Learning by giving: How today’s students can become tomorrow’s philanthropists

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear First published on theconversastion.comIf someone asked you to picture a philanthropist, chances are a billionaire like Bill Gates or John D. Rockefeller Sr. would come to mind. But not all philanthropists are billionaires, or even millionaires for that matter. People who make modest gifts of time or money can make a big difference in their communities.We are professors who teach and do research about philanthropy, the practice of expressing generosity by giving away money and in some cases time. We see our job as motivating and preparing college and graduate students to become future leaders of nonprofit organizations or donors with good ideas about how to make a difference – starting right now.Teaching about givingOne approach, known as “experiential philanthropy,” teaches about charitable giving through hands-on experiences. Students get real money, typically about US$10,000 per class, to give away to local nonprofits. One of us (David) has determined that these courses are being taught on more than 80 different campuses.Northern Kentucky University pioneered this approach in 1999. Since then, students there have collectively awarded more than $1.5 million to local charities as part of their coursework.A wealthy donor, Geoffrey P. Raynor, is building on that model through the Philanthropy Lab. So far, this national initiative has spread to more than 20 universities, including many attended by the nation’s richest students, such as Princeton and the University of Chicago.These courses are for all students, however. Undergraduates majoring in everything from chemistry to philosophy and business to history enroll. While some of them are or want to become rich, others do not come from wealth or aspire to become upper-class. All of them sign up because they want to learn how to use their money and time to make change on the issues they care most about.Learning by doing can help turn students into philanthropists. Rawpixel.com/Shutterstock.comDoes it work?Giving away money – particularly when it’s not yours – can be fun. But does it actually teach students anything about philanthropy or how to become philanthropists?To find out, one of us (Lindsey) led a study published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly that surveyed more than 600 Northern Kentucky University students who had taken an experiential philanthropy course there from 2009 to 2013.The research team found that students were more interested in donating to and volunteering at local nonprofits after taking the course. They were also more likely to know more about issues affecting their community and what nonprofits were doing about them.Our findings suggest that by studying – and actually engaging in – philanthropy, students learn more about what philanthropy is, why they should do it and how they can make a difference.Paying for itWhile the logic behind these programs may be clear, the question of where the money students give away comes from is not because it’s not something covered in a traditional university budget.So far, foundations like the Learning by Giving Foundation, founded by philanthropist Doris Buffett – Warren Buffett’s sister – and the Once Upon a Time Foundation, funded by the same person as the Philanthropy Lab, are a leading source of financial support.Doris Buffett’s Learning by Giving Foundation funds undergraduate courses at colleges and universities across the country that offer for-credit courses that combine the study of theory with the practice of philanthropy.The federal government has also pitched in to support a program called Pay it Forward, which engages college students in hands-on philanthropy, grant-making and volunteer service. However, Congress abolished that funding in 2011. Its courses are being taught today only in Ohio, where local foundations foot the bill, at campuses like Denison University, The Ohio State University-Newark, Central Ohio Technical College and the University of Cincinnati.Cutting these programs means that young people will be less likely to be able to take philanthropy courses in college. This is troubling, because one of us (Jodi) found that after having opportunities to be actively engaged in giving with a group of peers, young people can better understand philanthropy’s impact.That’s because after learning through these hands-on philanthropic experiences, students often want to donate their own money to nonprofits.Many other kinds of courses about philanthropy and nonprofits are taught at U.S. and foreign universities. But experiential philanthropy is different because students gain practical knowledge and skills. Whether a class gives away $200 or $2,000, they become equipped for future leadership in the charitable world.Education is, to a degree, about investing in the potential of students. And philanthropic education gets students to think about their responsibilities to invest in the communities in which they live. It helps them see the power they have to make a difference. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSPhilanthropythe conversation.com Previous articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in reviewNext article“Let’s Talk About It” Episode 12: Solutions for at-risk youth Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name herelast_img read more

‘Cancer, we’re coming to get you’ – Race for Life 2013 TV ad

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. ‘Cancer, we’re coming to get you’ – Race for Life 2013 TV ad  34 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Eventscenter_img Cancer Research UK’s 2013 Race for Life advert takes a positive, even an aggressive, attitude towards cancer and defeating it.Kasabian has allowed them to use their track ‘Underdog’ in the video.www.raceforlife.org Advertisement  33 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 4 March 2013 | Newslast_img read more

