September Quick Hits: Outdoor News

first_imgCompetitive Triathlon in the Time of COVID-19 The Asheville Triathlon, held at a new location in nearby Hendersonville’s Patton Park, set an example of what in-person events may look like in the future during the time of COVID-19. “This coronavirus has really forced us to make some big changes in the endurance event industry,” said Daphne Kirkwood, owner of iDaph Events and race director of the Asheville Triathlon. Cover Photo: A new look for competitors at the Asheville Triathlon. Photo courtesy of the Asheville Triathlon Great American Outdoors Act Signed Into Law During the swim portion of the race, participants were given a wave start time based on their projected swim time and were given a full minute before the next swimmer entered the pool. “We never had more than 25 swimmers at the pool or on the deck at a time,” said Kirkwood. “Everything was very spaced out from start to finish.”  “There just isn’t a cookie cutter way to design and produce an in-person event during a pandemic. But I’m really happy with how safely everything turned out.” And all of those cheering fans? Forget about it. “No spectators were allowed at the pool or at the finish line,” Kirkwood said. Currently, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the country, faces a maintenance backlog of $236 million. Shenandoah National Park faces a maintenance backlog of over $90 million.  Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Great Smoky Mountains Association are hosting a series of hikes called ‘Smokies Hikes for Healing,’ which use the backdrop of the park to inspire conversations about race and racial bias. “Making the Great American Outdoors Act law accomplishes what the outdoor industry has always endeavored to do – support thousands of jobs, open up access to outdoor areas for more people, and give local communities more tools to thrive economically,” added Lise Aangeenbrug, executive director of the Outdoor Industry Association. “This achievement is all the more important in today’s environment as it will bring much-needed hope back to communities and businesses reliant on outdoor recreation. center_img Great Smoky Mountains National Park hosting hiking series focused on diversity and equality The pandemic has changed a lot of things, but it couldn’t stop one group of hardcore triathletes from competing this summer. Last Sunday, just over 100 participants showed up at a park in Hendersonville, N.C., to do something that most athletes used to take for granted: toe the line at an in-person race.  Race participants wore face coverings before and after the event, had their temperatures checked, and stayed socially distant from other participants. Instead of having typical transition zones, which usually include close quarters, participants were asked to transition at their vehicles. The rebooted transition zones “went really well,” said Kirkwood. “[Racers] had plenty of room to set up their things… we also had spaces in between some cars giving additional space.” In late July the U.S House of Representatives voted 310 to 107 to pass the Great American Outdoors Act, ensuring national parks and public lands receive the funding they need for years to come, and President Trump signed the bill into law soon after in early August. Lauded as the biggest conservation win in a generation, the bill permanently funds the $900 million annual Land and Water Conservation Fund and establishes the National Parks and Public Lands Legacy Fund which will direct up to $9.5 billion in additional funding over the next five years to address the most pressing repairs needed in national parks and on other public lands. The Land and Water Conservation Fund directs royalties from oil and gas drilling toward the conservation of public lands. “Once signed into law, this bill will dedicate nearly $1 billion per year to address a variety of needs; from neglected hiking trails and visitor infrastructure in popular national parks, to U.S. Forest Service projects that ensure clean watersheds for local communities, to the restoration of coastal marshes that protect against flood waters,” said Reynolds.  “Our national parks and public lands are incredible shared resources,” Anders Reynolds, Southern Environmental Law Center’s federal legislative director, said in a statement. “They provide outstanding recreational opportunities for tens of millions of outdoor enthusiasts, supporting the economies of countless local communities while also preserving sensitive ecosystems and habitats from over-development. It’s past time we devoted the appropriate resources to their upkeep.”  Eight hikes will be held through December. During the hikes, a facilitator will lead discussion around race and help participants learn to identify biases through a deeper level of self-awareness and reflection, WKRN reports. Space is limited to 10 participants per hike. To learn more or to apply to participate visit smokieshikesforhealing.org.  Eighty-three percent of participants indicated they would come back and do the race again. According to one satisfied participant, “I felt safer racing…than going to the grocery store.” last_img read more

