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World Cup Turf

first_img “One of the reasons we’ve been so successful over the years is because when we release a new turfgrass, we test it to make sure that it works in a diverse set of environments—not just in Tifton and not just in Georgia,” Hanna said. “I don’t think there’s anyone out there who tests their turfgrass varieties as much as we do.” UGA’s turfgrass licensing program worked several years in advance to ensure that a UGA-developed turfgrass variety would be planted in Brazil, just as another Tifton-bred bermudagrass—TifSport—took center stage at the 2010 World Cup on Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa, said Shelley Fincher, a licensing manager for UGA’s technology commercialization office. And three more World Cup stadiums are using Tifway 419, a bermudagrass variety developed in Tifton by Glenn Burton of the USDA-ARS. For more information about the UGA turfgrass breeding program, see . For more about TifGrand, including information on purchasing and becoming a producer in the U.S., see For international licensing information, contact Shelley Fincher at or (706) 542-1404. “It’s wear-resistant, which is important during an event like the World Cup where the turf gets a lot of use during the tournament,” said Hanna, a professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences department of crop and soil sciences. In the U.S., TifGrand is licensed by UGA’s technology commercialization office to Georgia-based New Concept Turf Co. It is grown at dozens of sod farms across the continental U.S. and Hawaii. “I’ve traveled around the world to 40 or 50 countries, and when you ask people how they know about Georgia, it will often be because our grasses are on a local golf course, or in a stadium or on a bowling lawn that they know about,” he said. “UGA-bred bermudagrasses are grown on every continent except on Antartica.” When the world’s best soccer players make their way onto the world stage next week, chances are they’ll once again be playing on a University of Georgia-bred turfgrass. center_img UGA’s warm-season turfgrass breeding program began in the 1950s and continues today with the programs focused on the development of sustainable bermudagrass, centipedegrass, zoysiagrass and seashore paspalum cultivars. Georgia’s turfgrass, nursery and maintenance industries contribute $7.8 billion to Georgia’s economy each year and provide about 87,000 jobs statewide. Three of the Brazilian stadiums that will be used in the World Cup have been outfitted with TifGrand, a shade-tolerant, wear-tolerant bermudagrass hybrid developed jointly by UGA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. UGA turfgrass varieties are no stranger to the world stage. The bermudagrass hybrids that have come out of UGA’s Tifton-based breeding program have been used on world-class golf courses and athletics fields since the 1950s, but it’s hard to top the international visibility that the World Cup provides, Hanna said. TifGrand started as one of more than 27,000 test cross breeds created by Hanna in 1991. Over the past 23 years, Hanna’s team has tested and retested those hybrid grasses to find varieties with the most desirable characteristics. The TifGrand sod being used in the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba and the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba was licensed by UGA’s Technology Commercialization Office to Brazilian company Green Grass, which supplied the TifGrand for the 2014 World Cup fields. UGA and USDA-ARS turf breeder Wayne Hanna and UGA entomologist Kris Braman developed TifGrand to be shade-tolerant and resilient to wear while maintaining a deep green color. Even in sunny Brazil, shade tolerance is important in stadiums where the edges of the playing fields may receive significantly less sun than the center of the pitch, he said. last_img read more

