Daily Dirt: Outdoor News for May 20, 2013

first_imgYour outdoor news bulletin for May 20th, the day Charles Lindbergh departed New York for Paris in the first solo trans-Atlantic plane crossing in history:Weekend Incidents UpdateTwo incidents cast a shadow on what were supposed to be fun, inspiring events this past weekend, and Blue Ridge Outdoors was at both of them.First, was the car that plowed through the Hikers Parade at Trail Days in Damascus, Va. on Saturday, sending dozens to the hospital but luckily not killing anyone. The cause of the accident seems to pegged on an elderly man with a medical condition who was driving his car in the parade. The man, whose name has not been released, has been described as being in his 80s and is a former thru-hiker. There is no indication that this was an intentional act, but that the man suffered an unspecified medical problem at which point his vehicle accelerated to around 25 mph into the crowd walking in the parade.Another incident with many less casualties, but of a more criminal nature occurred at Dominion RiverRock in Richmond on Saturday night. Reggae legend and leader of Toots and the Maytals Frederick “Toots” Hibbert was struck in the head by an empty glass vodka bottle while performing on stage. According to police, the suspect in the bottle tossing is William C. Lewis, 19, of Henrico County who is being charged with aggravated assault, a felony and misdemeanor public intoxication. Police say he stole the bottle from one of the RiverRock vendors before chucking it a stranger performing art for the community and ruining everyone’s good time.New Campground at the New River GorgeTwo years in the making, a new climbers campground is finally becoming a reality in the New River Gorge. This past weekend, the American Alpine Club hosted the grand opening of the campground off of Ames Heights Rod/Co Route 5. The Fayetteville campground sits on 40 acres procured through a partnership between the AAC, the Access Fund, and local climbers and is within walking distance to popular New River Gorge climbing spots. The project is moving is phases and the plan calls for bathhouses, electricity, and other infrastructure eventually. Camping is free for a limited time, and this week, the AAC will be there handing out swag and info.More on the new campground and future plans can be found here.Fittest Cities AnnouncedThe Healthy Living section of MSN.com announced the 10 Fittest and 10 Fattest Cities in America list and our offices are located in two of the top 10. Coincidence? I think not. The headquarters of our sister publication Elevation Outdoor is located in Boulder, Colorado, which came in at #1 in the rankings and our main BRO office is in the #2 fittest city, Charlottesville, Va. The rankings appear to be based solely on obesity rates from a 2012 Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which states the national obesity average is 26.2 percent.last_img read more

Cornell ranks NY counties on vulnerability to coronavirus, why health officials aren’t worried

first_imgNear the top of the list were Delaware County at number six and Broome County at number seven. “That is a pretty significant portion of our population that is over 80,” said Holochak. “So, we do know they are more at risk. They are part of the population we are putting most of our efforts in.” Following shortly down the lines of 62 counties, Chenango came in at 13 and Tioga at 30. (WBNG) — After Cornell University released a study of the most vulnerable counties in New York, 12 News caught up with local health officials on why some Southern Tier areas ranked so high. Meanwhile, Broome County Public Health Director, Rebecca Kaufman, says the county’s ranking is also due to the older population as well as people grouped in larger facilities such as nursing homes. She says in response to this and other data they are looking at, they have specifically been working with the county to assist the elderly population. “A lot of the group living facilities or senior living facilities will work with the emergency operations center in both planning and procurement of PPE,” said Kaufman.center_img More information on this study can be found on Cornell University’s website. Neighboring counties ranked lower on the list, such as Tompkins County at 52. Kylie Holochak from the Tioga County Health Department says she’s not alarmed by the ranking, adding that more than five percent of the county’s population is people over 80 years old. Holochak says in Tioga County, officials have seen an increase in family households, especially ones with three generations in one home. She advises anyone who tests positive and lives at home to isolate in a part of the home and dedicate a bathroom solely to the individual who is sick.last_img read more

