Blueberry Tour.

Blueberry Tour.

first_imgMany new rabbiteye and southern highbush releases from Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina and Florida.Fruit set of rabbiteye and southern highbush using growth regulators.Mulching rates and effects on southern highbush.Applying pine bark mulch with a row mulcher.Plant establishment. Researchers with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will be there to answer your questions throughout the tour and during the cookout. Stay as long as you like.Alapaha is 17 miles east of Tifton, Ga., on U.S. Highway 82. The research farm entrance is 2.5 miles south of Alapaha on U.S. Highway 129. Heading south, look for the UGA Blueberry Research Farm sign on the right.To learn more about the tour, call Scott NeSmith at (770) 228-7243 or Gerard Krewer at (229) 386-3410. It’s not time for blueberries yet. On May 3, however, it will be time for the Blueberry Research Farm Twilight Tour and Cookout near Alapaha, Ga.The tour will start at 5 p.m. Research and demonstration projects will show, among other things:center_img UGA CAES File Photolast_img read more

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Colombia Deals Blow to Illegal Mining

first_imgBy Myriam Ortega/Diálogo September 25, 2018 In mid-August, the Colombian Army conducted a joint operation against illicit mining in Ayapel, Córdoba department, with the Colombian Air Force (FAC, in Spanish), the National Police, and the Colombian Office of the Attorney General. The Clan del Golfo armed group ran the illegal mining operation. During the operation, the Colombian forces captured 17 individuals and destroyed three dredges, three engines, and three mining production units. The Army valued the equipment at more than $800,000, and estimated the alleged criminals made about $100,000 monthly with the illegal business. The joint, interagency operation conducted under the Agamenón II military and police campaign is the toughest blow to Clan del Golfo’s funding sources so far in 2018. It’s the ninth operation against illegal mining this year in the northern region of western Colombia. “Illegal mining in Colombia is thought to be the second driver of funding for armed groups,” Army Colonel Carlos Alberto Montenegro Maya, commander of the Brigade Against Illegal Mining (BRCMI, in Spanish), told Diálogo. “In the illegal market, a kilo of cocaine hydrochloride in Bogotá can cost more than $1,900, while a kilo of gold is worth more than $4,500.” The operation “The Ayapel operation started a few months ago [in March] with investigations,” Col. Montenegro said. “We began collecting evidence; we did some intelligence meetings in the Montería area [in Córdoba department] with the Office of the Attorney General, the military unit, and the Police; and we began coordinating how to best conduct the operation.” The Army and FAC’s intelligence led the units to several strategic illegal mining locations. The goal of the combined forces was to catch those carrying out the illegal mining work. “The operation was coordinated with the Police and their aircraft,” Army Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Hernández Oyola, environmental adviser at BRCMI, told Diálogo. “We have national jurisdiction because we’re a special unit. We always go to the areas and operate with regional troops or special units.” About 150 service members and Police agents took part in the operation under the command of Col. Hernández. Units infiltrated the area with land vehicles and a FAC C-295 turboprop tactical aircraft, as well a Black Hawk helicopter from the Police and another from the Army, serving as support aircraft to remove the units after the operation. Authorities brought the captured individuals to the local Office of the Attorney General for prosecution. The Police explosives team disabled the equipment onsite. Environmental crime The last operation against illegal mining took place in the Ayapel Marsh. Extending more than 54,000 hectares, the Córdoba wetland was declared a protected area in February 2018 under the Ramsar Convention of 1975, an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands. The Ayapel Marsh is a place of abundant biodiversity. Home to more than 350 species, it’s essential to fish reproduction and bird migration. However, illegal mining affects its fragile ecosystem. According to the Army, Clan del Golfo’s illicit operation damaged about 640 hectares. “Open-pit mining operations are very close to rivers where extractions are made. Dredges are used to move large quantities of the earth’s crust, damaging forests, trees, and everything around,” Col. Montenegro said. “[With the use of mercury] the damage is huge, as it leaves blue or green pools that are only seen when flying over. These are mostly mercury sediments that last for many years. It could take hundreds of years for the land to recover.” A complex problem Illegal mining enriches transnational criminal organizations and affects the environment and the local population. Miners, who are forced by armed groups to work illegally, or join the “group with the financial muscle,” according to Col. Hernández, pollute the area and risk their health through mercury exposure. According to the latest report available, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 2014 Environmental Performance Review on Colombia, mining towns in Antioquia department have the highest levels of mercury pollution in the world. Low-income people who work in illegal mining are the most exposed to dangerous substances, the report indicates. To confront the problem, the Colombian government passed Law 1658 in 2013, giving the mining sector five years to implement new technologies and clean alternatives to gold extraction. Since July 2018, the law bans the use of mercury in mining. Although environmentalists welcomed the law’s approval, deterring the use of mercury in criminal groups will be harder. The price of the substance used to extract gold is on the rise since the third quarter of 2018. Authorities, however, will continue to face cases of mercury use, as in the Ayapel Marsh. “Four or five months ago, when mercury was legal, a kilo cost almost $100. Now that it’s illegal, a kilo costs about $420,” Col. Montenegro concluded. “It’s a very complex problem.”last_img read more

