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first_imgFor decades, non-native invasive species have caused billions of dollars in damage in the United States alone. Many are well known, such as the Asian longhorned beetle or kudzu. Others are less famous. A University of Georgia center will create an online video resource to train people to learn more about the invaders and what can be done to stop them.UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health recently received a $328,714 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. With the grant, a team from the center will create BugwoodVideo, a Web-based system to pull together new and existing high-definition videos. It will be linked to the center’s Bugwood image database and other resources. All content will be free for educational use as long as the work is cited. “Videos will help to better illustrate complex procedures used in diagnosing, identifying and responding to new pest introductions,” said Joe LaForest, a program coordinator with the center. “These videos will be used by public and private sector, plant biosecurity personnel and first-detector educators to educate people on detection and response procedures to new introductions.”Non-native, invasive species grow and reproduce rapidly, harming agricultural crops and the environment. For example, the Hemlock Woolly Adegid, a small aphid-like insect, is threatening to wipe out eastern Hemlocks in north Georgia. Bengal dayflower, a federal noxious weed, is becoming a major problem in cotton and peanuts fields in south Georgia. The three-year grant is a joint effort between UGA, Colorado State University, University of Florida and Texas A&M. These organizations work together to help farmers, foresters, educators and professionals learn about and implement strategies to safeguard U.S. agriculture. The UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health uses partnerships and information technology to advance invasive species, forestry and agriculture education. It started from the Bugwood Network, a collaboration between the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Bugwood’s mission is to deliver unbiased science-based educational information to users through a network of integrated and user-focused Web sites, publications and educational programs. This grant will allow us to expand our resources into video, “said Chuck Bargeron, the center’s technology director.For more information on how to use the Bugwood system, including its image database, go to the Web site www.bugwood.org.last_img read more

Dak Prescott talks Ezekiel Elliott holdout: ‘Business is business’

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first_img Ezekiel Elliott contract: Jerry Jones preaches patience; Cowboys prepare for long wait Elliott also trained in Cabo during his six-game suspension in 2017, when he was barred from playing and practicing with the team.”Obviously we miss the player that he is, but I know that he’s getting better,” Prescott said. “I know that he’s working on his game. He’s in shape. He’s going to make sure that he comes back and when he’s back on this team he’s a better player than before camp or before the spring. He’s a good friend. Obviously want him out here, but that’s business.”Running backs coach Gary Brown also has talked to Elliott and said when he returns to the team, it won’t be a difficult transition to get him working with the offense. “He’s doing what he needs to do and staying in great shape. I’m just looking forward to whenever he gets here. He’ll be ready to go,” Brown said.”I’m sure it’s killing him a lot [not being at camp],” he added. “At the end of the day he’s a ballplayer. A lot of this negative stuff you hear about him in the news, that’s not who he is. He’s a really good guy, care about his teammates, and it’s killing him not being here.”Elliott, 24, has two years left on his rookie contract, which will pay him $3.8 million this season and $9.1 million in 2020. Amari Cooper leaves Cowboys practice with heel injury NFL news and notes: Zack Martin deals with back issue; Kyler Murray sounds poised For Dak Prescott, it’s business as usual at the Cowboys’ training camp in Oxnard, California, despite the team making headlines mostly for Ezekiel Elliott’s absence.Prescott said he’s been talking to Elliott in the week and a half the Cowboys have been training, but not to try and lure Elliott to report. “Friendship is friendship and business is business,” Prescott said, via ESPN. “You don’t cross those.”Elliott is in Day 10 of his holdout with rumors swirling that the negotiations have either stalled, are progressing or are somewhere in between. The running back has been training in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, as he holds out from camp in an effort to get a new contract extension. Related Newslast_img read more

