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Four local puppy mills make Humane Society of the United States “Horrible Hundred” list

first_img WhatsApp By Carl Stutsman – May 19, 2020 0 1242 Pinterest Previous articleCity of Goshen lays out plans to begin reopeningNext articleWalorski updates recent coronavirus moves in Washington and Indiana Carl Stutsman Twitter Pinterest Four local puppy mills make Humane Society of the United States “Horrible Hundred” list IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Facebook A list from the Humane Society of the United States that highlights problem puppy mills called the “Horrible Hundred” includes four mills here in Michiana. Listed are two in Middlebury, and one each in Nappanee and Shipshewana.  Indiana had a total of 5 mills on the list, ranking it 7th worst in the nation.One of the puppy mills in Middlebury had USDA violations that indicated unsanitary living conditions and a female dog that had a large prolapse that went untreated for up to six weeks. The other puppy mill in Middlebury has a violation for taping dog’s ears up with electrical tape, and the mill in Nappanee had its USDA license revoked when a sick puppy was sold and later died.The full report, including specific information about the local mills (pages 16-18) can be found with the link belowFull “Horrible Hundred” report is available here Google+last_img read more

Press release: Brokenshire announces funding boost for homeless veterans

first_img Office address and general enquiries Communities Secretary announces £1 million fund to boost support for vulnerable veterans Investment for eleven local areas to fund access to housing advice or mental health support, reducing the risk of homelessness Move part of government commitment to tackle all forms of homelessness and end rough sleeping for good Our veterans play a vital role in keeping our country safe and many have dedicated their lives to the services. For those who fall on hard times and end up on the street, it is only right that we give them all the support they need to put a roof over their head. Local authorities across the country already provide much needed support for veterans, but this boost will allow them to go further and ensure that more people have access to valuable services, such as housing advice or mental health support. This additional funding goes hand in hand with the £1.2 billion which has been set aside to tackle all forms of homelessness, including £100 million for rough sleeping, helping ensure everyone has a safe and secure home to call their own, regardless of their background. Last month, ministers confirmed over £19.5 million is to be shared among 54 projects across the country to help thousands of people who are homeless to secure their own home – through support such as paying deposits for a tenancy or putting down the first months’ rent. This will help vulnerable people secure a home in a property they may otherwise not have been able to access.This work supports the ongoing government commitment to put an end to rough sleeping for good, through a number of initiatives set out in the £100 million backed Rough Sleeping Strategy. So far, over 1750 beds and 500 additional support staff jobs have been created, helping to get rough sleepers off the street and into a more permanent home. This will allow them access employment, benefits and the necessary mental health or addiction support services to rebuild their lives for good. Veterans who have become homeless, or at risk of it, will be supported through an extra £1 million boost, the Communities Secretary, Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP announced today (20 March 2019).The money will help ensure those who have served their country have a roof over their heads and have the support they need once leaving the Armed Forces.The fund will be shared among the ten combined authorities and the Greater London Authority who will be able to use the funding to provide veterans with the bespoke support they need as they navigate civilian life.Money could also be used to direct former soldiers to existing specialist support services on offer, such as access to supported housing and training for staff on mental health issues, including PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and how to support those former service personnel who may initially be reluctant to receive help.Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said: Twitter – https://twitter.com/mhclgFlickr – http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhclgLinkedIn – http://www.linkedin.com/company/mhclg Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: Media enquiries General enquiries: please use this number if you are a member of the public 030 3444 0000center_img Email [email protected] If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 please check our guidance page first before you contact us – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-local-government.If you still need to contact us please use the contact form above to get in touch, because of coronavirus (COVID-19). If you send it by post it will not receive a reply within normal timescale. Contact form https://forms.communit… 2 Marsham StreetLondonSW1P 4DF Please use this number if you are a journalist wishing to speak to Press Office 0303 444 1209 Social media – MHCLG The vast majority of those leaving the Armed Forces go on to lead fulfilling and rewarding lives, but it’s right that we support those who struggle. One veteran on the street is one too many and I welcome today’s announcement on funding to address homelessness and rough sleeping. This, along with the support we already provide through the Veteran Gateway, underlines our commitment to helping those who have served our country.last_img read more

