Vard Names Norway’s New Surveillance Vessel

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

first_img View post tag: Norway View post tag: VARD Back to overview,Home naval-today Vard Names Norway’s New Surveillance Vessel View post tag: New View post tag: Marjata View post tag: europe View post tag: names View post tag: Naval View post tag: Surveillance Authorities December 8, 2014 Share this article Vard Names Norway’s New Surveillance Vessel Vard Holdings Limited, a designer and shipbuilder of offshore and specialized vessels, held a naming ceremony for Norway’s new surveillance vessel “Marjata” at Vard Langsten.The vessel was contracted by the Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation in 2011 and will be operated by the Norwegian Intelligence Service. It is equipped for surveillance activity in the Barents Sea and the High North, and is one of the most technologically advanced vessels of its kind.The vessel was named by the Norwegian Prime Minister, Mrs. Erna Solberg on 6 December 2014. The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Defence, Mrs. Ine Eriksen Søreide, as well as high-ranking representatives of the Norwegian Armed Forces and Norwegian Intelligence Service.The hull of the vessel was constructed at Vard Tulcea in Romania, and it is currently being outfitted at Vard Langsten. The vessel will be delivered from the yard in 1Q 2015, and will enter operative service for the Norwegian Intelligence Service in 2016. The new vessel, named “Marjata”, replaces a predecessor by the same name, also built at Vard Langsten and in operation since 1995.Kjell Grandhagen, Director Norwegian Intelligence Service, commented,The naming of Marjata is an important milestone in the process towards the vessel entering into operative service in 2016. The new Marjata will be an important element in the continuation of the Norwegian Intelligence Service’s mission in the High North, and represents a modern resource which will contribute to secure Norway’s information needs for the next 30 years.[mappress mapid=”14643″]Press release, Image: Norwegian Armed Forces View post tag: Navy View post tag: vessel View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Fire at Wolfson College

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgFire broke out at Wolfson College around 7.30 on Sunday 15th June in one of the on-site accommodation blocks. The fire is believed to have been started by a grill being left on in one of the kitchens, although Fire investigators are seeking to confirm this. A student at Wolfson told Cherwell that the fire was limited to the flat, and was initially spotted by another student who alerted residents to the fire. Incident commander Nigel Wilson told the Oxford Mail that “the actual seat of the fire and the communal area were very badly damaged – the flats only suffered smoke and heat damage.” At least three fire engines were reportedly in attendance as well as an ambulance. There was concern over one female student remaining unaccounted for, with firefighters having to enter the building through a third floor window to search rooms in the block. It later emerged the missing student had been sleeping elsewhere. No one was injured in the incident.last_img read more

Oxford supports alumni career changes

May 3, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgOxford’s efforts to address almuni career changes have been commended by the Financial Times as “the first initiative of its kind in the UK outside business schools”.The event took place on Saturday 12th February and aimed at mid-career professionals who would like a boost to their career, or who are looking to “change direction.”It comprised of panel discussions, talks, workshops and even a CV clinic, with a networking session at the end. A range of topics was discussed, from how to break into International Development to how to start your own business. There was also a session on “the benefits of gaining further qualifications.”100 alumni paid £45 to attend this event, which addressed mid-career changes.According to Jonathan Black, President of the Careers Service, a show of hands at the beginning revealed that a third of the attendees were definitely going to change their career, about a third were thinking about it, and a few had to change because they were being made redundant.According to Dr. Daud Salim Faruquie a graduate student studying Evidence-Based Social Intervention, “people contemplate a switch in their career due to varied reasons”.Having made a calculated move from academia to policy himself, Faruquie feels that such events are particularly useful in providing a platform where people can “evaluate their contemplations.”The initiative taken by the Careers Service was a result of a policy changed two years ago to support alumni for life (the previous standard being four years).According to Black, there are currently about 8000 alumni registered on CareerConnect, the Careers Service’s online job portal, with a number of them reportedly finding jobs through it.last_img read more

Greensky Bluegrass & Leftover Salmon Decide To Merge Competing Shows For The Love Of Music

