Bellebots looks forward to upcoming year

first_imgBellebots, the Saint Mary’s robotics club, is looking forward to a year of growth, teaching and competing.Having formed just two years ago, the club is looking for ways to expand its presence on campus, Bellebots vice president and senior Noreen Maloney said.“We’re still kind of discerning our niche,” she said. “We’re always adapting to what we need to do to be really relevant on campus.”Finding a place for an interest in STEM was how Bellebots began. The group’s president and founder, junior Michelle Lester, said robotics was something in which she wanted to participate when she started her first year at the College.“When I got to campus, I wanted to start something that had to do with robotics,” Lester said.With this in mind, she found a faculty member to serve as an advisor for the group she wanted to start. Lester said Bellebots began with sending a survey to students to gauge the student body’s interest in such a club. Upon receiving positive responses, Lester’s desire started becoming a reality.Last year, Bellebots worked primarily with local high school robotics teams to help them prepare for competitions, Maloney said. Additionally, the group worked on gaining members and fundraising for future endeavors. This year, however, Bellebots wishes to compete.“The program we want to do is called VEX U, and they release a new game every year,” Lester said. “It’s always changing.”This annual change is what makes the program enticing to the group, as it allows members to work on more than just maintenance of robots between competitions, Lester said. Instead it would create opportunity for the team to use various skills on projects.Competitions such as VEX U have a registration fee, and Lester said Bellebots has already been fundraising this semester for this purpose.“Doing an actual robotics team is very expensive, so we need to make money … to be able to feel comfortable sending in that registration check,” she said.In addition to having a robotics team, Bellebots also wishes to help people learn and hone other STEM-related skills, Maloney said.“We want to be encouraging to STEM literacy and twenty-first century skills on campus,” Maloney said.Basic computer programming is among the skills the group intends to teach those who are interested. Lester said the ability to work on websites is useful for careers in many fields, not just STEM.“We want to have nights where we talk about STEM skills but in the sense that you could integrate them into your everyday life,” Maloney said. “We’re hoping that as a team, we’ll do somewhat occasional nights that focus on these skills.”The goal of these nights would be to introduce students to these skills and then provide them with the resources to develop them, she said. These nights would enable students to determine if such STEM skills are what they want or need to learn.“We try to be as inclusive as possible,” Maloney said. “No STEM required.”Lester and Maloney said they know some students might be intimidated by things like computer programming and robotics but do not want that to keep people from joining.“We definitely want to start with stuff that’s not scary to people,” Lester said.Maloney said the club has a strong leadership team that is willing to teach people who might be intimidated by robotics but is also interesting in acquiring members with skills in other disciplines to help with other aspects of robotics competitions, such as brochure design and safety.Bellebots is open to all members of the tri-campus community. The next Bellebots meeting will take place Sept. 26 at 9:30 p.m. in 140 Spes Unica Hall.Tags: Bellebots, Robotics, STEMlast_img read more

