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Bayern lose 1-0 to Atletico

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first_imgMADRID (AP): An early goal by youngster Saul Niguez gave AtlÈtico Madrid a gritty 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final yesterday. The 21-year-old Niguez cleared three defenders before entering the area and hitting a low, well-placed shot into the far corner in the 11th minute. Diego Simeone’s tough defence then took over and AtlÈtico held on for an important victory at the Vicente CalderÛn Stadium. A draw next week in Germany will be enough for Simeone’s side to reach the final for the second time in the last three seasons. “It’s still wide open,” Simeone said. “The return game should be just as exciting for everyone watching it. It will be a difficult challenge against a very strong team.” Pep Guardiola’s Bayern, trying to reach the final for the first time since winning the title in 2013, came close to equalising with a long-range shot by David Alaba in the 54th, but the ball struck the crossbar, with AtlÈtico goalkeeper Jan Oblak already beaten. Striker Fernando Torres could have increased AtlÈtico’s advantage in the 75th, but he also struck the woodwork after a breakaway. “It was a fantastic night, and I’m happy for all AtlÈtico supporters,” Torres said. “We’ve got what we wanted, which was to get the scoreline in our favour ahead of the second leg.” Real Madrid and Manchester City drew 0-0 in their first-leg match in England on Tuesday.last_img read more

