Turkey: nearly 70 journalists on trial in one week

first_img April 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the baseless terrorism charges on which they are being tried and reiterates its call for their immediate release. All 68 are accused of supporting or belonging to a terrorist organization and most of them are also accused of “trying to overthrow the government and constitutional order.”Forty-four of them have already spent around 18 months in provisional detention. RSF’s Turkey representative, Erol Önderoğlu, is attending all the hearings, which are taking place in Istanbul and its suburbs.“With the same extremely grave charges, the same abuse of provisional detention and the same contempt for due process, these four trials illustrate the scale of the criminalization of journalism in Turkey,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“The judicial system is now just serving as a veneer to disguise the deliberate elimination of all dissent. We reiterate our call to the authorities to free imprisoned journalists at once and to abandon these political trials.”The week-long judicial marathon began on 4 December with the resumption of the trial of 29 journalists charged with acting as the “media wing” of the Gülen Movement, which is accused by the government of being behind the July 2016 coup attempt.Two of these journalists, Murat Aksoy and Atilla Taş, were released at the previous hearing but 20 of them, including Abdullah Kılıç, Habip Güler and Yakup Çetin, are still detained and the 4 December hearing ending with the decision to keep them in detention until the next one, scheduled for 6 February. They are facing a possible sentence of between ten years in prison and life without any parole.The trial of six journalists in connection with revelations about President Erdoğan’s son-in-law, energy minister Berat Albayrak, resumed yesterday. Two of them, investigative reporter Tunca Öğreten and Mahir Kanaat of the left-wing daily BirGün, were finally freed under judicial control after nearly a year of provisional detention.None of the six is now detained but they are still facing possible 15-year jail sentences on charges of cooperating with a group of hackers and divulging state secrets in order to assist various terrorist organizations by “creating a negative perception of the authorities.” The next hearing has been set for 3 April.The trial of 30 former journalists and employees of the daily newspaper Zaman will resume tomorrow. Twenty-one of them, including Şahin Alpay, Ahmet Turan Alkan and Ali Bulaç, are in provisional detention. The case against them is largely based on the mere fact that they worked for Zaman, which was regarded as sympathetic to the Gülen Movement and was dissolved by decree in July 2016. Each of them is facing the possibility of three life sentences.The well-known journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan and Nazlı Ilıcak, whose trial on similar charges will resume on 11 December, are all in provisional detention. Their criticism of the government is alleged to have “prepared the way” for the coup attempt, which Ahmet Altan is also accused of supporting by means of “subliminal messages.”The four lawyers who defend the Altan brothers were expelled from the courtroom during the last hearing. The prosecutor is due to present his summing-up at the hearing on 11 December.The already worrying media situation in Turkey has become critical under the state of emergency proclaimed after the July 2016 coup attempt. Around 150 media outlets have been closed, mass trials are being held and the country now holds the world record for the number of journalists detained. Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionInternet News Help by sharing this information Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionInternet Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News RSF_en RSF_EECA Newscenter_img to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation In a new record for the persecution of the media in Turkey, a total of 68 journalists are due to appear in court in four different trials during the week of 4 to 11 December. A third of these journalists are already detained. December 7, 2017 – Updated on December 8, 2017 Turkey: nearly 70 journalists on trial in one week Receive email alerts Follow the news on Turkey Crédit : Ozan Kose / AFP last_img read more

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In Chesapeake, The Great Outdoors Is A Great Escape.

