Join powder hounds throughout the Southeast in unveiling the premier of Pretty Faces, a film conceived by professional big mountain skier and SheJumps co-founder, Lynsey Dyer. The objective of the film is to give women and girls, young and old, a source of inspiration through a unique look at what is possible when boundaries are broken, dreams are captured, and friendships are cultivated.Dyer says of the film that she, “…wanted to give young girls something positive to look up to…[and] to give them their Blizzard of Ahhs, Ski Movie or High Life, but done in a way that also shows the elegance, grace, community, and style that is unique to women in the mountains.”The film will be shown tomorrow, January 8, 2015, at The Millroom. Doors open at 6 PM and the screening starts at 7 PM. The film premiere is also fundraising money to benefit SheJumps and Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina by offering a raffle with prizes donated from Asheville Brewery Tours, Asheville Adventure Rentals, Lululemon, ENO, Astral, Cataloochee Ski Area, and many more.You can buy your tickets in advance here. Stay up-to-date on film showing happenings by joining the event’s Facebook page.Can’t decide if you want to see the flick? Check out the trailer below!You go girls!
“The family accommodation market is constantly growing. Last year, 7,6 million arrivals were recorded, with an increase of 10%, the number of overnight stays also increased by 6,2% to 43,3 million. But we should not focus only on raising numbers, but on investing in quality. Namely, with the importance for tourism and small business in general, family accommodation is a key medium for creating and transmitting the identity of our destinations, ” pointed out the director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Ana Klarić at the 5th Family Accommodation Forum, which is being organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce this year in Split from March 29 to 30. As part of the Forum, the awards “Tourist Flower – Quality for Croatia” were awarded to the best renters in 11 categories. The main focus of the fifth edition of the Family Accommodation Forum is on raising quality. During the two days of the Forum, participants will be able to learn how to improve different segments of the offer, from luxury private accommodation and interior design to investing in professional photography and serving a superb breakfast. “Considering that the Split-Dalmatia County has the largest number of family accommodation in Croatia, we have launched numerous trainings and counseling centers in order to increase the quality of the offer. We do all this because we believe that it is necessary to help family accommodation to raise quality, have a better marketing presence, better distribution and to keep pace with new tourist and market trends., said the director of the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Joško Stella. State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina said that family accommodation must become an internationally recognized product, in line with the principles of green tourism and intended for targeted market niches for most of the year. “To achieve this, it is necessary to provide support to renters to develop through investment. That is why, in cooperation with HBOR, we have prepared a microcredit program for private renters, for which great interest has been expressed. Our goal is to provide financial support for the arrangement of accommodation capacities to all natural persons who are registered for renting rooms, apartments, holiday homes or camps. This will ultimately result in equalizing quality, achieving better service in private accommodation and raising the competitiveness of Croatian tourism. “, said Glavina, adding that such a step should introduce us to the top 20 tourist countries in the world. The loans offer unique conditions of only 2 percent interest for amounts up to HRK 375 thousand, with a repayment period of up to 10 years. The head of the Service for Economy, Tourism, International and European Funds of the City of Split, Ela Žižić, stated that the Forum is primarily of an educational nature, but it is also important for the exchange of knowledge and experience. “It is important to network, learn from the best and implement measures to increase quality, taking into account the latest trends in tourism markets. This makes us even better and more competitive as a tourist destination. “, said Žižić. Director of the Tourism Department of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Ana Klarić Awarded the best renters They were declared the best accommodation on the coast Apartments Mediterraneo on the island of Capri, the title for best accommodation in the city is gone The Pearl of the Danube from Vukovar, was declared the best accommodation for the family Villa More in Lovran, the best accommodation for an active vacation is Villa Maslina in Buzet, and for a wellness holiday Little Villa Rebecca from Gornja Dubrava. Villa Milica from Pula was declared the best eco accommodation, Villa Covri from Brtonigla is the most original accommodation, Stancija Rušeti from Oprtalj is the best accommodation in nature, a Holiday house Sobol the best accommodation in rural tourism. Apartments Sabina from Fužine were chosen as the best family accommodation in 2019, as well as the best accommodation for staying with pets.
