Daily Dirt: Blue Ridge Burn Results, BRP Inns Open, RVA Bike Lane Economics

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for October 14th, the day West Virginian and American hero Chuck Yeager became the first man to travel faster than the speed of sound:Festy Experiences the Blue Ridge BurnDespite the utterly dismal weather over the weekend, the Festy Experience music festival went off with a bang this weekend at Devils Backbone Brewery in Roseland, Virginia. The crowds could not have their spirits dampened by a little rain and the bands rocked out like we knew they would. We would like to extend a big shout out to the Festy and the Infamous Stringdusters for continuing to build on year’s past and putting on another great festival. The Festy gets bigger every year, drawing some of the biggest names in bluegrass and Americana as well as festival goers from around the region and country. We would also like to thank all the runners that braved the rain and showed for the 18th annual running of the Blue Ridge Burn 5k/10k trail race. This year’s race was probably our best yet, with the Travis Book hewn course winding its way through the festival grounds. We had a great time, and we hope you did too. We also raised a lot of money (final tally still being calculated) for the Southern Environmental Law Center, so we got that going for us…which is nice.Click here to see the full 2013 Blue Ridge Burn results of both the 5K and 10K races.See you again next year!Blue Ridge Parkway Attractions Re-OpenA few amenities along the Blue Ridge Parkway have re-opened against the backdrop of the government shutdown that is now two weeks old. Originally, the Blue Ridge Parkway was scheduled to close when the government did, but an eleventh hour decision left the road open, but closed the amenities and National Park Service owned infrastructure along the byway. Now, a few of those amenities have been allowed to re-open this past weekend. The Peaks of Otter Lodge at Milepost 86 in Bedford County had been closed since October 1, but opened its doors to visitors on Saturday. The same goes for the Mabry Mill living history exhibit and restaurant at Milepost 176 in Floyd County. Both are operated by a private concessions company that received permission to re-open. They join the Pisgah Inn outside Asheville, which also opened to visitors this weekend. The Pisgah Inn had originally defied the government shutdown and remained open during the initial phase of the shutdown, but was closed on October 4th.Why It’s So Hard to Get Bike LanesThis post is specific to Richmond, Va. and the Virginia Department of Transportation, but it highlights the bureaucratic and political challenges inherent in changing city infrastructure in regards to non-motorized traffic. There is some great technical detail in the post, but the gist of it is that municipalities don’t want to change their road or transportation infrastructure because they would receive less money from VDOT for maintenance and upkeep. For example, if a city changes a travel lane into a bike path or other type of pathway, that would count against their total miles of road, and thus would be subtracted from their next compensation. This could apply to any municipality in the state, and probably nationwide. It is just another example of a senseless hurdle in the way of progressing bike, pedestrian, and mass transit infrastructure in America.Read the full post here.last_img read more

Civil Legal Justice Act attracts many sponsors

first_img Civil Legal Justice Act attracts many sponsors Civil Legal Justice Act attracts many sponsors March 1, 2002 Regular Newscenter_img The Florida Civil Legal Justice Act, a top priority of The Florida Bar, may be in a strengthened position for getting funding essential to expand legal aid services in Florida.Bar President Terry Russell said leaders in both chambers of the legislature have expressed support for finding money for the act. The money would help victims of domestic violence, children in civil cases, immigrants, and people who need help obtaining federal benefits. The money could not be used to sue the state or any of its subsidiaries.The help from legislators came as the Bar faced a crisis in finding money for the program. It had been hoped to use surplus federal funds earmarked for transitional welfare programs as part of the welfare reform movement, but those funds wound up set aside for other uses as the state faces the budget crisis.But getting help finding nonfederal funds meant making changes in the program. Instead of getting $10 million, it will likely be a smaller amount, Russell said, and instead of applying statewide the money will likely be earmarked for pilot programs. Changes were being prepared for the bill as this News went to press.“There appears to be a good prospect we can get some general revenue funding,” Russell said. “I’m frankly pretty upbeat at this point.”Aside from the funding difficulties, the Civil Legal Justice Act has proved popular with lawmakers, garnering 60 co-sponsors — more than any other pending piece of legislation, Russell said. It has passed several committees.“There’s wide support for the bill; it’s a matter of trying to find the money,” said Steve Metz, the Bar’s legislative consultant. “We’re cautiously optimistic.”Sen. Locke Burt, R-Ormond Beach, chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee that unanimously passed the Senate version of the bill in January, albeit while members were warning money would be hard to find.He said a key determining factor on the availability of funds will be the March 8 revenue-estimating conference, which will give lawmakers the latest figures on how much they can spend in the 2002-03 budget.“The good news is the economy is getting better faster than we expected,” Burt said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”Florida is one of only 11 states that provides no state funding for legal aid — something Russell has made a top priority to change.last_img read more

