Feeding the World

first_imgGale A. Buchanan, retired dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and former U.S. Department of Agriculture undersecretary for research, education and economics, has penned his second book, “Feeding the World: Agricultural Research in the Twenty-First Century.”His latest book, published by Texas A&M University Press, details his ideas on how increased agricultural research can lead to a more efficient food production system, one that can provide food for a projected population of more than 9 billion people by 2050.Agricultural economists have shown that the sum total of land, labor and capital inputs employed in agriculture has hardly changed since 1948. However, by 2009, the output of crops and livestock had risen over two-and-a-half times,” Buchanan said. “That increase in output, then, is almost entirely due to knowledge-based productivity gains. Agricultural research is essential to increasing output while holding inputs constant. This is, indeed, a challenge, but it is possible if we maintain robust support of agricultural research.Buchanan’s book covers the grand challenges he sees that, if successfully addressed, would bring about a “new paradigm” in agricultural productivity. These challenges include improving soil quality and energy efficiency, eliminating animal diseases and breeding crop plants that are productive in unpredictable climates and have “greater water, nitrogen and other nutrient efficiencies.”Almost a billion people do not have adequate food, and many more do not consume the proteins, fats and minerals necessary for normal human development, he said.“For a secure and peaceful planet, all people must have a reasonable level of food security. We are fortunate to live in a country with an abundant food supply. All people on this planet are not so lucky,” Buchanan said. “Our system has been phenomenally successful with even meager funding for agricultural research. However, to meet the challenges that lie ahead, agricultural research must be better supported.”Buchanan sees agricultural research in the future that is adequately funded, internationally cooperative and based on research that involves scientists, administrators, educators, farmers, politicians and consumers.Agriculture has been an integral part of Buchanan’s life since childhood, when he hoed weeds in peanuts on his family’s farm in Madison County, Florida. He left the farm to earn undergraduate degrees in agronomy from the University of Florida and traveled to corn country to earn a doctoral degree in plant physiology from Iowa State University. He then focused on research related to the reduction of weed pressure in agronomic crops.In 2013, Buchanan co-authored “Leadership in Agriculture: Case Studies for a New Generation.”“Feeding the World: Agricultural Research in the Twenty-First Century” is available through Texas A&M Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.last_img read more

‘Proud’ Pochettino hints he could stay at Spurs after final defeat

first_imgPochettino made the decision to start Harry Kane, despite the striker not playing a match in almost two months.Kane had just recovered from an ankle injury and struggled for chances against a resilient Liverpool defence.“It’s not about playing with Harry Kane or Lucas Moura,” Pochettino said.“We had to make a decision and of course for me, Harry Kane after one month and a half finished the game fresh.“He didn’t score like other players but it’s not a point to talk about too much. My decision I promise was about analytics and thinking with all the information.  I don’t regret my decision.”Spurs were never at their best during a subdued match at the Wanda Metropolitano, forced to chase the game after Moussa Sissoko conceded a penalty after 23 seconds.“You never believe that after one minute you’re going to be 1-0 down, a situation that not only changed our plans, it changed the dynamic (of the game),” Pochettino said.“I’m very proud with the effort, how we fought. We played so well, we played so well in the second half. I feel so proud, there is nothing else to say.”Share on: WhatsApp Tottenham’s coach Mauricio Pochettino is tight lipped on his future at the club.Madrid, Spain | AFP |  Mauricio Pochettino kept tight-lipped about his future as Tottenham Hotspur coach after his side lost the Champions League final to Liverpool on Saturday.The Argentine has been linked with a move to Italian champions Juventus and German giants Bayern Munich but suggested he may stay to try to guide Spurs to another final after their 2-0 defeat in Madrid.“When you live this experience you want to do it again. I hope we can do it again in the future,” Pochettino told BT Sport.“It’s about trying, it’s about believing, it’s about building, and I hope it happens again as soon as possible.”Spurs fell behind to a Mohamed Salah penalty almost straight after kick-off but were the better side after the break, before Divock Origi arrowed in a second late on.Pochettino has said he wants clarity on Tottenham’s ambitions before the start of next season and said on Saturday he would be holding talks with the club.“Now is the time to stay calm, change the mood, for sure we are going to have time to talk,” said Pochettino.“It is not a moment now to talk too much. You can interpret things in different ways. People want to compare me with different managers but they don’t know that we are in a different project in a different position and different place.“In five years at Tottenham the project was so clear, our ambition was amazing, and the commitment from the players was amazing — the club played their first Champions League final.”last_img read more

