first_imgThe survival of many Georgia farmers depends greatly on onequestion: How efficiently can they use water and keep their yieldsand profits where they need them?The C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park will be trying to answer this and other irrigation-related questions during the coming growing season, say University of Georgia experts.The Way Water’s UsedNo new water-related legislation will likely be created this year in the Georgia General Assembly. But as early as next year, policymakers will begin forming concrete laws to change the way water is used in Georgia, said Jim Hook, a professor of crop and soil sciences with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.This will directly affect agriculture, “which uses the lion’s share of water” in many parts of the state, he said. Georgia agriculture needs concrete, scientific irrigation data to mold accurate and fair water practices and policies.Set for Major CropsScientists will begin irrigation research for major Georgia row crops such as cotton, peanuts and corn, said Rad Yager, superintendent of the research park. Future research will include vegetables.The park spans more than 130 acres, with 100 acres cleared for crops and 30 planted in pines, pecan trees and live oaks, said Kerry Harrison, CAES irrigation engineer. It’s strategically placed in the Flint River basin in southwest Georgia, the hub of agricultural water use in the state.To conduct the research, scientists will use different types of irrigation systems, such as pivot, linear and drip.All irrigation areas will be monitored by a centralized computer, said Dan Thomas, CAES professor of biological and agricultural engineering.”It’s all done by radio link that sends the information back to the main building,” Thomas said.Besides the computer control room, the main building contains a classroom and meeting area and a kitchen, main office, storage room and covered equipment area.Looking for AnswersResearchers will use the park to answer other key questions:* Will returns on irrigation investments be high enough and fast enough for farmers and their financial backers to risk investment?* How will this lead to new production opportunities for Georgia farmers or reduce economic risks in existing farms?* What new service and manufacturing opportunities will arise out of new products and improved margins for farmers?* How can growers, facing mandated water cutoffs or restrictions, schedule water use?* How does water usage in other parts of the state affect water quality and farm usage in southwest Georgia?Finite ResourceWater isn’t an infinite resource. Stakeholders, including farmers, have to independently understand their water usage, while also seeing the big picture. They have to see how all stakeholders are interdependent on this finite resource.”It’s not just farm commodities, it’s also what happens in Atlanta and with other (Georgia) commodities,” Hook said.C.M. Stripling of Camilla, Ga., donated the land for the research park to Mitchell County. The county leases the land to the UGA CAES for irrigation research.last_img read more

first_imgTravelling and searchingThe UGA team is studying thousands of specimens borrowed frommuseums around the world. They’re collecting new samples from thefield, too, for aspects of the project that require data fromdifferent developmental stages or from DNA.They just returned from an expedition to Bolivia. Over the nextfour years, they plan to go to Panama, Chile, South Africa andAustralia.”There are representatives of the Cerylonid series all over theworld, with the exception of Antarctica,” McHugh said.Besides describing the unknown species, the project will help totrain five new coleopterists.”We’re training new beetle experts,” he said. “By the time mystudents finish their Ph.D.’s, each one will be the worldauthority on one of these poorly known groups.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaJoe McHugh stands in a murky creek examining a mossy log. In abright orange mushroom, he finds what he’s been hunting: a tinybeetle. It’s not particularly striking, but he’s never seenanother just like it. He carefully places it into a vial ofalcohol.McHugh’s not a Boy Scout working on his insect study badge. He’sthe University of Georgia’s coleopterist, a beetle specialist.He and his research team are working to identify undescribedbeetle species. Scientists figure beetle species numbers at 3million to 10 million. Naming them’s a perkWhen a systematist describes a new species, he gets to name it.McHugh named one in honor of his high school science mentor,another for his master’s thesis advisor and one in honor of hiswife Roxanne. Because his wife tolerated his “always being outbug hunting or working in the lab,” there’s a Peruvian beetle nowknown as Genisphindus roxannae.”I think she was honored, even though it wasn’t an exceptionallyflashy or colorful beetle,” McHugh said. “It was elegant andbeautiful in its own way.” Millions to identify”So far, only about 365,000 beetle species have been described,”McHugh said. “To put that number into perspective, one out ofevery five known species on Earth is some