This year, the magazine celebrates its 20th anniversary. That’s right, TWENTY YEARS of being a free, print publication providing authentic stories, reliable beta, and every once in awhile, a good laugh (or cry) to over 300,000 readers in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.We decided to throw ourselves a birthday party this weekend at Snowshoe Mountain Resort in West Virginia. To help us out, we asked our friends, The Infamous Stringdusters, to join in on the shenanigans. If we could boil the weekend bash into one sentence, it would go something along the lines of this: two nights of awesome bluegrass music, one full day of rippin’ turns, and priceless memories (mostly of our web developer Craig dancing front and center) that will last a lifetime.Big thank you to our Duster friends, Erin Stolle and the Snowshoe crew, and to our amazing fans, without whom the magazine would not be possible.Help us celebrate the magazine’s 20th birthday by using the hashtag #myblueridge and sharing with us your treasured mountaintop photos and outdoor adventures. In the caption (or in your Tweet), finish the sentence “My Blue Ridge is…” and your response could be featured in the mag!
The Franklin County Lady Wildcats placed 1st at The Union County Girls Golf Invitational at Liberty on Tuesday, August 4th. The Batesville Lady Bulldogs finished third behind Franklin County at 350, Richmond with 364, followed by The Lady Bulldogs with a 376.Batesville’ Emma Weiler was the tournament medalist with a 77.FCHS won the Union County Invitational by 14 strokes over 2nd place Richmond. FCHS Scores: Gracie Graf – 79 (2nd Place Individual), Camryn Brewer – 83 (3rd Place Individual), Nicole Mears – 89, Crystal Calihan – 99, and Lillie Graf – 121.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Tom Meyer and Wildcats AD Denny Dorrel.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PLAYA VISTA — Blake Griffin couldn’t say for certain whether he would play in the Clippers’ game Friday against the Lakers at Staples Center. The All-Star power forward and the Clippers’ coaching and medical staffs will meet before the game to determine his availability.“We’ll see,” Griffin said before practicing with the Clippers on Thursday, his third consecutive day of on-court activity after sitting out 14 games because of a sprained left knee, suffered in a Nov. 27 game against the Lakers. “We’re taking it day by day.”Griffin participated in a hard workout before the Clippers’ victory Tuesday over the Sacramento Kings, then joined their G League team for their practice Wednesday before rejoining his teammates for their workout Thursday. If all goes well, and there are no setbacks, then Griffin will play.The Clippers’ original estimate for Griffin’s layoff was up to eight weeks. If he plays Friday, he will have been sidelined for four weeks and three days. If he doesn’t play against the Lakers, then it’s likely he will play in Sunday’s home game against the Charlotte Hornets. In 2014-15, he was sidelined for 15 games after undergoing surgery on his right elbow. In 2015-16, he suffered a partially torn left quadriceps tendon and sat out for 41 games. He later fractured his right hand punching a team employee and was out for four more games.Last season, he underwent right knee surgery that sidelined him for 18 games and then he missed the final four games of the Clippers’ first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz because of an injury to the plantar plate beneath his right toe. His toe then required surgery.So, his latest knee injury was considered relatively minor compared to the others.“It was really the first time I haven’t had to have surgery during a season for something like this or I haven’t had to rehab coming back from surgery, so it’s been a much different experience not having to go through that,” he said. “It came along a lot faster. You just feel better.”The Clippers are 6-8 since Griffin’s injury, and 14-19 overall. They were three games out of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference standings, a remarkable position considering injuries to Griffin, Patrick Beverley, Danilo Gallinari, Wesley Johnson and Milos Teodosic.“Our guys have played great,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They’ve played hard. I would love to see another team take four and sometimes five starters off the floor and see how they did. Over the last 11, we’re a game over .500. It’s been sensational.” Griffin praised the team’s medical and athletic training staffs for his early return.“I haven’t felt any pain or anything from any of the challenges or goals they have set for me at any point through this whole rehab process,” he said in his first public comments since he was injured. “As far as (Friday), that will be a decision we make as a team.”Griffin was injured when teammate Austin Rivers fell on him in the closing minutes of the Clippers’ victory over the Lakers. Rivers and Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball chased a loose ball as it rolled toward Griffin. Rivers and Ball collided and Rivers fell over Griffin’s left leg.After spending several moments on the court being attended to, Griffin rose and continued to play for about a minute before he realized it was too difficult to continue. Later, an MRI exam revealed the injury’s extent, a relief for the player and the team because surgery would not be necessary.Griffin has a history of significant injuries, including a cracked left kneecap that required surgery and forced him to miss the 2009-10 season. He suffered torn meniscus in his left knee while training with the United States Olympic team and couldn’t play in the 2012 Games in London.
