Vermont Public Television Board elects Harwood, new officers

first_imgBrian Harwood of Waterbury, has been elected chair of the board of directors of Vermont Public Television (VPT), Vermont’s statewide public television network.  One of the state’s best-known radio personalities and a Vermont Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame member, he is morning host on WCVT Classic Vermont.  He was formerly chair and CEO of hmc2 advertising in Stowe.  Since his retirement from the firm, he serves as chair emeritus.Harwood succeeds James Wyant of Pointe Claire, Que., who continues on the VPT board as past chair.Pamela Mackenzie of S. Burlington, Vt., was elected vice chair.  She is the area vice president for Comcast in Vermont and western Massachusetts.Source: VPT 7.2.2010last_img read more

Ploče, Pojezerje and Vrgorac signed an agreement: Polje Jezero as a micro-cycling tourist destination

first_imgLandscape and climatological features of this locality Polje Jezero are especially suitable for the development of trekking or gravel cycling. The area is extremely favorable as a destination for the so-called. agency cycling tourism or as one of the destinations of cyclists from other nearby destinations (Makarska Riviera, Dalmatian hinterland and the Neretva Valley). The agreement between the City of Vrgorac, the City of Ploče and the Municipality of Pojezerje o launched a joint project to develop the locality of Vrgorsko polje (Polje Jezero) into a sustainable micro-cycling destination called Polje Jezero. The project will result in designing, tracing and marking trekking (gravel) cycling routes on existing local roads and unclassified macadam roads in Vrgorsko polje, and branding the Polje Jezero cycling offer and creating a marketing and promotion plan, as well as developing services and accompanying offers for cyclot. Tourist valorization of this valuable agricultural area is possible only through sustainable forms of tourism, and cycling is one of the most sustainable segments of the tourism industry because cyclists are looking for preserved areas and authentic local cultures such as Polje Jezero, whose development is particularly suitable for creating added value to rural areas. .center_img Source: Facebook City of PločePhoto: Pixabay Due to the fact that cyclists use the local trade and catering offer to a greater extent than other tourists, often travel in groups or whole families, and cultural and natural attractions and thematic events are important to them, this joint project of three neighboring local governments only is a logical reflex to the requirements and needs of tourist branding of this area.last_img read more

