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The Enduring Legacy of Kayah Gaydish


first_imgThe December death of Asheville climber and conservation champion Kayah Gaydish sent a tremor of shock and heartbreak through the outdoor community of the Southeast.Gaydish lived a life that was defined by her stewardship and dedication to the wilderness of Western North Carolina, particularly within the 12,000 rugged acres of the Linville Gorge.In her years working as a volunteer and on a part-time basis for the environmental nonprofit Wild South, she forged a deep connection to this beautiful and complex landscape. The majority of her fieldwork involved the grueling task of eradicating exotic species, in particular the aggressively invasive Princess Tree, which had germinated throughout hundreds of acres within the gorge after the 2013 wildfire. Native to Japan, the Princess Tree can grow up to 20 feet in one year, and will release millions of seedlings once it reaches maturity. The shade created by its spreading leaves can threaten the survival of native flora. Species such as the Heller’s Blazing Star and Mountain Golden Heather are endemic to Linville; once their populations are choked out, they are gone forever.Using hand pruners and folding saws, Gaydish and her team uprooted thousands of saplings, hanging them to dry out on tree limbs to ensure they could no longer spread. She meticulously documented the hours they spent in the field, recording the names and locations of the many different non-native species that threaten the fragile ecosystem inside the river gorge.An avid rock climber, Gaydish celebrated Linville as a mecca of outdoor recreation, brimming with opportunities for climbers, hikers and kayakers. As a naturalist and trained herbalist, she recognized the intrinsic value of wilderness. She possessed a talent for conveying to others just how vital each individual species was to the landscape as a whole.So infectious was her enthusiasm that she was able to recruit an ever-expanding team of volunteers to join her in the field, a team that often included veterans and participants in therapeutic wilderness programs. Her magnetic blend of passion and sincerity inspired others to forge a lasting and meaningful connection to the Linville that was all their own.LinvilleGorgeWorkDayFULL_FIX“That’s the clarity she gave me,” recalls Kevin Massey, Linville Gorge stewardship coordinator for Wild South. “The work that I mostly did, trail maintenance, is all digging and hacking. You can do that with zero connection to the land. She taught me about plant lore, edible leaves, medicines—things that start to bind you to a place in a different way.”An eloquent and animated man who speaks with a deep sense of conviction, Massey has stepped in to continue Gaydish’s role of organizing and engaging the Linville conservation community. Even before assuming the title of stewardship coordinator, he spent countless hours in the gorge, maintaining trails, removing trash,  and conducting land surveys.Massey describes his friend and co-worker’s efforts as “an example of extreme self-sacrifice.” Despite the abundance of joy she found in her work, he finds it poignant that any one person could give so many hours to a task as demanding as invasive species removal—particularly a single mother already working hard to feed her family.In the six months since Kayah’s passing, Massey and others have worked even harder to continue the legacy left behind in Linville. Invasive species are being eradicated. Native plants habitats are being restored. And a wild gorge is protected by even more volunteers inspired by Kayah and her work.last_img read more


Winter Storm Could Dump 5 Inches of Snow on Long Island


first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York It’s not spring yet. Long Island could get hit with up to five inches of snow as part of a winter storm that’s expected to develop late Thursday night and continue through the treacherous morning commute.The National Weather Service’s Upton office on Thursday issued a winter weather advisory from 10 p.m. Thursday through 2 p.m. Friday. Forecasters said 3 to 5 inches of snow are possible before the storm ends. There’s currently an 80-percent chance of precipitation.The weather service warns that travel could be hazardous and slippery due to accumulation. Temperatures will be around the freezing mark and visibility is expected to be reduced to a half-mile at times, forecasters said.“A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow…sleet…or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties,” the weather service said. “Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility…and use caution while driving.”The forecast calls for a mix of rain and snow before it turns to all snow early Friday morning.While Long Island will be bathed in sunshine during the day Thursday, with temperatures in the 50s, the mercury should drop to near freezing at night. After the storm, Friday will be partly cloudy with a high of 38. The evening will be much cooler, with temperatures in the teens and wind chills in the single digits.By Saturday the winter storm will be long gone but near freezing temperatures are expected to remain through the weekend.Returning to Thursday’s sunny conditions on Long Island, the weather service issued a special warning about an “enhanced threat of fire” due to the combination of strong winds and low humidity “given near-record dry fuel levels for the time of year.”last_img read more


