USU Football’s Savon Scarver Named As 2nd Team Sporting News All-American

first_img Brad James Written by Tags: All-American/American Football Coaches Association/Football Writers Association of America/Phil Steele/Savon Scarver/Sporting News/USU Football/Walter Camp Foundation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Wednesday, Utah State football junior receiver/kick returner Savon Scarver was named as a 2nd team All-American by the Sporting News.The Las Vegas native was named as the Aggies’ third consensus All-American in school history last season, earning the honors from the Walter Camp Foundation, the Football Writers Association of America and by college football guru Phil Steele’s magazine.He also received second-team All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association after ranking second nationally with 33.7 yards per return.Scarver presently has three career kickoff returns for scores for the Aggies.Already this offseason, the decorated Scarver has received first-team All-American honors from Steele as a receiver and was named a second-team All-American by Athlon Sports and Steele as a kick returner. July 3, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Football’s Savon Scarver Named As 2nd Team Sporting News All-Americanlast_img read more

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How to be a gap year bore

first_imgSo you’re a year older than everyone else and twice as mature? That’s a good start to being a Gap Year Bore. Got a deep mahogany tan and natural highlights? 52 grubby woven bracelets on your wrists (which will be entirely white when you eventually cut said bracelets off)? Been to South America? Thailand? Australia? Or all three? Great. You’re a star candidate for a Gap-Year Bore. Now all you need to do is take every opportunity to bring up your amazing experiences washing lepers / breastfeeding orangutans / educating shanty-town orphans. Wearing your battered Havaianas and badly dyed pyjama trousers to lunch in the rain might create an opportunity to bring it up. Or you could just compare everything to its Third World equivalent: “this Red Bull is nothing like the Thai original. It’s laced with LSD, it’ll blow your mind!”  Or even “I just can’t get used to the taste of Coke after drinking only Inca-Kola when I was in Peru for a year…” While it’s lovely that you went out there and broadened their horizons, the rest of us are quite happy with our narrow little Oxford worldview. Keep your dreadlocks and ethnic scarves. We don’t care.Even worse than hearing all about the Gap-Year Bore’s experiences is being stuck in a corner listening to two of them talk to each other. Inevitably they’ll have been to the same beaches and met the same people – fellow travellers called Brett and Jonty, probably Australian or Irish – God forbid anyone should talk to actual Thai people, you know?If you do manage to wriggle out of that corner, though, and find pale wintry people in normal attire, you should be on your guard for another type of GYB – the Corporate Gapper. While others were gallivanting around the world the Corporate Gapper was beavering away building up an enviable CV at a blue-chip management consultancy or accounting firm, slaving away 9-5 with perhaps the odd awkward lunchtime strip-club outing with the Junior Partners. No endless stories here – that’s because there are none. Yes, you were paid £10 an hour for a bit of photocopying and a lot of idle facebook, and yes, you came out with a sky-high boredom threshold and shedloads of cash but you’re lacking in terms of amusing anecdotes. Luckily you can make up for it by offering your pals several years’ worth of recruitment spiel. “You get a nice fat bonus for every new innocent you corrupt, with fancy dinners at Freud’s thrown in!” Sounds fab. Unfortunately these lose their appeal once you’ve been to one and realised the hidden price – sharing your evening with the dullest people you’ve ever met. Beware children! You’re only a free cocktail away from eternal damnation in the bowels of the City.Still, even if you resisted the charms of the Travel Gapper and the Corporate Gapper there are others, for example the Stayed-At-Home-And-Watched- Jeremy-Kyle Gapper. If you’re one of these, you won’t bore your new pals with what you did on your gap year, but will probably be so boring anyway you won’t have the opportunity. Although you will have an astonishing knowledge of relationship dynamics among the dregs of society. Didn’t take a gap year at all? Don’t fret, you can be a Pretend Gapper. You feel so left out you’ll eagerly try and join in with tales of how you found yourself on the terrible-test-of-endurance that was your Outward Bound expedition in Year nine Easter half-term. But beware, if you’re still reading this, perhaps feeling oh-so-smug and superior to all those silly, shallow gap-year types, you may be an Anti-Gapper: one of those who is so bitter about their own lack of interesting experiences that they will spend hours bitching about everyone who does have something to enthuse about. Gap years may not make you bigger or more clever, but they’re probably a lot of fun (or, if you went the accountancy route, at least they’re lucrative). So don’t dump on people’s stories, and maybe (possibly) they won’t dump on your own less spectacular offerings. If they do, tell them, in the words of GCSE poetry guru Simon Armitage, that “it ain’t what you do, it’s what it does to you.” And if you still feel left out you could always take a gap year of your own.last_img read more

