Lyndall Gordon to speak at Houghton Library

first_imgLyndall Gordon, biographer and senior research fellow at St Hilda’s College, Oxford University, and author of Lives like loaded guns: Emily Dickinson and her family’s feuds (2010), will give a talk on Tuesday, Oct. 12 titled “Abyss has no biographer’ (Emily Dickinson): Can we risk the Abyss?” in the Edison and Newman Room of Houghton Library. The event is sponsored by Houghton Library, Harvard College Library; the Woodberry Poetry Room; and the English Department, Harvard University. For more information, see the Houghton Library Blog.last_img read more

Hunger Banquet raises awareness of poverty

first_imgCaitlyn Jordan With the upcoming holidays, many families will gather around a table and enjoy a feast together, but some families will have little to no food on their tables.The 10th annual Hunger Banquet was held at Saint Mary’s on Tuesday evening to raise awareness about hunger and poverty.Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board (SDB) president Callie Brown said her department’s goals were to emphasize the challenges of poverty in local and international communities.“The purpose of the hunger banquet is to raise awareness about poverty and hunger around the world and to provide resources for the community to get involved and give back,” Brown said.SDB sponsored this not so ordinary dinner, which was a part of the Board’s goals in highlighting diversity on campus.Students, faculty and staff drew slips of paper and played different roles at the banquet, according to a press release. One person could be a millionaire, and another could be a single parent working three jobs, barely able to make rent. Once in a role, each participant is categorized into one of three social classes: lower, middle and upper class.The designated class on each slip of paper determines how much food is on his or hers plate, the press release stated.Senior Madison Maidment said the banquet was an eye-opening experience.“The banquet is an opportunity for students to get a feel for the life of those less fortunate, especially when it comes to issues of poverty and justice,” Maidment said. “The hands-on experience helps people better understand those who may not have the same opportunities. Not everyone has a meal plan.”The event was small yet informative, sophomore Erin Hart said.“It was really cool to talk about hunger and poverty not only in our local community but also worldwide,” Hart said. “I also liked hearing about the different ways the community can give back to those less fortunate.”Brown said the Hunger Banquet was a powerful event and she hopes that Saint Mary’s students will contact the Office of Civil and Social Concerns if they would like to get involved in this annual event.“This event, to me, is a sign of solidarity with those who live in poverty and do not have the same access as resources as many in the Saint Mary’s community do,” Brown said.Tags: 10th annual hunger banquet, awareness, callie brown, Diversity, hunger, hunger banquet, poverty, SDB, sdb hunger banquet, Student Diversity Boardlast_img read more

Agricultural Development Teams

first_imgA group of Georgia National Guardsmen will get a crash course in basic agricultural practices later this month to prepare them for an upcoming mission to help Afghani farmers improve their crops and their families’standard of living. Over the past three years, a series of Georgia National Guard units — known as ADTs or Agribusiness Development Teams — have traveled to Afghanistan to work as international Extension agents. While some of the 20 or so citizen soldiers on the team that will deploy in the spring have backgrounds in agriculture, none of them have ever farmed in Afghanistan. That’s where the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences comes in. The college’s faculty will help the guardsmen learn the skills needed to farm the dry, mountainous land in Afghanistan. The training will be held Sept. 24-28 at the UGA’s Tifton Campus.This is the third group of Georgia National Guardsmen who have trained with University of Georgia faculty for an Agribusiness Development Team mission. ADT III is made up of citizen soldiers from across the state, but they are deploying as part of the Augusta-based 201st Regional Support Group. “The strategy most employed by ADTs is that of providing training and support to Afghan government officials so that they can then provide services to Afghan citizens,” said Col. Barry Beach, of the 201st Regional Support Group. “Since the majority of Afghanistan’s citizens are involved in the agriculture industry, the services they most need are agriculture related, which makes the work of ADTs critical to building Afghan government capacity.” Agribusiness Development Team II, which trained last fall, is currently deployed to Afghanistan. ADT I returned home from their tour in Afghanistan this spring. They helped farmers organize marketing cooperatives, taught goat farmers basic veterinary skills and gave Afghan women the tools they need to raise and preserve food to help support their families. Eight members of ADT I, from Augusta, Atlanta, Clarksville, Dalton and Ringgold are scheduled to deploy a second time with ADT III. The team’s hands-on training in Tifton will cover basic poultry production, greenhouse cultivation, erosion mitigation and watershed protection, dairy cow care and milking, drip irrigation systems, bee keeping and goat care. They will also receive a briefing from the currently deployed soldiers of ADT II via a web video conference on Monday. For more information about the training schedule and media availability, call Merritt Melancon at (706) 542-9724 or on her mobile at (706) 410-0202.last_img read more

