Shepherdstown is an under-the-radar arts enclave and outdoor utopia in the lower Shenandoah Valley. Situated at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, the small town offers a unique mix of past and progressive. Historic buildings with weathered charm dating back to the 18th century sit beside hip coffee shops and eclectic restaurants, enjoyed by Shepherd University students and city transplants like David Lillard, who moved 90 minutes west from Washington, D.C., 15 years ago and never looked back. Lillard, editor of the West Virginia Observer and an author of guidebooks including Exploring the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, found Shepherdstown while biking with his wife on the C&O Canal Towpath, which runs by town on its 184-mile route between D.C. and Cumberland, Md.“In some ways we got on our bikes and moved 70 miles upriver,” says Lillard.In addition to the river access and close proximity to the C&O, Shepherdstown is a recreation hub for Appalachian Trail hikers and explorers of the nearby Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Antietam National Battlefield. After a day at play, you’ll find friendly locals and adventurous visitors grabbing a beer at Stonewall’s Pub or watching an independent film at the Opera House.“It’s an interesting blend of people who are into the arts and the outdoors,” Lillard adds. “This is a town where you’re always going to run into someone that you know, but I’ve been here for 15 years and I’m still regularly meeting people.”Shepherdstown is the oldest town in West Virginia. Originally called Mechlenburg, it was founded when the state was still part of Virginia. Illustration by Scott DuBar Lillard’s Outdoor Picks:Running Through HistoryAntietam National Battlefield might be the most scenic, safest road run in the East, with views of the Blue Ridge in the distance and battle monuments all around. Choose from an easy rolling circuit or a brutal climb from the creek to the observation tower.Hiking Above Harpers FerryThomas Jefferson said the view from the rocks above Harpers Ferry was worth a trip across the Atlantic. For the best views, head across the Potomac in Maryland for a short but strenuous hike up Maryland Heights.Skiing the Legacy LoopTwelve miles from Shepherdstown in Loudoun, Va., is the 900-acre Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship. Nestled below the Appalachian Trail, its 10-mile trail system, especially the Legacy Loop, offers solitude and wildlife.Bike CampingWant a quick escape for a night under the stars? Peddle out of Shepherdstown and head upriver on the C&O Canal’s towpath. The first biker campsite is just a couple miles away. In the long days of summer, you can set up camp, ride into town for burgers and beers, then back out in time for dark.Easy PaddlingOne of Shepherdstown’s greatest assets is the Princess Street boat ramp. Within a few miles, there are two put-ins upstream and one downstream. Sure, you’re just outside town, but once you’re on the water, you’ll feel like you’re out in the wild.
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“This should happen as soon as possible,” said Fanshrullah, speaking at a webinar about the state of Indonesia’s downstream oil and gas industry against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global crude oil prices are projected to average $35 per barrel this year, almost half of last year’s $61.4 per barrel, according to the World Bank.Observers, legislators and some business players have voiced support for lower fuel prices in Indonesia as global crude oil prices take a beating from record-low global consumption levels. Read also: Explainer: What does the oil price crash mean for Indonesia?In Indonesia, Southeast Asia’s top oil consuming country, daily fuel consumption was 30 percent below normal in April as cities and provinces implement partial lockdowns, based on data from state-owned oil company Pertamina, the country’s largest fuel distributor. The government agency in charge of downstream oil and gas policies is calling for lower fuel prices “as soon as possible” in light of the global oil price slump, while the energy ministry maintains a wait-and-see approach.Downstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Agency (BPH Migas) head Fanshrullah Asa said on Friday his office “wanted fuel prices – while global oil prices are falling – to fall too, as social fairness to the people”. BPH Migas reports directly to the President, but fuel prices are regulated by the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry. The world’s top oil exporting nations, also known as OPEC+, recently agreed to cut global crude oil production by a steep 9.7 million barrels per day in May and June, which is expected to raise oil prices over the year.The energy ministry has raised concerns over a public and political backlash if the government were to lower government-administered fuel prices today then raise them again when global crude prices recover over the year.“The government is still monitoring and evaluating developments related to oil prices,” Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry spokesman Agung Pribadi said in a previous statement.The ministry had issued a ministerial decree in February that scraps the price floor and introduces a new calculation formula for the price ceiling, giving room for lower prices and preventing wild price increases.Topics :
