Bioenergy conference

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaThe latest information about alternative fuels and the current and future projects planned for this new industry in the Southeast will be the focus of the third annual Southeast Bioenergy Conference Aug. 12-13 in Tifton, Ga.The keynote speaker will be Ron Fagen, president and CEO of Fagen Inc. “The man and his company have the best handle on the pulse of the industry, and he will share his insights for the future,” said Craig Kvien, a professor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and a conference organizer.Gale Buchanan, a U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary, will give an update on the country’s future energy needs. Jose Luis Oliverio, vice president of Dedini Industries de Base, will talk about the Brazilian biofuel market and why it has been successful.“We will have speakers from across the world sharing their experiences and vision for the Southeast,” Kvien said. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, Georgia state Sen. Ross Tolleson and U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss are also scheduled to attend. Registration is $175 before July 31, and $225 after. College students get in free. For more information, go to the Web site www.sebioenergy.org. Or, call (229) 386-7274.last_img read more

Peruvian Peace Corps Learns to Prevent Tropical Diseases

first_imgBy Gonzalo Silva Infante/Diálogo January 17, 2019 The Peruvian Armed Forces’ Joint Command (CCFFAA, in Spanish) concluded 2018 with the inauguration of a health education and prevention course for members of peacekeeping operations. The Tropical Diseases course, conducted with the support of the U.S. Embassy in Lima, gathered 60 units of the Peruvian, Colombian, and Salvadoran armed forces. The objective of the course was to analyze tropical diseases that threaten service members deployed in peacekeeping missions. The course also sought to provide better knowledge on how to prevent endemic infectious diseases, such as dengue, zika, yellow fever, hemorrhagic fevers, and monkeypox, among others, with greater emphasis on malaria. The course was taught with the support of the U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group and the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Institute for Medical Operations (DIMO). Four instructors taught the course under the leadership of U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Jessica Cowden, chief of infectious disease programs. The loss of a Peruvian blue helmet deployed with the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA, in French) prompted the creation of the course. “It was a very tough lesson learned that warned us about the risks and, above all, how it was addressed,” Peruvian Navy Petty Officer Second Class Edsson Evaristo Alvarado, CCFFAA analyst on peacekeeping operations and course organizer, told Diálogo. “It was in 2014 in Africa, where ebola was taking its toll, so they treated [the blue helmet] as if it were that disease. He was quarantined, and instead of treating him for malaria, they treated him for ebola, and he died.” Preventing illnesses The five-day course was divided into two phases. During the initial theoretical phase, DIMO’s instructors shared their knowledge and experiences. They focused on preventing malaria, chemoprophylaxis—the use of medication to prevent a disease—severe malaria, malaria surveillance programs; and the history, transmission, and detection of the Ebola virus and monkeypox. Instructors also addressed diseases transmitted through food and the sanitary conditions of dining areas. With the topics covered, they sought to promote prevention among military personnel deployed in peacekeeping missions. “The idea is to prevent diseases, and doing research before going on a [peacekeeping] mission,” Peruvian Air Force Petty Officer Second Class Jacqueline Galarza López, who participated in the course before deploying to MINUSCA, told Diálogo. “We attend talks at the Peruvian Training and Instruction Center for Peacekeeping Operations, but in this seminar we saw instructions, experiences, and medical processes that take place upon return.” The second phase, the hands-on part, required students’ active participation to conduct malaria diagnostic tests and blood sample observation under microscopes, among other procedures. “The U.S. personnel taught us how to do the tests and how to immunize uniforms, and they gave us clothes for the contingent that’s about to travel,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Galarza. A benefit for the region In addition to the Peruvian units to be deployed in January or February of 2019 to join the peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, military health corps members also took part in the course. According to Petty Officer 2nd Class Alvarado, Colombian and Salvadoran personnel were invited to learn and share their experience. “We convened the medical personnel from military institutions who deal with health issues of the personnel that takes part in peacekeeping operations, the nurse that administers vaccines, the doctor who provides medical certificates, and those who deal with epidemic issues in each institution, among others,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Alvarado said. “Participants included personnel we offered to the UN who have already been accepted.” With its own experience in the field and the support of U.S. experts, Peru’s CCFFAA seeks to improve deployments and protect the health of its units in peacekeeping missions. When taught again, the course will be beneficial to regional partner nations that want to increase their participation in peacekeeping missions in countries prone to infectious diseases. “Most importantly, during the course we realized that we are pioneers in South America in teaching it,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Alvarado concluded. “We learned and presented new things, and we expect to cover more at the national level. The service member leaves, but it’s a human being who returns, potentially bringing back an epidemic element.”last_img read more

