Daily Dirt: A.T. Search Scaled Back, Rain Dims Fall Colors, and Fly Fishing Schools

first_imgYour outdoor news bulletin for August 7th, the day Lynne Cox performed one of the great cold water swims in history by swimming from Big Diomede, Alaska across the Bering Strait and onto Russian shores, communist territory, and swimming lore:Search for A.T. Hiker Scaled BackEfforts to find Geraldine Largay have been “extensively scaled back,” effectively ending the search for the 66-year-old Appalachian Trail hiker who has been missing for over two weeks. Based on geo data from her phone and hiker testimony, searchers concentrated on a 4.2-square mile section of land off the A.T. between Lone Mountain and the Spaulding lean-to Sunday, but came up empty handed. Of all the hikers that go missing in Maine, 95 percent are found within 12 hours, and 98 percent are found within 24 hours. Another one percent drown, but there is no water in the area where she went missing. Lt. Kevin Adams summed it up with this statement: ““You never know how far the human spirit can go. I am concerned about the condition of [Largay], but that doesn’t change our search efforts. We are frustrated, but we want to find her.”Wet Summer Equals Bland Colors?We have had one wet summer here in the Southeast, and the area around Asheville may have had the worst of it. Western North Carolina has seen record rainfall numbers this spring and summer, and now some are saying this may have a detrimental effect on the fall colors we are used to seeing along the Blue Ridge Parkway and elsewhere. The biology is a little complicated but the bottom line is that rain in July and August may not effect color that much, but more rain in September and October could spell curtains for the brightest and most attractive of autumn colors: RED. As oppose to the orange and yellow colors that always appear because they are hidden beneath the chlorophyll and not as sensitive to weather, the red pigment of leaves is created in the fall by a combination of sunlight and drought. So, rain may be good for extending the growing season, but too much rain in the late summer and early fall could have a detrimental effect on the fall colors. This may sound like a non-story, but the Blue Ridge Parkway relies heavily on the traffic it gets during peak leaf peeping season – October is its busiest month of the year – and this in turn has a tremendous financial impact on the surrounding community.So if the leaves don’t pop, the people won’t stop, and the economy will drop.Get Schooled on Fly FishingThe Itinerant Angler, has nothing on our Top Adventure Colleges Bracket, but they do have something to contribute to the great schools debate in the fly fishing arena. They have put out their Top Ten Fly Fishing Colleges, and a couple of regional schools made the unofficial list. Mixed in among no-brainers like Montana, Montana State, Boise State and Oregon (numbers 1-4), are sleepers like Miami (bonefish, tarpon, etc.), San Diego State (mako shark!!!), and Tulane (redfish). From our region, Tennessee University in Knoxville came in at a respectable #5 due to its proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National park and the Clinch and South Holston tailwaters. Penn State cracked the top ten at #9 for their fly fishing (Kinesiology 004 – for credits even!) and competition casting courses, but also because State College sits only five miles from the iconic Spring Creek, which boasts one of the highest-density populations of wild brown trout in the U.S.Check out the full list here.last_img read more

