Blue Ridge Outdoors Top Towns: Davis, West Virginia

first_imgDavis is perhaps the region’s best year-round adventure hub, in the heart of Tucker County, West Va. During the winter, the town and surrounding Canaan Valley receives around 150 inches of snowfall, making it one of the top snowsports destinations in the South. Two of Appalachia’s best resorts are within striking distance of Davis.During the warmer months, Davis is a world-class mountain biking and hiking destination, with epic singletrack in Canaan Valley, Blackwater Falls State Park, and Monongahela National Forest.At an elevation of 3,200 feet, the small mountain town of Davis, West Virginia, was once home to a bustling logging industry. Today outdoor recreation and tourism drives Davis’s economy and attracts visitors from around the world. It’s also an up-and-coming microbrew scene.Cudas_IB_0814_2DID YOU KNOW? The Dolly Sods Wilderness area, a crown jewel of the Monongahela National Forest, affords hikers entrance into a remote wilderness setting where elevations vary from 2,700 to over 4,500 feet, and the ecosystems are more reminiscent of those found in southern Canada.Vote now at blueridgeoutdoors.com!davis-trail-sign-ablast_img read more

Selden Boater Found Dead in Long Island Sound

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 59-year-old Selden man was found dead in the Long Island Sound off the North Fork nearly 20 miles east of where he alerted authorities that his sailboat was sinking, officials said.The U.S. Coat Guard reported that a boat crew found Ciro Stellges near Duck Pond Point shortly after 8 a.m. Monday, a day after the victim called Riverhead Town Police to report that his sailboat was taking on water three miles north of Jacobs Point off Wading River, authorities said.“On behalf of the men and women of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, I offer my deepest condolences to the family members and friends affected by this tragedy,” Capt. Ed Cubanski, commander of Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound, said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with them in their time of grief.”The Coast Guard, Suffolk County police, Riverhead town police, Southold town police and the Wading River Fire Department had searched more than 400 square miles for more than 19 hours before the discovery was made.Stellges was sailing his boat, “MAC,” from Mattituck to Port Washington at the time.The incident occurred on the same day that Suffolk police rescued two Bronx men Sunday after their 24-foot Tanze sailboat ran aground in the Great South Bay for nearly 30 hours near Elder Island in Copiague, police said.The Copiague Fire Department treated both men for exposure. They had just purchased their boat in Bay Shore and were sailing to City Island when they were marooned.last_img read more

Connecting credit unions to serve Hispanics

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A program that brings together credit unions committed to serving the Hispanic market is expanding nationwide with the goal to provide financial products and services in a safe, trustworthy environment.Created in 2005 by the former Texas Credit Union League, Juntos Avanzamos (Together We Advance) works to ensure credit unions have adequate policies, procedures, products, and services to meet the financial needs of Hispanics, a growing—and underserved—group, says Pablo DeFillipi, vice president of membership and business development for the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions.Last September, the Cornerstone Credit Union League and the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions announced they would begin working together to bring the program to interested credit unions across the country.“The national expansion of Juntos Avanzamos is the result of the convergence of two credit union organizations committed to financial inclusion and who recognized the need for a national framework to connect credit unions serving the Hispanic market in general and the immigrant market in particular,” DeFillipi says. continue reading »last_img read more