March 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgFans in Louisville, KY were looking at a very difficult decision next Thursday, September 15th, as both Greensky Bluegrass and Leftover Salmon were performing at different venues in the city on the same night. Though both bands are routed through unique fall tours, the intersection certainly posed some dilemmas for fans who have been loyal followers of both artists.Fortunately, these two bands have deep ties, and even recently performed on the same bill at Red Rocks Amphitheatre earlier this year. The two groups have lovingly decided to merge their two performances, keeping the jamgrass flowing at the Mercury Ballroom for this special billing. Cereus Bright will support both bands.According to the GSBG announcement, all tickets purchased for Leftover Salmon will be honored at the Mercury, and refunds will be issued to all those who can no longer make it. With both Greensky and Salmon on the same bill, Louisville bluegrass fans have no excuse to miss this show! More information can be found here.last_img read more

Elephant Revival’s Bonnie Paine Discusses The Interconnected Depth Of Her Music

March 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe ethereal voice of Bonnie Paine is one of the most instantly recognizable pieces of the musical experience that is Elephant Revival. Her multi-octave range and haunting, hushed tones is complimented by her skill on a wide variety of percussive and bowed instruments, from the washboard to cello and many points between. Her performance skills, when joined with that of fiddle player Bridget Law, guitarist Daniel Rodriguez, bassist Dango Rose and banjo/pedal steel player Charlie Rose, play a brand of music often described as “Transcendental Folk.”Of all her contributions to the band’s unique and dynamic sound, the most important is her songwriting. Recently Paine revealed that many of her songs from throughout the band’s career have been part of a long and winding tale of a lost child and the sea. Water, in all its many forms, has been at the heart of many of her tunes, from “Drop” to the banks of Oregon’s “Rogue River.”Our own Rex Thomson had a chance to catch up with the elusive Ms. Paine as she prepared with the rest of the band for their upcoming show with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. In the interview, Paine shares the poignant tale uniting many of her songs, her joy at seeing the sold out crowd at the band’s first headlining Red Rocks performance and her excitement at hearing the band’s material fleshed out with a full compliment of amazing musicians. You can read the full conversation below; enjoy!Live For Live Music: This has been a pretty crazy year for you. You narrowly escaped a bus fire, released a fabulous new album, sold out Red Rocks as the headliner and next weekend you are playing with the Denver Symphony. Is this the wildest year of your life?Bonnie Paine: Maybe so, actually, when you put it that way. Yeah, we have had some adventures this year, all different kinds. And there is still more to come!L4LM: Well,rather than focus on the bad, let’s talk about the good for a moment. What was it like, playing to a full house at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre?BP:  That was amazing. It was incredible to look and and see so many faces of people we love in such a beautiful space. That was magical.Someone filmed it in 3-D and I got to look at it. It was awesome. You can look any direction you want to when you put these goggles on. I saw myself, then I turned and saw my dad and mom, then I looked back and saw myself onstage and recognized the first moment I saw them in the crowd. It was a trip.L4LM: Was it weird to see yourself from so many different angles?BP: I try not to focus too much on how I look when I play. I usually don’t look too much at myself. That can be a bad idea for me. I don’t know too many people who like looking at themselves.L4LM: You released a new album, Petals, that seemed to touch on some heavier subjects than in the past with some new, densely layered instrumentation. Are you happy with the final product?BP: I’m very happy. It was very different. It was an exploration of sound. We tried to add a lot of new flavors. We had Charlie Rose with his pedal steel, for the first time. That was a new flavor.It was also the first album I played the cello on. I’ve written songs on the cello for years, but I usually ended up playing percussion instead.  These songs had some cello parts that were really powerful, and that was fun. We got some big drum sounds in there, which was new for us. It has been fun to play with our new percussionist who is touring with us, so it makes it really fun.L4LM: So how many instruments do you play regularly.BP: I don’t know. I mean… does the washboard count?L4LM: You’re playing it with musical intent, so of course.BP: Well, then seven or so.L4LM: You said you have written songs on the cello for years. Is there a formula to how you go about writing your songs?BP:  Generally my songs begin with a melody in my head when I am out walking around. Usually these melodies pop into my mind when I am outside of human made areas. Out in the woods, down by a river. From the melody I will find words that fit over the rhythm of that melody.Some are really fun to find the chords for initially, because it is in the same register as my voice. So I can find the notes that way. Sometimes it comes from trying to mimic a bird’s voice on the cello. Sometimes I am just strumming guitar chords until something speak to me..or stomping around…chanting a bit maybe?L4LM: You mentioned your new touring percussionist, Darren Garvey. How are you enjoying having more help keeping the beat going?BP: He’s amazing. We have known Darren since our first gigs really.  We met him at the Stage Stop in Rollinsville, Colorado when the band first got together. Its fun. My sisters were all in town this one time, really early in our beginnings, when we were playing at the Stage Stop. We all hung out basically as our band was forming and had a blast. It is really impressive to see a percussionist as dialed in he was and is.The best thing about playing with him is understanding. I know where he is going. It’s like when I play with my sisters. I’m not wondering about where he is going or trying to make sure what I am playing matches what he is playing. I told him “Playing with you is just like playing with my sisters, which is a compliment.”It’s very natural to play with him. He has a great groove and an open heart.L4LM: Did you add a percussionist to take some of your duties, and, if so, are you just going to add five or six more people?BP: No, I don’t think so. But he is also a multi-instrumentalist, like everybody in the band. There’s room for so many kinds of flavors on these instruments. It is fun for sure.L4LM: Over the last year or so, you have introduced certain songs from throughout Elephant Revival’s existence as part of a longer running story. Can you help us understand what you are trying to create?BP: Yeah, a lot of my songs are related. Some of them I have discovered this after they were written, in a way, that they were all a part of the same story. Now I am writing for it a little more intentionally to fill out the story.The first song that I ever wrote is called “Currach,” which is on our first album. It is about being taken on a boat and getting lost. It is the story of a little boy who ends up in a little boat and gets washed out to sea.  