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Go out and FIND your adventure with FIND Outdoors!

first_imgNorthwest Trading Post on the BRP Mile Marker 259 Socially distanced, guided hike to benefit the Mountains-To-Sea Trail at the Trading Post FIND Outdoors, formerly the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, is one of the longest-running nonprofits in western North Carolina, and was begun as a “Friends of” group in 1972 to help operate the Cradle of Forestry in Pisgah National Forest. Over time, the mission of the group expanded well beyond the Cradle and today, includes campgrounds, visitor centers and sales outlets in North Carolina, Indiana and Georgia. With a mission of education and recreation on our public and private lands, our goal is to help you FIND your adventure and make a connection to the natural world through our managed sites, programming and unique outdoor merchandise and souvenirs. Core to the culture at FIND Outdoors has been, and continues to be ensuring equitable outdoor experiences on our public and private lands for all – regardless of age, ability and socio-economic background. As the COVID pandemic has put a strain on society’s ability to interact with our fellow humans, nature and the great outdoors will continue to be the route that allows for healing, peace and a calm mind. As FIND continues to adapt to the needs of our visitors in a thoughtful way, we will continue to create comfortable, safe spaces at our sites to ensure that everyone gets a chance to enjoy what nature has given all of us – equally. As we reflect on the year 2020 and the challenges that we’ve faced as a nation and as a planet, one thing remains constant – the peace, tranquility and calming effect that the outdoors has on our souls. We welcome you to join FIND Outdoors in exploring our sites and discover for yourself why you should FIND your adventure with us! One of FIND’s campground managers at Morganton Point Campground, Georgia. Cover Photo: The peak of Brasstown Bald, GA during a special Astro-Photography workshop, photo courtesy of Find Outdoorsacenter_img As FIND worked to advance our mission throughout the years, the organization took on larger, regional roles in campground and visitor center management, as well as operations of sales outlets and began reinvesting heavily into our educational programming. FIND’s strength has been our collaborative efforts with local and national partners to achieve goals to benefit public lands. The US Forest Service has been our longest-running partner for decades but with the additional partnership of the National Park Service to operate the Northwest Trading Post on the Blue Ridge Parkway, our desire to branch out and expand became a reality. Additionally, we work with other non-profits and community partners such as the Friends of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail to aid in maintenance and upkeep of NC’s longest thru-hike trail. To learn more about our organization, access our free educational materials, make a donation or FIND your next adventure, please visit www.gofindoutdoors.org or call 828-883-FIND. We’ll be happy to help you FIND an outdoor experience that you’ll remember! FIND unveiled its new brand name and look in March of 2020 to better unify all sites operated under the name FIND Outdoors – a name that literally spells out what we do: Forest Inspired Nature Discovery. After years of mistaken identity and confusing logos, it was time for the nonprofit to reflect on the message we were sending to our visitors and what path we wanted to travel with the organization as a whole. The intensive rebranding, which took place smack-dab in the middle of the COVID pandemic, cuts to the core of what we do while digging deep into the roots of our history. Education becomes a natural pathway to ensuring that the public, and especially FIND visitors, understand not just the importance of nonprofits in general, but the importance of our natural spaces for overall health. To this end, all FIND Outdoors sites offer safe, socially distanced educational opportunities in the form of nature-based and cultural programming, family activities, speakers and special events that highlight the Southern Appalachians and beyond. Our free, online “Virtual Forest Bathing” tour brought the wonder of our local forests to individuals from 21 states and seven countries, while the Cradle of Forestry offers parents and teachers free curriculum in the form of short, online videos that focus on social studies, nature and history.When not greeting visitors or helping the public FIND their connection to beautiful public lands, the headquarters staff, located in Pisgah Forest, NC, is hard at work at making sure nonprofit dollars are well spent. Because FIND relies heavily on grant funding, private donations and the revenue collected at the sites we manage, we make it a priority to reinvest our facilities, exhibits and programming at all managed sites. Grant support has allowed us to update the Cradle of Forestry with a Citizen Science Lab for students of all ages and abilities, creating a safe space for visitors to learn about modern forestry practices. Our “Round-Up” program at FIND visitor centers allows visitors to round up their purchase to the nearest dollar in order to use nickels and dimes to fund programs, facilities, speakers and exhibits. Additionally, we reinvest in campground and visitor center facilities throughout the year. Improvements to restrooms, trails and campground amenities are all examples of how we ensure public lands are available for generations to come.last_img read more

