Best of the Blue RidgeOur readers have spoken. After 85,000 votes over the course of six weeks, the final results are in. Here are readers’ favorite places, people, events, businesses, and organizations.Our readers have spoken. After 85,000 votes over the course of six weeks, the final results are in. Here are readers’ favorite places, people, events, businesses, and organizations.New Year, New YouNeed a little oomph to kick off your outdoor resolutions? Reach the summits you seek with help from these adventure experts.Blue Ridge BriefsWardian breaks more records • The price of chasing Bigfoot • Father-son thru-hike • Elk returning to coal countryFlashpointWildfires have left 14 dead and hundreds of homes and businesses destroyed. Who started the fires— and why?The DirtHygge is a Danish lifestyle hack that loosely translates to being warm and cozy with friends while outside it is dark and cold. Here are four Hygge-inspired adventures in the southeast to experience this winter.The GoodsA.T. thru-hiker Jack Schroeder picks his favorite winter backpacking gear.Trail Mix 5 Regional Acts to Catch in the New Year.
By Dialogo July 19, 2010 The amphibious ship USS Iwo Jima will visit Miami July 19-21 to conduct final preparations before beginning a four-month humanitarian assistance mission that will include visits to eight countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The mission, called Continuing Promise 2010, will include humanitarian and civic assistance activities in Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Nicaragua, Panama and Suriname, and will be supported by a crew of approximately 1,600 military and civilian medical, engineering, aviation, logistical and other support personnel. The crew will load mission supplies, as well as goods donated by more than 30 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), at the port of Miami before proceeding on the first leg of the mission in Port de Paix, Haiti. A military and civilian medical team aboard Iwo Jima will provide general surgical, primary and consultative care; ophthalmologic services; optometric services; preventative and environmental health; dental screenings and treatment; public health training; and veterinary services. The team will work alongside medical personnel from NGOs and each of the countries during the deployment. U.S. Navy engineers, known as Seabees, will conduct building repairs and improvements, small construction projects, utility system repairs and other engineering assistance projects for local communities during the mission. Approximately 500 Marines will provide aviation, ground and logistical support to the mission and conduct subject-matter-expert exchanges on various medical and engineering topics. The crew of the Iwo Jima will be joined during the mission by medical, dental and engineering professionals from Canada, Chile, Germany, the Netherlands and Paraguay. In addition to supporting the humanitarian assistance mission, Iwo Jima will also be staffed and configured to support disaster relief operations in the region if directed by U.S. Southern Command. Large amphibious ships, like Iwo Jima, resemble small aircraft carriers and include the ability to rapidly move personnel and cargo by helicopter and landing craft, making it an ideal platform to support humanitarian relief missions on short notice. Iwo Jima will operate in the Caribbean basin, an area with a history of severe weather events during the peak months of the hurricane season. This is the fifth such deployment to the region since 2007. Prior deployments were supported by crews embarked aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort and the amphibious ships USS Boxer and USS Kearsarge. Continuing Promise crews have treated more than 265,000 patients during previous missions.