For sustainable fisheries, try eating ‘underloved’ fish

first_img Read Full Story Eating a wider variety of fish, including species like hake, skate, and cusk, would help keep overall fish stocks strong, according to chef and author Barton Seaver. Diversifying in this way would help ensure that people can keep eating plenty of fish — an important source of nutrients — as well as ensure economic stability for fishermen and coastal communities.In a Dec. 18, 2017 interview with Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, Barton, director of the Sustainable Seafood and Health Initiative at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, discussed sustainable fishing and other fish-related topics, such as fish farming and tips for buying quality fish.Seaver said that just three species—tuna, salmon, and shrimp—account for 65 percent of total fish consumption. But overexploitation can decimate species, he said. For example, a boom in popularity of sea bass that began in the 1990s led to overfishing and depleted stocks.“I think that we as consumers, and we as chefs, need to become more educated about the wealth of diversity of seafood that’s available to us so that we place our demand across a broad footprint of the ecosystem,” he said.Listen to the Fresh Air interview with Barton Seaver: Sustainable Seafoodlast_img read more


first_imgDean Reynolds along with staff members Liz Gordon, Steven Gibson,Seamus Kelly, Danny McFadden, students, Amy Brolly and Gavin Meehan. Also pictured is Neil Meehan from the Parents AssociationDeele College in Raphoe is the new standard bearer in the world of ‘technology in education’ with the launch of their new interactive school app.The secondary school is the first school in the county to launch their own app, which is now available on the android and apple stores.It is envisioned that this app will provide a stronger link between parents and the school, with various features, which will allow parents to send notes on absenteeism, see homework assignments and monitor students’ progress. The school has made huge strides on the technology front in recent years with the introduction of an ICT team, who have earmarked various projects to enhance the technology in the school.Dean Reynolds, Amy Brolly, Danny McFadden, Gavin Meehan and Neil MeehanAlong with the app, the school is preparing to launch their wireless internet service in the school in the coming months, which will allow teachers to use the latest technologies, such as IPads in the classroom.The app itself, which was launched last week, will allow students to access daily timetables on their phones and tablets, as well as exam timetables and study guides. It is hoped that students will be able to access all homework assignments via the app from the beginning of September and that students will also be able to submit homework via the app.Deele College Principal Mr. PJ McGowan says this app is the latest initiative in the developing world of IT in schools and as an aid to teaching and learning. Dean Reynolds, Amy Brolly, Gavin Meehan, and Neil Meehan“As a tool for communication it will greatly improve links between parents and the school and the chief benefactors are the students. We are very grateful to Reynolds of Raphoe for their generous sponsorship towards the development of the app.“We are also appreciative of the team of people within the school led by Mr Danny McFadden who had the foresight and willingness to follow an idea and develop the app”With technology evolving at such a rapid pace, Deputy Principal of the school, Mr Danny McFadden says that it is imperative that Deele College embraces the new educational tools available through the latest technology.“Students today are immersed in technology and we want to use this to show students that learning can be interactive and fun. The launch of this app is an important step for the school but it is also just the beginning, as we strive to improve our ICT infrastructure to meet the demands of 21st century education.Deele College ICT team and students, along with members of the Parents Association and our sponsor Reynolds of Raphoe“Parents play such a vital part in a student’s education and we want to foster greater links between the school and parents. Parents will be able to see what is going on in the school via our monthly newsletter and also keep track of the work undertaken by students. It provides a new way to interact with parents, as they can receive notes via the app about important events in the school, such as parents’ evenings and prize giving. Teachers can upload assignments and receive them via the app, which is a huge step forward in terms of teacher/student interaction.”The app, which has been generously sponsored by local company, Reynolds of Raphoe has already been a huge hit among students and parents and the school management would encourage everyone connected to the school to download the app to their phone or tablet.While many others will follow suit in the coming months and years, it is great to see a Donegal school leading the way.DEELE COLLEGE IS ‘APPY’ FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS! was last modified: April 10th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:AppDanny McFaddendeele collegedonegalRaphoelast_img read more

