Zero boll weevils

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia cotton’s most notorious enemy, the boll weevil, was nowhere to be found in 2003. It’s the first year this has happened since a program began to eradicate the weevil 20 years ago.A year with zero boll weevils is a notable milestone, said Phillip Roberts, a cotton entomologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.”Even though the boll weevil hasn’t been of any economic consequence for a long time,” he said, “a lot of older farmers out there remember how bad it was. And a lot of young farmers out there want to never know.”Virginia, north Florida and the Carolinas also reported no boll weevils last year, said Jim Wilson, the Southeastern Boll Weevil Eradication Program manager.North Carolina has had zero reports before. It’s been only in recent years, though, that cotton states have started reporting zero boll weevils.Program”It shows that the eradication program continues to work with great cooperation from cotton states and farmers,” Wilson said.Farmers now take extra care to clean cotton equipment that comes from states with reported boll weevil outbreaks, Roberts said. This has also led to fewer reported infestations.The U.S. Department of Agriculture and farmers started Georgia’s eradication program in 1987. Since then, cotton farmers have paid about $120 million for the program. They’ve produced about $6.8 billion worth of cotton since then, too.The boll weevil was officially considered eradicated from Georgia in 1994. But it never completely left the state. Georgia workers monitoring traps reported 61 boll weevils in 2002.The mighty boll weevil jumped the Mexican border in the late 19th century. It blew into Georgia cotton fields in 1914. Until then, cotton was king throughout much of the state.But in seven years, the boll weevil crippled the state’s cotton industry. It caused yields to drop dramatically. Out-of-work cotton laborers fled the state to find jobs elsewhere.Many farmers just quit growing cotton. They turned to other crops like peanuts.Farmers who kept trying to grow cotton in Georgia had to spray for the weevil as much as 20 times a year. This only worsened insect-control problems, since the sprays killed beneficial insects that kill cotton pests.With the eradication program and new genetically modified varieties that provide their own insect control, Georgia cotton farmers now spray only a fraction of what they used to. Last year, Roberts said, they averaged spraying 2.5 times for insect control.last_img read more

Virginia governor backs 2GW offshore wind goal

first_imgVirginia governor backs 2GW offshore wind goal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Virginia governor Ralph Northam on Tuesday presented the 2018 Virginia Energy Plan that calls for the deployment of 2 GW of offshore wind by 2028.The plan, which outlines the state’s energy policy over the next 10 years, sets targets for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. Building on the Grid Transformation and Security Act, which was signed into law earlier in 2018, it also calls for a comprehensive grid modernisation planning process.On offshore wind, the plan supports Dominion Energy Inc’s 12-MW offshore wind demonstration project and recommends setting up a goal that the full 2,000 MW of offshore wind potential in Virginia’s wind energy area be developed by 2028. The demonstration project aims to prepare the ground for the development of up to 2 GW in Virginia’s 112,800-acre (45,649 ha) wind energy area that Dominion Energy has leased from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management.The plan also recommends the deployment of 3 GW of solar and onshore by 2022. This is part of the 5 GW of solar and wind resources deemed in the public interest under the Grid Transformation and Security Act. Dominion Energy has already committed to have 3 GW of new solar and wind under development or in operation by early 2022, in line with the legislation.More: Virginia’s energy plan calls for 2 GW of offshore wind by 2028last_img read more

UHS drive through flu clinics are underway for UHS patients

first_imgWINDSOR (WBNG) — Getting your flu shot may look a little different this year. For the first time, UHS is offering drive through flu shot clinics — by appointment only — for UHS patients as a way to get a quick and easy vaccination. Here’s how it works: you book your appointment with your primary care physician, then you drive to the one of the set up sites, you fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire, and then you get your flu shot. “Obviously, we have the Covid community spread that we’ve seen right now. We fully expect to see flu in our community, also, and they’re two different viruses. The good thing about flu is we do have a vaccine that can help prevent it or reduce symptoms,” said Talbut. Bridget Talbut, Director of Clinical Services at UHS, says its more important now more than ever to get your flu shot. The CDC estimated that for the 2019-2020 season, there were around 24,000 – 62,000 deaths. UHS says it has multiple sites set up throughout Broome County. To find out more information click here.last_img read more

