Seneca Rocks, West Virginia

first_imgSeneca Rocks rises close to 900 feet above the North Fork of the South Branch of the Potomac River Valley. Although it is believed Native Americans climbed the rocks, the first recorded ascent was in the 1930s. Throughout most of the rest of the 1900s, the views that could be obtained from its west-facing wall were available only to rock climbers or those willing to endure a steep and eroded pathway on the rocks’ eastern side. In the late 1990s, the forest service constructed a trail for the rest of us. It won’t bring you to the top of the rocks, but it does take you to a grand view. The pathway gains almost 700 feet in elevation, but switchbacks and benches to rest upon make it accessible to just about anyone. Signposts along the way interpret the area’s natural history, and the information learned here will add greatly to future hikes in West Virginia.It’s only 1.5 miles of walking to reach the observation platform. Beside you are Seneca Rocks’ vertical walls, with the North Fork flowing directly below. Spread along the valley floor are the forest service’s Discovery Center and Shenandoah Shadows Campground. On the western horizon are Spruce Mountain and the state’s highest point, Spruce Knob. Since you can go no further (a sign reads “Here Ends the Realm of the Hiker”), it’s time to retrace your steps and return to your car at 3.0 miles.Before beginning the hike, consider visiting the Discovery Center to obtain more background information. Displays depict the geology, Native Americans, natural history, early settlers, and history of climbing in the area.last_img read more

Speak for the Trees: Youth Rally for the Forest This Friday

first_imgThe U.S. Forest Service is about to complete a 25-year plan that will decide how much of the Pisgah-Nantahala National forest is cut and how much is protected. Already, the Forest Service has received 15,000 comments on the plan, and 98% support more protections for the Pisgah-Nantahala.So far, though, the Forest Service has not been enthusiastic about including more protected areas in its plan. And young people will be most affected by this 25-year plan, but their voices have not been included so far.I HEART PISGAH hopes to change that. This Friday, August 17, they are organizing a Youth Rally for the Forest at the Forest Service headquarters in Asheville. The rally and meeting are free and open to everyone. Youth of all ages—and grownups, too—will have the opportunity to speak directly with the Forest Supervisor, and several media outlets will be there.Kids and grownups don’t need to know anything about forest planning; all you need is a love of being outdoors. There will be music, ice cream, and an open mic. Signs, t-shirts, and stickers will be available for free for all kids and grownups.It’s a rare opportunity to speak directly to decision-makers and make a meaningful impact on the future of our national forest.The rally and meeting will begin at 9:30 and take place at the Forest Service headquarters at 160 Zillicoa Street, Asheville, NC 28801. Learn more at HEART PISGAH is a coalition of over 75 organizations and businesses—and thousands of citizens—who support more protected areas for the Pisgah-Nantahala, especially its trail networks and corridors, waterfalls, old-growth forests, rare species habitats, and recreational hubs.The Pisgah-Nantahala is the second-most visited national forest in the country. Nearly 7 million people visited the 1.1-million acre forest in North Carolina last year, and over 90 percent of them were hikers, bikers, runners, paddlers, climbers, anglers, naturalists, photographers, and nature-seeking outdoor enthusiasts. I HEART PISGAH works to make sure that their voices are heard by the Forest Service and represented in the forest plan. Learn more at read more

