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Environmentalist Tom Lovejoy is remembered for his decades of researching and bringing people together to protect the Amazon rainforest and other ecosystems on the planet. (Photo: Courtesy Carmen Thorndike)

Host Steve Curwood and White House Deputy Director for Climate and Environment Jane Lubchenco continue their conversation on the legacy of leading naturalists EO Wilson and Tom Lovejoy. They discuss how environmentalist Tom Lovejoy brought people together to help protect the planet, from the Amazon rainforest to a cabin on the outskirts of Washington, DC


CURWOOD: This is Living on Earth, I’m Steve Curwood.

Like EO Wilson, biologist Tom Lovejoy has dedicated his career not only to the study of life, but also to communicating the biodiversity crisis to the public. He spoke with Living on Earth in 2010 about the growing awareness of this emergency and the UN’s efforts to address it. Let’s share an excerpt from this interview.

LOVEJOY: I think what drives him today is a greater sense of urgency than before because people can see a lot of this biodiversity start to disappear. It allows you to finally focus and spend less time negotiating and more time thinking about how to actually protect the biology of the planet and even the future of humanity.

CURWOOD: Tom Lovejoy’s work focused on tropical rainforests and he was famous for showing and talking about the incredible diversity of life in the Amazon. Over the years, it has hosted politicians including Vice President Al Gore and celebrities such as Olivia Newton-John at Camp 41, a research station deep in the Amazon where people slept in hammocks to reduce the risk of scorpions slipping into their sleeping bags. Around the station were creatures and plants never before recorded by science in the Global North. And when I visited Camp 41 in 2002 and saw a scientist documenting a previously unrecorded potoo, it’s a species of bird, I too went from biodiversity to a simple intellectual construction to feel like real and exciting. We spoke about the legacy of Tom Lovejoy and EO Wilson with biologist Jane Lubchenco, who is currently Deputy Director of Climate and Environment at the White House. Jane, how has Tom Lovejoy shaped our understanding of the importance of keeping this vital ecosystem intact?

Tom Lovejoy holding a Cecropia leaf at Camp 41 in the Amazon in 2014 (Photo: Slodoban Randjelovic)

LUBCHENCO: Tom first went to the Amazon as a graduate student, and he focused on birds. And according to him, he really fell in love with the whole rainforest. And at the time, logging was increasing in the Amazon. And he quickly realized the potential threat to the health of rainforest ecosystems, not only to the birds he cared about, but to mammals, insects and trees, etc. And he was inspired, in fact, by the work that Ed Wilson and Robert MacArthur and Dan Simberloff had done on island biogeography. And he started to think about how does the size of the patch that remains in the rainforest after logging affect biodiversity? And at the time, there was a controversy raging in the conservation world, it was called the SLOSS, SLOSS debate, and it meant “Single Large Or Many Small” plots. And the question was, if you are able to create habitat for biodiversity, is it better to have one large plot, say ten acres just for the sake of argument, or ten small one acre plots. And there were arguments on either side, having to do with, well, if it’s just one patch, a wildfire, disease, might wipe it out; if it is broken down into smaller ones, at least some of them might persist. Contrary to the idea that some of the very large, very mobile creatures, say a panther, for example, might need a very, very large habitat. And so you would lose these great charismatic species if you only had small plots. So there was a debate. And Tom said, let’s test this idea; it is the scientific approach. And so he worked with colleagues in Brazil, with landowners and the government and created this experience that is still going on today. And it was created in the late ’70s, I think, maybe ’79. And the experimentation was basically to create plots of one, ten, or a hundred hectares and then follow them through time and see. how biodiversity has evolved in these plots. These experiments have provided us with a tremendous amount of information about how the size of the plot affects the type of species found there and the health of the entire system. And in fact, there’s no question that bigger packages are better. And so this first experience of Tom provided a tremendous amount of information that guides conservation action today.

Tom Lovejoy first traveled to the Amazon as a graduate student to study birds and fell in love with the whole rainforest. Here he is with a group of curious lemurs. (Photo: Courtesy Carmen Thorndike)

CURWOOD: So Tom Lovejoy was also well known for telling the story of the Amazon and biodiversity. And he attracted a swarm of politicians and celebrities who visited him in the Amazon or just paid attention to what he did and said; what was tom’s skill there? How could he bring these types of people to the story of biodiversity and why do we have to hold on to it?

