USU Football’s David Woodward Named First-Team Pro Football Focus All-American

first_img Brad James December 3, 2018 /Sports News – Local USU Football’s David Woodward Named First-Team Pro Football Focus All-American Tags: Boise State/David Woodward/Ezra Cleveland/Matt Gay/Pro Football Focus All-American/Utah/Utah State Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Monday, Utah State linebacker David Woodward was named as a first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus.Woodward, a sophomore out of Olympia, Wash., is one of two Mountain West players to receive this distinction, with Boise State tackle Ezra Cleveland, being the other, as he gained honorable mention plaudits.The 6-2 235-pound Woodward started all 11 games this season for the Aggies and ranked 10th nationally in tackles with 124 stops, or 11.3 per game.He led the Mountain West Conference in this stat and was fifth in the Mountain West in tackles for a loss (12.5), sixth in forced fumbles (2) and ninth in sacks (5.0).Utah kicker Matt Gay earned Pro Football Focus second-team honors as he was 24-29 (.828) on field goals this season and 43-43 on PAT attempts for the Utes. Written bylast_img read more

Weber State Football To Host Open House For New Locker Room Friday

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Friday, Weber State football hosts its open house for the additions to the northern end of Stewart Stadium, which features a new locker room among other amenities.This addition, officially known as the Barbara and Rory Youngberg Football Center, is now open and the public is invited to tour the building.This 27,000-square foot building now serves as the official entrance to Stewart Stadium.A public open house and ribbon cutting occurs Friday from 4:00-6:00 pm.The proceedings will feature remarks from Weber State president Dr. Brad Mortensen, athletic director Tim Crompton and football head coach Jay Hill.The ribbon cutting officially occurs at 4:30 pm and fans are invited on a self-guided tour from 4:30-6:00 pm.The Wildcats commence their home season Saturday at 6:00 pm against the Cal Poly Mustangs as this will begin their Big Sky Conference season as well. Written by September 4, 2019 /Sports News – Local Weber State Football To Host Open House For New Locker Room Friday Tags: Big Sky Conference/Cal Poly Mustangs/Dr. Brad Mortensen/Jay Hill/Stewart Stadium/Tim Crompton/Weber State Football/Youngberg Football Center Brad Jameslast_img read more

