Do the R-2: Tiny rafts, steep creeks, big fun

first_imgLinc Stallings running Class IV+ dueling waterfalls. See the full gallery. Photo: Jeremy Rogers“I’ve got a 50/50 success rate with that drop. About half the time, I swim,” Linc Stallings tells me after he negotiates our boat over a 10-foot waterfall into a deep pool flanked by massive boulders. We’re running the North Fork of the French Broad, a small stream that drops off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Western North Carolina. It’s a rain-dependent creek with class IV+ vertical drops, deep pools, and technical boulder gardens scattered throughout a two-mile stretch that’s popular with creek boaters. We’re running it in a small two-person raft called an R-2. Across the Southern Appalachians, a handful of boaters are beginning to take these small, 10-foot rafts down narrow, class IV-V creeks that have previously only been run in kayaks and the occasional canoe. It’s a niche sport that even some creek boaters think is a little crazy.“People freak out when they see rubber coming down a creek,” Stallings says. “There are only a few people who would take a raft down these narrow rivers, so people still think it’s wild.”Of those few R-2 boaters, Linc Stallings is easily one of the most experienced. The 36 year old has been guiding rafts down class V rivers for 15 years, working the biggest rivers in the South and Colorado depending on the year. He’s a rare breed: a professional raft guide, someone who’s committed to this as a career, not just something to do between college and “the real world.”“I always thought I’d do it and move on. But I just kept doing it,” Stallings says. “I love it. I love taking people out on the river. I love hanging out with other boaters. I love the water.”R-2 creeking is essentially what raft guides do on their day off. They borrow a small two-person raft from their bosses and push it, scrape it, and paddle like hell through tight rain-dependent creeks in the mountains. The North Fork of the French Broad is one of Stallings’ favorites. He first learned to creek boat here while attending Brevard College’s wilderness immersion program. He knows the nuances of every significant rapid the way a tween girl knows the lyrics to a Justin Bieber song.“A ton of people have run this creek in a kayak,” he tells me as we begin to paddle toward the first class III rapid, just 50 yards from the put-in. “But running it in a raft has a completely different dynamic. Running tight drops in this big boat is fun, but there are some logistical things you have to work out. It’s like doing a math problem.” 1 2last_img read more

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Real Madrid star Toni Kroos questions footballer wage cuts

first_imgReal Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has cast doubt upon plans from football clubs to cut player salaries, describing it as ‘like a donation in vain’.Advertisement Read Also: Football’s top 20 managers ranked by fans“A drop in salary is like a donation in vain or just for the club,” Kroos told the SWR Sport podcast, as cited by Diario AS. “I am in favour of the club paying the full salary and that every player does sensible things with it. Everyone is asked to help where it is necessary, and there are many places where it is necessary.“Many clubs lack planned income. It also depends on how long everything will be stopped for. If, for example, football is played again in May, solutions will surely be found. If it is necessary to stop until winter, I can imagine that some clubs will no longer be able to cope. That would change football as we know it.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 An Espanyol statement also confirmed 70 percent pay cut for all players, coaches, physios of their men’s, women’s and youth teams while Atletico Madrid confirmed the same move on Thursday.As outlined by Diario AS, Leganes players will cut their wages by 20% if the season does not resume while Real Betis confirmed the news that players, coaching staff and directors have agreed a 15% pay cut to avoid other workers at the club losing their income.Many clubs are using An ERTE (Temporary Reduction of Employment Action) is Spain’s temporary redundancy scheme which is activated by the state of emergency within the country, with businesses losing access to their profits.However, the premise against wage cuts, as argued by Kroos, is that only the club will save money by the wage cuts and a more beneficial move would be for players wages to be maintained – thus providing taxes to the state – while making donations of their own. Last week, a Barcelona statement confirmed the club had agreed a substantial pay cut with senior playing staff – claimed in a report in Cadena Ser to be 72% – to protect the incomes of the club’s non-playing staff.center_img Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Some Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowSuperhero Castings That People Hated But Were Amazing Loading… last_img read more

