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Go Outside and Play Guide 2020

first_imgDay Two Nestled in the Upstate of South Carolina at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Spartanburg is full of outdoor adventures that are waiting for you. From the miles of trails perfect for bikers, hikers, and horseback riders to the quaint downtowns bursting with charm, discover something new when you head to this historic county in South Carolina. River walk, photo by Lucas Chambers  A Weekend in Martinsville-Henry County, Va. A Day in Rockingham County, Va. AfternoonPick up lunch from Hamlet Kitchen, a locally owned and operated wine bar and gourmet-to-go shop. Spend the afternoon on the water, exploring hidden waterfalls and rock outcrops as you paddle Philpott Lake. Anglers will enjoy fishing for walleye, bass, and catfish. Bucket ListIf you take the Massanutten Trail, there is a clearing where hang gliders launch and the view of the seven bends of the Shenandoah River is spectacular. Day Two EveningGrab a drink at Pilot Mountain Vineyard and Winery or MidSummer Brewing, two new tasting rooms in the area. Rest up in one of over 40 vacation rentals by owner found around Hanging Rock. Big Creek Lodge at Luna’s Trail Farm features nine suites overlooking the majestic Sauratown Mountains, plus three cabins and an on site restaurant. EveningBook a spacious room at Cascades Mountain Resort. Kids delight in the indoor pool with a 110-foot water slide, while adults enjoy the secluded hot tub. The hotel’s Old Orchard Tavern has a full bar serving craft spirits and an award-winning chef who wows diners with well-executed nightly specials. Hidden GemLoudon County is home to Tennessee Valley Winery, one of the oldest operating family-owned wineries in Tennessee. At Ride Kanuga, start at the top of Wolf Mountain and choose one of 12 trails — from beginner to expert — to reach the bottom. photo courtesy Ride Kanuga Post-hike beers at Jocassee Valley Brewing Company in Salem, SC, photo courtesy Lake Hartwell Country Day 1 MorningGo full throttle at The Gorge Zipline. Billed as the steepest, fastest zipline in the country, the experience includes 11 ziplines, a sky bridge, and three rappels. As you cruise through the treetops, enjoy the pristine view of 18,000 acres of preserved Green River game land. MorningGet your day started with a sweet or savory breakfast from The Crepe Factory and then head out to Croft State Park, a prime destination for hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. At the park, explore over 20 miles of trails with gorgeous views of Lake Craig, featuring a boat dock, ramp, and rentals so you can stay cool during your visit. AfternoonEarn your pint of beer aboard Hendersonville’s pub cycle. HVL Pedal & Brews books tours to downtown breweries and tasting rooms. Five breweries lie within pedaling distance. Those averse to cycling shouldn’t fret—an electric motor will kick in if you give out. Year-round attractions truly make Rockingham County a four season destination. Ski the slopes in the winter, fly fish cool mountain waters in the spring, listen to live music in the summer, and hike among the changing leaves in the fall. The rolling farmland connects you to wineries, apple orchards, small towns, rural communities, and local favorites that’ll keep you coming back for more. Day One EveningFor the best dishes off the grill, try Southside Smokehouse or Level 10 for dinner. Grab a post-adventure drink from RJ Rockers or the outdoor biergarten at FR8yard before you settle in for a luxurious night in a suite or cabin car at the Clevedale Historic Inn. Fun FactWhen Hendersonville was established in the 1840s, one of its founders decreed that Main Street should be wide enough to turn around a wagon pulled by four horses. That early planning continues to serve the city well. Today the curvilinear Main Street is pedestrian friendly with public art, outdoor dining areas and flowering brick planters. A Weekend in Spartanburg, S.C. Day One AfternoonTake a break for lunch on the deck at Calhoun’s at Fort Loudon Marina and spend the afternoon canoeing or kayaking on Fort Loudoun Lake. Fuel up with an afternoon coffee at the Ugly Mug and take a self-guided walking tour through downtown Lenoir City. History buffs can check out the Lenoir City Museum and explore two of Loudon County’s six Civil War Trails sites. Couple running on Cottonwood Trail. Photo by Sam Dean EveningStroll through downtown Loudon and explore the Stimpson Seashell Museum—one of the world’s largest seashell collections. Make two selfie stops at the mural in Veteran’s Park and in the courtyard beside the Historic Loudon Theatre, where live music is featured most weekends. Enjoy a relaxing dinner at the historic Carmichael Inn and continue the fun at Kinfolk Farms where you can choose from one of four unique-themed cabins and play giant outdoor chess with the family. Now Go Outside and Play! A visit to Shenandoah County, Va., is an unforgettable time where anyone can enjoy a day outdoors in the fresh mountain air. Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Alleghenies to the west, visitors can hike, bike, or ride horseback along 178 miles of trails through the George Washington National Forest to see incredible views of the valley.  Hidden GemSurrounded by Shenandoah National Park, head to Mountaintop Ranch for horseback riding, private waterfall hikes, mountain biking, and more. Showalters Orchard & Greenhouse, photo courtesy Rockingham County Tourism A Day in Lake Hartwell, S.C. Day 2 MorningHit the links for a round of golf at one of the area’s top-rated golf courses, Rarity Bay, Landmark Club at Avalon, WindRiver Golf Course, or one of the three exclusive courses at Tellico Village which offer public play—Toqua Golf Course, Tanasi Golf Course, and The Links at Kahite Golf Course.  Biking on Dick & Wallie Passage. Photo by Steve Sheppard Photography MorningStart off at Hanging Rock State Park for miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, rock climbing opportunities at Moore’s Knob, and a network of trails to five different peaks. Paddle or fish the 73-acre Hanging Rock Lake or access miles of the Dan River.  AfternoonGrab lunch to go from Fulks Run Grocery or The Dayton Market. Spend the afternoon picking apples at Showalters Orchard and sipping cider at Old Hill Cider. The whole family will love the games and attractions at Back Home-on the Farm or visiting the animals at White Oak Lavender Farm. A Day in Shenandoah County, Va. AfternoonPack a lunch or pick up a deli sandwich from nearby diners in Danbury before taking a canopy tour through the colorful fall foliage with Carolina Ziplines. Explore the local arts scene or find unique treasures in the charming downtowns of Danbury, King, or Walnut Cove. MorningDunbar Cave State Park is one of Clarksville’s most popular outdoor spots in every season. This 144-acre natural playground in the middle of the city includes almost four miles of hiking trails, picnic areas, wildlife, and guided cave tours May-October. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at The Wonderland Café with divine pastries, as well as breakfast and lunch entrees. AfternoonContinue your love of the outdoors by choosing from any number of iconic scenic byways perfect for casual or enthusiastic cyclers. The 23-mile loop to Brandy Station is a locals favorite, since it starts and ends at downtown breweries. Prefer dirt to gravel? Head to Burke Farm, home to over 300 acres of mountain biking trails. MorningTake an informative hike at Holmes Educational State Forest. What was once a nursery developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s is now a living classroom with five miles of trails, including the “talking trees” trail that educates hikers about different species and their uses. A Weekend in Clarksville, Tenn. AfternoonThe nine-mile Clarksville Greenway is a paved walking and biking trail along two waterways where you’ll enjoy native species, bluff walls, tree canopies, overlooks, and a 600-foot pedestrian bridge. The nearby North Ford Mountain Biking Trail is the perfect spot for riders of all skill levels. Canoeing on Tellico Lake, photo courtesy Visit Loudon County Fun FactFrank Sutton, who played Sgt. Carter in the sitcom, Gomer Plye, USMC, is a Clarksville native. Take a selfie with his statue downtown.  MorningStart your day with a mouthwatering French pastry from Madeleine’s Bakery then take in some local history and switchback trails at Fort Defiance Civil War Park overlooking the confluence of the rivers. Next, find permanent and rotating exhibits, plus plenty of interactive play spaces for children, at the Customs House Museum. The iconic architecture outside and massive model train exhibit inside are thrills for all ages. If you’re a fan of good sushi, enjoy lunch at Yellowtail or Kohana just outside downtown.  Check out our guide to 11 adventure-packed destinations across the Southeast. You will find everything you need to plan a memorable trip for this fall, or in the future, including outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, craft beverages, local eats, lodging recommendations, and more. EveningEnjoy an evening downtown where you’ll be captivated by historic architecture at every turn. The city offers several choices for dinner along with pubs, breweries, and a meadery. Explore a variety of local shops and check the schedule at the Roxy Regional Theatre for live professional productions.  