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Marin lifts S. Utah past Sacramento St. 74-49

first_imgJanuary 18, 2020 /Sports News – Local Marin lifts S. Utah past Sacramento St. 74-49 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCameron Oluyitan scored 19 points and Southern Utah romped past Sacramento State 74-49.Dre Marin added 17 points and John Knight III 13 for the Thunderbirds.Osi Nwachukwu had 13 points for the Hornets and Joshua Patton added 12.Southern Utah held the Hornets to 17% shooting in the first half to take a 33-18 lead. Associated Press Written by Tags: Big Sky/Dre Marin/SUU Thunderbirds Basketballlast_img read more

Jackson Kelly PLLC Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America For 2017

first_imgJackson Kelly PLLC Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America For 2017CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Aug. 18, 2016) — Jackson Kelly PLLC is pleased to announce that 67 of the firm’s lawyers were recently named in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Lawyers from across the firm’s twelve offices were honored in the publication.In addition, 10 Jackson Kelly PLLC lawyers were named as Best Lawyers’ 2017 Lawyers of the Year. Only a single lawyer in each area of practice in each community is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” Those who received this honor are: Mark W. Bernlohr (Litigation – Construction), Laura E. Beverage (Energy Law), Marcia Allen Broughton (Trusts and Estates), Robert F. Duncan (Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants), Lucinda L. Fluharty (Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers), Samme L. Gee (Public Finance Law), Thomas J. Hurney, Jr. (Health Care Law), Charles W. Loeb, Jr. (Corporate Law), John Philip Melick (Administrative / Regulatory Law), and R. Henry Moore (Mining Law).First published in 1983, Best Lawyers is based on an annual peer-review survey. Leading attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in the same and related specialties. Because of the methodology used by Best Lawyers and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered an honor. The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.AKRON, OH–Mark W. Bernlohr (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction)BRIDGEPORT, WV–Marcia Allen Broughton (Litigation – Trusts and Estates; Tax Law; Trusts and Estates)CHARLESTON, WV–Robby J. Aliff (Commercial Litigation; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants)–David A. Barnette (Information Technology Law; Litigation – Intellectual Property)–Christina T. Brumley (Energy Law)–Christopher L. Callas (Energy Law)–Gretchen M. Callas (Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants)–Ellen S. Cappellanti (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Bet-the-Company Litigation; Corporate Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Real Estate Law)–Michael T. Cimino (Mining Law; Natural Resources Law)–Stephen R. Crislip (Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)–William F. Dobbs, Jr. (Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation – Bankruptcy; Litigation – Mergers and Acquisitions; Mergers and Acquisitions Law)–Charles D. Dunbar (Banking and Finance Law; Corporate Compliance Law; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Law; Financial Services Regulation Law; Litigation – Banking and Finance)–A. L. Emch (Bet-the-Company Litigation; Commercial Litigation; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)–Michael M. Fisher (Criminal Defense: White-Collar)–Michael D. Foster (Employee Benefits [ERISA] Law)–Samme L. Gee (Corporate Law; Project Finance Law; Public Finance Law)–Gary W. Hart (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)–M. Shane Harvey (Environmental Law; Mining Law)–Timothy E. Huffman (Administrative / Regulatory Law; Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)–Thomas J. Hurney, Jr. (Health Care Law; Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)–Barbara D. Little (Environmental Law)–Charles W. Loeb, Jr. (Corporate Law; Energy Law; Mining Law)–Elizabeth Osenton Lord (Corporate Law; Securities / Capital Markets Law; Securities Regulation)–Erin E. Magee (Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment)–John A. Mairs (Tax Law)–J. Rudy Martin (Arbitration; Insurance Law; International Arbitration – Commercial; International Arbitration – Governmental; Mediation; Reinsurance Law)–Jill McIntyre (Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law; Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law; Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)–Robert G. McLusky (Energy Law; Litigation – Environmental; Mining Law; Natural Resources Law)–John Philip Melick (Administrative / Regulatory Law)–Laurie K. Miller (Health Care Law; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)–Ann B. Rembrandt (Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)–Al F. Sebok (Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment; Mining Law)–James R. Snyder (Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Mining Law)–Louis S. Southworth II (Corporate Law; Government Relations Practice; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Tax Law)–Brian R. Swiger (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)–Pamela Dawn Tarr (Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)–Kenneth E. Tawney (Energy Law; Oil and Gas Law)–James W. Thomas (Health Care Law)–Robert G. Tweel (Corporate Law; Mergers and Acquisitions Law; Tax Law)–Michael B. Victorson (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Environmental; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)–Roger A. Wolfe (Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management)CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN–Diana L. Wann (Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)DENVER, CO–Laura E. Beverage (Energy Law; Mining Law; Natural Resources Law)–Christopher G. Peterson (Energy Law)–John S. Zakhem (Government Relations Practice)EVANSVILLE, IN–Marc D. Fine (Corporate Law)–Blair M. Gardner (Environmental Law; Litigation – Environmental; Mining Law; Natural Resources Law; Water Law)–James D. Johnson (Appellate Practice)–Timothy A. Klingler (Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)–L. Montgomery Porter (Health Care Law)LEXINGTON, KY–Robert F. Duncan (Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Construction; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants; Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)–John W. Hays (Construction Law)–William A. Hoskins III (Health Care Law)–William S. Mattingly (Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)–Kevin M. McGuire (Environmental Law)–Jeffrey J. Yost (Tax Law)MARTINSBURG, WV–Robert E. Glenn IV (Real Estate Law)–E. Leslie Hoffman (Criminal Defense: White-Collar)–William J. Powell (Criminal Defense: White-Collar)MORGANTOWN, WV–Seth P. Hayes (Commercial Litigation)–Stephen M. LaCagnin (Commercial Litigation; Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants)–George E. Roeder III (Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)–Kathy L. Snyder (Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)–Taunja Willis-Miller (Health Care Law; Public Finance Law)PITTSBURGH, PA–R. Henry Moore (Mining Law; Natural Resources Law)WHEELING, WV–Larry W. Blalock (Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment)–Lucinda L. Fluharty (Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers)FOOTNOTES:  The U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer reviews from leading attorneys in their field and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking, a law firm must have at least one lawyer listed in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America© for that particular location and specialty.Client Focus, Industry Insight, National Reputation. Jackson Kelly PLLC is a national law firm with more than 175 attorneys located in twelve offices throughout Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. Focusing on clients’ industry-specific needs, the Firm serves a wide variety of corporate and public clients and enjoys a national reputation in business, labor and employment, litigation, government contracts, tax, safety and health, permitting, natural resource and environmental law. The Firm’s clients and peers recognize its commitment to providing superior client service as Jackson Kelly has repeatedly been selected as a Go-To Law Firm for the Top 500 Companies in the U.S. and is regularly named to BTI’s Client Service A-Team.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more


