From acid rain to agriculture: My path to studying how we change the planet and what to do about it

first_img Published: Dec. 2, 2019 Please join us on Dec. 3 for the Honors Program Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Eve-Lyn Hinckley, assistant professor of environmental studies, presenting “From acid rain to agriculture: My path to studying how we change the planet and what to do about it.”The lecture will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 in Eaton Humanities, Room 135. Pizza will be served at 6 p.m., so please arrive early for a seat. The talk is free and open to everyone.Hinckley will discuss how she became motivated to study environmental science and work directly with farmers, land managers, regulators and extension specialists to inform transitions to more sustainable resource management.Categories:Lectures & PresentationsEvents & Exhibits Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Residents, visitors clean up Buff Bay

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Residents of Buff Bay, Portland, turned out on Friday (November 12), to participate in a community clean-up project.Dubbed, ‘Dengue Clear Out Project, it was spearheaded by the Social Development Commission (SDC), and was one of five national projects in observance of Community Month, under the theme, ‘Build your community: mek it safe’Buff Bay Public Health Action Committee Chairman, Desire Gutzmore, says the community has been faced with a number of challenges, including mosquito infestation and improper garbage disposal. The committee formulated a plan to eliminate the problem while, at the same time, educating residents.The project was submitted to the SDC, and was selected out of 14 other projects across three parishes.Ms. Gutzmore said she believed that, by undertaking such a venture, the risk of Dengue fever can be greatly reduced and the town’s aesthetic appearance improved.“We hope good sense will prevail and community members will continue to maintain the clean up and beautification effort,” she added.Public Health Inspector and Supervisor for the West Zone, Samuel Roberts, said the parish first confirmed Dengue case was in January, and less than 10 confirmed cases have been recorded in the parish since.Dengue fever is spread by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. The symptoms are sudden high fever, severe headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle pains, bone or joint pains, skin rash and vomiting .Explaining that the country was still in the ‘alert phase’, he said “we should all play our part in preventing it from getting out of control.”“We believe that such a project will make an impact, and we are happy that all the stakeholders can come together to help in a public issue such as this,” Mr. Roberts said.He implored the community members to adhere to the preventative measures communicated to them, adding that educational programmes have been carried out in schools and at Parent Teachers Association (PTA) meetings, among other civic groups.According to the Public Health Inspector, safety measures include, keeping flowers in damp soil or sand in the home, re-using or disposing of old tyres, cleaning refrigerator troughs , punching holes in tins, disposing of garbage properly, including old appliances in which water can accumulate, covering all water storage containers and clearing drains, so that water can flow freely.Mr. Roberts said he is confident that the community will be mobilized and motivated to continue the effort, “so that things do not return to where they are coming from.”Declaring that the Portland Health Services was happy to be a part of the activity, he said “we believe partnership with the community is the way to go.”SDC Governance Director, Sherine Francis, said as a country, we have to look at the health and well being of the community.“At the SDC, our mandate is to build communities and to look at their development in a holistic way. This includes focusing on the environment, how it is kept, and how their solid waste management is maintained.”SDC Parish Manager for Portland Ishiwawa Hope, said the project involved bushing overgrown trees and removing solid waste in Buff Bay, Woodstock and Olivere Housing Schemes, and in the Kildare area.She was pleased with the support from stakeholders partnering with the SDC to make it a success. They included, Buff Bay Community Development Committee, Buff Bay Fire Department, Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Community Safety and Security Branch, Port Antonio, Portland Health Services, Optimist Club of Buff Bay, Special Task Force (STF) International Service Project Overseas Volunteers, Kiwanis Club of St. George’s, National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA), Buff Bay High School, CB Traders, Buff Bay, Portland Cooperative Credit Union, Kamals Supermarket, Portland Parish Council, National Works Agency (NWA), Member of Parliament for Western Portland, Hon Daryl Vaz, and dedicated residents of Buff Bay.Ms. Hope thanked UDC staff from the Hanover, Trelawny, Kingston and St. Andrew, St Mary and St. Thomas offices for supporting the venture.Community resident and student of Buff Bay High School, Mccailia Silvera said, the programme would help youths to learn the importance of working together.“Being involved will send a message to other young people to volunteer their service in ventures such as this,’ she added.Group leader for the STF International Service Project, Neal Ichinohe, said the group, consisting of 20 young persons from the U.S., was pleased to be a part of the project. He added that it was an opportunity to experience Jamaican culture, and noted that it forms part of their mandate to “make a difference in the lives of others around us.” RelatedResidents, visitors clean up Buff Bay Residents, visitors clean up Buff Bay Local GovernmentNovember 16, 2010 RelatedResidents, visitors clean up Buff Baycenter_img Advertisements RelatedResidents, visitors clean up Buff Baylast_img read more

