Outer Banks, NC

first_imgIllustration:  Scott DuBarThe Outer Banks is not a place most people can make a living, but Wes Stalls, kayak buyer for outfitter Kitty Hawk Kites, has lived on the North Carolina coast’s scenic 200-mile stretch of barrier islands since grade school, and he still calls it home.While summer tourists mostly flock to popular beach spots in Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills, Stalls is happy to show them OBX’s more adventurous side. Paddling and surfing opportunities abound in the Atlantic and interior sounds, while coastal winds provide perfect conditions for kite surfing and hang gliding. And everyone loves the vast expansive beachscapes, especially on the 70-mile Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the islands south of Oregon Inlet.“Even though we’re a big destination, you can find plenty of open space, especially on the Southern Islands,” Stalls says.Stall’s Picks:4 Best Beach HikesJockey’s Ridge State Park is a great place for a day hike with an abundance of coastal terrain. It’s home to the largest sand dune on the East Coast and the starting point for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. The Cape Hatteras National Seashore offers accessible pristine beach terrain. Personal favorites include the beaches of Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge and the hook—inside the Hatteras southern edge. Portsmouth Island is only accessible by boat from Ocracoke, offering the most secluded beaches along the Outer Banks. In the Nags Head Woods you’ll forget you’re at the beach as you hike trails through relic sand dunes.Pitch a TentPitch a tent at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore campgrounds in Frisco and Ocracoke. Camp Hatteras in Waves is a great privately owned campground, offering both ocean- and sound-side camping in the heart of a premier kiteboarding destination.Best Stand-Up paddlingHigh Bridge Creek in Kitty Hawk is a nice flatwater paddle that can be reached from the Bob Perry Public Boating Access. For SUP surfing, try the northern beaches. The Kitty Hawk Public Beach Access has a good bar with deep water and mellow waves.Best CyclingSerious cyclists enjoy the trip along the national seashore from Nags Head to Hatteras. Riding Ocracoke is a great day trip for family adventure. Biking is the best way to get around because parking is limited.Fringe FunTry hang gliding at Kitty Hawk Kites, which offers beginner dune lessons and high-altitude tandem gliding.last_img read more

October 2019: Mountain Getaways

first_imgLive Outside and Play Secrets of the World’s Greatest Runners Features Scientists are Restoring Appalachia’s Most Important Tree: The Chestnut What we don’t know about the underground world beneath our feet Mountain Getaway Guide Meet 7 inspiring outdoor enthusiasts who are helping to protect the places where we play. The Goods See peak fall color and stunning views along the iconic Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. / Photo by Star City Skycams, courtesy of Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge A new generation of guides and outfitters are popping up in unexpected places, including the coalfields. Outdoor Heroes Who Maintains Your Favorite Trail? Volunteers. Sleep in a lighthouse, fire tower, or caboose this fall while surrounded by stunning autumn color. We highlight 14 unique lodging options for leaf-peeping adventurers. Departments Editor’s Note The exercise pill: can a drug provide all of the benefits of exercise and the outdoors? • You live in the salamander capital of the world • Rockets over Cumberland? Protect at All Karst Trail Mix Last Word The Life and Death of Free Soloing The blurred gender line in sports: How do national and international athletics—or even high school coaches—determine who is qualified to compete as a male and a female?  Quick Hits Sunset over the Thorny Mountain Fire Tower in Seneca State Forest, W.Va. How did Arnulfo Quimare, a Tarahumara goat herder, beat the world’s most elite and highly trained runners? Secret number one: don’t train. ReflectionInAPool.com Understaffed, cash-strapped federal agencies National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service rely on hard-working volunteer trail crews to build and care for most of the trails in Southern Appalachia. Return of the Giants The Forest Service is proposing to cut the public out of public lands decisions. Don’t let them silence you. Best in backpacking: a hiking guide picks her favorite gear. Flashpoint Read about their last month on the road during their favorite time of the year! On the Cover Has Alex Honnold’s Yosemite climb sparked more daredevils? North Carolina soloist Austin Howell fell to his death this summer while free-soloing in Linville Gorge. Sasha diGuilian and other climbers weigh in on the free solo debate. Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard releases a new solo record. Photo by Jesse Thornton@reflectioninapoollast_img read more