To stop and say thanks

first_imgIn late July, when Audrey Wang left her position at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study for another one in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), her new colleagues offered their assistance and friendship to help her become comfortable in the job.In the four months since, Wang had been looking for a way to say thank-you, and on Tuesday (Nov. 15) she got one.Wang was one of dozens of FAS staff members to attend the first of three Giving Thanks Open Houses, where she penned thank-you notes for colleagues. The session was just one of nearly 10 that will be held across Harvard in the coming weeks to offer faculty, staff, and students the chance to share messages of appreciation with each other. Staff members who attend can also make charitable contributions to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter and enjoy seasonal refreshments.“I’m thankful to be part of such a generous community,” said Leslie Kirwan, dean of Administration and Finance for FAS. “Several hundred FAS staff members will stop by to write notes of appreciation to one another this week. In addition, we have partnered with the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter to invite some of the shelter’s Harvard student volunteers to attend and share information about the shelter. The cans of food and financial contributions donated by our FAS staff will help make Thanksgiving and the coming weeks a bit brighter for guests of the shelter.”In addition to the FAS events, Giving Thanks Open Houses have been organized for staff in Harvard’s Central Administration, Business School, Law School, School of Public Health, Kennedy School of Government, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Graduate School of Design. A similar event will be held at the Harvard Divinity School, and will involve a “giving thanks” bulletin board where staff can post messages.“I loved the Giving Thanks event last year,” said Anne Margulies, University chief information officer. “Not only did it feel good to say thank you to my colleagues, but it also felt good to receive unexpected thanks. Although it’s a cliché, it’s true: We can never say thank you enough, and this event really helps.”“The people in this community, and the relationships they have with each other, are one of the most special things about working here,” added Mary Ann O’Brien, director of planning and program management for Harvard Human Resources and one of the organizers of the event for Central Administration staff. “We are trying to provide an easy, fun way for everyone to be able to express their thanks to a co-worker.“We all are so busy. It’s easy to overlook saying thank you because you are just onto the next thing.  It may be a little thing that someone has done that no one else even knows about; thanking them means that you noticed, and it makes them feel great.   We are just trying to create a culture where everyone is empowered and enabled to recognize the efforts and contributions of others.”Between writing messages to colleagues, Janet Hatch, director of administration for the History Department, said the effect on those who receive even a short message of thanks can be profound.“As the recipient of some of these messages last year, I realize how nice it is to think someone actually took the time to write a few words to you,” she said. “We work hard all day, every day, so it can be easy to think nobody pays any attention to what you do, and suddenly you realize people do. It made me feel better. The fact that someone took the time to think about it and write it — the personal touch makes all the difference.”last_img read more

In pursuit of an elusive foe

first_imgThe bacteria that cause tuberculosis are experts at survival, allowing the disease to persist even when faced with the immune system and drugs. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Sarah Fortune is on a mission to figure out why.December 14, 2015 — Of all the health problems that dominate our thoughts and anxieties, tuberculosis (TB) probably ranks low on the list. But as infectious diseases go, it is a major global threat. Tuberculosis is among the top 15 causes of death worldwide, and it is estimated that a third of the world’s population is carrying the culprit bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb).“Those global numbers reflect a lot of complexity, some of which is the co-epidemic with HIV/AIDS, which has just been catastrophic,” explains Sarah Fortune, professor of immunology and infectious diseases at the Harvard Chan School and a leader in TB research. “But that explanation is also too simplistic, and neglects the fact that TB just does not conform to our understanding of infection and cure in the way that many other infectious diseases do.”Fortune heads up a group that is exploring the complexities of TB. In a bustling laboratory on the eighth floor of the Chan School’s Building 1, her team of 14 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows works across the spectrum of modern science. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Librarian discusses future of academic publishing

