Deadly bat disease spreading, expected to reach Alaska

first_imgEnvironment | Southeast | WildlifeDeadly bat disease spreading, expected to reach AlaskaApril 13, 2016 by Angela Denning, KFSK Share:A bat with white nose syndrome. (Public Domain photo by Jonathan Mays/USFWS)A disease that’s killed millions of bats on the East Coast was recently found in Washington state. Experts fear it’s only a matter of time before it reaches Alaska. Very little is known about bats in the state. To help learn more about bats in Southeast region the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has started a program that asks the public to help survey the flying mammals.White-nose bat syndrome keeps bats from hibernating properly. It’s a fungus that irritates them and wakes them up too early. And since it’s cold out the bats can’t find insects they need to survive so they starve.“So it’s really serious,” said Steve Lewis with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “It may cause a couple of extinctions of our North American bats.”Lewis and other bat experts don’t know how the disease could affect bats in Southeast because very little is known about bats in the region. People have long known they exist because they can be seen at night. But only in recent years have scientists identified seven species of bats in Southeast. Two larger-sized bats — the silver-haired bat and hoary bat — weigh between 20 and 25 grams, which is about the size of a mouse. Then there are five kinds of little bats known as myotis. They are really tiny.As Lewis likes to say, “You could put three of them in an envelope and [it’s not] overweight.”They weigh just 5 to 7 grams each. But the ravenous little guys love their insects. Just one bat can eat 1,000 insects in an hour. They prefer moths but also go after mosquitoes.The five little bats look so similar that you can’t tell them apart just by looking at them. You have to test their DNA or find out their call, which is distinct.“They all sound a little bit different,” Lewis said. “They have echolocation calls that and they’re all ultrasonic so they’re all above what we can hear but some of them are in the 30-kilohertz range, some of them are in the 40-kilohertz range and then they have different patterns so the sweeps when you look at a sonogram are all different.”There is acoustic equipment that can pick up bat calls and translate them into something human ears can hear. Lewis has been traveling around Southeast training the pubic on the equipment as part of a citizen bat monitoring program. The program relies heavily on the public to do the surveys. Half a dozen Petersburg residents have signed up to participate.This is their part: They drive a specific route 45 minutes after sunset. There is a microphone attached to the roof of the car by a magnet. A cable connects it to a bat detector in the car. There’s also a GPS on the dashboard. You need two people, one to drive right around 20 miles per hour and the other to watch the equipment. In Petersburg, the route makes a loop on Mitkof Island and takes about an hour and a half to complete.Lewis says you will know when you’ve heard some bats.“Because you’ll have your bat detector turned up with the volume and so you’ll go along and you’ll hear tah-tah-tah, and that will be a bat,” Lewis said.The longer part of the drumming call when the sound changes is the bat eating an insect. But it actually happens a lot faster. What we hear has been slowed down eight times.Between the data stored on the bat detector and the GPS, scientists will know what bats were heard where. All of the digital data will be stored on a memory card and later e-mailed to Juneau.Scientists want to find out where the bats are hanging out. They are guessing that it’s a bit different from larger bat caves down south.“We’re getting a feel that they hibernate less in caves and more in cracks in the ground, talus slopes and things which makes us hope that white-nosed syndrome won’t be quite as serious up here because there’s not hundreds of thousands of bats all aggregated into a cave hibernating together so it may not spread as fast anyway but we really don’t know at this point,” said Lewis.They do know that at night the bats are foraging in open places like over muskegs and water. In the daytime, they like roosting in old growth trees, especially mothers with their pups who prefer being under the tree’s peeling bark on the south side where it’s warmer.In general, Lewis says bats have a bad reputation for being scary which is undeserved. He says while you don’t want to handle them because they could carry rabies, they aren’t a scary creature of the night nor are they a kind of flying mouse as they’ve often been called.“They’re not flying mice at all,” Lewis said. “They’re very small but they’re long lived so our bats here, the little brown bat lives anywhere from 20 to 35 years. And they have one pup a year if they manage to raise it. So, when they get knocked down by something like white nose, it’s going to take a really long time for our bat populations to rebound.”The citizen bat monitoring program will run May through September in Southeast. The goal is to get a survey done every two weeks at each location during that time.The program began in Petersburg last summer. So far, five different kinds of bats have been detected.The Petersburg Public Library has a sign-up sheet for the bat detector equipment. You sign up for a week at a time. It’s sensitive equipment and can’t be used in rain, dense fog or wind. You have to be trained before you can use it. Librarian Chris Weiss is able to do that training.Share this story:last_img read more

