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Virginia’s Blue Ridge Earns IMBA Silver-Level Ride Center™ Designation

first_imgJustin Forrest is an outdoor writer, fly fishing addict, and co-founder of Narrative North—based in Asheville, N.C. He posts pictures of cats and fishing on Instagram sometimes. David Wiens, Executive Director of IMBA, made the announcement on May 17 at the 33rd Annual Meeting of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge, held in Roanoke, Va.The news comes after years of hard work, dedication, and determination by the team at Virginia’s Blue Ridge and the local mountain bike community. They are one of only 15 Silver-Level Ride Centers in the world and the only one located on the East Coast. This is big news for the area’s mountain biking scene. Featuring over 320 miles of trails, from black diamond downhills to mellow cross-country cruises, the Roanoke area has something for everyone.The fact that David Wiens came to make the announcement himself is pretty special. He’s a living legend in the mountain biking community.David Wiens – Executive Director of IMBA | Photo: Virginia’s Blue Ridge“Virginia’s Blue Ridge IMBA Silver-Level Ride Center status solidifies the enthusiasm for mountain biking along the East Coast and puts Virginia on par with some of the greatest mountain bike destinations. We look forward to the many ways Virginia’s Blue Ridge will thrive with its new Ride Center designation.”– David WiensRoanoke Mountain BikingSam Dean Photography – Roanoke Regional PartnershipSo how does one earn an IMBA Ride Center designation?You need to have a little bit of everything. According to their website, “Ride Centers feature extensive trail networks, masterfully designed for mountain bikers of every skill level and built by professional trail builders and local volunteers.” Formed in 1988, IMBA believes mountain biking changes lives and communities for the better. As a mountain biker myself, I’ve seen this first hand. The community around the mountain bike scene is incredible. Without it, the trails in the area would not be the same.dodgy ridge mountain biking roanokeSam Dean Photography – Visit Virginia’s Blue RidgeAbout Roanoke IMBAThe local chapter of Roanoke IMBA, led by Kristine McCormick, was created in 2012 by a group of the area’s dedicated mountain bike enthusiasts. Since then, they’ve worked with volunteers in the area to make the local mountain bike scene what it is today. Creating, maintaining, and preserving trails is what this organization is all about. It really shows how well a place like Virginia’s Blue Ridge is doing when a designation like this is awarded. With more trails on the way, the area’s mountain biking scene is only going to get better.David Wiens Dodgy Ridge Virginia Mountain BikingSam Dean Photography – Visit Virginia’s Blue RidgeGo Ride Virginia’s Blue RidgeFor more information on the trails, accommodations, and the area itself, go check out their website. From a bustling downtown to epic mountain biking and hiking, they have a little something for everyone. They also created this pretty amazing video highlighting the biking scene in the area. See you on the trails!last_img read more

