New Burundian Government faces challenge of high voter expectation says UN official

“The first 100 days of this Government are going to be the real test of the credibility of the new Government in Burundi,” the Principal Deputy Special Representative for Burundi, Nureldin Satti, told journalists in New York, referring to newly elected President Pierre Nkurunziza and his National Council for the Defence of Democracy-Forces for the Defence of Democracy (CNDD-FDD), a Hutu-dominated group. The people’s expectations included expanding their livelihoods, conducting a successful economic recovery, improving the standards of living and reducing poverty and unemployment, he said after speaking to the Security Council in closed session.Many of the wars in recent Burundian history were caused by the growth of unemployment, making unemployed youth vulnerable to calls for armed rebellion, Mr. Satti said, and the social and political strife that had engulfed the country for the past four decades entailed consequences.Meanwhile, many Burundians have been accused of crimes against humanity, genocide and other serious crimes, but no one had gone to jail, he said. He added that the Arusha peace agreement had stipulated that ending immunity and establishing a truth and reconciliation process should go hand-in-hand. Linked to those issues were law and order, democracy, respect for human rights, and finalizing the integration of former rebels into the army and the police force. Mr. Nkurunziza, Burundi’s first democratically-elected President since the start of the civil war in 1993, was sworn in on 26 August and had chosen two vice-presidents yesterday, one from a Tutsi party and the other from CNDD-FDD, while consultations were taking place to form his cabinet today or tomorrow, Mr. Satti said.Having played a major role in helping along Burundi’s peace process, the international community should remain committed to aiding the country, he said. For that reason, consultations were under way between the Government of Burundi, the UN and other international institutions on putting in place a follow-up mechanism to assist the country in tackling its main challenges. In addition, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan would chair a mini-summit on Burundi on 13 September to finalize a mechanism to suceed the Arusha Agreement Implemntation Monitoring Committee, Mr. Satti said. read more

Ontario biodiesel company jetisons plan for production plant in New York Harbor

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 24, 2012 8:04 am MDT TORONTO – Biox Corp. (TSX:BX) has terminated plans for a new biodiesel production facility in New York Harbor.The Toronto-area company says the market dynamics have changed significantly since it signed a land lease agreement with International-Matex Tank Terminals.As a result of the decision, IMIT will reimburse two-thirds of the US$2.1-million upfront payment made by Biox.Biox will record the remaining $700,000 as an expense in its fiscal first quarter.The Oakville-headquartered company says it believes the challenges affecting the biodiesel market in 2012 are short-term.Biox chief executive says the company remains confident in the value of its production facility in Hamilton, Ont. Ontario biodiesel company jetisons plan for production plant in New York Harbor read more