Shortly after that I was babysitting for my friends and I wrote the next part of the cycle, and that’s “Furthest Shore” which is on Petals, the album we just released.That is the story of the boy after he has grown up and the adventures he has. Then there is “Stolen,” also on Petals, where he gets picked up by a slave ship and has to overthrow the slave driver. Its a long, long story; that is just a small piece of it.So the short version is there are thirteen songs now that are part of that story. My mom is writing it for me, because she is a great writer. The dream is to have an acrobatic ballet made from it someday, played with a symphony, along with the music.Listen to Elephant Revival perform a beautiful rendition of “Stolen” from the Wonder Ballroom in Portland, Oregon in April of this year:L4LM: So there are thirteen songs written for this already?BP: Maybe more, I’m still finding ways things fit together. There are going to be two separate albums I’m realizing, and two separate plays or ballets made from it. The first one is nearly completed. There is just one and a half songs missing that tell the last chunk of that part of the story.The second half… I should probably start that today. I’m starting to realize that other songs are a part of it. Like the raven character, it’s just become really apparent to me that it is a part of it. It has turned up in a couple of songs now. Those songs are actually making more sense to me now.The raven’s part in it is definitely more of the second half of the story.L4LM: Another thing that seems to connect a majority of the songs you write is the element water. Is that on purpose as well?BP: Yeah, absolutely. I look for water places everywhere we go if I have time. Those are the easiest places, when I am writing, to let it flow, so to speak. I listen for melodies in the water. Whether it’s the way streams bubble, or the river rushes or the ocean ebbs and falls or rain falls…there are patterns that you can hear that can repeat themselves.It can be come a melody that is ingrained in your surroundings, and it is something a lot of people can relate to. I want to draw from those places when I am writing because it is something everyone can relate to. And water is life.Water is the main ingredient for any type of creativity, the creation of life.Here’s one of Elephant Revival’s most well known songs about water, the thought provoking “Drop.”L4LM: The effect your music has on audiences is impressive. Elephant Revival has been known to literally mesmerize crowds with your lush and immersive songs. Do you subscribe to the idea that music is emotion distilled?BP:  Yes, that is one of my favorite things about music. before there are words there is an initial reaction going on. It’s funny, I haven’t been able to put this thought into word yet and it is about hesitating to put things into words. It is about taking time to experience things first, and music is an accepted form of that.We put so much into words, human words, and language as a species. It’s a beautiful thing and I love language, but I think it separates us from the rest of the natural word that we are part of, and I think it isolates us from the rest of living world that surrounds us that is not human. Language is the only form of communication that we are willing to accept most of the time, with the exception of music and art.Those are things that go beyond the sounds that only a human can make. Music and art goes beyond that to visions and taps into sensations and feelings that are shared between each other. It taps into that bigger communication that is going on that we forget to acknowledge in the world every day. We need to remember and acknowledge that it is not just our species in the world. Does that make sense?L4LM: It does, and that is a very pure goal for a musician to have. If there is a story behind your work is there an emotional core to the songs you write?BP: At times, but I try to not get too honed in on in trying to impart something specific because you never know what someone is needing. Music is medicine for a lot of people, at least for me. So I wouldn’t want to limit what somebody might be able to take away from the song. Everybody has their own filter.If there was one thing that I wanted to have some kind of impact with listeners, it is to stay connected, to remember that they are part of something. I think disharmony and suffering are from some element of separation. We need to remember that we are inextricably part of this whole thing, together.See Bonnie, Bridget and Daniel help make for a couple of friends at their impromptu Northwest String Summit Wedding below:L4LM: We just ran an interview with Leftover Salmon’s Vince Herman and he had some nice things to say about you and your band. Earlier this year we interviewed your Elephant Revival bandmate Daniel Rodriguez and he spoke of the effect Herman had on you guys during your time living near him. Did Herman have a big impact on you as well?BP: Absolutely, yeah. Oh man, I love that guy so much. Dan and I had moved to Colorado and we were staying in a rough neighborhood. We were staying in the Stage Stop actually and Vince called us there. And he said “Hey, I got a place for you to live. And it was the house right next to him.”We were neighbors for a couple of years there in Nederland. Vince is an interesting kind of wizard. He was so welcoming and so warm. I guess I got it in my head that it could be hard to be so well known in such a small town. I don’t know that I ever wanted anything like that.But he was just so graceful with it. He continued to love everybody. There were boundaries to it so he could still maintain a person life, but he was so welcoming, so inviting, so loving. He would come over and knock on our door and say “Breakfast is ready!” He would make us these amazing meals.Sometimes he would bring a parade into our living room and then have us join him to go marching through the town. I sure learned a lot about combining fun and music. He is definitely the master of combining fun with music.Check out our chat with Vince Herman, the legend himself, right here.L4LM: Next weekend you will be blending your music with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. As the rehearsal process goes on how are you finding the results?BP: It’s amazing. I don’t know how to explain it, but we’re just finding all this emotional depth to the songs. The current songs especially and the songs from the cycle. All of those were written imagining this kind of instrumentation in mind. And bringing in an element of Cirque De Soleil to it, for the play.These songs were written with this kind of that kind of production in mind and this is all, this is my dream starting to be realized. For me, it’s like, “Wow! I am really going to do this!” It’s pretty exciting to complete this big dream as I traveled from the place I started in Oklahoma.It is also amazing to work with such talented players. We’ve only had one rehearsal with them so far. We are going to have another right before we play with them at Boettcher Hall, which they sound amazing in. It is a huge, gorgeous room. It was designed for them.Just hearing them tune up before we start to play makes me cry. It’s magic. It’s the culmination of so many forces coming together to do the same thing. All the different parts and tonalities coming together, working in harmony to create something. That is what we need right now, more harmony.That is the sensation at the heart of it that is so moving to me. Their parts, separately, sound like they have Tourette’s Syndrome or something. The orchestras are all different and some of them have very dramatic interpretations of the song. It’s incredible.When you hear the trumpet player practicing his part by himself it sounds weird. But when the other horns come in and weave their way through it and the strings flow in and outward it all makes sense. It is such a beautiful symbol of what we are all a part of, and a big part of what we need in these times.L4LM: Thanks for taking some time out of your obviously busy preparations to talk with us. Good luck at the show; we are looking forward to hearing what comes from your hard work!BP: Thanks. And I just want to say we really love you and appreciate you and your work Rex. I’m gonna go practice my new cello right now!We’ll leave you with one last song from Elephant Revival’s newest album, Petals, the strident “When I Fall”, performed at the Hoxeyville Music Festival.last_img read more