first_imgBryn Geffert, Amherst College librarian, addressed the currently flawed state of the libraries on campuses across the country in his lecture, “Academic Libraries and Academic Publishing: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly.” The Saint Mary’s College Cushwa-Leighton Library hosted Geffert on Tuesday night in an effort to provide students with optimal researching capacities. Geffert, who previously served as the library director at the United States Military Academy, said he wanted to foster a world where all scholars would be able to access information with only an Internet connection regardless of where they live. He said typically, a researcher is paid for his or her research and when he sends it off to an institution to get published he relinquishes his rights to the piece. In most cases, his institution buys the work back from the publisher, but Geffert said  the author does not see a dime of profit unless he sells an unrealistic amount of copies. “I cannot imagine a more dysfunctional, more in jeopardy state that academic publishing could be in,” he said. “This is an absolutely perverse model. We could not devise something more preposterous. “And what is the effect? Escalading serials expenditures. Publishers are able to charge whatever prices they want because they have control of the market. The trajectory is absolutely unsustainable, [and] institutions cannot keep up” Geffert said three major scientific publishers have almost become monopolized: Elsevier, Springer and Wiley. Because these three companies control so much of the market, they are able to charge authors obscene amounts of money to publish their works, he said. “Now the result is that libraries must pay more and more each year for publishing, leaving less money for books and material for students,” he said. “Cambridge University Press has eliminated entire series just because there aren’t enough libraries that can afford to buy from them.” In 1986, libraries were spending 44 percent of their budgets on books, according to Geffert. Last year, that number dwindled to 22 percent because they were forced to spend so much on journal publishing costs. At his library at Amherst, 56 disciplines have lost presses since 1993, Geffert said. “I’m not arguing that there’s a shortage of outlets for publishing,” he said. “Anyone with a manuscript can get it looked at. But my argument is that there is a need for good, quality, not-for-profit, university presses.” Geffert said hundreds of third-world countries are suffering from empty bookshelves. Geffert said he believes the current library and publishing system is failing that universal mission associated with universities implied by the word’s Latin root.”Its hard for universities to provide light to their own students, let alone shedding light on the world,” he said. “So what can we do about it? We can accept the status quo and do nothing. Or, we can accept the status quo and work around the edges. “We can contest the status quo, kicking and screaming and see what happens. Or we can create a new status quo.” The Public Library of Science (PLOS) has done exactly that, Geffert said. He described PLOS as a series of top quality scientific journals, available online for free. An author must pay a fee to see their work published in this library, but most of the contributors are researchers who are funded by government grants, he said. He said the main issue is translating this setup to liberal arts colleges like Amherst or Saint Mary’s. Geffert said he has worked to help Amherst establish a new kind of press that will hopefully make literature available to the largest possible audience. “We have announced everything [faculty members] publish at the College’s press will be available free of charge on the Internet,” he said. “Everyone with tInternet can access what is published at Amherst. The reader can download and share it. We have been knocked off our seats with how excited the media is.” Through college endowment and volunteers, the College would be able to do so without ever realizing a dime for revenue. “The ultimate dream behind this endeavor:[is] at some poine, there is a tipping point at which the savings we are realizing from not borrowing from other institutions will cover the costs,” he said. Though he acknowledged his goals were idealistic, Geffert said he truly believes that if implemented, this system of shared information will change academia. “I imagine a day where a student in India has the same access to information as a student of a wealthy university as a student in Appalachia. That’s the ultimate dream I think we should be striving towards,” he said. Contact Marissa Pie at [email protected]last_img read more

Saint Mary’s faculty and staff discuss Dulce, Moe, Napoleon, Bella, Boomer and RBG: the dogs who bring loyalty and love to campus

