Trojans finish 11th at NCAA championships

first_imgThe No. 13 USC men’s swimming and diving team finished 11th overall at the NCAA championships at Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, topping off its season with strong improvements both as a team and as individual members.Group effort · Sophomore James White teamed up with senior Zoltan Povazsay, junior Emmett Walling and sophomore Jeff Daniels to finish this weekend’s 400-yard freestyle relay in 2:54.88, good enough to place 12th overall. The foursome nearly set a school record in the preliminaries. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily Trojan “While we fell a bit short of our goal of top 10 this season for the men, we clearly are making inroads toward breaking into the top 10 with an eye on the top five soon,” said USC coach Dave Salo.The competition’s start was delayed 24 hours, as 18 student-athletes and one coach were being treated at Ohio State for a possible gastrointestinal illness Tuesday and Wednesday.When the event kicked off Friday, junior Clement Lefert led the team by finishing third in the 500-yard freestyle with a 4:13.77. Lefert had a comfortable lead throughout the race until the final 50 yards, where he was overtaken by Conor Dwyer of Florida (4:13.64) and Jean Basson of Arizona (4:13.65); a mere .13 seconds separated the top-three finishers. This marked USC’s best performance in the 500-yard freestyle at the NCAA championships since Olympic medalist Larsen Jensen won the event in 2007.“Clement did his thing and almost won the 500,” USC assistant coach Jeremy Kipp said. “But he also gained incredible experience that will help him contend next season for the 500 title.”Junior Richard Charlesworth made the consolation final in the 500-yard freestyle and came in eighth in his race with a time of 4:23.88 (16th overall). That time was, however, four seconds slower than his preliminary performance (4:19.09).Sophomore diver Harrison Jones just missed qualification for the 1-meter springboard final after finishing ninth in the preliminaries (364.20). He went on to finish tied for seventh in the consolation final with a score of 355.15, to tie for 15th overall. Jones also just missed out on making the final in platform but ended up winning the consolation final and finishing ninth overall with 376.40 points.“Despite illness into the last day of competition, Harrison Jones came away with an outstanding result in the platform event,” Salo said.On Saturday, the Trojans came in sixth in the 800-yard freestyle relay (6:20.87). The Trojans won this event at the 2010 Pac-10 championships but this time used a different team with regulars Lefert, senior Zoltan Povazsay, sophomore co-captain Patrick White and freshmen Nick Karpov replacing senior co-captain James Martin. Texas won the race in 6:12.77.Lefert and White both missed qualifying for the final of the 200-yard freestyle, taking ninth (1:34.11) and 15th (1:35.02) in the preliminaries, respectively. Lefert won the consolation final (1:33.84), finishing ninth overall with a time that would have placed him sixth in the A-final. White came in third in the same consolation final, finishing 11th overall with a time of 1:34.69.Sophomore Dillon Connolly and junior Emmett Walling both swam in the consolation final of the 100-yard breaststroke, where Connolly took fifth (13th overall) in 53.35 while Walling came in eighth (16th overall) in 54.02.Sunday’s competition saw Charlesworth become the sixth-fastest miler in USC history; he posted a season best of 14:54.51 and came ninth overall, touching just 0.80 seconds out of top eight.Lefert scored in his third individual event of the competition in the 200-yard butterfly where he finished in 1:44.15.“Clement Lefert was clearly our standout performer,” Salo said.The Trojan 400-yard freestyle relay of Walling, White Povazsay and sophomore Jeff Daniels finished 12th with a time of 2:54.88.USC finished with 116.5 points at the NCAA championships, which marked the team’s final collegiate competition of the season.“We did well, but the coaches are already looking forward to next season,” Kipp said.last_img read more

Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Nets no longer front-runners for Warriors star

first_imgAccording to The Athletic, Durant has not decided if he wants to even take meetings with teams looking to add the two-time NBA Finals MVP to their rosters.Kevin Durant has not yet decided whether he will actually take meetings with prospective teams when free agency begins Sunday evening, but if he and his group do, the discussions will be in New York City, per source.— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) June 27, 2019Even though the 10-time All-Star will likely miss all of the 2019-20 season rehabbing a ruptured Achilles, suitors appear willing to give Durant a max contract and as Brooklyn reportedly leaves the picture, the other New York team steps up as the front-runner.The Knicks still believe they have a chance to land Durant, according to SNY.But his injury is still a concern for New York. According to SNY, which cited unidentified sources familiar with the situation, the Nets are “not the front-runners or favorites to sign Durant at the moment.”This adds yet another layer to a situation Durant doesn’t even have the answer to yet. Related News Kevin Durant free agency news: Superstar sells Malibu mansion for $12.15M Dirk Nowitzki on Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson injuries: ‘I do feel bad for the Warriors’ The Nets are no longer front-runners to sign Kevin Durant.Durant, who has been linked to a number of teams as he gets ready to explore free agency, recently sold his Malibu mansion and has been spotted around New York. This added fuel to rumors that Durant would land in the city, however, according to SportsNet New York, it might not be the Nets. Kevin Durant free agency rumors: Superstar in New York after declining Warriors option An earlier ESPN report noted that Knicks owner James Dolan is urging team executives to use “caution” regarding Durant’s Achilles and wants to see test results and his projected prognosis.As free agency is set to begin at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, the Knicks have plenty of cap space to sign the star. They are also believed to be looking at Kawhi Leonard among others.last_img read more

Off-duty officers shoot man who attempted to rob them during sale

first_imgTwo Hernando County officers are reporting that they were forced to shoot a suspect who attempted to rob them when they responded to an advertisement for the sale of jet skies.The incident occurred at a home in Wildwood Sunday.According to the report, after responding to the advertisement, the off-duty officers met up with 19-year-old Terrance Jones Jr.Officials say Jones Jr. pulled out a gun on them and attempted to rob them. At that point, the officer identified themselves and pulled out their own weapons but Jones Jr. reportedly refused to drop his weapon. They then reported that Jones Jr. fired several shots in their direction and that’s when the officers fired back, striking him in the leg.During the investigation of the incident, the homeowner told authorities that he did not recognize Jones Jr. nor did he put up the jet skies for sale.Jones Jr. has since been taken into custody and charged with robbery, assault and other felonies. He is currently being held without bail.last_img read more

2015 Halloween Events

first_imgBy Danielle SchipaniThe following are just some of the Two River area events that people of all ages can attend to embrace their Halloween spirit.“Time for a Ghost Story” will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Senior Community Center in Holmdel and will feature stories read by the Traveling Literary Theater Group. The program is provided by the Holmdel Public Library and Recreation Dept. This is an 18 and over event. There will be light refreshments and no registration is required.Creatures of the Night, a hayride that takes place in Huber Woods Park, Middletown is offered from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 24. Pre-registration is required and there is a cost of $8.50 per person. For more information or to register call 732-842-4000 or visit monmouthcountyparks.com.The Monmouth County Park System will host a Great Pumpkin Barn Dance from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct 24 in the Thompson Park Activity Barn, Lincroft. The program, which will feature pumpkin carving and a dance floor, is open to all ages and children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $25 per family to include two to four people. Pre-registration is required. To register visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000.The annual Halloween Egg Hunt will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at McCarter Park in Fair Haven. Children will try to collect as many black and orange-themed Halloween Eggs as they can.Rumson Halloween Party and Parade will take place from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Sunday Oct. 25 at Forrestdale School. This is a rain or shine event and will be held in the cafeteria if there is bad weather. The event will include costume contests and prizes, trick or treat locations in the park, and refreshments. All ages are welcome.The Halloween Parade at Knollwood School in Fair Haven will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25. The parade lineup begins at 1:30 p.m.The Halloween Family Movie Night will be from 6:45 to 7:25 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Middletown Public Librar y. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes and bring a pillow and a blanket. There will be candy, scary book readings, and a viewing of a Halloween short film. No pre-registration required.The Middletown Township Public Library will hold a Halloween Parade for all ages from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Oct. 30. During the parade children will stop at “trick or treat” stations to collect prizes. The library will provide each child with a pumpkin for collecting treats.A Halloween Parade will take place at 2 p.m. Oct. 31 on First Avenue in Atlantic Highlands. All ages are welcome.The Pet Costume Parade will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 31 on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright. The parade will start at Valley National Bank and end on Peninsula Avenue. Prizes will be awarded.The Jersey Shore Ghost Tours begin outside of the Dublin House in Red Bank every Friday night until Halloween. The event is a lantern tour of Red Bank. Tickets are available starting at 8 p.m. and the tour begins at 8:30 p.m. Rain or shine.Boscov’s has teamed up with JDRF to run the Halloween Candy Exchange Program for diabetic children ages 14 years and younger. Children can exchange their Halloween candy they received from trick-or-treating for a $10 gift card to choose a game or toy at the courtesy desk of any Boscov location. This program will run Oct. 31 to Nov. 7. Pre-registration is required. Register by filling out the 2015 Halloween Candy Exchange Flyer found at jdrf.org.last_img read more