Holt: Taylor snub mind-boggling

first_imgAdam is a senior majoring in journalism. Think Taylor got snubbed, or is the list of finalists correct? E-mail him at aholt@badgerherald.com or Tweet @AdamJSHolt If you’re an athlete at Wisconsin, it’s all right to be underrated, fly under the radar and to be under appreciated on a national scale. It comes with the Motion W you wear.But at a certain point, it’s nice to get recognition. And even if it doesn’t always come in the form of a SportsCenter shoutout, it manages to manifest itself in some other way – like inclusion in the list of finalists for some kind of award.Go ahead; think of almost any major award in sports and think about the finalists. More often than not, you see some guys who you’ve never heard of, yet a further look says they deserve the accolades they’re in the running for. Maybe someone shouldn’t be included (think John Clay as a Doak Walker finalist).And then you have Jordan Taylor.The Wisconsin junior point guard was inexplicably not one of the 10 finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the best collegiate point guard.Some of the guys on the list – Kemba Walker of Connecticut, Jimmer Fredette of Brigham Young, Nolan Smith of Duke – are no-brainers. Others, like D.J. Gay of San Diego State, Brandon Knight of Kentucky or Demetri McCamey of Illinois are there because someone had no brains.Usually, if a player is snubbed, it’s because he’s playing for a team that is either playing in a crummy conference or struggling to win.Taylor is helping the No. 13/14 Badgers to a 18-5 record and share of second place in the Big Ten, which has re-established itself as one of the top conferences.I don’t have any explanation as to why Taylor is not on that list.The junior averages 17.7 points per game, 4.4 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He shoots 45.1 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from 3-point range. He hits 86.1 percent of his free throws. He leads the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio at a 3.89 mark and according to stats guru Ken Pomeroy, is tops in the country in offensive rating among players used in at least 24 percent of his team’s possessions.Compare those numbers to this guy: 19.5 PPG, 4.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 45.9 FG percentage, 37.3 3PT percentage, 79.2 FT percentage and a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Pretty even matchup – you might take Taylor based upon the lack of turnovers and slight edges from behind the arc and from the free throw line.That mystery player happens to be former Badger and current NBA pro Devin Harris, with the stats coming from Harris’ junior year. Harris is generally considered the top UW basketball export in recent memory.I haven’t seen much of Gay or Knight this season. But I have seen their stats.Gay averages 11.9 points, shoots 41 percent from the field, has a 2.8 assist-to-turnover ratio and is on the list because San Diego State is 24-1. Knight averages 17.5 points and an unsightly three turnovers per game and is on the list because he plays for Kentucky.Let’s make the biggest beef with McCamey though. He’s the only other Big Ten guy on the list, ergo, he and Taylor share the most common opponents.The Illini senior shoots 45 percent from the field and hits an excellent 48.5 percent  from behind the arc. He averages 6.7 assists per game as well. All great numbers.But he averages a pedestrian 14.7 points despite being used 25.4 percent of the time (Taylor is used 26.1 percent). He checks in at No. 42 in offensive rating.McCamey was expected to have a great season – and sometimes he has. But Illinois has fallen from the rankings and is in the midst of a 2-5 tailspin. McCamey has five, six and six points in three of his last four games.I decided to take a look at how Taylor and McCamey performed in games against teams ranked at the time, and against unranked conference foes.Taylor has played in five games against teams ranked at the time. He averaged 19.8 points, four rebounds and 4.4 assists, as well as 1.2 turnovers in those games.Meanwhile, McCamey averaged 16 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.9 assists and three turnovers in games against ranked foes.Both players performed admirably against quality opposition; Taylor never scored less than 15 points in those games, while McCamey’s only dud came in a five-point, four-turnover loss to OSU.You could then predict that against the bottom of the Big Ten, the two guards’ stats would look even better. You would be half-right.Taylor’s line against unranked Big Ten foes looks like this: 20.7 points, 5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.2 turnovers.McCamey somehow managed to regress against such competition. In those six games, he averaged 11.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.8 turnovers.This seems to say that A) McCamey isn’t a consistently dominant player, and B) Illinois isn’t a consistently good team.Based upon this examination, there should be no question which Big Ten point guard is having the better season – and should be on that list. Freddette or Walker will likely win the actual award – and probably rightly so. But the exclusion of Taylor is an insulting oversight, especially when you compare what the Minnesota-native has done in comparison – individually and for his team – to some of his peers who were named finalists.last_img read more

EVERQUEEN BURSTS CLEAR TO TAKE $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ½ LENGTHS; TALAMO & ELLIS TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG WIN IN 1:09.34

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2016)–With favored Treasuring begging for racing room at the rail, lightly raced Everqueen, under Joe Talamo, shot clear a furlong out and took Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ½ lengths, as the 3-year-old filly by Colonel John got six furlongs in 1:09.34.Breaking from post position four in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Everqueen showed good early speed as she sat a close second just to the outside of longshot Princess Katie around the far turn before opening up on her competition.Off at 5-1, she paid $12.60, $4.60 and $3.60. Trained by Ron Ellis and owned by McShane Racing, LLC, Everqueen was an impressive maiden $75,000 claiming winner here on Jan. 24 and was making her fourth start today. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $59,410.Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza, Treasuring, who came off a close fourth place finish in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Santa Ynez Stakes Jan. 2, was full of run at the rail but by the time she was able to split horses a furlong out, the winner had all the momentum and she had to settle for second money. Off at 4-5 in her seventh career start, Treasuring paid $2.80 and $2.40.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Asian’s Way raced just to the outside of the favorite around the turn and despite getting first run on her, she proved third best. Off at 9-2, Asian’s Way paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.65, 46.14 and 57.91.First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY DECEMBER 16, 2016