The Impact of Open Source Software in the Fight against Ebola in Liberia

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first_imgOver the years there have been several discussions and literature over the impact of open source software (OSS) on economic development. Countries, international organizations including the United Nations, the USAID, the British DFID, have all touted the benefits of open source software on economic development, especially on developing countries. Yet, in Liberia, the discourse has not been as ubiquitous and widely embraced as it has been in other countries or in the literature. While open source software has made some progress in permeating the Liberian society over the years (Mozilla Firefox, Apache Webserver, PHP, Java, MySQL), its impact has not been felt as much as it has been in recent times.The current Ebola Virus Disease epidemic has not only exposed many of the challenges the country faces, it has also kindled new opportunities for economic development. One of those opportunities is the adoption and integration of open source software in the Liberian society in a more robust way to allow innovation and competition. In the past, we have spent scarce and limited resources on proprietary software to develop and maintain a digital platform. That approach has obviously hindered the development of the ICT sector especially, the development of a software industry, because proprietary software does not allow the type of innovation that open source software allows. Moreover, the cost of maintaining proprietary software-based platforms is extremely prohibitive and one of the many reasons why IT/ICT systems and projects in Liberia have failed or cannot be sustained. The current Ebola epidemic has shown that there is a critical need to establish a more robust communications and data collection system between health workers and other stakeholders. Equipping health workers with the right kind of information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease will enable them to support their communities to fight back against epidemic diseases. This requires robust IT/ICT systems that are likely to cost a lot if proprietary software becomes the solution, hence the ubiquitous utilization of open source software by various countries and international organizations to help fight the Ebola virus outbreak. This massive, efficient, and effective use of open source software to fight the Ebola virus disease further confirms that development in African countries as well as other developing countries cannot occur in the absence of open source software.In finding the cheapest, fastest and most efficient ways to track the Ebola virus and disseminate information among health workers, international organizations, and the Liberian public, a plethora of open source software have been deployed. Below I list and briefly discuss a few.  DHIS 2: DHIS 2 is a flexible, web-based, free and open-source software released under the liberal BSD license. Developed in Java, DHIS 2 runs on any platform with a JRE 7 installed. It also follows HTML 5 standards and is typically used as national health information systems for data management and analysis purposes. DHIS 2 is also used for health program monitoring and evaluation, facility registries and service availability mapping, for logistics management and for mobile tracking of pregnant mothers in rural communities.FormHub is a free and open source software that allows mobile data collection. It was created to provide NGOs and local communities with the tools to better collect data. FormHub’s powerful APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) make integration with external services simple. It was previously introduced in Liberia a while ago, through training by members of Modi Lab to prepare key energy and data specialists from the Liberian energy sector in the use of mobile rapid data-gathering tools, to estimate the urban and rural energy demand in the country.RapidPro: UNICEF recently (September 22) , “launched RapidPro, an open-source platform of applications that can help governments deliver rapid and vital real-time information and connect communities to lifesaving services.” The platform was produced by UNICEF’s global Innovations Labs in collaboration with a Rwandan software development firm known as Nyuruka. RapidPro is already being used in several countries, including Liberia.mHero: UNICEF  in recent times has been working with the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Liberia  to launch mHero (Mobile Health Worker Ebola Response and Outreach), which is an application available on RapidPro. mHero reports “new cases; broadcast messages about care and prevention; share training information; and allow for real-time coordination between the Ministry and the health workers.”.iHRIS: iHRIS developed by a firm known as IntraHealth, is a suite of free and open source software applications that help countries around the world to gather and manage their own workforce data. It interoperates with other health information systems that are already in wide use across West Africa, such as OpenMRS and DHIS 2. iHRIS can help government officials and clinic workers easily find, share, manage, and update personnel files, including mobile phone numbers. In 2013, Liberia’s Ministry of Health and Social Welfare began implementing iHRIS.I-RAMP: In recent times, the I-RAMP developed by Liberians in Liberia, for Liberians, and based on open source software tools, made its debut.Epi Info: Epi Info has been made freely available since the 1990s by the CDC.Epi Info VHS: The Center of Disease Control (CDC) is utilizing a new tool known as the Epi Info Viral Hemorrhagic Fever application (Epi Info VHF), to help locate people exposed to the deadly virus in a faster way. Epi Info VHF is an open-source program that runs on the Epi Info software platform.EpiCollect is a free (open source) web and mobile app for the generation of forms (questionnaires) and freely hosted project websites for data collection. Recently, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) provided a two-day training in the use of the EpiCollect data collection and storage technology for the Government of Liberia through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoH).HeathMap: HealthMap is a tool (open source) that monitors and aggregates data from numerous online sources worldwide including social media on topics related to public health threats. It crunches and analyses this data and provides real-time updates on health threats, anything from West Nile Virus and rabies, to E. coli and Ebola.Over the years, when one mentioned the use of open source software as a solution (be it for business, government or academia) in Liberia, many, especially those who were schooled in Windows-based software, would argue that open source software was not a good solution. This argument according to them was based on several myths about open source software.  On a personal note, many of my colleagues think my advocacy of open source software adoption in Liberia is because it’s my research focus. But the fact is, I have seen the progress/innovation that open source software can bring and how it sustains ICT infrastructures and platforms, as compared to proprietary software. Take a look at the USA government, the British, French, Canadian, Chinese and in Africa, South Africa, Kenya, etc., and understand the impact that open source software or its development paradigm has had on those nations.Finally, had it not been for open source software, (Linux, Apache, Java, PHP, MySQL), its paradigms and philosophy, we may not have achieved all (the Internet, social media, etc) that we have achieved in this information age. New software would not have emerged as quickly and of good quality, as we see today if we were still stuck with the proprietary approach to developing software. Hence, I can argue that the success and sustainability of ICT systems/projects in Liberia demand wide and robust integration of open source software and encouragement on the part of stakeholders and decision makers for its adoption as well. Proprietary software which was hitherto the Ebola epidemic, the “de facto” choice of software in Liberia, does not allow innovation. Worst of all, its prohibitive costs do not ensure sustainability because a country like Liberia cannot afford to pay thousands of dollars in licensing fees when basic necessities are lacking.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Levine wants to put teeth in pet population control

