Cumberland River Challenge September 23rd, 2017

first_imgThe Cumberland River Challenge Canoe & Kayak Race is an annual event, hosted by Union College, U- Canoe and Barbourville Tourism. The race consists of 15 miles of river, ranging from calm water to beginner-level rapids. The race starts on the Knox County line bordering Bell County and finishes in Knox County at the Thompson RV Park. Annual “bragging rights” and awards are presented at the end of the race.In March of 2017, we joined with The Explorer Kentucky Initiative to add The Cumberland River Challenge to The Kentucky Waterman Series as a points race for it’s competitors. The inaugural season will consist of 12 races on Kentucky waterways from all across the state. Participation is required in 4 races in order to receive a ranking in the series. It will be a great way to introduce our competitors to other paddlers from around the state and share the beauty of our area to individuals who have never viewed the Cumberland.After paddling or spectating along the Cumberland River take time to enjoy Barbourville.Barbourville is a town rich in history with many firsts: 1750 Visit Dr. Thomas Walker State Park and see a replica of the first cabin in Kentucky 1775 First Trails and Roads—The Wilderness Road, Warriors Path and the Daniel Boone Trail known as the Boone Trace all cross in Knox County. 1800 Barbourville is the oldest town and was the largest and most progressive city south of Richmond 1861 Barbourville is the site of the first battle of the Civil War with casualties 1879 Union College, the first college in the mountainsPlease make plans to attend a festival or event, visit the Civil War Interpretative Park, Knox Historical Museum, Thompson RV Park, eat some great grub at our own KCBS BBQ Competition, Barbourville Water Park, fish along the Cumberland River or canoe, Hike ‘n Bike at Sandy Bottoms or at Union College’s Turner Outdoor Center, or cruise the night away with our newest event Knox Street Thunder.last_img read more

The 25th running of the Great Race to be held this Saturday at Woods Park

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The 25th running of the Great Race will be held in Wellington Saturday, July 25 with 11 teams competing in 13 events (see participation list here). Great Race organizer Jack Potucek said he hopes to have the captains of the first five winning teams present for the starting of this year’s race in honor of it being the 25th running.The race begins and ends at Woods Park at 5 p.m. Participants will board trucks and be taken to their various locations at about 4 p.m. It is a good idea to get there early as the course is closed around 4 p.m.The event begins and ends with running, but there are also motorcycle races, horseback riding, bicycles and canoes involved. There are several running events of different lengths.The race is a little hard to watch, but many of the events can be seen at Woods Park where more than 1000 people will be gathered.There are a lot of people involved in the race with 11 teams and 15 members each. More time is spent getting people into the right location than the race itself. People have to be taken to various starting locations.The Dore Enchies will be back to defend their title. The Anders Spinalators will also have a team. Those two have dominated recent yearsOver the past three years, those two teams have finished first and second. The Spinalators won year before last and the Dore Enchies won the previous three. The Dore has won the event eight times since 2001 and in the top three twice. The Anders Spinalators have been in the top three each of the last four years. The Security State Bank Big Bucks will also be back, and they have challenged, finishing in the top three two of the last three years.There are some new teams this year, with Airbus from Wichita, the Kansas National Guard, and Lonnie Cooper’s Comets running for the first time.Potucek is trying to have the captains of the first five teams on hand to start the race. Potwin Kansas Jets won the first two, the Greeno Flamouts won the third one, Renns Rockets won the next one and Stalcups Steel Heads won the fifth one in 1981.  The Greeno team is still around and is expected to run again this year.All of the events will be the same, and there are the same challenges. The canoe race involves two sections with two-man crews. They have to change from one canoe to another one in the middle of the race, and that often causes problems for teams.The horse racce section is long, and more than a mile so that is also a challenging area.“We usually have a lot of quarter horses, and that is a long run for a quarter horse. Teams that have good endurance horses do well,” Potucek said.The race begins with a 360-yard spring, followed by a three-quarter mile run, a cross country run and a motocross motorcycle event. Then there is a long straight run called desert highway, that is a tough run in the hot sun. That is followed by the horse race, then the bicycle, and two consecutive one-mile runs. Then comes the two canoe races, followed by a half-mile run and the race ends where it started with another 360-yard run.This is all done in about 43 minutes. Three years ago the Enchies set the record with a run in 42 minutes.The race will be dedicated to Frances Carr this year, who has started every race since the beginning.“He has been a good friend and a great supporter of the Great Race,” Potucek said.Several teams have been with the race since it begain in 1977. The race was not held for a few years after the restaurant that Potucek owned, and which created the event, burned. The event was started up again in 2001 at the urging of the chamber of commerce. For a couple of years they tried to have it as part of the Wheat Festival, but soon decided it should be an event on its own. Since then it has been held the last Saturday in July.Potucek said there have been some rainstorms during the race, and will be held regardless of the weather.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down judy · 264 weeks ago good luck to all the teams in the race be safe and have fun Report Reply 0 replies · active 264 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. 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Joe Thornton’s love for hockey leads him to remarkable milestone

