USS Midway Hosts Veteran’s Remembrance Ceremony

first_img Dozens paid tribute to honor the legacy and sacrifice of the more than 300,000 lives lost in World War II, during the Veteran’s Wreath Remembrance Ceremony held aboard the USS Midway.The event, hosted by the USS Midway Museum, kicked-off the Midway Legacy Week held May 23 to 25.The museum, housed on the former USS Midway, offers visitors a chance to come aboard the decommissioned aircraft carrier and view various activities, which range from static displays and aircraft restoration to live recordings of veteran oral histories.World War II veterans attended the event and also participated in the wreath ceremony.[mappress mapid=”16062″]Image: US Navy View post tag: americas May 25, 2015 Authorities Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Veteran Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Midway Hosts Veteran’s Remembrance Ceremony center_img View post tag: Remembrance View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Ceremony View post tag: USS Midway USS Midway Hosts Veteran’s Remembrance Ceremonylast_img read more

Scotland, UK sign MoU on Maritime and Coastguard Agency work

first_img The UK and Scottish governments have agreed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which Scottish authorities will have a greater say on the strategic priorities of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in Scotland.The change was a recommendation of the Smith Commission, which looked at the devolution of more powers to Holyrood ministers, and was brought into effect through the Scotland Act 2016.UK Maritime and Shipping Minister John Hayes said: “Our Maritime and Coastguard Agency works across the UK, to keep people safe in the waters of our island nation. This is a historic occasion which shows the UK and Scottish governments working together to prevent loss of life and pollution on the coast and at sea.”The MoU also covers the appointment of a Scottish government representative to the MCA advisory board and confirmation that the MCA will submit reports to and appear before committees of the Scottish Parliament.Scottish government Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf said: “I welcome the signing of this MoU, which promotes a closer working relationship between the Scottish government and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.”“It represents an important step forward in implementing the Smith Commission proposals around the maritime sector, requiring UK ministers to consult with the Scottish government on any key changes to the strategic direction of the MCA in relation to its operations in Scotland.”This MoU represents another transfer of new powers from Westminster to Holyrood under the Scotland Act 2016, which delivered in full the recommendations of the Smith Commission. View post tag: Maritime and Coastguard Agency View post tag: UK Scotland gets greater say on Maritime and Coastguard Agency work November 30, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Scotland gets greater say on Maritime and Coastguard Agency work Authorities Share this article View post tag: Scotlandlast_img read more

OUSU Shortlisted for Sexual Health Award

first_imgOxford University Student Union has been shortlisted for the UK Adult Sexual Health Project of the Year by the UK Sexual Health Awards.The Health Awards are hosted by the sexual health charities Brook and FPA and are designed to reward bodies which demonstrate the best, most creative and innovative work in the field of sexual health.The eventual winner will be presented with the award at the UK Sexual Health Awards ceremony and dinner on Thursday 14 March at The Troxy, an art deco theatre and concert venue in London. Comedienne Kate Smurthwaite will host the evening, and the UK Sexual Health Awards tweeted, “We’re excited to announce that the brilliant @Cruella1 [Smurthwaite] will be our host at @SHUKAwards!”Brook shortlisted OUSU’s Sexual Consent Workshops for the UK Adult Sexual Health Project of the Year. The workshops have created discussion amongst undergraduates and post-graduates, and sports teams are also able to contribute, with a version for under 18s which is used in local schools.The workshops allow young people to discuss what they believe sexual consent to be and the myths surrounding sexual consent and abuse. In the past year, over fifty-one individuals were trained as facilitators to hold discussions throughout the Oxford Colleges and sports teams. Suzanne Holsomback, Vice President of Oxford University Student Union, said, “It is a great honour to be recognised by Brook for the work Oxford University Student Union (OUSU) has done on sexual consent in the Oxford colleges and throughout the University.“OUSU is committed to creating an environment where consent is discussed, understood, and practiced. We desire for the University of Oxford to become a place where students respect themselves and each other by communicating consent, but more importantly, we hope that through these discussions, students will challenge the culture that perpetuates sexual consent and sexual abuse myths.”On hearing about OUSU’s nomination, Keble’s Michaelmas 2013 Fresher’s Week President Emma Alexander said, “I’m pleased to see OUSU has been nominated for this award, and it’s a good example of the great work they do that perhaps isn’t well recognised by the student body.”As well as the award for Sexual Health Project of the Year, there are six other categories in the UK Sexual Health Awards. These include Sexual Health Professional of the Year, the JLS Young Person of the Year and the Rosemary Goodchild Award for excellence in sexual health journalism. An award for Lifetime Achievement in sexual health will also be presented.last_img read more

