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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A push-the-envelope marketer

first_imgErayne Gee-Hill, vice president of marketing at $220 million asset Unity One Credit Union in Fort Worth, Texas, is rarely described as “shy.”She is vocal about her passion for the credit union movement. Her enthusiasm for her work, family, and even cupcakes is contagious. And she recently envisioned a marketing campaign that turned heads.The attention-grabbing campaign, which was a collaboration with Unity One’s CEO, was called “Don’t Get Spanked by the Banks.”The clever catchphrase paid off says Andy Reed, the CEO of neighboring $21 million asset Texas People Federal Credit Union in Fort Worth.“She envisioned an edgy marketing campaign in conservative Fort Worth that produced amazing results evidenced by solid metrics,” Reed says. 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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3 questions with CUNA’s Jim Nussle

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Lauren Culp Lauren Culp is the Publisher & CEO at CUInsight.com.She leads the growing team at CUInsight, works with organizations serving credit unions to maximize their brand and exposure, connects … Web: https://www.cuinsight.com Details CUInsight Publisher & CEO Lauren Culp is joined by Jim Nussle, President & CEO of CUNA for a quick interview with just 3 questions:(0:35) What is your company doing to support credit unions and their members during the COVID-19 crisis?(3:09) How do you think that COVID-19 might affect credit unions and the way that we do business in the long-term?(6:10) What tips do you have for staying sane during trying times?You can learn more about CUNA’s response to the COVID-19 crisis here.last_img read more

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Analysis: Travel bans are no solution to terrorism-related deaths

