New Pecan Entomologist

first_imgNew University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan entomologist Angelita Acebes hopes to find more effective, sustainable solutions for Georgia farmers managing pest insects.Since March 1, when she started her new position on the UGA Tifton campus, Acebes has identified the most pressing pest problems for pecan growers, including black and yellow pecan aphids, hickory shuckworms, pecan weevils and ambrosia beetles.For pecan growers, improved insecticide applications and biological control options provide solutions for dealing with major pest problems every year.Acebes researches pest-control methods used by pecan farmers. Agricultural companies continuously develop new chemical applications for certain pests, and she will assess the effectiveness of these products against those pests.She also plans to promote and enhance the use of integrated pest management (IPM) strategies against pecan pests. IPM suggests administering pesticides only when the pest reaches a damaging threshold.Understanding the behavior of insect pests and their interactions with the environment is a vital part of Acebes’ research. It affects the development of new trapping methods and the improvement of methods already in place.For example, prionus root borers spend between five and seven years in the soil and feed on roots. Aphids feed on foliage and produce several generations per year. Pecan weevils spend between two and three years in the soil as pupae, emerge as adults and feed on the nuts.“These insects have different roles and occupy different habitats within one cropping system. Their developmental cycles, feeding habits and behaviors are very different from each other,” she said.Insect predators, like ladybugs and parasites that feed on pecan aphids, are key allies for pecan producers. Acebes wants to find ways to support and enhance populations of these beneficial insects that are predators of pecan pests.A native of the Philippines, Acebes developed an interest in entomology at a young age, when she helped her father manage the family’s small banana field. She learned about rice production by studying the neighboring rice fields, and her interest in agriculture influenced her collegiate studies.Acebes earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Philippines Los Banos. She came to the U.S. to attend the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH), where she studied biological control of aphids, soft-bodied insects that feed on plant sap, that attack important crops in Hawaii. She earned a master’s degree in entomology from UH in 2008. She continued her education at Virginia Tech (VT), where she worked closely with an invasive species, the brown marmorated stink bug. Acebes earned a doctorate in entomology from VT in 2016.“At the time, there wasn’t much known about this pest, and I was lucky enough to be a part of the research program that studied this pest’s biology, behavior and management. I focused on how they fed, how they could survive on different host plants and move among plants, particularly on peaches and apples,” Acebes said.She also worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service’s Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia. There, she focused on refining the traps and trapping protocol used for stink bug monitoring.With her experience in tree fruit management, Acebes is comfortable in her new position and her role of teacher, Extension specialist and researcher.“I’ve done all of these things, but never at the same time,” Acebes said. “I can’t wait to teach, talk to growers and use that information to facilitate my research. In turn, I hope my research will be helpful to growers, and I also aim to inspire students to become future entomologists.”Georgia farmers can receive up-to-date information about pecan pests by visiting the UGA Pecan Extension blog at is the nation’s largest producer of pecans. According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, pecans generated more than $355.8 million in farm gate value in 2016.Julie Jernigan is an intern at UGA-Tifton.last_img read more

More Than 15,000 Students Show Typical Bolivian Dances in La Paz

first_imgBy Dialogo July 28, 2009 La Paz, July 25 (EFE).- Beginning early today, more than 15,000 students will be showing the great variety of typical Bolivian dances and regional Bolivian costumes in a traditional parade, known as “University Entrance,” (Entrada Universitaria) that passes through the streets of La Paz each year. Beginning at 8:00 in the morning local time (12:00 noon GMT) and continuing until around midnight, the dancers, grouped into seventy-two troupes associated with university schools and departments and accompanied by musical ensembles, fill the main thoroughfares of the city with color and happiness, in the bicentennial year of its independence. Every July since it first took place in 1987, this parade turns into a display of the country’s typical dances, performed by students who practice for months to be part of this event, which symbolizes “fraternization, youth, and beauty,” according to its organizers. The great variety of dances from every region of the country that can be seen in this great folkloric promenade ranges from Andean dances like the “morenada,” the “diablada,” the “tinku,” and the “caporales” to dances from the southern part of the country like the “chacarera” and the “cueca,” as well as Amazonian dances. Specifically, the competition organizers wish to highlight the importance of preserving indigenous dances in this year’s event. The groups compete for a two-thousand-dollar prize to be awarded to the troupe that best meets the criteria of a jury that will consider each group’s costumes, discipline, and choreography.last_img read more

