Previous articleOil Ends at 2-Month Low as Demand Woes Flare UpNext articleFocusing on the Root of Healthy Soybeans Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Oct 3, 2012 HSUS CEO Looking to Get Spot on Tyson Board SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News HSUS CEO Looking to Get Spot on Tyson Board SHARE Facebook Twitter In an effort to convince Tyson Foods to phase out its use of gestation crates – Humane Society of the United States President and CEO Wayne Pacelle will seek a seat on the company’s Board of Directors. He’s doing so with the support of Carl Icahn – who Pacelle notes has re-engineered some of the biggest companies in America. Pacelle admits he has a remote chance of getting elected to the board – but says he can add a valuable perspective to the company if his campaign is successful. Icahn is supporting Pacelle’s bid because he believes eliminating gestation crates will prevent cruelty to animals and improve Tyson’s business prospects by putting the company on equal competitive footing with the bulk of the industry that is already rejecting gestation crates. HSUS has been pressuring pork producers to eliminate the use of gestation crates. Smithfield Foods, Hormel Foods and Cargill have started to phase out individual sow housing or have committed to a timetable to do so.Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson says the company is committed to humane animal treatment and expects the same from the farmers who supply it with chickens, hogs and cattle. He notes experts have said both gestation crates and group housing are humane for mother pigs when managed properly.HSUS owns stock in Tyson – as well as a dozen other companies that use animal products – providing its representatives the opportunity to attend shareholder meetings and submit proposals for what they consider improved animal welfare policies.Source: NAFB News Service
News UpdatesMinistry Of Human Resource Development Renamed As Ministry Of Education [Read Notification] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK17 Aug 2020 7:43 AMShare This – xMinistry of Human Resource Development (Manav Sansadhan Vikas Mantralaya) has been renamed as Ministry of Education (Shiksha Mantralaya). The National Education Policy 2020 had stated that it is desirable to re-designate the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) as the Ministry of Education (MoE) to ‘bring the focus back on education and learning’. Government of India…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginMinistry of Human Resource Development (Manav Sansadhan Vikas Mantralaya) has been renamed as Ministry of Education (Shiksha Mantralaya). The National Education Policy 2020 had stated that it is desirable to re-designate the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) as the Ministry of Education (MoE) to ‘bring the focus back on education and learning’. Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 has been amended to the above effect today. The President of India made the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Three Hundred and Fifty Sixth Amendment Rules, 2020 invoking his powers conferred by clause (3) of article 77 of the Constitution of India.”in THE FIRST SCHEDULE, for the heading ―18. Ministry of Human Resource Development (Manav Sansadhan Vikas Mantralaya)‖, the heading ―18. Ministry of Education (Shiksha Mantralaya) shall be substituted.”, the Rules read.In fact, it was called Ministry of Education until 1985, when the then Government changed its name to HRD Ministry and made several associated Departments its part. Click here to Read/Download NotificationNext Story
Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest The Vice Chair of the Regional Health Forum West has questioned if capacity in private hospitals was being utilised fully amid the ongoing pandemic.In line with restrictions many procedures at Letterkenny University Hospital have been cancelled or curtailed over the past months which has resulted in lengthy waiting lists.Figures show that since the Covid-19 outbreak, 92 patients from Letterkenny University Hospital were seen and treated at Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Sligo.At the meeting of the Regional Health Forum West, it was confirmed that services at the hospital will resume in the coming week if cases continue to drop.Councillor Gerry McMonagle however says in time sensitive cases, it’s vital the backlog is addressed as a matter of urgency:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/mcmonagleprivate1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Previous articleCountry ‘making progress’ in fight against Covid-19Next articleWarning over scams when booking staycations News Highland By News Highland – February 25, 2021 Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th DL Debate – 24/05/21 Questions over use of private hospitals during pandemic Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApp Google+ Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Harps come back to win in Waterford
AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Previous articleWeather not looking good for Bank HolidayNext articleDonegal’s top Garda issues advice on agricultural vehicles & quads News Highland Google+ Twitter Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Pinterest Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR People encouraged to visit east Donegal more Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA People are being encouraged to visit east Donegal more. With the huge success of the Wild Atlantic Way, it’s thought tourists tend to head for the coastline of Donegal, resulting in the east of the county being overlooked.Chairperson of Donegal East Tourism Mary Harte says the area is steeped in heritage and culture with lots on offer:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/hatlkjkljklre1pm-2.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Enhancement Programme open for applications By News Highland – July 31, 2020 WhatsApp
Environmental management of a scientific field camp in Maritime Antarctica: reconciling research impacts with conservation goals in remote ice-free areas
Currently, a substantial proportion of Antarctic research is carried out through deployment of field camps, but little detailed information on the running of these facilities is often available. The remoteness of camps and the fragility of local Antarctic terrestrial ecosystems make the running of sustainable, low impact field science and logistics in ice-free areas a challenge for environmental managers. In this study we examined the environmental management at the Spanish camp within Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) No. 126 Byers Peninsula, Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands. Firstly, the input of materials and generation of pollution associated with the camp during a ten year period of operation was quantified. Examination of greenhouse gas emissions shows a mean of 14 t CO2 equivalent per researcher associated with transportation of people to the site, plus 44 t CO2 equivalent per researcher, associated with transportation of cargo to the field site. Secondly, the cumulative trampling footprint across Byers Peninsula and associated local impacts were recorded. Results showed the pattern of human movement within the ASPA and how activities concentrated around the field camp site. At the same time every effort was taken to ensure scientific outputs from research activities within the ASPA were maximized. Practical recommendations on operational logistics are discussed to minimize environmental impacts and optimize scientific benefits.
Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMORAGA, Calif. (May 5, 2018)—Saint Mary’s College strengthened its bid for first place in the West Coast Conference with a 7-1 victory on Saturday for a sweep over BYU baseball.The win propelled the Gaels to a 29-19 overall mark and a 13-8 record in the WCC. The finale of the three-game series was the first start for Lehi freshman Drew Zimmerman who threw five innings in the loss (2-2) as the Cougars fell to 19-23 and 8-13.BYU foiled a first-inning delayed double steal attempt with an 0-2 count on the batter. Catcher Noah Hill fired to shortstop Daniel Schneemann covering second and he noticed the Gael runner breaking for home. Schneemann fired to Nate Favero at third who tossed to Hill in the rundown and Schneemann ended up making the inning-ending tag.The Cougars fell behind in the second frame when SMC scored a pair of unearned runs on an error by first baseman Brian Hsu.The lone run came from Brock Hale’s double off the centerfield wall to plate Brennon Anderson who had gotten aboard on a single in the eighth inning.BYU takes a break from WCC action by next playing at Utah on Tuesday in the finale of the Deseret First Duel at 6 p.m. in Salt Lake City. Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/WCC May 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local SMC sweeps BYU with 7-1 win Robert Lovell
