Hemlock pest

first_imgThousands of broken trees line the banks of the Chattooga River. The dead gray stabs were once evergreen monsters offering shade to trout and picturesque views to visitors. These Eastern hemlocks are dying rapidly, and University of Georgia researchers are working to save them. One tiny insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, is to blame. The Asian insect first appeared in the eastern U.S. in Richmond, Va., in the 1950s. In 2003, it crossed the river from South Carolina and started feeding on Georgia trees.Cell suckersThe tiny pests suck up cells from the tree’s needles, which prevent them from transferring water and conducting photosynthesis. The first obvious sign of an infestation is thinning foliage. Needles fall off, and the crown starts thinning. From a distance, trees look gray. Researchers working to find ways to combat the adelgid have focused on releasing ladybird beetles, which eat adelgids. A new UGA study brings some of the logistical issues to light and offers hope for more successful control in the future. The results were published in the December issue of the Journal of Economic Entomology. “Because the trees being attacked live mostly in remote forests where insecticide application is impractical, predators may be the best hope for tree survival,” said Shimat Joseph, former UGA doctoral student who authored the journal article. Predators help, but they aren’t hardyPrevious studies have shown widely released predator beetles, Laricobius nigrinus and Sasajiscymnus tsugae, have been successful in controlling hemlock wooly adelgid populations, but they have not survived well through multiple seasons. “Adelgid populations are not concentrated where we are releasing the predators,” Joseph said. “Previous studies assumed populations are evenly distributed, but we are seeing that is not the case.” According to the study, adelgid populations tend to be more abundant in the upper crown, especially early in the infestation. This study suggests predator releases should focus in this area where higher densities are more likely. Up to this point, releases have been made in the lower third of the tree crown. “Chemical control can slow the spread of adelgids, but beetles provide some hope that we will be able to manage the adelgids and bring them into balance. We may never be able to eliminate them,” said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and co-author of the paper.Diamonds over the canopy The three-year study looked at the population rates of adelgids in hemlocks located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The 60 north Georgia trees selected for the study were 25 to 70 years old. Predator beetles are reared on infested hemlock branches in labs. When released, the branches, saturated with about 100 beetles, are tied to living trees where populations have been identified. Strategic placement of the predators is important for successful control of the adelgid—and for the bottom line. “Because the beetles are so expensive to grow, every single little beetle is like releasing diamonds over the canopy,” Braman said.A cocktail of fertilizer and insecticide was applied to the trees included in the study to develop an application ratio that would maintain tree health while keeping enough adelgids alive to serve as sustainable food for the beetles but not enough to kill the tree. “Part of the problem with maintaining predator beetles has to do with the declining tree health,” said study co-author Jim Hanula, an entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service and adjunct faculty in the UGA department of entomology. “As tree health declines, adelgids produce fewer eggs and, in turn, less food for the predators.”Georgia trees decline faster than those found in northern states due to a lack of winter weather, which kills back adelgid populations in the North. The full article is available online at www.bioone.org/doi/full/10.1603/EC11022.last_img read more