Live like Ed Miliband: UK homes for sale with two kitchens

first_imgIf we were ever in any doubt as to whether Ed Miliband was a man of the people, we now have solid proof: the Labour leader may have two kitchens, but he only uses the “small one”, he has insisted. Either way, we’re all keen on keeping up with the Milibands – so we’ve put together a few of the UK’s best homes with two kitchens. Because sometimes you need one kitchen for cooking, and one to prepare snacks….1. Derby, £2m  The second kitchen has more of a “country” feel (Source: Scargill Mann & Co)At the top end of the price scale is this mansion in Derby, which not only features two kitchens and a utility room, but also a pool kitchen, for making poolside snacks (although we should point out it’s important to leave an hour between eating and swimming). The house also has five bedrooms. That’s practically as many bedrooms as kitchens. 2. Surrey Quays, £750,000 Rustic versus bright and airy (Source: Field & Sons)This “charming Victorian terrace” has between four and five bedrooms, and comes with that London rarity: gardens at the front and back of the house. And it’s only half a mile from Canada Water station, on the Jubilee Line, from which would-be party leaders can be whisked to Westminster in no time. 3. Boughton, £275,000 Matching oak kitchens make up this Chester home (Source: eMoov)Not only does this home, in Boughton, have two kitchens, it’s also got a kitchinette, plus four bedrooms and four bathrooms, and off-road parking for three cars. Kitchens aside, its biggest selling point is its proximity to the canal, along which its new owners can stroll into Chester city centre. 4. Feltham, £450,000 A handy open-plan kitchen means snacks are never far (Source: Frost)Our final property is situated in sunny Feltham, and within easy reach of Hatton Cross. The house has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two kitchens and a 35ft lounge, with a “further living room” – fit for a wannabe PM. Live like Ed Miliband: UK homes for sale with two kitchens Emma Haslett whatsapp Friday 13 March 2015 12:07 pm Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.com20 Rules Genghis Khan’s Army Had To Live Byzenherald.comNoteableyKirstie Alley Is So Skinny Now And Looks Like A BarbieNoteableyMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyMoneyWise.com15 States Where Americans Don’t Want To Live AnymoreMoneyWise.comTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBallEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirror Show Comments ▼ Tags: General Election 2015 last_img read more

