On Sunday, The String Cheese Incident brought their three-night weekend run to a close at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV.The String Cheese Incident opened up their first set with the Keith Moseley-led “Sometimes A River”, off of the band’s 2005 One Step Closer studio release. Moving out of the song’s structured segment, Michael Kang took the lead with a smoking-hot solo on his electric mandolin, with Kyle Hollingsworth adding an extra touch of flavor on the keys. The six-piece moved forward with “Eye Know Why” and their newer SCI Sound Lab release “Manga” before delivering “Barstool”, the Bill Nershi tune that fans have been requesting in recent times. The tender song written for his daughter, Ariana, showcased the band’s impressive ability to hop between electric rock songs and acoustic gems.SCI picked up the pace moving forward with “Falling Through The Cracks”, highlighted by some impressive improvisational work between Hollingsworth and Kang. The highlight of the set came next as the band unleashed a funky new debut, currently known as “Untitled #1”. The band moved forward with another SCI Sound Lab number “Vertigo” before bringing the first set to a close with “Rollover”.The String Cheese Incident – “Jam”[Video: Eric Adrian]Following a brief set break, The String Cheese Incident came back out to open their second set with “Into The Blue”, a new arrangement that was debuted at SCI’s New Year’s Eve show at Broomfield, CO’s 1STBANK Center. Vegas is a destination where people have the luxury to let loose and have fun, and that is exactly what the band did moving forward, as they jumped into a massive segue of “Jellyfish” > “The Big Reveal” > “Get Tight” > “Howard”. The transition out of “Get Tight” and into “Howard” was explosive, as the receptive crowd erupted with applause and noise.“Howard” was followed up by a cover of Talking Heads’ “This Must Be The Place”, led by Hollingsworth on vocals. Nershi took the reigns next, leading his bandmates into “One Step Closer”, the title-track off of the band’s 2005 release. Paying homage to their roots, The String Cheese Incident closed up their second set with “Colorado Bluebird Sky”, initiating an all-out dance party. The band came back out to deliver a lone encore of Stevie Wonder’s “I Wish”, a funky ending to their 2018 Las Vegas incident.The String Cheese Incident – “I Wish”[Video: WoodshedBlues]Next up for SCI is a three-night run at Lake Tahoe, CA’s Montbleu Resort, set to take place this weekend on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.For ticketing information and a full list of the band’s upcoming tour dates, head to The String Cheese Incident’s website.Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | The Cosmopolitan | Las Vegas, NV | 2/17/2019Set One: Sometimes a River, Eye Know Why, Manga, Barstool, Falling Through The Cracks, Untitled #1 ^, Vertigo > RolloverSet Two: Into The Blue, Jellyfish > The Big Reveal > Get Tight > Howard, This Must Be The Place > One Step Closer > Colorado Bluebird Sky Encore: I Wish^ = FTP
Two words: experiential educationIt’s the latest academic trend and for good reason. Studies show that students who learn by doing solve problems more effectively and retain more than the textbook-only approach.Experiential education is the foundation for academic majors in outdoor adventure. Combining theory with experience gives students the opportunity to apply classroom principles to real-life scenarios. They learn hands-on skills in leadership, communication, conflict management, and conservation. Degrees in outdoor recreation aren’t just for hippies; they’re for the leaders of tomorrow and the future of adventure.In this year’s Top Adventure College bracket, our editors chose 32 schools throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic that either have an outdoor recreation degree or offer students a strong extracurricular outdoor program. After six weeks and over 115,000 votes from our fans, Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, N.C., narrowly received the most votes for Best Adventure College, with Maryland’s Garrett College a close second.There is no better way to understand the impact of experiential education and these outdoor programs than through the eyes of the students themselves. Here’s a rundown of the top eight outdoor schools and a look at some of their most accomplished alumni.Western Carolina UniversityLocation: Cullowhee, N.C.Size: 10,107Degree: Parks and Recreation ManagementTucked away in the mountains of western North Carolina, WCU’s stunning campus is home to some serious adventure. Both the Parks and Recreation Management (PRM) department and the Base Camp Cullowhee outing program offer students a chance to get the quintessential experiential education experience. PRM majors walk away from college with a proficient skillset, both in technical outdoor skills and the less-tangible soft skills like communication and organization. Majors can intern with entities like Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Project SOAR, and many other organizations specific to the outdoors. Coupled with trip leading opportunities through Base Camp Cullowhee, PRM graduates leave WCU with a well-rounded education in the outdoor industry and are more than prepared for a career in everything from guiding to program management.Bobby BrysonHometown: Glenville, N.C.Class of: 2001Major: Parks and Recreation ManagementOccupation: Captain, Charlotte Fire Department, member of the North Carolina Helicopter and Aquatic Rescue Team (NCHART), Charlotte, N.C.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Snowboarding, skiing, mountain bike racingGrowing up in a small town in the mountains of western North Carolina meant one thing for North Carolina native Bobby Bryson: playtime. From mountain biking to ski patrolling and raft guiding, Bryson is a jack-of-all-trades in the world of outdoor adventure and found the PRM program at WCU to be a perfect fit.“Through all of the leadership classes I took, I learned so much about group dynamics,” Bryson says. “Those courses made me realize peoples’ potential. You can use those lessons for whatever you’re trying to get accomplished.”Bryson now utilizes those group management skills not only as captain of Charlotte’s Fire Department but also as a member of the elite NCHART crew, a search and rescue team that utilizes Blackhawk helicopters for swiftwater, flood, urban, and wilderness rescue.William ButlerHometown: Laurinburg, N.C.Class of: 2012Major: Parks and Recreation ManagementOccupation: Educational Technician, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Cherokee, N.C.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of AmericaWilliam Butler always knew he was going to craft his career around his passion for the outdoors. At a young age, Butler was introduced to adventure through his parents’ own love of nature and his excursions with the Boy Scouts. Born and raised in the mountains of North Carolina, Butler says WCU’s campus location and supportive staff only fueled his passion for nature.“I really like connecting people with the outdoors and giving them that first sense of connection,” he says. “It’s amazing how many people are local to this region and have never been out to the national parks in their backyard.”Now, introducing people to the adventure scene and educating them on responsible outdoor recreation is a main component of his job at Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Garrett CollegeLocation: McHenry, Md.Size: 902Degree: Adventure SportsFounded in 1992, Garrett College’s Adventure Sports Institute was the first program to offer an adventure sports degree of its kind in the nation. As part of a joint effort with Frostburg State University to develop the major, the Adventure Sports degree teaches students about health and fitness as well as economic development and environmental awareness through the lens of outdoor education and recreation. In addition to learning technical skills about various outdoor activities, students can choose tracks in business management, leadership, therapeutic recreation, adventure videography, and environmental education. Garrett’s campus is situated in the mountains of western Maryland in close proximity to a number of outdoor destinations such as Deep Creek Lake, Wisp Resort, the Youghiogheny River, and the Adventure Sports Center International (ASCI).Shanna PowellHometown: Baltimore, Md.Class of: 2003Major: Recreation Parks and Management, concentration in Adventure SportsOccupation: Founder, Endless Bike Co., Asheville, N.C.