At the Parksville Lake Campground in the Ocoee Ranger District of the Cherokee National Forest, there remains no trace of a crew of American folks who have united, from as far away as Alaska and as close as the Ocoee River’s nearby bank.Participants of an inaugural 2011 Wilderness Trails Stewardship Conference have intermittently packed up and parted ways for Memorial Day Weekend and will regroup on Tuesday afternoon at Big Creek Ranger Station, located within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.This unique and memorable educational experience has been offered expense free to its first 25 registrants and made possible by Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (S.A.W.S.) and The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (A.T.C.). Camping is being provided free of charge by the U.S. Forest Service. Women and men eat together, work together and share close quarters while in the classroom, in the field and at base camp.Bill Hodge, S.A.W.S. director, explains, “We made sure that this conference was free. We don’t want to burden people who are willing to give up one or two weeks of their life to come out here just to pick up these skills. The Forest service played a big role in making this happen. I know we are all leaving here with certifications and some technical skills, but the people who are here are one of the highlights.”Group training has resumed with wilderness skills content that includes Trail Leadership, Leave No Trace and Incident Management training. A fun and unforgettable first week has included two days of Wilderness First Aid training and certification, a one-day session on Wilderness History and Legislation and two days of Cross-cut Saw training and certification.At the beginning of week two, conference attendees straggle into A.T.C. Base Camp, the headquarters of the Southern Wilderness Elite Appalachian Trail (S.W.E.A.T.) Crew, which plays a vital role in managing trails of the A.T. and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.S.W.E.A.T. crew leaders, Jameson Demiglio and Mateo Romano prepare for a summer where they will lead eight consecutive crews, overseeing volunteers (including me) who will arrive from all over the country to maintain The Appalachian Trail corridor. The Wilderness Trail Stewardship Conference has been opened to S.W.E.A.T. Crew volunteers. Certifications and skill sets acquired here will play key roles in this summer’s A.T. maintenance.Early afternoon, everyone congregates around a couple of picnic tables. Class training starts with the vital component of trip planning and preparation. Andrew Downs, Appalachian Trail Resource Manager for Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee explains, “Our work is very physically demanding, perhaps some of the hardest labor you will ever perform. Being in good physical shape will certainly help you maintain a good attitude. You also need social skills that will enable you to get along with fellow volunteers in often trying times”. 1 2 3 4 5
“[The President] has received many such letters. People came up to him to shake his hands in admiration, while at the same time handing over folders and letters to him. We don’t know which ones were submitted by [Veronica] Koman,” Mahfud said.Jokowi might have not read the documents due to the sheer number of letters he received regularly, he added.“Regular citizens also send letters to the President. If [Veronica] indeed [handed over documents], they end up as trash,” Mahfud said.Read also: Activists hand details on West Papua civilian death toll to Jokowi Coordinating Legal, Political and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD has dismissed documents on the victims of human rights violations in West Papua recently handed over to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, calling them unimportant.The documents were handed over by Amnesty International Australia and Indonesian human rights lawyer Veronica Koman and fellow activists during the President’s state visit to Australia.Mahfud claimed the documents, which contain details on 57 political prisoners and 243 civilians who had been killed in Nduga, Papua since December 2018, were “trash”. Veronica responded to Mahfud’s comments, saying that his dismissive remarks would only exacerbate the collective pain experienced by Papuans.“It’s such a shame; [Mahfud’s remarks] are likely to exacerbate their pain,” she said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.She went on to say that she was not surprised that Mahfud had dismissed the documents, considering that the minister had also made statements in the past that reflected his cavalier attitude toward human rights issues.“[Mahfud] previously made a statement that hurt a lot of people, that there was no single human rights violation that occurred under Jokowi’s presidency. It’s not surprising to hear a similar statement from him,” she said.Read also: Wamena investigation: What the government is not telling usVeronica said in a statement on Monday that her team in Canberra handed over letters to Jokowi directly during his visit with Australian government officials in the neighboring country’s capital.The letters included the names and locations of 57 political prisoners charged with treason and held behind bars in seven cities across Indonesia, as well as the names and ages of 243 civilians who had died during the Nduga military operation since December 2018, she said. (rfa)Topics :
