first_imgA Donegal woman is among a small elite group of young people worldwide setting off on an expedition to Antarctica today to preserve the continent’s unique landscape and wildlife as well as learning how to mitigate the effects of climate change.Eimear Carlin from Milltown, Raphoe, is the only Irish representative on the ‘2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme’ and has been formally invited by Robert Swan OBE to take part in the three-week International Antarctic Expedition (IAE).Swan was the first person to walk to both the North and South poles, in 1986 and 1989 respectively, and is now a renowned environmental leader who takes a select group of current and future environmental experts to Antarctica. His aim is to inspire the next generation of leaders to continue his work. Ms Carlin, who has just completed a postgraduate diploma in Development Studies from Kimmage Development Studies Centre in Dublin, moved to Inuvik in the Canadian Arctic in 2004, and spent four years working the Canadian Forestry Sector. She worked mostly in reforestation, and personally planted over 600,000 trees.“I became very interested in the environmental challenges faced by the Polar Regions and how changes in the Polar ecosystem can impact on the rest of the world,” she said.“From living within the Arctic Circle I am used to working in extreme weather conditions, experiencing 24 hour darkness and temperatures in the -40s.“I have travelled extensively throughout the North West Territories, witnessing the annual caribou migration. In 2006 I travelled to Northern and Arctic Finland to photograph brown bear migrations into Russia.” The expedition will also see Ms Carlin complete Swan’s ‘Leadership on the Edge’ programme, the goal of which is to develop the skills of future business and environmental leaders. This will be held at the first ever Education Base established in Antarctica by Robert Swan at Bellinghausen Station.“I will be setting off this weekend for a life-defining trip to Antarctica and to be honest, it has not sunk in yet, at all. The tickets are booked, the gear has been tried on, the words have passed my mouth a million times – “I am going to the Antarctic” – yet it doesn’t seem real,” she said.“The past 20 weeks of fundraising have been an immensely steep learning curve. I have already learned such important life lessons, on the ground, running, at a million miles an hour. From Day One, the support from my friends has been invaluable.“They proof-read, reread, and reread again my initially disastrous project proposals, and gave me tips for approaching businesses for sponsorship. I have been incredibly lucky with my sponsors. From the outset, they have shown amazing support and faith in the project.“Ireland has been through such a tough ride over the last five years and funding is not easy to come by. For every 50 businesses I approached, I probably received three responses. This made me more resilient, and determined to succeed and to keep trying. “The fact that I raised over €17,500 in such a short space of time is a testament to the generosity I have seen over the last few months. One thing that has struck me is how people will help you in any way they can. If they weren’t in a position to help financially, they gave their time, ideas, prizes for raffles, clothing, flags, Penguin biscuits by the hundred and extra batteries for my camera.“The Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme combines so many of my passions – climate change, sustainability and polar protection. I am quite realistic in how we in Ireland can engage in climate solutions.“Job creation and ensuring a viable future in Ireland for young people has to be central to this. Awareness of this possibility is part of what I want to achieve in my work as a youth ambassador. As climate change has become our actual reality, involving today’s youth is more crucial than ever.“I am incredibly proud to representing my home county of Donegal, and Ireland, on the Antarctic Youth Ambassador Programme and I hope that my story will inspire other young people. If you make the decision to undertake a project, dream or goal, it is possible to achieve it with hard work and belief in yourself.” ‘YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS’ SAYS DONEGAL GIRL BOUND FOR ANTARCTIC was last modified: February 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:’YOU CAN ACHIEVE YOUR DREAMS’ SAYS DONEGAL GIRL BOUND FOR ANTARCTIClast_img read more

