first_img(Editor’s note: Due to the federal government shutdown, the Appalachian Trail is officially closed along much of it’s length as of 10/10/2013, but is still open where it runs through state parks, state forests, and portions of national forests. Click here for more information on where the trail is open and where it is closed.)Planning an epic hike of the Appalachian Trail? If only doing a short trek, you can bring perishable food, though if the goal begins in Maine and ends in Georgia, it’s best to do thorough trail food research before lacing up your hiking boots. Nutritious food and snacks that are easy to pack and won’t spoil after a day or two are your best bets, so leave the chips and cheese puffs at home! Instead, go for packable proteins, carbs and good fats, all of which will keep you energized and satisfied. Check out a few tips concerning the best food for the Appalachian Trail on what will surely be the trek of a lifetime:Best Dry Food OptionsDried foods are staples of most long hikes, and with good reason — they won’t spoil easily nor do they contain a lot of water, which will only weigh your pack down. Make your own (literal) trail mix with nuts and dried fruit — think walnuts, almonds, dried apricots, cranberries, raisins, prunes, bananas, cashews, peanuts and anything else you want to throw in, such as antioxidant-rich dark chocolate. Granola bars that contain dried fruit and nuts are also a good choice, as are breakfast cereals and seeds. Seed options can include sunflower, pumpkin and flaxseed.Heartier SnacksCrackers and cheese work as heartier snacks that will leave you feeling full and ready to hike another mile or two. Crackers generally last a bit longer than most cheeses, so be sure to eat your cheese in a timely fashion and stock up on more at the next store or service center. Since crackers can break easily, pack them in a safe place where they won’t end up a crumbled mess, and cut cheese into slices or cubes to avoid having to stop for long periods of time while on the trail.Dinner IdeasIt’s doubtful you want to eat trail mix for dinner, however there are hot food options you can bring along and easily heat up. Raman noodles, to-go soup packs and dry pasta cook easily on portable stoves, as will dry rice and oatmeal. Foil packets of chicken or tuna are also often recommended as good protein sources when hiking the trail. Forget about building fires to cook these items, as fires are prohibited in some areas of the trail, and portable stoves make preparing food a lot easier after a hard day of hiking.Additional TipsThe Appalachian Trail Conservancy recommends carrying 1.5 to 2 pounds of high-calorie food per day, unless you’re hiking during colder weather in which case 2.5 pounds of high-calorie food is required. You need more calories to keep warm, after all! If you’re planning on hiking the whole shebang, don’t worry about packing four months of food, as the trail often goes through towns, such as Harper’s Ferry, Virginia, meaning you can easily stock up on what you need. Don’t forget to eat a variety of foods whenever possible, as variety is part of a healthy diet!Use these and other hiking tips to stay healthy and safe while on this historic trail! Happy hiking!Kent Page McGroarty is a blogger for Survivalbased.com whose work has also appeared in the SF Gate and AZ Central Healthy Living. Check out more of her tips on the Survivalbased blog.last_img read more

first_img “There’s a real reason to be optimistic that these reform efforts will reduce and continue to reduce drug use and its consequences on society,” said Kerlikowske. Officials said the new approach looks at drug addiction as a treatable disease rather than a crime. “My colleagues — police and others — simply put, often say we can’t arrest our way out of the drug problem,” said Kerlikowske, the so-called U.S. “drug czar,” who said that current thinking by health experts views drug addiction as a disease of the brain that can be prevented and treated. He added, however, that “the drug threat is far from over and, to be sure, there is more work to be done.” The administration said it is seeking about $10 billion from Congress for drug education programs and pay for expanded access to treatment programs for drug abusers. He added that “the strategy emphasizes the importance of bolstering efforts to prevent drug use before it starts.” “For U.S. drug policy, this is nothing short of a revolution in how we approach drug control,” Gil Kerlikowske, director of the National Drug Control Center, told reporters at a press event. The policy shift comes at a time when illicit drug use in the United States, broadly speaking, is on the decline. The administration said drug abuse currently is only about one-third the rate it was in the late 1970s. center_img But the administration conceded that the picture is not entirely rosy, acknowledging in a 60 page report that illicit drug abuse has risen among teenagers, from 16.8 percent in 2006 to 19.2 percent last year, and that U.S. youth perceive marijuana use as benign. Officials said that the administration would move away from outmoded policies like the mass incarceration of nonviolent drug offenders, and toward an approach that balances public health and safety. By Dialogo April 20, 2012 The White House unveiled a new drug policy strategy on April 17, that veers away from imposing heavy prison sentences for illicit drug use and focuses instead on prevention and treatment. The administration says its revamped drug policy increases penalties on major drug traffickers while accelerating efforts to send non-violent drug offenders into treatment instead of jail. The White House budget for 2013 also seeks $9.4 billion for domestic law enforcement, $3.7 billion for interdiction efforts, and $2 billion for international programs.