Mother of ‘Ursula’ victim says daughter ‘had premonition’ of killer flood

first_imgBY IAN PAUL CORDERO AND RUBY SILUBRICO She was supposed to fly back to Kuwaiton Dec. 26 but returned to Iloilo to attend to the burial of her husband Roelde Asis and their two other children, all of whom perished as Typhoon Ursulabattered Batad town, her husband’s hometown. Two of their relatives, Elgie “Angga” deAsis and Ronilo “Dagul” Evangelio, both 12 years old, also died of drowning.Their bodies were recovered several hours later./PN “Natingalagid ako pagkakita ko sang drawing book ngapuro masubo, ka dark, may mga tubig, may na lunod, ga ulan kagkagabihon ang,” the baffled mother narrated. The body of Roel, 41, their childrenRosa Mae “Meme” de Asis, 15, and Rhiana “YanYan” de Asis, 3, were found hoursafter they were swept by a flash flood at Barangay Pasayan, Batad while theyand several relatives tried to evacuate. “Amona guro ang mga signs nga may ma tabosa ila,” Andrea went on, saying her daughter drew these illustrations weeksbefore the killer flood. Aside from the drawing of her beingdrowned, Rose Mae has also several sketches that have water, rain, midnight anda woman crying on it. Roughly three weeks after the tragicincident, the 36-year-old overseas Filipino worker revealed what she discoveredon Rose Mae’s sketch pad: a seemingly harrowing illustration depicting herdrowning daughter. “Mahiligni ang bata ko mag drawing. Sang na kita namon ang iya sketch pad, may drawing nga nalumos siya sa tubig,” Andrea told Panay News. Thirty-six-year old Andrea de Asis, a native of Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, shows her daughter’s illustration. She says Rose Mae has several sketches that have water, rain, midnight, and a woman crying on it. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN ILOILO City – Death premonitions: Dothey happen?Distraught Andrea De Asis – who lost four family members during Typhoon Ursula– believes so. Andrea claimed that her 15-year-old daughterRose Mae had premonitions of the day when she, her father and two siblings wereswept away by the raging floodwaters at the height of the typhoon on Dec. 25,2019. Andrea from Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo, hadearlier canceled her trip back to Kuwait following the tragic incident thatclaimed the lives of her family.last_img read more

No more striker Blues for Torres

first_img The west Londoners have not been firing on all cylinders since Jose Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge, yet the ruthless edge that epitomised his first spell continues to shine through. The Blues rode their luck at times in miserable conditions on the south coast, but the hosts could have no arguments with the eventual 3-0 scoreline in this Barclays Premier League match. There were few chances of note in the opening 45 minutes, with last-ditch blocks and wayward finishing keeping the score goalless. Saints wasted decent chances during a penalty-box melee in the early minutes of the second half – missed opportunities they were made to rue as Chelsea wrestled control of the game. Oscar, who had just been booked for diving, saw a deflected cross from the left come back off the post and unmarked Torres nodded home – the first away league goal by a Chelsea striker since the Spaniard netted on December 8, 2012, against Sunderland. It was a goal that capped a fine performance for the Spaniard and one added to by substitute Willian, firing low past Kelvin Davis after collecting a ball from Oscar in the 71st minute. The Brazil international, introduced as 53rd minute substitute, added extra gloss to the scoreline late on, firing low past Davis to wrap up Chelsea’s fourth win in five matches and condemn Saints to back-to-back home league defeats for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino. Mourinho, who helped persuade Pochettino to take the St Mary’s hot-seat, made six changes for his side’s fourth match in 10 days, with the quality of those alterations highlighted by the fact they were signed at a cost of £131million. Those fresh legs helped Chelsea to fly out of the blocks, with Torres and Andre Schurrle threatening early on. However, during that passage of play, there was a nasty collision of heads between Jose Fonte and Dejan Lovren, leading to a break in play as the latter received treatment. The time appeared to help Saints and, after Davis dashed off his line to smartly block off Ramires outside the box, Pochettino’s men began to threaten. Adam Lallana had Saints’ first chance of note in the 17th minute, jinking past a Chelsea defender but seeing Ashley Cole block. Morgan Schneiderlin went close soon after before Torres threatened again, before Cole’s challenge stopped Jay Rodriguez netting after latching onto an exquisite chipped through ball from Gaston Ramirez. Davis again came off his line to thwart a Chelsea attack, this time Eden Hazard the man denied, before Cesar Azpilicueta threw himself in front of a close-range Lallana strike after Calum Chambers’ low cross caused problems. Ramires’ mazy run and strike not been tipped over impressively by Davis when Chelsea returned to the attack, although there was to be no first-half goal. Nathaniel Clyne replaced Luke Shaw for a second half which began with the home side wasting a chance to open the scoring. Having just been booked, Ramirez swung in a corner that resulted in a penalty-box melee in which Lovren and Fonte had attempts blocked, with the latter unsuccessfully claiming handball. Referee Martin Atkinson was soon called into action, though. Put through on goal by Hazard, Oscar was adjudged to have taken a tumble when looking to round goalkeeper Davis. The Chelsea man was booed but quickly made amends, sending in the cross from which Chelsea broke the deadlock. The playmaker’s ball took a deflection off Chambers, taking the ball onto the post and Torres reacted quickest to bundle home the rebound. Substitute Rickie Lambert, linked with an £8million move to West Ham today, headed straight at Petr Cech as Saints attempted to draw parity. Chelsea were on top, though, and Oscar, impressing since his 53rd-minute introduction, squared a pass to countryman and fellow substitute Willian, who fired a low strike into the bottom right-hand corner to make it 2-0. Saints were left chasing shadows for the remainder of the game and it was no surprise when Oscar completed the scoring with eight minutes remaining. A quick break saw Hazard play through the Brazilian, who fired past Davis at his near post to wrap up a comprehensive victory. Clyne was booked for a coming together with Azpilicueta as the match came to a close, with Ramirez curling wide in stoppage time. Chelsea’s strikers failed to score a single league goal away from home last year, but Fernando Torres ensured that hoodoo would not extend into 2014 as Southampton were overcome at St Mary’s. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pitching, small ball propel GSA baseball team past Mattanawcook in opener

