New Police Vehicle Helps for Beach Patrols

first_imgThe Ocean City Police Department just unveiled a new off-road vehicle called the Mahindra Roxor that is reminiscent of the original Willys Jeep.“The OCPD continues to try and find the most effective and cost efficient ways to patrol all of our many areas of responsibility,” said Lt. Pat Randles, the department’s spokesman.The Roxor will enable officers to patrol the beach area while also allowing passenger space to assist transporting officers, medical staff, found children and water rescue equipment.The vehicle is being offered at no cost for a trial period this summer. From left, Police Capt. Charlie Simonson with Len and Danielle Polistina of Municipal Equipment Enterprises, who offered the vehicle for a trial period, and Officer Mike Gray.(Photo courtesy Ocean City Police Department)last_img read more

Soybean acres double

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaIt’s been a decade since Georgia farmers figured to plant as many soybeans as this year. With much more now at stake, experts are watching to see if the state’s weather and a helpful predator can keep two new soybean saboteurs (a disease and an insect) at bay.Growers are expected to grow more than 300,000 acres of soybeans in Georgia this year, says Nathan Smith, a Cooperative Extension agricultural economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. That’s double the acreage of last year.Soybean prices are around $8 a bushel now, he said, $2 higher than last year and the five-year average.The sharp price increase is largely due to corn prices’ being pushed up to $4 a bushel on the rabid demand of the U.S. ethanol boom. Buyers are offering more to make soybeans look as sweet as corn economically this year.A potential problem with the acreage upsurge is Asiatic soybean rust, which has already been confirmed in seven places in five southwest Georgia counties this year.Caused by a fungus, the disease has caused billions of dollars in damage in Brazil and other tropical countries for years. It was first found in the United States in 2004, most likely catching a ride from South America on a late-season storm.Freezing temperatures kill this disease, and even south Georgia freezes. But the rust can overwinter on protected kudzu that isn’t killed in winter, says UGA Extension plant pathologist Bob Kemerait. That’s where it’s been found so far this year.The good news is that even though it can overwinter, the disease must be introduced anew to commercially grown Georgia soybeans each year. This has happened later in the summer when soybean plants have developed pods, Kemerait said. In Brazil, it’s always around and can destroy fragile blooms.Georgia’s notoriously hot and often dry summers also keep the disease from spreading as it does in Brazil. There, it can travel hundreds of miles in a day.Before the disease, Georgia farmers rarely sprayed fungicides to protect soybeans. It wasn’t economical. But over the past two years, they’ve sprayed at least half the crop, and the disease still has caused some damage.Due to the increase in acreage and expected higher value this year, Kemerait said, growers need to be ready to apply timely fungicides to protect the crop if the disease spreads early.Another soybean pest now lives in north Georgia. The Asian soybean aphid was first discovered in the U.S. in Wisconsin in 2000, says Bob McPherson, a UGA research entomologist. It has since spread to more than 20 states, hitting Georgia in 2002.Left untreated, the 10th-of-an-inch insect can multiply quickly and cut yields by 40 percent in some northern states, he said.These aphids like Georgia’s winter weather and overwinter easily, he said. But they don’t like the hot, dry summer, particularly in south Georgia, where most soybeans are grown.Lady beetles, however, do like Georgia’s weather year-round. And they’re found in high numbers statewide. They don’t hurt plants, McPherson said. But they love to eat aphids, particularly soybean aphids. They can be found munching on them in north Georgia.The Asian soybean aphid will likely never reach a population able to damage Georgia soybean yields, he said. But they will continue to be monitored.”They’re still rascals that are good at adapting like all insects,” he said. “I have seen some insects once under control adapt, and here we go again.”last_img read more

North Sumatra woman arrested for allegedly defaming national flag, president

first_imgRead also: Activists, lecturer raise concerns about criminalization of free speech in universitiesThe arrest on Friday was based on a report filed to police on the same day, according to North Sumatra Police spokesperson Adj. Sr. Comr. MP Nainggolan.The preliminary investigation suggested that the woman’s motive for defaming the state symbol and state leaders was to seek global attention, he said.“Her action was a criminal act and [the suspect] will be charged with violating the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) law,” Nainggolan told The Jakarta Post. (aly)Topics : The North Sumatra police have arrested a 28-year-old woman in Deli Serdang regency, North Sumatra, for allegedly defaming the flag of the Republic of Indonesia as well as the country’s president and vice president.The woman allegedly posted a video on her Instagram account that shows her putting the flag on the floor, trampling on it, pouring soil onto it, burning and cooking it and using it to wipe glass. She also reportedly uploaded another video in which she sprinkled chili, cassava leaves and vegetable chunks on photos of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Vice President Ma’ruf Amin.The cybercrime unit head of the North Sumatra Police, Comr. Bambang Rubiyanto, said the woman was detained at the police headquarters as investigators started the probe into the case.last_img read more

