Leaders at Oxford Central Mosque have announced that they are reconsidering their controversial plans to broadcast the Muslim call to prayer.The Cowley mosque found itself at the centre of a national debate over the New Year after having said that they wanted to broadcast the call from loudspeakers across East Oxford.Secretary General Atlaf Hussain has now stated that he will ensure that a proper consultation takes place before any decisions are made. Hussain said, “This [the announcement about the call to prayer] was a decision made on emotions, rather than facts and realities. Proper consultation with our neighbours and the whole of our neighbourhood is necessary to avert anxiety and misunderstandings.“The issue of using loudspeakers is being reviewed and we would like to make it very clear that a proper consultation will be held and only after that will any final decision be made,” he said. He added that the mosque would not place a time limit on the reconsideration period.The mosque, which is in Manzil Way, Cowley, has also recently elected a new management committee to liaise with local residents and businesses. The Reverend Adam Romanis, Vicar of St Mary and John Church on Cowley Road, said, “I’m not without sympathy for the Muslim call to prayer taking place because we are on opposite sides of Cowley. “Most of the concern that has been expressed locally is from residents living in the immediate vicinity of the area, especially on Divinity Road where the people would hear the broadcasts very clearly. It is not surprising that they have been outspoken about their feelings” he said.Reverend Romanis also expressed his frustration at the way in which the Oxford mosque’s plans have been treated by the national media. He said, “I think the most interesting thing here is the furore that has been created in the national media. This is similarly illustrated by the recent uproar about the Archbishops’ comments on Sharia law. He bravely ventured into an area where there are sensitivities but the way that was represented was in many instances very unhelpful.”However one resident of Divinity Street, said, “Personally I think they are more than welcome to worship in whatever way they wish as long as they don’t wake me up. “It’s the same as having church bells ringing, so provided it’s not before 8am or after 10pm I don’t mind” they said.by Rob Pomfret
“They had no carry over,” said Rossi. “And they needed a buffer this year.”According to a study done by the CAES Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, hay, forage and pasture losses will total about $330 million this year due to drought.Cattlemen had to dig deeper to pay for hay this summer, said Curt Lacy, a livestock economist with UGA Cooperative Extension. The increased demand plus higher fertilizer costs caused by spikes in fuel prices all contributed to higher hay prices.Two years ago, a ton of hay cost about $65. It was around $80 per ton last year. Cattlemen have paid $100 to $110 per ton this year, he said.But things are looking better. Hay yields and pastures are improving, and cattlemen are storing hay now. One cow needs about 2 tons of hay to keep it fed between November and April each year. An acre of managed pasture that would yield 5 tons to 7 tons in a good summer will likely only produce about 3 tons to 4 tons this summer, Rossi said.Cattle prices are good now, too. Some cattlemen may choose to sell, or cull, their herd size to cut feed costs, Lacy said. But cattlemen fear too many cattle at market can drive prices down. It’s a fine line deciding to sell or spend the extra money to keep them fed and healthy.Cattlemen don’t need to skimp on feeding their cows, Rossi said. If they do, it could lead to thin cows and low pregnancy rates.Georgia cattlemen will likely plant more cold-tolerant forages like oats, rye, ryegrass and some wheat for cows to graze this winter.“It could get ugly next spring, when there’s a good chance the hay will be used up,” Rossi said. “Most cattlemen now are hoping that the hay they can find now will hold out and that we have a mild winter in Georgia.”To learn about marketing and management strategies during drought, cattlemen can contact their local Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1, or go to the Web site www.georgiadrought.org. By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaRains have perked up Georgia’s drought-parched pastures over the past few weeks. And cattlemen, who scrambled to sustain their herds this summer, are now storing up for the lean winter months. High heat and little rain in late spring and summer took a toll on Georgia pastures, said Johnny Rossi, a beef management specialist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Georgia cattlemen, depending on their location in the state, like to start grazing their herds in April or May when pastures of bermudagrass, bahiagrass or fescue shake off the cold and begin to green up. They usually start cutting pastures in June to store as hay to feed cattle in winter when pastures are dormant. They cut about three to four times throughout the summer.A drought like Geogia experienced this summer can throw things off.“We just didn’t get the rain we need to get pastures off to a good start or make a good hay crop this year,” Rossi said.In June, a third to a half of Georgia’s pastures were rated in poor to very poor condition, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service. And it only got worse in most places as the summer progressed.Half of the hay crop was in poor to very poor condition in late June, when cattlemen first start to cut hay. They usually harvest about a ton per acre. But this June they only got about half that if anything, Rossi said.The hay cattlemen were cutting or buying wasn’t being stored. It was being fed to cattle that couldn’t get enough grass from dry pastures.
