Weekend Pick: Bluegrass, Beer, and Bikes with Travis Book

first_imgGood things come in threes and b’s, like Blue Ridge Outdoors’ very own Bluegrass, Beer, and Bikes events this week. To celebrate the finer things in life, BRO and Travis Book of the Infamous Stringdusters will be giving a tour throughout the Blue Ridge area, each featuring local craft brews, group mountain bike rides, and Book’s musical stylings on the guitar. This weekend, BRO and Book will start in North Carolina to hit Brevard on Thursday, March 26, and Boone on Friday, March 27. The power team will also make their way up to Virginia in Roseland on Saturday and Roanoke on Sunday.This jam-packed weekend tour comes with plenty of chances for you to meet Book and the Blue Ridge Outdoors team in the best possible settings – doing what we all love! Good music, tasty drinks, exciting trails, and warm sunshine makes for our perfect combination, and we hope you’ll agree.Bluegrass Beer and BikesFind information for each of the individual rides and concerts below, and plan your evening with BRO and Book:Oskar Blues Brewery’s Tasty WeaselBrevard, N.C.Thursday, March 26 at 5pmProceeds to Benefit Pisgah Area SORBAGroup Mountain Bike Ride in Pisgah National Forest at 2pm; leaving from the Tasty WeaselAppalachian Mountain BreweryBoone, N.C.Friday, March 27 at 7:30pmProceeds to benefit Boone Area CyclistsGroup Mountain Bike Ride at Rocky Knob Bike Park at 4pmDevils Backbone Base CampRoseland, Va.Saturday, March 28 at 2pmProceeds to Benefit the Charlottesville Area Mountain Bike CoalitionGroup Mountain Bike Rides at 12pm and 6pm, leaving from Devils Backbone Soaring Ridge Craft BreweryRoanoke, Va.Sunday, March 29 at 4pmProceeds to Benefit Roanoke IMBA chapterGroup Mountain Bike Ride at 12pm; leaving from Soaring RidgeEach of these four rides and shows will be free to the public, but any donations from the event will support the local bike clubs listed above. Concert-goers will also have the chance to participate in a raffle for gear from our sponsors, including Keen, Yakima, Farm to Feet, Klean Kanteen, and RIDESolutions.We’re pretty certain here at Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine that these Bluegrass, Beer, and Bikes nights come close to living the dream. Come enjoy this power trio and kick back with the best – we sure know how to throw a good party.last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEREPORTS SATURDAYDowntown CupFintown Harps AFC 1 Glenea United Reserves 1 In cold wintery conditions the first half remained scoreless at Pairc Acla, Glenea coming close a few times but Stephen McGrath doing well in the Fintown nets. Gary McHugh had a shoot on target with 10 minutes left in the first half but the Glenea keeper pulling off a great save. The second half was much the same until the final five minutes of the game when Fintown’s Brian Delaney scored after a cross from the wing by Aaron Thompson. In the final minute of injury time Glenea’s Ryan McFadden scored the equaliser to share the points.Referee: Marty CurranGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 1 Keadue Rovers Reserves 2Keadue Rovers had a good win over Tullyvinney in this fixture which was reversed from Tullyvinney to Keadue on account of an unplayable pitch. It was an ideal day for football. Keadue had the brighter start and David Ward had an effort pushed over the bar on five minutes. Tullyvinney’s first chance came on sixteen minutes when their striker was put through and he lobbed the keeper but the ball went just wide. In the twentieth minute, following good work from Donal Rodgers, Alan Rodgers shot just wide from a good position in the box. Halfway through the first half Tullyvinney took the lead when, following a good ball down the left, a good cross into the box was missed by both defenders and forwards but following in at the far post, David Gardener shot from an awkward angle high into the net. On thirty five minutes Adam Neely’s headed effort for the home side was saved while after that Tullyvinney could’ve been two up when a headed effort hit the crossbar. By the end of the half play was opening up at both ends and on the stroke of half time Keadue equalised when Adam Neely shot to the net after good work from Donal and Alan Rodgers. At the start of the second half Keadue upped the tempo from the off creating a few openings but not converting them. Donal Rodgers was unlucky on fifty six minutes