Still Hunting for Life in the Solar System After All of These Years

first_imgThe only place where life exists in our solar system is in the imagination of evolutionists.by Jerry Bergman, PhDThe headline of the new issue of Astronomy reads, “Special Issue: The Search for New Life.”[1] The subtitle reads: “Mounting Evidence: Hunting for Life in the Solar System.” I have heard claims like this for most of my life. When I was in 6th grade in the late 1960s my classmates took bets that life would be found on the Moon, then later, on Mars, then even later on Venus, and the evidence was quite clear that no convincing evidence of life was found on any planet we, or our probes, have searched.Having followed this search for several decades, it became apparent that even finding evidence of water was heralded as exciting evidence for life in the past or present, such as on Mars.[2] The problem is, even if water is found, water is very corrosive  to life. It is the universal solvent because it is capable of dissolving more substances than any other known liquid.[3]  In Spellman’s words “water is a powerful reagent able to dissolve everything on Earth.”[4] Given enough time, water is lethal not only for life, but is a solvent for many of the precursors of life, such as sugars, carbohydrates, lipids and amino acids. For life to live, it needs a complex, well-designed system of protection against water which all animals possess. This system must exist first before an organism can deal with water.Another essential ingredient is oxygen. Again, the problem is oxygen is highly corrosive to, not only metals, but also to many kinds of organic molecules. An example is when an apple is cut into sections and those parts not protected by the apple peel will, in a mere hour or less, turn brown due to oxidation. To reduce oxidation damage inside of our body, we ingest anti-oxidant vitamins, including vitamin A, C, and E. To deal with this problem, Harold Urey argued that the early Earth’s atmosphere was the opposite, namely a reducing atmosphere with less than one-percent oxygen and high levels of methane.[5]Recently I spent some time with a friend who is a lead scientist at NASA. A Ph.D. chemist and a creationist, I asked him if it was true that a major goal of NASA is to prove evolution because, if evidence for primitive life was found on a planet or exoplanet, that find is evidence that life can evolve anywhere, given enough time and the right environment. He agreed that proving evolution was their main goal, which they were spending billions to support, so I asked him how he could spend his life in attempts to find life on other planets when he knows this goal is futile. He answered that he enjoys his work, his wife also works nearby, and NASA research programs produce a great deal of research that sheds light on the physics and chemistry of other planets and outer space. He just has to keep his thoughts to himself, but says to himself over and over “well no evidence of life found there, as I expected.”No Need for GodThe editor of Astronomy wrote, quoting Richard Dawkins, that “no magic was required [God]” to create life because natural forces can explain the origin of life quite satisfactorily.[6] Eicher adds “Life doesn’t need magic. It simply needs systematic biochemistry.”[7] In other words, if we just have the correct set of chemicals and add some lightning or another source of energy, in time we will get life. Nothing more is needed than the right chemical and physical conditions and time, lots of time. As evidence, Eicher referenced Stanley Miller and Harold Urey who produced some simple amino acids using a sealed glass apparatus with gases that Oparin speculated were necessary to form life—namely methane (CH4), ammonia (NH3), and hydrogen (H2).  Furthermore, Miller did not just throw some chemicals into a pond, but rather carefully orchestrated the reactants, the vessel for the reaction, and the time and temperatures at which to start, stop and isolate the products—a completely artificial and well-designed experiment. In the end, the experiment failed.Re-enactment by Illustra Media in film “Origin.”After a few days, the water and gas mix produced a thick pinkish goo on the sides of the flask trap. As the experiment progressed and the chemical products accumulated, the stain turned deep red, then a turbid color.[8] After about a week, the researchers analyzed the substances detected in the U-shaped water trap designed to collect the various reaction products.[9] Primary substances the gaseous phase produced included carbon monoxide (CO) and molecular nitrogen (N2).[10]An analysis of the contents of the thick, tarry substance produced in the apparatus by paper chromatography revealed that numerous substances were produced. The dominant solid material was an insoluble highly toxic carcinogen commonly called “tar” or “resin,” which is a common product in many organic reactions, including burning tobacco. Not a single amino acid was detected during this initial attempt, so Miller modified the experimental protocol and replicated it.[11]After modification, paper chromatography revealed trace amounts of a few of the simplest biologically useful amino acids—mostly glycine and alanine.