Last June marked the end of a decade’s-long effort to create a fourteen-mile multi-use trail through the heart of the Cumberland Plateau into Georgia’s popular Cloudland Canyon State Park. The trail — facilitated in large part by a Georgia-based conservation organization called the Lula Lake Land Trust — has come to be known as the Cloudland Connector Trail, and it’s 14-mile path provides easy spur access to more than 60 miles of well maintained hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails.The Lula Lake Land Trust is the product of a 50-plus year rehabilitation project that began with the acquisition of 80 acres of old mining property on top of Lookout Mountain. The land was initially acquired in the late 1950s by a local conservationist named Robert Davenport. During his lifetime, Davenport ensured that previously clear-cut timber was replanted and that all of the area’s spectacular natural features were preserved to the best of his ability. By the time he died, he had extended his land holdings to as many 1,800 acres, and his will officially hashed out the formation of the Lula Lake Land Trust.Today the Lula Lake Land Trust preserves more than 8,000 acres in northwest Georgia. In addition to supporting recreation-based initiatives like the Cloud Land Connector Trail, the trust has worked relentlessly to protect the native flora and fauna found within its boundaries. Most notable of the species they’ve worked to save is a federally protected and significantly threatened wild rose known as the Virginia Spiraea.According to Developmental Director Tricia King, the idea for a trail connecting the Lula Lake Land Trust to Cloudland Canyon State Park was conceived about ten years ago at a routine board meeting.“When the trail was originally proposed we weren’t 100% certain that we’d actually be able to turn our long-term goal into a reality,” King said. “Fortunately we gained a lot of invaluable support from volunteer groups and private land holders in the area.”Through a combination of hard work from Lula Lake Land Trust employees, volunteer efforts from groups like the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) and conservation easements agreed upon by nearby landowners, the Cloudland Connector Trail has become a reality, and land that was previously inaccessible is now open for public recreation and enjoyment.The trail starts about fourteen miles north of Cloudland Canyon State Park and culminates within the park boundaries. A trailhead for its northern terminus can be found on Nick-A-Jack Road, and there are three others —5 Points, Ascalon and Durham—located at different points along its 14-mile course. All of the trailheads afford access to the 20 miles of world-class single track found within the Five Points Recreation Area.Travel past the border of Cloudland Canyon State Park, and you’ll find a backcountry area with 13 remote campsites as well as one of the most spectacular views—the Cloudland Canyon Vista—that northwest Georgia has to offer.–Read more of contributor Travis Hall’s work at his website travishallfreelance.wordpress.com.
By Dialogo November 22, 2011 The military and police operation underway in Honduras since November 1 has succeeded in reducing the rate of violence by 90 percent in Tegucigalpa, the capital, and 50 percent in San Pedro Sula, stated President Porfirio Lobo on November 19. “We’ve succeeded in significantly decreasing the rate of violent deaths in the area of the Central District (Tegucigalpa) by about 90 percent, and in San Pedro Sula, where we just started, by 50-percent,” the president asserted. That “means less pain and fewer tears in many families,” Lobo emphasized. In early November, President Lobo ordered around 2,000 military personnel to join more than 14,000 police officers in “Operation Lightning” against crime, in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, the country’s second most-important city, located 240 km north of the capital. “In view of the results that have been obtained in a few days, we have the certainty that with the passage of time, the entire population will recover the confidence to go out on the streets without being fearful of becoming victims to criminals,” Lobo stressed. Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, 82.1 per 100,000 inhabitants, followed in Central America by El Salvador with 66 and Guatemala with 41.4, according to the first global study of homicides by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), released in October, which included 207 countries.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 30-year-old North Babylon man was killed in a fiery crash with a truck on the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills early Monday morning.Suffolk County police said Joseph Pritchard was driving a Dodge pickup truck that stopped for an unknown reason in the westbound right lane of the LIE near exit 51 before being rear-ended by a International box truck at 2:23 a.m.Both trucks burst into flames upon impact. Pritchard was pronounced dead at the scene.The driver of the box truck, 34-year-old Eduardo Garcia of the Bronx, was taken to Huntington Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The truck is owned by Barakat Trucking.Both vehicles were impounded for safety checks while the investigation is continuing.Second Squad detectives ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-854-8252 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. All calls will be kept confidential.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An Oyster Bay man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk and killing a 59-year-old Hempstead man in a hit-and-run crash on the Southern State Parkway in Farmingdale last year, authorities said.Madi Grant was charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, assault, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, driving while in an intoxicated condition, driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, reckless driving, driving without a license, arson, conspiracy and tampering with evidence.New York State police and Nassau County prosecutors said the 34-year-old suspect was driving a Chevrolet Captiva when he rear-ended a car driven by Sherman Richardson near Route 110 at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 5, 2014.The impact caused Richardson, an ironworker who was on his way to work, to crash into a tree, killing him immediately, prosecutors said.Grant, who allegedly drank alcohol, smoked marijuana and spent hours in a strip club in Queens hours before the crash, fled the scene, according to investigators. A Good Samaritan followed him, but Grant allegedly sped an estimated 70 mph through Amityville side streets. He later torched the car, authorities said.Judge David Sullivan set bail for Grant at $1 million bond or $500,000 cash. He faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted. He is due back in court Friday.
