Scouting School

first_imgEven in a world of remote-monitoring stations and farm technology, farmers haven’t found anything better than the human eye to identify emerging crop problems.Insect scouting — sending people into a field of crops to spot early signs of pest problems — is both a tradition and an art form, and University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is committed to making sure Georgia has enough trained scouts to survey the state’s fields.This June, UGA Extension entomologists hosted two insect scouting schools at the Tifton Campus Conference Center and the Southeast Georgia Research and Education Center in Midville, Georgia.“Over 2 million acres of Georgia were planted with cotton, peanuts and soybeans this year,” said Phillip Roberts, UGA Extension entomologist. “These types of trainings and demonstrations are a great resource for scouts to learn pest identification and for growers to learn pest management before they cause crop loss.”UGA Extension has offered insect scouting schools annually for the past four years. The free event encourages participants from all backgrounds and positions to attend and receive the crucial trainings.An estimated 130 scouts, county Extension agents, growers and Georgia Farm Bureau staff members attended lectures on insect anatomy, biology, monitoring and damage as well as plant anatomy and pathology for peanuts, cotton and soybeans. After the lectures, participants headed into the field to learn scouting procedures and practice insect identification.“The Georgia Farm Bureau always enjoys opportunities to meet with UGA specialists and learn more about current production practices,” said Raynor Churchwell, Georgia Farm Bureau agricultural programs specialist. “Having a good understanding of crop production issues helps us better represent farmers in the legislative and regulatory arenas. UGA Extension does an exceptional job hosting these hands-on demonstrations and educational opportunities for producers and industry representatives.”More information on insect identification and management can be found on the UGA cotton and peanut commodity blogs at www.ugacotton.com and site.extension.uga.edu/peanutent/.last_img read more

DeGale to take on Croatian veteran Bozic

first_imgJames DeGale will face former world title challenger Stjepan Bozic at Glow, Bluewater, on Saturday 8 June.It will mean a quick return to the ring for the Harlesden super-middleweight, who demolished Sebestien Demers in Canada two weeks ago.Croatian Bozic, 38, has won 26 of his 32 fights and his six defeats include a loss to former world champion Arthur Abraham last year and an unsuccessful attempt to beat Dimitri Sartison for the WBA championship in 2009.DeGale’s WBC Silver title will be on the line and a victory would keep the 27-year-old on course for a world title shot or a rematch with bitter rival and fellow West Londoner George Groves, who edged a close points decision when they met in 2010.Nottingham’s IBF champion Carl Froch has also been touted as a possible future opponent.“This year is going to be a big year for me,” said DeGale.“I’m looking to be the first ever British Olympic gold medallist who goes on and wins a professional world title and I just want to show my fans and especially the British fight fans what I’m made of.“I’m not overlooking anyone. Whoever gets put in front of me I’m training for like it was a world title fight.“I know that there are big names out there, but the first thing I have to do is take care of Stjepan Bozic.“I’m aiming to put on a great show at Glow and if either Froch or Groves feel ready for a domestic super fight I hope they realise that I’m ready for them too – let’s get it on.”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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Combatting the Hype: 76% Don’t Access the Mobile Internet

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#news#web mike melanson Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A host of reasons conspire against the general population in whether or not they use a cell phone – smart or otherwise – to use the Internet. According to research by UK-based Essential Research, 76% of mobile phone users don’t use their mobile to access the Internet, and there are several barriers keeping them from doing so, whether actual or perceived.The study, which focused on 2,000 people over the age of 16 living in the UK, found, among other things, that only 10% of mobile phone owners access the Internet on a daily basis. How can this be and why?The Majority: Unconnected and UnconcernedWhile we might wonder who wouldn’t want to have GPS-enabled Google Maps at their fingertips while they’re out and about, or the ability to unchain themselves from a desk and still respond to those important work emails, the study finds that 60% of respondents claim their phone is not capable of accessing the Internet and just 30% of those respondents would like to change this fact. Even the most basic phones offered these days have Internet capabilities, but the fact that people believe they don’t is key. In actuality, of those questioned, nearly 90% had at least GPRS Internet connectivity. How can you lead a horse to water if the horse doesn’t believe there’s a path down to the stream?In addition to this, cost and perceived usefulness are two of the biggest factors in keeping the mobile Web at bay. Over three quarters of respondents said that they thought it was too expensive to use, while 60% said that the effort necessary to learn how to use a smart phone wasn’t worth it to them. Who Is Using the Mobile Web?A majority of mobile Internet users are young, affluent, urban-dwelling professionals. They are on average between the ages of 16 and 34, living in a city and making more than $65,000 a year. Nearly three quarters of daily users are professionals.Unsurprisingly, one of the biggest drivers of mobile Internet use is social media – Web sites like Facebook and Twitter. For daily mobile-Internet users, 70% user their phones to access social networking sites. Overall, the study seems to contrast the general hype around mobile Internet and serve as a gentle reminder that, while we may surround ourselves with the technologically affluent, this isn’t yet the norm for the whole of society. There is a definite demographic that uses the Internet on their mobile phones and, outside of that, it remains a costly, unusable and unavailable option in the public’s eyes. last_img read more

