Weekend Pick: Wilderness Wildlife Week

first_imgThough Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has technically been running for several days, it’s not too late to catch the tail end of this celebrated outdoor immersion experience! Take a trip to the Smokies this weekend to participate in the 25th anniversary. There will be workshops, lectures, discussions, presentations, and adventures all in honor of the great outdoors.Wilderness Wildlife Week began in 1990 under the influence of photographer Ken Jenkins, and has skyrocketed in popularity ever since. Today, over 25,000 people travel to Pigeon Forge every year to take part in this unique getaway tradition. Jenkins himself remains surprised at just how successful the event has become, but loves to see his own enthusiasm for the outdoors spread so far.“I really believed in the idea that the more that we can let people know about these mountains, and the things that are so wonderful about coming here,” he says, “the more they will fall in love with mountains and the more they will want to take care of things.”Join in on Jenkins’ project and see all that the Smokies have to offer this winter season. Wilderness Wildlife Week packs each day full of exciting outdoor fun, and the events continue through the whole weekend. You can expect lessons on wilderness navigation, Leave No Trace, animal interaction, photography, food sources, music, and even moonshine-making. Plus, there will be plenty of opportunities to explore the trails, rivers, rocks, and forests of the area with your fellow outdoorsmen and women. Check out the full schedule to plan your trip.The event will use the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge as its headquarters, where participants can register for sessions, get more information, and view photography exhibits. Don’t miss this chance to get outside, even in these colder months, and escape into the wild!last_img read more

European Commission unveils sustainable finance legislative proposals

first_imgSpeaking at a press conference earlier this morning, Commission vice-president Valdis Dombrovskis said: “On climate change, we are running out of time.“The Titanic could not turn to avoid the iceberg at the last minute and we will soon be in a very similar situation.” Asset managers and other institutional investors who claim to have sustainability goals will need to show how their investments are aligned with these objectives under new rules proposed by the European Commission today.The information they would have to disclose would include the sustainability or climate impact of their products and portfolios.The requirements are part of a package of legislative proposals the Commission had promised when presenting its sustainable finance action plan earlier this year, aimed at harnessing the capital markets to help implement the international agreement on climate change that was reached in Paris in 2015.The Commission today said its proposals “will allow the financial sector to throw its full weight behind the fight against climate change”. © European Union, 2018. Photo: Georges Boulougouris EC vice presidents Valdis Dombrovskis and Jyrki Katainen arrive for the press conferenceUnder the proposed disclosure requirements, according to the Commission, “all financial entities that manage investments on behalf of their clients or beneficiaries will now have to inform them about how their activities are impacting the planet or their local environment”.The proposed regulation would also require asset managers, pension funds, and insurers to report on the procedures they have in place to integrate environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) risks into their investment and advisory processes, and the extent to which these risks were expected to have an impact on financial returns.Exact requirements about the presentation and content of the information are to be set out via delegated acts, a special category of legislation that allows the Commission to specify the details of a law.European pension funds fought hard to keep delegated acts out of the revised IORP directive, arguing that EU harmonisation in the area of pension provision needed to be kept to a minimum.The Commission said its proposal for a regulation on the ESG duties of financial actors would introduce “consistency and clarity” on how institutional investors should integrate ESG factors into their investment decision-making process.It would mean “greater transparency towards end-investors, ensuring comparability between products and discouraging ‘green-washing’ or misleading information,” it added.  What is green, what is notThe Commission today also proposed a regulation “on the establishment of a framework to facilitate sustainable investment”. This concerns the creation of an EU-wide classification system, or taxonomy, to designate which economic activities could be considered environmentally sustainable or not.Dombrovkis said it was about setting out “what is green, what is not”.An EU-wide classification system was “a first and essential step in efforts to channel investments into sustainable activities,” said the Commission. It would address the problems of “greenwashing” and confusing fragmentation, which undermined investor confidence.The taxonomy could eventually serve as the basis for standards and labels for sustainable financial products, according to the Commission.Under the Commission’s proposal for a sustainability classification system, an economic activity would be considered environmentally sustainable if it met the following requirements:contribute to at least one of six EU environmental objectives, such as climate change mitigation and adaptation or the sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources;not significantly harm any of the other environmental objectives;be carried out in compliance with a number of minimum social and governance safeguards; andcomply with specific “technical screening criteria”The criteria are to be set out in delegated acts and be based on advice from a technical expert group that the Commission is establishing.EU ‘positive carbon impact’ benchmarkA third proposal put forward by the Commission would create a new benchmark category for low carbon and “positive carbon impact” benchmarks. These would “foster a generally accepted market standard to measure a company’s footprint and, in consequence, an investment portfolio’s carbon footprint,” it said.The Commission said this would tackle the risk of products not living up to their touted environmental credentials. Providers would have to respect minimum EU standards for methodologies when developing any new EU carbon benchmarks. A “positive carbon impact benchmark” would be the only type of benchmark deemed compliant with the Paris agreement’s goal of capping global warming at 2°C.Benchmark providers would be free to provide a spectrum of other carbon benchmarks with “a different degree of ambition with respect to meeting climate-related objectives”, said the Commission.The European Parliament and the European Council have to review and agree on all the proposals.last_img read more

