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A Path Toward Being an Outdoor Professional

first_imgThe outdoor industry is very intimate and heavily networked. Getyour foot in the door by joining clubs and alumni groups, industrypartnerships, and member organizations. NOLS Alumni is one of the largest ofthese groups of like-minded folks, and they organize gatherings and outings throughoutthe country and our region. Outdoor Gear Builders (OGB) is an innovativecollaboration of the local makers of outdoor gear in western North Carolina.OGB is sponsoring this year’s Outdoor Economy Conference in Asheville thisOctober. Consider attending!             “What’s your success/pass rate?”  Seek educator training opportunities. Treat all your “customers”as though they are your “students”. Give them more than what they came for.Care for them and teach them to care for each other. Lead groups and graduallyhone your instructor skills. Become an educator in non-traditional classroomsand/or with non-traditional student bodies. Our phones stay busy with prospective students, asking aboutcourse outcomes and making decisions about investing in different courses. The interest is in employment: students are on a path towardbeing an outdoor professional. To all these resume builders, add certifications. They not onlycompliment your skills base, they add to your ability to make good judgementsand manage risk in austere work locations. As a consumer, you should bediscriminatory and pick the best of the best: the right course type, aconvenient location and the best value for your dollar. Certification coursesare demanding, intensive, time-consuming, and come at an expense. They alsomove you to the head of the pack when it comes to hiring. Cross-train. If you’re a climber, it could help you to also havewhitewater skills so if you find yourself in a wet region of the world you havea marketable skill set. Prepare yourself to work seasonally – many of mycolleagues are raft guides half the year, and work ski patrol during the coldermonths. First, build your outdoor resume. Travel and explore on your ownand with friends. Keep a hiking journal, a climbing journal, a paddling log, orsimilar as evidence of your time dedicated to these pursuits and to illustrateyour skill development. Keeping a social media profile active with travel andadventure photos lends a lot of credibility to potential employers, and trustin your skill set. According to the Outdoor Industry Association (, outdoor recreation is an economic powerhouse in the United States, each year generating $887 billion in consumer spending and 7.6 million jobs. So how do you go about taking your step forward into the outdoor industry? To add to your outdoor resume, visit, the premier provider ofoutdoor certification training courses in the southeastern United States. Be patient, stay alert and flexible, and stick to your path.Among those 7.6 million jobs in the US, one of them is perfect for YOU! Take any guiding jobs available, in your specific pursuit or anyother. Whether at a youth camp, working with therapeutic groups in theoutdoors, guiding on rivers, or volunteering on a trail crew, every minutespent lends to your overall experience in the outdoor and leading or workingwith others.             “Do you do job placement?”              “Can I get a job after I take your course?” last_img read more


Haiti grants OAS experts full access on vote controversy

first_img Haiti has granted Organization of American States experts full access to verify the results of the country’s disputed presidential election, a top OAS official told AFP. Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) promised a recount of the November 28 election results after official results set off charges of fraud and rioting by angry supporters of a losing candidate. President Rene Preval, accused of rigging the election in favor of his hand-picked candidate, has delayed the recount until after an OAS mission was in place to verify the results. The Haitian government agreed on the terms of the mission’s review late on 27 December, OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin told AFP. “Technical experts will have unlimited access to information and facilities, (and) will be able to look into results sheets and the procedures followed in determining the outcome,” Ramdin said. A first OAS team of six experts is scheduled to fly to Haiti on 29 December, Ramdin said. “I’m not sure how long it will take,” he said. “We want to be thorough, we want to make sure a good verification is done and at the same time we are also very aware of time limits.” The experts will write up a report that will be sent to the Haitian government and then to the OAS permanent council, he said. The disputed results published earlier this month had former first lady Mirlande Manigat in the lead with 31 percent of the vote, followed by ruling party candidate Jude Celestin with 22 percent. The two frontrunners were supposed to advance to a run-off scheduled for January 16, but the count was rejected by popular singer Michel Martelly, who trailed Celestin by less than 7,000 votes. Martelly’s supporters and others took to the streets after the results were announced, torching cars and government buildings and clashing with rival supporters and UN peacekeepers in violence that left at least five people dead. Thousands of people were unable to vote in the chaotic first round, either because they were not on the register or they lacked identification papers lost in the January earthquake. A cholera epidemic that broke out in October has added another layer of misery and uncertainty over the country’s future. By Dialogo January 03, 2011last_img read more


