Fall color experts: WNC’s fall foliage season expected to be vibrant this year Deputies typically respond to bison on roadways by turning on their vehicle lights and sirens and utilizing an air horn. However, according to the post, “With a reluctant bison, they’ve been known to play AC/DC ‘Hell’s Bells’ over the speakers—that usually seems to work.” According to a Sept. 10 Facebook post, the Gallatin Country Sheriff’s Office utilizes an unconventional method when clearing reluctant bison from roadways in or around the Yellowstone National Park boundary at West Yellowstone: blasting “Hell’s Bells” by Australian hard-rock band AC/DC. Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office uses AC/DC for hazing bison The Asheville Citizen Times reported that this could be the year when the Western North Carolina mountains get their “traditional” fabulous fall foliage, according to local leaf color prognosticators, although Hurricane Dorian and future tropical storms are the looming X factor. “My best prediction based on the summer we’ve had and the long-range forecast for a little warmer than normal September and October, but back to normal rainfall patterns, barring unpredictable things like storms, I think we might have a more traditional fall, with brighter colors,” said Beverly Collins, professor of biology at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.
By Joe ChapmanTHE plans for the staging of the first-ever Cameron/McNeil-promoted ‘Mackenzie High/Multi’ track and field championships are moving apace.The event, which involves past and present students of the Mackenzie High School (MHS) and the Christianburg/Wismar Secondary ‘Multi’ School, is dubbed an Independence Day meet at the Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground.Main organiser of the event and former MHS track athlete, ‘Baldhead’ McNeil, told Chronicle Sport: “The major people that had promised to come on board are there. So far Banks DIH, Star Party Rentals, Guyana Power Producing and Distribution Centre, Easton Cordis, former national athlete Bruce Butcher and Guyana Defence Force’s Medical Officer Nigel Langhorne have contributed handsomely to this venture. Other pledges are still expected because the idea is to make this a grand event.”This week one of the main sponsors for the MHS versus Multi clash, Guyana Power Producing and Distribution Inc. through its Chief Executive Officer Aaron Fraser, made a donation.The meet will engender rivalry between the mining town’s top two schools, which have been producing the bulk of the athletes in recent times.Asked about the challenge faced in organising the meet between the two arch rivals McNeil said “The schools basically can’t lose in terms of prizes, because the only thing the winning school will have over the other is the Marilyn DeAbreu Trophy and bragging rights.”According to McNeil, “Both schools will get the same amount of money $100 000 and both will receive a 50-inch Smart television.”The six primary schools across Linden will each receive 20 tickets to attend the track and field meet.
Before Syracuse’s 70-57 win against Florida State on Sunday night, Chris McCullough played as the Houston Rockets in the NBA 2K basketball video game against walk-on Doyin Akintobi-Adeyeye. McCullough won by 30.Eight minutes and nine seconds into SU’s game, it was Akintobi-Adeyeye with more power than McCullough, stepping under the freshman forward’s left arm to shoulder his weight. McCullough had just torn his right ACL after jumping to catch a Michael Gbinije outlet pass, but the severity of the injury was unknown at the time.“Just to keep my hopes up and keep me happy he made me laugh, he said ‘Remember that 30-piece,’” McCullough said of Akintobi-Adeyeye at Monday’s practice in the Carrier Dome.His Orange teammates were getting ready for their 8 p.m. Tuesday tipoff against Wake Forest – the first of 15 more regular-season matchups SU will play without the 6-foot-10 freshman forward. McCullough said he’s staying positive and will still be himself, dancing and joking in the locker room. He and his teammates said the rest of the team will have to step up in his absence.McCullough will not be able to gain a medical redshirt as he would’ve had to play in 30 percent or fewer of his team’s regular-season games. He’s played in 16 contests — 51.6 percent of the 31 SU will play this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter limping into the locker room during the first half, McCullough said he walked around for five minutes, then iced the knee. He knew he was done for the game and had a serious injury, but couldn’t walk when he got up after he finished icing his knee.He watched the rest of the game by himself in the locker room, where he took a call from his mother but told her there was a game going on and that he’d call her back.“My mom, she talk for too long,” McCullough said. “I told her I’d call her back after the game or something.”After the game he went to his South Campus apartment where teammates visited him. He took some medicine, went to bed and put a pillow under his leg, which he said he couldn’t keep straight.On Monday morning he got an MRI, and two hours later, team trainer Brad Pike told him he had torn his ACL. Head coach Jim Boeheim said it’s a 6-8 month process of getting McCullough back for next season.“It’s a terrible injury and it’s just unfortunate,” Boeheim said before Monday’s practice. “It’s a freak accident. You just have to get it taken care of and do his rehab and come back. We’ve had two guys have terrible ACLs, Andy Rautins and Eric Devendorf and they’re both still playing today, stronger than ever.”Earlier in the day on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference Boeheim said that sophomore forward B.J. Johnson could play in either forward spot off the bench, Chinonso Obokoh would be SU’s backup center and Tyler Roberson would start in McCullough’s place.Roberson is averaging 23.2 minutes per game compared to McCullough’s 28.1, but has recently rotated in for, or alongside McCullough at the power forward spot.He said he’s learned his role at the No. 4 spot better as the season has progressed, increasingly moving out of the small forward position he played more earlier in the season.