With foreign media still barred from Tibet, what is the government hiding ?

first_img to go further Follow the news on China Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific News News ChinaAsia – Pacific Reporters Without Borders called today for the foreign news media to be allowed back immediately into Tibet and nearby provinces with a Tibetan population, where the Chinese authorities have maintained a news blackout and have been conducting a massive propaganda campaign for the past six weeks.”What is the Chinese government hiding behind Tibet’s closed doors?” the press freedom organisation asked. “Things are clearly far from being back to normal, as the authorities claim. The few reports emerging suggest a very different situation, one of arrests and a climate of fear in the cities and around the monasteries.”Reporters Without Borders added: “The news blackout facilitates the work of the government’s propaganda machine but also the spread of rumours encouraged by certain groups abroad. We appeal to the European Union and the United Nations to try to get the government to allow foreign reporters to travel freely in Tibet and the neighbouring regions.”The organisers of the Beijing Olympic Games yesterday announced that a press trip to cover an attempt to take the Olympic torch to the top of Everest was being postponed indefinitely. Reporters were supposed to have gone to the Tibetan capital of Lhasa first to get adjusted to the altitude, but the Lhasa stage of the trip has been cancelled altogether because of “meteorological” problems, the authorities said. “Only coverage of the torch relay will be allowed,” an official said.No journalist has been allowed to move about freely in Tibet and the regions with a Tibetan population since 14 March. Two press trips were organised by the authorities to Lhasa and to Labrang monastery in Gansu province. Tourists have been banned from visiting the Himalayan region until further notice.Reporters Without Borders has learned of about 50 violations of the right of foreign journalists to move about freely in the Tibetan regions since mid-March.The authorities have waged a massive propaganda campaign designed to portray Tibetans as “rioters” and “terrorists.” The official news agency Xinhua’s dispatches talk above all of a return to normal and the discovery of weapons in Buddhist temples. Xinhua announced that the authorities have found firearms, dynamite and satellite dishes in 11 monasteries in Gansu.National and provincial TV stations have been asked to keep broadcasting footage of violence by Tibetans in Lhasa or in the city of Aba in Sichuan province, where Tibetans attacked public buildings.To prevent the Tibetan population from getting access to uncensored news reports, the authorities have stepped up the jamming of international radio stations that broadcast in Tibetan such as Voice of Tibet and Radio Free Asia. Violating international rules governing short and medium wave broadcasting, the Chinese authorities transmit low-pitched noise on the same frequencies as the foreign stations.Voice of Tibet manager Oystein Alme told Reporters Without Borders: “We have noted a significant increasing in jamming since 16 March, especially in the cities where the government has invested tens of millions of dollars to install antennae to prevent Tibetans from listening to us.”The propaganda campaign against the “Dalai Lama’s clique” gets a lot of space in the Chinese media based abroad. The state-owned CCTV’s stations that broadcast in foreign languages just show the violence by Tibetans and never refer to the reprisals that followed. Ouzhou Shibao (News of Europe), a newspaper based in France, published a full page on Tibet giving the government’s position.Chinese Internet users and hackers are also harassing pro-Tibetan organisations. The Tibetan government-in-exile’s site was recently put out of commission by a group of hackers based in China. And several foreign news media, especially websites that allow visitors to post comments, are being flooded with messages that repeat government propaganda word for word.The Chinese authorities have ordered the media to stick to the official toll of 13 innocent civilians killed and 300 wounded by “rioters.” The Tibetan government-in-exile reported that about 100 Tibetans were killed and hundreds were arrested. Some pro-Tibetan groups say thousands are being held in camps where torture is practised.Reporters Without Borders condemns the Chinese government’s constant criticism of the foreign media’s coverage of the situation in Tibet. “Some media deliberately misrepresent the facts and wrongly portray a hateful crime as a peaceful demonstration,” Tibetan communist leader Raidi said. News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 23, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 With foreign media still barred from Tibet, what is the government hiding ? News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls for Tibet and neighbouring provinces with a Tibetan population to be immediately reopened to the foreign press. The region has been closed for the past six weeks, news has been tightly controlled and a massive propaganda campaign has been waged in the media and on the Internet. Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Oceanport Chief Graduates from FBI National Academy