There are plenty of problems that the federal government should focus on fixing. But according to U.S. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., stopping the sale and use of marijuana isn’t one of them. On Tuesday, Frank visited Harvard Law School (HLS) to make his case for legalizing the plant-based drug.HLS students study dozens of instances where a federal law has conflicted with state statutes, a messy byproduct of the American legal system. Now, as more and more states are loosening their laws to allow for medical prescriptions for marijuana or for carrying small amounts of the drug for personal use, unevenly enforced federal laws against marijuana are even more outdated, Frank said.Legalizing marijuana is one of very few “issues in America today where the voters are more enlightened than the elected officials,” said Frank, who was invited to campus by the HLS American Constitution Society, where he addressed a packed crowd of law students in Pound Hall.“Just because the federal government can prosecute constitutionally people who use medical marijuana in accordance with state laws doesn’t mean they have to, or even that they should,” he said.Previous administrations have varied in how strictly they prosecute the sale and possession of marijuana, he said, and Obama’s Justice Department has recently begun enforcing the law.The problem, Frank said, is that the current federal law is not clear on whether there is any way for a person to obtain marijuana for medicinal use legally, even in states that allow it.Frank and an unlikely ally, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, recently co-sponsored two bills in the hopes of settling the issue once and for all. One would remove federal prohibition in states that allow medicinal marijuana, and a second, broader bill would remove all federal criminal penalties for possession and personal use.“The fact is, the prohibition on marijuana does enormous amounts of harm, and no good that I can see,” Frank said.Frank pointed out that allowing states to fully legalize marijuana would open up new sources of tax revenue, allow for regulation, and get rid of one incentive that marijuana producers and dealers currently enjoy.“If you are in the business of selling marijuana, you are as tax-exempt as a church,” Frank said.Frank made the case that reforming marijuana laws could also be viewed as a civil rights issue. Ambiguous laws are more likely to be applied unfairly, he said.In New York, for example, carrying marijuana is only illegal if one displays it in public. Police who asked citizens to empty their pockets on the street — a practice disproportionately applied to minorities, Frank said — were forcing otherwise legal marijuana users to break the law.Production and distribution should be left to states to regulate. “It is, after all, a federal repeal,” he said. “If the law passed tomorrow, the nonmedical use of marijuana would still be illegal almost everywhere in America.”Frank said he doesn’t want to encourage marijuana use.There is “a fundamental misunderstanding of what ought to be the liberal approach to government,” Frank said. “There is this implicit notion that human activity is divided into two categories: those that the government makes illegal and those that the government encourages.“Of course, in the free society that we live in, there are three categories,” he continued, which include “the whole rash of human activity which should be none of the government’s business.”Marijuana, which causes neither socially disruptive behavior (like alcohol) nor physical addiction (like tobacco or narcotics), should fall safely into the third category, according to Frank.“There’s a category, ‘drunk and disorderly’ — I don’t think there’s one for ‘baked and disorderly,’ ” he said to audience laughter. “I am not in charge of whether or not people act stupid or waste their time. … That’s a great freedom, to waste your time.”Those who do want to discourage people from smoking marijuana would be better served by a good public health campaign aimed at getting users to quit. The tactic worked for anti-tobacco campaigns, he said.“The public is aware that [the current marijuana policy is] enormously hypocritical,” Frank said. “A large number of people in our society have smoked marijuana and have suffered no ill effects from it, and knowing that are sympathetic toward it not being illegal.”A Gallup poll released earlier this month showed that for the first time in the poll’s history, 50 percent of Americans were in favor of legalizing marijuana. (That figure is up from 46 percent a year ago.)Still, Frank wasn’t hopeful that either of his bills would become law anytime soon. Rather, he said, he wants to create a space where his fellow lawmakers can feel safer politically talking about the medical benefits of marijuana, such as its ability to soothe pain in patients with chronic illnesses.“I think if my colleagues [in Congress] knew what people really thought about this, things would change,” he said.
