Linkedin Previous articleThe Expert Comment – Joe DelaneyNext articleSlow Food Ireland members can avail of discounts admin Advertisement Print Facebook NewsAlchemist Earth Food tasting session this SaturdayBy admin – March 26, 2009 512 Twitter WhatsApp Alchemist Earth is holding a free food tasting at their store on 10 Sarsfield St in Limerick. The tasting will be held from noon to 4pm on this Saturday, March 28thRegular Bedford Row Market stall holder and local artisan food producer, Gingergirl, will be in-store to offer tastings of her brown bread, foccacia bread, chutneys, jams and marmalades.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up There will also be samples to taste from Alchemist Earth’s other gourmet ranges of organic cheese, crackers, tapanades, juices etc. Food lovers of all kinds are invited to drop in if you are in town. Email
View post tag: Navy Chinese Navy Training Vessel Arrives at French Polynesia A Chinese Navy training vessel Zhenghe arrived on Thursday at the capital city of French Polynesia for a four-day good-will visit.The visit to the French overseas territories in the southeastern Pacific Ocean is part of Zhenghe’s five-month global voyage, the second of such sails organized by the Chinese Navy in a decade.Zhenghe, named after a famed Chinese maritime explorer about 600 years ago, has a scheduled route of more than 30,000 nautical miles (58,000 km) and is expected to pay port calls to 11 countries and working visits to three countries during its global voyage.Before its arrival at Papeete, Zhenghe has already made a number of stops at Italy, Spain, Canada, Jamaica, Ecuador, and others.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 6, 2012 View post tag: Polynesia View post tag: Chinese View post tag: Arrives View post tag: French View post tag: Training View post tag: Naval August 6, 2012 View post tag: News by topic Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Chinese Navy Training Vessel Arrives at French Polynesia View post tag: vessel Share this article
The Harvard Ed Portal in Allston was buzzing with the excitement of young minds on Feb. 5, as seventh grade students from the Gardner Pilot Academy (GPA) showcased “novel engineering projects.”The event, coordinated by Kathryn Hollar, Director of Community Engagement and Diversity Outreach at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, along with GPA faculty members, exposed middle school students to the engineering design process. The cross-disciplinary project also provided an opportunity for these young thinkers to be mentored by Harvard engineering concentrators.The impetus for the project was a new curricular unit based on Linda Sue Park’s novel “A Long Walk to Water,” explained seventh-grade teacher Katherine Atkins Pattinson. The book’s two main story lines support the Water for South Sudan Foundation. Salva Dut is a Sudanese “lost boy” in search of his family, and Nya, is a girl who walks hours on end each day to retrieve drinking water.“Students read these books that are so sad, but wonder ‘so then what?’ We decided to empower students to be the problem solvers, to aid in creation versus just applying skills,” Pattinson said.The seventh graders read “A Long Walk to Water” in the fall and, at the start of the new semester, had the chance to choose teams and pick a client from the novel. They came up with ideas to help Salva in his travels or Nya to have clean water.One group of students presented a water filtration system made with layers of charcoal, pebbles, and sand. During their presentation, they demonstrated the device by emptying a cup of dirty water into their system and pouring out clear water.“You think charcoal is going to mess up the water, but it takes the contaminates out. This could help Nya and her village not get sick from the lake water,” explained seventh-grader Alex Arevalo.Other novel ideas ranged from bug zappers to combat malaria, to many iterations on shoes made of recycled materials. One student group of girls constructed sandals made from used plastic water bottles, a group of boys, including Francisco Sosa, constructed a pair of sneakers from cardboard and foam that remarkably resembled Nike Jordans.“The girl in the story gets hurt by thorns in her feet. We wanted to make a thick sole and we thought the shoes should be waterproof,” Sosa said.When asked what he learned from the project, he responded, “It’s better working in a group than working alone.”Read more about the project and the students’ novel ideas at https://www.seas.harvard.edu/news/2018/02/novel-project Read Full Story
EarthTalk®E – The Environmental MagazineDear EarthTalk: I’ve heard of Eco-Tourism, but what on Earth is “Geo-Tourism? — Sally Kardaman, Sumter, SC“Geotourism” describes tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a given place, including its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of local residents. The idea is that tourism can be a positive force that benefits both travelers and local environments and economies.National Geographic Senior Editor Jonathan Tourtellot coined the term in 1997 to distinguish it from “ecotourism” or “sustainable tourism,” both which more narrowly focus on travel’s ecological impacts. In addition to a “do-no-harm” ethic, geotourism seeks to enhance prospects for sustainable development based on the specific character of a given place rather than on standardized international branding, generic architecture and food, etc. In other words, a geotourism tour won’t involve sending you to an exotic locale only to put you up at a Hilton or Marriot and give you discount coupons to Taco Bell and McDonald’s.