Whiteflies

first_imgPopulations of whiteflies are “unusually high” in Georgia cotton fields this season, making early detection and management of whiteflies essential, according to University of Georgia entomologists Phillip Roberts and Stormy Sparks.When uncontrolled, whiteflies can reduce cotton yields and affect cotton quality. Whiteflies are sucking insects that feed similarly to aphids. When they feed on a plant, they excrete a sugary substance called “honeydew,” which serves as a host for the sooty mold fungus. The accumulation of honeydew and sooty mold leads to quality problems on open cotton bolls.“We also see plant stress and leaf decline, which can lead to premature defoliation. Whiteflies can have a negative impact on both yield and fiber quality,” Roberts said.Cotton fields with previous whitefly issues are especially at risk and prone to experiencing greater infestation. Compared to last year, when whiteflies were also a problem, this year’s infestations are being observed at much higher numbers.Many chemical control methods for whiteflies exist, but all are most effective against whiteflies in their immature stages, Sparks said.“If you wait until you have large populations of whiteflies as adults, it is very difficult to catch up,” he said.Scouting leads to early detection and sets the framework for a management plan that may include populations of other insects, like stinkbugs and bollworms.“Early detection of adult whiteflies is important as the presence of whiteflies should influence decisions for other pests. Other pests should only be treated when thresholds are exceeded,” Roberts said. “By limiting the use of insecticides, we can conserve beneficial insects, which will suppress whitefly infestations.”Roberts discourages using insecticides that trigger whiteflies or make populations worse.“Scout all pests and minimize insecticide use, but when whiteflies trigger a spray, react in a timely manner,” he said.Whiteflies may be a greater problem this year due to the extremely mild winter, according to Sparks. While colder temperatures don’t eliminate whiteflies, they do kill many of their wild hosts and slow population development in cultivated hosts. Warmer temperatures allowed for larger whitefly populations to overwinter and become mobile earlier this summer.“Adding one or two generations of a pest can have staggering effects on population growth,” Sparks said.In the heat of the summer, whiteflies can grow by a generation in just two weeks. The developmental time for these insects is related to temperature. When temperatures are cooler, development takes longer. In temperatures of 90-plus degrees Fahrenheit, which are common in Georgia in July and August, development time for whiteflies decreases.“Each female whitefly lays about 150 eggs in her lifetime, so populations can increase very rapidly,” Roberts said.last_img read more

Room for pension fund investment in EU project bonds, says EIB

first_img“The dominant buyers were insurers, so there is room for pension funds to scale up,” he told delegates at the PensionsEurope conference in Frankfurt.He hinted that the next project bond might be for a project in the UK but did not give any further details.Pierre Bollon, vice chair at PensionsEurope in charge of long-term investments, noted the association was currently working on the proposed regulation on long-term financing and suggested it should be made “less rigid and hence more attractive, especially for small and medium-sized occupational pension schemes”.This week the European parliament issued a draft legislative proposal on the European long-term investment funds (ELTIF) proposals, backing the Commission’s suggestion to create such funds under the AIFM directive.According to figures collected by the EIB around 1% of assets held by sovereign wealth funds, pension funds and insurers globally was currently invested in infrastructure.At the conference, the UK’s Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PIP) received a positive reception, with a representative of the Belgian pension fund association in the audience asking Judith Donnelly, working at the UK infrastructure project, whether it was also open to foreign investors.Donnelly noted the PIP currently had ten of the largest UK pension schemes as committed investors, with an initial target capital raise of £1bn.The fund’s founding investors include the British Airways and the Railways pension funds, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF), the London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA), BAE Systems, The West Midlands Pension Fund and the pension fund of BT.“PIP would have no objection in principle to include further investors if the existing investors cannot meet the target size but we do not want to expand the investment target,” she explained.Matti Leppälä, director general of PensionsEurope, pointed out while the association generally “welcomed the initiative on investments in growth and employment” they should any commitments should only be made “for the right reasons”.“Overall, the total costs may be too high and increased capital requirements may altogether prevent these envisaged investments,” he said, referencing the impact of future changes to solvency requirements for pension funds. The European Union’s next project bond issuance could offer funding to an undisclosed project in the UK, according to the director general of the European Investment Bank (EIB).In 2010, the president of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso announced plans to issue project bonds to attract institutional investors to long-term investment projects.The first project bond was launched in October, offering funding for a Castor gas storage project in Spain.According to Bertrand de Mazières, director general of the EIB, the bond issue, with a volume of €1.4bn and a 2034 maturity, was oversubscribed and attracted a “very strong” response from investors.last_img read more

