Highlights: Bristol City 1-2 Sheffield Wednesday

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Pybus set to be named new head coach

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Controversial Englishman Richard Pybus is poised to become the new West Indies head coach. Cricket West Indies chief executive Johnny Grave confirmed the development in an interview with the Trinidad NewsDay, pointing out that Pybus would lead the men’s squad until the end of India’s tour of the Caribbean next September. The 54-year-old will replace Australian Stuart Law who resigned last September to take up a new post as English county Middlesex. Law left following the tour of India in October with South African Nic Pothas taking charge of the subsequent Test and one-day series against Bangladesh.West Indies ended the tour with Barbadian Floyd Reifer in charge for the three-match Twenty20 series.Pybus was announced as CWI’s high performance director last February on a two-year contract, just over a year after leaving the post of director of cricket. Pybus is a former Pakistan and Bangladesh coach but has not managed a major cricketing nation since he prematurely ended his stint with Bangladesh six years ago. While he is credited for having successfully overseen the implementation of the Professional Cricket League in the Caribbean four years ago, he has courted controversy with his crafting of the policy which required players to play domestic competitions in order to be eligible for international selection.West Indies have an active 2019 which includes a full series against England bowling off January 23 in the Caribbean, and their campaign at the ICC World Cup in England starting next May.last_img read more

South African women lead the way in science

first_imgRay Maota The aim of the regional fellowships is toincrease the representation of women inglobal scientific circles by funding theirscholarly endeavours.(Image: Flickr) Rachel Muigai, from UCT, is doing her PhDon the sustainability of concrete structures.(Image: UCT)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sara-Lea van EedenTaryn Fritz Public Relations &Communications+27 83 446 6109RELATED ARTICLES• Unesco fellowship for SA scientist• Unesco, AU to boost journalism• Space science thriving in South Africa• New centre to foster science careersFemale scientists from Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town (UCT) have been honoured with 2011 L’Oréal-Unesco Regional Fellowships for Women in Science in sub-Saharan Africa.The five are Dalene de Swardt, Jeanne de Waal and Kim Trollope from Stellenbosch; and Olutayo Boyinbode and Rachel Muigai from UCT.The award ceremony took place in Melrose Arch in northern Johannesburg on 30 June 2011.Four of the women honoured on the night were South Africans. In total there were 10 recipients specialising in microbiology, environmental science, medical virology, chemistry and agriculture.Each took home a fellowship to the value of US$20 000 (R135 000) toward the completion of their PhD research projects.Philippe Raffray, MD of L’Oreal South Africa, said: “The programme was open to all women scientists up to the age of 40 across sub-Saharan Africa, who are working towards their PhD in all fields of science.”Raffray said that 175 women had submitted applications, which was a significant increase from the 2010 figure of 104.The number of fellowships awarded also increased, from five in 2010 to 10 in 2011.Professor Joseph Massaquoi, director for the Regional Bureau for Science in Africa, said: “Unesco is very enthusiastic about this particular fellowship because it contributes to the two global priorities of the organisation: Africa, and gender equality.”He said that the global cultural organisation was pleased to empower women in science, and help ensure the diversity of the scientific community in Africa.The Regional Bureau for Science in Africa is responsible for the preparation and implementation of science programmes in 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It is an organisation of Unesco.  African scientific innovationDe Swardt is doing her PhD in medical virology, specifically in the field of HIV/Aids. Her research focuses on a type of immune cell, the dendritic cell.She said: “I’m developing a natural agent that I hope would block the HIV virus from entering healthy cells, while also curbing its activation status so that the agent can attack and clear out the infection.”Trollope’s research is centred on producing an enzyme used for the manufacture of sweeteners from cane sugar.She chose a career in science, she said, because she was interested in finding out how things work.“Also, I liked the idea of doing a job where things are not predetermined and are constantly developing. I also like to be involved in research as I think it forms the basis for many human activities and contributing to that knowledge base appeals to me.”De Waal is doing her doctorate on sustainable agricultural fruit production, with a special emphasis on eco-friendly pest management. She is developing a biological control agent to effectively control pests on apples and pears.Muigai’s area of speciality is the sustainability of concrete structures. She expressed her gratitude on receiving the L’Oreal-Unesco fellowship, saying that she was tremendously thankful that the two international organisations had considered her thesis and supported it.Muigai previously received a six-month research grant from the German Academic Exchange Service, which she used to spend time at the Technical University of Munich in Germany in 2010.Boyinbode is doing her PhD in computer science.Empowering women in scienceThe Women in Science partnership was created by the L’Oreal Corporate Foundation with Unesco in 1998.The careers of nearly 1 100 women scientists have benefitted through the various fellowship programmes offered under the partnership.The aim of the national and regional fellowships is to increase the representation of women in the global scientific community by funding their scholarly work, and at the same time helping them to become role models for future female scientists.Raffray said: “Access to funds – especially in Africa – is far too often a barrier to women completing their studies, but through the fellowships we aim to remove at least this barrier.”The partnership also aimed to open up previously inaccessible opportunities, he said – not only for the talented fellowship recipients but also to the African community and the world at large, through scientific research that needed only a financial push to come to fruition.last_img read more

