first_imgDenis is getting plenty of training in and around Arranmore!A popular DJ is putting himself through a gruelling training schedule to raise funds for a local school.Denis O’Donnell has been the resident DJ at the legendary Smugglers Nightclub on Arranmore Island for over fifteen years.However, he has decided to the run in the London Marathon this year to raise much needed finance for Aphort National School. O’Donnell is a former pupil there and the school is this year celebrating its centenary.Denis along with a number of volunteers have compiled a book of old photos and stories and will publish a book on the school’s history in August.In order to raise funding to publish the book and organise events, a task-force were forced to come up with fundraising initiatives to raise money.O’Donnell selflessly said he would run the London Marathon and look for sponsorship with all proceeds going to Aphort National school. O’Donnell told Donegal Daily, “I’m running the London marathon on Sunday April 26th to raise money for my local national school, Aphort school on Arranmore Island.“Aphort school is this year celebrating it’s centenary and a book is been published to mark it, and we have events planned on the 8th and 9th of August.“We gathered old photos and stories from the last 100 years, and the book came together nicely.However, we have no funding to publish the book and to organise the events so we discussed ideas of fundraising.That’s when O’Donnell decided to use his upcoming marathon preparations as an avenue for fundraising. O’Donnell added, “The first idea that came to my mind was to use my marathon entry to raise money.“I put it to the chairman and the rest of the committee and we decided it would be a great way to raise funds.Sponsor sheets were published and distributed to all the businesses on the island.An online page was set up so the people away could contribute. The link to the online page is http://www.gofundme.com/n14ru0 100% of all money raised will go towards the school, flights and other expenses are solely paid by me.“I have been training all year in all sorts of conditions, and last week alone for example I accumulated over eighty miles on some of the toughest roads, hills and mountains you will find anywhere.O’Donnell only ran his first ever 5K in 2012 and now is preparing to run a marathon which is an incredible achievement from the affable Arranmore man.O’Donnell concluded, “Thankfully now I’m in the tapering stage of my training and the weather has been a lot nicer this week!“I only done my first 5K in 2012 and here I am on the verge of running a marathon.“I’m confident my hard work will pay off and a lot of money will be raised for the school.POPULAR ARRANMORE ISLAND DJ RUNNING LONDON MARATHON TO RAISE MONEY FOR LOCAL SCHOOL was last modified: April 9th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Aphort National SchoolArranmore IslandDenis O’DonnellDJFeaturesLondon Marathonnewslast_img read more