A guide to the changing science of flu shots

first_img Nasal flu vaccine loses its luster — or does it?In late June an expert committee that advises the US government on vaccination policy recommended that the nasal spray vaccine FluMist, which has been used by millions, not be used this season.The reason: Studies conducted by the CDC had shown that for the past three flu seasons the vaccine wasn’t protecting the people who got it.It’s not clear why. Adding to the confusion, a study by the vaccine’s manufacturer, MedImmune, suggested the mist was effective. (MedImmune is a division of AstraZeneca.)Both the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration are working with the company to try to figure out what’s going on.In Canada, meanwhile, kids will have the option of getting FluMist this fall because data gathered there showed the vaccine was working — though not quite as well as injectable vaccine, said Dr. Danuta Skowronski, a flu expert at British Columbia’s Center for Disease Control in Vancouver.One of the Canadian studies, led by Dr. Mark Loeb at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., compared kids vaccinated with the nasal spray vaccine to kids who got flu shots over three flu seasons. He found the nasal spray vaccine worked as well as the flu shot.“I think they struck the right balance in that decision,” Skowronski said of the experts who decided to retain the vaccine in Canada.How can we make sense of all of this conflicting information? There are some theories.FluMist seemed to work well in the United States until MedImmune changed its formulation a few years ago to put an extra component in the vaccine. It had protected against three flu virus families; now it protects against four. Maybe something happened in that process?Or perhaps repeatedly vaccinating children with this vaccine is diminishing its effectiveness?For now, there’s no answer. While the search for one continues, the CDC has recommended US doctors not administer FluMist this flu season. How does the flu vaccine work?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsEnabledDisabledPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9 facebook twitter Email Linkhttps://www.statnews.com/2016/09/28/2016-flu-season-shots-science/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0000:4900:49  The vaccine triggers the immune system to create antibodies, preparing the body for viral battle. Alex Hogan/STAT Questions over the impact of repeat vaccinationsThere have been suspicions for decades that getting a flu shot year after year might invoke a law of diminishing returns. Those suspicions stem from a 1970s study in which a researcher observed that boarding school students who were vaccinated each year were more likely to contract influenza.In the late 1990s a British researcher named Derek Smith hypothesized that repeated vaccination could trigger beneficial results — which he called positive interference — when the viruses the vaccine targets were different from one year to the next. Why my patients refuse the flu shot. It’s not what you think Newsletters Sign up for First Opinion A weekly digest of our opinion column, with insight from industry experts. Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. About the Author Reprints So are the shots worth the bother? STAT asked some influenza vaccine experts to break down what we’ve learned lately about flu shots and what you need to know as the winter draws near. Nasal flu vaccine is not working and should not be used this season, expert panel concludes The staff at Courage’s Anchor Brewery in London receive a flu vaccine in January 1968. Harry Todd/Fox Photos/Getty Images Related: Please enter a valid email address. Inspired by that work, the researchers at Marshfield did a study of their own. They found statin use seemed to lower antibody production to one family of influenza A viruses (the H3N2s) but not to another (H1N1s) and not to influenza B viruses. In other words, this is another question that needs answering.Loeb said the issue bears studying, but hasn’t yet been proved. “I think there’s some biological rationale [but] it’s definitely not a slam dunk by any means.”The $64,000 questionSo how good is flu vaccine at protecting against influenza?In the not-too-distant past, the CDC and other public health institutes estimated that flu shots cut one’s risk of contracting flu by between 70 percent and 90 percent.But that new way of assessing vaccine effectiveness we talked about earlier has shed more light on that question, and the effectiveness estimate was seen to be too high.The more common claim is that the vaccine lowers one’s risk by an average of about 50 percent to 60 percent — though some years the protection is far less, depending on how well matched the viral targets in the vaccine are to the viruses making people sick.Everyone wishes the vaccines were more effective. Research is underway to try to develop a flu shot that would provide broader protection that wouldn’t have to be administered every year.But the science isn’t there yet. And bringing a brand new type of flu vaccine through licensure and to market would cost boatloads of money. So for now, manufacturers in the crowded flu vaccine market are, as Skowronski put it, “tinkering” — adding the fourth component to the vaccine, creating a high-dose product for seniors, who don’t respond as well to flu vaccine, or adding an adjuvant (a compound meant to amp up antibody production) to another vaccine for seniors.“You get maybe little marginal benefits here, there. But in terms of a real game-changer … I don’t see it,” Treanor said. Privacy Policy @HelenBranswell By Helen Branswell Sept. 28, 2016 Reprints Please enter a valid email address. Tags fluinfluenzavaccine Privacy Policy While the flu is a common illness, that hardly means the science around it is static. Some recent studies have suggested that getting a yearly shot may actually diminish the benefit of successive vaccinations. Others have raised the possibility that statins —  the commonly used cholesterol-lowering drugs — may actually interfere  with your immune system’s response to influenza vaccine.Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended against the use of the nasal mist vaccine that many kids prefer over injected vaccine.advertisement Helen Branswell Leave this field empty if you’re human: Yes, there are questions about flu vaccine that need to be explored through scientific study. But in the meantime, Skowronski said, people should stay the course.“You could become overwhelmed by the smorgasbord of issues that have arisen when we started to really systematically evaluate influenza vaccine performance on an annual basis,” she admitted.Treanor agreed.“The recommendation and the message that people should be vaccinated still holds true. Because it’s clear from all these studies that although many factors can influence how well the vaccine works, getting the vaccine is always better than not getting the vaccine,” he said. HealthA guide to the changing science of flu shots Related: Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development. You’re seeing the signs in pharmacies and perhaps around your workplace. Your doctor’s office may be calling to schedule an appointment. It’s just that time.Flu vaccination efforts are in full swing.But you may have been hearing puzzling things about flu shots over the past couple of years.advertisement Leave this field empty if you’re human: But he also suggested when the vaccine targets the same specific virus in successive years, the antibodies created in the first year might dampen antibody production the second year. He called that negative interference.In recent years, a new method of measuring the effectiveness of the flu vaccine has put this theory back on the table. In 2014 scientists from Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Marshfield, Wisc., found that people who received the flu vaccine generated higher levels of antibodies — compared with people who received an annual shot — if they hadn’t been vaccinated in the previous five years.So, is it a thing?Dr. John Treanor, an influenza vaccine expert at the University of Rochester in New York, said it appears there’s something there.“It’s really unclear exactly what the mechanism is and I think that’s going to be an area of very intensive investigation over the next few years,” said Treanor.The problem is, even if the theory proves true, it would be hard to act on the information, he noted. Flu vaccine contains protection against three or four types of viruses, depending on the brand. It is very rare that all four viruses would change from year to year.So one year you might not really need a repeat of one component, but you would need the other two or three. Because of the way vaccines are made, it’s impossible to unbundle the components.Still, understanding what is going on is important, said Skowronski.“For me anyway, these repeat vaccine effects are among the most important developments in influenza vaccinology of the past decade,” she said, noting the issue could have implications for universal vaccination programs, such as the one in the United States, where it’s recommended that everyone get vaccinated against influenza.“The long-term implications of that frankly are not known and these repeat vaccine effects may have a huge bearing on that.”In the meantime, experts stress that while repeat vaccinations could lead the body to generate fewer antibodies, it’s still recommended to get a yearly shot. Some protection is better than none.The statin factorStatin use has become ubiquitous among people in late-middle age and older seeking to lower their cholesterol.But two studies published last fall (here and here) suggest that people on statins don’t mount as vigorous an immune response to flu vaccine as people not taking the drugs. The effect was particularly pronounced for people taking synthetic statins.last_img read more