[12] These two amino acids were the simplest of the 20 types normally required for life. The glycine yield was a mere 1.05 percent, and that of α-alanine and β-alanine were only 0.75 percent. The next most common amino acid produced amounted to a largely insignificant trace of 0.026% of the total. Miller admitted “The total yield was small for the energy expended.”[13]Glycine has a hydrogen side group, and alanine has a simple methane (CH4) side group. After hundreds of modifications using techniques similar to those in the Miller-Urey experiments, researchers were soon able to produce trace amounts of less than half of the 20 known amino acids required for higher forms of life. Not long after the Miller-Urey experiments was completed, many scientists feltthat the main obstacles in the problem of the origin of life would be overcome within the foreseeable future. But as the search in this young scientific field went on and diversified, it became more and more evident that the problem of the origin of life is far from trivial. Various fundamental problems facing workers in this search gradually emerged, and new questions came into focus.[14]After new intensive research,most of these problems have remained unsolved.  Indeed, during the long history of the search into the origin of life, controversy is probably the most characteristic attribute of this interdisciplinary field.  There is hardly a model or scenario or fashion in this discipline that is not controversial.[15]In a summary of the famous Miller-Urey origin-of-life experiment, Horgan concluded that Miller’s results at first seemed toprovide stunning evidence that life could arise from what the British chemist J.B.S. Haldane had called the “primordial soup.” Pundits speculated that scientists … would shortly conjure up living organisms in their laboratories and thereby demonstrate in detail how genesis unfolded. It hasn’t worked out that way. In fact, almost 40 years [now over 67 years] after his original experiment, Miller told me [Horgan] that solving the riddle of the origin of life had turned out to be more difficult than he or anyone else had envisioned.[16]This experiment actually did much more to disprove the possibility that life can originate by chemicals, energy, and time even when well-designed experiments were regulated by highly trained scientists.Eicher and all of the other writers were oblivious to this research, or elected to ignore it. In short, the Miller experiment has shown that life cannot be created by a bunch of chemicals and a lot of time. Oblivious to this fact, the Astronomy author’s guesses flowed forth. If not on Mars, how about beneath the crust of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa as the best chance for life to exist?[17]  Life could be on Saturn’s moon Titan in its soupy skies which are loaded with methane.[18] Possibly Saturn’s moon Enceladus?[19] Even Pluto is now being looked at as a possibility for life.[20] When these possibilities are ruled out, the dream of life elsewhere may dim slightly but will not have died. There are always other places to look, like the newly discovered exoplanets, to keep hope alive. After all, there MUST be life, like that on Earth, out there. We cannot be the only life in the universe, or could we??References[1] Astronomy. September 2019 cover story.[2] David Eicher, 2019. “Are We Alone in the Solar System?” Astronomy. pp. 22-23.[3] Frank Spellman, 2014.The Science of Water: Concepts and Applications, 3rd Edition. New York, NY: CRC Press, p.1.[4] Spellman, 2014, pp. 1-2.[5] Lewis Thomas, 1974.The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher. New York, NY: Viking Press, p. 153.[6] David Eicher, 2019. “No Magic Required,” Astronomy, September 2019.[7] Eicher, 2019, p. 6.[8] Stanley L. Miller, 1953.. A production of amino acids under possible primitive Earth conditions.  Science, 117:528-529, (p. 528).[9] Robert Shapiro, 1986. Origins: A Skeptic’s Guide to the Creation of Life on Earth. New York, NY: Summit Books, p. 100.[10] Noam Lahav, 1999. Biogenesis: Theories of Life’s Origin.  New York, NY: Oxford University.[11] Miller, 1955.  Production of some organic compounds under possible primitive Earth conditions.  Journal of the American Chemical Society, 77:2351-2361; Shapiro, 1986.[12] Shapiro, 1986.[13] Miller, 1953, p. 529. [14] Lahav, 1999, p. 50.[15] Lahav, 1999, p. 50.[16] John Horgan, 1996. The End of Science: Facing the Limits of Knowledge in the Twilight of the Scientific Age. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company (Helix Books), p. 138.[17] Mara Johnson-Groh, 2019. “How We Might Find Life on Europa.” Astronomy, September, pp. 30-35.[18] Michael Carroll, 2019. “Searching for Life on Saturn’s Big Moon.” Astronomy, September, pp. 44-49.[19] Morgan Cable and Linda Spilker, 2019. “The Enigma of Enceladus.” Astronomy, September, pp. 50-55.[20] Francis Nimmo, 2019. “Life’s Prospects on Pluto.” Astronomy, September, pp 62-67.Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 388 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Indigenous people: SA impresses

