Cool Bugs.

first_imgYou’d like to think the arrival of cooler weather will finally chase the bugs from your landscape. But it won’t.”Southern red mites are cool-season pests,” said Beverly Sparks, an Extension Service entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They’re most active in early spring and fall.”Mites are tiny creatures. They don’t look as sinister as their spooky cousins, the spiders and scorpions. In fact, they look mostly like they’re not even there.Pests in Prominent PlacesBut Southern red mites are a common pest of azaleas, camellias, rhododendrons and hollies. They sometimes invade junipers, too. So they’re found in some pretty prominent places in many Georgia landscapes.”You can see them against a white background,” Sparks said. “If you shake them off on a piece of paper, for instance, you can see them. But they’re tiny. Adults are about the size of a pinhead.”But these tiny bugs can do some big-time damage to plants. Their feeding shows up on the upper side of leaves as stippling — tiny white specks — or as a bronzing of the leaf surface.Look Under the LeavesYou won’t find the mites themselves up there on top of the leaf, though. They’re eating away on the underside.”They have mouthparts that enable them to suck out the contents of individual cells in the leaves,” Sparks said. “In high numbers, they can do some serious damage. I have seen some dieback in severely infested plants.”Even when the mites don’t kill branches, the stippling and bronzing of the foliage can make the plant pretty ugly. And that’s not what you planted it there to be.To get rid of Southern red mites, Sparks said, treat infested plants with an insecticidal soap, horticultural oil or a miticide. Sparks recommends the use of products containing kelthane or diazinon.Key to Making It WorkWhatever you use, she said, the key to making it work is covering the underside of the leaves.”That’s not easy to do,” Sparks said. “Hollies and camellias, especially — with their cupped, waxy leaves — can be hard to cover. But good coverage is critical to getting good control.”Any coverage at all, though, is more than Southern red mites often get. “Most people,” Sparks said, “just aren’t looking for pest problems in the winter.”last_img read more

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Shumlin kicks off long-term Irene recovery effort