José Gomes: Robson was a symbol of what English football means

first_imgShare via Email Reading defender Andy Yiadom celebrates their second goal against Nottingham Forest in January. Photograph: Alistair Wilson/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Championship Facebook Twitter Share on WhatsApp It was during a spell as a fitness coach at Benfica that he met Jesualdo Ferreira, who remains active at the age of 72. “He is a master of the small details a player must improve on,” Gomes says of Ferreira, whom he later assisted at Porto, Málaga and Panathinaikos.By 2013 he felt it was time to go solo again and an opportunity arose at Videoton, the celebrated Hungarian club. “The mentality and organisation were completely different,” Gomes says. “At Paços de Ferreira we had 17 directors who lived and breathed the club’s problems. At Videoton the owner did not even know the rules of football.”When Gomes wanted something resolving he would meet Viktor Orban, the prime minister and a Videoton fan whose passion for football is – political considerations to one side – well documented. “We’d go for coffee or dinner and Orban would help me,” he says. “He’s a football man, loves to talk football.”When tensions between Hungary and Ukraine mounted, Orban became preoccupied. Gomes left Videoton, satisfied with league finishes of second and fourth but frustrated at the club’s reluctance to appoint a director of football. Efforts to secure a job in England fell short; bored of watching matches on television, he accepted an offer to join the Saudi club Al-Taawoun.The Buraidah-based club, 375km from Riyadh, qualified for the Asian Champions League under his watch. “If I’d had this experience 10 or 15 years previously I could have stayed there for a maximum of a week. It’s a completely different pressure, culture and mentality. You arrive in a new country with different people and rules, and the important thing is not to lose your ideas and the way to follow them.” interviews Reading put faith in academy talent to leave miserable year behind them Read more Share on Messenger Share on Pinterestcenter_img For a young coach in Portugal’s second city during the mid-1990s the choice between university classes and a trip to Porto’s practice pitches barely registered. José Gomes would not think twice about skipping an afternoon’s studies when he heard a training session was open; he was spellbound by the famous English manager who had taken over at the club he loved and, in his words, “it was like time stopped” as he stood at the side and watched the old master put the players through their paces.Gomes is hardly alone in having a Sir Bobby Robson story but the feelings stirred by those glimpses of his work have particular resonance. A month has passed since Gomes was appointed the manager of Reading and it was while watching Robson during that 1994-95 season that he resolved to make working in England his ultimate goal. Porto Share on Facebook “The way that this man, in his 60s, passed such passion to his players … I looked at him and it was impossible to split him from English football. He was like a symbol of what English football means.”Gomes vividly recalls a drill in which António Folha, the Portugal winger, enraged Robson with repeated errors. “He was shouting at him, ‘Stupid, stupid,’” he says. “But a few seconds later Folha, in the same exercise, did well and Robson dropped to his knees on the ground [he mimics a figure with arms aloft], shouting, ‘Fantastic. Fantastic.’ The guy is 62 and living one simple football exercise with such intensity and love. I keep this picture in my mind for ever, because it is the way a manager must respect his job.”It has taken almost two and a half decades but Gomes’s wish has come true. He joins Reading “full of motivation and energy” and a glance at the Championship table shows both will be needed. They are in the relegation mire after a disastrous first half of the season under Paul Clement, although Tuesday’s draw at Bolton, a place lower in 23rd, brought them to within a point of safety before Saturday’s meeting with Aston Villa.“I arrived in the middle of the war; I didn’t know the directions the bombs were coming from,” says Gomes of his start, which pitched him into a frantic Christmas schedule. He does, at least, have experience of adapting quickly. Gomes is 48 but an extraordinary professional career, which began as a coach at Paços de Ferreira a year after those encounters with Robson, has involved 21 positions in seven countries. He regards most of what has passed as preparation for the job he faces now.Gomes remembers travelling to England for Euro 96 with some friends, visiting Portugal’s camp but refusing to hunt autographs with them because he felt he might be working with international players soon and feared a loss of face. Initially he took mid-ranking jobs around Portugal: some as assistant, some as fitness coach and, by the mid-2000s, several as head coach. Reading Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Topics Pinterest He describes the exasperation caused on an almost daily level by the Saudis’ preference for telling white lies. If a player had overslept and missed training, his staff would report he had been involved in a car crash, reluctant to anger the manager. Another player’s maternal grandfather “died” on more than one occasion.He walked into a shower cubicle to find three of his squad smoking; it turned out they were in the overwhelming majority. Gomes learned that sometimes there are things you have to let go and, across two spells at Al-Taawoun that sandwiched a stint at Al-Ahli and a season in the UAE with Baniyas, he felt enriched.His progress back in Portugal with Rio Ave, whom he had led to sixth place this season with some slick attacking football, persuaded Reading to make their move. Early performances have been promising; a win over Nottingham Forest suggested they have the wherewithal to pull clear and there was honour in an FA Cup defeat at Manchester United.“Ole Gunnar Solskjær told me after that game, ‘Don’t change your style, follow your ideas, your football is great,’” he says. “I feel I’m ready to help this club, these players, go the right way. We have all the conditions here to achieve what we want, and then next year go for more ambitious targets.” Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Where the heart is Home is a first language for English Bernhardt

