Paramedic beaten in Derry while attending accident scene

first_imgNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ By News Highland – February 11, 2010 There are calls for more serious sentences to be introduced for attacking emergency services in the north after details emerged today of another attack on a paramedic in Derry who was attending a call out.The attack took place while the paramedic was attending the scheme of an accident at the junction of Rock Road and Strand Road at the weekend.There are now renewed calls on the judiciary to adopt a zero tolerance approach to attacks on emergency services and hospital staff.John McPoland of the Northern Ireland Ambulance services outlined what happened on this morning’s ‘Shaun Doherty Show'[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/11john.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+ Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Previous articleDeputy Blaney says more GPs are needed to avoid further hospital pressureNext articleDonegal SW by-election could be pushed back to Autumn News Highland Paramedic beaten in Derry while attending accident scene Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

GSOC queried categorisation of complaint against Garda Whistleblower Keith Harrison

first_img Pinterest Previous articleMurlog Water Main Replacement Project to commence in coming weeksNext articleEU Commission wants all-island agri deal post brexit News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – October 4, 2017 Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Google+ Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Pinterest Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp GSOC queried categorisation of complaint against Garda Whistleblower Keith Harrison Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic A senior gardaí decision to categorise a domestic disturbance complaint against a Donegal Garda whistleblower as an incident causing serious harm or death was later questioned by the Garda Ombudsman.The October 2013 complaint by Marisa Simms against her partner Garda Keith Harrison included allegations that he had threatened to “burn her” and “bury her”.Superintendent Eugene McGovern has told the Charleton Tribunal that he regarded the complaint as serious enough to warrant referral to GSOC under a provision relating to incidents where a garda has caused serious harm or death.Superintendent McGovern was officer in charge in Milford when the complaint against Garda Keith Harrison was referred to GSOC.On 6 October 2013 Ms Simms made a statement to Inspector Goretti Sheridan which included allegations that Garda Harrison had threatened to “burn her” and “bury her”.Following the statement from Ms Simms, a garda conference attended by several senior officers in the Donegal division was held.Superintendent McGovern said the only question at the meeting was whether the referral would be under Section 85 or Section 102. The latter type is made in cases were a Garda has been involved in an incident causing serious harm or death.He said that as far as he was concerned serious harm had been caused to Ms Simms “from an emotional and psychological point of view” and the decision was made to make a section 102 referral to GSOC.Superintendent McGovern testified that he was later contacted by Darren Wright, a Senior Investigating Officer with GSOC, who told him the complaint might not be a Section 102 referral.Ms Simms later informed GSOC in writing that she did not wish to make a complaint, and later withdrew her statement to Gardai.The Disclosures Tribunal is examining contacts between senior gardai and Tusla about Garda Harrison. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

US Navy awards LM $400m for Trident II missile production

first_img Share this article View post tag: US Navy Authorities View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: SSBN View post tag: Lockheed Martin October 2, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Lockheed gets $400m for Trident II missile production Lockheed gets $400m for Trident II missile production View post tag: Trident II D5 US defense contractor Lockheed Martin Space Systems has been awarded a $418.6 million contract to manufacture additional Trident II (D5) missiles.The US defense department did not specify the exact quantity of missiles to be built and the contract has options which could drive its value up to over $1 billion.In addition to the US Navy, missiles produced under this contract will be delivered to Royal Navy for use on their Vanguard-class ballistic missile submarines. The United Kingdom is allocating $66.6 million for this contract.Work on the contract will include D5 life extension production, and D5 deployed systems support and is expected to be completed by September 2022.Under a separate contract worth $55.7 million, Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems is to provide Trident II (D5) fleet support, trainer systems support, logistics management, shipboard systems integration increments 8 and 13 training curricula design and development, test equipment, spares, tools, material procurement, and U.S. Ohio-class SSBN engineered refueling overhauls.last_img read more

