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Peanut Research

first_imgPeanut researchers from the University of Georgia met with hundreds of peanut scientists from around the world earlier this week to discuss the international impact of peanut research and to recognize top researchers.With a “Peanuts Around the World” theme, the annual meeting of the American Peanut Research and Education Society was held in Auburn, Alabama, featured presentations by the UGA-housed Feed the Future Peanut Innovation Lab demonstrating the benefits of research collaboration to science, industry and agriculture in the U.S. and countries around the world.Among the team’s well-attended sessions was a two-hour symposium titled “Synergies from U.S. Global Research Partnership,” which highlighted individual projects in the lab’s portfolio and how scientists in the U.S. and African partner countries are working to harness genetic diversity in the peanut. Such diversity will help farmers in partner nations, as well as in the U.S., adapt to pest and climate challenges today and for years to come.Agricultural challenges don’t recognize geographic or political boundaries, and solutions have the potential to come from all parts of the world.For example, resistance to tomato-spotted wilt virus in the U.S. comes from peanuts bought in a market in Brazil in 1952, explained David Bertioli, a professor in the UGA Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics and principal investigator of an innovation lab project incorporating wild alleles to improve West African peanut cultivars.“When this type of transfer happens properly, everyone wins,” Bertioli said.International treaties meant to thwart bad actors and protect biological resources have limited research in unintended, negative ways by slowing the exchange of germplasm to a trickle, which hurts global food security, he said.Working to inventory and analyze the diversity of peanuts grown across Africa, a team of U.S. and African researchers are leveraging the recently sequenced peanut genome to create tools plant breeders can use to generate varieties with natural resistance to disease and other shocks.Along with David Bertioli, UGA researchers Soraya Bertioli, Josh Clevenger and Peggy Ozias-Akins work on the U.S. side of these related Peanut Innovation Lab projects, while Daniel Fonceka of Senegal, David Okello in Uganda and plant breeders from seven other countries in Africa lead the work on that continent.In recognition of the Bertiolis’ work to help improve peanut production worldwide, they were awarded the most prestigious awards of the conference, the American Peanut Council Peanut Research and Education Award.According to the American Peanut Council, the Bertiolis’ unique but related research programs have focused on the wild relatives of peanuts. They work to unravel the collection of untapped genetic traits naturally occurring in the peanut ancestors and identifying the traits for use in breeding programs around the world to solve real-world limitations to peanut production.For more than 15 years, they have worked to genetically characterize the relationships of the wild relatives of peanut with cultivated peanuts. Importantly, their work underpinned the effort to sequence the peanut genome by first focusing on the more tractable diploid, wild ancestors. Their research has led to a much deeper understanding of the relationship of the wild relatives to cultivated peanuts and our ability to move valuable traits from the wild into cultivated crops.For more information about UGA’s researchers work with peanuts, visit plantbreeding.caes.uga.edu.Communications staff from the American Peanut Council contributed to this release.last_img read more

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Big win for P.E.T.S Animal Cruelty Task Force as slew of animals given new homes

first_imgOTSEGO COUNTY (WBNG) — Susquehanna SPCA Executive Director Stacie Haynes alongside the rest of the P.E.T.S Animal Cruelty Task Force in Otsego County are ecstatic over the result of one of their most recent cases. Taking in two mini-horses, a chinchilla, hedgehog, duck, cat, dog and 30 finches, Haynes explains the owner could no longer care for the animals and reached out for help in finding a place for them to go. So into action the task force went. “She cares about these animals deeply, and so she’s been saying where they are, the person who still lives there works really long hours and is not going to be able to provide them with the care that they need,” explained Haynes. “Without the animal cruelty task force, without these networks in place, this might not have been such a happy story,” she reflected.center_img Comprised of the SPCA, Otsego County Sheriff’s Office and district attorney’s office, resources were pooled and all the animals were taken in. And, Haynes said all were in good shape. Highlighting the purpose of the task force itself, she said, “We were able to be proactive and we were able to avoid an animal cruelty situation.” And now, she says each and every animal is on their way to a new home.last_img read more

