Optimism about CAES’ future

first_imgThe University of Georgia’s agricultural college is eyeing a more prosperous future.Scott Angle, dean and director of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, shared his optimism at last week’s CAES Advisory Council meeting at the Tifton Campus Conference Center. Speaking to the council members, Angle talked about the struggles the college endured through the recent recession but countered with the opportunities those trials have provided.“We’ve gone through a very difficult five years, the whole state has, the country has,” Angle said. “For us, it’s actually turned out to be an opportunity. It has caused us to rethink what we do, why we do it, who’s going to do it.“Recessions are always difficult but they also lead to refocusing and improvement in any organization, whether it’s a private business or state agency,” Angle added.Judging by job losses, the CAES felt the economic pinch. More than 400 employee positions were cut during the past five years, including 60 to 70 faculty members. However, as the economy has improved in recent months, CAES has reinstated some positions on its Athens, Tifton and Griffin campuses.“There are some phenomenal people looking for jobs,” Angle said. “We’ve added some incredible new faculty and staff into our system over the last couple of years. I’ve never seen this quality of science (research) that we’re bringing in now, at any time in my career.”Angle is encouraged by the appointment of Jere Morehead as UGA’s new president. Morehead began his presidential duties on July 1 and is slated to make an agricultural tour in South Georgia in September.“The college of agriculture is important to the University of Georgia. About 20 percent of all of the productivity of the University of Georgia comes out of the college of ag,” Angle said. “President Morehead has made it clear that he understands agriculture is the largest industry in the state and one of the fastest growing industries in the world and that his job is to serve the citizens in the state of Georgia. That can be done by helping support the college of agriculture.”Angle added that the CAES is ranked No. 4 in the country behind University of California-Davis, the University of Florida and Purdue University. If UGA is to remain one of the top agriculture schools in the country, it must improve its infrastructure.“When you look at our infrastructure, it in no way reflects the quality of our science or our teaching or our Extension programs,” Angle said. “I’ve made as one of my major goals as the dean of the college to try to make sure I leave with an infrastructure that’s in better shape.”CAES is responsible for more than 900 buildings and 17,000 acres of land across the state. For more about the college, go to www.caes.uga.edu.last_img read more

‘Inhumane’ – FIFPro chief warns against punishing players who refuse to train over virus fears

first_imgWatford striker Troy Deeney has received the backing of global players’ union FIFPro for refusing to return to training over coronavirus fears (AFP Photo/Justin TALLIS)Paris, France | AFP | The head of global players’ union FIFPro has given his backing to footballers who do no want to return to training because of coronavirus fears and cautioned that it would be “inhumane and unacceptable” if they were to be punished for taking such a stance.Jonas Baer-Hoffmann’s comments come after Troy Deeney of English Premier League side Watford refused to restart training ahead of a possible resumption of the season because he does not want to put his young child, who has breathing difficulties, at risk of catching the virus.Deeney has also cited fears his family could be in danger because of figures that show black and ethnic minorities in the UK — which has the highest recorded death toll in Europe — are more likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19.Deeney is “a player who has very legitimate concerns and wants to protect his family”, Baer-Hoffmann said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.“If these players are being pressured or potentially facing disciplinary actions, we feel that is very much unacceptable.“The idea that somebody may be punished in a pandemic for trying to protect his family’s health is inhumane and unacceptable.”However, there is no suggestion that Watford are planning to take disciplinary action against Deeney.Several players in England have voiced concerns about returning to training, even in small groups.Watford were among the Premier League clubs affected by six positive tests for the virus out of a total of 748 tests conducted on Sunday and Monday. England defender Danny Rose, on loan at Newcastle United from Tottenham Hotspur, said players were being treated like “lab rats” as the league attempts to get going again.“No system can actually exclude the risk of infection, so it is a question about the probability by which you minimise that risk and many of the systems that we are seeing and reading about — not particularly England — still leave many, many gaps and many risks,” Baer-Hoffmann said.“If the players in England — of which Danny Rose is a part — would like stricter rules then that needs to be discussed.”Baer-Hoffmann admitted that plenty of players around the world were keen to get back playing despite the potential risks involved, but said FIFPro recommended that players undertake three to four weeks of training before beginning matches again due to the risk of injuries.In England the Premier League has been suspended since March 13.The financial consequences of not restarting would be potentially very serious for clubs, although players at the top level in England are in a better position than some of their counterparts around the globe.Baer-Hoffmann highlighted the case of players in several Latin American countries, including Colombia and Uruguay, as well as in Botswana and Egypt, who are now relying on food packages from their local players’ union “because they cannot even provide for their own basic needs and are being stranded in terms of income”.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more