first_imgTraining continuesGill Brooks Lonican, chief executive of the National Association of Master Bakers (NA)After reading the letter from Elaine Ead (February 9, pg 6) I feel the need to correct a number of inaccuracies.Her comments on the article ’NA takes tough decision to close training section’ (26 January) are somewhat selective.The main omission being that the NA is meeting with a professional company with a view to continuing training for members. The company has indicated that it would wish to retain some of our assessors.Elaine also said that we are losing “the only area to make money”. However, training has made considerable losses for the last seven years, so the NA can hardly be accused of wishing to make “huge  profits from it”. It never has and never will be expected to make profit, just not to continue making huge losses.I was pleased not to have increased subscription costs this year. The decision made by the board was a balanced one for the whole of the membership and had to take into account the 800-plus members who do not use training, as well as the 45 members who do.Yes, Elaine is one of the few who pays for training, as she falls outside the government funding criteria. For everyone else it was and is free.This year it was agreed to charge £150 for the paperwork involved in taking on a trainee and this was taken into account when projecting future losses.I will repeat what I have told all members who have learners – the NA guarantees ALL Learners will obtain their qualification AND is committed to finding a solution to the mismanaged training section.BOARD WAS RIGHT Graham Ryder, Peter’s theThe NA board has made the right decision to close the training section. The training section has lost the NA in excess of £250,000. I believe the majority of the membership who do not use the training facility would be quite happy for it to at least break even. But how can anyone in business justify such huge losses?The board is charged with running our association and that does not mean losing all our subscriptions for the minority who use the training, which I understand is less than 5%.Mrs Ead makes the point (9 February, pg 6) that she provides accommodation for her assessor, but not all businesses who use the training can do this. In the accounts of the training company for previous years one of the biggest costs is the assessors’ expenses.Those who attended the last AGM will be aware that redundancies have taken place at head office in an attempt to cut costs, but what is the point of this if all those savings are squandered? I would be interested to see how the training section can make a profit and look forward to Mrs Ead’s suggestions at the next AGM in Harrogate.We all want what is best for our association but, ultimately, it is the board’s decision. Members can, of course, stand as directors if they feel the board should not be taking these sorts of decisions. I am sure the board would welcome input.losses Had to stopTony Phillips, Janes Pantry and NA board member, GloucestershireElaine Ead’s letter about the closure of the training arm of the NA contains many false assumptions. Training has lost the NA well in excess of £250,000. It has been one of the reasons subscriptions have had to rise each year.Had Anglo Welsh, the previous training arm of the NA not been closed down it would have bankrupted the association. When training was taken in-house, it continued to lose money – some £20,000 this year – and this for a service that is used by less than 5% of members.Does Mrs Ead expect the 95% of members not using it to subsidise the 5% that do? No one has ever talked about making huge profits, only not losing money. From day one, it has consistently lost money. The word ’profits’ is a red herring.As for the comment, “Had the board considered the projected income before reaching a decision?”, does Mrs Ead really think all the members of the board are stupid? It was a unanimous decision, reached after great thought and debate.Gill Brooks Lonican is doing a superb job as chief executive of the NA, putting its finances into good order by reducing costs, bringing in monies owed and ensuring efficient administration.I am sorry if I have written in strong terms, but I am tired of some 40 members, out of the whole of the NA, trying to dictate to the majority.last_img read more