first_imgWould any ban have prevented this? No. He emigrated from Uzbekistan.Several incidents might (might) have been prevented — but no one was killed in those incidents.So, on Wednesday, no discussion of the travel ban and, instead, a look at vetting.But there’s cold water to be dumped on that, too.According to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Saipov was radicalized only after arriving in America — meaning that no vetting, no matter how extreme, is likely to have filtered him out upon his arrival in the country.Philip Bump is a correspondent for The Washington Post based in New York City.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? July 2006. A man opens fire at a Jewish organization in Seattle. Would any ban have prevented this? No. He was a citizen, born in the United States.June 2009. A man opens fire at a military recruiting center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Would any ban have prevented this? No. He was a citizen, born in the United States.November 2009. The shooting at Fort Hood, Texas. Would any ban have prevented this? No. He was a citizen, born in the United States.December 2009. A Nigerian-born man attempts to detonate a bomb on a flight to Detroit. Would any ban have prevented this? No. Nigeria isn’t on the list.May 2011. Two Iraqi nationals are arrested in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for aiding terrorist attacks outside the United States. Would any ban have prevented this?Yes. The initial version of the ban included Iraq.April 2013. Two bombs are detonated at the Boston Marathon. Would any ban have prevented this? No. The Tsarnaev brothers were born in the Soviet Union and Kyrgyzstan. One was a naturalized citizen, the other a green-card holder.April-June 2014. A man in Washington murders several people in separate incidents. Would any ban have prevented this? No. He was a citizen, born in the United States. October 2014. A man in Queens attacks police officers with a hatchet. Would any ban have prevented this? No. He was a citizen, born in the United States.May 2015. Two men attempt to attack an event in Garland, Texas. Would any ban have prevented this? No. Both were citizens, born in the United States.July 2015. A man opens fire at military installations in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Would any ban have prevented this? No. He was a naturalized citizen from Kuwait.December 2015. A married couple attack a holiday party in San Bernardino, California. Would any ban have prevented this? No. One was a citizen, born in the United States, and the other was a native of Pakistan, not included in the ban.January 2016. A man shoots a police officer in Philadelphia. Would any ban have prevented this? No. The shooter appears to have been a native-born citizen.February 2016. A man attacks diners at a restaurant in Ohio with a machete. Would any ban have prevented this? No. He was a native of Guinea and held a green card.June 2016. A man open fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people. Would any ban have prevented this? No. The shooter was born in Queens. Categories: Editorial, OpinionPresident Donald Trump’s response to terrorist attacks is fairly predictable. Shortly after the attacks occur — assuming they’re presumed to have been committed by individuals who might be linked to the Islamic State — Trump will tweet out something about how the incident bolsters his call for new restrictions on immigration.It has happened so often that we can point to compilations of examples, instead of just individual occurrences.After the attack in New York on Tuesday, though, there was a slight shift in the pitch that Trump was making.Normally, he argues that the incident necessitates the implementation of his travel ban — as he did after a failed bombing on a train in London this year.Trump tweeted in September:“The travel ban into the United States should be far larger, tougher and more specific-but stupidly, that would not be politically correct!”After Tuesday, though, Trump’s pitch was not for the travel ban, but for new extra-extreme vetting of immigrants. Here’s that list, with two changes: the addition of Saipov and consideration of whether any of the bans would have prevented the incidents.August 1997. Two men with Jordanian passports are arrested in New York before they could bomb public transit in the city. Would any ban have prevented this? No. Jordan isn’t on the list.December 1999. A man from Algeria is arrested after entering the United States in Washington. His car is loaded with explosives; he planned to attack Los Angeles International Airport. Would any ban have prevented this? No, and he was detained at the border anyway.September 2001. The coordinated attacks in New York and the Washington area, committed by 19 individuals from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebanon. Would any ban have prevented this? No. None of those countries is on the list.December 2001. Richard Reid, a British citizen, attempts to light a shoe bomb on a plane to Miami. Would any ban have prevented this? No, Britain is not on the list.July 2002. A shooter from Egypt opens fire at an El Al counter at LAX. Would any ban have prevented this? No, Egypt is not on the list.March 2006. An Iran-born U.S. citizen drives an SUV into people at the University of North Carolina, injuring nine. Would any ban have prevented this?Possibly. He came to the country at age 2 before being naturalized. It’s not clear whether his parents had family in the country at the time. September 2016. A man stabbed people at a mall in Minnesota, injuring several. Would any ban have prevented this? No. The attacker was born in Kenya and moved to the United States when he was 3 months old.September 2016. A bomb is detonated in Manhattan. Would any ban have prevented this? No. The attacker was born in Afghanistan and was a naturalized citizen.November 2016. A student at Ohio State University drives his car into a crowd, injuring 11. Would any ban have prevented this?Possibly. The attacker was born in Somalia and had been living in Pakistan when he immigrated in 2014.January 2017. A man opens fire at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida,  airport. Would any ban have prevented this? No. He was a citizen, born in the United States.January 2017. A man fatally shoots a transit worker in Denver. Would any ban have prevented this? No. He was a citizen, born in the United States.June 2017. A man stabs a police office at an airport in Flint, Michigan. Would any ban have prevented this? No. He was a citizen of Canada and Tunisia.November 2017. Saipov allegedly drives down a bike path in New York City, killing eight. “I have just ordered Homeland Security to step up our already Extreme Vetting Program. Being politically correct is fine, but not for this!” he tweeted Wednesday.And also: “We are fighting hard for Merit Based immigration, no more Democrat Lottery Systems. We must get MUCH tougher (and smarter).” Why the difference?Perhaps in part because Trump’s travel ban, now in its third iteration, wouldn’t have prevented the entry of Sayfullo Saipov, the suspect in the New York attack.Saipov moved to the United States seven years ago from Uzbekistan, a country that hasn’t been included in any version of Trump’s ban.(The countries currently included in the ban — which was blocked by a federal court — are Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iran, North Korea, Chad and Venezuela. Sudan and Iraq have been removed after appearing on earlier iterations.)In June, we noted that Trump’s travel ban(s) wouldn’t have actually prevented any terrorism-related deaths in the United States over the past 20 years, listing out all of the relevant examples.last_img read more