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NY Pols Taking Lead in Renewed Gun Control Debate

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave his State of the State address in Albany on Wednesday.The gun control debate got a shot in the arm this week when a school shooting broke out during a White House task force meeting on the issue the day after Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged New York to pass the nation’s toughest firearms regulations.Proposed re-enactment of the federal ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines that expired in 2004 is at the forefront of the current debate. But pro-gun lobbyists shot down such regulations as an infringement of the Second Amendment right to bear arms. Emotions continue to run high on both sides.“There has got to be some common ground, to not solve every problem but diminish the probability” of future mass shootings, Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday. “That’s what this is all about.”Biden was meeting with a group of hunting organizations when a 16-year-old armed with a shotgun critically wounded a fellow student in a California high school. The task force was formed after a gunman massacred 20 school children and six staffers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. last month.The National Rifle Association, whose leader has proposed armed guards in every school—although in the latest case, the school’s armed guard was snowed in at home—characterized the meeting as “disappointing” and said it will work with Congress instead.“No one hunts with an assault rifle,” Cuomo said Wednesday while unveiling his gun-control package. “No one needs 10 bullets to kill a deer. And too many innocent people have died already. End the madness now!”He proposed banning gun clips manufactured before 1994 that hold more than 10 bullets—hardware used by the Newtown gunman and other mass murderers—modernizing the pistol permitting process to ensure felons and others barred from owning handguns don’t fall through the cracks.Cuomo also gave a nod to the NRA and conservatives such as state Senate Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre), who have suggested the gun control conversation falls short without addressing mental health and stricter punishments.“There is no doubt that illegal guns are a major threat to public safety—but it is not the only one,” Skelos said after Cuomo laid out his plans in his State of the State address. “More frequently we are reading about crimes committed by people with a history of mental illness who may not be getting the treatment they need.”The governor’s package includes enhanced sentencing guidelines for those convicted of using illegal guns, which mirrors a series of proposals Skelos unveiled last week. Cuomo also plans to propose measures to ensure mental health professionals alert authorities when they become aware a gun owner is likely to cause harm.In addition, he also wants to close a loophole that allows private gun owners to sell guns to others without the buyer being subject to the background checks they would face when making a purchase from a licensed gun dealer.On the federal level, New York Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand are calling on Biden to include measures to crackdown on illegal guns and strengthen background checks into his final recommendations.The senators are pushing bills mandating that states share records on felons, drug abusers and those seriously mentally ill to be used in background checks for gun buyers. They also are pushing a bill cracking down on trafficking firearms into New York.Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola) is also reintroducing her legislation to ban high-capacity ammunition magazines for guns—a bill that is likely to be part of the Newtown task force’s recommendations Tuesday to President Obama.McCarthy has devoted her political career to combating gun violence after her husband was murdered and son critically injured during the 1993 Long Island Railroad massacre. Rep. Diana Degette (D-Colo), whose district includes the infamous Columbine High School and is adjacent to Aurora—where a gunman murdered 12 people and wounded nearly 60 others at a movie theater last summer—is cosponsoring the legislation.“These devices are used to kill as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time possible and we owe it to innocent Americans everywhere to keep them out of the hands of dangerous people,” said McCarthy. “We don’t even allow hunters to use them—something’s deeply wrong if we’re protecting game more than we’re protecting innocent human beings.”last_img read more