Looking ahead to the future of flood insurance

first_imgWaxhaw, North Carolina – September 16, 2018: Motorists inspect a road flooded by rain from Hurricane Florence ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Lenders, it’s important to understand flood risk exposure, regulatory compliance, and insurance, so that your institution can be proactive in planning for changes ahead in the industry. Historically, flood coverage was deemed too high a risk by private insurers, so it was excluded from a traditional homeowner policy. In response, the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), a government program founded in 1968, was created to provide a flood insurance option to buyers. However, over its 50 year history the program has faced challenges of rising losses and the sustainability of managing those losses.Flooding is the most common natural disaster that occurs in the United States. In fact, in the last 3 years with records available (2015-2017), property damage costs due to flooding rose over 2,500% ($2.8 billion reported in 2015 to $60.58 billion in 2017).1 And while it’s notable to point out that 2017 was a particularly heavy year for hurricanes (ie. Hurricane Harvey and Irma), it’s important to recognize that flooding and flood insurance policy claims are not limited to coastal areas, but impact consumers and lenders nationwide. FEMA’s flood map identifies all 50 states (98% of all US counties) have been impacted by a flooding or a flash flood event in recent years.2  Escalating costs are a growing concern as 7 of the top 10 significant flood events measured by NFIP payouts have occurred in the last 10 years (2008-Present), with average payouts exceeding $30,000.2 The NFIP currently reports a $20 billion deficit which comes after a government bailout in 2017 that cancelled an additional $16 billion.3center_img continue reading »last_img read more

Twitter labels edited clip of Biden retweeted by Trump as manipulated media

first_imgTwitter Inc on Sunday used its new “manipulated media” label for the first time on a video clip of US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that was retweeted by President Donald Trump.The video, which was posted on Saturday by White House social media director Dan Scavino, showed Biden stumbling on a speech in Kansas City, Missouri, in which he said the words “Excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump.”Biden’s full sentence, which was cut off by the clip, was “Excuse me. We can only re-elect Donald Trump if in fact we get engaged in this circular firing squad here. It’s gotta be a positive campaign so join us.” Twitter implemented its new policy, which labels tweets with manipulated or synthetic media such as deepfakes or more manually edited videos, on March 5.However, Twitter’s new label was not showing for all users.The tag was applied on Sunday afternoon, but Twitter said it was not showing when people searched for the tweet or clicked into it, only when it was seen in timelines. A Twitter spokesman said the company was working on a fix.”The video was NOT manipulated,” said Scavino in a later tweet. Social media companies are under pressure to police misleading or false information on their platforms ahead of the US presidential election in November, in which Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders are vying to be the Democratic nominee to oust Republican President Trump.The video, which had about 5.8 million views on Twitter at the time of writing, was also posted on Scavino’s Facebook page, where it had about 1 million views.The Biden campaign slammed Facebook Inc. for showing the video on its platforms without labels.”Facebook won’t say it, but it is apparent to all who have examined their conduct and policies: they care first and foremost about money and, to that end, are willing to serve as one of the world’s most effective mediums for the spread of vile lies,” said Greg Schultz, Biden’s campaign manager.Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Topics :last_img read more

Callum Hudson-Odoi reveals what Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri told him before first Premier League start

first_img 1/1 Read More Comment Callum Hudson-Odoi reveals what Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri told him before first Premier League start Callum Hudson-Odoi made his first Premier League start for Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Callum Hudson-Odoi has revealed what Maurizio Sarri told him before making his first Premier League start for Chelsea in the victory over Brighton.Hudson-Odoi, 18, has impressed for the Blues in Europe this season but was yet to start a league fixture before Wednesday’s home match against the Seagulls.After being named in Sarri’s starting XI, the teenager grasped his opportunity with both hands, setting up Olivier Giroud for Chelsea’s opener.Second-half goals from Eden Hazard and Ruben Loftus-Cheek put the game.ADVERTISEMENT Top articles SPONSORED / Advertisement Ruben Loftus-Cheek got on the scoresheet (Picture: Getty)The victory sees Chelsea move above Manchester United in the Premier League table. Sarri’s side are now fifth, level on points with Arsenal and one behind third-placed Tottenham.Chelsea outplayed Brighton, who face Premier League champions Manchester City in the semi-finals of the FA Cup this weekend.Seagulls defender Shane Duffy said: ‘We had a game plan which worked for periods, it’s hard to take and they have real quality.‘We have talked about this game all week, this is more important than the semi-final but it was always going to be difficult. It’s more important to stay in the league but we got undone by quality.‘We are always confident in our squad, it’s a strong group. We can get through bad patches.’ Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Video Settings More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking after the routine 3-0 win, Hudson-Odoi said: ‘I am very happy for the win and we all worked hard.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We had to get rhythm and bounced back well. Today we got told the team and had to prepare mentally.‘The manager told me to go and express myself. I feel comfortable, hopefully I did well.’Loftus-Cheek added: ‘We have both worked all of our lives for this chance, years of hard work and now we start in a Premier League game together. that’s good for the academy.’”It was a bit of a fluke!” 😉Ruben Loftus-Cheek says that him and Callum Hudson-Odoi have spent years of hard work to start in a Premier League game together.Report and highlights as #CFC continue their 100-per-cent league record against #BHAFC 👉 https://t.co/vdmtOxAS7y pic.twitter.com/EpbVjOqAQB— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 3, 2019 Read More Skip Read Morecenter_img Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Read More Chelsea beat Brighton 3-0, hand Hudson-Odoi first PL startTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:38FullscreenChelsea beat Brighton 3-0, hand Hudson-Odoi first PL starthttps://metro.co.uk/video/chelsea-beat-brighton-3-0-hand-hudson-odoi-pl-start-1898376/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Apr 2019 9:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Skip Ad Coming Next PLAY About Connatix V67539 1 min. story Read More Advertisementlast_img read more

