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Unforgettable Ways to Savor Mountain Maryland’s Fall Foliage

first_imgTAKE A DRIVING TOUR!  VISIT AN OVERLOOK! Point Lookout Over Potomac River in the Green Ridge State Forest Dan’s Rock Overlook in the Fall, photo by Bill Merlavage Great Allegheny Passage in Cumberland in the Fall HOP ON A BIKE! Here in the mountains, there are many points that make you feel like you are on top of the world, literally. Visit Point Lookout in Green Ridge State Forest, Town Hill Overlook along the Historic National Road, or Dans Rock Overlook, one the county’s most-recognized overlooks. Each of these points provides spectacular and colorful landscapes, with iconic views of the Potomac River, Allegany County, and even Sideling Hill and parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. In addition to beautiful views, the overlooks contain history that dates to colonial times and the French and Indian War. Photo by Sam DeMartino Hit the Green Ridge State Forest Scenic Driving Tour, a 44-mile route through Maryland’s largest contiguous piece of public land, and experience the magic of fall as you traverse by car to five overlooks along the trail. Located in the ridge and valley province of the Appalachian Mountains, Green Ridge State Forest is rich in natural and cultural heritage and is sure to be a breathtaking autumn drive along these leaf-lined roads. Or, hop on one of the Allegany County’s Scenic Byway systems, offering inviting views, magical main streets, enduring history, and engaging places along the Historic National Road Scenic Byway, C&O Canal Scenic Byway, and the Mountain Maryland Scenic Byway. One thing we know for sure is that Mountain Maryland is the perfect place to catch brilliant expressions of fall.center_img Cumberland City in the Fall TAKE A HIKE! Whether you want to get out into nature or stick to a more urban street walk, Allegany County has some great trails and hikes, perfect for viewing peak leaf season. Take a walk through any of the Historic Districts in Cumberland and Frostburg for beautiful architecture and brilliant trees lining the brick sidewalks and streets. For nature lovers, Green Ridge State Forest and Rocky Gap State Park offer close to 100 miles of hiking trails for the novice to the expert, with well-groomed to more rugged trails, all worth a visit for some fall colors.  After you’ve soaked in the miles of colorful adventure, be sure to refuel with some outdoor dining, especially stunning in the open air of the pedestrian mall of Downtown Cumberland, with the mountains as your backdrop, or at one of the wineries or breweries along the Mountain Maryland Tap and Pour Craft Beverage Tour. With access to two world-class trails, the Great Allegheny Passage and the C&O Canal Towpath, and ideal road riding conditions with low traffic, cyclists love the routes available here in Mountain Maryland. Routes will take you into rural areas that showcase the natural beauty of our region. Find out just why the Great Allegheny Passage made the list for National Geographic’s ‘Best Fall Trips,’ as you bike through this forest-lined rail trail, following the old Western Maryland railway bed between Allegany County’s two trail towns, Frostburg and Cumberland. Be sure to explore our road routes through Ride with GPS, with mapped road rides to view the region’s stunning fall foliage by bike on the open road. And, for beginner mountain bikers and beyond, check out the vibrant treks on the mountain biking trails of Rocky Gap State Park and Green Ridge State Forest. Witnessing the brilliant autumn in Allegany County, the Mountain Side of Maryland, is an unparalleled experience for all lovers of nature and the outdoors. With scenic overlooks, a world-class bike trail through the mountains, tree-lined scenic byways through some of the area’s historic towns, and 60,000 acres of public land, there are plenty of opportunities to check this experience off your bucket list. With fall leaf-peeping season right around the corner, we put together a list of must-see/must-do fall foliage activities and experiences across the county. last_img read more

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How love can teach us to lead

first_imgby: Dr. Michael WoodyAs Valentine’s Day approaches it’s a great time to consider the lessons that love can teach us about leading others and appreciating the contributions of those who have helped to make us successful.In that spirit I wanted to share some thoughts from Maria Pinelli, EY Global Vice Chair for Strategic Growth Markets and Bryan Pearce, EY Global Leader for Venture Capital and the Accelerating Entrepreneurs program, on the lessons love can teach us about leading and growing your business.Invest in YourselfYou can’t love others if you don’t love yourself first. Loving yourself is really about finding ways to make yourself better. Good leaders invest in themselves by making the time for self-improvement through mental nourishment. Pearce believes investing in yourself “requires introspection, self-awareness, and a keen sense of strategy.” He points out that “as a leader, you can never stand still” because the world is constantly changing. To be an effective leader you must embrace self-directed learning. Whether it’s a book, podcast, or formal training, carve out time each week for some sort of self-improvement activity, so you can be the leader your team needs. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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IOM assesses reuse of masks in flu pandemic

