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Another foreign radio station falls victim to “Great Wall of the airwaves”

first_imgNews News August 17, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another foreign radio station falls victim to “Great Wall of the airwaves” RSF_en China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific Reacting to the recently-launched jamming of radio Sound-of-Hope, like Radio Free Asia and Voice of America before it, Reporters Without Borders today condemned China’s latest advance in the construction of a “Great Wall of the airwaves.””Beijing is stepping up its control of both the airwaves and the Internet,” the press freedom organisation said. “Chinese radio listeners and Internet users only have a right to news and information controlled by the government.”Based in San Francisco, Sound-of-Hope broadcasts four hours a day of news and cultural programmes to China from transmitters outside of the country. Significant jamming has been noted in many Chinese cities including Dalian, Fuzhou and Xinjiang since June. At the behest of the National Security Bureau, Public Security Bureau and General Military Intelligence Sector II, its programmes are being drowned out by music or by the broadcasts of China’s Central Radio Station. At best, listeners can catch the odd phrase. At worst, Sound-of-Hope can no longer be heard at all.Similar jamming was already reported last October by the Voice of Tibet (based in Norway), the BBC World Service, Voice of America and Radio Free Asia. Thanks to transmitters, antennae and other equipment supplied by the French company Thalès, the government has been able to improve its jamming capabilities and can now effectively block shortwave broadcasts by foreign radio stations based in Europe and central Asia. Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go furtherlast_img read more

South Pasadena Unified School District Holds Scoping Meeting Tuesday for ‘Mission Project’

first_imgEducation South Pasadena Unified School District Holds Scoping Meeting Tuesday for ‘Mission Project’ In District Board Room By Bill Glazier Review Editor, South Pasadena Now Published on Thursday, July 16, 2015 | 2:50 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff If all goes according to plan, completion of a mixed-used development inside the parking lot of the South Pasadena Unified School District is still about three years away, according to Superintendent Geoff Yantz.Community members will get an opportunity to weigh in on the project on Tuesday, July 21, during a 6 p.m. scoping meeting at district headquarters, 1020 El Centro St., in the school board meeting room.A presentation by the developer, Legacy Partners, will be made regarding the 91-unit residential project, also calling for a series of storefronts along Mission Street, filling as a long-awaited gap in what many refer to the “missing tooth.” Currently, a 6-foot wall along Mission Street hides the district parking lot for one long block from Fairview to Diamond avenues. Underground parking will also be found in the center of the project.The scoping meeting is a required step as part of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and held prior to an Environmental Impact Report. Yantz explained that an initial study on the project was completed by the developers earlier this year. Although the study does not require it, Legacy Partners will pay roughly $140,000 for a full-blown EIR. An initial study leading up to next week’s scoping meeting focused on noise, traffic, and other elements, including potential archeological findings, and a variety of other issues.The environmental consultants for the project, Michael Baker International and headed by John Bellas, have been brought in to complete the CEQA process.“They’re willing to pay for it and the funds (for the EIR) and it will not come out of the school district,” emphasized Yantz, pleased that the school district will not be faced with the hefty bill.Residents will be given an opportunity to make public comment during Tuesday’s scoping meeting.“This is an important meeting for the public to get involved in the process,” explained Yantz. “It’s an important next step in the CEQA process, which will take at least a year, perhaps a year and a half.”Construction of the project is expected to take about year and a half on top of that,” explained the Yantz, making it approximately three years before the one and two bedroom apartments become available to the public.The project is designed to become a revenue stream for the South Pasadena Unified School District, generating roughly $375,000 annually and increasing over the years based on the agreement between the developer and SPUSD officials.Through rental of its parking lot for movie productions and commercials shot in town, the school district receives approximately $100,000 to $150,000 yearly to offset expenses, said Yantz. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Real Truth About The Pain Caused By MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community Newscenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Delhi HC Asks DU To File “Proper Reply” In Plea For Holding Supplementary Exams Immediately After Final Semester [Read Petition]