Their favorite things

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_img Strong yield for the Class of 2023 Making themselves at home in Harvard Yard Harvard College admits 1,950 to Class of ’23 College’s Financial Aid Initiative continues to bolster interest Moving in is the easy part. The challenge is making Harvard feel like home. To help with that, many students bring with them mementos that say a bit about who they are and where they’re from. The Gazette asked some first-years for a peek inside their suitcases.,Relatedcenter_img Smiles, handshakes, and even a little hair styling as first-years move in The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Grants will ease families’ financial burden substantially; community service a draw last_img read more

BRO-TV: Day on the Trail

December 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgOn May 1st, Leah and I joined forces with the folks over at Visit Southern West Virginia to host a hike on one of West Virginia’s many fabulous trails. The Grandview section of the park was our destination, and with sunny skies, cool weather, and a great group of folks, we couldn’t have asked for a better time! The Grandview Rim Trail overlooks the New River, and there are awesome overlook platforms along the way that make for great photo opps! The trail is partly shaded by rhododendron and mountain laurel, making it a great destination when the plants are in bloom.To top off the hike, the wonderful team over at The Dish Cafe in Daniels, W.Va., met us at the end to prepare a delicious lunch: polenta cakes, grass-fed burgers, and salad with homemade dressing. Delicious! Thanks guys! We’ll be back for those avocado brownies 😉The view of the New River from Grandview Rim Trail.The view of the New River from Grandview Rim Trail.Looking to the horizon.Looking to the horizon.Me (left) Leah (right) rockin' the selfie.Me (left) Leah (right) rockin’ the selfie.IMG_8372Another view of the New River from a Grandview Rim overlook.The whole gang!The whole gang!The fabulous Leah on a fabulous day.The fabulous Leah on a fabulous day. last_img read more