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CSR: The project “Knowledge to excellence” to the promotion of tourism and hospitality professions

first_imgIn cooperation with the Knowledge in Action Foundation and the Association of Directors of Hospitality and Tourism Schools, Valamar implemented a large strategic project “Knowledge to Excellence” within the company’s socially responsible business, which was a significant step forward in the promotion of tourism and hospitality professions.Valamar opened in Poreč, Rabac and Krk, and in cooperation with project partners  doors for 27 schools from all parts of Croatia and for over 500 students, parents, principals and teachers organized a stay in their facilities where through two-day interactive and educational workshops they learned about trends and careers in tourism.Students participated in thematic workshops such as Sommelier, cocktail making, Masterchef workshops and career development workshops where they have experienced mentors – Valamar employees,  shared their experiences of working in tourism and acquired knowledge.”Valamar Riviera and its partners have implemented a unique open door project at the same time for all users of the vocational education system for tourism professions – for schools, students, parents, mentors and professionals in tourism and guests from relevant ministries, agencies and associations. The participation of as many as 27 schools in the workshops certainly gave motivation to the young generations to choose the hospitality and tourism professions in their future careers.” said Nevena Tolanov, head of human resources development at Valamar Riviera.In addition to educational workshops, students also participated in various competitions, quizzes, games and a film evening. It was also organized for students  an educational trip where the employees of Valamar’s hotels introduced them to the challenge of working in the hotel industry and gladly took them on a tour of the facilities. “The activities and programs of the Knowledge in Action Foundation are aimed at connecting all levels of education with the economy, which is why the cooperation with Valamar has begun. Three years ago, we set off for Poreč to Valamar’s facilities with one bus full of students and teachers, and this year we have quadrupled the number of participants. What makes us especially happy  is the fact that this year we also included parents in the educational visit which are an important link between the school and the choice of the future profession of these young people” pointed out Daška Domljan, a member of the Management Board of the Knowledge in Action Foundation.With almost 3.000 hours of training and introduction to working at Valamar, the participants in this project gained practical knowledge that will surely help them in further career development in tourism, and Valamar gained insight and a base on the future workforce in the long run.last_img read more

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Democrats make final pitch in Iowa hours before first US vote

first_img“Tomorrow, you can ruin Donald Trump’s night!” Biden said as he rallied 1,100 supporters at a Des Moines middle school.”I promise you: if you stand with me, we will end Trump’s reign of hatred and division.”Three of the leading candidates seized on a brief break from their duties as impeachment jurors to barnstorm Iowa.The senators — self-styled democratic socialist Sanders, progressive Warren and pragmatist Amy Klobuchar — each hosted multiple events Sunday.The impeachment trial — only the third in history of a US president — created an unprecedented situation by limiting the senators’ ability to campaign ahead of Iowa’s vote.  They must return to Washington Monday for the trial’s resumption.Senate leaders have scheduled a Wednesday vote that will almost certainly acquit Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.’He’s a communist’ Trump will likely claim victory over Democrats’ efforts to oust him when he delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday — although he told reporters he would be delivering “a very, very positive message.”That did not stop him from branding Biden “Sleepy Joe” and hurling an epithet at Sanders.”I think he’s a communist,” Trump told Fox News in an interview that aired before the Super Bowl got underway Sunday.With campaigns loath to door-knock during American football’s championship game, some candidates like Sanders and Klobuchar attended Super Bowl watch parties.Underdog Klobuchar argues that her Midwestern roots and propensity to work with Senate Republicans can help her win Iowa and defeat Trump.She compared the big game to the last-gasp nature of the final weekend before Iowa’s vote.”I would call it the Super Bowl of campaigns,” she told supporters in Cedar Rapids.Turnout will be critical, as candidates seek to persuade voters on issues including health care, improving conditions for the working class and ending Washington corruption.They were also pushing their own electability, as Buttigieg did repeatedly on the stump and during Sunday TV talkshows.”I certainly think that I am better positioned to beat Donald Trump than any of my competitors,” Buttigieg told CNN.A former consultant and US Navy reservist who became a mayor at 29, Buttigieg portrays his youth as a reason voters should prefer him over the gray-haired Biden, 77, and Sanders, 78.One in two Iowa voters claimed to still be undecided ahead of the quirky caucus process.Among them was Kim Robinson, 67, a precinct caucus chair in Clive who said he switched support Sunday from Biden to Buttigieg.”And I might change to Amy Klobuchar” before the vote, he told AFP. “Right now it’s a matter of who I think will win” against Trump.At 7:00 pm Monday (0100 GMT Tuesday), Democrats take part in caucuses at about 1,700 venues — schools, libraries, churches — to publicly declare their choice by standing under one candidate’s banner.Candidates who reach 15 percent support can earn delegates for the nomination race. If a candidate does not meet this threshold after the first alignment of caucus-goers, their supporters can shift to other candidates.At that point, the rallies and TV advertising fade away, as neighbors seek to convince and persuade the undecided, or those from unviable candidates, to align with another.Iowans take their role as first-in-the-nation voters to heart, and their pick has a recent historical track record of becoming the Democratic nominee.At an Iowa City home that Warren supporters were using as a base, people streamed in and out, looking for extra posters or lists of doors that still needed to be knocked on.Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a marine biologist, traveled from far-off New York to help Warren.”Having a good showing in Iowa is so important to build momentum,” Johnson said.Topics : “This is the most consequential election, certainly in the modern history of this country… and it all begins tomorrow night,” Senator Bernie Sanders, the leading progressive in the race, told invigorated supporters at a meet-and-greet event in Iowa City.Similar scenes played out across the state this weekend as most of the 11 remaining candidates made their final push to convince undecided voters that they are best positioned to defeat Trump.Monday’s caucuses have created an air of suspense with no clear frontrunner. Several hopefuls look to strike gold here and seize the momentum going into the next contest, in New Hampshire on February 11.Leftist Sanders holds only a narrow lead over moderate former vice president Joe Biden. South Bend, Indiana ex-mayor Pete Buttigieg and Senator Elizabeth Warren are mere points behind. Democratic candidates made their frantic, final campaign pitches Sunday in Iowa, on a mission to persuade undecided voters one day before the state’s nominating contest officially starts the US presidential election season.Iowa, a largely rural state of three million people, has traditionally served as a vital launching point — or burial ground — for presidential hopefuls.Even as all eyes turn to the debut vote, Donald Trump’s US Senate impeachment trial weighs over the Democratic kick-off, with the president expected to be acquitted just days after the Iowa contest.last_img read more

