Kansas City Beats Out Indiana for USDA Relocations

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Kansas City Beats Out Indiana for USDA Relocations Kansas City Beats Out Indiana for USDA Relocations SHARE SHARE USDA announced on Thursday the relocation site for their Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. It wasn’t the news Indiana was hoping for.Back in early May, USDA announced that Indiana had cracked its top 3 choices for relocation for the ERS and NIFA. The proposal listed multiple sites in Indiana including Purdue University. On Thursday, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue announced that Kansas City beat out Indiana and North Carolina and will be their new home.In a statement, Perdue said, “The Kansas City Region has proven itself to be hub for all things agriculture and is a booming city in America’s heartland.” He also cited the already significant presence of USDA and federal government employees in the region, including the Kansas City ‘Ag Bank’ Federal Reserve.Governor Eric Holcomb weighed in on the decision saying he’s “extremely proud of Indiana’s efforts to pursue USDA’s headquarter divisions. Our economic development teams worked around the clock with key partners to create a superior proposal and coordinated our efforts with leaders throughout the state. Indiana landing in the USDA’s top three showed the nation that once again Indiana is an ideal destination and thriving community for agriculture.”ERS and NIFA employees recently voted to unionize and join the American Federation of Government Employees in an attempt to halt the move out of the beltway. 547 employees will be impacted by the move. By Eric Pfeiffer – Jun 13, 2019 Previous articleMidwest States, Including Indiana, Get Most Help From 2018 MFP PaymentsNext articleMore Challenging Days Ahead for Field Operations Eric Pfeiffer Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Harvard Choir takes American choral music on UK tour

first_img What it takes to make the Harvard choir Read Full Story Related Documentary offers an inside look at auditions for the Harvard University Choir Here they came a-carolingcenter_img Holiday spirit fills renewed Memorial Church, as services raise $10,000 for crisis center The performances are also an opportunity to share the music of American artists, including Carson Cooman, the resident composer at Memorial Church.“In many ways, our choir emulates the British choir tradition, so it will be powerful to visit the origins of that style of music making,” said Theodora Mautz ’19, choir secretary. “I’m really looking forward to singing joint concerts with British choirs and musicians, and coming together through the music.”The trip to the U.K. is coming on the heels of a bit of national exposure for the choir. On Christmas morning, NBC broadcast the 108th Annual Christmas Carol service to 193 affiliate stations across the country. Jones said the broadcast provided another opportunity to share the talents of this student choir with a wider audience.Members of the choir said they are excited about the upcoming U.K. tour. May Wang ’20, the choir’s junior secretary, said the trip is an opportunity to bond with other members of the choir.“I’m excited to spend the tour doing what our choir does best — making music and friendships in equal parts,” she said. “The tour is a wonderful time when the choir comes together without the bustle of the academic year. We are really fortunate this time to do so through unique traditions between Harvard, England, and our choir.” The Harvard University Choir is taking its brand of American choral music to Britain, the cradle and keeper of a rich Christian choral tradition.The choir is scheduled to depart Boston on Sunday for a week-long tour of performances at several of England’s most prestigious university chapels and London-area cathedrals. The tour includes concerts at the Merton College Chapel, Oxford; Emmanuel College in Cambridge; King’s College in London; and London’s Southwark Cathedral where John Harvard was baptized.“There are very few comparable programs in American to what we do with the daily morning prayer and other services at Memorial Church,” said Edward Elwyn Jones, the Gund University organist and choirmaster. “But most of the places we will visit during the tour in Britain have exactly that kind of program. So, we will be able to see those programs and sing in some great venues and cathedrals.”The University Choir’s January tour is an annual tradition. Last year, members of the choir traveled to Reykjavík, Iceland for a week-long schedule of concerts. In the past, the choir has performed in Montreal and New York City. Jones said the performances outside the gates of Harvard Yard are an opportunity to share the music and talents of the University Choir with new audiences. “I’m excited to spend the tour doing what our choir does best — making music and friendships in equal parts.” — May Wanglast_img read more

