Happy Birthday, Norman Borlaug

first_img Happy Birthday, Norman Borlaug Facebook Twitter SHARE  By Gary Truitt Home Commentary Happy Birthday, Norman Borlaug By Gary Truitt – Mar 23, 2014 center_img March 25 is National Agriculture Day; it is also the 100th birthday of Dr. Norma Borlaug.   Through dedication and lifelong effort, Borlaug was credited with saving a billion lives and earned the title of the father of the green revolution. His pioneering research dramatically increased agricultural production in the 1950s and 60s and laid the foundation for the biotechnology revolution which has increased food production today and will well into the future. While a statue of Borlaug is being dedicated in Washington this week, there remains today, as there was in his day, criticism of his work and ideas.“He was good at something most scientists aren’t good at—public relations,” explains Ed Runge, professor at Texas A&M University. “We all need to make connections, and I think Borlaug was superb at that. He could talk to a farmer. He could talk to Indira Gandhi [the third Prime Minister of India]. He could talk to anybody.”  Much of the criticism today of biotechnology is because the developers of the technology have not been good at talking with anybody.  Dr. Borlaug’s granddaughter, Julie, has the gift of PR and is now leading a pushback against those who oppose biotechnology as the Assistant Director of Partnerships for the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.  She told me in a recent interview that, “The fear of change is the biggest obstacle to progress.”Julie BorlaugShe calls for a change in the way biotechnology is explained and presented to the general public, “The arguments we have we used in the past have failed.” She said telling people the world will starve if we don’t adopt biotechnology is ineffective, “Nobody believes it is going to get that bad. Food shortages and mass starvation are not something most people in the developed world have experience with or can identify with.”    Furthermore, she said much of the opposition to biotechnology is rooted in a distrust of “big ag.”  She noted that people who oppose big corporations producing their food carry iPhones from a big corporation using proprietary technology.This wife and mother, while well-educated, does not use science to connect with consumers or to confront critics. She believes a more emotional approach is needed. “We need to dumb down and shorten our message,” she said. For example, she says those who oppose biotechnology are opposing woman’s rights. She says that without biotech crops woman in developing countries will continue to spend their days pulling weeds in fields by hand. She points out that by withholding biotechnology from these nations you condemn future generations of women to grinding poverty and back-breaking labor.She also enjoys talking with mothers who oppose GMO foods. She frames biotechnology in terms they can understand, “I talk about the orange juice in their refrigerator or the bread they feed their kids, and how these could disappear without biotechnology that can develop crops that are resistant to disease.” She also is a fearless crusader against myths and misconceptions about biotechnology, “You just have to walk into Whole Foods to see all kinds of examples of this; things like a sign that reads ‘GMO free salt.’”While erecting a statue to Dr. Borlaug in the nation’s capitol is nice and appropriate, a better way to celebrate his 100th birthday and honor his legacy is to continue the fight for the cause to which he dedicated his life: improving food production and availability around the world. “My grandfather always believed that investments in the next generation of people would bring solutions to future challenges,” stated Julie Borlaug.  Showing how biotechnology can improve life today and for the next generation is a great way to make that kind of investment. SHARE Previous articleIndiana Prepares for Ag WeekNext articleThe European Union’s Reluctance to Embrace GMOs Gary Truitt Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ghassan Saoud arrested

first_img RSF_en Ghassan Saoud, a Lebanese journalist who writes for Al-Akhbar (a Lebanese newspaper regarded as pro-Syrian), was arrested near the Omeyyades mosque in Damascus and was taken with a plastic bag over his head to a military police office where he was repeatedly kicked and insulted. He had written a series of articles about the pro-democracy uprising in which he interviewed members of the Syrian political opposition, young people and activists, and reported their views. He has been released News Organisation center_img May 6, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ghassan Saoud arrested Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

RMG Acquisition Corp. III Announces Pricing of $420,000,000 Initial Public Offering

