“A police officer is perhaps the quintessential public employee, cloaked in the authority of the State to investigate, detain, arrest, incarcerate, carry and discharge a firearm, and generally maintain the safety of the citizenry,” the brief stated. “The notion that a police department exercising these core state powers can be shielded from public scrutiny by dint of its affiliation with a private university is antithetical to the important policy interests underlying the Access to Public Records Act.”In a press release, Zoeller said his office supports the opinions handed down by Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt, whose non-binding opinions said NDSP ought to release its records to the public.“The State takes the legal position that transparency is needed in the exercise of police power in order to maintain the public’s trust,” Zoeller said in the release. “Disclosing that a possible crime occurred and conveying basic pertinent information helps inform and protect the public and creates more transparency and accountability within the criminal justice system.”In October, ESPN reporter Paula Lavigne requested NDSP records, but was denied. In January, ESPN filed its initial lawsuit in St. Joseph Superior Court to obtain the records, and on April 20, a judge ruled in favor of Notre Dame. The Court of Appeals will rule on the case at a later date, according to the Attorney General’s press release.University spokesperson Dennis Brown declined to comment Tuesday. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is on ESPN’s side.In a 26-page amicus brief filed last Thursday, the state’s chief legal officer came out in support of ESPN in its appeal of an April St. Joseph Superior Court ruling that Notre Dame Security Police (NDSP) is not subject to Indiana’s public records access law. Tags: Amicus brief, Attorney General, ESPN, ESPN lawsuit, Greg Zoeller, NDSP, public access, public records
By April ReeseUniversity of GeorgiaStudents interested in plant science careers got a low-cost lookat the possibilities in the Georgia Plant Science Scholarsprogram at the University of Georgia June 25-27.In its fourth year, GAPSS is designed to introduce to high schoolstudents available opportunities in plant sciences. The UGACollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences was host to 23high school students from across Georgia and Florida.The students toured the UGA campus, including the BotanyGreenhouse, Sanford Stadium and the CAES departments of crop andsoil sciences, horticulture and plant pathology.They spent time at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and tookpart in hands-on activities. They were introduced to faculty,staff, graduate students and industry representatives from acrossthe state.The program costs the students only $30 which includes meals,tours, accommodations, entertainment and a T-shirt. The programalso receives funding support from sponsors.Besides the CAES departments, this year’s sponsors were Mr. andMrs. James Miller, Bob Parker and Golden Peanut Company, theAgricultural Commodity Commission for Cotton, Papa John’s Pizza,APS Foundation and the UGA Warnell School of Forest Resources.If you’re interested in the program and want to learn more orsign up for next year, write Kisha Shelton at the Department ofPlant Pathology, Athens, GA 30602-7274. Or e-mail her email@example.com, or call her at (706) 542-1426.
Jonathan Oliver’s study of blueberries and his homegrown knowledge of citrus makes the Palatka, Florida, native a valuable addition to the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Stationed on the UGA Tifton campus, Oliver recently joined the college as a fruit pathologist specializing in blueberries, blackberries, citrus, pomegranates, olives and mayhaws.“Georgia has a tremendous array of commodities just in fruits. That’s one of the reasons I am excited about working here,” Oliver said. “We have established fruits, like blueberries, and up-and-coming fruits, like citrus, that should only continue to grow in popularity. Hopefully, I can help our farmers continue to be as successful as they have been.”Georgia is a national leader in blueberry production. Georgia blueberries were valued at more than $255.7 million in 2015, according to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development’s farm gate value report.Oliver previously worked at Auburn University, where he studied Xylella fastidiosa, the cause of bacterial leaf scorch in blueberries. He coordinated some of his research with UGA Cooperative Extension county agents in Georgia and hopes to continue those studies in his new role at UGA.“I want to find out whether there is any resistance to this disease in blueberry cultivars. I’m interested in looking at blueberries’ tolerance to Xylella fastidiosa and the interaction between that pathogen and blueberry itself,” Oliver said.Blueberry expansion in Georgia over the last couple of decades led to the discovery of new pathogens, Oliver said. He hopes to uncover better management methods for these pathogens.In his new role at UGA, Oliver will also help the citrus industry continue to expand in Georgia. More than 150 acres of satsuma oranges — potentially more than 21,750 new citrus trees — have been planted in south Georgia in the last four years, according to Jacob Price, UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Lowndes County.Oliver is researching citrus greening, a bacterial disease that has wiped out a substantial number of trees in Florida. The disease, spread by an insect that has been found in south Georgia, is the largest threat to citrus production worldwide, according to Oliver. While citrus greening has only been found in Georgia’s coastal counties, Oliver wants to be proactive in keeping Extension county agents updated on its progression.“Citrus greening in Georgia’s citrus is a question. If it’s likely to be a problem, we should know before people get too invested in growing more citrus in Georgia,” he said.Oliver is also working to ensure that Georgia farmers plant disease-free citrus seedlings.“It’s important that all commodities, especially perennial fruit crops, start with clean material. I’m interested in different ways that we can screen seedlings and the different treatments that growers might apply when they initially plant their crop,” he said.Oliver is conducting research at the UGA Tifton campus and at neighboring research stations in Alapaha, Georgia, and Alma, Georgia.Oliver earned undergraduate degrees in plant pathology and microbiology and cell science from the University of Florida and a doctoral degree in plant pathology from Cornell University.