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Raft guidingShanna Powell is a river rat. She’ll be the first to tell you that. From raft guiding on the Cheat and Youghiogheny Rivers to kayaking across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, her heart has always belonged to the river. During her time at Garrett College, Powell learned to channel that passion into a means of instructing and inspiring others to get on the water as well, but after a traumatic kayaking injury, Powell ditched the boat for a set of wheels. “I can think of a hundred thousand metaphors for life that kayaking gave me, but it all transfers to riding bikes too,” Powell says.Although she no longer raft guides or instructs kayaking, Powell continues to immerse herself in the outdoors through her singlespeed bike part manufacturing company, Endless Bikes Co. “My goal is still to introduce people to the sport I love,” she says. “It builds the sport, builds the industry, and builds a sense of respect for the outdoors.”Ben MortonHometown: Orange, Va.Class of: 2007Major: Applied Sciences, concentration in Adventure SportsOccupation: Kayak instruction, NOLS, Otter Bar, Jackson Hole Kayak SchoolOutdoor Experience Prior to College: Gap year Outward Bound courseAfter graduating high school, Ben Morton didn’t know what he wanted out of college. Rather than picking a school at random and figuring it out later, Morton signed up for an Outward Bound course in North Carolina. Those 45 days in the woods would prove to be a game changer for Morton, who returned home knowing he wanted to pursue outdoor leadership and education as a career. The program at Garrett College was, for him, the answer to his calling.“The classes ranged from practical skills like whitewater paddling and rock climbing to more soft skill courses like risk and group management, natural history and science, as well as psychology,” Morton recalls.Morton now teaches kayaking across the country and all around the world, having traveled to Costa Rica, New Zealand, Italy, and Germany.“The instructors at Garrett helped me learn how to adapt my teaching to whatever learning styles I have in a class,” he says. “Watching people rapidly progress and, on a deeper level, facilitating the transference of the skills they learn to their everyday life are the most fulfilling parts of my job.”Best of the RestAppalachian State UniversityLocation: Boone, N.C.Size: 17,344Degree: Recreation ManagementWhether you’re a student exploring the outdoors through the Recreation Management degree at ASU or simply someone looking to get outside, there is something for everyone at this mountain school. Outdoor Programs (OP), the university’s extracurricular recreation program, is open to anyone who wants to try something adventurous in the outdoors. From backcountry cooking clinics to month-long international trips, OP aims to make outings inclusive for students of every ability level. Those taking the academic path in the Recreation Management department can choose three concentrations: outdoor experiential education, recreation and parks, and commercial recreation. At ASU, collaboration is not only encouraged but also expected. The faculty and staff with both OP and the Recreation Management program work together to cater to individual students’ interests and ensure they receive the most out of their four years at ASU.Keith CrawfordHometown: Concord, N.C.Class of: 2012Major: Master’s in College Student Development, concentration in Outdoor Programs AdministrationOccupation: Assistant Coordinator, Adventure Outings, Chico State University, Chico, Calif.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Car campingCrawford came to ASU with a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management and a few years of work with organizations like the National Outdoor Leadership Program (NOLS) and Outward Bound under his belt. He was experienced in leading trips, yes, well versed in backcountry principles and leadership, yes, but he had yet to immerse himself in the backend administrative side of running an outdoor program. From obtaining permits to planning a budget and managing student staff, there were many facets of managing a recreational program that Crawford had yet to learn about.“I had a lot of experience planning trips, but the College Student Development program helped me see the bigger picture,” Crawford says. “App State does a really good job of providing the framework and then letting students get that expertise by going out and working in the field.”Katherine RichardsHometown: Greensboro, N.C.Class of: 2011Major: Outdoor Experiential Education, Master’s in College Student Development, concentration in Outdoor Programs AdministrationOccupation: Program Director, Outdoor Pursuits, University of Wisconsin – MilwaukeeOutdoor Experience Prior to College: Family backpacking and canoeing tripsWith two parents who were graduates of Outward Bound courses and all-around avid outdoorsmen, Katherine Richards always knew her life would revolve around adventure. “I enrolled in the Recreation Management program and that, combined with Outdoor Programs, really gave me the opportunity to utilize the theory that I was learning in the classroom and practice it weekly with the groups I was leading,” Richards says. “Today, I rely heavily upon what I’ve learned from App State.”Richards now runs her own outdoor program, one that did not exist at the University of Wisconsin previously. She says that had it not been for her comprehensive academic studies and in-the-field experiences she gained at ASU, she would not have known how to build an outdoor program from the ground up.Clemson UniversityLocation: Clemson, S.C.Size: 20,768Degree: Parks, Recreation, and Tourism ManagementIn the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina sits the campus of Clemson University. A school known primarily as being science- and engineering-oriented, the Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management (PRTM) degree is also of equal renown. The department’s website sums it up perfectly: “students study fun.” Students in PRTM can choose their focus and hone their skill sets in community recreation, camp management, park and conservation area management, therapeutic recreation, and travel and tourism management. PRTM’s EDGE (Engaging in Diverse Guided Experiences) Semester allows students an immersive experience where they work closely with faculty & staff while receiving real-world, experiential education opportunities like working with local communities and collaborating at workshops.Emily NiehausHometown: Cincinnati, OhioClass of: 2002Major: Sociology, double minor in Religion and Parks and Recreation Tourism MangementOccupation: Founder and director, Community Rebuild, Moab, UtahOutdoor Experience Prior to College: NoneEmily Niehaus received her first exposure to the outdoors after spending two years at Prescott College in Arizona. Niehaus wasn’t happy out west, though, so she decided to transfer back east to Clemson, a school she had never visited but one that looked to be, on paper, a perfect fit.“Clemson ended up exceeding my expectations,” Niehaus says. “Not only did I get a really super awesome education, but I was also able to plug right into a cohort where we were all learning about environmental issues and recreation.”The staff at Clemson encouraged Niehaus to interweave her passion for sociology with her love of the outdoors. That collaborative approach eventually paved the way for Niehaus to create Community Rebuild, a company that designs passive solar straw bale homes for low-income families.Adam BeecoHometown: Easley, S.C.Class of: 2007Major: Psychology, Master’s and Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism ManagementOccupation: Outdoor Recreation Planner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Washington, D.C.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: NoneFor Adam Beeco, the opportunity to gain experience in psychological research was his number one reason for coming to Clemson. After his first year in school, however, something else began to compete with that priority: kayaking. Beeco finished his undergraduate psychology degree after four years but, thanks in part to his time on the water, he decided to stay at Clemson until 2013 to obtain both his Master’s and Ph.D. in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management.“The opportunity to apply that psychology into the outdoor setting just seemed like a perfect fit,” Beeco says.Beeco now works as part of a multidisciplinary team that assesses both the power and non-power resource benefits of hydroelectric projects. His main duty is to consider the projects’ effects on recreation, land use, and aesthetic resources as a means of determining the most appropriate balance between the need for power and the protection of our waterways.Roanoke CollegeLocation: Salem, Va.Size: 1,869Degree: None currently offeredAlthough Roanoke College does not offer a formal outdoor recreation degree of any sort, the students who take the initiative to get involved with the college’s Outdoor Adventures program can walk away with an impressive résumé of outdoor leadership experience. One of the program’s flagship activities is Journey, a pre-orientation trip for incoming freshman that not only helps newcomers create a sense of community prior to coming to college but also introduces them to Roanoke’s outdoor recreation scene. Through the school, students can receive training in Wilderness First Aid, CPR, and other related leadership workshops, which will in turn allow them to lead outings as student guides. From mountain biking at nearby Carvins Cove to bouldering on McAfees Knob, the mountains of central Virginia are ripe with adventure and Roanoke College is situated smack dab in the middle of it all.Scott SegerstromHometown: Wilmington, Del.Class of: 2002Major: EnglishOccupation: Executive Director, Colorado Youth Corps Association, Denver, Colo.