Quebec’s VRSP offers framework for other provincial plans

Related news Quebec budget hikes spending to ‘stimulate’ economy amid global uncertainty Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Quebec drops small biz tax rate, extends tax for financial institutions “The Quebec government’s commitment to provide universal pension access to Quebec workers is critically important to the VRSP’s success in Quebec,” Kyle says. “This same commitment to universal access will be key to making the PRPP a success in other provinces across Canada.” VRSPs are expected to benefit Quebec workers by providing a plan structure to pool smaller employers’ assets to allow these plans to benefit from economies of scale. According to the proposal, which must still be passed into law, VRSPs must be made available to all employees of businesses with five or more eligible employees. Automatic enrolment engages members early to be actively involved with their retirement planning and helps them take advantage of tax-free compounding. By including a lifecycle (e.g., target date) fund as the default, the member’s asset mix in the VRSP will adjust to their stages of life automatically, providing an easy way to diversify and rebalance as they get older. Although the current proposed VRSP structure allows plan members to reserve savings for retirement and access the contributions they make at any time, the VRSP structure locks in employer contributions until the age of 55 to help ensure employees’ savings are earmarked for retirement. In addition, the VRSP is proposed to be portable. Employees who change jobs can continue contributing to the same VRSP. Winnipeg-based Great-West Life Assurance Co. Wednesday commended the Quebec government for its proposed voluntary retirement savings plan, the province’s version of the federal pooled registered pension plan initiative. “The VRSP offers a strategic framework for other Canadian provinces as they develop their own PRPP legislation,” says Bill Kyle, executive vice president, wealth management at Great-West Life. “We encourage all provincial governments in their efforts to help Canadians achieve retirement income adequacy by incorporating universal access, auto enrolment, auto escalation and locking in of contributions.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Quebec,  Pooled Registered Pension Plans,  VRSPs Sophie Orru to support Capital Group’s Quebec expansion IE Staff read more

Michael Lee-Chin Receives Honorary Degree From University of Toronto

first_imgMichael Lee-Chin Receives Honorary Degree From University of Toronto UncategorizedJune 22, 2007 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Chairman of the National Commercial Bank (NCB) and AIC Limited, Michael Lee-Chin, has been conferred with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Toronto.Chancellor of the University, Hon. David Peterson, conferred the honorary degree on Dr. Lee-Chin at the university’s recent Spring Convocation. Family, friends and business partners were on hand to witness the moment.William Thorsell, Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), read the citation, which described Dr. Lee-Chin as one of Canada’s leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists, whose honesty, humility and zeal for hard work were passed on from his mother, Gloria Chen.Addressing the more than 500 graduates, who were about to receive first degrees in the fields of Arts, Science and Commerce, Dr. Lee-Chin told them that “the best time to start building your legacy is now; your behaviour today is your history tomorrow.”He also advised them on the key ingredients for a fulfilled life, which are aspiration, an enduring value system, persistency, performance, risk taking and leadership by example. “This is perhaps the most essential instrument to encourage youngsters to demonstrate commitment and dedication towards any cause. Role models are powerful catalysts in raising the confidence, enthusiasm and energy level of an entire generation,” he stated.Recalling the day in March 2002, when he signed papers to finalize the ownership of Jamaica’s largest bank, Dr. Lee-Chin said he was in awe. “How is it possible,” he asked himself at the time, “that a boy born in Portland, the son of two clerks could be buying the National Commercial Bank?”“I did not choose my parents. I was blessed to have parents who set high standards and led by example. I did not choose my country; I was blessed to be born in a country that made me confident to be anybody I wanted to be. I am blessed because of the experiences I’ve had,” he stated.He implored the new graduates to realize that they too are blessed and therefore have certain responsibilities to humanity.Jamaica’s Consul General to Toronto, Ann-Marie Bonner, in congratulating Dr. Lee-Chin, described him as a true ambassador for Jamaica and Canada. “He continues to make us proud through his visionary and trail-blazing entrepreneurial initiatives and on-going philanthropic efforts. He has gained the respect and admiration of many and is an inspiration to us all,” she stated. RelatedMichael Lee-Chin Receives Honorary Degree From University of Toronto RelatedMichael Lee-Chin Receives Honorary Degree From University of Torontocenter_img RelatedMichael Lee-Chin Receives Honorary Degree From University of Toronto Advertisementslast_img read more