Fun FactThere are over 300 waterfalls in the area to visit, including King Creek Falls and Opossum Creek Fall. Boardwalk bridge along the renowned Clinch River at the Cleveland Town Park. Photo by Heather Powers A Day in Russell County, Va. It’s all about the outdoor adventures and unwinding with some local brews, wine, or good food right now in Russell County. Find a local trail, enjoy kayaking the Clinch River, sit by a waterfall, explore Cyclops Cave, and much more this fall. There are also some amazing spots to discover, including a lodge with your own cave to explore. EveningPiedmont Steakhouse, Lucio’s Italian, or Pinto Thai, it’s impossible to not eat well in Culpeper. Far Gohn Brewery is everyone’s favorite tavern featuring rotating German brews. Flavor on Main serves the best balance of specialty cocktails and small plates; and Old Trade Brewery and Cidery brings forth an assortment of flavors with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Walden Hall gives you the choice: a private suite, a guest house, or the entire house, yours for the taking. AfternoonHit the trail at the brand new Ride Kanuga mountain bike park. Founded by world-champion downhill racer Neko Mulally, the park features 12 downhill-specific trails suitable for all ability levels. Located on 1,400 acres at Kanuga Camps & Conference Center, the park’s trails descend from Wolf Mountain through old-growth forest. A Day in Stokes County, N.C. Moore’s Knob at Hanging Rock State Park, photo courtesy Stokes County A Weekend in Loudon Co, Tenn. Day One EveningWhile you’re already at Drayton Mills, you’ll find comfort food favorites at Dray Bar & Grill and a cold beer from Holliday Brewing. For other dining options in the area, The Kennedy offers a true food experience featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Or pair a delicious sandwich and artisan brew from New Groove. Turn in for the night at AC Hotel Spartanburg or Spartanburg Marriott, both within walking distance to downtown amenities. A Weekend in Hendersonville, N.C. AfternoonFor a short hike, the Woodstock Tower atop Massanutten Mountain features views of Fort Valley and Shenandoah Valley. The rock outcropping at the end of Big Schloss, four miles round trip, offers a view you will never forget.  EveningDowntown Hendersonville is home to 25 independently owned restaurants. Choose from authentic Italian, funky tapas, traditional Carolina ’cue or farm-to-table fare that showcases some of western N.C.’s finest producers. For a nightcap, head to the rooftop bar at Shine or The Poe House, a cozy spot that’s a favorite of locals. MorningStart your morning off with sunrise at the Million Dollar View over Fort Loudoun Lake. Loudon County, known as the Lakeway to the Smokies, offers a multitude of water and nature activities. Bring your fishing gear and explore the natural, scenic areas around Lenoir City Park and Tellico Dam or venture out to the East Lakeshore Trail, a system of nine hiking trails that feature incredible lake views.  Day One MorningGet your day started with a walk, run, or bike ride on the Dick and Willie Passage Rail Trail while reading about the history of the Danville and Western Railroad along the way. Mountain bikers of all abilities can enjoy ten miles of looping singletrack at the Mountain Laurel Trails. Earn your Dirty Dozen patch when you hike, bike, and/or paddle 12 miles of trail in the area. EveningFrom southern cuisine and barbecue to pizza and burritos, you are sure to find a delicious spot to dine outside or pick up to go after a long day outside. Cozy up for a night at One Starling, a charming bed and breakfast with a beautiful porch to relax on.  EveningGet ready for a feast at The Burgers. Be sure and start with a basket of fried pickles and get homemade banana pudding for dessert. End the night on target at East Tennessee Axe Throwing, a family-friendly ax throwing venue. A Weekend in Culpeper, Va. Day Two In a state full of fall color and made for road trips, Loudon County, in east Tennessee, is golden. With the Smoky Mountains creating a backdrop for hiking, kayaking, boating, and fishing on Tellico Lake or the Tennessee River, visitors can enjoy scenic drives, stunning sunsets, and trademark misty mornings. AfternoonAt lunch, stop by Sugar-N-Spice or Cribbs Kitchen for southern staples that locals and visitors love. Get back to touring the town with some antique shopping in Landrum or explore Drayton Mills, a revitalized textile mill featuring a marketplace and two-mile trail.  AfternoonImmerse yourself in American history as you explore Cedar Mountain Battlefield where Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, performed her first field duty. North of town lies 2,100 preserved acres at Brandy Station, home of the Civil War’s largest cavalry engagement.  