Yorkshire’s David Booth named in Palmer Cup Team

first_img David Booth (Rotherham, Yorkshire), a student at the University of Stirling, has been selected in the European team to play the students from the United States in the  annual Palmer Cup at Royal County Down Golf Club in Northern Ireland on 28th – 30th June. He is the only English player in the eight-strong squad and will line up alongside his Stirling University colleague Graeme Robertson from Scotland and team-mates from Belgium, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Sweden. Apart from the Stirling University duo, five members of the European team are studying at American colleges. Booth’s selection (picture © Tom Ward) follows his recent victory in the R & A Foundation Scholars tournament at St Andrews.  He is a Yorkshire county player and is in the later stages of his studies at Stirling and plays off a handicap of +2.8. The United States leads the series 8-6 having won for the past two years. 27 Apr 2012 Yorkshire’s David Booth named in Palmer Cup Team last_img read more

NPS Raises Sandy Hook Entrance Fee To $15

first_imgSANDY HOOK — A day at the beach at Sandy Hook just got more expensive.The National Park Service announced last week that it is raising the daily parking fee by 50 percent for Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook. According to the announcement the cost of parking at the park would go from $10 to $15.This increase is less than what the federal park service first proposed last fall when it announced a rate increase. At that time, park representatives said they planned to increase the fee from $10 daily to $20 for two consecutive days.Park officials invited the public to offer their opinions, and conceded to a request by U.S. Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), that they hold additional public input sessions and extend the time the public could submit opinions.At one of the sessions conducted at the former Fort Hancock site out at the tip of the federal park, area residents opposed the rate hike by an overwhelming margin.In a National Park Service (NPS) statement released last week Gateway National Recreation Area Superintendent Linda Canzanelli was quoted as saying, “The public spoke and Gateway listened.”Canzanelli acknowledged last September that about 95 percent of public input was in opposition to the proposal to raise the park fee to $20.Last year’s plan would have had the day fees go up, with oversized vehicles charged $40. Season passes were expected to increase to $100 from $50.The NPS will now charge $30 for oversized vehicles (those over 20 feet long), and a season parking pass for regular sized vehicles will be $75 for the season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The season cost to oversized vehicles will climb to $150.“It is less than we were asking for,” NPS spokesman John Harlan Warren stressed. Warren also noted that the park service had abandoned its plan to extend the time daily fees would be collected, saying it would continue collecting fees only until 5 p.m., rather than 6 p.m. as proposed last year.Pallone, whose congressional district includes the park, objected to the plan last year, arguing that it would be a real blow for families with limited affordable recreational options, especially in the slowly recovering economy.“I think they were determined to raise it and all we could do is try to cut back on it,” which the public hearing and his lobbying of the NPS accomplished, Pallone said.“I’m not happy with it but I don’t know what else we can do,” he conceded.NPS representatives said the cost is still competitive with other area beaches.Warren said the park service abandoned the idea of a two-day fee because it presented logistical problems and would likely be difficult to administer. “There’s a whole layer of complexity that is there,” he said.“We basically told them that this two-day thing was a farce,” Pallone countered, explaining that park visitors would rarely have the ability to attend two consecutive days.The fees are for parking, so entering the park by foot or bicycle will continue to be free, park representatives said.This is the first increase the park has enacted since 2001 and the fourth since 1989, when the NPS established the fees.Along with Sandy Hook, the NPS is raising the parking fees for Jacob Riis Park, Queens, NY. There the cost will go from a daily charge of $5 to $10 for a regular sized vehicle.Warren said the money collected goes to cover operating costs and for upkeep and improvements to services and infrastructure. “For things for people to enjoy the park and be safe while they’re here,” he said.Sandy Hook Unit Coordinator Peter McCarthy said last year the park saw about 2.2 million visitors and collected $2.4 million for the season.last_img read more