Brazilian General Invited to Lead the Largest UN Peacekeeping Mission

first_imgBy Dialogo May 09, 2013 “In Congo, there is a complex situation of violence, particularly due to rebel groups in the Eastern part of the country. We expect collaboration to achieve the United Nations mandate, which from now on, is our obligation to fulfill,” he said. Santos Cruz stated that there is no signs for the Brazilian government to deploy troops to join the peacekeeping mission. “The UN presence not only in Africa, but in other countries in the peacekeeping mission is a complex situation. We have to take into consideration that this is a difficult mission due to the nature of the environment,” he added. Brazil will be fulfilling the mandate for 12 months, with the possibility of an extension according to the needs of the UN. General Santos Cruz concluded that it will be challenging, and that the use of military force must never be disregarded. “It is a peacekeeping mission. We hope humanitarian aid reaches the population. But we have an intervention brigade and enough force to neutralize and disarm the rebels who are acting in the country,” he stated. General Carlos Alberto dos Santos Cruz, who joined the reserve in December of 2012, will now return to the Army at age 60. After 44 years of dedication to the Land Forces, which included a period of time as Force Commander of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), General Santos Cruz will lead close to 20,000 soldiers from 20 countries in the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO). The African country has 70 million inhabitants and is currently suffering a civil war. “This is a tribute to the excellent work he performed while he was the head of MINUSTAH in Haiti, and a new sign of the international recognition for the work of Brazilian Soldiers not only in Haiti, but in the United Nations peacekeeping missions as a whole,” said Minister of Defense Celso Amorim, as the invitation for the Brazilian general was confirmed. The invitation to undertake MONUSCO – currently the largest UN peacekeeping mission as far as military headcount – was confirmed via communication by the United Nations to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Defense. General Santos Cruz felt similarly. “My choice is partially based on the prestige of Brazil, which has projected itself highly throughout the international scenario. It is the combination of diplomacy, military experience and government determination, all of which are summed up by the invitation,” he said. According to him, “the UN has guidelines for their activities, and the use of force isbased on certain standards.” Currently, as he explained, the United Nations counts on approximately 18,000 Soldiers, but expects to add 2,000 more. “We have troops from different countries. From India to Uruguay, there are Soldiers from all continents,” explained the general. last_img read more

El Salvador charges alleged Texis Cartel leaders with tax evasion

first_img The tax evasion charges against Salazar, Umaña and Guerra are the latest strike against the Texis Cartel by Salvadoran authorities.. In July 2013 members of the Salvadoran police Elite Division Against Organized Crime (DECO) arrested another alleged founder of the Texis Cartel, cattle rancher Roberto “El Burro” Herrera, on charges of auto theft. El Burro, who was president of the Cattle Association of Santa Ana, allegedly ran a gang that stole four or five vehicles a week and sold them in Guatemala. Later, in September 2013, police arrested 16 alleged members of the Texis Cartel on charges of drug trafficking. Among those arrested were several cattle ranchers, according to press reports. Julieta Pelcastre contributed to this article. Fighting the Texis Cartel By Dialogo May 28, 2014 Salvadoran authorities have charged two alleged founders of the Texis Cartel with evading millions of dollars in taxes. Authorities have charged prominent Salvadoran businessman Jose Adan Salazar, 62, with avoiding more than $800,000 in personal taxes and more than $80,000 in taxes from his hotel chain Hotesa. Salazar is also known as “Chepe Diablo.” Prosecutors also allege that Juan Umaña, the mayor of the northwestern city of Metapan, allegedly failed to pay almost $70,000 in taxes. Authorities allege Umaña’s son, businessman Wilfredo Guerra, avoided paying $637,000 in personal taxes and $365,000 owed by his agribusiness company Gumarsal. Salazar and Umaña have previously denied being involved with the Texis Cartel. Prosecutors indicted the three men April 22, two weeks after the Specialized Organized Crime unit of the Attorney General’s Office raided 17 businesses and properties owned or controlled by the men to search for evidence of tax evasion and money laundering. Investigators seized more than 70 boxes of documents in the raids. Investigators raided five hotels, three accounting firms, a gas station and several residential properties, according to a government press release. The purpose of the raids was to “obtain evidence against top leaders of the Texis Cartel,” said Public Safety Minister Ricardo Perdomo, according to press reports. An international drug trafficking networkcenter_img The Texis Cartel is an international drug trafficking organization that transports South American cocaine and other drugs through El Salvador along the so-called Northern Cocaine Route, also called El Caminito. Texis Cartel operatives deliver the drugs to Guatemala for eventual transport to the United States and other consumer countries. (Texis is an abbreviation for the Salvadoran city of Texistepeque.) The Texis Cartel has been in operation since at least 2000. The organization allegedly transports drugs on behalf of various Mexican transnational criminal organizations, including the Sinaloa Cartel and Los Zetas, though it is not firmly allied with any single foreign drug trafficking group. Unlike the Mexican cartels and other transnational criminal organizations, the Texis Cartel is not known for committing widespread acts of physical violence. Instead, it generally relies on bribery to protect its criminal operations. The tax evasion charges against Salazar, Umaña, and Guerra are part of a broader effort by Salvadoran authorities to attack the finances of the Texis Cartel and other drug trafficking groups, said José Luis Cisneros, a security analyst at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). “El Salvador has put in place a series of financial and political reforms designed to prevent crime,” Cisneros said. “The investigation of business people who are allegedly involved in tax evasion is a strong example of the policies which are in place in the fight against crime.” Strong measures against the cartel’s financial structure last_img read more

