The Cheat River, in the vicinity of Albright, W.Va., has long been plagued by pollution and acid mine drainage. So much so that many of the rocks downstream of Albright remain stained rust brown to this day. Since the 1990’s, however, the Cheat has been making a slow comeback, in large part due to extraordinary efforts by the river advocacy group Friends of the Cheat. This year Friends of the Cheat hosted its 23rd annual Cheat River Festival. Cheat River Fest draws paddlers and water lovers from far and wide to help raise money, support, and awareness for the beautiful Cheat River.You never know what to expect for spring weather in West Virginia. We were told Cheat Fest was notorious for rain. Friday, which happened to be the first-ever Cheat Fest Friday, was a beautiful day. When we rolled into the festival grounds it was sunny and in the high 70s.It was perfect weather for the downriver race. We were able to set up in time to catch the hundred or so paddlers as they raced past the campground put-in. As the sun went down Friday night, though, so did the temperature. It began pouring down rain Friday night as the temperature dipped well into the low 40s. The rain continued and the temperature stayed cold all day Saturday. The Cheat Fest crowd didn’t skip a beat. The vibe of the entire crowd stayed overwhelmingly positive and the stoke stayed high, even as the festival grounds became a massive mud pit. We can’t say enough about the kindness that we experienced all weekend. It makes you wonder what it would be like if everyone had an attitude like the Cheat Fest crowd. Cheat Fest held up its reputation for being fun for the entire family. The kids tent was a place for little ones to learn skills, create crafts, and meet other kids. This year’s theme was “Water Unites Us.” Some of the activities included a comUNITY scavenger hunt, group mural, and like prior years crafts made with recycled materials and acid mine drainage tie dye.As always, you could find us holding down the Blue Ridge Outdoors booth, repping our favorite magazine, talking about our favorite outdoors brands, and enjoying the killer music lineup that Cheat Fest is known for. On Sunday we teamed up with Patrick from Blackwater Outdoor Adventures to give back with a Cheat River cleanup. The weather, which called for possible snow, was rough. That didn’t stop us from showing up to do our part to keep the Cheat clean. The water was a little high and fast to get in canoes, so we cleared the banks in Rowlesburg town park of all the trash we could find.To find out more, we encourage you to visit the Friends of the Cheat website and get involved in any way that you can.Up next we’ll be hitting the 31st Appalachian Trail Days in Damascus, Va. For those interested, we’ll also be participating in a little trail magic on the Thursday before the festival. We’ll be teaming up with Sundog Outfitter – Adventure Damascus to catch hikers coming into town and spread the love of the white blaze. Hope to see everyone May 18-20 in Damascus!_____________________________________________________________Like the gear we’re rockin’ ? Check out some of the brands featured in the images above that support this program! La Sportiva, National Geographic, Mountain House, Crazy Creek, Lifestraw, RovR Products, Sea To Summit and, Lowe Alpine.Special thanks to La Sportiva and their Nucleo GTX boot and the Stormfighter 2.0 GTX jacket for keeping us dry all weekend long.