2016 US wheat harvest expected to shrink

first_imgThe US wheat crop could be the lowest since 2006, according to a report by the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).Assuming normal conditions, the drop would chiefly be due to the lowest area being planted by farmers for six years, with the area planted with hard red winter wheat down 9% and soft red winter wheat down 5%.However, US wheat stocks are expected to rise 25% over the 2015/16 period, up to over 25Mt, which should offset the predicted drop in this year’s harvest and ensure availability will be similar to its current level.Helen Plant, senior analyst at AHDB Market Intelligence, said: “A US wheat crop of around 50Mt would still mean availability similar to this season ¬ in 2006 the US harvested 49.2Mt. Put another way, there would need to be a larger fall in spring wheat plantings and/or below-average growing and harvest conditions for US wheat availability to fall.“However, it may well be that certain classes of US wheat see a fall in availability. Stocks of hard red winter (HRW), the largest class by output, are expected to grow by 45% over this season to the highest level since 1999/00. Hard red spring (HRS) wheat stocks are also forecast to increase by 27%. In contrast, soft red winter (SRW) wheat stocks are expected to grow by a more modest 7%.”last_img read more

Nominate your hero for Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry

first_imgThere’s still time to nominate your bakery hero for the Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry at the 2020 Baking Industry Awards!The accolade offers British Baker readers the chance to recognise an outstanding individual – someone who has made, or is still making, a special contribution to the sector.This year has seen the baking industry, alongside many others, presented with a host of challenges. Yet, many have survived and even thrived under the circumstances, with some going beyond the call of duty to ensure staff, local communities and others in the sector are supported.“These individuals are the unsung heroes of the baking industry,” says British Baker editor Amy North. “We need your help to bring these uplifting stories to light.“We want you to nominate someone that has gone above and beyond the boundaries of their paid salary or ownership. This could be someone who has voluntarily helped, encouraged or supported others within the industry, and sometimes outside it, not only this year but throughout their career.”The Baking Industry Awards 2020 will be a virtual celebration, taking place on Wednesday 20 January at 18:30, so online attendees will be able to tune in from wherever they choose.To nominate someone for Outstanding Contribution to the Baking Industry, click this link. Entries must be completed by Friday 20 November.Previous winners include Paul Heygate, of Heygates Mills and Fine Lady Bakeries, Alan Jones from Village Bakery and Dawn Gemmell, former assistant dean at the College of Food (Bakery) at University College Birmingham.last_img read more