Serena wins first match since Wimbledon final, Osaka advance

first_imgSerena Williams defeated Belgium’s Elise Mertens on Wednesday to reach the third round at the WTA Toronto tournamentToronto, Canada | AFP |  Serena Williams looked solid in her first match since losing the Wimbledon final, defeating 20th-ranked Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday at the WTA Toronto tournament.The 37-year-old American, one crown shy of a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title, advanced in 75 minutes at her first US Open hardcourt tuneup event.“I feel like my movement is great — been working on my fitness, so I felt like it really was able to shine through today,” Williams said.“I’m loving going out there and I’m loving kind of running. So it’s a good thing.”Also moving into the third round was Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the reigning US and Australian Open champion. She won after taking the first set 6-2 when Germany’s Tatjana Maria retired with a left abdominal injury.With Osaka’s triumph, Australian Ashleigh Barty was ensured of being dethroned next week as world number one, although it could be Czech Kristyna Pliskova instead of Osaka who swipes the top spot.Williams, ranked 10th, seeks her fourth WTA Canada crown after 2001, 2011 and 2013 and improved her match record at the event to 31-4, winning half the 10 break points she earned against Mertens.“Now that I’m just injury-free, I’m just enjoying being able to train, and I haven’t been able to do it since January, really,” Williams said.“So I just think that the fact that I can train and practice and get in the gym is really going to be helpful for me.”Mertens broke for a 2-1 lead but Williams answered in the sixth game to pull level at 3-3.“I know when I got down one break I got real negative,” Williams said. “I don’t know what happened on the first time I got down. (She) just played really well. She’s obviously a really good player. I just needed to just double down and get more focused.”Next in the path of the former world number one will be Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova, who eliminated China’s Zhang Shuai 6-4, 6-3. Osaka had not played a match since losing to Yulia Putintseva in the first round at Wimbledon.“I thought I played really well despite the fact that we only played one set,” Osaka said. “I was able to do what I wanted, which was go for the shots that I had the opportunity to.“And, of course, there were a couple unforced errors, but I think that’s part of the process.“For me, I’m just happy that it was my first match in a while and I was able to get in the groove of things quickly.”The victory gives Osaka the inside track on taking the top spot in Monday’s new rankings.– Pliskova eyes No. 1 –Pliskova could overtake Barty, the French Open champion who lost in Toronto on Tuesday, and Osaka both after beating 37th-ranked American Alison Riske 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2.The 27-year-old Czech must reach the semi-finals for any chance at taking world number one, but if Osaka makes the last eight, Pliskova must reach the final to have a hope at being number one next week.Pliskova will next play Estonia’s 19th-ranked Anett Kontaveit, who made the third round when Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro retired with an injury at 7-5, 3-1 down.Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep outlasted American Jennifer Brady 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7/5).Ukraine teen Dayana Yastremska beat two-time major winner and former number one Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 7-5.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Villa snap up Tanzanian Samatta in bid for survival

first_imgTanzanian striker Samatta First Tanzanian to score in the European CL First Tanzanian to score in the Europa League First Tanzanian to win the African CL First Tanzanian to play in the English Premier LeagueLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |  Aston Villa completed the signing of Tanzanian striker Mbwana Samatta from Genk for a reported £8.5 million ($11 million) fee on Monday.Samatta has signed a four-and-a-half year deal, subject to a work permit and international clearance being granted.The 27-year-old has scored 10 goals for Genk in all competitions this season, including against Liverpool in the Champions League at Anfield.“I’m really pleased we have managed to bring Mbwana to the club,” said Villa manager Dean Smith.“He has scored goals throughout his career and I’m looking forward to working with him.” Smith was badly in need of reinforcements up front after Wesley was ruled out for the rest of the season due to knee ligament damage.Villa have been forced to play without a recognised striker since the Brazilian was injured in a New Year’s Day win at Burnley.Samatta’s deal was not completed in time to face Watford on Tuesday in a huge clash at the bottom of the table.Villa are in the relegation zone, but just one point behind the Hornets, who are unbeaten in their last six league games.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Five English players head GB&I team for 2019 Walker Cup

