Trailhead Shorts: Adventures, Ultra Race of Champions and a 5K World Record

first_imgSwimmers and kayakers participate in Chattanooga’s River Rocks Festival. Photo: Randall HolcombeMust Do AdventuresRiver Rocks in Chattanooga Canoe jousting, trail running, mountain biking, bouldering, hot air ballooning…if you’ve got an outdoor pursuit, it’s probably on the docket for Chattanooga’s River Rocks, a 10-day celebration of mountain pursuits. Sept 30-Oct. 9. riverrockschattanooga.comWatch a video of all the Chattanooga River Rocks fun!Paddle the Upper Ocoee 1600 cubic-feet-per-second of dammed water is released into the Upper Ocoee the first three Saturdays in September. The class III-IV Upper Ocoee is home to the Olympic Whitewater Course. americanwhitewater.orgUSA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships Watch the best downhill pros sort out the podium on new lift-served downhill courses designed by North Carolina native and former national champion Christopher Herndon. Sept. 22-25. skibeech.comThe Ultra Race of Champions  The best ultra runners in the world will go toe to toe at the Ultra Race of Champions, a new event to be held at the Wintergreen Resort, outside of Charlottesville, Va. The 100K course features 32 miles of singletrack, 25 miles of gravel road, and five miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. There’s a $10,000 cash purse, half of which will go to the first female and male finisher, and a belt buckle for anyone who can finish the race in under 17 hours. The race is open to all runners, but a few of the notable pros already committed are Geoff Roes, the Western States 100 Mile course record holder; Dave Mackey, the USATF 100K trail champion; and Karl Meltzer, who has more 100-miler wins to his name than any other runner. Sept. 24. ultraroc.comGreenville Sets 5K World Record Within the last year, three Southern running clubs have set Guinness World Records for the successive 5K relay. In Florida, 100 members of the Florida Striders set the first 100x5K relay world record (37 hours, 12 minutes, 53 seconds) last December. But that record was quickly beaten this past March by the Charlotte Running Club, which had 100 members run successive 5Ks in 30 hours, 56 minutes, and 49 seconds. Then, in May, the Greenville Track Club usurped Charlotte by running 100 successive 5Ks in 30 hours, 1 minute, and 15 seconds.“There was only one point where we had doubts about beating the record,” says Ed Hughes, a runner and one of the directors of the event. “It was early in the attempt. One of our runners was overcome with heat exhaustion, and he was on lap 10 of 12.5. We were concerned he might collapse and that would mean giving up the attempt if he had to be carried off the track. He is a very determined individual and he made it by walking the last 2.5 laps, and fainted immediately after making the handoff. The rest of the event went smoothly. We hosed everyone, whether they wanted it or not.”Hughes says the club is now looking at setting a 100x8K relay world record.Quote of Note The bike is the key. It can be transportation to school or a job, or it can mean freedom, fitness, and fun.– Stephen Janes, director of Trips for Kids WNC, a nonprofit that takes at- risk youth mountain bikinglast_img read more