NBD Flag Wavers celebrate 20 years at Award Ceremony

first_img Tweet NBD Flag Wavers. On Saturday, March 31st, the NBD Flag Wavers held an Award Ceremony to celebrate their 20th anniversary and to recognize special contributions to the group. The group expressed thanks to the Cultural Division for its unwavering support, and to the National Bank of Dominica Ltd, who has been their sponsor for over eight years.According to the Head of the Cultural Division, Mr. Raymond Lawrence, it is a rare occurrence for a group to last that long, and that the group should be congratulated on this achievement. NBD’s Marketing Manager, Suzanne Piper, attributed the group’s longevity to the dedication of its leaders and urged the group to stay committed. Among the various awards given, members received recognition for spirit, energy, technique and versatility. An active leader of the group, Kristelle Fagan described the evening as surreal. “We have many talented young people and we had a very successful season and it was appropriate to celebrate our success.” Ms, Fagan commented.She went on to express that the NBD Flag Wavers was not only a performance group but was a family and she was honoured to contribute to the positive development of these young ladies. The NBD Flag Wavers has been a main feature at several Carnival and Independence activities over the years and continues to provide a creative avenue for dance expression among Dominica’s female youth.Press Release Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews NBD Flag Wavers celebrate 20 years at Award Ceremony by: – April 6, 2012center_img 60 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Ferguson not concerned by Welbeck tally

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson insists he is not concerned at Danny Welbeck’s paltry goals return for Manchester United this season. He added: “Maybe he doesn’t appreciate us moving him around in various positions and we’ve maybe overused that because he is young. “But his value to the club is there because I know he can do a job for me in any of those positions. “It’s a fantastic asset when you have a player who is as adaptable as that. “But I think he will find his role through the middle once he gets that maturity and gets into a more consistent way of scoring.” Welbeck has scored just twice for the Red Devils, and only once in the Premier League. It is a remarkable statistic, particularly as he has got three for England, and a massive downturn from the 12 he netted last season. “Last year he had 12 goals, this year he’s only got two, so that’s a big drop,” Ferguson told Inside United. “But that drop doesn’t concern us because he still applies himself really well and still looks to score, still looks to get a chance and with that kind of courage he will eventually become a regular goalscorer.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sports Editors Guild Hails Falode’s Appointment

first_img*Congratulates Olajire, ObiThe umbrella body of sports media leadership in Nigeria, The Sports Editors Guild has saluted the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), over recent appointments made by the body especially that of the Chairperson of the Nigeria Women’s League, Aisha Falode.Falode was on Monday appointed the Chairperson of the Nigeria Women’s Leagues with Ms Nkechi Obi to serve as the Chief Operating Officer, while Mr Ademola Olajire was promoted Ag. Director of Communications by the NFF.President of the Sports Editors’ Guild, Tony Ubani, said in a statement said that with the appointment of Falode, the body was sure that women’s football in Nigeria will witness a drastic transformation of immeasurable proportion especially in the area of corporate governance and support. “We acknowledge past leadership of the women’s league and they also gave their all and did their best but here we are with one of us, a journalist of repute given the mantle to redefine women’s football in Nigeria, we must thank the NFF leadership of Amaju Pinnick for this stance and we are certain that Falode will not disappoint going by her antecedent”.Ubani while also thanking the NFF for the appointment of Obi and Olajire declared that it has become obvious that the media can and is ready to play a pivotal role in rediscovering the great days that Nigeria was a true giant in African sports.“We trust that our esteemed colleagues who have been so appointed to these exalted seats won’t let us and indeed Nigerian football down, what we seek for them is support from all and sundry”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more