The top 5 #AskCEOBill questions and answers

first_imgby: Alana CoticchiaI recently had the opportunity to sit down with Hyland, creator of OnBase, President and CEO, Bill Priemer for an hour-long social media chat hosted on our Facebook page. We gave our customers, partners, employees and the media the chance to ask Bill anything. From the daily challenges he faces to who he thinks will win the Super Bowl, nothing was off the table.If you weren’t able to attend the event live, you’re in luck. Here are the top five Q&As from the #AskCEOBill chat:1. Tracy W., Hyland customer: Our university recently moved all email to Google, and with that move there has been a big push for people to use Chrome as their default browsers. This obviously has caused challenge and confusion for our OnBase users on campus. Also, we’re seeing more and more people using Google Drive and Docs instead of Office products. What is your plan related to Chrome support for the Web client, OnBase/Gmail integration and OnBase/Google Drive integration?Bill: Regarding Google Drive capabilities, we have created a number of integration points and have an active development team tasked with supporting and improving Google integration capabilities. For example, we’ve added the ability to promote documents from Drive into the OnBase repository, to leverage Google Drive as a viewer for both reading and editing office documents and then saving them back into OnBase.Regarding Gmail, we have an integration that allows users to send documents out via their Gmail account. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more



first_img 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ryan Donovan Combining his experiences as a Congressional Staff Member and credit union league employee, Mr. Donovan is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the activities of CUNA’s lobbying team … Web: Details Without much notice, our professional and personal lives, our communities and economy, and our way of life and operating norms have been turned upside down in ways that we never imagined possible. As days turn into weeks and weeks turn into months, it becomes clearer that the way it WILL BE after this crisis is different from the way it WAS and the way it IS now.As the crisis has deepened, the bulk of our time has focused on stabilizing our world. We’ve found a temporary new normal at home and at work. We hope and expect this won’t be permanent, But the normal we come back to won’t be the normal we left—there is no reset button.That leaves us with the challenge of anticipating and shaping what WILL BE. How will we serve our stakeholders in the future? What will they need from us? How must policy change to support those needs? These are questions we’ve asked ourselves before, but their importance is magnified because foundational assumptions and operational norms have been obliterated.Unfortunately, anticipating and shaping what WILL BE isn’t as simple as adapting what IS to what WAS.  That approach would be akin to putting a spare tire on a car: it may carry you far enough to find a replacement, but it won’t get you to where you need to be, when you need to be there and how you planned to get there.Shaping and planning for what WILL BE requires us to distill the true purpose behind what we do; assess whether that remains a priority; and adapt our strategies based not on what we can no longer do, but on what we can do. It requires us to understand that we can go farther and faster with four new tires as opposed to just one new tire; to question whether the current vehicle is the right one for the job; allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to challenge whether the destination remains the right one given the circumstances.The situation we find ourselves in is more complicated and more perilous than a flat tire. The metaphor is imperfect, but the point is the same. We can’t go back to the WAS; the IS isn’t permanent; and how well we anticipate and take advantage of the WILL BE depends on our ability to broaden our focus, question our assumptions, and challenge ourselves to focus on what we are going to do as opposed to what we can no longer do.For years, the credit union movement has grappled with what it means to modernize. While we’ve never bragged about being nimble, the credit union movement has adroitly pivoted to meet the present day needs of our members and communities. Now, we have the power to define what WILL BE for credit unions.Frankly, if we fail to define it for ourselves, our WILL BE will be defined by someone else.So, what does our WILL BE look like? How will we take advantage of the opportunity to set a course based on what we can do in this new environment, as opposed to what we can no longer do?In the WILL BE, what will people helping people look like and how can credit unions have a bigger impact for their members and their communities?Thinking about what WILL BE is hard at a time when what IS seems so desperate and uncertain. But if we stabilize the IS and focus on the WILL BE, we will find ourselves in a much stronger position to have a long lasting and deep impact on credit union members and our communities.last_img read more