first_imgSAN JOSE — Both Marcus Sorensen and Barclay Goodrow were still in awe.Here they were, two forwards who were basically still learning to skate 20 years ago, talking Tuesday about what it was like to be on the same line with a veteran of 1,499 NHL games in Joe Thornton.“He’s one of the best players to ever play the game,” said Goodrow, who had the game-winning goal in the Sharks’ 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild.“It’s an honor to play with him,” said Sorensen, who had his first career …last_img

South Africa launches Dube Trade Port

first_img8 March 2012 South Africa has officially launched a state-of-the-art, multi-billion rand cargo terminal, trade zone and agrizone – located between the two largest sea ports in the southern hemisphere – at the Dube Trade Port in La Mercy, KwaZulu-Natal. The port, in which the King Shaka International Airport is located, has been operational for 22 months and the first phase has been completed. This includes a cargo terminal, trade zone, agrizone and IT and telecommunications platform. In the long term, the plan is to establish an “aerotropolis” to the north of Durban, stretching from Umhlanga to Ballito, to further boost economic development and job creation in the province.Between the South’s two largest sea ports Located between the two largest sea ports in the southern hemisphere – Durban and Richards Bay – the Dube Trade Port has huge potential to boost economic growth and job creation in the province. In 2003, South Africa decided to relocate the old Durban International Airport to La Mercy and to establish the Dube Trade Port, incorporating the new King Shaka International Airport. The airport was completed ahead of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Officially launching the Dube Trade Port on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma said he was impressed by the development at the massive facility. “The focus on agriculture and food security in this airport city is a very progressive step,” Zuma said. “The advantage of the agrizone is the use of limited growing space for the production of high volumes of high quality produce. “As this project demonstrates, there is real scope for growth and finding new markets for the produce, including exports. Other than improving food security, agriculture is an important source of exports,” Zuma added. The Dube Trade Port Corporation – a state-owned enterprise – is now in a strong position to boost economic development and job creation in the province and the country. The construction phase alone has generated close to 20 000 jobs in each of the past two years.Gateway to Africa The government looks at its strategic airports to help promote its African agenda by opening up new routes or expanding existing ones on the continent. Zuma, therefore, welcomed SA Express’s decision to make Durban its base for growing its footprint into the southern African region. SA Express has concluded an agreement with the Dube Trade Port Corporation, which will see a connection being established between King Shaka International and the region, especially to Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Mozambique. There are also plans for SA Express to expand into countries such as Namibia, Malawi, Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo. “There can only be positive results from this strategic move,” Zuma said. “You will recall … that there is a major African Union move to develop a continental free trade zone. “Three regions alone – SADC, the East African Community and Comesa – bring together about 600-million people. Added to this, Africa provides a market of one-billion people. The focus on our continent is therefore a step in the right direction in terms of the country’s strategic goals,” Zuma said.Southern Africa’s ‘premier logistics platform’ “The Trade Port is also set to be southern Africa’s premier logistics platform, given that the Port of Durban provides connectivity to 53 international destinations and access to local distribution networks.” The President said King Shaka International had to market itself aggressively as a key entry point for international routes by attracting international carriers to Durban via bilateral air service agreements. Passenger traffic at the airport has been steadily growing since its move from the old Durban International Airport. “It is anticipated that the airport’s passenger traffic for the 2012 financial year will surpass the five-million mark,” Zuma noted. KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize, also speaking at the launch, said the Dube Trade Port would greatly expand the province’s import and export capacity.Durban-Free State-Gauteng corridor “The principal component of the Dube Trade Port is a new international passenger and cargo airport, but it is the new facility’s proximity to the harbours of Durban and Richards Bay that give it the edge as a transport and logistics hub,” Mkhize said. The Dube Trade Port will form an important part of the government’s new pipeline of major infrastructure development projects, one of which is the improvement of the movement of goods and economic integration through a Durban-Free State-Gauteng logistics and industrial corridor. “This project is intended to connect the major economic centres of Gauteng and Durban/Pinetown, and at the same time, link these centres with an improved export capacity through our sea ports and improved railway lines,” Zuma said. “We expect this corridor to also stimulate growth in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, a major agricultural and industrial region through which this route will pass.” After the launch, Zuma joined the Dube family to unveil a statue of the African National Congress’s (ANC’s) founding president, John Langalibalele Dube, at the Dube Trade Port offices. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