UPDATED: Bombers drop heartbreaker to DW Poppey at Rugby Championships

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first_imgLVR now meets G.W. Graham of Chilliwack in consolation round action Saturday. The winner finishes 11th. Lewis powers Bomber past Tupper at Rugby ChampionshipsRyan Lewis scored three tries to lead the L.V. Rogers Bombers to a 20-14 victory over Sir Charles Tupper of Vancouver in consolation round action at the BC High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Wednesday in Abbotsford.Lewis was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring three times and converting a penalty to lead the Bombers scoring machine.”This was a big win for us,” said Bomber head coach Michael Joyce from Abbotsford.”We played well in the first half, but (Sir Charles Tupper) came back hard in the second.”LVR opened the tournament Saturday in Kelowna, dropping a 31-5 decision to South Kamloops.The Bombers, ranked 13th in the 16-team field, now advance down the consolation round trail playing the winner of DW Poppey of Langley and Smithers Thursday.LVR advanced to the provincial tournament by blasting Stanley Humphries Rockers 43-0 in the Kootenay Final played earlier this month at the Lakeside Pitch. The L.V. Rogers Bombers dropped a heartbreaker at the BC High School AA Boy’s Rugby Championships Thursday in Abbotsford.D.W. Poppey of Langley scored the winning points in the final minutes of he game to edge the Bombers 13-7 in consolation round action.The loss drops LVR into bottom half of the 16-team draw.”We played amazing defence and beat them physically, but had our troubles getting our offence to click,” said Bomber coach Michael Joyce.Chase Gilbertson gave the Bombers a 7-6 advantage with two minutes remaining in the game.However, the Bomber defence cracked just enough to allow Poppey to score the winning points.last_img read more

Warning over door to door scammer targetting vulnerable people

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first_imgGardaí in Donegal are warning people to be vigilant of a man who is wanted in connection with bogus calls, theft and trespassing.A description has been issued of the man who is known to target the elderly and the vulnerable in their homes and scam them into giving over money.The man operates on a nationwide level and is sought for questioning by Gardaí in numerous counties. “The male in question is a British citizen. He is believed to be of Indian descent,” said a Garda spokesperson.“He is approx. 6ft in height with black hair, he occasionally wears glasses. This male targets the elderly and the vulnerable.“He usually calls to the door offering to sell clothes and can become forceful. He demands extortionate rates for the clothing and has been known to take people to the ATM to withdraw cash for him.”Gardaí believe that the man may have been in the Northern region over the past few days and he has access to a black Vauxhall Astra, the registration number starts with NU5. The man is wanted for questioning in relation to various offences such as theft, fraud, robbery and trespassing. Gardaí in Letterkenny are looking to speak to anyone who believes they have been visited by the man in question. They are also appealing for people to inform anyone they know who lives alone in relation to this man and advise them to be vigilant.Sgt. Eunan Walsh issued safety advice in this week’s community notice: “The usual advice applies, fit a chain-lock to your door, never let anyone into your home that you do not know and beware of all callers offering services who call to your home. Genuine sales people or service providers do not usually call door to door offering goods or services.” Warning over door to door scammer targetting vulnerable people was last modified: June 7th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bogus callerscamlast_img read more