Antonio Škarpa, Mayor of Stari Grad: Only through joint promotion can the island of Hvar use its full potential

first_imgNext year, the sunniest island in Croatia will celebrate 150 years of organized tourism, and the title of the best European destination would be a great addition to the whole story.Namely, the Tourist Board of Stari Grad on Hvar last year was nominated for the title of European best destination organized by the European Best Destinations portal, and this year with one more experience, it decided to run again, but this time the whole island of Hvar is running. It is certainly commendable that the whole island of Hvar decided to run because the island of Hvar is one tourist destination. By the way, the island of Hvar can also be called the Island of UNESCO because the UNESCO list of cultural and intangible world heritage includes the Old Town and the Old Town Field, Agave Lace, the Procession of the Cross, Klapa singing and Mediterranean food.The candidacy of the island of Hvar for the best European destination is the reason for talks with the mayor of Stari Grad, Antonio Škarp, who points out that the title of “best European destination” would really help on the way to make the island of Hvar not only European but world brand.Last tourist season in the Old Town was a record, with 9% more arrivals and 5% more overnight stays, as well as 16% more arrivals in the nautical part of the old town port. For a bigger step forward and continued tourist growth, the mayor of Stari Grad, Antonio Škarpa, sees in the extension of the tourist season “Better results in 2018, and every subsequent tourist year, should be sought in the pre- and sub-season, given that in the two peak months, July and August, we can not expect much better results than last year. Given this, our focus is on promotional activities, activities in the destination, encouraging investment in tourism and investment in tourism infrastructure aimed at extending the season to April – October”Points out Skarpa.In the last two years, two very important anniversaries have been marked on the island of Hvar – in 2016, Stari Grad celebrated 2400 years since its founding, and this 2018 Hvar celebrates 150 years of organized tourism, and the title would be a great addition to the whole story. best european destinations “These anniversaries tell us about the continuity of life on this island, but also about its attractiveness, which has been recognized by many visitors. The island of Hvar is becoming a favorite destination for our guests due to its rich cultural heritage and its climate, the number of sunny hours, beautiful and preserved towns and picturesque towns on the island of Hvar. The island of Hvar has been known as a tourist destination for a very long time, we dare say for more than 150 years, and the title of the best European destination, if the island of Hvar gets it, will only confirm its position. ” pointed out Scarpa.What is rare in our tourism, and extremely important and certainly commendable is that for the title of the best European destination is a common candidacy and synergy of the whole island of Hvar, because the whole island of Hvar is one tourist destination, and without synergy there is no long-term success. When asked whether the whole island will continue to be synergistically branded as one destination, ie the tourist brand “Hvar Island”, Škarpa points out that the Island of Hvar is a destination visited by tourists, and they choose the location of their accommodation on the island according to their wishes and vacation needs. . “Given this, the promotion of the island of Hvar as a destination can help us all to better and stronger position in the tourism market of Europe and the world, to be more recognizable and to attract a much wider range of target groups in the tourism market. Only by joint promotion can the island of Hvar use its full potential, which lies precisely in its diversity – we must communicate this diversity to the market because it is our strength and advantage, but also a platform for further tourism development of the island of Hvar. Each island represents a specific area and cannot be compared to the territorial areas located on the mainland where the boundaries of these areas are most often defined administratively. It is very difficult to achieve such a distinction on the islands, and it has proven to be counterproductive. ” says Škarpa and emphasizes that every town, town, place or village tells its story of Hvar as an island and each place, town or town has achieved what today actually makes the island of Hvar special and why it is recognized everywhere in the world.Photo: Rafael Janić PhotographyThe title of the best European destination is as relevant as we make it relevant, on the one hand Zagreb has excellently branded and capitalized it, while Zadar is not, which leads to the fact that it is not important to get the title of the best European destination, but only then to invest resources, money and time to promote the whole story in a quality way. “Regardless of the outcome of the vote, the nomination itself is already an excellent tourist promotion for the entire island. This fact should definitely be used for further promotional purposes so that the whole island and all places on it benefit from it. Of course, the title of “best destination” would really help us on the way to make the island of Hvar not only a European but a world brand. I will certainly encourage further cooperation between the island’s tourist boards, the private sector and all those who are stakeholders in one tourist product, all with the aim of better tourist results on the island of Hvar. Together we are stronger and together we can make Croatia and the island of Hvar an island that is 6 months full and thus further extend (pre and post) season on the whole island, raise the standard on the island and increase the consumption of our tourists who are more than welcome on our island. concludes Skarpa.Destinacia is an entire island and without synergy there is no long-term success, and also in this story everyone benefits. If Hvar does not receive the mentioned title, every promotion is certainly excellent, including this one, and it is necessary to invest as much as possible in rounded and authentic tourist products and quality content, especially in the pre- and post-season, in order to extend the tourist season. tourist year.Voting for the best European destination on the European Best Destinations (EBD) portal is nearing its end, and will last until February 08, 2018 at 10:00 AM, and currently the island of Hvar is among the five destinations with the most votes.Support the island of Hvar for the best European destination, vote HERElast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces Plans to Improve Harrisburg Transportation Center

