Bike DuPont State Forest

first_imgWhen cold temperatures and Frankenstorm Sandy hit the East Coast in late October, many of us were anticipating the winter season to end all winter seasons. “We’ll be shredding in May with all the snow we’re going to get!” we yelled while high fiving strangers in the milk/water/canned food/candle aisle of the local grocery store. Ski slopes opened early, El Nino was in the air, and life was good. Unfortunately, we came back down to planet Earth over the next month, and here we are again in mid-December with mild temps and dirt, not snow, beneath our feet. Before we resign ourselves to a winter like last year, we must remember that this is fairly typical in the Southeast. Winter will make its official arrival soon enough, but in the meantime, take advantage by getting in one more weekend of warm weather activity.The best way to recreate outside and take in some nature while still scratching that adrenaline itch is to hop on the mountain bike and attack some flowy singletrack. The best place to do that is at DuPont State Forest outside Asheville, N.C. The extensive trail system in DuPont is more buffed out than in nearby Pisgah National Forest, providing buttery smooth downhill sections and manageable climbs. The scenery can’t be beat, with waterfall after waterfall along the trails and Lake Julia on site. Either way you ride it, linking up loops or trying the 35-mile IMBA Epic Ride, you can spend all day in DuPont and not cross your tracks.View Larger Maplast_img read more

‘Don’t rush in shutting down a city’: Jokowi wants local-scale COVID-19 restrictions

first_imgCoordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto doubled down on Jokowi’s message, saying the President had instructed “central government and regional administrations to coordinate well [before] issuing a policy that will affect a wider community”.“The President asks for local-scale social restrictions, so we will evaluate [the transmission of COVID-19 in around] 83,000 villages and neighborhood units spread across the country,” Airlangga said after the meeting.Read also: Jakarta back under PSBB, but less strict than beforeThe Jakarta administration has decided to “pull the emergency brake” by reimposing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) starting Monday, in light of the soaring number of new COVID-19 cases and fatalities each day as well as the high percentage of occupied hospital beds in the capital. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has encouraged regional administrations to implement local-scale social restrictions to contain COVID-19 transmission, instead of the large-scale ones, for “a more detailed handling” of the pandemic.Jokowi argued that each neighborhood unit or village in a certain region might need different treatment as they experienced a different level of crisis.“Don’t rush in shutting down a city, regency or certain areas. We have to move based on data to make a more effective policy,” Jokowi said during a Cabinet meeting at the State Palace on Monday. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan revealed earlier that 77 percent of 4,053 isolation beds for COVID-19 patients were occupied. The city would soon run out of isolation beds if it did not pull the brake, he claimed.Based on government data, nearly a quarter of coronavirus infections in Indonesia have occurred in Jakarta, amounting to 54,220 cases. Four of six municipalities in the capital, moreover, were marked “red” in the country’s COVID-19 risk mapping system.Several government officials, however, expressed their concerns regarding the Jakarta administration’s move to partially lock down the city, saying that it could negatively affect the economy.Airlangga, who also heads the National Economic Recovery and COVID-19 Response Team, said Jakarta’s plan to reimpose the PSBB had caused the stock market to dip.Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang said he was worried about the potential effects of the PSBB on the improving industrial performance, while Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto warned about the risk of disruption in the distribution channel if PSBB measures were reimposed.center_img Topics :last_img read more

RBC Heritage: Dustin Johnson continues good form; Shane Lowry leads with play suspended

first_imgAfter an opening-round 71, Jordan Spieth was 3 under through 12 holes and in a tie for 29th when play was suspended.Luke Donald, a five-time runner-up at the tournament, was at 1 under and even through 14 in his second round.Defending champion Satoshi Kodaira and Xander Schauffele were also at 1 under, having fired a 68 and 70 respectively.Don’t turn around @XSchauffele. pic.twitter.com/OQfHytsw1R— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 19, 2019 The world No. 1 is at 7 under and tied for third with Emiliano Grillo (67), with the duo sitting two shots behind Lowry.Lowry was 3 under through 16 holes — and 9 under for the tournament — when play was suspended, with rain having led to a delay of almost four hours earlier in the day.DJ can draw [email protected] moves his ball right to left to grab a share of the lead.#QuickHits pic.twitter.com/oz9nH6BQnh— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 19, 2019The Irishman is a shot clear of Trey Mullinax, who fired a 3-under 68 in his second round in South Carolina.Just a stroke behind Johnson and Grillo are Rory Sabbatini (69) and C.T. Pan, who produced the best round of the day with a 6-under 65. Dustin Johnson continued his good start at the RBC Heritage as Shane Lowry retained his one-stroke lead when darkness suspended the second round.Johnson, who already has two wins this year and is coming off a runner-up finish at the Masters, carded a 4-under 67 in the second round.last_img read more

