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Blue Ridge Parkway announces increased access to historic motor route

first_imgIn addition, the following areas continue to be accessible: While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders in North Carolina and Virginia, practice Leave No Trace principles, avoid crowding and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. In the coming weeks, the operational approach on the Blue Ridge Parkway will be to examine each facility function and service to ensure operations comply with current public health guidance and will be regularly monitored. Park officials will continue to work closely with the NPS Office of Public Health using CDC guidance to ensure public and workspaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers. In alignment with federal and state public health guidance, the following areas remain closed at this time: The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Park officials will continue to monitor all functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health. Road maintenance projects are underway in some of these areas, visitors may experience delays or one-lane closures and should check the Parkway’s Road Closure page at https://go.nps.gov/roadinfo for more information. Details and updates on park operations will continue to be posted at www.nps.gov/blri and the Parkway’s social media channels. Updates about NPS operations will be posted on www.nps.gov/coronavirus. Milepost 292-296.5 near Blowing Rock, including Moses Cone Parking Area and Hwy 221 Bass Lake Parking Lot.Milepost 298.6-308 through Grandfather Mountain area, including Rough Ridge and Linn Cove ViaductMilepost 316.4 Linville Falls Spur Road, including parking at Linville Falls trailheadsMilepost 334-342 including Crabtree Falls Area, near Little Switzerland, NCMilepost 355-375.6 from Mt. Mitchell to Ox Creek, including Craggy GardensMilepost 377.4 Parking areas at Craven Gap (Town Mountain Rd) for MST Trail accessMilepost 384.7 Roadside parking at MST Trailheads at US 74A Parkway access rampsMilepost 393-454 from French Broad River Overlook and south to Soco Gap “We are pleased to once again provide motor vehicle access to these popular Blue Ridge Parkway locations. We know the park’s recreation opportunities and scenic beauty provide important ways to connect with our natural environment during this time, and for many a leisurely drive on the Parkway provides solace,” said J.D. Lee, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. “Our phased approach to the 2020 visitor season is focused on balancing the enjoyment and protection of this park with the enjoyment and protection of our visitors. I encourage everyone who visits the Parkway in the coming days to recreate responsibly while here, whether that’s social distancing on park trails or driving safely on this beautiful, scenic drive.” Beginning Saturday, May 9, 2020, the Blue Ridge Parkway will reopen gates providing motor vehicle access to the southernmost 14 miles of the park, from Milepost 454 – 469, in coordination with the Qualla Boundary and Great Smoky Mountains National Park planned reopening. Beginning Friday, May 15, 2020, the Parkway will reopen gates providing motor vehicle access at the following locations in North Carolina, once initial seasonal mowing and road preparations are complete: Road closure from Milepost 0 to 13 in Virginia,Milepost 85.9 Peaks of Otter Visitor Center and Sharp Top Parking Areas closed,Milepost 92.5 Sharp Top Parking Widening closed at Appalachian Trail crossing, and all Seasonal visitor service facilities including campgrounds, picnic areas, restrooms and visitor centers. Following guidance from the White House, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, Blue Ridge Parkway officials are increasing recreational access to sections of the motor road previously closed to motor vehicle traffic in North Carolina. The National Park Service is working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access to the Parkway and park sites across the country. All Parkway trails, andAll other sections of the motor route in North Carolina and Virginia previously accessible to motor vehicle traffic. www.nps.gov/blri Photo: morning light spills out on the Lynn Cove viaduct along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Courtesy of Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Rotch fuels £300m Shell revamp in new partnership

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Why Arsenal failed with bid for Manchester United-bound Donny van de Beek

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal were keen on Van de Beek (Picture: Getty)‘They [Arsenal] really wanted him — they just couldn’t get the money for a transfer,’ said Swart.‘Even the biggest clubs struggle. Arsenal is a great club, Manchester United will certainly be an interesting adventure.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Manchester United is certainly the right choice. There were more clubs with interest, such as Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal — but it all came to an end because of the Coronavirus.’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 CityArsenal have already signed Willian, Gabriel and Pablo Mari this summer, while they’re set to extend Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract.The Gunners are mulling a £30m offer from PSG for Hector Bellerin as Mikel Arteta has been told he must sell before he can buy again.United, meanwhile, want to sign Jadon Sancho but they’re refusing to meet Dortmund’s £108m asking price.MORE: Lothar Matthaus blasts ‘egocentric’ Man City boss Pep Guardiola: ‘He’s failed again and again’ Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Sep 2020 4:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Donny van de Beek is set to be announced as a Manchester United player this week (Picture: Getty)Arsenal failed in a move for Ajax star Donny van de Beek because they ‘couldn’t get the money’ together to sign the Dutchman, the midfielder’s agent has revealed.The 23-year-old is set to be announced as a Manchester United player this week after passing a medical in Amsterdam on Monday.Real Madrid and Barcelona had both shown interest in Van de Beek prior to the global pandemic but the financial impact of the shutdown of football meant neither side felt they could finance a deal for the midfielder.However, Sjaak Swart, Van de Beek’s agent, has revealed that United faced competition closer to home in the form of Arsenal – but the Gunners couldn’t afford to sign the Dutchman.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Why Arsenal failed with bid for Manchester United-bound Donny van de Beek Commentlast_img read more

