Whitefish Trail Aims to ‘Close the Loop’

first_imgAs the team at Whitefish Legacy Partners rolls out its plan to complete a sprawling network of community trails encircling Whitefish Lake and “close the loop” on the ambitious project, its earliest champions can’t help but look back at its humble beginnings.“I thought we were going to build a little trail around the lake and hope people used it,” Fred Jones, a WLP board member, said. “So to see the amount of recreational use, the educational opportunities and the level of conservation we have achieved, this has been incredibly rewarding.”The Whitefish Trail is the anchor project of Whitefish Legacy Partners, the upshot of a community collaborative to preserve clean water, public access, recreation, and working forests, and currently features 36 miles of trail, providing access at 10 trailheads in and around town.As the project’s co-founder in 2003, Whitefish attorney Diane Conradi recalls the tremendous developmental pressures bearing down on the mountain community as growth swept across the Flathead Valley and the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation turned an eye toward real estate proposals for school trust lands in Whitefish.“When we started this, our goal was to protect 13,000 acres. That was the goal,” Conradi said. “We didn’t know the tools. We didn’t understand the legal pieces that would have to fall into place. Conservation was the priority. And out of that emerged the idea for this trail.”Some of the land in question had existing, user-built trail networks on it, and the prospect of losing prime recreation to development worried members of the Whitefish community.The notion of an expanded trail unified the community, and they took their concerns to the Land Board.In response, the Land Board chartered the 2004 Whitefish Area Trust Land Advisory Committee, which consisted of numerous stakeholders, including the DNRC.The committee drafted the Whitefish Area Trust Lands Neighborhood Plan and over the next year brainstormed possible uses for the land, eventually settling on the creation of a permanent public recreation corridor.The plan seeks out the best ways to manage and protect the lands while providing revenue for schools, and WLP formed to demonstrate that outdoor recreation could be both an environmentally sound and financially productive use of land.“It’s hard to believe what we have accomplished since then,” Conradi said.Turning an eye toward the future, WLP’s nine-member board of directors and two staff members have set the stage for the next round of trail development in Haskill Basin, where 5.5 miles of trail will connect downtown Whitefish to Whitefish Mountain Resort on Big Mountain.If completed, 75 percent of the 55-mile loop will be complete, but it hinges on funding.The group has secured a $251,300 grant through the state Recreational Trails Program ($90,000), the Land and Water Conservation Fund ($150,000), and the Flathead National Forest’s Resource Advisory Council ($11,300). But the money is contingent on WLP raising an additional $200,000 in necessary matching funds in order to put shovels to the ground next spring.“So many people have already bought into this vision, and they’ve carried us this far,” Heidi Van Everen, executive director of WLP, said. “Now we are asking them to step up again because it is critical to maintain this momentum.”In the last decade, WLP has invested $19.4 million in the project, generating more than 65,000 user visits annually and conserving 5,500 acres of land.“Closing the loop is a tough nut to crack, but Haskill is the next piece of it,” Jones said.To achieve the project’s next phase in Haskill Basin, WLP is collaborating with the city of Whitefish, the Flathead Land Trust, Iron Horse subdivision, Whitefish Mountain Resort, and Stoltze Land and Lumber Co.The goal is to have the trail open by next fall and to allow access for Nordic skiers by next winter.The group’s “2020: Close the Loop” plan doesn’t call for having every mile of trail built by 2020, but rather urges 20/20 vision in order to map out fundraising needs in order to roll out the phases in succession.The remaining phases following the completion of Haskill include connecting the Beaver Lakes section to the Swift Creek trailhead at the north end of Whitefish Lake. The third phase involves a new trailhead off Big Mountain Road at Holbrook Overlook, connecting to Smith Lake.The fourth phase includes a trail connecting the Swift Creek trailhead to the Lupfer trailhead.To donate, visit www.whitefishlegacy.org or call (406) 862-3880. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Isabelle LaPierre Wins the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix

first_img Email* Jumpers converged at HITS Post Time Farm on Sunday in Week IV of the Ocala Winter Circuit to compete for the money and a blue-ribbon victory in the $50,000 HITS Grand Prix, $7,500 U-Dump Jr/A-O Classic and the $1,000 S.A. Comunale Adult Jumper Classic.$50,000 HITS Grand PrixThe $50,000 HITS Grand Prix featured an international group of riders on Sunday. Isabelle Lapierre of Levis, Quebec, riding her own Cescha M, was the faster of only two double clears to take home the blue. German native Matthias Hollberg from Middleburg, Virginia, riding Aletta, owned by Olympic Dreams LLC was second. Mathew Williams, from Wellington, Florida, a two-time Olympian for the Australian team was third on Zephyr, owned by Michael Dorman & Wyndmont, Inc, and fifth riding Valinski S for the same owner. Andre Thieme from Plau am See, Germany was fourth on his own Cellisto.Forty-three riders contested Sunday’s Grand Prix held in the Ocala Horse Properties Stadium. Olaf Petersen, Jr., from Muenchen, Germany, designed a course of 16 jumping efforts set at 1.50 meters. The course challenged the skills of both horse and rider with multiple striding options and wide spreads followed by balancing distances.First to test the shortened course was Williams on Valinski S. They had a rail at fence 11B for four faults in a time of 42.791. Next up, was Thieme on Cellisto. The winner of the Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix and the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, had four faults and a time of 42.675 to take over the early lead.Andrew Kocher of Lake St. Louis, Missiouri, on Ora Del Te Di La San Giorgio owned by the Ora del te LLC, had the second and third fences down for eight faults in a time of 42.298 to take seventh-place. Holloway followed and had a rail both A and B of the combination, to finish with eight faults in a quick time of 41.465 to take sixth.Three remained in the jump-off and still no one was clear, until Hollberg stepped in to the ring on Aletta. The partnership with the 11-year-old Dutch mare is only four weeks old, but the team looked seasoned as they jumped the first clear round in a time of 45.551 to set the Great American Time to Beat.Williams returned on his second horse, Zephyr and easily had the time, in 42.603, but a rail at the second fence gave him and the third- place finish.Last to go was LaPierre aboard Cescha M. “I always do well when I get to go at the end, I know my horse is fast so I wasn’t thinking about going fast I was just thinking about going clear,” said LaPierre.The pair galloped to a clean round and the victory in 43.528 seconds, as the crowd cheered for another great finish.$50,000 HITS Grand PrixPlace/Horse/Owner/Rider/Prize/R.1/Faults JO/Faults/JO Time1 Cescha M/Isabelle LaPierre/Isabelle LaPierre/$15,000/-/-/43.5682 Aletta/Olympic Dreams LLC/Matthias Hollberg/$11,000/-/-/45.5513 Zephyr/Michael Dorman Wyndmont/Matthew Williams/$6,500/-/4/42.6034 Cellisto/Andre Thieme/Andre Thieme/$4,000/-/4/42.6755 Valinski S/Michael Dorman Wyndmont/Matthew Williams/$3,000/-/4/42.7916 VDL Bravo S/Hays Investment Corp/Hunter Holloway/$2,500/-/8/41.4657 OraDelTe Di La SanGiorgio/Ora Del Te LLC/Andrew Kocher/$2,000/-/8/42.2988 Spirit of Alena/Thinkslikeahorse/Aaron Vale/$1,500/4/-/-9 Bon Giorno/Showcase 81 LLC/Bryn Sadler/$1,500/4/-/-10 Liratus/Devin Ryan/Devin Ryan/$1,000/4/-/-11 Le Conte/Andrew Kocher/Andrew Kocher/$1,000/4/-/-12 Quidams Good Luck/Troy Glaus/Aaron Vale/$1,000/4/-/- Tags: Isabelle Lapierre, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business.last_img read more

Tennessee Man Rescued 11 Hours After Crash

first_imgMARYVILLE, Tenn. – An elderly man has been rescued from his car, where he was trapped for 11 hours after it ran off a Blount County road. Marvin Hoyt Adams of Maryville was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center after he was found Tuesday morning, reported The Daily Times.Police said the injuries were not life-threatening. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office says the 85-year-old Adams ran off a local road during a downpour late Monday night. His car ran down a steep embankment and struck a tree. A motorist spotted the car Tuesday morning and called police.center_img Information from: The Daily Times, http://www.thedailytimes.com ___last_img

Key Spouse Program

first_imgThe Key Spouse Program is a formal unit program that offers informal peer-to-peer and Wingman family support. This exciting program helps spouses play a role in enhancing mission readiness by assisting family members during deployments and remote assignments. Key Spouses, appointed by commanders, volunteer to offer support and provide information to families during deployment and remote tours and welcome new members and families to the unit. Key Spouses also are an important link between families, the first sergeant and the commander. The A&FRC oversees the program and Key Spouse training. Spouses who want to volunteer to be a Key Spouse should contact their squadron’s first sergeant.last_img

