ND team founds children’s outdoors program

first_imgMeg Handelman | The Observer Notre Dame doctoral biology student Victoria Lam recently founded “Triple C,” a six-week rock climbing program aimed at fostering passion for the outdoors in young students in the South Bend community through a combined effort of graduate and undergraduate students at the University.Manuel Rocha, a current senior and Notre Dame climbing club president, said the three Cs stand for camping, climbing and cameras.“The main mission of Triple C is to connect underprivileged youths to the outdoors,” Rocha said. “We hoped that through these activities, the students would develop confidence, leadership and teamwork.”In addition to these qualities, he said he hoped the program would also foster life-long knowledge, skills and love for the outdoors.Although the program focused mainly on rock climbing, Rocha said mentors also introduced students to stream ecology education and photography.“Our first weekend, the students toured the museum of biodiversity and learned about invertebrates,” he said. “We then went to Juday Creek where Ph.D. candidates in biology taught the students about stream ecology and conservation.”During the trip to Juday Creek in Granger, Ind., Rocha said the program emphasized teaching the students different ways to act as “stewards of the environment.” Part of the trip included projects where students conducted field studies and designed their own experiments.Rocha said the program also incorporated a photographic component to expose students to nature and sports photography.“The students learned basic photography skills from a Notre Dame instructor and were then given a camera for each of the small groups – about three kids per mentor – to take pictures throughout the duration of the program,” he said.Creating this program required funding, which Lam said she received through a Notre Dame Graduate Life Grant and a Merrell Pack Project Grant from Outdoor Nation.“I have actually been selected to be a part of the Outdoor Nation Advisory Council and am helping as an university engagement adviser for their upcoming Campus Activation Challenge,” she said.Through participation in the challenge, Lam said the program could potentially win $5,000 for club sports in addition to an outdoor festival.Although exact dates for the next program cycle are not currently available, Rocha said students can expect Triple C to take place again in the early fall.“[Graduate and undergraduate] students can become involved with Triple C by being a mentor,” he said. “Although we did most of our recruiting for mentors though the climbing club, it’s open to all students.”To join the climbing club email list, Rocha said students can contact [email protected] for children who would like to enroll in the program, Rocha said recruitment takes place from the Robinson Community Learning Center (RCLC) and La Casa de Amistad.“We go there during the summer and give a presentation about the program,” he said. “From there, we see what students are interested in joining. We also work very closely with the directors of both places to make sure that we select students that are motivated and will be a good fit for our program.”To create this program, Lam said the team also worked with Humberto Delgado, Educational Youth Program Coordinator at La Casa de Amistad and Duane Wilson, Advanced Skills Program Director at the RCLC.“Our point of contact at RecSports was Dave Brown at Rolfs [Sports Recreation Center], who is in charge of club sports, and I believe he said he was looking into expanding their outdoor recreation initiatives,” she said.Contact Carolyn Hutyra at [email protected]: Outdoorslast_img read more

