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Farmers to Test Monsanto’s FieldScripts During 2013 Ground Breakers Trials

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first_img SHARE Previous articleAdditional Funds for Drought Farm Bill Funding in IndianaNext articleEPA Registration Approval Announced for Two New Herbicides by Syngenta Gary Truitt SHARE Facebook Twitter During the coming planting season – farmers in four Midwestern states will participate in Monsanto’s Ground Breakers testing program for FieldScripts. FieldScripts is Monsanto’s first product from the Integrated Farming Systems platform and is designed to give farmers a new approach to boosting on-farm productivity while supporting more sustainable ag systems for the growing world. Source: NAFB News service By Gary Truitt – Aug 27, 2012 Home Indiana Agriculture News Farmers to Test Monsanto’s FieldScripts During 2013 Ground Breakers Trials Farmers to Test Monsanto’s FieldScripts During 2013 Ground Breakers Trials Facebook Twitter Monsanto’s IFS Commercial Lead John Raines says FieldScripts has been tested during the past two years – and Monsanto has seen consistent yield increases when farmers use the product. During the 2013 Ground Breakers trials – twice as many farmers will test the product. Monsanto anticipates launching the product in 2014 in the DEKALB corn brand in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Minnesota.last_img read more

Lucrative surveillance market fed by desire to hunt down dissidents

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first_img Help by sharing this information Organisation News RSF_en center_img Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the criminal cooperation between western hi-tech companies and authoritarian regimes, which is receiving renewed attention after the WikiLeaks website yesterday posted the “SpyFiles”, a series of documents shedding light on the scale of the 5-billion-dollar international market in mass surveillance and interception.Around 1,100 internal documents involving 160 companies in 25 countries are being made available to the international public by WikiLeaks in partnership with five news media – OWNI, The Washington Post, The Hindu, L’Espresso and ARD – and a British NGO, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.The surveillance tools sold by these companies are used all over the world by armed forces, intelligence agencies, democratic governments and repressive regimes. The leading exporters of these technologies include the United States, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Israel. Among the companies singled out are BlueCoat (United States), Elaman (Germany), Gamma (United Kingdom), Amesys and Qosmos (France) and Aera SpA (Italy). An interactive map shows the countries and companies involved.The equipment and software on offer constitute a vast arsenal of surveillance resources. Any computer or mobile phone can be physically located, remotely hacked, or infected with a Trojan by means of telephone surveillance tools (SMS, calls and geolocation) Internet surveillance and analysis tools (email and browsing), voice analysis and cyber-attacks.“These new revelations by WikiLeaks provide confirmation and better documentation of the disgraceful cooperation between western companies and authoritarian regimes, which are being buffeted by the waves from the Arab Spring and want to control their dissidents at all costs,” Reporters Without Borders said.“By equipping oppressive regimes and giving them the means to track and arrest cyber-dissidents and human rights activists, these companies become the accomplices of serious crimes. It is time to end the impunity they enjoy and to impose financial sanctions on them.”Reporters Without Borders reiterates the proposal it made on 2 September for the creation of mechanisms under which companies that supply technological support to dictators guilty of war crimes can be referred to the International Criminal Court (LINK).Reporters Without Borders also urges the governments of the countries concerned to adopt effective measures to regulate this market and to prevent the export of technology, equipment and software to countries where they are likely to be used to violate freedom of expression and human rights.Companies should also establish monitoring mechanisms to ensure that equipment supplied to a “permitted” country is not subsequently transferred to one that is not. These regulations should also be adopted at the European Union level and by international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.Chris Smith, a Republican member of the US House of Representatives, is currently preparing a new version of his proposed Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA), which would ban the export of these technologies to countries such as Syria and Iran that restrict online free expression and target dissidents.The European version of the GOFA which Dutch MEP Jules Maaten of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe submitted to the European Parliament in 2008 aims to forestall online censorship possibilities and to regulate the potentially repressive activities of European Internet companies. It needs to be modified to take account of the latest revelations and to reinforce the proposed regulatory mechanisms.The Sakharov Network of former winners of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which met in Brussels on 23 November at the invitation of European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek, was very firm in its condemnation of the involvement of private-sector companies in providing systems for monitoring and spying on the Internet and mobile phone networks.The Sakharov Prize laureates were unanimous in stressing the need for rapid action by the European Union to adopt clear and binding rules and legislation to regulate this sector. They also encouraged the European Parliament to follow up on the initial step it took in October when it adopted a resolution opposing the sale of surveillance resources and technology to countries that would use them to violate democratic principles, freedom of expression and human rights.Two examples from the SpyFilesWikiLeaks has published the contract that Amesys, a subsidiary of the French company Bull, signed with the Gaddafi regime. Last September, The Wall Street Journal and BBC reporters found documents in Col. Gaddafi’s headquarters showing that Amesys had provided the regime with very sophisticated surveillance equipment. It included a system called “Eagle” for intercepting Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! emails and monitoring MSN and AIM instant messaging.The Italian company Area SpA is currently installing a very elaborate Internet surveillance system in Syria called Asfador that is thought to be costing Bashar Al-Assad’s government more than 10 million euros. When operational, it would enable the regime to monitor all email exchanges anywhere on the Syrian Internet and to access the personal data of users. Area SpA employs technology provided by other western companies including the French company Qosmos, which recently pulled out of the project. Its withdrawal has not however stopped the project from going ahead.Read about other companies that have already been criticized by Reporters Without Borders, such as BlueCoat for its involvement in Syria and Nokia Siemens Networks for its involvement in Bahrain. December 2, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Lucrative surveillance market fed by desire to hunt down dissidentslast_img read more

