Happy Hamilton a home winner again

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinFormula One world champion Lewis Hamilton soaked up the energy of a roaring home crowd to win the British Grand Prix for the second year in a row on Sunday and forge 17 points clear of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg.Germany’s Sebastian Vettel finished third for Ferrari, behind Rosberg, with Williams driver Felipe Massa bumped off the podium after leading for the first 20 laps following a blistering start.On a tricky afternoon of safety cars, sunshine and showers Hamilton got his choice of tyres exactly right to chalk up his 38th career win and fifth of the season — and get his hands on a ‘proper’ gold trophy.The victory in front of an estimated 140,000 fans made Hamilton only the third Briton, after Jim Clark and Nigel Mansell, to win three times at home.“I really wanted to do it for you guys,” he told the crowd from the podium. “I am so thankful for all the support. I could see all the fans on every lap in the corner of my eye and it spurred me on.“I just didn’t want to drop it for them,” added the Briton, who had made a sluggish start from pole position as Massa roared through from the second row to lead into the first corner.“I am so elated you cannot imagine. I started to tear up on that last lap hoping I could do it for all the guys. Thanks for all the support.”Rosberg, who was fourth at the end of the first lap, said his team mate had made the right call at the right time in pitting for intermediates just as the rain began to come down heavily.Rosberg stayed out for another slippery lap before also pitting.“I was pushing hard to try and catch Lewis under difficult conditions but he made the better call and that is where I lost it. Fair play to him,” said the German.The safety car was deployed for two laps at the end of the first lap after Lotus drivers Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean collided as well as the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.Button retired on the spot but Spaniard Alonso stayed in the race and finished lapped but 10th for his first point of a troubled season.Only 13 cars finished, with Sauber’s Brazilian Felipe Nasr retiring before the start when his car was stuck in sixth gear on the track as he headed for the grid.Williams took fifth place with Valtteri Bottas, who had a thrilling early duel with Massa for the lead, ahead of Red Bull’s Russian Daniil Kvyat.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was eighth and sandwiched between the Force Indias of Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez in seventh and ninth. Driver and constructor standings after the Formula One British Grand PrixDrivers Points 1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1942. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1773. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1354. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 775. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 766. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 747. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 368. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 279. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 2410. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1711. Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1612. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1513. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1214. Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1015. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 916. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 517. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 418. Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 119. Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 020. Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 0Constructors Points 1. Mercedes 3712. Ferrari 2113. Williams-Mercedes 1514. RedBull – Renault 635. Force India – Mercedes 396. Lotus – Mercedes 297. Sauber – Ferrari 218. Toro Rosso – Renault 199. McLaren 510. Marussia – Ferrari 0last_img read more

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Appointment of Deputy Registrar of Deeds fiasco