Interpreters To Assist Red Bank Police

first_imgMcConnell said his department contacted the officer who runs the program in that Texas city. Most of the volunteers were at the borough council meeting July 24 when the program was unveiled. Boris Kofman, a native of Belarus whose first language is Russian, said he had heard about the interpreter program through Triggiano. “This was something that we started working on back in January,” said councilwoman and police commissioner Kate Triggiano, who brought the idea to Red Bank. “I believe this might be the first program of its type in the state.” “They would never becalled out to a scene that’snot secured,” said police Lt.Juan Sardo, who oversees theprogram. “We won’t put themin jeopardy in that way. Theywill not be interviewing anysuspects in any crimes.” “So since I have that skill,I felt it’s my responsibility tohelp,” he said. “And he kind of helped us and guided us through how they set it up,” McConnell said. The police department has had a policy to first turn to one of its bilingual officers on duty to aid in translation; police also can use an interpreter service, called language line, via telephone. The volunteers would supplement that in any police-involved situation where authorities cannot communicate in English with members of the public. As with Kofman and Ortega, Red Bank is also Sardo’s second home. Originally from Venezuela, he came to the United States in 1979 when he was 6 years old, unable to speak English. Red Bank, where he grew up, was a different placethen. He remembered therewere a few Puerto Ricanfamilies at the time. That’sall changed, however. RED BANK – The Red Bank Police Department has a group of bilingual borough residents serving as volunteer interpreters to aid authorities when they deal with members of the public who do not speak English. Communicators on patrol, based on a similar program used by police in Houston, is made up of eight volunteers: seven Spanish speakers and one Russian speaker. They had to go through a background check and training and will be available to police on a round-the-clock basis. By Philip Sean Curran Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell said he sees the volunteers also helping with community outreach, like with pedestrian bicycle safety. center_img “And like many of the residents that make up the demographics of Red Bank, I had to adapt to a new culture and language,” he said. Sardo, who joined the police department in 1997, recalled that he used to get calls from fellow officers, on his days off, to interpret for them. Today, the department has five Spanish-speaking officers, Sardo said. The borough said it is looking to grow the program to have volunteers who speak other languages or are fluentin American Sign Language. “I feel the need to helpmy community out,” saidCarla Ortega, a volunteeroriginally from Mexico.“If I’m needed, I feel like Ishould be able to help.” When he was still on the road as a police officer, McConnell took Spanish classes at Brookdale Community College to help him at work. “As the Spanish community grew in Red Bank, it became very difficult for us to communicate, even to get through minor calls like traffic stops and first aid calls and things like that, because we didn’t have many Spanish-speaking officers,” he said. “It was constantly an impediment.” Hispanics or Latinos make up 36.7 percent of the borough’s population of roughly 12,000, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. Houston, the city Red Bank modeled its program after, introduced its communicators on patrol program last July, said Jodi Silva, a spokeswoman for the Houston Police Department. In that department, volunteers must provide at least four hours of service per shift, be at least 18 years old and a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident and be fluent in English and either Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Arabic or Urdu/Hindi, among other criteria. Mayor Pasquale Menna, born in Italy, shared at the council meeting how he came to America as an immigrant who could not speak English. He said the interpreter program is one that the borough has never had. Police made clear that interpreters would not ride along with officers on patrol duty, interview criminal suspects or be put in harm’s way. “And many municipalities, I’m sure, have never even thought of doing it,” he said.last_img read more

Ouch — did that ever hurt watching Rebels pound Leafs

first_imgOuch, did that ever hurt.Castlegar Rebels waltzed into the NDCC Arena and put a good old fashion 8-2 whipping on the Green and White in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Saturday night in the Heritage City.The loss was especially disappointing for a Leaf team that appeared to be turning the corner in the Murdoch Division — registering points in its last five games to climb into second spot in the standings.last_img

