With the way technology moves and changes, websites could stand to be updated on a weekly basis. Here at BRO we like to slow-age things, so it has actually been several years since our website got a face lift. All that changes today though, as we are proud to introduce you to the new BlueRidgeOutdoors.com.The time had come to give the site a new look, and we’re doing so with one eye toward the future, and another looking back at the site analytics that helped influence the direction we’re taking. The biggest thing we noticed when scouring over the behavior of one million unique visitors this year, is that a lot of you are using your phones and mobile devices. We’re not surprised at all, and accordingly, BlueRidgeOutdoors.com is now a fully responsive website. This means the user experience on the mobile device is identical to the desktop version. We’ve also streamlined the layout to help users find the regular content they use the most, and highlight some of the photography that will now be a main feature of the website.If you haven’t taken stock lately of what all the the Blue Ridge Outdoors digital empire encompasses, check out the bulleted list below to see what you’ve been missing:“48 Hours In…” – twice a month we provide a curated itinerary for some of the best weekend getaway destinations in the Blue Ridge. With tips on where to play, what to eat, and places to stay, the only thing you’ll need to do is pack the car and drive. Check out 48 Hours in Knoxville.Trail Mix – This long running feature is a BlueRidgeOutdoors.com staple. Each month our resident music man Dave Stallard hand-picks up to 30 tracks to feature for streaming and downloading. Dave picks the best new releases and top trending tunes, a majority of which have ties to, or are based here in the Blue Ridge. Check out the November Playlist.Long Form Digital Features – The web allows us to tell stories in ways that could never be done before. With a mix of media that includes video, interactive photography, and digital mapping, we’re committing to bring readers four in-depth features in 2016. We launched our first long read feature this Fall which covers the interesting history and culture surrounding the most iconic trail in the Blue Ridge: The Appalachian Trail. Check out Behind The White Blaze: Appalachian Trail Guide.Trail Post E-Newsletter – This weekly e-newsletter arrives in 30,000 inboxes each Thursday, bringing the most recent news about the Blue Ridge and providing seasonal resources to help readers go outside and play. Sign up for Trail Post.Weekend Picks – Being that the Blue Ridge is our backyard, there’s no shortage of events or outings on any given weekend. Each Tuesday, subscribers can expect to receive an email with an event or adventure that is BRO-approved and better yet, relatively close to home. We break the newsletter list up into a Northern or Southern edition so hopefully nothing is ever more than a few hours drive. Sign up for Weekend Pick’s: North (VA, MD, DC, PA, WV, KY) or South (NC, TN, SC, GA, AL)-The number of social media platforms seem to expand by the week. While we’re constantly checking out the latest and (occasionally) greatest new social networks, you can be sure find us here on these three main platforms: Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
The writer is correct that those with lower income feel more of the pain of the gas tax. This is more an issue of income inequality to be dealt with in that context via tax rebates for lower-income drivers, for example.The writer is also correct that in the short run, drivers often can’t change their driving habits in response to the tax. In the longer run, however, drivers buy more fuel-efficient cars, live closer to work and make fewer one-store trips.In short, no one likes to pay taxes, but sometimes they are necessary. The trick isn’t to get rid of the tax, but to make it work the way it’s supposed to.Lester HadsellTroyThe writer is a professor of economics at RPI.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccine Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionGasoline tax has its positive benefitsRe May 27 Viewpoint, “Slash state gas tax,” author Steve Keller argues that the tax on gasoline should be abolished. He contends that economists view higher gas taxes negatively and instead advocates to lower them. The consensus among economists is, in fact, that higher gasoline taxes are warranted — as much as three times the current level.The economic rationale for gasoline taxes is based on the concept of negative externalities: the harm to the environment and human health done by burning gasoline. A gasoline tax discourages use of gasoline, just as intended. The result of the tax is less consumption, less pollution, better health, less congestion and fewer accidents.The tax is more effective than alternatives; one study shows that gasoline taxes are multiple times less expensive than fuel economy standards at achieving increased environmental quality.
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Share 36 Views no discussions HealthLifestyle Caribbean urged to do more to deal with HIV/AIDS stigma, discrimination by: – April 12, 2014 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Caribbean Consultation on Justice for All and Human Rights Agenda ended here on Friday with delegates being told that it was imperative that there be “accelerated action” to deal with the stigma and discrimination in the fight against the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus.St. Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas, who has lead responsibility for health within the quasi-Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for health, said that 10 years since the first DFID/PANCAP conference, the bottlenecks and barriers to eliminating stigma and discrimination have not been fully identified, notwithstanding the establishment of a Stigma and Discrimination Unit.“We need results. It is time for accelerated action”, Dr. Douglas said.The Caribbean is the second-most affected region in the world in terms of HIV prevalence, with an estimated 260,000 people living with the disease. Key populations including men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who use drugs and transgender people remain most affected by HIV in Latin America and the Caribbean.The three-day consultative workshop was part of the PAN-Caribbean Partnership against HIV/AIDS’ (PANCAP) Justice for All and Human Rights campaign and is being held under the theme: ‘Advancing justice for all and human rights in the Caribbean’.It was coordinated by the PANCAP Coordinating Unit in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), the Jamaica government and the University of the West Indies, with funding support from the Global Fund for Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria (GFATM).Justice Michael Kirby, former Chief Justice of Australia, said it was important that the meeting went beyond the drawing board to make change happen. He identified a number of steps including basing policies on good science; reaching out to those who are most affected and at risk and speaking in their language. “We are reaching a crucial moment in treatment; science is beginning to show that first line treatment is not as effective,” he said, calling attention to the importance of improving patent law.He said also that the universal right to access health must be reconciled with the universal right to recognition for intellectual property.Jamaica’s Health Minister Dr. Fenton Ferguson said there was need for a change in mindset and greater solidarity among Caribbean people to end the stigma and discrimination.“Our culture remains one of the biggest barriers to the type of success we want, in terms of ending stigma and discrimination. Strong cultural and religious beliefs have led to the isolation of some high risk groups,” he stated.Dr. Ferguson said these majority sentiments continue to interfere with HIV-reduction and treatment among certain groups across the region and that it would not be easy to tackle many of the deeply embedded systems that form part of the cultural and religious principles of many persons in the region, “As leaders, we have to put aside our personal beliefs, discomfort, and prejudices. We, therefore, have to initiate frank dialogue on stigma and discrimination,” he said, adding that leaders must not shy away from the many issues confronting them, regardless of how “uncomfortable it may be for some of us”.“HIV and AIDS cannot be about personal interest, it has to be about the greater good,” he added.Caribbean Media Corporation Share