first_img With miles of shoreline, this part of Southeastern Virginia was made forpaddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, canoeing and more. Paddlers can enjoy theIntracoastal Waterway, Elizabeth River and Northwest River. Go to VisitCheseapeake.com for more information. Forthose who prefer indoor pursuits, Chesapeake offers a diverse range of charmingshops and boutiques and an array of great places to eat and drink. Every weekChesapeake features a Food Truck Series where food trucks gather in one of ourparks – complete with children’s activities, live entertainment and a varietyof fresh, local food. April through June, the daytime sky holds magic of its own, as more than200 species of birds migrate home or simply pass through. A sanctuary foryear-round birdwatching since the 1600s, birders flock to see Bald Eagles,Egrets, White-throated Sparrows, the Great Horned Owl, Acadian Flycatchers, andRed-eyed Vireos, just to name a few. In addition to boating, the Northwest River Park and Campground offers763 acres complete with campgrounds, a putt-putt golf course and a certifieddisc golf course.  Many visitors enjoy crabbing. The Elizabeth River Park and Great BridgeLock Park on the Elizabeth River offer great crabbing. The IntracoastalWaterway, accessible by Great Bridge Locks Park, is also a good spot. Bring your camera. Take in the gorgeous cypress trees and paddle alongLake Drummond, located in the historic Great Dismal Swamp National WildlifeRefuge. This freshwater lake rarely exceeds six feet in depth and is known tohave some of the purest water in the world. Don’t be fooled by the brown color;the tannins from the cypress trees darken the water while also killing livebacteria. Outfitter Adventure Kayak Tours leads guided kayak tours through therefuge. This tour is a great way to learn about the past while immersingyourself in a world that’s both mystical and historically significant. Whether you are looking for a relaxing vacation or an outdoor lover’sactive getaway, Chesapeake has what you are looking for. Any season is the perfect season to bring your friends or family toChesapeake. Just minutes from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, it’s an outdoorlover’s paradise with plenty of activities for those who need an escape fromlife’s stresses – or who simply love the outdoors. If fishing is your passion, the Northwest River and the Elizabeth Riverhave some wonderful bass and trout fishing when in season. Lake Lesa, locatedin the Northwest River Park and Campground, is stocked with trout, largemouthbass, crappie, pickerel and catfish. And yes – you need a fishing license. Chesapeakeis conveniently situated. It’s only a short, 20-minute drive to urban nightlifein Downtown Norfolk or a 30-minute drive to the Virginia Beach Boardwalk andbeaches. Many visitors choose to stay in Chesapeake and benefit from affordablehotel accommodations, making us home base for their vacation.  last_img read more

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Shohei Ohtani hits in simulated game, moving closer to rejoining Angels lineup

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros BALTIMORE — Shohei Ohtani took part in a simulated game on Saturday at Angel Stadium, bringing his return to the Angels lineup closer.Although the Angels have not given a timeline for Ohtani, presumably a simulated game would indicate he’s within a week of returning, barring a setback.Ohtani had 10 at-bats against Angels minor league pitchers, Scioscia said, and he ran the bases.“It all went well,” he said. “It’s definitely a positive step for him.” Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Ohtani was cleared to resume batting practice on Thursday, three weeks after he underwent stem-cell therapy and received a platelet-rich plasma injection to heal a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Although the ligament hasn’t healed enough for Ohtani to pitch, the Angels are hoping to soon have him back in the lineup as a hitter. The status of his rehab as a pitcher will be updated in three weeks.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak He had taken batting practice off coaches for two days before ramping up his activity on Sunday.General manager Billy Eppler said on Thursday that Ohtani would not need to see any live game action in the minors, because he doesn’t need to play in the field.The Angels conclude their series in Baltimore with a day game on Sunday, followed by an off day and the start of a three-game series in Seattle on Tuesday. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Hicks a double winner at Meteor Mines Hill Climb

first_imgCam Hicks of Slocan City came away as the big winner at the Meteor Mines Snowmobile Hill Climb Sunday.Hicks won the 800 stock category along with the turbo class title. Chris Hoodicoff of Crescent Valley claimed the top prize in the 800 modified division.In the newly created ladies class, Castlegar’s Amy Enns was declared the winner.“It was a great turnout,” said a race spokes person. “No one was hurt racing or hillclimbing and we hope to see everyone out again next year.”The Sno Goers donated a portion of the proceeds to the Nelson Friends of the Family charity.last_img read more

