Myanmar, Russia pose early tests for Biden’s foreign policy

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A military coup in Myanmar and a mass crackdown on dissidents in Russia are presenting early tests for the Biden administration as it tries to reestablish American primacy as a worldwide pro-democracy leader. President Joe Biden and his nascent foreign policy team have been confronted with two serious challenges in two parts of the world. The U.S. has invested decades of time, energy and money into promoting democracy in both Myanmar and Russia but now faces challenges in each that could affect the global balance of power. Yet, the tools at its disposal — sanctions — have proved unreliable in prompting change in the past.last_img

Thrips Management

first_imgUniversity 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.last_img read more

Marnie Thaete, 75, Wichita: August 6, 1939 – August 3, 2015

first_imgMarnie ThaeteMarnie Keith Thaete, of Wichita, died Monday, August 03, 2015 at Via Christi-St. Francis in Wichita at the age of 75.Marnie was born the son of Armin G. H. and Elta Irene (Frey) Thaete on Sunday, August 6, 1939 in Sylvan Grove.On June 1, 1971, Marnie and Marilyn Geesling were united in marriage in Holton. Together they celebrated 26 years of marriage before her passing in 1997. Marnie was blessed to find love again and married Geri Adkins on September 1, 2001 in Wellington. The two were privileged with nearly 14 years of marriage.Marnie received his Master’s Degree in education and made his career as an Industrial Arts Instructor. He retired from Quivira Heights High School following a 32 year career.Survivors include his wife Geri (Adkins) Thaete of Wichita, son, Aaron Thaete of Aurora, Colorado, daughters: Jannell Strausbaugh and her husband Pat of Centennial, Colorado, Kristin Law and her husband DJ of Centennial, Colorado, step-daughters: Alison Soetaert of Wichita, Dana Soetaert and her husband Casey Cordts of Lawrence and his 9 grandchildren: Emily Strausbaugh, Alex Strausbaugh, Tadum Soetaert, Parker Law, Ryan Law, Evan Soetaert, Camden Soetaert, Avery Soetaert and Harper Cordts. He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Marilyn Thaete and his sister, Marlene Krug.Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, August 6, 2015 with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Funeral services for Marnie will begin at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 7, 2015 in the chapel of Cornejo|Day Funeral Home, Wellington. Graveside services will follow, beginning at 1:30 p.m., Friday afternoon in the Turon Cemetery, Turon. A memorial has been established in his name and loving memory to the Wounded Warrior Project. Contributions can be mailed or left at the funeral home.To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.cornejodayfuneralhome.com.Arrangements by Cornejo|Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington.last_img read more

PV Sindhu advances at Hong Kong Open while Saina Nehwal’s slump continues

first_imgAdvertisement sj7bNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2mwhncWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E7b3md( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) l8Would you ever consider trying this?😱cmzgCan your students do this? 🌚88bdRoller skating! Powered by Firework It seems that Saina Nehwal will continue her losing streak in the Hong Kong Open Super 500. She was defeated by Cai Yan Yan of China 13-21, 20-22, within just 30 minutes of the opening round, whereas PV Sindhu made it to the second round after going against Korea’s Kim Ga Run 21-15, 21-16.Advertisement Saina’s performance was disappointing in the first round, but she did put up a fight against the Chinese in the second round scoring 3-0 at the start of the game. But Cai turned the tables on her when she went onto score 7 points consecutively, and it made it hard for Saina to bridge the gap in the scores. In the end, the scoreboard displayed 20-19, and Cai won the game. Saina has lost to Cai even before this at the China Open held last week, and this is the fifth time that she has got disqualified in the first round. After her exit from the Hong Kong open tournament, she is to participate in Gwangju Korea Masters Super 300 Tournament next.Advertisement While it took Saina 30 minutes to get disqualified, it took Sindhu 36 minutes to ensure Kim’s exit from the game. She closed the opening round at 13-13, and in the second round, she broke off the tie at 5-5 and matched ahead with 7 points in the lead. Sindhu is to face Busanan Ongbamrungphan of Thailand in the quarter-finals.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more