Global Citizen Award opens for entries

first_imgGlobal Citizen Award opens for entries  69 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Melanie May | 25 April 2016 | News Nominations have opened for the annual Henley & Partners Global Citizen Award, which rewards individuals who have contributed towards improving the global community.This year’s winner will be honoured at a gala fundraising dinner for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in London on 11th November.The annual laureate is chosen by an independent Award Committee, which this year includes: Her Royal Highness Princess Firyal of Jordan, Her Excellency Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, President of the Republic of Malta, Senator Joelle Garriaud-Maylam, Secretary of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces, Senate of France, Paris, Professor Dr. Khalid Koser OBE, Executive Director of GCERF and Vice-Chairman of the Advisory Council on Migration, World Economic Forum, Geneva, Leigh Foster, Chief of Events, Campaigns and Goodwill Ambassadors, UNHCR, Geneva, Dr. Marek Urban CSsR, Councillor of the Henley & Partners Foundation, Krakow, and Namira Salim, Global Explorer and Artist, Monaco.The award consists of a commemorative medal, an award certificate signed by the President of the Award Committee and a USD 50,000 monetary prize, of which USD 25,000 is donated to UNHCR.Leigh Foster of the UNHCR said:“Ideally we want to honour those whose work is innovative and visionary.  A candidate’s work should also have a positive impact on the lives of the most vulnerable in society.”Last year, the Global Citizen Award was presented to German entrepreneur Harald Höppner who founded the refugee aid project Sea Watch. The non-profit organisation has rescued thousands of refugees from capsized boats during its patrols of the Mediterranean Sea.Nominations can be submitted at until 1st July. Advertisementcenter_img  70 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Awards About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Purdue Analyzes Farm Economy at Commodity Classic.

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Analyzes Farm Economy at Commodity Classic. SHARE By Gary Truitt – Mar 3, 2017 Purdue Analyzes Farm Economy at Commodity Classic.The state of the farm economy is top of mind at Commodity Classic. As a result, the Purdue University economic outlook put on by the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture drew a standing room only crowd.Jim Mintert, with the Center for Commercial Agriculture, gave a detailed and sobering analysis of the current state of the U.S. farm economy. Mintert said the key to survival is management, “We see 2017 as another tough year, but farm operating costs are coming down. We expect to see operating costs come down to equal the price received by growers over the next 2 to 3 years. We do not expect commodity prices to increase to the point of covering the cost of production for several years. Thus, the key is how can producers hang on for 2017 and 2018.” He said fertilizer costs and cash rents will continue to decline, but the costs of seed and crop protection chemicals will continue to rise.Just after the Purdue program one of the largest farm trade shows opened at Commodity Classic, sporting the latest in production technology and equipment. Mintert cautioned growers about spending on capital purchases, “Producers with tight working capital should only make capital purchases if they really need the equipment.” He added that growers should not make a purchase just to save on taxes, a practice that has been common over the past few years.Dr. Jason Henderson, Assistant Dean of Agriculture at Purdue, told the crowd that interest rates will be going up and said the Federal Reserve has the goal of having a prime rate of 3% in the next few years.   He urged growers to not go deeper into debt the next few years.The program ended on an optimistic note with over a third of the audience indicating they feel their farms will be better off financially a year from now.   The new barometer of the level of optimism of U.S. farmers will be released by Purdue and the CME group on Tuesday. Purdue Analyzes Farm Economy at Commodity Classic. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleFuels America Cuts Ties With RFANext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truittlast_img read more