Dominica strengthens relations with Canada

first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Mr. Thomas Letang. Photo credit: FacebookSecretary of the Dominica Public Service Union (DPSU) Thomas Letang says the just concluded Caribbean Canadian Leaders dialogue which Dominica hosted is another step in strengthening the relationship between the two countries.The DPSU is the most active and largest bargaining body for public officers in Dominica and has been hosting several informative and educational programs for its members.Letang says the dialogue has replaced the 50 year old commonwealth study conference headed by Prince Philip.“It is a program where people from the commonwealth countries meet together and dialogue. It is the first time in the history of that program that participants have actually come to the Caribbean,” he said.Letang says they met with President of Dominica DR Nicholas Liverpool and paid visits to several business organizations here.The group left the island this morning.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Dominica strengthens relations with Canada by: – June 8, 2011center_img 19 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Raptors fly out to Florida for planned NBA restart

first_img“In keeping with NBA and team safety protocols, there will be no group workouts during this phase of return to play, and strict protocols have been designed to ensure this initial level of access will take place in a safe, controlled, and healthy way,” the Raptors said in a statement.Raptors to prepare for a resumption to the 2019-20 @NBA season in Fort Myers, Florida.Details » https://t.co/Dghg9gaRiZ pic.twitter.com/wGMyIHe5I2— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 22, 2020Group workouts will only begin once teams have reported to the NBA campus at Disney World.The Raptors (46-18) were second in the Eastern Conference prior the COVID-19 crisis, behind the NBA-leading Bucks (53-12). The defending NBA champion Raptors flew to Florida on Monday to begin their preparations for the planned 2019-20 season restart.The Raptors will be based in Fort Myers until they enter the NBA campus at Walt Disney World Resort in early July for the remainder of the season.The NBA is planning to resume its campaign next month at Disney World via a 22-team format, after the league was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. MORE: Key dates, schedule, more to know about season restart in Orlandolast_img read more

Stats reveal how every Premier League match at the weekend should have finished

first_img 10 Another weekend of Premier League action is done and dusted and entered into the record books.There were some brilliant matches and some brilliant moments with Tottenham winning 3-1 against rivals Chelsea and Bournemouth ace Jefferson Lerma netting a classic own goal against Arsenal. Bournemouth vs ArsenalReal result: 1-2xG result: 0.65-1.68 10 What is expected goals? Mooy is now Huddersfield’s top scorer this season with two goals 10 Dele Alli helped keep Jorginho quiet in Spurs’ 3-1 win Aubameyang was Arsenal’s match winner Watford vs LiverpoolReal result: 0-3xG result: 0.85-1.45 Aleksandar Mitrovic celebrates one of his goals Should a team end with a higher xG than actual goals scored, it is probable they were wasteful in front of goal due to poor finishing or an in-form opposition goalkeeper. If the real goals scored is higher than the xG, the team may have been lucky to score so many in that match, or have an above average finisher scoring hard chances others would miss.West Ham United vs Manchester CityReal result: 0-4xG result: 0.84-2.76 Manchester United vs Crystal PalaceReal result: 0-0xG result: 1.34-1.28 But do the results we got reflect what actually happened in the matches we witnessed?Find out below how every team performed compared to their expected goals in the 13th round of Premier League matches thanks to statistics from Understat.com… Manchester United stars Anthony Martial, Alexis Sanchez, and Marouane Fellaini look dejected Fulham vs SouthamptonReal result: 3-2xG result: 1.38-1.63 Jordan Henderson was sent off on his return to the Liverpool team Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match.Every single shot is awarded an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt, with factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders present affecting the value.The higher the xG of a particular shot, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The xG value of every shot in a game is then used to calculate the expected goals in a particular match. Leroy Sane’s composed finish had the game all wrapped up before half-time Heung-Min Son celebrates his goal against Chelsea Gylfi Sigurdsson got Everton’s winner Jamie Vardy rescued a point for Leicester 10 10 Tottenham Hotspur vs ChelseaReal result: 3-1xG result: 3.37-0.93 10 10 Everton vs Cardiff CityReal result: 1-0xG result: 2.36-0.93 10 10 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Huddersfield TownReal result: 0-2xG result: 0.69-0.63 10 Brighton and Hove Albion vs Leicester CityReal result: 1-1xG result: 0.84-1.12last_img read more