LUBCHENCO: Tom was a great communicator, but he was also a connector. And he understood people, he understood what might interest someone. And he would argue very carefully to someone as to why he should care about the Amazon or biodiversity or birds or whatever. So part of Tom’s legacy is this gift he had to share the excitement, enthusiasm and passion he had for nature with others, and to train them in this respectful vision of nature, nature protection, living with nature. And he understood how important it was to do it with the local people. Much of the work he did in the Amazon was with Brazilian students, Brazilian scientists, Brazilian politicians also went to Camp 41. And so it was not a question of nature against people. It was very holistic. And the same was true – you know, Ed also appreciated the importance of, of working with people. But Tom in particular really took that home and made it real. And now there are lots and lots of young Brazilian scientists who are spectacular in part because they sort of started with Tom.

Lovejoy in a deforested section of the Amazon rainforest c. early 1980s (Photo: Courtesy Carmen Thorndike)

CURWOOD: So Jane, if you could pick a memory of your work with Tom Lovejoy, what would you think of?

LUBCHENCO: Mmmm … I spent a lot of time with Tom in a lot of different places. But I think his house, which he called Drover’s Rest in McLean, Virginia, was a very special place. He often dined there. Fantastic food, great wine; his wine cellar was quite large, and people knew that Tom was quite the oenophile. But he would bring together unusual groups of people and have these engaging conversations. Always a fire in winter, a fire going in the fireplace in this old cabin which just had a lot of character. And Tom was such a gifted host, everyone would be comfortable but he had thought a lot about the people he introduced to each other, so it wasn’t just the same group. Often times when I was there it was that everyone was new to me, or I only knew one other person. And so he was still doing the matchmaking. And always with the idea of ​​stimulating a conversation that would be intriguing, interesting, we could learn from each other, but also end up with a higher goal focused on conservation, on nature, on big ideas, on making Something. So you never felt like you were being handled, it was always a very natural fun and very engaging, and anyone who went to Drover’s Rest would always say yes next time around because it was a very special experience. .

Tom Lovejoy at Camp 41 in the Amazon rainforest (Photo: Zachary Smith)

CURWOOD: It was, it was like being inside a, reminded me of an old sailboat, a big old sailboat, it’s being inside this cabin that I was sort of in the captain’s quarters in a big old ship with the big lumber there. And Tom always makes a joke, not overdoing it, but just shedding some light and having fun –


CURWOOD: – with, I don’t know how many bow ties the man had, but I’m not sure I saw the same one twice.

LUBCHENCO: He had a lot of bow ties. And it was always very special, because my dad was a bow tie guy too. The first time I saw Tom I think I loved him just because he was wearing a bow tie!

CURWOOD: [LAUGHS] So how do you think the work of Ed Wilson and Tom Lovejoy is to be remembered?

Hammocks and mosquito nets in the dormitories of Camp 41 (Photo: courtesy of the Center for Amazon Biodiversity)

LUBHENCO: Well, both were gifted scientists. They took very different paths; Ed was an academic who made one discovery after another. And then he came to appreciate the biodiversity crisis and to be a leader in safeguarding biodiversity. Tom took a very different path. He was more of a science adviser, a science communicator, an instigator of new things geared towards conservation. Such different paths, but they found themselves in much the same place of being champions of biodiversity and eloquent communicators, by their writings, by their speeches, to motivate people to care about nature and to help be part of the solution. Their heritage lives on, in our hearts, in our minds. And we need to do justice to their legacy by picking up the mantle of what they were working on. It is time for all of us to come together.

Left to right: Tom Lovejoy, Jane Lubchenco and atmospheric scientist Bob Watson, all Blue Planet Prize winners, speaking to the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo 2017 (Photo: Blue Planet Prize of the Asahi Glass Foundation)

CURWOOD: Jane Lubchenco is a marine scientist and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, among many honors, and she is currently Deputy Director of Climate and Environment at the Biden White House. Thank you very much for taking the time with us today.

LUBCHENCO: Steve, it’s just my pleasure. Thank you very much.


Listen to the EO Wilson part of this interview

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Listen to LOE’s 2010 interview with Tom Lovejoy on safeguarding global biodiversity

The Washington Post | “Thomas E. Lovejoy III, an environmentalist who has dedicated his career to the preservation of the Amazon rainforest, dies at age 80”

Statement by Jane Lubchenco paying tribute to EO Wilson and Tom Lovejoy

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UNMISS peacekeepers tackle former enemy malaria in Eastern Equatoria as global spotlight stays on Covid-19 Wed, 05 Jan 2022 11:55:13 +0000

When new health threats, like the Covid-19 pandemic, emerge and steal the show, old enemies don’t necessarily disappear. Instead, they go about their usual business quietly, much to the dismay of those involved. Malaria is one of those centuries-old scourges that still kills people in South Sudan and elsewhere.

The country’s eastern Equatoria state is fortunate to have Rwandan troops serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. When they spotted an increase in malaria cases in the region, they immediately took action, with mosquito coils, repellents and vital knowledge on how to stop the disease from spreading immediately.

