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Researchers in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences are teaming up with IBM to work with farmers in Georgia’s Lower Flint River Basin to enhance water efficiency by up to 20 percent.The college and IBM are collaborating with the Flint River Partnership — which includes the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Nature Conservancy — to help farmers make the best irrigation scheduling decisions in order to conserve water, improve crop yields and mitigate the impact of future droughts.The Lower Flint River Basin is one of the most diverse and ecologically rich river systems in the Southeast. The area is also the epicenter of agriculture in Georgia: Its 27 counties contribute more than $2 billion in farm-based revenue annually to the region’s economy. Irrigation is central to production, and because of the area’s unique hydrogeology, maximizing water conservation helps support sensitive habitat systems.UGA faculty members George Vellidis, Wes Porter, Ian Flitcroft, Calvin Perry, Craig Kvien and John Snider have worked to develop the irrigation models and recruit farmers to test the new system. “The UGA-CAES faculty have been working with the Flint River Partnership for a number of years to develop tools, techniques and technologies to help growers improve the efficiency of agricultural water use,” said Perry, who is superintendent of UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Ga. Stripling Irrigation Research Park has been the proving ground for many of these tools, he continued, and serves as a focal point for many of these research, Extension and outreach activities.“Our job is to help farmers conserve water. Irrigation scheduling based on highly accurate weather forecasts and real-time field data will optimize decision making and consequently reduce resource use,” said Marty McLendon, chairman of the Flint River Soil and Water Conservation District. “Having access to such forecasts and field data on a mobile platform makes the data relevant, so that we can make proactive irrigation scheduling decisions on the fly.”The Flint River Partnership is using IBM’s Deep Thunder precision weather forecasting service to refine farmers’ already successful irrigation models and water conservation practices. The added weather information will help farmers conserve more water and improve crop yields. Because the forecasts will be available on mobile devices, farmers will have 24-hour access to critical weather information in conjunction with other relevant field data. The partnership also is offering farmers the use of IBM Softlayer to manage their field and weather data and automate irrigation recommendations. UGA faculty have worked with the Flint River Partnership for many years on projects such as using variable-rate irrigation for precision water placement, the UGA Smart Sensor Array for monitoring soil moisture conditions and field mapping with Real Time Kinematic GPS, among others, Perry said. They also are “bringing in the UGA-led Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network to provide historic weather data for use in training the IBM Deep Thunder weather forecast system for localized, southwest Georgia conditions.”The integration of complex data streams generated by GPS-enabled farm equipment and in-field sensors with IBM’s Deep Thunder weather forecasting technology delivered to mobile devices will provide 72-hours advance notice of weather in the Flint region, allowing farmers to be more prepared to make decisions on when to irrigate, plant, fertilize and deploy labor resources.“Farming operations are highly sensitive to weather. In the U.S., that sensitivity is about $15 billion per year,” said Lloyd Treinish, distinguished engineer and chief scientist of IBM Research. “For example, the USDA estimates that 90 percent of crop losses are due to weather. In addition, improving efficiency in irrigation will reduce the impact in areas with limited water supplies. By better understanding and then predicting these weather effects, we can help mitigate these impacts.“Innovators like the Flint River Partnership are showing how they can leverage IBM’s advanced modeling and analytics to increase crop yields. When we consider the need to increase food availability to a growing population, their leadership is helping to create a more sustainable approach to agriculture.”For more information on the C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park, see striplingpark.org. For more information on the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, see caes.uga.edu.
Anti-Semitic flyers have been plastered all over the University of Central Florida campus in a second case of alleged anti-Semitism UCF officials are investigating over the past month. The flyers, posted in response to a bill aimed at denouncing anti-Semitism in schools, reads, “Florida Jews Attack Campus Free Speech.” It has left some in the UCF Jewish community uncomfortable.The flyer calls out House Bill 741, which was passed in May. The bill denounces anti-Semitism, saying anti-Semitism at schools must be handled the same way racism is. The flyer says the bill restricts “legitimate criticism of Israel and the role of Jews in the United States.”“It’s exactly the sort of anti-Semitic screed that the bill is intended to address,” said the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Randy Fine, R-Palm Bay.“Anytime you say that we have to have a discussion about the evil impact of Jews in our society, everything you say after that’s absolutely irrelevant. They had no point other than they are bigoted, hateful people,” Fine said.Other anti-Semitic flyers were posted on a Chabad sign near campus last month, concerning Jewish students.The UCF Police Department says it is aware of the flyers and is actively investigating.
