Midville Field Day 2020

first_imgUniversity of Georgia faculty will share the latest research on cotton, soybeans, corn and other southeast Georgia crops during the annual Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center Field Day held online Aug. 12.Research and Extension faculty will present current research conducted at the Midville facility to include agronomic, pest and disease management of row crops as well as plant breeding and variety trials.“The Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center at Midville has always strived to provide Georgia farmers with sound and reliable agricultural research relevant to east Georgia soils and weather conditions,” said Midville Superintendent Anthony Black. “It has been an annual tradition to showcase this great research through our face-to-face field day. However, due to COVID-19, we will be offering the same program, only through virtual means.”The 700-acre research center located in Burke County allows scientists from UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to conduct various research projects on many commodities, including wheat and small grains. UGA Cooperative Extension agents also assist with research trials in the area and disseminate timely updates to producers.To register for the Midville Field Day or learn more, visit t.uga.edu/6b4. Registrants will receive an email containing a link to the field day presentations at a later date.Presentation topics and faculty include:Precision agricultureImplementation of variable rate irrigation models at Midville — Wesley Porter, associate professor and Extension precision agriculture specialistPlanting speed and downforce effect on seed placement in cotton and peanuts — Simerjeet Virk, assistant professor and Extension precision agriculture specialistPests and diseasesCotton insect pest management — Phillip Roberts, Extension cotton entomologistEvaluating lesser cornstalk borer management tactics in southeast Georgia — Mark Abney, peanut entomologistDisease management for row crops — Bob Kemerait, plant pathology professor and Extension specialistCover crops and soil healthLong term cover crop rotation — Peyton Sapp, Burke County Extension agent, and Pam Sapp, Jefferson County Extension agentDetermining the relationship between cover crops and soil moisture — Jason Mallard, Screven County Extension agentOptimizing management practices to improve plant nutrition and soil health in cotton production systems in Georgia — Henry Sintim, assistant professor of soil fertilityImpact of tillage practices on peanut in east Georgia — Scott Monfort, Extension peanut agronomistPlant breedingIncorporating strong pest and disease resistances from wild species into elite peanut cultivars — David Bertioli, professor and Georgia Research Alliance and Georgia Seed Development distinguished investigatorLarge-scale corn hybrid trial — Corey Bryant, Extension grains agronomistSoybean breeding for drought tolerance — Zenglu Li, Georgia Seed Development professor in soybean breeding and genetics, and Ethan Menke, Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics doctoral candidateOn-farm cotton variety trial, Midville with — Jason Mallard, Screven County Extension agent, and Pam Sapp, Jefferson County Extension agentCrop managementCotton management systems trial — Steven Powell, Treutlen County Extension agent, and Savannah Tanner, Emanuel County Extension agentEvaluation of replanting strategies for cotton — R. Scott Tubbs, crop and soil sciences professorlast_img read more

Carmichael project prompts Australian engineering firm to cut ties with Adani

first_imgCarmichael project prompts Australian engineering firm to cut ties with Adani FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The global engineering and consultancy firm Aurecon has severed a longstanding business relationship with the Adani Group, amid ongoing efforts by anti-coal activists to target firms working for the Indian conglomerate’s Australian mining arm.Adani Australia released a statement on Wednesday saying it was “surprised” by the decision but that the “concerted campaign” against the Carmichael project by environmental groups had not succeeded, and that construction of the central Queensland thermal coalmine was under way.But the decision is likely to buoy activists groups’ efforts to convince other major contractors to walk away. Their current focus is on another engineering consultant, GHD, which is working on the design of the mine.Julien Vincent, the executive director of Market Forces, an investor action group, said the stance taken by Aurecon “certainly doesn’t surprise us. Adani’s Carmichael coalmine project, along with the company’s corporate record make it brand kryptonite for any company that they are associated with,” Vincent said. “Aurecon joins a long list of companies to have walked away from the Carmichael project, or ruled out providing financial support to Adani’s dirty coalmine.”Aurecon had not been directly involved in the Carmichael mine – it had been the engineering, procurement and construction contractor at the Abbot Point coal terminal since 2005. Adani bought the terminal in 2011.There are relatively few engineering firms with the capacity to design and build Carmichael. Another global firm, AECOM, had been designing a railway between Carmichael and Abbot Point, but walked away amid a financial dispute. A deal with integrated services firm Downer EDI collapsed in 2017 after the company was pressured by activists.More: Global engineering firm Aurecon cuts ties with Adani amid pressure from activistslast_img read more