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: NoneOriginally hailing from “Suburbia, U.S.A.,” Scott Segerstrom never knew much about the outdoors. He didn’t know what a tent was or how to cook in the backcountry. He was a typical city boy, but one with an insatiable curiosity. When he came to Roanoke, he immediately dialed into the opportunities available with Outdoor Adventure and made a 180-degree reversal in his lifestyle and career ambitions.“Getting into the outdoors is one of the rare instances where you can get a visual sense of just how big the world really is,” Segerstrom says. “It’s really an eye-opening experience to see the depth and breadth of what natural land resources can offer you.”From leading youth corps in Colorado to working with the Forest Service as a wilderness ranger and wildland firefighter, Segerstrom says there is not a single job he’s had where he has not called upon the skills and values instilled in him during his time at Roanoke. He now helps organize youth corps in Colorado to execute projects ranging from replacing light bulbs to two-week trail building sessions on Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks.Hailey DossHometown: Rocky Mount, Va.Class of: 2012Major: Art, minor in Art HistoryOccupation: Outdoor Adventure Center Coordinator, Ohio State University, Columbus, OhioOutdoor Experience Prior to College: Car campingWhen Hailey Doss signed up for Roanoke’s Outdoor Adventure spring break trip during her freshman year, she never envisioned the path that solitary experience would take her. Although Doss finished her undergraduate years as an art major, she found her true passion out on the water and would later move on elsewhere to get her master’s in Leisure Studies.“As I came up through the Outdoor Adventure program I started taking on more responsibility,” Doss says. “I was the student director of OA which is where I organized all of the trips and programs and facilitated staff training and did the marketing.”Now, Doss’ current position mirrors practically every facet of the time she worked as OA’s student director. She credits the “phenomenal teachers and experience” she had at Roanoke for helping build such a strong and thorough foundation.Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityLocation: Blacksburg, Va.Size: 31,205Degree: None currently offeredVirginia Tech is another example of a school that, although lacking a legitimate outdoor recreation degree, offers students a platform for gaining backcountry skills and experiences through Venture Out. The extracurricular program is designed for participants of any skill level to partake in any number of outings, from beginner caving to climbing at the nearby cliffs of Bozoo. For those looking to gain more than just a cool experience, the Trip Leaders program gives students the opportunity to take the reins and execute peer-led trips. Virginia Tech does offer an academic degree in Natural Resource Conservation with a concentration in Conservation and Recreation Management, and students involved with Venture Out are often enrolled in this major. The coursework for this degree, however, focuses more on how to manage and protect natural areas specifically for recreation and conservation purposes.Darr SoliHometown: Bridgewater, Va.Class of: 2011Major: Interdisciplinary Studies, minors in Environmental Science and Natural Resource RecreationOccupation: Raft Guide, River Expeditions, Fayetteville, W.Va.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: BackpackingFor Darr Soli, the idea of going to college and sitting behind a desk for four years had little appeal. A restless spirit, Soli decided to take off on a NOLS semester in the Rockies in 2009, a trip that ultimately changed his life and helped him make the most out of college. From working as a commercial raft guide on the nearby New River Gorge and Gauley Rivers to big wall sport climbing in Hildago, Mexico, Soli began utilizing the recreational resources in and around campus to help him prepare for even bigger adventures.“Through being outside, I’ve learned what’s really important to me,” Soli says. “I’ve learned to appreciate the benefits of having a strong connection to nature and what that does for the human brain. People have a pretty substantial disconnection with nature and having them out there on the river for four to five hours is a pretty awesome way to educate them on how Earth’s systems work.”Colleen O’ConnellHometown: Poolesville, Md.Class of: 2012Major: Natural Resource Conservation and Recreation Management, minor in ForestryOccupation: Naturalist, Allen Marine Tours, Juneau, Ala.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Summer campGrowing up, Colleen O’Connell always envisioned she would become a veterinarian. She loved the outdoors, loved animals, loved nature in every sense of the word. But when she found herself reviewing the courses required for the Natural Resource Conservation and Recreation Management degree, she realized that she would rather incorporate her interest in science with the world of outdoor adventure.“Our labs were always taking us outside,” O’Connell says. “When we could find time in between classes, we’d be out on the water.”Through Venture Out and the community of outdoorsman at Tech, O’Connell learned to whitewater kayak. In addition to her outdoor adventure résumé, O’Connell’s studies in conservation helped her land a job as a naturalist in Alaska where she regularly guides tourists on the water and educates them on the area’s natural surroundings.Brevard CollegeLocation: Brevard, N.C.Size: 700Degree: Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE)At Brevard College, everyone recreates outside. Whether it’s the college president David Joyce out with his wife for an evening bike ride or the admissions staff taking a backpacking trip on the weekend, it’s not just the professors and students of the Wilderness Leadership and Experiential Education (WLEE) program who like to go outside and play. Of the roughly 700 students at Brevard, about 10% of those are WLEE majors which explains why the college is considered such an adventure hot spot. Nestled at the base of Pisgah National Forest and a quick 15-minute drive from Gorges State Park, DuPont State Park, and a host of other natural attractions, the college campus and surrounding town of Brevard serves as a convenient hub for elite mountain bikers, paddlers, and even climbers.Corey MeyerHometown: Little Falls, Minn.Class of: 2011Major: Integrated Studies, emphasis on WLEE and Environmental Design-Based ArchitectureOccupation: Trip guide, Austin Adventures, Billings, Mont.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: SkiingCorey Meyer is a man of the mountains. Having grown up on a 300-acre farm with the Mississippi River flowing through his backyard, Meyer found it impossible not to develop a fondness for the outdoors. After studying in Bozeman at Montana State University for two years, Meyer found himself craving a change of pace and, more importantly, a legitimate collegiate biking team. Enter Brevard College.“I came from a small town so I was really excited about going to Brevard,” Meyer says. “I don’t know if I would have finished college if it wasn’t for the home-y vibe there.”Although Meyer came in with a strong skill set, he says the WLEE program helped him dive headfirst into logistical matters like trail routes, food planning, risk management, and establishing group expectations. “The foundation that Brevard set up for handling tough situations in the backcountry is probably one of the most powerful things I took away,” he says in reference to his current line of work leading backcountry trips around the world.Kelsey BracewellHometown: Atlanta, Ga.Class of: 2009Major: WLEE, minor in PsychologyOccupation: Safety Education & Instruction Coordinator, American Canoe Association, Fredericksburg, Va.Outdoor Experience Prior to College: Family campingWhen Kelsey Bracewell first started her WLEE studies, she had never so much as sat in a kayak. What’s more, she was absolutely terrified of it. That, however, changed during her first year at Brevard. Under the guidance of the WLEE staff and student leaders, Bracewell quickly transformed into a competent and confident kayaker and now works for American Canoe Association (ACA), the national certifying body for training paddlesports instructors.