Our Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The Gauhati University Inter-College Badminton Tournament (Men & Women) Tournament 2018-19 concluded successfully on Monday at Gauhati University Indoor Stadium which was organized by Gauhati University Sports Board in association with PGSU, GU. Altogether 13 teams participated in the tournament with around 70 shuttlers from affiliated colleges under Gauhati University. B. Barooah College emerged as winner in the Men’s section whereas Gauhati University PG Classes became runners up. In the Women’s section Abhiruchi Institute of Physical Education were declared winners and Handique Girls’ College as runners up.The prizes were distributed by Dr. Mridul Hazarika, Vice-Chancellor, GU, Dr. Ranjan Kumar Kakati, Director, Students’ Welfare, GU, Dinesh Chandra Kalita, Deputy Director, Students’ Welfare, GU.In his speech GU Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Mridul Hazarika congratulated all the participants and team managers in general and all the winners in particular for making the tournament a grand success. Dr. Ranjan Kumar Kakati thanked all the people behind this tournament for making it a grand success. He hoped that the winners and participants will carry forward from here and succeed in other events in the national and international arena. This is stated in a release. Also read: Local Sports
WHEN SPORT IS RED CARDED FROM THE GAMEWell, that’s torn it. There were the rest of us believing that Sunday’s clash – a term that applies particularly to these two combatants – wasn’t a bad game at all despite the hefty challenges and attempted agitation when along comes Sean Cavanagh to forcibly declare that it just wasn’t a good advertisement for the G.A.A. Both he and Donegal’s colossus, Neil Gallagher, were red carded within minutes of one another – the latter leaving the field sporting an open plan jersey – and there were plenty of other instances of marks being overstepped and liberties taken. And once again the issue of ‘sledging’ where particularly vicious verbals are exchanged, many of a personal nature, has come to the fore. “Nasty and malicious,” Kavanagh described some of those exchanges.Those of us in the stands or watching on from T.V. land may not quite have gleaned the gist of them but it appears absolutely nothing is sacred and players’ families – parents, wives, girlfriends and, who knows, maybe even children – are unsuspecting players in the dirty war being waged on the field of play.A few years ago, Dublin footballer, Alan Brogan, insisted the practice of sledging wasn’t as widespread as people were making out and claimed it was, in any case, the way of the modern game.“I think it should be a case of what happens on the field, stays on the field,” he declared. “It’s all part and parcel of sport.” But that all depends on the personality of the player and his mental strength.For if he has been subjected to some gruesome tirades throughout a game and goes off with his mind tortured with images of his wife or family ablaze in a house fire or stricken with a terminal illness – like I say we don’t quite know the nature of these sledge hammer verbals but they may come close to these – it’s hardly the ideal frame of mind with which to approach his immediate future. “I’ve had it before, it can be very, very personal and I know there was certain players, you will probably know that play for us that have been through tough times, and they were getting a fair bit of personal abuse,” Cavanagh maintained this week.All part and parcel of sport? Surely not. Surely it’s how you play the game and how you attack and defend that should be the deal in any sporting arena.Banter, yes, and the odd mischievous exchange, no problem, but the cruel and savage taunts that don’t belong in MacCumhaill Park or any other venue cannot be labeled in the same sentence as sport. Brogan’s comments came in the wake of a league encounter between Armagh and Laois three years ago – Cavanagh’s are, of course, of a much fresher vintage and seemingly confirm that sledging hasn’t gone away you know and is not, we can be guaranteed, simply confined to the fixture involving Donegal and Tyrone.But short of