Just a few months ago, The Soul Rebels graced the New Orleans Jazz Festival with a monster performance. The hometown show was so much fun that the band decided to share some top-notch pro-shot footage from the event.The video of choice is a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Heartbreak Hotel,” which comes on the heels of a very exciting time for the band. The group recently shot an opening scene with Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith for Universal Picture’s major film GIRL TRIP to be released in July 2017, and they were also recently featured in TMZ with Kourtney Kardashian.Check out “Heartbreak Hotel,” streaming below.The Soul Rebels are now preparing for their upcoming West Coast tour with Talib Kweli, and are working on new music in the studio.
Dear Mountain Mama,My sister started running a year ago and now runs faster than me. She wants to join me, but I end up spending most of the run feeling bad about myself. She’s the annoying good-at-everything-and-gorgeous-younger sister. Running has always been my thing so I want to tell her to get her own hobby.How do I tell her politely to stop running?Thanks,Runner GirlDear Runner Girl,The only person we have any semblance of control over is ourselves. That means the most you can ask is that your sister doesn’t run with you, but you don’t get to ask your sister to stop running.Running next to your sister doesn’t have to make you feel inadequate. Instead, focus on thinking about the positive. When you run with someone faster, over time you become faster. Think of her as your very own personal coach – one who trains you for free.In the long-term, you might grow to treasure those runs with your sister. When I was fifteen and my brother was seventeen, he’d take off on runs to condition for the soccer team. Eager to do whatever he was doing, I’d lace up my running shoes and follow him, although he never invited me.Most days he’d turn around and point to the swoosh on the back of his Nikes. “See this? Get a good look now because it’ll all be a distant blur to you in a few seconds.” Then he’d pull ahead, until he eventually disappeared from sight.By the time he left for college, I was hooked on running. He came home the next summer carrying an extra fifteen pounds. On a mission to lose weight, he tagged along with me. My year of daily runs meant I was in better shape than he was, at least at first. We talked the miles away, often complaining about our parents, the way that only siblings can.Over the years, we’ve run before each of us got married and after the birth of our respective children. Last spring when my toddler and I flew to Europe to meet my brother and his family for a week-long vacation in Spain, my brother surprised me with the news that he signed me up to run a 10-k the next day.These days we live an ocean apart so our runs are few and far apart. This past weekend he was in town for a family wedding, and we snuck away from family obligations for a quick run. We picked up right where we left off, falling in stride with one another’s footsteps. Our conversation flowed easier than our breathing, and my brother provided some tips for dealing with my toddler as he enters the terrible two’s. I’m reassured running with my brother by my side, because like most areas of life, he’s already paved the way.I’m suggesting, Runner Girl, that perhaps you can view running with your sister as an opportunity to create a special bond. Besides, siblings have a way of fueling our competitive streaks. That’s a good thing, because on days when you’d rather stay on the couch in front of the TV, imagining your sister running without you will motivate you to hit the trail.Just because your sister is faster than you doesn’t mean that will always be the case. Life has a funny way of throwing obstacles in our running path, from demanding careers to childrearing, and sometimes running takes a backseat. But even if your sister is always a few steps ahead of you, just remind yourself that trying to keep up with her will make you a better runner.Yours,Mountain Mama
Hartwell Carson has a lot of stories. Stories about boats falling off of cars. Stories about standup paddle boarders too hungover to stand on their boards. Stories about farmers pulling guns on the riverbank. Stories about sneaking upriver in the middle of the night to sample bacteria levels.He’s telling me about a guy, a sales rep from Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, who can open a beer bottle with a folded up napkin (“like a ninja”) as we paddle separate canoes down the French Broad River just east of downtown Asheville. Carson is the French Broad Riverkeeper for the Western North Carolina Alliance. Picture a job where you paddle the French Broad, test water quality, raise funds for environmental protection, and generally try to get people stoked about boating and fishing a river system. As the Riverkeeper, Carson is the primary protector of the French Broad, a 215-mile river that runs northwest from Rosman to its confluence with the Tennessee in Knoxville. If you’re an angler, and you notice something green oozing from a drain pipe into the river, you call Carson and he gets in his canoe and checks it out.