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On Monday evening, the first Saint Mary’s Senate meeting of the semester was held in Rice Commons to discuss changes to the Student Government Association (SGA) Bylaws.The meeting began with a prayer by SGA secretary Lauren Lindbloom. Student Body President Kaitlyn Baker welcomed two new sophomore senators, Marilla Opra and Sydney Enlow. Baker also welcomed sophomore Malia Hosoi-Gallucci, the new food chair.“I wanted to get involved with SGA last year, but I was too busy,” Opra said. “When I came back from studying abroad this spring and they had an opening, I thought it was perfect.”Opra said her responsibilities include attending Senate meetings, voting on different motions and serving on the Finance Committee to approve club funding.The first topic of discussion was the Navy Social, held after the Navy football game. Emma McCarthy, the SGA mission co-chair, said the event was a collaborative effort between SGA, Student Activities Board, the Residence Hall Association and the class of 2017. According to McCarthy, the event sold out in 12 minutes, and 100 midshipmen were in attendance.“I would want the mission committee to take over [the Navy Social] because it does tie in the tradition of the College with the tradition between the Navy and our sisters,” McCarthy said. “Adding the Navy Social under the mission chair would save the future planner a huge headache.”The Senate also discussed the possibility of eliminating the First Year Concerns position. Baker said the original duties of the position consisted of helping first-year students get acquainted to each other, giving assistance to admissions and serving as a liaison between SGA and the first-year students.“We no longer think they have a role,” Baker said. “We want to change the position to ‘Big Belle, Little Belle’ chair, which includes recruiting ‘Big Belles’ from the junior class, working with admissions to recruit incoming first-years and hosting events throughout the year.”Baker proposed that Belles Beginnings Pre-Festival, the activities before Domer Fest each year, will no longer be First Year Concerns responsibility, but the responsibility of the community chair.The Senate also moved to change the international chair to community justice chair. Baker said Senate hopes to start recording certain events and lectures and posting them on social media, in order to create conversations about controversial topics on campus.“Rather than focusing on international students, we want to focus on all underrepresented students and clubs,” Baker said. “We want to change the Bylaws to give community justice chair a more defined role.”Baker said the community justice chair would be in charge of an additional new event called Monthly Mingles, a conversation centered around a specific topic for students to discuss with no media and no faculty present.The Senate unanimously approved all proposed changes to the SGA Bylaws.Tags: community justice chair, navy social, SMC Senate
Someday, apples in north Georgia could be harvested by robots modeled after the gibbon, an arboreal ape species that swings from limb-to-limb in the forest canopy, hunting and picking ripe fruit to eat. Called “brachiation,” or arm swinging, their method of locomotion inspired the design of the Collaborative Apple Picking Robot (CAPBOT), an apple-harvesting robot invented by engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology.At the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah last January, Ai-Ping Hu, senior research engineer in Georgia Tech’s Food Processing Technology Division, explained how CAPBOT uses a “search” arm to identify apples and plan pathways for the “grasp” arm to approach and pick the fruit. Each arm is equipped with a color-plus-depth camera. While one hand can recognize apples and direct the other hand to pick them, the machine can’t measure the ripeness of the fruit. Researchers are currently working to upgrade the grasp arm with that ability.When the topic is agricultural research in Georgia, the University of Georgia is the organization most often credited. And when UGA and Georgia Tech meet in the same sentence, especially around Thanksgiving, they’re typically colliding on the football field for another historic round of clean, old-fashioned hate.But what you see on the gridiron is 180 degrees from the relationship the two schools share in the farm fields of Georgia. There they work in harmony — and often full-fledged partnership — to improve the productivity and profitability of various sectors of Georgia agriculture.Examples of productive collaboration include:Agricultural engineering Glen Rains, an agricultural engineer in UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is working with the Georgia Tech Research Institute to improve the peanut-grading process. After harvest and drying, peanuts are manually sampled and inspected for size, moisture content, meat content, foreign matter and damage. Grades given to peanuts determine the price a farmer will get at the market for his crop, as well as the loan value for price-support purposes.