South African fly farm to produce protein from waste

first_img10 July 2014The world’s largest commercial fly farm, which will harvest the larvae of 8.5-billion flies to produce food for chickens, pigs and farmed fish, is under construction in South Africa, news agency Bloomberg reported on Thursday.Cape Town- and Gibraltar-based company Agriprotein has raised US$11-million from investors to build its first two commercial farms – the first in a planned rollout of 40 such farms – based on an innovative waste-to-protein concept that could revolutionize the global animal feed market.In a process that has been under development since 2009, Agriprotein uses flies reared on an industrial scale to lay eggs that are hatched into larvae fed on readily available organic waste material – including out-of-date and uneaten food, animal manure and abattoir waste.The larvae are then harvested and dried into a natural and sustainable feed – dubbed and trademarked MagMeal (from “maggot meal”) – for chicken, pigs and farmed fish. Also generated during the process are an extruded oil (MagOil) and a nutrient-rich fertilizer (MagSoil)“Instead of polluting the environment with abattoir and other organic waste, it is turned into high-quality protein that can naturally replace fishmeal in industrial farming and help save our seas,” the company said in a recent statement.Agriprotein broke ground on its first industrial scale factory, located in Cape Town, in May, and expects the plant to come on line in 2015 and produce seven tonnes of MagMeal, three tonnes of MagOil and 20 tonnes of MagSoil per day. Its second factory will also be built in South Africa, at a location still to be decided.The company has received product approval in South Africa and is confident that its insect protein meal will achieve European acceptance as an animal feed within 24 months.After all, the company says, insect larvae are the natural food of chickens in the wild and fish in streams, with a nutritional composition as good as that of fishmeal and better than soya – the two most commonly used sources of protein animal feed used by industrial farmers.And while land-based soya plantations require vast amounts of land and water, and and over-fishing has put a strain on the supply of fish meal – helping to drive the prices of both protein sources up in recent years – waste nutrient sources for fly larvae are abundantly available.Five years of academic and manufacturing research conducted with the help of the University of Stellenbosch’s Animal Nutritional Department has, according to Agriprotein, proven the efficiency of larvae protein in a range of farmed animals.In chickens, larvae protein has been shown to produce better weight gain and less gizzard erosion than fishmeal. Gizzard erosion is a dietary deficiency disease affecting younger birds.AgriProtein’s backers include Australia’s Twynam Agricultural Group, German fashion company s.Oliver, as well as UK, US and South African investors.The company says it will start licensing its nutrient recycling technology worldwide in 2015, adding: “Within 15 years we will consider it as normal to recycle our waste nutrients as we do our paper, tin and glass today.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

How Prizes Can Finance Core Technology

first_imgRelated Posts As we’ve covered in the past, the cost of engaging and keeping great employees can be high. You can pay an intelligent employee to stay late, or placate them with a posh office environment, but one way to keep an innovator in their chair is to challenge their problem solving skills. Instead of hiring sub-par developers or trusting code to rogue contractors, below are two case studies that may make you consider creating competition to meet aggressive goals.The Case for PrizesAs shown on Stanford University’s ECorner, chairman of the X Prize Foundation, Peter H. Diamandis first got the idea for the $10 million dollar prize while reading The Spirit of St. Louis. Although Diamandis knew that the author Charles Lindbergh was the first man to cross the Atlantic in a single engine plane, he did not realize that the pilot (and many others who attempted the flight) had done so to win a prize. Exclaims Diamandis, “I’m adding it up and [realize that] $400,000 was spent to win this $25,000 prize. How insanely leveraged is that? It was 16 times the prize money. And this [investor] didn’t spend a penny to back any of the guys most likely to win… Prizes are an efficient way to get 10 or 50 times your money and you only pay the winner.” When the Ansari X was awarded in 2004, it was estimated that $100 million dollars were invested in new technologies in pursuit of the prize.Netflix saw similar results when it awarded $1 million dollars to a team of developers for improving on the company’s Cinematch predictive technology. Similar to Diamandis’ outcomes, the technology discovered during the contest is estimated to be worth considerably more than the initial prize money. The contest was so successful that Netflix is planning a second contest for additional product features. Creating Your Own PrizeIf you’re a startup founder and you’re hoping to leverage the power of third-party developers to build your business, here are some points to consider in launching your own prize: 1. Creating a challenge: Make sure that what you are proposing is actually a challenge worth solving. Few third-party developers or designers will spend their weekends and evenings building a technology that is uninteresting. While your challenge should represent your business interests, it should be something that requires a great deal of intelligence and creativity to solve. 2. A higher purpose: A great challenge doesn’t just contribute to your company’s core technology, it represents a feat of intelligence that will contribute value to the greater programming, scientific or business community. Your contest is meant to inspire a legacy of advancement in education and industry-wide learning. If your challenge is likely to give rise to a truly groundbreaking piece of technology, you may find other companies willing to add to your prize incentive. 3. Recognition: Although it helps to offer a large cash incentive, one of the most important parts of a challenge is recognition amongst peers and in the media. The fact that an untrained amateur can potentially beat esteemed scientists and researchers is a particularly compelling narrative. Meanwhile, those within the academic community may see the prize as a good way to elevate their career prospects. 4. Supporting innovation: You can’t just issue a challenge and expect the first press conference to be your only expense. Developer challenges require a supportive environment where participants can trade findings, get help from staff and submit new documentation. The more support you provide to third-party developers now, the more likely your challenge will yield good results. Photo Credit: Terren Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshirocenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Google Apps is a Model for Larry Page to Follow