first_imgAs Éponine in NC Theatre’s Les Misérables last yearby Jessie AmmonsHome, to English Bernhardt, conjures a few specific places. Namely, afternoons at Jubala Coffee, where the Ravenscroft grad often spent afternoons studying; and North Carolina Theatre, where she spent countless hours over many years. “I love the people there so much,” says the 19-year-old NC Theatre Conservatory alumna. She remembers rehearsing for her roles as Éponine in Les Misérables and Annie in Annie, soaking in the wisdom of her seasoned Broadway castmates. “I’d be the Raleigh girl and all of these people would come in from New York,” she recalls. “It’s kind of crazy that now I’m considered one of the out-of-towners.”That’s because Bernhardt has been living in New York City since early this spring (where, for the record, she has yet to find a coffee shop she prefers over Jubala). After graduating a year ago, she spent a semester as a musical theater major at Elon University before New York came knocking: She was offered a role in a production’s workshop, which is akin to a TV show’s pilot episodes. “People always say New York will always be there,” Bernhardt says. “Well, so will school.” She left Elon, at least for now, to pursue her dream in the big city. She’ll continue to take online classes so that if she decides to return to her degree, she won’t be too far behind. “I have always loved theater and I’ve known that’s what I’ve wanted to do for as long as I remember. You kind of have to take it and run with it.”It’s a leap of faith, but one she feels well-prepared for. “Through NC Theatre bringing in so many wonderful people from New York over the years to do shows, I feel like I already have a pretty good network” there, Bernhardt says. And while the plan is to plug in to the New York scene as much as she can for the foreseeable future, it was a no-brainer for the actress and singer to audition for NC Theatre’s latest production, Next to Normal. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical portrays a mother struggling with bi-polar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. “This show and this role is one I’ve wanted to do for a long time – and I get a little slice of home for a few weeks.”Bernhardt has been home since late April, but show rehearsals began much earlier. To prepare, she and castmate Lauren Kennedy (who plays mother to Bernhardt’s daughter), would sometimes practice lines on the phone. Kennedy, another Raleigh native and seasoned actress, takes regular trips to New York, so the two often met for a quick cup of coffee and to talk Next to Normal shop. “That’s the thing, the theater world is such a small world,” Bernhardt says. “Especially in New York, the best people in the world are there … but at the same time, it’s still a fairly small community. It’s nice to have familiar faces.”She’s glad to be surrounded by a few of those faces for a monthlong homecoming. “I’ve grown up with NC Theatre,” she says. “I love coming back and I love working here. I’m just so excited.”See English Bernhardt in North Carolina Theatre’s production of Next to Normal. The show runs May 1 – 10 in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Learn more and buy tickets at nctheatre.com.last_img read more