January 15, 2020 Press Release, Schools That Teach, Workforce Development Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) was approved for $110,000 in Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career funding to nearly double the number of teams in Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties participating in the educational competition, ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ (WSCM).“More and more students have a growing interest in manufacturing employment because of innovative and interactive programs like ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?’ said Gov. Wolf. “We are proud to support the creative efforts being made by Pennsylvania teachers, students, and manufacturing companies as they collaborate to illustrate the opportunities available in this industry.”WSCM matches teams with manufacturing businesses in their communities that invite student filmmakers to highlight products, interview staff, and best showcase what it would be like to work for that employer. The new funding made available by the Wolf Administration will help grow the number of participating teams from 28 to 40 this year.WSCM was created to help shape the image of manufacturing and career and technical education opportunities for students by highlighting the potential for good-paying, stable jobs in an evolving industry. A focus on career pathways in schools and more STEM education in many Pennsylvania classrooms combined with technological innovations in the industry are shaping the future of manufacturing and preparing the next generation of workers.The contest creates regional awareness of advanced manufacturing careers, increases both student and parent interest in STEM and technical education opportunities, helps students get an inside look at manufacturing companies in their community, encourages collaboration between industry and educators, and offers a project-based learning experience for students.The funding will support additional outreach to schools and companies in the Philadelphia area, professional services and consultations, trainings, equipment and supplies, and more. This funding supports Governor Wolf’s commitment to enhancing the growth and competitiveness of Pennsylvania’s manufacturing industry by identifying and training a skilled workforce.“The commonwealth’s support for ‘What’s So Cool About Manufacturing’ allows us to manage and promote the program for another year to demonstrate to the future workforce the importance of manufacturing in the region,” said DVIRC Executive Vice President Tony Girifalco. “With support from the Montgomery and Bucks County Workforce Investment boards and the Manufacturing Alliance of Bucks and Montgomery counties, we’re pushing hard to increase participation to 40 teams—a nearly 50 percent increase over last year. Companies love it, students love it, and parents and teachers love it, so anything we can do to build more interest in and support for manufacturing and manufacturing careers, we are glad to do.”Governor Wolf’s Manufacturing PA initiative was launched in October 2017, and since then has funded 35 projects and invested more than $9 million through the Training-to-Career program. Training-to-Career grants support projects that result in short-term work-readiness, job placement, or the advancement of manufacturing. The Manufacturing PA Training-to-Career program works collaboratively with local manufacturers to identify and teach missing essential skills for entry level applicants seeking manufacturing employment, engage youth or those with barriers to career opportunities in manufacturing, and advance capacity for local or regional manufacturers.For more information about the Wolf Administration’s commitment to manufacturing, visit the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and YouTube. Pennsylvania Offers New Funding to Help Philadelphia Students Discover Opportunities in Manufacturing SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
The Queensland Government has just announced that a $1.7 million contract has been awarded for the upgrades of the popular St Helens Beach boat ramp.Main Roads and Ports Minister Mark Bailey announced today that Queensland marine civil contractor, Pensar Building won the contract to complete the works.“Works include upgrades to the existing Carpet Snake Point boat ramp and access causeway, including the construction of a rock groyne which will greatly benefit boaties and fisherman in the local community,” Mr Bailey said. “The rock groyne will be constructed on the north side to protect the ramp from wind and wave action.”According to the government, the Carpet Snake Point boat ramp will be closed during the construction works.Works are set to begin in early June 2017, with completion expected to be finalized by late October, weather permitting.Funding for the project will be provided through the Queensland Government’s Marine Infrastructure Fund.[mappress mapid=”24072″]
