Double Parkway Ride: Ryan Davis plans a 938-mile out and back on the Blue Ridge Parkway

first_imgThere is never just one thing that inspires me to do something. I guess since the time I started riding, the mission to become faster, more efficient, and ride with more enthusiasm was derived by my surroundings and that inner force that continues to push me to do so. So what I’m doing is just going out and making something with it. I was always amazed by the people pushing their limits, whatever those may be—anything that pushes someone past their comfort zone. After I found what I wanted to push myself in, I’m finding ways to make that happen. How far do you plan to ride each day? I have biked it twice, one time in August a few years ago, and also last April. Both times I started in Cherokee and finished in about 7-9 days. The first time I was fully loaded with an approximately a 100-pound rig. The second time was probably around a 50 pounds. This go around, I’m aiming for around 50 pounds, but it will be mostly food and water. What do you think about for 989 miles? I chose spring for this very reason. I find it to have much lower traffic than summer and fall. School is still in and no holidays going on. The only thing during this time of year is that it can get cold, and weather can be interesting, so multi-seasonal gear is essential. Where will you sleep and eat along the way? What inspired the RCR ride? On May 4th, 7 am, at Rockfish Gap, Va., Ryan Davis is venturing out to complete an end-to-end-to-end ride of the Blue Ridge Parkway – 938 miles of self-supported bike packing. How will you handle the tourism vehicle traffic? I don’t know really. Back in 2000, a guy named Chris Boone cycled the 469 miles in a crazy fast time of 29 hours 36 min. People cycle the BRP all the time, but I’m not sure if anyone has ever done a self-supported ride out and back. My dad lives in Charlottesville, which is always a good environment to prepare, rest, and visit. I also think it would be a better location to leave my car. If I complete it in the rate I want to, I’ll be tired, and I don’t want a long drive home. You can track his progress here, or check back to Blue Ridge Outdoors for updates. We were able to catch up with Davis and ask a few questions before he begins his journey this week. Davis is going into this as an adventure cyclist, a certified nurse, someone living with Tourette’s Syndrome, and an avid lover of all things bikes and people. As his ride quickly approaches, he is eager for the self-discovering journey he is about to embark and the person he will come out as on the other side. Has anyone else done a double-thru-ride of the Parkway? The plan is to sleep as little as possible and still be able to get the mission done without destroying myself or putting myself in danger. I plan to bivy as much as possible, since it’s most efficient for a quick rest. The hard part is knowing when to stop or not. There are lots of variables when figuring out when and where to sleep. Shelter is sparse and legal camping is limited, so I’ll have to use my best judgement there. If I’m exhausted enough and I get to a place to where I feel like I’m endangering myself, I’ll take a nap somewhere. Have you biked the Parkway previously? I’ve been on an extremely low carb diet since New Year’s. I felt it was necessary to get lighter on the bike, so I dropped 25 pounds. My diet always changes when I get going on the bike though. I start to crave chocolate milk, fizzy drinks, peanut m&ms, chocolate muffins, and hopefully sandwiches. I’ll be burning through some calories, so getting enough will be my biggest concern. Of course I hope to manage a balanced diet, but the appetite gets weird after that many miles. I will have a tub of peanut butter in my jersey pocket, and a spoon in the other for emergencies. Why are you starting at Rockfish Gap? Are there logistical advantages? The idea of the RCR came to me in a pub in Mannheim, Germany, a few weeks after the Transatlantic Way Bike Race. I Just thought it would be cool to bring a little bit of that passion back, so I needed a place for it and wanted it to be in the region I call home. I couldn’t think of any other road than the Blue Ridge Parkway It’s all so beautiful. The viaduct is always a cool segment, and I love the tunnels, but I’m sure mile marker zero will be hard to beat. All the down hills will be good times. After a couple hundred miles it will all blend in essentially. I’m always hoping to see plenty of wildlife as well. I’m going to try and look at it not in days but as one long consecutive day, that way I’m not limited by night and day or when I should sleep or when I shouldn’t. My goal currently is to average 18-20 hours of saddle time per 24 hours, so however far I can get in that time. The RCR stands for Rockfish-Cherokee-Rockfish. It is a self-supported road cycling adventure, from mile marker 0, to mile marker 469, back to mile marker zero, all along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Basically it’s just me doing an out and back as fast as I can with no outside help, other than what the road provides. I just had to give it a name. I got the name idea from the famous Paris-Breast-Paris. The RCR and the force behind it was made for many, so right now all it as is me. Any favorite spots along the Parkway? Davis firmly believes in the power of bikes. He feels they bring people together and builds a strong community of passionate people. My basic needs are always first. It keeps the chatter at bay, but if those basic needs are met, I try to always think pleasant thoughts. I think about family, friends, the ones that helped me get to this very moment, love, and life’s unanswered questions. But my brain never slows down. I know I’ll be playing a lot of tricks on myself. The season is just starting, and I have Tourette Syndrome, so I am predicting it could get to be a problem. My tics can cause a lot of muscular strain in my neck, hips, wrist, and ankles, so I’ll have to focus on trying to calm that. If I end up going to a dark place, and I’m sure it will happen due to it being chemical to an extent, well, that is when the real challenge begins. Finding the strength to keep going at that point can be tough, but hopefully, I can understand it and just keep spinning.last_img read more