Why the trail ultra is the new marathon

December 30, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgYears ago, my brother convinced me to run a marathon with him. “That would be stupid!” was my first response to his pressuring. I couldn’t fathom running 10 miles, let alone 26.2. I just assumed people who did that sort of thing had superhuman talent and endurance, and having a newborn baby in our house, I couldn’t see myself being one of those people anytime soon. Never!, I convinced myself.However, my brother did a good job keeping up the pressure and pestering, and slowly my outlook changed. Turns out, it’s easy to get out of shape after having a child. Finding a new routine with a little one (or new job, new home, etc.) often involves letting your own fitness slip. “Next month”, was my new fitness mantra.Also, as the stress and responsibility of life increased, I grew hungry for a new release and like many, a seemingly ridiculous endurance challenge seemed like just the right thing to get my mind and body back on track. So I eventually caved in, flubbed through a haphazard training “plan”, and ran my first marathon. I haven’t been the same since (in a good way!).This story likely has something in common with many people’s reasoning for tackling the marathon: Jumpstarting life with a new fitness goal. Tackling something that seems impossible. Sharing in the camaraderie of it all…But why the marathon? What is it about 26.2 miles that gets hundreds of thousands of people off the couch and out of their comfort zones each year?The road marathon has earned its reputation as the pinnacle of endurance events because… it’s HARD! Whether you’re fast or slow, talented or not, you have to EARN the marathon through months of training. Running a marathon takes dedication, commitment, and perseverance long before the race even begins. One favorite running quote is by Susan Sidoriak and says: “I dare you to train for a marathon and not have it change your life”.But what if there was a better way? We marathon runners do so because we want this type of challenge and change in our lives. No, we need the challenge and change! Well ladies and gentlemen, there is a new “marathon” in town and its here to stay… May I introduce: the trail ultramarathon!For those of you who have never run a marathon, the thought of running an ultramarathon simply seems absurd. For those of you who have run marathons, the thought of taking one more step past 26.2 is enough to make your calves cramp just thinking about it. However, as a guy with experience on both sides of the coin, I’m going to make an argument for why trail ultras are easier, more fun, and require less recovery. Essentially, I’m gonna tell you why the trail ultra is the next “marathon”, and why that‘s a good thing![By definition, an ultramarathon is anything over 26.2, but you’ll find the most common entry-level ultra is the 50K (31-ish miles), followed by the 50-miler, the 100K (62-ish miles), and finally the 100-miler.]Marathons are hard and grueling. Ultras are hard and grueling, but in a wonderful kind of way!I can recall Mile 20 of the Marine Corps Marathon. You’ve just left the crowds and beauty of the National Mall in Washington D.C. and you get spit out onto the 14th Street Bridge, which is really just a huge concrete highway taking you over the Potomac River.   You’re at mile 20, so you’re entering the really tough mental part of the race because your legs are starting to die, and here you are running on some barren, miserable concrete super structure. Ugh. To add insult to injury, just a few miles later you’ll be running through the Pentagon parking lot…Now I’ll compare this to Mile 26 of the Promise Land 50K. At this point, your legs are dead, you’ve got 8 miles to go, and you start a grueling, steep, 3-mile climb up Apple Orchard Falls. “Running” is not really an option here, even the lead runners are “power-hiking” the steep falls. But as you wallow in your physical defeat, you are literally hiking up a majestic waterfall – climbing over boulders, getting sprayed by waterfall mist, and being treated to sweeping scenic views of the valley below.In every ultra I have run, I have been extremely tired and wiped with miles to go, yet I have always found it in me to enjoy being out in the woods, on the trail, appreciating the beautiful nature around me… even though my legs are dying.Marathons typically have thousands of runners. A big ultra has 400 runners.Ok, this is clearly personal preference, but the smaller field in ultramarathons makes for a very intimate and friendly racing experience. One of my favorite things about ultramarathons is that they are like big parties with new and old friends. There is a lot of fun to be had before, during, and after the race. Even top competitors often gab and joke and encourage each other during races, which is really more a reflection of how tight the ultrarunning community is. If you run just one ultra in an area, you quickly become fast friends with a surprising number of people that you are likely to see again at any other ultra within your state. Now I’m not going to say that marathon runners are not friendly – the majority of runners I know are friendly, great people – road or trail. However, the vibe at these larger marathon events is decidedly less personal. Trying to strike up conversation with a random runner in the middle of a large marathon is often met with much resistance. But strike up conversation with someone in an ultra, and 2 hours later you know their life story, they know yours, and you’re planning a “run-cation” together.Marathon training is often a grind, Ultra training rocks!Marathon training involves grueling long runs on roads with routes designed mostly to get in the necessary mileage. It’s all about the mileage and the pace. And for some reason, walking and taking rest breaks are often culturally frowned upon. Also, running on roads is an extremely repetitive motion and the rate of repetitive stress injuries is very high in marathon