first_img Tags: Alex Fitzpatrick, Ben Jones, Ben Schmidt, Conor Gough, Harry Hall, Thomas Plumb, Tom Sloman, Walker Cup 20 Aug 2019 Five English players head GB&I team for 2019 Walker Cup Five English players have been included in the Great Britain & Ireland team to face America in this year’s Walker Cup at Royal Liverpool on September 7-8.Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire), Conor Gough (Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire), Harry Hall (West Cornwall, Cornwall), Thomas Plumb (Yeovil, Somerset) and Tom Sloman (Taunton & Pickeridge, Somerset) have been listed in the team while Ben Schmidt (Rotherham, Yorkshire) and Ben Jones (Northamptonshire County, Northamptonshire) have been named as first and second reserves.The rest of the ten-man team is made up of Ireland’s Conor Purcell (Portmarnock), Caolan Rafferty (Dundalk) and James Sugrue (Mallow) and Scotland’s Sandy Scott (Nairn) and Euan Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie).Announcing the selection, GB&I captain, Craig Watson said: “It has been a very difficult decision to select ten players for Great Britain and Ireland from a strong squad but we have been very impressed with the results of those we have picked and we believe they will give us the best chance of regaining the Walker Cup against a strong American team.”“The Walker Cup is a fantastic opportunity for those amateurs to demonstrate their talents on the big stage and it will be an experience that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.We are looking forward to the match at Hoylake and I’m sure the players will give it their very best to win.”GB&I is bidding to win back the Walker Cup after the USA secured a 19-7 victory in the 2017 match at Los Angeles Country Club. Home advantage has proved a key factor in recent matches with GB&I winning the biennial encounter at Royal Aberdeen in 2011 and the 2015 match at Royal Lytham & St Annes.Photos: Credit Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

ERNEST SHACKLETON TAKES $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE AS ECLIPSE AWARD WINNING APPRENTICE VAN DYKE NOTCHES FIRST WIN AS JOURNEYMAN JOCK

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 23, 2015)–Irish-bred Ernest Shackleton sat a close third early and ran gamely late to win Friday’s $58,000 allowance feature by a half length, providing America’s Eclipse Award winning apprentice jockey Drayden Van Dyke with his first-ever win as a journeyman, covering one mile on turf in 1:36.16.Trained by Doug O’Neill, Ernest Shackleton wheeled three-wide turning for home to notch his first stateside win, which followed a non-threatening seventh place performance in his U.S. debut, the one mile turf Eddie Logan Stakes, on Dec. 27.“I thought Drayden rode a perfect race, he rode like a journeyman,” said the ever-complimentary O’Neill. “I just told him this horse has ‘Euro-tactical’ speed, which means you want to get him covered up, but keep after him. When he saw daylight, he came running.“As far as Drayden is concerned, I really think he’s a lot like Shoemaker. He’s small, light and he’s very quiet, on the horses he rides and with the people (he deals with). I sure wish him the best.”Off at 2-1 in a field of eight 3-year-olds, Ernest Shackleton paid $6.60, $3.80 and $3.00,          following a claim of foul for interference in deep stretch from Elvis Trujillo, who rode the second place finisher, Verraco.“We did come out a little bit, we might have come out a path, but that’s about it,” said Van Dyke, who turned 20 in September. When asked how it felt to get his first win on his first day riding as a journeyman, Van Dyke responded simply, “It feels great.”Owned by R3 Racing, Cahill, Keh and partners, Ernest Shackleton got his second win from six starts and with the winner’s share of $34,800, increased his earnings to $53,018.Off at 6-1, Verraco mounted a stretch rally on the far outside, but ended up second best, finishing 1 ¾ lengths in front of Dynamite Ride. Verraco paid $5.00 and $4.20.Off at 9-1 with Tyler Baze up, Dynamite Ride sat second to pacesetter Bluegrass Sight and tired late to finish third by a head over Bluegrass Sight and paid $5.40 to show.Even money favorite Willing to Travel stumbled at the break with Rafael Bejarano and was next to last after the first half mile. He made a menacing move around the far turn, but flattened out through the drive, finishing a non-theatening fifth.Fractions on the race were 23.64, 48.16, 1:12.18 and 1:24.11.Saturday is Sunshine Millions/California Cup Day at Santa Anita and there will be special early first post time at 12 noon. Admission gates open at 10 a.m. IRISH-BRED GETS FIRST STATESIDE WIN FOR O’NEILL AS HE COVERS MILE ON GRASS IN 1:36.16 –30–last_img read more

