CSU Chico Ag dean takes reins of California Cattlemen

first_imgAssociate Dean Dave Daley of the CSU, Chico College of Agriculture was named president of the California Cattlemen’s Association at the organization’s Centennial Celebration, Dec. 1-3 in Sparks, Nevada. Daley also received honors at the 2016 Western Nugget National Hereford Show held concurrently.Meanwhile, CSU, Chico senior animal science major Rebecca Swanson was elected chairwoman of the California Young Cattlemen’s Committee, and animal science professor Kasey DeAtley was recognized as …last_img read more

SA scientist lauded for polar work

first_imgProfessor Steven Chown, recognised forhis outstanding contribution to Antarctic science and policy, is the inaugural recipient of the Martha T Muse prize. (Image: Stellenbosch University) The ice-covered continent is protected by the Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959. (Image: US Antarctic Programme) MEDIA CONTACTS • Prof Steven Chown+27 21 808 2385• Engela DuvenageMedia liaison, Faculty of Science, SU+27 21 808 2684 or +27 82 874 1291RELATED ARTICLES • World honour for SA botanist • Unesco fellowship for SA scientist • Top award for Rhodes scientist • SA biologist wins thesis awardJanine ErasmusProfessor Steven Chown of Stellenbosch University is the inaugural recipient of the Martha T Muse prize for Science and Policy in Antarctica.The announcement was made at a gala evening held during the Antarctic Treaty Summit, which took place from 30 November to 3 December at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.Delegates at the gala also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the signing by 12 nations, South Africa among them, of the Antarctic Treaty in the same city on 1 December 1959. The treaty came into force on 23 June 1961. Today, South Africa is the only African signatory out of the present 46 member nations. The award recognises Chown’s status as a world leader in his field, and his work with invasive alien species on the snowy continent, as well as the effects of climate change and the many years of human inhabitation in the region. It is worth a one-off US$100 000 (R750 400).As well as holding the position of director of the university’s DST-NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology, Chown is professor of zoology in the Department of Botany and Zoology at Stellenbosch.He will receive his award and deliver the Muse lecture at the Oslo International Polar Year Conference in June 2010. The conference aims to promote and strengthen the scientific and outreach achievements of the International Polar Year (IPY), which was established in 1882. The third IPY began in March 2007 and carried though to March 2009.The professor will also be a guest of honour at the 31st Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (Scar) and Open Science conference in Buenos Aires in August 2010. Here the international polar community will gather to discuss various topics under four main themes: health of the Antarctic ecosystem, tipping points, continuity and change, and connectivity and cross-scale interactions.Preserving the continentDespite its wintry appearance Antarctica is regarded as a desert, with an annual rainfall of just 20cm. The continent has no permanent human habitation, but many bird, animal, plant and even insect species have adapted to the cold and now call the vast icy expanse their home.Antarctica is almost completely covered by the Antarctic ice sheet, which is about 1.6km thick on average and constitutes about 90% of the world’s ice. This is the equivalent of about 70% of the world’s fresh water.South Africa has been involved in Antarctic research for about half a century and runs the South African National Antarctic Programme, maintaining bases on the continent as well as on Marion and Gough Islands.The Martha T Muse award is given by the Tinker Foundation, a funding organisation with a special interest in Antarctica, to individuals that contribute to the science- and policy-related understanding of Antarctica, and help preserve it for future generations.Scar, a committee of the International Council for Science, and tasked with overseeing scientific research in Antarctica, acts as the administrative body in the award process.The award is named after Martha Twitchell Muse, chair of the Tinker Foundation. Muse is known for her particular passion for Antarctica and intended the prize to honour a like-minded person in the early to middle stages of his or her career.Distinguished careerProf Steven Chown has built a solid international reputation and has garnered many awards and honours.Earlier in 2009, together with his colleague Prof Sue Nicholson of Pretoria University, he took the Bill Venter/Altron Literary Award for 2009 for their book on insect physiology. The award is presented for the most outstanding contribution to research by an academic, published in book form.Also in 2009 he received the gold medal from the Zoological Society of Southern Africa for his contributions to zoology.Chown obtained his PhD in Ecology and Systematics in 1989 from Pretoria University and immediately accepted a position as lecturer in the zoology and entomology department there. Just eight years later he received his full professorship.Chown has been with Stellenbosch University since 2001 and with the Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology since 2004. In the five years since he has built the centre into a world-renowned research institute that focuses on the impact and management of invasive plants and animals.He is an A1-rated researcher according to the National Research Foundation, which establishes him as a world leader in his field of research, and consequently is in great demand as a lecturer at local and international meetings and workshops.Under his supervision many M.Sc. and PhD students have obtained their degrees, and he has also mentored several post-doctoral researchers. Chown has set disadvantaged students on their career path by developing and running the USAID Capacity Building Programme for Climate Change Research on the Prince Edward Islands in the sub-Antarctic Indian Ocean.Chown has been instrumental in many policy decisions regarding the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions. He is the Scar representative on the Antarctic Treaty’s Committee for Environmental Protection, and is the chief officer of the Scar standing committee on the Antarctic Treaty System.A prolific author, Chown has published over 250 scientific papers and has co-written four books and contributed to 21 others. He edits two journals and sits on the editorial board of six other journals, among them The American Naturalist and Antarctic Science. He is also a member of a number of scientific societies.Chown is said to have one of the highest h-factors of any South African zoologist – around 31. The h-index is a tool to measure the scientific productivity and consequent scientific impact of a scientist or group of scientists. It is based on the scientist’s most cited papers as well as the number of citations he or she has received.last_img read more