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Accidental rule violation clouds debate on eve of NUS referendum

first_imgThe New College access officer inadvertently violated OUSU referendum rules earlier this week by emailing out her support for the ‘Yes to NUS’ campaign using the JCR mailing list.OUSU referendum rules stipulate that mailing lists “created or used by…a college (including a common room or college society)” should not be used for campaigning activity. Without knowledge of this rule, Jodi Haigh, the Access, Minorities and Equal Opportunities Officer for New College JCR, sent an email to the JCR mailing list detailing the University-wide Access Programme Target Schools’ belief that disaffiliation would hurt access.Both campaigns brought the issue to OUSU returning officer Anna Mowbray, and it was decided a further email detailing the arguments of No Thanks, NUS would fix the issue.“All concerned felt the issue was resolved”, Mowbray said.Indeed, the Yes side of the referendum distanced itself from the violation and wanted to move on with the campaign. “While it’s clear that staying in the NUS is the best choice for access, this was unfortunately against the regulations. The access rep in question was not on our campaign list, and likely not familiar with OUSU rules.” a Yes campaign spokesman said.On the other hand, the No campaign was worried about rule violations. “We were made aware of the breach of the rules quite quickly as we have a number of supporters at New College and were disappointed to learn about it. We would urge the Yes side to respect the rules, particularly in light of concerns raised at other referenda in other SUs”, a spokesman for the campaign said.last_img read more

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Speech: H.E Iain Walker speaking at the Queen’s Birthday Party 2019

