Essential Tunes: Colorado’s jamgrass heroes Yonder Mountain String Band headline Saturday night on the Brown’s Island stage, while Friday features Perpetual Groove and Big Gigantic.Watch a video of this year’s RiverRock bouldering competition on BRO TV.Kindred Spirit: Mountain Sports Festival (May 27-29, Asheville, N.C.) Every year Asheville becomes a mountain sports Olympics for a long weekend of competitions, including paddling, triathlon, cycling, running, disc golf, climbing, and more. Plus, a central area at Carrier Park has gear booths and tunes from Zach Deputy, Big Daddy Love, and Spiritual Rez.Best Beach PartyHangout Festival May 20-22 — Gulf Shores, Ala. This is the perfect opportunity to get down to the Gulf Coast and spend a few bucks. This new festival in just its second year features a full line-up of national heavyweights playing on stages that sit right on the Gulf’s white sand beaches with ocean views. Soak up the sun while you take in the sounds of Paul Simon, Foo Fighters, Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, and many more. Essential Tunes: Girl Talk will have you dancing until it hurts with high-energy mash-ups of popular hip-hop and pop songs.Kindred Spirit: Bayou Boogaloo (June 23-26, Norfolk, Va.) A taste of New Orleans comes to the Virginia coast with this celebration of spicy food and brass grooves at Town Point Park in Norfolk.Best Alternative to TellurideDelFest May 26-29 — Cumberland, Md. Any festivarian will tell you that the Telluride Bluegrass Festival is the mecca of all bluegrass bashes, but getting to the gorgeous confines of Southwestern Colorado’s box canyon isn’t always possible. Thankfully, this like-minded alternative has come to the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians. Set in a scenic valley along the North Branch of the Potomac River, DelFest was created around legend Del McCoury as an outdoor party that bridges the generation gap of acoustic music. String sounds ring out through the mountains from traditional heroes like Dailey and Vincent and Jesse McReynolds, as well as younger pickers like Yonder Mountain String Band and Old Crow Medicine Show. There are also epic, intimate late night shows in an indoor meeting hall that start at midnight. Essential Tunes: Don’t miss the Del McCoury Band’s collaboration with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, as the two groups will be celebrating the release of their joint album, American Legacies. This year DelFest also embraces Southern rock with acoustic sets from Warren Haynes and Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes.Kindred Spirit: Aiken Bluegrass Festival (May 13-14, Aiken, S.C.) This two-day fest features progressive picking from Larry Keel, Hackensaw Boys, Town Mountain, and the Big Daddy Bluegrass Band. Plus, Saturday starts with a Tour de Fat bike ride with main sponsor New Belgium Brewing. Best of the FestsThese 22 bashes in the Blue Ridge offer everything from acrobatic kayakers to Appalachian pickers.Best Urban Adventure SceneDominion RiverRock May 13-14 — Richmond, Va.On the banks of the James River in downtown Richmond, live tunes combine with a grand spectacle of adventure games. Whether you want to get in on the action or hang back and watch the pros, this fest has something for everyone. The first day includes a dirty 5K mud run, as well as acrobatic kayak and freestyle bike competitions. The second day focuses more on the racing with the longstanding James River Scramble 10K trail run and the Urban Assault Mountain Bike Race, along with a kayak boatercross. New this year will be a bouldering competition and stand-up paddleboard races. 1 2 3
DeAngelo Washington traded his baseball cleats for bike cleats to become one of the region’s top downhill riders.DeAngelo Washington was born in Richmond, Virginia, on May 30, 1986. “Angelo,” or Angie if you’re his mother, grew up in Creighton Court, the second-largest public housing project in the city and one of its poorest.Once described as a place with “one way in and few ways out,” Creighton Court tended to have high rates of crime, violence, drugs, and the resulting fractionalization of households that is so common in the neighborhood. Nearly 90% of the community receives government assistance, with the average annual household earnings topping out at $9,000. Only four out of every 10 adults here continue on after high school to receive higher education.It’s a tough place to be a kid, but Angelo was tough. And, he had baseball. From the age of six, baseball was his world. As he grew older, he played on travel, college, semi-pro, and AAA baseball teams.But then in 2014, at the age of 27, Angelo tore his quad. A year later he received reconstructive surgery after a bat weight crushed the entire left side of his face. Forced to look for other ways to stay active, Angelo bought a $300 mountain bike off of Craigslist, never imagining that he’d be putting away the bat for good.Now, Angelo, who works as a lead architectural designer by day, is cruising his way through the amateur ranks racing downhill for Commencal on its factory development team. We sat down with him to talk about his journey into the sport and the challenges that he and other African Americans face in the mountain biking industry. Where was the first place you went mountain biking on that Craigslist ride?Powhite Park. It’s right across the street from my office. My coworker took me there one Friday after work and I crashed