first_imgI wonder how Larry Page will view Google Apps now that he is replacing Eric Schmidt as CEO. I have covered Google Apps more than any other news about Google. The view has provided me with an example of how Google has successfully built an ecosystem. From where I sit, it seems like a pretty solid model to follow. At its core are the right components:Google DocsGoogle CalendarGMailSitesIt fits with a number of associated services. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market alex williams It’s part of a a rich code base and API network:center_img Tags:#Analysis#cloud Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… It fits with Android and the Chrome OS.The system encompasses Google App Engine, a framework for building apps. The one thing I do miss is Google Wave. It had been developing its own community of hackers. I was sorry to see it dropped.Google Apps attracts young developers who are creating services that use data and collaborative technologies in masterful ways. You can see it in the companies populating the categories in the Google Apps Marketplace.Will Google acquire any of these companies.? Undoubtedly. But I hope the emphasis is more about how the company can continue to be that flat, frictionless community network that keeps those startups and innovative services running.If Google keeps that focus, it will continue to be a creative hub. It may have its valleys and peaks but this is a company that has as much chance as any to have the longevity of a company such as IBM.Keeping focused on successes such as Google Apps will make Google a company that lasts. That’s why I hope Larry keeps the dreams of space travel a personal hobby. The future is in the data that fills any space. Rockets are cool. But an apps ecosystem? Now that can go way further than a space ship to Mars.last_img read more

