There are reasons why some destinations are more popular than others, and on a recent 16-mile circuit, I found out why so many hikers flock to the Shining Rock Wilderness. The area has almost everything that makes hiking worthwhile in western North Carolina: magnificent views; rhododendron-lined streams filled with trout; cascades and inviting swimming holes; forest glens contrasting with open meadows; thousands of wildflowers; opportunities for quiet campsites; and environments that make it seem as if you are hiking through various parts of the world.The magic of the place makes itself known less than a mile from the Shining Creek Trailhead. The stream flows over boulders and through narrow chutes, creating sparkling cascades and deep pools that reflect the emerald green of the surrounding vegetation. The route gets steeper after 3 miles by ascending switchbacks along the narrowing headwaters. The tumbling stream, rocks covered in neon green moss, and towering hemlock and spruce call to mind New England’s evergreen forests.Upon topping out at Shining Rock Gap and turning right on the Art Loeb Trail and then left onto the Ivestor Gap Trail, it’s goodbye eastern U.S., hello Europe. Now above 5,000 feet, miles of alpine meadows furnish dazzling views of the Great Balsam Mountains’ deep valleys and high peaks. The scene so reminded me of my ramblings in the Alps that I expected to find Julie Andrews twirling around and singing.Other times, it feels like America’s Continental Divide. Montana may be the Big Sky Country, but to stand here in open fields and gaze to where mountains meet earth’s canopy is to be filled with a sense of immense space.After rising above 6,000 feet along the Art Loeb Trail, it’s a downward trend along the Mountains-to-Sea, Bridge Camp Gap, and Big East Fork trails. The sheer number of swimming holes, chutes, crashing waterfalls, ferns, and wildflowers may make you want to linger here, delaying the return to the modern world.There are miles of pathways in the area and National Geographic’s Trails Illustrated 800-962-1643; www.nationalgeographic.com/maps Pisgah Ranger District map shows them in detail.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An ex-con admitted Wednesday to killing a man who was found dead in a Hicksville hotel room two years ago following a night of drinking.Vincent J. DaltonVincent J. Dalton, 52, of Ridge, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder at Nassau County court in the death of Erik O’Connell of East Meadow, prosecutors said.“This defendant tied up and brutally murdered his 39-year-old victim…stole his credit cards, and tried to use one at McDonald’s,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.The two had met less than 24 hours prior to the slaying in room 118 at the Econo Lodge on Duffy Avenue in Nov. 19, 2016, police have said. The victim died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to investigators. The weapon was never recovered.Nassau police Det. Capt. John Azzata previously said that a housekeeper had found the victim’s hog-tied body and informed the motel manager, who called 911. Surveillance video captured the two entering The Headliner Bar together a half mile from the motel, prosecutors said. Another video captured them entering the motel room together and Dalton later leaving alone.Dalton was previously arrested 14 times—including eight times for violent felonies—and was paroled in 2015 following a burglary conviction. He was apprehended in West Islip days after the murder.He is due back in court March 20, when Judge Teresa Corrigan is expected to sentence him to 23 years to life in prison.
Judging by the bill moving through the Senate with bipartisan support, it is to grant regulatory relief to small banks while letting some big ones, but not the biggest, go along for the ride.Specifically, banks with less than $10 billion in assets would be exempt from the Volcker rule, a ban on trading risky securities; and the level of assets at which banks are considered systemically risky and subject to stricter capital requirements and other crisis-prevention rules would grow from $50 billion to $250 billion.The effect of the latter change would be to relax crisis-prevention controls on 26 of the 38 biggest banks in the United States, though the Federal Reserve could adjust that in certain cases.The bill will certainly please much of the financial sector, especially politically influential community banks; but this is not the same as saying it is wise.The failure of one or more $200 billon banks could pose systemic risks. Nor is it necessary.Community banks — 92 percent of federally insured institutions — are generally doing fine, according to the latest Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. statistics, which show that lending grew among these institutions during 2017, and that fourth-quarter net income would have increased 17 percent from a year ago but for one-time income tax charges.Indeed, bank stability and profitability had both recovered in recent years under Dodd-Frank, as has the economy as a whole, thus calling into question the bank lobby’s claim that deregulation is vital to restored growth. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe following editorial appeared in The Washington Post:“We’re going to be doing a big number on Dodd-Frank,” President Donald Trump promised in the early days of his administration, implying imminent achievement of the long-standing Republican goal of repealing, or gutting, the signature financial reform law of President Barack Obama’s tenure.What Trump neglected to mention, of course, is that the only relevant number, big or small, was 60. That’s how many senators it would take to pass new legislation. Republicans could change Dodd-Frank only to the extent consistent with attracting sufficient Democratic votes. Now we’re finding out what the lowest common denominator may be. A case could be made that further toughening of capital requirements for the largest banks is in order and that Democrats should have insisted on it as the price of regulatory relief for small ones.Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari advocates a 38 percent equity capital minimum — which could force the giants to break up.You don’t have to agree with Kashkari to worry nevertheless that the Senate bill sets a precedent for the biggest institutions to demand lower capital requirements the next time Congress takes up the issue.For now, that doesn’t seem politically possible; the Senate bill could represent the high-water mark of this Republican deregulatory wave.The House financial deregulation bill, which really would gut Dodd-Frank, has no chance of attracting enough Democratic support to pass the Senate.Though weakened, the basic Dodd-Frank regulatory framework might just survive two years of Republican control of the presidency and Congress, which certainly beats the alternative.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?
TVNZ 8 Feb 2012A new report into childcare in New Zealand is calling for an overhaul of the system to provide more support for “undervalued” mothers. The report, Who Cares, commissioned by the family group Family First NZ, was prepared by UK psychologist Dr Aric Sigman, an associate fellow of the British Psychological Society. He argues that attending daycare for an extended time, and the consequent separation from parents, is a significant source of stress for many young children which could have potential long-term consequences for their health as adults. “There is growing evidence of profound beneficial neurobiological effects a mother’s physical presence has on her young child that cannot be achieved by anyone else, including paid childcare workers,” he said. “Mothers have been undervalued. New Zealand should undergo a timely and long overdue re-evaluation of motherhood.” Among his recommendations, Sigman says paid parental leave should be extended to allow parents more time with their children, and the Government’s preference for childcare facilities should be scrapped in favour of providing more help for stay at home mums and dads. “Terms, such as ‘family-friendly policies’, ‘flexi-hours’ and ‘maternity leave’ often amount to meeting the needs of the parent and the economy, not the child,” he said. Family First is welcoming the report, saying it provides important insight into the value of early childhood education – a service the Government has invested heavily in. “This report provides compelling evidence that the political and policy focus has been on the needs of the economy and the demands on mothers, rather than on the welfare of children and the vital role of parents,” National Director Bob McCoskrie said.http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/mothers-undervalued-childcare-contribution-4713949 Peter Reynolds (Early Childhood Council CEO) looks at the report into childcare of the Children’s Commissioner. (Gives it a B- !!)http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/mothers-undervalued-childcare-contribution-4713949/video
Fort St. John HuskiesBox 6483Fort St. John, B.C.V1S 4H9 Applicants must have all the necessary credentials and can mail their resumes to the following address: The cut off for resumes to be submitted is July 20 and any questions can be directed to Vince Pederson at 250-263-4399 or 250-785-0589. – Advertisement – The Fort St. John Huskies need a new bench boss for their upcoming season. After learning that last season’s head coach, Bob Kalb, would not be returning for the 2011/2012 season, the Huskies are looking for someone new to fill the position of head coach.