Roslyn Road Rehab Brings Relief to Albion Mountain

first_imgRelatedRoslyn Road Rehab Brings Relief to Albion Mountain Roslyn Road Rehab Brings Relief to Albion Mountain TransportFebruary 23, 2010 RelatedRoslyn Road Rehab Brings Relief to Albion Mountain Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Residents of Albion Mountain, St. Mary, are breathing a sigh of relief following the $4.5 million rehabilitation of the Roslyn main road in the community.The road was recently resurfaced through the cooperation of the European Union (EU) and the St. Mary Parish Council. Funding to the tune of approximately $2.7 million was provided by the EU, while the remaining $1.8 million was contributed by the Parish Council.The project began in September, last year and was completed in December. Work included the marling and asphalting of the roadway, and construction of cross and “V” drains.It was funded under the Rural Economic and Social Infrastructure Support Project (RESISP), which is managed by the St. James Parish Council with the assistance of the Department of Local Government.RESISP is being undertaken through a grant of Euros 1.15 million from the European Union’s Banana Support Programme, to address the economic fallout resulting from the liberalization of the banana market in Europe.The programme provides financing for projects in the six traditional banana growing parishes – St. Thomas, St. Mary, Clarendon, St. James, Portland and St. Catherine. Some 1,200 households are expected to benefit.The official handing over of the road to the St. Mary Parish Council took place during a ceremony at the Albion Mountain Primary School, on Friday (February 19).Among those attending were Minister of State for Local Government, Hon. Robert Montague, and Ambassador Marco Mazzocchi Alemani, Head of Delegation of the EU to Jamaica.Addressing the function, Mr. Montague expressed gratitude to the EU for the role it has played in making the Roslyn Road Rehabilitation a reality, and for the significant contributions it has made, over the years, to the development of numerous other social and economic initiatives in the country.He noted that the project will play a leading role in catalyzing further improvements in the community, and urged the St. Mary Parish Council and residents of Albion Mountain to ensure that the best care is taken of the road, to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.Ambassador Mazzocchi congratulated the Department of Local Government, the St. James Parish Council and the other five Parish Councils implementing the Rural Economic and Social Infrastructure Support Project for their outstanding work, and observed that the rehabilitation of Roslyn Road will serve as an enhancement to the economic and social upliftment of the residents of the Albion Mountain community.Declaring that the EU has earmarked J$1.2 billion dollars for rural diversification from banana producing communities, he asserted that, together with the Government of Jamaica, it has adopted an integrated approach to rural development, supporting local initiatives for economic diversification, job creation and provision of social and economic infrastructure.Also addressing the function were Mayor of Port Maria, Councillor Richard Creary, and Member of Parliament for Central St. Mary, Dr. Morais Guy, both of whom thanked the EU for its support in rehabilitating the road, and expressed confidence that the rehabilitation will influence further developmental initiatives in the community. RelatedRoslyn Road Rehab Brings Relief to Albion Mountainlast_img read more

Heritage rail back on track to mark 150 years 19 February

first_imgHeritage rail back on track to mark 150 years 19 February Michael Ferguson,Minister for Infrastructure and TransportThe 150th anniversary of rail in Tasmania has been celebrated with the official handover by TasRail of the 2118/ZA6 heritage locomotive to the Tasmanian Transport Museum.This week marks the 150th anniversary of the opening of Tasmania’s first railway which ran between Launceston and Deloraine and was operated by the Launceston and Western Railway Company.Delivered into operation in 1976, the ZA6 was the last English Electric Corporation locomotive built in Australia, the last new locomotive built for Tasmania, the last diesel locomotive built by the company in the world, and is now part of the museum’s permanent collection.Following a 200 kilometre journey from TasRail’s East Tamar site in Launceston, the Tasmanian Transport Museum Society is working hard on the restoration of the 100-tonne locomotive to get it back on track.To mark the anniversary we have also officially handed over five kilometres of currently unused track to the museum to expand their heritage rail operations.This section of the rail corridor between Elwick Road in Glenorchy and Mentmore Street in Berriedale greatly increases the visitor experiences the museum can offer and is a significant upgrade from the 450 metre siding their operations were formerly restricted to.Importantly, we have also made the way clear for these operations, as well as the Derwent Valley Railway, Don River Railway, the Launceston and North East Railway, to stay on the tracks with $600,000 to help cover the public liability insurance premiums required to operate visitor rail.This support, being provided through the Tasmania Association of Tourist Railways, will cover 90 per cent of the cost of premiums in the first year, tapering off to a final 10 per cent over seven years.In the 150th year of rail in Tasmania we are happy to work alongside heritage rail operators to provide high-quality visitor experiences and the chance for Tasmanians to step back into the days when rail was king of transport. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:anniversary, AusPol, Australia, Deloraine, Electric, English, Ferguson, first year, Glenorchy, Government, infrastructure, insurance, Launceston, Minister, operation, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, Transportlast_img read more

