says Zamalek will change their stance only if ordered to do so by the government. “I do not understand why CAF want to stage the match in a country which is an enemy of Egypt. We are African clubs so why should we play in Asia?,” Mansour asked during a press conference. CAF The six-month secondment of FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura to crisis-plagued CAF ends on January 31 and there will be huge interest in what progress the Senegalese has made. Her brief was to introduce reforms, notably in governance, competitions and refereeing, to an organisation World Soccer magazine labelled the “biggest basket case in football”. Assisting Samoura is CAF president Ahmad Ahmad, who has not commented on various allegations against him, including corruption, financial misappropriation and sexual harassment. TV There have been no broadcasts in sub-Saharan Africa of CAF national team and club fixtures since November after a 12-year TV deal with a French company was scrapped. Lagardere Sports paid one million dollars (890,000 euros) in 2017 for the TV and marketing rights, but separate judgments ruled the deal illegal because there was no tender process. Desperate football followers have resorted to streaming, but fixture options are limited and the high cost of internet data is an additional obstacle. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Liverpool sharpshooter Sadio Mane is expected to become the first African football headline-maker of 2020 by winning the Player of the Year award in Egypt next week. The January 7 ceremony will set in motion a year sure to be full of drama on and off the field with 2022 World Cup and 2021 Cup of Nations qualifiers in the mix.last_img read more

Area Football Friday Regional Scores (11-11)

first_imgArea Football Regional Scores.Friday  (11-11)Class 2A.Indy Ritter  40     Milan  6Class 3A.Lawrenceburg  37     Danville  20Congrats to The Indians on a fantastic season!  Kudos to The Tigers on winning The Regionals!  Best of luck at The Semi-States!last_img

Cech would welcome ‘great’ Rooney

first_img Chelsea have offered Rooney a route out of Manchester United, but a bid was rejected by the Barclays Premier League champions despite the apparent desire of the striker to leave and there is some way to run in the bid for his services. Jose Mourinho insisted the England forward is the Blues’ only transfer target and, while praising Rooney, experienced goalkeeper Cech preferred to focus on preparing for the new season. “Wayne Rooney is a great player but at the moment he’s a Man United player,” Cech said. “We’ll see what’s going to happen. He’s a great player. Let’s see. “You always want to have the biggest and strongest squad so you can challenge for titles. That’s why you have a manager and sporting director to take care of that and you have to do the most important part and that’s the work on the pitch. “We already have a few more players and a great squad. If the manager doesn’t think we have enough he will try to get players in. It is only his decision. “For players, we concentrate on getting fit and doing our best, to play as much as we can. That’s all we can do. In football things are changing every day with every squad. As time goes on, every team can make some changes. Anything can happen.” Mourinho, whose second spell as Blues boss began with a 1-0 win over Singha All-Stars in Bangkok on Wednesday, has already signed Andre Schurrle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Schwarzer, the latter providing back-up to Cech. Cech is one of the survivors from the Special One’s first spell at Stamford Bridge, when Chelsea won a first Premier League title in 50 years in 2005 before retaining the trophy as the Portuguese established himself as the most successful manager in the club’s history. Cech sees little alteration in Mourinho after nearly six years away. “He is as hungry as ever, he wants to be successful,” Cech said. “When you have someone who works at such a high standard every day it never changes. It’s the same.” Goalkeeper Petr Cech has endorsed Chelsea’s pursuit of “great player” Wayne Rooney and knows nothing can be discounted in football transfer business.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more