Had your auxin training yet?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With the growing now of dicamba resistant soybeans and the products to spray on them, we need a plan to avoid the problems we saw with drift and volatility in some areas last year. That means everyone who uses a dicamba product on soybeans must be a Licensed Pesticide Applicator and attend auxin training from the manufacturer; registration and locations found at these websites:www.roundupreadyxtend.com/stewardship/educationhttps://events.basf.uscampaigns/engenia/#stewardshipwww.fexapan.dupont.comFrom my one and a half hour training I learned that to use the products you must:Keep records.Follow buffer requirements.Use no AMS.Apply with an approved nozzle that will deliver large droplets.At 24 inches above the canopy.In winds between 3 and 10 miles per hour.But drive below 15 miles per hour.And spray small weedsPlus rinse 3 times after application.And more…The current labels for the dicamba-soybean products say we shall spray 4-inch or smaller weeds — however, READ the LABEL, the label is the law. But one farmer pointed out to me that the sales representative showed data in their auxin training class that their product will take down 12-inch weeds. Ohio’s farmers already know how to stretch a ruler, so let’s teach that to spray small weeds is a way to delay the development of resistant weeds. Do remember we already have weeds in Ohio resistant to glyphosate and to auxin herbicides. Use a pre-emergent herbicide, spray post small and allow no seed production.last_img read more

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Healthy Child Healthy World, Part 1

first_imgLast year I had a lengthy conversation with a dear colleague and friend, Jill Salisbury, regarding a potential opportunity to educate the residential market about healthy and sustainable homes. We were frustrated with the status quo of showhouses treading the waters of “greenwashing.” Jill had the good fortune of meeting Nancy and James Chuda, founders of Healthy Child Healthy World, and was quickly inspired to pursue the idea of creating a dynamic partnership. Today, that dream is days away from fruition: The design, construction and installation of a healthy, sustainable, interactive showhouse premieres next week.When the Healthy Home 2010: Designer Showcase & Tour opens to the public, a dream will become reality—a true success story merging passion and perseverance. Healthy Home 2010 is targeted to be the first designer showhouse in the nation to integrate green building and healthy interiors through the adoption of a new interior design protocol. RELATED ARTICLES Healthy Child Healthy World, Part 2Healthy Child Healthy World, Part 3A First Look at the Official WELL Building StandardGet Your Own Healthy Green Home for Only $15 MillionThe EPA’s Indoor AirPlus Program Asthma and Poor Indoor Air QualityVentilation Rates and Human HealthHelping People With Multiple Chemical Sensitivity One of the most exciting aspects of Healthy Home 2010 is that it will be the first house in the nation incorporating the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute’s Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Management Plan for Residential Construction: a system for creating—from the ground up—buildings that contribute to healthier indoor air. The GREENGUARD IEQ Management Plan is a perfect addition to programs like LEED for Homes. GREENGUARD-certified products support some of the most stringent indoor air quality standards, reducing airborne volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which leads to healthier indoor air quality.In a recent press release, Henning Bloech, executive director for the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, stated “…we’re happy to collaborate with Healthy Child Healthy World to create a healthier indoor environment for children and their families. The implementation of the new GREENGUARD Building Construction and IEQ Management Plan, which includes the use of GREENGUARD-certified products and materials, will help minimize indoor air pollutants that can negatively affect human health.”Several of us were invited to provide guidance through the Interiors Advisory Board (IAB) to review and edit interior guidelines. These guidelines steered the product specification and selection process, providing overarching design strategies and outlining standards for use by the project team. Besides myself, members of the IAB include Penny Bonda, partner in Ecoimpact Consulting; Leslie Gage, of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute; Leigh Anne Vandusen, owner of O Ecotextiles; Jill Salisbury, principal and founder of el: Environmental Language; and Victoria Di Iorio, education outreach coordinator for Healthy Child Healthy World.Over the next two months, I invite you to follow this blog to find out more about the strategies and initiatives that were adopted, highlighting the following:1) Why this project is significant to the future of healthy, sustainable residential interiors.2) How this project bridges the gap between green construction and healthy interiors.3) Which products with third-party certifications assure healthy indoor air quality.4) Other environmentally responsible initiatives applied to this project.5) How the Healthy Home 2010 embraced and balanced healthy strategies and LEED certification.Check out Healthy Home 2010 for additional information on the home and to purchase tickets for events and tours. As a national nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization, Healthy Child Healthy World inspires parents to protect young children from harmful chemicals. For more information, please visit HCHW .Check back soon for more!last_img read more