Hull agree fee for Livermore

first_img Press Association Livermore, 24, was a key player for the Tigers in their first season back in the Barclays Premier League and was manager Steve Bruce’s top transfer target this summer. His form had alerted other top-flight clubs but his effective partnership with former Spurs team-mate Tom Huddlestone is likely to count in Hull’s favour as they try and tie up the contract details. A message on the club’s official Twitter feed read: “Hull City can confirm that an undisclosed fee has been agreed with @SpursOfficial for the permanent transfer of Jake Livermore. “Personal terms are being discussed and we hope to conclude the deal early next week.” Although the FA Cup runners up did not give details of the agreement with Tottenham, the price is likely to be in the £6-6.5million region, less than Spurs’ original valuation but more than the £5.25million Bruce shelled out for Huddlestone last summer. Should he sign, and Livermore’s public pronouncements during his time in East Yorkshire suggest he will be more than happy to, it is further evidence of owner Assem Allam’s financial backing. Huddlestone was the club’s record signing when he arrived, but Allam sanctioned even bigger deals for strikers Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic in January, with the pair costing almost £14million between them. With a Europa League campaign to add to their domestic schedule next term, Hull are in the market for further reinforcements before the season gets under way, although a move for former England defender Joleon Lescott fell apart when he signed for West Brom earlier this week. center_img Hull have agreed a fee for Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore, who spent last season on loan at the KC Stadium.last_img read more

Bask Magazine features History of Santa Anita

first_imgThe luxurious magazine titled, Bask, recently featured Santa Anita Park saying, “Few places in Southern California lore are as storied as Santa Anita Park, the premier racetrack in Arcadia with as much pedigree as the champion thoroughbreds that have famously run its course–and the Hollywood honchos who marked its heyday.” The article goes on to talk about the history of the park and the legendary moments that occurred here such as turning into an Army training center during World War II.  Here is the cover and the article.Via BaskMagazine.comlast_img read more

Local Link bus service to expand its routes across Donegal

first_imgThe Local Link public transport service is to expand its services across Donegal.Most of the Donegal public will now be familiar with the bus service which operates in most towns across the county.Now Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim is delighted to announce extra services within Inishowen and new connecting services to Letterkenny. All of a sudden Donegal is becoming a much smaller place thanks to this reliable, clean and friendly service.From Monday, 14th October 2019, Local Link will commence the following additional transport services in Inishowen:1. Route 953 Moville to Letterkenny – Mon to Sat – 3 return services per day• via Quigleys Point & Muff 2. Route 954 Moville to Carndonagh – Mon to Fri – early morning & return evening service• Via Gleneely, Culdaff & Malin Town• These morning & evening services will connect with McGonagle‘s Bus & Coach service to Letterkenny3. Route 955 Carndonagh to Buncrana – Mon to Fri – midday service• Via Ballyliffin & Clonmany• This service will connect with McGonagle‘s Bus & Coach 1.30pm service to Letterkenny4. Route 955 Buncrana to Carndonagh – Mon to Fri – early evening service• Via Drumfries• This service will connect with McGonagle‘s Bus & Coach 3.30pm service from LetterkennyTimetables are available in local papers week commencing October 14th, on our Facebook page: Local Link Donegal Sligo Leitrim, or alternatively, for more information, call 07497 416444.The above services are in addition to the existing services provided by Local Link in the Inishowen area. As from Monday, 14th October, the areas of Clonmany & Ballyliffin will have public transport services pass through their area 8 times per day, from early morning to late evening.This includes two demand responsive services. The services will link these rural areas to the larger towns of Carndonagh & Buncrana and allow for connectivity to Letterkenny, Derry and beyond. A spokesperson for the company said “We look forward to a solid working relationship with the McGonagle Bus & Coach team which will provide connectivity and sustainability for the communities in Inishowen.“From the response received to date we are confident our Local Link subsidised services will be well supported by the people of Inishowen.“Our services will be strictly monitored in the coming months and timetables will be reviewed thereafter to ensure we are meeting the needs of the community.”For more information on the above additional services and all other services provided by Local Link in Inishowen, please call 07497 41644 or visit our website at http://locallinkdonegal.ie/timetable/ Local Link bus service to expand its routes across Donegal was last modified: October 11th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Antonio Brown arrives at Raiders camp in hot air balloon

