Sugarbush Acquires Blue Tooth and adds World Cup Freestyle Skier Babic

first_imgSugarbush Resort announced that it has acquired the Blue Tooth, a Warren restaurant and bar located on the Sugarbush Access Road.Formerly owned and operated by Hobs Moyer for more than 20 years, the Blue Tooth was built by Tom Storrs in 1963. Once named one of the top ten ski resort nightclubs in the country, the Blue Tooth has a rich history as part of the Mad River Valley apres-ski scene of the 1960’s through 1980’s.According to Sugarbush president and general manager Bob Ackland, the resort plans to add “new life” to the restaurant without making large changes in the immediate future. Sugarbush’s acquisition of the property is intended to provide more diversity for on-mountain entertainment.“We plan to make small but noticeable changes immediately,” said Ackland. “A new menu was created and we will continue with the tradition of casual dining. We’ll also continue with the apres-ski traditions that made the Blue Tooth famous—free popcorn and hot soup as well as live music.”Sugarbush Resort is also pleased to announce that it has added World Cup Freestyle Skier David Babic to its corps of Sugarbush Ambassadors. Babic, a native of Washington, Vermont, is a member of the 2003 U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. He appears in the new Warren Miller film, “Storm.” As a member of the Sugarbush Celebrity Ambassador Team, Babic will make appearances at Sugarbush between competitions in the U.S. and abroad.In his first World Cup competition of the season in Tignes, France, Babic placed sixth overall. He qualified for the event’s finals with a run that included an off-axis 720 on the bottom jump. In the finals, Babic was one of only two skiers to perform a newly allowed off-axis jump in competition. According to Babic, “I stomped the landing and the crowd erupted. This 6th place finish in my first competition of the season was a welcome result after intensive off-season preparation.” Babic now looks forward to competitions in Italy and Finland. “I am proud and thrilled to represent Sugarbush and Vermont as I compete on the World Cup Circuit,” Babic noted.“David Babic will be a wonderful addition to our already spectacular team of Ambassadors,” noted Sugarbush President Bob Ackland. “We look forward to his visits to the resort. David will present clinics which our guests can attend. He’ll also perform some of his stunning big air moves live for our guests. This harks back to Sugarbush’s glory days when Stein Eriksen would perform his trademark aerial somersaults right behind the base lodge.”last_img read more

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A Constitution for the Age of Hope

first_img9 May 2006South African President Thabo Mbeki has described the adoption of the country’s constitution 10 years ago as a destination arrived at after traversing a long road stained with the blood of many South Africans, both black and white.“It was a long road that would have seemed forbidding to the faint hearted, and appeared to the pessimists to have no possible end, except the constant repetition of a mirage that presented itself as the final destination,” he said.He was addressing a joint sitting of Parliament as South Africa celebrated the 10th anniversary of the adoption of its Constitution on Monday.“The milestone we celebrate today should also serve to reinvigorate the transformation of the unity and solidarity we built during the course of our struggle for freedom, into a durable partnership for reconstruction and development, and the building of a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.”Mbeki said the “desperate resistance of the forces of white minority rule” only managed to strengthen the resolve of the masses.“It only served to steel their determination to persevere until victory was achieved.”From political freedom to prosperityThe President said that through Asgi-SA and other programmes, the government and its social partners will intensify efforts “to ensure that our political freedom also translates into a growing economy that improves the standard of living and the quality of life especially of the poor in our society”.“Indeed, the national effort to translate our Constitutional prescriptions into tangible and palpable reality has meant that between 1994 and 2004, the real incomes of the poorest 20% of our population increased by 30%,” Mbeki said.“We have therefore made bold to assert that we will achieve the Millennium Development Goals well within the time frames set by the United Nations.“The complex of the achievements we have mentioned, and the base we have created to accelerate our progress towards the realisation of the goal of a better life for all, in all its elements, define the Age of Hope into which our country has entered,” said the President.Heroes and anniversariesPresident Mbeki hailed the 1906 Bambatha uprising, the 1946 mineworkers’ strike, and the women’s anti-pass demonstrations of 1956 as part of the “sustained effort that finally made it possible for us to attain our freedom and for the Constitution we celebrate today to come into being”.“They refused that they should abandon the war for liberation, simply because they had lost a battle,” he said.He said the sacrifices made by the South Africa’s resistance heroes the country’s people an unflinching determination to uphold, respect, protect and promote the Constitution born of those sacrifices.“By so doing, we would also uphold, respect, protect and promote the values and principles of those whom we honour as our heroes and heroines,” he said.He reiterated former President Nelson Mandela’s assertion that the Constitution should be used as a tool to redress the centuries of “unspeakable deprivations” by striving to eliminate poverty, illiteracy and homelessness.“The Constitution enjoins us to change virtually everything we inherited, including our economy, which must grow with perhaps unprecedented vigour, producing wealth that must be shared by all South Africans.”But the President cautioned that the Constitution could only ensure a humane society if South Africans assumed the responsibility of becoming its principal defenders.This, he said, required citizens to promote their unity in diversity, “jealously” safeguarding the rights of all while entrenching the rule of law and respecting state institutions.”Reconciliation in the Age of Hope“That seminal moment of the adoption of our Constitution reminded us that the strength in unity, that South Africans, black and white, are capable of overcoming their differences and working together for a society whose development, success and prosperity would be brought about by a united national effort inspired by a new patriotism,” Mbeki said.He added that South Africa should not forget another 10th anniversary, that of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which began its hearings in April 1996.He said that the task of national reconciliation was not yet complete, nor was the business of implementing all of the TRC’s recommendations.“We continue to face the challenge to achieve the balanced and mutually reinforcing outcome mentioned in the TRC Act, of ‘reconciliation between the people of South Africa and the reconstruction of society’.“This celebration today, of a truly historic achievement, must communicate the message that the heroic people of our country, both black and white, have indeed entered into their Age of Hope,” Mbeki said.Source: BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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What Makes Mind The Best Meditation App?