For more information on how you can safely enjoy your experience, please check your destination’s website prior to travel.   Day Two From thousands of acres of public lands to dozens of miles of waterways, there is something for everyone in the mountains of Stokes County, N.C. Take in the scenery all around with cascading waterfalls, sheer cliffs, and bare rock peaks. Bring your own gear or visit one of the many outfitters in town, ready to help you get outside.  EveningYou’ll want to time your evening activities around a vivid Cumberland River sunset. A romantic stroll along the RiverWalk is an ideal way to soak up the last of the daylight. Dinner at Liberty Park Grill overlooking the marina is another prime location for a fantastic view.   EveningStop at Hanks Grille and Catering, Dayton Tavern, or Old 33 Beer and Burger Grill for a delicious post-adventure dinner. Catch a band at Cave Hill Farms Brewery or Elkton Brewing Company before settling in for a cozy night at Massanutten Resort or Silver Lake Bed and Breakfast.  If you’re looking for a fall or winter getaway that’s off the beaten path but convenient, affordable with plenty to do, loaded with scenic outdoor recreation but not too crowded, Clarksville, Tenn., checks all your boxes. You can best enjoy Clarksville’s outdoors by following recommended safety precautions like wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and washing your hands frequently. MorningStay at the Hopewell House Bike and Bed where cycling enthusiasts Kevin and Alice serve a wonderful breakfast, offer suggestions about the best country roads for biking, and provide a small shop to handle minor bike repairs. After a morning ride, stop into Burg Nutrition or Old Dominion Doggery & Burger Shop to refuel. EveningEnd the day with some mouth watering barbecue from the Pumpkintown Mountain Opry and sip on some refreshing craft beverages from Victoria Valley Vineyards or Jocassee Valley Brewing Company. End the day in a cozy cabin at Wildwater Ltd. South Carolina is just right! EveningFinish your day with a craft beer and good eats from Sugar Hill Brewing Company and Lonesome Pine Brewing or enjoy a wine tasting and mountain views at Vincent’s Vineyard. Settle in for a night at the secluded Beef Holler Lodge-Private Mountain Getaway or pitch a tent at Riverbend Campground.  Day Two MorningWake up with breakfast from Thunderbird Café. Take a short drive to the overlooks and trailheads along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park or fish for largemouth bass, channel catfish, and musky in Lake Shenandoah.  Day One MorningStart off your day with home cooking from Fourth Avenue Baked Goods Café and Bakery or Pat’s Kountry Diner. Head to Clinch Life Outfitters for all the gear, guidance, and inspiration you need to get outside. Hike or bike Sugar Hill Loop Trail and Oxbow Lake for beautiful wildlife and peaceful scenery.  From small towns to big cities, we know you want a turn-key itinerary for the perfect 24- or 48-hour getaway. We’ve got you covered!   Biking in Mount Jackson, Virginia, photo by Synaptic Visuals Culpeper is a surprising little town with big heart, reminiscent of when life moved a bit slower. The architecture and land is steeped in history, but the food, spirits, shops, and trails reflect a life more modern. It is the perfect escape from your day-to-day demands, but quaint enough you feel fully immersed the moment you arrive. AfternoonFor lunch, enjoy some amazing food at the Pumpkintown General Store. Then, stretch your legs and take in gorgeous views at Table Rock State Park on the Lakeside Trail. To unwind, take a tour of Table Rock Tea Company and taste delicious, home grown tea. MorningFuel up at 18 Grams Coffee Lab with seasonal delights and homemade pastries. Select one of three self-guided tours of historic downtown Culpeper or enjoy the walking tour at Virginia Bison Company, where you can get up close with grazing herds of bison. Grab food for a picnic from Thyme Market, including sandwiches, pizza, and desserts. Discover your new favorite mountain getaway in a place with hundreds of cascading waterfalls, hiking trails that weave through the hills, libations that are served with a smile, and overlooks that will take your breath away. Welcome to Lake Hartwell Country, a stunning region that sits at the foot of the Blue Ridge Escarpment in the mountains of South Carolina. AfternoonRefuel with a hot chicken meal from Flock Shop or a spread of high quality goods from Stone Soup. Get back outside after lunch on the Mary Black Rail Trail, featuring B-Cycle rentals, a bike park, and NFL Play 60 course. Or walk the four-mile Cottonwood Trail as it weaves its way through a 116-acre urban preserve just minutes from downtown.  