Harvard Divinity School (HDS) student Shannon Boley pushed open the heavy door of a shipping container and slowly stepped out to the campus green, wiping tears from her eyes.“That was just a connection I haven’t had in a long time,” she said.Boley had just met a 15-year-old girl living more than 5,500 miles away near Amman, Jordan. Although the two were half a world apart, the exchange became emotional when the teen sang in Arabic about love and longing and Boley responded with “Ave Maria.”“It was a beautiful, spiritual experience,” said Boley, her eyes still red. “On the other end of the world, you’re sharing this really intimate part of you. I’m singing this song that means so much to me, and I could tell her song meant so much to her.”The exchange was made possible through an effort of the Religious Literacy Project at HDS and Shared Studios, a collective that creates “portals” inside shipping containers outfitted with immersive technology that enables real-time, face-to-face conversations between people in similar spaces across the world.Shannon Boley and a 15-year-old from Jordan exchange songs. Video still by Joe Sherman/Harvard StaffHDS is hosting one of the portals on campus through Thursday, allowing members of the Harvard community to have conversations with residents and refugees living in Germany, Gaza City, Jordan, and Iraq.Diane Moore, director of the Religious Literacy Project, partnered with the American Academy of Religion and the Henry Luce Foundation to bring the project to campus.In March, Moore had traveled to Erbil, Iraq, where she met with refugees, some of whom had been displaced for more than three years.“There was a concern that no one knows about them,” she said, “that they’re statistics, they’re massive numbers in the news — there was a concern they feel unseen.”The project allows participants in distant portals to make eye contact and feel as if they are talking in the same room. Video still by Joe Sherman/Harvard StaffAmar Bakshi ’06, the founder of Shared Studios, said the goal of the portal project is to make connections — whether between Gaza and Cambridge, or Gaza and Kigali, Rwanda — beneficial for those on both sides.“In some cases, it’s very clear — provision of legal advice to a refugee seeking legal asylum, because there are a lot of lawyers around here and there are fewer in Erbil, [Iraq],” Bakshi said.“It can be a lot more amorphous, though. It can be a game of charades between two kids. A kid in Erbil who has very little to do day-to-day, and a kid here who has only heard about refugees through the news.”Moore invited Cambridge Rindge and Latin School history teacher Rachel Otty, who is taking one of Moore’s courses through the Extension School, to bring her students to the portal.“The fact that the students have actually talked to people who are living in Jordan, or who have lived in Syria, at one point means they have context that most students don’t have,” Otty said. “Some of the [student’s] assumptions … are already starting to break down.”Through the portal, staff from the Division of Continuing Education planned to discuss improving distance learning for refugees with educators and students in Iraq; students from the Kennedy School’s Middle East Refugee Service Initiative spoke with young adults living in Gaza City; and a student from the Graduate School of Education talked about poetry with teens in Iraq.Moore said her students will discuss what it means to carry the refugees’ stories with them in their future scholarship, advocacy work, or ministry.“Many of our students are eager to understand the challenges that people are facing here in the U.S. and around the world where religion intersects with issues of public policy, humanitarian action, journalism, and other areas,” she said. “This is a perfect setting for us to connect not only with people around the world, but with each other.”
By Jason PeevyUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia has established an endowedprofessorship in the College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences honoring legendary horticulturist and retired UGAprofessor Michael A. Dirr.The Michael A. Dirr Professorship for Woody Plant Instruction andIntroduction was approved by the University of System of GeorgiaBoard of Regents at its September meeting. It’s based in the CAESDepartment of Horticulture.The professorship has been filled by David Knauft, former CAESassociate dean for academic affairs. Knauft will maintain a woodyplant breeding and development program that supports theinterests of the horticulture industry.CAES Dean and Director Scott Angle said Dirr is one of theforemost authorities in woody ornamentals.“Dirr’s influence has left a mark on the horticulture industryand on the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciencesthat will not soon be forgotten,” he said. “I’m very pleased thathis love for plants will remain at UGA through this professorshipand through Dr. Knauft.”Now retired and living in North Carolina, Dirr ran a roadsidefruit and vegetable stand as a child. That interest evolved intohis passion for horticulture.Dirr received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees inornamental horticulture operation and management from Ohio StateUniversity in 1966 and 1971 and a Ph.D. in plant physiology fromthe University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1972.In 1979, he became the director of the State Botanical Garden ofGeorgia, where he was instrumental in raising $3 million for thenew Visitor’s Center/Conservatory Complex and charted a coursefor a plant collections development. He returned to teaching andresearch at UGA in 1981 and was promoted to professor in ’84.Dirr has published more than 300 scientific and popularpublications and has authored or coauthored seven books. His”Manual of Woody Landscape Plants” is the most widely adoptedteaching and reference text in the country and has sold more than250,000 copies.With Charles Heuser, professor of horticultural physiology atPenn State University, Dirr also produced “The Reference Manualof Woody Plant Propagation,” which has become the standardreference for plant propagators.Dirr’s “Manual of Woody Landscape Plants” was honored by theAmerican Horticultural Society as one of the great garden booksof the past 75 years.(Jason Peevy is the capital campaign communicationscoordinator with the University of Georgia.)