first_img Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 RMG Acquisition Corp. III Announces Pricing of $420,000,000 Initial Public Offering TAGS  Facebook Local NewsBusiness Pinterest NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– RMG Acquisition Corp. III (the “Company”) announced today that it priced its initial public offering of 42,000,000 units at $10.00 per unit. The units will be listed on The Nasdaq Capital Market (“Nasdaq”) and trade under the ticker symbol “RMGCU” beginning February 5, 2021. Each unit consists of one Class A ordinary share and one-fifth of one redeemable warrant. Each whole warrant entitles the holder thereof to purchase one Class A ordinary share at a price of $11.50 per share. Only whole warrants are exercisable. Once the securities comprising the units begin separate trading, the Class A ordinary shares and redeemable warrants are expected to be listed on Nasdaq under the symbols “RMGC” and “RMGCW,” respectively. The offering is expected to close on February 9, 2021, subject to customary closing conditions. The Company is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, amalgamation, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or other similar business combination with one or more businesses. The Company intends to capitalize on the ability of its management team to identify, acquire and operate businesses across a broad range of sectors that may provide opportunities for attractive long-term risk-adjusted returns. BofA Securities and Barclays are acting as joint book-running managers in the offering. The Company has granted the underwriters a 45-day option to purchase up to an additional 6,300,000 units at the initial public offering price to cover over-allotments, if any. The offering is being made only by means of a prospectus. When available, copies of the prospectus may be obtained from BofA Securities, Attention: Prospectus Department, NC1-004-03-43, 200 North College Street, 3rd floor, Charlotte, NC 28255-0001, or by emailing dg.prospectus—[email protected]@broadridge.com, tel: 888-603-5847. A registration statement relating to the securities has been declared effective by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on February 4, 2021. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements,” including with respect to the proposed initial public offering and the anticipated use of the net proceeds. No assurance can be given that the offering discussed above will be completed on the terms described, or at all, or that the net proceeds of the offering will be used as indicated. Forward-looking statements are subject to numerous conditions, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, including those set forth in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s registration statement and preliminary prospectus for the Company’s offering filed with the SEC. Copies of these documents are available on the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. The Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release, except as required by law. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204006129/en/ CONTACT: Investor Contact: Philip Kassin President and COO RMG Acquisition Corp. III 50 West Street, Suite 40C New York, NY 10006 Telephone: (212) 785-2579 Email:[email protected] KEYWORD: NEW YORK UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: BANKING OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FINANCE SOURCE: RMG Acquisition Corp. III Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/04/2021 05:00 PM/DISC: 02/04/2021 05:01 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204006129/encenter_img Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp Previous articleSitting on billions, Catholic dioceses amassed taxpayer aidNext articleUN backs democracy in Myanmar and urges release of detainees Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Man charged with bribing probation center worker to not test urine

first_img Man charged with bribing probation center worker to not test urine Jonathan Agulto A 31-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly offered a $500 bribe to a person that works at the Adult Probation Office to not test his urine.Jonathan Agulto was charged with bribery, a second-degree felony.The reported bribery happened at 3:25 p.m. Tuesday at the Adult Probation Office located at 312 N. Grant Ave., an Odessa Police Department affidavit detailed.The complainant, identified as 50-year-old Carmen Witt, stated that Agulto offered her $500 cash to help him out by not providing a urine analysis, the affidavit stated. Witt stated that Agulto admitted to her that he has been using methamphetamine.Officers read Agulto his Miranda warning, he understood his rights and would waive his rights to answer some questions about the incident, the affidavit detailed. Agulto admitted to offering Witt $500 cash so he wouldn’t have to take the urine analysis.Agulto was arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. He had one bond totaling $50,000 and posted bail on Wednesday, jail records show. Facebook Local News Twitter Facebook Previous articleAmid COVID-19 pandemic, flu has disappeared in the USNext articleBacklogged cases push California COVID-19 deaths past 50,000 Digital AIM Web Support Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Pinterest Twitter TAGS  last_img read more