Leafs off to South Okanagan for two-game road test

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs take to the road this weekend for a pair of Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games in the South Okanagan against Okanagan Division opponents.The Leafs, first in the Murdoch Division,  meet 4-6 Summerland Friday before travelling south on Highway 97 to Penticton to play the 6-2 Lakers Saturday.The Summerland Steam are led offensively by hometown 20-year-old Colin Minardi, with 12 points in 10 games. Penticton possesses a balanced scoring attack with seven players within the lead in team scoring nine points of Sean Alldridge. In contrast Nelson scoring leader Matti Jmaeff has 20 points in 12 games with Patrick Martens and Brett Norman two points behind.Leaf coach Frank Maida said both Andrew Walton and Patrick Defoe will see action between the pipes this [email protected]last_img read more

Mbanjwa makes Dusi history

first_img20 January 2008History was made in South Africa’s Dusi Canoe Marathon on the weekend, when both the men’s and women’s winners in the K2 race taking victory in record times and Michael Mbanjwa became the first black winner in the 57-year history of the event.Teaming up with the “Dusi Duke”, Martin Dreyer, Mbanjwa brought huge smiles to the inhabitants of the Valley of a Thousand Hills, which was where he was born and is part of the race’s route.Development successHis win also provided validation for the development efforts of Canoeing South Africa; Mbanjwa is a product of the Nagle Dam club, formed by canoeing pioneer, the late Robert Lembethe, to bring the sport to people who live along the route of the famous event.In 1997, Mbanjwa was on his way to a game of soccer when he was stopped by Lembethe, who told him to give canoeing a try. He gave it a go, having seen paddlers in the valley before, never thinking that he might one day be crowned the winner of the famous race. On Saturday, he made history.Mbanjwa has heard the story about being the first black winner many times previously; in 2007, he and Dreyer won the Stihl Non-Stop Dusi, but, for Mbanjwa, it’s a story that he would prefer not to hear.Instead of being viewed as a successful black paddler, he would prefer to be viewed as a successful elite paddler, one whose record speaks for itself. With his victory, he has surely earned that right, but his win, as a first in the history of the race, made it an historic occasion.While it was Mbanjwa’s first victory in the Dusi, following a second place in the K1 race in 2007, it was a seventh win for Dreyer. Afterwards, the 39-year-old said it was his final competitive shot at the event; he will participate in it in the future, but simply to take part and not to win it.Record setting first stageMbanjwa and Dreyer showed they meant business on the first leg of the race, with a record time of two hours, 32 minutes and 47 seconds, to build up a lead of almost four minutes over Hank McGregor and Sven Bruss.Ant Stott and Wayne Thompson, second in the last K2 event in 2006, finished the day in third, just over six minutes behind the leaders.There was drama when McGregor and Bruss protested against a path taken by Stott and Thompson, which took the pair out of bounds. The third-placed finishers were disqualified, but were later reinstated after an appeal, but fined R1 000.On day two, Stott and Thompson responded brilliantly to their near-disqualification, setting a record for the stage of two hours, 44 minutes and 14 seconds. Mbanjwa and Dreyer held onto the lead, but saw it severely cut, with their stage time of two hours, 48 minutes and 29 seconds leaving them with an advantage of only one minute and 46 seconds.McGregor and Bruss chose an aggressive approach, but it backfired when McGregor took a spill at the Washing Machine Rapid, followed shortly afterwards by Bruss. Once they were back in their boat they charged hard for the finish, ultimately bettering Mbanjwa and Dreyer’s time by one second, but they, nonetheless, fell to third in the standings.Final day tacticsThe final day saw the Stott/Thompson and McGregor/Bruss pairings choosing to shoot a number of big rapids to try to close down Mbanjwa/Dreyer, who chose to portage at the notorious Burma Road.The leaders responded brilliantly, recording the fastest ever time on the portage to stave off the challenge of the chasing boats.By the time they reached the finish line at the Blue Lagoon in Durban, Mbanjwa and Dreyer had not only held off the chasing crews, they had increased their lead and established a new record in a time of seven hours, 33 minutes and 24 seconds.Stott and Thompson took second in 7:35:05, while McGregor and Bruss ended third in 7:39:52 as the top three all bettered the previous record of 7:40:25, set by Dreyer and McGregor in 2006.Not long after their win, Mbanjwa and Dreyer were flown by helicopter to Nagle Dam, in the Valley of a Thousand Hills, where a huge crowd greeted the Dusi winners, cheering and ululating, and lifting them onto their shoulders.Women’s raceThe result of the women’s race was fairly predictable, with the only thing really standing between the red hot favourites Abbey Miedema and Alexa Lombard and victory being the challenging river.They, however, had a superbly smooth run from start to finish, breaking the stage record on all three days, to capture the honours.On the opening day, Miedema and Lombard, who smashed the K2 record by a staggering 25 minutes in 2006, opened up a lead of over 10 minutes over their nearest challengers, Laura Thompson and Robyn Kime, an interesting pairing of a 20-Dusi veteran and a promising schoolgirl.Former winner Debbie Germiquet and Hilary Pitchford crossed the line in third place, nearly seven minutes behind the second place finishers and 17 minutes and three seconds behind the leaders.Increasing the leadOn day two, Miedema and Lombard increased their lead, despite a valiant effort from Thompson and Kime. The leaders were four minutes and 24 seconds faster in a stage record 3:09:55.With a massive lead in the bag, Miedema and Lombard choose a conservative approach on the final day, opting not to put the beckoning victory at risk. Once again, though, they turned in the fastest time of the day.Their overall time of 8:46:03 shattered the previous mark they had set two years ago of 9:02:12, but over 16 minutes.Thompson and Kime finished well back in second, but not far off the previous record, in a time of 9:05:06. Germiquet and Pitchford settled for third, over 25 minutes behind the runners-up. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Ohio Crop Progress — September 10, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Note: USDA NASS delayed the release of this report until noon on Tuesday, September 11th.Wet Conditions PrevailConditions were very dry at the beginning of the week but ample rains were received by week’s end, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 9. Soybeans continued to drop leaves and remained in good to excellent condition. Pastures and hay received some much needed rain. Fields were growing and greening from the new moisture. Harvest was delayed in some areas due to continued rainfall. Corn for silage harvest made headway despite widespread rains. There were little opportunities for haymaking last week. Some areas subsequently had concerns of flooding. Rain also delayed livestock and manure management activities.Click here to see the full reportlast_img read more

