Turfgrass Updates

first_imgMore than 800 people braved the hot August temperatures for a firsthand glimpse of the latest research by University of Georgia scientists at the Turfgrass Research Field Day held Thursday, Aug. 4, on the UGA campus in Griffin, Georgia.“UGA serves as the research and education arm for the green industry in this state,” said Clint Waltz, UGA Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist and one of the organizers of the field day event. “This field day keeps those in the green industry current and provides the continued education they need to remain profitable and able to provide the best quality products for golf courses, commercial lawns, homeowners’ lawns, parks, recreational sports fields and professional sports fields.” In the morning, green industry professionals rotated through a series of 12-minute talks by scientists from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Topics included the latest research on turfgrass weed management, cultivar development and the application of pesticides while protecting pollinating insects.Self-guided tours in the afternoon included a demonstration on proper pesticide storage and handling, advice on the best fungicides for turfgrass disease control and sessions led by CAES turfgrass graduate students. “This field day attracts the top professionals in the green industry,” Waltz said. “Just like doctors and accountants attend conferences to say current in their fields, industry professionals attend our field day to keep current on best management practices and trends. They saw the latest and greatest in turfgrass science, from pest management, to environmental stewardship, to water management and conservation, to new turfgrasses on the horizon from our UGA breeders.”Professionals from Georgia and the Southeast also met several new UGA employees, including Assistant Dean for Extension and Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader Mark McCann and newly appointed UGA turfgrass physiologist David Jespersen.“We have a lot of new personnel who benefited from meeting turfgrass industry contacts, and it was exciting for everyone to see our new turfgrass research facility being constructed in the background,” Waltz said. “Two years ago, we talked about our new facility; this year, everyone saw it being built; and in two years, when the next field day is held, we’ll be in our new building.”For more information on turfgrass research at UGA, go to GeorgiaTurf.com.last_img read more

Re-trial of Calibishie man to commence on Wednesday

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! Court gavel. Photo credit: kirktok.comThe re-trial of a Calibishie man who was found guilty of murdering Julien Junior Joseph of Vieille Case is set to commence on Wednesday when the May 2012 Criminal Assizes continues.Garvin George was found guilty by on November 23rd, 2011 and sentenced to serve a fourteen (14) year prison term on February 27th, 2012 by Justice Birnie Stephenson-Brooks.However his attorney Wayne Norde appealed the sentence which was upheld by the Court of Appeal Justices on May 3rd, 2012.The Appeal Court cited “misdirection” to the jury by the trial judge the reason for grating the appeal. Justice Davidson Baptiste highlighted a sentence which was stated by the trial judge during her address to the jury before they retired to the jury room, stating that “it was for the accused to prove that the killing was self-defense,” a direction which Baptiste described as “erroneous” and “should have been withdrawn”.Another Justice on the Appeal Court panel, Mario Michel also pointed another sentence which he believed should have not have been stated by the trial judge; “after you have considered self-defense and rejected it, then you must move on to the next charge”.The trial which would have commenced today was adjourned to Wednesday by Justice Brain Cottle as defence counsel Wayne Norde is ill, however a jury was impaneled and the trial will commence at 9am.Meanwhile three other matters which were scheduled for hearing today have been adjourned.Dean Davis who has been charged for the murder of Guyanese national Ashton Gibbons on July 9th, 2010 in Marigot will have to wait a few more weeks for his hearing.Director of Public Prosecutions Gene Pestaina requested an adjournment as defence counsel Wayne Norde who is Davis’ attorney.The DPP also requested an adjournment in the trial involving Lenson Merrifield who was charged with unlawful sexual connection, burglary and indecent assault. A date was not fixed for the trial however Justice Cottle informed the defendant that he will be notified of the date.Another defendant Kussy Evans who is on bail for causing grievous bodily harm may have his matter resolved without a trial.Pestaina told the Court that the teams needed a few more days in seeking to resolve the matter without a trial, therefore the adjournment was granted. Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img Share 44 Views   no discussions LocalNews Re-trial of Calibishie man to commence on Wednesday by: – May 29, 2012last_img read more

Bus falls into ravine; 17 die

first_imgThe bus was carrying 35 passengers from the resort city of Puerto Vallarta to Guadalajara when it ran off a mountain road and plunged into a ravine near the town of Compostela, about 125 miles from Guadalajara, the Nayarit’s state prosecutor’s office said in a statement. At least 17 people were killed, including 13 men, three women and a 1-year-old child. Another 14 were injured, five seriously, the statement said. Red Cross spokesman Miguel Langarica said 18people were killed and 13 injured. The driver, 28-year-old Magdiel Coronado, was also injured and hospitalized, authorities said. Bus company spokesman Daniel Rios said as many as half of the passengers had arrived in Mexico on a flight from Phoenix on Friday. The plane had been bound for Guadalajara but was rerouted to Puerto Vallarta along with 17 other flights because of a fire at the Guadalajara airport. Rios said the passengers had yet to be identified but that at least eight family members were Mexicans legally living in Phoenix who were in the country for Independence Day celebrations. Four of them were injured and one, a 1-year-old child, was killed. Authorities said four of the injured lived in Los Angeles and Riverside. Reforma newspaper said the Guadalajara airport was shut down after a flight from Cancun caught fire. It was unclear if there were any injuries from the fire.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MEXICO: Some of the passengers arrived on a flight from Phoenix and were bound for Guadalajara. By Olga R. Rodriguez THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MEXICO CITY – A bus carrying tourists including passengers of a flight from Phoenix crashed in western Mexico on Saturday, killing at least 17 people, authorities said. last_img read more

These children go to extraordinary lengths to go to school: 15 pictures that show their resilience

first_imgNot everyone gets the opportunity to complete their school education. Keeping aside students studying in metropolitan cities, rural area students have to go through a lot of hardships to complete minimum basic education.Sometimes they have to cross broken bridges which have not been repaired since ages to study in a school which doesn’t even have electricity.(Read: Government schools running with just 1-2 students: Shameful state of government schools in India) While in cities, everything is available at our doorstep– be it coaching centres, availability of books or teachers’ guidance– these children have to travel for hours together to study in schools.Take a look at some of the pictures that shows how important education is for these children:So get some inspiration from these children and complete your education at the right age! Read: 10 quick tips to keep in mind before taking education loan  Read: Top 5 jobs you can get with History degreelast_img read more