Ombudsman informed of councillor’s claims as Creggan security operation ends

first_img Facebook Ombudsman informed of councillor’s claims as Creggan security operation ends Twitter Facebook Homepage BannerNews 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Pinterest A security operation in the Creggan area of Derry has now ended and residents are returning home.The PSNI’s Area Commander, Chief Inspector Tony Callaghan said while police understand that residents are frustrated that the operation has taken some time to complete, this was unavoidable and an absolutely necessary precaution to ensure the safety of the people of this area. He also confirmed he has informed the Police Ombudsman of comments made by Cllr Gary Donnelly, blaming police for rioting that occurred in the area.IN a statement issued this evening, Chief Inspector Callaghan said -“What we must remember in all of this is that police were subject to a murder bid here on Sunday night. We have all seen the pictures of the damage caused to the police vehicle and to the vehicle of another motorist by this explosive device. We are simply fortunate that no one, police officer or civilian, was killed or injured in that attack.I am sorry that people have been inconvenienced by the police operation, that is regrettable however when it comes to keeping people safe, we cannot and will not take any chances. It is a matter of deep sadness to me that some people took it upon themselves to attack police in the area last night. Dealing with public disorder in the midst of such a complex security operation was the last situation any of us wanted to be in. I am also aware of some concerns arising out of the operation have been expressed by a local representative. I have encouraged them to bring these to the Police Ombudsman for a full and independent investigation. I have also self-referred the matter to PONI myself.Ensuring public safety in circumstances where there is a clear and present threat from terrorists is always a complex, painstaking and time consuming task however it is my responsibility as Area Commander to make sure that the area is absolutely safe and that people are not being put at risk. As a result of this operation we have recovered a number of items that will now be examined and will form part of the ongoing police investigation.At the present time we are not in a position to elaborate on the nature of the device however what we can say is that it was sophisticated and designed to murder police officers serving this community.We would appeal to the community in Creggan to work with us to identify those responsible for this attack, to prevent further attacks and to allow the people of this area to live their lives free from the threat of terrorism and violence.” Google+ Twitter Google+center_img WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleMoya Doherty appointed as Chairperson of RTENext articleTwo men arrested near Strabane are questioned about Glenties break-ins News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – November 4, 2014 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Junior Minister Joe McHugh says Government is addressing Irish Water mistakes

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Donegal Government Minister Joe McHugh says that the Government has listened to the people on Irish Water admitting many mistakes were made.It was announced yesterday that households that register will get a €100 Water Conservation Grant each year, resulting in net charges of €60 for a single adult household and €160 for other households.PPS numbers will not be required for registration and Irish Water will delete any numbers it has already receivedMinister McHugh welcomed the measures but says trust between the Government and the people will have to be rebuilt:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/joerawIRISHWATER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Households who don’t pay the water charge could face bills and penalties of over a thousand euro within two years.The government’s confirmed that the penalties for not paying the charges will continue to mount over time.It means that the longer the charges aren’t paid, the higher their penalties will be.Alan Kelly told the Dail that penalties will be added to unpaid water bills every year.But a briefing document prepared for TDs confirms that those penalties will continue to accumulate over time.For every year that a household doesn’t pay the bill, it will run up more and more penalties – while at the same time incurring new fines for the bills that come in afterwards.It means that the average family will see their bills almost double if they don’t pay for three years.Instead of a net total of 480 in charges, those families will instead face a total bill of 1 thousand 140 euro.The way the penalties build up is proving to be a serious problem for landlords – who are refusing to co-operate with the new scheme.Property owners’ groups say the charges will mount up so quickly, that in some cases, taking the money from a deposit still won’t cover the bill. Google+ Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Junior Minister Joe McHugh says Government is addressing Irish Water mistakes By News Highland – November 20, 2014 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleMcNamee has talks with cup winners St PatsNext articleGAA Programme catch up – listen back to Wednesday’s show News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

No new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Donegal today

first_imgHomepage BannerNews No new Covid-19 cases confirmed in Donegal today News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleEvening News, Sport, and Obituaries on Monday August 31stNext articleVictories for Jockey’s Orr and McMonagle News Highland Facebook 53 new cases of Covid 19 have been confirmed in the Republic and no further deaths. None of today’s new cases are in Donegal.25 of today’s cases are in Dublin, 11 in Limerick and the remaining 17 are spread across 10 other counties. None of them are in Donegal.The total number of cases now stands at 28,811 and the death toll remains at 1,777.Meanwhile, 58 new cases of Covid 19 have been recorded in the North, in the last 24 hours.There have been no new coronavirus related deaths.It means the death toll remains at 560 in Northern Ireland.There have been 7,245 cases confirmed since the start of the pandemic.*******************************Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThere have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.There has now been a total of 1,777 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Sunday 30th August, the HPSC has been notified of 53 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 28,811* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;28 are men / 25 are women75% are under 45 years of age27 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case14 cases have been identified as community transmission25 in Dublin, 11 in Limerick and the remaining 17 cases are located in Kildare, Longford, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Laois, Meath, Roscommon, Tipperary, Westmeath.The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “This evening, I want to recognise the very significant impact of the measures on individuals, communities and businesses in Kildare over the past three weeks. The improvement in the epidemiological situation there is a testament to the willingness of everyone to adhere to the public health guidance and measures implemented.“At a meeting of the National Public Health Emergency Team today, NPHET thanked people in Kildare – and in Laois and Offaly previously – for their forbearance and noted that their actions are a demonstration, and a further reminder, of what can be achieved through collective action as we continue to strike a balance between living our lives and behaving in a way that protects one another.”Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and Integrated Care Lead HSE, said; “As we continue through the school year, we expect cases and these will be responded to rapidly, tailored to that outbreak and led by public health doctors. These public health doctors will communicate with school staff and parents as indicated.”Rachel Kenna, Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health said; “We can all support parents and school children in our communities by following public health advice. We all have a responsibility to keep our schools open by applying this advice to our daily lives. Remember the key protective behaviours, regular hand washing, physical distance, wearing face coverings where appropriate, reduce your social contacts, know the symptoms and know when to isolate.”Dr Sumi Dunne, General Practitioner, said; “We are aware that this is an anxious time for parents and guardians. GPs across the country are here to support them. If you feel your child is unwell, outside of a blocked/runny nose and seasonal sneezing, please do not send them into school. Keep them at home, restrict your movements and make contact with your GP.”ENDS*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 28,811 confirmed cases reflects this. Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Twitter Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – August 31, 2020 Pinterest WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

