Forestry Field Day

first_imgLand is valuable – whether you own land, manage land or recreate on land. It can provide benefits for the landowner by way of yielding crops and timber, benefit wildlife by providing habitat and a food source, and benefit those that recreate by providing a fulfilling outdoors experience. Landowners can make that land even more valuable by learning how to care for it at the 2015 Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day. The tri-annual educational event is set for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015, on the University of Georgia campus in Griffin, GA. Attendees will hear about and see ways to increase the value of the land. Federal and state government agency officials and representatives of private business will provide management recommendations and demonstrate real-life techniques at the event. More than 30 topics will be showcased, including:Wildlife OpeningsPond ManagementManagement for Wild Turkeys, Doves, Quail, Deer (each separate topics)Feral Hog IssuesSelling and Marketing TimberPrescribed BurningPinestraw ProductionCost Share Assistance ProgramsConservation and Purchase EasementsInvasive Insects, Disease and PlantsSafety and Use of Chainsaws and ChippersBeekeeping Continuing Education Credits (CEU) will be available for several fields, including pesticide (several categories), forestry, loggers, arborist and wildlife. (See website for more details.)The event will begin with registration at 8 a.m. Field day topic sites will be open from 9:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Attendees will shuttle between field day topic sites either on foot or via tram and will receive a take-home booklet with in-depth topic and speaker information. Registration is $25 prior to Sept. 3, 2015, ($30 after) and includes lunch. Pre-registrants will receive an Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day ball cap. The event is an excellent field trip opportunity for public and homeschool high school students. High school students and teachers can attend for $10.Prior to the event, participants are encouraged to review the list of available topics and make plans on which subjects interest them the most. In an effort to help with this task, topics have been grouped into four categories: conservation, forestry, wildlife and small equipment.Sponsors of this event include the University of Georgia Colleges of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Georgia Forestry Commission, Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.For more information or to register, visit www.caes.uga.edu/events/awfd/.last_img read more

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Peruvian Air Force Committed To Space Security

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook December 02, 2019 Peruvian Air Force (FAP, in Spanish) Lieutenant General Raúl Hoyos de Vinatea, head of the Peruvian General Staff, attended the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference, held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, November 4-8, 2019. Lt. Gen. Hoyos spoke with Diálogo about cybersecurity and the transnational crimes that affect his country.Diálogo: What’s the importance of FAP’s participation in the South American Air Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders Conference?Lieutenant General Raúl Hoyos de Vinatea, head of the Peruvian General Staff: We want to team up and partner with the United States, so we can focus the combined efforts of both nations and air forces on the main issues that we have in the region, such as transnational threats, which in Peru’s case are mainly related to illegal mining, illicit drug trafficking, terrorism, transnational crime, and corruption.Diálogo: Cybersecurity and space were central topics at the conference. What are Peru’s advances in this domain?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: Our main advance was the August [2019] enactment of the Cyber Defense Law 30900, giving the Armed Forces the legal framework to support the State in countering the threats or attacks that affect national security and to conduct cyberdefense operations. We’ve also acquired, for nearly $7 million, all the equipment for the Peruvian Cybersecurity and Defense Operations Center — based in Lima and with branches in every region of the country — that will be operational in December.Diálogo: What is the experience with the first Peruvian earth observation satellite, known as PeruSat-1?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: PeruSat-1 is a satellite created for national security and defense purposes, and it’s also crucially important for the country’s socioeconomic development. The satellite is operated by the National Commission for Aerospace Research and Development, an institution under the Ministry of Defense. For national defense and security purposes, we are using imagery to detect areas with illegal mining and narco-terrorist camps. So far, the country has saved more than $206 million on processed imagery — satellite images that we used to purchase.Diálogo: In your presentation, you said that illegal mining was one of the main scourges for the country’s security. Are there any foreign actors involved in this crime?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: Illegal mining in the Puerto Maldonado area, in the Amazon, is a transnational threat. Although there are Peruvian illegal miners (a minority), there is a great deal of transnational capital from private actors, who bring in dredges and machinery through the borders and operate in rivers to exploit gold illegally, polluting and deforesting the jungle. The Peruvian Armed Forces have sent a division of special forces to the area, and we plan to maintain a permanent air group in the area.Diálogo: Some of FAP’s main duties are humanitarian assistance and natural disaster relief. How does FAP prepare to respond to these kinds of events?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: Our training includes a good number of helicopter and cargo plane flight hours and personnel involved in disaster relief operations. We conduct Wings of Hope exercises, where we simulate a disaster and put in practice all our operational and logistical capabilities. These exercises are used by other sectors of the State to bring real assistance to simulated disaster areas. We also take part in Cooperation, an annual exercise coordinated by the System of Cooperation among the American Air Forces.Diálogo: What technological innovations does the Project Research and Development Center (CIDEP) offer?Lt. Gen. Hoyos: CIDEP is focused on the design and production of tactical unmanned aircraft with an average reach of 62 miles, and on the production of airplane and helicopter simulators that FAP uses, such as the Twin Otter airplane and the MI-17 helicopter. Obviously, CIDEP also has its own research projects, such as the production of voice recording systems for control towers, among others.last_img read more

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Company policy keeping business travellers in economy

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Company policy is as much a contributing factor as cost for companies when deciding how close staff will sit to the front of the plane, according to a new study.The 2012 Fall Travel Trends Survey conducted by Travel Leaders Group found that the top reason for business travellers flying in coach was 50.6 percent  cost, followed by 44.3 percent company policy.The study conducted on business agents also indicated that while 55 percent of business travellers are placed ‘luxury’ or ‘upper scale’ hotels, 39.3 percent were often placed in only ‘upscale’ and ‘upper midscale’ categories. In line with alternative research, the survey also found that business bookings were up this year compared to last year, with 80.3 percent of those surveyed confirming their bookings are on par or better than 2011.“We are now heading into the fourth quarter of the year and there are still some important issues looming – be it the economic situation in Europe or the upcoming elections in this country – and all of that has a domino effect within the realm of business travel,” Travel Leaders Group chief executive Barry Liben said.   “There is no question we are a global society.”That being said, it has still been a solid year for business travel, as indicated by over 80% of our business travel agents stating that their corporate travel bookings are equal to or higher than last year.  “It is also apparent by our survey findings that a significant segment of business travellers are opting for higher-end hotel stays while they are on the road.  “That is good for both our business and the overall economy.”last_img read more

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