UK actors get a supporting role in strike

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Britishfilm production could be seriously disrupted this summer by an internationalstrike by members of US Screen Actors Guild. Theguild, which wants increases in pay for actors, has published strike guidelinesfor its non-US members which film companies warn could halt work on productionsacross the world. Theunion wants to prevent US studios escaping the dispute through the use offoreign actors and shooting overseas. Theguidelines require that a non-US member of the guild should only work on a filmif it is shot and financed entirely from outside the US. Equity,the British actors’ union, has advised its members to support the US ScreenActors Guild in the event of strike action by not working on US productionstrying to avoid the dispute.IanMcGarry, general secretary of Equity, said, “If the dispute in the US doesgo a head then it is bound to have an impact in the UK. American productionsthat might otherwise have come to the UK to use studio facilities or forlocation work would undoubtedly stay away.” UK actors get a supporting role in strikeOn 13 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

On the move

first_imgOn the moveOn 5 Oct 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Thisweek’s on the moveLynetteLloyd has been appointed to the position of HR development manager for hoteloperator Moat House Hotels. Prior to joining the company, Lloyd worked forForte Hotels before acting as an independent training consultant for fouryears.  HewittBacon & Woodrow, part of global HR outsourcing and consulting firm HewittAssociates, has appointed JamilHusain to lead its talentand organisation consulting business. Husainhas more than 20 years of HR consulting experience in a wide range of areas,including remuneration and strategy. He previously worked for Barclays Bank.JohnRenz has joinedprofessional services group Mourantas director of HR. Renzheld previous senior positions with Standard Life, City law firm Linklaters and accounting companyGrant Thornton. He joins the company from international law firm CMS CameronMcKenna.ChrisMills has joined the team at listings provider EspottingMedia as European HR director. He brings to the company more than 20 years ofoperational HR experience. Previous postings include stints as HR director forsoftware developer Micromuse,and as global HR director with SemaWebTech, a division of ITservices company Sema. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Tales from the industrial boom