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Larry Davis Biles, 72, Wellington: March 3, 1942 – Jan. 27, 2015

first_imgLarry Davis Biles, age 72, died Tuesday afternoon, January 27, 2015 at his home in Wellington.  Larry was a retired custodian for the Argonia School System USD #359.Larry was born on March 3, 1942 in Clearwater, KS to Arvin Henry Biles and Nellie Pauline (Chiles) Biles.  He was raised in Mayfield, KS but lived most of his adult life in Argonia, KS.  He was a graduate of Wellington High School.  He served in the U. S. Navy from 1960-1964.He married Theressa E. Snider on June 10. 1961 in Berkeley, CA.He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outdoors.He was preceded in death by his parents.Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Theressa Biles of Wellington; two children, Kent Biles of Wellington and Christy Boucher of Argonia; brother, Wayne Biles of Wellington; sisters, Karel Prilliman of Conway Springs, Anita Dick of Wellington, Vicky Casey of Glencoe, OK, Royce Creed of Afton, OK, and Lisa Conrad of Wellington; four grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.Military Graveside Services will be held at the Osborne Cemetery in Mayfield, KS on Monday, February 2, 2015 at 2:00 P.M.  Chaplain Don Cross will officiate.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.A memorial has been established with the Argonia Fire Department in lieu of flowers.    Contributions can be left at the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

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No Bale or Ramos as Real Madrid look to turn around first leg defeat

first_imgPep Guardiola’s side finished the Premier League in second place and despite some disappointing displays, such as their FA Cup defeat to Arsenal, actually had better results than anyone in the Premier League after the restart, netting 21 goals in their last five league games.Kun Aguero is likely to miss out again, but Madrid will have to beware of the pace of Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling, who caused them big problems in the first leg.******XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Madrid, Spain | XINHUA | Real Madrid look to overturn a 2-1 home defeat from the first leg when they visit Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium on Friday night in the return leg of their last 16 Champions League tie.When City outplayed Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium at the end of February, Madrid looked to be heading out of the competition, but the suspension of football for three months due to the coronavirus allowed them to regroup and they now go to Manchester as La Liga champions after winning 10 out of 11 games since the return to action.Zinedine Zidane’s side will travel amidst strict safety precautions due to the coronavirus and will be in a virtual bubble to assure their safety in Manchester. Zidane has left Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez out of his squad, which means Karim Benzema will probably be partnered by Marcos Asensio in attack, while there is a big doubt over whether Vinicius Jr or Eden Hazard, who has struggled with an ankle issue, will play in the third attacking role.Sergio Ramos is suspended after his late red card in the first leg and the absence of the Madrid captain will be important for his side – so important in fact that he has traveled to add his support from the sidelines.Eder Militao will cover for Ramos in central defense, but there is no doubt Ramos is a big loss for Madrid, who are likely to also field Raphael Varane, Ferland Mendy and Dani Carvajal in defense.last_img read more

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Jeffrey Epstein Death Ruled Suicide

first_imgOfficials ruled the death of millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein a suicide on Friday.The autopsy cited his official cause of death as suicide by hanging, according to The New York City Medical Examiner.Epstein was being held in the federal facility while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.Correctional officers found Epstein unconscious last Saturday and took him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.He was found just days after he was taken off suicide watch.Since Epstein was charged for sex trafficking, the case has been a constant source of shocking revelations, and his death was no different.Conspiracy theories after his death went viral almost immediately.An outrageously popular theory is that the Clintons orchestrated his murder.Suspicion of foul-play intensified after an initial autopsy revealed Epstein sustained multiple broken bones in his neck. Before his death, speculation arose that Epstein who never married or had children spread his DNA by impregnating his victims.A Florida-based genealogical company is now looking into claims made by those who could be related to the disgraced financier.The autopsy report seemingly answers questions that were fueling speculation about his death.However, it remains unclear whether the conspiracy theories surrounding Epstein’s life and death will ever be put to rest.last_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Emancipation Documentation

