ADPI president speaks out about anonymous text messages

first_imgWelcome TCU Class of 2025 Ernest Dominickhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ernest-dominick/ Ernest Dominickhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ernest-dominick/ ReddIt Frogs for the Cure celebrate recent success Ernest Dominickhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ernest-dominick/ Facebook + posts Ernest Dominick Ernest Dominick is a journalism major with a minor in general business. He is from Marksville, Louisiana but has been based in Dallas since 2006. He is currently serving as a reporter for Greek Life at TCU. Ernest Dominickhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ernest-dominick/ Alpha Delta Pi’s Fall 2015 pledge class celebrates on bid day. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Fort Worth Botanic Garden holds grand opening for butterfly exhibit Market Square makes changes in response to student complaints Linkedin Facebook Previous articleFort Worth city manager looks to end search for police chiefNext articleConstruction projects set to rejuvenate campus Ernest Dominick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Botanic Garden to host 8th bi-annual butterfly exhibit printThe president of TCU’s Alpha Delta Pi chapter shed some light on the situation involving anonymous text messages sent to new members.“Our main objective is to stop this person from harassing our members and to prevent this from happening to other women on TCU’s campus,” ADPi president Ashley Hodge wrote in an email.Hostile text messages were sent to new members of ADPi one week after Bid Day.“The first incident was brought to my attention on Aug. 25 by one of our members after she learned of a negative text message that was sent to one of our new members from someone claiming to be a member of Alpha Delta Pi,” Hodge wrote.Another member received the same text, a few days later, from someone claiming to be a member of the sorority, Hodge wrote.“After investigating the situation internally, we were able to conclude that it was not a member of Alpha Delta Pi who sent the text message as that name and phone number matched none of our national records,” she wrote.Hodge wrote that she went to the TCU Fraternity and Sorority Life office immediately after finding out. The staff instructed the members to reach out to the TCU Police Department.“My understanding is that said police report was submitted soon after that conversation. The second new member has also been encouraged to file a police report, ” wrote Hodge.Hodge cleared up any allegations that stated two women cancelled membership.“Only one new member chose to cancel her membership. This new member had already made her decision and reached out to the appropriate people to begin the process before she received the negative text message,” wrote Hodge.The ADPi national office has been informed of the situation and Hodge wrote that there isn’t much her sorority chapter can do to prevent this from happening in the future.“This is the nature of the technologically driven world we live in,” Hodge wrote.Hodge wrote that she is proud of her chapter and has made other TCU sororities aware of the situation.“Alpha Delta Pi has a strong sisterhood and I am proud of the way our members have handled the situation,” she wrote.Hodge warned other Panhellenic presidents of the false text messages so that they can also get help from FSL and TCU Police.“TCU has a supportive and caring Greek community and I think it is important that we look out for one another,” Hodge wrote. ReddIt Linkedin Twitterlast_img read more

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China moves forward with 16GW renewable energy project in Qinghai province

first_imgChina moves forward with 16GW renewable energy project in Qinghai province FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The state-owned Huanghe Hydropower Development Co, Ltd. has named the nine solar panel manufacturers which will supply the 3,182 MW of PV generation capacity in the first phase of a mammoth, 16 GW renewable energy project which is set to include 10 GW of new solar.Work has already started on the 64km² first phase of the project and is set to be completed by October. Trina Solar will lead the list of PV suppliers for the first stage by shipping 600 MW of its panels, according to Huanghe Hydropower chairman Xie Xiaoping, who presented details at the recent China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) annual conference in Shenzhen.The sprawling generation project, when finished, is set to feature 5 GW of wind power capacity – 2 GW of which is due to be installed in the current phase of development – and 1 GW of concentrating solar power. Until last year, official news about the project stated a hydropower element but that has now been removed. The project will also feature energy storage, said Xie.The renewables facility is one of two double-digit-gigawatt scale projects being planned by the State Power Investment Corporation Limited-owned Huanghe Hydropower in Qinghai province. The 16 GW facility is being constructed in Hainan prefecture.Xie told the CPIA gathering the ambitious scheme was given the go-ahead by Chinese president Xi Jinping when he visited Qinghai in August.[Vincent Shaw]More: Cutting edge module tech promised on first, 3 GW slice of 10 GW Chinese solar installationlast_img read more

