The dicamba dilemma

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With more acres of dicamba resistant cotton and soybeans growing in fields around the country, there is more potential for postemergence dicamba applications during warmer, more humid conditions and more chances for the controversial herbicide to move off-target.The situation has been particularly heated in in the South. An Arkansas man was shot and killed in 2016 over a neighborly dispute concerning off-target dicamba damage. Missouri and Tennessee have also been reporting off-target dicamba damage on significant acres.Available for 2017 planting were the Monsanto Xtend soybeans and cotton that are resistant to Monsanto’s XtendiMax with VaporGrip, which is also sold as FeXapan by DuPont. In addition, BASF developed the Engenia dicamba formulation. The long-needed new tools are finally available to help tackle tough weed control situations but are bringing with them (not wholly unexpected) logistical and management issues. Arkansas and Missouri have even banned any additional dicamba applications for the remainder of the growing season, although subsequent label changes will allow some continued use in Missouri. Some examples of this have been showing up in Ohio too.“I’ve walked a few fields and looked at some injury issues. There has been some off-target movement of dicamba from treated fields of Xtend soybeans. What I looked at I would characterize as more of a volatility issue than a particle drift issue,” said Mark Loux, Ohio State University Extension herbicide specialist. “Certainly it’s an effective tool. We needed some new tools and it’s an effective one but as individual growers and applicators, you’re going to have to be a little more careful about where and when you use it.”Loux has seen the curled up leaf fringes indicative of dicamba damage on soybeans in multiple Ohio sites. The good news for non-dicamba resistant soybean damage is that significant yield loss is not a common occurrence.“Exposure to dicamba in the vegetative stages has less long-term effect and potential to reduce yield compared with exposure in the reproductive stages. Our experience with injury during the vegetative stages is that it rarely leads to yield loss, unless there is a significant reduction in plant height,” Loux said. “I know my counterpart in Tennessee is concerned about fields getting hit multiple times. What we don’t really know about yields is the loss if you do have an instance where you’re getting the same field with multiple instances of exposure and injury. What does that do to yield? If you have a continued exposure, that would be an issue. One of the fields I looked at has second round of exposure so we had symptoms develop initially on the fourth trifoliate, followed by some recovery and then injury showed again several weeks later on the newest growth.”Beyond nearby soybeans, dicamba is also deadly for countless other horticultural, vegetable, and fruit crops. In such cases of off-target movement, the costs can escalate quickly.In addition, the damage can be hard to track and document because it can show up days or weeks after the initial application and can be misdiagnosed. Cases often go unreported.“One of the things that’s happening is that most of it is not being reported. It’s a neighbor not wanting to file an official complaint against a neighbor so unfortunately it’d be nice if the Ohio Department of Agriculture got to document some of that, but I understand what’s happening there,” Loux said. “We are a very populated state we have vegetables, we have vineyards and things like that and so the concern we have is if we have a high dollar situation like that happen here that’s going to raise red flags and get everybody more excited.”Dicamba damage can also be challenging to diagnose (and pinpoint the source of) because it can move off-target in multiple ways for multiple reasons. There are many ways the dicamba herbicides can be applied off-label.“They have an approved list of what you can and can’t mix on their website and you have to go by that. It’s all there, you have to go by the website and it’s all on label. If something happens, they’re going to come out and say, ‘OK you were off label on this.’ One of the things that has happened is that some guys have decided they don’t need to use the approved dicamba products. That was a big problem in the South last year,” Loux said. “The label is complicated. We talked about it this winter and tried to make information available and I know BASF and Monsanto did training too. And you can only use certain nozzles and they specify pressure range for that. There is a whole series of things about leaving a buffer and I have to say in a lot of the fields that I have looked at there is no buffer being left. That’s one of the first things being ignored, because it’s a pain in the neck. Then there is not spraying when the wind is in the direction of a susceptible field and not spraying in certain wind speeds. In some cases I looked at, all of those are being ignored except the right nozzle.”And, of course, dicamba is known for being volatile.“Historically dicamba is a volatile product. It’s one of the most volatile herbicides that we have worked with and it’s been difficult for companies to reduce that volatility. Weed scientists have no information on how volatile these new formations really are. We don’t test volatility ourselves, so we have to take companies really at their word on this,” Loux said. “I think our assumption on this was that we weren’t going to completely reduce the volatility. You had to sort of go on good faith and assume that they wouldn’t sell a product that has considerable potential for that.”That assumption was not made by southern weed scientist Ford Baldwin, who has been very vocal about his dicamba concerns. Baldwin works with Bayer and the Arkansas State Plant Board and has been in the thick of the steamy dicamba debates in the southern states.“We’ve got over 600 complaints right now and our plant board proposed to the stop the sale of dicamba because we’ve got about 34% Xtend beans and a lot of the counties where there is heavy Xtend use, every other soybean there is being hammered. We have two kinds of soybeans — dicamba beans and those that have been nuked by dicamba beans,” Baldwin said. “We’ve got about half the people that want to grow Xtend beans. They like the technology and they like the weed control. The problem is we’re not keeping it on target. When you go look at a field that has been hit by dicamba the first time, you see the physical drift pattern. Then things bump along and you think you’re pretty good until about two weeks later it’s like a bomb goes off in the air. Then every single field that is not an Xtend field in a given area looks the same. There is no pattern to it. Every plant and field looks the same. There is no doubt in my mind that it is vapor volatility. Even though these are lower volatility products they are not non-volatile. In these 90-degree temperatures when you get a whole bunch of it on the ground in a given area, the vapors are cooking off and going into the air. It is accumulating and there are inversions at night and it is going all over.”The challenge, Baldwin points out, in many of these situations appears to be by-the-book label-following with a volatile product.