Agricultural Economics

first_imgUniversity of Georgia economist Jeffrey Dorfman was recently named a fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, the top professional association for agricultural and natural resource economists. Dorfman’s contributions in econometrics include advances in modeling and forecasting, and popularizing Bayesian econometrics within agricultural and applied economics. Dorfman started his career in academics just as computers were becoming more commonplace in university research labs. He was one of the first economists to use new numerical integration methods to attack the complex and pain-staking math needed to apply Bayesian probability principles to economics. “Dr. Dorfman is a top-notch economist and extremely well-respected in our profession,”” said Octavio Ramirez, director of the CAES Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics. “His initiation as AAEA Fellow at such an early stage of his career is a great honor for him, our department and the University of Georgia.” He is the first professor in the 85-year history of the UGA Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics to receive the honor, which is the highest recognition bestowed by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association. “It’s a big honor, and I am very pleased to get it,” he said. Dorfman joined the faculty of UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1989. Since then he’s built a reputation across Georgia by commenting on local government finance, land use and by providing frequent training sessions for the state’s local government officials on these issues. In addition to his research and outreach, Dorfman has taught numerous courses microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and agricultural marketing. Dorfman will accept his award in Washington D.C. at the joint meeting of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society in August. Dorfman has served the association as co-editor and associate editor of the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, as chair of the Econometrics Section, and member and chair of numerous AAEA committees. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from U.C., Davis. He is also a founding member of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.The Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is an international non-profit association serving the professional interests of members working in agricultural and broadly related fields of applied economics.last_img read more

Daily Dirt: Fatal Fall Near BRP, NC Hikers Rescued, Big Victory for Bay

first_imgYour daily outdoor news bulletin for September 16, the day the first peacetime in the history of the U.S. was imposed in 1940, meaning you could be conscripted into the military if you were between the ages of 21 and 36, could read, and were not black:Teen Dies in Fall Near Humpback RocksA 13-year-old girl died Sunday evening after falling from a cliff near the Humpback Rocks area off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The girl, whose name has not been released, is said to be from the Richmond area. She was with family and had walked to the Greenstone Overlook near mile marker 9, where she scrambled near the cliff edge with another juvenile. Blue Ridge Parkway Ridge District ranger Kurt Speers said the girl fell 45-50 feet onto the parkway. She was airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center via helicopter, but later succumbed to her injuries. The fatal fall occurred around 6 pm Sunday.NBC-29 says National Park police are on the scene investigating.Hikers Rescued in Green River Game LandsOn the brighter side, two hikers were rescued from the Green River Game Lands in Henderson County, North Carolina. Jonathan Heatherly, 32, and Janice Collins, 56, both from Dana, were hiking on a trail off Deep Gap Road Saturday afternoon when they got off trail and became lost. Family members went looking for the pair Saturday night, before rescuers from the Dana Fire and Rescue Department, along with Henderson Sheriff’s Office and Hendersonville Police Department personnel began the big search Sunday morning. The two were found around 6pm on Sunday uninjured, more than 24 hours after they set out on the hike. Authorities say the two were in good health, but were tired and hungry, which is to be expected as neither had provisions – only a bottle of water – or a cell phone.Big Victory for Chesapeake BayA big victory for the Chesapeake Bay is a big victory for all of us. Last week Pennsylvania Federal Judge Sylvia Rambo (sick judge name, btw) upheld Chesapeake Bay clean-up efforts sticking it to BIG AG. Basically, the ruling gives the Environmental Protection Agency, working with states, the authority to set science-based pollution limits. The case pitted the American Farm Bureau, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, National Association of Home Builders, the National Chicken Council, the National Corn Growers Association, the National Pork Producers Council, the National Turkey Federation, The Fertilizer Institute, and U.S. Poultry & Egg Association VERSUS the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Citizen’s for Pennsylvania’s Future, Defenders of Wildlife, Jefferson County (WV) Public Service District, Midshore River Keeper Conservancy, and the National Wildlife Federation. Whew! These quotes from the press release just about sums up the legalize of the decision (you can see a full summary here):“In the case, known as American Farm Bureau et al v. EPA, the plaintiffs made three complaints: (1) that the pollution limits or TMDL exceeded EPA’s authority, (2) that they were based on faulty science, and (3) that the plaintiff did not have adequate time to participate in the comment process. Judge Rambo found against them on all points.”and“‘The court’s decision is great news for fish and wildlife that depend on a healthy Bay for their survival. If implemented properly, the rule has the potential to significantly improve the ecological health of the Bay for the benefit of wildlife and people alike,” said Michael Senatore, Vice President for Conservation Law at Defenders of Wildlife.’”last_img read more

