Borlaug Fellowship

first_imgDaniel Mwalwayo has spent most of his professional career working to ensure a safe food supply in his home country of Malawi.This spring, he’s spending three months focused on that goal while training at the University of Georgia through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. The program, which is administered at UGA by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Global Programs, promotes food security and economic growth by providing training and collaborative research opportunities to researchers and policymakers from developing or middle-income countries.After nearly a decade working for the national food inspection program in Malawi, Mwalwayo wanted to study how to minimize aflatoxin in processed peanuts, a problem he sees firsthand at home. The Borlaug program matched him with Koushik Adhikari, a UGA food science professor who is an expert in sensory analysis and is working with Mwalwayo on how to survey consumers on peanut consumption and aflatoxin-related issues. Mwalwayo also spent time in the lab of Jia-Sheng Wang, the head of the Environmental Health Science Department at UGA, to learn more about aflatoxin testing techniques.“I looked at aflatoxin levels in peanut paste produced in Malawi over a year’s time and could see that often the levels are very high — much, much higher than the regulatory limit,” said Mwalwayo, who works for the Malawi Bureau of Standards, the regulatory agency that inspects food in the southern African country. “I know the industry has similar challenges with aflatoxin even in the U.S., so I wanted to come and learn how they manage the aflatoxin problem.”Aflatoxin, a type of mycotoxin, has been linked to liver cancer, as well as stunting in children. It is a particular problem in Malawi because the average diet is based on maize and peanuts, both staples that are susceptible to the mold that creates aflatoxin. For years, scientists have studied the best ways to discourage mold growth — when to plant, when to harvest, how to dry the crop, how to sort out contaminated kernels.In his work, Mwalwayo could see how the system falls short in preventing aflatoxin contamination in peanuts. Studying samples of peanut paste coming from some of the country’s largest processors, he found that half of the samples tested in 2014 and 85 percent of the samples tested in 2015 exceeded the allowable limit for aflatoxin.But when he tested raw peanuts at the farm level, 90 percent had acceptably low levels of aflatoxin.“So, for me, the problem wasn’t where this produce was coming from, but rather where it is being stored and how it is being used later,” he said.Mwalwayo wanted to intervene before contamination became a problem. As he pointed out in his proposal for the Borlaug Fellowship, the USDA recognizes aflatoxin contamination as an avoidable problem.By studying the potential sources of contamination in Malawian processing plants, he hoped to prepare a protocol for large-scale processors to minimize contamination at the processing stage for peanut paste, which is used to make peanut butter, but can also go into sauces, baked goods, cereal and ice cream.“My goal in coming (to UGA) was to learn how the industry here manages the mycotoxin problems to an extent that the products they make here then have acceptable levels,” he said. “My goal was — when I went back home — I could engage the industry, learn how they manage their processes, see the gaps and see where I can help.”After beginning his study and consulting with the Peanut and Mycotoxin Innovation Lab (PMIL) headquartered at UGA, Mwalwayo decided that his research may have even more impact by intervening a step earlier in the process, honing a storage system that would keep aflatoxin from developing in the peanuts while awaiting processing.His new project proposal for a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) agriculture diversification project in Malawi, developed with input from the Malawi Program for Aflatoxin Control (MAPAC), involves hermetically sealed Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags. The simple technology, a triple-layer bag system, has been proven effective in curtailing insect damage, mold growth and aflatoxin contamination in several commodities, but hasn’t been fully tested for peanuts.Evaluating the moisture content and quality of the most prominent varieties, rate of oxygen depletion during storage (which controls insect and mold growth and may reduce rancidity), and aflatoxin levels at the end of 4, 8 and 12 months, will help define the optimum storage conditions and determine the shelf life for peanuts using the PICS bags. Minimizing aflatoxin contamination, while prolonging shelf life, would encourage adoption of the bags in Malawi and other countries where the bags are becoming widely available. Mwalwayo’s training with UGA scientists has also broadened his skills to include other analytical tests and methods to take back to the Malawi Bureau of Standards.The project is an example of how different agencies are able to collaborate to solve a food safety concern, bringing together the USDA, USAID (which oversees the PMIL), CAES, the Malawi Bureau of Standards, and MAPAC, which is part of the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa, a secretariat of the African Union.“In the face of global food issues, programs like this that support the brightest minds in agriculture around the world are vital to ensuring that the food we have is safely stored and available to those who need it most,” said Sam Pardue, CAES dean and director. “While we work to increase food production to meet growing demand, we must also learn more about protecting and preserving the food we already produce so it delivers the needed nutrition.”The Borlaug program covers 12 weeks of training at UGA, as well as funding for Adhikari, who is Mwalwayo’s main adviser on the project, to travel to Malawi within a year and offer feedback on the progress of the research there.Mwalwayo received a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the University of Malawi and a master’s degree in food science from Michigan State University in 2013.He has worked for the Malawi Bureau of Standards for nine years.last_img read more