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German church pension funds shift towards direct real estate

first_imgHolding property directly has enabled two German pension funds to maintain a relatively high exposure to equities, according to their head of planning and controlling.The Zusatzversorgungskasse Rheinland-Westfalen (KZVK) and the Gemeinsamen Versorgungskasse für Pfarrer und Kirchenbeamte (VKPB) invest 6.75% of their $8bn (€5.9bn) in assets in direct real estate.Peter-Henrik Blum-Barth said this was one of the reasons the pension funds could “afford” a 25% equities exposure.The “hidden reserves” built from the steady cash-flow from these investments “helps to increase risk-bearing capacity”, he said. “Because of its predictable cash-flow, the illiquidity premium from the direct real estate investments does not strain the economic risk budget of a pension fund,” he added.He stressed that other factors, including regulatory ones and the structure of liabilities and guarantees, also had to be taken into account.Wolfram Gerdes, managing director for investments, added: “Direct investments clearly have priority over real estate funds, as they allow us to retain more added-value in-house.”He said fund investments were made in “particularly promising” niches, but, for new investments, directly held properties were “clearly preferred”.Gerdes also pointed out that, “as soon as you have your own infrastructure” to make such direct investments and manage them, a pension fund could “achieve effects of scale”.The pension funds prefer properties “within our area of business” – mainly the German province of North Rhine-Westphalia and surroundings.“Traditionally, we are not only investing in metropolises when we see an attractive risk/return relation but also in medium-sized urban centres,” Gerdes said.He added that, in those cities, there was “less competition” from international investors.last_img read more

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Why you need to ensure the price is right

first_imgFile photo.SETTING  a price for your property can be a tricky exercise and it is recommended you listen carefully to your agent, who should be able to support their recommended price with facts. When a property is for sale your agent should present examples of recent similar sales to help narrow down the price range. The more accurate the price the better your chances. The last thing you want is your property languishing on the market for months. An REIQ-accredited agent will present you with a comparative market analysis (CMA) which will help you both come up with a competitive listing price. Real estate is not an exact science and no one really knows how much the property is going to sell for, but an experienced agent can tell you when the price is not even in the ballpark. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Many first-time sellers fall into the trap of increasing the price above recommended levels, arguing they can always reduce the price later. That is a fair argument, but if you go too far above the acceptable range buyers will reject your home and look for better perceived value elsewhere. Sellers sometimes say to me they have been on the market for six months and have had little or no interest from buyers. Many of us in the business would respond: “You may be on the market, but you are not in the market.” A well-priced property that is marketed properly, even in a tough market like Townsville, should sell in 30 to 60 days. Sellers tell me: “I’m not going to give the home away”. For the record, in 38 years I have never known an agent to give a home away. Work with your agent. When they come to you (as they should on a very regular basis) to talk about price reduction it is wise to take their advice and adjust your sale price to avoid your property “dying on the vine”, so to speak.Good agents tell you the truth and back support their recommendations with solid evidence.last_img read more

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NEMOS builds up clean power research momentum

first_imgGerman company NEMOS has made design and construction progress on both its next-generation wave power prototype, as well as the Ostend tower for research into offshore wind, tidal and wave technologies.The research tower, named Blue Accelerator, is due to be installed in 2019, offshore the Belgian coastal town of Ostend.The pre-manufactured foundation for the top structure for the platform was delivered to NAVIKON shipyard in Poland, where, in the following weeks, the rest of the powerhouse on top of the foundation will be manufactured, NEMOS informed.The boat landing for Blue Accelerator is also being manufactured by the Polish shipyard, while the tower structure is being manufactured in Germany by EEW, with the support of the project partners NEMOS and West Flanders Development Agency POM West-Vlaanderen.Once complete, the research structure will weigh approximately 80 tons, according to developers, and will serve as a ‘living lab’ to perform tests to accelerate the innovation and development of blue energy, and the broader blue economy.Boatlanding and powerhouse parts for NEMOS wave power prototype will be produced by NAVIKON, the Polish shipyard informed (Image: NAVIKON)The German developer is said to play a profound role as the developer of the platform and also as a key ‘test user’ with its next-generation wave energy converter.According to NEMOS, its team is currently working to finalize the design of the wave energy converter prototype that is planned for testing in 2019.The first components for the new machine have already been ordered, NEMOS said.The prototype being built for sea-testing will be equipped with 8 by 2-meter floater, connected via belts to a generator mounted on a submerged, high hydrodynamic resistance structure, the company added.To remind, the Belgian authorities have in 2017 issued an approval to NEMOS to construct the full-scale wave energy plant off Ostend in the North Sea.last_img read more