first_img1 SUPPORT VERMONTERS AFFECTED BY IRENE: Through a networkof federal, state, local, non-profit, philanthropic and volunteerorganizations, Vermont will provide ongoing assistance to individualsand families affected by Irene. Our efforts will assist Vermonters withboth short and long-term challenges, helping them to rebuild their lives,and find safe and affordable homes.â ¢ Action: Ensure a robust case-management network to aid survivorsâ ¢ Action: Launch ‘Vermont Strong’ fundraising and recovery eff ortâ ¢ Action: Continue crisis counseling in affected communitiesâ ¢ Action: Keep hunger awareness highâ ¢ Action: Provide a range of options to affected homeowners and rentersâ ¢ Action: Encourage relocation of housing at risk to future floodingâ ¢ Action: Push National Flood Insurance Program to process remainingIrene claimsâ ¢ Action: Develop a mechanism for collecting housing-needs dataâ ¢ Policy: Irene increased need for affordable housingâ ¢ Policy: Review recovery issues unique to mobile homes2 ENSURE ECONOMIC RECOVERY AND RESILIENCY: Ourlong-term recovery depends on the development of strong and robustlocal economies. Vermont will support businesses and farmswith targeted assistance to aid recovery.â ¢ Action: Support continuation of small business assistance through VEDAâ ¢ Innovation: Establish small business champions teamâ ¢ Action: Expand small business toolbox and increase downtown tax creditsâ ¢ Action: Implement aggressive post-Irene tourism marketing planâ ¢ Action: Monitor farm viability for spring 2012 and possibly beyondâ ¢ Innovation: Expand interaction among agriculture partnersâ ¢ Innovation: Utilize a case-management system at the Agency of Agriculture,Food and Marketsâ ¢ Action: Enhance emergency preparedness and continuity of operationsplanning for businesses and farmers3 FOSTER COMMUNITY RECOVERY: Vermont will champion localrecovery by partnering with towns and cities in their ongoingeff orts to rebuild infrastructure, restore services and assist residentsand businesses.â ¢ Action: Expand fi nancial support to severely affected townsâ ¢ Action: Maximize Public Assistance 406 hazard mitigation fundsâ ¢ Action: Prioritize disaster funding for community recoveryâ ¢ Action: Continue State support for strong local recoveryâ ¢ Action: Encourage community service to aid recoveryâ ¢ Action: Memorialize Irene’s impact4 REBUILD OUR ROADS, BRIDGES AND RAILS: Vermont willcontinue its strong work at a state and local level to rebuild and repairroads, bridges, culverts and rails damaged by Irene without losingsight of the overall infrastructure needs.â ¢ Action: Continue repairs and monitor for new hazardsâ ¢ Action: Enhance traveler-information servicesâ ¢ Action: Qualify State Snowmobile Trail System for FEMA PAâ ¢ Action: Expand inter-agency collaboration and coordinationâ ¢ Innovation: Convene transportation innovation working groupâ ¢ Innovation: Create rapid bridge deployment pilotâ ¢ Policy: Consider hazard mitigation and flood resiliency in project designand prioritizationâ ¢ Policy: Sustain focus on statewide transportation program5 MANAGE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT: Vermont will continueto honor its strong environmental ethic through the ongoing responseand recovery. Our efforts will apply river and flood-plainmanagement that protects our communities and our environment in partnershipwith local government, small businesses, farmers and propertyowners.â ¢ Action: Continue ongoing remediation of debris and siltâ ¢ Action: Establish rapid response team to monitor river actionâ ¢ Action: Maximize federal funds for channel stabilization and debris removalâ ¢ Action: Update bridge and culvert hydraulic design manuals in Vermontâ ¢ Innovation: Expand best practices education for river managementâ ¢ Action: Coordinate efforts to protect farmlandâ ¢ Action: Coordination with federal partnersâ ¢ Policy: Review flood-plain management policiesâ ¢ Policy: Evaluate hazardous waste storageâ ¢ Policy: Evaluate emergency response powers for environmental hazards6 PREPARE FOR FUTURE DISASTERS: To better prepare for futuredisasters, Vermont will apply lessons learned from Irene for planning,emergency response and recovery.â ¢ Action: Increase training on Incident Command Systemâ ¢ Action: Update State Emergency Operations Plan and State Hazard Mitigationplanâ ¢ Action: Encourage towns to update and/or develop emergency operationsplansâ ¢ Action: Develop community communication systemâ ¢ Action: Develop a goods-management strategyâ ¢ Action: Improve volunteer management capabilitiesâ ¢ Innovation: Establish Higher Education Volunteer Council. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin presented the Irene Recovery Report January 8 and launched the Community Recovery Partnership.Shumlin said the Community Recovery Partnership will target affected towns and regions with facilitated local and regional conversations and cross-agency state support, as well as supporting collaboration in long-term planning and implementation of recovery efforts.‘We know that all recovery is local and the best role for the State is to support the towns. The first step is to talk with communities about both their current needs and their future plans, in order to better gauge the additional assistance they will need going forward,’ the governor said. ‘We need to harness the incredible community energy of the past two months and direct it toward rebuilding Vermont into a stronger, smarter and safer state.’Shumlin said the recovery needs vary from town to town and region to region. To best understand these needs, the state will ask town residents to share their views and ideas.‘True recovery is a community-powered process and we are eager to have local leaders who emerged during the Irene response be active participants,’ said Neale Lunderville, Vermont’s first Irene Recovery Officer. “These conversations will inform the state’s long-term recovery plan and help set the direction for the future.”The first round of conversations will begin next week and occur over the next few months. The State of Vermont will not provide direct financial assistance to towns, it can provide time and expertise to help craft a plan for the future. All visits will include a team from the Agencies of Commerce & Community Development, Transportation, Human Services and Natural Resources, as well as representatives from the Regional Planning Commissions and Regional Development Corporations. Through a combination of public hearings and meetings with stakeholder groups, communities and regions will outline their long-range recovery vision and capacity on issues like housing, transportation and economic development. This, in turn, will enable the Shumlin administration to match needs with existing services in the short term, but also create a long-term state recovery plan that leaves Vermont in better shape than before Tropical Storm Irene hit.‘Our goal is to support communities as they make the hard decisions about recovery,’ said Noelle MacKay, Commissioner of Economic, Housing and Community Development, who will spearhead this initiative through her department. ‘Having cross-agency teams is critical as we help towns identify gaps in capacity and need, as well as trends worth pursuing.’The governor will personally lead the first several workshops. The first conversation will be held in the Mad River Valley (details TBA). Towns that are interested in having a community conversation with the State should contact Faith Ingulsrud @ faith.ingulsrud@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail) or by calling 802-828-5228. Route 125 in Ripton under repair August 29, the day after Irene struck Vermont. Photo by Ed Barna. IRENE RECOVERY REPORTThe Irene Recovery Report (www.vtstrong.vermont.gov/(link is external)) details different stages of the recovery. One is the ongoing recovery effort for people and places. Those places include homes, businesses, nonprofits, infrastructure and government. Large portions of several communities, including Wilmington in the far south and Waterbury in the north-central part of the state were severely damaged and require extensive rebuilding. Vermont state government was among those entities which were shut down temporarily by the August 28 tropical storm. Many homes, businesses and government places were destroyed and will not be rebuilt because they were either too badly damaged or are in a location too prone to future flooding.Another  aspect of the report is environmental remediation. While much of the damage was beyond the scope of reasonable human endeavor to prepare for, the design of roadbeds, bridges and especially culverts are seen as weaknesses in the system that can be successfully addressed. The rapid repair of the infrastructure in some cases will have to be redressed to restore the ecological damage done by both the storm itself and the need to repair the infrastructure quickly.And of course the state must prepare for the next storm, as much as that is possible, from emergency management to infrastructure design.The 72-page report was prepared by former Irene Recovery Officer Neale Lunderville and sent to the governor on January 3, 2012. Lunderville then returned to Green Mountain Power and Governor Shumlin appointed Deputy Transportation Secretary Sue Minter to fill the post.The report outlines key recovery strategies that fall into three principal categories:ACTION: These are recovery actions that are either currently underway or are planned in the coming months. These activities are essential to continuing the progress of Irene recovery, as well as to enhance policies and procedures that improve disaster response.POLICY: From improving traveler information to flood-plain management, Irene raised policy questions both small and large. Where possible, this report offers a recommendation on resolving those questions.If the scope of the policy is too broad, this report offers either guidance or a framework to make decisions in collaboration with the Legislature and other partners.INNOVATION: These recovery strategies are recommendations on how Vermont can take innovations discovered during Irene response and recovery, and apply them to the ongoing business of government. http://www.vtstrong.vermont.gov/Portals/0/Documents/Irene_Recovery_Repor…(link is external)last_img read more

