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first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaOver the past decade, the University of Georgia has been among the world’s 20 most cited institutions in agricultural sciences, according to “In-Cites,” a Web site that keeps tabs on the research that most catches the eye of scientists worldwide.In agricultural sciences, UGA is the 11th most cited among institutions worldwide, with 7,938 citations of its scientists’ research from Jan. 1, 1994, to June 30, 2004.In total citations, the university is fifth among U.S. universities, behind California-Davis, Wisconsin, Cornell and Iowa State. It’s first among universities in the South. In papers published in peer-reviewed, scientific journals, it ranks second in the nation behind only Cal-Davis.”In-Cites” is an editorial component of IS Essential Science Indicators, a Web resource that enables researchers to analyze research and track trends in science worldwide.”I am pleased,” said Josef Broder, interim dean of UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “This speaks well of the dedication and commitment of our scientists and the strong support which our research programs have received from the public and private sectors.”The 20 most-cited institutions in agricultural sciences emerged from a global pool of 298 institutions. They include both government agencies and large universities worldwide.Larry Beuchat, a distinguished research professor in the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Ga., was the third most cited agricultural scientist in the world over the past decade.Beuchat is a food microbiologist with groundbreaking studies on eliminating and controlling Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7, Listeria monocytogenes and other foodborne pathogens. He has authored, co-authored or edited five books and has published 110 papers in refereed scientific journals in the past five years.The most cited institution worldwide, with 38,877 citations, is the U.S. Department of Agriculture. France’s Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique is No. 2 with 21,070 citations.The world’s most cited university, at No. 3 with 13,996 citations, is Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Cal-Davis is fourth with 12,889 and Spain’s Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas fifth with 12,224.”The high ranking … is a testament to the talent and hard work of our faculty not only in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences,” Broder said, “but also in Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry, Arts and Sciences, and others who also pursue agriculturally related research.”The complete report can be found at read more

Law in Colombia Prevents Demilitarizing Areas in Order to Negotiate with Irregular Fighters

first_imgBy Dialogo December 27, 2010 On 21 December, Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos signed a law, approved by the Congress, that prevents the government from demilitarizing areas of the country in order to negotiate with irregular armed groups, the minister of the interior and justice, Germán Vargas, announced. “With the enactment of Law 1421, which extends the Public Order Act, clearance areas or areas of reduced tension are prohibited and no longer a possibility anywhere in the national territory,” Vargas told reporters. Nevertheless, the minister explained that the law does not close the door to the possibility of the government initiating peace talks at any time with groups acting outside the law and of a political nature. Making use of a provision of this law – prior to the reformed version signed by Santos -, conservative former president Andrés Pastrana (1998-2002) ordered the demilitarization of a vast area of the department of Caquetá (in southern Colombia) in order to engage in a peace process with the FARC, a Marxist guerrilla group. The failed talks with the government were held in this area, which was demilitarized between October 1998 and February 2002 and remained under the control of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) during this period. The FARC is the chief leftist guerrilla group in the country, having fought against the Colombian state for forty-six years, and currently has between 7,000 and 11,000 fighters, according to official and NGO estimates, respectively. The same legal provision was used by right-wing former president Alvaro Uribe (2002-2010) to establish a ‘special area’ in the department of Córdoba (in northern Colombia) and carry out the process of demobilizing around 32,000 members of the United Self-Defense Units of Colombia (AUC, an extreme right-wing armed group). Minister Vargas specified that with the enactment of the reformed law, now, “in the event of possible future peace talks, clearance areas or areas of reduced tension are prohibited and no longer a possibility anywhere in the national territory.” The law also revives the presidential power of issuing individual and collective pardons to members of illegal armed groups who wish to leave those organizations, but establishes that pardons cannot be granted to those who have committed crimes against humanity, Vargas indicated.last_img read more