First coronavirus death on US soil confirmed, Trump calls for calm

first_imgThe first fatality from the novel coronavirus has been confirmed on US soil, as President Donald Trump on Saturday urged Americans not to panic.Health officials said the man who died in Washington state was one of a handful with no known links to global hot zones to have contracted the virus — indicating that the pathogen was now likely spreading in communities.The death occurred in King County, the most populous in the state and home to Seattle, a city of more than 700,000 people, officials told AFP. “Our country is prepared for any circumstance,” Trump insisted, calling on “the media and politicians and everybody else involved not to do anything to incite panic.”Trump identified the victim as “a wonderful woman,” but the CDC later said it had misinformed the president in an earlier briefing.Washington state also reported on Saturday the country’s first case of coronavirus in a health care worker and the first possible outbreak in a nursing home. This comes after the states of Oregon and California confirmed late last week the first instances of infected US patients who had not traveled overseas or come in contact with anyone known to be ill.”While there is still much to learn about the unfolding situations in California, Oregon and Washington, preliminary information raises the level of concern about the immediate threat for COVID-19 for certain communities in the United States,” the CDC said.- ‘We will see more cases’ -Trump said he would meet with leaders of big pharmaceutical groups at the White House on Monday to discuss treatments and efforts to develop a vaccine to combat the virus.The president said the number of cases detected by the US public health system now stood at 22. Combined with patients who were repatriated from abroad, the overall number of infected on US soil is now about 70.”We will see more cases,” Health Secretary Alex Azar told the White House press conference.”But it’s important to remember, for the vast majority of individuals who contract the novel coronavirus, they will experience mild to moderate symptoms.”Their treatment will be to remain at home and treat the symptoms as they would the flu, he added.The president and other officials also announced a more complete ban on travel from Iran, which has seen a rapid spread of the disease, and encouraged Americans to avoid travel to hard-hit areas in Italy and South Korea.Vice President Mike Pence, charged by Trump to lead efforts against the virus, said that an existing ban on travel from Iran had been expanded to include any foreign national who has visited the Islamic republic within the last 14 days.Trump also said the United States was ready to assist Iran with its coronavirus outbreak and that “all they have to do is ask.”An American citizen died of the new coronavirus in early February at the Chinese epicenter of the global outbreak, the city of Wuhan, the US embassy confirmed at the time.Worldwide, the virus has hit about 60 countries across the globe, with more than 2,900 people killed and over 85,000 infected since it was first detected at an animal market in Wuhan late last year.Topics : The victim was in his 50s and had “underlying health conditions,” said Jeff Duchin, public health officer for Seattle and King County.”It is a sad day in our state as we learn that a Washingtonian has died from COVID-19,” Washington state Governor Jay Inslee said in a statement, sending condolences to the victim’s loved ones.Inslee declared a state of emergency over coronavirus, freeing up funding for state agencies and allowing the use of the Washington National Guard, if necessary.Speaking at a White House news conference Trump said that “additional cases in the United States are likely,” but added that “healthy individuals should be able to fully recover.”last_img read more

US jobless claims decline only slightly as aid deadlock persists

first_imgGridlock in WashingtonDemocratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday repeated her pledge to continue discussions with the White House on a new spending package, but said Republicans are unwilling to compromise on the size.”We have a massive problem in our country,” she told reporters, adding “it’s hard to see how we can go any lower when you only have a greater needs.” President Donald Trump has balked at calls to ramp up support to struggling state and local governments.White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows threw cold water on hopes of ending the gridlock, saying on Thursday he was “not optimistic” that Pelosi would want to have “meaningful” conversation if dialogue resumes.Economists warn that the better-than-expected economic recovery so far, which has seen the housing market remain strong, could evaporate without more stimulus.”Failure on the part of policymakers to enact another fiscal relief package poses significant downside risks to the economy and labor market as the recovery appears to be losing momentum,” said Nancy Vanden Houten of Oxford Economics.The US is home to the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak but has shown signs of recovering from the economic hit caused by the lockdowns. The unemployment rate skyrocketed to 14.7 percent in April but has since dialed back to 8.4 percent.The latest data showed signs of improvement as the insured unemployment rate among people eligible for benefits fell 0.7 points to 8.6 percent in the week ended September 12. And the number of people receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), the program for those not normally eligible for benefits, declined by more than 200,000.Rubeela Farooqi of High Frequency Economics warned the decline in the insured unemployment rate could reflect people either being rehired, or exhausting their benefits.”The risk going forward continues to come from virus outbreaks and intermittent interruptions to activity,” she wrote in an analysis. “Overall, the labor market is less weak compared to April but remains at risk of permanent damage from repeated closures.”Topics : New claims for United States jobless benefits inched down last week, but not by much, as a brief outburst of optimism about a new government aid package fizzled Thursday amid a continued impasse in Washington.New filings for unemployment assistance last week fell to 860,000, the Labor Department said Thursday, but despite the decline applications were higher than expected.A surge in workers filed for benefits amid the widespread business shutdowns in March at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and though that wave is well past its peak, weekly filings remain far above the worst of the 2008-2010 global financial crisis. And nearly 29.8 million people continued to receive some form of government aid through the week ended August 29, the latest for which data was available, the Labor Department said, and analysts have grown increasingly concerned of a spiraling employment crisis.”While it is good the numbers are falling, their decline is tapering, so we have over a year to get to normal,” chief economist at the AFL-CIO trade union federation William Spriggs said on Twitter.The data comes amid a continued impasse in Washington over providing additional support to the battered US economy and help for workers who have lost their jobs. The US$2.2 trillion CARES Act passed in March allowed people to receive benefits for an extended period, however, the extra $600 in weekly unemployment payments as well as a program to support small businesses have expired.last_img read more

