10 Reasons Why Spring in Southwest Virginia is an Exceptional Time to Visit

first_imgBackbone Rock Recreation Area is part of the CherokeeNational Forest that straddles the border of Virginia and Tennessee. The mostnotable feature is Backbone Rock, which features a 20-foot long hole that wasblasted through it to make way for the railroad back in the early 1900s. The storied Appalachian Trail covers a 167-mile stretch of Southwest Virginia. Abingdon is an official AT Community partner, and some hikers on the AT take the 12-mile detour to visit the town where they’re welcomed with a variety of lodging options, access to outfitters, and lots of friendly restaurants. Southwest Virginia is filled with places to listen to livemusic. Wolf Hills Brewing features musicians performing on Friday andSaturday nights, in addition to various events during the week. Spring is alsothe start of festival seasons. The Virginia Creeper Fest at the endof April features a wide variety of outdoor activities surrounding the area’smost famous trail. 7. Paddle the North Fork of the Holston River The Class I/II rapids make for a relaxing ride along aremote section of this scenic river flanked by rocky bluffs. It’s the perfectsetting to learn kayaking techniques—kids as young as eight can navigate theriver on their own. Pack your water shoes and book a trip with AdventureMendota. Open from the April until Thanksgiving, the AbingdonFarmers Market sells local produce, meats, cheeses, and wine directly tothe consumer. Some vendors have sold their wares here since the GreatDepression. Mountain ridges and thick forest make up the undevelopedshoreline of South Holston Lake. It’s a popular place to rent a pontoon orkayak and spend the day enjoying pristine scenery. 2. Explore South Holston Lake 10. Eat at a Farm-to-Table Restaurant The biggest attraction at Grayson Highlands State Park is its wild ponies, which were first introduced to the park in 1974 to graze on the grassy balds. During the spring you’re most likely to see foals taking their first steps while the mares look on protectively. Photo by Bob Diller 5. Enjoy Springtime Blooms Roads through this neck of the woods are winding, but you’llbe glad for the slower pace thanks to the eruption of color on either side.White and pink laurel and magenta rhododendron grow to enormous heights here,while the flowering dogwoods have white and pink flowers growing on theirdelicate branches. 1. Bike the Virginia Creeper Trail! If you crave small-town friendliness and adventures in the great outdoors, there’s no better time to explore the town of Abingdon, located a particularly beautiful corner of Virginia. We’ve found the top 10 ways to enjoy a trip to Southwest Virginia this spring. 3. Scale the rocky heights of Backbone Rock Recreation Area Photo by Bob Diller 8. Mingle with Locals at the Abingdon Farmers Market The Virginia Creeper Trail is a 34-mile, rails-to-trails bicycle path that travels from Abingdon to Whitetop Station, Virginia. Start at either end of the trail and enjoy a breezy, downhill ride with a convenient shuttle pick up at the bottom. 6. Day Hike the Appalachian Trail! 4. Visit the Wild Ponies at Grayson Highlands State Park Avid readers know Barbara Kingsolver for her many bestsellingbooks, but she and her husband Steven Hopp are also advocates for the localfood movement, and co-owners of The Harvest Table restaurant in Meadowview.At Abingdon Vineyards, order a flight of wines and a plate of cheese,crackers, salami, nuts, preserves, chocolates and other artisan snacks for ariverside picnic. Dogs, kids and kayaks welcome!  9. Music and Festivals last_img read more

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FDA issues warning on raw-milk soft cheeses

first_img See also: Editor’s note: Based on a Food and Drug Administration news release, the original version of this story incorrectly listed Ranchero as one type of soft cheese that may be made from raw milk The FDA later issued a clarification saying that Ranchero is a trademark of the Cacique Co. of Industry, Calif., for a cheese made with pasteurized milk. Listeriosis, brucellosis, salmonellosis, and tuberculosis are among the illnesses the cheeses can spread, the agency said in a news release. Especially at risk are pregnant women, newborns, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Mar 14 FDA news releasehttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108420.htm Particularly hazardous are raw-milk soft cheeses from Mexico and Central American countries, the agency said. It recommended that consumers not eat any unripened, raw-milk soft cheeses from Mexico, Nicaragua, or Honduras. “Data show that they are often contaminated with pathogens,” the statement said. Mar 16, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Soft cheeses made with raw milk can cause several serious infectious diseases, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned this week. “Recently, cases of tuberculosis in New York City have been linked to consumption of queso fresco style cheeses, either imported from Mexico or consumed in Mexico, contaminated with Mycobacterium bovis,” the statement said. The agency also warned against eating raw-milk soft cheeses bought at flea markets or from door-to-door sellers or carried in luggage from Mexico, Nicaragua, or Honduras. Raw-milk soft cheese from any source carries some risk, officials added. Queso fresco–style cheeses, popular among Hispanics, include Queso Panela, Asadero, and Blanco, among other types, according to the FDA. They may be imported or produced in the United States.last_img read more

