Renowned Runner Found Dead

first_imgMicah True, also known as Caballo Blanco, was found dead in the New Mexico wilderness yesterday. He had departed Tuesday morning on a trail run in the Gila Wilderness and never returned. After massive search and rescue operations were launched, his body was found five miles from the trailhead. A cause of death has not yet been determined, but no trauma was immediately visible.Micah singlehandedly brought attention to the Tarahumara’s prowess and plight. He lived in the canyons for two decades, following in the footsteps of the Tarahumara and learning their values, traditions, and ways of simple living close to the land. For ten years, he has been organizing the Copper Canyon Ultramarathon to bring together Tarahumara and international runners in a shared journey through the deepest canyons on the continent. The race—and Micah himself —were made famous by Christopher McDougall’s bestselling Book, Born to Run. Despite all of the fanfare, Micah remained humble, generous, and devoted to the Tarahumara. He used the book’s popularity to raise even more prize money and corn for the Tarahumara runners this year.I saw Micah three weeks ago at the 2012 Copper Canyon Ultramarathon. He was the happiest I had ever seen him. He seemed to have a tranquility and centeredness, even as record numbers of Tarahumara descended on Urique to run the race. He ensured that every single one of them went home with food.The Tarahumara people have lost a close friend, and so have I. The best way I can honor Micah’s legacy is to devote even more of my energy to helping the Tarahumara people protect their ancestral canyons and ways of life. (To learn how you can help, visit barefootfarm.org or norawas.org).But for now, I’m going for a run, and I’ll be thinking about Micah. I hope you can dedicate a few of your miles and thoughts this week to a true friend of the Tarahumara. Micah, you will be deeply missed. Run free, amigo.last_img read more

Race Ahead: NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike Epic

first_imgNoTubes Trans-Sylvania Mountain Bike EpicA Mountain Bike Stage Race and Enduro on May 25-31, 2014 near State College, Pa. Start times vary so visit outdoorexperience.org for all details!sponsored-eventAccording to organizers, this is Singletrack Summer Camp — between three and seven days of mountain bike bliss. This year’s TSEpic continues the tradition of a week of incredible riding, beautiful scenery and unequaled camaraderie. A summer camp like setting makes the week about more than just the hundreds of miles of fantastic trails criss crossing the ridges and valleys of central Pa., but also about forming new friendships and being immersed in the experience with a few hundred people as passionate about the sport as you are. Solo, duo, Epic Team and Experience options mean opportunities for everyone from enthusiasts to professionals to take part.TSElogoHQAs the seven-day-long event enters its fifth year they’re also launching a three-day version of this event over the first three stages (May 25-27) and including the endure day.If enduro racing is more your style, the Trans-Sylvania Epic serves up 2-5 daily enduro segments and one entire stage that is all enduro all the time – no other mtb stage race in the country inegrates enduro so completely.Race Contact: Mike KuhnTransSylvaniaEpic@gmail.com717-350-1029last_img read more

Weekly Festival Giveaway

first_imgFirst Name: Last Name: Address: City: State: ALAKAZARCACOCTDCDEFLGAHIIDILINIAKSKYLAMEMDMAMIMNMSMOMTNENVNHNJNMNYNCNDOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVTVAWAWVWIWYZip Code*: Phone: Date of Birth: Email*: I would like to receive weekly BRO updates straight to my inbox.* denotes required field Rules and Regulations: Package must be redeemed within 1 year of winning date. Entries must be received by mail or through the www.blueridgeoutdoors.com contest sign-up page by 12:00 Midnight EST on June 13, 2016. One entry per person. One winner per household. Sweepstakes open only to legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 years of age or older. Void wherever prohibited by law. Families and employees of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors are not eligible. No liability is assumed for lost, late, incomplete, inaccurate, non-delivered or misdirected mail, or misdirected e-mail, garbled, mistranscribed, faulty or incomplete telephone transmissions, for technical hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connection, or failed, incomplete or delayed computer transmission or any human error which may occur in the receipt of processing of the entries in this Sweepstakes. By entering the sweepstakes, entrants agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and their promotional partners reserve the right to contact entrants multiple times with special information and offers. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine reserves the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes. Winners agree that Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and participating sponsors, their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents and promotion agencies shall not be liable for injuries or losses of any kind resulting from acceptance of or use of prizes. No substitutions or redemption of cash, or transfer of prize permitted. Any taxes associated with winning any of the prizes detailed below will be paid by the winner. Winners agree to allow sponsors to use their name and pictures for purposes of promotion. Sponsors reserve the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. All Federal, State and local laws and regulations apply. Selection of winner will be chosen at random at the Blue Ridge Outdoors office on or before June 13, 6:00 PM EST 2016. Winners will be contacted by the information they provided in the contest sign-up field and have 7 days to claim their prize before another winner will be picked. Odds of winning will be determined by the total number of eligible entries received. Starting April 25, Visit BlueRidgeOutdoors.com Each Week And Enter To Win Tickets To The Following Festivals + You’ll Be Entered Each Time In Our Grand Prize Drawing On June 13!last_img read more