first_img The IOM release says it is not known whether flu viruses “disperse as aerosolized particles released in the breath of infected people, spread on larger droplets projected through coughing and sneezing, or are contracted through physical contact with contaminated people and surfaces.” Apr 28, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – There is no practical way to clean disposable medical masks and N95 respirators to allow them to safely be reused if supplies run short in an influenza pandemic, a panel of experts at the Institute of Medicine (IOM) has concluded. Further, the panel couldn’t identify any simple changes in the devices that would permit reuse, or any changes that would eliminate the need to test the fit of respirators to ensure that they work, the IOM said. However, that doesn’t mean a mask or respirator can’t be used more than once by the same person, provided it’s still in reasonable condition, the committee said. At the same time, the panel cautioned that little is known about the effectiveness of the devices or about how flu viruses spread. Table of contents for IOM report “Reusability of Facemasks During an Influenza Pandemic: Facing the Flu”http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11637 As for masks, manufacturers told the committee that several models can be used repeatedly by the same person until they become damaged, moist, dirty, or hard to breathe through, the report says. It says this is acceptable for infected patients in particular, since reuse is unlikely to increase their risk of contamination. Medical masks fit loosely over the nose and mouth and are mainly meant for use by healthcare workers and patients to prevent them from spreading pathogens by sneezing and coughing, the IOM noted in a news release about the report. Apr 27 IOM news release The IOM says that little is known about the effectiveness of masks and respirators or even about how flu viruses spread. A person who wants to reuse an N95 respirator should wear a medical mask or a clear plastic face shield over it to protect it from surface contamination, the committee said. The user should store the respirator carefully between uses and should wash his or her hands before and after handling it and the device used to shield it. The committee stressed that neither type of device has been tested for its ability to protect people from flu viruses. But that doesn’t necessarily rule out reuse of a respirator or mask by the same person, the report says. N95 respirators, in contrast, are used in both medical and industrial settings to protect wearers from inhaling harmful microscopic particles, the IOM said. They are designed to fit snugly around the mouth and nose. When properly fitted, they should filter out 95% of aerosol particles. The IOM said the committee found disposable masks and respirators “do not lend themselves to reuse because they work by trapping harmful particles inside the mesh of fibers of which they are made. This hazardous buildup cannot be cleaned out or disinfected without damaging the fibers or other components of the device such as the straps or nose clip.” On the assumption that supplies may run short in a flu pandemic, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) asked the IOM in January to assess the possibility of reuse of disposable masks and N95 respirators. The committee calls for HHS to sponsor research on how well masks, respirators, and other filtering materials protect against flu viruses. In addition, methods should be developed to decontaminate masks and respirators without damaging them, the IOM says. See also: “Even the best respirator or surgical mask will do little to protect a person who uses it incorrectly, and we know relatively little about how effective these devices will be against flu even when they are used correctly,” said Donald S. Burke, professor of international health and epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and co-chair of the IOM committee. The report also notes that there are respirators with replaceable filter cartridges, and these can be reused by one or more wearers. Though they cost more than disposable respirators, they are worth considering as an alternative, in the panel’s judgment.last_img read more

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GVC set for £4bn Ladbrokes Coral takeover

first_img Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Share FTSE online gambling group GVC Holdings has today detailed its proposed bid for bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral Plc, putting forward a takeover deal that could be worth up to £4 billion, creating a new multi-channel, multi-market gambling group.Bringing clarity to its initial bid (first announced 7 December), GVC’s proposition values Ladbrokes Coral at 160.9p per share, equating to approximately £3.2 billion.However, deal stakeholders have attached a ‘contingency entitlement’ of an additional 42p per share, should Ladbrokes Coral gain a favourable UK government judgement on FOBTs wagering levels, increasing GVC’s takeover deal to £4 billion.Under the terms of the deal GVC Holdings who operate bwin, Sportingbet and Party Gaming brands would own 53.5% of the proposed combined group. Based on £4 billion deal outcome at 207.2p per Ladbrokes Coral Share, GVC’s offer represents an investor premium of approximately 19%.UK betting stakeholders, eagerly await the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) industry review on FOBTs machine wagering and advertising standards.  In its review, the department has stated that a cap on machine stake wagering will be implemented, with a cut from the current £100 maximum to between £2 and £50 outlined.In its accepted proposition, GVC governance puts forward that an enlarged enterprise combination would create ‘a fast-growing, diversified, international online and retail sports betting led gaming group.’ Kenneth Alexander, CEO of GVC, said: “The creation of one of the world’s largest listed sports betting companies, combining a portfolio of established brands, proven technology and leading market positions in multiple geographies, is a truly exciting prospect.“In a dynamically evolving industry, the transaction creates an Enlarged Group with the scale, diversity, proprietary technology and management expertise to pursue many opportunities globally.“GVC has a proven track record of creating shareholder value through the successful integration of acquired businesses and the GVC Board believe this transaction will create further value for our shareholders and those of Ladbrokes Coral.”In its previous deal announcements, GVC governance has put forward Kenneth Alexander as designated CEO of the enlarged FTSE gambling group.Should the takeover bid be approved by Ladbrokes Coral investors, deal stakeholders believe that the enlarged enterprise can deliver £100 million per year in cost savings.John Kelly, Chairman of Ladbrokes Coral, added: “In its relatively short time as a merged entity, Ladbrokes Coral has demonstrated why scale can be so effective in this market. “The management team have delivered a very successful merger that has created a leading betting and gaming business built on strong brands well positioned in key markets. “We have a leading multi-channel offer that utilises our retail and online businesses and offers us a promising future.“Notwithstanding that, the Ladbrokes Coral Board believes that the proposed combination with GVC accelerates our strategy to improve the customer experience, drive faster online growth and build a more diverse and extensive international portfolio of businesses.“The Acquisition has compelling strategic rationale allied to an opportunity to use the best of both from proven management teams and will create material shareholder value. It secures earlier delivery of our long-term value potential, which is why the Board of Ladbrokes Coral has unanimously recommended GVC’s offer.”At present, both operators are undertaking strategic realignments following corporate enlargements in 2016; Ladbrokes combining with Gala Coral UK and GVC Holdings acquiring bwin.party Entertainment assets.Moving forward, Ladbrokes Coral investors will now vote on whether to approve the takeover of the business by the smaller GVC Holdings. Labelled by industry analysts as a ‘bold and ambitious bid’ proposed by GVC governance, will Ladbrokes Coral investors be convinced of a further corporate merger in 2018? Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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