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Unit of Japan’s NEC Corp. to install 100MW of battery storage capacity in Northern Ireland

first_imgUnit of Japan’s NEC Corp. to install 100MW of battery storage capacity in Northern Ireland FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:NEC Energy Solutions has revealed plans to install 100 MW of energy storage capacity at two sites in Northern Ireland, backed by engineering, procurement and construction services. Under the terms of the deal, NEC will also provide its GSS end-to-end grid storage solution, as well as AEROS, its proprietary energy storage control software.The battery storage company, part of Japanese tech giant NEC Corp, claims the two 50 MW projects will be the biggest energy storage systems in Northern Ireland upon completion. NEC did not disclose the financial terms of the deal or reveal additional details about the technologies planned for use.The energy storage company is building the two systems on behalf of London-based project developer Low Carbon and investor the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund (GSF). The deal is the second round of projects NEC has secured from GSF and Low Carbon.Steve Fludder, chief executive of NEC Energy Solutions, said the storage projects mark the latest step in Northern Ireland’s “tremendous progress” in the deployment of clean energy, noting 44% of the province’s electricity consumption came from renewables last year. “This easily beats Northern Ireland’s renewable target of 40% and occurred one year ahead of its 2020 deadline,” Fludder said. “Energy storage, via the DS3 program, makes more of this possible.”Alex O’Cinneide, CEO of Gore Street Capital, said the storage projects will be critical to solar and wind deployment in Northern Ireland as the system operator has been struggling to manage the power system as more variable renewables such as solar come online.[Brian Publicover]More: NEC Energy Solutions to build 100 MW of storage capacity in Northern Irelandlast_img read more

