This Saturday, April 29, Bruce Hornsby will perform at A Day At The Downs Wine and Wildlife Festival, a unique event taking place at Infinity Downs Farm in Arrington, VA (otherwise known as the home of LOCKN’ Festival). Attendees can spend the day tasting wine from some of Virginia’s top wineries while mingling with endangered species including the Bongo Antelope, Lemurs from Madagascar, the Australian Red Kangaroo, African tortoises, and many many more. Musical entertainment will be provided by Hornsby, Erin Lunsford and Michael Coleman.Tickets are $25 and include a commemorative wine glass, tasting from participating wineries, animal photo-ops, demonstrations and music performances. VIP tickets include a meet & greet with Bruce Hornsby and special shaded tent and VIP bathrooms. Camping is also available. For more information, visit InfinityDowns.com. The event benefits The Wildlife Conservation Center in Nelson County.Enter to win a pair of tickets below!
Bell Helmets and the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) are teaming up to award $100,000 in trail building grants to the common man. Three grants of up to $33,000 each will go toward technical assistance for the projects which will be planned, designed, and build by IMBA’s Trail Solutions team with help from local volunteers. The money will go to three separate entities: a pump track or bike park, a flow trail, and a downhill trail. The application is open to anyone, nationwide, and twelve finalist will be selected and voted on by the general public. There are fairly stringent guidelines for the projects – which can be read here – most of which deal with land management, local support, and accessibility. All applications are due by Feb. 8th.Needless to say, $100K is a lot of dough to be tossing around, especially in the context of building mountain biking trails. This is a very cool project and having the mountain biking public vote on the winners adds an extra layer of excitement to the proceedings. Mountain biking, and outdoor sports in general, seem to be gravitating toward the more extreme end of the spectrum, and this grant process is another example of the way things are going. Once limited to the North Shore of British Columbia, gravity oriented riding is taking off in the Blue Ridge in recent years with ski resorts fostering a four season revenue stream by utilizing their lifts to cater to downhillers. Pump tracks and bike parks are popping up everywhere and North Carolina’s Beech Mountain Resort will even host the National Downhill Championships this year. Advances in technology allow riders to push the limits – see this trailer for Red Bull’s upcoming film “Where the Trail Ends” to see exactly how far (spoiler alert: it’s really far) – and this makes downhill riding more and more accessible to the average rider. Which is great, if you are into that sort of thing. Personally, it looks like the scariest thing a person could ever do short of riding a great white shark over Victoria Falls while trying to wrestle a Rambo knife away from Man BearPig. But that’s just me, I guess.If you want to get your hands on the grants, check out the application and guidelines here.Do you have spot you think is primed for the project? Let us know in the comments if you are sending in an application.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lonzo Ball praised his controversial father, LaVar Ball, in a letter to the Players’ Tribune on Friday. The Father’s Day tribute addressed why many of the same attributes that have sparked criticism of LaVar in the media have been a positive influence on Lonzo. The former UCLA point guard published the letter two days after a Foot Locker commercial starring Lonzo, among other top prospects for the June 22 NBA draft, poked fun at LaVar. Lonzo makes it clear that there is much more to his father than the mercurial persona that has produced an unceasing series of outlandish statements in the media. Lonzo acknowledges some of his father’s flaws in the letter, but states that he wouldn’t be on the brink of beginning a career in the NBA had LaVar not guided him along the way. “One of the things I admire most about you is that you don’t really care what other people think,” Lonzo said. “People can have whatever opinions they want about who you are as a person, but they’ll never have all the facts. They’ll never know you like I do.” Read the entire letter here.
Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.TwitterBeating Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emerges as the ‘World’s Most Powerful Person 2019’ in the reader’s poll conducted by UK-based British Herald magazine.While PM Modi won with 30.9 percent votes, he was followed by Vladimir Putin (29.9 percent), Donald Trump (21.9 percent), and Xi Jinping with 18.1 percent votes.The website described him as a key figure in the Asian region who has played an active role in implementing his “act east policies”. It also complimented the global recognition PM Modi received regarding efforts towards climate change as it affects millions of rural Indians.Apart from welfare initiatives like Ayushman Bharat (National Health Protection Scheme), Prime Minister Ujjwala Yojna, Swatch Bharat (Clean India), his aggressive stances regarding national security as demonstrated during the Balakot airstrikes, were cited as elements that guaranteed him support in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, criticism such as the high unemployment rate, rising Non-Performing Assets (NPAs), high inflation rates as well as rates of fuel despite promises made in 2014 was also cited as ‘backlash’. Other major policies such as the demonetisation, revamping of goods and services tax (GST) were also stated as a major threat to the Indian economy.Despite the criticism, the website stated that it was because “the people of India have accepted his style of governance and politics” that the Modi achieved a landslide victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. PM Narendra Modi on the British Herald magazine’s July 2019 cover.British Herald websiteNarendra Modi will be featured on the front cover page of the British Herald magazine which will be released on July 2019. The magazine had featured New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in its May-June issue and Russian President Vladimir Putin in its March-April issue.But what is the British Herald?A recent investigation by Alt News revealed that while its official wesite, www.britishherald.com mention ‘via Reuters’ under its logo banner, it is owned by an Indian, Ansif Ashraf.Although the company is registered in the UK, Alt News reported that Ashraf is an Indian businessman from Kerala who is the editor-in-chief of the Cochin Herald and owner of British Herald with 85 percent shares. Ansif Ashraf’s Wikipedia page describes him as an Indian businessman from Kerala who is the editor-in-chief of the Cochin Herald and owns British Herald.