Burlington attorney Ronald Shems to head Natural Resources Board

first_imgRonald Shems, an attorney specializing in environmental and energy law, has been tapped to chair the Natural Resources Board. Shems is currently a partner in the Burlington firm Shems Dunkiel Raubvogel & Saunders.‘When I was looking for a new chair of the Natural Resources Board I was looking for a person who has the skills, the background and the experience to transform the board into an agency that works closely with the Agency of Natural Resources to ensure that we can grow jobs in Vermont while maintaining our commitment to our environmental values,’ Governor Peter Shumlin said, in announcing the appointment.‘Ron Shems is the perfect person to do this job,’ the Governor added. ‘He can get tough things done.’Shems co-founded the law firm in 2001. Prior to that, he worked for 15 years at the Vermont Attorney General’s Office, where he split his time between special assignments managing complex constitutional and regulatory cases, and as the Environmental Unit’s senior Assistant Attorney General.‘We are excited to have Ron join the Governor’s environmental team,’ said Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz. ‘We look forward to working closely with Ron and the staff at the Natural Resources Board to keep Vermont a great place to live, work and start a business.’The Natural Resources Board is a nine-member group that is divided into two panels, the Land Use Panel and the Water Resources Panel. The Land Use Panel oversees the activities of the District Environmental Commissions, provides administrative support and enforcement of Act 250 permits, and conducts rulemaking related to the Act 250 program. The Water Resources Panel is responsible for the management and protection of Vermont’s water resources, including significant wetlands.Shems received a BA from Clark University in 1981, and a JD and Masters in Environmental Law in 1985 from Vermont Law School. He will be paid $90,000 in the position.Source: Governor’s office. 2.14.2011last_img read more

Foot-and-mouth disease resurfaces in England

first_img See also: The lab, located at Pirbright, is shared by the Institute of Animal Health, a government-funded organization, and Merial Animal Health Ltd., an American-owned company that makes FMD vaccine, according to the Associated Press and other news services. In 2001 a major FMD outbreak in Britain led authorities to destroy 7 million cattle in the name of containment, crippling the farm economy and rural tourism. An AP report today said veterinary experts matched the strain found on the farm to the lab shared by the Institute of Animal Health and Merial. DEFRA described the strain as similar to one that caused an FMD outbreak in Britain in 1967. The disease was found in cattle on a farm about 30 miles southwest of London, British officials announced on Aug 3. The strain of virus isolated from the cattle is similar to a strain used at a laboratory about 4 miles away, the United Kingdom’s Department of Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has said. A BBC News report said flooding at the affected farm is another possible cause of the outbreak. A flood occurred at the farm on Jul 20, and investigation of the sick cows’ mouths indicated that they were infected sometime between Jul 18 and 22, the story said. To stop the new outbreak—the first since 2001—officials have destroyed 97 cattle, including 64 at the infected site and 33 on two other sites that are part of the same farming business, DEFRA said in a statement today. The cattle on the other two sites showed no signs of disease, but testing showed that one animal was infected, the agency said. The cattle carcasses were burned. FDM is an extremely contagious disease that affects cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, and deer, causing sores in the mouth and on the hooves. It debilitates but does not usually kill adult animals, but it drastically reduces milk production, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. The disease very rarely affects humans, according to DEFRA. Debby Reynolds, DEFRA’s chief veterinary officer, said flooding is one of a number of possible factors being considered by investigators, the BBC reported.center_img DEFRA said it has ordered 300,000 doses of strain-specific vaccine from the UK’s vaccine bank but has not decided whether to use it. CIDRAP overview of foot-and-mouth disease Martin Shirley, director of the Institute for Animal Health, said the strain had been in “limited use” in recent weeks, but initial investigation had revealed no biosecurity problems, according an Aug 5 AP report. A Merial official, David Biland, said today that investigators had found no biosecurity failures at the company lab, according to the AP. DEFRA said officials at the Pirbright facility launched an immediate investigation when the outbreak was found. In addition, Brian Spratt of Imperial University was assigned to conduct an independent review of biosecurity at the lab, the agency said. Officials said that if investigation confirms that the outbreak is associated with the Pirbright lab, it probably means the disease will be confined to nearby cattle, today’s AP report said. Britain banned exports of livestock, meat, and milk and froze movements of cattle, sheep, goats, and pigs nationwide in response to the outbreak, according the AP. The European Union endorsed the export ban today, the Times of London reported. Aug 6, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), a cattle disease that devastated the British beef industry in 2001, has resurfaced in England, possibly because of a laboratory leak.last_img read more