CU's Modern Indian Identity Series To Feature Eva Garroutte On Oct. 25

first_img Published: Oct. 10, 2007 Eva Garroutte, author of “Real Indians: Identity and the Survival of Native America,” will speak at the University of Colorado at Boulder Oct. 25 as part of the Center of the American West’s Modern Indian Identity series.Her talk, “My Father’s Stories: Remembering Oklahoma,” is free and open to the public. The lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the ATLAS building auditorium and will be followed by a reception in the ATLAS lobby.Garroutte, an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is an associate professor of sociology at Boston College. Her research interests include racial and ethnic identity, religion, and American Indian health and aging. Garroutte is examining the medical communication needs of American Indian elders at Cherokee Nation clinics and the dynamics of an urban American Indian community through the life histories of its members. She earned her doctorate in sociology from Princeton University in 1993.”Eva Garroutte’s work deserves the attention and respect of anyone interested in the circumstances of Indian people today,” said history Professor Patty Limerick, faculty director of the Center of the American West. “Her willingness to join in this lecture series — and planned book project — is a matter of very good luck for the center.”The Modern Indian Identity series aims to dispel the perception among many non-Indians that the only “real Indians” are 19th century Plains horsemen riding after bison and disappearing from history after the arrival of white Americans, Limerick said. Indian people in the 21st century “both carry on long-lasting traditions and play central and consequential roles in American life.”The event is funded by Nancy and Gary Carlston.The mission of the CU-Boulder Center of the American West is to explore the distinctive character and issues of the region and to help Westerners become well-informed, participating citizens in their communities.For information call the Center of the American West at (303) 492-4879 or visit www.centerwest.org. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Take part in the virtual Womxn’s Leadership Symposium March 3