first_imgDear Editor,Article 199 (1) and (3) and Article 226 (1) of the Constitution provide as follows:ART 199 (1) “the power to make appointments to the offices to which this Article applies and to remove and exercise disciplinary control over persons holding or acting in such offices shall vest in the Judicial Service Commission…”ART 199 (3) “this article applies to the office of Commissioner of Title, Magistrate, Director of Public Prosecution, Deputy Director of Public Prosecution, Registrar of the High Court, Deputy Registrar of the High Court, Registrar of Deeds, Deputy Registrar of Deeds…”ART 226 (1) “…in its exercise of its functions under this Constitution, a Commission shall not be subjected to the direction or control of any other person or authority.”I wish to congratulate the Deputy Registrar of Deeds, Zanna Frank, for challenging the unlawful interference by the Attorney General (AG) in attempting to frustrate and prevent her from discharging the duties of her office. This young woman has demonstrated that she possesses the courage and fortitude to challenge authoritarianism and defend the Constitution and the rule of law. She has done her profession and gender proud.The response of the AG has been characteristically untutored. It is obvious that, initially, he was unaware of the provisions of Article 199 of the Constitution. This is evident by the fact that he purported to appoint someone to function in that office. This by itself speaks volumes. Upon learning that the power to make this appointment resides with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), the learned AG proceeded to make a series of wild and reckless allegations. Firstly, the AG claims that he was not consulted by the JSC. This may be true. There is no obligation placed upon the JSC to consult with the AG or any other person in respect of this appointment. Secondly, he alleges that “the JSC was acting excessively and out of their jurisdiction”. This contention is incomprehensible. A tribunal acts in excess of and without jurisdiction if it makes a decision that it has no lawful power to make. Article 199, clearly vests in the JSC the power to appoint a Deputy Registrar of Deeds. The JSC has done so. How can it be said to be acting without and in excess of the jurisdiction?Thirdly, the Attorney General describes Frank as a “pawn”, “hapless” and “inexperienced” and contends that she was “set up as a sacrificial lamb, knowing fully well that she would not be accepted, because she simply does not have the qualifications”.One must ask, “accepted” by whom? Based upon the aforesaid constitutional provision, a decision of the Judicial Service Commission requires no one’s “acceptance”. Frank possesses a Certificate in Industrial and Social Science; a Diploma in Public Management; a Bachelors Degree in Law; and a Legal Education Certificate.In fact, Frank may have been overqualified for that position. In any event, it is the JSC and no one else, who is empowered to assess her suitability for the job. They have done so. One is left to wonder whose “pawn” and “sacrificial lamb” is miss Frank? In the end, this outburst by the Attorney General amounts to a most uncouth, unethical and unprofessional onslaught upon a young female Attorney-at-Law by a person considered to be the head of the Bar.The learned AG demonstrates no regard for the sub judice principle, publicly, expressing his views on the merits of a case that is pending in the Court. I note the silence of the Guyana Bar Association and the Guyana Women’s Lawyers Association on these gross transgressions.According to press reports, the AG finds the power vested in the JSC to make this appointment objectionable. He wants these powers taken away from the JSC.This is an expression of the authoritarian’s intolerance of a divergence of power by the Constitution away from the Executive into an independent commission over which the Executive has no influence.The AG professes his unawareness of the origin of this authority of the JSC. I believe him. For his information, this new measure was introduced among the nearly 200 odd recommendations generated by the 1999/2001 Constitutional Reform Commission, which were all unanimously incorporated by Parliament into the Constitution. Therefore, the Attorney General’s contention that it “was introduced by the previous Administration” is indeed correct, but the addendum, that it was supported by the PNC at the time, is necessary for one to get the full picture.Finally, for the record, the AG’s rantings that he inherited a “mess” at the Deeds Registry is hereby rejected. I will furnish the details on another occasion. Suffice it so say, that he inherited a modern, well-equipped and properly staffed Commercial and Deeds Registries consolidated into a singular unit, the Deeds and Commercial Registry Authority, a statutory body corporate managed by a competent Board of Directors nominated by important stakeholders, along with an additional and renovated building which formerly housed the New Building Society Limited on Avenue of the Republic, Georgetown.Sincerely,Anil Nandlall, MPFormer AttorneyGenerallast_img read more

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Torino reject big-money Arsenal bid for Belotti

first_img0Shares0000Italy’s forward Andrea Belotti in action during the international friendly against Germany in Milan, on November 15, 2016 © AFP / Marco BertorelloMILAN, Italy, Jan 8 – Torino have rejected a bid from Arsenal for Italy striker Andrea Belotti believed to be in the region of Sh7bn (£55m), the Serie A side said on Sunday.With 13 goals in 16 appearances in only his second season in Serie A, Belotti — who celebrates his goals by mimicking a rooster’s comb with an open hand to his forehead — has emerged as the most exciting homegrown striker in Italy in years. Known as “Il Gallo” (The Rooster), Belotti has reportedly also been watched by Manchester United, prompting Torino president Urbano Cairo to slap on a 100m-euro buy-out clause for clubs outside Italy when he tied the 22-year-old front man to a new deal until 2021 last month.Arsenal, Torino said, tabled an offer for Belotti in recent weeks only to be told it was far below their asking price.When asked specifically about an offer from Arsenal, Torino sporting director Gianluca Petrachi told Sky Sport: “Yes, we received the offer but it didn’t reflect the true value of the player.“In any case, he’s not going anywhere for the moment. We’ll see what happens in the future but we intend on keeping Belotti.“The (club) president included this significant buy-out clause. I think he’s worth more than they have offered.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Lawn care goes bare with bikini service