Taking first senate step, banking committee to hold marijuana banking hearing

first_imgAlthough Senate Banking Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Id.) has expressed concern about marijuana banking legislation, he has agreed to hold a hearing on the issue on July 23.Rachel Pross, chief risk officer at MAPS Credit Union in Salem. Ore. will testify on behalf of CUNA. Pross’s credit union has provided financial services to cannabis businesses in Oregon.In addition, Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) will testify at the hearing. The two senators are cosponsors of legislation that would provide a safe harbor for banks and credit unions that do business with marijuana-related businesses in states where marijuana is legal.The House Financial Services Committee has approved a companion bill sponsored by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Denny Heck (D-Wash.). However, the full House has not considered the legislation. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

States challenge unlawfully appointed Chad Wolf’s effort to further decimate DACA

first_img– Advertisement – “Despite the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision finding the Trump administration’s attempt to rescind DACA to be unlawful, the federal government has continued to take steps to diminish protections granted to Dreamers who were brought to the United States as children,” Becerra said in the complaint, joined by Maine Attorney General Aaron Frey, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, and Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison.The changes that the unlawfully appointed acting secretary ordered include reducing the duration of protections from two years to just one and the outright rejection of any new applicants, as well as the denial of advance parole, which in the past allowed DACA recipients to be able to travel outside of the U.S. and safely return.- Advertisement – But Unlawful Chad has never cared much about the law or rules especially of late, basically using his government office to campaign for his boss’ reelection in states including Arizona and Texas. Hmm, wonder why those states right now. They may not care, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed: following a request from independent federal watchdog American Oversight this week, the chief of Office of Special Counsel’s Hatch Act unit has agreed to open a probe into top DHS officials’ shameless campaigning.We’ve also noticed, and we also care. On this final day of voting across the country, remember that Democratic wins won’t just mean sweeping Trump out of office. It’ll also mean sweeping out his army of corrupt lackeys and protecting programs that protect families everywhere.center_img “Ultimately, the unlawful changes directly harm Dreamers and threaten to rob them of opportunities to give back to their communities, including for the roughly 29,000 doctors, nurses, dentists, physician assistants, and other healthcare workers who have benefitted from DACA and are on the front lines confronting the ongoing pandemic every day,” Becerra continued. A lawsuit filed by Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and others in September also challenged Unlawful Chad’s authority, saying he “has no legal authority to upend the lives of hundreds of thousands Dreamers living, learning, and working in the country that they call home.” “The Trump administration’s irresponsible governance has consequences under our Constitution and statutes,” MALDEF president and general counsel, Thomas A. Saenz, said at the time. “Trump’s refusal to nominate candidates to lead the Department of Homeland Security—even when his own party controls the Senate that must confirm such appointments—means that the punitive Wolf memorandum was unlawfully issued.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

Extended deadline for legalization of illegal construction

first_imgBy consensus, the Croatian Parliament decided to extend the deadline for submitting requests for legalization of illegal buildings until June 30, 2018, but noting that on-site inspections should be intensified in order to prevent illegal construction.This is not a new legalization, because this deadline applies only to persons who had the right to submit applications in 2012, when the law came into force, said State Secretary of the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning Dunja Magaš, presenting the final proposal to amend the Law on dealing with illegally constructed buildings.The deadline is extended to June 30, 2018 due to the large number of unresolved cases, but also due to the legalization of as many buildings as possible. Namely, as Maguš said, with yesterday’s 826 thousand requests for legalization, 558 thousand cases have been legally resolved. The state, on the other hand, earned 2016 billion kuna from legalization fees by the end of 1,318, she said.The legal changes also increase the percentage of funds earned from legalization fees for local self-government units from 20 to 30 percent, which MPs also welcomed.In the afternoon, the deputies also supported the final proposal for amendments to the Law on Physical Planning, which harmonizes it with the EU directive and which enables spatial planning in the protected ecological-fishing zone and the continental shelf of Croatia.last_img read more