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BOURNEMOUTH VS SWANSEA CITY

first_imgBOURNEMOUTH VS SWANSEA CITYSATURDAY, MARCH 12BOURNEMOUTH VS SWANSEA CITY, VITALITY STADIUMBournemouth are unbeaten away in the league in 2016, in five games, and return to the Vitality Stadium where they will hope to build on just four home wins. Swansea, meanwhile, have just three wins on the road and only 14 goals from 14 games. Swansea will hope midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson can maintain his good recent form; he has scored in six of his last 10 Premier League games.Villa reveal big lossesLONDON (AP) – Aston Villa’s new accounts have revealed losses of US$81 million as the club faces a costly relegation from the Premier League.In 2014-15, Aston Villa Football Club Limited generated US$160 million in revenue but saw administrative expenses soar by more than 56 percent to US$240 million.Villa reached the final of the FA Cup last season but finished 17th in the league, narrowly avoiding relegation last May.Now the former European champions are stranded at the bottom of the Premier League and facing relegation. American owner Randy Lerner is trying to sell the central England club.Timbers acquire Jack BarmbyPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Timbers have acquired midfielder Jack Barmby on loan from English Premier League club Leicester City.The 21-year-old Barmby spent the start of the 2015-16 season on loan with Rotherham United and Notts County. He was expected to arrive in Portland in the next several days.He was part of Manchester United’s development system and signed a professional contract with the team in 2013.Barmby also played on England’s youth national teams.last_img read more

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Can There Be a Science of Near-Death Experiences?