AT&T will offer GigaPower high speed internet in Prairie Village, Fairway

first_imgGood news for northeast Johnson Countians who have been waiting for ultra high speed internet service to come to the area: AT&T announced today that it will offer its GigaPower service in Prairie Village and Fairway.The service, which provides Gigabit speeds just like Google Fiber, had been previously announced for parts of Kansas City, Mo., parts of Leawood, Lenexa, Olathe and Overland Park. The release from AT&T did not include any timeline details.The announcement comes as contractors for Google Fiber prepare to install infrastructure in northeast Johnson County cities including Mission and Prairie Village.Both Prairie Village Mayor Laura Wassmer and Fairway Mayor Jerry Wiley were quoted in AT&T’s release:“Prairie Village residents and businesses have long anticipated the construction of a high-speed fiber network within our City. We look forward to working with AT&T as it brings this valued service to our residents.” – Laura Wassmer“Fairway is delighted to announce that AT&T has decided to bring its ultra-fast fiber network to our community. As residents and small businesses increasingly rely on and expect high-speed Internet service, the addition of U-verse with AT&T GigaPower service is exciting news and will present new opportunities for Fairway and our residents.” – Jerry WileyWe’ll post additional details as they become available.last_img read more

Boskalis Completes Sale of Dockwise Yacht Transport Activities

first_imgRoyal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has successfully completed the sale of the activities of Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT). These activities are to be transferred to Sevenstar Yacht Transport B.V. based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.With the acquisition of Dockwise in March 2013, Boskalis also acquired the activities of Dockwise Yacht Transport (DYT). DYT’s core business is the transatlantic migration of luxury yachts between Florida, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.For Boskalis, these activities have no strategic value and do not fit with the group’s existing core business. Boskalis sold the DYT activities including 2 dedicated semi-submersible yacht transport vessels (Super Servant 4 and Yacht Express) for a total consideration of USD 40 million. This divestment will not have a material impact on Boskalis earnings.[mappress]Boskalis, October 18, 2013last_img read more