“I really appreciated the concentrated approach that Brevard College’s WLEE program gave me,” she says. “There’s more to outdoor adventure than being a good climber or paddler or biker. If I can’t figure out how to share that passion in a constructive way with people, then it doesn’t mean anything to anyone but me.”University of North Carolina – AshevilleLocation: Asheville, N.C.Size: 3,595Degree: None currently offered“Built on human-powered adventure since the 1980s,” UNC-Asheville’s Outdoor Programs is one of the more popular extracurricular activities on campus. From a team building challenge course to a rental shop that helps gear students for their own adventures, Outdoor Programs is all about helping students facilitate and engage in outdoor adventure on every level. The program offers students a number of opportunities to get hands-on, skill-building experience like training to become a bike mechanic, leading roll sessions for beginner kayakers, and managing trips and trip leaders. With the French Broad river in the backyard and iconic destinations like Mt. Mitchell and the Blue Ridge Parkway just a short drive away, UNC’s Asheville campus is a mecca for outdoor adventure.Leah McDowellHometown: Glennside, Penn.Class of: 2006Major: Environmental Studies, concentration in Ecology and Environmental BiologyOccupation: Campus Recreation Outdoor Programs Coordinator, UNC AshevilleOutdoor Experience Prior to College: Car camping“Before college, I couldn’t teach anyone how to set up a tent or start a fire or do anything like that,” McDowell remembers. “The outdoor program [at UNC-Asheville] gave me the community and support to believe in myself and challenge myself.”McDowell now runs the same program that opened her eyes to the world of outdoor adventure. Although her experiences with Outdoor Programs ultimately prepared her for her current occupation, she says her degree in environmental studies helps her offer a well-rounded adventure for students. “My job isn’t exactly science-based, but I still enjoy being able to educate folks on what they’re seeing. It builds a sense of place and a sense of respect for strong outdoor ethics so that they feel a sense of stewardship.”Sarah PelalaHometown: Greenville, N.C.Class of: 2005Major: Environmental StudiesOccupation: Director of Day Camps and School Programs, Avid4 Adventure, Boulder, COOutdoor Experience Prior to College: Skiing, National Outdoor Leadership School courseFor UNC-A graduate Sarah Pekala, adventure was as important to her college experience as academics.“My time in college culminated during my senior year when I trained other trip leaders and put them through a semester-long training process,” Pekala says.“ Being 20 and managing your peers, that was incredibly valuable.”Since her time with Outdoor Programs, Pekala has morphed from a shy, introverted high school graduate to a confident young woman who now works as a camp director planning multiday backcountry trips and managing large groups of people. “My mentors in college definitely pressed on me that I needed to have a job that didn’t feel like work and that I was excited to go to every day,” Pekala says. “I love being outdoors and passing that passion along to others.” Adventure 101The low-down on the other colleges and universities highlighted in our Best Outdoor School bracket.Warren Wilson CollegeWhether you’ve signed up for one of the outdoor program’s trips or you’re renting gear to help facilitate your own adventure, the crew at Warren Wilson is more than happy to get you outside and educate you on how to be safe.Furman UniversityFrom the highlands to the islands, Furman’s Paladin Outdoor Program offers students a chance to take a break from the books and have some fun in the natural wonders of South Carolina.Liberty UniversityDo you ski or ride? Do you wish you could hit the slopes and train year-round? At Liberty Mountain’s Snowflex Centre, you can shred while you study.Georgia CollegeIf you’re considering a career as an outdoor educator, check out Georgia College’s Outdoor Education program, one of only five programs in the country recognized by the Association for Experiential Education.Lees-McRae CollegeSerious about climbing? So is LMC. Check out their competitive rock climbing team and the annual Reel Rock Film Tour that Outdoor Programs hosts.Sewanee – The University of the SouthMost universities have on-campus trails, but Sewanee’s campus knocks them all out of the water, boasting over 50 miles of trails that are open to students for hiking, biking, horseback riding and even overnight camping.Emory & Henry CollegeHave you ever wanted to get school credit for thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail? Through Emory & Henry’s Semester-a-Trail program, you can do just that and more.Davidson CollegeCanoeing in the Everglades and on the Rio Grande, sailing off the Gulf Coast of Florida, hang gliding at the Outer Banks, sea kayaking off the Georgia coast…sound too good to be true? At Davidson, it’s not.Maryville CollegeLearn to teach and guide through Maryville’s outdoor recreation degree or get involved with the college’s Mountain Challenge program, which introduces students to activities such as navigation, outdoor service projects, rope courses, and caving.Lenoir-Rhyne UniversityJoin Lenoir-Rhyne’s Outdoor Adventure Club and get ready for lots of s’mores, stories around the campfire, and adventures galore in the mountains of North Carolina.Wake Forest UniversityWhen you’re not in class, enroll in a different type of school – kayaking school. Learn to be a class III kayaker in weeks or, if the water thing is not for you, hit up the CRUX climbing gym and send some routes.Washington and Lee UniversityThe W&L campus location is prime for outdoor adventures. Nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, the Outing Club can help guide everything from fly-fishing on the Maury River to caving in one of Virginia’s 3,650 known caves.West Virginia UniversityMeet new people, explore new places, gain skills and have fun. Whether it’s climbing at Seneca or cross-country skiing in Canaan Valley, the Outdoor Rec Center is always down to play outside.University of GeorgiaIf you thought you couldn’t kayak for school credit, think again. UGA offers PE credit for its fall and spring semester courses as well as its two-week adventure trip to Costa Rica.University of PittsburghDespite its urban location, the University of Pittsburgh is within close proximity to a host of city greenways, national parks, and mountaintop ski resorts. The ‘burg is your oyster – make the best of it by joining the Department of Intramurals and Recreation.James Madison UniversityJMU is situated in the mountains surrounding Harrisonburg, Va., so it’s only natural that outdoor adventure should rank high among the students’ list of priorities. The biking community is very active here, as the nearby George Washington and Jefferson National Forests offer some of the best singletrack in the region.Pennsylvania State UniversityStudy by day, dive by night. Yes, it is possible to learn to SCUBA dive at school. Just ask PSU’s Paul Rentschler, SCUBA Diving Supervisor and underwater guru.University of VirginiaWhether you’re an amateur or an experienced skier or snowboarder, the Virginia Alpine Ski and Snowboard Team offers powder lovers a chance to get the adrenaline pumping and the competitive edge on at least twice a week at the nearby Wintergreen Ski Resort.University of KentuckyRafting on the Chattanooga, climbing in the Red River Gorge, dog sledding in Michigan? You name it, UKY’s Outdoor Pursuit team can make it happen.University of Tennessee – ChattanoogaUTC Outdoors offers incoming students the chance to be a part of WILD, the Wilderness Institute for Leadership Development, which takes its members into the wilderness once a month to recreate in a variety of settings and learn how to be an effective leader.Virginia Commonwealth UniversityWith such a diverse array of adventure destinations close to VCU’s location in Richmond, Va., students can join the campus Outdoor Adventure Program and learn to do everything from whitewater paddling to stand up paddleboarding and mountain biking.Emory UniversityOutdoor Emory is the university’s largest student organization on campus and is entirely student-run. The club provides students a wide range of outdoor opportunities like skydiving and skiing and offers the Student Outdoor Adventure Retreat (SOAR) to incoming freshman.University of Tennessee – KnoxvilleGet studious about adventure and enroll in UTK’s Recreation and Leisure Studies major or ditch the textbooks for the afternoon and hit the trails with the UT Outdoor Program (UTOP). Paddling the Pigeon and hiking in the Smoky Mountains are a couple of the go-to trips near campus.University of North Carolina – Chapel HillThe Carolina Outdoor Education Center (COEC) on campus houses two programs, a challenge course and an expedition program, both of which “promote greater understanding and appreciation of self, others & the natural world.”