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Asks DU To File “Proper Reply” In Plea For Holding Supplementary Exams Immediately After Final Semester [Read Petition] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK28 July 2020 2:01 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi University to file a “proper reply” on the petition filed by final law year students of the Faculty of Law College, seeking permission to give their supplementary examinations for those exams which they have not passed in the first to fourth semesters. Last month, the bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh had issued notice to the University…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Delhi High Court has asked the Delhi University to file a “proper reply” on the petition filed by final law year students of the Faculty of Law College, seeking permission to give their supplementary examinations for those exams which they have not passed in the first to fourth semesters. Last month, the bench of Justice Prathiba M. Singh had issued notice to the University with a direction to file an affidavit explaining their policy for conducting supplementary examinations in terms of the notification dated August 22, 2018. After hearing the Petitioners’ counsel today, Senior Advocate Rajesh Tondon, Advocates Amit Kumar Sharma and Satyam Singh, that the University has not filed a proper reply, the bench has directed the University to file a fresh reply in the matter and clarify whether the impugned supplementary notification of 2017 was approved by the Bar Council of India. The Petitioners had approached the High Court against the new scheme introduced by the University as per which a final year student, who has not cleared any examination from the first to fourth semesters, may appear for those examinations at the “regular examination” held at the end of each Term. In simple words, the impugned notification has done away with the supplementary examinations for any back log paper immediately after the Semester VI examination and students are therefore required to appear in any backlog paper in December and May for odd and even semester examinations, respectively. Agitating this change the Petitioners submitted, “The rule as existed before the college notice, a candidate gets a chance to clear the backlogs in two supplementary exams after the sixth semester, if he or she is not able to clear them during the routine semestral exams, therefore the first supplementary exam is conducted in June for final year students having backlogs from first, third, and fifth semester, while the second supplementary exam is conducted in August or September to clear second, fourth and sixth semester (result for sixth semester having been announced in July). However, vide the annexed notification the petitioner herein have been deprived of the aforementioned mentioned opportunity, to clear their respective backlog in the supplementary examinations as they were held each for odd ( first, third and fifth) and even (second fourth and sixth) semester respectively.” It is submitted that due to the impugned notification, the students will now have to wait for at least 6-7 months to appear in the exams and thereafter for another 3 months for the declaration of the result, thereby causing them to lose more than half of the year. It is further contended that the impugned rule has a detrimental effect on the number of opportunities that are made available to the final year student to clear their backlog and pass the examination. “Before the said notification a final year student had three opportunities in each year to clear their backlog: two opportunities per regular semester and one more opportunity per supplementary exam. However, due to the said impugned rule, the student now only is presented with two opportunities per semester by way of appearing alongside students who are appearing for their regular exam as an ex-student,” the plea states. It is the case of the Petitioners that the impugned notification cannot be applied to them as the said rule was notified after they had acquired admission to the University. After notice was issued, DU had contended that the petition is not maintainable and suffers from “grave latches”. It was contended that the Petitioners cannot “overburden” the Faculty of Law by compelling it to hold separate supplementary exams for the failed students. “The students cannot claim any vested right for seeking separate supplementary exams. The Petitioners cannot take advantage of their own wrong, by first not able to clear the exams in time and then seeking as a matter of right the Faculty of Law to hold separate supplementary exams for them,” the Counter Affidavit stated. They had submitted that it is for the Academic Bodies to decide as to the mode and scheme of examination. “The Petitioners cannot invoke the extra-ordinary original jurisdictions of this Hon’ble Court for seeking the reliefs as prayed for through the present writ petition.” The matter is now posted for hearing on September 10, 2020. Click Here To Download June Order Click Here To Download Petition Click Here To Download Counter Affidavit Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Advocate Files PIL Before Bombay HC Seeks Directions To Mandate Use Of A4 Size Paper For All Filings [Read Petition]