Arrive hungry

first_imgby Kaitlyn Goalenillustrations by Emily BrooksAs soon as the weather warms, the wanderlust kicks in. Maybe it’s an evolutionary side effect, something about the biological need to migrate. Maybe it’s just the result of being cooped up all winter. Whatever the reason, when the mercury rises, so does a yearning to cover new ground.A three-week vacation to an exotic locale isn’t always in the cards, but with a car, Google Maps, and a good appetite, a good trip can be no more than a 10-minute drive away. We’ve rounded up five different food-focused itineraries within a short drive of Raleigh, from an afternoon of Indian food to a weekend in one of our coolest burgeoning food cities.CARY12 miles from downtown Raleigh; one afternoon Raleigh’s best-known exurb is not top-of-mind for most when it comes to planning a day trip. In fact, we know more than a few Raleighites who would scoff at the suggestion. But those willing to stable their high horse will discover that there’s way more to Cary than chain stores, particularly when it comes to food.Those in the know head to East Chatham Street, where a constellation of Indian restaurants and shops cover much of that country’s cuisine, from the biryani of the Hyderabad to the vegetarian buffets of the South.Start at Biryani Maxx Indian Cuisine, a humble canteen of a spot that opened last fall with a menu dedicated to the eponymous Hyderabadi rice dish. Lunchtime brings a packed house of RTP businesspeople and locals, many of whom opt for a thali – the traditional Indian version of a lunch tray – piled high with the lentil dish daal, naan bread, and the house specialty, biryani, a fragrant rice dish studded with vegetables and meat. The goat biryani in particular is rich, aromatic, and delightfully spicy.Then head over to Patel Brothers, a grocery store where you can load up on Indian ingredients. Aisles lined with dozens of types of dry lentils, the clarified butter known as ghee, prepackaged samosa pastries, and more offer plenty of cooking inspiration.For dinner, head to Sri Meenakshi Bhavan, a brand new restaurant that specializes in the vegetarian cuisine of South India. Freshly steamed idli (rice and lentil cakes), oversize, paper-thin lentil and rice crepes called dosas filled with spiced potatoes, and coconut-laden cauliflower korma (a typical Southern slow-braised sauce with yogurt) render meat completely unnecessary. Do not leave without ordering the mango lassi, a type of yogurt-based smoothie – simply the best we’ve ever had.Finish your adventure at Mithai House of Indian Desserts, which stocks traditional Bengali sweets. Our suggestion: grab an assorted pack of cardamom-spiced cookie-like treats from the case and take it with you for the drive back.HILLSBOROUGH38 miles from downtown Raleigh; one afternoon and evening Sleepy, quaint, and just a short drive from Durham, Hillsborough is home to a thriving community of creatives, which, in turn, has fed a tight-knit food scene. In addition to its status as a destination-worthy dinner spot, the tiny town features an exceptional no-frills wing joint and the best Bloody Mary for miles.You’ll find the latter at La Place Louisiana Cookery, worth the drive for brunch. One of the owners hails from Louisiana, and he pays homage to his origins with classics like boudin balls, po’ boys and red beans and rice. Back to that Bloody Mary: customize your own by choosing from three different mixes, plus garnishes that range from a run-of-the-mill celery stalk to a house-smoked oyster.But don’t fill up, because you’ll want to sample the chicken wings (plus the holy trinity of fried things: pickles, tots, and fries) at The Wooden Nickel Pub next door. Crisp and fiery hot (if you order them “frickin’ nickel” style, like we did), these wings put the soggy bar snacks of your college years to shame.Work off your morning meals with a stroll along the Riverwalk, nearly 2 miles of trail that winds along the Eno River. Then stop in at Restaurante Ixtapa, a family-run Mexican spot that makes everything, including their corn tortillas, from scratch. Resist the urge to order everything and settle for a sope (ground beef) or a lengua (tongue) taco, because you have one last meal ahead of you: Panciuto.Far more ambitious than its location would suggest, Panciuto has some of the best Italian-inspired dishes in the area, thanks to chef Aaron Vandemark’s thoughtful approach to hyper-local ingredients. A fiery squid-ink spaghetti, for instance, is nestled around shrimp meatballs, locally foraged stinging nettles, and is doused in a pork broth; ricotta gnocchi co-mingles with grilled beet tops.KINSTON80 miles from downtown Raleigh; one full day As recently as a decade ago, Kinston was the kind of town you’d drive through without even stopping for gum. But thanks to a few culinary-minded pioneers, Kinston has become a cultural capital of eastern North Carolina, drawing regional and national attention.Vivian Howard and Ben Knight are at the epicenter of this change. The New York City-trained chef and her husband own Chef and the Farmer, an upmarket spot that celebrates the local growers with dishes like boiled peanut “risotto,” which is embraced by the smokiness of Benton’s bacon. Vivian has amplified her reach through her TV show, A Chef’s Life, which airs on PBS and spotlights the culinary community that she inhabits.Plan ahead to make a reservation for dinner here; or, if you can’t get a table, head to Vivian’s second project, Boiler Room Oyster Bar. It features exceptionally delicious burgers and steamed, fresh-from-the-coast seafood.But arrive early for a BBQ lunch at Kings Restaurant’s flagship location and try the signature dish, the Pig in a Puppy. This gargantuan special updates the classic pulled pork sandwich by ditching the white bread and stuffing hand-chopped pork barbecue into an oversize hushpuppy.Digest that behemoth with the help of a beer at Mother Earth Brewing, then take a tour of their impressively eco-conscious facilities. Solar panels power the place, while rainwater is collected in a cistern to be reused.WILMINGTON133 miles from downtown Raleigh; one weekend The primary draw of this waterfront town is the beach, of course. It’s a fact that has kept Wilmington’s food scene somewhat stagnant, since longstanding seafood shacks with oceanfront views can detract attention away from out-of-date menus (we’re looking at you, over-breaded calamari with cocktail sauce). But the tide might be slowly shifting, with a few new options for exactly the type of beach food we crave: fresh, ingredient-driven, and delicious.Blue Surf Cafe, an all-day spot that opened almost 2 years ago, certainly fits that bill. Think breakfast sandwiches with feta and arugula, spinach salad with roasted tomato vinaigrette, and mojo pork with coconut rice.Then there’s Rx Restaurant and Bar, which has raised the dinner bar with dishes like pan-roasted quail with johnnycakes, or local triggerfish over split pea risotto. The chef, James Doss, is an alumnus of Sean Brock’s Husk in Charleston, and his devotion to using pristine ingredients shines through the ever-changing menu.Those who’d prefer to cook their own dinner should head to Seaview Crab Company, a seafood purveyor with multiple locations, slinging crab, fish, and shellfish just hours out of the water. The last time we were there, the coolers were stocked with North Carolina tilefish, monkfish, and royal red shrimp.Don’t pack up your beach chairs without a final cocktail at King Neptune Restaurant. Yes, it’s pirate-themed, and yes, there’s that calamari we railed against, but the drinks are strong and the ambiance reminds you that you’re on a vacation.GREENVILLE, S.C.264 miles from downtown Raleigh; one weekendThis South Carolina city is in the middle of a metamorphosis, stepping out of Charleston’s shadow to find its own cultural footing. The city’s Main Street is a beauty, encompassing a 40-foot waterfall and plenty of high-end boutiques. A spate of new restaurants have opened in the last two years and many more are slated for the next two, making this leafy, pedestrian-friendly place a city to watch.Kick off your day with an expertly rendered cappuccino at the just-opened The Village Grind. The design is as exquisite as the coffee, with blonde wood paneling the walls and deeply colored rugs anchoring a handful of chairs scattered around the room.Passerelle Bistro harnesses the magic of French cooking with a loyally bistro-centric menu. Beautifully composed salads make use of local ingredients, while classic French dishes like cassoulet are given Southern context, swapping white beans for locally available limas.For a postprandial drink, take to the roof at SIP Tasting Room and Rooftop Lounge, an alfresco wine bar that also features pitcher cocktails and beer. Lounge on one of the outdoor couches for excellent people-watching.And before you head to bed, visit the new late-night taco takeout window, Ventana Magica. Open from 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on the weekends, this casual outpost is quickly garnering a following for chile con queso nachos loaded with pickled onions, chipotle-lime sour cream, and cilantro.last_img read more