first_imgOne of those matters most likely concerns a Dec. 17 incident at the racetrack, in which local authorities responded to a series of gunshots fired near the main gate around 1:30 p.m. No one was injured during the shooting and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is still investigating. Sincethe 1930s, the FBI National Academy has aimed to improve the administration ofjustice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise lawenforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. Butan economic boom at both sites has led to some “pressing matters” that need tobe discussed, according to Oceanport Chief of Police Michael P. Kelly. Betweenonline and retail sports wagering platforms, the Monmouth Park Sports Book byWilliam Hill has earned approximately $23 million in revenue since opening itsdoors in June 2018. OCEANPORT – Four years ago, the future of Fort Monmouth and the viability of the Monmouth Park Racetrack were questionable. “Iwas down there for about three months, so there’s some things I need to catchup on here and bring back and implement some of the things I learned downthere, in terms of best practices,” Kelly said. “It’s all for the betterment ofthe people in our community. Withmore money circulating at the track’s Monmouth Park Sports Book and more FortMonmouth housing under construction bringing more people to Oceanport, some areconcerned that changes need to be made to public safety. Kellywas a member of the 278th graduating class, which included a select group ofexecutive law enforcement officers from around the globe. The chief said hisclass was composed of representatives from all 50 states, with 37 internationalparticipants. “It’sbasically like going back to college,” Mayor Jay Coffey said. “Chief Kellypretty much earned his master’s in law enforcement and our entire communitywill be better for it because we do have some unique challenges here, such asMonmouth Park, Fort Monmouth and events like the New Jersey Marathon eachspring.” “There’s a lot of changes happening. We’re growing as a town and the police department needs to grow and change with it,” Kelly said. These new challenges prompted Kelly to enroll in the FBI National Academy at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. The 10-week program provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science. This story originally appeared in the Jan. 16, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Leadersand managers of state, local, county, tribal, military, federal andinternational law enforcement agencies attend the academy. However,participation is by invitation only, by way of a nomination process. Followinggraduation, officers like Kelly are able to join the FBI National AcademyAssociates, Inc., an organization of more than 16,000 law enforcementprofessionals that works to increase standards of competency, cooperation andintegrity. Similarly,since 2016, the opening of 720 new residential units and further retaildevelopment at Fort Monmouth is in full swing, with nearly all of Oceanport’sdevelopable fort land accounted for, according Coffey. That developmentincludes the approval of a New Jersey City University satellite campus on a27-acre parcel formerly known as Squier Hall. Oceanport Police Chief Michael P. Kelly, right, was congratulated by FBI Director Christopher Wray during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony Dec. 20, 2019. Photo courtesy M. Kelly “Theysay only 1 percent of law enforcement gets selected to the program and it’sthat networking opportunity that’s the biggest thing for our department and ourcommunity,” Kelly said. “I now have friends and contacts across the country andin 37 different countries that I can work with a draw knowledge from to contendwith different situations concerning our public safety.”last_img read more

