Crop Protection Career Tour

first_imgStarting July 10, University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) graduate students will hit the road to explore career opportunities available in the crop protection industry and the Cooperative Extension System.This is the third year that students from the college’s plant pathology and entomology departments; the CAES plant protection and pest management master’s program; and the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics have organized the annual Crop Protection Career Tour, during which they visit agricultural firms and research centers around the U.S. The student-led, administration-backed initiative was created to provide CAES students with a path for interacting with industry research professionals at some of the largest and farthest-reaching agricultural companies in the nation.“We have many world-class agricultural research professionals and top-tier farm and laboratory facilities, and we’re in a state that is becoming one of the most important centers of agricultural production in the country,” said Russell Ingram, the trip’s coordinator and a doctoral candidate in plant pathology at UGA. “Unfortunately, we’re geographically isolated from the headquarters and research stations of the vast majority of the research-driven agricultural companies in the United States.”Because of this geographic isolation, it’s difficult for many students to meet industry professionals and build the professional networks they need to find jobs after graduation. Building those networks and learning more about industry leaders was the original goal of the tour, Ingram said.“We want students to better understand how they can use the education that they acquire at UGA, but we also want to help them apply it through successful employment after they leave,” he said.This year, the tour will begin with a focus on Extension careers. At the University of Kentucky, students will have the chance to hear from Paul Vincelli, Extension professor of plant pathology, about the career diversity and impact of Extension through a workshop titled “Science and Public Responsibility.”Then the students will travel to the Indianapolis research station for Corteva Agriscience (the agriculture division of DowDuPont). There, students will spend two days with commercial professionals and research-and-development personnel to learn about the structure and function of the research pipeline as well as the many career paths available to recent graduates in the agricultural sciences.“The primary goal of the trip is to increase student knowledge of the skills that are needed in the wide array of specific positions and career paths that are available,” Ingram said. “At the end of the day, the biggest hope of both myself and my partners at Corteva is to have our student attendees return to UGA with a better understanding of how to make themselves competitive candidates for high-paying, high-impact industry positions and ready to create a program of study and experiential learning to make that happen.”The year’s tour has been made possible by external grants from Corteva Agriscience and the American Phytopathological Society’s Plant Pathology Experiential Award as well as internal funding from the entomology and plant pathology departments and the UGA Society of Aspiring Plant Pathologists. Thanks to funding from these external partners and UGA, this four-day road trip will be offered to attendees for a $50 registration fee, which includes all lodging, transportation, the workshop and most meals, making this experience accessible to all interested CAES graduate students.If you would like to follow the students on their tour, which begins July 10, check out the Careers in Crop Protection Tour blog at or follow Ingram on Twitter: @Bluesberry111.last_img read more

Colombian Police Arrest Leader of Ring of Drug-Trafficking Hitmen

first_imgBy Dialogo May 18, 2011 I think this newspaper is great since the articles appear in various languages and they are also important articles not jokes congratulations The Colombian police have announced the arrest of Jesús Hernández, who is accused of being the leader of the hitmen who work for one faction of the so-called Envigado Office, a criminal network in the service of drug traffickers, and for whom a reward of 110,000 dollars was being offered. According to a report by the police, Hernández (alias ‘Chaparro’) is the second-in-command of the organization led by Ericcson Vargas (alias ‘Sebastián’). Hernández’s arrest took place on Wednesday, but according to the police, it was announced on Sunday once his identification was confirmed, since the alleged criminal had altered the pads of his fingers. On Wednesday, the police also announced the arrest in Aruba of Gustavo Alvarez (alias ‘Tavo’), the second-in-command of another faction of the Envigado Office, led by Maximiliano Bonilla (alias ‘Valenciano’). The factions led by ‘Sebastián’ and ‘Valenciano’ are mired in a war to the death over control of retail cocaine trafficking and of their territory, in which their chief center of operations is the city of Medellín (400 km northwest of Bogotá). The two are heirs of Diego Murillo (alias ‘Don Berna’), a drug trafficker and former paramilitary leader extradited to the United States in 2008.last_img read more