first_imgShare via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Eastview Commerce Center in Miami, formerly a golf courseA former Miami golf course turned into an industrial park. A Hollywood warehouse chopped up into six smaller offerings. And a bidding war over industrial space in East Hialeah. Commercial brokers recount these tales in South Florida, a market with high demand for warehouses but not enough industrial-zoned land for new development. Industrial experts must turn to creative problem-solving, as a reluctance to visit brick-and-mortar stores has led to a boom in online shopping and a burgeoning need to store appliances, food and other goods. Miami-Dade County may only have about 500 acres of developable industrial land left, mostly controlled by institutional developers and real estate investment trusts. New, desirable, Class A warehouses take up about 10 acres each, said Jonathan Kingsley, an executive managing director at Colliers International’s local office. That available land translates to 9 million square feet of warehouse space in a year that Amazon has leased or bought about 2 million square feet and Home Depot has leased another 1.1 million square feet, said Steve Medwin, Newmark’s executive managing director and co-lead of the South Florida Industrial Services division. E-commerce companies want warehouses as large as 100,000 square feet with 32-foot-high clear ceilings. The land constraint worsens northward: Broward County might only have about 400 acres of developable land left, and Palm Beach County might have 250 acres, Medwin said. South Florida’s land shortage puts it on par with the industrial markets of Los Angeles and Northern New Jersey. In Seattle and New York, developers take inspiration from Asia and plan for mega multistory warehouses, an asset that is still five to 10 years away in South Florida, brokers say. Some real estate professionals see signs of a bubble in the nationwide industrial boom. According to real estate research firm Real Capital Analytics, values for industrial properties rose 8.5 percent in the past year, while retail real estate values fell 5.2 percent and offices stayed steady. JLL’s third quarter report identified weakness in the South Florida market, ranking Miami-Dade and Broward counties No. 2 and 3 nationwide for the amount of industrial space that returned to the market year to date. Palm Beach County ranked No. 6. But brokers say that when tenants vacate an industrial space for larger and newer warehouses, it can take at least six months for a new tenant to move in. The brokers expect South Florida’s fourth quarter results to show high absorption rates from new move-ins. Meanwhile, South Florida’s third quarter industrial vacancy rates were below 10 percent, according to JLL. Miami’s vacancy rate was 7.6 percent with an asking rent of $7.43 per square foot. Broward had a 9 percent vacancy rate and an $8.50 per square foot average asking rent. Palm Beach’s vacancy rate was 5.2 percent with an average asking rent of $9.40 per square foot. In the third quarter, almost 3 million square feet of industrial space was under construction in Miami, among 4.5 million square feet under construction in the tri-county area. In the land of scarce land availability, developers and investors do what they can with what they have, said Medwin of Newmark. Among the properties his team markets is 800,000 square feet of spec industrial space at Eastview Commerce Center at the southern half of the former Westview Country Club near Opa-locka.The developer, Panattoni Development Company, bought the land from a former country club member and was prepared to invest millions in remediation and reconfiguring the golf course. It took three years for the lengthy zoning process and to address the environmental impact, Medwin said. The zoning delay is par for the course for newcomers to South Florida, he said. In the end, Panattoni’s bet paid off. The $100 million business park at Northwest 24th Avenue and Northwest 119th Street was completed in January and is currently 98 percent leased. Rents at the park are more than $8.50 a square foot triple net with tenants including Caterpillar and produce distributor Mr. Greens. Panattoni has moved on to another redevelopment project. Last year it paid $24.3 million for a 20-acre dairy farm nearby with plans to build another spec warehouse project. “The only way to own industrial land in South Florida is to get creative,” Medwin said. “If you’re an institutional developer who wants industrial property in this thriving port market, you have to go through this pain.” Sometimes, overbidding is also required. Starting this summer, Kingsley of Colliers helped a longtime client look for overflow warehouse space in Miami-Dade County. The client, a third-party logistics company, toured four spots in four weeks. By the end of that period, three of them were snatched up. The company now has an offer for a 40,000-square-foot, second-generation warehouse built in the 1960s in East Hialeah. To get the space, the client will likely have to pay more than the landlord is asking. For this property in a place like East Hialeah, rates range from $6 per square foot to $8 a square foot, Kingsley said. The bidding process is expected in a constrained land market, Kingsley said. It existed even before Covid-19, and it will outlive the pandemic, he added. Creativity in the industrial market can come in many forms, brokers say. After more than 40 years in South Florida real estate, Alan Levy considers a Hollywood warehouse among his most complicated deals. Levy and his son, Josh, at Levy Realty Advisors, had a client with a dilapidated 30,000-square-foot Hollywood building that had cycled through various uses over the years, including as the site of defunct toy store chain Lionel Playworld. But the property near the intersection of State Road 7 and Pembroke Road had a mixed-use zoning that allowed for redevelopment. “I saw a diamond in the rough,” said Levy, who works with private equity firms and family offices to find long-term real estate investments. “I saw the potential.” Levy and his team entertained offers for his client to either sell the property or lease it to one tenant. Instead, Levy spent nine months and $1.7 million for work on the building, subdividing it into five units. The building is now fully leased to tenants that were looking for 24-foot clear ceilings, a little shorter than the height e-commerce tenants demand. The space is leased at an average of $12.50 per square foot triple net. “In South Florida, you cannot buy this kind of land,” Levy said. “You could never accomplish what we did for what we put into it.”last_img read more

The Zn abundance and isotopic composition of diatom frustules, a proxy for Zn availability in ocean surface seawater

