5 Fall Hikes in the Blue Ridge

first_imgThe Blue Ridge region is nationally renowned for its leaf peeping potential, but picking the right trail for viewing fall colors can be a daunting task. Use this guide to find five of the best leaf viewing locations in the southern Appalachians before you hit the trails this fall.Looking Glass Rock, Pisgah National ForestNorth CarolinaThis is an iconic hike in Pisgah National Forest. From a  distance, Looking Glass is one of the most impressive mountains in the Southeast, but even more stunning is the view from its summit. The strenuous 6.4-mile out-and-back that guides forest visitors to the top of of the mountain, where the they find a sprawling view of the Western North Carolina mountains. 2016 is projected to be a banner year for leaf viewing in Western North Carolina, so plan to hit the trail soon.Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 12.03.21 PMAuxier Ridge Loop, Red River Gorge Kentucky Some of the best vistas in the Red River Gorge await on the Auxier Ridge Loop trail. This moderate day hike requires about five miles of foot travel and anywhere from three to six hours depending on your skill level. At the top you’ll find a stellar view of  Courthouse Rock and sprawling vistas of Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. Learn more here.Old Rag, Shenandoah National Park Virginia One of the most popular hikes in the Mid-Atlantic region, Old Rag offers fall visitors a prime vantage point from which to witness the changing of the seasons. In fact, it’s widely regarded as one of the best summits views in Virginia, particularly in autumn. The hike itself is strenuous, requiring a rock scramble and approximately 3.5 miles of trekking with many viewpoints along the way. But the real pay off is at the top! Learn more here.screen-shot-2015-10-28-at-2-17-23-pmBlackwater CanyonWest VirginiaSituated in the Monongahela National Forest in the north central West Virginia Highlands, Blackwater Canyon stands apart as one of the Mountain State’s best fall view points. Once used to haul lumber and coal through this sunning natural landscape, the Blackwater Canyon Trail is tailor-made for those seeking a sense if mountain solitude. In addition to transitioning leaves, be on the lookout for the endangered West Virginia flying squirrel, the Indiana bat, and the Cheat Mountain salamander. More on Blackwater Canyon here.Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 12.15.20 PMTable Rock Mountain, Linville Gorge North CarolinaThe Linville Gorge is arguably one of the most stunning landscapes in all of Western North Carolina, and it’s chock full of top-notch leaf peeping destinations. If you’ve never been, use the summit of Table Rock Mountain as an intro to all the gorge has to offer. The unique summit can be seen throughout much of the North Carolina High Country, and the route to the top is a breeze compared to some of the other summits on this list. Learn more here.Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 1.50.29 PMlast_img read more

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Russia to ground all international flights from midnight on Friday

first_imgThe decree said that flights authorized by the Russian government would be exempt from the rule. The new measures do not apply to domestic flights within Russia.The government said Russians who were unable to return due to restrictions imposed by countries they are in should take measures to stay safe. The decree also called on the finance ministry to allocate funds to repatriate Russians, adding that returnees would be subject to health checks and a two-week quarantine.Russia, which has reported 658 cases of the coronavirus and announced two COVID-19 related deaths Wednesday, already closed its borders to foreigners last week. Topics : Earlier in March, Russia limited flights to and from the European Union.center_img Russia will halt all international flights from midnight on Friday under a government decree listing new measures against the coronavirus outbreak.The decree published on Thursday orders aviation authorities to halt all regular and charter flights, with the exception of special flights evacuating Russian citizens from abroad.Russia’s civil aviation agency Rosaviatsiya will halt “regular and charter air travel from Russian airports to airports of foreign states and back,” according to the decree published on the government’s website. The grounding starts at midnight Friday, or 2100 GMT Thursday.last_img read more

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WHO seeking $76 mln for Lebanon after Beirut blast, concerned about coronavirus

first_img“A week after the blast, the World Health Organization is still concerned about the health and wellbeing of people who were injured, lost loved ones, or became homeless, and it’s expected (that) recovery from the psychological pain from the blast will last much longer,” said Rana Hajjeh, WHO’s regional programme director.”In particular, we are concerned about the return of COVID-19 in Lebanon. We have launched an appeal for $76 million, and ask the international community to support the Lebanese people and show solidarity with them in every way possible.”The loss of hospital beds had “clear implications for the management of COVID as well as other medical conditions”, said Richard Brennan, WHO’s regional emergency director.Initial results from an assessment of 55 primary healthcare clinics and centers across Beirut showed just over half are not functioning, with the remainder functioning at varying levels, Brennan said.The WHO has so far brought in 25 tons of personal protective equipment (PPE), distributed trauma and surgical supplies to 2,000 patients at 10 hospitals, and is working with at least 11 emergency medical teams that have arrived from overseas, officials said. Topics : The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday it had appealed for $76 million in aid for Lebanon after last week’s massive explosion in Beirut destroyed or damaged hospitals, clinics and medical supplies.Lebanon was already struggling with a financial crisis and a rise in the number of new coronavirus cases before the Aug. 4 explosion in the capital’s port area that left at least 171 dead and injured some 6,000.The blast put three hospitals out of operation and has left three others working at partial capacity, reducing the number of beds in public and private hospitals by 500-600, WHO officials told an online press conference.last_img read more

