Dirty Girl

first_imgI did something really strange and out of character for me the other day. I went for a hike. I spend a lot of time in the woods, mostly mountain biking, sometimes running, occasionally backpacking, but rarely am I just hiking. And yet there I was, in the Nantahala Gorge knocking out a brutal piece of the Bartram Trail that climbs roughly 80,000 feet in 2.5 miles. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But the trail was steep, weaving in and out of a narrow gulch cut by Ledbetter Creek. Supposedly, there’s good canyoneering on that creek, but I was solo so I stuck to the trail. I get spooked easily when I hike alone—my mind mulling over all of the different ways that I could die alone in the woods.Morbid, I know, but that’s the way my mind works, always visualizing the worst-case scenario. The fact that I saw two snakes on the trail within about 100 yards didn’t put me at ease. Okay, one of them was a baby snake, but the other snake was definitely…well, looking back on it, the other snake was probably just a really long centipede. But I was in a heightened emotional state, so I gave that vicious centipede a wide berth on the trail. Then I started thinking about snake bites, and whether or not I’d have the skills it takes to capture a poisonous snake after it bites me. Then I started thinking about poisonous spiders. And the return of the mountain lion to the Southern Appalachians. And packs of coyotes. And freak lightning storms. And bears. Shit, bears.Other than the bloody internal monologue that accompanied me the entire day, it was a beautiful hike. I took a picture of Bartram Falls, then booked it back down the trail, a thunderstorm chasing me the entire descent.IMG_1202Back in civilization (aka River’s End pub next to the N.O.C.) I comforted myself with the Sherpa Rice, a kitchen sink kind of dish, and a Dirty Girl Blonde from Nantahala Brewing Company. NBC has been around for a while now, operating out of a cool warehouse-like space next to the train tracks in downtown Bryson City. Their distribution must be small though, because I rarely see their beers up in Asheville. But I’m always happy to order a pint when I have the chance.Dirty Girl is a blonde ale that drinks as easy as those canned lagers you grew up with, but tastes way, way better. It’s crisp, but has a buttery kind of mouthfeel and comes in at an almost sessionable 5.75% ABV. In other words, it’s the perfect beer to settle the nerves after getting attacked by a nest of centipedes, er, poisonous snakes.last_img read more

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End of The Line for LIRR Platform Bar Carts

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Rail Road’s platform-level bar carts are leaving the station as the last call comes March 27 for commuters who order last-second adult beverages before boarding their evening rush-hour trains.Riders will still be able to purchase beer, wine and mixed drinks in Penn Station and imbibe while riding the rails, but once the bar carts dry up, gone will be the last vestige of the LIRR’s bar cars that were phased out in the 1980s. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority confirmed the news, which was first reported by the New York Post.“This service was subject to various reviews that led us to conclude that it’s not our core competency and that we should stay focused on providing safe and reliable transportation,” MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said in a statement. “Other retailers meet this market.”The MTA has operated eight bar carts on platforms for decades — five in Penn and one each at the Jamaica, Atlantic Terminal and Hunterspoint Avenue stations. The MTA reportedly put Grand Central Station’s track-side bar carts on ice last year following an audit of the cash-only operations.The latest move comes after the LIRR banned booze on midnight to 5 a.m. on Friday and Saturday night trains beginning in 2012.According to more than 100 Twitter users that took the unofficial @LIRRstats poll, 37 percent said they’re “very sad” about the news, 19 percent had no opinion, 17 percent were glad the carts are going away and 27 percent said: “I’ll just buy elsewhere.”“I love my job,” one of the bartenders told The Post. “I’m a people person. And now I’m going to be cleaning train cars.”Riders were not pleased to hear the LIRR’s platform bar cart days have reached the end of the line.“That’s not good,” one rider told WABC-TV before chugging a can of Budweiser. “It’s the one thing I enjoy coming to this miserable concrete jungle.”last_img read more