first_imgNAPA — Antonio Brown got an early start on check-in day at Raiders’ training camp when he floated in on a hot air balloon at an undisclosed location in Napa on Friday.That wasn’t the only surprise. Later in the day, the Raiders confirmed an ESPN report in the form of releasing the name of Brown on the non-football injury list along with two other players who would not be ready to open training camp.The NFI list is for players who were injured away from the team setting. General manager Mike …last_img read more

Distracted Driving: All Lip Service With No Legit Tech Solution

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cellcontrol#Distracted Driving#distracted driving foundation#Drive#driving tech#Jeff Haley#Joe Breaux#National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Related Posts ReadWriteDrive is an ongoing series covering the future of transportation.April is the national commemorative month for all kinds of things, including poetry, welding and soy foods. But it’s also National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.Unfortunately, the recognition of this month for distracted driving is a hallow gesture—just like the half-hearted attempts at developing apps that prevent cell phone use while driving.After a week of trying to find an app that prevents me from all cell phone use from behind the wheel entirely, I’ve given up.Don’t get me wrong: I wholeheartedly believe that distracted driving is a menace. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in car crashes involving distracted driving in 2011—and the number has been steadily going up since then. More than 3,000 people are killed in those accidents each year. And yet, society is willing to pay that price in exchange for keeping our phones operational inside the car.Not Too Hard to Solve “The technology for sensing when a phone is moving is easy,” said Jeff Haley, acting director of Distracted Driving Foundation, a small non-profit based in Bellevue, Washington. Haley also believes it’s not hard to turn off the phone’s ringer, disable texting, or disallow apps when traveling in a car.“But if the driver can turn it off at anytime, it’s merely a reminder to reduce temptation,” he said.According to Haley, few people are willing to buy and install phone-blocking technology. After all, how often do we pay for services that actually limit functionality?Given the sorry state of distracted driving technology, you have to be extremely motivated to use these apps. The Distracted Driving Foundation lists about 25 apps on its website—there are a few more on Apple’s App Store—but I couldn’t find a single one that was easy to use. Most were either defunct, required onerous sign-up processes, asked for subscription plans, or simply didn’t work as advertised.Just look at the App Store ratings for the “STANDD – Stop Texting and Driving Distract” app (unfortunately, this was typical for most of distracted driving apps). There are only three reviews so far. One said, “Does Not Work.” Another more emphatically read, “Does Not Work At All.” And my favorite comment bluntly stated, “BS.”No Product, Because No Market DemandHaley hit the nail on the head when he told me, “Developers don’t have much incentive because people aren’t spending money on these apps.” That’s why he’s advocating for a government mandate to force all cell phone carriers to block usage when the phone is moving. But that would require technology that prohibits phone usage from behind the steering wheel, but doesn’t affect the passengers. It gets even more complicated when you try to expand this concept to buses and trains. bradley berman Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Breaux blamed Cellcontrol’s shortcomings on the multiple versions, bugs and variations of different phone systems.“It can’t be 100%,” he said. “It might be out for a split second and then it comes back to block a few seconds later. Ninety percent of the time you’re phone is being blocked, and there’s no inappropriate usage. And when you’re in the passenger seat, 90% of the time you get most of the usage you expect. It beats doing nothing.”That’s only partially true. I got so frustrated with its idiosyncrasies—and one of its bugs that prevented me from Bluetooth-based streaming music—that I simply deleted the app entirely. I re-installed it the next day to give another try, but within a day, I deleted the app again.“The problem of distracted driving is created by technology, and it should be solved by technology,” Haley said. The acting director of the Distracted Driving Foundation is trying to raise money for academic research into foolproof technology that Congress and/or insurance companies could fully support and implement. Without massive public support, however, that’s going to be a tall order.For now, I’m going to take a low-tech approach, by throwing my phone in the glove box while driving. But I’m doubtful that society, hooked on ubiquitous 24/7 connectivity, is going to accept any restrictions to digital access—regardless of the cost. All photos courtesy of Cellcontrol Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Cellcontrol, the most successful technology I’ve discovered, makes a noble attempt to differentiate drivers from passengers. A hardware device, roughly the size of a pack of cards, is mounted behind the rear view mirror (like those transponders one use for e-tolls on the highway). The device emits a high-frequency audio signal—beyond human hearing—that’s picked up by the cell phone’s microphone.“We send a key-press to the phone that says, ‘press the power button,’” said Joe Breaux, chief technology officer at CellControl. “We’re turning the screen off, and then we turn it right back on to say we’ve locked the phone.”It’s basically an Apple workaround. “Apple doesn’t offer any public APIs that would allow blocking applications,” said Breaux. (Android offers more visibility and access.)I installed the Cellcontrol hardware in my car, and the iPhone app on my phone. It worked okay some of the time, but I found it too unpredictable. The zones were not entirely accurate, and the system had issues figuring out the phone’s location, simply when I tried handing it off to a passenger. This might have to do with latency, a delay of sometimes four or five seconds, but it adds up to a user experience that was mediocre at best.Human Bugslast_img read more

