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Groundhog Day? Try GroundFrog Day – Geocaching Mascot Signal Attends

first_imgSignal with Snohomish SlewBy: Annie Love, Groundspeak LackeyWhy wait until February to get a weather prediction from Punxsutawney Phil when you can get one from Snohomish Slew in January? Snohomish Slew is a real frog billed as “the Meteorologist Frognosticator extraordinaire and mighty small hero to all the weather weary.” Last Saturday, he forecast what type of weather the Northwest United States might expect in the next six weeks: more winter or an early spring.Every year the quaint little town of Snohomish, Washington (located about 30 miles northeast of Seattle) welcomes Slew for a frog-filled celebration to predict the end of winter. It’s known as GroundFrog Day.We here at Groundspeak think that you can trust frogs over groundhogs any day, so we took our beloved mascot Signal to witness Slew’s prediction. Signal is a life-sized frog, with GPS capabilities (of course). Fellow Lackey Nicole (Louie Bliss) and I had the pleasure of escorting Signal to the event. Lots of high-fives and hugs were to be had with the kids in attendance. Kids weren’t the only one who stopped to get their picture taken with Signal – in most cases it was the parent who really wanted the photo with our own geocaching legend.Signal watching Slew predict the forecastThe event included lots of dancing to frog remix versions of songs, hula-hooping, the GroundFrog royalty arriving via fire truck, and various booths to visit. After Slew took the stage to make his prediction, Signal was fortunate enough to shake webbed toes with the weather-casting celebrity.What was Slew’s final prediction, you may be wondering? The final answer, as posted on the official website, was a bit vague: a Spring/Winter mix of weather is ahead.Signal and Lackey Annie Love“’Whether the weather be fine, Whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We’ll weather the weather, Whatever the weather, Whether we like it or not’ interpretation – neither 6 weeks of winter or spring, spring will come and sunny days, there’ll be a few, but still some cold days ahead, too.”Either way, the current extended forecast for Seattle shows a lot of sunshine in our near future.  We think Signal may have had a little help with that.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak’s Lost & Found Celebration – Geocaching.com’s Lost & Found VideoJuly 11, 2010In “Community”Geocaching Holiday Gift GuideDecember 9, 2019In “Community”Geocaching Shop Elves holiday gift guide!November 30, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

UWI Open Campus Making Mark on Caribbean Higher Education

first_img Described as the best kept secret in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean, the 10-year-old University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWIOC) has been quietly making an indelible mark on the region’s tertiary-education landscape.Its precursor, the Extra Mural Campus, was established in 1948, the same year as the University of the West Indies (originally University College of the West Indies), and later renamed the School of Continuing Studies.Registrar of the UWIOC, Karen Ford-Warner, tells JIS News that the institution’s genesis was the result of advocacy from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries, and others, who wanted to have a campus that caters to the needs of their communities.She says the visionary who established UWI 70 years ago, realised from the beginning that the institution had to be about outreach.“It was not only about the landed campuses such as those in Jamaica, Barbados or Trinidad and Tobago, but it was also about ensuring that the university has an impact on everyone in the contributing countries, and that we were able to contribute to intellectual discourse, development and cultural explosion, which have been taking place in the region from 1948,” she explains.UWIOC, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, offers a wide range of attractive options for academic progress, lifelong learning and career development in a variety of formats and modes of delivery under the motto ‘Online, on-site, on demand’. Approximately 50 online courses and degree programmes are accessible to individuals in 17 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean.There are 40 physical locations operating in these countries, with 11 in Jamaica.The courses offered online and on-site range from pre-university to doctoral.They include Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) courses; professional intensive (short) courses; one-year management and one-year professional courses; undergraduate degree programmes; postgraduate diplomas; master’s programmes and doctor of education programmes.Mrs. Ford-Warner says that the programmes offered are relevant and are designed to meet the needs of the individual learner.She notes that “we tend to have a more mature student population. The median age of the students is in the mid-30s age group, who have a family, who have a career but want a way to be able to advance their professional and personal development, so they come looking for courses that are relevant to their lives, such as management, business, and education courses”.“We have also expanded the suite of offerings to areas such as social work, youth development and early-childhood education,” she adds.Mrs. Ford-Warner says that learners are given the opportunity to decide how they want to pursue their studies, whether to pay per credit, or take two or up to five courses per year.“We allow you to really organise your life and manage your finances to fit your pocket,” she points out.UWIOC also employs the “laddering” method, which enables learners, for example persons who complete studies at a diploma level, to return when they are ready to gain additional certification and also move up to the bachelor’s level or beyond.“We allow our students to start from where they are and then take them to where they want to be. We try to ensure that we are speaking, listening, marketing and meeting the needs of our clients,” Mrs. Ford-Warner says.She says that the institution is moving forward under the UWI’s 2017-2022 strategic plan, and is being guided by the triple ‘A’ strategy that is focused on expanding access to tertiary education, alignment of industry and academia for wealth creation and distribution, and agility to global opportunity.“One of the most exciting developments is plans to offer our courses beyond our Caribbean shores to an international market,” Mrs. Ford-Warner informs.“The vision of the Vice Chancellor, Hilary Beckles, is to have a UWI presence on every continent. Today, we have a joint institute with the State University of New York (SUNY), and joint programmes with universities in Nigeria and China,” she notes.Mrs. Ford-Warner says “our focus is being able to provide opportunities for our Caribbean nationals, as a Caribbean university with a global reach. We endeavour to find ways to be to make meaningful contribution to Caribbean development”. Described as the best kept secret in Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean, the 10-year-old University of the West Indies Open Campus (UWIOC) has been quietly making an indelible mark on the region’s tertiary-education landscape. Story Highlights Registrar of the UWIOC, Karen Ford-Warner, tells JIS News that the institution’s genesis was the result of advocacy from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries, and others, who wanted to have a campus that caters to the needs of their communities. Its precursor, the Extra Mural Campus, was established in 1948, the same year as the University of the West Indies (originally University College of the West Indies), and later renamed the School of Continuing Studies.last_img read more