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Croatian tourist offer for the first time at the most important and largest maritime heritage festival in the Mediterranean

first_imgHrvatska turistička ponuda predstavlja se na sajmu „Escale à Sète“, najznačajnijem i najvećem festivalu pomorske baštine na Mediteranu.Riječ je o festivalu u gradu Sèteu na jugu Francuske, koji se održava od 27. ožujka do 2. travnja, a koji objedinjuje turizam, pomorstvo, brodogradnju, ribarstvo te tradicionalnu gastronomiju i enologiju. Hrvatska se ponuda predstavlja s ukupno 10 tradicijskih brodica, a naša je zemlja, zajedno s Italijom, proglašena počasnom uzvanicom ovogodišnjeg izdanja sajma. Tako je uz nazočnost gradonačelnika grada Sètea, Françoisa Commeinhesa i hrvatskog veleposlanika Nj.E. Filipa Vučaka svečano inaugurirano „Mediteransko selo“ u sklopu kojega je predstavljena maritimna baština dviju susjednih mediteranskih zemalja.”Croatia’s current position on the French market is excellent, so in 2018 we expect a turnover growth of up to 10 percent. The key and largest tour operators are currently recording double-digit increases in bookings and sales, and new airlines are supporting the excellent results. One of our main trump cards in this market and what attracts French tourists is the rich nautical offer of our country. That is why I welcome activities such as appearances at the Escale à Sète fair, where Croatia presents its maritime heritage in an organized manner for the first time. “, izjavio je direktor Hrvatske turističke zajednice Kristjan Staničić.More than 130 traditional boats from Europe and the world are presented at the “Escale à Sète” fair, and it is expected that the fair will be visited by more than 300.000 visitors during the week, who will be able to see Croatian traditional maritime heritage and Croatian traditional ships.  “In recent years, the Croatian tourist offer has been intensively presented at the largest maritime, maritime and nautical events, such as the festivals in Brest and Vannes or the nautical fair in Paris. These activities contribute to the overall increase in arrivals in the nautical charter, which in 2017 increased the arrivals of French tourists by 11 percent, but also to raise the overall visibility of the French emitting market”, istaknula je Danijela Mihalić Đurica, direktorica Predstavništva HTZ-a u Francuskoj.Namely, the appearance at the fair was realized in cooperation with the Eco Museum Mošćenička Draga (Kvarner guc boat), Mali Lošinj Tourist Board (Lošinj regatta pasara Primavera), University of Zadar (replica of the 10th century warship Condura Croatica), Neretva Boatmen’s Association and the Association for the protection of the Neretva heritage from Opuzen (Neretva boat and hull) and the Palagruža Association from Komiža (Molo Palagruža sandal and Komiža gundula). The coordinators of the Croatian presentation at this event are the Association for the Promotion of Croatian Maritime Heritage Cronaves.last_img read more

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Put America first: Free innocent U.S. citizens from foreign jails

