first_imgFirst there was Herschel, then Brooks, and now there is Mary Ethel.Mary Ethel Creswell, the calf, was born one month ago at the University of Georgia’s Teaching Dairy on Georgia Highway 78, east of the university’s Athens campus. She is the first granddaughter born in UGA’s fledgling Jersey dairy herd and has already stolen the hearts of thousands of online followers.“We had a naming survey on our social media page for the UGA Dairy Science Club after she was born, and we got more than 100 suggestions,” said Jillian Bohlen, an assistant professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Animal and Dairy Science.Mary Ethel’s mother and grandmother were both named after noteworthy people who were involved with UGA. Suggestions for the new calf’s name included Abe, in honor of UGA’s first president, Abraham Baldwin; Tate, in honor of UGA’s former dean of men William Tate; and Bee, in honor of former Georgia Gov. and Sen. Richard B. Russell Jr.“We decided to go for a strong female representative of the University of Georgia,” Bohlen said. “Mary Ethel Creswell was not only the first dean of the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS), she was also the first woman to graduate from UGA with a bachelor’s degree.”The name is especially fitting in 2018 because FACS celebrates its centennial this year.Mary Ethel is special, not just because of her groundbreaking namesake, but because she represents a milestone for the Department of Animal and Dairy Science, Bohlen explained.In 2014, CAES alumnus C.A. Russell, who owns the 2,300-head Yosemite Dairy in Hilmar, California, donated six well-pedigreed, 9-month-old Jersey heifers to the UGA Teaching Dairy. They were the first Jersey cows at the dairy in four decades.Jerseys are smaller and produce less milk than Holsteins, but they are known for producing creamier milk with more milk fat, which is perfect for making cheese, butter and ice cream.The golden-brown cows are also just fun to work with, Bohlen said.“Jerseys have a unique personality all their own,” she said. “Their small size doesn’t keep them from having a big personality. They are generally more social and inquisitive than other dairy breeds. By inquisitive, I mean nosy; they are into everything.”A student herd management team — known as Jersey Active Management by Students (JAMS) — took the lead on the breeding, care and sales decisions regarding the six heifers and their offspring. So far the herd has produced seven calves.Any proceeds that come from the prize heifer’s offspring will go back into the dairy, which helps to support the college’s philosophy of hands-on learning.For more information about the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences at UGA, visit www.ads.uga.edu. To find out more about the CAES Dairy Science Club, visit www.facebook.com/ugadairyscienceclub.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Halfway through his routine at NYCB Theatre at Westbury last Friday, British-born political satirist John Oliver whipped out his smart phone and searched “Long Island Big Duck.”The search result prompted him to instantly fall to his knee and become consumed by laughter.Oliver apparently makes it his mission to uncover strange facts about each American town he visits. For example, seeing a sign for a library in Boise, Idaho, prompted him to wonder why it’s punctuated with an exclamation point—he learned it was paid for by a charitable donation. Here he wondered out loud why any region would need a giant duck. Long Island’s response: why not?The famed Big Duck wasn’t the only weird fact that Oliver uncovered: a more extensive search noted another popular, err, destination.“What’s the Commack Motor Inn?” Oliver asked the crowd, which erupted in the kind of laughter you get when nearly everyone is on the joke except for the naïve few.“Hourly rates!” yelled a man in the audience. Oliver let that one sink in for a few seconds.He appeared to take as much joy from the back-and-forth with the appreciative crowd as those who paid to see the popular comedian in a very different format than they’re used to.Oliver just completed the first season of his new HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” which ended with rave reviews. In that provocative program, Oliver sits behind a desk and does the news, though he does not accept the title of journalist. For years, he worked as a “correspondent” on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” and then took over for Stewart while he was away producing his film “Rosewater.” Oliver’s unofficial late-night audition impressed HBO bosses, who later offered him his own show on Sunday evenings, considered prime-time real estate on the subscription-based network.On “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver predominantly focuses on politics, sometimes for the laughs and other times to raise awareness, like when he discussed how the US government fails to welcome into this country Afghan interpreters who were crucial to the military’s effort against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Sometimes the comedian spurs people into action. Take, for example, when he encouraged the masses to deluge the Federal Communications Commission with letters supporting Net Neutrality. The day after the show aired, the FCC Tweeted that its comment system was experiencing “technical difficulties” due to “heavy traffic.”Since cable consumers have to