$250,000-plus in product, contingencies awarded at Super Nationals


first_imgBOONE, Iowa – The dollar amount of product and contingency awards to be awarded at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s is already a guaranteed record-breaker. With the addition of engines given to Saturday night champions by Karl Chevrolet and Karl Performance, more than $250,000 will be awarded to drivers in the six divisions competing Sept. 1-6 at Boone Speedway. “Our partners continue to be very generous as the value of their product and contingency awards is again approximately equal to the purse money that will be paid out,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Combining the purse and prizes comes to more than $500,000 to be paid or given at the biggest week-long dirt track racing event in the world,” he added. “One of the best things about so many of these product awards is that drivers get to take them home with them when they leave the speedway. That provides an even greater tangible benefit.” IMCA sponsors and the dollar amount of their Super Nationals product and/or contingency awards include:Aero Race Wheels – $3,540Afco – $2,220Allstar Performance – $2,985Axle Exchange – $9,950Bassett – $660Bell – $4,300Bilstein – $1,840Bob Harris Enterprises – $1,560Brinn – $2,250BSB Manufacturing – $8,380Bushore Racing Enterprises – $400Casey’s – $4,850Champ Pans – $964Circle Wheels – $390Coleman – $600Competition Products – $300CPD Racing Tools – $750Crane Cams – $6,200Dakota Track Side – $100Day Motor Sports – $900Design 500 – $3,600Dirt Modified Magazine – $300Dominator Race Products – $2,070Dynatech – $300Edelbrock – $1,710Eibach Springs – $1,320EQ Cylinder Heads – $3,480*Erson Cams – $2,960*Finishline Racing Products – $200Flow Design – $760Friesen Chevrolet – $3,200Harris Auto Racing – $19,820*Holley – $5,510Hoosier – $2,730Howards Cams – $286Hypercoils – $800Integra – $700Intercomp – $828Jaz Products – $1,000JC Dubil – $200JE Pistons – $1,600Jet Racing – $500JRi Shocks – $4,000Justice Brothers/Gillund Enterprises – $1,500Karl Chevrolet – $11,697 plus $1,500 cash bonusKarl Performance – $20,537 plus $1,250*Kirkey – $900KRC – $760KSE – $1,630Larry Shaw – $500 plus $15,500*Mach-1 Racing Solutions – $600•MD3 – $1,280Mitchell Machine – $250Moroso – $900Moser Engineering – $1,746MSD – $3,428Nitro Bee – $1,200Performance Bodies – $2,355Performance Distributors – $840Petersen Aluminum – $650Pro Shocks – $920QA1 – $2,700R2C Performance – $1,032RACEceiver – $1,560RAM Clutches – $1,500RH2 – $1,434Ricochet Race Components – $900Schoenfeld Headers – $720Scorpion Performance – $430Smiley’s Racing Products – $600Speedway Motors – $720Stephenville Starter – $640Summit – $5,200Sunoco Race Fuels – $250Sweet Manufacturing – $8,988Sybesma Graphics – $600The Joie of Seating – $3,300TomCat Performance – $3,585Velocita – $1,494Wehrs Machine – $5,559Wilwood Engineering – $1,000Xfactor Bushings – $1,224Xtreme Motor Sports – $1,650Z4 Products – $322. An asterisk (*) indicates all or a portion of the award is contingent on usage of sponsor product.Manufacturers’ Row filled to capacity at Super Nationals BOONE, Iowa – Forty vendors will fill Manufacturers’ Row to capacity during the Sept. 1-6 IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s. IMCA marketing partners will offer a wide range of high performance products for use during the week, as well as display new products being introduced and legal for use in IMCA competition next season. Manufacturers’ Row will be located in the northeast corner of the speedway grounds and open from approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day and accessible through gates on the west and east. Companies confirmed for Manufacturers’ Row locations now include Aero Race Wheels, AFCO, Allstar Performance, Axle Exchange, B & B Racing Chassis, Bassett Race Wheels, Belleville Motorsports, Bilstein, Bob Harris Enterprises, and BSB Manufacturing; Also CPD, Day Motor Sports, Eibach Springs, Friesen Chevrolet, GRT Race Cars, Harris Auto Racing, Hyperco, Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service, Jet Racing, Karl Performance and Larry Shaw Race Cars; And Medieval Chassis, MD3, MSD, Out-Pace, Penske Racing Shocks, Performance Bodies, Razor Chassis, Redline Racing Parts, RH2, Sidebiter Chassis, Smiley’s Racing Products, Sybesma Graphics, The Joie of Seating, Velocita, Wehrs Machine and Xtreme Motor Sports. Speedway Motors will be in its traditional location, next to the IMCA souvenir trailer on the main pit road.last_img read more