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Gold Coast entrepreneurs secure a Byron Bay retreat

first_imgTony and Christina Quinn.QUEENSLAND entrepreneur Tony Quinn, once a teenager living in a caravan, and his wife Christina have spent $3.4 million on a Byron Bay weekender.The entrepreneurial Main Beach, Gold Coast based rich-lister secured the retreat on the town’s dress circle in an off-market deal. Set a few roads back from Clarke’s Beach, the four bedroom, two bathroom home sits on a 530sqm holding. SIGN UP FOR THE NSW REAL ESTATE NEWSLETTER HERE What a home. Great outdoors!More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa19 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agocenter_img Breezy and beautiful.Seven metre wide concertina glass timber doors open to an expansive deck.Excluding sales at Byron’s bookend beaches, Belongil and Wategos, the sale is the highest price within the town for eight months. Tony and Christina made their fortune initially from their VIP Petfoods empire, selling it for $410 million to Quadrant Private Equity in 2015 and then buying Darrell Lea confectionery.They spent $25 million on the famous Australian confectionary company, selling it earlier this year for around $200 million. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:02Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:02 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: How to flaunt your Unique Selling Point01:02 The couple, who own a $2.62 million apartment on Main Beach, are no strangers to buying and selling spectacular Queensland homes, but this is their first known NSW acquisition.They also own two motorsport racetracks in New Zealand, where they hope to build a world-class golf course along with residential development.His autobiography Zero to 60 revealed he grew up in a wooden caravan built by his dad Jimmy in Scotland. From the age of five he started helping his dad with his pet food business, weighing and bagging minced meat.last_img read more

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Luxury home at Currumbin Waters is the ultimate bush retreat

first_imgThe outdoor entertainment area at 274 Simpsons RoadMr Denman said it was time to downsize now that their five children have moved out.“It’s been a beautiful family home,” Mr Denman said.The house, which is on a 1.25ha block, is built into the hill face.The open kitchen, dining and living area is on the middle floor.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoIt can be opened up through sliding glass doors to encompass the covered deck and alfresco dining area, which juts out to make the most of the panoramic views all the way to the coastline.There are two bedrooms on this floor while the other three are on the bottom floor.The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and large ensuite, which opens onto its own private deck. All but one of the bedrooms have their own decks. Check out that view. How’s that for a main living area. 274 Simpsons Road, Currumbin WatersNESTLED among the bushland at Currumbin Waters is this contemporary multi-story home.It feels like it is a world away from civilisation but the property at 274 Simpsons Rd is just minutes from the shops, the Gold Coast Airport and beach. Gold Coast architect Shane Denman designed and built the five-bedroom home.He and his wife, Rosslyn Abernethy, have lived in it for the past 12 years. The main entrance to 274 Simpsons RoadHe said the surrounding bushland gave it a peaceful ambience. “In the bushland, there’s koalas and kangaroos, it’s beautiful,” Mr Denman said.It was hard to choose but Mr Denman said the chef-style kitchen with top of the range fixtures and fittings and wide stone benchtops was his favourite part of the home.“My wife and I love cooking so we love the kitchen,” he said.“But we do just enjoy the whole house really.”He said they would miss the home but it was much to big for them now.They were planning on downsizing into a new home that they will build.center_img Even the kitchen at 274 Simpsons Road has a view.An office space is dedicated to the top floor, which is surrounded by windows that frame the treetops and sweeping vistas.The home also has a separate family room and retreat as well as a pool on the middle level and a double garage.Mr Denman said it was a complicated home to build but it was worth it.“It was a hard site, a very steep site, but we made it work,” he said.“It probably took us about 12 months to do all the design work and then 12 months to build it.“It’s quite a detailed house.”Except for repainting about six months ago, Mr Denman said it had aged well without having to upgrade anything. One of the many decks at 274 Simpsons Road The perfect bedroom.last_img read more

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Ryter steps down as president of Swiss pension association

first_imgChristoph Ryter has stepped down as president of Switzerland’s pension fund association (ASIP) after nearly a decade.Ryter, chief executive of the pension fund of retailer Migros, is to be succeeded by Jean-Rémy Roulet, currently chief executive of the CHF846m (€703m) Caisse paritaire de l’industrie et de la construction (CPPIC), the pension fund for construction workers in Geneva.It brings to an end Ryter’s nine-year presidency of the association, which began when he was still chief executive of the Swiss pension fund for mining company Alcan. Roulet, who joined ASIP’s management board in 2013, was elected at the association’s annual general meeting, which also saw Markus Hübscher and Christoph Sarrasin join the association’s board. Hübscher is chief executive of Pensionskasse SBB, the fund for the Swiss federal railway, while Sarrasin is director of Nestlé Pensionskasse.In a statement, Roulet pointed to the success of the Swiss government’s reform package Altersvorsorge 2020 (AV2020) and threw his support behind its goals of ensuring financial stability of the first and second-pillar systems.“ASIP is in favour of a balanced, rather than excessive, reform, one that can be shouldered by citizens, members and employers,” he said.He added that all stakeholders needed to be ready to compromise to ensure the passage of AV2020.Its success, he said, should not be thrown into doubt by demands from those to the left or right of the political spectrum.“If the reform fails,” he added, “this will have a wide-ranging impact and lead to increased costs, which in turn would make the next reform much more difficult to implement.”last_img read more