first_imgHonourable Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Ms. Gloria Akuffo, Honourable Ministers and Honourable Members of Parliament, your excellences and colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps.Niimei, Naamei, Nananum, Torgbewo-o, Mamawo.Dear guests, dear friends (including friends in the media), one and all.Ete sen? Wo ho ye? [How are you? Are you well?]Yoo, me nso me ho ye [I’m also well]Mema mo akwaaba [I welcome you]Me paa kyew, mote brofo? [Please, do you understand English?]On behalf of Claire and I, you are indeed very welcome to our residence for the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen.Before I begin, let me say a few thank-yous: To our sponsors tonight: Apex Health Ghana, British Airways, Contracta, Goil, Prudential, Vitol, Tullow Oil, Vivo, ABL, Accra Marriot Hotel, Movenpick Ambassador Hotel, Labadi Beach Hotel, Holiday Inn Hotel, Kempinski Gold Coast Hotel, Blue Skies, Decokraft, Diageo (Guinness), Electroland, Environment 360, G4S, Joy Prime, McVities, Rendeavour Company, TT Brothers, Voltic, Kairos, Ray Styles and Wara.Nice to see the Wara family visiting my premises for a change, rather than my family visiting theirs. To my sensational team, who have worked their socks off to ensure you all enjoy this evening. Particularly – Jasmine, Abi, Pippa, Helena, Eric, Clement, and Charlene, the organising committee: you know who you are. And to the weather. Our focus for this year’s Queen’s Birthday Party is tourism. If the rain had stayed on, I was going to switch the subject matter to agriculture.I wanted our focus this year to be about tourism, because tourism really matters. If the world is a book; those who do not travel read only one page. Tourism allows us to share, protect and preserve humanity’s most valuable cultural and environmental treasures with the world.Globally – one of every 11 jobs is linked to travel and tourism. Research shows tourism has proportionately twice as many women employees as other sectors. The more the market grows, the more local talent & supply chains develop to meet standards. 10% of the world’s GDP based on tourism. Globally, the numbers are significant.International tourist arrivals went up globally last year by 7% to 1.3 billion; generating $1.6 trillion in export earnings globally. One-third of this was spent in countries categorised as “developing”. Every pound spent on tourism generates £3 of spending in other sectors.The UK’s outbound tourist market is expected to be $70 billion by 2020. In 2017, the average UK resident was abroad for 10 nights (…I don’t think just trying to escape the Brexit debate), spending £600 when away. In Ghana, the World Economic Forum, in 2017, recorded Ghana 120th of 136 countries as world’s favourite tourist destinations. What a secret for Ghana to keep! For everyone’s benefit, this needs to change.But why choose to focus on tourism now? We want to celebrate the 250,000 Brit-Ghanaian Diaspora who are defining modern Britain (in sport, fashion, politics, healthcare), and many more doing exceptional things here in Ghana. We know many of them want to re-connect with Ghana.2019 has been declared the Year of Return by H.E. the President. Ghana is urging the many African Diaspora to come home or look towards Ghana as their home. “What you don’t know, you don’t know”. I can see why Ghanaians around the world are deeply proud of their roots. There is so much to love: Ultimately, tourism is about people. Efya, who performed quite brilliantly for us earlier, could have been talking about the disposition of the Ghanaian people at large when she sang “You Bring out the Best, the Best in Me”. Ghana is famed for her hospitality and tolerance. I was moved when I saw the Chief Imam attending the Easter Sunday Service at Christ the King Church.We often talk about what makes us different, or separates us from our neighbours. In the UK, with Brexit (you may have heard of this?), there is a big debate on identity presently. We need to talk about what we have in common. The UK and Ghana have more in common than we realise: We share and pool our efforts through the Commonwealth: creating a safer, fairer, more prosperous, and sustainable world We share the same language, the same time-zones; the same common law traditions; and the same values (democracy, respect for human rights and the international rules based system) I’m mindful that a country’s people also live outside its capital city. This year, I have had the good fortune to visit and experience the different parts of Ghana: Navrongo, Nalerigu, Kumasi, Takoradi, Kyebi, the Volta, Sunyani and Brong Ahafo.I was particularly pleased to pay my respects to the new Yaa Naa of the Dagbon Kingdom, at his Palace soon after his enskinment. A historic moment for the Kingdom, made possible by the mediation efforts led by the Government and the Committee of Eminent Chiefs, chaired by the Asantehene, HM Otumfuo Osei Tutu II. I look forward to visiting all 6 new Regions and seeing how Ghana is realising the President’s commitment to bring Government closer to the people.The richness of a country is imbued in the diversity of its people. So, in August this year, with my colleague from the High Commission Joel Downham and – hopefully – others if they choose to join us, I plan to meet communities in Ghana by travelling 1,000km across Ghana. I plan to see people not through the window of a 4*4 or out the window of an aeroplane but by riding