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Costa Rica sends 24 tons of narcotics to U.S. to be destroyed

first_imgBy Dialogo August 01, 2013 SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – The United States destroyed nearly 24 tons of cocaine and heroin that Costa Rica officials needed help eradicating, according to Costa Rica’s Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ). The OIJ and Costa Rican authorities generally destroy narcotics domestically, but the amount of narcotics was so large they feared getting rid of it using their resources would damage the environment. The OIJ didn’t make the announcement until the 23 tons and 780 kilograms it sent to the city of Miami in the state of Florida was destroyed on July 29. The OIJ and the U.S. Embassy said Costa Rica worked with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to have the narcotics destroyed. The drugs’ street value was estimated to be as high as US$5 billion, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). “The removal of this much cocaine for destruction demonstrates the successful joint operations the U.S. and Costa Rica undertake in the fight against organized criminal networks as well as our ongoing co-operation,” Eric Turner, a U.S. Embassy spokesperson, said in a prepared statement. Costa Rica has emerged as a major transit nation for cocaine shipped from South America, according to the UNODC. [Tico Times (Costa Rica), 07/31/2013; Costa Rica Hoy (Costa Rica), 29/07/2013]last_img read more

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Nesconset Man Convicted of Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Nesconset man was convicted Tuesday of killing a 23-year-old man in a hit-and-run crash in Hauppauge three years ago.A Suffolk County jury found Craig Williams guilty of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, a felony.Authorities said the 40-year-old man was driving on Route 347 when he struck Thomas Wik, also of Nesconset, shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012.Williams was arrested five months later and is free on $25,000 bail.Garden City-based attorney Stephen Scaring was reportedly appointed as a special prosecutor in the case because Williams’ father was an investigator with the Suffolk County district attorney’s office.Judge Stephen Braslow is scheduled to sentence Williams on Jan. 13.last_img read more

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How The Partnership Federal Credit Union leveraged data analytics to launch new lending products

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Partnership Federal Credit Union launched a “lending revolution” in 2014, leveraging data analytics to develop new products for members to help them move up the financial ladder toward stability and ultimately prosperity. A few of these products include an open-ended loan to help credit challenged members break their reliance on payday lenders, a self-service tool  to reduce monthly auto loan payments by extending loan terms, and an interactive calculator to guide refinancing loan decisions. continue reading »last_img read more

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Virus likely to keep coming back each year, say top Chinese scientists

