first_imgLoreto Community School in Milford has won First Prize in the Labour Party Centenary Essay Competition. The prize is a class trip to Brussels.The school can take 20 pupils and four teachers on the trip which will allow it to see the workings of the European Parliament.2012 – 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the Labour Party and of the 1913 Lockout. To celebrate these events The Centenary Committee launched an Essay Competition around these themes. The subject of the competition was based on the causes of these events, their story and their results and implications up to the present day.Donegal Labour Party Senator Jimmy Harte said he was delighted that a Donegal school had won the prize.   DONEGAL SCHOOL WINS CLASS TRIP TO BRUSSELS IN ESSAY COMPETITION was last modified: December 12th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Antarctic icebergs decimating seafloor life

first_imgA decade ago, the sea floor off the coast of the west Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) was a patchwork quilt of different colors and species. But now, icebergs are increasingly scouring the sea floor as they drift close to shore, fundamentally altering that rich ecosystem in the process. That’s the conclusion of a study reported this week in Current Biology. Each winter, the WAP sea surface freezes over, forming a skin of “fast ice” that holds back the bergs. But with climate change, the WAP is experiencing rapid regional warming, with fewer days each year of fast ice—letting the icebergs into the shallows more often, where they carve huge gashes through the habitat of the colorful, tentacled invertebrate animals carpeting the sea floor. The team examined the spatial distribution, diversity, and interactions between and within species from 1997 to 2013, along with scours from the ice each year. What it found was sobering: Most species weren’t able to recover from the increasingly frequent pounding by the ice. Instead, one species—a nondescript white mosslike animal encrusted on the rocks—emerged as an all-conquering winner, edging out the rest by its sheer ability to take a beating. It now has a near-monopoly in the area, the study found—and that could make the whole region more vulnerable to invading species.last_img read more