The University of Georgia has been awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to develop organic methods of controlling the Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD). Ashfaq Sial, coordinator of UGA Integrated Pest Management (IPM) a blueberry entomologist at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is leading this multi-regional research project. First detected in California in 2008, SWD is a small fly that has since emerged as a devastating pest of small and stone fruits throughout the U.S. A major blueberry pest, SWD can destroy an entire crop and can cause up to $718 million in damage annually. SWD deposit eggs into ripe blueberries and leave the fruit unmarketable. Due to the lack of organic SWD management tools, many growers drop their organic certification and abandon production of susceptible fruit crops. With the recent grant funds, the UGA-led team of researchers from multiple institutions will work to develop organic SWD management practices by evaluating new behavioral tactics, improving the effectiveness and feasibility of cultural strategies and incorporating biological control in organic SWD management. The team will also integrate new Organic Materials Review Institute-approved products into season-long IPM programs and develop an integrated outreach approach to implement organic SWD management strategies and evaluate their economic impact.“In order to maintain organic production of susceptible crops, it is critical to develop new tools to effectively manage SWD in organic production systems, allowing growers to continue organic fruit production while providing society at large with sustainable supplies of organic fruit in the market,” Sial said. “Our long-term goal is to develop, implement and evaluate systems-based organic SWD management programs that are organically acceptable and true to the ethos of organic agriculture.”Once completed, the new organic control methods will enable organic fruit producers to integrate more behavioral, cultural and biological strategies to minimize crop losses due to SWD infestations and increase farmers’ profitability.Joining Sial on the project from CAES are horticulture Professor Erick Smith and impact evaluation expert Kay Kelsey. Additional collaborators and their institutions are: Hannah Burrack, North Carolina State University; Kent Daane, University of California Berkeley; Matthew Grieshop and Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University; Kelly Hamby, University of Maryland; Jana Lee, USDA Agricultural Research Service in Corvallis, Oregon; Oscar Liburd, University of Florida; Jennie Popp, University of Arkansas; Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, Rutgers University; Mary Rogers, University of Minnesota; Bernadine Strik and Vaughn Walton, Oregon State University and Frank Zalom, University of California Davis. To learn more on pest management strategies and research, visit the UGA IPM website at ipm.uga.edu.
Collaboration and values-based credit unions are at stake.by: Henry WirzI just returned from the Western States Summit Round Table, founded many years ago by Stan Hollen, Rudy Hanley, Ed Callahan and Gary Oakland. These former credit union CEOs, all retired now or in other roles, were part of my generation of CEOs. The question I ask myself over and over is who will assume the kind of leadership that they and others of our generation brought to their credit unions and the credit union system in general.Many CEOs at the recent round tables are of the next generation, and it is too soon to see if they will be great leaders, too. The last generation of CEOs created the modern credit union with professional management, they developed the CUSOs (CUDL, CO-OP, PSCU, CSCU, MBL, etc.) and they played a great role in political advocacy and regulatory advocacy, possibly saving credit unions with HR 1151.What made CEOs like Stan Hollen, Rudy Hanley, Ed Callahan and Gary Oakland effective is that they were doers, thinkers and advocates. I have attended many round tables and what I recall is that our generation of CEOs used the round tables to collaborate with other CEOs to come up with new ideas and collaboratively work to bring them to fruition–whether those ideas led to new CUSOs or just fundamental research (including creating Filene Research Institute). continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Former Secretary of State John Kerry lauded credit unions’ legacy of providing fair access to the financial system during his keynote address Monday at the 2019 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference.Other highlights included a poignant speech from self-professed “credit union nerd” Maurice Smith, president/CEO of Local Government Federal Credit Union in Raleigh, N.C., and outgoing CUNA chairman; a Facebook Live presentation from CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle; an update from National Credit Union Foundation Executive Director Gigi Hyland; and an advocacy outlook from Ryan Donovan, CUNA’s chief advocacy officer.