Fun FactCroft State Park, South Carolina’s largest state park at a sprawling 7,054 acres, was once a WWII Army Training Facility. MorningWhether you’re looking for breakfast on the go or a sit down brunch, get your day started at Downtown Deli and Donuts or Initial Q. Once you’re ready to get moving, reconnect with nature at Glendale Shoals, a scenic preserve featuring a cascading waterfall, eye-catching bridge, and river access for paddlers and waders alike. Hidden GemsStep back in time to the historic Priddy’s General Store just across the Dan River, plus live music in February and October.  AfternoonSchedule a tour and tasting at Beachaven Winery or Old Glory Distilling. You’ll meet people who are passionate about their craft and have been working many years to perfect it. With a driving tour and short walk in Liberty Park, you’ll be inspired by two Clarksville trailblazers and legends, Wilma Rudolph and Pat Head Summitt, whose bronze likEnesses anchor both ends of the park. MorningVisit one of the local bakeries or cafes for a hearty breakfast before a round of golf at Forest Park Country Club. Or try your hand at disc golf at Frank Wilson Park, plus a natural surface walking trail, horseshoes, and more. Visit Fairy Stone Park and search for the fairy stone, a naturally occurring crystal found in only a few places on earth.  MorningStart your day with a delicious coffee and crepe from Coyote Coffee in downtown Pickens. Afterwards, make your way to the beautiful Hagood Mill Historic Site, one of the last working grist mills in the country. Pick up a bag of authentic, stone ground grits while you’re there. EveningCheck out Grass Rootes for a casual dining experience and ample outdoor seating. For endless outdoor space, head over to veteran owned Mountain Run Winery for wine, cider, and food trucks. You cannot miss Old House, Virginia’s only family owned and operated winery, brewery, and distillery. For easy access to the heart of historic downtown, spend the night at Suites 249, Thyme Suites, or The Loft on Davis. MorningStart off at Moving Meadows Farm for daily specials and provisions to take home. Then head over to Rockwater Park for miles of walking trails, an 18-hole disc golf course, ninja obstacle course, climbing boulder, and splash pad. Explore and relax among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge when you visit Martinsville-Henry County. From state parks and waterways to local eateries and an artisan trail, there’s something for everyone. Go for a scavenger hunt to find the public art murals throughout the community before finishing up your day with a craft beverage from the area’s wineries or brewery. Davis street in downtown Culpeper. Photo courtesy of Visit Culpeper During a time when we’re all looking for safe adventures in smaller towns with outdoor activities, Hendersonville, N.C., checks all the boxes. Located just south of Asheville, this Blue Ridge Mountain town is surrounded by Pisgah National Forest. Hendersonville’s vibrant downtown and creative culinary scene combine with its natural setting to make for a well-rounded destination. AfternoonWatch the planes and helicopters coming and going at the Blue Ridge Regional Airport while you enjoy a variety of American classics from Simply Suzanne’s. Then make your way to the Smith River. With eleven public canoe ramps, you can customize your river paddling trip with ease. EveningSlow down in the evening, exploring the shops, art galleries, and restaurants in the Historic District of Uptown Martinsville. Or check out the farm-to-table brewery and award-winning vineyard for a refreshing drink with unbelievable views. Located right on the Smith River, Cahill’s Lily Pad RV Park & Campground is the perfect place to sleep among the stars. EveningBack in Woodstock, The Woodstock Café is a hot spot for dinner Thursday through Saturday nights, serving beautiful in-season local foods with an incredible wine selection. If there’s room after dinner, stop into Sugar Creek Snowy & Sweet for an ice cream cone as you make your way back to the Bike and Bed. AfternoonEnjoy lunch at the Seed to Sandwich Café, located at Sweetwater Valley Farm in Philadelphia, a working, family dairy farm that produces a variety of delicious farmstead, cheddar-based cheeses for visitors to sample and purchase. If they’re making cheese when you visit, you’ll get to watch the process through a viewing window and enjoy some fresh cheese curds. AfternoonStop by Fat Boy’s BBQ, Giovanni’s, or J&V’s Corner Diner for a filling lunch. Kayak and canoe the Clinch River with Clinch River Adventures or enjoy a local ATV trail. Head to Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve or the Cleveland Barrens/Tank Hollow Falls Riverbend Trail for more exploration of the area. last_img read more