Brazilian Air Force and Federal Police May Use UAVs at Confederations Cup

first_img Minister Celso Amorim and general officials visited Foz do Iguaçu to obtain information on the partial results of Operation Ágata 7, performed within the 10,492 miles of Brazilian border with ten South American countries. The Military will be used right before the Confederations Cup, and it is one of the axles of the security plan organized by the Ministry of Defense for the large upcoming events in Brazil. On May 29, the remote controlled entrance of the airplanes was presented to Defense Minister Celso Amorim, during his visit to the base of São Miguel do Iguaçu, in Parana, on the triple border between Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay. This was developed as a result of having used this equipment during Operation Ágata 7, which began on May 18, to combat cross-border crimes. The plan consists of moving part of the equipment to the Naval Base in São Pedro da Aldeia, in the state of Rio, and another part to Brasília. As far as Rio de Janeiro, the airplanes may be used to protect authorities and the local aerial space. The Brazilian Air Force (FAB) and Federal Police may use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) during two games of the Confederations Cup, between June 15 and June 30, in Brazil. This aircraft would be used during the opening of the competition, in Brasília, and the closing, in Rio de Janeiro, within the scope of the aerial space defense plan established by the federal government. This was the first integrated action between the Brazilian Air Force and the Federal Police, which resulted in the forces’ decision to keep the project on course. center_img “This demonstrates that we work with both institutions in harmony and in an integrated manner,” said Minister Amorim. The decision regarding the use of UAVs will be made within the next few days. By Dialogo June 06, 2013 The UAVs assisted in locating 3.5 tons of marijuana in the southern border region. The drugs seized by the Military and Police were already being monitored by intelligence information. The information on the location of the drugs allowed to plan the action. Later, the aircraft cameras registered the vessels moving along Itaipu Lake, leading the Brazilian Federal Police to deploy to the location where the boat docked. last_img read more

5 things I wish I’d known about money in my 20s

first_img 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Matthew Frankel, Selena Maranjian, Dan Caplinger, Eric Volkman, and Jason HallWhen it comes to saving and investing, nobody’s perfect — especially 20-somethings. It’s only natural to have some misconceptions and make some mistakes along the way, and to be honest, sometimes mistakes are the best way to learnMany of our writers experienced some financial speed bumps early in their adult lives, and we want you to learn from their mistakes so you don’t make them yourself. With that in mind, we asked five of our writers what they wish they would have known about money in their 20s. Here is what they had to say.Selena Maranjian: I got my financial wake-up call in my 30s, and was very happy I did. I had been stockpiling my extra dollars in a bank checking account, not thinking of any better place to put them, when I woke up to the great importance of saving and investing for my future.What got me was the math, the tables, and the charts. For example, check out the chart below to see how powerful time is when you’re investing. See how a single $5,000 investment will grow over different time periods. (Let’s assume it grows at the stock market’s historical average annual rate of close to 10%.) continue reading »last_img read more

Why your child most likely won’t be going back to school in May

first_imgFurther complicating this decision in Dr. Buyck’s opinion is the rest of the economy, including the reopening of non-essential businesses. He expects schools and businesses to reopen at roughly the same time. He said because the current New York On Pause deadline is May 15, schools will be unlikely to open back up before June. (WBNG) — Despite progress being made, there are still several hurdles that need to be cleared before students can return to school. Dr. Buyck said it is possible schools will still open up some time this school year. He told 12 News the state will most likely be the one to make the decision on whether districts need to extend their school year further into the summer. Dr. Allen Buyck, superintendent of Broome-Tioga BOCES, laid out a plan for 12 News on Wednesday about what will need to happen in order for local school districts to reopen. Many parts of the plan include questions that haven’t been answered, such as will all students come back to school immediately, will lunch be eaten in the cafeteria and what will happen if someone at a school tests positive after the school has reopened.center_img Dr. Buyck said most of the important decisions will come from the state level, like when New York cancelled Regents Exams for all students this year. He said the state health department along with local departments will have most of the say in determining what’s safe or not as well as which social distancing measures will be implemented. This could include taking the temperature of anyone who walks in the door, or making sure people stay at least six feet apart at all times. “If I follow the governor’s reopening strategy and I just do some of the math, he’s talking about having some manufacturing and construction to start after the 15th, then we want to wait for two weeks to see if there’s a continued decline in the data,” Dr. Buyck said Wednesday. “That automatically takes us to June 1st.” Moving forward, Dr. Buyck believes there are many lessons to be learned from this whole experience. First and foremost, he said it shows distance learning could be a viable option for some students. Additionally, he said until a viable vaccine has been created, he expects districts to still take precautions.last_img read more

