Trail Blazers: Our Best Adventure Yet

first_imgDiamonds in the Rough: Trail Blazers search for gemstones beneath Douglas Falls in Pisgah National Forest, N.C. Photo: Nicole HinebaughKentavius can see the Blue Ridge Mountains from his apartment beside the interstate in downtown Asheville. But the nine-year-old had never hiked in them until last month.Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine has helped create the Trail Blazers Youth Adventure Club. Children from inner city communities are learning outdoor skills on a series of adventures throughout the summer.Last month, I accompanied Kentavius and twelve other Trail Blazers on a hike to Douglas Falls, a 70-foot waterfall surrounded by an old-growth forest. The kids, who ranged in age from 8 to 14, were awestruck. None of them had ever been hiking in a national forest; most had never left the city.They marveled at yellow-striped millipedes and the towering trees, including an overturned hemlock with its intricate root system exposed. “This was all underground? Daaang!” said ten-year-old Tahtiona.More than once, I was asked if cobras and anacondas lived in this forest. But by the time the kids reached the waterfall, they had completely forgotten about snakes. They quickly splashed across the creek to stand beneath the falls.As the frigid water pounded down on them, Alexus screamed with wild, shrill delight; Diontae flexed his muscles; Kentavius simply extended his arms and looked skyward, smiling.Afterward, the kids climbed into an old rock cave, scampered up a steep dirt trail, searched for gemstones in the creek, and even shimmied across an old log suspended between two boulders. They were adventurers exploring a brave new world, far away from the barren concrete of their public housing block.Nearly every day of their childhood has been filled with the sounds of the interstate. But for a few hours, they heard the wind in the trees and water cascading over rock. And on the hike back to the trailhead, they stopped walking, stopped talking, and for a few moments, just listened to the silence of the forest.The Asheville-based Trail Blazers are organized by the heroic Nicole Hinebaugh and volunteers from the Women’s Wellbeing and Development Foundation. We plan on expanding the Trail Blazers Club into other towns across the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Let us know if you’d like to lead a hike or lend a hand. Upcoming hikes, photo galleries, and additional information can be found at trailblazersclub.org.We hope that the Trail Blazers experience will inspire more kids like Kentavius, who discovered that those distant summits are within his reach. 1 2last_img read more

John Hartson urges Mikel Arteta to axe three Arsenal players after Spurs defeat

first_img Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterMonday 13 Jul 2020 11:27 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares John Hartson urges Mikel Arteta to axe three Arsenal players after Spurs defeat Arteta reacts to his Arsenal side’s 2-1 defeat against TottenhamTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:05FullscreenArteta reacts to his Arsenal side’s 2-1 defeat against Tottenhamhttps://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-reacts-arsenal-sides-2-1-defeat-against-tottenham-2209436/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Arteta faces a battle to keep hold of top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal at the Emirates with just one year left on his current contract.But, Hartson believes that regardless if the Gabon international stays, Arsenal cannot move forward until they improve defensively.‘I’m sure he [Arteta] is looking at the defence and thinking, ‘That’s nowhere near good enough’,’ Hartson added.‘The mistake from Kolasinac today led to the goal from Son, there was other mistakes, Mustafi, the way that he defended in the second half, diving in, not standing on his feet, just poor decision making from an experienced international centre-back who cost £35 million from Valencia, you want more than that from your centre-half. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘David Luiz is a makeshift centre-half, he will only come in if Arsenal don’t buy another centre-half, I don’t think he’ll get much game time next season although he’s been given an extra year’s contract. ‘I can’t see Arsenal progressing, Aubameyang, or no Aubameyang, progressing in the right direction unless they shore up defensively. ‘They need two centre-halves of quality and they’re not going to come cheap. ‘You cannot score three or four goals every game to win a football match because Arsenal keep giving the opposition chances to score against them and you always feel as if Arsenal are going to concede a goal.’MORE: Arsenal star Gabriel Martinelli responds to Ronaldinho comparing him to RonaldoMORE: Arsenal could play in the Community Shield even if they lose to Manchester City in FA Cup semi-finalFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Hartson says Arsenal’s defence is categorically not good enough (Pictures: Stadium Astro/Getty)John Hartson has urged Mikel Arteta to completely reshape his defence in the next transfer window after Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Spurs on Sunday.Alexandre Lacazette opened the scoring for the Gunners with a wonder strike from outside of the box, but, their defensive frailties came to the fore once again as Sead Kolasinac gifted a goal to Heung-Min Son to make it 1-1.Poor marking from a corner allowed Toby Alderweireld to head home the winner in the 81st minute and condemn Mikel Arteta’s side to their third defeat since the restart.While Arsenal seemed to have slightly improved defensively under the Spaniard, keeping three clean sheets in a row prior to the 1-1 draw with Leicester City last week, they have been consistently found out against better opposition.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArteta faces a major rebuilding project in the summer and former Gunners striker Hartson would like to see the back of all three starting centre-backs against Spurs.‘Ideally, I’d like to replace all three, [Shkodran] Mustafi, Kolasinac and [David] Luiz, but I don’t think he’s going to replace all three,’ Hartson told Stadium Astro.‘Rob Holding does okay when he comes in, still relatively young, I think the two full-backs [Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin] are decent, [Bernd] Leno in goal, I like [Dani] Ceballos, [Lucas] Torreira, [Granit] Xhaka he seems to like. ‘For me, I would get rid of all three [defenders] if I possibly could but I don’t think that’s going to happen, but, all three of them I’m not sure they’d get in of any of the top four teams.’last_img read more