US oil prices jump after massive rout

first_imgStephen Innes, chief market strategist from AxiCorp, said traders were buying at bargain prices, and markets also received a boost following discussions between top producers. Several member states from exporting group OPEC, as well as some allies in the OPEC+ grouping, held a teleconference Tuesday to discuss the “dramatic” situation on oil markets.But it was unclear whether OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia took part, while Russia’s energy minister did not participate.”Profit-taking set in after the OPEC+ alliance reportedly held an unscheduled conference call overnight,” Innes said. The market is under heavy pressure due to massive oversupply as lockdowns and travel restrictions introduced worldwide to stem the spread of the virus hammer demand. US crude has been particularly hard-hit due to storage problems, as WTI is delivered at a single, inland point.Read also: Devastating oil glut sends prices into negative, Wall Street downThe crisis was worsened by a price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia. They drew a line under the dispute earlier this month and, along with other top producers, agreed to slash output by almost 10 million barrels a day to shore up virus-hit markets. But that has had little effect, with prices continuing to plummet, as analysts predict it will not make up for the massive hit to demand. Jingyi Pan, market strategist with IG, predicted prices would stay low for now.”The overtly bearish sentiment may well keep prices suppressed in the near-term until we find the light at the end of the tunnel with progressive resumption of halted economic activities across the globe,” she said in a note.Topics : United States oil prices surged Wednesday after falling below zero for the first time at the start of the week as markets drown in crude due to a virus-triggered collapse in demand.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for June delivery was up almost 10 percent at US$12.68 a barrel, paring gains of around 20 percent at the open in Asia.WTI for May delivery on Monday collapsed to an unprecedented low of minus $40.32 as traders scrambled to sell it before the contract expired Tuesday, but could find few buyers with storage capacity fast filling up.  The negative prices meant that traders were forced to pay to have the crude taken off their hands.Read also: A hunt for any storage space turns urgent as oil glut growsEuropean benchmark Brent crude for June delivery bounced more than two percent at the open, but then reversed gains and was trading around three percent lower, with a barrel changing hands for $18.73.It had tumbled to an 18-year low the previous day.last_img read more

Governor Wolf: PA Food Distributors Receive $50 Million for Farmers to Families Food Boxes

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter May 19, 2020 Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvania food distributors will receive more than $50 million of $1.2 billion in funding for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families Food Box program. Money will fund the purchase of surplus milk and other dairy products, as well as chicken, pork and fresh produce from Pennsylvania farmers who lost markets for their products due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Distributors will work with food banks and other non-profit organizations statewide to get food boxes to PA families who are facing food insecurity.“This vital funding will put fresh, nutritious food on Pennsylvanians’ tables and money in the pockets of our farmers,” Wolf said. “The Wolf Administration has advocated for this and other targeted support for our farms, and we’re pleased that this funding will complement other dedicated state and federal funding to combat food waste and food insecurity in Pennsylvania.”A complete listing of contracts awarded can be found on the USDA website. Pennsylvania contracts were awarded as follows.ALL Holding Company, Harleysville, Montgomery Co. – $18,000Brian Campbell Farms, Berwick, Columbia Co. – $900,000Clemens Food Group, Hatfield, Montgomery Co. – $3,669,158Common Market Philadelphia, Inc., Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co. – $5,760,000Dertstine’s Inc., Sellersville, Bucks Co. – $5,962,356Farm to Table Buy Local, Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co. – $281,880John Vena Inc, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co. – $1,800,000Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative, Lancaster, Lancaster Co. – $1,365,000Marburger Farm Dairy, Evans City, Butler Co. – $78,636Mid-Atlantic Regional Cooperative/Feeding Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co. – $3,772,314Monteverde’s Inc., Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co. – $1,440,000Novick Brothers Corp., Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co. – $502,737Paragon Wholesale Foods, Warrenda, Allegheny Co. – $3,816,000Schneider Dairy Inc., Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co. – $4,270,000Stanley Marvel Inc., Bensalem, Bucks Co. – $14,427,840T.M. Kovacevich, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co. – $2,054,333Turner Dairy Farms Inc., Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co. – $315,450For more information on food security in Pennsylvania including information about resources and actions taken by the Wolf Administration, visit For the most accurate and timely information related to health in Pennsylvania, visit esta página en español.center_img Governor Wolf: PA Food Distributors Receive $50 Million for Farmers to Families Food Boxeslast_img read more

