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Posted by: | Posted on: December 30, 2020

Telemark Destinations

first_imgThe single best reason to learn to telemark?“It makes a small mountain a lot bigger,” says Brian McCormick, a ski patroller at Wisp Resort in Maryland. “Wisp has 600 vertical feet, and I ski there two dozen days a year. I needed something to make it more interesting, so I started to telemark.”Tapping into the telemark turn can transform our tame Appalachian mountains into behemoth peaks waiting to be conquered. Once you learn to telemark, you can do it anywhere given enough snow. Here are three prime telemark locations:GARRETT COUNTY, MDLocated in the far western corner of Maryland, the mountainous Garrett County takes advantage of the Great Lakes’ Snow Effect, pulling in an average 100 inches of fluffy a year. The county is Maryland’s telemark hub, with acres of backcountry skiing at Savage River State Forest, on-piste action at Wisp Resort, and groomed cross-country and telemark trails at Backbone Ski Farm. Wisp offers private telemark lessons, and Backbone Farm has introductory telemark classes as well as backcountry telemark tours with descents boasting 1,000 vertical feet. backbonefarm.com.For more information about Wisp Resort, check out  http://basecamp.blueridgeoutdoors.com/?p=2562ELK MOUNTAIN SKI RESORT, PENN.The telemark scene at Elk Mountain is vibrant and growing, with a regular crew of freeheelers shredding Elk’s 1,000 feet of vertical. Once a year, telemark skiers take over the mountain during Elk’s Telemark Fest (Feb. 28), where you can check out the latest telemark gear, join a clinic, or compete in races. Elkskier.com.CANAAN VALLEY, W.VA.The undisputed king of telemark in the Mid-Atlantic, there are more backcountry powder stashes in this corner of West Virginia than anywhere else in the region, and the telemark vibe is strong. Check out Timberline Resort for private on-piste telemark lessons (timberlineresort.com) and a host of group telemark workshops. Their annual Telemark Fest (March 1) features a backcountry race and Nordic hash. For backcountry tours, telemark lessons, and more freeheeling fun than you can handle, head to Whitegrass. Twice a year, Dickie Hall chooses Whitegrass for NATO workshops and adventure tours (Telemark Workshop Jan. 24-25; Telemark Adventure Tour: Feb. 7-8; telemarknato.com).TelepaloozaYou want to throw yourself into the freeheel culture head first? Hit Telepalooza, an annual telemark festival at Seven Springs Resort organized by the Appalachian Telemark Association. Beyond the standard clinics, demos, and revelry, Telepalooza features the biggest uphill/downhill race in the Mid-Atlantic. Ski up the mountain, ski down the mountain. First one to finish is king of the freeheelers. 7springs.com.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: December 18, 2020

Discrimination. So Easy, A Child Can Learn It In A Day

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Perhaps you are familiar with this rather famous piece of footage. It was part of a series of experiments, proven experiments, that display just how easily discrimination is taught, learned, how it feels to be on the other side and how, well, childish the concept is.If you’ve never seen it, watch it. If you’ve seen it before, take the opportunity to share it.It’s the kind of thing that can make quite a difference.As seen on Upworthy.comlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: November 18, 2020

In the first six months, Lošinj grew by 20 percent in overnight stays and arrivals

first_imgIn the first six months, Lošinj recorded very good tourist results, thus achieving a total of 491.700 overnight stays and 89.500 arrivals with an index of an increase in overnight stays of 19%, and arrivals of 20% compared to the previous 2016.The largest increase in guests was recorded in the segment of hotel accommodation, 19%, and the offer of Lošinj hotels was enjoyed by as many as 35.500 guests who spent 155.000 nights. ”We are extremely pleased with the tourist results so far, especially because this year we have invested a lot of effort to organize numerous events for the needs of all our guests. We expect even better results in the coming months and the continuation of positive indicators of a successful tourist year so far, said the president of the Tourist Board of the City of Mali Lošinj, Ana Kučić.After the excellent results achieved in the first six months, the island of vitality with the organization of numerous events continues to successfully navigate the tourist year.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: October 19, 2020