Awareness of prevention measures is king (or queen), but despite living a life of coexistence with malaria-inducing mosquitoes, some still need a reminder from time to time.

“Malaria cases are increasing rapidly, especially among women and young children. It’s sad, but most people still don’t know how to protect themselves, ”says Obusuk Michael, head of a residential neighborhood in Torit called Morwari.

The chief added that many of those in the know may not have the means to protect themselves: mosquito nets, coils and repellents.

The good news is that more than 600 households have now received such invaluable equipment and knowledge thanks to a malaria risk reduction campaign led by Rwanda’s peacekeepers.

Their efforts have not gone unnoticed by Chief Obusuk.

“We are indeed very grateful to them for helping our community. Hopefully others will benefit from it soon as well, ”he said.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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These weird Christmas gifts prove that it’s the thought that counts Fri, 31 Dec 2021 09:29:00 +0000
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It goes without saying that Christmas shouldn’t be all about the presents, but when the presents include mosquito nets and real skulls, they can be hard to ignore.

I’m sure we’ve all opened up a gift with a long-forgotten meaning or seemingly unnecessary purpose at some point in our lives, and at such times it’s critical to remember that it’s the thought that counts.

Katherine, for example, remembered this phrase on Christmas when she was 24 and spotted a large round object under the Christmas tree.

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As many of us are prone to, Katherine began to guess what her gift might be, its shape leading her to believe that someone had bought her a mini trampoline.

The reality was, unfortunately, much less exciting and useful for Katherine as she tore off the wrapper to reveal a plastic net attached to a circular white plastic hoop. Obviously it was not a trampoline and was in fact a mosquito net.

The unusual gift had been given to Katherine by her uncle, despite the fact that she had no plans to travel and could not foresee the use of a mosquito net in the future. It turns out, however, that the uncle intended the 24-year-old to attach the net to the ceiling of her bedroom to “do [her] reads like a princess bed.

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Katherine said UNILAD it “would have taken a lot of imagination to approach a princess bed”, and while the makeshift canopy would have convinced a younger version of herself, it wasn’t good enough to fool the version. adult.

She explained, “Sadly, I never used it for either of its intended purposes. It went to the nearest charity store, hopefully exactly what someone was looking for.

While Katherine’s gift was at least meant to be somewhat whimsical and fun, Twitter users Jane and Brian were both forced to remember that it’s the thought that counts when faced with gifts from Christmas downright morbid from their family members.

Jane’s gift came on Christmas when she turned 15; an age when you feel invincible, with all of life ahead of you. Jane, however, received a stark reminder of her mortality when opening a “Do Your Own Will” kit.

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She recalled how her grandmother seemed “quite proud” of the gift as she put it back in an envelope, smiling as she said “it’s just a little something”.

Understandably, Jane assumed that her grandmother gave her money, so when she opened the envelope and read the title of her gift, it was no surprise that she and the other members of her family. burst out laughing.

“Grandma tried to tell me that she thought I would like it and that it would be useful,” recalls Jane.

She continued, “I wasn’t sick and I certainly didn’t have anything worth leaving for anyone. I tried to be grateful for the gift, but it was really weird.

Considering that she had very little to pass on at the age of 15, Jane eventually donated the kit to a church, where she believes an older man bought it.

Christmas gifts under the tree (Pixabay)Pixabay

Recalling the strange gift, Jane said, “I don’t know where my grandmother got it from or if she was reframing a gift she had already received. It was still funny and something my brothers and I brought up sometimes.

In keeping with a theme apparently unknown to everyone except the families of Jane and Brian, Brian received a Christmas with a real human skull.

The owner of this skull probably could have used a “Do Your Own Will” kit to make sure his head didn’t end up under someone else’s Christmas tree, but unfortunately he couldn’t. to avoid becoming a present when Brian’s mom got tired of it. always correctly guessing his Christmas presents.

Talk to UNILADBrian explained that his mother fell on her head at a garage sale, where she bought it from a dentist. Needless to say, Brian didn’t correctly guess that his Christmas present was a human skull, and his jaw “almost hit the ground” when he opened it.

Still, Brian found great joy in the present and displays it in his library to this day. The same cannot be said of the real boar’s head given to recipient Kellen a few years ago, however.

Kellen’s brother managed to find the plush head during a real estate sale – which begs the question: why do so many people have heads for sale at a low price?

Whatever the answer, Kellen’s brother was obviously happy with the find and wrapped it up for Kellen to open on Christmas Day, the odd shape leaving him “confused at first.”

After realizing that he had been given an animal head for Christmas, Kellen said he “honestly couldn’t stop laughing.” Unlike Brian, however, Kellen “didn’t end up holding” her head very long and eventually gifted it “to a professor who was more interested in mounting it on his wall.”