A New Hope? Disney Buys Lucasfilm For $4 Billion

first_img5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… The Walt Disney Company has reportedly bought Lucasfilm, the production company that brought us Star Wars and Indiana Jones, for $4.05 billion in cash and stock. The companies simultaneously announced that Star Wars Episode 7 will be released in 2015.Kathleen Kennedy, co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will become president, reporting to Alan Horn, chairman of Walt Disney Studios. She will also become the brand manager for Star Wars, which has new episodes going into production. And under the new management, there’s reason to believe that these might actually be good.A new hope. twitter.com/CNBC/status/26…The deal also includes Lucasfilm’s multimedia and gaming divisions. As the owner of Pixar, Disney already exerts a powerful influence over the intersection between tech and entertainment, and it further blurs the line by bringing in Lucasfilm.This acquisition follows Disney’s acquisitions of Pixar and Marvel, both of which have thrived under the banner of the iconic entertainment empire. Disney and Lucasfilm have worked together in the past on Star Wars and Indiana Jones-themed attractions at Walt Disney theme parks around the world.“It’s now time for me to pass Star Wars on to a new generation of filmmakers,” said George Lucas, director of the timeless series and founder of Lucasfilm. “I’m confident that with Lucasfilm under the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, and having a new home within the Disney organization, Star Wars will certainly live on and flourish for many generations to come.”Images courtesy of Shutterstock. Related Posts center_img jon mitchell Tags:#film 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

While Racela reunion at TNT is a dream, Jose ready to play for any team

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next After nearly giving up on basketball, Herndon is ready to chase his dream MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Though the odds of Jose falling into the lap of the KaTropa deep into the first round are far-fetched, one couldn’t blame the soft-spoken bruiser for dreaming. After all, it’s under Racela when Jose got his biggest break.Undersized at center, the 25-year-old had thrived doing the dirty work for FEU which rewarded the Tamaraws with a championship in 2015. What followed was successful stints in the PBA D-League, abroad in Taiwan and Brunei and with the national team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut despite his sheer advantage in the draft, Jose remains nervous. “I think I did my part. I gave my best in the combine and I believe I’m ready physically and mentally.”While there’s no denying playing for TNT is on the top of Jose’s wishlist,  the 6-foot-4 bruiser shared that he doesn’t mind whatever team picks him, saying that at the end of the day, he’s just grateful to get to the pros. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View commentscenter_img From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals PLAY LIST 03:02From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’m always ready for any team that selects me. My effort won’t change. I’ll always give my best,” he said. Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESTipped to be picked among the top five in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Raymar Jose isn’t ruling out the possibility of reuniting with former coach Nash Racela in TNT.“If given a chance, why not? He’s my coach in college,” a smiling Jose, who even bumped into his old mentor during the Draft combine, said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

PH snags 2 silvers, 2 bronzes in karatedo

first_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 200:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Rexor Tacay also settled for silver in the men’s kumite -67kg, bowing to Thailand’s Supa Ngamphuengphit in the final.Orencio delos Santos came away with a bronze in men’s kata individual while Junna Tsukii also snagged the bronze in the women’s kumite -50kg.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Gymnastics chief sees ‘2 or 3 more’ gold medals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Filipinos collected two silver and two bronze medals in karate to add to the Philippines’ medal haul Tuesday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Jayson Ramil Macaalay won silver in the men’s kumite -60kg event, where Senthil Kumaran of Malaysia bagged the gold.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Defamation row: HC upholds order dismissing Kirti Azads plea