first_imgFINISH LINES: Despite steady rain that began Thursday afternoon and continued into late Friday morning necessitating the closing of the main track for training at Santa Anita and Los Alamitos, where California Chrome is entered in Saturday’s Winter Challenge, trainer Art Sherman expects the 2014 Horse of the Year to run in the race he hopes will lead to the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 28 and a possible rematch with Bob Baffert-trained Arrogate. “The horse is ready to go,” said Sherman, who had expressed concern about running the “People’s Horse” on a sealed or off track in a prep for the California-bred’s final race. “The weather’s supposed to clear up soon and the people at Los Al have guaranteed me that by race time tomorrow the track will be fast.” Added Los Alamitos head clocker Russ Hudak: “The track was sealed last night and it always bounces back pretty quick.” . . . Jerry Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward reports that super filly Songbird will return from a six-week hiatus at WinStar Farm in Kentucky to Santa Anita the first week in January to prepare for her four-year-old campaign . . . From Gulfstream Park Publicity comes word that Awesome Banner, winner of the Hutcheson and Swale at Gulfstream, is ticketed for the Grade I Malibu on opening day. “Right now we plan to take a run there,” said Norm Casse, who trains the homebred for Jacks or Better Farm with his father, Mark. “He worked really well yesterday (five furlongs from the gate at Palm Meadows in a bullet 1:00.20, breezing). The Malibu is an opportunity for him to run against straight three-year-olds one more time.” . . . Agent Derek Lawson said Flavien Prat will be ready to ride opening day after recovering from blood in his kidneys following a mishap at Del Mar Nov. 27 . . . J.R. Pegram has Kent Desormeaux booked on Isothern for trainer George Weaver in the Mathis Brothers Mile on turf opening day. MIDNIGHT STORM COULD FACE ARROGATELUNAR EXPRESS STEPS UP IN GRADE I LA BREAWALL CALENDAR AND MORE ON OPENING DAYPOPULAR SHOWVIVOR TO RETURN ON DEC. 26CALIFORNIA CHROME SET TO GO TOMORROWSONGBIRD DUE AT SANTA ANITA NEXT MONTHVERSATILE MIDNIGHT STORM SET FOR SAN PASQUALTrainer Phil D’Amato has versatile multiple graded stakes winner Midnight Storm set to run in the Grade II San Pasqual Stakes on Jan. 1 and a possible meeting with Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and California Chrome conqueror Arrogate.Midnight Storm, winner of the Grade I Shoemaker Mile on turf at Santa Anita last June 4, captured the Native Diver Stakes on dirt at Del Mar Nov. 27 in typical front-running fashion, winning off by nearly eight lengths.“His race at Del Mar was pretty impressive and he’s always trained really good on the dirt here at Santa Anita,” D’Amato said. “He broke his maiden on the dirt here and he came out of the Native Diver in great shape.”As to the possibility of facing Arrogate, D’Amato said, “I think we’ve got nothing to lose. If we beat Arrogate, hey, that’s a major feather in our cap. If you lose, you lost to Arrogate, so to me it’s a good opportunity.“My horse is doing really well and the San Pasqual is where we’re going to go.”LUNAR EXPRESS MAKES STAKES DEBUT IN LA BREARichard Baltas, who has become a trainer to be reckoned with in recent years, hopes to catch lightning in a bottle when he runs Lunar Express in the Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on opening day.Lunar Express, a daughter of Malibu Moon, won at a mile on Del Mar’s main track Nov. 12, but not against the quality of rivals she may meet in the La Brea.“She won going a mile and going 6 ½ (furlongs),” Baltas said. “She’s never run against stakes company but she beat older horses last time going a mile on dirt, so I figured this is a perfect distance for her.