Half of US flu vaccine supply suddenly not available

first_imgOct 5, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The vaccine supply for the soon-to-begin influenza season is suddenly in serious condition with news that Chiron Corp., maker of about half the US supply, has been ordered to stop production by British health authorities and will not be shipping its doses.The reason for the 3-month cessation of Chiron’s manufacturing license is unclear at this point. The company, based in Emeryville, Calif., and producing its Fluvirin vaccine in Liverpool, England, announced in late August that shipment of a small portion of its vaccine would be delayed because of contamination problems. Just last week, however, Chiron President and CEO Howard Pien reassured a Senate subcommitte that shipping would begin shortly and that his company’s supplies would arrive in time for this season’s vaccinations.Then, early this morning US health officials were contacted with news that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the British counterpart of the US Food and Drug Administration, had suspended Chiron’s license.Chiron was to supply 46 to 48 million of the 100 million total doses of flu vaccine ordered for this year’s vaccination program. Aventis Pasteur is to supply about 52 million doses of its Fluzone vaccine. MedImmune, maker of FluMist inhalable vaccine, will supply about 1.5 million doses. Although some Fluvirin has been received in the United States, none has been distributed.In the 2003-2004 flu season, 87 million doses were made available. This supply proved to be inadequate when cases began occurring early and public demand soared—thus the 100 million planned doses this year.A statement issued by the Department of Health and Human Services earlier today says that contingencies for the unexpected shortage are being pursued and that the immediate focus will be on getting vaccine to those most vulnerable. “We will need the help of the public, the public health community and the medical community to make sure that the vaccine goes to those who truly need it most,” the release states.In a press briefing this afternoon, Centers for Disease Control Director Julie Gerberding, MD, MPH, and National Center for Allergy and Infectious Disease Director Anthonly Fauci, MD, said that the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) had been convened this morning to make recommendations on how the approximately 50 million doses of flu vaccine now expected should be distributed.The ACIP recommendation is that the normally targeted groups for flu vaccination—those 65 years of age and over, pregnant women, and people 2 to 64 with certain chronic medical condition—should get it. In addition, healthcare workers and children aged 6 to 23 months, who have been newly targeted this year, should be vaccinated. Gerberding pointed out that the Chiron situation does not affect vaccinations for young children, as the pediatric vaccine is made by Aventis.Healthy children over 23 months as well as healthy adults under 65 should defer getting vaccinations until such time as it can be determined that there is a surplus above that needed for the groups above, Gerberding said.She further noted that public health officials have “taken steps today and before today” to deal with a shortage, stating that CDC had already been working on contingency plans in case there were further issues with the Chiron dosages or other unforeseen problems with the planned supply. She said CDC was “disappointed but not unprepared” and that everyone should “take a deep breath, this is not an emergency.”Fauci said that a new focus is being put on finding ways to make the flu vaccine supply more flexible and consistent. Currently, the virus used for influenza vaccines is grown in chicken eggs, so the process must start several months before vaccine is needed and the exact formulation is arrived at using virus strains that circulated in the past flu season. Fauci mentioned the process of reverse genetics for arriving at vaccine formulations and cell culture–derived vaccines as examples of important avenues of research that could imrpvoe upon vaccine reliability. He also said that preliminary findings suggesting that half-strength doses of flu vaccine might be protective in some groups are promising.When asked whether the 50 million doses of vaccine now expected would be enough for the populations ACIP is targeting, Gerberding said that about 180 million people make up these groups but that “we never vaccinate all those.” Patterns of actual vaccination from the past plus the fact that the Chiron vaccine doesn’t affect the pediatric population’s needs, she said, suggest that the now-limited supply may be sufficient.Infectious disease expert Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, concurred with HHS and CDC recommendations, telling CIDRAP News that “In order to assure coverage of those at highest risk of serious complications [of flu], we’re going to have to make sure the vaccine we do get is used very wisely.”Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, publisher of this Web site, said the occurrence of the Chiron situation, this year in particular as concern builds over a possible influenza pandemic arising from the avian flu outbreaks in Asia, “underscores critical gaps in our vaccine delivery infrastructure. . . . When this serious situation can arise in a ‘routine’ influenza season, just imagine if we suddenly have a pandemic influenza strain to deal with,” he saidAt today’s press conference, Jesse Goodman, MD, MPH, director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said that FDA experts are leaving tonight for England to confer with MHRA and review that agency’s detailed report of what led to their decision on Chiron. They will also visit the manufacturing plant in Liverpool.See also:Oct 5 HHS press briefing [Transcript]HHS Oct 5 press releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20041005.htmlOct 5 ACIP interim vaccine recommendations for 2004-2005 influenza seasonhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm53d1005a1.htmCDC Web page on preventing influenzahttp://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/preventing.htmAug 27 CIDRAP News story about Chiron delaylast_img read more

