Yield Maps

first_imgA cotton farmer who uses yield maps while harvesting this year’s crop could potentially increase yields next season while becoming more efficient with input costs, according to University of Georgia precision agriculture specialist Wes Porter.Yield monitors are a group of sensors installed on harvesting equipment that measure spatial yield variability. The data produces yield maps that provide a farmer with key information about the fields being harvested.Yield maps provide a visual image that clearly shows the variability of yields produced across a given field. While most growers have an idea of which parts of their fields produce high and low yields, yield maps quantify the data for growers.Porter, whose research in precision agriculture at UGA garnered him the Educator/Researcher Award from the PrecisionAg Institute this past July, believes that yield maps are designed to become an essential part of a farmer’s operation.“This data will answer the question, ‘Am I actually being profitable in this area or not?’ That will help the farmers make management decisions on inputs for the field. How do we want to manage that field next year to maximize profits?” Porter said. “If you’ve created a yield map from the data from your previous year, you can make decisions on what you want to do for the upcoming spring, especially if you have a couple of years of yield data from a couple of different crops. You can develop some yield stability zones.”With those zones established, farmers can answer questions like: Are there areas in the field that always produce high yields? Are there spots that always generate low yields? Were yields high one year and low the next? Farmers can use that data to formulate inputs on fertilization rates, seeding, irrigation and other production factors.“There’s a method that can be used across crops where we can compare crop to crop to crop as long as we’ve got yield data for it. This is the development of yield stability zones, which is an extremely powerful tool that we probably neglect a lot of times,” Porter said. Yield perspective is one area of precision agriculture we can really build a foundation from.”For more information about precision agriculture, see vellidis.uga.edu/research/precision-agriculture.last_img read more

Westaff acquires Synergy Staffing

first_imgWESTAFF ACQUIRES SYNERGY STAFFINGBurlington, Vermont — Westaff, provider of staffing services, ofBurlington, Vermont announced today the acquisition of the EssexJunction-based Synergy Staffing. The acquisition was completed onSeptember 15, 2004.³The acquisition has allowed a smaller, well-respected staffing service totake advantage of the employee benefits available to Westaff employees,²commented Dave Mount, Westaff CEO.As a result, former Synergy clients now have access to the larger staff ofpersonnel specialists and broader pool of talent available throughWestaff. In addition to 40 new clients, Westaff gained 60 employees withthe acquisition.A provider of essential staffing services including temporary,temp-to-hire and direct recruitment placement services, Westaff Burlingtonnow serves more than 250 clients locally. Westaff currently employs morethan 225 people full time in Chittenden County and is one of Vermont¹slargest employers with more than 375 employees statewide.Located at 74 Main Street, Westaff Burlington is headquarters to thecompany¹s largest single franchise with offices in Burlington and St.Johnsbury, Vermont; Plattsburgh, Albany and Schenectady, New York; andLebanon and Claremont, New Hampshire.Westaff annually employs approximately 270,000 people worldwide andservices approximately 25,000 clients from more than 360 offices locatedthroughout the United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. For moreinformation regarding Westaff¹s services, contact Nicole Clements at862-6500 or visit Westaff¹s Web site at www.westaffvt.com(link is external).­ 30 ­last_img read more

In Church’s Fight to Install Solar Panels, Duke Energy Is ‘on the Wrong Side of History’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Taft Wireback for the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record:Faith Community Church in downtown Greensboro is doubling the size and power of its rooftop solar system, which was installed last year using a method of financing for which the church is still awaiting state government approval.The local church is among leaders in a growing movement among some congregations to install solar power as an expression of their faith, because it is less harmful to the environment than electricity generated from fossil fuels.The church courted controversy last year when it acted on that premise and “bought” the initial solar array in an arrangement with nonprofit advocacy group NC WARN that critics contend is prohibited by state law.Under the arrangement, NC WARN owns the panels for the time it takes the church to pay for them by purchasing the electricity that they produce from the nonprofit group.But unlike many states, North Carolina law generally prohibits such “third-party financing,” allowing only licensed utilities such as Duke Energy to sell electricity as a retail commodity.NC WARN embarked on the arrangement with the local church last June as a test case, and it has asked the N.C. Utilities Commission to approve such transactions between nonprofit and religious groups.Duke Energy filed a protest urging the commission to outlaw the transaction with the Greensboro church and to impose a hefty fine on NC WARN, but the statewide panel has yet to rule or hold a hearing on the matter.Pastor Johnson said he believes Duke Energy is “on the wrong side of history” in protesting third-party financing and seemingly working to restrict the spread of such a beneficial technology, which he said will only become more economical in years to come.Full article: Church installs more solar while awaiting decision In Church’s Fight to Install Solar Panels, Duke Energy Is ‘on the Wrong Side of History’last_img read more

