Relax and engage: 4 ways to learn on vacation

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Vacation is a great time to take your goals and passions off the back burner. A learning vacation can help you reclaim old interests and discover places you never knew existed.With busy schedules and jam packed to-do lists, people often view vacations as a time to simply lounge by the beach and soak up the sun. And while that may sound like paradise, when was the last time you truly pursued a passion, goal or curiosity?Vacation is a great time to take your goals and passions off the back burner. A learning vacation can help you reclaim old interests and discover places you never knew existed. One of the best learning vacation destinations is in western New York State. Home of Chautauqua Institution and many other learning venues, it’s a place to both relax and grow your mind. Whether you’re traveling with family, friends or all on your own, here are some of the best ways to learn on vacation:Find a destination focused on educationInstead of booking a flight to your ordinary vacation spot, why not try somewhere new? Take an adventure to a destination known for learning. The Chautauqua Institution is known for its life-long and vacation learning program. This educational center founded in 1874 on Chautauqua Lake features 750 acres of historic buildings, vacation homes and cottages, the grand Athenaeum Hotel and a nine-week summer schedule filled with learning opportunities for all ages. Nearby, the City of Jamestown is home to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, the Robert H. Jackson Center for Justice and the Lucille Ball – Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy.Go somewhere to learn a new activityIs there a sport, activity or hobby you’ve always wanted to try? If you’re interested in birds or nature, choose to vacation in a place with recreational trails and nature gardens. If you’ve always wanted to give skiing or snowboarding a shot, find a resort like Peek’n Peak Resort in Chautauqua County with learning academies focused on winter sports as well as golf. From sailing and kayaking to fly fishing and stand up paddling, the possibilities are endless for what you can learn in western New York.Be adventurous with food and drinkMake a point to try a dish you’ve never tasted at least once per day on your vacation. Challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone and taste the local cuisine. Wherever you’re staying, ask for recommendations on which restaurants to check out. You could even poll some locals to find the best places to go for coffee, and any other must-visit places. Wine enthusiasts can research local wineries to schedule tours and tastings to discover a new favorite and learn how it’s made. Lake Erie Wine Country has several wineries, events and attractions to keep you informed and entertained while relaxing on vacation.Make travel friendsTraveling gives you the opportunity to meet people from all over the world. Strike up a conversation with the couple or family next to you at lunch and you could end up making some life-long friendships. Staying in a locally owned hotel or bed and breakfast can also be easy ways to interact with new people on a daily basis. Look for dining and sight-seeing partners; you never know who you’ll meet.Put a fresh spin on your vacation planning this year. Design a learning vacation, enjoy new experiences and return home feeling revived and refreshed. For more information and educational ideas, visit tourchautauqua.com. Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear TAGSChatauquaVacation Previous articleUnscrambling the dietary guidelines: Eggs are the new health foodNext articleStill green and still great: Tree City USA program marks 40 years of greening U.S. streets Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Dundon and Killeen go on trial for Collins murder

first_imgNo vaccines in Limerick yet Email NewsBreaking newsDundon and Killeen go on trial for Collins murderBy Staff Reporter – May 1, 2014 878 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Facebook #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Linkedin Printcenter_img Previous articleGardai to close speeding loopholeNext articleAll is ready for Riverfest Bank holiday spectacular Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Advertisement WhatsApp Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday Twitter THIS Thursday, three judges, four senior counsel and five barristers along with dozens of Gardaí and witnesses will gather again at Dublin’s high-security Special Criminal Court for the trial of two men charged with the murder of Limerick businessman Roy Collins.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Steve Collins; his wife, Carmel and their daughter Leanna will once again hear how the 35-year-old father was gunned down outside Coin Castle Amusements at the Roxboro Shopping Centre on April 9, 2009.This time, the State will allege a connection between the two accused, Wayne Dundon and Nathan Killeen and the hired gunman who delivered the fatal shot. Declared as a homeless, but originally from Limerick, 26-year-old James Dillion was convicted and is serving life for murder.36-year-old Dundon and 24-year-old Killeen appeared in court last Tuesday to hear their defence argue that material relating to the disclosure of the State’s case was still outstanding.Prosecuting counsel Michael O’Higgins SC and Sean Guerin SC told the three women judges of the non-jury court that they needed additional time to furnish the defence with evidence of further recordings of conversations between Gardaí and potential witnesses who were in prison custody at the time.It will be the first time in the history of the State, a murder trial will be heard at the Special Criminal Court by an all female bench.When they were brought to the dock area of Court 11 on Tuesday, Dundon and Killeen had a brief consultation with their defence teams before proceedings began.Dundon grinned over at Steve Collins after he acknowledged two of his own family members at the other side of the court.Senior counsels Michael O’Higgins and Sean Guerin told the court that there was a manageable list of disclosure material to be furnished to the defence and that significant Garda resources were assigned to deal with the issue.Mr O’Higgins said there was no complacency on the part of the State but he did accept that there were a number of matters still outstanding.Counsel for Nathan Killeen, Giollaíosa Ó Lideadha SC, said that it was not satisfactory that matters were coming so late, adding that they felt there was no “reality in the short term to the case going on”.Ms Justice Iseult O’Malley, together with Judge Margaret Heneghan and Judge Ann Ryan said that the court appreciated the amount of work being done in relation to the trial advancing.The opening of the trial was adjourned and an earlier court order was extended for the Prison Service to disclose recordings made, between a range of agreed dates, from Garda stations to potential witnesses who were in custody at the time.Transcripts of sentencing hearings from 2011 with Gareth Keogh Collins and another man are also to be given to the defence.Mr O’Higgins said that no “controversial evidence” would be heard before the May Bank Holiday weekend. TAGSfeaturedmurderMusic LimerickNathan Killeenroy collinsSpecial Criminal CourtWayne Dundon #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boylast_img read more

Untouched Antarctica: mapping a finite and diminishing environmental resource

first_imgGlobally, areas categorically known to be free of human visitation are rare, but still exist in Antarctica. Such areas may be among the most pristine locations remaining on Earth and, therefore, be valuable as baselines for future comparisons with localities impacted by human activities, and as sites preserved for scientific research using increasingly sophisticated future technologies. Nevertheless, unvisited areas are becoming increasingly rare as the human footprint expands in Antarctica. Therefore, an understanding of historical and contemporary levels of visitation at locations across Antarctica is essential to a) estimate likely cumulative environmental impact, b) identify regions that may have been impacted by non-native species introductions, and c) inform the future designation of protected areas under the Antarctic Treaty System. Currently, records of Antarctic tourist visits exist, but little detailed information is readily available on the spatial and temporal distribution of national governmental programme activities in Antarctica. Here we describe methods to fulfil this need. Using information within field reports and archive and science databases pertaining to the activities of the United Kingdom as an illustration, we describe the history and trends in its operational footprint in the Antarctic Peninsula since c. 1944. Based on this illustration, we suggest that these methodologies could be applied productively more generally.last_img read more