first_imgMeeting/encounter: A meeting with other beings (human or imaginary) was described in 15 narratives. The environment in which this meeting happened varied: a landscape (n = 1), a waiting queue (n = 1), an office (n = 1), in a light (n = 4), during a walk (n = 1), and on a river (n = 1). The message/the content of the interaction was mostly about getting back to life (n = 7). The type of interaction with the being also varied: unilateral message (only one being communicates towards the other; n = 4), telepathy (n = 4), or dialogue (n = 3). NDErs mainly saw their interlocutor (n = 11), however, others described the sensation of a presence (n = 2). The meeting happened with human beings that were unknown to the individual, relatives, family members (deceased (n = 8) or not (= 3)), and non-human beings. This experience was accompanied by a feeling of well-being (n = 4), an absence of pain (n = 3), fear (n = 2), unbearable sadness (n = 2), pain (n = 1), and confidence (n = 1). Out-of-body experience: 12 NDErs reported leaving their body. NDErs “saw” themselves (i.e., observer’s perspective). 4 NDErs evoked the awareness of being out of their bodies. A detailed visual description of the emergency situation was reported by 9 NDErs. 6 of them reported observing the scene from a higher position (positioned above). 3 of them reported having felt a real detachment of their body and 1 expressed the feeling of reintegrating his body. 2 NDErs said they wanted to communicate with the people they were observing, in vain. This experience was accompanied by an absence of pain (n = 3), thirst (n = 1), extreme cold (n = 1), and body perception (n = 1). The experience was also accompanied by a feeling of well-being (n = 7), amazement (n = 3), exasperation (n = 1), and rejection of the observed body (n = 1). Entrance in the NDE: 6 NDErs detailed the moment they entered the NDE. For 3 of them, the entrance was progressive and soft. For 2 others, the entrance followed a period of dark night. Another NDEr wrote he did not know how it all started. A science paper catalogs near-death experiences. But can science boldly go where no one has ever gone before?Perhaps you’ve heard of near-death experiences: visions of lights, tunnels, out-of-body experiences and other tales coming from people who were pronounced clinically dead—usually after cardiac arrest—but were resuscitated. The stories are intriguing, but what is to be made of them? Can science deal with them? Can they be a basis for beliefs about the afterlife?A new paper appeared on the topic in PLoS One, an open-access journal where anyone can read the whole paper. In “Qualitative thematic analysis of the phenomenology of near-death experiences,” nine scientists collected 34 narratives from people who survived cardiac arrest. Since this was a “qualitative” study, they could only list and count similarities between them (obviously, there is no ‘quantitative’ study or test about experiences beyond death).Without adequate precautions, people might get excited about these stories and ascribe too much validity to them. Some are pleasant; others are not. Some felt great peace and light; others, visions of horror. Some saw themselves drifting over their hospital beds, looking down at their bodies; others had a sense of walking through a long tunnel. Some were ‘told’ they had to go back; others felt they were yanked back. What is science to make of these stories? Science can be very good at counting and statistics, but validating the internal experiences of people is impossible for science. People feel they ‘know’ what they experienced. Science can’t compare one person’s experience to another’s and say one is more valid than the other. All a scientist can do is count similarities and differences. For 34 accounts (11 female), here are the statistics for the 10 ‘time bounded themes’ collected in the 34 ‘NDErs’ (near-death experiencers): Return: 19 NDErs detailed the moment they got back from the NDE. 5 NDErs received a message that compelled them to get out of the experience. 4 of them reported being expelled or ejected from the experience. Getting back from the NDE was associated with an intense sleep (n = 2) or with a state of confusion (n = 2). 1 NDEr mentioned he had woken up after a period of dark night and 3 others characterized the return as brutal, without transition. 2 narratives included the idea of being brought back into the body. 2 NDErs did not remember how it happened. 1 NDEr attempted to live the experience again (which ended up in failure) and 12 NDErs mentioned an opposition between the feeling of well-being during the NDE and the problems they encountered when they got back to “everyday life”. In addition, most of the study participants mentioned a feeling of “transversal of time” where time seemed to go slow, or else the NDEr felt a complete loss of the sensation of time. Obviously, though, the experiences show very little commonalities, and are about as unique as the personalities and worldviews of the individuals.That’s about all science can do: listen, describe, and count (and remember, this is a very small sample compared to the number of people who die around the world each day). Validating the stories, judging the stories, or glimpsing the nature of the afterlife are outside the bounds of the scientific method. It’s possible that some of the voices heard or people sensed were glimpses of doctors in the operating room trying to revive them. The feeling of ‘peace’ could be just the satisfaction of being in a state of physical rest. Even if a majority were to describe peace and light, that could be a physiological response to the brain being cut off from the senses – not empirical evidence of what’s on ‘the other side’ of death.There are two things Bible believers should note about NDEs.First, the stories could be purely physiological. The brain is a very complex organ with a huge memory. In certain states, such as sleep, all kinds of weird things can be imagined, drawing on memories but also creating new worlds in the imagination by combining memories with possibilities. They can seem so convincingly real during sleep, that waking up to reality can be quite shocking. We all know that. And dreams often have common elements: the feeling of falling, the shame at being found naked in public, sexual fantasies, a feeling of being trapped, etc. I remember one time dreaming that I was drowning and couldn’t reach the surface in time. It was so realistic I woke up with a jolt, gasping for breath. I’ve dreamt of swimming in the air over people’s heads, like it was a commonplace skill. Dreams can be repeated, too: several times, my mind has returned to a particular hiking trail in the mountains I remembered in previous dreams, but during the dream, it felt so real and visually rich I could swear I could find it on a map after waking up, only to realize it was purely fictional. We see lost loved ones in our dreams. Artists and musicians