Port Dickinson Elementary opens to students and staff

first_imgPORT DICKINSON (WBNG) — The halls at Port Dickinson Elementary in the Chenango Valley School District will be filled with students and staff on Monday morning, for the first time in months. “We did tours right before the break. Each of the teachers brought their classes through the buildings. To see the excitement on the kids faces, that’s what it’s all worth,” he said. “It’s just another mechanism and tool for learning,” said Gill. Not only was the building in need of physical renovations, the needs of students are always changing. Social workers and counselors were added to the school and interactive TVs were put in every classroom. The look of the inside of the building changed too. The school went through renovations starting over the summer. The project upgraded classrooms, learning spaces like the library, and some of the building’s systems. Gill says both students and staff were looking forward to seeing the building.center_img “Because it was, again, so old in nature, to just upgrade and get the students from Pre-k on to understand about school spirit and red and gray, it creates a culture,” said Gill. Port Dickinson Elementary will be celebrating 100 years in the fall. “It’s going to be the first day of school again,” said superintendent David Gill. The last big project at the school was in 1989. For more information on the district’s capital project, click here.last_img read more

To stop shootings, get metal detectors

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI heard a really good idea and thought I should pass it on.Put $500 metal detectors on every entrance to every school (TSA airport security level).Ken BressScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Schenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img

Government to revamp student assessment to improve PISA scores

first_imgFollowing a decision to cancel the national exam for elementary, junior high and high school students because of the COVID-19 pandemic, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed the Education Ministry to seize the opportunity to overhaul the national evaluation system for primary and secondary education.Jokowi said that, while the latest report of the OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) showed that Indonesia’s education system had become more inclusive in the past 18 years, it also showed that Indonesian students scored poorly in science, reading and mathematics.“The report that I received showed that [Indonesia’s] PISA score average in 2018 has decreased in three areas of competence, with the greatest decrease in literacy,” Jokowi said in a videoconference with Education Minister Nadiem Makarim on Friday. The triennial 2018 PISA report — which measures the ability of 15-year-olds in the three categories — shows that Indonesia ranked 73rd in mathematics, 74th in reading and 71st in science out of 79 assessed countries and territories.Read also: Not even mediocre? Indonesian students score low in math, reading, science: PISA reportIndonesian students’ mean reading score of 371 in 2018 marks a 21-point decrease from the 2015 score and puts Indonesians far below the OECD average of 487. In mathematics, meanwhile, the study gives Indonesian students a score of 379, a 7-point decrease from 2015, while the mean science score decreased slightly, dropping to 396 points from 403 achieved in 2015. Both scores were also significantly below the OECD average of 489. Jokowi said the PISA findings showed three main drawbacks in Indonesia’s education system the government must immediately address: a large percentage of students with low achievement, a high percentage of students repeating classes and high absenteeism.Nadiem told Jokowi that he had prepared five measures to address the problems and to increase Indonesia’s PISA score in 2024, one of which was to reform the assessments of student’s academic performance.That is in line with a plan the ministry announced last December that it would scrap the national exam in 2021 and replace it with a competency assessment and character survey. Read also: Nadiem grilled at House over new policy“This competency assessment is inspired by PISA and will be very similar to PISA,” Nadiem said on Friday, “The national exam [uses] local standards, but our new competency assessment [uses] international standards.”Nadiem’s five measures also include transforming school leadership, improving teacher education and introducing a flexible curriculum that is adjustable to the needs and learning progress of each student.“What we have now is a syllabus and policies that are so rigid that they prevent teachers from adjusting the learning material based on the student’s ability. […] Not every student must learn the same thing. In one class students should be able to do different homework or projects,” he said.The ministry’s new plan will also allow greater participation of various organizations in transforming Indonesia’s education system, with Nadiem saying all stakeholders should share the responsibility to help improve the education.“Communities and nonprofit organizations working in the education field, companies having a passion for education as well as education technology start-ups must all work together to improve learning outcomes,” he said.Education consultant Indra Charismiadji, while applauding the government’s commitment to improving Indonesia’s PISA scores, said the measures offered by the ministry are not groundbreaking but instead represent an incidental reactive approach.Indra said it was not the assessment standard that had to change but rather the qualification of Indonesian teachers.“But until today, the plan to improve teachers’ quality remains vague,” Indra told The Jakarta Post on Friday. “[The government] said communities and civil society organizations would be asked to help train teachers. But what kind of training? What are the standards and outcomes of the training? What kind of teachers will be produced? We have yet to hear such details.”“Not to mention the absence of a database [and thorough mapping on Indonesia’s teachers] to support the policymaking process. So, I’d say it is all empty rhetoric,” he said.Indra also said the study-from-home policy currently imposed to support physical distancing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic was a way to assess how prepared Indonesia’s education system was to face new challenges in the digital age.“Schools are now closed, and the learning process turns to online platforms […], but we can see that our teachers are not ready with digital learning. It [remote learning] is chaos, and there is no real solution yet,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor York City Police Officer Alex Sable