pay a separate charge to watch HBO, the network’s shows are not judged by TV ratings so it’s hard to analyze how well their exclusive productions are performing. But Oliver’s success can be judged by the Internet’s reaction to his show in the days and weeks after it airs: His segments spawn dozens, if not hundreds, of articles from news organizations and his YouTube clips can hit upwards of 7 million views for a single video.In short time, he has become just as effective, or even more so, than Stewart, his mentor, and fellow satirist Stephen Colbert, whose Comedy Central show will come to an end this week.Oliver rarely holds back during “Last Week Tonight,” often discussing topics that irk him—America’s drone war, police militarization, student loan debt—and feverishly pounds away at them. But he was less audacious during his stand-up routine in Westbury, briefly mentioning recent news events like last week’s Senate torture report. He gave his two cents and then moved on.Oliver seemed content with discussing rather more innocuous topics: how a pigeon wandering around Newark Liberty National Airport reinvigorated seemingly lifeless travelers, how a “Frozen Dead Guy Day” in Colorado came to be, and recalling a letter to the editor that a local Boise newspaper received from a reader aghast at his bewilderment over the unusual “Library!” sign.Taken together, this was Oliver’s portrait of America: a spectacularly diverse country with idiosyncratic communities that we understand but regrettably take for granted. Oliver, however, seems to prefer the US to his home country, which he admonishes for pillaging other lands in its failed quest for world domination. To be fair, he has problems with US policy as well, but he finds America’s peculiarities—the Big Duck, for example—unbelievably charming.The strategy seemed to sit well with the nearly sold out crowd. He drew huge laughs when he discovered the history of the Big Duck and took jabs at LI for its omnipresent traffic. When he asked the crowd for examples about what made Westbury unique, he was amused when a woman muttered: “There’s no Eastbury.” When he admitted to his youthful futility on the soccer field, the crowd seemed to let out a giggle all at once, prompting Oliver to shout: “Fuck you, Long Island!”Some Oliver fans may have been eager to hear him dissect politics and touch upon a range of issues affecting the country. But Oliver does that on Sunday nights.The Englishman often mentioned how much he adores this country and how grateful he is for the opportunities he’s been afforded since coming here. His retelling of his experience across America was his way of giving back.Thank you, John, for reminding us all just how wonderfully weird this place we call home truly is.last_img read more

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic vented his frustrations with a horror kung-fu style kick on Ghananian defender as Paris Saint-Germain slumped to a 2-0 defeat to Evian on Wednesday night.The Swedish superstar launched a dangerous studs-up challenge on Evian defender Jonathan Mensah, who felt the full force as the Ligue 1 strugglers ended les Parisiens’ unbeaten run ended after 26 games.Ibrahimovic was clearly feeling the heat following his country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup, and somehow escaped without a booking for his rash tackle that could have left the Ghanaian international badly hurt.Ouch! Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s nasty studs-up tackle hits Jonathan Mensah in the face  Feeling the force: Mensah can’t get out the way as Ibrahimovic’s right boot connects with his headFlattened: Mensah hits the deck after being poleaxed by IbrahimovicPSG missed out the chance to equal a club record of successive wins as second-half goals from Clarck N’Sikulu and Modou Sougou secured a famous win for the hosts. And Ibrahimovic blasted his side’s display as their lead over Lille at the top of the table was cut to just one point.He fumed: ‘It was a bad game. We did not deserve to win.’The team has not been good and we never found our rhythm. This is a good wake-up call. Every game is difficult and we must stay focused.’Revenge: Evian Modou Sougou gives Ibrahimovic a taste of his own medicinelast_img read more

first_imgThe management of Berekum Chelsea are on the verge taking  a final decision  of pulling out  from the 2014 CAF Champions League qualifiers due to the lack of funds and inexperience crop of players in their camp as close sources disclose.The club is currently  holding talks with sponsors to see if they can raise the needed cash for the two-legged tie against FC Atlabara of South Sudan and also contemplating on their previous quality to this time aroundThe US$ 20,000 received from the Ghana Football Association( GFA) can only foot the bill for their first leg clash and  the club couldn’t purchase the best of players for the campaign.The Berekum-based side will officially confirm their pulling out to the Ghana Football Association by the close of this week as they deliberate with relocated  president Emmanuel Kyeremeh who now resides in Canada.The 2012 CAF Champions League group stage campaigners are said  to  owe players and technical team three-months salaries and has a majority of its key players injured and have been neglected due to financial constraints.If this decision is reached the club will be  banned for three years and fined by CAFlast_img read more