Bolivian students return to class in protective suits, masks

first_imgJESÚS DE MACHACA, Bolivia (AP) — In Bolivia’s highlands, a dozen Aymara students on bicycles covered from head-to-toe in protective suits hats and face masks arrive at their school for the start of the 2021 school year amid an uptick in coronavirus infections. Bolivia shut down its school year in August because it couldn’t guarantee access to online education to all, especially in rural areas where many people lack internet access. The government re-started classes this week with face-to-face, online or blended formats. Parents at the Jancohaqui Tana school in Jesús de Machaca decided to send their children back to school for in-person classes and ordered special biosecurity suits made.last_img read more


first_imgAs temperatures increase this spring, Georgia cabbage farmers should scout their crops regularly to ensure that disease pressure is not too high, says University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Andre da Silva.If farmers are proactive and maintain proper pest management programs during the growing season, diseases like black rot and Alternaria leaf blight can be controlled, da Silva added.Symptoms of these disease are easy to identify in the field, but once identified, yield may have already been compromised. The increase in temperatures and rainfall can create perfect conditions for disease, and da Silva and Bhabesh Dutta, UGA Extension vegetable disease specialist, are currently tracking the emergence of the two diseases throughout south Georgia.“As we get to the summer — or later in the spring — the warmer temperatures increase the chance of these diseases,” he said. “If growers don’t pay attention and keep a proper pest management program, we might suffer a high loss.”According to the UGA Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, the farm gate value for cabbage in Georgia in 2017 was $53.6 million.Alternaria leaf blight can cause spots on some brassica crops and render them unmarketable. Symptoms first appear on older leaves as small, dark spots that gradually enlarge with concentric rings. As the disease gets worse, younger leaves become infected. Infection becomes more problematic in humid and wet conditions.Black rot causes v-shaped lesions on leaf edges which can lead to the plant’s death.Lack of proper irrigation scheduling could also lead to the appearance of these diseases, particularly due to the application of high volumes of water.“Since we’re starting to have warmer conditions with frequent rain showers, soil might have plenty of moisture to supply crop demand,” da Silva said. “There is no need to overirrigate, and if growers are irrigating their cabbage in those conditions, it’d create the perfect conditions for disease. That’s what we don’t want.”As part of his research on the UGA Tifton campus, da Silva is looking for cabbage varieties that are more disease tolerant or disease resistant.Until disease-resistant varieties are discovered, growers should keep these tips in mind when managing diseases in cabbage:Maintain a proper pest management program.Rotate chemical products to avoid disease resistance to a particular product.Change up irrigation schedules to apply water only when necessary.Frequently survey crops for symptoms.To learn how to identify rot, contact da Silva at 229386-3806 or For more information on the Department of Horticulture at UGA-Tifton, visit read more