hooking up every single inter-county player with a microphone – aka rugby referees – what’s the solution?That’s one for the G.A.A. to come up with but they don’t appear to be in any rush to do anything about it and apparently prefer to tot up the proceeds from their Championship matches rather than the cost of on-field venom to the game.Oh, yes, we did have a game last Sunday and, let’s give credit where it’s due, it was entertaining from start to finish with Tyrone in the hunt right to that finish with two goal opportunities that almost brought the sides level. Compare it to that tepid Donegal/Monaghan league encounter at O’Donnell Park some months ago when we would probably have welcomed a half-time bust-up on route to the dressing-rooms.This was a Championship match worthy of the name and from a home perspective, the performances of the likes of Frank McGlynn, Karl Lacey and Martin McElhinney – not to mention the ace free-kicking of Michael Murphy in the latter stages – gives cause for optimism as Armagh wait in the short grass.But I still believe there’s something missing that may prevent Rory Gallagher’s team from advancing further than the All-Ireland quarter or semi-final stages this year.LATE RETURNSIt’s a long, long way to Tipperary and much longer to the Cathedral town of Cobh but it must have, at least, appeared a good deal shorter for those on board the returning Finn Harps team bus late into the early hours of Sunday morning.A goal behind with under ten minutes to go, the First Division’s only unbeaten record looked like it was heading west until that well deserved equalizer from Josh Mailey and Raymond Foy’s 88th minute strike that helped stretch Harps lead at the top to six points. It followed the previous week’s late winner against Waterford United in Ballybofey. When Oliver’s Army shipped a half dozen goals in a pre-season friendly against Sligo Rovers, which of us, in all honesty, could have foreseen Harps about to enter their twelfth game of the season with the loss slot on the table against their name showing a bit fat zero?True, the goals against column has been getting busier in recent weeks but on the other hand, they’re back to scoring again with the midfielders – another classic from Mickey Funston at St. Colman’s Park following his goal of the season effort the previous week – beginning to add their weight in this department.That six point gap was opened courtesy of Wexford Youth’s 4-1 hammering at U.C.D. and therein lies a cautionary tale.The students will arrive in Ballybofey on Friday night in the finest of fettle and confident that they can be the team to put a stop to Harps’ unbeaten gallop.Ollie Horgan had, he pointed out this week, tipped the Belfielders from early on in the season as the team to watch and, for sure, they will have to be watched.Most U.C.D. teams bear the mark of a decent footballing side and this one is no exception.If Harps avoid defeat, it would have to be ranked as a good result but in front of a home crowd – surely the attendance figure of 774 for the last home fixture was a bit off the mark? – they can at least match the visitors on the score front.TRACKING JACK THE ENGLISH WAYOkay, should our own fair county come up against Dublin later on in this Championship season and the Dub’s left half back, Jack McCaffrey, goes on a surging run that splits the Donegal defensive cover wide open resulting in a score or two, we can (a) question the Donegal tactical know-how and/or (b) blame Mark English.Mark EnglishYes, none other than the European Indoors silver medallist from last March and former Letterkenny A.C. member.Apparently, he recently provided McCaffrey with a pair of track spikes to help him “maximise his sprinting technique” and the result could be coming to a G.A.A. venue near you.“I’ve actually told Jack a few times that he would have made a great 800m runner. But he doesn’t seem to believe me,” English told ‘Irish Times’ athletics correspondent, Ian O’Riordan, at the weekend.A medical student at U.C.D., the Letterkenny man shares a class with McCaffrey and both men a passion for each other’s sport.Interesting feature on our international runner during which he calls on the G.A.A. to introduce drug testing, including blood analysis, into the sport.Drug testing for any athlete from whatever sport is a must, English insists, and he’s right. If they consider themselves as elite footballers then they must endure the examinations that go with that. Or as Mark puts it so well, “prepare to fail the stupidity test.”His love of Gaelic games stemmed from playing football from an early age and, as O’Riordan pointed out, he could, in an alternative world, have been preparing for last weekend’s Ulster Championship clash at MacCumhaill Park.