Landing the big one Kelly Barefoot lures them in

first_imgby Charles Upchurchphotographs by Geoff WoodThe airbrushed colors come at night. The green and orange of an autumn leaf. The silver-blue of darting fish. Soon, the airbrush is out again. Flawless transitions. Scale patterns in geometric perfection.As a craftsman who has mastered the art of the fishing lure, Kelly Barefoot of Raleigh is a natural phenomenon, an organic product of the North Carolina Piedmont, where fishing with crankbaits – lures that mimic the swimming action of bite-size creatures that largemouth bass and other freshwater gamefish love to attack – is a serious business.Since launching Custom Lures Unlimited in 2003, the former health services administrator has gone from lure repair man (restoring and re-painting lures in his spare time) to lure guru. His lures have won top industry awards, are used by world champion fishermen, and are sold all over the globe. In a consumer niche where most goods are mass-produced overseas, Kelly Barefoot’s are hand-painted. Word-of-mouth buzz, powered by critical praise in fishing magazines and the internet, has put CLU and its founder on the map.“Kelly has that rare combination of talent and passion, which is rare in the tackle industry,” says Thomas, founder of CarolinaOutdoors.net. “He has extremely high standards for his lures, and it shows.”Barefoot’s home studio, midway between Raleigh and Fuquay-Varina, is also home to his newest brainchild, a fledgling lifestyle brand simply tagged Catch. With it, he aims to sell fishing products and outdoor equipment like kayaks, camping gear, apparel and accessories.      “My dream for Catch is a small retail shop with a rustic cabin feel where folks can hang out and spend time,” said Barefoot. “And then, maybe a little mountain cabin of my own.”It’s a dream within striking distance. When Bassmaster magazine, the bible of the sport, offered hosannas, the crankbait faithful were converted. The CLU collection, including the IKON M2 (named for Bassmaster World Champion Mike Iaconelli) and the groundbreaking Zero Gravity Jig (winner of the coveted Tackle Tour Innovation Award) are sold in sporting goods and outdoor retailers across the country, as well as at TackleWarehouse.com, the world’s largest online fishing tackle outlet.     Local talentBarefoot, 46, grew up in the furrowed farm country between Angier and Benson. His parents commuted to jobs in Raleigh – dad with Carolina Power & Light, mom as a teacher. With his older brother David he hunted and fished, often with their father and grandfather, related as much to the nearby ponds, reservoirs and winding tributaries of the Neuse and Cape Fear rivers as they were to each other.His earliest fishing memory is of Pitchkettle Creek, a turbid backwater near New Bern where ocean-going hickory shad converge every spring during their annual run to inland spawning grounds. “I remember being in a little wooden boat with my grandfather, surrounded by cypress trees and Spanish moss,” he said. “I don’t recall catching any fish, but it was magic.”In Cub Scouts, Barefoot made his first lure. His father opened an archery shop for hunters and let the boys paint crests on the arrows. Their mother took them to ceramics classes where they decorated pottery. Barefoot remembers the sketchbooks he filled – not with superheroes or spaceships, but with deer, birds and fish. As a teenager he would carve and paint wooden baits to fill his tackle box. While majoring in psychology at UNC Wilmington, he discovered fly fishing, and found himself stalking bluefish in the saltwater currents of Masonboro Inlet with flies he tied in his apartment.But fishing remained a hobby. When Barefoot returned to the Triangle, it was to work with the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program, part of the Children’s Developmental Services Agency, diagnosing and coordinating services for special needs children. He married Heidi, a Knightdale native and Campbell University graduate who became a successful pharmacist. Their kids, a daughter, Macie, and son, Colby, are now 14 and 12. Barefoot continued to fish the waters he knew best, competing in amateur bass tournaments with lures of his own design. And winning.Bass ate it up“I had an old Bagley’s lure that I loved,” said Barefoot. “But they stopped making the ugly blue one I liked so much.” So he painted one. Sure enough, bass ate it up. He played with color combinations, drawn to the tones and textures in nature – a leaf, a sunny stream – that visited him so often in dreams that he started keeping a pen and paper at his bedside. Inspiration was everywhere. “Have you ever walked down the shampoo aisle at Walmart? The colors are awesome.”In fishing, of course, a little luck never hurts. In 1997, Jeffrey Thomas, a professional angler from Broadway, N.C., asked Barefoot to repaint one of his lures. Barefoot did, and when Thomas netted consecutive nine-pound lunkers, Barefoot became that rare discovery that fisherman love to know about but would rather you didn’t. A wizard with an airbrush, he specialized in taking a favorite, time-worn lure and making it like new, but better. The word was out, and the orders flowed in. By 2003, Barefoot had christened his growing enterprise Custom Lures Unlimited. He built a web site and soon had a nationwide customer base.    Then, three years later, just as Barefoot was offered the biggest job of his 15-year health services career, he bailed. “I was sitting in a meeting and realized I was drawing little fish,” he said. “I didn’t want to be there.” He told Heidi he was quitting. Like the hickory shad, he pointed upstream.He knew that restoring lures was not going to get him that cabin in the Blue Ridge. He had to create a brand. Experimenting with shape, pattern and color, he marketed original designs online while still doing repaints. Then came the call from Iaconelli, the 2003 world champion. The two had hit it off at a trade show, and Ike was looking to team up. The result was the IKON, which remains the premier wooden lure from CLU. Iaconelli fished with it on the pro tour. Barefoot’s star was rising. Tackle companies wanted to work with him. Touring pros jumped on board.  Sales spiked. But the trophy moment was yet to come.When Barefoot introduced the Zero Gravity Jig, it was the designer who surfaced as the icon. The lure was a masterpiece of metallurgy and biomimicry. The fishing media cheered, and it sold at a clip of more than 12,000 per month.Customers started asking Barefoot to sign their lures. He met one who told him he had gone to Gander Mountain and bought every Kelly Barefoot lure they had. “How do you like ’em?” Barefoot asked. “Oh, I don’t fish with them,” came the answer. “I’m saving them for when you’re… you know.”Catch Outdoors Supply Co. was created by Barefoot last year to expand his business into licensed products beyond lures. In his shop, rustic mountain cabins bid welcome from the covers of magazines.  When he’s not painting or assembling lures, he’s coaching Colby’s baseball team or catching Macie in a dance recital. When the weather cools down and the bass get frisky, he’ll head to the Cape Fear River near Jordan Lake. Meanwhile, as nights grow longer, a pen and paper lie waiting.More information: go to customluresunlimited.comlast_img read more