Coach of reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions Arnett Gardens FC, Jerome Waite, says his team is ready for the challenge in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championships in order to move on to the CONCACAF stage.Arnett will depart the island next Sunday for the Dominican Republic where they will participate in Group Four alongside Atletico Pantoja of Dominican Republic, America des Cayes (Haiti) and Notch (Suriname).Waite is already looking forward to the CONCACAF stage, where the club has participated in the past.”Well, first and foremost, we have participated in the CONCACAF round twice, but have not passed the quarter-final stage. Our aim is to win the CFU group stage and qualify for the semi-finals, then be among the top three that will advance to the CONCACAF,” Waite told The Gleaner.”I’m pretty much confident based on our performance in the local Red Stripe Premier League, where the team has done well,” the veteran coach shared.He admitted that he did not know much about the opponents, but he remains optimistic.GIVE THEIR BEST”A lot of the players have not played at this level, but they should give of their best, as doors can be opened for them. We don’t have any info on the teams, but they will know about us, as the Premier League is broadcast in the Caribbean,” he informed.Waite is yet to name his 20-man squad for the tournament, but disclosed that players such as captain Oneil ‘Bigga’ Thompson, Renae Lloyd, Marvin Morgan, Kemal Malcolm, Jason Moore, Vishinul Harris, Dicoy Williams, Ranike Anderson, Damion Hyatt, Peter Harrison, Keneil Hyde will be included.Arnett will play against America des Cayes on March 2, Notch on March 3, and Atletico Pantoja on March 5. All games will be at Estadio OlÌmpico FÈlix S·nchez in Santo Domingo.The 14 teams are divided into four groups, and the winners will advance to the semi-finals.Meanwhile, Montego Bay United, the other Jamaican club that has qualified, will participate in Group Three alongside Central of Trinidad and Tobago and Scholars International of the Cayman Islands.
29 July 2014The United States is to set up centres to train Africa’s next generation of political and economic leaders – starting next year with centres in Senegal, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya – as it moves to expand US President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative.Obama made this announcement in Washington on Monday during a meeting with a group of 500 young Africans who were chosen from nearly 50 000 applicants from across the continent to participate in the Washington Fellowship exchange programme, part of the Young African Leaders Initiative.He also announced that the exchange programme – which gives Africans aged 25 to 35 the opportunity to study at the top 20 universities in the US – was being renamed the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, in honour of the former South African president.According to news agency Bloomberg, the US Agency for International Development would be providing $38-million to set up the first four leadership centres. Obama said that US universities, African institutions and business partners like Microsoft and MasterCard Foundation would also be partnering on setting up and running the centres.“Starting next year, young Africans can come to these centres to network, access the latest technology, and get training in management and entrepreneurship,” Obama said. “The first centers will be located in Senegal, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya – and will provide tens of thousands of young Africans the resources they need to put their ideas into action.”According to the White House, the Young African Leaders Initiative was launched by Obama in 2010 “as part of a long-term investment in the next generation of African leaders. It aims to sharpen their skills, to improve their networks, and to strengthen partnerships between the United States and Africa for years to come”.Obama told his audience on Monday that “even as we acknowledge the real hardships that so many Africans face every day, we have to make sure that we’re all seizing the extraordinary potential of today’s Africa, the youngest and fastest-growing continent.”The Young African Leaders Initiative, he said, “is about capitalizing on the creativity and talent of Africa’s young leaders by empowering them with the skills, training, and technology necessary to make lasting change and meaningful progress back home.”Next week, Obamba will be hosting the first US-Africa Leaders Summit, representing the largest gathering that any American president has hosted with African heads of state and government.SAinfo reporter