first_imgNew Delhi, May 5 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today upheld its single judge order dismissing a plea by suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad seeking rejection of a civil defamation suit filed against him by Hockey India (HI) and its president Narinder Dhruv Batra.A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra said the single judge had rightly rejected his application and given reasoning in his March 9 order.”We do not find any reason to interfere with the single judges order. This appeal is misconceived and is rejected,” the bench said.While refusing to reject a plaint filed by HI and its president against Azad, a single judge had noted that Article 105 of the Constitution does not allow an MP to make defamatory statements outside Parliament.Azad had moved the larger bench against a single judge order, saying the statements do not attract defamation as the alleged words attributed to him are privileged under Article 105 of the Constitution.The bench, however, did not agree with him and upheld the single judge finding that “it was unable to read Article 105 as allowing a Member of Parliament to make outside Parliament, in the name/garb of being a representative of the people of his constituency or in public interest, statements which are defamatory, without being liable therefor”.The single judge had also rejected Azads application for dismissal of Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed against him by HI and Batra and decided to examine whether the sports body and its president had suffered any loss on account of the former cricketers action and if so, what compensation they were entitled to.advertisementIt had framed issues against the former cricketer and had said that it would examine whether these statements were made by Azad in public interest and whether it amounts to a fair comment and to what effect.Azad has allegedly made defamatory allegations against the sports body in his various communications to the Finance Minister and Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs Secretary.The single judge court has fixed the matter for May 15 before the Joint Registrar to decide whether any defamatory statements were made by them.In a civil suit, when one party affirms and other party denies a material proposition of fact or law, then only issues arise. PTI PPS HMP ARClast_img read more

6 days agoBurnley boss Dyche: VAR being used unwisely

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Burnley boss Dyche: VAR being used unwiselyby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBurnley boss Sean Dyche says they were robbed of a point after seeing VAR rule out a late equaliser at Leicester City.The Clarets looked to have levelled the scores up at 2-2 in the 80th minute at the King Power Stadium, when Chris Wood’s effort cannoned off goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and hit team mate Jonny Evans on the chest before rolling into the gaping net.However, following a lengthy delay, referee Jon Moss ruled out the goal after VAR referee Andy Madley spotted a ‘trip’ on Evans that he claimed stopped the fallen defender from clearing off the line.But Dyche said: “Firstly, for the record I am a big fan of VAR. I think it will streamline and improve things.“When it’s used unwisely, like today, it’s a head-scratcher and today we are probably a cautionary tale of its development.“To start with, before the game the referee (Moss) told my coach that if he needed to use the screen at the side of the pitch, he would do, and to be tolerant if that was the case.“He didn’t use the screen and if you are not going to use it for instances like that, I’m not sure when you will ever use it.“Going to the moment of truth, if goals start not being given for that, we’re in trouble.“Chris (Wood) has clearly not changed his running gait and if you look at his eyes they are only for the ball.“The reason I’m bringing this level of detail up is that someone is sitting in a studio seeing everything I’m describing.“They see 15 different angles of what I’m saying, and Chris is quite obviously not deliberately trying to trip the player up – for starters.“Secondly, their lad is never going to get that ball and keep it out of the net in a million years.“If he did, he’d be the quickest player on earth, so therefore in a game when people are falling over constantly every week, you just look at this incident and say ‘it’s a goal’.” last_img read more

3 days ago​Robertson hails Liverpool teammate Lallana: A top, top professional

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Robertson hails Liverpool teammate Lallana: A top, top professionalby Freddie Taylor3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool left back Andy Roberston was full of praise for midfielder Adam Lallana.The Englishman has not received too many chances to shine in the team this season.But when he came on for the Reds against Manchester United, he scored the Reds’ equaliser, which got them a point in a tight contest at Old Trafford.Speaking about Lallana after the game, Robertson told Liverpoolfc.com: “Amazing, because he struggled with injuries, he has come back and got injured again and stuff like that, so he has struggled.”Adam feels it as well because you can see when he is injured. Nobody likes it when you are injured, but he managed to pick himself up, he is now fit and he has been unbelievable this season in training. He has been giving 100 per cent.”In the changing rooms before games he is one of the loudest. He could easily be quiet as he is on the bench and not playing. But the way he has conducted himself – and, to be fair, [along with] all of the lads who haven’t played as much as they would have wanted – Adam is a top, top professional and a top, top guy.”I’m absolutely delighted for him that he could get on the end of it. “When he came on I thought he was brilliant and I thought he changed the game. To get that goal, it will do a world of good for him and his confidence and I think we’ll see a lot more from him.” last_img read more

