Virus conference

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaThe diseases caused by tospoviruses can greatly reduce crop yields or outright kill many of the crops grown in Georgia and the Southeast. They cause millions of dollars in damage each year.That’s why industry and farm group representatives and scientists from across the Southeast will meet Dec. 2 at the University of Georgia’s Tifton, Ga., campus.They want to compare notes and hear how Georgia and other states have dealt with these viruses, said Alex Csinos, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The last such conference was a much smaller one in 1997 in Tifton.Tospoviruses are plant viruses carried by small insects called thrips. Thrips larvae get the viruses when they feed on infected plants. When the larvae mature, they can carry the viruses to healthy plants.Thrips like Georgia’s subtropical climate, Csinos said. And they constantly bombard crops.As many as 10 million thrips can visit an acre of tobacco in Georgia every day during the growing season, he said. It takes about 120 days to grow tobacco.”Georgia could be considered the epicenter for tospoviruses in the Southeast,” Csinos said.Tospoviruses cost Georgia farmers an estimated $50 million every year in lost yields and control measures, he said.The most infamous tospovirus in Georgia is the tomato spotted wilt virus. It blew into Georgia in the late 1980s and quickly began hurting many of the state’s crops.To successfully grow peanuts in Georgia, farmers now plant resistant varieties. The No. 1 variety planted in Georgia is Georgia Green, developed at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton.”There’s not a peanut breeding program in the Southeast that doesn’t have to consider tomato spotted wilt resistance first,” said Bob Kemerait, a peanut plant pathologist with the UGA Extension Service.Peanut farmers now can lower the risk of their crop’s getting the disease by using the TSWV Risk Index, a multidisciplinary guide developed by UGA scientists.TSWV also attacks and causes major damage to Georgia’s tobacco crop. It infected an estimated 25 percent to 30 percent of the crop this year. It’s been worse in other years. The virus infects vegetables grown in Georgia, too, such as tomatoes and peppers.Another tospovirus called iris yellow spot was identified late last year in Georgia Vidalia onion fields. IYSV has caused major problems for onion growers in the Pacific Northwest and South America. Agricultural officials are now waiting to see how IYSV will affect Georgia’s official state vegetable.Many plants in Georgia can be hosts for tospoviruses, said Natalia Martinez-Ochoa, coordinator of the Plant Virology Laboratory in Tifton.”It’s easier to list the weeds in Georgia that are not hosts for tospoviruses,” she said, “than list the ones that are.”Tospoviruses don’t just attack row crops, she said. The ornamental industry is also concerned about them. They can cause damage to certain ornamental crops like petunias, vincas, zinnias and impatiens.To find out more about the UGA tospovirus conference, call (229) 386-7230 or e-mail [email protected]last_img read more

How to move on after a work mistake

first_imgEver heard the phrase, “Don’t cry over spilled milk?” Although this was told to us many times as children, we can also apply it today to our careers. No one is perfect and sometimes we do things in the workplace that we regret. The key is figuring out how to regroup and move past it. Here are a few tips for how to get back up after falling down on the job.Evaluate what happenedSometimes unexpected things can occur that we could not have foreseen. In other instances, we make specific choices that lead to particular work mistakes. Did you turn a project in late knowing deep down there’d be repercussions? When a mistake is made, think about how it can be avoided in the future and if you can adjust your behaviors to ensure a better outcome.Decipher what is controllableAs stated above, some things are just out of your control. If a decision is made by a supervisor or colleague that has a negative effect on you, approach them later and ask if it’s possible to come together for better results. Understanding what you can take charge of will help you to better manage things down the road.Own up to mistakesIf you admit your role in the misstep, you can better learn from what happened. Often times we naturally want to shift blame onto someone else. Before you point fingers, reflect on your work and how you can improve. The key to professional (and personal) growth is learning from hardships and making changes based on previous experiences. 43SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Secret to online banking customer support? Ditch the scripts