first_imgI needed a new meditation timer app for my iPhone, and I was not looking forward to browsing for one. The search for “meditation” in the App Store turns up a lot of garbage, and the app I had settled on before still had too much going on. But in the middle of the pack, my eyes fell on Mind, which had a striking, simple design that stood out from the rest. It was free, so of course I grabbed it, and I was shocked to see how perfect it was for my needs. How could the meditation apps on the store all be so bad except one, and that one happens to be free?As it turns out, Mind was a simple labor of love with an atypical App Store story. It was built by Fred Oliveira, just @f on Twitter, a full-stack developer and designer. He’s also an O’Reilly author and a mentor at 500 Startups. So I had to hear the rest of the Mind story.“I built Mind mostly for myself,” Oliveira says. “I looked around for a timer app (for meditation as well as a Pomodoro Technique tool) that was as simple as it could be. The App Store was packed with apps that looked bad, were poorly designed or were just too complex.”“So since building mobile and Web apps is what I do by trade, I just created my own.”Keep It Simple Meditation apps are a funny category. App-making is a business. Meditation is a practice of letting go of busyness. These two drives come into conflict surprisingly often.It’s immediately obvious when a meditation app is just about making money; it costs too much for what it is (or it’s free and full of distracting ads), and the design shows no care at all. There are plenty of apps in this category.But even in the apps that are carefully designed, there’s often a problem on the opposite extreme. In order to justify charging for such a simple app, many developers feel a need to pack in as many features as they can. These commonly include tons of configurable chime sounds; multiple presets for lengths of time; crazy, changing artwork; and even analytics of your meditation performance over time.But these features actually detract from meditation apps even more than mere bad design does. The quality of the apps is higher, so it draws people in, but all the bells and whistles — especially the analytics — create pressure to do everything “properly,” to make sure you don’t miss your daily stats, to fiddle with the chime sounds, and otherwise be distracted from what should be the simplest of all activities.“Meditation isn’t about configuring a bunch of parameters. It’s about sitting,” Oliveira says. “I didn’t need a complex UI, a number of buttons, to help me track how long I sit.”Mind Is A Tool So Mind is the simplest meditation app it could possibly be, and that’s why it works. It has one screen. You swipe the colored time slider left and right to set the duration anywhere between one minute and one hour. Then you hit the button, the app prompts you to relax and focus on your breathing, and when it’s done, it chimes three times. It remembers your last session duration for next time. That’s all there is to it.My favorite thing about Mind is that even the imagery is minimal. Meditators come to the practice from different traditions and with different aesthetics, so apps that commit to a particular kind of Buddhist imagery — or worse, some kind of fake pastiche of New Age-y Zen/Hindu/Hippie fusion — are disturbing to me. Mind, from its name to its icon to its full-spectrum colors, is a simple foundation built for anyone.“I never intended to make money from it,” Oliveira says, “which is why it’s free today and will probably stay that way forever. It was easy to build, and is easy to maintain. The emails and thanks I get from people who use it are payment enough, to be honest.”“I guess in the last few years I realized I’m a tool maker. Making tools is a calling. Mind is one of those tools. But I’ve built others before, and will continue building tools in the future. It makes me happy.” The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology jon mitchell Tags:#apps#design#health#iOS#iPhone#Pause#psychology Related Posts center_img Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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