This weekend marks the official kick off to summer season, barbeque season, and bathing suit season. Most people will be excited about at least two of those. Memorial Day Monday may be about remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation, but the Saturday and Sunday before are all about celebrating life, liberty, and the pursuit of that which makes us happy. Maybe it what makes you happy is any excuse to rock a tank-top in public, a day-time buzz, or filling up the kiddy pool in the yard and soaking all day (anyone?). If you read Blue Ridge Outdoors and are an avid outdoor recreation enthusiast, however, you are more than likely planning on celebrating the outdoors.Well, you’re in luck because Blue Ridge Outdoors helps to sponsor one of the best outdoor sports festivals in the Southeast, and it just happens to take place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in Asheville, N.C. The Mountain Sports Festival is three days of music, sports, beer, and celebrating community and athletics at Asheville’s Carrier Park. Local bands play all day, and there are races, events, and activities for the every age and ability. There will be a triathlon that includes paddling on the French Broad, road and trail running races, cyclocross race, disc golf, ultimate Frisbee and even a dodgeball tournament this year. There will also be tandem bike and fly fishing demos and clinics, and a roller derby. For the kids, there will be a duathalon, Kids Village with climbing, bike riding, cornhole and Frisbee golf, plus a 5k and bike race. Don’t forget to swing by the BRO Roadshow booth to enter our daily raffle and check out some sweet gear from our sponsors. Oskar Blues and Highland Brewing Company will be supplying the brew.Get out to Asheville this weekend and celebrate the outdoor sports lifestyle. There will be plenty of time on Monday for kiddy pool soaking and barbequing.View Larger Map
October 16, 2020
Governor Wolf Announces $3 Million in State Funding for Continued Development of Schuylkill River Trail Economy, Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Senator Anthony Williams, Representative Jordan Harris, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Dunn, and others to announce a $3 million state grant to aid in the development of a 2.25 mile section of the Schuylkill River Trail in Philadelphia.“With the help of our investment, the Schuylkill River Development Corporation will be able to reclaim and redevelop brownfield sites along the river,” Governor Wolf said. “Turning a former eyesore and blighted area into a new and accessible space for city residents, we will create a valuable resource in a currently underserved neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia.”“The Schuylkill River Trail is one of many solid examples of a city’s vibrancy and a river’s rebirth, and DCNR is very proud to be a longtime partner in its development,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams DunnThe $3 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grant will allow the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) to complete a $13 million greenway trail project from Bartram’s Mile to Passyunk Point. The scope of the RACP includes land acquisition, remediation, site work, and construction for Phase I and Phase II of the project.“SRDC is thrilled to receive this RACP grant,” said Joseph Syrnick, President & CEO of SRDC. “It allows us to extend the trail into the Elmwood neighborhood, which is currently underserved in regards to open space.”“The Schuylkill River Trail project is a great opportunity for Philadelphia to create a one-of-a-kind experience that will encourage thousands of community members to get outside and enjoy some of the beauty our city has to offer,” Rep. Harris said. “Connecting more neighborhoods to each other via the trail will only increase the neighborly bond Philadelphians share and open them up to new experiences they otherwise may not have had.”“This project will make not only provide open green space within the City of Philadelphia, but will also help revitalize an area in desperate need of improvement,” Senator Anthony Williams said. “I applaud Governor Wolf for approving the funding that will enable this needed expansion of a trail that is a true asset for the city and its residents.”The Schuylkill River Trail is a multi-use trail in Southeastern Pennsylvania with a projected length of almost 130 miles when complete. There are currently over 60 miles of completed trail, including a 30-mile stretch from Philadelphia to Parkerford. The trail accommodates over two million users each year.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf October 10, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
October 6, 2020
