Government to give one-off milk payment for dairy farmers as Morrisons launches premium milk brand

first_img Catherine Neilan Monday 12 October 2015 2:11 pm Government to give one-off milk payment for dairy farmers as Morrisons launches premium milk brand by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikePost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillLearn It WiseAfter Losing 70lbs Susan Boyle Is So Skinny Now She Looks Like A ModelLearn It WiseLivestlyThe Best Redhead Actresses, RankedLivestlyDefinitionThe Most Famous Movie Filmed In Every U.S. StateDefinition whatsapp In England and Wales, the one-off payment for an average-sized dairy farm would come out at around £1,800 per farmer.In Northern Ireland farmers will be allocated, on average, just short of £2,000. In Scotland, because they have larger dairy units on average, it will be just over £2,500. It comes after months of stress for the dairy sector, resulting in widespread protests and blockades directed at some of the UK’s biggest supermarkets, including Morrisons. This grocer has today launched a premium “milk for farmers” range, which will return 23p per four-pint bottle of milk directly to farmers supplier and cooperative Arla.  On sale from today (Source: Morrisons)UK farming minister George Eustice said: “We recognise that many dairy farmers in the UK are suffering financially at the moment and the support will offer some relief. Sharecenter_img More From Our Partners Porsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Struggling dairy farmers across the UK are to receive a one-off payment to help ease their cash-flow problems caused by the volatile price of milk, the government announced today. Farmers in the four nations of the UK will receive a cut of £26.2m between them. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) plans to ensure the aid reaches farmers’ bank accounts in December.  “Dairy farmers are a vital part of our £100bn food and farming industry and I’m pleased to confirm that ministers across the union have agreed to distribute the aid in the simplest way – linked to milk production – to ensure the RPA can get this money into farmers’ bank accounts promptly.”Eustice is this week attending the world’s largest food and drink fair Anuga to promote British food and farming exports. Environment secretary Liz Truss will also lead a trade delegation to China next month – including eight British dairy businesses – to promote quality British products to this growing market.  She said: “While it’s right that the immediate focus is on support for farmers’ cash-flow it is equally important that we help build for the long term. Developing a futures market will help farmers manage volatility and we are pleased that the commission is taking this forward.”We are also working with the commission to look at ways of bringing greater fairness and transparency to the supply chain, using the success of our Groceries Code Adjudicator as a model that could benefit the whole of Europe.” whatsapp Show Comments ▼last_img read more

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“North Korea Kidnaps Civilians after an Elaborate Plan”

