Garden talk

first_imgUniversity of Georgia horticulturist Allan Armitage will speak about the gardens of Western Canada on May 15 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.A writer, speaker and researcher, Armitage is a member of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences faculty and leads the Trial Gardens at the university.As part of “The World is My Garden” lecture, Armitage will present on Western Canadian gardens from 7-8 p.m. in the botanical garden’s visitor center and conservatory.The series began in January and has covered gardens in Ireland, Japan, Wales and Eastern Australia. The concluding presentation will cover New Zealand gardens on June 19.Each lecture costs $10 and tickets can be purchased by calling (706) 542-6138. The Friends of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Friends of the Athens-Clarke County Library cosponsor the series.last_img read more

USDA to help farms cover costs of avian flu

first_imgSep 25, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said last week it would, under certain conditions, reimburse commercial poultry farms for the cost of stopping low-pathogenic H5 and H7 avian influenza outbreaks.Under a new rule, the USDA promised to provide “100 percent indemnity for specified costs” involved in eradicating H5 and H7 viruses at commercial poultry operations that participate in the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP), a voluntary federal, state, and industry program to prevent the spread of poultry diseases.Until now, the states usually handled reimbursement for the costs of fighting avian flu, and the provisions varied, the USDA said.”This program expansion strengthens U.S. protections against poultry diseases such as avian influenza,” said Dr. Ron DeHaven, head of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). He said the change also helps ensure US compliance with international animal health guidelines that require countries to report all H5 and H7 virus detections.The program expansion will encourage testing and provide incentives to report outbreaks. It also demonstrates the USDA’s commitment to openness about H5 and H7 viruses in the country’s bird populations, officials said.Low-pathogenic avian flu poses no risk to human health, but the USDA’s policy is to eradicate H5 and H7 viruses because they can mutate into highly pathogenic forms, the agency said.The NPIP, dating back to the 1930s, is a coordinated effort to certify poultry flocks as free of diseases. Until now, only breeder flocks could be included in NPIP avian flu programs. The new rule expands the program to include commercial production flocks, including “table-egg layers, meat-type chickens, and meat-type turkeys.”To be eligible for full indemnification, commercial poultry facilities and states must meet certain requirements. The main requirements are that:States must have a surveillance program for all poultry.States must have APHIS-approved plans spelling out response and containment efforts in case of an H5 or H7 outbreak.Industry must maintain active surveillance that includes testing of birds and eggs.The new rule takes effect Sep 26, when it will be published in the Federal Register, the USDA said.In other developments, the USDA confirmed Sep 23 that the avian flu virus found in mallard ducks in Pennsylvania last month was the low-pathogenic North American strain of H5N1.Screening results announced Sep 2 pointed to a mild form of H5N1 virus in samples from mallards in Crawford County, Pa., but further testing was necessary, the agency said. Genetic testing excluded the possibility of the lethal Asian strain of H5N1 in the ducks.Mild forms of H5N1 have also been found recently in mallard ducks in Maryland and in two swans in Michigan.See also:Sep 23 USDA news release on the NPIP changesSep 23 USDA news release on mild H5N1 in Pennsylvania duckslast_img read more

