People don’t often associate Georgia with soybeans, but for a time last week, the state became the epicenter for international soybean science.More than 300 plant breeders, molecular biologists and commercial researchers converged on Athens, Georgia, for the 17th Biennial Conference on the Molecular and Cellular Biology of the Soybean. The meeting showcased new research in gene characterization, genome editing, soybean engineering, and soybean biology and environmental interaction. Presenters came from around the globe and were hosted by University of Georgia soybean scientists and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences professors Scott Jackson, Zenglu Li and Wayne Parrott. “We really had some of the most cutting-edge concepts and ideas in soybean biology presented this week,” said Jackson, of the UGA Center for Applied Genetic Technologies. “From increasing yield to achieving insect and disease resistance, understanding the molecular biology of the soybean is going to help us build a more bountiful and sustainable food supply as the world’s population grows.”Farmers around the world grow about 250 million acres of soybeans, and the demand for the crop is growing. In 2018, soybean acreage planted in the U.S. overtook the nation’s planted corn acreage for the first time. Georgia farmers grow about 180,000 acres each year mainly to produce cooking oil.“The soybean is a key crop for meeting the nutritional needs of the increasing global population,” Parrott said. “A thorough understanding of soybean genetics is important for the development of new soybean varieties to meet the nutritional, environmental and industrial requirements that soybeans could fulfill over the coming decades.”In addition to the four-day molecular biology conference, UGA’s soybean scientists, led by Li, hosted the two-day 2018 Soybean Breeders Tour. The tour highlighted UGA’s soybean research and UGA Cooperative Extension work. It attracted about 160 soybean breeders and soybean specialists. “We wanted to share the work we’re doing with soybeans at UGA,” Li said. “Researchers at UGA are focused on both the basic and applied sides of soybean research, and the Soybean Breeders Tour allowed us to showcase how basic and applied soybean research come together to benefit our soybean growers and to improve the security of our food system.”For more information about soybean breeding and molecular biology at UGA, visit cropsoil.uga.edu.
The former chief of an Israeli technology firm who had eluded U.S. authorities for more than a decade before his extradition last year was sentenced Thursday to nearly three years in prison for his role in a lucrative fraud scheme.In what authorities said was the heaviest penalty ever handed down for a stock option backdating scheme, Jacob “Kobi” Alexander was ordered to serve 30 months in prison during his sentencing at U.S. District Court in Central Islip Thursday.Alexander’s punishment follows his guilty plea in September for a securities fraud scheme dating back nearly two decades. He was indicted more than 10 years ago but had fled to Namibia, a country in southwest Africa, with his family, to evade prosecution, authorities said.Federal prosecutors said Alexander, the former CEO of Comverse, which was traded on the NASDAQ 100, operated a fraudulent backdating scheme and subsequently lied to investors in public filings. Comverse had offices in Woodbury. The scheme went on from 1998 to 2006, authorities said. By backdating stock options, Alexander and his alleged co-conspirators made tens of millions in profits by selecting issuance dates when Comverse stock was trading lower. This allowed Comverse to inflate the amount of its profits and also violated the company’s shareholder-approved stock option plans, authorities said.Alexander’s plan to escape legal scrutiny included an attempt to bribe a witness into making false statements and abruptly fleeing the country, authorities said. Alexander was extradited from Namibia last year.“I deeply regret having participated in this conduct,” Alexander reportedly said back in September. In a statement, Robert Capers, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said Alexander’s conviction and sentence “should send a powerful message to high-ranking executives that corporate rank is no shield to criminal liability.” Embed from Getty Images Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York