I’m sure dozens of people have opened equally weird and unusual Christmas presents this year, but no matter how weird they can be, you shouldn’t forget that they usually come from a place of love. .

Speaking from experience, however, Brian gave some advice to anyone who might question their gifts this year, saying, “Don’t trust any gift that appears to have horns!”

And, of course, never forget that it’s the thought that counts.

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Low vaccination rates are a concern amid the COVID outbreak in Africa Wed, 29 Dec 2021 21:58:56 +0000

Low vaccination rates are a growing concern amid a new wave of COVID-19 infections in Africa, where nearly 227,000 deaths have been reported, according to the Africa CDC’s COVID-19 dashboard. Only 20 African countries had vaccinated at least 10% of their population by mid-December, according to the United Nations.

Access to vaccines is a major stumbling block.

Vaccines have been slow to arrive from richer countries; when this is the case, there may not be enough infrastructure to ensure timely distribution. On December 22, the Nigerian government destroyed more than one million doses of the donated AstraZeneca vaccine that officials said could not be used before the expiration date.

Meanwhile, the African Union and its Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are working to expand vaccine manufacturing on the continent.

But, “even in countries where vaccines are being rolled out, there may be administrative and other obstacles that prevent refugees from getting vaccinated,” said Aikaterini Kitidi, spokesperson for the United Nations agency. for refugees, or UNHCR.

Some countries “require identity documents, which refugees often do not have,” she added. “Others have settled online [registration] systems that can deter or prevent people who do not have Internet access or are not computer literate. “


Another challenge is misinformation.

This “strongly impacts the vaccination process and prevents people from coming,” said Dr Martin Kalibuze, who heads the vaccination program in the Uvira refugee camp in South Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. . “There are a lot of rumors, like ‘people will die from vaccination, women will become infertile’.”

Sifa Akimana, a 28-year-old Burundian refugee living in the Kavimvira transit center in DRC with her two babies, told VOA’s Central Africa service that she was against vaccination because “I hear people say that if you are vaccinated it is very dangerous. It is a way of controlling the movements of people with their detective machines.

Kalibuze said any vaccination campaign first requires a strong awareness campaign to smooth the way.


There is at least one other barrier to COVID vaccination: competing priorities.

All over Africa and elsewhere, especially in IDP areas, “ministries of health have so many different crises that they have to deal with what COVID is not always at the top of their list,” said Jason Straziuso, spokesperson for the International Committee. of the Red Cross (ICRC).

For example, he said, they might decide it’s wiser to invest in more mosquito nets to protect against malaria, a historically fatal disease that the WHO says has killed 627,000 people. than in 2020, mainly young African children.

The ICRC does not distribute the vaccines itself, but rather partners with ministries of health and National Red Cross Societies, Straziuso said, noting that it depends on these connections “to get around disputed areas. and carry out vaccination campaigns “.

Straziuso said the organization hopes to “do a lot more in 2022” to help vulnerable people, including refugees and internally displaced people. “There are just millions of people who do not have access to these vaccines,” he said. “So, it’s a slow and long process.”

Vedaste Ngabo Ndagijimana reported for VOA’s Central Africa service from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Carol Guensburg reported from Washington, DC

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Tropical diseases detected at altitude Tue, 28 Dec 2021 02:09:23 +0000

Netra Bahadur Nembang from Bhairabtol in Siddhicharan-12 Municipality, Okhaldhunga, suffered from an unusually high fever last month. In his weakened state, he went to the Okhaldhunga Community Hospital at the district headquarters for examination. Health workers at the hospital have confirmed dengue. Nembang, who had not left his camp for the past few months, was surprised to hear the diagnosis.

“I still can’t believe I got dengue fever during the winter months in a cold place,” Nembang said. Nembang is currently recovering at home after being released from the hospital.

“My neighbor was also infected with dengue in November,” he said. “It’s quite confusing.”

According to Phadindra Dani, the statistics officer at Okhaldhunga Community Hospital, this is the first time that dengue has been detected in the district.

“Eight dengue patients have visited the hospital for treatment since July. Six of them became infected with the disease during the cold months of November and December, ”Dani said.

Dengue is a mosquito-borne disease that is transmitted by female mosquitoes Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus and is more prevalent in the southern plains. However, cases of dengue have been reported in several high hill districts in recent years.

In addition to the dengue cases, Okhaldhunga Bazaar, the headquarters of Okhaldhunga district in Province 1, located about 1,500 meters above sea level, has reported several other tropical diseases in recent years.

Five cases of brush typhus, a bacterial infectious disease transmitted by mites, were reported in the district in 2020. The number of cases, according to the district health office, has increased to 15 this year.

“We cannot determine whether mosquitoes originate from high altitude places or whether they arrive from other places. It is also possible that infected people caught the disease while traveling to warmer climates, ”said Maheshwor Gosain, doctor at Okhaldhunga Community Hospital.

