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first_imgChandler M. Levinson, a doctoral student studying plant breeding, genetics and genomics at the University of Georgia Tifton campus, has been named a 2020 Borlaug Graduate Scholar by the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB).The Borlaug Graduate Scholars program was established by NAPB and funded through the Agronomic Science Foundation (ASF) to develop the next generation of leaders in the plant breeding science professions. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service and research.Levinson, who studies with D.W. Brooks Professor of horticulture Peggy Ozias-Akins in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, currently works with collaborators in the U.S., Argentina and Senegal to use wild peanut relatives to increase resistance in cultivated peanuts, improving and protecting peanut yields and contributing to global food security. Levinson holds a bachelor’s degree from Berry College, where she worked in a chestnut breeding program and longleaf pine restoration program.“Chandler’s research has been part of a formative project on peanut crop improvement for disease resistance traits from wild relatives through interspecific hybridization and molecular marker-assisted breeding,” Ozias-Akins said. “She not only has excelled in her research but also leadership activities in the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics Graduate Student Association and Graduate Student Working Group of the National Association of Plant Breeders.”Levinson has authored or coauthored three peer-reviewed articles and has two more in preparation. She provides leadership in several organizations, serving as chair for the NAPB Graduate Student Working Group, president of the American Peanut Research and Education Society Graduate Student Association, and vice president of the UGA Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics Graduate Student Association. Her main passions are mentorship, journal and grant writing, professional development, rock climbing, helping others and rescuing animals.As a Borlaug Graduate Scholar, Levinson will be paired with volunteer mentors who are professional and scientific NAPB members committed to the professional development of the recipient.”It is an honor to be associated with Dr. Norman Borlaug through this award, and I hope to follow closely in his footsteps toward promoting food security through plant breeding,” Levinson said. “My plans for my future career are to continue working on improving crops in order to help people, likely by becoming a professor, and focusing on fostering international collaborations and on mentoring confident students.”Levinson will officially receive the award at the NAPB Annual Meeting to be held virtually August 17-20. For more information on the 2020 awards, including award descriptions, visit plantbreeding.org/awards.For more information about the plant breeding programs at UGA, visit plantbreeding.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more


first_img Unlovely The Ballroom Thieves 3:55 Normal Is Just An Exit Jason Lee Mckinney Band 2:13 3:31 While I wasn’t obligated, I did end up writing about that record, and I have been a fan of Last Train Home, and pretty much everything Eric Brace, singer and front man for the group, has done ever since. In late January, Last Train Home dropped their first record in twelve years, Daytime Highs & Overnight Lows, and I was as thrilled to get it as I was to receive that first record so many years ago. These guys are masters of modern Americana, and Trail Mix is happy to feature “Sleep Eyes” on this collection of tunes. 3:40 Hey, Bus Driver! Tami Neilson 3:27 Audio PlayerEric Brace & Last Train HomeSleepy EyesUse Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.00:000:00 / 3:27 Please share the word about this new volume of tunes with the music loving friends and family in your life. Get out there to a show. Grab a record or two. Help support the tremendous artists that so regularly support Trail Mix. Sleepy Eyes Eric Brace & Last Train Home Foreign Thing Jen Starsinic 3:45 3:38 Oh, to be young and naive. Lakeside Mount Hudson Embed East October John Moreland Make It Last Darling West 3:01 Mother Nature’s Daughter Chicago Farmer 3:10 Copy and paste this code to your site to embed. She Feels Like Home The Flyin’ A’s In the Dark of Morning Possessed by Paul James The Return (Love Comes Back) Rose Cousinscenter_img 3:12 3:46 Unsolved Mysteries SoloS Water, Water Michael Doucet I’m A Wreck Sarah Morris Also featured are brand new tunes from Rose Cousins, Darling West, Jason Lee McKinney Band, Michael Doucet, The Flyin’ As, Sarah Morris, Sasha K.A, SoloS, Mount Hudson, and Robert Vincent,. 3:00 2:42 Never Give Up Son Little 2:44 3:44 3:50 Headlight Della Mae This was my first true revelation when it came to writing about music. Way back in 2007, I opened my mailbox and there was a distinctly CD shaped cardboard container. Nestled inside was Last Good Kiss, the new record from Last Train Home. I was mystified. I had no idea how the label knew about me, why I had gotten the record, or what I had to do with it. I even remember writing my good buddy Jedd, now editor of this fine magazine, asking if I was obligated to do something with it. 4:20 3:42 Tall Grass Sasha K.A 4:30 They’ll send me records. For free. And I didn’t even ask. 3:24 This volume of Trail Mix also includes some outstanding tracks from some long time favorite artists. Check out new tunes from Chicago Farmer, Miss Tess, Jen Starsinic, Della Mae, John Moreland, Son Little, Possessed By Paul James, The Ballroom Thieves, and Tami Neilson. My Neighbour’s Ghost Robert Vincent True Flood Miss Tess DOWNLOAD THIS MONTH’S TRAIL MIXlast_img read more