A Central Florida convicted cop killer is sentenced to die. A jury in Osceola County yesterday unanimously recommended that 20-year-Marine veteran Everett Miller get the death sentence for killing two Kissimmee police officers two years ago.The 12-member jury deliberated for five-and-a-half hours at the Osceola County Courthouse before deciding unanimously the Marine Corps veteran should be sentenced to death for fatally shooting 36 year old Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and 26 Officer Matthew Baxter. The same jury found Miller, 48, guilty of first-degree murder on Sept. 11 in the 2017 killings.Defense attorney Roseanne Eckert told jurors Miller would die in prison for killing Baxter and Howard regardless of their vote — but the jury would decide if it’s by natural causes or at the hands of the state.“I’m going to ask you to consider how Master Sgt. Miller, the proud decorated Marine, turned into this broken, barefooted mentally ill man,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with considering mercy and redemption.” in the months before the killings, lost his job at a packaging company, became homeless and broke up with his girlfriend. She said the former Marine suffered from depression and PTSD.Jurors found the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt four aggravating factors sufficient to warrant death. But the jury did not find Miller’s defense attorneys proved any mitigating factors that supported a sentence of life imprisonment, including circumstances surrounding his life and military service. But the prosecution said Miller had family members who cared about him during this period and received treatment from the VA, but he missed appointments and refused to take medication.During closing arguments at the Osceola County Courthouse, Assistant State Attorney Ryan Williams said the Marine Corps veteran was angry about the course of his life and adopted extremist anti-government beliefs, which led to him blaming law enforcement officers.Williams said he was surprised the jury found no mitigating factors were proven because during closing arguments, he conceded Miller had a successful career in the Marine Corps.The defense attorney for 48-year-old Miller were asking for life in prison saying Miller was a loving father and son with an exceptional military career who was under extreme emotional distress that caused him to be manic and paranoid.“There’s no doubt that Glenn Miller was out of his mind that summer,” she said.Be sure to check out Karen’s Full Rigor podcast coming up on Monday. It revisits the slaying of Palm Beach County Deputy Sgt. Rocky Hunt who was the last Palm Beach County officer shot in the line of duty. His killer, Nicholas Hardy, turned the officers gun on himself and survived. He was sentenced to death, just like Everett Miller, but his sentence was commuted to life.Click here to listen.
Tech experts are offering some advice on how to protect one’s data and devices in airports and other locations during the holidays.They are cautioning the public against using public charging stations, due to an increase in identity theft cases.“You don’t know what’s inside of that you don’t know what cord they’re using there’s a lot of unknowns there,” says Experimac General Manager Josh Barnes.He adds that companies sometimes stock the stations with cheap cables, and, “The fake chargers could actually electrocute your phone.”Android users face an additional danger of having data stolen from their phones.The growing cyber threat, also known as Juice Jacking, poses a risk to smartphones, tablets and computers. In under a minute, a virus can be transferred to unsuspecting users’ devices. The virus then exports sensitive data and passwords directly to the scammers.Barnes recommends that people use their own portable power banks or plug their own chargers into outlets.
