Agroterrorism

first_img(Stephanie Schupska is a news editor with the University ofGeorgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaWhen the word “terrorism” pops up, the first image in mostpeople’s heads is not a field of soybeans.But maybe it should be.Terrorism isn’t limited to blowing up buildings. Food suppliescan also be a target.That’s why Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), who chairs the U.S.Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, askedJohn Sherwood to participate in a Senate biosecurity andagroterrorism hearing July 20 in Washington, D.C.Sherwood, head of the University of Georgia’s plant pathologydepartment, was one of eight experts to testify in the hearingand one of four to address the agrosecurity partnership betweenpublic and private sectors.The latter group addressed what’s being done for U.S.preparedness at local levels in coordination with farmers andranchers, the scientific community and industry.Partnership”No effort to prepare for an attack can be successful without ahealthy and strong public-private partnership,” Chambliss said.The agrosecurity hearing, only the second after the Sept. 11attacks, reviewed national efforts to protect agriculture and thefood supply from a deliberate attack of a biological agent, atoxin or a disease directed at crops and livestock.Agriculture accounts for 13 percent of the U.S. gross domesticproduct, Chambliss said, and 18 percent of domestic employment.With the U.S. Department of Labor reporting the civilianworkforce at 149.1 million, those in agriculture-related jobsnumbers nearly 27 million.”Securing our nation’s crop production systems requires amultifaceted, multi-agency and highly coordinated effort,” saidSherwood, who also represented the American PhytopathologicalSociety.ChallengePreventing 100 percent of agricultural diseases is impossible.Scientists and farmers alike are struggling with soybean rust andsudden oak death, diseases new to certain parts of the UnitedStates.”There is not just a single disease that’s going to impactagriculture,” Sherwood said. “We have to be aware of newdiseases.”He emphasized “the need to fund competitive research, continue tosupport the National Plant Diagnostic Network and establish theNational Center for Plant Biosecurity” at the hearing.Chambliss said the events of Sept. 11, 2001, “propelled thegovernment into action and forced federal agencies to rethink thethreats facing agriculture and the need to take steps to preventagroterrorist attacks.”The hearing offered “useful dialog,” he said, as the Senatecommittee works to enhance agricultural protection in follow-uplegislation to the Homeland Security Act of 2002 and BioterrorismAct of 2002.State preparednessThe week before Sherwood went to Washington, Georgia was alreadystrengthening its forces. The state’s agroterrorism committee andthe Georgia National Guard partnered to help keep the food supplysecure.The meeting at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta allowed thetwo parties to share expertise “on how to best prepare andrespond to agriculture and food-related acts of terrorism,” saida state Department of Agriculture release.”As the lead agency in the state in charge of agriculture andfood defense, my staff is committed to doing everything in itspower to protect the people of Georgia and the state’sagriculture industry,” said Georgia Commissioner of AgricultureTommy Irvin.Nets and boltsThe meeting wasn’t just talk. The National Guard showcased itsmobile laboratory capabilities and showed the properbiocontainment, sample collection and personal protectiveequipment to use when contact with dangerous pathogens isnecessary.The training continues. At different times throughout 2005, UGACooperative Extension will provide basic agroterrorism awarenesstraining through a grant from the U.S. Department of HomelandSecurity. The next session will be Aug. 4 in Vienna. Visitwww.agrosecurity.uga.edu for other class dates and locations.”We were the first state to include local jurisdictions in ourstatewide homeland security agriculture assessment,” Irvinrecently said of the training. “We knew we had to get down to thelocal level to adequately build a proper defense againstagroterrrorism.”last_img read more

