Who’s your mama?

first_imgBy Dan RahnUniversity of GeorgiaIn a country clouded by a deep suspicion of foods from clonedanimals, a little Sunshine may help soften consumers’ fears.Born on the coldest night of the year in mid-December, Sunshineis a female calf that’s just like countless other calves bornaround the country.The only thing special about Sunshine is her mama, KC, the firstcow ever cloned from cells collected from a dead cow. KC wasnamed after the kidney cell from which she was cloned after itwas taken from a side of beef in the freezer.”She’s a beautiful calf,” said Steve Stice, the University ofGeorgia scientist who directed the team of scientists who clonedKC. “This is not a great scientific feat. It’s just anotherindication that cloned animals can reproduce and have normaloffspring.”Perfectly normalSunshine’s birth was so perfectly unremarkable that mostAmericans’ disapproval of animals like her seems hard to justify.She got her start when KC was artificially inseminated with semenfrom an Angus bull. She was born naturally in the middle of thenight without human help. She’s alert, lively and the right sizefor a calf born to a first-calf heifer — 72 pounds.”KC is a great mother,” said Allison Adams, a former UGA graduateassistant who worked with Stice on the project, along with KateHodges, another former UGA graduate assistant.Polls over the past few years have shown that nearly 60 percentof U.S. consumers oppose cloning animals, even livestock. Peoplecite many reasons for their fears. The single biggest is theirreligious beliefs.”I don’t know what people are afraid of,” said Stice, a GeorgiaResearch Alliance Eminent Scholar and one of the world’s topexperts on cloning.Stice clearly believes in the benefits of cloning that Sunshine’smama makes obvious.Farmers have been improving the genetics of their herds since thefirst cattle were domesticated. But it’s a painfully slowprocess. Carefully culling the worst and breeding the best mayproduce noticeable improvements over a lifetime.BenefitsCloning, though, can greatly speed that process by producingexact genetic copies of the best animals. The technology Sticeused to clone KC now makes it possible to evaluate even carcasstraits such as marbling and tenderness before making the copies.Like KC, the cloned cattle themselves won’t go into the foodchain. “They’re too valuable,” said Stice, who conducted theresearch with the biotechnology firm ProLinia Inc. ProLinia waslater bought by ViaGen, Inc.The offspring of cloned cattle, though, will be valued mostly bypeople who prize tender, juicy steaks and roasts. That’s whatmakes Sunshine newsworthy.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is considering the safetyof food products from the offspring of cloned animals. “Data fromcloned animals’ offspring will be helpful to them,” Stice said.The curious, lively Sunshine confirms what Stice already knewabout cloned animals. “Their offspring are normal,” he said.”They do all the things any other calf or piglet does.”(And yes, the calf was named after KC and the Sunshine Band, thegroup with hit songs like “That’s the Way (I Like It).” The namewasn’t his idea, Stice said.)(Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of GeorgiaCollege of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

Bulog struggles to import staple food as producing countries cap exports

first_img“With the COVID-19 outbreak, we expect that we must have maximum stocks,” Buwas said during an online hearing with House of Representatives Commission IV in Jakarta on Thursday. “We used to import from Thailand and Vietnam; now they have put restrictions on their exports. Thus, we have to maximize our domestic procurement.”The country’s current rice stocks are estimated to exceed consumption until the end of May by 8.3 million tons, according to data from the Agriculture Ministry.Bulog, in addition, plans to procure 950,000 tons of rice from local farmers for this year’s stocks.With Ramadan approaching and no end in sight to the COVID-19 outbreak, Bulog is anticipating a surge in demand for other staple ingredients, such as sugar. But disrupted logistics are hampering the agency’s efforts to ensure enough supplies. The State Logistics Agency (Bulog), the government institution tasked with securing national staple food stocks, is facing trouble importing rice, sugar and buffalo meat, as producing countries have restricted exports in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Bulog, therefore, was planning to procure as much rice as possible from local farmers to ensure supplies during the outbreak as Vietnam, from which the agency occasionally imports hundreds of thousand tons of rice, had limited exports, said the agency’s head, Budi “Buwas” Waseso.Vietnam, the world’s third-largest rice exporter, has capped rice export volumes at 800,000 tons for the April-May period to ensure enough supplies for domestic use. India, another top rice exporter, has restricted its rice exports for the same reason. Sugar has been in short supply since the January, as reflected in rising prices. The average price of sugar in Jakarta rose by 20.62 percent to Rp 15,583 (96 US cents) per kilogram from February to March, according to data released on April 1 by Statistics Indonesia (BPS).To ensure enough supplies, the Trade Ministry gave Bulog a permit on Wednesday to import 50,000 tons of sugar. However, the producing countries, such as Australia, India and Thailand, were in lockdown.“The current situation is difficult because sugar producing countries are under lockdown and container ships are not operating as usual,” said Buwas, who has served as the agency’s head since 2018.In January, Bulog also requested a permit from the ministry to import buffalo meat from India, but by the time the ministry granted the permit, India, a top exporter of buffalo meat, had put the country in a state of lockdown.As of Thursday, Bulog has 113 tons of buffalo meat, according to data from the agency.“It was difficult because the permit came late,” said Buwas. “We initially planned to import the meat from Malaysia, which also bought from India earlier, but failed because they were also under a lockdown already.”“I am reminding the government to facilitate Bulog in obtaining the import permits, both for sugar and other commodities in short supply that the public needs,” Suhardi Duka, a Democratic Party politician from West Sumatera, said during the same online hearing on Thursday.Topics :last_img read more

