The July Issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors is On Stands Now: Road Trip!

first_imgRoll down the windows and kick some tunes: our July issue features six favorite road trips packed with island-hopping, crag-crushing, whitewater shredding, two-wheeled touring adventures for everyone. We also investigate the coal ash ponds threatening most of our readers’ drinking water and offer ten concrete actions that really can make a difference. Also in this month’s issue are stories about street fishing, authentic moonshine, car camping gear, and skirt-wearing outdoorsmen.FEATURESTHE OPEN ROADRoll down the windows and kick some tunes: our six favorite road trips are packed with island-hopping, crag-crushing, whitewater shredding, two-wheeled touring adventures for everyone.10 WAYS THAT WORKTen concrete steps everyone can take to improve the health of our delicate blue-green orb.SMOKE IN THE WATERWhat’s in your drinking water? Toxic coal ash threatens your tap.LAST OF THE WILDA wilderness seeker wanders into one of the few remaining dark spots on the map.HOMELANDA mountain man fights to save his creek—and his life—with a new vision for rural Appalachia.DEPARTMENTSEDITOR’S NOTEThe best way to save the planet: save your health.FLASHPOINTMore wilderness in the South?THE DIRTAuthentic mountain moonshine , Street fishing and more!THE GOODSCar camping essentialsTRAIL MIXReed Turchi’s gritty Appalachian blueslast_img read more

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Colombian Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 25 Years in U.S. Prison

first_img A Colombian drug trafficking leader named Christian Borda, involved with paramilitaries in smuggling cocaine into the United States, was sentenced to 25 years of imprisonment by the U.S. justice, the Department of Justice reported. By Dialogo August 07, 2013 Borda, aka ‘Tony’, was sentenced by Judge Gladys Kessler, District of Columbia (encompassing Washington) and will serve a minimum sentence of 20 years of imprisonment, according to the text. “Christian Borda will spend 25 years in prison for leading a massive international drug trafficking operation which conspired to smuggle large amounts of cocaine into the United States,” prosecutor Mythili Raman said in a statement. His drug-trafficking and money laundering activities “paved the way for terrorist activities perpetrated by the AUC (United Self Defenses, Colombian paramilitaries, disarmed) Michele Leonhart, director of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), stated. In addition, he was also condemned to 10 years of parole and to pay a fine of $6.5 million. Until his arrest in 2008, age 49, he led from Colombia an organization that smuggled “tons of cocaine” into the U.S. and other markets, through Mexico, the Department of Justice added. In 2009, he was extradited to the United States. In 2010, he was found guilty of conspiracy for the distribution of five or more kilos of cocaine, with the plan of smuggling them into the United States.last_img read more

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Cyberdefense and Cybersecurity in Colombia