Man charged with manslaughter after deadly dirt bike crash

first_imgThe sheriff’s office stated they arrived to investigate the situation for a third time, for reports of people riding minibikes and off-road motorcycles on the street and surrounding area. This article has been updated to include more information on what lead to the death of Fortner and the charges against Hughes. The sheriff’s office said a subsequent investigation revealed that Hughes saw the dirt bike traveling on the street before the collision. To slow the vehicle down, he walked on the road with a shovel in his hands. Deputies issued him three traffic tickets for insufficient stoplights, a cracked windshield, and loud exhaust. Hughes was transported to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional facility for arraignment at the CAP court. Deputies charged Hughes with manslaughter in the 2nd degree, a class C felony. This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information should contact the Broome County Sheriff’s Office. After swerving around Hughes, Fortner hit the parked van. Fortner was transported to Wilson Memorial Hospital and was pronounced dead. Deputies said Hughes extended the shovel to try and force the dirt bike onto the side of the road, but Fortner swerved around Hughes. Authorities said Hughes threw the shovel in the direction of the dirt bike as it passed. Deputies said they first responded to reports of several people creating a disturbing and performing “burn-outs” on Airport Road around 6:43 p.m. Tuesday. Deputies responded to the area a third time at 9:12 p.m. for a crash involving Fortner and Hughes. TOWN OF UNION (WBNG) — The Broome County Sheriff’s Office released additional information about the moments that lead to a deadly motorcycle crash late Tuesday night in the town of Union. The crash left 24-year-old Cameron Fortner dead. Deputies charged another man, 48-year-old John Hughes, with manslaughter. According to the news release, deputies responded to Airport Road three times Tuesday night. They said while checking the area, a patrol officer saw a male, later identified at Fortner, riding a small off-road dirt bike on Airport Road. Moments later, the dirt bike hit a parked, unoccupied full-size van on the side of the road. When they arrived, witnesses told deputies Fortner was performing “burn-outs” in the street in a Chevrolet Suburban. As deputies questioned Fortner, they said he “made threats of shooting the deputies, played loud music and was generally uncooperative”, according to the news release. Deputies then responded to the same location a second time, when they said they witnessed Fortner do another “burn-out”. Deputies gave him another ticket. Authorities said as a result of the collision, Fortner was ejected off the vehicle and onto the street. The deputy nearby found him unconscious and not breathing, so she started to perform CPR.last_img read more

Halliburton takes CFO from Parker Drilling

first_imgOilfield services provider Halliburton has appointed Christopher Weber as executive vice president and chief financial officer effective June 22, 2017.Halliburton’s former CFO, Mark McCollum, left the company in March to take up the same role at the oil services company Weatherford.Weber joins Halliburton from Parker Drilling, a global provider of drilling services and rental tools, where he served for four years as senior vice president and CFO.According to Halliburton’s statement on Tuesday, Weber has more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry; holding key roles in finance, strategic planning, corporate development and operations. Previously, Weber served as the vice president and treasurer of Ensco plc, one of the world’s largest offshore drilling companies, where he led the company’s global Treasury and Risk Management functions.He joined Ensco following the acquisition of Pride International, where he spent five years in various management positions with increasing responsibility. Prior to Pride, Weber worked with The Boston Consulting Group advising oil and gas and electric utility companies on strategic, financial and operational issues, in both Houston and London.“We are excited to have Chris join Halliburton. He complements our strong returns-focused culture, and we believe his impressive reputation for execution and achieving results makes him the right choice to lead our financial strategy,” said Jeff Miller, president and CEO of Halliburton.“His skillset fits well with the strength of our existing finance organization and his broad range of capabilities will complement our experienced management team as we continue to deliver industry leading returns to our shareholders.”“I want to thank Halliburton General Counsel Robb Voyles for leading both our law department and finance team as interim CFO over the past four months,” added Miller.last_img read more

Principle Power Makes Floating Wind Pitch in Massachusetts

first_imgPrinciple Power is making a case for use of its floating foundation WindFloat off the coast of Massachusetts in locations where water depths at lease areas exceed the 50-metre mark.The existing outer continental shelf (OCS) leases, held by Deepwater Wind, Vineyard Wind and Ørsted Energy, are in water depths from 30-60m, which are regarded by the industry as best suited for fixed foundations.However, for depths between 50 and 60m, which appear in roughly one third of the lease areas held by Vineyard Wind and Ørsted, Principle Power is arguing that using small-draft floating foundations is a better solution.The levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) for a floating offshore wind farm is sensitive not only to the cost of the foundation, but also the cost of installation and O&M activities, which can be effected by external factors, such as the Jones Act, the company said, thus suggesting small-draft floating foundations, such as its WindFloat, to be used in certain areas of the Massachusetts OCS.An overview of the WindFloat platform and ongoing research efforts will be presented by Dr. Sam Kanner, Principle Power’s naval architect in the aerodynamics/hydrodynamics and R&D team, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Thursday, 16 November, at 4 p.m. local time.Massachusetts is the first US state to set out offshore wind capacity targets in its new energy legislation. In August 2016, the state governor Charlie Baker signed into law the new energy legislation which calls for the development of 1,600MW of offshore wind capacity by 2027.last_img read more

Pro-life activists claim free speech is under attack

first_imgStuff co.nz 8 September 2017Family First Comment: It’s highly ironic that a pro-“choice” group wants to deny the choice of students to support another club #hypocrisyPro-life activists in New Zealand are having a rough month. Last week, at the University of Auckland, the student association voted 1599 to 1021 to cut ties with campus group ProLife Auckland. And in late August, Family First announced it was resorting to court action, after the Charities Register board decided it didn’t qualify as a “charity” under the Charities Act, de-registering the group – for a second time.Both organisations are appealing these decisions. ProLife Auckland is waiting to hear whether the referendum question – “Should AUSA disaffiliate the Pro Life Club and ban any clubs with similar ideology from affiliating in the future?” – was unconstitutional, says co-director Jelena Middleton. Family First national director Bob McCoskrie says its High Court appeal will challenge the Charities Board’s findings “that Family First has no public benefits, that its views are controversial, and that we shouldn’t have charitable status”.Regardless of what grounds the appeals are based on, the two pro-life groups have framed their plights as battles for freedom of expression, arguing their right to share their pro-life viewpoint is under threat.To be clear, says Will Matthews, president of the Auckland University Students Association (AUSA), ProLife Auckland has lost none of the rights and privileges it enjoyed as an affiliated group. The group can still book rooms at the university, still apply for funding, still set up booths on campus. “All that is lost is its formal relationship with the AUSA,” says Matthews.But the symbolism of that loss is an “attack on ideology”, says Middleton. “It means our views aren’t welcome within the AUSA. That’s a restriction of freedom of speech even if it isn’t an outright removal of freedom of speech itself.” Following the referendum, ProLife Auckland received a message from Family First, offering legal advice, counsel and, potentially, funding to pursue this further, says McCoskrie.Family First, too, are using freedom of expression rhetoric. “If we were deregistered, we would lose some privileges,” says McCoskrie. “But I’m fighting this on a greater principle on freedom of speech and the danger when the state, or a tertiary institution, determines what is acceptable or not acceptable to say or believe.”In response, Charities Registration Board chair Roger Holmes Miller says: “Family First has the freedom to continue to communicate its views and influence policy and legislation but the independent Charities Registration Board has found that Family First’s pursuit of those activities do not qualify as being for the public benefit in a charitable sense.”READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/96616032/prolife-activists-claim-free-speech-is-under-attacklast_img read more