first_imgWe have developed cleaning methods for extracting diatomopal from bulk marine sediment samples, for measurement of both zinc (Zn) abundance and isotope composition. This cleaning technique was then applied to a set of Holocene core-top samples from the Southern Ocean. The measured δ66Zn (reported relative to the JMCLyon standard) and Zn/Si ratios from the Southern Ocean diatomopal samples range from 0.7 to 1.5‰, and from 14 to 0.9 μmol/mol, respectively. The Zn abundance and isotope composition data show a clear correlation with opal burial rates and other oceanographic parameters. In common with previous work, we interpret the systematic changes in the Zn/Si ratio to be linked to the variability in the concentrations of bioavailable Zn in the ambient surface seawater where the diatom opal is formed. This variability is likely to be primarily controlled by the degree to which Zn is taken up into phytoplankton biomass. The observed systematic pattern in the δ66Zn compositions of the diatomopal core-top samples is, similarly, likely to reflect changes in the δ66Zn composition of the ambient Zn in the surface waters above the core-top sites, which is progressively driven towards isotopically heavier values by preferential incorporation of the lighter isotopes into phytoplankton organic material. Thus, the systematic relationship between Zn isotopes and abundance observed in the core-top diatomopal samples suggests a potential tool for investigating the biogeochemical cycling of Zn in the past surface ocean for down-core diatomopal material. In this respect, it may be possible to test hypotheses that attribute variations in atmospheric CO2 on glacial–interglacial timescales to the degree to which trace metals limited primary productivity in HNLC zones.last_img read more

Serena Williams dominates in first round of Australian Open

first_img Written by January 15, 2019 /Sports News – National Serena Williams dominates in first round of Australian Open Beau Lundcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMark Kolbe/Getty Images(MELBOURNE, Australia) — Serena Williams cruised to a first round victory in the Australian Open on Tuesday.In her first appearance at the Grand Slam tournament since winning the title in 2017 while pregnant, Williams, 37, defeated Germany’s Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2. The match took just 49 minutes.Williams will now face Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Most Read News, December 5 – 11, 2016

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The Empathetic Leader: The Lasting Effects of Empathy on Culture and Retention

first_imgThe Empathetic Leader: The Lasting Effects of Empathy on Culture and Retentionby James C. Price on August 5, 2019 in Emerging Leaders, Leadership and Management, Teamwork and CommunicationLeadership styles vary from one person to the next, but one character trait that is steadily becoming essential in the modern workplace is empathy. It’s the age-old saying of putting oneself in others’ shoes to fully understand and experience their feelings. It’s the importance of taking into consideration how your actions or inaction affect those around you. And in organizations, it’s the key to building a strong culture and retaining employees.According to the 2019 State of Workplace Empathy study by Businessolver, 93% of employees reported they would stay with an empathetic employer; moreover, 82% of employees would leave their position to work for a more empathetic organization. In a tight labor market, empathy can be the outlier that gives organizations a competitive advantage.The study also found that 72% of CEOs believe the state of empathy needs to evolve, yet 58% struggle with consistently exhibiting the trait. So, the desire is there, but the execution needs work.Leader Empathy – Vicarious IntrospectionIn psychology, empathy is defined as vicarious introspection, which can build a tighter bond between two parties. Yet with so many different types of communication styles, personalities, and levels of extroversion and introversion, it’s no wonder 58% of leaders struggle with empathy.However, there may be a solution to understanding others better. From Myers-Briggs to DiSC to Enneagram, there are several different types of personality tests to help teammates understand one another and strengthen their ability to connect. While helping people gain a stronger sense of self-awareness, we also gain insight on how, when, and where to connect with others.For those who want to dig deeper into being a more empathetic leader, they can do this by embracing open communication with their teams and allowing focused, face-to-face conversations with employees. Sometimes the only way to fully understand the wants, needs, and emotions of others is to open up and be vulnerable. When a person is honest about themselves, it creates an open space for others to do the same.Company Empathy – The Strength of BenefitsAs people are the heart of empathy, it can be more difficult for organizations to exhibit empathetic characteristics than it is for one-on-one relationships. A leader can have the ability of vicarious introspection, but how can an organization exhibit the same trait? Empathy can be achieved on both levels. Understanding what employees want and need can be shown by organizations through the way they treat employees to the benefits they offer.According to the 2019 State of Workplace Empathy study, employees cited health, scheduling, and financial benefits as signs of more empathetic employers. For employees, 95% say family/work-life balance benefits, including daycare assistance and flexible work hours, are empathetic, while 94% believe paternity leave is empathetic. Whereas, 93% cite companies that offer extended bereavement leave are empathetic.For the empathetic company, offering benefits isn’t merely a perk to help recruit top talent or the bare minimum to retain employees. Modern organizations understand that offering these types of benefits is necessary to create a deeper connection with their staff members. And, 78% of employees who feel connected and understood by their empathetic employer say they would work longer hours, being more productive than other organizations.Culture of Inclusion and DiversityAnother way leaders and organizations show empathy to employees is by having a culture that embraces inclusion and diversity. Leaders come from all different backgrounds, ethnicity, and cultures, so it only seems fit to have a diverse leadership team. These types of teams tend to exude more connections with their employees. And, leadership tends to agree. According to the study, 90% of HR professionals and CEOs agree that companies are more empathetic with diversity in leadership. With a more diverse leadership, comes more paradigms and prospective, helping organizations connect with all types of employees.Inclusion and diversity aren’t just important in leadership to show empathy, but leaders must embrace these actions organizationally. Creating a culture where employees feel included empowers team members to treat others around them with the same type of compassion. It starts with the top and filters through every facet of an organization.The Power of EmpathyEmbracing open communication and a drive to connect with others is the first step in becoming an empathetic leader and creating an organization that follows suit. The change doesn’t happen overnight, but through practice and patience, empathy can create ripple effects that will create a lasting impression on an organization as a whole. Of the five characteristics of emotional intelligence, empathy is the trait that changes the way a leader connects with others. By understanding you and your organization’s impact on your employees, you will be better fit to strategically plan, get employee buy-in, and lead a team that is empowered to be their best. All you have to do is put on someone else’s shoes.How have you embraced empathy? What does your organization do to be more empathetic with employees? Let us know in the comments section below! FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Prices rise as costs increase