Compensation and Benefits Mobile App for Wounded Warriors

first_imgAre you struggling to understand the benefits that you as a wounded service member may be entitled to? Or are you a military family caregiver and need on-the-go financial information concerning your wounded loved one? If so, there’s an app for that!In November 2011, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released the Wounded, Ill and Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook–a smartphone application designed to provide service members and their families  with access to comprehensive information upon separation or retirement as a result of a serious (SI) or very serious (VSI) injury.The comprehensive information included in the mobile application covers topics of recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration. The electronic version also includes information relating to medical care, DoD pay and allowances, disability compensation and benefits.The smartphone application also lists toll-free numbers for TRICARE regional contractors, behavioral healthcare providers and other TRICARE programs.Both the handbook and smartphone application were developed by the DoD, Departments of Veterans Affairs, Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education and the Social Security Administration.This free application is available for download on the App Store and the Google Play Store.last_img read more

Elderly farmer commits suicide in Rajasthan

first_imgJaipur A 65-year-old farmer, facing financial problems, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from a tree in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar district. Bagdi Lal Teli was found hanging from the tree in Sunail area last evening.His son, Vishnu Teli, rushed him to hospital where he was declared dead, SHO Sunail Police Station Bhanwar Singh said. “His son informed that the family has been facing financial crunch for some time and his father had also taken a loan,” he said.The body has been handed over to family members after post-mortem. Meanwhile, PCC President Sachin Pilot condoled the incident and held the state government responsible for deaths of farmers.“Three debt-ridden farmers in the state have committed suicides in one week. Farmers are agitating for their justified demands but the government is ignorant towards their issues,” Pilot claimed in a statement.He said that the government should help farmers financially.last_img read more

Montserrat tourism grew by 29

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTourism numbers increased by 29 per cent for the first half of the year in Montserrat. The country which was tremendously upset by the 1995 volcano eruption is continuing to see renewed interest in the destination. Three thousand two hundred and five visitors took in the still breath-taking beauty of the British overseas territory from January to June. The Caribbean Tourism Organization statistics reveal that last year the tiny island near Antigua with a population of just over five thousand; had 7,310 tourists visit.last_img read more

Gullit Higuain is not a great fit for Chelsea

first_imgChelsea legend Ruud Gullit believes someone like Roberto Firmino would have been a much better striker than Gonzalo Higuain for the club.The Blues pulled off arguably the biggest coup of the winter transfer window by signing Higuain on a loan deal from Juventus until the end of the season.The Argentina international made his debut for Chelsea on Sunday in their 3-0 FA Cup win over Sheffield Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.But Gullit, who played as both a midfielder and forward during his playing career, is not convinced that Higuain’s playing style will suit Chelsea.The Dutchman believes Eden Hazard and Willian will not be able to provide the kind service Higuain needs and suggested that a player like Liverpool’s Firmino would have been a better call.“I hope I am wrong, I really do, but [Gonzalo] Higuain is an old-fashioned striker who needs crosses and, if he plays up front all the time, he will not see many balls there because of the way Eden Hazard and Willian play,” Gullit told BBC.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Those two always come inside, and dribble or shoot, and try to do things themselves. So they don’t need a player up there who is a target man, because Chelsea don’t use one and, under [Maurizio] Sarri, they never do.“Instead they need a centre-forward who can play in midfield too, and be effective on the ball as well as be a finisher inside the box. Roberto Firmino, who comes so deep for Liverpool, is the perfect example.“That is how Chelsea’s frontman has to play too, which is why I am not sure [Gonzalo] Higuain is the answer.“At the very least, he has a difficult job because, with the way they are set-up, he will not be able to play the way he wants.“We will have to wait and see, but Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud are both good strikers, and it has not worked out for them.”last_img read more