first_imgAnthony Fauci, the director of US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said last month that Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, could become a seasonal ailment as evidenced by cases now showing up in countries across the southern hemisphere belatedly as they enter their winter seasons.Over 3 million have been sickened and over 210,000 killed in the global pandemic.While some including US President Donald Trump have expressed hope that the virus’s spread will slow as the temperature in northern hemisphere countries rises in the summer, Chinese experts on Monday said that they found no evidence for this. “The virus is heat sensitive, but that’s when it’s exposed to 56 degrees Celsius for 30 minutes and the weather is never going to get that hot,” said Wang Guiqiang, head of the infectious diseases department of Peking University First Hospital. “So globally, even during the summer, the chance of cases going down significantly is small.”Topics : China’s top scientists said the novel coronavirus will not be eradicated, joining a growing consensus around the world that the pathogen will likely return in waves like the flu. It is unlikely for the new virus to disappear the way its close cousin the SARS virus did 17 years ago, as it infects some people without causing obvious symptoms like fever. This group of asymptomatic carriers makes it hard to fully contain transmission as they can spread the virus undetected, a group of Chinese virus and medical researchers told reporters in Beijing at a briefing on Monday.With SARS, those infected became seriously ill. Once they were quarantined from others, the virus stopped spreading. In contrast, China is still finding dozens of asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus every day despite bringing its epidemic under control. “This is very likely to be an epidemic that co-exists with humans for a long time, becomes seasonal and is sustained within human bodies,” said Jin Qi, director of the Institute of Pathogen Biology at China’s top medial research institute, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences.A consensus is forming among top researchers and governments worldwide that the virus is unlikely to be eradicated, despite costly lockdowns that have brought much of the global economy to a halt. Some public health experts are calling for the virus to be allowed to spread in a controlled way through younger populations like India’s, while countries like Sweden have opted out of strict lockdowns.last_img read more

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Indonesia may lose market confidence due to mounting debts: World Bank

first_imgThe World Bank has called on the Indonesian government to formulate a sound fiscal strategy to “flatten the debt curve” and maintain financial market confidence as debt mounts amid the coronavirus outbreak.Indonesia’s debt-to-gross domestic product ratio would rise to 37 percent this year, from 29.8 percent at the end of last year, driven by an increase in borrowings to cover for the widening budget deficit and to cope with the economic slowdown and rupiah exchange rate depreciation, said World Bank senior economist for Indonesia Ralph van Doorn.“The government must [provide assurances over its] fiscal strategy to raise revenues back to at least the 2018 level to flatten the debt curve,” Van Doorn told an audience during a discussion on Wednesday, adding the country risked losing market confidence over its mounting debts. “Indonesia must maintain its hard-earned market confidence, which can be lost very easily, as credit rating agencies have signaled concerns [about debts] in the medium term.”The government needs to show a credible path for the economy to unwind “exceptional measures” taken by the government to battle the outbreak, he said. “It must reinstate the deficit ceiling and end Bank Indonesia’s partial financing of deficit” after the virus threat subsides.Indonesia’s budget deficit is expected to widen to 6.27 percent of gross domestic product this year, more than double the initial ceiling of 3 percent, as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo ramps up an economic recovery stimulus to counter the blow from the outbreak.The government is rolling out a Rp 641.17 trillion (US$43 billion) economic recovery stimulus, bigger than previous allocations, to strengthen its social safety net programs and tax incentives, as well as preparing a Rp 149.29 trillion bailout for 12 state-owned firms, mostly as cash compensation and working capital investments, to reduce the impact of the virus crisis. The World Bank now projected zero percent growth for the Indonesian economy under the baseline scenario, Van Doorn said. However, the economy may contract 3.5 percent under the worst-case scenario.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said the widening budget deficit was warranted as government revenues may drop following an increase in tax incentives alongside weakening economic sectors.However, the ministry will start charging 10 percent value-added tax (VAT) on imported digital goods and services, including video and music streaming subscriptions, starting July 1 in an attempt to boost state revenue.“We will look at the potential income as right now we are currently having discussions with the digital companies to ensure smooth implementation,” the tax office’s revenue and compliance director, Yon Arsal, said on Wednesday.The government had issued Rp 376.5 trillion worth of government bonds as of April and planned to issue another Rp 697.3 trillion starting in May until the end of this year, including yen-denominated bonds.The Finance Ministry’s director general for financing and risk management, Luky Alfirman, estimated that the ministry would issue an additional Rp 175 trillion worth of bonds following a plan to revise the assumptions underpinning the 2020 budget.The central bank has pledged to buy Rp 125 trillion worth of government bonds this year in a move to “share the burden” of the economic recovery, according to Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo.center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang promises Mikel Arteta he is committed to Arsenal amid transfer rumours

