Grant makes advanced biology classes possible at St. Louis School

first_imgRising Sun, In. — St. Louis School in Batesville will be offering high school level biology classes for 8th graders with a grant from the Rising Sun Community Foundation.Students will be able to conduct numerous experiments including work with microscopic organisms and in-depth cell studies using high-powered microscopes. The microscopes and other vital supplies were made possible by the grant.last_img

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STAFF : Syracuse softball team splits doubleheader against DePaul on road

first_imgAfter dropping the first game of a doubleheader to Syracuse 3-2, the Orange earned a 5-3 victory in extra innings in game two in Chicago.DePaul (28-18, 9-7 Big East) got off to a fast start against the Orange (35-12, 12-4) in game one against SU starting pitcher Jenna Caira. Caira allowed two runs in the second inning to jump out to a quick 2-0 lead.And the Blue Demons didn’t stop there. Caira’s counterpart, DePaul pitcher Kirsten Verdun, doubled down the line to drive in a run to help her own cause and put DePaul up 3-0. Meanwhile, Verdun baffled the SU hitters throughout the game.The Syracuse lineup finally woke up when it rallied in the fifth. Emily Thompson scored on a misplayed fly ball to right field off the bat of Carey-Leigh Thomas. Julie Wambold then scored on a base hit from Leah Porter, but the offense stalled from there and SU couldn’t find a way to tie the game in its last two innings.DePaul jumped out to an early 2-1 lead in the second game, but Veronica Grant’s two-run home run in the seventh inning gave the Orange the lead. DePaul tied it in the bottom half, leading to extra innings.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn the ninth inning, senior second baseman Stephanie Watts launched a two-run shot to give SU the lead again. And this time, SU held off the Blue Demons in the bottom half of the inning.Caira picked up the win, going five innings in relief after pitching a complete game in the front end of the doubleheader.The Orange takes on Connecticut in a three-game set this weekend in Storrs, Conn.-Compiled by David Propper, staff writer, dgproppe@syr.edu Published on April 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Liberia Wetlands Under Grave Threat

first_imgOne of several wetlands on the Robertsport Highway in Grand Cape Mount County.Often ignored by policymakers and wittingly or unwittingly subjected to abuse by the public at large, wetlands are under grave threat of degradation by Liberians and foreign residents alike.The threat to wetlands is posed mainly by discarded waste, over hunting and fishing as well as the harvesting of wood fuel particularly in coastal mangroves. Such waste, including but not limited to plastic bags, medical waste, human feces and dirty or used fuel, threatens marine species in the various wetlands.Environmentalists and other concerned stakeholders have consistently called for urgent and practical action aimed at protecting wetlands from abuse. But such concerns have often gone unheeded by authorities responsible for environmental conservation and protection.Reports from urban areas with coastal mangroves such as Robertsport, Monrovia, Buchanan, Marshall, say wood harvested from mangroves are highly prized by local people for drying fish.There are also reports of the use of dynamite to kill fish. Even marine turtles and crocodiles are said to be under threat from poaching activities.Several officials of the Liberia Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the past 12 years have  conducted several professional and technical workshops geared towards enhancing the protection of wetlands in Liberia.  In spite of support from partners and stakeholders, wetlands including mangrove swamps continue to come under pressure from uncontrolled human activity.Some  examples of wetlands and mangrove swamps that are under threat of abuse in the Monrovia area include Peace Island, SKD Boulevard, King Grey and New Hope communities in Monrovia and Paynesville.Legal experts point out that environmental laws and regulations are weak and enforcement mechanisms are not robust to safeguard and protect the Liberian environment especially wetlands, which include the mangrove swamps.Comments and views from Liberians in the affected areas strongly underscore the urgent need for some robust and practical actions on the part of environmental authorities in order to protect the wetlands of Liberia.57-year old former EPA staff Steven B. Sanford called on the EPA senior staff to design new programs and strategies that will enhance the full protection of all the wetlands and mangrove swamps in Liberia.“I would greatly appreciate were the EPA and our support partners to focus on the practical application of environmental laws, regulations and policies that will serve to protect our wetlands and mangrove swamps,” Sanford stressed.Elizabeth Gerald Williams, 48, noted that priority should be placed on the full protection of wetlands and mangrove swamps in LiberiaThe former Monrovia sanitary health inspector described the protection of wetlands and mangrove swamps as critical to the development of Liberia’s ecosystem and its vital biodiversity.She added that there are too many vital and endangered species in the wetlands and mangroves that need all practical protection from the current threat of abuse.“I really want the EPA and our support partners to wake up and work without fear and favor and fully protect our wetlands and mangrove swamps in our country,” she pleaded.55-year old environmental advocate Sam K. Collins of Monrovia called on all support partners connected to the environment of Liberia especially the World Bank and United Nations Environmental Program to double up their engagements with the EPA and other relevant stakeholders.He, however, urged the new Liberian Government to review and formulate concrete short, medium and long range plans that are practical and achievable in the years to come in Liberia.Collins also underscored the urgent need for substantial funding to the EPA, Ministry of Health, research institutions and other relevant agencies that are connected with the vital protection of wetlands and mangrove swamps in Liberia. The Convention on Wetlands, called the RAMSAR Convention, is the intergovernmental treaty that provides the framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. Liberia is a signatory to the RAMSAR Convention.According to the RAMSAR Convention, “Wetlands are vital for human survival. They are among the world’s most productive environments; cradles of biological diversity that provide the water and productivity upon which countless species of plants and animals depend for survival.“Wetlands are indispensable for the countless benefits or ‘ecosystem services’ that they provide humanity, ranging from freshwater supply, food and building materials, and biodiversity, to flood control, groundwater recharge, and climate change mitigation.” The Convention uses a broad definition of wetlands. This includes all lakes and rivers, underground aquifers, swamps and marshes, wet grasslands, peatlands, oases, estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, mangroves and swampscenter_img Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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