first_imgNews UpdatesAdvocate Files PIL Before Bombay HC Seeks Directions To Mandate Use Of A4 Size Paper For All Filings [Read Petition] Nitish Kashyap20 Oct 2020 6:22 AMShare This – xAn advocate has filed a public interest litigation before the Bombay High Court seeking directions to the High Court registry to mandate use of A4 size paper, printed on both sides for the purposes of presentation of all pleadings and supporting documents in the High Court.When the matter came up before the bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni on Tuesday, Court…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginAn advocate has filed a public interest litigation before the Bombay High Court seeking directions to the High Court registry to mandate use of A4 size paper, printed on both sides for the purposes of presentation of all pleadings and supporting documents in the High Court.When the matter came up before the bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice GS Kulkarni on Tuesday, Court directed the registry to place the matter before the Chief Justice on the administrative side to take an appropriate decision.Advocate Ranjit Shinde along with Advocate Abhay Anturkar and Advocate Ajinkya Udane appeared on behalf of the petitioner, the 31-year-old Sujay Joshi. Petitioner has contended that the Supreme Court has already issued a circular stating that filings in the judicial side will be in A4 size paper with both-sides printing from April 1 onwards. This was done to minimize consumption of paper. Moreover, High Courts at Tripura, Kerala and Karnataka have also allowed filing in A4 size paper.On April 25, 2019, the Himachal Pradesh High Court issued rules for electronic filing in the High Court as well as subordinate courts in the State, the PIL states.According to the petitioner, currently all the pleadings to be filed before this High Court on its original side are governed by the Bombay High Court Original Side Rules. The pleadings have to be -Printed with double spacing between the linesOn durable fullscap paperWith an inner margin of about three and a half centimetres wideOn a single size of the sheetWhereas, pleadings on the appellate side are governed by Bombay High Court Appellate Side Rules 1960.The petitioners contend-“The mandate to submit any pleading in a fullscap paper, with double spacing, wide left margin, and printed only on a single side of the sheet leads to tremendous wastage of paper. Interestingly to the best of the knowledge of the petition, the aforementioned Rules that were drafted decades ago were based on pre-Independence colonial practices. In the past, due to low thickness of paper and ink quality, the ink printed on one side of the paper would seep on the other side, making reading difficult.With the advance in paper printing technology and ink related technology, such is no longer the case. Thus it is necessary for this High Court to revisit the aforementioned rules and issue appropriate directions in the contemporary sense to bring uniformity about the use of paper and printing thereon and to minimize consumption of paper, and consequently to save the environment.”Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Safety concerns as part of river wall washes away in Ramelton

first_img Google+ Major health and safety concerns have been raised in Ramelton after a section of the river wall collapsed overnight.High tides washed away part of the structure last night, leaving a large hole in the wall.There are now fears locally that further high tides could result in more of the wall tumbling out onto the main road, creating a hazard for both residents and motorists.Donegal County Council is monitoring the situation closely.Journalist with the Tir Chonaill Tribune John McAteer was at the scene today:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/mcateer.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – September 4, 2019 Twitter WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook Safety concerns as part of river wall washes away in Ramelton Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleRing launches public consultation ahead of new Rural PlanNext articleCreed extends application period for BEAM scheme News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Longer life on the double

first_imgA double-wall packaging system that prolongs the shelf-life of part-baked bread and reduces the quantity of additives required for its preservation has been awarded patents in the UK and France.The system seals a layer of modified gas around the bread, but the gas does not come into contact with the contents. Taste and quality are both said to be safeguarded.Initially the bread is wrapped with a biodegradable micro-perforated film before being placed into a larger bag. The gas system is then injected, stabilising humidity and preventing moisture from affecting bread quality.According to the system’s inventor, Joel Gourlain, it is suitable for French breads, croissants and paninis. He hopes it will be introduced in 2007.last_img read more

Watch Portugal. The Man Perform “Feel It Still” On Conan

first_imgPortugal. The Man are currently on an extensive U.S. tour in support of their recent Woodstock release. The Oregon-bred rock band performed an exhilarating version of their single “Feel It Still” on Conan last night with support from a four-piece string section in addition to their four-piece horn section. The full-bodied song took new shape in the late night television performance, gaining praise from Conan who called it “killer.”Watch “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man below:Don’t miss Portugal. The Man at Suwanee Hulaween, or in a city near you!Portugal. The Man Tour Dates:07/25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre ~07/27 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues #07/28 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre: Berkeley *#07/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium #07/30 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium ^08/11 – Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre & Cafe08/17 – Toronto, CA @ The Danforth Music Hall08/18 – Toronto, CA @ The Danforth Music Hall08/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ 104.5 Summer Block Party08/21 – Charlottesville, VA @ Sprint Pavilion08/22 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel08/23 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel08/24 – Nashville, TN @ Live on the Green08/25 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi-Fi09/09 – Oceanside, CA @ Oceanside Pier09/12 – Villeurbanne, FR @ Le Transbordeur09/13 – Lausanne, CH @ Les Docks09/14 – Winterthur, CH @ Salzhaus09/15 – Aarau, CH @ Kiff09/16 – Linz, AT @ Posthof09/17 – Wien, AT @ Ottakringer Brauerei09/18 – Munich, DE @ Muffathalle09/20 – Ghent, BE @ Autumn Falls Festival09/21 – Amsterdam, NL @ Insidestad Presents Festival – Paradiso09/22 – Berlin, DE @ Astra09/23 – Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival09/24 – Karlsruhe, DE @ Substage09/26 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla09/27 – London, UK @ Heaven09/28 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan09/29 – Lille, FR @ Le Splendid09/30 – Dortmund, DE @ Way Back When Festival10/02 – Bloomington, IL @ The Castle Theatre &10/03 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall &10/05 – Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s Ballroom %10/06 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall $10/08 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival10/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren10/13 – El Paso, TX @ Plaza Theatre10/14 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory10/15 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Festival10/17 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City %10/18 – Knoxville, TN @ The Mill & Mine %10/20 – Guadalajara, MX @ C3 Stage10/21 – Monterrey, MX @ Parque Fundidora10/22 – Cuauhtémoc, MX @ Plaza Condesa10/24 – Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre +10/25 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom +10/26 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz10/27 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte &10/29 – Live Oak, FL @ Suwanee Hulaween 201703/02-06 – Punta Cana, DR @ My Morning Jacket’s One Big Holiday~ = w/ The Aces* = w/ Local Natives# = w/ Benjamin Booker^ = w/ Hanni El Khatib and Fatlip% = w/ Lido+ = w/ Maybird& = w/ Lido and Maybird$ = w/ Cut Copy and Lidolast_img read more