Planglow displays its natural talent

first_imgPlanglow has launched Natural Collection, a new range of 100% biodegradable packaging. The bio packaging has been designed in neutral earthy colours, so that it can accompany any existing brand logos or colours.Targeted at businesses that want to introduce eco-friendly packaging to their brand, the collection is made up of a 48-hour Peal & Seal Wedge, Baguette Bag, Tortilla Wrap Pack, Salad Packs and 24-hour sandwich wedge, and includes two matching Natural labels. Available in boxes of 500, the Tortilla Wrap Pack has a tuck-top and is suitable for 24-hour use. The Salad Packs are sold in boxes of 250.Natural Collection packaging is also compostable, and the clear window is made from polylactic acid (PLA) which is derived from cornstarch, and a new bio-compostable alternative to plastic. The packs contain an eco-friendly coating which is also 100% biodegradable, compostable and recyclable.[]last_img read more

Caught in the Web

first_imgJesus appears on a naan bread (again)… Yet more geeky Star Wars cake creativity… How do you make a cake worthy of Elvis’ 75th birthday (he’s still alive, you know)? Can you really sell a cupcake for $10,000? Er, no… Why we still want to eat a high-calorie pud after a meal… How tall is Britain’s biggest wedding cake? Is 9ft big enough for you? read more

