Italy tops 20GW of installed solar capacity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Italy deployed around 436.5 MW of new PV systems last year, according to provisional numbers released by Italian renewable energy association ANIE Rinnovabili and based on data provided from grid operator Terna.Last year’s performance represented 7% growth on 2017, when new additions came in at 409 MW, and took Italy’s cumulative installed PV capacity to 20,084 MW. In 2016 and 2015, new capacity tallied 369 MW and 305 MW, respectively.For four years, the Italian PV market was mainly driven by solar rooftops although the number of projects with more than 1 MW of generation capacity has shown signs of life in 2017 and 2018, with 60 MW and 46.9 MW of new solar parks, respectively.The 389.6 MW balance deployed last year was represented by rooftops with a capacity of up to 1 MW, with residential systems not exceeding 20 kW having the largest share – approximately 218.8 MW – followed by arrays with a power range of 20-100 kW supplying a total capacity of 75.8 MW.According to Italian grid operator Terna, PV systems connected to its network generated 22,887 GWh last year – around 4.7% less than in 2017. PV met around 7.1% of Italian power demand last year. Most demand was covered by thermoelectric power plants that, despite a year-on-year 7.6% drop in electricity generation, accounted for 57.4% of consumption as the nation’s power demand rose 0.4%, from 320,548 GWh in 2017 to 321,910 GWh.More: Italy tops 20 GW of solar
An injury can ruin your day on the trail in a split second and sideline you for weeks. But before you wrap on a bandage and try to run through the pain, consider acupuncture. Acupuncture is a tool of Chinese Medicine by which tiny, solid filament needles are inserted into the skin at strategic points to help the body heal naturally without drugs, surgery, or side effects. Chinese medicine is a system of internal medicine treating everything from headaches to fibromyalgia to diabetes. A branch of this, Die Da or “hit-fall” medicine, originated in Ancient China to treat injuries sustained from martial arts. It quickly and effectively addresses trauma to any part of the body.Chinese medicine is based on the concept that “Qi” or vital energy flows through our bodies along with our blood. Trauma can obstruct the flow of qi and blood, and if left untreated, or improperly treated, injury can become chronic, recurrent, or even debilitating. Acupuncture is recognized by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as a safe and effective medical therapy. Acupuncture, combined with Tui na, a kind of massage, Chinese herbal medicine, Qi Gong or Tai Chi, and dietary therapy, are the major components of Chinese medicine and have been practiced for over 5000 years.The approach to treating sports injuries with Chinese Medicine differs from that of Western medicine in a few ways. You have probably heard of the acronym R.I.C.E. from your doctor: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Rest is obvious, and taking time to heal is essential. Elevation is helpful as well. Chinese medicine takes a different perspective on the ice and compression elements of this old adage, however. Ice is rarely used in Chinese medicine. The aphorism “Ice is for dead people,” explains the Chinese perspective. In Chinese Medicine it is rarely used after the first 24 hours of an acute injury as it contracts blood vessels, stagnates and congeals blood and fluids which, in turn, slows healing and can lead to long term residual pain and eventually arthritis in the affected area. It constricts the flow of blood and “qi” or vital energy in the area of the injury, further damaging the tissues. Liniment or “herbal ice” is often used instead.Compression usually in the form of an elastic bandage wrapped snugly around an acute injury also stagnates blood and fluids, usually pushing them out to the outside edges of the bandage. Here again, promoting the flow of blood and fluids by avoiding compression, helps the body heal faster.In more severe injuries, an x-ray or MRI is the best course to rule out fractures, ligament or tendon rupture. In these cases Western diagnosis and treatment are important. Acupuncture can be effective in speeding healing in these scenarios as well and in many cases can prevent the need for surgery. When surgery is required, acupuncture is