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  • Instagram Takeover | Serge Skiba

    first_imgThis month’s Instagram Takeover features Western North Carolina-based photographer Serge Skiba. When Serge isn’t out and about in the Blue Ridge honing his skill in everything from whitewater kayaking to mountain biking, he’s busy documenting the inherent beauty that our southern mountains have to offer.“A love for the natural world led me to my recent passion, photography,” Serge says. “No matter what I did in life it always included being outside. Mountain biking, trail running, hiking, triathlons, and now Whitewater Kayaking are hobbies I enjoy when I am not chasing a setting sun over a mountain ridge or waking up in the still of the night only to witness and welcome the new day as the sun appeared on the horizon.”Check out Serge’s outstanding work below and get to know what makes him tick with our short Q & A below. Don’t forget to follow him on Instagram @earthcaptured to stay up to date with his most recent adventures.7) WilsonCreekL-25 copyWilson Creek was designated as a wild and scenic river area and is no surprise why. This is a dream for any outdoor enthusiast. From White Water Kayaking, fishing, hunting, biking, tubing, along with many other activities this river has it all.4) Green5L-15 copyOn a normal day you will see hardly any people in the places whitewater kayakers paddle intense class V + rivers. Not on this day. Each year people brave the grueling, steep hike in to the gorge to watch the Green River Narrows Race. The hike out is not for the faint of heart. There are a lot of people with heart in the gorge that day. All of us awed and amazed by the awesome event.8) CabinTrailL-2 copy 2Early settlers lived in cabins like this one in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The star trails represent time passing and thinking about the life these people that came before us had here. The Blue Ridge Mountains are filled with beauty, but they are also filled with a rich history.2) 2015HemphillBald2L-11 copy 2After a cold night of camping @Lion_king was thrilled for the sunrise. His pup Bruce sitting close by watching the his dad stick the landing. There are many great experiences with camping the Blue Ridge Mountains, one of the most rewarding is seeing the sun rise.1) 2015DevilsBathTubphotosL-2 copy 2This crystal clear blue water is a rare find in the mountains of North Carolina. Add the colorful autumn leaves and you get a magical scene at Devils Bathtub. This place is has become one of my new favorites. 5) Unaka1Lpart2-1 copySunsets like this one in the Blue Ridge can often times be an epic sight. @Steve_yocom and his German Shepard pup, Asia playing after sunset as you see the beautiful colors quickly disappearing from the sky of the Blue Ridge Mountains.3) 2015HemphillBaldcampingdoubleL-4 copy 2We camp because we love nature. We camp on top of a mountain so we can feel alive. We get many of our adventure ideas from Blue Ridge Outdoors. Thanks y’all!6) Unaka4LMainrework-12 copyRed Fork Falls in Tennessee is quite an impressive waterfall. This cascade pops with a golden color as the sun shines down on it. One of the best things about our mountains are the countless waterfall hikes that are there to ♦ BRO: What first drew you to photography? SS: With so many beautiful places to see and explore in this world, I wanted to be able to preserve the best of those moments. BRO: If you could only choose one area in this region to hike and explore and photograph for the rest of your life what would it be? SS: Hands down it would be the Roan highlands. There is an abundance of beauty and open space to hike, explore, camp, and feel unbound from daily responsibility and stress. BRO: How long have you lived in the Blue Ridge? SS: I live just north of Charlotte, but I spend almost every weekend in the mountains. I only have to drive 30 minutes to see the mountains ranges of the Blue Ridge on the horizon so that gets my heart pounding.  People have posted photos of the Charlotte skyline from the top of various mountain peaks in the Blue Ridge, so when I am not able to be in the mountains, I like to visit the top floor of a high rise in Charlotte and see the Blue Ridge mountain ranges to the north and west.Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 10.57.01 AMBRO: What is you favorite place to shoot outside of the Blue Ridge? SS: I love photographing the coast of South Carolina. This is where I grew up as a child and loved seeing the sunrises over the ocean. Each day was a new beginning and to dream new dreams. I go back often to revisit the dreams I have made in to reality, and to forge new goals. BRO: One piece of gear (minus your camera) you wouldn’t head into the woods without? SS: Bear Spray. One must remember that once you step on that trail you are in their territory. I never want to harm wildlife, but you never know when you can be confronted with a situation in the back country. I’ve had a handful of encounters with bear while hiking and each of those times they have no interest in humans. I only deployed the spray once and that was by accident. Unfortunately our group was on the receiving end of that spray. Not fun. 🙂BRO: Aside from photography, what is your favorite outdoor activity? SS: White water kayaking is my ultimate favorite thing to do outside of photography. There are places kayakers get to see that you just can’t reach by car, or even hiking. This is where I consider the heart of the Blue Ridge to be. A place of complete solitude. BRO: Craziest adventure ever experienced during an outdoor shoot? SS: I’ve hiked and camped almost every possible weather situation. The craziest was probably when we had to bush wack from the bottom of a gorge to the top of the mountain ridge and back down to get back on trail with all of our backpacking gear on probably about 60-70 pounds worth. I won’t lie, it was kinda scary climbing hand over hand knowing with just one slip I was tumbling back down towards the gorge. Even with a GPS once we got back over to the other side of the mountain ridge we almost couldn’t find our way back on trail. We finally found the trail and made our way up to the top for what we hoped was going to be spectacular sunset. That night we decided to pack up camp and head back down as there was a heavy storm forecast to roll through the area overnight. We hiked back down for 3 hours in the dark losing the trail twice after finally making it back to the car. That storm never happened. The Blue Ridge Mountains is a beautiful place, but conditions can become rugged and unpredictable. One must be able to expect unpredictable conditions and learn to adapt and react to any situation you are faced with in order to have a great experience. BRO: Is photography your primary gig? SS: I am working up to making it primary, for now I have a Monday through Friday desk job. BRO:  Do you have a favorite backpacking loop in the Appalachians? SS: Carvers gap to 19E along the Appalachian Trail. The hike begins along a popular trail passing by many friendly day hikers. The crowds soon thin out and you are immersed in the amazing landscape of the Blue Ridge Mountains. BRO: What advice would you give to an aspiring outdoor photographer? SS: Meet similar individuals who enjoy taking new adventures. Become part of social media photography groups and don’t be afraid to join in for a trip with fellow photographers. There are group hikes posted for anyone who wants to join. choose one that you think might be a good starting point.  It starts with just one good experience before that fire inside you with drive your passion.  I used to think that getting ” that shot” was the most important thing, now it’s the fellowship and friendships that develop along the way that I most enjoy. The experiences I have with others makes my photos seem more genuine and meaningful.last_img read more