Brighton determined to keep Ben Whiteby Paul Vegas10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton have no intention of selling Ben White.The 22-year-old has been in excellent form on loan at Leeds United this season.Liverpool have been watching his performances, but The Argus says Albion do not want to sell the young centre-back.The Reds are reportedly willing to pay £20m for the Englishman.White signed a new contract with Brighton before joining Leeds, taking his contract up until 2022. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Boothroyd confirms Arsenal whizkid Saka on England U21 radarby Ansser Sadiq8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAidy Boothroyd has admitted that he is keeping tabs on Bukayo Saka for the England under-21 side.The 19-year-old has burst onto the scene for the Gunners this term, as he has shown in Europa League games.He was also impressive against Manchester United in the Premier League a few weeks ago.And Boothroyd considers Saka on his radar for the time being.”He is definitely on the radar,” manager Aidy Boothroyd told reporters.”I saw him play against (Nottingham) Forest (last month). “I know what he’s all about. He’ll do well enough before long.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Leroy Lindsay appointed as Director General of the JCAA. Mr. Lindsay has also worked with the Emirates Airline in Dubai as Fleet Manager. Story Highlights Chairman of the Board of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Hon. B. St. Michael Hylton, has announced the appointment of Leroy Lindsay as Director General of the JCAA. Mr. Lindsay’s appointment takes effect November 1.Mr. Lindsay has a wealth of experience in the aviation industry, having worked with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in Air Traffic Control and Operations. He later joined Air Jamaica Limited and held positions of Senior Flight Dispatcher and System Operations Manager.Mr. Lindsay has also worked with the Emirates Airline in Dubai as Fleet Manager; Airbus; and as an International Aviation Consultant with the International Air Transport Association.“On behalf of the Board, Management and Staff of the JCAA, we congratulate Mr. Lindsay and wish him success,” Mr. Hylton said. Mr. Lindsay worked with the Royal Air Force in the United Kingdom in Air Traffic Control and Operations.
WINNIPEG – Canada’s Indigenous services minister says Ottawa has fully complied with the orders of a 2016 ruling from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal which said the federal government discriminates against Indigenous children.“We have turned a corner,” Jane Philpott told The Canadian Press. “We will reach a day soon where we will know that the parties have agreed that we have fully complied.”She said the government is working with the tribunal to confirm every one of its orders has been fulfilled.The First Nations children’s advocate who filed the complaint said the matter is far from settled.“It’s untenable to me that still in 2018 the Canadian government gives First Nations kids less than every other kid in the country,” said Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.“That, to me, is unacceptable and it needs to change and there needs to be a plan to change it.”In 2007, Blackstock’s society and the Assembly of First Nations filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission.Nearly a decade later, the tribunal sided with Blackstock and ruled the government discriminates against First Nations kids because they can only get the same child-welfare funding and programs if they are taken into care, often out of their communities and into non-Indigenous homes.The tribunal ordered Canada to stop discriminating immediately, reform First Nations child-welfare programs and make sure Indigenous kids have their health, education and social needs met no matter where they live.In February, the tribunal issued a fourth non-compliance order to Ottawa. It said the “seriousness and emergency of the issue is not grasped with some of Canada’s actions and responses.”The same day, Indigenous Services Canada sent a letter to all 105 First Nations child and family services agencies. It said the federal government would immediately begin to cover agencies’ actual costs, as well as reimburse them retroactively to 2016.Philpott pointed to funds in the federal budget — about $1.4 billion over six years for First Nations child and family services — as an important step towards meeting the tribunal’s requirements.Blackstock said compliance doesn’t come from promised money — the government needs to show that it will flow to children.“We don’t know how much is going to go to provinces and we don’t know how much is going to First Nations agencies or to First Nations,” Blackstock said.There have been encouraging developments since Philpott took over the file, she said, but Blackstock is skeptical the funding will come without strings attached. Money often doesn’t make its way to kids unless certain conditions are met, she added.Indigenous children account for about seven per cent of all kids in Canada, but make up more than half the number in care. In Manitoba, Indigenous children make up nearly 90 per cent of kids in care.Philpott said increased funding isn’t the government’s only solution. The idea is to change things so there aren’t “these perverse incentives which incline the system to see kids being apprehended.”There is a lot more flexibility in the new funds so money goes to support families and doesn’t flow only when children are apprehended, Philpott said.“We are doing well beyond what the tribunal has asked us to do in terms of really transforming the system,” she said. “Really trying to find ways that we support families.”