Beekeeping and tourism can go together

first_imgAn interesting story comes from the town of Łódđa, the third most populous city in Poland, where resourceful workers set up six hives with 60 diligent bees on the roof of a local hotel within the Hilton tourist hotel chain.In Poland, according to Polish media, the Lodz case is not isolated and there are bee communities in several other cities, and experts are convinced that honey produced by “urban” bees, despite concerns that car degradation could harm urban bees and their honey, may be healthier. from that which arose in nature, away from urban environments. Namely, city bees pollinate plants in parks and collect honey there, and parks are not treated with any chemical pesticides, unlike fields where bees live in nature. Hilton took advantage of the fact that across the hotel is a park with various and lush vegetation, trees and flowers because “their” bees do not only pollinate the flowers that adorn the hotel environment.Ingenious hoteliers from Lodz calculate that each bee community brings 30 kilograms of quality honey per season, which will be tasted exclusively by hotel guests, so imaginative chefs have already designed a menu that includes honey produced on their roof. They recommend other hotels and other institutions near the parks to follow their example and – they will not regret it.Here we witness an example of the synergy of beekeeping and tourism, and in the example from Vinkovci we also see how beekeeping and tourism can work together.A unique honey souvenir in the shape of Orion, the oldest calendar in EuropeVinkovci beekeeper Goran Ferbežar, who has been engaged in beekeeping for five years, made an attractive souvenir that represents Vinkovci in the most beautiful way, more precisely, the long and rich history of the oldest town in Europe. He made a faithful replica of the Orion vessel from beeswax with all the symbols that mark the constellations of the night sky above Vinkovci. He also designed an attractive box for a replica of Orion made of wax, which also contains a short instructive explanation of what Orion is and why it is exceptional as an archaeological artifact.”I was thinking of making an authentic Vinkovci wax souvenir, because I already have several wax products, and the shelves on which I exhibit honey and other bee products have city motifs and give off a Vinkovci flair. Orion came to my mind because otherwise I think that in making souvenirs we should use more motifs from the distant past and make replicas of objects found in archeological excavations in the area of ​​the city. I wanted to connect the pristine nature of bees because they fly in this area for millions of years and produce honey and wax in the same way and the vessel Orion, the oldest Indo-European calendar found in Vinkovci”, Says Goran Ferbežar.The Orion vessel in Vinkovci below today’s Hotel Slavonija was discovered by archaeologist dr.sc. Aleksandar Durman, and he understood the meaning of the symbol on it only 20 years later, and studying it revealed that it is the oldest calendar in Europe dating from 2600 BC.last_img read more

PREMIUMEnvoy says Japan ‘happy to support’ Indonesia’s decision on cruise ship crew

first_imgLog in with your social account Japanese Ambassador to Indonesia Masafumi Ishii said on Tuesday that his government was ready to support Indonesia in ensuring the wellbeing of dozens of its citizens aboard the Diamond Princess.The cruise ship has been quarantined in Yokohama since Feb. 4 over fears of the spread of COVID-19, the disease resulting from the novel coronavirus.The envoy’s statement follows the confirmation Indonesian authorities received earlier that day that three of the 78 Indonesian crewmen onboard had tested positive for COVID-19.The acute respiratory disease has killed over 2,000 people around the world, with China recording the majority of deaths.Ambassador Ishii said he had been in discussions with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to guarantee the crewmen’s health and safety.He also provided a brief insight into the official announcement regarding the Indonesians who had … Google Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Japan Indonesia health virus cruise quarantine COVID-19 Linkedin Facebooklast_img read more

Hong Kong eases some coronavirus curbs, allows gatherings of four

first_imgHong Kong will expand the size of public gatherings to four people and re-open more sports venues from Friday as the Asian financial hub relaxes strict curbs against a third wave of the coronavirus.The measures come as new daily cases have dropped into the single digits from three figures. Last week gyms and massage parlors re-opened and night-time dining hours were extended.Restaurants will be allowed to seat four people, up from two now, while indoor and outdoor recreation spaces will re-open, said Sophia Chan, the city’s health secretary, but swimming pools are to stay shut. “We must strike a balance. The third wave is entering two months already and we have yet to see an end to it,” Chan told a news briefing, adding that new infections were being reported each day, some of unknown origin.A mass testing scheme initiated by China for Hong Kong has picked up 16 new cases from more than 800,000 people tested, the government said on Tuesday.About 1.2 million people in the city have sought tests from a population of 7 million.Theme parks and convention centers could re-open on Sept. 18 in the former British colony, if conditions allow, authorities said, adding that Hong Kong was discussing travel bubbles with nations such as Singapore and Thailand.Hong Kong Disneyland, majority-owned by the government with Walt Disney holding a minority stake, closed temporarily on July 15 for a second time this year due to the virus, after having reopened in June.Hong Kong aims to re-open from Sept. 23 for face-to-face classes, as it eases curbs that have kept about 900,000 students working at home for more than four months. Topics :last_img read more