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Govt delays first disbursement of Rp 600,000 stimulus for workers

first_imgThe government needs more time as 2.5 millions workers are listed as recipients in the first batch of the stimulus disbursement, she said.“[We projected that it] would take at least four days to perform a checklist. So, we apologize to the first batch of recipients as we need to be extra careful in cross-checking the data,” Ida said as quoted by kompas.com on Monday.She assured that the stimuli would be distributed no later than Aug. 31.The government has allocated Rp 37.7 trillion from the state budget for the program. Some 15.7 million social security program beneficiaries will be included in the scheme.The stimulus is not available for state-owned enterprise workers and civil servants. It is also different from the preemployment card program, which only focuses on helping job seekers and laid-off workers by funding their job training. (dpk)Topics : The disbursement of financial stimuli for active employees earning less than Rp 5 million (US$344.16) per month has been postponed from Aug. 25 to the end of this month.Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah said the start of the program — which will give eligible recipients Rp 600,000 in monthly assistance over a period of four months — was delayed to provide more time to cross check the data of recipients registered in the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan).last_img read more

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Tug of war: Stakeholders clash over nuclear, fossil fuel addition to green energy bill

first_img“Focus this bill on renewables,” said Halim Kalla, deputy chairman for renewables with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), at a hearing in Jakarta on Monday with the House Commission VII overseeing energy.Read also: This company wants to build Indonesia’s first commercial nuclear power plant“Add the new energy to their respective laws [not in the bill],” Surya Darma, chairman of the Indonesian Renewable Energy Society (METI), said to lawmakers on Sept 17. “The type of energy that really does not have its own law is renewables.”METI, an umbrella organization for all local renewable energy associations, referred to the 2001 Oil and Gas law, 1997 Nuclear Energy Law and 2020 Mining Law, which covers coal. Kadin, METI and a slew of energy watchdogs expect the bill — deliberations on which began in 2017 — to focus on spurring renewable energy use in Indonesia, a country lagging well behind its green energy commitments.Regulations stipulate that Indonesia should have reached a 17.5 percent renewable energy mix by 2019, yet the country only hit 12.36 percent that year.“This bill has been held back for three years,” analyst Jannata Giwangkara of the Institute for Essential Services Reform (IESR) said on Wednesday. “It will not immediately solve the issue but it needs to be supported by derivative regulations.”WWF Indonesia climate and energy manager Indra Sari Wardhani added: “The renewables industry is still very nascent. Don’t give it more challenges and competition.”Read also: Coal miner Bukit Asam to invest Rp 4t this year, mostly on infrastructureThe business and watchdogs’ pleas responded to the fact that nuclear power plants and new energy technologies have made their way into the draft bill under Article 6 and Article 7, according to the copy. The latter article outlines the role of the government, private sector, state-owned enterprises (SOE) and a “regulatory agency” in developing nuclear and new energy facilities.“We, at the Commission VII, also support the downstreaming of coal to create a cleaner fuel,” said commission head Sugeng Suparwoto at Monday’s hearing.The NasDem politician was referring to the government’s ambitious plans to downstream Indonesia’s mining industry, a plan that includes domestically exploiting more of the country’s abundant coal reserves. The House passed the Mining Law to that effect.Nuclear and new energy found more support through the Indonesian Electrical Society (MKI) that urged lawmakers to expand the scope of such technologies within the bill.MKI chairman Wiluyo Kusdwiharto suggested modifying Article 7 into “nuclear is to be used to develop nuclear power plants for peaceful and civilian purposes”, whereby the last clause is meant to address possible nuclear weaponization concerns.Read also: Jokowi reaffirms Indonesia’s ‘massive downstreaming’ of natural resourcesMKI, an organization dominated by state-owned electricity company PLN and its subsidiaries, also suggested that the government manage nuclear waste disposal.Nuclear energy holds a particularly divisive position in the world’s energy transition as some countries, such as Germany and France, plan to scale down while others, such as China and India, plan to scale up.Indonesia’s legal stance, as written in a 2014 Presidential Regulation (PP), is that nuclear is “the last resort” to electrify the country, a stance reiterated by Energy Minister Arifin Tasrif in January. Indonesia has three small nuclear power plants for research but no commercial-scale plant, the construction of which is an endeavor being pursued by United States-based Thorcon.Topics : Green energy businesses and watchdogs are up in arms over the House of Representatives’ decision to add nuclear and “new” fossil fuel technologies into a landmark green energy bill.Industry players have issued statements and held public hearings with lawmakers over the past two weeks to protest such an addition in the long-awaited New and Renewables Energy (EBT) bill, which promises legal certainty and incentives for listed industries.Nuclear energy, liquefied coal and coal gas – the latter product being pioneered by state-owned coal miner PT Bukit Asam – are all categorized as “new” but not “renewable” in the draft bill, a copy of which was obtained by The Jakarta Post.last_img read more