Astrobiology’s Fantasy Universe

first_img(Visited 117 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The media glosses over difficulties in its blind quest to look for the ’emergence’ of life on other planets.If evolution skeptics had ten minutes on mainstream media to present scientific objections to origin-of-life scenarios, they would blow astrobiology out of the water. But evolutionary materialists are clever. They found a way to label anything other than their belief as ‘anti-science.’ As a result, reporters have free rein to present fact-free, fantastical stories like the following without any fear of critical analysis.poof spoof, n.: a phrase representing the evolutionists’ propensity to use words like “emergence” — a miracle word masquerading as a natural process.Looking for life in all the right places, with the right tool (Science Daily). Researchers publishing for the American Chemical Society have developed a tool for detecting amino acids with 10,000 times more sensitivity than before. That’s nice; it could be useful for organic chemists. But it means about as much to astrobiology as detecting iron atoms in rock means to explaining bridges and skyscrapers. Amino acids are quite common and have no significance unless arranged into long, precisely-sequenced, polypeptides that can fold into functional proteins. Not only is that hopelessly improbable (see the film Origin and our online book), but amino acids tend to fall apart in water (not join up) according to well-known laws of chemistry. They’re also useless unless one-handed, another huge improbability. That’s the science. None of those crucial facts are mentioned by the reporter. Extrapolating recklessly, he tempts imagination, saying, “this type of technology is under consideration for future missions to ocean worlds like Europa and also Enceladus,” adding,”The researchers say these are the best techniques yet to find signs of life on other worlds.”One sign the press is living in a fantasy universe is the high perhapsimaybecouldness index. Another clue is reliance on the Poof Spoof fallacy. Watch for them:Biochemical ‘fossil’ shows how life may have emerged without phosphate (Science Daily). Major premise: life as we know it depends on phosphate; it is “an essential building block of genetic and metabolic machinery in cells.” Minor premise: It has “poor accessibility on earth.” Conclusion: Maybe the first life didn’t need it.In a study published on March 9 in the journal Cell, researchers used systems biology approaches to tackle this long-standing conundrum, providing compelling, data-driven evidence that primitive life forms may not have relied on phosphate at all. Instead, a few simple, abundant molecules could have supported the emergence of a sulfur-based, phosphate-free metabolism, which expanded to form a rich network of biochemical reactions capable of supporting the synthesis of a broad category of key biomolecules.“The significance of this work is that future efforts to understand life’s origin should take into account the concrete possibility that phosphate-based processes, which are essential today, may not have been around when the first life-like processes started emerging,” says senior study author Daniel Segrè (@dsegre) of Boston University. “An early phosphate-independent metabolism capable of producing several key building blocks of living systems is in principle viable.”Is it really possible to have “compelling, data-driven evidence” for something that may or could have happened? Usually those adjectives describe what did happen. Do these scientists show any actual phosphate-free organisms? No, of course not. The “scenario” was all done with models. Do they explain how phosphate-free life evolved to depend on phosphate later? No, of course not. It’s nearly inconceivable to imagine life without ATP, DNA, RNA, which all require phosphate, to say nothing of the elaborate molecular machines that build and maintain them. Their model is pure fantasy, trying to imagine the “landscape of possible historical paths of metabolism” that have no observational basis. The article uses the word “emerged” or “emergence” seven times (the Poof Spoof).Synchronized chaotic targeting and acceleration of surface chemistry in prebiotic hydrothermal microenvironments (PNAS). Without controversy, it’s hard to get into the National Academy of Sciences. It’s hard to publish a paper in their journal PNAS. But no amount of knowledge can overcome faulty premises. For the same reasons as above, no amount of handwaving and Jargonwocky by these four materialists at Texas A&M University can overcome the heavy use of “emergence” and perhapsimaybecouldness they use in the paper. It ends up only “suggesting a new avenue to explain prebiotic emergence of macromolecules from dilute organic precursors—a key unanswered question in the origin of life on Earth and elsewhere.” For a taste of what they are up against, see the Santa Fe Institute‘s article “Life’s lower limits.” It explores the minimal energy requirements for living cells in the real world.The Future of Prebiotic Chemistry (ACS Central Science). This press release begins in an embarrassing way. “Here is a puzzle: in what area of organic synthesis research are synthetic organic chemists a minority? According to Albert Eschenmoser, it is in the field of prebiotic chemistry: the study of the reactions and molecules that led to the emergence of life on earth.” Maybe they know better what they are up against in astrobiology’s fantasy universe, and feel it more productive to work in the real world. “It may be that the challenge of finding funding for such an esoteric problem comes easier to established scientists in a world increasingly focused on practical applications.” The article goes on to praise the work of Matthew Powner