The Price You Pay for Success

first_imgWaking up earlier than you want to (and earlier than most people would find reasonable). Your bed is warm, safe, and comfortable. You want to stay, but success begins when your feet hit the floor.Going to bed later than you want to. The bed is calling your name. But the meaningful work only gets done when you don’t stay awake and do it.Not eating whatever you want or whenever you want. You can probably eat as much as you want with no ill effects. You can’t, however, eat whatever you want or whenever you want. A little hunger pain is a good reminder.Exercising your body when you would rather not. The bed is still warm. It’s pure comfort. But you have to make yourself physically uncomfortable if you want the energy and vitality you need.Reading instead of watching television, YouTube, Hulu, or Netflix. Television, even its new forms of delivery, is a form of escape. Watching a little is okay. Watching a lot is allowing success to escape your grasp. Reading is exercising the mind, even when the content allows you to escape.Saving money instead of spending it. Saying no to small comforts and trivial distractions now means having a much greater level of comfort later. You are going to live a lot longer than you suspect.Making your calls instead of engaging with more interesting distractions. You are every day confronted with endless distractions. Making your calls isn’t as interesting or fun as many of these distractions. The distractions are destructive, destroying your ability to produce the results of which you are capable. Making your calls (or whatever work it is you are avoiding in order to be comfortable) is where you will find success waiting for you.Listening instead of talking. We love the sound of our own voice. But you don’t learn anything and you don’t make deposits in relationships when you are talking. Speaking is serving your need to be heard. Listening is serving someone else’s need to be heard, to be acknowledged, to be thought of us important. Be uncomfortable and be silent.Putting relationships above transactions. The speed of everything is increasing. We are more and more compressing time and finding a way to make transactions faster. Relationships are destroyed when you treat people like transactions. Go slow even when it makes you uncomfortable.Giving more than you take. You are going to measure your success by the contribution you made to others. Taking, having, acquiring is about your comfort now. Giving is about your legacy. Your future regrets won’t have anything to with what you didn’t have. Your future regrets will be about what you didn’t give. Give it away.Being brave enough to admit that you are wrong and strong enough to change. It’s uncomfortable to admit when you are wrong. It can bruise your ego. It can also repair damaged relationships. It’s worth the discomfort of admitting you are wrong to regain a relationship. It’s worth it to exert the necessary emotional energy to change. Want to know what stops you from succeeding: comfort. Not the lack of pain or suffering. Just a lack of a real discomfort.The remedy is discipline. Discipline is a willingness to be in a state of discomfort now so that you can have something of greater value later.The price you pay for success is: Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Nowlast_img read more

Harden’s triple-double lifts Rockets past Hornets

first_imgMOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Of course, the Rockets are known for their long-distance shooting.This was the 15th time in NBA history a team has attempted at least 50 3-pointers. The Rockets account for 11 of those — all since the start of last season.“We are going to take them. If that is what is available and it’s a good shot then everybody has the green light,” D’Antoni said. “Maybe one or two guys shouldn’t shoot them, but when we pass them up guys get mad at each other. So we’re taking them.”Harden admitted as much.