first_img 93SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details We all know it’s important to have an emergency fund, so if yours isn’t currently in good shape, do your best to build up savings for at least a few months expenses as soon as you can. Your food and entertainment budgets are probably a couple of places you can cut back in order to accomplish this feat. But what areas should you AVOID cutting back? Here are a few parts of your budget that you probably don’t want to even consider sacrificing…Debt payments: If you’re battling credit card debt, you should probably make it a point to pay as much as you possibly can each month. Debt is hard to battle when you’re making minimum payments, so you definitely don’t want to sacrifice that extra cash.Your 401k: You’ve got that 401k set up to automatically build itself up every month, so that’s probably not something you’d want to mess with. As important as your emergency fund is to protecting your possible future, your 401k is there to protect your definite future, so don’t forget that.Insurance: Don’t gamble with your health or your money. Dropping insurance is a gamble that has a huge downside. You may need an important surgery and you don’t want to find yourself uninsured with enormous hospital bills.last_img read more


first_imgVirus, cyclone double blow The cyclone weakened as it moved north through Bangladesh but still unleashed heavy rain and fierce winds in Cox’s Bazar, the district which houses about one million Rohingya refugees from Myanmar.The UN said the effect in the vast camps of flimsy shacks appeared to be “fairly minimal”.The area most affected by Amphan, the first “super cyclone” to form over the Bay of Bengal since 1999, was the Satkhira district of southwest Bangladesh.There a storm surge — a wall of ocean water which is often one of the main killers in major weather systems — roared inland and destroyed embankments protecting villages and shrimp farms.”My home has gone under water. My shrimp farm is gone. I don’t know how I am going to survive,” Omar Faruq, 28, told AFP. Jessore, the district next to Satkhira and which borders West Bengal, was also hard hit with at least 12 killed.”The coronavirus has already taken a toll on people. Now the cyclone has made them paupers,” said local councilor Bhabotosh Kumar Mondal.The last super cyclone in 1999 left nearly 10,000 dead in Odisha, eight years after a typhoon, tornadoes and flooding killed 139,000 in Bangladesh.This time, as during a cyclone in Odisha last year, the human cost was greatly lessened thanks to the evacuations, said Rahman.”Only several people died. The majority of them ventured out to collect fallen mangoes during the storm,” he told AFP.Natural disaster expert Nayeem Wahra, at the Disaster Forum think-tank, said the storm also lost some of its potency over the Bay of Bengal before it made landfall.”The storm surge was not powerful or high enough to cause extensive damage to lives or properties,” Wahra told AFP.”Bangladesh was largely spared.”Packing people into shelters, however, raised the risk of coronavirus spreading, with cases still surging in India and Bangladesh.Charity WaterAid also warned water sources could have been contaminated by the cyclone, making hand-washing and other hygiene practices to combat the spread of the coronavirus more difficult. Topics : India and Bangladesh began a massive cleanup Thursday after the fiercest cyclone since 1999 killed at least 95 people, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.Cyclone Amphan flattened houses, uprooted trees, blew off roofs and toppled electricity pylons, while a storm surge inundated coastal villages and wrecked shrimp farms vital to the local economy.The United Nations office in Bangladesh estimates 10 million people were affected, and some 500,000 people may have lost their homes. Twenty-three people have died in Bangladesh, according to the official death toll.India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi will survey the damage in West Bengal and Odisha states on Friday, as well as take part in aid meetings.Modi tweeted earlier that “no stone will be left unturned in helping the affected”.Improved weather forecasting meant Bangladesh was able to move some 2.4 million people into shelters or out of the storm’s direct path, while India evacuated some 650,000.At least 10 million people were without power on Thursday afternoon in the worst-hit districts of Bangladesh, said rural electricity board chief Moin Uddin.The storm leveled more than 55,000 homes — most made of tin, mud and bamboo — across Bangladesh, junior disaster management minister Enamur Rahman told AFP.Kolkata residents woke to flooded streets, with part of the city’s yellow taxi fleet up to their bonnets in water in one neighbourhood and many areas without power.”Each second seemed like an hour,” bank manager Susanta De said of the storm. “There were only howling winds and sounds of shattering window panes. All of it was very scary and we thought the end was nearing.”Bangladesh’s Sundarbans forest chief Moyeen Uddin Khan told AFP the storm surge that smashed into the vast mangrove area — which bore the brunt of the storm — was “not as high as was feared earlier”.He said Amphan’s impact on wildlife, especially the forest’s endangered Bengal tigers, was not yet known. But the death toll was far lower than the many thousands killed in previous cyclones  — a result of improved weather forecasting and better response plans.The disaster has raised fears, however, that overcrowding in storm shelters will exacerbate the spread of coronavirus.India’s West Bengal reported 72 deaths — including 15 in the capital Kolkata — with state premier Mamata Banerjee saying: “I haven’t seen a disaster of this magnitude.” “This is the worst cyclone to hit the state since the one in 1737 when thousands lost their lives,” she told reporters. Banerjee earlier described the cyclone’s impact as “worse than coronavirus”. last_img read more