type of beetle.”Each species has a particular role in the environment as part ofthat ecosystem, he said. Eliminating just one could produceeffects on other animals and plants.”Most insects you see in nature are part of a balanced ecosystem.They all have a role,” he said. “We might not know what it is,but without this beetle or that fly, a particular plant mightdisappear or some other creature could suddenly becomeoverabundant and cause problems.”Since McHugh joined the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences faculty in 1995, he’s discovered anddescribed 18 new beetle species. He found three new genera, too,and was the first to describe the immature stages of severalspecies. Adults and immatures don’t look alike”Immature beetles aren’t simply small beetles,” he said. “They’regrub-like larvae, just as caterpillars are the immature forms ofbutterflies. The adults and larvae of one beetle species can betotally different in appearance, behavior and ecology. In somecases, you’d never realize that the different forms represent thesame species.”McHugh and his team recently finished the first year of afive-year, $724,000 National Science Foundation Partnerships forEnhancing Expertise in Taxonomy grant project.Under the grant, the team is focusing on the Cerylonid series, agroup of little-known beetles. This group of seven familiesincludes ladybugs and their close relatives.”Although most ladybugs are predators of other insects, some are(plant eaters), and many of their closest relatives are …fungus eaters,” McHugh said. “Fungi and the beetles that areassociated with them are often overlooked. But they, too, arevaluable parts of a healthy ecosystem.”McHugh and his team are writing descriptions and keys,photographing the species and developing a Web site to share thenew information with scientists worldwide.last_img read more

first_imgYou may not be as influential as you think you are. This may be a bold statement, especially because you don’t know me. But what if I’m right? Have you or your team ever considered how you, your message and the experience people have with you come across?Have you ever given thought as to how your communication may be sabotaging your influence without you even knowing?Most leaders whom I have worked with haven’t given thought to this question much less taken steps to increase their awareness of how their listeners hear and see them (rather than what they believe to be true).You can imagine how many times I hear these misconceptions:I communicate all the time. I’m comfortable, therefore I’m a good communicator.When I know my topic, it’s easy. 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgFlorida executed a serial killer Thursday night who murdered six men, including a credit union employee in 1994.Gary Ray Bowles, 57, was executed by lethal injection and pronounced dead at 10:58 p.m. at Florida State Prison in Starke, the office of Gov. Ron DeSantis announced.In April 1994, Bowles strangled to death David A. Jarman, a 38-year loan processor for the $5 billion Bank Fund Staff Federal Credit Union in Washington, D.C., according to Maryland police authorities and local media reports.Jarman’s body was found in his Wheaton, Md., apartment after he did not report to work at the BFSFCU, according to a June 1994 article in the Washington Post. At that time, Montgomery County police linked Jarman’s murder to other men in Florida and Georgia who had been murdered in a similar manner as Jarman. In each case, Bowles stuffed the victims’ throats with objects such as rags, toilet paper, dirt and leaves. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSee the project for more details HERE In Slavonski Brod, a contract was signed for the execution of works on the reconstruction of the northern part of the western cavalier of the Brod Fortress for the area of ​​the Tambourine House – Slavonian musical fairy tale. “With the opening of the Tamburitza Museum six years ago, Slavonski Brod got a special place on the world map of cultural and tourist offer. It is the first and only Tamburitza Museum in the world and that is why we have created a project through which we will provide a new, modern space for its unique exhibition. In the new museum space, visitors will be able to experience the tambourine as a traditional musical instrument through a number of interesting interactive content. Therefore, we believe that the Tamburitza House project will significantly help preserve the cultural tradition of Slavonia and bring it closer to younger generations. With today’s signing of the contract, the realization of one of the projects will begin, which will significantly contribute to the tourist offer, urbanization and cultural development of the Brod Fortress, and which will certainly strengthen the economic development of Slavonski Brod. ” said Mirko Duspara, mayor of Slavonski Brod. By completing the project of building the Tamburitza House, as a modern interpretation center dedicated to the tamburitza, visitors will get a modern space in which this traditional musical instrument will be able to experience through sound and space. Part of the future museum space will