Colombia Strikes Narcotrafficking in Territorial Waters

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo March 03, 2017 The Colombian Armed Forces on January 24th delivered two serious blows to narcotraffickers operating in Colombian waters: more than 800 kilos of cocaine were seized in the Pacific, and around half a ton in the Caribbean. During their attempted escape from authorities near the municipality of Tumaco, on the Colombian Pacific, four Ecuadoreans and a Colombian threw overboard 30 sealed and tied packages of cocaine. The Rapid Response Unit of the Tumaco Coast Guard Station found the cargo and the men, who were placed under arrest for booking. “The preliminary initial test results were positive for cocaine hydrochloride, with a weight of 833 kilograms. The seized drugs would have gone first to the Central American markets, and then to North America,” Rear Admiral Carlos Gustavo Serrano Álvarez, commander of the Poseidon Anti-Narcotrafficking Task Force told Diálogo. Coordination and cooperation The success of the operation can be attributed to collaboration among the different branches of the Colombian military. “A coordination mechanism has been created which involves all the institutions, the Colombian Army, Air Force, Police, and Navy to focus our efforts on the fight against narcotrafficking, starting with the eradication of illegal crops, to the processing of the basic paste, the crystallization of hydrochloride, and the packing and shipment to other countries,” Rear Adm. Serrano stated. “Currently, the records of this joint effort show more than five tons seized in this part of the country.” This is a strong effort, as underlined by the numbers recorded. “The past year has seen excellent numbers from the Pacific Navy: between the Panamanian and Ecuadorean borders almost 120 tons [of drugs], worth almost $4 billion, were seized. In the past year, as the Ministry of Defense has stated, 369 tons were seized. Here in the Tumaco area, in particular, we recorded almost 23 tons,” he said. The value provided by cooperation with foreign armed forces is the key. “This fight is significant not only because of what is materially seized but also because of the importance of its focus on our relationships with other countries, such as Ecuador, the United States, and Central American countries, with whom we share timely information that allows rendering of accounts of shipments seized in the Pacific Ocean,” emphasized Rear Adm. Serrano. “Of those 120 tons, a large part is due to this coordination mechanism.” Almost half a ton of cocaine in the Caribbean On the same day as the Pacific operation, authorities in the Colombian Caribbean discovered a shipment of 490 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride being transported in a “go fast” boat. The boat, which traveled within seven miles of the coast en route to Panama, was intercepted by units from the Urabá Coast Guard Station, the Caribbean Fleet, and the 16th Marine Corps, under the operational control of the 73rd Anti-Narco Trafficking Task Force “Neptuno”. The boat’s crew was handed over to the attorney general’s office for prosecution. The arrestees belonged to the Caimán Nuevo indigenous community, based in Necoclí, showing that narcotrafficking networks are poisoning even the ancestral values of local communities. The 73rd Neptuno, created three years ago by the Colombian Navy, has jurisdiction over the entire Colombian Caribbean. “When we have a situation with [these] characteristics –vessels traveling at a certain time from particular places – we always consider it an opportunity; in this case, the Coast Guard directly [detained] this vessel, and found a quantity of product aboard, which was seized,” Rear Admiral Juan Francisco Herrera Leal, commander of Neptune, told Diálogo. The operation was yet another task force achievement. “This year we’ve carried out more than six maritime interdiction operations, through which we have impounded a total of almost three tons of cocaine hydrochloride. But we’ve also had success in finding a “parasite,” as we call a device [used to hide drugs] that is installed under the hull of internationally flagged vessels, discovered during a diver inspection at a Colombian Navy checkpoint in the Gulf of Urabá,” Rear Adm. Herrera said. “With this seizure, the Colombian Navy deprived criminal groups of $16 million in earnings,” reported the Navy’s press secretary in a release.last_img read more

Digitally planning for the PPP process

first_imgOn June 5, 2020, in a rare display of bipartisanship, updates to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) were signed into law. Under the CARES Act, the Small Business Association (SBA) implemented PPP to combat the economic fallout of COVID-19. It provides small businesses with the necessary funds for payroll, benefits, rent, utilities and interest on mortgages. These loans can be forgiven under certain qualifications.Aptly named, the PPP Flexibility Act is designed to ease some burdens on small businesses who still needed more leeway. Changes include:Reducing the amount of the loan needed to be spent on payroll to 60%Extending the period to spend funds to 24 weeks (ending Dec. 31, 2020)Easing rehire requirementsAllowing borrowers to delay paying payroll taxesExtending the repayment term from two to five years if loans are not forgivenWhile the August 8 application deadline remains in effect, these modifications can be a victory for small businesses. Lenders tracking the PPP process for their customers will need to take these changes into consideration, in addition to the compliance challenges and attention to detail the program demands. But using digital tools at an institution’s disposal can ease the process and ensure these loans are carried out, managed and forgiven as appropriate. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Israel govt swearing-in delayed a day by Pompeo visit

