Ultimate 100 Challenge #87: Speed Waterfalling

first_imgTwo BRO readers and longtime outdoor enthusiasts from Western North Carolina teamed up to complete  #87 of BRO’s Ultimate 100 Challenge….and they added a surprising and speedy twist.FootRx Asheville co-owner Scott Socha and MotionMap’s founder/waterfall tour guide Lydia Odell inaugurated Speed Waterfalling. The duo reached 23 waterfalls in a single day—all in Transylvania County.  The challenge included stops in Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, Gorges State Park, DuPont State Recreational Forest and a few private properties. From each parking area, Socha and Odell ran/hiked together while navigating trails, tough terrain, streams, rivers and rocks to bag waterfalls one by one.  The two kept record of each waterfall viewed, time viewed and mileage. Total hiking/running mileage for the day was 11.5 miles.Socha and Odell had discussed this idea for at least a year and were ready to set the bar for other outdoor/waterfall enthusiasts who want a new, interesting and different challenge.Overall the day was fantastic. To be able to spend the day enjoying what Transylvania County and surrounding areas have to offer is something everyone should take part in whenever possible.Socha and Odell were prepared with a full tank of gas, cooler of food, plenty of water, first-aid kit, maps, footrx apparel, extra running shoes, wool socks, rain gear and a little cash for a 5:00 pm pint of Dale’s Pale Ale at Oskar’s Blues Brewery in Pisgah Forest.Here is a list of falls they visited:Twin FallsMiddle FallsSlippery WitchConnestee FallsWhitewater FallsTriple FallsJohn’s JumpHigh FallsD.E.W. FallsHooker FallsRainbow FallsLong ShoalsLooking Glass FallsTurtleback FallsShower FallsSlick Rock FallsRaven Rocks FallsDaniel Ridge FallsFrench Broad FallsBird Rock FallsEastatoe FallsBatson FallsUpper Batson FallsWant to find out more? Contact Lydia Odell to learn more about logistics and planning for the Speed Waterfall adventure.last_img read more

FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez set to leave Barcelona

first_imgMADRID: FC Barcelona striker Luis Suarez looks to be on his way out of the club after local radio station RAC1 reported that new coach Ronald Koeman has told the Uruguayan that he doesn’t form a part of his plans for the coming season.The radio station, which has very close links to the club, reported that Koeman phoned Suarez this Monday and gave him the news in a brief conversation. Suarez’s contract at the Camp Nou is due to expire at the end of June 2021 and the 33-year-old’s lawyers will presumably speak to the club to try to rescind that deal to allow him to become a free agent. Suarez arrived at Barcelona in 2014 from Liverpool and he has since scored 198 goals and given 109 assists in 283 appearances to become the third-highest scorer in the history of the club. RAC1 broke this news just two days after Suarez spoke to Spanish newspaper El Pais to say that “nobody” had discussed his future with him. “It would be good if the person in charge speaks directly to me. My idea today is to continue, but if the club decides that I am expendable, I have no problem talking,” he commented, adding that he wanted to “continue contributing everything I can,” and that he would have no problem if he had to be a substitute. While Suarez looks to have one foot out of the door at Barcelona, left-back Jordi Alba’s future looks more secure after RAC1 revealed that Koeman had informed the 31-year-old Spain international he wanted him in next season’s squad. IANS Also Watch: Koch-Rajbongshi groups meet with CM to discuss their Demands.last_img read more

