FAO provides US$480,000 to address citrus greening disease

first_imgRelatedFAO provides US$480,000 to address citrus greening disease RelatedFAO provides US$480,000 to address citrus greening disease RelatedFAO provides US$480,000 to address citrus greening disease FAO provides US$480,000 to address citrus greening disease AgricultureNovember 17, 2010center_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The local citrus industry has received some much-needed assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to tackle citrus greening disease, which has been severely impacting the island over the past two years.Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton and FAO representative for Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Jerome Thomas, this morning (November 16) signed a US$480,000 agreement to provide an array of technical support to the industry.Speaking at the signing, which was held at the Ministry’s Hope Garden’s premises in Kingston, Dr. Tufton said the presence of the citrus greening disease was threatening the livelihood of those linked to the industry.Even before the discovery of the disease in the island two years ago, citrus production had dropped from 140 tonnes in 2003 to 122,000 in 2008, which the Minister blamed on a range of factors including the citrus tristeza virus, adverse weather conditions, less than optimal management, aging farmers and declining acreages.Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton (centre) and Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Representative for Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Jerome Thomas, sign the US$480,000 agreement, which will see the FAO providing an array of technical support to the citrus industry to fight the devastating citrus greening disease. Observing the signing is Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Donovan Stanberry.“We appealed to the FAO and they responded and have agreed on an 18-month programme, focusing on diagnostic detection, collaboration, training and upgrading, facilitation, and the production of disease-free materials for nurseries in order to expand the production of citrus plants, and do so in a way that is resistance to the citrus greening challenge that we face,” the Minister outlined.The programme activities will involve mobilising citrus stakeholders, working with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Citrus Growers Association, to facilitate field visits; provision of laboratory space to facilitate training; provision of site nurseries and technicians and research assistance; coordination of training events; and administrative support. Biological support programmes will also be examined, including monitoring.“For us, these resources are very well-timed,” Minister Tufton said, expressing gratitude and support to the FAO.He said the citrus industry is extremely valuable to the country in terms of earnings and employment.“It has an estimated value of some $4 billion. Over 95 per cent of total citrus production is utilised locally for the fresh fruit market or in processing, while approximately four or five per cent is exported. On farm employment is estimated at about 6,000 persons.overall directly and indirectly, you’re looking at about 19,000 or close to 20,000 jobs,” he pointed out.Technical Director at the Citrus Growers Association, Percy Miller, told JIS News that his organisation welcomed the funds, and expressed the desire for the benefits to impact the industry in an expedient manner.He said that the citrus greening diseases, is fairly new to Jamaica, and that the pattern is being examined.“We see where, for example, limes are the most affected. For the past two years since we have noticed the disease, what we are noticing is that the species most impacted is limes.but we really haven’t yet got the complete picture,” he noted.last_img read more

German chancellor vows to keep security in-house

first_img Previous ArticleChina Unicom profit jumps on data, 4G gainsNext ArticleUK urged to beef up digital laws Kavit Majithia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 MAR 2019 Tags Angela Merkel (pictured) insisted Germany will set its own security standards for 5G, hitting back at the US which threatened to cut back on intelligence sharing if Chinese vendors participate in the rollout of the technology in the country.Reuters reported that some in Merkel’s government saw the comments sent by Washington in a letter to German officials as a threat, although both countries largely agree on the fundamental security requirements for 5G.Speaking to German media, Merkel said: “Security, particularly when it comes to the expansion of the 5G network, but also elsewhere in the digital area, is a very important concern for the German government, so we are defining our standards for ourselves.”She continued to state that Germany would discuss “these questions with our partners in Europe, as well as the appropriate offices in the United States”.The rift between the countries came to light after a US ambassador sent a letter to German officials, warning if operators used kit from Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE it could compromise of the security of information exchanges between the two nations.In addition to Merkel’s response, German politician Michael Grosse-Broemer added the nation was able to address its own security and there was “no need for pointers from the US ambassador”.He also indicated that Merkel could speak directly to US President Donald Trump if the situation escalated. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans Home German chancellor vows to keep security in-house 5GAngela MerkelHuaweicenter_img Asia Mobile Mix: Buzzing for Barcelona Related Author Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Telkomsel turns on 5G in major citieslast_img read more

