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first_imgDEPARTMENTSEDITOR’S NOTEScott Jurek makes a career-capping comeback to break the Appalachian Trail speed record.CONTRIBUTOR QUESTIONSOnce a month we throw our contributors for a loop with a different question about their lives in the outdoors. This month we asked about childhood dream jobs. Here’s what they had to say.CHATTERChatter is a Monthly collection of Reader Reactions to previous BRO IssuesFLASHPOINTOcoee River ransomed by TVAQUICK HITSEastern cougar declared extinct • Tour de Pour • Bikers bare al • 500-pound marathonerTHE DIRTQ&A with Scott Jurek • Exercise makes you smarterTHE GOODSCyclist’s Ally Stacher’s go-to gearTRAIL MIXNew grooves from our neck of the woodsFEATURESCOOL SCHOOLSHike the A.T., scuba dive, ice climb, paddle rivers for college credit. Check out the 32 best college courses and outdoor offerings in the Southeast.WILL WORK FOR ADVENTUREGet paid to do what you love. Meet six outdoor enthusiasts who have made their dream jobs a reality.‘HOLD THE TRAIL LIGHTLY’Previous A.T. record holder Jennifer Pharr Davis shares her thoughts on Scott Jurek’s new mark.RIDE BIKES, DRINK BOURBONFour cyclists pedal 60 miles of Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail., visiting distilleries along the way. On paper, it sounds awesome. In reality, it’s even better.DOWN UNDERScuba diving in Southern Appalachia can be full of surprises—including shipwrecks, flooded towns, and underwater poker games.last_img read more

Avram Grant to meet local coaches today for first of many coaching courses

first_imgBlack Stars coach has Avram Grant has outlined plans he has put in place for the development of the local league as well as coaches in the country.The Israeli trainer who was mandated to upgrade standards of local coaches as part of his job as head coach of Ghana has earmarked plans to achieve this goal.“We need to put few targets, first improve the pitches. The pitches is not for technical players. It does not cost a lot of money, sorry to say.”“Second is courses. I organize courses few months ago. I organize more than this. We have a collaboration with the league and Managers association (LMA) which I agree with them about three waves of courses in Ghana, in England and the diploma but everything costs money.”“So the people in charge, not just the GFA, I brought them everything and they are trying to do it.”“They really want to do it but they need to find the money and then we will improve.” The first of such courses the Israeli will have with local coaches will be held on Friday at the Alisa Hotel in Accra. According to the GFA, the seminar will enable the senior national team boss share ideas with coaches of the various Premier League clubs.Grant signed a 27 month contract with Ghana which started in December 2014 and has been widely criticised for his lack of commitment to staying in the country to do hands-on work.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Winston, No. 11 Florida State drub Pitt 41-13