From fresh food to magic mushrooms

first_img As part of the 2015–16 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Michael Pollan, the Suzanne Young Murray Fellow, delivered an autobiographical talk — “One Writer’s Trip” — about his thinking and writing on nature as we find it closer to home: the garden, the farm, the table, and most recently, the altered states of consciousness that certain plants and fungi allow us to achieve. These excerpts are from that talk. The work has progressed well over the months here and is about a third complete, said Pollan, who is also a journalism professor at the University of California at Berkeley. It hasn’t hurt that Harvard is where the work of Timothy Leary and the Harvard Psilocybin Project became a national focus half a century ago for the emergence of and backlash against psychedelic drugs like LSD and psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms.Pollan was disappointed that some of the archival material about that era remains sealed, but he recounted the delight of reading R. Gordon Wasson’s 1950s-era account, preserved in Harvard’s Botany Libraries, of taking hallucinogenic mushrooms in a Mexican Mazatec religious ceremony.“His notebook records the first psilocybin trip ever taken by a Westerner,” Pollan said. “You can watch the handwriting disintegrate.”Pollan’s book will tackle several topics, including the drugs’ history (there were a surprisingly large number of scientific studies in the ’50s and ’60s), the natural history of psilocybin mushrooms, and the current investigations by researchers at New York University and Johns Hopkins University into their use for palliative care. That work, in phase 2 trials, has demonstrated dramatic impact on the psychological trauma that often comes with cancer diagnoses, alleviating patients’ depression, fear, and anxiety. The trials also have shown potential in treating addiction.Though Pollan is working on new topics, he isn’t walking away from his past work. His years of exploring different aspects of the food industry, the natural history of ingredients, diet, and cooking have made him an expert in the field and an advocate for changes in the system and in habits.“I’ve taken a role in this national conversation, and to simply stop speaking because I’ve gotten interested in something else seems borderline irresponsible,” Pollan said. “I can speak more as an expert, which is fine for the political arena, but for me is not so fine as a writer. I don’t want to write a manifesto.”Pollan expects to continue to speak out on food-related issues through television shows like the recent Netflix “Cooked” miniseries, through his Twitter feed, and through speaking engagements. It’s important, he said, that messages promoting food industry reform and healthy eating reach all aspects of society.Assistant Clinical Professor of Law Emily Broad Leib, director of the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic, hosted Pollan in a private meeting with clinic students and in one of her classes afterward. Pollan answered questions and asked students about their own food-related projects.Broad Leib credited Pollan with helping awaken the country to problems with the food system by explaining potentially dry topics like the intricacies of the U.S. farm bill in an easy-to-understand, engaging way. It’s telling, she said, that roughly three-fourths of student applicants to a Harvard food law summit last fall cited Pollan’s writing as influential.“I think his influence has been enormous; it’s almost hard to overstate it,” Broad Leib said. “He has popularized the understanding and knowledge of these complicated topics.”Richard Wrangham, the Ruth Moore Professor of Biological Anthropology, whose research on cooking’s importance to early humans has figured prominently in some of Pollan’s writing, appreciates that Pollan has gotten the science right. Wrangham hosted Pollan at a dinner with Currier House students in February.“He’s a very easy person. He very clearly has an inquiring mind,” said Wrangham, Currier’s faculty dean. “He’s interested in real answers.” <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> It is different this time for best-selling author Michael Pollan, and not just because his subject has changed. The people are different too. They’re not farming or fermenting or cooking. This time they’re dying.Pollan’s books about food, diet, and industrial agriculture — he is perhaps best known for 2006’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals” — have made him an influential voice in America’s food fight over obesity, nutrition, and diabetes, and have made him revered by those who believe that something is fundamentally wrong with how we mass produce and prepare our meals.Yet Pollan’s books have always been about learning, he says, constituting a journey of exploration for him as well as for his readers. He attributes his success and influence in part to his ability to take others along with him, exploring the answers to questions that intrigue him and that the rest of us may not have even known to ask. Now, a new subject has caught his eye.Pollan is exploring a budding rebirth of psychedelic drugs, all but banned since the 1960s. His latest work examines new research into the drugs’ potential therapeutic use, and the impact those trials have had on subjects, including those facing death from cancer.Despite the success he’s already experienced, Pollan said in an interview that this work is forcing him to stretch as both a reporter and a writer. It’s taking him places he’s never before been — including on deep dives into others’ pain.“This has been a different kind of reporting for me. Interviewing people with cancer diagnoses — who are thinking about death — and talking about death with them,” Pollan said. “I had a series of interviews … that wring you out emotionally.”In addition to the challenges in reporting the book, Pollan said he’s being forced to grow professionally to describe the study subjects’ experiences — their “trips” — while on the drugs. Superficially, the flights of fancy can seem odd, he said, so the challenge is to describe them in a way that both is meaningful to the reader and does justice to the depth of the subjects’ experiences.“I’ve tended to write about people in their capacity as professionals, whether a farmer or a scientist. That’s a very cool interview, basically, and practiced,” Pollan said. On this project, “I’ve had five or six interviews with people crying as they described these experiences. So I’m being stretched as a reporter and being stretched as a writer, which is great. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do something different.”Since September, Pollan has been the Suzanne Young Murray Fellow at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, working out of a corner office in the institute’s Byerly Hall. Though he has appeared at some venues, on campus and off, he mostly has tried to keep a low profile and get some work done.“My goal in coming here was really to lay low and do less and focus,” said Pollan, whose fellowship runs through the end of May and who spoke about his work to a packed house at Radcliffe’s Knafel Center in April. “I treated this a little bit more like a writer’s retreat, or I tried to.”Michael Pollan | One Writer’s Trip || Radcliffe Institutelast_img read more