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UK accountants welcome SORP changes for pension fund accounting

first_imgIt deals with the preparation of financial reports by pension schemes.Updates to the 2007 guidance became necessary after the UK authorities consolidated UK GAAP into a single accounting standard, FRS 102.FRS 102 is a fundamental reform of financial reporting in the UK.In essence, it is a localised version of the International Financial Reporting Standard for Small- and Medium-sized Entities.Alongside this change, UK legislative and regulatory actions have also made a number of changes to the legal and regulatory environment for pension funds since 2007.In particular, the past seven years have seen the introduction of auto-enrolment, as well as an increasing number of pension schemes entering the Pension Protection Fund.The PRAG issued its draft SORP in April on a three-month comment period.The changes take the form of wide-ranging amendments to the 2007 SORP.Comments on the proposals closed on 16 July.The PRAG invited views from interested parties on a series of changes that affect annuities, investment-risk disclosures, the fair-value hierarchy, financial statement presentation, auto-enrolment, legislative disclosure requirements and concentration of investments.But despite widespread support for the PRAG’s approach in the document, experts who spoke with IPE cited areas for concern.In a recent press notice, the ACCA warned that the PRAG must “more fully” explain the concept of “significant” when it applies to a new requirement to account for matching annuities on the balance sheet.The accountancy body also called for the PRAG to include “an indication” of the “level of materiality applied to disclosures in the example financial statements” in the SORP.And in an interview with IPE, ACCA spokesman Paul Cooper warned that the new SORP would lead to inconsistencies between statutory reporting requirements for disclosures about investments and the requirements of UK GAAP.Urging the DWP to act, Cooper, a corporate reporting manager with the ACCA, said: “It is important changes can be made so the legal requirements are consistent with the revised SORP.”David Hutchings of Hymans Robertson said: “The SORP talks about information to quantify risk. A single number in the accounts could be misleading because that number in isolation might look large and yet say nothing about risk mitigation.“We would like to see a requirement for entities to provide a better explanation of risk – perhaps through the inclusion of an updated statement of investment principles as an appendix to the Report and Accounts to avoid putting big figures into accounts that might be misleading.” Pension fund accountants in the UK have broadly welcomed proposed new guidance from the Pensions Research Accountants Group (PRAG) dealing with the preparation of financial reports by pension funds.In a statement on the draft guidance, global accountancy body the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) said it thought the changes detailed in a draft Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) would “bring clarity”.But the ACCA warned that interested parties must now lobby the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) to bring forward legislation to align investment disclosures under UK law with developments in UK generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).The draft SORP sets out a series of amendments to a 2007 SORP.last_img read more

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Dodgers’ Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu are on the mend