Andrea Pirlo joins 1xBet as brand ambassador

first_img Share Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Andrea Pirlo, one of the most revered players in recent football history, has joined 1xBet as a brand ambassador in a deal that will run for the whole of 2018.Pirlo, who will feature in 1xBet advertising campaigns and take part in marketing events, made this announcement on his Facebook page: “I’m glad to announce my ambassador partnership with 1xBET company. We have many good events ahead!”Meanwhile, a statement from the 1xBet press service read: “We have put a lot of thought into choosing our ambassador. As a constantly growing brand, we needed a unique personality for this role.“Andrea Pirlo ticks all the boxes. We have a lot in common; Pirlo has always respected his opponents, followed the principles of fair play and was generous with his assists. Similarly, at 1xBet we care about our customers and partners and we respect our competitors.“Andrea Pirlo is a legend and we are honoured to work with him. He will help engage our target audience all over the world. Joining forces with one of the world’s biggest football stars is only the first in a number of ambitious projects planned by 1xBet for 2018.”Before retiring at the end of the 2017 MLS season, Pirlo enjoyed a decorated career in football, winning six Serie A titles, two Coppa Italia’s, two Champions League’s and the FIFA World Cup in 2006, where he won more ‘man of the match’ awards than any other player. Sharelast_img read more

Guardiola says Aguero will decide own future

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola said Sergio Aguero had earned the right to determine his own Manchester City future after the Argentinian striker scored a brace in a 4-0 demolition of Bournemouth.The build-up to Saturday’s contest was dogged by talk of Aguero’s supposed discontent at the Etihad Stadium as Guardiola continues to rotate his starting XI.Aguero, City’s all-time leading scorer, is reported to have held talks with club owner Khaldoon Al Mubarak, but he showed no signs of unhappiness against Bournemouth as he scored twice and set up a goal for Raheem Sterling.“I respect Sergio a lot, about all he has done and what he will do in the future,” said City manager Guardiola after the Premier League leaders’ 17th successive league win.“He is a legend. He will decide absolutely everything about his life and his future. I’m delighted to have him here with Gabriel (Jesus) and all the squad.“Aguero is a special player, a legend, and I am so happy when he plays good and he is scoring goals. I know the players who normally don’t play are upset, but all the team deserve to play.”Guardiola : Aguero will decide own futureAguero’s first goal, a clinically taken diving header after 27 minutes following a fine Fernandinho cross, was his 100th City goal at the Etihad.Sterling doubled City’s lead in the 53rd minute, thrashing a low effort home to end a challenging week that saw him racially abused at the club’s training ground last weekend by a man who was jailed for 16 weeks on Wednesday.The England forward appears to have shrugged off that incident and Guardiola believes he is getting better all the time.– Sterling ‘is loved’ – “With and without the ball he’s so aggressive and so intense. I like how clear it’s becoming — he knows when to dribble and when to pass,” said the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.“Before there was a mistake, now he’s enjoying scoring goals. In the past it was a bit scary for him.“He’s loved in the locker room, he’s a young player and important for the national team. He must maintain that level.”After Sterling’s goal, Bournemouth could no longer contain City and the home side began to maraud forward.Aguero nodded home his second header of the match before substitute Danilo ruthlessly finished from 12 yards out with five minutes remaining.Sterling is lovedAlthough they slipped into the relegation zone, Bournemouth showed enough intent and commitment to suggest they can avoid the drop.“City are an outstanding team, very difficult to play against and we came with a game plan to stay in the game then maybe have a go,” said beaten manager Eddie Howe.“For long periods we were good. The (first) goal came from our mistake, which was disappointing, but the rest of the half was OK. The second goal was the killer. We had another go, but it was difficult.”Howe added: “We try to approach every game looking to win, but these are a difficult team to play against.“If you get it wrong here they have the players to expose it. We’ve had an incredibly difficult run, but we are through it and have to focus on the games coming up.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Ex-UEFA president Johansson dies at 89