Striding forward for Shane

first_imgBy sports editor Russell Bennett Aaron Bailey doesn’t know what it’s like to have walked a mile in Shane Smith’s shoes.But the AFL Outer East region general manager is walking an astonishing 3300 kilometres in his great mate’s memory.Smith tirelessly dedicated decades of his life to serving the local football and netball community – through such roles as Outer East commission deputy chairman – before the devoted family man lost his battle with the beast, Motor Neurone Disease (MND), in December last year.The courage of his fight has served as an ongoing and ever-present source of inspiration, not only to all who knew him, but people who even simply crossed paths with him.Bailey had the privilege of working alongside him and is still inspired by his determination, strength of character, and adoration of his family in his darkest hour.That inspiration will never leave Bailey, and it’s the driving force behind his incredible charity mission that, when completed, will see him walk the equivalent of the distance from Optus Stadium in Perth, to Melbourne’s MCG – the footballing epicentres of the two cities in which Neale Daniher made his VFL/AFL home.The former Essendon captain and inspirational 223-game Melbourne coach has been the very public face of ‘FightMND’ since his own devastating diagnosis in 2014.FightMND was specifically established with the purpose of finding effective treatments, and ultimately a cure, for Motor Neurone Disease, which – in essence – gradually takes away sufferers’ use of their arms and legs, their ability to eat and swallow, their speech, and eventually their ability to breathe – often well within the span of four years.Tragically for Smith and his family, he wasn’t officially diagnosed with the disease until just days before his passing.“For me, he was a great friend and mentor, he’s someone we miss horribly and he’s had an enormous impact on all of us involved in footy and netball in the region,” Bailey explained.“He was just so passionate about our region, our clubs, and our people and he had a massive role in shaping the Outer East into what it is today.“Shane’s passing had a significant impact on me, and I wanted to look at different ways to work through the grief.“I just felt I needed to do something positive – something more than just grieve, itself.”In looking for ways to honour his late mate, Bailey – a Melbourne Football Club diehard – was inspired by reading Daniher’s book.Starting earlier this year, he decided to walk the equivalent distance of Perth to Melbourne – given Daniher’s footy involvement in both cities.He hopes to complete his mission by the end of the year.“But as silly as it sounds, I probably underestimated the distance involved – I committed to doing it before I even Google mapped it!” Bailey said with a laugh.“Seriously though, it’s been a really nice, cathartic process to go through – being able to take my newborn son with me as I walk 10 to 15 kilometres a day.“I think I’ve covered every street in Doreen (his home suburb).”Bailey said with the ‘Big Freeze’ taking place on the Queen’s Birthday Monday, this is the perfect time to get the initiative out there while also honouring Smith’s legacy, and just who he was as a person.“With the nature of MND and what it takes away from a person when it comes to their movement, I thought doing a significant physical challenge was pretty appropriate,” Bailey explained.“It’s to highlight the true impact of the disease, so putting myself through what I’d consider to be a difficult challenge is really put into perspective when I compare it to what Shane endured. It’s a great reminder to me of what to not take for granted.”The only thing Shane Smith loved more than the footy was his familySmith’s great mate, and AFL Outer East chairman, Tony Mitchell explained the heartache Smith’s family went through.“We knew he was ill, but they hadn’t diagnosed him with MND until the Monday before he passed on the Wednesday (in December 2019),” Mitchell said.“He’d had other medical issues over the years, but it was initially considered to be a virus that he was suffering from.“I know I struggled with his diagnosis when it eventually came, and it was really upsetting for his family.”Mitchell and Smith had formed a close bond since meeting on the then Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League board more than 25 years ago.And they were still talking footy day in, and day out until Smith’s final days.Mitchell would constantly visit him in hospital, where Smith’s wife Debbie maintained a bedside vigil.“Shane’s passing had a significant impact on me, and I wanted to look at different ways to work through the grief.” – Aaron BaileyMitchell became emotional talking about his great mate, saying: “The toughest part has been not having him there to talk to anymore.“Every day we’d talk for half an hour or an hour at least, and we’d have some ripper debates – I’d wind him up and he’d tell me what an idiot I was!“Even in the last week of his life, I’d still give it to him and he’d just roll his eyes at me.”Mitchell said Smith never aspired to be the chair or president of what has become the ever-strengthening AFL Outer East region.“He just wanted to be the person in the background – he just wanted to roll the sleeves up and get to work,” Mitchell said.“But he never put up with any bullshit either.”The pair would be a constant fixture at local games throughout the region each Saturday for decades and would often be seen together indulging in their game day ritual of dim-sims and Coke Zero.As chair and deputy chair, they’d maintain a visible presence and always be there to receive direct feedback from passionate footy and netball club people on game days – whether positive or negative.Mitchell said he’s “incredibly proud” of Bailey’s selfless initiative, which Bailey kept close to his chest for months as Victorians battled through the bushfire crisis, and then Covid-19.Prior to joining the then YVMDFL board, Smith had served on the board of the Dandenong Ranges Junior Football League, had extensive roles at clubland with both Monbulk (including playing nearly 200 games) and Seville, and had been a real driver of the push to re-establish the senior and under-18 interleague sides.To donate to Bailey’s FightMND fundraising effort, visit hub.fightmnd.org.au/fundraise-for-fightmnd/strides-for-shanelast_img read more