and John Sutherland, without mentioning that Suzan Mazur essentially demolished their ‘RNA World’ scenario in The Origin of Life Circus (2014), using extensive quotes from leading origin-of-life (OOL) researchers she personally interviewed. Sutherland isn’t even working with RNA any more, but on a mythical molecule he calls ‘pre-proto-RNA’ that he is still searching for.Saturn’s moon Enceladus with “Tiger Stripes” fissures where geysers eruptThe search for extraterrestrial life in the water worlds close to home (The Conversation). A Cassini photo of Enceladus begins this speculative article by Martin and McMinn. It’s a complete distraction. “The discovery of seven exoplanets around a star 40 light years from our Sun has raised the possibility that they could harbour life,” they say. “Why? Because the astronomers who made the discovery believe some of the planets may have liquid water. And on Earth, wherever there is liquid water, there is life.” Thus they launch their Poof Spoof on the basis of hydrobioscopy. Their wonderland of confabulation reads like a religious text, with genuflections to Gaia and the energy god, full of positive vibes except for one moment of sobriety after admitting the only known life is here on our planet: “But ironically, we do not know when, where or how life originated on Earth.” Time out for a logic lesson. The existence of extremophiles in hot springs and at deep sea vents says nothing about how life might have emerged on other planets. If anything, it points to extreme examples of complexity required to survive in such conditions.Their mention of “seven exoplanets” refers to Nature‘s paper last week about an unusual red dwarf named Trappist-1 with seven roughly Earth-size planets in its habitable zone. The planets were only detected indirectly; there is no knowledge of their surfaces or whether they have atmospheres or water. As for life, that would be highly unlikely, given that red dwarfs are prone to deadly superflares, and planets around them tend to be tidally locked. Regardless of those inconvenient truths, the announcement set off a flurry of breathless headlines by reporters:NASA telescope reveals largest batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around single star (Science Daily).Welcome to TRAPPIST-1 (Astrobiology Magazine)Earth’s Seven Sisters (Nature News)Seven Alien ‘Earths’ Found Orbiting Nearby Star (National Geographic)Searching for Life on 7 Nearby Alien Worlds: How Scientists Will Do It (Mike Wall on Space.com)A rare breath of realism came from Chilean astronomer Joshua Tan on Space.com. In his article, “Excited Reports of ‘Habitable Planets’ Need to Come Back Down to Earth,” he pointed out that determining habitability is not so easy; he regrets that reporters were “jumping the gun” on this announcement. “Someday, we may discover definitive proof that another Earth is out there,” he concludes. “But that day has not yet arrived – despite the excited headlines.” For even more realism, listing more reasons not to expect life out there, see the coverage on Evolution News and Science Today, and Creation Ministries International.Could Dark Streaks in Venus’ Clouds Be Microbial Life? (Astrobiology Magazine). NASA’s evidence-free Astrobiology Institute teases readers with the “could” word. Almost anything could happen. Anyone familiar with Venus must surely realize it is one of the last places to expect to find life. If OOL researchers can’t even explain it on the Eden of Earth, why even try with the hellish hothouse of Venus with its sulfuric acid clouds? This can only mean one thing: it’s funding season at NASA. “The question of life on Venus, of all places, is intriguing enough that a team of U.S. and Russian scientists working on a proposal for a new mission to the second planet — named Venera-D — are considering including the search for life in its mission goals.” What would Donald Trump and Jeff Sessions, dragged through media mud about alleged interactions with Russia, think about this?It quickly gets repetitive pointing out the same problems in such articles (hydrobioscopy, perhapsimaybecouldness, Poof Spoof), so we’ll spare readers the redundancy by just listing other examples of fantasyland worlds where complex things just ’emerge’ to show that the science rot in Astrobiology is pervasive.NASA wants to put a lander on Europa’s surface to look for life (New Scientist).Does Pluto Have The Ingredients For Life? (Astrobiology Magazine)Potentially hospitable Enceladus (Phys.org)Scientific dreams can become reality. There are historical examples of that; Jules Verne dreamed of space travel, and Ada Lovelace dreamed of programmable computers. The dreams that came true, however, were built on solid principles of physics (Isaac Newton‘s laws of motion and gravity, for Jules Verne) and the mathematics and logic of Charles Babbage‘s early calculating machines (for Ada Lovelace). When dreams run absolutely contrary to all that is known about chemistry, physics and math, the dreamer has few hopes of escaping the fantasyland of his or her own imagination.You can order copies of Origin from Illustra Media in quantity in convenient quicksleeve format. Consider keeping a handful and handing them out as video tracts. They can have a powerful influence on people, a healthy jolt of realism for those living in the Fantasy Universe.Those with good background in chemistry might enjoy reading Mazur’s Origin of Life Circus. She interviews all the top researchers in the field. Though never quite coming to outright rejection of OOL as pseudoscience, she garners numerous quotes that are unique and priceless. All the researchers essentially falsify each other’s scenarios, and admit that they are absolutely clueless. You would never know that from reading the popular press.last_img read more

