first_imgAT THE THEATER — Dr. Walter F. Robinson’s 7th grade classes visited the Bergen PAC for a viewing of dramatic performances by Chamber Theatre Productions. The plays included classics such as “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Monkey’s Paw,” and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” The students developed their understanding of genre and literary elements. ×last_img

Dual Degrees

first_imgAmerican and international students continue to be attracted to the dual master’s degree program in sustainable agriculture offered through a partnership between the University of Georgia Department of Crop and Soil Sciences (CRSS) and the University of Padova (UNIPD) Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and Environment (DAFNAE) in Italy.The dual degree is a two-year program that allows students to earn two master’s degrees simultaneously while attending school at UGA and at UNIPD. Two students — Aaron Bruce of Lakeland, Georgia, and Samuele Lamon of Moniego Di Noale, Italy — graduated from the program this spring. They are the third and fourth students to graduate, respectively.George Vellidis, UGA Tifton campus academic director and UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) agricultural engineer, helped connect UGA agricultural scientists and UNIPD scientists through the TransAtlantic Precision Agriculture Consortium in 2016. In three years, the program has exceeded his expectations.“Our limiting factor is funding to support the students. We have 12 students in the program now and we’re adding three more in the fall. The students are in all stages of completion. New students begin either at UNIPD or at UGA and then they go to the other university to conduct their research,” Vellidis said.While students benefit from studying at two universities with leading agricultural programs, they also participate in research that has far-reaching implications.In Italy, Bruce’s research focused on studying nitrogen levels in durum wheat, a popular crop grown in Italy for pasta. The research involved the use of sensors to help understand the uptake dynamic of the essential nutrients in the field. The objective is to avoid applying fertilizer where it isn’t needed and to maximize wheat protein production.“During the experiment, we used spectral reflectance sensors to estimate crop growth or biomass during the growing season by directly measuring the amount of chlorophyll in the leaves, and yield and protein sensors during harvest to measure the yield and protein content of the wheat. These are all concepts that Dr. Vellidis teaches in his precision agriculture class,” Bruce said.While at UGA-Tifton, Lamon studied with CAES plant geneticist Peggy Ozias-Akins. His project focused on adding late leaf spot disease resistance traits when crossing a cultivated peanut with a wild peanut. Multiple chromosomal segments from the wild species were identified using molecular markers, combined in different peanut lines and then tested in lab and field environments to see which reduced infection, sporulation and defoliation.Lamon won first place in the master’s category in a centennial poster competition at UGA-Tifton on Friday, May 3.Tifton, Georgia, native Logan Moore was the first student to graduate from the program in July 2018. He experienced two growing seasons while in Italy from May 2017 to July 2018. He studied the population dynamics of the brown marmorated stink bug and its damage potential to both kiwi fruit and cherries, crops grown in Italy.“I would say it was an incredible experience. I was able to increase my knowledge on how research is conducted as well as gain an appreciation for the culture itself,” Moore said.Moore is currently earning his doctorate at UGA and is working with CAES plant pathologist Tim Brenneman at UGA-Tifton.Although the students originate from UGA and UNIPD in this program, they’re not all of American and Italian descent. According to Vellidis, a dual degree student studying on the UGA Griffin campus hails from Nigeria and one that started at UGA and is headed to Italy this summer is from Brazil.“We have many international graduate students in our programs so we are not surprised that students from all over the world want to participate in the dual degree. It’s not something we thought about when we put it together, but it’s natural for it to progress this way as word gets out,” Vellidis said.For more information about the dual degree, visit“To have the opportunity to earn two master’s degrees simultaneously from two prestigious universities was outstanding. I think it makes you a more marketable candidate for different job opportunities that you may be applying for as well,” Moore saidlast_img read more

Aussies lose to SA despite Warner heroics, set England semi-final date

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Prolific opener David Warner smashed a brilliant 122 but could not claim victory for Australia, as they slipped to a 10-run defeat to South Africa in their Cricket World Cup clash at Old Trafford yesterday, leaving them facing a semi-final against England.The result allowed India to take over at the top of the round-robin table at the end of the first stage, meaning Australia will battle the host nation at Edgbaston on Thursday, while the Indians meet New Zealand at Old Trafford on Tuesday.Already-eliminated South Africa chose to bat and a century from captain Faf du Plessis took them to 325 for six in their 50 overs, a total boosted by Rassie van der Dussen’s well-constructed 95. Australia were in trouble early in their innings and a hamstring injury to number three batsman Usman Khawaja saw him retire hurt, and put the rest of his tournament in jeopardy, but they rallied magnificently before being bowled out for 315 with one ball remaining.“We would have liked to have got the win but there are some real positives from the game,” Australia captain Aaron Finch said at the post-match presentation. “We fought ourselves out of a bit of a hole with the bat and Davie Warner got a magnificent hundred. Alex Carey also played a brilliant knock to get us close.“It’s a bit frustrating but we can also learn from this as well. We still managed to get really close while not playing our best cricket.” South Africa have been poor with the bat in the tournament but found form on an excellent wicket for stroke-making and posted their highest total of the World Cup.du Plessis followed up his unbeaten 96 against Sri Lanka last time out with another controlled innings of 100 from 94 balls. He put on 151 for the third wicket with van der Dussen, who was caught on the boundary in the last delivery of the innings as he chased his maiden ODI ton.Australia lost Finch (3) in the third over of their reply and were in further trouble when Khawaja hobbled off with the score on 20.Steve Smith (7) was trapped leg-before-wicket by Dwaine Pretorius (2-27), before wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock effected a brilliant run-out of Marcus Stoinis (22) with a flick behind his back and then took a superb catch to remove Glenn Maxwell (12).At that stage, Australia were reeling at 119 for four but Warner continued to score at a run a ball and got to his 17th ODI hundred with fours off successive deliveries. He put on a brilliant 108 in 90 balls for the sixth wicket with the excellent Carey (85 from 69 balls) to keep Australia in the hunt but miscued a Pretorius delivery and was superbly caught by a diving Chris Morris at mid-on.A hobbling Khawaja (18) returned to the wicket late in the innings but, with his movement restricted, was bowled by seamer Kagiso Rabada (3-56).“What a game, it’s always a pleasure playing against Australia,” du Plessis said. “We wanted to at least go home with a small smile and today we got that as a team.” SCOREBOARDSOUTH AFRICA innings A. Markram stp. Carey b Lyon 34Q. de Kock c Starc b Lyon 52F. du Plessis c Starc b Behrendorff 100H. van der Dussen c Maxwell b Cummins 95JP Duminy c Stoinis b Starc 14D. Pretorius b Starc 2A. Phehlukwayo not out 4Extras: (b-1, lb-10, w-13) 24Total: (6 wickets, 50 overs) 325Fall of wickets: 1-79, 2-114, 3-265, 4-295, 5-317, 6-325.Bowling: M. Starc 9-0-59-2, J. Behrendorff 8-0-55-1, N. Lyon 10-0-53-2, P. Cummins 9-0-66-1, S. Smith 1-0-5-0, M. Stoinis 3-0-19-0, G. Maxwell 10-0-57-0.AUSTRALIA innings D. Warner c Morris b Pretorius 122A. Finch c Markram b Imran Tahir 3U. Khawaja b Rabada 18S. Smith lbw b Pretorius 7M. Stoinis run-out 22G. Maxwell c de Kock b Rabadan 12A. Carey c Markram b Morris 85P. Cummins c Duminy b Phehlukwayo 9M. Starc b Rabada 16J. Behrendorff not outN. Lyon c Markram b Phehlukwayo 3Extras: (lb-4, w-3) 7Total: (all out, 49.5 overs) 315Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-33, 3-95, 4-119, 5-227, 6-272, 7-275, 8-301, 9-306.Bowling: Imran Tahir 9-0-59-1, K. Rabada 10-0-56-3, D. Pretorius 6-2-27-2, C. Morris 9-0-63-1, T. Shamsi 9-0-62-0, A. Phehlukwayo 2.5-0-22-2, JP Duminy 4-0-22-0.last_img read more

Darren Sammy sacked as captain of St Lucia Stars, Australian Shane…

first_imgDarren Sammy has been sacked as captain by the St Lucia Stars after a run of six matches without a victory in the Hero 2017 Caribbean Premier League.Shane Watson, the former Australia all-rounder, has been given the leadership role and will be assisted by his new deputy Marlon Samuels.Remains an integral part of teamA press release from the Stars said Sammy remained an integral part of the team. Barring the results, Sammy has had a good tournament, scoring a valiant fifty against the Barbados Tridents, at the end of which the opposition captain Kieron Pollard joked he was thankful for the rain stopping Sammy before he could do further damage.They were then upstaged in the final over by Guyana Amazon Warriors – Sammy nearly defended seven runs – and most recently lost to Jamaica Tallawahs after bossing the majority the match.Fresh thinkingTo “incorporate some fresh thinking as the team completes this season and builds for 2018,” the Stars management said it has decided to end Sammy’s stint at the helm after 40 matches across five seasons.“If it were not for Daren, St Lucian cricket would not have the standing it does in world cricket and his ability to lead both on and off the field remains unquestioned,” owner Jay Pandya said. “However, after the results that we have seen over the first half of the 2017 Hero CPL, a change is needed to freshen things up as we look to win the remaining four fixtures this season.”Watson has excellent credentials in T20 cricket, with 5,691 runs and 194 wickets and has led teams in the Indian Premier League and the Big Bash League.last_img read more

Round-up: One in and possibly one out at QPR, Phillips urged to stay, Pedro and Ream sign

first_imgIt’s been another busy day at QPR, who have finalised the signing of keeper Alex Smithies but could lose Rob Green. Smithies, 25, completed his move from Huddersfield Town to Loftus Road, where Rangers hoped he would compete with Green.However, having made an enquiry about Green’s availability, West Ham are looking to tie up a deal in time for him to be available for their game against Bournemouth this weekend.Meanwhile, former QPR player and manager Ian Holloway has urged Matt Phillips to stay at the club.Matt Phillips should stay at QPR, according to Ian HollowayCurrent boss Chris Ramsey believes his team are heading in the right direction following their fine win at Wolves – his next target is for Rangers to tighten up at the back.Co-chairman Tony Fernandes and several players posted jubilant messages on Twitter following the win at Molineux.Fulham, on the other hand, were beaten at Hull and manager Kit Symons fears Marcus Bettinelli could face a long spell on the sidelines after the keeper suffered a nasty-looking knee injury.Ream has completed his move to Craven CottageOn a brighter note for the Whites, they have formally completed the signing of United States defender Tim Ream from Bolton – he rejected a move to QPR, who also had an offer for him accepted.Andre Gray has also rejected a move – to Bristol City. The Brentford striker held talks with the Robins but appears to be holding out for a move to Hull.Pedro stalled over a move to Manchester United because he was holding out for a move to Chelsea. The Blues today completed the Spain forward’s £21m transfer from Barcelona.And in rugby union, Harlequins have named Danny Care as their new captain, replacing Joe Marler.Click here for our QPR player ratings v WolvesClick here for video highlights of Rangers’ win at MolineuxClick here for Fulham player ratings v HullClick here for details about #StanBowlesDayFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Relief for Marathwada as Jayakwadi gates opened

first_imgBringing some relief to the parched Marathwada region, eight sluice gates of the Jayakwadi dam have been opened to discharge water thanks to heavy rain in north Maharashtra.The current discharge of around 4,500 cusecs from the dam has been prompted due to incessant showers in Nashik district and other parts of north Maharashtra, causing the Godavari river to swell and fill up the dams there. The release of water from these upstream dams has in turn led to the accumulation of more than 2 lakh cusecs in Jayakwadi’s Nath Sagar reservoir.Authorities said the discharge from Jayakwadi was prompted after the dam filled up to 92% of its live storage capacity. At the same time last year, the dam had barely 28% of its live storage capacity.While Nashik and Nandurbar in the north and Sangli, Satara, Kolhapur and Pune in western Maharashtra have been reeling under the onslaught of excess rain, the eight districts of Marathwada continue to remain arid despite two months of the monsoon season drawing to a close.Jayakwadi dam is the chief water source for industries in Marathwada, mainly in Aurangabad. The water discharge is expected to benefit areas in at least four districts in the region — Aurangabad, Beed, Jalna and Parbhani — and help resolve the water situation in talukas near the Godavari river bank.This is the first time in two years that the dam’s storage capacity has exceeded 90%.Till Thursday, authorities were releasing 1,200 cusecs of water from the Paithan left bank canal, 900 cusecs from the right bank canal, and 1,589 cusecs from the hydropower project towards the Apegaon and Hiradpuri barrages.The eight districts of Marathwada have collectively received over 75% of the average rainfall till now, with the region as a whole facing a rainfall deficit of more than 20%. Acute potable water scarcity still prevails in several villages, which continue to be supplied by tankers.last_img read more

Honda workers protest ‘forced long leaves’

first_imgMore than 2,000 contractual workers of Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India (HMSI) Private Limited sat on a dharna inside its Manesar plant in Sector 3 here on Tuesday — a day after 200 workers were told to proceed on a three-month leave citing economic slowdown.Around 150 police personnel were deployed inside the plant premises to prevent any law and order situation, said DCP (Manesar) Rajesh Kumar.HMSI employees’ union chief Suresh Gaur said that talks were on with the labour department and the management officials to work out a solution. “The company’s management has been illegally sacking contractual workers, asking them to go on leave for 3-4 months using slowdown as an excuse. The workers have families to support, they cannot survive without work for so long. If the management fails to find a solution, the permanent works will also join them in the protest,” said Mr. Gaur.The affected workers also staged simultaneous protest outside the plant. They claimed that around 2,000 employees had been told to go on leave over the past few months, and none of them were recalled.“It is a conspiracy to relieve the contract workers with higher wages and hire workers at lower wages. The three other plants of the company in Bangalore, Gujarat and Rajasthan are running smoothly, how come only the Manesar plant has been hit by the slowdown?,” Gulvinder, a protesting worker., demanded to know.Another worker Ajay Kumar said the workers should be suitably compensated if the company wanted to relieve them. “We must be paid one lakh rupees for each year of service offered in the company. It is difficult to get a new job at this age. Most of the workers are in their late 30s,” said Mr. Kumar.The protesters claimed that the contractual workers were given a 15-day service break every year, but this time they were being told to go on a long leave and were not being recalled. Most of the workers told to go on leave were employed for 5-10 years and worked on frame assembly.A delegation of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, led by its Haryana president Satbir Singh, met the workers and extended support to them.In a press statement, the company said that 200 contractual members, whose term had completed, were relieved based on demand fluctuations and production adjustment. It further said that necessary recruitment would be considered on the basis of future market requirements.Additional Labour Commissioner (NCR) Manish Kumar said talks were on till late in the evening and the contractual workers were still holding a peaceful dharna inside the company premises. He said the talks were held with the plant’s head through video conferencing since he was in Switzerland, but no conclusion could be reached.last_img read more

Hunger Campaign Featuring Viola Davis Raises More Than 55 Million

first_imgThe Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) announced they have raised more than $5.5 million through customer donations to Hunger Is, a joint charitable initiative designed to raise awareness and funds to end childhood hunger in America.Viola Davis Joins Safeway Foundation and Entertainment Industry Foundation to End Childhood Hunger.Now in its second year, the campaign raised funds throughout April 2015 in a month-long, in-store fundraiser in more than 1,600 Safeway and Albertsons stores across the U.S. Additional funds continue to be generated through online donations at This national campaign encourages individuals and communities to get involved in solving this widespread problem that too often goes unnoticed. According to the USDA, one in five children in America lives in a household without consistent access to adequate or healthy food. Three out of five public school teachers in kindergarten through grade eight classrooms report that they regularly see children coming to school hungry.Through 2015, Hunger Is continues to be supported by award-winning actress and ambassador Viola Davis, who has shared her compelling personal story about growing up hungry, not only publicly, but in the initiative’s public service announcements that appear on television, in print, online, and out-of-home media.“I am so thrilled with the ongoing success of this critically important initiative. Millions of children continue to go to bed hungry every night and continue to arrive in school hungry every day. This is a national problem and is not what the future generation of Americans deserves,” Davis shared. She went on to say, “I am grateful to everyone who continues to give childhood hunger the attention it deserves and to give so generously. We have the opportunity to change so many young lives for the better and I look forward to the day when this is no longer an issue in our country.”“We are grateful to all of the Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Tom Thumb and Randalls customers, who recognize they can make a difference in the lives of children,” said Christy Duncan Anderson, executive director of The Safeway Foundation. “We appreciate the exceptional results so far in 2015 as we continue our Hunger Is efforts in collaboration with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Viola Davis, who is a passionate champion in the fight against childhood hunger.”Thus far, Hunger Is has awarded grants to 214 organizations throughout 20 states across the country. Funds raised through the campaign will support efforts to fight childhood hunger, to increase access to healthy foods and improve health-related and education outcomes.The work of Hunger Is and award of grants is supported by the Hunger Is Advisory Committee comprised of leaders from the most respected hunger advocacy organizations in the U.S., including The Center for Hunger Free Communities (Drexel University); Feeding America – the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity; Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, the internationally renowned biomedical research institute focused on pediatric health; the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) – the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and malnutrition in the U.S.; Growing Power, the national nonprofit organization and land trust helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food for people in all communities; New York City Coalition Against Hunger which operates the national hunger hotline and sponsors the nationwide Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps AmeriCorps VISTA program operating in 32 states; No Kid Hungry – a campaign which connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals; and WhyHunger, supporting grassroots solutions to end hunger and poverty by connecting people to nutritious and affordable food. The committee provides guidance in defining and addressing needs and makes funding recommendations for approval by The Safeway Foundation and EIF Boards of Directors.“We are so thankful for the generous support for this campaign from the Albertsons, Safeway, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Tom Thumb and Randalls customers, employees and the general public throughout the U.S., who agree that providing our children with the fuel they need to succeed is a priority,” said EIF President & CEO Lisa Paulsen. “Hunger is too widespread in every county in America, rural to urban. Too many kids are not getting the nutrition they need to reach their full potential, and we’re privileged to work with The Safeway Foundation to engage communities across the country in helping to change that.”More information about the issue is available at, along with simple ways for individuals to donate.last_img read more