Two companies list shares on IDX despite pandemic-hit market

first_imgKarya Bersama pocketed Rp 613 million in net income as of September 2019 as it booked Rp 15.98 billion in revenue during the period.In the meantime, Sejahtera Bintang Abadi managed to raise a total of Rp 44.63 billion in fresh funds from the sale of 425 million shares during its IPO, the company said in a statement.The company plans to use about 78.55 percent of the IPO proceeds to buy new open-end machines, a finisher draw frame and other plant to produce its recycled-base material yarns. The company will also use the remaining 21.45 percent of the proceeds as capex to buy raw materials and fund marketing costs, among other things.As of September 2019, the company recorded a total of Rp 227.71 billion in revenue. However, it still recorded a loss of Rp 3.84 billion during the period.Although the market is currently in its least favorable condition, IDX assessment director I Gede Nyoman Yetna said companies were still interested in seeking fresh funds from the stock market.“These companies chose to offer their shares to the public as they need more funds to help develop their businesses,” he told the press by text message.The IDX main gauge, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), dropped 3.18 percent on Wednesday, having lost more than 26 percent of its value so far this year.Topics : Two companies went forward with their plans to list their shares on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) on Wednesday despite the COVID-19 pandemic that has rocked global and domestic stock markets.Property developer PT Karya Bersama Anugerah and yarn producer PT Sejahtera Bintang Abadi Textile became the 20th and 21st companies listed on the domestic bourse this year and the second and third companies to list their shares virtually amid the government’s large-scale social restrictions to prevent further spread of the highly contagious disease.Karya Bersama Anugerah, listed under the code KBAG, recorded a 35 percent jump in share price upon opening to Rp 135 (8 US cents) apiece from Rp 100 while Sejahtera Bintang Abadi (SBAT) soared 34.29 percent to Rp 141 just 30 minutes after its shares were available for trading. In a written statement obtained by The Jakarta Post, Karya Bersama plans to use the proceeds from its initial public offering (IPO) of around Rp 215 billion to add to its land bank in the Balikpapan area in East Kalimantan. Outside of Balikpapan, the company currently owns a total of 0.7 hectares of land in West Jakarta and another 150 hectares of land in Jonggol, West Java.“We will also use the proceeds to fund our capital expenditure [capex] and finish several of our ongoing projects,” the company said in the statement, adding that one of the projects included a townhouse complex in central Balikpapan.The company has expressed optimism that the project will have a positive impact on its financial performance as it expects the government’s upcoming new capital city project located near Balikpapan to increase real estate values in the area.Read also: To buy it or not: Retail investors are torn amid volatile stock marketlast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 27, 2020