David Luiz’s injury means Rob Holding is in line to start for Arsenal (Getty)Rob Holding is set to start in Arsenal’s Premier League opener against Fulham as David Luiz is a major doubt due to a neck injury, according to reports.Holding was expected to be allowed to join Newcastle United on loan this summer but Mikel Arteta has reversed that decision and is keen to keep the 24-year-old in his squad.It’s understood that Arteta has been impressed by Holding during Arsenal’s pre-season preparations and the defender will be given the chance to challenge for a regular role.And according to The Athletic, Holding is now in line start Arsenal’s first game of the new Premier League season as David Luiz is struggled to overcome a neck injury.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that the Brazilian suffered the injury in Arsenal’s victory over Liverpool in the Community Shield and the problem has been aggravated in training since the Gunners’ win at Wembley.The report also suggests that David Luiz could be sidelined for up to six weeks and Arsenal’s medical staff want to treat the injury with ‘particular caution’. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 9 Sep 2020 9:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.7kShares David Luiz suffered a neck injury in Arsenal’s win over Liverpool (Getty Images)The Brazilian’s injury also opens the door for William Saliba and Gabriel Magalhaes to make their Premier League debuts.Saliba has taken part in a full pre-season camp with Arsenal but the 19-year-old did not start in the match against Liverpool on August 29.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGabriel, meanwhile, hasn’t played a competitive game since early March as Lille’s Ligue 1 campaign was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.Shkodran Mustafi, Pablo Mari and Calum Chambers are all unavailable due to injuries.Arteta’s side will begin their Premier League campaign against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Rob Holding set to start Arsenal’s clash vs Fulham after David Luiz injury Advertisement
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) has presented “core characteristics” of impact investing in a bid to establish clarity and pave the way for further growth of the market.Speaking to delegates at an impact investing conference in The Hague on Tuesday, Amit Bouri, CEO and co-founder of the GIIN, said the characteristics had been developed to guard against the effects of disingenuous or mistaken marketing.“As the sector’s popularity grows, there will be some people who put an impact label on financial products that don’t deserve it,” he said. “Some may do so on purpose to profit from the ‘brand’, others simply may not know any better.“If we let this ‘impact washing’ become widespread, the brand will be diluted, and the whole industry will suffer from the ensuing scepticism.” Amit Bouri, GIINAccording to the GIIN, the core characteristics will help investors understand the essential elements of impact investing and what constitutes credible impact investing practice.They could be used to inform investors’ own approach as well as assess potential investment partners.Sapna Shah, director of strategy at the GIIN, said: “Our priority is to set appropriate expectations and define practices in a way that is useful to an investor building or deepening an impact investing portfolio, to support greater participation from both new and experienced impact investors.”There are four impact investing “tenets”, according to the GIIN: intentionality, evidence-based investment design, impact management, and “contribution to industry growth”.During a panel discussion on “impact washing” at the Impact Summit Europe conference, a delegate asked whether the risk of impact washing could be seen as “a necessary evil”, where the risk of dissuading more investors to engage with impact investing was perhaps the bigger danger.The core characteristics of impact investing, according to the GIINIntentionality: This, said the GIIN, is “at the heart of what differentiates impact investing from other complementary practices that focus on avoiding harm or mitigating risk”. Impact investing was about actively setting out to “positively contribute to social or environmental solutions by establishing clear impact objectives and thorough strategies to achieve these goals ahead of execution”.Evidence-based investment design: Impact investing, according to the GIIN, involved the use of empirical data and research from financial services and other disciplines, including social and environmental sciences, as “the basis and support to establish impact objectives and validate results”.Impact management: Impact investors also needed to commit to measuring and managing an investment’s impact with a view to meeting the set objectives. The GIIN said this meant using “feedback loops” whenever possible.Contribution to industry growth: “Impact investors share non-proprietary and non-private positive and negative learnings, evidence, and data so others can benefit from their experience”. Questions of sizeThe GIIN estimated the size of the global impact investing market to be $502bn (€446bn). This latest figure provided “the most rigorous estimate of the current size of the impact investing market”.The data is self-reported by impact investing organisations identified by the GIIN, with the association adding $84bn on the basis of extrapolation.Earlier this week the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA) released figures putting the size of the impact investing market at $444bn at the start of 2018. The GSIA included “community investing” in its definition.According to the GIIN, the $502bn are deployed by 1,340 organisations. More than 800 asset managers accounted for in excess of 50% of the total assets under management, with 31 development finance institutions managing just over a quarter.In a survey of conference delegates carried out by Phenix Capital, a European impact investing consultant, almost 80% of respondents expected to increase their target allocation to impact investing over the next three years. A third of the institutional asset owner respondents with an impact allocation allocated at least 10% of their assets under management to impact strategies. IPE will be publishing a special report on impact investing in May The impact investing market needed to grow with integrity to ensure “impact at scale” rather than just “capital at scale,” he said.