first_imgMarirose Osborne Dulce and Moe (left to right) are frequent canine guests in the Saint Mary’s costume shop.Bialko said she wanted to create a welcoming environment for students in the costume shop.“We have a lot of students that visit the costume shop just for the dogs,” she said. “I keep tea and cocoa here and I just want everyone to know they are always welcome.”The Office of Student Involvement at Saint Mary’s has a dog as well. Boomer is a four-year-old Sheltie who likes to howl up on the second floor of the student center, owner Tena Johnson, the coordinator of student organizations at Saint Mary’s, said.Johnson said students make an effort to visit Boomer, who in turn, gives them comfort.“Boomer has a huge impact,” she said. “He can sense when students are upset or have emotional issues, and he’s always ready to help. They love him. We have regulars that come in to visit him.”Terri Russ, associate professor of communication studies, is another advocate for dogs on campus. Russ often brings her maltese-poodle mix, RBG, short for “The Notorious Little Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” to her office in the basement of Moreau.RBG will be three years old Dec. 4, and, Russ said, RBG is currently in training to become an officially licensed therapy dog.“She’s naturally social and has a natural empathy,” Russ said of RBG. “She’s really good at finding students who are stressed. I take her to class with me, which you would think would be a disruption, but it’s really not. She just goes around and jumps on people’s laps and gets petted, you know, walks around.”Russ started bringing RBG to campus in 2017.“I had her from when she was a really tiny puppy,” she said. “She was only five pounds then. She had been abandoned early so she had abandonment issues. So she came in on and off. She was so small that I could zip her inside my coat and carry her around this time of year.” College life can be stressful. However, there are ways to turn a rough time into a ruff time with the various dogs who come to Saint Mary’s to hang out on campus.The Saint Mary’s costume shop is often full of dogs. Melissa Bialko, a professional specialist in costume design theatre, has eight dogs. Frequent canine visitors include Dulce, Moe and Napoleon. Bialko worked doggedly to create a schedule for her canines. She brings in the dogs on a rotating basis and shares their adventures on the Dogs of the Saint Mary’s Costume Shop Instagram page.“It started in around 2013,” Bialko said. “I began to bring Bella, my Saint Bernard, because in the theater we work long and erratic hours especially for tech week. It made the experience more enjoyable and more relaxing for me and for the students.” Marirose Osborne RBG, named for “The Notorious Little Ruth Bader Ginsburg,” is training to become an officially licensed therapy dog.Russ also said there are advantages to having a dog in the classroom.“My way of teaching is very dialogic,” Russ said. “I rarely lecture, I do a lot of hands on learning, a lot of flipped classroom learning. And so she helps with that. She helps humanize me as more than just a professor who’s in charge of the grade.”Russ says the increased openness to dogs on campus has been around for the past couple of years.“A few years ago, we had dog friendly residences and we also had a president who had her dog on campus, so we became a more dog friendly campus,” Russ said.Russ also acknowledged the importance of her department’s openness to canine companions.“I think in our department, we’re a very pet friendly department so we’ve always had dogs in and out of here the whole time I’ve been at Saint Mary’s,” she said.Tags: dogs, Dogs of the Saint Mary’s Costume Shoplast_img read more

Douglas Sills Will Join Tommy Tune & More for City Center’s Lady, Be Good

first_img Featuring music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin and a book by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson, Lady, Be Good follows a penniless brother (Gardner) and sister (Murin) who crash a garden party in hopes of some quick nourishment. The two resolve to marry for money, but love gets in the way. Before true love wins out, they encounter Mexican gangsters, crooked lawyers, wealthy socialites and a song-and-dance man with fascinating rhythm (Tune). The original production opened at the Liberty Theater on December 1, 1924 and ran for 330 performances. Sills, a Tony nominee for The Scarlet Pimpernel, also appeared on Broadway in Little Shop of Horrors; his additional stage credits include The Addams Family on tour and Moonlight and Magnolias off-Broadway. In summer 2013, he starred in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of the Broadway-bound Living on Love. Tony nominee Douglas Sills will appear in the City Center’s Encores! presentation of Lady, Be Good. Sills, who will take on the role of J. Watterson Watkins, joins a cast that includes the previously announced Tommy Tune, Colin Donnell, Danny Gardner, Erin Mackey, Patti Murin, Richard Poe and Jennifer Laura Thompson. The production, directed by Mark Brokaw, will run from February 4 through February 8.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Whitefly Update

