Coffee Break: Introducing Instant Cappuccino

first_imgHi all,I’m taking a break from end-of-year packing to introduce myself, and this blog, to you. Mine is a big packing job, since I’m heading back to the US of A after 9 months as a Visiting Student in this watery isle and spire-y university. The year’s been incredible, and I leave with rich impressions of England and the English, most of which I’ve published in my opinions column at the Brown Daily Herald. If you’re interested, check out my musings.I’ve been writing for the Herald since 2004, on politics, culture and how our generation (Y, if you were born between 1980 and 2000), experiences the world. Oftentimes, defining Gen Y culture has a lot to do with the technology and trends (iPods, e-books, wikipedia, facebook and blogs like this one) for which we 20-somethings are the guinea-pigs. If there’s one place that the Internet has made its biggest impact, it’s in schools and universities—can you imagine writing an essay without Google or JStor? I can’t. And if you believe social theorists like David Brooks, who say that the biggest culture wars occur over education, that people are defined by educational experience, then changes in our world, in the lives of 20-something students, are the harbingers of changes in the world at large. The second front in the Internet culture war is the world of journalism. As a Herald columnist, a blogger here and elsewhere and a news reporter for Cherwell and Cherwell24, I’ve watched news media slowly adjust to the Internet Age. Mainstream print papers are diving into the blogosphere; blogs are turning into big business. As the place we turn for the truth about our world, changing news media means big changes in our social worldview. Once again, as the first group to grow up with GoogleNews, LexisNexis, RSS feeds and CNN Pipeline, we, generation Y, are the test case.Here at Instant Cappuccino, I’ll post news stories and videos about our changing world. I’ll post my thoughts on technology, politics and popular culture. As a forum for students, Cappuccino will focus on issues in education and the spread of information. As a blog, Cappuccino will be part of the transformation.Of course, what makes our culture of Wikipedia and YouTube different from the first Internet revolution of Yahoo and Netscape, is that interaction is overtaking information as the premium capital. So please, post your own thoughts. Tell me when (and this happens often) I am wrong about what’s trendy. Link to Cappuccino on your own blogs, and tell me what other sites I should be following. With your participation, over a cup of virtual coffee, we can make sense of the new world we live in, and predictions for the world to come.Cherwell 24 is not responsible for content of external linkslast_img read more

Beach Replenishment Update: Project to Resume in ‘Mid-July’

first_imgWork is completed on beaches between 55th Street and 52nd Street, and all pipeline has been removed.Check OCNJ Daily for updates and photos of the Ocean City beach replenishment project for 2015 in the south end between 37th and 59th Streets.DATE: Saturday, June 13Equipment on the beach at 55th Street.PROGRESS: In an update on Friday, the Army Corps of Engineers said, “It is estimated that the dredge will return in mid-July.” The dredge “Liberty Island” is in Norfolk Shipyard for repairs.Work stopped on Saturday (May 30) due to an engine problem on the hopper dredge that has been pumping new sand onto the beaches since mid-April. At the time, it was announced that the project would be on hold for 6 to 8 weeks.The pipeline has been removed and all beaches in Ocean City remain open during the standstill. Some equipment is stored at the back the beach at 55th Street.The first two phases of the project (from 42nd Street to 37th Street, then from 42nd Street to 47th Street) are complete.WHAT’S NEXT: The project will proceed from 52nd Street to 47th Street, then from 55th to 59th (target date for completion is Sept. 9).READ MORE: Ocean City NJ Beach Replenishment 2015 Daily UpdateFOR DAILY UPDATES by E-MAIL: Sign up for freelast_img read more

The Last Howl? New Poll Reveals Overwhleming Support for Red Wolf Recovery

first_imgMost North Carolinians support the effort to recover the native red wolf, according to a new poll conducted by Tulchin Research. 73% percent of North Carolinians said they support red wolf recovery, and over 80% believe the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service should make every effort to help the endangered red wolf population recover and prevent its extinction.Local support for the red wolf recovery program is critical. Sixty percent of registered voters in North Carolina’s Albemarle Peninsula—which includes the red wolf recovery area—support red wolf recovery, and 77% said they support helping endangered species by recovering them in their native habitat.“This poll shows that North Carolina residents across the political spectrum support red wolf recovery and want the agency to step up and save the species,” says Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife. “The Red Wolf Recovery Program was once a bold and effective conservation effort, restoring red wolves back to the wild after very nearly going extinct. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service needs to do all it can to recover the red wolf before it disappears from the wild once again.”Next month, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is expected to announce its decision on the future of the Red Wolf Recovery Program, the only effort to restore red wolves into the wild in the United States.Over the past few years, the agency has all but abandoned the program, eliminating the red wolf coordinator position at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and sharply increasing red wolf removal from the wild at the request of a few private landowners in the red wolf recovery area. In 2014, FWS issued its first-ever lethal take permit for red wolves, and allowed a landowner to kill a mother wolf believed to be nursing. Today, fewer than 60 red wolves remain in the wild.last_img read more

Tipp focusing on finishing touches

first_imgPhoto © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photography Tipp camogie players’ are determined that their touch will be sharp this weekend in the All Ireland quarter final.This week’s training for clash with Galway will aim to ensure each player knows what’s expected of them.Gemma Grace says they’ll be working on specific elements of their game in training.last_img