Smell test challenge suggests clinical benefit for some before development of Alzheimer’s

first_imgShare Pinterest “We know that cholinesterase inhibitors can make a difference for Alzheimer’s patients, so we wanted to find out if we could identify patients at risk for Alzheimer’s who might also benefit from this treatment,” said D.P. Devanand, MBBS, MD, professor of psychiatry, scientist in the Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center at CUMC, and co-director of the Memory Disorders Clinic and the Late Life Depression Clinic at NYSPI. “Since odor identification tests have been shown to predict progression to Alzheimer’s, we hypothesized that these tests would also allow us to discover which patients with MCI would be more likely to improve with donepezil treatment.”In this year-long study, 37 participants with MCI underwent odor identification testing with the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT). The test was administered before and after using an atropine nasal spray that blocks cholinergic transmission.The patients were then treated with donepezil for 52 weeks, and were periodically reevaluated with the UPSIT and with memory and cognitive function tests. Those who had a greater decline in UPSIT scores, indicating greater cholinergic deficits in the brain, after using the anticholinergic nasal spray test saw greater cognitive improvement with donepezil.In addition, short-term improvement in odor identification from baseline to eight weeks tended to predict longer-term cognitive improvement with donepezil treatment over one year.“These results, particularly if replicated in larger populations, suggest that these simple inexpensive strategies have the potential to improve the selection of patients with mild cognitive impairment who are likely to benefit from treatment with cholinesterase inhibitors like donepezil,” said Dr. Devanand. LinkedIn Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) and the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI) may have discovered a way to use a patient’s sense of smell to treat Alzheimer’s disease before it ever develops. Having an impaired sense of smell is recognized as one of the early signs of cognitive decline, before the clinical onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The researchers at CUMC and NYSPI have found a way to use that effect to determine if patients with mild cognitive impairment may respond to cholinesterase inhibitor drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease.The findings were published online this week in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.Cholinesterase inhibitors, such as donepezil, enhance cholinergic function by increasing the transmission of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain. Cholinergic function is impaired in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Cholinesterase inhibitors, which block an enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine, have shown some effectiveness in improving the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. However, they have not been proven effective as a treatment for individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition that markedly increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.center_img Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitterlast_img read more

How to fit BIM and fit out together

first_imgBIM4FitOut was established in 2013 by FIS, the trade organisation representing the finishes and interiors sector, in response to the question “what will be the impact of BIM on the fit out sector?” A question the group is still trying to answer.What BIM4FitOut has done is establish a clear strategy for helping FIS members adapt to the requirements of BIM on fit out projects.BIM is a manifestation of the digitisation of the industry. We are not sure exactly how this will affect the way projects are managed but this is a revolution and it is better to take part in a revolution than have one done to you.BIM is a manifestation of the digitisation of the industry, we are not sure exactly how this will affect the way projects are managed but this is a revolution and it is better to take part in a revolution than have one done to youSo we should aim to help shape the way BIM is used rather than let others do it for us and then complain that we don’t like it.With this in mind, the group is currently developing and promoting three tools for the supply chain. First, a new workbook and toolkit to allow contractors to get started with BIM. This will be launched at May Design Series on 19 May.The second is BID4Free, a free to use BIM model reader that will be designed to allow tenders to be returned using a model and crucially without adding to the cost of returning a tender. This project is sponsored by Innovate UK and is run in collaboration with 3DRepo (the software provider) and Balfour Beatty.The final strand, in partnership with CIBSE, BIM4M2 and RIBA NBS, is the development of product data templates for inclusion in the digital plan of works. Product data templates allow manufacturers to structure data, which is a requirement of Level 2 BIM, including performance, sustainability and operational information. This in turn allows building operators to understand how to maintain their buildings and the performance of products such as fire rated doors and partitions.BIM4FitOut has committed to coordinating the production of all product data templates for interiors, starting with ceilings, partitions, access floors and operable walls.It is clear that BIM is still an emerging process and although there is evidence of its adoption, there are many SMEs and micro organisations still contemplating their first steps on the journey to working in this digital world.David Frise, chief executive, FIS BIM4FitOut will be launching its BIM tool at the May Design Series show, on 19 May, at ExCeL, London. For a list of the speakers and to book your place at the event go to www.maydesignseries.comlast_img read more