“If it is moving off target due to drift, then you did not apply the product properly and that is an applicator issue. On the other hand, if you put it out in your field and you followed the label and got it perfectly on target and then the next couple of days it turns into a gas and moves off target and goes and kills a bunch of red gold tomatoes, is that an applicator problem or a chemical problem? I personally believe that the technology cannot be used in the form that it exists today,” Baldwin said. “If we can’t use it, that is a bad deal. That takes away a technology. But it has to be all or nothing. You cannot intercrop dicamba in non-dicamba soybeans and you all will learn that up there in Ohio probably around the first of August. You have to be either zero dicamba or 100% dicamba. It is all or nothing. Then if you go to 100% dicamba you are putting even more of it into the air and our trees will be rolled up, our gardens will be rolled up and our horticulture crops will be rolled up.”The other challenge is that more dicamba means more potential for dicamba resistant weeds.“We’ve already proven you can develop a dicamba resistant pigweed in as little as three years. If you’re a farmer out there planting 100% dicamba, you’re going to be happy for a year or two but then you’re not controlling your pigweed and waterhemp with dicamba and you’ll have drastically reduced yields. And if you don’t plant dicamba, then your neighbors are going to kill your beans,” Baldwin said. “On one side you have these farmers that say, ‘Look I paid the trait fee and bought this technology in good faith and now you’re taking it away from me in the middle of the road?’ On the other hand, for every acre of that you have two acres that are being severely affected and they don’t have a chance of getting any compensation for anything. What is the effect on the million acres of soybeans we’ve got that have been hit with dicamba and have a 10% to 15% yield loss on a 60-bushel yield average? Do the math.”But the dicamba issue is more complicated than simple math. The labels for the new reduced-volatility dicamba are more complex than most applicators are used to and it creates significant potential for accidental misuse. There is also cost incentive for purposeful off-label use or use of unapproved dicamba products which can directly cause some of the issues being observed, said Monsanto Crop protection lead Ty Witten.“There have been reports of off-target movement or damage from dicamba but we don’t necessarily have good data behind this. That is the part that is troubling to me,” Witten said. “Good data is really important to have regardless of how this is playing out to know what is going on. We know there are difficulties with application making sure that growers do the right thing. There are questions as to when to apply it with regard to weather patterns for inversion. That becomes an important piece. We have reports of off-label use and unapproved products. It is a lot of information and we don’t have clear line of sight on and we want to make sure everybody is well informed before we have immediate actions taken.”Witten said Monsanto has a hotline set up for these exact issues that is helping to provide insights into the issue.“We are hearing reports from the Boothill area of Missouri, Tennessee and Arkansas. That is really where most of the reports are coming in. The calls we have received in the call center are not indicative of what we are hearing in the media,” Witten said. “We have had some calls from growers with questions and we are investigating those actively.”One of those cases illustrates part of the dicamba dilemma.“Volatility of XtendiMax TM with VaporGrip is the lowest on the market but it is still not zero. Unapproved tank mixes can cause problems, ammonium sulfate, for example, is not approved and it can increase the volatility of dicamba. AMS has almost become a staple on some farms for hard water and use of glyphosate but it can increase the volatility of dicamba. If a grower uses dicamba with an AMS product they are not going to have a good experience,” Witten said. “We got a call from a grower in Iowa and they went above and beyond and absolutely did the right thing. They left an upwind buffer and then went and treated that space with a small tank mix with about 35 gallons in their tank after they’d been treating other parts of their farm. In our field inspection he said he had two or three gallons of AMS left in the tank, would that cause the issue? That absolutely caused the issue. Even compounding that, it was late in the afternoon when they applied that and it went to a dead calm after the application. With AMS and the weather pattern, even though that grower did the right thing, he ultimately did something that could potentially harm the neighbor. With new technology we need to have good information so we can properly train and inform as the product moves forward.”Witten also stressed that good, clear communication is important when sorting these issues out.“There is nothing better for this than good communication as we move forward with more diversity in the future. With some of the reports that happened last year with off-target movement and illegal applications of dicamba, growers were reluctant to notify others that they were using dicamba for fear of getting the finger pointed at them if a problem did happen,” he said. “‘Flag the technology’ is a great tool out there to help, custom applicators especially. A flag can help identify those fields. Texas employs the use of flags for the technology. Being a good neighbor is important and the wonderful thing about this dicamba technology is that growers have more choice than ever before to combat weed resistance. That choice is an awesome thing but at the same time we really need to respect what is sprayed on the farm.“I have been involved with this technology for over a decade and I am excited about the success stories and the opportunities for effective weed control. There are approximately 20 million acres of Xtend crop product out there between soybeans and cotton. We have been seeing really good success and weed control. The growers that are having success are just moving on and farming.” Photo by Mark Loux.last_img read more