Council unveils plans for Oxford bus tunnel

first_imgConstruction would almost certainly affect the High Street colleges. Oxford Civic Society chairman Peter Thompson explained that medieval cellars and tunnels, the foundations of listed college buildings, together with pipes and wiring, would mean tunnelling would have to be deep. He explained, “We agree that a radical solution is required and admire Mr Hudspeth for his blue sky thinking. But before any serious money is spent on looking at this, some careful consideration needs to be given to the cost of tunnelling.” OXFORDSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL LEADER Ian Hudspeth has unveiled drastic plans to drill a tunnel beneath the city centre for buses, in an attempt to ease congestion. The proposed tunnel, estimated by experts to cost over £500million, would reach from St Clements to the train station and would involve digging beneath the High Street. The proposal, according to Hudspeth, is inspired by the Metro Bus Tunnel built in Seattle in 1990, and would be used by a system of electric buses and cyclists, leaving the road above fully pedestrianised. Another radical proposal includes building a perpendicular tunnel, running between St Giles and St Aldates. Considering the Council’s transport strategy up to 2020, Hudspeth explained, “Given the sheer scale of the growth and change that lies ahead for Oxford, we have to approach things in a radical way. These are not detailed plans, they remain ideas and they remain uncosted. “Some of the ideas we are looking at might seem massive in scope and cost, but other cities around the world have delivered ambitious projects to solve their transport problems. So why not Oxford?” OUSU President Louis Trup, whose election manifesto last year pledged to push forward plans for an Oxford monorail system, said he was “glad that Councillor Ian Hudspeth is continuing to look into solutions to Oxford’s transport issues.” Speaking to Cherwell, Trup explained, “I welcomed Councillor Hudspeth’s comments in April at the ‘Oxfordshire Connect’ event where he proposed a monorail as one solution, following on from ideas I proposed in November last year. I will be meeting with him soon to representing the student view on such projects alongside Ruth Meredith, OUSU’s Vice-President for Charities and Community.” With a nod to The Simpsons, Trup continued, “Hopefully Oxford will soon become the UK’s more successful version of Brockway, Ogdenville and North Haverbrook.” The University itself has refused to comment until more details have been announced, with a spokesperson stating, “We are not aware of these proposals, and will be happy to look at them.” This is not the first radical solution proposed by the Council leader — in July, Hudspeth suggested the idea of running trams or a monorail along the A40.last_img read more

Charity week gets under way

first_imgBakeMark UK will be staging National Doughnut Week from 10 to 17 May, giving craft bakers the chance to increase sales and publicity while raising money for charity.For every doughnut sold by participating bakers, funds are donated to the Children’s Trust, a national charity that provides care, education and therapy for children with multiple disabilities and complex health needs. In 2007, more than 600 bakery outlets took part, raising nearly £40,000. BakeMark’s target this year is £50,000. All bakers who register by 28 March will receive a complimentary bag of Craigmillar Doughnut Concentrate or a box of Readi-Bake Topped Ring Doughnuts to get started.For more details on the event and to register, email: christopher @dunns-bakery.co.uk.last_img

Northwest String Summit Announces 2019 Lineup: Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, PPPP, More

first_imgNorthwest String Summit will live up to its name once again when many of the country’s most beloved string bands and more gather at North Plains, OR’s picturesque Horning’s Hideout on July 18th through 21st, 2019.Yonder Mountain String Band (x2), Trampled By Turtles (x2), The Infamous Stringdusters (x2), Fruition (x2), Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Lil Smokies, Shook Twins (x2) and more will perform at the 18th annual edition of the festival.Other artists on the bill include Sideboob (featuring Allie Kral, Mimi Naja, and Shook Twins); The Dead South; Kitchen Dwellers; Ghost Light; Daniel Rodriguez (Elephant Revival); Trout Steak Revival; Lindsay Lou; River Whyless; Barnes, Gordy, Walsh Trio; Rumpke Mountain Boys; Steve Poltz; Brad Parsons; Benny “Burle” Galloway; Pete Kartsounses; Arthur Lee Land; The Good Time Travelers; Hillstomp; Dirty Revival; Five Letter Word; Handmade Moments; Deep Fried Pickle Project; Warren G Hardings; Scratch Dog String Band; Kind Country; Armchair Boogie; Laney Lou & Bird Dogs; Ley Line; Sweet Lillies; and Wood Belly.The festival’s lineup announcement notes that additional headliners and lower-tier artists will be announced soon.Tickets for the 18th annual Northwest String Summit are now on sale via the festival’s website.last_img read more