Avian influenza discovered in Alabama

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Alabama State Veterinarian, Dr. Tony Frazier, confirmed that a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation located in Pickens County and a backyard flock located in Madison County have both tested positive for low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI).During routine screening, a commercial company collected samples from their Pickens County flock and submitted them to the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries State Diagnostic Laboratory located in Auburn, Alabama. These samples, suspected positive for avian influenza, were forwarded to the USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa. NVSL confirmed the commercial flock is positive for LPAI. This commercial flock has been placed under quarantine. While this is different from the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus that has been found recently to the north in Tennessee, control measures are under way as a precautionary measure.In addition to the suspected case in Pickens County, a backyard flock located in Madison County has also been confirmed positive for low pathogenic H7N9 avian influenza (LPAI) by NVSL. Surveillance zones have been put in place surrounding the locations in both Pickens and Madison counties.This suspected strain of avian influenza does not pose a risk to the food supply and no affected animals entered the food chain.On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Dr. Tony Frazier issued an official Order Prohibiting Poultry Exhibitions and the Assembling of Poultry to Be Sold. The order prohibits: all poultry exhibitions, sales at regional and county fairs, festivals, swap meets, live bird markets, flea markets and auctions. The order also prohibits the concentration, collection, or assembly of poultry of all types, including wild waterfowl from one or more premises for purposes of sale. This order remains in effect. Shipments of eggs or baby chicks from National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) approved facilities are not affected by this order.“The health of our poultry is critically important at this time,” said Dr. Frazier. “With confirmed cases of low pathogenic avian influenza in Alabama in both commercial and backyard flocks, the order reducing the assembly and commingling of poultry is the most effective way to practice strict biosecurity measures in our state.”Dr. Frazier reminds poultry producers and backyard flock owners to observe their birds closely and to be vigilant about practicing strict biosecurity measures. These include:•           Isolating poultry from other animals;•           Wearing clothing designated for use only at the poultry house;•           Minimizing access to people and unsanitized equipment;•           Keeping the area around the poultry buildings clean and uninviting to wild birds and animals;•           Sanitizing the facility between flocks;•           Cleaning equipment entering and leaving the farm;•           Having an all-in, all-out policy regarding the placement and removal of the poultry;•           Properly disposing of bedding material and mortalities;•           Avoiding contact with migratory waterfowl.last_img read more

Using science and analytics to guide nitrogen management

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Kyle Poling, Pioneer Field Agronomist, Ada, OhioNitrogen (N) is typically the most yield-limiting nutrient in corn production. Additionally, nitrogen management is among the most uncertain and costly inputs of modern corn production. With N accounting for up to 20% of total crop cost, growers are faced with the challenge of how to meet N requirements without over-applying or under-applying.An ideal nutrient management plan would be for a grower to make nitrogen available to the corn to supply adequate amounts of N as the crop needs it. Only about 10% of the total amount of nitrogen is taken up between the period of corn emergence to knee high. During the rapid vegetative growth phase, from V8 through tasseling, corn generally requires over half of its total N supply. Providing adequate N for this period is a key goal of N management.The last one-third of a corn plant’s N requirement must still be met by uptake during the reproductive stages (ear-fill). Nitrogen uptake during the ear-fill period can minimize the remobilization of N from vegetative to reproductive tissues. This means that the plant does not have to cannibalize the leaves to provide N for kernel development when it can take up N from the soil during this period. A corn crop that carries plant health (green leaf area) into late summer/early fall extends the duration of photosynthesis, continues carbohydrate production, and maintains the opportunity to add additional grain yield.Applying N at multiple times can spread the risks of nitrogen loss and crop deficiency, improve profitability by reducing N rates, and benefit the environment by not applying “insurance fertilizer” that can potentially be lost. To help reduce N losses from rainfall related losses, nitrogen “stabilizers” or “additives” can be applied along with N fertilizers.Yield goal and generalized nitrogen response relationships are often the best benchmarks available to guide management. However, neither of these approaches account for how variability in soils and weather affect crop growth and nitrogen availability at specific locations. Crop models offer one way to bring field and weather variability information into the nitrogen management decision-making process. While crop simulation models have historically been used for research purposes, advances in cloud computing and data management now make it possible to effectively extend crop models to commercial production systems. One of the major advantages of using crop models to guide nitrogen management decisions is that they can integrate the numerous, complex processes that affect soil nitrogen and provide actionable information that has meaning in a management context. Crop models can also incorporate weather information dynamically, as it occurs, so that nitrogen can be monitored and managed in real time.Key components that can be integrated into a nitrogen model include: (1) crop uptake of nitrogen during crop growth, (2) nitrogen mineralization by breakdown of organic matter, and (3) loss of nitrogen through leaching, denitrification, and volatilization.The outcomes of nitrogen management decisions are inherently inexact due to imperfect knowledge of future weather events that strongly influence crop growth and soil nitrogen levels. Nitrogen modeling is a new tool that corn growers can incorporate into their nitrogen management system to account for uncertainty in the weather in conjunction with grower yield goals to provide estimates of the risk associated with planned management actions. This exciting new tool will allow growers to use science to remove some of the guesswork from corn nitrogen management. For more information regarding nitrogen monitoring, contact your local Pioneer sales representative or visit Pioneer GrowingPoint agronomy at pioneer.com/agronomy.last_img read more

