Seeking scholar

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaWith a $1.5 million endowment from the Georgia Research Alliance and the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s Seed Development Commission, the University of Georgia is searching for a new eminent scholar in crop genomics.The position, developed in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, will be the third endowed position the GRA has helped establish in the CAES. The others were Steve Stice and Clifton Baile in animal and dairy science.The search for the new scholar is under way. It will close April 15.”Continued research in Georgia is vital to our growth,” said Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, who presented the college $750,000 toward the endowment.”If we don’t have a continuous stream of new cultivars coming out,” Irvin said, “we would one day find ourselves behind and wondering how it happened as we watch production move to other parts of the country. You have to invest in the future to stay ahead.”Genomics offers new approaches to quickly identify the genes responsible for key aspects of plant growth, development and performance.”The eminent scholar will address such needs in a number of crops that have modest national impact but are of great importance in Georgia and the Southeast,” said Al Smith, head of CAES crop and soil sciences.Georgia has already invested more in expertise and infrastructure than any other state in the region, Smith said. Adding an eminent scholar, he said, will enable the fastest possible commercialization of biotechnology.”Georgia is poised to become the leader in biotechnology research in the Southeastern region of the United States, as well as a leader nationwide,” he said.last_img read more

Schumer: Judge Gorsuch Will Need 60 Senate Votes to Reach the Supreme Court

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York While President Trump has his hands full lining up support from House Republicans for his overthrow of Obamacare, Senate Democrats have taken a clear stand against his nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch, raising the stakes for his confirmation.On Thursday, after three days of listening to his “lack of candor” at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) said his party plans to filibuster Gorsuch, which means that the conservative Colorado jurist will likely have to hurdle the 60-vote threshold to take his seat on the High Court. Right now Democrats are in the minority with only 48 Senators, leaving the Republicans with 52.“After careful deliberation, I have concluded that I cannot support Judge Neil Gorsuch’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” said Schumer. “He will have to earn 60 votes for confirmation.“To my Republican friends who think that if Judge Gorsuch fails to reach 60 votes we ought to change the rules, I say: if this nominee cannot earn 60 votes, a bar met by each of President Obama’s nominees and President Bush’s last two nominees, the answer isn’t to change the rules—it’s to change the nominee,” said Schumer, who laid out the reasons why he’ll oppose the nomination and urge his colleagues to do the same.“His career and judicial record suggests not a neutral legal mind but instead someone with a deep-seated conservative ideology,” said Schumer. “He was groomed by the Federalist Society and has not shown one inch of difference between his views and theirs. And finally, he is someone who almost instinctively favors the powerful over the weak, corporations over working Americans. There could not be a worse time for someone with those instincts.”He blasted the 10th Circuit judge for not having “an ounce of courage” to defend the judiciary branch against President Trump’s repeated attacks. “Instead, he just tells us that he’s demoralized, disheartened.”Asked about his judicial philosophy, Schumer said Gorsuch uttered “banalities and platitudes. We did not get any real answers to any real questions about what he thinks about the law and why.”From  Roe v. Wade guaranteeing a woman’s right to an abortion to the segregation-busting Brown v. Board of Education, Gorsuch’s refusal to answer whether he agreed with the Supreme Court decisions in those seminal cases convinced Schumer to oppose his nomination.“Instead of an umpire calling balls and strikes in baseball,” Schumer said, “what we really saw was an expert—a well-trained expert—in dodgeball.”Schumer took particular aim at Trump’s selection process, criticizing the president for simply picking someone off a list prepared by the ultra-conservative Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society and “groomed by billionaire conservatives.” Schumer said Gorsuch’s background gave him little confidence that once on the Supreme Court the jurist would care to curtail the “dark, secret, undisclosed money,” released by the Citizens United decision in 2010, and now being spent by the millions on television ads to drum up support for his confirmation.“To say he is neutral in his views is belied by his history since his college days and by his own judicial record,” said Schumer.Then Schumer brought up a very sore point for Democrats: Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to fill the seat vacated by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death last winter, who was rebuffed by Senate Republicans. The nation’s highest court has been operating with only eight judges ever since. “We all know that my friends across the aisle held this Supreme Court seat open for over a year in hopes that they would have the opportunity to install someone hand-picked by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society to advance the goal of big-money interests entrenching their power in the courts,” said Schumer. “They don’t even mind that this nomination is moving forward under the cloud of an FBI investigation of the president’s campaign.”He noted that President Obama was under no investigation when he nominated Judge Garland. “It is unseemly and wrong to be moving so fast on a lifetime appointment in such circumstances,” Schumer said.His objection was preceded weeks ago by New York’s junior U.S. Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, a fellow Democrat, who announced in the beginning of February that she would not vote for Gorsuch and supported the 60-vote threshold.“The Supreme Court is supposed to be the ultimate arbiter of justice for our citizens,” said Gillibrand in a statement. “Unfortunately, Judge Gorsuch has proven to have a judicial philosophy outside of the mainstream and time and again has subjugated individual rights to those of corporations. I fundamentally disagree with his ruling that a boss should be able to make family planning decisions for an employee and that corporations are people. I plan to stand up for individuals over corporations and oppose his nomination, and I will insist that his nomination meet a traditional 60-vote threshold.”As Democrats, both on Capitol Hill and around the country, have angrily pointed out, the Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) never even bothered to bring Garland’s nomination to a vote, let alone have him appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Additionally, just prior to the November election, some Republicans suggested that they would refuse to vote for a Hillary Clinton Supreme Court nominee had she won. “The Republicans’ refusal to allow Merrick Garland to get even a hearing to fill this seat was nothing short of a crime against democracy, a twisting of democratic norms beyond all recognition,” said Paul Waldman, a senior writer at The American Prospect, in a recent column for the Washington Post. “Garland should be in this seat, and Democrats should go as far as they possibly can to avoid giving even a shred of validation to the way Republicans stole it.”And so Schumer has thrown down the gauntlet for Gorsuch and his supporters to cross. Embed from Getty Imageslast_img read more