World Bank loan for wind, solar projects

first_img3 November 2011South African state electricity company Eskom has been granted a US$250-million (about R1.9-billion) World Bank loan to help it implement two of the largest renewable energy projects ever attempted on the African continent.The loan will help Eskom to build a 100 megawatt concentrating solar power plant in Upington in the Northern Cape, as well as a 100 megawatt wind power project in Sere, 300km north of Cape Town.The loan is funded by the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund, which promotes scaled-up financing for demonstration, deployment and transfer of low-carbon technologies with significant potential for long-term greenhouse gas emissions savings.“Africa is beginning to grow and the problem of energy insecurity is dampening that growth,” World Bank vice-president for Africa Obiageli Ezekwesili said in a statement last week. “By investing in these cutting-edge, transformational solar and wind power projects, we are saying that Africa can lead the way in securing a clean energy future.”In September, Eskom secured a €100-million (R980.8-million) credit facility from French development finance group Agence Française de Developpement (AFD) to finance the Sere Wind Project.In June, it secured a US$365-million (about R2.46-billion) loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to finance both the Sere project and the Upington solar project.According to the AfDB, about 90% of electrical energy produced in the country in 2010 was derived from fossil fuels, emitting approximately 224.7-million tons of carbon dioxide and making the South African economy one of the most carbon-intensive in the world.Emission savings are estimated at about 5-million tons of CO2 equivalent – over a 20-year life span – for the Sere wind power project and 9-million tons for the Upington solar power plant.Eskom CEO Brian Dames sayss the utility’s first large-scale introduction of two renewable energy projects “demonstrates our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint and making the transition to a cleaner energy mix.”Energy from renewable sources will be expected to make up a substantial 42% of all new electricity generation in South Africa over the next 20 years, according to the country’s Integrated Resource Plan 2010, which the Cabinet approved in March.SAinfo reporter and BuaNewslast_img read more