DDGS exports to Mexico creating new market opportunities

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Selling 50 metric tons of U.S. distiller’s dried grains with solubles (DDGS) may seem minor, but Javier Chávez, U.S. Grains Council (USGC) Mexico marketing specialist, views these small sales to cattle and dairy producers in southeastern Mexico as the start of another big opportunity for U.S. feed grains.DDGS is a well-known and frequently-used feed source in northern Mexico but does not benefit from the same recognition in the southeastern region of the country. Instead, both cattle and dairy operations rely on grazing pasture to feed the region’s estimated seven million cattle.Chávez explained this substantial market is largely undeveloped due to a lack of knowledge of superior feeding practices and inefficient distribution of feed ingredients. There, available forage provides inadequate nutrition, resulting in poor body condition scores, insufficient daily weight increases, late pregnancies and very large calving intervals.USGC identified the need in this area for higher-quality feed and an opportunity to create demand for U.S. DDGS. The Council started conducting DDGS feeding trials in 2015, in coordination with consultants, for calves, heifers and dairy cattle in the Mexican state of Chiapas. The combination of the good taste, superior nutritional value and high digestibility of U.S. DDGS resulted in increased milk production, better body condition scores and improved fertility. For example, heifers fed U.S. DDGS could be bred to give birth at around two years of age, compared to the regional norm of three or four years.“The improved fertility means one more calf and one more lactation in the life of a cow, which means a lot of extra money for the producer,” Chávez said. “Supplementing with DDGS means a tremendous savings of time and an increase in the profitability of the ranch.”The Council presented the DDGS feeding trial results in a series of on-farm presentations. However, Chávez said he realized the Council needed to expand its work to suppliers because DDGS were not used in the region previously, and producers did not have existing relationships to make purchases following positive trial results.“The main problem we had was that we presented the result, and producers were happy and convinced that they can be more efficient through supplementation with DDGS,” Chávez said. “Now, we are developing both ends of the market — end-users and suppliers.”As a result, this year’s presentations now include a DDGS distributor. Doing so at the most recent presentation in Chiapas resulted in 50 metric tons of sales on the day of and following the presentation. That small success is one the Council believes will continue to expand following additional DDGS feeding trials underway in Yucatan, Tabasco and Veracruz.This win-win scenario for U.S. farmers and Mexican producers is built on a strong trading relationship that benefits from advantageous trade policy and robust market development. The trading preferences in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have incentivized the integration of logistics on both sides of the border, and the Council’s work in Mexico over the past 30 years has helped expand the use of U.S. grain products throughout the country.“NAFTA helped us have U.S. DDGS available and accessible in this area,” Chávez said. “Without the trade agreement, it would be harder, and more expensive, to get U.S. DDGS to this market with fewer suppliers willing to sell it.”last_img read more