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Project popular with ‘family planners’

first_img… and there are loads of parks, schools, and retail outlets nearby.Mr Tutt said 38 of the 52 townhomes had now sold, with many buyers in the “family planning stage”.He said they chose the site due to its proximity to the city and local amenities, with their focus now on blue chip middle ring suburbs.“Securing 1.3ha in Everton Park wasn’t easy,” he said. “It was hotly contested off market. “We dealt directly with the three owners and worked hard to deliver a quality project.”Each townhome embraces a neutral colour palette complemented by timber, large ceramic tiles and high ceilings, with an open plan design throughout.Gourmet kitchens, generously-sized bedrooms and bathrooms, and plenty of storage are among the key features. Each home also boasts its own private courtyard and deck. The gourmet kitchen will suit entertainers.Residents amenities include an outdoor entertainment area, secluded pool, and a gym.Construction is due for completion in mid-2019.Mr Tutt said Everton Park was a leafy and established haven, and was proving a popular spot for home hunters.“Everton Park is one of Brisbane’s established dress circle suburbs, where the younger demographics are looking to buy,” he said.“We are seeing that push out from the inner ring, and suburbs like Everton Park will be the beneficiary of that.” There is plenty of space to wear out the kids, or unwind after work ….Mr Tutt said the developer had decided to create larger three and four bedroom townhomes rather than increase the number of residences on the site, saying research had shown greater interest in bigger homes with more bedrooms.“A lot of our buyers will be owner-occupiers, many of them professionals, who can’t get a brand new house in that price range in this area,” he said.“They want space, extra storage, side-by-side garages, amenity.”Moreton Townhomes, which is currently under construction, will consist of 20 four bedroom and 32 three bedroom townhomes. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours agocenter_img Moreton Townhomes at Everton Park by Tessa DevelopmentsFifty-two townhouses are being constructed on what was once three large house sites at Everton Park, with developers seeking out infill sites close to the city. Priced from $620,000 to $700,000, the large Moreton Townhomes are proving popular with first home buyers and downsizers.Tessa Developments managing director Brendan Tutt said they negotiated with three separate owners to secure the large site.“What makes this such a unique site is that we have dedicated over 1000sq m to amenities, or 1/13th of the site, which as far as we can tell is a Queensland first in terms of size,” he said.“We can’t find another similar development with that much space dedicated just to amenity.”last_img read more