Safety first: Indonesia applauds Saudi Arabia for capping number of pilgrims

first_imgHouse of Representatives Deputy Speaker Sufmi Dasco Ahmad of the Gerindra Party echoed the government’s statement, saying the move was in line with Indonesia’s decision to cancel this year’s haj trips over coronavirus concerns.“We must respect the decision,” Sufmi said.Read also: Lawmakers grill religious affairs minister for ‘sudden’ haj cancellationIndonesia – the world’s largest Muslim-majority country which holds the largest quota of haj pilgrims – decided earlier this month to cancel this year’s haj trips over health concerns, forcing 221,000 would-be pilgrims to put their haj plans on hold.The minister, however, asserted that those who had already paid for their pilgrimage could embark on the haj in 2021.According to the Saudi General Authority for Statistics, nearly 2.5 million people went on the haj pilgrimage last year, including 1.85 million from outside the country.Topics : The Indonesian government has lauded Saudi Arabia’s move to limit the number of haj pilgrims this year in an effort to curb the COVID-19 pandemic.Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it would allow pilgrims already in the kingdom to proceed with the annual ritual, which is scheduled to take place next month. This means that only Saudi nationals and foreigners currently living or staying in the country can do the pilgrimage.“In the name of the Indonesian government, I express appreciation for Saudi Arabia’s decision to prioritize the pilgrims’ safety,” said Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi in a statement on Tuesday.last_img read more

Offshore masters on collaboration and new energy

first_imgWant to pick the brain of Leon Overdulve, CEO, OOS International or Adrian Cretoiu, Managing Director Western Europe, Schlumberger? Now is your chance as they will be offering their guidance and views.Tuesday 10 October, 15.00 – 17.00 hrsLéon Overdulve, CEO, OOS InternationalThe key components of successful and strategic collaborationIn this Master Class, Léon Overdulve will take participants on a journey through the history of OOS International’s fleet to the current newbuild Semi-Submersible Crane Vessels OOS Serooskerke and OOS Walcheren. In particular Léon brings the offshore challenges to discussion and shares his visions on the importance of collaboration to successfully complete innovative newbuild projects.Léon Overdulve is the CEO and founder of OOS International, an offshore construction company that provides clients optimal turnkey solutions to run their operations more efficiently, based on a unique fleet of innovative assets, unmatched quality and excellent offshore services worldwide. Before devoting his work fulltime to OOS International, Léon has proven its knowledge and experience for many years working in multiple offshore and onshore positions with an engineering and commercial background in the offshore industry. Together with a team of professionals, he draws the benefits for clients and our environment from the skills and insights gained over the years. Wednesday 11 October, 15.00 – 17.00 hrsAdrian Cretoiu, Managing Director Western Europe, SchlumbergerThe promise of geothermal – what’s in it for oil & gas companies?Geothermal energy can play a role in decarbonizing domestic heat and ultra-deep geothermal could even supply high temperature heat for heavy industry. Developing geothermal energy projects requires the same kind of techniques used in oil & gas, only the product differs. In this Master Class, Adrian Cretoiu will discuss the outlook for geothermal energy deployment and its potential for oil & gas companies. Participants are challenged to discuss the geological, economic and commercial conditions under which geothermal energy could take off.Adrian Cretoiu is Managing Director – Western Europe with Schlumberger. In this role he is responsible for the full Schlumberger business portfolio spanning exploration, drilling, characterization and production working with all European clients. Adrian joined Schlumberger in 1997 and has held managerial roles in line management and strategy development, business development and production management in the US, Norway, Malaysia, France, Singapore and Romania. Adrian holds an MSc Electrical and Electronics Engineering from INSA Lyon and Iowa State University and an MBA from Duke University – Fuqua School of Business. Both sessions will be guided by Arnoud Franken, Senior Consultant, InContext. You can register via the website www.offshore-energy.biz. Do note these Master Classes are specifically for final year students, starters and young professionals (<6 years work experience, <35 years old, min. Bachelor degree.).The Master Classes bring together masters and young talents in the offshore oil, gas and energy industry for an informal exchange of ideas and experiences, both technical and non-technical. The Master Classes are meant for final year students, starters and young professionals (<6 years work experience, <35 years old, min. Bachelor degree.).OEEC is one of Europe’s leading offshore energy events. It is unique in bringing together the oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy industry. With the industry in transition, OEEC offers offshore energy professionals the ideal meeting place to network, discuss and learn about the future of energy. OEEC 2017 will be held at Amsterdam RAI on October 9, 10, 11, 2017.last_img read more