Different Virus Responses – The New York Times

first_imgWant to get The Morning by email? Here’s the sign-up.Good morning. The U.S. and Europe are responding to the latest virus waves differently, and one approach is working better than the other. Make pan-seared gyoza — Japanese dumplings filled with ground pork, cabbage, chives, ginger and garlic.What to Listen to15 new tracks by Foo Fighters, Shania Twain, Billie Eilish and more.Fine ArtA new building at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston showcases works by Latin American and Latino artists who are rarely shown in the U.S. (In Opinion, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican former member of Congress, and Ken Salazar, Barack Obama’s former interior secretary, argue that the country should create a museum honoring American Latino history and culture on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.) “I’m sure the Europeans didn’t want to restrict their activities any more than we do,” Janet Baseman, an epidemiologist at the University of Washington, told me over the weekend. “Everyone is tired and ready for this to end, but we have to accept the reality of the data before us.”Many Americans have resisted accepting that reality. Across much of the country, restaurants remain open for indoor dining. Last week, New York State announced a new policy that public health experts consider to be a bizarre middle ground: Businesses with a liquor license can stay open until 10 p.m.- Advertisement – As you can see, both the U.S. and Europe have been coping with severe outbreaks, with caseloads rising even faster in much of Europe than in the U.S. during much of this fall. But over the past two weeks, France, Germany, Spain and Britain have managed to reduce their growth rates.- Advertisement – What is Europe doing differently? It is cracking down on the kind of indoor gatherings that most commonly spread the virus. England closed pubs, restaurants, gyms and more on Nov. 5 and announced they would remain closed until at least Dec. 2. France, Germany’s regional governments and the Catalonia region of Spain have also shut restaurants, among other businesses. Morning ReadsTrilobites: Platypuses glow under black light. Scientists have no idea why.Lives Lived: Lee Hyo-jae championed women’s rights and democracy in South Korea, helping abolish the country’s patriarchal naming system and standing up to its military dictatorship in the 1980s. She died at 95.Subscribers make our reporting possible, so we can help you make sense of the moment. If you’re not a subscriber, please consider becoming one today. The European approach seems to be working better.Look at this chart, which shows the number of new daily virus cases in five countries, adjusted for population size:center_img And the virus is now spreading so rapidly in the U.S. that keeping schools open does pose risks, including the chance that teachers, janitors and other workers infect one another. To keep schools open in a safe way, the U.S. would probably first need to close other public places. Only a few states — including Michigan, Oregon, New Mexico and Washington — have closed indoor dining recently.“The U.S. case and hospitalization numbers we’re seeing right now are chilling,” Baseman said.But if there are no perfect solutions to the pandemic, there are better and worse ones. Right now, the U.S. seems to be falling well short of what’s possible.THE LATEST NEWSThe Virus – Advertisement – At last, Princess Diana entersSince Netflix’s “The Crown” began airing in 2016, fans have excitedly anticipated Princess Diana’s character. This weekend, she arrived, in the first episode of the show’s fourth season.It covers Diana from age 16 to 28, starting in the late 1970s. Emma Corrin, in her first prominent role, is playing the part. Sarah Lyall, a former London correspondent for The Times, writes that Corrin nails “the princess’s seductive signature gesture — head tilting to the side, eyes glancing coquettishly upward through her bangs.”The portrayal is based on interviews, news media accounts and a tell-all 1992 biography by Andrew Morton. Diana made revisions to the manuscript in her own handwriting and personally approved every page, Morton has said.One new challenge for this show: A large part of its audience will have lived through the events it’s depicting, like Diana’s wedding to Prince Charles and Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as prime minister. Can the show still feel like the escape that the first three seasons were? “As always, they have taken many cinematic liberties,” Sarah writes. “‘Crown’ watchers in Britain are already debating what is accurate and what has been changed for dramatic purposes.”PLAY, WATCH, EATWhat to Cook The one indoor activity that appears to present less risk is school, especially elementary school. Why? Young children seem to spread the virus less often than adults do. “Research has shown that if you put social-distancing protocols in place, school is actually quite a safe environment,” Andreas Schleicher, who studies schools for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris, told NPR.Closing schools and switching entirely to remote learning, on the other hand, has big social costs. Children are learning less, and many parents, mostly mothers, have dropped out of the labor force. The U.S. is suffering from both of these problems and from a raging pandemic.There are no easy answers, to be sure. Closing restaurants and other businesses creates economic hardship (which some European countries are trying to reduce through government aid). As the coronavirus has surged again in recent weeks, much of the United States has chosen to keep restaurants open and schools closed. Much of Europe has done the opposite.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Funding cuts said to threaten states’ preparedness progress