Facebook backs stronger privacy, data rules

first_img Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Author Australia funds regulator to oversee new media law AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 01 APR 2019 WhatsApp payments resurfaces in Brazil Facebook trials feature to connect neighbours Home Facebook backs stronger privacy, data rules Tags center_img Chris Donkin Related Asia Previous ArticleHu takes hot seat at HuaweiNext ArticleBT executive issues rural rallying cry Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) called for regulators and governments to take a deeper role in policing the internet and introduce stronger data rules, as intense scrutiny of the company’s activities continues.In an open letter published on its website, Zuckerberg said authorities needed to play a more active role, with global rules required in four areas: protecting against harmful content; election integrity; privacy; and data portability.Despite the company’s well-documented controversies on use and protection of its own customer data, the executive praised the impact of GDPR regulation in Europe and promoted adoption of similar regulation elsewhere.“People around the world have called for comprehensive privacy regulation in line with the European Union’s GDPR, and I agree. I believe it would be good for the internet if more countries adopted regulation such as GDPR as a common framework,” he said.“New privacy regulation in the United States and around the world should build on the protections GDPR provides,” Zuckerberg noted. “It should protect your right to choose how your information is used, while enabling companies to use information for safety purposes and to provide services.”The rules should also “establish a way to hold companies such as Facebook accountable by imposing sanctions when we make mistakes”.Although bullish about the need for tight data regulations, the executive has refused to meet UK regulators to discuss the well-publicised Cambridge Analytica scandal. When he appeared in front of European Parliament committees and US officials to discuss the issue he was accused of failing to answer direct questions.ControversiesThe comments comes a fortnight after news broke of its latest privacy scandal and two months after the company vowed to fight a fine on its use of customer data by Germany’s competition regulator. The two are the latest in a long line of accusations related to privacy, security and data issues levelled at the social media company.Facebook also faces growing pressure for perceived failings in blocking and deleting controversial, offensive and politically biased content uploaded onto its platforms. The company said it has recently introduced a number of new policies to remove offensive content. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back FacebookMark Zuckerberglast_img read more

North Bergen stops issuing parking tickets, opens lots, schools to close…

first_img Bayonne Bayonne man busted with cocaine, heroin, semi-automatic handgun after fleeing from cops March 21, 2020 5:49 pm at 5:49 pm RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter March 22, 2020 5:39 am at 5:39 am John, they waited too long for this announcement. This should’ve been done two weeks ago! It amazes me how inconsiderate North Bergen is with their parking enforcement. Making it a huge income for the town should not be an excuse in time of crisis. Plus where does that money go? The town looks like s***. The streets have craters the size of boulders. Smh…let me just stay quiet. Thanks for the news TAGScoronavirusCOVID-19george solternorth bergen board of educationnorth bergen parking authority SHARE Not clear on parking regulations suspended. Does that meanOne does not have to move their car if the sign says no parking on a specific day? CommunityNewsNorth Bergen/GuttenbergPolitics & Policy Betty Berzin Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say March 21, 2020 5:52 pm at 5:52 pm Bayonne center_img North Bergen stops issuing parking tickets, opens lots, schools to close through April 20th North Bergen parking regulations have been suspended, with hundreds of parking spaces being made available to residents, while the public schools have announced they’ll close through at least April 20th. Photo via northbergen.org.By John Heinis/Hudson County ViewIn a joint effort between Mayor Nick Sacco and the board of commissioners, the board of education, and the parking authority, resident will be able to utilize have eight different parking lots during the coronavirus pandemic – a time when parking tickets will not be issued, the township announced on their website.The eight locations are the recreation center (6300 Meadowview Ave.), the senior center (1441 45th St.), the 46th Street field recreation parking lot, the 74th Street and Broadway parking lot, the Liberty Avenue parking lots on both 38th and 39th Streets, as well as North Bergen High School (7417 John F. Kennedy Blvd.) and the Robert Fulton Annex School (7111 Polk St.).These spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.Jersey City and Union City have also recently announced that their parking regulations are suspended.Additionally, the board of education will continue their remote learning program through at least April 20th as orders throughout the state are doing their best to limit social gatherings.“I wanted to give everyone an update on the situation regarding the school closures due to COVID-19 schools will remain closed until April, therefore students must complete the packets or remote learning assignments given to them prior to leaving the school by next Sunday, March 29th,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Solter said in a video posted on the district’s website.Yesterday, the township provided an update on the coronavirus crisis, indicating that nine patients, ages ranging from 29 to 78, are being treated for the disease. By John Heinis – March 21, 2020 12:07 pm 3 3 COMMENTS CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network John Heinis Jason A. Rodriguez Yes, but probably not going to be necessary to do that any way with all the extra parking being made available. Bayonne Previous articleTwo Jersey City cops test positive for COVID-19: one from West District, one from East DistrictNext articleHudson County agency urging residents to report price gouging during COVID-19 pandemic John Heinis Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Comments are closed.last_img read more

