This week, let’s show some love for the ol’ Tar Heel State. North Carolina is home to some of the best havens for outdoor enthusiasts, from snow riders and hikers to climbers and bikers. For those of us not quite lucky enough to be enjoying the clear mountain air of this Blue Ridge beauty, here are some quick peeks at all that North Carolina has to offer.“Southern Alchemy” by David Stanley – even in the music in this video is local to NC!“Slice of Boone” by Cullen Updyke – bouldering in the great Appalachian city!
Looks like Steph and Ayesha Curry have a sale lined up for their Waxhaw, N.C. home, after reducing the price to $1.19M from $1.55M, reports Realtor.com. The current status on the home is sale pending.Waxhaw is about 30 miles outside of Charlotte where the Golden State Warriors star grew up and where the first sports couple of the Bay Area married in 2011. It was their first home.The 7,650 square foot home has four bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths. It features a theater room, game room, and …
LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Read Next Camp time! Warriors, Wolves prepare to open training camp CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESStar capped off Kia’s horrendous showing in the PBA Governors’ Cup with a 128-81 drubbing Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Hotshots, who are on their way to the quarterfinals, improved to 6-4 while the Picanto failed to win a single game in the conference and signed off with a 0-11 card.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Star put Kia on a vice grip, holding down the Picanto on a paltry 32 percent shooting, 30-of-95, while shooting on a better 60 percent clip, 48-of-80.The Hotshots also outrebounded the Picanto 62-41.Kristoffer Acox led the Hotshots with 19 points and 15 rebounds while Jio Jalalon and PJ Simon had 15 and 13 points, respectively.Marc Pingris added 12 points and nine rebounds and upped his career total points to 5,001 on a fast break dunk with 7.7 seconds left in the game in what became as the match’s final field goal.Gerron Johnson had 29 points on 9-of-28 shooting to lead Kia.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The second quarter was essentially one big scoring run for the Hotshots, who overpowered the Picanto 33-12 to take a 65-36 lead in the second half.Despite handing Kia its worst loss in franchise history, Star head coach Chito Victolero downplayed their dominance said the game just went into their favor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Actually those kinds of things just happens,” said Victolero. “We have a good mindset and we play together as a team. Both the offense and defense were rolling tonight.”“We needed this game very badly in order for us to have a slim chance for the top four and we know that Kia won’t give this game that easily.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments
OTTAWA – Parliament’s spending watchdog urged the federal government to come clean Thursday on billions of dollars’ worth of expenditure outlined in last month’s budget that includes little or no explanation — be it on infrastructure, programs for Canadians or the military.The Liberal government’s third budget, tabled late last month, showed billions in planned infrastructure spending was being shifted to future years. The document also showed declines in program spending totalling about $16 billion over six years, thereby reducing the government’s bottom line.The Liberals provided the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer with information to explain why the government believed annual spending would drop by an average of $2.7 billion — but only on the condition that Jean-Denis Frechette’s office not release the details.The PBO received no explanation for why the spending information for some departments and Crown corporations couldn’t be shared with taxpayers — a condition that stands at odds with other work the Liberals have done to help parliamentarians keep better account of government spending.“Those improvements are there, but in certain areas they are still hesitant to provide more detailed information. What I don’t understand is why,” said Mostafa Askari, the deputy parliamentary budget officer.“When I look at that information (about the $16 billion), there’s nothing there that should be confidential.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s department said some of the information was still subject to government approval, or contained other details not yet approved for public release. A spokesman for the department insisted the budget included a “clear explanation” for budget changes and “unprecedented detail” about spending as part of ongoing efforts to improve transparency.Thursday’s report casts a critical eye on the budget just days before MPs return to the House of Commons after a two-week break and in the midst of a push to complete funding deals with provinces and territories for $33-billion worth of infrastructure money.The Liberals have repeatedly been forced to defend the slower-than-expected pace of that spending.The distribution of infrastructure funds is often delayed, since dollars don’t flow to projects until cities and provinces submit expense receipts, creating a lag between when work takes place and when federal money gets spent.Frechette asked the Liberals for a revised plan on how the federal government will spend $186.7 billion in infrastructure money over the next 12 years, since the budget indicated that about one-quarter of planned spending between 2016 and 2019 was being moved to future years. As a result, spending drops now, but goes up later, Askari said.That plan doesn’t yet exist, but the government plans to provide more information beyond what was in last month’s budget, the PBO noted. Frechette called the budget details an incomplete account of $91.1 billion in existing spending.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi said the majority of approved projects are underway and the government is finalizing plans to provide more details about spending across multiple departments.“We’re hopeful that will deal with some of the concerns that the parliamentary budget office has identified,” Sohi said Thursday from Fredericton, N.B., where he signed a deal to provide the province with more than $673 million over 10 years.Conservative infrastructure critic Michael Chong said the PBO report shows the Liberals are not living up to their promise to fix roads and bridges and reduce congestion in urban centres. He said the government’s plans lacked details.“Not only is there a lack of detail, the plans keep changing,” said Chong, who described how spending projections have changed multiple times.NDP infrastructure critic Brigitte Sansoucy said the Liberals must explain how they plan to avoid further spending delays: “People across the country expect to have a full and up-to-date account of the government’s $186.7-billion investment plan.”Askari said the budget also doesn’t provide details on a 20-year spending pledge for the military. Last year, the government promised to spend $62 billion more over the next two decades for a major expansion of the Canadian Armed Forces, with much of the money only flowing after next year’s federal election.— Follow @jpress on Twitter