Protective pigmentation in UVB-screened Antarctic lichens studied by Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy: an extremophile bioresponse to radiation stress

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first_imgFT-Raman spectra were obtained for two Antarctic extremophiles, the epilithic lichens Xanthoria elegans and Caloplaca sublobulata from the maritime ecological long-term research site on Leonie Island. Twelve specimens from cloches designed for the filtering out and transmission of UVB radiation over a 2 year period and two specimens from the natural habitat outside the cloches were analysed in terms of their characteristic Raman bands from the two photoprotective pigments parietin and beta-carotene. Following chemometric analysis, the specimens inside the UVB-protective cloches exhibited a lower parietin:beta-carotene ratio than specimens from the same habitat that did not have UVB protection. The relative roles of parietin, a passive UVB photoprotectant, and beta-carotene are discussed and a possible duality of biological function is suggested for these pigments.last_img read more

Bob Pendleton, the man who discovered Wayne Rooney

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first_img For as well as being the secretary of the Walton and Kirkdale junior league, Pendleton also scouted youngsters for Everton. Unbeknownst to him, he had come across the young footballer who would go on to become England’s greatest goal scorer. As Pendleton watched on, Rooney found the net. He was two years younger than his team-mates, but stood head and shoulders above the rest of the players on the pitch. “Copplehouse had done nothing in the first half of the season but when he signed for them, Jesus, honestly…” Pendleton says before puffing his cheeks out. “Jimmy Greaves passed the ball into the back of the net and so did Wayne. “The scores would be about 7-0 and nine times out of 10 he scored four or five of them. “He got the reputation as being a beast in front of goal. “There was a vibe going round Liverpool about him. Different lads you knew used to say, ‘Have you got Rooney yet, Bob?'” Once he had seen him in action, there was no way Pendleton would let this nine-year-old boy go anywhere else but Everton. Rooney had trials at Liverpool, but it did not feel right for the youngster – mainly because he turned up in his Everton kit. He was an Evertonian through and through, as were his family. His mother Jeanette and Wayne Snr – or ‘Big Wayne’ as Pendleton calls him – did not want their son crossing Stanley Park to join the red side. His success continued after signing youth forms with Everton. Two approaches from Sir Alex Ferguson were rebuffed and Rooney went on to star in Everton’s run to the FA Youth Cup final in 2002. Then, five days shy of his 17th birthday, Rooney scored his first Everton goal against Arsenal – a fierce drive which cannoned in off the underside of the bar. Pendleton held his emotions together until he saw his two daughters Anne and Mary after the final whistle. “I walked down the stairs and two of my daughters – Anne and Mary – were crying and then I started crying,” he says. “I just couldn’t help it because it was such an incredible feeling.” As Rooney approaches his 30th birthday, pundits and commentators will reflect on the striker’s career. The common view is that Rooney is past his best. That point is probably a fair one. The glimpses of the man who scored 26 goals in 32 league appearances in the 2010-11 season are getting more and more infrequent. But it easy to forget that Rooney has been playing professional football for 14 years. Another common view that Rooney has not fulfilled his potential as a player is quite simply wrong. Thirteen years on from scoring the wonder goal against Arsenal that still gives Rooney goosebumps, his trophy room inside his Cheshire mansion is do big it stretches over two floors. Rooney has five Premier League winner’s medals, he has won the League Cup twice and the Champions League on one occasion. He has won the PFA player of the year award, the FWA player of the year accolade and has done what Sir Bobby Charlton, Gary Lineker and Jimmy Greaves could not do – score 50 goals for his country. It is only a matter of time before he scores the 14 goals required to make him United’s greatest marksman. Louis van Gaal and Roy Hodgson, who have worked with some of the best players of Rooney’s generation and beyond, rate him highly – both as a player and captain. And the striker has the respect and admiration of his team-mates. “You can tell he is a world-class player by what he does in training every day,” says United midfielder Jesse Lingard, who joined the club aged seven. “He has got goals and he is captain, he leads the team, he sets a great example and we follow him.” And Rooney gave a timely reminder that he can still cut it in the Premier League when he raced on to Ander Herrera’s pass and scored the final goal in United’s 3-0 win at Goodison Park. “On Saturday he played him down the middle, and my God he killed us,” said Pendleton, beaming with the same pride he felt when he stumbled upon Rooney 21 years ago. Over two decades have passed, but Bob Pendleton remembers his first glimpse of Wayne Rooney like it was yesterday. Press Association On Long Lane playing fields in Aintree, Pendleton was headed for pitch two to collect some unpaid referees’ fees from ‘Big Nev’, the coach of Copplehouse Colts. With £4.50’s worth of change in his pocket, Pendleton chose to hang around and watch the Under-11s in action. It would prove to be the best decision of his career. last_img read more