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7 hours ago​Rodgers rejects talk of Leicester as title contenders

first_img​Rodgers rejects talk of Leicester as title contendersby Ansser Sadiq7 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has rejected talk about them being title contenders.City are flying high in the Premier League, as they have emerged as the third best side in the league after Liverpool and Manchester City.But Rodgers knows that it is still a very early part of the season, and he does not think they have the depth to challenge for the title.He told reporters: “Yes [it is crazy to label Leciester as title contenders]. Everyone recognises that Liverpool and Manchester City are the top two teams. There is a group behind those.”We can’t forget what our objective was at the start of the season, that’s why we don’t get carried away with it.”We’re nine games in, we’ve made a very good start, and since we’ve worked together from February, the players have accumulated a lot of points and performed very well.”We’re very much at the beginning of where we want to go to and it’s a very long season. It’s been a very good start but there are lots of really good teams in the league.”I see the next game. That’s all I see. Football is very difficult to forecast.”I’m not one, especially now with more experience, I’m not one to forecast ahead over five games, 10 games, looking at so many points. Our focus is on the next game. That’s what’s most important for us.”Leicester last won the league against all odds in the 2015-2016 season. About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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No plan to ban petrol diesel vehicles says Nitin Gadkari as auto

first_imgNew Delhi: Road transport minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday assured that there were no plans to ban conventional petrol and diesel vehicles amid concern in the auto industry that is facing a crisis. “There were discussions and the ministry had received suggestions that petrol-diesel vehicles be banned. I would like to clarify that government does not intend to ban petrol and diesel vehicles. We aren’t going to do anything like that,” said Nitin Gadkari. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The minister, who was addressing the annual meet of the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), said the government is considering a cut in the goods and services tax (GST) rate for hybrid vehicles. On the auto industry slowdown, Gadkari said the sector is facing problem because of global economy, demand and supply. “Government is already with the automobile industry and under the finance ministry we’ll find out a solution,” he said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Passenger vehicle sales in India declined by 30.98% in July compared to the same month last year. This is the steepest fall the industry has witnessed in 19 last years. Gadkari said he has asked automakers to consider starting non-banking finance company for lending to buyers to boost sales. Vehicle sales fell by around 31% in July, a nine-month long streak. Reuters reported that automakers, component manufacturers and dealers have laid off about 350,000 workers since the start of the year. The country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India announced its decision to suspend production at its Gurugram and Manesar plants in Haryana for two days. This is the first time the company will close both plants simultaneously for two days and comes at a time when the auto major is battling a slowdown. The automobile sector, Gadkari said, needs to focus more on quality. “India can become number one manufacturing hub. The automobile firms should be quality-centric not cost centric.”last_img read more