Special Tribunal for Lebanon puts journalist and TV station on trial

first_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” April 21, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Special Tribunal for Lebanon puts journalist and TV station on trial Follow the news on Lebanon Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders reiterates its support for Lebanese TV journalist Karma Khayat, whose trial before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague on charges of contempt of court and obstructing justice began last week. Help by sharing this information February 4, 2021 Find out more LebanonMiddle East – North Africa LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts News News News November 11, 2020 Find out more January 14, 2021 Find out more Created to investigate Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri’s assassination in 2005, the STL accuses Karma Khayat and her Arabic-language TV news channel, Al Jadeed TV, of endangering supposed confidential witnesses by filming them for a report after learning of their identity from an anonymous leak.The report, which Al Jadeed TV broadcast in instalments from 6 to 10 August 2012, has not been removed from the station’s website or YouTube account. The charges were originally announced in April 2014.This is the first time that a TV station has been the subject of a prosecution by an international court. The company that owns Al Jadeed TV, New TV S.A.L., is also being prosecuted. The STL is the first international court to be set up to investigate a single act of terrorism.Now Al Jadeed TV’s vice-president, Khayat says the report’s aim was to draw attention to the STL’s problems and did not endanger the supposed witnesses because their names and their faces were pixelated in the video footage. The STL accuses her of undermining the public’s confidence in its ability to protect witnesses.She is facing the possibility of a 7-year jail sentence and a 100,000-euro fine at the end of the trial, which began on 16 April.Reporters Without Borders, which supports Khayat and her TV station, believes it is vital to preserve freely-reported news coverage in Lebanon at a moment in its history that is extremely delicate from both the political and security viewpoint.“We condemn the decision to try Al Jadeed TV and Karma Khayat, who are guilty solely of holding the STL to account by broadcasting information obtained from leaks,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said. “The media have a duty to question the way the courts operate and to encourage a public debate on this subject.”International media that covered this story have not been charged. They include the Canadian broadcaster CBC, the German news magazine Der Spiegel and the French dailies Le Figaro and Libération, which used confidential documents and internal STL leaks.Khayat told the judge on 16 April: “The International Court was created for us and with our money. It is our duty to monitor its work.” Her lawyer, Karim Khan, said Khayat and other Al Jadeed TV employees have received death threats in connection with the case. According to our sources, the report’s two main aims were to show that confidential information was being leaked from within the TSL, thereby endangering the proceedings, and to highlight the fact that is was easy to access “protected” witnesses, who had not been briefed about the confidential nature of their status as witnesses.The first session of the trial, which began with the prosecution presenting its arguments, is due to end tomorrow. The trial will resume on 12 May, when the defence will have three days to present its witnesses and arguments. No date has been set for the verdict.Members of a group that supports Khayat and Al Jadeed TV attended the start of the trial. They include Florence Hartmann, a French journalist who was convicted of contempt of court by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.The STL has also charged Ibrahim Al-Amine, the editor of the daily Al-Akhbar, and the company that owns his newspaper, with contempt of court and obstruction of justice. No date has so far been set for their trial.Reporters Without Borders submitted an amicus brief on the Khayat case to the STL when a preliminary hearing was held on 13 May 2014.Lebanon is ranked 98th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News to go further Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanonlast_img read more

A5 on the agenda at crucial North South meeting

first_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal A5 on the agenda at crucial North South meeting HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Twitter Newsx Adverts Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Previous articleDerry man to be sentenced for sex offencesNext articleThree Civic Amenity Sites to be taken over by private contractor News Highland Google+ Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ By News Highland – November 18, 2011 Facebook Taoiseach Enda Kenny and a number of other cabinet members will attend the plenary meeting of the North South Ministerial Council in Armagh this morning.Among the items on the agenda will be funding for the A5 upgrade, after the Irish government confirmed last week it would no longer be meeting its funding commitments within the agreed timeline.The issue was discussed a week ago on the fringes of the Presidential inauguration, but today is the first time it will be discussed in depth between the two adminstrations.Donegal North East Deputy Charlie Mc Conalogue believes that if a firm agreement isn’t reached today, then the project’s future is in serious doubt………[podcast][/podcast]last_img read more

Tell your story: TRMC video project honors cancer survivors

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Driver arrested after series of hit-and-run incidents A string of hit and cut incidents began at the Corner Store on the corner of U.S. Highway 231 and… read more Tell your story: TRMC video project honors cancer survivors Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder [email protected] .Herring said all of the information received will be compiled and made into a video to be posted on the TRMC website and facebook page on Sunday.June 7, 2020, marks the 33rd annual National Cancer Survivors Day Celebration of Life – the day set aside each year to recognize cancer survivors, raise awareness of the ongoing challenges cancer survivors face because of their disease, and celebrate life. Print Article Published 7:19 am Tuesday, June 2, 2020 With nearly 17 million people living with and beyond cancer in the U.S. today, and more than 32 million cancer survivors worldwide, everyone knows someone whose life has been touched by cancer. On Sunday, people around the world will come together to acknowledge these cancer survivors, and to raise awareness of the challenges of cancer survivorship.X Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author You Might Like Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories Troy Regional Medical Center is providing an opportunity to recognize loved ones who are cancer survivors on Sunday, June 7, “National Cancer Survivor’s Day. The first Sunday is June is an annual acknowledgment that life after a cancer diagnosis can be a reality. Karen Herring, TRMC marketing, said, in celebration of National Cancer Survivor’s Day, TRMC is requesting short statements about and photos off cancer survivors to include in this tribute on their special day.“Troy Regional Medical Center has a great video on our Facebook page requesting short statements and photos of cancer survivors that we know and love,” Herring said. “And, it simple to include your loved one.  Just include a few sentences about the cancer survivor who is special to you and a photo to: Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Breonna Taylor’s mom seeking answers in her death: ‘I haven’t had time to … grieve’