EAST JAPAN Railway formally inaugurates the first stage of its Nagano Shinkansen between Takasaki and Nagano on October 1, with the launch of Asama super-express services from Tokyo. The 126 km branch diverges from the existing Joetsu Shinkansen, and is designed for operation at up to 260 km/h.The line was originally to be known as the Hokuriku Shinkansen, as it is intended to serve the Hokuriku region along the Sea of Japan coast, including the towns of Toyoma and Kanazawa. As this area is currently served by JR West and no timetable has been set for completion of the shinkansen extension beyond Nagano, JR East has dropped the Hokuriku name as potentially confusing.Services to Nagano will be worked by Series E2 trainsets (right). The line is expected to carry heavy traffic in the early part of next year, when Nagano hosts the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. An additional island platform has been built at Tokyo Central to accommodate the increased JR East shinkansen activity; there are now four platform tracks for Tohoku, Joetsu, Yamagata, Akita and Nagano services, and six tracks for JR Central and JR West trains on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen. o
“Well, it is time for the LGUs (local government units) to inspect all — all buildings. Umpisahan na nila ngayon. The earthquake season has come. I don’t know if it will occur again between now and tomorrow,” Duterte said in statement. The damages to infrastructure following the series of quakes have convinced the Palace that it was “high time” to amend Republic Act 6541, or the National Building Code of the Philippines. “We are also calling on the legislature to amend the National Building Code to avoid further structural danger during natural disasters,” said Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar in a statement. According to Andanar, it’s high time to revamp and tighten this outdated law as its current framework is very lax. MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered for the immediate inspection of all buildings in Mindanao following series of earthquakes that has now claimed 22 lives. “Letus not wait for a disaster to happen before we become strict in grantingbuilding permits,” he stressed./PN
LSU DOWNS KENTUCKY AT THE BUZZER IN RUPP 🚨pic.twitter.com/oLgbwk031G— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) February 13, 2019The officials reviewed the play and determined Bigby-Williams’ released the ball before time expired, giving LSU a 73-71 victory.Bigby-Williams, however, appeared to touch the ball while it was still in the cylinder. But, basket interference is not a call that can be reviewed via replay.The ball is clearly within the cylinder when it is touched. Should have been goaltending. But @SethOnHoops says they can’t review that… so it was missed by officials in real time. Great win for LSU, but game should be in OT. pic.twitter.com/foW5HFzWCL— Dari Nowkhah (@ESPNDari) February 13, 2019Kentucky forward EJ Montgomery also may have put his hand through the net on Mays’ initial shot. No. 19 LSU picked up a road win over No. 5 Kentucky on a controversial tip-in at the buzzer Tuesday.The teams were tied with less than two seconds to play when Tigers guard Skylar Mays attacked the paint and attempted a layup. The shot bounced off the rim, but forward Kavell Bigby-Williams tapped the ball through the basket as time expired. Everyone is talking about the tip-in, but this was a pretty clear goaltend by E.J. Montgomery on the initial shot. The refs missed the call against Kavell Bigby-Williams, but that tip-in shouldn’t have mattered if they had seen Montgomery’s hand go through the rim. pic.twitter.com/AJwTWrs2s2— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) February 13, 2019Kentucky forward PJ Washington tallied a game-high 20 points, along with nine rebounds, in the losing effort. LSU star Tremont Waters had 15 points but shot just three of 13 from the field.The loss snapped Kentucky’s 10-game winning streak and dropped it to 20-4 (9-2 SEC) this season. LSU improved to 20-4 (10-1 SEC).
Image Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement 5jkvNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsuwwWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eyk46z( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) w6wzrWould you ever consider trying this?😱2kh3wCan your students do this? 🌚z8jcRoller skating! Powered by Firework Over the years, a number of footballers have got themselves into many controversies, and some of them even faced jail time. However, its now a Slovenian referee named Slavko Vinčić, who has been arrested for being involved in prostitution and drugs ring in Bosnia and Herzegovina.Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyFollowing a police probe in the country’s underworld, the UEFA Champions League referee has been found to be guilty of being linked to drugs and illegal firearms, and is also charged for his involvement in a prostitution ring.Vinčić was arrested with the possession of drugs and illegal firearms, along with Tijana Maksimovic, a Serbian model who is believed to be the head of the prostitution ring.Advertisement The ref was caught red handed by the police at the city of Bijeljina. According to official statement from the police, cocaine, illegal weapons and cash were also seized. Maksimovic was trying to cross the border into Croatia with three women. A total of 26 men and 9 women were arrested in the probe.Tijana Maksimovic (Image Courtesy: Instagram)“During the search of the house and vehicles used by the suspects, 14 packages of cocaine, ten pistols, three suits of body armour, over 10,000 euros in various currencies, phones and laptops were found and seized,” the statement from Bijeljina police read.Advertisement However, the referee himself has negated his involvement in the ring.“After a meeting with some business partners, there was an invitation to a party at a ranch to which we responded. After the police raid we were invited to an informative interview, where I explained that I did not know these people at all,” Vinčić spoke to the national media.Vinčić has been an international referee for FIFA since 2010, and was a team member for the legendary Damir Skomina at the UEFA Euro 2012.The 40 year old has also been the referee of a number of UEFA Champions League matches, most notably the Reds’ 4-1 group stage away victory over Genk back in October 2019, and City’s 1-1 home draw with Shakhtar Donetsk in November.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-‘Stone Cold Singh’ – John Cena’s nickname for Ranveer SinghFind out the only Indian who makes it into Forbes top 100 highest paid athletes! Advertisement
Red Bank restaurant begins rebuilding By Michele J. Kuhn RED BANK – After a bit of hell and a lot of high water, Kelly Ryan expects Boondocks to be back in operation in May.Ryan is determined to reopen her popular seasonal riverside restaurant on May 14 and she – and others – are working to ensure that happens.A fundraiser is in the works for Thursday, April 11, at the Oyster Point Hotel, the only other Red Bank business to have to close for a period of time from damage inflicted by Super Storm Sandy’s devastating tidal surge. The event will celebrate the hotel’s recent reopening and raise the funds – $30,000 – Ryan needs to renovate, refurbish and totally re-equip her business.Her rebuilding process is just beginning.Kelly Ryan, the owner of Boondocks Fishery, is looking to reopen her storm-ravaged restaurant in May,“They finally got into my building [on Monday, Feb. 18] and they ripped down all the walls and floors. Now the whole building is gutted. We are getting heaters in there to dry out and in a couple of weeks, we’ll go back in there and put the walls up, the tile up, put everything back up, get new equipment. I’m shooting for May 14 to reopen, no matter what,” she said.Boondocks was already closed for the season when Sandy smashed into New Jersey on Oct. 29 and sent a 5-foot wall of water into the dockside restaurant, rendering all its contents unsalvageable.Prior to the storm, Ryan moved refrigeration equipment to the top of the hill behind the restaurant and stored the rest – fryers, stove, grill and the like – in a garage at Irwin Marine, which is her landlord. She felt she was safe storing the equipment there because during the 1992 storm “they only got an inch of water in the garage.” The walk-in storage box was left at the restaurant “because who would have ever expected 5 feet of water there? It was just crazy,” she said.The day after the storm, Ryan, a Highlands resident, first walked to Sea Bright to check on Donavan’s Reef because she knew that borough had taken a severe hit from the storm. Donavan’s was destroyed.“When I saw the devastation there, I knew we had to get to Boondocks,” she said. Ryan then went to Red Bank to check on her waterfront restaurant.“When I got to the top of the hill, I was, like, the building’s there! Everything is fine,” she said. “Then I couldn’t get into the building because it had separated from the dock and I couldn’t get in the doors.“Then I realized there was all this water shooting out of one of the windows. The hot water heater and all the piping under the building had broken and all this water was just everywhere,” she said.Ryan’s boyfriend was able to climb into a window and shut off the water.“Then we saw what happened. We went into the garages and everything there was tossed around like little buoys. Things were everywhere. There was gasoline, oil, grease and mud … There were boats in there too,” she said. “It was disgusting.“At the time, you just go into overdrive. You don’t know what to do,” she said with emotion.The next day the people at Irwin Marine had a Dumpster available. Helpful friends and staff members threw everything that had been part of the Boondocks operation into the trash.Ryan then turned her attention to the devastation at Sea Bright where she pitched in with the Sea Bright Rising effort.After helping others in Sea Bright for a while, Ilene Winters of Sea Bright Rising told Ryan she needed to begin thinking about herself. Winters helped her get an effort to restore Boondocks off the ground on a website called Indiegogo. Her fundraising webpage can be found at www.indiegogo.com/boondocks. So far, the page has generated about $6,800 in donations, she said.When members of the Navesink Business Group learned of her plight and fundraising efforts, they decided they could assist and the April 11 event, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oyster Point Hotel, was created.Tickets for the event will be $50 and organizers are hoping to get 350 to 400 people to attend. There will be a cash bar and food supplied by members of Red Bank Flavour, an alliance of Red Bank restaurants. Donations will be accepted at the event, said Robert Lowe, founder of Navesink Business Group.Ryan “has always donated her services to others and she has done a lot for Sea Bright Rising,” Lowe said. “We felt we needed to help her.”Though she is grateful for the help, Ryan said she was having a little trouble getting used to accepting an assist from others.“It’s overwhelming,” she said. “I guess because I’m the one always trying to do everything for everybody, now I’m awkward because people are trying to do things for me and I don’t know how to react to it.”Ryan expects Boondocks to remain much the same for its upcoming fifth season as it was pre-storm except she hopes to be able to put more of an emphasis on her lunch business and maybe offer delivery to area offices and homes.Meanwhile, Ryan appeared Monday, Feb. 18, on WCBS TV. She made lobster mac and cheese during a 4 ½-minute segment on CBS 2 This Morning’s “2 In The Kitchen” featured at 6:45 a.m. and had a “really fun time.”
Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s (www.fightingforstanley.ca/vancouver) west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily. After the events of last Saturday night, the Vancouver Canucks found out they drew the plucky Los Angeles Kings in the first round of this year’s Stanley Cup tournament. Vancouver won 8 of its last 9 games to finish first in the tight Western Conference. On the other hand, the Kings limped into the postseason, losing three of their last four in either overtime or a shootout, including two in a row to end the season against the San Jose Sharks. Those losses relegated the Kings to eighth spot and their solidified their date with the Presidents’ Trophy winners.We know the Canucks have been a high-scoring, high-flying team in recent years, but took a bit of a right turn in 2012 and started to play much more sound defensive hockey, at the expense of some of their offense. The Kings, on the other hand, have played most of the year in a defensive shell, netminder Jonathan Quick recording an impressive 10 shutouts. L.A. has had trouble scoring all year as well, and made a coaching change back in December when they fired Terry Murray and brought Calgary Flames destructor Daryl Sutter (and his horrible, 70’s-inspired suits) aboard. The Kings continued on the same trajectory after Sutter was hired, however, after the trade-deadline acquisition of sniper Jeff Carter, the Kings have been scoring at higher rate.How do these teams stack up against each other? Let’s take a deeper look. SEASON RECORD AND SEASON SERIESThe Canucks secured the league-wide title with a record 51-22-9, while the Kings finished 16 points in arrears with a record of 40-27-15. When looking into the quality of each team’s record, the Canucks record was 36-22 (.621 winning percentage) in regulation time, 7-2 (.778) in games decided in overtime, and 8-7 (.533) in the less relevant games decided in a shootout. On the other hand, the Kings were 31-27 (.534) in regulation, 3-6 in overtime (.333), and 6-9 (.400) in the shootout. If you ignore the games decided in the skills competition, the Canucks were 19 games above .500 at 43-24 (.642), while the Kings were much more pedestrian, finishing only one game above .500 at 34-33 (.507). Give the Canucks the edge in this area.Part of the difference here will be the fact that the Kings play in much tougher division than do the Canucks – none of the other Northwest Division teams finished above the playoff bar, whereas the Pacific Division delivered not only the Kings, but also the Coyotes and Sharks. The Canucks beat up on their divisional foes finishing with a record of 18-5-1, whereas the Kings were a much more pedestrian 8-8-4 against their Pacific Division rivals. It was this difference that separated the two teams in the standings. Consider this: the Canucks record outside the Northwest and Pacific divisions was 22-12-4, and the Kings were 19-15-4. From looking at the non-divisional records, it appears the two teams are relatively equal, but give the Canucks a slight edge due to their marginally better record.The Canucks won the season series 2-1-1, with one of the wins coming by way of a shootout. Overall, the four games were played relatively evenly and the Kings looked the better team through large stretches of all of them. That said, the Canucks were good enough to win two games in regulation (each one a one-goal game) and lose another in shootout. The only game that they lost in regulation was 4-1 Kings, in a game where the Canucks didn’t put their best effort on the ice. These games were a microcosm of each team’s season – the Kings played things close to the vest and couldn’t outscore their opponents while not allowing much, while on the other hand, the Canucks struggled to score, but did “just” enough to win, nothing more, and nothing less. Based on the team’s head to head record, you’d have to again give the edge to Vancouver. GOALTENDINGLos Angeles boasts one of the league’s best netminders in Quick, who is sure to receive a Vezina trophy nomination for his stellar body of work this year. Quick is the biggest reason the Kings were able to scrape into the playoffs. Quick played in 69 games for the Kings, fourth in the NHL behind Pekka Rinne, Jonas Hiller, and Miikka Kiprusoff. He finished second in the NHL with a 1.95 GAA, and was fifth in the NHL with a save percentage of .929. His 10 shutouts led the NHL. Clearly, Quick was L.A.’s most valuable player.The Canucks on the other hand boast not one, but two of the league’s best goaltenders. Number one goalie Roberto Luongo played in 55 games, recording a GAA of 2.41 (15th in the league) and a save percentage of .919, good for 12th in the league. Backup Cory Schneider played 33 games, and had an excellent GAA of 1.96 with a save percentage of .937, third and second in the league respectively. This season wasn’t Luongo’s best statistically, but he has played a number of tremendous games for the Canucks this season. Together, the two goalies combined for 8 shutouts this year.Quick is inexperienced, having only 12 career playoff games, compared to Luongo who has 59 career contests. Of course, Luongo has run into problems in each of the Canucks’ last three playoff years, struggling at times against Chicago and in last year’s finals against Boston. However, in Schneider, the Canucks have a legitimate go-to number 1(b), as he’s shown his ability to step in and play in big games, all season long. Quick’s had an incredible season, there’s no doubt, and although fatigue may be a factor given his workload this year, if he was pitted against only Luongo you’d have to give the Kings the edge. Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Canucks have a fail safe in Schneider, and for that reason give the nod to the Canucks between the pipes. DEFENSEThe Kings finished with 170 goals against, good for second in the NHL. The Canucks were fourth at 191 goals allowed.The Kings’ defensive corps boasts one of the league’s best young defensemen, Drew Doughty. He is typically paired with Cup-winning veteran, Rob Scuderi. The Kings’ other two pairings are typically ex-Canuck Willie Mitchell alongside young Russian Slava Voynov, and Matt Green playing with Rafael Diaz. With the exception of Doughty, none of these blueliners are spectacular, however, together they form a very solid and efficient six-man unit. Scuderi and Greene provide the most physicality.The Canucks look to start the series with the pairings of Bieksa-Edler, Hamhuis-Tanev, and Salo-Rome. The defense has been playing very well of late and while none of these guys boast the kind of offensive flair of a Doughty, four of the six are legitimate threats offensively. In addition, this group does a tremendous job of moving the puck out of the zone with efficiency, getting the puck to the forwards.Generally, I get nervous come playoff time when the Canucks have to face a Norris-calibre defenseman. Doughty was nominated for the award in his breakout 2009-2010 campaign, but has failed to live up to the hype since then, reporting late to camp last fall after a contract