Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for April 11, 2013

first_imgGround Zero: Hot Springs, N.C.Your outdoor news bulletin for April 11, the day Apollo 13 launched for the moon and Napoleon lunched for Elba:Stomach Bug Invades Appalachian TrailThings are getting buggy on the A.T., and we’re not talking about mosquitos. The U.S. Forest service released a statement warning A.T. hikers near Hot Springs, N.C. of a 24-hour stomach bug being passed around. The viral illness seems to be concentrated in the 70-mile stretch between Hot Springs and Erwin, Tenn. No word on what to do about it, but we have to assume this is not the beginnings of a A.T. trail zombie apocalypse. It’s hard to tell the difference between a sick thru-hiker and a zombie anyway. The full statement is below:“A number of hikers have been sickened by a severe, 24-hour stomach virus that is being passed between hikers. Shelters to avoid include No Business Knob, Big Bald and Hogback Ridge. A section of the Appalachian Trail runs through the Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest, to the north and south of Hot Springs.”Carytown Gets a Beer FestWe already mentioned the Monument Avenue 10k today but Richmond, Va. is also making a play to join the craft beer elite with its first annual Carytown Craft Beer Festival. The festival will take place this Sunday, April 14 in…Carytown. The fest will spotlight regional beers paired with local restaurants. Already known for microbreweries like Legend, Hardywood, and 3 Brother, this festival will also include Starr Hill, Center of the Universe Brewing Company, Devil’s Backbone and more. There will of course be live music and a relatively svelte $15 advanced ticket, which includes souvenir pint glass. This is great news for beer lovers in Richmond and beyond.Recluses on the Looses No MoreIt was a bad week for recluses, but a good week for law enforcement as they will not have to scour the backcountry looking for these solitary men any longer. First, Troy James Knapp, the Mountain Man of Southern Utah was arrested on Tuesday. Knapp had been on police radar for over seven years for breaking into cabins in the Wasatch, evading officials and basically living in the wilderness with only his survival skills. Then Christopher Knight, the North Pond Hermit, was caught breaking into a cabin in Maine. Knight claims to have had contact with only one other person in his three decades of off the grid living and is suspected of over 1,000 burglaries in the area. These two guys lived out in the backcounty avoiding detection for years, so I have to say this makes the legend of Bigfoot a little more plausible. The question is: how many more of these guys (or gals) are there out there? I guess, at least two more than there used to be.last_img read more

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Tyson Fury plans fresh WWE appearance in Saudi Arabia

first_imgRelatedPosts Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Saudi Arabia sets date to lift some international flight restrictions UN says Khashoggi trial fell short on transparency, accountability Tyson Fury is likely to be part of a WWE storyline after his shock appearance on SmackDown.Fury sat on the front row during the show’s premiere episode on FOX at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and had an intense confrontation with WWE superstar Braun Strowman during an Eight Man Tag Team Match.Strowman teamed up with The Miz as well as Tucker and Otis of Heavy Machinery and defeated Randy Orton, US Champion AJ Styles as well as RAW Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler and Robert Roode.During the bout The Monster Among Men taunted the British boxing superstar as he put his fists up but the Lineal heavyweight champion just stood up and grinned at the 36-year-old.A few seconds later Strowman picked up Ziggler and threw him against the barricade with such force that he knocked The Gypsy King back to his seat.The ex-RAW Tag Team Champion got the pinfall for his team after a Running Powerslam on The Showoff and that was when Fury jumped over the barricade and tried to confront the heavyweight wrestler.An army of security, though, stopped the former WBA, WBO an IBF world heavyweight champion immediately and led him away to the back.WWE then announced that this was not the last the fans have seen of Fury as he will be appearing on RAW this Monday to speak his mind about the incident on an open microphone.The altercation teased at a future angle between the two heavyweights possibly at WrestleMania, where a lot of boxing legends have appeared in the past, such as Muhammad Ali, Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson. Tags: Saudi ArabiaWWElast_img read more