“We’re going to continue to tell everyone to shoot the ball,” Harden said. “We create opportunities in space, shoot it. Luc (Mbah a Moute) passed up a couple. PJ Tucker passed up a couple, even when Chris (Paul) gets back he’s got to get used to shooting the ball more than he ever has. It’s going to take some time but the more games we get under our belt, they’ll get a feel for it.”ADVERTISEMENT CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 27: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets and Dwight Howard #12 of the Charlotte Hornets watch on during their game at Spectrum Center on October 27, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni seemed genuinely disappointed his team only attempted 55 3-pointers against the Charlotte Hornets.“I don’t know why we didn’t shoot 60,” D’Antoni quipped. “We passed up about four.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES The Rockets hit some backbreaking clutch shots just before the shot clock expired, including Harden’s 25-footer over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from the top of the key in the third quarter.Kidd-Gilchrist had worked extremely hard denying Harden a drive and a shot, only to watch the five-time NBA All-Star elevate and drain a jumper in his grill one second before the buzzer sounded.“Harden and Gordon both made a couple of shots where there was just nothing you could do — but that’s just part of playing them,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.he Rockets took advantage of the Hornets’ cold shooting in the first half and built a 10-point lead at halftime. The Hornets started the second half on an 8-0 run but could never get the lead and the Rockets pulled away in the fourth quarter.Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 26 points, and Dwight Howard had another strong game with 19 points and 16 rebounds against his former team. It’s the fifth straight game Howard has recorded at least 15 rebounds, a new Hornets record.TIP-INSRockets: Outscored the Hornets 29-16 in the second quarter and held the Hornets to 4 of 22 shooting from the field. … Paul, Nene and Trevor Ariza did not play due to injuries.Hornets: Shot 31.3 percent from the field in the first half. … Howard recorded his 670th career double-double. … Nic Batum, Cody Zeller, Michael Carter-Williams, Treveon Graham and Julyan Stone did not play due to injuries.FOULING HOWARD:Howard’s poor free throw shooting — he was 5 of 15 — cost the Hornets points and momentum. Anderson admitted the Rockets fouled the big man on purpose in the fourth quarter. Howard is now 16 of 40 from the stripe this season, well below his career mark of 56.5 percent. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At one point in the second quarter Howard made both free throw attempts — banking the second one off the glass — and crowd erupted in a sarcastic cheer.STAGNANT OFFENSE: Guard Jeremy Lamb, who is starting for Batum, felt like the Hornets got stagnant on offense.“Bigs, we have to do a better job of screening and creating action and creating indecision I guess on the defensive part,” Lamb said. “We didn’t do a good job with the switching.”UP NEXTRockets: At Memphis on Saturday night.Hornets: Host Orlando on Sunday night.center_img Las Vegas marathon moves start line away from shooting scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 James Harden had his first triple-double of the season with 27 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Rockets finished 22 of 57 from beyond the 3-point arc in a 109-93 win Friday night.Houston nearly broke its own NBA regular season records of 24 3-pointers and 61 3-pointers attempted set last December.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEric Gordon and Ryan Anderson led the 3-point barrage. Gordon was 6 of 16 from beyond the arc and had 26 points, while Anderson was 6 of 15 and finished with 21 points.“As soon Eric and I got (to Houston) it felt natural within the offense (to shoot deep 3-pointers) to give James as much space as possible,” Anderson said. “When we catch the ball that far from the basket that is not a shot we’re afraid to take.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