Prince Charles warns of crazy AI world of part human part machine

The Prince of Wales has expressed his deep concern about the dangers of artificial intelligence, as he warns of a world becoming “part human-part machine”.The Prince, interviewed ahead of his 70th birthday, said he “totally and utterly objects” to an “extraordinary trend” for seeking machines to replace human functions, worrying for the effects on people’s well-being.Saying he found it “crazy” to strive for ever-more integration of artificial intelligence and robotics with the human experience, he suggested it would eventually lead to people craving the return of traditional crafts.Speaking to GQ magazine, as he was awarded its lifetime achievement award for services to philanthropy, the Prince admitted he has previously been accused of being controversial simply for “trying to draw attention to things that aren’t necessarily part of the con­ventional viewpoint”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––He has spent decades warning about the dangers of climate change and plastics, conceding: “My problem is I find there are too many things that need doing or battling on behalf of.” The Prince of Wales at Dyson in Singapore, where he praised technological developments The Prince of Wales He is understood to be particularly worried about the loss of “human experience”, believing much of the joy of life impossible to replicate with technology.On Wednesday, at an event for his charity Children and the Arts, he spoke of the pleasure he took in watercolour painting, saying: “It makes you look and I think half the problem nowadays is not enough people are encouraged to observe and really look.” “The thing I find hardest now is to cope with this extraordinary trend that somehow we must become part human, part machine, which I totally and utterly object to,” he said.“It is crazy to go that far because I think, ironically; the more AI and robotics they want to introduce, the more people will rediscover the impor­tance of the traditional crafts, the directly human things that are crafted by humans and not by machines.”The Prince has already set up a Foundation School of Traditional Arts, and has long emphasised the importance of preserving old skills. The Prince has this year undertaken public engagements to see and learn more about artificial intelligence, broadly welcoming its innovations.But, he suggested, he now feared for a loss of human interaction and experience.   Prince Charles, interviewed by GQ The Prince of Wales at Dyson in Singapore, where he praised technological developmentsCredit:PA The Prince of Wales photographed at Clarence House “He thinks we need to get rid of ‘this throwaway society’”, the magazine said, “and introduce something that ‘provides huge opportunities for people who want to set up small businesses [that] make, repair and maintain’.”The Prince indicated his growing concern about the consequences of technology during a speech at a Governor’s reception in Brisbane during a tour of Australia earlier this year.“As more and more clever technologies are developed in the the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, it seems to me vital to remember that we ourselves are human beings and not machines and that the dignity of human work and interaction is essential to our psychological well-being,” he said. Prince Charles, interviewed by GQ The Prince of WalesCredit:PA “I suspect it is therefore essential to consider very, very carefully the ethical issues around these developments before we end up with machines replacing people with all the disadvantages and dangers that flow from the law of unintended consequences.” The Prince of Wales photographed at Clarence HouseCredit:Matthew Brookes In an interview published in the October issue of GQ, out today, the Prince said: “My problem is I find there are too many things that need doing or battling on behalf of, just the number of things that are under threat all the time as a result of some fashion or other.“I have seen it happen so often. “It goes around for 20 or 25 years and then you get a sudden panic as something has gone and then you try to bring it back, at which point it costs a fortune, instead of trying to maintain the things that are essential to our lives as human beings.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Austria qualify for Mens EHF EURO 2018

Austria qualified for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia. Team of Patrekur Johannesson won decisive battle against Bosnia and Herzegovina 34:32 in front of 5.000 fans in Vienna.Austria – Bosnia and Herzegovina 34:32 (17:17)Austria: Nikola Bilyk (8), Robert Weber (7), Janko Bozovic (6), Sebastian Frimmel (4), Gerald Zeiner (4), Vitas Ziura (3), Fabian Posch (1), Tobias Wagner (1)Bosnia and Herzegovina: Marko Panic (7), Mirsad Terzic (6), Srdjan Predragovic (5), Alen Ovcina (4), Tomislav Nuic (4), Senjamin Buric (3), Nikola Prce (2), Vladimir Vranjes (1)STANDINGS:Spain 10Austria 6Bosnia and Herzegovina 4Finland 2PHOTO: Copyright: ÖHB/Pucher ← Previous Story Pan America aims for Germany 2017 Next Story → Tons of goals on the opening day of #BuenosAires2017

Play as your favorite Golden Girl in Funkos Funkoverse board game

first_img Toys and Tabletop Games Culture Gaming TV and Movies Can Blanche and Rose hold their own against Batman and Joker? NBC Funko is known for its collectibles line Funko Pop, which are figurines based on a slew of pop culture TV shows, movies, comics and more. Now, the company is getting into the tabletop market with its Funkoverse board game. There will be multiple versions of the game based on different pop culture universes, including a beloved ’80s TV show about four older women.”I like the idea that we’re doing a Golden Girls Pop board game,” said Funko CEO Brian Mariotti at the San Diego Comic-Con Thursday. Funkoverse is a collectible strategy board game based on different pop culture universes that plays similar to Settlers of Catan. The first batch will include games based on Harry Potter, Rick & Morty, DC comics and The Golden Girls in either four or two-character sets. Each variation comes with its own 3-inch figurines that can be used across different games. This means four people could play a game as Batman, Voldermort, Harley Quinn and Blanche in the Rick & Morty universe. 67210520-2477261409009693-8568250105281380352-oThe Golden Girls are coming to a tabletop near you.  Funko Each game has its own scenario and ways to win. Every character has their own unique abilities that can help them in different ways. It will take some strategy to figure out which characters work best and how to make the most of their abilities in order to get the most points to win. Mariotti says it made sense to make a board game with all the licenses the company has available. “I think it’s people want to unplug,” he said. “They want to get their face away from the screen for a while, interact with actual human beings and play a game. We were shocked by how big the board game industry is and how it’s growing stronger than traditional toys.”Funkoverse will make its way to retailers in October.  The best San Diego Comic-Con celebrity disguises Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice 0 3:00 Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