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Cops Probe Black Friday Slashing at Tanger Outlet in Riverhead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Riverhead police are investigating an apparent slashing that occurred at the Tanger Outlet shopping center in Riverhead on Black Friday. Police were called to the popular outlet mall just before 2 a.m. Friday after receiving reports of a disturbance, police said. Arriving officers found an 18-year-old male victim bleeding from wounds to his face and abdomen, which “appeared to have been caused by a cutting instrument,” police said in a news release. The victim was taken to Peconic Bay Medical Center in Riverhead for treatment, police said. Following an investigation at the scene, police discovered that several people were involved in a physical altercation. The apparent fight was believed to be in retaliation to a prior incident, police said. Anyone with information regarding the altercation is asked to call the Riverhead Detective Division at 631-727-4500 ext. 328.last_img read more

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NCUA invites comments on OTR, operating fees

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The methodologies behind the overhead transfer rate and federal credit union operating fees used to fund NCUA’s budget are each out for a 90-day public comment period as result of unanimous action Thursday by the NCUA Board.NAFCU Executive Vice President and General Counsel Carrie Hunt welcomed the board’s action. “NAFCU welcomes an opportunity to provide credit union input on the methodology for the OTR calculation,” said Hunt. “We look forward to working with NCUA to ensure that the most efficient and objective methodology is used.”NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said, “I am certainly open to considering new ideas to simplify or improve both methodologies, as long as the methodologies remain objective, equitable and neutral with respect to charter type. Summaries of the comments, along with the Board’s responses to the comments, will be published later this year in the Federal Register.”The OTR is used to transfer funds from the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund to the agency’s operating fund to cover “insurance-related” activities. For 2016, the OTR increased from 71.8 percent to 73.1 percent, which NCUA said was due to an increase in the percentage of insured shares held by federally insured, state-chartered credit unions. The agency’s total 2016 budget is set at $290.9 million – up 4.1 percent from the year before. continue reading »last_img read more

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See the possibilities for your process improvement efforts

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Process improvement is all about looking at the things we do from a new point of view. Usually we’re looking at things that have been done the same way for a long time. It’s not always easy to see the possibilities, which is why approaching process improvement with an open mind is so important. Here are six strategies for broadening your perspective.1.    Get the Right People in the Room A top-down approach is less effective than having the people who do the process—managers, business owners, and others—working together. The best way to uncover more opportunities and minimize siloed-thinking is to have many open minds collaborating to create better processes.2.    Set Clear Objectives but Make Space for New Ideas It is important to set clear objectives. For example, if the goal is to make the process faster, be clear about what that means (i.e., faster for the member, the employee or system access) and why it’s important. Clear objectives will drive better decision-making during process improvement. At the same time, keep an open mind about what could be discovered along the way. Finding unexpected opportunities for improvement is common.last_img read more

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KTT expresses to link Kowloon and Guangzhou