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Coronavirus cases in Peru top 15,000, second highest in Latin America

first_imgIn Latin America, only Brazil has more cases.On March 15, Peru announced it would close its borders and called on citizens to self-quarantine for 15 days with just 71 recorded coronavirus cases. The nationwide quarantine has since been extended to April 26. Prime Minister Vicente Zeballos said on Sunday that the lockdown would continue for a few more weeks.Peru’s government has announced a massive economic stimulus package worth 90 billion soles ($26.41 billion), around 12% of gross domestic product, to support citizens and the key mining sector.Peru’s central bank cut the benchmark interest rate to a historic low 0.25%, the latest move by the copper-rich country to shore up its economy.The central bank said the economy had been “severely affected” temporarily by simultaneous supply and demand shocks. Peru reported over 15,000 cases of coronavirus on Sunday, the second-highest tally in Latin America, as the disease continues to ravage the economy of the world’s No. 2 copper producer.The crisis has paralyzed Peru and left millions without jobs. The central bank has said the economy had been “severely affected” temporarily by simultaneous supply and demand shocks.Peru recorded its first coronavirus case on March 6 and took 25 days to reach 1,000 cases. It took only 14 more days to reach 10,000 cases on April 14, according to a Reuters tally. Peru has reported a total of 15,628 cases and 400 deaths, the health ministry said. Topics :last_img read more

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Parties united on nudity

first_imgNZ Herald 27 September 2011Pornographer Steve Crow has achieved the rare political feat of uniting parties of the far left and far right against his “Boobs on Bikes” parades. A pre-election survey by the Family First lobby group has found Mana Party leader Hone Harawira joining hands with Winston Peters of NZ First and Colin Craig of the new Conservative Party to support amending the Crimes Act’s definition of “indecent acts” to prevent “offensive public nudity eg, ‘Boobs on Bikes’.”But such unanimity was rare. The survey found Mr Craig supported Family First’s position on 90 per cent, and Mr Peters on 80 per cent, of 30 questions on “family issues”. Mr Harawira scored just 30 per cent, less than everyone except Green co-leader Metiria Turei on 23 per cent. Don Brash, whose Act shows up as more of a “liberal” than a conservative party, scored 43 per cent, and Peter Dunne of United Future 37 per cent.The survey did not score the leaders of National, Labour or the Maori Party who all failed to return the questionnaire, but it records their positions on issues where they have voted or spoken publicly in the past.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10754602last_img read more

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I am the 1 percent used to justify 100 percent of abortions