Fewer fish fewer kids St Paul struggles to keep students

first_imgSchool enrollment in the Pribilof Islands has been shrinking in recent years, along with the islands’ fishing economy.Download AudioAs the superintendent of one of Alaska’s smallest and most remote school districts, Connie Newman wears many hats. The Pribilof School District has 10 students at its school on St. George Island and 71 on St. Paul Island. The lightly inhabited, windswept islands sit 300 miles off Alaska’s west coast in the Bering Sea.St. Paul students line up to stick their hands inside “blubber mitts” (Crisco-lined plastic bags) to learn how marine mammals stay warm in the icy Bering Sea. KUCB PHOTO/JOHN RYANAfter declining enrollment forced cutbacks two years ago, Newman took on the mantle of St. Paul School principal as well as district superintendent.Now, in the predawn gloom before the start of the school day, she greets each St. Paul student as they hop down from parents’ SUVs or four-wheelers. On St. Paul, the school day starts with a bilingual Pledge of Allegiance: first in English, then in Unangam Tunuu, the Aleut language.Visiting scientists show St. Paul students how blubber (or in this case, plastic bags lined with Crisco) helps marine mammals stay warm in cold water. KUCB PHOTO/JOHN RYANWe spoke while Newman was sweeping the gym floor.St. Paul’s gym doesn’t see as much action as it used to. This is the first year the St. Paul Sea Parrots haven’t been able to field a basketball team.“Basketball’s a big deal,” Newman said. “We had a very good team, in fact, last year. But even then, it’s a coed team, boys and girls. This year, no, we do not have enough.”Some families have left the island; others have sent their kids to boarding schools in other parts of the state.“The course offerings are pretty limited here,” Newman said. “We can’t offer a lot of the art and music.”St. Paul students on a field trip with visiting scientists. CREDIT KUCB PHOTO/JOHN RYANWhile on a school field trip to learn about sea lion hunting, eighth grader Carley Bourdukofsky said she doesn’t really like going to school at St. Paul.“You don’t really learn that much,” she said. “I’d like to go to Mt. Edgecumbe next year.”Mt. Edgecumbe High School is a boarding school in Sitka.Ninth grader Sonia Merculief transferred to a boarding school in Galena, in the Alaska interior, this fall.“It was a better education,” she said. “It’s kind of more strict and stuff. It’s more learning, more opportunities.”Merculief said she got homesick at the isolated school on the Yukon River, so she came back to St. Paul. But she wants to try again.“I’m going to ask my mom this time if I can reapply for next semester,” she said.St. Paul does have course offerings that students can’t get elsewhere, like classes in Unangam Tunuu. In October, the school hosts a week of locally focused science classes called Bering Sea Days.Every year, university scientists and local tribal officials converge on the St. Paul School to teach about the island’s biology and traditions. Guest instructors come from as far away as Texas and Oregon. The week is largely paid for by the Central Bering Sea Fishermen’s Association, the island’s fishing industry group. On field trips and in the classroom, students learn about the seabirds and seals that gather by the hundreds of thousands in the Pribilof Islands and the environmental changes that threaten the islands’ natural abundance.One group of students accompanied two local sea lion hunters as they scanned the surf at sunrise, looking for meat for the winter.Carley Bourdukofsky said she likes that part of the school year.“I like to learn new things and different things about our island,” the eighth grader said while out looking for sea lions.Fewer fish, fewer kidsBy lots of measures, the St. Paul School is struggling.Just 18 percent of St. Paul students met all state standards in English or math, according to the new Alaska Measures of Progress tests. Statewide, 35 percent of students met state standards in English and 31 percent met them in mathematics.A study done for the Alaska legislature this year found that the Pribilof district would have to boost salaries by 57 percent to attract and keep highly qualified teachers. That’s because of the high cost of living in the middle of the Bering Sea. A box of cereal can set you back nearly $9 at the Alaska Commercial store on St. Paul. A bag of pretzels? Nearly $10.Four out of five students on the island are poor enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, nearly twice the statewide rate. But like many small schools in Alaska, St. Paul doesn’t serve lunch. It did offer snacks last year.“That was the Alaska Grown grant, which was discontinued due to the budget,” Connie Newman said.She said she has a great staff and supportive families on the island, but declining enrollment means less state funding.“We still have the same costs, even though we have fewer kids,” she said. “I mean, you’re talking heat and lights. No respite.”Newman said a driving force behind the school’s declining enrollment is something the school can’t do much about: people leaving the island in search of a healthier economy.“Our fishery has really been suffering, and we are allowed to take less and less halibut,” she said.Pribilof School District Superintendent Connie Newman. KUCB PHOTO/JOHN RYAN The economy on remote, tundra-covered St. Paul revolves around halibut fishing, but the fish have been getting fewer and smaller. Warmer ocean conditions are apparently partly to blame; so is the fishing industry. In the Bering Sea, more halibut are caught accidentally and thrown away by Seattle-based boats trawling for other types of fish than the local halibut boats catch on purpose.“We had one of our big families, they just took their boat and left last year,” Newman said. “I’m sure there’ll be more if it continues.”The school got a bit of a reprieve in December from Seattle, of all places.Scientists with the International Pacific Halibut Commission announced that there’s enough halibut in the eastern Bering Sea to allow a “substantially larger” fishery next year. IPHC scientist Ian Stewart said the accidental catch, or bycatch, of halibut dropped this year.“All in all, quite good news here in terms of bycatch,” Stewart said. “We saw some very large reductions.”Politically appointed officials with the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council decide the actual catch limits. But the scientists’ announcement makes it less likely that families will be forced to leave St. Paul this school year.Reporting from St. Paul Island made possible in part by a grant from the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources.St. Paul, Alaska. PHOTO: John Ryan/KUCB.last_img read more

