What defines a college? Some people say it’s the food. Some people think it’s the parties. Well I say it’s the adventure. It’s being able to drive any direction for a few miles and embark on a daring mountainous hike. It’s having some of the best mountain biking trails in all of Virginia only minutes from campus. It’s waking up on a snowy morning to an email canceling class and being able to drive 20 minutes to Massanutten Ski Resort. This is the life here at James Madison University and the best part is that there is an adventure team of faculty and students ready to lead you to any adventure you hear echoing over the Blue Ridge Mountains, begging you to go outside and play.“JMU is unique in that we are sandwiched in between a national forest and a national park,” says Guy deBrun, the Assistant Director of Adventure and TEAM Programs.He is the one you can thank for scheduling many of JMU’s adrenaline pumping activities such as the recent spring break trip he co-led to Patagonia. Guy began spreading his love and passion for adventure when he attended James Madison University as a graduate student and became the graduate assistant for the adventure program. Opportunities led Guy to work for the outdoor programs at various other universities, but ultimately he was drawn back to JMU by its allure of a smaller atmosphere, beautiful location, and the growing opportunities of the adventure department.“All the access to public lands gives us plenty of opportunities to hike, bike, rock climb, and so much more. The opportunities are endless,” Guy tells me when I ask why he thinks JMU is a top adventure college.But you actually don’t even have to leave campus to quench your thirst for adventure. If you take a step inside JMU’s gym, which is in the process of doubling its current size, you’ll notice the 33 foot rock wall, led by the Adventure Program, that is sure to please beginners and experts alike. Need to be outside? No problem. Head to UPark and feast your eyes upon the towering pine trees that nest the high and low ropes course. Led by a staff that is passionate about the outdoors, the ropes course is a hot spot for most all clubs and organizations on campus.Cassidy Harvey is one of these passionate instructors.“Groups come to the ropes course looking to have a good time but when they leave, they walk out with new teamwork skills that can carry over to other aspects of life,” she explains. Not only is Cassidy a Lead TEAM Facilitator for the ropes course, but she also works as an Adventure Trip Leader for the University. Only a sophomore, she has already led hiking trips, canoeing trips, and backpacking trips that attract a wide variety of JMU students.When Cassidy decided to attend school here, she was not what you would call an outdoorsy person.“I came here because I liked the people and it’s a beautiful campus with great scenery. The job looked fun so I took it and Guy began training us, teaching us how to kayak, build a fire, camp, and other specific skills,” she explains. “Now, every trip I go on puts determination in me to do something bigger. I can be very proud but at the same time I am so humbled by the huge mountains.”As James Madison University’s adventure program continues to prosper, providing once in a lifetime opportunities to all students here, they still remain humbled by earth’s natural beauties. That’s part of what makes it such a unique and wonderful program. No matter where the trail leads, the river takes the kayak, or the rocks lead the climber, Cassidy, Guy, and the rest of the Adventure Program are there and enthusiastic to provide students with a glimpse of the powerful and inspiring ways of nature.
Two prevalent items have surfaced in the first quarter of 2016 – market volatility and questions on negative interest rates. The two are very much interrelated and have become a hot subject for discussion with credit union management teams, directors and even members. This article will simplify the complex topic of a negative interest rate policy (NIRP) by discussing who, what, how, and why at a macro level.Question: Why are we hearing about negative interest rates?The possibility that at some point over the next few years our economy will slow and reenter recession cannot be ruled out. Sure, the U.S. economy is currently growing, jobs are being created and inflation seems to be moving in the desired direction. However, three noteworthy events have occurred since the FOMC voted unanimously to hike short-term rates in December 2015: 1) the European Central Bank further cut rates into negative territory; 2) the Bank of Japan adopted negative interest rates; and 3) the Federal Reserve Bank published their annual stress tests for the largest institutions which included a severely adverse scenario with negative interest rates here in the U.S. These three items are eye-opening in magnitude and present meaningful downside risk to the economic health of the U.S.; hence the market volatility thus far in 2016. Vigilance is clearly warranted given that these risks could serve to further erode credit union margins. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
For more information, go to the Chenango County Health Department’s website. As of Saturday, Chenango County released their first five recoveries from quarantine. These five individuals tested positive and have now recovered from the virus. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. CHENANGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Chenango County Health Department gave an update on the coronavirus in the county on Saturday. The Chenango County Health Department has confirmed 36 positive cases, 3 active hospitalizations, 96 individuals in precautionary quarantine, 229 individuals in mandatory quarantine and 108 total tests.
Excellent International Conference and Business Workshop SPLITB2B, which was attended by representatives of the tourism sector, more than 40 tour operators and representatives of agencies from the USA, Great Britain, France, Italy, Hungary, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Spain, Russia, Croatia “Product creation and diversification are key to the pre- and post-season and increase tourism revenues. Therefore, the Croatian National Tourist Board continuously encourages the development of destination management agencies and tourism of special interests. We plan to allocate two million kuna to support DMC companies this year”, Said Slavija Jačan Obratov, director of the sector for destination management and support for the development of the offer of the Croatian Tourist Board. The Split-Dalmatia County with its islands, nautical tourism, historic towns and hinterland is very interesting for tour operators and agencies dealing with tourism of special interests, confirmed Joško Stella, director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board. Satisfied with the great tourist results that have been achieved in this county in recent years, he pointed out that it is extremely important to continuously invest in modern marketing channels, present at specialized congresses and fairs and look for new partner agencies. “In these 15 years since we have been developing destination management programs, we have specialized in a number of smaller agencies that select specific areas, find and open new niches and do their job with a lot of passion and love. That is the only way to develop tourism of special interests. That we are on the right track is confirmed by the growing number of agency representatives from all over the world who come to our conference and business workshop”, Concluded Glavina. Boris Žgomba, President of the European Association of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators, highlighted gastro and film routes and attractive festivals as key products. He said that we must give guests a reason to come to the destination, that is, we must create motives for their arrival, and they differ from destination to destination. It’s a way to achieve better results and extend the season. Creating the motive of arrival is crucial in tourism About forty representatives of domestic and foreign agencies and tour operators stayed in Split, visiting Diocletian’s city, visiting Omis, Sibenik and Zadar. Reason? Photo: Milan Sabic “The emphasis of our event is on the business meeting, which was realized through a three-hour B2B workshop with the IT support of the program for arranging meetings. As the main goal of the international conference and business workshop is to encourage and sell multi-day complex tourist products such as package deals, events and gatherings in Croatia, we organized a tour of destinations in three Dalmatian counties. In this way, potential partners will get acquainted with high-quality tourist products of Dalmatian destinations ” points out Jurica Glavina, president of the Association of Destination Management Companies of Dalmatia (UDMKD), organizer of the second SPLITB2B. Photo: Milan Sabic At the round table “Tourism of special interests”, which ended the conference, Glavina pointed out that resources, knowledge and education are key to the development of destination management. Guests who come to our destination want emotion, experience, memory, says Glavina and adds that agencies that deal with destination management are very aware of that. “So we set a target group, created packages, promoted them at conferences, B2B meetings and fairs and instead of going out into the world with them, we decided to bring the world to us”, Glavina pointed out. Šibenik Fortress Barone, heritage hotel Maškovića han in Vrana, Sea Organ and Greeting to the Sun, Museum of Glass, Five Wells and Sveti Donat in Zadar, old Salona, Diocletian’s Palace, Riva and Varoš in Split – two days are not enough to show all the beauties of Dalmatia , but more than enough to get an impression of the richness of the tourist offer, is the conclusion of the conference participants. Unfortunately, there are very few such workshops and they are often only a small part of a fair, and not exclusively a focus on B2B as is the case with SPLITB2B. Certainly a commendable business workshop, and I hope that SplitB2B will be a proof that there is a great need for it and that it will encourage other destinations and organizers to organize business workshops in all parts of Croatia.