first_imgABC NewsBy EMILY TAGUCHI, DEBORAH KIM, KRISTOFER RIOS and ANTHONY RIVAS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Dancing with friends. Singalongs on vacation. Finally buying that dream car.These are the memories Breonna Taylor’s family remembers when they think back on her life in Louisville, Kentucky. At 26 years old, Taylor was an EMT with dreams of becoming a nurse.“Her thing was to uplift everybody around her,” Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, told ABC News’ Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang. “You couldn’t be sad or down around her.”Today, Breonna Taylor’s name is called out along with George Floyd’s in protests that have swept the United States in a push for racial justice and police reform.Taylor was killed on March 13 in her own apartment when three Louisville police officers executed a no-knock search warrant on her home.Yet her death was largely overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic, which had begun spreading across the country around the same time. Nearly three months later, her mother is still searching for answers about the night her daughter died.“I haven’t had time to sit and grieve,” Palmer said. “I’m still trying to figure out why my daughter was killed. I’m still trying to figure out, why did it have to come to her being murdered.”“Why did Breonna have to die?” she said.Taylor’s last night had been like any other; she had dinner with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, after a long day caring for patients. She also spoke to her cousin, Preonia Flakes, about which swimsuits they’d be wearing when they went on vacation in a few weeks. Shortly after midnight, three Louisville plain clothes police officers used a battering ram to force their way into her apartment.Under the impression that intruders were carrying out a home invasion, Walker grabbed his licensed gun and fired one round. In return the officers fired 20 rounds, eight of which hit Breonna.Flakes said she found out her cousin had been killed early the next morning while getting ready for work. When Taylor’s best friend told her, “Bree’s gone,” she asked, “Going where?”“I just got off the phone with her literally, like, last night. Going where?” Flakes said. “And she was like, ‘She’s gone, Pre.’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean, gone?’”Flakes said she and Taylor were like “sisters,” doing everything together from house parties to birthdays, and even seeing each other for sleepovers every weekend. She said Taylor was also helping her to mature into adulthood, advising her on responsibilities like managing her credit score.Since her death, Flakes says it’s hard to believe Taylor is gone and that she sometimes imagines Taylor on vacation with no phone, unable to reach out to anyone.“But then every day I wake up with something that reminds me that she’s really gone,” Flakes said. “She’s not coming back.”Palmer said she found out about her daughter’s shooting through Walker, who called her in the midst of the raid.“It was after midnight. So he called and said that someone was trying to break into the house, and he thinks they shot Breonna,” Palmer said. “And so I asked, ‘Well, where is she?’ He said he couldn’t see and he was yelling for her.”Palmer said that when she arrived at the apartment, “the street was lined with police.” She spoke to an officer there who told her she needed to get to the hospital, she said. However, after waiting in the hospital for two hours, she was told her daughter wasn’t there and returned to the apartment.“When I got there … they told me to hold on, they’d get a detective over to talk to me, which they did,” Palmer said. “It took a couple of hours. He comes over. He asked if I knew if Breonna or Kenny had any enemies or anybody that would want to hurt them. And of course, no, absolutely not.”“And I’m asking, ‘Where’s Breonna? Where’s Kenny?’ And so, he tells me to hang tight. He’ll be back,” Palmer continued. “It was sometime later [that] he comes back. He asked if anything had been going on with Breonna and Kenny — if they had problems. And I asked, ‘Are you insinuating that Kenny did this?’ Because he would never.”Kimberlé Crenshaw, a law professor at the University of California Los Angeles and Columbia School of Law, says it’s typical among black women to be involved in incidents like Taylor’s.“When we think about where black women aren’t safe, they’re not safe in the only place they’re supposed to be,” Crenshaw said. “Black women typically get killed when police do raids.”