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Broward Supervisor of Elections kicks off annual high school voter registration…

first_imgThe Broward County Supervisor of Elections’ Office will kick off the annual High School Voter Registration (HSVR) Drive two weeks early this year, starting March 7 – 23, 2018.  The effort is in partnership with the Broward County Public Schools, and with significant participation from Broward County Private and Charter High Schools.  All high schools in Broward County will have the opportunity to register their students who meet the qualifications to become registered voters. Honoring Stoneman Douglas High School“In honor of Stoneman Douglas High School and the increased interest from high school students, we decided to start the online voter registration drive earlier this year,” said the Supervisor of Elections’ Dr. Brenda Snipes.  The Florida online voter registration website was launched last year in compliance with a 2015 Florida law that required online registration to be available by October 1, 2017.  This offers students another way to register to vote or update an existing registration that is convenient, secure and user-friendly. Broward County’s first timeThis is Broward County’s first time in implementing the online voter registration during the High School Voter Registration Drive program.  All Broward County High Schools will have a secured portal to register students online.  To register online, students will need a Florida driver’s license or state identification card and a social security number.  On February 13th, students and faculty were trained on voter registration policies and procedures.  The video conference training streamed live to the participating schools, hosted by BECON TV.  The HSVR training video is available at www.browardsoe.org.Registration drive target over 80 schoolsOne week after the March 13th Municipal General Election, Broward County Election officials are scheduled to visit over 80 local high schools during the period from March 19 to 23, the final week for the drive.  Election Officials will be on hand to assist the students and staff as they conclude their voter registration drive.  The school with the most registered students will receive the coveted brass trophy, banners and certificates. Last year, Stoneman Douglas High School registered 739 new students. High School students who are 18 years old are eligible to register to vote if they are U.S. Citizens and have no felony convictions without their rights being restored.  Students who are 16 and 17 years of age may pre-register. The goal is to register 10,000 students this school year!last_img read more

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German club want Taarabt – reports

first_imgWolfsburg want to sign Adel Taarabt from QPR, the German media are reporting.It is claimed the Bundesliga club are planning to table a bid for him at the end of the season.The German magazine Kicker has suggested Rangers want £8.5m for Taarabt, who scored his first Premier League goal in the recent victory over Arsenal.Meanwhile, Real Madrid want to sign Branislav Ivanovic from Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.Ivanovic faces a three-match ban after being charged with misconduct by the FA and it is now claimed that Chelsea face a battle to keep him in the summer.Real are said to be keen to capture the Serbian defender – even if Jose Mourinho quits as boss.Click here for our QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Thousands bid farewell to MaSisulu