FloydFest—a BRO Favorite—takes place July 22-26 in scenic Floyd, Va.—Photo by Roger GuptaFestival fans take notice: These are the bashes you must attend. New festivals keeping popping up across the country, but the Blue Ridge is full of proven galas that are worth your long weekend. This year BRO offers a guide to the top 20 festivals in the region. We chose events filled with the things our readers love best—authentic music, craft beer, comfortable camping, and outdoor adventure—in stunning locations that set the scene.French Broad River FestivalHot Springs, N.C. | May 1-3frenchbroadriverfestival.com Basics: Started nearly two decades ago as an intimate gathering by a group of paddlers, this fest at the Hot Springs Campground has grown into a regional favorite, featuring an impressive line-up of roots music and plenty of chances to play on the river. Best of all, it’s a party with a purpose: Through the years the fest has raised boatloads of cash for river access protector American Whitewater and a handful of other local charities.BEST IF: You like camping festivals on the smaller side with some outdoor action during the day.BANDS ON THE BILL: This fest is anchored by some of the South’s best regional acts, including Sol Driven Train, Larry Keel, and Big Daddy Love.BEYOND THE TUNES: This is also a chance to enjoy the French Broad with a popular raft race, a Paddle with Pros clinic, and a river cleanup.LEAFBlack Mountain, N.C. | May 7-10theleaf.com Basics: Nestled within the mountainous property of Camp Rockmont, the family friendly Lake Eden Arts Festival—better known as LEAF—features one of the most diverse arrays of artistic offerings of any fest in the region: live music, dance workshops, healing arts, and much more.BEST IF: You’re open to music and art from around the world, as this year performers from 30 different countries will be represented at the festival.BANDS ON THE BILL: Headliners this year include Xavier Rudd & The United Nations, Bombino, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, R. Carlos Nakai, and Donna the Buffalo.BEYOND THE TUNES: LEAF is designed to be interactive with more than 40 healing arts workshops on a range of topics from yoga and holistic health to rolfing and martial arts, diverse global cuisine, a wide selection of artisan goods, and a nationally recognized poetry slam. You can also enjoy the scenic surroundings with a hike on the Rockmont trails or a paddle in Lake Eden.Dominion Riverrock Richmond, Va. | May 15-17dominionriverrock.com Basics: Billed as the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival, this adventure games bash draws huge crowds to the banks of the James River in downtown Richmond. From central grounds on Brown’s Island, you can run, ride, paddle, and climb in a variety of comps and races, while live tunes are blaring in the background and big crowds are browsing gear booths.BEST IF: You like to race and enjoy an epic post-party.BANDS ON THE BILL: Riverrock organizers always cap the evenings with solid headliners, and this year is no exception with Blues Traveler and Greensky Bluegrass taking the top slots.BEYOND THE TUNES: This one is more about the adventure than the music, as Riverrock hosts races and comps all weekend long. Runners have the James River Scramble 10K Trail or the Filthy 5K Mud Run, while fat tire fans can sign up for the Thule Urban Assault Mountain Bike Race. There’s also an adventure race, climbing comps, and kayak events, including a boatercross. If you’re looking to find a new sport, the Interactive Village has opportunities to try kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, bouldering, and more.Trail DaysDamascus, Va. | May 15-17traildays.usBasics: The tiny southwestern Virginia town of Damascus, known as Trail Town, U.S.A., turns into a big reunion for Appalachian Trail thru-hikers and a huge party for outdoor lovers of all stripes. Hikers get together to trade trail stories, march in a parade, get goofy in a talent show, soak each other with water guns, check out a variety of gear booths, and get rowdy at the campgrounds in the evenings. There are also talks and presentations by A.T. legends of yesteryear.BEST IF: You’re all about the outdoors and the culture that surrounds it. You’ll be in good company here.BANDS ON THE BILL: Local and regional bands will provide the soundtrack with free shows everyday at the fest’s central grounds in Town Park.BEYOND THE TUNES: Take advantage of what this town is known for and get on the trails. While the A.T. runs through downtown, you can also easily access the rugged Iron Mountain and family-friendly Virginia Creeper Trails.RoosterWalk Music and Arts FestivalAxton, Va. | May 21-24roosterwalk.com Basics: Initially created to commemorate the lives of two lost friends, this low-key festival held in the scenic foothills country near Martinsville continues to improve its impressive line-up of roots music. This year the fest is moving to new venue, Pop’s Farm, in Axton.BEST IF: You dig an intimate homegrown festival on the rise, and you’re open to discovering new up-and-coming bands.BANDS ON THE BILL: Headliners this year include Yonder Mountain String Band, Lake Street Dive, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Southern Culture on the Skids, and Donna and the Buffalo.BEYOND THE TUNES: Henry County holds a 45-mile scenic stretch of the Smith River. Grab a reasonably priced canoe or kayak rental from Smith River Outfitters and make time for a morning paddle.Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 45th Annual Memorial Weekend Bluegrass FestivalCoeburn, Va. | May 21-23drralphstanleyfestival.comBasics: A down-home, multi-band traditional bluegrass gala in a beautiful setting at the old homeplace of Ralph Stanley, who’s still performing at age 88. He leads the bill with the Clinch Mountain Boys at his own Hills of Home Park in the mountains of southwest Virginia.BEST IF: You can’t get enough of the high lonesome sound, and you need to cross Stanley off your bucket list of legends to see live.BANDS ON THE BILL: Additional acts include Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, and Stanley’s son Ralph II.BEYOND THE TUNES: Learn about Appalachian music with a trip to the Ralph Stanley Museum. The festival provides shuttles to nearby Clintwood, where the museum sits in a historic Victorian house as a stop on the Commonwealth’s Crooked Road music heritage trail.DelFestCumberland, Md | May 21-24delfest.comBasics: A progressive bluegrass and roots music festival hosted by high lonesome sound