Key empowerment charters

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first_img29 October 2004The development of industry-specific black economic empowerment (BEE) charters in South Africa is an on-going process. However, charters have alread been developed for several sectors key sectors, including mining, the petroleum and martime sectors, tourism and financial services. Mining charter Petroleum and liquid fuels industry charter Maritime charter Tourism charter Financial services charter An empowerment framework for the country’s agricultural industry has also been launched, charters on BEE in the transport, construction and wine industries – as well as the tourism BEE scorecard – are due for completion by the end of 2004, and work has started on charters for the health and cosmetics sectors.Each charter is tailored to suit a particular industry, the charters generally stipulate a target of 25% black ownership over the next 10 years.“When we achieve that goal by 2014, we will have substantial levels of empowerment in the economy of about 25 to 30 percent”, Department of Trade and Industry director-general Lionel October said recently. “That is the critical mass one needs to create a non-racial and de-racialised economy which can grow on a sustainable basis.”Mining charterThe vision behind the country’s mining charter is to achieve a globally competitive mining industry that can benefit all South Africans. It is an important development in a sector historically dominated by white capital and profiting off the cheap labour provided by a disempowered black majority.The stated goal of the charter is to “create an industry that will proudly reflect the promise of a non-racial South Africa”. One of its key objectives is to achieve 26% ownership of mining companies by previously disadvantaged people within the next 10 years.The charter provides a framework to help mining companies comply with the Mineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act, which obliges mining companies to promote black economic empowerment when applying for new mineral rights or converting current rights.A key component of the charter is the mining scorecard, which provides a framework for measuring the BEE process in the sector.The scorecard has three core elements: direct empowerment through ownership and control of enterprises and assets; human resource development and employment equity; and indirect empowerment through preferential procurement and enterprise development. Mining sector charterMining scorecardOverview of main pointsMineral & Petroleum Resources Development Act Financial sector charterThe financial charter has been developed by the sector as a whole, representing banks, insurers, black business, fund managers and brokerage firms.The charter is a voluntary commitment agreed on unanimously by 10 industry associations. Signatories to the charter believe it will be a key driver of sustainable growth, redressing social and economic inequities in the country and broadening the skills and asset base of the whole economy.The charter provides for significant increases in black ownership, management and skills development over the next 10 years. It emphasises the need for procuring services from black businesses in the sector and fostering new and developing BEE firms through joint ventures, skills transferral and infrastructural support.The charter constitutes a policy framework for the future development of the industry, and is expected to underpin sound business practices and maintain the strength and stability of the financial sector as a whole.In September 2004, Finance Minister Trevor Manuel announced the establishment of a 21-member council to review and monitor the implementation of the goals set out in the charter. Financial sector charterFinancial sector scorecardCouncil to monitor finance charter ICT CharterA working group formed by companies in SA’s information and communications technology (ICT) sector has released its final draft of an empowerment charter for the industry – and says the charter will come into force in late 2005.The charter takes into account extensive input from the country’s ICT community, and includes the much-anticipated targets for BEE in the sector. ICT industry finalises BEE charter Agriculture BEE frameworkAgriculture Minister Thoko Didiza launched an empowerment framework for South Africa’s agricultural industry in July 2004.The AgriBEE framework document addresses issues unique to agriculture, including land reform, seeking to deracialise land ownership and control in SA and to develop initiatives to help black South Africans to own, establish, or participate in agricultural enterprises.The framework proposes various targets, including 30% black ownership of agricultural land by 2014, as well as making a further 20% of agricultural land available to black people through leaseholds.“We also propose that an amount of land be made available for use by farm workers in order to address issues of poverty alleviation as well as creating opportunities for small, medium and micro enterprise development within this sector”, the minister said.A steering committee will be set up to consult and share information about the framework, and to present a final report to the government by November 2004. AgriBEE framework for agriculture Transport, construction, wine, tourism, health, cosmeticsThe Department of Trade and Industry says that charters on black economic empowerment in South Africa’s transport, construction, and wine industries are due for completion by the end of 2004, while work has started on charters for other industries, including the health and cosmetics sectors.“We hope to have one overall charter for the health industry, which encompasses the pharmaceutical sector, care providers and retail”, DTI director-general Lionel October said, adding that BEE in the health sector would seek to ensure expanded access to quality health care for both the public and private sectors.In May, Environmental Affairs and Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk said his department would finalise its BEE scorecard for SA’s tourism industry by the end of 2004. Charter to improve healthcareCharter for construction industryBEE plan for cosmetics sector SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

How to solve Mystery Caches (also known as Puzzle Caches)

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first_imgGeocaching ToolboxMy Geocaching ProfileThere are many more! Do an online search for “geocaching puzzle solving tools”. Use a PC or laptop rather than your phone. There are some puzzles you cannot solve with a phone alone.Google and other search engines are your friend.Attend geocaching events and ask more experienced geocachers for help. Geocachers enjoy helping other geocachers.Geocachers helping geocachers solve Mystery/Puzzle CachesSome basic tricks to start filling your bag: Highlighted text. Some Mystery/Puzzle Caches use white font on the page that can only be seen when highlighted. Run your computer mouse along the entire cache page including text and images. If your cursor changes from an arrow to a pointed finger, you’ll know you passed over a hidden link.*Source code. Many times clues are hidden in the coding for a cache page. Depending on your browser, view the source code for that cache page. To find possible clues, choose a word/phrase from the description and use the Ctrl+F function. This will point you to the areas where a message may be hiding. Keep calm and go Puzzle (Mystery) CachingThis article was written by Geocaching superstar and Geocaching HQ employee, Cathy (Prying Pandora). Do you look at Mystery Caches, also known as Puzzle Caches, and have no idea where to start? You’re not the only one. Many geocachers feel overwhelmed by Mystery/Puzzle Caches, but they’re not as scary as they appear. You just need to begin collecting your own “puzzling bag of tricks” to help you solve them.What should you keep in your puzzling bag of tricks? Think of the “tricks” as what you learn from each puzzle you solve. Many puzzles use the same ideas, so if you solve one, you can often pull that same trick out again and solve another similar puzzle. The more tricks you put in your bag, the easier Mystery/Puzzle Caches will be to solve. You will never stop finding new tricks to put in your bag, no matter how long you’ve been solving puzzles.This Mystery/Puzzle makes you literally put together a puzzle (GC3K2AZ)Some helpful tips to get started:Start with Mystery/Puzzle Caches with low difficulty ratings.Solve puzzles based on something you’re familiar with. For example, if you know a lot about history, you might be able to solve a history puzzle more easily than a complicated math puzzle.Find a partner who is good at things you struggle with. Together, you can fill in each other’s gaps.Analytical/methodical + creative/artistic = wide range of puzzle types.Each can see and work through things the other can’t. Now that you are armed with some basic tricks, go forth, and happy puzzling!Congratulations! You found the hidden white text! You’re on your way!Share with your Friends:Morecenter_img Other languages. Some Mystery/Puzzle caches want you to “decode” other languages. Pasting the text into an online translator and converting it to your language often does the trick.Binary numbers and other bases. Use an online reference such as Purple Math that may help you with these types of mathematical stumpers. Local latitude and longitude. For example, Seattle, Washington, is at 47° North and 122° West. If you solve puzzles in Seattle and something you try makes a 47 or 122, keep going and it will likely give you the rest of the coordinates.This blog about Mystery/Puzzle Caches may also have hidden white text…Here are some online resources which may give you more tricks to try:   SharePrint RelatedDon’t Miss Out on Pi Day! Top Tips for Mystery CachesMarch 4, 2015In “Geocaching Info”Top Tips for Puzzle CachesAugust 12, 2014In “Learn”3 tips for finding Mystery CachesApril 10, 2018In “News”last_img read more