Stratford girls basketball loses Marawood South finale at Assumption

first_imgFrueh leads Tigers with 11 points, four assistsBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterWISCONSIN RAPIDS — The Stratford girls basketball team finished its Marawood Conference South Division season with a hard-fought 47-37 loss at Wisconsin Rapids Assumption on Tuesday night.The Tigers trailed by four at halftime and managed only 16 points in the second half as they were 2 of 8 at the free throw line.Macie Frueh topped Stratford with 11 points, hitting three 3-pointers. Andie Zuelke added 10 points and seven rebounds for the Tigers (15-6, 6-6 Marawood South).Gena Grundhoffer led Assumption with 18 points and nine rebounds. The victory gives the Royals (16-4, 10-2 Marawood South) a share of the Marawood South title along with Auburndale and Marathon.Both teams will compete in Marawood North-South crossovers later this week. Matchups are to be announced.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Royals 47, Tigers 37Stratford 21 16 – 37Wisconsin Rapids Assumption 25 22 – 47STRATFORD (37): Savannah Schillinger 3-9 0-2 8, Taya Nett 0-0 1-2 1, Sammy Griesbach 1-4 3-4 5, Brooke Peterson 0-0 0-0 0, Macie Frueh 4-13 0-0 11, Olivia Burrows 0-0 0-0 0, Kaylee Hollatz 1-4 0-0 2, Makayla Krall 0-0 0-0 0, Andie Zuelke 5-7 0-2 10. FG: 14-37. FT: 4-10. 3-pointers: 5-13 (Frueh 3-7, Schillinger 2-6). Rebounds: 19 (Zuelke 7). Assists: 12 (Frueh 4, Schillinger 4). Fouls: 15. Fouled out: Frueh. Record: 15-6, 6-6 Marawood South.ASSUMPTION (47): Macyn Krings 1-4 0-1 2, Gracie Wenders 0-0 1-2 1, Autumn Linzmeier 3-4 0-0 6, Macie Zurfluh 5-16 4-6 14, Carsyn Bushman 0-0 0-0 0, Gena Grundhoffer 5-16 5-5 18, Rose Crowns 0-0 0-0 0, Jaclynn Frisch 0-4 0-0 0, Olivia Skibba 3-5 0-3 6. FG: 18-49. FT: 10-17. 3-pointers: 1-6 (Grundhoffer 1-4, Zurfluh 0-1, Krings 0-1). Rebounds: 32 (Zurfluh 9, Grundhoffer 9). Assists: 10 (Zurfluh 5). Fouls: 12. Fouled out: none. Record: 16-4, 10-2 Marawood South.last_img read more

Web 2.0 Naysaying reaches an all-time high (or is it low)

first_imgrichard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Looks like the Web 2.0 Naysayers are starting to drown out those of us who’ve been preaching the 2.0 Gospel.Joel on Software, who has a lot of influence in the programming world, comes down hard with his post entitled Architecture Astronauts Are Back:“The term Web 2.0 particularly bugs me. It’s not a real concept. It has no meaning. It’s a big, vague, nebulous cloud of pure architectural nothingness. […] I hereby pledge never again to use the term “Web 2.0″ on this blog, or to link to any article that mentions it.”Yikes! Then Dare Obasanjo, fresh from asking a thousand and one questions at the Web 2.0 Conference, adds:“I am interested in discussions on the Web as a platform and even folksonomies (not tagging) but the marketplace of ideas has been polluted by all this “Web 2.0″ garbage. Once again, I’ve flipped the bozo bit on Web 2.0. Like Joel, you won’t see any use of the term on my blog or in items I link to from now on.”Oh and The Register is having a whale of a time mocking Web 2.0. This is the latest from “Andrew Orlowski in San Francisco”:“Web 2.0 is made of …* Badger’s paws* A magic swirling ship* Javascript worms* Recycled copies of Esther Dyson’s Release 1.0 newsletter* Never mind, just give us the money”But really, there’s only so much unconstructive criticism I can bear. I’m a bit odd like that, but I hate reading cynical things – even if they’re witty. So how about I finish this post with something that actually contributes to the Web 2.0 discussion, whether or not you think Web 2.0 is bullshit. Dave Winer has some thought-provoking questions:“Isn’t it interesting that between the supposed 1.0 (pet food companies doing high tech IPOs) and 2.0 (build to flip the Flickr of evrything) we changed millennia? Are we still creating monocultures?”The serious and worrying thing for me is that I’m writing a book about Web 2.0. But then I believe there are a great many things of value in Web 2.0 and that’s what keeps me going. My job is to distill all the signal from the noise – and most of the noise is coming from the anti-Web 2.0 brigade currently. I am also trying to pin down the long-term trends for the Web, together with the real disruptive things that are changing the Web.Oy. So how was the TechCrunch party last night? Related Posts center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Trends#web last_img read more

