But if Diaz is indeed interested in a trilogy bout, McGregor insists that it has to be in the 155-lb. division, which the Irish superstar currently lords over.“I’m the 155-pound champion, I faced him at 170, he beat me, then I rematched him at 170, I beat him,” he was quoted as saying in a BBC News report. “Now I’m the 155-pound world champion. If he wants that fight, he must come down”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter fighting above his weight class for their first two matches, “The Notorious” believes it’s only natural that the third match take place under his stipulations.“That’s a fair trade. I didn’t ask for the rematch at a lower weight, I asked for the rematch at the exact same weight,” he explained. “I thought that was a fair play move on my half and then I came in and I won. So now I won that, then I won the 155-pound title after that. If he wants to fight, he’s got to make that 155-pound limit.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH #KicksStalker: Jordan’s second shoe gets new life UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Meanwhile, McGregor is expected to take some time off fighting after competing in the biggest fight of his life against undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.He also made it clear that he is open to taking another boxing match if the right fight comes along. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORIES:Olympic medalist Michael Phelps challenges Conor McGregor to swimming raceLOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMAADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Read Next UFC fighters Nate Diaz (left) and Conor McGregor. AP File photoNow that Conor McGregor’s tenure inside the boxing ring has passed, it’s time to get back to the UFC and settle some unfinished business inside the octagon.Perhaps high on the UFC Lightweight Champion’s list is a grudge match against Nate Diaz, whom he engaged in two thrilling welterweight bouts last year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Carving her name in the sport with a gold medal in the previous world championships, Ochoa grappled with Amber Rymartz Freitas of Team Gracie Barra in a winning position that could have sent her to another finals’ appearance.But with 10 seconds left, Ochoa was disqualified due to technicality, bidding the title in the -48.5kg brown belt rooster weight division adieu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I was trying to submit the foot and we rolled into an illegal position,” said Ochoa, who defeated Luna Barea of Spain and Japan’s Iori Echigo in the preliminaries to set up a semifinal clash with Freitas.Ochoa, seeking for a possible qualification to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where the sport will make its debut, is focused on winning the gold medal in the coming 30th Southeast Asian Games. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa came within a step closer to another trip atop the podium only to lose her footing through a technical miscue. Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge PLAY LIST 01:42Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge01:43Jiu-jitsu champ battles Philippines’ sex abuse scourge00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LATEST STORIES Up next for the Asian Games bronze medalist is the JJAU Asian Championship in Mongolia next month.Ochoa ruled the 49kg women’s seniors class in the Jiu-Jitsu World Championship in Malmo, Sweden in November last year apart from capturing the gold in the Jiu-Jitsu World Tour in London last March. MOST READ The face of the country’s promising jiujitsu program eventually settled for the bronze medal in the World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, California.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PVL: PetroGazz stays unbeaten, handily beats BaliPure Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Transfers Coutinho, Verratti, Sanchez – Barcelona’s failed transfer XI Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 9/3/17 Comments(11) 1/14 Coutinho, Verratti, Sanchez – Barcelona’s failed transfer XI Getty Images Dan Istitene/Getty Full screen 1 of 14 Share Close Barcelona endured a nightmare transfer window. The loss of Neymar to PSG was followed by repeated failures to secure top targets and has added to a perfect storm at Camp Nou. Such has been their chaotic window, Goal has been able to build a team out of the players Barca missed out on! FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Transfers Barcelona Primera División
PSG chief Henrique casts suspicion on Barcelona over Rabiot behaviourby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG chief Antero Henrique has hit out at Barcelona over their attempts to sign Adrien Rabiot.Rabiot has been banished to the stands for refusing to consider new contract talks at PSG, where his current deal expires in June.Henrique suspects the influence of Barca and snapped: “Mrs. Rabiot said that we had received an offer this summer. That’s right, a bid on August 29, twenty hours before the end of the transfer window. “It is then simple: Barcelona first had to reach an agreement with Rabiot before we were being talked to. And you also need to know that the Barcelona offer was ridiculous.”We, the club, were surprised by the low bid. It was disrespectful for someone with the status of Rabiot. I continue to emphasise: it is not possible to reach agreement within 24 hours on a player like Rabiot. It seems clear to me that Barcelona already had an agreement with Adrien. “I’m sure he has an agreement with another club anyway. Whether he can leave in the winter? He told me he does not want to stay.