Schoolgirls in Sierra Leone forced to undergo pregnancy tests

first_imgKenyan court bans forced anal tests for men suspected of being gay Sexual violence and abusive relationships were rife in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, and fuelled a spike in teenage pregnancies, Amnesty said in its report “Shamed and blamed: Pregnant girls’ rights at risk in Sierra Leone”. Sexual violence and abusive relationships were rife in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak, and fuelled a spike in teenage pregnancies, Amnesty said in its report “Shamed and blamed: Pregnant girls’ rights at risk in Sierra Leone”.Thousands of schoolgirls in Sierra Leone have been forced to undergo humiliating and degrading public pregnancy tests since the government banned pregnant girls from attending mainstream schools and taking exams, Amnesty International said on Friday.Girls have had their breasts and stomachs felt by teachers and nurses in front of their peers and been forced to take urine tests, which has discouraged many girls from going to school, whether they are pregnant or not, according to the rights group.A ban on pregnant girls attending school has informally existed for a decade, but it was declared a government policy in April, when schools re-opened in the wake of the Ebola outbreak.After the ban was imposed earlier this year, The Ministry of Education said allowing pregnant girls to go to school would undermine their ability to concentrate and participate in class, expose them to ridicule and encourage others to become pregnant.The government announced in May an alternative “bridging” education system allowing pregnant girls to go school, but at different premises and times to their peers, which could lead to further stigmatization and marginalization, Amnesty said.–REUTERSRelated Sierra Leone Defends Lockdowncenter_img Teenage Pregnancy in Uganda last_img read more

Barcelona not worried by Inter’s threat of signing Messi

first_imgBarcelona are completely unfazed by the words of former Inter president Massimo Moratti, who claimed that signing Leo Messi was not out of the question for the Italian club. Moratti believes that landing the Argentine isn’t an impossible goal for the Serie A side and that he could be included as part of a deal that would see compatriot Lautaro Martinez move in the opposite direction. Messi and BartomeuAdvertisement “I don’t believe Messi is a forbidden dream [for Inter] at all,” Moratti told Radio Rai. However, despite Messi’s contract expiring in the summer of 2021, the Catalans remain untroubled by the comments. The Blaugrana’s desire to sign Lautaro is said to be largely influenced by Messi himself who wants top quality players at the club to push for the Champions League. Read Also: Lionel Messi is above Ronaldo, CR7, Ronaldinho – XaviFurthermore, Barcelona are confident that Messi will sign a new deal with the club and that he has no plans of leaving.In the Camp Nou offices, Moratti’s threat to sign Messi is seen as nothing more than a way of pressuring Barcelona to rethink their pursuit of Lautaro.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Characters Who Deserve To Be Official Disney PrincessesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’The Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets Loading… last_img read more