Minister Henry apologises but quibble on details

first_imgOpposition walkout… Opposition Leader says explanation “nonsensical”Responding to the claims made by the Opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) about their allegedOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo expressing his displeasure on Wednesday night at D’Urban Parkmistreatment at the recently held independence flag raising ceremony, Minister within the Education Ministry, Nicolette Henry, on Friday said the Party members left the D’Urban Park event while her officials were trying to have them seated together as requested.On Wednesday evening, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo expressed disappointment that his Party was left embarrassed when members turned up at the D’Urban Park arena to be a part of the activities, but could not because most of the Members of Parliament (MPs) were left standing without any seats.He said effort was made to correct the situation, but after some 30 minutes standing, nothing was done. They all dubbed the situation disrespectful, and the group, led by Jagdeo, walked out of the event.But on Friday, Minister Nicolette Henry, who had responsibility for the staging of the event, said the parliamentary Opposition was invited to all state events and confirmed its attendance to the flag raising ceremony.She said after accepting the invitation, the Opposition was briefed by her on Tuesday, May 24, on the time of arrival, entrance to be used and seating arrangements. Based on the arrangement, the Opposition Leader was expected to be seated in the Presidential Section with all other past Presidents and Prime Ministers. All other PPP members were to be seated in the other VIP section.According to Henry, the Opposition Leader did arrive, but not at the time he was expected to. He also used an entrance that he was not supposed to use.Explaining the details of what transpired on Wednesday evening, Minister Henry said Jagdeo arrived at 21:55h and used the South Western entrance (Hadfield Street).She said had it not been for the Police insistence on using the North-western entrance, this would have resulted in the Opposition and President Granger arriving on the tarmac at the same time.According to her, the other members remained standing in the passage and had indicated that they would only sit when they could be assigned seats together. However, according to her, this was not told to the usher.“Upon my arriving in the Presidential Section, the Opposition Leader indicated there were concerns with the seating. I assured him I will address this immediately, so I proceeded by personally asking other invited persons to give up their seats to ensure the Opposition members were all seated together.”She said as soon as the persons began to give up their seats, the Opposition walked out.“In the circumstances, I wish to state that as the organiser of this event, I apologise for any inconvenience, embarrassment or distress this incident may have caused”, Henry said in a statement on Friday.But Jagdeo, immediately told Guyana Times that the Minister’s response was “nonsensical.” In fact, most of the things she stated were untrue, the former Head of State said.Meanwhile, the PPP/C in a statement issued on Friday afternoon said that Minister Henry’s statement on the incident is “a poor effort to extricate the Government from the disrespectful treatment of the parliamentary Opposition.”According to the Party, the Minister seemed to have difficulty comprehending the issue at hand. “The Minister gave all assurances on May 24 to the Leader of the Opposition and a large group of PPP/C MPs and again on May 25, with the Chief Whip [Gail Teixeira] that seats for all PPP/C MPs and their spouses were reserved for the flag raising in the VIP section and that “we should not worry, everything was taken care of,” the statement said.According to the Party, the Minister was advised that the PPP/C MPs were attending the event in one bus to reduce any logistical problems.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Aranui Cruises new

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Aranui Cruises’ new ship Aranui 5 has arrived in its new home, Tahiti. The 126-metre long freighter cruised into Papeete for the first time yesterday to a traditional water jet welcome from local tug boats.Aranui 5 will now spend a month in port making final preparations for its maiden voyage on 12 December. The inaugural cruise coincides with the Marquesas Art Festival – held in the far-flung archipelago once every four years – providing guests with a rare double thrill of local ceremonies at each maiden port as well as a spectacular celebration of Polynesian culture and tradition during the ship’s call to Hiva Oa.Aranui’s Regional Representative Australia New Zealand Laurent Wong said he was thrilled Aranuijoy the luxurious comfort of our new freighter as well as experiencing the Marquesas during a time of brilliant colour and activity,” Mr Wong said.“Aranui 5 has been a long time in the making and we are so excited that she has finally arrived in her new home.”The custom-built dual-purpose vessel replaces Aranui 3 and will continue to dispense cargo to ports across the Marquesas, Tuamotu and Society Islands while passengers disembark and explore the islands.With capacity for 254 passengers, Aranui 5 offers a range of accommodation options, from the operator’s first single staterooms to new premium and deluxe categories, styled in a natural colour palette, with Polynesian flourishes including Marquesan-inspired décor and Paul Gauguin prints.To cater to the demand for balcony cabins, more than half of the ship’s rooms (60) feature a private balcony – five times more than offered on Aranui 3. The new cruise freighter also offers suites with king beds, air-conditioned public spaces including a restaurant, two conference rooms, lounges, a library, a computer room, a boutique, a swimming pool with a whirlpool, a fitness room, a spa and four bars, including the popular Sky bar.Aranui’s 14-day round-trip cruises from Papeete visit Nuku Hiva, Ua Pou, Tahuata, Fatu Hiva, Hiva Oa, Ua Huka in the Marquesas, Takapoto and Rangiroa in the Tuamotus and the famed Society Island of Bora Bora.The freighter line dispenses a lifeline of food, fuel and other staples to remote island ports while passengers disembark and explore a range of complimentary excursions including hikes, 4WD tours, a visit to the Paul Gauguin museum and a picnic on a secluded beach in Bora Bora.Packages for Aranui 5’s 30 April, 2016, departure start from $6363* including all meals, excursions and wine with lunch and dinner onboard.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more