OECS celebrates 31st anniversary in Toronto

first_img Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews OECS celebrates 31st anniversary in Toronto by: – June 25, 2012 OECS flag. Photo credit: thewestindiannews.comTORONTO, Canada — In celebration of the 31st Anniversary of the Founding of Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the OECS interim national council (Canada), via the cultural and entertainment standing committee, hosted a reception on Friday in Toronto, Canada.The celebration showcased business entrepreneurs’ products and services, and staged a cultural market place with fashion designers and models lighting up the catwalk with trendy outfits.OECS nationals and others were warmly received by Consul/Liaison Officer, E. Bernard John. Community messages and remarks, we delivered by consuls general and consuls from all member states.Chairman of the OECS working group, Honorary Consul General of St Kitts and Nevis, John Allen, performed double duty, delivering his community message and reading a message from current OECS chairman, Dr Kenny Anthony, prime minister of St Lucia.Anthony’s message referenced the signing in St Kitts on June 18, 1981, of the Treaty of Basseterre and the strong links that exist with the larger community.“We are currently moving towards the creation of a new entity to regulate the energy sector across our islands, using a model similar to the successful ECTEL agency for telecoms,” he said.Anthony also noted that steps are being taken to “pool our resources to provide a stronger thrust in our foreign policy. The recently revised Treaty of Basseterre is now making way for political architecture and opportunities for deeper collaboration across our governments and our institutions.”The OECS must continue to see how it can better integrate its population, to grow and prosper across boundaries, disciplines and accents and that our islands remain open for business and intend on becoming world class participants, said Anthony.His message continued , “August of this year, we will witness, in Antigua, the commencement of the OECS Assembly, which will see representatives from all our parliaments, both government and opposition, meeting and debating legislation that has a basis throughout our Caribbean sub-region.”Acknowledgment was given to “the government of Canada through CIDA for many years supported major development projects in our islands, from schools to airports — to be one of the most important source markets for visitors, despite the global economic recession.”With business entrepreneurs and models buzzing in the corridors, the fashion and cultural performance certainly reminded all that the Caribbean is one family. The colourful display of fabrics, artistry and funfair produced by the standing committee, cultural and entertainment chair, Eulalie Walling-Sampson and co-chair Lorraine Delsol, were exemplary of the islands indigenous creative arts.Caribbean citizens form an integral part of Canadian multiculturalism and the rich culture that is displayed at CARIBANA, so mark your calendar July 17 to August 5, 2012.The warmth of the islands is alive and well, the fusion of ideas and partnerships is great in the Diaspora. And in so doing, the technological space will permit a live feed for next year’s celebration and performance. Caribbean News Now Tweetcenter_img 18 Views   no discussions Share Sharelast_img read more

Visions and Voices event explores the intersection of theatre and social change

first_imgBranscrombe replied, “Back to our cells? We have the room for a full two hours, we just got in here.”  The Visions and Voices event was a product of “Performing Policy: The Justice Project,” a theatre performance program that connects students from professor Brent Blair and Sol Price School of Public Policy doctoral candidate Jocelyn Poe’s classes with formerly incarcerated people. The scenes are primarily set in a prison art room, Bare Bones. Prison’s art rooms provide a special place for the incarcerated to heal through activities like painting, reading and writing, and both Branscombe and Tubbs were advocates for these spaces while serving their time. “Restorative justice programs have been proven to reduce recidivism by nearly 50% over time,” a voiceover stated. “One program in Wisconsin showed significant declines in youth violent arrests, crime and recidivism. Five years after the program began, violent juvenile offenses decreased [by] almost 49% and overall juvenile arrest rates decreased almost 45%.” To these men, restorative justice is anything but useless. Rather, it is a resource that leads to their releases and rehabilitation. Poe said one goal of the play is to help people understand that “each day the decisions we make, the choices we have are all influenced by policy.” She further shared how “using theatre as a method to explore policy provides us a unique opportunity to understand how policy impacts lived experiences resulting in better policy.” “If you really care about the victims of violence then you want programs like this because this is how you prevent them from becoming victims in the first place,” Gilligan said on Zoom after the play concluded. These scenes detailed the tribulations the duo faced as inmates, but also the power of restorative justice.  