Now Launching the 2015 Top Adventure College Tournament

first_imgROUND 4 IS COMPLETE. ROUND 5 STARTS AT 12 NOON ON APRIL 6.March Madness ain’t just about basketball. Beginning March 9, Blue Ridge Outdoors’ Top Adventure College Tournament gives the power to our readers to determine which school will be deemed the “Best Outdoor School” in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Colleges and universities meet in head-to-head matchups in a 32-school bracket. In each contest, the school receiving the most votes advances to the next round.Larger schools with over 10,000 students will battle on one side of the bracket, while smaller schools with fewer than 10,000 students square off on the other side. The two division winners face off in a David-meets-Goliath championship to determine the regions’ best outdoor school.The initial 32 colleges and universities were selected for their outdoor clubs and curricula, their commitment to outdoor and environmental initiatives, the quality of their outdoor athletes and programs, and their opportunities for adventure.Will your alma mater take the tournament crown? Rally students, alumni, and supporters around your college or university. Voting begins March 9. Each week, winners advance to the next round of the tournament.Round of 32: March 9 -15Sweet 16: March 16 – 22Elite 8: March 23 – 29Final Four: March 30 – April 5Championship: April 6 – April 12VOTE NOW! Click here to vote and to view the complete 32-school bracket.last_img read more

Salt: The best loop hike in Southern Appalachia is also one of the toughest.

first_imgEverything was wet.Water pooled on the tent floor. Flecks of leaves and dirt clung to the tent wall and exposed skin. We peeled off layers of drenched clothing as we sat on soggy gear. My partner, Seth, reached into the depths of his pack and pulled out a pair of wool socks with a flourish. The last dry item. We each took one and used it to dry ourselves off, falling asleep to thunder and the roar of pouring rain, dreaming of sunshine and dry clothing.The relatively unknown, 360-mile Southern Appalachian Loop Trail (SALT) incorporates sections of the Appalachian, Bartram, Foothills, Mountains to Sea, and Art Loeb Trails, traversing North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia in the process. The SALT seemed like the perfect summer loop – a medley of classic trails with relatively simple logistics. Unfortunately, the timing of our thru-hike of the SALT would have us crossing paths with Tropical Storm Alberto as it tore up the East Coast earlier this summer.The first miles on the Appalachian Trail passed rather uneventfully once we climbed out of Nantahala Gorge, as I watched vibrant greenery pass beneath my hooded poncho. We were fighting a losing battle on the very first day to keep our gear dry in the near constant downpour.We soon connected with the Bartram Trail and, after steeply plunging up and down for the remainder of the day, found a campsite nestled into the jungle that is Nantahala National Forest. Taking advantage of a break in the rain to cook dinner outside of the tent, we lounged on sleeping pads, allowing soggy feet to de-wrinkle. But just as the water was boiling, a wall of rain came out of nowhere, drenching us and our tortellini.Photo: Seth OrmeThe next day, we planned an earlier-than-expected stop in Clayton, Ga. Mexican food and a forty-ounce beer proved to be a much-needed morale boost.We embarked on our last day on the Bartram before joining the Foothills Trail, which rolls through several steep gorges. Indulging in a ramen lunch break on a rock beside Lake Jocassee, we contemplated swimming. I asked Seth if there were any snakes.“Not likely,” he replied. We eased into the water.“Except for that black snake right there…which is…it’s a water moccasin,” he calmly added. I exited the water with a frown and stood dripping on the middle of the rock.We waved goodbye to the Foothills Trail atop Sassafras Mountain, the highest point in South Carolina, and, armed only with a picture of a map that we took at the Sassafras trailhead, we headed into the unknown.For the rest of the afternoon we hiked along a gravel road through a no man’s land between Sassafras and Raven Cliffs State Park. There were no signs that anyone had used the road recently, no signs of humans, and also no signs. Without cell signal, we were flying blind. Miraculously, we connected with Raven Cliffs. We passed into Jones Gap State Park uneventfully, and we only briefly found ourselves lost before road walking our way into Brevard.Fortified by burgers and root beer floats, and bubbling with excitement for the remainder of the SALT, we left Brevard by way of the Bracken Mountain Trail. Soon we linked up with the famous Art Loeb, which I have been fortunate enough to hike many times over the last ten years. I was anticipating the steady climb up Pilot Mountain and the glorious spruce aroma atop the Balsam ridgeline, and the Art Loeb did not disappoint.Just after crossing the Blue Ridge Parkway, we began following the Mountains to Sea Trail, which would take us all the way to Clingmans Dome in the Smokies. After twisting through the Middle Prong Wilderness, the trail follows an old fire road that was covered in knee-high stinging nettles. To distract ourselves from the itching, we took solace in beautiful greenery and the occasional view.Photo: Seth OrmeAfter catching sight of a cloud-inversion from Waterrock Knob, we were disappointed to discover that the next section of the SALT would have us traveling on the Parkway itself. We plodded along in the heat, stepping aside for passing cars and wishing we were in the cool, lush forest instead.The next morning, we entered Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and our deadened road legs were instantly refreshed by the magic of the place. Each visit to the Smokies, I marvel at the biodiversity of the park. We hiked past purple wildflowers, delicate ferns and mosses, cold mountain streams, and Narnia-like evergreen trees.We enjoyed two unforgettable nights in the Smokies as we worked our way up to Clingmans Dome. The second night, we were visited by three wild boars. Each had tusks and weighed at least 300 pounds. They stared at us for a few seconds before scampering off into the woods.We followed the Appalachian Trail for 48 more miles, walking down to Fontana Dam, up to Cheoah Bald, and then finally down to the NOC for pizza. After an 18 day, 360 mile walk in the woods, we were feeling quite celebratory indeed.The SALT tested us physically. There was a good bit of road walking, and not all of the trail sections were flowing singletrack. But for local hiking enthusiasts, the SALT is a quintessential sampling of Southern Appalachia.By The NumbersSeth and Leah’s SALT Trail Hike Days: 18Miles: 360 milesAverage mileage per day: 20 milesHighest mileage day: 26 milesAverage amount of sleep per night: 8-9 hoursShoes worn: Nike Wildhorse 4s (trail runners)Favorite hiking dinner: Pesto tortelliniFavorite hiking snack: Sour Cream and Chives crackersCalories consumed/day on trail: 3000Calories consumed/day in town: 4000Other hikers we saw during four days on Bartram Trail: 1Showers taken: 2Trails hiked: AT, Bartram, Southern Foothills, Palmetto, Mountains to Sea, Bracken Mountain Trail, Art Loeb TrailStates covered: NC, SC, TN, GALongest stretch without visiting a town: 7 dayslast_img read more