first_imgCathey said there hasn’t been any interest in a male version of the bikini lawn cut.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One lawn care company in Memphis, Tenn., is showing a little skin to boost business. The women of Tiger Time Lawn Care offer to mow customers’ lawns dressed in bikinis – a service that attracts more attention to them than the lawns. “Oh yeah, they honk and yell. They can do everything you can imagine,” said employee Blair Beckman, 21. Beckman said the extra attention is expected but she looks on the bright side. “You get the attention but you also get a tan, which I need,” Beckman said. Owner Lee Cathey said the bikini service makes mowing the lawn a lot more interesting, although the fee is slightly higher. “The yards definitely get more attention when there’s a bikini on the lawn,” Cathey said. Some customers sit in lawn chairs and have a beer while watching, he said. The three-month-old company is looking for a way to expand the service through the end of summer. “In the fall we’ll go pick up leaves in the bikinis if need be,” Cathey said. last_img read more

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Time’s right: It’s all about me

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d see160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Imagine my absolute delight and amazement at discovering that Time magazine had named me (ME!) Person of the Year. There it was screaming out at me on the cover: PERSON OF THE YEAR — YOU. Awesome! I never realized that losing those last 5 pounds, switching to an energy-efficient fridge and doubling my contribution to NPR would have so profound an effect. It made me feel all Sally Fields warm and fuzzy — “They like me, they really like me!” Who else could they mean but me? Who knew that for years my family, friends, co-workers, ex-husband and lovers had been such visionaries, demanding to know, “Why is it always about you?” Now, no less than Time magazine has validated their sense of my fabulous destiny. At least I thought so until I cracked open the pages. Apparently the “you” Time is talking about and to is actually “them.” Them that are way over on the other side of the digital divide from me. The magazine, an integral part of the stodgy mainstream media, is honoring those who are using the Internet to bypass and sometimes show up the old Timers by uploading, downloading, viral-videoing and blah-blah blogging news and information. These hawks of this new people power revolution system aren’t just the man of the year, now they’re da man. They’re not just the prophets of profits from the biggies like the YouTubers and MySpacers and Googlians. They’re the little wiki people who battle over obscure entries in Wikipedia. They are the millions of computer users loading us up, literally with too much information. Forget 15 minutes of fame, how about 15 gigabytes of blog? But here’s a reality check: Everyone can’t be famous. And the renegades of conventional communications are now sort of, I guess, the mainstream. Kind of the same way the hippest things become increasingly uncool when embraced by the maddening crowd. Remember UGGS? As an analog kind of gal, you will never find any me on YouTube, and when I refer to My Space, I simply mean the spot I park my car or a handy alibi for ditching a boyfriend. Although I want to say blog humbug, I can easily waste a few hours linking to links. But mostly I have a life without time to keep up with the deluge of digital data. I’d rather wait for my snail-mail magazine subscriptions and my morning newspaper to weed through it all, so I can soak in a hot bath and slowly feel the pages get soggy. The editor of Time proudly noted that they’d printed up almost 7 million copies of this year’s fanfare for the common computer user with its unusual reflective Mylar cover. And I couldn’t help but note that the “YOU” reflected back at me was a little distorted and misshapen. Not unlike a lot of that marvelous people power revolution taking place in cyberspace.— Stephanie Becker is a writer in Los Angeles.last_img read more