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Cesc Fabregas names Steven Gerrard as the toughest opponent he faced

first_imgFabregas named the toughest opponent he faced (Picture: Getty)Cesc Fabregas rates Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard as the toughest midfielder he faced during his career.The former Arsenal and Chelsea ace, who currently turns out for Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, spent 15 years in the Premier League and a further three in La Liga before heading to the French league, and has played against some of the finest midfielders in world football.But he rates Champions League winner Gerrard, who spent the entirety of his career at Anfield, as the player who was hardest to face in the centre of the park.1. Probably Steven Gerrard2. Fabrice Muamba when he was at Bolton. He was man marking me for 95’ and he even would follow me to the toilet if needed. I ended up scoring every game though 🤗 https://t.co/9mo4QAnY1W— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) January 7, 2020 Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Jan 2020 5:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.2kShares Cesc Fabregas names Steven Gerrard as the toughest opponent he faced Advertisement ADVERTISEMENTAsked who was his toughest direct opponent in midfield, Fabregas replied on Twitter: ‘Probably Steven Gerrard.’AdvertisementAdvertisementInterestingly, asked who was an unusual name who he didn’t enjoy facing, he added: ‘Fabrice Muamba when he was at Bolton.‘He was man marking me for 95’ and he even would follow me to the toilet if needed. I ended up scoring every game though.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMoving onto managers, he named former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte as the hardest manager he’s ever had to work for.‘Conte by far,’ Fabregas said. ‘I always said that coming back and change around his mind about me was one of the most satisfying things I’ve done in my career. I had to be silent and sweat a lot though.’Asked if Conte’s current club Inter Milan could win Serie A this season, he added: Why not?‘Antonio is probably the best coach around at reviving teams and created a quick new identity.’MORE: Arsenal cool transfer interest in Thomas LemarMORE: Liverpool star Sadio Mane is the best player in the Premier League, says Cesc Fabregas Advertisementlast_img read more

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Galway Bay Subsea Observatory Comes Out for Overhaul

first_imgThe SmartBay Observatory in Galway Bay has been brought ashore for maintenance. Last week Ocean Crest Marine with diver Mark Kerrigan prepared the Observatory for recovery.The underwater observatory, located 1.5 km off the coast of Spiddal, has been continuously monitoring the underwater environment over the past fifteen months. It uses cameras, instruments and sensors for continuous live underwater observations giving ocean researchers unique real-time access to monitor ongoing changes in the marine environment.Over the coming months, the observatory will be cleaned, all the scientific instruments will be replaced, and new underwater lamps will be added to improve the high definition video camera footage.“We also plan to install a micro-plastics sampling net and a new underwater stills camera in partnership with European marine science researchers,” explained Alan Berry, Marine Institute.These research projects are due to begin mid- July when the observatory will be reinstated to continue to collect important information on the marine environment from the depths of Galway Bay.The SmartBay Observatory in Galway Bay is a contribution by Ireland to the global network of real-time data capture systems deployed within the ocean – technology giving us new insights into the ocean.Data relating to the marine environment at the site is transferred in real-time from the SmartBay Observatory through a fibre-optic telecommunications cable to the Marine Institute headquarters and onwards onto the internet. The data includes a live video stream, the depth of the observatory node, the sea temperature and salinity, and estimates of the chlorophyll and turbidity levels in the water which give an indication of the volume of phytoplankton and other particles, such as sediment in the water.last_img read more