first_imgArteta will need to convince to stay (Picture: PA)Aubameyang’s performance against Chelsea stood out to Arteta since the coach knows the Gabon international would prefer to play through the middle than on the left side of attack.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 30-year-old is committed to Arsenal for the rest of the season, but he is desperate to play Champions League football again.While it seems Aubameyang is set on leaving Arsenal, Arteta will try and convince him to stay at the club beyond the summer.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAubameyang has less than two years left on his current deal and has so far refused to put pen to paper on a new contract.Arsenal’s hopes of claiming a top four spot in the Premier League appear dead, leaving the Europa League as the Gunners’ best chance to secure Champions League football next season.Arsenal are 12th in the league and Arteta suffered his first defeat as head coach in just his second game, against Chelsea at the Emirates on Sunday. Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 30 Dec 2019 11:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Arteta reflects on first loss as Arsenal boss against ChelseaTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 4:49FullscreenArteta reflects on first loss as Arsenal boss against Chelseahttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reflects-loss-arsenal-boss-against-chelsea-2078002/This 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.MORE: Arsenal to back Mikel Arteta in transfer pursuit of Dayot Upamecano in JanuaryMORE: Didier Drogba praises Tammy Abraham after Chelsea striker copied goal celebration against Arsenal Advertisementcenter_img Aubameyang feels his future lies away from Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has promised Mikel Arteta he will give everything for Arsenal while he is at the club, reports say.The Arsenal striker is the subject of intense transfer speculation and is reportedly keen to leave following two years at the London club.The Telegraph claim Arteta has a fight on his hands to keep Aubameyang at the club, but the new Arsenal boss has received assurances from his star forward over his commitment to the Gunners.Arteta was pleased to see Aubameyang put in maximum effort in the defeat to Chelsea, in which he scored Arsenal’s only goal.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang promises Mikel Arteta he is committed to Arsenal amid transfer rumourslast_img read more

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Danish pension funds finance DKK175m court building via PPP

first_imgThree Danish labour-market pension funds have teamed up with contractor CASA and property manager DEAS to build a town court building in Svendborg on the Danish island of Funen.PensionDanmark, Sampension, PKA have formed a public-private partnership (PPP) with the other two parties to carry out the project, which involves the building’s construction and its management for the first 20 years of its existence.The three pension funds will finance the DKK175m (€23.5m) project sum equally – which includes construction and maintenance of the building.The new 4,000sqm building will bring court activity in the town under one roof, housing more than 40 of the town’s court staff, PensionDanmark said. Building will start at the beginning of next year and be completed in June 2016.Torben Möger Pedersen, chief executive at PensionDanmark, said the decision to go ahead with the PPP project showed that the financing model was very much taking root in the domestic economy.PensionDanmark, Sampension and PKA have spearheaded work to promote PPPs in Denmark in recent years.At the end of 2012, the three pension funds announced they would provide a ‘one-stop shop’ for public authorities with construction needs, giving them a single point to access architectural, financing and other services.PensionDanmark said this was the second Danish PPP project it had invested in this year, after the psychiatric hospital project in Vejle, while PKA said it was its third – including the Vejle hospital, as well as one in Skeiby.Advisers for the Svendborg contract include KPF Architekter and COWI as consulting engineers.The agreement requires final approval from the parliamentary finance committee.last_img read more

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Coronavirus: Grab a great deal on a long-term rental property as apartments flood the market