first_imgHalf of bakers have put their prices up and plan further rises, due to rising costs, according to results from the latest British Baker poll on [].The feedback suggests that a further 17% of respondants are planning price rises while 13% have put their prices up already and therefore believe a further rise is not required.Only 11% report that they have no need to put prices up, with the remaining 9% saying that they would like to put their prices up, but believe that customers will not accept price rises.The poll will remain live on the bakeryinfo website until November 1, so please log on, click to add your feedback.last_img read more

Beyond traditional

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaAgriscience education, with its obvious agriculture connection, has traditionally been most popular in schools in rural Georgia. So when Atlanta middle and high schools got interested, Dennis Duncan took note.“Looking at the number of urban programs in Atlanta, we’re meeting a niche,” said Duncan, an assistant professor of agricultural education at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Because of metro Atlanta’s booming population and housing industry, the need for landscape and nursery workers has intensified.“By offering horticulture curriculum, especially in urban areas, we’re helping prepare students for the green industry, which is a huge industry around the country,” he said. “There is a big demand for students with training in that area.”The state’s ornamental horticulture industry had a farm gate value of $699.4 million in 2005, according to the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report. At the top of the moneymakers on that list, which includes field and container nurseries and turfgrass producers, greenhouses pulled 35.2 percent of the total with $245.9 million. The top two counties in Georgia’s greenhouse industry are Fulton and Cherokee; hence the high demand for metro-area high school graduates who had agriscience classes as part of their curriculum.Agriscience education is not just focused on horticulture. The high school certificate program, which falls under the career and technical education umbrella in Georgia, has classes ranging from animal science to forestry and natural resources to landscaping floriculture. Classes are also offered in middle schools statewide.“Conceivably, there could be 50-plus courses in agriscience,” Duncan said. Class selection typically depends on the teacher. And students who enter the program leave it with a well-rounded science education.Duncan’s recent study for the CAES department of agricultural leadership, education and communication shows that “the mean score for agriscience students on the science portion of the Georgia High School Graduation Test was 511.24, about three points lower than college prep students,” he said. Nearly 78 percent of the agriscience students passed the test on their first attempt, in comparison to 68 percent for the state average and only 38 percent for technology-and-career prep students.The numbers Duncan obtained from the Georgia Department of Education in 2005 and early 2006 included students who were enrolled in both agriscience and college preparatory curricula. Students in the study had a high level of Supervised Agricultural Experience program engagement and a moderate level of FFA participation.The program relies heavily on science, but that fact isn’t always obvious, he said. “Science is woven into each course, whether they’re aware of it or not.“I think it’s excellent that students in these courses are able to apply the content, whether it’s in a lab or they take it home,” Duncan said. “It’s a great opportunity that they may not get in other courses in high school.”Agriscience programs also open doors, for some students, to higher education, even if they don’t get a bachelor’s degree.“So many students are pushed to get a four-year degree,” Duncan said. Yet, “there are so many opportunities for students with technical degrees.” The Georgia green industry’s demand for workers far outpaces the state’s number of qualified people to fill them. The opportunities don’t end there. In front of agriscience students stand their teachers. Even as the green industry searches for workers, schools are demanding more agriscience teachers, needing more than the almost 400 already in classrooms across the state.“There aren’t enough teachers to fill the need,” Duncan said. “There are more jobs than people, and the salaries are very good.”(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

