Salma Loum graduated from Misr International University with a bachelor’s degree in radio and television with a focus on documentary filmmaking. She moved from Cairo, Egypt to the United States at the age of 21 after covering the Egyptian Revolutions from 2011 to 2013. During that time, she worked as a war zone camera operator at Sky News Arabia, BBC Arabia and multiple local news channels. After moving to the U.S., she shifted her career to cinematography and filmmaking, which has been her passion for the last five years. She joined the master’s program as her focus shifted towards human and animals rights’ violations. Her interests include yoga, hiking and traveling the world. She is excited to use the skills she learns at Stanford University to create effective stories about human rights’ violations around the world.
Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law that will ban the use of cigarettes, nicotine and marijuana vapes at state parks and beaches. Starting Jan. 1, the state’s Department of Parks and Recreation will be required to put up no-smoking signs at beaches and parks. There will be a fine up to $25 for a person caught smoking, and it will be considered an infraction.
SACRAMENTO — The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County prompted large-scale evacuations on Oct. 26 and forced thousands of residents to flee their homes. But it wasn’t just humans that were displaced by the fire — pets and animals living at shelters also had to evacuate. The Sacramento Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals took in a total of 42 animals from Sonoma County.
SAN MATEO — According to the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service, the number of honeybees declined by 60 percent since 1947. Over the last decade, some environmental activists and scientists pointed to the negative effects of neonicotinoid pesticides as potential reasons for the declines in honeybee colonies. But some members of the San Mateo beekeeper’s guild are citing other explanations