When your office is the Great Outdoors: WVU Tech bets big on adventure tourism with Adventure Recreation Management degree program

first_imgThe outdoor industry is exploding. In 2017, it grew faster than the national economy, picking up 3.9% in growth and accounting for more than $427 billion of the country’s GDP. It’s continuing that trend as more and more people take to the Great Outdoors in search of adventure, particularly in West Virginia. That’s why students in the program are also required to become instructor or guide certified in an area of focus during their studies at Tech – everything from ski instructing to hiking. The task requires them to familiarize themselves with an area of interest, local offerings and opportunities in that area and the process for obtaining the necessary licensures and certificates to work in the field. When it’s all said and done, graduates will walk into their careers with a full suite of essential adventure skills, industry connections and business acumen. The degree program offers graduates a shot at landing some incredible jobs in the adventure industry: They best way to learn is by doing. And what better way to learn the adventure recreation industry than by taking the plunge and landing a job while you’re learning the ropes? Two years ago, WVU Tech launched its Adventure Recreation Management degree program. The four-year program is designed to train students in managing organizations and enterprises that offer outdoor adventure activities and equipment. After all, the “Wild and Wonderful” earned it’s reputation as an outdoor adventure powerhouse thanks to a world-class whitewater rafting scene, caving and climbing opportunities, snowsports, 1.8 million acres of public land and more than 430 hiking, running and mountain biking trails. In a state where 67% of residents regularly participate in outdoor adventure activities, the need for skilled professionals in the industry is growing. The Outlook on Working Outdoors County/city adventure programmerChallenge course managerCommercial outfitter operation managerTherapeutic adventure counselorRafting river managerSki school directorClimbing guide service managerOutdoor retail store manager But there’s a lot more than tying proper knots and fitting life vests that goes into the successful management of an adventure program. There’s a business side to adventure, and the new program’s graduates will be ready to deal with it. Courses focused on business management, program design, risk management, budgeting, staffing, permitting and support operations ensure it. center_img The program takes experiential learning a step further. With a required field practicum built into the curriculum, students will undertake a comprehensive professional field experience in the adventure recreation industry or a related field. The experience will give them real-world, working knowledge of the ins and outs of their chosen field. As a new generation is embracing a “do what you love” mentality in how they select their jobs, spirited adventurers are looking at new ways to turn their love for the outdoors into a full-time career. They want to work outdoors. They want to give back to their communities and to the environment. They want to connect others to the joys of nature and to the thrill of adventure. Students will also study in the heart of activity of dozens of private tourism businesses, land management agencies, recreational service organizations and the 12,000-acre Boy Scouts of America high-adventure base, located at the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve just 12 miles from campus. Learning in the Center of it All Paddling into a New Career Naturally, the curriculum is hands-on. Students balance classroom coursework with field-based learning. Working alongside field-trained, expert instructors, program students dig into outdoor recreation essentials. From aerial adventure basics (think ropewalks and ziplines) and camping preparation to field medicine and climbing equipment, students explore the methods of maintaining a safe outdoor adventure. Now there’s one more way to do just that. A small college in Southern West Virginia is doing something about it. WVU Tech’s location in Beckley puts adventure recreation management students in the heart of adventure. The region gives students access to the mighty New and Gauley rivers, extensive rock-climbing sites, hundreds of miles of recreational trails, lakes, aerial adventure sites and a number of national parks. It’s the perfect staging ground for adventures in the southern Appalachians and the Blue Ridge region. last_img read more

Seizure of 12.2 Tons of Paraguayan Marihuana in Brazil

first_imgBy Dialogo June 18, 2009 Rio de Janeiro, June 15 (EFE).- In one of the major drug busts of the year in the country, the Brazilian police seized on Sunday 12.2 tons of marihuana, hidden in a truck coming from Paraguay and heading to Sao Paulo, the main city of the country, official sources informed today. Marihuana was found on Sunday night during a police patrol in Guaíra, a town in the state of Paraná (Southern Brazil) on the border with Paraguay, according to a communiqué released today by the Federal Police of Carreteras. Marihuana was hidden below a timber load, and it was found because the truck driver got very nervous when agents of the Federal Police of Carreteras stopped him. Initially the driver, aged 50, introduced himself under a different name, but when the police checked his identification documents, they found out that he had a criminal record related to drug trafficking, so they decided to inspect the truck load. That was the second significant load of marihuana found in Guaíra in a month. On May 15, a truck carrying 7.9 tons of that drug was seized in the same municipality. Last month, agents of the Federal Police at Guaíra participated in a joint operation with the Paraguayan police in which 542 million marihuana plants were destroyed on the territory of that country. Paraguay is the main source of marihuana that enters Brazil.last_img read more