Submit StumbleUpon Share Share SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Racing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that William Morris has been promoted to Head of International Racing.Morris initially joined SIS back in 2016 as the company’s Digital Sales Manager, where he supervised the domestic and international expansion of SIS’ digital division.Commenting on his new position, Morris said: “This is a really exciting move for me as I enter the next chapter of my career at SIS.“We already have a fantastic portfolio of racing rights and I’m keen to ensure we continue to build on this to optimise our 24/7 racing offer for operators globally.”In his new role, Morris will be responsible for managing and growing SIS’s international horse racing rights portfolio, which forms an integral part of the company’s betting channels including its 24/7 Live Betting Channels.Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, added: “William has made a significant impact since joining the company three years ago and we’re pleased that he’s now taking on the role of Head of International Racing.“With his industry experience and passion for horse racing, we believe William is the perfect candidate to further enhance our international racing rights operations.” Related Articles
BILL NEAL :09 “Drew-Fino” is “In the Locker-Room” reading Overtime when he’s not shooting jumpers in some chumps face.Ya’ll remember Drew Schifino, the superstar scoring machine who lit it up at Penn Hills and WVU. What up Schifino?:08 The St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series in seven games over Texas. That’s all…now shut up! You know you didn’t watch a game.:07 ABC fired Hank Williams Jr., the voice of the Monday Night Football theme song for saying President Obama was a kin to Hitler. Hey Hank, are you ready for the unemployment line???:06 Pittsburgh are you gonna keep listening to Dr. Howard Slaughter just because he has 10 colleges degrees (and one from Harvard I might add) and I only have two…or are you gonna believe what I tell ya??? That’s what I thought…you stay with me…Slaughter doesn’t have a column in the Courier, I do! I am just saying.:05 Here’s a late entry from my man “Big D.J.” who is still “on vacation” and it’s not bad for a Top 10 finest list for a guy “on vacation.” 1. Halle Berry 2. Pam Grier 3. Vanessa Williams 4. Sally Richardson 5. Angela Bassett 6. Janet Jackson 7. Beyonce 8. Nia Long 9. Stacy Dash 10. Brooke Shields:04 High school football playoffs start right now. Get out and support your teams and your young men. Their future is now!!:03 I can’t always get to the movies for ya’ll all the time, I am just one man people! But I will throw in an old school flick in the VCR…that’s right I said VCR. Don’t act like you don’t still have one. Here’s two greats that never get old. “Wyatt Earp” with Kevin Costner and Tombstone with Kurt Russell. I give em both four basketballs.:02 Their called “Young Money” and they’re bad Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown. They’re young, they’re fast, they’re tough and they’re rich…c’mon man!!!:01 The Rayco “War” Promotions fight card is still on but not at Station Square on the Southside. A new location is coming at ya and it’s gonna be another knockout. Go to your facebook hook-up and Rayco War Promotions Web site to get the update…or Rayco will knock you out!!~ Double Overtime ~:00 You know the drill. This might be the greatest First Friday of allllll tttiiimmmmeee! The Par-Tay is this Friday Nov. 4 at The Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville 8 p.m.-2 a.m.—Cash Bar & Cash Kitchen—D.J. MeanGee with the Old School Sounds—Special Guest Star Rayco War Saunders and The United Rays Corvette Club is bringing the SoulTrain Dance Line—$10 Donation benefits Toys for Tots and “You can bet your last money it’s gonna be a stone blast honey!!!”~ Game Over ~ :10 The scores are in…FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY … “13”…dictators and tyrants “0!” So Muammar Gaddafi, when you went to Dictator and Tyrant School didn’t they teach you the final chapter? If not it should go like this: No. 1 Keep you a bag full of money at the castle back door, No. 2 When the freedom fighters and liberators are on the front lawn it’s time to roll!; and No. 3 The hell with them 99 virgins and streets of gold in Heaven. Get your “right now women” grab your money and be gone or they are going to find you… hiding in a hole in the floor of a hut or a sewage pipe on the side of the road.