Harvard College admits 1,990

first_imgAt 5 p.m. on March 31, Harvard College sent admission notifications to 1,990 of the record 37,307 students who had applied for admission to the Class of 2019.“The Admissions Committee has assembled a class that promises to be one of the best in Harvard’s long history,” said William R. Fitzsimmons, dean of admissions and financial aid. “It will be exciting to witness their progress during their Harvard years and beyond.”For 90 percent of American families, it costs less to attend Harvard than one of the nation’s public universities. “Bringing promising students to Harvard is our main objective, and we believe that financial circumstances should never cloud a student’s decision to apply,” said Sarah C. Donahue, Griffin Director of Financial Aid. “That is why we remain committed to supporting every admitted student with need-based aid.”Harvard requires no contribution from families with annual incomes below $65,000, and asks an average of 10 percent of income from the majority of families receiving financial aid. Even families with incomes greater than $150,000 are eligible for aid depending on particular circumstances, such as multiple children in college or unusual medical or other essential expenses. “Based on current projections, more than half of Harvard students will receive need-based aid, and their families will pay on average only $12,000 annually,” said Donahue.For students not receiving need-based aid, the total cost of attendance (including tuition, room, board, and health and other fees) is scheduled to increase by 3.5 percent, to $60,659, for the 2015-16 academic year. Tuition specifically will increase by only 3 percent, to $41,632.The Class of 2019 will arrive from cities, suburbs, and small towns throughout the United States, bringing a strong international presence as well. About 22 percent come from the mid-Atlantic states, 21 percent from the Western and Mountain states, 18 percent from the South, 17 percent from New England, 11 percent from the Midwest, and 11 percent from the U.S. territories and abroad. International citizens make up 10.8 percent of the class and 7.7 percent are U.S. dual citizens.Fifty-two percent of those admitted are men, reflecting the fact that more men than women applied. Asian-Americans comprise 21 percent of the admitted students, Latinos 13.3 percent, African-Americans 12.1 percent, and Native American or Native Hawaiian 2 percent. All but the Native American percentages are records.Compared to last year, larger percentages of admitted students intend to concentrate in the social sciences (26 percent vs. 23.8 percent), the humanities (15 percent vs. 13.6 percent), and computer science (6 percent vs. 4.5 percent). Those interested in biological sciences make up 19.6 percent of the class, 12.2 percent engineering, 7 percent physical sciences, and 6.4 percent mathematics. “Undecided” decreased from 8.3 percent to 7.8 percent.“As always, the applicant pool contained many more talented and highly qualified candidates than we had room to admit,” said Marlyn E. McGrath, director of admissions. “Many students presented strong academic credentials, as evidenced by standardized test scores and grades.” About 13,500 students scored 700 or above on the SAT critical reading test; 16,100 scored 700 or above on the SAT math test; 13,900 scored 700 or higher on the SAT writing test; and 3,200 were ranked first in their high school classes.“In addition to standard academic measures, students present a wide array of academic accomplishments, and our faculty evaluates research of all kinds, and portfolios across all academic and creative disciplines, to identify the next generation of scholars for Harvard,” McGrath added. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Members of the teaching faculty serving on the admissions committee are: Ali Asani, Ann M. Blair, Peter J. Burgard, Diana L. Eck, Edward L. Glaeser, Benedict H. Gross, Guido Guidotti, Jay M. Harris, Joseph D. Harris, Robert D. Howe, Thomas R. Jehn, Rakesh Khurana, Nancy E. Kleckner, Harry R. Lewis, Richard M. Losick, James J. McCarthy, Louis Menand, Michael D. Mitzenmacher, Cherry Murray, Anne C. Shreffler, Alison Simmons, Frans Spaepen, Richard F. Thomas, James H. Waldo, Robert M. Woollacott, and Amir Yacoby.Recruitment begins each year in February with direct outreach to promising juniors. More than 62 percent of all admitted students and 80 percent of admitted minority students (including 87 percent of Latinos and 86 percent of African-Americans) appeared on the original College Board and ACT search lists that helped launch Harvard’s outreach program for the class.Looking ahead, staff members will again visit 125 cities this spring and fall in tandem with Duke University, Georgetown University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University, targeting high school juniors who may eventually join the Class of 2020. “Harvard will also travel with Princeton, Yale, and the University of Virginia to visit 20 more cities in the fall, reaching out to students from modest economic backgrounds,” said Kanoe Lum Williams, assistant director of joint travel.“Each year, Harvard admissions officers visit all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Mexico, and see nearly 50,000 high school students and parents, as well as more than 3,000 high school guidance counselors,” added Jennifer Gandy, director of joint travel.“Recruitment in its many forms is fundamental to the success of Harvard and its peer institutions,” said Roger Banks, director of recruitment. “Members of the Undergraduate Minority Recruitment (UMRP) and the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI) once again played a vital role in our success,” added Kaitlin Howrigan, associate director of recruitment.