first_imgBLUE HILL — Chances to play baseball have been limited throughout a very wet season in Maine thus far. For George Stevens Academy, spring has taken a particularly heavy toll.Twice last week, GSA saw its scheduled opening game postponed as a result of poor field conditions. Those rainouts came after the Eagles had their entire preseason slate canceled as a spree of snow dustings and rainy afternoons kept the team off the diamond.Yet on Monday, the opportunity came for head coach Dan Kane’s team to take the field. GSA responded with a vintage small-ball performance to begin the season with a 4-0 home win over Mattanawcook Academy.“For our first game of the season, I have to say I’m very pleased with this team,” Kane said. “This is only the second time I can remember that we didn’t play a preseason game, but luckily, we have a lot of veterans with a lot of baseball under their belts. I knew they could be reasonably comfortable out here.”GSA’s Caden Mattson swings at a pitch during the fifth inning of a high school baseball against Mattanawcook on April 22 in Blue Hill. Mattson had two base hits (both singles), two stolen bases and two runs scored for the Eagles. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPitcher Austin Snow gave GSA (1-0) a solid start to the game in the top of the first inning when he retired the side with two strikeouts and a flyout to center field. After Caden Mattson reached base on an infield single to start the bottom of the inning, the junior stole second and reached third on a passed ball before scoring on a single to center.Mattanawcook (0-1) threatened in the top of the second when it loaded the bases with just one out, but Snow pitched his way out of the jam when he struck out back-to-back batters to retire the side. GSA then delivered another small-ball display in the second with a walk and stolen base before Ben Parker’s single gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead.In the middle innings, Snow hit his stride on the mound. Mattanawcook mustered only one hit in the third, fourth and fifth frames, during which the GSA starter struck out five batters and, at one point, threw 16 consecutive strikes.“We have five or six options in terms of pitchers, but one reason I went with Austin in this game is because he throws a lot of strikes,” Kane said. “In these early games, it’s especially important not to walk the other team. You want to make them earn everything.”Mattson followed his second single of the game in the fifth inning with a stolen base before advancing to third on a fielder’s choice and scoring on a sacrifice fly from Snow. After Snow left the game in the top of the sixth, Owen Vinall and Garrett Parker finished the job on the mound as Vanessa Sherwood scored the game’s final run in the sixth after entering as a pinch-runner.Snow finished with nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. At the plate, Mattson and Tanner Ashley had two hits apiece for GSA, which had six as a team. The teams committed two errors apiece in the field.GSA’s Garrett Parker pitches during the seventh inning of a high school baseball game against Mattanawcook on April 22 in Blue Hill. Parker closed out the game for the Eagles with two strikeouts in the final frame. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELLMattson’s stolen bases provided the framework for two of the Eagles’ runs. In both instances, the junior took second base before advancing to third and heading home — an early response to a goal Kane asked him to set for himself during the preseason.“Coach challenged me at the beginning of the season to steal 30 bases this year,” Mattson said. “I wanted to come right out the gate and do that today. It put us in good position to get some runs.”Despite not having an opportunity to play games last week, GSA was at least able to get outside for a few practices. There was mud all along the passage to the ball fields and rain in the forecast for the late evening, but for a three-hour window, at least, conditions were just right for baseball.“It’s been pretty tough to have to wait it out, but the few days outside really helped,” Mattson said. “For not being able to play any games before this at all, I think we played pretty well.”GSA is scheduled to play on the road against Orono (0-1) at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, though Kane said the game could be moved to Blue Hill if the fields at Orono High School aren’t ready for play. The May 13 game between the Eagles and Red Riots would then be moved to Orono.“If we can build off this, I think we’ll be in good shape,” Mattson said. “The biggest thing was getting that first game out of the way, and now that we’ve done that, we know what we need to work on and how to get better from here.” Latest Posts Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