Joseph H. O’Grady earns Champlain College award

first_imgBURLINGTON, Vt. — Champlain College Professor Joseph H. OGrady was awarded the Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship in early May. “This institution has reaped the benefits of Joe’s dedication to his students and to teaching,” said President Roger H. Perry. O’Grady teaches human resources, business and management courses. He has taught at Champlain since 1987 and he spent three years as chairman of the Business Administration Division in the early 1990s.OGrady was praised for reaching students and preparing them for the workplace. He has earned the respect of colleagues for his leadership skills and his work on new projects and programs.OGrady maintains the professional designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources, awarded by the Society for Human Resource Management. His academic interests include trends in employment law, HR best practices, business problem solving models and workplace competencies.# # #last_img read more

Do’s and don’ts of recycling this holiday season in Broome County

first_imgAs for what you can recycle, “plastic bottles, glass jars and bottles, you can recycle most plastic packaging that isn’t film plastic, any of your hard plastic containers and of course cardboard, newspaper and regular paper.” Just make sure you cardboard is clean, dry and flat. Wrapping paper with any metallic coveringChristmas or rope lightsRibbonTinselFake Christmas treesBubble wrap/air pillows Broome County Recycling Coordinator Jessica Brewer urges you to keep the following items out of the recycling: Brewer explains, “any of those are going to tangle up in the recycling sorters and then they’re going to have to turn off the entire machine to get all of that tangling out.”center_img BROOME COUNTY (WBNG) — Broome County recycling officials are urging people to recycle holiday packaging materials correctly this season. As for your real Christmas tree, she says don’t throw it in the trash. You can bring it to Grippen Park or the landfill drop-off at 286 Knapp Road in Nanticoke where your tree will be chipped or composted. Brewer also mentioned tips for cutting down on packaging in general; try shopping small, use all-in-one box options when shopping online or try making your own wrapping paper.last_img read more

Avian flu hits Russian farm; Asian officials discuss surveillance

first_imgSep 4, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Russian officials announced today that hundreds of chickens at a farm in southern Russia died of H5N1 avian influenza, as international experts met in Bangkok to discuss how to better monitor the spread of the disease in Asia.The poultry deaths were discovered in the town of Razdolny in Krasnodar territory on Sep 2, RIA Novosti, Russia’s state news agency, reported today. The disease struck about 500 chickens.A spokesman for the territorial veterinary agency said a regional laboratory identified the H5N1 virus in the dead birds and that further tests were under way to confirm the results, the RIA Novosti report said. Authorities planned to cull 22,000 birds on the affected farm, the veterinary official said.The new wave of poultry deaths occurred in the same territory as a January outbreak that marked a recurrence of the disease in Russia after a 5-month lull. In February, the virus struck backyard birds at several locations on the outskirts of Moscow. Reports filed with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) show no other Russian outbreaks since then.Measures were being taken to contain the outbreak, the veterinary agency spokesman told RIA Novosti. Russia’s veterinary watchdog agency, Rosselkhozadzor, said authorities have slaughtered 414 birds, according to an Associated Press report.Meanwhile, animal-health experts from a dozen countries are meeting in Bangkok this week at a conference sponsored by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to hear reports from Asian countries on their H5N1 wildlife surveillance efforts and discuss how countries can better coordinate their activities, according to an FAO statement.Yesterday, an FAO official cast doubt on any major role of wild birds in spreading the H5N1 virus, saying more efforts should be focused on controlling the disease in domestic birds, news services reported.Scott Newman, international wildlife coordinator for the FAO, said the virus hasn’t been found in any of 300,000 to 350,000 healthy wild birds that have been sampled in global surveillance activities in the past 2 years, the Australian Press (AP) reported.”We know now that we haven’t found a species that even suggests that it would be a reservoir for this disease,” he said, according to the AP report.Experts said some countries test healthy wild birds, while others test for H5N1 only in sick or dead birds, the AP reported. So far the virus has been found in 90 species of birds.Scarce H5N1 findings in wild birds don’t mean surveillance efforts should stop, Newman said. Instead, countries should fine-tune monitoring activities by, for example, improving testing at sites where domestic and wild birds mingle.Officials attending the meeting, which includes 70 experts, said the only way to get an accurate view of H5N1 in wild birds is to establish a uniform and comprehensive surveillance system, according to a Voice of America (VOA) report dated yesterday.Last year, FAO officials expressed concern that migratory birds would spread the H5N1 virus from Asia and Europe to Africa. However, William Karesh, program director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s field veterinary program, said surveillance has found very few instances of the virus in Africa’s wild birds, according to the VOA report.He said the illegal trade in wildlife in Africa and elsewhere makes tracking the virus particularly challenging, the VOA reported. The FAO meeting ends tomorrow.See also:OIE reports on Russian H5N1 outbreakshttp://www.oie.int/downld/AVIAN%20INFLUENZA/A2007_AI.phpFAO statement on Bangkok meetinghttp://www.fao.org/avianflu/news/bangkok_wild.htmJun 2, 2006, CIDRAP News story “FAO: Wild birds play role in avian flu, but poultry key”last_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Food safety, avian flu outbreaks, TB alert, China’s H5N1 vaccine

