first_imgOnce a year a ragged and equally rowdy group of mountain bikers gather in an area of the national forest, other wise known as “Foof Town.”  A group of 40-plus riders started rolling into the “Mallard Duck” at approximately 10 A.M. Thursday, greeted by Appalachia’s finest camp site director whose only two rules for the camp ground were: 1. Do what you want, and 2. Have a darn good time doing it.With that being said, we all saddled up and party paced over to the base of our first climb, where we all became unsuspecting victims of the misery our tour leader had in store for us. The first day was atypical of the giro, in the sense that it was now a full day of riding, instead of a half day.Day one consisted of a dirty double and single track climbing on forest roads so steep they could make a mountain goat cry, followed by piercing some forest foliage and sneaking through the “worm hole” to race our first Super D descent.Chase dropping in Torrey ridge Photo by Erik JensenDay two started with another demoralizing climb up to the parkway that was sure to move many riders into Slum Town for the rest of the weekend.  If the climb didn’t do you in that day, the second stage surely would, Whetstone Ridge.  The stage started with us hiking our bikes into the trail to get out of the national park and into the national forest (a warm up for hike-a-bikes to come).  It was a demonstration of sorts, with a local law enforcement escort, in hopes to raise awareness of the trail user conflict that loomed over this ridge’s trail head for years!  Whetstone ridge was an experience like no other, with hike-a-bikes so steep, pushing your bike up them was daunting, The other sides were steep, loose chundery death shoots that were sure to make you smile!Day three started off with a transferring of campsites, followed by ample amounts of “lizard time” (slumming on our camping mats in the sun, motivating to start the day).  After fully recharging, we saddled our bikes and rode out of camp, up the Blue Ridge Parkway, and on to Torrey ridge, my favorite section of trail!  With Fast loamy pine corridors, and rippin rock gardens, it was sure to be a magical time, as many of us started to get our tour on becoming permanent residents of slum-town.  After Torrey ridge, we pitted at camp and set out for some hot laps at Howardsville trail system, a series of short, punchy, loose and leafy climbs, sure to make even the strongest of legs weary.broathleteOn day four,the final day of the tour, we were greeted with two stages that were sure to welcome us all into the pain cave. Today we would climb back up Torrey Ridge, and we all knew we were in for punishment.  Some of us questioning why we joyfully signed up for the punishment ahead! After Summiting the mountain and relishing an extended lunch, we started to separate into our team time trial groups based off of zip code.  We would race from the top of Bald Knob to the bottom of Coal Road, a 45 minute chunky sandy loose descent that challenged us all after four full days of riding.With so much suffering throughout the week, some would question, why bother participating in such an event?  Though the event is physically demanding and at times absolutely soul-crushing, the community that develops after living in a tent city for four days is absolutely incredible. Though days on the bike were long and grueling, the evening’s celebrations were as rewarding as the trails themselves! For those who have ever been curious about a grand tour in the Shenandoah Valley, my only advice is “Come get your Tour on!”last_img read more

first_imgThe selling price of a shoulder bag isP350 each, he added.    Iris Ellaine Gail Dingcong, officer ofthe Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Antique, said the table utensilsmade of bamboo materials won as the “best eco-luxury homestyle” while the“buri” shoulder bag won as the “best eco-luxury fashion and wearables” during acontest which wrapped up last week. “The selling price of a set ofutensils with pouch is P250,” he added. Dingcong added the table utensils weremade by the Sibalom Bamboo Craft Makers Association and the shoulder bag wasmade by the United Group of Weavers. Aside from the shoulder bag, theUnited Group of Weavers, composed of 40 members mostly beneficiaries of thePantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, also makes shoeboxes and mats for theirlivelihood.(With a report from PNA/PN) “I am inspired by the outcome of mynewly innovated table utensils made of bamboo,” said Isaias Fabillo, head ofthe Sibalom Bamboo Craft Makers Association. “The judge chose our entry because itis purely made of natural material,” he said.  The set of bamboo utensils in a “buri” pouch won as the best eco-luxury homestyle during the Panublion Trade Fair at a mall in Iloilo City. The utensils were made by the Sibalom Bamboo Craft Makers Association. PNA/ANNABEL CONSUELO J. PETINGLAY center_img SAN JOSE, Antique – Two products fromthe province bagged the top awards during the five-day Panublion Trade Fair ata mall in Iloilo City.  Meanwhile, Jhon Wilson Hernaez of theUnited Group of Weavers said the “buri” shoulder bag is a product of theircreativity and the technical assistance they received from DTI-Antique. “I make spoon, fork and table knifewhich I put inside a ‘buri’ pouch,” he added. He said the materials for each set ofutensils cost P100 while the “buri” pouch costs around P50. She said micro small and mediumentrepreneurs (MSMEs) from the different provinces of Western Visayasparticipated in the Punublion Trade Fair organized by the DTI-6.  “DTI has taught us a good colorcombination to make our product more attractive,” Hernaez added, saying “buri”is abundant in the mountainous area of Anini-y, Antique.last_img read more