Visitation reopens at Tioga County Jail

first_imgEvery visitor must complete the coronavirus screening questionnaire and have their temperature checked. (WBNG) — The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office says visitation will resume at the Tioga County Jail on Monday.  Tim Agan, jail administer, says all vistations will be held in the non-contact visitation room. Captain Shawn Nalepa, captain of operations, says the sheriff’s office thought it was safe enough to allow visitations. “Obviously, we’re not trying to punish the inmates,” Nalepa said. “We’re just here to keep them safe and follow court orders. If we can accommodate them with their visitations, we can.” According to a Facebook post on the Tioga County Sheriff’s page, all visits are non-contact only, and visitors and inmates must wear a mask at all times. center_img Reservations must be made 24-hours in advance, but no more than seven days before the requested visitation time.  There will be one-hour visitation periods Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. All visitors must schedule a visitation by contacting Sgt. Chad Edwards at (607) 687-8463, Monday through Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. “We looked at the outlay of the building to see what would be available,” Agan said. “Obviously, with COVID we have the restrictions. We must keep as much distance between people and as much airflow between people.” There is a maximum of one reservation period per day and a maximum of two visitation periods in seven days.last_img read more


Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, Nov. 13

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionWhy just single out Trump for fraud?A New York judge orders Trump to pay $2 million for foundation misuse. Will Judge Scarpulia now look into the $150 million given to the Clinton Foundation by a Russian company? How was this money used? Why is there no checking into this apparent violation? I looked online and could not find anything relating to this abridge of ethics.Why are we constantly aiding Hillary, never finding even a lie or wrongdoing?Geraldine KrawitzSaratoga SpringsSee film, join talk on climate changeWe all know climate change is real, and it’s happening faster than scientists anticipated.The current administration has made things worse in the last three years, highlighted by leaving the Paris Climate Accord just when we need to work the hardest to stem the tide of global destruction.However, there seems to be a concerted effort by communities and organizations, both large and small, across the country to do what this administration refuses to do: face climate change head on and act swiftly to make the necessary changes.On Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m., the First Reformed Church of Schenectady is hosting a free viewing of “Paris to Pittsburgh,” a National Geographic documentary about the problems we face and the variety of solutions people of all walks of life are putting into practice to stem the tide of climate change.This is a great opportunity for all to join a positive discussion around solutions to this crisis.Sean KentRexford Roundabouts offer no improvementWhat is with all these roundabouts? I’ve heard they make less fatalities, but more accidents. That makes no sense to me. I’m 73 and have been driving since I was 16 and have never had an accident. I’m in Clifton Park and the new one on Route 146 is a nightmare. I know of people who take a longer route around it to avoid it.Also the one over by the Rexford bridge is an accident waiting to happen. What was wrong with red means stop and green means go?Georgette IngogliaRexfordGrateful for town supervisor’s effortsJust a special “Thank You” to Ballston Town Supervisor Tim Szczepaniak for everything he has done for the town, its citizens and even those of us from neighboring communities. The beautiful CVS store and Stewart’s shop at the corner of Route 50 and Lakehill Road are a huge improvement over the previous eyesores that existed at that intersection.But more importantly, thank you, Mr. Szczepaniak, for your repeated efforts to bring a grocery store to the Ballston-Burnt Hills area. What a wonderful addition to Route 50 to have a Hannaford market located so close to our homes.As a senior, I am so appreciative of your efforts to have a beautiful new market within easy driving distance.  Asilda DubeCharltonRiggi was a voice of for Sch’dy residentsSchenectady residents lost a valuable council person in this year’s election.Vince Riggi was a huge voice on the council. Thank you for your service.Michael BarbaruloScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more


