All the best paddlers know that winter boating is well worth the cold water, if only for one major reason – creeking season! Prepare to join the ranks and clean up your skills this weekend with ACA certified kayak and swift water safety instructor Dave Kessmann at his Creeking Clinic this Saturday, January 17, on the Maury River. Dave Kessmann is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor in both Kayaking and Swift Water Rescue. With more than ten years of paddlesports education, he now bases his work out of Lynchburg, Va., and offers courses all throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.This particular course will focus on the skills and safety measures involved in intermediate and advanced creekboating. The Goshen Pass piece of the Maury River is a classic run for local boaters, and features some of the best Class III and IV creeking in the region. Kessmann will lead boaters down the relatively short 5-mile section, stopping often to share his insights on the surrounding water features and to teach important creeking lessons – including boofing, paddle technique, eddy-catching, scouting, and refined boat control. However, the quality of kayaking on Goshen Pass depends entirely on the water level of the river from rainfall and snowmelt. If Kessmann determines the pass to be unrunnable, he will move the class to the Upper Meadow River in West Virginia, another Class III-IV creeking option.Interested paddlers should contact Kessman via his Facebook page or email at email@example.com for more information and to register for the course. Everyone will need all of their own whitewater equipment and should prepare for cold temperatures with proper layers and drygear. This is not a beginner course, so be prepared for a fun but challenging event! A day on the river with Dave Kessmann will not only leave you exhausted and smiling, but also full to the brim with unmatched creeking experiences and skills for your whitewater future.
The Peruvian government has announced that it will hold a presidential anti-drug meeting in the first half of 2012, bringing together the producing and consuming countries, Prime Minister Salomón Lerner reported. Defining Peruvian anti-drug policy, the prime minister said that “we will be inflexible in fighting the gangs of drug traffickers and monitoring the chemical raw materials” that reach the coca-producing valleys for the manufacture of cocaine hydrochloride. The administration restarted coca eradication programs in the central jungle that had been suspended for a week for the purpose of evaluating and reorienting the anti-drug fight. “In the first half of 2012, a presidential summit will be held, in order to confront drug trafficking with a comprehensive plan of action based on the co-responsibility of producing and consuming countries,” Lerner indicated in a presentation to a plenary session of Congress, accompanied by his Cabinet. Foreign Minister Rafael Roncagliolo announced that the administration had already begun discussions with the United States, Colombia, Bolivia, Mexico, and Brazil with a view toward this summit, which was proposed by President Ollanta Humala when he took office on July 28. Speaking to Congress, Premier Lerner affirmed that the country will pursue a sovereign anti-drug policy and that Peru will demand that the principle of shared responsibility with the consuming countries be put into practice. “We will not legalize any drugs, nor illicit crops; we will eradicate illegal crops and will not allow their expansion to continue, still less in national parks,” he emphasized. Peru is the world’s second-largest producer of coca with 61,200 hectares, compared to 62,000 in Colombia, which heads the list. By Dialogo August 29, 2011 The suspension sparked questions and criticism in some sectors and among analysts, who indicated that the suspension would encourage increased cultivation of the plant.
The Viterbi School of Engineering was named a top-10 graduate engineering school by a 2014 U.S. News and World Report preview released Thursday, March 7.The preview, which reviewed 199 schools granting doctoral degrees, listed the top 10 schools in alphabetical order. USC shares the top-10 honor with several other California schools, including rivals UC Berkeley, Stanford and the California Institute of Technology.In the 2013 U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings, Viterbi was ranked 12 among 198 schools surveyed. Schools are ranked based on a number of factors including student selectivity, level of research and peer and recruiter evaluations.Viterbi representatives declined to comment until Tuesday, when the full rankings are officially released.Jay Singh, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering, said that the rankings didn’t change his perception of the school, which has been prestigious for some time.“Viterbi was highly ranked even before this release,” Singh said. “It’s always been a phenomenal school, and it will continue to be.”Wang said he was proud of the high ranking of his school.“I thought it was exciting that a school I’m attending has moved into such a prestigious position,” said Eric Wang, a freshman majoring in computer science.Chen said he is considering applying to Viterbi’s progressive degree program, which allows undergraduate students to earn both a bachelor and a master’s degree in five years.“I think Viterbi’s graduate program is stronger than its undergraduate, which is also great,” Jacky Chen said. “Viterbi’s ranking was definitely a factor in my decision to apply for this program.”
Nick Davies – the former right-hand man of IAAF president Lord Coe – is accused of receiving “an undisclosed payment”.Davies’ wife, Jane Boulter-Davies, and Pierre-Yves Garnier, are also suspended for 180 days.The IAAF’s ethics board says there’s no presumption of guilt against them.