first_imgA parliament spokesman said Monday the joint administration of incumbent premier Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz would be inaugurated on Thursday instead of Wednesday.A spokesman for Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party told AFP the delay was “because of the visit” of the US top diplomat on Wednesday. Pompeo’s trip comes as US President Donald Trump’s administration gives its blessing to Netanyahu’s plans to annex much of the occupied West Bank, despite warnings from the Palestinians that the move will kill the prospects of a long-term peace agreement. Israel’s new government is the result of a deal allowing Netanyahu to continue on as prime minister for another 18 months, before the former military chief Gantz takes over the post for the same period.The proposed government had been challenged in the high court, with opponents arguing Netanyahu is ineligible due to corruption indictments he faces. But the judges ruled there was no legal reason to prevent him from serving as prime minister. Netanyahu has secured the participation of Gantz and his centre-left allies in his coalition along with the ultra-Orthodox parties. But the six-member right-wing Yemina has so far refused to join over what it criticises as the emerging “left-wing” nature of the incoming government. Pompeo’s visit will give Netanyahu another day to attempt to bring Yemina into the coalition. The swearing-in of Israel’s new unity government has been postponed by one day to Thursday due to the upcoming visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, officials said. center_img Topics :last_img read more

USDA announces $34 million relief effort for 2017 disaster victims

first_imgIn total, it is estimated that the Act will enable USDA to provide more than $3 billion in disaster assistance, including the $2.36 billion announced last week to be made available through FSA’s new 2017 Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program. This includes $400 million made available for the Emergency Conservation Program, which helps farmers and ranchers repair damage to farmlands caused by natural disasters. As signups across the country are completed, additional applications will be funded. According to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States was impacted by 16 separate billion-dollar disaster events in 2017 including: three tropical cyclones, eight severe storms, two inland floods, a crop freeze, drought and wildfire. More than 25 million people – almost eight percent of the population – were affected by major disasters. From severe flooding in Puerto Rico and Texas to mudslides and wildfires in California, major natural disasters caused catastrophic damages, with an economic impact totaling more than $300 billion. Washington D.C.— The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue $34 million to help agricultural producers recover from 2017 natural disasters through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-raised Fish Program (ELAP), which covers losses not covered by certain other USDA disaster assistance programs. These payments are being made available today, and they are part of a broader USDA effort to help producers recover from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, wildfires and drought. A large portion of this assistance will be made available in federally designated disaster areas.“From Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, through the South, the Southwest, California and the Great Plains, American agriculture was devastated by natural disasters in 2017,” said Bill Northey, Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation. “The Trump Administration is moving quickly to distribute financial assistance to help producers recover and rebuild.  It is important to get this help to producers in time for the spring planting season.”ELAP aims to help eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish for losses due to disease, certain adverse weather events or loss conditions, including blizzards and wildfires, as determined by the Secretary.  ELAP assistance is provided for losses not covered by other disaster assistance programs such as the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).The increased amount of assistance through ELAP was made possible by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, signed earlier this year. The Act amended the 2014 Farm Bill to enable USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to provide assistance to producers without an annual funding cap and immediately for 2017. It also enables FSA to pay ELAP applications as they are filed for 2018 and subsequent program years.Other USDA Disaster Assistance ProgramsThe Act removed program year payment limitations and increased the acreage cap for the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), a nationwide program that provides owners of orchards, vineyards and nurseries with cost share assistance to replant eligible trees, bushes, and vines following a natural disaster. For example, the program will help owners of citrus groves in Florida, avocado trees in California, coffee plantations in Puerto Rico and vineyards reduce the cost of replanting, and speed recovery from the loss of fruit and nut trees, bushes, and vines.Prior to the Act, there was a combined program year payment limitation of $125,000 for ELAP, LIP and LFP per person or legal entity.  The Tree Assistance Program (TAP) had its own $125,000 payment limitation.  The Act removed the program year per person and legal entity payment limitation for LIP and TAP.  As a result of the Act, a $125,000 per person and legal entity single payment limitation applies to the total amount of program year payments received under both ELAP and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) and program payments under LIP and TAP no longer have payment limits. Under the updated program, as amended by the Act, growers are eligible to be partly reimbursed for losses on up to 1,000 acres per program year, double the previous acreage limit of 500 acres. For AssistanceProducers with operations impacted by natural disasters and diseases in 2018 are encouraged to contact their local USDA service center to apply for assistance through ELAP, TAP, LIP and LFP. Producers with 2017 ELAP claims need to take no action as FSA will begin paying those claims today.last_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Middle School VB Teams Come Up Short Against Lady Chargers

