US ‘directly’ presses Eritrea to withdraw forces from Tigray

first_imgNAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States says it has directly “pressed senior levels” of Eritrea’s government to immediately withdraw its troops from neighboring Ethiopia, where witnesses have described them looting and hunting down civilians in the embattled Tigray region. A State Department spokesperson in an email to The Associated Press says Washington has conveyed “grave” concerns about credible reports of abuses. There are no details on how officials with Eritrea, one of the world’s most secretive countries, responded. Ethiopia has repeatedly denied the presence of Eritrean soldiers, who some witnesses have estimated in the thousands. Now concerns are growing that the Eritrean forces refuse to leave.last_img read more

Precision Picking

first_imgIn 1900, peanut farmers plodding in mules’ tracks had a good ideawhat a particular spot of ground needed. In 2000, ridingmonstrous machines with computers and satellite receivers,they’ll know that spot’s needs even better.”As the scale of agricultural machinery grew in the 20th century,our farmers lost the ability to address the specific needs ofareas within fields,” said University of Georgia scientist GeorgeVellidis. “This system gives it back.”Vellidis, an associate professor of biological and agricultural engineering with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is among the scientists who developed a peanut yield-monitoring system.Precision picker mechanismThe system should be in use next season. It uses small computers and load cells to weigh the picking basket and Global Positioning System receivers and special software to map fields.The yield monitor relies on GPS to precisely fix a startingposition. Every second the harvester moves across the field, loadcells under each corner of the picker basket send weight data tothe computer.The computer records the harvest and GPS position data together.It knows, for instance, there were 2,000 pounds of peanuts in thebasket at a precise spot and 2,500 pounds 10 feet later.With that data, farmers can use spreadsheet software to map yields, diseases, profits or fertility anywhere in their fields.Idea borrowed from Midwest, refined for Georgia fieldsIn fall 1994, an engineering team at the CAES Coastal PlainExperiment Station first tried to weigh peanuts as the mechanicalcombine picked them. They tried unsuccessfully to adapt equipmentalready in use in Midwestern grain fields. “That was really a concept year,” Vellidis said. “We put togethersome load cells and data-recording equipment just a week or twobefore harvest started. We were looking, at that point, to see ifthe idea was even worth pursuing for peanuts.”It has been.Accuracy within 1 percentThe biggest problem the engineers overcame was recording accurate weight data from a 17,000-pound mechanical combine being pulled by a tractor over rough fields.They solved it with software that takes raw data from the loadcells and filters out the machine vibration, electronic noise andtravel roughness to record only the usable, accurate, weightdata. “This system is accurate to within 1 percent over an entirefield,” Vellidis said. “That rivals or surpasses the mostaccurate systems available for other crops.” Some farmers rely on the system’s precision to learn where theirfields are profitable and where they may be better off notplanting. Others use it to compare management practices.The system enables farmers to manage land for peak profits. It tells them where they need pesticides or fertilizers, so they don’t have to just blanket the field. In that way, the plan helps protect the environment, too. Potential realized in four yearsMany people quickly saw the system’s potential for Georgia andSoutheastern peanut farmers. The Georgia Peanut Commission andGeorgia Research Alliance provided funding. Albany Scale andKelley Manufacturing of Tifton gave equipment and technicalsupport.With that help, the engineers took the project from a concept to a field-tested unit in just four years. In the next two years, eight Georgia farmers and researchers atAuburn and Texas A&M used the yield monitors and suggestedrefinements. During the testing, they mapped more than 1,800acres of peanut fields. The UGA scientists who developed and refined the peanut yieldmonitor applied for a U.S. patent in 1998. They expect it to begranted in early 2000.The system attracted the WAG Corporation of Tupelo, Miss. In1999, UGA signed a licensing agreement with WAG, which plans tohave the system on the market for the 2000 harvest season. “We partnered with growers and the industry to develop theproduct and expect it to be commercially available soon,”Vellidis said. “We’ve met the need of our constituents.” This story is another in a weekly series called “Planting the Seed: Science for the New Millennium.” These stories feature ideas and advances in agricultural and environmental sciences with implications for the future.last_img read more