first_imgJapan is watching the situation in Hong Kong with “deep concern” after China passed a new security law for the city, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday, and stressed the importance of steps that upheld the principle of “one nation, two systems”.His comments followed a Kyodo news agency report on Sunday that cited officials of Britain, the United States and other countries as saying Japan had decided not to join them in issuing a statement scolding China for the new law, which could endanger Hong Kong’s special autonomy and freedoms.But Tokyo was deeply concerned, Abe told parliament. Other countries had expressed appreciation for Japan’s independent efforts, and it received no complaints, added the source, who sought anonymity because the matter was sensitive.”We’ve expressed our opinions this way directly and promptly to China at a high level and have made our opinions quite clear to international society,” Yoshihide Suga, the chief cabinet secretary, told a news conference.Tokyo is in a bind amid the US-China tension over Hong Kong as it plans for a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping, originally set for April but postponed over the coronavirus.  Topics :center_img “Hong Kong is an extremely important partner in terms of both tight economic ties and human relations, and it is important that the original system of ‘one nation, two systems’ be upheld and things proceed stably and democratically,” he said.Japan expressed concern about Beijing’s move in a statement on May 28, the day China passed the law, and called in the Chinese ambassador to convey its view.A government source familiar with the matter said Japan did not participate in the joint statement partly because of “rather short notice” and partly in order to focus on efforts by the Group of Seven nations, rather then the signatories.”Japan took the position to do what it has to do independently, in this case because of, first, time constraints, and secondly, our basic position is that we emphasize our efforts in the G7,” the source told Reuters.last_img read more


