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Cracking the code

first_img Comments are closed. The draft Data Protection Code, which purports to offer employers guidanceon managing employee’s records, has so far caused more confusion than clarity.Linda Farrell and Alison Hollingsworth take at look at the most likelyscenarios where the code may apply and offer some practical solutionsCCTVC Limited has sustained a series of break-ins recently and has lost asubstantial amount of new computer equipment. The MD suspects that it is aninside job. As access to the premises has been gained through the frontentrance and a skylight on the third floor, the MD arranges for concealed CCTVcameras to be installed in the reception area and also in the open plan officeson the third floor. On reviewing the footage one morning, the MD is surprisedto find a recording of his secretary and the office manager in a somewhat compromisingposition. LF comments The Data Protection Commissioner has issued a code of practice dealing withCCTV in public areas (which could include the reception area in this case ifthe public has largely unrestricted access). A draft code has also been issuedcovering the use of personal data in the workplace, which contains guidance onthe use of various types of surveillance techniques to monitor compliance withemployment contracts. Both codes make it clear that covert monitoring can only be justified invery limited circumstances, for example where use of signage would be likely toprejudice the prevention or detection of crime. In this case, as specificcriminal activity has already been identified and the involvement of employeesis suspected, it is likely that C Limited will be able to justify covertmonitoring for a short period, but this should be restricted to out of officehours when the offences have occurred. CCTV monitoring for the detection of crime will amount to the processing ofsensitive personal data and must be justified by reference to one of theconditions in schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act and one in schedule 3. Inthis case, for schedule 2, C Limited can argue that the processing is necessaryfor the purposes of its legitimate interests, and for schedule 3 that it isnecessary for the prevention/ detection of crime (SI 2000/417). However, as thecameras were sited for the purpose of detecting crime, use of the imagesshowing the amorous antics of the two members of staff for another purpose, forexample, disciplinary proceedings, would not be justified unless the evidencereveals criminal activity or gross misconduct. Access to personal dataJohn has been dismissed by M Limited. A settlement was reached but thecircumstances of his departure were less than amicable and it is well knownthat he and his manager had not seen eye to eye for some time. Over the nextfew months references are provided to other companies to whom John applies forwork. After six months, John is still out of work but has twice received offersonly to have those offers withdrawn for no obvious reason. He becomes highlysuspicious that his former manager may have provided bad references. John sendsan email to the company secretary of M Limited in which he asks to see allrecords that the company holds about him, including any e-mails that exist andany references that have been given about him to prospective employers since heleft. AH comments Under the Data Protection Act, John has the right to make a written requestfor access to personal data held about him. The information requested must besupplied promptly and, in any event, within 40 days of the request beingreceived. However, this does not necessarily mean that John can see all thepersonal data that the company holds about him. The company is not required to supply copies of the information if it wouldinvolve a disproportionate effort to do so. Further, where the request wouldresult in the disclosure of information relating to another individual (forexample, identifying John’s manager as the source of the information), thecompany may not be able to comply, unless the manager’s identity can be removedfrom the documents, or he has consented, or it is reasonable to disclose theinformation without consent. In assessing reasonableness, the company shouldtake account of any duty of confidentiality owed to John’s manager (forexample, if any comments were made by him on the understanding that they wouldremain confidential). John is not entitled to see any references given by the company. However, hemight be able to obtain these by making a subject access request of therecipients of the references. Pre-employment vettingBob has applied for a job with a young offenders’ institution. He has successfullycompleted the interview process, but his prospective employer now intends tocarry out pre-employment vetting, including collecting information about Bob’sfamily members and close associates, before making a firm job offer. AH comments Pre-employment vetting is by its nature an intrusive process, since itinvolves seeking information about Bob from a range of third-party sources. Itshould only be carried out in circumstances where it can be justified, such ashere where security is an issue, and should only take place at this stage, whenthe decision to appoint has been taken. The reason for carrying out the vetting is to reduce the potential risks tothe institution, and so the checks should be proportionate to those risks,taking into account the seniority of the post for which Bob has applied. Bobshould be informed of the range of sources, the nature and the extent of theinformation to be sought and should be asked for his consent to the informationbeing provided by the third parties. The institution is not entitled to pursuea general “fishing expedition” – it should only seek information fromsources which are likely to have information relevant to the decision whetheror not to employ Bob. So, for example, it may need to find out about Bob’s family and friends orassociates in order to make sure, so far as possible, that they do not have anycriminal connections which might cause Bob to compromise the security of theinstitution. Information about criminal convictions or prosecutions relating to Bob’sfamily or friends will be sensitive personal data, so it will be necessary forthe institution to ensure that one of the conditions for the processing of suchdata is satisfied. If the explicit consent of the individuals cannot be obtainedthen the institution may need to rely on one of the other conditions in, forinstance, schedule 3, that the processing is necessary for the institution toexercise its statutory duties. Internet misuseX Limited is experiencing problems with its employees’ use of the Internetand e-mail system. It has become aware of pornographic material beingcirculated among employees, emanating from both inside and outside the company.Some employees are believed to be spending a considerable amount of time on theInternet during working hours, visiting leisure sites and chatrooms. X Limitedhas a basic Internet policy which permits reasonable private use of theinternet outside normal working hours. It is proposing to install new softwarethat will enable it to monitor e-mail and Internet use. LF comments In October 2000 The Lawful Business Practice Regulations came into force,permitting employers to monitor and record communications in certaincircumstances without the consent of their employees (although an employer isrequired to make all reasonable efforts to inform users of the system – whichmay include external contacts – that interception may take place). Theregulations legitimise conduct that would otherwise be unlawful under theRegulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Under these regulations, X Limitedis permitted to monitor its employees’ Internet use for the purpose of theinvestigation or detection of unauthorised use of its computer systems. X Limited must also ensure that it complies with the Data Protection Act,which requires that the processing of personal data must be justified.Employers should preferably obtain their employees’ consent to the monitoringprocess. If the consent route is not taken, they may be able to argue thatmonitoring is necessary for their legitimate interests. The draft Code ofPractice on the use of personal data by employers, states that any monitoringshould operate in such a way that it does not intrude unnecessarily onemployees’ privacy. The code also states that employers should identify the specific businesspurposes for which monitoring is to be introduced at the outset and wherepossible should enforce the policy by technical means rather than monitoringbehaviour. If this is not practicable, the least intrusive method of monitoringshould be adopted. The code emphasises that monitoring should be proportionateto the mischief it is designed to detect and that covert monitoring will onlybe justified in very limited circumstances, that is where specific criminalactivity has been identified and disclosure of the monitoring is likely tohinder detection. X Limited should also regularly review its Internet and email policy toensure that it complies with current legislation and that it is enforceable inpractice. Linda Farrell is a partner and Alison Hollingsworth an associate atBristows Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Cracking the codeOn 1 Mar 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