The hard facts aimed to dismantle a common narrative that restorative justice programs are a waste of taxpayer dollars and generally unhelpful. “We’ve created a space for Christians, Muslims, … Black and white people,” Tubbs said in the play. “For everybody to come in here and to heal and to love one another. Now that’s the truth, that’s the truth that’s gonna set us free.” Blair, who leads the program and is a professor of theatre practice, worked with Poe, who is also a Price faculty member, and Javier Stauring from Healing Dialogue and Action, an organization focused on restorative justice. Throughout the play, the scenes “paused” and videos with statistics and information on the U.S. prison system and restorative justice were shared. The play centers on Christian Branscombe and Tobias Tubbs, two individuals who were convicted of separate violent crimes and sent to the California State Prison in L.A. County. Branscombe was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole while Tubbs was given two life sentences. Both men have since been freed and perform as themselves in the play. “Alright, ladies, break it up,” said an officer played by Adam Torres, a sophomore majoring in theatre. “Pack up your stuff and get back to your cells.”  Unlike most Vision and Voices events, the play was presented on Zoom, instead of in a traditional theatre, which made for a memorable performance. Despite a few brief technical difficulties, the production proved to be a success with 190 people in attendance, learning that theatre and policy are in fact interconnected. The play also reenacted the many times Branscombe and Tubbs were targeted by prison security guards who impeded on their art sessions, seemingly just to get a rise out of them. From their respective homes across the nation, activists and USC students came together Monday evening to perform “Pause,” an original and interactive play about restorative justice and the failures of the U.S. prison system. “There’s only two entities — entities of light and entities of darkness,” Tubbs said of overcoming the hostile environment that was prison. “Torres, he’s given himself over to a mean and vindictive spirit, bro. Imma reject it every time with my heart and with my mind.”  Students from Blair and Poe’s classes “Theatre in the Community” and “Topics in Public Policy and Urban Studies,” respectively, act in secondary roles as a prison guard, a game show host and reporters, among many other roles. All scenes were skillfully crafted to explore different aspects of restorative justice, a form of criminal justice that focuses on rehabilitation rather than retribution through communication between victim and offender, and the reality of the prison system. The play reminded audience members that prisons are meant to be a place of rehabilitation and not serve as a purely punitive environment. Restorative justice has the power to heal both survivors of violent crimes and the perpetrators, if the U.S. prison system chooses to embrace it. “Art healing programs have miraculous results,” Tubbs said. “I wouldn’t have been looking at freedom in five months if it wasn’t for Bare Bones.” After the play ended, an audience member, Dr. James Gilligan, made connections between what he saw in the play and his own research. Gilligan is a psychiatrist and author of a series of books entitled “Violence,” where he draws on 25 years of work in the U.S. prison system to describe the motivation behind violent behavior. “It’s a story about challenges in the prison industrial complex and a hope and a prayer and action for restorative justice solution,” Blair said.  In one particularly relevant scene, mass incarceration was compared to the current coronavirus pandemic, providing a lens into the complexity of the U.S. prison system. “Hurt people hurt people,” Branscombe said, “and healed people heal people brother.” “I can’t see any of you, I’m trusting that you’re there,” Blair said. “I hope that you can trust that I’m here and that we’re together in the same space and heart.” “Imagine social distancing in a cell with another person for your whole life — maybe not another person if you’re in solitary,” Mikki Benjamin, a senior majoring in theatre, said in a scene. “Prison is like having COVID-19 all the time.”last_img read more