​Cyprus pension law puts migrant workers at disadvantage – ECJ

first_imgCyprus has failed to put migrating workers’ pension rights on equal footing to those of employees remaining within the country, according to the European Union’s highest court.The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the Republic of Cyprus failed to allow the free movement of workers after it left in place a clause allowing for civil servants under 45 to be treated differently to those above the age.The disputed clause allowed for those over 45 and with a pensionable service record exceeding five years to receive a lump sum payment on leaving the civil service, and draw their accrued pension from 55, whereas those under 45 are merely entitled to a lump sum payment.In its judgment for case C‑515/14, the ECJ said that, by failing to repeal the clause with retroactive effect from the day Cyprus joined the EU in 2004, it left in place a law deterring workers from leaving the country to work in another member state. This resulted in “unequal treatment” of migrant workers, the court said, which violates the EU treaties.The clause no longer applies to new recruits, following a reform of civil service pensions effective from late 2011.The ruling notes: “Although member states retain the power to organise their social security schemes, they must, nonetheless, when exercising that power, observe EU law and, in particular, the provisions of the EC Treaty on freedom of movement for workers and the right of establishment.”The case was brought by the European Commission in 2013 as part of its regular referrals to the ECJ over member state failure to comply with EU law.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to European Court of Justice rulinglast_img read more

Modern home in Brisbane’s north with a unique design impresses buyers

first_img63 Illawarra Street Everton ParkA MODERN home atop of a hill in Everton Park was one of the biggest sellers of the week.The striking double-storey property at 63 Illawarra St sold to a couple from the south side of Brisbane for $855,000. The home features hardwood floors.With two bedrooms, living areas and bathrooms on each level it could be an ideal home for dual living. “Everything was done to a very executive standard and it was quality throughout,” she said. The vendors did intend to stay in the home, but a change of circumstances led them to sell. Home values in Everton Park are increasing.House values across Everton Park has jumped in recent years, with the median sales price up 33.8 per cent over the past five years to $602,250.“With all the infrastructure in the area, it has really taken off,” she said.center_img The unique design makes the most of its hilltop location.Agent Mary Di Marco from Waterfront Properties said potential buyers were impressed by the quality of the build and the views. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“It’s at the top of the cul-de-sac and it looks like the prow of the ship,” she said.The vendors built the unique looking home after buying the empty 458sq m block back in 2014.last_img read more

Polyamory Action Lobby Established by Green activists (Aust)

first_imgHerald Sun 4 March 2013Three weeks ago Sydney’s City Hub reported on the establishment of the Polyamory Action Lobby, or PAL… And sure enough, PAL recently started a petition which reads:The House of Representatives For too long has Australia denied people the right to marry the ones they care about. We find this abhorrent. We believe that everyone should be allowed to marry their partners, and that the law should never be a barrier to love. And that’s why we demand nothing less than the full recognition of polyamorous families.So here we have it: a polyamorist lobby group petitioning parliament to allow polygamous marriage. To some, five months ago this was inconceivable….But who is behind the Polyamory Action Lobby? PAL’s president is Brigitte Garozzo. PAL’s spokesman is Timothy Scriven. And Kieran Adair is also one of PAL’s founders. And what do these militant polyamorists have in common? I will tell you. They are all associated with the Greens. Brigitte Garozzo, also known as Brigitte McFadden is listed as the contact officer for the New South Wales Young Greens at the University of Sydney. Timothy Scriven describes his political views as ‘anarchism and revolutionary libertarian socialism’, though the University of Sydney Greens Facebook page last year said:Timothy Scriven is an active member of the Greens on Campus and on our executive…Kieran Adair’s Twitter profile promotes the 2011 Greens New South Wales election campaign. Further, a ‘Kieran Adair’ said, on the New Matilda website when commenting on the 2011 annual Marxist conference, ‘I don’t identify as a socialist; I’m a Green.’…Polyamorous marriage is on the agenda. Greens activists are now pushing publicly for it while other polyamorists are lying low, waiting to be the next cab off the rank—no doubt, I suspect, having been given a nod and a wink by other Greens, who are still advocating marriage for all.http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/bernardi_dumped_yet_polyandrists_prove_him_right/http://parlinfo.aph.gov.au/parlInfo/search/display/display.w3p;query=Id%3A%22chamber%2Fhansards%2Fbbf08272-5de4-436c-9325-d389def0cc1c%2F0260%22last_img read more