Hawaii boat wreck shows ecorisk of fishing fleet practices

first_imgHONOLULU, Hawaii – Just offshore from Waikiki’s pristine white sand beaches, a fishing boat transporting foreign workers destined for low-paying jobs in Hawaii’s fishing fleet smashed into a shallow reef last month.The stranded boat has been leaking oil and diesel ever since in an area prized by swimmers and surfers, and there was a visible sheen around the boat this week.The crash of the 79-foot (24-meter) Pacific Paradise illustrates a potential environmental impact of the Hawaii fishing fleet’s practice of transporting foreign workers by boat.The industry already faced criticism following a 2016 Associated Press investigation revealing that the workers from Southeast Asia and Pacific nations work without visas, some making less than $1 an hour and living in squalid conditions.Swimmers and surfers say they feel and smell the petroleum even when they’re in the water far from the wreck site. Some visitors mistakenly assume the crippled boat is a tourist attraction.The wrecked vessel had about 1,500 gallons (5,700 litres) of diesel and hydraulic oil left in its tanks after the vessel caught fire days after the Oct. 10 crash.Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Scott Carr on Wednesday minimized the possibility of environmental damage, saying there is a sheen on the water but that diesel fuel evaporates quickly and that surf breaks it apart.“The environment is fairly resilient,” Carr said.Crews replaced booms aboard the Pacific Paradise to collect oily water and fuel leaking from the engine room of the crippled boat, according to a statement by the U.S. Coast Guard late Thursday. The boom has been in place since the grounding and is replaced as needed.The team also secured danger signs on the hull, officials said.The Coast Guard said the pollution removal will take several more weeks to complete.Efforts to remove the boat have failed so far, but swimmer Chris McDonough said more should be done. He said his surfer friends can smell and feel the fuel in the water hundreds of yards (meters) away from the wreckage at a popular surfing spot.“I could feel it on my skin,” the Honolulu resident said, adding that the boat removal attempts so far seem “like an inadequate response.”The boat is a longline tuna fishing boat that somehow crashed into the shallow reef in the middle of the night as it headed to drop off the foreign workers for their transfer to other fishing boats.No one aboard called for help when it ran aground and the Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the crash. The crew members were taken into U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody and released to the boats that had contracted to bring them to the state.While a salvage crew was preparing to tow the boat away, it caught fire and sent thick black smoke over tourists in Waikiki as the workers jumped off the burning deck and into the ocean. Another attempt using a powerful tug boat and specially designed cables also failed.Officials designated a 500-yard (460-meter) safety zone around the wrecked vessel. But they do not continuously monitor the site and the beach closest to the boat has no signs or warnings for people to stay away.Some tourists had no idea the wreck was recent and leaking.“I thought it was a tourist thing, I thought it was some attraction or something,” said Lauren Benschoter, of Adrian, Michigan, on vacation with her husband Bryan.The wreckage is also near the Waikiki Aquarium, which pumps in seawater for its marine life. Water samples taken there and at the beach closest to the boat have shown no signs of fuel or oil, officials said.Keith Kawaoka, Hawaii’s deputy director of environmental health, said “people should, for their own safety, stay away from that area.”The oil and diesel fuel pose possible risks to other nearby reefs and several endangered species, including an endangered Hawaiian monk seal seen swimming near the boat Wednesday by an Associated Press reporter.Officials are also concerned about the impact of the fuel on green and hawksbill turtles and have said the extent of damage to the coral won’t be known until the boat is removed.The Coast Guard has hired experts to review salvage plans for the boat proposed by its owner, TWOL LLC. The company’s lawyer, Bryan Ho, asked The Associated Press to send him questions by email but said Thursday he could not immediately respond to them.Fishing boats regularly transport groups of foreign workers to Hawaii because the men do not have visas and are not permitted to fly into country.There were 19 foreign men from Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Kiribati with one American captain on the Pacific Paradise when it hit the reef.Hundreds of foreign workers are currently confined to fishing vessels in Honolulu for years at a time. Legislation introduced last Thursday in Congress could change the way the system works.The Sustainable Fishing Workforce Protection Act would offer workplace protections a year after the AP’s investigation found that the fleet is crewed by about 700 men who are confined to their boats for the duration of their contracts, often a year or two at a time.While some of the 140 boats are clean and safe, AP found some fishing crews living in squalor, forced to use buckets instead of toilets and suffering running sores from bed bugs. There have been instances of human trafficking, active tuberculosis and low food supplies.The bill would close a loophole in the law that has allowed the Hawaii fleet to employ the workers for a fraction of the pay an American worker would get, in part by collecting them by boat from Pacific islands.last_img read more