first_imgSituated in the Monongahela National Forest in the north central West Virginia Highlands, Blackwater Canyon stands apart as one of the Mountain State’s best view points. Once used to haul lumber and coal through this sunning natural landscape, the Blackwater Canyon Trail is tailor-made for those seeking a sense if mountain solitude. In addition to expansive views of the West Virginia High Country and the Blackwater River below, be on the lookout for the endangered West Virginia flying squirrel, the Indiana bat, and the Cheat Mountain salamander. For directions to Blackwater Canyon here.[divider]More from Blueridgeoutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more


first_imgPathway from crisis Although hotspots like New York face a dire lack of protective gear, ventilators and medics, there was further cause for optimism, with early-hit states like Washington and California demonstrating a possible pathway out of the crisis.Washington appears to be on the downward slope of its case curve and has even sent 400 ventilators to New York, but its governor Jay Inslee said he feared a second wave because of the ongoing patchwork response.”Even if Washington gets on top of this fully, if another state doesn’t, it can come back and come across our borders two months from now, so this is important to have a national success,” he told NBC. California is also showing how it is possible to get on top of the crisis, said epidemiologist Brandon Brown of the University of California, Riverside.  “We are now ramping up testing, starting to measure community spread, preparing spaces for when hospitals may be overrun,” he said. On the sports front, the golf world has reconfigured its schedule — the Masters will now be in November, and the US Open and Ryder Cup will go ahead on back-to-back weeks in September.”Sports, and particularly the game of golf, are important vehicles for healing and hope,” said PGA of America chief executive Seth Waugh. Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University, which has been keeping a running tally of coronavirus numbers, said at least 356,942 US cases had been confirmed, with 10,524 deaths.Only Italy (15,877) and Spain (13,055) have seen more of their citizens killed by the deadly pandemic. There was a glimmer of hope however in New York, the main focus of the US outbreak, where there have been more than 4,750 deaths statewide and 130,000 cases. Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday the death rate had been “effectively flat” for two days. The state reported 599 new deaths, similar to Sunday’s tally of 594 and down from a record 630 on Saturday. But the governor ordered schools and non-essential businesses to remain shut for a further three weeks, telling reporters: “Now is not the time to be lax.”  Topics :center_img ‘Social distancing is working’ “It is hopeful but it is also inconclusive,” Cuomo said, adding that it would be a “mistake” to relax restrictions too early.”If the curve is turning, it’s because the rate of infection is going down. If the rate of infection is going down, it’s because social distancing is working.” The pandemic has killed nearly 75,000 worldwide since the emergence of the new coronavirus in December in China, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources. Authorities have warned that between 100,000 and 240,000 people could die in the United States, even in a best-case scenario with social distancing guidelines being observed. Nine states — all controlled by Republican governors — have still not yet ordered total lockdowns, much to the frustration of public health experts.Wisconsin, which is among those under stay-at-home orders, became the 15th state to delay presidential primaries after initially determining to forge ahead.Governor Tony Evers, citing the risk to poll workers and voters, ordered that Tuesday’s Democratic presidential primary and local elections in the Midwestern US state be postponed until June.”I cannot in good conscience stand by and do nothing,” said Evers, whose health officials have registered 2,267 positive tests and 68 deaths.Evers moved to delay the election unilaterally after the Republican-majority state Senate and state Assembly ignored his repeated appeals for a postponement. Americans were put on notice Monday not to let up in the fight against the coronavirus, as a grim milestone of 10,000 deaths cast a pall over the first signs of optimism about the trajectory of the outbreak.The United States has emerged as one of the world’s worst-hit nations, with a steadily mounting number of fatalities and millions facing the possibility of economic ruin.Authorities began the week by telling frightened communities to brace for one of the worst periods yet in the crisis as the outbreak has not yet reached its peak.last_img read more


first_imgIt’s a place the Clippers would like to be. That would mean avoiding a potential showdown with Golden State in the second round of the playoffs. Instead, they would take on San Antonio, assuming the No. 2 Spurs (50-9) don’t somehow catch the No. 1 Warriors, who took a record of 53-5 into their game Tuesday against Atlanta.“We feel like we can beat good teams,” said Redick, whose team is 22-7 without the injured Blake Griffin. “We’ve done that in the past. We’ve beaten some good teams without Blake.”Included therein was a 105-86 victory over San Antonio on Feb. 18 at Staples Center.“Certainly, our record against the top three in each conference isn’t great, but we’ve been in games and had opportunities and so, you know, if we win Wednesday, it would be great,” Redick said. “But again, it’s one game. We have those guys three times this month, so we’ll have multiple opportunities to play them.”The Clippers are a combined 1-5 against Golden State, San Antonio and Oklahoma City. The Clippers are 0-4 against Cleveland, Toronto and Boston — the top three teams in the East. Clippers coach Doc Rivers, speaking Monday after the Clippers beat the Brooklyn Nets 105-95, intimated he’s expecting a hotly contested time Wednesday.“It should be a good game,” he said. “I mean, I’m going to go watch some tape. You know, I got to watch the Golden State-Oklahoma City game again today and I’ll watch it again; it’s a great game to watch, actually. I’m just having fun watching the game.“So they’re a great basketball team. They have two of the top five players (Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant) on the same team and they have great role players. And (coach) Billy Donovan is doing a terrific job with them, so we just have to be ready for them.”The game Rivers was referring to was Golden State’s 121-118 overtime victory at Oklahoma City on Saturday.Durant averages 27.9 points and 8.1 rebounds for the Thunder. Westbrook averages 24.3 points, 10.3 assists and 2.2 steals.The Thunder (42-18) defeated the Clippers, 100-99 ,on Dec. 21 at Staples Center with Griffin in the lineup. The teams play again March 9 and March 31 at OKC.Jeff Green chimes inForward Jeff Green will get his first taste of Clippers-Thunder after coming to the Clippers from Memphis at the trade deadline for Lance Stephenson and a future draft pick.He can’t wait.“It will be fun,” said Green, who played for the Thunder from 2008-2011. “It will be very entertaining. We are going to go out and do what we need to win.”Steve Ballmer dunkClippers owner Steve Ballmer unveiled the team’s new mascot — Chuck the Condor — at halftime Monday. Ballmer also promised fans in attendance they’d all get free Chuck Taylor sneakers if he could dunk off a trampoline.He did, and Green liked that a lot.“It is pretty awesome,” Green said. “It is great that (Ballmer) is a guy who can get out and connect with the fans.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img J.J. Redick was matter of fact — almost — when asked what a victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday night at Staples Center would do for the Clippers.“It would move us within one game of Oklahoma City for third place,” the Clippers shooting guard said.He was close.If the Clippers (39-20) do emerge victorious after their 7:30 p.m. contest (on ESPN), they will be within 1 1/2 games of the Thunder for the third spot in the Western Conference standings.last_img read more