first_imgBy Colonel (ret.) Jairo Andrés Cáceres García, adjunct researcher on Cyberwar and Military Logistics, Colombian War College September 22, 2016 EL TEMA ES MUY INTERESANTE. GRACIAS POR ENVIAR LA INFORMACION. Colombia has considerably increased the use of information and communication technologies to combat cyber threats, jumping seven spots in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) annual report on global information technologies. This positive development reflects the growth of Internet usage – about 6,634,659 people in the country subscribe to broadband -and the reduced costs of providing this service. Even so, the country has been the target of cyberattacks. For instance, during the first semester of 2011 the self-described hacktivist group Anonymous attacked the portals of the Presidency of the Republic, the Senate, Online Government, and the Interior, Justice, Culture and Defense ministries. The attack was carried out to protest the “Lleras Law”, a draft bill presented in April 2011 by then Minister of the Interior and Justice Germán Vargas Lleras, which sought to regulate “the responsibility for violations of copyright and related Internet rights are regulated.” According to document 3701 of the National Board of Political and Social Economy of Colombia (CONPES, per its Spanish acronym), the Anonymous group has indiscriminately attacked international public and private entities, including PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and the Swiss bank Post Finance. CONPES directs overarching cybersecurity and cyberdefense policy and develops strategies to counter digital threats. Likewise, it compiles records of previous incidents that have occurred nationally and internationally. CONPES is headed by the president of the country, and its technical secretary is the chief of the National Planning Department. CONPES 3701 was issued on July 14th, 2011, as a guide to formulating cybersecurity and cyberdefense policy. Combatting cyberattacks To comply with CONPES 3701, Colombia set up a solid and innovative cyberdefense system. The system is designed to prevent attacks on state institutions, as well as mount an active cyberdefense, which is required to technologically protect government information. Cyberdefenses must be proactive, dynamic and continually updated in order to protect against potential attacks. There must be a laboratory with digital radar that allows possible threats to be recognized in an opportune manner. One of the most noteworthy aspects of CONPES 3701 is the creation of a Multi-Sector Commission, which includes representatives of the Defense Ministry, the Cyber-Emergencies Response Group of Colombia, the Joint Cybernetic Command, the General Command of the Armed Forces, and the National Police’s Police Cybernetics Center. The CONPES 3701 document In March 2014, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos sought advice from international cybersecurity experts and support from the Organization of American States (OAS). This outreach resulted in the creation of the “National Mission of Technical Assistance on Cyber Security,” which took place from March 31st to April 4th of that same year through the Cybersecurity Program of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, part of the OAS’ Secretary for Multidimensional Security. The objective of the mission was to draw up a series of recommendations that would give the government a solid and professional technical base when implementing its system. The team of experts on the National Mission of Technical Assistance was comprised of officials from the governments of Canada, Spain, United States, United Kingdom, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Israel, South Korea and Uruguay. In addition to OAS officials, the international commission included the participation of representatives from the Council of Europe (COE), WEF, INTERPOL, the UN, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and Oxford University. Mission members received information from different Colombian governmental institutions involved in the areas of cybersecurity and cybercrime, as well as from the justice branch, civil society, and the private sector. They also were given access to the installations charged with protecting Colombian cyberspace. During the mission, then-Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno reaffirmed the Colombian government’s commitment to take the necessary steps to create the mechanisms required to protect Colombia with respect to cybersecurity and cyberdefense. Likewise, he said the Armed Forces of Colombia must prepare to protect the nation from any attack that might come from cyberspace. That is why “we must have cyberintelligence and cyberdefense, to confront these challenges,” he said. Among the main recommendations: that the system be harmonized in accordance with the Convention on Cybercrime, known as the Budapest Convention, to take into account successful legislation on digital crime; the obligatory retention of traffic data, and the participation of key actors in the regulation. Other relevant recommendations include the training of judges and public prosecutors about digital crime, as well as the proper handling of digital evidence and the implementation of international cooperation mechanisms. Colombia’s implementation of CONPES 3701 has made it a trailblazer in Latin America. Five years later, the country plays a leading role on the continent in the fight against cybercrime. This past April the government drafted a new document, CONPES 3854, which aims to replace the earlier directive. Based upon CONPES 3701 with some fundamental modifications, the new document changes the emphasis to include risk management as one of the most important aspects of digital security. Finally, it’s worth mentioning that cybersecurity incidents are increasingly becoming an everyday occurrence. Each year the quantity and types of cyberattacks on the public, companies and institutions expand significantly, and keeping track of the situation is becoming more difficult. In its report on Cybersecurity 2016, the Cybersecurity Observatory in Latin America and the Caribbean reported that cybercrime costs the world up to $ 575 billion annually, an amount equivalent to 0.5 percent of global Gross Domestic Product. In Latin America and the Caribbean, these types of crimes cause annual losses of about $ 90 billion. It recommends the immediate launch of a public awareness campaign to promote the safeguarding of information at all levels. Without such a campaign, it will be very difficult to confront this century’s new transnational criminal threat.last_img read more