BYU Women’s Tennis Coach Steps Down

first_img Written by July 16, 2018 /Sports News – Local BYU Women’s Tennis Coach Steps Down Brad James Tags: BYU Women’s Tennis/Lauren Jones-Spencer/West Coast Conference FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah-Monday afternoon, per a report from byucougars.com, BYU women’s tennis head coach Lauren Jones-Spencer is stepping down from her position, effective immediately.She is leaving so that her husband, Kirk, may pursue an important business opportunity in southern California.Jones-Spencer has been with the Cougars’ women’s tennis program for 15 years, starting as an athlete and then rising up the ranks as an assistant coach and became the head coach in July 2011.In her playing days, Jones-Spencer was a four-time All-Mountain West performer from 2004-2007 in singles and a two-time all-conference honoree in doubles competition.After going 85-51 in singles competition and 81-35 in doubles play, she graduated from BYU in 2007 with a degree in graphic design.As the Cougars’ head coach, she went 77-97 (35-33 in West Coast Conference play) and guided 23 student-athletes to WCC all-conference honors.During the 2013-14 season, Jones-Spencer was named as the WCC Coach of the year and the Cougars had their first undefeated season at home in 16 years.Before her departure, Jones-Spencer will oversee the BYU tennis camps on July 16, July 23 and August 6.The athletic department will immediately commence their search for a new coach for the program.last_img read more

HACCP data in hand

first_imgFrom January 2006 bakers were required to keep permanent HACCP records under a new EU directive. To help companies achieve this, Electronic Temperature Instruments (ETI) (stand B530) says it has developed a cost-effective system that is user-friendly and doesn’t sacrifice quality or accuracy.The system records temperature readings, dates and times, plus notes, using a temperature probe connected to a handheld computer, also know as a personal digital assistant (PDA), such as Palm OS or Windows Mobile. ETI’s Thermapalm HACCP software or Thermadata logger software compiles and manages the HACCP procedures.The company can supply the PDA, probe and software as a package, or as individual items.last_img read more

Roberts Bakery raises funds for cancer charity

first_imgRoberts Bakery hosted its first charity ball on Saturday (24 September), in aid of The Genesis Breast Cancer Prevention Appeal, and raised more than £21,000 for the cause.Broadcaster Gordon Burns was among the 250 guests at the charity ball, with TV and radio presenter Michelle Eagleton acting as compere for the evening.It was held at Cranage Hall in Holmes Chapel, and included dinner, dancing and live entertainment from singer Cole Page.A silent auction raised £15,000, with prizes including a cricket bat signed by Kevin Pieterson, and a five-day cruise around Croatia on board the luxury yacht Mystique.Roberts also made special heart-shaped chocolate biscuits especially for the ball.last_img read more