pioneer Del McCoury in the scenic Potomac River Valley of western Maryland.BEST IF: You’ve always wanted to make it to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival but would rather keep it local, and you can’t get enough acoustic string jams.BANDS ON THE BILL: Along with daily sets from Del and his band, this year’s lineup is anchored by Americana all-stars Jason Isbell and Shovels and Rope, as well as return visits from Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, Leftover Salmon, and Railroad Earth.BEYOND THE TUNES: At Delfest you can stretch out every morning with yoga classes scheduled as part of the Movement Playshops program. The festival also has an Arts and Crafts Fair with vendors offering clothing, jewelry, and acoustic instruments.Graves Mountain Festival of MusicSyria, Va. | May 28-30gravesmountain.com Basics: Three days of the best in bluegrass takes place at the scenic Graves Mountain Lodge, in the shadow of Shenandoah National Park.BEST IF: You like to keep it mellow at festivals, watching top-notch picking and singing while relaxing in a lawn chair with stunning mountain views as a backdrop.BANDS ON THE BILL: Hear traditional bluegrass acts like Junior Sisk, Doyle Lawson, and Balsam Range alongside progressive folk artist Willie Watson.BEYOND THE TUNES: You’ll be within some of central Virginia’s best terrain, so spend your afternoon horseback riding, hiking, or swimming before the music begins.Bonnaroo Music and Arts FestivalManchester, Tenn. | June 11-14bonnaroo.com Basics: The pace setter for the current explosion of multi-band mega fests, Bonnaroo annually brings 80,000 fans to a 700-acre farm in the middle of Tennessee for one the country’s most eclectic, high-profile music extravaganzas.BEST IF: Crowds, heat, and dust won’t deter you from throwing down, as you take in a musical marathon that can’t be topped.BANDS ON THE BILL: The top of the bill features Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, Deadmau5, and Kendrick Lamar. Go deeper and catch sets by the War on Drugs, Caribou, the Punch Brothers, and Sturgill Simpson.BEYOND THE TUNES: Make time for Bonnaroo’s additional offerings like the comedy shows, the Broo’ers Festival craft beer garden, cinema tent, Silent Disco, and Food Truck Oasis.Red Wing Roots Music Festival Mount Solon, Va. | July 10-12redwingroots.comBasics: An intimate roots music festival with an impressively growing line-up at Natural Chimneys Park in the Shenandoah Valley. The hosts make this a family-friendly fest with scenic camping and plenty to do for the little festivarians in the Kid’s Zone, which includes special band performances for younger audiences.BEST IF: You need your music fix but like to keep it fun for the whole family.BANDS ON THE BILL: In addition to host band the Steel Wheels this year Red Wing will feature sets from the Punch Brothers, Robert Earl Keen, the Wood Brothers, Jon Russell of the Head and the Heart, Nikki Lane, Chatham County Line, the Travelin’ McCourys, and many more.BEYOND THE TUNES: Members of the Steel Wheels love to pedal, so this festival hosts group bike rides on Saturday morning. Pick from road options that range between 10 to 40 miles or a 10-mile mountain bike ride.BACKSTAGE PASSSince debuting in 2013, the Red Wing Roots Music Festival has quickly become a nationally respected Americana gathering, set in the intimate confines of Natural Chimneys Park in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. The festival is a collaboration between some local Harrisonburg music promoters, including Jeremiah Jenkins of Black Bear Productions and versatile acoustic outfit the Steel Wheels. In three short years the festival has featured an impressive array of roots-music acts, from established legends like Del McCoury and Sam Bush to popular upstarts Trampled by Turtles and the Devil Makes Three. Ahead of this year’s event, Jenkins and Steel Wheels front man Trent Wagler offered a glimpse behind the scenes of festival preparation and favorite moments.Early Roots The Steel Wheels tour regularly across the country and have been featured at some of the biggest acoustic music festivals in the world, including Merlefest and Stagecoach in California. A few years ago the band decided they wanted to host a party near home in Harrisonburg. “We would come home and talk about how great it would be to have a boutique musical festival right in our backyard that our own families would grow up around,” Wagler said. “We dreamed about something that could create that kind of community in the Shenandoah Valley.”Defining ‘Roots Music’ Jenkins said the festival requires at least 10 months of planning, and in a sea of competition from other festivals, booking acts can be tricky. “Year-round we keep a long list of bands that we’d like to play the festival,” Jenkins added. “Fitting everything into a budget and schedule becomes a puzzle with a bunch of moving pieces. Fortunately there is so much great music out there. We’re a small festival, and that is all we are trying to be. We want music that draws from traditions of old country, folk, singer-songwriter, Cajun, and bluegrass—what you would consider the roots of American music,” Wagler said. “We’re working hard to find great music that defines that term for us.”Keeping It Small Red Wing’s site at Natural Chimneys only allows a few thousand people to attend every year. While many festivals continue to grow, organizers want Red Wing to stay intimate and neighborly for people of all ages. “It’s a broad cross-section of our larger community,” said Jenkins. “People can come appreciate the festival in their own way. I love seeing people of all ages enjoying themselves—a 10-year-old girl with her face painted drinking out of a coconut, and an older couple sitting in lawn chairs, just grinning as they watch the music.”After hours “Last year on Saturday night, after everything had ended, members of five or six bands were backstage hanging around the fire, playing music together and singing,” remembered Jenkins. “Two members of the Devil Makes Three were dancing under the moonlight, the trees were swaying, and everyone was happy. At Red Wing artists can let their guard down and be themselves.”Forecastle FestivalLouisville, Ky. | July 17-19forecastlefest.comBasics: Once a small neighbor bash, Forecastle has grown to become one of the premiere music festivals in the country, taking place every summer at Louisville’s scenic 85-acre Waterfront Park.BEST IF: You want to throw down with a deep roster of bands in one of the South’s most vibrant