Wilmington Book Club Listings — January 2019

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Book Club Listings — July 2019In “Community”Wilmington Book Club Listings — August 2019In “Community”LIBRARY LINEUP: Library To Host 6-Week Great Decisions Series On Foreign Policy TopicsIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a listing of book club discussions happening in Wilmington this January:Pints & Pages Book Group (Library’s Social Book Group For 20 & 30 Somethings)Thursday, January 3, 7pmPancho’s CantinaInstead of discussing a particular book this month, we’ll meet up to share your latest favorite reads, watches & listens! Plus get great recommendations from others. Bring along at least two (books, movies, series, podcasts, etc.) to share! If you don’t have it in hand, that’s okay! Just remember the title. Register HERE.Novel Ideas Fiction Book GroupThursday, January 17, 7pmWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellEnjoy reading fiction? Join the library’s fiction book group led by Adult Services Librarian Kim Rowley.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.Well Read Wednesday Book GroupWednesday, January 23, 10amWilmington Memorial LibraryFeatured Book: A Piece of the World by Christina BakerThis is book group discusses contemporary books both fiction and non-fiction led by Library Director Tina Stewart.  Please stop by the library to pick up a copy of the featured book. Register HERE.The Buzz Book ClubMonday, January 28, 1pmWilmington Senior CenterFeatured Book: Into The Water by Paula HopkinsMembers are asked to get their own book for this meeting.  No registration required.Have your own book club and looking for members? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:last_img read more

Bangladesh mission yet to confirm London mosque attack victims identity

first_imgForensic investigators work at the scene of an attack where a van was driven at Muslim worshippers outside a mosque in Finsbury Park in North London. Photo: ReutersPress minister at the Bangladesh High Commission in London Nadeem Qadir has said they are yet to confirm whether the man killed in the terror attack in front of a London mosque is from Bangladesh or not.“We’ll update you as soon as we have the details,” he told news agency UNB.A vehicle struck pedestrians near a mosque in north London early Monday morning, killing one man, said to be a Bangladeshi, and injuring 10 in what police are investigating as a terrorist incident.The Telegraph online in its report claimed the victim was an ‘elderly Bangladeshi man’ who had just left the Muslim Welfare Mosque on Seven Sisters Road.Police said the 48-year-old man who was driving the car has been arrested and taken to a hospital as a precaution. He will be given a mental health evaluation, reports AP from London.The crash occurred at a time when the multiethnic neighbourhood was crowded with Muslims leaving the Finsbury Park mosque after Ramadan prayers.London police said the driver was detained by the crowd until police arrived.The crash occurred shortly after midnight when police received reports of a collision between a van and pedestrians. Police said eight of the injured were hospitalised; the other two had minor injuries and were treated at the scene.Witnesses reported seeing police give emergency heart massage to at least one of the injured.The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers had been struck and said its prayers were with the victims.London police closed the area to normal traffic. A helicopter circled above the area as a large cordon was established to keep motorists and pedestrians away.Witnesses told Sky News and other British media that the van seemed to have veered and hit people intentionally.Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation, a Muslim organisation, said that based on eyewitness reports it seems to be a ‘deliberate attack against innocent Muslims’.The Finsbury Park mosque was associated with extremist ideology for several years after the 9/11 attacks in the United States but was shut down and reorganised. It has not been associated with radical views for more than a decade.UK rime minister Theresa May described the crash as a ‘terrible incident’. The statement from her office said her thoughts were with the injured, their loved ones and emergency services who responded to the scene.Britain’s terrorist alert has been set at ‘severe’ meaning an attack is highly likely.last_img read more

8 Baltimore Citizens Accused of Being Part of Fentanyl Ring

first_imgBy The Associated PressBALTIMORE (AP) — A federal grand jury has returned a superseding indictment charging eight Baltimore residents with participating in a fentanyl and heroin ring.If convicted, the defendants each face a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life. Prosecutors say one of the accused also faces gun charges. All the defendants except one have been arrested and are in federal or state custody.Fentanyl pills (DEA Photo via drugabuse.gov)In a Monday statement, U.S. Attorney Robert Hur in Baltimore says his office is trying to do “everything possible to reduce overdose deaths from fentanyl and from all opioids.”Late last year, he announced that officials in Maryland’s biggest city would prosecute more fentanyl cases in federal court. The effort is designed to help combat an alarming increase of fatalities caused by the synthetic opioid.last_img read more