News story: Martyn Worsley Appointed to Board of UK Sport

first_imgMartyn WorsleyMartyn grew up in the West Midlands and was educated at The Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School before going to the University of Southampton where he gained a BSc Hons in Geography. He started off his career in 1997 as a graduate trainee at Lloyds TSB before spending time in a variety of organisations including BT Group, BNY Mellon and SAB Miller undertaking Business and Human Resource roles globally until he joined Tate & Lyle as Vice President for Global Talent and Organisational Development in January 2017. Martyn is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.Martyn has had a life-long passion for both playing and being involved in sport including latterly coaching the Rugby Football Union for Women’s (RFUW) Academy for 5 years before being a non- Executive Director of the RFUW supporting the integration of the Women’s game into the Rugby Football Union. Martyn has completed the Trans-Atlantic Yacht Race, the London Marathon and undertaken multiple overseas expeditions whilst also being a Trustee for the London Youth Games. His other hobbies include skiing, shooting, sailing and spending time with his young family.The role is remunerated at £218 per day. This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments. The appointments process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. Under the Code, any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years must be declared. This is defined as including holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation, or candidature for election. Martyn has declared no such political activity.last_img read more

Research and analysis: NERVTAG paper on COVID-19 variant of concern B.1.1.7

first_imgSome preliminary analyses have been undertaken which show that there may be an increase in the severity of disease associated with this new variant, B.1.1.7.There are some important limitations to the data on which these analyses are based. A relatively small number of people were included in the analyses and from a small number of settings, so more data is being collected and the position will become clearer over the coming weeks.See information on NERVTAG.last_img

New boulangerie and kitchen for Fulham Road

first_imgThis month, the affluent London neighbourhood around Fulham Road is to get its own French-style boulangerie and kitchen, called Orée. Bringing a taste of the boulangeries and patisseries of rural France to west London, Orée will offer freshly baked Viennoiserie, artisan bread and fine patisserie, alongside a selection of breakfast dishes, salads and coffees.Orée will also cater for those looking for healthier alternatives, with a range of gluten-free breads.The company said in a statement: “Baking will be at the heart of what Orée does best. Boasting an in-house, glass-fronted 2.5 tonne deck oven and open boulangerie kitchen, all of Orée’s bread will be kneaded and freshly baked, daily, on-site.”Executive head chef Sebastien Charrier and head bakery chef Olivier Malebrera have worked closely with renowned artisanal experts, from Nantes in France, using a selection of 20 specialist French flours to create a number of innovative recipes, exclusive to Orée.Orée will serve 12 different types of bread, including rye, sourdough, buckwheat, Nordic and Japanese, as well as a seasonal bread of the month.The patisserie counter will include croissants, pains aux chocolats and escargot aux pistaches, all made with traditional sourdough, as well as cannelés, flan, financiers, and kugelhofs.More traditional British options, such as scones with jam and clotted cream and cheesecake will also be available. Charrier has also created a more unusual range that includes matcha & raspberry tea cakes, and lemon & yuzu meringue tartelettes, all of which will be baked daily on-site.last_img read more

Guitarist Dave Malone Talks NOLA Crawfish Fest, The Radiators, Masquerades & More