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USC acceptance rate drops by three percentage points

first_imgThe USC Office of Admissions on Thursday released statistics on the incoming freshman class of 2022, the most selective in USC history.Karan Nevatia | Daily TrojanOut of a record-breaking pool of 64,256 applicants — a 14 percent increase from last year and the largest jump in 20 years for a one-year period — only 8,258 students were admitted, according to USC News. The 13 percent acceptance rate marked the lowest ever in USC history, dropping 3 percentage points from the 16 percent acceptance rate for the class of 2021. “We’ve never had a harder time selecting which applicants to put in the classroom,” Timothy Brunold, USC dean of admission, said to USC News. “We could hardly believe the numbers, and now we’re feeling the pain of having to turn away so many candidates we admire. At the same time, it’s a breakthrough year for USC.”According to USC News, this notable increase in the number of applicants was the biggest since 1999 with the exception of 2012, when the introduction of the Common Application caused a spike in applications.Of those admitted this year, the average high school unweighted GPA is 3.84 on a 4-point scale, with 34 percent of admits having a 4.0 GPA. Approximately 85 percent of admits scored in the 95th percentile or higher on standardized tests, while 60 percent scored in the 99th.“Grades and numbers are a starting point,” Brunold said to USC News. “We want a diverse class, and we think about which students our faculty want to teach, which students want to solve intractable problems. It’s a search-and-selection process that lines up with the University’s strategic plan, and the mature young people we admit bring something to the student body.”According to the USC admissions blog, nearly 3,300 different high schools were represented from more than 87 countries in the incoming class of 2022. Sixteen percent of admits are international students, while 26 percent are from underrepresented minority groups. Additionally, one in seven admits will be the first in their family to attend college.In the USC News release, Brunold attributed this record increase in applicants to high interest in new degree programs at several schools, as well as “the draw of student life enhancements like the massive USC Village.”last_img read more

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Sharks Can Digest Vegetables: Scientists Flabbergasted

first_img(Visited 508 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 An apex carnivore of the sea not only eats seagrass, but can digest it just fine.Notice the surprise of the scientific community that a bonnet shark has been observed grazing on seagrass. They checked its stomach, and found that it is digesting the seagrass and gaining nutritional benefit from it.‘Vegetarian’ shark discovery: First omnivorous species of sea predator stuns scientists (Fox News).Surprised scientists have identified the seagrass-munching bonnethead as the first omnivorous shark species…“We were absolutely surprised to find that the bonnethead sharks were taking an omnivorous digestive strategy,” Samantha Leigh, a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Irvine and the study’s lead author, told Fox News….In their paper, the researchers explain that the sharks are doing a decent job of digesting the seagrass. “We have always thought of sharks as strict carnivores, but the bonnethead is throwing a wrench into that idea by digesting a fair amount of the seagrass that they consume,” Leigh told Fox News.‘Carnivore’ sharks have a stomach for greens: study (Phys.org). The find is ‘Truly remarkable,’ this article begins. It says that seagrass may compose about 62% of the shark’s diet.Leigh described the results as “surprising“.“Bonnetheads have a digestive system that is very similar to other closely-related species that are definitely strictly carnivorous, so the fact that they are acting like omnivores is truly remarkable!” she said.The world’s first flexitarian shark grazes like a cow (Nature News).Bonnethead shark (Smithsonian, public domain)Sharks are notorious carnivores, but one small hammerhead shark also feels the need to eat its greens….Samantha Leigh at the University of California, Irvine, and her colleagues fed five captive bonnetheads on seagrass grown in water containing carbon-13, an uncommon form of carbon. After several weeks on this regimen, the sharks’ blood contained high levels of carbon-13, which must have come from the seagrass in their diet. The team also found that the creatures’ guts host enzymes capable of breaking down cellulose and other carbohydrates found in grasses.This makes the bonnethead the first omnivorous shark ever recorded. Because they are both predators and grazers, bonnetheads play an important part in seagrass ecosystems, the authors say.We’ve discovered a shark that eats plants as a side dish to shellfish (New Scientist). More surprises reported by Yvaine Ye:Biologists had previously noticed that bonnetheads consume copious amounts of seagrass in addition to crustaceans and other shellfish. But because the bonnethead’s digestive system looks almost identical to other meat-eating sharks – and so seems to be best suited to deal with a high protein diet – scientists always assumed the seagrass ingestion was accidental….The bonnethead shark has a gut that looks carnivorous, but is acting omnivorous,” Leigh says. “This means we need to re-classify what it means to have an ‘omnivorous’ digestive morphology. Also, as omnivores, it’s likely that the bonnethead play a role in stabilising food web dynamics and transporting nutrients throughout the seagrass meadows.”The reports call this the ‘first’ case of an omnivorous shark, but it may not be the last.Great White (Illustra Media)Score one for Biblical creationists, who have insisted that animals were vegetarian before the curse. In a world we know that is rife with carnivory, especially in the ocean, I admit I always found that claim a bit difficult to swallow. “What vegetables did great white sharks eat?”, I wondered. Well, here’s a shark eating seagrass and enjoying it! Maybe big teeth do not always imply meat-eating. This bonnet shark probably goes after a field of seagrass like a lawnmower. Nature News says it grazes like a cow.One example does not make the case for creationism, of course. Even the most ardent creationists who believe animals were vegetarian have to draw a line somewhere. Anteaters count as “vegetarian” only if ants are not really “animals” in the classification. And what about the great whales that scoop up tons of krill and planktonic animals with every gulp? Also, since the bonnet shark does eat shellfish and squid, creation scientists would need to demonstrate that it could survive on vegetable matter exclusively.The take-home lesson from this story is the surprise effect. Who was surprised? Not creationists, but secular scientists who had assumed that ocean carnivores never eat their greens.last_img read more