cities.BANDS ON THE BILL: Hometown heroes My Morning Jacket will be joined by an eclectic mix of acts that includes Widespread Panic, Modest Mouse, Sam Smith, Cage the Elephant, Houndmouth, Tweedy, and many more.BEYOND THE TUNES: You’re in Kentucky, so enjoying some brown water is a must. In addition to the tunes, this fest honors its home state’s great trade with a Bourbon Lodge. You can also check out more goods from the Bluegrass State at Kentucky Landing, which highlights local food and craft beer.FloydFestFloyd, Va. | July 22-26floydfest.comBasics: You reach FloydFest on Milepost 170.5 of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Once there you find an unsuspecting 80-acre mountain plateau that becomes a multi-stage musical blowout, bridging the gap between Appalachian traditions and the melting pot of independent roots music from the around the rest of the world.BEST IF: You’re down to get lost in nine stages of music for five days in a remote Blue Ridge setting.BANDS ON THE BILL: This year FloydFest is packed with something for everyone. Headliners include Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Brandi Carlile, Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Drive-By Truckers, Trampled by Turtles, Lord Huron, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and plenty more.BEYOND THE TUNES: The festival has added an impressive outdoor adventure program to its lengthy list of activities. The Moonstomper Mountain Bike Trail offers onsite singletrack, and there’s also an organized off-site 19-mile ride, the Belcher Mountain Beat Down, that features 1,600 feet of climb and offers shuttle service back to the festival. More adventure opportunities include guided hikes, disc golf, and organized paddling trips on the Little River.BACKSTAGE PASSKris Hodges founded FloydFest back in 2002, alongside partner Erika Johnson, as a way to showcase the unique progressive arts community in Floyd, Va. The small Blue Ridge town has been a haven for musicians, painters, and organic farmers since the ‘60s and still remains an off-the-beaten path beacon of creativity in the South. With the fourteenth installment of the festival on the horizon, Hodges gave us an inside perspective on managing growth and sticking to FloydFest’s initial vision.Early Roots FloydFest’s first line-up represented a bridge between the sounds of Appalachia and music from around the world. Regional hero Doc Watson shared a bill with the African Showboyz, while a modest crowd was exposed to Floyd’s culture. “In the first year the idea was to create social awareness globally,” Hodges says. “We wanted to use Floyd as an example of how communities can function through an old-school way of country living with a strong sense of barter, farm-to-table food, and organic farming. Floyd was started by people who left mainstream society to forge their own lives. People living there today are still outside the fray. We’ve gotten national attention, but we’ve never wanted to be mainstream. With FloydFest we’ve tried to forge our own path.”Keeping It Real Hodges has always resisted booking a major headliner that would bring a dominating crowd to the festival. Instead he crafts a roster of roots music artists of all stripes that come together for a colorful combination. The formula has worked. FloydFest attendance has swelled into the tens of thousands in recent years, causing Hodges to even reduce capacity. “We’ve found you get a lot more connectivity when the crowd is able to act as community. We want this festival to be sustainable, so we’re going to keep a small cohesive vibe.”More than Music “I’ve been a musician my whole life, but I’m also an avid backpacker and trail runner. I live in a yurt in the middle of the Blue Ridge. I want to be around like-minded people. Our crowd has been very receptive to our outdoor offerings. Our river trips sell out every year, and our 5K runs have been packed. This is a special place, located right off the Parkway, so we want people to experience what it has to offer beyond the music.”Favorite Memory “From the beginning I remember telling myself if I can get Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, and their whole crew on our stage, my work will be well done. When it happened in 2012, I remember walking through the crowd and seeing folks just smiling ear to ear, having the best times of their lives. That’s a great feeling—when you keep your integrity intact, you work hard, and it’s recognized.”Bristol Rhythm and Roots ReunionBristol, Tenn./Va. | September 18-20bristolrhythm.comBasics: Bristol is a historic musical city, the site of early recordings by the Carter Family and many more pioneers. Every fall the border town celebrates this lineage through a gala that incorporates roots music from all generations. This annual fest features a range of artists from national headliners to regional upstarts to down home Appalachian pickers playing along the bustling main drag of State Street (which straddles the Virginia/Tennessee line) on 22 stages—outdoors, inside theaters, and bars.BEST IF: You like a lively street party with a deep line-up of bands in a quaint Southern city.BANDS ON THE BILL: This year’s diverse lot of roots-music acts includes Steve Earle, Dr. Dog, Hot Rize, Balsam Range, Delbert McClinton, Strand of Oaks, and Moon Taxi.BEYOND THE TUNES: Take the opportunity to learn as well as listen by visiting the nearby Birthplace of Country Music Museum.Lockn’Arrington, VA | September 10-13locknfestival.comBasics: A jam fans paradise on the sprawling, idyllic Oak Ridge Farm, Lockn’ offers an alternative to the usual festival formula by holding bands on two massive side-by-side stages with no overlapping sets. Approaching just its third year, the festival has set a high bar by already hosting the likes of Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, and surviving members of the Grateful Dead. The fest is also known for orchestrating interesting collaborations between artists, like the first year’s pairing of John Fogerty with Widespread Panic.BEST IF: You miss the early years of Bonnaroo, when it debuted as a jam band marathon.BANDS ON THE BILL: Catch sets from Widespread Panic, Phil Lesh, and the String Cheese Incident, who will play one set in a special collaboration with the Doobie Brothers.BEYOND THE TUNES: Oak Ridge is a gorgeous property, and during the festival there are 30 miles of biking trails open to attendees. If you can’t bring your own bike, there is a demo fleet on site.Hopscotch FestivalRaleigh, N.C. | September 