Graphics project earns grant

first_imgAfter months of designing, two trips to South Africa and a summer of grant applications, a team of Notre Dame graphic design students was awarded a $50,000 grant through the 13th annual Sappi Fine Paper North America Ideas that Matter program for their work to combat xenophobia in South Africa. A “highly respected program aimed at helping designers create and implement projects for charitable causes,” Ideas that Matter announced the 13 grant recipients in its 2012 competition this week, according to Sappi’s website. The Notre Dame team, led by associate professor of design Robert Sedlack and consultant Andrea Pellegrino, submitted a proposal to Sappi this summer for its work in developing together+, an educational initiative aimed at alleviating xenophobia in the Kgosi neighborhood of Johannesburg. “This grant takes the project from a theoretical level to practical implementation and seeing the results of that,” Paul Horn, director of community outreach initiatives for the Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation, said. “What’s really exciting is because of where I sit in the Catholic school network, this project has a major chance to influence thousands and thousands of schoolchildren and really make a difference in society.” Sedlack said the $50,000 grant primarily will be used to produce and distribute the project’s educational materials, but the sum only covers about a third of the funding needed to complete the entire project. He said Pellegrino would continue to assist the project in finding additional sources of funding through grants, donations and corporate sponsorships. Horn, Pellegrino and senior Brandon Keelean collaborated over the summer to write the grant proposal. The project’s selection as a grant recipient stands out because Sappi generally funds projects proposed by professional designers over students, Pellegrino said. (Editor’s Note: Keelean is The Observer’s graphics editor.) “The grant absolutely validates the work we’re doing,” Pellegrino said. “If we walk into a corporation asking for funding, the fact that we already have the grant validates what we’ve done so far.” The concept for together+ materialized in April 2011 when Horn, then-director of communications for the Center for Social Concerns (CSC), approached Sedlack and Pellegrino about the issue of xenophobia in Kgosi. “There was a critical need in the refugee community for some outside agency to try to address the problem of xenophobia, and I thought it would be a perfect fit for design and communication,” Horn said. “I knew both Andrea and Robert had a strong interest in and belief that design could effect social change and be used for social good.” After speaking to Horn and listening to research presented by Pat McCormick and Graham Thomas, both members of the Class of 2012 and former participants in the CSC’s International Summer Service Learning program, Sedlack and his students began to develop the materials for the together+ project, which consists of four student-generated projects that aim to inform the Kgosi community about issues related to xenophobia: a refugee rights booklet, a healthcare rights booklet, a children’s book and a community mural project. “The students did a really wonderful job generating a wide variety of ideas that could manifest themselves in some way or another to address the issues,” Sedlack said. During fall break last year, Sedlack and Pellegrino traveled to South Africa to conduct some research of their own, which was followed by a spring break research trip that included seven of Sedlack’s design students. “We had the amazing experience of watching students get wrapped up in [the project] after doing research on how to develop an educational and promotional campaign to help alleviate xenophobic issues in this community in Johannesburg,” Pellegrino said. “[The trip] wasn’t a deep immersion, but it was enough to really see it,” Sedlack said. “It was a powerful opportunity for the students to come face-to-face with these issues. It’s one thing to read about it or see it on a computer screen or hear about it from someone else, but when you’re sitting in a room … where eight people live and talking to people who have been affected by such horrible atrocities, it’s a totally different thing than reading about it in a classroom in South Bend.” Senior Lynn Yeom said her spring break experience changed her perspective on the potential impact of the project. “Our initial intent for all the projects … was more about planting the seed within the community so they can develop solutions themselves by changing their thoughts about foreigners and refugees,” Yeom said. “After going [to South Africa], we really thought that would be possible with the right tools and the right audience of young kids.” The together+ team is also collaborating with the Alliance for Catholic Education to develop the children’s book into an interactive curriculum project that will potentially expand its use to sixth graders and high school juniors, Yeom said. Pellegrino, Sedlack and Yeom said the success of together+ in moving into the production phase is somewhat unusual. “Often, projects initiated by graphic design kids are really innovative … but don’t get far into production because they don’t get feedback or exposure,” Yeom said. “But the fact that we got the grant is a firm cheer from other people that these projects are feasible and it’s possible to change people’s perspectives and solve problems by giving people solutions to progress from.” Some of the project’s original student collaborators have graduated, but Pellegrino said that hasn’t stopped them from remaining involved in the project. “The thing that’s so unique about Robert’s approach, the project and its student involvement is that students who have graduated are still feeding into the project, and going and actually meeting people affected by xenophobia in South Africa is a big part of that,” Pellegrino said. Although all the students originally involved with together+ will have graduated at the end of this year, Pellegrino said Sedlack would hand the project over to the next crop of students by integrating some juniors into the group in the spring. “This is a long-term project. Xenophobia won’t disappear next year because of what we do, but the idea affects people of different ages,” Sedlack said. But the heart of the together+ project lies in its foundation in Notre Dame’s mission, Sedlack said. “This is the kind of project that our Notre Dame design program pursues, that social model for design,” he said. “A lot of programs around the country teach classes in that, but it’s part of the fiber of our being at Notre Dame. We have students who want to affect positive social change, and this class and our program generally allow for opportunities like that.”last_img read more