Fifth Handysize Bulker Joins Berge Bulks Fleet

first_imgzoom Singapore-based dry bulk owner Berge Bulk took delivery of the Berge Shari, its fifth Handysize newbuilding, from Hakodate Shipyard in Namura, Japan, on September 16, 2016.The Berge Shari is the latest of six 34,000 dwt vessels in Berge Bulk’s diversification into the Handysize market.According to the company, the Berge Shari differentiates itself from its four sister ships, namely the Berge Hakodate, the Berge Daisetsu, the Berge Asahidake and the Berge Annupuri, by the installation of a PBCF (Propeller Boss Cap Fin), which is said to improve propeller efficiency. The dry bulker shares this upgrade with the sixth ship, the Berge Rishiri, which is expected to be delivered in early 2017.The Berge Shari is named after Mount Shari, a Japanese stratovolcano from the Quaternary period, which is located at Hokkaido’s Shiretoko Peninsula.In March 2014, the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Berge Bulk signed buyer’s credit agreements for funding the purchase of the six new bulk carriers.last_img read more

ExHudbay Minerals security guard to be retried for murder in Guatemala

first_imgTORONTO – A former security guard for a Canadian-owned mining company accused of killing an Indigenous activist and leaving another paralyzed will have to face a new murder trial, an appeal court in Guatemala has ruled.The ruling against Mynor Padilla, who was initially acquitted of murder and aggravated assault in April, comes amid an ongoing landmark lawsuit against Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals in Canada.Padilla was charged in the 2009 death of Adolfo Ich and in the shooting of German Chub, who was left paralyzed at a Hudbay-owned mine.Ich’s widow, Angelica Choc, was relieved and heartened by the appeal court decision, said Murray Klippenstein, one of her Toronto lawyers, in a statement on Friday. The acquittal in April occurred despite “damning eyewitness testimony” about the murder as well as ballistic and forensic evidence linking Padilla and other security staff to the shooting, Klippenstein said.The killing and shooting are key parts of an ongoing lawsuit Choc, Chub and 11 other Indigenous Mayan Q’eqchi launched against Hudbay Minerals in Canada. The claims have received global attention as a precedent for holding multinational mining companies liable in their home countries for alleged abuses at mines operated abroad.Hudbay Minerals spokesman Scott Brubacher said Friday the guilty verdict appeared to have been reversed on procedural grounds, but the appeal court refused a prosecution request to substitute a guilty verdict.The company has previously expressed its belief that Padilla was innocent. It has also insisted it was being falsely accused of displaying a pattern of human-rights and environmental abuses, and the claims against it were without merit.Padilla, a former ranking member of the Guatemalan military, was arrested almost three years after Ich’s death even though a warrant for his arrest was issued soon after. He remained on the payroll of Hudbay’s Guatemalan subsidiary until he was taken into custody. It took another three years for a trial that lasted a further two years and from which the public and media were mostly barred, ostensibly for security reasons.The prosecution argued Ich’s killing was an assassination, citing forensic evidence he had been attacked with a machete and shot in the head at close range.The lawsuit against Hudbay Minerals alleges shootings and gang rapes occurred at a mining project once owned by the company. An Ontario court ruled in 2013 the suit could proceed.Klippenstein called the new Guatemalan decision “extremely good” for the plaintiffs. He said their lawyers have been going through about 17,000 internal Hudbay documents the courts in Canada ordered disclosed to the plaintiffs.Examinations for discovery were expected to begin in the coming weeks, while several Guatemalans will be coming to Canada in November to be questioned by Hudbay’s lawyers, Klippenstein said.last_img read more