Mary Cannon: Cannabis is harmful for young adults and teens

first_imgNZ Herald 3 August 2020Family First Comment: Superb article pushing back on the narrative that ‘cannabis is less harmful than alcohol’…“Cannabis, on the other hand, is strongly associated with psychotic symptoms and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. In fact, cannabis use is now the most powerful single environmental risk factor for psychotic disorder… Recent studies from Europe have examined the risks associated with high-potency cannabis (defined as greater than 10 per cent THC) and have found that daily users of high potency cannabis have a nine-fold increased risk of developing schizophrenia or another clinical psychotic disorder… This “psychotogenic” effect is not confined to adolescent-onset cannabis use and appears more linked to frequency of use. In addition, it is not confined to people with a history of psychotic disorder in their family (although they are at high risk and should avoid cannabis). It has been estimated that between one third to half of all the cases of psychotic illness in places like London or Amsterdam could be due to cannabis… I would argue that cannabis use is actually more damaging to the brain – especially the brains of young adults and teenagers, and their life prospects. The failure of governments worldwide to control alcohol harms shows that once an addictive substance is legalised and freely available public health takes a second place to profit.”#VoteNopeToDopeA common argument in favour of legalising cannabis is that alcohol is legal and is more harmful to people and society than cannabis, and therefore cannabis should be legal too.This is a somewhat spurious argument along the lines of “Would you rather be eaten by a lion or a bear” or “Would you rather be run over by a truck or a bus”. Nevertheless, it provides a good opportunity to examine the differential harms posed by both substances.A recent article by a Professor of Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine (NZ Herald, July 28) stated, “both cannabis and alcohol are known to cause psychotic conditions, but in both instances, these are rare events.”This statement is true in one regard. Psychotic disorder related solely to alcohol is indeed a rare event. It is generally in the form of an uncommon condition called Alcoholic Hallucinosis, which occurs in older individuals who have been using alcohol heavily for many years. I have seen only one or two cases in my clinical career.Individuals who are withdrawing from alcohol can suffer with hallucinations and acute paranoia as part of the withdrawal reaction but this is not a psychotic disorder. Cannabis, on the other hand, is strongly associated with psychotic symptoms and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.In fact, cannabis use is now the most powerful single environmental risk factor for psychotic disorder.Many well-designed studies have examined this association, and the majority have shown that cannabis is significantly related to psychotic disorder with the remainder showing a strong trend in that direction.In the early 2000s, I was involved in a research team investigating the link between cannabis use in adolescence and the risk of psychotic disorder in adulthood. This research was carried out on a group of approximately 1000 young people from Dunedin, who had been followed up since the 1970s (and are still being followed up to this day).We found that young people who started using cannabis before age 15 had had a four times increased risk of being diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizophreniform disorder by age 26. To put this in perspective, 10 per cent of the young people who had been using cannabis by age 15 developed a psychotic disorder in young adulthood compared with 3 per cent of the remainder of the group – a one in 10 chance is certainly not a rare occurrence.The association between cannabis and psychosis appears to be getting even stronger in line with the increase in strength of cannabis (the THC content is now regularly over 20 per cent, whereas it was only about 1-2 per cent in the 1960s and 70s.)Recent studies from Europe have examined the risks associated with high-potency cannabis (defined as greater than 10 per cent THC) and have found that daily users of high potency cannabis have a nine-fold increased risk of developing schizophrenia or another clinical psychotic disorder.This “psychotogenic” effect is not confined to adolescent-onset cannabis use and appears more linked to frequency of use.In addition, it is not confined to people with a history of psychotic disorder in their family (although they are at high risk and should avoid cannabis). It has been estimated that between one third to half of all the cases of psychotic illness in places like London or Amsterdam could be due to cannabis.In my clinical experience, I have observed an increase in presentations of young men with psychosis related to cannabis over the past few years. The type of psychosis associated with cannabis is one with high levels of agitation, aggression and paranoia and can present a risk to family and others.In a groundbreaking study in the UK, 16 healthy volunteers were given one dose of intravenous THC.Remarkably, 70 per cent developed psychotic symptoms within 20 minutes and this demonstrates the powerful impact of the THC component of cannabis on psychosis.Aside from its effect on psychosis, several large international studies have shown that cannabis use in youth has a more detrimental effect on cognition and later functioning in adulthood than alcohol use in youth.A study from Christchurch showed that young cannabis users had greater rates of school dropout, unemployment and dependence on social welfare payments than their peers did even after taking account of alcohol use.The Dunedin study showed that young cannabis users had lower incomes later in adulthood than their alcohol using peers. Heavy, early onset cannabis use has been associated with up to 8-point drop in IQ that appears to be irreversible.No one would deny that alcohol is associated with a host of social problems and serious physical health problems.However, I would argue that cannabis use is actually more damaging to the brain – especially the brains of young adults and teenagers, and their life prospects.The failure of governments worldwide to control alcohol harms shows that once an addictive substance is legalised and freely available public health takes a second place to profit.Once society normalises the widespread use of a drug it is almost impossible to undo that and put the genie back in the bottle.• Mary Cannon is Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health, with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12352685last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 24, 2020