Pieper Bar Review Question of the Day Starts March 1

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Law school graduates had their legal knowledge put to the test this February when they took the bar exam. All the endless hours spent reading legal material, listening to class lectures, writing essays, and taking practice test after practice test came down to just two days and one exam.Pieper Bar Exam is now looking ahead.It’s time to think about the Uniform Bar Exam this coming July—the first administered in New York (as well as Washington, D.C. and Vermont). Luckily for anyone taking the test this summer, Pieper came up with yet another strategy to help students study for the bar exam.Pieper is committed to preparing its students for the bar exam through its intensive bar review course, comprised of informative-but-interesting lectures, writing workshops and tutoring sessions, and it will be offering a new resource beginning March 1, 2016 called the Question of the Day.By signing up for Pieper’s Uniform Bar Exam Question of the Day, subscribers are emailed bar exam questions that they can answer to the best of their ability and access the answer along with a comprehensive explanation as to why the other choices are incorrect. Consequently, subscribers have the opportunity to not only obtain a clearer understanding of legal material, but get a better idea of the types of multiple choice questions that have been included on the bar exam before.The Question of the Day is a great way to constantly stay engaged in your bar review without having to be glued to a textbook. Each morning you can start your day by answering a question. Because it’s only one question rather than an entire practice test, you won’t need a ton of time to answer either.Since your day will probably consist of reviewing anything and everything law-related, this could also be a good motivator and help get you in the right mindset—whether you get the question right or wrong. Answering correctly exhibits your readiness for the bar exam and shows that you’re on the right track to passing. Answering incorrectly, on the other hand, may be disappointing, but alerts you to topics you’ll need to brush up on, or to improve the way in which you approach multiple choice questions.Preparing for the Uniform Bar Exam is a full-time job that requires your undivided attention. It’s stressful and time-consuming, but completely worth it. Pieper’s Question of the Day is a helpful tool to ensure your bar exam journey ends in victory.Morey Publishing is an award-winning, Hubspot-certified digital marketing company! Contact us today!last_img read more