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Ind vs WI: India beat Windies by 80 runs, to play Australia in quarters

first_imgIndia beat West Indies by 80 runs in their World Cup Group B match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. Score | PhotosThey will now play Australia for a place in the semi-finals on Friday. Chasing 269, West Indies were bundled out for 188 in 43 overs with Man-of-the-Match Yuvraj Singh delivering an all-round performance.Yuvraj Singh scored his maiden World Cup ton and finished with figures of 4-0-18-2 to help India win.The West Indies openers Devon Smith and Krik Edwards had batted for a few minutes when R Ashwin justified his inclusion by scalping debutant batsman Edwards. But the off-spinner had to take the help of the review to get his man after umpire had turned down his appeal. Edwards fell for 17 and West Indies lost their first wicket on 34/1 in the 7th over.Post that wicket, the other opener Devon Smith and Darren Bravo put 57 runs for the second wicket before Suresh Raina decided to break their stand in the 17th over. Bravo played an unnecessary pull shot dragging the ball from the off and ended up giving a catch to Harbhajan Singh on 22. West Indies lost their second wicket on 91.However, Smith was still at the crease and he along with Ramnaresh Sarwan went ahead with another timely partnership.Eventually, Zaheer Khan got the better of Smith with his slower ball that pitched on the off and curved in to uproot his off stump. That brought an end to their 63-run partnership and Smith’s innings of 81 runs. The Windies lost their third wicket on 154. Zaheer got the much-needed breakthrough and things started falling in place for India as big-hitter Kieron Pollard too fell. He hooled out on Harbhajan Singh’s ball and ended up getting caught in the deep by Yusuf Pathan on 157/4.advertisementNext the man who performed with the bat and came around to showcase his bowling prowess. Yuvraj Singh claimed Devon Thomas in the 35th over to reduce the opposition to 160/5.Two more wickets — skipper Darreny Sammy and Andre Russell — and the Windies tail was out. And when the tail-enders come to bat things get easy for the bowlers. And they did as India wrapped up the opposition on 188 with seven overs to spare.India innings Yuvraj Singh scored his first World Cup century as India posted 268 after a dismal start that saw Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir walk back on partly scores.Ravi Rampaul scalped Sachin Tendulkar on two. The ball had extra bounce to it and rose to Tendulkar’s throat; even as he tried to defend it the ball took the edge of his bat and keeper Devon Thomas took a clean catch. India fell to 8/1 after winning the toss.There was more to come as a few minutes later, the other opener Gautam Gambhir, opening in place of Virender Sehwag, too fell on a Rampaul delivery. Gambhir went for a big hit but ended up giving a catch to Andre Russell in the deep. He fell for 22 and India fell to 51/2.But, Yuvraj Singh, who has been performing well in the tournament, and Virat Kohli took the Windies bowling head on forging a partnership. However, the two had batted for over an hour that Rampaul struck again to break their 122-run partnership in the 33rd over.The ball dipped in sharply after pitching to crash against his stumps even as Kohli tired to sweep it away. He missed and fell for 59 when the India total was 173.But, Yuvraj Singh was still at the crease and he went on to score his first World Cup century. His ton came off 112 balls and included 10 fours and one six. But, the batsman at the other end, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has not been in form for long, soon departed with leggie Devendra Bishoo claiming his wicket in the next over on 218/4. He could only manage to put 22 runs on board.Post Dhoni’s wicket, new man Suresh Raina too fell with skipper Darren Sammy claiming his wicket 232/5. He could only increase the team total by four runs. Finally Yuvraj Singh too fell after scoring a fine 113 off 123 balls. He wanted to smash Kieron Pollard across the fence but miss-timed the ball to Pollard who made no mistake in taking the big wicket for the day. And India were reduced to 240/6 in the 45th over.Big-hitter Yusuf Pathan too had a brief stay at the crease and departed in the face of Rampaul’s pace. India were 251/7 at the stage. Harbhajan Singh was the next to fall with Pollard taking a fine catch to dismiss him off Andre Russell’s ball.advertisementLater, Rampaul struck back to send tail-ender Zaheer Khan packing and ending with a fiver. Then Russell claimed the last man Munaf Patel to end India’s innings on 268/10 on the first ball of the 50th over.last_img read more

