8 Vanlife Essentials from the Live Outside and Play Road Team

first_imgThe Live Outside and Play Road Team has been on the road for three years. They’ve had some time to test out their favorite gear. Take a look at this video for their top picks from over the summer. There is one way for this tour to be a reality– our sponsors! Sending a thank you shout out to all of our awesome sponsors that make this tour happen: Sea to Summit, Mountain House, Lowe Alpine, Leki, Big Agnes, Stio, Roofnest, and Franklin County, VA. For more info on our sponsors, check out the post, “Live Outside and Play is Back!” last_img read more

Read More →

Colombia’s War College Names New Director

first_imgBy Colombian War College January 09, 2017 Major General Nicacio de Jesús Martínez Espinel, former commander of the Omega Joint Task Force, was named director of the Colombian War College (ESDEGUE, for its Spanish acronym) during a military ceremony chaired by General Juan Pablo Rodríguez Barragán, commander general of the Armed Forces. Maj. Gen. Martínez Espinel, an officer in the Cavalry arm of the Colombian Army, graduated from the “José María Córdova” Military School of Cadets as a second lieutenant on December 1, 1981. He holds a Master’s Degree in National Security and Defense from ESDEGUE, with specializations in University Teaching from the Military Education Center; Human Resources Management from Sergio Arboleda University; and Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law from the Autonomous University of Bucaramanga. He also holds the titles of logistics administrator and business manager from the Logistics School and the Cooperative University of Colombia, respectively. Gen. Martínez Espinel speaks Portuguese and took an English course at the Inter-American Defense College in Washington, D.C. He also took advanced courses in weapons refinement with the Brazilian Army, and a Ranger Course at the Colombian Army Ranger School in Tolemaida, among others. He has held many notable positions, among them commander of the Omega Joint Task Force, Colombian Army chief of Education and Doctrine, and director of Instruction and Training, commander of the Army’s 5th Division, commander of the 4th and 7th Brigades, director of Army Intelligence and Counterintelligence, commander of the Mechanized Cavalry Group No. 2, commander of the Rural Special Forces No. 3 Battalion, and commander of the Counter-guerrilla Battalion. A highly decorated officer, he has received the Order of Boyacá at the grade of Grand Officer, the National Order of Merit “Antonio Nariño”, the Order of Military Merit “José María Córdova,” the Medal for Distinguished Services to Public Order for the third time, the Order of Merit “Colonel Guillermo Ferguson”, and the Military Medal for Services to Military Intelligence “Guardian of the Country” for the fourth time. He also has received four international distinctions: the Order of Military Merit from the Brazilian Army, the U.S. Army Commendation Medal, the U.S. Southern Command Medal, and the Inter-American Defense Board Medal. In his acceptance speech, Maj. Gen. Martínez expressed his satisfaction at taking on the responsibility for the office of the highest superior education institution of the Colombian Armed Forces. He also thanked the high command for their trust in assigning him the position previously held by Major General Juan Carlos Salazar Salazar, who is now the new Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces. He said he would continue his legacy. “His work internationalizing the academy through cooperation among institutions at the hemispheric and global levels, the construction of Historic Memory, and research for the development of the Fifth Revision and Innovation Committee has created and contributed valuable input for consolidating our victory,” he stated. He also said that it is his “duty to continue building understanding, creating new knowledge, and applying it to new issues in the community to contribute to its development and well being.” Meanwhile, in his farewell speech, Major Gen. Salazar said, “In honor of our heroes that have given their lives for the homeland, and the anonymous work of the men and women of the Armed Forces and the Police, a historic moment has arrived, a time to begin a change, and we are moving forward both optimistically and realistically to build the society that we all yearn for.” He stressed that the military victory achieved through respect for democracy, the Constitution, and the rule of law derives from the fulfillment of their constitutional mission. “Specifically, here, at ESDEGUE, we generate an important flow of contributions to that victory which opens the way to building the future,” he concluded.last_img read more