UK reports record 381 coronavirus deaths, including 13-year-old boy

first_imgTopics : Some 25,150 people have now tested positive for the virus in Britain, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson.As of 5:00 p.m. (1600 GMT) on March 30, 1,789 people have died, the health ministry said on its Twitter page.But data published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for England and Wales on Tuesday revealed that the true toll could be 24 percent higher.The government figures cover those who have been taken to hospital and tested for the virus whereas the ONS data is for deaths in the community where COVID-19 is suspected. Britain reported a record daily coronavirus toll of 381 on Tuesday, including a 13-year-old boy, more than double the number of nationwide deaths posted in the previous 24 hours.The boy, who died Monday at King’s College Hospital in London, is believed to be Britain’s youngest confirmed death in the coronavirus pandemic, with relatives saying he had no underlying illnesses.The country’s previous highest daily toll was 260, recorded on Saturday, with the number dropping to 180 on Monday. ‘Green shoots’The government last Monday ordered a three-week lockdown, shutting non-essential shops and services to help reduce contacts and relieve the burden on the National Health Service.Stephen Powis, medical director for the NHS in England, said that despite the latest fatality figures, overall there were “green shoots” because the rate of infections was slowing.But he added: “It’s really important not to read too much into this. It’s early days. We’re not out of the woods,” he told a daily briefing on the government response to the outbreak.”And it’s really important that we keep complying with those [social distancing] instructions.”Cambridge University professor David Spiegelhalter agreed that “great caution” was needed in interpreting daily figures.”The extreme day-to-day variation in reported COVID-19 deaths is far more than we would expect from chance variability and must be due to reporting practices,” he said.”Some deaths occurred many days ago, and there seems to be fewer reported over the weekend.”Scientists say the full effects of the lockdown are expected to be seen in two to three weeks, with predictions that life may not return to normal for at least six months.Britain has braced for an expected surge in coronavirus cases, including setting up a 4,000-bed field hospital at a giant London exhibition center — one of four across the country.But senior minister Michael Gove said there was “not a fixed date like Easter when you know that the peak will come”. The boy’s family said Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab “started showing symptoms and had difficulties breathing” before he was admitted to hospital.”He was put on a ventilator and then put into an induced coma but sadly died yesterday morning,” they said through a family friend, Mark Stephenson, adding: “We are beyond devastated.”Johnson told the cabinet via video link that the rising toll “showed the vital importance of the public continuing to stick to the social distancing guidance which has been put in place by the government.””The situation is going to get worse before it gets better — but it will get better,” he added.last_img read more


NBA trade deadline: Lakers acquire Mike Muscala from Clippers for Michael Beasley, Ivica Zubac

first_img Related News NBA trade deadline: Grizzlies acquire Avery Bradley from Clippers for two players Los Angeles has acquired forward Mike Muscala from the Clippers for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac, according to ESPN.The Clippers are trading Mike Muscala to the Lakers for Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 7, 2019The deal opens up a roster spot for Los Angeles as it hopes to sign another player on the buyout market, with several outlets indicating Carmelo Anthony is a strong possibility to land with the Lakers.  The Lakers made a deal before the trade deadline.No, not that one.center_img NBA trade deadline: Clippers waiving C Marcin Gortat, report says Yahoo Sports reported the Clippers are expected to waive Beasley. Muscala, who the Clippers acquired from Philadelphia on Wednesday, is averaging 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds on the season.Beasley is putting up 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds while Zubac is scoring 8.9 points and picking up 4.9 rebounds.last_img read more


Frank Masley passes away, do you know who he was?

first_imgFrank Masley, the athlete who carried the U.S. flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in 1984 in Sarajevo, passed away yesterday at the age of 56, due to cancer.Frank Masley had the honor to carry the flag of the United States of America at the ceremony of the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in 1984 in Sarajevo.“That was the moment in my life when I felt the biggest pride,” Masley said to a reporter who reported for The News Journal from Sarajevo.His wife Donna Masley stated that her husband never stopped being flattered for being the one to carry the flag of the USA at the Olympics in Sarajevo.This sledger also competed at Olympic Games held in Lake Placid, New York in 1980 and in Calgary, Canada in 1988.(Source: