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first_imgIn the 20th anniversary edition of the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Jordan Campbell (writer, filmmaker, and Marmot ambassador athlete) provided some stellar thoughts on what the next 20 years will hold for the outdoors at large.  One comment spoke volumes about how stewards of the outdoors will be further encouraged to think and approach their existence:“The marriage of adventure with altruism will continue to play a more significant role in the 21st century.  Giving back to underserved populations across the globe is part of a new moral imperative in the outdoor adventure space.  It is no longer a sidebar activity for a dedicated few; rather it has become an end unto itself and part of the adventure space.”Let that sink in a bit.  Being an outdoor enthusiast often invokes a strong sense of community.  Issues that people in this community fight for and feel passionate about go far beyond the reach of any one individual. We collectively need each other to compete, protect wilderness, and navigate space in a multitude of forms.  Outdoor adventure enthusiasts are some of the most committed people I’ve ever met.  That can take shape in raising money and awareness for causes, training for races or events, creating fulfilling careers and businesses around their interests, or just getting outside and playing as much as possible.  It’s a beautiful thing, and I live in an amazing area of Virginia that makes it easy.As much as I love my native land, I love to travel even more.  When I plan trips, I always balance city time with outdoor/nature time.  By doing this, my family and I get to experience contrasting cultures within any one country.  As part of my upcoming trip planning, I have decided to try to make it a priority next year to visit a dear friend that currently lives in Tanzania, and of course I am coupling this with a race.  I used to travel a lot more, and my family and I still try to go beyond U.S. borders at least once a year.With less time dedicated to travel, I have increasingly become calculated and introspective about what I want to get out of a trip.  To Mr. Campbell’s point, this often leads to how I can give back/up/outward.  Beyond visiting a good friend, and running an amazing race, Tanzania is quite unexpected for me as a travel destination.  I thought we might take the kids on safari there when they are much older, but never imagined going to that region of the world so soon.  My college roommate happens to be posted there through USAID, and I’m at a good place in life where this type of trip can really be meaningful.  So I started to dig into that question: how meaningful and in what form?To a certain degree, I believe in fortuitous circumstances.  My friend and I used to run a lot in college together, and over the years have supported each other in running via long distance encouragement: emails and phone calls asking about race results, discussing the challenges of post-partum running, relishing in the joy of getting out of the house for even 30 minutes when you have kids under the age of 5.When she moved to Tanzania, we jokingly kicked around the idea of running a race there together.  Then I got to the point where I said, why not?  I was doing well with my running and training, had joined the BRO athlete team and wanted to start a charitable initiative at my work, so it seemed feasible that this trip could happen.  We talked about causes and organizations that I could try to support leading up to my trip, and running the Kilimanjaro marathon as the culmination of this effort.  One of the causes we discussed is the maternal mortality rate in Tanzania.A few days later at work, our team was watching the latest Apple release, and Christy Turlington-Burns was on promoting her non-profit, Every Mother Counts (EMC).  She had been the first person to use and wear an Apple Watch for training and racing…in the Kilimanjaro half marathon.  It all clicked.  I had a great trip to take to see an old friend, and now had learned about an established charity to support in my effort to give something back.  This trip planning is still in its infancy (and TBD, though I do hope to be able to make it happen!), but I have since become a Running Ambassador for Every Mother Counts.  I will be running at least four local races to raise funds and awareness for EMC, and welcome any others that want to run/walk in these races with me.  You can reach me here!Screen Shot 2015-07-13 at 3.58.53 PMTo come full circle, we do live in an area that makes our love of the outdoors and associated adventures easy to access and enjoy.  Some others live in areas where this abundance of outdoor space and remoteness is a breaking point that can be the difference between life and death.  For these mothers and mothers –to – be, “access” to the outdoors can kill.  Many women live miles away from healthcare providers and facilities, with extremely limited access to transportation.  Every Mother Counts uses running as a symbolic gesture to indicate that distance is a huge barrier for these women: “In some parts of the world, it’s not uncommon for women to travel as far as 26 miles to reach emergency care, even when in labor.”   Without transportation, this is a huge hurdle.  Every Mother Counts epitomizes the outdoor adventure community’s nuptials with altruism.   It’s our turn and our privilege to give back.  Won’t you come with me?last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York President Obama issued a solemn address to the nation Wednesday in the wake of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, praising his life and work and vowing continued military action in Iraq to protect US interests and “extract this cancer” of the Islamic State, the militant group who murdered him.“Jim was taken from us in an act of violence that shocks the whole world,” said Obama. “We are all heartbroken at their loss and join them in honoring Jim in all that he did. “Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast with his killers,” he continued. “They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery. They have murdered Muslims—both Sunni and Shia—by the thousands. They target Christians and religious minorities, driving them from their homes, murdering them when they can for no other reason than they practice a different religion. They declared their ambition to commit genocide against an ancient people.”“ISIL speaks for no religion,” said Obama. “Their victims are overwhelmingly Muslim, and no faith teaches people to massacre innocents. No just God would stand for what they did yesterday, and for what they do every single day. ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings. Their ideology is bankrupt… People like this ultimately fail.”“The United States of America will continue to do what we must do to protect our people. We will be vigilant and we will be relentless,” he added, calling upon other nations to join the fight against the group. “There has to be a common effort to extract this cancer, so that it does not spread.“One thing we can all agree on is that a group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century.”Obama’s statements were the first official confirmation of authenticity of a video posted on YouTube Tuesday depicting Foley’s beheading. The 40-year-old had been missing since Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2012, when the car he was traveling in toward the Turkish border in northern Syria was stopped by four armed men. He had been reporting from the Middle East for the five years prior, and leading up to his disappearance had spent several weeks reporting inside Syria. Until Tuesday there had been no direct contact with Foley, nor communication with his kidnappers or ransom demand, wrote Phil Balboni, president and CEO of online news outlet GlobalPost, where Foley was a contributor, in a note to staff on the year anniversary of his taking. Besides the Syrian civil war, the freelance photojournalist from New Hampshire had reported on conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, where he was once held captive for 44 days.He appeared dressed in orange, on his knees with his hands bound behind his back in the gruesome five-minute video segment titled “A Message To America.” His murderer stood by his side wearing ISIS’ signature all-black cloaks and mask, a holstered gun slung across his shoulder and grasping a large blade. Following forced anti-American remarks from Foley, his killer made threats against the United States, naming Obama, and then beheaded Foley before grabbing the neck of what the video purported to be Steven Soltoff, a TIME magazine contributor who disappeared in the region earlier this month. Soltoff is also kneeling in the sand, his hands bound. The masked man then warns Obama that his fate rests in Obama’s decision about continuing US airstrikes against the group.ISIS, short for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and most recently, the Islamic State—proclaimed the creation of a caliphate, or Islamic state, across parts of western Iraq and northern Syria in June. Its leader, or caliph, is Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a militant once in US custody but released.James Foley, Tripoli (Libya) airport, August 2011. (Photo by Jonathan Pedneault, courtesy of FreeJamesFoley.org and “Find James Foley” Facebook page)American warplanes have been targeting the group and bombing its positions in the region since it began slaughtering religious minorities in the region in the beginning of August. The group has swept into towns and villages demanding its residents convert to Islam, pay a fine, or be killed, according to local religious leaders, Iraqi government officials, humanitarian workers and members of those groups being persecuted—which includes Muslims, Christians and the followers of an ancient religious order called the Yazidis.Hundreds of thousands have been forced to abandon their homes in the region and tens of thousands had sought refuge on a nearby mountain range, which led to a humanitarian crisis due to extreme heat, the shortage of water and food and medicine and lack of shelter. The United States, Britain and several other countries have been dropping food and water for the past two weeks and arming Kurdish fighters to help repel ISIS. The Kurds have also successfully escorted tens of thousands to relative safety in makeshift refugee camps. Obama recently ruled out a US-led evacuation of Yazidis still stuck on the mountain, citing an assessment by about 20 US special forces deployed there that those displaced no longer faced an imminent threat. That decision and assessment has been widely criticized, as tens of thousands of Yazidis reportedly still remain in dire straits trapped on the south side of the mountain range. There have been reports of Christian children being beheaded and mass executions with people being buried alive. ISIS has also reportedly abducted more than 1,000 Yazidi women, according to media reports from the conflict, who are feared to have become sex slaves and made to wed ISIS fighters.An outpouring of support for Foley and his family and resounding condemnation against his barbaric mutilation continued to flood social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter Wednesday, with the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Chairman Sandra Mims Rowe issuing the following statement:“The barbaric murder of journalist James Foley, kidnapped in Syria and held almost two years, sickens all decent people. Foley went to Syria to show the plight of the Syrian people, to bear witness to their fight, and in so doing to fight for press freedom. Our hearts go out to his family, who had dedicated themselves to finding and freeing Jim.”Foley’s mom Diane honored her son in a post on the Facebook page “Find James Foley.”“We have never been prouder of our son Jim,” she wrote. “He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people. We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages. Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world.“We thank Jim for all the joy he gave us,” she added. “He was an extraordinary son, brother, journalist and person. Please respect our privacy in the days ahead as we mourn and cherish Jim.”Two journalists with Long Island ties have also been victims of the Syrian conflict: Matthew Schrier, a Syosset native and photojournalist, escaped from ISIS rivals Nusa Front last summer after the group kidnapped him and Marie Colvin, an East Norwich native, was killed in 2012 while covering the Syrian civil war for The Sunday Times in London.James Foley addresses students at Medill in 2011:last_img read more