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two men were wounded in a shooting outside of a Uniondale bar early Thursday morning and the gunman is now being sought, Nassau County police said.Officers on patrol heard gunshots on Nassau Road, responded to the scene and found a 30-year-old man victim lying face down with a gun shot wound to the back of the head in front of Coco’s Bar, police said.The victim was taken to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.The second victim, a 31-year-old man, was shot in the left thigh. He drove himself to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.There was no description of the gunman.First Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding this crime to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

first_imgPart one of my Finovate recap focused on a pair of big ideas intent on upending conventional fintech wisdom.Innovation in banking often is evolutionary rather than revolutionary, however, and more of this year’s showcase tilted toward market-ready solutions offering incremental improvements to existing models, including several with particular relevance for credit unions.Much attention was devoted to the monetization (and de-papering) of the mortgage process:• AI Foundry suggests that while it’s fairly easy to get to “yes” online, conversion issues emerge during the follow-up paperwork.The firm’s Agile Mortgage product applies machine learning to provide greater insight to application status—for both the applicant and loan officer—during the remainder of the trail. continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgRestrictions around the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have changed how groups gather and celebrate, and Pride Month is no exception.Alternatives Federal Credit Union in Ithaca, N.Y., is focusing on community partnerships that make the LGBTQ community more financially and socially secure.“This year is so different on a lot of levels,” says Chris Cain, chief experience officer at the $115 million asset credit union. “We’re focusing on collaboration within the community.”Through those partnerships, Alternatives Federal is hosting a series of workshops and virtual webinars about its TransAction Financial Empowerment Program.The program provides access to funds to support gender affirmation, such as hormone therapy, vocal coaching, new wardrobes, legal documentation updates, and surgeries/procedures without the risks of high-interest credit or predatory lenders. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGrateful to motorist who helped after fallAs I was preparing to cross Route 236 after walking in the beautiful Halfmoon Town Park, I lost my balance and fell. I could not get up.A young man stopped his car and got me back on my feet. He helped me to his car and drove me back to my apartment about 2 minutes away.Age and illness are taking some of my independence away, but my heart is stronger today because of this wonderful act of kindness by a stranger. Thank you.Janet GlynnHalfmoon Country is in trouble if Trump doesn’t winIn response to Gary Philip Guido’s Oct. 20 letter (“Praying for Trump and his speedy trial”), you and the rest of the Democratic liberals are so off base.Did you want Hillary in there when she had our men killed. The deal she and Obama made with Iran was bad.I’m a 100 percent disabled World War II vet and can see what Trump is trying to do. You Democratic liberals should let him do what he said he would do if elected. I’m a good Democrat.The Democratic Party used to be a good party. They did what was good for the people and the country. Trump doesn’t need the money, he loves this country and is trying to protect us. What have you done for this country?This country is in trouble if he doesn’t get elected again. Freedom is not free.Vincent BelardoAlbanyRiggi, Perazzo serve all of city’s residentsMembers of the Schenectady City Council are ‘members-at-large,’ which means ‘as a whole,’ as opposed to divided into districts.Candidates are voted in to represent the best interests of all city residents.Having attended City Council meetings or watched the meetings on channel 1303 over many years, I am extremely impressed with two council members who are running for re-election.Leesa Perazzo and Vincent Riggi are the ultimate of what a ‘members-at-large’ City Council member strives to be and have shown their love and dedication for the city and its residents.Both return calls, listen attentively, attempt to resolve the concerns of residents (or instruct them where to go for answers), speak out for those who feel too intimidated to come forward, and ask for more time when deciding important issues (when deemed necessary).Leesa Perazzo has been to numerous neighborhoods bringing along groups of volunteers to clean up graffiti and garbage on multiple occasions. Both have shown the courage to think outside the box with innovative ideas.I believe that Mayor Gary McCarthy is pointing the city in a positive direction with new initiatives.      