Read More →

Build diversity, equity, and inclusion into your workplace environment through universal design

first_imgFor two days in late September, the Filene Research Institute brought credit union industry leaders and partners together with university academics to “connect the dots” between diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in credit union HR and marketing. As part of Momentum’s ongoing research into delivering the best employee experiences in the credit union workplace, we spent some time at the event contemplating how credit unions can approach workplace design with diversity, equity and inclusion in mind. We did this through a concept known as Universal Design – an approach to design that creates spaces that are useable and accessible to as many people as possible with little need to make special adaptations.One speaker shared a story about accessibility in her office space that illustrates the idea of Universal Design. Her office building has an employee gathering place, a central hub of activity and connection that was intended to be an inclusive space. When a new wheelchair using employee joined the team it was quickly apparent that he couldn’t access the space without asking for assistance. For him, a space that was intended to help employees build stronger relationships, relax, and celebrate became a place that highlighted his disability and made him feel different. It was off-limits to him. When the speaker brought the issue to her facilities department, she was met with a shrug and an explanation that “the space is built to code.”But for credit unions, with their mission of improving the lives of the people and communities they serve, there is little excuse for a bureaucratic approach to their office design. Universal Design puts users at the heart of the design process, asking them how their environments can support a great experience for all. Inclusion is never an afterthought, and the result are office spaces that are more welcoming and inclusive, that have given thought to accommodating various needs in an efficient, effective, and subtle way. Universal Design isn’t just about considering physical disabilities – it also considers other important differences in all users, in areas such as gender, age, culture, developmental disorders, even differing perspectives and states of mind.One particular challenge to delivering a great office environment is in balancing the need for workers to complete both cognitive, focused work and social, collaborative work in an environment that is comfortable for workers who may identify as being particularly introverted or extroverted. Recent data from our workplace research partner, Leesman, shows that only 26.6% of credit union workers are satisfied with the noise level in their workplace. A Universal Design solution to a problem like this could result in a work environment where employees have more mobility within their office building, and the ability to select work settings that are more comfortable for them. The result would be less stress for introverts, more opportunities for expression for extroverts, and zero unnecessary attention drawn to either group.One interesting point of debate that the Filene audience and speakers worked through was whether diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives should be pursued by credit unions primarily by building a bottom-line business case, or if diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives should be pursued more for ethical and moral reasons. While acknowledging the business case, University of Texas business professor Sekou Bermiss warned the group of what could be lost by reducing the topic to the narrow purpose of pursuing a business return. This comment brought me back to the wheelchair user who wanted to connect with his colleagues in the credit union’s central hub but couldn’t because the facilities department had taken a code-minimum approach to their workplace’s design. Credit Unions, with their community-oriented missions, have the opportunity to deliver a great experience for their entire employee team, and one way to do this is through Universal Design. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mark Alguard Mark Alguard is the President and Director of Client Strategy at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive.  Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Detailslast_img read more

Read More →

Adopted strategy for tourism development in the municipality of Vižinada-Visinada

first_imgAt the last session of the Municipal Council of the Municipality of Vižinada-Visinada, the Strategic Plan for the Development of Tourism in the Municipality of Vižinada-Visinada in the period from 2018-2025 was adopted. years. “The tourism development strategy aims to define guidelines for future development with concrete measures, aimed at increasing the number of visitors by raising the quality of content, creating a new tourist offer and connecting all stakeholders, which would increase the overall benefits for the entire destination”Said Mayor Marko Ferenac, emphasizing that the focus was on quality, not quantity. Numerous citizens, craftsmen, family farms, ie persons who are in any way connected with the tourist activity in the area of ​​the municipality of Vižinada-Visinada, were involved in the development of the strategy, and it was developed by the company Key Consulting doo from Poreč. Also, the Strategic Environmental Assessment of the said document was adopted, which showed that it will not have significant impacts on the components of the environment. Unfortunately, for now the tourism development strategy in the municipality of Vižinada-Visinada is not publicly available, but we sincerely hope that it will see the light of day for the general public, so that everyone can align with it and be aware of the direction in which Vižinada-Visinada will develop as a tourist destination. Photo: TZ Vižinadalast_img read more