first_imgNew Orleans has produced some of the most memorable groups in a variety of genres, and for decades the reigning hometown rock band was The Radiators. Word of mouth and traded cassette tapes spread the legend of a band that blew the roof off every time they played a gig.Guitarist Dave Malone, of The Radiators, is part of the all-star team of local musicians closing out the NOLA Crawfish Festival next Monday through Wednesday at the NOLA Brewing Company, alongside George Porter Jr., Anders Osborne, Billy Iuso and Terrence Higgins during the “Daze Between” Jazz Fest.  Our own Rex Thomson had a chance to chat with Malone about the mayhem the band witnessed from the stage over the years, the art of proper crawfish eating, and the ups and downs of a decades-long career in the music business.L4LM: How packed is your Jazz Fest schedule?Dave Malone: Probably seven or eight gigs in eight or nine days. (Laughs) It’s not as crazy as some people’s…but some things came I just couldn’t pass up after I’d already booked other things. So I’m gonna be scramblin’ around. It’s a really special time in New Orleans, and a lot of friends and really talented musicians are coming to town. So I’ll put in a lot of time during the fest but come that first Monday after I’ll take a rest.L4LM: Speaking of gigs you couldn’t pass up, you’re headlining the last night of the NOLA Crawfish Fest with an incredible krewe like George Porter Jr., Anders Osborne, Terrence Higgins, Billy Iuso. That seems like a pretty amazing amount of New Orleans guitar on one stage at one time.DM: Yeah, it’s pretty concentrated and powerful, and with a rhythm section like George Porter on bass, who’s, well…just the best, and Terrence Higgins on drums who is also the best, it’s gonna be “Guitartastic!”L4LM: In jam sessions like this, do you guys work out an outline of the material in advance, or do you just go on musical muscle memory built up by years of doing guitar curls?DM: This will be the third time we’re doing this, with me and George and Terry and Billy. In years past, we didn’t even get together and talk about it. It was literally just 100% jamming. This year, I’m probably gonna get together with Billy, and work out a couple things like some guitar harmonies, then we’ll just get up there and go, and George and Terry can just follow along like they do so well. I hope I don’t jinx myself by planning a little bit. (Chuckles) These jams can go anywhere with these guys, and that’s as cool as it can be.L4LM: Besides all the great music, Shaggy, The Crawfish King, is going to be serving up the massive, scrumptious boil that he’s legendary for. all throughout the show. There’s gonna be a lot of visitors in town who’ve never eaten a crawfish. Any tips for them?DM: Yeah…don’t eat the shells. (Laughs) I’ve been doing this my whole life. Taking the head off, sucking the juice out…pinching the tail, grabbing it lightly with your teeth and pulling the meat out if they’ve been boned correctly…I do it so fast people look at me like I’m from Mars or something. I don’t care though…”I’m eating crawfish, leave me alone.”People, out-of-towners who didn’t grow up doing this they’ll pull the heads off and not suck the juices out…which is just a shame in my book. Then they’ll start peeling the spiny things off the tail not knowing that if you just squeeze them together then the ribs on the underside crack and you can just gently tug it out with your teeth. It comes out as one tail. I go nuts on them, I tell you what and Shaggy’s are some of the absolute best.Here’s The Radiators giving their best musical crawfish tip of all…”Suck The Head”NOLA’s Crawfish King Is Cooking Up A Whole New FestivalL4LM: One of the ways that The Radiators built their dedicated following was as the house band for the infamous masquerade themed MOMs Balls. Can you describe a few of the more memorable outfits you saw from your perch onstage?DM: Well some of the most memorable outfits were hardly anything on really beautiful girls. Y’know, the thing is with all those events, especially the MOMs Ball, is that you really don’t remember it at all. You know that it happened, and that you were there because there are pictures that prove it. But if you do it right, it’s all kinda hazy. But you know it was the greatest Mardi Gras party every year. We would play it at a place and they would ask us not to come back. We finally found a couple of places that actually put up with our shenanigans.The whole idea behind masking yourself during carnival was to let your hair down and not be noticed as who you are. You were free to do whatever you wanted to do, provided you didn’t hurt anyone or break the law or anything. At MOMs Ball they carried that mindset to the extreme. People were just there to have fun. The early ones, man, there were people performing sex acts on the side of the stage. It was an “Anything Goes” kinda party.L4LM: Did you ever find yourself so distracted you forgot to keep playing?DM: (Laughs) I think my head probably forgot to play, but my fingers didn’t. Yeah I’m sure something like that a couple times. It was interesting to see, but you weren’t really shocked by anything. It’s New Orleans. That sorta thing happened even if it wasn’t Mardi Gras.L4LM: How did your involvement with the Balls begin?DM: The band that came before The Radiators had three Radiators and was called The Rhapsodizers. We inherited the MOMs Balls, which is a krewe of misfits, literally the Mystic Orphans & Misfits…MOMs. That all centered around a regular gig we had at a pizza place near the University of New Orleans called Luigi’s. So when the Radiators came into being after the demise of The Rhapsodizers, we inherited the MOMs Ball and the Luigi’s gig every Wednesday night, which was basically a paid rehearsal for us. Our fans would show up every week and encourage us to do whatever the hell we wanted to do.Not only that, but we allowed people to tape our shows, on cassette