Attheraces.com rolls out sectional timing service for Jumps Racing

first_imgShare Simon Rowlands ends tenure as Chair of racing’s Bettors Forum December 3, 2018 StumbleUpon Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Submit Attheraces.com is due to give punters the ability to study racing form in more detail after launching a new sectional timing data service. The new service, which will be developed by attheraces.com sectional timing expert Simon Rowlands, will colour-code split times from eleven racecourses owned by Arena Racing Company (ARC), which will identify fast, even and slow sectors relative to “par times”. Powered by Total Performance Data (TPD), the attheraces.com service already shows sectional and stride data from all ATR’s UK Flat racing fixtures. The Flat racing sectional data and colour code system is also widely used in Sky Sports Racing broadcasts.Rowlands explained: “As with Flat racing where the benefits of sectionals have been proven time and again, jump race results are often determined by the pace at which races have been run. Go too fast early and you will pay for it late; go too slow early and you may be left with too much ground to make up at the business end. “The only truly accurate and consistent way to measure these things is through sectionals. These TPD figures make that possible to an extent that did not previously exist.”Punters will also be able to view energy distribution charts, efficiency gradings and sectional speeds (mph) for every runner across the early, mid and late parts of each race.Attheraces.com has also confirmed that it will condense racing data from earlier sections of each jumps race, while also delivering a more extensive analysis of last mile data. It is hoped that the new function will give punters more control and the ability to select how they see information published.Matthew Taylor, Director of New Media and Innovation for At The Races, added: “It has been an ambition to extend our sectional timing service to jumps racing for some time and we are delighted to launch with all ARC jumps courses this season. We think attheraces.com visitors will use this new data in conjunction with our pace charts, archive video and form database to generate even greater insight into horse racing over jumps.” Related Articles Colin Hord named new chairman of Horserace Bettors Forum September 4, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Municipal Town Hall, Police Station Project Hits Snag In Fair Haven

first_imgThe overlay zones mandate that all future development projects in that business corridor be mixed-use constructions, with commercial properties at street level and housing units on the second and third stories, including a 20 percent affordable set-aside. “The borough is still looking at purchasing a property on River Road. It was made clear in the ordinance we laid out; there were numerous blocks that were identified. The governing body is considering all options,” Casagrande said. The ordinance stated the borough “has not been able to effectively communicate” with the property owner (M&M) and, if the parcel is unable to be acquired by agreement with the owner, “the borough wishes to acquire the property through its power of eminent domain.” Neither the M&M housing proposal nor the borough’s consolidation plan would conform to Fair Haven’s affordable housing plan guidelines. The passage states that future constructions within the eastern commercial district not exceed 20 units per acre, and a conforming project on that site would yield 13 units, three of which would need to be held for low or moderate income tenants or buyers. Though the consolidation plan was unveiled at the beginning of the new year, the borough’s new affordable housing plan, prepared by Heyer, Gruel & Associates, included a passage that described a piece of correspondence issued by M&M to the borough in February. Casagrande said that during the process to identify these lots, the governing body wanted to ensure the site was not located in a residential area. These four blocks, located along or near the River Road corridor, were determined to be appropriate for a project of this scope. Following its closure, the borough entered discussions with Sunoco to purchase the parcel, but Piscataway development firm M&M Realty Partners eventually acquired the property for $1.3 million. The borough is immediately on the hook for one affordable unit, but has an unmet need of 370 units. To cut into that total, the borough has established overlay zones at the United Methodist Church on McCarter Avenue, as well as in its eastern commercial district, which includes theformer Sunoco property. But it turns out the property owner had another plan. He recently sold his property to a developer who envisions townhouse rentals on the site. center_img Borough officials say they can stay flexible. The Sunoco site is not the only site available, said borough administrator Teresa Casagrande. The former Sunoco station, located at 626 River Road, is a 28,000-square-foot corner lot. It closed in 2011. On Feb. 25, the borough passed an ordinance to increase the previously approved budget for the project by $1.62 million, a total the governing body can spend on properties identified in property tax rolls as blocks 25, 29, 30 and 31. According to the plan, this correspondence outlined the development firm’s proposal to construct a three-story rental construction. The proposal called for 24 family rental units, four of which wouldbe set aside as affordable. “I don’t think we anticipated everything coming to a head at once,” Mayor Benjamin Lucarelli said. “There’s a lot happening right now (with this property), and much of it is out of our control. We’ve been working on consolidating these facilities for four years now and it’s not a simple thing to get accomplished, especially when the property we’d like to develop is a property the borough does not own.” FAIR HAVEN – Borough officials were eyeing a former gas station at the intersection of Cedar Avenue and River Road as a suitable location for a new municipal complex housing town hall and the police station. As far as invoking its power of eminent domain to acquire the property, Lucarelli said it would be a last resort, though he noted the governing body adopted an ordinance in October authorizing the borough to do so. M&M would not comment on the matter when contacted April 2.last_img read more