Leafs may need to stay after class following mid-season report card

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsFor many Kootenay International Junior Hockey League teams, the Christmas Holiday break is the unofficial mid-way point to the season.So as the Leafs prepare to make a stretch run during the final seven weeks of the season — first game tonight in Castlegar followed by the New Year’s Eve 1 p.m. matchup Friday at the NDCC Arena against Spokane — what better time for the Green and White to receive their mid-season report card, compliments the sports department at The Nelson Daily.Coach Chris Shaw CWhen the Leaf skipper accepted the job to take over from legend Simon Wheeldon in the spring Chris Shaw probably didn’t expect the road to be filled with so many potholes.It took the Leafs five games to register a victory.There was the suspension to Shaw seven games into the season for using “non-approved – by Hockey Canada – players.”There is the inability of the team to win inside the division — Nelson is a dismal 1-8 against the heavyweights in the Murdoch, Castlegar Rebels and Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The team has been outscored 42-16 in those games.However, the former Okanagan Hockey Association coach believes he has assembled the right pieces to a machine intent on making a stretch run starting tonight in Castlegar against the Rebels.Leafs fans will see if the recent moves, combined with quick learning of some of the younger players, pays off come playoff time.Goaltending C+Marcus Beesley and Darren Hogg have given the Leafs on most nights the opportunity to win. 
Hogg, from Penticton, has the better numbers, with nine wins in 14 attempts and a respectable 2.88 goals against average, but Beesley has earned the most starts with 19 games played.Unfortunately for the two rookie backstops, the Leafs don’t score a lot of goals — Nelson is 13th in league scoring with 3.28 goals per game — so keeping the goals against down is a must if the Heritage City franchise has any chance of winning.Defence CLike the team, the blueline core, led by captain Taylor O’Neil, didn’t have the greatest of starts.O’Neil’s partner in crime Tyler Parfeniuk went down early in the season with an injury, missing seven games.Shaw’s prize recruit, 6’4”, 205-pound mobile defenceman Raymond Reimer has played only six games, slowing the progression of the team to move the puck up the ice with any great deal of confidence.Those injuries forced rookies Blake Arcuri and 16-year-old Walker Sidoni along with former Penticton Laker Riley Henderson into the fold a little quicker than Shaw probably would have hoped.This group, that includes Braeden Hikichi, needs to be better, especially against those snipers from Beaver Valley and Castlegar.Forwards C-minusExcept for Gavin Currie, the Leafs need everyone on the forward line to be better sooner than later.Currie, 16 goals and 26 assists and points in 15 of the last 19 games, has almost double the points as the next top scorer on the team, Colton Schell.Teams are quickly going to realize shut down Currie and the Leafs offence dries up like water in the Sahara Desert. And now with the possibility that veteran Connor McLaughlin could be lost for the remainder of the season to injury, goals could be at a premium.Two possible players that could pick up the slack are Joel Stewart and Brennan Forman — acquired in separate deals by Shaw.However, the two recruits have yet to strike any fear into opposition defences with only three goals between them.Overall record to date: 17-4-0-1Nelson lost only 10 games during entire season a year ago, finishing 12 points ahead of second-place Castlegar Rebels.This year Nelson will be hard-pressed to catch the Rebels, and must play better to avoid finishing behind Spokane in the race for third. [email protected]last_img read more

Rossland’s Dallas Cain; Alberta’s Wood tops men’s division at Cyswog’n’ Fun Triathlon