Storm Drops Another Inch, June Approaches LI Rain Record

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Thursday’s storm wasn’t a total dud—more than 1 inch of rain drenched several Long Island communities and some 3,000 LIPA customers lost power during the height of the storm Thursday night.“We got quite a bit of rain,” said Tim Morrin, meteorologist at the Upton-based National Weather Service.With Thursday’s rain storm, which dropped nearly 1.5 inches on Montauk and more than an inch in at least five other Suffolk County communities, June 2013 is on its way to becoming the wettest June on record—and there’s still 16 days to go.The current record is 10.8 inches, which was recorded in June 2003, according to the NWS, whose calculations goes back to the 1980s. This month’s total already stands somewhere between 8 and 9 inches. If the trend continues, it’s likely that the decade-old record will fall.More flooding is also possible because there’s “not much capacity for the Earth to absorb much more,” even with moderate rainfall, Morrin said.Thursday’s storm came less than a week after a record-setting storm pounded LI with upwards of 5 inches of rain.But early predictions of up to 4 inches of rain never manifested and the NWS even cancelled a flood watch it had issued a day earlier.The Island will get a brief break from the wet weather this weekend with a sunny forecast for Saturday and decent weather predicted during the day Sunday.But the weather is expected to quickly shift back to what seems to be the norm this June, with showers and possible thunderstorms in the forecast for Monday and Tuesday.As for the outages, the majority of LIPA ratepayers who lost power Thursday regained electricity overnight.last_img read more

Tired of scandals among the powerful

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion What’s wrong with America?Every day either in the newspaper or on the television, we hear of another man stepping down because of his poor decisions. And it’s always somebody who took an oath to someone or something.What’s happened to good, decent people among the powers that be? Are there any left? The scandals of all kinds have got to stop. The world is watching.So, please look in the mirror and like what you see so others can believe again.Anne FringoMiddleburghMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

PREMIUM Scientists warn of earthquake risks in South Sulawesi

first_imgLog in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has warned about a possible earthquake caused by the Walanae fault that runs underneath South Sulawesi province.The Walanae fault is an active fault that moves between 2 to 4 centimeters per year.Although the speed of the motion, at 5 cm per year, is not as significant as the Palu-Koro fault that caused the tsunami in 2018, it has the potential to cause an earthquake with an intensity of VIII to X Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI), BNPB head Doni Monardo said during an event in Makassar on Monday.The MMI scores VIII, IX and X are considered severe and violent and can cause extreme structural damages, according to the United States Geological Survey. The score VIII means great damage in poorly built structures, while X means some well-built wooden structures are destroyed, frame structures destroyed with foundations and rail… Forgot Password ? Google Facebook Topics : South-Sulawesi Walanae-fault Palu-Koro-fault BNPB BMKG-geophysics-stationlast_img read more