NASA Goddard Network Maintains Communications from Space to Ground

first_imgHuman spaceflight missions are the NIC’s specialty. The center has been operational in one form or another since Project Mercury, NASA’s first human spaceflight program. Maintaining communications with human-occupied spacecraft is essential for mission success regardless of whether it is in low-Earth orbit or beyond. Today the NIC is involved in all human space missions and regularly supports the ISS and the visiting cargo and crew transport vehicles that service the space station. The NIC will provide similar communication and navigation to the new commercial crew spacecraft being built by Boeing and SpaceX.Communication and navigation for most spacecraft in low-Earth orbit is relatively straightforward, said Human Spaceflight Network Director Mark Severance, who manages the communications services from all networks during human spaceflight missions. Most low-Earth-orbit spacecraft connect with and maintain communications with one or two NASA communications networks. Future exploration missions will be more complicated.“Typically when you fly a mission beyond Earth orbit, you launch and go around Earth a couple times, and you communicate through the Near Earth Network and the Space Network,” Severance said. “Then you do a big rocket firing, you depart from Earth orbit and you’re not going to return. You’re then on the Deep Space Network forever. However, the return trips of human missions will require not only network handovers as the spacecraft leaves Earth, but return handovers between networks as well.”Because of this, future exploration missions will use all three of NASA’s space communication’s networks at various times during the mission. Not only must the NIC team ensure that all networks are functioning correctly, but that the handovers between networks are orchestrated to maintain communications between the spacecraft and mission control as it leaves Earth or approaches on its return journey. These plans can change rapidly due to in-flight complications, leaving the team to coordinate a new handover plan between the networks.A preview of this type of mission capabilities occurred during the Orion Exploration Flight Test-1 (EFT-1) in December 2014. The flight orbited Earth twice to test NASA’s new Orion spacecraft, designed to carry astronauts to destinations in deep space, including an asteroid and Mars. EFT-1 flew the Orion capsule to more than 15 times further from Earth than the International Space Station, about 3,600 miles above the planet’s surface. Data collected during the flight will help finalize Orion’s designs and show how the capsule performs during, and returns from, deep-space journeys. This includes testing Orion’s communications capabilities with the Space Network, which was overseen by Severance’s team in the NIC.The NIC Human Space Flight team at Goddard is already planning the communications for Exploration Mission-1, the first flight of the agency’s new Space Launch System rocket and Orion spacecraft to demonstrate the integrated system performance prior to the first crewed flight. Severance said this mission would be the biggest communications challenge moving forward into the next several years.As NASA soars into space beyond Earth orbit once more, a legacy of space communications that began at Goddard more than 50 years ago continues. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Focus in Greenbelt, Maryland, monitored the landing of NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko from their Year in Space Mission. Goddard’s Network Integration Center leads all coordination for space-to-ground communications support for the Global Space Station and provides contingency support for the Soyuz TMA-18M 44S spacecraft, ensuring finish communications coverage through NASA’s Space Network. The Soyuz 44S spacecraft undocked at 8:02 p.m. EST on 2nd March 2016 from the Global Space Station and landed roughly three and a half hours later, at 11:25 p.m. EST in Kazakhstan. The 2 Kelly and Kornienko have actually spent 340 days aboard the Global Space Station, planning humanity for long duration missions and exploration in to deep space. Spending nearly a year in space, 249 miles from Earth, could be a lonely prospect, yet an office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Focus in Greenbelt, Maryland, made sure astronaut Scott Kelly could reach estate for the entire 340-day duration of his mission. Not only could Kelly communicate along with mission regulate in Houston, yet Goddard’s Network Integration Focus connected him or her along with reporters and even family.Reliable space-to-ground communication is critical to all missions – when astronauts venture outside the International Space Station to install new equipment and perform important maintenance, as well as for any other on-orbit needs.Data collected in space, like video transmission of a spacewalk, travel as radio signals from antennas on spacecraft to much larger antennas on Earth, some with diameters up to 230 feet. From there, they travel via cables underground, or even under the ocean, to data centers around the world where scientists collect and analyze the data.With hundreds of satellites operating in orbit around Earth and elsewhere in the solar system, it’s straightforward to imagine that communication channels might become overwhelmed with data from the satellites. To prevent this, NASA manages and maintains three large communications networks. A spacecraft’s distance from Earth decides which network it will use. Spacecraft in the far reaches of our solar system, such as New Horizons, just past Pluto, communicate via the Deep Space Network, while spacecraft closer to home, such as the ISS, use the Space Network or the Near Earth Network. Spacecraft that utilize the Space Network communicate using a constellation of geosynchronous Tracking and Data Relay Satellites known as TDRS. The Near Earth Network consists of ground-based stations located around the Earth. While the Space Network generally services spacecraft in low Earth orbit, the Near Earth Network can service spacecraft in low-Earth orbit, geosynchronous orbit and even in orbit around the moon.The Space Communications and Navigation Program office is located at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Engineers and technicians at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, are primarily responsible for the management and operation of the Space Network and the Near Earth Network. The Deep Space Network is managed at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.Goddard’s Network Integration Center (NIC) is the primary operations center for coordinating the communications for missions using the Near Earth Network and Space Network. Capabilities include robotic satellite missions as well as all human spaceflight missions. Service capabilities typically begin with the preflight testing of a spacecraft’s communications systems prior to launch and culminates with the launch and initial in-orbit activities of the spacecraft.last_img read more