“We’ll give it a shot.”SANTA ANITA OFFERS POPULAR WALL CALENDAR AND MUCH MORE OPENING DAY            In addition to four graded stakes, Santa Anita will treat fans to its popular 2017 wall calendar, a $1 million guaranteed Late Pick 4 and much more with the beginning of its traditional Winter Meet on Monday, Dec. 26. A fan favorite for decades, the Santa Anita 2017 wall calendar will be given free of charge to all attendees with paid admission. With a pair of Grade I stakes, the Malibu and the La Brea showcased, Santa Anita’s Winter Meet opener will again command center stage among racing fans nationwide.Mathis Brothers Furniture, for whom the opening day Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile is named, will provide a plush Thoroughbred toy to the first 5,000 kids 12 and under, as well as Mathis Brothers Gift certificates to all paid attendees. Santa Anita will also provide a Family Fun Zone in its spacious Infield Area. (General Admission and parking are free in the Infield, via Gate 6 off of Colorado Place).Santa Anita’s luxurious Chandelier Room will again play host to the highly acclaimed Guest Chef Series as one of LA’s hottest restaurants will provide contemporary cuisine and post-holiday celebration. Ticketing, available online, includes innovative signature dishes throughout the afternoon, six delicious whiskey tastings, live music, a racing program, a wagering tip sheet and more. To purchase tickets, please visit santaanita.com/events.With first post time set at 12 noon, admission gates will open at 10 a.m.Here’s a schedule of opening day events:            –Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs.            –Grade I, $300,000 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs            –Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf) for 3-year-olds            –Grade III, $100,000 San Simeon Stakes for 3-year-olds and up, at 6 ½ furlongs down hillside turf             –Free 2017 Santa Anita Wall Calendar             –Free Mathis Brothers plush Thoroughbred toy to first 5,000 kids 12 and under            –A Mathis Brothers Gift Certificate, free with paid admission            –Craft Beer and Cider Festival on Grandstand Apron (packages available at santaanita.com/events)            –Guest Chef Series in the Chandelier Room featuring a catered menu from one of LA’s hottest restaurants, delicious whiskey tastings, live music and more, visit santaanita.com/events for details            –Infield Family Fun Zone featuring pony rides and much more, visit santaanita.com/events            –Bud Light Lounge, all you can eat buffet, first beer included, racing program and more, visit santaanita.com/events            Entries for opening day races will be taken Wednesday, Dec. 21. For more racing and event information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. SANTA ANITA’S POPULAR ‘SHOWVIVOR’ RETURNS OPENING DAYSanta Anita’s popular free online “Showvivor” will again be available to fans via santaanita.com/showvivor beginning opening day. The contest offers $5,000 in prize money, highlighted by a $2,500 top prize to be awarded to the longest “show streak” over the course of Santa Anita’s Winter Meeting, which concludes April 9.Showvivor participants are required to select one horse from one race per racing day, and that horse must run no worse than third in order for the player to “Showvive.” If the player’s selection fails to finish 1-2-3, that individual is not totally eliminated, as he or she may begin a new streak the next racing day. The player with the longest “show streak” on April 9 will be declared top prize winner of $2,500. A second “Showvivor” contest will begin Friday, April 14.The longest “show streak” is one of just five separate ways to win beginning Dec. 26:SHOW STREAK: The player who has the longest “show” or no-worse than third-place finish streak at the end of the Spring Meet will win the grand prize of $2,500. Players should note that if they fail to make an online selection on a given day, their streak is still alive but they will not receive credit for days missed.WIN STREAK: This carries a $1,000 prize and is intended to reward players who have selected the most consecutive first-place finishers. If a player fails to make a selection on a given day, his or her streak may continue, but the player will not receive credit for any days missed.TOTAL WINS: At the end of the Spring Meeting, the player with most total wins will receive a $500 prize.TOTAL PLACES: This also carries a prize of $500 and rewards the player who selects most total places or second-place finishes.LARGEST SINGLE WIN PAYOUT: At the end of the Spring Meet, the player who has selected the highest single day win payout will be paid $500.Players are encouraged to sign up as early as possible at santaanita.com/showvivor, although registration will be available after Dec. 26. Daily online selections must be made no later than 10 minutes until first race post time.For additional details, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