Kala-azar, another vector-borne disease commonly found in Tarai districts, has also been wreaking havoc in Okhaldhunga district for the past few years. The disease was detected in a man from Richuwa in the rural municipality of Manebhanjyang-5 five years ago.

According to the district health office, up to 74 people have been infected with Kala-azar in the past three years in Okhaldhunga district and 64 of them are from Manebhanjyang.

Bishworaj Dahal, head of the Manebhanjyang health unit, says Kala-azar was first detected in Ward 5 five years ago, but has now spread to six other neighborhoods as well. .

“The disease spreads every year in high altitude settlements,” he said.

Health workers warn that Kala-azar is turning into an epidemic in Manebhanjyang. In its effort to control the spread of the disease, the local unit disinfects affected areas twice a year but that’s not enough, they say.

“We are doing our best to control the spread of the disease. But we will need larger programs from the federal and provincial governments to control the disease, ”said Dahal.

The federal government is providing Rs 7,000 each to patients in Kala-azar for treatment. A budget of 100,000 rupees for Kala-azar patients was handed over to the district health office in the past fiscal year.

“We could only cover the cost of treatment for 14 patients from Kala-azar. Twenty-five other patients were denied treatment fees. We have requested additional budget from higher authorities, but it has not yet been released, ”said Naresh Yadav, the focal person of the district health office.

According to the Health Directorate of Province 1, Nepal plans to eradicate Kala-azar from the country by 2025.

“There are several challenges in our efforts to contain the disease in the districts of Okhaldhunga and Kalikot. Efforts are underway to launch various programs such as disinfection of affected areas, organization of awareness campaigns and distribution of mosquito nets, among others. We will soon be implementing the programs, ”said Gyan Bahadur Basnet, Chief Health Officer.

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A woman from Lisbellaw raises awareness of the hunger crisis Sun, 26 Dec 2021 09:22:00 +0000

Lisbellaw’s wife, Libbet Irvine, waves her Christmas sandbag stocking to raise awareness of the food crisis in flood-stricken South Sudan, where an estimated 2.4 million people are at risk of starvation. The worst floods in nearly 60 years have killed livestock and destroyed crops, exacerbating the country’s current food crisis.

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A NEW festive tradition began in Lisbellaw this week when local woman Libbet Irvine hung a sandbag from her fireplace instead of a Christmas stocking, to raise awareness of the hunger crisis in the South Sudan, hit by flooding.
Normally deployed in flood prevention, the sandbag is used as a reminder that extreme weather conditions exacerbated by climate change are a powerful driver of poverty and hunger, especially in flood prone countries like South Sudan.
In October, South Sudan experienced its worst flooding in nearly 60 years, forcing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. Unusually heavy rains in recent months have caused the Nile to overflow, leaving vast swathes of rich farmland underwater. In addition to destroying homes, the floods killed livestock and destroyed crops, exacerbating a food crisis that put 2.4 million people at risk of starvation.
Libbet, who is a member of the Presbyterian Church in Lisbellaw, is the Enniskillen organizer of Christian Aid, coordinating the fundraising efforts of local churches. To date, local churches have raised around £ 130,000 to support the charity’s work to tackle extreme poverty. Originally from Dungannon, Libbet has lived in Lisbellaw all her married life and has two grown children. She was a teacher at Lisnaskea High School until her retirement.
Christian Aid is working through local partners to respond to the hunger and flood crisis in South Sudan. The association is providing life-saving emergency aid, including blankets, mosquito nets, water purification tablets and cash to families affected by the floods, as well as cash, seeds, agricultural tools. and fishing kits for families struggling to get enough food to eat.
Christian Aid Ireland CEO Rosamond Bennett thanked Libbet and everyone in Fermanagh who support the charity’s work to alleviate poverty in South Sudan and around the world:
“For many years, Libbet has stood in solidarity with people living in desperate situations. This year, its “sandbag stock” is helping to raise awareness of the impact of flooding on an already dire food crisis in South Sudan. “

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Tim Thompson appointed to tax court | News Fri, 24 Dec 2021 10:00:00 +0000

Tim Thompson was appointed by Gov. Andy Beshear to serve the late Bill Burke as the Sixth District Magistrate of the Scott County Tax Court.

Although it is a public holiday, Thompson was officially sworn in on Thursday. The term expires at the end of 2022. Burke passed away a few weeks ago from a long illness.

“I am touched and honored to have been appointed a magistrate by Governor Andy Beshear,” said Thompson after the swearing-in ceremony. “I first want to express my sincere prayers to Bill Burke’s wife and children. After losing my dad this year, it’s devastating to experience, especially during the holidays. I want them to know that Mr. Burke will not be forgotten, and I will work to honor him and what he did for the Sixth District.