That Fall You Fell For Chesapeake

first_imgAutumn in Chesapeake is magical. The air is crisp. Sunlight bounces off the water and people travel from far and wide for our farmers’ markets, wine festivals and art shows. Visitors and residents alike delight in some of the best kayaking and paddle boarding in the region – complete with 22 miles of waterways adorned in a rainbow of red, orange and gold. We’ve got corn mazes of every size to get lost in, a famous Ghost train in beautiful Northwest River Park (select weekends) – and eateries, craft beer and live music at every turn.The warm weather is perfect for hiking and biking your way through 8.5 miles of wildlife on the Great Dismal Swamp Canal Trail. You can even take an Adventure Kayak Tour through the sprawling Cyprus tree groves.Shoppers come to unearth buried treasure at an array of eclectic shops, while foodies imbibe on artisanal beers, fresh crab and more! And there’s an autumn event to suit every taste!Festive festivals:The Dismal Swamp Art FestivalOctober 27-28, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.At The Canal Trail of the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife RefugeFree AdmissionExplore our local art and fill up on Brunswick stew, craft brews, hot apple cider and a host of harvest-themed activities!The Great American Food FestOctober 3, 2018 | Chesapeake City Park | 3 – 7 p.m.The 39th Annual Great American Food FestivalHosted by Chesapeake Sheriff’s Department Charities Inc. and the South Norfolk Ruritan Club.Come hungry and ready to have fun at this all-inclusive charity event featuring live entertainment, BBQ, and beer.Chesapeake Virginia Wine FestivalOctober 13, 2018 | Chesapeake City Park | Noon – 6 p.m.This favorite outdoor event features wine from 20 premier Virginia Wineries as well as craft beer, specialty food vendors, and live entertainment. Get your tickets here: Markets and Pick-your-ownNo matter why you love fall, Chesapeake has you covered!Fan of a farmer’s market?Chesapeake City Park and Battlefield Park South host Farmers’ Markets every Wednesday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.How about working farms?There are a number of working farms open to the public that offer produce, fresh honey, and seasonal fun like corn mazes, and pumpkin picking.Bergey’s Breadbasket Bakery & More offers fresh, delicious homemade ice cream from their very own cows. Children are invited to see the animals, explore their giant corn maze, take wagon rides and play in their sunflower patch. The fun begins mid-September at 2207 Mount Pleasant Road, Chesapeake, VA, 23322.Greenbrier Farms hosts the Oyster & South Festival – and hayrides, pumpkin picking, hiking and horseback riding. 225 Sin Pine Road, Chesapeake, VA, 23322.Lilley Farms has an enormous and challenging maze as well as fresh produce for picking, including pumpkins and squash. 2800 Tyre Neck Road, Chesapeake, VA, 23321Mount Pleasant Farms offers fresh farm eggs, raw local honey, sweet corn, baked goods, fresh dairy, and lots of pumpkins, gourds and squash. There’s also a petting zoo, corn maze, straw pile and playground. And beginning in October, wagon rides through the orchard. 2201 Mount Pleasant Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322Gum Tree Farm also provides petting zoos, fresh produce and pumpkins for purchase. 1900 Pocaty Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322.This autumn, leave your cares at home – and let the moments begin in Chesapeake.last_img read more

Operation Formosa 2016 to Train Marines in the Brazilian Midwest

first_imgBy Roberto Cordeiro, Public Affairs Office, Brazilian Ministry of Defense October 24, 2016 Under the bright sunshine that bathes the Brazilian savanna, 2,400 marines from Rio de Janeiro are conducting war drills. The objective of the exercises is to prepare service members from the Brazilian Navy to confront from the most common to the most extreme situation. On October 17th, Defense Minister Raul Jungmann, general officers from the Naval Force, and foreign observers gathered at Bonsucesso Farm, an Army training camp located almost 100 kilometers from the center of Brasilia, to observe the training. After observing the attack and defense exercises, troop debarking and the employment of robots to disarm explosives, Minister Jungmann stated that the marines constitute “the front line composed of these brave professionals, empowered with performance and discipline,” “I bring the message from President Michel Temer for the conduct, discipline, commitment, and bravery of the marines,” said the Minister. Operation Formosa Jungmann arrived at the training camp the morning of October 17th to observe the exercises during Operation Formosa. Accompanied by the Chief of the Joint General Staff of the Armed Forces (EMCFA) Vice Admiral Ademir Sobrinho, Minister Jungmann was welcomed by the commander of the Marine Force Fleet (FFE), Vice Admiral Alexandre José Barreto de Mattos. Inside an air conditioned tent, Vice Adm. Alexandre presented details of the training operation. “This type of exercise requires great discipline and overcoming obstacles, as well as intense planning. And the Formosa Training Field structure facilitates training for these activities,” said Vice Adm. de Alexandre. The troops traveled 1,022 miles to arrive at Bonsucesso Farm. They began their deployment in Rio de Janeiro, in a logistics operation that required the ability to mobilize. The convoy included 59 light vehicles, 71 heavy vehicles, 25 armored vehicles and 50 buses. After the briefing, Minister Jungmann stepped outside for a demonstration at a traffic checkpoint, where service members simulated the boarding of a suspect vehicle. A robot identified and detonated an explosive device on the bumper of the car. Nearby, a decontamination exercise was performed after a CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear) attack. The mock wounded soldiers were taken to the field hospital and treated according to the severity of their injuries. Afterwards, the minister toured the hospital and observed the main medical activities of the unit. Training camp Afterward, the delegation proceeded to the training camp where the marines demonstrated real war situations. The exercise began with the airdrop of service members from the Tonelero Special Operations Battalion. The infiltration of paratroopers demonstrated territory reconnaissance operations. Immediately afterwards, AF-1 aircraft dropped bombs. Tanks reached the area to disembark service members and to fire missiles, scenarios that demonstrated the military readiness to face the most diverse situations. At the end of the exercise, Jungmann spoke to 1,400 marines and emphasized the importance of the Navy’s elite troop. “The marines are the first line of homeland protection. I have seen another example of professionalism here. I send you my regards and leave with the certainty that Brazil is in good hands,” he said.last_img read more