first_imgMarch 16, 2009USDA finalizes downer cattle banThe US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently finalized a complete ban on the use of downer cattle for food, including those that become disabled after passing initial preslaughter inspection, according to a Mar 14 press release. Rules governing downer cattle are intended to guard against bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and other diseases. The USDA said the final rule ends case-by-case examinations of cattle that become disabled after the preslaughter inspection, increasing the time inspectors can spend on their other duties.[Mar 14 USDA statement]India, Egypt report more H5N1 outbreaksFresh H5N1 avian influenza outbreaks have been detected in the Darjeeling district of India’s West Bengal state, Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) reported on Mar 14. The virus struck two sites where about 150 birds had died over the previous 15 days, and officials said they would cull poultry within a 3-km radius of Naxalbari. Meanwhile, the Egypt-based Strengthening Avian Influenza Detection and Response (SAIDR) reported another H5N1 outbreak in backyard poultry on Mar 11. The virus struck eight chickens in Gharbiya governorate. The vaccination status of the birds was not known.Seatmates sought after TB case reported on Frankfurt-Detroit flight The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and Northwest Airlines have announced that a passenger who flew from Frankfurt, Germany, to Detroit on Flight 51 on March 10 was found to have tuberculosis. The CDC is in the process of contacting passengers who were in the same row or seated within two rows behind or ahead of the person. Passengers who believe they may have been exposed should contact their state health department or the CDC.[Mar 15 Bloomberg News story]Promising results for Chinese H5N1 vaccineA phase 2 trial of an H5N1 avian influenza vaccine made by China’s Sinovac revealed that the aluminum-adjuvanted inactivated whole-virus vaccine produced a good response, was safe, and elicited cross-protection against clade 2strains, researchers reported in a Mar 12 online edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. The double-blind, randomized trial included 402 adults, 301 who received 5, 10, or15 mcg of vaccine in two doses 28 days apart and 101 who received two 10-mcgdoses 14 days apart. Researchers saw the highest immune response after two15-mcg doses, but they reported that the response to the 10- and 15-mcg doses met or exceeded European licensing criteria.[Mar 12 Clin Infect Dis abstract]Flies spread resistant organisms from poultry farmsResearch from the Bloomberg School of Public health at Johns Hopkins University suggests that drug-resistant organisms that have developed in poultry because of antibiotic use on very large farms may leave those farms on the feet and in the guts of flies that have access to open sheds of poultry manure.[March 16 Johns Hopkins press release][April Science of the Total Environment abstract]last_img read more