…You might be a manager

first_img 60SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Demangone Anthony Demangone is executive vice president and chief operating officer at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions (NAFCU). Demangone oversees day-to-day operations and manages the association’s education, membership, … Web: Details Growing up in rural Pennsylvania, I always enjoyed Jeff Foxworthy’s comedy routines. Especially the “you might be a redneck” bits. Sure, they sometimes hit a bit close to home, but I always thought it was healthy to laugh at yourself every so often.I’m a firm believer that every segment of society should be able to poke fun at itself. I was trained as a lawyer. There’s a ton of low hanging fruit there if you ever need a laugh. Believe me. But this blog is about management. So with a hat tip to Mr. Foxworthy, here goes.If someone asks you how your train ride was, and you respond, “Fantastic! I knocked out about 200 emails,”….you might be a manager.If you have four business books sitting on your nightstand…you might be a manager.If the fact that you haven’t picked up a one of those four business books in a week bothers you…you might be a manager.If you have more “productivity” apps on your phone than games…you might be a manager.If someone asks you who your favorite author is, and Jim Collins comes to mind…You might be a manager. If you compare notes with friends to see how they handle their email in-box…you might be a manager.If you consider bragging about a spreadsheet you developed…you might be a manager.If you have a folder filled with articles on how to improve meetings…you might be a manager. If you ever created a checklist to improve your checklists…you might be a manager.If you ever made a New Year’s resolution to read more business books…you might be a manager.If you’ve ever done research on how to improve your checklists…you might be a manager.If a slow spell at work makes you nervous…you might be a manager.If you rate airports by the number of free outlets they make available…you might be a manager.If you find it hard not to rate people solely by how well they do their job…you might be a manager. If a blog post by John Spence or Dan Rockwell nearly brings you to tears…you might be a manager.If you watched a TED video and thought to yourself…man, this could change my life…you might be a manager.And if the length of this blog post is starting to bother you because of all that’s on your plate…you might be a manager.Feel free to add to the list, folks. Have a great weekend!last_img read more

Survey: Australia still top dog for global pensions sustainability

first_imgBut the UK has fallen out of the Top 10 nations in the world, having only joined the club in the 2014 study.It has now been replaced at tenth place by Chile, and fallen one place to eleventh.Meanwhile, Latvia, Estonia and the US complete the list of the 10 countries with the most sustainable public systems.The accompanying report observes that, since 2014, a substantial number of countries have improved the sustainability of their pension systems.Brigitte Miksa, head of international pensions at Allianz Asset Management, said: “Pension reforms initiated in many countries a decade ago – raised retirement ages, reduced benefits in line with expected increased life expectancies – are now starting to bear fruit.“Social behaviour has also changed, as people reacted to the incentives offered as a result of the reforms.”This has been particularly notable for the Baltic countries, with Estonia entering into the Top 10 and Lithuania moving up to 16.“The score of all three countries has been positively impacted by the fact they have continued to implement reforms to increase the effective retirement age and reduce the burden of the pension system on public finances,” the report said.France was among the fastest climbers – up by more than five places since 2014 – along with Chile, Japan, Malaysia and Mexico.“The improvement is due to an increase in the effective retirement age and a positive revision of the 2050 pension expenditures-to-GDP forecast,” said the report.But Ireland, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Russia experienced significant declines.Ireland has been hit by a deterioration in its demographic outlook following the UN population projection revision, which has contributed to a significant decline in the replacement rate, according to the report.Switzerland is experiencing a worsening demographic outlook, which has had a negative impact on its sustainability score.“Nevertheless,” the report said, “Switzerland continues to compare favourably to its peers thanks to a relatively low level of general government debt relative to GDP, a relatively high effective retirement age and a good coverage ratio.“Moreover, pension expenditures as a share of GDP are not expected to increase dramatically in the coming decades.”The report observed that Italy and Spain had both implemented recent reforms but that more needed to be done.“The effective retirement age remains relatively low in both countries, while pension expenditure as a percentage of GDP remains high, and the populations are expected to age quickly,” it said.“Encouragingly, recent reforms mean pension expenditure as a share of GDP is not expected to increase significantly over the coming decades.”However, Miksa provided a sombre caveat even for those countries that made progress with pension reforms.“Our study assesses the financial sustainability of public pension systems but does not examine the flipside – the adequacy of state pensions,” she said.“Reforms of the past decade have improved the sustainability of the pension systems at the price of reducing the level and the security of benefits.” Australia maintains its position as the country with the most sustainable public pensions system, according to the Allianz 2016 Pension Sustainability Index.As with the last study, published in 2014, the Nordics are the top European countries.Denmark is runner-up, followed by Sweden, the Netherlands and Norway.New Zealand again claims sixth place.last_img read more