Sharn Wordley and Gatsby Top $75,000 Grand Prix at WEC Ocala

first_imgThe WEC Grand Arena hosted thrilling equestrian sport for the $75,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix and the $7,500 Futures Prix. Courses for the classes were designed by FEI Level 4 course designer Bernardo Costa Cabral of Portugal and featured inviting tracks with multiple combinations.Thirty entries took to the WEC Grand Arena under the lights for the evening’s $75,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix. The class saw fierce competition with 13 entries advancing to the jump-off and six jumping double clear, but it was Sharn Wordley and his own Gatsby (Simba x Daisy Cruise) that stole the win.Nine countries were represented in tonight’s class with several Olympians vying for the win. One of the first entries to deliver a clear first round was Mexico’s Santiago Lambre aboard his own Comtess. Lambre and the scopey mare topped last week’s $75,000 Grand Prix sponsored by Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club and were searching for another chance at the win. The pair easily found a clear first round in 69.175 seconds, well under the time allowed of 74 seconds, ensuring a return on the short course.Lambre also secured a spot in the jump-off aboard his own Easy Girl (Conthargos x Nanina). Lambre and the 10-year-old mare earned 2nd place in last week’s $75,000 Grand Prix sponsored by Golden Ocala Golf & Equestrian Club and were on form again tonight. The duo was quick and clear in the first round in a time of 70.461 seconds.New Zealand’s Sharn Wordley and his own Gatsby (Simba x Daisy Cruise) also laid down a clear first round near the end of the order. Wordley and the 16-year-old Irish Spot Horse stallion nabbed 2nd place in Week 7’s $75,000 WEC Grand Prix and returned tonight in hopes of another top finish. The pair laid down one of the fastest clear first rounds of the class in 68.703 seconds, signaling that they would be strong competitors in the jump-off.The course was adjusted and 13 entries returned for the jump-off. Lambre and Comtess took to the course near the top of the order, heading to the first fence with a strong gallop. The duo held their pace throughout the course, taking a tidy rollback turn to fence 8 and the inside track to the final fence. They stopped the clock with all rails up at 42.802 seconds, setting the time to beat.Lambre returned later in the order aboard Easy Girl, still holding the lead with Comtess. Though he already sat atop the leaderboard with one of his four mounts in the jump-off, Lambre urged Easy Girl forward, chasing his own time. He mirrored his previous track with a snug rollback and inside turn, and the pair raced through the timers at 43.275 seconds, moving into 2nd place.One of the last entries to return on the short course was Wordley and Gatsby. The pair gave the course their all, knowing the time they needed to beat. Wordley and Gatsby picked up a gallop to the first few fences, but strategically collected for the rollback and the inside track to the final fence. The crowd roared as Wordley and Gatsby soared over the final fence and through the timers at 42.766 seconds, just ahead of Lambre, to ultimately win the class.We caught up with Wordley after the class to chat about his win, “Santiago had five in the class and four in the jump-off, and he’s always really hard to beat. In the jump-off, my plan was to go just a little bit faster than Santiago. There weren’t too many options on course; there was one option to leave a stride out, but only a couple of people did it and Santiago didn’t do it, so I chose not to. I went a little bit faster in the combination, then was a little bit slower to the last jump, so that’s why the time was so close. Gatsby is quick in the air, he just skims over the jump, so that always helps.”When asked about his plans for the remainder of the season, Wordley replied, “I didn’t show last week, but Gatsby was 2nd just before that. I am planning to stay here here for the remaining weeks and we’ll do the $200,000 Grand Prix during Week 12.”Wordley added, “I love this place. I love the management, I love the classes, I love the crowd, I love everything. I’ve show jumped in 36 countries around the world and this is by far the best place that I’ve been to. It’s so nice to have it on my doorstep, too.”$75,000 CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix Results1. Gatsby, Sharn Wordley – 0 | 0 | 42.7662. Comtess, Santiago Lambre – 0 | 0 | 42.8023. Easy Girl, Santiago Lambre – 0 | 0 | 43.2754. Essince W, David Beisel – 0 | 0 | 43.7935. Frasier, Samantha Schaefer – 0 | 0 | 44.0366. Darius, Sean Jobin – 0 | 0 | 47.3777. Dingeman, Santiago Lambre – 0 | 4 | 43.5178. Vancouver, Kady Abrahamson – 0 | 4 | 44.2979. Cetano Van Aspergem Z, Santiago Lambre – 0 | 8 | 42.55510. Fabio TN, Savannah Unger – 0 | 8 | 45.543$7,500 FUTURES PRIXThe morning’s $7,500 Futures Prix saw a field of 23 highly competitive entries. Seven entries managed double clear rounds, but the Beisel family owned the class, delivering back-to-back double clear rounds in impossibly quick times. David Beisel and Equine Holdings LLC’s Ivana Jump (Lupicor x Donnaludine) set a tough time to beat, but David Beisel’s 13-year-old daughter, Izzy Beisel, stole the win aboard his horse, Ammeretto (Numero Uno x Ranna).Two entries jumped double clear before David Beisel and Equine Holdings LLC’s Ivana Jump (Lupicor x Donnaludine) entered the ring, so Beisel knew he would have to bring his A-game for a shot at the win. Beisel and the 7-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare have worked their way up in height throughout the World Equestrian Center – Ocala Winter Spectacular and were ready to take on this morning’s 1.40m class. The pair laid down a quick first round with all rails up in 79.301 seconds before continuing straight to the jump-off. They upped the ante in the class, galloping to each fence and blazing through the timers in 31.772 seconds, moving into the lead.Next in the ring were Izzy Beisel and David Beisel’s Ammeretto (Numero Uno x Ranna). Izzy Beisel and the 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood stallion took the top spot in last week’s $7,500 Futures Prix and returned this morning on the hunt for another win. The duo flew through the first round in 78.735 seconds, jumping clear and advancing straight to the jump-off. Though she knew her father’s time would be tough to beat, Beisel was determined to try, and she urged Ammeretto forward throughout the course. The crowd urged Beisel to kick on as she turned for the final fence, and the stands erupted in applause as she crossed the timers at 30.590 seconds with all rails up, a full second ahead of her father for 1st place.Izzy Beisel took a moment to chat with us ringside after the class, “I went right after my dad, who went double clear in 31 seconds. I passed him going into the ring and told him that I could do it in 29 seconds, and we ended up doing the jump-off in 30 seconds. It was really fun, Ammeretto is such a fun horse and he knows what he’s doing. Our warm up yesterday was a crossrail and a low vertical, so it was cool that he stepped right in today.”David Beisel also commented on Izzy Beisel’s win, “Izzy’s win was pretty special, it was great getting beat by my own daughter! This is the first time we’ve gone 1-2 in a big class, but hopefully it’s the first of many. I’d also like to thank Mr. Neilson and Equine Holdings for allowing me to ride Ivana Jump, she was fantastic in today’s class.”$7,500 Futures Prix Results1. Ammeretto, Izzy Beisel – 0 | 0 | 30.5902. Ivana Jump, David Beisel – 0 | 0 | 31.7723. Doloris, Santiago Lambre – 0 | 0 | 33.1514. Lomax, Armando Hassey – 0 | 0 | 33.3805. Coquelicot VH Heuvelland Z, Sean Jobin – 0 | 0 | 36.927 Tags: show jumping, Gatsby, Sharn Wordley, Sean Jobin, Darius, WEC – Ocala, CaptiveOne Advisors Grand Prix, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Email* SIGN UP Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Marine Recycling Corporation to dismantle HMCS Preserver

