Proper planting

first_imgFarmers in the African country of Burkina Faso, like many of their American counterparts, grow sorghum, millet and corn. The big difference is that in Burkina Faso, these crops feed humans, not animals.Expert help on the weather “Burkina Faso is landlocked, and it’s one of the poorest countries in the world,” said Hoogenboom, an agricultural engineer with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “And 80 percent of the population there is engaged in subsistence agriculture.” In some areas of Burkina Faso, millet flour is used to make biscuits. “It grows well in these parts of the country because it’s very dry there,” he said. “Millet is also the only grain cereal crop that can grow there because it’s very drought-resistant.” “Crop simulation models can predict local crop growth and development based on weather and soil conditions and crop management scenarios,” Hoogenboom said. “Burkina Faso has dry winters and hot, wet summers. The climate seriously restricts what the farmers can grow.” African farmers are eager for Sanon to complete his work. During a workshop led by UGA CAES anthropologist Carla Roncoli, the farmers said the rainy season is the most critical component of their cropping system. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGerrit Hoogenboom and Moussa Sanon, two scientists normally separated by the Atlantic Ocean, don’t just talk about the weather. They’re doing something about it, in an effort to help some farmers who need a break. Sanon is a researcher with the National Environmental and Agricultural Research Institute in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. He’s using Hoogenboom’s crop modeling software to develop planting options for Burkina Faso farmers.Predicting the weather “Due to the uncertainty of the start of the rainy season, farmers plant a mix of varieties as a type of insurance against crop failure,” Hoogenboom said. “If they plant too early or too late, their crop fails. Having advanced weather and climate information available before the country’s rainy season will be invaluable to them.”center_img U.S. farmers grow these crops primarily as animal feeds and more recently as bioenergy crops. “In my country,” Sanon said, “we rely on sorghum and millet as main crops that are used for food. We use the leaves and stems to feed our animals and build sheds and barns. We use the grains of sorghum, millet and maize plants for flour to make paste, couscous, gruel and cake.” Sanon’s visit to UGA is sponsored by the Fulbright Scholar Program. The Fulbright program has funded development-abroad projects for more than 275,000 university faculty members since 1946. To help these farmers help themselves, Sanon traveled from Africa to the University of Georgia to work with Gerrit Hoogenboom, a world-renowned expert in agrometeorology and crop modeling. Here in America, Sanon is comparing data from three growing seasons in Africa with data from U.S. field trials. He’s testing four millet and eight sorghum varieties.Millet flour and sorghum beer While visiting in the U.S., Sanon misses many of the traditional African dishes he can’t find here. But he’s enjoying eating American foods, too. “We eat a variety of vegetables at home, but they’re much cleaner here,” he said. “In the United States, I’m not afraid that there are parasites on the fresh vegetables I buy.” Sorghum grain is also used to make a local beer, and millet flour is used to make a soft drink called “zoomkoon,” he said.last_img read more

Colombia, United States Agree To Speed Up The Prosecution Of Former Insurgents

first_imgBy Voice of America October 15, 2019 Colombia and the United States agreed to speed up the exchange of legal evidence to prosecute former leaders of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC, in Spanish) Jesús Santrich, Iván Márquez, and other guerrillas who announced the creation of a new armed group, believed to be receiving protection from the Nicolás Maduro regime. Colombian Minister of Justice Margarita Cabello made the announcement in an interview with Voice of America.Colombia hopes to access the testimony of Marlon Marín, a protected witness of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who appears in a video with Santrich, allegedly negotiating a cocaine shipment to the United States, which occurred after the signing of the peace process.“The government respects judicial independence but believes that there are  elements, especially now that Santrich has fled the country and appears in a video announcing his return to criminal life. Now with the video, there is more evidence that Santrich was not respecting and abiding by the peace accord nor leading a law-abiding life in our country,” Cabello said.The Colombian minister of Justice added that: “The government of Colombia is concerned that the Venezuelan government might have given them safe haven, as seems to be the case. Those who have respected the agreement and abide by the law will be protected, and all steps in that peace accord will be respected. But those who leave the accord, as in the case of these criminals, will be punished with the full force of the law.”In the interview with Voice of America, Cabello said that the proof the United States has and Marín’s testimony are important so that red notices can be enforced against FARC dissidents who, according to the Colombian government, are hiding in Venezuela.The minister also claims that Cuba isn’t cooperating, and says that FARC and National Liberation Army (ELN, in Spanish) leaders might be moving between Venezuela and Cuba.“We have problems with Cuba,” she added. “In fact, we have requested the extradition of some ELN members who are in Cuba, but we haven’t received any response in that regard. We haven’t had enough collaboration from them, which is worrisome.”last_img read more

