Welcome to the Green River Games

first_imgStep aside Vail. A small town nestled in the southern Appalachian Mountains bags bragging rights for this summer’s largest celebration of adventure sports. The Green River Games, a multisport competition, will debut September 7-8, 2013 in Saluda, N.C.Race organizer John Grace created the Green River Games as an East-coast version of the GoPro Mountain Games. He wants the races to showcase the scenic gorge that’s home to the holy grail of steep creeks: the Narrows section of the Green River.Races include full-contact and steep-creek kayaking, mountain and road biking, road and trail running, and mellow and extreme stand up paddling.The Cove Climb 6K kicks off the festivities. The road race starts along the emerald river, the views providing inspiration for the infamous 17 switchbacks of Green River Cove Road. After climbing 1,000 feet, runners will cross the finish line in downtown Saluda, where they can celebrate a grueling run by throwing back local craft beer at the kickoff party.Proceeds from the 6K will fund field trips for local fifth graders who have never explored the outdoor oasis in their own backyard.For those who prefer trails to roads, the games feature both a 10K and a half marathon trail run.Mountain bike racers will be challenged by the Sunshine Enduro, a course consisting of long climbs and technical downhill descents.The SUP races will draw some of the best in the sport. The first qualifying race will take place on the Class I-II of the Lower Green. The top 20 finishers will be invited to compete in a SUP race on the Upper Green, containing continuous Class II-III to rapids with a few significant drops.Those who prefer paddling a canoe or kayak can compete in the Upper Green Stage Race, a two-part race consisting of both a timed down river sprint and a slalom course down the Upper Green.Dubbed the most difficult race in the world, the Silverback Race starts with a mass start to a nine-mile whitewater paddle down the Green River, including the steep and technical Narrows section. Then racers put their legs to the test on a nine-mile mountain bike race over a technical course. After the mountain bike section, racers must tackle a quad-busting nine-mile trail run to finish.last_img read more

Pilot union to appeal ruling in case against KLM over pensions

first_imgVNV, a union representing pilots in the Netherlands, is to appeal a recent court ruling that Dutch airline KLM is not obligated to offset a funding shortfall at its pension fund for pilots.It said it would seek to force the airline to honour its previous agreement, which would have allowed the union to grant full indexation, although the VNV said it was also “fully engaged” in talks with the company.In summary proceedings brought by the VNV, the Amsterdam court ruled that KLM’s additional pensions contribution – estimated at €600m by the airline – was sufficiently large for it to cancel its shortfall agreement.The court also ruled that the agreement, terminated unilaterally by KLM, had not fallen under a binding collective labour agreement between the employer and union. Meanwhile, KLM’s pilot pension fund – the €8.2bn Pensioenfonds Vliegend Personeel KLM – is preparing its own legal case against the airline for unilaterally terminating the agreement.And in a separate case, cabin staff union VNC issued a summons against KLM and its pension fund for cabin staff for having agreed a new pension contract “at odds” with a prior agreement between the airline and unions.According to the VNC, KLM also unilaterally decided to abandon an existing agreement that the airline would plug funding gaps.KLM insists it agreed with unions that shortfalls would be filled by “natural recovery” – i.e. returns on investment.The Pensioenfonds Cabinepersoneel KLM said it would implement the contract – concluded between the airline and the scheme – that failed to provide for a recovery contribution from the company.Annette Groeneveld, chair at the VNC, said the union would demand that KLM and the pension fund produce in court the documents on which they had based the new contract.She said the union and airline were discussing a potential switch from defined-benefit arrangements to collective defined contribution but that no agreement had been reached on an increased employer contribution as compensation.“When the introduction of the financial assessment framework interrupted the negotiations, we did agree that its rules would be incorporated into the contract, but the ‘natural recovery’ was not part of this deal,” Groeneveld said.She estimated that KLM would have to pay €34m extra annually to plug the funding gap over a 10-year period, adding that the employer had paid recovery contributions over 2014 and 2015.KLM and the cabin-staff pension fund, which returned 0.5% last year, declined to comment.The scheme’s funding stood at 101.8% as of the end of August; its required coverage level is 128%.last_img read more

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