Laurel Highlands, Pa.

first_imgWater, water, everywhere: Laurel Highlands is an oasis of falls and cascades.Imagine wild rivers full of rapids and healthy trout, scenic mountaintops, and miles of singletrack through hardwood forests. Imagine that place lies just 45 minutes from the city suburbs. Now, imagine that city is Pittsburgh.What you are imagining in your mind’s eye is actually the Laurel Highlands area of southwestern Pennsylvania. The Laurel Highlands is centered around Laurel Hill and Chestnut Ridge of the Allegheny Mountains, topping out at 3,213 feet at the summit of Mount Davis, the state’s highest. In the winter, outdoor enthusiasts flock to Seven Springs Resort and its award-winning terrain parks, making it one of the most visited ski resorts in the Mid-Atlantic. The summer identity of the Laurel Highlands has long been defined by the wild Youghiogheny River, known as the Yough (pronounced “Yock”) to locals, that runs through its heart, but that is slowly beginning to change. Although the Youghiogheny is still a major draw to the area, people are beginning to realize the potential for much more, according to former U.S. National Whitewater team member Eric Martin, owner of Wilderness Voyageurs, an outfitter in Ohiopyle.“This is the epicenter for whitewater. The fishing and mountain biking are the things we are not super well known for, but people are beginning to figure it out,” he said.Martin’s parents started Wilderness Voyageurs in the 1960s, when commercial rafting was in its infancy. Now the area sees over 100,000 river runners a summer, with most of those coming from nearby metropolises.“Laurel Highlands is incredibly rural, dotted with small little towns and farms, essentially. We’re relatively undiscovered. The Laurel Highlands is right in the middle of everything; Cleveland, Baltimore, and Washington, D.C. are all three hours away.”Whether it’s hiking in Ohiopyle State Park and Forbes State Forest or cycling the gentle grades of the Great Allegheny Passage, there is something for everyone.“You’ve got the river. You’ve got the Great Allegheny Passage, the rail to trail which goes from Pittsburgh to Cumberland, Maryland, going right through the center of Ohiopyle State Park,” Martin said. “We also have 40 miles of mountain bike trails. The mountain biking is sort of the hidden gem here that folks are starting to clue in on.”Tebolt TrailMartin recommends the Tebolt Trail inside the Quebec Run Wild Area just south of Ohiopyle as a hidden gem of the Laurel Highlands. Trails crisscross the area, but Martin says that lung-busting climbs are the norm.“There is a fair amount of uphill. The river literally runs right through the middle of the park, so you’ve got a giant river gorge,” says Martin. It’s a 1,700-foot climb, to the top of the park, one of the longest climbs in the state. “But then there are some trails up on top of the mountain where you don’t have to do any monster climbs, but they are trying to limit it,” Martin adds.The Yock whitewaterThe YoughWhile hiking and mountain biking are gaining a foothold in the Laurel Highlands, the king of the outdoors is still the Youghiogheny and its pristine whitewater.“The Youghiogheny runs right through the middle of Ohiopyle and is the take-out for one section and the put in for another section of the river,” said Martin. “The Lower Yough is Class III and you can run that every day of the year. The Class V we run is the upper Yough, just over the boarder in Maryland. As far as kayakers go, there is plenty of Class V creeking right here within 10 or 15 miles.”One particular feature of the Youghiogheny puts the river on the map; a matter of convenience even a non-paddler can appreciate.“The Loop is a mile and half stretch of the Lower Youghiogheny. The river does a giant bend, so you can paddle a mile and a half of Class III whitewater, and then walk less than 600 yards back to your car,” Martin says.Trophy TroutWith all that water coming through, the area is also becoming a destination for fly fishermen searching for large trout. Pennsylvania is known worldwide for its smaller spring creeks and mayfly hatches, but the Youghiogheny holds its own as a trout fishery and has almost fully recovered from a 1993 acid spill.“The Yough is a dam release river coming out of the Youghiogheny Dam, so the maximum water temperature is 65 degrees in the middle of the summer,” explains Martin. “It’s a tailwater, bottom release, so it’s a good habitat for trout. There are nine miles of the Yough that is considered trophy trout waters.”last_img read more