  • Independent bookies appeal to Theresa May over FOBTs

    first_img Independent bookmakers in the United Kingdom have made a written appeal to Prime Minister Theresa May, imploring the disregarding of a proposed £2 Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBT) maximum stake.Ahead of government judgement on proposed wagering reduction, various representatives issued a reminder and agreement with May when she stated “From dynamic start-ups to established family firms, our small and medium sized businesses are the backbone of our country,” and a desire to “want to build an economy that works for all, and that means working with, and listening to, smaller firms.”However, in an era when “betting shops are already closing at an alarming rate,” the independent bookies state that a £2 maximum stake will essentially represent a ban on FOBTs and as a result throw small businesses onto the scrap heap.Discussing the potential fallout of such a stark reduction in its letter, independent bookies state that: “Customers will not play FOBT games at this staking level as they are unable to spread their bets and de-risk their play. “These are gaming customers who will not switch to betting on horses or football but will simply go online or to other venues and we will not be able to compete or trade as viable businesses. “At a £2 stake many of our family enterprises will close, our staff – including members of our own families – will lose their jobs, and all the monies to government, local councils and racing will be lost. The consequences for our businesses would quite simply be disastrous.Before urging the government to, in essence, consider advice from within: “The government’s own advisers, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB), warn “we would find it difficult to regard so strong an action (cutting from £100 to £2) as being proportionate on the basis of the existing evidence” and could lead to “a variety of unintended and potentially harmful consequences.”Another key area of discussion is responsible gambling, with the letter highlighting stringent staff training and insisting good customer service in part of their DNA: “We are not faceless companies. We are small businesses who know our customers well, and have survived in the face of stiffer and stiffer competition from major operators, the expansion of online gambling and the National Lottery.“We care about our customers and know most of them by name. We know if they have had a bad day or have been enjoying a family celebration, we offer them teas and coffees and a chat, and a place for them to meet their friends and enjoy their leisure pursuit in a friendly, safe and responsible environment.”Concluding, the independent bookies added: “If you really want to help problem gamblers then we are best placed to help you achieve that. We implore you not to throw small businesses like ours on the scrap heap by imposing a £2 maximum stake.” Submit Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