Panel not sold on unanimous verdicts

first_img April 1, 2006 Regular News P anel not sold on unanimous verdicts Rep. Bruce Kyle, R-Ft. Myers, has filed a resolution declaring that Florida’s public policy should not require unanimous jury recommendations for death sentences.As chair of the House Justice Council, Kyle had conducted a workshop on the issue because Justice Raoul Cantero, writing for a unanimous court in 2005 WL 2509284 (Fla. 2005), urged: “In light of developments in other states and at the federal level, the legislature should revisit the statute to require some unanimity in the jury’s recommendations” in death penalty cases.In rejecting unanimous jury recommendations, HR 1627 states “unanimity vests with a single juror the ability to override the reasoned judgment of all other jurors weighing and considering the same facts and circumstances.”If the resolution passes, American Civil Liberties Union lobbyist Larry Spalding said the Supreme Court probably will be asked to decide whether Florida should stand alone in the way it handles jury recommendations for the death penalty. Florida remains the only “hybrid state” that allows juries to recommend death sentences by a simple majority of jurors and allows a judge to overrule a jury recommendation. Panel not sold on unanimous verdictslast_img read more

Teen Carjacked at Gunpoint in Uniondale

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three masked men carjacked a teenager at gunpoint in Uniondale late Thursday night, Nassau County police said.The 18-year-old victim was seated in his 2012 Chrysler 300 parked on Davis Avenue when the trio walked up, one suspect pulled out a black semi-automatic handgun and ordered the victim out of the car shortly before 11 p.m., police said.The robbers stole the victim’s cell phone and wallet before they fled in the car southbound on Davis Avenue. The victim was not injured.Hempstead village police later recovered the car un-occupied on Dietz Street.First Squad detectives request anyone with information about the above crime to contact Nassau County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

NOPSEMA approves Santos’ WA-437-P geotechnical and geophysical survey

first_imgGeophysical data collection will consist of single beam echo sounder (SBES); multi beam echo sounder (MBES); side scan sonar (SSS); and sub-bottom profiling (SBP). In an update earlier this week, Carnarvon said that pre-FEED contracts were recently awarded to three contractors. The site survey is required to support pre-engineering studies for any future development and aims to aid in the understanding of the local geology and identify any potential subsea hazards. The timing of the Survey is dependent upon vessel availability, weather conditions and the receipt of the required statutory approvals. The geotechnical survey is required to collect detailed information on the properties of the seabed and the underlying shallow sediments to build a picture of the local geology of the area and support geophysical data collected. The Phase 2 may follow Phase 1 or start as part of a subsequent mobilisation during 2020/2021 and is estimated to take 45 days to complete. Both phases will be completed by December 2021. The preferred development concept is an initial phase of oil and condensate development followed by a future phase of gas export. Shallow water depth allows for simple wellhead platform (WHP) and FPSO development. The geophysical survey will consist of; in-situ penetration testing; borehole sampling via piston coring, vibrocoring or rock coring (substrate pending); and box coring. Dorado field illustration; Source: Santos Dorado FPSO supply competition The geophysical component of the survey is required to obtain detailed bathymetry measurements and detect hazards on or below the seabed. The Phase 1 of the survey is planned to start as early as Q2 2020 and is estimated to take 15 days to complete. The Dorado development is, like the proposed survey, located in WA-437-P where Santos is the operator with an 80 per cent interest and Carnarvon Petroleum is its partner with the remaining 20 per cent. Santos WA Northwest has received approval from Australia’s NOPSEMA for a geotechnical and geophysical survey within Permit WA-437-P, located around 145 km from the town of Port Hedland. Under the terms of the contracts, the parties will work independently to advance their FPSO designs and mature their vessel construction plans and supply terms.last_img read more

Five For Miss Isidore Pageant in San Sauveur

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share 226 Views   3 comments Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Five For Miss Isidore Pageant in San Sauveur by: – May 16, 2012 Shermaine Eustache, one of the 5 contestants of Miss Isidore 2012. See photo gallery with other contestants below.Five contestants from the villages of San Sauveur and Petite Soufriere will participate in the Miss Isidore Pageant set for Sunday May 27th at the San Sauveur School grounds.The contestants are Ayesha Nichols of San Sauveur and Kerlincia Bernard, Shermaine Eustache, Denise Durand and Lina Nichols of Petite Soufriere.The contestants will appear in talent, casual wear, evening wear and interview segments. The interview segment will be based on the history of St. Isidore, the patron saint of farmers.The show begins at 4 p.m.Andra Stoute of Good Hope is the reigning Miss Isidore.Fete Isidore is observed by the villages of Good Hope, San Sauveur and Petite Soufriere. A panel discussion on the topic-‘Reviving the Agriculture Sector-Challenges and Opportunities,’ will take place on Wednesday May 23rd.A games night and Lapeau Kabwit competition will be held on Friday May 25th and Fish night and the Kubuli 360 Big Truck Jam are planned for Saturday 26th.On Sunday May 27th the Miss Isidore pageant will lead into a dance with popular DJ Miguel Labadie.On Pentecost Monday, May 28th, a parade featuring local bands and groups will proceed to High Mass which will be broadcast live via radio. One elder who has given long and faithful service to the communities and to the celebration of the Feast of St. Isidore will be honoured.Fete Isidore will climax with music from the Bouyon Pioneers WCK.[nggallery id =182]Press Releaselast_img read more