PSB approves Southern Loop-Coolidge Connector grid upgrades

first_imgThe Vermont Public Service Board, in an order praising public outreach efforts and utility planning in southern Vermont, has approved a series of transmission upgrades designed to improve electricity reliability in Vermont and across the region.The 122-page order, issued late Wednesday, approves construction of a 345-kilovolt transmission line between Vernon and Vermont Electric Power Company’s (VELCO) Coolidge Substation in Cavendish.  The board also approved a new substation in Vernon and an expansion of the Coolidge Substation.  These components are collectively known as “the Coolidge Connector.”  To address local reliability problems on Central Vermont Public Service’s system, the board also approved a new Newfane substation and an approximately one-mile 345 kV loop between Newfane and the planned 345 kV Vernon-to-Cavendish line.  The combined projects are known as the “Southern Loop Project.”“We conclude that the Southern Loop Project is essential to address regional and local reliability problems that are both significant and pressing,” the PSB wrote. “We further conclude that the need for the Project cannot be replaced or deferred by alternatives, including demand-side management measures, local generation, and smart-grid technologies.”VELCO and CVPS filed a petition with the PSB in 2007, outlining multiple strategies to support electric system reliability.  The strategies, consistent with recommendations that resulted from an unprecedented public outreach process, included the work approved Wednesday by the PSB; deferring a second 49-mile transmission line; and the use of non-transmission alternatives to enhance local reliability.  CVPS is completing more than $11 million in work to install voltage support equipment approved earlier as part of the plan.  In addition, targeted demand response measures and energy efficiency are being used to reduce customer demand.  CVPS is also looking for new generation sites in the region as part of the broader reliability plan.“We have carefully considered a wide range of possible alternatives, both traditional transmission upgrades and non-transmission alternatives, to address these local and regional reliability problems,” the board said. “Among traditional transmission solutions, the proposed Project is the clearly superior option, because it is the lowest-cost transmission alternative that effectively resolves the reliability concerns. Non-transmission alternatives, including demand-side management measures, local generation, and smart-grid technologies, cannot resolve the regional and local reliability problems that confront VELCO and CVPS… These possible alternatives suffer from various deficiencies, ranging from an inability to resolve effectively the fundamental reliability issues, to excessive costs compared to the proposed Project, to significant barriers that preclude timely implementation.”The board rejected recent criticism of the project, much of it claiming the project was unneeded.“We recognize that load growth in Vermont has been held in check in recent years in large part due to energy efficiency efforts,” the board said. “We also recognize that electric loads will likely be lower over the near term, due to the current economic downturn. These factors have led some public commenters to call for a delay in approving the Southern Loop Project, to provide an opportunity to develop alternatives to the Project that focus on energy efficiency, local generation, and smart grid technologies. However, close inspection has revealed that there are no alternative solutions that would be sufficient to avoid or defer the need for the Project for the fundamental reason that the load threshold for the needed upgrades was exceeded years ago.”CVPS President Bob Young and VELCO President John Donleavy welcomed the order.  “We have worked extremely hard over the past several years to be open, transparent and collaborative with affected towns and landowners as we addressed the reliability concerns that the project is intended to solve,” they said in a joint statement.  “Projects of this scale will always require substantial public dialogue, at times difficult, but this project and this order demonstrate that, done well, a public dialogue can produce outcomes that meet both utility and public needs.”The board recognized that dialogue, and praised CVPS’s and VELCO’s efforts.“The Petitioners have presented final design detail plans, have completed or nearly completed all critical environmental review and permit applications, and have engaged in both an extensive public outreach process and collaborative efforts with other parties, including local communities and the affected permitting agencies,” the board wrote. “We recognize and appreciate these efforts undertaken on behalf of all of the parties, and believe that they have been instrumental in producing an efficient process and positive result.”last_img read more