Warriors come back to beat Wizards; Green, Beal ejected

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion READ: Green, Beal ejected after fight during Warriors-Wizards gameStephen Curry added 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds, hitting two 3s and two free throws in the final minute of the third quarter to get Golden State within 97-87 heading into the final 12 minutes. Then Klay Thompson and Durant made 3s early in the fourth for a four-point game. Thompson scored 18 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDurant’s jumper with 1:20 to go put Golden State up by five, but the Warriors still needed his two free throws with 9.4 seconds left. John Wall missed an off-balance 3 then Washington couldn’t capitalize on one final chance.David West made two straight baskets for the Warriors midway through the fourth but Otto Porter Jr. hit consecutive 3-pointers for the Wizards, answering a 3 by Durant with a baseline dagger on the way to 29 points for the Wizards. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Wizards: Washington shot 15 for 33 on 3s. … C Ian Mahinmi played almost 13 minutes after he had been questionable with a sprained left ankle.Warriors: Key reserve Shaun Livingston was out for personal reasons to attend a funeral. … Rookie Jordan Bell was inactive for the first time as C JaVale McGee became available after sitting out Wednesday against Toronto. “Some guys are guaranteed minutes every night, some aren’t,” Kerr said of his plans in the season’s early stages.UP NEXTWizards: At Sacramento on Sunday.Warriors: Host Pistons on Sunday seeking an eighth consecutive home victory in the series. Formula One: Retirement not on Hamilton mind as fourth title beckons Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, argues with a referee during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State lost its emotional leader when Draymond Green was ejected shortly before halftime. The defending champs were sloppy again, even forgetting several plays after one timeout and still somehow won — but it has hardly been easy so far.Kevin Durant had 31 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to help rally the Warriors from 18 points down and beat the Wizards 120-117 on Friday night, a game marred by a fight between Green and Washington’s Bradley Beal that led to both being tossed.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES The Warriors are still trying to figure things out, having given up 17 offensive rebounds two nights earlier in holding off the Raptors and also committing 17 turnovers — which they did again Friday.Golden State began 1 for 10 from 3-point range while committing seven turnovers and allowing six 3s by early in the second quarter. But the Warriors did enough to win a fourth straight at home against the Wizards.“We’re not ready, we’re still not ready,” coach Steve Kerr said. “We’re not locked in.”Wall had 20 points and 14 assists for Washington. Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 19 and Marcin Gortat had 18 for the Wizards, whose three-game winning streak to open the season was snapped in embarrassing fashion with a 102-99 overtime loss at the Lakers on Wednesday.AL ATTLES NIGHTThe Warriors honored beloved Al Attles, who missed his tribute night because he’s in the hospital. The 80-year-old Attles is in his 58th year with the franchise as a player, coach of the 1975 title team, a GM and now ambassador.Kerr wore an itchy, “100 percent polyester” retro suit for the occasion, while Warriors players wore shooting shirts featuring his likeness and a bobblehead was the giveaway.His wife, Wilhelmina Attles, son, Alvin Attles III, and Hall of Famer Rick Barry represented him during an on-court tribute after the first quarter.“Great to honor him,” Kerr said. “I know our fans who have been following us for a long time know about Al’s influence, but 57 years with the organization, obviously he won the championship with the team in ’75, was GM, drafted Chris Mullin, one of the best players early on in the Warriors history. He’s pretty much done it all. Fitting tonight we will honor him and his family. We know he’ll be watching on TV. I hope he’s not offended by my suit.”TIP-INS QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments With 19.5 seconds left in the second quarter, Beal held the front of Green’s jersey with his left hand while grabbing Green around the jaw with his right. That enraged Green, who threw his right arm in frustration and wrapped arms with Beal as if hugging, then other players joined the scrum.“It was a scuffle. I’m not going to go into details about it. I’ll do that with the league tomorrow,” Beal said. “We just got into it and things got out of hand and we both got ejected. I told my teammates I can’t put myself in a situation like that to leave them out there to battle out against a tough team without me out there.”Green had to be pulled away from the skirmish by Andre Iguodala and Warriors security personnel. Green was tossed after getting his second technical foul. The back of his uniform was torn from near his right shoulder down to his waist.“I thought Draymond defended himself and bit the bullet of being ejected for the game,” West said.Green was hit with his first technical at the 8:05 mark of the second quarter for arguing an offensive foul call. He had six assists, three points, three rebounds and three blocks before his early exit.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