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UPDATE: Brown County SP activities relocated to Brown County Visitor Center as state park remains closed

first_imgBrown County State Park and Abe Martin Lodge remain closed through at least Sunday, June 23.Several free programs scheduled by the park’s interpretive services have been relocated to the Brown County Visitor Center at 211 S. Van Buren Street in Nashville, IN, including Indiana reptiles on display on Friday and Saturday, an Arts in the Parks sketching program and a live raptor program on Saturday. See the full schedule of activities and program times at http://bit.ly/2Y2jk2j. The sediment level from last weekend’s heavy rainfall still remains too high in Ogle Lake to allow the production of potable water. State Parks staff members have provided cancellation notices to guests with reservations for the campgrounds and for Abe Martin Lodge through Sunday evening.Park staff continue to work with DNR’s Division of Engineering, consultants and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to ensure that when the park reopens there is safe drinking water and water for all needed uses across the property.Closure beyond the weekend will be evaluated as we watch lake conditions and rainfall.last_img read more

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Obama heaps praise on Tutu

first_imgThe Nobel laureate formally stepped away from public life on Thursday to spend more time at home with his family. Nobel Peace Prize US President Barack Obama praised Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on his official retirement, calling him a moral titan and dedicated peacemaker. Obama said Tutu was the voice of the voice of the voiceless. “For decades he has been … a voice of principle, an unrelenting champion of justice.” The US president said Tutu would be missed for his insight and activism, but that the world would continue to learn from his example. 8 October 2010 “We wish the Archbishop and his family happiness in the years ahead,” Obama said. His work earned him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent struggle against apartheid. After South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, he led the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which uncovered the horrors of apartheid-era abuses. “He has also been an outspoken voice for freedom and justice in countries across the globe; a staunch defender of the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons; and an advocate for treatment and prevention programs to stop the spread of HIV/Aids,” Obama said. He lauded Tutu for playing a pivotal role in overturning apartheid, and for his extraordinary efforts in pursuing reconciliation in the new South Africa. Extraordinary efforts Source: BuaNews Tutu announced in July he would retire on his 79th birthday, which fell on Thursday, after years of fighting for justice and an end to apartheid in South Africa, and of travelling the globe to highlight human rights struggles worldwide.last_img read more

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Equal Pay Day – What April 14th Means for HR Professionals

first_imgOn this year’s Equal Pay Day, it is important that HR professionals work to ensure compliance and promote effective workplaces. Employers should continue to pursue effective pay practices, including clear compensation policies that help employees understand how their pay is decided. Salary negotiation training is another area that many in the workforce could possibly benefit from. No, it’s not just the day before Tax Day. Interestingly enough, today is another day with relevance to HR. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, April 14th is called “Equal Pay Day” in order to raise public awareness around the importance of compensation equity in the workplace.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2013 women who were full-time workers had median weekly earnings of $706, which is about 82 percent of the median weekly earnings of male full-time workers ($860). While certain stakeholders might disagree, the question is whether this wage difference between women and men is attributable to discrimination, legitimate pay practices or other dynamics.HR professionals work tirelessly to ensure compliance with the two key federal statutes that prevent gender-based wage discrimination: The Equal Pay Act (EPA) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Under current law, depending on merit and seniority, jobs that have the same functions and similar working conditions and that require substantially the same skills must be compensated equally.HR professionals and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) strongly support equal pay for equal work and believe that any misconduct against an employee should be promptly and fully rectified.Currently, the Equal Pay Act, which covers most employers, allows employers to pay workers of one sex at a higher rate than workers of the opposite sex. These factors include: seniority, merit, production, or “any other factor than sex” which encompasses other legitimate factors an employer utilizes. Currently, if an employer is found to have violated the EPA, an employer can be ordered to pay back wages, pay liquidated damages, and pay employee’s attorney fees.Legislative responses to the wage difference have not adequately addressed the issue. Last year, legislation that would restrict employers’ pay practices failed to advance twice in the U.S. Senate.  While well intentioned, this legislation would limit employer flexibility to reward employees using legitimate pay practices such as an employee’s prior salary history or the company’s profitability.last_img read more