first_imgDec 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Several states have made progress preparing for a major public health emergency such as a pandemic or bioterror attack, but funding shortfalls at the federal level threaten to stall or even reverse recent gains, according to a report today from the nonprofit organization Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).Jeff Levi, PhD, director of TFAH, a health advocacy group based in Washington, DC, said today that despite the progress, his group still has a number of concerns, including some states’ ability to distribute vaccines, antidotes, and medical supplies from the national stockpile and the lack of participation by others in the federal government’s subsidy program for boosting antiviral stockpiles for use during an influenza pandemic.”Differences in state-by-state capacity put the whole country at risk,” Levi said at a press teleconference.The 120-page report, released each year since 2003, gauges the preparedness of each state and the District of Columbia, assesses federal support for state efforts, and recommends measures for boosting the country’s ability to handle an emergency requiring a broad public health response.State preparedness ratingsThe TFAH assessed how states performed on 10 preparedness indicators. Levi said some of the indicators stay the same each year, such as use of a disease surveillance system that is compatible with the national system. However, he said some indicators change to reflect evolving expectations and the availability of new data. This year’s benchmarks include:An adequate plan to distribute emergency vaccines, antidotes, and medical supplies from the Strategic National StockpileParticipation in the federal subsidy for purchase of antiviral drugs for use during a flu pandemicSufficient public health laboratory capabilities to test for biological threatsCapability of laboratories to provide round-the-clock coverage to analyze samplesUse of a disease surveillance system that is compatible with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) integrated, Web-compatible national systemState laws that limit liability exposure for healthcare volunteers who serve during public health emergenciesEngagement in public health emergency preparedness drills or training exercisesA minimum threshold of Medical Reserve Corps volunteers per 100,000 peopleIncreased rates of seasonal flu immunization for adults aged 65 and olderSteady or increased funding for public health programs from 2005-06 to 2006-07Thirty-five states and the District of Columbia met eight or more of the TFAH benchmarks. Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia scored the highest with 10 out of 10. The states scoring lowest, with 6 out of 10, were Arkansas, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.Only seven states and the District of Columbia lack sufficient capability to test for biological threats, which is down from 11 in last year’s report. However, flu vaccination rates for seniors decreased in 11 states, the report notes.The states that haven’t participated in the federal antiviral subsidy are Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Mississippi, North Dakota, and Rhode Island. Levi said some state officials have voiced concerns over the shelf life of antivirals. He said current laws allow states to assume a 7-year shelf life, but federal stockpiles can be extended beyond that, depending on the advice of the US Food and Drug Administration.The two indicators that address healthcare volunteers are designed to draw attention to surge-capacity issues, Levi said. Because officials expect hospitals will be overwhelmed during the next public health emergency, it will be important for healthcare volunteers to fill the gap outside hospitals and clinics, he said. Twenty-one states don’t have laws that protect medical volunteers during an emergency, and 13 do not have at least 14 Medical Reserve Corps Members per 100.000 people, the report says.Exposing funding gapsThough federal officials have advanced disaster preparedness planning with passage of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act last year and the president’s issuance of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 21, the report says federal funding for public health and pandemic preparedness has been “inconsistent and unpredictable.”The report says the Bush administration’s fiscal year 2008 budget includes $146 million in cuts to bioterrorism and public health preparedness capacities, and programs intended to upgrade local preparedness programs and hospital readiness are taking the brunt of the reductions. The cuts represent a 25% drop from 2005 funding levels, TFAH asserts.”And just when we are beginning to see a return on the federal investment in preparedness programs, the President and Congress have continued to cut these funds,” Levi said in a press release that accompanied the report. “These efforts may seem penny wise now, but could prove to be pound foolish later.”See also:Dec 18 TFAH press release, with links to complete reporthttp://healthyamericans.org/reports/bioterror07/CIDRAP News story on 2006 TFAH reportOct 22 CIDRAP News story “White House aims to transform public health preparedness”last_img read more

