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Here in the United States, many people have become almost oblivious to the daily drumbeat of opinion pollsters declaring what the public thinks about political candidates and leaders. But how people in other countries view their heads of state, and those of other major nations, is terrain that’s not nearly as well-mapped.In a rare poll, citizens on five continents and in 30 countries, including China, were asked to identify and evaluate the job performance of 10 of the most widely recognized global leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and U.S. President Barack Obama.The survey of more than 26,000 respondents, conducted this fall by GMO Research, a Tokyo-based global market research firm, rated Xi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Merkel the top-performing world leaders, with respective scores of 7.5, 7.3, and 7.2 on a scale of one to 10. They ranked French President François Hollande (6.3), Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe (6.1), and Putin (6.0) at the bottom. Obama (6.6) received middling marks, just ahead of David Cameron (6.5), the British prime minister.Respondents in India (87.8 percent), Russia (79.6 percent), and China (78.6 percent) overwhelmingly said that their home country was moving in the right direction, while only a minority in the United States (44.8 percent), Japan (30.4 percent), and South Africa (29.3 percent) felt their nation was making progress.Graphic by John McCarthy/Harvard Staff“It maps pretty closely to geopolitics,” said Anthony Saich, the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs and director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), which co-sponsored the study.In countries where a single party dominates, or where public debate about political leaders is constrained, citizens typically rated their own officials much higher than did respondents in nations with a multiparty system and a more open and robust press, Saich wrote in a just-published analysis of the survey findings.The results also offer a glimpse into what kinds of information about other nations filter down to the average citizen, he said, “so you can begin to ask questions about how both geopolitics and about how national presses begin to report activities and behavior of other countries and how that reflects onto particular leaders.”“Two things did surprise me — how well Modi came out. I just put that down to the fact that he’d only just been elected and so I suspect that a lot of people didn’t really know very much about him, and his own nationals were probably still in the phase of him having won the election,” said Saich. “I thought what was interesting, though, was how well Merkel came out across the board. From the surveys, she really emerges as a leader of international respect.”Saich, who serves as faculty chair of HKS’s China program, said granular data about how Chinese citizens viewed other world leaders was groundbreaking and supports what was generally known already. Their positive assessment of Xi’s performance both at home and abroad is explained by a multitude of factors.“One is that they don’t hear much negative news about their national government; it’s all positive. And the national government is always making great pronouncements: ‘We’re going to give you more health benefits, we’re going to give you more minimum living standards, support benefits, and so forth,’” he said. “But it’s the local government that has to find the money to provide all those services. So from their perspective, the center is doing good things: Why isn’t the local government actually carrying this out? Well, one of the reasons is because the central government doesn’t give them the money to do it.“For a large number of people, life has generally gotten better year by year — more freedom of choice, probably more income, better living conditions, better material conditions, a lot more to watch on the television,” Saich added. “I think that also plays into it.”The results provide a preliminary but useful baseline for similarly broad surveys and analyses to build on in the future, said Saich. He planned to meet with the polling firm in Beijing to discuss more potential collaborations that could enhance public understanding of contemporary political dynamics.“For me, what would be interesting to do is look at the data from China. Is there anything we can draw from this that tells us what is the Chinese citizens’ world view [about] particular countries they like? Particular leaders they like? Does that map onto particular political styles? In terms of international relations, what does that mean for potential healing of wounds between Japan or a better relationship with the U.S.?”
