SUP the TUCK: Day 4

first_imgJune 26, 2018, day 4/7 A Cherokee Legend: After traversing the wide Yosemite-like origins of the East Fork it is easy to understand the physics of flooding; a broad granite escarpment as far as the eye can see acting like a stone plate funnelling rain water to a river as wide as a two-lane country road. This  river has had its share of tragedies. On December 30, 1882 the ‘most awful’ public works of the state occurred. Nineteen convicts, part of a chain gang, drowned while crossing the river. They were buried in a mass grave with no marker to honor the site, though it is believed to be near the Cowee Tunnel. Even today the tunnel’s ceiling continues to drip, some say it’s the tears of the convicts. In 1840 there was a record high ‘May Fresh’ flood which occurred as settlers were beginning to arrive. In 1940 “the great deluge” occurred. Houses, barns, animals and people were swept away including every bridge that crossed the river. Towns and families were left isolated, leaving some to send messages across the river with bows and arrows. The dams were built soon after providing a level of protection to downstream communities as well as electricity and controlled releases for boaters and fisherman. Still on the East Fork of the Tuckasegee we were now below the last dam-controlled section. Finally, I told John, we will be paddling on a  conventional river trip rather than traversing bone-crunching drops, portages and man-made lakes. We stuffed wet gear into waterproof bags and secured it on our paddleboards. The next  2 miles were class 1-2 whitewater down to the little town of Tuckasegee where the West Fork joins. The Tuckasegee River now flows unrestricted 60 miles to the Little Tennessee River at Lake Fontana. Have you ever slept below a dam? My first experience was below the Fontana Dam. All night there was a pulsing green glow and hum, a UFO-like reminder that I was not at home in my bed. John Sherman and I awoke below the Cedar Cliff Lake to the eerie sound of a  dam spewing water out of a concrete hole and a huge generator spinning electricity. John emerged out of his green hammock-tent like a molting stonefly. Blank and expressionless he muttered  “I hate being wet”. We awoke to mud, mist and river. The crack of lightning and the tsunami rain from the portage last night jarred and drenched our spirits into a sleepless night. We started a fire. John noticed a leak in his paddleboard and his attempt to repair it was unsuccessful. I  called my wife Jana who kindly drove from Asheville to pick up John and his useless paddleboard.  While home, he noticed his left ring finger was turning blue from his injury hiking Bonas Defeat. He went to the emergency room and had his ring cut off saving his finger. While all this drama played out I paddled downstream a few miles into Cullowhee, near the Western Carolina University and camped on a sandbar in the middle of the river. My “solo” night included a bonfire on the beach, late night swim and fresh trout for breakfast. Click here to read Day 3 Moving much quicker now we made good time to East Laporte River Park in Cullowhee and stopped to dry out our gear. Wet sleeping bags, clothes and food were laid it out in the sun to dry. I took John through the experience of gutting and filleting his first trout with a ceremonial flare.  The  tasty fish was washed down with a local IPA from the gas station across the street. Part 2: The Tailwaters The last three days were brutal, orienteering with paddleboards down one of the most dramatic river basins in the world. The hidden grandeur of the Tuckasegee River is the headwaters of the East Fork. We paid a price. Sore and fatigued, wet and discouraged by rain, John now with a swollen finger;  I was beginning to question the wisdom of our trip. We are both “solo adventurers”, self-proclaimed tough guys that prefer going it alone. We quietly ate our breakfast, John prefering to cook non-Mountain House freeze dried breakfast on his own cook stove. I looked irritably back and forth between Johns fluorescent tent hanging 3 feet off the mud and my brown tarp  slung over my paddleboard sitting directly in it. Uktena was a serpent as large around as a tree trunk, with antlers on its head, a blazing crest on its forehead and scales glowing like fire living in the river. Whoever is seen by Uktena is so dazed by the bright light he runs toward the snake instead of trying to escape. There is a location 2 miles above Deep Creek near Bryson City where Uktena struggled and left deep scratches while trying to move upriver. The Cherokee and other Native Americans have a long history with the Tuckasegee river. The name Tuckasegee has various origins…..a popular consensus is an anglicization of the word Tsiksitsi meaning “crawling terrapin” due to the rivers sluggish waters. Evidence of fishing weirs (V-shaped rock funnels) are still evident. The first one encountered was just before the Shook Cove public access area. The water is shallow and slid over pebbles and sand sluicing us downstream into the apex of the weir. Our Badfish paddleboards are designed for fishing allowing for heavy  gear and fishing poles to be secured and still navigate  rapids. We pulled into an eddy to photograph and fish. Soon the sun broke out, drying us and reviving our spirits. Stay tuned all this week to read about the rest of their river journey!last_img read more