“I think I’m ready for it,” Roberson said of increased minutes. “It’s not something that I think would be asked of me that’s too much. I think I can do it.”McCullough said his surgery has not been scheduled yet as he waits for the swelling in his knee to go down. He said the whole team, not any individuals in particular, will have to step up without him and insisted that he’d still be himself around the team even though his pain is currently a “10 out of 10.”“I’m still going to be funny in the locker room, still going to be me, just going to be looking around now, can’t get my boogie on no more,” McCullough said, wiggling his hips. “Can’t do my tootsie roll.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 12, 2015 at 5:33 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_
The locker room breathed a sigh of relief. Kyle Kuzma said he had received indications that no deal with Davis was happening shortly after the Lakers’ loss to the Pacers on Tuesday, and that he had somewhat settled down since then knowing that he wouldn’t be shipped away to New Orleans.“I can actually pick up my phone and relax and text people,” he said. “People wanna talk to me without asking about getting traded.”While Zubac (8.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg) was the starting center during the past few weeks, JaVale McGee was the original starter when the season began and has now recovered from his pneumonia. The Lakers can also lean on veteran Tyson Chandler, who has sat out several games during the past few weeks for rest.Beasley had been in and out of the rotation while dealing with his mother’s illness and subsequent death early in the season. His Lakers tenure seemed to reach a turning point this week when it was reported he feuded with Walton after Saturday’s loss at Golden State. He released a statement to Yahoo Sports refuting the confrontation was serious, and told the Southern California News Group on Tuesday that the encounter “should never have left the locker room.”The Lakers are coming off their most lopsided loss of the season, a 42-point defeat against the Indiana Pacers. In a week when Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kuzma, Zubac and Beasley were all closely associated with trade scenarios with Davis, many of them acknowledged that they at least had seen or heard the speculation around their futures.Even Walton admitted it was a more wild deadline week than he was used to.“There is a lot this year, been a lot around our team, probably more so with the amount of media that covers all this stuff now, and the amount of rumors that get reported,” he said. “It’s probably more than most but, yeah, there’s been a lot of coverage on it.”Mirjam Swanson contributed to this report. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWhat the Lakers did come away with was Muscala, a 27-year-old, 6-foot-11 forward who spent most of the season with the Philadelphia 76ers (7.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg) as a bench player. He was acquired by the Clippers on Wednesday in a six-player deal that sent Tobias Harris to Philadelphia and never played a game for the other L.A. franchise.The Lakers made just one other move in the days before the deadline, trading rookie Svi Mykhailiuk and a second-round pick for Detroit’s Reggie Bullock, who is planning to join the team this weekend in Philadelphia.“Excited to have Reggie,” Coach Luke Walton said. “This guy, he’s a proven shooter, he’s got good size. … He’s meeting us in Philly tomorrow, and just excited to get to work with him.”There is also a loose end created by Thursday’s deal: an open roster spot. Letting the deadline pass with a spot open indicates the Lakers are ready to look at the buyout market, and notably Carmelo Anthony, a close friend of LeBron James, has been sitting on the shelf for most of the season and is available to be picked up.Otherwise, the Lakers (27-27) seem ready to move forward for the rest of the season with the roster looking relatively similar to how it was just a week ago. BOSTON — The Lakers made a trade at the deadline, but nowhere close to the scope of the one that’s been the root of a storm of speculation for the last week and a half.Aiming for more shooting, the Lakers dealt center Ivica Zubac and forward Michael Beasley in an across-the-hall trade with the Clippers for forward Mike Muscala, a league source confirmed.The relatively small-scale trade for a rotation player with an hour left until Thursday’s noon PT deadline was a much less ambitious move than the Lakers entered the week considering. A majority of the roster, as well as draft picks and salary-cap space, had been discussed as potential assets in a megadeal for New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis. A roaring buzz about the Lakers and Davis has encircled the team since he requested a trade Jan. 28 through his agent.But after all the drama, including some players acknowledging the trade rumors had affected their play, the Lakers didn’t, or possibly couldn’t, make the deal happen. That means Davis, who has not played since his trade request, will be on the New Orleans roster until the summer, at which point other teams – notably the Boston Celtics – can get involved in the bidding. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, spent most of his adult life fighting apartheid. He died last night, aged 95, at his Houghton, Johannesburg home, after enduring a prolonged lung infection.The former Nobel Peace Prize Laureate’s death has brought the country to a standstill with many condolences still pouring in from world leaders, celebrities, and ordinary South Africans.Brand South Africa chairperson, Chichi Maponya, expressed deep sorrow at his passing saying, “Madiba embodied our hopes and the realisation of our dreams.