three times. Was it hard getting into a new sport having played at such a high level in baseball?It was tough as far as learning the techniques. I had the fitness but I didn’t have the technique. The hardest part was to not get too far ahead of myself. As soon as you think you know a trail, you really don’t know a trail, and I found that out real quick. I actually ended up with a group called WMR, Women’s Multisports of Richmond. I rode with them every Tuesday at 5:30. I loved the atmosphere. They really took me in and showed me the ins and outs. I remember one day we did a ride at Freedom Park. I had soccer shoes on, old skateboard kneepads. I was like a stormtrooper on a bike. That experience was so fun and to see those guys jump off features and stuff like that, I knew this is what I really wanted to do.Deangelo Washington | Photo: Will Gallihugh Your first downhill season you raced for Coqui Cyclery. What was that experience like?The team members were fun, but after a year I left the team because it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be. I didn’t feel like I was a part of that team, and I was still trying to figure [the downhill scene] out at that point, so having no support was hard. I finished the 2016 season in 2nd place overall in cat 3, but seeing other teams and how they meshed together, I knew I wanted that. In 2017 I joined A-1 Cycling out of Manassas and we had a ball. We were all around the same age, all still trying to figure out the downhill racing thing. They helped me push some of my limits, because I didn’t like jumping at first. They helped me get comfortable in the air and trusting my bike, trusting my skills. I felt like part of the crew, and I wasn’t excluded from anything. I ended up finishing the 2017 season in 3rd place overall in cat 2. At most of these races, you’re the only African American rider competing. Has that discouraged you at all?When I first started, it was kinda weird. My first experience at Snowshoe was a total culture shock for me. All of these people were taking me in, but I had the support of the friends I made in Richmond, so overall I felt welcomed from other riders. One problem I do have is with other people of color questioning me. At Massanutten last year, an older woman and her friends were walking down from the starting gate. She goes, ‘You gonna do this?’ I asked what she meant. She sorta swiped her hand and said, ‘We don’t do this.’ It threw me off. I get it a lot from other African Americans, like I’m not supposed to be able to ride a bike downhill because of my race. That troubles me, and since that happened, it’s happened more. How can the cycling industry do more to promote diversity?I tried to do some research, I Googled and Googled and Googled, and I could only find one professional downhill racer who was African American—Eliot Jackson—and I’ve never seen him on any commercial or anything like that. I don’t think we have enough representatives to show the potential. You need more than just the one pro. You need to show a variety of riders. What are some of the barriers to entry when it comes to downhill mountain biking in particular?The price of bikes is just so expensive. I can’t afford to replace my bike every year like a lot of these racers can. Commencal helps me out some, but it’s tough. I think the scene can discourage a lot of new riders because it got me when I first started racing. I had this old dinky downhill bike. It was 2015, and my bike was a 2007 bike. I got to the race and see these guys in nice matching kits with $10,000 bikes and I’m like, how can I even compete with these guys? If you look good you must be fast, right? Really, we are all just riding bikes. It’s more about the skills. But the expenses can keep people from ever riding. Do you have any cycling related goals this year?This year my goal is to be more involved in the city and helping city kids out. It’s not just basketball and baseball and football. I want to let them know that you can ride a bike, and it doesn’t have to be downhill, it can be whatever. I want to give them the experience of what I’m feeling right now. My daughters are having a blast with bikes, too. They come to all of the races. My youngest, she’s my rider. Every time she gets on the bike she’s like ‘Daddy, I’m in the starting gate.’ I’m gonna have to watch out for that one. What has mountain biking done for you?Mountain biking has taught me so much about myself. I’ve grown mentally, physically, and have matured so much since I began biking. It’s given me a chance to experience different things and see new places and now I can share that with my girls. My daughters got to see a bear in the woods in real life. Those little experiences are what make me feel like, why haven’t I been doing this longer?Champions of Inclusivity Like Angelo, we are firm believers that everyone should have the opportunity to ride bikes in the woods. These 10 organizations are providing those experiences and making the outdoors a more welcoming place for all.Black Women Bike Washington, D.C. Blue Sky Fund Richmond, Va. Outdoor Afro Louisville, Ky., Durham & Charlotte, N.C., Nashville, Tenn., Atlanta, Ga., Pittsburgh, Penn., Washington, D.C. Brown People Camping Washington, D.C. City Kids Wilderness Project Washington, D.C. HomoClimbtastic Fayetteville, W.Va. OUT There Adventures Various locations Oasis Bike Workshop Nashville, Tenn. Wilderness Works Atlanta, Ga. Color the Crag Horse Pens 40, Steele, Ala.