6 fascinating lessons for us from the campaign trail

first_imgI recently read a very interesting article from The New York Times about how social science and behavioral economics was used to get out the vote. The article, “Academic Dream Team Helped Obama’s Effort,” details how experts like Robert Cialdini (whom I covered just this past week), formed a consortium that provided research-based ideas on motivating people to take certain actions (especially voting). Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or of any party, the advice the academics provided is very useful to all of us involved in the work of social change. We’re all in the business of compelling people to do things. So I wanted to pass on the most interesting tips.1. People favor candidates – and organizations! – that exhibit a combination of competence and warmth. You want to seem smart but also likable.2. When countering rumors (or myths), it’s a bad idea to repeat them. People may register a denial in the short term, but they only tend to remember the rumor or myth in the long term. Don’t deny or counter something – simply assert your competing notion.3. Use people’s sense of identity to influence behavior. In the election, volunteer canvassers said, “Mr. Jones, we know you’ve voted in the past,” to prompt future voting. We can do the same with volunteers or donors: “Mr. Jones, we know you’ve supported us in the past.” People want to stick to their past behaviors, so this can work well.4. Informal commitments help. Getting people to sign a card promising to vote increases likelihood to vote, for example. Pledging is also useful in fundraising!5. Tell people to make a plan. People are more likely to follow through on a promise if they have a plan, however simple. Ask people to specify when they’ll help you.6. Use social norms. When people were told others in their neighborhood planned to vote, it influenced them. Never forget the power of peer pressure – call out your supporters to inspire others to jump on board.For more fascinating tips on how this worked during the campaign, check out the article here.last_img read more

Must-know Neuro-Nudges for Nonprofits

first_imgNetwork for Good is hosting a free webinar this Thursday, March 14 at 1 p.m. ET on neuromarketing – a topic definitely worth your time!The urge to help and give is hard-wired into the human brain. As a champion for a cause, it’s your task to tap into those recesses by appealing to that urge. The simplest things – images, words, gestures, even type fonts – can have a major effect on the potency of your message. Neuromarketing expert, Roger Dooley, has discovered some brain-science-based tweaks you can make to your print, web, and in-person outreach that will boost the effectiveness of your marketing efforts. Join Roger Dooley for this free event as he makes neuromarketing easy for nonprofits. Register here.last_img read more