SAN JOSE — Sharks fans wanted Patrick Marleau make a cameo appearance at the 2019 NHL All Star Game in San Jose. Auston Matthews granted their wish as best he could.In the weeks leading into hockey’s mid-winter showcase, Sharks fans held out hope that the NHL would find a way to include Mr. Shark in the all star festivities at SAP Center. It didn’t happen. But Matthews sent the home crowd into a frenzy during the Skills’ Competition Friday night, ripping off his Toronto Maple Leafs sweater …
24 November 2015The Nuclear Supply Chain Conference has called on all companies working in construction, “not just from the nuclear industry”, but those in engineering, steel, waste management, financing, concrete, information technology services and more, to get involved in discussions.With South Africa’s nuclear energy programme edging closer to reality, leading businesses in its supply chain will meet next week to explore ways of benefiting from the R1-trillion industry.The conference will be held in Cape Town on 1 and 2 December. Participants will identify key features and timelines of the procurement process to secure business development opportunities in South Africa’s nuclear industry.The Department of Energy aims to have almost 80% of construction work done within the South African supply chain, which “offers a huge business opportunity for South African companies”, explain the conference organisers.Nuclear energy will provide 22% of South Africa’s generating capacity by 2030, according to the online information portal Nuclear Energy Insider. “As the nuclear procurement process for international partners continues, understand the next steps to becoming part of the 9.6 gigawatt nuclear energy programme,” it reads.About the conferenceWith hefty criticism of nuclear energy coming from trade unions, political parties and environmentalists, the conference also hopes to “develop a local network of suppliers to help increase public acceptance and pass on benefits to local South African communities”.Stakeholders include the Department of Energy; Eskom; South African Nuclear Energy Corporation; National Nuclear Regulator; the Russian Federation national nuclear corporation, Rosatom; the French nuclear company, Areva; and the Japanese-American provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services, GE Hitachi.While Russia’s state-owned nuclear company Rosatom is seen as the frontrunner to lead the 9 600 megawatt nuclear energy build programme from 2023 to 2030, there will be many opportunities for other businesses.Rosatom vice-president for sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov, one of the guest-speakers, is expected to highlight the company’s strategic offer to South Africa and what this means for local industries and the economy. Polikarpov will disclose how his company will develop localisation, resulting in job creation as well as skills and knowledge transfer to local communities.He will also reveal the role industries can play if Rosatom wins the bid, including opportunities to springboard into Africa.Even though South Africa has signed nuclear accords with nuclear energy companies from Russia, the US, Japan, South Korea, China, France and soon Canada, many industry insiders see Rosatom as the winning bidder. With a major nuclear deal being signed in Egypt this month and ongoing negotiations with Nigeria, Rosatom hopes to build manufacturing plants in South Africa to benefit from its nuclear push into Africa.About nuclear energyNuclear energy is energy in the nucleus (core) of an atom, explains the National Nuclear Regulator’s website. Atoms are tiny particles that make up every object in the universe. There is enormous energy in the bonds that hold atoms together. Nuclear energy can be used to make electricity.But first the energy must be released. It can be released from atoms in two ways: nuclear fusion and nuclear fission. In nuclear fusion, energy is released when atoms are combined or fused together to form a larger atom. This is how the sun produces energy. In nuclear fission, atoms are split apart to form smaller atoms, releasing energy. Nuclear power plants use nuclear fission to produce electricity.Source: News24Wire and SouthAfrica.info reporter
2 March 2016George Airport is only the second in the world that uses solar energy, following Cochin International Airport in India.The first phase of the George solar project, officially opened by the Department of Transport and the Airports Company South Africa (Acsa), is part of a R16-million plant that converts solar energy into direct current electricity using solar panels. The operation produces 680 kilowatts a day and powers 41% of the airport, with the aim to convert to 100% function by the end of the year.Acsa describes the new project as the best way to reduce energy demand from the national grid and harness solar power to power smaller airports around the country. The initiative is part of the company’s Vision 2030. It plans to open two more solar plants to serve Kimberley and Upington over the next two years.Acsa launches R16m solar power plant at George Airport https://t.co/lOHa1tWmM1 News via @EngNewsZA pic.twitter.com/dpkNgzj4Di— African Construction (@AfriConstruct) February 29, 2016The project falls under Acsa’s strategic environmental objectives which, in addition to reducing energy consumption, include minimising water consumption, increasing waste recycling, eradicating noise pollution and using energy efficient materials in all airports.