Advance your credit union employees

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr At Pima Federal Credit Union, employees rank opportunities for advancement very high. This is why I included the $473 million/55,000-member CU in the People Perspectives Distinguished Credit Unions of the Year, an award I created to feature some of our successful clients. Of all the CUs that conducted employee surveys with my company in 2015, Pima FCU had the highest average on the opportunity for advancement dimension.Credit unions can follow these five best practices from Pima FCU.Be genuine. Provide honest feedback and have frequent conversations about performance so employees understand both their strengths and opportunities for growth and are ready for the next opportunity.Promote internally whenever possible. Don’t be afraid to promote internally, even if the learning curve is a little steeper than hiring externally. Your efforts will be rewarded with dedicated, loyal employees and higher morale.Encourage open lines of communication throughout the organization. Starting from the top, promote frequent and transparent communication; encourage employees to trade feedback and ideas. continue reading »last_img read more

Record-breaker Hill hails strength of English golf

first_img Record-breaking Josh Hill has admitted his historic victory in a professional event aged just 15 could be the first of many success stories for English golf because of the growing strength in depth at amateur level.The England Boys’ squad member rewrote the record books with his victory in the Al Ain Open by Arena at Al Ain Equestrian Shooting and Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates on Wednesday.At the tender age of 15 years, six months and 27 days, the English teenager became the youngest ever winner of an Official World Golf Ranking event.Hill’s achievement trumps that of Japanese prodigy Ryo Ishikawa who was three months older when he set the previous record in 2007.His story has created headlines across the golfing world with superstars of the game lining up to acknowledge his feat.Six-times major winner Sir Nick Faldo hailed his victory as did former Master champion Danny Willett who described his closing round of 62 for a two-shot victory as ‘seriously impressive’Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter has added his congratulations by calling Hill’s triumph ‘beyond impressive’ and adding ‘this is awesome.’Hill is flattered to receive so many mentions from players he admires and hopes one day to follow them to the top of the game.However, he’s also well aware that he is just one of a batch of young English players with the potential to go right to the summit of the sport if they keep working on their game.This week some of Hill’s England Boys’ squad colleagues were together at the National Performance Centre at Woodhall Spa to begin their preparations for the 2020 season.Hill will join up with them later in the year and he knows that while the headlines are his for the moment, there is so much strength in depth that the game in England that others are capable of emulating his breakthrough performance.“I got quite a few messages from my England team-mates,” admitted Hill as he tried to take in the enormity of his victory and the headlines his win had generated.“They were probably just a bit jealous that I was playing in the sunshine while they were in the rain at Woodhall Spa!“But seriously they were having fun as a team in England and they are a good group of boys.“The strength of the players coming through the England levels right now is amazing.“Although I live in Dubai I’m always immensely proud to represent England when I can and I’m always happy to wear that shirt with the England badge.“You can see that there are a lot of players emerging from the England Golf squads to make a name for themselves.“Another English player – Robin Williams – won before me on the MENA Tour. To shoot 16-under to win on a tough course in Jordan was some going from him.“You see the exploits of Conor Gough last season in the British Amateur and also Ben Schmidt who was winning just about everything he played in.“Max Hopkins too has been playing well and you are starting to see more and more English names at the top of leaderboards in boys’ and girls’ events.”Hill was born in Dubai and still lives and trains in the Emirate although he is fiercely proud to be the youngest member of the England Boys’ Under-18 squad.His world became a little crazy for a few hours on Wednesday night as word filtered through that he had re-written the record books with his two-shot victory over another Englishman, Harry Ellis.Hill added: “It’s not really sunk in yet.“How did I celebrate? I just got a KFC – nothing special. I didn’t get on wifi until I got home and then I realised that something unusual was going on.“I had around 120 WhatsApp notifications and 250 more on Instagram and I knew then that this was a bit different.“I felt in control of my game as the round progressed – to be honest I wasn’t sure how I was doing until I got to the 16th hole of my final round.“At that point people started appearing on buggies to watch and I knew then I was leading.“The drive at 16 is tough with a lot of water on the right but I hit my drive perfectly and took it from there.“My dad was in the galleries to watch too and that was special.“I still have two events on the MENA Tour and I want to make sure I play well in them. Then I can practise and chill over the winter ahead of next season“Ultimately I want to get a Tour card and make my way in the game.“Like any young golfer the dream is to win a Major, but that’s a long way away and I just have to keep working hard at my game.“Tiger Woods is my hero – I think everyone loves Tiger and watching him win the Masters again was inspiring.”Hill and his England team-mates are planning for key team events in 2020. These include the European Boys’ Team Championships in Uppsala, Sweden and the Boys’ Home Internationals which will be staged in August at Killarney Golf Club in Ireland. Photography credit: MENA Tour/Leaderboard 24 Oct 2019 Record-breaker Hill hails strength of English golf last_img read more

