The legacy of the Lions

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS BAGSHOT, ENGLAND – MAY 19: Warren Gatland, the Lions forward coach instructs the squad during the British and Irish Lions training session held at Pennyhill Park on May 19, 2009 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) Warren’s winners: Who will Gatland pick in his Lions’ line-up next summer in Australia?IN LESS than a year Warren Gatland will take a squad of the best players from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to Australia, with the aim of becoming the first Lions side to win a Test series since 1997. Rugby fans across the British Isles are already picking their Test XVs, but what does it mean to be selected for a Lions tour? A few of those who have donned the famous red jersey explain how it feels…last_img read more

Keep Your Dog Safe During the Heat Wave

first_img By Erin AskelandEach summer, hundreds of dogs are harmed as a result of being left in hot cars or left outside without enough water or protection. Heat waves, like the one Apopka is currently experiencing, are especially dangerous for pets, as high temperatures can lead to  dehydration, heat stroke, sunburn and even death in just a few minutes. With a few preventative measures, you can easily protect your pup from heat wave hazards.Watch for HeatstrokeDogs can develop heatstroke fairly quickly. Signs of this include excessive panting, staring, anxious facial expressions, warm skin, refusal to obey commands by owner, vomiting, collapse and rapid heartbeat. If you suspect that your pet is suffering from this, lower the animal’s body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body. Often the pet will respond after just a few minutes of cooling, only to falter again with his temperature soaring back up or falling to well below what is normal. If this happens, take the dog to the vet immediately – don’t try to solve this yourself.Exercise with CautionPets need exercise even when it is hot, but show extra care to older and overweight pets that are more at risk from high temperatures. If you go for a run on the beach, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours. Extra caution should also be taken with short-nosed dogs, and those with thick coats.Never Leave Your Dog Unattended in the CarPets can sustain damage or even succumb from heatstroke in only 15 minutes. Dogs can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads. If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, record the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number and have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Always have someone keep an eye on the dog and don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.Groom for the SummerGiving your dog a lightweight summer haircut helps prevent overheating. Shave down to a one-inch length, but never to the skin, so your pet still has some protection from the sun. Brushing cats more frequently can prevent problems caused by excessive heat.Pets Need Sunscreen TooCats and dogs can get sunburned too, especially if he/she has light-colored hair. Animal sunburns can cause the same problems as that of humans: peeling, redness and even cancer. As skin cancer in pets is a serious concern, purchasing pet-friendly sunscreen can go a long way in protecting the health of your pet when the heat kicks in. Places that are easy to forget, but prone to burning are: inside the nostrils, tip of nose, around your dog’s lips and the inside of ears for dogs with standup ears.Pets Need Extra Water…But don’t let them drink just anythingGive your dog extra water during the summer, but be sure not to leave the water out for too long. Change the water often to prevent your pet from getting sick from bacteria that can grow in hot water. Also, when dogs are thirsty, they are bound to drink something they shouldn’t. Puddles of what may look like water on the ground can actually be dangerous chemicals, so keep an eye out when your dog is looking for something to sip.The pool is a great way to cool down, but do not leave pets unsupervised at the beach or around the pool – not all pets are good swimmers. Introduce your pet to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. To remove salt from their fur, rinse your pet after swimming in the ocean.Avoid Crowded Outdoor EventsWarm temperatures and outdoor fun go hand-in-hand, but when the temperatures hit record highs, refrain from taking your pet to crowded summer events like concerts or fairs. The loud noises and crowds, combined with the heat, can be stressful and dangerous for a Training and Behavior Expert at Camp Bow Wow. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSHeatwavePets Previous articleMega Millions Jackpot Reaches $540 MillionNext articlePresident Orders Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Dallas Shooting Victims Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Prom and graduation season is deadly for teen drivers

