“I believe typhoon Ursula in Decemberlast year has brought the presence of fall armyworm in my farm. The BPI hasalready provided me with some sprays. If left unchecked, this could propagateto vegetables and even palays,”he said. KALIBO, Aklan – A sweet corn farmer in thistown aired his concern about the presence of fall armyworms that could damagethe agricultural products in the province. The BPI personnel who visited Cesar’splace came from DA’s regional office in Iloilo. Cesar said they will study howto effectively eradicate the presence of fall armyworm here. Farmer Nestor Cesar shows sweet corn leaves partly eaten by fall armyworms at his farm in Barangay Mobo, Kalibo Aklan. JUN AGUIRRE/PN Nestor Cesar, a corn farmer thatcurrently manages his seven hectares of farmlands in Barangay Mobo here, saidthat personnel of the Bureau of Plants and Industry (BPI), a government agencyunder the Department of Agriculture (DA) already visited his farm and confirmedthe presence of the armyworms. The fall armyworm is a species thatfalls in the order of Lepidoptera (order of insects that includes butterfliesand moths) and is the larval life stage of a fall armyworm moth. The term“armyworm” can refer to several species, often describing thelarge-scale invasive behavior of the species’ larval stage./PN
Press Association The 24-year-old was an instant success in East Yorkshire and was a major reason for the club’s unexpected promotion to the top flight last season. He has retained his place in the first-choice XI despite early-season injury problems and will get the chance to come up against his former employers when they visit the KC Stadium on December 26. It is a big fixture for Chester on both a personal and professional level. “Manchester United was the fixture I looked for when the games came out at the start of the season,” he said. “I spent a long time there and I owe them an awful lot. “Perhaps I have a little bit of point to prove but I don’t hold any grudges and I am very thankful for the 10 or 11 years they gave me. But it would be nice to show people how I have done. Getting into the Premier League was my first aim and I want to stay here now.” Depending on how Red Devils boss David Moyes deploys his resources over the festive period, Chester could also find himself up against two very familiar faces. “I have known Tom Cleverley since I was eight, and used to train with him and Danny Welbeck,” he added. “Me and Danny used to come up against each other pretty much every day – I still have a scar on my face where he kicked me on the head. I am proud of what he has managed to do at United. “Watching the lads play in the Champions League has made me target that as an ambition now. I know it’s a long shot and a long way off but you never know.” Hull manager Steve Bruce is another with ties to United, though he fared slightly better at the club and was captain during one of their most successful periods under Sir Alex Ferguson. Despite that, he has never beaten his old team as a manager. Whether or not that changes this week, he is relishing the day. “I’ve never beaten them so it’s not a game I pencil in straight away,” he confessed. “But for all of us at Hull, what better time to have them come here than on Boxing Day? “Traditionally that’s the biggest and best gate you have. And the same for Manchester United. “It’s a great occasion for all of us…over the Christmas period hosting the champions when they are running into a bit of form. “Let’s enjoy the challenge and see if we can take something off them.” Chester was on the books at Old Trafford as a youth but the closest he ever got to the first team was a second-half substitute appearance in a League Cup semi-final against Derby. Loan spells at Peterborough, Plymouth and Carlisle gave him a taste for competitive football and in January 2011 he signed for the Tigers. Hull defender James Chester is looking forward to proving his Premier League credentials to Manchester United on Boxing Day, as well as pitting himself against a couple of childhood friends.
17 January 2008South African winemakers exported more than R3-billion worth of wine in 2006, making the country the ninth largest exporter of the product, according to the International Trade Probe, a report compiled by the National Agricultural Marketing Association (NAMC).The report, released in November, aims to create general awareness of trade-related issues by reporting statistics and inviting viewpoints from people involved in trade.According to the report, wine was South Africa’s top exported agricultural product in 2006, with the value of exports amounting to some R3.565-billion and accounting for 11.3% of exports of produce.Business Report reported on Wednesday that the country’s wine exports amounted to just over US$530-million out of total global wine exports of $22.47-billion – leaving South Africa as the world’s ninth largest exporter of wine, just ahead of Argentina.According to the paper, the leading exporters of wine were France ($7.8-billion), Italy ($4-billion) and Australia ($2-billion).“The UK was by far the largest destination for local wines, with imports of $148.5-million, or 28% of overseas sales,” the publication reported.Earlier data from the SA Wine Industry and Information System (SAWIS) showed that South African wine exports were on the rise again, recording a 16% increase in volumes sold for the first 11 months of 2007, as compared to the same period in 2006.Commenting on the figures on Wines.co.za earlier this month, Wines of SA CEO Su Birch said the industry expected exports for the full year to exceed the 300-million litre mark, which would be a record for the country.Key to the increase in sales has been diversifying away from traditional markets like the UK and the Netherlands toward new consumers in countries like Sweden, Germany and even the United States.According to the International Trade Probe, other agricultural produce with significant export values included fresh and dried citrus fruit, earning R3.52-billion, and sugar, which earned R2.57-billion from exports.The report adds that South Africa has been a net exporter of agricultural produce since 1992, when imports were at their highest level, with the sector being an important earner of foreign currency.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