By Kaiser Konrad/Diálogo April 04, 2018 The General Headquarters of the Brazilian Southern Military Command (CMS, in Portuguese) is located in the historic city center of Porto Alegre, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. General Edson Leal Pujol, commander of the Military Area Command for the Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese), supervises all military actions conducted in the states of Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul, and Santa Catarina. His command is known as an elite conventional combat unit for having the largest number of armored, mechanized, artillery, and combat engineering assets in the Brazilian land force. The Operations Coordination Center (CCOp, in Portuguese), which is directly connected with CMS (CCOp/CMS), was established on July 12, 2014. CCOp’s mission is to plan, direct, guide, coordinate and/or conduct basic and advanced training activities and military operations for the large commands and operational units within CMS’s scope. “This center is characterized by its great agility, flexibility, and readiness when orders and directives are issued for troop training and carrying out operations. We maintain a direct connection with the Land Forces Command, the Logistics Command, and the commands of the 3rd and 5th Army Divisions,” EB Major General Carlos José Penteado, head of CCOp/CMS, told Diálogo. Interagency operations Brazil’s borders with Paraguay, Argentina, and Uruguay are widely used by organized crime and transnational criminal organizations as main entry points to bring weapons and drugs into Brazil. To fight criminal activities, interagency operations are carried out, where the armed forces work with government agencies on coordinated efforts to achieve objectives that serve the common good. “CCOp supported various actions in the southern part of the country, one highlight being Operation Fortress [Operação Muralha, in Portuguese], a partnership between the armed forces, the intelligence services, the Federal Police, the Federal Highway Police, and military and civil police in the states,” Maj. Gen. Penteado said. “[This operation] was conducted on the tri-border between Brazil, Argentina, and Paraguay to step up the fight against crimes such as smuggling and trafficking in drugs, arms, ammunition, and medicine.” Another highly relevant action is Operation Amethyst (Operação Ametista, in Portuguese), conducted by the Controlled Substances Inspection Service, CMS operations troops, the Civil Police, the Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, and the National Department of Mineral Production. The operational objective is to monitor the use of controlled products in mining camps, which helps bolster actions taken in the fight against organized crime and illicit activities in the southern region. Border protection CCOp also participates in planning border protection operations, coordinating offensive and defensive exercises and operations using armored and mechanized assets—providing fire support, mobility, counter-mobility, and communications—and making CMS’s logistics structure available. “All of this [is done] to achieve the highest level of performance from troops deployed into the field, providing them ongoing doctrinal refreshers alongside the general staffs of our Army divisions and brigades,” Maj. Gen. Penteado said. Based on the Comprehensive Border Protection Plan, CCOp, in coordination with the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the Armed Forces and the Ministry of Defense, works with state and federal agencies to bolster prevention measures and control, monitor, and suppress cross-border crimes by conducting Operation Agate (Operação Ágata, in Portuguese) annually. And in the latest editions of Operation Agate, CMS used the assets of the Integrated Border Monitoring System (SISFRON, in Portuguese). “This system is a set of technological resources for surveillance and monitoring, coupled with information technology, electronic warfare, and intelligence. Through the use of SISFRON, the 15th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, located in Curitiba, Paraná, increased operational capacity of its military units, expanding and intensifying control over the border zone in the south of the country,” Maj. Gen. Penteado said. International cooperation EB conducts various military exercises with partner nations. Within CMS’s scope, CCOp coordinates Operations Arandu and Guarani, conducted with the Argentine Army, and Operation Paraná, with the Paraguayan Army. The combined operations consolidate the level of integration among armed forces, expanding exchanges and strengthening military diplomacy among nations. “Around the clock, Brazilian Southern Military Command Operations Coordination Center is ready to conduct military operations in the far south of Brazil. Whether for border protection, interagency coordination and cooperation, upholding the rule of law and public order, or combined operations with partner nations, these operations are always done in the spirit of accomplishing the mission and helping to guarantee our national sovereignty,” Maj. Gen. Penteado concluded.