Parenting in the Great Outdoors

first_img As I raced toward him horrified at what I might find, he jumped right up and said casually, “Next time I need to remember to use the brakes.”  My most vivid childhood memories are of  John Muir once said, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” Time spent in the outdoors provides us all with an opportunity to free our minds from the day to day, to appreciate the world around us, and to dream big dreams about what could be. We just need to be open to letting that happen.   No one likes a know-it-all. I can also get a bit carried away with my passion for the environment and current events. I have come to realize that after I convey what I know regarding a particular subject to my kids – the most important thing I can do is shut up and listen. Fortunately, my children are now old enough to tell me outright when I am being annoying. They have proven time and again that they sometimes need time to process things before, more often than not, they come back with questions and thoughts of their own. As parents, the best thing we can do is to foster these discussions and provide them with experiences that help them to connect the dots between themselves and the world around us.  The biggest challenge, of course, is making time for the outdoors. Between school, sports, work, and social activities, it is easy to let life take over and to set aside what is really important. I know our family is not unique in this regard, and I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers. However, after thinking back on 15 years of parenthood, there are some key lessons that I have learned to help make the most of the time our family does find to spend in the great outdoors. What is the worst thing that can happen? Don’t be “that Dad.” Over the past 15 years, my wife and I have made every effort to get our children outside as much as possible. Our family trips started small, with our daughter strapped to my back in the baby carrier for short walks on the trails of Pocahontas State Park, around Belle Isle, or other parks in the Richmond area. When our son was five, we went on our first multi-night trip, camping in Big Meadows Campground and hiking to Lewis Falls in Shenandoah National Park. Since then, we have taken many family trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains, White Mountains, Acadia National Park, and beyond.  Think and dream big. This became crystal clear to me during one of the very first mountain bike rides I went on with them in Deep Run Park. At the time, my son was five, and my daughter was eight. From the beginning, my son wanted to be in the lead, while my daughter preferred to be in the middle of the pack.  Ryan Link lives in Richmond, Virginia with his wife, son (12), daughter (15) and their labradoodle, Mavis. In the periodic moments between his grown-up responsibilities, Ryan documents his thoughts and narratives on growing up, fatherhood, productivity, and the outdoors. This is such an easy thing to do, yet it can be so difficult. My children, like most, have big dreams, and new ones come up each day: thru-hiking the A.T., visiting Yellowstone, seeing the northern lights. One of the things that sucks the worst about being an adult is how difficult it can be at times to think the same way. Many times, I have been too quick to focus on the challenges and obstacles to achieving a goal rather than opening my mind and dreaming along with my kids. It wasn’t until they started to point out that I was being a downer that I realized that I needed to stop thinking like a grumpy old man.  It’s about the journey, not the destination. family camping trips. These experiences shaped my love for the outdoors and gave me the confidence to take risks and overcome challenges.  95% of the time, the worst thing that can happen is not that bad at all. As humans, we all learn by making mistakes. It can be nerve-wracking for parents, because in the outdoors, mistakes can often result in scratches, cuts, bruises, or worse. When our children were very young, it was hard not to hover over them to shield them from any stumble. I quickly realized that approach was preventing me from getting to truly know both of my kids.  The ride was going just fine until we reached the first downhill. Before I could provide any direction, my son took off down the hill. He picked up too much speed and lost control, and his front tire ran directly into the tree. He shot almost straight up off his bike, bounced off the tree, and landed flat on his back.  Sometimes I can get so caught up in the big attraction or final destination of a trip that I lose track of all the steps in between. One of the highlights of our first big family trip to Shenandoah National Park was a three-plus mile loop hike to Lewis Falls. Three miles isn’t a long hike, but at the time our kids had pretty short legs, which can make three plus miles of hiking pretty intimidating. Both of our kids knew it was going to be the longest walk they had ever been on. They both made it the full way with energy to spare and even logged their first steps on the A.T. during the hike back. This was the first great outdoor journey for both our kids. To this day, when they talk about that hike, it always brings a smile to their face, and I am amazed how they both can recall the details of what seems like every step they took. The splendor of Lewis Falls rarely comes up in these discussions. It was the journey itself that mattered most to them.  What outdoor family time has taught me about being a better dadlast_img read more

Card fraud losses hit $16 billion worldwide

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Nilson Report, a leading publication that covers the credit card industry, reported Wednesday that worldwide fraud losses on credit cards, debit cards and prepaid cards hit $16.31 billion in 2014 on a total card sales volume of $28.844 trillion.This translates to a rate of 5.65 cents in fraud losses per every $100 in volume, the publication reported. In addition, fraud grew by 19% last year, while overall volume only grew by 15%. continue reading »last_img read more