Thompson said he hoped to use his expertise and experience with the Georgetown Fire Department in his tax court post.

“I would like to take the opportunity I have now as a voice in the tax court to work with our emergency services to ensure that we will continue to keep our citizens safe as our population steadily increases,” he said. he declared. “I know there have been salary increases for our employees, but I want to make sure that we are doing everything possible to recruit and retain the best employees for all of our departments. It is the employees, not the judge or the tax court, who run our county, so we must continue to take care of them.

“I see a lot of issues in my work with homelessness and drug use in Scott County that the average person may not be familiar with. I would like to work with my fellow magistrates to find a solution to the problem. Affordable housing and rehabilitation are two things I would like to continue working on.

“Once again, I’m at a loss for words. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve, and I hope my dad looks down today and is proud of me.

Thompson is a longtime resident of Scott County. He and his wife, Heather, have been married for 22 years and have four children, Abby, Lily, Moses and Micah. Her parents are the late Marvin Thompson, a long-time Georgetown City Council member, and Rita Thompson, who manages the Not Alone Pregnancy Center in Georgetown.

Thompson is currently the Georgetown Deputy Chief Prevention Officer with the Georgetown Fire Department. Previously, he worked in the city’s public works department before joining the fire department in 2005. Since then, he has obtained the ranks of firefighter to captain to fire marshal.

Thompson and his wife started the nonprofit 2400. org in 2011 after adopting two Ugandan sons. The association raised funds to provide some 40,000 mosquito nets and four water wells in areas where their sons were born. The couple travel frequently to Uganda and have carried out missions to Kenya and Haiti.

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Thompson is also chairman of the Scott County Board of Health, which is managed by WEDCO and vice chairman of the WEDCO Board of Health, which covers Scott, Nicholas and Harrison counties, as well as home health in County of. Bourbon.

“On behalf of the Scott County Tax Court, I welcome Tim Thompson,” said Executive Judge Joe Pat Covington. “Tim has a history of commitment to the community as a long-time member of the Georgetown Fire Department and the WEDCO Board of Health. I have no doubts that Tim will serve the district and the community well in this new role.

A ceremony was originally scheduled for earlier this week, but questions have been raised about conflicts of interest over Thompson’s position with the city, and the magistrate is a county post. It was determined that no conflict existed and Covington scheduled the swearing-in as soon as permission was given.

Thompson is only the third person to represent the Sixth District in Scott County Tax Court. Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather served as Sixth District Magistrate for 16 years and Burke served for seven years. The court was expanded to a form of magistrate government in the late 1990s.

All Scott County Tax Court seats, including the Sixth District, will be up for election in November 2022.

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Nanotextiles incorporated with insect repellent Wed, 22 Dec 2021 14:16:00 +0000

A new breakthrough in creating mosquito repellent textiles has been reported in a study published in the journal Materials Chemistry and Physics.

Study: Synthesis of polymeric particles with insect repellent for potential application on textile substrates. Image Credit: nechaevkon /

High performance liquid chromatography confirmed encapsulation of IR3535®, proving the effectiveness of the encapsulated active layer. Emulsion polymerization procedures generated insect repellant sub-microparticles, introducing a promising structure for protection against mosquito bites with potential applications in textiles.

Mosquito reproduction as a result of climate change

Climate change has resulted in warmer temperatures and wetter conditions, ideal for mosquito breeding. Aedes aegypti, for example, is responsible for the increase in vector-borne infectious infections. As a result, insect repellents are frequently used to protect against any of these diseases.

Effective insect repellants with varying concentrations and durations of action are commercially available and can be applied directly to the skin, embedded in textile substrates or inserted into fabrics. Meanwhile, many active insect repellents are volatile, have a short duration of protection, and in some cases cause allergic dermatitis when applied topically to the skin.

Cosmetotextiles, Textile with Active Surface

With the progress of research on textiles and clothing, recently developed textiles with a cosmetic active surface treatment, known as “cosmetotextiles”, can eventually be used with pharmaceutical and cosmetic substances applied to surfaces. textiles for wellness and wellness applications.

Microencapsulation and nanoencapsulation innovations are used in textile textures to achieve these functional effects and provide the desired level of performance with increased durability and lower evaporation rates. The encapsulated components can be incorporated into textiles at various stages of manufacture, such as preparation of fibers and yarns and impregnation in textiles and clothing; nevertheless, the comfort, breathability and affordability of the fabric must be preserved.

According to the existing literature, DEET microcapsules used in mosquito nets inhibit blood supply and kill mosquitoes for at least six months.