Jan 24, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Researchers who analyzed a family cluster of three cases of H5N1 avian influenza in Thailand say in an article published today that two family members probably acquired the disease from the third.The mother and an aunt of an 11-year-old girl who died of probable avian influenza last September most likely caught the disease from the girl when they cared for her in a hospital, according to the report published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.The findings appear to be the strongest evidence so far of person-to-person transmission of H5N1 avian flu since the disease became widespread in Southeast Asia last year. But the authors say they found no sign of any further transmission and no evidence of mutations that could enable the H5N1 virus to spread easily among people. Disease experts fear that such mutations could lead to a flu pandemic.The 11-year-old girl, who lived with her 32-year-old aunt, died of pneumonia on Sep 8, 2004, according to the report by Kumnuan Ungchusak, MD, MPH, of the Thai Ministry of Public Health, and colleagues from Thailand and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The girl had fallen ill 3 or 4 days after having contact with dying chickens.While the girl was in a hospital, her 26-year-old mother, who worked in a distant city, came to be at her bedside, providing “16 to 18 hours of unprotected nursing care,” the report says. The mother, who had no known exposure to poultry, became ill with a fever Sep 11 and died Sep 20.The girl’s aunt also helped care for her in the hospital, spending about 12 hours at her bedside on Sep 7. The aunt in turn fell ill with fever Sep 16 and eventually experienced pneumonia, but she gradually recovered and was discharged Oct 7.Because no adequate tissue samples were preserved, investigators could not confirm that the girl had avian flu, but her case had all the cardinal features of previous cases, the report says. Laboratory tests (reverse-transcriptase polymerase chain reaction) confirmed the disease in her mother and aunt.The mother made a 10-minute visit to her daughter’s household Sep 7 but had no known exposure to poultry before she became ill on Sep 11, the article says. The aunt’s last known exposure to poultry was 17 days before she fell ill, a period longer than the typical incubation period of 2 to 10 days.”We believe that the most likely explanation for the family clustering of these three cases of avian influenza is that the virus was transmitted directly from the infected index patient to her mother and to her aunt,” the report states.Epidemiologic investigation revealed no other human cases associated with the family cluster. In addition, RT-PCR analysis and phylogenetic analysis of the virus showed no changes that could equip it for efficient person-to-person transmission.The report says avian flu has spread from person to person before. For example, in Hong Kong’s 1997 outbreak of H5N1, some healthcare workers were found to have antibodies to the virus, and one reported mild symptoms. However, “The current family cluster is unique in that the secondary infections resulted in severe disease and death and in that the epidemiologic circumstances and laboratory findings made it possible to rule out transmission from poultry.”The lack of further transmission in the family cluster should not be an excuse for complacency, the authors write. If H5N1 avian flu remains endemic for years in the affected countries, “it is likely that such clusters will occur again, and it will be necessary to investigate each one rapidly and thoroughly to determine whether a critical change in the virus has occurred,” they conclude.Ungchusak K, Auewarakul P, Dowell SF, et al. Probable person-to-person transmission of avian influenza A (H5N1). N Engl J Med 3005;352(4):333-40 [Full text]
Coral BarryThursday 4 Jul 2019 9:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link328Shares Saint-Etienne are insisting Saliba is loaned back to the club (Picture: Getty)‘It is an imperative condition should we come to an agreement for his transfer. It’s also William’s wish.’Saliba made 19 appearances last season for Saint-Etienne and is under contract with the Ligue 1 side until 2023.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal want to bring Saliba to the Emirates immediately, as Unai Emery looks to bolster his defensive ranks.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityEmery wants a new centre-back and has been linked with Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti and Gremio’s Walter Kannemann.Arsenal reportedly only have £45million to spend this summer, but club transfer chiefs are thought to be ready to ask owner Stan Kroenke for further funds.MORE: Arsenal in contact with Gremio to sign centre-back Walter KannemannMORE: Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke subject of pleas from club to release more transfer fundsMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Advertisement Saliba is wanted by Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Saint-Etienne have warned Arsenal they will not allow William Saliba to join the club unless he returns to Ligue 1 immediately on loan.Arsenal are in talks to sign Saliba, who has caught the attention of the Gunners despite only being 18.Saint-Etienne have rejected Arsenal’s opening bid for Saliba and club president Roland Romeyer insisted there was one non-negotiable condition on the deal.‘He will stay at the club this season,’ Romeyer said.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Saint-Etienne issue warning to Arsenal over William Saliba transfer