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first_imgUniversity of Georgia researchers recently joined a national team of scientists working on a five-year, $4.1-million U.S. Department of Agriculture grant designed around climate change’s effects on animal agriculture. “Animal production is vitally important to Georgia’s economy,” said Mark Risse, an engineer with UGA Cooperative Extension who is leading the research at UGA. “In 2009, poultry, beef cattle, dairy and swine accounted for nearly $5 billion of the agricultural value in Georgia. It is important to keep our animal producers informed of practices that are environmentally sound, climatically compatible and economically viable.”The goal of the USDA grant is to help livestock and poultry producers adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change, especially as they face new weather patterns or regulations put in place to limit greenhouse gases. “In the Southeast, we are more interested in how our animals will respond to water,” Risse said. “As a region, the South is predominately poultry, so we will look heavily at the poultry industry and at what changes the industry may need to make and will focus on how to best equip producers to adapt to these changes.” Risse is working with the Southeast Climate Consortium to identify climate projections that may affect animal agriculture. The consortium is predicting more weather extremes – including more droughts and more flooding in the Southeast. Rainfall is expected to remain the same annually, but it will be delivered in more concentrated rainstorms. Temperature increases aren’t expected to be as great as those in other regions of the U.S. Risse, along with UGA Extension, will work with producers in Georgia and across the Southeast to develop strategies to help lower animal management’s impacts on the climate.“Roughly 10 percent of total greenhouse gas emissions nationally are due to agriculture production,” Risse said. “But if we get to a point where greenhouse gases from poultry and livestock farms are being regulated, we need to have mitigation strategies in place to help producers reduce their emissions.” With manure management, harnessing the gases as fuel is often a more economical practice than releasing it into the atmosphere, according to Risse. “You can use those gases on the farm as fuel instead of just letting them escape to the atmosphere,” he said. This is the third in a series of grants on environmental issues and animal agriculture that the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center have addressed. Previous projects have focused on air and water quality. The other universities involved in the project are University of Nebraska, Washington State University, Texas A&M University, Cornell University and University of Minnesota. The National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center will be the online resource for updated information. For more information, visit www.extension.org/animal_manure_management. Find more information related to Southeastern climate change at www.agroclimate.org.last_img read more

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Smokers skeptical about higher risks from COVID-19: Survey

first_imgTopics : “As many as 63.6 percent of smoker respondents were unconvinced that cigarette smokers were more prone to COVID-19,” the NCTC researcher, Krisna Puji Rahmayanti, said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.“The majority of them were also doubtful that cigarette smoking could exacerbate COVID-19 symptoms,” she added.In contrast, more than 80 percent of non-smoker respondents were inclined to believe that smoking could elevate one’s health risks if they contracted COVID-19.Furthermore, the commission also alerted the public to the danger of smoking and asked the government to expand its public awareness campaign to discourage smoking, especially at home. The majority of cigarette smokers in Indonesia are skeptical about evidence that suggests they are at higher risk of COVID-19, a survey conducted by the National Commission on Tobacco Control (NCTC) has revealed.The survey was conducted nationwide from May 15 until June 15, involving a total of 612 respondents, both smokers and non-smokers. center_img Read also: Quit smoking now or be part of the COVID-19 death statsThey also called on the COVID-19 task force to include tobacco consumption control in its COVID-19 mitigation efforts, suggesting that the country should raise the cigarette tax and sales price. Health officials and the World Health Organization (WHO) have previously urged people to quit smoking, especially during the pandemic, as studies provide ample evidence that smoking tobacco can weaken the immune system and damage the lungs, where the virus does it damage.“Smokers are at high risk of heart disease and respiratory disease, which are high risk factors for developing severe or critical disease with COVID-19,” Navaratnasamy Paranietharan, a representative of the WHO Indonesia, said last March.Even though there are currently no peer-reviewed studies that directly link smoking with increased hospitalization for COVID-19, a WHO scientific brief released in June stated that “27 observational studies found that smokers constituted 1.4-18.5% of hospitalized adults.”Meanwhile, a study published on April 15 in the Journal of Medical Virology titled “The impact of COPD and smoking history on the severity of COVID‐19: A systematic review and meta‐analysis”, suggested that heavy smokers were twice as likely to experience severe outcomes of the disease.Smoking was also identified as a contributing factor to case severity among patients with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS) back in 2012, according to a study. Read also: Major policy changes needed to reduce child smoking: ExpertsThe 2018 Basic Health Survey (Riskesdas) revealed that the proportion of smokers among people aged 15 years and above was 33.8 percent in 2018, the highest rate in the world. The prevalence of smoking among males was 62.9 percent and 4.8 percent among females.The 2018 data also revealed that there were 67 million active smokers in the country of 270 million people. (trn)last_img read more