Bombers nip Enver Creek in final of Halloween Classic

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsLuke Mori scored in extra time to lift the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 3-2 victory over Surrey’s Enver Creek in the final of the Halloween Classic High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament Saturday in Summerland.Mori’s goal was not from the ordinary column as the Bomber senior used some of his creative magic to spark the Bombers to victory.“(Luke) drilled a low shot that rebounded off the post and came out only to hit their keeper and go into the net,” said Bomber assistant coach Chris Richards, holding down the sidelines for skipper Keith Williams who was unable to make the trip.“From there it was just a matter of containing as much pressure as we could for the last five minutes,” Richards added. “We soaked up that pressure and our keeper (Andrew Woodward) did not even get tested.”LVR opened the tournament Friday by stopping Kelowna Secondary Owls 3-0. Mori, Erik Norberg and Sean Hickson scored first-half markers as the Bombers jumped all over the Okanagan side.The second half was a completely different story as the Owls pushed to try to get back into the game.LVR then shutout St Ann’s of Kamloops 2-0. Mori and Norberg scored for LVR.The Bombers then advanced to the final with a heart-stopping shootout victory over Guilford Park of Surrey. Despite owning most of the game, it was Guilford Park opening the scoring in the second half.The Lower Mainland squad kept the Bombers off the scoreboard until with only seconds left in the game Norberg scored to send the contest into shootout. In dot-shots, Woodward was outstanding for LVR, stopping four of six shots to preserve the win.The victory should rejuvenate the Bomber players after the squad finished out of the medals during a tournament earlier this season in Chilliwack.
The Bombers are preparing to meet Mt Baker Wild of Cranbrook in the Kootenay High School Boy’s Soccer Championships later this month in the East Kootenay City.The winner represents the zone at the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Championships November 25-27 at the Burnaby Lake Sport [email protected]last_img read more

Chelimo slams heat, pollution after Asiad marathon gold

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Chelimo’s gold continued Bahrain’s recent Asian Games success in the marathon after Eunice Kirwa and Hasan Mahboob — both also born in Kenya — won the women’s and men’s titles in 2014.Despite smashing her rivals in a slow race to take gold, Chelimo admitted that Jakarta’s heat and poor air quality had caused her problems.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“It was bad, it was too hot,” the 29-year-old told AFP. “I felt something in my throat too. The air here, you feel like it’s hard to breathe.“I felt like I wasn’t going to finish but I found some morale and hope to keep going. Thank God I finished with no harm.” Nogami bit her tongue when asked if she had any sore feelings about being beaten by a runner born in Kenya.“Maybe, but she came first regardless of her nationality,” said the Japanese runner.“Perhaps I should just focus on my own shortcomings.”Nogami, whose countryman Hiroto Inoue won the men’s marathon a day earlier, also complained about the heat despite the early morning start.“When I threw my sunglasses away late in the race my eyes were really stinging,” she said.“I felt then it was because of the air pollution but to be honest the heat was worse.”Kirwa followed her Asian Games gold medal with a silver at the Rio Olympics two years ago and Chelimo signalled her intent to race at the 2020 Tokyo Games — mindful that severe heat could be a factor.“I’m planning to go for gold in Tokyo,” she said. “I hope all will be well.” Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Chelimo had already crossed the finish line when Japan’s Keiko Nogami entered the stadium to claim silver over a minute and a half behind. North Korea’s Kim Hye Song took bronze.“But I’m very proud to be the Asian champion,” said Chelimo, one of 10 siblings who captured the world title in London last year. “I just spoke to my family on the phone and they were all praying for me,” added the gold medallist, who grew weary of the snail’s pace the leaders were running at to break away after 25km.“I planned to break away around 35km but I saw my chance and decided to go for it,” said Chelimo.“Nobody followed me so I continued to push the pace and then I was on my own.” ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Bahrain’s Rose Chelimo reacts after winning the women’s marathon athletics event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 26, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Juni KriswantoWorld champion Rose Chelimo made light of brutal conditions on Sunday to scoop Asian Games gold for Bahrain with a runaway win in the women’s marathon.The Kenyan-born athlete produced a devastating break from the leading pack after the 25-kilometre mark in Jakarta and ploughed a lonely furrow as she crossed the line to win in a modest time of two hours, 34.51 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT ‘One of those weeks’: Woods doing well except with putter DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