first_imgFILE – In this Nov. 5, 2011 file photo Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, left, shakes hands with Nebraska wide receiver Kenny Bell after an NCAA college football game in Lincoln, Neb. Colter has become the face of a movement to give college athletes the right to form unions and bargain. After a decision this week by a regional director of the National Labor Relations board, he also could leave a legacy as the athlete who formed the foundation of a dramatic overhaul of college sports that could potentially give athletes a chance to fight for a piece of an industry that generates billions based on their performance. (AP Photo/Lincoln Journal Star, Laura Pales, File)Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, glory hallelujah! Now you may think that I don’t know, but I’ve had my troubles here below. One day when I was walkin’ along. The sky opened up and love come down. (From 1867 book Slave Songs of the United States)Last week a regional office of the National Labor Relations Board backed a bid by football players at Northwestern University to unionize. “I find that all grant-in-aid scholarship players for the Employer’s football team who have not exhausted their playing eligibility are ’employees’ under” the National Labor Relations Act” wrote Peter Sung Ohr, director of the board’s Chicago regional office in his ruling.Aubrey BruceAs part of the ruling Ohr also wrote that; ”walk-on players — those without scholarships — do not qualify as employees.”The ruling pointed out that; “scholarship football players at Northwestern [basically qualify as] employees: that they perform services for the benefit of their employer and receive compensation (in the form of a scholarship) in exchange and that scholarship players are “subject to the employer’s control in the performance of their duties as football players.”Ohr also differentiated the case of Northwestern’s football players from those of graduate teaching assistants at Brown University (in which the NLRB ruled for the university in 2004) because “the players’ football-related duties are unrelated to their academic studies unlike the graduate assistants whose teaching and research duties were inextricably tied to their graduate degree requirements.”“The players spend 50 to 60 hours per week on their football duties during a one-month training camp prior to the start of the academic year and an additional 40 to 50 hours per week on those duties during the three or four month football season,” the NLRB ruling said.“Not only is this more hours than many undisputed full-time employees work at their jobs, it is also many more hours than the players spend on their studies.”Wow 50 to 60 hours per week on their football duties and 40 to 50 hours per week on those duties during the three or four month football season, that is a lot of time to work for nada, zilch, nothing.Training camp 50-60 hours a week let’s take the middle road. 55 hours a week for 4 weeks of training camp; 220 hours for one month equals $2222.00 just for one month of training camp. Now 40-50 hours a week of practice, film studies and conditioning; let’s again take the middle road and say 45 hours a week during the 4 month football season, 45 hours a week time 4 weeks monthly come out to be 180 hours a month multiplied by 4 equals 720 hours times $10.10 is $7272.00 and that is the bare minimum.Players that perform in the pro football ranks have roughly the same training and practice schedule and ya know what ladies and gents? The minimum salary for rookies in 2012 was $390,000.00.  In 2013, 2012′s rookies were scheduled to earn $480,000.00 in salary as second year players in the NFL, if they make a squad as an active player.In 2014, the 2012 rookies will earn $570,000.00 in salary, if they make a squad as an active player.Hey if college players get injured they won’t even have a chance to receive the theoretical $7272.00 base salary that they should receive yearly.Remember Terrelle Pryor, the Western Pennsylvania and Ohio State standout, (now currently being paid to play for the NFL Oakland raiders)? On December 26, 2010 espn.com news services published an article titled; “Ohio State football players sanctioned.” “Welcome to Tattoo U. What started out as a trip to a Columbus tattoo parlor by a couple of football players has created all sorts of mayhem for star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Ohio State. Pryor and four teammates were suspended by the NCAA for the first five games of [2011] season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards. They also received improper benefits — from up to two years ago — from the tattoo parlor and its owner. Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said.“As a student-athlete, you’re not allowed to use your persona to get discounted services.” Oh, but Mr. Smith what are you allowed to receive?”It is time for the takers to become the borrowers and the low to become the high. It is time for the NCAA to be tied to the economic whipping post singing; “Nobody knows the trouble they are about to see. Will the NCAA pay the costs of future litigation from the blood, sweat and tears of scholarship players? Love is not coming down for the NCAA. The “freedom” chickens are on their way home to roost, later.(The sources for this article were insidehighereducation.com, Associated Press and espn.com news services)Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@newpittsburghcourier.com or 412.583.6741last_img read more

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