Two years ago, the kudzu bug arrived in Georgia. It has been aggravating homeowners and feeding on kudzu and soybeans ever since. Now, some of Georgia’s Latin American trading partners are worried that the legume-eating pest may be headed south. In February, Honduran officials discovered dead kudzu bugs in a shipping container from Georgia. This led the country to step up inspections of cargo from Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.Kudzu bug overviewTo help Latin American officials prepare for the possible introduction of the pest into their countries, University of Georgia researchers scheduled an informational meeting to share what they have learned about the kudzu bug (Megacopta cribraria) since it was found in the Southeast. The goal was to educate the officials, representing various aspects of plant and animal health and international trade, on UGA’s current knowledge of the insect and provide a forum of discussion on trade issues surrounding quarantine concerns of the Honduran government, said Wayne Gardner, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the meeting’s organizer.Stowaway bugs“The meeting was prompted by concerns voiced by the Honduran government concerning the interception of two separate container shipments of poultry products from Georgia that reportedly contained dead kudzu bug adults,” Gardner said. “The second discovery prompted Honduran officials to halt receipt of all container imports from the states of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee.” More than 4,000 containers from these states were reportedly held at Honduran ports, he said. Cotton imports affected“This stance was eased within a few days when Honduran laborers were being sent home as there was no cotton yarn and goods for manufacturers,” Gardner said. “Ten percent of all containers from these states are now being inspected, while 5 percent of all containers from other parts of the U.S. are routinely inspected.”Gardner said the country’s cotton industry was hit hard hit by the trade sanction. Strict guidelines that require containers be cleaned before being loaded with cotton products have already helped mitigate problems of transporting the kudzu bug, Gardner said.During their visit to Georgia March 27-29, the 16 Latin American officials toured CanAm Yarns LLC in Cedartown to see how cotton is processed and packaged before it is exported to their countries. With the help of Spanish translators, they spent two days on the UGA campus in Griffin listening to scientific presentations on the kudzu bug and asking questions.“We focused on having speakers deliver the most up-to-date information that we have on the insect, to be totally transparent and forthcoming in those discussions, yet emphasize that this insect is not unique to the southeastern U.S.,” Gardner said. “It also hitchhikes from its native Asian range.” In addition to the kudzu bug’s basic biology, UGA researchers discussed its host plants, potential risks, impacts on the environment and possible management strategies.Being ahead of the gameRogelio Trabanino, an entomologist with Escuela Agricola Panamericana, attended the meeting to learn about potential biological control methods.“I want as much information as I can get so we will be ready to control the pest should it enter our country,” he said. “UGA has laid a lot of the groundwork for us.”A bean-eating pest would affect the food supplyThe kudzu bug feeds on legume or bean plants. In counties like Honduras, any kind of bean-eating pest has the potential to affect a major food source.“Our initial concern is over beans because they are a main staple and a source for protein here,” said Guillermo Alvarado, executive director of the International Regional Organization of Plant and Animal Health. “Hundreds of thousands of acres of beans are grown by small farmers, and this pest would create an additional burden to these farmers and become a food security risk for us.”Alvarado’s organization’s major objective is to protect animal and plant health in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and the Dominican Republic.“At the conclusion of the meeting, Honduran and OIRSA inspection and quarantine officials admitted there had been no problems with cotton product imports and acknowledged that the standard protocols used by the cotton industry are adequate in minimizing the risk of introducing the insect to their region,” Gardner said. “They asked that similar protocols be implemented with the poultry industry and others.”Hitchhiking on planes?In addition to hitching rides in cargo shipments, OIRSA officials fear kudzu bugs may leave the U.S. on commercial passenger jets, he said.“Kudzu bugs have been intercepted in the passenger area and baggage compartments of several flights originating from Atlanta with arrivals in Guatemala and Honduras,” Gardener said. Honduran officials “have asked for some sort of protocol to address this problem. USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is working with airport authorities to develop some sort of protocols to address these risks.”
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC):Veteran left-hander Shiv Chanderpaul has called time on his illustrious international career, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced late yesterday.In a release, the WICB said the 41-year-old Guyanese had given notification via email that he was no longer available for selection.Chanderpaul played a record 164 Tests, amassing 11,867 runs at an average of 51. He is second on the all-time West Indies list of run-scorers to Brian Lara who scored 11 953 runs.He also played 268 one-day internationals and 22 Twenty20 internationals.Chanderpaul was axed last May by West Indies selectors following a run of low scores but said at the time he was focused on regaining his place in the side.He represented Guyana Jaguars in the ongoing Regional Super50 in Trinidad and Tobago.