This luxurious home at 36 Dickson Tce in Brisbane just sold for over $10m.“Demand for truly exceptional properties in sought-after positions have outweighed the supply coming to the Brisbane market, including new builds,” she said.“Retirees continue to downsize and look for properties that offer high security while they travel abroad and low maintenance living with an array of amenities, including technology.“The prestige market is well-placed in Brisbane not only from an ageing population looking for higher amenity, but families and couples looking for prestige living well-priced when compared to other East Coast cities.” HOUSE THAT SKASE BUILT GOES FOR A SONG It comes as it was revealed the lavish Brisbane mansion built by disgraced businessman Christopher Skase has been sold for $10.138 million and Australia’s richest woman Gina Rinehart is now the owner of an $18.5 million property on the Brisbane River. GINA RINEHART SECURES $18.5M DIGS This historic Hamilton Hill home in Brisbane recently sold for just under $6m. Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen.Perth also made the list for the first time, while Sydney and Melbourne stayed in the top 10 — even though the rate of gain at the top end of the two markets slowed.Seoul topped the list, due to a near-25 per cent gain in premium property over the year to March.The overall index gained 4.8 per cent in the year to March, down slightly from December’s 4.9 per cent gain but stronger than the 4.3 per cent gain of a year earlier. Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index, 1Q 2018. Source: Knight Frank.That rate of gain was below the 4.2 per cent recorded a year earlier, but it was enough to put the city on the international list due to changing circumstances, such as higher borrowing costs, in many global markets. Knight Frank’s Australia head of residential research Michelle Ciesielski said that while Brisbane still faced the challenge of new stock and a hangover from the end of the resources boom, the premium market was benefiting from the growing demand of downsizers looking for well-located and easy-to-maintain homes. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours ago Demand for prestige property in Brisbane is growing, according to Knight Frank.DEMAND for prestige property from cashed-up downsizers has propelled Brisbane into a global list of top-performing cities for the first time.The Queensland capital appears for the first time in the seven -year history of the Knight Frank Prime Global Cities Index, which measures the top 5 per cent of any given city’s housing market by value.Top end residential properties in Brisbane gained 3.6 per cent in the March quarter from a year earlier to place the city in 19th position.
September 16, 2020
The Irish men’s Hockey are back in action today.After back-to-back defeats so-far in Pool B, they’ll be desperate for a win today against Germany in a match that gets underway at half-past fourIn Sailing, Analise Murphy and Finn Lynch are both back out on the water.Murphy is in fourth place overall going into day two of the Women’s Laser Radial class.And Lynch is in 21st in the Men’s Laser.And two of our swimmers return to the pool this evening.Shane Ryan competes in the heats of the Men’s 100m Freestyle.And Mayo’s Nicholas Quinn goes in the heats of his best event – the Men’s 200m Breaststroke. Sanita Puspure is first-up this afternoon as she competes in the quarter-finals of the Women’s single sculls at around 1:40pmThe Irish Three Day Eventing team are in 9th place overall going into today’s show-jumping finale, which starts at 2pm.The team of Jonty Evans, Claire Abbot, Mark Kyle and Padraig McCarthy will be hoping to medal today, with Evans the best-placed of the quartet in the individual rankings in 16th.
August 31, 2019
Kolkata: The School Education department has guaranteed pay protection for the teachers who have post-graduate (PG) degree and are holding PG category post.These teachers are eligible to apply for the post of PG category if they are within the age limit of 40 years and will be entitled to get protection of their last drawn pay. A notification in this regard, undersigned by the Principal Secretary of School Education department, has been published. The matter regarding the pay protection of in-service assistant teachers appointed afresh by the West Bengal Central School Service Commission under graduate or PG category has been under active consideration of the department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA teachers’ organisation had met state Education minister Partha Chatterjee at the state Assembly last month, with their demand for pay protection and the minister had assured them that it was under consideration of the department. It may be mentioned that earlier the department had declared that teachers belonging to PG scale should not appear for examination again to seek transfer to a place near his/her residence. Similarly, teachers of graduate scale were also prevented to sit for examination of the same scale, but were allowed to do so for achieving PG scale. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe department had reasoned that with the provision of transfer to nearby places already available, such teachers need not appear for examination. However, a section of teachers had moved court challenging the order and got the nod of the court for appearing in such examinations. These teachers were recruited in their new posts by the department, but their seniority was not considered in the pay scale. They were drawing salary (initial pay) on the basis of their new post. These teachers have been pitching for pay protection and have made rounds to the Education department to press for their demand in the last few months. “The same principle of pay protection will be applicable for the teachers holding pass graduate degree and pass graduate category of post to apply for the post of pass graduate category of teachers. It will also be applicable for teachers of government-aided madrasas,” an official said.