first_imgGovernor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor York City Police Officer Alex Sable SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag on the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities in the City of York to fly at half-staff to honor York City Police Officer Alex Sable.Officer Alex Sable passed during training on May 9, 2018.“Frances and I extend our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to Officer Sable’s family and colleagues, and all of our neighbors in York,” Governor Wolf said. “This has been a difficult year for the greater York public safety community, but we are reminded each day of the sacrifices they all make on behalf of their fellow citizens. We will be forever grateful for Alex’s service.”The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Thursday, May 10, 2018, through interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute.center_img May 10, 2018last_img read more

UK roundup: Tesco vs Texan firemen, PPF, Monarch, Greybull Capital

first_imgIn other news, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has acquired a 10% share in airline Monarch as part of a deal to rescue the company.The airline has attracted a £125m investment from Greybull Capital, granting the private equity company a 90% stake.The agreement will also see the underfunded Monarch Airlines Retirement Benefit Plan fall into the UK lifeboat scheme, which the company said had a deficit of £158m.Alan Rubenstein, chief executive at the PPF, welcomed the deal, which has been signed off by the Pensions Regulator.“We have been in lengthy and detailed negotiations with the numerous interested stakeholders for some time to ensure the interests of members and levy payers are protected,” he said.“It is very important to us that pensions liabilities are treated seriously and properly on any restructuring. We are pleased that those involved with the Monarch case understood this fundamental point.” UK retailer Tesco is being sued by a US pension plan after an accounting error caused it to overstate its profit.The supermarket chain, which disclosed last week that it had overstated profits by £263m (€334m), is being sued by the $181m (€143m) Irving Firemen’s Relief and Retirement Fund over “significant losses” incurred due to the error.The Texan pension fund claimed in a filing seen by Bloomberg that it acquired the retailer’s shares at artificially inflated prices.Tesco’s share price has been in gradual decline over the last year, standing at more than 371 pence in late October last year, but falling to 168 pence by Friday closing.last_img read more

Bill to stop forced marriages has unanimous support

first_imgNewsHub 8 June 2017Family First Comment: This law change makes sense. But it’s interesting that a 16-17 year old needs help when deciding to marry, but doesn’t need any help when having an abortion!A Bill that protects teenagers from being forced into marriage has passed its first reading with unanimous support, and is on its way to becoming law.When it is in law, 16 and 17-year-olds who want to marry will have to apply to the Family Court and a judge must grant permission.The marriageable age is 18 and marriage under 16 is illegal.However, 16 and 17-year-olds can marry with parental consent. It happens on average about 80 times a year.Ms Hayes said forced marriage occurred in New Zealand, and young women were often brought into the country for that purpose.“There’s no doubt it’s a horrific cultural practise,” she said.“Forced marriage, child marriage, sickens me and we have to stop it happening in New Zealand.”The Bill defines a forced marriage as one where one or both of the people do not or cannot consent to the marriage.“The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical or emotional and psychological,” the Bill states.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