a month agoWatford boss Sanchez Flores: Guardiola changed football in England for the better

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford boss Sanchez Flores: Guardiola changed football in England for the betterby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is full of praise for Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.Sanchez Flores says Guardiola has changed football in England for the better.”The philosophy I think is really new,” said Sanchez Flores.”When he arrived in England, English football was changing, it was in the middle of some big changes.”Many good coaches are coming here, introducing this idea to touch the ball, but we know the English fans they don’t like to touch horizontal, they like to touch forward, so it’s completely different.”Pep is putting the stamp for this change, this kind of big change, so of course finally he defined a little bit the change.”When he was coaching Barcelona you could see that he’s a clever guy and he’s thinking very well and really passionate with football.”If you look like this, you have the possibility to change a lot. If you have very good players like he has, you have more possibilities to change things, so the ingredients they are really good for him.” last_img read more

5-Star ATH Darnay Holmes Teases Possibility Of Nebraska Commitment After 4-Star Teammates Pledge To Huskers

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first_imgNebraska's players take the field.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers leads the team on the field before the game against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Calabasas High School has a trio of big-time recruits in the 2017 class – five-star athlete Darnay Holmes, four-star quarterback Tristan Gebbia and four-star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson Jr. Nebraska’s football program has received commitments from two of those players – Gebbia today and Johnson last month. Could Holmes be next? It’s a possibility. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete, ranked the No. 6 player in the class, tweeted the following tonight. Am I next? #GBR pic.twitter.com/3Rx7EasGUB— Darnay Holmes (@DarnayHolmes) April 5, 2016That appears to be a message from Keyshawn Johnson, who played for Nebraska coach Mike Riley at USC. The Huskers’ 2017 class is ranked the No. 28 class in the country by 247 Sports.last_img read more