Be bold. Be brief. Be finished – The 30-minute meeting

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: Details The four-hour workweek. The seven-minute workout. The one-minute manager. Why not a 30-minute meeting? Meetings could benefit from concentrated schedules and production could rise when time is dedicated and distractions are alleviated. When a characteristic one-hour meeting is cut in half, awareness and focus lead to attentive, valuable, and tangent-free meetings. Below are some ways to get started.Set the agenda and point of focus. Establish the sole reason for the meeting. What discussion points will be covered? What decision must be made? By designing the end result of the meeting, those invited will know the structure and expectations.Invite those critical to the discussion. Every manager does not need to be at every meeting. Whose input is essential for the discussion? Who can gather feedback from other managers and bring relevant points to the meeting? Non-attending managers can be updated after the meeting, while those attending can focus on making the appropriate decision.Expect preparation. “Meetings are for decisions, not updates,” many a credit union CEO will say. With the agenda and point of focus established, information can be distributed beforehand to inform all attending. Clarifying questions can be answered ahead of time so all are prepared to act on the information and decide on the best solution. Get to the point. Thirty minutes doesn’t leave much time for socializing; respect the compacted schedule and get down to business. Begin on time, get the discussion started, and stay on target. Time pressure enhances focus and attention; and, focus leads to success. Invite discussion. While you manage the meeting, dedicated conversation from all adds value – to the discussion and for the participants. Ensure that you hear from all participants. If the conversation goes a bit off-topic (you’ll know), remind those attending of the focus for the meeting and the decision you are building toward. Make a decision. Getting traction on a single issue is more valuable than a verdict of procrastination. Momentum is an important product of meetings and you want to define the next steps of progress. Whether the decision is final or systematic, meetings are most successful when decisions and actions coexist.Summarize, set actions, and clarify success. The badge of a great meeting is what ensues after the meeting. Take a few minutes to encapsulate, establish activities, and determine how you will assess success. Those attending will understand their parts in moving determinedly toward the main point of focus.There is a cost to halving the standard meeting time. All need to be fully prepared, present, and distraction-free. But, there are benefits, too. You get to the most critical points “first and fast,” boldly move toward decisions that affect your members and credit union, and make meetings more valuable for leaders. This allows them to move on to their tasks, and apply the lesson of focus through their day.last_img read more

KISS your strategic planning hello…

first_imgHere we are in late August. Our favorite TV shows are in reruns or have been replaced by a Steve Harvey game show. It is too hot to ride motorcycles or do almost anything else during daylight hours. It is the time of year when credit union leaders may start scrambling to figure out what must be done to achieve current year goals. AND, it is already time to regroup and begin thinking about next year.I apologize, about now you are probably seeing an article or blog about planning with every turn of the page… oops, please excuse me, I’m old… with every click of the mouse, but I am going to add a personal insight to the babble.The end of August means that 2017 is 2/3 over – just four more months until the annual year-end reconciliation. If you are good / lucky (choose either or both), your credit union is 2/3 or more on the way to completing 2017 initiatives and goals. If you are not on track you may be wondering why.For several years now I have been privileged to assist credit unions with strategic planning and plan execution using a form of the Balanced Scorecard[1]. In case you are not familiar with the “BSC,” it is a methodology to map strategy and manage deployment of initiatives. For organizations with multiple priorities, the “Scorecard” provides structure to assign responsibilities, measures and goals, and track performance, thereby creating a formal structure to monitor plan deployment. In my opinion, the Balanced Scorecard is a good tool. But, even a tool as good as the Balanced Scorecard cannot add hours to the day. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Gazumped firm snubs West End