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » “How can I make the monster under my bed chip in for the rent?” You might expect to hear a question like this from a friend or maybe a comedian, but this actually was asked in a chat with customer support at InSync, the mobile banking brand of Alfa-Bank Belarus, part of ABH Holdings.Even more surprising is the answer the support team member actually gave: “Throw the rent bill under the bed and threaten to set your cat on the monster!” Far from drawing a rebuke, we loved that response!As a result, the chat support team of InSync is quite unique, we believe. These 12 people — six men and six women — are available 24/7, have no call center-style scripts, and can solve a much wider range of problems than would usually be delegated to the first line of support. In more than three years since the team was formed, not a single person has left.last_img read more

The CUInsight Experience podcast: James Schenck – I love it here (#76)

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Randall Smith Randall Smith is the co-founder of CUInsight.com, the host of The CUInsight Experience podcast, and a bit of a wanderlust.As one of the co-founders of CUInsight.com he … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details Thank you for tuning in to episode 76 of The CUInsight Experience podcast with your host, Randy Smith, co-founder of CUInsight.com. This episode is brought to you by our friends at PSCU. As the nation’s premier payments CUSO, PSCU proudly supports the success of more than 1,500 credit unions.While many credit unions contemplate the future of service for their members, PenFed Credit Union has been able to leverage their remote infrastructure to thrive in an otherwise chaotic environment. On this week’s episode, I’m sitting down with James Schenck, President and CEO of PenFed Credit Union, to learn more about his team’s strategic approach to digital service; how that has prepared the PenFed team to face hurricanes, blizzards, and even pandemics; and why credit unions are perfectly positioned to serve Main Street America. During our discussion, James and I discuss how his team has seamlessly transitioned to remote work since the start of COVID-19. We also talk about James’ recent article in Forbes about effectively communicating with your team. James also shares his thoughts on the future of credit unions, playing the long-game, and giving back to the community. In the leadership and life hacks section, James and I discuss his transition from a military career as a helicopter pilot to President and CEO of the largest credit union. We chat about how the inspiration has changed since he started, the need to be empathetic and listen, his father’s advice to lift books not weights, and more. He also shares that he yells “I Love Working Here!” at the start and end of his work day. We close out the episode with some fun, rapid-fire questions about James’ personal life. We learn that he used to work a multitude of jobs in high school, earned his pilot licence at the age of 17, and that he is energized by being around people. This was a great conversation that I’m sure you’ll enjoy! Be sure to hit play and give it a listen. Find the full show notes on cuinsight.comSubscribe on: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play, Stitcher Books mentioned on The CUInsight Experience podcast: Book List How to find James:James Schenck, President and CEO of PenFed Credit [email protected] https://www.penfed.orghttps://penfedfoundation.orgFacebook | Twitter | LinkedInShow notes from this episode:A big shout-out to our friends at PSCU, an amazing sponsor of The CUInsight Experience podcast. Thank you! Check out all the outstanding work that James and his team at PenFed Credit Union are doing here. Check out some of James’ most recent articles in Forbes here. Shout-out: Frank PollackBook Mention: Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystalShout-out: Anthony Hernandez Learn more about the PenFed Foundation’s charitable workShout-out: Jill Nowacki Shout-out: U.S. Military Academy at West Point Shout-out: James’ father Shout-out: James’ sonShout-out: Harvard YardAlbum mentioned: Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits by RushBook mentioned: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn RandShout-out: Mother Teresa Previous guests mentioned in this episode: Anthony Hernandez, Jill Nowacki (episodes 4, 18, 37 & 64)You can find all past episodes of The CUInsight Experience here.In This Episode:[02:13] – James, welcome to the show![02:40] – James shares the history of PenFed and what it has accomplished over the years.[03:09] – How has the history of PenFed helped you be prepared for any crisis that might arise?[05:51] – James shares how they prepared their employees so they would be safe if something like the pandemic ever happened.[07:03] – James shares some leadership hacks that he has learned over the years.[09:58] – Do you think the pandemic will change the way members associate with credit unions?[12:13] – James shares how credit unions can take advantage of what is happening right now.[13:38] – Over the next year, James says that he will be most proud of what they have done with the PenFed Foundation and that they haven’t stopped giving money to the non-profit organizations.[15:48] – James shares why he took the position as President and CEO at PenFed.[17:26] – Has the inspiration changed over the last six years?[18:30] – “I love it here” is something James says every day when he walks into work.[19:34] – James surrounds himself with incredible minds, which allows him to make hard decisions.[21:04] – Is there a mistake that you see young leaders make?[22:21] – Listening to understand, not listening to respond.[23:02] – two female executives told James that he must take perfect care of the people who work for you.[24:19] – Have you had mentors, and what have you learned from them?[26:16] – James shares what a perfect workday would look like for him.[29:21] – Say no to what doesn’t matter![30:20] – James shares what he does to recharge when he has a day off.[31:30] – James discusses what he was like in high school and that he worked so many jobs he didn’t have time to get into trouble.[33:59] – Do you have any routines that, if you don’t do, your day feels off?[36:10] – What is the best album of all time?[36:40] – Is there a book you think everyone should read?[37:16] – Eating healthier and getting away from work mentally has become more important.[38:39] – When you hear the word success, which is the first person who comes to mind?[39:29] – James shares his final thoughts.[40:48] – Thank you for being on the show!last_img read more