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Seaspan’s Unencumbered Vessel Pool Increased to 32 Ships

first_imgHong Kong-based charter owner and containership operator Seaspan Corporation informed that it had prepaid a credit facility which was secured by eight of its vessels.Upon completion of the collateral release documentation in respect of this facility and the facility prepaid in November 2018, Seaspan’s pool of unencumbered vessels has been expanded to 32 ships.“In line with our corporate goals, Seaspan continues to reduce leverage and streamline its capital structure, which will enhance our balance sheet flexibility going forward,” Ryan Courson, Chief Financial Officer of Seaspan, commented.The unencumbered asset pool includes fourteen 4,250 TEU ships, ten 2,500 TEU ships, two 3,500 TEU, two 8,500 TEU, two 9,600 TEU and two 10,000 TEU boxships.The announcement is being made on the heels of Fairfax’s closure of the second tranche of its USD 1 billion investment in Seaspan.With the closing of the second investment, Fairfax’s aggregate shareholdings in Seaspan are 76.9 million Class A common shares or 36% of shares outstanding.last_img read more

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Lampard edges closer to record

first_img Press Association Lampard, who began the game as a substitute, set up Oscar’s opener before converting a 45th-minute penalty to move him within one goal of the club record held by the watching Bobby Tambling. Last season’s European champions were unable to add to their total in the second half as Rafael Benitez’s side moved three points clear of rivals Tottenham in the battle for a place in the Barclays Premier League top four and extended Swansea’s winless run to six games. Midfielder Frank Lampard scored his 201st Chelsea goal as the Blues moved closer to a return to the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Swansea at Stamford Bridge.center_img Chelsea’s next Premier League clash comes at Manchester United before the London derby with Spurs on May 8 which could prove decisive in the Champions League qualifying race. For now they remain on course to achieve their two remaining targets this term and they will seek to confirm their place in the Europa League final in Thursday’s semi-final second leg with Basle. Victory in Amsterdam on May 15 would provide a fitting finale for Lampard if he does leave Chelsea this summer at the end of his current contract. His appearance midway through the first half in place of the injured Ramires injected impetus into Chelsea’s play. The goal was his 15th of the season and first following seven scoreless appearances, since moving to 200 goals against his former club West Ham on March 17. David Luiz’s presence in midfield allowed Lampard to push forward from deep and the England international fired in a 25-yard shot which Vorm turned around the post. The hosts’ opener came after Terry intercepted a long ball forward before striding purposefully into midfield. He fed Lampard, who in turn found Oscar, and the Brazil forward drilled a shot across goal inside the far post. Chelsea doubled their advantage before the interval after Juan Mata combined with Hazard before being pulled down by Leon Britton. Lampard fired the ball low into the right corner and immediately Stamford Bridge erupted into chants of “sign him up”. Late on Lampard could not control a bouncing ball in the area and Ba shot straight at Vorm as he chased down Petr Cech’s long kick. But Chelsea had to be content with two goals, a clean sheet and Lampard edging closer to the record. last_img read more

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Coutinho set for shoulder surgery

first_img Press Association Liverpool expect midfielder Philippe Coutinho to be sidelined until the end of October after the club confirmed he would undergo surgery on an injured shoulder. “Liverpool have confirmed Philippe Coutinho will undergo a procedure on the shoulder injury he sustained in Monday evening’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City,” a club statement read. “After being assessed by the Reds medical staff, it’s been decided that Coutinho will now have surgical stabilisation on the AC joint in his shoulder. “Liverpool hope to have the 21-year-old back in contention again towards the end of October.” center_img Coutinho suffered the problem following a clash with Swansea defender Ashley Williams during Monday night’s 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium. The 21-year-old will undergo “surgical stabilisation” on his AC joint and could miss up to six games – including the Capital One Cup trip to Manchester United. last_img read more