Grosvenor branches out with two new joint ventures

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French privacy watchdog okays coronavirus tracing app

first_imgBut the CNIL watchdog, which gave provisional approval for StopCovid in April, said Tuesday that the app met the legal requirements for privacy protection, with ample safeguards to prevent abuse.It nevertheless made a number of recommendations to make it even safer, including improving the quality of information provided to users, allowing users to object to information shared, and providing an option for erasing stored data.The app will not rely on geolocation, but instead use Bluetooth technology which allows mobile phones to communicate with each other over short distances.The French parliament, which must vote on the rolling out of the app, will debate the matter on Wednesday. If it says yes, StopCovid could be available in app stores from this weekend.France started reemerging on May 11 from a two-month lockdown to curb coronavirus spread. Public transport has resumed, though many people are still working from home and most schools have yet to reopen. Bars, restaurants and public parks remain shuttered.The issue of how to track coronavirus spread with mobile technology has sparked privacy concerns in several countries now lifting strict home confinement measures as they hope to kickstart their economies.As a result of the lockdowns, few people in most countries have been exposed to the virus, and thus do not have immunity and remain at risk of infection, raising fears of a second wave once people start mixing again.The European Commission has recommended that data harvested through contact-tracing apps be stored only on users’ own phones and that it be encrypted. France’s privacy watchdog gave the green light Tuesday to a government-backed cellphone app that will alert users if they have been in contact with an infected person.Use of the app called StopCovid will be voluntary, and will keep track of users who had been in close proximity of one another over a two-week period. If any become infected, they inform the platform, which alerts the others.Privacy defenders have expressed fears that the app marks the first step towards a society under constant online surveillance.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Hot auction action with big results

first_img19 Villiers Street, New Farm was bought by a bidder who’d seen it for the first time that day.Best of all, it was purchased by a buyer who inspected that morning and decided she had to have it.Mr Given said the buyer was yet to show the townhouse to her husband and kids.“She hopes they like it,” Mr Given said.On the Sunshine Coast, Gordon McDonald of the Auction Group had success with nine out of his ten auctions seeing a sale today.Among his top results was 3 Geeribach Lane, Yaroomba where an 838sq m of beachfront with a very hip home was snatched up. Peter Burgin chief auctioneer at Place looks about to declare 45 Agnes St, Auchenflower, “Sold!” Photo aap/Ric FrearsonThe weather — bright, blue, clear, pleasant but windy.The auctions — hot!Today’s wrap of events saw all comers vie for a broad range of homes across the city and beyond.They milled in the backyard of 45 Agnes St, Auchenflower while the home’s owner, Elizabeth Gillam, waited on the upper level deck for things to get underway. 11 Pitt Street, Annerley sold with its owner represented by a buyers’ agent.Buyers’ agent Selena Corness did the heavy lifting that saw her secure the home for her clients at $1.21 million after a short but spirited tussle.Ms Corness said they’d been looking for a few weeks in the area for a home that fit the brief.“A colonial style home that’s character filled on a larger block so they (the clients) can be here for the next 10 to 15 years,” Ms Corness said.“The owners have done such a great job of keeping the integrity of the original features,” she said.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe home’s owners Barbara and Mark Patis were thrilled with the result which saw their family home of the last 12-years sold.The couple said while there will be tears when it comes time to say goodbye, they’re excited about their next move to something smaller.“The Woolstores in Teneriffe,” Mr Patis said.Another event that went off with a bang today was 4 Indiana St, Sunnybank Hills where a crowd of around 100 watched 10 registered bidders fire up for a sale. The kitchen is surf-shack cool.“Absolute beachfront — 33 metres of beachfront with a 1960s shack — really cool,” said Mr McDonald.Mr McDonald said there were 150 in attendance to see 10 registered bidders fight it out, with the end sale price being $1,850,000.Mr McDonalds other big Sunshine Coast result today was 21 Kumbada Ct, Minyama which saw a vacant block sell for $1.6 million after being held by its owners for 26 years.“Bought it in 1994. Originally they were going to build on it and something happened that they never got around to it,” Mr McDonald said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclaircenter_img 4 Indiana Street Sunnybank Hills brought in a huge crowd.The four-bed, two-bathroom home on 806sq m had buyers chomping at the bit as numbers climbed from a start of $700,000.In the end, the first bidder came out on top by eventually paying $870,000 for the home.The sellers, Susan Harper and Peter Lam, said they were ecstatic with the result and pleased to see a local family will be the new owners.“24 years — we bought out three girls up in it and it’s been a great family home,” Ms Harper said.Other results reported in todays included 19 Villiers St, New Farm where Ray White New Farm agent Nicholas Given saw a wonderfully positioned, four-bedroom townhouse sell for $955,000. 45 Agnes Street, Auchenflower garnered wide appeal from the market.The family have called the Auchenflower property home for the past 10 years.“A bit sad to leave it. It’s a lovely house in a lovely position. It’s quiet, there’s a king parrot who comes to visit and sits on the banister so it’s sad to be going — it’s a very sweet house,” Ms Gillam said.“Just being able to zip down to the best fish and chips shop in Brisbane and the best Thai restaurant in Brisbane — being so close to the city, being able to cycle along the bike paths and that — it’s just a lovely location,” she said.The two-storey weatherboard circa 1926 home had been beautifully renovated and was being marketed by Place New Farm agent, Judy Newlands.Ms Gillam said it was time to move so they could be closer to her son’s school and work.“A house came up that we liked, and we thought. ‘Well, were going to have to move sooner or later so it might as well be now.’”Once the auctioneer, Peter Burgin, called for an opening bid, there was an immediate offer of $1 million. The auction progressed in $10,000 increments until a pause was called at $1.05 million. Mr Burgin handled the negotiations until the highest bidder upped his offer to $1.1 million and the home was declared, ‘On the market.’ With no other paddles being raised, the property sold to its new owners, Gareth and Ingrid Collins.“We’ve been looking around for nearly a year,” Mr Collins said.Earlier in the day Peter Burgin called another auction at 11 Pitt St, Annerley where Place Annerley principal, Nick Bekker, was selling a stunning two-level colonial that had been renovated to a black and white palette.last_img read more

