Climbing to Conserve

first_imgClimb for a Cause: Justice (second row, arm raised) and the rest of her crew atop Africa’s highest peak.Things were going poorly when Taylor Justice arrived on the scene of the accident. Justice was descending 15,230-foot Salkantay Pass in the Peruvian Andes last year, when she came upon a man in her hiking party who had stumbled and fallen down a 35-foot embankment into a river. The man was bleeding from a healthy gash on his forehead, but his wrists took the brunt of the fall: one was dislocated, the other had a compound fracture with the bone poking through the skin. The man was screaming in pain, his hiking partner was incapacitated by shock, and the porters and cooks on the scene were at a loss for what to do. But Taylor sprang into action.She used a t-shirt to stop the bleeding from the head wound and a water bottle and towels to clean the wrist. In fluent Spanish, she instructed the cooks on how to make a splint from some cardboard and to unlace their shoes, using the laces to secure it to the man’s wrists. She lined up the men to stand across from each other and form a back brace with their arms for transport. The injured man was hauled out to safety thanks to Taylor, but here’s the twist: Taylor was only 12-years-old.Now 13, Taylor appears to be the typical American teenager. The seventh grader from Middlesburg, Va., likes sports, hanging out with friends, and bubbles with the energy reserved for the young; she is small, almost fragile looking in street clothes, wears braces, and is on the honor roll.Taylor has been on skis since she was two years old, spending winters and holidays in Aspen honing her skills. When a good family friend died while skiing on Mount Sopris in 2008, Taylor turned grief into motivation to help others. She walked into a ski patrol shack at Buttermilk Mountain and asked if she could tag along for the day. Soon she was being asked back, and became a member of the Junior Ski Patrol.“I love helping people no matter where I am,” she says. “The fact that I get to ski and help people, I love it.”Soon after, Taylor joined a climb of Africa’s highest peak, 19,341-foot Mount Kilimanjaro, with a group of women to raise money for the Mkomazi Rhino Sanctuary.“Taylor is definitely one of the most amazing young women I have ever met,” says Ginna Kelly, founder of Climb for Conservation and organizer of the expedition. “She is so motivated to climb mountains and do good in the world. She is really a committed conservationist at such a young age.”Taylor was committed, but her mother balked at first. After months of begging, mom finally relented and even signed on for the trip, too. Taylor dove in head first, making a commitment to helping save the endangered Black Rhino, predicted to go extinct in the wild by 2025. The trip raised over $30,000.She and her mother—and 13 other women—reached the top of Kilminjaro in November. Taylor had to be held down at the summit as high winds threatened to literally blow her off the mountain, and she was slowed by an altitude headache, but never lost sight of the ultimate goal.“That’s probably the scariest part: when you think you can’t make it,” she says. “I didn’t think I could make it. I had 10 feet to go to the top, but I kept stopping every two seconds, I had to sit down and stretch.”The Kilimanjaro climb not only opened Taylor’s eyes to how big of an impact women can make on the world, but also the lives of those who may not have the modern luxuries we are used to.“Here in America, we take running water for granted,” she says. “I turn a knob and water comes out. There, they have to walk miles to get their water, boil it to make it clean. I saw 10-year-old kids carrying water on their heads. It was really amazing. It was impressive how strong they were.”“I think most young kids nowadays have grown up being more aware of climate change and all the environmental issues going on around the world,” said Kelly. “I think most kids are concerned about it and want to do something about it. Taylor is really a perfect example of that.”Taylor is already angling for a spot in Climb for Conservation’s planned treks to Machu Picchu and Mount Everest basecamp. Most 13-year-old girls don’t dream of one day climbing the world’s highest mountain, but Taylor says Everest is her ultimate goal.“Everest is the highest mountain in the world so it’s really intimidating, but also it’s a great challenge,” says Taylor.Taylor has been getting a lot of attention for her various experiences and conservation efforts, and it would be easy to get a big head during the process. Her desire to help and inspire people, no matter the situation, keeps her grounded. Taylor counts her blessings and is aware she is leading a unique life.“Some people won’t do in their entire lifetime what I’m doing now,” she says. “I’m not waiting to live my dreams.”Read more about Taylor and her expeditions on her website, taylorclimbs.orglast_img read more