first_imgLennart Johansson said creating the Champions League to replace the European Cup was his proudest achievement at UefaStockholm, Sweden | AFP |  Lennart Johansson, who was president of European football body UEFA from 1990 to 2007, has died at the age of 89, the Swedish football federation said on Wednesday.“Swedish football is in mourning. Lennart Johansson has died. He passed away on the evening of June 4 aged 89 after a short illness,” the federation said.Johansson’s long reign at the head of UEFA coincided with a transformation in the finances of football as the game became big business and saw a huge increase in TV revenue.In 1998, he was defeated by Sepp Blatter in his bid to become head of football’s global federation FIFA. Johansson was an outspoken critic of Blatter, who was forced out of office in 2015 following accusations of corruption in the awarding of the 2018 World Cup finals to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Eat, Sleep, Learn!

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Andrew Taber, Kumon Math & Reading Center of LaceyThere are three key essentials for a successful school year: healthy eating habits, the right amount of rest, and a positive and productive work environment. Each component can help lead your family into the school year on the right foot. We’ve put together a guide to help families foster a home in which all members are thriving. With ideas for quick and easy bedtime routines, personalized study rooms, and even a simple list of “brain foods,” this article will help create a hassle-free start to the school year.You Are What You EatChildren who are taught good time management and healthy eating habits early in life are likely to continue and maintain them throughout adulthood. Create a morning routine for your child that includes a healthy breakfast, a proven way to improve focus and study skills in school. Prepare a healthy, well-balanced lunch filled with nutritious snacks to keep your child energized throughout the day. When your child gets home from school, offer up some serious “brain foods” such as nuts, low-fat cheese with whole grain crackers, or even some celery with peanut butter. Providing the freedom to choose his or her snack is quite empowering for a child!  Set a timeframe for snacks after school so your child will appreciate structure and routine, while also improving time management skills.A Good Night’s SleepEarlier wake-up times can be tough on kids and parents alike. Ease your family’s transition to a “school night” sleep schedule by rolling back bedtimes the week before classes start. Children aged three to twelve need at least ten to twelve hours of sleep per night, while older children need at least nine or more.  We all know that some children have a more difficult time being told when to go to sleep.  Here are a few pointers that may help avoid the “the battle of bedtime.”Creating a Productive Learning EnvironmentA supportive home environment will foster a child’s love for learning. Enable your child to excel by making study and productivity part of everyday life. Your child needs a special place to call their own, so consider setting up a space where your child can settle in and leave papers and pens at hand without having to pack up each night. Encourage your child to spread out and take advantage of his or her work space.  Let them maintain and take ownership of that area and they will begin to develop organizational skills they’ll need down the road.Keep these tips in mind as you organize and prepare your home for the new school year. Keep your child’s developing life skills in mind during the process, you’ll create an atmosphere that nurtures success in the classroom and beyond.To learn more, visit Kumon by clicking here.last_img read more