Brazilian War College Receives US Award

first_imgBy Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo November 07, 2018 The Brazilian War College (ESG, in Portuguese) received the 2018 William J. Perry Award for Excellence in Security and Defense Education from the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. Each year, the center honors people or institutions that made substantial contributions to the fields of security and defense. The award committee selects people and institutions with the highest standards of academic excellence that have showed an enduring commitment to educational programs on current and future security and defense challenges. Political, diplomatic, and military leaders of Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay, and Peru, among others, attended the award ceremony on September 20, 2018. Representatives from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. universities also attended the ceremony. Brazilian Army General Décio Luis Schons, commandant of ESG, received the award from U.S. Army General Frederick S. Rudesheim, commandant of the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies. “We hope to continue our bilateral and multilateral cooperation with the United States in the coming years,” said Gen. Schons, highlighting the values, such as respect for democracy and the rule of law, both countries share. “My administration focused on increasing the institution’s international projection, so we hired 15 new Brazilian and foreign teachers, all with a doctorate, 13 for the campus at Rio de Janeiro and two for the one in Brasília. Investing in education and training for defense is currently essential for Brazil and the region,” Gen. Schons said. The award, the officer said, is an incentive to continue to strengthen the policies adopted in recent years. “The school’s territorial expansion should continue to be one of the guidelines for our work. For example, in 2011, ESG expanded into Brasília. ESG continues to be the most important venue to define international relations strategies for Brazil,” Gen. Schons said. William J. Perry Award The award was named after former U.S. Secretary of Defense William J. Perry, who proposed the creation of a center for hemispheric defense studies in the mid-1990s, after the two first conferences of Defense Ministers of the Americas. The center was founded in 1997 as a regional academic venue, where countries could strengthen leadership in defense and security. It was renamed after Secretary Perry in April 2013. Nueva Granada Military School of Bogotá, Colombia, received the award in 2017. The Guatemalan Security Council’s Technical Secretariat and Center for Defense Policy Studies, Mexico’s Superior Naval Studies Center, El Salvador’s Strategic Higher Studies College, and Chile’s Political and Strategic Studies Academy were also recognized with the award in past years under the center’s institutional category. War College and international relations ESG has been promoting international relations at the government and academic levels through regional and international coordination of armed forces, research bodies, and think tanks throughout its 69 years. About 8,000 defense specialists have trained at ESG since its inception. The Joint Operations Doctrine Institute (IDOC, in Portuguese) in Rio de Janeiro works with ESG to standardize the doctrinal teaching of higher education institutions of the Brazilian Navy, Army, and Air Force. IDOC and ESG organize events, such as the Joint Operations Doctrine Seminar between Brazil and Paraguay, and the South American Regional Seminar Countering Transnational Threat Networks, promoted jointly with Colombia. According to Brazilian Army Brigadier General Ramos de Andrade, who took part in the award ceremony, both institutions work in synergy with the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Relations to carry out joint projects in the future. “These activities enable us to evaluate and coordinate military diplomacy actions, and politically and strategically plan international security and national defense.”last_img read more

Cooperation between Valamar Riviera and the Association of Hospitality and Tourism Schools of the Republic of Croatia

first_imgAn agreement on cooperation between Valamar Riviera and the Association of Hospitality and Tourism Schools of the Republic of Croatia was signed today in Rabac’s Hotel & Casa Valamar Sanfior.Thirty participants from schools and institutions throughout Croatia, including representatives of the Ministry of Tourism and the Agency for Vocational and Adult Education, got acquainted with Valamar’s successful work on professional internships, scholarships and youth employment programs through a two-day program. A new initiative in the field of cooperation with tourism and hospitality schools called “Knowledge to Excellence” was announced, and other Valamar initiatives in the field of socially responsible business were presented.The Croatian Hospitality and Tourism School Association, as one of Valamar Riviera’s partners in the “Knowledge to Excellence” project, will bring 500 students and professors to Valamar’s destinations in October to learn about the company’s potential for comprehensive youth career development – from scholarships, internships to employment in tourism. “It is very important for the community to have a strategic partnership with employers who promote, value and give the best opportunity for personal and professional development of young people who are studying for tourism and hospitality professions. Valamar is a very good example of an employer that, through a quality connection with educational institutions and open door policy, offers attractive jobs and develops a career in tourism.”, Said Ksenija Beljan, president of the Association of Hospitality and Tourism Schools of Croatia, otherwise the director of the Hotel and Tourism School in Opatija.Through organized visits to Valamar’s facilities and destinations with expert accompaniment, young people gain valuable experience of dynamics in tourism, a wealth of information about the company, gain new acquaintances and contacts and are encouraged on their own path of development and education. “It is important for Valamar to be a partner to schools and institutions, thus providing support to young people in training for occupations in tourism; By providing numerous opportunities for scholarships, internships, employment and career development, Valamar makes working in tourism truly attractive and innovative and safe in the long run. Valamar is also continuously improving in the field of mentoring young people in accordance with new educational needs”, Said Nevena Tolanov, Head of Human Resources Development at Valamar Riviera.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Tours Energy Innovation Center with Focus on Workforce Development Initiatives