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Regional suburbs record double digit capital growth

first_imgREIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella“Idalia in Townsville ranks 11th on the state list and first on the Townsville LGA list,” she said. The other Townsville suburbs to make the top 68 were Rasmussen (+19.9), North Ward (+15%) and Railway Estate (+10.1%). Keyes and Co Property agent, and former Townsville City councillor, Tony Parsons, said there were suburbs doing well, and others that were still struggling, but there were positive signs in the local property market. View of Castle Hill in Townsville. Picture: Zak SimmondsTOWNSVILLE has emerged as a star performer in regional Queensland, with four suburbs recording double digit growth. REIQ has revealed the 68 suburbs that recorded double digit growth in the 12 months to June.Twenty-seven of those 68 top performing suburbs were outside of the southeast, with Townsville dominating the regional listings.REIQ CEO Antonia Mercorella said Idalia (+21.3% to $485,00 as of June) was a rapidly expanding suburb, located just 10 minutes from the Townsville CBD, and offering access to shopping centres, restaurants, beautiful landscaping around parks, lakes and the Ross River.It is dominated by older houses and luxury new homes, with properties ranging from the “low to mid $300,000s” to over $1 million. This four bedroom house at 47 Springside Terrace in Idalia is on the market for $868,000 and is listed with Keyes & CoHe said Idalia ticked a lot of boxes for families, but he was not surprised by the city’s other top suburbs with two of them “fringe suburbs” of the new stadium under construction. Blackwater (1st) +151.3%Collinsville (3rd) + 46.2%Miles (7th) +23.5%Dundowran Beach (9th) +21.5%Idalia (11th) +21.3%Rasmussen (12th) +19.9%Biloela (14th) +18.6%Burnett Heads (15th) +18.1%North Ward (24th) +15%Palm Cove (26th) +14.3% (Source: REIQ QMM report June 2018. ) *** More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAustralian hydrofoil championships off The Strand, Townsville.Meanwhile, Cairns and Gympie had three suburbs on the list of top performers. Palm Cove was the best performer in Cairns, ranking 26th overall. Cooloola Cove in Gympie ranked 42nd, with house prices up 12 per cent to $317,500 in June 2018. In the Whitsundays region, only Collinsville, a coal town southwest of Bowen, made the list, taking out third spot overall.Ms Mercorella said Collinsville recorded an annual capital growth for houses of 46.2 per cent, taking the median sales price to $95,000 in June.Other regions reporting at least one suburb on the list were Bundaberg, Toowoomba, Banana, Charters Towers, Fraser Coast, Gladstone, Isaac, Livingstone, Mackay, Rocky, Scenic Rim, Somerset and Western Downs.“This spread of suburbs is a good indication that Queensland real estate is delivering steady sustainable growth across the board. We’re seeing growth outside the southeast corner,” Ms Mercorella said.In terms of price, the REIQ analysis found that two very different brackets dominated the list — below $350,000 and above $500,000 but below $750,000. “Eighteen top performing suburbs reported a median house price range below $350,000,” Ms Mercorella said. “Most of these suburbs are located in regional Queensland.”Similarly, 18 top performers reported an annual median house price range between $500,000 and $749,999 … 13 of these suburbs are located in the southeast corner.“Only 8 top performing suburbs reported an annual median price range above $1 million. All these suburbs are located in Brisbane, Noosa or the Sunshine Coast LGA.”*** TOP 10 PERFORMING REGIONAL QUEENSLAND SUBURBS, RANKING/1 YR CAPITAL GROWTH North Queensland Stadium under construction in September 2018 Townsville“North Ward and its proximity to The Strand speaks for itself, and Railway Estate has some of that character housing stock that many couples are keen on, those reno jobs.”As for Rasmussen, the suburb has benefited from a number of new housing estates including a Defence Housing Australia development, and the duplication of Riverway Drive. Mr Parsons said buyers could still get a bargain. last_img read more