Delicious burgers are a-bun-dant in Donegal, as proved by three local venues who picked up National Burger Awards today. The best burgers of Ireland were announced by Kepak ahead of National Burger Day on Thursday 20th June.The overall winner of ‘Best Burger in Ireland’ was awarded to Handsome Burger in Galway. But Harvey’s Point, Johnny’s Ranch and Friar’s Rest all triumphed in the high-steaks contest.Harvey’s Point Hotel at Lough Eske won Best Hotel Burger in Ireland. The Best Independent Takeaway in Ulster was awarded to Johnny’s Ranch at Gamble Square Ramelton. Friar’s Rest in Letterkenny picked up the title of Best Independent Chain at today’s awards in Dublin.National Burger Day will be celebrated at a number of Donegal restaurants, where customers can get 2 for 1 burgers throughout the day.Check www.nationalburgerday.ie/map for the list of participating venues. Three Donegal restaurants scoop tasty Burger Awards was last modified: June 19th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Also in the team is former Eskom board chairman Bobby Godsell, Business Unity South Africa CEO Jerry Vilakazi, former head of the policy unit in the Presidency Joel Netshitenzhe, and academic Marcus Balintulo. Zuma said while most of the commission’s tasks will relate to aspects of government work, the commissioners will be asked to take an independent view on issues. Manuel, who described the selection process as “long and exhaustive”, said his office received a staggering 1 280 names of individuals availing themselves to serve in the NPC. Politician-turned businessman Cyril Ramaphosa has been appointed deputy chairperson of South Africa’s National Planning Commission (NPC), President Jacob Zuma announced in Pretoria last week. 3 May 2010 Ramaphosa, a former political activist who left politics to successfully pursue business interests, will report to National Planning Minister and commission chairperson Trevor Manuel. Zuma made the announcement as he named the 24 commissioners who will advise the government on a range of issues that will guide the country’s long-term development. Members of the commission represented various areas of expertise and reflected a diversity of experiences and perspectives, he said. Independent views They will produce reports on a range of issues that will include water security, climate change, food security, energy security and defence and security matters. “A key aspect of this exercise was to introduce effective planning as well as monitoring and evaluation capacity in the Presidency, to guide these functions in government,” he said. The rest of the commissioners are: Elias Masilela, Noluthando Gosa, Jennifer Molwantwa, Mike Muller, Miriam Altman, Chris Malikane, Vivienne Taylor, Vuyokazi Mahlati, Malengapuru Makgoba, Anton Eberhard, Bridgette Gasa, Thandabantu Goba, Phillip Harrison, Ihron Rensburg, Jerry Coovadia, Karl von Holdt, Mohammed Karaan, Tasneem Essop, Pascal Moloi and Vincent Maphai. The commission will begin its work immediately, with their first meeting scheduled to take place on 10 May. Source: BuaNews
3 February 2016Sonwabile Ndamase, Madiba’s shirt-maker, wants to give opportunities to the youth https://t.co/Mu1Ap3qTud pic.twitter.com/LPi5TwYqtK— City Press Online (@City_Press) January 30, 2016Clothing designer Sonwabile Ndamase was born and bred in Libode, formerly in Transkei, now in Eastern Cape, and made his name as the designer of the famous Madiba shirts, the often colourful, always eye-catching shirts worn by the iconic Nelson Mandela.Ndamase is now offering the youth of his home province the opportunity to learn how to make a career in the fashion industry.He launched a learnership programme for his South African Fashion Designers Agency (Safda) in East London on 26 January. Ndamase, wearing one of his trademark shirts, spoke passionately about how the agency was his way of giving back to the community and continuing the legacy of the globally recognised late statesman.“This is very important to me,” said Ndamase. “Part of it is to leave the legacy of Tata Mandela that he asked me to do. He asked me to plough back to the community where I come from and make it a point I change people’s lives.