Spotlight Not your fathers thrift shop

first_imgFather and Son AntiquesDon’t let the rack of vintage clothes plunked down on the sidewalk – or the store’s name, for that matter – mislead you. Inside the two-story emporium of vintage-ness on West Hargett Street, Father and Son Antiques also stocks a revolving assortment of sought-after mid-century modern furniture and accessories without the typical high-dollar prices. For nearly two decades, owners Brian and Kiyomi Ownbey has been selling these in-demand pieces along with vintage clothing, records, and “a little, kitsch too” to customers not only in Raleigh, but all over the country.Courtesy of Father and Son AntiquesChosen by The New York Times in 2009 as one of the must-visit places for 36 hours in Research Triangle, N.C. (before Raleigh was considered a destination of its own), the store has attracted mid-mod devotees – and celebrities like actress Hilary Swank – who keep up with new arrivals via Facebook and Instagram feeds. Savvy out-of-town dealers snap up bargains from notables like Bertoia, Eames, Knoll, and Saarinen and have them shipped sight unseen. Raleighites get to see what’s new in person while – vehicle permitting – taking home what they’ve scored instantly. So while loading up the George Nakashima chair, consider grabbing a ’70s Disco dress or a puffy ’80s one-piece ski suit for that upcoming Halloween party. -J.R.Father and Son Antiques: 107 West Hargett St. Find Father and Son Antiques on Facebook and Instagramlast_img read more