first_imgHe lives in Rossland, but Nelson is his triathlon home.Dallas Cain breezed to his eighth Heritage City triathlon title Sunday in the 2016 Nelson Cyswog’n’fun at the Lakeside Rotary Park.The Ironman veteran overcame blowing winds and choppy waters on Kootenay Lake to finish the Olympic Distance course —  1.5 kilometer  swim, a 39 km bike ride and 10km run across the BOB (Big Orange Bridge) — in a time of two hours four minutes. Kelowna’s Gary Wade followed Cain in 2:07.23, while Joel Deleenher of Lake Country in the Central Okanagan was third in a time of 2:13.16 Approximately 150 athletes from the Heritage City, West and East Kootenay, Okanagan, Vancouver and Hong Kong competed in this year’s event, which was split into two categories to cater to the different levels of the competitors. The Olympic course featured a daunting 1.5km swim, a 39 km bike ride and was capped off by a 10km run.In the women’s division, Janine Benson of Kelowna raced across the finish line in a time of 2:53.23. Second was Nelson’s own Uhrynuk with Linsi Comfort of Calgary third. Those looking for something just a bit mellower ran the Sprint course, which included a 500m swim, a 22km bike ride and a 5km run. The two different races were staggered 15 minutes apart in order to reduce the amount of congestion on the water and allow racers to move at their own pace. Young gun Solen Wood, from Lethbridge, AB, finished first in the sprint distance in a time of 1:07.20.Salmon Arm’s Michael Ogloff was second with the Charlie Stewart of Hong Kong third.Stewart’s father is a Nelson-born resident who resides on Honk Kong, but travels back to holiday in the Heritage City.Danica Stevenson-Wade of Kelowna was the top female. Stevenson-Wade finished ahead of Lisa Barnes of Cranbrook in second and Salmon Arm’s Lauren Koch. Wood is a member of the 2016 Alberta Junior Development Squad athletes and has been competing in triathlons for several years. Wood said that the wind blowing against the swimmers on their way out to the green buoy really tested the athletes, and also commented on the difficulty of the cycling component. “It was really good; tough bike course but it was fun, “ Wood told The Nelson Daily. When asked about his thoughts on the race, the fatigued but clearly pleased competitor told The Nelson Daily that while the event wasn’t easy, he definitely enjoyed himself. A strong breeze and rough and chilly waters made the swimming component of the race the most difficult, with many competitors climbing out of the river red faced and breathing heavily before gearing down out of their wetsuits, strapping on the shoes and hopping on their bikes.“Yeah it was good. I’m mostly just here to race and have fun.” Wood walked away with a $250 merchandise package, including future Cyswog entry, a Whitewater day pass, and a $125 Gerick’s gift certificate.Team winners were Old Geezers and A Young Gun winning Olympic race. Second was Too Legit to Quit.In Sprint Distance, Splash, Flash and Dash was the top trio ahead of Paris-UK Connection. The Young and the Tasteless was third. Competitors began the swim from the beach of Lakeside Park, following the Cyclists then slipped off the wetsuit at the transition area inside the park for the ride on North Shore on Highway 3A.After returning, the run took competitors across BOB onto Johnstone Road and back.This is the 34th year Nelson has hosted the Cyswog’n’ Fun race.Alberta’s Wood tops men’s sprint division at Cyswog’n’ Fun TriathlonA blowing wind and choppy waters could not slow Alberta’s Solen Wood Sunday during the 2016 Nelson Cyswogn’Fun Triathlon.Wood, from Lethbridge, won the men’s sprin title under sunny skies.Wood is a member of the 2016 Alberta Junior Development Squad athletes and has been competing in triathlons for several years.More information later . . ..last_img read more

Planet Dubs Podcast exclusive: Mike Brown has special perspective on Spurs

first_imgThere may not be an assistant coach in the NBA with a better view on how San Antonio handles itself than Golden State’s Mike Brown. Our Mark Medina caught up with Brown on the eve of Game 3 to get his thoughts on this series, his relationship with Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, and his thoughts on being a head coach in the NBA once again.Want Warriors news in your inbox? Sign up for the free DubsDaily newsletter.To view the latest podcast on your mobile device click here.If you haven’t …last_img

Raiders report card: Average isn’t good enough to beat Deshaun Watson, Texans

first_imgHow the Raiders’ graded Sunday in a 27-24 loss road loss to the Houston Texans:PASS OFFENSE: BDerek Carr was 18 of 30 for 285 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. And the whole “ball isn’t traveling enough in the air” issues are dissipating as well. His 65-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow, was mostly a run-after-catch, but his scramble adjustment on a 46-yard scoring pass to Tyrell Williams was one of his best plays of the season and he also executed a right roll to Darren …last_img