Beware of defensive auditing

first_img continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Greetings from Albany, New York where I now know the answer to the following question: Can ten degrees feel like a heat wave at 7 a.m.? Yes, it can.Here is another question for you: Can a recent victory by the FDIC actually make things more expensive and difficult for not only banks but credit unions? To me the answer is yes.Colonial Bank was victimized by a major fraud between 2002 and 2009 in which some of its key employees conspired with its major customer to allow it to overdraw the bank’s line of credit and then cover up this fact. By the time the fraud was discovered, $2 Billion had been lost. During much of this time the accounting firms PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP and Crowe Horwath LLP were responsible for auditing the bank. The FDIC brought a lawsuit in 2012claiming that but for their accounting negligence, the fraud would have been discovered sooner. Among the arguments advanced by the accounting firms in defending themselves was that the bank and the FDIC were effectively trying to get them money to pay for actions committed by the bank’s own employees. Late last week, the Court ruled that the bank could not win a lawsuit against the accountants but the FDIC could. This is a big deal and will presumably be appealed.last_img read more

Batesville Boys Soccer On WRBI

first_imgListen Tuesday Night (9-10) for exciting Boys Soccer action as The Batesville Bulldogs will be battling The Shelbyville Golden Bears.Varsity kickoff will be around 8.  JV starts at 6.Tracey Fox, Mike Robertson, and Uncle Randy Mullins will have the call.last_img

‘The King’ ordered to pay customers in class action suit

first_imgBatesville, In. — Consumers have been awarded a judgment against Burger King after accusing the “King” of up charging customers using a BOGO coupon for the Croissan’wich.In May, Koleta Anderson of Upper Marlboro, Maryland hired an attorney to file a class-action suit against Burger King, alleging that the company was actually inflating prices when customers used a buy one get one free coupon to purchase the breakfast sandwiches.While Burger King continues to deny any wrongdoing and the court did not rule that any party was right, a settlement has been reached in the case. And other customers can share in Anderson’s triumph.As part of the settlement, Burger King will pay $5, or provide $2 gift cards, to you if you “purchased two or more modified Croissan’wich breakfast sandwiches (without egg, cheese and/or a meat) from a Burger King restaurant, redeemed a BOGO coupon in connection with the purchase, and paid more than the amount that restaurant was charging at the time for a single, unmodified, higher-priced Croissan’wich you ordered” between Oct. 1, 2015 and May 19, 2017.Anderson alleges she first noticed a problem in March, when she used a BOGO coupon and was charged $3.19 pre-tax for a sausage, egg and cheese Croissan’wich (and was given another sandwich “free” as part of the deal). But when she went back to buy a single Croissan’wich without a coupon, she was charged just $2.16 before tax.Knowing that’s not how BOGO coupons should work, Anderson decided to try this move at several other Burger Kings and found the same pattern.Claims can be filed online here and must be submitted by January 19, 2018.last_img read more

William E. (Bill) Holzer, 88

first_imgHis children announce the passing of William E. (Bill) Holzer, born in the St. Magdalene community near New Marion on January 24, 1930 the son of Clem and Josephine Kieffer Holzer. He passed away June 23rd in Yuma, Arizona after a lengthy and brave battle with cancer.Bill is preceded in death by wives Lois (Kelley) Holzer and Betty (Stickelman) Holzer. He’s survived by his children: Terry Guernsey & Karen Lally, Jerry & Carolyn Guernsey, William Anthony (Tony) & Candy Holzer, Robert & Peggy Holzer, Donna Holzer Durbin & Steve Durbin, David & Donna Holzer and Steve Holzer, as well as Betty’s daughters Patricia Morrow and Johnetta Huesman. His surviving siblings are sister Mary (Holzer) Roll and brother William Anthony (Tony) Holzer. Additionally, he is survived by a total of 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.Bill served proudly in the Korean War. He was a civilian gunner for the United States Army at Jefferson Proving Ground in Madison, Indiana, before transferring to Yuma Proving Ground at Yuma, Arizona in December 1972. He worked there until his retirement in 1990. Bill was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. He attended both St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church and later, St. John Neumann Parish in the Foothills.According to his wishes, on Saturday, June 30 there will be a viewing at Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles beginning at 9am followed by Rosary services at 10:20am. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday at 11am at St. John’s Catholic Church in Osgood. Bill will be cremated and his remains buried beside his wife, Lois. Friends are welcome to join his family in a graveside service at Saint Magdalene Catholic Cemetery in Madison on Tuesday, July 3rd at 10am. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Versailles American Legion. In lieu of flowers, his children ask that donations be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or the St. Magdalene Cemetery in care of the funeral home.last_img read more