JPD Chief urges privacy and prayers following fatal accident

first_imgJACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) – A mother’s worst nightmare unfolded today at 1:55 pm in the Wal-Mart parking lot just outside of lawn and garden. A child was fatally struck by a car.“Medical aid began almost immediately by people around the young juvenile male who was just hit by a car,” Jacksboro Chief of Police Jeremy Goins said. The chief went on to say  the child was taken to the La Follette Medical Center and prepped to be flown to a Knoxville hospital.  “Before he could be flown out, he was pronounced dead at the La Follette Medical Center,” said Goins.“The investigation is on going, and part of that will be reviewing video from the store’s cameras.  We’ve also been in touch with the district attorney’s office, which is standard procedure,” said Goins.  He added that “our eyes will be wide open throughout this investigation.”“I pray the community will give the families involved the privacy they need at a time like this.  This is tragic for all involved; the child’s family, the person driving the car and the first responders,” Goins said,“Thoughts and prayers are needed for everyone this tragic event touches,” said Goins.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/27/2020-7:30PM)Share this:FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Leicester midfielder ‘lucky’ to be playing with Jamie Vardy, thrilled with…

first_imgLoaned by Leicester City until the end of the season after the return of Leonardo Jardim at Monaco, Youri Tielemans has quickly endeared himself to the King Power Stadium faithful with his first few performances, scoring one goal and assisting twice in his first six appearances. Bought by the principality side from Anderlecht, the Belgian midfielder didn’t have the groundbreaking season many expected him to, and he quickly fell out of favour under the Portuguese.Eventually, Jardim’s comeback after three woeful months under Thierry Henry led to a temporary January move being sorted, and Leicester jumping at the opportunity.Speaking to Sport/Foot, the young starlet explained what has changed, and why he feels Leicester might be a better fit for him.Embed from Getty ImagesHe said: “The team plays well, I have players around me that have a lot of qualities. I just have to adapt to my new environment. In France, it’s quite a physical, static game. In England, things move all the time, there’s quite a lot of space.“I’m lucky to have a forward (Vardy) who dives into space. As soon as there’s an opening, you can be sure he’ll be there. It’s very easy to play with that type of player. I just have to feed him good balls. The fact that I’m playing higher up means I have more freedom. I feel I have more space to express myself, to give the assist or tee up a shot.”As for what the future holds for him, with British newspapers stating Leicester would need to spend €45m to acquire his services permanently, Tielemans is rather reserved for the time being.He said: “It’s very flattering. We’ll see in the summer, but for now, I’m not thinking about that.”by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameChallenge Your Brain With This Must-Play Strategy Game. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comThe Most Handsome Men In Hong Kong On This Dating SiteDating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystWill Blockchain Reduce the Global Trade Finance Gap to Reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals?StanChart by CNBC CatalystUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50Undolast_img read more