first_imgFlorida State running back James Wilder (32) tumbles over Pittsburgh linebacker Anthony Gonzalez (28) as linebacker Todd Thomas (8) pursues in the second quarter of the NCAA college football game, Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) by Will GravesAP Sports WriterPITTSBURGH (AP) — One thing is for certain after Jameis Winston’s electric debut for No. 11 Florida State, his blocking could use some work.Other than that, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher is going to have a tough time critiquing his freshman quarterback’s performance in Monday night’s 41-13 romp over Pittsburgh.He’s also going to have a tough time tamping down the hype after Winston turned Pitt’s ACC debut into his own coming out party. Winston completed 25 of 27 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns while adding another on the ground and sending a message he’s every bit as good as advertised.“It’s one ballgame, guys,” Fisher said. “He played one game, but he did a great job.”That’s putting it mildly. When Winston wasn’t picking apart the Panthers, he was running in between the tackles, converting the usual first-and-28 or running interference for running back Devonta Freeman. Winston found himself lead blocking for Freeman during a second quarter run but whiffed, a rare miscue on an otherwise sublime night.“I wasn’t surprised,” cornerback LaMarcus Joyner said. “I told him pregame you go against the best every day … and the way you rip us apart sometimes in scrimmages, we know you can do it against anyone in the nation.”You won’t find Pitt arguing. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston (5) smiles on the sidlines as time winds down in the fourth quarter against Pitt on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) The Panthers had been pointing to their ACC opener from the moment the program announced it was leaving the decaying Big East nearly two years ago. Instead, it served as the backdrop for a coming out party that will certainly fuel comparisons to Johnny Manziel’s unlikely rise to folk hero and Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M last fall.“I was certainly impressed with him,” Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. “He did a good job of making plays and extending plays.”Rashad Greene caught eight passes for 126 yards and a score and Nick O’Leary hauled in three touchdown passes for Florida State, but the night belonged to the athletic 6-foot-4, 227-pound kid from Hueytown, Ala., that certainly looked at home in front of a national audience in a stadium that also houses the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers.“It’s Monday Night Football,” Winston said. “We come in and play Monday Night Football in a pro stadium? I was so pumped for that.”Looked like it.Winston won the starting job during training camp, edging out Jacob Coker to become just the third freshman to start a season opener for the Seminoles.Don’t plan on him giving up the gig anytime soon.A star outfielder on the school baseball team, Winston is considered the latest in a line of two-sport threats at Florida State, a list that includes Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.Ward, however, didn’t become a star until he finally cracked the starting lineup as a junior. Winston appears to already be there one game into his career. He connected on his first 11 passes, missing on his 12th when wide receiver Kenny Shaw couldn’t quite get his right foot all the way inbounds.“I was confident I got it in,” Shaw said with a laugh. “I’m used to the refs not being on our side.”Winston’s only other incompletion came while he escaped pressure late in the third quarter. By then the Seminoles were in command 31-13 after Winston spent three quarters serving up what the Seminoles hope is an appetizer of things to come as they battle Clemson for ACC supremacy.It’s a spot the Panthers hope to be in one day. Just not quite yet.Pitt quarterback Tom Savage passed for 201 yards and a touchdown for Pitt but also threw two interceptions.Or, as many interceptions as Winston had incompletions.Pitt’s defense, which ranked 17th in the country last season, appeared unsure on how to stop him. Wary of the speed of Florida State’s wide receivers, the Panthers gave Greene and company plenty of room to maneuver.Too much, as it turned out. Way too much. For all of Winston’s precision, often he was throwing to teammates who didn’t have anybody in dressed in blue within arm’s reach.“We never made them uncomfortable,” Chryst said. “Give them credit. We’ve got to tackle better, but they ran through our tackles.”And right into the conversation of national title contender behind a quarterback who will not be satisfied even after putting on a memorable show.“He’s very critical of himself,” Fisher said of Winston. “He’s very tough on himself. When you get on him he responds in a positive way like ‘I’m going to show you.’ That’s why he had success tonight.”___Follow Will Graves at www.twitter.com/WillGravesAPlast_img read more

Economy to grow at 3% in 2012: Busa

first_imgBusa said it wanted to turn many more South Africans into a nation of victors over adversity and deprivation rather than victims trapped on welfare dependency. Business Unity South Africa (Busa) says it expects South Africa’s economy to grow by 3% in 2012. Implications for growth include volatility in the exchange rate and the country’s trade balance would persist for the time being. Busa said that, depending on developments abroad, the rand could weaken again if a sustainable, practical plan was not devised soon to resolve the Eurozone debt crisis. He said while this was positive growth, it was insufficient to meet South Africa’s socio-economic challenges, especially given the downside risk. “At this rate, it will take South Africa much longer to reach its job creation and other socio-economic targets.” Presenting Busa’s economic and business outlook for the country in 2012 this week, Busa deputy CEO Raymond Parsons said that, looking at the present evidence, a 3% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) trajectory though 2012 could be expected in a best-case scenario. Busa said there should be no “tax shocks” when Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan tables the country’s Budget in February, given the vulnerability of the economic recovery and the uncertain global situation which would damage business confidence and harm growth potential. “Aggressive taxation may defeat its own ends by diminishing the income to be taxed,” Busa cautioned. “Either strengthen public sector delivery, keeping government affordable and the tax burden reasonable or face a continued failure to ensure delivery, leading to rising costs, reductions in services and greater financing challenges.” It said that keeping state spending under control would continue to require a streamlining of government and what it delivers. “The general rule should be that government spending should boost growth and reduce poverty.” “There are whirlpools on both sides, not on one only. If a serious global recession does unfold, then South Africa’s growth rate could well fall below 3% next year,” Parsons said. Inflation within target range “A renewed recession in the global economy may even promote a further cut in rates in South Africa as recently suggested by the OECD [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development]. Meanwhile, headline inflation was expected to continue hovering at the upper range of the Reserve Bank’s inflation target range. Core inflation remained well within the target range, with little sign of secondary inflation. As such, Busa expects interest rates to be kept unchanged for the time being, probably well into 2012. Parsons added that President Jacob Zuma had recently warned that welfare payments could continue to grow out of proportion to tax revenues. “There remains a clear and urgent choice for South Africa which is reflected in both the New Growth Path (NGP) and National Development Plan (NDP) roadmaps,” said Parsons. According to Busa’s impressions, corporate balance sheets were currently strong and clean. “It is necessary to underpin the role of business and investor confidence in order to promote economic recovery,” said Parsons. Source: BuaNews Keeping state spending under control 7 December 2011last_img read more