training.Ultra training long runs happen on the trail. These tend to be slower-paced efforts with friends, taking breaks for selfies and photos of the scenery. We pay no attention to pace, only effort. We wait for each other at trail intersections and often plan snack breaks at points of interest such as a summit or swimming hole. Also, you are immersed in nature, spending hours in the peace of the trail vs. out on the open road. Last, with long trail runs you are constantly changing up your foot strike and body position to adapt to the uneven terrain and elevation gain/loss. Because you are using so many different muscles, the repetitive stress is greatly reduced. Yes, you still have to train your legs to the rigors of the trail, but you will be stronger and less prone to repetitive stress injury.Ultras have a “finish” mindset vs. a standardized time mindset that marathons have. Whether your marathon is in California or in Virginia, a 3:30 marathon is pretty much a 3:30 marathon. When we set ourselves up to run road marathons, we are quickly categorizing our efforts and comparing them to the nation of people who are faster or slower than us.With ultras, your finishing time has nothing to do with the distance, but everything to do with the course, and the focus tends to be on just finishing. 50K races may take the same runner anywhere from 3 ½ hours to 6 hours, depending on the terrain of the course. The longer 50 and 100 milers will vary even greater depending on terrain, altitude, etc. Thus, specific time goals become unimportant for most ultrarunners, which then allows them to focus more on running by effort and “feel” throughout the day. Being freed from paying attention to a specific pace allows a better sense of listening to our bodies and adjusting naturally to the trail and the day’s demands.Marathons are mostly on roads, in cities. Ultras are typically on trails, in the mountains/recreational areas. Roads have cars, asphalt, and buildings. Trails have forests, streams, and wildlife. Also at marathons, especially larger marathons, it is often difficult to hang out at the finish line. Many times you are whisked away to keep the area from getting congestion and you may find yourself eating a post-race snack sitting on a curb at a closed off intersection. Most ultras finish at a park or recreational area where there is ample space to grab a chair or a picnic table and hang out right at the finish line, watching old and new friends complete their day. Getting to watch the last finisher is a treat and it is always amazing to me how many people specifically stay to see the last finisher at an ultra cross the line.Ultra training is not necessarily any more training than for marathon training – its just different. For the most part, you do not need to run any more mileage when training for an ultra than you do when training for a marathon. In fact, to be perfectly clear, you do not need to have ever run a marathon before tackling an ultra! You can do a 50k on 30 miles a week (though more would be better..), you just need to make sure you get in some race-specific training. Running a mountain trail ultra?…Better train on some mountain trails to get your legs adapted. Most ultrarunners get in at least half of their miles on the roads anyway, and many do track workouts and tempo runs to work on their speed.Long runs on trails do require a bit more time however. Whereas a 20-mile marathon training run on the road may take someone 3 ½ hours, that same run in the mountains may take 4 ½ – 5 hours because of the terrain and elevation gain.Last, you need to learn to eat for ultras. When you are out there for 5, 12, or 24 hours, you have to eat or your day will be a disaster. This is figured out on the long training runs. My training partners and I will typically bring PB&J sandwiches, snickers bars, and cookies on long runs, along with the typical gels, bars, and sports drink. Eating on the run is an important skill in ultrarunning but also part of the fun of training!Most marathon runners I talk to generally underfuel, and limit themselves to gels, water, and maybe sports drink, which is typically what is offered at the races.You never know what your ultrarunning friends are going to pull out of their packs on a training run or even in races, which tend to be stocked with all of the above plus sodas, candy, and more!Marathons give you medals. Ultras give you sweet swag. Now some marathons do step it up and give out a nice finishers shirt or hat, but that medal (that you’re paying for) usually goes right into a box somewhere in your home. Ultras tend to give good swag like premier Patagonia/Mountain Hardwear finishers shirts, coffee mugs, running shorts, trucker hats, etc. The ultra culture essentially comes with ultra swag that you can wear proudly and use regularly after the race. Show up to work Monday morning with your marathon medal on and people will start talking. Show up with your Terrapin Mountain 50k coffee mug and your Patagonia finisher’s shirt on and people will start gawking!So there you have it! I hope I have not offended anyone, as my intent is not to belittle marathons or marathon runners (…and I am one!). Rather, my intent is to show that trail ultramarathons, though on the surface seemingly a fringe sport for the insane, are actually just as reasonable, if not more so, than running marathons. And if our reasons for doing these things are similar – change, challenge, and community – then why not take the more fun and easier route? Or maybe just try something new?Training for and running ultramarathons has taught me more about myself than any other endeavor I have participated in, and has given me a stronger passion and confidence in life. Ultramarathon running is growing at an exponential rate in the US for all of the above reasons. So if you’re interested, don’t be afraid or intimidated. Ask around, find a friend, and sign up for one! But I will give one warning: you many never run a road marathon again;)last_img read more