10-12hopscotchmusicfest.comBasics: Every year an eclectic mix of indie rock and experimental acts converge in downtown Raleigh for this annual festival that hosts shows in more than a dozen venues, including an amphitheater, theaters, and smaller bars and clubs.BEST IF: You’re cool with navigating a schedule of 160 bands at a variety of venues.BANDS ON THE BILL: Not announced yet but last year was headlined by Spoon, St. Vincent, De La Soul, and the War on Drugs.BEYOND THE TUNES: The greater Raleigh area has 18 breweries, and Beltline Brew Tours (beltlinebrewtours.com) has a range of options for tasting some of the best around the Triangle.Gauley FestSummersville, W.Va. | September 18-19americanwhitewater.orgBasics: Started back in 1983 as a victory dance to celebrate the derailment of a dam project that would have disrupted flows of the mighty Gauley, this bash brings together class V whitewater runs, live music, and boater shenanigans as the biggest paddling festival in the world. In addition to plenty of river time, you can score some great gear deals and catch up with a who’s who of industry folks in the whitewater marketplace.BEST IF: You’re a river junkie who loves to paddle and party.BANDS ON THE BILL: Not typically the focus of this fest. Expect some local or regional acts that will keep the fun going.BEYOND THE TUNES: Enjoy what you’ve come to celebrate and run the class V rapids of the Gauley. If you’re not a whitewater boater, jump in a raft with one of the area’s many outfitters.Brewgrass FestivalAsheville, N.C. | September 19brewgrassfestival.comBasics: New beer festivals keep popping up everywhere, but Brewgrass was around long before the current craft beer boom. Approaching its 19th year, the annual festival, now taking place at Asheville’s Memorial Stadium, features tasty offerings from 50 craft breweries and a full day of progressive bluegrass.BEST IF: You’re into day drinking, and lots of it.BANDS ON THE BILL: Acts this year include the Jeff Austin Band, Big Daddy Love, and the Packway Handle Band.BEYOND THE TUNES: If you have anything left in the tank, head to one of Asheville’s 18 breweries for one more round. Or maybe just go home and drink water.The Festy ExperienceRoseland, Va. | October 9-11thefesty.comBasics: This intimate fest sits on the scenic grounds of central Virginia’s Devils Backbone Brewery, hosting a long weekend of eclectic roots music combined with mountain sports, workshops, and local beer.BEST IF: You’re looking for a small family friendly festival with comfy camping spots and crisp fall weather.BANDS ON THE BILL: The Festy is always anchored by expansive bluegrass pickers The Infamous Stringdusters; many more acts to be announced soon.BEYOND THE TUNES: Wake up early on Saturday morning and run the Blue Ridge Burn, a 10K/5K trail race hosted by Blue Ridge Outdoors on the festival’s three-mile onsite trail network.Go Outside FestivalRoanoke, Va. | October 16-18roanokegofest.comBasics: Every fall, Roanoke’s River’s Edge Sports Complex turns into a mountain sports playground filled with running, biking, climbing, slacklining, paddling, and fishing. Set along the Roanoke River, this annual three-day fest features races, relaxed gear demos and clinics, and the chance to check out the latest and greatest from gear vendors.BEST IF: You want to celebrate your favorite sport or learn another.BANDS ON THE BILL: Still TBD, but count on regional acts to provide the soundtrack in the evening. Last year was headlined by the Hackensaw Boys.BEYOND THE TUNES: Another one that’s all about adventure. Run the trail half marathon, learn to roll a kayak, or enter the fly casting comp. Options are plentiful here, with 175 free activities, and you can camp on site. Craft beverages are also a big part of this fest. According to organizers, last year’s 20,000 attendees put back more than 12,000 beers.MerlefestTBD, 2016 | Wilkesboro, N.Cmerlfest.orgBasics: One of the country’s preeminent Americana festivals, Merlefest was started by late icon Doc Watson to honor his son and fellow musician Merle, who predeceased him. An estimated 80,000 people flock to the campus of Wilkes Community College for a huge line-up of artists that blur the lines between country, blues, bluegrass, and rock. This festival is dry, so the party truly revolves around the sounds. Grab an energy bar and bounce between 13 stages. Key tip: Don’t miss the midnight jam.BEST IF: You can’t get enough roots music.BANDS ON THE BILL: BRO’s guide comes out days after this festival finishes every year, but it’s too good not to mention. This year’s line-up featured the Avett Brothers, Dwight Yoakam, Bela Fleck, and Trampled by Turtles.BEYOND THE TUNES: Bring your instrument, as the Merlefest scene always has legendary picking circles at the nearby campgrounds. Also, bring your bike and the ride the flowy singletrack of the Kerr Scott Trails.
No. 5 Georgia and No. 8 Baylor concluded the New Year’s 6 slate of games on Wednesday with a defensive slugfest.For a while it seemed as if Georgia would run away with it after taking a 19-0 lead at halftime, punctuated by two Rodrigo Blankenship field goals and Jake Fromm passing touchdowns to George Pickens and Matt Landers. The Georgia defense was similarly dominant, limiting the Bears to a measly 97 yards of total offense in the first half. MORE: College football bowl scheduleBaylor, to its credit, refused to go down without a fight, scoring 14 third-quarter points behind quarterback Charlier Brewer, including a 12-yard pass to receiver Denzel Mims and a 1-yard touchdown run. But the Bears couldn’t muster another scoring drive; Brewer exited the game in the fourth quarter after a hit to the head, ending any hope Baylor had of mounting a comeback. The Bears’ offense ended the game with a punt, turnover on downs and interception.In all, Fromm completed 20 of 30 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Georgia’s Zamair White was the leading rusher in the game, notching 92 yards and a score on 18 carries. Pickens had a great game as well, catching 12 passes for 175 yards and a score. Brewer finished 24 of 41 passing for 211 yards, a score and an interception. Receiver Denzel Mims and running back Trestan Ebner led the Bears with 75 and 70 receiving yards, respectively.Check out Sporting News’ live updates, highlights and score changes for Georgia vs. Baylor:Georgia vs. Baylor score 1Q2Q3Q4QFGeorgia3167026Baylor0014014Georgia vs. Baylor scoring playsFirst quarter:0:49 — Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship 24-yard field goal (3-0 Georgia)Second