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first_img Renée made her Broadway debut as The Witch in Big Fish. A recent graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College, she has appeared in workshops for The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Hamilton Mixtape, Three Little Pigs and Bull Durham. Pippin Massey most recently appeared on Broadway as Fiyero in Wicked. Other theater credits include Next to Normal, Xanadu, Lucky Guy and Altar Boyz. His screen credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Up All Night, Hart of Dixie, Cupid, The Good Wife, Sex and the City 2 and The Contest. Related Shows Kyle Dean Massey Kyle Dean Massey and Ciara Renée have some magic to do! The pair are joining the Tony winning revival of Pippin as Pippin and Leading Player respectively, beginning performances April 1 at the Music Box Theatre. They will replace Matthew James Thomas and Tony winner Patina Miller, who will both take their final bows in the production on March 30. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015center_img Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. In addition to Thomas and Miller, Pippin currently stars Annie Potts as Berthe, Terrance Mann as Charles, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Star Files Matthew James Thomas View Comments Patina Millerlast_img read more


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first_img“The Epic Ride designation is the golden seal of approval in mountain biking.It’s like the Oscar for Best Picture.”My legs are on fire, my lungs are holding a coup, and my bike feels like it's made of granite and square wheels. I'm in mountain biking hell, which is strange because I’m riding one of the best trails in the Southeast. I’m sure you’ve heard that before. The “best,” “sweetest,” “gnarliest”: There’s so much buzz around some of these trail systems, it’s hard to figure out what’s reality and what’s hype. Sometimes, you have to weed through a barrage of superlatives to get to the heart of a trail. They can't all be the sweetest, right?But the trail I’m riding really is one of the best around. Honestly. Because the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA) says so. This is Tanasi, in eastern Tennessee, and it’s one of the IMBA “Epic Rides,” a distinction given to a select few trail systems across the globe. The “Epic Ride” is the golden seal of approval from the unofficial ruling body of all things fat tire. It is the Oscar for Best Picture. It is the Grammy for Best Album. A few new Epics are designated each year, but so far there are only 32 in the United States, and only six in the Southeast.While you may hear hyperbole about other trails around the country, the Epic designation gives Tanasi a certain level of cache`. But that doesn’t mean I’m having a good time. At least not at first. There’s just so much climbing involved.The elevation gain doesn’t seem to bother Doug Coulter or his other riding buddies -a couple of firemen named Jerry and Dave, and Mike Alcorn, a forest service trail engineer. Tanasi is their home track, their backyard. They’re used to paying these sort of dues. And they know what’s on the other end of this climb. If Tanasi is famous for one thing (other than the climbing), it’s the roaring downhills that await bikers who are able to make it past the initial elevation gain.I use the word “famous” loosely. Outside of a rabidly supportive group of local riders, Tanasi is relatively unused.“On a summer weekend, when the weather is perfect, you may have 50 riders spread out over these trails,” Coulter says. “It just doesn’t draw the crowds that Tsali draws.”Coulter, who owns a bike shop in nearby Cleveland, Tenn., is quick to compare Tanasi with Tsali, a revered western North Carolina trail system about an hour away from Tanasi that receives the lion’s share of the region’s mountain biker activity. Tsali and Tanasi are like rival high schools on opposite ends of a small town, and Tsali is winning the popularity contest. Head to Tsali’s parking lot on any given weekend and you’ll find a sea of cars. Riders mingle on the asphalt. A vendor sells T-shirts and power gels. It’s the sort of scene you usually reserved for race weekends. The system is so popular, the Forest Service has to control traffic by enforcing an alternating trail schedule. Certain trails are open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and others are open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and weekends.Tanasi has no such problem. As we reach the top of our first big climb, our group stops for a water break. We haven’t seen any other riders and we won’t for the rest of the day. Nobody is sure of the exact elevation we’ve gained, but we know we’ve all been in granny gear since leaving the car. We know we’ve had to pick lines through slick roots. We know we’re happy to take a water break.Coulter blames the climb we just finished for Tanasi’s lack of popularity. “There’s no way to access any of the trails without climbing at the beginning,” he says. “Right out of the parking lot, you’ve got to work your butt off. There’s no warm up. That climb keeps people away. It