RED Digital Case Study: Honesty & Humanity Is The Best Policy

first_imgIn this post we share a few thoughts on setting realistic expectations when working with clients. Good advice for business and creative professionals alike.Jim Jannard recently posted a great apology/apologetic on the Red User Forum about RED’s habit of making over enthusiastic announcements with over eager delivery deadlines, which have then been subject to disappointing delays, change and shifting price points. You can read the full text here, but I just wanted to offer a few thoughts off the back of it about the importance of honesty when dealing with your customers…and how they’ll ultimately love you for it in the end. RED REEL 2013 NAB:Under Promise – Over DeliverRED is known for thinking big. Really big. Over the moon big. RED stirs the pot. We are also honest to a fault. Did I say we have no idea what we are doing? Everything changes including specs, pricing and delivery dates?The old business axiom of always under promising and over delivering has sort of become old hat these days. Hype (the over-inflation of excitement about a product that will ultimately fail to deliver) is what most businesses leverage for flogging weak products to over eager fans. But that’s a road of short term gains for long term death. Brands build loyalty and reputation over decades not just product cycles. An emphasis on product and getting the product perfect is what will satisfy your fans and give them something to genuinely rave about (Steve Jobs legacy) . This is what RED have also become known for – disruptive products that can truly wear the badge of ‘game changers’:RED (I guess I am the guilty party) has spouted off “miracles” since 2006. “4K is the future” was our 1st message. We showed a shiny prototype at NAB that year. We took deposits on an impossible dream. A 4K camera for $17,500 when others were selling a 1080P cinema camera for over $200K. What we showed in our booth, and what people put down deposits toward, looked nothing like what we delivered one year later. We did deliver the RED ONE for $17,500 as promised. And that changed the history of cinema and who could participate. It marked the beginning of the changing of the guard.But riding the fine line between enthusiasm and hype is a difficult task. When you’re out to turn an industry upside down with visionary leadership it’s hard not to get ahead of yourself and stumble over your own excitement. So what’s great about Jim’s latest post is that he finishes with this new sentiment:We are just beginning. We have dreams that cannot be imagined. Once we deliver what you know about… there is more. Much more… only this time, we aren’t going to tell you until they are done.In many ways RED could take a leaf out of Blackmagic Design’s marketing book. Engaging the wow factor of surprise and delight by not telling anyone about your new products and then announcing them when they’re (mostly) ready to ship. Although it has to be said of course that BMD has also encountered the pain and frustration of the enormous difficulties inherent in delivering technically sophisticated products, especially when things go wrong. But like RED they’ve also been honest and upfront about it:Some good news. If you have read my other posts about the causes of the camera delays then you know we have been dealing with a problem with our sensor supplier related to contamination of the glass that’s bonded on the front of the sensor. It’s not been clean and so we had to stop production of cameras….   (Another update later) It is sure a relief seeing this problem coming to a close. I cannot believe this happened and it’s been an incredibly frustrating delay. However I am feeling really positive now.  – Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic Design.Engage Your FansFor all of our faults (many)… caring about our customers and pushing the envelope are not two of them. This always seems to have us riding the ragged edge. This NAB presentation is no exception. We are trying to do things never done before and the clock is ticking for us to get ready. – Jim JannardPart of the success for both RED Digital and Blackmagic Design is their vibrant forums, which give all of their users, fans and detractors a place to hang out, chat and offer valuable feedback (and rant). A forum is a great way to build community around a brand or product is great, but a forum in which the head honchos dive in and play a central role is even better. Apple has a user forum on its site, but Steve Jobs or Tim Cook would never stop by for some honest communication. It’s just user’s trying to help each other out.The Red User forum is an all together different place – an open place where users are invited to share in the journey with the company.So… are we late with Dragon? Yes. And Meizler. And REDRAY. And our Projector. Of course we are. This stuff is not easy. In fact it is groundbreaking and extremely difficult. Sometimes I want to strangle our engineers for their optimistic schedule. In the end… I embrace them for working on the hardest stuff… the impossible goals. They are the ones that brought you the RED ONE and the EPIC.Building a loyal, ardent and vocal fan base who get angry when you’re late to deliver is far better than an apathetic crowd who could buy your stuff, or someone else’s without much consideration. I’d rather have a mob of frusturated fans (at least they care!) than a customer base who don’t care and are only interested if you’re the cheapest.Be HumanBlackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty Interview at NAB 2013:Finally the most important lesson anyone running a business can take away from this is that being honest makes you human. It reveals that you are just like the rest of us. Not some faceless corporation that doesn’t care about the feelings of its customers but a team of real people who care passionately about what they do. People who stay up late because they’re dedicated to offering great products and services and are committed to building something of worth. Who wouldn’t want to be involved in that? To buy into that?But honest humanity comes at the cost of slick performance. Human’s are frail and fallible, they make mistakes, stumble over their words and go with gut instincts. The reason that Apple’s ads are so frequently spoofed is that they are 100% for slick performance with a lack of genuine humanity. Personally I’d much rather watch a 90 second, wobbly, badly lit handheld chat in Jonathan Ive’s office, while he doodles  away at something and talks from the heart than 6 and a half minutes of marketing speil.When quoting schedules, budgets and time constraints with your clients keep HONESTY in mind. Expectations should be realistic…quality work takes time!last_img read more

HC orders probe in R.S. Pura rape

first_imgThe J&K High Court on Thursday ordered an investigation against two officials in a case of illegal confinement and rape of a 15-year-old girl at R.S. Pura in Jammu in August.A prosecuting officer and an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) will face the investigation.“The prosecuting officer and the ASI in-charge of the R.S. Pura police station have suppressed a material fact in the report submitted to the court. They have not stated anywhere in the report that the victim, in her statement, had recorded that the accused compelled her to submit herself to the sexual lust and desire of three persons, who forcibly raped her for a long time,” held Justices M.K. Hanjura and Dhiraj Singh Thakur.Justice Hanjura directed the Director-General of Police, J&K, to conduct an inquiry into the role of the officers and submit a report within four weeks.The victim left school at 1.30 p.m. for home on August 22. A vehicle with eight or nine passengers stopped her. “One of them was wielding a gun. They dashed her schoolbag onto the ground and forcibly pushed her into the vehicle. She was put up in a shed in a forest area,” according to the investigation reports. The probe suggests the victim was forced to marry one of the accused. Forced statementIt is alleged that on September 11, 2017, she was forced to make a statement before the court that she was in love with one of the accused and wanted to marry him. “However, in the court, she narrated the entire episode to the presiding officer. She said she did not want to marry the accused and was brought to the court to make a false statement,” said the report.last_img read more