Grand Bay youngster remanded for attacking PCSS principal

first_imgLocalNews Grand Bay youngster remanded for attacking PCSS principal by: – April 5, 2012 A young male adult of Grand Bay who allegedly attacked the principal of the Pierre Charles Secondary School, Shirley Samuel on April 2nd, 2012 will have to spend the Easter holidays at the Stockfarm State Prison as his mother was unable to stand as his surety.Marley Albert of Grand Coulibrie who appeared before Magistrate Candia Carette-George on Thursday pleaded guilty to 4 out of 8 charges which were read to him.He was charged with battery on Shirley Samuel, wounding Shirley Samuel, Intimidating Shirley Samuel, Assault on Shirley Samuel, Trespassing on the school compound after being warned, riding a bicycle on the school compound without consideration for others, disorderly conduct; to wit fighting at the school and using threatening language to Shirley Samuel by saying; “Give me the f#$%(*&% bike before I f*$&%(^ kill you”.He pleaded guilty to the intimidating Shirley Samuel, trespassing on the school compound, riding bicycle on the school compound and using threatening language to Shirley Samuel.Police prosecutor Michael Laudat informed the Court that they were not opposed to bail but that Albert must have a suitable surety.His mother, Annie Dowe told the Court that she did not have any land title or cash and was therefore deemed as an unsuitable surety by the magistrate.When Albert heard the magistrate inform his mother that she could not stand as his surety without the necessary document, he wept openly in Court.Magistrate Carette-George informed his mother that she could get someone to stand as surety for him as she does not have the means to do so herself.The trial has been scheduled for April 23rd, 2012 at Grand Bay.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweet Sharecenter_img 31 Views   3 comments Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

EPL: Mourinho blasts scheduling of Tottenham’s winter break

first_imgTo make matters worse, if Tottenham draw at Southampton on Saturday they will have to play a replay on February 4or 5 – when they are supposed to have downed tools. Mourinho is less concerned about that, adding: “We really don’t care about the break really. “If we have to play Southampton in a second match it means we are still alive in the competition and it is better than losing. “If we can choose a result, the one we are going to try to get is of course to win the match, if we get a draw we are still alive. To play at home in the second match is better than to lose.” Spurs will head to St Mary’s without a recognised striker following their failure to sign a replacement for Harry Kane. Teenager Troy Parrott is their only other out-and-out striker, but he is 17 and Mourinho has said he is not ready to replace Kane. But he might get the chance to impress at Southampton. Troy Parrot may get the chance to impress Mourinho at Southampton on Saturday “He is ready to work with us every day like he is doing,” the Portuguese added. “He trains with the group, after training he has a special programme of individual development of his qualities as a striker and this club takes very good care of the players. “That is the only thing I can say. If he has to play with us, he will. “He will do his best, he will show his good qualities, he will show his fragilities because at this moment he is a 17-year-old kid with fragilities in his game. “But in this moment I cannot tell you, it is possible he is selected for this game.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Jose Mourinho has complained that the Premier League has timed Tottenham’s winter break wrong. Spurs, who are in FA Cup action at Southampton on Saturday, are due to clock off for two weeks after next Sunday’s league game with Manchester City. Jose Mourinho believes the Premier League has scheduled the winter break at the wrong time They will return to action against Aston Villa on February 16 – three days before their Champions League last-16 tie with RB Leipzig. The winter break is split over two weekends, so Spurs in theory could have had their game with Villa on the weekend of February 8-9, giving them more time to prepare for their European fixture. “It is what it is. I am not happy that the break comes in the wrong moment because the break should be before the Champions League,” Mourinho complained.“In the end before the Champions League we don’t have the break. We have to play Aston Villa on the Sunday before playing Red Bull (Leipzig) two days later.” Promoted Content8 Shows That Went From “Funny” To “Why Am I Watching This”Best Car Manufacturers In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Play10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Betterlast_img read more