In addition, some of the table games are being retrofitted with plexiglass shields, and gaming chips will be sprayed with a sanitizing solution.Capacity will be limited to 50 percent for the time being, and guests and workers are also expected to maintain social distancing.The resort adds that all of its properties have been equipped with air purification and disinfecting systems. South Florida’s Seminole casinos are set to reopen this week, after being closed due to the coronavirus.The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, as well as the Seminole Classic Casino and Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, will both reopen at noon Friday.The casino resorts will require all visitors to wear face masks and to have their temperatures checked upon entering.We are excited to announce that we will be reopening on Friday, June 12 at 12pm. As we prepare to welcome you back, we have made essential updates to our operations – including the introduction of our SAFE & SOUND program guidelines. Learn More | https://t.co/AU2vT9iXmd pic.twitter.com/2cv54Kasoa— Seminole Hard Rock (@HardRockHolly) June 10, 2020
Fans were allowed to attend the game for free but fewer than 100 were in the stands at the stadium in Minsk.Belarus is the only country in Europe playing professional soccer during the pandemic. The men’s league started last month and the women’s league had been scheduled to start on April 16 but was delayed by two weeks because of suspicions that players had contact with people who had the virus.Belarus national soccer federation spokesman Alexander Aleinik tells The Associated Press that “tests did not confirm the virus for any of the players.”___British boxing’s governing body says it hopes fights can be staged from July. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Paris Saint-Germain has been declared French league champion after the soccer season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Paris Saint-Germain says there is “nothing official” but didn’t deny that it was about to be declared French league champion.The French season ended early because of the coronavirus pandemic and sports daily L’Équipe says on its website that a decision on the league standings was expected to be ratified by the LFP’s board of directors.The French government called off soccer and rugby leagues in the country on Tuesday and ended plans to resume.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less. Marseille stands to qualify directly for the Champions League while third-place Rennes would enter the qualifying rounds. ___The Diamond League track meet in Lausanne, Switzerland, won’t happen as scheduled on Aug. 20.Organizers of the Athletissima say they are now looking at “alternative options and formats that could still be considered in order to offer athletes the possibility to compete.”Switzerland’s government has prohibited gatherings of more than 1,000 people until the end of August.Athletissima organizers say “it is currently impossible to allow a high number of people to gather in a confined area.” April 30, 2020 Spadafora adds that if the protocol can’t be agreed on “the government will declare the end of the season.”___The French soccer league has launched a lottery to help raise funds for hospitals and medical staff dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.Fans have a chance to win a signed jersey in exchange for an online donation of 5 euros ($5.40) to the “Tous Unis contre le Virus” (All United against the Virus) campaign.French champion Paris Saint-Germain’s jersey is co-signed by Kylian Mbappé and Edinson Cavani. Dimitri Payet was one of France’s best players when the team reached the 2016 European Championship final and he has signed the Marseille jersey. Houssem Aouar signed Lyon’s jersey.The French league says 2 million euros ($2.2 million) has already been raised through previous fundraising in French soccer.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___Germany is beginning to roll out coronavirus testing at soccer clubs in the top two men’s leagues in the hope of resuming the season next month.The German league tells news agency DPA the tests will start immediately.The Bundesliga’s plan to resume in May rests on regular testing for players. That is likely to be before they resume full-team training and before each game.Thousands of tests will be needed to complete the season. That has fueled criticism that the plan wastes resources. The vice president of Germany’s public health institute said last week testing should be focused on people who have symptoms or were linked to an outbreak. The move follows the French government’s decision to call off the soccer and rugby leagues in the country because of the virus.The top two divisions in French soccer had 10 rounds of matches left to play. PSG led second-place Marseille by 12 points and played one game less.___A new women’s soccer season has started in Belarus after it was initially delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season started with a game between Dynamo-BGUFK and the Belarus national under-19 team. The under-19 team competes in the league alongside club squads. The first eight track meets on the Diamond League circuit have been postponed. Lausanne was the fifth in order of the seven left on the calendar.___The Italian sports minister says the government will create an economic safety net if it orders the Serie A soccer season to be shut down.Vincenzo Spadafora says if the season isn’t allowed to resume “we will assume responsibility so that soccer … has the least damage possible. Because it’s worth remembering that soccer is a big industry in our country.”But Spadafora is still leaving open the possibility that teams can resume training if sports and government officials agree on a proper health protocol. He says resuming training “will have a positive effect on the possible resumption of the season.” The Latest: PSG declared French soccer league champion Associated Press The British Boxing Board of Control says events would likely be held without fans initially and with an emphasis on “minimal numbers” of officials and broadcast personnel.Anyone at the events will have to have been in pre-fight quarantine and had tests for COVID-19. There will initially be a maximum of five contests in a show.The BBBofC says it continues to follow advice from government and medical authorities.The biggest fight that could take place in Britain in July is Anthony Joshua’s defense of his world heavyweight belts against Kubrat Pulev in London.The fight was initially scheduled for June 20 but was postponed. It could now be held on July 25.