weeds people out.”Of course he’s right. While many bikers enjoy the grind of a climb, the majority are looking for the downhills without the uphills-which helps explain Tsali’s popularity. Tsali doesn’t have any significant climbs, and it’s downhills are less technical and demanding than surrounding trail systems like Tanasi. But, as jaded as it may sound, there’s more to a trail system’s popularity than just the quality of its trails, just as there’s more to making a hit record than talented musicians. There’s public relations. There’s hype.And if there’s any mountain bike trail system that deserves a little hype, it’s Tanasi. The 30 miles of trails start at the Ocoee Whitewater Center, and unlike most National Forest trails, these paths were built specifically for mountain biking. The elevation changes are quick and frequent, the berms are perfectly placed, and the downhills are fast, technical, and accentuated with jumps. Then there’s the location. Tanasi is two hours from Atlanta, an hour-and-a-half from Knoxville, an hour from Chattanooga, and two-and-a-half hours from Asheville. It’s in the heart of mountain bike country, sandwiched between the largest population zones in the South. And yet, Tanasi doesn’t receive the bike traffic it deserves.This is a problem with many Epic Rides designated by IMBA. “The Epics program has waned in recent years,” says Mark Eller, manager of IMBA. IMBA still designates a few trails every year, but their involvement with the trail systems doesn’t go much further than a designation party. As a result, many of these trails, which are considered the best in the country, are completely forgotten by the biking community after the buzz from the party wears off. IMBA is hoping to change this with a little bit of hype.“We’re hoping to get special trail markers for each Epic trail system we’ve designated, and hopefully, we’ll find regional sponsors for our clubs to provide funds for maintenance,” continues Eller.Increasing the popularity of forgotten trail systems may seem like a minor issue, but convincing a portion of the nation’s 51 million mountain bikers to explore these under-used trail systems could be a necessity for mountain biking’s survival.Take Bent Creek Experimental Forest, outside of Asheville, N.C. This popular fat tire destination is reaching the breaking point for mountain bike activity. The Blue Ridge Bicycle Club estimates Bent Creek sees 1,500 recreational users a week, most of which are bikers. The parking lots are consistently full, the trails are in disrepair, and the management is getting antsy. The small tract of forest land was originally designated for timber research, and David Loftis, project manager for the experimental forest, isn’t sure Bent Creek can handle the recreational activity it’s receiving. “Bent Creek is just 6,000 acres out of 150,000 acres in the Pisgah Ranger District,” he notes. “We’ve reached the upper saturation level of recreation use on the land. There is a limit to what we can do here. There’s a lot of other forest service land.”Such as Mills River Recreation Area, a hotbed of mountain bike trails ten miles south of Bent Creek. While Mills River has trails that easily rival Bent Creek and while it is a popular fat tire destination among bikers in the know, it receives only a fraction of the regular traffic that Bent Creek receives. And don’t forget DuPont Forest, an Epic Ride only 45 minutes from Asheville that could easily accommodate more traffic.And Bent Creek is just one tract of forest land that’s oversaturated with mountain bike activity. Tsali, while it manages existing crowds, will eventually reach a tipping point. The trails at the Chattahoochee Recreation Area in Atlanta could certainly use some relief from constant traffic. The same can be said with Cane Creek near Charlotte, or Belle Island in Richmond.And the problem is poised to get worse. While mountain biking’s popularity waned at the turn of the century, the advent of 24-hour races and the creation of the freestyle niche have increased participation in recent years. And the popularity of mountain biking among teenagers is through the roof according to the Outdoor Industry Association. A whopping 63 percent of all mountain bikers are between the ages of 16 and 24.Dr. Ken Cordell is a Research Project Leader for the Outdoor Recreation and Wilderness Assessment team within the National Forest system. Cordell, who was a key player in turning Tsali into the successful recreation area that we have today, isn’t sure what to do about the increase of mountain bikers on public land. “It’s amazing how much use there is, but it’s also a real management challenge. Honestly, I don’t know how we’re going to handle the increase in use overall.”At Tanasi, the higher you climb, the better the trails get. Coulter leads our group down Thunder Rock Express. This is the headliner at Tanasi, the signature trail that some compare to heroin. It’s just as addictive. It’s fast, it’s bermy, it’s technical, it’s smooth, it’s rolling, it’s everything a mountain bike trail should be, and Coulter and a small group of riders have it all to themselves-a fact that they’d like to change.It's not that these bikers don't appreciate the dream scenario of a “private” trail system. They're just able to see the big picture.“The more attention these trails receive, the better they’ll be maintained,” says Mike Alcorn, the forest service trail engineer along for the ride. He’s responsible for creating new trails near the river and is also working on relieving the congestion problem at Bent Creek. “We’ll also be able to justify creating more mountain bike trails and ultimately, it will help diffuse the traffic problems we’re seeing elsewhere.”The EpicsTanasiOcoee, Tenn. 30 miles of extremely fast singletrack and doubletrack accentuated by some tough climbs, all of which rise above the Ocoee River and the Olympic Whitewater Center.More Info: www.chattbike.com.What to expect: A tough climb out of the gate but once you reach the top you’ll be treated with some of the best downhills in the South. Rolling and bermy: a great combination.Must Ride: Thunder Rock Express: 1.5 miles of fast, rolling downhill. Jumps, berms, bridges, Nirvana.Know it Alls: Scott's Bicycle Centre in Cleveland, Tenn. 423-472-9881. www.scottsbikes.com.Detour: Shake Shack, Cleveland, Tenn. 423-476-4770. A thirty minute drive into Cleveland and you’ll be sucking down what many say is the best milk shake in the Volunteer State.Bull MountainDahlonega, Ga. More than 50 miles of trails wind up and around Bull Mountain in North Georgia. If you’re willing to do some forest road riding, you can connect to a couple of other trail heads nearby.More info: www.sorba.org.What to expect: The climbs aren’t terribly steep but they’re technical as hell and littered with roots and rocks. Some of the trails feel more like dried up creek beds. Bull Mountain is why God invented the full suspension bike.Must Ride: Bull Mountain Loop: 11 miles. Easily the most popular trail in the system. It starts with a tough, technical climb and then turns into a fast, twisting downhill (read: endo-centric).Know it Alls: Cartecay River Bicycle Shop in Ellijay, Ga. 706-635-2453.Detour: Mack Aaron’s Apple House, Ellijay, Ga. 706-273-3180. They’ve got 11 different kinds of fried pies, which is exactly what the doctor orders after riding Bull Mountain.TsaliBryson City, N.C. Forty miles of trails are split into four different loops. All consist of fast, rolling singletrack that cruises by Fontana Lake. The trails follow the contour of the mountainside as opposed to the fall line, which accounts for the roller coaster affect.More Info: www.mtbikewnc.comWhat to expect: Butter smooth trails that roll endlessly. There’s nothing too technical at Tsali, just unadulterated fat tire fun. Don’t expect to have the trails to yourself…ever.Must Ride: Left Loop: At 12 miles, it’s the longest loop at Tsali and it offers the most lake-side riding. Lots of rolling with fast turns and a couple of good climbs followed by steep downhills. Combine it with the Right Loop for the full Epic affect.Know it Alls: Nantahala Outdoor Center in Wesser, N.C. www.noc.com.Detour: Aunt B’s Donut Shop in Bryson City. 828-488-0881. Fresh donuts made right in front of your eyes? What more could a biker want?DuPont ForestBrevard, N.C. Almost 100 miles of singletrack, doubletrack, and forest roads cruise through the 10,400 acre forest which was featured prominently in the film “Last of the Mohicans.” www.dupontforest.com.What to expect: Dupont is famous for its eastern slickrock; big granite slabs in the middle of the trails much like Moab but without all the sand and deadly temperatures. Some of the best scenery you can imagine along a mountain bike trail: several trails take you to the base of impressive waterfalls. You’ll have to use fire roads to connect some of the singletrack but it’s worth it.Must Ride: Cedar Rock: 1.5 miles of the eastern slickrock that everyone loves. It’s rocky, technical, and you can combine it with a handful of other similar trails for a day-long adventure.Know it Alls: Backcountry Outdoors in Brevard, N.C. 828-884-4262Detour: Hawg Wild Barbecue, Pisgah, N.C. 828-877-4404. Do you really need a reason to check this place out or is the name enticing enough?The Southern Traverse:Harrisonburg, Va. 32 miles of beastly singletrack through a historic Civil War battle field. And 3,000 feet of elevation gain in the George Washington National Forest.More Info: www.mtntouring.com.What to expect: Lots of ridge riding on this tight, winding singletrack littered with fast downhills and technical rock gardens.Must ride: Shenandoah Mountain Trail: This 17-mile trail is the backbone of the Southern Traverse. Most people ride it from North to South in order to climb the forest roads and descend the singletrack. A shuttle is almost mandatory. Know it Alls: The Shenandoah Bicycle Company in Harrisonburg, Va. 540-437-9000.Detour: Dave’s Downtown Taverna, Harrisonburg, Va. 540-564-1487. $2 Natural Light pitchers. You can’t beat that.Gauley Headwaters:Slatyfork, W.Va. Rocks, hills, rocks, hills, and rocky hills dominate the 37-miles of trails within the Cranberry Wilderness. This is classic gnarly West Virginia singletrack and possibly the toughest in the east.More Info: www.wvmba.com.What to expect: From expansive meadows to deep hardwood forests, the scenery is breathtaking, but so are the trails. Finish ten miles of the Gauley Headwaters and you’ll feel like you actually accomplished something with your life-a rare feeling for a day of mountain biking.Must ride: Tea Creek Mountain Trail: 4.5 miles of rocks and roots. The climb at the beginning is a beast (there’s no shame in walking) but you’re rewarded with a three mile downhill that’s tight, narrow, and fast.Know it Alls: Elk River Touring Center in Slatyfork, W.Va. www.ertc.com.Detour: Forget the restaurants. Pack a lunch and head to Snowshoe for some lift-served downhill riding and mountain bike park fun. You’ve earned it. www.ride.snowshoemtn.com.last_img

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first_imgThink small.I think that may be the trick to this ultrarunning thing.Control what you can control. Ignore the rest of it.No need to count the miles left. Or hours left. Or distance to the next aid station. Not helpful.Think small. Look inward and find the rhythm the same way you do when you start out on a normal morning run. Or when you begin to crank it up on a particular fast track interval. Find your breath. Relax your shoulders. Relax your face. Find the line through the rocky trail maze.Think small. No value in “Holy cow, I can’t do this for (fill in the blank with time or distance).” No point in “There’s no way I can last another XX hours in this heat.” And zero hope in “I cannot climb that climb one more time. No way.” Yes, you can. Yes, you can. Yes, you can.Screen shot 2015-09-10 at 1.38.05 PMThink small. Find whatever scale you are comfy with and set about wrapping your head around that scale. For me at Hinson Lake 24-Hour several weeks ago, it was each of two or three run segments on the 1.52-mile loop. Not covering the entire loop in a set amount of time.And it was also making sure that I drank some chocolate milk every hour. And that I plopped in my chair every two hours for a quick 2- to 3-minute break, making sure I propped my feet up on my cooler to take a bit of pressure off them.Think small. Once it got dark at HL, I shifted focus to the promise to begin running again at the first wooden bridge after the left turn off the dam. Find the bridge. Start running. Find second gear. Keep running until crossing the 300-foot-long bridge, then walk the entirety of the kitty-litter-like footing and small hill comically dubbed Mount Hinson. (Thanks for that bit of magic, Charles West!!!)Screen shot 2015-09-10 at 1.37.51 PMThink small. Be mindful of whatever the task immediately at hand, be it finishing that Zip-Lock baggie of Frito’s Corn Chips, polishing off the last of the green tea-Red Bull combo mix, finding just the right groove in the trail over there on the Hinson Front Nine’s longish straightaway.Think small. Know when to say “No” — such as “The pizza is fresh. Who wants some pizza?! — and then push your mind onward to the next order of business. Same goes, most of the time, for getting caught up in visiting with somebody out there on the course, especially if that somebody is going at a different speed than your speed.Think small. No need to get greedy and change what’s working just because the idea of, say, running for the next hour or even running the whole next climb happens to flash across your mind. Be patient. Remember your training. Trust your plan.And if things happen to start to go a little sideways, then I know a really great strategy to bring things back to even … think. small.Think small. When negativity starts its inevitable ultrarun creep, intake some calories and beat the neg back with the happiest thought you can muster.Screen shot 2015-09-10 at 1.38.19 PMFresh off a 5-mile PR for 24 hours and a 10-mile course best in my sixth try at that same place, I’m thinking I may have bumbled across the answer I’ve been chasing all of these 20-something ultrarunning years.Think. small.Our BRO Athlete series is powered by Great Outdoor Provision Co., The Hub, Crozet Running, Brown Jeep, Proformance, and the Blue Ridge Cyclery.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Appalachian Trail is becoming a wildly popular piece of national scenery. According to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, which tracks trail use through voluntary self­registration, the amount of people attempting a thru­hike has doubled each decade since 1970. In the 70s, the total amount of thru­hikers hovered around 700. In the 2000s, that number increased to just shy of 6,000 total thru­hikers.Recent movie adaptations of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods leave the ATC bracing for an even further increase in hiker population. This higher population inevitably increases impact and it is taking its toll on the trail, especially at the northern and southern termini where hiker population is least spread out.Lenny Bernstein, president of the Carolina Mountain Club discussed the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s strategies meant to alleviate the harm of increased population, “The ATC has been involved for over a year now in anticipation of the increase in activity.