AP Exclusive Billionaires fuel US charter schools movement

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first_imgSEATTLE – Dollar for dollar, the beleaguered movement to bring charter schools to Washington state has had no bigger champion than billionaire Bill Gates.The Microsoft co-founder gave millions of dollars to see a charter school law approved despite multiple failed ballot referendums. And his private foundation not only helped create the Washington State Charter Schools Association, but has at times contributed what amounts to an entire year’s worth of revenues for the 5-year-old charter advocacy group.All told, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given about $25 million to the charter group that is credited with keeping the charter schools open after the state struck down the law, and then lobbying legislators to revive the privately run, publicly funded schools.It’s an extreme example of how billionaires are influencing state education policy by giving money to state-level charter support organizations to sustain, defend and expand the charter schools movement across the country.Since 2006, philanthropists and their private foundations and charities have given almost half a billion dollars to those groups, according to an Associated Press analysis of tax filings and Foundation Center data. The review looked at 52 groups noted by a U.S. Department of Education website as official charter school resources in the 44 states plus Washington, D.C., that currently have a charter law, as well as the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.Most of the money has gone to the top 15 groups, which received $425 million from philanthropy. The Walton Family Foundation, run by the heirs to the Walmart fortune, is the largest donor to the state charter advocates, giving $144 million to 27 groups.“We ought to be paying more attention to who these organizations are, and what kind of vision they have, and what drives them. A lot of these organizations have extraordinary influence, and it’s often pretty quiet influence,” said Jon Valant, an education policy expert at Brookings.Charters aren’t subject to the same rules or standards governing traditional public schools but are embraced by Gates and other philanthropists who see them as investments in developing better and different ways to educate those who struggle in traditional school systems, particularly children in poor, urban areas. Studies on academic success are mixed.The charter support groups, as nonprofits, are typically forbidden from involvement in political campaigns, but the same wealthy donors who sustain them in many cases directly channel support to pro-charter candidates through related political action committees or their own contributions. In one indication of the philanthropy’s success in asserting its priorities, Georgia’s lieutenant governor was recorded saying he was motivated to support school choice laws to curry the Walton foundation’s favour for his gubernatorial campaign. The Walton foundation has denied any connection to the candidate.Nationwide, about 5 per cent of students attend charters. They have become a polarizing political issue amid criticism from some, notably teachers unions, that they drain resources from cash-starved schools and erode the neighbourhood schooling model that defines communities.The Walton foundation notes the groups it funds have resources that often pale in comparison to the war chests of teachers unions, the usual foes in their battles over state education policy.“The philanthropic support is essential for a small group of schools” that represents disadvantage families without their own political power, said Robin Lake, director of the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a University of Washington-affiliated think-tank that has in the past been funded by the Gates foundation to support charter schools and traditional school districts working together.But John Rogers, an education policy expert and UCLA professor, said it’s a problem for democracy that billionaires who back a certain model of education reform can go toe-to-toe with a critical mass of professional teachers.“A handful of billionaires who are advancing their vision of education reform is very different than having 200,000-some odd teachers across the state representing their understanding of public education through their union representation,” Rogers said.In California, the Waltons are the biggest backers of the powerhouse California Charter School Association, which has gotten more than $100 million since 2006 with support coming also from Gates, Michael and Susan Dell and the Mark Zuckerburg-backed Silicon Valley Community foundations.“We’re proud of our partners and very open about our desired outcomes, and that is, honestly, access to more better schools,” said Marc Sternberg, who leads the Walton foundation’s education program.Sternberg said the foundation doesn’t set the agenda but wants to empower the local vision, which has included the charter association’s fight for more money and access to public school buildings through lawsuits against Los Angeles Unified, the country’s second-largest school district. The California charter group said it works aggressively when painted into a corner.A political arm of the association also has been a force in Golden State politics. It’s now focusing on pushing pro-charter candidates in the November election, including former charter schools executive Marshall Tuck for state schools superintendent, and a number of legislative seats.In Washington state, charter skeptics say Gates single-handedly propped up the entire charter school network. He gave at least $4 million to help pass a state charter school law, though the concept had failed three times at the ballot. Voters eventually approved a charter school law in 2012, making Washington one of the last states to adopt the schooling model.After the state’s highest court ruled in 2015 that the charter law’s funding model was unconstitutional, the Gates-backed state charter group shepherded almost $5 million to keep the lights on at six charter schools and urged legislators to pass a new law. In 2016, its political arm called Washington Charters Action was created, and an affiliated political action committee has already given small amounts to dozens of state lawmakers up for election this fall.Today, the state’s teachers union is challenging the second version of the law. The Washington Educators Association’s spokesman Rich Wood said the charter group inserted itself into the case after the union sued the state.The Washington charter group — and all the charter schools in the state — wouldn’t agree to be interviewed. The Gates foundation said in a statement it is not involved with the lawsuit but values the association’s technical work helping charter schools blossom.Some critics say money can define the advocacy itself, so not all charter support groups accept money from the billionaire philanthropists.A second statewide charter support organization in California, the Charter Schools Development Center, relies on programming fees to preserve its independence, according to director Eric Premack.Though the two California charter groups share many similar values, Premack said, they’re on different sides of the testing issue: how to and how much to use test scores to determine educational quality. Premack said he rejects test-based accountability — embraced by the California Charter Schools Association and many of its business mogul donors — as antithetical to the charter movement’s innovative spirit.“You often find them being close political bedfellows — if not the same — who support high-stakes testing,” Premack said.___Associated Press journalist Larry Fenn in New York contributed to this report.___Follow AP Education Reporter Sally Ho on Twitter: https://twitter.com/_SallyHolast_img read more