Come August, the state’s peanut growers will either be reaping the payoff of their spring efforts to control for tomato spotted wilt virus, or they will be planning ways to preventatively manage this persistent virus with recommendations from University of Georgia scientists.TSWV is a disease that was first discovered in the U.S. in Texas in the 1970s. It did not become a significant disease in Georgia until the 1990s. Since that time, TSWV has become a major issue on a number of important agricultural crops throughout the Southeast, including peanut, pepper, tomato and tobacco. TSWV is transmitted by thrips, which are tiny piercing-sucking insects. Thrips can cause mild to significant damage on their own accord, but their effective transmission of TSWV makes this insect a priority for peanut growers to preventatively control each year.Thrips are tiny winged insects that feed chiefly on plants. Many species damage cultivated plants by either sucking the sap or transmitting viral plant diseases. Thrips reach a maximum length of about half an inch. Most have two pairs of long, narrow, hair-fringed wings.“Thrips are the only insect known to transmit this virus,” explained Mark Abney, associate professor of peanut entomology in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Growers can see disease symptoms at any time in the season, but symptoms are often most obvious beginning in August. By that time it’s too late, because most of the virus transmission occurred back in the spring,” cautioned Abney.As peanut plants emerge in the spring, they are small and susceptible to both thrips damage and TSWV. Direct thrips-feeding injury can stunt plant growth and reduce yields. The symptoms of TSWV are stunting, yellowing of foliage and characteristic “ring spots” on the leaves.“I will not be surprised if we see an increased incidence of TSWV in peanut this year because lower seed quality and cool, wet conditions at planting have led to poor seed germination and a lot of ‘skippy stands.’ Low seedling density and gaps between plants increase the risk of TSWV infection, though the reason is not completely understood,” said Abney.Abney says growers should develop a thrips and TSWV management plan prior to planting peanuts every spring.“Once the seed furrow is closed, few thrips management options and no TSWV management options remain. The most important tool a grower has to reduce TSWV is plant resistance,” explained Abney.In Georgia, the majority of peanut acreage is planted to runner-type cultivars. The most commonly grown runner-type cultivar is ‘Georgia-06G’. While there are many other cultivars with TSWV resistance, none have consistently performed better than ‘Georgia-06G’ across a wide range of growing conditions. ‘Georgia-06G’ is a high-yielding peanut that grows well even in adverse conditions.An in-furrow insecticide is an important part of a thrips management program. Growers have a choice of insecticide active ingredients if reducing thrips injury is the only goal, but phorate, an organophosphate, is the only insecticide proven to reduce thrips injury and the incidence of TSWV. Phorate induces host defense responses in peanut that result in lower TSWV infection rates. Conversely, the insecticide causes phytotoxicity in peanut that some growers find undesirable.“Thrips will be present in almost every peanut field every year and TSWV is still with us, but decisions about insecticide use are ultimately up to the grower,” Abney said.Planting date can also have a major impact on thrips pressure and risk of disease transmission. “Planting early can help growers get more yield, but it places them at greater risk for injury from thrips and TSWV,” explained Abney.Before effective TSWV management tactics were developed by researchers at UGA, planting prior to May 10 was extremely risky. The combination of TSWV-resistant cultivars with cultural management practices means that growers can now plant earlier and still avoid severe losses from TSWV.“Nevertheless, we don’t want growers to put all their eggs in one basket. A good strategy is to plant some peanuts early, utilizing as many thrips/TSWV management tools as possible, and plant the remainder of the crop after May 10 when the likelihood of infection is lower,” Abney said.The virus can only survive in living plant tissues or its thrips host. During winter months, the virus survives primarily in winter annual weeds and will return in the spring as thrips migrate and start feeding on newly planted crops.“Unfortunately, you can’t really reduce the amount of TSWV by managing weeds or other alternate hosts because there are just too many weeds in the environment. So, we don’t recommend developing a weed management program to control TSWV because it’s just biologically not possible,” Abney explained.Other production practices that affect thrips and TSWV are row pattern and tillage. Peanuts can be planted in either single- or twin-row patterns. The more rapid ground coverage obtained in twin-row plantings can be advantageous for many reasons, not the least of which is a proven reduction in the incidence of TSWV compared to single rows. Residue left on the soil surface where reduced tillage systems are employed can significantly reduce thrips pressure compared to conventionally tilled peanut.“The development of current thrips and TSWV management recommendations is a great example of how people have worked across disciplines to create effective programs that rely on the integration of a variety of cultural and chemical tools to combat a severe economic pest,” said Abney. “It takes a lot of trial and error, but we’ve really come a long way to provide growers the best up-to-date information to help them navigate this challenging pest-virus relationship.”To learn more about thrips and TSWV, visit site.extension.uga.edu/peanutent.