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter Analysis & Opinion “North Korea Kidnaps Civilians after an Elaborate Plan” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center AvatarKim Yong Hun Analysis & Opinion center_img Analysis & Opinion [imText1]Due to the lack of transportation at the time, it would have been difficult to carry out, but Seoul lies adjacent to North Korea, so most people were taken by foot. Recorded in the autobiography In Front of History, historian Kim Sung Chil, who was in Seoul until the September 28 victory, it can be confirmed that Seoul civilian transfer business was being organized since July according to the “Seoul 500,000 civilian transfer command.” Additionally, the correspondence from the U.S. Consulate in Tokyo, Japan back to the U.S. on October 11, 1950 regarding the Seoul situation provides evidence for the kidnappings. In the correspondence, it is written, “Between September 17, 1950 to the 28th, over 10,000 people, at least 20,000 political criminals who were held in prison or were in detainment or under inspection disappeared from Seoul (shortened). In the last days of the occupation, the Communist Party devoted itself to transferring people such as musicians, pastors, government officials, businessmen and youth who can lift weights to the Northern part of the peninsula.” – What kind of kidnapping methods did North Korea use? North Korea tactfully hid its kidnapping actions and took people using a variety of means. This is called, “Disguised Kidnapping”–under the pretext of voluntary surrender, tourism, strategy of accompaniment, transfer, and mobilization, it executed the kidnappings. In many instances, North Korean military commanders would come to the house and say they had some questions and take people away. There used even a method of hunting down the hiding persons and kidnapping them. – What kind of a process did the kidnap victims go through? Several famous politicians were kidnapped by vehicles starting July 1950, but were taken by foot upon reaching mountainous paths. There were several courses and forms, but they can be divided into two. First, internal affairs and the State Political Security Affairs Agency ordered self-written affidavits be written several times and after inspection, would confine them in prisons. When renting became disadvantageous, they sent handcuffed abductees by railcar to Cheongryangri in September 1950 in the middle of the night. Or they would hold people in the medical college lecture hall and beginning the following night, over 3,000 people would be bound and collectively walk by foot, passing through Yeoncheon and Hwanghaedo Sibyulri to Pyongyang prison. Second, kidnap victims can be put under informal arrest at schools and other public places and can be sent to the battlefield under the pretense of volunteer army. – What are the statistical materials on wartime abductees? Through ”Research regarding the objective analysis of the realities of 6-25 abductees” (Professor Kim Myung Ho from Kangreung University), Seoul Metropolitan City’s Injured Persons’ Roster composed by the 1950 Bureau of Public Information’s Bureau of Statistics, 1951. There are: Korean Wartime Abductees’ List, created by 6-25 Wartime Abductees’ Family Committee, The Korean Wartime Abductees’ Roster, created by the government in 1952, The Korean War Disturbance’s Abductees’ List made by the Internal Affairs Department’s Bureau for Public Peace in 1954, and Lost Persons’ Report made by the Red Cross Society in 1956. (continued) Analysis & Opinion Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? By Kim Yong Hun – 2007.04.25 2:44pm last_img read more

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Echelon Wealth Partners names Joe Oliver as chairman

first_img TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PenderFund names new SVP for investments IE Staff Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter As chairman, Oliver will take a leadership role in addressing the issues of independent financial services firms, including regulatory policy, emerging-market and industry trends, technological innovation, as well as the deepening challenge of capital formation for small- and mid-cap Canadian innovation companies. Oliver will also be involved in client relationship activities and represent the firm at industry events. “We are absolutely delighted that someone of Mr. Oliver’s scope and depth of knowledge, wisdom and experience has chosen to join our firm,” says David Cusson, CEO of Echelon, which has approximately 100 advisors and portfolio managers representing 70 teams with more than $4 billion in assets under administration and management, in a statement. “With Joe aboard, we will have a strong voice representing the value of robust independent investment firms in Canadian capital markets.” “This is an exciting opportunity to work with experienced professionals dedicated to growing an independent investment firm that serves both the investing public and the innovative companies in Canada seeking capital and advice,” Oliver adds in a statement. During his career in the financial services sector, Oliver served as president and CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA), was founding president and CEO of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association, chairman of the International Securities Commissions’ consultative committee and served as executive director of the Ontario Securities Commission. He held senior positions in investment banking operations at Merrill Lynch Royal Securities, Nesbitt Thomson, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and First Marathon Securities. Deacon, Echelon’s founding chairman, is stepping back for health reasons but will remain involved with the firm. He has spent more than 30 years with private and public companies in Canada and internationally as a director or an officer. His former industry roles include: chairman of the IDA, governor of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and a member of the Toronto Stock Exchange’s listings committee. “The success of Echelon is becoming very apparent to many in our industry and it was important to set the bar high in finding a successor,” Deacon says in a statement. “David Cusson and I agreed that that there was no better Canadian suited to become the chairman of a growing, independent, integrated firm than Joe Oliver. He will be an outstanding resource to our firm and our board.” Photo copyright: yanlev/123RF CETFA elects new board leader Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. Former federal finance minister Joe Oliver is joining Toronto-based Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. as non-executive chairman of the board, succeeding Campbell Deacon, who will continue with Echelon as a special advisor. last_img read more