Disney Cruise Line Preview – Week of August 5

first_imgIf you’ve never been on a cruise before, you’re probably wondering what the dress code will be for dinner. While I tend to follow my personal style guide Thurston Howell III for these matters, you may be happy to learn that shorts are permitted at each of the three rotational dining rooms aboard each vessel. Swimming attire and tank tops are not permitted, however, so save those for a quick-service lunch. As we’ve mentioned before, Pirate night is the standard party night on each itinerary, so costumes are permitted to be worn during dinner – just keep in mind the new rules regarding masks. Now, for dining at Palo, guests are “asked to preserve the ambiance of this fine dining venue.” Pants, slacks, and collared shirts are recommended for men, and a dress, skirt, or pants, and a blouse are recommended for women. Jeans may also be worn if in good condition, provided there are no rips or holes. Tank tops, swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, shorts, hats, cut-offs, torn clothing, t-shirts with offensive language and/or graphics, flip-flops, or tennis shoes are not permitted attire. Remy requires formal wear, meaning a tuxedo or jacket for men, with dress pants (ties are optional). Acceptable women’s attire includes evening gowns, cocktail dresses, skirts, or pant suits. If you do not have these garments and would like a cheaper solution to acquiring them, we recommend renting attire from Cruiseline Formal. Rented garments will be delivered to your stateroom for you and then returned to your stateroom attendant at the end of the cruise. That’s one less thing you’ll need to bring aboard and will cost significantly less than purchasing these garments from a clothier.Coffee is a vital portion of my morning routine, and often times a post-dinner treat. Cove Cafe, with locations on all four ships, is the perfect place to relax with a cup of coffee and a novel. The menu features a wide selection of lattes, cappuccinos, espressos, teas, and more as well as a case of pastries or savory foods that change throughout the day. (The snacks are free, even if you don’t buy a drink at Cove Cafe–we’ll keep that as our secret, though!) One of the perks to frequenting Cove Cafe is their Cafe Fanatic rewards card, which earns a free coffee after purchasing six specialty coffees. The Magic and Wonder Cove Cafes include a television viewing area that features news and sporting events to watch while enjoying a latte.Cove Cafe, photo: Daisy Lauren Share This!Welcome aboard for this week’s Disney Cruise Line Preview for the week of August 5th! Brand Glover here. I’ve assembled the latest news, weather, and important tips you need to know before setting sail with the Disney Cruise Line this week. If you missed last week, we previewed the upcoming Marvel Day at Sea, but this week we’re getting into the holiday spirit to discuss one of my favorite itineraries. First, let’s look and see what the weather holds around the world.Ports of Call (High/Low Temperature, Chance of Rain)Disney Dream.Disney Magic 5 August – Day at Sea6 August – Palma de Mallorca (91/74, 0%)7 August – Barcelona (82/72, 0%)8 August – Cannes (86/68, 20%)9 August – Livorno (83/68, 0%)10 August – Civitavecchia (88/69, 0%)11 August – Day at SeaDisney Wonder5 August – Ketchikan (82/57, 10%)6 August – Day at Sea7 August – Vancouver (84/63, 0%)8 August – Day at Sea9 August – Tracy Arm Fjord (69/54, 20%)10 August – Skagway (68/56, 20%)11 August – Juneau (64/53, 30%)Disney Dream5 August – Nassau (91/83, 10%)6 August – Castaway Cay (91/82, 50%)7 August – Port Canaveral (88/78, 40%)8 August – Nassau (91/82, 40%)9 August – Castaway Cay (90/81, 50%)10 August – Day at Sea11 August – Port Canaveral (88/78, 40%)A Castaway ChristmasDisney Fantasy5 August – Port Canaveral (88/78, 20%)6 August – Day at Sea7 August – Cozumel (88/75, 40%)8 August – Grand Cayman (87/82, 50%)9 August – Falmouth (89/80, 50%)10 August – Day at Sea11 August – Castaway Cay (90/82, 40%)Disney Cruise Line: In The NewsNothing is more magical around the Disney parks and resorts than visiting during the holidays. Experiencing Walt Disney World at Christmastime is one of my favorite parts of being an annual passholder, between the Christmas lights, festive foods, and atmosphere provided by the musical sounds of the season. Holidays aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships are just as memorable, packed with a full lineup of holiday goodness. The Disney Parks Blog has posted a preview of the Very Merrytime Christmas itineraries with commentary from the Disney Parks Mom’s Panel. All four Disney Cruise Line ships are decorated from bow to stern for the holiday season, including a Christmas tree and a gingerbread house. If you’ve ever visited the Grand Floridian resort during Christmas, you’ll know that wonderfully familiar smell! Some of the special activities offered during the Very Merrytime itineraries are holiday-themed dance parties, meet and greets with Santa and Mrs. Claus, characters in their “jolly holly” attire, a tree lighting ceremony with Mickey, and more. Passengers traveling on December 24th and 25th will receive Christmas cookies on Christmas Eve, special holiday towel animals, and caroling with the crew. During Hanukkah, there will be a special menorah lighting ceremony each night along with special treats. Very Merrytime Cruise sail dates for 2017 begin on November 10th and 11th. A few years back, my family and I had the opportunity to experience one of these itineraries, and one thing I will always remember was the amount of decorations present. All of the characters were wearing special holiday outfits for photos, and I even observed the menorah lighting taking place at guest services. Not only were there plenty of decorations and special experiences on board the ship, but Castaway Cay had an array of ornaments, a Christmas tree, and even a reindeer-themed tram! You’ll certainly have a Christmas to remember if you choose to sail with Disney Cruise Line this winter.I can’t tell if that’s Dasher, Dancer, or Derek Burgan’s car leaving the Outlets.Halloween is fast-approaching in the theme park world, and Disney Cruise Line is no exception to the spooky fun. The official Disney Cruise Line Twitter posted a teaser for the upcoming Halloween on the High Seas itineraries coming this fall. With sailings beginning on September 2nd, passengers can expect a ghoulishly delightful itinerary featuring Mickey’s Mouse-querade Party, pumpkin carving, ghost stories, an adults-only costume party, and Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas Sing and Scream, featuring a live appearance by Jack and Sally! Characters will appear in their trick-or-treating attire, and if you’ve been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, then you know how rare it is to see Jack and Sally. Passengers are encouraged to bring costumes as there will