Houston Only Top US Hotel Market Not Seeing Growth This Year

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:54 Share Listencenter_img Florian MartinHotel ZaZa Memorial CityA revised market forecast by hotel research firm STR has the U.S. hotel industry experience record-breaking performance levels this year. With one exception: Houston is the only Top 25 market where no growth is expected in revenue per available room.That’s because Houston hotels had a huge boost in occupancy after Harvey, as displaced residents and out-of-town contractors needed places to stay, said Carter Wilson, vice president of consulting and analytics with STR.“Because you had such a tremendous lift in the third and fourth quarter last year, we don’t obviously expect that to happen again this year,” he said. “And without that lift, it’ll just post as a decline compared to the prior year.”For 2019, Wilson said, the Houston hotel market should be growing again, though probably not as much as other markets.He said Houston is still dealing with too much supply after the oil downturn. last_img read more

Nintendo 3DS region locking can be bypassed with a flashcard

first_imgOne of the more infuriating features Nintendo decided to include with the 3DS is game region locking. It means that if a game you want to play isn’t released in your territory, as is always going to be the case, you won’t be able to play it unless you purchase a 3DS from the same region. However, that may be a problem of the past now, as a workaround has been created in the form of a software patch.The patch does not allow for pirated games to be played, it just removes the region locking from your 3DS. However, there are some prerequisites. You will require a compatible DS or 3DS flashcard with which to apply the patch, and the update will only work on 3DS hardware using v4.5 firmware or older. If you have a more recent version then this patch isn’t for you.Once you’ve downloaded the Gateway Retail Region Free Patch and installed it via a flashcard, your 3DS will be region free. As an added bonus, you can then continue to update the firmware to the latest versions and it will remain region free. The only issue you may face is playing games online, where Nintendo could use additional checks that stop you playing.The biggest blocker to this region free fix is the fact many 3DS handhelds will have been updated to firmware later than v4.5 already. If someone figures out how to revert back to earlier firmware versions, then this patch will certainly become very popular.Nobody likes games to be region locked and it’s not something Nintendo used to include on their handhelds. It’s especially frustrating when Nintendo or 3rd party publishers decide not to release games in certain territories, hence why someone has been working to figure out a way around it.last_img read more