As members of the tri-campus community were sent home due to COVID-19 concerns, organizers of the annual Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon (SMCDM), scheduled to take place April 4, canceled the event. Senior Clare Carragher, the president of SMCDM, said the event is part of a national, student-run organization hosted by hundreds of colleges to benefit their local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.“[SMCDM] support[s] Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis … [that] provides medical treatment for critically or chronically ill children, regardless of a family’s ability to pay,” Carragher said.Members of SMCDM spend the whole year preparing for this event. Sophomore Hannah Memmer, a member of the design committee, said members raise money for Riley Hospital for Children by sending letters to family and friends as well as asking for donations on social media. The 12-hour long event is a culmination of the fundraising throughout the year.The theme for this year’s Dance Marathon was the ’80s.“A traditional Dance Marathon consists of a day filled with dancing, raising funds and awareness [and] playing games,” Carragher said.Participants are on their feet for 12 hours, Carragher said, and have the opportunity to meet patients and their families treated at Riley Hospital.Another member of SMCDM, sophomore Tatiana Boehning, said they aim “to make the day as hype as possible for the kids of Riley Hospital and for the students who attend.”Carragher said the event is important to the tri-campus community because it makes a difference for the kids and families at Riley Hospital.“During the Marathon each year, we are reminded of how important it is to dance for the kids,” Carragher said.Given the circumstances, however, members of SMCDM knew this year would have to be different.“Given the fact that school will be taking place online for the remainder of the semester due to COVID-19, we will not be having a traditional in-person event,” Carragher said. “The decision to cancel the traditional Marathon itself is [also] based on the CDC’s recommendations against gatherings of 50 people or more.”SMCDM is currently exploring virtual options for events for the rest of the year.“We’d like to thank our entire Dance Marathon family, our execs, advisors, sponsors and Riley families,” Carragher said. “We are so incredibly grateful for the countless hours spent working and supporting SMCDM. This year has been a huge success, and we are so proud of everything that we have accomplished together for the kids.”Tags: coronavirus, COVID-19, Riley Children’s Hospital, Saint Mary’s College Dance Marathon
Torrential rains have flooded fields and freezing temperatures have shocked plants, turning spring into a roller-coaster weather ride for Georgia farmers.Over the past month, areas in south Georgia have received as much as 18 inches of rain, coupled with cold fronts dropping spring temperatures to below freezing.The cold, wet weather delayed or postponed the planting of this year’s watermelon crop. Only 60 percent to 70 percent has been planted, according to a Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service survey of University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents last week. A quarter of what has been planted is in poor condition.If the rain stops and things dry up, farmers around Cordele, Ga. — the hub of Georgia watermelon production – should have plenty of melons in time for the mother of all watermelon holidays: the Fourth of July, said Tucker Price, UGA Extension agent in Crisp County. Farmers there will plant 3,000 acres.“Rain has stopped everything in watermelons. You just can’t get out there. Some fields had been planted before the rain came while others were in the middle of planting and others had just applied fertilizers and laid plastic (into which the crop is planted in fields),” he said.Blueberry farmers have also dealt with the weather.Farmers in south Georgia plant two types of blueberries: highbush and rabbiteye. Highbush accounts for as much as 10 percent of the 15,000 acres in the area. The freezing spring temperatures zapped about half of that crop, said Danny Stanaland, blueberry expert and UGA Extension agent in Bacon County.Highbush were damaged, but the rabbiteye variety, which is the most planted, is on track to make an excellent crop due to good pollination. Last year, farmers produced 34 million pounds. This year, Stanaland said, they could produce 15 percent more. Blueberry harvest for early-maturing varieties will start in the next two weeks. “Onion maturity has slowed considerably in the past two weeks and farmers are afraid the crop is not going to size adequately,” he said. “I think the warmer weather this week will make the crop progress in a more normal fashion. We are a just a bit delayed regarding maturity. I think growers are antsy about getting more onions harvested to meet market demand, but they are not yet mature enough or big enough.”Three-quarters of Georgia’s expected 350,000 acres of corn has been planted. Of that, a quarter is in poor to very poor condition, according to the GASS report.“As you can imagine, it has been rough for corn producers. The cold, wet conditions have delayed planting and growth of that which has been planted,” said Dewey Lee, UGA Extension small grains specialist. “We have maybe two weeks of good planting window before we begin to see daily yield losses due to time.” Due to the wet, cloudy weather, Lee said, wheat yields could be less this year. But most of the expected 340,000 acres is in OK condition.According to the report, 86 percent of Georgia’s peaches are in good shape. The remainder is in poor condition.The wet weather slowed land preparation for peanuts and cotton, which farmers will begin to plant next month. Farmers are expected to plant 500,000 acres of peanuts, or 28 percent less than last year due to the current large surplus. Cotton acreage is expected to be 940,000 acres, unchanged from last year.