Amazon to verify its drivers using selfies

first_imgSan Francisco: In a bid to combat delivery-related fraud cases, e-commerce giant Amazon is making a section of its drivers take selfies before resuming their duties for the day in order to record and verify their identities using facial recognition from time to time. For now, the requirement applies specifically to “Flex drivers” — who work as independent contractors for Amazon’s fastest “Prime” deliveries, deliver packages in their own cars and get paid $18 to $25 an hour, The Verge reported on Thursday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBy asking drivers to take selfies, Amazon could be preventing multiple people from sharing the same account which could screen out anyone who is technically unauthorised from delivering packages, such as criminals. Prior to asking for selfies, the company notified drivers of the new requirement via the Flex app that their biometric data might be collected to confirm their identity from time to time. Previously, the e-commerce giant has come under fire for making its factory workers meet unreasonably high quotas, forcing them to skip out on bathroom breaks and pee in bottles. Hence in contrast, requiring drivers to take selfies seems like a very small demand, the report said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostBack in 2016, global ride sharing company Uber implemented a similar policy that demanded drivers to take selfies before signing into the platform and taking ride requests. However, Uber’s plans failed to pan out as intended after reports surfaced pointing out how transgender Uber drivers were being laid off the company after taking a selfie and having it not match up to previous photos on file, due to being in different points of a gender transition.last_img read more

Maya, Akhilesh to address joint rally in Jaunpur today

first_imgNew Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and her Samajwadi Party counterpart Akhilesh Yadav are scheduled to address an election rally in Jaunpur district on Tuesday. It would be a first joint rally of both the leaders in the district. The rally has been organised at the Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University ground. Mayawati is also scheduled to address her second rally at Badohi.last_img

Liam Doyle Chris Froschauer receive Big Ten awards for Ohio State mens

OSU senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer (32) kicks the ball during a game against Cleveland State on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack, Lantern PhotographerThe Ohio State men’s soccer team rebounded after a slow start to win the regular-season Big Ten title. Now, two of its players have received a personal accolade to go along with the team title. On Friday, it was announced that OSU senior defender Liam Doyle was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, while senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer was awarded Goalkeeper of the Year for the conference.Doyle and Froschauer, along with a fellow Buckeye in senior forward Kyle Culbertson, were voted onto the first-team all-Big Ten, as well.After transferring to OSU from Cincinnati State, Doyle has made his mark on the program. The Isle of Man, United Kingdom, native started every game last season before being named a co-captain for the 2015 season.Doyle, who was also first-team all-Big Ten in 2014, was a critical cog to the OSU backline that surrendered just six conference goals this season. The senior, who was a unanimous first-team selection, also chipped in two goals of his own— one of which was a game-winner against Indiana on Oct. 10 — while registering six assists.After leading the Big Ten in save percentage with a mark of .805 and tallying eight clean sheets in 2015, the Goalkeeper of the Year award is a fitting way for Froschauer to cap off his final collegiate campaign.Like Doyle, Froschauer also began his career elsewhere. The Union, Kentucky, native transferred to OSU after being the starting goalie for Dayton for three seasons. Froschauer won Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week four times during OSU’s run to capture the regular-season title.The top-seeded Buckeyes are set to kick off play in the conference tournament on Sunday at 4 p.m. on the turf of Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU is scheduled to face the winner of No. 8 Michigan State vs. No. 9 Penn State. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell named Big Ten Player of

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell (3) takes the ball down the court in the game against Penn State on Jan. 31. Ohio State won 94-64. Credit: James King | Sports DirectorA day after the Ohio State women’s basketball team clinched the outright Big Ten title with a win against Penn State, the Big Ten honored the main reason for its success the past four seasons.The conference’s coaches selected Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell as the Big Ten Player of the Year for the third time in four years. She was also named conference player of the year in 2015 and 2017.The media selected Iowa forward Megan Gustafson as Big Ten Player of the Year instead of Mitchell. Gustafson tore up the Buckeyes in a win on Jan. 25, dropping 29 points.In the regular season, Mitchell averaged 24.4 points per game, the second most in the conference behind Gustafson, on 46.1 percent shooting and 40.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. She also managed 4.1 assists per game and 3.2 rebounds per game.She maintains the longest streak in the history of the NCAA — 86 games — in which she knocked down a 3-pointer. Mitchell has both knocked down and attempted more career 3-pointers than anyone in NCAA history.On Sunday, she passed former Baylor forward Brittney Griner to have the third-most points in NCAA history. Mitchell has scored 3,286 points and is within 108 points of passing former Southwest Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles to become the second-highest career scorer.A preseason All-American, Mitchell has a chance to become the first four-time All-American in program history. She was a first-team All-American in 2016 and a second-team All-American in 2015 and 2017.Best in the Big TenMitchell also earned a spot on the first-team All-Big Ten team. She was joined by redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga, who became a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both coaches and media after earning a spot on the second team last year. Mavunga averaged a double-double in the regular season for the second year in a row with 16.2 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.Both the coaches and players selected redshirt senior guard Linnae Harper as a second-team All-Big Ten selection. She also earned a spot on the conference’s All-Defense team. The 5-foot-8 guard averages 15.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game.Senior guard Asia Doss and redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun were named honorable mention by the coaches.The Buckeyes will begin their postseason when they take on the winner of Rutgers/Purdue at noon Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament in Indianapolis. read more