quarter:12:28 — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm 27-yard touchdown to George Pickens (10-0 Georgia)8:08 — Georgia kicker Rodrigo Blankenship 31-yard field goal (13-0 Georgia)1:51 — Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm 16-yard touchdown to Matt Landers; Georgia missed 2-point conversion. (19-0 Georgia)Third quarter:12:14 — Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer 12-yard touchdown pass to Denzel Mims (19-7 Georgia)7:16 — Georgia running back Zamir White 13-yard touchdown run (26-7 Georgia)4:10 — Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer 1-yard touchdown run (26-14 Georgia)Georgia vs. Baylor updates, highlightsFinal: Georgia 26, Baylor 1412:36 p.m.: Final stats from the Sugar Bowl: 10:29 p.m.: Bulldogs get 7 yards on the first-down carry, and that will do it for the first half. Bulldogs go into the locker room leading 19-0.10:28 p.m.: Georgia will get the ball back, but Baylor downed the Dawgs at the 4-yard line. Probably see a few runs to end the half here.10:27 p.m.: Georgia forces another punt and will take its last timeout with roughly 40 seconds remaining in the half.10:24 p.m.: Brewer pumps three times and hits Thornton for the third-down conversion. Next play he spins in the pocket, avoids a blitz and nets 5 yards on the pass. He’s sacked on the ensuing play for a loss of 4 yards, however. Bears face third-and-9 from their 38 with 49 seconds remaining.10:19 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, GEORGIA. Fromm hits Matt Landers for a 16-yard touchdown, just his fourth completion to someone other than Pickens. The Bulldogs fail their 2-point conversion, but it’s still 19-0 Georgia.Jake Fromm with a BULLET to Matt Landers for the 16 yard TD! #UGA pic.twitter.com/nDo4qBo7QS— Boo Boo Shoester (@FTBeard11) January 2, 202010:15 p.m.: Baylor has no answer for Pickens, who catches another pass and takes it 27 yards out to Baylor’s 40-yard line. He now has 10 receptions for 163 yards.10:10 p.m.: Baylor’s Matt Rhule is livid after referees fail to notice Georgia’s DJ Daniel blatantly interfering with Tyquan Thornton’s ability to catch a long ball. Bears forced to punt three plays later.10:08 p.m.: Wow, Baylor gets it all back with a quick throw to running back Trestan Ebner, who makes a man miss for a 13-yard gain and a new set of downs.10:07 p.m.: Baylor gets the ball back and is in danger of another three-and-out. Bears convert on third down but the play is called back for holding by Xavier Newman-Johnson.10:04 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, GEORGIA. The Bulldogs’ drive stalls at the 14-yard line, but Lou Groza Award winner Rodrigo Blankenship nails it from 31 yards out it 13-0 Georgia.9:57 p.m.: Fromm connects with Pickens for his eighth catch to convert on third down. Georgia is now driving at Baylor’s 40 and Pickens has all of the Bulldogs’ 129 receiving yards.9:54 p.m.: Bad news for Baylor. Georgia forces a three-and-out and Baylor offensive lineman Blake Bedier is called for unsportsmanlike conduct after throwing a punch after the third-down play. That makes it fourth-and-20 and figures to give Georgia good field position.9:50 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, GEORGIA. Fromm throws a beautiful over-the-shoulder pass to Pickens for a 27-yard touchdown. That makes it 10-0 Georgia, which could be an insurmountable lead the way the Bulldogs’ defense is playing.Jake Fromm with an absolute DIME to George Pickens 🎯 pic.twitter.com/mA50CFaoYk— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) January 2, 20209:47 p.m.: Baylor linebacker Jordan Williams, almost on cue, nearly intercepts a Fromm pass. He can’t pull it down, however, and Georgia will continue its drive from Baylor’s 44.9:45 p.m.: Georgia forces a three-and-out on Baylor’s next drive. Ensuing Bulldogs drive sees them cross midfield after four plays. A touchdown here might be enough to end it.End of first quarter: Georgia 3, Baylor 09:37 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, Georgia. The Bulldogs use their first big play of the evening to get on the board first. Georgia 3, Baylor 0.9:34 p.m.: After each team punts, Fromm finds George Pickens for a huge 46-yard gain through the air via a flea-flicker.Flea Flicker!!!!Jake Fromm (@FrommJake)toGeorge Pickens (@geo_Thagoat)#SugerBowl | #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/0NQb9iVvrZ— GEORGIA HEROES (@GeorgiaHeroes) January 2, 20209:23 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, Georgia. Brewer wastes the first real scoring chance of the game by throwing a pick, though in fairness to him it was deflected into the air.Tip-drill. One-handed. Elite level of concentration.What an impressive interception.(via @ESPN)pic.twitter.com/ah9SxerhVv— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 2, 20209:19 p.m.: A pass interference call against the Bulldogs moves Baylor to the Georgia 26.9:14 p.m.: Baylor regains possession by … another punt. That’s three in the first seven minutes of action.9:10 p.m.: Baylor punts the ball back after failing to move past its own 38. (collegepressbox.com) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/13/d8/georgia-baylor-first-half-stats-2020_1fxzbjkfrxx021pjuu23iyxv47.png?t=1682915655&w=500&quality=80 (collegepressbox.com) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2e/d6/georgia-baylor-full-game-stats_q8gw2ovin96y1itynev0sydzo.png?t=1690342031&w=500&quality=80 12:32 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, BAYLOR. Zeno’s pass is intercepted by Richard LeCounte, who runs perfectly parallel out of bounds and up to the stands. Georgia will kneel on it and end this game.12:31 p.m.: Baylor now facing fourth-and-10 with no timeouts remaining and 1:51 left. If the Bears don’t convert Georgia can kneel it and end the game.12:29 p.m.: And now Mims exits the game with what looks like a stinger. One play later Baylor gets a first down at its 22.12:27 p.m.: Baylor takes over at its 7-yard line with 2:54 after the punt. Quarterback Jacob Zeno is in at quarterback now.12:24 p.m.: Baylor’s defense stands strong and brings on fourth down. Considering the time left on the clock, there might not be enough time for a comeback, especially without Brewer.12:17 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, BAYLOR. Linebacker Nolan Smith sacks Bohanon on fourth down, forcing a turnover on downs. Georgia will get the ball back with great field position and about five minutes left to play. That might be it.12:17 p.m.: Baylor facing fourth-and-11 