5 Best Bikepacking Destinations in the Blue Ridge

first_imgAfter a long day of hard miles and ecstasy-inducing descents, nothing seduces mountain bikers more easily than a cold beer, a warm shower, and a soft bed. But sometimes we feel that relentless tug toward novelty. We want something raw and adventurous, so we go bikepacking. Go farther, faster, and see places others seldom do with these five prime bikepacking destinations.Pisgah Ranger District (NC) Iconic sites, like Looking Glass Rock, and epic singletrack trails abound in Brevard’s backyard. Start at North Mills River, work your way down to Brevard, and circle back. Cherry pick some the most fun singletrack in the Southeast along the way: Laurel Mountain, Pilot Rock, Cantrell Creek, Mullinax, Squirrel Gap, South Mills River, Buckhorn Gap, Black Mountain, Avery Creek, Bennet Gap, and more. “You’ll do some fire roads, but most of the time you’re going to be on good singletrack,” Justin Miles of Sycamore Cycles said. There is a three-sided shelter with a number of bunks at Buckhorn Gap. In the morning you’ll decide between three riotously fun descents on either Black Mountain, Avery Creek, or Bennet Gap. You can check out the trails around the fish hatchery, hit up Bracken Mountain, or even make a short pedal to “The Hub” at the forest entrance for a beer before heading back to North Mills River.bp2Trans North Georgia (GA) – The TNGA is a hearty expedition through the southern tip of Appalachia. Beginning at the South Carolina border, near Clayton, GA, it’s a 350-mile journey with 56,000 feet of climbing. Trace the Tallulah River, romp through the Cohutta Mountains, slash singletrack at Bear Creek, and absorb local color at stopovers in Ellijay, Helen, Dillard, Blue Ridge, and Dalton. Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway lies along the route and offers a real treat for woods-weary riders. That’s as far as the coddling goes though. Since its completion in 2004, the TNGA has punished riders with an unholy amount of steep forest roads. 60-70 miles a day is a reasonable pace, so plan to dedicate a week to the expedition. Riding trail through Georgia and Alabama promises an experience that is as gritty as it is rewarding. Don’t forget to hire a shuttle!Spruce Knob Recreation Area (WV) – Get high in the mountain state in a short weekend. Churn your way up fire-service roads to the summit of Spruce Knob. At 4,863 feet, it’s the highest summit in West Virginia. Enjoy rocky, pine-clad vistas, more common to colder climes like Maine or Colorado, before a wild descent on Huckleberry Trail. As you roll into deciduous groves and meadows, rest your nerves and make an early camp at Judy Springs. Day two begets nothing but singletrack. Hit the Allegheny Trail, the North Prong, and Big Run. Find respite spotting native brook trout at Gandy Creek and a number of other burbling streams. Make camp or head back to Forest Road 112 for an early exit.bp3The Grandfather District (NC) –Unlike the well-trodden and easy-to-navigate trails in the Ranger District, The Grandfather District is truly primitive Pisgah. “It’s super rugged,” Shaw Brown of Boone Bikes said. “It’s just so steep.” Linking up superb rides through Yancey Ridge, Schoolhouse Ridge, Wilson Ridge, and Greentown is extremely difficult, but you’ll profit screaming descents down rhododendron tunnels. Creek crossings and 40-foot sink holes are also par for this course. Enjoy nights camped along cascading waterfalls and old growth forest. For a more straight-forward option try the nearby Linville Gorge Classic. The route is a seriously steep 50-mile loop composed entirely of forest service road. You will be free of technical challenge to be completely enamored with one of the most beautiful gorges in the southeast.bp4The Virginia Mountain Bike Trail (VA) – The Virginia Trail sets the standard for epic Appalachian rides. 480 miles of connectable trail leads riders from Strasburg, Virginia to Damascus, Virginia. Thus far only two groups of riders have tackled the entire distance, which includes 65,000 feet of climbing in eight major trails systems. The trail crosses almost all of Virginia’s major watersheds and the continental divide. Do not count on resupplying and prepare for a solitary experience.“It’s a massive undertaking,” said Scott Wootten of Massanutten Bike Park just outside Harrisonburg, Virginia. “It’s a rugged bike expedition. It’s not a credit card tour.” The trails are as technical as they are remote. The VMBT is still being pioneered, and its ambassadors have visions for a hut-to-hut system. Eventually, this route will emerge on the national radar. Completing it now is a monumental task. Expect to dedicate almost two weeks to this project. For a smaller taste of the VMBT, look into a 180-mile loop from Stokesville to Douthat State Park.Learn more about bikepacking in the September issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.Related:last_img read more