“By wearing my shirt, (Mandela) did the same for me because before that nobody knew me. He opened up the markets for me. We managed to crack the industry and make it a point that things start to work for the betterment of an African child,” he said.S/O to Sonwabile Ndamase on creating and driving the greatest trend to hit the world #MadibaSkirt #FashionFriday pic.twitter.com/PDCLT1iZKZ— Amkelo Jiyane (@_Amkelo) December 6, 2013The birth of the Madiba shirtWhile the original Madiba shirt – known as the ‘fish shirt’ – was designed by local designer Desre Buirski Nash, Ndamase was tasked by Mandela to design his own unique style.Ndamase tells BBQ business magazine how he came to be Madiba’s personal shirt maker: “Tata gave me the brief on how and what he would like to wear. it was influenced by his health at the time. his lungs (affected by the conditions on Robben Island), so he needed something cool to the body, easy to wear, but as he called it ‘well-behaved.’”Ndamase sent Mandela a number of ideas and designs and picked an uncharacteristically colourful one. “Madiba wanted his own look, something different from the usual politician, so I started to create the kind of a shirt that would make him stand out, but still look well-behaved,” Ndamase explained.As the founder and chairperson of Safda and its Vukani Fashion Awards programme, which was started in 1993, Ndamase has put up R250 000 of his own money to kick-start the new learnership project. Partnering with the Sector Education and Training Authority (Seta), the project has raised R3.5-million that will be used to support 150 students while they learn about the process and business of fashion design over the 12-month programme.While the programme is specifically aimed at previously disadvantaged fashion design graduates, it is also open to unemployed youths with an interest in the industry, as well as physically challenged individuals.“The all-inclusive project intends to recruit 25 physically challenged youths to enrol as part of the programme,” Ndamase said.He emphasised that Safda was the only portal through which the evolution of the first generation of South Africa’s fashion artistry could be witnessed since the advent of democracy. In turn, this also ensured the agency’s ability to stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly changing environment.Fashion had an important role to play in forming an African identity, he added. Clothes were symbols, as he told BBQ. They “they tell who you are, where you are coming from and where you are going to. I was trying to send a message: we as young and upcoming designers cannot to be fooled by what is happening around the world and embody ubuntu so that they can show who we are and where we are coming from.”His proudly African philosophy helps to inspire his students to strive to be the best they can be and to deliver original African art and culture: “Africa is fresh, Africa is new, Africa is energetic. we have so much to offer to the world.”Source: News24Wire
WASHINGTON – The U.S. government’s international broadcasting agency says it will discipline employees responsible for a television report on philanthropist George Soros that violated its professional ethics and standards.The U.S. Agency for Global Media says that those who produced the report would be placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into “apparent misconduct” and may face disciplinary measures, including firing depending on the results of the probe.The report on Soros aired in May on Spanish-language Radio Television Marti network, which broadcasts to Cuba.It described him as a “Jewish multi-millionaire” influencing nations through nongovernment groups. It referenced the conservative organization Judicial Watch as believing he was undermining democracies.Recently, Soros has been accused without evidence by right-wing commentators and politicians of funding migrants heading to the U.S. from Central America.___This story has been corrected to say the TV Marti report referenced Judicial Watch, not quoted the organization.