“That’s my favorite part of the job,” Carson says. “Getting in my canoe around sunset and paddling upstream, trying to be all stealth, like Natty Bumppo.”We’re paddling a short, two-day section of the French Broad so Carson can show off his latest achievement, the French Broad River Trail, a new blueway that covers 140 miles of the French Broad through North Carolina with half a dozen paddle-in-only campsites spaced every 15 miles on islands and riverbanks leased from private landowners and the state of North Carolina. Carson and the WNCA opened the trail last summer. He can rattle off all the statistics that justify the creation of the trail from an economic standpoint (paddlers on a multi-day trip will spend $88 a day in local communities according to a 2001 impact study), but paddle a few miles with him and he’ll give you the straight dope. “This whole trail is a selfish endeavor,” he says, leaning back in his canoe, his dog June Bug on high alert at the bow. “I love paddle trails, but I was tired of driving six hours to paddle and camp. Now we have this amazing adventure in our backyard.”Photo Courtesy of the French Broad RiverkeeperWe put our boats in near Mills River and paddle past corn fields and the site of the future Sierra Nevada brewery (they’ll have their own boat launch and an island campsite island a half-mile upriver from their property). We move past kids on four wheelers exploring their family’s farm. The river is high thanks to an unusually rainy summer that’s left most creeks at flood stage levels, so we move fast down the river, barely having to paddle at all except for the occasional correction stroke. My neighbor and good friend, Kevin Palme, is at the helm of my canoe. When I told Palme I was going to spend two days paddling the French Broad with Carson, he was hesitant. When I told him we were packing a cooler of beer to consume on an island in the middle of the river, he was sold. Paddling from one campsite to the next is a different sort of adventure than what I’m used to. Most of my excursions into the backcountry involve contusions, the frantic rush to beat sunset, and at least a brush with hypothermia. Paddling the French Broad, heading toward an island where we’ll leisurely set up camp and cook and drink, is downright relaxing. I’m not prepared for this sort of adventure. My gear is too minimalist. I keep wanting to paddle faster, to make good time. Carson is used to new boaters having to make this mental adjustment. Every year, he spearheads a nine-day journey along the entire length of the river trail and every year, it’s the same thing: “I spend the first couple of days having to convince everyone to slow down. There’s no rush. And there’s no need to be hardcore.”As we approach Firefighter Island, our home for the night, Carson tells us about how he used to love backpacking—going deep into the backcountry and not seeing another person for days at a time. “Lately though, I don’t see the point. Why carry a backpack with just the necessities when you can put everything you could imagine in a canoe and float down the river? People need to evolve and put their shit in a canoe.”When Carson says “put everything in a canoe,” he means everything. Here’s a rundown of our rations for the two-day trip: A cooler full of Sierra Nevada, one bottle of bourbon, one bottle of champagne, one bottle of orange juice (for mimosas). And that’s just the alcohol. For dinner, we’re cooking apple-smoked chicken sausage with peppers and onions over couscous, and a side of asparagus. In the morning, we’ll have grits and bacon and mimosas. Don’t get me started on the snacks. Or the full living room set complete with a stereo that Carson somehow squeezed into his canoe.A scenic section of the French Broad River near Hot Spings, NC. Photo by David WilsonFirefighter Island has a winding trail running through its center that connects four or five campsites, a beach with a fire ring, and a composting toilet that Carson built last summer. It’s hard to say you’re roughing it when you have a working toilet, but at the same time, it’s difficult for us to reconcile the fact that we’re maybe seven river miles shy of downtown Asheville. We haven’t seen another boater all day. It’s quiet on the island, which is surrounded by farmland, without a sound other than the rush of the water all around us. And the gangster rap coming from the stereo. Turns out Carson hates jam bands. It’s a secret he’s harbored for decades. He’s a big fan of Tupac, though.The tents go up fast and Palme quickly builds a fire. Then we hit the bourbon. As it gets dark, we keep hitting the bourbon and Kevin falls down in a thick mud pit near the water line, getting stuck for at least seven minutes while Carson and I laugh. The whole evening unravels from there, culminating in an absurd campfire-side discussion of the Biggie/Tupac rivalry. I fall asleep humming Tupac’s “Changes” as the river gurgles a few feet from my tent.The French Broad isn’t the wildest river in the South. It’s not even close. The Big South Fork, The Chattooga—those are primitive rivers cutting through pristine gorges unlike anything else in the South. The French Broad is like a lot of other Southern rivers. It’s pretty, passing through some of the oldest mountains in the world, but it’s been abused.In the ‘50s and ‘60s, locals say you could smell the river before you could see it. Author Wilma Dykeman summed up the French Broad’s state in the ‘50s: “It’s too thick to drink and too thin to plow.”“It’s dramatically cleaner than it used to be, thanks largely to the Clean Water Act,” Carson says. “Even just eight years ago, I couldn’t convince anyone to go tubing with me on the river. Now, the river is packed with tubers and boaters. That’s a good sign.”Hopefully, it’s a sign of good things to come. Carson is still concerned about the amount of bacteria in the river. There’s still a good bit of agricultural runoff affecting water quality. And a power plant east of Asheville leaches heavy metals into the groundwater. Keeping the river clean is a constant battle that will have Carson in his boat, sneaking around like Natty Bumppo for years to come, but that’s one of the reasons he pushed so hard to create the paddle trail.