“The commitment of our UMRP coordinators continues to produce excellent results each year,” said Lucerito Ortiz, co-director of UMRP. Added Tia Ray, assistant director, “Our network of close relationships with schools and communities will ensure success with future recruiting as well.”“The Harvard Financial Aid Initiative reflects one of Harvard’s core values, providing access to Harvard for students regardless of financial means,” said Charlene Kim, HFAI director.“Our student recruiters spoke with many talented students now admitted to the Class of 2019 who never dreamed Harvard was possible,” added Pharen Bowman, HFAI assistant director. “As a person who would have benefited from the HFAI program, I continue to be inspired by students who come to Harvard as a result of HFAI.”A new initiative directed toward first-generation students, headed by Niki Johnson, is also off to a fast start. The Harvard First Generation Program (HFGP) aims to remind prospective students and their families that Harvard has long sought those whose parents have not graduated from a four-year college. The new program promotes early college awareness, provides information to help first-generation students navigate the admissions process, and works closely with the Harvard First Generation Student Union, a student organization formed in 2013. This new initiative adds to the efforts of Kevin Jennings, who organized alumni through the Harvard Alumni Association to serve as mentors, sponsor recruiting events, and reinforce Harvard’s commitment to those who will be the first in their families to come to Harvard.The Undergraduate Admissions Council (UAC) and the undergraduate tour guides and greeters work year-round with campus visitors, welcoming prospective applicants and hosting them overnight. David Evans, co-director of the UAC, noted that “The credibility current undergraduates have with prospective students is critical in informing them about what life at Harvard is really like.”“The UAC members get well past the conventional wisdom about Harvard,” said fellow co-director Maxwell Dikkers.Thomas Hamel, also a co-director, concurred: “We hear from students and families that UAC members provide information that simply can’t be quantified in guidebooks and brochures.”“Our tour guides and greeters see more than 40,000 visitors each year to Cambridge,” said Banks, director of visitor services and co-director of the Tour Guide Program. “Our students’ personal stories make Harvard come alive for our visitors.” Added co-director Ortiz, “We get many compliments from the public about our tour guides and their ability to relate to a wide range of people with grace and humor.”“Many prospective students from around the world decide to apply based on their time with our tour guides,” added Bryce Gilfillian, assistant director.Personal contact with admitted students will be important over the next few weeks. Members of UAC, UMRP, HFAI, and HFGP, the admissions and financial aid staff, teaching faculty, and alumni will write, email, telephone, and meet with admitted students.“This year’s record applicant pool appears to have resulted in part from the Harvard College Connection (HCC), our newest recruitment program, designed to interface with both specific and more general audiences. The work of the HCC has been enhanced greatly by the addition of our new website, online videos, and various social media activities,” said Fitzsimmons. “Fifty-two percent of our applicants noted that our website was one of the ways they learned about Harvard, and 36 percent mentioned email/social media.”To give admitted students the opportunity to experience Harvard life and meet future professors and classmates, a visiting program is scheduled for April 25-27. The program, known as Visitas, enables guests to sample classes, attend faculty panel discussions, concerts, receptions, department open houses, symposia, and events organized by extracurricular groups. More than 1,400 admitted students are expected to visit during April and 1,200 during Visitas.“Students admitted to Harvard have their choice of the world’s best colleges. Meeting faculty and future classmates can be a key component of making the right college choice,” said Visitas Director Timothy Smith. “We have found that many students decide to attend Harvard based on their Visitas experience.” Smith is assisted in this multifaceted program by Brown, Dikkers, Gilfillian, Ray, and Williams.“Our loyal 15,000 alumni volunteers are the face of Harvard in communities around the world,” said Brock Walsh, co-director of the Alumni Network for Schools and Scholarship committees. “Their interviews are more important than ever as we make our admissions decisions. They are essential to our recruiting as they visit schools, call newly admitted students, and host gatherings for them in April.” Added Caroline Weaver, co-director, “They spend countless hours helping us assemble our class, and their loyalty is evident as they do whatever is needed to help us year after year.”Donahue and her financial aid colleagues will be available to speak with admitted students and their families on weekdays from April 1 until May 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EDT, and on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Visitas.“We welcome students and parents, including families who may not have applied for financial aid but who are interested in the wide range of available payment options,” she said. “Our program offers assistance to all students and families, ranging from full financial aid to a number of financing alternatives.”Admitted students have until May 1 to accept their offers of admission.last_img read more