first_img13 June 2011Thousands of people braved the cold weather on Saturday to bid farewell to African National Congress (ANC) struggle icon Albertina Sisulu, who died in Johannesburg last week.She was laid to rest in a beautifully decorated family grave next to her husband, ANC leader Walter Sisulu, at Croesus cemetery in Johannesburg.The funeral service at Orlando Stadium in Soweto was a celebration of the life of a woman whom many have called “the mother of the nation.”It drew mourners from all sectors of society, including foreign dignitaries, among them former presidents and heads of government. School children sang, poets praised and comrades danced and chanted freedom songs as they all extended their goodbyes to the 92-year-old stalwart.Zambia was represented by former president Kenneth Kaunda, while Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy, Arthur Mutambara, Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and Theo Ben Gurirab, speaker of the National Assembly in Namibia, were also there to pay their tributes.MaSisulu died while watching TV at her home in Linden, and since the news of her passing broke out, tributes have been pouring in from people from all walks of life.President Jacob Zuma accorded her an official funeral, with her coffin wrapped in the South African flag, while the military paid its respects.Delivering a sermon at the funeral, Zuma said MaSisulu would be remembered for her outstanding leadership and unifying spirit.‘An era has ended’“One of the greatest icons of our struggle has fallen, an era has ended and the nation is devastated, but we are proud to be associated with Mama Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu,” Zuma said.“We are paying tribute today not just to the wife of our leader, Isithwalandwe Walter Sisulu, she was a leader in her own right.”When the ANC spoke of the organisation’s selfless struggle, Mama Sisulu’s name stood out as a shining example. Many senior ANC leaders in government, politics and business matured under her guidance, care and love, said Zuma.“She was their mother and their pillar of strength. Her neighbours here in Soweto have testified that she was their mother too, always available to assist, always ready to provide wise counsel and love.”The President said very few people can be said to have served their country and people with dedication, commitment, sacrifice, loyalty, respect, selflessness and patriotism like Mama Sisulu has done, adding that few can hope to attract such an outpouring of love nationwide.“She taught us so much about leadership and ubuntu [humanity]. She upheld many values that we must internalise in our own lives and behaviour.“From her we learned that you can be a leader and still respect others in actions and deeds, regardless of their station in life or status. When we say working together we can do more, we are endorsing lessons from leaders such as Mama Sisulu.”Max Sisulu, her eldest son and Speaker of the National Assembly, said at home, MaSisulu had a way of making all her children feel special.‘She was a political mentor’“She was a mother, a political mentor to many activists. During her life time, Mama touched and shaped many lives beyond the ANC. Her professionalism as a nurse had earned her respect among the health profession, she was passionate about education,” he said.The family had been overwhelmed by the support it received in the time of bereavement.“Even as we mourn, we also celebrate and commemorate a life well lived,” he added.Tributes also came from her grandchildren, with grandson Linda Sisulu describing his grand mother as someone who loved to tend her garden and use a hosepipe to water her flowers and lawn at the family home.“She loved to tell the tales of old days … she gave us lesson for our own lives and taught us love for education,” Linda said.Former President Nelson Mandela scripted a very personal message, describing MaSisulu as his pillar of strength during the difficult time of apartheid.“It is difficult and saddening to see you go my sister, you are more than a comrade, you are part of my being. Instead of me comforting your children, they had to comfort me … over the last couple of days, much has been said about your life and work.“You are indeed one of the greatest South Africans, you rightly earned to be the mother of all our people,” Mandela said in a message read to the thousands of mourners by his wife Graca Machel.Mandela and SisuluMandela and Walter Sisulu became close friends when they met in Johannesburg and were the first leaders who turned the moderate African National Congress into a militant organisation. They were later both imprisoned in Robben Island.Through her union with Walter, MaSisulu became politically active herself, attending with him the founding discussions of the Youth League. In July 1944, they were married and settled in the cinder block house at Orlando Township, Soweto, which would be their home for 45 years.MaSisulu also played a leading role in the historic Women’s March on the Union Buildings in 1956, joining 20 000 women in protest against the oppressive pass laws.During the period 1979 to 1981, she recruited a group of young women and directed them to revive the Federation of South African Women.In 1994 she was elected to the first democratic Parliament, which she served until retiring four years later. She was a deputy president of the ANC Women’s League, nurse and midwife, and took part in the formation of the United Democratic Front, the 1956 anti-pass march to the Union Buildings and the launch of the Freedom Charter.Several memorial services took place during the week, with the official memorial being held at the Tshwane City Hall on Thursday.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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a month agoDanny Simpson training with Huddersfield

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Danny Simpson training with Huddersfieldby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePremier League title winner Danny Simpson is training with Huddersfield Town.The fullback is a free agent after his contract with Leicester expired at the end of last season.Simpson won the 2015/16 with the Foxes playing at right-back.He has also trained with West Bromwich Albion and been linked with Celtic. last_img

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20 days agoReal Madrid coach Zidane tells fans jeering affecting Lucas Vazquez

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid coach Zidane tells fans jeering affecting Lucas Vazquezby Carlos Volcano20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has told fans their jeering of Lucas Vazquez is affecting him.The midfielder was barracked during the 2-2 Champions League draw against Club Brugge.Speaking about Vazquez, the Real boss said: “If I was to say that the jeers don’t affect you I’d be lying. They affect you, but you’ve got to accept them. Lucas has also done some really good things and has received applause.”When things aren’t going so well for you, you’ve got to react and that’s what we want to see for the good of the team.” last_img read more