5 Pairs Of Artists Who Need Their Own Sofar Sounds Sessions

first_imgSofar Sounds, the innovative concert production company which organizes shows at donated spaces in cities throughout the world, is taking the next step in its quest to change the live event industry.The concept of Sofar Sounds initially came to be when founder Rafe Offer began hosting shows from his living room as early as 2009. Over the last decade, Sofar has evolved and expanded to over 400 cities throughout the world thanks to its unique model of throwing concerts in intimate spaces, giving both fans and artists an alternative experience compared to traditional venue-based performances.Fans enter online lotteries to attend a Sofar Sounds event in their city without knowing the lineup of performers or location. If selected, fans can then purchase tickets and are given the location of the event–which could be held at informal spaces ranging from someone’s living room to a local artisanal mayonnaise store. It’s not until attendees show up at the secret location where they then find out what kind of performance they’ll experience—and what performers they’ll see—that day or night.Leon Bridges – “Lisa Sawyer” – Sofar Dallas[Video: Sofar Sounds]On Wednesday it was announced that Sofar Sounds had acquired $25 million in new funding from investors, potentially giving the growing company with 80 full-time staffers the financial boost it needs to start booking some serious talent at its smaller events. With the company hoping to expand its musical horizons with better shows and stronger artist lineups in the coming years, here are a few different artist pairing options we’d love to experience in a unique and intimate setting at a secret Sofar Sounds session.Holly Bowling/Jeff ChimentiArguably two of the most well-known pianists within the jam scene, Holly Bowling (Ghost Light) and Jeff Chimenti (Dead & Company) would be a Deadhead’s dream Sofar lineup if they had their keyboards arranged across from one another like a fun mix between a dueling pianos setup and a freeform jazz duet. Bowling is, of course, well-known within the jam community thanks to her innovative transcriptions of Phish and Grateful Dead material for solo piano. Her familiarity with the Dead’s catalog would make her the perfect partner across from Chimenti, who many consider just as good, if not the better than some of the Dead’s original pianists. Imagine the buzz of excitement you’d feel showing up to a secret location only to see these two come out to their pianos to start the show.Molly Tuttle/Billy StringsMolly Tuttle and Billy Strings would fit perfectly into Sofar Sounds’ model. Both performers currently find themselves leading the next generation of folk-rock guitarists and songwriters. Tuttle’s talents extend past just the guitar, as she’s also an accomplished banjo and mandolin player. Tuttle’s range of instrumentation in a stripped-down performance setting would allow for more diversity within their duet set by providing contrast to Strings’ phenomenal lead guitar skills. If one of the main goals of Sofar Sounds is to introduce fans to notable emerging artists, they’d be making a wise decision by going with these two a stage.Scott Metzger/Katie JacobyThis is an easy one. Not only are Scott Metzger and Katie Jacoby two of the hottest in-demand performers/power couples within today’s New York City music scene, but their styles of performing contrast so strongly at times that it’d be foolish not to bring them into a non-traditional concert setting to see what happens. Jacoby is a classically trained violinist who also performs with Metzger in their trio The Showdown Kids when she’s not touring the country alongside The Who. Imagine the blissful and haunting sound of her violin while played alongside Metzger’s guitar, which pumps out lively, 1960s-era surf rock instrumentals when he’s with his non-JRAD band, Wolf!. Together, their two unique styles would combine for a one-of-a-kind performance which any Sofar attendee would be thrilled to experience.Marcus King/Brandon “Taz” NiederauerAnother pair of up-and-coming performers who happen to dominate the same instrument, The Marcus King Band’s Marcus King and fellow phenom Brandon “Taz” Niederauer would light up any room Sofar decides to put them in with their guitar-playing abilities. There’s a reason this list doesn’t include arena-level performers—it simply wouldn’t work. These two young men, however, come with separate bags (or guitar cases) full of talent and tricks just as impressive as any major festival headliner. As both of their careers and talents continue to blossom, why not recruit these two to put their acoustic guitars to use in a smaller setting before they reach the level of popularity where that’s no longer possible. King and Niederauer are certainly no strangers to sharing the stage with each other. Why not have them do it at some random loft apartment in Brooklyn?Karina Rykman/Dave HarringtonOf all the pairings listed here, this one has the potential to be the most experimental. Karina Rykman (Marco Benevento) and Dave Harrington (Dave Harrington’s Merry Pranksters) have spent the last few years throwing shows around New York City which bring together an unorthodox mix of freeform jazz jams and experimental noise rock. Rykman welcomed Harrington (and organ master Robert Walter) to augment her Karina Rykman Experiment set at last year’s Brooklyn Comes Alive, and the results were nothing short of incredible. In the unorthodox Sofar setting, the mingling of these two talented musicians’ styles could quickly send listeners down a noise-driven rabbit hole at any given moment. Their Sofar audience might exit the show feeling woozy, but they’ll damn sure leave with a stronger appreciation of the sound just two musicians can achieve and create right there on the spot.To learn more about Sofar Sounds, head here.last_img read more

Deans’ statement

first_imgA statement issued by Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Michael D. Smith and Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds regarding the role of the Administrative Board can be read in full on the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences website.last_img