first_imgWith its 10,000 square feet of makerspaces, Iovine and Young Hall offers just that. The building also boasts student resources, including 3D printing and fabrication and media labs. And the academy’s resources extend beyond its students’ tenure there — among the first-floor makerspaces is the Alumni Lab, which Manos described as “a big modular room” with workstations that IYA alumni can apply to use for startups and projects.  Each room features a glass door that doubles as a dry erase board on which students sketch diagrams, scrawl out ideas and stick Post-It notes.  Iovine and Young Hall, or IYH, comprises three floors. The bottom floor is made up of workspaces, the second floor is home to undergraduate classrooms, meeting rooms and conference rooms and the third floor is dedicated to the graduate program’s classrooms. Also on the second floor is a door that opens up to a furnished balcony. When the Iovine and Young Academy opened in 2013, all classes took place in “the Garage,” a collaborative work space on the fourth floor of the Tutor Campus Center. But now, IYA students have a place to officially call home. “We have a really beautiful patio space that faces the natural history museum,” Manos said. “Students can work outside, which is really great for creativity.” The Iovine and Young Hall opened in August after two years of construction — and the space is more than just a collection of classrooms. IYA Assistant Dean for Academic Strategy Matthew Manos said he sees the new building as “a partner in allowing us to realize our curriculum.” Now, things are different. “It was a little hard to sometimes see everything and feel like you could create things in a space that was so cramped and had a lot of limited resources,” Reich said. “And also just having classrooms with little rolly desks, you have to fit like 30 people in a classroom that is only supposed to accommodate like 15 -— it gets a little hard to pay attention sometimes.” With the new lecture halls, Reich said he finds it easier to stay organized and focused during class. “We have, definitely, classrooms, but there’s a few different types of classrooms,” Manos said. “There’s ones that are more lecture-style, there’s ones that are more studio-style where you can kind of make a mess and it’s OK, and then we have a really large makerspace that has all kinds of really cool technology for fabricating or prototyping different ideas that people might have.” IYA student Abigail Africa, a junior in the Academy, said the individual rooms, in contrast to the open space concept of the Garage, provide the opportunity to meet and work in groups more easily. “We have different meeting spaces that the students can use, such as conference rooms and then what we call huddle rooms, which are sort of smaller meeting spaces,” Manos said. Because IYA’s curriculum is hands-on, with an emphasis on collaboration, another key offering of the new building is its meeting rooms.center_img “You can have visitors to a space without disturbing people who are working,” she said. “We have room to spread out. We have all these meeting rooms that you can book.” Casey Reich, a sophomore in IYA, said the more spacious classrooms made the Academy feel more structured. “Before, it was super disruptive if you wanted to have someone over while other groups were working,” Africa said. “Nobody was able to concentrate.” While the building contains traditional classrooms, it also features room for students to work on projects and in groups. Students in IYA study Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation, a unique major that combines multiple disciplines. Reich said that recently, IYA students have been able to coordinate with the faculty to get equipment for the makerspaces that will allow them to complete projects with fewer hiccups. “We originally started just with one cohort of undergrads, and then as time went on, we’re now onto our sixth cohort,” Manos said. “It really grew, [and] we really needed a home for all of these people to be able to collaborate and make really amazing things together.” With the growth of IYA came the need for a building of its own, Manos said. IYA graduated its first cohort of students in 2018 and continues to admit 25 to 30 undergraduate students each year. The school also offers four minors, including product design, multimedia for designers and entrepreneurs, disruptive innovation and designing for experiences, as well as an online master’s program. Iovine and Young Hall opened to students in August 2019. The new building will be used in addition to the Iovine and Young Academy “Garage” on the fourth floor of TCC, giving students more space and resources. (Aamani Ponnekanti | Daily Trojan) “We’ve got a lot of materials that the students have requested,” Reich said. “We wanted a lathe, so [the dean] got a lathe … I’ve been able to get epoxy. And now we have really nice sewing machines and stuff — like, that is important, and we hadn’t had that before. So, that’s where I really see the big difference.” But according to Africa, it’s not just the improved technology and meeting space that makes Iovine and Young Hall valuable to the school’s students. The building now gives students a place at the University to call their own. “More than anything, it gives us a sense of belonging on campus,” Africa said.last_img read more