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Pogacar wins Tour de France stage 11

first_img(BBC) – Tadej Pogacar won stage 15 of the Tour de France to slightly cut Primoz Roglic’s lead as defending champion Egan Bernal dropped out of contention.Pogacar beat yellow jersey Roglic in a sprint to the line and now trails his fellow Slovenian by 40 seconds.Bernal cracked badly on the final climb to Grand Colombier and lost over seven minutes to slip from third to 13th overall.Britain’s Adam Yates moved up to fifth in the general classification.Roglic was expertly delivered to the finish after another supreme display by his Jumbo-Visma team but Pogacar again showed he will attempt to reduce the deficit at every opportunity.The 21-year-old UAE Team Emirates rider kicked clear late on to take his second stage win of the Tour and 10 bonus seconds, with Roglic second and Richie Porte in third.“Jumbo-Visma set a really high pace all day and it made it a really difficult stage so I was just waiting for the sprint at the end and I’m so happy to win again,” said Pogacar.“The plan is to win the Tour de France. Primoz Roglic seems unstoppable but today Bernal cracked and maybe one day myself or Primoz will crack – there are still a lot of opportunities ahead.”Pogacar, who lost over a minute after being caught out by the crosswinds on stage seven, will have to attack from further out in the final week to overhaul Roglic, which will be tough given the strength of Jumbo-Visma.Belgian all-rounder Wout van Aert, who has won two bunch sprints in this year’s Tour, drove the group of favourites for the first 8km of the 17.4km final climb and set such a high pace he dropped Grand Tour winners Bernal and Nairo Quintana.Former Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin then reeled in an attack by Yates at 6km to go and led the main group all the way into the final kilometre before Roglic attacked.Porte, Pogacar and Miguel Angel Lopez were the only riders able to react before Pogacar prevailed in a repeat of the Slovenian one-two on stage nine.But despite being beaten again, this was another strong showing by Roglic, who will be confident his team can control the rest of the race.Yates also rode well to finish eighth and is now just 29 seconds off the podium entering the final week.Jumbo’s strength was in marked contrast to Ineos Grenadiers, who have won seven of the past eight Tours as Team Sky and Team Ineos.All of Bernal’s support riders except Michal Kwiatkowski and Jonathan Castroviejo were dropped early on before the Colombian, who came into the race still recovering from a back injury, also began to slip back and rapidly lose time.The 23-year-old is now eight minutes 25 seconds down on Roglic and Ineos have no back-up option, with deputy leader Richard Carapaz over 30 minutes down.While four-time Tour winner Chris Froome looks to still be working his way back to top form, Ineos’ decision not to select 2018 champion Geraint Thomas will come under scrutiny again.The Welshman, who is now targeting this year’s Giro in October, is currently third overall heading into the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Monday.In a frantic start to stage 15, Ireland’s Sam Bennett managed to prevent green jersey rival Peter Sagan going up the road before beating him at the intermediate sprint to extend his lead in that competition to 45 points.After a rest day on Monday, the race resumes with a rolling 164km route from La Tour-du-Pin to Villard-de-Lans on Tuesday.Stage 15 result1. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) 4hrs 34mins 13secs2. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) Same time3. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +5secs4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +8secs5. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +15secs6. Sepp Kuss (US/Jumbo-Visma) Same time7. Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren)8. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott)9. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) +18secs10. Alejandro Valverde (Spa/Movistar) +24secsGeneral classification after stage 151. Primoz Roglic (Slo/Jumbo-Visma) 65hrs 37mins 07secs2. Tadej Pogacar (Slo/UAE Team Emirates) +40secs3. Rigoberto Uran (Col/EF Pro Cycling) +1mins 34secs4. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/Astana) +1mins 45secs5. Adam Yates (GB/Mitchelton-Scott) +2mins 03secs6. Richie Porte (Aus/Trek-Segafredo) +2mins 13secs7. Mikel Landa (Spa/Bahrain McLaren) +2mins 16secs8. Enric Mas (Spa/Movistar) +3mins 15secs9. Nairo Quintana (Col/Arkea-Samsic) +5mins 08secs10. Tom Dumoulin (Ned/Jumbo-Visma) +5mins 12secslast_img read more