Why many major American companies have struggled in China: Fitbit

first_imgTags:#Fitbit#Internet of Things#IoT#wearables Clayton Jacobs Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img This article is part of a series about the importance of cross-cultural design, other installments of which have been published over the last month.Fitbit is a story of hope. After its entry into China in 2014, it had a lackluster two years.  But then it completely changed its strategy to be more China-specific and has been rewarded for doing so.See Also: Did Fitbit try to buy longstanding rival Jawbone for Christmas?In the beginning, Fitbit really did nothing special to sell its products there and was instead riding the hype and “cool factor” that was associated with its product being a new concept in America. While this is not an awful strategy to sell gadgets, it can very easily turn a company into a “one hit wonder” with little prospect of long-term sustainability.Beyond the standard struggles Fitbit was having, wearable exercise technology was an over- saturated market in China with the heavy majority of the options being significantly less expensive than a Fitbit of any model. One advantage which allowed Fitbit to survive long enough to change its strategy and eventually thrive was that the Chinese market has a huge bias towards recognizable brands for reasons of quality and status. With the continuing middle-class growth in China, more consumers are able to purchase brand name items as a status symbol. And many Chinese consumers feel pressure to do so.While Fitbit never came out and acknowledged that its Chinese market share was falling near the end of 2015, its primary competitor, Misfit, a company heavily invested in by Xiaomi (owner of JD.com), made sure to let the world know how rapidly its products were gaining market share against Fitbit. Misfit was playing China the right way with its Xiaomi partnership since Xiaomi was using JD.com to spoon feed Misfit to Chinese consumers. As discussed earlier in connection with WalMart (see the fourth installment), JD.com is China’s largest e-commerce site. Even though Misfit is a company based in San Francisco with only a few dozen employees, it conducted a $40 million USD Series C funding round in which Xiaomi was a large investor. After this funding, Misfit began to quickly gain traction in China with the help of its new partner, Xiaomi.Learn from Fitbit’s pivotsEvery American company thinking about going to China should take notes from Fitbit’s ability to learn and pivot. Seeing Misfit’s success, Fitbit worked hard to find the right partnership and develop guanxi with another major player in China. It did this by partnering with a subsidiary of Alibaba, Tmall (discussed in the sixth installment of this series). The reason this move was so incredibly clever is that Alibaba is a natural competitor of Misfit’s investor, Xiaomi. And the purpose of Tmall is to provide a channel for luxury brand items that are verified to be legitimate and sold directly to the Chinese consumer. This, of course, is very helpful to Fitbit.See Also: Fitness wearables bulk up as consolidation trends buildIn addition to its efforts to develop corporate guanxi, Fitbit has developed a good relationship with the Chinese government. It joined in an effort important to the Chinese government by being one of the partners for Alibaba’s government-sponsored initiative “China is Getting Fit.”There is an enormous difference between the companies described earlier (in the second through the sixth installments of this series) who failed in China and Fitbit, who developed strategic partnerships with Chinese companies and befriended the Chinese government through helping to represent its health initiative. It cannot be stressed enough that while Fitbit is incredibly innovative and smart for its approach, any company could follow a similar path.The author is Clayton “CJ” Jacobs, who is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with, and the Head of Cross-Cultural Design at, ReadWrite. An area of focus for him is helping American companies understand and enter the Chinese market through taking a modern user-centric product design approach. You can contact him directly at clayton.michael.jacobs(at)gmail.com or find him on Twitter & LinkedIn. Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Follow the Pucklast_img read more