No work tonight on US 50 in Lawrenceburg

first_imgLawrenceburg, IN— Crews will not be in action tonight (7/26) on U.S. 50 in Lawrenceburg. Paving will continue on Saturday (7/26) and Sunday (7/27) from 3 am to 3 pm. Nighttime work will resume on Monday (7/29), weather permitting.As a reminder, please slow down, pay attention and use caution in the work zone!last_img

Gunners must believe – Wilshere

first_imgMidfielder Jack Wilshere feels Arsenal must believe they have what it takes to last the distance in the Barclays Premier League title race. Indeed, but for a fine one-handed save from Wojciech Szczesny to palm away a dipping effort from Fulham midfielder Steve Sidwell, the hosts may have even fallen behind. Wenger’s team-talk worked, though, as the Gunners upped the tempo following the restart and pushed Fulham back to defend deeper and deeper. Eventually the pressure told as, following a couple of goalmouth scrambles, Arsenal finally broke the deadlock when Wilshere’s ball across the six-yard box was despatched into the bottom-right corner by Cazorla on 57 minutes. The diminutive Spaniard soon swept home another just after the hour mark from the edge of the area. Arsenal substitute Lukas Podolski could have added a third goal, but saw an angled shot blocked and then watched as Maarten Stekelenburg touched a bullet 20-yard shot onto the post. Fulham forward Darren Bent had not been on long himself before being handed a sight of open goal when the ball bounced clear off Szczesny, but could not continue his good record against the Gunners as he stabbed wide from a tight angle. Wenger feels his men deserve great credit for the high-level displays they have produced. “I am happy with the performance of my team because we have been remarkably consistent,” said Wenger, who has played down suggestions a move was imminent for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic. “Let’s not forget that we had a difficult start and we have shown all kind of ingredients technically, but as well mentally to respond to what happened to us at the start of the season. It was not easy.” Fulham will at least get some respite from their survival battle next week in the FA Cup fourth round at Sheffield United. Cottagers captain Brede Hangeland, recovered from a back problem which needed surgery, feels Rene Meulensteen’s men can pull clear of trouble despite their lowly position just a point outside the relegation zone. “It is real battle, but we are prepared to get enough points to stay in the league,” the Norway centre-half said. “We are playing a slightly different way now, we are very organised and all know what we are trying to do. “It is about getting that transformed into results on the pitch, and I am confident that will happen.” Press Association “We must believe. If we don’t have belief, we have no chance,” Wilshere said. “We take each game as it comes, but in the back of our head we are top of the league and we want to stay top of the league.” Wilshere accepts this season’s championship battle looks set to be the most open of recent times. “It is, there for four or five teams to take, it is that tight, if anyone drops points it can change,” the 22-year-old said. “Manchester City are very strong at home and their away form has got a lot better as well. They will be one of our main rivals, but we have to play them here still. “As long as we keep going, take it game by game we have a chance.” Arsenal took a while to break down what was stubborn resistance by Fulham at the Emirates Stadium. Apart from an early half-chance through Mesut Ozil, when his scuffed shot was hacked clear as it rolled towards the corner of the goal, Arsenal created few real openings. The Gunners maintained their slender one-point advantage over free-scoring Manchester City with a 2-0 win against Fulham at the Emirates Stadium through a brace of well-taken second-half goals from Spain international Santi Cazorla. With almost no margin for error now, Wilshere accepts confidence will play a major factor in whether Arsene Wenger’s squad can sustain what is a long-overdue assault on the championship. last_img read more