Seed Co Limited 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgSeed Co Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Seed Co Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Seed Co Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Seed Co Limited (  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileSeed Co Limited is the leading producer and marketer of certified crop seeds in Zimbabwe, supplying hybrid maize seed to commercial farmers as well as wheat, soya bean, barley, sorghum and ground nut seed. The seeds is grown from parent seeds under contract by an established network of seed producers. Innovation and pioneering breeding methods drive the Seed Company’s success; having successfully developed hybrid crop seed varieties in Zimbabwe that are recorded as the highest yielding varieties in their class. The Seed Company has a dedicated research team; producing hybrid crop seeds and non-hybrid cereals and oil crop seed varieties that are suitable and adaptable for Zimbabwe’s ecological conditions. Seed Co Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

These are the steps I’d take to get started as a FTSE investor

first_img Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Tezcan Gecgil, PhD These are the steps I’d take to get started as a FTSE investor Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Saturday, 15th February, 2020 center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” tezcang has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and Lloyds Banking Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. First of all, congratulations on your decision to learn more about investing in stocks! No investor can ignore the higher potential return that shares provide over the long run. But there’s quite a bit to consider before you get started. Let’s take a look.Investing goals and time horizonIf you are relatively new to investing in shares, you may first want to sit down to think about your objectives and the realistic timeframe you have in mind. For example, do you have specific life goals, such as saving for your child’s higher education, buying a small holiday home, or building a nest egg for retirement?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The next step is to determine your investment time horizon, which depends mostly on the goals you have set for yourself. Plans can and do change, but when we have a plan, it becomes easier to weather any storms that may come our way.And another crucial question. How much are you ready to invest now? Are you able to let that amount of money stay invested in the markets for several years? If you are a complete novice, you may want to start small as you can always increase the amount you invest.Know the FTSE 100 from the FTSE 250?After determining your investing parameters, it is time to understand the investment choices or the range of companies you can invest in, especially in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250. The FTSE 100 seems to be the initial index Britons mostly consider when they start investing. But do you know the main differences between the two indices and the shares they include?The FTSE 100 is composed of the 100 largest companies, by market capitalisation, on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). The FTSE 250 is the next 250 largest companies and also has a number of investment trusts. A significant percentage of FTSE 100 company profits come from overseas, giving the index a more global outlook with all the pluses and minuses that brings with it. On the other hand, if you want to concentrate on more UK-centric companies, then the FTSE 250 would offer you more choices closer to home. Which shares I’m watching nowAs you start learning more about the investment choices available, you are likely to feel that some companies may be more appropriate for novice investors. For example, you may want to initially stay with larger-cap shares as well as those with high (but reliable) dividend yields.You may have heard seasoned investors say that a well-constructed portfolio of dividend stocks can be one of the most accessible and rewarding routes to building a substantial stream of ‘passive income’.Also, you probably would not put all your eggs in the same basket, but instead, diversify among several sectors.With that in mind, here are several FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 stocks I’m watching right now. I’d be willing to invest in them in 2020, especially if there is any dip in their share prices.Aviva – dividend yield 7.4%Centamin – dividend yield 5.9%Diageo – dividend yield 7.5%Dunelm Group – dividend yield 2.3%Lloyds Banking Group – dividend yield 5.7%Pets at Home Group – dividend yield 2.4%Unite Group – dividend yield 2.3%WPP – dividend yield 6.2%Finally, you could also buy into a FTSE 100  or FTSE 250 tracker. Or you could invest in low-cost exchange-traded funds (ETFs) such as the iShares UK Dividend UCITS ETF. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Episcopal bishops to meet with lawmakers on background check bills…