Neptunes back in water, earn fourth at opening meet of KSSA season

first_imgThe Nelson Neptunes are back!Following a one-season hiatus due to renovations at the Nelson and District Aquatic Centre, the Heritage City club experienced its first action as the Neptunes hosted the first meet of the 2014 Kootenay Summer Swim Association Season this past weekend in Nelson.“For the Neptunes it was highly successful, placing fourth place out of eight teams in total, but more importantly, the amount of improvement seen by all swimmers was excellent,” said Neptune coach Cynthia Pfeiffer.Castlegar Aquanauts dominated the meet winning going away with 636 points.Surprising Grand Forks was second with 318 points followed by Trail at 255 and host Neptunes at 246.Kimberley, Revelstoke, Creston and Colville, Wash., rounded out the field.Individually, Sage Cowan who won gold in Division six girls to lead Nelson.Coach Cynthia Pfeiffer also topped the podium in Division eight girls while Afford was third.Morgan Roberston-Weir, in Division one girls, Cameron Bibby-Fox, in Division two boys, Ohia Wintraub in Division four girls and Olivia Cowan, in Division five girls, all won bronze medals.Riley Andursak set meet records for Nelsonin 25-meter freestyle, 25-meter backstroke and 25-meter butterfly while teammate Lachlan Bibby-Fox set a new mark in 25-meter backstroke. “We were very happy with all the swimmers enthusiasm and effort this weekend and we know that this will be carried through the rest of the summer,” Rebecca Afford said.Neptune results — Top Three Finishes:Rebecca Afford – Division 8200IM 3rd (2:48.65)50 Freestyle 1st (30.27)100 Breaststroke 1st (1:22.26)100 Freestyle 3rd (1:08.11)Riley Andrusak – 6 and under25 Freestyle 1st (22.80)25 Butterfly 1st (29.95)25 Backstroke 1st (26.20)25 Breaststroke 1st (34.45)Cameron Bibby-Fox – Division 250 Butterfly 3rd (1:07.00)50 Breaststroke 2nd (1:10.08)Lachlan Bibby-Fox – 6 and under25 Freestyle 1st (29.36)25 Butterfly 2nd (43.76)25 Backstroke 1st (31.20)25 Breaststroke 3rd (48.55)Joanna Blishen – Division 5100 Butterfly 2nd (1:37.16)Imogen Cowan – Division 1100 IM 3rd (2:05.80)Sage Cowan – Division 6 200 IM 1st (2:57.07)100 Butterfly 2nd (1:24.41)100 Backstroke 2nd (1:22.84)50 Butterfly 2nd (36.16)100 Freestyle 2nd (1:10.94)Olivia Cowan – Division 5200 IM 2nd (3:03.86)100 Backstroke 2nd (1:23.90)50 Butterfly 3rd (36.84)Locke Finley – Division 2100 Freestyle 3rd (1:53.91)Hunter Hedges – Division 150 Freestyle 3rd (50.82)50 Backstroke 2nd (59.20)Matthew Holitzki – Division 4200 IM 3rd (3:11.48)100 Breaststroke 3rd (1:39.53)kMakena Janzen – 6 and under25 Breaststroke 3rd (45.76)Hannah Malenfant – Division 4200 IM 3rd (3:20.50)100 Backstroke 3rd (1:33.80)Cynthia Pfeiffer – Division 8200 IM 1st (2:42.52)50 Freestyle 3rd (30.44)100 Butterfly 2nd (1:18.59)100 Backstroke 1st (1:11.55)50 Butterfly 2nd (33.68)100 Freestyle 2nd (1:06.25)Morgan Robertson-Weir – Division 150 Butterfly 2nd (1:03.00)100 Freestyle 3rd (1:52.09Nava Sachs – Division 5100 Breaststroke 3rd (1:38.89)Ohia Wintraub – Division 450 Freestyle 3rd (34.31)50 Butterfly 3rd (37.41)100 Freestyle 3rd (1:18.56)last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY OCTOBER 9, 2016