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10 months agoBarcelona ace Messi: Dembele? Less said the better

first_imgBarcelona ace Messi: Dembele? Less said the betterby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi says Ousmane Dembele can still have a big future with the club.Speaking with Marca, the Argentine was clear about Dembele’s talent. “On the pitch he’s a phenomenon. It’s up to him where he ends up, he could be one of the best,” said Messi. “He’s young and he is adapting.”In terms of his off the pitch life, Messi said: “The less that’s said about it the better. Now he’s aware of his errors. He’s a very good boy, he’s made up for it and we will all help him.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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The Internet Is Convinced That Joe Lunardi Is Wearing A Toupée, And Is Unimpressed

first_imgA rack of NCAA basketballs.SUNRISE, FL – DECEMBER 21: NCAA basketballs in a rack on the court during the shoot-around proipr to the game between the Florida Gators and the Fresno State Bulldogs during the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21, 2013 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Florida defeated Fresno State 66-49. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)ESPN’s Joe Lunardi is one of college basketball’s most well-renowned bracketologists, but his most recent bracket isn’t what has Twitter abuzz during today’s early college basketball games. Many noticed something…strange about Lunardi’s hairdo, and are convinced that he’s wearing a toupée.Joe Lunardi is not fooling anyone with that toupee #CmonBro— Josef (@Joeyy_Steeze) February 28, 2015Joe Lunardi’s toupee has upped its OOC schedule and is in as a solid 7 seed right now— Andrew Rush (@idiotsonsports) February 28, 2015I currently have Joe Lunardi as a one seed in my “worst toupee bracket”— C Payne (@FakeCPayne) February 28, 2015I’ve got Joe Lunardi’s toupee as the 8th seed in the east #bracketology pic.twitter.com/iOeo7I3RZd— Jordan Jones (@theRealjwjones) February 28, 2015Lunardi needs to fire his toupee guy pic.twitter.com/MyK0CjyFD8— Rob Preslan (@RPreslan) February 28, 2015Why does Joe Lunardi keep up the facade of that awful toupee. Just let that bald head breathe!— M. Butler (@mbutlerOK) February 28, 2015Joe Lunardi’s toupee is projected to be a 14th seed in the NCAA Tourney!— Miran Maric (@MiranMaric) February 28, 2015Marv Albert is wondering what Joe Lunardi is doing with his 1986 toupee— ChicagoTerps (@ChicagoTerps) February 28, 2015Lunardi has been asked about this in the past, and denies it, for whatever that is worth.last_img read more

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General Motors Newell and Twitter jump Campbell Soup dips

first_imgNEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday:General Motors Co., up $1.72 to $37.65The automaker said it will lay off up to 14,000 factory and white-collar workers and could close five plants.Newell Brands Inc., up $1.78 to $23.52The consumer products company named former Revlon and Procter & Gamble executive Chris Peterson as its new chief financial officer.Campbell Soup Co., down $1.51 to $39.02The company is adding two board members, settling a dispute with an activist investor.JPMorgan Chase & Co., up $2.61 to $109.26Banks and other financial stocks rose with interest rates Monday.Marathon Petroleum Corp., up $2.45 to $64.18Shares in energy companies rose as oil prices surged following huge losses last week.Macy’s Inc., up 55 cents to $32.56Stocks of retailers and travel companies climbed on the first full trading day of the holiday shopping season.Plantronics Inc., down $4.46 to $46.48The headset maker and computer accessory maker Logitech said they are no longer in talks about a possible deal.Twitter Inc., up $1.70 to $32.82Technology, internet and retail stocks made big gains Monday after plunging in recent weeks.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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SEBI mulls reducing rights issue listing time