Bundesliga: Cologne confirm three positive COVID-19 tests

first_img Promoted Content9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DronePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow Movie2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made The trio – which reportedly consists of two players and a physio – were consequently told to undergo a 14-day quarantine procedure. Cologne will continue with their training programme, with a decision on the potential resumption of the Bundesliga set to be made on May 6. Managing director Horst Heldt said: “The health and private sphere of players and staff have priority above all else. “The previous measures, as well as the strategy of regular tests, have proven themselves so that we can now react with individual solutions.”Advertisement Doctor Tim Meyer, the chair of a sports medicine taskforce established by the German Football League (DFL), added: “We now see in everyday life that our concept recognises and reduces risks at an early stage. “We will always be in close contact with the responsible health authorities and medical experts. We are convinced that with our concept, we can enable players to practice their profession with the best possible protection against infection.” DFL chief executive Christian Seifert last week said the Bundesliga was ready to resume with matches behind closed doors in early May, with next Saturday touted as a potential date for the action to get back under way. Bundesliga  Read Also: Barca set to offload players in desperate bid to raise €70m However, with German chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders not due to meet again until Wednesday, May 16 seems likely to be the earliest the season can continue. Cologne sit 10th in the Bundesliga, five points adrift of Schalke in the last European qualification spot. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Three people at Cologne have tested positive for COVID-19, the Bundesliga club announced on Friday. Cologne tested all their players and backroom staff on Thursday and three unspecified individuals were found to have contracted the virus.last_img read more

EPL: Ighalo plays for seven minutes as Devils devour City

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Rave of the moment, Odion Ighalo, starred for seven minutes as Manchester United continued their pursuit of the Champions League with a rousing 2-0 win over Manchester City on Sunday. The Nigerian striker came on for another summer signing, Bruno Fernandes, in the 88th minute of the pulsating tie. Ighalo, who had so far scored two goals for the Premier League champions, brought his experience to bear to the cheers of teeming home fans. Meanwhile, Anthony Martial and Scott McTominay netted, but Ederson was at fault for both goals, seeing Martial’s effort squirm under him in the first half and then a wrong throw in injury time gave McTominay the chance to finish into an empty net. United’s win means they stay within touching distance of the top four and a Champions League spot, with only three points between them and fourth place Chelsea, who beat Everton 4-0 earlier in the day. The result also means Liverpool are now only two wins from winning their first title in 30 years. City play twice before Liverpool play again, at home to Arsenal on Wednesday and then home to Burnley next Saturday. United, unbeaten now in 10, went ahead following a spell of sustained pressure. While the home side had maintained the upper hand for most of the half, City were clearly frustrated at the circumstances that allowed United to break the deadlock. Bruno Fernandes went down under a challenge from Ilkay Gundogan and Pep Guardiola’s players immediately surrounded referee Mike Dean as he awarded United a free kick. Fernandes took the resulting free kick and in a move that seemed straight off the training ground, chipped the ball over the City defence to a waiting Martial who volleyed it goalwards. Ederson got a touch to the ball but it wasn’t enough as it slid underneath him and into the net on the half hour mark. United were left with their own referee complaints a little over 10 minutes later when Fred was booked for going down too easily in the area. Replays showed Nicolas Otamendi appeared to kick him in the shin but VAR and the referee decided that Fred’s reaction was disproportionate to Otamendi’s challenge and no penalty was given. City almost had the dream start to the second half after Raheem Sterling played Sergio Aguero in, and he fired the ball into the net. However, the assistant referee raised his flag for offside and VAR found Aguero was ahead of United’s defence but by the slightest of margins. Ederson nearly granted United their second goal 49 minutes in. A terribly controlled back pass saw the goalkeeper and Martial diving for the same ball inches from the line. Ederson managed to get there just ahead of the France international, saving his blushes. A double City substitution on the hour mark brought a renewed urgency to City’s attack. Aguero and Bernardo Silva came off for Gabriel Jesus and Riyad Mahrez but it wasn’t enough to allow them a goal. And Ederson’s nightmare afternoon was complete when a dreadful attempt to relaunch attack for City found McTominay, who made no mistake.Tags: Bruno FernandesEdersonManchester CityManchester UnitedOdion IghaloScott McTominaylast_img read more