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Wait … Is LeBron James Actually Going To Miss The Playoffs

2018 Season2019 Season It’s been a tough season for the young LakersPerformance metrics for four Los Angeles Lakers prospects, 2018 vs. 2019 Lonzo Ball+1.7.05310.0+0.7.0568.8 Josh Hart-0.1.1118.8-0.4.0636.4 PlayerBPMWS/48*PIE%†BPMWS/48*PIE%† Brandon Ingram-1.3.0689.6-3.2.0428.4 Average-0.4.0769.8-1.1.0608.7 *Win shares per 48 minutes†PIE% = Player Impact Estimate, a rough measure of the percentage of all positive on-court events (for both teams) the player accounted for.Source: Basketball-Reference.com LeBron James has been so good for so long that it’s easy to forget just how astounding some of his accomplishments are. For example, he currently owns one of the greatest ongoing streaks in sports: His team has made the NBA Finals in eight straight seasons, starting in 2011. That’s mind-blowing in a league where a single finals appearance can be the highlight of a player’s entire career — and he’s done it for two different franchises.Of course, everyone knew it would be hard for James to keep that streak going this season after moving from the Cleveland Cavaliers — and the relative ease of the Eastern Conference — to the Los Angeles Lakers and the scary West. The thing that has taken NBA observers by surprise is the reason why the finals streak might not happen: James’s Lakers are in real danger of not making the playoffs at all.According to our NBA projection model, Los Angeles currently has just a 26 percent probability of making the playoffs. L.A. sits a game under .500 in the West’s No. 10 slot, three games back of the eighth-seeded Clippers with 25 games left on the schedule, and it will face the league’s ninth-toughest schedule down the stretch. The Lakers’ only saving grace is that, at full strength, our model thinks they’re the West’s eighth-best team, significantly better than both the Clippers and the No. 9 Sacramento Kings. But it will be a race to the finish that James hasn’t had to worry about in a very long time.The last LeBron-led team to miss the postseason entirely was the 2004-05 Cavs, in James’s second NBA season. They went 42-40 — which has traditionally been good enough to make the playoffs in the East — but lost out on a tiebreaker with the New Jersey Nets (who beat Cleveland 3-1 in the season series). Talent-wise, that team was a far cry from even later versions of the Cavs that would be prematurely bounced out of the playoffs: Journeyman guard Jeff McInnis was second on the team in minutes behind LeBron, and low-scoring swingman Ira Newble was also a full-time starter. (The next scoring options behind James were Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Drew Gooden.) James himself had not yet fully ascended to GOAT levels of performance, either, posting what would eventually be the fifth-worst Box Plus/Minus and fourth-worst win shares per 48 minutes of his career to date.On paper, this season’s Lakers should not be drawing comparisons to Jeff McInnis and Ira Newble. Although L.A.’s supporting cast didn’t have the same immediate appeal as players in other potential free-agent destinations for James, it was assumed that the young quartet of Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball would build on their promising 2018 performances — particularly by playing alongside James — and mix with the Lakers’ strange mishmash of veterans to make a functional team. But that hasn’t consistently happened during James’s debut campaign in purple and gold. Kyle Kuzma-1.3.07710.4%-1.3.07810.6% Across a variety of metrics, LeBron’s young sidekicks have mostly declined in performance this season, despite benefiting from an extra year of development and getting to play next to one of the greatest offensive creators in NBA history. Only Kuzma can credibly say he has shown any amount of improvement, increasing his usage rate and true shooting percentage while reducing his turnover rate. The rest — particularly Ingram, whose advanced stats have slid into an abyss — have stalled out or worse, and none has even amounted to a league-average player, according to the consensus of metrics.Making matters worse, it could be argued that those four cost Los Angeles a shot at trading for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis at the deadline (assuming that former Pelicans GM Dell Demps ever actually intended to deal Davis). If even a few of the Lakers’ youngsters had played well this season, showing the requisite star potential to be included in a trade package for Davis, it’s possible that L.A. would have been penciling a LeBron-AD duo into its lineup for a playoff push this year. Instead, it’s left waiting for Hart and Ball to return from injury and hoping the kids can play better down the stretch.The veterans haven’t exactly helped much, either. JaVale McGee and Tyson Chandler are an efficient pairing of defensive bigs, and both are above average in win shares per 48 — the most charitable stat for each — while shooting guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the recently acquired Reggie Bullock are at least in the vicinity of average in the metric. (As is new power forward Mike Muscala.) But Rajon Rondo has shot the ball poorly this season, and Lance Stephenson hasn’t been an effective player in years. All told, James’s supporting cast hasn’t been appreciably better than the one he fled in Cleveland after last season.1On average (weighted by minutes), non-James Lakers this season have a -1.1 BPM and .080 WS/48. Last year’s non-James Cavs had a -1.6 BPM and .086 WS/48.And it bears mentioning that James himself has not been as statistically dominant as in his last few seasons as a Cavalier. His usage rate, true shooting percentage, assist rate, rebound rate, steal rate, block rate and defensive BPM are all down from last year. He’s shooting worse on twos, threes and free throws. And most concerning, the 34-year-old missed 18 games between Christmas and early February with a groin injury, and he’s played only 49.5 percent of the Lakers’ available minutes this season — by far the lowest mark of his career.James did tell reporters over All-Star weekend that he “feels great,” though, and that he’s ready to lead a playoff push for Los Angeles.“[I’m] looking forward to seeing what we can do to get back in this playoff race,” James said. “That’s the only thing that’s going to happen in my mental space for these next two months, pretty much on how I can get this team playing the type of level of basketball we were playing before my injury.”The Lakers will need to summon all of James’s focus and talent to storm back into the playoff picture. It’s more than possible, particularly if James is indeed healthy. But our projections are still low for a LeBron team even after accounting for James’s return to the lineup — and the fact that the Clippers were sellers at the trade deadline. (That’s why we give L.A. a 26 percent chance, while simpler forecasts such as the one at Basketball-Reference.com peg its odds at about 5 percent.) And even if the Lakers do make the playoffs, they would probably end up being heavy underdogs against the Golden State Warriors in the first round.The Lakers’ long-term future should be brighter: The team will have plenty of cap space to use on free agents surrounding James and plenty of superstar options to choose from (in addition to the ongoing potential of a Davis trade). For now, though, James’s finals streak has a real chance of ending far earlier than anybody expected: April 10, the final day of the 2018-19 NBA regular season.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