CEOs partner with government to boost economic growth

first_imgWith strong measures introduced in the 2016 Budget to turn the South African economy around, business leaders have committed to work closely with the government to ramp up economic growth, create jobs and strengthen public finances.“South African business believes passionately in our country,” says Business Unity South Africa president Jabu Mabuza. “Now is the time to tackle our problems together, reinvigorate our economy, and show the world – once more – the greatness South Africans are capable of.” (Image: WTTC, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)• Budget 2016: Tough balancing act in a tough global environment• Full text: South Africa’s 2016 Budget speech• Quotes from the 2016 Budget• Gallery: a chance for global solutions at WEF• Vocational training can help South Africa Media Club South Africa reporterBusiness Unity South Africa president Jabu Mabuza has announced that the country’s major business groups would contribute senior-level expertise and invest in specific initiatives to avoid a credit rating downgrade for South Africa, accelerate the growth of small and medium enterprises, and increase investment in key economic sectors.Mabuza was speaking on behalf of the dozens of CEOs who have met with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and President Jacob Zuma in recent weeks. Stanley Subramoney, chair of the Nepad Business Foundation, is to lead the initiative.“South Africa is at a critical economic juncture, with slow growth, high unemployment and real risk of a sovereign debt downgrade,” Subramoney said in a statement on Wednesday, before the Budget was tabled.“We are confident that the Minister of Finance will today announce bold steps to boost growth and strengthen public finances – and we are committed to working actively and urgently with government and labour to support these steps.”The business grouping plans three key interventions in the economy:Preventing a ratings downgrade for South AfricaBoosting the growth of small businessesDriving investment projects in important sectorsThe business leaders driving the initiative include:Sim Tshabalala, Standard Bank joint CEODan Matjila, CEO of the Public Investment CorporationAdrian Gore, founder and CEO of DiscoveryBrian Joffe, CEO of the Bidvest GroupMike Brown, CEO of the Nedbank GroupRalph Mupita, CEO of Old Mutual Emerging MarketsVassi Naidoo, chair of Nedbank“We remain committed to the National Development Plan, which provides a compelling vision and framework for growth, and urge all social partners to focus on it as the vision guiding implementation” Naidoo said.“Today South African business goes further and announces three specific initiatives to help translate the NDP into faster growth, new jobs, and greater economic inclusion.”Preventing a ratings downgradeBusiness efforts to prevent international ratings agencies from downgrading South Africa to junk status will be led by Mike Brown of Nedbank and Old Mutual’s Ralph Mupita.“Business understands that the government will play its part in avoiding the severe long-term costs to our country and all its people that a downgrade would create,” Brown and Mupita said in the statement.“As we have indicated to [Gordhan], we accept that business must play its part and we accept that there could be changes to the tax regime as part of a broader package of fiscal consolidation.”As part of this, the grouping has committed to do more by:Bringing private sector expertise to the boards of state-owned enterprises, helping to reduce the drain these have on state coffers and putting them in a position to contribute to economic growthInvesting in public-private investment partnerships, particularly in the energy sectorPlaying an active role in removing regulatory blockages to investment and to starting and growing a businessJoining increased efforts to combat corruptionEmpowering entrepreneurs and SMEsConvened by Adrian Gore of Discovery and Bidvest’s Brian Joffe, this initiative aims to mentor and grow small businesses with big potential.“If South Africa is to create jobs in the numbers we need, while accelerating economic transformation and reducing inequality, we must give our SMEs a major boost – in skills, capital, and access to export markets,” the convenors said.“Business is ready to invest money and skills to accelerate the development of high-potential SMEs and, together with government, will support a single vehicle which will co-invest with existing successful enterprise development funds run by the private sector.”Key investment in targeted sectorsStandard Bank’s Sim Tshabalala and Dan Matjila of the Public Investment Corporation said business would work with the government to identify priority economic sectors and enterprises – “both those made vulnerable during current market turbulence, and those that can unlock new growth”.For each sector selected, business will contribute private sector expertise to help create an urgent, detailed plan to remove barriers to growth, protect existing jobs, and drive inclusive growth as fast as possible.Mabuza said specific details of the three initiatives would be announced soon.“South African business believes passionately in our country,” he said. “Now is the time to tackle our problems together, reinvigorate our economy, and show the world – once more – the greatness South Africans are capable of.”last_img read more