The appointment of Jimenez was welcomedby his co-chair in ICAD, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) directorGeneral Aaron Aquino. Jimenez’s appointment papers were releasedpublicly on Friday afternoon, making him the replacement to the position whichwas held by Vice President Leni Robredo for a couple of weeks late last year. MANILA – Presidential Anti-CorruptionCommission (PACC) head Dante Jimenez has been chosen by President RodrigoDuterte as the new co-chairperson of the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-IllegalDrugs (ICAD). ICAD, created through Executive Order 15signed on March 6, 2017, is tasked to ensure the member-agencies’implementation of and compliance with all policies, laws, and issuances on theanti-narcotics campaign in an “integrated and synchronized manner.” Robredo was earlier appointed by Duterteto the position on Oct. 31, 2019 after the latter claimed that the government’scrackdown on illegal drugs is “obviously not working.” “The appointment of Mr. Dante Jimenez asICAD co-chairman is a welcome development for the illegal drug campaign. Mr.Jimenez, an anti-corruption crusader, will greatly contribute to the illegaldrug war of the government since illegal drugs are also linked to corruption.We are looking forward to working with him,” Aquino said. ICAD members include the DangerousDrugs Board; Philippine National Police; National Bureau of Investigation;Armed Forces of the Philippines; Anti-Money Laundering Council; PublicAttorney’s Office; Office of the Solicitor General; Philippine Coast Guard;Technical Education and Skills Development Authority; and Philippine InformationAgency. Other members of the anti-drug body arethe Departments of the Interior and Local Government, Justice, Health,Education, Social Welfare, Trade, Agriculture, and Defense; and the bureaus ofCustoms and Immigration. She was, however, fired as drug czar onNov. 24 last year for failing to present new measures to improve thegovernment’s fight against illegal drugs./PN
Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single Movie6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games? Lionel Messi was left with no choice but to reverse his decision to quit Barcelona due to bad advice from his father and agent Jorge, according to former Real Madrid player Hugo Sanchez. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner sent shockwaves through the football world last week by informing Barca of his intention to leave. However, LaLiga disputed Messi’s claim that he could leave on a free transfer courtesy of a clause in his contract, meaning any potential suitor would have to negotiate with Barca or pay his €700million release clause. Messi announced on Friday he will now remain at Camp Nou because the financial demands made by the Barca board for a transfer to happen rendered such a prospect “impossible”. And Mexico icon Sanchez, who has been critical of Messi during the saga, blamed the 33-year-old’s failed exit strategy on his representatives. “That untimely burofax only strengthened the image of the president of Barcelona and gave him time to weaken Messi’s decision,” he told ESPN. “Messi has had no choice but to stay at Barcelona due to bad advice from his father and the law firm, because they could have saved that burofax. That has caused weakness to his image within the team. “Coincidentally, Messi had the lawyers who had previously worked with Barcelona, but due to a conflict of interest, the Catalan club changed its strategy. “If Messi and his father already had the decision to leave Barcelona, they should not have waited in time. “But before the end of the term agreed in the contract, they had to tell the club that they wanted to leave at the end of the season and on a free, without paying any compensation. If they had it planned, it should have been done that way.” He added: “Messi’s second problem was to send that burofax without certainty and guaranteeing that they had a team that would pay the €700m, which, due to the pandemic, no team in the world that can invest that amount.” Messi is now expected to re-evaluate his future at the end of the 2020-21 season with Inter, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City possible destinations should he finally leave the club he has represented since the age of 13. “He has no choice but to drink several garlic and water teas in these next eleven months,” Sanchez said. “Messi likes to win titles and will need to look for another team where he can win championships and prove that he is the best player ever. read also:Lionel Messi reveals date for Barcelona training return “The whole problem with Barcelona is going to distract him next season, in such a way that there will be doubts both about his behaviour and the fact that he is not the same young man who ran all over the pitch.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