“Like most youngsters growing up in Letterkenny, Gaelic football was where sporting dreams began and as well as playing with his school, St. Eunan’s, English also spent a few seasons with Letterkenny Gaels (to the mild dismay of his father Joe who had helped coach rival club, St. Eunan’s to a Donegal county title),” the I.T. man revealed.Sporting dreams? Some of us would have happy just to get picked on a team. Any team.REFEREE FAILS TO GET THE POINTDidn’t make it to Portlaoise for last Saturday’s national under-14 girls blitz and, according to reports, one of the referees shouldn’t have made it either.For had she (yes, women of the world, you can get it wrong too) opted to award, correctly, a point to the Wexford team and not, incorrectly, to their Kildare opponents as she did (and this despite the fact that both teams were attempting to tell her otherwise) the Donegal girls would have made it through to the Final. Even a twenty minute sit down on the field of play by Wexford failed to persuade her to change her mind (and sure isn’t that supposed to be a woman’s prerogative?).And somehow Kildare got through to the Final despite having finished the blitz with a defeat and one less victory than their unbeaten Donegal rivals.Put that in your puzzle pipe and smoke it. Ah, if only I’d been there to hear Liam Skelly’s views on the matter!FROM THE ISLE OF DOAGH TO WEMBLEYSo who popped up on the interview slot with cross-channel Irish players on Monday night’s edition of ‘Soccer Republic’ on R.T.E.? None other than the man a few of us in the Behind the Home Dug Out at Finn Park crew hailed as the new Ronaldo when he first burst onto the League of Ireland scene (though that may have been more to do with his hair style initially). Now plying his trade in an on-loan capacity with English League Two outfit – and hoping to be League One – Southend United, Stephen McLaughlin will be stepping out at Wembley this Saturday for his club’s play-off Final with Wycombe Wanderers.McLaughlin netted in the semi-final win and, speaking to R.T.E.’s Tony O’Donoghue, from what looked like his pad over in Southend, he maintained he felt he had a point to prove after being disappointed not to have started against Stevenage in that second leg.The Isle of Doagh native was introduced by the R.T.E. correspondent as a former Finn Harps and Derry City player though the interview itself only referred to his time at the Brandywell “fondly” remembered by the midfielder where he helped the Candystripes win two trophies.And all that encouragement the Behind the Home Dug-Out crew gave him when he was flying down the wing at Finn Park or even plopped on the bench.Still, there WAS mention of his former City team-mate, Mark Farren, currently undergoing further treatment for cancer and the subject of a fund-raising drive to enable him to receive that treatment at a specialist clinic in Germany. “Top bloke,” McLaughlin described him, urging people to keep donating to the fund.Incidentally, there’s a special fund-raiser at the Brandywell this Saturday when a League of Ireland legends select take on a Derry City Legends team. Get along and support it.Meanwhile, Southend’s Inishowen connection is unsure where next season will land him seeing as he is still contracted to Nottingham Forest.Still,there might even be a place for him on the bench at Finn Park.RIPPING PERFORMANCEIn his Marksman column sitting alongside his Ulster Championship match report in Monday’s ‘Donegal People’s Press/Donegal Democrat’. sports editor, Peter Campbell (hi Peter!) sums up Neil Gallagher’s performance thus:“A massive display from the big Glenswilly man despite the second yellow card. Involved in numerous turnovers.”And one tornover….NEIL GALLAGHER IS A COLOSSUS AND FINN HARPS TO MAKE HISTORY – IT’S WALSHY ON WEDNESDAY was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:columnnewsPaddy WalshSport
23 April 2008Local construction and engineering firm Group Five and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) have set up a construction skills training academy in Midrand, in an effort to bridge the gap between required skills and the shortage thereof.Present at the launch of the academy last week were Joint Initiative for Priority Skills Acquisition (Jipsa) chairman Gwede Mantashe, DBSA chairman Jay Naidoo and Ebrahim Mia, who was representing the Mia family who donated the use of the land on which the academy is built.In a statement this week, Group Five said that the academy, named Kgoro ya Tsholoselo (Door of Hope), was as a result of partnership between itself and the DBSA, who last year signed a memorandum of understanding to accelerate sustainable development as part of the government’s Breaking New Ground programme.“We must scale up initiatives like this and start more,” said Naidoo adding that his organisation had already contributed R8-million toward the academy.