Touch Football Online Webinars

first_imgFox Sports Pulse will be hosting a number of Touch Football Online webinars for all association and club administrators in the coming weeks. Please click on the links below to register. Wednesday, 1 July 2015 – 6.30pm (AEST) Registrations/Payments/Activities – Eventshttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3788615070807634177 Tuesday, 7 July 2015 – 6.30pm (AEST) Registrations/Payments/Activities – Events https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3788615070807634177 Wednesday, 15 July 2015 – 7pm (AEST) Registrations/Payments/Activities – Eventshttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3788615070807634177 Wednesday, 22 July 2015 – 8pm (AEST) Registrations/Payments/Activities – Events https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3788615070807634177Monday, 27 July 2015 – 7pm (AEST) Competitions/Team Entries/ Tournamentshttps://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7844514454068704513Wednesday, 29 July 2015 – 7pm (AEST) Competitions/Tournaments/Team Entries https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7844514454068704513 Wednesday, 5 August 2015 – 8pm (AEST) Competitions/Tournaments/Team Entries https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7844514454068704513 For further information please contact Cameron O’Riordan (FSP) at [email protected] LinksTFO Webinarslast_img read more

10 months agoSacked Fulham boss Jokanovic ready for management return

first_imgSacked Fulham boss Jokanovic ready for management returnby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSacked Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is ready to return to football.Jokanovic was sacked by Fulham last month and already looks refreshed and recharged and is looking forward to his first Christmas with his family in years.“I am open, I am looking around and I am one of the first coaches to lose my job but I can be one of the first to get a new job,” he told the Mirror. “It will be a strange situation for me because I can enjoy Christmas with my family, spend some time with my children and it will be a little bit different to so many past Christmases!“I’ve had four years with no rest, I’m not tired but I also try to find something that is interesting and a plan to be successful. I live a good life, it’s not about money, I want to find a way for success.“I am rested, I am ready and hope to find something interesting for myself. I want to carry on working, it’s my profession and I hope I will find work for the next 20 years. Where? This world is so big that I cannot give you answers.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoTottenham boss Pochettino hints he needs to sell before buying

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino hints he needs to sell before buyingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has hinted he needs to sell before buying in January.Pochettino concedes his squad is currently overloaded.He explained, “We have a full squad. “I think we have 28 in the squad. I think it’s impossible to sign players if we have no space. We don’t have enough spaces at the moment, so it makes no sense to talk about signing players.” last_img