Chelsea capable of the ‘incredible’ to spring Barca surprise – Conte

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte believes the English champions can do “something incredible” by knocking Barcelona out of the Champions League at the Camp Nou on March 14, despite blowing a lead to draw the first leg of their last-16 tie 1-1.Willian gave reason to a bold team selection from Conte on Tuesday by putting the English champions ahead just after the hour mark, having also hit the woodwork twice before half-time.However, Barca pounced on a very rare Chelsea mistake on the night as Andres Iniesta intercepted a slack pass by Andreas Christensen and squared for Lionel Messi to slot home his first goal in nine appearances against Chelsea. “We’re talking about a player he’s only 21. It’s great that he can play this game with this maturity. I am very happy. For me he was one of the best players tonight.”Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 “We must be realistic. We are talking about Barcelona. They show tonight to be a strong, fantastic team,” said Conte.center_img “We have showed that if we are ready to work very hard together defensively, but continue to have the right feeling when you win the ball when you have the chance to score, we can try to do something incredible at the Nou Camp.”Conte named a front three without a recognised centre-forward with Willian and Pedro Rodriguez either side of Eden Hazard, while the 21-year-old Christensen started in place of club captain Gary Cahill.And Conte refused to pin the blame on the inexperienced Dane for conceding.“I think it was a great performance, an incredible performance,” added Conte.last_img read more

Manchester City competing like ‘animals’ to win title: Fernandinho

first_imgDefending champions Manchester City have shown they can compete like “animals” this season in a bid to retain their Premier League title, midfielder Fernandinho has said.City restored their one-point lead over Liverpool at the top of the table after Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Manchester United and can become the first team to retain the Premier League title since the Old Trafford club in 2009.Victory in the final three games of the season will ensure a fourth league crown in eight years and Fernandinho said City’s display at United showed how determined they were to succeed.”We showed the desire in competing for every ball like animals. I think this is the spirit of a team that wants to be champions,” Fernandinho told reporters.Liverpool, who are looking to end a 29-year drought for an English league title, were seven points ahead of City in January before Pep Guardiola’s side handed them their only defeat of the season to reduce the deficit.City have displayed ruthless form since, winning their last 11 league games, and Brazil international Fernandinho believes that the title race will go down to the wire.”If you look back to January, they could have been 10 points clear after our game. We didn’t want that. We reduced the gap to four points and now we’re one point up,” he said.”That’s the way the Premier League is going to be decided and I hope we can do our job and win those three games, and be champions again.”advertisementCity are at Burnley on Sunday and finish their season with games against Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion.”Burnley are always difficult. They have a specific way to play and it’s not easy to go there. They drew with Chelsea last Monday,” added Fernandinho, who is a doubt for the game with a knee injury.”We have to recover as soon as possible and try to be fit and be ready. It’s going to be a very important, very difficult game for us.”Also Read | Manchester City star Raheem Sterling honoured with award for fighting racismAlso Read | East Bengal exploring Barcelona tie-up possibilityAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat Kohlilast_img read more