Advocates to Sue Suffolk Over Tapping Environmental Fund

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Advocates plan to sue Suffolk County after lawmakers raided an environmental fund to balance the budget for the second time in three years—while a lawsuit for the prior raid is pending.The county legislature approved last week its $2.76 billion 2014 budget along with an amendment that repays debt with nearly $33 million tapped from the Suffolk Drinking Water Protection Program. But, the move is similar to a 2011 law capping one of the program’s funds—a law that environmentalists are challenging in appeals court.“There’s a price to be paid for losing the public trust,” said Richard Amper, executive director of the Long Island Pine Barrens Society, which moved to sue the day after the vote. “Once you’re willing to steal money from a lock box, you’ve lost any confidence.”Voters in a 1987 referendum created the fund backed by a ¼ cent sales tax earmarked for preserving open space to protect from pollution the subterranean aquifers that serve as LI’s lone drinking water reserves.The law has been amended by several subsequent referenda, including one in the ‘90s that earmarked 25 percent of the tax for a sewer assessment stabilization fund—a pot of money designed to counteract tax bill sticker shock in expanding sewer districts—which lawmakers raided Wednesday, the day after Election Day.Presiding Officer Wayne Horsley (D-Babylon) said in a statement that the legislature’s Democratic majority gained the approval of County Executive Steve Bellone, also a Democrat, during the panel’s budget working group session. A spokeswoman for Bellone did not respond to requests for comment.Horsley noted that the fund will still be left with a balance of more than $102 million, although that is even lower than the $140 million cap created in 2010 allowing the surplus be allocated to non-sewer-related budget items.The legislature is expected to take up a bill at a later date that would further lower the cap to make the budget move legal. The lawsuit challenging the prior cap is awaiting oral arguments in the New York State Appellate Division, Second Department in Brooklyn.“I’m absolutely opposed to raiding any fund,” Legis. Kara Hahn (D-Setauket), chair of the environmental committee, said while justifying her vote in favor of the move. “This here is using dollars in a fund that has excess when we’re going to replenish it.”Legis. Thomas Barraga (R-West Islip), the panel’s most fiscally conservative member who’s most vocal during budget debates, cautioned against the move.“I really don’t think frankly that any reserve fund…should be raided,” said the former state Assemblyman, the only lawmaker who believes the state legislature would help the county restructure its debt instead. “There’s a better alternative.”Paul Sabatino, a Huntington-based lawyer who was council to the legislature when the initial law passed three decades ago, rejected the current panel’s notion that the funds can be redirected without another referendum getting voters’ OK.“To be willing to break that promise on a whim…I think you lose your moral authority to govern,” he said. “Why would anybody believe a politician now after they basically pulled the ultimate bait and switch?”Bob DeLuca, president of Group for the East End—one of the environmentalists warning against depleting environmental funds when Suffolk’s water has been showing increasing signs of pollution—isn’t holding his breath for the day the county repays the money.“I don’t see it happening,” he said. “People will be gone, priorities will change. It will be very hard to get it to come back. Find another way. We all have to deal with tough budget decisions. Please don’t break the public trust as a part of that process.”last_img read more