10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Managers account for at least 70 percent of the variance of employee engagement scores in business, according to Gallup. And only 30 percent of employees in the U.S. report being engaged at work. One way to increase engagement is through coaching. In my experience, many managers think meeting with employees is coaching. Going over a task list and following up on items is not coaching. Performance coaching is a process.What Is Coaching?Coaching is a partnership you form with an employee that focuses on helping them learn and develop, for the benefit of all. As the coach/manager, your objective is to guide your employee toward his or her goals. By taking a coach approach with your employees, you can improve work performance, productivity and ultimately success in their jobs. One definition of coaching is “a mutual sharing of experiences and opinions to create agreed-upon outcomes.” It’s about helping successful people achieve results faster and easier than if they were working on their own. Good managers use coaching skills as part of their regular management style.All employees can benefit from coaching, not just the rising stars or the struggling employees. The goal of coaching is to develop employees so they become more self-reliant and better able to handle problems and challenges. Coaching is also a more helpful way of getting things done—rather than just assigning orders and measuring progress, coaching enables employees to feel part of the process and become more productive. continue reading »
But at the COREPER meeting, a few countries, including the UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Slovakia, rejected the principle of an EFS initiative.Others rejected the current compromise text prepared by the Italian presidency.The EFS proposal establishes a constitution for a pan-European foundation (FE) operating across borders to support general interest causes, removing the requirement for foundations operating in different jurisdictions to set up separate legal entities in each country.It is supported by the industry because it would provide a single set of rules for European foundations, helping to reduce the costs and uncertainty involved in cross-border activities.At present, an estimated €100m per year is spent by the sector in complying with more than 50 types of national legislation in Europe.It could also stimulate cross-border donations and provide a level of transparency and accountability to individual foundations set up under its framework.It would not, however, replace existing national laws, but would be optional and complementary.The European foundation sector disburses €100bn annually and employs 1m people, with more than double that number working as volunteers.Gerry Salole, chief executive at the European Foundation Centre, which has advocated an EFS for several years, said: “This is a serious setback for foundations and communities and citizens on the ground. The EFS is a simple, cost-effective solution to enable foundations to fund across communities in Europe and bring about more public good to communities most in need.“The perversity of unanimity decision-making means a minority can veto the choice and agreement of the majority. This decision-making process demonstrates the flaws in policy-making at EU level.”He also observed: “There’s an added irony that countries with a strong track record of foundations working hard over time to improve the lives of citizens and cooperating closely with their national governments, have rejected the proposal. Therefore, this ‘I’m all right Jack’ attitude is particularly perverse.”The EFS proposal has gone through a long process of refinement to maximise the chances of success at the final hurdle.In particular, the tax provisions were removed after proving a major obstacle to progress.Emmanuelle Faure, European affairs senior officer at the EFC, said: “It is important to note that a majority of EU countries are supportive of the EFS initiative, with only a small minority rejecting it.”Countries rejecting the current compromise text included Estonia, Germany – which believes further work is needed on the text – and Portugal, which wants to set the FE’s minimum starting capital at €100,000, compared with €20,000 in the current draft (although there is scope for member states to ask for a maximum of €100,000).Faure said: “Some of the issues at stake could be tackled if the negotiations were to continue.”The decision as to the next move lies largely with the new European Commission, which can keep the initiative in the legislative process during 2015, or withdraw it altogether.The latter would automatically mean that a new initiative would have to start from scratch.The current EU Presidency Trio (Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg) can also, in cooperation with the EC, decide to move forward with the file, or not.It is not clear what the outcome will be, but any decision is likely to be made within the next few weeks. The proposed European Foundation Statute (EFS) has suffered a setback in its progress towards enactment, with the 28 EU member states failing to produce a consensus.Last week, the Italian EU presidency presented a new version of the proposal for a regulation to the Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER 1), which prepares the agenda for the ministerial Council of the European Union meetings.The final step in the process to create a regulation will be a vote by the 28 member states making up the Council, which must be unanimously in favour for the proposal to become law.A unanimous decision by COREPER is also sought beforehand, in order for the file to proceed to the Council.
Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Photo credit: envirosecurity.orgThe European Investment Bank has agreed to fund preparations for possible use of geothermal renewable energy to replace fossil fuels in the Caribbean. Potential electricity generation capacity from geothermal resources and feasibility of connections to other islands will be examined under the technical assistance programme to start shortly.The European Investment Bank, the European Union’s long-term lending institution, will provide a EUR 1.1 million grant to enhance detailed planning and study the feasibility of exporting electricity generated by geothermal energy from Dominica to neighbouring islands Martinique and Guadeloupe. Electricity generation using geothermal energy uses water heated to a high temperature using geothermal resources available near the surface. The EIB’s support will evaluate a possible northern submarine interconnection from Dominica to Guadeloupe and a second link to Martinique in the south. Once the feasibility of cross-border interconnections is determined, subsequent studies will define the characteristics of the sub-sea cables and assess the environmental impact of the planned interconnection.“Ensuring the most effective use of geothermal energy as a sustainable source of electricity generation offers immense potential for transforming energy use and economic growth in the Caribbean. The European Investment Bank is pleased to contribute to overcoming specific technical and engineering challenges essential to lowering the energy costs in Dominica and to significantly increase electricity generation from renewable energy sources in the East Caribbean.” said Plutarchos Sakellaris, European Investment Bank Vice President.“The European Investment Bank is a highly recognised and trusted development partner and so having the EIB on board in our geothermal development initiative is very instrumental in giving our programme the exposure necessary to attract the best in the geothermal business – contractors, consultants, experts and, of course, investors. As the Minister responsible for Energy, I thank the EIB for their continued interest in advancing our development objectives and look forward to strengthening the cooperation.” said Hon Rayburn Blackmoore, Minister for Public Works, Energy and Ports, Dominica.“The launch of this phase of the project underpins the EU’s goal of making renewable energy a priority to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, more particularly in terms of poverty alleviation and eradication.” said Valeriano Díaz, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean.The European Investment Bank’s contribution will greatly assist a project that has the potential to develop a 20MW geothermal power generation plant for local use and a subsequent plant of up to 120 MW for export. Currently, the Government of Dominica, supported by the European Union and the Agence Française de Développement, is drilling three test wells in Laudat and Wotten-Waven to determine the potential of geothermal resources in the Roseau Valley and plans to build a 5MW test plant. Results gained from the exploratory drillings will allow greater understanding of the size and quality of geothermal resources that could be used. This information, along with results of the feasibility studies of interconnections funded by the European Investment Bank, will determine the most effective approach.The project is to provide clean and sustainable energy for Dominica and neighbouring islands by allowing them to generate their electricity needs away from a primarily fossil fuel base to a renewable energy resource, become a significant income generator for Dominica, decrease its considerable foreign exchange expense of imported diesel and substantially lower energy costs for the island’s population. If successful, this project could become a model for other small island development states around the world that have geothermal potential.The European Investment Bank has supported projects in the Caribbean for more than 40 years and contributes to improving sustainable energy in small island states around the world, most recently in Cape Verde and Vanuatu.Press Release Share 40 Views 2 comments Share LocalNews European Investment Bank supports Caribbean geothermal energy scheme by: – February 2, 2012
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department responded to an accident on S.R. 1 south of Goblers Knob Road around 9:30 p.m. on Halloween night.William Ringle, 60, of Liberty was traveling northbound in his 2009 Hyundai Accent when police say he lost control down a grade and into an eastward curve.The vehicle struck a guardrail, which caused a large indention. The vehicle continued to strike the guardrail and rotate before finally coming to a stop.Ringle and his wife, Gerry Ringle were entrapped and sustained head trauma and injuries to their necks. They were transported to Harrison’s PAC Center.William Ringle was later transferred to University Hospital in Cincinnati. He died from the injuries sustained in the accident.Police say neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
The 2014 ORVC Golf Tournament that was held at the Vineyard Golf Course on Saturday (5-24).ORVC Golf Meet ResultsCongratulations to the Rising Sun Shiners and Coach Brian Graham on their tournament title!!!Congrats to Travis Butte-Milan on being The Medalist.These individuals will be recognized at the ORVC Spring Banquet on Thursday (6-5) at 6:30 PM at the Pines Restaurant in Madison.Submitted by ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