first_img10 August 2005The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous People is encouraged by South Africa’s commitment to indigenous people.Briefing the media on Monday after his 12-day visit to South Africa, Rodolfo Stavenhagen said South Africa’s ongoing efforts to formulate and implement legislation and policies to address issues such as land restitution, multilingual and multicultural education was encouraging.Stavenhagen was in the country to better understand the situation of indigenous people and to learn about the country’s policies to promote and protect indigenous people’s rights.This is part of preparing a report on the UN Second Decade on Indigenous Issues, which was proclaimed by the 59th session of UN.He met with government authorities, civil organisations and the donor community on the ways and means to strengthen the nation’s responses to the needs and demands of indigenous communities.Stavenhagen visited a number of places such as the township of Platfontein in the Northern Cape where he met with the chiefs and members of the !Xu and Khwe communities who had been resettled in the area after returning from forced displacement in Angola and Namibia.His interaction focused on the communities’ challenges and successes in the field of housing, social services, health, education and other human rights issues.He also met with members of the National Khoi-San Council in Upington who explained to him their major concerns regarding the statutory non-recognition of the Khoi and San people.They also told him about their difficulties in enjoying land rights, full access to social services, their cultural and ethnic identities.He was impressed that the South African government had also made the representation of traditional authorities in public life and has made enormous efforts in delivering basic services.“Government authorities are aware of the urgency to focus on the accumulated backlog of unsatisfied needs of indigenous communities, and the Khoi-San in turn are dissatisfied by the delays in the provision of services and demand that such efforts be speeded up.“More coordination between the various governments that deal with indigenous people is required,” he said.He explained that all indigenous people in the country were brutally oppressed by the colonial system and the former apartheid regime up to 1994. The Khoi-San were dispossessed of their lands and territories and their communities and cultures were destroyed.“Through my conversation with government authorities and Khoi-San people, I am aware of the challenges faced by these communities and their longstanding demands for land rights, official statutory recognition, respect of their cultural identities and full and equal access to social services,” he said.He said he would elaborate in his report to the Commission on Human Rights next year on recommendations and proposals intended to strengthen human rights for indigenous people.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Africa must invest in infrastructure