Royal boost for conservation in Africa

first_imgIn a move away from his army career, Britain’s Prince Harry is spending three months in southern Africa, where he will learn about poaching and the measures put in place to increase the conservation of threatened animals such as rhino and elephant. Britain’s Prince Harry has quit the army after a decade of service. He is spending time in southern Africa to learn about poaching and conservation. (Image: Wikipedia) • Celebrities support good causes in South Africa • Solar car races around southern Africa • Why South Africa’s Karoo is a palaeontological wonderland • Make saving the planet a habit • Documentary festival brings environmental message Priya Pitamber A prince and soldier, with a reputation of notorious party goer, Britain’s Prince Harry is adding another label to his name – conservationist. After 10 years of service in the British Army, during which he was deployed twice to the frontline in Afghanistan, the prince is now spending three months working in wildlife conservation in southern Africa.“The programme will cover a variety of activities in Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Botswana,” said Kensington Palace. “Prince Harry will learn about environmental education programmes and see up close the importance of linking the long-term future of southern Africa’s wildlife with the sustainable development of the communities who live alongside the wildlife.”Going in-depthThe prince will work with a number of experts in the field. “He will join a team of rangers who are the first to respond to reports of poaching attacks on elephants and rhino,” the palace said.“He will for a time work alongside some of the world’s leading veterinarians who act to save animals who have survived barbaric attacks, including the removal of their tusks. And he will also work with park managers to learn about new technologies being used to enforce site protection.”Wherever possible, the prince will be fully embedded with the conservationists and frontline staff with whom he will work, including sharing the same accommodation.In his brother’s footstepsPrince Harry’s brother, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince William has also been active in conservation on the African continent. The latter’s United for Wildlife partnered with the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) for conservation work and the organisation has been instrumental in drawing up his brother’s programme.“Prince Harry will be working on the ground gaining experience in areas facing some of the greatest conservation challenges,” said Jonathan Baillie, director of conservation programmes at the society. “We at ZSL have been delighted to play a part in pulling together a programme that will be tough, but rewarding.“After this period, Prince Harry will be one of the best-informed ambassadors for the conservation community on what is really happening on the ground in Africa. His experience will be of great value.”Poaching in numbersIncreased poaching over the last decade has severely reduced the numbers of elephant and rhino. The animals are killed illegally for their tusks and horns, which some believe carry medicinal properties.According to Save the Rhino, 1 215 rhinos were killed in 2014, which is about one rhino killed every eight hours. Rhino poaching has been growing since 2007. (Image: Eco Watch)Elephants have not fared any better. “It is estimated that 30 000 to 38 000 elephants are poached every year for their ivory,” according to SOS Elephants. “With statistics like this the African elephant is doomed [to] extinction in 15 to 20 years.”Royal dutiesThe second son of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana is now fifth in line to the British throne after the birth of his niece, Princess Charlotte. She was christened on 5 July; an event Prince Harry missed as he was in Africa. Prince Harry to miss his niece, Princess Charlotte’s christening on July 5 for rhino conservation in Africa pic.twitter.com/g122tms3gR — Africa Green Media (@AfricaGreenMedi) July 1, 2015last_img read more

Take a 32-Stage Journey Through Central Park — Bridges & Arches of Central Park (GC17MX1) — Geocache of the Week Video Edition

first_img Photos:Bridges, arches and geocaching, #2. Photo by geocachers mcjeeper and stukboyBridges, arches and geocaching, #1. Photo by geocachers mcjeeper and stukboyOne of the parks many cool bridges. Photo by geocacher guinea galTwo happy geocachers on their way. Photo by geocacher ChrisAtLarge What geocachers are saying:“This cache was incredible. It took my son and I three trips starting from September to hit all the points. Finding the rock and coin gave us a great memory of a fun adventure. Thank you very much for this.” – teamtrimble13“Yay! WooHoo! What a cache, what an adventure! This probably is my biggest personal geocaching achievement. Loved it! I really enjoyed discovering Central Park and the many many ‘hidden’ trails. There is so much to see, I had no idea. Favorite point for sure!!!!” – wanderlusta“Fantastic, must-do, classic cache! Having placed nothing but the final on this prime real estate, the CO has created a wonderfully researched experience that will delight any explorer, young and old. This cache, unlike any other cache visited, convinced my muggle friend, Tinstaafl2, to create an account and finally join the game.” – Baxter929 What the geocache owner, addisonbr, has to say:“…At some point while roaming around the park I stumbled across the fact that no two bridges in the original design are alike.  We had just started hiding our first caches a few months earlier, and I thought that maybe the bridges and arches could form the backbone of a pretty interesting tour.  I started paying more attention to them while in the park, reading up on them, etc.  I found some out-of-print books that had a lot of background information and details about Olmsted and Vaux’s original designs and started making some trips out to scout them, sketching out some descriptions, looking for information that cachers could retrieve from each site (and that could combine to form coordinates).  After coming up with a route, I play-tested it a few times to see how long it would take (and make sure that I hadn’t made any errors).  It seemed like it was going to take most people 4-6 hours or so, which is on the long side, but I hoped that if I gave people something interesting to read between waypoints it might not seem so bad. …My biggest concern was that the cache would take too long for people to really enjoy it.  Whenever I play-tested it, I was pretty wiped out by the time I got to the end, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to play out for other people.  When you publish a cache you’re kind of asking people to trust you with their time, and if your cache takes several hours – it just felt like a lot of responsibility.  I was mostly hoping that when people got to the end they wouldn’t feel irritated about all the time they invested writing down numbers and making calculations and otherwise jumping through all of the hoops they’d been jumping through all day.  Then after it was published and the logs finally started coming in… a tremendous sense of relief.  I always read every word of every log that hits my inbox and it’s heartening that people will take so much time to write as much as they do about their experiences.Especially for people who attempt this cache while visiting New York – thank you for trusting me with so much of your vacation!” Geocache Name:Bridges & Arches of Central Park (GC17MX1)Difficulty/Terrain Rating:3/2Why this is the Geocache of the Week:If you haven’t yet, watch the video above. This geocache is an epic, 32-stage multi-cache that takes you on a journey through Central Park in New York City, NY, USA. The stages of this multi-cache focus on the park’s bridges and arches, which are beautifully crafted but often overlooked. Waiting at the final stage for the intrepid geocachers who make it there is a custom-designed geocoin to commemorate their journey. What’s the best Multi-Cache you’ve ever found? Tell us and post photos in the comments.Continue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, just fill out this form. Thanks!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGeocaching country souvenir: the United States of AmericaDecember 14, 2018In “News”The name says it all. — Director’s A-Mazing Treasure Hunt (GC3Y1GE) — Geocache of the WeekSeptember 10, 2014In “Community”Geocaching: The Video Game — LostSailRs: Uncharted Waters (GC55CDQ) — Geocache of the WeekJuly 9, 2014In “Geocaching with Kids”last_img read more