“It’s done with the human eye and has been done this way since the 1950s,” employing thousands of seasonal workers, said Rains.Through a combination of technologies that include digital imaging that allows a computer to inspect and grade the samples, this collaboration aims to streamline the process and improve efficiencies.HorticultureMark Czarnota, a UGA CAES horticulturist based in Griffin, Georgia, is collaborating with biologist Ulrika Egertsdotter and Cyrus Aidun at Georgia Tech on the micropropagation of Abies firma (Momi fir), blueberry and stevia. Abies firma could be Georgia’s answer to North Carolina’s perennial Christmas tree favorite Fraser fir. The scientists are searching for a reliable means of propagating this conifer for the southeastern Christmas tree industry using somatic embryogenesis.The blueberry/stevia project is looking at faster, more efficient ways to propagate these plants.Poultry scienceIt’s only fitting that the lion’s share of collaborative efforts between UGA and Georgia Tech focuses on Georgia’s top agricultural industry — poultry. A few poultry projects are: Removing phosphorus from poultry-processing wastewater using magnetic nanoparticles. The separated phosphorus is then used as an inorganic feed ingredient for broiler chicks (Jie Xu at Georgia Tech and Woo Kyun Kim in UGA’s Department of Poultry Science).Developing a virtual-reality chicken via CT/MRI imaging to generate models for training robots to perform complex cuts during poultry processing (Sim Harbert at Georgia Tech and Brian Kiepper and Laura Ellestad in UGA’s Department of Poultry Science).Audio monitoring of rearing environments of broilers and broiler breeders to learn what bird vocalizations say about their health and well-being (Wayne Daley at Georgia Tech; Jeanna Wilson, Bruce Webster, Casey Ritz in UGA’s Department of Poultry Science; and Mark Jackwood and Maricarmen Garcia in the UGA College of Veterinary Medicine’s Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center).Using an ice-water slurry for enhanced antimicrobial activity in poultry processing (Comas Haynes at Georgia Tech; Harsha Thippareddi in UGA’s Department of Poultry Science; and Jeff Buhr at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service).Advancing grow-house robotics (Colin User and Wayne Daley at Georgia Tech; Jeanna Wilson, Bruce Webster and Casey Ritz in UGA’s Department of Poultry Science).Geology Through NASA, Deepak Mishra, director of the UGA Small Satellite Research Laboratory, will launch a satellite in February to monitor the condition of Georgia’s wetlands.“The satellite will allow us to look at things like carbon sequestration,” Mishra said. “Our wetlands indirectly impact our water resources because they provide habitats for fishes, fight against storm surges and help fight against coastal flooding.”Georgia Tech will report the data from this study to NASA through the Georgia Space Grant.Crop and soil sciencesUGA researchers David Radcliffe, Susan Wilde and Gary Hawkins are studying the amount of phosphorus being discharged into Lake Lanier by the septic systems of homes along the shoreline. They are working with Georgia Tech scientists to determine sampling locations on the lake’s shores and are analyzing the collected lake-bottom cores for historical evidence of phosphorus loading.Nutrient pollution is one of America’s most widespread environmental problems and is caused by excessive nitrogen and phosphorus in the air and water. Too much phosphorus in an aquatic ecosystem causes algae to grow faster than the ecosystem can handle.Animal and dairy scienceBiosecurity is a combination of practical measures and standards to protect farms from incoming diseases. One key standard of disease prevention for animal biosecurity is vaccination. An effective and inexpensive means of preventing disease, vaccination can also reduce the need for antibiotics.To test the effectiveness and reduce the large-scale cost of potentially curative therapies that use living cells, such as for use in agricultural vaccines, UGA animal and dairy scientists Steven Stice, Lohitash Karumbaiah and Luke Mortensen of the UGA Regenerative Bioscience Center (RBC) are working with Georgia Tech researchers to transform the manufacturing of cell-based therapeutics.With $20 million in funding from the National Science Foundation, the Engineering Research Center for Cell Manufacturing Technologies (CMaT) brings together RBC researchers, industry partners, clinicians, engineers, cell biologists and immunologists.The scientists are working to reduce the cost of generating more reliable therapies while conducting cutting-edge research to address critical needs in Georgia, and to train scientists and engineers who will bring new, high-paying manufacturing jobs to Georgia. These industries will manufacture less expensive, safer and more effective cell therapies for cancer, heart disease and orthopedic treatments in animals and humans.