Innovative classroom plan implemented in Batesville schools

first_imgBatesville, In. — Imagine a classroom where the students have the flexibility to choose their learning space, one in which they can easily transition from small group collaboration to teacher-led instruction.  In this classroom, they have the technology tools at their fingertips to adapt to the new active learning experience.  One such classroom can be found in each of the four Batesville Schools.  A pilot classroom has been transformed in Batesville Primary, Intermediate, Middle and High Schools, through the generosity of the Batesville Community Education Foundation and the Indiana Department of Education, Office of eLearning Digital Learning Grant. The transformation of learning spaces allows for easier transition and supports a student-centered learning environment. The teachers create an atmosphere that is inviting and exciting where all students are engaged in their own learning.  A student from one classroom shares, “This year is different to us so we we’re all excited to learn.”No longer will you see a static room arrangement with a teacher desk at the front of the room and student desks in rows. Instead, you find innovative learning spaces, combined with technology and pedagogy, that support active learning experiences to engage all students. Students in today’s classrooms have a range of learning needs, and one way a teacher can address these needs is through instructional strategies, enhanced through various seating options.  The design and furniture support student mobility, active learning, lecture, collaboration, projects, discussion and test-taking activities.  The flexible classroom provides students with the opportunity to actively engage in the learning process and supports the desire for the classroom to become more student-centered.  The transition time is drastically reduced which increases academic time. Students find success and engagement in an atmosphere that supports their learning needs, including the ability to properly see and hear at all times.  BHS English teacher Paul Satchwill shares, “This furniture has given me the unique opportunity to craft a classroom culture focused on environment and the positive ways it can impact learning. My students are comfortable, so they’re more willing to participate in the learning process. My tables are large, so students have plenty of space to collaborate or work independently. Everything is on wheels so the environment can shift between group work, lecture, and discussion in under a minute.”  This environment cultivates the best learning opportunities for teaching and learning.The students and teachers in the active learning classrooms participated in the Steelcase Pilot program, which included the completion of surveys before and then after nine weeks in the new space.  Based on the data received from the Pilot, the integration of classroom space, combined with technology and pedagogy, positively impacts student learning experiences.  Student indicators improved significantly on 21 of the 29 indicators measured.  The areas of greatest change include Communication, Movement, Creative Activities, and Critical Thinking Activities.  Students are working with their peers more frequently, working collaboratively, engaging in group discussion, and co-creating content.Based on survey results and comments, the classroom environment positively impacts student learning experiences and makes them feel welcome and motivated to learn as evident in participant comments, “The environment makes it easier to learn when you’re relaxed and ready to become involved.”  One 2nd grade student finds that the classroom “keeps me calm and helps me concentrate.”    Sandy Westerfeld, BPS 2nd grade teacher, shares, “This furniture is very motivating to my class.  They are more geared to work when they are relaxed and comfortable.  The options for seating differentiate, they find the best fit for them.  They enjoy the opportunity for small group conversations.”  The transformation of learning spaces positively impacts student learning through experiences that encourage student engagement, choice, and collaboration.  The experiences of the pilot classrooms validate the importance of redesigning classroom spaces to enhance and support various active learning experiences.last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 23, 2020

July 26, 2019 Police Blotter

first_imgJuly 26, 2019 Police Blotter072619 Batesville Law Report072619 Decatur County Law Report072619 Decatur County Fire Report072619 Decatur County EMS Report072619 Decatur County Arrest Reportlast_img

