New River Gorge Bridge Day

first_imgFree Fallin’, BASE jumpers highlight Bridge Day in the Gorge.In October of 1980, something incredible happened in West Virginia. Five men donning parachutes walked to the edge of the newly constructed 876-foot-tall New River Gorge Bridge. With policemen, Park Service, and safety professionals looking on in approval, they stepped into oblivion.From these humble beginnings, Bridge Day has grown to over 800 jumps per year and 100,000+ spectators who all come to participate in a celebration of the sport, spectacular fall scenery, and the local community. Although originally started as a way for the general public to walk on the bridge, BASE jumping has taken center stage.Jumpers plunge from diving boards and platforms on the side of the bridge and land in the Fayette Station river access area far below. Safety boats patrol the waters, and spectators can view the whole show from the bridge itself, trails along the rim, or the National Park observation deck at the New River Gorge Visitor Center. It remains one of the most popular legal options for BASE jumping in the U.S., and it shines as an example of how fringe sport enthusiasts and authorities can work together towards a mutually beneficial solution.Summersville local jumper Marcus Ellison has witnessed the spectacle many times since he was a child. There was something about watching people submit to the forces of gravity that resonated with him. At the age of 23, Ellison began skydiving with the intention of moving to the BASE side of the sport. Before he knew it, Bridge Day 2008 had arrived, and he was standing on a platform looking over the chasm with friends and family watching. It was his turn to jump.“It’s a moment of clarity and relaxation,” Ellison explains. “When your feet disconnect from what you are on, there is an unbelievable feeling of release and freedom. That is what I’m after: that instant when you disconnect.”Marcus has disconnected across the country, and has over 300 skydives and nearly 200 BASE jumps to his name. He is drawn to the sport for many reasons, but in no small part because of the dramatic places that it brings him to. His favorite jumps are in massive alpine environments, and are sometimes combined with skiing. This focus on the beauty of the surroundings makes BASE jumping a soulful sport that is more similar to other outdoors pursuits than many think. It doesn’t require the manpower, airline fuel, and permits that skydiving does, and it is almost always a quiet, under-the-radar activity with just a friend or two. Due to the infancy of the sport, the rules of BASE are still being written.Bridge Day is hardly a normal day for these jumpers. In spite of the fanfare, lines, and spectators, it is often the only opportunity every year to reconnect with friends from across the planet. It’s a perfect chance for first-time jumpers to meet and learn from the legends of the sport. Personalities like Red Bull athlete Miles Daisher, oil rig lifestyler Chris McDougall, and wildman Jeb Corliss can be seen in the lineup, and are quick to give high fives and trade stories with aspiring young athletes.Jason Bell, BASE Coordinator for Bridge Day, says that it is without a doubt the best day for skydivers to make their first BASE jump. “We have over 100 first-timers every year, and due to setting, the system that we have developed, and the safety measures in place, it is a perfect way to get into the sport.”Rookies feel confident at Bridge Day for several reasons. First of all, it is the third tallest bridge in the U.S., and the more time that jumpers have to deal with the unexpected, the better. Jumping from a bridge also eliminates the danger of colliding with  a cliff or other standing structures should the jumper spin and open the chute the wrong way. The primary landing area is a deep river, and rescue boats are constantly fishing jumpers out of the water. Finally, there are ambulances and other safety personnel and technology at the bottom, ready to deal with injury. On the logistical side, Bell and his team vet applicants through interview questions, and there are two gear checks for all jumpers before they are allowed to queue up for freefall.While it’s appealing to beginners, advanced athletes can also get excited about Bridge Day 2012, and its newest creation: The Human Catapult. A mechanical engineer by trade, Bell envisioned and designed a mechanism that is capable of launching jumpers 20 feet vertically and 50 feet horizontally over the edge of the bridge during Bridge Day. This addition will augment the already classic launch platform and diving board options for jumpers, and will be mixed in to the other two as participants jump on 20-25 second intervals.BASE jumpers often struggle with being labeled as adrenaline junkies and daredevils. Just like any sport, there are those who take it to its limits, but the vast majority are there for the experience and the camaraderie.  “BASE jumping is what you want it to be,” says Ellison. “It can be the craziest, scariest, most sketchball thing you could ever do, or it can be the foundation for some of the most joyful moments of your life.”Jason describes his personal fascination with the sport, and touches on the fact that it is still an incredible and vivid experience, even after over 500 jumps. “From the powerful acceleration of the jump, to the peacefulness of flying the chute, and finally the satisfaction of landing back on earth, there is nothing else like it. You realize that it is an experience that very few people will have, and it’s almost as if you are privy to a secret.” •DateOCTOBER 20, 2012Hours9:00 AM – 3:00 PMLocationNew River Gorge Bridge,Fayetteville, W.Va.Website [email protected]/TjhUfiOther ActivitiesRappelling, highlining, car show, music, chili/cornbread cookofflast_img read more