On the Water – 2020 Southern Paddling Guide

first_imgBest Stretches: Foley is a big fan of El Horendo, a visibly impressive Class V rapid in the Gorge section. “It cascades into several drops over about 25 feet of verticality,” he said. “You have to make some moves in there. You have to actually maneuver and navigate through the rapid.” Beyond the challenging Class V whitewater, paddlers also experience the beauty of the high alpine forest of the Canaan Valley as the river drops into Blackwater Canyon, showing off the mountain laurel, rhododendron, and tannic water. Art Barket paddles the Blackwater every chance he gets. When it rains, he’s checking the levels, usually between 250-550 cfs, and putting his crew together.  Bald Cypress swamps and island beaches characterize the scenery surrounding South Carolina’s Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. Bordered by national and state parks and forests, in addition to a few wildlife management areas, and connected by a canal, the lakes are surrounded by bald eagles, white-tailed deer, dense forests, and fields of aquatic flowers.  As summer heats up, there’s no better way to cool down than exploring the waters of the Blue Ridge. With increased access to the outdoors hopefully on the horizon, we’ve rounded up some of the most exciting and unique paddling spots in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. From extreme whitewater rapids to calm and peaceful lakes, we’ve provided plenty of options to inspire your future water adventures.  Paddle the Palisades on the Kentucky River “Counties and cities are not just thinking of the greenways and trails like back in the day,” said Deidre Hewitt, a regional program manager for the National Parks Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, which is supporting community-led conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country. “[They’re saying] ‘We have a river. Can we bring people to the river? We have this great marsh system or creeks that have high water. Can we figure out if we can connect those?’” Best Stretches: Although there are a lot of memorable rapids on the Blackwater, Regan particularly enjoys My Nerves Are Shot And I Can’t Take It Anymore, a three-part Class V near the end of the Upper. “It’s where the river changes from a boulder, ledgy riverbed to bedrock,” he said. “It slides, it’s really fast, accelerates, and has a really good kicker launching into the second part of the slide. It’s super dynamic and a super pretty rapid up against the right wall.” Visitors shouldn’t let the idea of paddling with alligators scare them away from this gem. “Alligators are just like every other reptile,” Fonda said. “They don’t want anything to do with people. I’ve been there over 70 times and I’ve only seen an alligator twice. People have this misconception that it’s like south Florida.”  Best Stretches: Stick to the front by the visitor’s center or follow the water trail through the woods. Take advantage of the campsites, including some paddle-in only sites, for an extended trip. Canoe rentals are available on site if you don’t want to haul a boat with you.  Low Country Splendor on Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie  Barket said first timers, even experienced paddlers, should always go with someone who knows the river. “Many of the rapids have different pathways that lead to undercuts and sieves if you go the wrong way,” he said. “You need a good knowledge of the river. There are a lot of dangerous obstacles, but there are also clean lines through all the rapids.” “It’s beginning to become a big trend because not everybody can get to a lake,” Hewitt said. “I think that’s a great idea to show people in urban areas that would not think to go out in the woods to experience that. It’s something fun, quick, and it’s not like you have to be out all day on the water. I think those opportunities have gotten a lot more interest in drawing people to see their resources.” The Youghiogheny River snakes its way through West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, offering variety for paddlers of all levels in each of its sections. “The middle is laid-back, a lot more of a scenic tour out there,” said Andy Hiss, who’s been guiding on the river with Laurel Highlands since 1998. “The Lower Yough is a great step up. You get to start to run a lot of the moves you’re going to make on the Upper. Then the Upper Yough is everything whitewater.” Best Stretches: Paddlers hit the Yough for beloved rapids like National Falls, Dimple Rock, and Entrance Rapid.  