3 awful excuses for not training your employees

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “You don’t build a business. You build people – and then the people build the business.” – Zig ZiglarThe truth in that statement is so profound that I say to myself, “why don’t more business executives understand this?” I have been speaking a lot recently to executives and directors about the importance of developing employees. One of my favorite things to say is that an organization only grows as much as its people are allowed to grow.Sometimes, I get a lot of head nods that indicate to me that at least some in the audience are agreeing with me. Then there are the dissenters that challenge me. Healthy debate, as long as it is respectful and constructive, is never a bad thing. But I must admit that I hear some pretty lame excuses from people that don’t think training or professional development are important. Here are 3:Why should we hire consultants or trainers from the outside when we can do all of the training in-house? Not a terrible question; however, while your inside trainers are more than capable of teaching new hires the benefits of your organization’s specific products and services, they may not be as strong on the soft-skills – leadership, conflict management, project development, sales & service, etc. For stuff like that, you will benefit more from hiring an expert in those areas to come in with an objective point of view and a clean slate. This person will take an unbiased look at what is happening and will try to discover the root cause of the issue. Then, he or she can design a program to address the issue and provide solutions. Trainers from inside the organization may not be able to be unbiased and objective. Or, perhaps, they are part of the problem. continue reading »last_img read more

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Wayne Mardle eager to see more doubles darts after entertaining World Cup | Darts News

first_imgWayne Mardle is keen to see paired darts become more prominent on the back of another highly-entertaining World Cup campaign over the weekend. An inspired duo of Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton whitewashed England’s Michael Smith and Rob Cross in the final as Wales became World Cup of Darts champions for the first time in their history.Mardle believes alterations to the doubles format could add even more drama to a tournament that continues to improve each year.- Advertisement – Gerywn Price bigged up his partner Jonny Clayton in a great team effort to claim the World Cup for Wales “And the story will be that he kind of picks himself up off the ground after missing three darts to put his country through and still has the strength of mind to beat whoever it may be to go through. It doesn’t muck around with the time constraints of broadcasting and that’s the problem.“Imagine you’ve just missed darts to put your country through and you’ve got to stay up there. We want pairs and we would get it in every single tie.”Non-stop darts as truncated season comes to a closeOver the next four weeks, a relentless schedule will close the PDC and finalise the field for this year’s World Championships which remain scheduled for Alexandra Palace in mid-December.The final five days of Pro Tour action continue on Wednesday with Grand Slam places still up for grabs as well as the last chance for many to secure their Tour card for next season. You can follow the Grand Slam action on Sky Sports with all nine days from Coventry getting underway on Monday, November 16. Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton life the trophy 2:40 Gerywn Price bigged up his partner Jonny Clayton in a great team effort to claim the World Cup for Wales Players Championship FinalsNovember 27-29 – Advertisement – Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton life the trophy
Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton life the trophy

Dubrovnik is reducing the number of chairs and tables in the historic core

first_imgThe measure refers to the exemption from rent for public areas of caterers who are mainly engaged in serving food (restaurants, taverns, pizzerias) in the historic center, if they perform their activities from 1 December 2019 to 29 February 2020. In the city of Dubrovnik, a public consultation is underway on the Draft Decision on Amendments to the Decision on Lease of Public Areas for 2020 In Article 6, a new paragraph is added on the exemption from paying rent to caterers in the Historic Center if caterers perform their activity in the “winter” months. In order to extend the tourist season, the City of Dubrovnik has proposed a measure that should stimulate the owners of restaurants in the historic center to work in the winter months. The moratorium on the installation of new tables and chairs, both existing and new catering facilities that would “open” in the coming period, continues.center_img The consultation is open until November 22, 2019, get involved. What is significant is the proposal to reduce the public area for catering tables and chairs by 10% to all facilities used with 25,00 and more m2. Also, the lease time of public space is increased from 3 to 5 years, which will certainly bring some security to caterers. Side dish: PUBLIC CONSULTING Draft Decision on Amendments to the Decision on Lease of Public Areaslast_img read more