BW’s first MEGI LNG tanker launched at DSME

first_imgLNG World News Staff An aerial photo of BW’s first MEGI LNG tanker (Image courtesy of BW LNG)Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW Group recently held a launching ceremony for the company’s first MEGI LNG carrier.The launching ceremony for the M-type, Electronically Controlled, Gas Injection (MEGI) LNG vessel took place at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in South Korea.The 173.400-cbm LNG carrier named BW Tulip is expected to be delivered to its owner in February 2018 along with its sister MEGI vessel.  The two vessels were both ordered back in September 2014.Daewoo said in August last year that the contract price of the LNG duo had been reduced from 429.7 billion Korean won to 427.8 billion Korean won ($382m).BW’s orders at DSME include one FSRU expected to be delivered in November 2019, three LNGs out of which two are scheduled to be delivered in February 2018 and one in November 2019.The shipping company’s current fleet comprises of 21 LNG vessels, with 16 tankers in operation and 5 newbuildings, according to BW’s website.last_img read more

Bail denied for 5 men intercepted in Soufriere drug bust

first_img Sharing is caring! Yohan FlynnThe bail application of five men, four Dominicans and one Vincentian allegedly involved in a drug bust in Soufriere last Friday was denied by a magistrate on Monday. Police Public Relations Officer Sergeant Kenth Matthew reported on Friday 6th January, 2012 that “On Friday 6th January, 2012 the Police intercepted a Mitsubishi bus registration # PJ033 which is registered to Marcus A. Cuffy of #63-E Bath Estate which was being driven at the time by Yohan Flynn of the same address. Flynn was accompanied by Gerard Germain of Bath Estate and Irwin Miller a Vincentian national. They had in their possession 10,000 grams of cured Cannabis. During that same exercise at Soufriere, one Yamaha motorcycle registration #PF 350 which was being driven by its owner Craig Cochrane of Kingshill and one open keeled boat which was being commanded by John Sylvester of Portsmouth were also intercepted.”Gerard GermainGerard Germaine of Bath Estate, Yohan Flynn of Bath Estate, John Sylvester of Lagoon, Portsmouth, Craig Cochrane of Kingshill and Irwin Miller of St. Vincent will spend seven days at the State’s Prison until next week Monday when their bail application will be reviewed. Irwin Miller pleaded guilty to all five charges namely; Possession of Cannabis, Possession with intent to supply 10, 000 grams of Cannabis, Importation of Cannabis, Conspiracy to import Cannabis and Illegal entry while the other four Defendants pleaded not guilty. John SylvesterPolice Prosecutor Inspector Claude Weekes objected to bail on two grounds explaining that the likelihood of the Defendants interfering with the investigation is very positive and that they could also disrupt the investigation which is being jointly conducted by the Drugs Squad and the Customs Department. Mr. Weekes noted that while the Defendants are innocent until proven guilty and that they have a right to a free trial the offenses which are related to drug importation are very serious offenses. Irwin MillerHe further stated that the prosecution is only requesting that bail be withheld until next week as they are investigating matters which involve the security of the state. Attorney at Law Mr. Wayne Norde who represented the Defendants told Magistrate Lewis that he ‘hates’ it when the prosecution merely stands and say that the Defendants will interfere with the investigation. He continued, ‘they must not only say that they will interfere, they must show it’.Norde explained further that the matters are bailable offenses for which one man has pleaded guilty and so there is no need to “punish” the others by incarcerating them. ‘The Defendants were caught on a bus with marijuana, what investigations again you want to conduct?’ Norde asked. Craig CochraneMr. Norde suggested to the Court that a curfew could be imposed on his clients instead of denying them bail however Magistrate Lewis was unconvinced granting the Prosecutor’s request that ruled bail be denied.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Bail denied for 5 men intercepted in Soufriere drug bust by: – January 9, 2012 28 Views   one comment Sharecenter_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Spurs announce 80m pounds increase in revenue but profits fall

