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Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns: Cherokee, N.C.

first_imgOne of the several gateway communities of Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and headquarters for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Cherokee is the ideal launch pad for adventure in the Smokies.Public lands in the area include the Nantahala National Forest and Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the largest protected area in Appalachia, with more bears per square mile than any other spot in the country. Mingus Mill and the Mountain Farm Museum are located at the Smokies visitor center near Cherokee.Cherokee also provides easy access to both the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Appalachian Trail, often serving as a waypoint for trail weary thru-hikers. Flowing right through town is the Ocunaluftee River, popular for tubing and fishing, and just down the road is the Nantahala River, with class III-IV whitewater, and Tsali Recreation Area, a world-class mountain biking destination.Cudas_IB_0814_2DID YOU KNOW? Tsali was the renegade Cherokee leader who fought back against the military roundups of Native Americans who were forcible marched on the Trail of Tears.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!last_img read more


Raw materials coming from India to produce COVID-19 medicine

first_imgState-owned firms have received COVID-19 medicine and raw materials from India to help treat infected patients in the country.Arya Sinulingga, an aide to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Minister Erick Thohir, said on Wednesday that state-owned pharmaceutical firm PT Bio Farma had received its orders for oseltamivir on Tuesday afternoon from Hyderabad, India.“The oseltamivir is enough to make 500,000 tablets of medicine that will be used to treat COVID-19 patients,” he told the press during a virtual press briefing. Oseltamivir is the raw material for Tamiflu, which is often used to treat COVID-19 patients. Arya added that Bio Farma had also ordered 1 ton of chloroquine that will also be used to help treat patients infected with the pneumonia-like illness.Other than procuring the necessary medicine to treat the illness, he also said that several SOEs would soon produce 200 ventilators that would be used for patients in mild and critical conditions.“The ventilator prototypes from several universities and companies are still being tested by the Health Ministry. Once the test is finished, SOEs will be ready to produce them,” he said.Read also: Indonesia waives import levies for COVID-19 antivirus development, allocates Rp 1t for medical needs Several state-owned firms like weapons producer PT Pindad, electronics producer PT LEN and aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia have announced plans to convert some of their production lines to produce ventilators.Research and Technology Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro also said on a separate occasion that Indonesia could have its first locally made ventilators by April 25.“PT Indofarma has agreed to take the ventilators and become the offtaker for them,” said Arya, referring to Bio Farma’s subsidiary.The government is easing trade requirements for businesses importing medical equipment and medicine needed to handle the pandemic.”We have also eliminated the import duty for medicines paid by the government,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on March 16.The same will be done for medical aid and COVID-19 testing devices sent by other countries, she added.Topics :last_img read more


Ireland waiting on key duo

first_img O’Driscoll and Sexton are struggling with respective calf and hamstring problems and are rated doubtful for Sunday’s Aviva Stadium showdown with the All Blacks. Forwards coach John Plumtree insists time is on the duo’s side as they seek to recover for Ireland’s final match of the year. “We were very average against Australia and we’re very disappointed with that performance. We scrummed poorly,” Plumtree said. “We conceded a soft try from their drive which the boys are fuming at. “We knew it was coming, but we didn’t execute the plan we had in place, which makes it doubly irritating. “There’s been an extra edge in the forwards this week and there has to be. “We’re playing against probably the best side in the world and the pack needs to front up big time. “As a pack New Zealand are the ultimate test. It doesn’t get any tougher than this and we were irritated with our performance last week.” Brian O’Driscoll and Jonathan Sexton missed training on Wednesday but Ireland remain hopeful they will be passed fit for the climax to the Guinness Series against New Zealand. “It’s hard to say if they’ll be available. The nice thing is that we’ve got a long turnaround this week,” Plumtree said. “It’s only Wednesday, so they’ve got a day off on Thursday and then come in on Friday. “We’ve got that extra day which is great and hopefully by the time they come in on Friday they’ll be feeling a lot better.” O’Driscoll’s absence would be a bitter pill to swallow for both player and country given it will be his last chance to play New Zealand before retiring at the end of the season. There was more promising news over the availability of full-back Rob Kearney, who was able to train on Wednesday as he continues his rehabilitation from a rib problem. “Rob trained all right. I’m not sure how he’s feeling afterwards, but he took part full in the session, which was good. I’m sure he’ll be all right,” Plumtree said. The British and Irish Lions trio played in Saturday’s 32-15 defeat by Australia, a bitterly disappointing result and performance that saw Ireland beaten 4-0 on the try count. Plumtree was angry with the display of his pack and warned them a substantial improvement is required if they are to compete with the All Blacks. Press Associationlast_img read more