at Georgia’s 48. Could be the game right here.12:15 p.m.: Baylor meanwhile haas it third-and-1 at Georgia’s 48. Hasty gets 2 yards and a first down. Bears are still down two possessions with under 7:30 to play.12:14 p.m.: Brewer is being carted off the field, seemingly lucid. An unfortunate reminder of how rough this game is on the players’ bodies.12:12 p.m.: Good news for Baylor. Brewer is up. But he looks concussed and shouldn’t continue playing.12:09 p.m.: Baylor backup quarterback Gerry Bohanon is warming up.12:07 p.m.: Brewer scrambles again and gets almost all the yardage needed. But he’s tackled late out of bounds by Georgia’s Travon Walker, netting Baylor 15 yards and a first down. Brewer is still down on the sideline. It’s worth noting he was concussed in the Bears’ Big 12 championship game against Oklahoma.Baylor QB Charlie Brewer out of the ball game after this hit pic.twitter.com/GWBtRy9Ktf— CFB Home (@CFBHome) January 2, 202012:05 p.m.: Brewer scrambles 11 yards for a first down out to the 21-yard line. With time winding down under 10 minutes, this is a must-score drive.12:04 p.m.: Brewer tries to hit Mims on the deep ball but doesn’t put quite enough air under it. Bears facing 2nd-and-10 from the 10-yard line.11:59 p.m.: Wow, Fromm had Demetrius Robertson all alone in the end zone but he underthrew him. Even so the ball dropped right into Robertson’s hands and he dropped it. One play later, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year James Lynch sacks Fromm for a loss of 3 to make it fourth down.11:58 p.m.: Fromm hits Pickens on a quick comeback route and he makes several people miss en route to an 11-yard gain to Baylor’s 45. Bears still have no answer for him.11:57 p.m.: Georgia starting to get several chunk plays along the ground. They’re wearing down on Baylor’s defense.11:55 p.m.: Fromm hits a wide-open Tyler Simmons on the sideline for a key third-down conversion. Bulldogs get a new set of downs at their 32 and get out from the shadow of their own end zone.11:53 p.m.: Georgia tries to catch Baylor napping and hit Pickens deep. Baylor doesn’t fall for it and has it well-defended. Second-and-10 for Georgia now.11:52 p.m.: Brewer’s attempt is knocked down at the line of scrimmage. Baylor punts and downs Georgia at its 1.End of third quarter: Georgia 26, Baylor 1411:48 p.m.: Baylor facing third-and-5 from Georgia’s 48 to start the fourth quarter. Looks like four-down territory.11:44 p.m.: Refs award Baylor the first down after review. Bears have it first-and-10 instead of fourth-and-1.11:41 p.m.: Bears facing fourth-and-1 from their own 45 and are going for it without hesitation (assuming replay doesn’t award them a first down after R.J. Sneed’s catch).11:40 p.m.: Baylor takes over at its 35 after Georgia’s punt. Could be a big drive here.11:38 p.m.: Baylor nets two sacks on Fromm on consecutive plays. Bulldogs are going backwards, facing third-and-17. Sacks come courtesy of James Lockhart and Bravvion Roy.11:34 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, BAYLOR. Brewer punches it in himself from 1 yard out to make it 26-14 Georgia. Bears refuse to go away in the third.Charlie Brewer 1 yard TD run! #SugarBowl pic.twitter.com/Salee8Bwq6— Boo Boo Shoester (@FTBeard11) January 2, 202011:33 p.m.: Baylor now facing third-and-goal from the 1. Absolutely a must-score situation right here.11:31 p.m.: Georgia’s called for pass interference, giving Baylor first-and-goal at the 2.11:30 p.m.: On the next play, Ebner takes it off left tackle for a 17-yard gain. Bears are knocking first-and-10 at the 14.11:27 p.m.: Baylor gets a long gain on a slip screen to Ebner, but an unsportsmanlike penalty negates it. Thankfully for the Bears, a facemask on the play by Georgia still nets them 15 yards to the 31-yard line.11:25 p.m.: Baylor not giving up. Brewer hits Thornton for a 17-yard gain to Baylor’s 45. Every drive is must-score now.11:22 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, GEORGIA. One play later, Zamir White takes it in from 13 yards out to make it 26-7 Georgia. Absolutely devastating couple of plays there by Georgia.Charlie Woerner and Eli Wolf put on a blocking clinic on this Zamir White [email protected] @coach_thartley @DellMcGee @zeus1_34 pic.twitter.com/2A8vPxPL0A— Dayne Young (@dayneyoung) January 2, 202011:20 p.m.: Scratch that! Georgia runs the fake field goal and placekicker Jake Camarda runs for 6 yards on fourth-and-2!\Georgia got creative on the field goal attempt, then they scored 6 😤 pic.twitter.com/g5PGOeMDPE— ESPN (@espn) January 2, 202011:18 p.m.: Georgia, facing third-and-13, gets a chunk of it back with an 11-yard connection between Tyler Simmons to make it fourth-and-2. Blankenship is coming on for a 36-yard field goal.11:16 p.m.: Georgia running back Kenny McIntosh bounces the ball outside and gets a nice 12-yard gain to the Baylor 27. Bulldogs are starting to impose their will now.11:13 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, BAYLOR. Georgia outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari strip-sacks Brewer from behind and it’s recovered by Peyton Mercer. Georgia has the ball at the Baylor 47.11:09 p.m.: And now Rhule calls timeout.11:09 p.m.: Baylor’s drive stalls just past midfield, and now the Bears have a choice to make. looks like they’re going for it on fourth-and-4.11:08 p.m.: A Georgia penalty and 6-yard JaMycal Hasty run gets Baylor out to the Georgia 46-yard line.11:04 p.m.: And now Baylor forces a three-and-out. Another score here and the Bears are right back in it.11 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, BAYLOR. And on the next play, Brewer hits receiver Denzel Mims for a 12-yard touchdown with Eric Stokes in coverage. A huge drive for Baylor that makes it 19-7 Georgia.Denzel Mims just keeps on producing, fantastic at the catch point pic.twitter.com/IkzzAXS1df— NFL Warehouse (@NflWarehouse) January 2, 202010:58 p.m.: Baylor with some success on its first drive out of the half. The Bears are driving all the way down to Georgia’s 13 off eight plays.Halftime: Georgia 19, Baylor 010:30 p.m.: First-half stats from the Sugar Bowl: 9:04 p.m.: Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm missed Pickens on third-and-6 from the Bulldogs’ 40-yard line, forcing a Georgia punt. The Bears will take over at their 17-yard line.9:03 p.m.: Freshman receiver George Pickens gets two catches in Georgia’s first three plays, including a third-down-converting play on third-and-3.9:01 p.m.: Baylor kicks a touchback, and Georgia will take over at its 25-yard line.