Pinked up for a cause

first_imgBy NICOLE WILLIAMS IT WAS all pink in Berwick on Saturday. Hundreds of people flocked to High Street for the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Horses for courses

first_imgBy ALANA MITCHELSON IT IS rare for an Anglo-Arabian horse to compete in high-level dressage, but experienced18-year-old rider Grace Lawes…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Tick for racecourse servo

first_imgBy Bonny Burrows Cardinia Shire Council has approved the development of another service station on Racecourse Road Pakenham, despite strong…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kootenay Mixed Doubles Champs

first_imgTeam Little/Small swept through the competition to capture the Kootenay Playdowns for Mixed Doubles Saturday at the Silver City Curling Club in Trail.Kristina Little and Nathan Small defending their Kootenay Zone crown by defeating Desiree Borsato and Devo Devine in two straight games to advance to the BC Provincial Championships in Hope,  from February 25 to March 1. Team Little/Small won the opening game 6-5 before capturing the title with a 10-1 victory in six ends during game two.In 2019, Team Little/Small finished just out of the playoffs at the Provincials with a 5-2 record.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute Little and Small with Team of the Week.Small will also be competing at the BC Men’s Curling Championships as a member of Team Brad Wood of Penticton January 28 to February 1 in Cranbrook.last_img read more

Van Gaal counts cost of Carrick absence

first_imgCarrick, 33, suffered a calf injury during the 4-2 win over Manchester City on April 12 and has missed the last three matches, all of which United have lost.United have fallen to Chelsea, Everton and West Bromwich Albion, surprise 1-0 victors at Old Trafford last weekend, having won their previous six matches.It has undermined their position in the top four and given fifth-place Liverpool encouragement that they could yet catch their rivals in the race for Champions League qualification.When fit, Carrick has been deployed of late as a holding midfielder in an effective 4-3-3 formation.Daley Blind is United’s only other player suited to that position, but the Netherlands international has been required to fill in at left-back recently due to the absence of the injured Luke Shaw.Carrick is not expected to recover in time to face Crystal Palace on Saturday, but Van Gaal is hopeful he will be available for the final two matches of the campaign, against Arsenal and Hull City.“When you see in our team holding midfielders — he is a holding midfielder — we don’t have so much,” Van Gaal said. “When Blind and Carrick have been injured, we have a big problem.“Carrick is a player who can read the game and that is what I am looking for; players who can read the game. Not only individually, but also for the team, because the team is more important.“All the players can read the game individually. Their own role, that is not so difficult, but to see it for the team is more difficult. Not so many players can read the game for the team. That is why they need coaches.”– Ward eyes another scalp –United have not announced a return date for England international Shaw, who is suffering from a groin strain.Defenders Marcos Rojo, Rafael and Jonny Evans — who has completed a six-game ban for spitting at Newcastle United’s Papiss Cisse — are also likely to miss Saturday’s match because of injury.Victory for United would effectively guarantee them a top-four finish in the event that Liverpool fail to win at newly crowned champions Chelsea on Sunday.Palace have already beaten Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park this season and full-back Joel Ward is confident of claiming another prized scalp on Saturday.“It’s a great occasion and we’ve got more than enough about us to upset them,” said Ward, who returned from a shin injury last weekend in a 1-0 defeat at Chelsea that allowed Jose Mourinho’s team to secure the title.“Our aim is always to finish as high as we can, so we’ll always do that. We won’t sit back on what we’ve got. We want to keep pushing forward and keep on looking forward to the guys above us.“The fans are a huge part of that and they’ve been fantastic all season home and away — for the last two seasons. You can’t take that away from them. They’ve been absolutely outstanding and give us a lift every week.”Alan Pardew’s side secured their Premier League status with a burst of five wins in six games between late February and early April, but their recent form mirrors United’s — the defeat at Chelsea was their third in a row.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000LONDON, May 8- Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal believes that the absence of England midfielder Michael Carrick has been a significant factor in his side’s recent Premier League slump.last_img read more