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Nigeria’s World Cup 2018 Qualification under Renewed Threat

first_imgStill an attorney stood in for Pinnick. “It is strange that the NFF, an interested party, only got to hear of the court session on Friday from a third party. People should think of the country’s interest in all these,” a NFF source told THISDAY at the weekend.Before the case got to the Supreme Court, Giwa had lost at various levels from High Court to the Appeal Court. Similarly, both FIFA and the Court for Arbitration in Sport (CAS) based in Switzerland had dismissed his petitions. He was subsequently banned by FIFA from all football-related matters for a couple of years for taking football matters to civil courts.If Nigeria gets banned, Cameroon or Algeria is likely to profit from it. Eagles are currently topping the Russia 2018 group on maximum six points from two matches won against Zambia and Algeria. A win against Cameroon in Uyo and a possible draw in Yaounde will guarantee Nigeria’s qualification for the Mundial in Russia with two games to spare.In closely related scenario, Sudan’s three clubs have been thrown out of CAF competitions due to the FIFA ban slammed on the country following government intervention.Khartoum’s two most popular clubs, Al Hilal and Al Merreikh, have been thrown out of the CAF Champions League while Al Hilal Obayed, the surprise package of the CAF Confederation Cup 2017 and already in the last eight stage has also been sacked from the competition.The indefinite ban on the Sudan FA comes over alleged government interference in its affairs and after the forcible eviction of the FIFA-recognised leadership from the association’s headquarters in Khartoum. FIFA wants the SFA leadership of Mutasim Gaafar restored to office.Last month, Sudan’s Ministry of Justice had him removed, with police violently evicting members of his executive, and replaced by Abdel Rahman Elkatim.“The suspension would be lifted once the decree of the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Justice of 2 June is declared null or void and the Board of Directors of the SFA with its President, Dr Mutasim Gaafar, is reinstated,” said a FIFA statement after the ban last week.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeThe respite enjoyed by Nigerian football following the cessation of hostilities by parties involved in the leadership tussle over the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) appears over as the country’s highest court, the Supreme Court, is set to give the final judgment on the matter before it.This development has now put Super Eagles’ qualification for the FIFA World Cup to be hosted by Russia next year under threat as the world football governing body, FIFA, is likely going to come down hard on Nigeria with a ban.Eagles are scheduled to play a double header World Cup 2018 qualifier with Cameroon later this month and first week of September. Anything contrary to FIFA’s position could be disastrous for Nigeria.Last Monday, the Supreme Court asked both the NFF board led by Amaju Melvin Pinnick and claimant to the same post, Chris Giwa, to await further directives on when judgment would be delivered on the leadership tussle suit instituted by the Jos-based club owner. Monday’s decision of the Supreme Court was earlier listed for December 2017. How the matter was brought earlier baffled chiefs of the Glass House in Abuja who were not even aware that the case was coming up that day.last_img read more

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Santamaria continues to rack up honors

first_imgSophomore tennis star Sabrina Santamaria has accomplished quite a bit during her young, wildly successful career, and this week saw yet another achievement added to an already impressive list. Santamaria was named the Pac-12’s player of the week on Tuesday for the third time this season after impressive performances last weekend against the Arizona schools.Loaded · Sophomore Sabrina Santamaria is the highest ranked of four USC players who are ranked in the top 60 of the ITA’s current rankings. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan Against the Sun Devils, the Women of Troy pulled off a 7-0 sweep to hand ASU its first conference loss of the season, moving USC into sole possession of first place. In that match, the No. 2-ranked Santamaria defeated ASU’s No. 23 Jacqueline Cako 6-3, 6-3. Santamaria also was strong in doubles, pairing with senior Danielle Lao for the first time this season against ASU. The duo was ahead 6-5 when the match was suspended after USC had secured the doubles point.Against Arizona, Santamaria knocked off another ranked opponent in Arizona’s No. 64-ranked Lacey Smyth. Santamaria was pushed in the second set but won by a score of 6-3, 7-6 to clinch the win for USC. In doubles, Santamaria teamed with Lao again, and this time the pair cruised to an 8-1 victory over Arizona’s Smyth and Shayne Austin.On the year, Santamaria is a stellar 28-3 overall in singles matches and a perfect 15-0 in dual matches. She is also a flawless 26-0 in doubles matches, teaming with Lao and her primary partner, junior Kaitlyn Christian. The duo of Santamaria and Christian is currently ranked No. 1 in the country and has won back-to-back ITA national indoor doubles championships.Santamaria capped of an impressive freshman campaign by hauling in a plethora of impressive awards, including a spot on the ITA All-American singles and doubles teams. She and Christian also won the Pac-12 Doubles Championship and were named the Pac-12 Doubles Team of the Year. This season has seen an extension of that success, as her individual ranking is at a career high, and she has teamed with Christian to win both the ITA national indoors championship as well as the ITA/Riviera All-American doubles championship.Santamaria is the sixth different USC player to win the Pac-12’s weekly honor this season. The Women of Troy will continue their quest for a conference championship this weekend when they take on Oregon on Sunday, April 14 in Eugene, Ore.last_img read more

