first_imgYou may not find research in fruit and vegetable diseases to be intriguing, but if you no longer had high-quality fresh food on your plate, you might change your mind. If federal earmark funding is taken off the table for America’s land-grant universities, the safety of our abundant food supply will suffer.For example, phytophothora is a devastating disease for fruits and vegetables grown in the humid regions of the U.S., including Georgia. Nationally, the disease costs farmers $182 million. It costs Georgia farmers $38 million annually. Tomatoes or bell peppers can be healthy one day. The next day, the entire field could be wiped out. Infected fields often are destroyed to stop the disease’s spread. Solutions to this disease are complex, yet hardly exciting, nor thrilling or sexy. Having resources to find the solutions to the problems that plague our nation’s farmers is paramount to our ability to feed, clothe and house our citizens. Often it’s how farmers grow crops that determines the prevalence of the problem. Research into best practices is vital to their success. The scientific community isn’t going to fund studies of solutions to plant diseases like phytophothora. The scientific process mainly focuses on and funds studies that involve high-minded science, usually using molecular tools that investigate fundamental theory and process. Studying the best time of the season to plant bell peppers in south Georgia, while perhaps holding the solution to phytophothora, is never going to win a Nobel Prize. Some might also ask why farmers don’t fund this research directly, much like the Boeing Corporation funds research into the development of a new generation of aircraft. Farming is a diverse industry where no single farmer has the ability to directly support needed research. Some might also ask why multinational pesticide and chemical companies don’t support this research. Since the solution likely doesn’t involve a chemical which can be sold for profit, there is no incentive to develop strategies that don’t make money. Federal earmarks remain the only process for supporting this vital research. Without it, these projects fall between the cracks of the types of studies typically supported by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Research Initiative and the profit-driven research that pesticide companies might support. The very essence and value of public land-grant university research is that it is free from industrial, corporate, profit-motive influence. It is the closest thing we have to objective research for the good of the nation. Without federal funds, public university research may not have found the solution to the boll weevil, ways to protect and preserve our land and water or effective systems to prevent devastating foreign animal diseases from wiping out our food supply. Or we may have found the solutions, but the information would not be readily available for all to see, use and benefit from.There have been misguided projects amid the system of federal earmarks. There likely will be again. But research projects funded by the USDA support important issues that wouldn’t get the attention of other funding sources, yet are vital to ensuring we all have a safe, abundant and high-quality food supply. University of Georgia scientists are studying ways to fight phytophothora in fruits and vegetables right now. Their work is being funded by federal earmarks.Without this support, no one else would be looking for solutions to this problem. Research funded by federal earmarks may be the only hope we have to continue growing important Georgia food crops.last_img read more

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When it comes to loan originations, credit unions are leading the pack. According to an analysis of NCUA and FDIC data conducted by the Washington-based consulting firm Callahan & Associates, credit unions originated almost twice as many loans as banks did in the second quarter of 2015. Do you know what that means for you?If your credit union was a part of that big bump earlier this year, or if you want your CU to get in on more of the action, then take note. CUs have an advantage over commercial banks with a more member-focused and less sales-oriented approach. But, there is more to the story than not being overly pushing with marketing tactics.The fact that CUs are keeping pace with mobile banking loan applications is aiding in healthy loan originations. But offering creative lending solutions that are supported with technology is just the beginning.Successful institutions are bringing in younger applicants with mobile apps that provide instant mobile lending decisions at their fingertips. Going paperless from the initial stages of a loan request through servicing can be achieved with the right core technology and subsequent integrated apps in place.When it comes to loan originations, credit unions are leading the pack. According to an analysis of NCUA and FDIC data conducted by the Washington-based consulting firm Callahan & Associates, credit unions originated almost