This winter season send your latch key kid to the slopes of Wolf Ridge Ski Resort.The Western North Carolina ski resort is unveiling a new after-school program perfect for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities between the ages of 8 and 17.The program will run on four Tuesday evenings in January from 5pm-10pm starting on January 10th. Each session will begin with a 90-minute lesson (5pm-6:30pm) followed by an open skiing and snowboarding session until the slopes close at 10pm. The goal of the program is to teach new skiers and snowboarders the basics, while allowing intermediate and advanced students to hone their skills under the trained eye of experienced instructors.No one is more thrilled about this new course than Will Powell, Wolf Ridge Program Coordinator and PSIA Certified Ski Instructor, who has a deep passion for all things snow. “I started skiing when I was 8 and I wanted to create a program that would let kids experience the excitement of the sport,” says Powell.The deadline to sign up for this program is December 31th. Payments can be made over the phone or in person through the group sales office. A limited number of spots are available.Participants can choose from two different packages:$125 for the program with ski and snowboard rentals$95 for the program (no rentals)Students may rent helmets for $10 per session and ski bibs for $15 per session. The restaurant at the base lodge will be open until 8pm serving dinner and snacks.For more info or to enroll in Wolf Ridge Ski Resort’s After School Program, call 1-800-817-4111.
Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has taken a step towards developing its Smart Marine capabilities as it tested the remote control of ship operations.The testing, which involved driving the vessel through a sequence of manoeuvres using a combination of Dynamic Positioning (DP) and manual joystick control, was carried out on August 21 off the North Sea coast of Scotland in collaboration with US-based operator Gulfmark Offshore.Although the test vessel was in the North Sea, the remote control navigating was carried out from the Wärtsilä office located in San Diego, California, 8000 km away.Wärtsilä’s Dynamic Positioning unit developed remote control capabilities in the early part of 2016, but this was the first test carried out on the offshore vessel Highland Chieftain. The ship is an 80 metre platform supply vessel already fitted with a Wärtsilä Nacos Platinum package for Navigation, Automation and Dynamic Positioning systems, as well as a Wärtsilä drives package.For the test, additional software was temporarily added to the DP system in order to route data over the vessel’s satellite link to the onshore work station in California.The testing was carried out using standard bandwidth onboard satellite communication. No land-based technology was used for the communications between the vessel and the remote operator work station.The successful test was conducted over an almost 4 hour period during which time the vessel was driven through a series of manoeuvres at both high and low speeds. All the test procedures carried out went as planned.
The Moravian pastor who was charged for the rape of a 15-year-old girl in St Elizabeth earlier this year has found himself in more trouble.The 64-year-old disgraced clergyman, Rupert Clarke, was on Monday slapped with one more count of having sex with another minor.That girl, who is now 17 years old, is reportedly be the sister of the 15-year-old girl he forcibly had sex with in his car last December.Clarke was slapped with the additional charge when he appeared in the St Elizabeth Parish court in relation to the 15-year-old.He was offered $800,000 bail in relation to the new charge and was ordered to return to court on March 8.Clarke has been suspended from pastoral duties at his Manchester-based church.He was caught with his pants down in Austin, St Elizabeth on Wednesday, December 28, after cops noticed a car parked on a lonely road and found him and the teen inside when the went to investigate.