when he lobbed the keeper from long distance but the ball went just over the bar. Tullyvinney were content at this stage to hit on the break and both teams made a number of substitutions. Keadue took the lead on seventy three minutes when a cross from the right was fumbled by the Tullyvinney keeper and Donal Rodgers was on hand to fire home from a few yards out. Tullyvinney did push forward in the last fifteen minutes but the home keeper wasn’t forced into any saves and the Keadue rearguard stood firm to hold out for a good win.Best for Tullyvinney were David Gardener and Dermot Shields. Best for Keadue were Conor Greene and Adam Neely. Referee: Kevin Doherty.SUNDAY Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 Cranford United 0This game was switched to Cranford Park due to the inclement weather. Cranford started brightly with Kyle Black and Arthur lynch unlucky before Kevin Mc Brearty crossed for Ross Porter to hammer home between a number of home defenders to give Lifford the lead. The second half brought more pressure from Cranford but the Lifford defence, which was well marshalled by David O Herlihy, held firm. On a swift breakaway 1-0 became 2-0 when Alan Gethins broke clear to score. The home team had a number of chances to get back into the match after this but Lee White made some fine saves. Mark Neeson and Alan Gethins were best for Lifford with a team effort from the home side. Referee: Marty Mc Garrigle.Watson Hire Division One Kerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 Drumoghill F.C. 3Drumoghill FC left Rab’s Park with all three points with a good win over Kerrykeel ‘71 with the home side only having themselves to blame. Kerrykeel played against a strong wind in the first half and dealt well with it playing some good football stopping Drumoghill from playing and using the long ball. On the stroke of half time Drumoghill took the lead when Brian Coll’s free kick found its way into the bottom corner. It was two nil on forty six minutes when a high ball over the Kerrykeel defence wasn’t dealt with and Liam O’Donnell finished well. Kerrykeel had a few half chances fall to Johnny Friel and Paddy Mc Grenaghan before Drumoghill got their third on sixty eight minutes, O’Donnell again on target after a poor ball out from the Kerrykeel defence. Kerrykeel got one back on seventy five minutes with Paddy Mc Grenaghan heading home a Fergal Friel cross. Kerrykeel threw everything at Drumoghill in the closing stages and Marty Mc Ateer hit the post in the dying seconds but Regan in goal was in fine form.Team performances from both sides. Referee: Ed MooreDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUERESULTSSATURDAYDowntown CupFintown Harps AFC 1 v 1 Glenea United ReservesArranmore United P v P Ramelton MarinersOld Orchard Saturday Division OneSt. Catherines Reserves P v P Orchard F.C.Glencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers 1 v 2 Keadue Rovers ReservesSUNDAYBrian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionLifford Celtic 2 v 0 Cranford United (Reversed)Watson Hire Division OneKerrykeel ’71 F.C. 1 v 3 Drumoghill F.C.Castlefin Celtic P v P Cappry RoversDONEGAL JUNIOR LEAGUEFIXTURESSATURDAY 11-01-2014 K.O. 2 p.m. (Unless Stated)Downtown CupGlencar Celtic v Arranmore United (K.O. 1p.m.)Milford United Reserves v Donegal Town ReservesCurragh Athletic v Fintown Harps AFCRamelton Mariners v Erne WanderersMulroy Celtic v Orchard F.C.Gweedore United Reserves v Keadue Rovers ReservesOld Orchard Saturday Division OneCastlefin Celtic Reserves v St. Catherines ReservesGlencar Inn Saturday Division TwoTullyvinney Rovers v Cranford United ReservesStrand Rovers v Donegal Town ReservesSUNDAY 12-01-2014Brian Mc Cormick Sports Premier DivisionGlenea United v Lifford CelticSt. Catherines v Cranford UnitedKilmacrennan Celtic v Milford UnitedGweedore Celtic v Donegal TownRathmullan Celtic v Curragh AthleticWatson Hire Division OneCastlefin Celtic v Keadue RoversKerrykeel ’71 F.C. v Bonagee UnitedCappry Rovers v Gweedore UnitedEany Celtic v Dunkineely CelticDrumoghill F.C. v Lagan HarpsCT Ball Division TwoBallybofey United v Copany RoversDeele Harps v Glenree UnitedDrumbar F.C. v Whitestrand UnitedConvoy Arsenal v Raphoe TownDunlewy Celtic v Letterbarrow CelticDONEGAL LEAGUE – ALL THE REPORTS, RESULTS AND FIXTURES was last modified: January 5th, 2014 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:Donegal Leaguelast_img read more