Pitch Perfect

first_imgWe thank the following local retailers for providing the clothing for this photo shoot:Kannon’s ClothingLiles Clothing StudioLumina ClothingPeter MillarRaleigh DenimSaks Fifth AvenueStyle assistant: Sarah Osborne creative direction and words byJesma Reynoldsphotographs by Tim LytvinenkoImprobable, but not impossible. That was the prediction when the Raleigh Gaelic Athletic Assocation’s Cú Chullain team considered its chances of winning before travelling to Boston over Labor Day weekend to compete in the North American Finals for Gaelic football. Against all odds, the fledgling Raleigh club captured the Junior B title, defeating opponents from the Cayman Islands, San Diego, and Washington, D.C. in the process. It was the latest unlikely outcome for the Raleigh team.In the spring of 2012, when Detroit native Steven Shannon taped up posters in Triangle-area pubs to generate interest in Irish field sports – Gaelic football and hurling – he never imagined that a mere two years later it would lead to a thriving association that could hold its own against established clubs from larger U.S. cities, clubs that traditionally field teams loaded with Irish talent. But one of the results of the economic growth in the Triangle has been the influx of international workers who come to work for universities and multinational companies, and are looking for an outlet in competitive sports.Dara Ó’Hannaidh is one whose job brought him Stateside. A telecom network engineer for Ericsson, he has played Gaelic football since he was 5, and missed the camraderie and level of play from his homeland. Other players have similar stories. Many grew up playing in Ireland where county teams are highly competitive and demanding, typically training 5 to 6 days a week. Though it’s a strictly amateur sport, Ó’Hannaidh says there is a level of “real fanaticism.” He, by the way, also won this year’s national competition in kick fada, or long distance kicking, and represented North America in the All-Ireland kick fada competition against 30 other kickers from around the globe in September.It’s easy to see why there’s so much passion for Gaelic football. The sport is fast-paced, rough, and exciting to watch. National Geographic recently named the All-Ireland Senior Championship finals played in Dublin’s Croke Park as one of the top 10 things to do when visiting. Often described as a mix between soccer and rugby, Gaelic football involves advancing the ball by hand-passing and kicking it towards a goal. Hurling, for its part, is one of the oldest (dating back 3,000 years) and fastest field sports. Players use a wooden flat-headed bat called a hurley to hurl or knock a baseball-like ball called a sliothar down the pitch and into the net.Currently, the Raleigh Gaelic Athletic Association  boasts nearly 300 hurling and footballing members, both men and women, and is in the process of forming new teams at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State. Though it relies on its Irish members for expertise, both sports appeal to American athletes who have grown up playing soccer, lacrosse, rugby and other field sports. Members actively recruit new talent, expecially at cultural events like the Irish Music Festival and Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. When they’re not practicing or playing in tournaments, teammates frequently gather at one of the local pubs to watch competitions telecast from Ireland.Walter was so enchanted to learn about the presence of Gaelic football and hurling in the Triangle that we asked players from the victorious Cú Chullain team to model classic sportswear from local retailers. The results exceeded our improbable dreams. Though the players are rough-and-tumble on the pitch, we think they cleaned up rather nicely for the photographs.For more information about Raleigh’s GAA, go to www.raleighgaa.com.from left Joe Nett: Check Travel Blazer, $495; Denim Twill Dress Shirt from the Pick Stitch Collection, $198; Cashmere Oxford Stripe Tie in Serrano, $195; Burnished Calf Belt with Contrast Stitching in Chocolate, $145; Burnished Penny loafer, $495; Sateen Stretch Five Pocket Pant in Espresso, $145. Peter Millar and Kannon’s Clothing. Colin Keenan: jeans: Graham Original Raw, $285; Burgundy welt-pocket button down shirt, $185; Moss Wool Pullover, $235; Canvas Osaka 1 Pocket Denim Jacket, $330. Raleigh Denim. Dermott McElhennon: Wool/Cashmere Peacoat with Oversize Lapels and Shearling Collar by Theory, $795; Wool V-Neck Sweater in Eclipse by Theory, $235; Cotton Sportshirt in Powder Blue by Theory, $225; “The Graduate” Tailored Leg Denim in medium wash by Adriano Goldschmeid, $188. Saks Fifth Avenue. Mark O’Hagan: Italian Merino Venezia Stripe Quarter-Zip Sweater, $225; Plaid Dress Shirt from the Pick Stitch Collection, $168; Turin Quilted Coat, $395; Pebble Brain Nubuck Leather Belt, $145; Nubuck Tie Driver loafers in Chocolate $245; Nanoluxe Corduroy Pant, $145. Peter Millar and Kannon’s Clothing. Dara Ó’Hannaih: Double Breasted Wool Topcoat in Red by Versace, $1295; Mongolian Cashmere Turtleneck in Navy by Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection, $498; “Byron” Straight Leg Dark Wash Denim in Latour by Hudson, $195; Merino Scarf in Red by Saks Fifth Avenue Men’s Collection, $128. Saks Fifth Avenue. Sven Johnson: 100% Wool Gray Deconstructed Field Blazer $TBA; Vance 2 5/8” Narrow Tie, $48; Red and blue pocket square, Made in SC, $3; 440 Gentleman Supply Suspensers, $88; The Fremont Navy micro dot button down shirt, $98; 100% cotton smoke grey twill Chadbourn chino $108; Luke Vintage Fedora by Yellow 108, $80. Lumina Clothing.Ciaran Harris: Blue cotton jacket; The Graham Connor plaid poplin button down shirt, $98; Currituck 1 3/4” bow tie, rectangle cut, $42; 100% cotton navy deconstructed blazer, debuting winter 2014; White Oak® Cone Mills® Selvedge denim, straight Ayden jean, $158.Lumina Clothing.STEVEN SHANNON: Circle of Gentlemen Sport Coat with windcheater lining, $1050; Circle of Gentlemen plaid cotton shirt , $270; Hiltl brushed cotton jeans, $245. Liles Clothing Studiolast_img read more