Encapsulation technique using nanoparticles

However, research on the residual repellency of encapsulated organic repellants has been limited to citronella microparticles applied to cotton fibers for 20 days as a safeguard against. Aedes aegypti mosquitoes.

Nanoencapsulation methods have also added features to textiles such as thermoregulation, antimicrobial coating for cotton gauzes, fire resistance, UV protection, and drug development. In addition, sub-microparticles and nanomaterials can be incorporated into the fiber during extrusion or as a textile finish.

The encapsulation process produces the nanoparticles used for the nanofinishing or surface coating of textile substrates. They are made up of spherical particles from 1 to 1000 nm with a thin outer layer (shell) that stores fluids and small solid particles or disperses solids in liquids for a defined period of time. The integration of the core and shell constructions used is an essential part of the encapsulation techniques.

New method of nanotechnology, Pickering emulsions

The “Pickering Emulsions” encapsulation method uses a variety of emulsions, including oil-in-water and water-in-oil emulsions. Rather than emulsifiers, fine particles are used to stabilize the emulsified droplets via the adsorption of solid particles on these surfaces, lowering the absolute free energy of the system.

The existence of silica nanoparticles in the form of a colloidal solid prevents the coalescence of the nanoparticles and allows regulation of coagulation. In addition, this technique allows the polymerization of hydrophobic and hydrophilic monomer units without emulsifiers or protective colloids.

This only modifies the self-aggregation of the solid particles by the interaction of particles polymerized by free radicals resulting from the dissolution of a hydrophilic initiator in an aqueous solution, activating the polymerization by resolving the double bonds of the monomers.

Results and future research

To test the performance of the textile well impregnated with the submicrorepellent to restrict the blood feeding behaviors of female mosquitoes, the researchers exposed a mouse to mosquitoes while wearing the control textile (without the submicrorepellent). In an effort to bite him, the mosquitoes probed the attractant.

No puncture was recorded on the attractant or where the tissue was implanted with the submicrorepellant. In the laboratory, this emerging evidence suggests that textiles, including with a submicrorepellant, may repel mosquitoes and decrease their host-finding abilities.

Tensile burst strengths were not affected by the submicrorepellant implanted in the tissue. Colorimetric evaluations of the exterior tissue design after insertion recognized that the color difference was comparatively imperceptible to the human eye. Finally, the in vivo the results of efficacy tests indicated that textile substances inserted with a submicrorepellant in the concentration levels used were effective in protecting against Aedes aegypti mosquito. Future research on the controlled release of repellant drugs is essential.

Continue reading: The role of nanotechnology in tissue production.


Santos, D., et al. (2021) Synthesis of polymer particles with insect repellant for potential application to textile substrates. Chemistry and physics of materials. Available at:

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Malawi: National Bank’s 12 days of Christmas touch lives Tue, 21 Dec 2021 07:55:09 +0000

The nation’s bank, the National Bank of Malawi (NBM) plc, donated 11 million crowns worth of items to various institutions as part of a Christmas awareness program dubbed “12 Days of Christmas”.

Reproduced on the famous Christmas carol, 12 Days of Christmas began on December 6 and will run until December 22 when the bank donates items to different institutions as a way to celebrate Christmas with different stakeholders within the nation.

On the first day of the program, December 6, 2021, NBM plc donated various learning materials such as textbooks and stationery worth K1 million to Kamkodola Primary School in the region rural area of ​​Lilongwe.

On December 7, the Bank of the Nation donated medical equipment worth K million to the Bangwe health center in Blantyre.

The Nancholi Youth Network in Blantyre also benefited from the 12 Days of Christmas program when they received various medical items from the Bank, including medicines, sutures, BP machines, scales, thermometers, pens and mosquito nets.

The Chilanga School for the Blind in Kasungu, the Mulanje School for the Blind in Mulanje, the Kabudula Health Center and Chezi Rehabilitation Center in Lilongwe, the Livingstonia Aids Program in Mzuzu and the Karonga School for the Deaf in Karonga were also affected by the 12 days of Christmas.

NBM plc Marketing and Corporate Affairs Director Akossa Hiwa has so far said that the 12 Days of Christmas have been very well received by beneficiaries and stakeholders.

“The Christmas season is a great time to give, and as a bank we would love to give gifts that continue to give long after the holidays are over.

“This is a factor that has influenced our decision making on which initiatives and institutions to support,” Hiwa said.

Bangwe Health Center clinical technician Kelita Mbvundula thanked NBM plc for donating the various medical items she donated, saying they would help serve their patients better.

“The visit of NBM plc was a pleasant surprise and presents a very good end to the year here at the Bangwe health center,” said Mbvundula.

The 12 Days of Christmas program will end with a donation of desks to Namachira Primary School in Rural Blantyre on Monday December 20 and the delivery of a photocopier to Lilongwe Girls’ Secondary School in Lilongwe on Tuesday December 21, 2021 .