Prepping for Summer Salads

first_imgBy Gretchen Van BenthuysenLocal garden centers have begun stocking flats of lettuce and vegetables that do well in cool weather and taste so delicious when you cut, wash and serve them all within a few minutes.Four-packs of Red Sail and Iceberg lettuce, escarole, kale, Bright Lights Swiss chard and spinach, for example, could be found at Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Ave, Little Silver and planted in pots by the end of March.Although they don’t mind cool weather, when the temperature starts flirting with 32 degrees it’s time to cover your plants or risk losing them. With our ever-changing weather these days you’re often wearing boots and the next flip-flops.In that case you may need to bring pots inside – a garage usually is fine – and cover plants in the ground. A floating row cover is designed to trap heat inside during the day so at night there’s enough warmth to prevent wilted mush. Burpee sells a 72-inch by 50-feet row cover for $20. It also sells the TunLcover which is 18-feet long, consists of a 2-layer UV protected cover with thick gauge wire hoops every two feet that stick into the ground and extends like an accordion.It is designed to act like a greenhouse protecting plants from frost, wind chill and garden pests and sells for $25. Search the internet for more products or visit area garden centers for other options.If you are really caught off guard, use layers of newspapers or a shower curtain liner weighted down around the edges with rocks, bricks or whatever you can find. Remove the covering during the day when temperatures climb. A sheltered area and southern exposure also are helpful. Besides patience, gardeners need to cultivate a willingness to do what it tales to adapt to the weather.Lettuces and mixed greens do best in temperatures between 45 and 80 degrees. Once the heat and humidity hit in July plants generally bolt, which means they send up flower stalks to produce seeds and develop a bitter taste. It’s time to pull them up at this point.But before then, extend your growing season by either harvesting the plants’ outer leaves or cut just above the growing point in the cut-and-come-again method and see new growth emerge for your salad bowl.Flashy Trout Back lettuce is an Austrian heirloom variety that dates to 1793. Allegedly its ancestors can be traced back to the kitchen gardens of ancient Mesopotamia.Most garden centers buy from suppliers that specialize in mass production and your choices at the local level will be limited. The greens will taste great, but probably you won’t find many heirloom varieties such as Flashy Trout Back. It looks good and tastes great but you have to start it from seed, which is not all that hard to do.If you grow and harvest lettuce this spring you will want to do it again in the fall, but you won’t be able to find any transplants in the garden centers then. They all are focused on pumpkins and mums after Labor Day.So take advantage now of materials on sale in stores and online for seed starter kits. Seedlings need two- to three-inches of soil so you can grow them in yogurt or paper cups, but trays are more convenient.If you plan to start from seed this spring inside — it’s not too late —you will need lights designed for that purpose. It’s the best way to guarantee consistent, abundant light. Set the timer for 15 hours a day and water regularly. Start with the light about two inches above the seeds and raise it as the seedlings grow. If the light is too far away the seedlings will stretch toward it becoming leggy and weak. Let the top of the soil dry out a bit between watering. Soggy is not good.Do not use just any soil. Seedlings, like babies, are tender and need extra special food — a sterile seed starting mix that will ensure healthy, disease-free seedlings. Jiffy’s Natural & Organic Seed Starting Mix works great. Follow the directions — do not skip the pre-moistened part — and do not, use soil from your garden. You will be doomed to seedling failure.You will need to use a liquid fertilizer after a couple of weeks. Lettuce loves nitrogen so choose a well-balanced fertilizer with equal parts nitrogen, potassium and phosphate such as 10-10-10 or 5-5-5 mixtures, which all garden centers carry. Ask for help if you are confused.You could have the somewhat pedestrian garden center varieties with Burpee seedlings — Looseleaf Blend lettuce (Black Seeded Simpson, Lollo Rossa, Red Salad Bowl and Royal Oak Leaf); heirloom Tom Thumb, Four Seasons and Heatwave Blend lettuces; Flashy Trout Back, and A La Carte Spinach under a light inside.When it’s time to transfer indoor seedlings outside they need to be hardened off. Here’s where a cold frame comes in handy. It also helps extend your growing season. Pampered plants need to be introduced slowly to wind and intense sun. You can also put the plants outside for a few hours at a time, or move to the shade before bringing them back inside for a week or so.To learn more about spring gardening, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County, 4000 Kozlowski Road, Freehold, are hosting “Celebrate Spring! … a Symposium” from 8:45 to 4 p.m. April 16. Topics include container gardens, spring lawn maintenance, organic vegetable gardening, perennials, butterfly/pollinator gardening, and raised bed gardening. Best of all — it’s free.To register, or for more information, call 732-303-7614 or visit www.visitmonmouth.com.More From The Two River Times Home & Garden Special SectionApril 14, 2016 Two River TimesHummingbird Mania by David SaidnawayPrepping For Summer Salads by Gretchen Van BenthuysenHow to Guarantee Your Garden Starts Off On the Right FootClippings: Gardening Events Around TownAtlantic Highlands Looking for Favorite Treeslast_img read more