helpful in speeding recovery. There are also topical and internal herbal remedies to stop bleeding immediately, ease pain and even knit broken bones.The most common sports injuries tend to be sprains. This is especially common for trail runners. Acupuncture can reduce pain and swelling in an acute sprain in a matter of minutes, reducing healing time dramatically. Even for grade 2 and 3 sprains, where there is real ligament damage acupuncture is quite effective. With sprains the earlier the treatment, the better. Remember to only use ice for 10 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours. See a practitioner of Chinese medicine as soon as possible. Again, if severe, see your doctor to rule out tendon rupture or fracture.Tendonitis is also a very common sports injury caused by repetitive movement, and because it can rarely be traced back to an original injury, it is usually a late stage chronic pain by the time help is sought. Tendonitis usually manifests in the rotator cuff, the Achilles tendon, wrist or even elbow. A combination of acupuncture, massage, and liniment can make the biggest difference for this injury. Carefully examining the movement that is causing this and retraining with amended position is essential.The type of pain, the aggravating factors, and the location are more important in diagnosing sports injuries than the severity of pain in Chinese medicine. There are many types of pain indicating many types of injuries. Pain that is shooting or refers down an extremity usually indicates nerve involvement. Stabbing pain that gets better with exercise or dull pain that gets worse as the day goes on corresponds with different injuries. All can be treated equally well with Chinese Medicine.Whatever the injury, heal safely without drugs and reduce the need for surgery with Chinese Medicine, an inexpensive, holistic, benign therapy that works well independently or in conjunction with Western medicine. Be sure to find a practitioner that is a licensed acupuncturist or diplomate of Oriental medicine with a four year degree.Dos and Don’ts:The sooner the better.The sooner the injury can be treated, the better the outcome. Acupuncture frees the joint, the flow of blood and qi, vital energy, and facilitates healing. However, if not treated, acute injuries can become chronic injuries. Chronic injuries respond to acupuncture as well, though it may take longer to reach complete healing.How Long?Acute injury, depending on severity can be addressed in fewer treatments spaced closely together over a couple of weeks. A more chronic injury tends to respond better to a weekly treatment over a longer period, depending on a variety of factors including severity, time of onset, and patient compliance.Ice is for dead peopleRemember to only use ice for 10 minutes at a time for the first 24 hours as it contracts blood vessels, stagnates and congeals blood and fluids which, in turn, slows healing and can lead to long term residual pain and eventually arthritis in the affected area.SurgerySeeking a Western diagnosis is important. Seeking acupuncture soon after can help prevent the need for surgery by removing obstacles to healing. When surgery is necessary, Chinese Medicine is indispensable to pre-op preparation and speeding recovery time.A Knowledgeable LiaisonA good acupuncturist will recommend an x-ray or MRI for a more serious injury to rule out rupture of tendon or bone fracture. They will also advise when and what sort of movement is helpful, and when to rest. Remember only to see a licensed acupuncturist with a four-year degree in Chinese Medicine.Be open to herbsYour acupuncturist can prescribe a topical liniment made from Chinese herbs to help penetrate the joint or muscle, stop pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, and disperse stagnant qi and blood. Some topicals can stop bleeding, mend tendons, and even knit bone.Listen to your bodyChinese medicine is based on common sense. Running or cycling through the pain may seem like a good idea, and sometimes, after the bulk of the healing has taken place, it is. Sometimes it truly slows healing. Ask your acupuncturist. She can also prescribe strengthening exercises and movements.Lara Ferguson Diaz, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M. (NCCAOM) is owner of Lutea Acupuncture & Herbs and practices at Integrative Family Medicine of Asheville: 828-582-5403.