first_img January 21, 2016 Governor Wolf Announces Plans to Improve Harrisburg Transportation Center SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Infrastructure,  Press Release,  Transportation Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced plans for improvements to the Harrisburg Transportation Center and surrounding areas. The governor was joined by PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards and Mayor Eric Papenfuse.“Enhancing Pennsylvania’s transportation infrastructure is essential to the region’s economy and the Harrisburg Transportation Center is a vital hub that serves our Keystone Corridor passenger rail service, as well as intercity bus and local transit,” Governor Wolf said. “The center serves more than 1.6 million riders per year, including many people working for the commonwealth. State government calls Harrisburg home and we want to partner with the city where possible to improve the quality of life for its residents and businesses.”PennDOT envisions an initial investment of $15 million in federal and state dollars to bring the Transportation Center to a state of good repair. Long range, the project envisions $50 million to $60 million in federal and state dollars for station and other transportation and land use improvements. These are intended to attract private sector investment to improve the areas around the station.“We want to partner with Amtrak, the city of Harrisburg, and its redevelopment authority to invest in this center and help create a magnet for redevelopment in the surrounding area,” Secretary Richards said. “This is a huge step on the road to that goal.”“We see this critical investment as the next step in the City’s ongoing revitalization,” Mayor Papenfuse said.The Harrisburg Transportation Center, the former Pennsylvania Railroad Station, is the western terminal point for all but two of the 28 Amtrak trains that serve the station each day. The service attracts more than 1.6 million riders a year and intercity and local buses also connect at the center.Michael Baker Corp. and a subcontractor, BASE Architecture Planning and Engineering, Inc., will begin by conducting research and outreach as a first step to a Transit Oriented Development plan.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Sovereign funds seek agility to deal with tougher conditions – survey