in those days, from the very beginning. Our fan base was from the fact that we were affiliated with Tulane University pretty strongly and all the different krewes like the MOMs krewe and people at the Dream Palace and Luigi’s. Tulane students that went back home would take these tapes to their brothers and sisters who would be coming to Tulane the next year. So we had new fans showing up who already knew our songs and us, before we started travelling all over the country.It was really beneficial for us to have an affiliation with Tulane. I was just in New York playing a benefit for a cause related to Tulane, and our relationship with the university, and Loyola to a lesser extent was built by what I tell people is us being “Accidentally brilliant.” We let people tape our shows and then these cassettes ended up all over the place. Friends had family in every part of the country. When we started touring, we had fans waiting for us all across the country.It’s pretty remarkable…in the days before social media. We signed with Epic Records a few years later, but it was the tapes that really made us well known. It sounds ridiculous but it’s true. We had, and still do, the tape traders who take this stuff very seriously. It’s not just every song and every show we played that’s been documented, but things guys said on the mic between songs. Crazy.There’s a whole website that lists every song The Radiators ever played and who did it originally. We didn’t really do…I have a problem even calling them covers, because covers implies you’re trying to make it sound like the original. We just called them “Songs that other people wrote.” We took them and did our own thing to them. Frankly, more than half of the time we had people thinking WE wrote the songs, because the ones we used were so obscure.Our fan base is really musically knowledgeable about this stuff. They dig back into who really wrote and recorded some the songs. We used to do a song called “Turn On Your Love Light” that the Grateful Dead used to do. The writer of that song is Deadric Malone, and on the record it said “D.Malone.” The song is older than me, but people thought I wrote it.L4LM: One last question about the MOMs Balls. Each event had a tag line or a theme, and The Radiators would write a new song for each one using the theme as inspiration. Is there any chance we can entice The Radiators back into the studio one last time to record those party theme songs you composed for each event?DM: Hey…that’s not a bad idea! I’ve gone over every angle I could think of, but that’s one that never crossed my mind, I can tell ya. That was what made MOMs Ball so special to me, I gotta tell you. Every year Ed and I would write that song for the theme…the bands that took over for us don’t do that anymore. That was a really special thing I looked forward to each year.I need to go back and figure out what they were. See…we really only ever played them that one time.L4LM: It would be a shame if all that music and history got lost.DM: That’s a really good idea. I’m writing it down now, to tell the truth. I never thought about that. It’s been so long though. I know there are people out there who can find the answers to this question a lot faster than I can…what all those theme songs were. It was thrity-three years.I’m gonna issue a challenge to our fans, to come up with a list of all the MOMs Ball themes played during Mardi Gras for those thirty-three years. I have no idea what they are. So please, someone out there…help!Check out one of The Radiators annual reunion sets from Jazz Fest below:L4LM: It sounds like the friendships forged over the years playing together in The Radiators are still fruitful. You even continue working with a couple of them in your new band, Raw Oyster Cult. You’ve also got Papa Gros in there with you.DM: That was put together as my main post-Rads band. I wanted to get a bass player and a keyboard player who could also sing. I wanted to take some of the Rads songs that I had always kind of in the back of my head hoped could have vocal harmonies. Ed and I harmonized sometimes but The Radiators were never known for our harmonies. I wanted to take some of those songs and try them that way. That was my intent with that.I’m older now, so I’m playing a bit less. I’ve got grand kids and all of that. (Chuckles) So I pick and choose what I want to do, and the main thing I do these days is Raw Oyster Cult. But it’s three Radiators, myself, Camile Baudoin and Frank Bua and John Gros from Papa Grows Funk on keys vocals and Dave Pomello from Johnny Sketch And The Dirty Notes on bass and vocals. And sometimes when Dave can’t make it Graham Robertson sits in on bass and vocals.L4LM: With that level of history and talent among the players, that has to be pretty comfortable for you onstage.DM: It is. We can do anything we choose to do, really. The only limitation is us. We need to write some new songs…but I’m lazy. We’ve been saying but it’s all really because of me not getting things done, frankly.L4LM: Another reason to just do the next album of the theme songs we were talking about earlier.DM: Yeah. One of the guys who was really into this, who passed away recently, was a guy named Eric Vandercar. He helped us early on with setting up our website, got us online, and helped document all this stuff for us. Thanks to him and people like him this stuff is out there, and hopefully we can pull it all together. Thanks to him and others like him, all this music lives on.L4LM: Well sir thanks for taking a few minutes to chat with us. Good luck during the Jazz Fest craziness and the NOLA Crawfish Festival!DM: The pleasure was mine. Thanks!If all this talk about music and food has you ready to feed your mind and your body, you can get information and tickets to the NOLA Crawfish Festival and three amazing days of the finest in New Orleans music, food and culture HERE. More info can also be seen on the poster below:last_img read more