my bicycle. They say “the best routes are the ones you haven’t ridden” – I thought I’d take that literally.As I ride this 1,000km #TheGhanaGrand across the country, I hope to share my experience of Ghana. I hope to meet people in their schools, places of worship, health centres, on their football pitches and in their playgrounds. If you want to know more, or wish to share ideas about where we should go, please connect with me on Twitter @walkeriain. I already know Ghana’s jollof is the best on the continent; I now need to find other world-beating local fare. We think this will be challenging, so will take the chance to raise some money for Korle Bu teaching hospital – you can be sure I’ll be in touch.A personal highlight last year was welcoming back to Ghana His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and welcoming for the first time Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall. Memorably, this coincided with a 7 day visit by his younger brother His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex as he chaired the Global Forum for the Duke of Edinburgh International awards, known as the Head of State Awards.There were many highlights during the Prince of Wales visit to Ghana in November; in additional to the highlife music, one was certainly the frenetic, authentic experience of a durbar in the Royal Palace in Kumasi. Ghana’s traditional cultures are important to the proper functioning of State; they are fascinating to visitors too.I am proud to call Ghana my home and to live among, and work alongside, Ghanaians who share the same values. I am pleased that Ghana recently took the step to pass the Right to Information Law; and I look forward to seeing the impact that this will have on opening up government and enhancing transparency. Our values are what bind us. And in an increasingly inter-connected world how we tackle shared threats and challenges in the future will be what defines us: on matters of climate change, plastics, cyber security.My focus as High Commissioner is to prioritise and develop the UK-Ghana partnership to make it even better. We have created the UK-Ghana Business Council to be the primary vehicle for our governments to work together at the highest levels in pursuit of shared priorities, has focused our efforts around trade and investment, economic development, job creation and the business environment.As Ghana looks to develop its industries to create jobs and value in agro-processing, oil and gas, extractives, digital, tourism, pharma – the UK will use this mechanism to bring all of its capabilities to bear where we can, from development support and development finance through to private sector direct investment. As a trusted friend we want to support Ghana in whatever way we can to meet its goal of becoming the most business-friendly environment in Africa.We are bringing a similar approach to bear on many other areas of our work. On security our partnership is making the region safer. There is more to come, and I look forward to deepening this work to protect Ghana and the UK from shared threats. On development, we have been working side by side to realise our shared commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals and to ensure that no one is left behind as Ghana moves Beyond Aid.To do this properly, we are significantly expanding the UK Government’s footprint in Ghana by ten percent, with new frontline policy work on trade, trade policy, investment, defence, serious and organised crime, cyber security, infrastructure, climate change, illegal wildlife trade, and a new Diaspora office.This is a clear sign of our commitment to the partnership as we leave the EU, a commitment to supporting ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ and our commitment to invest in Ghana’s as a leader across West Africa and the Commonwealth.Before concluding I want to say a final word of thanks to Lt Col Simon Westlake, our Defence Attaché and his wife Angie who will soon complete their tour of duty. He has led our defence engagement with distinction. He has also led the forward-line of the HC football team with distinction – reaching out local communities throughout. I want to pay tribute to all the service he has given to furthering relations not only between the UK, Ghana and the sub-region but with so many friends and allies who join us here this evening.I also want to say thank you to our artists performing here this evening: Efya, The Jollof Balls, The Characters. And it’s great to see my good friend King Promise back here – he has had a huge number of his own hits (Oh Yeah, Abena, Selfish and Tokyo (the only hit song I know with London and Tema in the lyrics). He’s also collaborated with so many others : Sarkodie, Manifest, Wizkid – I’m hoping sharing a stage with him tonight may mean his next YouTube hit has King Promise ft. HC Walker.This year, we mark a number of notable milestones: 70 years of the Commonwealth, The Chief Imam being 100, The Asantehene celebrating 20 years on the Golden Stool, 100 years of British Airways and 70 years of UK Export Finance. So too, we celebrate the 93rd birthday of Her Majesty the Queen tonight.Let me raise a toast “To His Excellency the President and the people of Ghana”. We are only 6 hours away by direct flight A stunning natural environment A rich cultural tapestry A climate that many of us – certainly in the UK – rarely enjoy ….others now need to find out too!last_img read more