Employee engagement, satisfaction, and internal Net Promoter Scores are now common practices; even the NCUA is focused on increasing its employee engagement. As a consulting partner with a talent–management focus, we’re all in favor of organizations improving their cultures. “Culture eats strategy for breakfast,” right?However, we’ve seen some organizations hyperfocus on tactical engagement steps as the ends and not the means. Hosting virtual team happy hours and passing out electronic food delivery cards are all great. But many execs view these as cultural busy-ness rather than lasting change.In our many years of work with credit unions around the country, we’ve found a few lasting ideas and techniques that we share. We start by asking what we need to do to help the organization achieve its strategic objectives. And we believe that’s not just a question for the executives, but one for every member of the organization. Many teams get this wrong with staff surveys that ask for feedback without empowerment, which often leads to a long list of ideas or complaints. If you want each individual employee to have a sense of goal ownership and impact, then measure it. That’s easier said than done, but we have some ideas.Lots of organizations fret over “empowerment.” Typically, those conversations lead to frustrated management and passive employees. So we ask the teams to think about the ends, not the means. Before managers can grant “ownership” and employees can feel “empowered,” they need to clearly understand how aligned they are. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
“We are very proud that with this redevelopment of a truly dilapidated space and unsuitable for a tourist pearl where about a million and a half nights are realized, with this significant project, that has changed forever. Makarska received a representative presentation center”Said Novak Srzić, during the opening ceremony. We all make mistakes, and sometimes we express ourselves wrongly or clumsily. We are human, but we also have to admit the mistake and ok, let’s move on. Admit a mistake with dignity, apologize, delete the post and everything would be great. The whole story would stop there, in fact, it wouldn’t even begin. First, the director of the Makarska Tourist Board, Hloverka Novak Srzić, tried to justify “how she was misunderstood or how badly she wrote the post”, which is of course OK, but she did not give an explanation, ie she explained what she actually wanted to write. / / / FIND OUT HOW GERMAN RAILWAYS SOLD 2 MILLION TICKETS WITH AN EXCELLENT DIGITAL CAMPAIGN VISITORS CENTER OPENED IN MAKARSKA The visitor center on a total area of 130 m2 will offer all the information about the heritage and diverse tourist offer of Makarska. The real positive response in the media would certainly be the news that the entire Makarska Riviera is finally branded and developed under one brand – Makarska Riviera. And not that it still had x tourist boards that each developed and branded for itself, without so much important synergy. That would be positive news for all media headlines. This is how tourism should be done and developed in 2020. / / / INADMISSIBLE GAF DIRECTOR OF THE TOURIST CITY OF MAKARSKA “Here is Makarska in the national dailies. This is called promotion. Thanks to Mozambique”, Wrote Hloverka as a reaction in the comments in the post. No, this is not good PR – in fact extremely negative for the whole destination. And Novak Srzić should certainly know that, since she spent her long career in journalism. Additionally, compare the whole case with the campaign No Need to Fly – Around the World in Germany initiated by the German Railways (DB) and try to justify it through bad media spin, only further infuses “oil on fire” and negative PR, which was just the motive for writing another article on the subject. Unfortunately, this only shows an additional great lack of knowledge about the promotion and digital marketing of tourist destinations. The function of the director of the tourist board has a great responsibility, it is a public function, and as tourism is the main economic branch of Makarska, so much more. So that all the moves of the Makarska Tourist Board, as well as any other tourist board, are closely followed. New day, new news – as public relations experts say. But again, instead of stopping the story, Novak Srzić told RTL yesterday that it was in fact a “targeted campaign to promote” Makarska. And that’s not the end of the story. On the contrary, Novak Srzić is still trying to turn the whole situation around, and he communicated the story of how he actually did it on purpose in order to get Makarska media attention. Obviously, as a kind of guerrilla campaign (which it is not). “Of course I did. That’s how it’s done. That’s the way to do it”, Said the director of the Tourist Board of the City of Makarska Hloverka Novak Srzić for RTL television and added:”Conveniently, this turned out to be PR for Makarska. Because at one time, let me remind you, the German Tourist Board, for example, published that beach of Mozambique, then they would set up a German beach and say we have this too. So that beautiful picture of a Mozambican beach, I compared to some of our beaches, say below the Hotel Dalmatia. I am glad that Makarska is on the front pages of all media, good PR for Makarska tourism and I am glad that you are in our city”, Said Srzić. The hashtag #hloverka currently dominates social networks, as a reaction to the gaffe of the director of the Tourist Board of the city of Makarska, Hloverka Novak Srzić, who “promoted” the Makarska Riviera with a photo from Mozambique. No, that’s how it is does not work. See attached how do you do that. All parties, renters and of course tourists can get all the information about accommodation, but also the sights, wealth, beauty and special features of Makarska and its surroundings, rich gastronomic offer, accommodation facilities, etc.… But not in the case of Makarska. The difference between the DB campaign and the picture from Mozambique is significant, in fact, there is no similarity. The whole story attracted a lot of media attention as well as the #hloverka movement on social networks where people post photos from all over the world alluding that it is about Makarska, ie they are making fun of Makarska. Finally synergy: Makarska Riviera tourist boards unite into one tourist brand? – a title that is in draft and waiting to be published. However, to conclude this topic, at least on the HrTurizam portal, and turn to the promotion of Makarska and the new multimedia center for visitors (which is officially already open on May 04.05.2020, XNUMX), so that we end in a positive tone. Or, as Novak Srzić points out, it still turns out to be “good” PR for Makarska tourism. HRK 600 was spent on the reconstruction and arrangement of the Visitor Center, of which HRK 700 was provided by the Ministry of Tourism, and the rest by the City of Makarska and the Tourist Board.