Murder mystery planned in Napoleon this weekend

first_imgNapoleon, In. — The Central House is presenting “Farringway Funways” at the Napoleon Community Center this weekend.A dinner and show is offered Friday and Saturday (October 19 & 20) at 6 p.m. for $15. A matinee only presentation will be Saturday at 2 p.m. Admission is $10.Reservations can be made by calling 812-852-4818. All proceeds benefit the Central House of Napoleon.last_img

Walp dominates in BAPS RaceSaver Sprint feature

first_imgDuke ran second the whole race and clearly had a strong car but couldn’t get by Walp. Doug Dod­son had another strong run, coming home third, as did fourth-finishing Dave Grube and fifth-place Landon Price. Feature results – 1. John Walp; 2. Ken Duke; 3. Doug Dodson; 4. Dave Grube; 5. Landon Price; 6. Dylan Smith; 7. Kyle Keen; 8. Dave Brown; 9. Devin Adams; 10. Jake Frye; 11. Andy Best; 12. Johnny Scarborough; 13. Ian Detweiler; 14. Domenic Melair; 15. Dave Graber; 16. Nick Sweigart; 17. Erin Statler; 18. Dustin Young; 19. Larry McVay; 20. Kristina Pratt; 21. Alex Potosky; 22. Kirsten Hess; 23. Jay Krout; 24. Jaremi Hanson. In victory lane, he noted that he was able to keep the car low on the track and thwart efforts by defending national champion Ken Duke to move up. The track was slick and tricky, with drivers having to “slow down to go fast,” and Walp was able to extend his lead after every restart. By Frank Buhrman Walp wired the field to win the 20-lap IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature Saturday at BAPS. The Wapwallopen driver has now scored two of his three career PASS victories at York Haven.center_img YORK HAVEN, Pa. (June 27) – All John Walp wants is a little improvement from his second place fin­ish in 2019 BAPS Motor Speedway Pennsylvania Sprint Series standings for to first in 2020. He’s off to a solid start toward that goal. John Walp earned his career second Pennsylvania Sprint Series victory at BAPS Motor Speed­way on Saturday night. (Photo by Angela Dmuchowski)last_img read more