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Students Thank Chance The Rapper In Open Letter For His Donation To Chicago Public Schools

first_imgIn the beginning of March, Chance The Rapper donated one-million dollars to Chicago’s public school system, only reaffirming that he is, in fact, the man. The Chicago-born rapper and former student of Chicago public schools was moved to donate the money for Chicago public schools following major budgets cuts and after a disappointing meeting with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, in which Chance advocated for the Governor to invest rather than cut funding for schools.As published in Billboard, three 10th grade students from Lake View High School, one of the schools receiving money from Chance’s donation toward the Chicago public school system. The letter thanks him not only for his generous donation but also for advocating to others to do the same, noting the impact his words could have. The students go on to note that Chance continues to give back to his home town, hosting free concerts and donating money as a way to show he truly cares about the city and that fame hasn’t changed him.The letter also addressed gun violence in Chicago, addressing the time that Chance helped stop gun violence for 42 hours in the city using messaging on his Twitter and through local radio stations. The students end the letter by talking about what Chance means to them as non-white students in Chicago: “As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you. Being born and raised in Chicago is not easy at all. There are so many stereotypes and restrictions we have as teenagers due to the frequent violence and crimes. Your music puts some at ease because we know that someone cares and someone has experienced these daily struggles too. You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made.”You can read the full letter for yourself here or below, and if you’re feeling inspired, join Chance by donating to the Chicago Public Education Fund here.First and foremost, we as Chicago Public School students would like to thank you for the supportive donation to our schools. As we all know, CPS has been struggling financially, and your donation has really given us a push to get to where we need to be and possibly motivate others to give back to the community as well. This is only one of the many things that you have done to improve our Chicago.After you gave CPS the push that was needed to help give us students what we deserve, you encouraged other celebrities such as Derrick Rose to do so as well. If this goes on, CPS could be saved and our schools could receive the best educational experience we are worthy of. You are one of the reasons this can be made possible.All of the things that you do for our city never go unnoticed. All of the free concerts you host and all the time you spend here in the city really show you care. We notice it. We look up to you because the fame usually takes humility away from artists, but it hasn’t changed you.There are many big celebrities from Chicago, but you are one of the few that really give back. It is evident that you sincerely care for the youth here. This is why you are an inspiration to us. We appreciate you for not only representing us through your music, but also through your actions.In Chicago, a person is shot every 2 hours and 48 minutes. A person is murdered every 14 hours and 27 minutes, and you helped stop gun violence in Chicago for 42 hours with the help of your Twitter account and various Chicago radio stations. Even though this was three years ago, the fact you had such a tremendous impact on Chicago shows how much the people of this city look up to you.You’re more than just an artist to us, you are a way of life. You make music that we can relate to on many levels, because you know what living in Chicago is like, and you want to make changes in the city. We may not be from the same side but we come from the same city. We just want to thank you for not forgetting where you came from and helping the city of Chicago in more ways than just being an inspirational rapper. You’re using your fame for good and not just to look good. You gave $1 million dollars of your personal money to Chicago schools and that’s something no one has done for us.We thank you for supporting Chicago’s minority youth when not many others have put time to think about the kids. As minority students we feel ignored and as though we don’t have enough support from bigger influences like you. Being born and raised in Chicago is not easy at all. There are so many stereotypes and restrictions we have as teenagers due to the frequent violence and crimes. Your music puts some at ease because we know that someone cares and someone has experienced these daily struggles too. You and your music have taught us that you can be true to yourself and still be successful, still be self-made.Once again, thank you for aiding us and giving something back to the city we know and love, Chicago. Sincerely,Alex Rojas, Alondra Cerros, and Annelisse BetancourtLake View High School StudentsChicago, Illinoislast_img read more

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Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Announce Additional Artists For 2018 Riviera Maya Event