“Today the world’s great destinations are under assault as visitor numbers rise exponentially every year,” reports the non-profit National Geographic Society, publisher of National Geographic. “The result is damage to the sites, overcrowding and erosion of the local culture and environment.” The Society hopes to reverse these trends with geotourism. Its Center for Sustainable Destinations (CSD) helps local communities, governments, tourism bureaus and private businesses enhance and sustain their distinct character while harnessing the power of tourism for positive impact: “Residents discover their own heritage by learning that things they take for granted may be interesting to outsiders,” reports CSD. “As local people develop pride and skill in showing off their locale, tourists get more out of their visit.”The Society’s “Geotourism Charter” lists 13 principles that qualifying sites must adhere to in order to earn a geotourism distinction. The main current running through the Charter is appreciation for the distinctive aspects of a given place and culture, and an eagerness to showcase them to curious and supportive visitors.The term geotourism is fairly new, but several places have offered “geotourism”-worthy travel for years. Costa Rica’s Rio Tropicales Lodge takes visitors white water rafting, horseback riding, hiking and on other rainforest excursions. It hires and trains locals to manage operations and teach guests about local cultures first-hand—and has launched several reforestation efforts and an education program that teaches elementary students across Costa Rica about the importance of protecting the rainforest in their backyards.Another organization is 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking in Nepal, which trains local women to be tourism professionals and trekking guides. In just a few short years the group, which promotes low-impact treks in the Himalaya region, has trained 600 women as ambassadors to the outdoors across Nepal and beyond.Apiring geotourism professionals can learn about their future profession by focusing on it as part of a new concentration within the geography department of Missouri State University.CONTACTS: CSD, http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/sustainable; Rio Tropicales, www.riostropicales.com; 3 Sisters, www.3sistersadventure.com; Missouri State University Geotourism Concentration, www.missouristate.edu/academics/details.aspx?id=81642.EarthTalk® is written and edited by Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E – The Environmental Magazine (www.emagazine.com). Send questions to: [email protected] Subscribe: www.emagazine.com/subscribe. Free Trial Issue: www.emagazine.com/trial.
With the announcement that Executive Vice President and Provost C. L. Max Nikias will serve as USC’s next president, students and faculty members say they have high hopes for the continued growth of the university.Student leaders said they hope Nikias will be visible and accessible throughout his tenure as president.“If he came out showing a huge interest in listening to the student voice and listening and helping the students accomplish what they want to accomplish to make USC a better place for all of us, we couldn’t ask for more than that,” said Chris Cheng, the Undergraduate Student Government president-elect. “We’d love to see him proactively engage with the students.”Both Cheng and Johannes Schmitt, president of the Graduate and Professional Student Senate, said they hope to hold regular meetings with Nikias to advocate student concerns.“Something I know the students would appreciate is having their input given to him because he does make tremendous decisions for the university,” Cheng said.Schmitt said Nikias has a tough task in succeeding Sample, but he does see several areas he hopes will be improved during Nikias’ presidency.“The challenge for the next president is … to make the Trojan experience not only for undergraduate students but for graduate students as well,” Schmitt said. “Many of the things that are there for undergrads do not exist, at least to the same extent, for graduate students.”Schmitt said increasing graduate-student housing to guarantee university housing for all first-year graduate students and offering competitive scholarships are ways to better include USC graduate students.Amy Shah, incoming president of the University Residential Student Community, said housing is a primary concern among undergraduates as well.“One of the ways to make USC stronger and have more people connected to it is by making it more residential and … making this really a home than a place where you are five days a week,” she said.Undergraduate students also see the potential for improvement in academics, specifically the quality of professors, classroom dynamics and educational opportunities.“A lot of emphasis needs to be put on showing students the opportunities available to them through their classes,” said Eric Ronan, the Interfraternity Council president.Students have many concerns they hope Nikias will address as president, ranging from expanding the Lyon Center to making transportation more environmentally friendly. Sabha Salamah, a sophomore majoring in policy, planning and development, said the key is “having an open dialogue with the students to learn their concerns, so he could effectively address them.”Students agreed that appointing Nikias as president will help continue the university’s success, though some noted there could have been benefits to hiring an outside candidate.“The only downside I see is that you can’t bring good change from an outside perspective,” said Velma Coronado, a junior majoring in accounting, who would like to see more diversity in the USC student population.Schmitt noted that many were still upset students were unable to sit on the search committee, but they appreciated that the committee considered their concerns about maintaining continuity.“Because Provost Nikias has been here for so long and is as much a part of USC as anyone else, I think he can continue to build on what President Sample has done and take it in the next direction,” Shah said.Faculty members agree that Nikias’ familiarity with USC will be good for the university.