Kirk Kordeleski Resigns from Bethpage FCU, Cites Health Concerns

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Kirk Kordeleski, the well-respected CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union, has stepped down due to health concerns, the nonprofit financial cooperative announced Wednesday.The credit union’s board of directors immediately named Wayne Grosse, the longtime chief operating officer at Bethpage FCU, interim CEO.“Wayne has been a leader in the Long Island financial community for over 30 years,” the board of directors said in a statement. “He has been at Bethpage for 15 years and has served as Bethpage COO for the past seven. The appointment provides continuity of leadership and reinforces our commitment to the financial strength, integrity and reliability of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.”In a statement, Grosse said he’s proud of Bethpage FCU’s growth during his time there, and is looking forward to his new role.Wayne Grosse has been named interim-CEO of Bethpage Federal Credit Union.Kordeleski issued a statement on Facebook, saying he made changes in his life “for my health and the good of our families (mine and Bethpage).”“I love Bethpage and while some things may be slightly different under the great Wayne Grosse the general approach to supporting LI financial needs and to be fair to everyone, and commitment to a successful future for all LI[er]s will never change,” he added. “That is what is different between credit unions and banks. Wayne is a great man, leading a world class team. Support him and the company. To all my friends thank you for [your] generosity and support. I will see [you] in the near future.”Kordeleski, who will also reportedly step down as chairman of the Long Island Association, did not say what has been ailing him.” Kirk is one of Long Island’s finest individuals,” said Kevin Law, president and chief executive officer of the Long Island Association, a business lobbying group. “He passionately cares about our region and has touched the lives of so many of us. He is a champion of economic development and is also one the most philanthropic CEO’s who cares deeply about those not making it in this new economy. While I will miss him as my chairman, he will never stop being my friend.”Kordeleski joined Bethpage in 1992. He was named CEO in 2002 and has been a force in the Long Island business community ever since. During his tenure, Bethpage has gained a respected reputation and now boasts more than 220,000 members, the majority of whom live on Long Island. The credit union has close to $5.7 billion in assets.During his tenure at Bethpage, Kordeleski has been a public supporter of arts and culture in our area, from WFUV-FM, the nonprofit station at Fordham, to Arts Alive LI, the nonprofit community arts program.last_img read more

Compliance: FinCEN launches ‘FinCEN Exchange’

first_imgThe Treasury’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) launched a new program last week, FinCEN Exchange, in an effort to enhance information sharing between law enforcement and financial institutions.Credit union participation in the program is voluntary, and the program does not introduce any new regulatory requirements.As part of this program, FinCEN will convene regular briefings with financial institutions to exchange information on “priority illicit finance” and national security threats to:Enable financial institutions to better identify Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering (BSA/AML) risks and focus on high priority issues; and continue reading » 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

CDC: vaccine deliveries set record, but will strains match?