Defeat Spam: Imitate the Body’s Defenses

first_imgYour body’s immune system is inspiring the next generation of email spam-fighters.  The University of Southampton reported that “An algorithm for spam recognition inspired by the immune system will be presented at the first European conference on Artificial Life (ALIFE XI) being held in Winchester this week.”    The idea is that “in the same way as the vertebrate adaptive immune system learns to distinguish harmless from harmful substances, these principles can be applied to spam detection.”  The conference is hosted by the University’s new “Science and Engineering of Natural Systems” group.Natural systems do not do their own science and engineering.  The engineering is embedded in their DNA.  The conference attendees will hear from experts on alleged self-organizing structures and “embedded, embodied, evolving and adaptive systems.”  This is code for intelligent design.  Embedded instructions require design.  Embodied adaptive systems require pre-programmed design by intelligent agents (as in robotics).  Evolving systems that perform such feats without intelligent help, however, exist only in the vivid imaginations of secular evolutionists.  Their best example so far is a tornado in a junkyard.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Fun couple Kiefer Ravena, Alyssa Valdez win charity beach volleyball game

first_imgView comments MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Joshua Pacio-Hayato Suzuki rematch ‘a 50-50 bout,’ says Filipino veteran Rene Catalan Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Ravena, the NLEX Road Warriors star in the PBA, and Valdez, the face of Philippine volleyball, pulled off the comeback victory in a game where proceeds will go to Mindanao State University-Marawi College of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Academy.“It’s been an honor being able to play the game that we love and at the same time being able to help our young brothers and sisters in Marawi,” said Soriano. who is also the founder of BVR. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“With the help of all those who supported, the CSPEAR Sports Academy of MSU-Marawi will be able to teach more and more kids so that these children’s lives will be filled with laughter instead of anger, love instead of hate, and hope instead of fear. That, for me, is the true value of sport.”Banko-Perlas 1’s Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan, meanwhile, won the gold in the women’s division after dominating National University-Boysen’s Roma Doromal and Kly Orillaneda. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño In men’s action, Air Force’s Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez topped Cignal’s Fauzi Ismail and Edmar Bonono, 21-17, 21-18, to bag the title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Couple Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez, superstars in their respective sports, showed they also have the chemistry as teammates on the sand court.Ravena and Valdez teamed up to edge Charo Soriano and John Vic de Guzman, 23-21, in a highly-amusing celebrity and charity match during the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) December Open at Sands SM by the Bay on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas first Greek in 83 years to reach French Open last 16