More sports in brief

first_imgWindies almost bottom of Test table DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC): Lowly ranked West Indies have experienced an 11-point slide and are in danger of replacing Bangladesh at the bottom of the table in the ICC Test team rankings. Bangladesh are breathing down the necks of the West Indies Test side, trailing them by just eight points, according to the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings, which included the annual update, released yesterday. West Indies have retained eighth position, but have dropped from 79 points to 65. The gap between the Caribbean side and ninth-ranked Bangladesh has been slashed from 29 points to just eight points. The ICC says with the annual update the results from 2012-13 are no longer included in the calculations and outcomes from the 2014-15 series are weighted at 50 per cent. Meanwhile, Australia have opened up a six-point gap over India at the top of the rankings, while India now lead third-placed Pakistan by just one point. Wade ‘honoured’ to be Prince’s favourite player MIAMI (AP): Dwyane Wade says he’s feeling “all kinds of emotions” after hearing that he was Prince’s favourite basketball player. The Miami Heat star took to Twitter after hearing Prince’s comments in a 2012 Australian radio interview the late pop icon conducted with model Damaris Lewis. Wade tweeted that he knows he has fans and supporters around the world, but “hearing Prince say those words was an ultimate compliment”. Prince died last month at his Minnesota home at the age of 57. Bahamas FA backs Haven against FIFA ban NASSAU, Bahamas (CMC): The Bahamas Football Association (BFA) has thrown its support behind Lionel Haven, a former executive member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), who has been slapped with a five-year ban by FIFA, football’s governing body. “Lionel has worked with the BFA for a number of years,” Sealey said. “He was a dedicated and committed general secretary, who helped us achieve much of what we are being credited for today.” Haven, also a former Bahamas Football Association’s (BFA) secretary general who has denied any wrong doing, was slapped with a fine of US$3000 in addition to the five-year ban. FIFA’s ethics committee says Haven has failed to disclose information on cash payments at a CFU event in 2011. “We are confident and satisfied that his involvement in this, is as he stated,” said Sealey. “I spoke to him immediately after having reported it and I’m satisfied that he had no involvement in this and we stand behind him.” The ban stems from the so-called cash for votes controversy, in which Caribbean football executives were handed US$40,000 stuffed in envelopes at an upscale hotel in Trinidad ahead of the 2011 FIFA presidential election.last_img read more

Early harvest means more fall tillage work

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As farmers clean off their combines and wagons after an early 2015 harvest, the work is far from done. Growers are using this newfound time in the fall to work some ground. DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Derek Hunker talks about why farmers are doing more tillage this year and what else is going on around the farm to prepare for 2016 in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.last_img

JackBe Bringing Internal App Stores to Enterprises

first_imgCognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#news#Products#Real-Time Web IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finleycenter_img Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now JackBe is releasing technology to allow enterprises to to create their own internal “app stores” on June 30. Complementing JackBe’s existing line of mashup and app making tools, the JackBe App Store will enable users to share the AJAX apps they’ve created with other uses within the enterprise. The apps are portable and can run as standalone apps, on dashboards, in Sharepoint, on mobile devices, and pipe data into Excel.JackBe’s tools, such as Presto Wires and Mashboard, enable the creation of mashups and simple custom apps by end-users without the need for the IT department to get involved, thus speeding up development and deployment. The tools are designed with security and compliance in mind and run inside the firewall, so enterprise-ready applications can be created on the fly.The company says a major publishing house uses JackBe products to map items from their inventory to current trending search terms from Yahoo! and other sources of real-time data. The publishing house’s marketing team uses this information to create timely web marketing campaigns by on current events.The JackBe App Store aims to improve the sharing of these sorts of custom apps within the enterprise by allowing app creators to share their creations across silos or within departments. End-users can then easily modify the apps – by adding or removing data or changing the way it’s visualized.In 2008 Forrester estimated the market for enterprise mashups would reach $700 million by 2013. Other companies competing for a chunk of this market include Dapper, Kapow, Kivati and Mindtouch.last_img read more

You Can Do It. The Question is Will You?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now The difference between “can” and “will” is measured in the difference between the result one produces and the result one is capable of producing.Even without knowing what one wants, it is almost certain that any individual can do what they need to do to have it. When said individual does not have what they want, there is almost a guaranteed lack of will, i.e., they are unwilling to pay the price to obtain it. The lack of “will do” is present even when a person denies lacking the will. In fact, you are every minute surrounded by overwhelming evidence of this truth.If you want something you don’t have, it’s because you have seen it. You have evidence that it is possible. You might even have noticed that the person who has what you want is not all that different from you, and they might even lack some of the skills, abilities, and other intangibles you already possess. There may also be a few who have what you want who didn’t have the knowledge or skills and had to pay the price to gain them before they achieved that thing you want. Either way, if they could do all those things necessary to produce some result, you can do the same. But the “can” isn’t what allows some to succeed where others fail. It’s the “will do.”People who succeed at achieving any goal exercise their will, their “me management.” They will themselves to do what others will not, and that willingness is visible in the results they produce. Those who achieve any worthwhile goal pay the price to have what they want, and they pay it in full, without fail, and without complaint.The willingness to pay the price in time, energy, and resources is what allows two people to produce wildly different results. The willingness to invest in the result you want instead of spending these resources on comfort and entertainment is how you achieve your goals. Your results exactly match your real goals.The question is not, “Can you?” The question is, “Will you?”last_img read more