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first_img“This is part of our overall plan to make Los Angeles the first major metropolitan city in the nation to be no-kill,” said Ed Boks, general manager of the city Animal Services Department, which spent about $13million to process 42,000 animals last year and ultimately euthanized 19,000 dogs and cats. “I’m very excited about it,” added Woodland Hills resident Charlotte Laws, president of Directors of Animal Welfare, which has representatives in more than 50 neighborhood councils and community groups. “Low-cost spay-neutering on a massive scale is the No.1 way to achieve no-kill.” Breeders would pay Some dog and cat enthusiasts, however, argue that the bill would force breeders – who would be required to pay unspecified “intact permits” – to go underground, and ultimately it would not make a dent in the growing population of strays. They say breeders already go out of their way to avoid clogging local shelters with strays. “It may be well-intentioned, but it’s poorly aimed,” said Diane Jacobsen, 65, of Sebastopol, who has been breeding Rhodesian Ridgebacks for 45 years. If the bill becomes law, Jacobsen’s dogs would qualify for an intact permit, which would exempt animals from spaying if they are purebred and registered with specific purebred kennel associations. Exceptions would also be made for animals used for professional purposes, including guide and police dogs. The permit fee, which would apply to each pet, would be set by local animal-control agencies. In Los Angeles County, such permits cost breeders $30 per dog. Other jurisdictions could potentially charge much more. Pet owners who don’t get permits and don’t sterilize their pets by the time the animals are 4months old would face costly fines under the proposed bill. Local animal-control agencies would retain money collected through fines and the new permit to help pay for subsidized spaying and neutering programs. Bearing the brunt While some Los Angeles-area breeders understand the need for such a law, they complain that they are being forced to bear the brunt for others’ irresponsibility. “It makes it really difficult for small-time breeders,” said Krista Dragna of North Hollywood, a former animal-control officer who breeds Maltese dogs that sell for up to $2,500 each. “We’re the ones who are getting hurt. We’re the ones who are paying the price, but we’re the ones who aren’t” causing the problem, she said. Sandra Whittaker, who breeds English bulldogs in Lancaster, agreed. “I have mixed emotions,” she said. “Part of me says, `Yea for people who don’t breed and have puppy after puppy after puppy, or kitten after kitten after kitten’ – and the humane society is full of those (animals). “But then you have pure breeders, like myself; we’re responsible. And when we have to pay permits to keep our dogs intact, it’s not cheap.” Proponents of the bill argue that the numbers are overwhelmingly in support of curtailing the number of dogs and cats that are being picked up by animal-control officers every year. More than 841,000 dogs and cats entered animal shelters in 2005, and about half were euthanized, said Judie Mancuso, campaign director for a coalition of bill supporters. She said local governments spend more than $250million each year to care for and kill unwanted animals. “We’re not telling them they need to stop breeding,” said Mancuso, who helped write the bill. “We’re just saying, “Pay part of your burden to society, to the taxpayers.”‘ Wire services contributed to this report. More from Levine Here are some of the other bills that Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, has proposed: This session Ban the sale of lamps that use incandescent bulbs by 2012. Prevent cruelty to elephants, similar to a measure introduced last session. Allow 16 federally recognized Indian tribal governments to participate in the Southern California Association of Governments. Tighten penalties for anyone who does not report a handgun stolen or lost within a certain time frame. Previous sessions Fund a car-pool lane on the San Diego Freeway. Create a San Fernando Valley statistical district. Prohibit the commercial sale and transfer of cloned or genetically modified pets in California. Label electronic appliances that use electricity in standby modes with how much power they use and the cost.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We simply have a huge problem in the state with pet overpopulation,” he said. “I can’t tell you how many people have complained to me about cats defecating in their yards, flower beds … and in sandboxes where kids play. “It’s a huge public-safety and public-health issue.” Assembly Bill 1634 was introduced Thursday and hasn’t yet had a committee hearing. Drafted by the office of City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, the California Health Pets Act has the strong support of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a former speaker of the Assembly. A statewide spay-neuter law would follow the lead of Los Angeles County and states such as Rhode Island, which have already passed similar laws. VAN NUYS – Assemblyman Lloyd Levine – who has proposed legalizing euthanasia, banning the incandescent light bulb and prohibiting cruelty to elephants – has done it again. Now, he wants to make it mandatory to spay or neuter nearly every dog and cat in California. But the bill, meant to combat the overpopulation of strays by requiring all dogs and cats to be spayed or neutered, has also drawn fire from breeders who would have to pay to register purebred pets. The bill, if passed, would help save the 500,000 dogs and cats euthanized in California each year, said Levine, D-Van Nuys. last_img

