Paddling Progeny

first_imgOn the opposite end of the spectrum, read about Lawrence Dye who has biked over 165,000 miles on the Virginia Creeper Trail…and he’s 80 years old. malcolm smith prepares to paddle the ledges of the french broad river in asheville, n.c.A five-year-old kayaker biggest fear isn’t class III rapids; it’s the boogeyman in the bathroom.Malcolm Smith has been raised with an intimate understanding of the laws of physics. At five years old, Malcolm is both a Trials Motocross National Champion and a prodigy in his whitewater kayak. He is just as comfortable sailing over 10-foot gaps on his bike as he is planing down the class III rapids of Nantahala Falls.Malcolm represents a new era in youth sports. With open-minded parents and distance-learning options, it’s possible to structure education and life around the sports that kids are drawn to. Malcolm is extremely young to know what he wants to do with his life, but his parents have given him every opportunity to chase his talents without compromise. Rather than tee ball and youth soccer, Malcolm is being steeped in the lessons of nature.Malcolm’s parents support his paddling  passion because of the beautiful places that it allows him to explore, the life outlook that time spent outdoors gives him, and the close-knit fabric of the paddling community.I’ve heard a lot about Malcolm over the past few months, so I invited him and his father, Steve, to join me for a paddle at my home training ground: Ledges Park of the French Broad in Asheville, N.C.How long have you been kayaking?  MALCOLM: Since I was four.What is your favorite river?  MALCOLM: Umm, Rose Creek! (A section of the Tennessee near the Smith’s house.) My creek at my house has a big rapid! It drops down, and then turns and drops some more.Who do you look up to?  MALCOLM: My friend, Rider. He rides bikes with me and kayaks with me.STEVE: Do you like watching videos of anyone?MALCOLM: Pat (Keller)! On one video, he goes down a waterfall backwards!Do you like going fast? MALCOLM: Yes.Are you ever scared when you’re on your bike or in your kayak? MALCOLM: No.STEVE: Malcolm, don’t lie.MALCOLM: I’m scared of the boogey man.Where is the boogey man? MALCOLM: In my bathroom at night.How are you brave enough to go in there? MALCOLM: I take Annabelle (dog) with me. I have three dogs: Oscar, Annabelle, and Maggie, but she bites. (Malcolm runs off yelling something about a plane that flies over. He loves planes, and several pilot friends have taken him up for unforgettable flights.)Paddler Malcolm SmithWhat is the coolest thing you’ve ever done? MALCOLM: I’ve run the Nantahala Waterfall three times!Really? What was your first time like?   MALCOLM: Umm, it was really cold, raining. I followed my dad, and we ran the top okay, but then I swam!STEVE: (chuckling) He got a little bit thrashed.Malcolm, how did you go back and do it again?MALCOLM: I kayaked near the bridge until I wasn’t scared, and then I went back to the waterfall.What happened that time?  MALCOLM: I followed my dad again, and I FLEW through it!  There were people watching, and they cheered.What does your mom think of all of this? MALCOLM: She likes to go and take videos.STEVE: The motocross racing scares her, but she loves going with Malcolm to the river.last_img read more

FIND Outdoors – New Brand, New Look for Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association

first_imgThe Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association (CFAIA) unveiled its new brand name – FIND Outdoors – a contemporary logo and the first major project and partnership during an online campaign on March 31.  “The time has come to unify ourselves under a new identity that more clearly reflects what we do as a whole and where we are heading,” Executive Director Natalie Britt said of the 47-year- old CFAIA. “The intensive rebranding process cut to the core of what we do and dug deep into the roots of where we’ve been,” she observed.  The new map will go on sale as soon as possible at the Pisgah Ranger Station and Cradle of Forestry Gift Shop and will be available online at  About FIND Outdoors  “The overall mission of FIND Outdoors will remain the same as the CFAIA – quality site management, high-caliber education opportunities, and science-based resources for school groups on a national level and at all of our sites. These ideas are always at the forefront of what we do and who we are,” DeWitte said.  Director of Education Adam DeWitte explained, “The new organization name, FIND Outdoors, encompasses the idea that we connect forest users to our public lands through Forest Inspired Nature Discovery.” He summed up the association’s focus in six words: “We help the public FIND Outdoors.”  CFAIA was initiated in 1972 to promote the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest, but over time the mission expanded well beyond the Cradle of Forestry Site. Today, FIND Outdoors serves more than 800,000 visitors and operates 22 campgrounds, visitor centers and sales outlets in western North Carolina, north Georgia and southern Indiana. The managed sales outlets stock their shelves with forest and trail-related souvenirs, maps and information. Locally, FIND Outdoors also offers guided tours and programs that educate forest users on forest safety and management, wildlife and the history of the southern Appalachians.  For the first project involving FIND Outdoors, it was discussed that a new comprehensive map of Shining Rock and Middle Prong Wilderness Areas was in dire need. The project is a major partnership effort with the Pisgah Map Company.  “A map of those two areas has not been updated since 2003. With the sheer number of people visiting throughout the peak season, it was imperative that we create this partnership and turn our attention to the safety of our forest users,” Beth Hooper, Director of Visitor Centers for FIND Outdoors said.  The rebranding process was no small feat for the design team at Trevett’s of Columbia, SC. Creative Director Benjamin Mitchell commented, “Branding isn’t just about slapping a new logo on something. It’s about getting to the core of what makes an organization who they are – their story, passion, goals and drive, revealing that identity through the name, visuals and verbal interactions that represent the organization.”  “Helping the CFAIA discover their identity as Forest Inspired Nature Discovery was an incredible journey and we were honored to walk with them through the process,” Mitchell concluded, adding, “Let’s go FIND Outdoors!”  FIND Outdoors, formerly Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, is a 47-year-old 501(c)(3) nonprofit with headquarters in Pisgah Forest, NC at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest. FIND’s mission promotes educational, recreational and interpretive opportunities about forest and water resources, natural history, and the Cradle of Forestry in America. FIND Outdoors manages campgrounds and recreation areas in North Carolina, Georgia and Indiana; offers to the public environmental education programs and forest-related gifts, educational books and other resources; and provides partnership opportunities for the health, safety and education of all forest users on local and regional public and private lands.last_img read more