Epidemiologist Pandu Riono’s Twitter account hacked

first_imgThe Twitter account of Pandu Riono, an epidemiologist from the University of Indonesia (UI), was hijacked on Wednesday evening by unidentified hackers who posted several tweets.The handle, @drpriono, posted a picture of Pandu and a woman at 9:59 p.m., with that caption read: “After [spending a] holiday with [my] young mistress.”Five minutes later, the account posted another picture showing Pandu with the same woman accompanied by the caption: “My romantic night with her who will be my mistress.” The tweets were deleted on Thursday morning.Pandu confirmed to on Thursday that his Twitter account had been hacked. The motive behind the breach is still unclear.Read also: Jokowi administration spends Rp 90.4 billion on ‘influencers’: ICWPandu is known for being a vocal critic of the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the hacking, he criticized the potential COVID-19 remedies developed by Airlangga University in cooperation with the Indonesian Army and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN).The university’s rector Muhammad Nasih touted the supposed remedies as the first COVID-19 cure in the world. He said three combinations of medications – lopinavir/ritonavir and azithromycin, lopinavir/ritonavir and doxycycline and hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin – had already undergone clinical trials.Pandu said the medications had not be registered for clinical trials under the World Health Organizations (WHO), which has cautioned against physicians and medical associations recommending or administering unproven treatments to COVID-19 patients.The UI epidemiologist added that the Food and Drug Monitoring Agency (BPOM) had the right to decline authorization for the use of the medications.“There should be clinical trials [to check] whether all processes have followed correct procedures,” Pandu said on Monday, as quoted by also: Government critic faces incitement charges after WhatsApp hackedThe BPOM said on Wednesday that additional trials needed to be conducted as it had found several critical findings that affected the tests’ validity.He also slammed the university for not reporting the research findings to the BPOM, but rather handing over the process to the BIN and the Army.Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) chairwoman Asfinawati condemned the hacking and called on authorities to investigate the matter. “There should be an investigation into the case because it often happens to those who are critical against the government.” (trn)Topics :last_img read more

Syracuse makes NCAA tournament, to play No. 3 overall seed Michigan in Ann Arbor Saturday

first_img Published on November 5, 2017 at 10:33 pm Contact Billy: [email protected] | @Wheyen3 UPDATED: Nov. 5, 2017 at 11:27 p.m.Syracuse has not missed the NCAA tournament since head coach Ange Bradley’s first year in charge, 2007. While it wasn’t locked in until Sunday night, the Orange will continue that streak, making its 10th straight appearance in the NCAA tournament.SU (12-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) will take on No. 3 overall seed Michigan (19-2, 8-0 Big Ten) in the first round of the NCAA tournament.“We are thankful  to have this opportunity to start a new season,” Ange Bradley said in a statement to The Daily Orange. “We are very excited and looking forward to traveling back to Michigan. Ann Arbor is a very special place for us.”In Fall 2015, the Orange won the school’s first women’s national championship in Ann Arbor.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Syracuse lost last Thursday in the first round of the ACC tournament to Louisville, 3-2. The Orange had entered that game 14th in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), an indicator of a team’s worthiness of making the tournament. The loss presumably would have dropped SU to a lower spot in the RPI. 18 teams are selected between automatic qualifying conference winners and at-large bids, meaning Syracuse began Sunday night’s selection show in a precarious position, but ended it in a familiar one.While SU had six losses, all six came by just one goal, including three ACC losses that came in the altered 7-on-7 overtime period. Five of the six losses were to conference opponents, although one was last Thursday’s loss to Louisville in the conference tournament.The only out-of-conference loss came to Penn, 3-2, on Oct. 22. SU was without one of its top players. In the 25 years of SU field hockey’s Division I existence prior to Bradley’s tenure, the Orange had made the NCAA tournament on three occasions. Since Bradley took over, SU has gone to 10 out of 11.Six of the seven teams in the ACC made the tournament. The only team to miss out from the conference is Boston College.Connecticut, the only undefeated team in Division I at 19-0, is the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed.The first two rounds of Syracuse’s portion of the bracket will take place at Michigan’s Ocker Field. If SU wins in the first round, it will play the winner of Louisville and Northwestern. A matchup with Louisville would be the third meeting between the schools this season, the first two of which were won by the Cardinals.Syracuse began the season with seven-straight shutouts. In its eighth contest, the Orange lost the shutout and winning streaks, losing to then-No. 16 Wake Forest, 2-1, in overtime. SU lost its next two conference games as well – with two non-conference wins interspersed – falling to then-No. 7 North Carolina and then-No. 12 Louisville, both in overtime as well. An upset of then-No. 2 Duke on the road gave Syracuse its biggest victory – by rank – of the season. Closing the season with three losses in five games – to Penn, then-No. 4 Virginia and No. 10 Louisville in the ACC Tournament – didn’t prevent the Orange from sneaking into the tournament. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

MTN Spoons golf returns to Sakumono Saturday

first_imgThe second quarter of the 2013 season of the exclusive MTN Spoons golf tournament tees off at the Celebrity Golf Club in Sakumono, near Tema this Saturday July 27 with fun, competitive action and excitement promised. *64 golfers are expected to compete Saturday for the right to eventually emerge champions of the second quarter of the tournament specially played in knockout format at players’ own convenience.Proudly sponsored by leading telecommunications entity, MTN as part of their ever expanding commitment to golf and sports in this country, the smooth courses of the plush Celebrity Golf Club will be the setting for the 18-hole one-day tournament teing off at 8 am setting the club agog with excitement.According to the sponsors, MTN sees platforms such as the Spoons golf tournament maintain constant interactions with their cherished customers. They explained that it’s one of many reasons why they will continue to support more golf tournaments including Accra open and Ghana Open later this year.The CEO of MTN, Michael Ipkoki, will deliver an address.last_img read more