first_imgThe BMS 7th Grade Volleyball team had a tough lost against North Decatur: 17-25, 25-20, and 16-14. Renee’ Lecher was our leading server with 12 great serves and 5 of those were aces. Following was Annie Shane with 6 great serves and 1 ace, Margaret Wilson had 5 great serves and 5 aces, and Kaylie Raver had 5 good serves and 1 ace. Kaylin Hinners had 3 aces, and Elena Kuisel and Sydney Slavin each had 1 ace. Laura Schwegman had one kill. Wilson, Raver, and Shane also all each had one kill. Taylor Blanton and Sara Lamping each had good defense passes. Their record is 2-4.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The BMS 8th Grade Volleyball team lost to North Decatur 25-11, 25-11.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more

Topsy-turvy Shelvey lays on thriller

first_img But his joy was brief as, still full of adrenaline, he played a blind backpass and failed to spot Sturridge lurking; the striker needed no second invitation. Shelvey, perhaps understandably, took a few minutes to regain his composure but was guilty of being too eager to make amends, as he scythed down Philippe Coutinho before blazing well over the bar. Liverpool took a stranglehold on possession and the pace of Moses was proving a real problem for the Swansea defence. Ben Davies had to block from Henderson after one rangy run from the Nigerian, before he gave Sturridge a simple finish after outfoxing Angel Rangel and Nathan Dyer, but the striker headed straight at Vorm, who deflected the ball wide. Swansea responded with a lovely exchange of passes between Michu and Wilfried Bony, but the Ivory Coast striker’s shot did not have enough power to trouble Simon Mignolet. Shelvey then took centre stage again, his risky pass went straight to Moses, who drove at a retreating Swans’ rearguard to beat Vorm. Swansea could have levelled inside a minute, but Martin Skrtel pulled off a magnificent last-gasp challenge to deny Bony a tap-in after Mignolet had parried a Dyer shot he should have held. Liverpool almost extended their lead seven minutes into the second half. Swansea were caught sleeping at a free-kick as Henderson crept in at the back post, but Vorm saved from Andre Wisdom after the midfielder had pushed the ball across goal. Shelvey’s night almost plumbed new depths moments later as he squared up to Lucas after Swansea refused to return the ball after Coutinho limped off with an injury. But referee Michael Oliver opted to book the pair rather than take more severe action. And Shelvey’s topsy-turvy evening soon turned on its head once more as he surged forward to cushion a header into the path of Michu, who finished low to Mignolet’s right. Swansea had renewed vigour and took the game to their visitors during a frantic final quarter, with Jonathan de Guzman forcing a fingertip save from Mignolet, but an engrossing contest ended level. However, Shelvey redeemed himself as he laid on an equaliser for Michu. Brendan Rodgers has brought the Merseysiders to his former club with three wins from three on the board, but they were given a rude awakening when Shelvey rounded £18million signing Mamadou Sakho with ease before curling left-footed into the net. The England international initially celebrated with gusto but reined himself in in front of the away end. But he had few reasons to smile just 99 seconds later as a horrible backpass ended with Sturridge scoring his 12th goal in 10 games. He then compounded the mistake by hitting a pass straight to Moses, who raced away to steer beyond Michel Vorm. But, with his temper beginning to fray, Shelvey’s clever header set Michu up for his first league goal of the season to cap a remarkable night for the former Charlton man. So much of the build-up had centred on Shelvey’s first meeting with his former employers, and he made a dream start. The midfielder initially scuffed an attempted volley from Jordan Henderson’s poor header, but regained control to ghost pass Sakho and produce a lovely left-footed finish at the second attempt. Shelvey, who left the Reds for south Wales in the summer, fired the Swans into the lead after just 87 seconds. However, two terrible errors from the midfielder allowed the in-form Daniel Sturridge and Liverpool debutant Victor Moses to put the visitors ahead. Press Association Jonjo Shelvey went from hero to villain and back again against his former club as Swansea ended Liverpool’s 100 per cent start to the Barclays Premier League season in a frenetic 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium.last_img read more