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Full Suspensions and Fly Rods: Bikefishing in the Blue Ridge

first_imgThe Pisgah National Forest sprawls across some 500,000 acres of Western North Carolina woods and waters, and it’s especially renowned for two activities: mountain biking and fly fishing. The singletrack that criss crosses this temperate rainforest beckons mountain bikers from all over the country, and some from beyond its borders, and its trout streams have long been etched in the annals of America’s fly fishing folklore. So in my mind, it stood to reason that a multi-day adventure combining the two pursuits would be nothing short of pure Pisgah gold.When my budding idea for a “bikefishing” excursion that would incorporate both Pisgah’s famed trout streams and its world-renowned single track began to take shape, I was told there was one person that I needed to talk to. Enter fly fishing guide and guru Aaron Motley of Hunter Banks Fly Fishing in Asheville and Waynesville, N.C.A Clemson, S.C. native and an exceptional mountain biker, Motley was one of the first members of the now highly-accomplished Brevard College Mountain Biking Team. He routinely uses his hardtail to gain access to wilder and more remote stretches of water that would otherwise require miles of arduous hiking. When we began plotting our adventure, he immediately recommended Pisgah’s South Mills River.Thanks to some helpful consultation with Steve Yocom, the photographer who would eventually join us on the trip, and Blue Ridge Outdoors Digital Publisher/walking Pisgah map Dusty Allison, the South Mills was already on my short list of go-to bikefishing destinations. But Aaron’s exuberance and his encyclopedic knowledge of the South Mills drainage—helped along by a few photos of sizable wild trout he’d netted on a previous trip to the area—completely sealed the deal.The South MillsThe South Mills River area encompasses approximately 17,120 acres of the Pisgah National Forest— 8,629 of which are considered roadless acres.It is bordered by the spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains on its northern end and the South Mills drainage basin to the south, while the congressionally-designated Cradle of Forestry forms its western boundary.Once a part of railroad heir George Vanderbilt’s expansive private forest, which shared a name with his now world famous Asheville estate, this portion of Pisgah played a pivotal role in the early forest management and conservation legacy of the United States.In the late 1800s, Vanderbilt hired a young forester named Gifford Pinchot to manage the vast and growing woodland holdings on his enormous Biltmore Estate. Though Pinchot would only serve a brief tenure at Biltmore before taking a job in Washington, D.C. as the first chief of Teddy Roosevelt’s newly established United States Forest Service, his time there laid the groundwork for the nation’s first forestry school. The remnants of this school, which was deconstructed and moved to the nearby Cradle of Forestry in the 1970s, can still be seen along the banks of Cantrell Creek in the South Mills area. In 1988, the state of North Carolina awarded the South Mills an Outstanding Resource Waters designation, and by 1990 Congress had listed it as a National Wild and Scenic Study River. In ‘96, the USFS followed suit, determining that several sections of the river are indeed worthy of full-on Wild and Scenic classification. If that level of protection ever comes to fruition, the South Mills will become North Carolina’s longest wild river.The AdventureOn the morning of the trip, I met Aaron at an Ingles parking lot in the speed trap town of Mills River, N.C. to procure essential provisions: trail mix, local craft beer, and vacuum-sealed salmon.Then our talk turned to the weather. Rain, it seemed, was all but certain in the forecast. Such conditions come with the territory in the section of Pisgah we were headed for, which routinely receives as much as ninety inches of annual rainfall. The forecast did little to dampen our excitement.We secured our bikes—full suspension Specialized outfits provided by Motion Makers Bicycle Shop in Asheville—and began our caravan toward the South Mills River Recreation Area.We arrived at the trailhead at the Wolf Ford Gauging Station just off of Forest Service Road 476, and we began loading our bikes with camping equipment and fly fishing gear.When fishing the South Mills, Aaron relied heavily on a traditional Japanese fishing method known as tenkara. First popularized in the United States by Daniel Galhardo, who founded Tenkara USA and is an avid bikefisher in his own right, the tenkara style is tailor made for the trout streams of Southern Appalachia. It puts the focus on simplicity by taking the reel completely out of the fly fishing equation and allows for easier casting on tight-quartered, rhodo-choked streams.Once the tenkara rods were securely strapped to Aaron’s pack, we hit the trail and begin following the course of the clear-flowing, rhododendron cloaked South Mills.