Southern admissions

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSouth Georgia students now have a closer-to-home gateway to the University of Georgia with the Jan. 31 opening of the new UGA Tifton, Ga., outreach office.The office, an extension of the UGA Office of Undergraduate Admissions, will be housed in the Rural Development Center just off Interstate-75. But it’s more than just an office with walls, said UGA President Michael F. Adams.”This is also a symbolic function of UGA’s commitment to diversity, outreach and inclusion … to reconnect the university to the state,” he said. “We are not the University of Athens or Atlanta. We are the University of Georgia. We have a statewide mission as the state’s true flagship university.”The Tifton admissions office, “though small,” he said, is another step in achieving that goal. The new office gives students in south Georgia easier access to the university.But south Georgia students don’t have to go all the way to Athens, Ga., to get a four-year degree from UGA.The Tifton campus now offers a four-year degree in agriculture science, without having to go to Athens. The new Agriscience and Environmental Systems major will be offered through the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.There are plans to expand the UGA educational opportunities on the Tifton campus.”For this campus to be all it can be, we must add academic programs,” said David Bridges, assistant CAES dean and head of the Tifton campus. “Teaching is our main mission and students our most important resource.”The first students to seek four-year UGA degrees in Tifton will begin their classes in August.Pedro Arroyo will head the Tifton admissions office. He’s been hired to spread the word to south Georgia students in high schools and two-year colleges on UGA educational opportunities.Arroyo will represent UGA at college fairs and assist counselors and prospective students with the applications and scholarship processes. He’ll coordinate alumni functions in the area, too.”This (admissions office) will help us move forward in educating Georgia all around,” said John Hunt, a University System of Georgia regent and Tifton businessman.The Tifton outreach office is the second off-campus recruiting and admissions office UGA has established. The first opened in DeKalb County last year.last_img read more

E. coli outbreak: First German sprout tests negative

first_imgHealthLifestyle E. coli outbreak: First German sprout tests negative by: – June 6, 2011 20 Views   no discussions Tweet The farm supplies sprouts to Hamburg and a wide area of northern GermanyThe first tests on bean sprouts from a northern German farm suspected of being the source of an E. coli outbreak are negative, officials say.Of 40 samples from the farm being examined, officials said 23 tested negative. Further tests are pending.They said finding the outbreak’s cause may prove difficult, because weeks have passed since it began.The farm in Uelzen south of Hamburg was named on Sunday as the probable source of the bug that has killed 22 people.Initially, German officials had pointed to Spanish cucumbers as the likely cause.More than 2,200 people have fallen ill in at least 12 countries, though cases outside Germany have been linked to travel there.‘Can’t understand’ “Investigations are continuing,” Lower Saxony’s agriculture ministry said on Monday as it announced that the first tests had proved negative.It added that it did not expect “any short-term conclusions”, and that given the complex testing procedure, the remaining 17 samples may not be returned for a few more days.The organic farm in Uelzen is about 100km (62m) south of Hamburg, the epicentre of the outbreak.It produces bean sprouts including adzuki, alfalfa, broccoli, peas, lentils and mung beans, all grown in a nursery for consumption in salads.The farm’s general manager, Klaus Verbeck, was quoted by the Neue Osnabruecker Zeitung newspaper as saying that he could not see how it was to blame.“I can’t understand how the processes we have here and the accusations could possibly fit together,” said Mr Verbeck.“The salad sprouts are grown only from seeds and water, and they aren’t fertilised at all. There aren’t any animal fertilisers used in other areas on the farm either.”The strain of enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) involved in the outbreak is normally transmitted through faeces or faecal bacteria.Spanish seek damages Scientists say it is an aggressive hybrid strain toxic to humans and not previously linked to food poisoning.Hundreds of those affected by the bacterium have developed haemolytic-uraemic syndrome (HUS), which can be fatal.EU agriculture ministers are to hold an emergency meeting in Luxembourg on Tuesday, where they are expected to discuss the outbreak and how the EU can respond to its economic impact.They are also expected to address a Russian ban on imports of fresh produce from the EU, introduced in response to the outbreak.Spain has made it clear it will seek damages after Spanish produce was linked to the outbreak.Spain’s fruit and vegetables exporters association has estimated losses at 225m euros (£200m) a week.“We have told Germany that it must reimburse us for the loss, Spanish Agriculture Minister Rosa Aguilar told Spanish public television.“If it covers 100%, which is what we are demanding, the affair will be closed. Otherwise we reserve the right [to take] legal action.”BBC News Sharing is caring!center_img Share Share Sharelast_img read more