Stunning Scenery and Whitewater Variety on Tennessee’s Caney Fork  The calm and shallow waters are perfect for beginner and casual paddlers looking for a new spot to explore. “Most of the places are four feet deep or less, which makes for a great paddling experience because you don’t have to deal with currents and waves,” Deal said.  Whether you’re looking to park and play, run some Class II-IV rapids, or go for a peaceful extended paddle, the Caney Fork River has something for everyone. Mack O’Rear, a self-described 19-year-old in a 72-year-old’s body, didn’t start paddling until he was in his 50s. After getting involved with the Tennessee Valley Canoe Club, he started making trips out to the Caney Fork at Rock Island State Park.  Paddling Trails in the Blue Ridge As the river flows northwest through Tennessee, there is some excellent flatwater paddling behind the Center Hill Dam. Andrea White, the Tennessee State Director for the American Canoe Association, said the Caney Fork is more than a playboater’s paradise. “There’s a new access [point] at Big Bottom [in White County],” she said. “Just some gorgeous paddling back there if you just want a really casual, flatwater paddle that doesn’t really take any kind of experience or skill.” For further exploration of the area, try the watershed’s numerous other waterways, including the Congaree, Santee, and Cooper Rivers and Wadboo, Quinby, and Huger Creeks.  Before you go: Watch the dam release schedule before you visit Rock Island. There’s a significant difference between 3,000 cfs and 12,000 cfs in how much water is processing past a single point. “They’ve had a number of swiftwater rescues there lately because there’s so much water,” White said. “I really encourage people to wear their lifejackets, even if it’s just a casual summer day.” Before You Go: All paddlers must register with the state park in case of emergency. Blackwater Falls is off limits and running the falls will jeopardize access for all paddlers.   Before you go: Check the water levels before paddling the Russell Fork. “With the recent rains we’ve had, it’s running at 4,000 cfs, which is the upper end of what anybody has ever ran it,” said Foley. “It would be difficult to even get to a bank at this flow.” Hiss prefers the Yough to better known whitewater rivers like the Gauley in West Virginia because of the range of options. The lower section offers some good holes and waves to park and play. When water levels get low, it’s a great spot to practice your attaining, a reason it became the site for the annual Upstream World Championships.  Before you go: When planning a long-distance paddling trip, make sure to research weather and water conditions before you go. Plot your camping spots and places you might need to portage.  “Even though the Russell Fork has this reputation where folks should really watch themselves, there’s really more options out there,” he said. “The Russell Fork has different personalities at different levels.” Before you go: “Mind the etiquette out there,” Hiss said. “If you know people are racing down through and you’re taking your time, give them a moment while they pass by. And vice versa. If you’re racing, slow up or run a different line to not mess with the newbie that’s already overwhelmed with all of the different moves they’re expected to learn eventually.” “It’s a totally different environment,” said Kevin Fonda of Adventure Kayak Tours. “Instead of just being on a river traveling down, you kind of just wander around the forest. You can come around the corner and run into an alligator floating or whitetail deer out there in the middle of the millpond. All kinds of turtles, snakes, butterflies. It’s really pretty scenery, especially in the summer when it looks like a jungle or the fall when the leaves change over.”  Rare Landscapes at North Carolina’s Merchants Millpond State Park  Best Stretches: Ed Deal, owner and guide for Blueway Adventures, recommends Sparkleberry Swamp on the western end of Lake Marion. This 16,000-acre flooded forest is full of hidden creeks and wildlife in a remote wilderness. “The population here isn’t what the Charleston population is, so we don’t get the big crowds,” Deal said. “If you want some alone time, this is a good place to come.”  