Healthy diet helps older men maintain physical function

first_img Physician-researcher welcomes shift in screening guidelines, notes recent findings on diet and disease recurrence A person’s ability to maintain independence and physically care for themselves is an essential part of healthy aging. But few studies have examined how diet may allow some aging people to maintain physical function — everyday tasks such as bathing, getting dressed, carrying groceries, or walking up a flight of stairs — while others’ abilities diminish.A new study by investigators from Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital examines the role of a healthy diet and finds that this highly modifiable factor can have a large influence on maintaining physical function, lowering the likelihood of developing physical impairment by approximately 25 percent. The team’s findings are published in The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging.“Diet can have specific effects on our health and can also affect our well-being and physical independence as we get older,” said senior author Francine Grodstein of the Channing Division of Network Medicine at the Brigham Hospital. “What excites me about our findings is the notion that we have some influence over our physical independence as we get older. Even if people can’t completely change their diet, there are some relatively simple dietary changes people can make that may influence their ability to maintain physical function, such as eating more vegetables and nuts.”Grodstein and her colleague Kaitlin Hagan, a former postdoctoral fellow at the Brigham, examined data from a total of 12,658 men from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study, tracking them from 2008 to 2012. At the beginning of this period, all men were assessed for their ability to perform such activities as bathing/dressing themselves, walking one block, walking several blocks, walking more than one mile, bending/kneeling, climbing one flight of stairs, climbing several flights of stairs, lifting groceries, moderate activities, and vigorous activities. The men also filled out a food-frequency questionnaire with responses ranging from “never or less than once per month” to “six or more times per day.”The team used criteria from the Alternate Healthy Eating Index-2010 to assess the quality of each of the men’s diets and assign an individual score. These criteria included six food categories for which higher intake was better (vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, and polyunsaturated fatty acids); one food category for which moderate intake was better (alcohol); and four categories for which lower intake was better (sugar-sweetened beverages and fruit juice, red and processed meats, trans fatty acids, and sodium).Grodstein and Hagan found that higher diet scores (meaning better diet quality) were strongly associated with decreased odds of physical impairment, including a 25 percent lower likelihood of developing impaired physical function with aging. An overall healthy diet pattern was more strongly associated with better physical function than an individual component or food. But the team did see that greater intake of vegetables and nuts and lower intake of red or processed meats and sugar-sweetened beverages each modestly lowered risk of impairment. Related Seeking a culprit behind rise in colorectal cancer among younger adults Researchers with widely varying views on dietary guidelines come to a consensus Good fat vs. bad fat vs. high carb vs. low carb The study’s results largely align with findings from similar studies of women in the Nurses’ Health Study. Like many studies of diet, the current study relies on self-reporting and answers from questionnaires, which has some flaws. However, since the study examines overall healthy eating, minor discrepancies are unlikely to have had a large impact on the findings. The team’s prospective design — following initially healthy adults who could perform physical activities as they aged — strengthened their study and minimized the likelihood of reverse causation bias (or changing one’s diet due to physical impairment).This work was supported by grants UM1 CA167552, and T32 HL098048 from the National Institutes of Health. Grodstein received unrestricted research awards from the California Walnut Commission and Nestlé Waters LLC.last_img read more