The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences blueberry team is made up of researchers in plant pathology, entomology, horticulture, crop and soil sciences and food science and UGA Extension specialists who are experts in blueberry cultivation. – With the tally from the 2014 growing season complete, it’s official: Georgia now leads the nation in blueberry production. University of Georgia blueberry breeder Scott NeSmith, who is often credited with helping to create the beginnings of this blueberry tsunami, was surprised to hear Georgia’s production topped the nation this year. The state has been No. 1 in blueberry acreage for the last few years, but it was uncertain when all this new acreage would impact the state’s annual blueberry production. “We’ve been gaining a lot of potential over the last five years, and I think we just reached that potential a little earlier than we thought,” said NeSmith, who helped launch UGA’s current blueberry breeding program in the late 1980s. “Other states have held onto their positions as far as production goes, but we’ve just gotten much higher numbers.” The team has helped Georgia’s pioneering blueberry farmers make the most of this blueberry boom so far, Black said. The North American Blueberry Council released its report on the 2014 growing season last week, noting that Georgia produced 96 million pounds of blueberries this year. Michigan, traditionally regarded as the blueberry capital of the country, produced 91.5 million pounds. “Georgia’s going to be a blueberry leader for the next generation,” said Gary Black, the Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture, who made the official announcement Oct. 14 at the Sunbelt Ag Expo in Moultrie. Hundreds of Georgia farmers have worked tirelessly over the last three decades to increase the state’s blueberry production and meet consumers’ growing demand for blueberries. The increase in production has been buoyed by the research and Extension support of UGA faculty and staff. When NeSmith started producing blueberry varieties that could thrive in Georgia’s sandy soils and warm summers, farmers were only growing about 3,500 acres of blueberries. Today, they are cultivating about 20,000 acres and have grown production tenfold. “We probably only produced about 5 million or 10 million pounds a year back in 1990,” he said. “That’s a long ways to go to get to 100 million pounds. I remember when we hit 25 million pounds a year, we were thinking, ‘Well, it just doesn’t get better than this.’” But it did. Between 2011 and 2014, Georgia farmers increased blueberry production from 59 million pounds to 96 million pounds. One of the factors contributing to the blueberry’s success in Georgia is the collection of UGA-developed, Georgia-adapted blueberry varieties. NeSmith has developed 15 new blueberry varieties over the last decade or so, each with attributes that make it attractive to Georgia growers. The top performing varieties thus far are Rebel, Vernon and Ochlockonee. “I believe the university has made a significant investment to support blueberry production in Georgia,” said Brent Marable, a plant licensing manager in the UGA Technology Commercialization Office. For more on blueberry programs at UGA, see http://blog.caes.uga.edu/blueberry/. “To see the fruits of that labor — pardon the pun — to come out in such a significant way and to be recognized nationally as No. 1 is very rewarding.” “There’s just not a better picture of the success of the land-grant institution to me, in our state, than the success of blueberries,” Black said. Georgians had “been growing blueberries, but we had some variety issues, disease issues. Small tidbits of state and federal resources have been put together to fund (this blueberry program). You see a program like that properly funded, and 25 years later Georgia’s leading the nation in blueberry production.” “Plant breeding has made and is continuing to make a significant contribution to the Georgia blueberry industry,” Marable said, “but it is also evidence of other blueberry-related research in entomology and plant pathology, as well as the ongoing involvement of the Extension. It’s really the effort of the entire UGA blueberry team that’s being recognized by this ranking.”