be a souvenir shop, a master workshop where visitors will be able to make a souvenir and a multipurpose hall for tamburitza and folklore competitions, seminars, festivals and other events. In the long run, the City of Slavonski Brod plans to develop the Fortress as a cultural center of the region, and position it as a cultural and tourist attraction for day and weekend trips in continental cultural city tourism. The project envisages the reconstruction of the northern part of the western cavalier of the Brod Fortress for the purpose of its conversion into the House of the Tambourine – Slavonian Music Fairy Tale as a new cultural and tourist attraction in Slavonski Brod. Through the Tamburitza House project, Slavonski Brod will get a modern and functional space for concerts, rehearsals, an exhibition of valuable tamburitza exhibits and educating visitors about the historical significance and tradition of the tamburitza in Slavonia. last_img read more

first_img1 Dickson St, Brighton. Picture: from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours agoThe living rooms are open plan and the kitchen has Caesarstone benchtops.There is a barbecue zone outside near the pool area as well as a rear veranda and a fully functioning sauna.The house is one street back from the water, walking and bike paths.The home has a fully fenced yard, rainwater tank and a 5kw aolar aystem and has recently undergone a renovation.At 194 Bonney Ave, Clayfield, Debora Sutton of Belle Property has a seven-bedroom home listed for sale. The colonial-style house known as Wonga Villa was built in 1905 and has been restored retaining its original features. 72 McGahan Street, Carina Heights.The five-bedroom house is listed for sale through Garry Price of Ray White – East Brisbane.It has panoramic views and the living areas are spread over four levels.There are outdoor terraces, a courtyard and a pool which is next to a wet bar area, sauna, wine cellar and billiard room.The main bedroom and bathroom take up the entire top floor and include an internal spa bath and a private rooftop entertaining area with outdoor jacuzzi.A four-bedroom home at 1 Dickson St, Brighton has been listed for sale through Luc Rance of Watt Realty – Aspley. 72 McGahan St, Carina Heights. Picture: could be mistaken for thinking saunas are only popular in Scandinavian countries.But despite Brisbane’s hot summers and mild winters, there are plenty of homes with saunas and we’ve found three of the best listed for sale.Not only is this home at 72 McGahan St, Carina Heights, impressive in size, it comes with pretty much everything you could want in a home, including a sauna.center_img 194 Bonney Ave, Clayfield. Picture: home has 12 foot high decorative ceilings and two original fireplaces with marble surrounds.There are three bathrooms, two with claw foot bathtubs and a separate sauna.It has wraparound verandas, original french doors, original beehive door handles and stained glass panels.There is a separate pavilion suitable for use as an entertainment area.Inside are wide pine floorboards and VJ walls. Plus there is undercover parking space.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Dillian Whyte to face Povetkin in November rematch Fury wants Anthony Joshua in 2021 Povetkin stuns Dillian Whyte with sensational KO Dillian Whyte has called for a rematch later this year after Alexander Povetkin inflicted a second career defeat on him with a sensational fifth-round knock-out.Whyte had dominated the opening four rounds and twice sent the 40-year-old Russian to the canvas, but Povetkin turned the fight on its head with a ferocious left uppercut that ended proceedings in an instant. Whyte approached promoter Eddie Hearn, who had just told Sky Sports there was a rematch clause which he will exercise before the end of the year, and asked: “Can we get a rematch in December?”Hearn replied: “100 per cent, that’s what I’m saying.”Whyte said: “It’s one of those things where it just landed, didn’t it? I was bossing it.“But it is what it is. Rematch, let’s go. It’s all good.”Povetkin told Sky Sports he was feeling confident in the fourth round despite Whyte’s dominance. He said: “I went down twice but it was OK. It was not too much damage.“I was watching his fights and I see that he was missing uppercuts from the left and from the right.“All my training I trained for those shots and it was definitely one of the best punches of my career.”Whyte, the WBC’s number one contender for over two years, knew he could not afford any mistakes behind closed doors at Matchroom HQ in Essex.The prize of meeting the winner of the trilogy fight between current champion Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder was on the line. —Tags: Alexander PovetkinDillian Whytelast_img read more