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Tottenham Hotspur announced on Wednesday an increase in revenue of 80 million pounds ($94.19 million) in 2019, but club chairman Daniel Levy said the figures were inconsequential. Levy said the increase in revenue was nothing compared to the challenge of working to ensure the club survives the coronavirus pandemic. Spurs recorded revenues of 460.7 million pounds for the year ending June 30, 2019 and made a profit of 68.6 million pounds after tax. It was a 44.4 million drop from the world record 113 million pound profit the London club made last year. The revenue increase was thanks largely to the club reaching the UEFA Champions League final last season where they finished runners-up to Liverpool. The feat allowed the club to pocket 108.4 million pounds in gate receipts and prize money. Television and media revenues increased marginally to 149.9 million pounds. Meanwhile, sponsorship and corporate hospitality revenue was 120.3 million pounds – an increase of nearly 27 million pounds. The opening of the new 62,000-seater stadium last April saw investments rise up to 1.4 billion pounds, while the total cost of intangible assets was listed at 332 million pounds. With the English Premier League suspended until April 4 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Levy said it was not the time to give attention to the club’s financial results. They were however legally bound to announce them before the end of the month. “I’ve spent nearly 20 years growing this club and there have been many hurdles along the way – none of this magnitude – the COVID-19 pandemic is the most serious of them all,” Levy said. “We have, as a necessity, ceased all fan-facing operations. With such uncertainty we shall all need to work together to ensure the impact of this crisis does not undermine the future stability of the club. “This will include working with the wider football industry and its stakeholders to seek to restore the season – but only when it is safe and practical to do so.” Spurs are currently eighth in the Premier League with nine games to go – seven points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and potential Champions League qualification. They were knocked out in this season’s Champions League last 16 by RB Leipzig last week and were eliminated from the FA Cup by Norwich City earlier this month. Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19Daniel LevyEnglish Premier LeagueFinancesRevenueTottenham Hotspurslast_img read more

Man allegedly fires gun at Miami Beach hotel lobby’s floor after telling mother, son to social distance

first_imgPolice have arrested a man who allegedly fired shots into a Miami Beach hotel lobby’s floor after he told a mother and her son to practice social distancing at a Miami Beach hotel.Miami Beach Police arrested 47-year-old Douglas Marks at the Crystal Beach Suites Hotel, along the 6900 block of Collins Avenue, Monday night. When officers arrived at the hotel, they found a man in the lobby holding a black pistol. They said he surrendered to them and was arrested without incident.According to a police report, the man was enraged that a mother and child were not social distancing. Detectives said the mother and son angered the man enough for him to allegedly fire gunshots into the lobby’s floor.Police allege the shooter “continued to scream commands to social distance while holding the firearm and subsequently fired several shots.”Police say no one was injured. Marks faces several charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, using a firearm while committing a felony and discharging a firearm in public.last_img read more