first_img Zoom Backgrounds Breakout Sessions11-11:55 a.m.Leadership Shorts: TED-style Talks from CU Boulder StaffPutting Myself First: Learning to Effectively and Appropriately Say NoStephanie Roberts, Assistant Director, Intercultural Engagement, Center for Inclusion & Social ChangeEmbodied Knowledge: On Gender, Leadership and Trusting Your GutShantel Martinez, Director, Education, Center for Inclusion & Social Change Bianca Zamora, Coordinator, Otter Cross Cultural Center, California State University Monterey Bay Allymyr Atreo, Coordinator, Otter Cross Cultural Center, California State University Monterey BayFireside Chats with Women in Policing: Developing Resilience During Turbulent TimesPaula Balafas, Commander, CUPD Carissa Jaquish-Rocha, Program Manager, Events & Safety, CUPD​Watch on Youtube​The Five Elements of Well-beingErica Schomer, Program Coordinator, New Student & Family Programs The pandemic has brought a lot of stress, uncertainty and abrupt changes in our lives. How can we move beyond surviving to flourishing? Discover how positive psychology and the PERMA model (positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment) can maximize a sense of fulfillment, resilience and well-being in ourselves and others. Watch on Youtube​Dreaming as a Tool for Healing, Growth and ResistanceSophia Surage, Event and Community Partnerships Coordinator, Volunteer Resource Center Tamara Williams Van Horn, Associate Director, Intercultural Engagement, Center for Inclusion and Social Change The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the taken-for-granted functions and relationships most of us are familiar with, or at least accustomed to, in higher education generally, and CU Boulder, specifically. In this session, facilitators experienced in building feminist community at CU will create an imagining and dreaming space, where participants can collaborate andDream about what we want CU to be like for womxn and folx who feel called to feminism, as well as toImagine a CU that exists as a place where feminist intergenerational growth, connection, learning and restoring happens. What are we willing to commit to contributing towards this possibility?This session is intended to provide a restorative, connecting, innovative space. To this end, we are centering arts activities and gentle movement to guide the flow of the conversations. Colors and big paper are highly welcomed. Watch on Youtube1-1:55 p.m.Guiding Your Leadership Forward: Activating Your “Whys” and Your “Strengths” with Self-ReflectionTamara Williams Van Horn, Associate Director, Intercultural Engagement, Center for Inclusion & Social Change In this video duet, participants will first be guided through an alternative to traditional goal-setting that takes no more than 15 minutes to start tapping into your deepest intentions and highest aims. Second, in a living-room chat style, Gallup-certified Strengths Coach Tamara Williams Van Horn inspires us to consider what we do best, and how to dream of shaping the “best of us” to lead women, as women, at CU. Watch on YoutubeResting and Restoring to Resilience: The Seven Types of RestBrie Jutte Waterman, Program Coordinator, New Student & Family Programs In this session, we will explore the seven types of rest that every person needs, from Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD. We will watch her 10-minute TED Talk and then dive deeper into the seven types of rest. We will encourage people to come up with their own list of ideas for themselves and how they might incorporate this new type of rest into their lives. We will encourage reflection over the past year in areas that participants might have already incorporated all types of rest and other areas. We will also discuss how gender might impact our ability to rest both at home and in the workplace.  Watch on YoutubeGet Your Financial Stuff Together!Carissa Krug, Purchasing and Receiving Agent, Medical Services Do you care about making sure you’re financially secure now and in the future but have no idea what to do to make that happen? Perhaps you’re about to graduate or still new-ish to the real world and are kind-of “adulting,” but you’re not doing anything intentional with your money. In this workshop you’ll learn:The four steps to overhaul your finances – what to do, in what order, and why to ignore most of the financial advice out thereHow to set rich life goals and use them as the foundation of your personal financial systemHow to build a personal financial infrastructure with things like bank accounts, credit cards and investment accountsWhy cutting out the weekly latte doesn’t really matter – learn where to focus your energy to make the biggest shifts for your financial futureThe one thing you can do to make sure your money works for you while you sleep!Watch on Youtube Conference Schedule10:30-11 a.m.  Welcome Session11-11:55 a.m.  Breakout Sessions12-12:55 p.m.  Networking and Connection Lunch Hour1-1:55 p.m.  Breakout Sessions2-3 p.m.  Keynote Panel Keynote PanelThis year’s Keynote Panel brought four dynamic local women leaders in a conversation around our theme, Cultivating Growth Through Resistance and Resilience.Lauren Casteel, President and CEO, Women’s Foundation of ColoradoKate Hise, Director of Early Childhood Education and Family Resources for YWCA Boulder CountyShontel Lewis, RTD Director for District BDebbie Pope, CEO of YWCA Boulder CountyWatch the Keynote on Youtube Mission The Womxn’s Leadership Symposium highlights existing CU Boulder leadership resources and provides a place for students, staff and faculty to connect and collaborate.Vision The Womxn’s Leadership Symposium seeks to explore the variety of ways authentic leadership is present in our communities, empower confidence in leadership styles and practices, and engage the resiliency in tomorrow’s leaders with CU Boulder students, staff and faculty. Wednesday, March 3 • Virtual eventThank you all for your support of the 2021 Womxn’s Leadership Symposium! Even though this year’s symposium is over, you can view all of our recorded sessions at the links below. The Womxn’s Leadership Symposium is a conference created for womxn/womxn-identified staff and students. Get ready to explore a variety of ways to develop authentic and empowered leadership skills! This year’s theme is Cultivating Growth Through Resistance and Resilience.We know that our campus, nation and world still struggle to advance womxn’s leadership, especially in a time when civil unrest and a global pandemic disproportionately impact womxn’s participation in the public sphere. We are hoping that the 2021 WLS will provide a forum for womxn to gather for support and to practice our skills together to remind ourselves that this, too, shall pass.We have some exciting and engaging sessions planned, as well as a selection of TED-style talks, to boost you over “Zoom fatigue.”Contact [email protected] with questions. Show your support for the Womxn’s Leadership SymposiumJoin us for all or part of the dayShare the Symposium with a womxn-supportive colleaguePlace the announcement on your Slack channel, internal bulletin boards, etc.Share the Symposium with your students, including any meaningful takeaways you have received from WLS or from attending developmental events like this in general! Please feel free to use these custom Womxn’s Leadership Symposium 2021 Zoom backgrounds! Click the images below to see and download the full-sized background. Partners Thank you to the Division of Students Affairs and ODECE for their support of the Womxn’s Leadership Symposium. Thank you as well to the committee and their departments for supporting the leadership learning, development and engagement of CU Boulder women/woman-identified staff and students: Career Services, Center for Inclusion and Social Change, Center for Student Involvement, New Student and Family Programs, University of Colorado Student Government and University Memorial Center.last_img read more

Portugal’s Quinta do Ameal Debuts in U.S.