“We are in deep mourning following this loss of indescribable magnitude which is today reverberating across the world. During his imprisonment for 27 years, Madiba carried the aspirations of multitudes of our people who yearned for a free and democratic South Africa.”He added that Mandela had inspired South Africans and people around the world to fight for South Africa’s liberation, despite the seeming impossibility of this vision.“One of the greatest gifts he has bequeathed to this nation is the courage and strength to believe in a tomorrow that is better than today, a tomorrow in which our people live in dignity and prosperity,” he said.Many South Africans who were devastated by the news of Mandela’s death took to the nation’s streets in a show of mourning last night. Some gathered at Mr Mandela’s home in Houghton to light candles and celebrated his achievements. Others congregated outside Mandela’s former home on Soweto’s Vilakazi Street.United States President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron were among world leaders and dignitaries who paid fulsome tribute to Mandela as a moral giant and a beacon for the oppressed.27 YEARS A PRISONERLet us draw from Nelson Mandela’s wisdom. Let us be inspired. Let each and every one of us continue to walk forward into the future as he didMandela spent 27 years in jail for his attempts to overthrow the country’s white-minority government before being freed in 1990. He led the African National Congress (ANC) liberation organisation in negotiations with the National Party to secure South Africa’s first inclusive election in 1994.Born into the royal Tembu family in July 1918 in the village of Qunu, in Umtata in the south eastern Transkei, Mandela rose from relative rural obscurity to challenge the apartheid government.He became commander-in-chief of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), in 1961 and underwent military training in Algeria and Ethiopia the following year.While underground back home in South Africa, Mandela was captured by police in 1962 and sentenced to five years in prison for inciting workers to strike, and leaving the country illegally.In 1963 he was charged with sabotage and sentenced in 1964 to life in prison at the infamous Rivonia Trial with a number of other ANC members.He became South Africa’s first black president in 1994 and, after just a single term in office, stepped down as president in 1999.In retirement, Mandela focused his energy on his new role as a roving elder statesman and leading HIV/Aids campaigner before retiring from public life in 2004.His last major public appearance was in July 2010, at the final of the Fifa World Cup at the FNB Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg.Mandela is survived by his third wife, Graça Machel, three children, 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, and four step-children from his marriage to Machel.
Rodgers hails Leicester supporters after Spurs winby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers hailed the supporters for the atmosphere they created during Saturday’s 2-1 triumph over Tottenham Hotspur at King Power Stadium.The Foxes fell behind on 29 minutes when Harry Kane converted, despite Wilfred Ndidi having a goal disallowed by VAR early on.Serge Aurier also had a strike ruled out in the second period, and that provided City with the boost they needed, as Ricardo Pereira levelled on 69 minutes.Inspired by the equaliser, James Maddison went on to score a stunning winner to send the Foxes second in the Premier League standings.“It was a great game,” Rodgers told LCFC TV. “There was real emotion in the stadium and when I think of Leicester, that’s the type of game I think about – that intensity, that aggression.“The crowd was amazing for us and I thought we played very, very well and deserved the three points. [It was] action-packed, but it was a very, very good team performance.“We needed to start the game with that intensity, and I think the crowd then sense our appetite and our aggression in the game. Then, of course, different things happen in the game.“We had a goal disallowed and they then get in front. I thought the players then, in the second half, showed a really good resilience and focus and of course, they had a goal then disallowed as well.“But our reaction to get back into the game… we changed system in the game to try and be even more aggressive in attack, and it worked well for us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Andreas Pereira now feels settled at Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira says he now feels settled at Old Trafford.Loan spells in Spain with Granada and Valencia helped Pereira’s development and in the summer he signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2023.He said: “I looked up to a lot of players, but especially David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Cristiano Ronaldo . I also admired Kaka. Three out of the four were United – but I love United. “I have been here so long now that it’s like my house. I love Manchester – even the rainy weather – and I want to stay here for many years.“But to do that, I know we have to have a winning team. I will never accept losing games. I am used to winning because this is Manchester United.“When I came through here, it was about winning things, about winning trophies and we’re doing all we can to get close to that again.”I am not going to lie – if you are a United player, then you have to play everything to win.“That’s the aim we all have – to get back there, to get back to the top and put the club where it belongs.“We are all working hard on that.”