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Kylian MbappeParis, France | AFP | Could Kylian Mbappe really be about to play his final game for Paris Saint-Germain? And how are the French champions’ main domestic rivals shaping up for what looks set to be a summer of transition?AFP Sport looks at the main talking points in France ahead of the final night of the Ligue 1 season on Friday:– Mbappe going nowhere? –Kylian Mbappe has dominated the headlines and the discussions on television and radio in France this week following his shock remarks at an awards ceremony in Paris on Sunday.The 20-year-old World Cup winner used his victory speech after being named as France’s player and young player of the year to drop a bombshell and suggest he could be ready to leave PSG after just two seasons.“I have discovered so many things here, and I feel that maybe it is the time to take on more responsibility. Maybe at Paris Saint-Germain — with pleasure — or in a new project elsewhere,” Mbappe said.PSG responded by insisting their star man would be going nowhere this summer, but his remarks have increased speculation that Real Madrid could come back in for a player they tried to sign from Monaco in 2017.So it still seems far fetched that PSG’s match at Reims on Friday could be Mbappe’s last for the club, as he looks to add to his 32 league goals for the season without the support of Neymar. The Brazilian is again suspended.– Lyon’s Brazilian revolution –Lille will join PSG in the Champions League group stage after a superb run to second place in Ligue 1. Their game at Rennes on Friday will be the last for the club for Nicolas Pepe, the Ivorian who has scored 22 goals in a brilliant campaign. He will be sold for big money in the summer. Lyon have third place wrapped up and are now crossing their fingers in the hope that Chelsea win the Europa League final against Arsenal. Only if that happens will OL be guaranteed a place in the group stage of next season’s Champions League.That would be a huge boost for the club just as they prepare to usher in a new management team. Bruno Genesio will depart after three and a half years as coach, with club legend Juninho Pernambucano set to come in as sporting director and his fellow Brazilian Sylvinho as head coach.“Sylvinho does not have great experience as a coach in his own right but, without wishing to compare him to (Zinedine) Zidane, we have seen that great players can come on board with ambitious projects and do well,” said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.– All change at Marseille –Saint-Etienne celebrated qualifying for Europe last weekend but were immediately hit by the news that veteran coach Jean-Louis Gasset would be standing down after Friday’s match at Angers.Meanwhile, the announcement that Rudi Garcia would be leaving his job as coach of Marseille came as no surprise at all. The former Champions League winners can no longer finish higher than fifth and will not qualify for Europe.Garcia called it “the worst season of my career”, and the names being linked with the job at the Velodrome include former player Gabriel Heinze, Claude Puel, Rafael Benitez and Porto coach Sergio Conceicao. Whoever comes in faces a huge rebuilding job.It has been a turbulent season too for Monaco, but the principality club will not go down on the final day barring a dramatic set of results.Dijon have to win against Toulouse to stand any chance of avoiding going down automatically along with Guingamp. Caen currently occupy the relegation play-off place but are just two points behind Amiens and are hoping to stay up on the final day for the third season running.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgIt hasn’t been the type of wild ride Disney fans are used to or enjoy.Disney World and Disneyland have both been closed for an unprecedented 11 days due to the CoronaVirus pandemic. And now it is being announced that both parks will not be opening on April 1st as originally planned.According to a report released by a Walt Disney Company spokesperson, it has now been decided that both parks and all associated resorts will remain closed indefinitely until they can come up with a solid timeline to reopen.The statement also went onto say that they will continue to pay all of their employees through April 18th.last_img read more

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE Sean Gibson said; “the event will be held on August 13 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel and will be the primary activity to honor the 100th anniversary of his great-grandfather.”Josh Gibson began playing professionally for the Pittsburgh Crawfords at age 16.Over the next 17 years, he was the catcher for both the Crawfords and Homestead Grays and best known for his exceptional home run-hitting power. Gibson died tragically in 1947.Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Franco Harris pointed out that “we look at a lot of different feats and things that were accomplished, but, just like in any sport, we know there were a lot of challenges also during that time, but the most important thing is that they met those challenges, came through those challenges and have left a great history for us, especially here in Pittsburgh.”Legendary MLB Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson will receive the 2011 Josh Gibson Legacy Award at the event. Jackson hit 563 home runs over his 21-year major league career. The Josh Gibson Foundation will also use this special night to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Pirates fielding the first all-minority lineup in major league history.Former Pirates Centerfielder Al (scoops) Oliver also reminisced; “It wasn’t a big deal to most of us but, when you [take a] look back you appreciate it more today than when it happened, [just] to be a part of history.”Josh Gibson may be gone but his contributions and sacrifices should never be taken lightly by any American because he shed blood, sweat and tears not just to make the game of baseball better but to remove the cloak of racism from our lifestyles and our culture. What a difference one hundred years can make. “If you miss the train I’m on, you will know that I am gone. You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles. A hundred miles, a hundred miles, a hundred miles, a hundred miles. You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles.” (Hedy West) The Josh Gibson Foundation announced plans for the Josh Gibson Centennial Negro League Gala recently at a news conference held at the Heinz History Center.last_img read more