Colombia Will Increase Its Support to Honduras in the Security Area

first_img “The important thing, and I repeated this to President Lobo, is our complete and total readiness to continue helping, to increase that aid,” the Colombian said, specifying that Honduras’s intelligence units would be strengthened. “We’ve come specifically to deepen our strategic cooperation with Colombia in the security area (…) We want to see how the coordination of all the agencies responsible for this area is structured,” the Honduran head of state, for his part, declared upon arriving in Colombia. Santos recalled that “cooperation with Honduras is not new” and specified that nearly 420 members of the judicial police and senior police officers have already been trained by Colombia. Lobo arrived in Bogota late in the morning, accompanied by a sizeable delegation of high-ranking officials, including the president of Congress, Orlando Hernández, the defense minister, Marlon Vasco, the security minister, Oscar Álvarez, and the head of the Joint General Staff, General René Osorio. He planned to leave the country immediately afterward. “We identified those areas where we’re going to continue collaborating with Honduras, because, as we’ve said so many times, to the extent that Honduras or any country in the region is successful in the fight against drug trafficking, we also benefit,” Santos declared to the press following a working lunch with Lobo. center_img Colombia made a commitment on Thursday to increase its aid to Honduras in the security area, especially for its fight against organized crime, the presidents of the two countries, Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia and Porfirio Lobo of Honduras, announced at the end of a meeting in Bogota. By Dialogo August 29, 2011 “It’s been a very productive meeting,” he said later, after meeting with the Colombian president: collaboration with Colombia “is part of a tradition on an issue as sensitive for us as the fight against common and organized crime and drug trafficking.” last_img read more

Wolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event

first_img March 26, 2018 Wolf Administration Hosts Cabinet in Your Community Event Press Release Philadelphia, PA – Today, Wolf Administration cabinet officials were joined by community members for a Cabinet in Your Community event at the Community College of Philadelphia. This series of events gives community members the opportunity to talk with their state government officials and discuss issues important to the region.“Since the Cabinet in Your Community events began in November, they have been extremely valuable to communities across Pennsylvania and to my administration,” said Governor Wolf. “It is important that elected officials provide a platform for constituents to directly express their concerns and what they need from state government.”This event featured Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin, Department of Education Secretary Pedro Rivera, Department of General Services Secretary Curt Topper, Department of Corrections Secretary John Wetzel, and Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller. The department secretaries provided information on upcoming initiatives in Philadelphia and responded to questions from community members.The next Cabinet in Your Community event is currently scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, at the Lehigh Carbon Community College Tamaqua Campus. This event will be hosted by the cabinet secretaries of the departments of Education, Environmental Protection, Human Services, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Live like a celebrity in this grand chateau

first_img475 Tallebudgera Connection Rd, Tallebudgera. IT’S the perfect celebrity hideaway and it could be all yours for a breezy $1.8 million. The chateau style property tucked away in the lush landscape of Tallebudgera oozes character from every corner. The house sprawls out on 1.22 ha. “We have had 15 groups of people through and the majority are Sydney buyers who are flying up to inspect the property.“They spend a lot of time looking through the house.” A water well features on the 1.22ha property The house at 475 Tallebudgera Connection Rd features a gym, outdoor shower and kitchen and English style pub. While Mr Spurge said the kitchen has been given a modern update the rest of the property is packed with charm. 475 Tallebudgera Connection Rd is a celebrity hideaway “It is completed concealed from the street with an electric gate and long drive way, a lot of people don’t realise it is there.“There are no immediate neighbours and I wouldn’t be surprised if a celebrity were to buy it.” More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa23 hours agoMr Spurge said the property built in 1991 has recently been restored.“It was quite run down but the owners have immaculately restored it into a grand chateau,” he said. Enjoy resort style living like a true celebrity Cross a Japanese-style bridge over pond to the grand entrance. The house comes with your very own water well and three garage ports with barn house finishes. A resort style pool and poolside bar create a luxurious outdoor area while two wood fireplaces and a library set the scene for entertaining inside. 475 Tallebudgera Connection Rd is tucked away with a private entrance The unique property has been rented for $750 a week in the past and Mr Spurge said it offered buyers an endless list of opportunities. “This home could suit a bed and breakfast, holiday let or something similar,” he said.“The character has really charmed everyone who has stepped through the house. The property has a Swiss chalet feel with stone floors and timber ceilingsMichael Spurge from The Prestige is marketing the property and said it was made for a celebrity with its private resort style design. “You would have no idea this property was here if you didn’t live here,” he said.last_img read more