Roanoke, Virginia, has long been on the radar of outdoors enthusiasts, and for very good reasons. McAfee Knob, one of the most stunning and most photographed spots on the Appalachian Trail is a short drive and short hike from Roanoke. Carvin’s Cove, the second largest municipal park in the USA, offers up more than 50 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, and it’s a short drive from downtown. The Blue Ridge Parkway follows the ridges that surround Roanoke, and as one of the most scenic and accessible drives in the southeast, some 15 million visitors cruise a few miles on this lovely motorway every year.But there’s more to Roanoke than just those big three. For starters, the dining scene in and around Roanoke is killer. Second, the craft beer scene has taken off like a rocket, and there are more than a handful of breweries and taprooms to visit. Third, it’s a great urban outdoor town thanks to a keen greenway project. Fourth, it’s family friendly thanks to that greenway, the trek to the Roanoke Star on Mill Mountain, and Center in the Square, a kid-centered science exploratorium in the heart of downtown. Throw in some top-notch museums and you’ve got reason to visit in any season. Day 1 AdventuresToday you have your pick of how to explore, on two wheels or two feet. Road cyclists and mountain bikers will find plenty of places to pedal. Section 12 of the TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, the 4,228-mile coast-to-coast bike trail, runs right by Roanoke, tracing a path from Christiansburg to Lexington, then connecting with the Blue Ridge Parkway and making its way to the coast. Along the Virginia section there’s tons of elevation gain, making the 368-mile section one of the toughest on the ride. Here you’ll most likely ride Routes 723, 785 and 779, a nearly 50-mile ride. Mountain bikers, look to Carvin’s Cove where some 50 miles of trails and fire roads make for some excellent loops. Dragon’s Back, a sister trail to Dragon’s Tooth (on the Appalachian Trail) is a strenuous 12-mile ride, and at the 7,190-acre Havens Wildlife Management Area you’ll find some amazing rides.If you chose to explore on foot, the Appalachian Trail passes near Roanoke, and the hike to McAfee Knob is a bucket-lister, but the trek to Dragon’s Tooth or to Tinker Cliffs are likewise notable. Or, and this is a big or, you can try the 2-Day Adventure Option outlined below for a monster hiking trip. Day hikers, don’t sweat, McAfee, Dragon’s Tooth and Tinker Cliffs are all doable and accessible, as are the trails in Carvin’s Cove. Explore Park, just across the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 115, has 14 miles of hiking and biking trails, and the Roanoke Valley Greenways make up some 30 miles of trails throughout the city and along the river. Day 2 AdventuresIt’s summit day, but fortunately, both hikes are mild compared to some of the bigger summit hikes—like The Peaks of Otter, Sharp Top and Round Top, near Bedford on the Blue Ridge Parkway—and both are in town. First, head to Read Mountain Preserve, a 243-acre recreation area with 5 miles of trails. Take the 2-mile hike to Buzzards Rock where you’ll be treated to tremendous views of the Roanoke Valley.Your second hike is to Roanoke’s iconic star on the slopes of Mill Mountain. It’s true you could drive up and have a 5-minute walk to the Star, but this way you earn that Instagram post. Park on Walnut Avenue (yes, in town) and head up the mountain using first surface streets then a nicely graded and easy trail. This one’s perfect for the youngest or oldest in the group as there are plenty of spots to stop for a breather. At the top, just under 1.5-miles in you’ll reach the star and the platform overlooking Roanoke and the valley. Great view, especially on a clear day or at twilight.Before you leave town, make time to visit Black Dog Salvage, an astounding architectural salvage shop where you’ll find church steeples and