“No-knock warrants allow police officers, based on one of the lowest standards possible — reasonableness — to be able to knock down your door in the dead of night, plainclothes,” she continued. “So, from your perspective, you think you’re experiencing a home invasion.”Police say they were looking for drugs, but none were found in the apartment. Also, the drug dealer they had been investigating had already been arrested earlier that evening.Walker was initially charged with attempted murder. His case was dropped.Meanwhile, none of the police involved in Taylor’s death have been charged or arrested, and they remain on the job.Lee Merritt, the attorney for Taylor’s family, said Taylor’s case is an example of the kind of systemic problems that exist in the U.S. criminal justice system.“Breonna Taylor’s case is more representative of where we are as a country than the George Floyd’s. We’ve seen adjustments being made, exceptions being made, to the criminal justice system,” Merritt said. “But more often than not, it happens like it happened with Breonna Taylor, where she’s brutalized and then criminalized, her boyfriend goes to jail, and the men who are responsible for her death are not fired or arrested.”Following Taylor’s death, the Louisville Metro Council began considering legislation that limits the use of no-knock warrants. But the practice remains in place.“I think it’s insane. No one should be awakened that way,” Palmer said of the warrants. “Why would you want to enter into a home in the middle of the night without announcing yourselves? What is it in the middle of the night that couldn’t wait until 8 [a.m.] for that matter?”“Why did it take a battering ram?” Palmer continued. “Why not knock on the door and explain who you are? Because, had they done that, Breonna would have definitely let them in.”Contrary to police officers’ claims that they knocked on the door and identified themselves, Palmer says Walker, as well as his and Taylor’s neighbors, said they never heard the police announce themselves. They told her they only heard the battering ram hitting the door, she said.“They said … in the beginning, on the news, that they knocked and announced themselves, but then they said they had a no-knock warrant,” Palmer said. “So which one is it?”Initially, after Taylor’s death, her mother says the people in her family were the only ones saying her name. “It felt like no one was listening and that no one was answering,” she said. But then audio of Walker’s 911 call was released amid protests over George Floyd’s death.“I don’t know what’s happening. Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,” Walker says on the call.“Can you check and see where [she’s] been shot at?” the operator responds.“I can’t, she’s on her stomach,” Walker says.The operator asks if Taylor is alert and able to talk to Walker. He says her name and then begins crying as he screams, “Oh my God! Oh my God!”Palmer said it’s “amazing” to see so many people joining her fight for justice.“[I] just love that people who don’t even know her are willing to say her name when these officers wouldn’t even do that,” Palmer said.Taylor’s cousin, Flakes, doesn’t see the new push for change stopping anytime soon.“Breonna’s name has brought everybody together as a whole, and everybody is working together to make a change,” she said. “There’s something that has to be done with police brutality.”Flakes said she hopes to see changes in the laws as well as in the justice system as a whole. Taylor would have turned 27 on Friday, June 5, and Flakes said she hopes there will be more equality for black people by the time Taylor would have been 28. She hopes for these things, she said, because she wants the world to be a safer place for her son.“He’s 6. He really don’t understand. But over the weekend … I think he’s starting to understand. He’s starting to realize. He’s running around the house, [saying], ‘No justice, no peace,’” Flakes said, referring to a popular rallying cry among protesters.“I hear him and I see him saying things that we are saying to get the justice that we need to let the world know that we, as black people, are tired,” she said. “We are tired.”Since losing her daughter, Palmer has been fighting for what’s known as Breonna’s Law, which would ban no-knock warrants.“I’m hoping that it changes the way that they are entering into people’s homes and that, again, no family should ever have to go through this,” she said.About the protests currently in their third week, she said, “It’s bigger than Breonna now because this is happening everywhere and nobody’s safe anymore. So, to just have all these different people, these different walks of lives come together and want the same thing, it’s amazing.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