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace Part I: Expectation vs. reality

December 17, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgYou’ve no doubt heard America referred to as the great melting pot. Social scientists suggest that the U.S. is made up of about a dozen distinct cultural regions, with different demographics explaining everything from accents and local flavors of barbeque sauce to voting behavior and economic opportunity. Overlaid with that are other maps illustrating linguistic differences, religious prevalence, election histories, cultural artifacts—a vast range of differentiators.According to a report on census data by BuiltIn, experts predict in the coming years, the entire concept of a “minority” in the U.S. will no longer apply. In the upcoming 2020 census, no single racial or ethnic group will constitute a majority of children under 18. In about three decades, no single group will constitute a majority of the country as a whole. The U.S. will be what the Census Bureau calls a “plurality nation.”This increased diversity in the American population is great for employers. When you bring on a diverse set of individuals to a team, you bring in new ideas and perspectives as a result of combining different world views, cultures, nationalities, and experiences. This post is currently collecting data… This is placeholder text continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Conference schedules announced for Bearcats basketball

December 8, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgFans will not be allowed at America East competition through January 1, 2021. Protocols will be revisited as the season goes on. The women will begin conference play on the road, at Stony Brook December 19. For the women’s full conference schedule, click here. The conference schedule format consists of a double round-robin schedule, with a total of 18 games. VESTAL (WBNG) — The America East has released its conference schedule for men’s and women’s basketball. The non-conference portions of the Bearcats’ schedules are still being finalized. All 10 members of the America East will play nine weekend series with games on back-to-back days at the same site. The Binghamton men’s team will open the conference portion of its schedule at the Events Center December 19, hosting Stony Brook. For a full look at the men’s conference schedule, click here. last_img read more