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first_imgBy J. Scott AngleUniversity of GeorgiaOver the past year, news stories and editorials have clearly told the story of budget woes at Georgia’s public schools, colleges and universities. These funding cuts come at a time when more of Georgia’s college-bound students are staying in state to make the most of their own college funds. That creates a serious challenge for Georgia’s public colleges and universities to provide adequate faculty to meet the demand of students we are charged by our very charters to educate.It creates a challenge for parents and students, too. They must carefully choose areas of study that will offer rewarding careers with ample employment opportunities when the students graduate. Getting a clear picture in this up-and-down economic haze isn’t easy.Tops in jobsWhile we welcome a new class of students to campus this week, many parents, students and high school counselors across Georgia are beginning to study which schools, degree programs and careers offer the best opportunities in the marketplace and society. Agriculture is not only first alphabetically on many lists but also is at the top of the heap of good opportunity.At spring graduation, fewer College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ students were still looking for jobs as they received their diplomas than those from other University of Georgia colleges and schools. A UGA Career Center survey showed that less than six percent of CAES graduates said they were still seeking employment, compared to numbers as high as 31 percent in other UGA colleges. The median percentage of UGA students still seeking employment at graduation was 13.46 percent among the 12 colleges.This year, a study from the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development showed that through 2016 there will be twice as many agricultural jobs available in Georgia as students graduating from all Georgia colleges in agriculture-related programs to fill them. We expect those employment opportunities to continue to skyrocket. Growth aheadMany sources say with relative certainty that world population growth will demand food production double by 2050. How we meet that demand on the same limited acres for agricultural production will largely be answered in the classrooms, research facilities and Cooperative Extension programs at American land-grant universities. Keeping these vital programs moving at the necessary pace against the currents of dwindling budgets will be a challenge. I am confident we and our colleagues at Fort Valley State University and across the country are up to the challenge. For the more than 25,000 people in our world who die from malnutrition every day, our success is a matter of life and death.One of the most important variables in that equation is recruiting, educating and training a strong agricultural workforce to fuel the industry and attract more agribusinesses to Georgia. UGA continues to draw the brightest minds from across the state, nation and world. We want to make sure those incoming students know about the opportunities available in agriculture.Many students come to our college following family tradition and dedication to an agrarian way of life. Others choose agriculture as an extension of their curiosity about basic science or the ever-growing fields of environmental science, biotechnology and biomedical research. Still others find agricultural careers to be the answer to an altruistic calling to help their fellow man. Tops in scholarship, salariesNo matter why they choose agricultural careers, the future is bright. And, the rewards for those who are up to the challenge are great. Our students continue their education in graduate programs in record numbers. CAES tops all UGA colleges in the percentage of students attending graduate school with 34 percent seeking advanced degrees. Those entering the workforce find financial rewards in agriculture. Their starting salaries including bonuses are second among UGA colleges behind only the Terry College of Business. Plus, agriculture tends to remain more stable than most industries during tough economic times because we produce the only goods consumed by 100 percent of the world’s population. People may become more careful about how they spend their food budget, but there will always be a need for an affordable food supply and jobs for those who produce it.U.S. policy changes precipitated by a growing need to provide an abundant, safe world food supply and to increase economic opportunity in developing countries will continue to escalate opportunities for students pursuing careers in agriculture. Meeting that demand for food, fiber and fuel will help our students leave a lasting legacy in the world that stretches far beyond the dinner table. (J. Scott Angle is dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Governor lowers Tropical Storm Irene damage estimates