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Nuno disappointed with Wolves wastefulness for Braga defeatby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNuno was disappointed in Wolves’ wastefulness in the 1-0 loss to Braga on Thursday night.Patrick Cutrone, Ruben Neves and Willy Boly all had chances to opening the scoring for the hosts, but it was ultimately Ricardo Horta’s 72nd-minute strike that sealed a win for the Portuguese club.”We are all disappointed. It was a tough game, but I think we did enough,” Nuno said.”We did not perform perfectly, but we created many chances.”Braga had one chance, were very organised, and they scored.”That is the story of the game.”The boys worked hard, but that is football.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A speaker who has been giving a series of anti-bullying presentations at schools around Fort St. John this week is going to be giving a presentation for an older audience this evening.Scott Graham, who is a bestselling author and a winner of the Governor General of Canada Award, has hosted leadership and anti-bullying school assemblies at four schools in Fort St. John this week.He visited Margaret ‘Ma’ Murray School on Monday, Dr. Kearney on Tuesday, Robert Ogilvie Wednesday, and spoke at Bert Bowes earlier today. Graham, who was also one of the speakers at the 2012 TEDx Conference in Burlington, has been teaching students the skills to stand up to bullies for 25 years, having spoken in Ontario, Quebec, Newfoundland, and as far away as Scotland.Graham’s presentations allow children develop their leadership abilities and learn anti-bullying skills.Graham will also be giving his presentation to the parents of students who attend Bert Bowes and Dr. Kearney Middle Schools on Thursday evening.The presentation is taking place from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Bert Bowes School.
What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke In his career, he has appeared in 138 regular seasoncontests with 36 starts. He’s also displayed greatversatility, playing center, guard, tight end and fullback.He also won two Super Bowl championships with the NewEngland Patriots during the 2003-04 seasons. The Arizona Cardinals have signed guard Russ Hochstein,according to a team press release. Terms of his contractwere not announced, per club policy, but reports say it isfor one-year.The 6-foot-4, 305-pound veteran is entering his 12th seasonin the NFL after previous stints in Denver, New England andTampa Bay. He spent the last three seasons with the Broncos.Hochstein was drafted by Tampa Bay in the fifth round, 151stoverall out of Nebraska. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments Share Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away
“And while the exhibition is naturally the focal point of HomePlace, we also have The Helicon, a performance space which we will use for drama, concerts, recitals, song, talks, lectures and discussions, all using Seamus Heaney’s literature as their ‘jumping off’ point.“Our opening weekend programme of events is practically sold out and out first full programme season begins on 7 October with Death of a Naturalist, as the inspiration not just for readings from Seamus Heaney’s first collection of poetry, but for music and recitals which take their lead from the poetry”.Councillor Wilson also thanked the Heaney family:“From the day of its inception, this project would not have been possible without the tremendous support and close involvement of the Heaney family.“We are incredibly grateful for their guidance and invaluable contribution at every step of the way. And we know we are extraordinarily privileged to be part-custodians of the legacy of this man and his work”.SEAMUS HEANEY HOMEPLACE: OFFICIAL OPENING HELD THIS EVENING was last modified: September 29th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: The influence and impact of the people and the place on him are central to the exhibition which will take visitors on a journey through his life and literature, over two floors full of photographs, stories, personal items and objects and books.Official opening of Seamus Heaney HomePlace Centre in Bellaghy. Marie Heaney, Catherine Heaney, Christopher Heaney and Michael Heaney with Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council pictured at the opening of Seamus Heaney HomePlace Centre in Bellaghy.Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.There is also an interpretation of the poet’s Dublin study, where a film compilation of the reaction to his award of the Nobel Prize in Literature plays and a fax machine reminds visitors that he was in Greece, unaware for two days that he had received the greatest literary accolade.Speaking ahead of the official opening event, Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair, Mid Ulster District Council, said:“In the last number of weeks as we’ve been preparing to open, training staff and testing elements of the building, those involved have found their own journey through the exhibition which celebrates life and work of Seamus Heaney to be a moving, and at times, emotional experience.