be trick or treating for the whole family and a costume contest for adults. As we mentioned in last week’s preview, the costume policy has been updated to where masks must now be carried while walking around the ship and may only be worn while standing in place taking a photo. I will be sailing on one of the early dates of Halloween on the High Seas, so if anyone has questions regarding this itinerary, then leave them below and we will update you at that time.According to The Disney Cruise Line Blog, Disney Cruise Line has updated its cancellation policy for 5-night sailings beginning August 15th. The previous window for cancellation fees on standard sailings was 74 days, but has been expanded to 89 days; holiday sailings have been pushed back to 104 days from 89 days. We will update you to any more changes as they materialize.Upcoming EntertainmentThe following films are being shown aboard the Disney Cruise Line ships this month:MoanaBeauty and the BeastBorn in ChinaGuardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCars 3Spider-Man: HomecomingFor future reference, films debut on the Disney Cruise Line the same day of their initial release in the United States. Show times are available on your Personal Navigator or the official Disney Cruise Line app.Next week, guests on the Disney Magic will be able to experience Stars Set Sail with performances by:Kevin Massey and Kara Lindsay on August 12thKerry Butler on August 19th and 26thAnd in case you missed it, this week on the TouringPlans blog, Tammy Whiting covered the Best Staterooms in Each Category. This is a helpful resource so you can find the best room for your needs.Captain’s Log: Important Tips and InformationCastaway Club is Disney Cruise Line’s membership program that rewards passengers who cruise with Disney for multiple cruises. Benefits of the program include: early booking opportunities before the general public, advance online reservations for select activities, exclusive Castaway Club check-in at the terminal, a Castaway Club toll-free number to call with questions or for reservations, a welcome back gift in your stateroom, and much more! There are three levels of the Castaway Club: passengers earn Silver status after completing their first cruise, Gold after five cruises, and Platinum after ten cruises.A picturesque morning on Castaway Cay. Disney Cruise Line is a destination encompassing the whole family, from age six months and up (or one year depending on distance of the voyage), and there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Youth Clubs onboard provide a specialized experience tailored to the age group’s needs and interests. The It’s A Small World Nursery is a comfortable environment for passengers aged six months up to three years old, themed to the happiest cruise that ever sailed. The Nursery requires a reservation (made before you embark or by stopping by and checking for availability) and costs a fee of $9 per hour, with each additional child costing $8 per hour. For passengers aged three to twelve, the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab are designed with state-of-the-art interactive exhibits as well as character visits, story time, and more during operating hours. Passengers experiencing these clubs will be given a wristband that resembles a MagicBand which allows them access in and out of the clubs. Parents must check passengers aged three to seven in and out of the clubs, but those aged eight to twelve may check themselves in and out if given parental consent at time of registration. For the tween and younger teenage passengers, Edge provides a cool place to hang out for the eleven- to fourteen-year-old crowd. Activities featured at Edge include arts, cooking, and gaming. And for the soon to be adult crowd, Vibe houses activities for the fourteen- to seventeen-year-old crew, including a dance party. But the special fun for different age groups doesn’t end on the ship. Passengers between ages thirteen and seventeen have access to the exclusive getaway The Hideout on Castaway Cay. Scuttle’s Cove is another exclusive hangout for passengers from ages three to twelve who are registered to the Oceaneer Club.Photo by Julia Mascardo.center_img One of the greatest services on board the ships, in my opinion of course, is the 24-hour room service. My father and I found out about this magical experience on our last cruise, as we proceeded to order three cheese plates to the room. Why is this such a great offering? The food is included with your cruise. That’s right, FREE room service (except for gratuity at your discretion)! Menu items include breakfast, lunch, and dinner staples along with additional-fee items such as candy, snacks, and beverage packages. For passengers staying in concierge level or suites, room service includes this menu as well as the complete menu from each of the three rotational dining rooms. So if you just happen to miss your favorite restaurant or even want to try something different from the menu, it’s available to you during the evening!Senses Spa, available on all four Disney Cruise Line ships, is the perfect place for the individual or couple to escape the noise of the vessel for a quiet, relaxing experience. While there are many options for creating the perfect escape, we recommend purchasing the Rainforest Pass. For about $25 per day, passengers can use the aromatherapy showers, sauna areas, and heated loungers. Length-of-cruise passes are limited, so we recommend to buy early upon embarkation or check early in the day for day pass availability.If you have any questions you would like us to answer in next week’s preview, feel free to leave them in the comments below.Are you deciding whether to book a Disney Cruise but are having a tough time deciding which ship fits all of your desires? Well, our own Laurel Stewart has put together a chart that makes it easy to compare all of the options in one place. Also available as a valuable planning and companion guide from authors Len Testa, Erin Foster, and Laurel Stewart is The Unofficial Guide to the Disney Cruise Line. The companion guide contains a complete overview of each Disney ship as well as Castaway Cay and includes valuable tips on how to save time and money during your cruise!That concludes this week’s preview of the Disney Cruise Line. Join us next Friday as we take a look at what happens in the world of Disney Cruise Line over the next week. In the meantime, check out the latest edition of The Saturday Six from author, illustrator, and masked luchador Derek Burgan. Special thanks to Derek Burgan, my better half Adrian Rowda, Julia of Best Week Ever fame, Rikki Niblett, and Scott Sanders of the DCL Blog for their assistance on this article. You can follow Scott on Twitter @TheDCLBlog for daily updates on the cruise line. Tune in to the Be Our Guest WDW Podcast to hear Rikki discuss topics covering all things Walt Disney World.last_img read more