first_imgSovereign wealth funds and government pension funds are seeking to become more nimble to adapt to a challenging investment environment, with increased allocations to alternatives among changes being pursued over the next few years, according to a survey of official institutions commissioned by State Street.Conducted by the Oxford Economics Institute, the survey was of 102 official institutions from around the world – 52 were central banks, and 25 each were sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) and government pension funds.Just over two-thirds (68%) of surveyed SWFs indicated they were looking to increase allocations to commodities, and 88% of government pension funds said they planned to up their allocations to real estate in the next three years, in the hope of achieving returns that beat equity markets. With respect to other asset classes, the share of respondents planning to increase allocations was typically less than 65%. The vast majority, 90%, of SWF and government pension fund respondents said an equity market correction would have a moderate or significant impact on their investment strategies over the three-year time frame.State Street believes the survey shows how official institutions are adapting their investment and operational models to become more agile in the face of economic and financial uncertainty.It identified 19 institutions it categorised as “the NIMBLE group”, matching or exceeding the top quartile of aggregate scores.The institutions were not named.Kevin Wong, senior managing director and head of sector solutions for State Street’s global services and global markets business in Asia Pacific, said official institutions were demanding “strong, flexible investment teams supported by a nimble operating model that help them identify opportunities, manage risk exposure and take corrective action”.An uncertain outlook for interest rates, concerns about a generalised economic slowdown in China and the decline in the price of oil and other commodities are among the challenges calling on official institutions to change, according to the report.“Above all,” it notes, “official institutions are pursuing a more dynamic approach to their investment strategies.“Many official institutions are examining cost-effective ways to invest, such as building their own in-house resources or seeking different relationships with external fund managers.”According to Victoria Barbary, director at the Investec Asset Management Investment Institute, the balance of power between official institutions and external advisers is becoming more equal.“They’re moving from being just pure asset owners to being part asset managers,” she is cited as saying in the survey report. “[W]hen they do go external, they’re looking for very specific things.”Institutions are developing more specialised strategies because it is becoming increasingly difficult to secure target returns through equities and brownfield investments, according to the report.SWFs are more advanced in upgrading risk management than the other types of institutional investors, according to the survey – and also appear to be more satisfied with their approach.Whereas 72% of SWFs surveyed described their risk-management strategies as “effective”, only 52% of government pension funds followed suit.Over the next three years, pension funds are prioritising the use of derivatives and diversifying their portfolios, while SWFs are giving equal priority to a range of risk-management approaches, except for risk factor analysis, “which they appear to have already implemented”.Like SWFs, government pension funds have a strong focus on building internal investment teams to provide improved returns and save operating expenses, according to the report.“Pension funds are upgrading risk and compliance staff to a much greater extent than other institution types, with a 28-percentage-point gap over SWFs, reflecting the increased regulation facing the pensions sector,” it adds.Cybersecurity is also high on the agenda of SWFs and government pension funds, with 84% of the latter revealing plans to strengthen in this area in the next year versus 72% for SWFs.The survey also shows that Asia is the most attractive region for investment, with 89% of Asia-Pacific (APAC) institutions and 63% of institutions from other regions planning to increase their investments there.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to State Street 2015 Official Institutions report (download request required)last_img read more

Panamax Bulker Aground off New Orleans

first_imgA Panamax bulk carrier has run aground in the Gulf of Mexico and is being refloated, GAC informed.The vessel in question is the 77,684 dwt Glory Trader, owned by Greece-based Erasmus Shipinvest.The incident occurred off New Orleans in the evening hours of June 13 (local time), the bulker’s AIS data shows.“Due to the grounding and attempt to refloat the M/V Glory Trader at MM 4.6 AHOP, a VTS Measure is in place to prohibit meeting or overtaking between ships and ocean-going tows between MM 4.0 to 5.0 AHP,” GAC said.“The channel remains open. All vessels are advised to proceed with caution, at slowest safe speed,” GAC added.World Maritime News contacted GAC USA as well as the shipowner for more details on the matter, however, the parties are yet to reply.Built at Taiwan’s CSBC Kaohsiung shipyard in 2004, Glory Trader currently has a market value of USD 9.93 million, according to information provided by VesselsValue.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