‘Big Three’ discussing ways to help lower-level players, says Djokovic

first_img(REUTERS) – Novak Djokovic has been in touch with fellow ATP Player Council members Roger Federerand Rafa Nadal to discuss ways to assist lower-ranked players facing financial struggles amid the novelcoronavirus outbreak, the world number one said on Saturday.Answering a fan’s question during his Instagram live chat with Stan Wawrinka, Player Council chief Djokovic saidsteps would be taken to ensure that only those players who are most deserving will benefit from any relief plans.“I spoke to Roger and Rafa a few days ago and we had a conversation about the near future of tennis. Howwe can contribute to help lower ranked guys who are obviously struggling the most, Djokovic said.“A majority of players ranked between 250 to 700 or 1,000 don’t have federation support or sponsors and areindependent and left alone.”The tennis season was suspended in early March due to the pandemic, leaving players in the lower tiers whodepend solely on tournament winnings without the chance to earn a living.The plight of players ranked outside the top 100 in singles has prompted the game’s stakeholders — theATP, WTA, ITF and the organisers of the four Grand Slams — to devise plans to provide some assistance.“Players hopefully will (also) contribute collectively to the relief fund that the ATP (and others) will distributeusing models and criteria,” Djokovic added.“You want to avoid giving money to player who fits into this category (low ranking) but does not need the moneycompared to someone else… hopefully between $3-4.5 million will be distributed to lower-ranked players.”Djokovic, a 17-times Grand Slam champion, said other short-term solutions could include diverting bonusmoney meant for top players from season-ending events like the ATP Finals into the relief fund.“If we don’t have any events (in 2020), maybe next year’s Australian Open prize money can be contributed to thefund,” the Serb added.“I’m glad the tennis eco-system is coming together. Everyone realises the base of tennis. These guys ranked 250onwards are the ones making the future of tennis.“We have to show them they’re not forgotten. We also have to send a message to young players that they canlive out of tennis when there’s a financial crisis.”last_img read more

Syracuse’s next opponent: What to know about Buffalo

first_img Published on December 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco Comments Fresh off a second-half collapse against Old Dominion, Syracuse (7-3) will look to bounce back with an upset of its own, against No. 14 Buffalo (10-0) on Tuesday night inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange has lost three nonconference games, making the game a must-win. The Bulls, meanwhile, bring in a very experienced team that has won 10 straight.Here’s what to know about the Bulls ahead of Tuesday’s matchup:All-time series: Syracuse leads, 28-5Last time they played: The Orange used a hot start in the first half to down the Bulls inside the Carrier Dome last year, 81-74. Despite the seven-point margin, SU shot 50 percent from the field while holding the Bulls to a 37.7-percent clip.Oshae Brissett led all players with 25 points, including a perfect 16 for 16 at the free-throw line. Frank Howard added 18 points, while Matthew Moyer finished with 12 points and nine rebounds. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Buffalo report: The Bulls return most of their key contributors from last season outside of Wes Clark. CJ Massinburg is the leader of this Bulls squad. The senior leads the team with 17.1 points on 48.6 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent from 3. Along with Massinburg, Nick Perkins also returned and has been a big part of the Buffalo offense. He averages 13.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. The undefeated Bulls rank No. 25 in adjusted offensive efficiency and ninth in the country in turnover percentage, per Kenpom.com. They do not turn the ball over and take smart shots, making 56.4 percent of its 2-point field goals.Defensively, the Bulls have been most efficient when guarding the deep ball, holding opponents to 27.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc, 20th in the country per Kenpom.com. Buffalo is also 43rd in the country in turnover percentage, per Kenpom, as their seniors take advantage of younger backcourts. How Syracuse beats Buffalo: Simply put, Syracuse needs to move the ball on offense and create more open looks. It didn’t happen in the second-half collapse against Old Dominion, and now the Orange will host a stronger team in Buffalo.A big factor will be how well SU shoots the 3 ball. The Orange average 23 attempts from behind the arc a game, converting just less than 30 percent. There have been times — like at Ohio State — where Syracuse has shot the ball extremely well. There’s a lot less room for error Tuesday night than in previous games.  The zone’s strength will also be tested. Buffalo is best when they attack the inside, struggling to shoot the 3 ball — 33.5 percent, No. 200 in NCAA, per Kenpom — at a strong rate. Forcing the Bulls to shoot from beyond the arc and not attack the paint will be key. Stat to know: 85.2 — The amount of points Buffalo puts up per game, ranking No. 16 in the country  Kenpom odds: Syracuse has a 65 percent chance to upset Buffalo, by a score of 75-70.Player to watch: CJ Massinburg, G, SeniorThe leading scorer and best player on Buffalo, Massinburg will be the player to watch out for Tuesday night. He is the Bulls’ best scorer (17.1 ppg), second on the team in rebounding (7.1 rpg) and is extremely efficient on offense. If Buffalo can’t break down SU’s zone, Massinburg will be relied on heavily down the stretch, especially from 3. There, the 6-foot-3 guard shoots at a 42.9-percent clip, significantly better than any Syracuse starter.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more