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Photo by Kevin Yang Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear AAA urges high school students to take the AAA PROMise; asks high schools for supportFrom AAAImpaired and distracted driving can be a deadly part of Prom and Graduation Season and AAA wants to change that. The Auto Club Group is activating its AAA PROMise program to prevent teens from making a fatal mistake.  “Impairment, distraction and inexperience can make for a very dangerous concoction behind the wheel,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Even if prom looks different this year, due to the pandemic, history has proven that high schoolers will find a way to party. It’s critical for parents and teachers to take time to discuss the dangers of impaired and distracted driving and to develop a plan for getting teens home safely.”What is the AAA PROMise?AAA provides free impaired and distracted driving educational materials for schools that participate in the program. In the first two weeks, more than 75 Florida schools have requested a free toolkit. Schools can receive their free kit by visiting PROMise encourages teens and their parents to talk about the dangers of driving impaired – from alcohol, marijuana or any other drug – as well as distracted driving. This includes having a plan for a safe way home during prom and graduation season.Teens should promise to:Not drink alcohol or take drugsNot drive impaired or distractedNot let their friends drive impaired or distractedGet home safely or call their parents for help.Parents should also promise to make their children feel safe about calling them for help.Sobering StatisticsCrashes are still the leading cause of teen deathsAlmost one of every five teen drivers involved in fatal crashes had been drinking (2016)Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities involved drunk driversFlorida’s legal limit for blood alcohol level in drivers is .08 percent.  For drivers younger than 21, it’s .02 percent. That means teens can be charged with “driving under the influence” after having only one drink.Even if an impaired teen driver survives a deadly crash, they could still face legal charges that change their life forever.(Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)Advice for Teen DriversPay Attention. Texting and having other passengers in the vehicle can create dangerous distractions for drivers.Slow Down. Speeding is a factor in one-third of all fatal crashes involving teen drivers.Stay Alert. Prom celebrations can carry well into the late hours. Avoid driving drowsy.Buckle Up. Half of young drivers who die in motor vehicle crashes are not wearing their seat belts.Drive Sober. If you become impaired, pass the keys to a sober driver or call your parents for help.Advice for ParentsHire a ride. Limousines are not just for looks. Consider chipping in on a chauffeur so teens don’t have to decide who’s driving.Set the Rules. Establish rules for your teen driver which address safe driving habits and the punishment for breaking them. Consider signing a Parent-Teen driving agreement.Open your Home. Encourage your teen to ask friends to spend the night to keep them off the roads.Be the Example. While driving, model the same behavior you expect from your kids when they drive. Your kids are always watching you, even if they don’t admit it.center_img Please enter your comment! TAGSAAAParentsPromProm SeasonPromiseStatisticsTeen driversTeenagersTransportation Previous articleGrowing Industries You Need to Know AboutNext articleHere’s what’s coming to Amazon Prime Video in April Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