Better ex-Badger in Week 4?

first_imgTom:Finally, Brooks Bollinger is getting his chance. And for the Jets’ passing offense, he can’t be any worse than last week’s output.Seriously, I know Chad Pennington played part of last game badly injured, but “The Toast of the Town” combined with backup Jay Fiedler, who also got hurt, to throw for exactly 95 yards and two interceptions. I don’t care who you are playing against (and granted, Jacksonville does have a pretty solid defense) — that is just plain pathetic. There’s no way Bollinger can stoop to that level of craptasticness. Herman Edwards should have put the former Badger signal caller in rather than Pennington, the one-armed man.If Jim Sorgi can perform the way he did last season (17-for-29, 175 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in four games), Bollinger has to be due for something decent. And working in a Jets’ attack that features plenty of dump-offs to Jerald Sowell, Chris Baker and Curtis Martin would seem to fit his strengths. And by the way, I defy you to find another fullback in the NFL with a high school grade-point average of over 4.00. Jerald Sowell is practically a modern day Plato. Just imagine what Bollinger can do with a guy like that behind him in the backfield.But, in all seriousness, even while going against a Ravens defense that is pretty scary (and not just on the field — see Atlanta in 2000), Bollinger is a surefire bet to outperform Ron Dayne. Dayne is currently third on the Denver Broncos’ depth chart at tailback, and, save for one drive in week two, has done nothing to warrant extended playing time. Dayne’s lone accomplishment this year was beating out Maurice Clarett for a roster spot.So here’s how it will go down. “The Dayne Train” won’t see more than four carries in Jacksonville and Bollinger will have a respectable game, earning him 100 percent point-counterpoint glory.Eric:Ron Dayne will undoubtedly have the better Week Four, mostly because he could never even get a hand on the football, and his zero yards on zero carries would be better than Brooks Bollinger’s stat line.I’m thinking 3-of-14 for 49 yards and two interceptions before Bollinger is pulled for the ageless wonder Vinny Testeverde. And something tells me that “Brooks Bollinger on the keeper,” doesn’t work quite as well in the NFL.But let’s be honest, as much as Bollinger is mediocre, no quarterback should have to make the first start of their career against the Baltimore Ravens.Ed Reed, the league’s Defensive Player of the Year last year, has yet to grab his first interception this year and will be hungry. And perennially DPY award finalist Ray Lewis hasn’t killed anyone in what, almost five years, so Bollinger better watch his back.And if things could get any worse for ol’ Brooksy, the Ravens had a bye last week and will be running in seventh gear instead of their usual fifth.As for Dayne, we’ve all seen how things work in Denver. Bollinger could probably play halfback and run for 50 yards there.Although Mike Anderson had a good game Monday night, he is still a little dinged up and the Dayne Train will probably have to spell the 32-year-old a few times.Mike Shanahan is the first head coach to actually have some confidence in No. 33 and he hasn’t disappointed so far. Dayne has 11 rushes for 50 yards in three games, including some late-game heroics when he made his debut in Week Two.The former Heisman Trophy winner rushed seven times for 43 yards, including an 11-yard scamper on fourth-and-1, which ended with a game-winning field goal for the Broncos.I’m not even sure how Bollinger still has a job, but his NFL highlight reel consists of actually tossing nine passes in 2004 and, according to the Jets’ website, “was the second-string quarterback in games one through six of his rookie season.”The Dayne Train will be rolling through Jacksonville.Chugga-chugga choo choo!last_img read more