Harvard programs aim to boost youth for future success

first_imgEvery year, Harvard invites local high school students to participate in several initiatives that aim to set them up for future success. These initiatives range from encouraging college readiness and educational goal setting, like the The Crimson Summer Academy and Project Teach, to providing opportunities to develop real-world skills like the Summer Youth Employment program.Sahil Ahmed Sheikh, a 2019 alumnus of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and a 2018 graduate of the Crimson Summer Academy and 2018 participant in the Harvard Summer Youth Employment Program, wrote an account of his experiences during his summer at Harvard:My family immigrated to Cambridge from Bangladesh in 2008. My parents wanted to provide me with a better opportunity for success than they had when they were my age. My mom took on two part-time jobs, and my dad went back to school to earn his medical degree in the U.S., and I was busy going to school.I was considering a career in the field of computer science. At the time, I was not taking challenging classes to broaden my horizons. I always had the impression that in order for me to potentially get a job as a computer engineer, I needed to focus on — and excel at — only one subject.This way of thinking was altered in 7th grade, when I took part in Harvard’s Project Teach program. The program brings local students onto campus and teaches them about educational paths tailored to their individual interests. I participated in an engineering-based class, which allowed me to interact with professors and Harvard students. This experience gave me a much better perception of life in college and beyond, but I knew l still lacked the skills and work ethic to reach my career goals.Luckily, after my first year of high school, I was accepted by the Crimson Summer Academy — a pre-college program for low income students who spend three consecutive summers at Harvard, engaging in rigorous courses in a college-like environment. By participating in this program, I got the motivational boost I needed. I was surrounded by classmates and mentors who were highly motivated and ambitious. I was able to direct my attention toward biology, my hidden passion. Without the help of the Crimson Summer Academy, I would not be as prepared for the real world as I am today.Those two experiences led me to come back to Harvard, where I completed an internship. I was where I wanted and needed to be — in a professional environment where I was learning real life skills. My responsibilities included completing economic impact research, researching venture capital investments, data analysis, and more. The internship taught me responsibility, punctuality, and, most importantly, to seek help when needed.This year, I started at Clark University as a pre-med student. With my intent to fight for justice and my passion for biology, I have chosen to pursue a job in forensic science. The skills I acquired from this internship will be necessary to reach my goal.Prior to my arrival in the United States, my idea of the Western world was completely different. I had never even heard of the name Harvard, let alone thought I would spend time there. The time I spent at Harvard helped me to build vital skills that will assist my future.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Andy Karl Boards Jennifer Ehle Movie & More