“This kind of response shows very clearly how significant Seamus Heaney and his work have been, and remain, for a great number of people – and that goes for the true poetry fans, as well as those with a natural curiosity and a wish to see and experience what’s on offer. ShareTweet -Official opening of Seamus Heaney HomePlace Centre in Bellaghy. Marie Heaney, Catherine Heaney, Christopher Heaney and Michael Heaney with Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council pictured at the opening of Seamus Heaney HomePlace Centre in Bellaghy.Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.SEAMUS Heaney HomePlace, the new arts and literary centre in Bellaghy was officially opened by the Heaney family this evening.Marie Heaney, together with children, Michael, Christopher and Catherine, will be joined by close to 200 guests at the event to mark the completion of the £4.25 million building which will celebrate the life and literature of the poet and Nobel Laureate.Poets, literary figures, extended family and friends, and prominent politicians will be among the attendees which will also include acclaimed singer-songwriter, Paul Brady, performing as part of the opening ceremony.Dublin-born star of stage and screen, Stanley Townsend, will also read from Heaney’s work at the event and the evening will close with a specially created piece of music, ‘LifeCycle’ which is being created by nine musicians from Ireland, Scotland, Japan, the US, Poland and Greece, who are gathering in the village for the first time today (Wednesday 28 September) to compose and then rehearse the work.HomePlace is located at the heart of the area where Seamus Heaney spent his formative years and which inspired so much of his work across a career that spanned almost five decades. MID ULSTER DISTRICT COUNCILNOBEL LAUREATESEAMUS HEANEY HOMEPLACE: OFFICIAL OPENING HELD THIS EVENING
Last updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:07 pmIt should come as no surprise that potential tariffs on $300 billion in imports from China covers a lot of products, but the items Wisconsin companies are seeking exemptions on range from model trains to outdoor fireplaces and specialized men’s and women’s under garments, according to documents filed with U.S. Trade Representative.The USTR began public hearings last week on a proposed 25% tariff on around $300 billion in goods that the U.S. imports from China. The tariffs are in addition to tariffs previously put in place on $250 billion in Chinese goods over the last year and were levied by the Trump administration after trade talks broke down earlier this year.The hearings give companies a chance to argue for products they use to not be included on the tariff list. Their arguments generally focus on the potential for price increases for U.S. consumers, the inability to source products outside of China and the lack of relationship between a particular product and the reasons the U.S. is imposing tariffs. Other manufacturers have also argued the tariffs give advantages to their non-Chinese competitors. A less vocal group of manufacturers does benefit from the protection provided by the tariffs. Some manufacturers have expressed support for the goals of the tariffs while questioning the methods and strategy.The tariffs are intended to be a response to China’s practices around the forced transfer of technologies and intellectual property and theft of trade secrets.Stacey Walthers Naffah, president of Milwaukee-based Wm. K. Walthers Inc., was among the leaders of Wisconsin companies seeking an exemption from the latest round of tariffs.Walthers is a producer, distributors and direct seller of model railroad hobby products and accessories.“I respect and understand the (Trump) administration’s desire to eliminate China’s acts, policies and practices that are unfair and damaging to the U.S. economy in the near and long term,” Walthers Naffah wrote.But she argued the tariffs would impact the model railroad industry in the U.S. more than they would harm China.“I believe severe and lasting harm will be caused not only to our business but to an industry already trying to keep pace with rapid change,” Walthers Naffah wrote.She said the company’s margins would not allow it to absorb the 25% tariff and prices would have to increase. Independent retailers, core customers – many of whom are on fixed incomes – and families the industry is targeting for future growth, would feel higher prices.Walthers Naffah also said the company’s supply chain is reliant on experienced contract manufacturing firms in China that provide a finely detailed, high-quality product at an acceptable price. She estimated moving production to another country would take at least 24 to 36 months with no guarantee of retaining the same quality.She also noted that the industry’s highly detailed products with relatively small orders make it difficult to economically support production anywhere in the world.“At this time, we do not see the feasibility of bringing our supply chain back to the U.S.,” Walthers Naffah wrote.Kenosha-based Jockey International Inc. was also among the companies seeking exemptions. The apparel company was seeking a break for specific knit-to-shape garments, including men’s and women’s briefs, bras and women’s tanks and camis.Mark Jaeger, senior vice president and general counsel, wrote that the company has already taken steps to mitigate the impact of the tariffs without increasing consumer prices.