University of Limerick lecturer delivers his inaugural lecture

first_img Previous articleLimerick people encouraged to check for symptoms of coeliac disease this Coeliac Awareness WeekNext articleGardaí are asking Limerick people to be “Streetwise” Staff Reporter Lack of child psychology services is ‘extremely worrying’ 1 of 5 Advertisement Linkedin NewsEducationUniversity of Limerick lecturer delivers his inaugural lectureBy Staff Reporter – May 3, 2018 1797 Michelle O Sullivan and Eugene Hickland, DCU at the inaugural lecture of Professor Kevin Murphy at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.Picture: Oisin McHugh University of Limerick President, Prof Des Fitzgerald speaking at the inaugural lecture of Professor Kevin Murphy at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.Picture: Oisin McHugh WhatsApp Prof Helena Lenihan, UL, Tony Dundon, University of Manchester and Dr. Sarah Kieran, UL at the inaugural lecture of Professor Kevin Murphy at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.Picture: Oisin McHugh Professor Kevin R Murphy speaking at the inaugural lecture of Professor Kevin Murphy at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.Picture: Oisin McHugh Professor Kevin R Murphy, Department of Work and Employment Studies, University of Limerick delivered his Inaugural lecture on 30th April 2018.An Inaugural lecture is an occasion of significance in an academic staff member’s career at UL, providing newly appointed professors with the opportunity to inform colleagues, the campus community and the general public of their work to date, including current research and future plans. In his talk “Why We Study Work”, Professor Murphy described five broad themes that underly research in the Department of Work and Employment Studies argued for the importance of building better, healthier organizations.  He outlined many of the challenges inherent in the task and underscored the relationship between this goal and the core missions of the University of Limerick.Professor Murphy earned his PhD in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in 1979, and has served on the faculties of Rice University, New York University, Pennsylvania State University and Colorado State University. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the American Psychological Society, and the recipient of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology’s 2004 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.  He is the author of over one hundred and ninety articles and book chapters, and author or editor of eleven books, in areas ranging from psychometrics and statistical analysis to individual differences, performance assessment and honesty in the workplace. Emailcenter_img Twitter Facebook Family dynamic led Limerick to All-Ireland hurling glory RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Stephen McCarthy, Henry Wang, James Murphy and Muiris O Carroll at the inaugural lecture of Professor Kevin Murphy at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.Picture: Oisin McHugh TAGS”Why We Study Work”inaugural lectureKevin R MurphyPhDpsychologyUniversity of Limerick He has served as President of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and Editor of Journal of Applied Psychology and of Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, and is a member of numerous editorial boards.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Throughout his career, Dr. Murphy has worked to advance both research and the application of that research to solve practical problems in organizations.For example, he served as both a member and the Chair of the U.S. Department of Defense Advisory Committee on Military Personnel Testing, and has also served on five U.S. National Academy of Sciences committees, all of which dealt with problems in the workplace.He has carried out a number of research projects with military and national security organizations, dealing with problems ranging from training to applying research on motivation to problems of nuclear deterrence, and has worked with numerous private and public-sector organizations to build and evaluate their human resource management systems.  He is a frequent contributor to RTE Brainstorm, publishing articles on a broad range of topics relevant to understanding behavior in organization.More about education here. Anthony on the path to self-fulfilment Tom Turner, KBS and Maeve O’Sullivan, KBS at the inaugural lecture of Professor Kevin Murphy at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.Picture: Oisin McHugh last_img read more

Defense Ministry Marks Continuous Quality Degradation of Russian Military Products

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Defense Ministry Marks Continuous Quality Degradation of Russian Military Products January 27, 2012 View post tag: Russian View post tag: Continuous Russian defense ministry marks continuous quality degradation of Russian military products, deputy defense minister Alexander Sukhorukov told reporters.“For instance, in 2010 Defense Ministry prepared over 6,800 reclamation reports which is 20% more than in 2009. Number of damage claims was 7,100 in 2011 which is 3% more than in 2010”, he said.According to the deputy minister, those facts indicate degradation of output quality. In this regard, defense ministry offered to make amendments to the governmental resolution regulating issuance of licenses, “beginning from development and ending with utilization of armaments”.“A new requirement was introduced; a company claiming for receipt or re-issuance of license must have effective quality management system. If the company has neither such system nor certificate, its director must submit a conclusion of external audit certifying that quality control system effectively functions. Earlier, things were different”, explained Sukhorukov.He added that a new clause regulating responsibility for violation of defense production requirements was added to RF Administrative Offenses Code on Jan 18, 2012. “Administrative responsibility is rigorous both for officials (up to RUR 50,000 fine) and legal bodies (up to RUR 1 mln fine)”, specified Sukhorukov.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , January 27, 2012; Image: mil-forum Defense Ministry Marks Continuous Quality Degradation of Russian Military Products View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Marks View post tag: Ministrycenter_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Products View post tag: quality Share this article View post tag: military Industry news View post tag: Defense View post tag: Degradationlast_img read more