Can You Make Someone Who Only Wants Intermittent FMLA Take Continuous Leave Instead?

first_imgOriginally published on Employer Handbook blog. I’ll wait patiently while you grab your pearls for clutching.We know that the Family and Medical Leave Act permits eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of covered leave in a 12-month period. That leave can be taken in a continuous block. Or, it can be taken in your favorite form: intermittent.Intermittent leave involves taking leave in separate blocks of time for a single qualifying reason. (Technically, employees can also use FMLA on a reduced leave schedule by reducing the employee’s usual weekly or daily work schedule.)Over the weekend, I read this federal court opinion about an employee who applied for and took intermittent FMLA for a few years. But, in 2016, HR put the kibosh on that.Instead, HR placed the employee (and soon-to-be plaintiff) on continuous FMLA leave, stating that he could not work with the restrictions listed on his physician-provided FMLA certification form. So, the company told the plaintiff that he could return to work if his physician lifted the restrictions listed on his FMLA form. However, the plaintiff’s doctor refused and did not clarify whether the restrictions applied only during flare-ups.Yadda yadda yadda, we have an FMLA lawsuit.Now, you may be thinking to yourself, how did the company retaliate?” Well, it didn’t. This is an FMLA “interference” lawsuit. The FMLA prohibits an employer from interfering with, restraining, or denying an eligible employee the exercise of any right to leave under the Act. And, to succeed on a claim of interference, the employee doesn’t need to prove animus or discrimination or anything like that. Instead, the employee must show that his employer denied him an entitled benefit under the FMLA.Well then, is forcing an employee to take continuous leave (rather than intermittent leave) considered FMLA interference? Let’s hear it from the Court:By placing [the plaintiff] on continuous FMLA leave, [the employer] necessarily denied [his] concurrent request for intermittent leave. The nature of continuous leave pretermits an employee’s ability to take intermittent leave. [The employer’s] decision to place [the plaintiff] on continuous leave meant that he could not use the intermittent leave he requested.The FMLA entitles eligible employees to both “intermittent” leave and, when medically necessary, “continuous” leave. Once [the plaintiff] notified [the employer] that his medical condition required a flexible work schedule via intermittent leave, the FMLA obliged [the employer to grant [his] request….[The employer’s] failure to provide [the plaintiff] that intermittent leave violated the FMLA.Now, the employer here does have an out. That is, an employer does not interfere with FMLA rights “if it correctly determines that [an employee’s] limitations required continuous leave.” But, since it’s not clear here whether the defendant was right or wrong, that’s going to be a jury question.So, what should an employer do if it questions any employee’s medical certification? Well, I’ll leave the DOL fact sheet right here. And, before I go, do yourself a favor and head over to Jeff Nowak’s FMLA Insights for “Fighting FMLA Abuse in the Summertime: Top 10 Employer Tools to Keep Employees Honest.”You’re welcome.last_img read more