Sections partner to help children

first_imgSections partner to help children November 15, 2003 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Sections partner to help children Associate Editor The conscience of the Public Interest Law Section and the resources of the large Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section are forging a unique partnership.Together, the sections are co-sponsoring a CLE seminar on children’s issues at The Florida Bar’s Midyear Meeting in Miami January 16, as part of Bar President Miles McGrane’s “For the Children” initiative.Any lawyer who agrees to represent a child may earn CLE credits without cost. PILS Chair Matthew Dietz stressed that you don’t have to be an experienced child advocate, as the seminar is geared toward lawyers practicing in any area who would like to learn skills to volunteer to represent a child.Former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno will be the keynote speaker, discussing challenges in the social services delivery system.“It is very unusual,” Dietz agreed of PILS’ partnership with RPPTL.“This is the commitment the sections of the Bar have to implement recommendations from the Commission on the Legal Needs of Children. This partnership is a prime example of what the Bar is doing in order to encourage lawyers to represent children.”In a letter to RPPTL Chair Louis Guttmann in August, McGrane suggested the collaboration.“PILS has been described as ‘the conscience of the Bar.’ Because of its unique nature, the membership of that section is relatively small, certainly in comparison to your section. What PILS has proposed is both remarkable and in some sense revolutionary. What it has in overabundance, creativity and enthusiasm, it lacks in financial resources,” McGrane wrote.Guttmann said RPPTL was happy to step up with financial assistance, pledging a contribution of up to $7,500 to offset any losses and to waive claim to any portion of any potential profits.“Bar President Miles McGrane has made the focus of this Bar year the needs of the children of Florida. We applaud that focus,” Guttmann said.“We agree with President McGrane that our profession is uniquely qualified to help identify and meet those needs. In particular, our section traditionally plays an important role in the development of guardianship law. Consequently, we are very pleased to co-sponsor with the Public Interest Law Section a ‘For the Children’ seminar at the Bar’s Midyear Meeting. For us, this also presents a unique opportunity to work with PILS.”Julie A.S. Williamson, co-chair of RPPTL’s Public Awareness and Dignity in the Law Committee, will serve as co-chair of the upcoming three-hour seminar titled “Children are in Need — Every Lawyer Can Help: What You Can Do and How To Do It.” The cost of the seminar is $165 for members of the two sponsoring sections, $180 for non-section members, and $90 for full-time law faculty or students. Lawyers will earn at least three CLE hours.McGrane and Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead will introduce the CLE, with a reaffirmation of the commitment of the Bar and the bench to children’s issues.University of Florida Law Professor Barbara Woodhouse, director of the Center of Children and the Law, will address ethical issues in interviewing children. Children’s advocate Jack Levine will speak about opportunities to make a difference. Miami lawyer Richard Milstein, one of three co-chairs of the Implementation Committee, will speak on probate and guardianship issues. Eleventh Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan, chair of the Commission on the Legal Needs of Children, will speak about the unified fied family court system. PILS member Debra Schroth will discuss educational issues for homeless children. Carolyn Salisbury will speak on advocating for older foster children. Gerald Glynn, executive director of Florida’s Children First!, will give a presentation on dependency court issues. And a graduate of the foster care system will give a perspective “through the eyes of a child.”Dietz promises the program will be fast-moving and geared to lawyers who practice in any area of the law.“I’m a civil rights lawyer. I’m a disability lawyer. I’m not a child advocate,” Dietz said. “One of my goals was making this a seminar I would like to sit down and enjoy. This is for any lawyer who wants to volunteer for a child and doesn’t know how. My vision is this will help lawyers use their own skills to volunteer for children and learn new skills.”last_img read more

As Hurricane Michael slams Florida Panhandle, regulators offer supervisory relief

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Hurricane Florence continue reading »center_img While encouraging financial institutions to help those affected by Hurricane Michael, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Federal Reserve, FDIC, NCUA and state regulators announced in a joint statement Wednesday that they are ready to provide regulatory assistance to affected institutions subject to their supervision.The joint statement covered several areas of supervision and how the regulators will respond to those financial institutions affected by this hurricane. Areas highlighted by the regulators, among others, include:Lending: The regulators specifically noted that “prudent efforts to adjust or alter terms on existing loans in affected areas should not be subject to examiner criticism.”last_img read more