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11 Foods That Put You in a Bad Mood

first_imgHealthLifestyle 11 Foods That Put You in a Bad Mood by: www.msn.com – November 13, 2014 Share Tweet Share Sharing is caring!center_img 258 Views   no discussions It is possible that even when we think we are making healthy choices, we are eating foods that contribute to bad moods. It is important to take into consideration sugars, omega-6 fatty acids, and additives when choosing our meals. Nuts are obviously more nutritious than potato chips, but salted nuts still have high levels of sodium and, in some cases, may contain MSG. Choosing tea over soda during your three o’clock slump at work is more healthful, but if you have already consumed high levels of caffeine that day, black or green tea can contribute to headaches and irritability. As in all dietary choices, it is best to take the time to be informed about what you put into your body, what kinds of ingredients go into what you consume, and how they will affect you. Eat well, stay healthy, and be happy!SODAEveryone knows that these sugary drinks are not considered healthy, but did you know that the post-soda “crash” can lead to irritability? Sodas contain simple carbs that are absorbed into your bloodstream immediately, giving you a brief energy boost before both your blood sugar and mood plummet.BOTTLED FRUIT SMOOTHIES AND JUICESMany people reach for bottled fruit drinks as a healthier option, but you need to check the label on these deceptive drinks. They average about 20 grams of sugar per serving and can cause an energy crash, resulting in a sullen mood, similarly to sodas’ negative effects.NON-ORGANIC FRUITS AND VEGGIESNeurotoxins are chemicals that can damage the nervous system and brain, leading to depression, mood changes, and other kinds of brain damage. According to the Pesticide Action Network, some neurotoxins can be traced to some pesticides used on the foods we consume. Buying organic fruits and vegetables can help decrease the likelihood that you’ll consume neurotoxic pesticides.SALTED NUTSPackaged salted nuts contain extremely high levels of sodium and may also even have questionable additives, such as MSG. Consumption can lead to side effects like mood swings, anxiety, and headaches in those with sensitivities to these additives.AGAVE NECTARA major selling point of agave nectar is that it does not raise blood sugar, but it does contain high levels of fructose. Consumption of fructose can lead to weight gain, as well as increased risk of depression and mood disorders.DELI MEATSDeli meats are often made up of cheap cuts of animals that are not fed natural, healthful diets. They are also injected with nitrates, dyes, and other preservatives that can be linked to side effects like migraines, mood disorders, and increased risk of depression.EGG WHITESThe Harvard School of Public Health says that eggs are making a comeback. Many choose egg whites in an attempt to opt for the healthier version, but without the yolk, this brain food loses most of its nutritional value. Don’t forgo the yolk, or you’ll miss out on miss out on the mood regulation and energy boost that eggs can provide.POTATO CHIPSMuch like soda, no one is reaching for potato chips and thinking that they’re healthy, but shouldn’t your guilty pleasure at least put you in a good mood? Chips are fried in oil full of omega-6 fatty acids, which block the mood enhancers found in omega-3s and can bring down your happiness quotient.CANNED SOUPCanned soups contain some of the highest levels of bisphenol-A (or BPA) on the market. This chemical is linked to disorders such as depression and anxiety. When it comes to soup, choose other kinds of packaging over cans, as they can lead to large spikes in BPA levels.SOY YOGURTAnother “healthier” alternative, soy yogurt packs higher levels of omega-6 fatty acids than its full-fat, dairy yogurt counterpart. These omega-6s undo all the mood-boosting goodness of omega-3s found in your diet. Sharelast_img read more