Flora L. RamonowskiSchenectadyOstrelich an honest, pragmatic legislatorI have known Michelle Ostrelich for about 12 years. When I met her, she was involved in many community organizations.Since I met her, she has played several important roles in the Schenectady community.She was an outstanding president of the local community center I belong to, a PTO member and president in Niskayuna, and most importantly a good, caring friend.Michelle has always been kind, compassionate and caring, but she is also pragmatic and honest.These are qualities that I would look for in a colleague, partner, friend, family member and most certainly elected representative I spent a day campaigning with her in her state Senate quest. We traveled hundreds of miles through Hamilton, Herkimer, Saratoga  and Fulton counties in one day.She knocked on lots of doors and met hundreds of citizens. She listened to their concerns and created a platform to best serve those constituents.Her pragmatic and ethical approach to life will serve Schenectady County well.Vote for Michelle Ostrelich for county legislator, Schenectady deserves her.Christopher OgnibeneNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: 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?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

first_img“Maybe they postpone it for a year… if that’s possible,” he said, adding he would not officially make that recommendation to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who could make his own decision.”I like that better than I like having empty stadiums all over the place. I think if you cancel it, make it a year later that’s a better alternative than doing it with no crowd,” Trump said.The outbreak has already crippled global travel and hit a number of sporting events. Public health officials have discouraged large gatherings in a bid to curtail the spread of the highly contagious disease, and major soccer tournaments, National Basketball Association (NBA) games and other sports have been halted.An Olympic organizing committee board member said earlier this week any decision to delay the Summer Games would need to be made before May. On Thursday, the prelude to the games got underway with the lighting of the Olympic Torch in a scaled-down ceremony behind closed doors.The United States is one of the biggest participants in the Games, scheduled to begin in July and expected to be a major economic boost for Japan. US President Donald Trump said on Thursday officials should consider delaying the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games for one year amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying the summer event would not be the same without spectators.Japanese officials have sought to squash speculation the event could be canceled or postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak as the number of cases grows worldwide, including in Japan.”I just can’t see having no people there,” Trump told reporters at the White House. Topics :last_img read more

first_img Press Association Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is a confirmed Harry Kane fan having spent years watching the Tottenham striker’s progress. Adam Federici had to deputise and made a couple of errors but he retains the faith of his manager. “Feds is an experienced goalkeeper. There are not many things he has not seen and mistakes are part of the job,” Howe added. “The disappointing thing for him was a lot of his good work against City was forgotten because of a couple of mistakes. “What people are going to focus on is the goals you concede and he will be disappointed for himself. “It is a difficult situation when you are thrust into action and you are not anticipating it but we didn’t protect him very well.” “Looking at the games he has had chances in all of them. He is still in the right positions but things haven’t quite broken his way,” Howe said. “I’ve watched him for a long time now and he always impressed me. “I tried to bring him in several times (at Burnley) and tended to miss out. “Someone like that I really admire. I watched him a lot coming through the ranks at Tottenham and I remember him playing for Millwall against my Burnley side and he was outstanding. “It is pleasing to see him doing well in the Premier League. It is sometimes a difficult journey as a young player when you go out to League One and the Championship as you can feel you are a long way from the Premier League. “He’s done it the hard way and deserves all the success. “The key thing for us is to stop him creating chances, but every game I’ve seen he has been there and just missing out on the final touch. There is nothing wrong with his movement.” Howe is still awaiting an update on the thigh injury which forced goalkeeeper Artur Boruc out of last weekend’s 5-1 defeat at Manchester City during the warm-up. Howe even tried to sign him on loan while he was in charge at Burnley, but on Sunday he will be the Cherries can extend the England marksman’s run without a goal. Kane has scored just once in 13 matches for his club as he struggles to rediscover the brilliant form of last season, but the Bournemouth boss insists that does not mean he can be written off. last_img read more