first_imgVermont Governor Peter Shumlin and administration officials today reduced Agency of Transportation damage estimates in response to Tropical Storm Irene. VTrans, which initially believed the cost of repairing all roads, culverts and bridges on the state system could exceed $600 million, now estimates the actual cost will be between $175 million and $250 million. The agency revised its estimate following two intense months of conducting repairs to more than 500 miles of state highway and some 200 state-owned bridges. The new estimate is based on Federal Highway’s Detailed Damage Inspection Report (DDIR) process and includes a contingency for unknown costs and spring repairs. ‘This is great news for Vermont taxpayers,’ said Governor Peter Shumlin. ‘Not only are we recovering from Irene faster than anyone expected, we are also conducting repairs at a cost considerably less than anyone expected.’ Administration officials explained that there are a variety of factors that account for the higher initial estimate: Standard vs. Emergency Construction: Our engineers are trained to estimate construction costs based on standard construction practices, not emergency construction practices.  Normal estimates include lengthy and sometimes costly processes, such as federal and state permitting, utility relocation, environmental mitigation, design reviews, planning, scoping, municipal coordination, survey, right-of-way acquisition and legal proceedings, etc.  These are part of the standard roadway process but were not a part of the emergency response during a declared state of emergency.  Significantly, during Irene recovery, much of the work was done while roads were closed.  This removed the timely and costly burden of trying to accommodate traffic and heavy equipment through work zones.  It also eliminated the mobilization/demobilization that occurs on many ‘normal’ construction projects when you need to reopen roads at the end of each day.  Vermont Strong: VTrans original estimates were based on standard construction practices, and didn’t anticipate the collaborative spirit and sense of urgency that Vermonters shared during this emergency. Irene drove people to work harder, faster, and to use innovation to get the job done more expeditiously.  VTrans repaired over 500 miles of damaged road and opened 32 bridges in just 2 months; this was done in large part from the sense of urgency and teamwork that the estimators could not have foreseen.  Nobody would have ever guessed we could accomplish so much in such a short amount of time, not even us. ‘We cannot emphasize enough that these are only estimates, and continue to be volatile and subject to change,’ said Deputy Secretary Sue Minter. ‘There are Irene related projects that will not be completed for years and we expect our construction costs to change through time, although we do not expect them to exceed $250 million.’ To account for new issues that the Administration anticipates may emerge over the coming months and years, a contingency reserve has been added to current estimates. This reserve will address issues that may arise in the design of permanent repairs, plus work that may need to be redone from spring high water and roadway settlement. There are numerous concerns with river stability and debris as related to sink holes and slides. While the revised construction estimate is good news for Vermont, Governor Shumlin emphasized that repairs related to Irene are still projected to exceed the amount that Vermont would normally spend during an entire highway construction season.  As a result, help from Congress is still needed to ensure the heroic work conducted this fall does not have lasting financial consequences that impede the state’s ability to properly maintain its roads, culverts and bridges into the future. ‘The news today is good, but I caution that we are not out of the woods yet,’ Shumlin said. ‘The magnitude of what happened to us is still enormous, and we will need help from our federal partners to recover properly.’ Governor’soffice. 10.31.2011###last_img read more

Reds ‘Women POS: Nigeria born Rinsola Babajide nominated

first_imgNigeria born England former junior international Rinsola Babajide has been nominated for Liverpool Women player of the season award for the 2019-20 Season. The Reds announced the nominees on their official website Wednesday with fans expected to vote for the most outstanding player during the period under consideration. The fans’ votes will be equally combined with nominations by members of the Club’s official, Former Players Association, Forever Reds, to determine the winner – which will be revealed on Liverpoolfc.com soon. Babajide, 22, who joined Liverpool on 25th January 2018 from Watford Ladies, was the Reds’ joint-second WSL goalscorer in the 2019/20 season.Advertisement Nigeria born England former junior international Rinsola Babajide She was part of the England U-20s squad that claimed bronze at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. Babajide who is eligible to represent Nigeria, rose to limelight in 2016 after scoring 14 goals for the University of East London women’s football team in an amateur game which ended 40-0 against the women’s football team of the University College, London. Read AlsoLiverpool extend Rinsola’s contract for another two years Babajide who joined Millwall Lionesses Ladies from Crystal Palace Ladies in January 2015, made her professional debut on March 18 against the London Bees in a FA WSL match which ended in a draw. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Popular Asian Actresses That Look IrresistibleIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too Much9 Best Movie Robots Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truecenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Steve McClaren mindful of Liverpool threat to Newcastle’s fragile confidence

first_imgSteve McClaren has admitted Newcastle’s fragile confidence could be obliterated if they allow Liverpool to slip into top gear on Sunday. Press Association Jurgen Klopp’s men marched into the Capital One Cup semi-finals with a 6-1 demolition of Southampton on their own pitch in midweek, and head for St James’ Park having lost only once in 11 attempts under their new manager and with seven victories in their last eight games in all competitions. By contrast, the Magpies are in disarray once again after successive defeats in comprehensive fashion by Leicester and Crystal Palace sent them hurtling back into the Barclays Premier League drop zone, and McClaren is only too aware another drubbing by the Reds could shatter whatever confidence his players have managed to regain in the last week. center_img He said: “That is always a possibility. That’s why we have to make sure we are at our best individually. “It is a game which we know – and the players know – we’d better be at our best in terms of attitude, work-rate and all the nitty-gritty things to keep this Liverpool team at bay, because they are the form team in the Premier League at the moment. “What we have talked about a lot is, we have conceded 30 goals in 14 game and that’s not good enough. We came away from Bournemouth and that was two clean sheets and we thought we might have turned a corner. “But in the next two, we conceded eight. The frustrating thing about everything is the inconsistency. Consistency, when you haven’t got that, is as fragile as confidence.” Liverpool have lost on three of their last six visits to Tyneside, but their two victories during that spell have been handsome, a 5-1 drubbing in December 2008 and a 6-0 blitz in April 2013. last_img read more