first_imgINTRO: Deliveries are due to begin this month of rolling stock for Kowloon – Canton Railway Corp’s 160 km/h KTT service, which will start running between Kowloon and Guangzhou later this year THIS MONTH is due to see the delivery of the first rolling stock to work 160 km/h inter-city expresses on the 181 km Kowloon – Guangzhou corridor. Kowloon – Canton Railway Corp and Guangzhou Railway (Group) Corp are working to upgrade the corridor to world class standards, and before the end of the year they expect to launch KTT express services targeted at business travellers and international tourists at the top end of the market.KCRC is buying one trainset, which is expected to be able to operate a maximum of three return trips a day between Kowloon and Guangzhou, with an end-to-end journey time of around 1h 40min. In order to offer high seating capacity during peak periods, on a route that is already busy with commuter traffic at its southern end, double-deck coaches have been specified. Each train will comprise two first class and 10 standard class coaches, with an electric locomotive at each end. To increase service frequency at a later date, the 2+12 formation may be split into two sets of 1+6, using an optional driving trailer at one end.Following international tendering, a contract was awarded in November 1995 to a consortium led by Itochu Corp of Japan. Adtranz is responsible for the two locomotives and Kinki Sharyo is building the 12 double-deck coaches. With deliveries due to be complete by August, it is hoped to begin revenue services between October and December. The exact date will depend on the completion of 25 kV 50 Hz electrification work on the GRC section from Lo Wu to Guangzhou.Operational and safety requirementsKTT is designed for 160 km/h operation, the highest speed possible on the Hong Kong – Guangzhou route without recourse to tilting. High-capacity double-deck trains carrying 50% more passengers than conventional rolling stock were considered preferable to 200 km/h tilting equipment despite the possibility of an 11% reduction in journey times.In view of the prospects of KTT trains running through the long tunnels on the projected West Rail route (RG 5.96 p259), the coaches have been designed to meet stringent fire safety standards. Adopting standards for underground railways wherever possible, materials were chosen and equipment designed so that fire and smoke levels would be as low as reasonably practicable.A half-hour fire rating was specified for equipment cabinets and inter-car doors. Smoke detectors are installed at strategic locations throughout the train and dampers are fitted to the air-conditioning system to prevent smoke proliferation. Should a fire break out in a tunnel, the train can be divided at the mid-point, where AAR-type couplers have been fitted. The unaffected half would then be used to evacuate passengers.Wherever possible, proven technology has been chosen for KTT to minimise design and manufacturing start-up costs. The electric locomotives, for example, are members of the Adtranz/SLM Lok 2000 family.Bogies for the double-deck coaches, combining coil spring primary and air-bag secondary suspension, have been developed from a Kinki Sharyo design for shinkansen high-speed trainsets. For the interiors, seats, air-conditioning and sliding plug doors have been chosen from a range of proven products. KCRC is expecting 100% service availability from its trainset, with routine maintenance undertaken outside service hours. Major overhauls requiring the removal of a vehicle from service will be carried out during periods when traffic is low. The train will be able to operate with only one loco, and all coach equipment has been designed on the principle of modular redundancy. With the exception of static converter and air-conditioning unit replacement, all equipment maintenance can be undertaken from within the coach. A full train management system, incorporating diagnostic functions, has been specified for KTT.Passenger coachesThe bodyshells are all-welded stainless steel structures, spray painted in KTT colours, but retaining the brushed steel background finish. KCRC appointed the Roundel Design Group to develop the branding and livery. Interior design was carried out by Jones Garrard to a modern, businesslike theme, with a note of luxury suggested by rich colour patterns derived from traditional Chinese costume.First class coaches will each seat 74 passengers, and standard class 112; all seats can recline. Of the 1 268 seats in a 12-car train, around 30% will be arranged in facing pairs with tables. The remainder will be in airline-style rows, with a seat pitch of 1000mm in first class and 925mm in standard class. First class seating is 2+1, and standard class 2+2, with the seats cantilevered from the floor to facilitate cleaning and provide under-seat luggage space; seat supplier is Compin. Four video monitors per coach are provided for passenger entertainment. A range of audio channels will be available in first class, where passengers will be provided with headphones.A Stone UK Ltd air-conditioning unit at each end of the coach roof feeds treated air into the passenger areas via grilles running the complete length of each deck. The interior temperature will be a constant 25°C with 55% relative humidity, whereas external ambient temperatures can climb to 35°C with 90% humidity. Static converters on each vehicle take power at 1·5 kV 50Hz AC from the locomotive to supply 380V 50Hz AC for air-conditioning, lighting and catering equipment, and 110V DC for battery charging, control equipment and the emergency supply. If a static converter fails, its dependent equipment can be supplied from an adjacent coach. In the event of a complete power supply failure, battery power to the brushless DC evaporator fan motors will maintain emergency ventilation for an extended period.Each coach has two vestibules, one for passenger use during boarding and alighting and the other for staff use. The entrance floor height is designed to allow level boarding from the high platforms at both Kowloon and Guangzhou; steps are provided for use at intermediate stations and for emergency detrainment. The entrance vestibule contains luggage stacks and two card-operated pay phones. There are two lavatory compartments with vacuum toilets, one each of Asian and western style.The service vestibule area contains a multi-purpose compartment for a passenger in a wheelchair, bulky luggage or two seated passengers. There is also a pantry containing a refrigerator and two microwave ovens, where food will be prepared for at-seat trolley service; drinks will be complimentary, but food served only to order.The lower deck of each first class car will be provided with a train manager’s compartment containing a control console for the public address, train management and video passenger information / entertainment systems.LocomotivesThe two Lok 2000 electric locos being supplied by Adtranz and SLM will be equipped with both KCRC and Chinese Railways ATP equipment. When operating on KCRC tracks, a current limiter will ensure that the amount of current drawn and the time it is drawn for do not exceed the requirements of a KCRC commuter EMU. Locomotive pantographs will have a reach of almost 2 m to operate on West Rail where the contact wire has been set at 6700mm above rail height to accommodate double-stack container trains in the future. The standard Swiss cab air-conditioning capacity has been increased to 7·6 kW to cope with the sub-tropical climate of south China. oCAPTION: Interiors of the 12 KTT express double-deck coaches being built by Kinki Sharyo. Above: first class with 2+1 seating, and second class with a 2+2 layoutCAPTION: Fig 1. KTT double-deck coach design. First and second class are in separate coaches; the cross section shows both layoutsCAPTION: Fig 2. KCRC has chosen a 25 kV version of Lok 2000 as motive powerLocomotive detailsTABLE: Wheel arrangement Bo-BoGauge 1 435 mmWheel diameter new/worn 1 125/1 055 mmDistance between bogie centres 11 000 mmBogie wheelbase 2 800 mm Length 18 500 mmWidth 3 000 mmHeight 4 310 mm Power supply 25 kV 50 Hz ACContinuous rating at motor shaft 5 000 kWContinuous tractive effort at wheel rim at 91 km/h 210 kNWeight 84 tonnesKTT: l’express de grande capacité de Hong KongLes livraisons de matériel roulant pour le service KTT de la Kowloon-Canton Railway Corp, qui reliera Kowloon et Guangzhou en près d’une heure quarante minutes à partir de fin 1997, doivent commencer ce mois-ci. Deux locomotives électriques de 160 km/h et douze voitures de voyageurs à deux niveaux ont été fournies par un consortium de fabricants suisses et japonaisKTT: Hongkongs HochleistungsschnellzugIn diesem Monat soll die Lieferung von Schienenfahrzeugen für den KTT-Verkehr des Kowloon-Canton Railway Corps beginnen, der von Ende 1997 an Kowloon und Guangzhou in etwa 1 Stunde und 40 Minuten verbinden wird. Zwei Elektrolokomotiven mit einer Hlast_img read more