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Twitter Share AdvertisementNew Owner (Esporão), New U.S. Importer, New WineLivingston, NJ, August 19, 2020: Quinta do Ameal, a revered name in Portuguese white wines, is now about to become a presence in the U.S. The historic 1710 estate in Ponte de Lima in Portugal’s Vinho Verde DOC is widely credited with putting collectable, cellar-worthy Loureiro-based Vinho Verde on the map. In October 2019, the property was acquired by Portuguese powerhouse Esporão. Marketing and distribution will be managed by Livingston, NJ-based NOW Wine Imports, Esporão’s U.S. import arm, established in June 2017. The Esporão portfolio is currently available in 21 states, set to expand to 25 by January 1, 2021 with the additions of Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Wisconsin“Thanks to Esporão’s desire to produce in Portugal’s finest wine regions, U.S. wine lovers are now able to access Ameal’s distinctive and delicious wines. These are quite different from the Vinho Verde most of us are familiar with.” — Frank Paredes, President, NOW Wine ImportsQuinta do Ameal’s U.S. arrival coincides with the stateside debut of a new wine under the Esporão umbrella label. Bico Amarelo (“Yellow Beak”) is a blend of 40% Loureiro grapes from Quinta do Ameal, rounded out by 30% each of Alvarinho and Avesso sourced from nearby growers. Starting with the 2019 vintage, Bico Amarelo will debut with an SRP of $12 / Bottle shot attached.Bico Amarelo joins three 100% estate fruit, 100% Loureiro offerings from Quinta do Ameal: Ameal Loureiro (no oak, SRP $18), Ameal Solo Único (stainless steel, no temperature control, SRP $28) and Ameal Escolha (French oak, SRP $40). All three were groundbreakers, exemplifying the impressive potential for quality wines made from the once lowly Loureiro grape variety, when farmed and vinified correctly.The wines of Quinta do Ameal, imported by Now Wine Imports, Livingston, NJAvailable in AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, GA, MA, ME, MI, MO, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OR, RI, TX, VA and WAQuinta do Ameal Loureiro / SRP $18Quinta do Ameal Solo Único / SRP $28Quinta do Ameal Escolha / SRP $40Bico Amarelo / SRP $12Quinta do Ameal: Ponte de Lima in the Lima River Valley is home to 74-acre Quinto do Ameal and ground zero for the best Loureiro. Ameal is the area’s quality pioneer and standard-bearer, with Loureiro its calling-card. Hallmarks of a Quinta do Ameal Loureiro are a tight acidity and minerality, due in part to granitic soils, along with wines that can age more than a dozen years, evolving gracefully over their lifespan. http:///www.quintadoameal.com/Esporão: Founded by José Roquette and Joaquim Bandeira in 1973, Esporão is one of Portugal’s premier wine companies, with wines now sold in 50 countries. Esporão is also an eco-wine tourism pioneer, starting with its namesake Herdade do Esporão property in Alentejo. In 2008, Esporão acquired Quinta dos Murças in the Douro, followed by Quinta do Ameal in Vinho Verde in 2019. Tourism opportunities exist at all three properties, complemented by the highly regarded Esporão No Porto restaurant in Porto. Esporão’s portfolio also includes estate-produced olive oils and Sovina Craft Beer. https://www.esporao.com/en/NOW Wine Imports:NOW Wine Imports in Livingston, NJ, is the U.S. import arm established by Portuguese powerhouse Esporão in June 2017. Led by industry veteran Frank Paredes, NOW Wine oversees U.S. distribution and marketing for the entire Esporão portfolio, comprising Herdade do Esporão in Portugal’s Alentejo region, Quinta dos Murças in the Douro, and Quinta do Ameal in Northern Portugal’s Vinho Verde DOC.Advertisement Home Industry News Releases Portugal’s Quinta do Ameal Debuts in U.S.Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessPortugal’s Quinta do Ameal Debuts in U.S.By Press Release – August 18, 2020 481 0 Previous articleMichael Browne Launches New Regional Wine Project, Chev WinesNext articleēlicit Wine Project Launches New Website, Wine Subscription Service Press Release TAGSNOW Wine Imports ReddIt Email Pinterestlast_img read more