first_imgToday, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds have announced the additional performers and daytime activities for their second annual destination event in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Set for January 12-14, 2018, the all-inclusive concert vacation features three nights of Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds performing on the beach in Riviera Maya, Mexico, just steps away from the ocean. Additional artists include critically acclaimed hit-maker Brandi Carlile, 2016 Best Folk Album GRAMMY-winning husband-and-wife banjo duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn and sister trio Joseph, each set to open one night each of the 3 the nightly concerts. Additional unique performances including daytime poolside sets will be announced in the coming weeks.Watch Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds Perform Rare “Dodo” In MexicoThis serene Caribbean getaway, designed in partnership with CID Presents, will offer guests a fully curated experience: exclusive access to three nights of beachside performances, all-inclusive food and drink, premium hotel accommodations, shuttle service to and from Cancun International Airport and 24-hour concierge service. Guests can choose from a limited amount of remaining packages at five tropical resorts including the concert’s host resort, The Barcelo Maya.Also revealed today are daily on-site activities, including daily sunrise and morning yoga sessions, paddleboard / kayak rentals, surfing contests and many more. Off-site adventures have also been announced including catamaran tours, zip-line & ATV tours, day trips to the Mayan ruins of Tulum and Chichen Itza, journeys to Rio Secreto (an underground all water cave) and much more.The two musicians met more than 25 years ago in Charlottesville, VA and have been collaborating ever since. Their rare performances as an acoustic duo allow fans to experience their special chemistry up-close, as they strip down each song to its essence and tell stories. Last year’s event saw the duo contribute acoustic sets with big bust outs, debuts, and more for each night. If last year’s event was any indication, the 2018 Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds Riviera Maya is sure to be something special.For more information or to purchase ticket/accommodation packages for Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds’ Riviera Maya destination weekend, head to the event website.last_img read more

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Harvard’s Wesley Saunders earns honors

first_imgHarvard junior Wesley Saunders has been named to the 2013 Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team, as announced Wednesday by the award committee.Saunders was a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection a year ago after leading the Ancient Eight in scoring at 16.2 ppg. The Los Angeles native was also tops in the league in steals (55), third in field goal percentage (52.2) and minutes (37.3), and was seventh in assists (3.5).Saunders scored in double-digits in 29 of 30 games while leading the Crimson to the third round of the NCAA Tournament and a third straight Ivy League title. An NABC All-District first team pick, Saunders picked up five Ivy League Player of the Week honors.The Lou Henson Preseason All-America Team is composed of 25 student-athletes from mid-major conferences. Following the season, the Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the top mid-major student-athlete in Division I college basketball. The award is named in honor of Lou Henson, who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years.For more on Harvard men’s basketball, visit gocrimson.com.last_img read more

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Tony Nominee The Visit Sets Broadway Closing Date

first_img The Visit After struggling with low grosses for some time, The Visit will close on June 14. Starring legendary two-time Tony winner Chita Rivera, the production began previews on March 26 and officially opened on April 23 at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre.Along with Best Musical, The Visit received 2015 Tony nominations for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Rivera, Best Score for Kander & Ebb, Best Book of a Musical for McNally and Best Lighting Design for Japhy Weideman. It garnered no wins.John Kander and Fred Ebb’s The Visit is based on the classic Friedrich Dürrenmatt play (adapted by Maurice Valency) and features a book by Terrence McNally, with music by Kander and lyrics by Ebb. Claire Zachanassian is an often-widowed millionairess who pays a visit to her hardship-stricken birthplace. The locals hope she’ll bring them a new lease on life, but little do they know her offer to revitalize the town comes at a dreadful price.Directed by John Doyle and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, the production also features Tom Nelis, George Abud, Jason Danieley, Matthew Deming, Diana Dimarzio, David Garrison, Rick Holmes, Chris Newcomer, Mary Beth Peil, Aaron Ramey, Elena Shadow, Timothy Shew, John Riddle and Michelle Veintimilla.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015last_img read more

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UGA researcher embarks on new study of cowpea curculio