first_img Economy,  Education,  Innovation,  Jobs That Pay,  PAsmart,  Press Release,  Workforce Development Pittsburgh, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today toured the non-profit Energy Innovation Center (EIC) to learn more about the center’s job training programs and to discuss his PAsmart initiative to help connect workers with training and jobs in Pennsylvania.“I am working to be sure all Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to train for a rewarding career, and the Energy Innovation Center is a great example of engaging business, academia, and community leaders in a shared goal of training workers at all levels for careers in the clean and sustainable energy markets,” Gov. Wolf said.While at the EIC, Gov. Wolf toured the living laboratory for energy, building, construction, and commercial IoT-cybersecurity applications where students and researchers experience state-of-the-art energy technologies and learn related workforce development skills.The EIC complex’s main building is a former vocational high school and it is a LEED Platinum Facility and on the National Register of Historic Places.Gov. Wolf introduced his PAsmart workforce development initiative this spring to help connect Pennsylvanians with resources for working and training in Pennsylvania. With a $30 million investment, PAsmart realigns the state’s workforce development programs to connect the workforce with employers who need skilled employees.The program was designed after hearing recommendations from the Middle-Class Task Force – a group the governor convened to travel the state and hear directly from workers, businesses, and educators about the best strategies to grow opportunity and the middle class.The Energy Innovation Center is a Pittsburgh based, not-for-profit organization with a mission to engage corporate and community leaders, align workforce development and education, develop and demonstrate technology, and incubate businesses to support emerging clean and sustainable energy markets.The EIC’s environmental services lab training program was funded in part through a $400,000 Strategic Innovation Grant awarded in 2016 from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. The training program is offered through a collaboration with the EIC, Partner4Work, and UPMC. Governor Wolf Tours Energy Innovation Center with Focus on Workforce Development Initiatives SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img September 04, 2018last_img read more

Lundin chooses NKT to connect Johan Sverdrup, Edvard Grieg with power cables

first_imgCable supplier NKT has been awarded a turnkey project from oil company Lundin to connect two offshore oil and gas platforms, which will then be powered from shore.Edvard Grieg platform / Image source: Lundin PetroleumNKT said on Thursday that the company would connect the Edvard Grieg platform to the Johan Sverdrup field center in the North Sea with a 24-kilometer 132 kV high-voltage power cable.The power cable solution will finalize the Utsira High Power Hub Project to power several oil and gas fields with renewable power from shore.According to the company, the connection of the two installations enables Lundin to benefit from the already planned power link in conjunction with Phase 2 of the Johan Sverdrup development.The link connecting Johan Sverdrup Phase 2 to the onshore power grid is currently under development by NKT. Also, the company is working on connecting Johan Sverdrup 2 and Gina Krog oil and gas platforms on behalf of Equinor.The high-voltage power cable project connecting Edvard Grieg to Johan Sverdrup 2 is expected to be commissioned in 2022.The project will complete the Utsira High Power Hub Project aiming to electrify the oil and gas fields Johan Sverdrup, Gina Krog, Ivar Aasen, and Edvard Grieg located on Utsira High in the North Sea.Andreas Berthou, EVP and head of HV Solutions in NKT, said: “We are proud to support the growing industry focus on reducing the CO2 emissions having a key differentiator in our ability to provide the most energy efficient offshore installation driven by the capabilities of our cable-laying vessel NKT Victoria.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

Ernie Banks Funeral

first_imgWhen Ernie Banks passed away in late January, the Chicago Cubs and the city of Chicago went together to plan a funeral memorial for the man they called Mr. Cub.  His casket was on display with a giant “number 14” Banks jersey covering the casket.  Behind the casket, was a giant picture of Ernie Banks with his famous smile.Billy Williams, a Banks teammate, commented on the fact that Ernie would have liked this because he played the game for fun and the funeral arrangements were kept upbeat.  They actually drove his casket passed Clark and Addison so he could take one more trip to Wrigley Field.  Ernie was buried on his 84th birthday.I can relate to this because my dad passed away in July, and part of his funeral service occurred on his birthday.  Quite a coincidence for a Cub fan!last_img read more