Bulldogs And Pirates Battle It Out In Middle School Track

first_imgBatesville at Greensburg Middle School Track results from Thursday, April 28th.Girls Results:  Greensburg  71   Batesville  31Batesville Results:  Discus-3 Katie Bedel (55’); High Jump-2 Katie Bedel (4’); 100M Hurdles-2 Sydnee Schaeffer (20.6); 100M-2 Chloe Schroeder (14.1)  Lily Meyer (14.2); 200M-2Lily Meyer (30.4)  3 Chloe Schroeder (30.5); 400M-2 Chloe Schroeder (1:06)  3 Carley Pride (1:12); 800M-1 Liz Loichinger (2:41)  3 Katie Olsen (2:52); and 1600M-1 Liz Loichinger (5:57)  3 Lexi Huber (6:12).Boys Results:  Greensburg  84   Batesville  21Batesville Results:  Discus-3 Axel Garcia (84’); High Jump-2 Will Gunter (5’); 110M Hurdles-1 Juan Garcia (16.4); 100M-3 Charlie Laymon (12.0); 200M-2 Charlie Laymon (25.3); 400M-2 Eli Pierson (1:02); 800M-3 Ean Loichinger (2:30); and 1600M-2 James Kuisel (5:20)  3 Ean Loichinger (5:23).Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img read more

Pulis planning to revive Eagles

first_img “There are certain areas where you think that if the right player comes along you might want to improve in those areas but we have got six vital, vital games to get through before we start thinking about that.” Pulis, who spent his time reading about historical figures such as Winston Churchill and Napoleon Bonaparte after leaving Stoke at the end of last season, has yet to be relegated during his managerial career and took Stoke from the Championship into an FA Cup final and a subsequent Europa League campaign during his stay in Staffordshire. The home support inside Stoke’s Britannia Stadium is often heralded as among the best in the league and Pulis believes Palace fans can do their bit if he is to become the first manager to keep the Eagles in the Premier League for more than one season. “I just think the supporters of this football club have picked the baton up. I think it has been wonderful,” he added. “I think they appreciate what the club has done and where it has come from over the past couple of years. There is a rapport between the supporters and the team which is so, so important. “We need that. I kept saying when I was at Stoke how important that was and what a great part the supporters of Stoke City played in taking that club forward in the early years of the Premier League. “The Palace supporters have been exactly the same. You have to give them a performance to get behind. You have to give them something to shout about, but we certainly will need them. I have absolutely no doubt that they will stick with the team.” Norwich pose the first test to Pulis’ Palace side when they meet at Carrow Road on Saturday, but the former Gillingham and Bristol City boss will also be aware that a third win of the campaign would take his new team to within a point of the Canaries, who sit 16th in the table. New Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis has refuted suggestions he is the long-ball merchant of the Barclays Premier League as he sets about keeping the Eagles in the division. Pulis will now look to continue the play-off winners’ mini revival and, despite having become renowned for a direct approach during his spell with the Potters, does not necessarily feel the hit-and-hope tag is a fair one. “I personally think we weren’t that (a long-ball team) at Stoke,” he said. “You have (Jermaine) Pennant, (Matthew) Etherington, Charlie Adam, good players like that – there are some top, top players at Stoke. We built it gradually. “Initially you start in a way you think will make you successful and build from there. The only thing I will say about that is for the seven years I was there we had that upward curve.” Palace found themselves bottom of the table when Holloway’s tenure came to an end despite bringing in as many as 16 new faces over the summer. However, Pulis has already been identifying areas he feels need work and could dip his toes in the transfer market when the January window opens – although for now he is focused solely on the Eagles’ forthcoming fixtures. “I have spoken to (co-chairman) Steve (Parish) about different things in different areas of the team and things that I think we need,” he said. “I haven’t come into this job without looking at the team and looking at games they have played before or monitoring things that have happened. The 55-year-old was unveiled as Ian Holloway’s replacement on Monday afternoon, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal and taking charge of a team who currently reside in the bottom three. Holloway left the Eagles following a heavy 4-1 home defeat to Fulham last month and, since his departure, caretaker boss Keith Millen has guided the Eagles to four points from four games – including just their second league win of the season at Hull on Saturday. Press Associationlast_img read more