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Shaking grapevines disrupts pests’ sex lives

first_imgWhen it comes to the sex lives of insects, entomologists sure know how to kill the mood. To keep pests from making love—and little bugs—they have developed all sorts of tricks, like spraying plumes of pheromones that lead love-struck males astray. Now, scientists have developed a new way to disrupt mating: shaking the insects’ perches to disrupt the vibrations that would-be partners normally use to find each other.“This is a great new approach,” says Christoph Hoffmann, a biologist at the Institute for Plant Protection in Fruit Crops and Viticulture in Siebeldingen, Germany. These good—or bad—vibrations not only stop reproduction, but they may prevent a species of leafhopper from spreading a deadly disease through Europe’s vineyards.After the American grapevine leafhopper (Scaphoideus titanus) was accidentally imported into Europe in the mid-19th century, likely with plant material brought to combat the Great French Wine Blight, the insects picked up a bacterium that causes a grapevine disease called flavescence dorée, which causes leaves to yellow and grapes to shrivel. Since then, the leafhopper has been slowly spreading the incurable disease throughout the wine-growing regions in southern Europe.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)To combat the pest, entomologist Valerio Mazzoni and colleagues at the Edmund Mach Foundation, an agricultural institute in Trentino, Italy, decided to use the leafhopper’s mating signals against them. Leafhopper males “sing” with their legs, vibrating the leaf on which they sit and alerting any nearby females. A female answers with her own vibration, starting a duet that helps the male locate her.To disrupt the performance, the team played a continuous stream of male singing from laboratory loudspeakers, causing a grapevine cutting with two leaves to shake. The upper leaf hosted one male, and the lower leaf one female. In almost two dozen experiments, not a single male could find the female when the song was played at a high enough volume. In an outdoor experiment, the team hung electromagnetic “shakers” on the supporting wire of a row of grapevines and put pairs of insects into cages wrapped around the shoots. After a day, they checked to see whether the caged insects had mated. In cages 5 meters from the shaker, 33 out of 36 females had not yet mated. That number dropped with increasing distance from the shaker—at 35 meters, only six out of 17 females had not mated—as the authors write in this month’s issue of the Journal of Pest Science.Hoffman welcomes the new approach to leafhopper control. Because the insects do not use pheromones for attraction, classic mating disruption is not an option. So vintners in many regions are forced to spray insecticides several times a year, Hoffmann says. “Any new approach is welcome, and I think the data here allow us to conclude that this is possible in principle.” The biggest questions for now may be practical. For instance, how do you hang electric cables in vineyards that harvest using machines with rotating knives?And, of course, there is always the question of cost. The researchers don’t give a final cost per hectare, but their proposed equipment price of 300 euros per hectare “would be great,” Hoffmann says. The team says it should be possible to reduce the price of the equipment and lower costs by turning off the shakers for the 8 hours each day that the hoppers are inactive. Indeed, several companies have shown an interest since the paper came out, Mazzoni says.“The idea is ingenious,” says Hannelore Hoch, a biologist studying planthoppers at the Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science in Berlin. Unlike insecticides, the mechanical disruption is targeted specifically at the pest insects. And because no other insects transmit the bacterium, getting rid of the leafhoppers would be enough to protect the vineyards—for now. But she cautions that the leafhoppers might adapt and start mating on other plants. And she wonders how the vibration might affect the vines in the long run. They might grow stronger, for instance, and produce lower yields in the process, Hoch says. “When you intervene in a biological system you never know exactly what will happen.”last_img read more

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