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Antonio wins Player of the Month award

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away EPL: West Ham, Newcastle in cagey duel West Ham striker, Michail Antonio, has been crowned the Premier League’s first ever Player of the Month for July.The 30-year-old played a crucial role in West Ham’s survival, firing eight goals in just seven games to steer David Moyes’ men away from the relegation zone. He topped a seven-man July shortlist featuring Olivier Giroud, Harry Kane, Anthony Martial, Nick Pope, Christian Pulisic and Raheem Sterling to win the award.“I’m buzzing,” Antonio said. “Obviously as a professional footballer you go out there and try your hardest and your best, so to get some recognition for it is amazing.“Since I started my professional career this is definitely the best I’ve played and hopefully I can carry it on to next season.”Votes to decide the winner came from both the fans on the EA SPORTS website and the 20 Premier League club captains.Antonio’s most notable performance was when he scored his first ever hat-trick by netting four goals against Norwich to relieve West Ham’s bottom of the table trouble. He also became the first West Ham player to score four goals in a single Premier League away match.Tags: David MoyesMichail AntonioWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

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Holding: Archer’s workload at his pace is ‘unsustainable’, tantamount to ‘abuse’

first_imgBy Charles RichardsonFORMER West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding believes England’s overuse of Jofra Archer is tantamount to “abuse”.Holding claimed England’s regular deployment of Archer, who bowled 22 of the 75 overs on the penultimate day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, was “unsustainable”.“Archer bowled a third of all the overs bowled. That’s a spinner’s quota,” he told The Independent. “If you keep bowling him like this you will lose the 96 mph delivery. He’ll still bowl fast, 90mph, but do you want to lose the express pace? It is not just about this match or the next, but next year and the one after that.”South Africa’s Kagiso RabadaHolding compared Archer to South Africa’s leading quick, Kagiso Rabada who is the same age as Archer (24), has bowled more than 7 000 overs in Test cricket – more than any other fast bowler his age – and has a history of back trouble, which has caused him to soften the speed of his deliveries.“It’s abuse,” Holding said. “When I was bowling, we had three other quicks just as fast. We could share the burden.”While Archer’s spell was ruthlessly impressive – it ultimately forced Australia’s batting talisman Steve Smith from the field with injury – Holding believes that England’s firecracker needs to be monitored closely in the future.“England need to be very careful with Archer. He is obviously very fit, as you could see with his recovery from the side strain. Like me, he is tall, not big and muscular. He relies on rhythm and looks very relaxed running in. All that is in his favour but it is not sustainable for England to use him like this in every match.Holding’s warning was echoed by Jim Pate, senior physiologist at the centre for health and human performance, who spoke exclusively to Telegraph Sport.“Even for a bowler with such a fluent action as Jofra Archer’s, there are inherent risks in one bowler being asked to take on such a big workload in one match,” he said.“Fast bowling places a big strain on different areas of the body: there is a huge amount of stress running through the knee and ankle in the landing leg (although Archer’s smaller jump into the crease mitigates against this a little); there is pressure on the shoulder, which generates so much of the pace in the delivery; and there is tension running through the bowler’s side.“The nature of high-performance athletes is that they will push themselves to the limits of what their bodies can endure – and often beyond. It is the job of the coaches to ensure the athletes are protected from themselves and not allowed to go too far into the danger zone which can lead to injury.” (Yahoo Sport)last_img read more

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Norwegians support the preparations of a young Bosnian skier

first_imgOne of the most successful young Bosnian skiers in the category of alpine skiing, Šejla Merdanović, has received huge support from the Embassy of Norway for her training and preparations.The Norwegians secured 30.000 BAM for this project.  The funding is planned to cover the costs of her ski training in Norway.   From February 2013, the fifteen-year old Šejla Merdanović will be staying in Norway in three periods. During her stay in Norway she will be lodging at some of the best ski camps.Šejla Merdanović is the absolute winner of the B&H Cup in her category for the last seven years. She is also a member of the children’s A team representation of B&H in alpine skiing.last_img