Pet adoption event in Glenville was terrific

first_imgI would like to thank the folks who put together the Yager’s Fall in Love Pet Adoption event in Glenville on Oct. 7.Several pet shelters participated and all were very friendly and happy to provide adoption advice for those looking for a pet. I was very lucky to visit the Animal Protection Foundation’s adoptees and to take home Figaro (Figgy), a wonderful male cat, who is already a cherished member of my family.Anne BarkleyGuilderland Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion More from The Daily Gazette:Albany County warns of COVID increaseEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

The most viewed properties of FY15

first_imgMelbourne’s popular gentrified western pocket, Yarraville, has been attracting the attention of buyers looking for family-sized blocks, period architecture and a village sense of community.6 Gordon Parade, Yarraville has plenty of buyer appeal with play-it-safe renovations and a sought-after position near local shops and cafes.The three-bedroom house sold for $780,000 in June.10. Chirnside Park, VIC Do you like the luxury look of modern apartments but still value the space you get in a house?This house-sized apartment designed by local architect Nicholas Day combines the best of both worlds.View inside 6/1085 Malvern Road, Toorak.6. Fig Tree Pocket, QLD Lots of buyers have been looking at 29 Fisher Parade, Ascot Vale, but none of them committed. The exclusive riverfront address is still for sale.If you’ve got a boat, and you’re looking for somewhere to put it – this could be the property for you. Set off for trips to the city, the bay and beyond from the private pontoon at the bottom of the garden.4. Brighton, VIC The stunning riverfront home at 302 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket sold for $4 million in May this year.The six-bedroom Hamptons-style residence stretches over 730sqm and faces north onto a horizon pool and river beyond.7. Mitcham, SA This property fetched $4.6 million back in May, during a particularly hot stretch of ‘Super Saturdays’ for Melbourne with more homes that ever selling over $1 million.The imitation-European has been designed with every luxury in mind. Home cinema? Check. Multi-car garage? Check. Gourmet kitchen with marble island flowing onto alfresco terrace? Check, check, check.5 Holmwood Avenue, BrightonPrice point: The most expensive properties of FY155. Toorak, VIC 5 Carrick Hill Drive, Mitcham is a mansion in English cottage clothing. This grand residence has all the airs of a Scottish highlands retreat – it’s actually in Adelaide, adjacent to Springfield in one of Mitcham’s best streets.More from newsAustralia’s best growth suburbs16 Feb 2015What lies ahead for housing prices in 2020?27 May 2015Commuter belt: Hot homes 45 minutes from the city8. Lower Plenty, VICcenter_img 145 Edward Road, Chirnside Park sits at the head of the Yarra Valley with 360 degree views of everything below. The modern mansion has luxury on a scale that borders on the ridiculous. It’s about 10 times the size of the average Australian home!With one-and-a-half hectares of land surrounded by an echoing valley, you can afford to stretch out.Overseas buyers snapped up the home in March and although the price remains under wraps, the vendors were reported to be “extremely satisfied” with the results.*Data source: realestate.com.au internal data July 2014 – June 2015. Sold listed properties, July 2014 – June 2015. Excluded properties from Channel 9, The Block. Includes listings on both the Buy and Sold sections of realestate.com.au. This former builder’s home in Melbourne’s north east has finishings and fittings at a level of quality you rarely see. The fully decked alfresco setting and marble outdoor kitchen especially stand out.Set before the Dandenongs in the east and the Kinglake Ranges in the West – 8 Parorama Avenue, Lower Plenty has the fresh air of the mountains, just a stroll from the Yarra.3. Ascot Vale, VIC Victoria dominates the list of most viewed properties for the financial year, and it’s not only the affluent east getting a look in. Yarraville and Ascot Vale both make the cut with impressive properties worth their weight – as does a Fig Tree Pocket just outside of Brisbane with a six-bedroom mansion that looks like it could belong to a Kardashian.Scroll through to get the full list.1. Toorak, VIC6 Benson Avenue, Toorak is a luxury property of epic proportions. There’s more special features than you can count on two hands, including Iris Crystal Bohemia chandeliers and an impressive waterfall window.The promotional video for the custom-built home shows a man gliding into the driveway in a black Aston Martin, before proceeding to the cigar lounge to enjoy a solitary whiskey. Life’s tough at the top.Interestingly, the property is still listed separately on our Sold section from before it was knocked down. Safe to say it looks a little bit different now.2. Lower Plenty, VIC Lower Plenty makes another appearance in our most viewed list, and it’s not hard to see why. 2 Lakeside Drive, Lower Plenty is a family wonderland surrounded by botanical bliss.Set on more than half a hectare, it comes with its own lake, floodlit tennis court and paved and decked entertainment zones incorporating an infinity swimming pool.9. Yarraville, VIClast_img read more