  • NFF wants First Lady to lead Falcons to Canada

    first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has appealed to First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan to lead the African Women Champions, the Super Falcons of Nigeria to the 2015 FIFA Women World Cup to be hosted by Canada.Board member of the NFF and Chairman of the Nigeria Women Football League, Chief (Mrs) Dilichukwu Onyedinma told journalists in Abuja over the weekend that the invitation was a mark of honour for Dame Jonathan whom she added has been a strong pillar for the emancipation of women in the country. In addition, she noted that the team would need her patience and good luck to succeed at the world stage.Onyedinma who also used the occasion to reel out the achievements of female football since her election in 2011 noted that after the initial challenges that confronted her board, they have been able to reposition the Women League with the resultant effect of the discovery of young and talented girls from across the country.She recalled the exploits of Nigerian female footballers in international championships including the National U-17 women team, the Flamingoes who reached the quarter finals of the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Costa Rica earlier in the year with players plying their trade in the Nigerian league.“Apart from the Flamingoes, we also had the National U-20 Women National Team, the Falconets that went to Canada in August and played to the finals of the FIFA U-20 Women World Cup with 99% of the players from our league here in Nigeria, only one player came from a school in the United States,” Dilichukwu explained, adding, “Only last weekend, we took another set of Super Falcons team to Namibia to reclaim the African Women Championship. In the victorious team, only five players came from overseas, the remaining 17 are all from our league clubs here at home”.The female football boss further revealed that the present board has been working hard to ensure that the league clubs had some support especially from the private sector with the commissioning of various marketing agents whom she noted have been working assiduously to attract sponsors with whom there are various negotiations at various stages. Onyedinma further explained that to make the female football more appealing to Nigerians especially the corporate world, her board concluded the incorporation of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) as well as entering a partnership with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) for live transmission of female league matches starting from the next season.last_img read more

  • Raiders subject of this year’s ‘Hard Knocks’ HBO summer docuseries

    first_img“We are so grateful to this storied franchise for opening up its doors and allowing HBO and NFL Films to spend the summer with the Raiders in what promises to be a compelling and engaging training camp,” Peter Nelson, HBO Sports executive vice president, said in a statement.MORE: Mark Davis opposed ‘Hard Knocks’ in MarchThere will be no shortage of storylines. A few of the biggest:— Coach Jon Gruden entering the second season of his return to the Silver and Black. The league appears to be excited about having Gruden mic’d up for weeks at a time:Jon Gruden on #HardKnocks 🙌Can’t wait for more #MicdUp moments like this. @HBO @Raiders pic.twitter.com/WBFUbIsqzU— NFL (@NFL) June 11, 2019— How marquee addition Antonio Brown will mesh with embattled quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders will be the subject of this year’s “Hard Knocks” HBO documentary series, the NFL announced Tuesday.The first episode will air Aug. 6. — The fact the franchise is scheduled to move to Las Vegas after the season.This will be the Raiders’ first appearance on the show, which gives fans an inside look at how NFL teams conduct training camp and prepare for the regular season.”Everybody wants to be a Raider. Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one.”We’ll see you in August: https://t.co/dZ1LvS7gRv #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/rTz6AnrCbl— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) June 11, 2019″Everybody wants to be a Raider. Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one,” Raiders owner Mark Davis said in the statement.last_img read more