IPL-4: 350 to go under auctioneer’s hammer

first_imgAs many as 350 top cricketers from India and abroad would go under the auctioneer’s hammer in Bangalore on January 8 and 9 with the 10 IPL franchises bidding for their services for the fourth season of the lucrative Twenty20 League.Barring a dozen players, including Indian superstars Sachin Tendulkar, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virender Sehwag, who have been retained by five franchises in advance of the auction as per the IPL player regulations, most of the world’s top players would be up for grabs.The list of players has 11 out of 12 century makers in the previous three IPL seasons, including the Twenty20 league’s fastest century maker Yusuf Pathan and 2010 ICC ODI Player of the Year, A B de Villers (South Africa), Cricket Board Secretary N Srinivasan said on Wednesday.Former India skippers Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid, too, would be available for pickings by the various franchises.Other established IPL performers available at the auction include current Indian team members Gautam Gambhir, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra and Yuvraj Singh, as well as 2009 IPL’s most successful bowler (38 wickets) R P Singh.”The DLF IPL auction is indeed a very exciting prospect. I am confident that IPL fans throughout India and across the world will be paying very close attention to which of the world’s best cricketers will be wearing their teams colours for the next IPL season,” said IPL Chairman Chirayu Amin.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

OSU basketball better than football

This may sound odd, but I’m starting to get bored with Buckeye football. I know that there are still big games on the schedule, especially the Michigan game. But after getting beat by Purdue, playing a fluky game against Wisconsin and predictably blowing out New Mexico State, the whole thing is just starting to feel tired. I just haven’t been able to get behind this team. I still root for them, but watching the Buckeyes this year just isn’t the same.Luckily there’s another team starting their season, and it is one that I think is going to be a lot more entertaining. The men’s basketball team doesn’t have problems with unproven freshman or sophomores. Instead they have returning juniors Evan Turner, Jon Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale who are genuine, battle-hardened veterans of a couple long seasons. Add to that a return of National Championship-run team member David Lighty, super sophomore William Buford, and hard-working junior college transfers Jeremie Simmons and P.J. Hill. There are other guys that casual fans won’t recognize from their playing time, (including another Greek seven-footer, Zisis Sarikopoulos) but the starters have seen it all in the Big Ten, and are ready for another title.I even like the basketball coach more. Thad Matta had back surgery a little bit ago, but it hasn’t slowed him down at all. He looks like he runs as much as the players on some nights. Where football fans see a stuffed sweater vest standing on the sidelines whispering into a headset about the next punt, basketball fans see a guy in a suit yelling, screaming, sweating, and cheering his team to victory with every other fan. You can tell that he lives for basketball; he was born in a town called “Hoopeston.” I can’t see gum flying out of Tressel’s mouth, much less him picking it up and putting it back in after it hits the ground.From my seats in C Deck, I can just barely make out some of the numbers on the field as I try to remember what my fingers felt like. From my seats in Value City Arena, I can high five the players after they go on a 12-0 run to finish out the half. The chants are louder and clearer, the game is faster and the team is better. What better cure for the gridiron doldrums? Not to mention that when basketball season ends, there’s usually a 65-team tournament to savor. By contrast, football enjoys a month and a half of waiting before a bowl game that won’t matter unless some journalists and computers say it does. I won’t be tuning out the rest of the football games, but I am relieved that the better fan experience finally starts their season next week. Go Bucks! read more

Lavender looks to lead Bucks into national spotlight

Once you are recognized as the best, it becomes that much harder to stay there.Sometimes there are external factors, like the target that you wear on your back once the accolades start coming your way.But far more often, the struggle to stay on top is internal.There are many terms for this phenomenon: resting on your laurels, self-satisfaction or just plain laziness.Ohio State women’s basketball player Jantel Lavender will never fall into that trap.Lavender has been unanimously selected as the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year, and the Buckeyes she leads have been picked to finish first in the Big Ten by both the media and coaches poll.Do such lofty expectations make her soft?“I think it’s motivation to continue to be at the level of a top team,” Lavender said.Saying it is motivating and actually displaying motivation are two very different things.When someone has to go to class, hit the weight room and then go to practice and impress a task-master like coach Jim Foster, words won’t cut it. Only action will.“If it means coming in and shooting 500 [3-pointers] a day or running extremely hard, whatever it takes is what I’ll do,” Lavender said.Statistics like the ones Lavender has racked up can be telling.In her freshman campaign, she averaged 17.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Those tallies increased to 20.8 and 10.7 respectively in her sophomore season.Is it an upward trend or has she reached the pinnacle?“I just come in every day with the attitude that I’m getting better every single day,” Lavender said. “There’s not a plateau for me. You can always add to your game.”Foster isn’t ready to call his star player a finished product just yet.“She needs to continue to work on her face-up game, shoot the [3-pointer] with a little more consistency and to continue to improve her left [hand],” Foster said.With goals, expectations and four new freshmen faces in the lineup, it is extremely important that team leaders set the tone.“If you have to motivate your best players to play hard every day, you’re stuck in the mud,” Foster said.“When your best players are your hardest workers, then you’re on the autobahn.”Lavender is a hard worker, and a self-avowed basketball junkie. A lot of players will say they model their game after a certain star player.Usually, it is a name that even the most casual of fans have heard of, such as LeBron James or Kobe Bryant.But Lavender looks for ways to improve her game in the most unlikely of places.“I love the game so much and constantly want to learn something new,” she said.  “I’m a sponge. It can be a kid on the playground I’m watching that does something out of the ordinary.”Last year’s run to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament and subsequent ouster has fueled the fire for the team to surpass the last two seasons’ accomplishments. That can only mean one thing: a national title.Will Lavender have what it takes to lead this year’s Buckeyes to another Big Ten title and beyond? She sounds ready.“There are no excuses,” she said of this season. “I know what needs to be done.” read more