“USC has a very unique culture, and I think it takes some time to understand what it means to be a part of the Trojan Family and I think Max has that now in his blood,” said Warren Bennis, professor of business administration, economics and finance as well as a faculty representative on the presidential search advisory committee. “It’s an enormous advantage.”Bennis noted that he thought because Nikias is familiar with the university and how it runs, he will not be afraid to make changes.“Max is capable of both, on one hand, adhering to and celebrating the symbols of what has led to our success, as well as reinventing in some significant uncharted ways of creating a new [and] a better USC,” said Bennis, who was formerly the president of the University of Cincinnati. “We can’t afford to do the same old thing.”Bennis said that USC faces different challenges than it did 20 years ago, which will require a new perspective, the ability to gauge the future of the job market and the hiring of interdisciplinary professors.Thornton School of Music Dean Robert Cutietta said he hopes Nikias will expand Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative and make that the centerpiece of his presidential philosophy.“The arts are transformational. He can articulate that better than any of us,” Cutietta said. “Somebody like him who understands the arts and the power of the arts — that can be infectious.”Another challenge Nikias will face is fundraising in a difficult economic climate, Bennis said, but faculty members are confident in his abilities.“He has shown tremendous ability to engage people that are not necessarily USC alumni to support the university,” said Yannis Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering.Robert Rasmussen, dean of the USC Gould School of Law, said Nikias’ experience as a professor, dean and provost will help him set a course for the school’s future.“Provost Nikias already understands both why we’re a great university and how we can become an even better university,” Rasmussen said. “His emphasis on transcending boundaries is really going to transform who we are and continue to make us one of the leading universities in the world.”Because Nikias will not need a year or two to become acquainted with the university, many believe he will be able to hit the ground running. The transitional period could have stalled USC’s recent growth, which some said they believed might have weighed heavily in the selection process.“He has a very good sense of what needs to be done here,” said Elizabeth Daley, dean of the School of Cinematic Arts. “Max Nikias is a real visionary leader [and] absolutely the right person, at the right time, to lead this university.”
Syracuse opens its season Saturday against Northwestern, a team that features an explosive dual-threat quarterback and a defense looking to improve from a disappointing 2011 season. The Daily Orange spoke to Josh Walfish of the The Daily Northwestern at Northwestern University to get a better look at what to expect from the Wildcats:The D.O.: What needs to happen for the Northwestern defense to improve from last season’s disappointing performance?Walfish: The key for Northwestern’s defense this season will be the front seven. They are the most experienced unit on the team and will need to lead by example. A poor pass rush last season left a shaky secondary out to dry and the whole defense suffered. In its upset over Nebraska last season, Northwestern’s defensive front seven probably had its best game, limiting how much damage the potent Cornhuskers running game was able to inflict. If the front seven come to play, the Northwestern defense will make tremendous strides.The D.O.: How much of an upgrade does Dean Lowry bring to the defensive line?Walfish: Dean Lowry has certainly been impressive this fall to earn a spot on the two-deep as a true freshman. However, his biggest asset may be he adds depth to a defensive line that did not have that luxury last season. The other backup defensive end, redshirt freshman Deonte Gibson, came back from a knee injury and really impressed people in the spring which gives the Wildcats some capable fresh legs to rush the quarterback on third downs.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe D.O.: How much does Kain Colter elevate Northwestern’s spread offense? Also, how does he compare to Dan Persa?Walfish: Kain Colter’s athleticism makes him one of the most dangerous quarterbacks to ever run the spread at Northwestern. His ability to make plays with his feet is superior to that of Dan Persa. The only thing Colter does not do better than Persa is arm strength and accuracy because he is still building it back up from shoulder surgery in high school. His strength has improved since last season and he is not all that inaccurate, although it is tough to follow in the footsteps of the most accurate passer in NCAA history. Nonetheless, Colter allows offensive coordinator Mick McCall to really use more wrinkles to his offense he couldn’t use with Persa at the helm.The D.O.: Does Northwestern look like a team prepared to make any strides in the Big Ten?Walfish: Although we may not see it this year, Northwestern has stepped up in recruiting and might have the most talented team in the last 10 years. Getting players like Ifeadi Odenigbo to come play in Evanston builds a solid foundation for the Wildcats to take a run at a Big Ten title in the next couple of years. If Pat Fitzgerald can continue to recruit good talent to Northwestern, he could put the dark ages of the 1970s way in the rear view mirror and make this team a perennial bowl participant.The D.O.: What’s going to be the biggest key for Northwestern to get to a bowl game and finally win one this season?Walfish: If Northwestern wants to win a bowl game this season, they will need to put together a full 60 minutes. It struggled to do that last season outside of the game against Nebraska and it cost them at least three wins. No surprise the play of the defense, especially an inexperienced secondary, will also be a key to winning a bowl game.– Compiled by Chris Iseman, asst. sports editor, [email protected] Comments Related Stories Cover 2: Syracuse defense focused on limiting dual-threat Colter Published on August 30, 2012 at 2:56 am Facebook Twitter Google+