Women of Troy seek to snap four-game skid

first_imgAli Khosroshahin has been the USC women’s soccer coach since 2007. Already, they have dropped seven games this year, the most in Khosroshahin’s tenure and the most since they lost nine games in 2004.Leadership · Senior midfielder Samantha Johnson, who has recorded one goal and one assist this year, looks to help snap USC’s losing streak. – Jaideep Chadha | Daily TrojanThis weekend the Women of Troy (3-7, 0-1) face what could already be described as must-wins. USC hosts No. 19 Oregon State today and Oregon on Sunday. USC is 0-5 at McAlister Field this year, and the No. 19 Beavers (7-2-1, 1-0) will be the fourth ranked opponent the Women of Troy have faced.As has been the case all season, no matter the opponent, no matter the venue, Khosroshahin is focused exclusively on his team — and with good reason.“There’s a lot of talent in that group,” Khosroshahin said. “We have a lot of talent. Maybe if I didn’t think we had as much talent as our opponents I’d be more worried about them. But we can play with anyone and we’ve showed it.”Indeed, USC’s seven losses have been by a combined eight goals. USC’s most lopsided loss has been 3-1 to San Diego in the second game of the year. Of particular note, they have lost 2-1 to No. 23 Portland, 2-1 in overtime to then-No. 23 Texas and 1-0 to then-No. 4 Oklahoma State.“We’re a few bounces away from being 9-1,” Khosroshahin said. “I mean that Oklahoma State game says it all. We outplayed them. We outplayed the No. 2 team in the country [the Cowgirls have climbed to No. 2 in the rankings this week]. We just had one let down, they got one lucky bounce and that was it.”Last week against Washington State the Women of Troy nearly took a 2-0 lead when senior midfielder Carly Butcher rocketed a shot from the top of the penalty box that drilled the crossbar and bounced straight down. With the score still 1-0, the Cougars attempted a center pass that was poorly struck, but found its way through the mass of bodies in the penalty box, hit the post and bounced in.“We rip one off the bar and it comes out, and they just barely kiss one off the post and it bounces in,” Khosroshahin said. “We need some bounces.”But Khosroshahin is not making excuses.“We know what our problem is,” Khosroshahin said. “We can’t keep letting our guard down defensively. That’s the last place on the field we can make a mistake.”Defensively, the Women of Troy will have their hands full against Oregon State.The Beavers boast a balanced attack that features five players who have scored two or more goals this season.Junior forward Chelsea Buckland and sophomore forward Jenna Richardson lead the team in scoring with six and three goals, respectively.The Beavers’ defense is no slouch, either. Patrolling the net for Oregon State is senior goalkeeper Colleen Boyd. She recorded 14 shutouts last season. This year she has registered four shutouts and allowed just five goals in her eight appearances.To change things up a bit for this weekend’s play, Khosroshahin appointed senior forward Samantha Johnson and sophomore defender Autumn Altamirano as additional captains.Altamirano and Johnson will wear the captain’s bands for the first time against the Beavers Friday at 3 p.m.last_img read more


GambleAware backs Self Exclusion amid political reprieve

first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Industry charity GambleAware has reaffirmed its support of the nationwide self-exclusion scheme GamStop amid reports that the scheme had been breached by problem gamblers.Entering 2019, the betting industry got off to a rocky start after BBC five live reports revealed that gamblers registered with the self-exclusion scheme were able to alter details provided at registration, allowing the continuation of gambling activity. Marc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, emphasised the need for self-exclusion tools to operate without fault: “Self-exclusion can be a last resort for people who are struggling with their gambling, which is why it is essential tools such as GamStop operate effectively. “Also, blocking software such as Gamban® can be an effective tool to help those at risk of getting into difficulties resist the ubiquitous gambling adverts and special offers that surround us these days.”He added: “Such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual rather than being effective in isolation. If you’re worried about your or a loved ones gambling, there is free help and advice available online at BeGambleAware.org”This is not the first time that the effectiveness of the self-exclusion scheme has come under political scrutiny, as MPs are now warning that operators are still not doing enough to tackle problem-gambling behaviours.UK DCMS secretary Jeremy Wright warned of the implications of relaxed schemes: “Self-exclusion schemes are essential but must be properly policed and effective to support the individual who has taken the decision to opt out.“This is something I will be raising with the industry and Gambling Commission.”The move comes after controversial amendments to gambling legislation which will result in the reduction to maximum stakes-placed at fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2, a decision that is intended to combat gambling-related harm. FOBTs have been a major revenues shared by retailers in recent years, with Gambling Commission statistics suggesting that on average there is £5m per day being wagered on the machines. Commenting on the decision to cut FOBT stakes, Stephen Timms, Labour MP for East Ham, stated: “A debate in the Commons five years ago exposed the problem. Stakes should have been cut then, and would have been if the Treasury had not been a beneficiary of the racket.” Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Sharelast_img read more