Our favorite outdoor web videos from the week that was:1. Rangers AnonymousEven though the government, and thus our National Park System, is back open, this video sheds some light on what it was like to be a park ranger during the shutdown. Our National Parks became a poster child, lightning rod, and political tool all in the space of a couple of weeks. Many people were angry with the government, but many were also made at the Park Service for closing the parks, even though they had no choice.Anonymous Rangers from Amy Marquis on Vimeo.2. Backflip Heard Round the WorldAt the rowdy Red Bull Rampage competition Cam Zink launched the biggest mountain bike backflip of all time. It’s impressive, but he was 3rd. See his full run here, and Kyle Strait’s winning run here. 3. It’s About the FishOur friends at Southern Culture on the Fly dropped their latest fall issue, and included this philosophy/redfish video that drops knowledge and slabs in the low country.The Fish: SCOF issue #9 Moving Pictures from Southern Culture on the Fly on Vimeo.4. The Return of Roner VisionRoner goes to South America, skis a little, meets a Yeti, and squeezes in an illegal BASE jump. Winter is coming, get stoked.5. Short and Sweet on the Hiwassee RiverThis super-short vid elegantly captures an early morning fly fishing excursion on East Tennessee’s Hiwassee River in the late summer.On the River from Luwazo on Vimeo.BONUS VIDEO!This one is a little long, but well worth the time. Adidas is pouring money into their snowboarding division and welcome uber-badass Eric Jackson to the team with this outstanding mini-documentary about how Eric, and his bro John but mostly Eric, has become one of the biggest names in the game.Thanks for watching!Have a web vid you want featured on Clips of the Week? Leave it in the comments below or shoot an email to [email protected]
Yes, the flowers are blooming and trees are budding, but here’s what’s really important about spring: your local breweries are pumping out tasty seasonal brews. We’ve sorted through the field of spring beers and found eight exciting seasonal releases and suggested a local food that pairs well with each beer. Eat, drink, and get dirty.Nooner IPASierra Nevada • Mills River, N.C. This March, Sierra Nevada is releasing a variety pack with four different IPA’s in a variety 12 pack. You’ll probably recognize the Torpedo, Sierra Nevada’s popular IPA, but you’ll find three new beers in the pack, the Snow Wit White IPA, Blindfold Black IPA, and the Nooner Session IPA, which has a lighter body and lower alcohol by volume than your typical IPA, but is still loaded with citrus and grapefruit flavor from the whole-cone American hops. Lighter IPA’s go great with grilled asparagus and mushrooms from local farmers.Maggie’s Peach Farmhouse AleTerrapin Beer Company • Athens, Ga.Terrapin’s spring seasonal hits the shelves in April, and Terrapin, which is known for its fun-loving experimentation, pays homage to its home state by dropping 10 pounds of peaches per barrel into this wheat beer. It’s an easy-drinking, slightly sweet, slightly tart beer that explodes with peach notes. Douse a salad of fresh greens with a vinegar based dressing to cut through the sweetness of the Peach Farmhouse.Gruffmeister MaibockFoothills Brewing • Winston-Salem, N.C.The maibock is a traditional German spring beer, known for its malty-sweet character and (typically) high alcohol content. Gruffmeister doesn’t disappoint with big hits of malt in this deep, golden beer that has been classified as “dangerous,” because it’s incredibly easy to drink, but has a wicked ABV of 8.5 percent. Can’t wait for May? Foothills has introduced an IPA of the month club, promising a different fresh, experimental IPA every month. Find the March IPA at the brewpub or in big bomber bottles. Maibocks work well with seafood. May we suggest a big bowl of shrimp and grits?Double IPAHi-Wire Brewing • Asheville, N.C.Everyone loves an IPA in the spring, and brewers are typically happy to accommodate. Hi-Wire, one of Asheville’s newest breweries, is falling all over themselves to deliver that fresh hop goodness in their new, seasonal Double IPA. You can expect soaring IBU’s and an ABV that nears the 10 percent mark. This is a serious