Struggling to pay medical bills? Here’s how UHS and Lourdes can help

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Healthcare costs are a long debated issue, but amidst a pandemic, it’s become even more top of mind for many families. As many are laid-off, struggling to pay bills, or losing their healthcare coverage, the need for financial assistance grows. You can call UHS at 607-763-6127 or Lourdes at 607-584-5522 for more information on if you qualify. The financial assistance at both hospitals has been in place for several years now, but they say many people might not even know the help is there. The percentages of how much the patient gets off their bill is broken up into brackets based on income and family size. For some, 100 percent of their co-pay may be covered through the programs. For example, at UHS, a patient who makes $38,281 dollars a year or less would get a portion of their co-pay taken care of. At Lourdes, an individual who makes less than $51,040 dollars would qualify for assistance on their co-pay. Both UHS and Lourdes offer assistance on co-pays depending on household size and income for those with insurance, or help finding coverage for those who are uninsured. last_img read more

Honda Indonesia announces virtual design competition winners

first_imgHonda Prospect Motor business innovation and sales and marketing director Yusak Billy praised all the winners, saying that the competition, which is in its third year, has attracted many virtual designers.“Aside from the rising number of participants, we have also witnessed improved design quality from all participants,” Yusak said in a press statement Wednesday.National Modificator and Aftermarket Association founder Andre Mulyadi acknowledged that Haekal’s design had managed to inject a more youthful energy into the Honda Brio. PT Honda Prospect Motor has announced its best virtual designer competition winner, who creatively modified the Honda Brio’s design. The trophy went to M. Haekal Shafi of Tangerang, Banten. Haekal’s design was deemed the boldest from 789 whole designs submitted from all over the country during the two-month competition, from May 11 until July 31. As the champion, Haekal will be awarded Rp 15 million. Second place was awarded to Deden Desmahikmawan, who will get Rp 10 million. M. Riyo Rizal Widhanto, who claimed third place, will get Rp 7 million for his design.Aside from the three winners, best decal was won by Pranoyo Aditya, who will be awarded Rp 5 million. M. Azra won the social media favorite category, earning him a Rp 3 million prize.  Topics :last_img read more