Quadri qualifies for German Open main draw

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL African top table tennis star, Aruna Quadri, has sailed through to the main draw at the ongoing ITTF World Tour 2020 German Open at GETEC Arena in Magdeburg. The Nigerian lad continued from where he left it in the third round of preliminary with an out-of-this-world performance against Czech Republic’s Pavel Sirucek in the fourth round of preliminary to confirm his place in the elite stage of the tournament. To ascertain his place in the elite stage (main draw) of the men’s singles as the only surviving African in the competition, Quadri defeated the Czech by 11-3, 5-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9. Earlier in the day, the Nigerian produced a dramatic comeback from a 3-0 loss to trump 4-3 against Finland’s Olah Benedek in the third round of preliminary. Quadri, ranked 18th, will slug it out with the top seeded 16 players in the main draw, which serves off on Thursday. His compatriots, Segun Toriola, Olajide Omotayo, and 2019 ITTF Africa Cup Champion, Omar Assar of Egypt, have all crashed out of the competition.Tags: 2019 ITTF Africa Cup Championsaruna quadriGETEC ArenaMAgdeburglast_img read more

Saints confidence hit: Koeman

first_imgBoss Ronald Koeman admits Southampton must rebuild their waning confidence as they try to cling on to their European dream. The Saints have won just once in their last five Barclays Premier League games and have failed to score in their last three outings after Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at West Brom. They remain fifth in the table, but Liverpool will go above them on Sunday if they beat Manchester City. Southampton host Crystal Palace on Tuesday and Koeman insists they have to improve. “The whole team’s form is down on earlier this season. There’s a little less confidence than we had, but the best thing for confidence is to win and next Tuesday is important,” he said. “I was always realistic. I never thought we’d qualify for the Champions League because a lot of big teams normally fight for that in the table. “We have to fight for more points than Southampton did last season. We’ll play our way and see what happens. “We have to accept it and keep going. Every game is a difficult one and every team is fighting to win. The problem is going a goal down, it’s more difficult.” Saido Berahino scored after just 70 seconds to win the game and Koeman was forced to make a tactical change, taking off defender Florin Gardos for winger Eljero Elia after just 25 minutes. But the boss had no regrets over his line-up, despite the slow start which cost them the game. “If I had to do the line-up again I’d do same. This season we’ve played two or three times out of this system and won every game,” he said. Press Association “The players know the system and we have the players to do it, but at 1-0 down we always had three defenders against one attacker and being 1-0 down made it a different game.” Berahino scored his 17th goal of the season with a rasping half-volley from the edge of the box, but limped off in the second half with a foot injury. He, along with Brown Ideye, is a doubt for Tuesday’s derby at Aston Villa, but, after being injured at Sunderland last week, head coach Tony Pulis praised the match-winner. “It’s a wonderful strike, a wonderful goal, there’s no questioning his talent. He’s a top-class talent and over the past couple of weeks he has really bought into what we’re trying to do,” said Pulis. “He works so hard and his attitude has been very good. He’s played with an injection in his foot, he’s not trained all week. He’s the icing on the cake, that extra bit of quality.” The Baggies moved up to 13th and are eight points clear of the bottom three after the win and Pulis was intrigued by the tactical battle with the Saints. “They changed the shape of their team and we didn’t realise that until an hour before the game,” he said. “So we changed ours a little bit, instead of having James Morrison and (Craig) Gardner wider, we brought them in a little bit to what as effectively a diamond and they did the job brilliantly. “I was really disappointed Southampton changed their shape back, when they did they caused us more problems.” last_img read more