Bulldogs Frosh Batesville Team Swept By Trojans

first_imgC-Team baseball traveled to East Central on (5-8) for a doubleheader.Lost both games with a score of 22-2 and 11-1.Cody Roleson and Nathan Kirschner went 3 for 4 between both games.Alex McPherson had 2 hits, and Bayley Lewis, Dustin Laker and Kent Siefet each had 2 hits.Submitted by Batesville Coach Brian Roleson.last_img

Oxlade-Chamberlain salutes Sanchez

first_imgAlexis Sanchez has been a “breath of fresh air” at Arsenal, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain praising his team-mate for bringing a winning mentality back to the club. A big-money summer arrival from Barcelona, the 25-year-old has hit the ground running in north London with a remarkable return of 14 goals from 22 appearances. Those displays have helped spare Arsenal’s blushes on several occasions, including Wednesday’s Barclays Premier League encounter at home to surprise package Southampton. It took a last-gasp Sanchez strike to see off the well-drilled visitors 1-0, after which Oxlade-Chamberlain heaped praise on the game-changing Chile forward. “There is no rest for him,” the England midfielder told BT Sport. “On recovery days he wants to be playing and he is not happy if he is not allowed to play the game at the end. “In training, he wants to win. He has brought that winning mentality to the side and I think it definitely rubs off on a lot of players. “It has been an eye-opener for me. To make it to the top and to be able perform like he does week in, week out you have got to be an absolute winner and you never want to lose at all. “He is not happy when he doesn’t score. If I scored as many goals as he has at this stage, I’d be over the moon. “He has been brilliant for us and a breath of fresh air, so hopefully he can stay in the form that he is in and we can help him out to keep producing goals like he has been.” As good as Sanchez is, though, Oxlade-Chamberlain – like anyone else in attendance at the Emirates Stadium – will be aware Arsenal need to improve and quick. This was a far from convincing display from Arsene Wenger’s men and one which left Saints defender Toby Alderweireld cursing his luck. Press Association A first-half injury to Jack Cork saw the Belgian moved from centre-back to holding midfield for the second match in a row – a role he impressed in until a hamstring injury forced him off with less than 10 minutes remaining. Saints had already used their full complement of substitutions by that point and Sanchez capitalised on the fact Saints had to end the game a man light. “It’s really s***,” Alderweireld said. “I think everybody knows when it happens with your hamstring you can’t run any more, so with pain in my heart I had to go off. “That was really s*** and, unfortunately, we let a goal in. “On Thursday I will have a scan and I hope it’s not too serious, but for sure a hamstring is always bad, so we’ll see. “I’m hoping to recover very soon, very fast. I will do everything to be back very quickly on the field, but that’s for the future and I can’t tell.” Injuries to Alderweireld, Cork and Dusan Tadic made this a costly defeat for Saints – hardly the ideal preparation for Monday’s match against Manchester United. It is a game they not only approach low on numbers but fresh from back-to-back losses for the first time this season. Saints have only been beaten four times in all competitions during their remarkable start, yet those reverses have come against Liverpool, Tottenham, Manchester City and Arsenal. The latest defeat will only fuel the doubters’ suggestions that Saints are only third in the standings due to a kind fixture list, but such talk angered Alderweireld. “Maybe last week we were not that good, but today we played very good against a good team, especially here, where it’s very difficult to play,” he said. “I think we played very good and I think we deserved a point at least. “They have to watch the game. Maybe after Sunday, City (3-0 home defeat), we didn’t play that good, but today we played very good, so we’re still there and we will work very hard to get the points again, so we will do our best.” last_img read more