first_imgKolkata: After reducing time to list shares on the stock exchanges post-closure of initial public offerings (IPOs), markets regulator SEBI is aiming to cut down the time for listing of rights issue shares, an official said. In September last year, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) decided on reducing the time to list shares on the bourses after IPO to 3 days from the present 6. The SEBI directive is likely to come into effect from July this year. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal SEBI had cited mitigating external risks such as market volatility and uncertainty of financial markets as the reason behind the move. “SEBI aims to reduce the listing of IPO shares to 3 days from 6 days now. It is supposed to be introduced for IPOs from July 2019 onwards. Now, the regulator is working on simplifying the rights issue process,” Central Depository Services (India) Ltd (CDSL) VP (operations) Nitin Ambure told PTI. “I hope the number of days for listing the rights issue shares may come down to 8-10 days from about a month now. This may happen in phases, also depending on the regulator’s final decision,” he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Ambure was in the city to participate at a discussion on demat of unlisted shares at the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce here. The markets regulator has involved stakeholders such as depositories and transaction advisors in the rights issue listing simplification process, just like it engaged exchanges and depositories for IPO shares, he said. From April onwards, Unified Payments Interface (UPI) will be introduced as an alternative payment option for retail investors and SEBI has already cleared a proposal on it. National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) is also being tested. Analysts said the new payment mechanisms will make Applications Supported by Blocked Amount (ASBA) mechanism less attractive to investors. ASBA was introduced by the regulator so an investor does not lose out interest component on the application money. Earlier, the process of normal allotment of shares for IPOs took almost a month. Ambure said SEBI had granted relaxation for processing Demat Request Number from the current 15 days to 30 days in the wake of unusual surge in requests for dematerialisation in recent months. As of now, the transfer of shares in the demat form is mandatory.last_img read more

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Gold in mind as Mary Kom prepares for 2020 Olympics

first_imgNew Delhi: It is said that champions are made and not born. The struggle, effort and the determination to keep trying till you succeed is what makes a champion stand out and none would know this better than champion boxer MC Mary Kom. The only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the seven world championships, there is no stopping her. Even though the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is more than 15 months away, Mary Kom is already planning for the biggest event in sporting history. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhMary Kom said that 2019 held special significance for her as this was the qualification year for the Tokyo Olympics and she must ensure that she plans the road ahead with precision. “2020 is very close. This is one of the most important year for me as I look to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics. We have already figured out the plan ahead. Without a plan or strategy you cannot move forward. The most important thing is to stay injury-free as that will help me give it my all as I prepare for 2020,” she said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterHaving recently competed in Germany and won all her fights, one would expect her to be happy with the start to the season. But Mary Kom is already looking at areas she needs to improve on just like a true champion athlete. “I have already tested my body as the fight in Germany was my first in the 51 kg category and that was a great experience. I think I have to improve a bit in certain areas like strength, power and stamina and I noted that and will figure these things out with my trainer,” she explained. At the training trip in Germany, Mary Kom defeated Ukraine’s Daria Sierhieieva, Germany’s Ursula Gottlob and Norway’s Veronica Losvik. Even though her victories were unanimous 5-0 verdicts, Mary Kom wants to keep working hard and plan for different situations that may challenge her as she dreams of a gold in the 2020 Games. “I have already been planning on ways to tackle opponents in the 51 kg category and I have had a bit of an experience on competing in this category in the past year. I now have some idea of the opponents and that helps me to plan the moves to get better,” she said. Asked about the next tournament she would be competing in, Mary Kom said: “I think the India Open will be the next competition that I will be competing in. Rest I have to see the calendar and only then I can tell you.” Even as pundits keep asking if age is catching up with the superstar boxer, Mary Kom is happy about her fitness level and her association with Puma means she is right up there with the best. “I am so happy and excited to be associated with a sports brand like Puma. It is No.1 in India and I am enjoying myself.”last_img read more

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