first_img Share this article Authorities Marine Recycling Corporation bags Canadian Navy vessel dismantling contract View post tag: Royal Canadian Navy The Canadian government has awarded Marine Recycling Corporation a contract to dismantle Royal Canadian Navy’s former replenishment ship Preserver and the Canadian forces auxiliary vessel Quest.The contract is worth CAD$12,616,144 and includes towing to the contractor’s facility located in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the demilitarization of equipment, the remediation of hazardous waste and recycling of any remaining materials.Both ships are expected to be dismantled by summer 2019.Auxiliary oilier replenishment ship Preserver was decommissioned in October 2016 after 46 years of service.CFAV Quest was a Royal Canadian Navy oceanographic / acoustic research ship built in Vancouver in 1969. It was decommissioned in 2016.“Marine Recycling Corporation is very pleased to start our new operation to recycle ships at Sydport in Cape Breton and looks forward to working with the island’s fine people and local businesses,” said Wayne Elliott, founder and director of business development, Marine Recycling Corporation.center_img View post tag: HMCS Preserver August 7, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Marine Recycling Corporation bags Canadian Navy vessel dismantling contract last_img read more

Evansville SCORE Meet & Greet

first_imgEvansville SCORE Meet & Greet FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Evansville SCORE exists as a resource for insights, experience, and practical advice for business owners and entrepreneurs.For its clients, Evansville SCORE is the Service Corps of Real-world Experience.Talk with some of our mentors, and bring your business questions. Our mentors know business challenges first hand. They have been there, done that, and are still doing it when it comes to running businesses. Hear stories from other business owners.Learn how Evansville SCORE helps businesses.Enjoy free hors d’ overs and non-alcoholic drinks, courtesy of Evansville SCORE.Register to let us know that you’re coming. center_img Greetings!You’re invited to our March Meet & Greet at Backstage Bar & Grill. WhenWednesday March 8, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM CST 4:00pm-6:30pmAdd to CalendarWhereBackstage Bar & Grill524 Main StreetEvansville, In 47708Driving Directions last_img read more