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‘Limpyo Iloilo’ launching on Feb. 21

first_img* reduce littering, throwing and illegaldumping of wastes along roads, plazas, waterways and other public places; Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. recently calledfor a convergence meeting with municipal mayors, national government agencies,and non-government organizations to finalize the campaign. PHOTO BY IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN * harmonize and strengthen local andnational cleanup initiatives and waste reduction strategies; Other partners include the academe, people’sorganizations, religious organizations, business sectors, youth organizations,and cooperatives, among others. “We want to institutionalize the habitof cleaning our premises. And this is actually just a conscious implementationof the laws and regulations that have something to do with solid wastemanagement,” he said. The campaign aims for the following: “Limpyo Iloilo” will be officiallylaunched on Feb. 21 and will be conducted every third Saturday of the month. It will be spearheaded by the ProvincialGovernment Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO). ILOILO – The provincial government isset to launch its province-wide convergence cleanup drive dubbed “LimpyoIloilo.” Defensor said he wants Iloilo to gainthe identity as “a clean province.” He sought for the commitment of projectpartners, particularly schools in the campaign. The provincial government has previouslylaunched several cleanup initiatives amid the dengue scare last year. Theseincluded the Brigada Eskwela Kontra Dengue; province-wide cleanup drive heldevery Saturday which lasted for a month; and the one-day cleanup of the entireCapitol premises. (LHC, Capitol News/PN) * boost the spirit of volunteerism andsocial harmony in the provincelast_img read more

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Aston Villa boss Remi Garde: I want to trust players and for players to trust me

first_img He said: “More than Gabby’s case – every player has the possibility twice in the year to come to the manager and say, ‘I don’t feel you trust me, I don’t feel well any more’. “For Gabby and the rest of the team, when you change manager and the way of working, maybe suddenly you don’t feel comfortable. “I’m not saying that about Gabby especially. It will be the same for every player. “I want to trust my players and for my players to trust me. For Gabby or another player, maybe they will not see what we’re doing or where we’re going. I don’t know. “I don’t feel that at all with players. It’s not the time. We have a huge game on Saturday and then next three after that (West Ham at home on Boxing Day, Norwich away on December 28 and Sunderland away on January 2) will be important.” He added: “I am proud that I have not yet seen a player who has come to me and said he wants to leave in January because he’s not happy here. “Maybe it will happen. It will be the time to do that because after that I will need players totally committed with me, and me with my players.” Garde is likely to again be without captain Micah Richards at St James’ Park as the defender struggles with a knee injury. Aston Villa manager Remi Garde has told his players they must get on board with his philosophy. The midlands side head into Saturday’s crucial clash at fellow strugglers Newcastle bottom of the Barclays Premier League table, eight points from safety and on a club-record run of 15 league matches without a win. Long-serving Gabby Agbonlahor has been linked with a January move and Garde, who replaced Tim Sherwood last month, is keen for his squad to trust him and understand his methods. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Werder Bremen eyeing loan deal for Chelsea defender Papy Djilobodji

first_imgDefender Papy Djilobodji could join Werder Bremen on loan – after playing just one minute for Chelsea. The 27-year-old defender signed from Nantes in August, but his solitary appearance to date came in the Capital One Cup at Walsall in September, when he was a late substitute. Werder Bremen chief executive Thomas Eichin told Bild: “We are in negotiations.” Chelsea declined to comment. Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho admitted the Senegal defender was signed on a recommendation. But despite Chelsea’s defensive lapses this season, neither Mourinho nor his successor Guus Hiddink, the caretaker boss, has fielded Djilobodji in a Premier League game. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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