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Ministry Staff Bids Farewell to John Junor

first_imgRelatedMinistry Staff Bids Farewell to John Junor RelatedMinistry Staff Bids Farewell to John Junor FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail They came out in their numbers to bid a fond farewell to the man they have come to know and love for two years shy of a decade.No, it was not his funeral even though for some, it was surely a sad occasion, as they will miss greatly, his bright smile, infectious personality and most of all, the warmth that he so generously shared around the Ministry of Health.Gathering at the tastefully decorated Urban Development Corporation (UDC) poolside at the Oceana Building on King Street for an evening of appreciation for outgoing Minister of Health, John Junor, on April 27, staff expressed warm tributes to the man, who managed to touch their hearts in various ways throughout his tenure.As the speakers from various agencies and entities associated with the Ministry paraded to the podium, there was one message punctuating the tributes: “Minister Junor was always fair and always wanted to know both sides”.Indeed, this was a testament to the measure of the man, as even if the ruling handed down was not in the favour of the complainant, they felt at least he had heard their side of the story.Then, there were recollections of the warm, pleasant smile, which radiated in its true glory in the mornings as he greeted staff when entering the building. This was especially encapsulated in the remarks by a wheelchair-bound, Christine Keene, on behalf of the front office staff, who was effusive in her praise of Mr. Junor’s generous personality.Others joked that many thought he was a medical doctor given his expansive knowledge of health issues. In fact, Dr. Ernest Pate, Pan-American Health Organisation/World Health Organisation (PAHO/WHO) Representative in Jamaica, Bermuda and Cayman Islands, said in his remarks on behalf international agencies, that his international associates in Geneva, Switzerland could not be convinced that the Minister was not a medical doctor. “Up to this day they believe that he is a doctor,” he quipped.Gold Medallist at the world championships of the performing arts in California last year, Karla Josephs, who is the daughter of Public Relations Manager at the Ministry, Beverley Josephs, paid tribute to the Minister with a heartfelt rendition of ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’.Not to be outdone, the “thespians” as they call themselves, brought the house down with their highlights of the Minister’s tenure in song. It was this talented bunch from the Ministry, who accompanied Mr. Junor’s carolling, when he insisted on doing something different last Christmas to bring cheer to each floor at the Ministry.In his response to the outpouring of love, the affable Minister attributed his success to the dedicated staff working in the health sector. This, was in addition to noting that the various improvements in the health sector over the years was due to the legacy of successive governments, recognising that consensus was needed in order to forge ahead.“It was one area in which there was no need to have a fight. There was always national focus and agreement in terms of health issues,” he said, while thanking his colleagues.He had a few helpful words for incoming Minister, Horace Dalley, who he said, has been a friend for more than 30 years. Mr. Junor said his colleague would more than distinguish himself in his new portfolio as he did with his previous assignments, even when some of his decisions were unpopular. “He always stood up to the challenge,” he pointed out.“People will follow if you lead with compassion and humility,” he advised Minister Dalley.Mr. Junor also shared his secret for success with the new Minister, by bequeathing to him the source of all his knowledge, a medical book published by PAHO.Before serving as Minister of Health from 1998 to 2006, Mr. Junor was Minister of Tourism in the Office of the Prime Minister from 1995-1997 and Minister of Local Government, Youth and Sport from 1993-1995. As Minister of Health, he will be most remembered for the establishment of the National Health Fund, which was officially launched in November 2003. The Fund was launched as part of the Ministry’s efforts to tackle the rising problems of chronic diseases among Jamaicans. RelatedMinistry Staff Bids Farewell to John Junorcenter_img Ministry Staff Bids Farewell to John Junor UncategorizedMay 3, 2006 Advertisementslast_img read more

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Central African Republic: Respect final results of election, urge UN, partners