Bruce reveals goal concern

first_img They did so just before the hour mark, with Peter Whittingham putting the finishing touch on a flowing passing move. Striker Danny Graham had the best chances to add to Hull’s tally – missing a yawning net in the sixth minute and heading straight at Joe Lewis deep in added time. Indeed, Davies’ goal is Hull’s only one from open play to date and Bruce can track the issue back to last year’s promotion campaign when Graham was not even at the KC Stadium. “At this level if you don’t take your chances it’s tough,” he said. “Last year it was our Achilles heel too…the number of times I sat here (with a 1-0) and we could have had two, three, four goals. “It’s got to be a concern because we created really good chances. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. “On another day we would quite easily have won the game but at this level you don’t get chances as good as the ones we had too frequently. “We have to improve on that. As a team we have to chip in, not just the strikers.” Press Association Hull went into the match with three defenders but no outright strikers on the bench, leaving George Boyd as their most attacking substitute. That says something about the current standing of Matty Fryatt and Nick Proschwitz, who are both available to leave on loan, and left Bruce eager for summer signing Yannick Sagbo to return from suspension. The Ivorian was sent off for an attempted headbutt on his home debut against Norwich but is available for next week’s meeting with Newcastle. “Sagbo is back, which is good because that gives us another bit of firepower and we haven’t really seen him yet,” he added. Cardiff boss Malky Mackay came away reasonably content with his side’s efforts, especially given the number of air miles his men had collected in the previous 10 days. Nine of his players were called away on international duty, a result of squad strengthening since promotion from the Championship, with two – Craig Bellamy and David Marshall – missing the trip to Hull after picking up injuries. Others, such as Gary Medel and Kim Bo-kyung, came back from gruelling trips to Chile and South Korea to put in solid displays. “They (Bellamy and Marshall) are key players for us and we lost the two guys: that is the flip side of having top-quality footballers,” said Mackay. “We had three or four who had been on planes, trains and automobiles to get here for the game and at times I thought that showed. “But it was probably a fair point for both teams, we both tried to go and win it. “There were two teams going hard at it and it proved to be a tough game, so it was a well deserved point for both teams.” Hull manager Steve Bruce admits he is still not certain whether his side will score enough goals to achieve their aim of Barclays Premier League survival. The Tigers banked their fourth point of the season in as many matches with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Cardiff. It was a fixture Bruce had targeted as a potential win but although things began well with defender Curtis Davies nodding home Tom Huddlestone’s cross in the 40th minute, the Bluedbirds always looked likely to equalise. last_img read more

Remi Garde demands Aston Villa response after Merseyside misery

first_imgRemi Garde expects a response and an improved performance from his Aston Villa team against Watford. Garde’s first defeat as manager was a heavy 4-0 loss to Everton last weekend in a game where Villa were three goals behind at half-time. The display was poles apart from that which earned a goalless draw at home to Manchester City in the Frenchman’s first match in charge prior to the international break. Garde did not go as far as to suggest that Saturday is a must-win match for Villa but neither is he underestimating its importance. He said: ”It is a huge game but it is not the end of the season, nobody will be relegated at the end of the weekend. Well I hope, if that is so then we are in more trouble than I thought! ”It would be a huge boost in confidence for us to win this weekend. We want to, of course, win this game and we are going to try and do it in the way we want. ”But we will also accept a victory in the last minute, I have no problem with that. ”The first minutes will be important for everyone but the result at the end will be more important.” Grealish has been dropped but s ome good news for Villa is the return to fitness of Jores Okore from a knee injury and the defender could be in the squad for the first time since the FA Cup final in May. Forward Gabriel Agbonlahor (calf) will be assessed. To make matters worse, just hours after the defeat young midfielder Jack Grealish was photographed partying on a night out and did not return home with the rest of the squad on the team coach – a breach of club discipline which has resulted in the 20-year-old being left out of the squad against the Hornets. Despite the result at Goodison Park, Garde felt Villa could take some encouragement from their second-half showing and he wants his players to begin in that same vein in front of their own supporters on Saturday. ”The first half (at Everton) was quite disappointing for me,” said Garde. ”I thought that after the first goal we didn’t resist enough, lost too many challenges and didn’t create any chances at all for the first 35 minutes. ”In the first 35 minutes I didn’t see players who want to fight for the shirt. This is not the way I want to play, we were a little bit shy. The team is new and does not really know each other yet and we have to work hard to get to know each other. ”But the reaction in the second half was much better and this week in training we have been working hard. I am still very pleased with the way we train. ”I think we can do better than we have done and I hope we can improve on Saturday because it is my responsibility to find some solutions quickly, because we need them.” Villa are without a Barclays Premier League win since the opening day of the season and are rooted to the bottom of the table, five points adrift of safety. Press Associationlast_img read more