“We must invest in education because the most precious resource in our country is people.”When discussing the severe shortage of skills in South Africa, Mantashe emphasised the importance of concentrating on developing artisans.“People forget about the artisans, but this training centre recognises their importance,” he said, adding that some 10 000 artisans were required throughout the country.He added that he would like to see the centre become a catalyst making the area a hub of training activity where other private sector construction companies could establish centres of excellence.The academy’s Construction Education and Training Authority (Ceta) accreditation is currently run by its KwaZulu-Natal branch, which launched the Midrand project together with representatives from Housing, Building, Civil Engineering and the Academy currently.“The next step is to establish a similar facility at Grabouw in the Western Cape,” Group Five said.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Mr Kingsley Makhubela : CEO of Brand South AfricaThe South African nation brand’s dynamism and resilience has withstood a challenging year and has remained strong.This is attested by South Africa’s performance in the World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Competitiveness Index which placed the country within the top 50 most competitive nations in the world and the second most competitive on the continent.To summarise, South Africa’s biggest improvements come in the areas of: health and primary education (up 6 places), labour market efficiency (up 6 places), technological readiness (up 16 places), and innovation (up 5 places). South Africa has also improved in the areas of: macro-economic environment (up 4 places), higher education and training (up 3 places), and business sophistication (up 2 places) while dropping in the area of infrastructure (down 8 places), institutions (down 2 places), goods market efficiency (down 6 places), financial market development (down 5 places) and market size (down 4 places).The Mo Ibrahim Index on African Governance saw South Africa holding steady at number 4 of 54 countries on the continent. This Index looks at the performance of African countries in the areas of: safety and rule of Law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development. South Africa’s performance in each of these areas earns it the position of 7 in terms of safety and rule of law (up from position 8 in 2014), 4 in terms of participation and human rights, 2 in terms of sustainable economic opportunity and 6 in terms of human development, in Africa.The Brand Finance list of the 100 most valuable nation brands was also released in October this year. According to this list, South Africa is the 37th most valuable nation brand in the world with a nett nation brand value of US$ 225 billion. Brand Finance measures the strength and value of the nation brands of 100 leading countries using a method based on the royalty relief mechanism employed to value the world’s largest companies. The study measures a nation brand across the following pillars: goods & services, investment and society. These are divided into sub-pillars: tourism, market, governance and people & skills.What do these numbers tell us about South Africa as a nation brand?These figures tell us that South Africa is a visible nation brand amongst the global community of nations. This is something that all South Africans can be proud of since we remain a relatively young democracy.Our performance in these indices equally tell us that work needs to be done to ensure that we address the challenges that impact negatively on the nation brand and our global competitiveness. This includes, amongst others, areas of education, healthcare, policy cohesion. However, we can again feel confident that the National Development Plan has also highlighted similar areas and work is underway to decisively deal with these challenges. Addressing these challenges systemically will see South Africa increase its global competitiveness.The numbers equally tell us that South Africa’s dynamism, energy, industriousness and personality encapsulated by the national pay-off line, Inspiring New Ways – continues to contribute to our nation brand equity.Domestic and international challenges aside, South Africa has all the ingredients to move ahead as a globally competitive nation. This will however require the concerted effort of each citizen in our country since ultimately, the nation brand reflects each of us.The South African people are at the heart of this democracy. It is the people of this country who make our country great and it is the people of our country who show the world who South Africa is. Brand South Africa thanks you for playing your part and carrying the South African brand with pride.Follow Mr Makhubela on @klmmakhubela Mr Kingsley Makhubela Brand South Africa: CEO