first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 04, 2016 Department of Health Names John J. Collins as Director of Pennsylvania’s Office of Medical Marijuanacenter_img Medical Marijuana,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy today announced that John J. Collins has been named director of the Office of Medical Marijuana. Collins, who currently works in the Department of Health’s HIV Care Section, will assume his new role on Aug. 8, 2016.“I am pleased to announce the department has identified a highly qualified and skilled individual from among our own staff to serve as the Director of the Office of Medical Marijuana,” said Secretary Murphy. “Mr. Collins has an impressive record of executive leadership experience that will serve him well in his new role of overseeing the commonwealth’s high quality, efficient, and compliant medical marijuana program.”Collins will be responsible for guiding the implementation of the state’s medical marijuana program, which is expected to be complete by early 2018.“I am very proud to be chosen to lead such an important office,” said Collins. “My experience in a heavily regulated medical enterprise, market research and new product development, strategic planning, logistics, communications, and customer service is a perfect fit for the requirements of overseeing the implementation of Pennsylvania’s Medical Marijuana Program. I am excited and eager to get to work on this medically-focused program that will help Pennsylvanians suffering from one of the 17 serious medical conditions outlined in Act 16.”Collins recently joined the Department of Health in April and currently serves as a public health program assistant administrator in the Division of HIV Disease. He is a certified allied health professional and holds an MBA with a concentration in marketing from Lindenwood University and also completed leadership training at the Wharton School, Aresty Institute of Executive Education, University of Pennsylvania. Collins also has extensive executive experience in the private sector, most recently as chief operating officer for Triad Isotopes, Inc., in Orlando, Florida.The medical marijuana program was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf on April 17, 2016. Since that time, the Department of Health has:Released public surveys to aid in the development of temporary regulations for growers/processors and dispensaries/laboratories;Completed the Safe Harbor temporary guidelines and Safe Harbor Letter application process;Developed the Medical Marijuana Physician Workgroup and sent important information to physicians; andReleased a Request for Information for Seed to Sale IT solutions for the tracking of medical marijuana.Once fully implemented, Pennsylvania residents under a physician’s care for the treatment of a serious medical condition, as allowed under Act 16, will be able to access medical marijuana in the commonwealth.Questions about the medical marijuana program can be emailed to RA-DHMedMarijuana@pa.gov. Information is also available on the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more


first_imgPhoto credit: BBC NewsPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — Health partners in Haiti are responding promptly to increasing cases of cholera in the Ouest department to ensure that the new infections do not spread to the capital, Port-au-Prince, a spokesperson for the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.“Given the early detection of alerts, a prompt response is under way,” Fadela Chaib, the WHO spokesperson, told reporters in Geneva.She said the current surge in the number of cases in Ouest department is a reminder of the need for vigilance.“Haiti will be facing cholera for years unless water and sanitation issues are properly fixed,” said Chaib.A cholera outbreak that erupted in Haiti in October last year has claimed more than 4,500 lives and nearly 300,000 people fell ill with the disease. Fresh infections continue to occur.A report by an independent panel set up by the UN to investigate the source of the cholera outbreak concluded that a “confluence of circumstances,” and not the fault of any group or individual, was responsible for the fast-moving outbreak.The four-member panel of experts included a series of recommendations for the UN and the Haitian government so they can help prevent the future introduction and spread of cholera.Caribbean News Now Tweet Share NewsRegional Cholera cases increasing in Haiti province by: – May 30, 2011 15 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more


first_imgBACOLOD City – Business groups are now supporting Mayor Evelio Leonardia’s decision to extend curfew hours in this city. To recall, Carbon wrote a letter to Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, urging the city government to relax the 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew to allow establishments operate during the late evening hours. In his latest directive, Leonardia introduced several restrictions such as re-imposing liquor ban and modifying curfew hours. Last Friday, Leonardia issued an executive order extending the city’s MGCQ for the fourth time from July 31 to Aug. 15. In his change of stance, Carbon urged the local government units should give “cash for work” for those who have lost of their jobs. Frank Carbon, chief executive officer of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), deemed it prudent to enforce 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. curfew hours as part of preventive efforts against transmission of coronavirus disease 2019.center_img Bacolod City remains under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ “medium risk”) despite calls from concerned physicians to revert the city to enhanced community quarantine BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA The MBCCI chief also pushed for the city’s police force to deploy their personnel to traffic congested areas and enforce the health protocols by apprehending those who don’t wear their face masks or violate social distancing measures. However, the new curfew adjustments has yet to take effect as it requires an amendment of the current city ordinance./PNlast_img read more