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Preview AS Roma vs Liverpool

first_imgAS Roma will host Liverpool for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final clash with the aim of overturning their 5-2 deficit by reproducing their magnificent comeback against Barcelona – can they cause another upset?The Giallorossi were the stronger of the two sides for the opening 20 minutes of the first leg at Anfield, before being undone by some thrilling attacking football from Liverpool with the hosts taking a 5-0 lead.However, Roma did secure two surprise late away goals to give the Italian side a welcome boost ahead of the return leg at their Stadio Olimpico.Manager Eusebio Di Francesco will call back Kostas Manolas, Cengiz Ünder, Kevin Strootman and Alessandro Florenzi to the starting line-up after resting them over the weekend.The Italian coach is likely to revert to a back four tonight as Liverpool took full advantage of exploiting their high line in the first leg.Diego Perotti is expected to return to the Serie A side, although Di Francesco will have to make do without Rick Karsdorp and Gregoire Defrel.Meanwhile, Liverpool is the clear favourite to progress and make their first Champions League final appearance since 2007 with the Reds having already proved against Manchester City in the previous round that they are capable of winning on the away trips as well.After building up a 5-0 lead, Liverpool was left frustrated by conceding two late goals against Roma and will surely be on guard for any possible comeback by the Italian side.Head coach Jurgen Klopp is expected to restore his usual starting line-up for the return leg with the German having opted to rest some of his key players in Liverpool’s goalless draw against Stoke City on Saturday.Despite previous concerns over their availability, both captain Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold will be at Rome. Although, Joe Gomez is out.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain confirmed last week that his season is over, while Sadio Mane has recovered from his injury and has been included in the Liverpool squad with Adam Lallana expected to make the bench.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…One worrying statistic for Roma is that Liverpool is undefeated in their previous 15 matches in the Champions League and that in eight of their past nine games they have found the back of the net at least twice. Probable line-upsAS Roma4-3-3Alisson, Kolarov, Manolas, Fazio, Florenzi, Nainggolan, Rossi, Strootman, Perotti, Dzeko, UnderLiverpool4-3-3Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Dijk, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane (Data obtained by WhoScored)last_img read more