UK: Royal Navy Warship HMS Tyne to Support Tyne Festival

first_img View post tag: FESTIVAL View post tag: Royal View post tag: Navy July 20, 2012 Royal Navy warship HMS Tyne will go alongside Western Quay in North Shields this Friday for the start of a five-day visit to her affiliate region.The ship’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Dan Thomas, will host several receptions on board the ship for local and regional dignitaries, to cement the special relationship that exists between the ship and her adopted area.The Mouth of the Tyne Festival concert on Friday night is expected to draw a large number of visitors – including Lt Cdr Thomas – to see headline acts such as McFly.The ship will host a number of visits from local cadet organisations – including TS Tyne which is affiliated with the ship, TS Endurance and TS Comus – and on Saturday, Lt Cdr Thomas will host a Captain’s Luncheon for invited guests. That evening, as guests of North Tyneside Council and in recognition of the close affiliation, members of the ship’s company will embark on a Friendship Games river cruise – a bit of a busman’s holiday but a chance to enjoy some recreation time while ashore.On Sunday, members of the ship’s company will participate in Lord Mayor Linda Arkley’s Pageant Walk, from the Priory School to Tynemouth Front Street, and also a Children’s Jubilee Pageant and Procession.But the highlight of the visit will be when crew opens the gangway for the public to go aboard on Sunday 15th July. Short tours of the ship, from 10am until 4pm, will offer Tynesiders a unique insight into life in the Royal Navy, as well as the career opportunities that are available.One of HMS Tyne’s roles is to act as a patrol vessel and secure Britain’s fish stocks; on display will be the fast boats used to intercept fishing vessels suspected of breaking EU Laws, equipment used to measure fishing nets and charts displaying the different types of fish to be found in UK waters.Lt Cdr Thomas said:“I am delighted to be able to bring HMS Tyne into North Shields to form part of the celebrations of the Mouth of the Tyne Festival and it is a visit that my whole ship’s company is very much looking forward to. “Maintaining a close link with the area is absolutely imperative and it goes some way to reinforcing the message that the Royal Navy continues to maintain a permanent presence in coastal waters to safeguard our Nation’s interests. “The weekend programme looks fantastic and I pass on my thanks to everybody who has included us in these events and made us feel so welcome by providing some hard earned relaxation between busy fishery protection patrols.” HMS Tyne is the first of a batch of three River Class Offshore Patrol vessels operated by the Royal Navy. Built by Vosper Thorneycroft, she entered service with the Royal Navy in 2003.Along with sister ships Mersey and Severn, HMS Tyne forms the backbone of the Fishery Protection Squadron, the oldest Squadron in the Royal Navy, which patrol English, Welsh and Northern Irish waters, enforcing EU and UK legislation designed to ensure the sustainability of fish stocks for the future. HMS Tyne spends 320 days at sea each year, whatever the weather, policing over 80,000 square miles of sea, up to 200 miles off the coast of the UK.HMS Tyne employs two water jet propelled Rigid Inflatable Boats capable of more than 32 knots and several of the ship’s officers, including the captain, are qualified as British Sea Fisheries Officers (BSFOs) and Marine Enforcement Officers (MEOs). The ship operates 24 hours per day and can conduct several boardings simultaneously.Tyne is a highly flexible unit with the ability to fulfil a number of defence objectives. The sheer number of days spent at sea in UK waters places her at high readiness for Search and Rescue operations or assistance to HM Revenue and Customs and the UK Border Agency. Alongside her fishery protection duties, HMS Tyne undertakes maritime security, keeping a watchful eye for unusual or illicit activity. A large deck and crane allows the ship to be adapted for a number of other tasks including disaster relief, anti-pollution and salvage operations.To enable maximum time at sea each year, Tyne operates a three-watch manning system. This means that while two watches are on board at sea, a third watch will be ashore either attending courses or enjoying well-earned leave.The ship has a mixed male and female complement of 46, divided into four departments: Warfare –navigation, sea boat operations, gunnery and communications; Logistics – provisions, stores, food preparation and administration; Marine Engineering – maintaining the propulsion and power generation systems, the hull, water and sanitation systems; Weapon Engineering – maintaining the weapons, radars, sensors and communications equipment.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 20, 2012; Image: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Warship HMS Tyne to Support Tyne Festival View post tag: HMS View post tag: Warship View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Tyne View post tag: Naval View post tag: Support UK: Royal Navy Warship HMS Tyne to Support Tyne Festival Training & Education Share this articlelast_img read more