first_img Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Tags Gun Violence Rector Albany, NY Faith & Politics, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishops United Against Gun Violence, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME center_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal bishops to meet with lawmakers on background check bills as gun deaths mount Rector Pittsburgh, PA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Bath, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA [Episcopal News Service] There are several reasons a group of Episcopal bishops is preparing to descend on the nation’s capital next week, but the motivation to travel is rooted in one democratic principle.“In our legislative process, showing up really does matter,” Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas, one of the co-conveners of Bishops United Against Gun Violence, said in an interview with Episcopal News Service about the bishops’ upcoming Capitol Hill visits.During a month when the nation marked one year since the high school massacre in Parkland, Florida, and when five new victims were mourned after a mass shooting at a workplace in Aurora, Illinois, Douglas and his fellow bishops will gather Feb. 27 on Capitol Hill to represent a “culture of life in the face of a culture of death.” Eight bishops, working with the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, are scheduled to spend the day meeting with lawmakers and their staffs to advocate for legislation toughening regulations on background checks for gun purchasers.Bishops United also will hold internal planning meetings while in Washington, D.C., as well as meetings with partners in the push to end gun violence, such as the Brady Campaign, the Newtown Foundation, Everytown for Gun Safety and Guns Down America. The week will culminate March 1 with a brief prayer service that will be streamed live on Facebook, part of Bishops United’s series of services held every Friday during Epiphany and hosted by bishops around the country.Bishops United Against Gun Violence is a network of about 80 Episcopal bishops that formed in the wake of two mass shootings in 2012, at a Sikh temple just outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Despite the national outcry over such violence, calls for gun safety reforms have gained little traction in Congress, even as the number of mass shootings continues to climb.Douglas, though, remains hopeful.“I’d like to believe the landscape is changing,” he said, pointing to the large freshman class of lawmakers after November’s midterm elections.When meeting with some of those lawmakers, the bishops’ focus will be on passage of two companion pieces of legislation – the Bipartisan Background Checks Act in the House and the Background Check Expansion Act in the Senate – which aim to close loopholes in government oversight of gun purchases.The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations is arranging for the Capitol Hill visits of eight Episcopal bishops on Feb. 27. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceSuch measures are just a piece of the wider package of reforms that Bishops United and its partners are advocating, including toughening enforcement of existing gun laws, making gun trafficking a federal crime, promoting “smart gun” technology and spending more money on research into violence-prevention strategies. The bishops’ immediate focus will be on background checks, but their scope is broader, Douglas said.“I’m taking the long view on this one,” he said. “This is not going to be a one-off. It’s about culture change and awareness.”And the bishops, a mix of gun owners and others who have never fired a gun, stress that ending gun violence shouldn’t be a partisan issue. They are deliberate about highlighting the “common sense” behind the measures they are advocating.“The goal in Bishops United was always to be about common-sense gun laws that could bring as many people to the table as possible,” said Milwaukee Bishop Steven Miller, who also is a Bishops United convener. Miller won’t be joining the Capitol Hill visits but will be in Washington for the subsequent partner meetings and prayer service.“All of us want sane and reasonable gun laws that protect both the rights of those who wish to own firearms and use them in appropriate ways but also to keep our country and our streets safer,” Miller said.The Episcopal Church has spoken out forcefully on the issue through the years at General Convention, and in July, bishops and deputies passed a new resolution recognizing gun violence as a public health issue.The latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show gun deaths in the U.S. are on the rise, with the number of fatalities nearing 40,000 people in 2017. Of those, about 24,000 were suicides and about 15,000 homicides.“We are in an epidemic,” Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton, representing Bishops United, said in July during a committee hearing on the General Convention resolution. “Think of the cost to our families, our communities, our health systems.”The Office of Government Relations also has been active on the issue of gun violence, based on church policies set by General Convention. The office monitors legislation, coordinates with partner agencies and denominations, develops relationships with lawmakers and encourages Episcopalians’ activism through its Episcopal Public Policy Network. The bishops’ visits on Capitol Hill amplify that work.“As bishops, what we bring uniquely to this conversation is the voice of a particular Christian denomination that has gone on the record by General Convention for gun safety,” Douglas said. “In addition to that, we are speaking out of our conviction as Christians in the Jesus Movement that the loving, liberating and life-giving reality of Jesus commands us to address matters that are death dealing.”Advocacy is only one part of the mission of Bishops United Against Gun Violence. With mass shooting deaths still all too common, the network also is committed to providing spiritual and pastoral support to those affected by gun violence, Douglas said. Public liturgies are another major component of the bishops’ work.Last year during General Convention, Bishop United gathered each day at the convention center in Austin, Texas, for five-minute liturgies that included prayers for victims of gun violence. Those services were streamed on Facebook and attracted a sizable viewership, as did a larger public liturgy in a park across from the conference center.The positive response to those liturgies prompted the bishops to consider ways to continue that witness after General Convention. In November, Bishops United Against Violence released its “Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting.” The bishops’ discussions also led to the Friday prayer services this year, and some have drawn as many as 4,000 viewers, Douglas said.“Where else in The Episcopal Church are you getting 4,000 people together to pray?” he said.Last week, Western Massachusetts Bishop Douglas Fisher hosted the prayer service, and Chicago Bishop Jeffrey Lee followed up the next day, Feb. 15, with a litany in memory of the Aurora shooting victims in his diocese. This week, on Feb. 22, the prayer service will be led by former Newark Bishop Mark Beckwith.The prayer service next week during the bishops’ trip to Washington will be held at noon ET March 1 in the chapel of the building where the Office of Government Relations offices are located. It is expected to last about a half hour. Check Bishops United’s Facebook page that day for the video feed.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Tampa, FL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Press Release Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Public Policy Network, By David PaulsenPosted Feb 20, 2019 Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Belleville, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LAlast_img read more