Publishers plan new titles to hit Kolkata book fair

first_imgThe dipping temperatures are no impediment for them. With the Kolkata International Bookfair 2018 just around the corner, booksellers and publishers of the city are gearing up with brand new titles that will grab the attention of lakhs of readers thronging the fair daily from January 31.Rupa and Co, one of the premier book publishers of the city are ready with a number of new titles in both fiction and non-fiction domains and some also in the children’s book section. Shashi Tharoor’s latest book, ‘Why I am a Hindu’ is expected to do well, as well as Sudip Chakravarti’s book, ‘The Bengalis’. Tharoor’s earlier book, ‘An era of Darkness: The British Empire in India'(2016) had earned appreciation for its sharp indictment of the British era and its impact on India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOther books that are expected to fly off the tables are veteran politician Pranab Mukherjee’s biography, Jaya Jaitly’s memoirs, ‘Life among the Scorpions’, Ruskin Bond’s ‘Dragon in the Tunnel'(for children), a book on Lucknowi cuisine and a book on Ghalib. “We have a mixed bag of new titles this year. However I expect Tharoor’s book and Chakravarti’s book to do really well at the book fair”, Raju Burman, partnerof Rupa & Co told Millennium Post. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne of the biggest Bengali publishers, Dey’s Publishing, is putting out a number of new titles this year, including collected works of an eminent author, Nabaneeta Dev Sen. The first volume is ready and was gifted to Sen at a glittering function on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Other books that will see the light of the day at the book fair are Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay’s ‘Saat Satero’ – short stories to be published in book form for the first time, ‘Kishore Kalpabigyan Samagro’ (science fiction stories), Bani Basu’s ‘Sujodhon Durjodhon’ and ‘Panchalkanya Krishna’ as well as Pracheto Gupa’s ‘Ferot Asha Golpo’. “A book by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, is also expected. It is likely to be a book of poems”, says Subhankar Dey, one of the proprietors of Dey’s Publishing. The publishing house has brought out several books penned by the CM earlier. Penguin which will have a two stall presence at the Kolkata book fair this year will be putting out important titles like Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography, the first critical edition by Tridip Suhrid, Taslima Nasreen’s Dwikhandito’s English translation – ‘The Split’, Karan Johar’s autobiography – ‘Unsuitable Boy’ and Ruskin Bond’s ‘White Mice’. Books of fiction like Navonil Chakravarty’s ‘Cheaters’ and Sujata Massay’s ‘Murder on Malabar Hills’ are expected to do well, said Nirmalya Roychoudhury, GM Sales(east), Penguin.last_img read more

Bengal govt gives nod to Rs 3000cr Kulpi Port project

first_imgKolkata: The Bengal government is all set to revive the Kulpi Port project at an estimated cost of Rs 3,000 crore that is tipped to generate a minimum of 10,000 jobs.The proposal to revive the Kulpi Port that has been lying defunct for almost a decade was cleared during the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday. The Bengal government had received the proposal of investment during the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) in January this year. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The port has been lying defunct for 10-12 years. Kulpi, a riverine port, would see a minimum investment of Rs 3,000 crore. The figure may go up to even Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000 crore in the process. We are happy to inform you that at least 10,000 jobs would be created once the ancillary industries would come up centering around the port,” state Finance and industry minister Amit Mitra said at Nabanna on Thursday. He also clarified that there will be no accusation of lands and the proposal of an SEZ status had already been denied by the government. There will be a huge number of indirect employment at the port, Mitra added. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that Dubai-based DP World had proposed to invest in the project during this year’s BGBS and the Chief Minister had readily accepted the proposal. There had been many discussions on the project for the past five years. According to the initial plans, there is a possibility of developing a long-pending container port. The proposed port in South 24-Parganas may be developed as an industrial zone around the new maritime infrastructure similar to Haldia and Kolkata. DP World will have 74 percent stake in Kulpi Port while the Bengal government will own the remaining 26 percent. The Bengal government also has a stake in an associated project where an industrial park is expected to come up around the port area. The state government had earlier received statutory clearance on the Kulpi Port project in the South 24-Parganas. The officials of the state government believe that it will attract good investments. It may be mentioned here that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier said that the state will develop the Tajpur deep sea port on its own, as the Centre did “nothing” to start work on the project in the past three years.last_img read more