Posted by: | Posted on: September 22, 2020

Ighalo named Man of the Match in FA Cup win

first_imgRelatedPosts Derby County want Jordon Ibe Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U Odion Ighalo was named Manchester United’s Man of the Match for the first time, after Thursday’s 3-0 FA Cup victory over Derby County at Pride Park. The Nigerian international demonstrated his potency in front of goal by netting either side of half-time to book their place in the FA Cup quarter-finals for the sixth successive season. Odion won 61 per cent of the votes in post-match poll on the Official App, making him the comfortable winner over fellow goalscorer Luke Shaw (21 per cent) and Bruno Fernandes (five per cent, all players were on the shortlist). After the final whistle, the January loan signing spoke about the team’s performance, saying that after a slow opening 20 minutes, the team moved up a gear to seal victory. “I’m happy I scored two goals today, but most especially the team worked hard today, even though we didn’t start the game well,” Ighalo said. “But after 20-25 minutes we came into the game and started playing and we got the goals. Most importantly we are through to the quarter finals so I’m very happy.” The United fans were in good voice for the duration of the game, and Ighalo reserved special praise for the Reds’ faithful. “They’ve been great, not only about today. Since I came here the support I’ve been getting from the fans is amazing,” he added. “I want to thank them for their support, not for only me but for the team. Even though some games we don’t play up to our level but they’re still chanting, cheering us on to victory. “I’m very happy and I thank them, I want them to keep doing that on Sunday. It’s gong to be a massive game, let’s cheer us to victory again.” The brace took Ighalo’s tally to three goals in two starts since his arrival in January. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with the form his striker is currently in, but admitted he should have completed his hat-trick in the second half, after slicing an opportunity over from close range. “He should have had a third!” Solskjaer half-joked at full time. “Of course when you’ve got strikers you want them to be happy, confident going into the next game and we’ve got a big game on Sunday. “He’s come in here and of course we’ve still got a few injuries and Anthony has struggled a little bit lately with some injuries so it’s great to have Odion to call upon and he’s a different type of striker. “He holds it up well and he scores – the first one the ball’s underneath him, not many strikers could dig that out.”Tags: Bruno FernandesDerby CountyManchester UnitedOdion Ighalolast_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 21, 2020

Harrington content with major haul

first_img Harrington won the Open in 2007 at Carnoustie and became the first European to successfully defend the title since 1906 when he triumphed again 12 months later at Birkdale. When he also won the US PGA Championship three weeks later it meant the Dubliner had won three of the last six major championships contested, but that victory at Oakland Hills remains his last in any tournament on a major worldwide golf tour. Padraig Harrington, who once won three major titles in the space of 13 months, insists he will be happy with his career if he never wins another. Press Associationcenter_img The 41-year-old has certainly not given up trying, finishing eighth in the Masters and fourth in the US Open respectively last year, but has come to realise that he already has plenty to be proud of. “That’s my one piece of advice whenever I see someone win a major. I remind them this isn’t going to happen every week. Make the most of when it happens and enjoy it,” Harrington said ahead of next week’s Open at Muirfield, where he finished one shot outside the play-off in 2002. “They don’t happen as often as you think they will happen, even in a great career. If you look at my contemporaries, Tiger has actually won 14, and then you’ve got Ernie (Els) and Phil (Mickelson) have won four, but you really don’t win that many majors. That’s the way of the world. “I played a practice round with Nick Faldo at Augusta one year and he had already got his sixth major, and he’s working so hard on the golf course. I asked him why and he’s just trying to win one more. “I hope I’m not that person, that I can enjoy the three I’ve won as much as I’m trying to win as many more as I can. You do have to stand back at times and say three is pretty good, let’s enjoy that. “I’m always going to give it 100 per cent. Some kids you need to give a kick up the backside to get them out there to work. “I’m the opposite; I need to taper things down. In order to get four and five and six and seven, I need to accept that I’ve done well as it is. The fourth one is not going to make the first three any better.” last_img read more

Posted by: | Posted on: September 20, 2020

Eagle camp play waiting game

first_img Steve Massey, racing manager for the owners, said: “We did think about running him on the Flat in early May if the ground was right for him. “But we bought him as a National Hunt horse and after discussing it with Willie, we’ve decided to put him away until the autumn and he’ll come back as a novice next season. “He’s only had the one race for us and it was a bit disappointing that he didn’t manage to win, but he didn’t jump as well as he can. “He’s been quick and brave at home with his jumping and Willie thinks he’ll be better when he’s jumping at a quicker pace. “He’d already been on the go a long time when we got him, so a good break will do him good and we’ll look forward to seeing him over hurdles again in the autumn. “We know winter ground in Ireland will be no bother to him, so hopefully we’ll have an exciting season with him next time around.” November Handicap winner Open Eagle will not run at Punchestown and will be put away until the autumn. Bought by the Supreme Racing Club and sent to Willie Mullins for a hurdling campaign, he was beaten on his first run over obstacles at Punchestown in February and has not been seen since. Connections have now decided to maintain his novice status for next season. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more