dispute. In addition, in the games against the Canucks this season, they have been able to get Doughty off his game mentally, causing him to take a number of unnecessary penalties.The Canucks also boast much better depth. I’m not sure who the Kings have in reserve, but trading Jack Johnson away at the deadline hurt their depth badly. The Canucks have at least three NHL-calibre defensemen in reserve (Keith Ballard, Andrew Alberts, Marc-Andre Gragnani), each of whom can slot into the sixth spot and give the team a much different look.For defense – give the edge to the Canucks, as their offensive abilities and depth should be enough to overcome Doughty’s top-end talent. FORWARDSThe Kings’ top-six is extremely good on paper, boasting Anze Koptiar, Justin Williams, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, and Dustin Brown. The team has been scoring well of late, averaging three goals per game over their last 18 games, which roughly coincides with the acquisition of Carter at the trade deadline. Kopitar can be one of the league’s most dynamic players, however, in my mind he continues to fail to take that “next step” to elite superstar status. Justin Williams has had a bit of a down year, but he was the Kings’ best forward in their 4-1 victory over the Canucks back in December. Mike Richards has had a garish campaign (I should know as I have him in my fantasy league), and after returning from a concussion in late December, he hasn’t appeared to be the same player he was before. Carter is returning from a recent bone bruise injury and may not be as effective as he normally would be.The Kings’ bottom-six begins to thin out, and includes players such as Jarret Stoll, Dustin Penner, Brad Richardson (out after an emergency appendectomy), Kyle Clifford, Matt Lewis, ex-Blackhawk Colin Fraser, and a collection of 12th/13th forwards to round out the lineup.While the Kings’ top end talent can compare to Vancouver’s, their depth up front is suspect and coach Alain Vigneault should be able to exploit favourable matchups. Given his line’s great two-way performance, Sammy Pahlsson will likely see a lot of ice against Kopitar, and if his line can neutralize the Kings’ first unit (possibly chipping in with the odd goal), things should look good for the Canucks. The addition of Pahlsson has been huge for this team, and has impacted it much more greatly than I expected when it was consummated at the deadline. It’s the single biggest reason the Canucks have been able to clamp down effectively on their opposition. When the Pahlsson line takes these tough minutes, it will enable AV to get the Kesler line out against the Kings’ third or fourth lines and that should result in some goals for the team in blue and green.The big question mark for the Canucks remains over Daniel Sedin’s status. If he is able to play it opens up a lot of possibilities for Vigneault as he can move Max Lapierre and Mason Raymond around the lineup as required. Although there was some drama around this situation today, expect the Canucks to have Sedin in the lineup as quickly as possible, currently looking like game 2 or 3 of the series assuming there are no setbacks.In another close competition, give the Canucks the edge here with two caveats: the Kings have enough talent to put the puck in the net and if their forwards raise their game they can compete; and if Daniel Sedin doesn’t play in the series, the scale may tip to the Kings in this area. COACHING/INTANGIBLESAll Canucks fans have seen Sutter’s act before and we should all know what to expect. Sutter will employ a physical, borderline dirty approach with his troops in order to try to get the Canucks off their game. The Kings have the horses to play this way, with Fraser, Clifford, Richardson (when healthy) and Greene all able to mix it up and agitate. This approach is one that’s used consistently against Vancouver and it has had success in the past. For this reason, the Canucks’ power play will have to produce to discourage the Kings from taking too many liberties, and if it doesn’t, expect a dirty series with many scrums, yapping, and confrontations.The Canucks’ team toughness has been questioned throughout the year but I believe they’ve answered the bell when required. They have some big, tough players at their disposal (Byron Bitz, Zack Kassian, Dale Weise, Alberts) and I believe at least one of these guys will be in the lineup at all times to keep the Kings honest. There are a number of other players on the team that won’t back down from anything as well, including Bieksa, Lapierre, and Ballard if he’s in the lineup.Vigneault is one of the league’s best coaches and his ability to tinker with his lineup to find combinations that are effective is constantly impressive. He’s also handled the goaltending situation extremely well throughout the year and has set himself up to have both netminders at his disposal without the team missing a beat. Sutter is an old-school coach with limited understanding of the intricacies of the current-day game, but, his best success in the NHL was as coach of the Calgary Flames, leading them to an improbable Stanley Cup appearance, so he knows what it takes from that perspective.The Canucks are fresh off their Stanley Cup appearance last season and return virtually the same group, so one would think they hold a distinct advantage here. Bear in mind that two of the Kings’ leaders, Richards and Carter, both went to the Cup final two seasons ago when they were with Philadelphia. Mostly because of Vigneault’s ability to adapt, give the edge again to the Canucks. SUMMARY AND PREDICTIONIn my opinion, the Canucks hold a slight edge in all the categories mentioned above. That said, the difference between the two clubs is very small and Vancouver will not be able to roll over the Kings. The Kings’ top-notch goaltending can win them a series on its own and given the fact they have been scoring more of late, they will present a formidable opponent.The key to the series may boil down to special teams. I expect the Kings to employ the typical Canuck-killer strategy, which is after-whistle shenanigans, dirty hits, running the goaltender, and other marginal plays. I expect they will cross the line and the Canucks will be given their chances on the PP. If it can convert, expect a similar series to last year’s Sharks series with the Canucks winning in 5.If the Canucks can’t convert on the PP, it will bolster the Kings’ approach and this is where it can get dicey for Vancouver. They will have to control their emotions and stay out of the penalty box, and if they have to withdraw into lock-down mode, they will do so.Luckily, the Canucks have shown that they can employ this style of game effectively, perhaps the most relevant example being their 1-0 shutout of this Kings team 7 games before the end of the regular season on March 26. If this route is taken, the series will stretch longer.At the end of the day, the Canucks are marginally better than the Kings all over the ice, and this will result in a number of close games, but games where they should be able to get over the top.Canucks in seven.