Increased number of permits for employment of foreigners in tourism and catering

first_imgToday, the Government of the Republic of Croatia amended the Decision on determining the annual quota of permits for the employment of foreigners for the calendar year 2018, which increased the number of permits in the tourism and catering sector.State Secretary at the Ministry of Labor and Pension System Majda Burić explained that when determining the annual quota of permits for employment of foreigners for 2018, it was not possible to accurately determine the needs of the economy, so there was a disproportion between the established situation and the required number of permits.Thus, the number of licenses in the field of tourism and catering was increased from 4660 licenses to 8660 licenses.The increase of 4000 permits relates to the occupation of “assistant worker in tourism”, 3000 for new employment and 1000 for seasonal work for up to six months. Also, a large number of license applications were received in the activities of transport, agriculture and forestry, for which the approved quota was also used, so it was proposed to increase the number of seasonal work licenses to 90 days in the profession of “fruit picker” from 500 to 1000 . With the proposed changes to the decision, the total annual quota of permits for 2018 for the employment of foreigners in Croatia increases to 35.500 permits.The needs of the market, the increase of all indicators in the pre-season and the announcement of a more successful tourist season require a larger number of workers, said the Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia, Andrej Plenković “This creates the preconditions not to put ourselves in a situation where there are too few workers in the hotel and catering industry during the successful tourist season.”, Concluded the Prime Minister.According to the announcements and taking into account that we currently have an interest of employers higher than the number of available approved quotas, we are increasing quotas for employment of foreigners in tourism, points out Tonči Glavina, State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism, adding that the Ministry of the Interior is responsible for allocating quotas. open hands to redistribute unused quotas from other activities. “These measures are currently necessary in order not to jeopardize the successful completion of the tourist year. The Ministry of Tourism also invests a lot of energy in long-term measures such as promotion programs, scholarships, retraining and competence centers in tourism, for which we have provided significant funds from EU funds. One of our basic goals is to create a large number of new jobs with tourism and, of course, to create the most qualified and best workers for Croatian tourism in Croatia. I thank the Minister of Labor and Pensions, Marko Pavić and his team for their efficiency and very quick reaction.”Glavina concluded.The decision takes effect immediately Due to the certain duration of the procedure for approving and issuing residence and work permits for foreigners, the Government of the Republic of Croatia proposed that the Decision enter into force on the first day after its publication in the Official Gazette so that employers’ requests could be resolved as soon as possible. contracted investments and projects.ANNEX / DECISION ON AMENDMENTS TO THE DECISION ON DETERMINATION OF THE ANNUAL QUOTA OF LICENSES FOR EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGNERS FOR THE CALENDAR YEAR 2018Related news: MINISTRY OF TOURISM PRESENTED THE CONCEPT OF TOURISM COMPETENCE CENTERSlast_img read more

Cricket News Wasim Jaffer has a piece of advice for the young talent

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Wasim Jaffer has amassed over 19000 runs in the domestic circuit. Jaffer believes having T20 skills is the hour requirement today. He has played 31 Test and 2 ODIs for India.  New Delhi: The Veteran Indian Cricketer Wasim Jaffer has probably been India’s best domestic circuit batsman. He is often termed as the artist of domestic cricket and unsurprisingly, hails from Mumbai. Despite being the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy, Irani Trophy, and also having the highest number of first-class hundreds, Wasim Jaffer didn’t get going at the International area. Having played over 30 Test for India, Wasim doesn’t carry an impressive record. The 40-year-old, in his initial days, used to play as an opener and scored 1944 runs in 58 innings at a decent average of 34.11. Having got ample opportunities up front, the giant wasn’t able to impress the selectors and was eventually dropped from the squad. Jaffer last featured against South Africa in 2008 at Green Park. Jaffer hasn’t been the power-hitter and scored 95 percent of his domestic runs with orthodox shots. His traditional approach helped him to amass 19147 runs at an incredible average of 51.19. To top that off, he has won as many as ten Ranji Trophy titles – 2 with Vidarbha and 8 with Mumbai.Being close to cricket over two and a half decades now, Jaffer finally opens up and has a piece of advice of the young guns. He believes that if a player needs to survive at the supreme level for long, he should have T20 skills in batting or bowling otherwise the path is foggy.  Speaking to, Jaffer went on saying “This is how the system is working now. The times have changed. Nowadays, I feel a player needs to have T20 skills otherwise he is not going to survive.”While explaining, Jaffer indirectly quoted his own example and said, “No matter how much runs you score in the Ranji Trophy or Duleep Trophy or Irani Trophy, if you don’t have T20 skills in batting or bowling, you are not going to go too far. Obviously, they look into that and they prioritise their game accordingly to suit T20 cricket which I don’t think is their fault. That is how the system works now and they want to get noticed.”They know if they don’t play the IPL, they won’t get too far. The IPL gives them the benchmark for them to get picked for the Indian team. You can’t blame them because you need to have T20 skills otherwise you are not going to play too much cricket,” he concluded.last_img read more