Undisputed champ: Crawford stops Indongo in 3rd round

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Terence “Bud” Crawford celebrates his victory by knockout over Julius Indongo in the third round of their junior welterweight world title unification boxing bout in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)LINCOLN, Neb. — Terence Crawford stopped Julius Indongo in the third round Saturday night to become the undisputed world champion at 140 pounds.Crawford sent Indongo to the canvas with a right to the body in the last minute of the second round and just missed with a massive left hook before the bell. Midway through the third round, Crawford caught Indongo with a left hook to the body that put him down writhing in pain.ADVERTISEMENT The fight was the first four-belt unification bout since 2004, when Bernard Hopkins stopped Oscar De La Hoya to claim all the belts in the 160-pound division. Crawford came in with the WBC and WBO belts; Indongo, from Namibia, was the WBA and IBF champion.“It means everything,” Crawford said. “I’m the only one who can I’m the undisputed champion of the world. That’s big because there’s nobody else who can they’re undisputed in their weight division.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingPromoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said the plan is for Crawford to go with him to Australia for the expected November rematch between Jeff Horn and Manny Pacquiao. Arum wants Crawford to fight the winner.“I’m all for it,” Crawford said. LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Chaos ensues as McIntyre wins NXT title in NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III MOST READcenter_img “When he hit me, it hurt so bad,” he said. “When he hit me like that, my mind was gone.”On the undercard, 20-year-old Shakur Stevenson scored a unanimous decision over Argentinian David Paz in a super featherweight bout. Stevenson (3-0, 1 knockout) flashed superior speed and finesse throughout the six rounds and knocked down Paz (4-4-1) late in the fifth.Stevenson, of Newark, New Jersey, is considered a rising star in the pro ranks after earning a silver medal in the 2016 Olympics.“I feel like the competition stepped up this fight and I feel like I put on a good show, a good boxing display,” Stevenson said. “I was really trying to get the knockout, and I was trying to get him with a good hard punch. I was trying to hit him with my left hand and my hook. I do need to use my jab a lot more.”Light heavyweight contender Oleksandr Gvozdyk (14-0, 12 KOs) of Ukraine stopped Craig Baker (17-2, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas, at 2:40 of the sixth round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Crawford (32-0, 23 knockouts) was in his home state for the fifth time in nine fights but for the first time in Lincoln, 45 minutes from his Omaha base.Indongo (22-1, 11 knockouts) was fighting for the first time in the United States after winning bouts in Russia and Scotland to win his titles.Crawford entered the ring to roars from the Pinnacle Bank Arena sellout crowd of 12,121 after coming down the steps from the arena concourse. He wore a red No. 140 Nebraska Cornhuskers football jersey, a nod to this city being home to the University of Nebraska.With fans on their feet and chanting his name, the 29-year-old Crawford seized control early. When his final blow took down Indongo, the decibel level increased even more, and Crawford jumped in the air in the middle of the ring in celebration.Indongo couldn’t get up.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

First all girl troop in San Diego County in Scouts BSA

first_img Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 10:59 AM KUSI Newsroom February 1, 2019 First all girl troop in San Diego County in Scouts BSAcenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Boy Scouts of America is now welcoming girls into their organization as separate troops. Scouts BSA offers the same programming and opportunity for girls to earn the highest rank of Eagle Scout.Friday night across the council and country, the Boy Scouts of America is launching Scouts BSA.An all-female troop provides give young women an opportunity to develop leadership skills, outdoor adventures and the opportunity to advance to the rank of Eagle Scout following the same program outline that their brother troops have followed for over a century.Troop 1667 Kick Off Meeting is TONIGHT Feb 1, 2019 at 6:30pm at St. Timothy Episcopal Church in Rancho Peñasquitos.Troop 1667 will meet weekly on Monday nights at 7:00pm at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Rancho Peñasquitos.Scouts BSA’s website says the program is not co-ed.“The leadership of the BSA determined that the best way to welcome girls and serve today’s families was to offer a unique model that builds on the proven benefits of our single-gender program, while also providing character and leadership opportunities for both boys and girls,” according to Scouts BSA website.Additional troops are forming the county beginning this month. Check the San Diego Imperial Council website at and Nationally at or where families can learn more about joining Scouting BSA. Posted: February 1, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