Kolkata: Non-fixation of minimum wages for workers and closed tea gardens are the main factors during the first two phases of Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal to be held in the state’s tea belt. The tea belt is located in Darjeeling, Terai and Dooars region of North Bengal where 3 lakh odd permanent workers are employed in around 300 gardens. The Terai and Dooars regions consist of the districts of Jalpaiguri, Alipurduar, Darjeeling and Coochbehar districts of West Bengal and a part of Assam. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja Polling in Coochbehar and Alipurduar seats would be held on April 11 and while Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Raiganj constituencies would go to polls on April 18. Trade union leaders who owe allegiance to various political parties said they have been demanding implementation of minimum wages in tea gardens for long but the issue has not been resolved. Tea industry sources said the issue was deliberated at length in the minimum wage advisory committee formed by the state government, but it has not been finalised. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Submissions to the advisory board on minimum wage had been made by both the employers and trade unions, and now the ball is in the court of the government, the sources said. Ziaul Alam, convenor of the joint forum of 29 trade unions in the tea belt spearheaded by the CITU, alleged that the Trinamool Congress government betrayed the sentiments of the tea workers by not giving them minimum wages. Sources said the largest tea growing state, Assam, had also not decided on the implementation of minimum wages. “Taking a cue from this, the government of West Bengal has adopted a wait and watch approach,” the sources said. Alam said, “The overall economic situation in the tea gardens was not healthy and the workers were unable to strike a balance between income and expenditure due to rising prices of essential items of daily use.” Presently, tea garden workers in West Bengal are given a cash benefit of Rs 176 per day besides other non-cash benefits like ration. Mani Kumar Dhamal of the INTUC and Sankar Das of Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), the trade union wing of the RSS, also felt that non-fixation of the minimum wages for tea garden workers would be a deciding factor in this elections. The other major factor which could come at play at the polls is the issue of closed gardens. Dhamal claimed that both the BJP and the Trinamool Congress had promised to re-open closed tea gardens but that did not happen. Sources said there were 16-17 closed gardens affecting nearly 24,000 employees. Dhamal said, “In the absence of any policy, it is not known how the closed tea gardens will be reopened.” This, he said, had cast a fear in the minds of the workers of these gardens and they have started migrating to South India and other places. “There is no job security in the tea belt,” he said. Industry sources said, since the land on which the gardens are located was given on lease by the government and not freehold, it was difficult to implement land-based panchayat schemes like the Indira Awas Yojana. TMC’s Darjeeling candidate Amar Singh Rai said minimum wage is definitely an issue which needs to be resolved. “The tea garden workers are in distress and there is a need to fix the minimum wage,” he said adding that he would raise the issue in the appropriate forum, if elected. Das claimed that the mood is in favour of the BJP now as the party had done a good job in Darjeeling. In the last Lok Sabha polls, S S Ahluwalia of the BJP won from Darjeeling Parliamentary constituency with the backing of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, the major local force. However, this time the saffron party fielded Raju Singh Bista.