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Nwakaeme, Onazi test negative for COVID-19

first_imgRead Also: French club names Brown Ideye in team of the decadeMeanwhile, another Nigerian player who plays in the Turkish Super Lig Ogenyi Onazi also tested negative for the virus.The Turkish Super Lig has been shut in order to curb the spread of the virus, which has left many economies around the world shattered in the last couple of months.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The former Israel based forward and the rest of his teammates took the test and the results were negative.Nwakaeme and others were made to take the tests after possible contact with people who tested positive as coronavirus cases in Turkey continue to grow.“The result of the COVID-19 tests carried out for our team football players and the technical team under the coordination of Kibar Yaşar Güven, today (Wednesday), was negative,” a statement from Trabzonspor said. Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoMost Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson Loading… Nigerian forward Anthony Nwakaeme has tested negative for coronavirus, his Club Trabzonspor said in a statement early in the week.Advertisementlast_img read more

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New Sectional Assignments Approved By IHSAA Executive Committee

first_imgThe IHSAA Executive Committee approved the sectional assignments in six team sports for the next two school years.Area Fall & Winter Sports Sectional Assignments.2017-19 Football Sectionals Alignment2017-2019 Boys Soccer Sectionals Alignment2017-2019 Girls Soccer Sectionals Alignment2017-19 Volleyball Sectionals Realignment2017-19 Girls Basketball Sectionals Alignment2017-19 Boys Basketball Sectionals AlignmentFollowing adjustments made in volleyball, girls basketball and boys basketball, the Executive Committee accepted the recommendations of the respective realignment committees which determined the sectional groups for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.2017-19 Fall & Winter Sectionals AssignmentsThe baseball and softball realignment committee will meet this summer after both state tournaments conclude in June with their sectional recommendations being presented to the Executive Committee for approval at its  August meeting.last_img read more

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Ball State study suggests people accept robots, but want humans in charge

first_imgMuncie, In. — People accept robots working in hotels but want humans clearly in charge, says a hospitality management researcher at Ball State University.Craig Webster, who teaches hospitality management in Ball State’s Miller College of Business, was part of an international research team that found the results during a survey in 2017 of Iranian hotel costumers.“Hotel managers who would like to introduce robot-delivered services would need to start with activities that would face least resistance by the tourists,” he said, “namely cleaning, provision of information, delivery of items such as food and drinks to the room, and processing payments. Robots also need to have a more machine-like than human-like appearance.”Webster noted that robots are already replacing humans in many industries and the hospitality sector will simply be a part of the trend.“The increased usage of robots in industry will meet with resistance from customers and employees in the service industry, as their capabilities increase and they are used to augment or replace human labor,” he said. “Our research clearly shows that respondents would prefer robots to deal with activities that put the human in a dominant position in the human-robot interaction.”“Consumers’ Attitudes Towards the Introduction of Robots in Accommodation Establishments” explores data gathered from a 2017 survey of 393 Iranian consumers to determine how Iranians perceive the use of robots in hotels and what tasks they want robots and humans to perform.The study also found:Women are slightly more positive toward robots in general and would accept a higher share of robots in the hotel than men.Respondents under 30 were more skeptical towards the memorability, pleasure, and excitement of their interaction with robots than older respondents.Respondents with lesseducation had higher expectations about the friendliness of robots and were more optimistic about robots’ abilities to work outside the programmed frame.Respondents with more modest tourist experience had much higher expectations about the memorability, pleasure, and excitement of their interaction with robots than tourists who had stayed in hotels more often.Respondents who have more positive attitudes toward service robots in general are more positive toward service robots in hotels in particular, have higher expectations about the human-robot interactions, and are more tolerant of robots’ technical disadvantages.“It seems that a generally positive attitude toward robots and artificial intelligence gives a person a penchant for accepting robots to be used for particular or special services,” Webster said.He notes that research on service robots usually focuses on developed economies, including the United States, Western Europe, Japan, and South Korea. However, other geographic regions like Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East are neglected in research. This paper tries to partially fill in this gap by looking at the perceptions of service robots in Iran.The research published in the journal Tourism and was conducted by Webster; Stanislav Ivanov, a faculty member at the Varna University of Management in Bulgaria; and Peyman Seyyedi at Allameh Tabataba’i University in Tehran.last_img read more

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