The Yough: ‘A Creek Learner’s Paradise’ Winter and spring are the river’s high-level seasons for more experienced paddlers, but in the summer it caters to a broader range of skill levels, when water levels get significantly lower. The river’s different sections also have their own distinct features. The upper section starts in Virginia as a wild river with a dam on the other end. From there, the river runs through the Russell Fork Gorge and Breaks Canyon with some Class III and V sections. Meatgrinder (Class III+) on the Lower Russell Fork. Photo by Kentucky Whitewater, Kyle Koeberlein – Photo Landmark  Raging Rivers Davis fell in love with the lake all over again when she and her husband picked up paddling. “The beauty of it is you just get in your boat and start paddling,” she said. “It’s very relaxing. For a day trip, you can’t beat it.”center_img When kayakers first started paddling the Blackwater in the mid-80s, John Regan was one of the first down the river. “There were very few people paddling hard whitewater, let alone the Blackwater,” he said. “Back then it was a way different ballgame than it is nowadays. When I was first running the Blackwater, we were paddling boats we made out of fiberglass and composites.” “I was born in Tennessee, traveled through Tennessee, did a lot of outdoor stuff in Tennessee, and I’ve never seen anything quite like Rock Island,” he said. “It’s just phenomenal. It’s this beautiful river gorge, almost like the Grand Canyon through there. There’s this massive, unbelievable waterfall like something you’d see in Costa Rica and Hawaii.” Paddlers explore the Bonneau Beach section of Lake Moultrie. Photo by Deb Mims, Blueway Adventures “It’s an epic experience every time we go,” Barket said. “Right off the bat, it starts out intense. Right away, you have to make a ferry into 100 Yard Dash, which is one of the harder rapids on the run. You have those butterflies when you put on. After you get through that rapid, you can kind of calm down. The river eases for a while before it ramps up in the heart of it.” Big Water on West Virginia’s Blackwater River  Raging Rapids on the Russell Fork  The park includes hiking and biking trails, a zipline with views of the gorge, and rock climbing. If you’re looking for a calmer paddle, check out the pedal boat and canoe rentals on Lake Laurel.  Best Stretches: Putting in at the Twin Falls Overlook, it’s less than a half-mile paddle to the play wave at the base of Twin Falls. “A lot of paddlers don’t appreciate it because they’re used to going on these four- or five-mile whitewater trips,” O’Rear said. “But there’s about a mile stretch of unbelievable waterfalls and gradients. Picture the most beautiful wave you’ve ever seen in Hawaii, and it never ends. It just runs constantly. Playboaters love it in their technical boats nowadays, doing spins, flips, tricks, and surfing that wave.” Relaxed Exploration on Philpott Lake  Cover Photo: Rock Run in Ralston, Pennsylvania. Photo by Scott Martin With efforts additionally assisted by state and local partners to create maps, add signage, and develop camping spots for the route, a number of new projects are being developed, including the Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail, an 800-mile trail up the coast from Georgia to North Carolina through a series of connecting waterways; the Neuse River Blueway Plan, also an alternate route to the Mountains-to-Sea Trail in North Carolina; and Tennessee RiverLine, a 652-mile continuous route along the Tennessee River for paddlers, hikers, and bikers.  Flatwater Fun He also stressed boaters should be prepared before paddling the Blackwater. “It’s not a forgiving place,” Regan said. “There have been some deaths on the river, and the rescue squad has been called on multiple occasions. Respect the difficulty and the wilderness aspect of this run.” Philpott Lake is a 2,880-acre reservoir controlled by the Army Corps of Engineers for flood control and power generation. Without any residential houses on the shoreline, it’s a peaceful escape about an hour outside of Roanoke that can be accessed by one of several boat ramps around the lake. For overnight trips, many campgrounds dot the Philpott shoreline, while a more primitive option is Deer Island, a paddle-in only campsite.    Best Stretches: One of Davis’s favorite spots is Calico Rocks, a 200-foot cliff you can view from an inlet where cellphones don’t work. “It’s just beautiful, all the little coves you can go in and be off of the main channel,” Davis said. “There’s not a lot of traffic on it because people can’t live there. It’s preserved. You can go for however long you want to and maybe not even see anybody.” The river also passes by Breaks Interstate Park on the state border. “Breaks is probably one of the hidden gems as far as outdoor recreation and parks,” Foley said. “It’s out in the middle of nowhere and you have to really be making that your destination. It is such a beautiful place. I can’t even explain how great Breaks is.”  