DNV GL completes world’s first in-water remote ship surveys using ROV

first_img“Working in a modern world, with technologies allowing us carry out a bottom-survey without deviation or off-hire, we are really enabling a huge potential for efficiency and environmentally friendly solutions,” said Thorbjørn Dalsøren, general director of Wilson Ship Management. “We trust this will be adapted to several more of our operations, taking advantage of digital solutions.”  DNV GL’s digital industry platform Veracity was used by VUVI, DNV GL and Wilson ASA to ensure secure data transfer when saving and sharing the video stream from the remote survey. Seamless connectivity was ensured throughout the survey thanks to the use of a powerful router. The in-water survey was concluded in a similar timeframe to traditional surveys, achieving the same level of assurance as an in-person survey. In-water bottom surveys using ROVs have now been carried out on three separate Wilson ASA-managed vessels with the first having been completed on the Wilson Fedje in December 2019 by a surveyor from Høvik. “VUVI AS has since the company was founded in 2013 focused on in-water survey of vessels as one of the company’s core services,” said VUVI CEO, Frode Rødølen. “We became DNV GL certified to perform in-water inspections in 2017, and re-audited earlier this year. We are proud to have become a trusted partner by DNV GL to perform inspections with our ROV teams, and we are inspired by the fact the we contribute in the shaping of the inspection-services for the future.” “We are delighted to have collaborated with VUVI and Wilson ASA to deliver this exciting new approach to remote surveys,” said Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL – Maritime. “DNV GL has been carrying out remote surveys since 2018, so this service is an extension of a broad suite of remote services that are already available.”  As with the two previous surveys, it was conducted in collaboration with VUVI, a Norwegian inspection company certified by DNV GL to perform underwater inspections for ships and offshore platforms using ROVs.  The latest in-water survey of this kind was performed earlier in July on another ASA Wilson-managed vessel in Bergen, Norway. Elias Triantafyllidis, the remote surveyor, attended the survey from the DNV GL DATE (Direct Access To Experts) hub in Piraeus, Greece. During the inspection, the surveyor used VUVI’s sonar technology to scan the vessel’s bottom in order to locate the hull equipment, such as echo sounder sensors; speed log sensors and sea chests, while simultaneously assessing the general condition of the hull. “Naturally, the pandemic has pushed us to scale up the intensity of remote service delivery and we are fortunate that our longstanding commitment to digital advancement has meant we are well positioned to respond to the needs of our customers during this difficult time.” DNV GL has completed the world’s first in-water remote ship surveys using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV). Survey planning and review of hull drawings were completed the day prior to the survey, thereby optimizing the degree of survey assurance. Statutory and class regulations require two bottom surveys of a vessel within a five-year period, with an interval of less than 36 months in between. The certification of VUVI was conducted in accordance with Class Programme DNV GL-CP0484 for in-water inspections.last_img read more

Easter trading bill passes first reading

first_imgRotorua Daily Post 4 November 2015Rotorua MP Todd McClay has hailed the passing of the Government’s Easter Trading bill at first reading last night (Tuesday) by 75 votes to 45 against as a significant step towards Rotorua having the choice to open for business on Easter Sunday.Mr McClay said Rotorua, as an important tourist destination, had been forced to wait far too long to be put on an equal footing with Taupo and Queenstown where shops were able to cater to tourists over this busy weekend.Mr McClay said that National, United Future, Maori Party, Act and New Zealand First MPs all voted in favour. (Editor’s Note: Not correct. 2 Labour MP’s also voted in favour. One NZ First and one Maori party MP voted against!)Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.The bill, which is modelled on his previous legislation, ensures that those who do not want to work or open their shops cannot be forced to and means that councils can create bylaws.“It is important that local people speak up and have a say on this issue. I encourage them to submit to the Parliamentary select committee,” Mr McClay said. read more

‘Man Utd offered Ronaldo to Barca to stop Real Madrid switch’