Lady Raiders Roll On With ‘W’ Over Lady Twisters

first_imgThe South Ripley Varsity Volleyball team beat Oldenburg Academy tonight in three sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-16.SR Stats:  Mercedes Bowling: 5/8 attacks 2 kills, 3 blocks (1 solo 2 assisted), 2 digs, 19/20 serving 2 aces 15 points;  Kiley Sparks: 12/14 attacks 7 kills, 5 blocks (2 solo 3 assisted), 5 digs, 16/17 serving 2 aces 12 points, 4/4 serve receive; Morgan Peetz: 3/3 attacks 1 kill, 1 assisted block, 6/6 serve receive;  Tori Tucker: 11/11 attacks 4 kills, 3 blocks (1 solo, 2 assisted), 8/9 serving 1 ace 3 points, 6/7 serve receive;  Laken Farrell: 9/10 attacks 5 kills, 9/9 serving 5 points, 7/8 serve receive;  Mariah Gentile (libero): 4 digs, 10/13 serve receive;  Elizabeth Bodenberg: 19/19 sets 6 assists, 7/7 serving 1 ace;  Kayla King: 23/24 sets 12 assists, 12/12 serving 6 points;  and Julia Rea: 3/4 attacks 1 kill, 4/5 serve receive.“With so much excitement from the Ripley County Tourney over the weekend, I was worried about how we would play tonight.” “Some of the girls aren’t feeling well, I just wanted to get through tonight with a win, and let the girls get some rest and try to get to feeling better before we play Batesville again on Thursday”. “We played well enough to win, but it was very slow.” “I was proud of the girls for pushing through tonight in three sets.”  Lady Raiders Coach Robyn Greiwe.last_img read more

Indiana Farm Bureau endorses Randy Frye

first_imgIndianapolis, In. —    Indiana Farm Bureau AgELECT, the organization’s nonpartisan political action committee, has endorsed State. Rep. Randy Frye, R-Greensburg, for re-election to represent House Dist. 67. The district includes all or part of Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ripley, Ohio and Switzerland counties in Southeast Indiana.“It is an honor to receive the support of Indiana Farm Bureau AgELECT,” Frye said. “Having been raised on a family farm, and through working with the ag community as a legislator, I have a deep appreciation for the role of agriculture as a huge part of the state’s economy.”Among the many agriculture-related initiatives Frye has supported include legislation he authored which provides protection to farmers from liability related to agritourism activities.AgELECT endorsements are made through a multi-step process, beginning with recommendations from Indiana Farm Bureau members who live in the district. AgELECT’s endorsements are recognition of candidates’ support of policies that will foster a positive environment for agriculture and rural communities across the state.Frye has represented House Dist. 67 since 2010 and resides on a small farm in rural Decatur County.last_img read more

Lady Chargers Get Wins Against Lady Lions

first_imgNorth Decatur JV won in 3 Sets 25-14, 21-25, 15-7.Anna Burkhart tallied 14 digs. Brittany Krieger contributed 6 kills and 18 digs. Jenna Geis added 3 kills while Grace and Abby Hartman contributed 3 kills each.North Decatur Varsity won in 3 Sets 25-15, 25-20, 25-13.Kara Muckerheide totaled 21 Assists. Erika Kramer added 4 solo blocks and 8 kills. Erica Gauck contributed 9 kills and 9 digs.  Olivia Bohman rounded out the offensive attack with 6 kills. Defensively, Maddy Day added 11 digs, Olivia O’Dell added 9 digs and Balee Osting finished with 8 digs.It was great to see us get 2 wins tonight. Varsity now moves to 1-3 on the season.Courtesy of Chargers Coach Ashley Gauck.last_img

2017 Edward `Screw’ Richmond football

first_imgWilliams nets twice as Christianburg/Wismar Secondary brush aside Harmony 6-0FORMER champions Christianburg/Wismar Secondary (Multi) School brushed aside Harmony 6-0, to open their campaign in this year’s Edward ‘Screw’ Richmond 9th annual Linden Inter-Secondary School Under-18 football tournament on Wednesday afternoon, but Linden Technical Institute and Linden Foundation Secondary had to share points after a 0-0 draw at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.Playing in the opening match of this year’s tournament, the Multi boys quickly asserted themselves with a dominant display. John Regis opened their scoring in the 20th minute and this was followed by goals from Omar Williams, who netted twice, with the first coming in the 25th, Brewley Allicock in the 30th.Williams hit in his second in the 36th minute with Tomace Williams getting one also in the 58th minute and Anxie Major the sixth of the game in the 67th minute.The second game produced no goals and this game between Linden Foundation Secondary and Linden Technical Institute ended goalless.The competition continues next Wednesday at the Wisburg ground.last_img read more