first_imgIn the case of Turkey, Trump has tried and failed.Both he and Vice President Mike Pence asked Erdogan for the release of an imprisoned American pastor, Andrew Brunson, and were rebuffed.But Turkey, like Egypt, is an ally, and the administration has stopped short of using tools that might create more leverage.How about suspending U.S. military aid and sales to Egypt and Turkey until innocent Americans are released?That would show that Trump really does put America first.Jackson Diehl is deputy editorial page editor of The Washington Post.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Editorial, OpinionDuring the Christmas season, it’s worth sparing a thought for a shamefully neglected group of Americans — those unjustly locked up in foreign prisons on political grounds.There are at least 40 of them, in five countries, held as trophies or as de facto hostages and bargaining chips by authoritarian regimes seeking leverage over Washington. In many cases, their only offense was to be a U.S. citizen.About 20 of the Americans — the number is hard to pin down — are held by Egypt, a nominal U.S. ally that receives more than $1 billion in aid annually.Several have been held for years without trial. Turkey, a NATO ally, holds another dozen; strongman Recep Tayyip Erdogan has spoken openly of using them to force the extradition of a Turkish cleric living in Pennsylvania.Venezuela this month brought trumped-up weapons charges against Josh Holt, a Mormon missionary arrested 17 months ago — the same week two relatives of President Nicolas Maduro’s wife were sentenced on drug charges in New York. At least three U.S. citizens and a permanent resident are held by Iran — which, along with North Korea, pioneered the practice of seizing Americans on bogus pretexts and then using them to leverage political and economic favors from Washington.Pyongyang, for its part, still holds three Americans months after its release of college student Otto Warmbier, who died days after he was returned to his family. At one time it appeared that the Trump administration might make the aggressive defense of these citizens a signature of its foreign policy.There was plenty of opportunity: The Obama administration often neglected and played down U.S. prisoners in the name of brokering bigger deals and defending larger interests.Fighting for Americans fits well with President Donald Trump’s stated priority of putting America first.In April, Trump pushed Egyptian ruler Abdel Fatah el-Sissi to free Aya Hijazi, who with her husband had spent three years in prison for setting up a nongovernmental organization to help Cairo street children.Hijazi was released several weeks later and flown home on a U.S. government plane for a showy meeting with Trump.Since then, however, Trump and his staff have appeared to lose interest, with some exceptions.Last month the president took credit for getting three UCLA basketball players out of shoplifting charges in China by appealing to President Xi Jinping.center_img Trump then turned on them when they appeared insufficiently grateful. Meanwhile, appeals for White House action on behalf of other prisoners in Egypt — by family members, lawyers and members of Congress — have failed to stir any response.Take the cases of Mostafa Kassem and Ahmed Etiwy, two of the U.S. citizens held by Egypt. Both have been imprisoned since 2013 after being swept up in crackdowns against protests in which they did not participate.Praveen Madhiraju of the Washington-based group Pretrial Rights International said he and two other advocates had contacted officials at the White House and National Security Council a dozen times about the cases but received no response.A letter from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., to Trump in August prompted no visible action.But an Irish citizen arrested in the same mosque crackdown that swept up Etiwy was freed in October after intensive lobbying by the Irish government. The Trump administration did recently launch an effort to free the Americans held in Tehran.But so far there’s been no result — and if Trump carries out his threat to reimpose U.S. sanctions on Iran next month, the initiative will be stillborn.last_img read more

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Cost transparency firm hails quartet of ‘exceptional’ asset managers [updated]

first_imgChris Sier, co-founder of ClearGlass and one of the architects of the UK’s new institutional cost transparency code, said: “The response from asset managers has been very encouraging and certainly better than we had anticipated.“We are keen to acknowledge the stand-out performance of these four firms in particular as each, in its own way, has proven itself to be totally committed to the cause of full cost transparency at the earliest possible opportunity.”Baillie Gifford, LGIM, Majedie and MFS all supported a previous incarnation of the disclosure code introduced by the Local Government Pension Scheme. Baillie Gifford director Piers Lowson and Majedie director James Mowat were members of the industry-wide Institutional Disclosure Working Group that came up with the disclosure templates now in use.This article was amended on 10 May to add James Mowat as a member of the IDWG. ClearGlass, a provider of investment cost analysis tools, has praised a quartet of asset managers for “exceptional commitment” to complying with new UK disclosure standards.Baillie Gifford, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), Majedie Asset Management and MFS “distinguished themselves by seeking pre-compliance, leveraging internal development teams to rapidly develop the ability to collect data, asking detailed and insightful questions, and/or by returning data within incredibly short timeframes”, ClearGlass said in a statement.The company has analysed costs based on data from 105 asset managers, acting on behalf of UK pension funds. Five investment groups declined to provide data to ClearGlass, it said – although it has refused to name them.“ClearGlass is not at liberty to reveal the names of the five managers who have so far declined to provide any data, as this is a matter for the pension clients of these asset managers and… regulators,” the analytics firm said.last_img read more

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Della C. Abshear, 85, Peppertown