The Harvard-Yale football game was delayed briefly on Saturday, after more than 100 students and alumni flooded the field in protest of the schools’ endowments from fossil fuel companies.One banner read, “Nobody wins. Yale & Harvard are complicit in climate injustice.”Harvard was leading Yale 15-3 during the game in New Haven, Connecticut when the students ran onto the middle of the field as halftime was ending. The game was delayed for about 30 minutes until the protesters were escorted out of the field by police.Students are calling for both universities to divest their endowments from fossil fuel holdings.“Harvard and Yale claim their goal is to create student leaders who can strive toward a more ‘just, fair, and promising world’ by ‘improving the world today and for future generations.’ Yet by continuing to invest in industries that mislead the public, smear academics, and deny reality, Harvard and Yale are complicit in tearing down that future,” the student groups, Fossil Fuel Divest Harvard, Fossil Free Yale, and Yale Endowment Justice Coalition said in a statement after the protest.They added, “We demand that our universities take responsibility for their role in perpetuating the climate crisis and global climate injustice — we call on Harvard and Yale to fully disclose, divest, and reinvest their holdings in the fossil fuel industry, putting an end to business as usual and taking meaningful action towards building a more just and stable future.” Harvard President Larry Bacow stated in a story last September in the university’s magazine that the school is pursuing various climate change solutions through research and sustainable practices on campus, and noted that he encouraged a “healthy” debate over investment policy.According to Bacow, “Amid our larger academic and institutional efforts, debate over investment policy — including demands to divest from the fossil fuel industry — will no doubt continue at Harvard and beyond. This debate is healthy. And while I, like my predecessors, believe that engaging with industry to confront the challenge of climate change is ultimately a sounder and more effective approach for our university, I respect the views of those who think otherwise.”He continues, “We may differ on means. But I believe we seek the same ends — a decarbonized future in which life on Earth can flourish for ages to come.”Yale officials issued a statement that reads, “Yale stands firmly for the right to free expression. Today, students from Harvard and Yale expressed their views and delayed the start of the second half of the football game. We stand with the Ivy League in its statement: ‘It is regrettable that the orchestrated protest came during a time when fellow students were participating in a collegiate career-defining contest and an annual tradition when thousands gather from around the world to enjoy and celebrate the storied traditions of both football programs and universities.’”The statement adds, We are grateful to the staff members and police officers who ensured the peaceful departure of students from the field. The exercise of free expression on campus is subject to general conditions, and we do not allow disruption of university events.”
The House of Representatives is in the process of delivering the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate, after Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed them late Wednesday afternooon.
President Trump attended a black-tie event at Mar-a-Lago Saturday night, before leaving back to Washington, D.C. Sunday morning.The President spoke at the Palm Beach Policemen’s and Firemen’s Ball and then took pictures with guests, based on social media posts. The event is “widely considered one of the most fun and successful balls on the Palm Beach Social Calendar,” according to the association’s website.Before that event, House Democrats and President Trump’s legal team spent time outlining their competing arguments for the impeachment trial, which is set to begin on Tuesday.Meanwhile, Mr. Trump gave donors attending another fundraising event at Mar-a-Lago on Friday evening a detailed explanation about what happened on the night of the U.S. drone strike that killed Iran’s top military commander, General Qassem Soleimani.Trump described watching remotely as Soleimani arrived at Baghdad International Airport, where he was met by Iraqi paramilitary leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, the head of Kata’ib Hezbollah, according to reports.“He was saying like we’re to attack your country, we’re going to kill your people,” Trump told donors, according to an audio recording obtained by CNN. “I said you know, I said, look how much of this [expletive] do we have to listen to, right? How much are we going to listen to it?”He also joked to those at the event that he received less credit than Conan, the Belgian Malinois dog that assisted in the Baghdadi raid.The commander-in-chief spent the first half of Saturday at his West Palm Beach Golf Club, Trump International.He left for the club at around 9:45 a.m. and returned to Mar-a-Lago before 3 p.m.