beer for serious hop-heads. Bitter, citrusy Double IPAs pair well with smoked beef and sharp cheeses.El Hefe Speaks!DC Brau • Washington, D.C. El Hefe is a traditional German-style hefeweizen that’s become one of D.C.’s most welcome seasonal’s, thanks to DC Brau’s flawless execution of the beloved hefe style. It’s a hazy beer, with light notes of banana and a crisp, carbonated finish that screams for warm weather and a sunny patio. It’s easy on the hops and relatively sessionable at 5.3 percent, so it goes down easy on a warm day after a long run or ride. Look for it this spring in cans and 22-ounce bombers. Hefeweizens go hand in hand with light food (salads, chicken, seafood) and soft, rich cheeses.UberPilsBlue Mountain Brewery • Afton, Va. Take your standard pilsner (light, crisp, easy drinking) and crank it up to 11, and you get UberPils, an imperial pilsner with 7.5 percent ABV and an unexpected, but welcome, 40 IBU’s. You’ll find plenty of malt backbone followed by a bit of fruity citrus from the hops. This is the pilsner for people who think pilsners are for pansies. Look for it on draft and in big, 750ml bottles in March and April. It’s hard to find a food that doesn’t pair well with a pilsner, but bratwurst is the classic coupling. You’re in luck, Blue Mountain has a restaurant with a killer local bratwurst that’s boiled in its own lager, sandwiched in a locally-baked bun and topped with kraut and ale mustard.Chin MusicCenter of the Universe Brewing • Ashland, Va. This Vienna-style amber lager pays homage to the Richmond Flying Squirrels, a double-A minor league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. It’s a session beer, malty but crisp, with a low ABV (4.5 percent), made for warm weather and long days. Center of the Universe (COTU) is a young, but growing brewery—the Richmond Squirrels served their Ray Ray’s Pale Ale last season. The beer launches March 1 on draft and in cans. Ambers pair well with salty snacks and grilled meat. In other words, most of the food you’ll find at a baseball game. Little Red RooStarrStarr Hill • Crozet, Va. Most breweries lean toward IPA’s and hefe’s when the weather turns warm, but Starr Hill is going the other direction by bringing us their dense and delicious Little Red RooStarr coffee cream stout beginning March 1. You’ll get everything you want from a milk stout—notes of chocolate, caramel, and a strong malty backbone that’s balanced by locally roasted coffee. Find it in 22-ounce bombers. Coffee stouts are great with dessert, particularly chocolate.
THE DIRT is a weekly look at some of the most pressing outdoor news issues from around the Blue Ridge and Beyond.26-Mile Loop Trail Nears CompletionThe proposed Fonta Flora loop trail in North Carolina’s Burke County is one step closer to completion after a bill supporting the project was ratified in the N.C. Senate. According to a report in the Morganton News Herald “the bill says the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources would support and encourage establishing trail segments on state park lands and on lands of other federal, state, local, and private landowners.” When finished the trail will wrap around Lake James, starting at Harris Whisnant Road and ending at the Bridgewater trailhead.Multiple Shark Attacks on North Carolina CoastTwo North Carolina teens suffered severe injuries including loss of limbs after being attacked by sharks while swimming on the same North Carolina beach. The attacks occurred on Oak Island, a beach on the state’s southernmost coast. Though shark attacks are extremely rare in North Carolina, the recent incidents took place only ninety minutes apart. The beach was subsequently shut down and evacuated. Read more here.Ultra Runner Scott Jurek Reaches Halfway Point of Appalachian TrailScott Jurek, who embarked on a quest to set the Appalachian Trail speed record back late May, has now passed the halfway point of the 3,000 plus mile foot path. According to Jurek’s Facebook page, he also completed the ‘The Four State Challenge’, traveling through Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania all in one day. Juke’s recent success comes on the heels of a torn quadricep sustained in the Smoky Mountains. Follow his journey here.