Suarez apologises to Ivanovic

first_img Suarez looks set to face a Football Association investigation into the incident, which saw the Uruguay international clash with the centre-back in the penalty area before sinking his teeth into his opponent’s arm. Referee Kevin Friend did not see the incident but after numerous television replays highlighted it, the FA are almost certain to act. But the incident has led to Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre cancelling a trip to Australia where he was due to fly on Sunday night to promote a pre-season fixture. Ayre will instead deal with Liverpool’s reaction to the incident and in contrast to previous controversies surrounding Suarez the club are acting swiftly. It is not the first time Suarez has brought controversy to the club – he was banned for eight matches last season after being found guilty of racially abusing Patrice Evra – and he has previous history of biting. Immediately prior to joining the Reds in January 2011 he served a seven-match ban while at Ajax after sinking his teeth into PSV Eindhoven midfielder Otman Bakkal. But manager Brendan Rodgers insists no snap decisions will be taken on the future of the player, who is certain to attract interest from Europe’s top clubs after scoring his 30th goal of the season. “It is not for me to make any rash comments or any predictions now,” he added. “This is a football club where historically players treat people with how the football club respects society, players and everyone. There is certainly no one bigger than this football club, as a player or a manager. “Players are always replaceable now matter how good they think they are. That is how football works. Of course there are wonderful talents we’ve seen here at this club and others over many years. You lose a player you think you can’t replace but the next one comes along. “The standards at this football club have been met for many years and that’s why it is the worldwide institution that it is. The history of this club is about respect and how people are treated and that is something that will always be maintained here and will always be long after I am gone.” Press Association Luis Suarez has apologised to Branislav Ivanovic after biting the Chelsea defender during the 2-2 draw at Anfield. center_img Suarez used his Twitter account to say sorry for the incident, which came before the striker scored a dramatic equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time. “I’m sad for what happened this afternoon, I apologize Ivanovic and all football world for my inexcusable behaviour. I’m so sorry about it!!” Suarez wrote. last_img read more

Officials: 67-Year-Old Man Molested Broward Girl Over Four Years

first_imgWhen she cried, Pujols replied, “I don’t know why you’re crying. I know you like it,” the report states.In 2015, the girl told her mother that Pujols had kissed her, although she did not reveal the extent of the molestation.She also told a friend last year, which led up to the police investigation. A 67-year-old Port St. Lucie man is accused of molesting a Broward County child repeatedly between 2008 and 2012.Bienvenido Pujols surrendered to Pembroke Pines police on Friday. He allegedly started the activity when the girl was 5 years old.Records show that he is charged with sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation on a person less than 12 years of age.According to the arrest report, the girl told police that Pujols would show her adult pornography videos, remove her clothes, fondle her and expose himself. He also told her not to tell anyone.Courtesy: Broward County Sheriff’s Officelast_img read more

Bucks Trample Eagles

first_img Bio This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 BUCKSPORT — Righthander Sarah Sutherland scattered six hits, struck out nine and walked nobody in pitching the Golden Bucks to an 11-1 win over the Eagles on Thursday.Megan Panaro had a double and a single with an RBI, and Rochelle Pelletier, Katlynn Williams and India Stewart each singled and drove in two runs for the Golden Bucks.For the Eagles, Lily Cooper tripled, Ashley Smith and Casey Wyman each had a pair of singles and Anna Seavey singled. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Latest posts by admin (see all) Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest Posts admin State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 mistakes that led to Syracuse’s 27-10 loss to Duke

first_img Published on November 8, 2014 at 4:55 pm Syracuse’s postseason hopes are over.The Orange (3-7, 1-5 Atlantic Coast) imploded after three competitive quarters and fell to No. 22 Duke (8-1, 4-1), 27-10, on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Here are three costly mistakes Syracuse made in the fourth quarter that doomed SU’s season on Senior Day. That burstDuke hinted at its explosiveness on special teams with a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that was called back for holding in the first quarter.Syracuse caught a break then, but definitely didn’t catch Jamison Crowder in the fourth quarter. The Blue Devil caught the punt at his own 52-yard line in the middle of the field, took off and threw one lethal stutter that started his trek for six. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA Syracuse defender flew right past him and Crowder coasted to the end zone, giving one last look over his left shoulder as he crossed the goal line and starting the fourth-quarter onslaught that crushed the Orange’s postseason aspirations.Losing faith?Mitch Kimble held onto a zone-read, went down for a loss and brought up fourth-and-4 for the Orange.SU’s defense, an energetic, lockdown group nearly all game long, was waiting on the sideline to go out and get the team another stop, trailing by seven points.But Syracuse elected to try a fake punt. And it didn’t work. Duke took over at SU’s 32-yard line and Ross Martin tacked on a field-goal to increase the separation to 20-10 with 9:08 left in the game.Downfield issuesBehind 20-10, it was desperation time for Syracuse.Right after Martin’s field goal, SU quarterback Austin Wilson launched a bomb downfield for Jarrod West, but the fifth-year senior stopped running. Duke cornerback Breon Borders didn’t.Borders ran down his second interception of the game and put the Blue Devils in position to put the game even more out of reach. Three plays later, Anthony Boone lofted a pass for Issac Blakeney, who left Julian Whigham on the ground and cruised into the end zone for the second time in the game. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Post your FREE Garage Sales Ads here