Washington DC: The F-21 multi-role fighter jet will give India a “significant edge” with greater standoff capability, American defence giant Lockheed Martin has said and claimed that producing it locally will also strengthen the country’s integration into the world-wide network of advanced fighter aircraft technology. Lockheed Martin during the Aero India show in Bengaluru in February unveiled the F-21 multi-role fighter jet for India, to be produced locally. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Maryland-based company, which had earlier offered its F-16 fighter jets to India, said the F-21 addresses the IAF’s unique requirements and integrates India into the world’s largest fighter aircraft ecosystem. Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems would produce the F-21 in India. Vivek Lall, vice president for strategy and business development, Lockheed, said, While it is inappropriate for us to compare specific capabilities, the F-21 will give India a significant edge with greater standoff capability, greater staying power with less fuel burn, and network data linking capabilities across all platforms. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe tactics India employs with the F-21 will also be different – uniquely developed by the Indian Air Force, he said. “The F-21 will meet all of India’s performance, capability and advanced technology requirements – the same requirements all other 4th generation competitors are offering. As we pursue cutting-edge technologies for the F-21, some capabilities may be evaluated as discrete, integrated functions, Lall said. Refuting reports that the F-21 fighter jet is rebranding of the F-16, Lall said that while aircraft structures may look familiar, the differences become clear when looking at the unique capabilities of the F-21. This includes an Advanced APG-83 Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) radar, which has detection ranges nearly double that of previous mechanically scanned array radars and the ability to track and attack more targets with higher precision, he said. It has an Advanced Electronic Warfare (EW) System, developed uniquely for India, that provides enhanced survivability against ground and air threats; Long-Range Infrared Search and Track (IRST), enabling pilots to detect threats without detecting them and Triple Missile Launcher Adapters (TMLAs) allowing the F-21 to carry 40 per cent more air-to-air weapons, he said. The F-21 proposal is unique in that the F-21 production line will be in India, and Indian industry will also be integrated into the global F-16 production and sustainment ecosystem. Approval by the US Government for such an important strategic move signals a significant development in US-India relations, Lall told PTI in an interview. “The unmatched ecosystem we will partner with Indian industry and Lockheed Martin’s top suppliers to develop will further strengthen India’s integration into the world-wide network of advanced fighter aircraft technology and cutting-edge production and sustainment, he said. The F-21 also demonstrates Lockheed Martin’s commitment to India: to deliver an advanced, scalable fighter to the Indian Air Force that also provides unrivaled industrial partnership opportunities, he asserted. PTI
New Delhi: Shaurya Doval, son of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, has been accorded a top ‘Z’ category level security in view of potential threats to him, officials said on Tuesday.Similarly, 10 BJP candidates, who are contesting elections from West Bengal, have been accorded security by the Centre for a “limited period”, they said. The officials told PTI that junior Doval has been “brought under the mobile security cover” of a central paramilitary force after a security perception report prepared by central agencies claimed that he faced “threats from people inimical to his father and others”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghPost this report, the Union home ministry has ordered deployment of CISF commandos to guard Shaurya Doval (43) under the ‘Z’ category of VIP cover and AK-47 wielding commandos will be guarding him everytime he moves in any part of the country. About 15-16 commands have been “detailed” for the security of Shaurya Doval, they said. Shaurya Doval heads the think-tank ‘India Foundation’. NSA Doval enjoys the topmost category of ‘Z+’ provided by the Central Industrial Security Force. Ajit Doval was brought under this security umbrella about four years ago. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIn a similar move, the government has accorded a “limited period” VIP security cover to a number of BJP candidates contesting the general elections in West Bengal. BJP candidates Aupam Hazra, contesting Lok Sabha polls from Jadavpur and Arjun Singh, who joined the party after deserting the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and is contesting from Barrackpore, have been given a ‘Y+’ cover of central armed paramilitary commandos. Similarly, Minister of State in the Union cabinet and candidate from Durgapur, S S Ahluwalia, Cooch Behar candidate Nishit Pramanik, former IPS officer and Ghatal seat candidate Bharti Ghosh have been accorded the ‘Y+’ cover that entails about 5-6 armed commandos. BJP leader Siddharth Shekhar Das has also been given the security. BJP candidate from North 24 Parganas Shantanu Thakur has been accorded a ‘Y’ category cover while the lowest ‘X’ category cover has been given to Dulal Chandra Bar and Khagen Murmu who switched sides to the BJP from Congress and CPI(M) respectively. A similar ‘X’ category security cover, that entails about 2-3 commandos with escort vehicle, has been accorded to Kabir Shankar Bose. All the political people getting security cover in West Bengal will have the armed commandos with them till the polls get over and the MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) has directed to withdraw the cover from them by May-June. PTI