OAKLAND — It’s not hard to believe Kolton Miller when he says he’s feeling better these days.He’s more comfortable in his second year as a left tackle in Raiders coach Jon Gruden’s system and is no longer bothered by the right knee and elbow injures that affected most of his rookie NFL season.Miller knows, though, that the guy he’ll likely be lining up against Monday night at the Coliseum — Denver Broncos defensive end Bradley Chubb — will also be better in year two as a pro.“He’s got more …
However, he was far from alone among the newcomers and they all made meaningful contributions along the way. JJ Engelbrecht, Trevor Nyakane, Siya Kolisi, Jan Serfontein, Piet van Zyl, Arno Botha and Jano Vermaak were given opportunities during the Series and all looked at home in the test arena. South Africa claimed the honours in the Castle Incoming Series on Saturday night after an impressive 56-23 victory over Samoa in the final at Loftus Versfeld. Scotland finished third after scraping a 30-29 win over Italy. With le Roux installed at number 15, one now recalls why former fullbacks Andre Joubert and Gysie Pienaar were such fan favourites; a running fullback, with an understanding of when to attack, adds a new dimension to a backline and it is something that the Springboks have missed in recent seasons. 24 June 2013 Engelbrecht scored tries in each of the three tests, while Kolisi was named man of the match after coming on early for an injured Botha in the test against Scotland, and prop Nyakane rounded off the win over Samoa with a popular try at Loftus Versfeld, which was followed by a celebratory dance. After a few errors at the start of the contest, Willie le Roux, one of the newcomers to international rugby, showed why he deserved to be wearing the green and gold with some exciting incisions into the backline, including setting up Bryan Habana for the opening try of the match. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material ‘Physical’“It was always going to be a physical game against Samoa, but I think the boys stepped up. It was a physical game from both sides and that’s what makes it exciting. The guys didn’t back away from the challenge and made an impact,” Louw told Jacaranda FM’s Trevor Cramer. “It’s a great effort,” said Bok captain Jean de Villiers at the post-match press conference. “To score 50 in a career is great, to score 50 for your country is really special. “It’s been an unbelievable ride,” he said after the game. “Hopefully I keep on improving, not only on the rugby field, but off it as well, and hopefully I continue contributing to the success of Springbok rugby.” Having introduced so many players to the green and gold jersey, Meyer will no doubt be pleased with what he saw from them. The opposition was not as tough as that the team will face in the Castle Lager Rugby Championship, which begins in August, but they provided just the kind of stepping stone that the coach would have liked to order before the big southern hemisphere showdowns. Before the Series began, coach Heynecke Meyer was surely hoping to see game by game progression from his charges and against Samoa it was clear that the players had begun to gel as a unit. They produced a good, at times excellent, all- round game to overpower a team that had beaten Scotland 27-17 and crushed Italy 39-10 in its two previous outings. Most obvious improvementLe Roux’s contribution was the most obvious improvement for the Springboks and credit to him as a player with Griquas, traditionally not one of the country’s leading provincial teams, for making such an impact that his national team candidacy could not be ignored. “But he’s a classy player. He’s a world class player. He’s been IRB World Player of the Year [in the past] and there always seems to be magic when he touches the ball. He’s a special guy and hopefully he can continue with that form.” ExcitingCiting some of the greats he had played with in his career, including Os du Randt, Percy Montgomery, Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha, John Smit, Fourie du Preez, Schalk Burger, Habana said it was exciting to have played with them and to now be part of a young team. The two flanks, Francois Louw, who missed the previous test because it clashed with his marriage, and battering ram Willem Alberts, who was out with injury, were singled out by coach Meyer for praise. “I thought Francois and Willem brought a lot of physicality to the game and Francois was brilliant in the loose. I knew he was going to play a great game.” DanceNyakane elaborated: “The dance is something I always do with Free State with Raymond (Rhule), so when I scored the try Bryan was like ‘We have to do it, brother’ and I was like ‘okay’. He’s my senior. He’s been there before me. Why not? It was my first [test] try so I had to celebrate and I enjoyed it quite a lot.” Teamwork“But I think he will be the first to say, as well, that a lot of the hard work was done by the forwards and the other guys on the field, and sometimes he was just there at the end,” De Villiers said. Encouragingly, decisive contributions came from national team veterans and rookies alike. From an individual standpoint, the highlight of the win over the Samoans was produced by Bryan Habana, who, with two tries, became the first Springbok to score 50 test tries. Before they return to international action, the players will complete the Super Rugby season, which resumes on 28 June and finishes on 3 August.