The Premier League is likely to come under pressure to make more matches available to be shown live on television after broadcast regulator Ofcom opened an investigation into how it sells its domestic broadcast rights. Ofcom announced the investigation, saying that under the Competition Act: “Ofcom may conduct an investigation where there are reasonable grounds for suspecting that there is an agreement which has as its object or effect the prevention, restriction or distortion of competition within the UK and/or the EU”. Virgin Media had complained that not enough Premier League matches are made available for live screening – in most of the rest of Europe all top-flight games are available to watch on TV. Ofcom, the broadcast regulator, said it understood the importance of 3pm kick-offs on Saturdays to fans and will be speaking to supporters’ groups. The Premier League is due to hold its next auction of broadcast rights in the new year but this is unlikely to be affected to much by the Ofcom action as its investigations can take several years. The Ofcom statement added: “Ofcom is mindful of the likely timing of the next auction of live UK audio-visual media rights, and is open to discussion with the Premier League about its plans. “Ofcom understands that the scheduling of football games is important to many football fans, in particular attending 3pm kick-offs on Saturdays. The investigation will take this into account and Ofcom plans to approach the Football Supporters’ Federation and certain other supporters’ groups to understand their views.” Malcolm Clarke, chair of the Football Supporters’ Federation, said in a statement published on the organisation’s website: “We welcome Ofcom’s promise to consult the FSF. In turn we’ll be talking to our individual and affiliated members to gather their views. “Premier League football might be a global phenomenon, but without fans in the stands, it wouldn’t have the same appeal. People want to see the world’s best players, but they also want to see stands packed to the rafters with fans. That vibrancy is a key part of the TV ‘product’.” The investigation follows a complaint from Virgin Media, which was submitted to Ofcom – the regulator and competition authority for UK communications industries – in September. Ofcom now wants to hold talks with the Premier League ahead of its next auction of TV rights, which is due to take place in the new year. Premier League chiefs are adamant they have complied with UK and European Union law but they may decide to increase the number of games shown live to try to draw the sting from the investigation. Press Association Virgin Media’s complaint claims the ‘collective’ selling of live UK television rights by the Premier League for matches played by its member clubs is in breach of competition law. Ofcom’s statement adds: “In particular, the complaint raises concerns about the number of Premier League matches for which live broadcasting rights are made available. “Virgin Media argues that the proportion of matches made available for live television broadcast under the current Premier League rights deals – at 41% – is lower than some other leading European leagues, where more matches are available for live television broadcast. “The complaint alleges that this contributes to higher prices for consumers of pay TV packages that include premium sport channels and for the pay TV retailers of premium sports channels.” Virgin Media’s chief executive Tom Mockridge said Premier League football on TV should be made more accessible. He said: “Ofcom’s announcement today is welcome news. The Premier League is a global success story and one of the UK’s greatest exports and everyone wants that to remain the case. “The fact remains that fans in the UK pay the highest prices in Europe to watch the least amount of football on TV. Now is the right time to look again at the way live rights are sold to make football even more accessible. “We look forward to working constructively with the Premier League, the wider industry and Ofcom to ensure a better deal for football fans.” The Premier League insisted it already abided by EU and UK competition law. A Premier League statement said: “We note that Ofcom has launched an inquiry. “Ofcom has stated that this is at an early stage and it has not reached a view as to whether there is sufficient evidence of any infringement. “The Premier League currently sells its audio-visual rights in a way that is compatible with UK and EU competition law and will continue to do so. We will be able to demonstrate that as part of this process.”
Speaking on the programme, the CEO of WorldRemit, Ismail Ahmed, said apart from the organisation making sending money easier, they also help their customers do more for those they care about.“When we set up our partnership with Arsenal, one of our goals was to reward hard-working individuals within the community. Football connects people from all walks of life so this was a natural place to start,” he said.On his own part, Simon McManus of Arsenal Soccer Schools said: “In this Centenary year of Mandela, it is a fitting time to recognise and reward those individuals who have harnessed the power of sport for the benefit of young people across Africa.“A strong commitment to the community is one of the values we share with our partners at WorldRemit and together we hope to build a lasting legacy and to shine the spotlight on these unsung heroes who give up their time to help to deliver a brighter future for others.“We are looking forward to working with all the coaches that join us in London as part of the Future Stars programme.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Arsenal Football Club and digital money transfer experts, WorldRemit, are offering local coaches the chance to attend an exclusive new training camp with Arsenal’s top youth coaches in London. The shortlisted 25 coaches are to be rewarded with Arsenal kit. WorldRemit will arrange for the successful applicant to fly to London, where they will attend an exclusive training camp with Arsenal Soccer School’s coaches.During the camp they will work on plans to use the training to build a lasting legacy in their home country. The camp will be free to apply for and open to youth team (under 16s) coaches from across Africa.Coaches simply need to complete the short online application form at www.futurestars.worldremit.com by August 27 explaining why they deserve to be granted this unique opportunity and the legacy they plan to build on their return home.