first_imgMELATONIN ‘LOOKS GOOD’ IN CLASSIC WORKMISS SOUTHERN MISS IN TURF DEBUT MONDAYOFFSHORE IS ON COURSE FOR ZUMA BEACHKITCAT ‘PURRTY GOOD’ IN PREP FOR BC MILESANTA ANITA OFFERS DOLLAR DAY MONDAY MELATONIN WORKS TOWARDS BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSICSanta Anita Handicap winner Melatonin, unraced since capturing the Grade I Gold Cupat Santa Anita on June 25, continued preparing for a meeting with Horse of the World California Chrome in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 5, working seven furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:27 Sunday morning under regular rider Joe Talamo.“He looked good,” said David Hofmans, who trains the five-year-old Kodiak Kowboy gelding for Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms, Inc. “It was a nice, easy work. We got a lot of air into him and we’re trying to get him ready to roll.”Melatonin was given fractional times of 25.80, 50 flat and 1:03, with a one mile gallop out of 1:40.80 by Santa Anita clocker Dane Nelson.Melatonin is unbeaten in four races at Santa Anita and has earned $1,218,552 thanks to a 5-3-3 record from 13 career starts. Peter Miller2173233%57%$207,965 Bob Baffert1536220%73%$631,215 Tyler Baze3132610%35%$161,985 TOMORROW IS DOLLAR DAY AT SANTA ANITASanta Anita offers another of its popular Dollar Days tomorrow, Columbus Day. Beer, hot dogs and sodas will be on sale for a buck apiece. First post time is 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m.Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 11, 12 and 13. The track will be open for simulcast wagering on Thursday. Mike Smith1131127%45%$160,180 Kent Desormeaux2163129%48%$209,985 Philip D’Amato232059%30%$232,230 Victor Espinoza1742124%41%$620,495 FINISH LINES: Flavien Prat, who took over the riding lead with three victories yesterday, will be at Keeneland next Saturday to ride Senorita Stakes winner Stays in Vegas for Jerry Hollendorfer in the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. Next Sunday, agent Derek Lawson has the 24-year-old Frenchman booked to ride The Pizza Man in the $1 million Canadian International at Woodbine for trainer Roger Brueggemann . . . Condolences to trainer Eddie Truman and his family on the passing of his oldest brother, Dale, last Thursday in Wichita at the age of 78. Services are pending for Dale, a former chaplain for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America. -30- Carla Gaines721129%57%$119,670 SURF’S UP FOR OFFSHORE IN ZUMA BEACHNeil Drysdale has a reputation of not winning with first-time starters, so it may have surprised racing insiders when the Exchange Rate colt Offshore won at first asking going one mile on Del Mar’s turf course Sept. 3.“Maybe he overcame my training,” the Hall of Fame trainer joked.Be that as it may, next up for Offshore is Monday’s $100,000 Zuma Beach Stakes for two-year-olds at a mile on grass.Drysdale was cautiously optimistic, as is his wont, about Offshore’s chances.