Watch all four of 49ers RB Tevin Coleman’s touchdowns today

first_imgThis … Tevin Coleman nearly doubled the Carolina Panthers’ scoring by himself Sunday.The 49ers running back put up 24 points, reaching the end zone for four touchdowns in San Francisco’s rout of Carolina.First it was a 19-yard scamper up the middle on a misdirection fake screen handoff. Coleman extended the Niners’ lead from four points to 10 (the extra point made it 11) and he led Carolina 6-3 by himself. CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

‘He’ll go down as one of the best’: 49ers rookie Nick Bosa is a monster

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Nick Bosa has been even better than advertised.And I’m not talking about the hype that came from his first days of training camp with the Niners this summer or his near-impeccable NFL Draft scouting report from last spring.I’m going way back. Before Ohio State. Before he was even in high school. The first time I heard of Nick Bosa, I was actually asking about his older brother Joey.I was … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img

‘Solar park’ on the cards for SA

first_img12 October 2009South Africa and the US-based Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) have signed an agreement paving the way for the creation of a “solar park” to help curb the use of conventional energy in favour of solar energy.As part of the arrangement, South Africa will over the next few months, with help from the CCI, conduct a study on the development of such a park and determine where it would be best situated.The CCI is also assisting governments in India and Australia as well as some south western states in America to develop similar projects.Construction ‘in 2010’Speaking at the signing in Pretoria last week, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters said the government was committed to investigating alternative energy sources and assessing the available technology options, adding that that South Africa was gifted with natural renewable energy resources that remained largely untapped – solar energy being one of them.She said the implementation of the agreement would be a key milestone in attaining the government’s 10 000 giga-watt hour (GWh) target by 2013.According to its website, the CCI focuses on carbon capture and concentrated solar power as part of its clean energy initiatives. The solar park will make use of the latter, which according to Wikipedia makes use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam.The concentrated light is then used as a heat source for a conventional power plant, or is concentrated onto photovoltaic surfaces.CCI chairman Ira Magaziner hinted that construction for the park, which would initially boast a 5 000 megawatt capacity, could start as early as 2010. “We have already done enough work and we are confident that the results will be fantastic,” he said.Copenhagen climate summitPeters told BuaNews that the initiative would show South Africa’s seriousness about global warming ahead of what is likely to be a watershed climate summit in Copenhagen in December.“As South Africa, we are committed to make sure that we can mitigate the greenhouse gas emissions and that we believe that doing nothing is actually dangerous, so this is a first of many initiatives,” Peters said.She said South Africa had resolved to put more emphasis and more efforts in implementing projects that can help to mitigate climate change effects.“Setting targets is important, but all countries need to begin to act,” Peters said, adding that the South African delegation will be going to the Copenhagen summit with the message that developed countries had a special responsibility to alleviate the effects of global warming.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

The African Book Trust: Getting South African books into libraries

first_imgThe African Book Trust’s aim is to have more South African books in libraries across the country, making local writing available to more people. Founder Griffin Shea tells us more about the project.Griffin Shea, founder of the African Book Trust, wants more South African books available in libraries. His passion for books is also shown in his store, Bridge Books in Joburg’s city centre. (Image supplied)Priya PitamberThe African Book Trust aims to expand the footprint of South African books. The idea is easy, yet effective. “We have a really simple mission: to give South African books to libraries across the country,” says Griffin Shea, founder of the trust.“That could mean a community library, a school library – any library where the books are available to be read and shared.”Right now, the trust is raising money for the first round of donations. If people want to get involved, there’ll be more information shared on the website, and social media platforms Facebook and Twitter.People want South African booksShea, who also owns the bookstore Bridge Books in Johannesburg’s city centre, is frequently contacted by people wanting to donate books, either to readers, book clubs or libraries.“The African Book Trust sets up a system so that we provide a curated list of books to libraries that want them.”The trust, he hopes, will create a virtuous cycle. “Buying more local books means we’re supporting local writers and publishers, so they can write and print more amazing books.“And we’re expanding the number of readers, by making books as widely available as possible.”More South African books in libraries means there’ll be more opportunities for South African writers to have books published, says Griffin Shea, founder of the African Book Trust. Here’s Veronica Nyathi (background) who manages the Bridge Books website, with numerous South African titles. (Image supplied)Nurturing a culture and love of readingShea describes getting a library card when he was a child as a huge moment: “One of the first milestones in life toward a degree of independence. How incredible is it to have a card that lets you borrow any book you want?”Growing up in a small town in the US, it was through books that he found out about the rest of the world. He says it also developed his love for writing and travel, which eventually became his career: journalism.From chatting to people who pass through his store, Shea has found that South Africans generally love to read, particularly adults in their 20s and 30s.He says it is “unglamorous, logistical issues” that get in the way of promoting a culture of reading. “How do we physically get more books to readers? How do we find out what people want to read? How to we tell people about the great books that are out there? How do we set up a microcredit system so small booksellers can take chances on different kinds of books?”Ongoing and future plansThe African Book Trust, says Shea, has been generously received. “I’m so fortunate to have a stellar board of trustees.”There are already plans to launch a campaign, #5books, to help decide which books to donate next.“We’ll be asking book lovers to choose the five South African books that everyone should be able to read,” he explains. “We’ll have a team go through the suggestions and whittle them down to the five best South African books.”The next step is to raise enough money to be able to get all five books into libraries that want them.“Eventually we’d like to build an endowment, so that we have more predictable finances and can guarantee a certain level of book buying from year to year. But baby steps!”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 — No 2 Taylor Decker