January 1, 2005 Regular News Annual pro bono award nominations solicited Annual pro bono award nominations solicited Lawyers who have freely given their time and expertise in making legal services available to the poor are being sought for public recognition by the Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar. The Florida Bar President’s Pro Bono Service Award is given to an outstanding attorney in each of the state’s judicial circuits. The Tobias Simon Pro Bono Service Award is a statewide award presented by the Chief Justice to an individual attorney who exemplifies the highest ideals of the profession in assuring the availability of legal services to the poor. The award is named for the late Miami civil rights lawyer Tobias Simon. The Chief Justice’s Law Firm Commendation is a statewide award that recognizes a law firm which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the provision of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services. The Voluntary Bar Association Pro Bono Service Award presented by the Chief Justice is a statewide award to recognize, when appropriate, a voluntary bar association which has demonstrated a significant contribution in the delivery of legal services to individuals or groups on a pro bono basis that cannot otherwise afford the services. The Chief Justice’s Distinguished Judicial Service Award presented to an active or retired judge for outstanding and sustained service to the public whether through legal or civic service or a combination of them, including, but not limited to, support of pro bono legal services.Those serving on the Chief Justice’s Advisory Committee for the court’s pro bono awards include: Solomon Badger III, Rep. Holly Benson, Allison Bethel, Donna Graf, John Kozyak, Louis Kwall, MaryAnne Lukacs, Chair Miles McGrane, Kent Spuhler, Judge Emerson Thompson, Jr., and Catalina Maria Zuluaga-Avalos.The deadline for nominations is January 7. Nomination forms are available on The Florida Bar Web site at www.flabar.org.If you have any questions, contact The Florida Bar’s Public Information Office, 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300, or call (800) 342-8060, ext. 5669.
32SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Always an adventure when GonzoBanker folks appear on CUbroadcast and this episode is no different, as we talk about the looming “card-not-present” battleground not that the EMV liability shift deadline has passed. GonzoBankers Steve Williams and Ryan Rackley join us to discuss “The 5 Priorities in the Card-Not-Present Battleground” for credit unions. Sounds kind of like a game of “whack-a-mole” when one thing gets resolved, another pops up. But Steve and Ryan provide some excellent info and advice on this hot topic. continue reading »
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr During events such as the COVID-19, or Coronavirus, pandemic, there is often an increase of criminal activity online. Preying on fear and panic, cyber criminals are now sending various scams related to COVID-19 and taking advantage of increasing vulnerabilities resulting from unusual working situations. It is critical that you and your institution’s employees exercise caution during this time.Coronavirus Cybersecurity ThreatsFraudsters are using a variety of tactics in efforts to scam businesses and individuals, and your institution must maintain a heightened sense of awareness. Malicious websites are being registered by fraudsters at breakneck speed, many including the word “corona,” and these are used to distribute malware to the devices of unsuspecting visitors. Scammers are using spam emails containing conspiracy language or offering the opportunity to purchase high-demand goods, including masks, cleaning supplies, etc.Additionally, cyber criminals are sending phishing emails that appear to come from familiar organizations but contain malicious phishing links or dangerous attachments. Be especially wary of emails claiming to have “new” or “updated” lists of COVID-19 cases in your area, as these emails can contain dangerous links. The attachments to these emails often include malware that, when installed, allow the attacker to install additional malware on the compromised machine, including ransomware, keyloggers and credential stealing malware.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Famous author, lecturer and sales guru Dale Carnegie once said:“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”We certainly live in a time of doubt and fear.The 24/7 news cycle of ups and downs, doom and gloom is enough to fray the strongest nerves. However, there’s a lot to learn from what Carnegie shared.The best way to conquer fear is to get out and get busy.If you are a credit union or community bank leader–and especially if you’re a marketer–this definitely applies to you. The tumultuous first half of 2020 has many of us scratching our heads as to the best way to serve our financial institutions and consumers. Do you communicate more than usual? Less? It can be confusing. continue reading »
Rick Oppedisano, a union representative, says it’s due to an ongoing contract negotiation with the hospital and their nurses. The hospital says they entered into negotiations in good faith and delivered a final offer they felt is fair and equitable. NORWICH, N.Y. (WBNG) — Nurses at UHS Chenango Memorial are fighting to keep their retirement pension amid potential changes to the hospital’s plan. “Not really how I wanted to spend my day off,” Angelina said. “It’s an important issue and we haven’t been able to get management’s attention any other way. We felt we had to do it.” Nurses and some family members picketed outside the Norwich hospital Friday. Oppedisano says negotiations began in September of last year and were put on pause due to the pandemic. They have since resumed. The hospital says today’s events did not effect the care they were able to provide for patients. Nina Angelina, a registered nurse, says she had mixed feelings about the picketing.
TOWN OF BARTON (WBNG) — One person was killed when their 2005 Honda Civic crashed into the back of a Western Star dump truck Wednesday afternoon. The crash shut down parts of Route 17C as emergency crews and State Department of Transportation worked to clear the scene. 511NY reported the crash occurred in the town of Waverly. Authorities say the the cause of the crash remains under investigation. The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Crystal VanDusen of the town of Barton was deceased before deputies arrived on scene. The driver of the dump truck was not hurt, the office says.