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Egypt SMEs embrace social media

first_imgEgypt arrests news editor amid media crackdown Bill to regulate social media in Egypt arrives on al-Sisi’s desk Social media played an important role during the Arab Spring in 2011, but now, it’s now becoming a crucial part of doing business in Egypt. Creative industry workers are embracing social media to attract new customers and grow their businesses Related Uganda: Social media and terrorismlast_img

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Bacolod City appeals quarantine status

first_imgEssential sectors such as agriculture, forestry, fisheries, food business, hospitals and clinics are allowed to operate in areas under any quarantine measure since these are services gravely needed by the public. Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the appeal will be tackled in the scheduled IATF-EID meeting before President Rodrigo Duterte announces the latest community quarantine status in various parts of the country tonight. National Task Force (NTF) COVID-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said during a Malacañang briefing on Monday that the shift was due to the observed spike in new cases as well as in severe and critical cases. On Monday, Iloilo City’s Mayor Jerry Treñas said he appealed to the IATF-EID the city’s supposed shift to GCQ from MGCQ starting July 16. “Nagkaroon po ng pulong ang ating IATF ng dalawang sunod-sunod na araw noong Thursday at Friday (last week) at napagkasunduan po doon na may mga areas po na mag-i-escalate [ang protocols],” Galvez said. Public transport and inter-island travel will return in areas under GCQ but with strict safe distancing. Manufacturing services are fully allowed to operate in GCQ areas same with film, music, and TV production, repair and vulcanizing shops./PN “Nakikita po natin na tumataas ang kaso ng ating mga severe at critical cases, at the same time ‘yung mga new cases tumataas din,” he added. It was not clear, however, what appeal the city government of Bacolod City made. The city has been under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) since May 16. Residents in areas under the GCQ, except vulnerable persons, are allowed to go out while gatherings will also be allowed for a maximum of 10 persons only. MANILA – Bacolod City has appealed to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) its community quarantine status from July 16 onwards.last_img read more

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Donald Andrew Miller Sr. September 22, 1934 – April 5, 2019

first_imgDonald Andrew Miller Sr. age 84 of Harrison, Ohio passed away Friday, April 5, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born September 22, 1934 in Cincinnati, Ohio the son of Horace Andrew and Edith Mae (Wiggins) Miller.Donald married Hazel Queen March 5, 1957 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Worked as a Yard Foreman/Conductor for the Railroad for many years. Member of LifeSpring Community Christian Church Harrison, Ohio and American Legion Post #199 Harrison, Ohio. Donald served his country in the United States Navy.Donald is survived by his loving wife of 62 years Hazel Miller of Harrison, Ohio. Father of Donna (Tim) Gallagher of San Antonio, Texas, Charles (Elaine) Miller of Milford, Ohio, Donald (Julie) Miller Jr. of Anderson, Ohio, Thomas (Amy) Miller of Harrison, Ohio and Kathleen (Tom) Tully of Bright, Indiana. Grandfather of 20, great grandfather of 30.Preceded in death by his parents Horace and Edith Miller and brother Conrad Wagner.Visitation will be held Monday, April 8, 2019 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 9, 2019 10:00 A.M. with Pastor John Calabrese officiating all at Jackman Hensley Funeral Home 215 Broadway Street Harrison, Ohio 45030. Burial will follow at St John the Baptist Cemetery Harrison, Ohio with military graveside rites conducted by Harrison Honor Guard and United States Navy.Memorials may be directed to Transform LifeSpring Community Christian Church (ls.community.org)last_img read more

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Nolan says Premier will bring their best on Sunday

first_imgThe team will be announced live here on Tipp FM just after 8 o clock this evening by Joe Bracken Tipperary GAA PRO.Training has been going well with niggly injuries clearing up and while the Premier county will go into Sundays game as underdogs they will be confident of securing victory.Tipperary and Drom Inch dual player Tommy Nolan says Tipp will bring their A game with high intensity and workrate into Sundays game.last_img

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