have created new works in their dreams, and when lucky enough, can remember them to bring them to reality. For our mental health, dreams are apparently vital for refreshing the brain during sleep, allowing the memory to collate the day’s experiences with past memories and make room for new ones (see Medical Xpress about the “Sleep Homeostasis Hypothesis”). Second, the stories could have a spiritual reality to them. The problem is that they are untrustworthy. Satan and his minions can deceive people before they are fully dead into thinking that the other side is all bright and happy, when judgment is waiting around the corner. That could explain a lot of the pleasant experiences that non-Christian NDErs come back with. Some claim to see Jesus welcoming them, but how do they know it is not Satan masquerading as an angel of light, as Paul warned in II Corinthians 11:14? Satan knows just how to put on a good act, too, because he was ‘Lucifer’ (the light bearer) before he sinned. Why would he do this? Naturally, it’s a great propaganda tool for him, to keep people from trusting in God. And yet other people express feelings of terror and dread on their deathbeds, screaming out in agony as their lives slip away. True, God has revealed himself through dreams in the past (e.g., Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, Paul), but now with Christ the Logos having come, having inspired the writers of the New Testament, we have the complete and sufficient Word of God as our revelation (Hebrews 1:1-2), and the ending command not to add to or subtract from His Word (Revelation 22:18-19). No experience should be allowed to contradict what God has already revealed. We may not have exhaustive knowledge of the afterlife, but we have the necessary and sufficient knowledge from God’s word, which is forever settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89, and all of Psalm 119). Who needs NDEs?People tend to latch onto the near-death stories they prefer. Unbelievers take false comfort in ‘happy’ NDEs, thinking they must be OK in their sin. Some Christians fall into the trap of believing the stories of NDErs who supposedly went to heaven, talked with Jesus, and came back. They also tend to believe the horror stories of sinners getting their first glimpse of hell. We just don’t know. Science cannot tell, and we cannot validate another person’s experience. We can, however, judge those that contradict God’s revealed Word. Old Testament prophets strongly condemned the false prophets who trusted in dreams they had (Jeremiah 23).The only safe and reliable path when encountering NDE accounts is to trust the Bible. Jesus is the only one who conquered death and came back after three days in the tomb. Before and after He rose from the dead, He told us all we need to know about life and death. There is a heaven (“I go to prepare a place for you”) and a hell: “But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him!” (Luke 12:5). Jesus, the Creator of all and Lord of heaven and earth, also trained his disciples and endowed them with the Holy Spirit who inspired the writings of the New Testament (John 16). He appeared to Paul, who gives the world a stern warning that he repeated for emphasis: “But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:8-9). That “anyone” applies to individuals with near-death experiences. If they don’t line up with the gospel of Christ, do not trust them.(Visited 446 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Darkness: 13 NDErs mentioned the idea of “black” or “dark”. They described a gloomy/dark environment with no objects or way out. For several NDErs (n = 7), this darkness occurred in contrast to or following a bright environment. More specifically, NDErs mentioned an absolute darkness (n = 7), a gloomy environment (n = 5), a gloomy tunnel (n = 2), a period of dark night (n = 1), and a waiting room with no walls (n = 1). 2 NDErs described an idea of movement (i.e., passing through a dark night). This experience was associated with the absence or the presence of sound (respectively n = 2 and n = 1), and the absence of sight (n = 2). This theme was linked to varied emotions: fear (n = 1), calmness (n = 1), and amazement (n = 1).center_img Hyperlucidity: 14 NDErs reported a feeling of power and extreme lucidity. Hyperlucidity was associated with absolute clarity/understanding (n = 3), the feeling of being a genius (n = 2), clear and quick wit (n = 2), or exceptional intelligence (n = 1). This experience was in some cases accompanied by a physical release (n = 4). 5 NDErs described this experience as being accompanied by a sense of power and omniscience: direct control over the thoughts of others (n = 2), omnipotence (n = 2), or having an answer to everything (n = 1). 3 NDErs linked this supreme intelligence to the fact of being united with everything that surrounded them, to the global and universal character of this theme. This experience was associated with a feeling of well-being (n = 6), a lack of physical pain (n = 4), astonishment (n = 4), and an inability to describe the feeling (n = 1). Awareness of death: 9 NDErs stated being aware that they were dying. Life events: 8 NDErs out of 34 described a past or future life event. During these visions, NDErs perceived different moments of their past or future lives. Life was reviewed (n = 5) or relived (n = 2). The vision referred to the future life (n = 1) or, in the majority of cases, to the past life (n = 6). 3 NDErs stated that life passages comprised an alternation between happy and unhappy moments. These passages were imposed (n = 2) or selected (n = 1). This life review was associated with curiosity or surprise (n = 3), happiness (n = 2), difficulties in reviewing (n = 2), or with a feeling of indifference (n = 1). Description of scenes: 14 NDErs provided a detailed description of the setting in which they were immersed. 6 NDErs highlighted the indescribable aspect of the place (i.e., they showed difficulties in finding words). 4 NDErs evoked the idea of nature (e.g., vast meadow). This experience was accompanied by an intense feeling of well-being (n = 10), a feeling of infinity (n = 5), a lack of pain (n = 4), astonishment (n = 3), and fear (n = 1). Light: Considering all narratives, 25 NDErs mentioned seeing a light. This light was attached to a feeling of attractiveness for 10 NDErs. 2 NDErs felt enveloped in this light. The description of the light comprised the following characteristics: intense (n = 16), white (n = 15), indescribable/unusual (n = 5), soft and diffuse (n = 3), not dazzling (n = 3), and yellow (n = 1). The physical sensations reported during this experience were an absence of body (n = 3) and an absence of pain (n = 1). NDErs expressed a feeling of happiness, serenity and tranquility (n = 15). The origin of the light was at the end of a tunnel or a corridor (n = 9), diffused (it came from everywhere; n = 7), or from an unknown origin (n = 1).last_img read more