FIFA adds voice to protests over Floyd’s death

first_imgBERN, Germany (Reuters) – World soccer’s governing body FIFA has joined sports leagues, teams and players around the globe to express solidarity amid outrage over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed in police custody in the United States.The National Football League, National Hockey League and National Basketball Association have put out statements about the racial injustice that sparked protests across the U.S. but Major League Baseball has yet to make an official statement.From those four leagues, 74 of 123 teams (60%) have issued statements on the protests according to research by Axios. Only four of the NBA’s 30 teams have not issued releases while fewer than half (15) of the NFL’s 32 teams and just a third (10) of MLB’s 30 clubs made statements.Across those leagues the loudest support has come from the players, including Los Angeles Lakers’ Lebron James, New Jersey Devils defenceman PK Subban, Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl-winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes and New York Yankees slugger Gincarlo Stanton. Charlotte Hornets and owner and former NBA great Michael Jordan and golfer Tiger Woods, who rarely speak out on social issues, have also called for change.The voices of outrage, however, are being heard well beyond U.S. borders.Several soccer players protested during matches in Germany’s top-flight Bundesliga at the weekend, with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Achraf Hakimi displaying undershirts with the message, ‘Justice for George Floyd’ on Sunday. The German Football Association (DFB) said it was reviewing the incidents.England international Sancho was shown a yellow card after removing his shirt but the DFB said it was not due to his message but because he broke the rules on removing shirts.FIFA UNDERSTANDS FIFA, an organisation that has had zero tolerance for players expressing personal views about politics, religion and social issues on the field, has asked competition organisers to use “common sense” with athletes who show messages of protest over Floyd’s death.In a statement yesterday, the global soccer body said it “fully understands the depth of sentiment and concerns expressed by many footballers in light of the tragic circumstances of the George Floyd case.” It added that applying the laws of the game was the responsibility of competition organisers, such as domestic leagues, who FIFA said “should use common sense and have in consideration the context surrounding the events.“FIFA had repeatedly expressed itself to be resolutely against racism and discrimination of any kind…. FIFA itself has promoted many anti-racism campaigns which frequently carry the anti-racism message at matches organised under its own auspices,” it added.Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has urged cricket’s world governing body, the International Cricket Council, and its member nations to speak out against social injustice. “@ICC and all the other boards are you guys not seeing what’s happening to ppl like me? Are you not gonna speak against the social injustice against my kind…,” he wrote in a series of tweets.“Now is not the time to be silent. I wanna hear u,” the St Lucia all-rounder, who led West Indies to Twenty20 World Cup titles in 2012 and 2016, said. His former team mate Chris Gayle also posted a statement on social media saying “Black life matters just as any other life!”Formula One drivers followed Lewis Hamilton’s lead on Monday after he criticised those in what he called the “white-dominated sport” for failing to speak out about Floyd’s death.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc said on Twitter he had felt “out of place and uncomfortable” sharing his thoughts on social media about the situation but realised he had been “completely wrong”.last_img read more