Priyanna Ramdhani makes it into men’s doubles final

first_imgCARIBBEAN Junior Girls’ badminton champion Priyanna Ramdhani, has reached across barriers to play in the Men’s doubles and made it all the way to the final with partner, Avinash Odit, in the GUMDAC Annual Open Doubles, when the 2017 badminton season commenced last Wednesday. Played at the National Gymnasium, the first day of competition also saw Ramdhani win in the Ladies’ doubles, where she teamed up with Greer Jackson. In the open Mixed doubles she will join forces with Jonathan Mangra.Due to lack of competition in the Ladies’ division, Ramdhani is being allowed to play in the men’s competition to keep up her top form, according to a press release from the Guyana Badminton Association.Though unusual, it is not the first time something like this has been done. In squash, Guyana’s Nicolette Fernandes has played in the men’s competition before.Ramdhani and Odit made it into the final after ousting Marlon Chung and partner Ronald Yen in 21-15, 21-16 semi-finals match-up.The duo also had an earlier win when they took out veterans George Melville and Leslie Lui 21- 11, 21-15.The other men’s doubles semi-final win went to Nicholas Ali and partner Jonathan Mangra. Ali and Mangra won 21-18, 21-18 sets against the pair of Gokarn Ramdhani and Javid Rahaman.In other wins in the quarter-finals Chung and Yuen defeated Tyrese Jeffrey and Akili Haynes 21-7, 21-10, while Gokarn and Javid prevailed against Stephan Murdilall and Haymant Ramdhani 21-9, 21-13.In the only Ladies’ doubles match of the day Priyanna and Jackson triumphed 21-5, 21-9 over Emelia Ramdhani and Ayanna Watson.In the open Mixed doubles final Priyanna and Mangra will take on Ali and Jackson.Priyanna and Odit were on opposite ends in their Mixed doubles match-up. Odit teamed up with Angelica Holder and lost 19-21, 12-21 to Priyanna and Mangra.The tournament continues tonight at 18:00hrs with play-offs in the finals and third-place matches along with the presentation of prizes.The tournament, being played for the 5th year, is sponsored by GUMDAC through Managing Director Darrell Carpenay, who is also an executive on the GBA.last_img read more

Formula One postpones three more races, including Monaco Grand Prix

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPARIS (AP) — Formula One postpones three more races, including Monaco Grand Prix.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Formula One postpones three more races, including Monaco Grand Prix Associated Press center_img March 19, 2020last_img

International Drag race set for October 1

first_imgTHE best of the best on the drag strip are preparing to defend their titles when the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) hosts its International Drag race meet, dubbed Caribbean Invasion, in just over two weeks,The club, which has already sent out invitations to its affiliates in Suriname and the wider Caribbean says that they expect over fifty local competitors.According to president Rameez Mohamed, all things are going to plan as the date draws closer to this meet.“What we have done is try to get as much competition as possible to come out on October 1. We’ve got a number of guys who are messaging us on Facebook, calling the office and even stopping me on the road to ask how to register.”“Right now, we have a bit of maintenance work on going at the club’s office in Thomas Lands but in just under a week’s time, by next Monday, Persons can start registering for the event,” Mohamed added.Meanwhile, Mohamed has indicated that all the necessary safety measures are being organised to ensure a safe day of racing while there will be added incentives for fans.“We are working on a few surprise cars. We can’t say who they are or where they are coming from just yet, but they are definitely going to be quick machines.”He said, “We are hoping for representation from a few of the major players regionally in the drag racing sector, but it comes back to logistics and other things; but we definitely have something lined up that will blow your mind away.”last_img read more