first_imgThe Palm Beach Sheriff’s department is currently searching for two missing teens from the Jupiter area.15-year-old Angel Kasik and 13-year-old Natalie Kasik were both last seen on April 11th.Have you seen Angel and Natalie Kasik? Both girls were last seen on April 11, 2019, in Jupiter. Angel, age 15, has black hair and brown eyes. Natalie, 13 years old, has brown hair and brown eyes. RT to help us bring them back home. #MISSING— PBSO (@PBCountySheriff) April 23, 2019 Angel is said to be 5’8 and 150 pounds with black hair and brown eyes while Natalie is said to be 5’8 and 130 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.No other information was available.If you have any information about the location of these teens, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS (8477).last_img read more

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Royals and England all-rounder Ben Stokes have extended their support towards ending child labour, one of the key projects of the British Asian Trust (BAT) in the capital city of Rajasthan, according to a statement on Wednesday.The Child Labour-Free Jaipur Initiative is a multi-stakeholder partnership set up with the support of the BAT with support from state and district authorities, local businesses and civil society to make Jaipur child labour-free.Taking time out of the busy IPL season, Stokes visited Taabar, a shelter home for rescued child labourers, and watched a street play about child labour at Gyan Ashram School in Mansarovar.The street play is part of a broad community awareness strategy to reduce child labour in Jaipur and work with businesses to increase the number of certified child labour-free products in the market. At the school, Stokes interacted with students and presented them with Rajasthan Royals caps. Ben Stokes personally invited some of them to watch the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Stokes quizzed children about their favourite cricketers, their dreams and aspirations; demonstrated his favourite cricket shots, and shared tips to become better cricketer.After the visit Stokes said: “People need to come together to achieve lasting and sustainable positive change for children by reducing child labour, which will eventually help their families and community as a whole.”“These kids are the future. It’s only logical that we try and create opportunities for them to lead a better life,” he remarked. Taabar, the shelter home, is BAT partner that supports children in difficult circumstances by providing community-based rehabilitation for rescued child labourers and other children in need of care and protection. (IANS)Also Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

first_imgThe minister and some Nigerians in CAF committees are known to be openly opposed to Pinnick’s support for Madagascar’s FA President, Ahmad Ahmad who is challenging Isa Hayatou for the coveted position.One of the board members told THISDAY last night that except for one or two members of the NFF board, Pinnick has a solid support base among his men and that any attempt to want to force the board change the position it reached at its December 18 Congress where it asked the president to use his discretion in voting at the CAF election may be resisted.“Nobody can force us to go against the position we reached at the December 18 Congress. We have taken a stand and given the President go ahead to use his discretion in voting for the candidate that will advance the growth of football in the country. Why are they now fretting that Amaju has openly declared his support for Ahmad Ahmad. Is Nigeria not just one vote?” stressed the board member on telephone with THISDAY.He admitted to have also heard speculations of trying to use the board members to oust Pinnick from the position is he refused to toe the line of the minister in voting for Hayatou.“If anybody is thinking of interfering in the activities of the board, they are just wasting their time. This is 2017. The era when certain individuals who have been discredited world-wide in the administration of football will think they can use any of us is over,” the board member further observed.The minister who had earlier opposed Pinnick’s aspiration to contest for a seat on the CAF executive also maintained at the weekend that Nigeria was not in support of Ahmad Ahmad.Nigerian members of CAF included four former NFF presidents – Amos Adamu, Dominic Oneya, Sani Lulu and Aminu Maigari – issued a press statement condemning Pinnick, while pledging their support for incumbent CAF President Issa Hayatou.They also argued that the interest of Nigerian football should be paramount over any personal interest and consideration.“We have consulted widely within the executive of the NFF, the sports ministry and indeed football stakeholders in Nigeria and discovered to our dismay that there is no evidence where Mr Pinnick was mandated to commit this country to supporting Mr Ahmad,” the statement read in part.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeAhead of tuesday’s emergency Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board meeting called by the Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung, at his office at the National Stadium in Abuja, there is apprehension in football circles in the country that the forum may be used to create fresh troubles in the administration of the game here.The meeting has just one agenda: Nigeria’s position on the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Presidential Election.last_img read more