“Sustainability, in terms of our environment, means that we need to over time be very careful about how we use any form of energy and then also other natural resources, like water,” says Acsa group executive, Andre Vermeulen. “As a company, we have got a plan in terms of our footprint, in terms of how we are going to consume electricity and water – especially electricity. It is about reducing our carbon footprint and becoming a carbon neutral company.”George Airport manager Brenda Vorster welcomed the project, which currently powers the airport’s car rental area, cargo warehousing, flight schools and airline offices, adding that “our second phase will be starting within the next year”.Transport Minister opens George Airport Solar Plant https://t.co/NU4cyI5WWx @DipuoPeters @WCGovTPW @Airports_ZA pic.twitter.com/lhttcDtMOv— Arrive Alive (@_ArriveAlive) February 26, 2016Minister Peters calls the project an enhancement for not only the airport industry, but also for the people of the area. “This is a way of contributing jobs. There were people who worked here during construction and we now know there are about 16 permanent jobs that have been created by this plant at the airport. We are also happy to indicate that the other regional airports will also be looking at how they’ll be able to introduce renewable energy.”Energy and transport were two crucial government portfolios in fulfilling the goals of the National Development Plan’s own Vision 2030 for the development of the country as a whole, she added.Source: News24
For builder Christian Corson, low numbers are good numbers. His current project, a 1,600-sq.-ft. two-bedroom Passivhaus in Knox, Maine, has been testing well and not costing much. A few months ago, for example, with just the rough shell in place – oriented-strand board sheathing on a timber frame, all taping done, and windows installed and sealed in place – the building showed 0.545 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals pressure difference.There have been four blower-door tests since. The most recent, with construction essentially complete, Corson says, showed 0.286 ach50 – notably below the 0.6 ach50 Passivhaus requirement. In addition, the building’s annual heat demand is now at 3.1 Btu per sq. ft. – again well below the Passivhaus requirement, which is 4.75 Btu per sq. ft. (Modeling is based on 7,345 heating degree days.)But the other encouraging low number, Corson adds, is $130 – the cost per square foot, including all site work on the 10-acre lot.“This is the first step of an evolution for me to go beyond Passivhaus and do it affordably,” Corson, owner of EcoCor Design/Build, told GBA recently. “By exceeding the Passivhaus standard, it affords us some design flexibility down the road, so maybe we can deviate from the usual design, put more windows on the north side, and not be so committed to a single look.”Push to NZEThe slab for this project sits on a platform of expanded polystyrene that is 12 in. thick and insulates to R-54. Corson avoided using spray polyurethane foam.The exterior walls are insulated to R-58 with dense-packed cellulose; the ceiling is insulated to R-80 with loose-fill cellulose. Air conditioning and heat will be supplied by a Mitsubishi minisplit air-source heat pump, although the house also is equipped with electric baseboard heaters as backup.The home’s triple-glazed vinyl-frame windows, made by a Lithuanian company, Intus Windows, are rated at just under R-9. Corson became a product representative for Intus because, he says, the company offers an exceptional combination of quality and price.The project also includes a 1.4-kW photovoltaic system: six panels mounted on power rails that will affixed by brackets over the lower windows on the south side of the house. The PV system will bring the house to net-positive-energy operation – or very close to it.
Andrew Flintoff on Monday rated Sachin Tendulkar’s second innings Test century at Chennai against England as the batting maestro’s career-best and termed his words of gratitude to the visitors for returning to India to play the series after the 26/11 terror strike in Mumbai as a extremely touching gesture.”The one that he scored in Chennai after the 26/11 attack in Mumbai,” the 33-year-old former England all rounder told reporters when asked about the best century scored by the champion batsman in Test cricket.”We flew back and it was decided that we will play in Chennai. England were in a great position. And we thought we are going to win the Test match. But Sachin had other ideas. He scored a hundred. I am never good at losing. However, at that instance it was fitting that Sachin, who was from Mumbai, hit the winning runs,” he said.”The best thing is after the game he thanked everyone of the English players for coming back to India. That was quite a poignant moment for me and rest of the boys,” he said after interacting with aspiring cricketers here in a promotional event.The England team returned home midway through the seven-match ODI series following the three-day terrorist siege of Mumbai before retuning to India to resume the tour and play in the Test series.Saluting Tendulkar’s longevity in the game, Flintoff wished the batsman many more years of international cricket ahead. “He’s an amazing man and a successful player. To play for so long as he has and to score so many runs as he has is amazing. He is somebody I have come to respect. I remember I had come to play for Lancashire under-13. And he was making his Test debut. He was only four years older than me. But he has been playing since then.advertisement”I wanted to get him out. I wanted to impress him, get his respect. Good luck to him. Hope he doesn’t stop at 50 (centuries) and goes on and on and on. He’s been a good ambassador for the game,” he added.On Tendulkar’s comparison with legendary cricketer Don Bradman, he said, “Never played against Bradman. I don’t know. It is wrong in sport to compare heroes. In modern day cricket, Sachin is the best.”Flintoff said