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

Nana Akuoko Sarpong thrilled with Great Olympics’ league return

first_imgThe Omanhene of the Agogo Traditional Area and patron of Accra Great Olympics, Nana Akuoko Sarpong, says he is very excited to see the club back in the top division of Ghana football.Olympics together with King Faisal were given places in next season’s Ghana Premier League after a decision was taken at the Ghana FA’s Elective Congress on October 25 in Accra.The decision was to re-instate the two teams after several petitions from them saying that they had been relegated from the elite division unfairly.Speaking to Citi Sports on Monday, Nana Akuoko Sarpong expressed his joy at seeing Olympics back in the league and he also recounted his long-standing association with the club.“When I heard the news, I called my brother, H.E. Amarkai Amarteifio, to congratulate him on our successful re-entry into the league.My association with the club goes way back to 1954 when I came to Accra Academy. At the time, Great Olympics, had broken away from Standfast to start a new club. I have gone to become chairman of the club on three separate occassions.”Nana Akuoko Sarpong went to give his opinion of how the team could ensure success in the coming league campaign. He stated that Olympics would have to recruit players who would be loyal to the team’s cause and also urged the fans to back the team at all times.“Great Olympics will have to bring in players who are loyal. They should be wary of players that I call ‘Trojan players’. These players pretend to play for your teams but in reality, they serve the interests of other teams. Great Olympics will have to screen  players before they are signed.For the fans, I want them to support the team wholeheartedly. I want them to back the team with their money too and not only leave contributions to the team’s management. The supporters are the real owners and the players must play to satisfy them. What the fans should do in return is to show a lot of love to the team.”Great Olympics will get a good idea of how their Ghana Premier League season will play out when the fixtures for the season are announced by the Ghana FA in coming days.The NC has proposed November 3 for the start of the 2019/2020 Ghana Premier League season.last_img read more

MCBREARTY CALLS FOR FULL INQUIRY INTO CONTROVERSIAL COUNCIL CONSULTANCY CASE

first_imgLabour party councillor Frank McBrearty has called for a full, independent inquiry into the One Sigma controversy.The system was aimed at overhauling work practices at Donegal County Council and has so far cost €3 million.However there had been a major controversy around the system after two consultants were paid €30,000 a month. Now Cllr McBrearty has said nothing but a full inquiry will get to the bottom of the questions posed by the controversy.“I think at this stage we must have such an inquiry. We have to be seen to be accountable,” he told donegaldaily.com.“There are a lot of unanswered questions and we need to get answers to those questions if we are to retain our credibility.“And I think it has to be completely independent. We cannot have council investigating the council the same way that we can’t have the Gardai investigating the Gardai,” he said. Deputy Thomas Pringle recently raised the issue in the Dail and accused county councillors of failing to properly scrutinise what happens at council level.However responding to the claim, Cllr McBrearty said he challenged Deputy Pringle to claim he had not examined the issues of the One Sigmia outside the Dail“All I will say is that Deputy Pringle knew a lot more about the report into One Sigmia than most other members did.“If he has an issue then he should make these claims in full outside the Dail,” he said. MCBREARTY CALLS FOR FULL INQUIRY INTO CONTROVERSIAL COUNCIL CONSULTANCY CASE was last modified: May 24th, 2012 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)last_img read more