From September 19 to 27, Richmond’s population will triple in size as cycling fans from around the world crowd the city for the UCI Road World Championships. The event is a milestone not just for Richmond but the United States as well—the last Worlds to be held on U.S. soil was nearly 30 years ago at the 1986 event in Colorado Springs.“That was before I was born,” says Team Cannondale-Garmin rider Ben King, a contender for Team U.S.A. “It’s a good opportunity for Richmond and especially good opportunity for me. I’m a very proud Virginian.”For King, who grew up riding the back roads surrounding Charlottesville, this year’s Worlds will literally be in his backyard. It’s a welcome change for King, who’s used to flying halfway around the world or across the country to get to any of the cycling industry’s premier races.“Most of my European teammates and colleagues in the sport have been to California and Utah and Colorado, but the East Coast hasn’t had a big race for years. Richmond is putting itself on the map of cycling history.”“We’re all kinda looking forward to the fact that we don’t have to deal with the jet lag and the things we normally deal with over in Europe, like do I need to bring my own French press? Do I need to bring my own coffee? Do they even drink coffee? What about creamer?”That’s Andrea Dvorak, a Crozet, Va., local and rider for Team Exergy TWENTY12. Both Dvorak and King have home turf advantage going for them, and with impressive racing resumes to back it up, these two cyclists have high chances of representing their teams at the very least, if not their country, too.More Than Just a RaceThough Richmond prevailed in the bidding process over candidate hosts like Muscat, Oman, and Quebec City, Canada, the city has some big shoes to fill. As the host for 2015 Worlds, Richmond will join the company of notable cities like Copenhagen, Florence, Melbourne, and Salzburg where cycling is as popular as football is in the States. So how will Richmond’s Worlds compare?“I think Richmond is going to stack up very well and far better than anyone realizes,” says Tim Miller, an avid cyclist, former road racer, and Richmond native. As Chief Operating Officer for Richmond 2015 Inc., the official organizing committee for Worlds, Miller has been involved with the event planning since the city placed its bid five years ago. “The Worlds event is not just about the bike race and we’re not building an event that’s just about the bike racing fans.”Between daily live entertainment, kid-friendly activities, VIP party zones, and chances for the public to run or ride like the pros in “Conquer the Cobbles,” Miller says there will be plenty of ways for spectators to occupy their time in Richmond. What’s more, the region’s burgeoning craft beer and food scene is sure to satisfy even the most exquisite of palates.“In a lot of ways we have a great blank canvas to work with here,” says Lee Kallman, vice president of marketing and development for Richmond 2015. “People all over the world are coming with their plane ticket and hotel reservation, but they couldn’t tell you where Richmond is on the map. They are going to come here with, at worst, a neutral expectation, and we’re gonna just blow them away.”Since age 16, King has raced all over the world, and he even spends half of the season training in Tuscany, Italy. But there is no place like home.“This is my favorite place to train,” he says. “It’s beautiful, first of all, and there are so many roads to explore that I can train 30-hour weeks and never ride on the same roads.”“You can ride for six hours and [not] go through a stop light or a stop sign,” Dvorak adds. “The only thing that stands in your way might be a cow that’s gotten loose.”International competitors likely won’t encounter any cows on the course, but they will face a technical 10-mile circuit (which elite men will have to ride 16 times, elite women eight) with sharp switchbacks and two steep climbs just two miles from the finish. Fast, furious, and contained completely within downtown Richmond proper, the 2015 Worlds course will be one for the spectators.“It’ll definitely be a game of who has the best team plan and who can execute that plan the best on that day,” says Dvorak. “It’s a chess match of which nation has the best strategy.”Until then, Dvorak spends as much time in the saddle as she can, training with her Miller School students and Brazilian Worlds cyclists Marcio Oliveira and Pedro Martins. Though King did not return to this year’s Tour de France, he has been busy racing at the Tour de Suisse, the Tour of Austria, and the Vuelta a España and performs maintenance training in between travels to prepare for Worlds.Here’s to Team U.S.A. saying “Checkmate, World!” Josh Lopez Photography
I can’t imagine a world without Fat Tire. I know, that sounds a bit hyperbolic, but I don’t think there’s a single beer that has had any greater impact on the world of craft beer in this country. Fat Tire, an easy drinking amber, worked like a wedge that opened the palates of thousands of beer drinkers, prepping them for the wild, wonderful flavors of craft beer to come. Fat Tire is the gateway beer. Or I should say, it was the gateway beer. Considering the vast choices that are on the market today, I’m not sure that Fat Tire holds the same lofty position as it did back in the ‘90s and early 2000s. Back in the day, there was a solid chance that Fat Tire was the first craft beer someone fell in love with. I doubt it’s the same scenario today. So it makes sense that New Belgium would want to revamp the beer for its 25th birthday. Relax, they’re not changing the recipe (anyone remember the “New Coke” debacle?). New Belgium partnered with a handful of breweries to create riffs Fat Tire. The result is a collaboration 12 pack with five radically different takes on the iconic amber ale. Seriously, it gets weird in this combo pack. Allagash creates a funky version, Firestone Walker hops the shit out it and Rhinegeist turns it into a pale ale. Hopworks Urban Brewery, out of Portland, takes it the furthest by creating a sour apple version of Fat Tire. Sour apple! Oh, Portland. The 12 packs should be hitting stores soon. Keep an eye out and be ready to rediscover an icon. I think after trying the sour apple version, we’ll all have a greater appreciation for the original.