Read More →

Baffled by extra pay for weather work

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThe current dysfunction in Washington is surely enough for all of us to question the mental capacity of some of our leaders, not the least of which is our president. That said, I now have to question the mental capacity of our elected officials here in Schenectady.Why would anybody in their right minds agree to pay our fine sanitation workers an additional $2 per hour from December to March? In my research, I have yet to find any other public or private entity that increases pay based on weather. When a person applies for a job picking up our trash, are they not aware that it gets cold in the winter? What happens if the temperature reaches 62, as it did a few weeks ago? Does the employee then forego the additional $2? Are they paid the additional $2 for the four holidays during this period, or for sick time used, or for vacation time taken? This is opening the proverbial Pandora’s Box. Who’s next to request weather pay? Our code enforcement folks? Our traffic department who may want to forgo issuing tickets from December to March? Mr. Mayor and city council, what were you thinking in approving such an indefensible contract concession?My wonderful Gazette delivery lady is out at 4 a.m. every morning doing what she agreed to do, deliver the paper whatever the temperature, without being paid extra because it’s cold.Next time we have an election, let’s screen the candidates to ensure that their brains function with some modicum of intelligence.James BrodieSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentslast_img read more

Read More →

Human Rights Watch urges police to release journalist charged with defamation in South Kalimantan

first_imgThe Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the South Kalimantan Police to drop a defamation charge against a blogger who published articles about a land dispute between the indigenous Dayak ethnic group and a palm oil company owned by businessman Syamsudin Andi Irsyad aka Haji Isam, in the province.Blogger Diantara Putra Sumedi, who is also the former editor-in-chief of local media platform banjarhits.id, has reportedly been detained since May 4 following the filing of a defamation report by a person named Sukirman, who claims to be a representative of the Dayak people.According to a statement issued by the HRW, Diantara published an article in November last year on the land dispute, in which Sukirman was quoted as saying that he planned to file a lawsuit against the palm oil company. Sukirman denied mentioning a plan to file a lawsuit and filed a police report against banjarhits.id and Kumparan, a Jakarta-based media platform that sponsored and provided the platform for Diantara’s articles. The Jhonlin Group followed up by filing a report with the police. The company also filed a complaint with the Press Council.The council issued a statement on Feb. 5 that censured Diantara for publishing unverified stories. It also ordered Kumparan to provide space for the company to respond, as the stories were deemed unethical and racially insensitive for creating tension between the Dayak and Bugis ethnic group, of which the Jhonlin Group’s founder is a descendent of.Kumparan responded by taking down the stories on Feb. 11 and terminating its collaboration with Banjar Hits. However, Kumparan reported that Jhonlin Group did not use its right to respond. Read also: South Kalimantan journalist dies while being detained on defamation chargesOn May 4, the South Kalimantan Police detained Diantara and charged him for reportedly  committing defamation. If found guilty, Diantara could face a maximum punishment of six years in prison. A police spokesperson said Diantara had been detained over concerns he might publish more stories about the land dispute. The human rights organization slammed the police’s decision to detain Diantara, saying criminal charges for alleged defamation were “disproportionate punishment and frequently abused by the police.””Threatening a writer with prison time for criminal defamation has a chilling effect on freedom of speech for all journalists,” HRW senior researcher Andreas Harsono said in a statement, adding that civil defamation was a more proportionate response to such allegations.According to the rights group’s analysis, the country’s criminal defamation laws contain vague language that allowed “retaliation against journalists and others” who reported allegations of corruption, fraud or misconduct against powerful interests, among other things.The HRW highlighted other cases in which journalists and human rights defenders covering or defending parties in land disputes had been arrested under various laws, in addition to criminal defamation.Another South Kalimantan-based reporter, M. Yusuf, was detained in 2018 for allegedly inciting hate speech against a Jhonlin Group subsidiary. He died five weeks later while in police custody.Yusuf’s wife, Arvaidah, claimed the police had ignored her pleas for medical care for her husband, as Yusuf had stomach and cardiovascular illnesses. Her request for Yusuf’s release on account of his medical condition was also rejected.“The police and aggrieved companies should stop bringing criminal defamation charges to intimidate, detain or prosecute journalists and other people exercising their freedom of speech,” Andreas said.He added that such defamation cases should be taken to the Press Council and only be taken to the police if the petitioners were dissatisfied with the council’s decision, as stipulated in a 2017 memorandum of understanding between the council and the force, Andreas went on to say. (vny)Topics :last_img read more