They say he eventually “struck” a deputy in the face before a taser was used on him. TOWN OF MAINE (WBNG) — Authorities say a man was charged with a felony after assaulting a sheriff’s deputy Sunday. He was also charged with with obstructing governmental administration in the 2nd degree, a misdemeanor. Vymislicky was taken to the Broome County Sheriff’s Correctional Facility. The deputy was treated for minor injuries. The sheriff’s office says deputies responded to Shadowbrook Drive in the town of Maine for a report of a physical-domestic incident. The Broome County Sheriff’s Office says 21-year-old Tyler J. Vymislicky was charged with assault in the 2nd degree, assaulting a police officer, a class D felony. Authorities say Vymislicky did not comply with law enforcement and tried to leave the scene.
Q: Why was the press hit so hard by the COVID crisis?A: “In many countries with free press, newspapers have historically relied on a for-profit model. In the US it relied not on people paying for the news, but on advertisers.Now, the for-profit model has collapsed, and newspapers have not been able to craft a digital response. Even in the smallest markets, Facebook and Google siphon three quarters of the digital revenue. That leaves all other legacy media fighting for the digital scraps. They’re not enough to build strong journalism.COVID-19 has further decimated this advertising model. In the second quarter, usually the second best in the year, advertising was off 40-50 percent compared to last year. That occurred at the same time that people were logging massively into news sites. Q: Are we losing news outlets?A: “We lost a quarter of the newspapers we had in 2004. Most of the ones who disappeared were small dailies or weeklies. They did not close overnight though. They were often cut back to weekly, and that didn’t work. So they cut back to digital only, and then went away. On the other hand, over half of the newspapers journalists we had in 2008 have been laid off. We have 150 major regional dailies in the US and they all have the same problem: they’ve lost their main source of revenue. Even though there was a hope in the beginning of the digital transition, they have not been capable of attracting revenue, in ad or subscriptions. And there’s a tremendous shift in who owns the newspapers. Most of the largest chains were publicly traded. (…) The new owners are private equity and hedge funds. Their primary goal is about shareholders’ return. They could basically come in and cut costs, rather aggressively.What concerns me most in the United States is that we tend to have lost newspapers in communities that are struggling economically, not only with low incomes, but which have poverty rates twice the average. They are the communities that most need information in order to have a better future.When you lose print newspapers, you often lose your only source of local information. You lose the person who goes to cover the city council, school meetings, local sports teams. Your access to news becomes local television. In 2016, in 20 percent of the market there was no local news reported in seven days.If it is a digital future, what do we do about the digital divide in our country?” Q: Which models could survive?A: “If you’re a national paper, like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, or USA Today, there is a strategy for reaching scale with some subscribers and charging them.But you cannot get 5.5 million subscribers for even the larger regional papers. For-profit, non-profit and hybrid structures will work in some places. There are good chances for a creative and disciplined owner, wanting to invest on the long term, located in a market that has average economic growth prospects.Print will survive in some form. Ten years ago there were predictions that we would all be reading ebooks. And they peaked about five years ago. With very few exceptions, the era of the print daily newspaper will be remembered fondly. There is a future for weekly and monthly magazines.” Topics : We’re in a prolonged economic depression. News organizations were hanging on with slender margins, COVID has accelerated what was already occurring.” The for-profit media model has collapsed, and newspapers have not been able to craft a digital response, says Penelope Abernathy, former vice-president of the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and a University of North Carolina professor for media economics.She published a report in 2020 about news called “Will local news survive?”