“Moving knit to shape production takes relatively more time and resources than moving cut and sew production,” Jaeger wrote. “In addition, knit to shape capacity outside of China is limited.”The company asked for the tariffs to be removed, delayed for six months or reduced to 10%.Thomas Florsheim Jr., chairman and CEO of Milwaukee-based Weyco Group Inc., also wrote to object to footwear being included in the tariff list. Weyco owns the Florsheim, Stacy Adams, Nunn Bush and Bogs brands.Florsheim said the tariff would equal the company’s entire operating profit.“The tax would force us to try to increase prices, which is very difficult to do in this price-sensitive area of the market,” he wrote. “Our retail customers are struggling as it is, and in our opinion, this would put many of them out of business.”Like other companies, Florsheim pointed to the inability to quickly move production.“Footwear is a very capital-intensive industry, with years of planning required to make sources decisions and ensure our factories have the highest standards for our customers,” he wrote. “Companies cannot simply move factories in a short timeframe to adjust to this tariff burden.”Racine-based Real Flame Co. Inc. is seeking an exemption for propane and natural gas outdoor fireplaces, which account for around 18% of its annual sales.KSP Group Inc., Real Flame’s parent company, has around 140 U.S. employees and also owns Jensen Metal Products and Jensen Castings with domestic manufacturing operations.Real Flame started sourcing from China around 2002 in response to market pressures.“For us, this is truly a balancing act to ensure we can keep our business going and continue supporting our customers and all of our hard-working employees,” Geeta Jensen, CEO of Real Flame and KSP, wrote.Jensen said the company has invested heavily to establish a liaison office in China and to ensure its imported products meet safety standards.“The tariffs would paralyze our production for almost a year,” Jensen said, noting the company would have to find a new factory and then wait six months to complete safety audits. “Real Flame cannot afford to have this sort of gap in getting products to market.”Waterloo-based Trek Bicycle Corp. is seeking exemptions for dozens of items, arguing the company is facing $8 million in new duties under the latest round of tariffs. The first three rounds resulted in an additional $30 million in annual cost for the company.“This unanticipated and unplanned cost would give Trek no other option but to raise prices,” Jodi Gracey, director of global trade and logistics at Trek, wrote.Milwaukee-based Zurn Industries LLC is seeking exemptions for vitreous China products and parts of water and safety control valves.The company said that while ceramic sinks, washbasins, toilets and urinals are a relatively minor cost in the overall scheme of commercial building products, they are also required and most be installed at specific times. Applying tariffs to those products would reduce inventory and cause delays “that will ripple through the construction sector.”“Zurn sources these products from China because there is no adequate domestic supply and no additional domestic capacity for future production,” Wesley Cline, vice president for global supply chain at Zurn, wrote. “Moreover, Zurn has conducted multi-year sourcing investigations in the United States and several other countries outside of China without successfully identifying a supply base that can meet our quality or capacity needs.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
–shares 2 min read Next Article Apply Now » 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Soon, patrons of the Italian specialty food mecca Eataly in New York City won’t be able to wash down their sumptuous pizza or pasta dishes with a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio.The market and restaurant hybrid, owned by celebrity chef and noted Crocs lover Mario Batali, just received a slap on the wrist from the New York State Liquor Authority.Eataly was found to be in violation of a code that prohibits businesses from concurrently operating a wine store while importing or manufacturing one’s own wines.While its wine shop boasts over 1,000 labels from exclusively Italian producers, Eataly also happens to carry Bastianich wines — a conflict as Batali’s partners in Eataly include the mother and son Italian chef duo, Lidia and Joe Bastianich.Related: Pushing Ahead With Classy Makeover, 7-Eleven Sells Fine WineAfter having initially pleaded not guilty to charges of “suppressed information” regarding inequitable business interests, reports Crain’s, Eataly has now agreed to cough up a $500,000 fine, and shutter its wine store for six whole months.Ms. Bastianich’s name will also be removed from Eataly’s liquor license.Together the trio operates the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group, which comprises roughly 20 restaurants across the country, as well as Eataly locations in New York and Chicago.And this isn’t their first brush with the law. In 2012, Batali and Mr. Bastianich settled a lawsuit to the tune of $5.25 million against 117 servers, busboys and other employees who alleged that the company had pilfered their tips.Related: On the Rocks: Jack Daniel’s and Liquor Giant Diageo Feud Over ‘Tennessee Whiskey’ Geoff Weiss March 27, 2014 The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Former Staff Writer Add to Queue Mario Batali’s Eataly Forced to Close Wine Store for Six Months Legal