Hot Mess Pests

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Emily UnglesbeeDTN Staff ReporterROCKVILLE, Md. (DTN) — Weather extremes are a major threat to U.S. row crops, as 2019 demonstrated vividly. But some insects and diseases actually thrive in the chaos of flooding, drought, hail and heavy rainfalls, and they are poised to prosper in the years ahead.Diseases that prefer overly wet seasons, such as sudden death syndrome (SDS) and Physoderma brown spot, or overly dry seasons, such as charcoal rot, are posing greater challenges to Midwest farmers, said Iowa State University Extension plant pathologist Daren Mueller.Mueller hosted a webinar for the North Central Climate Collaborative (NC3) this week, where he highlighted how climate change — and the extreme weather it brings with it — may affect field crop pests.Other winners? Heat-loving insects, like thrips, and the diseases they vector, are on the rise, Mueller noted. Traditionally “Southern” diseases like Southern corn rust and frogeye leaf spot, are also becoming yield-challenging staples in the Midwest in recent years. And diseases with origins in equatorial regions and the Southern Hemisphere, like tar spot and bacterial leaf streak in corn, are suddenly surfacing in the middle of North America.The development and life cycles of diseases and insects are notoriously complex, and many factors influence their rise and fall in agriculture, from economic pressures to evolving pest management and farming practices, Mueller stressed in his presentation. But for many of these pests, the weather changes associated with climate changes can be linked to their ascent as major agricultural pests, he said.So let’s take a look at some of these climate change opportunists.THE EXTREMISTS: SDS, PHYSODERMA AND CHARCOL ROTSudden death syndrome is well known for the abrupt and highly visible interveinal yellowing and necrosis that occurs during the reproductive stages of a soybean field, usually in late July or early August. Entire patches within a field can turn brown and die, causing substantial yield loss.Long before these symptoms surface, the disease is already present, Mueller noted. The fungus, Fusarium virguliforme, thrives in cool, wet soils and infects plants’ roots during the seedling stage of development. When rainfall events occur later in the season during early to mid-reproductive stages, a toxin caused by the disease is flushed up into the plant, causing the dramatic symptoms and yield loss.SDS has become an extremely prominent disease in recent years, Mueller said. “It is now the No. 1 soybean fungal disease as far as yield loss across the north-central region and really across the U.S.,” he said. “It is now a major disease in most soybean-growing areas.”Physoderma brown spot in corn, caused by a fungus called Physoderma maydis, is also thriving in recent years, Mueller added. The disease’s swimming spores infect when heavy rainfall and flooding causes standing water in the whorl of a corn plant — a common phenomenon in the spring and summer of 2019. The fungus causes lesions to form on the leaves and stalks and can lead to a stalk rot later in the season, as well. “This is one where we’ve really seen an uptick in the last five years or so, and this is one that is directly related to having heavy rainfalls very early in the season,” Mueller said.On the other end is charcoal rot, a disease that thrives during hot, dry seasons. Tiny structures called microsclerotia grow inside the soybean’s taproot and stems, clogging the plant’s ability to move nutrients and water, and causing them to turn yellow and brown and wilt. Plant pathologists expect charcoal rot to become more prominent as extreme weather events like dry growing seasons become more common, Mueller said.“Extreme examples — one too much water, one too little water — and there are diseases ready for either condition,” he said.THE INSECT OF THE HOUR: THRIPSThrips love heat. These plant-sucking pests prefer to reproduce when temperatures rise into the 80s Fahrenheit, and they do best in dry conditions. During the drought of 2012, their populations swelled across the Midwest as they assaulted already stressed crops with their feeding, Mueller recalled.But thrips do more than bleed precious moisture from plants; they also vector viruses such as soybean vein necrosis virus, tobacco ringspot virus and tobacco streak virus. Between 2013 and 2017, plant pathologists have seen outbreaks of these viral diseases — a good indicator that thrips are doing very well, Mueller noted.In contrast, viral diseases vectored by another common pest, the soybean aphid, such as the soybean mosaic virus, have been on the decline. One factor seems to be that soybean aphids do not do well in hot, dry conditions — their reproductive abilities slow dramatically as temperatures push into the upper 80s, and they die within days when temperatures surpass 95 degrees, Mueller said.THE SOUTH IS RISING: SOUTHERN CORN RUST AND FROGEYE LEAF SPOTSouthern corn rust has been defying its name in recent years, sneaking into the Midwest as early as July, in time to infect cornfields and threaten yield loss. (See some DTN stories here: https://www.dtnpf.com/… and here: https://www.dtnpf.com/…). This year was no exception, as the disease arrived in Midwest states like Iowa and Nebraska in time to cause yield loss in 2019, Mueller said.The disease usually gets its start each year in Mexico and the Caribbean, but the disease may be overwintering farther north in recent years. Plant pathologists have responded by creating a tracking tool to help growers stay aware of the fast-moving disease during the growing season: https://corn.ipmpipe.org/….Likewise, frogeye leaf spot, long the bane of Southern soybean growers, is becoming a regular Midwest invader, Mueller said. The Crop Protection Network, a research collaboration by U.S. and Canadian university crop scientists, has developed a disease loss calculator for corn and soybeans. It shows that, on average, farmers lost around 460,000 bushels per year to frogeye leaf spot in the Midwestern states between 1996 and 2000 — a 4-cents-per-acre economic impact. In contrast, from 2013 to 2017, Midwestern growers lost 7.6 million bushels — or $1.15 per acre — to the disease. See that calculator here: https://loss.cropprotectionnetwork.org/….“So you can see a very dramatic increase in frogeye leaf spot in these Midwestern states over the last five years,” Mueller said.GLOBETROTTERS: TAR SPOT AND BACTERIAL LEAF STREAKYou have to look even farther south to find the origins of two new invaders — tar spot of corn and bacterial leaf streak of corn.Tar spot of corn was first discovered in the U.S. in 2015 in Illinois and Indiana and has since been documented in eight states, where it can cause serious yield losses in susceptible varieties. The disease’s arrival in the U.S. remains a mystery, as it was previously only found in Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. See its spread in the U.S. this year here: https://corn.ipmpipe.org/….Likewise, bacterial leaf streak of corn surfaced in Nebraska in 2013 and has since been found in nine other states. The bacteria that causes the disease, Xanthomonas vasicola, was previously most common in the Southern Hemisphere, in places like the Caribbean, Central America, Africa and Australia. (See more from the University of Florida: https://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/…).How are these distant southern invaders getting here? Scientists are still hunting for answers to this question, but one prominent theory is that they may be moving north on the increasingly severe tropical storms that form near the equator in the Atlantic Ocean and besiege North America each year, Mueller noted.“There is a lot of aerobiology that needs to be sorted out,” he said. “But we are certainly continuing to see new or invasive disease and insects.”See more from this webinar here: https://northcentralclimate.org/….Emily Unglesbee can be reached at [email protected] her on Twitter @Emily_Unglesbee(PS/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