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India logs highest one-day virus surge of near 39,000

first_imgExperts say India is likely to witness a series of peaks as the infection spread in rural areas. (AP) NEW DELHI — A record 24-hour surge of 38,902 new cases has taken India’s coronavirus total to 1,077,618. Health workers screen people for COVID-19 symptoms at a residential building in Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums, in Mumbai, India on July 17, 2020. AP PHOTO/RAFIQ MAQBOOL The Health Ministry on Sunday also reported 543 additional deaths for a total of 26,816. The number of people who have recovered continues to grow. The Health Ministry data shows 677,422 patients have been cured so far across the country, putting the recovery rate at 62.82 percent.last_img read more

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Private vs. Public

first_imgOnly you as a parent can decide what type of school is best for your children.  Whichever you choose should be one that offers your child the best possible education.  Neither type of school has a corner on this solution.  Either could be the best choice for your child.  That is not what this article is about.  Many of the state associations are coming under increased pressure to separate public from private in tournament play.  Indiana has not faced as much pressure as some of our surrounding states because we have a rather liberal open-enrollment policy.  States that do not allow public school students to transfer have many school personnel that believe parochial schools have unlimited recruiting possibilities, and thus, have unfair advantage when state tournaments begin.  They want a separate state tourney format.  I am not an advocate of this.   I believe Indiana has the best possible solution.  What Indiana has done is to legislate that any school who wins consecutive championships in the same sport must move to a higher classification.  This means that any school, public or private, who starts dominating a division, must automatically move up.  This has kept the IHSAA from being pressured into having separate state tournaments.last_img read more

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Napoli stun Juventus to win Coppa Italia

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Juve’s Pirlo gamble makes new Serie A season the most open for years Napoli stunned Juventus when they won 4-2 on penalties to claim the Coppa Italia on Wednesday after the two sides played to a 0-0 draw behind closed doors.Paulo Dybala and Danilo missed Juve’s first two efforts in the shootout, while Napoli converted all of their attempts to give Coach Gennaro Gattuso, the first major trophy of his coaching career. It was the first title to be settled in the Italian season, which has just restarted after a three-month hiatus because of the coronavirus crisis.Napoli nearly won it in stoppage time but were foiled by a superb double save by Juventus’s 42-year-old goalkeeper, Gianluigi Buffon.There was no extra-time.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Coach Gennaro GattusoCoppa ItaliaDaniloGianluigi BuffonJuventusNapoliPaulo Dybalalast_img read more

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Ranieri Warns Fulham Fans not to Rely on Miracles to Avoid…

first_imgHowever, the Italian says Fulham cannot rely on miracles to avoid relegation this season.“We have to work hard,” said Ranieri. “That was a bonus, a fairytale. Forget it. Now it is important to not think about miracles.“There will be a lot of battles. It is important to be ready together – the club, the players, the fans, all together.“They have to support us in the bad moments. This is a bad moment.”Fulham have already conceded 31 goals in the Premier League, the most of any teams in the division, and Ranieri said he is willing to abandon the club’s attacking style of football if it leads to better results.“Fulham concede a lot of goals,” he said. “I am an Italian manager and for us Italians, it is important to maintain a clean sheet.”He added: “At this moment it is important to forget what happened yesterday and look forward. It is important to win points.“I hope we can play well but if we play well and lose the match, it is a big problem.“Fulham played so well against Manchester City, for example, and lost. They played so well against Liverpool, and lost the match.“I hope to play worse than in these two matches and win the match. That is most important.”Fulham return to action after the international break with a home game against Southampton, with only three points separating the two teams in the table.Ranieri famously promised his Leicester squad pizza if they achieved clean sheets, but the Italian said he has a different reward in mind for his new players if they keep out the Saints.“I have to promise something more, the pizza is not enough,” he said. “Maybe it is better for everybody to go to McDonald’s!”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Claudio Ranieri has warned Fulham fans to expect no miracles this season, after replacing Slavisa Jokanovic at Craven Cottage.Jokanovic was sacked on Wednesday with Fulham bottom of the Premier League, having taken just five points from their first 12 games back in the top flight.Ranieri achieved one of the greatest upsets in the history of sport by leading 5000-1 outsiders Leicester to the Premier League title in 2016.last_img read more

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