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 29 2019According to a current study of the Medical University Vienna, specialized T memory lymphocytes in the lungs that react to inhaled allergens, cause attacks of allergic asthma. These T-helper 2-tissue resident memory cells, which are located in the lungs for a lifetime are known as Th2-TRMs, and are responsible for asthma sufferers having asthma attacks shortly after they come in contact with allergens that they are allergic to and that these attacks can occur throughout their entire life.Allergic asthma and allergic rhinitis are chronic allergic conditions affecting approximately 70 to 100 million Europeans. (Source: European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology EAACI). Allergic asthma is a defense reaction in the lungs triggered by allergens such as grass, tree and ragweed pollen and leads to wheezing breath, coughing and shortness of breath.Head of the study, Michelle Epstein of the Experimental Allergy Laboratory of the University Clinic for Dermatology of MedUni Vienna explains: “Allergic asthma can be a chronic condition, but often occurs only intermittently, when people come into contact with allergens to which they are sensitized. Seasonal asthma, for example, might be caused by tree pollen in the spring when the pollen are in the air, leading to asthma attacks in people who otherwise exhibit no problems with their lungs”.”Our study shows for the first time that Th2-TRMs are found in the lungs for over 600 days and proves that once memory is established in lungs after the first episode of allergic asthma, memory T cells are maintained for a lifetime.”, she adds.Related StoriesPET/CT can aid in earlier diagnosis and treatment assessment of tuberculosisResearchers identify new subtypes of motor neurons and microglia present in ALS patientsNew target identified for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosisUp to 200,000 memory cells in the lungsThe MedUni Vienna team examined the Th2-TRMs in the lungs of mice with allergic asthma during remission and tracked them after contact with the allergen. Once most T-cells in the animal were eliminated, the immune cells were blocked to prevent them from migrating out of the lungs.The researchers discovered that approximately 150,000 to 200,000 memory cells were in the lungs, which represents a mere fraction of the 100 million lung cells, and that these cells did not migrate from the lung, but were activated to react to the inhaled allergen.These results could explain why the majority of the patients with allergic asthma remain allergic throughout their entire life and that, if the patients are constantly exposed to the allergen, the number of Th2-TRMs possibly increases upon further contact with the allergen, leading to more severe asthma.Co-author Sahar Kazemi, PhD-Student in the Experimental Allergy Laboratory of the University for Dermatology, explains: “Targeting these memory cells may possibly lead to therapies for patients suffering from allergic asthma. New strategies could be aimed at the Th2-TRMs. However, a method has to be found to selectively eliminate only these cells without affecting other memory T cells which protect us from bacteria and viruses.”Asthma as a health policy issueThe annual economic burden due to allergic asthma in the EU is estimated at an amount between 55 and 151 billion Euro. Therefore, new innovative treatment methods would help to reduce these costs significantly.Source: https://www.meduniwien.ac.at/web/en/about-us/news/detailsite/2019/news-im-april-2019/the-lungs-never-forget-specialised-t-cells-remember-allergens/
Joe Allnutt, lead roboticist at British startup company the Small Robot Company, inspects a farming robot named Tom as part of a trial in East Meon, southern England, Friday Nov. 30, 2018. The “agri-tech” startup company is developing lightweight autonomous machines that can carry out precision “seeding, feeding and weeding” in the hope of transforming food production. (AP Photo / Kelvin Chan) Meet the farmers of the future: Robots Faced with seesawing commodity prices and the pressure to be more efficient and environmentally friendly, farmer Jamie Butler is trying out a new worker on his 450-acre farm in England’s Hampshire countryside. Citation: Robots in the field: farms embracing autonomous technology (2018, November 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-robots-field-farms-embracing-autonomous.html The aim is to drastically cut down on fertilizer and pesticide use to lower costs and boost profits for struggling farmers. As such, it not only helps economically, but it also lowers the environmental impact of farming.”What we’re doing is stuff that people can’t do,” said Ben Scott-Robinson, co-founder of the Small Robot Company . “It’s not physically possible for a farmer to go round and check each individual plant and then treat that plant individually. That’s only possible when you have something as tireless as a robot and as focused and accurate as an AI to be able to achieve that.”Commercial sales of the full, multi-robot system is still years away, with larger-scale testing planned for 2021. They represent the next step in the evolution of automation for farms. Self-driving tractors and robotic milking machines have been in use for years and, more recently, unmanned aerial drones that monitor crops have gone into service. A farming robot named “Tom” produced