Wisconsin goaltender Joel Rumpel (far right) was the star of Friday’s 3-1 win, but let three goals slip by in Saturday’s third period.[/media-credit]Friday night was just the latest example of the No. 1 team in the country coming into Madison to find the Wisconsin Badgers less than hospitable.Although the Wisconsin men’s hockey team (5-6-1, 4-5-1) split the weekend series with Minnesota (10-2-0, 7-1-0), the Badgers welcomed the Gophers to the Kohl Center with a dominant 3-1 victory on Friday, before stumbling in the final period in a 4-1 game two loss.“Well, [Friday] night, we were the better team,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “The first period [Saturday], they were the better team, the second period was even and the third period, they were the better team. So I would say four out of the six periods I liked what we did. Unfortunately, it’s a six-period weekend.”Following the game one victory Friday, it seemed both game two and the sweep were Wisconsin’s for the taking. The Gophers jumped on the Badgers with a goal from defenseman Seth Helgeson barely six minutes into the game, but the Minnesota native Tyler Barnes answered for the Badgers before the end of the period, tying the game 1-1.The game was back and forth for the majority of the second period until Wisconsin forward Michael Mersch was given a five-minute major penalty for contact to the head with 3:12 remaining. Mersch was shown off the ice by one of the officials.Minnesota entered the series ranked first in the WCHA in power play conversion percentage and Wisconsin ranked last in penalty killing efficiency, but the Badgers were able to fight off the first 3:12 of the penalty heading into intermission and then finished the penalty kill early in the third to escape the threat. The Badgers held the Gophers to 1-for-7 on power plays for the series.“We looked at the video and Mersch hit his shoulder, actually,” Eaves said. “[Officials] have a tough job; they’re trying to make a snap decision at a glance. Unfortunately, he made the call he did and we had to kill a five-minute [penalty]. It wasn’t a factor in the game as it turned out. Actually, I think we got some momentum by going out there and killing the penalty.”Coupled with the outstanding penalty killing performance was a visit from various members of the Wisconsin football team, proudly bringing Paul Bunyan’s axe onto the ice.All of the momentum seemed to favor the Badgers, but several missed opportunities and key mental errors helped the Gophers string three third-period goals together by Taylor Matson, Nick Bjugstad and Nate Schmidt in a nine-minute span to bury the Badgers.“We had a lot of good scoring chances tonight but we also didn’t have many shots and we might have passed up on some,” Barnes said. “It’s a give, take thing. We’re going to go to the film, take a look at it and learn from what we see.”Friday night was all about consistency and the dominant play of UW freshman goalie Joel Rumpel in the 3-1 win, which consequently earned him the start on Saturday, as well. It was the first time this season the Badgers started the same goalie in both weekend games.Rumpel was the star of the game, not allowing Minnesota’s high-scoring offense to put a tally on the board until a power play with just over a minute to play in the game, falling just shy of the shutout but getting the win, 3-1.“[His performance] impacts more importantly the relationship with the players he’s on the ice with,” Eaves said. “As [assistant coach] Gary Shuchuk said, it almost seemed like [Rumpel] was yawning out there. He was in control, he was moving well, he was big. He had good rebound control, he moved the puck efficiently. So, I’d say the relationship with his teammates and the coaching staff went up after that performance.”A bit overshadowed by Rumpel was the Badgers’ offense that exploded for three goals in the second period after a back-and-forth first, in which each team had its five shots turned away.Little more than five minutes into the second period, a series of great passes around the Minnesota defensive zone set up Mark Zengerle for a tap-in that put Wisconsin up 1-0. Less than a minute later, Keegan Meuer sent a high-powered shot toward Minnesota goaltender Kent Patterson, but the puck was deflected an instant before reaching the goal and redirected over Patterson’s right shoulder to extend the lead to 2-0.“I thought our team stepped up well and we rallied around the passion and the rivalry,” Meuer said. “It’s a good idea to ignore it, but if you embrace it and go at it with the right attitude like our team did tonight where you fight well, you can play well if you rally around that.”The Badgers’ final goal occurred about midway through the period when Mersch found his way behind a Minnesota line change, giving him a clear breakaway against Patterson. Upon deking left, Mersch brought the puck back going five-hole on Patterson to give Wisconsin a 3-0 lead.“There was a lot of good detail, not too many turnovers,” Eaves said. “We made some really nice plays in our own zone and coming out of our zone. We played a nice game in a lot of areas.”