first_imgBelieve it or not, field peas — a fixture of the Southern dinner table — can be too difficult to grow in Georgia.A pest called the curculio weevil has moved most of the production of cowpeas out of the state. With the cowpea exodus, Georgia farmers lost a crop that adds nitrogen to the soil and suits the state’s often hot, dry growing conditions.A dramatic decline“The cowpea curculio is to Southern peas what the boll weevil is to cotton,” said David Riley, a vegetable entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The curculio has played a hand in reducing the total acreage of Southern peas grown in Georgia from 86,500 in 1951 to a low of 4,311 in 1997. Due to curculio damage, 40 percent of the crop value was lost in 1995 alone. Adults lay eggs inside the pea pods, where the grubs feed on the developing peas. The grubs can then make it all the way through the processing line and even wind up on your dinner plate. Reproducing several times within a year, the curculio has a stubborn penchant for developing resistance to insecticides, with the standard pyrethroid treatments rapidly losing effectiveness.“If you can’t get a handle on it, it can literally run the acreage out of the state,” said Riley.An increase in Georgia cowpea acreage to more than 8,000 in 2009 came with an increased number of farmers’ calls to Riley about curculio outbreaks. At the time Southern peas had a farm gate value of more than $12 million, according to the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.The bug had never gone away. It just had fallen off the radar. Renewed researchWith the decline in cowpea acreage and focus diverted to other pressing vegetable insect problems, research on the curculio had been forgotten or fallen by the wayside. Once acreage started to rise, the curculio resumed its role as a serious economic pest. Starting in 2011, Riley embarked on research to study the curculio’s biology, population dynamics, susceptibility to insecticides and the resistance of host plants. “They’re very funny little weevils,” Riley said. “Talk about playing opossum, they’re specialists in playing dead.” Geared to avoid becoming the prey of birds, the curculio is a tricky pest. The elusiveness that makes curculio difficult to control also makes it difficult to study.“When you approach a plant, they’ll drop off the plant and literally look like they’re dead. But they’re just lying on the ground, and they’ll stay that way for 15 to 20 minutes — long enough for you to lose interest and walk away.”Developing a new trapSpotting the bug in the field can be nearly impossible. Consequently, most research on population dynamics in the past assessed curculio numbers by crop damage, which by that point was too late to apply any kind of controls.Riley needed real-time measurements of adults in the field. Past insecticides have targeted adults, but they can be useless if not applied at the proper time.By combining existing traps, Riley developed a new trap that for the first time could pick up adults early in the season, providing critical information on population count and movement.Original dataWith help from Lacey Lewis, a high school student in the UGA Young Scholar program, he conducted a marked-release study, placing the weevils in the middle of a pea field and tracking their damage. The wing-less curculio moved with surprising speed hundreds of feet from the release point in both directions along the row.His study collected new data on the weevils’ movement late in the season and their behavior over the winter, providing insight to possibilities of managing the pest in the landscape. Riley also found that no pea cultivar provided complete resistance. Only some of the white varieties could provide a measure of tolerance.With the curculio apparently developing resistance to pyrethroid insecticides, Riley identified only one insecticide that could knock down the pest, although it’s currently not registered for cowpeas.Alternative insecticidesWhile he’s working to move that chemical through the regulatory approval, Riley warns that one insecticide won’t be the long-term solution to the curculio.Alternatives have to be developed. Otherwise, the control system will fail as the bug develops resistance, he said.Regional assessmentRiley cautions that a regional survey for the curculio has not been done in a few decades. Much of the cowpea acreage outside of Georgia may now have curculio. As the bug expands it range, the potential losses to commercial cowpeas will only be multiplied.“These things will eat your lunch, basically,” Riley said.last_img read more

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ISO/QS, Inc. Opens New England Office

first_imgIndividual Solutions Options / Quality Services, Inc., a high technology management, quality, and environmental consulting firm headquartered in Austin, Texas announces the opening of its New England office in Burlington, Vermont. Robert C. Greenlese has signed on as Senior Consultant to head this office. The New England office will specialize in process improvement consulting, including implementation of quality and environmental management systems (and their integration) as well as process improvement techniques to improve an organization’s bottom line results.Mr. Greenlese previously worked at IBM Microelectronics as a staff engineer in quality, reliability, and process development. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University, a Bachelor or Arts in Physics from SUNY at Potsdam, and a Masters of Science in Mircoelectronic Manufacturing Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.The New England office offers a wide range of training and consulting services to provide customized solutions at affordable prices to a wide variety of technical and non-technical firms. For further information, Please view their website at www.isoqsinc.com(link is external) or contact them at [email protected](link sends e-mail), 802-899-3543.last_img read more

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