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw preferred to work in relative silence as he threw his final bullpen session before his 2019 debut.Rich Hill grunted and groaned his way through four simulated innings at Dodger Stadium on Friday. Good, bad or ugly, Hill followed each of his 46 pitches with a primal moan that wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the tennis courts of Indian Wells.You wouldn’t know if you were within earshot, but Hill left the mound feeling encouraged. Kershaw remains on track to start Monday. Hyun-Jin Ryu, who played long toss without impediment, didn’t appear too far behind his teammates. Friday was a good day for the Dodgers’ injured starters.“I didn’t feel anything. It felt great,” Hill said. “The ball came out great. Very good curveballs, fastballs, was able to shape my breaking ball better.” The manager had less incentive than usual to make a decision public. The Brewers started left-hander Wade Miley in Game 5 of last year’s NLCS, only to replace him with right-hander Brandon Woodruff after Cody Bellinger walked to begin the game.Roberts all but ruled out the possibility of an “opener” – a tactic the Brewers deployed against the Dodgers in the NLCS.  This strategy requires the first pitcher to record six outs or less, and another pitcher to record the plurality of outs in relief. Miley’s start in Game 5 was an extreme example.“You could” use an opener, Roberts said, “but with these guys, Cain hits in the 1, Yelich in the 2, and then they kind of flip-flop the third hitter. It’s really not ideal but you could do it. Yelich hits lefties. Cain hits righties. So this is not typically a team that an opener advantage is that beneficial.”ALSOCatcher Russell Martin (lower back stiffness) still hasn’t taken part in baseball activities since he went on the injured list Wednesday. … Max Muncy wasn’t in the starting lineup one day after a ground ball clipped his right index finger, causing swelling and a blood blister. Roberts said Muncy was available off the bench. … Three members of Jackie Robinson’s family – wife Rachel, daughter Sharon and son David – will participate in Jackie Robinson Day celebrations prior to Monday’s game against the Reds. Hill hasn’t pitched since spring training due to a left knee strain. He pitched to two minor leaguers and utility player Chris Taylor, and allowed two or three hits. (Since there were no fielders behind him, it was impossible to know for sure.) Hill threw an additional 15 pitches without a batter in the box, bringing his total to 61 pitches.The left-hander will make a four-inning rehab start in five or six days, Manager Dave Roberts said. The location is to be determined. Triple-A Oklahoma City begins a homestand next Tuesday. Double-A Tulsa and advanced Class-A Rancho Cucamonga begin homestands Thursday.Hill threw with a brace wrapped around his left knee. That will continue, he said, once he begins pitching in games. The brace holds one positive side effect when he throws sidearm, which Hill called a “silver lining.”“It forces me to throw the ball a little more correctly instead of getting out of sync with where my release point is,” he said. “The quality of the pitch is way better.”Speaking of silver linings, Ryu is expected to throw a bullpen in the coming days after straining his left groin Tuesday against the Cardinals. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco center_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “It’s probably been a best-case scenario since what transpired that first game in St. Louis,” Roberts said.GRANDAL RETURNSYasmani Grandal returned to Dodger Stadium for the first time since he signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers. Grandal, who played 510 games for the Dodgers from 2015-18, received his National League championship ring. The catcher was greeted with a brief tribute video prior to his first plate appearance, eliciting mostly loud applause.“This is like coming back home,” Grandal said. “When hitting early BP, seemed like I was hitting at home. Only difference is I’m going to be in the other dugout.”It was an interesting about-face. The Dodgers dispatched the Brewers in a seven-game NLCS last October, though Grandal barely played after struggling to hit during the Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.He was benched in favor of Austin Barnes for all but two games in the NLCS. Grandal went 2 for 11 with six strikeouts in the series. He also committed two passed balls, an error, and a catcher’s interference in Game 2 alone.The Dodgers tendered Grandal a qualifying offer after the season, but he declined. Milwaukee gave him a one-year contract with a 2020 option that will pay a minimum of $18.25 million.“I knew they were going to make a qualifying offer,” Grandal said. “Besides a game, it’s a business, and they didn’t want to lose a draft pick. I also knew that there are other guys here who need to get their shots to play. Barnes has been up here for a while, and you have (Will) Smith and (Keibert) Ruiz in the minor leagues, a lot of guys who I worked with who I believe can do really good in the big leagues. Those guys need to get their shot at the big leagues. I was in their shoes not too long ago in San Diego.“I knew they believed in those guys and they need an opportunity to play, so knew there wasn’t going to be too much contact. I was prepared for that.”OPENING ACTRoberts still had not named Saturday’s starting pitcher when he addressed reporters prior to Friday’s game. The Dodgers will either rely on a “bullpen game” – using their existing relief pitchers to record 27 outs – or recall a starting pitcher from the minor leagues.Related Articleslast_img read more

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Wenger bemused after Cech blunder

first_img0Shares0000Petr Cech did not have a good day at the office as he gifted Jordan Ayew Swans’ second goal. Photo/GETTYLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 31 – Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was left bemused by Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat to Swansea City on Tuesday saying it was “very difficult to find a rational explanation” for their performance in south Wales.Arsenal took the lead through Nacho Monreal against a Swansea side that started the day bottom of the Premier League, but a double from Sam Clucas either side of a howler from Petr Cech that saw Jordan Ayew net the second saw the Gunners crash to an embarrassing defeat. “We were absolutely guilty in giving the (first) goal away,” Wenger said. “We have no rational explanation. Swansea won decisive duals offensively and defensively. On top of that we made unusual, massive mistakes. That was the killer.“Swansea were sharp, disciplined and hungry. Unfortunately I believe we were not good enough, I believe we were not disciplined enough.“I don’t want to talk about second or third goals.”Swansea’s second goal came from a calamitous mistake from the normally reliable Petr Cech, who mis-kicked a clearance straight to Jordan Ayew, who gleefully slotted the ball past him and into the net.Wenger added that his team needed to “improve in a number of areas, including passing, creating chances and defending.”“We were not convincing defensively, not convincing offensively,” Wenger said, with some understatement. “In the end we lost the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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