“Biking is the only way I go back in here,” Aaron tells me as we negotiate typical Pisgah singletrack, complete with rock ledges and downed logs. “It’s the perfect combination of two of my favorite adventures, and it affords me access to spots that other anglers seldom take the time to reach.”About three miles in, we arrived at a suspension bridge where the South Mills River Trail meets Squirrel Gap. It looked like a tantalizing place to wet a line, but our attention was diverted by the late arrival of our cohort, BRO digital publisher Dusty Allison. From the other side of the bridge, Dusty was wheeling up with a riding partner he found somewhere along the way.As fate would have it, that riding partner turned out to be the bass player for the Infamous Stringdusters, Travis Book. Unlike the rest of his bandmates, who call the state of Colorado home, Travis lives in the nearby town of Brevard, North Carolina, and aside from being a heralded musician, he’s known around those parts as one hell of a mountain biker.We chatted for awhile with Travis, who had just come off a road stint and a show at Red Rocks with Ryan Adams. Then he pointed his bike in the direction of Squirrel Gap and took off on what Strava would later tell me was a thirty-plus mile ride. Slightly star-struck, we pedaled onward in the opposite direction, where dog-hobble undergrowth, multiple river crossings and—we hoped—copious wild trout would await.Read on![nextpage title=”Read on!”]Finding Copperas RockAfter a strenuous six-mile ride made even more difficult by heavy packs and a healthy dose of skin-shredding doghobble, we finally arrive at our intended destination— Copperas Rock.This imposing rock feature soared high above the west side side of the South Mills to the tune of some seventy feet while a plentiful population of wild trout danced in the gin-clear pools below.Dusty was the first of our group to wet a line. Like Aaron, he’s a devotee of the trustee tenkara method, but since his rod had been compromised by an overhanging limb during the grueling ride in, Aaron set him up with his 12-foot IWANA rod from Tenkara USA, complete with the deadly combination of a size 12 Parachute Adams and Frenchie nymph dropper.Within a matter of minutes, Dusty had hooked the first wild Brown Trout of the trip. The trout, which sported colors more vibrant than those I’d seen on more familiar delayed harvest haunts, was ultimately enticed by the Frenchie, attacking it with a type of aggression unique to brown trout living in remote, wild places. Dusty’s fish set the tone for another 24 hours of stellar fly fishing, top notch mountain biking, and priceless camaraderie in one of North Carolina’s finest national forests.Looking to organize a bikefishing excursion of your own? Consider one or more of these ideal destinations. VirginiaWhitetop Laurel Creek (accessed VIA the Virginia Creeper Trail)If you’re looking for a more moderate bikefishing adventure, you’d be hard pressed to find a better destination than Whitetop Laurel Creek via the Virginia Creeper Trail. Stretching for 34 miles through the heart of Southwest Virginia, just outside the Appalachian Trail town of Damascus, the Virginia Creeper Trail has long been famous among bikers, but it also offers quick and easy access to Whitetop Laurel, one of Virginia’s best trout streams.West VirginiaNew River GorgeThe New River Gorge National River is home to some of the best fly fishing East of the Rockies, and the trail systems found along its banks offer unrivaled opportunity for bike-in angling. Try the Glade Creek Trail, which provides streamside access to 5.6 miles of the popular Glade Creek trout stream. For more info visit nps.gov/neriNorth CarolinaGreat Smoky Mountains National Park (North Carolina side)Typically, mountain biking is not an option within the boundaries of a national park, but the Deep Creek area on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a rare exception. Both Deep Creek and Indian Creek are accessible by way of moderate, stream-side trails where mountain biking is permitted. Set up a base camp at the Deep Creek Camping Area and enjoy these two pristine Smoky Mountain streams in conjunction with a mellow mountain biking journey. For more info visit greatsmokies.com/deepcreekNorth Mills River AreaLike its South Mills counterpart, the North Mills River Recreation Area of Pisgah National Forest offers ample bikefishing opportunities. Set up a base camp at the Mills River campground before setting off to explore the North Mills and its multiple tributaries such as Big Creek, Middle Fork, Fletcher Creek, and Spencer Branch.GeorgiaMountaintown CreekAccording to Andrew Gates of the Mulberry Gap Mountain Bike Getaway in Ellijay, there are few trails in the area that combine biking and fishing better than the Mountaintown Creek Trail. “Mountaintown Creek trail is a must do for fly fishing as well as biking,” Gates says. “It is one of the most remote and beautiful trails in our area, and it has a thriving population of native trout.”last_img read more