“Everyone points to the economic benefits of paddle trails, which are significant,” Carson says. “But the main reason we wanted to implement this trail was to prompt environmental protection. If you can get folks on the river canoeing and camping and tubing, those people will develop a bigger sense of stewardship. We want to leverage that enthusiasm to better protect the French Broad.”After packing up our bourbon and tents, we continue the languid paddle west toward Asheville. The Biltmore Estate occupies a shocking amount of riverside acres near town, and we see the occasional family riding on horseback through the pastoral backyard of the Vanderbilts. The mimosas and bacon and eggs helped put me in the proper state of mind for a canoe trip, where the biggest concern I have is trying to find a good place to beach the canoe for a bathroom break.We see more people on the river the closer we get to town: kayakers and tubers, outfitters who run shuttles, the occasional rope swing. Carson spends half of the morning lying down in his canoe, letting the current carry him downstream. At one point, I hear him quote David Wooderson from Dazed and Confused: “This is living. L.I.V.I.N.”None of us are ready for the trip to end when we reach our take out. For a few minutes, we talk about continuing the trip. We could just head farther west past Asheville to the next campsite somewhere downstream for another night. We have a quarter bottle of bourbon left. A few beers. We’ll need food, but we could work that out.Alas, we all have children to go home to. Deadlines and responsibilities. But it’s comforting to know that the opportunity exists. It’s in my backyard. I can hit the river and just keep going for as long as I can take it, or until I run out of booze and food.Paddle the French BroadPlan on nine days to run the whole 140-mile river trail. You’ll paddle the winding headwaters that stretch through Pisgah National Forest then hit easy water and farmland as you make your way towards Asheville. Expect mild whitewater near Marshall and big whitewater on the edge of Hot Springs.Carson’s favorite section surrounds Marshall, where two-miles of mild whitewater lead to Evan’s Island, a campsite in the middle of the stream, followed by three miles of more mild whitewater. Here, the mountains rise straight from the riverbanks.Photo Courtesy of the French Broad RiverkeeperPaddle Trail Info: wnca.orgOutfitter: Asheville Adventure Rentals has boats and will run shuttles (ashevilleadventurerentals.com).Paddle MoreFive more canoe trails with paddle-in-only campsitesGreenbrier River Trail, W.Va. This 80-mile canoe trail has mild rapids and campsites every five miles. Bonus: a crushed-gravel bike path parallels the river, making self-shuttling easy for multi-sport adventurers. greenbrierrailtrailstatepark.com Upper James River Water Trail, Va. Paddle 45 miles of the Upper James backcountry through valleys and farmland. You’ll see some class II whitewater and camp at a mix of private and forest service campgrounds. upperjamesriverwatertrail.comTennessee River Blueway This could be the perfect urban adventure. The blueway runs 50 miles from Chickamauga Dam south through downtown Chattanooga to the Nickajack Dam. Island camping galore, even downtown. canoetennessee.com Etowah River Water Trail The 165-mile Etowah River Trail is still a work in progress, but if you paddle the full length, you’ll pass Indian Mounds, skirt hip towns like Ellijay, and see some of North Georgia’s wildest country. etowahwatertrail.org Edisto River Canoe and Kayak Trail, South Carolina Don’t let the color of the water full you, this blackwater river could be the cleanest stream on this list. Paddle by cypress swamps and camp in tree houses during this 57-mile journey. canoesc.com
The region saw its first “measurable” snowfall of the season on Sunday, when some areas recorded up to an inch. Long Island’s longest snow drought on record was in 1995. That year, forecasters didn’t measure at least a tenth of an inch of snow—the agency’s barometer for “measurable” snowfall—until Feb. 4, the weather service said.It had been such an uneventful winter that people were beginning to wonder if the Island would see any snow at all. Now that the likelihood of a major winter storm is increasing, those unseasonably warm 60-plus-degree December days are starting to feel like a distant past. Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Winter has finally awoken from its prolonged slumber—an inevitable reality that has us shaking in our boots.The deep freeze that enveloped Long Island Monday rudely woke up commuters Tuesday morning with near-below-zero wind chill values. Alas, once the glorious sun arose to tease us with its inviting rays, it was no match for the bone-chilling air testing our resolve.Tuesday’s forecast calls for a high near 26 degrees, but strong winds—with gusts as strong as 41 miles per hour—will make it feel like five degrees through the evening. Frigid conditions are expected Wednesday as well. A brief reprieve will come Thursday, when temperatures are expected to be above freezing.The relief may be short-lived. Meteorologists are tracking a potential Nor’easter that could dump significant snow on the Island beginning Friday night.“There is growing potential for a major winter storm Friday night into Sunday,” the National Weather Service’s Upton office warned. “This storm could produce heavy snow…strong winds…and significant coastal flooding.”The weather service said that the probability for a major storm is increasing but it could not yet predict how much snow would fall.