Fulham news: Championship fixtures 2017-18 – Every Cottagers game revealed

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first_img Scroll down for Fulham’s fixtures Fulham Championship fixtures 2017-1805/08/2017 15:00 Fulham v Norwich City12/08/2017 15:00 Reading v Fulham15/08/2017 19:45 Leeds United v Fulham19/08/2017 15:00 Fulham v Sheffield Wednesday26/08/2017 15:00 Ipswich Town v Fulham09/09/2017 15:00 Fulham v Cardiff City12/09/2017 19:45 Fulham v Hull City16/09/2017 15:00 Burton Albion v Fulham23/09/2017 15:00 Fulham v Middlesbrough26/09/2017 19:45 Nottingham Forest v Fulham30/09/2017 15:00 Queens Park Rangers v Fulham14/10/2017 15:00 Fulham v Preston North End21/10/2017 15:00 Aston Villa v Fulham28/10/2017 15:00 Fulham v Bolton Wanderers31/10/2017 19:45 Fulham v Bristol City04/11/2017 15:00 Wolverhampton v Fulham18/11/2017 15:00 Fulham v Derby County21/11/2017 19:45 Sheffield United v Fulham25/11/2017 15:00 Fulham v Millwall02/12/2017 15:00 Brentford v Fulham09/12/2017 15:00 Fulham v Birmingham City16/12/2017 15:00 Sunderland v Fulham23/12/2017 15:00 Fulham v Barnsley26/12/2017 15:00 Cardiff City v Fulham30/12/2017 15:00 Hull City v Fulham01/01/2018 15:00 Fulham v Ipswich Town13/01/2018 15:00 Middlesbrough v Fulham20/01/2018 15:00 Fulham v Burton Albion27/01/2018 15:00 Barnsley v Fulham03/02/2018 15:00 Fulham v Nottingham Forest10/02/2018 15:00 Bolton Wanderers v Fulham17/02/2018 15:00 Fulham v Aston Villa20/02/2018 19:45 Bristol City v Fulham24/02/2018 15:00 Fulham v Wolverhampton03/03/2018 15:00 Derby County v Fulham06/03/2018 19:45 Fulham v Sheffield United10/03/2018 15:00 Preston North End v Fulham17/03/2018 15:00 Fulham v Queens Park Rangers31/03/2018 15:00 Norwich City v Fulham02/04/2018 15:00 Fulham v Leeds United 07/04/2018 15:00 Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham10/04/2018 19:45 Fulham v Reading14/04/2018 15:00 Fulham v Brentford21/04/2018 15:00 Millwall v Fulham28/04/2018 15:00 Fulham v Sunderland06/05/2018 12:30 Birmingham City v FulhamtalkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 have exclusive radio rights to the Sky Bet EFL Championship, League One and League Two for the next three seasons.The talkSPORT network will be the only place to hear 110 regular season EFL matches as well as the play-off semi-finals and finals.center_img 1last_img read more

Wayne Rooney close to sealing Everton return on free transfer

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first_imgWayne Rooney could complete a free transfer return to Everton by the end of this week.As talkSPORT exclusively revealed on Monday, the Toffees are determined to land the 31-year-old this summer.Sources close to the Merseyside club believe it is ‘almost inevitable’ that Manchester United’s record goalscorer will wear the Blue jersey again.Now Everton have stepped up their interest and, according to The Sun, the deal is all but done.Rooney is understood to have been withdrawn from the United squad that will head to the United States for the Red Devils’ pre-season tour, with his move to Goodison Park set to be finalised in the coming days.He will reportedly continue to earn £250,000-per-week on Merseyside, having chosen to return to his first club with no MLS offers on the table and no desire to uproot his family to China.The England striker’s return to the Toffees comes 13 years after he left Goodison for Old Trafford.In the years since, Rooney has won five Premier League titles, one FA Cup, three League Cups, the Champions League, the Europa League and the Club World Cup, and he also became United’s all-time record goalscorer last season with 253 goals to his name.It is believed Everton will follow up the capture of Rooney by swooping for Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in a £20m deal. 1 Wayne Rooney will reportedly sign for Everton this week last_img read more

GAA: BUNDORAN GAA CLUB WEEKLY NOTES

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first_imgBundoran GAA had its annual flag day on Easter Sunday and raised nearly €800 which was tremendous given the very wet weather.The Bunotto jackpot was not won last Thursday with the winning numbers coming out of the drum being 3, 6, 7, 8 and 14.In the draw for €50 our winners were Liam Thomas from Ballyshannon, Mary McMahon from Bundoran and Linda Kerrigan from Galway, tickets being purchased in the Allingham Arms, Star Bingo and the Emerald Bar. The Belle of Bundoran was launched on Thursday last at The Peak restaurant. Tickets are on sale from the Greath Northern Hotel, Supervalu and Cara Pharmacy. The tickets are priced at €20 and include the show itself, finger food, free entry to the raffle, the souvenir programme and a disco afterwards.GAA: BUNDORAN GAA CLUB WEEKLY NOTES was last modified: April 12th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: BUNDORAN GAA CLUB WEEKLY NOTESlast_img read more