Man, 20, Sentenced in Death of Teen on Rockville Centre Footbridge

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old former Long Beach native who admitted in April to strangling and killing a teenager on a Rockville Centre footbridge in 2013 was sentenced Thursday to a lengthy prison term.Acting Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Meryl Berkowitz sentenced Maxwell Sherman to 18 years to life in prison. Sherman’s sentencing follows an April guilty plea to second-degree murder.Prosecutors said Sherman, who returned to Long Island and lived with his parents after leaving Long Beach, had strangled and struck 18-year-old Lauren Daverin of Lynbrook in the head multiple times on the night of Aug. 22, 2013, killing her.“Because of the cold-blooded brutality of this crime, it is just that Maxwell Sherman pay a heavy price for tragically and inexplicably cutting Lauren Daverin’s life short,” said acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas in a statement following his sentencing.Daverin was killed after she had met friends on the Mill Pond footbridge at Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway, prosecutors said. Sherman was also present.Witnesses told investigators that Sherman and Daverin remained on the footbridge as the rest of the group left. But the encounter turned deadly when Sherman killed Daverin by strangling and hitting her repeatedly on the head, prosecutors said.Daverin’s friends returned to the bridge at 10 p.m., only to discover her lifeless body lying there, prompting them to call police. Sherman had already left by the time the group returned, prosecutors said.One day after Daverin’s death, Sherman visited Village of Rockville Center police and stated that he had been assaulted by two people after he left the footbridge.On Aug. 24, a witness told police that he had been riding his bike over the footbridge en route to the bank at around 9 p.m., when he saw Sherman on top of Daverin, prosecutors said.By the time the witness returned to the footbridge, Sherman was gone but Daverin’s body was still there, he told police.“It is my fervent hope that today’s sentence gives Lauren’s loved ones a small amount of closure and peace,” Singas said.last_img read more

Ex-staff member of East Java bank jailed for embezzling money to fund husband’s election campaign

first_imgDuring the trial, the bench also found that Ani did not use all the money she embezzled. Instead, she managed to return Rp 2.9 billion in installments directly to the customers.Read also: Indonesia’s elections too expensiveThe sentence was slightly lighter than the five years’ imprisonment sought by prosecutors.The embezzlement case came to light in August last year after several village heads in Galis district, Bangkalan regency in the province found that their money had been disappearing from the villages’ bank accounts. They reported the disappearance of money, amounting to between Rp 30 million to Rp 50 million, from the accounts.They reported the incident to the head of Bank Jatim’s Pamekasan office, who then reported the case to the Pamekasan Police.The police’s investigation later revealed that Ani, who had worked at the bank for 10 years, had transferred the money to her own account between February to July 2019.The police also found that Ani had made fake bank account activity reports for the customers and forged their signatures. (nal)Topics : A panel of judges of the Pamekasan District Court in East Java has sentenced Ani Fatini, a former employee of East Java administration-owned lender Bank Jatim, to four-and-a-half years in prison for embezzling customers’ money to fund her husband’s campaign in the 2019 legislative election.During a hearing on Tuesday, the court found Ani guilty of embezzling Rp 7.7 billion (US$533,333) of the bank’s customers’ money.”She used the embezzled money to buy bags, veils, a house on Jl. Jokotole and a car. She also used the money to go on a vacation abroad and to fund her husband’s legislative election campaign,” presiding judge Lingga Setiawan said on Tuesday, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