One of the South’s best whitewater paddlers discusses being a black boater in the Blue RidgeIt all started with a summer job right out of high school. Rashid Edwards was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C., and his first job after graduation was at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. At the end of his first summer, he was invited to paddle the Upper Green River with some other guides. “Seeing a wild river in the mountains, the feeling of remoteness, it was life-changing,” says Clifton.BRO talked with the 24-year-old paddler about his favorite rivers, most memorable paddling adventures, and his experiences as a black boater in the Blue Ridge.What are your favorite paddling spots in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic?Linville Gorge is pretty incredible. It’s been called the Grand Canyon of the East. It’s just a beautiful old canyon to explore and appreciate. The Green River is also an amazing place. The river gets much deserved hype, but the surrounding wildlands host trails and access for all types of recreation. Wilson Creek, Tallulah, and the Cheoah are also pretty spectacular.What’s been your best outdoor moment?I paddled the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon last spring. It was just incredible unplugging from everything for two weeks. No phone. No internet. Just your thoughts and the wilderness. I had never taken myself for a desert person. Now I appreciate how much life is hiding in those seemingly barren landscapes.What’s been your toughest outdoor moment?Green Race 2016 was a huge low and high for me. I had been rehabbing a shoulder injury and was finally feeling like my shoulder was stable. The race started, and I had great lines till exiting Go Left. I ended up rolling to the right and caught a rock with my arm. My shoulder dislocated. I swam, rescued my boat, and tried to get back in the mindset to race. But I couldn’t even pull the skirt back on my boat. I was crushed. I had worked so hard to race, but I couldn’t finish. Still, there was a huge outpouring of support from the community afterward, from friends and strangers. Folks were offering advice and helping to get me back out on the water. It really was heartwarming.Do socioeconomically disadvantaged groups have a tougher time engaging in adventure sports like paddling? To be totally real, when you’re a minority in this country, you grow up with a certain set of street smarts or rules. Your parents are going to teach you survival skills and things to do and not do. A non-minority child may not grow up with that. A white suburban family wouldn’t think to tell their kids not to do this or that. They just haven’t experienced that historical discrimination. For example, you don’t go running around the backwoods of North Carolina all loud, proud, and cavalier if you are a minority. That’s just asking for trouble. We have a different perception and experience with the established culture and its rules.How do you feel about diversity in the outdoors and the conversation surrounding it?A few years ago, I was paddling with a friend on the Upper Gauley. He brought his friend who happened to be another black man. He said, “I’ve never seen another black guy on the river. To see someone like me on the river is amazing.” That’s been the experience for me as well. When I see another black person, or someone that’s not your typical kayaker, it’s pretty exciting to see that fresh face. While it may not be an issue for someone who’s already in these sports, the view coming from a minority standpoint is that it is refreshing to see other people that look like you getting into the sport. It makes it feel more inclusive. That is important for comfort.Why are there so few African Americans in outdoor sports?There are definitely issues like access and socioeconomic reasons. But there are also more nuanced reasons.For example, perhaps we don’t see black women in the water because it’s very difficult to maintain your hair if you have traditional African American hair, and you are trying to meet beauty standards that males don’t necessarily feel pressured to ascribe to. If I was a woman a few years back and had to ascribe to that standard, I wouldn’t be a kayaker.In a lot of minority communities, people don’t have the time and money to get themselves or their family into these activities. You can get into basketball, football, and sports like that for much cheaper across the board. A lot of outdoor activities require a larger time and monetary investment. To ignore that and shun those people and not help them into this community is just pretending like those people don’t want to be a part of this. It is the opposite of what the outdoor community should be: welcoming.