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Write up your garage sale and submit it as a comment. Write as much as you like and you won’t pay one cent! Example: Joe Blow at 100 North New York Avenue is having a garage sale for the Wellington Citywide. We will start the sale at 6 a.m. and run through noon Saturday. We will be offering a variety of stuff including clothes, furniture and a beautiful hand-woven rug. We will also be giving out free lemonade. Call us at 888-888-8888 if your have any questions. Hope to see you there! Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Kathy Riggs · 324 weeks ago We are having a Wheat Country Mini Storage “Garage Sale” on Saturday May 31st at 527 East 16th Street. The sale will begin at 8 a.m. until noon. We have a large variety of items including a dining room table and chairs, bookshelf, small benches, kitchen items and lots of miscellaneous. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down David Carroll · 324 weeks ago Carroll Garage Sale Saturday May 31st at 1502 N. Blaine. Time is 8:00 to ?. Fishing equip., small appliances, canning jars, tools, swimming pool items , weed eater and much more. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down steve · 324 weeks ago STORAGE WARS III GARAGE SALE (Wellington) 1906 N. B ( In Alley) May 31 7:00am – 2:00pm 50% off selected items after 12pm. Pottery, vase sets, antique crystal, porcelan bells, glassware,salt & pepper shakers, collectibles, baskets, plant arrangements, dish sets, Craftsmen palm sander, auto vaccum, chandelier w/ flowers and butterfies, antique ironing board, puzzles, books, 33,45,& 78 rpm records, 8 track tapes, hp Deskjet 895 Csi, umbrella strollers, adult clothing,towels, portible clost, candles, home decorations, frames, phones, small appliances, baking and cooking supplies kitchen and bathroom misc., 4-4ft.X27in. white wood blinds, 3-4ft. X 30in. brown wood blinds, AIWA stero, Stereo stand table, 3 plastic lazy susans, minnow bucket, small and medium fishing tackle boxes, fishing float tube, chest waders (size 9D), poratable fish finder, pair diving fins, winter snow suit below 10* (large/short), insulated lunch boxes, small metal dresser chair, portable electric heater,10in. table saw (no motor), 12in band saw, 2-small power sanders, 4in. belt sander w/ 6in.disk sander, 21/2hp woud chipper grinder. Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Craig · 324 weeks ago Yard Sale – Friday Only – 4pm to 7pm Antiques and more!!! Report Reply 2 replies · active 324 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Martha / Gary · 324 weeks ago Yard Sale – 702 South Blaine – Sat. Only 5/31 08:00 AM – 4:00 PM Household, Kitchen, Glassware, card table, misc., X-box with games, collectibles, tools, battery charger, B&D Recip Saw, small amount ammo NO EARLY SALES – CANCELLED IF RAINING Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Craig · 324 weeks ago Yard Sale – Friday Only – 4pm to 7pm – 624 North A Antiques and more!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 324 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Lori · 323 weeks ago Bake Sale Saturday May 31st . From 8am till noon. Where, Walmart parking lot. All money raised goes to Relay for Life of Sumner County. Come check out the goodies, and support us. Report Reply 0 replies · active 323 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down kim · 323 weeks ago ESTATE/MOVING SALE – 1528 Readus – btw A & B St off 21st – behind Andy’s parking lot in wellington Thursday June 5 – 4:00 to 7:00, Friday June 6 1:00 to 7:00 and Saturday June 7 9:00 to 3:00. House and garage are full!! Everything priced to go!! Furniture, old glassware, refrigerator, old board games and puzzles, old metal lawn chairs, patio set, nice craftsman riding mower, scaffolding, tools, and much more!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 323 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Michaela · 323 weeks ago Multi-family garage sale. 422 East Walnut 8-12. Variety of items including toddler boy clothing ranging from sizes 2T-5T as well as shoes, some adult men and women clothing, toys, crib, queen sized headboard, and more. Cancelled if raining. Report Reply 0 replies · active 323 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are the garage sales that we have for May 30-June 1, 2014. If you still need garage sales advertised just use the comment section below. Good luck, bargain hunting!Happy bargain selling and hunting! Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more