The time has come to explore technological innovation constructively and openly discuss its potential applications. In part one, we took the complex relationship between bitcoin and the blockchain and it put in the simplest terms possible. While bitcoin is an incredible innovation, it’s uses are rather limited. All of the attention from big financial institutions is focused on the technology that allows bitcoin to work, the blockchain.Money SavingThe elegance of the blockchain comes from how it removes the need for a central authority to verify trust and complete a transaction. The innate quality of the open network allows for accurate and near instantaneous payment processing. Because of how the distributed ledger works experts believe it has the potential to save both consumers and credit unions billions by cutting out inefficient banking intermediaries. Of course having unknown entities participating in transaction verification poses security questions, leading to the next point.SecurityA consortium of 42 of the world’s largest financial institutions including JPMorgan, UBS, Goldman Sachs, and Barclays, have been investing in ventures developing private, or permissioned, blockchains. While the default permissionless chain is comprised of a full network of computers who all get a full ledger of the transaction, permissioned blockchains will be setup to be used on private network where only trusted parties maintain the ledger. Keeping all of the money and time saving efficiency without sacrificing privacy.Record KeepingIn the blockchain all transactions are automatically logged including info on: time, date, participants, and amount of every transaction. Since every transaction is shared and thousands of nodes have to unanimously agree a transaction has indeed occurred, it’s almost like there is a notary present at every transaction.Not just moneyThe most common mistake is assuming that blockchain is only used for bitcoins, but just as the blockchain records where a bitcoin is at any given moment, and thus who owns it, so can it be used to record the ownership of any asset and then to trade ownership. This has huge future implications on the way all financial assets such as stocks and bonds are registered and traded.All in all, it is too early to know the extent of all possible uses of blockchain technology as even developers admit many features still lay dormant. While we can’t all have our feet in the water investing and testing this technology, there a few things to be aware of: Blockchain hype will not die and it has the potential to disrupt everything.If you missed part one that included a simple explanation of how these digital technologies work, you can find it here. 150SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Tyler Atwell Web: www.cuinsight.com Details
continue reading » Hurricane Dorian As Hurricane Dorian approached Florida Friday, credit unions along the state’s east coast prepared for the arrival of the storm that was expected to reach Category 4 strength before landing late Monday or early Tuesday.The National Hurricane Center maps Friday showed a 200-mile swath of the coast from Melbourne to Miami in a zone with at least a 90% chance of experiencing hurricane-force winds.The zone encompasses about 7.3 million people and an estimated 1.3 million credit union members based on branch distribution in nine counties. As of 8 a.m. Friday, the National Hurricane Center’s maps showed the zone of 90% probability included all or parts of Brevard, Indian River, Saint Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency for 26 of the state’s counties on Wednesday, and extended it to all of the state’s 67 counties on Thursday. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
According to our affiliate in Syracuse, CNY Central, the decision to shift all students to remote learning was made out of an abundance of caution as the Cortland County Health Department works on contact tracing recent COVID-19 cases. In the above post, the district says all activities will be cancelled, and the SAT scheduled for Wednesday will now be rescheduled. CORTLAND (WBNG) — The Cortland City School District announced students will be learning remotely for two weeks starting on Wednesday. The school made the announcement on its official Twitter and Facebook pages. Remote learning for students will run until Friday, October 23. All meal pickups will be from 9 am to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday at Barry, Randall, Smith, Penguin, Virgil and Rickard Streets.
– Advertisement – President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s transition team is dealing with two major sources of uncertainty as it scrambles to set up an administration during a pandemic and the resulting economic collapse: the unresolved Senate picture and the roadblocks posed by President Trump’s refusal to concede.The two have begun feeding on each other, with congressional Republicans, fearful of President Trump torpedoing their Georgia Senate candidates in a fit of pique if they back away from his election claims, largely unwilling to confront the president.- Advertisement – “We need his voters,” Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the second-ranking Republican, said on Wednesday of Mr. Trump. “Right now, he’s trying to get through the final stages of his election and determine the outcome there. But when that’s all said and done, however it comes out, we want him helping in Georgia.” Though most leading Republicans have not repeated his claims, they have also declined to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s victory, fearing that doing so would enrage the president and his loyal base of supporters.On Wednesday, Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, authorized a hand recount of the state’s election, a move that was likely to please the president. But a recount is extremely unlikely to reverse the result for Mr. Trump, who trails in the state by more than 14,000 votes, and it would not change the overall outcome of the presidential race because Mr. Biden has more than 270 electoral votes even without Georgia. – Advertisement –
Topics : LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Forgot Password ? Linkedin Log in with your social account Markets trading in exotic animals – similar to the one suspected to be at the epicenter of the novel cornavirus (2019-nCoV) that emerged in Wuhan, China – are still operating openly in Jakarta despite the rising health and safety concerns.The World Health Organization (WHO) declared on Thursday the outbreak of the disease, temporarily named the “2019-nCoV acute respiratory disease”, as a global emergency.“The animals that are traded [in Jakarta’s markets] are the same as the animals traded on the Chinese market where the virus started,” Femke den Hass of the Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN) told The Jakarta Post on Monday, referring to pasar burung.“They’re doing exactly the same thing [as the Wuhan market]. They’re selling live animals straight from the wild to be eaten,” she added, … Facebook coronavirus Wuhan-coronavirus Wuhan-coronavirus-in-Indonesia wuhan WHO health wildlife