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DSS Says Longevity Weighing on Social Security Fund

first_img Sharing is caring! 149 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Deputy Director of the Dominica Social Security, Mr. Augustus EtienneDominica has been praised for providing the perfect environment for longevity with the island boasting at least a dozen centenarians the oldest having died at 128.While that is great news for those who wish to live long healthy lives, it’s not so great for the Dominica Social Security.The administrators are saying that Dominica’s aging population has been drawing heavily from its resources.Speaking on Vibes Radio, Deputy Director of the Social Security, Augustus Etienne revealed that an actuary- someone who deals with the measurement and management of risk and uncertainty -has put into perspective what that means for the social security fund.He explained, “More and more people are coming of age to receive their pensions and when they get there, they live long. It is not uncommon to find persons in receipt of pensions from age 60 and they are 100+ and they have to continue getting for as long as they live. People are aging much better now.”Etienne adds, “A person lives to retirement and then 10, 20, 30 years after retirement before they pass.”He says a population that is aging well means that the DSS has to take into consideration several factors that will impact the fund’s sustainability including the age profile of the population, those approaching 60.“When you start paying someone a pension at 60, how long do we have to pay them before they pass, how long do we have to pay commitments to their dependents…”He gave this as reason for the decision to increase the pensionable age from 60 to 65.The age has been gradually increasing by six months for years. This year it settles at 65.center_img LifestyleLocalNews DSS Says Longevity Weighing on Social Security Fund by: – February 3, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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Gerrard hails fantastic Aribo in Scottish Cup win

first_imgRangers Boss, Steven Gerrard, has applauded Joe Aribo for the quality produced in the Midfielder’s goal as The Gers steamrolled past Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Cup on Saturday. He scored (68′), his first in two appearance in the Cup, to restore the lead before Alfredo Morelos (85′) and Scott Arfield (90+2′) completed the rout. In his post-match reaction, Gerrard described his team heavy victory as “flattering”. “I thought how we went about trying to create chances here was very good and very impressive. We put a lot of talent on the pitch so we expected that, though I was disappointed with us in the first half defensively in-terms of our organisation and our balance behind the ball which led to them getting a few chances and scoring against us. “So that was the thing I had to address at half-time – I had to rattle a few cages at half-time and get them switched on and focused and in the right place defensively. “Once we did that, we played some nice stuff and we went on to create a lot of chances and scored some really impressive goals.” Speaking on the goals scored he said, “I was very, very impressed. The Joe Aribo goal was fantastic with Ryan Kent going on the outside and doing what he does with fantastic skill and an excellent assist, but that is still a tough finish so credit to Joe there.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Gerrard watched with slight disappointment as his side struggled to convert chances created in the first half at Fountain of Youth Stadium. The 33 times champions were held 1-1 by the hosts and perhaps it was much to the delight of the home crowd among the 4,050 spectators in the bleachers. But the second half was a different tale and the visitors wrote the most of that adventure, putting three goals past the opposition; Aribo with one of them. Not known for his goalscoring prowess at the Scottish Club, Aribo has managed just two goals in the league, two in the League and Scottish Cups. He scored three more in the Europa League, but has made 39 appearances across all competitions this campaign.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Gorgeous Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Most Clever Uses Of CGI In Cinema7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombslast_img read more

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Shot, man lands in hospital

first_imgCuervo’s neighbor who was onlyidentified as a certain Moroy Sembran was tagged suspect. The suspect then fled onboard amotorcycle. It was not immediately established what was the motive in theincident. Officers of the Ilog municipal policestation conducted a manhunt against Sembran./PN BACOLOD City – In Barangay Dancalan,Ilog, Negros Occidental, a man was shot. center_img The 48-year-old Vigilio Cuervo wasrecuperating at the Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City. Hesustained two gunshot wounds on the body, a police report showed. According to police investigation,Cuervo was having a conversation with a woman whose name was withheld when Sembranfired at the victim around 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. last_img