Elderly importers of lethal drug used in assisted suicide are getting pinged by Customs 22 May 2016Family First Comment: And so they should. Suicide is never the answer.  Elderly New Zealanders are falling foul of the law by being caught importing potentially fatal doses of Nembutal from China and Mexico.Those who have had their shipment discovered at the border include one Nelson couple in their eighties who were visited and warned by the police, although no charges were laid.New Zealand residents, mainly members of the voluntary euthanasia group Exit, have successfully brought in doses, enough for a couple to painlessly end their lives.But others have had their shipment, typically coming in a small package, confiscated on arrival.At a recent meeting of the ‘Nelson Options’ chapter of Exit, International European co-ordinator Tom Curran told the mainly-elderly attendees he was surprised Customs were seizing the drug so often.“China is the most popular or common place for it to come from now, because it’s powder, and it comes in a flat pack just like a letter.READ MORE: read more

Parents fear more disability terminations: ‘We were under immense pressure to have genetic counselling’

first_imgRadio NZ News 19 September 2019Family First Comment: In 2017 the prime minister promised abortion changes would not include removing the gestational limit of 20 weeks for an abortion on the grounds of disability. The Abortion Legislation Bill would allow abortion on the grounds of the woman’s well-being after 20 weeks, on the approval of one health practitioner. Disability groups said changes to the abortion law in Victoria, Australia in 2008 were not as liberal, yet in the following 10 years 1685 abortions were performed after 20 weeks on foetuses with a confirmed or suspected disability. Almost a third of them for Downs Syndrome.Some parents of children with disabilities say they’re concerned the bill will lead to more abortions on the grounds of disability.Parents of children with Downs Syndrome say attitudes have been changing since prenatal screening for disability was introduced about 10 years ago, and they’re afraid people with the disability are becoming more of a minority.Proponents of prenatal screening and the new abortion legislation say it’s all about giving women information, and choice.… the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association said there needed to be far more respect, and health practitioners needed to be aware of the stigma around Downs Syndrome, and they should provide more information and greater support.Diane Burnett is the Auckland representative for the association and said eight years ago when she had her daughter Jada, who has Downs Syndrome, the social and medical pressure was intense when she wanted to opt out of the prenatal screening process.“I didn’t want to have the pressure that medical professionals can put on you to terminate, and the social pressure,” she said.She said women are just not given the full picture when they find out.“They are given very medical and clinical information,” she said.“Figures on heart conditions and health conditions and hearing loss and eyesight problems, and people with Downs Syndrome are not the only people who have those issues.”“They’re not getting what it is actually like to have a child with Downs Syndrome.”NZ edging closer to eradicationWomen spoken to by Checkpoint said the developments in prenatal screening aimed at detecting disabilities has led to an assumption that women will want to terminate a pregnancy if they find out they are carrying a foetus who might have Downs Syndrome.They said that has led to a drop in Downs Syndrome births, and said there was a risk New Zealand could edge closer to what has happened in countries such as Iceland, which has almost completely eradicated it.Iceland has an early prenatal screening process that is not meant to be routine but around 85 percent of pregnant women go through it and almost everyone who receives a positive result for Downs Syndrome decide to terminate.The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association says the ratio here has dropped from 1 in 750 births to 1 in 1200, though those statistics are disputed.Ms Price said women needed more support and hope.“I just find those statistics incredibly heart-breaking,” she said.“I just feel like the world is going to miss out on something by not having Downs Syndrome present and I would just hate to get to the space where we don’t have people like Eden anymore.“I feel like New Zealand is kind of on the knife edge now. These diagnoses, when they come, they are so full of fear. There’s that awful crushing moment, of ‘this was not in the plan, what now?’ And somehow I think we need to do more, not in that moment to say ‘you know what that is a horrible problem let’s just get rid of it, but to say actually ‘there’s a lot of hope around this journey still’.“And I hope that stories like ours can help other women to see and families to see that this life is not a horrible experience, by any stretch.”….Eden’s mother, Rachel has signed an open letter to the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern regarding the bill decriminalising abortion. They say in 2017 the prime minister promised abortion changes would not include removing the gestational limit of 20 weeks for an abortion on the grounds of disabilityThe Abortion Legislation Bill would allow abortion on the grounds of the woman’s well-being after 20 weeks, on the approval of one health practitioner.Disability groups said changes to the abortion law in Victoria, Australia in 2008 were not as liberal, yet in the following 10 years 1685 abortions were performed after 20 weeks on foetuses with a confirmed or suspected disability. Almost a third of them for Downs Syndrome.But Professor Stone said choice was paramount and those who choose to have a Downs Syndrome child shouldn’t be telling everyone else to do the same.READ MORE: read more