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Osijek-Baranja County paid one million kuna in support to family farms and rural households

first_imgThis is a category of business entities that are not covered by measures from the state budget to overcome the consequences of the coronavirus epidemic, and as the tourism sector is among the most endangered activities, Osijek-Baranja County approved financial support from its budget. The head of the Administrative Department for Tourism, Culture and Sports, Tatjana Roth, pointed out that HRK 1,7 million had been provided for this type of support, and that family farms and households had expressed the need for the currently agreed HRK 1,06 million. Osijek-Baranja County awarded grants to representatives of 29 family farms and rural households that provide accommodation services in the Osijek-Baranja County. The activities of the beneficiaries are catering services for the preparation and serving of food, beverages and beverages from agricultural products, mostly own production, accommodation services and other services in the function of tourist consumption. Osijek-Baranja County began preparing for subsidies at the beginning of the year when it was clear that the pandemic would create huge problems in the economy, agriculture and tourism, said County Prefect Ivan Anušić, adding: “We waited for state aid to see who would get it and to avoid duplication and for the aid to come to the right address. The total amount of all subsidies we have given to entrepreneurs, craftsmen, farmers and those who work in tourism is 17 million kuna, of which 11,2 million is intended for the economy. The current granting of support, in the total amount of HRK 1,06 million to beneficiaries engaged in tourism and accommodation facilities, keeps continental tourism alive in the area of ​​our county. The grants are of high quality and represent concrete help for the beneficiaries to overcome this crisis period and to continue the development of continental tourism in our area. We will continue with subsidies next year, not only financially but also through infrastructure, because we want tourism in Osijek-Baranja County to be one of the better industries.Said Prefect Anusic.center_img Namely, the condition for support was a reduced income of 30 percent in June this year compared to June last year, which also means that part of the family farms still operated relatively well. Currently, 55% of overnight stays and tourist arrivals are realized compared to the same period last year. Support for individual family farms and rural households by accommodation capacity, ie bed is up to 5.000,00 kuna, and the total value of the contracts signed today is HRK 1,06 million. Photo: Baranja Houselast_img read more

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Bill would end ‘gun free zones’ in Iowa public buildings

first_imgDES MOINES — A bill introduced in the Iowa House would forbid most Iowa school districts, cities and counties from banning guns in public buildings. Gun bans could only be enforced in public buildings that screen the public at entry points and have armed security officers inside.Representative Steven Holt, a Republican from Denison, is a key advocate for the bill.“I happen to believe that ‘gun free zones’ is an invitation to crazy people, an invitation to sick people because nobody that has ever done a mass shooting has ever obeyed the law,” Holt says, “because it is illegal to kill people.”A gun ban can turn a public place into a “shooting gallery” according to Holt.“How does anybody believe a sign is going to stop a sick individual who has decided to murder innocent people?” Holt asked. “What it will do is stop law-abiding citizens from carrying their firearms into that situation, so this is — as far as I’m concerned — about the health and safety of all Iowans.”Scott Peterson, interim executive director of Iowans for Gun Safety, says it takes training to assess an active shooter situation.“Law enforcement and military…if there’s a shooting or a hot situation, the last thing they want is for people to start pulling out guns and shooting,” he says.Seventeen-year-old Ellie Miglin, a student at Des Moines Roosevelt High School, says because of school shootings, her generation supports enhancing rather than relaxing gun regulations.“Why aren’t we doing more to reflect on how our society has changed?” she asks.Miglin and Peterson spoke at a statehouse event arranged by the “We Can End Gun Violence Iowa Coalition.”last_img read more