Football JK Dobbins becomes Ohio States featured back after Mike Weber departure

Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) carries the ball downfield in the fourth quarter of the game against Minnesota on Oct. 13. Ohio State won. 30-14. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWalking out of the locker room after Ohio State’s 52-51 overtime win against Maryland on Nov. 17, J.K. Dobbins was not sore. He was just tired.But the sophomore running back was visibly pleased, knowing he made a significant impact, an impact similar to the one he had made in the first game of his collegiate career. More than doubling his normal carry count during the 2018 season, he recorded a career-high 37 touches for 203 yards, scoring his eighth touchdown of the season on a one-yard rush late in the second quarter. With a brimming confidence normally carried by a featured back, Dobbins said after his performance he knew how to carry a load. He wanted the Ohio State offense to continue to rely on his success. “When you can play more than one drive at a time, you can get in a groove,” Dobbins said. “I’m an energetic guy, so whenever I get in a groove, I get pretty energetic.”  For the remainder of the season, Dobbins did not have the opportunity to get into that groove. The sophomore back recorded 114 yards on 29 carries in the next two games combined, scoring his ninth touchdown of the season on a two-yard rush in the first quarter against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship game. The carries with Weber became proportionate again, with the redshirt junior recording 30 carries and 147 yards with a touchdown in the next two games, returning to the “A1 and A2” offensive approach offensive coordinator Ryan Day set at the beginning of the season. “I am not a selfish person. I am a team player first,” Dobbins said. “Whatever the team needs to do to win a game, that’s what we’re going to do. If it’s him getting 30 carries and I get five, and if we win, I’m fine with it.” The split carries helped Weber this season, saying that playing in the Big Ten conference — what he considers as a rough conference with a lot of physicality — is something he felt both he and Dobbins got used to. But it is still not an approach that gives an opportunity for one player to shine. “I know my potential and I still haven’t reached it yet,” Weber said.Weber announced Sunday he will forgo his final season of eligibility and enter the 2019 NFL Draft, leaving that potential to be possibly achieved for a professional team.But for Dobbins, that potential is achievable, becoming the featured back for the Ohio State offense in what many consider to be a “contract year” for the upcoming junior, who will have a chance to enter the draft after the 2019 season. Without knowing whether Weber would return, Dobbins said he was excited about possibly getting the nod as the back the Buckeyes will depend on. “It was great having him here,” Dobbins said. “If I am the only guy next year, then I’ll be excited for that.”But it will be an experience that Dobbins has not had in his college career. Ever since the departure of Ezekiel Elliott after the 2015 season, Weber has always been a major part of Ohio State’s plan for the running game, whether that was him as the featured back during the 2016 season or even after the emergence of Dobbins against Indiana in 2017. Despite two consecutive seasons as a 1,000-yard back, recording 16 touchdowns in two seasons with Ohio State, Dobbins has never been considered the featured back at Ohio State. After the Rose Bowl, the running back room will be Dobbins’. And the expectations remain high, if not higher with the departure of Weber. No Ohio State running back has ever recorded a 2,000-yard season, with Eddie George recording 1,927 yards in 1995. The talk surrounding Dobbins, whose career high is 1,403, is that with the offense that has been run, with him as the featured back, 2,000 yards seems feasible. When asked if he thinks that is achievable, Dobbins smiled and laughed with that same brimming confidence he had after the Maryland game, raising his arms in a full shrug, reminiscent of former Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. “We’ll see about that,” Dobbins said. read more