A two-phase model of electrical conduction in polar ice sheets

first_imgIt has been suggested that the dc conductivity of polar ice sheets could be due to the presence of liquid layers at the grain boundaries. These layers would consist of a mixture of acids with water. We show that it is plausible that acids will be at three‐grain boundaries in polar ice. Using reliable data for H2SO4, HNO3, and HCl concentrations in ice at South Pole, we derive the correct magnitude and temperature dependence for its conductivity. The model explains the narrow range of ice conductivities found in polar regions.last_img read more

Student hero honoured

first_imgA student from Lincoln College has received an award from the High Sheriff of Oxfordshire in recognition of an act of bravery.Dr. Joseph Raimondo, who is studying for a DPhil in neuroscience, apprehended a burglar in spontaneous moment of heroism earlier this year.Raimondo cycled after Wadham burglar Jason Callaghan as he fled along South Parks Road before tackling him to the ground.Callaghan was sentenced to four years in jail this May after he pleaded guilty to burgling Wadham in February.He had attempted to raid the room of tutor Giulia Zanderighi.last_img read more

Getting real

first_imgSpring 2008 sees the launch of a brand new four-day food festival in the UK, the Real Food Festival. The event is designed to reflect the focus given to food standards and, in particular, provenance and sustainability in the UK and around the world. Its aim is to bring together producers and consumers in a celebration of excellent produce, reflected in the festival’s profile as both a trade and a consumer show, with a dedicated trade day on the 24th.Hundreds of small producers in the UK and overseas will offer visitors the opportunity to explore, taste and buy their products. However Real Food Festival’s main point of difference is its Selection Panel, which has used unique criteria to appoint small or artisan producers to showcase at the festival. A total of 400 of the most passionate producers have been hand-picked, using a quality and integrity selection process, and the smallest producers are being subsidised to attend, courtesy of support from sponsors Whole Foods Market, Daylesford Organic, Grana Padano and Tyrrell’s.The selection committee is made up of a cross-section of members, who are all passionate about produce. They include Alex James, farmer, journalist and bass player with Blur; Juliet Harbutt, international cheese expert; Matthew Drennan, editor of Delicious magazine; Rose Prince, food writer for The Daily Telegraph and author; Richard Johnson, journalist and broadcaster; Sebastiano Sardo of FooDiscovery; Anthony Davidson of Localfoodshop.co.uk and BigBarn.co.uk.The trade day on the 24th includes a start-studded gala evening.== Bakery exhibitors ==Bakery products exhibitors at the festival include De Gustibus, one of Britain’s leading artisan bakers, Midfield Granola, which produces a range of luxury cereals baked in honey and sunflower oil, and The Flour Station, where Jon Rolfe and his team draw on extensive influences to produce full-bodied craft breads at a company that began life as a ’bakery in a cupboard’ in a corner of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Fifteen. In total, there will be over 40 producers representing baked goods, cereals and pasta.Other festival attractions will include one of the largest farmers’ markets seen in the UK, the wines, beers and spirits fair, Delicious magazine workshops, and the Real Food Theatre, with presentations from top chefs, such as Raymond Blanc. A small selection of the UK’s most exciting restaurants, including Canteen and the Duke of Cambridge – the world’s first certified organic gastropub – will be serving signature dishes.Tickets to the trade day on 24 April cost £20 (excl VAT). For more information or to buy tickets as either a consumer or trade attendee, contact [http://www realfoodfestival.co.uk]Where: Earls Court 1, LondonWhen: 24-27 April, 2008Opening times: 24 April – 10am-6pm25 April – 11am-6pm26 April – 11am-7pm27 April – 11am-5pmlast_img read more