Ocean City’s Green Fair Shows Off Seashore Marine Life

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiFinley Corcory, 3, and her 1-year-old sister, Tatum, didn’t hesitate or flinch when Haley Faith of the Wetlands Institute held out a horseshoe crab for them to touch.Letting out a few giggles, the girls, who live in Marmora, gently caressed the helmet-like shell as though they were petting an adorable puppy – not a creature that has creepy legs and nearly 20 eyes.“He’s smooth. He’s also hard,” Finley said. “He’s kind of scary looking and has spikes.”Finley, Tatum and others – children and adults – were able to learn about horseshoe crabs and other marine life Friday during the annual Ocean City Green Fair, an environmental forum at the Music Pier that touched on an array of topics about the Jersey Shore and its diverse eco-system.Faith, who serves as outreach coordinator for the Wetlands Institute in Stone Harbor, smiled while listening to Finley’s comments about the horseshoe crab. The hope is that by exposing Finley, Tatum and other youngsters to marine life when they are children, they will grow up to become the next generation of environmentally conscious people, Faith explained“I think it’s critical because they’re the future for wildlife and nature,” Faith said. “If not for them, there wouldn’t be a future for wildlife and nature.”Ryan Kanoff, of Horsham, Pa., and his daughters, Victoria, 7, and Ryleigh, 5, check out a ball python held by Kendra Verity of the Cape May County Zoo.The Green Fair gave people of all ages an opportunity to see land animals and marine creatures in an entirely different setting. They were close enough to touch them – if they dared.After a bit of coaxing, MaryJo Fallon tentatively stroked the body of a ball python that was wrapped around the hand of a curator from the Cape May County Zoo.“Never,” Fallon exclaimed when asked whether she thought she would have the nerve to pet a snake. “But it was so smooth and cool. It’s all about overcoming fears.”Fallon, who lives in Haddon Heights and was visiting Ocean City during a trip to the shore, said the Green Fair appealed to her on a personal level.“I consider myself to be environmentally conscious,” she said. “We recycle paper, plastic and glass. We also try to conserve water.”The Green Fair included environmentally friendly exhibits on recycling, gardening, electricity, solar power and climate change.The Green Fair features an array of environmentally friendly exhibits, including recycling, solar power and climate change.Sponsored by the Ocean City Environmental Commission, the fair underscores the importance of the shore’s fragile eco-system and how to protect it. The commission plays a key role in that process by educating the public about the ocean, the beaches, the dunes and the marine life.Among other topics, the commission has published a series of fliers to educate the public about the dunes, the diamondback terrapins, the dangers of pesticides and fertilizers and the potential harm to turtles from deflated balloons.Summer is a particularly crucial time for the seashore environment. Ocean City and other beach towns are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. The Environmental Commission serves as a go-between to try to help avoid any conflicts between so many visitors and the shore’s natural resources. The Green Fair is one way it fulfills its mission.Organizations such as the Wetlands Institute and Cape May County Zoo participate in the Green Fair to help the Environmental Commission educate the public.Kendra Verity, an education curator at the zoo, said she often takes animals to schools, libraries, campgrounds, senior centers and environmental fairs to let people see them up close in an unintimidating way.“It’s all about making a connection between people and the animals, so we can inspire them to protect the animals,” Verity said.A diamondback terrapin, native to the marshlands of the Jersey Shore, rests on a rock in a display tank. Sisters Finley and Tatum Corcory, of Marmora, pet a horseshoe crab held by Haley Faith of the Wetlands Institute during the 2018 Green Fair.last_img read more

Art of the grotesque

first_imgHere at Stop the Week, we’ve developed pretty strong constitutions and consider ourselves connoisseurs of all that is weird, left-field and extreme in baking. However, our stomachs are about to be tested next month at the bakery world’s first-ever 18-certificate event.Eat Your Heart Out a Halloween-themed pop-up bakery shop is being planned by the organisers of Cake Britain, the recent exhibition with art comprised entirely of cake. All of the Halloween clichés pumpkins, cats, spiders, cobwebs have been banned from the shop. Instead, it will be selling 666 evil cakes, such as the Russian Roulette lucky dip cookie selection, with lemon meringue the treat and cat food flavour the trick. “You won’t know which one it is until you try it. Everybody is freaking out about it, but it won’t hurt you!” says blogger Ms Cakehead, aka Emma Thomas, who is the twisted brains behind it.Other highlights include plain cupcakes handed out with syringes for you to inject your own flavour and bleeding heart cakes. “They’ll all look horrible, but they’ll taste amazing,” she says. “Nothing that doesn’t taste beautiful will be sold in the shop. People say ’I’ve always wanted to make one of those, but…’ This is an event where there won’t be a ’but’.”So what will be the most grotesque thing on show? “Candy floss brown puke is making us feel quite ill, as are the private parts with teeth. The anatomically correct limbs with maggots are looking great, as are the mouldy-looking cakes. That’s going to be a toughie they look like mould and your head is going ’no no no’, but they taste beautiful. I personally think you can do anything in cake form and people don’t get that offended.” Judge for yourself on 28-31 October 2010, Maiden, 188 Shoreditch High Street, London. evilcakes.wordpress.comlast_img read more