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Jamaica and Turks and Caicos relations poised to deepen

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvienciales, 19 Jan 2015 – The Jamaica Manufacturers Association and the Jamaica Exporters Association will join around eight of their home companies in The Turks and Caicos today to discuss a myriad of business opportunities. It is an event being hosted by the local Jamaican Consulate Office & the Chamber of Commerce, and residents who are interested in one on ones with the companies which are moving products like spices and sauces, sportswear, poultry and produce can contact the Chamber for an appointment. The entourage from Jamaica will also be guest features at the regular business meeting of the Chamber of Commerce and will tonight be hosted to a reception at Kalooki’s by InterCaribbean Airways. Chamber of Commerce blind-sided to Work Permit changes Bahamas Junior Achievement Leader in country for meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:chamber of commerce, jamaican expporters, jamaican manufactirers assosciation Employment Ministry launches consultation for new Employment laws Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Earthquake Awareness Week 2018

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 5, 2017 – Providenciales – The Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) will be observing it annual Earthquake Awareness Week for 8th – 12th January, 2018 under the Theme “Shake It Out”.To mark this event, the DDME will be hosting a number of activities during the week which include:Radio Show on ExpressionsQuestion and Answer Session on Radio Turks and CaicosPublication of Messages in the local NewspapersShake Out Drill/Drop Cover Hold (DCH) with Government Offices and Business CommunityAs the department continues to enhance the preparedness and readiness levels of the Turks and Caicos Islands through its Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) Strategy­, it is important to note that a critical and essential component of the Country’s preparedness efforts are focused on infrequent, but high impact event such as earthquakes.The Turks and Caicos Islands lie on the North American plate, approximately 150 kilometres to the north of the Puerto Rico Trench; an active plate boundary that marks the boundary between the North American and Caribbean Plates.   As a result, this region has experienced major earthquakes in the past such as the 2010 Haiti Earthquake, 1991 Costa Rica Earthquake and 1692 Jamaica earthquake.   Based on a seismic analysis undertaken as part of the of the TCI Building Code under the Hurricane Ike Recovery and Rehabilitation Project in 2013, the USGS’ Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Programme (GSHAP) stated that there is a low to moderate level of susceptibility in the Turks and Caicos Islands to seismic activity.Did you know that the 2010 Haiti Earthquake was felt in Cockburn Town (Grand Turk) and Cockburn Harbour (South Caicos), resulting in the Turks and Caicos Islands being placed on a tsunami watch?As we reflect on the Earthquake which devastated Haiti eight years ago, we here in TCI likewise need to ensure that we implementing preparedness and mitigation measures to protect lives and property.   Though their occurrence might be infrequent, the level of devastation that they tend to leave in their wake is substantial and oftentimes deadly.  One of the most important lesson to learn from the Haiti 2010 Earthquake is that adequate preparation for the known earthquake hazard can mean the difference between continuing as usually in a short time, or total disaster, with development halt for decades.   The event has also highlighted the importance or proper building codes and the construction of earthquake resistant buildings in areas vulnerable to earthquakes.For further information please Contact:  Andrea BeenEmail Address:  [email protected] #:   649 338 3672Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TCI.DDMETwitter:  https://twitter.com/DDMETCISkype: ddmegt Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

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