A STORY FROM SWQ TOUCH…

first_imgSouth West Queensland Touch have provided us with the following report on the visit to Charleville in the SWQ outback last week. It’s fantastic to read what’s happening for the sport of Touch out there and to see the development taking place. We look forward to hearing about what happens in Charleville in the future! Please read the attached story for all the info:STORY ON TOUCH IN CHARLEVILLElast_img

2013 NSWTA Blues Awards Dinner

first_imgNSWTA Administrator of the Year – Tracey Yiangou (Wests Touch Association) Referee of the Year (Ian Matthew Medal) – David BaggioSelector of the Year – Bob MonkleyRegion of the Year – Sydney MetsAdministrator of the YearSouthern Suns – Gary Brickell Sydney Rebels – Marina PappasSydney Mets – Tracey YiangouSydney Scorpions – Kim SolmanHunter Western Hornets – Tony LewisNorthern Eagles – Darrin Lewis Junior Coach of the Year – Keith RozairoCoach of the Year – Christian FrostTeam of the Year – Eastern Suburbs Women’s Premier LeagueSenior Male Player of the Year – Tim KitchinghamSenior Female Player of the Year – Kristie MosleyJunior Male Player of the Year – Adam CluneJunior Female Player of the Year – Ashleigh QuinlanMale Player of the Year – Dylan Hennessey and Scott BuckleyFemale Player of the Year – Ashleigh Quinlan Congratulations to the winners at the 2013 New South Wales Touch Association Blues Awards Dinner. Affiliate of the YearSouthern Suns – Goulburn Touch AssociationSydney Rebels – Eastern Suburbs Touch AssociationSydney Mets – Western Suburbs Touch AssociationSydney Scorpions – Hills Hornets Touch AssociationHunter Western Hornets – Central Coast Touch AssociationNorthern Eagles – Ballina Touch Association and Murwillumbah Touch Associationcenter_img NSWTA Affiliate of the Year – Eastern Suburbs Touch Association Hall of Fame induction – Amanda JuddRod Wise Medal (Volunteer of the Year) – Greg EgginsStay tuned to www.nswtouch.com.au for all of the latest news and stories from the 2013 NSWTA Blues Awards and State Conference weekend. Related LinksNSWTA Blues Awardslast_img read more