Huntingdon & district

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US envoy to Seoul shaves off controversial moustache

first_imgHarris has several times been the object of controversy in the South, and accused of high-handedness. Even his facial hair became an issue of debate.The envoy’s mother was Japanese and, with Koreans still bitterly resentful of Tokyo’s 1910-45 colonisation of the peninsula, commentators claimed the moustache alluded to the fashions of imperial governors-general from the period.In January Harris retorted that his grooming was a matter of personal choice, and that his critics were “cherry picking history”.해리스 @USAmbROK 주한미국대사가 더운 여름을 좀 더 시원하게 보내기 위해 숀 김 @sykimsy 미국대사 선임고문의 도움을 받아 한국식 이발소를 방문했습니다. 어떤 일이 있었는지 궁금하신가요? 영상으로 확인해보세요! pic.twitter.com/GyQvPRYt7K— U.S. Embassy Seoul (@USEmbassySeoul) July 25, 2020But over the weekend he uploaded a video to social media of him getting the moustache shaved off at a traditional Korean barbershop, saying he did so to keep cool in the Seoul summer, while wearing a mask to fight the coronavirus pandemic. The most controversial moustache in South Korea has fallen victim to the razor’s blade, with US ambassador Harry Harris visiting a traditional barbershop months after his facial hair became the object of unusual criticism.Seoul and Washington are security allies and the US stations 28,500 troops in the country.But their relationship has been strained in recent years by differences in their approaches to North Korea and over cost-sharing responsibilities. “Glad I did this,” the envoy said in a tweet.”For me it was either keep the ‘stache or lose the mask. Summer in Seoul is way too hot & humid for both. #COVID guidelines matter & I’m a masked man!”Seoul and Tokyo are both major US allies, democracies and market economies faced with an overbearing China and nuclear-armed North Korea, but are locked in bitter disputes over historical issues.Earlier this year Harris said: “I understand the historical animosity that exists between both of the countries but I’m not the Japanese American ambassador in Korea, I’m the American ambassador to Korea.”And to take that history and put it on me simply because an accident of birth I think is a mistake.”Topics :last_img read more

Four suspected terrorists arrested in Bekasi

first_imgThe National Police’s Densus 88 counterterrorism squad arrested four suspected terrorists in separate areas in Bekasi, West Java, on Sunday.“The first suspect, Muhammad Nasir alias Safiq alias Martin alias Kholid, was arrested in South Cikarang, Bekasi,” National Police spokesperson Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono said on Sunday as quoted by tempo.co.According to Argo, Nasir had allegedly helped hide suspected terrorists Muhammad Tsabat Abdullah alias Dul and Soleh Habibi. He also participated in outdoor training for the Adira group in 2012, Argo added. Tsabat was the second suspected terrorist arrested. He was nabbed in the Perumnas III housing complex in Aren Jaya, East Bekasi.Densus 88 also arrested suspected terrorist Nur Muhammad Maulidi Kusnanto alias Alung alias Nur alias Salman in Bekasi city.“The person helped hide Tsabat,” Argo said.Lastly, Irfan Gunawan alias Muhammad Ilham alias Bagus alias Yulian alias Sahidi alias Bimbim was arrested in Bekasi city on suspicions of terrorism.Argo said Irfan had served as a leader of a local Jemaah Islamiyah group and was responsible for managing tajhiz (handling, bathing, covering dead bodies). (syk)Topics :last_img read more