On October 15, two Appalachian Trail thru-hikers were asked to leave their Frontier Airlines flight shortly after boarding because at least one of them had what crew members described as offensive body odor. The hikers had just finished their northbound hike and claim they had showered and were wearing clean clothes. The hikers were escorted off of the plane, given travel-sized toiletries and told that they could attempt to fly the following day. The first winter weather of the season brought northwest winds between 30-40 mph, temperatures that plunged into the teens and 2-4 inches of snow to some parts of WNC. Stinky thru-hikers removed from airplane because of their smell Pennsylvania high school student dead after falling while hiking Sections of the Blue Ridge Parkway remain closed after winter storm Both the hikers and a representative of the airline told Outside that the hikers were flying on a buddy pass and that those traveling with these non-revenue generating tickets are held to a higher standard of hygiene. The hikers eventually found a friend in Boston who took them to a thrift store to buy new clothes and allowed them to shower. They made it on to another flight the following day. Portions of the Blue Ridge Parkway are still closed following the Arctic blast that brought gusty winds, freezing temperatures and snow to WNC. The parkway is closed between Mile Marker 443 and Mile Marker 455.7 due to ice and snow and Mile Marker 367.5 to Mile Marker 375.7 because of ice and snow. The road is also closed between Mile Marker 344.2 and Mile Marker 355.5 because of debris and fallen trees. Further north, the parkway is closed between Mile Marker 234.1 and Mile Marker 242.3 because of ice and snow. In Virginia, the parkway is closed between Mile Marker 66.3 and Mile Marker 76.4 due to wintery weather. A seventeen-year-old high school student at Archbishop Carroll High School has died after falling off of a cliff at World’s End State Park in Sullivan County, PA. Luke DePiano was on a camping trip with his older brother and two cousins when the tragedy occurred. He was walking off-trail, through some underbrush, when he plunged 35-feet and sustained a catastrophic head injury. Neither DePiano nor anyone in his party had been to the park before. “Luke was a talented and loving man, full of enthusiasm and promise,” school president Francis Fox told CBS 3. “The entire Carroll community mourns this deep loss and extends our support to the DePiano family.” “At Frontier Airlines we love the outdoors and welcome adventurers onboard our flights every day,” Zach Kramer, manager of corporate communications, told Outside in an email. “The comfort of our customers while onboard is always top of mind and our team will work with passengers to ensure everyone has an enjoyable flying experience on Frontier, including addressing any hygiene-related concerns that may affect fellow flyers.”
By Dialogo April 14, 2009 SANTIAGO, April 12, 2009 (AFP) – Clara Rojas, former hostage of FARC Colombian guerrillas, said that she has “forgiven” her fellow-in-captivity, former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, for her kidnapping, after releasing “Cautiva” (Captive), a book which recounts the six years she spent in the jungle. “Of course, I have forgiven Ingrid. The sense of my book is turning a page. Now I hope to start other projects that will allow me to forget,” Rojas told the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio in an interview published on Sunday. Ingrid Betancourt and Clara Rojas were abducted on February 23, 2002 while traveling to campaign for the first presidential election in the Colombian region of San Vicente del Caguan, a dangerous area due to the presence of guerrillas. “My mistake, if it existed, occurred that same day. I should have been firm with her (Betancourt), although it would have not been easy. I should have told her that I would not go, to see if she had the guts to go alone,” said Rojas. During captivity, Bentancourt and Rojas drifted apart because of “situations that are not explainable. I myself cannot understand them. There was not a discrete situation, but various things that added up,” said the former hostage. Clara Rojas said that after two escape attempts during the first month of captivity, she and Betancourt started to blame each other. The punishment after the second failed attempt – they were discovered due to Ingrid’s cries when she was attacked by wasps – was chaining. “I never made personal claims of any kind. But, of course, there are pains that you carry in your soul,” said Rojas, who has only seen Ingrid Betancourt twice after she was released by the guerrillas in July 2008. Meanwhile, Rojas was released in January 2008 along with former Colombian congresswoman Consuelo González de Perdomo, as a gesture by the FARC toward Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. During her captivity, Rojas gave birth to a boy – Emmanuel – fathered by one of her captors. He was separated from his mother when he was eight months old by insurgents and given to a peasant. Upon her release, Rojas was reunited with her son, and both currently live in Bogotá.