Senate panel takes up DNA testing extension November 15, 2003 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Senate panel takes up DNA testing extension Senior Editor Senators got some answers and asked even more questions at an October 21 joint meeting between the Judiciary and Criminal Justice committees on extending a deadline for inmates to seek post-conviction DNA testing of evidence.The committee is considering extending the October 1, 2003, cutoff for inmates to file in court seeking to have evidence in their case submitted for DNA analysis — a test that could potentially free some inmates.Both the Supreme Court, by rule, and the legislature, by law, approved procedures in 2001 giving inmates until last October 1 to file to have DNA evidence from their cases tested. In some instances the conviction predated the availability of DNA testing, and in others older, less sophisticated DNA testing was used, leading to inconclusive results that more modern testing might resolve.Now with the deadline past, representatives from two law school programs screening inmate requests said they didn’t have enough time, and hundreds of cases still need to be reviewed.The Florida Supreme Court, acting on a request from the Criminal Procedures Rules Committee for a one-year extension, has stayed the expiration of its rule and set oral arguments for November 7 (after this News went to press).And Sen. Alex Villalobos, R-Miami, filed a shell bill, SB 44, that could be used to extend the deadline of the state law, F.S. 925.11(1)(d). As chair of both the Senate legal-related committees, Villalobos set the joint meeting to begin taking testimony.The committees heard from Catherine Arcabascio and Jennifer Greenberg (who respectively run programs screening inmate requests for DNA testing at the Nova Southeastern and Florida State University law schools), Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, and others.Arcabascio and Greenberg said two years hadn’t been enough time to review hundreds of requests from inmates, and several hundred remained to be reviewed. Greenberg noted the FSU effort began only in April, with 400 cases.Arcabascio said it can take months or years merely to collect the documents from cases, some decades old, to determine whether DNA testing is appropriate, and, if so, whether the biological evidence still exists. Asked about how long the deadline should be extended, she said it was impossible to say. But she said it was important to keep the option open.“We owe it to everyone,” said Arcabascio, a former prosecutor. “I do it because I believe it is the right thing to do, it is the fair thing to do, it is just the thing to do.”She and Greenberg estimated about 10 percent of the reviewed cases will qualify for DNA testing.Greenberg said the DNA review is important because new testing techniques are more sophisticated, and some earlier tests have been discounted. She noted that several people were convicted in Florida several years ago based on microscopic hair comparisons, a technology that now has been discredited.Various studies have estimated between 1 and 10 percent of incarcerated inmates are actually innocent, Greenberg said, adding the 10-percent figure comes from a U.S. Department of Justice study. Splitting the difference at 5 percent, and given the Florida prison population of more than 79,000, that means that almost 4,000 of them could be innocent, she said.But DNA testing will help no more than 10 percent of that number, or about 400 cases, Greenberg said.Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, the former Eighth Circuit state attorney, noted the law has a provision, called Section 2, that allows testing after the deadline if new evidence is found, new testing techniques are developed, or the inmate reasonably did not know of the testing opportunity. That, he said, made an extension unnecessary.Villalobos, who played genial devil’s advocate with most of the witnesses and occasionally with committee members, asked Smith if that subsection effectively extended the deadline, what was wrong with passing a bill doing it explicitly.Smith replied that the present law encouraged most of the cases to be promptly handled.Villalobos also asked extension proponents in light of Section 2, why any deadline change was needed.Michelle Fontaine, a third-year FSU law student who reviews the cases, said under existing rulings, “the court is going to interpret those [Section 2] phrases very narrowly and usually in favor of the state, because of finality.”Meggs, president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, said he didn’t see any need for extending the deadline. He said Section 2 allows handling new evidence or improved testing. He also said prosecutors, if given good cause, are willing to allow tests even without extending the law.“State attorneys of Florida have absolutely zero interest in seeing an innocent person staying in prison,” he said. “State attorneys will order DNA tests if someone comes to them with a good reason. That’s what we do. That’s the business we’re in.”The law also gives finality to victims, Meggs said, and Section 2 allows them to show victims a good reason if further testing is needed. And when the law was passed two years ago, all sides and interests agreed the October 1, 2003, deadline was reasonable. “It was good then, it is good now. It does not need to be changed,” he said.Among other topics raised:• Sen. Evelyn Lynn, R-Ormond Beach, expressed concern the law did not apply to those who had entered pleas, only those who had been found guilty. Arcabascio said that most other states with similar DNA laws allow those who took plea bargains to seek the testing.• Lynn also said she wanted to see more information from other states, including knowing how many had similar laws, how many set deadlines, and the rationale for setting specific deadlines or not having a set time. Fontaine said 16 of 22 states with DNA laws did not have a deadline, and she promised to get more details from those states on why they did or didn’t set a specific time to pursue the appeals.• John Booth, from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said the FDLE lab gets requests for about 8,000 DNA tests per year. About 50 requests are pending on post-conviction cases, he said, but he was uncertain how many such requests the department gets annually and how many came about because of the DNA law.• Villalobos said the committees, as part of their deliberations, need to get reliable figures on how many cases would be affected by extending the deadline.