first_imgDella C. Abshear, age 85, of Oldenburg, Indiana died Thursday morning September 20, 2018 at her home surrounded by family.Born March 23, 1933 in Oldenburg, she was one of five children born to the late George R. & Margaret (Browning) Rust. On September 3, 1949 she was united in marriage to Andrew J. Abshear, and he survives.A homemaker & mother, Della also worked at the former Dreyerhaus Nursing Home in Batesville for over 10 years. She was a member of the Buena Baptist Church. She was a great wife and mother, and an excellent cook.Besides Andrew, her husband of over 69 years, survivors include seven children, Alan J. Abshear of Laurel, Indiana, Foster L. Abshear of Oldenburg, Indiana, Larry J. Abshear of Metamora, Indiana, Richard A. Abshear of Metamora, Indiana, Andrea Y. Ison of Oldenburg, Indiana, Darrell D. Abshear of Oldenburg, Indiana and Floyd A. Abshear of Connersville, Indiana; 22 grandchildren and many great grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Baker of Metamora, Indiana and Dorothy Thomas of Lexington, Kentucky. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Smith, and a brother George Rust..Family & friends may visit from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 Noon on Monday, September 24, 2018, at Buena Baptist Church, 25220 Chapel Road, Laurel, Indiana.Rev. Rob Edwards, Pastor of Buena Baptist Church will officiate the Funeral Services on Monday, September 24, 2018, 12:00 Noon, at the Buena Baptist Church in Laurel. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to Hospice of Margaret Mary or the American Cancer Society. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Abshear family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

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Kimmich urges resting Bayern to stay ‘hungry’ for UCL bid

first_img Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeSan-Francisco Runner Creates Art Just By Jogging Around7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World? Loading… Robert Lewandowski has scored 51 goals this season, including 34 in the Bundesliga and is the Champions League’s top-scorer with 11. Behind the Poland striker, Thomas Mueller has 25 assists, including a record 21 in the Bundesliga. Kimmich has bossed the defensive midfield alongside Germany team-mate Leon Goretzka and suggests his side have developed a mental edge. “In the last two seasons, mentality has been the most important factor in winning the German league title,” said Kimmich. “Bayern may be ahead of other teams in this respect.” Bayern have signed goalkeeper Alexander Nuebel, defender Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi and winger Leroy Sane for next season. Read Also: Solskjaer realistic on transfers but keen to keep Pogba However, Flick has said they are fighting to keep left-back David Alaba and playmaker Thiago Alcantara, who has been linked to Liverpool, with both players out of contract in 2021. According to Spanish media reports, midfielder Javi Martinez is also considering leaving with a year left on his contract. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich said on Wednesday the double-winning German champions must stay “fully focused and greedy” for more silverware during their two-week holiday before launching their assault on the Champions League. Head coach Hansi Flick sent Bayern on a break after winning the German Cup last Saturday before fine-tuning their preparations for the return of European competition. “Now it’s time to recharge our batteries and then tackle the Champions League with full focus and greed,” the 25-year-old told magazine Sport Bild. After completing the double with a 4-2 cup final win over Leverkusen, the Bavarians are on a 17-match winning streak dating back to February. Under Flick, Bayern have won all 11 games since the season resumed in Germany in mid-May amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bayern are chasing a treble and are among the favourites in Europe after routing Chelsea 3-0 in London in the last 16, first leg, last February before the Champions League was halted due to COVID-19. Bayern still need to finish the tie to reach the quarter-finals and the draw for the remaining rounds of the knock-out stages takes place this Friday. Kimmich called on his team-mates to keep training during their break to maintain the desire for the Champions League finals in Lisbon next month. “It will be decisive how we return from vacation: we want to keep that feeling, that hunger,” Kimmich added. – Bayern ‘mentally’ ahead – Having stumbled last November, when Flick succeeded Niko Kovac who was sacked following a 5-1 thrashing by Frankfurt, Bayern are now in great form.last_img read more

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President Kenyatta condoles with family of Henry Masaku Ngei

first_imgPresident Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of comfort to the family of Mr Henry Masaku Ngei who succumbed to prostate cancer on Wednesday night.Mr Ngei, 74, is the first born child of the late Kenyan freedom fighter and, former Kangundo MP and Cabinet Minister Paul Joseph Ngei.Also Read  Govt moves to resolve land allocation dispute in East MauIn his message of comfort to the Ngei family, the President described the departed businessman as a entrepreneur, patriot and wise counselor who worked tirelessly for the good of Kenya. “The death of Masaku Ngei has robbed our country of a seasoned entrepreneur and businessman whose hospitality and agricultural ventures created hundreds of jobs for young Kenyans.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 “Throughout his life, Mr Ngei stood and worked for the unity and prosperity of Kenya, and was a wise counselor whose wisdom will be missed by many,” President Kenyatta eulogised.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocolsUntil his death, Mr Henry Masaku Ngei ran Tala Motel in Tala town and was a consummate farmer in Kangundo, Machakos County.Also Read  KUPPET calls on parents to prepare for early reopeningPresident Kenyatta wished the Ngei family God’s comfort as they mourn their beloved kin.last_img read more