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Soldier hurt in Capiz gunfight with Reds

first_imgPancito said the firefight lasted for about 10 minutes which began around 6:20 a.m. on July 21 after 12IB verified reports regarding the presence of rebels anew in the village. “When our personnel reached the area, they encountered around 15 rebels but the (insurgents) withdrew. I know there were wounded on the part of the enemies because of the traces of blood,” he added.Last July 8, a 16-year-old lad was hurt following the battle between the rebels and 12IB who were sent in the village as part of the Community Support Program.The victim was taken to the Tapaz District Hospital by members of the 12IB after he sustained a gunshot wound on the right thigh./PN According to Captain Cenon Pancito III, PA’s 3rd Infantry Division spokesperson, the soldier already received medical treatment after sustaining a gunshot wound on the left leg.  ILOILO City – A member of the Philippine Army (PA) was wounded after the 12th Infantry Battalion (12IB) troopers engaged in a gun fight with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Barangay Tacayan, Tapaz, Capiz.last_img read more

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A Miami Beach Police Officer Suspended For Fake Playboy Bunny Arrest Video

first_imgA Playboy model doesn’t see why a video she calls harmless has landed a Miami Beach police officer in trouble.Miami Beach Officer William Beeker is suspended for appearing, in uniform, in a video skit posted online this week by Francia James.The Instagram video shows James and two other women in lingerie in handcuffs outside the police station.James tells the New York Post it’s a shame Beeker is being punished because he was nice and didn’t do anything wrong.The Miami Beach Police Department issued a statement that the video is highly offensive and disgusting. Adding the distasteful video makes a mockery of the MBPD which works hard every day to protect the community from sex crimes and human trafficking. Manager Jimmy Morales says he’s disgusted Beeker, who’s an 11-year veteran, would represent the police department and the city this way. Beeker is on paid leave, and Morales says such behavior will not be tolerated. WATCH: Miami Beach Police Officer Under Investigation After Fake Arrest Of Three Lingerie-Clad Women https://t.co/jh3stFTTP1 pic.twitter.com/x0UggZO2lL— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) October 8, 2019last_img read more

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Former Ivory Coast midfielder Tiote dies aged 30

first_img(REUTERS) – Former Ivory Coast and Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote collapsed and died at the age of 30 in training with his Chinese club Beijing Enterprises yesterday, his agent said.Tiote, who made more than 150 appearances in seven seasons at Newcastle, was an African Nations Cup winner with the Ivorians in 2015, although he missed the final through injury, and he also played in the 2010 and 2014 World Cups.“It is with deep sadness that I confirm that my client Cheick Tiote sadly passed away earlier today after collapsing in training with his club Beijing Enterprises,” agent Emanuele Palladino told Sky Sports.“We cannot say any more at the moment and we request that his family’s privacy be respected at this difficult time. We ask for all your prayers.”There has not been any comment from his current club but Newcastle issued a statement on their website (www.nufc.co.uk).“We are devastated to have learnt of the tragic passing of Cheick Tiote at the age of just 30,” the newly promoted Premier League club said.“The thoughts of everyone at Newcastle United are with Cheick’s family, friends, team mates and everyone connected with the clubs he represented.”GREAT SADNESSNewcastle manager Rafa Benitez added: “It is with great sadness that I have this afternoon learned of Cheick’s death.“In all the time that I have known him, he was a true professional, dedicated and above all, a great man. Our hearts go out to his family and friends at such a sad time.”Born in Yamoussoukro, Tiote moved to Belgium as a teenager after being scouted by Anderlecht for whom he made his debut in the Champions League in 2005.He spent a season at Roda JC Kerkrade on loan and later moved to another Dutch club FC Twente where he won the 2009-10 Eredivisie title under former England manager Steve McLaren.The defensive midfielder was sold by Twente to Newcastle for £3.5 million in 2010 and cemented his place in club folklore with a long-range equaliser in the 4-4 Premier League draw with Arsenal at St James’ Park in February 2011.Tiote moved to Chinese second-tier side Beijing Enterprises in February.Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, who played with Tiote at Anderlecht, said on twitter: “I am speechless and so incredibly sad. Cheick Tiote was one of the nicest and toughest team mates I have ever had. Rest in piece brother.”last_img read more

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