These are the colours you’ll be using in 2018, Dulux predicts

first_imgDulux Colour Trends 2018 ‘Reflect’ palette. Pic supplied by Dulux. Styled by Bree Leech, photo by Lisa Cohen.Kinship — Natural, earthy hues such as terracotta, ochres and deep reds. More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago Tennis court for sale (the home’s not bad either) Qld house sales fall off a cliff ‘One of the best renovations I’ve seen’ Dulux Colour Trends 2018 ‘Kinship’ palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Pic: Lisa Cohen/Dulux. Essential — Soft, neutral tones of leather, putty and cooler green-greys mixed with stronger highlights of blues. Dulux colour expert Andrea Lucena-Orr predicts this colour palette will dominate the others because home enthusiasts will appreciate how easily the colours can transform and update a space. Dulux Colour Trends 2018 ‘Escapade’ palette. Pic supplied by Dulux. Styled by Bree Leech, photo by Lisa Cohen. Reflect — Moody, jewel tones with a focus on rich, decadent greens and warm shades from pink to greyish purple and burnt rose. Avocado can be used as a highlight accent. Dulux Colour Trends 2018 ‘Essential’ palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Pic: Lisa Cohen/Dulux.Ms Lucena-Orr said the muted pink tones that had been in vogue would continue to have a strong presence. “’Millennial pink’ is here to stay, don’t expect it go anywhere anytime soon,” she said. The hue appears in all four colour themes in various forms, whether it be Dulux ‘Cuticle Pink’ or ‘Smoky Quartz’.Have fun with it by pairing the colour with some 80s style furniture and bright prints. center_img Dulux Colour Trends 2018 ‘Escapade’ palette. Pic supplied by Dulux. Styled by Bree Leech, photo by Lisa Cohen.PINK is still the new neutral, terracotta is making a comeback and prepare for unexpected colour clashes.These are some of the fresh colour trends we can expect to be using to decorate our homes in the year ahead, according to Dulux.The paint specialist has released its colour predictions for 2018, based around four themes:Escapade — A bold, bright palette featuring saturated, summery brights and deeper shades of teal and blue that make you think of cocktails by the pool and tropical beaches. Patterns include geometric and diagonal lines mixed with botanical prints. Dulux Colour Trends 2018 ‘Essential’ palette. Styled by Bree Leech. Pic: Lisa Cohen/Dulux.Ms Lucena-Orr said 2018 would see an emphasis on balance, connection and community.“Our homes should tell our stories, connecting us to both the past and the future,” she said.“Colour is a wonderful way to express our personal tastes and passions.”And if you’re keen to introduce some on-trend brights into your home, but don’t know where to begin, Ms Lucena-Orr suggests starting with a small area or a simple nook.“Nothing transforms faster than colour and the more intense, the stronger the transformation.”last_img read more