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Wellington Cross Country opens season in Valley Center; home invitational is Saturday

first_imgDate:  Saturday, Sept. 10thRaces start at 8:00 A.M.6th Grade-12th JordynYoung917.2026th WELLINGTON HIGH School CROSS COUNTRY results TannerMeyer8.4844th8th ALL time BEST Date:9/6/16Windy and Warm DakotaDry1013.0528th BillyWalker912.4819th TylerBrown921.4123rd Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments MackenzieHeacock914.093rdYES HunterBryant918.0267th RyleeMurray9.0989th JoTredway1214.4210thYES OliviaSpeagle9.4695th WillLong1213.4737th KadinHeacock1123.0936th MEET:Valley Center held at the Valley Point Golf Course Varsity Race – Girls – 5000 MetersVarsity Race – Boys – 5000 MetersB-Team – Boys – 2 milesB-Team – Girls – 2 miles. ———The full results of the Valley Center Invitational is as follows: JohnLong917.1066th EmberlyGonzalez916.2523rd QuintonRedford912.0310thYES BlakeBales1115.4762nd 7th Grade Boys1 mileTIMEPlaceMedal HopeMaxwell917.38NP LakinSmith7.41110th BerkeleyWright10.0188th CamdenParkey6.1637thYES Next meet for Wellington Cross Country Runners AveryBarker915.1112thYES KorbinJones6.1129thYES JamesCarey12.07119thcenter_img MattMcComb1118.0768th ChanceHamel1020.2112th WELLINGTON MIDDLE School CROSS COUNTRY results Date:9/6/16 8th Grade Boys1.5 milesTIMEPlaceMedal DerickKotchavar914.4847th Where:  Here at HARGIS CREEK WATERSHED – eastside QuinnMcCue915.2057th WHS Boys2 mile raceGradeTIMEPlaceMedal ZachKristek10.28100th 8th Grade Girls1.5 milesTIMEPlaceMedal Boys Placed 5th Girls Place 3rd  KatrinaDvorak9.4726thYES6th ALL time Best Boys Placed 10th TobyHenning8.0311thYES2nd ALL time BEST WHS Boys5K raceGradeTIMEPlaceMedal WHS Girls2 mile raceGradeTIMEPlaceMedal JamesHinman1115.1454th 7th Grade Girls1 mileTIMEPlaceMedal MorganBacon8.0769th CarsonLeGrand1212.4520th AustinSoles916.1463rd TrinityMason12.2374th Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. OVER 34 schools competing on Saturday MEET:Valley Center held at the Valley Point Golf Course MontanaHeacock915.0051st Chance Hamel running at the Valley Center Invitational.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington High School and Middle School opened their cross country season Tuesday in the Valley Center Invitational. This will be a tune up for the Wellington Cross Country Invitational to be held at Hargis Creek this Saturday morning.The Valley Center Invitational was a new venue as in years past it was ran around the Kansas Coliseum. This year it was held at the Valley Point Golf Course in Valley Center city limits.The Crusaders did well with four medal winners in the high school races and five medal winners in the middle school. Even more impressively, three middle school runners made the “top 10 all time best” list.There were three WHS boys who competed the varsity 5K race. Chance Hamel, a sophomore, finished 12th with a 20.21 time. Tyler Brown, a freshman, finished 23rd with 21.41. Kadin Heacock, a junior, finished 36th with 23.09.In the high school girls, there were three medalists, although this was the two-mile race, not the 5K race. Mackenzie Heacock, a freshman, finished with a 14.09 time. Jo Treadway, a senior, placed 10th with a 10.42 time. Avery Barker, a freshman, finished with a 15.11 time for 12th place.In the middle school, Toby Henning, an eighth grader, finished with the second best time for a WMS cross country runner of all time. He finished 11th with an 8.03 time. Tanner Meyer placed 44th, medalled, and posted the eighth best WMS time in history.In the eighth grade girls, Katrina Dvorak finished 26th, medalled, and posted the sixth best record time of all time.———Wellington will be hosting the Cross Country Invitational Saturday at the Hargis Creek Watershed. Over 34 schools will be competing at the meet. The time schedule is as follows:8:00 a.m. – 6th Grade Race – GIRLS 8:05 a.m. – 6th Grade Race – BOYS 8:15 a.m. – 7th & 8th Grade Middle School Coaches Meeting at the starting line of the 7th grade race 8:20 a.m. – Starting time for 1st race.                        7th Grade Race – Girls                        7th Grade Race – Boys                        8th Grade Race – Girls                        8th Grade Race -  Boys 9:25 a.m. – High School Coaches Meeting at the starting line 9:30 a.m. – Starting time for High School raceslast_img read more

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