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Hanover Residents Pay Tribute to Sir Alexander Bustamante

first_img Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who was the guest speaker at the event, lauded Sir Alexander as a voice for the voiceless, who stood up for the rights of Jamaica’s labour force and the less fortunate. Scores of residents of Hanover and its environs turned out for the thanksgiving ceremony to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, held in the Blenheim community in the parish on Sunday (February 24). Scores of residents of Hanover and its environs turned out for the thanksgiving ceremony to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the birth of National Hero, the Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante, held in the Blenheim community in the parish on Sunday (February 24).Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, who was the guest speaker at the event, lauded Sir Alexander as a voice for the voiceless, who stood up for the rights of Jamaica’s labour force and the less fortunate.“He (Sir Alexander) was known for his tireless work to represent workers’ rights to the then colonial government,” he noted.The Minister expressed the hope that this generation of leaders in Jamaica will replicate the National Hero’s compassionate style of leadership.“It is my hope that this generation has finally answered the call (of Bustamante) to lead Jamaica with practical, sober, and compassionate leadership as we seek to bring a better quality of life and prosperity to all Jamaicans,” Dr. Chang said.The event, held by the Hanover Municipal Corporation in collaboration with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), included tributes highlighting Sir Alexander’s legacy of service and governance.Residents of Hanover attend the Thanksgiving Service to commemorate the 135th anniversary of the birth of Rt. Excellent Sir Alexander Bustamante in Blenheim, Hanover on Sunday ( February 24). The National Hero is considered one of the founding fathers of modern Jamaica. He was passionate about people and their welfare, particularly the poor working class, and was a vanguard for human rights and national development.Alexander Bustamante, who became the first Prime Minister of Independent Jamaica in 1962, retired from active politics in 1967. He is regarded as the champion of the working class as he advocated their cause during 1937 and 1938, a period of major social unrest.In 1943, Sir Alexander founded the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), and the party won the first general election under Universal Adult Suffrage in 1944.Sir Alexander was declared a National Hero in 1969 and is the only Jamaican to receive this honour while still alive. He died on August 6, 1977, at the age of 93.center_img “He (Sir Alexander) was known for his tireless work to represent workers’ rights to the then colonial government,” he noted. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Do Retread Coaches Like Jon Gruden Ever Work Out