first_imgNov 9, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Deliveries of seasonal influenza vaccine have already outpaced the number of doses ever distributed in a single season, officials from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today, but they voiced concerns about a possible mismatch of one of the strains.So far 103 million doses of the vaccine have been distributed to clinics and other providers, the most ever delivered, said Jeanne Santoli, MD, MPH, deputy director of the CDC’s immunization services division, at a CDC press conference today. By the end of the season, 132 million doses of the vaccine will be shipped, which is 10 million more than ever produced before in the United States, she added.Some providers may not have received their complete order yet, but all should have enough of the vaccine to launch their annual flu vaccine campaigns, Santoli said.Despite the plentiful supply of the vaccine early in the season, she said the CDC is working to raise awareness that flu vaccination in December or later still offers protection in advance of the flu season’s January-February peak. Santoli announced that the CDC will sponsor its second annual National Influenza Vaccination Week after Thanksgiving, from Nov 26 to Dec 2.So far, the CDC has noted low levels of flu activity in the United States, which is normal for the start of a new flu season, said Joe Bresee, MD, chief of epidemiology and prevention for the CDC’s immunization services division. Only 2.5% of specimens tested have been positive for influenza, and of those, 90% were influenza A, he said. Outpatient visits for influenza-like illnesses are low in all parts of the country except for the mountain region, where the number is slightly higher.Only two areas are reporting local activity, Bresee said. According to the CDC’s most recent influenza update, only Hawaii and Florida reported local influenza activity. Seventeen states have reported sporadic activity. No pediatric deaths have been reported, he said.”The take-home message is that flu activity remains low and that people should get their vaccinations,” Bresee said. “The supply is at an all-time high, and we should make the most of this opportunity.”Though CDC officials haven’t seen enough isolates yet to determine if this year’s vaccine is a good match against influenza strains circulating in the United States, Bresee said the agency is concerned about reports from last season and this summer of possible drift in the H3N2 A strain.Canada’s Public Health Agency said the Wisconsin H3N2 strain has mutated from the one used in the vaccine, according to an Oct 24 report from CTV, Canada’s largest television network. The agency said the Malaysia influenza B strain also showed signs of change, the CTV report said.Bresee said reports from Latin America this summer suggested a drifted H3N2 strain, and he said a US Department of Defense report estimated that the flu vaccine in its European population last season was only 52% effective, which suggests a mismatch between the circulating strains and the vaccine.”It’s too early to tell-we don’t know what that will mean for the United States,” he said. “Vaccination is still the best way to prevent influenza complications, and this year should be no exception,” he noted, pointing out that even without a perfect match, the flu vaccine can reduce illness severity.See also:Nov 9 CDC press releaselast_img read more

‘NO EXTENSION’ Businesses sans permits face closure

first_imgThe most prevalent type ofbusinesses in the city were in wholesale trade and merchandising, followed bythe food and beverage and hospitality sectors, with real estate and leasingcoming in fourth. ILOILO City – The deadline for businesspermit renewal this year is Jan. 20 and it won’t be extended, said Mayor JerryTreñas. On Jan. 21 the Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) of the citygovernment will start inspecting business establishments. “BPLO inspectors will check allestablishments. Those that have nobusiness permits or failed to renew them would be padlocked,” said Treñas. Treñas recently reprimanded BPLO chiefNorman Tabud for complainingthat the latter’s office did not have enough logistics to check if some businesseswere operating without permits. Mayor Jerry Treñas. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN BPLO’s 2018 data showed that the business sector here was predominantlymade up of microenterprises – around 90 percent of which had asset sizes of notmore than P3 million. The BPLO would be assisted by the Bureauof Fire Protection, City Tourism and Development Office and the City Treasure’sOffice. In a related development, the mayor issueda memorandum to barangay captains that the community tax certificate (CTC) or cedula would no longer be a requirementin the issuance of the barangay clearance for business. center_img “So very disappointing, it should nothappen again,” Treñas stressed. It recently came to Treñas’ attention that aseptic tank desludging company had long been operating without a businesspermit. He was referring to the MalabananSiphoning Services which littered the city with stickers advertising itsservices yet the BPLO had no idea it did not have a permit. “Nag-createna ko gani task force para mabuligan sya,” stressed the mayor. Treñas said the CTC would now becomputed and paid together with the business tax and other fees at the CityTreasurer’s Office. This is in line with the one-time assessment and one-timepayment at the business one-stop shop at the City Treasurer’s Office.  According to the mayor, this is part of the city’s effort to further streamline its Business Permits and Licensing System. The goal is to make securing and/or renewing business permit easier, he stressed./PNlast_img read more