Boynton Beach Police have arrested a 23-year-old Lake Worth woman for allegedly dumping the bodies of two dead dogs in a dumpster.According to authorities, Devonna Hinds is facing two felony counts of cruelty to animals and the unlawful disposal of dead animals.She turned herself in on Wednesday and was transported to the Palm Beach County Jail.The arrest originated with a call for service on November 23 in reference to two dead dogs who were found in two separate crates in a dumpster behind South Tech Preparatory Academy in Boynton Beach.Photo courtesy: Boynton Beach Police DepartmentThe probable cause affidavit adds that one dog was a 3-year-old female pit bull named Karma. The other animal was a 6-year-old female miniature poodle named Paris.Police say a necropsy shows that both animals were poorly cared for and had suffered from multiple ailments, including hookworms, overgrown nails, dirty ears, and poor teeth. Hinds told police that she left the dogs in a crate outside in the rain and alone when she went away on vacation. The doctor who performed the necropsy determined that the dogs’ poor physical condition makes it likely they had been neglected for a long period of time. “This is one of the most disturbing cases I have ever worked,” says animal cruelty investigator Liz Roehrich. “These dogs experienced extreme suffering, and then their bodies were tossed in a dumpster like yesterday’s trash. We are grateful to the cleaning crew who discovered them and called us.”Hinds was attempting to adopt another dog when investigators arrested her.According to the report, she told officers that she cried briefly over the dogs’ deaths, but then quickly decided to dump the bodies.
By Joseph SapiaFAIR HAVEN – Tyler Lubin and Noah Tucker, both 17, grew up on the Navesink River – boating, fishing, kayaking and rowing. “What makes these towns great is you have the river,” Tyler said. “The identity of Fair Haven is this river.”A few months ago, they got talking about the river’s deterioration. “We wanted to do something about it,” Noah said. So, the two young men – borough residents and juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven High School – did some online research and developed a “Save the Navesink River” plan. Their idea was to raise money and place tube-like booms around storm drains and filter out the fecal bacteria in water runoff before it enters the Navesink River and its tributaries.They went to an online fundraising site Friday, April 22, and set a goal of $6,500, and reaching the halfway point four days later. Their initial aim is to boom 100 storm drains, with 9 feet of boom per drain, upstream of Fair Haven to the Swimming River area.That would leave about $1,100 left over to pay for shipping and hidden costs, they said.Call this putting the cart before the horse, but their plan is to begin raising money before getting formal approval.Tyler said he thought the funding demonstrated that “people care.”“If we went with no funding, they” – meaning the authorities – “likely wouldn’t take it so seriously,” Noah said.The two said they will update the funding website and donors can get their money back if they do not approve. The two expect to meet with a representative of the Monmouth County Division of Planning in the upcoming days, according to both sides.Tyler Lubin, left, and Noah Tucker at a storm drain at the Navesink River in Fair Haven. The debris buildup on at the drain shows what can flow into the river.“It’s nice to see young adults are interested in the environment,” said William D. Kastning, executive director of the Monmouth Conservation Foundation. “I like the fact these guys are kind of entrepreneurial go-getters to help the Navesink.”“The fecal coliform levels are increasing,” Tyler said. The polluting of the river with fecal bacteria, whose origins are human and animal, is caused by water runoff carrying animal droppings and waste from poorly operating septic systems into the river.How much of an impact will the storm drain booms have?“Technically, not the most effective solution,” said Hendrik F. “Rik” van Hemmen, a borough resident who is vice president of the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association.Yet, van Hemmen applauded Noah and Tyler’s enthusiasm. “I think it’s thrilling there’s kids willing to do this,” van Hemmen said. He added the project may have a greater impact than realized: “The biggest impact of their work will increase the public awareness of the existence of this problem.”Kastning had similar thoughts.“It, hopefully, creates an awareness,” Kastning said. “Any little effort that creates an awareness is a good thing.”The filters are pliable composite material covered in a mesh sock, the sock clipped at each end. Then, the filter is secured in place around the grate. The filters will continue working for perhaps two years, they said.“If it’s making a noticeable difference cleaning out the river, I’d say it’s well worth it,” Tyler said. “We’re very confident our plan can work.”After they got talking, the boys researched pollution and solutions to controlling it, then found a place to buy the filters. If fecal bacteria can be cut off from flowing into the river, the river will clean itself of the bacteria already there, they said.For now, the fecal bacteria keeps creeping in.“It keeps getting replenished every time it rains,” Noah said.