Expert Indian Vijender Singh seems to be relentless. On Saturday night, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental and Asia Pacific Super middleweight champion enrolled his 11th consecutive pro-boxing bout as he handled a whirlwind of punches on American Mike Snider, sending him reeling on the ropes, before the referee ceased the fight in the fourth round at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The technical knockout (TKO) win was 33-year-old Vijender Singh’s eighth knockout triumph of his heavenly, unbeaten genius boxing profession up until now. It was his maiden and memorable session in the USA.”It was great getting back in the ring after quite a while off. It’s great to be here in the USA and to get the win. It was truly energizing. I am extremely happy for my winning debut in the USA. It took me around four rounds to get back in the swing of things. I anticipated that it should take a few rounds, however, it took me four. I felt better,” said Vijender Singh.The days leading up to the Snider bout were both hectic and eventful for the handsome Vijender. Vijender unsuccessfully contested Lok Sabha elections from South Delhi on a Congress ticket. In any case, before the result was proclaimed, he became a dad for a second time, with spouse Archana, whom he married in 2011, giving birth to a baby boy. Their first son, Abir, was born in 2013.Mike Snider admitted he underestimated Vijender. “Vijender is a good fighter and believe I underestimated his experience and technique. It was his day and he had won. I had never believed that I would lose in early rounds from him,” he yielded after the defeat.Trainer Lee Beard sang paeans of Vijender. “I am happy that after a long gap Vijender is at last back in a good physique and action in the ring. His devotion and commitment helped him to enlist debut victory in the USA. We now look forward to having bigger plans for him,” he said.Vijender had turned professional in 2015, having prior become the first ever Indian to win an Olympic medal in boxing at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. He defeated Carlos Góngora of Ecuador 9-4 in the quarter-finals to secure a bronze medal in middleweight. The following year, he won middleweight bronze at the World Championship in Milan. In 2010, he thundered more intense and won the Guangzhou Asian Games gold in the same weight category – the apex of his novice career.Vijender was presented the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, the most astounding games award of India, and Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour of the country. Also Read: Indian Boxer Vijender Singh Returns, To Take On Mike Snider
The No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (24-4, 14-4 WCHA) returns home to LaBahn Arena for a weekend slate against the Minnesota State Mavericks (9-13-5, 3-12-3).After holding onto their No. 1 ranking since mid-October, the Badgers failed to retain their spot after their split against Bemidji State last weekend, losing 2–1 last Friday and winning 4–0 Saturday. Border Battle rival Minnesota claimed the top spot in the USCHO.com Division I women’s poll Monday.Wisconsin forwards Sam Cogan and Abby Roque enter the weekend with 99 career points apiece and will look to join an exclusive 100-point career mark that only 24 Badgers in program history have joined. Roque leads the team in assists and is tied with senior Annie Pankowski for the team lead in points with 30.Softball: Badgers travel to Houston to kick off spring seasonThough the weather says otherwise, the University of Wisconsin softball spring season is upon us. The Badgers will pack up Read…Despite falling in their series-opener last weekend, the Badgers boast the country’s best defense led by goalie Kristen Campbell, who enters the weekend with an NCAA Division I-best 1.15 goals-against average and is tied for the NCAA lead with six shutouts in 2018-19. Campbell took home WCHA Goalie of the Month honors Monday.As UW Head Coach Mark Johnson has his jersey retired Saturday during the Badgers’ men’s hockey game against Ohio State, the women’s team will honor the Badger legend with commemorative pre-game warmups. Johnson — the winningest coach in NCAA women’s collegiate ice hockey history — will become the first men’s hockey player to have his jersey hang from the Kohl Center rafters.Minnesota State recently lost an exhibition game to the Minnesota Whitecaps 3–0 last Saturday at the Verizon Center, their first shutout loss since a 2–0 loss to Ohio State Dec. 2.Men’s basketball: No. 19 Badgers silence Golden Gophers in MinneapolisThe No. 19 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers (16-7, 6-6 Big Ten) 56–51 in Read…Wisconsin holds an impressive 82-2-3 record all-time against Minnesota State, including a 23-game unbeaten streak in which they have outscored the Mavericks 112-10. UW swept Minnesota State 2–1 and 2–0 on the road Nov. 2-3.Puck drops are set for 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at LaBahn Arena. Friday’s game can be seen on Fox Sports Wisconsin and listened to live on 100.9 FM, and Saturday’s game can be seen on BTN Plus and listened to live on 1310 AM. Both games can be followed live on Twitter @BadgerWHockey.