Natural treasures The extraordinary collection of Dr Jim Goodnight

first_imgGoodnight’s collection fills the SAS founder’s extensive office suite. He holds Pyrite Cubes in matrix from Navajun, Spain. The green mineral beside him is Prehnite from the Sichuan Province, China.by Catherine Kimrey Breedenphotographs by Jimmy Williams “When I was a young boy, about 10 or 11 years old,” says Jim Goodnight, “and living on the edge of town in Greensboro, I’d venture out into the surrounding area and look for arrowheads and quartz crystals.”Years passed, and Goodnight’s boyhood fascination with natural objects found in or beneath the earth’s crust took a back seat to other interests while he earned distinction as one of the nation’s most successful entrepreneurs. The founder of multi-billion-dollar business analytics software giant SAS, Goodnight is also a philanthropist and advocate for education.“Then,” Goodnight says, “about 20 years ago I was at an antique store in Blowing Rock and saw a couple of nice specimens and thought they would look nice at home. That’s when I started collecting.”Emerald on Limonite from Hiddenite, N.C.    And so – with the purchase of a banded fluorite from China and a kyanite cluster from Brazil – began a significant mineral collection that sparkles and shines in the corridor leading to Goodnight’s office at Cary’s SAS headquarters.Numbering more than 400 items, the collection throws off every color of the spectrum and spills over into his office and conference room. Each specimen sits atop a Plexiglas pedestal. The name and provenance of each mineral is etched into its base.A year after his initial purchase, Goodnight says, he was in Sedona, Ariz., where 10 more minerals caught his eye. That began Goodnight’s habit, one that continues to this day, of buying 10 to 12 minerals, rocks, fossils – or perhaps a meteorite, dinosaur egg, or piece of fossilized wood – every year. Goodnight travels to gem and mineral shows to find the new additions. He says he goes with an open mind and selects only those objects that strike his fancy.For a man known to be taciturn and private, Goodnight is passionate and forthcoming when discussing his hobby. “Lately what I look for are things that are old and unusual,” he says. “Just looking at the beauty of nature and all the things that have been created inside the earth, you have to be amazed by all the colors and formations that are out there.”This emphasis on beauty is consistent with the sensibility of a man who, with his wife Ann, is a noted patron and collector of the visual arts.  He credits her with the idea, as his collection grew, of incorporating museum-style shelving in his office suite to house his treasures. He also mentions, as an aside, that she had made it clear there would be no rocks in their home library.As he shows a visitor around, it is obvious that Goodnight, a self-described “science and math person,” loves each piece of his collection. He points first to one and then another, extolling its color, structure, texture, point of origin, and other features that drew him to it. He picks up and cradles individual pieces, some quite fragile, in his large hands as he points out their appealing aspects.Here is pyrite from Peru, displaying the naturally occurring cube shapes that distinguish the mineral; there is pure white quartz from India looking like a cluster of icy snowballs; here is brilliant green malachite from the Republic of Congo; there is glowing purple fluorite, a perfectly preserved specimen presented on its matrix of sphalerite, from Tennessee. There is a 70-million-year-old nautilus-shaped fossil from Oklahoma; nearby sits a fossilized dinosaur egg from the Gobi Desert in Mongolia.Viewing these treasures from nature, Goodnight describes their sculptural shapes and saturated colors as being the “first art; art that can’t be replicated by man.”A recent acquisition that Goodnight particularly prizes is a piece of crystallized gold from Kalgoorlie, West Australia.  He explains that the specimen, with its intricate and perforated shape, is rare because, unlike most gold, it has not been smoothed by water. And he mentions that North Carolina was one of the first gold-producing states.The collection contains a number of pieces from North Carolina, among them emerald on limonite from Hiddenite, which for many years had the only known emerald deposits in North America; mica and red garnet from Spruce Pine; agate from Reedy Creek in Raleigh; pyrite on quartz from Cary; quartz with chlorite from Durham; and pyrite in pyrophyllite and quartz from Glendon.Nineteen states are represented – from California with its pink halite to New York with its double-terminated crystal Herkimer diamond.All told, the Goodnight collection contains specimens from some 40 countries, ranging alphabetically from Afghanistan with its bicolor tourmaline to Zaire with its stunning combination of malachite and chrysocolla.While not many people are privileged to view and appreciate the collection in its entirety, Goodnight has loaned some special pieces to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, where they can be seen by the public.Betsy Bennett, the museum’s former director – for whom the Betsy M. Bennett Bridge to Discovery connecting the museum to its Nature Research Center wing is named – collaborated with Goodnight to select the 24 minerals displayed on that bridge.She is enthusiastic about the educational opportunities these specimens provide, and with their “wow factor,” which she says encourages learning in the museum setting. Bennett finds it gratifying to watch families and school groups discover and exclaim over the minerals, pointing out that the display also dovetails nicely with Goodnight’s longtime work to improve education for all children.Back in his office, Goodnight keeps a favored piece, a large citrine from Brazil, behind his desk. This golden colored quartz – known as “The Merchant’s Stone” – is associated with success, personal power, prosperity and abundance, especially in business.  It is also said to promote generosity and sharing.While Goodnight says that he doesn’t consider any of his minerals to be good-luck charms, the qualities attributed to citrine quartz are clearly reflected in his life as a visionary innovator and generous community contributor.In a poetic turn, Goodnight’s collection also contains two arrowheads that were discovered on the very site where SAS is located. Those arrowheads date to the Archaic Period, which is the second oldest known cultural period in North Carolina (c.8000 B.C. to c.1000 B.C.).The serendipity of this occurrence, bringing the past into the present, raises the question of whether Jim Goodnight’s Merchant’s Stone just might have some magical properties, whether he believes so or not.last_img read more