Asia ramps up coronavirus curbs as new clusters erupt

first_imgWrong directionThe number of coronavirus infections around the world hit 13 million on Monday, according to a Reuters tally, climbing by a million in just five days.The pandemic has now killed more than half a million people in six-and-a-half months.The World Health Organization (WHO) warned that the pandemic would worsen if countries failed to adhere to strict precautions.”Let me be blunt, too many countries are headed in the wrong direction, the virus remains public enemy number one,” WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual briefing on Monday.In the Northern Hemisphere, countries are racing to get a handle on outbreaks before winter, which could bring a renewed surge.A second wave of infections in Britain this winter could kill up to 120,000 people over nine months in a worst-case scenario, according to health experts.Hong Kong, which suffered remarkably few cases in the first wave of the pandemic, will impose strict social distancing measures from midnight on Tuesday, the most stringent yet in the Asian financial hub.Hong Kong recorded 52 new cases on Monday, including 41 that were locally transmitted, health authorities said. Since late January, Hong Kong has reported 1,522 cases and media reported an eighth death on Monday.”The recent emergence of local cases of unknown infection source indicates the existence of sustained silent transmission in the community,” the Hong Kong government said.Walt Disney Co said it is temporarily closing its Hong Kong Disneyland theme park from Wednesday amid the rising cases.Tokyo tracingIndia’s tech capital of Bengaluru begins a new, week-long lockdown on Tuesday after a surge in cases following the easing of restrictions. From about 1,000 cases on June 19, when the city was believed to have escaped the worst thanks to contact tracing, it has gone up to nearly 20,000.Health experts say the movement of people following the lifting of a nationwide lockdown in June has led to Bangalore falling back. Other cities, including Pune and Aurangabad, have reimposed curbs in recent days.In Tokyo, health officials were trying to locate more than 800 members of an theatre audience after 20 people including cast members of a recent performance tested positive for the coronavirus.Japan, which has not seen an explosive outbreak, is pushing ahead with its easing of restrictions, with plans to reopen a runway at one of its biggest airports, even as infections persist in big cities, rural areas and on US military bases.The Philippines this week recorded the biggest daily rise in coronavirus deaths in Southeast Asia and part of Manila will return to lockdown affecting 250,000 residents. A presidential spokesman said restrictions in other parts of the capital were unlikely to be relaxed.Indonesian President Joko Widodo has resisted pressure to lock down due to concern about the economy, despite the highest death toll from virus in East Asia outside China.Now, the governor of Jakarta is reported to be considering tightening some of the relatively mild social restrictions in place after a spike in cases in the capital.Even Thailand, which has had no locally transmitted cases reported for six weeks, has stepped up security at its borders over concern about a second wave of infections after the arrests of thousands of illegal migrants in the past month. Australian states tightened borders and restricted pub visits on Tuesday, while Disney prepared to close its Hong Kong theme park and Japan stepped up tracing as a jump in novel coronavirus cases across Asia fanned fears of a second wave of infections.Many parts of Asia, the region first hit by the coronavirus that emerged in central China late last year, are finding cause to pause the reopening of their economies, some after winning praise for their initial responses to the outbreak.Australia largely avoided the high numbers of cases and casualties seen in other countries with swift and strict measures, but a spike in community-transmitted cases in Victoria state and a rise in new cases in New South Wales has worried authorities. Topics :center_img South Australia cancelled plans to reopen its border to New South Wales on July 20, while Queensland introduced a mandatory two-week quarantine for people who have visited two areas in Sydney’s western suburbs.New South Wales, which has seen several dozen cases linked to the outbreak in Victoria, said pubs will be limited to no more than 300 people, responding to an outbreak centered at a large hotel in southwestern Sydney.”Indoor activity, where people aren’t seated is a huge health risk. It increases the chance of transmission,” state Premier Gladys Berejiklian told reporters.Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, is in the second week of a six-week lockdownlast_img read more

Mansion with “wow factor” has seven bedrooms, paved rooftop, and handmade copper front door

first_img25 Legal St, Sunnybank.A luxurious three-storey mansion in this southeast Queensland suburb is so extravagant it even has a custom designed handmade copper front door. The paved rooftop at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.There is a spacious paved rooftop with a barbecue to entertain guests.The entrance of the home features an imported chandelier. 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.The property features a steam room, sauna room and spas, a home theatre, saltwater pool with waterfalls and a heated spa. 25 Legal St, Sunnybank. The kids would love this room at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank. A fine place to unwind at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank. 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.Yong Real Estate — Sunnybank Hills agent Sue Ye said the couple had decided to sell the massive home as their children had all grown up.“The house is too big and they are downsizing,” Ms Ye said. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe ultimate bathroom at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.The seven-bedroom, six-bathroom concrete home at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank is currently owned by retired restaurant owners from Taiwan. The large kitchen at 25 Legal St, Sunnybank. 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.Ms Ye said a range of buyers would be keen on the property as it was in an ideal location, close to public transport and local shopping centres.“The location for this property is definitely a drawcard,” she said.The property has also been listed with Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty. 25 Legal St, Sunnybank.last_img read more