first_imgCentral African Republic: Respect final results of election, urge UN, partners The United NationsSenior officials from the United Nations and regional organizations have called on all political actors in the Central African Republic (CAR) to respect the final results of the recent presidential elections, and to settle any disputes peacefully and in accordance with the country’s laws.“It will be up to the Constitutional Court of the Central African Republic to proclaim the final results and to all political actors to respect the decisions of the Court,” Jean-Pierre Lacroix, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peace Operations; Smaїl Chergui, African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security; Gilberto Da Piedade Veríssimo, President of the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS); and Josep Borrell High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said in a joint statement on MondayThey called on the Government of the Central African Republic and all political actors to favor “an inclusive, open, constructive and credible political dialogue to promote national stability.”The officials also said that they took note of the provisional results of the 27 December elections, announced by National Elections Authority. On 4 January, the Authority said that the incumbent President, Faustin Archange Touadera won the elections.Violence has flared in parts of the country following the elections, and on Saturday and Sunday, armed elements allied with former president François Bozizé attacked the towns of Damara and Bangassou, respectively. The attacks were repulsed by national security forces.Peacekeepers from the UN mission in the country (known by its French acronym MINUSCA), also intervened to protect civilians, and have stepped up their patrols in the area.Honour peace commitments The officials cautioned against disinformation and incitement to violence and hatred, including against international personnel, aimed at compromising the electoral process. They also denounced election-related violence and called on national authorities to investigate and bring to justice those responsible.They reminded all stakeholders of their commitments under the 2019 Political Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation, and urged the signatory parties to fully honor their pledges, in particular the cessation of hostilities.The officials invited them to “re-launch the peace process, in particular by emphasizing consultation, strict compliance with commitments and accountability.”Exercising the right to vote They also noted preliminary reports from national and international election observation missions, adding that the citizens of CAR “demonstrated their determination” to exercise their right to vote, despite the many obstacles.In the statement, the senior officials reaffirmed their continued solidarity and support to the Central African people in their efforts to consolidate peace and democracy, as well as stabilization, reconciliation and sustainable development, in close collaboration with other partners of CAR.Insecurity and humanitarian crisis A landlocked country in central Africa and roughly the size of France, CAR has been plagued by conflict and insecurity, and large parts of the country suffer from armed group violence and criminal activities. There is also a steady increase in human rights and humanitarian law violations, in spite of the 2019 peace deal between the Government and 14 non-State armed groups, according to the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).About 2.8 million people – 57 per cent of the population – are in need of humanitarian assistance and protection. The situation has been further complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, with rising hunger, loss of livelihoods, closure of schools, and a reported increase in violence against women and children. /UN News 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:Africa, Central African Republic, Commission, Commissioner, community, coronavirus, Europe, European Union, Foreign Affairs, France, Government, Human Rights, Humanitarian, President, sustainable, UN, United Nationslast_img read more

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New Teaching School Hubs to be rolled out across country

first_imgNew Teaching School Hubs to be rolled out across country Every school in the country will have greater access to expert teacher training and development, under plans announced by the Department for Education today.The teaching workforce will get best-practice and expert advice on how best to engage with pupils, lesson planning, and classroom management, as part of new teaching school hubs being rolled out across the country.81 Hubs will be added in all corners of England to provide high-quality professional development to teachers and leaders at all stages of their career, and play a key role in helping to build up trainee teachers as they enter the workforce. This will further level up the quality of teaching, allowing every child to receive a world-class start in life no matter where they are born.Each hub, all of which will be operational and helping schools from this September, will have its own defined geographical patch and will be expected to be accessible to all schools within that area, serving on average around 250 schools each.The programme is being rolled out as teachers continue to deliver high quality remote education for pupils, with the current attendance restrictions in schools and colleges remaining in place until 8 March at the earliest.School Standards Minister Nick Gibb said:We know teachers are already providing the best education possible for pupils, and this is especially true while schools are closed to most pupils. These new Teaching School Hubs will further support the profession by providing the best possible training and development opportunities.It is important that teachers and school leaders feel supported in their career. The Hubs will make this substantially easier, with expert practitioners able to give experienced advice to those schools able to benefit from it.There will be 87 hubs for teacher training and development, built around some of the best schools and Multi Academy Trusts in England. This comes from £65m of new funding, with the Hubs set to run for an initial three years.The 81 new hubs will be rolled out in addition to the six existing test & learn TSH which were appointed in January 2020. This means there will be nationwide coverage for the first time, and every school in England will now have access to a local centre of excellence for teacher training.The Hubs will also help in delivering the Early Career Framework reforms when this is available nationally from September 2021, as well as in delivering a reformed suite of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) including new specialist NPQs. They will also deliver Initial Teaching Training and additional high-quality evidence based professional development.Richard Gill, Teaching School Council Chair, said:The Teaching Schools Council congratulates all 81 schools and/or trusts which have been designated as a teaching school hub. They will now join the existing 6 ‘test and learn’ hubs that were announced in January 2020 to form a national network of excellence in teacher training and development.The work of the TSC has been instrumental in supporting this programme to date and we are proud to be the sector body that will continue to be a key partner in these reforms.The Department has committed to improving support and professional development for teachers at all stages of their career, particularly for those in their vital first few years of teaching, through the Early Career Framework reforms.A reformed suite of NPQs, previously announced in 2019 as part of the Teacher Recruitment & Retention Strategy, will also be launched from September 2021. This will ensure these qualifications continue to offer the best possible support to teachers and leaders wanting to expand their knowledge and skills. /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:career, council, education, Government, Minister, professional development, quality, school, teacher, UK, UK Government, workforcelast_img read more