CHAPEL HILL, NC – MARCH 07: Jahlil Okafor #15 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after scoring against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at the Dean Smith Center on March 7, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)With the NBA Draft set to take place near the end of June, some of the top prospects in the country are currently in Santa Barbara, Calif., working out. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the potential No. 1 overall selection, is among the crop of players preparing for the draft at P3 Applied Sports Science, a training center in California. He reportedly looks pretty great. At @P3sportscience in Santa Barbara watching @BDA_Sports draft prospects working out today & tomorrow. Great group. pic.twitter.com/MheJn4MuLD— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015At @P3sportscience: Jahlil Okafor, Frank Kaminsky, Stanley Johnson, Kelly Oubre, Robert Upshaw, Joe Young, the Harrison twins, and many more— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Jahlil Okafor has only been here for four days, but he came in phenomenal shape. As lean as I’ve ever seen him. Hasn’t been vacationing…— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) May 6, 2015Okafor played this past season at 270 pounds. A leaner, more explosive Okafor would be pretty unstoppable. The NBA Draft is set to take place June 25.
Minister with Responsibility for Sports, Hon. Natalie Neita Headley, announced on February 28 that the National Sports Policy will be tabled in Parliament in another two weeks.This follows a presentation on the White Paper, and discussions with local sport associations and federations at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.Speaking at the forum, Minister Neita Headley named the members of the re-established National Sports Council, noting that they are to meet shortly.The advisory body will promote the actions that are to be taken to further develop sports in Jamaica.“It will advise the Prime Minister and the Minister, as it seeks to harmonize the sporting industry,” she indicated.Members of the Council include: President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Mike Fennell; Director of Emergency Disaster Management and Special Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Marion Bullock Ducasse; First Vice-President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, Don Anderson; President of the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association (JAAA), Dr. Warren Blake; President of Jamaica Paralympic Association, Christopher Samuda; and Fourth Vice-President of the JAAA, Dr. Winston Dawes.Also on the Council are: Education Officer for Physical Education and Sport at the Ministry of Education, Dr. Joyce Graham Royale; Inspector General of the Jamaica Defence Force, with responsibility for ceremonial activities, Colonel Daniel Pryce; Principal of GC Foster College, Edward Shakes; Former Jamaica Basketball Association President, Marlon Natty; Director in the Entertainment, Ministry of Tourism and Entertainment, Tafari Burns; and Executive Director of the Jamaica Anti Doping Commission (JADCO), Renée Anne Shirley.Meanwhile, Mrs. Neita Headley urged the associations to examine their current status, and preparations to participate in the various sports in the 2016 Olympics.“If you’re able to identify those areas, those athletes who will form part of that vision, we need to concentrate and focus on how we will help you to prepare those athletes to meet qualifying standards for 2016,” she said.The Minister said the National Sport Policy will guide the framework for overall national sports development; promote a healthier society; and strengthen appropriate regulations and legislation that support and facilitate sporting initiatives and activities that will result in increased participation among all Jamaicans“The policy is a framework of what will be ideal for us…it does not state how sports will be run, and does not seek to indicate to you how we will operate. That will have to come from a sports sector implementation plan, which will follow the approval of the policy,” she told stakeholdersMrs. Neita Headley noted the various actions that are already being taken towards the overall development of sports through inter-ministerial collaboration, and public/private partnerships.Among these activities is the establishment of a Sports Tourism Committee, to leverage brand Jamaica. She noted that concrete steps are also being taken to establish a sports museum, and that discussions have also begun with the London Mission to establish a sports museum foundation, which would allow members of the Diaspora to make meaningful contributions to the museum.As for the hosting of international events, the Minister said guidelines are being developed to ensure the best quality events that meet international standards.