Hilltop home lands highest price this year for blue chip suburb

first_img2 Castleton Street, Hamilton in Queensland.A JAWDROPPING dream home in Brisbane — with its own bowling alley, 10 car garage, pool, tennis court, wine cellar, lift, river views and more — has sold for a whopping sum.The seven bedroom, eight bathroom home has formally changed hands for $7.6 million in a private treaty sale that’s this year’s highest house price for the blueclip Hamilton bend of the river. It’s crazy how awesome this kitchen is. Heritage features sit alongside modern additions like a lift to all levels.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoThe results were published by CoreLogic today. The highest price ever paid for a house in Hamilton was developer Don O’Rorke’s former home at 33B Harbour Road — which was sold by Matt Lancashire of Ray White New Farm for $11.8m in April 2015.Mr Lancashire, who also sold this property at 2 Castleton Street, Hamilton, would not comment on the sale. His listing described the home as “one of the finest examples of a grand family home ever to be built in this magnificent suburb”.The home is at the top of the hill on a massive 1,382sq m block. The house itself was built in 1915 but has seen major upgrades to see it emerge with floor space of 1,100sq m, which is almost as big as the block itself. The 10 car garage with a handy turntable is accessed from Anthony Street under the tennis court. A gym to pacify even the toughest of athletes. Lynne and Frank and Mallan in the bowling alley of the Hamilton home that has since sold for $7.6m. The billiard room is ready for some friendly competition.Its outgoing owners, Brisbane businessman Frank Mallan and wife Lynne, have waited patiently for over a year for a price to be set on the home, with CoreLogic listing its days on market at 473 days. The house was listed as having gone under contract in July with CoreLogic listing the property as having officially sold last Wednesday September 6.The home is a triple storey residence with features such as parquetry flooring, chandeliers, a chef’s kitchen with marble benchtops and butlers pantry, formal lounge and dining rooms, stunning views from a covered entertaining deck. The house was originally built in 1915. Anyone up for a spot of tennis and brunch? The bowling alley is fully automated. Girls’ night in maybe?Its 1000-bottle wine cellar has a banquet table so the owners can host special functions in it.The entertainment level has all the bells and whistles including a wet bar, billiards room, a first class triple level home theatre, two-lane automated bowling alley, gymnasium and a 25m dual lane lap pool.The basement garage has parking for 10 cars, as well as a 360-degree vehicle turnstile and a workshop. The championship tennis court is full size and floodlit. Some see a tennis court, others a fenced off area to let the kids go ballistic. The 25m double lane lap pool would be great for a family race.last_img read more

Bacolod dads buck removal of median trees

first_imgHe added that they have conducted acommittee hearing yesterday and he will submit to the city council  hisrecommendation barring the move to remove the median trees. “Trees should remain there; the medianstrips should remain, too. If ever there are trees that are going to be cut,maybe only nine trees, or the ones that are actually causing damage to ourroads,” Councilor Carlos Lopez said. This after the SangguniangPanlungsod’s Committee on Environment agreed not to take the trees down, sayingthese trees do not obstruct the flow of roadtraffic in the metro. BACOLOD City – Trees planted in themedian strips of major arterial roads here planned to be cut down will bespared. Ramos previously authored a resolutionseeking to remove the median strip on Narra Avenue at the Capitol ShoppingCenter to ease the metro’s traffic woes. “These trees are not obstruction, butthey may pose a danger or they are damaging the roads. They need to be uprootedotherwise we have to fix again the new roads,” the councilor pointed out. This proposal, however, earned the ireof local residents, including environmentalists as it entails cutting downtrees in the area. They claim that there is no congestion along that stretch ofroad and by cutting down trees – which brings cleaner air to the city – wouldonly be detrimental to safety and health./PNlast_img read more