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Six Women At CU-Boulder Receive Career Transition Scholarships

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 26, 2005 Six undergraduate and graduate women students at the University of Colorado at Boulder are receiving scholarships for the spring semester 2005 courtesy of the university’s Center for Education and Career Transition. Mary Ball, Iruka Sharon Hikaru and Mary Ellen Flynn each received $1,000 scholarships in three award categories. Kristen Davidson, Elizabeth Franko and Kristi Chapin were awarded $600 each, also for different awards. The winners were selected based on a biographical application essay, grade-point average and amount of financial need. Two winners were selected in each of the three categories: undergraduate women with a minimum 3.5 grade-point average, graduate women with a minimum 3.5 GPA, and a student of any gender over 30 years old with at least a 3.0 GPA. Ball and Davidson were the undergraduate winners. Ball studies integrative physiology and hopes to become a physical therapist or physician’s assistant. Davidson is working toward teacher certification and intends to teach Spanish. Graduate students Hikaru and Franko are both pursuing language-related careers. Franko is pursuing a doctoral degree in communications and a career in academia. Hikaru, a master’s degree candidate in education, plans to become an English as a second language teacher. Chapin and Flynn won scholarships in the over-30 category. Chapin is a double major in environmental science and philosophy and plans a career in government or nonprofit work. Flynn is working on an education degree and wants to become an elementary school teacher. The Center for Education and Career Transition is housed in Counseling and Psychological Services: A Multicultural Center. The scholarship selection committee includes staff from counseling services and the Women’s Resource Center.last_img read more

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MAVEN Mars mission haiku selected