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries03:14Mom of 3 year old girl slain in anti drug ops files raps vs Rodriguez cops02:42PH 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 PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The last Greek player to reach the second week at Roland Garros was Lazaros Stalios in 1936.Tsitsipas, who stunned Roger Federer en route to the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, had battled back from 5-2 down in the third set to keep his hopes of a straight-sets win alive.World number 60 Krajinovic has good memories of the French capital, though, having reached the Paris Masters final in 2017, and forced a fourth set in a high-quality tie-break.He looked likely to take the match into a decider when Tsitsipas made back-to-back double faults to be broken in the seventh game, but Krajinovic played a dreadful game when serving for the set and was broken to love.Tsitsipas took full advantage, forcing another breaker, in which he sealed victory after saving a set point on his first match point.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas plays a shot against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek player in 83 years to reach the second week at Roland Garros on Saturday as he survived a scare in the third round against Filip Krajinovic.The sixth seed led by two sets overnight, with the match suspended at 5-5 in the third due to darkness at 9:52 p.m. local time, and saw Serbia’s Krajinovic launch a comeback.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES PBA: Ginebra picks up ‘ugly win’ as it turns back NorthPort Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Tsitsipas lost the set in a tie-break but sealed a 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (8/6) success on Court Philippe Chatrier after overturning a 5-3 deficit and saving a set point in the fourth.The 20-year-old will take on either former champion Stan Wawrinka or Grigor Dimitrov for a place in his second Grand Slam quarter-final after their match was also suspended on Friday evening.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“It’s really tricky when you come back after a day. It’s unusual, you don’t do it that often,” said Tsitsipas.“It was important I saved those set points. Closing in the fourth set, it’s important to save energy.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

Israel approves Palestinian construction in West Bank

first_imgJerusalem: Israel’s Cabinet on Tuesday unanimously approved a proposal to build over 700 housing units for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in addition to 6,000 Israeli settlement housing units. An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe the closed-door meeting, said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government advanced the proposal late Tuesday. It appeared timed to coincide with a visit by President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and chief Mideast envoy Jared Kushner, who is expected in the region this week. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe permits would be for construction in Area C, the roughly 60 Per cent of the West Bank where Israel exercises full control and where most Jewish settlements are located. Netanyahu’s government has approved the construction of tens of thousands of settler homes, but permits for Palestinian construction are extremely rare. Israel captured the West Bank, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek these areas as parts of a future state. Most of the international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank illegal under international law and an impediment to a two-state solution to the conflict. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsTouring new construction in the West Bank settlement of Efrat, south of Jerusalem, Netanyahu said Wednesday that “not a single settlement or a single settler will ever be uprooted.” Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich, a religious nationalist in Netanyahu’s government, wrote on Facebook that he backed the construction of Palestinian housing in Area C because “it prevents the establishment of a terrorist Arab state in the heart of the land” and asserts Israeli sovereignty over Area C. The Western-backed Palestinian Authority has control of civilian affairs in Areas A and B, which include the West Bank’s main Palestinian cities and towns. Kushner is returning to the Middle East this week to promote the administration’s call for a 50 billion economic support plan for the Palestinians, which would accompany a Mideast peace plan that the administration has yet to release. The Palestinians have rejected the agreement out of hand and cut off all contact with the Trump administration, saying its policies are unfairly biased toward Israel. The Trump’s administration’s Mideast team is spearheaded by people with close ties to Israel’s settler movement. His ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, recently told the New York Times that Israel has the “right” to annex some of the West Bank. Both critics and supporters of the settlements say the White House’s friendly attitude has encouraged a jump in settlement activity.last_img read more

EPA Would Need to Consider Listing PFAS as Hazardous Substances under House

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would need to determine whether to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), under bipartisan legislation introduced Monday by Michigan Reps. Fred Upton (R), Debbie Dingell (D), Tim Walberg (R) and Dan Kildee (D). Such a move would help communities and states respond to contamination in drinking water supplies stemming from past DOD activities. EPA would be able to order cleanup actions and recover costs the agency expended in cleanup actions, reported CQ. For base closure communities waiting to obtain land from the military services, a federal decision to list PFAS as hazardous substances under the Superfund law would force DOD to clean up property with elevated levels of the contaminants before handing it over.In May, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a series of steps the agency would take to respond to national concern over the presence of PFAS in drinking water supplies. One of those steps, expected to occur this fall, was considering a decision to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances.The legislation’s other primary element would require federal agencies to enter into cooperative agreements with states requiring them to conduct testing, monitoring, removal and remediation to address water contamination from PFAS resulting from operations at a federal facility. The bill would require DOD to submit a report to Congress explaining any delays in completing a cooperative agreement for cleanup between the department and a state or local municipality.“We cannot underestimate the seriousness of PFAS contamination in Michigan and across the country. I have repeatedly called on the Department of Defense to act more quickly to clean up PFAS contamination at former Wurtsmith Air Force Base,” Rep. Kildee said in a joint press release.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russell Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more