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Narain Karthikeyan may be forced to look at Indy racing

first_imgNarain Karthikeyan may have to look beyond Formula One in the 2013 season, and one option could well be the IndyCar Series in the United States.As the Indian speed king finished 21st in the Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit on Sunday, there were mixed reactions.A problem with the brakes meant he had to be careful with his car in the closing stages. But given the dynamics of Formula One in the next season, sources indicated that Narain could well look at Indy racing as a second option.While Narain has categorically stated that he is happy with the Hispania Racing Team (HRT) after having spent two seasons there, the value of racing for a back-of-the-grid team will be evaluated by his sponsors.Another factor which comes into play is the sponsorship money which drivers have to fork out for lower-budgeted teams in Formula One.Insiders say that for the 2012 season, Narain did not pay money to HRT. However, given the current economic situation around the globe, HRT may well look at a driver bringing in a good sponsorship package. As of now, it is more or less confirmed that Pedro de la Rosa will be the main driver and the seasoned pro doesn’t need to bring in any sponsorship.So it means the second HRT driver will need to back himself with sponsorship as these days even in middle-segment Formula One teams, seats are paid for. There is no doubting in terms of star value, what Formula One means to Indian fans is huge and Indy racing doesn’t have a similar following.Then again, even in Indy racing, though drivers have to bring in a sponsorship package, the amounts are not as high as Formula One.Speaking to Mail Today , Narain said: “Formula One remains top priority and my sponsors Tata have been backing me all along. “He refused to comment on the Indy racing possibility.At 35, though Narain still has the pace and is physically fit, finding a seat with a team better than HRT is impossible. However, for any racing driver, it’s very important to be competing, whatever be the championship. And that’s why Indy racing seems a possibility.advertisementlast_img read more

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AUSTOUCH RISE PREDICTED FOR 2005

first_imgAusTouch took off in 2004 and as the year draws to a close Marianne Maguire and her team reflect on the year that has been for AusTouch and make some great predictions about the growth for 2005, including the expected rise in participants in NSW. Please read the attached newsletter for all the information. AUSTOUCH DECEMBER 2004 NEWSLETTERlast_img

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10 months agoAjax midfielder De Jong accepts Barcelona contract offer

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ajax midfielder De Jong accepts Barcelona contract offerby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax midfielder Frenkie de Jong has accepted a contract offer from Barcelona.Sport says the Blaugrana have taken a big leap forward in the push for the Ajax midfielder in recent weeks. De Jong has now given the OK to the club’s proposal, waiting for the two sides to reach an agreement for his fee. Barca has wanted to put a reservation on the player, who has always shown his willing to play at Camp Nou, to try and negotiate a lower fee.Barca have agreed with them that they can move for De Jong in June 2019 if the player wants to go – which he does. last_img

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Kansas State Coach Bill Snyder Wrote A Congratulatory Letter To TCU QB Trevone Boykin

first_imgBill Snyder featured with his headset on.WACO, TX – NOVEMBER 17: Head coach Bill Snyder of the Kansas State Wildcats during a game against the Baylor Bears at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)This past Saturday, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin led his team to an incredible come-from-behind victory against Kansas State, rallying the Horned Frogs from an 18-point second-half deficit. Friday, it was revealed by Boykin that Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder went out of his way to congratulate the senior signal-caller on the accomplishment. Yep, you read that correctly.Snyder, as he often does, wrote a congratulatory letter to Boykin following the game. Boykin posted a photo of the note to Twitter:I have so much respect for Coach Snyder and his Kansas st football team! #LivingLegend pic.twitter.com/An0ANnJgME— Trevone BoyKING (@OGcURIOUSDEUCE) October 16, 2015Last week, Snyder wrote a similar note to Oklahoma State’s kicker after he nailed the game-winner against the Wildcats.Snyder is regarded as one of the classiest coaches in college football, so this doesn’t come as a surprise. Well done, yet again.last_img read more

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Report: Cleveland Cavaliers Fire Head Coach David Blatt

first_imgLeBron James is surrounded by reporters discussing Ben Simmons.LeBron James Ben SimmonsUpdate: Wojnarowski is also reporting that Cleveland’s next head coach will be assistant Tyronn Lue. Lue and the team have already agree to a multi-year deal.Assistant Ty Lue has agreed to a multi-year deal as new Cavaliers head coach, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016Earlier: Despite posting a 30-11 record and currently holding the No. 1 seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference, it’s been reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach David Blatt. Blatt, who posted a 53-29 record with the team last year, lasted just a season and a half in Cleveland.ESPN’s Brian Windhorst added that there’s been “unrest” in Cleveland’s locker room.Cleveland has fired coach David Blatt, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) January 22, 2016The Cavs have fired coach David Blatt, sources confirm. First reported by Yahoo— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Despite positive comments publicly, there had been unrest growing in Cavs locker room. Frankly, it had been there since almost day one.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Despite up and downs, Blatt has had one ardent supporter in Cavs organization and that was owner Dan Gilbert.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016LeBron James was informed of the decision to fire David Blatt today, he was not consulted on decision sources said— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016James’ fondness for Ty Lue and his desire to be coached by a former player were well known in the organization. As were issues with Blatt— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) January 22, 2016Blatt, who came over from Maccabi Tel Aviv ahead of the 2014-2015 season, posted a regular season record of 83-40 in his time in Cleveland.last_img read more