The crash is right near the Red Oak Restaurant and Diner. Stay with 12 News as we continue to learn more about this developing story. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Fire Department said three people were hurt Saturday night after a crash on Front Street. Our 12 News crew on the scene observed two damaged vehicles in the road and said a part of Front Street is closed off. There is no word yet on the severity of their injuries or if anyone was taken to the hospital.
Special, exclusive recognition was given to the newly opened ACI marina Rovinj with five anchors, which received the title of Croatian marina No. 1. Source: Jutarnji list Photo: Marina Punat “In these 55 years we have won many awards and each is an incentive for us to raise the quality for the rankings higher next year. The reflection of our success is not only our modern infrastructure and innovations but also the fact that we listen to our guests. And their praise, but also their problemsSaid Marevic. The Golden Smile of the Adriatic award for the kindest staff went to the ACI marina Pula, while the award for the greatest progress in the nautical season in 2019 went to the ACI marina Jezera. Recognition for the extremely fruitful cooperation between the marina and the tourist community was earned by Marina Vrsar, and Marina Kornati and Ilirija dd received a large thank you for their exceptional contribution to the organization and success of the Nautical Patrol. The second and third places were won by the ACI marina Cres and the ACI marina Skradin, while the award “My favorite marina” according to the sailors was awarded to the ACI marina Dubrovnik. Marina Punat is one of the most popular marinas in Croatia, which offers permanent berths in the sea and dry berths, restaurants, swimming pool and wellness, as well as various additional services and shops with a superbly equipped yacht service. The marina currently has 1.450 berths for vessels up to 40 m on as many as 14 piers. In the period until 2025, investments of HRK 50 million are planned, and they plan to raise the categorization to 5 anchors. For twenty years in a row, Marina Punat has won the international Blue Flag award for its good waste management, excellent cleanliness and quality of the sea, ecological principles and rational use of natural resources. This is the second time that Marina Punat has won the Golden Anchor, and the director Renata Marević pointed out that this award is a great recognition to all employees of the marina because it shows that they are doing a good job. Marina Punat won the Golden Anchor 2019, the largest Croatian nautical award. This is a prestigious award that has been awarded by Jutarnji list to the best Croatian marina for the third year in a row, according to boaters.
State-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya’s investment mismanagement case has had a ripple effect on other companies in the financial industry.Insurance companies, investment management businesses and even cooperatives have been reportedly having liquidity problems after the Jiwasraya revelations.Read also: WanaArtha Life’s securities accounts blocked by AGO in Jiwasraya trickle down effectOn Feb. 12, privately-owned life insurer PT Asuransi Jiwa Adisarana Wanaartha (WanaArtha Life) issued a letter to its policyholders acknowledging that its securities accounts had been frozen by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) in connection with the office’s investigation of a corruption case pertaining to Jiwasraya’s fund management.On Jan. 24, the Attorney General&rsqu… LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Forgot Password ? Linkedin Topics : Log in with your social account Facebook Jiwasraya financial-industry stock-market Kresna-Asset-Management WanaArtha-Life OJK IDX insurance
A group of students and teachers from Delft University of Technology has teamed up with Ghanaian students of KNUST to develop integrated solutions for the complex challenges of the Volta Delta in Ghana.The Volta Delta is experiencing interacting problems due to a combination of climate change, coastal erosion, intensive urbanization and poor land use planning. One of the major problems is severe coastal erosion that affects coastal communities.Engineering solutions, such as the construction of groins and revetments have stabilized parts of the coast, but also blocked access to the beach, which is affecting traditional marine fishing activities, and have led to increased erosion of neighboring areas.In the lagoons, industrialization of salt mining and the development of intensive agriculture and unplanned urbanization put pressure on the delta’s ecosystem.The workshop funded by the Delft Deltas, Infrastructure and Mobility Initiative (DIMI) and Delta Alliance sought to improve the understanding of the complex challenges of the Volta delta.Although the workshop did not aim to develop a comprehensive master plan, it helped to better understand the complexities of a delta that is urbanizing rapidly and that is threatened by climate change, reports TU Delft.During the workshop, the participants discussed whether coastal protection and infrastructure development could serve as a mechanism to steer urbanization to more preferred locations. While at the same time, setting up a network of local chiefs within the delta to guide long-term and integrated development.The students will continue working on the challenges of the Volta Delta within their individual MSc projects both at TU Delft and Ghanaian universities. A follow-up meeting will be held in Delft in April 2018.