[They’re] coming up with plans to first of all try to spread out the hikers…get them to consider not just the standard Springer Mountain, [GA] to Katahdin, [ME] hike, maybe starting in the middle and flip flopping.”6127630202_0cf633c8ec_zA page on the ATC’s website details flip flopping and its variations. Flip flopping is when a person forgoes starting at the north or south end to hike the trail in one continuous stretch and instead chooses an alternate point. For example, a hiker may choose to start in Harper’s Ferry, the closest town to the halfway point, and hike north. Once they reach Katahdin, they shuttle back down to Harper’s Ferry and finish the second leg at Springer Mountain.There are many variations in flip flopping such as starting point and starting date that allows more flexibility compared to a north or southbound start which have relatively fixed start dates for hikers. The ATC, and by extension Bernstein and the CMC, encourage hikers to flip flop because the multiple alternatives would naturally spread hikers out.18266689692_0ef3042e1f_zBernstein also stressed the importance of educating hikers on proper Leave No Trace principles. If hikers do not engage in proper practices, whether out of ignorance or otherwise, the trail and the environment will suffer more greatly for it. It is easy for individual hikers to ignore or disregard their own impact, but when actions compound due to increased hiker population it can have long term consequences for the ecology of the trail, and even the route it follows.Recently, ultrarunner Scott Jurek set the record for the fastest assisted thru­hike of the Appalachian Trail. Many consider his feat a great accomplishment of human endurance, but his finish at Katahdin and subsequent celebration exemplified a trend that officials at Baxter State Park find troubling.LOU_0103A_FIX-759x500According to a Facebook post made by park director Jensen Bissell, Jurek was met at the peak of Katahdin by a group larger than twelve people (the maximum allowed at Baxter Park) and celebrated his accomplishment by opening champagne. After the celebration, Jurek was cited for the oversized group, drinking alcohol in park boundaries, and littering.Jurek’s case may seem unrelated to regular thru­hikers, but the event gave Baxter State Park officials an outlet to address issues they’ve seen negatively affecting the park. Bissell decried Jurek’s high profile finish and the “corporate sponsors” that supported him in his run.13967239351_1e4f49dd57_zFurther in the post, Bissell addressed the potential harm of the ever­ increasing publicity of the AT to Baxter Park, “The Appalachian Trail provided the challenge and backdrop for this event and consequently, provided the conduit for this event to land in Baxter Park. The profile of the AT is large enough to attract the corporate sponsorship necessary to support and carry such an event… The formal federal designation and authority of the Appalachian Trial does not extend into Baxter State Park.”According to Bissell, Katahdin is on loan to the ATC and Baxter officials are considering “the increasing pressures, impacts and conflicts that the Appalachian Trail brings to the Park.” Baxter officials are intent on maintaining the wilderness that original land donor Percival P. Baxter envisioned and the traffic the AT brings may be harming that wilderness.Bissell warned that Katahdin as the northern terminus could change, and that officials were reviewing whether, “ a continued relationship [between Baxter and the ATC] is in the best interests of Baxter State Park.” Currently, the foundation upon which the park was built is incongruous with its use and impact due in part to the thru­hiker community. Until tensions are settled, changing the northern terminus is a potential outcome to the Baxter Authority.The commercial success of A Walk in the Woods and Wild, as well as the publicity of Scott Jurek’s run, do speak towards a general desire among the population to experience the outdoors.According to data collected from IMDb, the movie adaptions of A Walk in the Woods and Wild earned $29 million and $37 million in the box office respectively. An article on the ATC’s website states that the book release of A Walk in the Woods caused a 60% increase in thru­hiker traffic. Due to its ability to reach wider audiences, the movie adaption is expected to cause similar results.4102268640_8d0994851e_zThe shift towards commercial and mainstream appeal of long distance trails indicate that the growing population of hikers will likely not stall anytime soon. The ATC’s response to educate people while still encouraging them to hike is admirable, but as numbers continue to grow, more dramatic steps may be necessary. As the ATC attempts to redefine what it means to thru­hike, it many also need to redefine the route on which people attempt their hike.The Benton Mackaye Trail is a nearly 300 mile footpath stretching from Springer Mountain to Big Creek Campground on the edge of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Named after the man who envisioned the AT, the BMT is managed by the Benton Mackaye Trail Association, founded in 1980.The entire footpath is complete, but due to organization’s small size, sections of the trail suffer from overgrowth and poor signage.Ernie Engman, author of the Benton Mackaye Trail Thru Hiker’s Guide and a member of the BMTA, had this to say via email regarding a particular section, one they jokingly call ‘The Heart of Darkness’, “ It is a remote section of trail that is hard to get access to even by road to the ends…It doesn’t have any regular trail maintainers that live in the area that can get to it…and unless we can get someone local recruited to do regular maintenance, it will continue to be a problem for us.”