Andrey Arshavin makes bold prediction over futures of two Arsenal stars

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Andrey Arshavin makes bold prediction over futures of two Arsenal stars Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 31 Mar 2020 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Pepe has blown hot and cold for Arsenal in his debut season (Picture: Getty Images)In stark contrast, Martinelli set the Gunners back just £6m, but has been a revelation since his move from Brazilian side FC Ituano at the start of this campaign.The 18-year-old has already been described by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp as a ‘generational talent,’ scoring 10 goals in just 26 appearances across all competitions.Ex-Russia international Arshavin added: ‘He has done well so far, scoring some good goals. He is very technically gifted and I see a big future for him at Arsenal. ‘But can he reach the level of Thierry [Henry] or Robin [van Persie]? That is difficult to say.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArshavin admitted the main factor holding his old side back is a lack of balance, but backed boss Mikel Arteta to succeed in the long term.He said: ‘For me Arsenal’s squad is not balanced. Offensively-wise they are very good and in attack they play very pretty football. It’s good to watch. But defensively – even in my period – Arsenal is weak.‘Regarding Arteta, it was a good choice because he has spent time at Arsenal and knows the club well. He worked next to Arsene and can take good experience from him. ‘He also has the respect of the club and players. And since he has taken over at Arsenal they have changed: not too much but in a good way.’Read the full 888Sport interview with Andrey Arshavin here.MORE: Rio Ferdinand urges Arsenal to avoid signing Luka JovicMORE: Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta identifies defensive midfielder transfer as priority in summer windowFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Pepe and Martinelli have had promising starts to their Arsenal careers (Picture: Getty Images)Former Arsenal winger Andrey Arshavin has predicted Nicolas Pepe and Gabriel Martinelli will become important players for the Gunners.Club record-signing Pepe joined from Lille in a £72million deal last summer, and has shown flashes of brilliance in his debut season.The Ivory Coast international has chipped in with six goals and eight assists in all competitions, proving to be a menace down the right wing.Speaking exclusively to 888Sport, Arshavin said: ‘Pepe is a very talented player. He is very quick and a good finisher. ADVERTISEMENT‘Already he has done well in part: maybe not as much as he could but I see the potential and he will become one of the biggest stars in the Premier League. He will be huge.’AdvertisementAdvertisementRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news livelast_img read more

Family living in a Capalaba cul-de-sac setting

first_imgThe home at 2 Aintree Ct, Capalaba is on the market.THIS property has been undergone a makeover and is in a sought after pocket of Capalaba. The home at 2 Aintree Ct is set across a single level and is on a fully fenced 881sq m block. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside there is an open plan layout with tiled flooring in living areas, delicate lighting, neutral tones and airconditioning.The galley kitchen merges with the living and dining areas, providing a central point for family gatherings.Outside the entertaining area overlooks the solar heated saltwater pool with spa and waterfall.The backyard is landscaped and there is room for kids and pets to play. The property is in a cul-de-sac and close to major shopping centres, public transport and the local TAFE College. The home is on the market for offers over $515,000.last_img read more

Further blow to London public pension asset pool as CIO quits

first_imgThe chief investment officer of London CIV, the asset pool for the capital’s 32 public pension funds, has left the organisation.A spokesman for London Councils confirmed his departure and said it was effective 4 January.Julian Pendock’s departure comes after organisation’s chief executive, Hugh Grover, stepped down in early November. At IPE’s annual conference at the end of the November, Grover said the London CIV was struggling with a lack of vision clarity after asset pooling became mandatory for its members.Mark Hyde Harrison was hired as the asset pool’s interim chief executive to replace Grover. London CIV was the first fully authorised and regulated fund management company to be set up by a local government entity, according to its website.London CIV has £5.6bn (€6.3bn) of assets under management currently, but has said it aimed to grow its assets to “more than £20bn”, based on the assets currently run by its 32 member pension funds.In his two-year tenure, Pendock oversaw the creation of 10 investment funds owned by the CIV and run by asset managers including Baillie Gifford, Allianz, Ruffer and Newton. An 11th fund, run by Henderson, is yet to be launched.Six other local government pension scheme asset pools are in the process of becoming operational in time to meet an April government deadline. The Local Pensions Partnership, another collaboration of UK public pension funds, is already up and running.Pendock joined London CIV in August 2015 from the pension fund for the London Borough of Brent where he was investment and pensions officer.He had previously worked in the private sector, co-founding an investment boutique, Senhouse Capital, in 2007. Before that he worked for Bedlam Asset Management, Jardine Fleming – now part of JPMorgan – and BZW.last_img read more

Family First calls for a Commission of Inquiry

first_imgNewstalk ZB 20/11/2011A family lobby group says the only way to tackle child abuse is by conducting a Commission of Inquiry. Family First director Bob McCoskrie says the violent deaths of 10 children in the past 16 months are a shocking statistic, and should be ample evidence for the need for urgent action. He says with inquiries have been held into other tragedies like Pike River and the Christchurch earthquakes, it makes sense to look into one of the greatest social problems facing New Zealand. Bob McCoskrie says he’s struggling to find a political party willing to front up to the issue on the scale required.http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyid=209334Newstalk ZB News LISTENlast_img