PENNSYLVANIA’s Department of Transportation has been authorised to buy a fleet of diesel multiple-units for the 176 km ’Keystone Corridor’ from Philadelphia to Harrisburg. Governor Tom Ridge has approved a package combining $18·7m of federal and $4·7m of state funding.Costed at $1·5m per vehicle, the two or four car sets will be owned by PennDOT and operated by Amtrak. They must be able to accelerate rapidly, and run at 177 km/h. Ridge hopes to see a contract awarded before the end of the summer. The winning bidder will be asked to supply interim DMUs for a sample service within six months, in March 1998, and have the trains ready by autumn 1999.Amtrak is to demonstrate its two leased Adtranz IC3 Flexliners in revenue service between St Louis and Kansas City from April 8 to May 1. Two daily trains each way supported by Missouri DoT have made this corridor one of Amtrak’s fastest growing routes. The IC3s will operate a daily round trip on six days a week. o
The owners have lived and worked there for 20 years.“I’ve had calls from Melbourne, Sydney and Byron Bay.“Quite a few wedding venues have called me too (because) there’s room to put a wedding chapel in.”The owners, who are in their 70s, have listed the property so they could retire on the Sunshine Coast.There have been several attempts to sell it over the past three years.Property records show it was relisted late last month in a renewed push to sell through Alex Phillis Real Estate, Christies Prestige and Taylors Property. It was built in the 1930s as a house before it was changed to a post office then the cafe and restaurant that stands today.“The house was built in about 1935,” he said.“It was originally a house and the house was (converted into) the local post office and telephone exchange.”It has also operated as a small petrol station and nursery, and had a renovation in the early 1990s.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoWhile it operates primarily as a cafe and restaurant today, the owners live in rooms that were added as part of an extension to the building. It also has a loft.Mr Caraco said it could easily be converted back into a family home or short-term holiday rental with plenty of space for more cottages to be built on the land.He said it could also continue to be run as a dining destination as the owners were happy to relinquish the cafe and restaurant’s name.“It’s wedged between two national parks so there’s lots of tourists that go past,” he said.“The last time I went there I had to wait six hours to see the owners, it’s very popular. MORE NEWS: Sellers lose out as buyers bag bargains MORE NEWS: House deposit could buy you this whole property The cafe and restaurant has a rustic look on the outside. It has a loft upstairs that could be used as a bedroom. The 1.5ha property at 3175 Nerang Murwillumbah Rd, Natural Bridge, includes a cafe and cottage.A POPULAR hinterland cafe and cottage is offering house hunters looking for a tree change or investors keen to tap into the tourism market a chance to own a piece of history.The 1.5ha Natural Bridge property, which is in the mountains above Numinbah Valley on the outskirts of the Gold Coast, has hit the market with a $995,000 asking price.It is home to the popular Natural Arch Cafe Restaurant, also known as the Two Pines Cafe, which is one of the oldest in the area.Marketing agent Alex Caraco said the Nerang Murwillumbah Rd property held a lot of history. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:35Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:35 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p288p288p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenFive things to consider when buying into a regional area01:35
Classification society DNV GL has signed a classification contract for the passenger sailing ship Sea Cloud Spirit, being built by Metalships & Docks in Vigo, Spain.Ordered by the Hamburg-based operator Sea Cloud Cruises, the vessel is designed to meet the increasing demand from both independent travellers and the charter market, mainly in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.“Sea Cloud Spirit will become the third addition to our fleet of luxury sailing vessels. It will offer a unique combination of luxury accommodation, technologically advanced amenities and traditional sailing, and we look forward to welcoming our first guests on board in 2020,” Daniel Schäfer, Managing Director of Sea Cloud Cruises GmbH, said.Featuring a length of 138 meters, Sea Cloud Spirit is a full three-masted sailing ship, able to carry up to 136 passengers on luxury cruises, with 85 crew members on board. Sea Cloud Spirit is scheduled to set sail in the summer of 2020.
Unless you are a true golf fan, the passing of Alice Dye of Indianapolis at the age of 91 will not get your attention. If we tell you she was married to Pete Dye, that should ring a bell! Between the two of them, they designed more than 130 golf courses around the United States and the World.The closest course is probably Crooked Stick in Carmel. The most famous is probably Whistling Straights near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A lot of their courses are in Florida and California, but they have done some as far away as Italy.Alice Dye was quite a golfer in her own right. She has 11 city golf titles in Indianapolis. I would like to thank the Indianapolis Star for much of this information.