Klobuchar says Trump’s ‘vague promise’ on biofuels is too little, too late

first_imgMinnesota Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar Friday said President Trump should not get credit for offering “a vague promise to undo the damage” his administration’s oil industry waivers have done to the biofuels industry.“To me, it’s too little, too late,” Klobuchar said late Friday morning.Two northwest Iowa ethanol plants and a biodiesel plant in southeast Iowa stopped production after the EPA waivers were granted. Klobuchar said rural economies across the Midwest were damaged when the Renewable Fuels Standard wasn’t followed and oil refineries were exempted from the requirement of adding ethanol to gasoline.“They’ve already lost four billion gallons of ethanol toward the standard across this country,” Klobuchar said.If she’s elected president, Klobuchar said she’ll ensure the federal ethanol and biodiesel production goals are met, so the renewable fuels industry can grow.“Oil has been having their way for way too long,” Klobuchar said. “I would stop the subsidies on ‘big oil’ that make it very unfair and then I would also make sure we have incentives in place to move to cellulosic and other forms of ethanol.”The “hardship” waiver process for small refineries must be greatly reduced as well, according to Klobuchar.“It’s supposed to be just for a handful every year and make it transparent,” Klobuchar said, “so people know who is getting the waivers, instead of us finding out — Senator Grassley and I, after the fact — that it’s Exxon and Chevron.”Klobuchar made her comments during the “Iowa Press” program that aired over the weekend on Iowa Public Television. Klobuchar is touring a biorefinery in Newton this afternoon and hosting a round table about renewable fuels policy. On Thursday morning, Klobuchar and Democratic Congresswoman Cindy Axne visited Southwest Renewable Energy in Council Bluffs and both called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue a report on the economic impact of the biofuel waivers.last_img read more


first_imgTheir spinners may not have lost the sting this time Their spinners may not have lost the sting this time around but Katich blamed it on the wickets and said, “The success of the spinners has been dictated by the wicket. Our spinners are all good and experienced players.” Katich further said that left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahmans presence in Sunrisers line-up was not a matter of concern for the KKR batting. “We spent a fair amount of time talking about him in the previous game when we played him in Hyderabad. The way our batsmen approached him nullified his influence on the game,” the assistant coach said. “Our batsmen, particularly Gautam played beautifully and nullified his damage upfront and at the death. It is something that we have to do tomorrow. They have a strong bowling line-up. Mustafizur has been stand out I agree, but there are a number of good fast bowlers there. They are a well balanced team and that is why they are sitting at the top of the ladder at the moment.” He showered praise on Sunrisers captain David Warner and said his fellow Australian has got all the qualities of a great captain. “He has got all the hallmarks to be a fine captain. He does not have that opportunity within Australia at the moment. But this experience here will be doing his captaincy and leadership prospects no harm.” Warners stunning revelation recently that hes away from alcohol for about a year too was praised by Katich. “Even his attitude — he is not touching any alcohol for the last 12 months — that itself is strong leadership, setting a great example to the rest of the group,” Katich said. “He is a very good captain and there is no doubt that he is having a very positive influence on this team. His runs speak for themselves and they are crucial runs because they are at the top of the order and they take a lot of pressure off his teammates,” he said. “The biggest thing is that he seems to be having a really good working relationship with Tom Moody who is very experienced. That shows when they are on the field, they have found out what their right balance is for their team. He uses his bowlers well and tactically he is a very good thinker of the game.” PTI TAP PDS ATKadvertisementlast_img read more