Single lane traffic planned on State Road 129 north of Milan

first_imgMilan, In.— The Indiana Department of Transportation announced today that contractors will close one lane of State Road 129 north of Milan in Ripley County for approximately one week beginning on or after April 1 to replace a culvert just north of State Road 350.Flaggers will direct motorists through the construction zone at all times while the single lane closure is in effect.last_img

Hazard may miss Hammers clash

first_img West Ham manager Sam Allardyce will welcome midfielder Mark Noble back into his squad. Noble has missed the last four games with an Achilles problem but has handed Allardyce a boost by returning to training in advance of the festive fixtures. James Tomkins (hamstring) is the only absentee for the Hammers – with James Collins ready to step in alongside Winston Reid in the heart of their defence. Allardyce said: “We’ve got the two hardest games over 48 hours over Christmas – Chelsea away and Arsenal at home in the space of 48 hours is a big demand for us, even though we’re on top of our game at the moment. “Getting through these two games is going to be a tremendous effort for all the players selected, and hopefully they’ll come through for us as they have done for most of this season.” Eden Hazard could be a doubt for Chelsea’s Boxing Day clash with West Ham at Stamford Bridge. The playmaker limped off late on in Monday’s 2-0 victory over Stoke after a tackle from Jonathan Walters. Oscar will hope for a recall after being left on the bench at the Britannia Stadium. Boss Jose Mourinho believes footballers playing in Britain deserve respect because of the hectic festive fixture programme. Beginning with Monday’s win, the Blues will play five matches in less than two weeks. Boxing Day sees the visit of the Hammers while further Premier League matches against Southampton and Tottenham follow before an FA Cup third-round clash against Watford. “It’s very difficult,” said Mourinho. “I have lots of respect for the players in this country. It doesn’t matter – English or not English. The moment you are a football player in this country, I respect you a lot. “At this moment the German guys are on the beach, the Spanish guys are in the Maldives getting sun – everybody else is doing that. “But in this country you play on the 22nd, you play on Boxing Day, you play on the 28th, you play on New Year’s Day. There is no Christmas – just football, and I think (the players) deserve respect. “The supporters all around the country give them that respect because every stadium is sold-out. And I think the way to do it is with the kind of professionalism my players have shown.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Carlo Ancelotti: Jose Mourinho will stay at Chelsea

first_img Speculation that Ancelotti could return to Stamford Bridge was defused by the Italian, who told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: “Mourinho will continue to do his job. I don’t think Chelsea want a change. “In any case my idea continues to be to remain away for a year.” Ancelotti led Chelsea to the Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010 before being sacked in 2011. The 56-year-old was interesting Liverpool at the start of this week, but the Reds appear close to hiring their first choice, Jurgen Klopp, as a replacement for the sacked Brendan Rodgers. Ancelotti has been in London this week to receive an award for his coaching career at the Aspire Academy. Sacked by Real Madrid in May, his plan has always been to take a one-year sabbatical before returning to the game. He turned down an offer to coach AC Milan for a second time during the summer, after being approached by the club following the sacking of Filippo Inzaghi. “After two years at Real, I was without energy,” Ancelotti said. “Real is very consuming. Carlo Ancelotti expects Chelsea to keep faith in manager Jose Mourinho and has ruled out returning to work this season. Press Association “Had it been another time, I would have returned (to AC Milan).” Ancelotti cited his health as the reason for taking a year out of the game. “After my cervical stenosis operation, I am enjoying my holidays,” he said. “I am rediscovering the pleasures of being a normal person. “You live better without pressure.” Reports in Italy claimed Ancelotti would replace Antonio Conte as Italy coach after Euro 2016. Ancelotti is interested in guiding his national team one day but not just yet. “It’s still not the time (to guide Italy),” he said. “What I do know is that when I return I will coach a club.” Former Blues boss Ancelotti has seen the London side struggle in the early stages of their Premier League title defence. Chelsea have won just two and lost four of their opening eight Barclays Premier League games and are 16th in the standings. last_img read more

PBC Men Face Felony Charges for Illegally Dumping Human Waste

first_imgOfficials with the West Palm Beach Police Department say they have arrested two men for illegal dumping, just days after the City launched a campaign geared toward keeping its streets clean.Officers arrested Thomas Fucarile and Lavoris Grisby on Friday, and charged them with a felony crime of dumping human waste on Executive Center Drive.A probable cause affidavit states that a crew driving a tanker truck pumped waste from septic tanks and then deposited the sewage into a manhole in the Executive Center Drive cul-de-sac between July and September of this year.Fucarile, who owns the business, was served with a cease and desist order and booked into the Palm Beach County Jail.According to West Palm Beach Police Dept. Spokesperson David Lefont, “This is a quality of life issue.”Mayor Keith James says tipsters who report acts of illegal dumping could be eligible for a $100 reward.More information about the City of West Palm Beach’s “Operation Clean Streets” initiative to curb illegal dumping through enforcement and prevention is available here.last_img read more