Ateneo rallies to beat La Salle, reclaims UAAP men’s football throne

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Roselyn Doria shrugs off criticisms as she accepts 1st Best Middle Blocker award Skipper Julian Roxas, one of the three graduating Ateneo players, then put Ateneo ahead for good, 2-1, with a headed in the 100th minute en route to the Blue Eagles’ second crown in three years and eighth overall.Rookie Mohammad Almohjili put the Green Archers, who were hungry to end a 21-year title drought, on the scoreboard in the 78th minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAJ Arcilla, who produced key saves for the Eagles in extra time, was named the Best Goalkeeper, while the Rookie of the Year honors went to Shanden Vergara of the Archers.De La Salle’s Yoshi Koizumi and Jed Diamante bagged the Best Defender and Best Midfielder awards, respectively, while University of Santo Tomas won the Fair Play award. Ateneo’s Jarvey Gayoso is the UAAP Season 81 men’s football MVP. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines–Jarvey Gayoso came through in extra time as Ateneo turned back rival La Salle, 2-1, in a thriller to capture the UAAP Season 81 men’s football crown Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Gayoso, the league’s MVP and best striker, salvaged the Blue Eagles’ title bid with his 12th goal of the seasson early in stoppage time to tie the match at 1-1 and extend it for another 30 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Aside from Roxas, Rupert Baña and Jeremiah Rocha ended their UAAP careers as champions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