A Pitcher of Health, and Reasons to Love Slime

first_imgPitcher plants contain chemicals that just might help medicine and agriculture, reported PhysOrg.  A Japanese team found a myriad of interesting proteins in this “evolutionary marvel,” a plant that eats insect meat.    Now for some slimy good news.  PhysOrg said, “You know algae.  It’s the gunk that collects on the sides of a fish tank when you forget to clean it.  It’s the slime that makes you slip on rocks while crossing a stream.  You probably think of algae as a nuisance, if you even bother to think of it at all.”  How should you love slime?  Let me count the ways.  “Milt Sommerfeld and Qiang Hu [The Laboratory for Algae Research & Biotechnology, University of Arizona] think of algae as one of the most useful substances in existence.”    Here are some of the slimy good things in your future: environmentally friendly fuel, pollution control, food, fertilizer, wastewater treatment and animal feed, among other things.  Algae can take wastewater or manure and convert it into environmentally-friendly biodiesel fuel.    With their flasks and beakers full of green fluid, Sommerfield and Hu are excited about the prospects of harnessing these highly efficient, photosynthetic factories to produce environmentally green solutions to human problems.    Another team is investigating a gene that relieves stress in plants, reported Science Daily.  Why?  It may lead to a cure for cancer.  Agricultural crops more resistant to environmental stress may also be in the offing.    Scientists are still trying to harness the water-splitting power of bacteria to produce clean-burning hydrogen fuel.  They’re getting warmer, said a report in PhysOrg.  Five years ago (03/14/2003) and six years ago (10/08/2001), we reported how auto makers were envious of an enzyme called hydrogenase that splits water efficiently without the large expenditure of energy required in artificial processes.  Now, Thomas Wood of the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering is corraling barrels of genetically engineered E. coli to work their magic for mankind.  If his reactor can continue to increase its efficiency, you may someday drive a hydrogen car that produces water as waste and runs on sugar.Good science seeks understanding of things with at least one tentacle on how it can help improve our lives.  Why reinvent solutions from scratch when many of them are literally right under our feet?  Think of something yucky around you – mold, maggots, cobwebs, slime – and there is probably a miracle product waiting to be discovered.  Forward-looking, productive science owes nothing to evolutionary theory.  The only “evolutionary marvels” are the professors who cling to a dead, useless ideology.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Evolutionists View Poison as Elixir of Life