Abuse of older people an epidemic in NZ society

first_imgNZ Herald 13 June 2015Elder abuse is rife in New Zealand society and half of all instances seen by Age Concern involve financial abuse. As many as one in 10 older people may be victims of financial elder abuse, research suggests.Monday marks the beginning of the 10th annual Elder Abuse Awareness Week. It’s a shock to discover how little humanity some Kiwis have when it comes to the older generation.“We consider it unacceptable to hit our children and we also need to consider it unacceptable to abuse our elders,” says Robyn Scott, Age Concern’s chief executive.“We don’t think about the way we speak about older people and we don’t think about their rights.”Some people think because someone is old it doesn’t matter what happens to them any more or they don’t need money to spend, she says.We all need to keep an eye out for elder abuse. “Don’t let fear of meddling in someone else’s business stop you from voicing your concern. It is time to stop elder abuse in our communities,” says Scott.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11464389last_img read more

Dela Rosa on fate of ABS-CBN: ‘What is 11,000 losing jobs?’

first_imgMANILA – Sen. Ronald “Bato”Dela Rosa said the welfare of the nation was more important than 11,000 peoplewho could lose their jobs if ABS-CBN Corp failed to renew its franchise byMarch 30, 2020.  Dela Rosa also said he shares President Rodrigo Duterte’s views in relation to the issue on the renewal of ABS-CBN’s franchise. “Kungmabigat ‘yung akusasyon na talagangmaraming violations ang ABS-CBN, bakit mo pa ire-renew,” the neophytesenator added. “What is 11,000 compared to the wholeFilipino nation na matagal ngsinamantalahan ng isang kumpanya – kungtalagang ma-prove ‘yan sa hearingna pinagsamantalahan ang sambayanangPilipino,” he said in a chance interview with reporters on Tuesday. “What is 11,000 compared to the whole Filipino nation na matagal ng sinamantalahan ng isang kumpanya,” says Sen. Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. ABS-CBN NEWS “Kailangang ang gobyerno ang magru-rule dito sa ating bansa at ang sambayang Pilipino ay makikinabang. ‘Yun ang kanyang objective sa buhay nya so ganun din ang objective ko,” he added.center_img “Ako, I will live and die with President Duterte. I will sink and swim with him,” Dela Rosa said. “Pero sa nakikita ko he’s doing it for the good of the majority of the Filipino people so pareho kami ng objective sa buhay.” Nearly 11,000 regular and non-regularemployees and talents may lose their jobs if the broadcast giant is forced tocease operations without a renewed franchise. Solicitor General Jose Calida last week has filed a quo warranto plea before the Supreme Court seeking to invalidate the ABS-CBN franchise, citing alleged violation of law. The network’s franchise is set to expire at the end of March. Currently, there were at least 11 bills for ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal that are pending in the House of Representatives with less than a month before Congress goes on break on March 14./PNlast_img read more

Controversial Statue Permanently Bolted In Place Thursday

first_imgThe veterans statue was permanently mounted Thursday. (Image: Facebook)LIBERTY, Ind. – The carved sculpture honoring veterans was mounted in to place this morning at Whitewater Memorial State Park.The 8-foot carving features a soldier, an Indiana state flag with an eagle perched above, and a 14-inch cross at the bottom.The cross has been the subject of debate after complaints surfaced that alleges the statue does not represent the non-Christian soldiers who served in the military.Governor Mike Pence and other lawmakers have publicly supported the sculpture.The statue was permanently put in place Thursday morning ahead of a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. on Veterans Day, November 11. The ceremony is open to the public.last_img read more