State launches investigation into NYSEG, other utility companies for ‘failure’ response to Isaias

first_img4:16 P.M. UPDATE: Cuomo called their performance to address Tuesday’s storm “unacceptable.” According to the NYSEG Power Outage Map, thousands are without power as of noon Wednesday in the eastern parts of the state. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday the State Department of Public Services will launch an investigation into NYSEG for “failing” to prepare for Tropical Storm Isaias, which barreled up the east coast Tuesday. —– “We know that severe weather is our new reality and the reckless disregard by utility companies to adequately plan for tropical storm Isaias left tens of thousands of customers in the dark, literally and figuratively,” Cuomo said in a press release sent to 12 News. Verizon, PSEG Long Island, Con Edison, Central Hudson Gas & Electric, and Orange and Rockland Utilities were also called out by the governor. The company’s official statement is, “We remain 100 percent focused on restoring power to customers impacted by the tropical storm.” 12 News reached out for comment from NYSEG and is awaiting to hear back. On Tuesday, over 2,000 customers in Broome County were without power as Tropical Storm Isaias made its way through the area. The majority of those customers were in Whitney Point and the surrounding areas. Power was restored to them around 5 p.m. Tuesday. (WBNG) — NYSEG has responded to Cuomo’s call for an investigation.last_img read more

Support bicycle lane striping on Lake Ave.

first_imgOver 1,200 municipalities in the United States have adopted this policy.Lake Avenue serves several schools, churches, businesses and the East Side Recreation sports field. In 2013, a bicyclist was killed at the intersection of Weibel Avenue, and it remains dangerous. That needs to change.Today (June 5) at 6:45 p.m., the Saratoga Springs City Council will hold a public hearing about the much-needed bicycle line striping on Lake Avenue — a bike lane — just like we have on North Broadway. I’m unsure why we have to go through this process, but please show support by attending this meeting if you want a better future for our city.Charlie SamuelsSaratoga SpringsThe writer is a former member of the Complete Streets Advisory Board.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation A bicycle lane on Lake Avenue would be a smart step towards alleviating traffic and implementing Complete Streets, a policy adopted by Saratoga Springs in 2012.Complete Streets is a transit plan that improves communities by providing a safe, healthy and accessible street network for all modes of transportation and it also bolsters economic growth. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

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Angela Merkel’s party chief to hold critical succession talks

first_imgThe battle over who succeeds Angela Merkel as the next German chancellor candidate is entering a crucial phase on Tuesday when the outgoing head of her Christian Democratic Union will hold talks with a leading CDU politician to take over as party chief.Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who blew open the race to replace Merkel last week by announcing that she will resign, will meet Friedrich Merz as she tries to engineer a smooth transition and avert damaging internal bickering, according to a party official who asked not to be identified by name.Merz, a former CDU caucus leader and long-term Merkel antagonist, is one of three leading candidates to replace the four-term chancellor, along with Health Minister Jens Spahn and Armin Laschet, the State Premier of North Rhine-Westphalia. Unlike Roettgen, Merz has an early edge in the race. This is potentially bad news for Merkel as her aim to serve out her term through 2021 could fail if Merz wins the party chairmanship. Spahn has also gone on the attack, with Merkel seen as weakened by the collapse of her plan for AKK to succeed her.Seven out of 10 CDU supporters see Merz as a good chancellor candidate, and across the political spectrum he’s ahead of his rivals with 40 percent approval, compared with Laschet’s 30 percent and Spahn’s 24 percent, according to an Infratest dimap poll for public broadcaster ARD.The CDU wants the three main candidates to come to an agreement on who will run, according to the party official. That would avoid the kind of infighting that is seen as one reason for the collapse in support for Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats.In a latest Insa poll for Bild published Tuesday, Merkel’s CDU/CSU bloc was on 26.5 percent at a national level, followed by the Greens on 20.5 percent, the far-right Alternative for Germany on 15 percent and the SPD on 14.5 percent.Topics : Kramp-Karrenbauer, widely known by her initials AKK, is due to meet Spahn and Laschet later this week, as well as two other potential CDU candidates, the party official said. She will then make a recommendation to CDU leaders Feb. 24 on how to proceed.One of the two other candidates is Norbert Roettgen, a former environment minister who is head of the foreign policy committee in the Bundestag lower house of parliament. Roettgen, who announced his intention to run on Tuesday, belongs to the CDU’s liberal wing and was once a close Merkel confidant. But she fired him after he led the CDU to its worst electoral result in North Rhine-Westphalia in May 2012, failing to recapture Germany’s most populous state from the Social Democrats.It’s the only example of Merkel actively firing one of her cabinet members.More recently, the 54-year-old has taken a strong pro-European stance, while being critical of United States policy under President Donald Trump and taking a hawkish position on China, advocating that the German government rule out Huawei from its 5G networks. In today’s Bild newspaper, he calls for sanctions to be imposed on Russia for bombing civilians in the Syrian city of Idlib.last_img read more

Arsenal target £32m Wout Weghorst as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement

first_img Comment Arsenal target £32m Wout Weghorst as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement Aubameyang could be set to leave the Emirates this summer (Picture: Getty Images)As Aubameyang weighs up whether to remain at the club or not, Gunners hero Emmanuel Petit has advised the 31-year old to leave the Emirates for the good of his career.‘If I was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, I would leave Arsenal,’ Petit told Paddy Power.‘There is some quality in this team but when you arrive at the club nowadays you want to do great things. But, come on guys, Arsenal is not the same any more. It’s becoming an average club.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I feel so sorry for the fans and all the people who love the club. I feel sorry for the former players that try to uphold the Arsenal reputation.‘But I don’t feel sorry for the players – I think 75 per cent of them at the club at the moment don’t deserve to wear that shirt. They should look at themselves in the mirror and show some pride.’MORE: Arsenal set to lose promising academy striker Folarin Balogun this summerMORE: Robin van Persie suggests Arsenal need reinforcements to fix defensive frailties after late scare at Sheffield UnitedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Weghorst has 16 goals in the Bundesliga this season (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are already lining up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s replacement this summer and have reportedly identified Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst as a potential target.The Gabon international has just 12 months remaining on his current deal at the Emirates and is yet to commit his future to the club.Alexandre Lacazette’s future is also up in the air with the Frenchman’s contract due to expire in 2022.And according to Bild, Gunners scouts have been scouring Europe for forward options and identified Weghorst as a target.ADVERTISEMENTThe 27-year-old has been a consistent source of goals throughout his career in the Netherlands and now Germany with Wolfsburg.AdvertisementAdvertisementWeghorst finished this season as the Bundesliga’s fourth-highest scorer on 16 goals, only behind Robert Lewandowski, Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho.The report states that Newcastle United are also interested in the striker and Wolfsburg could let him go for a fee of around €35 million (£32m). Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 30 Jun 2020 9:23 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

UK public pension funds establish private equity vehicle

first_imgThe three funds already have a collective vehicle for infrastructure investments, known as GLIL.Writing in Merseyside’s 2017-18 annual report, chair of the pensions committee Paul Doughty said the administering authorities of the three pension funds in the Northern Pool were “close to formalising governance arrangements”.The joint committee providing oversight of the pool had been operating in shadow form.Separately, Merseyside hinted that it was considering implementing a downside protection strategy following improvements in its funding level.Doughty said valuations indicated funding levels of around 100% and that “ways to ‘lock in’ some of the gains achieved are being assessed”.Several UK public pension funds have recently adopted equity protection strategies to secure gains made in the public equity markets while limiting their exposure to any downturn, without having to change allocations to the asset class.Merseyside said alternatives, driven by strong performance in private equity and infrastructure assets, contributed significantly to its investments outperforming the fund’s benchmark in the financial year to the end of March.The LGPS fund’s investments gained 3.7% in 2017-18, compared to 2.7% for its benchmark.Merseyside steps up carbon reduction workMeanwhile, the pension fund also said it was reviewing its investment beliefs and strategic framework, including its asset allocation policy, to ensure these “appropriately” integrate climate risk considerations.Merseyside’s pension committee had mandated that the fund’s investment strategy be brought into line with the goals of the 2015 Paris Agreement.It said its current focus on climate risk management had been on the mitigation of transition risk – the risk of carbon-based assets losing value as a result of regulatory or other action to curb global warming.Merseyside said a carbon footprint analysis of the fund’s listed equities showed it had significant concentrations of climate risk within the UK and North American segments of its equity portfolio.The pension fund had set itself the target of switching one-third of its passive equities into a low-carbon index-tracking strategy. The goals would be to mitigate transition risk in UK and North American passive equities by reducing emissions intensity by around one-third, and reducing exposure to fossil fuel reserves by around half.The pension fund would also seek to introduce a tilt towards companies benefitting from “the burgeoning low-carbon economy”.It would continue to invest in the low-carbon economy through the unlisted, illiquid segment of its strategic benchmark, mainly via its 7% allocation to infrastructure.The pension fund expected to have more than £250m invested in renewable energy by 2020. The members of the UK’s largest public sector pension asset pool have established a collective private equity investment vehicle, according to one of the funds.The Northern Private Equity Pool (NPEP) will make commitments of around £720m (€805m) in 2018 and 2019, according to the £8.6bn Merseyside Pension Fund.Merseyside, Greater Manchester Pension Fund and West Yorkshire Pension Fund have formed the Northern Pool in line with the UK government’s policy for the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS).NPEP, a limited partnership, was incorporated on 22 May. Merseyside said it would probably contribute around £160m to the private equity fund.last_img read more

Antique PUV’s urged to observe ‘social distancing’

first_imgFor his part, Dr. Inocencio Abiera Jr.of the Antique Provincial Health Office said that passengers who would be foundto have fever at checkpoints will be brought to the hospitals via ambulances.(With a report from PNA/PN) Antique Police Provincial Officedirector Colonel Roy Parena, head of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) forCOVID-19, said that only half of the regular passengers’ capacity will beallowed. SAN JOSE, Antique – Public utilityvehicle (PUV) drivers in this province have been instructed to observe socialdistancing as a preventive measure against the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) pandemic. Meanwhile, commuters who are exemptedfrom Antique’s travel restriction are advised to take the coastal road route inAnini-y town going to San Joaquin, Iloilo. He added that the IATF’s checkpoints inthe borders of Antique-Iloilo, Antique-Aklan and in the municipalities willflag down PUVs found violating the social distancing rule. “The PUVs will not be allowed to proceedto their destination if they are found to have boarded more than 50 percent oftheir passenger capacity,” he said. Hamtic town’s Barangay Tiolas, which isthe regular road used by motorists and passengers in exiting or enteringAntique, has been closed. It was done so that the province of Antique andIloilo will only have one entry and exit point. The violators will be reprimanded oreven arrested, he stressed. Public utility vehicles (PUVs) such as tricycles are instructed to observe social distancing to prevent spread of coronavirus disease. PUVs should only take 50 percent of their passenger capacity. PNAlast_img read more

Bale’s agent slams Real Madrid after Tottenham return

first_img Promoted Content8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes Bale’s current contract at the Santiago Bernabeu runs until 2022, however, Barnett’s comments hint his client will not be returning to Madrid at the end of 2020-21. “We had offers from other clubs, but he wanted to be back at Tottenham,” he told an interview with the Daily Telegraph. “It is important that he is happy and now he is. “It was agreed his career at Real Madrid was over, so it was quite easy once we realised it was serious.Advertisement “It was a build-up of a clash of personalities, a build-up of not being supported, it was many different things. “For somebody who has done as well as he has for Real Madrid, he did not get the respect he deserved and that was a big problem. “What he’s achieved for Real Madrid, they should be kissing the floor that he walks on.” Loading… center_img Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett has hit out at Real Madrid over their treatment of the Welsh international prior to his loan switch to Tottenham. Barnett has been ardent critic of the La Liga giants handling of his client in recent months, and he has labelled their treatment of him as disrespectful. The 31-year old rejoined Spurs on a 12 month deal last week, with his position in Spanish capital becoming increasingly difficult after being frozen out of the first team by Zinedine Zidane. Read Also: Wolves complete signing of Barcelona star for £29m Bale is currently sidelined due to a knee injury picked up on international duty at the start of September, and his Spurs debut will now be delayed until mid October. Despite the negativity over his exit, Bale’s time at Real Madrid has seen him amass an impressive set of major honours, including four Champions League titles and two La Liga winners medals. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more