first_imgHydrogen cyanide is one of the most reactive and toxic molecules we know, but astrobiologists view it with almost alchemical qualities for the origin of life.In “Hydrogen cyanide and life’s origin,” NASA’s Astrobiology Magazine explored the ability of HCN as a touchstone for the creation of other molecular “building blocks” of life such as amino acids.How many different molecules can be created when you release one of the Universe’s most reactive substances, hydrogen cyanide, in the lab? And will the process create some particularly interesting molecules?That is what scientists call a good question, because hydrogen cyanide seems to have played a role in creating some of life’s building blocks.Scientists in the lab, though, must treat the chemical with extreme caution.  Just one drop can kill an adult human in 60 seconds.  Wikipedia says “the relationship of these chemical reactions to the origin of life theory remains speculative….”The astrobiology article asks mostly questions:Hydrogen cyanide is an organic compound and it is found in large quantities in the universe. It may have helped in producing amino acids and DNA bases, some of life’s basic molecules. If hydrogen cyanide can lead to the formation of amino acids, can it also contribute to the formation of other essential compounds? Can hydrogen cyanide help explain how life originated on Earth? And how it can arise on other planets?The only way they got HCN to contribute to one amino acid was by intelligent design:Preliminary studies have shown that hydrogen cyanide can contribute to the formation of amino acids. This discovery required month-long experiments in the laboratory, where scientists painstakingly monitored the reactions and continuously manipulated the experiment to keep it on track.Nothing in the article suggests that this could have happened without painstaking manipulation.  Even if it did, getting one amino acid is trivial.  There are numerous high hurdles chance would have had to overcome before life began, such as the origin of replication, a membrane, autocatalytic cycles, metabolism, and the genetic code, along with molecular machines able to process and interpret the code for function.  In a world of chance, where natural selection cannot be invoked for help, a building block of a building block has no guidance toward becoming a building block, let alone a building.  Most likely, it would dissipate long before the next hurdle is approached.Another post on Astrobiology Magazine revised SETI’s old Drake Equation — revised it downward, that is.  Now, Sara Seager would just be happy to find gas that might indicate life, not intelligent life.  “The equation focuses on the search for planets with biosignature gases, gases produced by life that can accumulate in a planet atmosphere to levels that can be detected with remote space telescopes,” she said.  “If we find gases that we might attribute to life we will not know if the gases are produced by intelligent life or simple bacteria. ”See the 9/07/13 entry to deflate the optimism in NASA’s post.Welcome to modern alchemy and magic.  Science is the magician’s twin, said C. S. Lewis; only in the case of astrobiology, the twins have swapped places.  Astrobiology, using toxic HCN as an elixir of life, is tantamount to modern-day alchemists trying to create the building blocks of gold, or modern Frankensteins thinking they can create life with poisons and electricity.  Note: Frankenstein was a work of fiction, and alchemy was a pseudoscience. (Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Scifest Africa to celebrate African space science

first_img21 February 2014 Scifest Africa, South Africa’s national science festival, will lift off in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape on 12 March under the theme “Into the space!”, the Department of Science and Technology announced last week. The festival, the largest of its kind on the continent, will offer visitors over 500 events exploring spaces big and small, including the human brain, the atmosphere and the universe via architecture, astronomy, biotechnology and nanotechnology. Scifest Africa director Anja Fourie said the theme was selected in support of celebrations to mark the installation of the first of 64 radio telescope dishes that will make up the MeerKAT, South Africa’s precursor to the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope. “South Africa’s geographical advantages, infrastructure and human capital have allowed our country to become a place of major significance in the practice of astronomy and space sciences,” said Fourie, “and we look forward to showing off African astronomy and space sciences at the festival”. A highlight of the festival will be a guest appearance by National Geographic Emerging Explorer Barrington Irving Jr from the United States, the youngest person as well as the first black person to fly solo around the world. From humble beginnings in Miami’s inner city, Irving turned down a full football scholarship to the University of Florida to complete a degree in aeronautical science at the Florida Memorial University, where he also earned his private, commercial pilot, and certified flight instructor licences. In 2005 Barrington founded a non-profit company, Experience Aviation Inc, which introduces young people to careers in aviation and aerospace. Three parallel festivals will run during Scifest Africa 2014, namely the iRhini Township Festival, Scikids, and Scifest Africa @ Nelson Mandela Bay Science Centre, Uitenhage. The programme includes popular favourites such as the DST Laser Show, Kids Dig and Rhodes University Green Fund Run and Soap Box Derby, but also features several new events, including a Paper Aeroplane Competition, Science in the Park, and Science Slam, sponsored by the German Embassy in South Africa. Department of Science and Technology and SAinfo Reporterlast_img read more