first_imgCategories:Education & OutreachGetting InvolvedScience & TechnologySpaceNews HeadlinesCampus Community Published: Aug. 8, 2013 The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN, or MAVEN, mission to Mars will carry just over 1,100 haiku, along with thousands of names, on its journey to the red planet. The haiku were part of a contest, sponsored by the University of Colorado Boulder, asking the public to submit haiku poetry relating to NASA’s upcoming MAVEN mission to Mars.The winners of the contest, coordinated by CU-Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), came from across the nation and around the world, including entries from Palestine, India, Australia and Europe. The top five haiku received 1,000 votes or more, and included entries by popular British blogger Benedict Smith and well-known American poet Vanna Bonta.The spacecraft for NASA’s MAVEN mission, which is being led by CU-Boulder’s LASP, arrived in Florida last week in preparation for a scheduled November launch. The principal investigator for the MAVEN project is CU-Boulder Professor Bruce Jakosky.The top five winning haiku entries and their authors are below:It’s funny, they named Mars after the God of War Have a look at Earth     Benedict Smith      United KingdomThirty-six million miles of whispering welcome. Mars, you called us home.     Vanna Bonta      USAStars in the blue sky cheerfully observe the Earth while we long for them     Luisa Santoro      Italydistant red planet the dreams of earth beings flow we will someday roam     Greg Pruett      Idaho, USAMars, your secret is unknown for humanity we want to know you.     Fanni Redenczki      Hungary“The contest has resonated with people in ways that I never imagined,” said Stephanie Renfrow, MAVEN Education and Public Outreach leader and the Going to Mars campaign leader. “Both new and accomplished poets wrote poetry to reflect their views of Earth and Mars, to share their feelings about space exploration, to pay tribute to loved ones who have passed on and to make us laugh with their words.”CU-Boulder also is providing MAVEN’s science operations, science instruments and leading the Education and Public Outreach program. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is managing the project and providing two of the science instruments for the mission. Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colo., built the spacecraft and is responsible for mission operations. The University of California, Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory is providing science instruments for the mission. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is providing navigation support, the Deep Space Network and the Electra telecommunications relay hardware and operations.For information on other MAVEN haiku contest winners, as well as how you can submit your name to be placed on a DVD that will travel to Mars aboard the MAVEN spacecraft, visit LASP’s Going to Mars with MAVEN program at http://lasp.colorado.edu/maven/goingtomars/.For more information on the MAVEN project visit http://lasp.colorado.edu/home/maven/.  For updates, photos and more about the MAVEN journey visit CU-Boulder’s social media collection at http://www.colorado.edu/social/maven-mars. See more at http://www.colorado.edu/news/features/maven-arrives-florida#sthash.KSNQ1RIH.dpuf.Contact: Stephanie Renfrow, [email protected] Jim Scott, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected]center_img Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

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Murder, they wrote… Plant forensic scientists help solve crimes

first_imgThey have been at if for decades, these two sleuths from CU-Boulder, using their expertise in plant forensics to help investigators solve crimes, often murder.And now the pair, emeritus professors Jane Bock and David Norris, have teamed up on a new forensic plant science book expected to aid detectives, lawyers and judges around the world in better understanding and solving crimes. Years in the making and published by Academic Press, the book, Forensic Plant Science, came out Jan. 15.While much of their investigative work has been in Colorado, they have given court depositions in other states and even other countries. The two, who came to CU-Boulder as faculty in what is now the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the late 1960s, have been involved in about 50 cases, primarily criminal, and each has served as expert witnesses in homicide cases for both the prosecution and defense.Bock’s specialty is plant anatomy, ecology and evolution, while Norris is an expert in endocrinology – the study of hormones – which are chemical messengers that help cells communicate. Their careers in forensic botany began in 1982 when they were approached by a Denver-area coroner wondering if they could identify the stomach contents of a young female murder victim.Their success in helping to solve that murder and others got the attention of law enforcement officials both nationally and internationally.“One of the goals of the book is to show the legal community the value and efficacy of evidence from plant science,” says Bock. “A second goal is to encourage those who have an interest in or are trained in plant science to pursue forensic botany as a career.”The new book includes plant science ecology and anatomy, evidence collection techniques at crime scenes, and analyses of digested plant material. The book’s companion website hosts an updatable atlas of microbial images of common plants that may be encountered in criminal investigations including human digestive tracts, fecal materials, or plant evidence from suspects, victims or vehicles.One high-profile case they worked involved a woman named Jill Coit, nicknamed “The Black Widow,” who was married 11 times to nine different husbands and was suspected of murdering her ninth husband in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in 1993. Evidence gathered by Bock and Norris from the victim’s stomach helped to lead to the conviction of Coit and her boyfriend Michael Backus of first-degree murder in 1995.In another case, two bunches of sunflowers – one found atop a murder victim in an eastern Colorado ditch, a second pulled from the ground next to the body by an investigator – were delivered to CU-Boulder. Bock placed the fresh flowers in a greenhouse on the roof of her building and the flowers from atop the victim in a freezer. She checked both every day until the degrees of wilting matched, concluding the crime had been committed roughly a week before the body’s discovery.As members of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Bock and Norris have lectured at colleges and scientific meetings in the U.S., England, Australia and New Zealand. They also have given short courses for high school teachers, law enforcement agencies — including the FBI — and professional societies. In addition, Norris has been teaching a course he designed, Forensic Biology, to CU-Boulder students for the past five years.Norris notes that about a third of the cases he and Bock have worked on resulted in confessions. “There were a number of cases where once a suspect was caught in a lie, he or she would confess to the crime. I was quite surprised how frequently this occurred.”Several of the cases Bock and Norris were involved in were featured on the popular documentary TV series, Forensic Files. Reruns of the show still air today.For more information on Forensic Plant Science visit the Elsevier online book store. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Categories:Arts & HumanitiesNews Headlinescenter_img Published: Jan. 28, 2016 last_img read more