Grand Traverse Bay Dredging Gets Green Light

first_imgFinal approvals were recently granted by government regulatory agencies for a dredging project set to begin this summer at the Grand Traverse Bay Harbor in Houghton County, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).The work is part of the ongoing effort to save Buffalo Reef, an important Lake Superior natural fish-spawning reef from being covered by shifting stamp sands.“This dredging project would buy 5 to 7 years of protection for the reef and the whitefish juvenile recruitment area south of the harbor,” said Steve Casey, Upper Peninsula district supervisor for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Resources Division.“In the meantime, we need to develop a long-term, adaptive management plan, a solution, for the Gay stamp sands problem.”The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has provided $3.1 million to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to design and carry out the dredging work, scheduled for May 2018.Under the permit, a total of 172,500 cubic yards of stamp sands are expected to be removed from an underwater bedrock trough, moving the sand to a 37-acre placement site that has the capacity to store 380,000 cubic yards.This 2,350-foot-long by 700-foot placement area, located about 1.5 miles from the dredge location, would be north of Buffalo Reef, behind a temporary berm.Another 20,000 cubic yards of sand would be removed from Grand Traverse Harbor, while 10,000 cubic yards of material would be dredged from an upland area next to the harbor, on the beach.Bids are expected to be solicited soon, with a contract awarded in late spring, said DNR.last_img read more

Twisters Boys Soccer Results

first_imgOA traveled to Versailles on a hot and muggy night for a soccer game. Less than 2 minutes into the game it was halted for Thunder.  Then again late in the first half. OA came away with a 3-0 win scoring 1 time in the first half. Even through the shots were clearly in our favor the score was not adding up.   S.R. only had 4 shots but 1 was off the post and another was saved by a nice diving play by Chris to preserve the shutout.   We had some problems in the first half as S. R. was playing the long ball by passing their Mid Field in doing so we didn’t use our Mids as much as we want to.  We also played one way too much, to predictable.  We talked at half time and we seemed to adjust and play better in the second half. On offense it was the Ben Kraus night as he netted all 3 goals all assisted by his running mates.  Defensively we were lead by Adam Huberagain as our defense came away with its third shutout of the season.Ben Kraus scored in period 1 at 8:58 assisted by a Gariott Scott pass into the 18.  Ben Kraus scored in period 2 at 19:21 assisted by a beautiful thru ball pass from Sam Mahoney.  Ben Kraus scored his hat trick goal in period 2 at 7:46 assisted by a great cross by Lucas McFee into the 18 and a 1 touch shot.  The Twisters had 28 shots with 12 on goal, 2 off sides, 3 fouls, 4 corners, 2 hand balls and Chris Hautman had 2 saves.South Ripley had 4 shots with 2 on goal, 5 fouls, 2 corners, 1 hand ball, 1 yellow card.  Their keeper had 9 saves.The game was delayed about 45 minutes for 2 different thunder delays. The sun was shining bright, but for the safety of all the game was delayed due to the thunder and there was a nice rainbow several miles from the field.Courtesy of Twisters Coach ken Getz.last_img read more