A first glimpse at Java 9: Early access release of JDK9 on OpenJDK

first_imgOh, all right, I am. But if anything happens to me, tell them I died robbing some old man. When will that be? Well, take care of yourself, Han. I guess that’s what you’re best at, ain’t it? I don’t know what you’re talking about. Everyone in this world is somehow connected.Ah, computer dating. It’s like pimping, but you rarely have to use the phrase “upside your head.” Who am I making this out to?You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Throw her in the brig. Michelle, I don’t regret this, but I both rue.Daylight and everything. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. So I really am important? How I feel when I’m drunk is correct?Good man. Nixon’s pro-war and pro-family. And then the battle’s not so bad? And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, for the love of God, don’t not do it! Shut up and get to the point! Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? I’m sure those windmills will keep them cool.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I love you, buddy! Please, Don-Bot… look into your hard drive, and open your mercy file! You guys aren’t Santa! You’re not even robots. How dare you lie in front of Jesus? Hey, whatcha watching? That’s right, baby. I ain’t your loverboy Flexo, the guy you love so much. You even love anyone pretending to be him!Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never find out.Kids have names? That could be beautiful soul sitting naked on a couch. If I could just learn to play this stupid thing. No! I want to live! There are still too many things I don’t own! Yeah, I do that with my stupidness. You can see how I lived before I met you. Do a flip!Hello Morbo, how’s the family? I’ve been there. My folks were always on me to groom myself and wear underpants. What am I, the pope? I love this planet! I’ve got wealth, fame, and access to the depths of sleaze that those things bring. We’ll need to have a look inside you with this camera. And when we woke up, we had these bodies. They’re like, except I’m having them! Oh, I think we should just stay friends. You’ll have all the Slurm you can drink when you’re partying with Slurms McKenzie Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry?Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. I just want to talk. It has nothing to do with mating. Fry, that doesn’t make sense. Quite possible.It is nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.You guys go on without me! I’m going to go… look for more stuff to steal! You guys realize you live in a sewer, right? Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? If rubbin’ frozen dirt in your crotch is wrong, hey I don’t wanna be right.Fetal stemcells, aren’t those controversial? You don’t know how to do any of those. What’s with you kids? Every other day it’s food, food, food. Alright, I’ll get you some stupid food. You won’t have time for sleeping. Maybe you don’t like your job, maybe you didn’t get enough sleep.Oh yeah, good luck with that. Hey, tell me something. You’ve got all this money. How come you always dress like you’re doing your laundry? Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Progress is a nice word.Daylight and everything. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle. I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars. Explain that. Leela, Bender, we’re going grave robbing. Who am I making this out to?It’s nice to just embrace the natural beauty within you. Who am I making this out to? Shut up and get to the point!And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to, in which case, you mean while for the love of God, don’t not do it!Doomsday device? Ah, now the ball’s in Farnsworth’s court! You mean while I’m sleeping in it? Shut up and get to the point!center_img I’ve got to find a way to escape the horrible ravages of youth. Suddenly, Going to the bathroom like clockwork, every three hours. And those jerks at Social Security stopped sending me checks. Who am I making this out to?They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. This is the worst part. The calm before the battle.You have to enjoy life. Always be surrounded by people that you like.Yes, if you make it look like an electrical fire. When you do things right, people won’t be sure you’ve done anything at all. Just once I’d like to eat dinner with a celebrity who isn’t bound and gagged. I guess if you want children beaten, you have to do it yourself. Interesting. No, wait, the other thing: tedious.I haven’t felt much of anything since my guinea pig died. Quite possible. We live long and are celebrated science. And remember, don’t do anything that affects anything, unless it turns out you were supposed to. A Bicyclops Built For TwoI love you, buddy! Yep, I remember. They came in last at the Olympics, then retired to promote alcoholic beverages! The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.I saw you with those two “ladies of the evening” at Elzars.For the last time, I don’t like lilacs! Your first wife was the one.But the flesh is spongy and spanac bruised?last_img read more