Cricket News Watch – MS Dhoni’s magic run-out of Glenn Maxwell gives Ranchi fans plenty to cheer

first_imgKuldeep bowled a short ball on off stump and Shaun Marsh jumped back to tap the ball to cover point. Maxwell thought about the quick single but Ravindra Jadeja fired a rocket throw to Dhoni who just deflected the throw from his gloves back onto the stumps. The celebrations by Dhoni was cool and unruffled, but the Ranchi crowd had found their moment of absolute joy. Brilliant work from Jadeja n MS Dhoni. pic.twitter.com/MA7Rc1iLda— shaktikapoor143 (@shaktikapoor143) March 8, 2019With Maxwell’s dismissals, Australia lost four wickets for five runs and India dented their prospects of reaching 350 in a big way. This was not the first time where Dhoni had shown his magic in effecting a run-out. In the 2009 encounter in New Zealand, Dhoni had effected a run-out off the bowling of Yuvraj Singh and he repeated it in a game against Bangladesh. In the 2015 World Cup against Pakistan, Dhoni had similarly deflected a ball back onto the stumps but in 2016, his keeping reached epic levels when he ran-out Ross Taylor for 35 when he back-flicked a throw back onto the stumps. A wonderful keeper, an ace batsmen and a thorough entertainer. That is MS Dhoni in a nutshell. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Australia were in a great position against India in the Ranchi ODI as they looked to stay alive in the five-match series. Usman Khawaja had slammed his maiden century and he shared a brilliant 193-run stand with skipper Aaron Finch, the second-best opening partnership for Australia in ODIs in India. Following the departure of Finch, Glenn Maxwell, who had blasted a century in the Bangalore Twenty20 International and who had the potential to take Australia close to 350, took control and he tore the Indian bowling apart. He signaled his intentions by blasting Kuldeep Yadav down the ground for a big six over long on and he took on Ravindra Jadeja, clobbering him for a six and two fours. Although Khawaja departed for 104, Maxwell rotated the strike and scored at a strike-rate in excess of 150. The Big Show continued to target Kuldeep by smoking him inside-out over deep extra cover for his third six as he neared yet another fifty. However, there was a moment of magic from Ranchi’s local lad, MS Dhoni and it turned the game totally on it’s head.  Usman Khawaja scored his maiden ton in ODIs.Khawaja and Aaron Finch shared a 193-run opening stand.Australia are trailing the five-match series 0-2. highlightslast_img read more

Thurston EDC Hosts 2012 Economic Update on June 27

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Thurston Economic Development Council will present its 2012 Economic Update luncheon on Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Saint Martin University’s Worthington Center in Lacey, WA. The focus of this year’s economic update is to highlight factors influencing today’s economic recovery, and to discuss ways businesses can maintain their resilience in an ever-changing market.The keynote speaker for this year’s Update is Jim Oster, Senior Vice President and International and Foreign Exchange Manager for Key Bank. Oster will discuss the hot economic topic of the Euro; its reason for coming into being; and how the crisis in the Euro zone may have future impact on the global, U.S., and Washington state economies.In addition to an analysis of the international economy, the Economic Update will host a panel that will discuss strategies necessary to ensure business resiliency in an ever-changing economic environment. Members of the panel include Jeanne Carras of Bonaventure, Lisa Janicki of Janicki Industries, and Perry Shea of Shea Carr Jewell.“We chose as panelists, representatives of different sectors of the economy- a locally-focused business, a business with more regional reach, and a company that has a national, even international reach,” says Renée Sunde, Thurston EDC’s Marketing & Business Development Director. “Each one of these businesses has employed business resiliency strategies – innovation, flexibility and a creative approach to providing top-notch service, which has really allowed them to flourish during the recession and beyond. We hope to share their successes with other business owners so they will be able to thrive as well.”To pre-register for the 2012 Economic Update, please click here. Check-in and registration for the luncheon will begin at 11:00 am, and the program is from 11:30 – 1:30. The cost per person is $45, and tables of eight are $350. In addition, sponsorships for the event are still available. Please contact Renée Sunde at 360.754.6320 or [email protected] for more details.last_img read more