Crop update

first_imgRain has been localized for the past several months and hasn’t provided widespread relief. With the exception of a few coastal plain counties, the entire state remains in drought. According to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service, 85 percent of Georgia’s cotton is in fair to excellent conditions. This year, farmers planted 900,000 acres of the crop, which is now blooming and entering a critical period for water. “We are hitting on an average cotton crop,” Roberts said. “It is still a little too early to make any predictions. The next six weeks, rain wise, will make or break the crop.”The peanut crop right now is “a mixed bag,” said John Beasley, a UGA Extension peanut agronomist. “In some parts of the state, peanuts look tremendous, but we do have some that are very dry.” Peanut farmers planted 650,000 acres this year; almost all of it is in fair to excellent conditions, according to the GASS report.Farmers won’t produce record yields like they did in 2003, when the average was 3,450 pounds per acre, Beasley said. But it shouldn’t be a disaster, either. “We don’t have any that are devastated beyond hope, that I am aware of,” he said. “But, we are a long way from bringing this crop home. There is so much that could go bad or good.”Damage from the tomato spotted wilt virus, a disease that has plagued peanuts in the past, has been minimal, he said. Insect damage, on the other hand, has been bad. Farmers have treated the crop two or three times and the bugs continue to feed on the foliage. “We have never seen it (bug damage) this bad,” he said, “not in 40 to 50 years.” Peanut harvest will start in September and hit full stride in October.Non-irrigated corn has suffered from the hot, dry days of July. Irrigated corn is in good shape, though, said Dewey Lee, a UGA Extension corn agronomist.“Any time you have the dry weather we’ve had, it affects the corn,” Lee said. “Last year, we had enough rain early in the season, but the eastern and southwestern parts of the state are extremely dry this year.”Roughly 75 percent of the corn is in fair to excellent condition, according to GASS. Farmers planted 370,000 acres of corn this year, 100,000 acres less than last year.Overall yields could still be high, he said, due to the fact that 55 percent of farmers have switched to irrigation and higher-yielding hybrid varieties. “For the most part, we are beginning the harvest of a normal season,” he said.The soybean crop looks OK, but needs August rain to fill out pods. This year farmers planted 420,000 acres of soybeans, almost twice the amount planted last year. Most of the crop is in fair to excellent condition.More concerning than the drought is the spread of an herbicide-resistant weed called Palmer amaranth, or pigweed, said Eric Prostko, a UGA Extension weed specialist. Farmers have fought the weed for years, but the resistant one is now popping up in record numbers in cotton, soybeans, peanuts and corn. Residual and timely post-emergence herbicides can help keep the prolific and fast-growing weed in check, he said. But it’s tough. Some farmers are using equipment, or even hands, to dig the weed out of their fields. (April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia row crop farmers aren’t expecting a record-setting harvest this fall. But yields should be good despite drought. Tropical rain, though, could help, say University of Georgia crop experts. “This has been a year where it is all about rainfall,” said Phillip Roberts, a cotton expert with UGA Cooperative Extension. “We’ve been living on scattered showers.”last_img read more

LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin presented three new standards

first_imgGenerator of continental tourism in Međimurje County and its surroundings, LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin are now proud of the fact that they can add Meetings, Congress and Bike Hotel standards to the already adopted standards.In addition to continuously presenting the adopted novelties from health tourism to visitors, three more standards can now be added to the list: Bike, Congress and Meetings Hotel.Thus, Hotel Spa Golfer 4 * is the first hotel in continental Croatia to adopt a standard Bike Hotel. This guarantees visitors a high level of service quality, and provides a rich cycling infrastructure with as many as 700 kilometers of landscaped bike paths. In addition to the Bike Hotel, Terme has adopted two additional standards: Meetings Hotel and Congress Hotel.Photo: LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin”The special standards we received give us and the guests some good information. For us, it is a confirmation that everything we have done so far in terms of creating quality for congress guests, as well as for our cyclists, has grown into a quality product and service that is eventually recognized and awarded special standards. It is a recognizable seal of quality for the guests because they know that they are safe in our hands and that they will receive a high level of service. We are very honored to be the first in Croatia to receive a special standard for a Bike hotel because it is an item on which we build our story of activity and healthy living. pointed out the director of hotel operations Jelena BerečićThis completes the entire offer – gastronomy, wellness, health, congress, bathing and sports tourism are located in a single point – LifeClass Terme Sveti Martin.last_img read more

Hipster lifestyle close to the water

first_img2407/35 Tondara Lane, West End.A COMMUNAL herb garden and proximity to the waterfront are drawcards at a two-bedroom apartment in one of Brisbane’s most popular inner-city suburbs.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThe home at 2407/35 Tondara Lane is priced at $585,000 in the Muse complex at West End.The 94sq m unit has two bathrooms and a dedicated single car park in the basement of the development.Agent Clive O’Kelly of Ray White West End was marketing it as being close to the Brisbane River.An open-plan layout features a kitchen overlooking living and dining areas leading to a covered balcony. In the kitchen are Bosch appliances with a gas cooktop, ample storage space and stone benchtops. The main bedroom has a built-in wardrobe and ensuite. Body corporate fees are less than $3000 per annum. Other features include an intercom and airconditioning.last_img read more