Danish pension funds’ share offer prompts Nykredit IPO rethink

first_imgSome of Denmark’s biggest pension funds have clubbed together to make an offer to buy a minority stake in the country’s main mortgage lender, according to reports.The move has prompted Nykredit, which has a 41% share of Denmark’s mortgage lending market, to reconsider its plans to list on the stock market.Nykredit announced that Forenet Kredit – the customer association that owns most of the company – received an offer to purchase a minority share of its holding in Nykredit.According to local media reports, the offer has been made by a consortium of investors including Danish pension funds PFA Pension, AP Pension and PensionDanmark. The consortium is reportedly offering to invest between DKK10bn (€1.34bn) and DKK15bn in Nykredit.PFA Pension, AP Pension and PensionDanmark all declined to comment on these reports.Nykredit said in its announcement to the Copenhagen Stock Exchange: “The boards of directors of Forenet Kredit and Nykredit A/S as well as the group executive board will now consider whether this offer, on balance, constitutes an attractive alternative to a stock exchange listing, including whether it ensures a satisfactory scope for raising new equity capital.”After considering this, the board would decide whether to recommend the offer for approval by the committee of representatives of Forenet Kredit, said Nykredit. The committee would make the final decision on a potential sale of shares.In the meantime, it said preparations for an initial public offering (IPO) would continue unchanged.Nykredit has been working on plans to seek a stock exchange listing since February 2016, aiming for the IPO to take place before February 2018.Forenet Kredit has said the group decided to raise more capital in order to meet its regulatory capital requirements and adapt to new and significantly higher requirements known to be on the way.Nykredit said that “as a natural part of this process”, its group executive board had also looked at alternatives to a stock exchange listing.The group said it had also looked into the option of selling a minority shareholding before Forenet Kredit decided to start IPO preparations.“At the time, this was not a viable solution,” it said.However, in the intervening period, the Nykredit Group’s financial performance had improved significantly, and investors’ demand for unlisted equity investments has grown, it said. The new purchase offer was made against this backdrop.last_img read more

Prostitution Survivor had this to say about Amnesty’s Decriminalisation Policy

first_imgNew Statesman 4 August 2015Prostitution Survivor Rachel Moran had this to say about Amnesty’s Full Decriminalization Policy:“[Amnesty’s policy in favour of decriminalizing prostitution] refuses to recognize that commercial sexual exploitation is a highly gendered abusive practice, and in numerous places throughout the document, Amnesty considers recommending the decriminalization of punters, pimps, brothel owners and others who exploit women for financial gain or sexual gratification in the global sex trade. . . .One would expect that Amnesty would know their resolution is in direct contravention of at least three UN Conventions. Since they are ignoring the fact, it is timely to remind them. . . . Where prostitution has been given the government’s stamp of approval and repackaged as legitimate ‘sex work’, there is no onus on governments to provide exit strategies – any more than they’d be expected to provide exit strategies for women in nursing, hairdressing or childcare. Women like this are simply abandoned by the state.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Bulldogs Get Walk Off Victory Over Flashes

first_imgBohman’s Walkoff Gives Bulldogs Victory Over Franklin Central.The Bulldogs defeated Franklin Central 7-6 on Tuesday thanks to a walk-off sacrifice fly. After a two out, two run home run in the top of the seventh by Franklin Central to tie the game at six, Batesville won the game with a sacrifice fly by Joe Bohman who drove in Zach Britton.Both offenses were strong at the plate as Batesville collected 12 hits and Franklin Central 11.Batesville captured the lead in the first inning, as Jacob Christie drove in the first run of the game. The Bulldogs then drove in three runs in the fourth inning on a single by Christie, a walk by Joe Bohman, and a stolen base by Christian Prickel.Zack Blomer earned the win for the Bulldogs. He tossed three innings in relief of Joe Bohman, allowing two runs, one hit, and walking one. Ford took the loss for Franklin Central. He pitched two and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs, three hits, and striking out three.Bohman started the game for Batesville, throwing four innings, giving up four runs, ten hits, striking out two, and walking zero. Weber started the game for Franklin Central. He pitched four innings, surrendering five runs, nine hits, striking out four, and walking one.Zach Britton, Quinn Werner, and Trey Heidlage each collected multiple hits for the Bulldogs. Britton went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Batesville in hits. Defensively, the Bulldogs were strong, as they didn’t commit a single error.The Bulldogs improved to 12-8 overall on the year and maintain a 6-2 record in the EIAC. Batesville will play at East Central this Friday in a double header.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Justin Tucker.last_img read more