Exeter boss Rob Baxter calls for mental toughness ahead of Clermont test

first_img “It’s very easy to talk about a lot of positives, especially from last weekend, but the truth is we have to go to Clermont and do it all again,” Exeter head coach Baxter said. “Reputations can get dented over there as quickly as they can be built up over here, so that is the battle for us. “We need to be mentally tough, and know we have to perform to a high level to be there or thereabouts against them. “That’s going to be the important thing, and we need to show the qualities we have been doing, stay tough when they score, and stay even tougher when we score. “We did that very well last week, and that battle is going to be very similar, albeit in a tougher environment, this weekend.” Exeter’s second-half performance last Saturday, when they scored 21 unanswered points, rightly won rave reviews. It was a display of collective excellence that rocked Clermont to the core, and Baxter is ready for another intense occasion. “As most people are aware, they’ve not lost a European top-flight game there for seven years, so history says the challenge of going there and winning is very tough,” he added. “We have to expect to play well and we have to stop them doing what they do well. We did it at home, but obviously challenges are tougher away from home. Press Association Baxter’s men visit French Top 14 leaders Clermont Auvergne, eight days after beating them 31-14 in Devon to underline that Exeter mean business in the European Champions Cup this season. Clermont, though, have not lost a European tie at their Stade Marcel-Michelin fortress since October 2008, and they know that victory is essential this weekend in order to keep themselves in the Pool Two shake-up. Exeter boss Rob Baxter believes that mental toughness must be an essential part of the Chiefs’ armoury when they face arguably European club rugby’s toughest mission on Sunday. “French rugby is renowned for being emotionally-driven, but that’s what I like about it. I am a big believer in it, and we are that kind of team ourselves. “I like to think we are a very emotionally-driven team, and I think that will be the deciding factor on Sunday. It’s the team that can bring the biggest focus on intensity and emotion that will ultimately come out on top.” Injuries mean that the Chiefs will be without wing Olly Woodburn and scrum-half Will Chudley from last weekend’s game, with Matt Jess taking over from Woodburn and Dave Lewis making his first start of the season as Chudley’s replacement. Exeter’s Aviva Premiership colleagues Leicester will take a major stride towards the Champions Cup quarter-finals if they beat Welford Road visitors Munster on Sunday. After winning in Limerick last Saturday, the unbeaten Pool Four leaders have established considerable momentum, and just two changes from that game see starts for Peter Betham in midfield and fly-half Freddie Burns, who replaces Owen Williams after the Welshman jarred a knee at Thomond Park. Munster, though, are already scrambling to keep up with the pace set by Leicester, and head coach Anthony Foley knows his players need a vast improvement this time around. “We just weren’t good enough (last Saturday). We conceded three of the softest tries I’ve seen us concede,” Foley said. “We didn’t take our opportunities. When you work so hard to get close to the line, that’s when there is pressure on your attack, but we didn’t look after the ball. A couple of times we kicked away too much ball, gave away a couple of soft turnovers and didn’t put pressure on them “But in the scrum and the maul, Leicester beat us fair and square. Now it’s up to us to go to Welford Road and reverse the result.” Sunday’s other game, meanwhile, sees Ulster visiting Toulouse in Pool One, a week after inflicting a 38-0 defeat on the four-time European champions. last_img read more

Uli Hoeness set to leave Bayern Munich role

first_img Source: RTE Uli Hoeness, the long-serving president of German soccer club Bayern Munich, is planning to retire and hand over his duties to a former Adidas Chief Executive in November, German daily Bild reported on Wednesday.Hoeness will not stand for reelection as club president and intends to also quit his role as supervisory board chairman, reported Germany’s largest selling newspaper Bild, which has proved credible in the past.According to the report, Hoeness intends to hand over his duties as president to former Adidas CEO Herbert Hainer, who is already a member of the club’s supervisory board.Bayern Munich was not immediately available for comment.World Cup and European Championship winner, Hoeness, served the club as a player from 1970-1979 and took over as general manager, and later president, immediately after his career.He is one of the most wealthy figures in German soccer.His departure, along with Oliver Kahn’s planned taking over as general manager starting in 2022, would mark the beginning of a new era at the club.Despite the club’s hegemony in Germany in winning seven Bundesliga titles in a row, Bayern have struggled to keep up at the international level.After last winning the Champions League in 2013, Bayern Munich have failed to reach the final again, with their elimination by eventual champion Liverpool in March in the round of 16 marking a recent low point.Hoeness, aged 67, was reelected in 2016 as club president after he had spent several months in prison for a multi-million euro tax evasion, a crime Hoeness admitted to German judges.last_img read more