University of Georgia researchers are studying management strategies for thrips, a pest that cotton and peanut farmers encounter every year.With an ability to stunt the growth of cotton plants and transmit tomato spotted wilt virus in peanuts, thrips are regarded as one of Georgia farmers’ most harmful pests.Thrips are insects that overwinter in native vegetation. The first generation occurs in weeds on edges of fields. Once a new generation emerges, there’s a large population that’s ready to feed on any new seedling, which coincides with planting of row crop agriculture in south Georgia.“Once the plants come up, thrips are there, and they’re looking for a new succulent plant,” said UGA entomologist Mike Toews.Thrips do the most damage to cotton and peanuts planted before May 10 using conventional tillage. Crops planted later in the month are less likely to suffer from heavy thrips pressure, said Toews.Suppress thrips with winter cover cropsFor the management of thrips, Toews suggests using cover crops in the winter. Cover crops are usually planted in the fall, grow all winter and are plowed under a few weeks before cash crops are planted. Farmers plant crops like cotton and peanuts into the residues left over from the winter cover crop. The presence of a cover crop cuts thrips infestation pressure by one-third to one-half, in addition to preventing soil erosion and providing organic matter to the soil, Toews said. He believes that’s a “win-win.”“The mere presence of accumulated biomass on the soil surface makes it more difficult for the thrips to find the green plants,” Toews said. Cover crops may include vetch, crimson clover, wheat or rye. Toews cautions, however, that there are costs involved in cover crop production systems. For example, weed control can be more challenging since the residues may bind or interfere with contact and residual herbicides, limit their effectiveness and reduce soil activity. “No doubt, conservation tillage suppresses thrips activity, but it’s just one piece of a complete production system. You have to have the right timing, a strip-till rig and row cleaners on your planter. Not everyone can do that every year. You have to be set up for it,” Toews said. “For those farmers that are making the investment, that will give them a great deal of thrips suppression that would not be seen by the folks that are growing crops on conventional tillage.”Use foliar insecticides to manage populationsToews also recommends applying foliar insecticides two to three weeks after planting. All cotton comes with a seed treatment, but that insecticide is gone within three weeks, he said. Supplementing with a foliar spray will help growers through the first few weeks of the season, regarded as the most critical stage for suppressing thrips pressure.Growers with a history of high thrips pressure should also consider applying a granular or in-furrow insecticide at planting time. An important change regarding the use of insecticides on cotton has been made to this year’s growing season, said Toews. “The EPA has denied our request to use Counter 20G granular insecticide on cotton. While disappointing, we must respect that decision and acknowledge that Counter20G applied to cotton in 2015 is an illegal application. That product was used last year to help mitigate nematode and thrips injuries,” he said.Instead, Toews recommends the use of Admire Pro or Velum Total in high-pressure situations.Toews is adamant row crop farmers will encounter thrips this year. “They’re our strongest insect pressure early on when the plants are just coming up. Our data shows you need to take action. It’s not a case where you can sit back and wait,” Toews said.
There are few things worse than to get fleeced over the holidays. With millions shopping on the Internet, you have to be up on cybersecurity to protect yourself.Online fraud follows certain patterns. Generally, though, it’s about the theft of information — namely yours. Fraudsters are constantly probing and hacking to find out how they can steal valuable data such as Social Security numbers, bank accounts and other personal identification information.Once they steal your personal data, the small-time crooks will use it to buy stuff using your name. The more organized criminals will simply sell the information to other online thieves. Hackers, on the other hand, just want to create mischief.According to Sift Science, a firm that specializes in online fraud solutions, online hoodlums do things a certain way and fit a certain pattern. Here’s what they found in their “United States of Fraud” survey: 27SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
continue reading » CUNA supports the establishment of a centralized, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supervised database to which all voice providers should be required to report reassigned numbers, it told the FCC in a letter sent Monday. CUNA responded to the FCC’s notice of inquiry about robocalling and re-assigned phone numbers.“CUNA believes that a national database under the auspices of the Commission and operated by a Commission-designated and supervised entity would best guarantee accurate and timely information on reassigned numbers,” the letter reads. “CUNA concurs with the Commission’s assessment that such an approach would allow the agency to oversee quality, appropriately limit access and preserve and protect the data.This model has previously been used by the FCC and Federal Trade Commission in creating and maintaining the national “Do Not Call” registry. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
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Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion What good is all this cold weather?Glad you asked. These frigid temperatures, especially what is predicted for this weekend, make it the perfect time to defrost that freezer in your cellar. Pack up your frozen food in a cooler and throw it out in the snow. It will stay hard as a rock. And when the ice is gone from the cooling coils in your freezer, it will dry out quickly. The air is extremely dry.I defrosted mine a few nights ago. Now I’m ready for spring.Paul Donahue NiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Niskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect
Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs Encourages Latino Community to Keep Safe During the COVID-19 Pandemic Latino Affairs, Press Release, Public Health The Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA) was established to advise the governor on issues facing the growing Latino community in Pennsylvania. During this pandemic, the commission has been working to ensure that the Latino community around the state is aware of and understands the mitigation actions that the Wolf Administration has taken to keep Pennsylvanians safe, in particular as data shows the Latino and other ethnic minority communities being hard hit by the pandemic.In that spirit, the commission is continuing to encourage the Latino community to follow the strong mitigation actions the governor has taken even as plans to reopen the state are developed.The commonwealth has a public awareness campaign running statewide with helpful information on how to stay safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Messages have been translated to Spanish and are running on Spanish language media.“It is absolutely critical that all Pennsylvanians, including those in the Latino community across the commonwealth – from Philly to Erie – follow Governor Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s recommendations to the letter so that we can prevent the spread of this disease, keep our families safe and together, and get back to our way of life,” said GACLA Executive Director Luz Colon.Pennsylvania’s Latino community plays a vital role in supporting critical industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, restaurants and health care, along with owning and working in small businesses. Now, more than ever, it is critical that every Latino in every community closely follows all safety measures to protect against the virus to save lives and livelihoods.Here are the key measures to keep safe:Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.Clean surfaces frequently.Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.If you must go out for a life-sustaining reason, please wear a mask.For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov or follow GACLA on Facebook. The information is available in Spanish on the website. GACLA posts updates in Spanish and live streams press conferences on its Facebook page.For translated news releases from the Governor’s Office on COVID-19, visit: governor.pa.gov/espanol.“Governor Wolf recognizes and appreciates the important contributions of the Latino community to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” Colon said. “Let us protect ourselves to guarantee our continued participation in the reconstruction of our great state.” April 28, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
A number of countries have developed codes governing the approach of investors toward engagement – including the code for external governance drafted by the European Fund and Asset Management Association and a guide to voting drafted by Switzerland’s Ethos FoundationHowever, only Japan and the UK have seen their codes drafted by regulators, with the Stewardship Code published by the Financial Reporting Council in 2010.In the wake of its release, the European Federation for Retirement Provision – now PensionsEurope – suggested the creation of a Europe-wide code.The Japanese equivalent, backed by the Financial Services Agency, formed part of prime minister Shinzō Abe’s reform programme, and came as part of a push to place a heavier emphasis on return on equity by Japanese listed companies.Read more about the Japanese approach to stewardship The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) is drafting a global stewardship code building on similar initiatives in Japan and the UK.Outlining its policy goals for 2015-16, the body representing $26trn (€23.5trn) in assets said it would focus on the promotion of long-term investment while ensuring minority shareholder rights were preserved.It also said it would look at how to make stewardship “a reality to support sustainable financial markets”.George Dallas, the organisation’s policy director, said: “The Priorities help place into context key policy initiatives we are working on, including the development of a global stewardship code and our work in challenging differential ownership rights in markets around the world.”
More than half of the £3.8bn in assets is invested in property, with £600m each in private equity and hedge funds.The CIV said a further £200m was invested in infrastructure, and £300m in unspecified other illiquid assets.However, the CIV added that a further £7.5bn invested in life policies – equivalent to nearly 26% of assets – would also now remain outside of the CIV, after the government decided to grant an exemption from the requirement to pool the asset class.“Whilst recognising that a proportion of these can continue to be held at a local level as life policies,” the CIV’s consultation response to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) said, “the CIV at a pool level will provide the management and reporting for these assets.”The consultation was submitted to DCLG in mid-July, bringing to an end months of planning by English and Welsh LGPS to set up eight asset pools as large as £35bn.The CIV’s consultation also touched on projected staffing levels, saying it was budgeting for 12 full-time equivalent staff members.“However, it is recognised that, as assets under management grow and the complexity of those assets increases, there will be additional resourcing requirements that could see staffing at least double over the next few years,” it said.It noted that, based on research by CEM Benchmarking, once it began overseeing all assets held by the 33 LGPS, it would be in line with the pensions industry to hire 10 investment staff and a further 18 staff in support and governance roles. The London CIV, the pooling vehicle for the UK capital’s 33 local government pension schemes (LGPS), expects expects that more than one-third of its assets will be held outside the pool as it pushes ahead with its collaboration.Outlining how the collective investment vehicle would manage assets for its member LGPS, the pool noted it had already begun setting up a number of dedicated sub-funds for its members, a move that has already seen more than £6bn (€8.5bn) transferred away from existing mandates.However, it noted that a significant amount of member assets – largely illiquid investments – would remain outside the pool, at least until it was able to establish fund structures able to hold them.It said that, until an Authorised Contractual Scheme – a UK tax-transparent fund structure – was established, illiquid assets amounting to 12.6% of overall AUM, or £3.8bn, would remain outside the pool “in the short to medium term”.