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Healthcare, Press Release, Public Health, Statement, Women’s Rights Harrisburg, PA –Governor Tom Wolf today released the following statement on a Pennsylvania Senate committee advancing a bill that would effectively defund Planned Parenthood in Pennsylvania:“This bill is nothing more than an ideologically driven attempt to disrupt health services for thousands of women in Pennsylvania. Planned Parenthood provides important health and welfare services for men and women, especially in rural and underserved areas. Some politicians in Harrisburg are dead set on putting themselves in between a woman and her doctor and prevent both men and women from having access to services they may not have an opportunity to get elsewhere. This legislation solves no problems but rather seeks to create additional hardship for Pennsylvanians seeking health care, especially women. I call on Senate leadership to put a stop to this legislation, but if they refuse, I will veto this bill if it reaches my desk.” Governor Wolf Statement on Senate Advancing Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood SHARE Email Facebook Twitter April 26, 2017
He cited aircraft bathrooms as a successful and widespread implementation of them. 3News 21 July 2015The co-founder of a transgender support group says a department store’s move to ditch separate men’s and women’s fitting rooms is “totally unnecessary”.Farmers is making its fitting rooms ‘gender-neutral’ after a complaint was laid by Aucklander Mary Haddock-Staniland, who was described as a “half-man, half-woman” by staff at its Botany store in June.After an internal investigation and discussions with Ms Haddock-Staniland, Farmers yesterday said it would be overhauling its fitting rooms to remove any reference to gender.“I think this is an opportunity for New Zealand retail overall to kind of embark on siding or looking at ways they deal with similar situations, and I look forward to this incident being a catalyst for change,” says Ms Haddock-Staniland.But her view isn’t held by everyone in the transgender community. Claudia McKay, co-founder of Agender, transitioned 18 years ago.“All that time I’ve shopped in Farmers stores continuously, all around the country. I have never, ever had a single issue or problem,” she told TV3’s Paul Henry programme.“I think what’s been happening in this individual case is more a problem with one staff member than the store itself, or the store’s policies.”http://www.3news.co.nz/nznews/gender-neutral-fitting-rooms-just-unnecessary-2015072109#axzz3gOeJazvjPublic toilets should be gender neutral to make people feel safer – advocateOneNewsNow 21 July 2015A transgender support organisation says encouraging gender neutrality is about making people feel safer and in some cases giving them a choice.The Ministry of Education has made suggestions in its newly-released health and sexuality guidelines document that schools look at introducing gender-neutral uniforms.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/public-toilets-should-be-gender-neutral-to-make-people-feel-safer-advocate-q02402‘Stop this PC rubbish!’ – Kiwis slam door on gender neutral toiletsOneNewsNow 21 July 2015Many New Zealanders have slammed the door on gender neutral toilets if reaction on social media to the call from a transgender support organisation is anything to go by.Duncan Matthews from Rainbow Youth told TVNZ’s Breakfast this morning that public bathrooms should all be transitioned to gender-neutral to help the transgender community feel safer. “Stop this PC rubbish! NO! We’re not changing everything in society that’s offensive/inconvenient to these people. They can get over themselves. Do you think women will feel safe with ‘gender free’ changing rooms/bathrooms? Of course not!,” she raged.https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/-stop-this-pc-rubbish-kiwis-slam-door-on-gender-neutral-toilets-q02402 Julia DeLuney was among many on the ONE News Facebook page who shunned the idea of making public bathrooms gender neutral.