IPC adapting to cash flow issues caused by Tokyo 2020 postponement

first_img “Of course we have less income in 2020 due to the postponement.” Parsons added that the IPC had not requested any financial support from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to combat the cash flow issue, saying the organisation would seek to solve the issue internally. He confirmed that although there were cash flow issues, the IPC had no plans to let staff go. The IPC President also said the organisation were in contact with National Paralympic Committees (NPC) to address issues they may experience during the pandemic or due to the postponement of the Paralympic Games. Several NPCs have paid entry fees and for hotel accommodation at events, which have been impacted by cancellations or postponements. Parsons said the organisation were hopeful that NPCs which have already paid for accommodation for Tokyo 2020 could see their agreement remain in place for their rescheduled Paralympic Games in 2021. “Cancelled events and changed plans come at a cost to our members, who are normally not big and rich organisations,” he said. “They are not immune to the financial problems that come with COVID-19. “Some have already paid entry fees, hotels and tickets for events that have been cancelled so we are helping them with that and liaising with the local organising committees on how some of this money can go back to the National Paralympic Committees. “The best-case scenario is that the hotels where there is already an agreement for this year can offer the same service next year without having to charge a penalty fee.” Parsons thanked athletes and NPCs for their support during the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen more than 1.4 million cases worldwide and over 84,000 deaths. read also:IPC invite nominations for Athletes’ Council elections He said the Paralympic Games, now scheduled for August 24 to September 5 in 2021, could be a “sporting and humanitarian triumph”. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Parsons said the organisation were currently reviewing 150 contracts related to the Paralympic Games, which were rescheduled from 2020 to 2021 earlier this month. He said the IPC had already identified more than €1 million (£877,000/$1 million) in savings, roughly five per cent of their 2020 budget, as they adjust to the postponement of the Games and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The IPC 2018 financial report showed a budget of €24 million (£21 million/$26 million). Parsons said broadcast and commercial partners had been supportive of the decision to postpone the Paralympic Games, while adding that he understood why some had asked to delay payments. He stressed that the IPC would not lose money due to the postponement, but admitted the postponement had created a cash flow issue. “Like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis,” Parsons said on a media teleconference today. “One immediate aspect of the Games postponement is a change in the cash flow of the IPC. “This week we have nearly completed an exercise reviewing more than 150 contracts that are Games related and we are embarking on negotiations to best resolve these changes. “One example is the broadcasters. “Some of them have already asked if they can delay final payments to 2021, which we can understand as the product will be delivered in 2021. “All of our partners have been hugely supportive, we had a call with our commercial partners where they asked what they could do to help us and the athletes. “It was really positive to hear this attitude, with the relationships that we have been building for years. International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President, Andrew Parsons, has acknowledged the organisation faces cash flow issues, with some broadcasters seeking to delay payments due to the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hystericallast_img read more

Derby boss Paul Clement keen on James Wilson

first_imgDerby head coach Paul Clement has confirmed he has enquired about Manchester United striker James Wilson. It has been reported that more than 20 clubs have enquired about the 19-year-old, who has yet to feature this season for Louis van Gaal’s team, and Clement has revealed the Rams are one of those. “It is a possibility but not a certainty,” said Clement. “We have shown an interest. He is a very talented player and a number of other clubs have shown an interest as well. “We are waiting to hear back from Manchester United.” Former Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid coach Clement became the second Sky Bet Championship boss on Thursday to publicly confirm his interest in Wilson, after Bolton’s Neil Lennon did likewise. MK Dons and Wolves are also understood to be among the whole host of clubs monitoring the situation. Wilson has been frustrated by a lack of opportunities in the past year despite making a breakthrough under caretaker Ryan Giggs towards the end of the 2013-14 season. A series of niggling injuries have also stunted his progress. He has played just 17 minutes of first-team football since February and United recognise he needs more competitive games to develop. Wilson came off the bench to score the winning goal for the England Under-21 team against USA U23s in their 1-0 friendly victory at Deepdale on Thursday. Press Associationcenter_img Despite selling Javier Hernandez to Bayer Leverkusen and allowing Adnan Januzaj to join Borussia Dortmund on loan, United look likely to allow Wilson – one of only four recognised forwards at Old Trafford – to leave on loan. The £36million purchase of teenager Anthony Martial from Monaco appears to be a factor in the decision. last_img read more