Piano Prodigy Hits All the Right Notes

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleScott Nuss couldn’t believe it when students converged on him asking for his autograph after he performed a concert.“I was like, ‘You want my autograph? I’m just a kid,’” Nuss explained, while sitting at his Yamaha piano in his West Avenue house in Ocean City on Friday afternoon.That concert was on April 6, 2017, at Perry Hall High School in Maryland, where the 13-year-old pianist, complete with a neck-mounted harmonica, performed renditions of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” “My Life,” and “New York State of Mind,” to name a few.“I like the stage. I was really nervous, and I got on stage and waved,” Scott said. “The second I started playing I wasn’t nervous at all because I know the songs.”A few months later, the prodigy, his parents Jill and Brad Nuss, and older brother Grant, moved from Maryland to their vacation home in Ocean City, because they loved it here so much.Scott, an eighth-grade student at the Intermediate School, wrote a song about his love for Ocean City. He hopes the city will make it the town’s official theme song. He plans on playing it to a crowd for the first time at 7 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Ocean City Free Public Library. He has invited Mayor Jay Gillian and Ocean City School Superintendent Kathleen Taylor.“I love Ocean City. We have been coming here ever since we were kids,” Scott said. “We always came here every summer. I wrote the song because I want people to know how great Ocean City is.”Scott, who is known mostly for his Billy Joel music, also plays Elton John, the Beatles and classical music. And despite barely being a teenager, he said he doesn’t like new music or rap. “I like the older songs because they had piano in them. I just like the style better.”He sat down at his piano Friday afternoon and transformed from a teen to a concert pianist as he tapped on the keys and simultaneously played the harmonica while performing one of his favorites, “Piano Man.” Then he stopped and said, “It’s long. I could still play if you want.”The music filled the room.Scott likes performing for charities.But his extraordinary talents branch out into other areas. His generosity and kindness are reflected in his fundraising efforts for St. Jude’s Research Hospital. He and his instructor, Daniel Weiser, raised thousands of dollars that went to helping children with cancer, during the Perry Hall High School benefit concert. Scott hopes to do the same in a concert at Ocean City High School in September.“Scott was watching TV with me and the St. Jude commercials were coming on,” Jill Nuss said. “He felt so sad for the children with cancer.”Nuss said she is Scott’s biggest fan, but she sometimes has to nudge him to perform.But when it comes time for a performance, Nuss said she tries not to bother Scott too much, “Sometimes I’m like, ‘Did you practice enough?’ He always does. Everything always turns out great.”Not only is Nuss a musician, composer and a singer, but he is also a straight “A” student. His favorite class? “It was science but now it is social studies,” he said.He somehow manages time for homework in between his daily 45-minute to an hour-long piano practice, in which he does a mix of his favorite Billy Joel ballads to classical tunes. He has a keen memory, and only has to read a piece of sheet music a couple of times before he has it down.It all began when he was just four. His older brother, Grant, took some piano lessons but lost interest. Scott began taking piano lessons with classical training, then later moved into more contemporary music as his musical tastes developed.The rest is history.And the big question of what he wants to do when he grows up included, of course, playing the piano. “I want to keep playing and writing more songs. Maybe I will be a video production person where I could do videos for companies and make a song,” Scott said.But his ultimate dream would be for his idol, Billy Joel, to show up for one of his concerts.He grinned and said, “It will happen someday.”Scott hopes to someday meet his idol, fellow pianist Billy Joel. Scott Nuss, 13, of Ocean City, a talented pianist, will perform at the Ocean City Free Public Library Jan. 18.last_img read more