Abbey takes IMCA Modified Lone Star Series opener

first_imgBy J.M. Hallas WACO, Texas (July 4) – First-year IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver Dean Abbey had the run of his life in picking up the $1,000 Lone Star Series Texas Nationals win Friday at Heart O’ Texas Speedway. For two-thirds of the race Abbey chased veteran Keith Green until finally making the bottom work on a restart. If that wasn’t pressure enough, a late caution set up a green, white, checkered finish that put former IMCA national champion Keith White and his brother Paul, a past USAC Silver Crown champ, on his tail. Abbey was able to get a good jump on green and got some breathing room while the White broth­ers exchanged slide jobs on each other. Abbey went unchallenged while Paul beat Keith in the second place battle. Josh McGaha was fourth by all of one one-thousandth of a second over Sam Cox. “The bottom finally worked out for me,” said Abbey, already a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational bal­lot candidate. “We’ve been here twice this year in the Modified and raced Keith Green for the win then too. I was fighting for the bottom last time and he got the win with us getting second. We had a different outcome tonight and I was able to get by him.”Jake Upchurch methodically worked his way up from his 10th starting spot to win the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod main. After making the top five at halfway, Upchurch picked them off one by one and caught leader Greg Frazer with two to go. In a last lap move, Upchurch drove it to the bottom, made it stick, and edged Frazer coming to the checkers to score the victory. Frazer took the runner-up spot, with Chris Cogburn third, Jacob Pirkle fourth and Garett Rawls rounding out the top five. Chad Estes for himself at the right place at the right time to inherit the lead of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Estes took over the lead after early leader Tristan Carmen and Jason Batt made contact battling for the top spot. Estes had a ringside seat in third when two traded paint, flats and damage enough to see them both stop on track and then head pitside. “I hung in there and was fortunate enough to get out front after that caution,” Estes said after tak­ing the checkers. “They were getting a little rough up front between Carmen and Jason (Batt). As aggressive as they were getting I thought something was going to happen. My car got loose and I al­most spun out, so I decided to sit back and hope I got my chance.” Shannon Dulock showed the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock field nothing but his rear bumper going flag to flag for the win.Throughout most of the race Dulock had Andy Roller trying his best on the bottom. Roller would get along side Dulock in the corner, but momentum on the high side saw Dulock rocket past on the straights. In the late stages, Jeremy Oliver got around Roller and tried the bottom himself. At the checkers it was Dulock, giving himself an early birthday present, in front of Oliver.Unofficial Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. Paul White; 3. Keith White; 4. Josh McGaha; 5. Sam Cox; 6. Jus­tin Radcliff; 7. Pat McGuire; 8. Cody Daniel; 9. Jerry Frydrych; 10. Chad Estes; 11. Joe Spillman; 12. Johnny Sheets; 13. Keith Green; 14. J.P. Dowell; 15. Jarrod Jennings; 16. Eric Tomlinson; 17. Nicholas Littlejohn; 18. Ronnie Warren; 19. Kevin Rutherford; 20. Glen Hibbard. Southern SportMods – 1. Jake Upchurch; 2. Greg Frazer; 3. Chris Cogburn; 4. Jacob Pirkle; 5. Garett Rawls; 6. Sid Kiphen; 7. Johnny Torres; 8. Jeffrey Abbey; 9. Steve Hayes; 10. James Skin­ner; 11. Jeff Sheppard; 12. T.J. Green; 13. Justin Long; 14. Mark Patterson; 15. Albert McCall; 16. James Holder; 17. Jason Honey; 18. Timothy Cummings; 19. Brad Shirley; 20. J.C. Howell.Stock Cars – 1. Chad Estes; 2. Dillon Smith; 3. Billy Wade; 4. Brandon Taylor; 5. Charles Co­sper; 6. Damon Hammond; 7. Dennis Bissonette; 8. Jason Batt; 9. Sam Sovey; 10. Robin Batt; 11. C.J. Gray; 12. Anthony Otken; 13. Jeff Bauser; 14. Joe O’Bryan; 15. Keith White; 16. Tristan Carmen; 17. John Frydrych; 18. Tony Hamil; 19. Chris Cockrell; 20. Brandon Hood; 21. Robert Black.Hobby Stocks – 1. Shannon Dulock; 2. Jeremy Oliver; 3. Brandon Geurin; 4. Andy Roller; 5. A.J. Dancer; 6. Jamie Herring; 7. Ray Kemp Jr.; 8. April Phillips; 9. Westin Abbey; 10. Stacey Robi­nette; 11. Mark Geurin; 12. Ronnie Gregory; 13. Halie Brown; 14. Chad Bowman; 15. Chase Breese; 16. Jonathan Beard; 17. Tommy Phillips; 18. Richard Shields; 19. Corey Samford; 20. Jamie Haynes.last_img read more