first_imgUSC’s Model United Nations hosted their third annual Southern California Model United Nations conference over the past weekend for high school delegates. A total of around 180 delegates from 15 high schools attended the conference with most hailing from Southern California or the L.A. metropolitan area and a few from the San Francisco Bay Area. The conference was held at the Von Kleismend Center and offered a range of activities for the high school students.The conference’s theme was global security and privacy with an emphasis on technology and ethics in society. MUNSC featured eight scenarios and a total of 11 committees. There were two general assemblies —the disarmament and security committee and economic and social committee. The conference also had three joint crisis committees, which had high schoolers working on both sides of a conflict. These committees included the 1983 U.S. and Soviet Union cabinets, The Troubles with the British and Irish Republican cabinets, and the upcoming 2016 election between the DNC and RNC. Other scenarios explored during the conference included the League of Nations during the Italo-Abyssinian War and even the futuristic issue of space colonization and interstellar politics.Shikhar Gupta, secretary general of MUNSC and the conference, helped organize the event. According to his invitation address to the high school students on SCMUN’s website, SCMUN was uniquely designed to have a range of crisis committees as well as nontraditional roles such as corporation and press roles. In doing so, MUNSC was meant to mimic college-level conferences to challenge the high school students.Drew Schmidt, president of MUNSC and the director general for the high school conference, expressed his enthusiasm for the growing conference as well the opportunities it contained for the high school students.“[SCMUN] is going really well for being so young in its infancy,” he said. “It takes a while to earn the trust of the high schools. A lot of the time, because they’re going to spend money on it, they want to go to the [conferences] they’ve always gone to so getting new high schools to choose to come to MUNSC is our biggest challenge but it’s really fun to be on the forefront of something new.”According to Schmidt, the conference was designed to challenge the high school students in their ability to improvise and make fast decisions.“Our conference is very crisis-oriented,” he said. “We love helping the high schoolers develop the skills to think on their feet. There’s no substitute to learn how to speak in front of other people.”Max Hill, a sophomore majoring in international relations, and Brian Walsh, a sophomore majoring in accounting, both joined MUNSC recently and helped out in the 1983 U.S. and Soviet Union joint crisis committee.“We’ve been putting the delegates through different scenarios and guiding them throughout the process to see what responses they have for our updates,” Hill said. “It took a very different turn from history, though — they ended up nuking each other. But it was very fun because we mix reality up a bit.”Claire Catlin, a junior at Palos Verdes High School, was part of the Republican Party for the joint crisis committee that imitated the 2016 election cycle. She imitated the role of Ben Carson.“They had actual news that was polls and rumors,” she said. “It wasn’t super structured, and it was more debate style. The committees weren’t super big so we could actually get work with other delegates.”Catlin is in her first year of participating in Model UN at her high school.“I like Model UN as a whole because there’s a lot of debating and you get to learn a lot of information you wouldn’t normally [learn],” she said. “I didn’t know a lot about the election process beforehand. And I’m voting in the next election so this has been really helpful.”According to Schmidt, the next school year will be an exciting year for MUNSC because not only will they host another high school conference, they will also host a college conference called TrojanMUN for intercollegiate delegates. As for away conferences, the organization plans to travel to universities all over the nation, including Columbia University, Georgetown University, UC Santa Barbara, McGill University, Princeton University, UC Berkeley and UCLA.“We earned a lot of awards this year from our travel team and just generally showed up on everybody’s radar on the east coast, where [MUN] is a well-established hobby and sport,” Schmidt said.For the next MUNSC, Schmidt hopes to expand the number of attending delegates to be 250 to 300 high school students.Schmidt said the experience he’s gathered from participating in Model UN has been invaluable and hopes the experience for high school students will be similar as they learn impromptu speaking.last_img read more

first_imgThey survived a serious scare in the 76th minute when Inigo Perez snatched the ball from Marcos Llorente and launched a 40-yard shot over the head of keeper Kiko Cassila that thumped the crossbar and came agonisingly close to crossing the line.Real sealed the win with another spot kick a minute from the end, again won by Vasquez but this time slammed home by substitute Isco, and Baroja Mayoral completed the rout a minute later with a close range header.“We had a few problems in the second half but it’s the result that counts,” said Real coach Zinedine Zidane. “It’s a good result for us.”Shorn of attacking stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, Barca coach Ernesto Valverde also left out captain Andres Iniesta and others including goalkeeper Ter Stegen, centre-back Samuel Umtiti and midfielder Ivan Rakitic from the starting line-up for their match at Celta.However striker Ousmane Dembele made his first appearance, as a 71st-minute substitute, since tearing his hamstring at Getafe on September 16, just three games into his Barca career following a 105-million-euro ($124 million) move from Borussia Dortmund.Despite the raft of absences Barca took the lead after 15 minutes through a neat Jose Arnaiz finish, but after a bright start they ceded control to the hosts.Celta hit back 16 minutes later through Pione Sisto, who reacted quickest after Iago Aspas hit the bar from close range and rifled a shot past Barca keeper Jasper Cillessen from a tight angle to give his side a chance in the return leg at the Camp Nou next Thursday.In Thursday’s other matches, Leganes beat Villareal 1-0 thanks to an Nordin Amrabat goal while strikes from José Luis Morales and Ivan Lopez Álvarez saw Levante come back from a goal down to win 2-1 at Espanyol.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Jose Arnaiz (L) celebrates a goal with teammates during their Copa del Rey match against Celta Vigo © AFP / MIGUEL RIOPAMADRID, Spain, Jan 4 – Two penalties helped Real Madrid to a healthy 3-0 win in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey tie with second-tier Numancia on Thursday, while Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw as the La Liga giants rested their stars.Gareth Bale was one of a handful of Real first-team regulars on display at the Estadio Los Pajaritos, and was on hand to slot home the first from the penalty spot ten minutes before the break after Lucas Vazques was clumsily brought down in the box by Carlos Gutierrez.last_img read more