twice as many loans as banks did in the second quarter of 2015. Do you know what that means for you?If your credit union was a part of that big bump earlier this year, or if you want your CU to get in on more of the action, then take note. CUs have an advantage over commercial banks with a more member-focused and less sales-oriented approach. But, there is more to the story than not being overly pushing with marketing tactics.The fact that CUs are keeping pace with mobile banking loan applications is aiding in healthy loan originations. But offering creative lending solutions that are supported with technology is just the beginning.Successful institutions are bringing in younger applicants with mobile apps that provide instant mobile lending decisions at their fingertips. Going paperless from the initial stages of a loan request through servicing can be achieved with the right core technology and subsequent integrated apps in place. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Son fires four past Southampton Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham re-signs Bale on loan Tottenham Hotspur are not pursuing Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a potential signing because the Premier League club have a top striker in Harry Kane, manager Jose Mourinho said on Monday. Ibrahimovic spent one-and-a-half seasons with Manchester United under Mourinho, where he scored 29 goals and helped the club win the League Cup and Europa League, before joining Los Angeles Galaxy. The 38-year-old Swede, who also played under Mourinho at Inter Milan, is a free agent after leaving the MLS side this month. “It doesn’t make any sense for a striker of Zlatan’s dimension to come to a club where we have Harry Kane. You are right about the connection (to Ibrahimovic). I would say we have one of the top strikers in England,” Mourinho told reporters ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League group game against Olympiakos. Spurs reached the Champions League final under Mauricio Pochettino last season but Mourinho, who replaced the Argentine manager last week, is not looking that far ahead. “With these boys I will never be afraid of any Champions League match. He said: “We need to qualify. It’s only when my teams arrive in the quarter-finals that I start thinking that we have a chance. In this moment we are far from it. “Every Champions League campaign there are details around your success or failure. “How many times I lost on penalties or in the last minute. Details make the difference. “As for Spurs last season, they had little details for them. VAR was with them (against Manchester City). “The Lucas (Moura) goal in Amsterdam (against Ajax). To arrive in the final is an achievement but not history.” The Portuguese also said that Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, whose contract runs out this season, was committed to the club. “I’ve spoken with him..The important thing is that he’s committed with us so let’s not talk about his future. My decisions about starting him or not starting, selecting or not selecting, will be based on a perspective of a future. I cannot hide that,” Mourinho said. Spurs, who are second in Group B behind Bayern Munich, can secure qualification for the last 16 with victory over the winless Greek side. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Harry KaneJose MourinhoTottenham HotspurZlatan Ibrahimoviclast_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Derby County want Jordon Ibe Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U On loan Manchester United striker, Odion Ighalo, has showered praises on Wayne Rooney ahead of tonight’s FA Cup tie with Derby County. The Nigerian believes Red Devils all-time leading goalscorer, who joined the Championship side in January, has boosted the Rams with his experience and fighting qualities. And Ighalo has warned the Reds that Philip Cocu’s outfit will go into tonight’s game with a renewed sense of belief, thanks, in part, to Rooney’s exemplary record in front of goal. “Wayne Rooney is always an idol, like many players at United,” Ighalo said in an interview at Old Trafford earlier this week. “He’s a good guy. He is a fighter on the pitch, he fights until the end, from the start until the finish. He’s somebody I’ve seen that never gives up in the game, and he’s a good goalscorer. “A little chance, a little space, he’s going to score. He can shoot from outside, he can score in the box, he can score from anywhere. “He’s a great player. Good techniques, he has a good shot, good runs and, when Derby County have Wayne Rooney in their team, it gives them more confidence because he has done a lot in football and in England.” Ighalo could make his first appearance for the Reds in the FA Cup, although the Nigerian does have history in the famous old tournament. The centre-forward played for Watford in their 2-1 semi-final loss to Crystal Palace in 2016, the year we last won the competition. Despite that defeat denying him his dream of coming up against Louis van Gaal’s side in the showpiece event, he has good memories of stepping out at Wembley Stadium and wants to repeat the feat later in the season. “That was my first time playing in Wembley, it was a great experience,” Odion continues. “United got to the final that year, I remember because I was hoping we would win against Crystal Palace so we could play against Man United in the final. “That dream did not come to pass but it’s a great experience, you know. Playing in Wembley, not every player has the opportunity to play in Wembley in their career. You have to play in a cup game, a cup final or play for the national team to play there. “I had the opportunity to play for Watford there in the semi-final, so it was a great experience and I’m looking forward, hopefully, to be playing there again.” United and Ighalo are, of course, hunting for a record-equalling 13th cup triumph. Arsenal are currently the side with the most overall successes in the competition, and Ighalo recalled our famous battles with the Gunners – the 1999 and 2004 semi-finals, as well as the disappointing 2005 final defeat – fondly. “I watched Man United a lot, their rivalry with Arsenal for the FA Cup. “So it’s a great thing watching it and now playing in the FA Cup, which I did with Watford but now, hopefully, I want to try to go far and win it, if possible for me, to crown my success here with the team.”Tags: Derby CountyManchester UnitedOdion IghaloWayne Rooneylast_img read more

first_imgMULTI-MILLION dollar Big Bash naming rights sponsor KFC has turned up the heat on Cricket Australia (CA) to immediately resolve the pay crisis railroading the game.KFC pours an estimated $3.5-$4 million into the game each year as one of CA’s top three corporate partners and its concerned call for administrators on both sides of the fence to realise the ugly war is killing the sport reflects growing anxiety and frustration among cricket’s leading sponsors.Leading corporate partners have been left badly exposed by cricket’s lapsed pay agreement, as CA no longer control the players’ image rights and are therefore unable to provide the protection against ambush marketing that giants like Qantas, Commonwealth Bank and Optus have forked out millions for.The Daily Telegraph spoke to several of the sport’s corporate partners yesterday, and while some continued to play down the drama, others were outright damning of CA’s complete loss of control, with more than 230 players out of contract and no longer available to them.CA can ill-afford the crisis scenario of having major sponsors ask for their money back or walk away from unfulfilled deals.KFC has partnered with CA since 2003 and as well has backed the world-beating BBL and has also been naming rights sponsor for the Australian Twenty20 side.The fast food icons stopped short of tipping its famous bucket on those in charge, but its pointed assessment that the ever-escalating situation has gone too far sends a clear enough message in itself.“The dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association is unfortunate and one we hope will be resolved amicably as soon as possible for the benefit of the game,” a KFC spokesperson told The Daily Telegraph.Mitchell Starc’s deal with Audi has left some sponsors feeling edgy, and it’s understood other leading stars are also set to announce similar car dealership arrangements in the near future.Cricket Australia have indicated they aren’t concerned by Starc’s venture, given other leading players already have similar existing CA-approved arrangements with Toyota rivals.Toyota issued a statement to say “we are confident Cricket Australia and the players (ACA) are working together to reach a mutual agreement, as soon as they possibly can”, sentiments also reflected by Optus.The Commonwealth Bank declined to comment when approached.Australian Cricketers Association general manager Tim Cruickshank has been in regular contact with sponsors concerned about where they stand with no MOU in place.last_img read more

first_imgSitting at the podium after Syracuse’s 15-9 victory over Hobart were the game’s biggest factors.Attacks Randy Staats and Kevin Rice — who combined for nine goals — and midfielder Billy Ward, who scored a crucial goal midway through the fourth quarter that helped push the Orange to a comeback win.But between Ward and Rice was Jordan Evans, who hadn’t been at a postgame press conference yet this season but cracked SU head coach John Desko’s rotation Saturday.In No. 4 Syracuse’s (9-3, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) 15-9 win over Hobart (4-8, 3-2 Northeast) at Boswell Field, the highly recruited freshman played the most he has all season. He was mainly on the field as a short-stick midfielder on the defensive end in his increased minutes, a position he’s somewhat new to but has worked on in practice in recent weeks.Although Evans said he thought he was out of position a couple times, he credited Drew Jenkins and Tom Grimm for helping him in practice to learn the defensive communication.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“It’s definitely a lot different than offense,” Evans said.“It’s better than sitting next to me,” Desko interjected.“We thought, we have such a quality player here, let’s get him in here somehow,” Desko went on to say. “He’s smart and he’s good in packages and he’s good at picking things up quickly.”And even as he worked to catch onto a different spot, Evans’ offensive background was beneficial. With the game tied 1-1, the Jamesville-DeWitt (N.Y.) High School product received an outlet pass from Matt Harris. He then sprinted down the field and sent a lead pass to Rice, and two passes later the ball was on the stick of Dylan Donahue before flying past Hobart goalie Jackson Brown and into the back of the net.“We haven’t been getting a ton of those (fast-break goals),” Desko said.Evans also saw some time at his natural attack position, like when he was on the field for a Nicky Galasso goal that gave the Orange a 12-8 lead late in the fourth.“It’s good to be out on the field,” Evans said. “At this point, I don’t care where I’m at. As long as I’m out there helping, I think I can definitely help in transition, so wherever I can help.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edulast_img read more

first_imgThe Ballingarry native has been managing the U21 hurlers for the past two seasons, and he guided the Premier to a Munster final in 2016.Speaking to Tipp FM Sport William Maher had nothing but praise for those he worked with.Tipperary Co. Board wish to announce that due to work commitments coinciding with further educational opportunities, Tipperary U21 Hurling Manager, William Maher (Ballingarry) will not be seeking an extension to his term as manager when the position is up for renewal later in the year. His decision, taken now, concurs with his immediate priorities and also to allow Tipperary Co. Executive time to plan ahead for his successor.During his two year term as manager, William guided Tipperary to the Munster U21 Final in 2016 which his side lost to the eventual All-Ireland Champions. At a time when the grade is very strong provincially, his developmental panel acquitted themselves well in this year’s campaign.Tipperary Co. Board Chairman, Michael Bourke in appreciation had this to say, ‘I thank William Maher for the enormous effort and contribution he has made to Tipperary in his tenure as U21 hurling manager. His knowledge and passion for the game is up there with the best and it’s unfortunate for him and the County that results didn’t give him the rewards his efforts deserved. I wish William well in his career and hope he will be able to continue to share his expertise through involvement with his club’. Tipperary Under 21 hurling manager William Maher is stepping down from the job.His intention to leave the fold was announced at the County Board meeting last night.He’s taken the decision for personal and family reasons.last_img read more

first_imgIn recognition of Jamaica’s 56th Anniversary of Independence, the Consulate General of Jamaica in Miami will hold the annual Ecumenical Service on Sunday, August 5 at 4:00 p.m.  The Service will be held at the Cooper City Church of God located at 9191 Stirling Road, Cooper City, FL 33328.This year’s sermon will be delivered by the Reverend Karl Francis, Senior Pastor at the Living Word Open Bible Church in Cooper City.  The officiating clergyman will be Dr. Clyde Bailey, Executive Pastor at the Cooper City Church of God.This year, the cultural performances to precede the worship will include performances by the massed voice South Florida Caribbean Chorale, the Tallawah Mento Band and the Jamaica Folk Revue, and the Sierra Norwood Youth Voice Ensemble.Proceeds of offerings collected at the service will benefit charities in the South Florida community, and also respective charities in Jamaica.All Jamaicans and friends of the Diaspora are invited to join in worship at this special occasion of thanksgiving to commemorate yet another milestone in the nation’s history, since Jamaica gained its independence from Britain in 1962.last_img read more

first_imgNo expatriate coach will be appointed as coach of champions Asante Kotoko, the club has confirmed to Joy Sports.The Kumasi based club is racing against time to appoint Masud ‘Didi’ Dramani’s successor as they work at defending the league title and also do well in Africa.Some foreign coaches have been linked to the club but its spokesperson Kweku Ahenkorah says the board and management will hand the job to an indigene.“As it stands now it is not part of our consideration. Expatriate coaches will take time to study the terrain and our players and also know what it takes to be a coach in Ghana and also take time to know what is expected of him as a Kotoko coach,” he told Joy Sports.“Meanwhile the local coaches definitely have had a bit of experience either coaching some of our players at different clubs or generally have a fair idea of the players we have now and for that matter a local coach will settle better and earlier than an expatriate coach.“Looking at our situation now we believe a local coach will fit in,” he added. –last_img read more