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Closing date extended for entries to the 4th annual Premier Business Awards

first_imgThe closing date for the 4th Annual South African Premier Business Awards entries has been extended to 7 October 2016.  This is a final opportunity for businesses to enter these prestigious and premier business awards to be recognised for their contribution to South African economic priorities.Business enterprises are invited to submit entries in a range of categories, including technology, manufacturing and women in business.These annual awards, which are organised by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Brand South Africa and Proudly South African, recognise business excellence and celebrate enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality.The seven days’ extension will offer business enterprises an opportunity to put together all necessary documents to enter for the awards in order to be recognised for their excellence.Categories for the awards include: Lifetime Achievement Award, Manufacturers Award, Exporters Award, Enterprise Development Support Award, Women-Owned Businesses Award, Young Entrepreneur Award, Investor of the Year Award, Proudly South African Enterprise Award, Play Your Part Award, SMME Award and Black Industrialist Award.More information on the South African Premier Business Awards, competition rules and entry forms is available on www.sapremierbusinessawards.co.za or 0861 843 384.Enquiries:Sidwell Medupe – Departmental SpokespersonTel: (012) 394 1650Mobile: 079 492 1774E-mail: [email protected] by: The Department of Trade and IndustryFollow us on Twitter: @the_dtilast_img read more

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Preparing for high yield soybeans

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Weather permitting; planters will start rolling across the Eastern Corn Belt in a few weeks. Soybeans, just like corn, will benefit from careful planning and attention to detail. Today’s soybean varieties have the potential to achieve yields of more than 70 bushels/acre when managed intensively. As growers head to the fields this spring, they should start planning management programs to harvest top-end yields this fall.Planting Date and Field ConditionsPlanting date is an important factor determining soybean yields. Purdue research demonstrates that optimum planting dates for soybeans are from late April to mid-May. Ohio State University planting date studies show a .6 bushel per day loss in yield potential when soybeans are planted after mid-May. Just like corn, delayed soybean planting can result in significant yield losses. Earlier planting will benefit soybean fields in several ways. In a recent C.O.R.N newsletter (link: https://agcrops.osu.edu/newsletter/corn-newsletter/2015-09/soybean-planting-date-seeding-rate-and-row-width ), Ohio State University’s Laura Lindsey wrote: “The greatest benefit of planting May 1 to mid-May is canopy closure which increases light interception, improves weed control by shading out weeds, and helps retain soil moisture.” Soybeans should be planted at a depth of 1-1.5 inches when soils are at least 50 degrees F and and dry enough to perform field work. Planting when soil is too wet, or “mudding-in” seed will cause more yield loss than delaying planting a few days to let soils dry out.Row Spacing and Seeding RateHigher soybean yields result from narrower row spacing (20in or less). According to an article published in Corn and Soybean Digest: “Just switching from 30-inch rows to spacing of 20 inches or less boosted soybean yields an average of 2.9 bushels per acre. That is greater than the 2.3-bushel yield bump that resulted from implementing a full program of fertilizer (both dry and foliar), inoculants, seed treatments and foliar fungicides on beans planted in 30-inch rows.” Appropriate seeding rates will vary based on planting date and row spacing. Planting populations will vary based on planting date, row width, and soil type. Using university recommendations for planting rates is a great place to start. While recent data suggests it is possible to lower planting rates and still achieve high yield potential, field conditions, timing, and row spacing should be considered when making adjustments to rates. Premium seed treatments are needed to insure a uniform stand.Weed ControlStarting with, and maintaining a weed-free field is essential to achieving high yields. With increases in herbicide-resistant weed populations, competition with soybean plants for nutrients is becoming a larger concern. A marestail fact sheet published by Purdue and Ohio State documents an 8 bushel/acre yield loss when spring burndown is effective but no residual herbicides are applied and as much as a 14 bushel/acre yield loss when spring burndown is not effective. This fact sheet recommends the following actions to control weeds: 1) fall and spring burndown treatments (or two spring treatments – early spring and at plant) to ensure that the field is free of marestail at the time of soybean planting, and 2) spring-applied residual (PRE) herbicides to control marestail for another 6 to 8 weeks after planting.”Because planting sets the stage for the entire growing season, it is a critical factor that determines yield potential. Taking the time to get soybean plants off to the best possible start will pay off in the end. Paying attention to details while intensively managing soybeans will allow growers to maximize productivity and reap the rewards of higher yields in the fall of 2018.last_img read more