New service for tax-effective gifts for UK charities from US donors

first_img  23 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 16 January 2006 | News Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy CAFAmerica is to launch a new option for UK charities fundraising in the USA that will enable them to receive tax-effective gifts from American donors.A new tax effective giving service for charities that seek to raise funds from US donors will be launched at a seminar to be held in London on 14 February 2006.At the seminar representatives of CAF and CAFAmerica will offer advice on alternative options for fundraising to increase overall giving. Advertisementcenter_img The new service should be of particular interest to UK charities operating a “Friends of” charity in the US already. For details of the event contact Fiona Fountain. New service for tax-effective gifts for UK charities from US donors AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

A transgender formerly incarcerated activist speaks out

first_imgLisa Strawn is a transgender woman who spent more than 35 years in California prisons due to that state’s draconian “Three Strikes” law. At the age of 19, she was locked up for petty offenses like prostitution, and on her third “strike,” Lisa was sentenced to 50-to-life for burglary. She has been incarcerated in California State Prison, Corcoran; the California Medical Facility at Vacaville and San Quentin State Prison. While inside, she was an activist and organizer on behalf of the LGBTQ+ incarcerated community. After contracting COVID inside San Quentin during the peak of the pandemic there, she was finally released to the community July 14, 2020 — still with COVID. She has continued her advocacy for her siblings inside. This is part 1 of a two-part interview conducted with Strawn on Dec. 30, 2020, by Judy Greenspan, a member of the Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party.Lisa StrawnJudy Greenspan: Lisa, what was it like for transgender prisoners when you first got locked up?Lisa Strawn: I pretty much have been incarcerated my entire life since the age of 19. I started transitioning at 19. I started out at a level three prison, then I went to a level four, then a level three, then level two. And for me personally, being at a level four, there was so much more respect there from staff and the other incarcerated people (at Corcoran) than any of the other prisons including San Quentin. Right before I had got to Corcoran, and that was in 1998, the staff were betting money on the inmates, the gladiator fights. And all those investigations were coming down, and I got there at the very end of it. So I think that really changed the spectrum of how they were treating people because, for the most part, we didn’t have any problems.Up until 2005, we weren’t allowed to have hormones, and then it became a federal law, because this girl actually sued the Department of Corrections. And because she won the lawsuit, then they had to start giving us the hormone. They had to. I was at Corcoran. JG: How were you treated by the prison guards after Corcoran?LS: It was a struggle at CMF because the staff, they were so transphobic, homophobic. And I can remember many times when I literally had to call them out and embarrass them in front of their own people. There was a tour one day, and I could hear this sergeant say, “Oh, no, that’s a guy.” And I immediately stopped, and I let him have it. And then it was just a huge scene. Then the watch commander was calling me on the phone: “Lisa, oh, he wants to talk to you, he wants to apologize.” And I was like, fuck him. I don’t want to talk to him. And then when I did meet him, I cussed him out. I said, “How dare you disrespect me like that in front of people who don’t even know nothing about me?” And I went on and on. He actually tried to talk to me in the hallway, and I walked away from it.I got write-ups all the time. I mean, I had gotten a write-up right before I left on CMF Vacaville to go to San Quentin, because the officer said I wouldn’t get on the wall. Then I started doing paperwork about, well, I’m a woman, I shouldn’t be in a man’s prison, and I want to go to a women’s prison. And then there was the issue: “Well, if you want to stay here, you have to move to a dorm.” So I stood right in the hallway. And it was with a captain. And I looked at him, and I said, “Look at me. I’m wearing a bra, panties, makeup. My name is Lisa. It’s not Thomas. It’s Lisa. So do you really think that you’re going to put me in a dorm with child molesters and rapists?” And he just looked at me and says, “I’ll be back.” And towards the end, it got really ugly because I became so political. Anything that I didn’t like, I was calling Sacramento, the ombudsman and other people and bitching. And so they booted me out of the prison. And it was actually the best thing they could do. JG: When did you get involved in LGBTQ+ activism from the inside?LS: I stayed at CMF for 10 years. And that’s when I really started doing a lot of navigating and being involved with the trans community, the LGBT community. We had two support groups. And then I put a third group in the prison. We had a transgender-only group. I was elected as the first transgender person on the Inmate Advisory Council. I started an LGBT group.San Quentin, the day I got there . . . I was already the kind of person that was so involved with so many people on the outside in many organizations. And I was just like, okay, I have to come here, and I have to do amazing things too. And there was so much of a phobia. The guys, I mean, they were rude. They were just freaking rude. You know, make smartass comments, and I’m so not that one. And I just immediately got into journalism school . . . and I just really got involved. I navigated everything. And then I helped put the transgender support group in the prison and LGBTQ group.JG: Tell me about the first Transgender Day of Remembrance that you organized at San Quentin.LS: My thing was like promoting the rights of the LGBTQ community. And having the Transgender Day of Remembrance . . . that had never happened at that prison. Ever. It’ll never happen again. They still say that that was the biggest event that they’ve ever had. Because this bitch brought a senator inside that prison. Nobody else had done that.But Transgender Day of Remembrance, it wasn’t just about the trans people who have been killed. I wanted to make sure that San Quentin got it right. So I had asked straight guys, “Do you guys want to be a part of this?” Nobody turned me down. I sent out personal invitations to so many people. And there was so many people who responded, they couldn’t let everybody in. We had 18 acts that performed in three hours. I was able to say for the first time San Quentin got it right . . . Not only do we now have groups for everybody, every gender, every race, religion, now we did it. And it was the best day. Lisa StrawnFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Tarrant County Meals on Wheels leans on local support with budget cuts pending

