Grant to Assist Bear Safety in the SmokiesGreat Smoky Mountains National ParkThe nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy recently awarded a $4,000 grant to assist with bear safety in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The grant, administered by the Friends of Smokies, will be used to upgrade cable and pulley systems used to keep food out of the reach of bears at the park’s backcountry campsites. In related news, the A.T. Conservancy also announced that revenue received from the sale of Appalachian Trail specialty license plates, first released in 2005, in Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia, exceeded $1 million.All Air Travel Goes Through AtlantaAtlanta, Ga.If you’ve ever waded through the sea of people at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport this will not be a surprise, but the Airports Council International recently confirmed that it is indeed the busiest airport in the world. According to a recent report, Hartsfield-Jackson was visited by more than 94 million travelers last year. The Georgia airport saw nearly 10 million more people than the second busiest airport, in Beijing, China. Another Southern airport, Charlotte’s Douglas International was the 23rd busiest with more than 43 million travelers in 2013.Southern City Tops Obesity PollHuntington, W.Va.A recent Gallup Poll found that residents of the Huntington-Ashland, W.Va.-Ky.-Ohio metro area had an obesity rate of 39.5 percent. That’s tops in the nation among 189 U.S metropolitan areas surveyed. According to Gallup, Huntington-Ashland has been among the 10 most obese communities every year since the poll started in 2008. Other Southern cities in the top 10 include Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Md.-W.Va., Charleston, W.Va., and Clarksville, Tenn.-Ky. On the flip side, Charlottesville, Va., at a percentage of 18.7, landed at number four on the list of the least obese U.S. communities, a ranking that was topped by Boulder, Co., at 12.4 percent. Gallup also noted that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2010 program had a goal of reducing obesity to 15 percent in each state, but no state and only one U.S. metro area has achieved this goal.Troubled Waters in the SouthTroubled waters are running in the South. Two regional waterways recently made a list of the country’s top 10 endangered rivers, as named annually by watchdog nonprofit American Rivers. Coming in at number 6, South Carolina’s Edisto River is being threatened by excessive agriculture withdrawals, which, according to American Rivers, can take up to 35 percent of the river’s flow during the summer months. As the longest free-flowing blackwater river in the country, the Edisto runs for more than 250 miles from its headwaters between Columbia and Aiken to the Atlantic Coast, along the way serving as a popular waterway for both paddling and fishing.To the north, the Haw River was named the ninth most endangered on the list, at risk from millions of gallons of wastewater and polluted runoff. The 110-mile central North Carolina river and its watershed provide drinking water to nearly one million people between Greensboro and parts of the Triangle area, and the Haw is also a beloved city escape for paddling, fishing, and swimming. But population growth, antiquated wastewater systems, and recent protection rollbacks are all now threatening the long-term health of the river.Biking: Just What the Doctor OrderedBoston, Ma. In an effort to get its residents moving, the city of Boston recently started a program that allows some doctors to prescribe biking to low-income patients. According to a story in the Boston Globe, the new “Prescribe-a-Bike” enables doctors at Boston Medical Center to prescribe low-income patients with a $5 yearlong membership to Hubway, the city’s bike-share program. With an obesity rate of 1 in 4 among Bean Town’s low-income residents, city officials hope the incentive to ride will help some people become wicked slim. Paying Top Dollar for Mountain AirBeijing, ChinaCitizens in rapidly industrializing China are finally becoming vocal about their dangerous smog-filled skies. In one well-publicized awareness stunt, artist Liang Kegang took a business trip to the craggy Provence region of France and came back home with a jar of fresh mountain air. He then sold it at auction for 5,250 yuan ($860). In the story he said: “Air should be the most valueless commodity, free to breathe for any vagrant or beggar. This is my way to question China’s foul air and express my dissatisfaction.”Driver After Hitting Cyclist: “I Just Don’t Care” Koroit, AustraliaFortunately Kimberly Davis of Koroit, Australia won’t be on the road for a while. She lost her license for nine months and was fined $4500 after showing little remorse for hitting a cyclist from behind with her car. Following the incident, Davis, who used her phone 44 times leading up to incident, told police: “I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullsh*t and my car is like pretty expensive and now I have to fix it. I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist.” The cyclist spent three months recovering from a spinal fracture, an injury that required surgery and could have resulted in paralysis. Davis eventually pled guilty to dangerous driving.
