David Gilmour is in the middle of his first tour in North America since 2006. After playing three shows in Los Angeles, the Pink Floyd guitarist had one more stop in the City of Angels; the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live. Much like his current setlists, Gilmour was able to perform both a classic from the Pink Floyd catalog and a song from his newly-released solo album, Rattle That Lock. For the former, Gilmour chose the title track to Floyd’s 1975 album, Wish You Were Here. For the latter, Gilmour chose the title track to his own solo album, delighting fans with an edition of “Rattle That Lock.”You can watch videos of both songs performed, below:“Wish You Were Here”“Rattle That Lock”
The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) Department of Horticulture will host Ornamental Horticulture Research Field Day at UGA’s Durham Horticulture Farm in Watkinsville, Georgia, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6.This biennial showcase will cover a wide variety of topics, including pollinator protection, vegetable pest control and will even showcase new ornamental plant varieties. Gardeners and landscape professionals will also get a behind-the-scenes look at new plant varieties being developed by UGA researchers.“Quite honestly, if you’re a plant geek of any kind, you are going to enjoy this field day,” said Matt Chappell, field day organizer, CAES associate professor of horticulture and greenhouse production specialist with UGA Cooperative Extension.Registration for the field day, which is sponsored by the Georgia Green Industry Association, is free, but early registration is encouraged as attendance will be limited to 200 people. For more information, call 706-542-9044 or 706-542-2471.Visit events.attend.com/f/1383781550 to register and see the full schedule.For travelers, the Durham Horticulture Farm tour will provide a great launch pad for visiting UGA’s other gardening attractions: the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and the Trial Gardens.On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and tours start promptly at 9 a.m., rain or shine. In addition to the open house, a free, light lunch will be provided for participants at the tour’s end. The farm is located at 1221 Hog Mountain Road in Watkinsville, Georgia.Topics include:Using Trap Crops in Vegetable ProductionBob Westerfield, senior public service associateUsing trap crops can be an effective way to pull damaging insects away from desirable produce. Once trap crops are inundated with damaging insects, they can be sprayed to knock down the population of the pests. The effectiveness of this method of insect control will be covered as will be cultural practices to control insects in the garden for homeowners and small-market producers.Ornamental Breeding from Abutilon to ThujaJohn Ruter, professor, and Kaitlin Barrios, doctoral candidateNew selections from Ruter’s ornamental breeding program, which spans from abutilon to thuja, will be discussed. Doctoral student Kaitlin Barrios will discuss her breeding work with hardy hibiscus, which includes interspecific hybrids and breeding for insect resistance and improved flowering and foliage.The Georgia Pollinator Spaces Project and Pollinator Census Becky Griffin, Georgia Center for Urban Agriculture community and school garden coordinatorPlants use a variety of characteristics, such as color, shape and odor, to lure pollinator and beneficial insect flower visitors, including bees, butterflies, flies and beetles. Through research conducted at the UGA Butterfly and Conservation Garden in Griffin, Georgia, certain ornamental floral resources deemed appropriate for Southeastern landscapes were found to attract a variety of potential beneficial arthropods to the ornamental beds and plantings.Breeding New Cultivars for LandscapesCarol Robacker, associate professorRobacker, a seasoned ornamental plant breeder, will provide an update on UGA’s breeding program at the UGA Urban Agriculture Research Station in Griffin, Georgia. She will focus on promising new selections and potential cultivars of little bluestem, vitex, abelia and spigelia will be highlighted.New Woody Ornamentals for your GardenDonglin Zhang, professorAfter returning to UGA from the University of Maine five years ago, Zhang and his laboratory staff have established a fully functional woody plant research laboratory and field breeding and selection program. As part of the field day, his laboratory staff will highlight new ornamental plants for Georgia and adjacent states. Zhang will also discuss the in-depth process of breeding new ornamental varieties.Boxwood, Pruning and Biochar Source Research Tim Smalley, associate professorSmalley will share the results of his studies on rejuvenation pruning, biochar source amendments to annual planting beds, and the effects of soil pH, mulching and irrigation on growth and disease incidence of Buxus sempervirens ‘Suffruticosa.’ An Update on American Chestnut ResearchRyan McNeill, doctoral studentDid you know that UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and the CAES horticulture department are part of the international effort to bring back the American chestnut? McNeil will provide an update on the overall progress of reintroducing the American chestnut as well as what UGA researchers are doing to aid the process.
The International Association of Dredging Companies (IADC) has released in its latest Terra et Aqua an article named ‘Some Proven Benefits of Polymer Use in the Treatment of Sediments in Recent Dredging Projects’.For several decades, polymers have been used in the treatment of sediments for improving the dewatering step and reaching high solid content along with clear-water release, IADC said in the article.In order to show the main benefits of polymer use in the dredging industry, two projects started in the last three years have been selected for presentation in this article to demonstrate the main benefits of their use in the dredging industry.Port-La-Forêt harbor in La ForêtFouesnant, France has not had any form of maintenance dredging in over 30 years. For the harbor’s cleaning, 40,000 cubic meters of polluted sediment needed to be flocculated and pumped into geotextile tubes on a dewatering site located four kilometers away.The turbidity of the water released has been constantly monitored and kept below the authorized level throughout the project. The benefits of polymer use in conjunction with dewatering tubes are a shorter drying time and higher quality of released water.The Kishon River project, contaminated by chemicals from both industrial effluents and municipal wastewater, aimed at cleaning seven kilometers downstream of Haifa, Israel.Over a period of 20 months, some 400,000 cubic meters of material are expected to be removed from the river bottom and treated. Bioremediation is used after sediment dewatering.The benefits of polymer use in conjunction with dewatering equipment area a higher level of dryness in the final solid waste and higher quality release water.With increasing pressure from local communities and authorities on project timeframe, worksite footprint and water quality, the use of polymers will be prevalent in dredging projects, especially those located in heavily populated areas or dealing with contaminated sediment.
TOP Guyanese powerlifter ‘Big’ John Edwards has received support from International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) as he prepares to represent the country at the Pan American Powerlifting Championship from July 3 to 10, in Orlando, Florida.Edwards will suit up against leading powerlifters from around the globe, and IPA said it is enthused to be in the athlete’s corner, noting that over the years it has sponsored many sporting activities such as Powerlifting, Bodybuilding, Karate and Rugby.“Besides being a major pharmaceutical distributor, the company strongly believes that sport has a significant economic, political and cultural influence on our society, as it has the unique power to attract, mobilise and inspire,” the company said in a statement.Edwards, under the Universal Nutrition brand distributed by IPA, is the current heavyweight champion (equipped and unequipped) and will be attempting to break the current unequipped bench press world record of 467.5lb, along with the Pan American and Commonwealth records of 529lb and 451lb respectively.“International Pharmaceutical Agency, along with fans of Mr Edwards, is confident that he will make the country proud and wishes him success throughout the competition,” the company statement concluded.Edwards expressed appreciation for the support, noting that he is determined to be on the podium brandishing the Golden Arrowhead.