BioEdge 13 October 2019Family First Comment: The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a scathing analysis of the effect of assisted suicide laws in the United States on people with disabilities. It finds that safeguards are ineffective and that there is little oversight of abuses and mistakes…. The most prevalent reasons offered by someone requesting assisted suicide are directly related to unmet service and support needs. These should be dealt with through new laws and more funding, says NCD, not assisted suicide. “Assisted suicide laws are premised on the notion of additional choice for people at the end of their lives, however in practice, they often remove choices when the low-cost option is ending one’s life versus providing treatments to lengthen it or services and supports to improve it.” The National Council on Disability (NCD) has released a scathing analysis of the effect of assisted suicide laws in the United States on people with disabilities. It finds that safeguards are ineffective and that there is little oversight of abuses and mistakes.In eight states and the District of Columbia it is legal for doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to patients diagnosed with terminal illness and with a prognosis of six months or less to live, if certain procedural steps are followed.Pain relief is often described as the primary motivation for seeking assisted suicide. In its report, Assisted Suicide Laws and their Danger to People with Disabilities, NCD responds that the most prevalent reasons offered by someone requesting assisted suicide are directly related to unmet service and support needs. These should be dealt with through new laws and more funding, says NCD, not assisted suicide.“Assisted suicide laws are premised on the notion of additional choice for people at the end of their lives, however in practice, they often remove choices when the low-cost option is ending one’s life versus providing treatments to lengthen it or services and supports to improve it,” said NCD Chairman Neil Romano.Closely examining the experience in Oregon, where the practice has been legal for 20 years, NCD found that the list of conditions eligible for assisted suicide has expanded considerably over time, including many disabilities that, when properly treated, do not result in death, including arthritis, diabetes, and kidney failure.Assisted Suicide Laws and their Danger to People with Disabilities also notes suicide contagion in states where assisted suicide is legal; as well as a loosening of existing safeguards both in states with legalized assisted suicide and states considering bills to legalize.READ MORE: https://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/us-study-saysassisted-suicide-laws-rife-with-dangers-to-people-with-disabil/13245
West Ham boss, David Moyes, has admitted regret quitting Everton for Manchester United in 2013. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Most Influential Countries In The History Of The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Why Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?Lil Nas X’s Hit Song Is Becoming The Longest #1 Song EverAir Pollution Is Rapidly Decreasing Thanks To COVID-19World’s Most Delicious FoodsBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them After 11 years at Goodison Park, during which he earned much praise for his work at Everton, Moyes was appointed as United manager in 2013 as the successor to the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson. Moyes’ spell at United certainly didn’t go to plan as he was sacked after less than a season. He told Bein Sport: “I think I’ll always look back and regret leaving Everton because of the team and the players I had built at that time.Advertisement Loading… “But I’ll never be regretful for joining Manchester United or doing what I’ve done. “I think in football we all make decisions – Andy will tell you as much as anything – some work for you, some don’t work for you. read also:Moyes: Essien my biggest transfer regret “I think on the journey of being a football player or football manager you’re never always going to have good times. You’re always at times going to have ups and downs.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
By Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (June 15) – Officials of Farley Speedway Promotions, owner-operators of Farley Speedway and contract holders and operators of West Liberty Raceway and Dubuque Speedway, announced today that several changes are being made at the popular Eastern Iowa speedways.First and foremost, the admission prices for all weekly racing events at all three tracks have been dropped to $10 for adults, $9 for seniors and students ages 13-17 will be admitted for $5. Kids under 12 accompanied by an adult will continue to be admitted free.In addition, the Farley Speedway back chute spectator area will reopen this Friday, June 16 and will continue to be open for all racing events for the remainder of the season.The drivers will receive a hefty increase in prize money, the new purse for weekly competitors will see a 25 percent increase and this is across the board and affects all racers in all classes at all three tracks.Track Manager Ed White stated “The new ownership group, Farley Speedway Promotions, is totally committed to making the Farley Speedway, West Liberty Raceway and the Dubuque County Fairgrounds Speedway the premier racing facilities in Eastern Iowa and these changes are a statement for the betterment of stock car racing.”For more information or to view the entire schedule for the three tracks under the direction of Farley Speedway Promotions, please log on to the official website at www.farleyspeedwaypromotions.com.