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Report shows alcohol related hospital visits a big problem in Northwest Territories

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsTwo years ago, Statistics Canada reported that the Northwest Territories had the highest number of people in the country who reported heavy drinking.Fast forward to today, a national study is suggesting the Territory also has the highest rates of alcohol-related hospital visits.More hospital beds are being taken up by patients dealing with alcohol harm.According to a new report 475 hospitalizations in the NWT last year were caused entirely by alcohol.That’s five times the national rate – more than anywhere else in the country by per capita.“Often I am contacted to go to the hospital probably once or twice a week to go up and see someone who has had problems and is in need of treatment,” said Rick Alexander, a substance abuse councellor.The study, Alcohol Harm in Canada, was completed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.It shows residents were hospitalized for issues such as alcohol poisoning, withdrawal, liver disease and chronic alcohol abuse.And that men are more likely to be hospitalized because of alcohol – but there were more teenage girls admitted to hospitals over teenage boys.The trend extends across theNorthh – Yukon comes in as second highest in Canada followed by Nunavut per captia.Where one lives in the territories also had an impact on hospital visits.Higher hospitalization rates were seen in lower-income, remote and northern areas.“We surveyed a number of Canadians and asked them over a two year period how often do you havea conversationwith your primary healthcare provider about your smoking habits or drinking habits,” said study author Geoff Haynes. “What we found was over 70 percent of Canadians had a conversation with their doctor about smoking habits whereas less than 30 percent had conversations about alcohol.”Similiarly, Alexander also sees strength in numbers when it comes to social service support.“Certainly we don’t need more money thrown at it. money is not the issue. collaborative care and collaborating with other organizations in treating a very complex disorder is important. assessment and referral are important as well,” said Alexander.While many remote communities in the northare dry, it all-too-often that residents north of 60 hear of massive bootleg busts.“The more available it is, the more likely people are going to drink. particularly people who are at risk of drinking,” said Hayes. “The government is trying to balance the economic benefits of alcohol with limiting the health and social harms.”The way that you access services differs depending where you live.Admidst the startling numbers – the Northwest Territories has no detox or rehab centres. Neither does Nunavut – anyone struggling with alcohol dependency must travel south for rehab services.Many First Nation leader’s here are calling for a northern recovery centre.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.calast_img read more

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Alberta premier confident pipeline talks will succeed by May 31 deadline

first_imgAlberta and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government are in discussions with the company to strike a joint financial arrangement to ensure the project gets built. Trudeau’s government approved the expansion of the Trans Mountain line in 2016, but the B.C. government has been fighting it.Last month, Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential spending on the project and said it wants assurances by the end of this month that the expansion can proceed.The expansion would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to tankers on the coast, which Alberta says is critical to reducing multimillion-dollar discounts on its product due mainly to pipeline bottlenecks.The project has faced court challenges and permit delays in B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government say it is concerned about the potential for oil spills on its waterways and coastline.Notley has previously warned that B.C.’s delay tactics could bring consequences.Her government is close to passing legislation that would give Alberta the power to restrict and redirect flows of oil, gasoline and natural gas to maximize profits. It would have the potential to cause gasoline and other fuel-related prices to spike in B.C. EDMONTON _ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s confident talks aimed at getting construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion back on track will be successful before a May 31 deadline.Notley says she can’t divulge details of talks with Kinder Morgan but says they are focused on the financial viability of the $7.4-billion project and on getting construction restarted this summer.“I want to assure Albertans that the discussions are focused on the only outcome that is acceptable to us and to a growing number of people across this country, including a majority in British Columbia, and that is the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline,” Notley said Thursday after revealing a new billboard ad campaign touting the line’s benefits. Parties on both sides of the house voted on Wednesday to accept an Alberta Party amendment to put a two-year limit on the bill. The amendment gives the government the option to extend the bill after the two-year limit, but it would need to go back to the legislature for approval.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd told the house that two years is a reasonable time and the amendment doesn’t tie the government’s hands.Notley wouldn’t say if she will use the new powers ahead of or after the May 31 deadline.“We do have a very big effective tool at our disposal. B.C. knows this and even more importantly, the federal government knows this,” she said. “If we have to we will do whatever is required to get this job done and we will not hesitate. But we must be strategic.”center_img Despite numerous high-profile, She said polls suggest more British Columbians are backing the pipeline.“We are winning hearts and minds in B.C.,” she said. “So we must deploy this (bill) with a cool hand, not an angry one.”The bill is getting support from all sides of the house. Opposition United Conservative house leader Jason Nixon said his caucus is fighting to keep the bill on the floor to get it passed sooner.“We’ve been trying to pass Bill 12 for a couple of weeks,” said Nixon.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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