Baker recognised in New Year’s Honours list

first_imgCynthia Stroud, founder and director of business Pretty Gorgeous Cakes, has been recognised in the 2017 New Year’s Honours list.Stroud was awarded an MBE her services to business and the community in Hertfordshire. She started her own business from home called Cakes by Cynthia in 2009, but changed it to Pretty Gorgeous Cakes when she moved into a high street shop in 2013.The baker has taken a number of students into her company and taught them skills needed to help create bespoke wedding and celebration cakes.Stroud told British Baker that she was not expecting to be named on the list at all.“When I came home and opened the letter from the Cabinet office, I went into complete shock and I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone about it until New Year’s Eve. The only person I told was my mum,” she said.Stroud added that she has been making the official cake for the music event The Brit Awards for the past six years and is also the resident cake-maker for Queen Charlotte’s Ball.“I heard The Brit Awards were asking suppliers to bake a cake for the after-party and I sent them my proposal. They asked if I could bring along some samples and I couldn’t believe it when they chose me. They offered me a contract and the relationship has grown ever since,” she said.“In terms of the Queen Charlotte’s Ball cake, they contacted me two years ago and said they were impressed with my work. When I presented them with the cake, they asked if I could stay on.”Also on the New Year’s Honours list was Melanie Andrews, who is the director and founder of the Scottish Baking Awards and Alison Swan Parente, founder of the School of Artisan Food charity.Andrews was rewarded with an MBE for services to baking and the community in Helensburgh, Scotland, while Parentre also gained an MBE for her dedication to services to the charity and education sectors.Andrews told British Baker she was delighted to have been on the list for 2017, while Parente said that she was pleased that the charitable work of the School of Artisan Food is being recognised.last_img read more

‘Wonderful things,’ indeed

first_imgBritain’s Lord Carnavon asked famed archaeologist Howard Carter what he saw as he first peered into King Tut’s tomb.“Wonderful things,” Carter supposedly replied.Carter would eventually catalog thousands of objects from the tomb of Tutankhamun, the boy king, including some of archaeology’s most recognizable artifacts. The 1922 find sparked a craze for all things ancient Egypt, but that was just the latest wave of “Egyptomania” to wash over the world, according to Bob Brier, a Long Island University senior research fellow and Egyptologist with a particular expertise in mummies.The phenomenon started in force more than 200 years ago, Brier says, with Napoleon Bonaparte’s 1798 invasion of Egypt, where he defeated a Mamluk army in a battle fought near Cairo, within sight of the pyramids. French rule of the country wouldn’t last long, collapsing after British Admiral Horatio Nelson destroyed the French fleet days later in the Battle of the Nile.But Napoleon did not go away empty-handed. His gains included the records of more than 100 artists, engineers, and scientists who, as the fighting raged, collected, drew, and documented the natural and manmade wonders of Egypt. The publication of their work in France fed a curiosity that hasn’t faded. According to Brier, it flows largely from three spheres of interest: mummies, the mystery of hieroglyphics, and the allure of a lost civilization, epitomized by Carter’s discovery of Tut’s tomb.Egyptian mummies capture the imagination, Brier said, because they represent a form of immortality: The leaders who ordered the creation of monuments such as the pyramids and the sphinx are still here, and viewable. Hieroglyphics, he said, are a matter of deep intrigue. The last was carved in 394 A.D., after which the ability to read them was lost for thousands of years. Finally, he said, comes the irresistible pull of a lost civilization.“You’ve got mummies that scream immortality. You’ve got mysterious hieroglyphics that seem beautiful but are indecipherable, and you’ve got that sense of lost worlds waiting to be discovered,” Brier said.Brier, whose up-close experience with mummies goes beyond the Egyptians to include the Medici family and Vladimir Lenin, spoke Tuesday at the Yenching Auditorium, in a lecture sponsored by the Semitic Museum, one of the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. The talk, introduced by the museum’s director, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology Peter Der Manuelian, covered material featured in Brier’s latest book, “Egyptomania: Our Three Thousand Year Obsession with the Land of the Pharaohs.”Since the Battle of the Pyramids, several events have fueled interest around ancient Egypt, said Brier, citing as especially important the delivery of Egyptian obelisks to France, Britain, and the United States.The first, which left Egypt for France in 1832, required more than three years for transport and placement in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. The British obelisk, which left Egypt in 1877, towed behind a steamship in a specially built vessel, was lost at sea in a storm, salvaged, and had to be bought back by the government. The last obelisk was erected in Central Park in 1881. It took 112 days to slowly move the 244-ton, 71-foot, hieroglyphic-inscribed obelisk to the park from the banks of the Hudson River.Each of these events — capped by the discovery of Tut’s tomb in 1922 — stoked public enthusiasm, Brier said. Egyptian-themed products — jewelry, songs, and tobacco — followed.  Egypt sells, Brier said, and people hustled to cash in.Much of the talk dealt with history, but Brier was quick to point out that the artifacts and mystery of ancient Egypt haven’t lost any of their power.“Egyptomania is still alive and well today,” he said.last_img read more