3 February 2016South Africa has ranked number 30 out of 56 countries in terms of its domestic policies supporting global innovation.The global technology think tank, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released the data in its report, called Contributors and Detractors: Ranking Countries’ Impact on Global Innovation.“More innovation will be the determining factor in achieving greater progress,” stated the report, released on 20 January. “Countries’ economic and trade policies can either help or hurt global innovation.“In contrast, policies such as export subsidies or forced localisation harm global innovation. If nations increased their supportive policies and reduced their harmful policies, the rate of innovation worldwide would significantly accelerate.”How does South Africa compare?South Africa and Kenya were the only African countries to have been featured. Kenya ranked at 51.South Africa’s BRICS partners ranked as follows: Brazil came in at 41, Russia 42, India 54 and China 44.The top spots were taken by Finland, Sweden, the UK, Singapore, Netherlands, and Denmark, respectively.The authors of the report looked at various aspects that supported innovation locally, but which had a global effect, such as supportive tax systems, investing in the work force, and research and development.“Robust innovation is essential for economic growth and progress,” said co-author Stephen Ezell, ITIF’s vice-president for global innovation.“As countries increasingly vie for leadership in the innovation economy, they can implement policies that try to benefit only themselves but harm the production of innovation in the rest of the world. Or they can implement ‘win-win’ policies that bolster their own innovation capacity while also generating positive spill-overs for the entire global economy. For innovation to flourish around the world, we need a system that is doing much more of the latter.”According to technology news site IT Web, South Africa’s National Development Plan is the blueprint for “the national system of innovation to function in a coherent and co-ordinated manner, with broad objectives aligned with national priorities.“It seeks to improve the governance of the innovation system, especially by ensuring the alignment of science and technology innovations activities across government and by co-ordinating public funding.”To read the full report, click here.Source: IT Web and SouthAfrica.info reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jim Noel, NOAAAfter a really wet period last week and even some flooding in northwest Ohio, we will be seeing a switch toward hotter weather and a drier window from Thursday into the weekend.We have had a few hot bursts this summer but nothing like the stretch ahead. So far May and June have been warmer and wetter than normal in most places. It looks like after one more round of showers and a few storms the middle of this week it will turn hot for the end of June. This heat will last into the first half of July before relaxing some for the second half of July. There may a a day or two break from time to time during the warm weather the next few weeks but above normal temperatures will rule into July.Rainfall also looks to relax more toward the normal range but with longer stretches of dryness mixed in with the wetness.The outlook for the remainder of June calls for temperatures to average 3-5 degrees above normal. Rainfall will average 0.50-1.0 inches for the last week of June which is close to normal or slightly below normal. The outlook for the first week of July calls for temperatures to average 6-8 degrees above normal with highs mostly 85-95. Lows will be 65-75. Rainfall will average 0.25 to 1.00 inches which again is normal to below normal for most of Ohio. The outlook for the rest of July (weeks 2-4) calls for temperatures 1-3 degrees above normal and rainfall of 1-4 inches. Normal highs in Ohio are 80-85 and normal lows are 60-65. Rainfall normally average near 1 inch per week.Looking further ahead in the growing season and harvest season, it appears August will still see slightly above normal temperatures and slightly below normal rainfall. September looks near normal temperatures and normal or slightly wetter than normal. Finally, October appears to be about normal temperatures and slightly drier than normal. For the latest 2 weeks rainfall predictions, see the graphic from the NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center using the North American Ensemble Forecasting System average rainfall.
Rockets’ Chris Paul expected to return Thursday vs Suns Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Another actor the organizers lean on to attract international runners is that the route the race will use is in accordance to the standards of the International Association of Athletics Federations.Noemi Julian, manager of Clark Development Corporation Tourism Promotions, said the partnership with Run Rio will last for 10 years and will be used to push Pampanga’s tourism to the forefront.“This is for the long haul,” said Julian. “This is the opportune time to show what we have in Clark. We expanded the roads so the runners won’t have to run alongside vehicles. The place is really fit and suitable for this event.”Online registration is now open at RunRio.com.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Run Rio is set to embark on its first night run in its 10-year history and this time it is bringing the race outside of congested Metro Manila.Dubbed the Clark Sunset Marathon, the night race is schedule on Dec. 9 at Clark Freeport Zone Parade Grounds with distances set at 42 kilometers, 21 km, 10 km, and five kilometers.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Race Director Franco Bambico said Thursday that they hope international runners from neighboring countries in the Southeast Asian region can join the night run.