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Afternoon Brief, January 8

first_imgFacebook Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, January 8Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, January 8By Editor – January 8, 2016 31 0 ReddIt Advertisement Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Linkedin Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Pinterestcenter_img Email Twitter Trending Story:Napa and Sonoma Vintners See a Surge in Vine-Killing Pierce’s DiseaseThousands of vines were uprooted in 2015, raising fears that warm weather is allowing the disease to spread…Today’s News:New U.S. Dietary Guidelines Reaffirm Moderate Drinking as Part of a Healthy Adult DietThe 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, issued today, emphasize that American adults who choose to drink should do so in moderation; reaffirm the definition of a standard drink for beer, wine and distilled spirits; and adopt the new terminology “drink-equivalents.”Constellation Brands Reports 22 Percent Profit Thanks to Meiomi Wine GrowthConstellation Brands reported on Thursday a 22 percent increase in profits for the third quarter. The rise was driven in part by strong sales in the Meiomi wine brand that Constellation acquired for $315 million last year from Napa vintner Joe Wagner…Winemaking Waste Shows Antioxidant and Anti-Cholesterol Benefits: StudyResearchers say polyphenols from winemaking by-product red grape pomice has potential as a functional ingredient in nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics…Washington Wines Win Top Awards at San Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionFDA Extends Comment Period on Use of the Term “Natural on LabelingOregon Pinot Noir Delivers an Element of SurpriseWashington Wine Growth Stays StrongDiageo, DISCUS, Beer Institute Weigh In on New U.S. Dietary Guidelines for AlcoholAfter a Rare Down Year, Wente Vineyards Returns to Strong Growth in 2015Tesla Batteries Power North Bay Energy InnovationsThe Best Low Cost Lifestyle Wine Packaging Is Here – AgainPrecept Wine Re-Imagines an Old Concept, Associated VintnersMillennial Consumers Shun ‘Mass Market’ SpiritsTop 7 Wines in US PressWIN Jobs:Manager – Planning & PurchasingFreeRun Winery Services – Healdsburg, CA, United StatesCapsule Machine OperatorEnoplastic USA – Fairfield, CA, United StatesLabeling Machine TechnicianImpresstik Labeling Systems – Napa, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefTop Stories:Wine Personality and TV Star Leslie Sbrocco Opening Night Keynote Speaker at USbevXRed Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder, and Florence + the Machine to Headline 4th Annual BottleRock Napa Valley on May 27-29, 20162016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Begins TodayWineries Can Squeeze Profit from Club-Shipment NotificationsResearchers Develop Phone App to Assess Scale of Vineyard DiseaseMolecules of MineralityTop 10 Fine Wine Trends of 2015Behind the Wheel in Wine Country: Five Drivers of Napa’s Traffic ProblemToo Many Wine Brands Not China ReadyAlcohol Advice Needed Updating, Says England’s Health ChiefHow El Nino Is Impacting California’s Wine IndustryThe Labeling Lies of Expensive WinesNext Generation Napa Vintners & WinemakersU.S. Restaurant Wine Sales Still Hostage to 2008 Economic MeltdownEl Nino Brings New Concerns to Finger Lakes Vineyards Share TAGSConstellation BrandsFDAJennifer LawrenceOregonPierce’s DiseasePrecept WineSan Francisco Chronicle Wine CompetitionWashingtonWente Vineyards Previous articleNapa Law Firm Gaw Van Male Names Three New PartnersNext articleQuality Assurance Is #1 Priority at TricorBraun Winepak Editorlast_img read more

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