while the retirement of some of greats of the current crop of Indian cricketers would create a hole in the team, the country need not be bothered about it yet.”It is a big question. I think (especially) when they are still playing and Sachin (Tendulkar) is in the peak of his life, isn’t he? He keeps scoring runs. He could carry on for a long time.”But you could possibly like Australia had (Matthew) Hayden, (Justin) Langer, (Adam) Gilchrist, (Glenn) McGrath, (Shane) Warne all finished at the same time. It does leave a hole in the side and needs rebuilding process.”However, India are number one and playing fantastically well. I reckon they can carry on for as long as possible,” he added.The former all-rounder said being the host, India would be one of the firm favorites for next year’s World Cup in the sub-continent along with Sri Lanka and Pakistan.I think the sub-continent sides are the favourites — India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka because of the conditions.However, England have also got a chance. Can’t really count out Australia. But again I think India are going to be the favourites on home soil.”But they are under pressure as Indians expect India to do well all the time and that could be a daunting task,” he said.Flintoff said though India were favourites, because of their number one tag in Test matches, facing the hosts in home condition would be a tough challenge in their forthcoming series against South Africa.With inputs from PTI
Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal for Brazil against Croatia on Friday Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an unconvincing 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening game on Thursday.STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS | REFEREE BLUNDER Brazil had a disastrous start when defender Marcelo found his own net while trying to clear a low cross by Ivica Olic in the 11th minute, but Neymar then showed why the nation’s high hopes are all pinned on him. The 22-year-old forward equalized in the 29th minute, clearing a defender in midfield before making a run toward the edge of the area and firing a perfectly placed low shot that went in off the post. The game turned on a controversial penalty awarded by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura in the 71st minute when striker Fred went down inside the area under minimal contact from defender Dejan Lovren. Neymar scored from the spot and the Croatians were furious. “If that was a penalty, we should be playing basketball,” said Croatia coach Niko Kovac. “Those kinds of fouls are penalized there.” “That is shameful, this is not a World Cup referee. He had one kind of criteria for them and another for us. The rules were not the same,” said Kovac. As Croatia searched desperately for an equalizer, Oscar added to the lead in the first minute of injury time with a toe poke from just outside the penalty area. Croatia had a few good chances toward the end and had a goal disallowed in the 83rd after the referee ruled Olic had fouled Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar.advertisement The host nation hasn’t lost in the opening match in the last nine World Cups. South Africa was held by Mexico to a 1-1 draw four years ago. A draw would have been a huge disappointment for Brazil, which had won its opening match the last eight times. The five-time champion entered the home tournament having won 15 of its last 16 games, including five in last year’s Confederations Cup, the warm-up tournament it won. The team hadn’t been held to a draw in the opener since a 1-1 result against Sweden in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. The result kept Croatia without a win in its last five World Cup matches. Its last triumph was a 2-1 win over Italy in 2002. The Croats didn’t play in South Africa four years ago. The tournament finally got underway as planned after months of talk about the preparation problems that plagued Brazil since it was picked as host seven years ago. The troubled Itaquerao Stadium, which wasn’t fully finished for the opener, held up without major setbacks to fans or the match itself, although part of the lights atop the pitch went out a few times for brief periods in the first half. Despite the support from most of the more than 62,100 fans in attendance, Brazil got off to a slow start and allowed Croatia to threaten early. It opened the scoring with one of its first chances as Marcelo failed to clear Olic’s cross. The ball got slightly redirected by striker Nikica Jelavic before the Brazilian defender touched it backward into the goal. The crowd stayed behind the team despite the setback and Brazil started creating more chances. Midfielder Paulinho and playmaker Oscar both came close to scoring, but it was Neymar who found the net with his well-struck low shot into the far corner. “I wouldn’t say it was the best game, but it’s the World Cup debut,” said Oscar. “I’m representing the national team and I’m giving it my best. And I managed to do this.” The penalty kick was awarded when Fred appeared to be tugged inside the area by Lovren. The Croats insisted Fred wasn’t touched and at least five Croatian players swarmed around Nishimura of Japan to protest. Neymar converted his shot from the spot even though Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa touched the ball and nearly made the save. The goals were Neymar’s 32nd and 33rd goals in 50 matches with Brazil’s national team. The Barcelona star got a standing ovation when he was substituted near the end of the match. He had received a yellow card in the 27th for elbowing Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric. The other Group A match will be played between Mexico and Cameroon in Natal on Friday.