State fair officials release final free stage lineup for 2018

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Officials from the Indiana State Fair rolled out the final and complete lineup of 17 concerts that will be part of the Chevrolet Free Stage headline entertainment at the 2018 Indiana State Fair, which returns August 3-19. Each night of the fair features a concert that is free with paid fair admission. Today’s final announcement includes the solo band of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member and guitar legend Robby Krieger of The Doors as well as support artists that will perform on select days.The Complete Lineup for the 2018 Indiana State Fair Free Stage:Rick Springfield – Friday, August 3Natalie Stovall with openers Cook & Belle and The Brett Wiscons Band– Saturday, August 4Why Don’t We – Sunday, August 5Anthony Hamilton – Monday, August 6Tyler Childers – Tuesday, August 7Randy Houser and special guest Nora Collins – Wednesday, August 8Kool & The Gang – Thursday, August 9HANSON – Friday, August 10Warrant with special guest FireHouse and openers DUDE! and Rok Hollywood – Saturday, August 11for King & Country headlining the Contemporary Christian Music Festival, with Sarah Reeves, All the Astronauts, and Jonathan Jackson – Sunday, August 12Happy Together Tour – Monday, August 13 featuring: The Turtles, Chuck Negron (formerly of Three Dog Night), Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Association, Mark Lindsay (formerly of Paul Revere & The Raiders and The CowsillsDirty Deeds USA: Xtreme AC/DC Tribute – Tuesday, August 14Grand Funk Railroad – with openers The Easthills – Wednesday, August 15An Evening with Hunter Hayes – Thursday, August 16Here Come The Mummies – Friday, August 17Robby Krieger of The Doors with openers Brandon Whyde and Os Gringos– Saturday, August 18Kirk Franklin, headlining the Gospel Music Festival – Sunday, August 19Online ticket sales are available now, presented by WGU Indiana, at a discounted rate of $8 plus convenience fee on the Indiana State Fair website. Tickets can also be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office during regular business hours at the discounted rate. Tickets purchased at the gate are $13. Check IndianaStateFair.com for additional promotions available throughout the summer.Purchase of an Indiana State Fair ticket allows for general admission to the Chevrolet Free Stage concert seating area. No seats can be reserved unless otherwise specified. For more information please visit the Indiana State Fair website.last_img read more

Mourinho undergoes elbow surgery

first_imgChelsea have announced manager Jose Mourinho underwent surgery on his elbow on Monday in an attempt to cure a long-standing complaint. “Some managers go where they have to go, where the club comes, and sometimes it is not the best move, not what they want to do, but they go. “I sat down with my wife and family, and said ‘Where is the best place for us? Where can we be happier as a family? To be happy as a manager and enjoy more the family and life socially?’ “We decided England, after that, for the situation to be perfect it would be Chelsea and I was lucky because the door was open for me.” The self-proclaimed Special One won Chelsea’s first championship in 50 years in his first season in 2005 and successfully defended the crown in 2006, after being appointed in the weeks after he led Porto to the 2004 Champions League title. A trophy-laden spell at Inter Milan – where he won the European Cup for a second time – was followed by a stint at Real Madrid which was successful and fractious in equal measure before he rejoined Chelsea last June on a four-year contract. Mourinho would love to continue his career at Chelsea for “many, many years” yet, and indicated he had no intentions of ever leaving the Premier League. He added: “The principles you have in relation to football and life are absolutely amazing. “I love this Chelsea Football Club, which has been the only club to have ever sacked me, we as a family belong to you (in) England. “I belong to Chelsea, Chelsea belongs to me, and hopefully we will stay for many, many years.” Mourinho added: “It is not a threat, but if you sack me, I will stay in England and go to another club, a possible rival.” Press Association The 50-year-old oversaw Chelsea’s 3-1 Premier League defeat of Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday before attending a Football Writers’ Association dinner at the Savoy Hotel where he was honoured with an award. He then went under the surgeon’s knife on Monday. Chelsea stated on Twitter: “Jose Mourinho today underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on a long-standing elbow complaint. He will return to work tomorrow.” The operation was performed by doctor Didier Fontes in Paris. Mourinho may have to wear a sling as a precaution for a few days, but the operation came in a relatively lean period in Chelsea’s fixture schedule. Chelsea next play Stoke at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, before a midweek contest at home to West Ham and another Premier League clash at Manchester City. Mourinho was in fine fettle on Sunday evening after a result which took his side to within two points of leaders Arsenal and a point of City. He is settled in England after returning to Chelsea following a near six-year absence last summer. “Without love and happiness, I could not do my job,” Mourinho said. “The best thing football gave me was to make a decision about my future. last_img read more