A daring operation to recover millions of euro of gold bullion from a shipwreck off the Donegal coast could see results shortly.Will Carrier, Operations Manager with Atlantic Subsea Ventures, the company behind the salvage operation, told RTÉ news that they hope to see results in four to six weeks.Mr Carrier was speaking on board the North Sea Giant, the huge vessel involved in the salvage operation, which docked in Killybegs this morning for a crew change. ASV has researched many WW1 and WW2 ships which were believed to be carrying gold to finance the war effort when they sank.This operation is focused on the Empress of Britain, once a luxurious ocean liner, it was requisitioned for the war in 1939.The ship sank after being attacked in 1940, first by a German bomber and then by a U Boat, over 100km off the coast of Donegal. Its location was found in 1995 but given the depth of the water there, a salvage operation was not feasible.Now, however, ASV is using high tech equipment developed for the oil and gas industry to try to find and recover the gold believed to be on the sunken vessel.It is using remotely operated vehicles and specialised cutting equipment to cut into the thick hull of the ship which was designed to withstand the ice fields around Newfoundland.Mr Carrier estimates there could be half a billion euro worth of gold with the vessel at the bottom of the sea. He says the company would like to land the gold in Ireland.Daring plan to recover gold could see results in a few weeks was last modified: June 1st, 2019 by StephenShare 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) Tags:bulliondonegalGoldNorth Sea Giant
You don’t just put wings on a naked mole rat and make it fly. Bats are designed to be aero-bat-ic champions.A primer on bat flight in Current Biology by Anders Hedenström and L. Christoffer Johansson begins with list of amazing facts that defy evolution:Bats are unique among extant flying animals, as they have compliant wings and an echolocation sensory system that distinguish them from birds and insects. Flying in the dark, guided by echolocation, has influenced the aerodynamics of bat flight perhaps more than previously realized and resulted in a characteristic flight that is now being revealed.Yet these authors proceed to espouse evolution in spite of fossil evidence against it:Bats evolved muscle-powered flight about 65 million years ago, alongside birds, pterosaurs (probably extinct when bats evolved) and insects. The oldest fossil bat dates 55 million years back and, hence, there is a 10 million year gap in the early evolution of bats where information about the initial adaptive radiation is still missing. The oldest well preserved bat fossils, Onychronycteris finneyi and Icanonycteris index, exhibit all of the features of modern bats, including elongated fingers to span out the wing surface and ear morphology suggesting that at least Icanonycteris was using echolocation.This supports exactly what creationist Dr. Duane Gish used to emphasize in debates with evolutionists: “The first bat is 100% bat!” To believe bats evolved from non-flyers, Darwinians must imagine the emergence of elongated fingers, wing membranes, and the brain software to use them in complex flights at night, with another key innovation—echolocation—all within 10 million years. That’s a blink of an eye in assumed evolutionary time. On top of that, they have the same gaps in the fossil record for the emergence of flight in birds, insects and pterosaurs. Science is supposed to be about evidence.Living WingsThe case against evolution becomes stronger when the superior flight characteristics of bats are examined in detail. Unlike birds and insects, possessing wings with dead surfaces (membranes and feathers), bats have living wings that inspire human designs:Bats, on the other hand, have a wing constructed from live skin stretched by the elongated arm and fingers. The skin is 4–10 times thinner than expected, and the bones have a reduced mineralization, compared to other similar sized mammals, reducing the weight of the wing considerably. Skin is living tissue, packed with sensors, elastic fibers and in the case of bat wings also with specialized muscles (Figure 2A). The skin is anisotropic, with higher compliance (i.e. being permissive to load) parallel to the trailing edge, affecting how the skin deforms when subjected to aerodynamic forces, as reflected in strain measurements during flight. Intrinsic muscles in the wing membrane (Figure 2A), not connected to any bones, are thought to control the stiffness of the membrane and thereby the wing’s camber, the curvature of the wing profile. Recent studies have shown that these muscles are indeed active during specific phases of the wingbeat. Studies of artificial membranes with electrically controlled compliance have shown to be able to improve aerodynamic performance.These living, adaptive wings give bats the ability to reshape their wings in specific ways during flight. They can dynamically control wing shape and the resultant lift achieved. Bats can lock the knuckles on the first finger bones, giving them a stiff leading edge. “The leading edge flap affects the curvature of the leading edge, which may be a way to control the leading edge vortices … that bats use to increase the force production of the wing at low speeds.”Bats also have a tail membrane that is thicker than the wings. “When punctures do occur in the tail or wing membranes they have a tendency to heal rapidly,” the authors say.When any animal flies, it needs to be able to lift the entire body weight. It needs thrust to counter drag, and it needs camber on the wings to provide an airfoil. In addition, it needs to control the vortices that tend to form and reduce lift. “As noted above, bats are able to control all of these factors by adjusting the shape and movement of the wings.” Not only that, they can fly slow as well as fast, and even hover. The authors provide some details of aeronautical problems that bats solve to enable their exceptional flights.Sensory ControlIt’s not just having the right kind of wings: they also need sensory controls to operate them. The dynamic sense of touch provided by tiny hairs in the wing membranes allows “exquisite control of angle of attack, camber and wing twist.” Experiments show that “Removal of wing hairs cause bats to increase flight speed and it decreases their ability to execute turning maneuvers, suggesting the hairs are involved in the control of slow flight.”Science Magazine agrees that the “sense of touch turns bats into acrobats.” The hairs grow on both sides of the two wings, giving bats four arrays of sensory data for precision control. Emily Conover writes,Bats’ thin, flexible wings—a thumb and four fingers connected by webbing—stretch and reshape during flight, unlike those of birds and insects. Their agility in the air demands quick, precise wing movements and a constant adjustment of tiny muscles in the wing membrane. They also use their wings for other delicate tasks, like holding food and cradling young. To adjust their complex wings for the job at hand, they must integrate a variety of sensory feedback.If anyone doubts the effectiveness of bat flight systems and sensory mechanisms, they should try to build a robot that can land on a cave ceiling in the dark.EcholocationEven though blind people can echolocate to a degree (Science Daily), bats take the skill to a whole new level (7/30/11). Flying rapidly, bats can navigate through closely-spaced prison bars blindfolded. With sound, they can avoid collisions in tight swarms and identify their prey by shape and texture, homing in on it while the insect is darting about. “To be able to echolocate efficiently you need ears. Bat ears are essentially parabolic shaped structures facing the air flowing over the bat as it is flying.” Large ears add drag, but the bats seem OK with that; if they didn’t work so well, robotics experts at Virginia Tech wouldn’t try so hard to imitate them. Science Daily reports,The team’s sonar system incorporates two receiving channels and one emitting channel that are able to replicate some of the key motions in the bat’s ears and nose. For comparison, modern naval sonar arrays can have receivers that measure several meters across and many hundreds of separate receiving elements for detecting incoming signals.EvolutionDarwinians believe that bat flight emerged from some unknown land-dwelling ancestor. Take a look at the naked mole rat as a candidate. What follows is not to disparage this little rodent; Science Daily points out that they never seem to get cancer. Whatever gene they have that provides anti-cancer protection is of great interest to medical researchers right now. Nevertheless, what would it take to get a naked mole rat off the ground?“You don’t partly fly,” Paul Nelson quips in Flight: The Genius of Birds. “Because flight requires not just having a pair of wings, but having your entire biology coordinated towards that function.” This is certainly true of bats and the other groups of powered flyers: pterosaurs, insects and birds.In the Current Biology primer, Hedenström and Johansson dismiss the problem by saying, “the adaptive diversity among birds and bats bears witness of the strength contained in the process of adaptive tinkering.” But recall that in Darwinian theory, every mutation, every “tinkering” event by the Blind Watchmaker (a.k.a. chance), must have survival value. If a naked mole rat started on the path to batdom, would long fingers help? Not without membranes. Would membranes between the fingers help? Not while it’s trying to live underground. Give it instant wings in a huge leap of imagination; would that help? Not without muscles, nerves, bones and flight software to operate them. In fact, no matter which tinkering step might be imagined to contribute to powered flight down the road, each mutation has to increase fitness immediately or natural selection will eliminate it. Evolution has no foresight; it can’t see 10 million years, 10 years, or 10 microseconds into the future. The naked mole rat without the full complement of flight hardware and software will go extinct long before the parts arrive, even if beneficial mutations were not as rare as they actually are, and even if it had hundreds of millions of years to wait.Creationists allow for diversification within an original bat “kind” whatever it was, or however many kinds there were initially. But blind, unguided processes of chance will never help a naked mole rat (or any other presumed ancestor) take off into the air. When it comes to creation evidences, bats score a home run.Got evidence? There you have it. Look at the fossil record. Look at the aerodynamic requirements. Look at the coordinated systems. Look at the envious engineers trying to imitate them. Finally, look at the completed bat flying in the dark, negotiating obstacles, catching insects on the wing, and landing safely on a crowded cave roof, where it gives birth to babies who grow up instinctively knowing how to operate all that equipment. Evolutionary theory has nothing to offer theoretically, empirically, or logically to explain the origin of bats. In fact, they believe not only that four different kinds of animals “innovated” powered flight and echolocation by “convergent evolution” (1/26/10, 9/06/13, 11/04/13), but that different groups of bats “innovated” echolocation independently by convergent evolution. That’s just playing Jargonwocky. Creation by an intelligent designer explains everything in all categories of evidence. Why would anyone who cares about truth and logic possibly believe anything else?Next time you see a bat flitting about outdoors, don’t be afraid of it. Stand in awe of it. Stand in awe of its Creator.(Visited 45 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0