first_img15 July 2015Closing Africa’s infrastructure gap is a top priority in order to put the continent on a path for double digit growth and sustainable development, according to world- renowned professor of economics Prof Jeffrey Sachs.“There is no choice. Africa needs 10% per year of economic growth in the next 15 years,” said Sachs. The only way to achieve this was to focus on large-scale investments in trans-national infrastructure projects in power, roads, broadband, and other core regional infrastructure needs.The professor was speaking the sidelines of the Third Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 13 July. The event had the theme “Unlocking public and private capital for African infrastructure” and was organised by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) Agency and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN).The conference ends on 16 July. It is organised under the auspices of the UN’s Financing for Development office.Thousands of delegates have gathered to set the new financing architecture for a new global partnership. Its outcomes will also address the issue of means of implementation, referring to the “how” the goals set out in the post-2015 development agenda can be achieved.Support for Nepad goalsSachs is the director of the SDSN and special adviser to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on the Millennium Development Goals. For Africa to realise the 2030 timeframe, he urged the global community to rally around the Nepad agenda, as the continent’s strategy for implementing cross-border infrastructure projects. “We need to help support Nepad achieve its goals,” he said.The Nepad Agency has identified Africa’s most important infrastructure needs within the context of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (Pida), which provides the framework to implement 51 priority programmes and projects in the sectors of energy, transport, broadband and trans-boundary water.Chief executive of the Nepad Agency Dr Ibrahim Mayaki said Africa’s challenge was not a lack of resources, but a lack of bankable projects. “We need to invest in the capacity to invest.” It was about proposing structured projects, he said.Mayaki spoke about the complementary instruments that had been developed to build the necessary capacity for early-stage project preparation and the Africa50 Fund to finance the implementation of Pida and other regional infrastructure projects.He also underscored the important role of regional economic communities in providing the enabling environment for project implementation, through harmonised policies and regulatory frameworks.Global partnershipsRegarding how to crowd in investment, Sachs encouraged African economies to forge partnerships with East Asia, tap into capital markets and strengthen continental bodies such as the Nepad Agency and African Development Bank.The Nobel laureate for economics and professor at Columbia University, Prof Joseph Stiglitz, noted that financial markets had “failed to translate pools of savings into productive investment”. There was a need to better match these large-scale resources with the financing priorities of developing countries. “The world has the resources with which to do this. Allocating more of these resources to inclusive development would be good for the global economy.”The best way for Africa to achieve its infrastructure goals was to tap into a Global Infrastructure Investment Platform (Giip), Stiglitz said. The objective of Giip was to put forward an ambitious proposal that would allow long-term investors to ramp up their infrastructure asset holdings, with an allocation target of up to 10% of assets under management over a 15-year horizon.The Nepad Agency, SDSN, UN Conference on Trade and Development and Washington think tank Brookings Institution agreed to set up a working group that will move Africa’s regional infrastructure financing agenda forward.Source: APOlast_img read more

Taipei Beimen Post Office / 臺北北門郵局 — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty:1Terrain:1.5 Location:Taipei, TaiwanN 25° 02.820 E 121° 30.668 Letterbox HybridGC3NXZVby kakoui Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom can keep geocachers away from this Letterbox Hybrid. Well, that’s not completely true since this cache is only accessible during business hours, but you catch the drift.The posted coordinates take you just outside the Taipei Beimen Post Office. There, you must locate a small film canister with a key inside. Take that very special key, head inside the post office, and locate mailbox 59535. Inside you will find a manila envelope filled with a logbook, letterbox stamp, SWAG, and hopefully more than a few trackables.Since this is a Letterbox Hybrid, geocachers have a few options after signing the log: use the enclosed stamp in your personal letterboxing logbook, add your personal stamp to the logbook, or lick n’ stick a postage stamp to add to the theme.The post office was originally a modest wooden structure, but in 1913 the building burned down in a fire. Thus, the post office was rebuilt and expanded with construction finishing in April of 1930. The post office is still open and fully functional, complete with stations to mail packages, P.O. boxes, and a geocache.Extra bonus: the North Gate of Old Taipei City is right across the street. The post office and the North Gate are both national historic sites. This Geocache of the Week may get lots of fan mail!Taipei Beimen Post Office exteriorFind the keyHead insideMailbox 59535A well-stocked geocacheSign the logbook and add to the Letterbox experienceHistoric North Gate is just outsideContinue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedTop 10 Geocaches of the Week 2017December 27, 2017In “Geocache of the Week”Selfie Letterbox — Geocache of the WeekMay 23, 2018In “Community”Underground — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 7, 2018In “Community”last_img read more