The Latest: Norwich player returns to training after virus


first_imgThe Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel wants to cancel its 50th anniversary edition in October because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say they told tour officials they would “prefer to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament in light of the current situation.”Tournament head Roger Brennwald says playing the event with no fans or with social distancing “have to be ruled out for us in Basel on economic grounds.”The ATP is expected to decide on its end-of-season indoor schedule in mid-July.Brennwald says “it looks like coronavirus is on match point and is set for victory.” The Latest: Norwich player returns to training after virus Hometown great Roger Federer was already set to miss the tournament where he worked as a ballboy and is the record 10-time champion. He ended his season this month to recover from knee surgery.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports June 18, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Norwich midfielder Marco Stiepermann has returned to training after self-isolating at home following a positive test for COVID-19. Associated Press The English club was informed of the positive test on Friday. That was the same day Norwich played Tottenham in a friendly ahead of the resumption of the Premier League.Norwich says Stiepermann has remained asymptomatic and has since taken two further tests that returned negative results.Norwich is in last place in the league and hosts Southampton on Friday in their first Premier League game back after the three-month suspension.One person has tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks. The Premier League announced that 1,541 tests had been conducted on players and club staff on June 15 and 16.___last_img read more


Svenska Spel agrees to IGT systems upgrade


first_img Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts July 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Share Submit Share Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel has moved to upgrade its lottery and video terminal systems arrangement with principal supplier International Game Technology (IGT).The agreement sees Svenska Spel continue its systems partnership with IGT for a further seven years (partnership started 1996).IGT will now move to upgrade Svenska Spel systems for Video Lottery Terminals, site controllers, game services and centralised management functions.Walter Bugno Chief Executive of IGT International was pleased to upgrade the firm’s legacy partnership with Svenska Spel, stating“This contract will help to ensure that Svenska Spel continues to responsibly grow and remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace. It will help to increase player engagement, ensure the long-term sustainability of their offering, and provide a safe gaming experience for their players, which is the cornerstone of Svenska Spel’s program.”“Throughout the last two decades, we’ve successfully supported and enhanced Svenska Spel’s approach to protecting players while creating advanced solutions to meet their business objectives,”IGT governance was pleased to continue its recent form of global lottery services and provisions renewals. Entering 2017 IGT has confirmed that it has secured and renewed services agreements with Loto-Qubec (Canada), Coljuegos (Colombia) and Loterie Suisse Romande (Switzerland)last_img read more


A.J. Green injury update: Bengals receiver is ‘making steady progress,’ Zac Taylor says


first_imgA.J. Green has taken a positive step in his recovery from an ankle injury that has delayed his season debut. Green was seen on the rehab field running during practice this week and even made a few catches, according to Cincinnati.com, which reported “the wideout is inching closer at a return.” Coach Zac Taylor provided an update on Green’s, saying the receiver has progressed well.“I take it week-to-week with him. He’s making the progress that we anticipated him making. There hasn’t been any setbacks,” Taylor said. “He’s making steady progress.” Related News “He’s certainly turned in the right direction,” Taylor said. “I don’t want to give any timeline ⁠— next week, the week after, week after that. I don’t want to get into that stuff. It will be exciting when we get him back.”Green, 31, has made seven Pro Bowls over his eight-year career, which has all been spent with Cincinnati. He caught 46 passes for 694 yards with six touchdowns in nine games last season. The Bengals (0-3) will travel to Pittsburgh to face the Steelers on Monday with kickoff set for 8:15 p.m. ET. Saquon Barkley injury update: Giants star (ankle) says he can beat timetable for return, report says Matthew Stafford injury update: Lions QB expected to play vs. Chiefs Despite Green advancing through rehab, Taylor and the Bengals haven’t given a specific timetable for the receiver’s return.”I really hate to make a prediction on what his timeline is,” Taylor said earlier this week (per Cincinnati.com). “Because I think he’s making the progress, we expect him to make.” Green suffered the injury early in training camp and underwent surgery in late July. He had his walking boot removed earlier this month.  Dak Prescott contract: Cowboys, QB not close on new deal, report sayslast_img read more


Diamond man to serve 14-year sentence for several robberies


first_imgWayne Anthony Chester, known as ‘Sharkie’, was sentenced to 14 years and six months behind bars after he was found guilty on a series of robbery charges.The 22-year-old of Lot 236 Section C, Block Y, Diamond Housing Scheme had his cases tried by Georgetown Magistrate Rondel Weever.The facts of the matter are as follows: on January 6, 2019, at Conciliation Drive, Tucville, Georgetown, while being in the company of another and being armed with an unlicensed gun, Chester robbed Bowen Cromwell of $512,600 in cash and jewellery.On the same date and place, he damaged two parts of the victim’s car and, without being the holder a firearm licence, discharged a loaded firearm at Cromwell with intent to wound him.Chester had denied all the charges when he had appeared before Principal Magistrate Faith McGusty at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts, but his matters were on Thursday tried by Magistrate Weever, who ruled that the prosecutor had presented sufficient evidence to convict him for the offences.Chester is also before the courts for the 2017 murder of Purcell Moore, committed at Craig Village, East Bank Demerara. The preliminary inquiry (PI) into that murder is ongoing.last_img read more