Those looking for faster water can put in at the base of Philpott Dam and paddle the Smith River to Bassett or access more outdoor adventures at nearby Fairy Stone State Park.  Before you go: This is a big lake with much to explore. Pack enough water and food to keep energy levels up while out in the sun, and also bring sunscreen to avoid a burn on the exposed sections.   Merchants Millpond State Park holds one of North Carolina’s rarest landscapes, where paddlers can glide among towering Cypress and Gum trees covered in Spanish Moss. The Upper Blackwater starts below the falls at Blackwater Falls State Park. This two-mile run is chock full of Class IV and V rapids as the river drops 250 feet per mile. The Lower Blackwater starts at the North Fork Confluence where the river widens up. You’ll still see some big drops and solid whitewater for the next seven miles until the river peters out to Class II. Paddlers who regularly run the Blackwater recommend doing all nine miles together to avoid the painful straight uphill climb out of the river at the confluence.  “The Upper Yough, with its flowing waters, is just a creek learner’s paradise,” Hiss said. “When it gets higher, it gets a little sketchy and gets your heart running a little bit. If you’ve got the Upper Yough dialed in, you’re good to go for a lot of creeks out there, like Big Sandy.” Having lived in Franklin County, Va., her entire life, Robin Davis has long considered Philpott Lake a local treasure. During the summer, her family would spend their days swimming in the lake and camping by the water. “We didn’t have fancy trips to the beach,” she said. “That was our go-to place on the weekend because we could be there within 45 minutes.” A growing number of paddling trails, like the 50-mile Swamp Fox Canoe & Camping Trail in South Carolina, are being developed in the Southeast. In November 1985, huge rainstorms and major flooding caused by remnants of Hurricane Juan swept through the Mid-Atlantic and changed the river forever. “Before the flood, the handful of folks that were on the river then were the only ones that ever paddled that river,” Regan said. “In that spring of 1986 when we went back, it was like exploring a whole new river again. It was in the same canyon and had the same gradient, but it definitely had different features.” The Kentucky River—a wide and scenic 260-mile tributary of the Ohio—offers calm and serene paddling options with consistent water throughout the summer. The river winds into remote sections of the mountains and the Daniel Boone National Forest, but it also meanders past Kentucky’s capitol with a stretch through downtown Frankfort. Before you go:  Although it’s only a 750-acre millpond, it features a maze of forest, making it easy to get lost. Consider packing a GPS to help you navigate.  Before you go: Contact Canoe Kentucky ( for more information on put-ins, guided trips, and boat rentals.  And it tends to run at a consistent level. “The Caney is one of the only places in the summer that has a dam release river for casual paddlers,” White said. “When the other rivers dry up during the summer, it still has water.” The rugged Russell Fork River, located in the primitive country on the southwest Virginia/eastern Kentucky border, is best known among paddlers for the Class V craziness that comes via dam releases every October, culminating with the annual Lord of the Fork race. But Jason Foley, who’s been paddling the Russell Fork for almost two decades, first as a kayaker and later as the owner of Kentucky Whitewater, says the river isn’t just for experts. “A misconception of Rock Island is they think you’ve got to be Eric Jackson level, jump in at 3,500 cfs, and get your butt handed to you on a silver platter,” O’Rear said. “It’s sweet, gentle surf at 1,800, hardcore at 3,500, but it can go up to 50,000.”   Paddlers looking for a multi-day trip can try the Swamp Fox Canoe & Camping Trail,whichruns 50 miles through both lakes. With five camping spots located on the route, you can get in a week of paddle-filled days and nights around the campfire. Longer paddling trails like this are becoming more popular across the Blue Ridge (see sidebar).  Best Stretches: Stunning scenery awaits in the Kentucky Palisades, a majestic 100-mile section of the Kentucky River that features a meandering stretch of steep cliffs, deep gorges, limestone ledges, and tucked-away caves. Rock Island attracts boaters of all abilities, including world champion kayaker Eric Jackson and his family of pro paddlers, who established their home base near Rock Island. Depending on the number of generators running upstream at the dam, paddlers will see a variety of levels at the wave. last_img read more