CFPB’s Cordray under pressure to announce political intentions

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Even though the election is more than a year away, the pressure is growing on CFPB Director Richard Cordray to announce whether he intends to run for governor of Ohio.The Ohio Democratic Party has announced that it will hold the first of a series of debates for the Democratic gubernatorial candidates on Sept. 12. There are four candidates now vying for the party’s nomination.Cordray has remained mum about his intentions, although Republicans have accused him of violating the Hatch Act prohibition on federal employees campaigning for office.“The conventional wisdom, which is often wrong, would say that if Rich Cordray wants to run for governor, he should announce not much later than mid-September,” said Herb Asher, a professor emeritus of political science at Ohio State University.  “My own personal opinion is that he will run.  But who knows?” continue reading »last_img read more

1.281 meetings were held as part of the first national congress exchange MEETEX

first_img“Croatia, as the leading congress-incentive destination in this part of Europe, successfully presented itself to customers through the efforts of the organizers, the support of sponsors and the professional presentation of services and the professionalism of all exhibitors. This is confirmed by the fact that there were specific inquiries on the stock exchange for the organization of meetings and incentive trips to Croatia and from new customers. This is a great ‘new start’ and the basis for further stronger branding of Croatia as a business tourism destination, since as a brand on the European and world market we are predominantly perceived as a holiday destination.”, Said Adem Braco Suljić, director of MEETEX. In two working days, a total of 1.281 one-on-one meetings were held with exhibitors from all over Croatia, the organizers point out. Foreign buyers arrived from 21 countries across Europe, and meetings were held with representatives of individual Croatian professional associations and corporations that are organizers of major business events. The working part of MEETEX was moderated by domestic and foreign experts in the field of business tourism. In addition to the working part of the program, the participants were organized a social program through which they experienced Zagreb as a high quality destination for business tourism. Students of the Faculty of Economics in Zagreb, majoring in Tourism, also visited the stock exchange. The first edition of MEETEX brought together 60 foreign business customers from specialized agencies, corporations and international professional associations. Among the total of 72 exhibitors, 56 were representatives of hotels, PCO (Professional Congress Organizer) and DMC (Destination Management Company) and tourist boards, and the other sixteen were representatives of companies providing technical and production services in business tourism. The exchange was held from March 19 to 21 at The Westin Hotel in Zagreb, organized by the Croatian Association of Congress Tourism Professionals (HUPKT) and the company Innovative Events. The first national congress exchange MEETEX (Croatian Meeting Experience Summit) was successfully completed. Given the success of the first business exchange, Ranko Filipović, President of HUPKT, said that MEETEX will continue its work in the coming years. “We believe that MEETEX, with all the necessary market communication activities carried out by the CNTB and tourist boards at lower levels, will be an important ‘lever’ in achieving the goal of sales growth and profitability in business tourism markets”, Concluded Filipović.last_img read more

Springwood auction gets result at the last minute

first_imgThe home at 27 Bradley St, Springwood.A SPRINGWOOD home has sold under auction conditions just minutes after being passed in. Marketing agent Peter Florentzos of LJ Hooker Sunnybank Hills said the home at 27 Bradley St sold for $490,000. “We opened the auction with a vendor bid of $450,000 and it passed in at $485,000. We negotiated to $490,000 and the home sold under auction conditions,” he said. Mr Florentzos said the home attracted three registered bidders with an investor walking away as the new owner of the four-bedroom property.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Inside the home at 27 Bradley St, Springwood.“We had good interest with about 15 to 20 groups through the open homes,” he said. “(The property) was a big home on a big block in a good area.”The two-storey home is on a 728sq m block close to parks, schools, shopping centres and motorways. Mr Florentzos said the Springwood market was performing well. “There is a good mix of owner-occupiers and investors in the market,” Mr Florentzos said. According to CoreLogic, the median house price in Springwood is up 6.2 per cent in the year to September to sit at $515,000.last_img read more