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Only 0.9m are less than 50% on track.Some 8.8m at risk of under-saving earn between £22,700 and £52,000 (€28,480-65,240) on annual basis, and are classed in the middle to high earnings bands.The government also said higher-income groups could benefit from increasing contribution rates to workplace pensions, but said more work was needed to find the perfect balance between contribution rates being high enough to provide adequacy, but not too high to discourage pension saving entirely.It said reforms to the state pension and auto-enrolment had reduced the number of people under saving by around 1m.Pensions minister Steve Webb said the state safety net would now allow many to maintain a comfortable retirement.“This new research shows that, by saving just a little more, a huge number of working people could make their future retirement so much more comfortable,” he added.In other news, the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has taken over the 75.1% ownership of Harworth Estates Property Group previously held by the trustees of the industry-wide mining pension scheme, after its transfer into the lifeboat fund.The fund also confirmed it had taken control of other assets from the pension fund, which entered the PPF in July last year.The privatised entity of British Coal, UK Coal, saw its two pension schemes enter the PPF after the company restructured to avoid liquidation.The schemes were given a controlling stake in the property company formed as UK Coal was split into two separate mining and property companies, by then parent Coalfield Resources.As part of the deal, the PPF took an interest in the restructured UK Coal with debt instruments.CFO of the PPF, Andrew McKinnon, said: “We consider Harworth Estates to be a valuable asset, and we welcome the ongoing discussions with Coalfield Resources to maximise the value in this business for shareholders.”Coalfield Resources retains ownership of the remainder of Harwarth. A report from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) showed that almost 12m people were still at risk of not saving enough for retirement, despite government interventions to increase pensions savings.The government said its reforms, namely auto-enrolment, had made significant differences in retirement savings for lower earnings.However, middle to higher earners are at risk for an inadequate retirement, it said.While 12m people are saving too little, some 6m are 80% of the way to an adequate income.
BMO GAM, Insight Investments, Mercer, Aberdeen, Forum Pour L’Investment Responsible, Hermes, Tikehau Capital, NN Investment Partners, Schroders, MSCI, Mirabaud, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, Pioneer, Allianz GI, City Noble, ArabesqueBMO Global Asset Management – Andrew Jones, Richard Ferris and Laura Gray have been appointed to the institutional client management team for the asset manager formerly known as F&C. Jones and Ferris join as directors for consultant relations and client relations, respectively. Jones comes from Insight Investments, while Ferris joins from Mercer’s fiduciary management business. Gray comes in as a client manager in the institutional distribution business and joins from Aberdeen Asset Management. Forum Pour L’Investment Responsible – Thierry Philipponnat has been appointed chairman of the French responsible investment organisation after a vote on 16 June. Pacale Sagniier of AXA Investment Managers, Philippe Dutertre from AG2R La Mondiale and Hervé Guez from Mirova have been appointed vice-presidents. Eight investment managers also renewed their membership to the organisation, with the board made up of 12 members.Hermes Investment Management – Patrick Marshall is set to become head of private debt and CLOs at the UK asset manager, as it looks to move into the private lending market. Marshall joins from Tikehau Capital, where he was responsible for the direct lending business in London, and setting up a CLO programme. NN Investment Partners – Ivan Nikolov has joined as a senior portfolio manager on the Dutch asset manager’s convertible bonds (CB) team. Nikolov will work in the London office and is to report to Tarek Saber, head of CB strategies. He is to focus on supporting the NN Global Opportunities Fund. He joins from Aberdeen Asset Management.Schroders – Ashley Lester is to join the UK asset manager as its global head of research within the multi-asset and portfolio solutions business. He comes across from MSCI, where he was head of fixed income and multi-asset research. Before then, he was head of market risk research at Morgan Stanley. He will join the business in New York and report to Nico Marasi.Mercer – Martine Ferland, currently leader of the retirement business in the Europe-Pacific region, has been promoted to president of EuroPac. She succeeds Simon O’Regan, who has been named the firm’s president of North America. Ferland joined Mercer in 2011 from Towers Watson, where she was retirement business leader for Canada, and spent over a decade at Towers Perrin. Mirabaud Asset Management – Paul Schibli has been appointed as a senior portfolio manager for Swiss equities after leaving Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, where he was head of the Swiss equities team. Schibli will work alongside Patrick Huber across a range of funds and stock-picking business lines.Pioneer Investments – Angel Márquez has been hired as an institutional senior sales manager in Switzerland. Márquez will report to Switzerland head Rainer Lenzin and joins the French asset manager from Allianz Global Investors, where he was responsible for institutional and consultant business development.City Noble – Birgitta Bostrom has been appointed as an associate at the consultancy to help grow its advisory business. She moves over from Schroders, the asset manager, where she managed a team of fixed income product managers and executives.Arabesque Partners – Robert Eccles has been appointed chairman of the asset management firm, formerly part of Barclays Bank. Eccles is currently professor at Harvard Business School and is known for his work on sustainable investing and ESG research. Eccles was founding chair of the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board and a member of the International Integrated Reporting Council.