ED notice to Thampi, 3 Holiday Group firms

first_imgThe Enforcement Directorate has served show-cause notices on NRI C.C. Thampi of the Holiday Group and three of his companies for alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), involving transactions of ₹288 crore.According to the ED, the notices have been served on Mr. Thampi, Holiday City Centre Pvt. Ltd., Holiday Properties Pvt. Ltd. and Holiday Bekal Resorts Pvt. Ltd. The NRI entrepreneur had acquired agricultural land in the name of his company Holiday City Centre Pvt. Ltd allegedly in violation of the FEMA provisions.According to the agency, Mr. Thampi — as a person residing outside India — had advanced unsecured loans to his three companies, which were later on converted into equity in his name and in the name of his family members in these companies.Land around NCR“By using the said funds, he had acquired huge agricultural land mass in Haryana’s Palwal, the National Capital Region and Gautam Buddha Nagar in Uttar Pradesh, through these companies, which he could not have otherwise purchased as he resided outside India. The agricultural land purchased by Mr. Thampi through these companies has also been proposed for confiscation to the Central government’s account,” said an ED official.The Directorate had questioned Mr. Thampi in December last year, after he did not get any relief from the Kerala High Court on the look-out circular issued against him. The businessman runs educational institutions and has varied business interests in the United Arab Emirates and India.last_img read more

India can win World T20 says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly doesn’t believe in picking favourites but is sure the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team has the wherewithal to challenge any country in all three formats of cricket. He feels the next month’s World T20 tournament will be no different.Ex-India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, too, feels India is a “bloody good side”, but he also pointed out that at least six teams are capable of winning the title as the T20 format provides more scope to lesser teams to excel. “There’ll be surprises,” he predicted.They expressed their opinions on a variety of issues – from the inclusion of spinners Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla to the comeback of left-hander Yuvraj Singh – at a press meet where the T20 World Cup trophy was also displayed here on Tuesday.”India will always have [good] chances in any format. They have got the team to win the title,” Ganguly pointed out. “India have match winners like Dhoni, Kohli, Gambhir and Sehwag, who can clear the boundary at will.”India are clubbed with England and Afghanistan in Group A, and after the league phase two teams will qualify for the quarter-finals, called Super Eights, in the tournament that runs from September 18-October 7.Manjrekar termed India as a “bloody good” team, but predicted that surprises were in store. “Five or six teams are likely to win it,” he said. “In T20 format, weaker teams have a better chance of beating stronger teams. There’s a lot at stake, and we’ve got to be at our best from the start.” He felt that the short duration of the tournament also makes it more competitive.advertisementHarbhajan, 32, makes a comeback to the national team after disastrous tours of the West Indies and England last year. Though his poor form continued at the start of his stint with Sussex in the English county competitions, he has lately shown signs of returning to form.The Punjab slow bowler has direct competition with the preferred offie R Ashwin – who plays for the Chennai Super Kings, led by India captain Dhoni – if not so much from leg-spinner Chawla.Ganguly, who backed Harbhajan wholeheartedly during his captaincy, said that even today he is among the top three off-spinners in India.”You can call it my bias or love for Harbhajan but if you are picking three best spinners in the country, he’s got to be among them. Harbhajan is one bowler who should be playing all three formats of the game.”Ganguly said that the K Srikkanth-headed selection committee should have kept Harbhajan out of the team for a maximum of six months.”I still believe one year was a bit too long time to keep Harbhajan out of the Indian team. The board should have spoken to him and told him that ‘look we are giving you six months’ time to sort out your bowling’,” he felt. “You can’t keep a bowler like him in domestic cricket for too long. If you have played for the country for 12 years, you are bound to have one bad season. But he has got [nearly] 700 international wickets, which is no mean feat.”It, however, remains to be seen if Dhoni picks Harbhajan ahead of Ashwin.Yuvraj is back after recovering from cancer and Ganguly said that an indication of his match fitness could be ascertained in the upcoming T20 Internationals against New Zealand at home. “Personally, I’ll not say that I’m not worried about his health,” he said.last_img read more