IBT Media Splits Newsweek Into Separate Entity Lays off 30 Staffers

first_img Parent company IBT Media announced Thursday a corporate restructuring that will see Newsweek spun off into its own operational entity led by editor-in-chief Jim Impoco. “Over the past few months we have been strategically restructuring the company in order to adapt to the changes in the market and to insure IBT Media has a strong path to continued growth,” wrote Uzac and CCO Jonathan Davis in a staff memo back in March. “In these ever shifting and challenging times within our industry, we are responsible for sustaining and reinventing our company as best we can.” Laid off employees who do not find new employment in the next two weeks will be entitled to modest severance packages, according to Politico. Joining Learmonth are deputy editor of media and culture Christopher Zara; tech editor David Gilbert; personal finance editor Lauren Lyons Cole; and several reporters. An IBT Media spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment. Most of the departures appear to be confined to International Business Times, whose tech, media and culture editor Michael Learmonth is among those departing from the company. In this case, that means layoffs. The company let go more than 30 staffers Thursday afternoon, Politico reports.center_img The layoffs come just three months after IBT Media’s last round of cuts, when at least 15 employees were let go. Those layoffs also centered around International Business Times. Unlike in March, Newsweek appears to be affected, as well. Newsweek and International Business Times are splitting up — sort of. Evidently, that restructuring continues. It’s been an interesting year for the ten-year-old company, which purchased Newsweek in 2013 before resurrecting its print edition several months later. In February, Politico reported discord within the company regarding missed payments to employees. International Business Times will be integrated with IBT’s other brands, including Medical Daily, iDigitalTimes, Fashion Times, and the Latin Times. That entity will be led by International Business Times editor-in-chief Dayan Candappa. The reorganization, according to CEO Etienne Uzac, is all about driving efficiencies.last_img read more

WATCH 8footlong crocodile causes panic in Maharashtras Ratnagiri

first_img Watch | 8-Foot-long Crocodile found in a drain in Maharashtra Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:51Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:50?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … A video of an eight-foot-long crocodile that was spotted emerging from open drains along the road in a tourist spot in Maharashtra has gone viral.The appearance of the reptile caused quite a panic in the tourist resort of Chiplun in Dadar area near Ratnagiri. The incident reportedly took place on Friday, July 26. It was suspected that the crocodile could have entered the drains during the heavy downpour Ratnagiri received on Friday. The rains caused the flooding of the Vashisht River, which originates in the region.”This is quite common in this region during the monsoon. We rescued this crocodile safely. Since it had not suffered any injuries, it was released back into the river,” Divisional Forest Officer V. K. Surve was quoted as saying by IANS.Many on social media thought the incident had taken place in suburban Mumbai but officials were quick to confirm that the location was Ratnagiri and not Mumbai’s Dadar.”I have been barged with calls… I have said it’s the Dadar area of Chiplun and not the Dadar of Mumbai,” Surve said.He added that such incidents are common in the region during the rainy season. “Such spotting of reptiles is not uncommon in the monsoon. Following heavy rainfall, we receive many calls of animals and reptiles rescue,” Surve was quoted as saying by Indian Express. Officials from the forest department rescued the crocodile and released it to its natural habitat. Surve reassured that the animal was not harmed in any way during the rescue and release operation.last_img read more

SAFEWAY Manager Earns Washington Business Journal Minority Business Leader Award

first_imgSafeway’s Craig Muckle was awarded the Minority Business Leader Award Feb. 19. (Courtesy Photo)Safeway’s Craig Muckle was honored last month by the Washington Business Journal with the publication’s Minority Business Leader Award on Feb. 19 during the newspaper’s 2015 Minority Business Leader Awards celebration at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, D.C. He has served as Safeway’s Eastern Division Manager of Public Affairs and Government Relations since 1997, he is responsible for media, government, community and consumer relations activities for 127 mid-Atlantic stores, including those that operate in Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia, Maryland and Delaware.Muckle is also involved with numerous organizations representing Safeway on a variety of boards.  Appointed to the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce in 1999, he is currently the longest-tenured board member and held the position of Chairman from July 2008 to June 2009.  During that time, Muckle created the Chamber’s Sports, Hospitality, and Entertainment (SHE) Committee, a committee he currently chairs.  He has also chaired numerous sub-committees including Public Safety, President/CEO Search Committee, the Political Impact Candidate Forum and Nominating Committee.  In addition, Muckle has also served on the Board of the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce since 2011 and is currently the Board’s President.last_img read more