Read More →

Burundi arrests over 100 alleged rebel movement supporters

first_imgOver 100 people arrested in Burundi amid rebel fears Morocco arrests 7 suspected IS supporters Photo courtesy of AFP/Getty Images More than 100 men have been arrested in two days by security forces trying to prevent men from being recruited to fight the government.The governor of a province in central Burundi says more than 100 men have been arrested in two days by security forces trying to prevent men from being recruited to fight the government.Gitega Governor Venant Manirambona said on Wednesday that the men were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday while trying to relocate to the southern areas of the country.He said a group of 50 young men was arrested on Wednesday morning while trying to leave the province. No rebel group has been identified, but security forces have recently reported rebel attacks on military outposts.The capital, Bujumbura, remains prone to violence amid a wave of gun, rocket and grenade attacks in which both supporters and rivals of the president have been targeted. President Pierre Nkurunziza was re-elected in July amid controversy.–APRelatedcenter_img Burundi Youth Movement under Fire Ahead of Electionslast_img read more

Read More →

Indonesian mud volcano flow ‘to last 26 years’

first_img Share Share News Indonesian mud volcano flow ‘to last 26 years’ by: – February 25, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet Share 26 Views   no discussions By Mark Kinver Environment reporter, BBC News The mud buried homes, schools and farmland, and has displaced thousands of familiesThe mud buried homes, schools and farmland, and has displaced thousands of families.The world’s largest mud volcano, which left 13,000 families homeless, is likely to continue erupting for another 26 years, researchers have estimated. It first erupted back in May 2006, and – at its peak – was spewing 180,000 cubic metres of mud a day, equivalent to 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools.The volcano, in East Java, Indonesia, has buried homes, schools and farmlands over seven square kilometres.The findings have been published in the Journal of the Geological Society.This is the first reliable estimate on how long Lusi (derived from the Indonesian word for mud, lumpur, and the place where the eruption occurred, Sidoarjo) would continue erupting.Co-author Richard Davies, a geologist from Durham University’s Department of Earth Sciences, said there were a number of factors that meant it was not possible to produce an estimate until now.“We did a provisional estimate in 2008, but we have significantly improved the methodology,” he told BBC News. “Also, for two or three years there was a lot of debate about what caused it.“I think there were a lot of people involved in working what happened – so now we have seen the natural progression from wanting to know what caused it to wanting to know how long it will last.”Under pressureThe cause of the eruption was a subject of a prolonged scientific debate, with opinions divided on whether it was the result of a drilling well in the area, or a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that shook the area a few days earlier.In 2008, during a conference in South Africa, supporters of both hypotheses presented their arguments before a panel of independent experts.The debate was chaired by Edinburgh University’s Professor John Underhill, who was also a top level football referee. The majority of experts, 42 out of 74, favoured the drilling explanation.Professor Davies supported the drilling hypothesis: “There is a lot of evidence now that shows it was caused by drilling – there was a blowout that was not controlled.”In 2008, the company that was drilling in the area and blamed for triggering the volcano agreed to pay compensation to the 50,000 displaced people. However, it did not say the drilling activities were the sole cause of the volcano.Professor Davies added that the team now had confidence to publish an estimate because they also had four year’s worth of data on how much material was coming out of Lusi, allowing them to calibrate the computational model developed by co-author and fellow Durham University researcher Simon Mathias.He explained that the volcano was driven by carbonated water in an aquifer, estimated to be about 2.5-3.5km beneath the surface, that travelled up through the drilled borehole and passed through a layer of muddy material (known as the Upper Kalibeng) before erupting on the surface via a 50-metre central vent.The inputs for the model of what was happening underground came from two wells; one located on the site of the central vent, and another located about 6km away, where there was a natural, smaller mud volcano.“This gave us the pressure in the actual aquifer,” explained Professor Davies.“Then we considered factors such as the permeability and porosity of the rock to estimate how long would it take for fluid pressure to decline until no more fluid would come out of the vent.“It is a fairly standard methodology, but it has never really been applied to mud volcanoes before.”He added that the team used a lot of different probabilities and combined them, creating a huge number of outputs (called realisations).“Out of the 10,000 realisations, we actually rejected a large number because we wanted to fit the actual rate which the mud had come out of the volcano to fit those data points,” he said.They ended up with 381 realisations, which allowed them to reach the estimate of 26 years.But Professor Davies added: “Within the modelling, there is a 10% chance that it will last for more than 100 years, and there is a 90% chance that it will last longer than 10 years.”The team worked on the assumption that the aquifer was not being recharged from another source, so there was no way for pressure to return once it had been discharged.“If there is recharge taking place then the 26-year estimate will be too short,” he conceded. “Basically, does Lusi have any surprises left for us.”last_img read more