C. GaileyNFL.563112010BUF.250-.313 P. SilasNBA.317161999CHH.629+.312 F. RobinsonMLB.475112002MON.512+.037 Prev. CareerGapReturn Season Among coaches who spent at least two years as a team’s primary coach (coaching at least half a season’s games) before leaving the league.Source: Sports-Reference.com J. PardeeNFL.489101990HOU.563+.074 T. MarchibrodaNFL.554131992IND.563+.009 P. CarrollNFL.516112010SEA.438-.078 J. GrudenNFL.540102018OAK?? B. ValentineMLB.510102012BOS.426-.084 J. GibbsNFL.674122004WAS.375-.299 CoachSportWPctYearsYearTeamWPctChange in WPct -.087 J. McKeonMLB.480101988SD.583+.103 B. RussellNBA.565111988SAC.293-.272 A. ShellNFL.587122006OAK.125-.462 In the past four-plus decades, only 15 other coaches have even tried what Gruden is attempting — and their success rate has been spotty at best. In their first seasons back, this group of returning coaches saw an average drop in winning percentage of about 90 points, compared with their career marks before their long layoffs. Only a third managed a winning record in their return season, and 20 percent only lasted one season before retiring (or being fired) again for good.Not that there aren’t any success stories in the bunch. Dick Vermeil and Pete Carroll both recovered from mediocre starts to visit three total Super Bowls in their next NFL acts, winning two titles. (Carroll, it should be said, had also established himself as a very successful college coach during his time away from the NFL.) Terry Collins weathered the Mets’ Madoff crisis to put in six seasons with the club, guiding it to the World Series in 2015, while Paul Silas2Who was initially the Charlotte Hornets’ interim coach in 1999 but qualifies for our list because he coached more than half the team’s games — and he was eventually made the team’s permanent coach anyway. coached three separate franchises over nine seasons upon his return to the NBA. And Jack McKeon — who was 57 when he returned to managing with the 1988 Padres after a 10-year absence — stuck around for parts of 10 MLB campaigns over the next 17 years, winning the 2003 World Series with the Florida Marlins. After initially re-retiring in 2005, McKeon returned to the Marlins again in 2011, at age 80, for 90 games before finally hanging up the uniform for good.But more frequently, these Gruden-esque returns have failed to recapture the glories of the initial run. (The Raiders know about these declines firsthand: Art Shell’s coaching stint in Oakland went from a success in the early 1990s to a total disaster after he returned to the club in 2006.) Among our group of coaches above, fewer than half had a better winning percentage in Round 2 than they had the first time around,3Fun note: Frank Robinson had exactly the same .475 winning percentage both before and after his 11-year layoff from managing. with the average coach winning at a percentage 65 points lower over the remainder of his career than he’d done before his long absence.For Gruden, such a dip would take his record just below .500 — and while that wouldn’t be terrible by recent Raiders standards, it’s also not what the team was envisioning when it signed that $100 million deal, with a franchise relocation looming on the horizon as well. Of course, there are some reasons to think Gruden can do better than his peers from the returning-after-a-decade-away club. Quarterback Derek Carr is in his prime and should have more weapons to work with in the form of newly acquired receivers Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant (plus two-time 1,400-yard rusher Doug Martin).4Who, granted, has been injured and/or terrible every year other than those seasons. A defense that ranked among the worst in football last season has a completely overhauled linebacking corps around star edge-rusher Khalil Mack. Overall, enough of the roster that won 12 games two years ago remains that a bid for the AFC West crown wouldn’t be totally crazy in Gruden’s first year back.Even so, the Raiders deserved every bit of their 6-10 record last year, and they did it with better-than-average injury luck. Meanwhile, Gruden didn’t exactly spend the offseason assuaging concerns that his thinking was stuck in the early-2000s era during which he’d been most successful. And maybe that’s the biggest reason that some of these coaching retreads end up going flat: The game evolves much faster than those on the outside can imagine, even if they’re observing it from the announcing booth. Tactics and ideas that worked a decade ago are now passé, and you might not know it until the games begin.Gruden will get his very first taste of that Friday night, and we’ll begin to see whether the time away sharpened his focus or simply left him out of touch with the modern game. Bringing noteworthiness to an otherwise insignificant exhibition, the Oakland Raiders’ preseason debut Friday night against the Detroit Lions will officially mark the beginning of the franchise’s second Jon Gruden Era. Gruden coached in the Bay Area from 1998 to 2001, and he remains the franchise’s top coach by winning percentage since Tom Flores left the team in the late 1980s. The Raiders are desperate for Gruden to replicate that success for them now, so much so that they lured him away from his gig at ESPN with a bewildering 10-year, $100 million contract in January.Gruden’s track record speaks for itself, with the 44th-most wins of any coach in pro football history. But it also bears mentioning that Gruden hasn’t roamed an NFL sideline in almost 10 years, since being fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2008 season. He spent most of the intervening years broadcasting, and the time away might be the biggest obstacle to Gruden restoring Oakland to glory. Across multiple sports, history tells us that coaches who return to the game after a decade away are usually unable to improve upon their records from before they left.By coming back to the NFL 10 years after his last season, Gruden joins a pretty peculiar group of do-over coaches. It isn’t as though these kinds of coaches are sitting around doing nothing during their years off — in addition to broadcasting like Gruden, many serve as high-level assistant coaches after their first head-coaching stints — but it’s still rare to get another shot at the big chair after so much time away. Here’s the full list of NFL, NBA and MLB coaches/managers since 1977 (the year after the NBA-ABA merger) who had a gap of at least 10 years in their coaching resumes,1And a minimum of two full seasons coaching before the layoff — just to filter out guys who may have been interim coaches earlier in their careers before getting a legitimate shot later. along with how they did in their first season back relative to their previous career: Average H. BrownNBA.484162003MEM.378-.106 D. VermeilNFL.535151997STL.313-.222 Coaching returns like Jon Gruden’s usually fall flatChange in win percentage from previous career mark for coaches who returned to the NFL, NBA or MLB after at least 10 years away, 1977-2018 T. CollinsMLB.506122011NYM.475-.031 R. MillerMLB.456121998BAL.488+.032 read more

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