Lazarex Foundation saves lives

first_imgLiz McIntyre has stage-four pancreatic cancer, but thanks to the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Lazarex Cancer Foundation, she is continuing to fight her battle.As part of her treatment, McIntyre participated in FDA clinical trials hosted at Norris on March 28 and 29, trials she wouldn’t have been able to do had it not been for research and funding provided through Lazarex.Dana Dornsife established the foundation in 2006 after clinical trials allowed her brother-in-law Mike to live far beyond what doctors originally told him. Dornsife, who together with her husband David is the namesake of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, wanted to give other cancer patients the same opportunity as Mike and started Lazarex to do it. Its name combines Lazarus, the man in the Bible who came back to life, and the name of an experimental drug that first helped Mike extend his life.The foundation is a nonprofit that links cancer patients in late stages with clinical trials around the country and pays for their travel and lodging costs so they are able to participate.“It is so morally and fundamentally wrong that these people who were just as loved by their family members were not going to be able to have the opportunity that Mike had because of the size of their checkbook,” Dornsife told the Daily Trojan in an interview last fall.McIntyre is the latest beneficiary of an effort that has so far greatly exceeded Dornsife’s initial expectations. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths, and since there is no test to detect it early on, most people are already in stage four when diagnosed. McIntyre thought she had lost hope until she found Lazarex.“People take it as, ‘when I got the news it’s a death sentence,’” she said. “Not for me — I’m going to fight as hard as I can. We’ve had good people and good treatment, including Lazarex that have come into our lives.”Amid McIntyre’s battle, her husband Eric got a unique idea for how to help his wife’s cause.“I was just lying in bed thinking about things about a year and a half ago, and this thought came to me about riding a bike around the perimeter of the country,” he told the Daily Trojan.After Eric spoke with Lazarex, the foundation contacted a physician to review McIntyre’s case, which let to her inclusion in clinical trials at USC; Eric began planning his historic bike ride with support from Lazarex.His trip will span 110 days, cover 7,200 miles and take him through 18 states. Eric will stop in cities along the way to speak, spread awareness about pancreatic cancer and raise money for Lazarex. After planning and training for a year, Eric will begin his ride on April 19 in New Orleans, where he and Liz live. The ride will take them west to California, north to Washington, east to Minneapolis and south back to New Orleans. McIntyre will be by his side driving a support and gear, in cycling parlance SAG car, for as long as her treatment will allow.Eric calls the bike ride a “victory tour” because of the role clinical trials have played in extending Liz’s life.“The person I’m doing it for, the love of my life, is alive. This is a trip of appreciation and joy and blessing,” he said. “I think we should celebrate that and use it as a springboard for raising awareness and money at a time when money can do a lot of good.”The McIntyres visited the USC Norris Cancer Center over the weekend to lay the groundwork for Liz’s participation in an FDA clinical trial arranged by Lazarex that holds the potential to extend McIntyre’s life. They decided to delay the start of the tour, which will come through Los Angeles in early June, because they wanted to go through the clinical trial and the tour as a couple.Remarkably, McIntyre has lived for two years since her diagnosis — 75 percent of patients die within the first year — thanks in part to clinical trials.Dornsife said more must be done to publicize the importance of clinical trails for developing effective cancer treatments.“Every drug that we have available today is available as a result of completing a successful clinical trial,” she said. “Unless we are able to enroll and engage patients and complete that research loop by successful completing a clinical trial, we’re not going to get new drugs, treatments or cures on the market place.”The McIntyres praised the rapid pace of innovation in cancer treatment, particularly the role that clinical trials have played.“Five to 10 years ago, there wouldn’t be any choices,” Eric said.Ultimately, Liz McIntyre hopes the drive to further cancer treatment will be just like her husband’s motivation to travel around the country: one that never stops pedaling.“I hope this victory tour and what I’ve been going through will do for pancreatic cancer what Susan G. Komen did for breast cancer awareness,” she said. “I think we are on the brink of some breakthrough technology that will help people like me and others.”Correction: A previous version of this story stated that Eric McIntyre set up Liz McIntyre with clinical trials at USC and that Lazarex planned his bike ride. Lazarex actually contacted a physician to enter Liz in clinical trials, and Eric planned the bike ride with support from Lazarex. The Daily Trojan regrets the errors.last_img read more

Roscommon races packed with Tipp interest

first_imgAnd his final entry of the day comes in the Athlone Apprentice Handicap at 3:35, with Maal fighting it out alongside Andrew Slattery’s Sharjah.Killenaule’s Slattery will also have an eye on Lady Aoife in the Oran Flat Race at 5:35.Elsewhere on the card, Denis Hogan’s second entry is Drive The Bus, in the Munsboro Maiden Hurdle at 5 past 5, while Aidan O’ Brien will watch over A Greater Force, who is among the field for the Roscommonracecourse.ie Maiden, which goes to post at 5 past 3. David Marnane has a busy afternoon ahead at Roscommon, with three entries.He saddles up Ciel Etoile in the opener- the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Median Auction Fillies Maiden.The Bansha-based trainer also sends Henson in the next race at 2:35, where he’ll compete with Denis Hogan’s Burren View Lady and Danish Duke- trained by David Wachman.last_img read more