Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge

first_img2014 marks the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act, the legislation that established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands. Congress, through this Act, recognized the importance of Wilderness as a resource for generations to come.In celebration of this anniversary, The Southern Appalachian Office of The Wilderness Society wants you to get out and enjoy the Wilderness Areas near you!The Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge is a chance for you to visit the wildest places that are preserved by The Wilderness Act. Log 10+ miles in 12 Wilderness Areas in the Southeast, show us and tell us about it, and you could win outdoor swag.The Challenge? Hike 10+ miles in 12 Wilderness Areas in the Southeast.Eligible states include: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia (Participants may piece together 10+ miles in a Wilderness Area over several shorter hikes, particularly if a Wilderness Area’s size does not permit a single 10-mile hike. They may consider round-trip mileage toward the 10+-mile requirement.)How to Join the Challenge:• Register to participate via the Dirty Dozen Hike Challenge online form at www.southeastwilderness50.org.• Submit the Hike Experience Submission Form online for each hike you complete. This form must be submitted along with required photo for each of the Wilderness Areas you hike.• You will be asked to submit one photo for each Wilderness Area hike you complete. Send a photo of your hike: of you on your hike, or something awesome you saw along the trail. You can also submit additional photos with your Hike Experience Submission Form, which will be considered for our best photo prizes at the end of the challenge.TWS_hiking-shot_082914Some hike experiences and photos may be selected for inclusion on the southeastwilderness50.org blog and/or in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine coverage throughout the year.A list of Wilderness Areas within the Southeast, including maps, and all hike challenge details can be found online at www.southeastwilderness50.org/dirty-dozenSwag:Those who sign up for the challenge will receive an official Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge sticker. Those who complete the challenge will receive an embroidered patch and may be eligible for additional prizes.Connect!Check out experiences from other Dirty Dozen challenge participants, and share your wilderness moments on social media. On Twitter or Instagram, use #dirtydozenhikechallenge and #wearethewild, and like the hike challenge Facebook page to stay connected.Prize Winners:In addition to recognizing all of those who complete the Dirty Dozen Wilderness Hike Challenge, additional winners will be recognized in the following categories:• Finished First• Hiked the Most Miles• Hiked in the Most Wilderness Areas• Hiked in the Most States• Best Hike Photos• Most Creative Hike Experience DescriptionsA celebration event will be held to congratulate those who complete the challenge. Some of those who participate in or complete the challenge may also be featured in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine throughout the year. Winner of the best hike photos and most creative hike descriptions will be recognized in Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine.tws_dirtydozen_graphic_v2last_img read more

Pile of bodies linked to coronavirus found at US nursing home

first_imgThe cause of death of the 17 has not been confirmed but 68 people have recently died at the facility, and 26 of those tested positive for COVID-19, the Times reported.Police did not confirm the number of bodies found. But in a statement posted on the Andover police Facebook page, one of the home’s owners, Chaim Scheinbaum, said the morgue, which normally houses four bodies, “never had more than 15 present” on Monday.”The staff was clearly overwhelmed and probably short-staffed,” Andover Police Chief Eric Danielson told CNN. US police found 17 bodies piled up in a nursing home morgue in New Jersey, media reported Thursday, highlighting how the coronavirus outbreak is overwhelming long-term care facilities.Officers in the small locality of Andover, around 80 kilometers west of New York City, discovered the bodies following an anonymous tip-off, according to The New York Times.The discovery came on Monday at the Andover Subacute and Rehabilitation Unit — one of the largest care homes in New Jersey, a state badly hit by coronavirus. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy said he was “outraged” that bodies had been allowed to pile up and ordered an investigation.COVID-19 has killed more than 32,000 people across the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University, with New Jersey the worst-hit state after New York.The outbreak has reportedly claimed thousands of lives in retirement homes, spotlighting how vulnerable the elderly are to the illness.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Tetteh releases starters for France encounter

first_imgCoach Sellas Tetteh has released his starting line-up ahead of Ghana’s crucial Group A opener against France in the U-20 tournament which begins today.Eric Ofori Antwi will be in post for the Satellites with Lawrence Lartey, Joseph Attamah, Eric Ofori, Richmond Nketiah playing in defence.The rest are Alfred Duncan, Moses Odjer, Frank Acheampong, Michael Anaba-Ebenezer Assifuah and Francis Narh.The match is set to begin at exactly 3:00 pm.Myjoyonline.com will bring you live updates on the match.last_img read more

Hockey equipment company Bauer begins making face shields for medical workers

first_imgWith no professional hockey taking place anywhere in North America, Bauer was looking at different ways to help cope with the sudden drop in demand. The idea for medical masks was first proposed by research and development specialists during a conference last week. MORE: NHL postpones scouting combines, NHL Awards and NHL Draft”We had several options, but the option of designing visors was the best,” Dan Bourgeois, Bauer’s vice president of product innovation, told RDS.ca. With a factory that was already equipped to manufacture plastic visors at their disposal, Bauer simply had to run some trial-and-error tests to produce a working prototype for the masks.”Our specialists designed molds to create the prototypes, which we presented to a doctor who is the father of one of our employees,” Bourgeois said. “We wanted to test the safety and comfort levels of our visor, which resembles a mask normally used to perform welding work. We have refined our visor and arrived with the model that we are ready to produce.”Protection that allows athletes to give everything for their team is our heritage.Right now, we’re all on the same team. We’re repurposing our facilities to make face shields so that medical professionals battling COVID-19 can safely continue to help those most vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/pBiZuUWdVl— BAUER Hockey (@BauerHockey) March 25, 2020By Wednesday morning, Bauer had already received orders from across Canada for more than 100,000 masks, and they’re hoping to break into the U.S. market soon. The decision to produce the masks will also allow the company to keep a number of employees working during the crisis.”That’s the ancillary benefit to it,” Bauer CEO Ed Kinnaly told ESPN. “We can keep some people employed to work on these.”  MORE: NHL, several teams cut employee salaries amid crisisAs of right now, the company’s facilities are capable of producing around 2,000 visors per day, but they’re hoping to eventually crank out 10,000. The Montreal Police have already inquired about purchasing 50,000 of the masks. The first shipments could go out as soon as next week.”Frankly I wish we could do more,” Kinnaly said. “Any way we can help, we’re going to try.” Bauer has long specialized in making protective equipment, but normally not this kind. The company, which is known for its hockey pads, helmets, gloves, sticks and skates, has begun manufacturing medical face shields for hospital workers dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. last_img read more