Low on WNV

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaMany public health watchers predicted this to be a very active year nationwide for West Nile Virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses. But so far, all’s quiet on the Southern front.”As for WNV, things have been pretty quiet up to this point,” said Elmer Gray, a University of Georgia Extension entomologist and a member of the Georgia West Nile Virus Task Force. “The common thought is that we will have a similar case load as last year (55 cases and 4 deaths).”Many thought the area would continue to see eastern equine encephalitis activity throughout the season, but dry weather may have squelched this activity, Gray said. “The vectors for EEE are swamp mosquitoes (Culiseta melanura), and I suspect that the swamps have less water than normal,” he said.His suspicions are confirmed. Dry weather a plus”The Suwanee River coming out of the Okeefenokee Swamp has set daily low-record flows for this time of year,” said State Climatologist David Stooksbury. “I’m not sure what that does to the mosquito population, but [the river] is low.”Most would think that wet weather leads to more mosquitoes. If standing water is left around homes following rain, that’s true. However, it’s dry weather that brings the boom of mosquitoes to urban areas.”The [WNV-carrying mosquitoes] breed in storm drains of downtown city areas,” Gray said. “When it rains, it actually flushes out the drains. Cases of WNV or St. Louis encephalitis actually come on after a dry spell when water has been laying [stagnant], giving mosquitoes a chance to breed.”Weather could aid in the fight against mosquito-borne illnesses this year. “The early part of this summer, rainfall has been less and therefore less standing water is around to serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes,” Stooksbury added.Plan working?That could lessen mosquito numbers, but Gray has another theory. The state has made great strides in improving its ability to conduct surveillance for all mosquito-borne diseases. And the public health field, in general, is much better prepared and able to detect mosquito-borne viral activity of any type. With this in mind, Gray notes there has been very little WNV activity detected and dead bird submissions are behind previous years.”We in the mosquito field would like to think that our larval suppression programs have contributed to the lessening of WNV activity,” he said, “but that is very difficult to measure. Particularly since no one wants to be the control (untreated) group that would be necessary for a legitimate study.”Use cautionEven though the state is seeing low numbers of mosquito-borne illnesses, it’s still important to use the proper precautions.”As always, it is important that people remember to try to avoid peak periods of mosquito activity (dawn and dusk), eliminate standing water around homes and wear insect repellents containing DEET when in areas with mosquito activity,” Gray cautioned. “It’s quiet now, but it’s still early. Things could change later in the summer.”For more information on West Nile Virus and how to avoid it, visit the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences WNV Web site.last_img read more