Tico elections authority cites security concerns in decision to close polling station

first_imgRelated posts:Love Costa Rica? Music video celebrates country’s elections and democratic tradition Costa Rica’s runoff campaign season ended Sunday with Solís pressing supporters to get out and vote Non-career politician Luis Guillermo Solís wins Costa Rica presidential runoff in a landslide Solís wins big but bigger challenges may be ahead, say analysts Costa Rica’s Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) announced Tuesday that security concerns in Venezuela motivated their decision to close a polling station at the Costa Rican Consulate in Caracas. Ticos registered in Venezuela can instead cast their ballot for the presidential runoff on April 6 in Bogotá, Colombia.Paola Alvarado, the TSE official in charge of the expat vote abroad, told The Tico Times that continued unrest in the capital, especially in the Altamira neighborhood where opposition protesters for weeks have held demonstrations near the Costa Rican Consulate, led officials there to conclude it was unsafe for voters to travel there.The official added that the TSE had more staff and resources in Bogotá, including an official representative along with lawyers from the Citizen Action Party (PAC) and the National Liberation Party (PLN), and election volunteers. Many of the election volunteers in the Caracas office who worked the first-round vote on Feb. 2 have since left the country because of the flare of violence, she added.Alvarado said that 162 Costa Ricans are registered to vote in Venezuela, but only 33 cast ballots in the first round. This year was the first time Ticos had the opportunity to vote abroad.Since Feb. 4, 29 people have been killed and another 400 injured in clashes between members of the opposition and government supporters in Venezuela.Costa Ricans will head to the polls April 6 to choose either PAC candidate Luis Guillermo Solís or PLN’s Johnny Araya as their next president. On March 5, Araya announced that he was dropping out of the race and would no longer campaign, but legally his name cannot be removed from the ballot, and PLN activists have continued the campaign despite his statements.AFP contributed to this report Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Russian capsule docks with International Space Station

first_img Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk 0 Comments   Share   BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan (AP) — A Soyuz space capsule carrying a Russian, an American and a Japanese docked smoothly Thursday with the International Space Station.The capsule connected to the orbiting laboratory about 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth at 0245 GMT.The rocket had lifted off from a Russian manned launch facility in Kazakhstan about 5 hours and 45 minutes earlier at 2102 GMT Wednesday.The rocket reached orbit about 15 minutes after launch and circled the Earth four times before heading for the space station. Sponsored Stories Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Top Stories New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility The capsule carried Oleg Kononenko of Russia, NASA’s Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of Japan. Lindgren and Yui are on their first trips into space. Yui told a news conference that he was taking some sushi with him as a treat for the others.They join Gennady Padalka, Mikhail Kornienko and Scott Kelly. The latter two are more than four months into a nearly year-long mission on the space station.The launch was postponed by about two months after the April failure of an unmanned Russian cargo ship, which raised concerns about Russian rocketry. Another Russian cargo ship was successfully launched in early July.___Associated Press writer Jim Heintz in Moscow contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to say docking took place at 0245 GMT.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Four benefits of having a wireless security systemlast_img read more