Investors prefer to put their money in houses than units, survey finds

first_imgA new survey has found the number of investors looking to buy a house in the next 6-12 months has jumped.Brisbane remains the top pick for investors for the second year in a row, but the city has lost some of its appeal, with the number of investors favouring it falling from 49 per cent to 43 per cent over the past year. ‘New Bulimba’ on Brisbane’s bayside Massive penthouse sale overnight More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago Brisbane still top pick for property PIPA chair Ben Kingsley said investors were attracted to Brisbane’s affordability and the potential for attractive yields. A new investor survey has found more people would prefer to invest in houses, like these in Paddington, than units and Brisbane is the top pick.MORE people are choosing to park their money in established houses over new apartments, reflecting fears about oversupply in high density markets like inner-city Brisbane. A new survey has found the number of investors looking to buy a house in the next six to 12 months has jumped from 59 per cent a year ago to 67 per cent in 2017.In comparison, the proportion of investors looking to buy apartments has fallen to 9.3 per cent, according to the third annual Property Investment Professionals of Australia (PIPA) Property Investor Sentiment Survey. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Meanwhile, the number of investors planning to buy existing or established properties continues to rise — to 92 per cent from 87 per cent.The national survey of 742 property investors found more than 70 per cent think now is a good time to invest in property, despite concerns about stricter lending conditions and dwelling oversupply. Property Investment Professionals of Australia chair Ben Kingsley.“Brisbane and southeast Queensland is still offering an attractive rental yield, as opposed to Melbourne and Sydney where rental yields are a historic lows,” he said.Mr Kingsley said while there was plenty of choice when it came to apartments, most of Brisbane’s established properties offered record low rental yields.“Once the economy and confidence in the business sector improves and unemployment reduces, the reality is Brisbane’s best days in this cycle are ahead of them,” he said. PIPA’s 2017 PROPERTY INVESTOR SENTIMENT SURVEY – KEY STATS– 70% of investors believe now is a good time to invest in property– 61% of investors are looking to purchase in the next 6-12 months– 43% of investors confirm changes to investor lending policies have impacted them– 75% of investors are not worried about possible changes to negative gearing– 90% of investors believe people who recommend property investment should be regulated and licensedlast_img read more

Brisbane’s best architect unveils his latest project

first_imgMosman House in Sydney, by architect Shaun Lockyer. Picture supplied.His team of 15 usually build around 10 to 12 houses a year, with the most expensive build so far topping $10.5 million.But Mr Lockyer said he was just as happy working on small projects, whether it be an extension or a deck.“Every job we do is with the same passion and intensity,” he said.“I’ve never prioritised jobs in terms of value.” The kitchen inside Shaun Lockyer’s Bardon home, which he designed. Inside the Bardon home of architect Shaun Lockyer.“I’ve given myself 10 years to try and convince my wife it could become our home, but I’m looking at her now and she’s shaking her head,” he said.“It’s a mixed-use site, so it has the potential to be developed in the future for retail or residential.” INSIDE EMILY PALMER’S PROPERTY EMPIRE PROPERTY INVESTORS ARE BACK IT’S TIME YOUR KIDS STARTED PAYING RENT The Nest House in Bardon, by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Picture supplied.Concrete and timber are his materials of choice and his design ethos is timeless and practical. “We continue to promote an honest palette of materials,” Mr Lockyer said.“Not fashionable but more enduring.”Don’t expect to see any loud, feature tiles in a Shaun Lockyer designed home any time soon. Architect Shaun Lockyer’s Cutter Street project on North Stradbroke Island. Photo: Scott Burrows.Think sleek timber doors and windows, skylights and rendered exterior walls covered in climbing fig trees, plus a strong injection of personality.“What I really like about having our home in a cottage is that its kind of the origins of us as a business,” he said.“A lot of our work when we started out was small cottages and small alterations.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoMooloolah House in Minyama on the Sunshine Coast, by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Photo: Scott Burrows.The South African-born, award-winning architect, whose clients include swimming champions Libby and Luke Trickett and property identity Don O’Rorke, has come to be a force in Southeast Queensland home design.The past year has been the busiest yet, with his talent now being recognised further afield than just Brisbane.“In the last year and a bit, we’ve had a couple of projects that felt like real catalysts for another level of work,” Mr Lockyer said.“The Mosman House in Sydney has been a massive watershed for us. “On the back of that, we’ve been given the verbal on a very significant house in Whale Beach, which is very exciting.“It’s been a massive endorsement — although a little bit overwhelming — given the choice of all the fantastic architects in Sydney.”center_img Brisbane architect Shaun Lockyer at the site of his latest project. Picture: Mark Cranitch.HE has designed dream homes for cashed-up clients with $10 million budgets, but Shaun Lockyer regards his latest project as priceless.The man widely touted as Brisbane’s best architect has embarked on a build close to his heart — a new home for his burgeoning business and, possibly, his own family one day. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE It might look like a neglected worker’s cottage now, but the property at 15 Masters St, Newstead, is about to be transformed into an architectural masterpiece that could well become Brisbane’s best office.Mr Lockyer created his current home, the Lighthouse project, in leafy Bardon in 2010, but admits he is itching for a more urban base. The Greenhouse at Wights Mountain by Shaun Lockyer Architects. Photo: Scott Burrows.DREAM HOME DEMANDS IN 2018 *BUTLER’S PANTRIES — These add-ons to the main kitchen are still must-haves for big, family homes *ROOM TO PARK THE TOYS — Some clients ask for 10 parking spaces*MUD ROOMS — Or ‘drop zones’ for the kids to leave their bags and sports equipment*WINE CELLARS — Not just a shelf — an entire room dedicated to consuming a fine drop*HEALTH RETREATS — From saunas and steam rooms to meditation rooms and boutique gyms with giant television screens or a stunning view *SMART HOMES — A fully automated system that controls every aspect of living electronically — from security to lighting — and all from a mobile phone.(Source: Shaun Lockyer Architects) An artist’s impression of the new office Shaun Lockyer has designed in Newstead. Picture supplied.The new site is right next door to his previous headquarters in the heart of Newstead, just 100 metres from the Gasworks precinct and 200 metres from the Brisbane River.“What attracted me to it is that it’s a very rare block of land — a little triangle in Newstead with two street frontages,” Mr Lockyer said.Construction will start in three weeks and the immediate term plan is to raise the house to create more office space underneath for another tenant.“We’ll refurbish the whole top of it and give it a new lease on life,” Mr Lockyer said.last_img read more