“We are offering the race not only to the local runners but also to the international runners,” said Bambico during the press conference at Burgoo in Mall of Asia. “We hope runners from countries like Singapore can join.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAt stake for the winner of the 42k race is P100,000 with second and third placers slated to receive P80,000 and P50,000, respectively.In case foreigners dominate the race, the next top three local participants will also receive P30,000, P20,000 and P10,000, respectively. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Bangladesh rode on a record partnership by centurions Shakib Al-Hasan and Mahmadullah to defeat New Zealand by five wickets in their Group A match at the Champions Trophy cricket tournament here on Friday.Needing 266 runs for the win, Bangladesh were off a nightmarish start, losing their entire top order by the 12th over.But Shakib and Mahmadullah then joined forces to add 224 runs between them in 209 balls and snatch victory from what seemed at one point to be also certain defeat.Shakib scored 114 runs from 115 deliveries, hitting 11 boundaries and a six during his stay in the middle.Mahmadullah remained unbeaten on 102 runs off 107 balls with eight hits to the fence and two sixes.This is the highest ever partnership for Bangladesh. The previous highest was a stand of 148 runs off 140 balls by Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al-Hasan against New Zealand in Chitagong in 2014.By the time Shakib was bowled in the 47th over by an excellent yorker by Trent Boult, Bangladesh were on the verge of victory as they needed just nine runs from 21 deliveries.Mosaddek Hossain then joined Mahmadullah in the middle to see Bangladesh through to victory.The team from South Asia crossed the line in 47.2 overs.Friday’s result has given Bangladesh to qualify for the semi-finals. They finish their group engagements with three points from as many matches.They suffered an eight-wicket in the tournament opener against hosts England. They then earned one point from their washed out second game against Australia.If England manage to defeat Australia in the final game of Group A on Saturday, then Bangladesh will go through to the knockout stage along with the hosts. Australia have been extremely unlucky as they have notched up only two points so far as both their matches were abandoned due to rain.advertisementThe Kiwis on the hand will have to catch the new flight back to New Zealand. They finish a poor campaign with a single from three matches.Boasting a power-packed line-up of fast bowlers, the Kiwis were expected to do well in the swing friendly English conditions. But their bowling showed surprising lack of bite on Friday despite some early promise.They earned their only point from their abandoned campaign opener against Australia before going down by 87 runs to England.New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee knocked the wind out of the Bangladesh batting in the early stages of the chase by picking up three wickets in his opening three overs.With Bangladesh struggling at 12/3 in the fifth over, Shakib and Mushfiqur Rahim 21 runs between them before the Kiwi pacer Adam Milne found the gap between the bat and pad of the latter.That was the only bit of celebration the New Zealand players will manage on the day as Shakib and Mahmadullah got down to business.Southee was the standout performer in a rather poor bowling effort by the Kiwis with figures of 3/ in nine overs.Earlier, New Zealand posted 265/8 after electing to bat first at the Sophia Gardens.Skipper Kane Williamson (57) and Veteran batsman Ross Taylor (63) were the major contributors for the New Zealand cause.New Zealand got off to a good start as openers Martin Guptill (33) and Luke Ronchi (16) forged a 46-run partnership before Ronchi was caught by Mustafizur Rahman off pacer Taskin Ahmed in the eighth over.Soon, Martin Guptill was sent packing in the 13th over by speedster Rubel Hossain. Guptill, who faced 35 balls and slammed four boundaries and one six, was adjudged leg before wicket.Middle-order batsmen Williamson and Taylor then added 83 for the third wicket to stabilise the innings. But just when it seemed good, Williamson was run out by Shakib Al Hasan. Williamson hit four boundaries in his 69-ball knock.Incoming batsman Niel Broom (36) then added 49 runs in 8.4 overs with Taylor before the latter was dismissed by Ahmed in the 39th over.Broom, along with new batsman James Neesham (23), displayed some quality cricket as the duo forged a crucial 27-run partnership before Broom was dismissed by offie Mosaddek Hossain.Lower middle-order batsmen Corey Anderson (0), Mitchell Santner (14 not out), Adam Milne (7) and Tim Southee (10 not out) then failed to step up to the occasion as they failed to reach a handsome score.For Bangladesh, Mosaddek Hossain scalped three wickets while Taskin Ahmed took two wickets each.Brief score: New Zealand 265/8 (Kane Williamson 57, Ross Taylor 63; Mosaddek Hossain 3/13) against Bangladesh.Brief scores:Bangladesh: 268/5 in 47.2 overs (Shakib Al-Hasan 114, Mahmadullah 102 not out; Tim Southee 3/45) against New Zealand 265/8 (Kane Williamson 57, Ross Taylor 63; Mosaddek Hossain 3/13).
Man Utd boss Solskjaer happy to keep sticking with kidsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy to keep sticking with the kids.Solskjaer knows it’s a tough gap to bridge to the top two.The Norwegian said: “I want to be a part of us going back to where we used to be, but of course the Premier League is now a different animal. “Manchester City and Liverpool last season were fantastic and we are in the starting phase of a new team.”Many players have been and gone and now there is some youngsters coming in. We are one or two players light at the moment because of injuries but that’s an opportunity for the kids to play and to see if I can get the best out of them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say