Untapped: Moving Beyond Coal

first_imgVirginia State Route 80 is paved and winding. From the old timber town of Haysi, Va., the road makes a wide birth around the Russell Fork River, rolling along the Cumberland Mountains until it reaches the Virginia-Kentucky border where it makes a hard right to parallel the river into Elkhorn City, Ky.A scattering of houses face the road, tucked into their respective hollers. Washed-out dirt roads diverge from the pavement and disappear into the forest, leading to old logging sites and mountaintop removal mines. Locals congregate in the gravel parking lot of the Laurel Shop. There’s always a distant rumbling—in some bends of the road, it’s the river you hear, in others, the methodical churning of the Kingsport Subdivision rail line.This is coal country.It’s also home to one of the most overlooked recreation destinations in the Southeast—Breaks Interstate Park, one of only two interstate parks in the country. Established in 1954, commissioners from both Kentucky and Virginia oversee management of the park, which, combined with its funding, is what separates this interstate park from typical state park designations. A major tributary of the Big Sandy, the Russell Fork forms the Breaks’ westernmost border with more than 4,600 acres of rugged terrain sprawling northeasterly in elevations ranging from 920 feet at the river’s edge to 1,978 feet at the Clinchfield Overlook.Kayakers know and love this diamond-in-the-rough. Where the upper stretches of the Russell Fork and the Pound River are relatively mild in nature (class II-III+), it’s the steep class V rapids of the Russell Fork Gorge that have garnered respect and admiration from the international paddling community since the early ‘90s.Here, the river plunges up to 190 feet per mile, snaking through boulder gardens and enshrining paddlers in a 1,650-foot vertical canyon. The Lord of the Fork, an annual downriver race through the heart of the gorge, takes place on the last Saturday of the release season. The likes of professional paddlers such as Pat Keller, Adriene Levknecht, Dane Jackson, and Chris Gragtmans regularly compete in the Lord of the Fork, and spectators and racers alike choke the campgrounds every October.But this year, paddlers may have a little less elbow room at the Breaks, thanks to a recent sanction that allows a new means of recreating within park limits—rock climbing.“[The park] has the potential to have 1,000 routes,” says Kylie Schmidt, 26, of Pikeville, Ky. “It’s like the new New.”Schmidt, who grew up hiking in the Breaks with her family, played an instrumental role in opening the dialogue between climbers and the park back in 2014. A longtime area climber, Schmidt and her University of Kentucky peers mostly frequented the Red River Gorge, an internationally renowned climbing destination just over an hour’s drive from campus. One weekend in 2012, Schmidt convinced her friends to make the trip to her hometown stomping grounds. The park amazed the crew, greeting them with quiet crags, untouched routes, stunning vistas…and a visit from Breaks Superintendent Austin Bradley.“That was my first interaction with him,” Schmidt admits, almost sheepishly.But Bradley didn’t write them up. There was no fine for breaking the rules and hardly a slap on the wrist. That’s because Bradley knew Schmidt and her posse of college friends weren’t the first, and certainly wouldn’t be the last, climbers in the park.“The Civil Air Patrol and some of the local college programs and rescue-and-response agencies were allowed to climb and rappel and do different things in the past,” says Bradley, “but it also wasn’t well posted that climbing wasn’t allowed, so some people just came and climbed just not knowing that, technically, it wasn’t a sanctioned activity.”“In hindsight, I should have gotten serious about pushing for getting climbing established legitimately, but I was so new to climbing, I didn’t understand how great of a resource the Breaks was,” says Schmidt.Two years after Schmidt’s encounter with Bradley, an article in the University of Kentucky campus newspaper announced that the Elkhorn City Heritage Council was seeking opportunities to expand outdoor tourism in the hopes of revitalizing the area’s dwindling economy. For Schmidt, it was the moment the lightbulb finally began to flicker. Could climbing help save coal country?“We’ve seen that happen in the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, we’ve seen that in the Obed in Tennessee, and the New River Gorge in West Virginia, and I think we’ll see it at the Breaks as well in coming years,” says Zachary Lesch-Huie, Southeast Regional Director for the Access Fund. “The Breaks is a great example of how opening climbing access isn’t just about a win for climbers—it’s a benefit to the communities as well.”After learning the park was in the midst of a 30-year master planning process, Schmidt became determined to make climbing a part of the park’s future. She enlisted the help of Lesch-Huie and Brad Mathisen with the Southwest Virginia Climbers Coalition. The team didn’t need to look far for proof of climbing’s positive impact.Just this year, Eastern Kentucky University released a study showing that climbers alone spend an estimated $3.6 million per year in the regional economy surrounding the Red River Gorge, $2.7 million of which goes directly to local small businesses and supports 39 full-time jobs in an area with high poverty rates.