Virat Kohli signs off 593-run Test series vs England with a golden duck

first_imgVirat Kohli’s sensational run with the bat in the Test series against England came to a disappointing end on Monday as the Indian captain got out for a golden duck in India’s second innings in the fifth and final Test at The Oval.Kohli, who came in to bat after the dismissal of Cheteshwar Pujara, got out on the first ball he faced as he edged a Stuart Broad delivery to wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow.Kohli’s dismissal left India tottering at 2/3 on Day 4 as they chase the 464-run target. It was only the third time that Kohli got out on a golden duck in his Test career.England vs India, Day 4, Oval Test: Live ScoreHere’s a recap of Kohli’s dismissal:3.2 overs: Broad to KohliOUT! OMG! Skipper, what have you done? Don’s record stays intact of scoring 600 or more runs in four series as of now. Broad bowls an enticing full ball way outside off. Kohli reaches out of it, unlike his previous innings. He edges it to Bairstow and Broad runs in celebration. What a scalp to have but he took a chance away from his counterpart. Had Anderson taking his wicket, he would’ve had him for the first time in this series. Nonetheless, England isn’t complaining as India is reeling 2/3 now. What a pair this has been for England.Also read – Alastair Cook becomes 5th player to score a century in first and last TestThe wicket dealt a massive blow to India’s hope of securing a win in The Oval Test but it was just a minor blip on the great series batsman Kohli had.advertisementWith the series scoreline standing at 3-1 in the favour of England, India clearly haven’t done enough to justify the No. 1 Test team tag.But Kohli’s performance with the bat in the tricky conditions of England has definitely helped to reassert himself as the best batsman in the world. The series has also helped him to exorcise the ghosts of the horrible tour of 2014.Kohli went to England with scarred memories of 2014 tour, when he could only manage 134 runs in 10 innings.However, a lot has changed since then with Kohli establishing himself as the one of the best batsmen in the world, if not the best.After disappointing with the bat during a 1-3 defeat for India in 2014, Kohli scored 15 hundreds (four of those came in Australia) including six double hundreds. He also became the first batsman to score double hundreds in four successive series.2018 tour was Kohli’s opportunity to show the world that he could score runs in swinging conditions of England, where he struggled four years back. And he did exactly the same.In 5 Test, Kohli scored 593 runs at an average of 59.30 and finished the series as the highest run-getter. He also scored two centuries including a 103 in the third Test as India defeat England at Trent Bridge.With all the 10 possible innings now completed for Kohli, the batsman also managed to not get out to James Anderson even once in the series.The fiercely competitive rivalry between Anderson and Kohli began during the 2014 when Anderson got Kohli out on 4 occasions.While the battle between the two players belonged to Anderson in 2014, Kohli emerged as the winner in 2018.last_img read more

Pakistan Super League 2019 Live Streaming: When, Where and How to Watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators Online Coverage on DSport

first_imgPeshawar Zalmi take on Quetta Gladiators in the third match of the 2019 Pakistan Super League (PSL) at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What time does the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators start?The match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators starts at 9:30 PM IST on February 15, Friday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai.What TV channel and live stream is the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators Live Streaming on?DSport will telecast the match. Airtel TV will live stream Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators match.Where will the Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators match be played?The T20 match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators will be played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai from 9:30 PM IST.Where can I watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators match live?The match will be shown in DSport network and can also be streamed on Airtel TV.Where can I check the online live updates of the Peshawar Zalmi vs Quetta Gladiators T20 match?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads of Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators?Peshawar Zalmi: Daren Sammy (captain), Kamran Akmal(wicketkeeper), Imam-ul-Haq, Misbah-ul-Haq, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Kieron Pollard, Dawid Malan, Liam Dawson, Andre Fletcher, Chris Jordan, Sameen Gul, Umar Amin, Wayne Madsen, Sohaib Maqsood, Khalid Usman, Umaid Asif, Nabi Gul, Jamal Anwar, Samiullah, Ibtisam SheikhQuetta Gladiators: Sarfaraz Ahmed (captain and wicketkeeper), Umar Akmal, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Asghar, Shane Watson, Rilee Rossouw, Dwayne Smith, Sohail Tanvir, Anwar Ali, Fawad Ahmed, Mohammad Irfan Jnr, Max Waller, Ghulam Mudassar, Mohammad Hasnain, Ahsan Ali, Saud Shakeel, Danish Aziz, Azam Khan, Jalat Khanadvertisementlast_img read more