first_imgINDIANAPOLIS – Airports are be bustling today with folks catching flights to their Thanksgiving destinations.While the thought of delays or cancellations may be stressful, airline passengers can take some comfort in knowing they have some protections under the law.Abe Scarr, director with the Illinois Public Interest Research Group, says people who don’t fly often may be unaware of their rights as airline passengers. For instance, there are rules adopted in the last few years about being stuck on a plane that isn’t taking off.“If you’re stuck on the tarmac over a period of time, the airline is required to give you food and water and medical attention,” Scarr says. “After three hours, they either have to return you to the airport or be in the air.”For overbooked flights, he says there is no mandatory amount of compensation for those who volunteer to be bumped, but airlines typically negotiate if you’re willing to take a later flight. For those involuntarily bumped, Scarr says if the flight isn’t rebooked within two hours, a passenger is owed 200 percent of the one-way fare, up to $650.Scarr says passengers also have rights when it comes to lost luggage, so it’s worth making a note as you pack, of what you’re taking on the trip and what it’s worth.“If your bag is just simply delayed, the airlines are required to reimburse you for reasonable expenses, such as toiletries or a change of clothes,” says Scarr. “If they lose your bags, they’re required to refund any checked-baggage fees, and reimburse you for the lost items, up to $3,400.”Scarr says airlines are required to provide information about how to file complaints, and must respond to a complaint within 60 days. According to Triple-A, Thanksgiving air travel is expected to be at its highest level since 2007, with more than 3.5 million people in the air this week.Mary Kuhlmanlast_img read more


first_img A barnstorming display in a losing cause against Manchester City further burnished Diame’s credentials last weekend and Bruce admits he was delighted to take advantage of uncertainty over his Hammers future. “I don’t think it was the case West Ham didn’t want him but I think everybody has to make a decision when there’s 10 months left on your contract,” said Bruce. “Will you give him a new contract or are you going to cash in? West Ham obviously cashed in. “I can understand the situation, when people don’t sign a contract for you then sometimes you’ve got no option, but it’s been a benefit to us and we are delighted to have brought him in. “He’s got a right foot, a left foot and now he’s scored with a header. He’s not quite the complete midfielder but he’s big, he’s strong, he’s athletic, he handles the ball well, he’s good in the air, he’s got two good feet. “He’s had a really good start so let’s hope it continues. He’s come here and he’s enjoying his football, why wouldn’t you when you’ve got three goals in four games for a new club?” While Diame has already gone a long way to paying back the relatively modest transfer fee, Bruce revealed he has plenty more to make up for too. Diame scored twice against Sunderland during Bruce’s time on Wearside and played in the Wigan win that ultimately led to his dismissal. Steve Bruce was left to eulogise about Mohamed Diame’s impact at Hull after the deadline day signing’s third goal in four matches helped his side to victory over Crystal Palace. Bruce brought Diame in to bolster the Tigers midfield and with the Senegal international’s contract into its last year at West Ham, he cost just £3.5million. That already seems a snip after a debut goal against his former employers, a thunderbolt against Newcastle and the crucial headed opener in the 2-0 win over Palace. Press Association “I think he got me the sack when I was at Sunderland actually, if I’m being honest,” said Bruce. “I first came across him when he was at Wigan and blasted one in against us.” Despite dominating for long periods, City only made the game safe in the 89th minute when Jake Livermore’s perfect through ball found Nikica Jelavic. The Croatian finished calmly to net his fourth of the season and ensure Hull’s first win since the opening day defeat of QPR. For Palace there was less to cheer, with a curiously flat performance hardly becoming a side chasing a third successive victory. Yet manager Neil Warnock used his post-match press conference as a platform to fight Fraizer Campbell’s corner. A one-time Hull loanee, he was booed relentlessly by the home fans having twice turned down a permanent move. But Warnock was more annoyed at a perceived lack of consistency from referee Mike Dean. “I had to take Fraizer Campbell off because he got a silly booking but in the first minute he was body-checked, which should have been a yellow card,” he said. “Then just before half-time, there’s an elbow from (Michael) Dawson – I’ve seen red cards for less than that. “The referee doesn’t see that but he sees all the little niggles that poor old Fraizer gets booked for. “Referees should be in a position to see elbows like that and know it’s not an accident. It’s dangerous play. “They need to be educated better, even though he’s one of our better refs.” last_img read more