Long swaps, bonds return 30% over first quarter at ING pension fund

first_imgThe €29bn Pensioenfonds ING has reported a 30% return on its 50-year interest swaps and government bonds thanks to falling interest rates over the first quarter, boosting its quarterly return to 13.8%.The pension fund generated 15.9% on its matching portfolio, which consisted of 70% of its assets.Its 30% return portfolio delivered 12.4%, with equity producing an overall result of 15.5% and European equity returning 18%. The ING scheme attributed the 7.4% return on credit and emerging market debt to the latter, due to higher interest levels and a stronger US dollar. It also noted that listed property continued its rise, generating 18% during the first quarter.Non-listed real estate returned almost 10%.Alternative investments returned 7.8%, largely due to the performance of private equity.The pension fund added that it would divest its remaining positions in hedge funds over the coming months.ING Pensioenfonds said the return from alternatives included a 1% loss on its currency hedge, following the depreciation of the euro against the dollar.It had covered 50% of the risk on the six largest positions in foreign currency.Over the course of the first quarter, the scheme’s funding in real terms dropped by 2.6 percentage points to 86.6%, whereas its official policy coverage ratio stood at 142.9% at March-end.The ING Pensioenfonds has been a closed pension plan since 1 January, when banc-assurer ING was split into companies for insurance and banking.Over the first three months, the scheme’s total number of participants fell by 476 to 72,039.In other news, SPW, the €11.6bn pension fund for housing corporations, posted a quarterly result of 10.6%, due in part to a 16% return on developed market equities.Within its fixed income portfolio, emerging markets, government bonds and credit returned 9.7%, 4% and 8.3% respectively.SPW’s holdings in alternatives also performed well, delivering 13.6% for hedge funds, 10.9% for private equity and 13.3% for infrastructure.Commodities and real estate returned 5.3% and 14.7%, respectively.last_img read more

HMS Gleaner Returns to Devonport

first_imgThe Royal Navy’s smallest commissioned vessel, Her Majesty’s Survey Launch Gleaner, returned to Devonport homeport one last time on Tuesday ahead of her decommissioning.In mist and rain, and with a 16-meter decommissioning pennant tied to the stern rail to prevent it flapping around uncontrollably, three of the nine crew lined up for Procedure Alpha as Lt Cdr William Alexander guided the boat for her final entry.“Despite the wet weather, it was fantastic to be part of such an important tradition, and I’m really pleased to have had the opportunity,” said AB Joel Bradley, Gleaner’s signaler.Gleaner was built to survey waters other craft could not get; despite her size she’s crammed with the latest sonar equipment to measure the seabed around key ports in unparalleled detail.She was used to survey the Mary Rose wreck site ahead of extensive dredging work to make sure nothing of Henry VIII’s flagship was left on the Solent seabed before the diggers moved in.More than a decade later, she scoured every inch of Portsmouth Harbor and its approaches to clear the way for dredging to allow the safe entry and exit of HMS Queen Elizabeth.Gleaner’s successor will be a slightly larger, as-yet unnamed catamaran.last_img read more