Bucks eyeing conference tournament championship

Heading into the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Tournament as the top seed, the Ohio State men’s volleyball team could easily grow complacent.The No. 10 Buckeyes have won 10 consecutive matches, including a 3-0 win against tonight’s opponent, No. 13 Ball State. “We ended up beating three rivals to end the season,” said middle hitter Kevin Heine, “so the team is feeling pretty confident.” By winning the regular-season conference title for the fourth consecutive season, OSU earned a first-round bye in the quarterfinals and will host the semifinal match. Many players agreed that this was a big advantage, as they will get to play in front of their home crowd and won’t have to travel.The Buckeyes may also have the most talent in the conference. Redshirt junior Steven Kehoe was named the MIVA Player of the Year. He and three other Buckeyes are also members of the all-conference team, tied for the most from one school. Additionally, coach Pete Hanson was named the MIVA Co-Coach of the Year.While all the signs point to success in the tournament, the team knows it can’t take anything for granted.“We have a pretty healthy respect for our opponents,” Kehoe said. From here on out, any mistakes could result in the end of the season. “We know that every game is a must win,” Heine said. In order to advance to the NCAA championship in May, the Buckeyes basically must win the MIVA tournament. The NCAA championship features the three conference winners and one at-large bid, but should they lose, the Buckeyes likely would not receive the at-large bid. The Buckeyes did not let the extra time off due to the bye go to waste. “We had a really good focus at practice,” Heine said. The team spent last week working on its own skills and going back to the basics, sophomore Shawn Sangrey said.This week, practices shifted focus to preparing specifically for their next opponent Ball State, redshirt junior John Klanac said. The Buckeyes also understand that the entire team needs to play well for it to succeed. “Everyone understood their roles on the team,” Kehoe said. Especially at the end of the long season, the rest of the team is there to pick each other up when someone isn’t playing to their potential, Klanac said. “We don’t let anyone slack off,” Sangrey said. The Buckeyes face Ball State tonight at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena. read more

Nikola Kalinic promises Atletico Madrid fans to give it his all

first_imgNikola Kalinic was officially presented as Atletico Madrid’s newest number nine on Monday afternoon and he promised the fans that he intends to give it his all at the clubAfter a difficult season at AC Milan, the Croatian striker opted to end his three-year stay in Italy for a move to the Spanish capital with Atletico for an undisclosed fee.Kalinic will have big boots to fill at the Wanda Metropolitano this season after being handed club legend Fernando Torres’ iconic number nine jersey following the Spaniard’s departure to Japan at the end of last season.But  Kalinic is up for the challenge and revealed just how much it means to him to join Los Rojiblancos.“I’m going to give it my all for the team,” said the 30-year-old on the club website.“I’ve been following Atlético for a while and I’m excited to fight for my spot.”The Croatia international got his first taste of playing for Diego Simeone’s side in a pre-season friendly against Inter Milan at home over the weekend.Now Kalinic is looking to make his official debut for Atletico in Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash with city rivals Real Madrid at Estonia.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I felt good in my first match in this magnificent stadium,” he said.“We’re going to give it our all on Wednesday and I hope we win.”Club president Enrique Cerezo welcomed home Atletico’s newest recruit.“Kalinic is a talented forward, who has shown in the Italian league that he’s a great player,” Cerezo said.“We’re sure you’re going to give it your all here. Welcome to your new home and team.”?⚪? | #BienvenidoKalinic? Kalinic: “Vengo a darlo todo por el Atlético”.#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/IYlcQLxRzx— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) August 13, 2018last_img read more

Guardiola places a lot of trust in Foden

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted he won’t hesitate to play the club’s teenage sensation.The former Bayern Munich manager believes the England youth international will play more games this season as he continues to grow physically and even mentally on the pitch. Foden started the community shield game against Chelsea two weeks ago at Wembley, helping his boyhood club secure the first trophy of the season with a 2-0 victory over rivals Chelsea.However, Kevin De Bruyne’s injury means there could be an opening for Foden to step in, and Guardiola has little doubt the teenager can step up if called upon.“We know him very well. He was with us last season, he is part of the group,” Guardiola told English newspapers, as quoted by ESPN.“Sometimes last season he went with the second team, first team, second team — now he is part of the team.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“When I believe he has to play, he plays. All I can say is that I’m so delighted the way he trains every single day. He trains like a professional, the way he improves, and he has the same chances, like the other guys, to win my decision.”“I think for players who come from the academy, the problem is to settle immediately in the first team. It’s not easy, it’s complicated.“But that is not the case with Phil because I had to put him in Champions League or Community Shield against Chelsea. He can do it. We trust him a lot.”last_img read more