Obama Vows To Fight ISIL With Airstrikes

first_imgPresident Obama address the nation Wednesday. (Image: NBC)WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama addressed the nation Wednesday night saying America would combat the ISIL terrorist group with airstrikes and assistance from world allies.During the primetime speech, Mr. Obama said he would send an additional 475 troops into Iraq to assist current operations there, but pledged it would not become a ground combat.The president began ordering airstrikes in the Middle East last month which the military has now conducted over 150.President Obama told the nationwide audience, “So tonight, with a new Iraqi government in place, and following consultations abroad and congress at home,” President Obama said. “I can announce America will lead a broad coalition to rollback this terrorist threat.”“Our objective is clear. We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counter-terrorism strategy,” the president noted, saying it would be similar to the airstrikes the U.S. has conducted before in Yemen and Somalia.“Moreover, I have made it clear. We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq.”“If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.”Mr. Obama addressed the nation just three hours before the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.Share your thoughts on our Facebook page as we expect more developments and reaction Thursday morning.Video courtesy of PBS NewsHourlast_img read more

Ansa McAl, Bartica Development Business Association on board

first_imgAS the sporting engines continue to rev-up on and off the water, the business community is also revving up support to ensure that the 2019 edition of the Bartica Easter Regatta is a resounding success.Joining the list of other entities that have come on board are Ansa McAl and the Bartica Development Business Association (BDBA). Ansa McAl’s cheque was handed over to the secretary of Bartica Easter Regatta, Ms Cianna Persaud, by Ms Darshanie Yussuf, Business Unit head, Ansa  McAl Trading Limited.Yussuf stated that her company was more than elated to continue its unflinching support for an event that has become a part of the Sports Tourism Calendar of Guyana.“We at Ansa McAl have been partnering with the people of Bartica for many years now in support of this most look-forward-to event.Bartica Easter Regatta Committee treasurer Kenneth Williams collects the Bartica Development Business Association cheque from secretary/treasurer Ms Sherrida Douglas.“Apart from the many sports activities which include the much anticipated power boat races, you have the pageant which is the oldest in Guyana and other activities for fans, visitors and Barticans to choose from. We here, at Ansa McAl, would continue to support this event and we wish you well.”Ms Persaud, in response, expressed thanks to Ansa McAl on behalf of His Worship Mayor Gifford Marshall and the organising team from the Town Council of Bartica, noting that they have always valued the partnership of Ansa McAl.“Your contributions over the years have been very much appreciated and we can assure you that it has contributed towards the empowerment of all, across the board. We are sure that this year would be no different as the many activities, sports and otherwise would be impacting, positively.”The BDBA cheque for $500 000 was presented by secretary/treasurer Ms Sherrida Douglas to Bartica Easter Regatta Committee treasurer, Mr Kenneth Williams.Ms Douglas, in handing over the cheque, said that their contribution will go directly towards the Powerboat races which will commence on Easter Sunday and conclude on Easter Monday“We at BDBA are proud to be making this contribution to one of the most looked-forward-to events on the Easter Regatta calendar. We are well aware of the level of investment that is needed to pull off a successful event and we are happy to be fulfilling our corporate and social responsibility as a collective.”Williams, in response, expressed gratitude to Ms Douglas and BDBA for their partnership towards another successful event.last_img read more