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About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We’ve toughened up since Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino feels his players have become mentally stronger over the first-half of the season.Pochettino believes the temperament of his squad has improved following a dressing down at Old Trafford.He was agitated by players talking about winning the Premier League title after beating Manchester United 3-0 in August.”After our victory at Old Trafford, I was so disappointed with some of the comments, the way we assimilated the victory,” said Pochettino ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth.”After that we improved a lot and learned. In football you always have to be respectful and talk on the pitch. We’re in a very good position — last 16 of the Champions League, semi-final of the Carabao Cup and third in the Premier League table.”I remember when we arrived it always was about how? How do we reduce the gap to the top? How can we be competitive in big games? How can we be consistent? How? How? How? After four-and-a-half years I think we’re in a very good position. But now the last step is the most difficult step. It looks so close but sometimes it’s not so close. That is why it’s tough to keep going.”In our first press conference after the World Cup I told you this is going to be one of the most difficult seasons for us. When many things were negative, when all the circumstances were not the best to start with… But we fought a lot and we took a massive challenge, fighting all together, and we’re doing a fantastic job.”
Roy Williams DabWhen you beat your rival on the road and clinch the seventh ACC regular season title in your tenure as head coach, there’s only one thing you can do: dab. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams did his best Cam Newton impression and broke out his dab in the post-game locker room tonight, much to the delight of his players. Not bad, Roy. That’s one thing we can’t see coach K doing.
Earlier this year, UNICEF UK Ambassador and global TV personality, Cat Deeley, travelled to India to witness how the futures of adolescent girls are being transformed by the Building Young Futures programme.Cat Deeley travels to India to witness how the futures of adolescent girls are being transformedCredit/Copyright: UNICEF UKThe programme is a Barclays and UNICEF initiative which is empowering young people to fulfil their potential by equipping them with the confidence and financial and business skills they need to build a stable future for themselves and their families.Almost a quarter of the world’s youth are unemployed; and this is clearly seen in India with rising youth unemployment figures significantly higher than adults.Life can be particularly hard for young women as they face the challenge of limited opportunities of employment teemed with discrimination, early marriage, violence and poverty.Cat visited young women in the urban slums of Mumbai and rural villages of Chandrapur to see how the Building Young Futures programme, locally known in India as Deepshikha, is teaching young women that they are equal to men, whilst providing them with the skills they need to overcome the daily challenges and become strong, financially independent women.The programme, which has so far reached 65,000 young women in India, is a collaboration between UNICEF and Barclays. Barclays funds and helps manage the programme whilst their staff help train young women in business and financial skills.In addition, young women, known as prerikas, are equipped with the knowledge they need to run their own training programmes with other girls in their communities, empowering even more young women with the skills and confidence to become financially independent.Find out more about the Building Young Futures programme amd read about Cat Deeley’s visit to India here.Source:UNICEF UK
TABER, Alta. – A group with the support of thousands of farmers will appear before the Supreme Court of Canada to oppose a legal ruling that allows energy companies to walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land.The court announced Thursday that it will hear from the Action Surface Rights Association in an appeal of the so-called Redwater decision. It allows bankrupt energy companies to abandon wells during bankruptcy proceedings without having to clean up the sites.“It didn’t seem like anybody cared about the landowners’ position,” said Daryl Bennett, a farmer from Taber, Alta., and a member of the surface rights group, which asked the court to let it intervene.“Industry is able to walk away from the requirement to return the land back like it was when they first took it.”The 2016 ruling in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allows bankrupt energy companies to sever their connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when their assets are sold off for creditors. Since that decision, more than 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s energy regulator, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, the Alberta government and legal scholars have all warned about the consequences of that ruling.Bennett and his neighbours are living with the results. He said friends of his have four wells on their land, two of which have been cut loose.“The company has come in and they’ve said they don’t have to follow any of the terms of the lease any more,” he said. “They (farmers) can’t get a loan on their land because of existing pollution. There’s noxious weeds being spread from lease to lease by the operator. They can do whatever they want.“The land’s not being respected. The landowners aren’t being respected.”Farmers also lose out on promised lease payments. The Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, can’t keep up with the number of companies walking away.Bennett points out that farmers in Alberta can’t legally refuse an energy company that wants to drill on their land.“The head of the Alberta Energy Regulator has just come out and said the system is broken. If the system is broken, why are you still imposing it on landowners?”Jim Ellis has said the problem lies in federal legislation and a three-year economic downturn that has left many good-faith operators in dire straits. The original judge ruled that federal bankruptcy law takes precedence over provincial environmental rules.Bennett said his group has about 200 members. Its appearance before the court is supported, however, by farm groups across Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as by the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and the National Farmers Union.The Alberta regulator has said it will examine the histories of companies and their directors applying for licences to drill a well. Staff will look for evidence of poor regulatory compliance or non-payment of bills such as taxes, royalties and other industry levies.Lawyers for the landowners are to address the Supreme Court on Feb. 15.— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter