17Jan/21

Borlaug Delivers 2020 Brooks Lecture

first_imgThe elemental message communicated by Julie Borlaug during the 2020 D.W. Brooks Lecture on Nov. 10 was that no child should be born into a world with hunger and famine.Borlaug is vice president of external relations for Inari Agriculture, a seed company using data and biological science to transform plant breeding, and granddaughter of renowned American agronomist Norman Borlaug, who led global initiatives that contributed to the extensive increases in agricultural production referred to as the Green Revolution.Borlaug was the keynote speaker at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ virtual D.W. Brooks Lecture and Awards celebration. Five of the college’s most innovative and dedicated faculty members were recognized with the D.W. Brooks Faculty Awards for Excellence, the college’s highest honor.Gregory Colson, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, received the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has developed hands-on experiments and games for his classes to reinforce the material and give students a tangible experience to complement his teachings on economic theory.Esther van der Knaap, a professor in the Department of Horticulture and Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, received the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Research. She has spent much of her career working to understand the genetic shifts that have occurred between ancestral, wild tomato varieties and modern, cultivated tomatoes.Tim Coolong, a professor in the Department of Horticulture, received the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Extension. Coolong conducts vegetable field research and has worked on a broad variety of topics, from germplasm evaluation to food safety in vegetables to hemp production. He earned his bachelor’s degree in 2000, his master’s degree in 2003 and his doctoral degree in 2007, all from UGA’s Department of Horticulture.Phillip Edwards, a UGA Cooperative Extension county coordinator and Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Irwin County, received the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Public Service Extension. Edwards has conducted 139 applied research trials resulting in more than 50 state or national presentations and posters. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from UGA in 1984.Bob Kemerait, a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology, received the D.W. Brooks Faculty Award for Excellence in Global Programs. He has been a leader in U.S. Agency for International Development-funded projects to improve peanut production among small-scale farmers in Guyana, Haiti and the Philippines and recently received a Fulbright award to work with faculty and farmers in the northern Philippines.“We are delighted to honor these exceptional faculty members,” said Joe West, interim dean and director of CAES. “Each of them brings unique skills that strengthen our discoveries and dissemination of scholarly work through education and outreach programs. They exemplify the quality we strive for as a land-grant college.”This year’s award winners were recognized preceding the D.W. Brooks Lecture.Communication is the key to innovationDuring the lecture, Borlaug said that, to change the discussion in agriculture, it is important to foster acceptance of all of the innovation available, both in developing countries and developed nations.“My grandfather was part of the team that started the Green Revolution. I am asking for a different revolution — a change in the way agriculture is understood and accepted,” said Borlaug, who has developed agricultural partnerships between public, private and philanthropic groups to expand the mission her grandfather embraced. “My grandfather was a warrior against hunger, a mentor, a farmer, but first and foremost, a scientist. He believed that fear of  change was the greatest barrier to progress, and his view of science is that it had to be used in battle against hunger.”Borlaug said it is crucial for technology and innovation in agriculture to be accepted and embraced, from the simplest innovations to the most complex.“In smallholder farmers, mostly female, I have seen firsthand the positive impact of innovation and technology in agriculture. And I am not talking about the highest form of technology. I am talking about the transfer of basic information and technology,” said Borlaug. “We need technology transfer equality. Farmers anywhere in the world deserve the right to have safe technologies.”Borlaug said that communication is key to the acceptance of innovation.“We have had huge changes in agriculture that have not been accepted because we haven’t communicated in a way the general public can understand. Why should the consumer care?” she said.Much of the negative public opinion regarding agriculture has been driven by misconceptions and mistakes that have been made along the way, both things that need to be addressed if the industry is to move forward in a meaningful, effective way.“If you look at my grandfather’s success in the Green Revolution and the agriculture industry, they have made huge strides in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. They also used a lot of fertilizer, but they did it to avert famine. … One thing the industry did in that case, is they self-corrected. Yes, there might have been consequences that weren’t intended, but we always self-correct and we want to do better,” Borlaug said.Part of that strategy to do better is to stop doing “business as usual” in agriculture, she added.“We need to stop talking about yields and … we need to start talking about gene editing and biofortification. We need to talk about how we empower farmers and give them a choice in how they farm. … We need to talk about how we save water. … We need to be honest with ourselves and with the public about what we are doing,” she said. “We also need to stop talking about the short term, the next 10 years, and start talking about the next 100 years.”From advanced weather information systems to drones and smartphones, technology has already begun to revolutionize agriculture.“Farmers in the field can take a picture of wheat rust and upload it, then it goes to CIMMYT (International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, known by its Spanish acronym), those scientists look at it online and decide if it is UG99. If it is, they can mark it and continue to have information about where it has spread and where it is going,” said Borlaug, referring to a type of wheat stem rust that is present in wheat fields in several countries in Africa and the Middle East. The disease is predicted to spread rapidly through these regions and possibly further afield, potentially causing a wheat production disaster that would affect food security worldwide.In order to make technology work to end hunger and poverty, a new generation of leaders need to be welcomed into the industry.“You students need to be given a seat at the table and we need to accept your innovative and out-of-the-box ideas. We need to mentor you but also learn from you,” Borlaug said. “We want to be a catalyst and provide support and belief in the next generation, to give them a seat at the table and a platform for their ideas.”For a video of Borlaug’s full address and for more information about the legacy of D.W. Brooks, visit dwbrooks.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

17Dec/20

Using big data to move beyond FICO and LTV for loan analytics

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The FICO score has a long and well-established history as a key metric in the determination of credit-worthiness. The FICO score has the power to influence whether a person can experience significant life events, like the purchase of their first car or home. Currently, it’s a major factor in credit union loan analytics.However, as we rapidly enter the age of Big Data and loan analytics, does the FICO score utilize enough information to make an accurate determination of a borrower’s ability to pay? The wealth of data available to credit unions should augment their loan analytics.A New Age of Loan AnalyticsAs I consider the future of credit unions, I believe the industry’s position on the significance of the FICO score in their underwriting process is an important issue. Is FICO a major determining factor, or is it merely one of many data points that can be used to predict probability of default for a given loan?last_img read more

16Dec/20

East Meadow Man Charged With Murdering Wife

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The husband of a 52-year-old woman has been arrested for allegedly killing her in the East Meadow home they shared last month, Nassau County police said.Hector Bejarano was charged with second-degree murder. Investigators said the 53-year-old man killed his wife, Mirian Bejarano, who died of blunt force trauma, in the couple’s Prospect Avenue home.“There was evidence collected in the home yesterday that also solidified the arrest and the charge,” Homicide Squad Det. Sgt. Jim Skopek told reporters Thursday during a news conference at police headquarters in Mineola.Police began investigating after the victim was found dead at 4 p.m. April 28. Investigators said they have recovered what they believe to be the murder weapon, but would not identify it. Skopek declined to discuss the suspect’s alleged motive.Investigators had initially been tight-lipped about the case, only saying that the woman was not a victim of random violence.Judge James Darcy ordered the husband held without bail. He is due back in court May 18.last_img read more

18Nov/20

From next year a higher lump sum for private renters?

first_imgThis year will be the last in which over 92 thousand private renters of rooms, flats and apartments will pay a flat income tax of 300 kuna per bed per year.Namely, the working group preparing the tax reform proposed that the tax be increased from 1 January 2019. The amount of the flat tax for renters has not been decided yet, but several simulations have been prepared, he writes Vecernji list. A flat rate of 300 kuna per year was introduced in 2005, when the daily rental price was 100 kuna, and it was assumed that private owners of flats and apartments would spend only 35 nights during the year, said Finance Minister Zdravko Maric, adding that most of Primorje and Dalmatia today gets much more for a bed. Private landlords who have reported renting ten beds a year pay a flat tax of HRK 3000, the same amount as a net salary of HRK 12 in one month.”Effective taxation of private rent in tourism is three times lower than other forms of income tax, and four times lower than all forms of capital tax”Says economist Željko Lovrinčević, one of the members of Marić’s tax group.Of course, nothing has been strictly defined yet, nor has a final decision been made, but it is obvious in which direction the members of the tax group are thinking, and that is to increase the annual lump sum. Some of the comments on social networks, unfortunately only on social networks and not at the Public Hearing, is that it would be correct to pay by percentage according to the number of nights, and not a fixed lump sum, which is unfair for those who have a small number of nights, while for those who they have a lot more nights, of course the opposite.By the way, at the recent Public debate through eConsultation related to Amendments to the Law on Catering Activity, and which directly concern private landlords, out of over 92.000 landlords, there were only a dozen comments.last_img read more

20Oct/20

Industrial: The price isn’t right

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19Oct/20

World Bank approves $12b for COVID-19 vaccines

first_imgThe World Bank said Tuesday that it approved US$12 billion for developing countries to finance the purchase and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatment.The financing “aims to support vaccination of up to a billion people,” the bank said in a statement.The money is part of an overall World Bank Group (WBG) package of up to $160 billion through June 2021 designed to help developing countries battle the novel coronavirus pandemic. “This financing package helps signal to the research and pharmaceutical industry that citizens in developing countries also need access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines,” the statement read. “It will also provide financing and technical support so that developing countries can prepare for deploying vaccines at scale, in coordination with international partners.”Access to safe and effective vaccines “and strengthened delivery systems is key to alter the course of the pandemic and help countries experiencing catastrophic economic and fiscal impacts move toward a resilient recovery,” World Bank Group President David Malpass said in the statement.The financing “will also support countries to access to Covid-19 tests and treatments, and expand immunization capacity to help health systems deploy the vaccines effectively,” the statement added.The financing approval was expected as Malpass had announced the project in late September.While vaccines have yet to appear on the market, Malpass noted in an interview with the French daily Le Figaro that it was necessary to prepare because of the complicated vaccine distribution process.The Bank’s approach, according to the statement, draws on its “significant expertise in supporting large scale immunization programs for vaccine preventable diseases, as well as public health programs to tackle infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases.”Topics :last_img read more

29Sep/20

UK funding deficit halved in January despite equity downturn

first_imgSource: Mercer, JLT Employee Benefits, PPF “Holding cashflow generative assets, such as government bonds, credit and private market debt, can help protect pension schemes during an equity shock like the one experienced in January,” he added. “We find that for cashflow-negative schemes with funding gaps to close, equity shocks can be very problematic if the scheme is relying on disinvestment to fund cash outflows.”Tunningley highlighted that hedging opportunities were available for some pension funds regardless of the future path of equity markets.“For those looking at reducing funding level risk, market conditions today look particularly favourable,” he said. “Linker dealing spreads are tight, repo can be accessed readily and cost effectively, meanwhile 10-year swap rates are back to pre-Brexit levels. Whether or not volatility persists in global markets, these are attractive opportunities for UK pension schemes.”  DB funding estimates from consultants were less emphatic.JLT Employee Benefits estimated that the combined DB deficit across the private sector fell by 17% during January, from £150bn to £124bn.According to Mercer, the DB schemes attached to FTSE 350 companies were only marginally better funded at the end of January than they were at the start, as the combined deficit shrank from £76bn to £73bn.The FTSE All Share index fell 1.9% in sterling terms in January, and lost 4.1% this month up until 12 February.The yield on UK 10-year gilts rose from 1.19% on 1 January to 1.51% at the end of the month. It has since risen to 1.6%, its highest level since April 2016.How UK DB pension deficits have changed since 2015 The aggregate funding position of UK defined benefit (DB) pension schemes improved in January despite the equity market volatility that hit investors towards the end of the month.Data from the Pension Protection Fund showed the aggregate shortfall across 5,588 schemes halved during the first month of 2018 to £51bn (€57.5bn). Schemes were on aggregate 97% funded, compared to 94% at the end of December.Combined assets fell by 0.9%, but rising government bond yields pushed down liabilities by 3.9%.Andy Tunningley, head of UK strategic clients at BlackRock, said schemes had on aggregate 10% less in equities than five years ago, meaning they were better protected from stock market volatility.last_img read more

28Sep/20

Inpex eyes FEED work for Abadi LNG project following revised plan approval

first_imgFollowing approval from Indonesian authorities of Inpex’s revised plan for Abadi LNG project, Inpex and its partner Shell are set to start preparations for Front End Engineering Design (FEED) work for the project. Inpex receives approval of revised plan of development. Source: InpexInpex and Shell will develop Abadi via an offshore production facility and a 9.5 million tonnes per annum (mmpta) onshore LNG plant, at an estimated cost of $20 billion.As previously reported, Inpex received approval from Indonesian authorities for the revised Plan of Development (POD) for the Abadi LNG project, which is located in the Arafura Sea, offshore Indonesia.However, according to Wood Mackenzie, the development still faces several challenges, including a crowded EPC market, finding buyers for the LNG, and technical challenges.In a statement on Tuesday, Inpex confirmed that the plan had been approved. In addition to the revised POD, the authorities also approved the application for a seven-year additional time allocation and a 20-year extension to the Production Sharing Contract (PSC) for the Masela Block, extending the term of the PSC until 2055.Takayuki Ueda, President & CEO of Inpex, commented: “While the project’s development concept has been changed from a floating LNG scheme to an onshore LNG scheme, I am confident that the economics of the Project based on the revised POD are now sufficiently strong for Inpex and Shell given the PSC term until 2055 and sufficient financial conditions have been secured following a series of constructive discussions with the authorities.“Inpex aims to make this project competitive and will continue to work toward the production startup scheduled in the latter half of the 2020s.”Moving forward, Inpex said that, together with its partner Shell, the company would begin the necessary preparations to start FEED work. Preparations will mainly consist of the mobilization of operational personnel and bidding-related work for the selection of contractors undertaking FEED work.A final investment decision (FID) is subject to a series of subsequent evaluations, including FEED work. Inpex is expected to make the FID within three years and first gas is expected in 2028.Commenting on the POD Approval, Clare Harris, Shell’s Executive Vice President Venture Development said, “Obtaining approval for the Plan of Development is an important achievement and Shell appreciates the constructive partnership of the authorities that has enabled progress on this major milestone.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

27Sep/20

Think Ya Know? Is Marijuana a Risk Factor for Violence?

first_imgWarning Graphic Subject MatterParents Opposed to Pot is bringing awareness to the link between marijuana and violence in America, but we want the public to know that our hearts break for all the victims and their families and friends. Many of us are victims too. This was a difficult video to produce but the public needs to know marijuana is a risk factor for violence, especially today’s high potency marijuana.Resources for Think Ya Know? Is Marijuana a Risk Factor for Violence?Metanalysis- “Cannabis use in this population is a risk factor for violence.”https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/…Tell Your Children the Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violencehttps://www.simonandschuster.com/book…Cases of cannabis-induced psychosis increase during COVID-19 pandemichttps://www.daily-chronicle.com/2020/…Arizona child deaths marijuanahttps://www.azdhs.gov/documents/preve…Florida child deathshttps://cdn.ymaws.com/www.fadaa.org/r…Texas child deathshttps://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About_DF…Lewisville Texas, father kills 16-month old sonhttps://www.foxnews.com/us/texas-dad-…https://cbsaustin.com/news/local/nort…1st day of marijuana legalization 2 shot in home invasion to steal marijuana. 9-year-old homehttps://komonews.com/news/local/polic…Richard Kirk kills wife after consuming marijuana candyhttps://www.rmpbs.org/blogs/news/excl…A 15-year-old boy died and a 14-year-old is possibly paralyzed after apparently trying to steal marijuana plants from a Denver backyard.https://www.9news.com/article/news/cr…Deputy Parishhttps://castlerocknewspress.net/stori…Fountain Colorado 2 teens shot marijuana drug deal, brought 1 year to drug dealhttps://www.kktv.com/content/news/2-t…Columbine shootinghttps://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2…https://www.denverpost.com/1999/04/21…Tucson shooterhttps://www.laweekly.com/marijuana-tu…Colorado Theater Shooterhttps://www.laweekly.com/james-holmes…Dylan Roof church shooterhttps://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/17/us…Colorado Springs Halloween shooterhttps://www.csindy.com/IndyBlog/archi…Colorado Planned Parenthood shooterhttps://gazette.com/crime/robert-dear…Kevin Janson Neal, Californiahttps://www.cbsnews.com/news/californ…https://nypost.com/2017/11/15/califor…Sutherland Springs church shooterhttps://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/tex…Parkland school shooterhttps://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/…last_img read more

25Sep/20

Lending collector robbed

first_imgBACOLOD City – Cash amounting to P7,500and a motorcycle were stolen from a lending collector in Barangay Maricalum,Sipalay City, Negros Occidental. The 26-year-old Reynaldo Fabillar ofBarangay Culipapa, Hinoba-an, Negros Occidental complained of having beenrobbed, police said. At gunpoint, the armed man forced Fabillarto hand over his money around 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. The suspects also took Fabillar’smotorcycle and sped away after. Officers of the Siplay City conducted amanhunt operation against the suspects./PN Fabillar told the police he was juststanding along the road on Thursday when two armed men stopped next to him.last_img read more