Dethroned Champions Asante Kotoko have released an initial seven-player transfer list.The David Duncan-led technical team after a woeful campaign is in the stock taking process following the end of the 2014/15 Ghana season and has sanctioned the release of former captain Jordan Opoku among others.The midfield talisman last played for the club in the semifinals of the FA Cup before leaving for trials in Egypt but refused to returnbafter failing to impress Wadi Degla. Opoku has since been away from the club.Wingers Richard Mpong and Prince Baffoe have also been axed alongside the trio of Richard Oti, Latif Amadu and Akwasi Acheampong who only joined the club just this past season.Highly rated centre-back David Smallboy Korbah completes the initial list of 7. Korbah joined the porcupine warriors as a very promising teenager from Heart of Lions during the days of former coach Maxwell Konadu but failed to cement a place in the team’s starting lineup over the years due to recurring injuries.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Dele Alli reveals pre-match rituals and lucky charms he has before matches Blessed with incredible pace and power, Lukaku has bullied Premier League defences for five years now. However, as with many of Belgium’s incredible ‘Golden Generation’, this has not transpired into international success. Under former Everton manager Roberto Martinez, the Manchester United striker will be hoping to seize his moment on the world stage and lead his country to success.Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) – 16/1Can Kane be the first Englishman since Bobby Moore to lift the World Cup? Chances are, probably not – but he is still expected to score a load of goals. The Tottenham Hotspur striker seems to have hit form at just the right time and is a certain starter to lead the line. With games against Tunisia and Panama to start, the prolific marksman will be hoping he can finally score at a major tournament.Timo Werner (Red Bull Leipzig) – 14/1 Latest World Cup news 6 Kylian Mbappe limped out of training for France, while Spain sacked their manager and appointed a new one in a matter of moments!But when the first ball is kicked on Thursday afternoon in the titanic clash between the hosts and Saudi Arabia, the world will briefly stop and stare at the action on the pitch.In previous years, the winner of the Golden Boot at the Finals has tended to play for the country – think Ronaldo in 2002 or David Villa in 2010.But who is the favourite to win the prestigious award this time around? Thanks to bet365, we have calculated the odds and worked out just how is the favourite to finish as top scorer at this year’s World Cup in Russia – check it out below.Luis Suarez (Uruguay) – 25/1 The Brazilian superstar will be hoping to fire his country to World Cup glory this summer At 33, this may well be the last chance for Ronaldo to win the World Cup. Although his superhuman fitness levels could carry him through until the next tournament in Qatar, he will almost certainly never be in better form or condition than this time around. A third successive Champions League trophy suggests he is still in his peak and a few early group stage goals could set him up for the tournament.Gabriel Jesus (Brazil) – 16/1The striker may not be carrying the weight of a nation on his young shoulders just quite yet, but he has shown he is more than capable of scoring crucial goals if needs be. After helping Manchester City to the Premier League title last season, the 21-year-old will be hoping to guide his country to a sixth World Cup triumph in Russia this summer.Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – 16/1 ‘It could have been me’ – Allardyce admits World Cup was tough to watch SUPERSTITION The World Cup trophy will be lifted by one lucky captain on July 15 diamond geezer Lukaku will lead the line for Belgium in Russia misery 6 You’re the one Never count Cristiano Ronaldo out, especially after Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez will be expected to inspire Uruguay in Russia Fallon d’Floor 6 Why does Luis Suarez kiss his wrist when he celebrates a goal? Paul Pogba buys France World Cup winners specially designed rings Arsenal star Laurent Koscielny admits he didn’t want France to win World Cup The World Cup is less than 24 hours away and the excitement levels across the globe are reaching fever pitch.England arrived in Russia on Tuesday and there have already been major incidents off the pitch already. Werner could be one of the big names who secures a move away with a successful World Cup Probably the least recognisable name on the list, Werner is a deadly marksman with ice running through his veins. The Red Bull Leipzig forward is blessed with incredible pace and power to compliment his predatory instincts. A good tournament could see him get a big move away – with Real Madrid reportedly interested in acquiring his services.Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – 12/1The Golden Boot winner from Euro 2016, Griezmann has developed from a tricky, yet inconsistent winger to one of the deadliest marksmen in Europe. France have an almost embarrassing array of attacking talent at their disposal and will be sure to score goals for fun. If they build their team around the Atletico Madrid star, you could expect to see him score. 6 Learn the words for England’s catchy Gareth Southgate song 6 A reminder to Liverpool fans about the very comical threat Neymar offers The Barcelona striker has a notorious history at major tournaments. In 2010, his deliberate handball helped his country progress at the expense of Ghana, while his attempted bite of Giorgio Chiellini earned him a four month ban from all football-related activity. His long odds suggest he may have lost his appetite for goals somewhat, but don’t count the feisty striker out.Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)- 20/1Expected to partner Suarez up front, the Paris Saint-Germain striker will be hoping to continue his wonderful form from the domestic season into the World Cup. After scoring 40 goals in all competitions last season, Cavani may be surprised to see his name so far down the odds, but a difficult group containing Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Russia is unlikely to be a walk in the park.Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 16/1 NO JOY Lionel Messi (Barcelona) – 11/1Like his adversary Cristiano Ronaldo, failure to win a World Cup at this year’s tournament could see Messi miss out on the biggest prize in football altogether. Having briefly retired once after failing to win the Copa America, Messi will be desperate to score the goals to deliver a first World Cup triumph for Argentina since 1986.Neymar Jr. (Paris Saint-Germain) – 8/1 LU BEAUTY 6 The heir apparent to the Ballon d’Or, perhaps leading his country to glory and avenging the demons of 2014 will inspire Neymar to success. After a back injury in the quarter-finals cruelly ended his tournament prematurely in Brazil, the former Barcelona man is fully fit and seemingly back to his best. A wondergoal at Anfield in a recent friendly suggests he deserves his place at the top of the odds list.talkSPORT is your home of the 2018 World Cup. Tune in all throughout the summer to hear live commentary of every game, and visit talkSPORT.com for expert views and analysis of the big games and key moments from Russia.