_MG_4343With the AT’s popularity issue and the BMT’s lack of consistent maintenance, collaboration between the ATC and BMTA could be beneficial. As Matthew Kirk, the former holder of the unsupported speed hike of the AT and current holder of the unsupported speed hike for the BMT, stated via email, “There are prospective hikers who would embrace the idea of getting off the beaten path and exploring a more adventurous wilderness setting along the BMT.”The debate about removing Katahdin as the northern terminus shows how readily the route may change. A preemptive move such as this could help relieve overpopulation and prevent future situations like the one in Baxter Park.Kirk continued, “The BMT is still wild, the shallow narrow tread not yet rutted out from millions of visitors. It feels like a blast from the past… For those who want to explore the more remote peaks and valleys of the southern Appalachians, there’s really no better trail than the BMT.”Unlike other long trails such as the Pacific Crest and Continental Divide Trail, the AT is a defined, continuous route that remains largely unchanged from year to year. To designate an alternate as long as the BMT would require a change in philosophy of what constitutes a thru­hike on the AT.“There are those who would want to follow the white blaze no matter how crowded­ the social aspect on the trail being important to them” stated Kirk. “Some hikers will resist the recommendation to stray from the AT no matter what.”“We should definitely explore options for mitigating our recreational impact on our natural resources.” said Kirk. “But generally speaking: the more people getting outside and falling in love with the mountains and trails, the better.”[divider]More from BlueRidgeoutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more


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first_imgBy Gustavo Arias Retana/Diálogo September 28, 2020 Costa Rican authorities dealt three tough blows to narcotrafficking, with the seizures of 915 kilograms of cocaine in the Pacific Ocean and 1,474 kg of marijuana coming from Mexico.The cocaine seizure took place on July 31. The Costa Rican Coast Guard detected a suspicious vessel in the country’s south Pacific. After a brief chase, authorities detained the speedboat with four crew members on board, and seized 415 kg of cocaine.Two hours later, in the same area, another Coast Guard vessel detected a second speedboat attempting to bypass the Costa Rican maritime security shield. Upon intercepting the suspicious boat with two alleged criminals on board, authorities found 500 kg of cocaine. A U.S. aircraft provided support to both operations by sharing intelligence with Costa Rican authorities from international waters.“What’s most important about drug seizures are the lives that are spared, either due to drug consumption or because of bloodshed due to drug-related violence,” Costa Rican Minister of Public Security Michael Soto told the press. “Even when the circumstances have been difficult due to the pandemic, as we have to work on other types of activities, the truth is that the seizures have not stopped; they’ve been efficient.”Mexican marijuanaOn August 3, Costa Rican Narcotics Police agents seized a 1,474 kg shipment of marijuana coming from Mexico. Agents found the drug hidden in tile boxes coming from Hidalgo state, Mexico. Authorities detained the truck driver who transported the drug.“It’s the first time that a shipment of marijuana from Mexico has been seized in Costa Rica and that transported ceramics as a legal cargo,” a spokesperson for the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security’s Narcotics Police told the Mexican newspaper El Universal.last_img read more


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first_img continue reading » Just like my favorite rapper, T.I. –I’m back baby and better than ever!If you’re anything like yours truly, you’ve been thinking more about a perfectly cooked roast with creamed spinach than you have about the increasingly bizarre intersection of politics policy and regulation. There’s been some real doozies over the last week and a half so here’s some quick hits on what you missed:HMDAActing CFPB Director Mick Mulvaney is continuing to move quickly to make a decisive imprint on the CFPB. On December 31st, he announced that the Bureau did not intend to require institutions to resubmit data or assess penalties with respect to information collected in 2018 and reported in 2019 under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act. In addition, we can expect proposed amendments to the CFPB’s regulations which greatly expanded the amount of data mortgage lenders have to collect starting yesterday. 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