Dominica Catholic Men host novena in preparation of parish feast

first_img 132 Views   3 comments Tweet Sharing is caring! Share FaithLifestyleLocalNews Dominica Catholic Men host novena in preparation of parish feast by: – July 18, 2011center_img St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Massacre. Photo credit: dioceseofroseau.orgHundreds of pilgrims congregated at the St. Joahcim and St Ann Parish Church in Massacre on Sunday for the beginning of the Annual Novena in preparation for the Parish Feast to be celebrated next week Tuesday.Catholic Priest Father Franklyn Cuffy says today more than ever, the Christian family life is under tremendous attack, and Joachim and St Ann, the grand parents of Jesus are needed more than ever.“There is violence against the family in very subtle ways. We are promoting the responsible family. We are being called by God for a particular responsibility. He is also equipping us to undertake our responsibility,” he said.Evangelist Monsignor William Jno Lewis who is blessed with many talents will preach at the Novena which runs until July 25th.Day two will be hosted by the Dominica Catholic Men Association. Catholic men from all the Diocese of Roseau and the entire country are expected to join the proceedings.Dominica Vibes News Share Sharelast_img read more

Paul Richard Palmer

first_imgPaul Richard Palmer passed away peacefully in Batesville on Friday, July 5, 2019.  The son of Raymond and Lucille (nee: Folk) Palmer was born on September 17, 1929 in Rushville, Ohio.  He was 89 years old.Paul attended Western Hills High School and served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War era. Paul was owner and operator of Golden Rule Electric located on Elm Street in Cincinnati.  He sold out to Brand Service Center and retired soon after at 56 years old. He loved to golf and had an impressive 9 handicap.  He loved to watch and listen to sports especially basketball and boxing.  He was a boxer in high school and while he was in the service.  Paul enjoyed playing ping pong and watching sports in general.  The avid Reds and Bengals fan was an annual season ticket holder.  He also liked watching old westerns especially John Wayne movies.  Paul was a member of the Batesville VFW 3183.He will be dearly missed by his wife, Margaret (nee: Holt) Palmer; his sister Norma (Ed) Brater, along with multiple nieces and nephews.Paul wished to donate his body to the University Of Cincinnati College Of Medicine.  His ashes will be buried later at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio.A special thank you to the Nurses and Aides at St. Andrews Health Campus for their tireless, compassionate work and support of Paul and his loving wife.Memorials may be given to The Alzheimer’s Association or Charity of Choice c/o the funeral home. Online condolences www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Women’s Bundesliga get date to restart

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians The women’s Bundesliga will restart following the coronavirus stoppage on May 29, the German Football Association (DFB) said on Wednesday after a meeting with the clubs.The DFB said the competition was among the sports events which had been given the green light to resume by local health authorities who have the final say. “I am very happy that the clubs of the women’s Bundesliga have expressed their unity in favour of continuing the season,” said DFB president Fritz Keller.“This is exactly what we need in the crisis. The return of the women’s Bundesliga to the pitch is another important step towards a kind of normality in football as well as in society.“The women’s Bundesliga is thus taking on a pioneering role in international women’s football.”The men’s Bundesliga resumed last Saturday, and it is the first major European league to do so.Reuters/NAN. Tags: CoronavirusCOVID-19German Football AssociationRestartWomen’s Bundesligalast_img read more