JUDGE ORDERS PUBS AND CLUBS TO APPOINT CCTV STAFF

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first_imgJudge Paul KellyA JUDGE has ordered pubs and clubs applying for dance licences that they must have CCTV on their premises and a designated member of staff to oversee it.The instruction was issued by Judge Paul Kelly at Letterkenny District Court. Garda inspector Goretti Sheridan said gardai would no longer pay bills for hiring experts to download footage for investigations.All CCTV systems must record footage and a member of staff in each premises must be appointed to the role of downloading footage when required.More than 40 dance applications were before the court from across the north of the county.Licences will only be issued once bars and clubs have complied with the new ruling.JUDGE ORDERS PUBS AND CLUBS TO APPOINT CCTV STAFF was last modified: September 29th, 2015 by John2Share 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:dance licencesJudge Paul Kellylast_img read more

Place-based innovation and branding seminar a huge hit

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first_imgOver 120 people attended Donegal County Council’s local development seminar on Thursday focusing on how Donegal can create an entrepreneurial legacy from ongoing developments in the County including hosting the upcoming Dubai Irish Open, the filming of Star Wars and the new Northwest Greenway project. This seminar was held in An Grianan Hotel in Burt.Cllr Albert Doherty welcomed delegates to the conference and said that the event was all about inspiring each other and looking at how we can all work together to maximise the potential that exists.“We are on the cusp of a wave here in Donegal and especially in Inishowen” said Cllr. Albert Doherty, “and it is up to all of us to see how we can harness and embrace all these wonderful opportunities for the benefit of not just Inishowen but Donegal and the entire North West Region.” Focusing on the processes of entrepreneurship, innovation and branding in Donegal – the day encouraged business owners to think about the evolving nature of the economy and how the regions peripherality is now becoming one of our most unique selling points.Speakers from a range of organisations were involved including Fáilte Ireland, Lancaster University and Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa providing insights into the various aspects of what was termed the emerging experience economy.Joan Crawford from Fáilte Ireland outlined the strategy behind the Wild Atlantic Way and showed examples of ongoing marketing campaigns, highlighting the 188 Discovery Points along its route. The campaign is currently focused on promoting tourism from France, Germany, the US and UK, emphasizing the ability of visitors to relax and destress during their stay.She outlined how most of the 3.6 million (in 2016) international tourists that Ireland receives annually, arrive through Dublin, drive across and then turn south towards Kerry and Cork, which remains a challenge for developing tourism in the Northwest. To further address this challenge, Joan said that additional promotional resources that are being diverted towards the northern half of the country, including grants of €200,000 to support smaller experience projects and up to €5 million for larger projects. Joan announced Failte Ireland’s plan to launch a Visitor Experience Master plan for Inishowen. Dr Eddie McKeever from Lancaster University spoke about the nature and role of place in generating local identities and loyalties. He explained that social factors are four times more influential in business location decisions than economic factors. From his research in Inishowen he found that in areas with highly collective cultures that community enterprises were more likely to emerge. Community entrepreneurship is when the community acts as both entrepreneur and enterprise – he explained that Dunree Military Museum and Ballyliffin Golf Club are examples of this phenomenon.Professor Mark Freel from the University of Ottawa spoke about local place-bound innovation and the importance of empathy towards customer needs. He outlined the nature of value perception and how this links to the solving of problems in people’s routines. He told the audience that in places like Donegal the emphasis should be on the exceptionally good execution of ordinary products and services. He also spoke about making a distinction between local customer expectations and those of visitors.In his afternoon workshop professor Freel explained that by generating a dialogue with customers, businesses can focus on values which customers can’t often articulate. Unlocking this information can lead to the development of signature products and services that can create lasting bonds with companies and their place.Janie Ash from Better with Jam Marketing gave a presentation about branding and how it applies to places. She explained that businesses and places must be truthful and clear about the messages they send to customers. If customers trust and identify with a brand then they will purchase repeatedly and tell others of their good experiences. She emphasised the opportunity in Donegal to create a brand which mixes the traditional and the modern.Finally, Jacqui Jackson, an Entrepreneur in Residence at Lancaster University spoke about entrepreneurial learning and how Lancaster University’s model of small business support works. She explained that entrepreneur learning by doing and experience form bonds with other businesses in their networks. She explained that working with cohorts of between 24 and 36 businesses – Lancaster’s LEAD program had seen small businesses achieve exceptional growth. The seminar concluded with a workshop where those in attendance had an opportunity to explore how best to apply the concepts outlined in their own business or organisation.Place-based innovation and branding seminar a huge hit was last modified: March 20th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Donegal County Councilpicture specialseminarlast_img read more