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BIAS ALERT – Australia media caught photoshopping anti-LGBTI posters

first_imgANTI-LGBTI POSTERS SHOWN TO BE PHOTOSHOPPED: NEWS OUTLETS ON CALL TO STOP MANUFACTURING FAKE NEWSCoalition for Marriage 28 August 2017Family First Comment: Incredible!“After an unsubstantiated allegation that anti-LGBTI posters were displayed in Melbourne, Network Ten – instead of doing its job to investigate the facts and report on them – used manufactured images in its broadcast. Other news outlets, while not as brazen to use manipulated images, still ran with the story without testing the veracity of the claims.”Note the ‘Getty Images’ logo bottom right #mediabiasThe Coalition for Marriage today said it was “staggering” that a photoshopped image of an anti-LGBTI poster was used on a number of Network Ten news programs, which presented as evidence of “hateful” campaigning ahead of the postal plebiscite. After an unsubstantiated allegation that anti-LGBTI posters were displayed in Melbourne, Network Ten – instead of doing its job to investigate the facts and report on them – used manufactured images in its broadcast. Other news outlets, while not as brazen to use manipulated images, still ran with the story without testing the veracity of the claims.“It’s clear that the Australian people can no longer trust the news to give them the facts,” Coalition for Marriage spokeswoman, Sophie York said today.“There is a lot at stake when it comes to changing the laws on marriage. Instead of accurately and fairly presenting the ‘no’ case, including the very real consequences for ordinary Australians if the law is changed, media outlets have instead used manufactured stories to favour the ‘yes’ case.“The ‘yes’ campaign knows that if they tell the Australian people the truth about the consequences of redefining marriage, and let them have a say, Australians will vote ‘no.’ But Australians have a right to know the truth about what is going on,” Ms York concluded.https://www.coalitionformarriage.com.au/anti_lgbti_posters_shown_to_be_photoshopped_news_outlets_on_call_to_stop_manufacturing_fake_newslast_img read more

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Digicel offering free tripple credit today

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Today only, Digicel is offering you FREE TRIPLE CREDIT to talk, talk and talk some more! All you need to do is top up online at www.digiceldominica.com with $50 or more and TRIPLE your talk time for FREE! Top up with $35-$49 and get FREE DOUBLE BUBBLE. Top up friend, family or your own Digicel phone now! But Hurry this offer is only available on Wednesday, November 23rd and ends at midnight. Bonus credit will be applied immediately and will lasts seven(7) days after being applied ; valid for local Digicel to Digicel calls only. Special terms and conditions apply.Press ReleaseDigicel Dominica 15 Views   no discussions LocalNews Digicel offering free tripple credit today by: – November 23, 2011center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