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Live the life of a stylist in this Sunny Coast beach shack

first_imgThis house at 46 Yorlambu Pde, Maroochydore, is for sale. Picture: is within walking distance of Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland beaches.The property is scheduled for auction through Century 21 on June 9. MONACO MANSION FAILS TO SELL The courtyard in the house at 46 Yorlambu Pde, Maroochydore, which is for sale.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agoIt was last listed for rent for $475 a week.Records show she bought the property with her husband in 2007 for $470,000.The home on a 607 sqm block is being advertised as an opportunity to live in, renovate or rebuild. BRISBANE’S MOST CROWDED SUBURBS This house at 46 Yorlambu Pde, Maroochydore, is for sale. Picture: The kitchen in the house at 46 Yorlambu Pde, Maroochydore, which is for sale.center_img Fashion blogger Nikki Parkinson working from the Maroochydore home she is now selling. Picture: Glenn Barnes.SOCIAL media influencer, fashion blogger and stylist Nikki Parkinson is selling the Sunshine Coast beach house where she started her business.The former journalist, who has nearly 56,000 Instagram followers, currently lives in Brisbane and has been renting out the three-bedroom home in Maroochydore. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Nikki Parkinson and husband, Kester Hubbard. Photo: Stephen Archer.The pair also own a three-bedroom Queenslander style home in the inner Brisbane suburb of Paddington, which they paid $1.1 million for in 2015.Nikki founded her Styling You business in 2008 in the form of a blog, designed to help everyday women with fashion and style choices.The blog attracts more than 100,000 visitors every month and over 250,000 page views.last_img read more

No new taxes, says St Kitts-Nevis PM

first_imgLocalNews No new taxes, says St Kitts-Nevis PM by: – July 27, 2011 Tweet Share Share 6 Views   no discussionscenter_img St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) — St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Denzil Douglas has reiterated that the home-grown US$84 million or EC$226 Stand-by arrangement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) do not include any tax increases.“This programme is not associated in any way with any taxes whatsoever,” said Douglas to Chamber President Michael Morton.“So again, you have nothing to fear,” said Douglas as he addressed 28th Annual Private Sector Banquet on Saturday.Douglas said that over the past three years, the Ministry of Finance has designed and implemented a programme of fiscal management aimed at reducing the unsustainable debt level.“This is a home-grown set of policies and programmes that have been implemented. As a member of the International Monetary Fund, we have gained their financial support for a programme that they fully endorse,” said Douglas, who added:“As we work this programme, and leverage the positive aspects, taking into account the ECCB Stabilization Plan in which we participate, we shall sustain an environment that is supportive and attractive for foreign investment capital that is required to join forces with local entrepreneurs and investors in helping to grow our economy and develop our nation.”He said St Kitts and Nevis is poised for much greater levels of development, and “we must not let difficult challenges block the progress.”“Rather, we must be assertive and visionary in resolving such difficulties, not only at the domestic level but within the context of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) of which we play a dominant role,” Douglas said.He noted that on Friday, after consultations between the government of Antigua and Barbuda and the Banking Sub-Committee of the Monetary Council of the ECCB, that the ECCB assumed control of the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Bank (ABIB).“This course of action was taken based on the on-going effects of the global recession; the fallout from the CLICO/BAICO issue; the critical importance of financial stability in the Currency Union, and the earlier successful rescue of the Bank of Antigua in which our own St Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank was called upon to play a dominant role as the largest and most stable of the indigenous Banks in the Currency Union,” said Douglas, who is also chairman of the Sub-Committee on Banking.“We face some very serious challenges at this time and the Monetary Council has established several institutional arrangements to address these issues in the financial system.”Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Tokyo Olympic boss ‘extremely worried’ about deadly virus