Ramires out to put pressure on City

first_imgRamires is targeting a victory at Manchester City on Monday to boost Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League title bid. In his three seasons so far, Ramires has won the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup trophies, but a Premier League winner’s medal has proved elusive. Blues boss Jose Mourinho has repeatedly played down his side’s title chances this season, believing City, who are three points better off in the standings, to be the clear favourites. Press Association The Brazil international faces a difficult test on Monday up against City’s vaunted midfield, which includes his compatriot Fernandinho, Yaya Toure and David Silva. “They are capable of making a big difference,” Ramires added. Chelsea’s midfield was boosted by the January arrivals of Nemanja Matic and Mohamed Salah to help the end-of-season push. Both are ineligible in the Champions League, having played for Benfica and Basle, respectively, so will get their chances in domestic competition. “They are both very skilful and they are here to try to help us win titles,” Ramires said. “Even though they’ve arrived midway through the season they can still be very important.” Salah, who could make his debut on Monday, arrived after scoring in Basle’s two Champions League Group E defeats of Chelsea, including the winner in the November contest in Switzerland, and in last season’s Europa League semi-final at Stamford Bridge. “Now I hope I can start to score for Chelsea, not against Chelsea,” the Egypt winger, who trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Friday, told Salah was close to joining Liverpool, but a phone call from Mourinho persuaded him to move to London. Mourinho believes Salah is joining the right club to grow as a person and as a player, after he was caught up in controversy during his time at Basle. During a two-legged Champions League qualifier between the Swiss side and Maccabi Tel Aviv last August, Salah refused to shake hands – instead changing his boots in one instance and bumping fists with his opponents in the other – while there were also comments attributed to him expressing an anti-Israeli sentiment. Salah at the time insisted the comments were fictitious and his actions were a result of external pressures. In his first interview as a Chelsea player, he said: “I am a footballer – I do not do politics. “I respect everybody, it doesn’t matter where they come from. I do not have a problem with anybody. I am here to play football and I will not speak about this again.” Nevertheless, Mourinho and Ramires want to ensure Chelsea push City, who lost 2-1 at Stamford Bridge in October but have an enviable 100 per cent record from 11 games at the Etihad Stadium, scoring 42 goals. “We all know that it’s going to be a difficult game but we beat them at home, even if that was also a tough match,” Ramires told “We hope we can win on Monday because if we want to win the title it will be very important. “Despite the fact it will be difficult, a victory there would be very sweet and we are going to give our very best.” Chelsea have won the Premier League title once since the end of Mourinho’s first spell in September 2007 – in 2009/10 under Carlo Ancelotti – and the Portuguese believes the Blues will be contenders next season. Those public declarations of being underdogs do not hide the fact Mourinho wants to win the title this season, too. Ramires added: “When I arrived at the club everybody was saying the same about the Champions League; we were going close every year without winning it, but eventually we managed to win it. “It’s more or less the same with the Premier League, we all dream of winning it and we have to try our very best to do so. If we were able to do that it would be a very big moment in my career.” last_img read more

Tint proves Topaz jewel

first_img The main event on the second evening of the Festival at Ballybrit saw another brave bid by British raider Baraweez, with Brian Ellison’s raider making his move rounding the turn in a bid to better last year’s third. Donnacha O’Brien looked like he might have made a race-winning move, but he could not quite shake off Hint Of A Tint (6-1) and Wayne Lordan, who improved on her sixth place from 12 months ago to win by half a length. Unsinkable was third. Press Association Hint Of A Tint gave trainer David Wachman another big-race winner with victory in the Topaz Mile Handicap at Galway.center_img Wachman said: “The strong gallop suited. They stopped in front of her and she battled well at the line. It’s a shame that Fran (Berry) couldn’t ride her, but the weight is a bit low for him and Wayne gave her a good ride. “She’s best fresh so we took a chance at the start of the season and said we’d aim her at this. It was a good performance. “She was second in a Guineas Trial so is Group Three-placed, but she lost her way a bit. I’ll see what the owner wants to do, but it’s possible that she could go back into Pattern company.” Lordan said: “She traveled around nicely, picked up well and won well. She had good runs in the book and it was just a matter of getting everything right – Galway isn’t an easy place – but luckily for me she traveled well. “When a horse is travelling like she was you can fit into any gap that comes in front of you. It’s when they’re not travelling, that’s when you land yourself in trouble. Luckily for me she traveled well and I was able to weave through a few horses and get there pretty easily. “Just coming to the line she was just having a little puff and she was entitled to, having her first run of the year in a very competitive handicap It’s nice to win a feature race here in Galway – I’ve never won it before so it’s nice.” Hint Of A Tint is owned by Sue-Ann Foley, daughter of JP McManus. last_img read more