BYU Men’s Basketball Hosts Nevada Tuesday

first_img Written by Tags: BYU Basketball/Nevada basketball December 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball Hosts Nevada Tuesday Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Tuesday, BYU (7-4) hosts Nevada (7-3, 1-0 in Mountain West play) as they complete their series against both Division I programs from the Silver State at the Marriott Center.The Cougars routed UNLV 83-50 at Vivint Smart Home Arena last Saturday afternoon in a neutral site game.New head coach Mark Pope (7-4, .636 at BYU; 84-60, .583 as a collegiate head coach) continues to set a winning tone with the program.The Cougars currently average 77.7 points per game, ranking them 79th nationally in scoring offense.Senior forward Yoeli Childs (21 points, 10.5 rebounds per game) has been a shot in the arm for the Cougars in returning from an NCAA-mandated 9-game suspension last week.Senior guard Jake Toolson (15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds per game, a team-best 4 blocked shots) and fellow senior back-court mate TJ Haws (12.6 points per game, a team-best 47 assists) also bolster Childs in the Cougars’ on-court performance.Junior guard Alex Barcello (10.6 points per game, a team-best 12 steals) also scores in double figures on average for the Cougars.BYU surrenders 69.6 points per contest, ranking the Cougars 192nd nationally in scoring defense.Nevada is coached by Steve Alford who is 7-3 (.700) in his first season at Reno, Nev. Alford is 516-272 (.655) as a college basketball coach having previously coached at Missouri State (1995-1999), Iowa (1999-2007), New Mexico (2007-2013) and UCLA (2013-2019).The Wolf Pack scores 79.6 points per game, ranking Nevada 51st nationally in scoring offense.Senior guard Jazz Johnson (18.3 points, 3.6 rebounds per game), junior guard Jalen Harris (17.8 points, a team-best 6.7 rebounds per game), senior guard Lindsey Drew (13.4 points, 6.1 rebounds per game, team bests in assists (44) and steals (13) and senior guard Nisre Zouzoua (10.7 points per game) all score in double figure on average for the Wolf Pack. Drew is also tied for the team lead in blocked shots (7) with senior forward Johncarlos Reyes.Nevada surrenders 71.9 points per game, ranking the Wolf Pack 250th nationally in scoring defense.The Cougars lead the all-time series against the Wolf Pack 13-7.last_img read more

Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem & More Tapped For Austin City Limits 2016 Festival

first_imgBeloved music festival Austin City Limits turns 15 this year, and they are celebrating in true style. Today, the festival has revealed their 2016 lineup, packed with a number of talented artists across a wide array of genres. Taking place from September 30 – October 2 and October 7 – October 9 in Zilker Park, the festival will see headlining sets from Radiohead, Mumford & Sons, Kendrick Lamar, and LCD Soundsystem.The full lineup includes Major Lazer, Kygo, Willie Nelson, The Chainsmokers, Flume, Chris Stapleton, M83, HAIM, Cage The Elephant, Schoolboy Q, Two Door Cinema Club, LL Cool J, Band of Horses, Young the Giant, Local Natives, Foals, Die Antwoord, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Cold War Kids and more! Additional noteworthy artists include Flying Lotus, Anderson .Paak & THe Free Nationals, DJ Mustard, St. Paul & The Broken Bonds, Bob Moses, Break Science, The Wombats, Bombino, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds and so many more.The full lineup can be seen below, and more information can be found here.last_img read more

Mayor Sundquist Expects To Name Acting Police Chief Soon

first_imgJAMESTOWN — Mayor Eddie Sundquist expects to name an acting police chief within the next week to replace retiring Chief Harry Snellings.Sundquist told WNYNewsNow that he has accepted internal applications for the interim position.“So we had accepted application from internal applicants for the acting police chief position and we will be doing interview s and making determinations on the acting police chief before Chief Snelling retires,” Sundquist said.He said the actiing chief will be named “right around the time” of Snelling’s last day at work. The permanent chief needs to be someone who is very community oriented, Sundquist explained. He also wants the new chief to be progressive.The new chief needs to be comfortable with different community groups across the city, he said.“(He should be)  community minded, progressive and really focus on ensuring we have a quality police force here in Jamestown.”Also extremely impoprtant to Sundquist is that the new chief is able and willing to engage in dialogue with community members.“I do it as mayor and I would expect the same from our police chief,” Sundquist said. “Even if the dialogue is uncomfortable we want to have that dialogue.”Several applications have been received, he said, but declined to say how many over concerns of perhaps identifying a specific applicant.As  designed, Sundquist will name an acting interim police chief, which city council will need to approve, and then council will need to approve any permanent candidate, the mayor explained.“We opened it up as of yesterday (Wednesday) and it will remain open to the end of July,” he said.In other police news, Sundquist confirmed the city is seeking an appeal of the court decision awarding back raises to the police force.“The city appealed an arbitration decision. That was a lawsuit that started before my administration,” Sundquist said. “The city had already prior authorized that appeal. As part of that process we are moving forward with that as the city already provided funds for that, there s no new funding.”Not budgeted already, if the raise is upheld again, it would be a liability of in excess of $800,000 for the city, he said.“There is still no decision on any kind of pay increases for 18, 19, or 2020,” he said, adding the city continues to work with the police union to try to reach an agreement. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Multistate Research

first_imgIn agricultural research, scientists across disciplines often find themselves working to address the same issues as colleagues at other institutions. To help advance and streamline this important work, funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) allows land-grant university scientists to work collectively to answer questions with a broad scope.“It allows us to bring together a critical mass of people to investigate a problem with broad impact or implications,” said Joe West, assistant dean on the UGA Tifton campus. “Rarely does one institution have the resources or scientists to address a broad issue from multiple different angles. The projects generally have multiple objectives and scientists from participating institutions contribute to the issues they can address, so each project has a varying degree of participation from member institutions. Thus, you are able to muster the resources from all over the country.”Approximately 2.7 percent of all research money generated by UGA CAES in 2018 was dedicated to multi-state projects. Last year it was 3.2 percent and in 2016, it was 2.5 percent.West serves as administrative adviser for a project titled “Genetic Improvement of Adaptation and Reproduction to Enhance Sustainability of Cow-Calf Production in the Southern United States,” which has brought together scientists from Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and the U.S. Virgin Islands to research genetic aspects of beef production.The project investigates beef production issues such as hair coat, thickness of the hair coat, how the animal sheds in the spring and how that contributes to heat stress.“A variety of breeds of cattle are used because of effects of coloration. White-faced breeds are especially susceptible to pink eye because they reflect more intense sunlight into the eye. These qualities are related to the animal’s adaptation to the environment,” West said. “Diseases interact with the environment, and scientists are working to identify genes that turn on and turn off an animal’s response to the environment. Since environments vary greatly across the country, we include scientists from multiple states.”The project was recognized for regional excellence (Southern Region) at a recent Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) meeting.West is one of three UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty members who are involved in multistate projects that received APLU regional recognition.Gary Hawkins, a CAES scientist who specializes in water resource management, is part of a project titled “Drainage Design and Management Practices to Improve Water Quality,” which focuses on improving drainage management on agricultural lands and was recognized for National Excellence in the North Central Region.Hawkins is one of 22 land-grant researchers who are developing new technologies and strategies to improve agricultural drainage systems. In Georgia, he is monitoring drainage water and trying to determine, if nutrient levels in the drainage water are high, whether scientists can implement the same bioreactors in southern fields as they do on northern farms or should they modify them to better utilize regional materials to remove nutrients. He is also looking at how scientists use practices such as conservation tillage, different fertilizer technologies or modified fertilizer applications to help plants uptake nutrients better to prevent excess nutrients in drainage water. “Involving multiple states allows the researchers to communicate what we are doing in a more formal manner, present ideas to each other and learn from each other … ways the same issue may be addressed in different regions of the country,” Hawkins said.UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable disease specialist Bhabesh Dutta is part of a team of scientists working on a project titled “Biology and Management of Iris Yellow Spot Virus, Other Diseases and Thrips in Onions” that was recognized by APLU for National Excellence in the North Central Region. The research focuses on disease and pest management of onions, production issues in different parts of the country, and marketing issues.Dutta contributes expertise in disease management of bacterial and fungal diseases of onion, specifically center rot, which is prevalent in different onion-growing regions of the country. The bacterial species that causes center rot in Georgia, however, is different from that found in western or northern areas of the country.“For example, the bacteria that affects Georgia onions is Pantoea ananatis, whereas the bacteria in Washington or in Michigan is Pantoea agglomerans. The symptoms are similar, but they are caused by different organisms and they survive in different ecosystems,” Dutta said. “Being able to collaborate with other scientists allows us to work together to find a holistic solution.”USDA support for multistate projects is authorized for five-year terms. Upon completion of a five-year project, researchers submit progress reports. If they seek to continue the project, they submit a rewrite of the project to establish new objectives and procedures to ensure that projects evolve to address new and ongoing issues.last_img read more