Ranieri keen to strengthen midfield

first_imgClaudio Ranieri is targeting only one more signing before the transfer window closes – with a midfielder the missing piece in the jigsaw for the Leicester manager. Press Association The 34-year-old was out of contract this summer and decided against extending his stay at the King Power Stadium, since signing for Greek champions Olympiacos. Leicester have been linked with several midfielders, the latest of which is Napoli’s Switzerland international Gokhan Inler, although Ranieri is not keen on the idea of flooding the Foxes team with foreign imports. Asked about his transfer plans, Ranieri said: “One more. A midfielder. I think one is enough. Of course, if two arrive then I’m happy! “Now I work in England I want an English player, because I think it is important to understand the mentality of the nation. In England I want an English player. In Spain I want more Spanish players. In Italy I want Italian players. “This is my philosophy. The player who comes must understand the English philosophy – you must play hard until the end of the match. “That is important. If you change too much from this then the philosophy could change too much, which is not good. “First we choose the English player then we make comparisons with other players and choose which is best for us. But sometimes clubs go abroad because the English player costs too much.” It has been reported that Leicester and Napoli have agreed a fee for Inler but the player has yet to be convinced by the move. “I want to speak about the finish when there is something concrete,” said Ranieri when asked about the 31-year-old. “The club are speaking to a lot of players. I want to wait and look what happens.” David Nugent completed his move to Sky Bet Championship club Middlesbrough on Friday, but Ranieri has no plans to bring in a replacement striker. He said: “No because in this moment I have four strikers and the combinations are good. (Leonardo) Ulloa, (Andrej) Kramaric, (Jamie) Vardy and Okazaki – it’s enough. “I have too many players. I know there are players who want to go to play, everybody wants to play.” Leicester travel to West Ham on Saturday looking to build on their winning start to the season, after beginning the campaign with a 4-2 home victory over Sunderland. If the Foxes were impressive last weekend, then the Hammers were even more so in winning 2-0 against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Ranieri said: ” They had a very good result, better than us. Who could believe Arsenal would lose the match? I watched the match and West Ham were outstanding. “(West Ham manager) Slaven Bilic has really good experience of the national team, he knows West Ham well. “I think it will be an open game, they can win, we can win and even a draw is alright.” Leicester make the trip with only midfielder Matty James set to miss the game due to his knee problem. The Foxes have brought in five players so far this summer in the shape of Robert Huth, Shinji Okazaki , Christian Fuchs, N’Golo Kante and Yohan Benalouane, with the latter two arriving since Ranieri’s appointment a month ago. The Italian’s third new addition is likely to be a replacement for Esteban Cambiasso , who played a crucial role in keeping the Midlands club in the Barclays Premier League last season. last_img read more