first_imgElizabeth Hinz is a sophomore journalism major from Sugar Land, Texas. Linkedin Linkedin Previous articleCelebrity Dish (Episode 17 – Jon Gosselin, Elton John’s birthday and more)Next articleiPhone scammer on campus Elizabeth Hinz RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Elizabeth Hinz Supreme Court allows Birdville prayer case to stand Elizabeth Hinz Facebook Elizabeth Hinz Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday ReddIt Twittercenter_img Cost of textbooks on the rise Elizabeth Hinz Recruitment brings college dance opportunities to Arlington Heights High School Twitter Study ranks TCU third for liquor-law violations per 10,000 students ReddIt Facebook Elizabeth Hinz Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store + posts print possible budget cuts may be putting pressure on some local programs, the community donations and support for Tarrant County’s Meals on Wheels has kept the wheels turning.Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County’s $6.8 million annual budget receives 48 percent of its funding from government sources and 52 percent from local support.The preliminary outline for President Trump’s 2018 budget calls for the elimination of the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program that funds community development activities, such as affordable housing and anti-poverty programs.Less than 1 percent of the Tarrant County’s Meals on Wheels government funding comes from the block grant program.If this funding stops, the Tarrant County organization would lose about $100,000 a year, which equates to about 16,500 meals. The organization currently delivers one million meals per year, so this cut would account for 1 percent of their overall budget.“Right now nothing has changed and all of our clients continue to receive nutritious meals they rely on each day,” Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County Strategic Marketing and Communications Manager Keith Harrison said. “We work very hard to raise money here within the community.”Harrison said to collect local financial support, the Tarrant County organization looks to donors, direct mail, advertising, newsletters and many other types of community engagement.“The people of Tarrant County are extremely generous and were very fortunate in that a lot of the programs around the country don’t have the level of community support that we do in Tarrant County,” Harrison said.The Tarrant County organization has about 5,000 volunteers who are continuing to deliver meals to almost 4,600 residents.“The more I got involved with volunteering for this organization, I realized the significant impact that our efforts individually have on people here in Tarrant County,” Harrison said. “I mean these are our friends and neighbors who receive services, so I always want to encourage people to get involved with something that tugs at their heart strings.”Along with delivering meals, the volunteers engage in friendly visits and get to know the clients.“I get a good meal every day, and it’s really healthy,” Meals on Wheels client Joyce said. “I got a lot of friends with the volunteers, I’ve met a lot of people.”Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County started in 1973 as an effort to home-deliver 25 meals per day to an inner-city area of Fort Worth, and now they deliver more than 4,000 meals each day.“We hear often that it only takes one person to make a change,” Harrison said. “I can tell you from personal experience just through involvement with Meals on Wheels I am making a significant impact on the lives of people right here.”To learn more about volunteering for Meals on Wheels visit their website.last_img read more

Year-round tracking of small trans-Saharan migrants using light-level geolocators

first_imgSince 1899 ringing (or banding) remained the most important source of information about migration routes, stopover sites and wintering grounds for birds that are too small to carry satellite-based tracking systems. Despite the large quantity of migrating birds ringed in their breeding areas in Europe, the number of ring recoveries from sub-Saharan Africa is very low and therefore the whereabouts of most small bird species outside the breeding season remain a mystery. With new miniaturized light-level geolocators it is now possible to look beyond the limits of ring recovery data. Here we show for the first time year round tracks of a near passerine trans-Saharan migrant, the European Hoopoe (Upupa epops epops). Three birds wintered in the Sahel zone of Western Africa where they remained stationary for most of the time. One bird chose a south-easterly route following the Italian peninsula. Birds from the same breeding population used different migration routes and wintering sites, suggesting a low level of migratory connectivity between breeding and wintering areas. Our tracking of a near passerine bird, the European Hoopoe, with light-level geolocators opens a new chapter in the research of Palaearctic-African bird migration as this new tool revolutionizes our ability to discover migration routes, stopover sites and wintering grounds of small birds.last_img read more

No evidence for fitness signatures consistent with increasing trophic mismatch over 30 years in a population of European shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis

first_img1. As temperatures rise, timing of reproduction is changing at different rates across trophic levels, potentially resulting in asynchrony between consumers and their resources. The match‐mismatch hypothesis (MMH) suggests that trophic asynchrony will have negative impacts on average productivity of consumers. It is also thought to lead to selection on timing of breeding, as the most asynchronous individuals will show the greatest reductions in fitness.2. Using a 30‐year individual‐level data set of breeding phenology and success from a population of European shags on the Isle of May, Scotland, we tested a series of predictions consistent with the hypothesis that fitness impacts of trophic asynchrony are increasing.3. These predictions quantified changes in average annual breeding success and strength of selection on timing of breeding, over time and in relation to rising sea surface temperature (SST) and diet composition.4. Annual average (population) breeding success was negatively correlated with average lay date yet showed no trend over time, or in relation to increasing SST or the proportion of principal prey in the diet, as would be expected if trophic mismatch was increasing. At the individual level, we found evidence for stabilising selection and directional selection for earlier breeding, although the earliest birds were not the most productive. However, selection for earlier laying did not strengthen over time, or in relation to SST or slope of the seasonal shift in diet from principal to secondary prey. We found that the optimum lay date advanced by almost four weeks during the study, and that the population mean lay date tracked this shift.5. Our results indicate that average performance correlates with absolute timing of breeding of the population, and there is selection for earlier laying at the individual level. However, we found no fitness signatures of a change in the impact of climate‐induced trophic mismatch, and evidence that shags are tracking long‐term shifts in optimum timing. This suggests that if asynchrony is present in this system, breeding success is not impacted. Our approach highlights the advantages of examining variation at both population and individual levels when assessing evidence for fitness impacts of trophic asynchrony.last_img read more

Dixie State Men’s Basketball Signs Juco Transfer Tuesday

first_imgJudkins said he’s excited to see what Greene can bring to the table and believes he can step in [to the program] and play right away. Greene led the Cardinals by shooting 69.3 percent from the field and scored in double figures 16 times last season. Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Tuesday, Dixie State men’s basketball head coach Jon Judkins announced the signing of junior college power forward Jarod Greene. Tags: Dixie State men’s basketball/Jarod Greene/Jon Judkins/North Idaho Cardinalscenter_img May 21, 2019 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Signs Juco Transfer Tuesday Written by Greene, a 6-8 prospect out of Blackfoot, Idaho and North Idaho College, played the past two seasons for the Cardinals, leading them to an undefeated 16-0 divisional record and an overall 31-2 record in 2018-19.last_img read more