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‘READING WOES START AT HOME’: Modern gadgets hamper kids’ reading ability – SP exec

first_imgDefensor wanted to know from whichtowns these readers are to introduce appropriate interventions, said Gonzales. He agreed with the step taken by theSchools Division of Iloilo – for schools to hold remedial reading classes – andcited as example the experience of the municipality of Lambunao where he servedas mayor prior to becoming a Provincial Board member. Forty-eight percent of learners werethen frustration level readers, Gonzales recalled. “Our intervention will be systematicand large scale,” he said. “Some parents say gadgets keep theirchildren less restless,” said Gonzales, but he dismissed such reasoning. The municipal government pushed forremedial reading classes in schools and after two years, said Gonzales, thenumber of frustration level readers dropped to 25 percent. “The brains of these children areconditioned to moving pictures such that by the time they are introduced tobooks, they find it difficult to read them,” said Gonzales. ILOILO – Don’t be too quick to blamethe teachers. Early exposure to electronic gadgets such as mobile phones andtablet computers has adverse effects on the reading comprehension ability oflearners and this problem starts at home, according to Sangguniang Panlalawigan(SP) member Jason Gonzales. Local chief executives need to be aware of the participation rateof learners in schools; the cohort survival rate or the rate of learnersentering the first grade that can make it into the sixth grade; the activationof school governing council; and the establishment of expanded school boardwhich will be needed for budgetary concerns; and the literacy rate, amongothers, said Gonzales./PN “The researchers found out that thesechildren’s reading comprehension ability suffered,” said Gonzales. The Regional Education Council isplanning to set a Regional Education Summit in March.center_img Gonzales cited multiple studies of theHarvard Medical School on children zero to two years old exposed to modernelectronic gadgets such as phones and televisions. “I cannot overemphasize how big thisreading comprehension problem is, and this cannot be left for teachers to solvealone. Addressing this starts at home and parents have a key role,” saidGonzales. The chairperson of the RegionalEducation Council (Panay Island), Gonzales was reacting to the report that inthis province which has almost half a million learners, an estimated 42,000from kindergarten to high school are “frustration level” readers – they canrecognize some words but they lack comprehension. Sadly, he lamented, this problemstarts not in the school but at home. The Regional Education Council itselfwill also make use of the data to design interventions, said Gonzales. He suggested that children’s access togadgets be regulated and in this, parents play a very important role. NO TIME TO READ. Do children nowadays spend more time tinkering with their mobile phones than reading books? A Sangguniang Panlalawigan member of Iloilo says multiple studies show children exposed early to modern electronic gadgets such as phones have poor reading comprehension ability. In Iloilo province, an estimated 42,000 learners from kindergarten to high school are “frustration level” readers – they can recognize some words but they lack comprehension. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN He also said Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr.met with Schools Division of Iloilo superintendent Dr. Roel Bermejo and askedfor the breakdown of the 42 000 frustrated level readers. Gonzales said it will help local chiefexecutives address concerns on education.last_img read more

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Derry delivers Stock Car feature win

first_imgBy Rick StalelyATCHISON, Kan. (July 29) – A new face would emerge in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car division on Friday as Brad Derry raced his way to the front of the Atchison County Raceway field for the feature win.Dominic Thyfault was second while Jim Powell Jr. stayed in the hunt for the win all night, ending with a third place finish.The Stocks were deemed best of show by track officials with position no. 9 being drawn and Marvin Griffith Jr. picking up the extra cash.Steven Bowers Jr. won both his heat race and the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified feature.Bowers used a late-race caution to get past Nicholas Carpenter and cruise into victory lane, leaving Carpenter to finish second. Rodney Schweizer raced through the pack to finish third.last_img

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New Tigers deal for Aluko

first_img The 24-year-old rejected terms in November and discussions were put on hold after injury struck, but with both sides keen to continue their relationship, he has put pen to paper on an improved contract. “I’m happy to stay here,”he told the club’s official website. “I’ve said right from the beginning, when talk about a new deal first came about, that I was happy here.” Aluko is currently sidelined by a long-term Achilles injury that cut short an impressive start to the season from the former Rangers man, but he remains key to manager Steve Bruce’s plans. His previous deal was due to expire at the end of the season and talks have been ongoing for a matter of months. Hull have tied forward Sone Aluko to a new two-and-a-half year contract at the KC Stadium.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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