The Ministry of Tourism presented the concept of competence centers in tourism

first_imgThe Ministry of Tourism organized a conference “Establishment of centers of competence in tourism” where the concept of centers was presented with encouragement of networking and cooperation of founders and institutions of vocational education who expressed interest in appointing regional centers of competence in tourism, with businesses, chambers and associations, high colleges, vocational education institutions and other stakeholders operating in the tourism and hospitality sector. The emphasis of the conference was on connecting with the needs of the economy and the labor market, and in this direction economic entities are key partners in the process of establishing centers of competence in the tourism and hospitality sector.In accordance with the Law on Vocational Education, the regional center of competence is defined as a place of excellence in vocational education and training in which, in addition to the basic activity, which includes the implementation of work-based learning, training and advanced training and other activities that contribute to improving the quality of vocational education. training and its adaptation to the needs of the economy and the labor market.The conference was organized by the Ministry of Tourism as a level 1 intermediary body within the OP “Effective Human Resources 2014-2020”, in accordance with the published public call for founders to nominate vocational education institutions for appointment to regional centers of competence of the Ministry of Science and Education.Attachment:Establishment of centers of competence in tourism (introductory presentation)Presentation CEKOMEmployers’ analysis 2017 (CES)Online statistics (link)Answers to questions related to the Public Invitation to the Founders for the candidacy of VET institutions for appointment to regional centers of competencelink)More information coming soon.last_img read more

Riau Islands Police probe cause of death, alleged smuggling of three deceased sailors working on Chinese vessel

first_img“We have asked the hospital to perform an autopsy to ascertain the cause of the death,” Arie said.The police have also arrested two recruiting agency bosses and charged them under human trafficking laws and for allegedly sending dead bodies to Indonesia without permits.“The victim’s bodies entered Indonesia without permits and the right procedure,” Arie added.Riau Islands Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Harry Goldenhart said his office would arrange to contact the Chinese government to report the deaths. (aly) The Riau Islands Police have launched an investigation into the deaths of three Indonesian fishermen who worked on Chinese fishing ship Fu Yuan Yu 829, suspecting that the bodies were illegally returned to Indonesia through Batam city.The case came to light after the police received a tip on Wednesday about three bodies being held in a wooden boat at Batu Ampar Port in Batam.The boat had reportedly transported the bodies from the Fu Yuan Yu 829 in the Outer Port Limit (OPL) waters between Indonesia and Singapore. Topics :center_img “We then found the bodies in the BP Batam Hospital’s mortuary and identified them,” Riau Islands Police Criminal Investigation Directorate head Sr. Comr. Arie Darmanto told The Jakarta Post on Friday.The three bodies have been identified as 23-year-old Dicky Arya Nugraha from Donggala regency in South Sulawesi, 22-year-old Syaban and 26-year-old Musnan, both from Bireun regency in Aceh.Read also: Sailors’ deaths highlight lack of legal protections for migrant workersThey started working on the vessel in October 2019 and reportedly died of an illness on July 23 in Chinese waters. However, local police have yet to conclude the cause of death.last_img read more

Chelsea warned against replacing under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri with Frank Lampard

first_imgChelsea legend Frank Lampard is currently in charge of Derby County (Picture: Getty)Chelsea have been warned against replacing under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri with club legend Frank Lampard.Italian boss Sarri only arrived at Stamford Bridge last summer but is already clinging on to his job at Chelsea.Having lost three of their last four Premier League fixtures, Chelsea have slipped to sixth in the Premier League and were thrashed 6-0 by Manchester City last weekend.Sarri’s struggles have led to speculation over his future in west London and Chelsea legend Lampard has been touted as a potential successor.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityBut Arsenal hero Paul Merson says it is too early to view Lampard – the current Derby County manager – as a candidate to take over at Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked whether Lampard could manage his former club, Merson told Sky Sports: ‘Not yet. It’s a big job.‘They’re not Norwich, they’re not 10 points clear at the top. It’s early.‘I think he’s doing great, don’t get me wrong. But there’s a long way to go. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 Feb 2019 12:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.2kShares Advertisement Blues boss Maurizio Sarri (Picture: Getty) Chelsea v Man Utd: Gianfranco Zola previews FA Cup tieTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 12:08FullscreenChelsea v Man Utd: Gianfranco Zola previews FA Cup tie is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘You’re talking one of the top four, five clubs in England. One of the top 20 in the world of football. It’s a bit early for me.’Lampard’s Derby County are currently seventh in the Championship, outside the play-off places only on goal difference.Speaking last week, the former England midfielder downplayed speculation linking him with the manager’s job at Stamford Bridge.‘It is certainly a club I respect and a manager that I respect so it wouldn’t make me smile or anything different because my job is here,’ he said.‘I obviously follow Chelsea, have huge respect for them, and I hope to see them, put some form together and turn those results around.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Chelsea warned against replacing under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri with Frank Lampard Comment Advertisementlast_img read more