Arizona’s Akinjo immediately eligible after waiver

first_img Written By LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 2nd September, 2020 12:18 IST Arizona’s Akinjo Immediately Eligible After Waiver Arizona guard James Akinjo has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will immediately be eligible after transferring from Georgetown. SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENTcenter_img FOLLOW US First Published: 2nd September, 2020 12:17 IST Arizona guard James Akinjo has been granted a waiver by the NCAA and will immediately be eligible after transferring from Georgetown.The decision announced Tuesday gives Akinjo two years of eligibility left.A 6-foot guard, Akinjo was the Big East freshman of the year in 2018-19 after averaging 13.4 points and 5.2 assists. Akinjo appeared in seven games for the Hoyas last season before opting to transfer.The Oakland, California, native arrived in Tucson last spring and was able to practice with the Wildcats.Akinjo could play a key role on a team that lost three freshmen who declared early for the NBA draft.(Image Credit Pixabay) Associated Press Television News last_img read more

2017 Cowbell Regional Cycling challenge set for Monday

first_imgThe annual competition which seeks to harness cycling talents-the Cowbell cycling challenge-has been launched in Accra.This years challenge, which happens to be the maiden edition on regional basis, gets underway on Monday July 3 with Decathlon as the lead sponsor.It is an individual competition open to the general public with over one hundred and fifty professional cyclists expected registered.The Cowbell Cycling challenge is the flagship race of the Cycling Federation of Ghana in collaboration with Promasidor Ghana Limited under its Cowbell brand which is now synonymous with sports.The contest was born out of the desire to have a world class race that local cyclists could participate in every year as a way of taking their cycling careers and performance to a totally new height.With a total prize package of GHc 20,000 for the first fifteen athletes plus a mountain bike as well as jerseys, a glittering trophy and a medal to the ultimate champion, this will be a much improved reward for the winners and participants in relative to the last. The brands manager of Cowbell, Joseph Ashong at the unveiling on Friday has pledged that they will continue their unflinching support for the sport as they hope to contribute towards the growth of lesser-recognized sports in Ghana.“We are developing cycling to the international standard,” he said. “We are given back to the community as part of our responsibility so we are urging everyone to come out on the 3rd of July-which is a holiday in Ghana-and cheer up the cyclists.”Jeffrey Manzan Owusu, The Greater Accra Director of Sports, was full of praise for Cowbell‘s support to cycling which has spanned over a period of ten years.The competition will start at 9am at the Black Stars Square (Independence Square) go through some principal streets of Accra, through Teshie to Tema and then Back to Accra before finally ending the 84 kilometres race at the Junction Mall at Nungua.last_img read more

Wellington’s Garrett Wilson wins two prestigious journalism awards at OSU

first_imgGarrett Wilsonby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Garrett Wilson, a junior at Oklahoma State University and contributor to the Sumner Newscow website, recently won two prestigious awards from the Oklahoma State School of Media and Strategic Communications.Wilson, the son of Bobby and Ginger Wilson of Wellington, was the winner of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Education Association award. He also received OSU’s Sam Love Memorial Award for top sports media student given to an incoming senior for the 2014-15 school year.Wilson, a 2011 Wellington High School graduate,  was selected as one of three students to win the prestigious OBEA award from any university in Oklahoma. He voiced a 10-minute long radio show where he gathered stories and pieced them together. Professor Dr. John McGuire then submitted his radio production to a committee of OBEA members, who then chose the top three entries.The Sam Love award was selected by the faculty advisory council. Wilson will get a $2,000 scholarship with the award.Wilson, a sports media broadcast major, will be presented the award at the OSU School of Media and Strategic Communication awards banquet to be held on April 14.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +1 Vote up Vote down WHSmom · 331 weeks ago Congrats Garrett… Report Reply 0 replies · active 331 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more