Man City ‘deserve’ Champions League return, says Guardiola

first_imgRead Also: Video: The moment Mourinho walks out of virtual press conference“We were well beaten by the better team,” admitted Potter.“They beat Liverpool 4-0 at the Etihad so better teams than us will find it dificult.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Waiting game: Manchester City will find out on Monday if they will compete in the Champions League next seasonGabriel Jesus could have the responsibility of leading the line when City’s bid to win the Champions League for the first time gets back underway with Sergio Aguero facing a race against time to be fit after knee surgery.The Brazilian has not always been the most prolific finisher, but showed striker’s instincts to tap Rodrigo’s flick-on for a corner to make it 2-0 just before half-time with his 20th goal of the season.Sterling notched his second of the night in unusual fashion by crashing home a header from Mahrez’s teasing cross.Brighton did themselves no favours for the fourth as Mat Ryan spiled a Bernardo Silva shot he should have held and Jesus teed up the Portuguese midfielder to roll into an unguarded net at the second attempt..Sterling was left on as Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus made way to give him the chance of securing a hat-trick and he did so with a hint of fortune as the ball ricocheted off his head after he had fallen to the floor inside the area and Dan Burn failed to clear the ball off the line.Brighton are still not mathematically safe as they remain eight points above the relegation zone, but Graham Potter’s men should already have enough points on the board as third-bottom Bournemouth face the daunting task of being City’s next opponents on Wednesday. “I have the feeling all the team is ready to play good for what we have ahead of us,” added Guardiola. “The levels we’ve had since the restart, even the games we lost, have been really good.” Too often City have been found wanting for failing to take their chances and punished for defensive lapses at the other end. However, there was never any chance of Brighton adding to their nine league defeats this season once Sterling curled home his 25th goal of the season with unerring accuracy into the far corner. “I think the problem we’ve had this season is we’ve created a lot of chances and not taken them whereas last season and the season before we’d finish them and bury games early on,” said Sterling. “This season we haven’t had that slight bit of luck.” Loading…center_img “Today we achieved one incredible challenge, which is qualification for the Champions League mathematically,” said Guardiola. “We deserve to be there because we won it on the pitch. Hopefully on Monday UEFA can allow us to play like this team and these players deserve to.” For the fourth time in their last six league games, City scored four or more goals in another performance that belied the 21-point gap between them and champions Liverpool. However, they could still end the season with a treble of trophies as they face Arsenal in the semi-finals of the FA Cup next weekend before recommencing their Champions League campaign in August. Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City deserve their place in the Champions League next season as the club wait to find out whether their two-season ban against playing in European competitions will be overturned. City were handed the two-season saction by UEFA in February over alleged breaches of financial fair play rules, but appealed that decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport which will deliver its verdict on Monday. On the field, City ensured they will finish in the Premier League’s top four with Raheem Sterling scoring a hat-trick in a 5-0 win over Brighton on Saturday.last_img read more

Goalscorer and new father Russell Martin reflects on ‘sensational’ day

first_img “It has been a long but sensational 24 hours,” said the defender, after covering 750 miles with another 250 still to do to get back to the newborn. “I flew up with the squad yesterday. My wife had had no twinges at that point and then she rang me at seven o’clock to say she had started to feel some contractions but wasn’t sure whether they were Braxton Hicks false ones or not. “I said ‘Give it a couple of hours’ and then she rang me at 10.30 to say ‘This is it, this is happening’. “One of the sports scientists had brought my car, fortunately, in case I had to get back. “Me and the player liaison took two hours each in the car driving back and I took her (his wife) to hospital and we got there about four in the morning and she gave birth at 9.25am. “I had to leave at half-10 as I spoke to the management and they were keen for me to play. I love this place, the atmosphere, and I had family coming so I didn’t want to let them down. “I flew up with the directors, Delia Smith and (husband) Michael Jones – the owners – and they were great. “I got here a bit late, missed the captains’ meeting, ran in, got dressed, was ready with the lads, scored a goal – brilliant. Press Association Norwich captain Russell Martin reflected on a “sensational” 24 hours after a mad dash home from Merseyside for the birth of his third child before returning to score the equaliser at Anfield. “It will be a great story to tell the wee man. “I hadn’t slept a wink. I was running on empty towards the end – I was absolutely gone – but it was a great day and it makes it all worth it.” Martin admits it has been such a rush he and his wife have still not had time to pick a name. “I don’t know what he’s called yet,” he said. “We’ve only had nine months to decide! “We are still in fierce debate. I was only there 45 minutes. “I can’t wait to get home and have a cuddle.” The 29-year-old had travelled up with the team and was preparing for the game against Liverpool when he got the call to go home. He made it in time for the arrival of his yet-to-be-named son, weighing in at 8lbs, and then had a swift turnaround to get back for the 4pm kick-off after no sleep and promptly scored. last_img read more