6 Girls FROZEN Hair Accessories Snap Clips Sleepies 3 Ana & 3 Elsa : year old we brought a set previously and she loved them so got her a set too for Christmas

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Ohio FFA members at work in Arlington National Cemetery

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Enrolling in the Landscape Design and Management program at Knox County Career Center made all the difference for a group of four FFA members and opened the door to pursuing their passions to serve others.Last summer, students from Knox County Career Center traveled with their Landscape Design & Management Instructor and FFA Advisor, Jim Scott and over 400 other individuals involved in the landscaping industry to Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D. C. Individuals gathered from across the United States with a shared goal in mind, to work together to enhance and improve over a quarter of the cemetery’s historic grounds through the initiatives of Renewal & Remembrance.Organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals and entering it’s 19th year, Renewal & Remembrance is one of the largest landscape industry days of service in the country. More than 200 of the cemetery’s 624 acres were mulched, pruned, aerated and planted by the hundreds of volunteers.   The relationship between the career center’s Landscape Design and Management program and the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) is growing stronger. A portion of the dues paid by students each year registers them as members of NALP.“Being present at this event at Arlington Cemetery and knowing the work we were doing made a difference was something I am going to take away,” said Brock Denman, a junior FFA member at Knox County Career Center. “The work done in one day is enough work for one man to do in two whole years.”Although individuals from all parts of the country were present to serve, these FFA members stepped up to the plate as the only high school students at the service project.“Being the only high school students was kind of difficult,” said Josiah Grimm, a junior FFA member at Knox County Career Center. “I think people were surprised we were there, but they were also excited to see us there taking an interest in service and in the landscape industry.”After completing a day of hard work and landscaping in the cemetery, the students joined landscape and lawn care professionals to meet with their respective senators and representatives and discussed a variety of issues facing the industry today.“I learned a lot from the experience, but if I could go back and do it again I would have used the day on Capitol Hill to volunteer and work more at Arlington Cemetery,” Josiah said. “I just love getting my hands dirty, working with the earth and breaking a sweat.”Both Brock and Josiah envision themselves working in the landscaping industry in some capacity in the future and accredit their desire to the Landscape Design and Management program at Knox County Career Center.“I did not know what I could see myself doing in the future, but then I began the program here and realized I love working outside and being on equipment,” Brock said. “It has been the perfect opportunity for me.”Josiah is already putting his education and experiences to use as a two-year employee of Greenlawn Specialists based out of Lewis Center in Delaware County.Although this was the first year students from the career center attended an event like Renewal & Remembrance, it is something the chapter will continue pursing in the future.“Our students have gained a new appreciation for service and better understanding for the concept of defending our country. The students witnessed the importance of paying forward to those who gave their all for each of us,” said Jim Scott.Other students who attended the service trip include Jonathan Brooks and Douglas Brown.last_img read more