first_imgKayla-Jane Mooney is looking for a long-term tenant for her fully furnished investment property in South Brisbane. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.A FLURRY of fully furnished rental properties have hit the market at reduced prices as mum-and-dad investors look for long-term tenants to keep them afloat during the coronavirus crisis.Analysis of rental listings on Realestate.com.au and Flatmates.com.au reveals furnished property listings jumped 54 per cent in the past week, and a whopping 150 per cent compared with the week before that.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said there had also been an overall increase in rooms and properties for rent, suggesting a lot of short-term rentals were transitioning to long-term rentals.“Looking at new property listings (rooms/properties available to be rented) on Flatmates.com.au, we have seen a 33 per cent increase compared to last week and a 56 per cent increase on the previous week,” Ms Conisbee said.“Some listings specified they were previously rented as short-term stays. “REA Group chief economist Nerida ConisbeeFlatmates.com.au executive manager Steve Caddy said the website had recorded an influx of new members offering share house accommodation in recent weeks.“Many of these new properties were originally holiday rentals that have now entered the long-term marketplace,” Mr Caddy said.“So now is a great time to find a room in your dream rental location if you’re looking for a place to live.”Place Estate Agents Kangaroo Point business development manager Rebecca Russell said it was a good time for tenants to secure a rental property for a good price.Ms Russell said a huge number of apartment owners in Brisbane’s inner-city had cancelled their short-term leasing agreements and transitioned to long-term — dropping weekly rental rates by about $100.“I’m having to show 20 people through a property before getting a lease on it,” Ms Russell said.“As a tenant, I think right now there’s a lot more choice out there, prices are better and you’re probably able to negotiate a bit better as well.”There has been a spike in the number of furnished properties hitting the rental market.Single mother Kayla-Jane Mooney is looking for a long-term tenant for her fully furnished, one-bedroom apartment in South Brisbane.“I did have tenants in there — they were meant to be in until the end of July, early August, but they were from the UK, so decided to leave because of the virus,” Ms Mooney said.“They pretty much packed their bags and walked out the door, so that wasn’t ideal.”The unit in the riverfront Spice Apartments building is available at a reduced rate of $475 a week and offers city views and a rooftop pool.Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said more than a third of the state’s population rented and the majority of that supply came through private investors.The federal government this week introduced a six-month moratorium on residential and commercial evictions, which would provide a reprieve for tenants unable to pay the rent as a result of the coronavirus crisis.Ms Mercorella said the risk with implementing a blanket eviction ban was that it reassigned the cost of that default onto the property owner, potentially forcing them into mortgage default and possible bankruptcy.“It’s not just a matter of pressing pause on mortgage repayments to set and forget for six months,” Ms Mercorella said.“Many mum and dad investors can barely cover the various costs associated with owning an investment property even with rent coming in so may not have any other choice but to sell their properties.”FURNISHED LISTINGS ON REALESTATE.COM.AU% variance to last week % variance to previous week(13-19 March to 20-26 March) (6-12 March to 20-26 March)TAS170% 536%ACT111% 533%SA44% 345%QLD81% 175%NSW55% 170%VIC22% 130%WA38% 57%NTMore from newsCOVID-19 renovation boom: How much Aussies are spending to give their houses a facelift during the pandemic3 days agoWhizzkid buys almost one property a month during COVID-197 days ago24% -10%NEW PROPERTY LISTINGS ON FLATMATES.COM.AU% variance to last week % variance to previous week(13-19 March to 20-26 March) (6-12 March to 20-26 March)ACT40% 20%NSW35% 65%NT19% -21%QLD30% 36%SA12% 47%TAS-2% 0%VIC36% 83%WA31% 11%last_img read more

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Doctors’ criticisms force Medsafe to reconsider pharmacists selling the pill

first_imgStuff co.nz 5 May 2016Family First Comment: Quite right. The health and welfare of the woman is paramount.  Health officials may be forced into an embarrassing backtrack after a recommendation that pharmacists be allowed sell birth control pills without a doctor’s script.The controversial issue was put back on the agenda this week after harsh criticisms by the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners that Medsafe’s decision-making was flawed and risked harming patients.Last November, Medsafe, the Government’s medicines regulator, agreed to reclassify some oral contraceptives from prescription-only to restricted medicines after it considered a revised proposal to let specially trained pharmacists sell a six-month supply of four oral contraceptives to women previously prescribed them within the past three years.But the college’s manager of strategic policy, Michael Thorn, objected, forcing Medsafe’s Medicines Classification Committee to reconsider the issue at its latest meeting on Tuesday.Green Cross Healthcare, the country’s largest pharmacy chain, had been seeking approval to sell the pill over-the-counter for several years.A year ago, Medsafe rejected its proposal to change the pill’s classification so pharmacists could sell it because it failed to gain backing by a medical organisation, so Green Cross Health lodged a revised proposal. It included tighter restrictions and was limited to women previously prescribed oral contraceptives in the past three years.The new proposal won favour with some in the medical fraternity, including partial support from the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/79357670/doctors-criticisms-force-medsafe-to-reconsider-pharmacists-selling-the-pill.htmlKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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