Five-times champion Venus Williams stayed on course to notch up 100 Wimbledon singles matches as she recovered from a bad start to beat China’s Qiang Wang in the second round on Wednesday.Her 97th contest at the All England Club was not going at all to plan but she recovered to win 4-6 6-4 6-1 on a sultry Court One. A run to the quarter-finals would complete the century for the 37-year-old.”I had no idea. Wow. I never look at the stats. So, I’d love to reach 100. That would be awesome,” Venus, flying the Williams family flag in the absence of her sister and reigning Wimbledon champion Serena who is on maternity leave, told reporters.”I love doing this. You have to. It’s a lot of work, a lot of pressure. It’s not easy. Just love.”She has played more matches at Wimbledon than any other active player and, after Petra Kvitova’s second-round defeat she is the only former champion left in the women’s draw.She needed all her experience to pull out a victory that for long periods looked beyond her as the errors piled up against the 55th-ranked Quiang who played with great poise in what was a only her fourth singles match at Wimbledon.When Williams served at 3-3, 15-40 in the second set a shock loomed but she scrambled out of trouble and broke in the 10th game with a backhand pass to level the match.She ran away with the decider to book a third-round match against Japan’s Naomi Osaka.advertisementWilliams came to Wimbledon under a cloud after being involved in a road traffic accident last month in Florida which resulted in the death of a 78-year-old man.She broke down in tears after being asked about the subsequent police investigation on Monday, but this time was spared any more questions on the subject.
Gurugram: Death of workers due to manual scavenging does not seem to cease despite various governments announcing that there will be the usage of technology to deal with the challenge.In Gurugram alone, as many as 10 workers lost their lives in the last two years while cleaning sewers. The data collected by the National Commission for Safai Karamcharis (NCSK) shows that at least 50 workers died cleaning sewers in the first six months of 2019. This data, according to the commission, is a gross underestimate and includes figures of only eight states — Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Punjab, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Despite officials of MCG insisting that manholes are cleaned with machines, the situation on the ground paints a different picture.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 29, 2018 – Nassau – A cross section of Officers and Marines from The Royal Bahamas Defence Force paused from their stressful duties to exert some energy and experience a bit of competitive bonding with their fellow servicemen and servicewomen this weekend in a friendly game of slow pitch softball.Organized by the Training Department, namely Chief Petty Officer James Darling, teams from the Officer Ranks, Senior Rates, Able Seamen and Marine Seamen faced off with each other. Commander Defence Force, Commodore Tellis Bethel threw the first pitch and commended organizers and participants alike, wishing the best team would truly emerge victorious.The Able Seaman and the Senior Rates were the last two teams standing by the day’s end, and youth won over experience in the final minutes as the Able Seamen plundered on, taking no prisoners with a final score of 12 to 0! Members were very pleased at the return of the sporting events and look forward to Flag Football later next month.Release: RBDF
KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Police Foundation will celebrate female leadership in law enforcement at its ninth annual Women in Blue luncheon on March 7th.Since 2010, the Women in Blue initiative has honored women in public safety who demonstrate outstanding leadership, courage, strength and resilience in a profession historically dominated by men, according to San Diego Police Foundation.The luncheon also raises funds for the San Diego Police Foundation.This year’s honorees include Detective Susan Righthouse, a 29-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department and Margaret Mendez, the Human Resources Manager for the San Diego Police Department, serving as the commanding officer for the Human Resources Division.The Women in Blue luncheon will be held on Thursday, March 7 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, located at 1 Park Blvd. in San Diego. Individual tickets are priced at $125.To purchase tickets or become a sponsor click here. Posted: March 4, 2019 KUSI Newsroom San Diego Police Foundation’s Annual Women in Blue Luncheon Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter March 4, 2019