EU Helps Fund Extension of Polish LNG Terminal

first_imgThe Polish government and the Polskie LNG company have reached an agreement on the extension of the liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in Świnoujście, in north-western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.According to the European Commission, on April 24 the parties signed a grant agreement under which around EUR 128 million (USD 142.6 million) from the European Regional Development Fund would be invested in extending the terminal, which is the only facility of its size in Northern, Central and Eastern Europe.“The extension of the Świnoujście terminal will help diversify natural gas supply sources and improve the country’s energy security. This is a new example of the Energy Union in motion, supported by Cohesion Policy,” Corina Creţu, Commissioner for Regional Policy, said.We are investing €128 million to extend an #LNG terminal in north-western Poland on the Baltic Sea coast.It will help diversify natural gas supply sources and improve the country’s energy security.More here → https://t.co/uXwsHhAYzZ #CohesionPolicy pic.twitter.com/nbQZbIkzNA— European Commission (@EU_Commission) April 24, 2019The current investment comes on top of more than EUR 250 million of Cohesion Policy funds already invested in the terminal and more than EUR 2 billion invested in Polish energy infrastructure since 2007.The terminal expansion project is on the European list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI). Together with the Baltic Pipe project, for which a EUR 215 million EU grant was signed just last week, the new LNG terminal in Świnoujście will open Poland’s gas market to new suppliers enhancing the diversity and security of energy sources in Poland.The Baltic pipe will allow, as of 2022, the shipment of gas from the North Sea to the Polish market and further to the Baltic States and neighbouring countries. At the same time, the pipeline will enable the supply of gas from Poland, via the LNG terminal, to the Danish and Swedish markets.last_img read more

Donovan McNabb Denies Bullying Former Teammate

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, Donovan McNabb has responded to claims from his ex-teammate, Shawn Andrews,  that he was a locker room bully. McNabb denied ever bullying Andrews.McNabb spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about the former offensive lineman’s allegations.“That is ridiculous. I don’t know what comments you expect to get from me, but that is news to me and completely false. For me to bully anybody, that sounds unbelievable,” he said.Earlier in the month, Andrews told an Arkansas magazine that his life was “a living hell” while playing with the Eagles because of McNabb.“He was a big part of it — he was a big part of my issues there,”  Andrews said. “Bully is a strong word, but he was degrading to me and spread rumors. It’s bothered me that I haven’t really spoken about it.”Andrews played six seasons with Philadelphia and seven in the NFL. He retired at age 28 after battling injuries and depression. He also made the Pro-Bowl three-times. read more

TCIG Receives Donation of Printer from Private Sector Partner

first_img Stray livestock causing trouble, owners warned Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Oct 2014 (TCIG NEWS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs, Department of Agriculture, is the recent recipient of a HP printer from its private sector partner Cairsea Services Limited. This donation enables the Department to boost the efficiency with which it prepares and issues permits to the many importers and shippers throughout the Islands. It provides the Department with more redundancy in its printing capacity. Delivery of import permit services is time sensitive and agricultural goods cannot be cleared from the ports without these documents. This donation also comes at a time when the numbers of applications for import permits will increase due to the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Dr. Mark Butler, Chief Veterinary Officer stated; “This is a perfect example of local businesses assisting governmental departments to facilitate the much needed services upon which the public depends. “The Department would like to personally thank Mr. and Mrs. Rodney Thompson and Mr. Seymour of Cairsea Services Limited for their generosity in donating this much needed gift.”ENDS Government Press OfficeWaterloo Road, Grand TurkTurks & Caicos IslandsTel: (649) 338-3924/ 338-3925Ext: 3924/3925Email: [email protected]: gov.tc/pressofficeWe are on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pressofficetcig Related Items:chief veterinary, department of agriculture, mark butler, Ministry of Environment and Home Affairs Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp New Director for Agriculture vows to create Policy Recommended for you Pet passports now approved for travel between The Turks and Caicos and Canadalast_img read more