Authorities investigate robbery at Chase Bank in Pompano Beach

first_imgAuthorities in Pompano Beach, Florida are currently on the scene of a reported robbery at a Chase Bank.The incident was reported at the branch at 101 S. Pompano Parkway.The Broward Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was called to the scene after authorities received reports that the suspect may have fled into a nearby Walmart, however, that report turned out to be unfounded.The suspect is still on the run.No other details about the incident are available at this time.last_img

Syracuse shooting woes prove costly in loss to St. John’s

first_imgD’Angelo Harrison’s celebration was cut short by Ron Patterson, who caught a swing pass and stroked a 3-pointer into the bottom of the net.As Patterson swiftly backpedaled down the sideline after shrinking the St. John’s lead to five with 12:29 to play, the 24,884 fans in the Carrier Dome grew louder than they had all evening.And when Trevor Cooney caught the ball on the left wing a play later, the noise crescendoed, the Syracuse bench stood in unison and every rotation of the ball actualized SU’s second-half comeback.But it hit the front of the rim. The bench sat down. So did the crowd. Syracuse didn’t make a 3 for the rest of the game.“Let me put it this way,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “… We’re either going to make some shots or we’re going to lose against good teams.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA woeful shooting performance culminated in Syracuse’s (5-3) 69-57 loss to St. John’s (6-1) on Saturday night. The Orange shot 3-for-22 from beyond the arc, 10-for-20 at the free-throw line and 39.3 percent overall, all while the Red Storm focused on limiting the production of forwards Chris McCullough and Rakeem Christmas in the paint, who combined to shoot 10-of-20 from the field for 28 points.St. John’s head coach Steve Lavin said that he knew he’d give up long-range shots with his defensive game plan, and SU couldn’t capitalize on that.“We wanted to show their big men two defenders on every catch and sometimes three,” Lavin said. “So every time Christmas or McCullough got an offensive catch we wanted to swarm.“… I thought we were able to do that, be aggressive and drop down in there because they are struggling at the 3-point line. Even if they missed at least we had three, four, multiple defenders to help negate the ability to play Syracuse to play volleyball on the backboards.”Even with the Red Storm clamping down on every low-post touch, the Orange won the paint battle 32-12. But had St. John’s not devoted a bulk of its defensive energy to stopping the SU frontcourt, Lavin said it could have been 60-12.On top of doubling and tripling down on Christmas and McCullough, Lavin detailed a conscious effort to run Cooney off the 3-point line and trail him hard around every off-ball screen. The junior finished 0-for-4 from 3 with two points, and no other guard could compensate for his lack of production.St. John’s finished 9-for-16 from 3 and used two triples from Phil Greene IV to ultimately pull away down the stretch.“We tried to get a guy in there that could make a shot,” Boeheim said. “… They were going to take Trevor out and face guard him the whole game and we were going to get looks from the other two positions. B.J. (Johnson) was 0-for-3 in the first half and (Patterson) was 1-for-7. Those are the two guys that we think are our next best options from the 3-point line.”In a win against Iowa on Nov. 21 and a close loss at Michigan earlier in the week, Syracuse was buoyed by the very options that St. John’s took away.When the Orange shot 3-of-15 from 3 against the Hawkeyes, Christmas and McCullough combined for 38 points. When those two combined for 25 points — a low number for them in the early season — against the Wolverines, Cooney hit four 3s and finished with a season-high 16 points.But the Red Storm found a way to hamper SU’s low-post production in crunch time while erasing what could be its only real option from the outside.“Obviously we’re not a very good 3-point shooting team this year,” McCullough said. “We just got to get better.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 6, 2014 at 10:35 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more