Livestock training for the military extends reach of Extension

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In the aftermath of war and natural disasters, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command teams help restore the affected community’s infrastructure by building roads, schools, medical facilities, sewer lines, and other infrastructure and conducting follow-up assessments to ensure progress for the future. These soldiers are responsible for executing five core civil affairs tasks: civil information management, foreign humanitarian assistance, nation assistance, population resource control and support to civil Administration.In some situations, the Army tries to ease conflict with better resource use in the communities where they are deployed. This endeavor can often include agriculture.To help prepare and train for instances where they may need to parachute in and assist with a situation involving livestock, a group of around 25 soldiers with the U.S. Army Reserve 412 Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), based in Columbus, Ohio, recently spent part of a day at Ohio State University’s Columbus livestock facilities.“When deployed, civil affairs soldiers act as a liaison between local communities and the theater military commander. We are doing animal training to get some agricultural familiarization,” said James McKasson, Captain in the U.S. Army Reserve. “When these citizen-soldiers train with OSU, we are learning skills that we will likely employ when deployed around the world. When we are deployed, we are often trying to improve stability productivity and efficiency of food and animal systems. I feel its important because having a safe and reliable food supply is important to our global well-being.”McKasson is a veterinarian from Montana with extensive large animal experience, but many in his battalion previously had little to no experience working with livestock.“We went through basic animal handling and some on animal restraint, deworming, facility analysis, and environmental assessment,” McKasson said. “The others in this unit just need to be exposed to livestock and get familiar with them. This is the first time we have had this training since I have been with the unit. We have to be prepared for a really broad spectrum of things and this is one component of that training. They have been having a good time and learning a lot. It has been informative, eye opening and fun for them.”Several students and staff were on hand to assist with the training, including Gregg Fogle and Marty Mussard, farm managers of the OSU Beef and Sheep Centers. They were impressed with how quickly the group learned how to handle the livestock.“Some had experience with animals and some didn’t. I was surprised they had as much experience as they did. They learn pretty quickly. This is about the same as the introductory animal science course,” Fogle said. “We covered things like diseases, body condition scoring, calving, nutrition, bloat treatment,Ohio State University Extension beef specialist Steve Boyles covered a wide variety of livestock-related topics for the soldiers.and vaccinations. We also showed them how to euthanize animals correctly.”This is the third time OSU has hosted a military group for similar training.“They were interested in low-tech information they could pass on to the people they are working with overseas without overwhelming them,” Mussard said. “This group has been to places like Guatemala and Ethiopia. They had questions about how to treat diseases without antibiotics and how to handle situations with no facilities.”Ohio State University Extension beef specialist Stephen Boyles led much of the program. Boyles has done a fair amount of work with similar situations and was well prepared to start with the very basics of working with animals.“We have to understand our audience. This audience knows what they are doing in the military but many of them have very little animal handling experience. We went over some key points that they will be using if they have to work with livestock when deployed,” Boyles said. “We have worked with other groups that do not have a lot of familiarity with livestock. We work with police officers and emergency crews on how to work with animals and we have questions just about how you handle the animals. With this group we had questions about how animals kick and how animals move.”Getting more advanced, Boyles also talked about the benefits and advantages of the OSU facilities and how those could compare to what the Civil Affairs soldiers could encounter when deployed.“We tried to point out that they would not necessarily have facilities like we do here. We used a squeeze chute and said that they will not necessarily see that where they will be,” Boyles said. “We did provide materials on how to build a facility if they need to hold animals and we also talked about ways to work with a veterinarian to administThe training featured hands-on work with livestock and facilities.er medication for sick animals if needed on a more basic level. We talked about finding salt as a supplement for improving the performance of animals on grass. We tried to come at it from that basic standpoint.“We also covered food and environmental safety to improve conditions in some of these places. We talked about how you handle animals when they die in a safe way to avoid spreading sickness to other animals and people. They are working at making lives better with safer food and a cleaner environment around the world. We told them, ‘This is how you do it in America. Here is how you could do it where you are going.’” The training only consisted of a half day, but it covered extensive information to better help the soldiers serve their country by serving others.“This gives us really international extension of knowledge. The military is interested in helping those populations around the world that we all have an interest in benefitting their well-being. This is just one other way we can provide benefits to people in other parts of the world,” Boyles said. “This is a non-traditional clientele for us, but being part of OSU Extension I think we really made a difference today.”last_img read more