Time to scout: Here’s what to watch for

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Now is an optimum time to scout your corn and soybean fields. This time of year you can begin to gain knowledge on the progress and condition of your crop.Some key items to assess in the corn crop can be, but aren’t limited to: pollination, kernel development, and amount and/or type of foliar disease present in corn fields. Some soybean key items to assess can be: pod set, flower development, pod fill and amount and/or type of foliar disease. However, there seems to be fairly common objections from growers when it comes to scouting fields during this time frame. Whether it has to do with the heat, humidity, pollen shed or wet soybean canopies from morning dews, whatever your objection might be, let’s take a look at the disease triangle and how it can help guide our scouting trips to make them more efficient and productive. Three things must be present for diseases to occur, also known as the three legs of the disease triangle. These include: disease inoculums, susceptible host and favorable conditions.The first leg of the disease triangle to consider is that the disease inoculums must be present. Each plant disease has differing modes for diseases to be introduced. Some diseases over winter on residue, others move in on storm fronts, others reside in the soil, and or they can come from multiple points. For example, frogeye leaf spot can over winter on residue or it can be deposited via storm fronts from southern regions of the country. Non-rotated fields and no-till fields favor higher residue levels and will have more residue present to overwinter disease inoculums. Field history can determine which fields have the highest probability of having disease inoculums present. By taking management practices and field history into account, you can start narrowing down which fields you need to scout for certain diseases.The second leg of the disease triangle is a susceptible host. These fields can also be narrowed down in the office before you start your scouting trips. Corn hybrids and soybean varieties have differing susceptibilities to foliar diseases due to differences in genetic background. There are three sources to use to determine which hybrids or varieties are more susceptible than others. The first is your local seed dealer. The second is literature or seed guides from the respective seed company. The third is your own experience with a hybrid or variety.Seed companies, publish ratings for the common foliar diseases on a rating scale or they may rate a product’s response to foliar fungicides. It is important to reference the legend for the ratings, as each company may use a different scale for ratings. For example, a rating of 1 from company A represents the best and a rating of 1 from company B represents the poorest. Also, ratings are only relative to that company’s product ratings and cannot be used in comparison to another company’s product. The third source of information is your own experience with a product, which can be the most influential source. Past experiences with a product may be your best indictor of whether or not it is susceptible since it was in your fields and under your management practices. However, remember that the other two legs will influence the amount of disease that is present, especially the third leg.The third leg of the disease triangle is favorable conditions — the most variable and dynamic influencer on disease presence is the environmental conditions. This is due to the fact that each disease favors slightly different conditions for acceleration and that environmental conditions change so rapidly across a field, across time, and throughout the day. For example, gray leaf spot thrives in warm wet periods with temperatures between 75degrees F to 85degrees F and 90% relative humidity. In contrast, northern corn leaf blight favors more moderate temperatures 64degrees F to 81degrees F and high relative humidity. Conditions that favor disease development may be present in bottom fields, fields bordered by woods, irrigated fields, or environments that foster higher relative humidity.Consideration of the three legs of the disease triangle: disease present, susceptible host and favorable conditions can help prioritize your scouting trips to make them more efficient and productive. Then you can use the information you have gathered from product ratings, field history, environmental conditions and your in-field observations to determine whether or not further management practices need to be implemented. Additionally, Extension publications can be helpful for disease identification, fungicide timing or trigger levels or future management tools.last_img read more

Nokia Releases Ovi Maps with Free Walk and Drive Navigation

first_imgSince 2008 Nokia has acquired at least 12 companies, including location-based services like Plazes, Dopplr and Navteq. Hellmis explains that the Navteq acquisition allows Nokia to utilize hybrid vector map technology rather than the more data intensive bitmaps used by other providers. Says Hellmis, “That’s one of the advantages of developing from a mobile device background. We’re aware of the consumer’s resources. You don’t wait to download your maps on a wireless connection and you don’t need a sim card. You’ve got the entire world in your pocket rather than on a server.”This sort of functionality is particularly useful for those who travel frequently and are used to suffering from high data connection costs and unstable network coverage. The service also includes information on safety cameras, speed warnings and pedestrian shortcuts, in addition to 6,000 3D landmarks. Ovi Maps’ voice navigation is immediately available for download on 10 handsets including the Nokia N97 mini, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia E72 at nokia.com/maps. Additional phones will be added in the coming months. The fact that Nokia’s handsets account for 51% (83 million) of the total number of GPS-enabled devices shipped last year, means that the company may quickly be the world’s largest navigation services provider. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces While the iPhone is clearly the media darling of mobile devices in the US, there’s no denying that Nokia’s handsets have saturated the global market. As part of that global strategy, the company just announced free walk and drive navigation for 74 countries in 46 languages. Today’s release of the third iteration of Ovi Maps is similar to Google’s maps for Android in that the service offers free turn-by-turn voice guidance. Nevertheless, there’s one important catch – maps are cached offline for future use. ReadWriteWeb caught up with Nokia’s VP of product and location, Christof Hellmis, for a look at how the company is saving device owners precious battery life. Related Posts dana oshiro The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#mobile#web last_img read more