first_img Comments Van Chew’s numbers against Wake Forest didn’t threaten any of his career highs. He didn’t catch a pass in the first half. His numbers weren’t even the best performance by a wide receiver in Thursday’s game.But those four catches for 60 yards and a touchdown — plus a crucial two-point conversion were invaluable to Syracuse’s comeback.‘Van made some great catches,’ SU head coach Doug Marrone said. ‘He really did. He made some great catches, and it comes down to the same thing. It’s not rocket science. You go out there and someone has to make plays.’Chew was the hero of Syracuse’s 36-29 overtime win over the Demon Deacons Thursday in the Carrier Dome. After being held without a catch in the first half, the wideout came up with some key catches late to help SU forge the dramatic comeback. His two diving catches on opposite sides of the end zone provided the game-tying and game-winning points, respectively, for the Orange.Chew and quarterback Ryan Nassib struggled to connect in the first half. Their first connection didn’t happen until the opening drive of the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA feeble passing game contributed to the poor offensive performance of the first two quarters, prompting the leaders of the team to vocalize new goals for the second half.‘Basically, all the leaders were just talking, saying we need to pick it up because the defense was carrying us the whole first half,’ Chew said. ‘So we just had to look at the adjustments and just do them.’And Chew’s biggest contributions came when the Orange needed them most in the second half.After Wake Forest went up 29-14 with 11 minutes left, he had a key 24-yard pickup on the Orange’s next drive that eventually resulted in a touchdown. Antwon Bailey scored on a 52-yard touchdown run just more than a minute later to put the score at 29-27.That set the stage for Chew’s first diving grab. The original play on the two-point conversion broke down when Nassib was flushed from the pocket. Chew broke his pattern off early, and Nassib tossed him the ball in the back corner of the end zone. Chew launched himself toward the sideline, pulled in the pass and managed to drag his leg in bounds to tie the game at 29-29.‘The play was designed to get it out quick, and it went into scramble mode,’ Nassib said. ‘Chew created separation and made a great catch.’But that diving catch was just a precursor to the senior’s heroics in overtime.On SU’s first play of the extra session, he picked up 16 yards on a deep comeback to move the Orange inside the 10. Two snaps later, Nassib rolled left and got some pressure quickly. He said he just tried to throw the ball away to a spot where only Chew had a shot at it.The receiver laid out with full extension and snared the ball just before it hit the turf in the front corner of the end zone for the eventual game-winning score.‘I was just trying not to get a pick,’ Nassib said. ‘So I just threw it where only Van could get it. I’ve been with him for quite some time, and he makes those plays look easy, doesn’t he?’Adjustments spark comebackWake Forest caught Syracuse off guard with its game plan.‘First games are tough,’ Marrone said. ‘… They were the opposite of what they showed last year on film.’That led to a first half dominated by the Demon Deacons. But with some halftime adjustments, SU managed to storm back.Defensively, Syracuse switched from a heavy dose of zone coverage to mostly man-to-man in the second half. Wake Forest receiver Chris Givens finished the first half with 124 yards receiving but went for only 46 more after halftime.SU cornerback Kevyn Scott came up with an interception in the fourth quarter trailing Givens over the middle, something he likely wouldn’t do in a zone defense. And on the last two plays of the game, Scott and SU’s other corner Keon Lyn provided lockdown coverage on their receivers to force incompletions in the end zone.‘I got more physical and aggressive with (Givens) so he wouldn’t hit those underneath routes,’ Scott said. ‘We were giving him too much cushion in the beginning.’Offensively, the Orange’s biggest pickup of the day came on a play that wasn’t even in the original game plan. The offense struggled to hold off the Demon Deacons heavy rush throughout much of the first three quarters.But with all the pressure Wake Forest was bringing, SU tried a play to run around the pressure rather than straight through it. What resulted was running back Antwon Bailey’s 53-yard touchdown burst on a sweep down the left sideline that pulled the Orange within two in the fourth quarter.‘It was just a good way to attack pressure,’ Nassib said of the play call. ‘We didn’t run that all game, and it wasn’t in our game plan. It was an adjustment we made at halftime, and the rest is history.’zjbrown@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

first_imgNigeria’s dream of a fourth AFCON title has ended as Super Eagles lost 1-2 to Algeria in the second semi final decided in Cairo on Sunday night.Manchester City winger, Riyad Mahrez fired Algeria into the AFCON final with a sensational free-kick into the far corner in the dying seconds of the five added minutes to regulation time.An own goal by William Troost Ekong gifted the Desert Foxes the lead while a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) earned Nigeria a penalty resulting from Aissa Mandi’s handling of Oghenekaro Etebo volley from outside the box. Odion Ighalo converted the spot kick. Nigeria will next play Tunisia who lost 1-0 to Senegal in the bronze match on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img