Kongsberg Launches New Multibeam Echo Sounder

first_imgKongsberg has released a new 30 kHz multibeam echo sounder system, the EM 304, used for high resolution seabed mapping from depths of 10 meters to 8000 meters.As part of a new EM technology platform designed for future challenges, the EM 304 is compatible with a new Kongsberg developed datagram format.“The EM 304 provides state-of-the-art survey vessel operators with the highest performance, most accurate mapping capability. The system replaces the EM 302 which has been the de facto industry standard since it was launched in 2006,” said Helge Uhlen, director sales Subsea.The EM 304 takes advantage of features and benefits achieved in the development of the EM 2040 family and the EM 712.For operations in Arctic waters, the system can be delivered with ice windows for protection of the transducers.last_img read more

Genting Hong Kong Cuts Loss as Revenues Rise

first_imgCruise operator Genting Hong Kong managed to cut its net loss in 2018, while revenue surged during the year.The group recorded a slight improvement with consolidated net loss of USD 213.3 million in 2018, as compared with a consolidated net loss of USD 244.3 million in 2017. The result was recorded because of a significant one-time gain in the disposal of shares of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and The Star Entertainment Group Limited of USD 205 million in 2017 compared with a lower net one-time gain of USD 15.5 million in the disposal of the balance of NCLH shares in 2018.Total revenue was USD 1.6 billion in 2018 compared with USD 1.2 billion in 2017, representing a growth of 34%, mainly due to the inclusion of the first full year operation of 2 Dream Class ships and the higher third party revenue recognised in the shipyard segment.Cruise revenue was USD 1.35 billion in 2018 as compared to USD 1.02 billion in 2017, a growth of 33% with fleet capacity days increasing by 18.5% and occupancy percentage improving to 91% from 77% in 2017.World Dream replaced Genting Dream in the dual Hong Kong and Guangzhou homeports in November 2017 with Genting Dream redeployed to the Singapore homeport.“Cruise segment results are expected to grow further in 2019 with strong management focus on achieving acceptable investment returns for each brand,” Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Genting Hong Kong, said.“MV Werften, the Shipyard Segment, had improved results in 2018 with the keel laying of Crystal Endeavor and the first Global Class ship. Further improvement in 2019 is expected with even higher percentages of completion of Crystal Endeavor and the first Global Class ship. MV Werften is instrumental in the early delivery of new ships for the Group’s fleet commencing in 2020 while global orderbook of other shipyards now stretching to 2027,” he added.Barring any unforeseen circumstances, cruise segment results should continue to improve due to the low penetration rate in Asia and reduction in cruise capacity in China in 2019. The shipyard segment is expected to improve with 82% of the Crystal Endeavor and 65% of the first Global Class ship due to be completed by the end of 2019. With that, the company said that its results should continue to improve in 2019.last_img read more

BW LNG Holds Naming Ceremony for LNG Carrier Duo in Korea

first_imgShipping company BW LNG, part of BW Group, held a naming ceremony for two of its new LNG carriers on September 7.The vessels, named BW Pavilion Aranda (H2489) and BW Magnolia (H2490), were constructed by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.BW Pavilion Aranda will be delivered next week when it will go on a long-term charter to Singapore’s Pavilion Energy.The second vessel, BW Magnolia, is scheduled to join its owner in December 2019, when it is to start a long-term charter to UK-based oil major BP.Each featuring a capacity of 174,000 cbm, the carriers are the third and fourth in a current series of seven newbuildings.BW LNG said that all of these units have the latest technical design “offering industry-leading transport efficiency through MEGI propulsion and state-of-the-art reliquefaction systems.”last_img read more

Rodgers aiming to keep Gerrard

first_imgLiverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has confirmed he wants to keep skipper Steven Gerrard at Anfield. Press Association The 34-year-old Gerrard, whose existing deal expires in June next year, had raised the possibility of leaving his home-town club with no new deal on the table. However, speaking after his side’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League defeat at Newcastle on Saturday afternoon, Rodgers said: “It’s quite straightforward. center_img “I had a meeting with Steven’s representative explaining the situation. I very much want him to be a part of what we are doing here. “He’s been a brilliant captain for me. I relayed that to the ownership. “I’m sure he will go away with that and hopefully his representative will organise a deal. Steven is very much part of what I’m doing here. He’s a unique player, a unique talent.” last_img read more