South Sudanese journalists were Friday observing a 24-hour work stoppage to protest the killing of a colleague three days earlier. Moi Peter Julius, who worked for Corporate Newspaper, was shot dead on Wednesday by an unidentified gunman in the capital, Juba.“Such crimes against journalists, against the freedom of expression, against the public, should be prevented by the authorities, brought to book and victims compensated,” said Edward Terso, chairman of the Union of Journalists of South Sudan.State media were not expected to join the work stoppage, which had been declared by the union, related associations and media groups. Julius was killed four days after President Salva Kiir dismissed journalists’ complaints about a lack of press freedom and threatened to kill those reporting “against the country.”“If anybody among [journalists] does not know that this country has killed people, we will demonstrate it one day, one time,” Kiir said on Sunday on leaving for peace talks in Addis Ababa.The 20-month military conflict between Kiir and his political rival Riek Machar has killed tens of thousands of people and displaced about 2 million in the country of 12 million.Local journalists said Kiir might have been reacting to media criticism of the protracted peace negotiations and for alleging corruption in the government.The killing of Julius was condemned by the Foreign Correspondents’ Association of East Africa and by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).It was not known if the killing was related to something Julius had written. CPJ has tied the killings of at least five journalists in South Sudan to their work.
Share 25 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Share LifestyleTravel Report on REDjet expected by weekend, says Guyana minister by: – March 21, 2012 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — The Ministry of Tourism has been in dialogue since last Friday with REDjet to ensure that Guyana is abreast of the developments taking place within the airline.Minister of Tourism (ag) Irfaan Ali said on Monday that his ministry will ensure that all Guyanese passengers especially, are taken care of and not left stranded.The Barbados-based airline announced late on Friday that it was suspending all flights from Saturday until further notice. After 10 months in the air, the move is a bid to protect its long-term interests, the company said. Ali said, “The situation is expected to unfold itself later this week where REDjet is in its process of reorganising. They told us that we will have the official report from the CEO on what their position is and where REDjet’s future lies.” The report is expected hopefully by the end of this week. REDjet’s director Robbie Burns stated that the airline has outlined a three-week process for travellers to get refunds and urged them to check the company’s website and call centre for updates. He added that passengers booked on any REDjet flight from March 17 should contact the call centre or check the website for information about their flight 24 hours prior to departure.No specific reasons for the shutdown were given by the privately-owned airline, but suggestions were made of state assistance to continue operations and “subsidised” competitors were blamed for its troubles. Incorporated in Barbados, REDjet took to the air with a regularly scheduled service between Barbados and Guyana in May 2011, and a service to St Lucia was introduced in February 2012, with flights to St Maarten scheduled to begin in May. There are also flights to Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. Caribbean News Now
I am sure people wonder how you get a horse into the Kentucky Derby. In most races during the year, you simply pay a fee and if there is an opening your horse can run in that race if it meets that races qualifications. (Example: 2-year old maiden) As far at the Kentucky Derby is concerned, you qualify by earning points in races that begin in the previous fall. In these races, points are awarded on a 10-4-2-1 basis. This is 10 points for first place, etc. After the first of the year, the races that are then designated as pre-Derby races earn a much higher point total. Many of these races can earn you as many as 100 points.Some of the big races in the spring include the Santa Anita Derby and the Arkansas Derby. If you reach the top 20 in the point standings, you are eligible. You then must pay a $25,000 entrance fee by May 1. The owner then must decide if his horse is able to run. If not, horses outside of the top 20 can get into the race.I hope you have your money down unless you are able to go to the race tomorrow or find yourself at a track which allows off-track betting. I was going to bet on Omaha Beach, but now it is back to the drawing board! Good luck to all of you who are wagering on the Derby!
Batesville traveled to Franklin County to play their C team on Monday Night.We lost in two games with score ending in 25-14 and 25-16.We played our last season game is a bit off base with one another. It is a tough way to end a season but the girls are learning and that’s what matters.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Erin Trenkamp.