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first_imgNearly 1% aged 0-4Nearly 1% aged 5-121% aged 13-18Nearly 6% aged 19-24 37% aged 25-49 26% aged 50-64Nearly 28% aged 65 or older The health department says there are 1,078 additional positive cases, which brings the statewide total to 55,316. They are also reporting 72 additional deaths, which brings the total to 3,688. HARRISBURG, Pa (WBNG) — The Pennsylvania Health Department gave a statewide update on the coronavirus on Saturday. The state health department says 221,791 individuals have tested negative to date. They have provided a breakdown of the individuals who have tested positive. The breakdown is as follows: The health department has also provided an update on nursing and personal care homes. They say there are 11,239 cases among residents and 1,605 among employees. That makes a total of 12,844 positive cases at 530 different facilities.  Additionally, the health department reports approximately 3,685 cases among health care workers.  Pennsylvania residents can sign up for AlertPA, which is a notification system for health, weather, and coronavirus updates. Residents can sign up online at this link. For statewide updates on the coronavirus, visit pa.gov. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more


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first_imgSep 11, 2009 (CIDRAP News) –The United States is seeing increased levels of pandemic H1N1 influenza activity, with cases being reported in all 50 states and widespread activity in Guam and 11 states, most of them in the Southeast, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said today.In last week’s surveillance report, six states and Puerto Rico reported widespread activity, so the number of states reporting the highest activity has increased by five.Anne Schuchat, MD, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, told reporters at a press conference that the level of outpatient visits for flu-like illness, 3.6%, is much greater than is normally seen in September and is as high as last winter’s peak. She said most of the cases were in children and young adults, which is consistent with the pattern seen during the first months of the novel H1N1 outbreak.Despite the uptick in flu activity, the CDC is seeing few school dismissals, Schuchat said. Only four school closures were reported this week, one of which was a small school that serves students with special needs.So far the CDC has received reports of only a few oseltamivir-resistant pandemic H1N1 cases, she noted. “It’s just a handful but something we’re keeping our eye on.” On the basis of samples tested, about 98% of circulating flu viruses are the novel flu strain.The CDC said in its surveillance update today that it will wrap up the 2008-2009 flu season on Oct4. The latest report, for the week ending Sep 5, reflects a change in the way the CDC monitors and reports influenza-related hospitalizations and deaths. States can now report either lab-confirmed or pneumonia and influenza syndromic hospitalizations and deaths for all flu types and subtypes, not just pandemicH1N1. Counts were reset to zero on Aug 30. The number of hospitalizations since then reported by 29 states totals 1,380, and there were 196 deaths.Health officials are expecting 115 million doses of seasonal flu vaccine this year, and about 38million of them should already be in providers’ offices, Schuchat said. Earlier this week during a National Influenza Vaccine Summit conference call, officials said prebooking problems had led to some seasonal vaccine shortage reports. “We know as the season unfolds there may not be enough absolutely everywhere you’re looking for it,” she said.”Seasonal flu typically will last all the way through May, and we think it’s fine to get the vaccine now and take advantage of availability,” she said. “The strain that’s here is mainly [pandemic] H1N1, but we’re expecting seasonal strains.”See also:CDC weekly flu surveillance reporthttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/last_img read more


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first_imgUnfortunately, there is not, if we all do not communicate and use it in our favor. Camping Village Šimuni did just that – they applied a Safe travels stamp or logo to their visuals and campaigns. / / / CROATIA GOT WTTC SEAL FOR SAFE TRAVEL The WTTC, which represents the global private travel and tourism sector, created the Safe Travel Trademark in May this year to enable travelers to identify destinations and businesses around the world that have adopted global standardized health and hygiene protocols. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has welcomed the WTTC trademark on safe travel, which makes passenger safety and hygiene a top priority. And you use the Safe Travels logo in your communication and promotion, download it HERE In this way, they make it clear in communication that Croatia is a safe destination. An example that should be followed by everyone else in tourism, because the more we all emphasize this logo together, the more successful we are in communication and branding Croatia as a safe destination. Certainly, the communication should highlight all the epidemiological measures that you have taken in your accommodation facilities (photo, video, text) and the current epidemiological measures that are valid at the level of the whole of Croatia, ie your county. The more details we emphasize and inform our guests, the more we give an additional motive for the trip, because we send the message that we are aware of the situation, that we have taken all epidemiological and disinfection measures and that it confirms that we are a safe destination.center_img Last week, Croatia became the bearer of the WTTC for safe travel seal, recently launched by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). That is why the Safe travels seal has great potential value. But apart from a one-day positive PR, did they have any added value? Needless to say, at the moment, any positive PR is more than welcome, and security is the most important currency. A small but extremely important detail. Bravo for the quick reaction and smart promotion of Camping Village Šimuni.last_img read more


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first_imgRobert Pires tells Arsenal to buy Premier League star and rates Denis Suarez signing Spanish midfielder Suarez is yet to start a game for the Gunners (Picture: Getty)On Arsenal loanee Suarez, Pires added: ‘Arsenal are yet to see Suárez’s full potential and they should look to make the deal permanent as soon as possible.‘He was fantastic at Villarreal and I have full faith he will be able to replicate the same form he showed whilst at the Spanish club, if given the chance.‘He fits the mould of the type of player that Arsenal look for with our style of football. He’s excellent at dribbling, has superb vision and his overall technique is top class.‘He’s spent a lot of time working with [Andres] Iniesta which has improved his game massively and they’re very similar in their styles of play. Comment Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Aaron Wan-Bissaka has enjoyed an impressive season for Crystal Palace (Picture: Getty)‘If Arsenal can sign him permanently, I think he can help Arsenal and Emery start to really secure continuous top-four positions again in the Premier League.‘He’s new to the Premier League and to the country so he’ll need time to settle in, but if he’s given the time then he’ll be an excellent signing for Arsenal.’One player Pires cannot see arriving through the doors at the Emirates is former Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.The Chilean has endured a difficult year at Manchester United after leaving the Gunners last January and could leave the Red Devils at the end of the season.‘It would be very strange to see Arsenal sign Sanchez back in the summer,’ Pires said.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‘I don’t see how it makes sense for either Sanchez or Arsenal after how it ended. There’s no chance Sanchez will return to Arsenal.‘Sanchez isn’t playing his best football and he is on a lot of money at Manchester Utd which Arsenal are not willing to pay.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Sanchez won’t want to come running back to Arsenal with his tail between his legs after having a rough time elsewhere.‘He will have to hope he returns to form with a fresh chance under [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer at Manchester United.’MORE: Pedro insists Chelsea squad united after Maurizio Sarri makes example of Kepa Arrizabalaga Arsenal hero Robert Pires rates Denis Suarez highly (Picture: Getty)Robert Pires insists Arsenal should ‘definitely’ try to sign Crystal Palace star Aaron Wan-Bissaka this summer and says Denis Suarez would be a valuable permanent addition to the squad.Spanish midfielder Suarez arrived at the Emirates during the January transfer window on a loan deal from Barcelona.The 25-year-old has only made five substitute appearances for Arsenal but Pires says his former club should look to wrap up a permanent deal ‘as soon as possible’.And the Gunners legend also believes Wan-Bissaka is a player worth targeting this summer, particularly with Hector Bellerin struggling with a serious injury.ADVERTISEMENTMore: 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 City‘Arsenal should definitely be looking to sign Wan-Bissaka in the summer transfer window,’ Pires told bwinsports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s exactly the type of player that would suit the attacking full-back role that Arsenal like to play and he would definitely improve the team next season.‘[Hector] Bellerín will have a long road to recovery and Arsenal won’t be wanting to rush him back in too quickly.‘There’s also the chance that his injury will be a recurring one so they need to have another full-back of the same high quality and I think Wan-Bissaka is that player.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Feb 2019 4:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link752Shareslast_img read more