Carly Hughes Will Star in Pippin on Broadway

first_img Related Shows Hughes’ Broadway credits include Beautiful, Ghost the Musical, The Book of Mormon, Ragtime and Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! View Comments Pippin Carly Hughes has magic to do! The Broadway alum is set to star in the Great White Way’s Pippin. She will begin performances as the Leading Player on September 19, replacing Ciara Renee, who departed the production on September 14. Ariana DeBose is currently playing the role. Pippin features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson and tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. The current cast includes Kyle Dean Massey as Pippin, Tony winner Andrea Martin as Berthe, Tony nominee John Dossett as Charles, Charlotte d’Amboise as Fastrada and Rachel Bay Jones as Catherine. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img read more

Kudzu Bug

first_imgA parasitoid wasp controls kudzu bug populations in its native Asia. University of Georgia entomologist Michael Toews hopes those wasps will one day reduce the kudzu bug’s presence in the United States.“(Finding a predator) is exactly what we need to do for long-term suppression,” said Toews, a researcher with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The problem is you can’t just go collect a bug from another land and release it. You have to study all of its non-target effects. Sometimes you can create more problems than you’re solving when you release a new species in a foreign land.”U.S. Department of Agriculture and UGA entomologists are studying the wasp to see if it will parasitize other insects native to the U.S.When kudzu bugs arrived in the U.S. in 2009, north Georgia soybean growers quickly realized the bug had an appetite for more than just kudzu. If untreated, kudzu bug damage can result in soybean yield losses ranging from 20-60 percent, according to UGA entomologist Phillip Roberts. Kudzu bugs suck on the main stem and leaf of soybean plants, which weakens and stresses the plant.“This is a major production challenge for us because this invasive insect pest has had no natural controls in the United States. This insect is native to Asia, China and Japan, specifically,” Toews said. “In those lands, there are parasitoid wasps that manage these populations. In fact, they’re not considered crop pests in their native land. But when it was introduced into North America and the Western Hemisphere, the parasitoid did not come with it, so that bug has been able to expand very, very rapidly.”The wasp attacks kudzu bug eggs and kills the larvae before they hatch. The uncertainty surrounding the wasps’ potential impact in North America has Toews and fellow entomologists concerned.“Entomologists, stakeholders and growers are all hoping that this little parasitoid is going to help us manage our kudzu bug populations,” Toews said. “ We’re all hopeful that it’s going to happen, but this is a new land (for the wasp), and we don’t really know if the same amount of control will be exerted as in its native area,” Toews said.In 2012, researchers applied for the necessary USDA permit to release the wasp. Scientists must first demonstrate new pests are safe and do not alter the ecosystem before they are released. This usually takes a couple of years, but the parasitoid wasp was found in Georgia and Alabama last summer. Toews calls the findings accidental and is uncertain how the wasp made it to the U.S. Genetic testing shows the newly detected wasp population is different than the strain being examined under quarantine. Research teams throughout the Southeast are monitoring the potential spread of the parasitoid wasp during this year’s growing season.Two grants to study kudzu bug researchUGA scientists are using two new grants from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture to find new ways to eliminate the kudzu bug’s impact in the U.S.One grant will be used to look at different thresholds for reducing the pest in the field with the hope of eliminating all economic damage with a single pesticide spray. The scientists are examining various factors, including the timing of pesticide sprays and what to use as a benchmark for insecticide application (stage of crop, time of year, foliage density or distribution of the bug in the field).The second grant will fund a study of the biology and ecology of kudzu bugs in farm settings. After overwintering in the bark of pine trees, kudzu bugs flock to developing kudzu where the first generation of kudzu bugs develop. When they mature, the bugs seek out soybean fields. Toews marks the bugs in kudzu using a fluorescent powder and then observes when, where and why the bugs move to soybean fields. Traps are strategically placed in soybean fields to monitor the kudzu bugs. When a marked bug arrives at the soybean field, Toews can determine when and where the bug was marked and how far it flew. Through this process, Toews is able to study the bugs’ capacity for flight, their differences in reproducing on different host plants and how likely they are to disperse at different times of the year.For more information about the kudzu bug, see kudzubug.org.last_img read more