Tags: Alwoodley Golf Club, Brabazon Trophy Yorkshire teenager Ben Schmidt leads the international field in the Brabazon Trophy by three after shooting a record-equalling 64 at Alwoodley Golf Club, Leeds, today.The 16-year-old from Rotherham Golf Club is nine-under after 36 holes of the English Men’s Open Amateur Stroke Play.Meanwhile, first round leader Charlie Strickland (Ham Manor) scrambled his way to 70 today and stayed well in touch in second place. A further shot back and sharing third place on five-under are England’s David Langley and Jake Hapgood of Wales.Schmidt’s bogey free round of seven-under is his lowest score in competition and he said: “It all came together today, right from the first tee shot.” That set up the first of three consecutive birdies, which were followed by two more before the turn.“Then it was just about not making mistakes on the back nine. I hit good tee shots and iron shots, kept the ball in play and holed a few putts when you don’t expect it. That’s when you get a good score,” he said.And as for leading the Brabazon on his first appearance in the championship? “It’s nice,” said Schmidt, a member of the England boys’ squad. “But I’ve got to go away and try not to think about it. My first goal was to make the cut, because this is a big men’s event, and I’ve done that quite easily, which is good.“Now I’ve got the weekend and two more rounds, so I’ve got to restart, not think about leading, but just do what I’ve been doing for the past two days and play good golf.”Tomorrow, he’ll be paired with Strickland who added one under 70 to his opening 66. “Scrappy was the word,” he commented. “My short game saved me all day. But I’m in a good spot and I would have taken one or two under before I went out, so I’m pleased with it.”David Langley raced into a share of third place after covering the first 10 holes in seven-under. He started birdie, eagle, dropped a shot on the fourth, and then had five consecutive birdies. The rest of the back nine proved tougher, but he eventually signed for four-under 67 – and put himself right in contention.Langley, an England A squad player from Castle Royle in BB&O, said: “It was a good day’s work!”Jake Hapgood was also on the birdie train, with four in a row from the fifth thanks to good mid and long-range putts. He reached the turn in three under and parred home to hold on. “On the back nine my short game saved me, there was a lot of scrambling. But I finished strongly and when you make pars on all those holes it’s a bit of a bonus.”Scotland’s Jamie Stewart was another player who flew round the front nine, reaching the turn in seven-under 29 with the help of two eagles. Once again the back nine proved testing in the wind, but he completed his round in 65, which propelled him 32 places up the leaderboard.“It was a good round and it was nice to find a little bit of form because I’ve been struggling the last few weeks,” said Stewart, who was runner-up in the 2018 Scottish Amateur.He shares fifth place with Yorkshire’s Charlie Thornton (Fulford), who added 67 to his opening 71.After today’s round the field was cut to the leading 60 players and ties. A total of 64 will return to play the final 36 holes over the weekend.Click here for full scoresImage copyright Leaderboard Photography 31 May 2019 Yorkshire’s Schmidt equals record to lead Brabazon
Facebook34Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Puget Sound Community CollegeSouth Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) welcomed Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman to the Percival Restaurant on Tuesday, January 7, for the presentation of two special awards to the college’s culinary and catering teams.Secretary Wyman presented the Best Taste Award and the Best Presentation Award to SPSCC Culinary Arts faculty, culinary students, and the catering team for their work in support of the Washington State Combined Fund Drive (CFD) during the 2019 Masquerade Ball.The ceremony began when Secretary Wyman presented SPSCC President Dr. Timothy Stokes with the public service challenge coin for his visionary leadership and influence that has helped raise more than $52,000 in five years. Secretary Wyman then presented awards to the culinary and catering teams for their excellent service and efforts.SPSCC won by popular vote of the nearly 800 attendees at the Masquerade Ball, competing with local restaurants including Casa Mia, Indian Summer, and Little Creek Casino. The most popular dish of the night was bulgogi beef with Asian coleslaw served in a wonton taco shell.