Then-sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker (68) gets set to block a defender during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWith less than two weeks until Ohio State kicks off against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, The Lantern countdown of the most important Buckeyes enters its final stages.No. 2: Taylor Decker, junior offensive linemanOn an offensive line littered with competition and unknowns, one bastion of the block stands tall.When he first arrived on campus in 2012, the 6-foot 7-inch, 315-pound behemoth was described by coach Urban Meyer as glossy-eyed and unsure of his place in the OSU football program.Now, Meyer uses words like “captain” and “leader” in reference to No. 68.In what will be his first season as the premier pass-blocker on the offensive line at left tackle for the Buckeyes, Taylor Decker is going to need to live up to his coach’s hype if the Buckeyes are to succeed in 2014.Two days ago, I might have typed that last phrase with a grain of salt, but today, following the news of Braxton Miller’s season-ending injury, it might be understated.With Miller’s incredible ability to be an improvisational playmaker on the field, Decker might have gotten away with “decent” performances game in and game out.But instead, redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett, a much more pocket-friendly passer, will line up for the Buckeyes behind center, and the moment he does, Decker’s play will be increasingly magnified.That magnification follows the initial change that comes with Decker’s move from right to left tackle.Those who know the “x’s and o’s” of right tackle surely understand that right tackles, while definitely important to any football team, are certainly not in the same league as left tackles.Left tackles are most often the strongest offensive linemen in terms of their size, their footwork and their technique because they’re employed to protect the quarterback and — if he’s a right-handed passer — his “blindside.”When there comes a failure of a left tackle to protect a quarterback’s blindside, a domino-effect of issues gets set in motion.Unaware of the pressure coming from a defensive end as the result of a bad effort from the left tackle, the quarterback will often get sacked, starting that domino-effect. When a quarterback gets sacked too often, more bad things start to happen. He might fumble the ball, or he might get antsy and start making bad throws or interceptions — all as the result of failure from the left tackle.So, the pressure of the left tackle position is squarely on the shoulders of Decker. That pressure might have been alleviated a bit by a quarterback like Miller — who made a living off of avoiding pressure with uncanny speed and awareness — but instead, will be amplified by a quarterback like Barrett, who likes to stick in the pocket.Now, to add even more pressure onto the massive shoulders of Decker, the rest of the offensive line is unsettled, so he has the responsibility of leading the younger, more unexperienced players that will eventually make up the protective unit up front.If all of this doesn’t convince you that Decker could arguably be the absolute most important Buckeye heading into the 2014 season, I don’t know what will.Luckily for OSU fans, the once-mystified Decker seems to now be ready to shoulder the massive responsibility and pressure that surrounds him. read more

Sterling reveals the secret behind prolific form

first_imgRaheem Sterling has revealed how he has evolved from trying to do fancy tricks and flicks into being a prolific goalscorer.Sterling, 23, has been in excellent form for Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season, scoring four goals and providing two assists.Sterling knows he needs to deliver in an England shirt as well but, at club level, he has lived up to the billing after bringing a new maturity and understanding to his game.Sterling told Daily Mirror: “The main thing now is to keep trying to be a goal threat.“When I was a bit younger, I wasn’t too interested in scoring goals, I was all about trying to look nice and show people I’ve got a lot of ability.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“But now I’ve started to realise that no one remembers the fancy stuff you do on the pitch, it’s about the effectiveness and what you do for your team.“As I’m growing and developing, I understand that now, especially with the national team because I need to get these goals going.“I think I’m probably more driven now to be able to get on the end of things, being in the box a lot more.“Before, I was going wide, trying to beat a player and now I’m trying to get on the end of stuff, being around for scraps and trying to make goals for myself.“I’m much more confident when I’m in and around the penalty area now so I feel the goals will come for England as they have been doing for City.”last_img read more