Weekend Pick: Dominion RiverRock Outdoors Festival

first_imgThe city of Richmond, Va. gets a lot of press for being a great outdoors town, and for good reason. The James River runs through downtown providing some of the best – and only – urban whitewater experiences in the nation, their urban park and trail system is top notch, and they are constantly trying to improve their outdoor lifestyle infrastructure with bike share programs, commuter lanes, etc. Yes, the River City is definitely on the up and up in terms of outdoor recreation and it shows in the types of moves they are making, not only on a regional basis, but a national one as well. Unless you have been living under a rock for the past year, you are aware Richmond will be hosting the 2015 World Road Cycling Championships and the Xterra East Championships go through the city as well. These are all great things, but one event stands above the rest year after year: Dominion RiverRock.RiverRock is one of the largest, and best, outdoor lifestyle festivals on the East Coast, and certainly one of the most fun. Held on Brown’s Island of the James River downtown, RiverRock is an epic blend of sports, races, demos, vendors, music, and pro athletes from around the country. No sport is left out of the mix when it comes to RiverRock: climbing, trail running, mountain and road biking, SUP, and slacklining are all featured against the backdrop of Richmond’s urban waterfront. You can compete in mountain bike and trail running races, SUP trials, bouldering comps, freestyle kayaking and more, but the real treat is for the casual recreationist. This is the best opportunity you will ever get to pick the brains of the experts on gear, techniques, locations, and more in you chosen sport. Venders of every make and model are on hand to answer questions as well as let you demo the latest and greatest gear coming out.The BRO Roadshow will also be on hand giving out swag, so swing by our tent, say hey to Nick and Chuck and sign up to win some great prizes from our sponsors in one of several raffles throughout the weekend. What could be better than three days of outdoor fun at one of the premier festival venues on the East Coast?View Larger Maplast_img read more

Take steps to ensure wolves are protected

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Right now negotiations are being held on an appropriation rider that de-lists the wolf in the western Great Lakes. Not only one federal judge, but the highest appeals court in the nation, with Bush-appointed judges, found that USFWS violated delisting rules for wolves, and now, this rider takes away our legal challenge to keep agencies accountable. We certainly need that more than ever. The Northeast region is a potential wolf habitat, but we have no confirmed wild wolves living here. Restoring wolves to this landscape is really a way to complete and perfect the ecologic order. By resolving the public’s concerns, showing the economic, environmental and social benefits, along with carrying out the purpose of the Endangered Species Act in a strategic and effective manner, the gray wolf could be a success story.But here’s the catch. If wolves are delisted by this rider, it virtually eliminates the chances of natural recovery because of the violent and aggressive wolf-hunting seasons. Wisconsin wolves have the highest probability of getting to New England, but they certainly can’t do it if the population is killed off by trophy hunters.Wolves don’t know state lines, and that’s not how populations are able to recover. Until wolves recolonize suitable habitat nationally, we must stop delisting attempts. Congress shouldn’t be in the business of picking off species to delist. Western Great Lakes wolves are everyone’s wolves, no matter where you live in the United States.Please contact your senator and ask that wolves remain protected.Jacqueline de WittNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

Sturridge nets winner again

first_img Press Association But when Daniel Agger leapt highest at the corner, Sturridge was afforded far too much room inside the six-yard area to turn the ball home. It was the kind of start Moyes must have dreaded, raising the decibel level of an already pretty raucous occasion. Robin van Persie was not far away with an overhead kick after Patrice Evra had knocked down a Ryan Giggs free-kick, but largely it was an opening period of unremitting frustration for the visitors. Van Persie was one of three United players cautioned and the half ended with an angry exchange of words between Steven Gerrard and Van Persie, whose focus appeared to have slipped somewhat after an earlier tangle with Agger. It was not that Liverpool were creating lots of opportunities, David de Gea saved a decent curling free-kick from Gerrard after Glen Johnson’s powerful burst had been halted unfairly and the excellent Philippe Coutinho curled a free-kick over the crossbar, but Liverpool’s main advantage came through their control of the game, with Lucas outstanding alongside his captain in that crucial central-midfield area. United did return with a bit more purpose at least. Michael Carrick started to find his passing range, which allowed Young, and then his replacement Nani to threaten from wide positions. Still, United’s increased attacking threat came at the exposure of their defence, and the risk of a killer second. Nemanja Vidic almost gifted it to Liverpool with an underhit back-pass that had De Gea rushing to clear as Johnson closed in. Nani forced Simon Mignolet into his best save of the match 15 minutes from time, just before Johnson became the latest member of Hodgson’s squad to depart, limping pretty badly after a crunching clash with Evra. Van Persie could not make the most of a late opportunity provided by Javier Hernandez, and although five additional minutes of injury time brought a few nerves, in the end it was the hosts who came closest to scoring, De Gea brilliantly turning over Raheem Sterling’s powerful drive. If that was not bad enough, Wayne Rooney faces a few weeks on the sidelines with the head injury sustained in training on Saturday, and with the transfer window closing at 11pm on Monday night, Moyes is still to make his first significant signing. Not that United’s travails will bother Liverpool, who dominated the opening half, then had enough defensive muscle to resist the visitors’ late rally. If United’s first half was bad, spare a thought for Roy Hodgson. The England manager now knows he will be without Rooney for the vital World Cup qualifiers with Moldova and Ukraine. In addition, he saw Phil Jones limp off after the defender landed awkwardly jumping for a routine header. To top it off, he was forced to watch from a seat normally afforded to visiting scouts as a result of what he was told was a “clerical error”. It seemed a pretty woeful oversight on a day when the presence of Victor Moses, Mamadou Sakho and Tiago Ilori in the directors’ box showed Liverpool’s intent for the last day of the transfer window. At least Hodgson had Sturridge’s form to console him on the drive down to St George’s Park. Liverpool’s match-winner against Stoke and Aston Villa on the Reds’ perfect opening to the season, Sturridge bagged another as the hosts made a lightning start. The former Chelsea man had already given warning of his threat when he seized on the loose ball after Jordan Henderson had harassed Ashley Young into a mistake. Rio Ferdinand turned away his shot on that occasion. Daniel Sturridge provided a fitting tribute to the memory of Bill Shankly with a fourth-minute winner in the 1-0 victory over Manchester United that maintained Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the Barclays Premier League season. Monday would have been Shankly’s 100th birthday, and it will be celebrated with Liverpool back in their customary position as winners, with Sturridge now bagging the only goal in all three matches so far. In contrast, Manchester United manager David Moyes endured a depressing day. He failed to claim a hoped-for first win at Anfield following 12 unsuccessful visits with Everton. last_img read more