Guardiola praises David Silva

first_imgThe Citizens will host Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, and Pep has spoken of “El Mago’s” skillsOne day before the Manchester City-Shakhtar Donetsk match in the UEFA Champions League, Pep Guardiola has taken his time to praise David Silva.The Spanish midfielder was key to the 2-1 win over German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim, scoring the winning goal.And he has scored twice in the last three UCL matches.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“[David Silva] was always a problem to play against,” Pep told the press as reported by the club’s own website.“He is one of the most incredible players playing in the pocket, which the space in between players. He moves in those spaces.”“Few players can do it, and he is a master at that. He is enjoying it a lot. The fact he has played for so long in Premier League says everything,” he added.“I love being alongside him every day.”last_img read more

MoU signed between CSIRCMERI and ESSCI to set up centre of Mechatronics

first_imgKolkata: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been inked between CSIR- CMERI and New Delhi-based Electronic Sector Skill Council of India (ESSCI) to set up a ‘Centre of Excellence in Mechatronics’ at CSIR-CMERI, Durgapur.The purpose of the MoU is to meet the requirement in regard to the initiation of this ‘Centre of Excellence in Mechatronics’ and to support the skill development activities of CSIR-CMERI under CSIR Integrated Skill Development Programme. This agreement will also foster the aggregate skill development activities for the electronics sector in India with collaborative effort of these two organisations and would act as the flag bearer to many such future endeavours in enhancing the skill and subsequently creating job opportunity for the unemployed youth of the country. Speaking on this occasion, Prof Harish Hirani, Director, CSIR-CMERI stressed upon the importance of such collaboration in connection to the onward march of the ‘Skill India’ programme of the Government of India. NK Mahapatro, CEO, ESSCI deliberated on the vision of the skill council and the Government’s plan to give a boost to the electronic sector manufacturing in India.last_img read more

Yearning for a peaceful Kashmir

first_imgRoxy Arora’s debut novel “Jihad in My Saffron Garden” published by Prabhat Prakashan was launched by film director and producer Anurag Kashyap at Oxford Book Store, Connaught Place in the national Capitol recently.According to the author, the journey of putting down her feelings into words started off in the year 2015. The communal riots and clashes of Jammu and Kashmir compelled her to write about it. She has closely observed the miserable life of people who suffer as a result of these communal clashes.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I know what it is to be persecuted; I know what it is to leave everything behind and to start again. I have witnessed these in Kuwait and England.” She said. When asked why she has chosen Jammu and Kashmir as the setting, she replied, “Every summer holiday, as a kid I used to visit Kashmir. I was spellbound by the beauty of that place. So when I thought of writing, I could not think of writing about a place other than Kashmir.”She also explained the reason behind keeping the word “Saffron” in the book’s title, “When I decided to write about Kashmir, I wanted to break away from the quintessential image of the land, which is always about the Dal Lake and houseboats. But I think there is actually nothing more beautiful than those saffron gardens, especially when the flowers are in full bloom. I’ve always been an admirer of natural beauty so I wanted the flowers to be with me.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr Roxy Arora denied calling it an autobiographical novel. According to her it is a pure work of fiction. When she started writing, she thought it would be a romantic thriller, because of her love for spies’ novel and Robert Ludlum. She also wanted to portray the problem in Jammu and Kashmir in a more serious way. She wanted to express the patriotism in each and every armed force member  who is serving the state, so she has added a  thriller element to it without making it too political. She has dedicated the book to the Indian Armed Forces. Dr Arora appeals for global peace, religious tolerance and mutual trust through this novel. She has also raised a question for all to ponder upon – “Can’t we have a Kashmir like before?” The lead characters of her story Roshina Kapoor and Aafaq Qazmi give priority to love and humanity before any social element in spite of their religious differences. Dr Roxy Arora in her novel has given a message that no religion preaches violence and that it is high time for people to join hands and appeal for global peace, unity and integrity.During the book launch Anurag Kashyap praised the author for stepping out of her comfort zone as she is a doctor by her profession and doing something different. He found it very inspirational. “Somewhere it gives hope and it gives passion to everyone, kudos to that,” he said.last_img read more