French Open: Brave Kristina Mladenovic carries French hopes

first_imgLocal hope Kristina Mladenovic, tagged as one of the French Open favourites, will try to put her back problem behind her when she takes on Italian Sara Errani in the second round on Wednesday.The 13th seed, who played through the pain in the first round after pulling her back, is looking to become the first Frenchwoman to win the title here since Mary Pierce in 2000.”It is really huge if a French player can go deep into the tournament, it is really big for the crowd, for the tournament everybody wants to see this,” seven-time grand slam champion Mats Wilander told Reuters.”They want to see a player who will give everything…give them a huge performance,  give blood…leave it on the court it will be great to see her play.”In the absence of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, Mladenovic has been tipped as one of the top favourites for the tournament after reaching the final in Stuttgart and Madrid.After the local favourite’s back trouble almost forced her to withdraw from her first-round match, Mladenovic promised the crowd she would “fight until the end”.last_img read more

Rohit Sharma reveals secret behind Team India’s stupendous success

first_imgIn the limited overs format, India defeated West Indies 3-1 in their backyard, they whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in the island nation and decimated Australia 4-1.Star batsman Rohit Sharma has said that playing as a cohesive unit has been the primary reason for Indian cricket team’s stupendous success across formats in recent times.”The way we are playing, credit goes to everyone. Because irrespective of whether you play for a city or country, you have to win a match and it is not an easy task. We have won six back-to-back series because we have played together as a unit,” Rohit said during a promotional event.In the limited overs format, India defeated West Indies 3-1 in their backyard, they whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0 in the island nation and decimated Australia 4-1.The right-handed batsman was speaking to reporters after the launch of Adidas Uprising 3.0 here. Unless a team performs collectively, it is difficult to sustain performances.”If you (the team) want to win a tournament, its not that that one or two players will perform and you will win. It is essential that everybody contributes as this is a team sport. We are going towards a goal and that I think is good for team.”The way the team is thinking that is in one direction, which is helping the side and everyone is contributing, not just one or two players,” Rohit added.Asked whether the goal was 2019 World Cup, Rohit said, “See, there is one and half year for the World Cup. Now, it will be too early for me to comment on it. Yes, our aim is the 2019 World Cup and the preparations are on.”advertisement”Like our selectors, coach and captain have said the way our team is playing and the combination of the team has been made keeping the World Cup in mind. It is clear that what the team (management) wants from the players.”India play New Zealand in a three match ODI series and as many T20Is. On the series, Rohit said: “We haven’t thought what we will do. When we will reach the hotel then the preparations will start. Two days before we have finished a series. Our goal will be to beat any team whom we play against.”last_img read more