Associate or Full Professor – Chicanx/Latinx Health and Wellness

first_imgDepartment SummaryThe Department of Chicana andChicano Studies (CCS) at San José State University (SJSU) seeksqualified applicants for a full-time Associate or Full Professorwith a specialization in the area of Chicanx/Latinx Health andWellness.CCS at SJSU was created in 1968, making it the oldest graduateprogram in Chicanx Studies in the country. Our mission is to serveSJSU students and diverse communities through an interdisciplinaryChicanx Studies program based on principles of social justice. Weoffer three degree programs: A master’s degree with emphases inPolicy, Education, and Comparative Ethnic Studies; a newundergraduate major with emphases in Cultural and CreativeExpression, Institutions and Community Engagement, andTransnationalism and Global Relations; and a popular undergraduateminor that draws students from across the university. Ourcurriculum prepares students to critically examine and creativelyrespond to intellectual traditions and contemporary issuesresulting from race, class, and gender intersections inChicanx/Latinx and other communities. Graduates of our program havelaunched careers in teaching, social services, public policy,health care, government, and community service, as well as pursuedadvanced degrees in programs such as Education, History, SocialWork, and Feminist Studies, becoming the next generation of CCSeducators and community leaders.Addressing the racial and ethnic realities of our students andcommunities, CCS has seen significant growth in recent years interms of both faculty hiring and student enrollment. CCS facultyregularly connect with students and our broader campus communitythrough an exciting new series of weekly Pláticas that highlighttheir wide-ranging interest and expertise. In addition, our facultyconnect their research and teaching to our campus and localcommunities through partnerships with the Chicanx/Latinx StudentSuccess Center, UndocuSpartan Center, Culture Counts ReadingSeries, Young Women’s Freedom Center, and more. As the flagshipEthnic Studies department within the College of Social Sciences(CoSS), CCS is a vital part of SJSU.SJSU and CoSS are committed to growing Ethnic Studies more broadly.In 2018, CoSS launched the Ethnic Studies Collaborative (ESC),bringing together faculty, staff, and students to highlight theresearch and leadership contributions of SJSU’s Ethnic Studiesprograms and departments. The ESC includes the Department ofAfrican American Studies, Department of Chicana and ChicanoStudies, and the Program of Asian American Studies; it serves asthe nexus for Ethnic Studies faculty, student, and communitycollaboration at SJSU. The ESC supports Ethnic Studies curricularand co-curricular projects that address issues of settlercolonialism, racial capitalism, immigration, and racialization,with a focus on the comparative histories and experientialknowledges of marginalized racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.,including but not limited to Native Americans/American Indians;Black and African Americans; Chicanxs and Latinxs; NativeHawaiians, Pacific Islanders, and Indigenous peoples of Oceania andother nations; and Asian Americans. The ESC is also currentlyplaying a key role in shaping the implementation of AB 1460, theCSU graduation requirement in Ethic Studies.Required Qualifications Compensation – Commensurate with qualifications andexperience. See Benefits Summary for details.Starting Date – August 2021Eligibility – Employment is contingent upon proof ofeligibility to work in the United States.Application ProcedureClick Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Applicationand attach the following documents by February 1, 2021 for fullconsideration: Preferred Qualifications Develop and teach courses in Chicanx/Latinx Health and Wellnessat both the undergraduate and graduate levels that align with theapplicant’s training and interests.Engage in student recruitment and retention efforts.Support the development of the CSU Ethnic Studies graduationrequirement through course development and advising. This workinvolves crossing disciplines and