“There are others in the race with more experience,” he said.The Zuma Beach, race nine of nine: Offshore, Kent Desormeaux, 20-1; Ooper Wallah, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 15-1; Toshiro, Florent Geroux, 5-1; Riser, Gary Stevens, 8-1; Sorry Erik, Mario Gutierrez, 30-1; Colonel Samsen, Victor Espinoza, 30-1; Billy Big, Santiago Gonzalez, 12-1; Bowies Hero, Rafael Bejarano, 7-2; Secret House, Tyler Baze, 20-1; Harbour Master, Mike Smith, 4-1; Sonic Boom, Brian Hernandez Jr., 6-1; Big Score, Flavien Prat, 9-2; and also eligible Ventry Bay, David Flores, 15-1. TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mike Puype720029%29%$52,685 Flavien Prat3584623%51%$797,990center_img Jamie Theriot1831217%33%$115,815 TRAINER FANCIES FILLY IN GRASS DEBUTMiss Southern Miss makes her turf debut in Monday’s $100,000 Surfer Girl Stakes for two-year-old fillies, and Keith Desormeaux is confident she will give a good account of herself in the one mile event.“She’s by More Than Ready out of a Stormy Atlantic mare (Miss Atlantic City),” the trainer said. “I’ve always been high on her since the first day she galloped. She was second in two stakes (the Landaluce and the Sorrento) but I thought she was capable of more.”Miss Southern Miss, owned by Peter Cantrell and bred by the Cantrel Family Partnership, was an eventful fifth behind Union Strike in the Grade I Del Mar Debutante last out on Sept. 3.The Surfer Girl, race six of nine: Happy Mesa, Florent Geroux, 4-1; Deer Valley, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Con Te Partiro, Flavien Prat, 5-2; Simmy’s Temple, Santiago Gonzalez, 30-1; La Force, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1; Doowop Shedoo, Mike Smith, 20-1; Miss Southern Miss, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Miss Sugars, Tyler Baze, 5-1; Shy, Gary Stevens, 10-1; Lady Beware, Martin Garcia, 8-1; and Auntjenn, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 20-1. Norberto Arroyo, Jr.2873425%50%$311,650 TEAM KITCAT PLEASED WITH FILLY’S U.S. DEBUTKitcat, the Filly from Chile, came out of her second-place finish behind Curlin’s Fox in Saturday’s Swingtime Stakes in good order and it’s on to the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Mile against males on Nov. 5.It was the first start in nearly six months for the four-year-old Chilean-bred daughter of Scat Daddy trained by Sebastian Silva and ridden Gonzalo Ulloa Perez, who was making his riding debut in the United States. The 37-year-old Perez has ridden Kitcat in all of her 14 races, winning seven.“She ran real good,” said former jockey Octavio Vergara, a native of Chile who has been interpreting for Team Kitcat during their stay in the U.S.“They run in the opposite direction (clockwise) in Chile, like they do in England, so this was the first time she ran this way (counter-clockwise),” pointed out Vergara.“She handled the turf very well and she hadn’t run for six months, so we’re very pleased with her second. Gary Stevens put up a good ride on Curlin’s Fox.“Gonzalo will stay here with the filly this month and he’ll ride her in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. I will try to help him with mounts here during that time.” SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mark Glatt1335323%85%$139,568 Peter Eurton820025%25%$177,064 Jerry Hollendorfer1922211%32%$126,045 Richard Baltas2135114%43%$230,660 Joseph Talamo2043020%35%$178,870 Doug O’Neill3856613%45%$226,223 Rafael Bejarano37513514%62%$630,265 (Current Through Saturday, Oct. 8) Fernando Perez1940221%32%$90,735 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Wonlast_img read more

How much does each airline seat cost?

first_imgIt sounds incredible but it’s true. A First Class suite on some airlines cost $250,000 each and even the humble economy seat can cost $10,000!The reason is very simple. The seats must withstand a 16G crash force and remain fixed to floor tracks.History In the 1960s and 1970s aircraft seats had to withstand an 8G crash force but crash investigators found that in many crashes passengers were killed not by the crash itself but by seats that subsequently went flying through the cabin. Regulators toughened up the standards to better protect passengers in case of the incredibly rare event of an air crash. The new standard of 16G is five times more than your everyday crash dummy.last_img read more

Gallery: Limpopo, gateway to the north

first_imgHome to the growing city of Polokwane, Limpopo is known as the “gateway to the great north”. It is the perfect stepping stone to the wonders of the Kruger National Park. A notable Limpopo attraction is the Mapungubwe Unesco World Heritage site, where the remains of a thriving African kingdom offer insights into a rich cultural heritage that has stood the test of time.The giant baobab tree at Mapungubwe. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)It’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”.To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.Limpopo, South Africa’s northernmost province, is best known for its rich tribal cultures and wild territories where the Big Five roam. Mapungubwe – “place of the stone of wisdom” – was South Africa’s first kingdom, the subcontinent’s largest realm for 400 years before it was abandoned in the 14th century. Its highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt. Today it is a Unesco World Heritage site. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The visitor’s centre at the Mapungubwe World Heritage site. The site lies on the open savannah of the Mapungubwe National Park, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The famous gold rhino unearthed by archaeologists at Mapungubwe. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Inside the state-of-the-art visitors’ centre at Mapungubwe you get to see the ancient civilization’s artefacts up close. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) An aerial view of the Legend Golf and Safari Resort in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) White lion cubs at the Legend Wildlife and Cultural Centre in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) A waterfall and lush subtropical landscape near the city of Tzaneen in the north of Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) A traditional Venda homestead in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The dam at Serenity Forest Lodge. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Textile artist Solomon Mohati at work at the Kaross Textile Factory in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Colourful handcrafted textiles on display at the Kaross Textile Factory in Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Mashovhela Bush Lodge near the town of Louis Trichardt. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) The Mall of the North in the city of Polokwane. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) Polokwane, the capital city of Limpopo. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr) A herd of elephants get relief from the Limpopo heat in the Kruger National Park. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more

National Dairy FARM Program now compliant with International Standards Organization

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Dairy FARM Program is now the first livestock animal care program in the world to be recognized internationally for its industry-leading animal welfare standards. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) affirmed this week that the program complies with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO)Animal Welfare Management/General Requirements and Guidance for Organizations in the Food Supply Chain.USDA’s affirmation that the FARM Program is ISO-compliant “validates the hard work of everyone who has contributed to the FARM Program in the past decade — from the veterinarians and academics who helped design the program, to the farmers and dairy cooperatives who implement it,” said Emily Meredith, NMPF’s chief of staff. “The U.S. dairy industry has worked hard to make the FARM Program a best-in-class animal care program, not just in the United States, but now around the world.”ISO’s animal welfare technical specification was designed to evaluate if animal welfare programs meet international standards for animal care. ISO, an independent, international standards-setting body, has worked for several years with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) to help farmers and animal welfare programs like FARM determine how to implement species-specific animal welfare standards. The OIE, the World Trade Organization-recognized body for setting animal health and welfare standards affecting international trade, adopted dairy cattle welfare standards in 2015. In the United States, the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) offers a voluntary marketing program that ensures independent welfare programs meet the specifications of the ISO standard.“ISO compliance means that dairy customers both here and abroad can safely trust that their products meet the stringent, internationally recognized animal welfare standards set by the OIE,” added Meredith. “What’s more, our dairy farmers can rest assured they only need to comply with one program — FARM — and not a potential myriad of other guidelines. This recognition becomes even more critical as nearly 16% of U.S. milk production is exported to foreign customers.”After a lengthy assessment process, the FARM Program now has a prestigious, independent corroboration that its science-based approach to high-quality animal care sets the standard for the dairy value chain in the United States and around the world. Consumers can trust that the dairy foods they consume came from animals treated under internationally recognized, quality animal care standards.last_img read more