Ski resort a step closer after high court ruling in Grizzly Bear

first_imgOTTAWA – Approval of a ski resort in a region held sacred by Indigenous people does not violate their constitutional right to freedom of religion, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Thursday.A senior Indigenous leader said the decision demonstrates a lack of knowledge.“That’s sacred ceremonial grounds. That’s where our relatives, the grizzly bear, live. And if their habitat is somehow destroyed, you are destroying our relatives,” Perry Bellegarde, national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, said in Ottawa.“To me, it is a bit of a lack of awareness and understanding through the Supreme Court about that world view.”The high court decision means the proposed resort development near Invermere in southeastern British Columbia could be a step closer to reality, although the judgment suggests there might be other avenues for the Ktunaxa Nation to appeal or try to derail it.The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by the Ktunaxa after developer Jumbo Glacier Resorts received B.C. government approval to proceed.The Ktunaxa consider the land at the foot of Jumbo Mountain to be sacred and says construction of a resort would drive away Grizzly Bear Spirit, a principal figure in their religion.They had argued that charter protection for freedom of religion must include not only spiritual beliefs, but also underlying sacred sites — in this case an area known as Qat’muk.The Supreme Court ruled that religious protections under the charter do not extend that far and only cover freedom to hold such beliefs and the right to manifest them through worship and teaching.“In short, the charter protects the freedom to worship, but does not protect the spiritual focal point of worship,” a majority of the court ruled.The court said the charter protects the freedom to pursue religious practices, like the wearing of the kirpan, a ceremonial knife, by Sikhs.“In this case, however, the appellants are not seeking protection for the freedom to believe in Grizzly Bear Spirit or to pursue practices related to it,” the court says. “Rather, they seek to protect Grizzly Bear Spirit itself and the subjective spiritual meaning they derive from it.”It says extending the charter as proposed by the Ktunaxa “would put deeply held personal beliefs under judicial scrutiny. Adjudicating how exactly a spirit is to be protected would require the state and its courts to assess the content and merits of religious beliefs.”Bellegarde said the ruling fails to grasp how Indigenous people are connected to the land through spirituality and ceremonies.“More works needs to be done about educating the judicial branch about inherent rights, Aboriginal rights, treaty rights,” he said.Vancouver lawyer Gregory Tucker, who represents the developer, said his client has waited a long time for the decision.“The Supreme Court of Canada has been instrumental over many years in bringing forward the process of reconciliation and giving First Nations a real voice in projects to be developed on their traditional territories and in this case, I think, it strikes the right balance,” he said.The high court also concluded that the B.C. minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations “did not act unreasonably” in concluding the constitutional obligation to consult the Ktunaxa about their concerns had been met.“We arrive at these conclusions cognizant of the importance of protecting Indigenous religious beliefs and practices, and the place of such protection in achieving reconciliation between Indigenous Peoples and non-Indigenous communities.”The mayor of the Jumbo Resort Municipality, Greg Deck, said he watched the negotiations unfold and believes the developer acted in good faith.“My perception as I watched them do their consultation is that it was genuine, that they weren’t just doing it because it was required,” Deck said in an interview from Seattle.He hopes the Ktunaxa will be willing to rejoin design of the resort.The company has been negotiating for more than two decades with the provincial government and interested parties, including the Ktunaxa and Shuswap peoples, who live in the Jumbo Valley within the Purcell range.Limited construction began after the B.C. government amended regulations in 2012 to create a municipality — complete with a mayor and two councillors — although the region still has limited infrastructure and no permanent residents.Work stopped in 2015 when the province ruled Jumbo Glacier had violated the terms of its environmental assessment certificate.Tucker said Jumbo Glacier has requested a judicial review of the decision. A resolution would be the next step in the plan to build the year-round ski resort.last_img read more