Toffees fans set for Rocky role

first_imgEvergreen Sylvester Stallone has banked on Everton fans to provide him with a knockout scene for his latest film. Stallone, wearing a Toffees shirt, introduced the film and asked the crowd to go wild – they might have needed some encouragement having seen their team miss a penalty in the last minute of the first half. In the latest film Rocky’s pupil – Adonis Creed – will fight against Pretty Boy Porter, who is played by actual British boxer Tony Bellew. That is where Everton fans came into the equation. Bellew, a lifelong Everton fan, used his connections with the club to book Stallone a slot on the big screens. This was not the first time Stallone had made an ‘appearance’ at Goodison Park. The actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for the first Rocky film, paid a visit to Everton’s ground eight years ago to watch the team take on Reading and was presented to the supporters before kick-off while wearing a Toffees scarf. Although he has been eligible for a bus pass for three years, Stallone has shown no sign that he wants to quit Hollywood any time soon. The American starred in the Expendables 3, which was released last year, and is set to return in a fifth outing as Rambo. The Hollywood star delivered a TV message on the big screens at Goodison Park during the half-time interval of Monday’s game against West Brom, stirring up the crowd as filming took place for his latest outing in the famous Rocky boxing franchise. The 68-year-old was filming crowd scenes for spin-off picture ‘Creed’ in which he trains the grandson of Apollo Creed – the fighter with whom the Philadelphia brawler clashed in the first two Rocky films. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Venus Williams battles back to oust Wang

first_imgVENUS Williams fought back from a set down to overcome the determined challenge of Wang Qiang as the American set a new Wimbledon landmark.The 37-year-old, a five-time winner at the All England Club, wrapped up a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 second-round success to mark her 97th main-draw match at the grass-court grand slam – a record for an active player.The pair also met in the first round of the French Open, when Williams – who has endured an emotional week amid questions over her involvement in a fatal road accident – prevailed in straight sets, but it was a tougher test on this occasion against the world number 55.Wang fought back from 0-40 down to hold in only her second service game and showed her resilience again when she was broken in game six, hitting back immediately.The Chinese continued the theme of producing the goods at just the right time, sending down an ace to deny Williams a break that would have left her serving for the set.It was the underdog who ultimately got that honour when a wayward Williams forehand gave Wang the break, which was cemented with a hold that afforded her a one-set lead.Williams, who reached the Australian Open final this year before losing to sister Serena, refused to wilt and quickly put pressure on her opponent’s serve.That finally paid dividends when Wang was serving to stay in the second set, with a deft Williams drop shot setting up three break points, the last of which was taken with a precise passing effort.In the decider it was Williams, a semi-finalist at SW19 last year, who moved up a gear as her variety of shot-making came to the fore to set up a third-round match with Naomi Osaka.last_img read more

MLB couldn’t start soon enough

first_img?Pitchers and catchers report in two days.?That is one of my favorite phrases ever uttered in sports. And while the countdown has officially been on since thefinal out of the 2007 World Series, there is nothing like seeing or hearing thecountdown when there is less than a week until the start of spring training anda new baseball season. With the NFL season now behind us, and March Madness still afew weeks away, the start of spring training comes at a perfect time. The opening of camps in Florida and Arizona startingThursday for some teams not only means that spring and warmer weather is on itsway, but that every team enters the year with a clean slate. Yes, some teamsknow entering the season that it could be a long one, but anything can happenonce the first pitch is thrown opening day. The start of spring training also allows fans a first glanceat their favorite team. How do the new acquisitions look? Who is going to win thebattle for the fifth spot in the rotation? What will the roster look like whenteams leave camp? And of course, with the start of camp, we can also beginthinking about and doing research for fantasy baseball leagues. Despite my excitement every year around this time, this yearI am more excited for spring training to start than ever before for tworeasons. Being a Brewers fan, this spring is the first year since Istarted following the team that the Brew Crew head to Arizona with a realisticshot at making the postseason. Will this be the year Milwaukee makes it overthe hump? Only time will tell. The Brewers have the young core intact from last year?ssquad that finished the year with a winning record for the first time since1992. With a reworked bullpen and a starting rotation with some promise, ifeveryone stays healthy, Milwaukee is poised to make a run for its firstdivision title since 1982.But despite the buzz surrounding the Brewers this year,probably the biggest reason I am excited about the start of spring training isI?m hoping the opening of camps will take some attention off the Mitchellreport and the Roger Clemens saga.Instead of talking about all the offseason acquisitions andtrades that went on this winter, the headlines that have dominated baseballnews deal with the Mitchell report and the latest on the Roger Clemens v. BrianMcNamee case. At first, I was interested in what Clemens had to say and toeventually see if one of the greatest pitchers of all time was telling thetruth, or if he was just trying to save his reputation. But now I couldn?t care less.I am so sick of turning on ESPN and having to see Clemens?lawyer Rusty Hardin talk about how his client is innocent. I don?t even care ifClemens used steroids. I just want this story to go away. On Wednesday both Clemens and McNamee will speak in front ofCongress, and since both are telling different stories, one will commitperjury, meaning this case is not going to go away anytime soon. Hopefully forbaseball fans like me, spring training can bring other stories to the forefrontand push Clemens to the back burner. Hopefully Peter Gammons, Buster Olney and other baseballexperts will begin talking about what is going on in the field again, insteadof what is going on in the courtroom. I can?t wait until we start talking about how Johan Santanawill adjust to the National League, or if the Red Sox have what it takes torepeat as champions.I don?t care if Clemens? DNA matches the DNA of the blood onthe syringes that McNamee provided as evidence.I want to know how the experts think the season will pan outand who is poised for a breakout year, not whether or not Clemens committedperjury.I just can?t wait until we can start talking baseball again.?Greg is a senior majoring in communication arts. Let himknow how you think the season will pan out [email protected]last_img read more