EMC & OpenStack: Transforming Cloud and IT

first_imgEMC’s strategy has three components:Community contribution including code contributions, Cinder and Manila drivers across EMC’s products for current and future OpenStack releases, active community involvement (Foundation), and Open Source contributions (CoprHD, EMC Code).Integrated solutions, including enterprise-grade appliances and certified reference architectures with Canonical, Mirantis, and Red Hat complemented by a rich suite of professional services and joint support.Software-defined storage with leading cloud-scale object and HDFS platform (ECS) and leading software-defined block storage solution (ScaleIO), both freely available for consumers to use for testing and development purposes. For the first time, ScaleIO is now upstream with the Liberty release. In addition, EMC is working closely with partners Canonical and Mirantis to integrate ScaleIO into their platforms (via plug-ins) enabling customers to now choose the industry’s top performing software-defined storage for their Cloud deployments.Through EMC’s mission of enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver IT as a service, EMC is redefining cloud computing and at the forefront of this new wave of IT.Click here to watch the “EMC & OpenStack: Transforming Cloud and IT” video highlighting EMC’s OpenStack commitment and strategy.If attending OpenStack Summit in Tokyo, please visit EMC at our Booth (#P1) or schedule time to meet in person!  And catch EMC OpenStack experts presenting in several breakout sessions where you can learn more about exciting OpenStack solutions and how they can help with OpenStack deployments.  Follow us on #EMC and #Openstack. The next wave of IT is upon us and it’s transforming everything in its path – how customers buy, build, consume, operate, and manage IT.  EMC has started down the path of Gartner’s projection that the “3rd Platform” will drive nearly all IT growth over the next 20 years. Everything is being done differently, including how EMC is addressing this tectonic shift.  A core component of this is EMC’s commitment and approach to Open Source and its focus on OpenStack.Click here to view “2015 OpenStack: A Business Perspective” an OpenStack publication to which EMC contributed.EMC is participating in its fourth consecutive OpenStack Summit this week in Tokyo. EMC’s investments in acquiring Cloud leaders (Cloudscaling, Maginatics, and Spanning) combined with closely engaging key industry leaders, and continued community contributions have resulted in a rich set of OpenStack products, solutions, and services – all tailored to provide choice, simplicity, and flexibility at affordable costs.last_img read more