first_imgRadiance Foundation 17 May 2019Family First Comment: There are others like me who were conceived in the violence of rape, like my friend Rebecca Kiessling, an attorney and passionate defender of life. There’s the former Miss Pennsylvania, Valerie Gatto, Trayvon Clifton, Monica Kelsey, Jim Sable, Pam Stenzel, and many more whose stories offer a different perspective than mainstream media’s myopic pro-abortion view. There are women who became mothers from rape who courageously chose life, like Jennifer Christie, Liz Carl, and Rebekah Berg. I mean, who really are the extremists here? Those who think that every human being has the right to life? Or people who celebrate the needless slaughter of one million innocent humans each year in America?… When it comes to rape and abortion, how do you heal violence with more violence?There’s the horrific tragedy of rape, which the Left is relentlessly exploiting. Never mind they ignore it when Planned Parenthood fails to report the rape of underage victims. Those rape situations don’t bother them. No. Only when they realize how potent it is to use the 1% to justify 100% of abortions. I am that 1 percent. My biological mother was raped, yet she rejected the violence of abortion. I was adopted and loved instead. I’m not the “residue of the rapist”, as Senator Vivian Davis Figures described those like me who were conceived in rape; I’m the resilience of my birthmom. And the only father that I’ve ever known is Henry Bomberger—a man who could’ve lived a “normal” life. Instead, he chose to live an extraordinary one as he stepped up to love those that other men abandoned. I couldn’t control the circumstances of my conception. Could you, Senator? My birthmom needed an active Healer in her life, not an activist huckster.As an adoptee who grew up wanted and loved in a multiracial family of fifteen and as a happily married adoptive father with four children, I’m here to say there’s another side of this painful issue. There are others like me who were conceived in the violence of rape, like my friend Rebecca Kiessling, an attorney and passionate defender of life. There’s the former Miss Pennsylvania, Valerie Gatto, Trayvon Clifton, Monica Kelsey, Jim Sable, Pam Stenzel, and many more whose stories offer a different perspective than mainstream media’s myopic pro-abortion view. There are women who became mothers from rape who courageously chose life, like Jennifer Christie, Liz Carl, and Rebekah Berg. I mean, who really are the extremists here? Those who think that every human being has the right to life? Or people who celebrate the needless slaughter of one million innocent humans each year in America? People who boast about having their abortions like Gloria Steinem sporting an “I had an abortion” shirt? People like fake feminist Jill Filipovic who suggest severing part of a man’s penis every time he impregnates someone. People like Cecile Richards who compare protesting abortion to protesting a colonoscopy, because an unborn child is no different than feces?When it comes to rape and abortion, how do you heal violence with more violence?I am the one percent that is always demonized and exploited. But I’m part of a far larger collective of courageous and compassionate advocates for Life who believe in the radical notion that we all have equal and irrevocable worth regardless of how our lives began.READ MORE: http://www.theradiancefoundation.org/iamtheonepercent/last_img read more

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6 persons nabbed for ‘illegal cockfighting’

first_imgBACOLOD City – Six persons were caught engaging in illegal cockfighting in Barangay Tampalon, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. One of them was shot by police.Resident Gemar Lazarito, 24, sustained two gunshot wounds on the arm and body, a police report showed.Police Staff Sergeant Chris Grandia accidentally shot Lazarito after the latter allegedly attempted to snatch away the cops’ firearm around 9:30 a.m. on May 22, it added.The other suspects who were arrested were Ricky Semillon, 34; Jhondy Semillon, 28; Rommy Cabison, 48; Arthus Restar, 34; and Raymund Cantero, 31 – all residents of Kabankalan City, police said.Recovered from the suspects’ possession were 11 game fowls and one steel gaff.Lazarito was rushed to the Lorenzo Zayco District Hospital in Kabankalan City for medical treatment, while the other suspects were brought to the Kabanalan City police station.All of them face charges for violation of Presidential Decree 449, or the Cockfighting Law of 1974./PNlast_img read more

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Bacolod sets up port info desks for returning residents

first_imgThe OFWs are required to present travel authority, quarantine certificate and negative result of reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction test. Those coming from areas outside Western Visayas, on the other hand, must have travel authority and medical certificate and should undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine at a city government-managed facility and a swab test upon arrival. Similar requirements are also needed for returnees on air travel. BACOLOD City – The city government here has set up information desks in ports to document the arrival of returning residents via sea travel.Councilor Cindy Rojas, chair of Action Team on Non-overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) Returning Residents, said on June 4 this will address concerns on the monitoring of a large number of locally stranded individuals (LSIs) who wanted to go home. Philippine Coast Guard-Negros Occidental chief Lieutenant Commander Jansen Benjamin, for his part, said their personnel are checking the travel documents of arriving passengers.  LSIs coming from areas within Western Visayas are required to submit travel authority and medical certificate and should undergo home quarantine upon arrival under the monitoring of their respective barangays. The city government here has set up patient care centers in various schools to accommodate LSIs while repatriated OFWs are brought to hotels, inns or pension houses, based on the agreement between the city and the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration. A number of Bacolodnons have been stranded in Panay Island and other parts of the country due to travel restrictions during the community quarantine amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Through the information desks that were established at the Bredco and Banago ports, returnees are asked to fill out a health declaration form with their personal information and travel history, among others, for contact-tracing purposes. “They will be sent home to undergo quarantine. We will also inform the barangays about their arrivals,” Rojas said. They must also undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine and a repeat swab test while staying at a patient care center.(With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Hillenbrand Leaders Recognized For Manufacturing Success