Kicks for Kids establishes connection with disabled children

first_imgKicks for Kids, a soccer league for young kids with developmental disabilities, played its first game Sunday at McCarthy Quad.Started by Zade Shakir, the current president of the organization and a senior double majoring in biology and international relations, Kicks for Kids is a service organization dedicated to promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for children with disabilities in the greater Los Angeles area. Shakir founded the group in March after he attended USC’s annual Spirits in Action event, which is the university’s version of the Special Olympics. Shakir’s “buddy” at the event was diagnosed with autism, which inspired him to create more opportunities for children with developmental disabilities to participate in sports.Shakir said there is a correlation between kids with developmental disabilities and obesity. To combat this correlation, Shakir wanted to create a social environment where children could run around and families could cheer them on. USC students involved in the program couldn’t agree more.“I would like them to feel a sense of togetherness, like unity amongst other people,” said the programs’ marketing director Sharon D’Souza, a senior majoring in communication. “I think it’s really important that they understand the importance of being active and that they can still be active. Whatever barriers they’re facing, it shouldn’t hold them back.”D’Souza said that the parents of these children work hard to pay for their kids’ medical bills and hoped that this event could help them stay active even with their families’ busy schedules.The organization advertised to pull together more than 50 volunteers who signed up to help for the first game, according to D’Souza. They contacted all the occupational therapy professors and asked if they could present their organization to students, and many professors even offered extra credit to students for participating in Kicks for Kids. The organization also reached out to groups such as sororities and fraternities, which have service requirements.“It’s really the epitome of Trojan Family. Everyone I’ve talked to about the program has been so helpful and so willing to go for it,” Shakir said.Student volunteers at the event mentioned that there are a lot of recreational centers that do not provide special events for children with developmental disabilities, so when they found Kicks for Kids, they pounced on the opportunity to volunteer.“I think every kid I talked to here said soccer is their favorite thing to do, and I know that can be a problem if you live in the inner city to get an opportunity to play,” said Tom Murphy, a junior majoring in economics and math.The event was a great opportunity, not just for the children but for the volunteers as well.“When I used to practice, I did not meet with a lot of autistic kids, and I’ve learned about them but I’ve never met them. It was a great experience to know how autistic kids at an older age are doing, how they do in society, how they do when they are with a lot of new people around,” said Charmi Patel, a graduate student studying occupational therapy.Rima Al-Rabadi, a junior majoring in global health, said she has spent a lot of wtime working with kids with disabilities through her involvement with the USC Helenes. She thought Kicks for Kids would be another great way for students to simultaneously engage with the community and have a rewarding experience.“I really enjoy having ‘buddies’ and getting to be a part of their lives,”  Al-Rabadi said. “I feel as though they teach me a lot as well. They’re always so happy, excited and ready to do whatever event we have planned for them to do.”Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

Syracuse football recruiting: Class of 2018 linebacker Ja’Qurius Smith decommits from Syracuse

first_imgClass of 2018 linebacker Ja’Qurius Smith decommitted from Syracuse on Tuesday, he announced via Twitter. Published on January 17, 2018 at 9:45 am Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Smith originally committed to Syracuse in May of 2017, but did not take advantage of the early signing period in December. He has since received a scholarship offer from Cincinnati, where 247sports.com predicts he will eventually commit. Smith also has offers from Purdue, South Florida, Western Kentucky and Dino Babers’ former school, Bowling Green.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Lakeland, Florida, native is a three-star prospect, and was one of four linebackers committed to Syracuse. Juan Wallace, Martrevious Allison and Lakiem Williams are the three others, and all have signed National Letters of Intent with the Orange.See the rest of the Dino Babers’ Class of 2018 here. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more