first_img Andy Karl Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Andy Karl Boards Jennifer Ehle MovieHonorary Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner and two-time Tony nominee Andy Karl will join two-time Tony winner Jennifer Ehle and three-time Tony nominee Alfred Molina in a new independent film. Currently untitled, but previously known as The Silent Treatment, The Wrap reports that the movie follows a married couple who inherit a house in Brooklyn above a dress shop. Directed by Ira Sachs, the project began shooting on July 25 and also stars Greg Kinnear, David Krumholtz and Talia Balsam.Full Casting Set for Nicole Kidman-Led Photograph 51We now know who will be joining the previously reported Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and Great White Way alum Stephen Campbell Moore in the U.K. premiere of Anna Ziegler’s Photograph 51. Will Attenborough is set to play James Watson with Edward Bennett as Francis Crick, Patrick Kennedy as Don Caspar and Joshua Silver as Ray Gosling. Directed by Michael Grandage, the production will play a limited engagement at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre September 5 through November 21. Opening night is scheduled for September 14.Darren Criss Honored in ItalyDarren Criss has another trophy to add to the two Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards already on his shelf. The recent Hedwig headliner, along with Great White Way alum Orlando Bloom, both picked up the Experience Award at the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy over the weekend; past recipients include Criss’ Glee co-stars Lea Michele and Naya Rivera. As previously reported, Criss is currently in Italy shooting romantic comedy Smitten!Alan Cumming Teams Up With Bianca Del RioTony winner Alan Cumming and SNL alum alum Rachel Dratch have been tapped for Matt Kugelman’s Hurricane Bianca. The film, led by RuPaul’s Drag Race season six winner Bianca Del Rio, follows a Texas high school teacher who loses his job once it’s discover he is gay, so he returns to the town in drag to get his revenge. The indie film, which was funded through a crowdsourcing campaign, will hit movie theaters next year.Obama Wants a Tony for HamiltonPresident Obama recently visited New York to say farewell to Jon Stewart, as well as to stop by a preview of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s much-buzzed about Hamilton. Check out the fun video below as Stewart quizzes the President backstage at The Daily Show about how the new tuner was “workshopped” at the White House. The leader of the free world even joked: “I think I should get one of the Tonys!” Hamilton will officially open on August 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Star Filescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Gladiolus disease turns foilage rusty

first_img“We came up with different management options for the growers, they followed one, and eventually the pathogen was eliminated,” Buck said. “Like other rust fungi, it causes lesions and produces spores primarily on the foliage,” he said. “Basically, it makes the plant unattractive to everybody but a plant pathologist.” Ugly flowers don’t sell well. When word of the disease got out, one Florida grower lost 30 percent of his business from a large supermarket chain, Buck said. A University of Georgia scientist wants to keep an exotic disease from striking one of the most popular cut flowers: gladiolus. “When a pathogen affects a crop that’s imported, it becomes a trade issue,” he said. “You can’t move plants around that have exotic diseases on them.” Best control measureBuck was asked to join an expert panel to evaluate the extent of the pathogen’s infestation and to develop a plan to control it. Gladiolus rust is a fungal pathogen that attacks the leaves of gladiolus and a few other flowering plants. It was first found in the U.S. in 2006 when it showed up on plants in two Florida nurseries. Florida is now free of this particular rust, but it’s now in California. “We haven’t found it in Georgia. Knock on wood,” he said. Hurricane travelNo one knows how the rust reached the U.S, but experts speculate its spores hitched a ride from Central America or South America on hurricanes that moved over the Gulf of Mexico in 2005, Buck said. The disease is in Mexico, and some Mexican-grown gladiolus flowers are sold in the U.S. “This pathogen is not native to U.S. and [is] of quarantine significance. So the government quarantined these large 700- to 800-acre farms,” said James Buck, a plant pathologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. To keep the disease from crossing the border into the U.S., Buck is working with Alberto Botin of the University of Guadalajara (in Mexico) and Steve Jeffers of Clemson University. They are testing fungicide treatments and evaluating varieties in fields south of Mexico City. “Since it’s new to the U.S, we don’t have much management data,” he said. “The disease is down there, and we want to keep it down there.” Dishonest touristsBut that can be difficult, he said. Inspectors do search incoming plants at airports, shipping ports and border crossings. “Unfortunately, people sometimes fib when inspectors ask them if they are bringing anything into the country,” Buck said. “It’s a slippery slope. “Tourists stop at a market, buy some beautiful inexpensive fresh flowers, hide them in the trunk of their car and don’t realize they are creating a huge problem. It definitely keeps my job interesting.”last_img read more