No anthem or colors, but Russians are back at track worlds

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sergei Shubenkov, who won the 110-meter hurdles at the 2015 world championships but had to sit out the Olympics last year because Russia was banned from international competition, said “I’ve got back almost all the rights I had.”Decked out in an electric blue Russia tracksuit at his national championships last Friday, he lamented he still can’t “take this beautiful, awesome uniform to the worlds and flaunt it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKeen to head off any Russian celebrations, the International Association of Athletics Federations has issued its 19 neutrals with strict codes of conduct.The Russian flag and national colors are banned, so uniforms in neutral colors must be approved by IAAF officials. Red, white and blue are forbidden, even on hairbands or bandages or accessories. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Their world championship preparation is subsidized by the Russian state, while entry papers were submitted by the still-suspended national track federation, whose head coach Yuri Borzakovsky expects between five and seven podium finishes.Besides Shubenkov, another medal contender is reigning world high jump champion Maria Lasitskene, who won every round of the Diamond League this season. She just wants to block out the whole doping controversy. “I don’t want to waste my emotions on that. I need them for the competition,” she said.More than two years of investigations and bans have made the team stronger, says pole vaulter Anzhelika Sidorova. “Everyone who’s there will support the others,” she said. “We’re all friends like never before.”There’s a return for Russia’s only track and field Olympian of 2016, long jumper Darya Klishina, while some younger athletes could be medal threats too.Sergei Shirobokov, an 18-year-old racewalker, has promise but would be a controversial champion given his links to a training center where more than 25 athletes have been banned for doping.Still, it’s far from a full team.Among the absentees are 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov and former world indoor triple jump champion Lyukman Adams. Russian media reported both were refused neutral status by the IAAF.Dozens more are serving bans, including former Olympic champions.The IAAF is retesting samples from previous championships after World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren alleged a conspiracy of drug use and cover-ups stretching back years. An apparent cover-up of suspicious drug tests on the Russian track team before the 2014 world indoor championships is of particular interest.While Russian President Vladimir Putin admitted in March the previous anti-doping system “did not work,” there’s been no rush to investigate what exactly went wrong, at least not publicly. Several officials resigned last year in unclear circumstances, but the then-Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was promoted. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FILE – In this Thursday, July 28, 2016 file photo, world hurdles 110m champion Sergey Shubenkov competes during the Russian Stars 2016 track and field competitions in Moscow, Russia. Russia plans to send 19 athletes, including Sergei Shubenkov and Maria Lasitskene, to the track and field world championships in London in August 2017 despite its suspension from international competition over widespread doping. The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia’s suspension after the International Association of Athletics Federations reviewed their history of drug testing. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file)ZHUKOVSKY, Russia — They won’t hear their anthem if they win. Their national colors — even on nail varnish — are strictly forbidden. Regardless, a group of Russian athletes is back at the track and field world championships.WAlmost two years after a blanket suspension for widespread doping, and a year after just one Russian was allowed to compete on the Olympic track in Rio de Janeiro, 19 will compete at the world championships starting Friday.In London, they’ll officially be “neutral athletes,” individuals not representing any country.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Los Angeles gets Olympics with an 11-year wait—and risks Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia PLAY LIST 02:03Russian envoy invites PH firms to explore for oil, gas in Russia00:50Trending Articles01:37Russian envoy: Putin accepts Duterte’s invitation to visit PH02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Gamescenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments If the neutrals win, the IAAF’s anthem will play. Under the rules, an athlete who sings the Russian anthem faces a fine, though any legal tussles could prove embarrassing for the IAAF.The rules “seem tough and a bit ridiculous,” said Shubenkov, who jokingly suggested there might be a loophole for fur hats. “Bringing a bear on a leash, would that count?”The Russians will be in London when the IAAF holds a string of ceremonies re-awarding medals from past championships after doping cases.Some originally belonged to Russians, including Tatyana Chernova, who beat Britain’s Jessica Ennis-Hill to heptathlon gold at the 2011 championships but was later stripped of that medal and others.The Russians certainly looked like a team as they met Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last week at their national titles.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russian law enforcement has sought to present McLaren’s key witness, former drug-test lab director Grigory Rodchenkov, as unreliable. The government continues to deny any role in doping cover-ups, frustrating the IAAF, which wants Russia to either accept or disprove McLaren’s findings.Still, Russia is gradually getting closer to readmission to international track and field, which would make neutral uniforms a quirk of history. An IAAF taskforce on Monday said Russia was giving drug testers better access but hadn’t done enough to investigate past offenses.“We’re coming out of those crises,” Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told reporters last week. Russian officials have toned down once-vehement criticism of the IAAF as they try to build bridges.“It’ll be hard for the athletes to compete because they are all patriots of their country,” Kolobkov said when asked if he considered the absence of Russia’s flag insulting.Whether the Russian athletes are neutral or not, he said, “everyone understands who they represent.” FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more