Quick Hits: December’s News from the Blue Ridge and Beyond

first_imgKentucky: Bode Trading Skis for HoovesWe’ll soon be seeing Bode Miller at the Derby instead of the Winter Olympics. During a recent interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Miller revealed that he’s planning to become a horse trainer when his skiing career is over. The move was sparked by Miller’s friendship with well-known trainer Bob Baffert, who’s led multiple horses to Kentucky Derby wins. Baffert and Miller already own horses together, and Miller said he’s in the process of buying a training facility in Kentucky to begin his equestrian pursuits in earnest.Hike the A.T., Paddle the Mississippi Jared McCallum is having quite an adventure. The 28-year-old former Marine has been trying to figure out what to do with his life after an honorable discharge in 2009. Earlier this year, he decided to take a break from his work as a civilian security contractor in Afghanistan to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. After spending five months completing the famous 2,185-mile footpath, he decided he wasn’t quite ready to head home to Florida. Instead he’s working his way south slowly, paddling the entire Mississippi River—2,340 miles from Minnesota to Louisiana—in a canoe. Sporting a Forrest Gump-style beard with his dog Scout by his side, McCallum recently told Illinois’ Quad-City Times that he anticipates finishing around Christmas, and along the way he’s enjoyed some river magic, due to the kindness of others. “Someone let me camp in their front yard,” he told the paper. “You can’t do this kind of thing without the good people of America like that.”Dulles, Virginia: That Kid Is FastEarlier this fall, 9-year-old Caleb Hymans of Annandale, Va., ran quite a race at the Dulles Day on the Runway, finishing the 5K in 18:47. His time posted at the D.C.-area airport was certified by the Association of Road Race Statisticians as a world record for his age. “It was really cool,” Caleb told The Washington Post, “with all the airplanes flying overhead.”Berlin, Pennsylvania: Bug Spray Repels RobberDon’t mess with Annabelle Miller. The store clerk at Berlin’s CSI Coalfield Mini market recently proved she has uses for bug spray beyond keeping skeeters away. Miller grabbed a can when a masked would-be robber entered her store and demanded money. A surveillance video shows Miller instead giving the female crook a big dose of insecticide, which led to her retreat from the store. Miller later told a local news station, “I just got mad. I’ve got better things to do with my night than that.”Beyond the Blue RidgeGrand Prairie, Texas: Indoor Skiing in TexasThe Texas heat usually doesn’t bring skiing to mind, but in mid-October, city officials in Grand Prairie announced plans to build a 350,000-square-foot indoor skiing facility. CBS had the skinny on the $215 million joint project being called The Grand Alps Resort, which will be home to the longest indoor ski run in the world at 1,220 feet in length and 300 feet tall. The resort, attached to a 300-room luxury hotel, will also feature an Olympic half pipe, an ice climbing wall, and a luge track. The indoor ski resort has a tentative opening date of early 2018.Colorado Springs, Colorado: Changing Gears in Bike RacingIn October, USA Cycling revealed the 2015 national championship calendar and it featured some noticeable changes. First up is the addition of the inaugural Fat Bike National Championship, which will take big wheelers through a snowy course in Ogden, Utah, on Valentine’s Day. A big southern race—the USA Cycling Professional Criterium and Team Time Trial National Championships—will return to Greenville, S.C., with the time trial component as a new addition, as well as a new spring date (April 18-19). Soon after, young racers in the USA Cycling Collegiate Road National Championships will ride through the streets of Asheville, N.C., from May 8-10. Back in South Carolina, Rock Hill will host two events this year: the USA Cycling BMX National Championships on March 21 and the USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships from July 21-26. Not on the docket this year: a 24-hour mountain biking national championship, due to declining participation in the discipline.Peoria, Illinois: Cemetery 5KOwners of the Springdale Cemetery in Central Illinois are getting creative with their marketing initiatives. In an effort to encourage people to buy burial lots, the cemetery recently began hosting a series of 5K races to showcase the property’s scenery. “We know if we get people back into the cemetery, they’re going to be amazed at its beauty,” Bob Manning, chairman of the cemetery management authority, said in a story by the Associated Press. “Then, hopefully, they’ll think of us when time comes.”last_img read more

US names several Caribbean countries as major drug producers

first_imgIts Friday, March 10. We are looking at some of the top stories across your Caribbean-American community. Good afternoon and welcome.I’’m Megan Small, and you’re watching CNW 90. Your coverage today is brought to you by Grace Soups. Spice up your kitchen with Grace soups today. Genuine Caribbean taste enjoyed worldwide.Several countries in the Caribbean have been named by the United States as being major illicit drug producing and drug-transit countries with some also being major money laundering countries. The US Department of State’s “International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR),” notes that the Bahamas, Belize, Haiti and Jamaica, are among 22 countries worldwide considered major drug producing or major drug transit countries.Jamaicans who earn less than $1,4 million per year will now be exempt from that country’s tax net. The announcement was made by Jamaican Finance Minister Audley Shaw during his budget presentation in the house of parliament on Wednesday. However, Shaw’s tax package has come under harsh criticism due to a hike in the special consumption tax on fuel which is expected to trigger a rise in all transportation related costs.Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has expanded its Aftercare Supper Program to include six additional school sites, for a total of 106 schools serving meals to students. The meals will ensure that more than 14,000 students participating in regularly scheduled after-school educational or enrichment activity programs receive the nutrition they need to learn and grow. The suppers are funded through the Child Care Food Program (CCFP), a federally funded program, which provides healthy meals in the child care settingAnd in sports…1England thrashed the West Indies 3-0 in the recently concluded One Day international series in the Caribbean. Centuries from Alex Hales and Joe Root followed by a dismal West Indies batting display saw England secure a one-day international series whitewash in commanding fashion. The tourists won the third and final match by 186 runs to underscore their dominance of the series..Here’s What’s trendingDancehall DJ Bounty Killa brushed off harsh criticism of his inclusion on a concert highlighting gender-based violence on International Women’s Day. The artiste was warmly received by the audience as he explained that he had a past that needed to be changed and he was against violence against women. Bounty Killer was charged for beating his girlfriend with a hammer in 2015 but the charges were subsequently dropped.For Tomorrow’s weather forecastIt will be partly cloudy with isolated showers in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties with a high of 82 and a low of 63. For more on these and other stories, visit us online at caribbeannewsweekly.com. Make sure to pick up your copy of the Caribbean News Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.last_img read more