active engagement with diversegroups and individuals.Scholarly and professional contributions are expected fortenure and promotion.Participate in shared governance, usually in department,college, and university committee and other serviceassignments.Demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs ofa student population of great diversity – in age, culturalbackground, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation –through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies andadvisement. A Ph.D. (or equivalent) from an accredited institution inChicanx/Latinx Studies, public health, sociology of health, medicalanthropology, health policy or related fieldsDemonstrated commitment to teaching excellenceA record of research productivity, as might be demonstratedthrough peer-reviewed publications or presentations appropriate foran associate or full professorDemonstrated communication and interpersonal skillsDemonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to the educationalgoals of a multicultural population as might have been gained incross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparableexperience. Administrative or managerial experience (for example, programdevelopment, budget oversight, supervising office staff,etc.) Responsibilities letter of interestcurriculum vitaestatement of teaching interests/philosophy (2 pages)statement of research plans (2 pages)diversity statement (2 pages)three references with contact information Inquires may be directed to Professor Maria Luisa Alaniz, Chair ofRecruitment Committee ( [email protected] ).The UniversitySan José StateUniversity enrolls over 35,700 students, a significantpercentage of whom are members of minority groups. As such, thisposition is for scholars interested in a career at a nationalleader in graduating URM students. SJSU is a Hispanic ServingInstitution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American PacificIslander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution; 40% of our students arefirst-generation, and 38% are Pell-qualified. The university iscurrently ranked third nationally in increasing student upwardmobility. The University is committed to increasing the diversityof its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community canbenefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.San José State University is California’s oldest institution ofpublic higher learning. Located in downtown San José (Pop.1,000,000) in the heart of Silicon Valley, SJSU is part of one ofthe most innovative regions in the world. As Silicon Valley’spublic university, SJSU combines dynamic teaching, research, anduniversity-industry experiences to prepare students to address thebiggest problems facing society. SJSU is a member of the 23-campusCalifornia State University (CSU) system.Equal Employment StatementSan José State University is an Affirmative Action/EqualOpportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants foremployment without regard to race, color, religion, nationalorigin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexualorientation, genetic information, medical condition, maritalstatus, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to allSan José State University students, faculty, and staff as well asUniversity programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations aremade for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note thatall San José State University employees are considered mandatedreporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect ReportingAct and are required to comply with the requirements set forth inCSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.Additional InformationA background check (including a criminal records check) must becompleted satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered aposition with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete thebackground check may affect the application status of applicants orcontinued employment of current CSU employees who apply for theposition.Advertised: November 27, 2020 (9:00 AM) Pacific StandardTimeApplications close:last_img read more