Read More →

Sixth Annual Education Trust Fund underway.

first_img Share Share LocalNews Sixth Annual Education Trust Fund underway. by: – April 30, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! 60 Views   no discussions Photo credit: eandfdesigns.comThe Sixth Annual Education Trust Fund Radiothon is underway on DBS radio. The radiothon is an important part of the contributions raised by the organization every year.The Education Trust Fund is a facility which was established in 1981 by an Act of Parliament and focuses on assistance to secondary students in the form of text books, transportation, school registration, and CXC/GCE Examination fees.The fund provides financial assistance to students whose families have serious finiancial difficulty.Kairi FM and Q95FM broadcasted a simulcast radiothon in an effort to assist the Education Trust Fund in their fundraising drive.We encourages all to call and support the Education Trust Fund in providing for the less fortunate among us as “a mind is a terrible thing to waste.”Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Read More →

Atletico Madrid to appeal against Koke’s Barcelona ban

first_img Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldThe Best Cars Of All Time6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes Atletico Madrid will appeal to La Liga to overturn Koke’s fifth booking of the season, ahead of their trip to Barcelona tomorrow night. Atletico Madrid to appeal against Koke’s Barcelona ban The Spanish international was handed his fifth caution of the 2019-20 campaign by referee Mario Melero Lopez, as Diego Simeone’s side won 2-1 at home to Alaves at the weekend.Advertisement Read Also:Arthur Melo, Pjanic undergo medicals ahead of Barca-Juve swapSimeone is certain to be without centre back Stefan Savic for the trip to Catalonia, as he also collected a fifth booking of 2019-20 against Alaves, with the club not appealing against that decision.Felipe Monteiro is set to step in for the ex Manchester City man at the Camp Nou, with Marcos Llorente replacing Koke, if his appeal is rejected.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… However, according to reports from Marca, Los Rojiblancos are pushing for the yellow card to be overturned on the grounds that his handball offence was accidental. Koke was penalised by Lopez after appearing to handle Joselu’s cross inside the box, with the former Newcastle United man converting the resulting spot kick. Atletico are confident of having the decision reversed in time for their captain to face Barcelona, but La Liga are yet to confirm their official response.last_img read more

Read More →