first_img Japan has warned citizens against non-essential travel to China and fast-tracked new rules including limits on entering the country as it tries to contain the spread of the virulent new coronavirus. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed earlier this week that the country would work with the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure preparations for the Tokyo Olympics would not be disrupted. He also revealed that Japan was developing rapid test kits for the virus. “By coordinating our efforts with the WHO and other related agencies, we will take appropriate steps so that preparations to hold the events will steadily continue,” Abe told a parliamentary session. Loading… Read Also: Howard returns to Slam Dunk event at NBA All-Star Game The Japanese government has chartered three flights to repatriate 565 Japanese nationals from Wuhan, the central Chinese city hardest hit by the virus. The health scare has led to the cancellation of Olympic qualifying events in China such as boxing and badminton. The Tokyo Olympics begin on July 24 with the Paralympics starting on August 25. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThese TV Characters Proved That Any 2 People Can Bury The HatchetWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow The chief executive officer of the Tokyo Olympics admitted Wednesday that organisers are “extremely worried” about the possible effect of the deadly new coronavirus on this summer’s Games. Toshiro Muto said he hoped the outbreak in China would be quickly contained to restore confidence in the run-up to the Olympics. Spectators wearing face masks attend the opening ceremony of the Ariake Arena, venue for the volleyball and wheelchair basketball competitions in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics “We are extremely worried in the sense that the spread of the infectious virus could pour cold water on momentum for the Games,” he said before a meeting with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). “I hope that it can be eradicated as quickly as possible. We plan to cooperate with the IOC (International Olympic Committee), the IPC, the government and the city of Tokyo to tackle the disease.” More than 20 countries have confirmed cases of the pathogen, which has killed nearly 500 people and infected at least 24,000 in mainland China. Japan has had no reported deaths so far, but at least 10 people on a cruise ship carrying 3,711 passengers and crew quarantined off Yokohama have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Saburo Kawabuchi, the mayor of the Athletes’ Village where an expected 11,000 sportsmen and women will stay, struck a sombre tone. “I hope from my heart that we can overcome this (virus) and have a smooth Olympics,” said the former Japanese football chief. “We will do our everything we can to protect the athletes to allow them to produce their best performances.” Tokyo governor Yuriko Koike promised at the weekend to implement “thorough measures” to protect people from the coronavirus in the run-up to the Olympics.last_img read more

Villa complete Holt deal

first_img The 32-year-old is reunited with Villa boss Paul Lambert, who was the manager at Norwich for whom Holt scored 53 goals in 92 games. Holt has scored just twice since swapping Carrow Road for the DW Stadium last summer and has not found the net since August, but Lambert hopes the forward’s experience in the top flight will aid his youthful squad. Aston Villa have completed the signing of Wigan striker Grant Holt on loan for the rest of the season. Wigan, meanwhile, have been left short in the attacking department ahead of Tuesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay against MK Dons. Like Holt, fellow summer signing Marc-Antoine Fortune has scored just twice and Manchester United boss David Moyes has hinted they may look to recall Latics’ top scorer Nick Powell from his loan spell by the end of the month. However, boss Uwe Rosler last week stressed the need to trim the wage bill in this transfer window and Holt has been used sparingly since the ex-Brentford manager arrived at the helm. Rosler also revealed Cardiff striker Nicky Maynard is due for a medical at the club ahead of a potential loan switch this week. Press Association “When I knew Grant had become available it was something I wanted to pursue quickly because he’ll add strength and experience to what is still a young squad overall,” Lambert told Villa’s official website. “Having worked with him for three years at Norwich, I know what he can do and that’s important. Coming back into the Premier League will rekindle that desire in him to succeed again at this level and, if he can replicate what he did in those three years at Norwich over these next few months here at Villa, then he’ll make an impact, that’s for sure. “Grant’s got some really strong attributes, he’s someone who is tried and trusted and a player I’ve worked with before. We’re looking at one or two other positions as well but this is good business for us and he’ll be a really strong influence.” Holt scored eight times in the Barclays Premier League during his final season with Norwich but has struggled for both form and fitness since moving to Wigan. That surprising transfer last summer was motivated by Holt’s desire to move closer to his family in Cumbria, yet the forward revealed the chance to return to the top flight was one he could not pass up on. “It’s a massive opportunity for me personally, an opportunity I couldn’t turn down,” he added. “To be able to come back into the Premier League, especially at a club as big as Villa, is fantastic and it’s an opportunity for me to work with the gaffer and his staff again as well.” Villa have won just one of their last eight games and the pressure is building on Lambert with his side just five points off the relegation zone. last_img read more