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First House farm bill language released

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On April 12, the House Committee on Agriculture released its language for its version of the 2018 Farm Bill.“I applaud Chairman Conaway and the House Agriculture Committee for their diligence and hard work in crafting the 2018 Farm Bill. The trend of low commodity prices over recent years and headlines about trade disputes have caused anxiety among agricultural producers these days, so this legislation is critically important to give them some much-needed reassurance,” said Sonny Perdue, USDA Secretary. “While there is still much work to be done, I am pleased that this Farm Bill aligns with many of the principles USDA released in January. I look forward to working with the Agriculture Committees and members of Congress from both sides to pass a comprehensive Farm Bill in a timely fashion to provide the needed support and certainty to our farmers.”last_img read more

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3 Interesting Reads on Node.js

first_imgGrowing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes klint finley 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… What it’s like building a real website in Node.js“It seems more and more so that people are interested in building their applications in node.js yet there are few reviews on what it’s actually like to work with the framework,” wrote Travis Glines as to why he decided to write a review of Node.js. Glines found that there was a steep learning curve, but he also found that the support was great and server stuff was easier to handle among other things.Node.js Surpasses Clojure in PopularityArnor Heidar concluded his post about Node.js surpassing Clojure in terms of total search volume by writing “I don’t really want to turn this into a language flame war or give my theory of why one language is more popular than the other.” I have to say the same. I’m not sure how significant it is that Node.js has passed Clojure in particular, but the charts Heidar drudges up are a good demonstration of Node.js’s growing popularity. Related Posts How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Node.js had a busy week. Joyent relaunched its Node.js hosting service and O’Reilly Media posted a draft of Tom Hughes-Croucher’s Up and Running with Node.js book.Node.js was also the star of a lengthy piece in the Register and pulled ahead of Clojure in Google Trends this week. To top it all off, Travis Glines gave us an idea of what building websites with it is really like.Node.js had a busy week. Joyent relaunched its Node.js hosting service and O’Reilly Media posted a draft of Tom Hughes-Croucher’s Up and Running with Node.js book.Node.js was also the star of a lengthy piece in the Register and pulled ahead of Clojure in Google Trends this week. To top it all off, Travis Glines gave us an idea of what building websites with it is really like.The Node Ahead: JavaScript Leaps from Browser Into FutureThe Register’s lengthy profile of Node.js does a great job explaining what Node.js is and why it’s important. The paper interviewed Hughes-Croucher and Node.js creator Ryan Dahl, and covered some of the various ways the framework is being used in real settings. Hughes-Croucher makes the case that Node.js is the new PHP:“For a while, I called it The New Rails,” says Tom Hughes-Croucher, the author of the upcoming O’Reilly tome Up and Running with Node.js (preview PDF) and the chief evangelist at cloud computing outfit Joyent, Node’s primary steward. “But then I realized it was getting more views on github than Rails. So now I call it The New PHP.” Tags:#hack#news last_img read more

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