Cricket News England Great James Anderson Out Of Rest Of Ashes Series

first_imgJames Anderson is suffering with a calf injury.Anderson has taken 575 wickets in 149 Tests at 26.94.England also have another pace-bowling option in Sam Curran. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Derby: England star James Anderson has been ruled out of the remainder of the Ashes series with a calf injury, in a blow to home hopes of winning the series against Australia.Anderson, England’s all-time leading wicket-taker, has not bowled in the series since breaking down with the injury after delivering just four overs in Australia’s 251-run win in the first Test at Edgbaston.The 37-year-old Lancashire paceman had tried to get fit for the fourth Test at his Old Trafford home ground starting on Wednesday.But after bowling during a second XI match against Durham this week he has been declared unfit for the final two Tests of the series.On the same day Australia had better news, with star batsman Steve Smith proving his fitness by batting in his first competitive game since suffering concussion after being felled by fast bowler Jofra Archer in the second Ashes test.Smith, in the middle for 47 minutes in Australia’s three-day match against Derbyshire, faced 38 balls and struck two fours on his way to a total of 23 before he was caught out. Not a great innings but a morale booster for the tourists.England will travel to Manchester all square at 1-1 in the five-match contest after Ben Stokes’s stunning 135 not saw them to a dramatic one-wicket win in the third Test at Headingley last week.”England and Lancashire seamer James Anderson has been ruled out for the rest of the Specsavers Ashes series,” said an England and Wales Cricket Board statement issued Friday.”Whilst bowling in the ninth over on Thursday in Lancashire’s second XI four-day friendly against Durham at Chester Boughton Hall Cricket Club, Anderson became aware of right calf pain following on from 20 overs he had bowled on Tuesday.”He immediately sought a medical assessment from Lancashire and was withdrawn from the remainder of the game,” the statement added.”Further review with the ECB medical team has confirmed that he will be unavailable for the remaining two Specsavers Ashes Tests.”Anderson has taken 575 wickets in 149 Tests at 26.94.His tally is the most by any quick bowler, with Anderson fourth in the all-time list of leading Test wicket-takers.And his new-ball partnership with Stuart Broad is the most-successful in Tests between two fast bowlers they have taken more than 850 wickets in games together.Anderson may now have made his final Ashes appearance given he will be 39 by the time England tour Australia in 2021/22.And it’s possible his Test career could be over, although the prospect of becoming the first fast bowler to 600 wickets in the format may spur him on to make a comeback on England’s upcoming tours of New Zealand and South Africa.England have now added Somerset quick Craig Overton into a 13-man squad for the fourth Test.Overton, who has appeared in three Tests, is back in the squad for the first time since March 2018 when he played in England’s loss to New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland.In eight County Championship matches this season, the 25-year-old has taken 32 wickets at an average of 21.34.England also have another pace-bowling option in Surrey left-armer Sam Curran, who has retained his squad place after not featuring in the XI at Headingley.Overton and Curran will likely be vying for the role of a fourth paceman along with Chris Woakes in an England seam attack where Broad has taken 14 wickets at 25.35 so far this series.But the emergence of express fast bowler and World Cup winning star  Archer has added a new dimension to England’s bowling in Test.Meanwhile the willingness of paceman Stokes, in his own words, to do the ‘hard yards’ makes the all-rounder, England’s vice-captain, a key man with both bat and ball for skipper Joe Root.Despite being bowled out for just 67 – their lowest Ashes total in 71 years – in the first innings at Headingley, England have retained the same set of specialist batsmen, although they could yet rejig their top order.England squad:Rory Burns (Surrey), Jason Roy (Surrey), Joe Root (Yorkshire, capt), Joe Denly (Kent), Ben Stokes (Durham), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire, wkt), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Stuart Broad (Nottinghamshire), Jack Leach (Somerset), Sam Curran (Surrey), Craig Overton (Somerset).center_img highlightslast_img read more

Washington St. meets Colorado in Pac-12 tourney

first_img Associated Press LEADING THE CHARGE: Colorado’s McKinley Wright IV has averaged 14.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists while Tyler Bey has put up 13.2 points and 8.8 rebounds. For the Cougars, CJ Elleby has averaged 18 points and 7.8 rebounds while Isaac Bonton has put up 13.3 points.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Wright has directly created 46 percent of all Colorado field goals over the last five games. The junior guard has 37 field goals and 23 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: Washington State is 8-0 when it limits opponents to 61 or fewer points, and 7-16 when opposing teams exceed 61 points. Colorado is 18-0 when holding opponents to 67 points or fewer, and 3-10 whenever teams score more than 67 on the Buffaloes.PERFECT WHEN: The Buffaloes are 18-0 when they hold opposing teams to 67 points or fewer and 3-10 when opponents exceed 67 points. The Cougars are 8-0 when they hold opponents to 61 points or fewer and 7-16 when opponents exceed 61 points.DID YOU KNOW: The Colorado defense has allowed only 63.7 points per game to opponents this season, ranking the Buffaloes 29th among Division I teams. The Washington State offense has averaged 69.5 points through 31 games (ranked 204th, nationally). ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com March 10, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 11 seed Washington State (15-16, 6-12) vs. No. 6 seed Colorado (21-10, 11-8)Pac-12 Conference Tournament First Round, T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas; Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Washington State is set to match up against Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 23, when the Buffaloes outshot Washington State 45.6 percent to 37.3 percent and hit 13 more free throws en route to a 22-point victory. Washington St. meets Colorado in Pac-12 tourneylast_img read more