4-year-old calls police after being left in hot vehicle

first_imgOfficials in Maryland are reporting that they found seven children between the ages of two and four trapped inside of a hot car after a 4-year-old called them.The incident occurred in a parking lot of the St. Charles Towne Center in Waldorf.According to the report, the oldest of the children used a phone that was left in the vehicle to contact authorities.The child, however, did not recognize his surroundings and could not tell authorities where they were located.  Using GPS and other mechanisms, the police operator was eventually able to locate the vehicle.When authorities arrived, they found the children sweaty and scared inside of an unlocked vehicle which had been shut off with the windows rolled up.Officials also reported that there was only one car seat in the vehicle despite the amount of children in the vehicle.The mother has since been charged with charged with confinement in a motor vehicle. She may also face other charges pending an investigation.last_img read more

Dutch Soccer Academy to hold Brooklin camp

first_imgBROOKLIN — The Dutch Soccer Academy is bringing its day camp program to the Brooklin School soccer field Friday through Sunday, May 15-17.The Maine-based program, now in its 17th year, offers instruction to about 1,800 students each year.At Brooklin, instructors will work with youth in grades kindergarten through four from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.Sessions for those in grades 5-9 will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe European-style curriculum is tailored to the cognitive soccer development needs of various ages and skill levels, both beginning and advanced.The fees are $50 for the younger children and $70 for the older group, and financial assistance will be available for Brooklin students.Players should bring a soccer ball, water bottle, a healthy snack, cleats or sneakers and shin guards to the sessions.For registration information, call the school at 359-2133. Send registrations to Louanne Higgins, P.O. Box 120, Brooklin, ME 04606 or drop them off at the school.last_img read more

Cricket News SL vs BAN: Mathews leads Lankans to series sweep against Bangladesh

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Colombo: Angelo Mathews scored 87 runs Wednesday to inspire Sri Lanka to its first one-day international series sweep in more than three years, defeating Bangladesh by 122 runs in the third and final match.Sri Lanka’s last sweep was a 2-0 series win at in Ireland in June 2016.Choosing to bat after winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 294 for eight in 50 overs, riding on the innings of Mathews. He was well backed by Kusal Mendis who made 54.Captain Dimuth Karunaratne (46) and Kusal Perera (42) also made useful contributions.Fast-medium bowler Soumya Sarkar took three for 56 while Shafiul Islam had three for 68 for Bangladesh.Sarkar also shone with the bat, top scoring with 69 runs, but a dismal show from the other batsmen resulted in Bangladesh being dismissed for 172 runs with 14 overs to spare.Dimuth Karunaratne and Avishka Fernando opened batting for Sri Lanka but their stand did not last long when Fernando, who top scored with 82 runs in the second match, was out for six runs, trapped lbw by seamer Shafiul Islam.Karunaratne and No. 3 batsman Kusal Perera shared 83 runs for the second wicket in 95 balls before Karunaratne (46) was caught by wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim trying to scoop left-arm spinet Tailjul Islam.Perera departed soon caught behind by Rahim off pace bowler Rubel Hossain, leaving Sri Lanka 98 for three.Mathews joined Mendis and the pair steadied the Sri Lankan innings sharing 101 runs for the fourth wicket off 121 balls. Mendis mistimed a slow ball from Sarkar and was caught near the boundary by Sabbir Rahman for 54 runs. That was his 16th one-day international half-century.Mathews made 87 runs in 90 balls including eight boundaries and a six. He made good dropped chances on 32 and 63 to reach his second successive half-century score in the series and the 40th of his career.Sri Lanka scored 106 runs in the last 10 overs with Dasun Shanaka scoring 30 off 14 deliveries including two sixes and two boundaries.Bangladesh started its chase poorly, losing captain Tamim Iqbal with just four runs on the board in the second over. Tamim, who had scored zero and 19 in the previous two matches of the series, departed for two runs caught behind by Perera off fast bowler Kasun Rajitha.Anamul Haq and Sarkar added 25 runs for the second wicket before Anamul, who hit two consecutive fours against Rajitha, skied a third for a catch to Fernando.In-form Mushfiqur Rahim, who made two half-centuries in the series including an unbeaten 98 in the second match, was out for 10 caught at slip by Mendis off seamer Shanaka.With wickets falling regularly, Bangladesh was never in the game thereafter.Shanaka took three for 27 while Lahiru Kumara and Rajitha took two wickets apiece.The match was dedicated to Sri Lankan fast bowler Nuwan Kulasekara, who has announced his retirement from international cricket last_img read more