Weeds have been slow to grow, but they are at it 24 hours a day

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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the frequent rains, we missed proper burndown timing. Now we must totally rely upon pre-emergent herbicide application and now are working on missing the proper timing for post applications. Consider adding a second component to that glyphosate application when you post- spray your corn or soybeans. The idea is to have a second method of attack on those weeds that may be resistant, have grown a little larger than planned or in areas where you have had problems with in the past.The Ohio & Indiana Weed Control Guide is a great resource for getting management tips on how best to apply glyphosate — see page 13 in the guide. Also see the corn tables starting on page 55 and the soybean tables starting on page 119 to choose a potential partner for post applications. The Guide is sold out for this year but is available free on-line from Mark at https://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/files/2015/11/2016_Weed_Control_Guide-17h5o2i.pdf.Don’t forget about drift. The spring burndown season was a little scary, and hopefully we will be into post spray season soon, so there is still potential for drift onto sensitive crops. Here from the Weed Control Guide are some tips on how to reduce the chances for drift.Off-target movement of herbicidesSpray drift is the downwind movement of spray particles from the application site to non-target areas, some with sensitive plant species. The extent of spray drift increases as:(1) the size of spray droplets decreases,(2) the height above the ground from which the droplets are released increases, and(3) wind speed increases.Drift can be minimized by following these guidelines.Spray when wind speed is low.Use the maximum nozzle orifice size without distorting spray pattern.Reduce spray pressure to the lowest setting without distorting spray pattern.Using nozzles that minimize drift, such as Air Induction, Turbo Teejet, or Flat Fan DriftGuard nozzles.Use drift control agents when permitted by the label.Follow label precautions for drift reduction measures.last_img read more

Tribal group will not boycott Narendra Modi’s Manipur trip

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first_imgA tribal organisation in Manipur has withdrawn its proposed 12-hour shutdown that had threatened to mar Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the State on Friday to lay the foundation stone of India’s first sports university. The bandh had been called to protest against the State government’s failure to settle a controversy over land acquisition for the National Sports University in Haraothel that straddles two districts – Imphal West and Kangpokpi.Assurances galore“The boycott was withdrawn after Ministers Letpao Haokip (Youth Affairs and Sports) and Nemcha Kipgen assured us of fulfilling the commitments regarding the university at Haraothel,” Thangminlen Kipgen, president of the district unit of Kuki Students’ Organisation, said.The State government had in December 2016 allotted 325.60 acres of land to the director of Youth Affairs and Sports department for the university. The land was shown as belonging to the non-tribal Koutruk village in Imphal West district, even though 137.62 acres of the tribal Haraothel village in adjoining Kangpokpi village was included.Haraothel, now called L. Tangnuam village, is off National Highway 2 that connects state capital Imphal to Numaligarh in Assam via Nagaland capital Kohima.“We are not against the sports university. We had called the shutdown along NH2 to let the government know it cannot play with the sentiments of the tribal people,” Mr. Kipgen said.Haraothel, about 20 km from Imphal, is inhabited by Vaiphei tribal people belonging to the Kuki group. The village has about 350 people in 43 houses.Haotinmang Vaiphei, chief of Harothel, said people in the village have co-existed peacefully with non-tribal people of adjoining Koutruk, Senjam Chirang and Senjam Khunou villages. The road to Haraothel, in Kangpokpi district, is through these villages.The other three villages are in Imphal West district.“Trouble started after the site for the sports university was selected,” he told The Hindu.The simmering tension led to a clash between the villagers of Senjam Khunou-Senjam Chirang and Haraothel on December 16 last year. At least seven people were injured in the clash while a strategic wooden bridge was burnt, cutting off Haraothel for many days.Police attributed the violence to related to pig farming and fishing, Mr. Kipgen of KSO said a bid to snatch the land of Haraothel people for National Sports University was to blame.last_img read more