first_imgKIm Ryan, President of Batesville.For the second time in as many years, Hillenbrand leaders were honored with Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Awards. The Manufacturing Institute recognized Kim Ryan, President of Batesville (a subsidiary of Hillenbrand, Inc.) and Darci Powers, Director of Lean Development, during a ceremony in Washington D.C.The STEP Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers throughout all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory floor to the C-suite. The awards are part of a larger STEP Ahead Initiative implemented by the Manufacturing Institute to examine and promote the role of women in manufacturing through recognition, research, and best practices for attracting, advancing, and maintaining strong female talent.“I am humbled to be recognized as a leader in manufacturing with the STEP award,” said Ryan. “I hope this program’s intentional focus placed on women encourages future generations of young women to pursue careers in manufacturing.”This year, The Institute recognized 160 women from manufacturing organizations of all types and sizes. Honorees were nominated by their peers, company officials, or professional service firms based on specific contributions made, considering outcomes, such as increased revenues, reduced costs, greater productivity, and improved customer satisfaction.Ryan is an accomplished leader with more than 23 years of experience and expertise in manufacturing organizations. Named president of Batesville in 2011, Ryan sets an example for others by remaining focused on initiatives that create simplicity, alignment, and agility across the enterprise.“It’s an honor to be in the company of such an impressive group of women who are making a difference in their organizations,” said Ryan.Kim started her professional life with Batesville after graduating from Iowa State University and has spent more than two decades contributing to the success of the Batesville, Hillenbrand, and Hill-Rom organizations. She served as a senior executive in each company, leading a variety of functional areas, including finance, strategy, operations, information technology, and division management. Kim is equally active outside of work and in her local community. She serves on the board of Kimball International, Inc. (NASDAQ: KBALB) and as vice chair of the CREATE Foundation. She has also served on the boards of Margaret Mary Community Hospital, the Southeastern Indiana YMCA, and the Public Works Water Board.Darci Powers, Director of Lean Development at Hillenbrand.A nearly 15-year manufacturing veteran, Darci Powers has an outstanding background in Lean that she readily shares with others. She has maintained a 99 percent plus product fill rate while balancing Batesville’s investment in inventory and distribution costs. She recently moved into a new role as director of Lean Development for Hillenbrand, Inc.“Manufacturing is the ‘heartbeat’ of our company as we strive to deliver quality units to the customer – on time and at the lowest possible cost,” said Powers. “It is an honor to be recognized for my passion for Lean manufacturing. Through the awareness created by this award, I hope more women pursue a career in this industry. ”A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that nearly 70 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers. Manufacturing faces a serious skills gap, part of which can be attributed to an underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up approximately 50 percent of the overall labor force, that number is only about 25 percent in manufacturing.last_img read more

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Flores’ return as Watford new manager

first_imgRelatedPosts Watford appoint new head coach EPL: Watford battle Gunners for survival Premier League: Our survival in our own hands — Coach Watford have confirmed Quique Sanchez Flores’ sensational return as head coach. The Hornets announced they had axed Javi Gracia on Saturday after a winless start to the season. And soon afterwards, Sanchez Flores’ return to Vicarage Road was confirmed, three years after leaving the club. The Spaniard took over Watford in the summer of 2015 following their return to the Premier League. He guided the club to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and a 13th-placed finish but was replaced the following summer. Sanchez Flores, 54, has since had spells with Espanyoyl and Shanghai Shenhua. He left his position with the Chinese Super League outfit in July and is now set to return to the Premier League side. He replaces Gracia, who was sacked despite taking Watford to the FA Cup final last season. Form this season has been shocking, starting the campaign with a 3-0 home defeat to Brighton. They followed that up with a defeat at Everton before another home loss, this time 3-1 to West Ham. The draw at Newcastle did little to relieve the pressure and the Watford board have acted during the international break. Their winless run of eight matches dates back to last April, when they beat Huddersfield . Sanchez Flores has replaced Gracia, with Watford’s next two matches against Arsenal and Man City. Arsenal are the first side to head to Vicarage Road under the Spaniard’s second spell as manager.Tags: Javi GraciaQuique Sanchez FloresVicarage RoadWatfordlast_img read more

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