stained glass, midcentury modern bar carts, Victorian-era hardware and treasures galore. Go Big or Go Home: The 2-Day Adventure OptionThere’s another way to do Roanoke, but it’s a big one. How about hiking Virginia’s Triple Crown in a brutal 32-mile, two-day loop that will take you to Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob and Tinker Cliffs? To do this, start at Dragon’s Tooth and make the hike to this 35-foot spire, then follow the Appalachian Trail north to McAfee Knob. You’ll have some camping options depending on how you like to approach things. Camp here tonight (at the Johns Spring, Catawba Mountain or Campbell shelter) for a short first day and intense day 2, or continue north along the AT to Tinker Cliffs, 5.5-miles distant, and camp there at Lamberts Meadow before reversing course and following the AT back to your ride at the Dragon’s Tooth trailhead.Or you could cut this monster hike in half by parking cars at either end of the trail. This option gives you plenty of time and energy for celebrating your on-trail achievements with food and drink in Roanoke.FoodTexas Tavern, also known as Roanoke’s Millionaires’ Club, has been open since 1930 and serves one of the best, and cheapest (seriously, it’s $1.45), cheeseburgers you’ll find. The menu is as small as the restaurant, which seats less than a dozen, but it’s cheap, charming and authentic. How cheap? So cheap you’ll find it challenging to eat $5 worth of food. And best of all: it’s delicious.One of the best restaurants in Roanoke, Lucky, also serves some top-notch cocktails, so they’re a must-dine. On the menu you’ll find everything from roasted bone marrow to fried chicken to boiled peanuts to Rappahannock oysters.Scratch Biscuit Co. keeps it simple with a menu of biscuits, toppings and sides, but there’s so much to chose from. The Jerry Garcia—a biscuit with smoked or regular tofu—The Cotton Hammer—a biscuit with chicken and Alabama White barbecue sauce—are good options, but so’s Bless Your Heart—biscuit, fried green tomato, bacon and chipotle—and every other biscuit on the menu. Blue Apron Restaurant & Red Rooster Bar, located in Salem, is outstanding in every way. It’s got a chic interior and serves equally-chic food. Foie Gras, lamb shank, a to-die-for seared salmon grace the menu, so come here hungry and ready for a memorable meal.If you’re in the mood for simple, get to Benny Marconi’s where the pizza is New York-style (read: huge pies and huge slices), the beer is cold, and the place is open late.Libations and NightlifeLucky. It’s no surprise that one of the best kitchen in Roanoke has a bar to match. Cocktails here are boozy, flavorful and surprising. House made bitters and syrups, bar-infused liquor concoctions and even smoked ice cubes grace the menu, so whether you want something floral and spring-like in your glass or whether you want something to put a little fire in your belly, the barkeeps here have you covered.Roanoke’s beer scene is bustling. In Roanoke you have Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers and Big Lick Brewing Company; in Salem, Parkway Brewing Company; and in Vinton, Twin Creeks Brewing Company. Plus there’s Roanoke Craft Beer Tours, who’ll pick you up, pack you around and fill you full of beer before dropping you off at your hotel.The Community Inn, or CI to those in the know, feels like it’s been around forever because it has. Not literally, but it’s got a great, authentic vibe that so many throwback bars try to achieve. The bar food is good—burgers and tots, square pizza like you’d get in the school cafeteria—and the beer’s good and so are the people. LodgingThe Hotel Roanoke will take you back to the days of Gilded Age opulence without that Gilded Age price, so take a look at staying here, just a block off the heart of downtown. Black Lantern Inn and King George Inn present two solid B&B options.For camping, look to Salem where you can set up at Dixie Caverns.