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Ozil comments laughable – Arsenal great Wright

first_imgFormer midfielder Emmanuel Petit told the Sunday Mirror Ozil and his team-mates needed someone to tell them “not to act like babies and kids”.Wright, Arsenal’s second-highest goal-scorer, defended the right of former players to criticise the current regime.“We all feel the same because we’re all passionate and we all love the club,” he said.“What are we supposed to say? That they’re unbelievable, in the boardroom, the boss, and the way they’re playing? Because they’re not. I can’t understand it.“We’re not talking about former players criticising a team that’s charging up the league and winning leagues.“Yes, we’ve won the FA Cup and when they’ve done that, they’ve rightfully been praised for that. But we’re talking about a team that’s under-performing.“Not just the team — people in the boardroom, the manager with his decisions, everybody.”Share on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal great Ian Wright has branded Mesut Ozil’s complaints about the criticism he receives from former players “laughable” in view of his failure to sign a new contract.In a long Facebook post on Saturday, Ozil hit out at his critics in the media and told Arsenal’s former players to “stop talking and start supporting”.But with the 28-year-old Germany playmaker still to extend a contract that expires at the end of the season, Wright says Ozil is in no position to tell anyone what to do.“Sign a contract, if you feel that strongly about people criticising the team, because you’re somebody who is integral to Arsenal’s success,” Wright told BBC Radio 5 Live on Sunday.“You’re not signing a deal and you’re probably going to continue to hide behind the fact that (Alexis) Sanchez is the one that everybody’s going to say, ‘Is he going to go?’“Why haven’t you signed yet? That’s what I would say to you. If you feel that strongly, why haven’t you signed yet?“A player that is not actually performing on the pitch is coming out, calling people out, and he’s not signing a contract. It’s laughable.”Consecutive losses to Stoke City and Liverpool, who thrashed Arsenal 4-0 at Anfield, have left Arsene Wenger’s side in 16th place in the Premier League tablelast_img read more

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Girls Golf Rocks attracts hundreds of new players

first_img Girls Golf Rocks has been hailed as a huge success after inspiring over 500 girls in nine counties to enjoy a taste of the game. “There’s been a tremendous response,” said Lauren Spray, England Golf’s Women and Girls’ Participation Manager. “Over 430 of the girls who attended taster sessions have gone on to take structured coaching courses. “We’ve also involved more than 100 girls from county squads who have acted as ambassadors to inspire the next generation of girl golfers.” The Girls Golf Rocks project is run jointly by England Golf and the Golf Foundation, working with the county associations and sports partnerships in Cheshire, Buckinghamshire, Dorset, Durham, Essex, Gloucestershire, Hampshire, Norfolk and Nottinghamshire. Currently, figures show that only 1% of golf club members are girls, with an average of just two per club. Girls Golf Rocks aims to change that by attracting beginners to have fun, learn a new sport, get active and play alongside friends, with the encouragement of the young ambassadors (Top image © Leaderboard Photography). Each county offered free taster sessions at local clubs, followed by structured coaching programmes provided by PGA professionals and the finale of a fun par three competition for new young golfers and their ambassador mentors. It started as a pilot in Essex last year and was so successful that it was rolled out to the other eight counties this spring. The Essex project gained national recognition this year when it received the Golf Foundation’s Laddie Lucas award for creating opportunities for girls, with strong links to clubs. The results from Girls Golf Rocks coincide with the Women and Family Golf Months, run by England Golf in June and July to highlight Get into golf opportunities across the country. The Get into golf campaign inspires people to take up golf and play more often. It is supported by Sky Sports and aims to bring 500,000 new or lapsed golfers into the sport in the UK by 2018.Visit www.getintogolf.org to find an activity near you. Pictured below: Players at the Girls Golf Rocks par three competition in Gloucestershire. 29 Jun 2016 Girls Golf Rocks attracts hundreds of new players last_img read more

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