Western North Carolina’s Tuckaseegee River could soon become home to a brand new whitewater center and outdoor adventure complex.According to the Sylva Herald, the Nanatahala Outdoor Center (NOC) is currently in talks with Jackson County, North Carolina officials about bringing a “world-class outdoor entertainment complex” to 17.65 acres of county-owned along the banks of the Tuckaseegee River.While the Sylva Herald reports that a plan for a new Jackson County NOC outpost is all but finalized, both Jackson County and NOC have stopped short of calling the plan a done deal.“Last year, NOC was approached by Jackson County regarding a potential outfitter location along the Tuckaseegee,” NOC said in an official statement provided to Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine via email.“We informally presented several high-level concepts to the county for consideration. While we remain excited about the opportunities in Dillsboro, no decisions have been made by NOC to move forward with the project.We are hopeful that the Jackson County commission will enter into a formal negotiation with us to allow both sides the opportunity to develop specific plans, timelines, and commitments.Until then, we appreciate the community’s enthusiasm for outdoor recreation along the Tuckasegee and its confidence in the NOC brand, but it is premature to make any announcements at this time.”Rich Price is the director of Jackson County’s economic development. He said that talks between the county and the outdoor adventure giant are still underway and called the Sylva Herald’s story “premature.”“Unfortunately, the local media has chosen to jump the gun on this issue,” Price said. “But we are in talks with the Nantahala Outdoor Center and optimistic about the possibility of an adventure center coming to Jackson County.”The Nanatahala Outdoor Center is Western North Carolina’s largest outdoor adventure outfitter. Established in 1972, NOC currently operates on eight different rivers throughout the area and hosts more than a million guests annually. In addition to white water rafting excursions the company offers zip-lining, mountain biking, and whitewater kayaking instruction.[divider]More from BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]
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… Skipper Bravo says Red Force keen on continuing dominanceBy Clifton RossGUYANA Jaguars batting coach Shivnarine Chanderpaul said yesterday players are looking to make amends for their batting errors coming out of the previous round, as they prepare to tackle table-leaders Trinidad & Tobago Red Force at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.Today’s 3rd round encounter shifts to the champs’ backyard where they will be seeking to rebound from their 7-wicket loss suffered at the hands of Barbados Pride in the previous round.During their pre-match practice session yesterday, Chronicle Sport spoke with the legendary Guyana and West Indies batsman, who highlighted ‘soft dismissals’ as something the Jags batsmen will need to fine-tune.“You want guys to be more responsible when batting because in the last match we had too many soft dismissals. Hopefully we could correct those mistakes, go to this match and make people work hard. If you get out you get out with a good ball, but don’t give your wickets away,” Chanderpaul charged. T&T Red Force captain Darren Bravo (3rd from right) goes through some drills with his teammates at Providence on the eve of Round 3’s clash.Although Guyana’s batting has been looking promising with a number of half-centuries as well as good partnerships being achieved within the last two rounds, no batsman has scored a century since the season began.Regarding the conversion rate of batsmen and their ability to make use of their time in the middle and their starts, the ex-Guyana skipper-turned-coach said responsibility and patience were among the areas discussed heading into the third round.“We spoke about that (conversion); it is one of our plans that batsmen should carry on and make big hundreds. We had starts; we had a couple of fifties in Barbados and a few also in Antigua. I think we were playing a little bit loose so we need to dig in and stretch out the innings to get big scores,” said the ex-Windies Test captain.Meanwhile, over in the visiting camp, spirits were high as Red Force skipper Darren Bravo said his team were bent on continuing their exceptional batting which has been the franchise’s mainstay over the last two rounds.The Red Force have been ruthless in their approach of acquiring runs this season, racking up 460 in their first game and a mammoth 552 in the last round, solidifying their status as the best batting team thus far.Prior to their final afternoon practice session Bravo, who was one of the centurions in the Red Force’s crushing innings and 168-run win over the Leeward Hurricanes in round two, pointed out that it was important for the team to maintain their good performances.The stylish West Indies left-hander believed that Red Force were playing, “their brand of cricket”, adding that it has been a while since the Twin Island Republic had been so dominant in 4-Day cricket.Guyana, meanwhile, will need to up the ante with regard to their scoring should they return to their winnings ways, especially against a batting-heavy side like Red Force.Also, having slipped to 4th place after finishing round one on top, the 5-time defending champs will want to win this home encounter handsomely and hopefully knock the Red Force off the number one spot which they currently own.Day One’s action is set to bowl off at 09:30hrs.
Louis van Gaal 1 Louis van Gaal says the Champions League play-off with Club Brugge is the most important test of his Manchester United career so far.Brugge visit Old Trafford on Tuesday night before the tie concludes at the Jan Breydel Stadium next Wednesday.United are big favourites to see off the Belgians over two legs but Van Gaal is not taking them lightly and knows failure to reach the competition proper will be a disaster for himself and the club.“Of course,” Van Gaal said when asked if this was his most significant fixture since taking charge at Old Trafford.“I have already explained, the players want to participate (in the Champions League) and the board wants to participate, but especially the fans want to participate so the pressure is high.”History suggests United should have an easy ride. The aggregate score of their last three home games against Belgian opponents is 18-1.Brugge’s squad has been decimated by injury in the build-up to the match, and they needed a stoppage-time winner to beat KV Kortrijk on Friday.Van Gaal could have been draw against Lazio or Monaco in the play-off, but is still wary of the threat the Belgians will pose.“I think it is a difficult draw,” he said.“Brugge can defend very well and they can attack also, so it shall be a difficult match and that is why the pressure is high.”Brugge playmaker Victor Vazquez is hoping to deal a blow to his old coach on Tuesday.Most of the players in the Brugge team will be unfamiliar to United fans, but Van Gaal knows all about Vazquez.The Spaniard was coming through Barcelona’s famous youth academy, La Masia, during Van Gaal’s two spells as head coach of the Catalan giants.Vazquez has brief but positive memories of the Dutchman, who highlighted the 28-year-old as one of Brugge’s main threats at his pre-match press conference on Monday.”It’s always nice to hear about the big ones,” said Vazquez when asked about Van Gaal’s positive comments about him.”I met him in Barcelona. I was young, maybe 11 or 12 years old but my impression was that he was a really hard coach with a lot of character and personality, just like he is now.”I didn’t meet him a lot of times but I think he is one of the biggest coaches in football, for sure.”Brugge, who are managed by former Belgium goalkeeper Michel Preud’homme, are without eight players through injury.United’s only absentee is Phil Jones, who is out with mild thrombosis.