Pension funds’ fixation on past performance ‘damaging wealth’ – study

first_imgInstitutional investors are damaging their long-tern performance through the “bad habit” of chasing multi-year returns in asset classes and managers, research has shown.A study sponsored by Rotman International Centre for Pension Management and conducted by academics at Columbia Business School, Universite de Lausanne and AQR Capital Management finds anecdotal and statistical evidence that pension fund asset allocations mirror past performance in asset classes at the expense of returns.While pension funds rebalance asset allocations to target weights, the study – ‘Asset Allocation and Bad Habits’ – says evidence shows allocations drift relative to past asset class performance.The study’s authors concede this could reflect buy-and-hold strategies, or a market-cap weighted approach. However, the study focuses on return chasing, pointing out that financial markets often carry momentum over a number of months, which makes chasing “ideal”.“Pension funds in the aggregate do not recognise the shift from momentum to reversal tendencies in asset returns beyond a one-year horizon,” the paper argues.The study shows that funds tend to chase returns over several years.Using data from CEM Benchmarking, an organisation that collates and benchmarks pension fund performance, the study analyses more than 570 US-based pension funds with approximately $10bn (€7.3bn) in assets on average.It looks at returns and average weighted allocations from 1987 to 2011, using a three-year return horizon and its effect on future allocations.It finds that weighted allocations, in general, are related to current returns, as well as returns for the previous three years, in each of the main asset classes.Breaking down the asset classes produces weaker, and sometimes negative, correlations, such as in international equity and fixed income.However, the evidence does indicate asset class policy is positively correlated with past returns of three years, with some evidence showing this is more the case in corporate pension funds than in public.“Institutional investors are anecdotally known to chase returns – buy into recent and longer-term winners – whether asset classes or managers,” the report says.“And many lack patience when facing a few years of underperformance, even if they are aware of the limited predictive ability in past performance and the high transition costs.”Using equities and fixed income in a relatively basic example, the study demonstrates return-chasing beyond one year will have a negative impact by the end of three years.“Ill-timed flows into and out of good investments can make the investor’s performance poor,” the study says.“By contrasting evidence of multi-year, pro-cyclical institutional allocations, with findings of multi-year return reversals in many financial assets, we hope to make at least some investors remedy their bad habits.”last_img read more

Bacolod City crime rate drops 34.6%

first_imgAs of November 2019, index crimes orcrimes against persons and property have dropped by 44.03 percent or 258incidents – from 596 last year to only 328 this year. This year, only five motorcycle theftincidents were reported from the previous year’s 16, which is lower by 68.75percent. Lower crime volume can be attributedto sustained operations against prevalent crimes as well as to increaseawareness of Bacolod residents on crime prevention. The police also refer to index crimesas the eight focus crimes, which include murder, homicide, physical injury, rape,robbery, theft, carnapping, and motorcycle theft. This figure is lower by 907 incidentsfrom last year’s 2,622. “This is practically a 35-percentdecrease, which is more than one-third of the crimes last year,” the mayoradded. “Compared to other places, we arestill, I believe, comparatively peaceful, but isolated cases can happen,”Leonardia said. (With a report from PNA/PN) A significant decrease was noted inrobbery incidents, which went down by 47.69 percent – from 130 last year toonly 68 incidents in 2019 – as well in theft cases, which dropped by 48.97percent – from 243 in 2018 to only 124 incidents this year. However, murder incidents increased by22.73 percent – from 22 to 27 – along with homicide, which rose 33.3 percent –from 12 to nine, and carnapping, with two incidents this year, from only one in2018, or an increase of 100 percent. Rape cases also decreased by 32.31percent – from 65 to 44. BACOLOD City – Thenumber of crimes in this city went down by 34.59 percent from January toNovember this year, according to the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO). On average, Bacolod’s monthly indexcrime rate decreased by 44.03 percent – from 9.01 incidents last year to only5.04 this year. Moreover, non-index crimes, whichinclude reckless imprudence to resulting in homicide, physical injuries anddamage to property, and violations of special laws, among others, were down by31.88 percent or 649 incidents – from 2,036 in 2018 to 1,387 in 2019. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that thereis indeed a substantial decrease in the city’s cri me volume. BCPO’s data showed that in the first11 months this year, 1,715 crimes were recorded. last_img read more