Steelers win another nail biter; Browns should be easy, but…

first_imgCulpepper, replacing injured rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford, was 23 of 37 for 282 yards and 1 touchdown along with 44 yards rushing on 3 carries as he kept the Lions in the game despite being sacked seven times. Running back Kevin Smith was held in check gaining only 54 yards on 20 carries.Ben Roethlisberger had another brilliant game as he was 23 of 30 for 277 yards 3 touchdowns and 1 interception that went for a touchdown. He engineered a great drive after the interception was run back for a touchdown that culminated with a brilliant catch and dive over the end zone by Hines Ward for his first touchdown of the season. One thing the Steelers have reversed is their effectiveness in the red zone; they were three for three against the Lions moving their record up to a brilliant 8 of 8 so far this season.Rashard Mendenhall had another outstanding game on the ground with 77 yards on just 15 carries and one touchdown. The low number of carries was primarily because the Lions were able to keep the ball on offense far longer than the Steelers, 32 plus minutes to 26 plus minutes. Ward, despite not getting the ball thrown to him after being wide open several times, finished with 7 catches for 85 yards and his first touchdown. Rookie Mike Wallace again was impressive with 54 yards on just 2 catches, even though he dropped a sure touchdown and Roethlisberger missed him on another sure touchdown. Heath Miller continued his outstanding play with 54 yards and a touchdown on 5 catches, and Santonio Holmes had 50 yards on 4 receptions. One impressive part of the passing game was the 5 receptions from the backfield which is an indication the Steelers have quietly changed their offensive philosophy of not passing to the backs and tight ends to including them in the fun. This diversifies the offense a lot more, making it even tougher for the defense to defend. Mewelde Moore had 3 receptions for 20 yards and Mendenhall had 2 for 16 yards.Now they face a team that is actually worse than the Lions, Cleveland at Heinz Field, Oct. 16. The Browns ,in a game between have nots last Sunday picked up their first win 6-3 over the Buffalo Bills. They did it primarily on the ground as Jamal Lewis rushed for 117 yards on 31 carries, while quarterback Derek Anderson had one of the worst passing performances in NFL history. He was 2 of 17 for 23 yards and one interception, but for some strange reason he played the entire game. There was absolutely nothing exciting about this game as the Browns pulled it out in the fourth quarter sparing the fans the punishment of an overtime period.The most exciting game of the day was between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Baltimore Ravens. The Bengals took sole possession of first place in the AFC North with a 17-14 victory pulling their record to 4-1 while dropping the Ravens into a second place tie with the Steelers at 4-2. Once again the Bengals had a very balanced attack offensively while holding the Ravens offense in check. Carson Palmer was 18 of 31 for 271 yards and one touchdown, while Cedric Benson became the first runner to gain over 100 yards against the Ravens in 40 games with 120 yards on 27 carries with one touchdown. The wide receivers were also impressive as Chad Ochocinco had 7 catches for 94 yards and Chris Henry had 92 yards with only 2 catches.Some surprising stats; the end of week 5 shows Roethlisberger leading the NFL in passing percentage at 74 percent, second to Peyton Manning, 1645, in yards with 1470. And with all the hoopla over the great wide receivers in the league in which Ward is rarely mentioned, he is fourth in yards with 440 behind Steve Smith from the New York Giants, 481, Reggie Wayne, 459, and Dallas Clark, 441. In receptions he’s third behind Smith, 37, and Clark, 34, with 33. It has become the norm. The Steelers play to their opponent. They jump off to big leads, playing like Super Bowl champs in the first half then, to make the game more exciting I guess, let their opponent back into the game in the second half, particular the fourth quarter. Now the question is, how will they keep the game against the 1-4 Cleveland Browns close or exciting? This was again the case Sunday as they played the lowly Detroit Lions who were winless last season and 1-4 this season. After jumping off to a 21-13 halftime lead, and a 28-13 lead going into the fourth quarter, it appeared they would more than make up the 10 point margin they were picked to win by. But instead went scoreless in the fourth while veteran quarterback Duante Culpepper led the Lions to one score in the fourth quarter and was moving them in for a second score before the defense decided they had enough and began to play Steelers football. During the final minutes of the drive the defense sacked Culpepper three times for huge loses thus killing the comeback and preserving the victory for the Steelers. AIRBORNE—Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Ike Taylor (24) flies over teammates Ryan Mundy (29) and Ryan Clark (25) and into the end zone while breaking up a pass for Detroit Lions wide receivers, including Bryant Johnson (80), during the fourth quarter in Detroit, Oct. 11. last_img read more