Wake up here … Top tips to maximise small space Home and business opportunity all in one?NOT only this a chance for a change of scenery — while getting a foot on the property ladder — it’s also a chance to make some serious coin.Who hasn’t ever stopped and dreamt for a moment of living on a houseboat, away from the hustle and bustle of city life? MORE NEWS Very Brady plan for The brady Bunch house Well, if you’ve got a spare $55k then you can do just that. And the bonus is that if you play your cards right you could have that money back in your wallet in less than 10 weeks.A Gumtree listing posted by gummie user Mark — titled Houseboat in the best fishing/crabbing river — presents just such an opportunity in the Norman River in the small Queensland town of Karumba. A business in the making.The boat is “already in the river with freezer, bed, fridge, shower, toilet” and Mark says it’s a perfect choice to “enjoy the most beautiful sunsets”.It’s “tranquillity and peace away from the hassle of the busy cities and rivers” we’re told.But all that aside, it’s also presented as an opportunity to make some cash — and perhaps pay off the boat.“With the possibility of setting your own very lucrative crabbing or fishing business with the flexibility and independence you long for,” Mark writes. “We averaged about 6000 dollas (sic) a week in six months when we were doing it.“No trick here just a good bargain.”Mark says he is selling because he needs to “go back to living in town”. The ‘worst thing about Australia’ Where is Karumba?More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoAs a point of reference — for those who haven’t heard of Karumba — it’s in the Gulf Country region of Queensland — about 10 hours to drive from either Cairns or Townsville.Prices for land in Karumba start at about $70k and go up to about $550k for a standard family house.So $55k for a place to sleep and a boat — all in one — is definitely a bargain.“Give yourself the luxury of living on a boat in the best fishing and crabbing river with practically no competition,” Mark writes in the ad. Location, location. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:38Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:38 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop 6 streets in Australia00:39
A Royal Navy minehunter HMS Cattistock and a team of divers have destroyed a 500lb wartime bomb which was dredged up and dropped next to a major North Sea gas pipeline.The bomb was found 50 miles off the coast of Norfolk after a Dutch trawlerman pulled the air-dropped WWII device onto the deck of his vessel caught in fishing nets.The trawlerman lowered the device back down to the seabed before reporting his discovery to authorities but the bomb landed dangerously close to a major North Sea gas pipe, Royal Navy informed.On arrival, the Royal Navy divers lifted the device from the seabed, towed it for one mile, and then detonated it with an explosive charge.Petty Officer (Diver) Lee Sullivan, from the Royal Navy’s Portsmouth-based Southern Diving Unit 2, said: “The proximity of the bomb to the gas pipeline clearly presented a significant risk but we were able to deal with the situation quickly.“We safely removed the bomb from the pipeline area, and then carried out a controlled demolition. Fortunately the bomb turned out to be inert, meaning it wouldn’t have posed a danger but there was no way of knowing this until we destroyed it.”HMS Cattistock located the bomb using the ship’s remotely operated vehicle. The embarked bomb disposal divers went down to assess the device and confirmed it was an air-dropped 500lb bomb, likely to have been dropped by Germans in the WWII.It was lying 60 meters from the pipeline.Constrained by the tide, the bomb disposal team attached a lifting device to the bomb to safely remove it from the seabed and tow it a safe area one mile away from the pipe.After lowering the device and removing the lifting cradle, a final dive was conducted to place an explosive charge on the bomb. After detonating the charge and destroying the bomb, it was found to be chemically inactive.