Ontario professor studies the science behind spark in microwaved grapes

first_imgPETERBOROUGH – Aaron Slepkov and his buddies first tossed grapes into a microwave back in the mid-1990s.Within seconds, the fruits spark like lightning.He was hooked and broke out the trick at parties.Now, the Trent University physics professor has published his examination of the phenomenon’s underlying mechanism in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The study went viral.“The project went from ‘WTF’ to ‘A-ha!’ in about five years,” said Slepkov. “It’s really discovery science, really curiosity based. Nobody starts a project and gets some undergrad to microwave grapes because they have designs on some big grant somewhere.”Well into his physics education, Slepkov began thinking more seriously about the grapes experiment.Later on he searched for more information on the phenomenon. There was no scientific literature, but he found the trick had gained popularity on YouTube with hundreds of videos and millions of views. YouTubers thought the grapes sparked due to conductivity on its surface, but there was nothing to back that up.In 2013, a young, keen student pestered Slepkov to volunteer in his lab.“He was young and untrained so I certainly wasn’t letting him near my expensive lasers,” Slepkov  said. “He was so persistent, I said for the cost of a microwave oven of $100, put him in the lab and have him microwave some grapes and find out what other conditions it works — other fruits, other shapes, that kind of thing.”That summer, they discovered the grapes didn’t need to be cut.“There have to be a pair of spheres or hemispheres — a single grape doesn’t spark, it heats up,” he said.“Then we put two grapes on a concave watch glass so they couldn’t roll away, then they spark all the time.”So, he thought, if you don’t need the “skin bridge” connecting the grapes, does he even need the skin, or the grapes?“What if a grape isn’t a grape?” he thought. “What if a grape to a microwave was just a ball of water?”So they tested hydrogel beads, the absorptive material found in diapers.“When we dipped them in salt water to make ions that ionize, they spark,” Slepkov said. “We realized it wasn’t grapes held together by a skin bridge, this is about balls of water.”The team found that a microwave — with a wavelength of 12 centimetres in air — is the exact same size of a grape in water due to what’s known as water’s high index of refraction, Slepkov explained. That’s when something interesting happens, he said.Microwaves accumulate and become trapped inside the grape, he said, and those light microwaves pack themselves in the centre and the grape begins to heat up. When a second grape comes in, or the other half of a cut grape, the microwaves concentrate at the sides near each other creating an intense electrical field.“The microwave light senses the other grape and wants to move there,” Slepkov said.The electric field becomes so high, he said, that it begins stripping electrons off sodium and potassium molecules, creating ions.“Once you have an ion of sodium or potassium, then all hell breaks loose and the rest of microwave oven is feeding that spark, ionizing the air and turning it into ball lightning,” he said.Slepkov gives a lot of credit to Hamza Khattak, the final undergraduate student to work on the project who also helped with imaging because of his burgeoning photography skills, along with Pablo Bianucci, a physics professor at Concordia University, both co-authors on the study.The internet loved the team’s work, especially its accessible and lively writing.One favourite is the opening line of the paper: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a pair of grape hemispheres exposed to intense microwave radiation will spark, igniting a plasma.”It is an homage to the opening line in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice.”Up until a week before publication, the article was titled “Grape Balls of Fire,” but the journal balked at it.“The paper was written with a lot of lighthearted humour,” Slepkov said. “We do try to take an attitude of work as play.”He said one potential application is antenna design for cellphones or wireless routers.“We’re hypothesizing maybe you can change antenna design because the grapes are acting as a concentrator for wireless radiation or cellphone radiation — effecting how we design antennas to help act as a signal booster,” he said.“This was such a silly project I didn’t tell anyone for the first three years because I thought I’d be laughed at. We do serious research, but it turns out there is some serious science at work here. I have students funded to microwave fruit because our gut tells us the answer will be interesting. And it is.”Liam Casey, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee

first_imgSANTEE (KUSI) — It’s one of the most horrifying things you’ll ever see.  A German shepherd and a pit bull ripping each other apart. It’s nasty enough to see this kind of thing once.  But twice?  Brutal.“I witnessed by neighbors dog getting attacked by the pit bull, locked on his neck,” said George Scott of Santee.The same thing happened with the same dogs two years ago.The latest drama began when Mike Clinger was playing baseball with his son in their front yard.  Suddenly, a bicycle rider and his pit bull stopped in front of the house, for some reason.“He stopped and started doing something.  No reason to stop except to cause trouble,” said Mike Clinger, owner of the German shepherd named Zuess.And trouble it was.  Clinger’s German shepherd heard the pit bull outside and darted out the front door for a nasty battle.  Both dogs needed medical help and so did the owner of the German shepherd.“He attacked me, he started punching me and kicking my dog.  Then he threw an aerosol can at my chest,” Clinger said.The Clingers don’t deny fault.  They admit that they should have locked the door to keep Zuess inside.  But they didn’t.“I would have paid for their vet bill, I know we were in the wrong, but after he assaulted me, I’m done with it,” Clinger said.Instead, the Clinger family has filed assault charges against the owner of the pit bull who attacked him.  They also want a restraining order to keep him away from their home and family.“I am shaken, Elise Clinger said.  “He’s putting up hundreds of flyers with our address, saying we have a killer dog.  Our kids walk to school every day and see these flyers.  I’m worried about this man.”Making matters even uglier.  The owner of the pit bull has been calling the city and blowing the whistle on “code violations” around his neighborhood.  The Clinger family was forced to take down a small home office in their garage and lay down rocks under their jets skis after the complaints were filed.“This man is a terrorist,” Clinger said. “The guy rides by our house three times a day, taunting and trying to get our dog to react.”The Sheriff’s Department has the case, but it does not appear to be urgent.  As for the Clinger family.“He’s basically disrupted our lives, we can’t do the things we normally do.  I feel like law enforcement needs to help,” Elise said.As for the owner of the pit bull?  He appears to be unapologetic and aggressive. “I’m not done yet”, he told me over the phone.  He’s referring to harassing his neighbors about “code violations.”As for the dogs, both will survive after receiving medical care.  Stay tuned. Dan Plante April 25, 2018 Neighborhood feud escalates after a recent dog attack in Santee Posted: April 25, 2018center_img Dan Plante, Updated: 6:19 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Ghatak hands out appointment letters to 602 youths in job fair

first_imgKolkata: The job fair organised by the Directorate of Employment under the state Labour department, has provided employment to 602 youths in the state. The appointment letters were handed over by state Labour minister Moloy Ghatak on Monday, at a programme held in Khudiram Anushilan Kendra.”We had roped in some leading companies for the job fair on September 4, where the job seekers came in direct interface with the employers. As many as 23 employers from sectors like transport, insurance, education etc. attended the job fair at this venue itself and interacted with the candidates. After conducting all interview formalities they have selected 602 candidates,” state Labour minister Moloy Ghatak said.Elaborating on the initiatives of the Employment Directorate for ensuring employment of youths in the state, Ghatak said his department has come up with 10 skill development centres for jute workers in various parts of the state.”We are providing training to youths on spinning and weaving of jute. A person who has passed the eighth standard is eligible for the training, which three months in duration. In the first month of basic training, the candidate gets a stipend of Rs 180 per day and in the second and third month, when they do practical training in jute mills, they get a stipend of Rs 250 per day. Following this training, they are employed by the jute mill itself,” the minister said. The employment is guaranteed as the jute mills have an agreement with the directorate in this regard.Amarnath Mallick, the secretary of the Labour department, said that the department will hold more such job fairs and will rope in IT, marketing and sales companies to participate.last_img read more

Staging struggles of Arthur

first_imgThe Potter heads among us will surely remember the magical words of Dumbledore when he says, ‘Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it.’ The play ‘Arthur’ delves upon this issue of non-communication through the lens of otherisation of a Northeast Indian youth in the city of Delhi, which they always claim is of ‘Dilwalon’ ki, but rarely one gets to see its caring nature. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHeld on December 20, 6 pm, at Muktadhara Auditorium, New Delhi, the play was presented by the enthusiastic students from an NGO. After taking workshops for almost a year, this play was the first opportunity for them to showcase their learnings and talent. Coming back to the plot – like most of us, it is much more difficult for the reticent and introvert protagonist Arthur to feel the warmth of Delhi. But is the fault only of the city, or its dwellers? Or is there an interplay of multiple issues that are normally brushed under the carpet, but however need to be confronted, and dealt with? The answers are multifold, and the play tries to deal with these uncomfortable questions and answers. It is the first time that writer and director Janani Ray dealt with an issue which perhaps is close to her heart. Accompanied by a motley group of youngsters, whom she helps provide basic computer and English classes through her NGO AICURD, Ray enthralled the audience in the Capital with the capitavating performance and story.last_img read more