Quick Hits: ‘Anish’ Completes Triple Crown in a Single Year

first_imgThursday, November 29, 2018 When Heather “Anish” Anderson’s boots touched the ground in Grants, New Mexico this November, they marked the first time a woman has completed the triple crown of hiking in a year. In just over 8 months and nearly 8,000 miles, Anderson walked the Appalachian Trail, Pacific Crest Trail and Continental Divide Trail in a single calendar year, averaging 25 miles a day. No stranger to walking, Anderson is a three-time triple crowner and holds the self-supported thru-hike speed record on the Pacific Crest Trail, completing the 2,650-mile hike in 60 days. Hunters are ditching lead bullets amid worry of poisoned wildlife and meat Woman completes Triple Crown of hiking in a single yearcenter_img Lead bullets have long been the standard in hunting, but The New York Times reports that many hunters are choosing copper bullets as evidence grows that lead ammunition may harm wildlife and poison game meat. According to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, lead exposure is the leading cause of death in California condors, which feed on the carcasses of game animals killed by lead bullets. The Humane Society reports that between 10 million and 20 million animals, from bears to vultures, die each year from lead poisoning. Still, some hunters worry the push to move away from lead bullets may be a ruse to limit gun rights or ban hunting and are hesitant to make the switch. Of the 10 to 13 billion rounds of ammunition sold in the United States each year, 95 percent contain lead. At least 30 states regulate the use of lead ammunition. California recently imposed a statewide ban on the bullets, which goes into effect in July 2019. Trapper captures record setting Python in EvergladesAs part of a program to remove pythons from the Everglades, officials in Florida say a trapper has caught a 120-pound, 17-foot, 5-inch female Burmese Python. The snake is the third caught under the South Florida Water Management District Python Elimination Program that measured over 17 feet in length. Pythons are an invasive species in the Everglades and have no natural predators. Officials say the snakes have decimated native wildlife populations. Since March 2017 when the Python Elimination Program began, python hunters have eliminated 1,859 pythons stretching a combined length of more than two miles and collectively weighing more than 11 tons.last_img read more

Education ministry’s partnership with Netflix met with criticism in Indonesia

first_img“We think there are a lot of youths in the country that could create more creative documentaries, short movies or guidelines for students during this period of learning from home,” Huda said in a statement on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.”I wonder why the education ministry as the home for education [in the country] chose to collaborate with a foreign streaming platform just for its documentaries.”Huda challenged the ministry for not working with local production houses instead to create high-quality and entertaining content for students during remote studies. “Why should they collaborate with a video streaming platform that has yet to show clear contributions to the country’s income? We still have the National Movie Center [PFN] and college students [with expertise] in visual communication design. Why didn’t [the ministry] give them the opportunity?” he said.Netflix said that the company’s partnership with the Education and Culture Ministry was based on a free-of-charge agreement in the hope its documentaries could reach a wider audience. “Around the world, teachers and educational organizations have asked if we can make some of our documentaries available during the crisis and we’re happy to help without any cost,” a Netflix spokesperson said in a statement obtained by The Jakarta Post on Friday.”Our partnership with the Education and Culture Ministry helps reach more audiences in Indonesia given that TVRI has nationwide coverage, especially for students who might not have stable internet access while they learn from home.“We selected titles that are meant to help students learn and be inspired through diverse, enjoyable and informative stories, especially during these challenging times when schools are closed,” it added.Topics : Starting on Saturday, the ministry is to broadcast several Netflix original documentaries as part of its Belajar dari Rumah (Study from Home) program.Belajar dari Rumah is a full-day educational program that helps students who are required to study from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been airing daily on public television broadcaster TVRI since mid-April.Among the documentaries that air every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. are Our Planet, Street Food: Asia, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, Spelling the Dream, Chasing Coral and Night on Earth. Reruns of the said shows, which feature Indonesian subtitles, will be available on Sundays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m.House of Representatives Commission X chairman Syaiful Huda said the collaboration would limit room for creativity among the Indonesian youth. A decision made by the Education and Culture Ministry to collaborate with streaming platform Netflix has been met with criticism.A member of the House of Representatives, Willy Aditya of the NasDem Party, said the collaboration was unethical even though it did not violate any regulations.”Although the collaboration did not violate any regulations, on an ethical level it’s still questionable. Rather than Netflix, the Education and Culture Ministry should collaborate with other state-owned enterprises,” Willy said on Thursday.last_img read more

Cricket News Rajasthan Royals appoint Australian legend Lisa Sthalekar as Advisor -Youth Cricket

first_img New Delhi: In 2018, the Indian Premier League franchise Rajasthan Royals had launched two youth programmes – Royal Colts (Boys) and Royal Sparks (Girls) which had done exceedingly well with entries coming out in large numbers. Since the inception of the IPL, the Royals have been known for discovering young talent and giving them ample opportunities to develop and perform.Close to 3000 children attended the trials in Jaipur last year. The selected group of talented girls and boys travelled to Nagpur for a high performance training camp. They got immense opportunities to learn from the Rajasthan Royals coaches and attended several sessions on nutrition and mental conditioning, which are key aspects of the modern game.In a significant development, inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals have announced the appointment of Australian women’s cricket legend, Lisa Sthalekar, as the ‘Advisor – Youth Cricket’ for their junior programmes.In her new role, Sthalekar will be responsible for creating a year-round programme for the Colts and Sparks, which will include high performance camps and competitions for the selected individuals, she will also organise school tournaments to introduce many more youngsters to the beautiful game of cricket.Speaking about her appointment, Sthalekar, who was a member of Australia Women’s World Cup winning team in 2013, said, “Rajasthan Royals has done exceptional work in unearthing cricket talent. They have then been successful in providing these individuals with the right platform to grow. More so, I am delighted to be part of programmes that are giving equal opportunities to talent across girls and boys, while also spreading the reach of the game.””I am extremely pleased to join Rajasthan Royals as an advisor. I am looking forward to my role of identifying and nurturing cricketing talent, especially the girls, so that they can make a mark for themselves in the cricketing world,” added Sthalekar.A former spin all-rounder, Sthalekar is the first woman to score 1,000 runs and take 100 wickets in One Day internationals. She scored 2728 runs and claimed 146 wickets in ODIs. The former Aussie skipper announced her retirement from international Cricket a day after the Australian team won the 2013 Women’s Cricket World Cup.Welcoming Lisa to the Royals family, Ranjit Barthakur, Executive Chairman, Rajasthan Royals said, “As a team, we are taking baby steps towards building strong grassroots programmes. The talent at grassroots is huge and has great potential, especially among the girls. We welcome Lisa to the Royals family and we are confident that with her efforts, that the team will continue to progress and excel in building a nationwide programme where every talented kid can come and showcase their skills, get mentored and trained by the best professionals in the sport.” Lisa Sthalekar has been appointed as the Advisor for Youth by Rajasthan Royals. Rajasthan Royals finished at seventh position in the points table in IPL 2019. Steve Smith is likely to continue as Rajasthan Royals skipper in IPL 2020.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img highlightslast_img read more