Wenger wants tough stance from UEFA

first_img Press Association Manchester City and Paris St Germain both face heavy sanctions from European football’s governing body after being found to have exceeded financial fair play (FFP) limitations. They are among nine clubs being dealt with by UEFA’s club financial control board for FFP breaches. Barclays Premier League leaders City are contesting UEFA’s settlement offer of sanctions which would entail a £49million (60million euro) fine, a cut in the size of their Champions League A squad next season to 21 and a freeze on that squad’s wage bill. UEFA has stopped short of imposing a suspension on any of the nine teams. However Arsenal manager Wenger said: “You would think that you accept the rules and you’re in the competition or you don’t accept the rules and you’re not in the competition. Then, everybody would understand it.” Wenger has long advocated a need for clubs to live within their own resources, having been powerless to see first Chelsea and then City challenge for top honours bankrolled by the deep pockets of billionaire owners. The Gunners manager feels UEFA should simply get tough. “There are rules. You respect them or you don’t respect them. If you don’t respect them you have to be punished,” Wenger said. “When UEFA doesn’t want to kick the clubs out of the Champions League, they have to find a more subtle punishment. “From all of us on the outside, it looks a complicated punishment, which nobody really understands. “We live in a society where everyone is informed. The rules have to be clear that you can inform people well. “If I go out in the street now and I ask 100 people what you think of the (UEFA financial) fair play punishment, how many do you think can explain it to you? I am in the job and I cannot do it. “They have to clarify the punishment. We all agree that if we don’t respect the rules you have to be punished, but to explain to people how that works is very difficult.” Wenger believes the current set-up shows “there is something wrong”, but accepts unless there is a collective drive for change, it will be very difficult to secure a lasting positive impact. “There are two ways of thinking about the whole process. You can say, ‘we don’t care, we want the billionaires to buy the big players and they can spend what they want’ or you say ‘look, we want to keep things fair’,” Wenger added. “If you say to me ‘tomorrow we give everybody £100million in the 20 Premier League clubs’, I say ‘okay, I will take the gamble’, and then you can say at the start that is a fair competition. “It is a bit like it works in the United States (with the draft system and salary cap in sports), which is the most capitalistic country, they have the more even field of competition. “So it is a basic question you have to answer in England – do we let it go and everyone spends what he wants? “Inflation can be too big and it can put too much pressure on the clubs who have not these resources to overpay their players. “Anyway, since I am in the job, if you put 100 per cent more money in, where does the 100 per cent more money go? To the wages, not 99 per cent, but 100 per cent. That means the only effect it has is that the wages go up.” Arsene Wenger has urged UEFA to get tough by excluding clubs that breach its spending rules from European competition. last_img read more

Cricket News Twitter Reactions: Lasith Malinga retires from ODI cricket with ‘win’ on and off the field

first_imgCongratulations on the glorious journey Yorker King #Malinga. There will never be another toe crusher like you again. Best wishes for your future endeavours. 👊#LasithMalinga pic.twitter.com/Uf0iD3SHdL— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 26, 2019The ideal farewell for #LasithMalinga, big contributor of the game and many youngsters at various levels have learnt a lot from him. Well bowled Champion 👏💥— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 27, 2019 Wat a Final spell!Wat a legendary career from a legendary player, a true gentleman & have been a great inspiration for many | lucky enough to play together! 👏👏 #SLvBAN New Delhi: Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga, who has been nothing short of a legend to the game of cricket has finally hung his boots as he bows out of One-Day International career. He leaves the cricket arena by helping his team defeat Bangladesh in the first of the three-match ODI series in Colombo.Malinga, who recently became the highest wicket-taker for Lankans in the World Cup, had announced his retirement a few days after the quadrennial tournament and wanted to play in front of the home crowd for one last time.The right-handed fast bowler had made a splash in international cricket in 2004 and immediately come into attention thanks to his unique slingy side-on action. His ability to bowl yorkers at high speed soon endeared him to fans all over the world. However, he couldn’t sustain his speed and fitness in the longest format and had to call time on his Test career in 2010 to prolong his white-ball sojourn.The cricket fraternity around the globe wished him well on what has been an illustrious career. With this, News Nation brings to you the best tweets you will find on internet today: Lasith Malinga claimed 3/38 in his last ODI game against Bangladesh. Malinga finished his illustrious ODI career with 338 wickets. Lasith Malinga will continue to play T20 cricket for Sri Lanka. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more