University hosts rivalry blood drive

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The rivalry between USC and Notre Dame didn’t only play out on the field this weekend.The USC Red Cross Club hosted its 2013 USC vs. Notre Dame Rivalry Blood Drive from Oct. 11 to Oct. 18.The Rivalry Blood Drive is a competition with the University of Notre Dame to see which school can collect the most blood within the week. Stations where students could donate blood were set up at McCarthy Quad, Harris Residence Hall and University Village.This year, USC collected 142 units of blood. Notre Dame’s results are not yet known.In past years, the Blood Drive competed with crosstown rival UCLA, but their numbers were too low to elicit much of a competition, according to USC Red Cross Club President Diana Chung. Notre Dame proved to be a new challenge.“Notre Dame is definitely not an easy rival,” Chung said. “They reach out not only to their campus but their entire community around campus, which we aren’t able to do because of security measures.”The event is meant to coincide with the USC vs. Notre Dame football game.“At the end of the weekend it’s like a kind of culmination with the football game to see who wins the blood drive and who wins the football game,” said Madelyn McCadden, a sophomore majoring in global health and a member of the Red Cross Club.The blood drive was sponsored by various organizations including Chicanos/Latinos for Health Education, Vietnamese Student Association, Alpha Phi Omega, Trojan Pride, Tzu Ching Trojans, Delta Sigma Pi, Panhellenic Council and Associated Students of Biomedical Engineering, which sent volunteers to help run the drive.One of the volunteers, Shelief Juarez, a sophomore majoring in political science and biology and member of the Chicanos/Latinos for Health Education, said she enjoys being able to give back.“It’s a really good opportunity to help around campus,” Juarez said.Students showed up to give blood for a variety of reasons, either by walk-in or appointment.Ryan Burrow, an undeclared freshman, mentioned that his fraternity is involved in a community service initiative and was looking for ways to contribute.“We’ve been seeing this truck on campus all week and we thought me might as well all go out and do it,” he said.The club reports that every donation will save three lives.Chung noted that some people must be turned away for a variety of reasons, such as being sick within the last week or having an iron deficiency.“We definitely have to turn people away,” she said. “We want to make sure that the blood itself that we give to sick patients isn’t contaminated.”Men who have had sexual relations with other men since 1977 are also not allowed to donate.“There was a thing where we had to turn away someone that was gay,” McCadden said. “There’s a federal law still in place where they won’t take blood if you’re gay because of the risk of HIV.”Kyron Richard, a sophomore majoring in public relations, said he was turned away after filling out the personal questionnaire.“[The Red Cross attendant] was really respectful about it, but he basically told me there was an FDA regulation that didn’t allow men who had any kind of sexual contact with men since ’77 to donate blood,” Richard said.Even still, Chung considers this year’s drive to have had a successful turnout.“This year we didn’t have as many appointments,” Chung said. “But we definitely had a lot of walk-ins, which more than made up for the appointments.”last_img read more

Syracuse track and field flourishes in Boston and Ithaca

first_imgSyracuse Track and Field split their squad this weekend, racing in both Ithaca and Boston. The Orange men’s and women’s teams earned 12 top-five finishes.Cornell University held the Kane Invitational while two events were hosted in Boston: the Crimson Elite, at Harvard University, and the Bruce Lehane Invitational, at Boston College.In Ithaca, Syracuse made up four of the top-five in the men’s mile. A three-second gap separated first and fifth with Stephen Schulz (4:16.06) winning the event, followed by teammates Matthew Scrape (4:17.59) and Nathan Lawler (4:18.08) in second and third. Silas Defel (4:19.10) followed soon behind in fifth.The dominant showing in Ithaca was shared by the women’s side. Sophomore Abigail Spiers took the top spot for the Orange in the women’s mile at 5:05.53, topping her competition by 10 seconds. Teammates Abigail Walsh (5:26.62), Keiana Mitchell (5:28.51), and Kelsey Potts (5:28.92) also finished in the top 10.At the Crimson Elite meet, the Orange earned three top-five finishes in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Tyler Garland finished on top with his second consecutive sub-8-second finish at 7.98. Teammates Jamil Adams (8.06) and Naseem Smith (8.08) followed Garland in third and fifth, respectively. Freshman Aja Davis finished first among collegiate runners in the women’s 60-meter dash on Friday night, her 7.50 time was good for fourth overall.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt the Bruce Lehane Invitational, Shaleah Colaire (8.76) and Andrew Aguilera (8.35) finished third in the women’s and men’s 60-meter hurdles, respectively. Senior Dasia Pressley achieved a season-best in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line at 23.96, in third as well. Aja Davis took 11th in the event with a time of 24.76.The Orange will split up again next weekend, traveling to both coasts with the David Hemery Valentine Invitational in Boston and the Husky Classic in Seattle. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 2, 2020 at 12:11 am Contact Skyler: | @skylerriveraalast_img read more

Bennett bound for Tour

first_imgThe German squad have named the 24 year old sprinter in their nine man line-up for the race which starts on July 4th next in Holland.Bennett has been sidelined by illness in recent weeks so his preparation for the three week event has been far from ideal.The other leader of the squad is German climber Dominik Nerz.last_img