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Jaroslav Halak, Bruins agree to one-year contract extension

first_imgMORE: Bruins’ Torey Krug hopes he’ll be back in Boston when hockey returnsSince being selected in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, the 34-year-old Halak has played in 520 regular-season games, compiling a 272-167-58 record. He has also played for the Canadiens, St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals in a 14-year NHL career. The Bruins have made the playoffs in each of the past three seasons and are on track to win the Presidents’ Trophy this year as the team with the most regular-season points. Jaroslav Halak will be back in Boston next season.The Bruins announced Friday that the veteran goalie had agreed to a one-year contract extension with the team. It will be his third consecutive season in Boston serving as the likely backup to No. 1 netminder Tuukka Rask.  The extension will cause a $2.25 million cap hit for the Bruins next season, and, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, Halak will also be eligible for performance bonuses because of his age. #NHLBruins sign Jaroslav Halak to a one-year contract extension with a cap hit of $2.25 million: https://t.co/jiPzGA0HQ9 pic.twitter.com/3wixaUqowO— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 1, 2020Halak turns 35 later this month — making him eligible for performance bonuses. There is a $1.25M bonus for 10 games, as well— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) May 1, 2020Halak has played in 31 games this season, posting an 18-6-6 record with three shutouts, a 2.39 GAA and a .919 save percentage. The Slovakian joined the Bruins as a free agent in 2018 after spending four seasons with the New York Islanders. He has made 71 appearances in two seasons for Boston.last_img read more

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THRIVING & NEWLY ARRIVED GINGER NUT HEAD WIDE OPEN GRADE III, $100,000 SWEET LIFE STAKES FOR 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSE

first_imgTHRIVING & NEWLY ARRIVED GINGER NUT HEAD WIDE OPEN GRADE III, $100,000 SWEET LIFE STAKES FOR 3-YEAR-OLD FILLIES AT 6 ½ FURLONGS DOWN HILLSIDE TURF COURSEARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 8, 2019)–A much improved third in her second U.S. start, English-bred Thriving, along with new arrival, Irish-bred Ginger Nut, head a field of six sophomore fillies in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sweet Life Stakes, to be contested at 6 ½ furlongs down the Santa Anita hillside turf course.THRIVINGOwner:  Red Baron’s Barn, LLC and Rancho TemescalTrainer:  Jeff MullinsDistanced at a flat mile on turf in her U.S. debut, the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 24, Thriving rallied to be third, beaten 2 ¾ lengths, in the one mile turf Blue Norther Stakes here on Dec. 30, earning a solid 76 Beyer Speed figure, way up from 28 Beyer at Del Mar.  With recency and  Flavien Prat once again in her corner, Thriving seems the logical top selection although she was beaten three quarters of a length by Ginger Nut the only time they met, five starts back at Newmarket on Aug. 4.GINGER NUTOwner:  Hronis Racing, LLCTrainer:  John SadlerUnraced since victorious by a neck in an ungraded stakes that attracted 18 runners (male and female) going six furlongs on turf in England Aug. 22, Ginger Nut has easily banked more than the entire combined Sweet Life field, as she has $237,488 on account.  Although she’s never faced graded or group competition, she’s won three out of her last four races and in the process, has defeated a total of 66 horses, many of them males.  (Her neck win in a 25-horse field on July 21 at Newbury is a glaring case in point).  With a solid work tab to her credit, Ginger Nut will get the services of Joel Rosario as she tries to improve upon an overall mark of 8-3-2-1.THE GRADE III SWEET LIFE STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDER Race 7 of 9- Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTApache Princess–Kent Desormeaux–122Thriving–Flavien Prat–122Splashy Kisses–Heriberto Figueroa–120Nomizar–Rafael Bejarano–120Full Eclipse–Brice Blanc–120Ginger Nut–Joel Rosario–124First post time for a nine-race card on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. For additional information, please visit santtaanita.com  or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

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