first_imgSilverleaf whiteflies devastated Georgia’s cotton and fall vegetable crops last year. In response to this crisis, a team of University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences research and UGA Cooperative Extension specialists is studying the pests statewide to help cotton and vegetable farmers avoid another year of disappointing crops.“Teams are an important part of UGA. Many of the issues agriculturists face today require a collection of scientists from differing disciplines with differing expertise to address complex issues. The silverleaf whitefly fits the bill here,” said Phillip Roberts, UGA Extension cotton and soybean entomologist and Whitefly Team member. “Not only are whiteflies a direct pest of plants as a result of feeding, but they also transmit several viruses to vegetables that can have a devastating effect on virus-susceptible crops.”UGA Extension established the UGA Whitefly Team, and each team member brings a specific area of whitefly expertise. In addition to Roberts, the team includes:Jason Schmidt, entomologist specializing in biocontrolMark Abney, peanut research entomologistMike Toews, cotton and soybean research entomologistStormy Sparks, UGA Extension vegetable entomologistRajagopalbabu Srinivasan, vector biologistBhabesh Dutta, UGA Extension vegetable pathologistDavid Riley, vegetable research entomologistTim Coolong, UGA Extension vegetable specialistSudeep Bag, crop virologistApurba Barman, postdoctoral candidateThe mild winter of 2016-17 enabled whiteflies to continue to feed on plant hosts and become a major nuisance for cotton growers in the early summer of 2017.Fortunately for Georgia farmers, whitefly populations are considerably down when compared to this time last year. A colder winter, including several hard freezes in January, eliminated the reproductive host plants, like cultivated crops and weeds, on which whiteflies feed.“We’re not seeing any significant outbreaks of viruses yet. It was probably June or July when we saw that last year, right at the end of the spring crop,” Sparks said. “Last year, we had growers who were treating whiteflies in the middle of winter on some of their winter crops. On the spring crops, they were being treated by mid-May. Right now, it’s nothing like we experienced last year.”Whiteflies migrate from winter vegetables to spring vegetables to agronomic crops, like cotton, to fall vegetables and back to winter vegetables, according to Roberts. If producers don’t adequately scout for these insects, they could face a whitefly epidemic.“Failure to properly manage whiteflies in any one of these systems could have negative consequences on remaining cropping systems,” Roberts said. “Early detection of whiteflies in any cropping system is critical for successful management, as appropriate insecticides must be applied before the population builds to damaging levels.”Whiteflies cause feeding injury issues in vegetables and transmit two new viruses: cucurbit leaf crumple virus and cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus. Vegetables like squash, zucchini, cucumber, cantaloupe and snap beans are highly susceptible to these viruses. Commercial cultivars that have resistance or tolerance to these pathogens are not available.According to the UGA crop loss estimates, these viruses caused between 30 and 50 percent of squash and cucumber crop loss and nearly 80 percent of snap bean crop loss in fall 2017.Dutta and Coolong screen different cultivars and germplasms, and they advance breeding lines of squash, snap beans and zucchini for cucurbit leaf crumple virus resistance. They hope to find resistance lines for the viruses that whiteflies transmit.Barman, a postdoctoral researcher under Toews, set yellow sticky traps at 125 field sites across southern Georgia to detect whiteflies. Each week, Barman and his colleagues drive more than 800 miles to collect and replace traps in 24 different counties. The traps are located as far west as the Georgia-Alabama border; as far east as Vidalia, Georgia; as far north as Cordele, Georgia; and as far south as Thomasville, Georgia.“I hope that our traps will be able to detect when there is a whitefly population buildup or migration in one of those specific locations. Following that lead, we should be able to target the crop or host plants responsible for such population buildup around the trap. Simultaneously, we could communicate with the county Extension agents and consultants to manage that whitefly population locally,” Barman said.He will also provide weekly updates on whitefly numbers through an interactive, online map, which will allow the UGA Whitefly Team to monitor any whitefly hot spots throughout the growing season.Scouting and timely insecticide applications remain the best course of action against whiteflies. However, UGA experts encourage growers to conserve beneficial insects and only apply insecticides when whitefly infestations are found. Destroying whitefly host crops after harvest will also eliminate further reproduction.“We need to watch for them in the next three months. For the most part, in Tift and Colquitt counties, it’s not a matter of if they’re going to show up, but when,” Sparks said.For more information about whiteflies, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.last_img read more