1988Oklahoma13 151.2 1944Notre Dame13 1946Notre Dame16 1981Pittsburgh12 1945Notre Dame15 1987Penn State13 2004Ohio State14 2008USC10107.1 2015Florida State11101.7 2012Alabama898.7 1971Ohio State13 Source: Pro-football-reference.com 1944Texas12 1947UCLA9103.1 1954Notre Dame12 POSITIONPLAYEROVERALL SELECTIONDRAFT VALUE 2016Ohio State12 1988Miami (FL)12 1982Texas12 1940USC9100.3 Schools with more than a dozen players chosen in one year 1968USC11122.2 1944USC12 2002Miami (FL)11103.3 OLBDarron Lee2015.5 1977USC13 TENick Vannett945.7 2010Oklahoma7112.9 2006USC11102.8 1975USC14 Given all that, it wasn’t a surprise that Ohio State produced a top-notch draft class in 2016. What is surprising is that it’s the most impressive draft class in modern history. At the most basic level, there were just a lot of Buckeyes taken in the draft. Twelve Ohio State players were selected during the 2016 NFL draft, the 25th time a school has had such a distinction. And, in fact, it’s the fourth time Ohio State has sent at least a dozen players to the pros via the NFL draft:But although Ohio State was not exactly hurting in the quantity department, the quality of those picks sets the team apart. Consider, for example, that although the Texas Longhorns had 17 players drafted in 1984, eight of those players were selected with the 180th pick or later; conversely, all 12 Ohio State players were selected in the first four rounds, with Jones being the last pick at number 139. Using the draft value chart, which assigns the average marginal approximate value produced by each draft pick, we can give more weight to the best picks to provide a more accurate measure of class strength. Here is how many points of draft value were used on each Ohio State player in the 2016 draft: 1950Minnesota13 Total 1987Miami (FL)7108.1 2006Ohio State9111.5 WRMichael Thomas4710.1 WRBraxton Miller856.3 YEARSCHOOLPICKS FSVonn Bell618.4 Using this methodology, the best draft class between the 1970 merger and this year came out of Miami in 2004. And yet this class beat that mark by 31.7 percent! That Hurricanes draft was great, with Sean Taylor (fifth overall), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth), Jonathan Vilma (12th), D.J. Williams (17th), Vernon Carey (19th) and Vince Wilfork (21st) all selected in the first round. But after those six players, Miami didn’t have another player drafted until the seventh round. By contrast, the Buckeyes had five first-round picks, two more in the second round, three in the third and two more in the fourth. As a result, it stands out as the most impressive draft class in modern history. ILBJoshua Perry1025.1 1952Maryland12 1984Texas17 1967Michigan State8113.7 2016Ohio State12151.2 DEJoey Bosa327.6 1942Texas10100.6 DTAdolphus Washington806.7 1975Nebraska12 RBEzekiel Elliott425.8 1955Notre Dame9128.8 1974UCLA12 CBEli Apple1019.9 1975Ohio State13 2004MiamI (FL)9114.8 1993Notre Dame9114.0 Incredibly, Ohio State had five players drafted in the top 20 and another five in the top 100. As a result, a total of 151.2 points of draft value was used on Buckeyes players. That’s the most — by a very large margin — in 70 years. The table below shows the top 25 draft classes as measured by points of draft value used to select players: 1946Notre Dame16170.4 1954Notre Dame12121.7 Source: Pro-football-reference.com 1976Colorado12 1950Notre Dame12 1981Pittsburgh12106.2 The 2016 Ohio State draft class is amazing Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1953USC15 OTTaylor Decker1616.9 1945Notre Dame15126.2 Coach Urban Meyer came to Columbus in 2012, and the Ohio State football team has been outstanding from the moment he arrived. In his first season, the Buckeyes went 12-0, although the team was ineligible for a bowl game or postseason play. In 2013, the team began 12-0 again before being upset by Michigan State in the Big 10 championship game. Two seasons ago, Ohio State won the national championship, going 12-1 in the regular season and defeating Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon in the postseason behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones. And last season, Ohio State’s only loss came as time expired against Michigan State in late November. YEARTEAMNUMBER OF PICKSDRAFT VALUE 1948Alabama6103.8 1939TCU6100.1 1977USC13113.9 QBCardale Jones1393.2 2000Tennessee9102.6