77 Days Alone in the Arctic

first_imgFirst on the list is my beautiful wife, who more than anyone, took on the day-to-day grind of having her husband gone for an unknown amount of time while she dealt with two toddlers and the gauntlet of issues that arose in my absence. Trusting her strength allowed me to stay worry-free as long as necessary. My family, brothers, sister, mom, and many close friends and supportive community were there, too, so I knew I could focus on the task before me without anxiety. Hopefully they can find some useful strategies from my experiences that they can reapply to whatever situations they are facing in their life and become more resilient people able to live life to the fullest. If I can be a part of making their lives a bit fuller, I would be happy.  If they could endure what they did and come out loving, happy people, how could I not handle a tiny fraction of the stress they went through? I think having that perspective can help to give you gratitude and hope even in turbulent circumstances.  Definitely nowadays, when we are becoming more and more inundated with distractions and detached from our thoughts, having the ability to reconnect with nature and the natural rhythms of life is invaluable for mental well-being. It is a situation where we don’t even recognize what we have lost—things like community, the pace of life, self-reliance, and depth of thought. Primitive skills and indigenous cultures can really speak into that void.  I learned a lot of practical survival skills from the Evenki. Of course they live in the forest every day, so they have separated the wheat from the chaff quite well as far as skills go.  The 37-year-old has returned to Lynchburg, where he lives with his wife and two kids and leads primitive skills classes. BRO talked to Jonas after taking home the $500,000 prize. Jordan Jonas of Lynchburg, Va., won season 6 of Alone—outlasting military survivalists, world-class hunters, and primitive skills professionals. Key to his success was shooting a 900-pound moose with a bow and arrow—the first person to ever take down a large animal on the show (Jonas later had to kill a wolverine with an axe when it raided his moose meat). Perhaps equally important, however, was Jonas’s sense of humor, enabling him to stay mentally upbeat for 77 days alone in the Arctic.    What do you hope your kids and all your fans remember most about you?  We met at a wedding in Toronto of all places. She had spent a couple years living in China, and I in Siberia, so we hit it off discussing that (and the Gulag Archipelago amongst other things).  Who did you think about most while you were out there? How did you end up in Lynchburg, Va.?  Do you think primitive skills and indigenous cultures have a place in the modern world? After traveling around the country, I settled in Lynchburg due to some work opportunities and the inexpensive housing. We and our friends were able to afford a home without taking on heaps of debt, and many interesting folks were able to move to the area.  JJ: I met up with the Evenki after traveling to Russia to help a missionary friend build an orphanage. The folks I lived with in Russia had been to prison with an Evenk and they became very close. Eventually they introduced me and from there a new path opened.  Can you tell us more about your family history and how that influenced your thoughts and feelings while in the Arctic?  The competition always takes place in some of the wildest and coldest places on the planet—including Canada, Patagonia, and the Arctic. Not surprisingly, many of the competitors hail from northern climes. But one of its most recent winners was from Southern Appalachia. How did you meet your wife? You give her immense credit in your success on Alone. How did you manage missing her and your family while in the Arctic? Did you try to block out too much thinking about them, or did you accept the circumstances and the long separation?  If you’re looking for a binge-worthy show set in the outdoors, Alone strips reality TV to its most primal: 10 people are dropped off in the wilderness with only a backpack and a camera—and an emergency satellite phone to call when they are ready to quit. Whoever survives the longest wins.  He was left in the Arctic with only a few tools to survive the winter. How long did he last? How can I complain about discomfort when my Assyrian grandmother watched six of her seven siblings die in a genocide in the desert? Or when my grandfather watched his village be burned to the ground with his father trapped inside? Could I freak out at some small misfortune when those two endured so much but were not defined by it, but instead developed into joyful, life-giving people? They remained focused upwards and proactively worked to make life better for their descendants. They gifted my dad and 10 other beloved aunts and uncles a life defined by love, hope, and faith—and by doing so granted me the same gift. How has your life changed since winning Alone?  Knowing my family history gave me the invaluable tools of being able to put my own trials into perspective, and also gave me a roadmap for going through them with a positive bend.  Southern Appalachia is a particularly good place to learn to hunt. The abundance of game and the need to control animal populations means that you can create opportunities much more often and thus learn much quicker. Out West, you may only get one shot a year at an animal with a bow. Here there are a lot more opportunities. Hopefully we can make it an even better place to learn by creating some interesting survival courses as we move forward. I managed missing her by putting faith in the strength of our relationship. I knew we would be back together at some point and pick up right where we left off, so I didn’t have to spend extra energy wondering if our relationship would last the trial. Previously, I had spent several long stints in Russia away from her, so it helped put into perspective the time away, and it gave me the confidence that our relationship would remain healthy.  Q&A with Jordan Jonas, Winner of the TV Series Alone Also constantly with me out there was the thought of my dad. Although he passed years ago, he showed me through example how to bear indescribable hardships with an air of joy and gratitude that is a lesson impossible to teach except through example. We all will face suffering on some level, but having been shown how to navigate that with steadfastness and a constantly developing character is invaluable. BRO: Your experiences with the indigenous Evenki people—reindeer herders in Siberia—seemed really important in preparing you for your successes in the Arctic. How did you end up spending time with the Evenki and what did you learn from them? It’s allowed me to shift out of construction and into survival training and adventuring, a long-needed change of pace. Aside from that, things have remained pretty much the same—though I really should update my wife’s 2001 Ford Windstar. Cover photo: Jonas now resides in Virginia and offers wilderness survival training courses. Photo courtesy of Rachel Jonaslast_img read more