Live Outside and Play does Appalachian Trail Days

first_imgNestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains near the Virginia/North Carolina border sits the small mountain town of Damascus. Every year, this quirky town plays host to Appalachian Trail Days. The festival, now in its 32nd year, draws current and former thru hikers from all over the world. As is often the case, we had no idea what to expect out of the festival but we left with memories of a weekend we’ll never forget.On Thursday, we arrived in Damascus to kick off the weekend and grab a little breakfast. We stopped in Mojo’s Trailside Cafe and Coffee House to get our morning fuel. It was immediately evident that the stoke was high for the weekend. By this time of the year, most AT thru hikers are well north of Damascus. All over town, shuttles and trucks full of hitchhikers were dropping people off for the party.By Thursday afternoon, we were headed out of town to set up for what would be our first taste of trail magic. We took the van and the Blue Ridge Outdoors booth to the parking area where the AT crosses State Route 421. The rest of the day was spent handing out cold drinks and sandwiches to hungry hikers. We underestimated how rewarding it would be to do something so simple. It was a pleasure to see the smiling faces and hear the stories of all the people who passed by. It was even more rewarding when the same individuals who stopped by to eat a sandwich or two came by our booth throughout the weekend to thank us for a second, or even third, time.Weekends like Trail Days have a funny way of restoring our faith in humanity. The entire community is about spreading love and helping one another out. Throughout the weekend we were floored by how nice the community was. All weekend people stopped by our booth to tell us how much they appreciate the magazine. We even had hikers stop by who had been featured in BRO articles in the past.Photo Credit: Jess DaddioTrail Days is a funky and unique festival. There is a hiker parade where many of the hikers dress in drag, a hiker prom, and a talent show. The parade, which we were lucky enough to attend with some locals, was an absolute blast. While it is slated as a parade, it’s more of a giant water gun fight between hikers and spectators. This year, as soon as we opened fire, the sky opened up on us—an absolute downpour with hail and all. It didn’t matter much. We all needed a shower anyway.At night you can grab ice cream and listen to the live music or head out to tent city where there’s plenty of weird to go around. Roxy took the opportunity to join the drum circle and play a little didgeridoo.We’d like to extend our most sincere thank you to everyone who showed us love and hospitality this past weekend. We’ll definitely see you next year! If you like the gear we’re reppin’, or what we’re wearing, check out some of the sponsors that make this tour possible: La Sportiva, Crazy Creek, National Geographic, RovR Products, Sea to Summit, Mountain House, LifeStraw, and Lowe Alpine. last_img read more

Northport Victorian Near Water, Downtown Asks $1.1M

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This majestic, elegant and historic harbor-front Italianate Victorian within walking distance of one of Long Island’s most picturesque downtowns is listed for sale at 46 Bayview Ave. in the Village of Northport.Built in 1860, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom one-of-a-kind home built on a 20,037-square-foot lot has Old-World charm such as 10-foot ceilings, a widow’s watch and stellar craftsmanship while also offering modern amenities such as a heated in-ground saltwater pool with waterfalls.The house features an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, sunroom, full basement, two fireplaces and central air conditioning. The second-floor master suite comes equipped with a huge walk-in closet and a Jacuzzi and steam shower in the master bath. Concerts at nearby Northport Village Dock and Cow Harbor Park can be heard from the front porch.Besides being nearby parks and the harbor, the property is also located two blocks from downtown Northport’s many shops and restaurants on Main Street. It’s nearly two miles from the Northport Long Island Rail Road station. And it’s located in the Northport-East Northport School District.The asking price is $1,199,000, not including the $18,712 in annual property taxes, which are $10,546 with the Star Exemption.An open house is scheduled for the property 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28.The real estate agent listed for the property is Oksana Foster of Signature Premier Properties. She can be reached at 631-754-3600.last_img read more