“The coalfield counties of southwest Virginia and eastern Kentucky are in a kinda enormous economic transition right now,” says Bradley. “That was one of my goals in pursuing opening climbing in this area. I think we have a really significant resource and I think people will come to utilize it and that really fits into the broader scheme of what’s going on in this area in trying to, instead of extracting our resources, utilize what we have left to attract tourism.”“I could see Elkhorn City becoming like a mini Asheville,” says Schmidt. “It has phenomenal opportunities for whitewater rafting, fly fishing, mountain biking, and climbing.”With five miles of quality sandstone clifflines that rival the rock found in the New River Gorge and Obed Wild and Scenic River, the park is long overdue in recognizing the opportunities. What’s more, the infrastructure and amenities are, largely, already in place. The roads are all paved in the Breaks. There’s a visitor’s center, a lodge, a restaurant, and a campground. The park has plenty of trail markings, parking lots, and maps. The 25-mile multiuse trail system in the Breaks practically takes climbers to the base of the climbing areas with minimal bushwhacking involved.Since the sanction went public on May 1, 2016, the Breaks’ five open climbing areas already have 21 sport routes and 37 traditional routes established. Despite concerns about impacts to the park’s resident peregrine falcon population, which has successfully recovered since the DDT scare of the ‘70s, Bradley is confident that climbers will be respectful of the sensitive natural and historical aspects of the park. He is hopeful that more areas at the Breaks, like the iconic Towers formation, will be open to climbing in the coming years.Climbing at the Breaks is on a permit basis only, though the permit is free and easy to acquire at the visitor’s center. Rules and regulations on bolting and route development in the park are available at mountainproject.com.Untapped ClimbingTired of your busy backyard crag? Craving a quiet wall sans gym rats? Look no further. We’ve consulted a handful of the region’s top rock aficionados to bring you a list of off-the-beaten-path climbing destinations. Sure, you might end up off-route, totally lost, and benighted. But that’s when the adventure really begins.Guest River GorgeVirginiaSituated in the westernmost corner of southern Virginia, the Guest River Gorge is like an undeveloped New River Gorge. Sandstone clifflines jut upwards of 100 feet tall and are easily accessible by way of the Guest River Trail (and a few minutes of bushwhacking). If rope climbing’s not your thing, the river bank is littered with quality boulders that have more potential than there are climbers to project them.NEAREST CITY: Norton, Va.Approach: Easy hiking on a reclaimed railroad bedStyle: Sport, bouldering, some tradRecommended Route: Power and the Glory, 5.10bBeta: mountainproject.comSeason: Spring, fall, winterWord from the Wise: “Access here is allowed, but tenuous. Land management here is okay with climbing but not with continued development of new climbs.” —per Access FundOld Rag MountainVirginiaA classic among hikers, Virginia’s Old Rag Mountain also offers stellar splitter, corner, and face climbing for those willing to go the extra mile. It’s like a mini Yosemite, packed into a single pitch.NEAREST CITY: Sperryville, Va.Approach: The car-to-summit distance is 2.8 miles with a vertical gain of about 1,760 feet. Typical hiking time to the summit is 1 to 1.25 hours.Style: Trad and some sportRecommended Route: Strawberry Fields, 5.9+Beta: Rock Climbing: Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland (A Falcon Guide by Eric Horst)SEASON: Fall, late winter, early springWord from the Wise: “Old Rag is a remote and fairly serious climbing area with a long, rugged approach. Bring a headlamp and twice the water you think you’ll need!”—Eric Horst, Guidebook Authordsc01163_fixBozooWest VirginiaIf you’re looking for a place to take beginners without the pressures of a crowded crag, this is the spot. Top rope setup is easy to come by at Bozoo and with endless moderate bouldering, riverside camping, and south facing cliff bands, this overlooked climbing area is enjoyable practically any time of the year.NEAREST CITY: Bozoo, Va.Approach: Short five-minute hike uphill to the first climbing zone, Iceberg AreaStyle: Trad, mixed, and some sportRecommended Route: Homer, 5.11bBeta: Rock Climbing: Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland (A Falcon Guide by Eric Horst)Season: Year-round climbing is possible, although spring and fall are best.Word from the Wise: “The crags are located on the edge of Bluestone Lake State Park, and portions of the rock may lie on private property. At present there are no restrictions.”