How California avocado growers keep Persea mites f

first_img How California avocado growers keep Persea mites f … By Thomas Grandperrin of UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture (www.uaviq.com)This article is part of a series on biological control and IPM written by UAV-IQ (www.uaviq.com).In two previous articles, we presented classical biological control, the practice of finding a pest’s natural enemy in its original ecosystem and bringing it back to feast upon your pest populations, and augmentative biological control, the practice of bolstering local beneficial populations by adding more of an existing species to the dinner party. The last type of biocontrol we will present is conservation biological control (CBC), which can be summarized as the set of practices that aim to ensure that natural enemies have a suitable habitat capable of supporting their populations at required levels. This includes placing new habitats such as specific cover crop types into the environment as well as preventing chemical applications from making existing habitats unsuitable.Two primary drivers for the need to implement conservation biocontrol are the use of broad range synthetic pesticides, which often have the side effect of reducing the indigenous population of natural enemies, and the simplification of plant ecosystems (monocropping) which reduces the habitat and the food of some natural enemies. Conservation control can be implemented as a “stand-alone” management technique or as a complementary technique of augmentative biocontrol beneficials release within a comprehensive integrated pest management plan. It generally consists of modifying field management practices and/or the ecosystem itself to reestablish or increase the development of naturally occurring predators, parasitoids and pathogens but also of pollinators. Conservation control plans can contain a variety of conservation measures, including plant and habitat diversification, reducing cropping intensity, and increasing landscape complexity, which should result in increased density and variety of beneficials. Some examples include inter-row cover planting, seeding flowers that bring additional resources to beneficials, planting hedgerows, building physical refugees for the hibernation/overwintering of the natural enemies, seeding trap plants that attract pests, and release of alternative prey for beneficials to feed upon when pest populations are low. Indeed, it is important to allow natural enemies access to diverse food sources. That way, when pest populations dip below levels sufficient to serve as a sole food source, beneficials such as predatory mites, parasitoid wasps, and green lacewings, that also feed on pollen and nectar in addition to pest populations, can survive and still be present in the field to control future pest outbreaks.Cover crops in a California almond orchard. Source: Flickr Conservation control techniques are usually quite local specific, which is one of the reasons why they are not widely documented. Among the popular examples, there is the case of Anagrus erythroneura, the parasitoid that efficiently controls the eggs of the western grape leafhopper, a pest that affects grape yield and quality. But because the leafhoppers overwinter at the adult stage, the parasitoid population declines quickly without egg hosts. As part of a CBC strategy, researchers and viticulturists have successfully planted alternative host plants adjacent to the vineyard as an overwintering site for the parasitoid. A regional variation in pest-parasitoid relationships was found, highlighting the need to adapt CBC techniques to local environments. To provide a few examples, in Oregon and Washington, Anagrus was mainly found on blackberry or rose bushes, while in California, mint, catnip, and California lilac are better alternative hosts capable of sustaining populations until the the leafhoppers re-emerge on the vines the following season. The Biocontrol Brief: How to control two-spotted s … The Biocontrol Brief: Aliens (aka parasitoids) ver … In Denmark, buckwheat flowering strips (a rich pollen source) are used to enhance Copidosoma aretas, a parasitoid of the strawberry tortrix moth (Acleris comariana) a major pest in Danish strawberry production. This plant is also used as a cover crop in some California vineyards to attract some beneficials such as predatory wasps, minute pirate bugs and hoverfliesIn perennial crops such as fruit orchards, natural enemies have a better chance of surviving from one season to the next since their habitats are less likely to be destroyed during harvest. But conservation biological control has also shown to add great value in annual crops and has been implemented in various types of production, from agroecology to organic or conventional farming.Intentionally intervening and managing complex ecosystems can be daunting even for research institutions and this kind of pest control strategy can involve a number of ecological and behavioral processes. While research in this field is continually advancing, many growers choose to start with some rather simple techniques, of planting native plants to support the beneficials’ ecosystem and using selective pesticides instead of broad-spectrum ones, to ensure better conservation of natural enemies and avoid secondary pest outbreaks.Do you have any experience with conservation biological control? Share your story with us and fellow growers in the comments!If this series on biological control has encouraged you to further explore how you can implement some of the techniques in your own integrated pest management plan, we’d love to hear about it. We’d also love to hear your suggestions for future articles.UAV-IQ Precision Agriculture is a company that leverages precision agriculture technologies and best practices to help growers address labor shortages and make farming operations more profitable and sustainable.center_img February 20 , 2019 You might also be interested in The Biocontrol Report: Economic decision-making in … last_img read more