Maybe Three Dog Night was on to something with its 1969 hit song “One.”The song presents a contrast to the value that being No. 1, regardless of how it is achieved, is of the utmost importance.With lines like “One is the loneliest number” and “it’s the saddest experience you’ll ever know,” I can’t say I envy Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks when they come to town next week.Sure, the 41-year-old lyrics were the basis of a song about broken hearts and the emptiness of falling out of love, but even for a team this university has no lost love for, I can’t help but feel a momentary smidge of sympathy. After all, it was not long ago that the Trojans stood atop the national polls, only to be knocked off by a lesser foe.Not to discount the impressive season Kelly and his Pac-10-leading Ducks are having, but his team sits in the unenviable position of being the top dog at the least opportune time.These words might be printed 10 days ahead of the Trojans’ clash with the Ducks, and they aren’t likely to stop you from jumping down from the walls of the student section should the unthinkable become a reality.Nonetheless, as the lingering bye week forces all of us to continue to rest on the comfortable laurels of USC’s most impressive win this season, avoid defining the Trojans’ upcoming, Nike-clad conference foe by the scarlet number it has been forced to wear.One glance at the numbers will tell you that Eugene, Ore., is a more desirable place to be if you prefer football prowess to a well-rounded education.But beneath the one-sided stats, the eyebrow-scrunching numbers and the array of mathematical subplots, do not be enamored by the ranking.Rankings at this point in the season are about as useful as citing Wikipedia in the bibliography of your essay.No offense to the “reputable sources” that make up the committees that put out the weekly human polls, but in college football — a sport where fickleness and transiency are about as common as an undefeated team getting screwed out of the national championship game — labeling teams with artificial evaluations does nobody a favor.Unless Oregon loses to UCLA this weekend — which would mark the first such defeat for the Ducks at Autzen Stadium to an unranked foe since 2007 — it will be the third team in four weeks to hold the top spot when it comes to Los Angeles for a Pac-10 version of the Monster Mash.If that isn’t enough to convince you stat-craving fanatics that the No. 1 ranking this time of year doesn’t mean much, then maybe a quick trip down memory lane will do the trick.Going into Halloween weekend last year, No. 1 Florida and No. 2 Texas boasted the top spots in the rankings. Neither team won the national championship.Texas and Alabama led the 2008 polls at the end of October. But come January, it was the Gators and Sooners who took their unified talents to South Beach for the Orange Bowl.In 2007, the Buckeyes laid claim to the No. 1 spot at this point in time, but it was the LSU Tigers who ultimately held the crystal ball when the confetti came pouring down in New Orleans.In fact, since 2002 there has been only one team who stood atop the AP and Coaches Poll at this point in the season (not counting USC’s now-erased 2004 campaign), and went on to win the national championship.So to the idiot savants of the sports world, the lesson here is that rankings are trivial.It’s the reason you couldn’t tell me who was No. 1 after the first 13 miles of the 2008 Boston Marathon or who was the last undefeated team in NCAA men’s basketball in 1997.History is defined by these moments, big and small. Yet the numbers that summarize their significance are jammed into our almanacs, encyclopedias and, sadly, our tainted psyches.We have come to grips with the fact that the majority of our statistical consumption is defined by this callous collection of data, but unfortunately this is the overwhelming problem.Rankings tell a story; they speak to the immediate success of a team or individual, but in no way do they give us the whole picture.In fact, at the end of the day, what do you remember most about a season?Is it the number of weeks your team topped the standings or who raised the championship trophy that second Monday in January?What shouldn’t get lost in my attempt to tear down the very fabric of college football is that Oregon, regardless of a numerical identifier, is a powerhouse program with a cavalcade of stars.Quarterback Darron Thomas’ eye-opening season — 14 passing touchdowns while also leading Oregon to a nation-best 54.3 points per game and 567 yards per game — should be viewed with similar reverence as those of Heisman hopefuls and fellow duel-threat quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Denard Robinson. Accompanying Thomas in the Ducks’ backfield is the nation’s fifth-leading rusher in LaMichael James.Combine those two gut-punching factors with a defense that led the conference in interceptions, sacks and the least amount of points surrendered up until their bye week this weekend, and the impending threat is apparent.So to those of you looking to make your way to Los Angeles’ grandest athletic cathedral come Halloween Eve, should the Trojans somehow pull off their own Coliseum miracle, by all means jump with pride.But do so knowing that a victory against the Ducks should be preserved for the sheer fact that it will mark a significant triumph over a high-caliber opponent, and not for how that opponent has been victimized by a system that chooses to aimlessly qualify Oregon with a meaningless badge of merit.“For The Love Of The Game” runs Wednesdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or e-mail Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.Correction: 10/19/10: The print version of this story misspelled Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor’s name. The online version has been corrected to reflect the change
SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT WATCH US LIVE READ | Amit Panghal sails into pre-quarters at World Boxing Championships“My next bout is against the boxer from Philippines and I have played against him before as well. We will have a look at his game and will make my game plan according to his strengths and weaknesses,” he added.Rohtak pugilist Sanjeet (91kg) made it a memorable outing in his first-ever appearance at the World Championships when he outpunched the second seed Sanjar Tursunov of Uzbekistan 4-1 to advance to the last-eight. This was his second win over the Uzbek, having earlier beaten him at the India Open in 2018. Sanjeet will now face the seventh seed and 2019 Pan American Games silver medallist Julio Cesar Torres Castillo of Ecuador. Kavinder Singh Bisht, seeded fifth in 57kg, was the last Indian to enter the ring. Enduring some stiff resistance from Finland’s Arslan Khataev, Kavinder used his attack to pull off a tough 3-2 win on his way to the quarter-finals for the second consecutive edition.READ | World Boxing Championship: Brijesh Yadav beats Polish opponentREAD | Negi continues India’s winning streak at the World Boxing Championship “My opponent was an experienced boxer and playing him was a good experience for me,” said Amit Panghal, who dedicated his win to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his birthday. LIVE TV WE RECOMMEND 11 months ago World Boxing Championship: Brijesh Yadav beats Polish opponent Written By Commonwealth Games silver medallist Manish Kaushik (63kg) emerged as the standout performer as four Indian boxers entered the quarter-finals and are now one win away from a medal at the World Boxing Championships in Ekaterinburg, Russia on Tuesday. Joining Kaushik in the last-eight stage were Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal (52kg), Asian Championships silver medallist Kavinder Singh Bisht (57kg) and Sanjeet Kumar (91kg) for India.The former India Open champion Kaushik showed strong resolve in a very tricky pre-quarter-final bout against Baatarsukh Chinzorig of Mongolia, a No. 4 seed and 2018 Asian Games silver medallist. Using his pace and power perfectly, Manish landed some strong punches on his accomplished opponent to secure a unanimous 5-0 win. Up next for Kaushik in his quest for a maiden medal from the world event is Brazil’s Wanderson de Oliveira.READ | Kavinder Bisht storms into pre quarters at World Boxing ChampionshipFor the second edition in a row, Asian Championships gold medallist Amit Panghal reached the quarter-finals of the World Championships. As the second seed, he was the favourite against Turkey’s Batuhan Citfci in 52kg and he lived up to the expectations when he soared to a comprehensive 5-0 victory. 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The 27-year-old had been determined to make the move a success but has battled to win over supporters.He wanted to stay and fight for his place but with Barcelona looking to accommodate new signing Antoine Griezmann, Coutinho and his representatives have started to explore alternatives. Coutinho is currently in Miami with the Barcelona squad as they prepare for the new season.The Spanish champions will allow him to leave on an initial loan with view to making a deal permanent.They have been looking for a loan fee of around £12million while the player earns £210,000 a week but Tottenham would be looking for those figures to be subsidised.Barcelona hope a return to England can provide him with the platform to restore his reputation and crucially increase his value.The Brazil international has no shortage of suitors but has spoken previously of his bond with former club Liverpool where he has strong emotional ties and good friends.Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino worked with Coutinho previously at Espanyol while the midfielder was on loan from Inter Milan in 2012 and could prove the perfect catalyst to kickstart the 27-year-old’s career.Jurgen Klopp has expressed reservations about accommodating Coutinho into a system that has worked effectively since the midfielder’s departure but he recognises fresh impetus could be utilised with his squad stretched by the demands of last season’s finish and a tough pre-season.Arsenal would seem an ideal fit for Coutinho while Manchester United and Tottenham have been looking for that extra creativity. Conjecture over Christian Eriksen’s future with the Dane in the last months of his contract will have a bearing on their pitch.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Philippe Coutinho is poised to make a return to the Premier League before Thursday’s deadline after Barcelona agreed that he can leave on loan.Tottenham have made an approach as a possible replacement for Christian Eriksen – wanted by Manchester United – and initial talks have begun following Coutinho’s difficult spell in La Liga.Former club Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have all also registered an interest in the mercurial Brazilian who has struggled to recapture his form since moving from Anfield for £142million in January 2018.