—Eric Horst, Guidebook AuthorLaurel KnobNorth CarolinaThis big, bad, 1,200-foot granite dome is arguably the tallest exposed cliff face in the East.NEAREST CITY: Cashiers, N.C.Approach: Start early. It’s about a two-hour hike in featuring a 600-foot descent down countless switchbacks.Style: Trad, multi-pitchRecommended Route: Have and Not Lead to Fathom Direct, 5.10+ R, eight pitchesBeta: mountainproject.comSeason: Spring, late summer, fallWord from the Wise: “This is the best slab rock I’ve climbed anywhere in the world, from Yosemite to Chamonix. It’s slab climbing, but it climbs more like a technical face with moves well above pieces of gear with big time fall potential.” —Karsten Delap, Professional Rock Climbing Guide, Fox Mountain GuidesBig South Fork National River and Recreation AreaTennesseeBig South Fork is a 125,000-acre frontier with sandstone cliffs here reaching heights in excess of 200 feet. Many areas here also feature large tiered roofs, which means you can climb even in the midst of a Southeast maelstrom.NEAREST CITY: Oneida, Tenn.Approach: Bushwhacking, river crossings, unmarked trails, you name the genre of adversity, and Big South Fork’s got it.Style: Mostly trad, some sport, some multi-pitchRecommended Route: Vertigo, 5.10 A2Beta: mountainproject.comSeason: Spring, fall, winterWord from the Wise: “Many of the harder routes at developed areas have seen only a handful of ascents, often fewer than that, and as a result, loose rock can be a hazard especially on ledges. It would be a complete crapshoot to climb at BSF without a helmet. The biggest hazard to the BSF explorer is venomous snakes—the sheer number of rattlesnakes rivals the number of unclimbed routes.”—Scott Perkins, Professional Rock Climbing Guide, Alpine LeadershipEast Slate RockNorth CarolinaThis 300-foot granite face is situated in Pisgah National Forest, and as of four years ago, it was vertical terra incognito.NEAREST CITY: Mills River, N.C.Approach: It’s a 40-minute hike in from the easternmost Pilot Cove/Slate Rock Loop trailhead.Style: Trad, ice in winterRecommended Route: Slate Night Booty, 5.9Beta: Rumbling Bald Rock Climbs (grounduppublishing.com) outlines the majority of East Slate’s routes.Season: Spring, fall, winter (for ice)Word from the Wise: “East Slate contains some of the best face climbing and edging around, but you’ll find cracks and corners as well. Several routes are an even mix of Rumbling Bald-style edges and flakes, mixed with water grooves reminiscent of Laurel Knob. It’s a diverse mini crag that’s way off the beaten track.” —Mike Reardon, Guidebook Author and Owner of Ground Up PublishingLaurel-Snow State Natural AreaTennesseeThe 2,000-acre Laurel-Snow has waterfalls, shaded coves, cool mountain springs, and stunning views. It’s popular for its bouldering as well as its killer sport and trad climbing.NEAREST CITY: Dayton, Tenn.Approach: Hike for an hour past the bouldering area on relatively flat ground until you reach the ridgeline. Follow signs for Laurel-Snow, which will take you uphill and past more giant boulders and through numerous switchbacks. It’s relatively well-marked and obvious.Style: Sport, tradRecommended Route: Darwinism, 5.10dBeta: Very little – mountainproject.comSeason: Spring, summer, fallWord from the Wise: “People don’t really go there, but it’s really beautiful and secluded with tons of waterfalls. Its sister area, which is across the valley, is called Buzzard Point. It’s received less traffic over the years because of access issues, but it’s still an open crag and it’s huge. People just don’t go there because the hike has become really long to get to it.” —Andrew Kornylak, Adventure Photographer and VideographerLittle River Canyon National PreserveAlabamaIt’s big, it’s wild, and as any visitor to this 14,000-acre ribbon of protected land will quickly discover, it’s steep. Civil War deserters and outlaws often sought shelter here, finding quiet pocketswithin the canyon’s overhanging walls that were hard to reach.NEAREST CITY: Fort Payne, Ala.Approach: The access roads sit above the cliffs, which means you’ll need to scramble or rappel your way to the base of the wall before beginning your climb.Style: SportRecommended Route: Anything on Lizard Wall. Its slightly overhanging routes stay dry when everything else is wet.Beta: Dixie Cragger’s Atlas: Climber’s Guide to Alabama and GeorgiaSeason: Any but summerWord from the Wise: “The majority of the climbs there are 5.11 or harder. Friends of mine have broken arms and legs on those approaches. It’s the kind of approach where you don’t want to bring your dog or small kid.” —Andrew Kornylak, Adventure photographer and videographerTallulah Gorge State ParkGeorgiaQuartzite, exposure, and scenery abound in this southeastern gem. With the Tallulah River running through it, and camping and hiking available in the park, a trip here can easily span a week without ever scratching the surface of all the gorge has to offer. The park issues a maximum of 20 climbing permits per day, but this limit is hardly ever maxed.NEAREST CITY: Lakemont, Ga., or Long Creek, S.C.Approach: Short scramble or 4th class downclimbStyle: Trad, multi-pitch, some mixed aidRecommended Route: Punk Wave, 5.10a, three pitchesBeta: mountainproject.comSeason: Late fall, early springWord from the Wise: Go during the week. The park closes access to climbing when there are recreational releases on the Tallulah.last_img read more

Norwegian sovereign fund to drop US energy company Duke

first_imgIt noted that several court rulings had ordered the companies to remove or seal the ash basins, and that the council believed these measures would not be fully implemented for another 10-15 years.“The council also perceives the long-lasting and extensive breaches of the environmental legislation to be a considerable risk factor,” it added.Norges said it decided to exclude Duke Energy after concluding that other measures, such as the exercise of ownership rights, were “not appropriate to use in this case”.NGOs had identified Duke Energy as one of the companies they thought GPFG would have to divest from in connection with a 2015 parliamentary vote on the oil fund’s stocks in coal companies.However, the company was not one of those NBIM excluded from the oil fund in May 2016 on a new coal criterion.As at 31 December 2015, the fund had equity holdings in Duke Energy Corp worth $304m (€270m), equivalent to an ownership stake of 0.62%.It also had fixed income holdings in Duke Energy companies.Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the US. Based in North Carolina, it is listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Norway’s sovereign wealth fund will no longer invest in US energy company Duke Energy and its subsidiaries due the risk of these companies causing environmental damage and breaching environmental legislation.The decision was taken by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which runs the investments of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), after a recommendation from its Council on Ethics, appointed by the Ministry of Finance.The council made the recommendation “due to the unacceptable risk of these companies being responsible for severe environmental damage”.“For many years,” it said, “these companies have, among other things, repeatedly discharged environmentally harmful substances from a large number of ash basins at coal-fired power plants in North Carolina.”last_img read more