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson offered Cristiano Ronaldo to Barcelona as he did not want the Portuguese star to join Real Madrid. That is according to former Madrid president Ramon Calderon, who was the club’s supremo when the global superstar agreed the switch to La Liga – although he was replaced by Florentino Perez in the position that summer. Man United offered Ronaldo to Barcelona to block Real Madrid move – Calderon Ronaldo joined Los Blancos from the then English champions in the summer of 2009 but the deal itself was concluded the previous year. Calderon has now revealed that United were hopeful that they could somehow block the deal for the Portugal international, and even tried to offer him to their El Clasico rivals Barcelona instead.Advertisement Indeed, just months earlier the Catalan giants defeated United 2-0 in the Champions League final with the Red Devils intent on trying to find Ronaldo another buyer. “The signing was carried out between me and Cristiano over 2007 and 2008,” Calderon revealed, as cited by Diario AS. “It was a difficult negotiation with Manchester United because they did not want to lose the player but he was very clear about what he wanted. “He wanted to join Real Madrid and it was a unique opportunity for us, so I took advantage of it. “(Alex) Ferguson did not want him to leave and in particular he did not want him to join Madrid, as we had won even more trophies than Manchester United, so he offered the player to Barcelona instead. “Barcelona were delighted with the opportunity but Ronaldo was very clear about the commitment he had with Madrid and a document that had already been signed. Loading… Read Also: Fernandes: I wanted to follow Ronaldo, Rooney“There was a document with a signature that, if either the club or the player had breached the deal, he would have to pay €30m to the other party.”Ronaldo went on to become the record scorer in Madrid’s history and joined Juventus for €100m in the summer of 2018.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV ShowsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day12 Marvel Superheroes When They Were KidsTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Madelast_img read more

Finding TKR’s weakness crucial as semi-finals loom

first_imgBy Clifton Ross The Guyana Amazon Warriors will be keen on perfecting the necessary tactics needed to capture this year’s title, but with the possibility of facing the red-hot Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) again in the semis or more importantly in this year’s finals.Warriors will likely be aware of any of their semi-finals opponents, having either lost or beaten them, or experiencing both results since action started in the Bubble.Chris Green and his men have been through alot this year, but their die-hard approach to winning the CPL championship has persevered and they now await their next challenge and possibly the most crucial to date.One team in particular could easily face the Warriors, TKR who have been on a roll, winning all their matches to sit at the number one spot.No team has managed to find TKR’s weakness and as a result they have run roughshod over the competition, taking obvious advantage of their home conditions as well as their knowledge of Tarouba and the Queen’s Park Oval.Should the Warriors face off with TKR, they will have to find what no team has found yet, the Achilles Heel. Kieron Pollard has been on another level as a captain while his prowess as a T20 marquée player has so far reflected in a few of his top innings this season.Some could say that the Warriors world-class lot of bowlers led by leg-spinner Imran Tahir has somewhat boosted the efforts of their batters, who apart from leading run-scorer Shimron Hetmyer had a late start to what turned out to be a solid campaign.The home team had won 10 straight matches on trod, a feat which the Warriors managed last season after winning all their preliminary games. If these two sides meet in either the semis or the finals, Guyana will need to check all their boxes.Any of the teams who advance to semi-finalis and managed to TKR will have to overcome facing arguably the most gelled franchise in the Bubble.However, the Warriors have shown immense adaptability to the conditions in Trinidad, barring the home team. Batting will play a role against the Riders due to the success of the likes of Fawad Ahmed, Kharry Pierre, Sunil Narine and others in the spin department.Imran Tahir will relish this challenge against such in-form opponents should they meet in future, further establishing himself as the leading bowler in the tournament by time this season culminates.Barring Guyana, no other franchise seems likely equipped for a possible tussle against TKR in either the semis or finals.It could be argued that Kieron Pollard and his men might make it all the way and possibly choke in the match the counts but no team will want to risk the unbeaten side imploding after playing superbly, especially with one eye fixed on their 6th title.Should TKR be knocked out at some point over the next few days, then Chris Green and his men have a clearer path to securing the elusive title.Once the Warriors bypass their next match with ease and make it to the finals, then doubling up the efforts which took them from almost being out of the competition to being a few steps closer to finally breaking the jinx. -Warriors well-equipped for possible tussle against unbeaten home team last_img read more