By Ntombi NtanziThe Breaking Down Borders Africa Youth Initiative in collaboration with Brand South Africa will be bringing another chapter of this year’s Africa Youth Summit.The Breaking Down Borders Africa Initiative, is a Pan-African platform led by African youth for the benefit of African youth. The initiative is inspired by the vision of enabling African youth to connect and collaborate towards the prosperity of the continent.To this end, the initiative is invested in bringing all Africans together, to dissect the issues they are faced with and to find solutions that can be applied in resolving the challenges identified. Breaking Down Borders Africa, promotes arts education across the continent including Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Namibia, Uganda, Kenya. DRC, Senegal, Tanzania, Zambia and Lesotho.In March, the launch of the 2018 programme and theme was unveiled – “African youth, building our legacy” to media and stakeholders. The Youth summit will be from the 14th – 18th May 2018.Opening the session was Brand South Africa’s Strategic Relationship Manager, Ms Toni Gumede, who gave insight on how Brand South Africa’s involvement was to support youth programmes that enrich and positively impact South African youth and the African youth as a whole.“This programme is doing exactly what we seek to do through the domestic mandate of Brand South Africa and the Play your part programme, we want to break down borders and build the continent together through active citizenship and encourage all South Africans to contribute to progressive change. We are proud to be part of this programme as it inspires our youth and all citizens to collaborate beyond the borders”; said Ms GumedeA keynote address by, Dr Edith Phaswana; further put things into perspective speaking on the legacy of Mandela and emphasized the need for young people to follow the path paved by struggle heroes for a better tomorrow.“Building a legacy is about having influence into the future…breaking down borders, is beyond the physical but also a mental transition. Through this type of this initiative, the youth is able to drive unity. How will you change the world beyond your departure?”, said Dr Phaswana“As a Play Your Part Ambassador and founder of the initiative, I want to create platforms that allow the African youth to collaborate and connect. Our objectives are to further bring Africans together, through a shared passion for music and dance. I encourage the youth to register and follow the conversation and definitely play their part”, said Founder Paul Modjadji.For more information go to: https://breakingdownbordersafrica.com/
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistLake Erie wasn’t as bad as expected this year with harmful algal bloom severity coming in below expectations — at a 4 when it was predicted at 6. I have seen several remarks as to why. It wasn’t due to reduced nitrogen or phosphorus flowing into the lake, it was due to windy conditions this summer.But we are under a pending distressed watershed order for eight watersheds in northwest Ohio. We will see what happens next February when the Soil and Water Conservation Commission meets again.For the rest of Ohio outside of the Lake Erie Watershed, the area of concern is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA-supported scientists have determined that this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” — an area of low oxygen that can kill fish and marine life — is approximately 2,720 square miles, an area about the size of Delaware. This summer’s dead zone size is the fourth smallest area mapped since 1985 and is smaller than the 5,780 square miles forecast by NOAA in June. It is much smaller than the record setting size in 2017 that hit 8,776 square miles. Researchers said the same thing for the Gulf that was said for Lake Erie, strong westerly winds reduced the size of the dead zone.We at OSU will continue our efforts to share with producers and consulting agronomists how to reduce the water quality concerns for both northern and southern Ohio. I think there are new tools that we can put in place to start movement towards reducing nutrient loss to our waters. They are:The updated Tri-State Fertilizer recommendations, data is being shared now for the Ohio portion and it is hoped to be published in late winter next year: https://soilfertility.osu.edu.The updated Phosphorus Risk Index for Ohio. This should also be out by the first of the year. This looks like a neat tool that lets us do some comparisons to show how changing management practices can reduce P loss: https://nutrientmanagement.osu.edu.Application risk management tools. There are a couple of these to help you plan when a fertilizer or manure application is suggested including the Ohio Applicator Forecast (from ODA) https://www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/resources/ohio-applicator-forecast and the OSU Field Application Resource Monitor (F.A.R.M.) that can give present (and past) forecasts https://farm.bpcrc.osu.edu.