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Moyes gives Welbeck 20-goal target

first_imgManchester United manager David Moyes has challenged Danny Welbeck to break the 20-goal barrier this season. The England forward came off the bench at Norwich to net his fourth goal in five appearances as United recorded a fourth straight Barclays Premier League win to move within striking distance of the top four once again. Wayne Rooney missed the trip to Norfolk as he rested a groin problem, but should return for the New Year’s Day clash against Tottenham, while Robin van Persie is also set to step up his recovery from a thigh injury which has sidelined the Dutchman since mid-December. Javier Hernandez was started at the head of the United attack on Saturday, and Moyes feels his side need to have plenty of options. “I don’t think at Manchester United you have only two players to do the jobs. You have got to have more, like in these games you would never be able to cope when you pick up injuries,” said Moyes. “I see it more as a squad rather than any one. Chichirato is part of that, who is a great goalscorer too.” Despite United’s upturn in fortunes which has seen them into the semi-finals of the Capital One Cup and the last 16 of the Champions League, Moyes is determined to keep everyone grounded. “That is my style,” the Scot said. “We are just trying to move along and we have nothing to shout about here at the moment.” Moyes sees no reason why Welbeck – who now has seven goals for United to add to his three for England – cannot push on to make his mark on the run-in. “We have said to him we are trying to keep his finishing up. I think he can keep his efforts up, his levels up even better,” said Moyes. “I think Danny has responded, he is saying ‘hey this is quite good I am beginning to score some goals and getting recognised for that as well’. “He got one goal last year and now he is on seven for this season. “It could be better, but you have got to say it is going in the right direction. “With the second half of the season to go, he should be certainly looking to score 20 goals. “We need him to do that because when you don’t have Wayne and you don’t have Robin, then you need people to step up to the mark. “In quite a few of the games recently he has done that for us.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Steve McClaren trying to keep cool as Newcastle look to avoid relegation

first_img “Believe me, under the surface, I am paddling like mad,” the former England boss said. “But we have a little bit more information than everyone else. We know what we have got and what we are trying to do. “We feel as if we are getting there after a tough start. That is the first half of the season gone. 2015 is about to end – good. We cannot wait for the next year. “It has not been good enough and that is why we are in the bottom three. That is where we are realistic and we need to do something about it – and we will do.” The new year needs to bring drastically enhanced fortunes if Newcastle are to drag themselves out of trouble after a desperately disappointing 12 months since Alan Pardew left the club. They have collected just 30 points from 38 league games during 2015 and have managed only 17 of those in 19 outings under McClaren. Things are unlikely to get any easier on Saturday against current leaders Arsenal, but McClaren is keeping positive. Asked if he is worried by the situation, the 54-year-old said: “No, there are 19 games to go. “It would worry me if they weren’t giving attitude, effort, weren’t being bright around the place, weren’t playing as committed as they were, weren’t creating chances as we are, playing the football that we are. Steve McClaren is “paddling like mad” below the surface as he attempts to keep the mood positive at struggling Newcastle. “We are just not getting the results from that. That will have to turn, that will have to change and, with 19 games to go, we will have to do it very quickly. “I’m quite a realist. I do know what is happening and I try not to pull the wool over too many people’s eyes. I’m very positive with this group and this squad. I always have been. “We had a tough start, but since then we have collected points and shown we can compete with anyone on our day.” The Magpies have slipped back into the Barclays Premier League relegation zone after taking just a single point from their last three games against Aston Villa, Everton and West Brom. Some fans were baffled by head coach McClaren’s upbeat assessment of his team’s prospects in the wake of Monday’s 1-0 defeat at the Hawthorns, but he is working hard to keep spirits up. Press Associationlast_img read more

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