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Dhoni’s surprise move to vacate the chair in the ODI and T20 formats of the game opens the door for Virat Kohli to assume control of the reins as the undisputed monarch of Indian cricket This change in leadership happens at an interesting phase of Indian cricket File picture of MS Dhoni Getty The Supreme Court has paved the way for a future in which former cricketers are expected to have a larger say in the running of the game Anil Kumble is already the coach of the Indian team while Rahul Dravid is the man shaping the future of the younger generation India is ranked number one in the ICC Test rankings establishing themselves at the head of the new world order While the team did flirt with the top ranking earlier as well their current fifteen point lead over Australia represents a degree of comfort that is rather uncommon The evolution of this team into world beaters has been a gradual process that has taken decades to achieve through some astute leadership by some inspirational players Ajit Wadekar helped India break away from its self-imposed shackles by teaching them the virtue of ambition even when playing overseas Riding on some bold performances by a freshly minted Sunil Gavaskar Wadekar’s men took on the might of the West Indies and England with pride and purpose Kapil Dev lifted the team into an altogether new orbit by inspiring them to a rousing World Cup victory that remains a definitive moment in the team’s cricket history to this day The all-rounder’s ebullient approach to the game transformed Indian cricket helped in no small measure by the emergence of television The 1990s weren’t as productive but the vacuum was made sufferable by the presence of Sachin Tendulkar as well as the emergence of Sourav Ganguly and Dravid Indian cricket was catapulted into a bold new era at the break of the new millennium At a time when betting cast a dark cloud over the game Ganguly offered a silver lining that catapulted India into a bold new era India’s cricket was defined by its mastery over the art of spin bowling and a defiant style of batting that laid focus on occupying the crease often at the expense of scoring runs Ganguly taught his team to be aggressive a trait that seemed too alien to a team draped in a deep shade of conservativism The iconic moment when the Prince of Kolkata ripped open his India shirt for an exuberant celebration on the Lord’s balcony was an unforgettable reminder of his belligerence Ganguly’s reign coincided with the emergence of India as a power centre in the game The Greg Chappell fiasco threatened to shred Indian cricket into pieces but fortune favours the brave and Ganguly turned his men into warriors It was after this that MS Dhoni took over the reins of the team The importance of television as the main medium of expression for cricket had grown deeper and stronger by the turn of the millennium Television allowed a greater role for technology in sport and analysis became a way of life in cricket Teams were surrounded by video and computer analysts that broke down every movement on and off the field to develop specific plans for the team Dhoni was nearly anachronistic under these circumstances He was a man driven by his instincts a gutsy cricketer who lead from the front and made warriors of his men He expressed himself with rare freedom and the spirit rubbed off on his boys like a contagion Even as the rest of the world entrusted their fortunes to a mixture of back room staff and a host of super computers Dhoni remained steadfast in his religious faith in his own gut The two World Cups that nearly define his career and influence on Indian cricket serve as great reminders of Dhoni’s unflinching reliance on his instinct Who can forget the moment he threw the ball to Joginder Sharma in that T20 World Cup in South Africa It was an inspired choice of a man willing to flirt with defeat to embrace victory The triumphant run of Dhoni’s boys was a breath of fresh air given the absence of Tendulkar Ganguly and Dravid from that team Victory helped Dhoni stamp his authority over the team paving the way for a new chapter in Indian cricket And the ODI World Cup in 2011 added to the near mythical status of Dhoni in Indian cricket lore The early departure of Virender Sehwag and Tendulkar left the team exposed in a World Cup final at home In a brave move Dhoni took the situation head on by promoting himself up the order His 79 ball 91 was one of the most important innings in the history of Indian cricket It was another bold expression by a man who believed in leading from the front Success was no longer a surprise but a habit under the astute leadership of the man from Ranchi The fact that Dhoni won 165 of 230 ODIs and 42 of 72 T20 matches as captain seal his legacy as one of the most successful leaders of modern day cricket But Dhoni will stand out among his peers for proving that even with all the technology at our disposal the most valuable asset of a leader remains human 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