No matter the configuration, the actual heat exchange in the heat pump usually happens in a unit inside the house. It is here that a refrigerant alternately evaporates and condenses and heat is transferred either into or out of the air being circulated through ducts to warm or cool the house. In a slight variation of this, “direct-exchange” ground-source heat pumps have the refrigerant flow through copper tubing that is buried, so the heat exchange is more direct; I won’t get into the specifics of how these systems differ.The big advantage of ground-source heat pumps is higher efficiency—somewhat higher than air-source heat pumps and much higher than electric-resistance heat. The disadvantage is cost. In our area, a typical ground-source heat pump may cost $35,000 or more; I have heard of local houses where systems costing as much as $70,000 were installed.This gets back to a point I made last week—and often make. In new construction, I believe that it makes a whole lot more sense to take a chunk of the money that would be spent on an expensive heating system—whether a ground-source heat pump, a radiant-floor heating system, or a high-tech European pellet boiler—and instead put that money into the house envelope.If you’re considering a $35,000 ground-source heat pump, take $30,000 of that and put it into R-40 walls, R-60 ceilings, R-30 foundations, careful air sealing, and triple-glazed windows with two low-e coatings. By doing this, you’ll get your heating loads down so low that a much simpler heating system can satisfy your needs and provide perfectly adequate comfort. That heating system might be a through-the-wall-vented gas space heater, a pellet stove, electric-resistance baseboard heat, or an air-source heat pump, such as the new-generation “mini-split” systems that I’ll cover next week.In new houses where only standard insulation levels are planned (R-20 walls, R-40 ceilings, and double-glazed low-e windows, for example) and with existing houses, the heating loads will be much higher, so spending a lot of money for a highly efficient heating system can be justified. In this situation, a ground-source heat pump may make sense. Ground-Source Heat Pumps (2010)GBA Encyclopedia: Heat Pumps: The BasicsGBA Encyclopedia: Green Heating OptionsAre Affordable Ground-Source Heat Pumps On the Horizon?Podcast: Ground Source Heat Pumps, Part 1: The BasicsPodcast: Ground-Source Heat Pumps, Part 2: Rules of ThumbPodcast: Ground-Source Heat Pumps, Part 3: Five QuestionsGround-Source Heat Pumps Don’t Save EnergyGround-Source Heat Pumps Have Low Operating CostsIs a Ground-Source Heat Pump a Renewable Energy System?Air-Source or Ground-Source Heat Pump?Heating a Tight, Well-Insulated House RELATED ARTICLES Last week I introduced heat pumps and described how they can deliver more heat than is contained in the electricity they consume—while being able to provide cooling as well as heating. I mentioned two different types of heat pumps: air-source and ground-source. This week I’ll cover ground-source (also known as “geothermal” and “geo-exchange”) heat pumps.All heat pumps rely on a “heat source” during the winter months and a “heat sink” in the summer where unwanted heat can be dumped. While air-source heat pumps use the outside air as the heat source and heat sink, ground-source heat pumps use the ground, or sometimes a body of water, for these functions.The advantage of using a ground source for this heat exchange is that temperatures more than five feet underground are much warmer than the outside air during the winter and much cooler than the outside air during the summer, so the heat pump operates more efficiently. Put a different way, there’s more heat to extract from this source in winter, and there’s a greater capacity to absorb unwanted heat in the summer.Some ground-source heat pumps have “closed loops” of buried tubing through which fluid is circulated—either water or a water-antifreeze solution—to exchange heat with the ground. This tubing can either be laid in horizontal trenches or vertically in wells, depending on the land area available and the character of the soils or rock. (With a water-source heat pump—a specialized type of ground-source heat pump—a coil of tubing typically sits in the water.) Some heat pumps have “open loops” in which water from a well or lake is pumped to the house, and then returned after the heat-exchange process.
LATEST STORIES Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Going up against a double block, Rondina tried to squeeze the ball down the sideline but the space was too tight that she connected with the antenna giving the final point to Ateneo, which improved to 7-1.“I just had to laugh earlier because when I hit the ball it was over, I was the one that let my team lose because a lot would’ve happened if I scored that one,” said Rondina. “I’ll accept this loss with my heart as long as we’ve learned something from this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US figure skater Mariah Bell probed for reportedly injuring South Korean rival Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Google Philippines names new country director SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There were a lot of missed chances for Cherry Rondina and University of Santo Tomas on Wednesday.The Tigresses had the chance to get shared ownership of the top spot, but Ateneo came back from a two-set deficit and stunned the Golden Tigresses, 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11, despite Rondina’s historic performance.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Rondina finished with 35 points, the most a Golden Tigress has scored in a single game in the Final Four era, but she missed a chance to cap the historic performance with a win as UST settled for the third spot in the standings at 5-3.“We always say ‘what if’ but someone has to win,” said Rondina in Filipino. “Someone won, we just have to learn from what we did today. We fell short, that’s it, the kids still lack experience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsRondina is on her fifth year and is no doubt one of the most experienced players in the league but her teammates like Eya Laure, Mafe Galanza, Rachelle Roldan, and Kecelyn Galdones—all of whom played in the fifth set—still has some learning to do especially in the collegiate level.Despite Rondina’s heroism, her final attempt was what ultimately doomed UST. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
APTN National NewsIn the Northwest Territories half of the residents are Aboriginal and they speak several different languages.But they are in danger of being lost.APTN’s Wayne Rivers explains getting a language down on paper might be key to preserving it for future generations.