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Papers on malaria: my life journey as a public health doctor in Tanzania Sun, 19 Dec 2021 12:27:14 +0000

Zul Premji is a well-known malaria guru and his book covers his life story, which in short is a rags tale to a global malaria researcher. He dwells deep in a childhood world of family relationships and perhaps most of all for a scientist, those early days of self-discovery influence his personal folklore in ways that can hardly be categorized.

For him, the importance of brothers and sisters, teachers and youthful adventures is obvious, proof that science and life go hand in hand. To relate these realms, physical nature and the human world, and to notice their correspondences, is to gain insight into personal, social and political experiences.

In the tradition of a committed university professor, Premji wrote an episodic tale full of metaphors and broader lessons from a long career.

At each phase of his life, an important message is transmitted.

Premji was born in Iringa, Tanzania, to a somewhat poor and often on the move Ismaili family. First in Morogoro, then in Tanga, then on the outskirts of Mtwara, he attended a series of public schools: “I did well in my studies and I was active in sports, playing football, football. cricket and volleyball.

This comfortable and rather stable life came to an abrupt end sometimes in August 1967.


I received a telegram saying that my father had been hospitalized with a heart attack.

He rushed from Tanga to a small village in Mtwara, but rather than opening a duka to help the family financially, as his father and older brother wished, Premji knew he had to “continue his studies no matter what. ‘he is coming “.

Eventually, with the support of an academic sponsorship, he ended up at the Muhimbili Faculty of Medicine in Dar es Salaam.

There he studied medicine and later parasitology and began to build a reputation as a “malaria guru”.

As a specialist, Premji has participated in several influential studies. He led the Bagamoyo BedNet Project, a collaboration with Johns Hopkins University that analyzed the impact of insecticide-treated bednets.

And he helped develop a new diagnostic tool, known as the rapid diagnostic test, which is now being deployed globally for the diagnosis of malaria, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa.

“I am proud to have participated in this research,” he writes, “but my entrepreneurial skills are weak and I have failed to take advantage of the monetary aspect of this opportunity.” He later served as an advisor to the Tanzanian Ministry of Health in the “era of chloroquine resistance”. Despite Premji’s lack of entrepreneurial skills, his trajectory from the “vicious cycle of poverty” to corridors of influence reads like a tale of personal bravery.

Premji does not intend his account to be a comprehensive review of malaria research and development.

Beyond “The Five Riddles of Malaria,” a concise chapter that describes the disease, from its complex life cycle between humans and mosquitoes to the inability to predict its outcome in a given individual, the book deals more with of the traveling mind of a pathologist. Pensive articulations abound: a chapter on disease control policy is followed by an account of a pleasant trip to India; major career events are followed by topics such as “how to make medical school more interesting and less of a torture” and thoughts on aging.

“To grow old,” writes Premji, “is to move from passion to compassion.

These thematic leaps, changing directions, multiple faiths, put the work of science and the work of life on an equal footing.

Premji notes William Osler’s aphorism that “medicine is a science of uncertainty and an art of probability.”

He experienced this existential truth very early on and was “wary of attributing changing moments in my life … Too many influences swirl around us, and other secrets are seeping into it. unconscious ”.

Both inside and outside the lab, he believes, “instead of seeking certainty, we should constantly seek doubt about our beliefs, feelings, and futures.

Like Levi, who constructed his memoirs using the periodic table as a framework for interpretation, Premji observes through the prism of the empiricist, through a hermeneutics of doubt.

He traces the events of his life directly and with healthy skepticism, never rushing to over-define his experiences or make them into something they are not.

An entire chapter is devoted to his job as director of pathology at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi.

Unfortunately, his experience and observations as a professor at this private medical school were somewhat unsatisfactory and at times disappointing.

He writes clearly giving real examples of what is not so acceptable and suggests solutions for improvement.

Yet the reader cannot help but feel that Premji is holding something back.

Resistance to overly prescribed meaning, the fact of privileging concrete facts over story or belief, prevent the memory from finding a distinctive form, a logical common thread.

Some of his more interesting ideas, notably that malaria is a social disease that mainly targets the poor, are approached through anecdotes but are not fully articulated. Without thesis or ostentatious narrative arc, the material seems a little raw, in search of its organizing principle.

Zul Premji retired to Calgary in 2016, to help care for his grandchildren. “In time,” he wrote, “I hope I will return to Tanzania. Until then, he speaks with the authority of someone who has been successful.

With well-paced and pragmatic prose, Malaria Memoirs reads like an intimate conversation with a friend, someone who has lived a consecrated life full of accomplishments and is ready to share.

By Zul Premji

First published by Mawenzi House. Available in softcover and ebook

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