by Small Robot Company as part of a field trial to develop new farm technologies, in East Meon, southern England, Friday Nov. 30, 2018. The “agri-tech” startup company is developing lightweight autonomous machines that can carry out precision “seeding, feeding and weeding” in the hope of transforming food production. (AP Photo / Kelvin Chan) Joe Allnutt, left, lead roboticist at British startup company the Small Robot Company, with robotics engineer Thomas Burrell operating a farming robot named “Tom” as part of a trial in East Meon, southern England, Friday Nov. 30, 2018. The “agri-tech” startup company is developing lightweight autonomous machines that can carry out precision “seeding, feeding and weeding” in the hope of transforming food production. (AP Photo / Kelvin Chan) Florida’s Harvest Croo Robotics , Spain’s Agrobot , Britain’s Dogtooth Technologies and Belgium’s Octinion are all developing berry-picking bots. California startup Iron Ox and Japan’s Spread grow vegetables in automated indoor farms. Bosch startup Deepfield Robotics is working on a weeding robot that punches them into the ground. Last year, British researchers planted, monitored, tended and harvested a barley crop using only autonomous machines, in what they said was a world first.A more fundamental problem “will be the cost of building those robots and the research that has to go into making them,” Chambers said. The low cost of air freight could still make it cheaper to, for example, fly in fruit from other countries where labor is cheaper, he said.To ease financial pressure on farmers reluctant to make big one-off investments in equipment, the Small Robot Company plans to sell its services as a monthly subscription, charging 600 pounds ($765) per hectare a year.With a bright orange 3D-printed body, and beefy all-terrain wheels, Tom resembles an oversized roller skate. Their light weight means these robots won’t compact soil the way tractors do, Scott-Robinson said. British farmer Jamie Butler where he is letting British startup company the Small Robot Company test out agricultural robots on his fields as part of a trial in East Meon, southern England, Friday Nov. 30, 2018. The “agri-tech” startup company is developing lightweight autonomous machines that use GPS positioning and artificial intelligence to digitally map fields to carry out precision “seeding, feeding and weeding”, in the hope of transforming food production. (AP Photo / Kelvin Chan) Methodically inspecting Butler’s winter wheat crop for weeds and pests, the laborer doesn’t complain or even break a sweat. That’s because it’s a four-wheel robot dubbed “Tom” that uses GPS, artificial intelligence and smartphone technology to digitally map the field.Tom’s creator, the Small Robot Company, is part of a wave of “agri-tech” startups working to transform production in a sector that is under economic strain due to market pressures to keep food cheap, a rising global population and the uncertainties of climate change. Most robots are still only being tested, but they offer a glimpse of how automation will spread from manufacturing plants into rural areas.”If we can keep our costs to an absolute minimum by being on the leading edge of technologies as one method of doing that, then that’s a really, really good thing,” said Butler, one of 20 British farmers enlisted in a yearlong trial.Next year, the British startup plans to start testing two more robots controlled by an artificial intelligence system that will work alongside Tom, autonomously doing precision “seeding, feeding and weeding.” Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. On Butler’s farm, Tom trundles along crop rows taking hundreds of thousands of high-resolution pictures during the growing season. The images are fed to Wilma, the artificial intelligence platform, which is being trained to tell the difference between wheat and weeds.In 2019, the company will start trials for two more robots, Dick and Harry. Dick will deliver fertilizer directly to soil around roots, instead of wasteful blanket spraying, and use a laser or micro-spray chemicals to kill weeds. Harry will insert seeds into the earth at a uniform depth and spacing, eliminating the need for tractors to plow furrows. Eventually, farms “will be able to automate virtually everything,” said Tim Chambers, a fruit farmer who’s not involved in the trial. Some jobs are harder to automate, such as harvesting delicate raspberries or strawberries by hand, but even that is coming, said Chambers, a member of Britain’s National Farmers Union. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
RELATED Published on Protesters from Maratha groups at Goregoan in the western suburbs of Mumbai on Wednesday during the bandh called by the community in support of reservation for themselves. – BUSINESS LINE SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Fadnavis announces grants for Marathas as lakhs protest in Mumbai Maratha Morcha takes to streets demanding jobs reservations The Maratha Kranti Morcha, an outfit spearheading the agitation for quota for the Maratha community in jobs and education, called off its Mumbai bandh today. The bandh in the financial capital of India, which began this morning, was called off just before 3 pm after various parts saw violence.“We only wanted to prove that we are together and proved it. We never wanted protests to get violent and therefore we are calling off our bandh in Mumbai for today,” Virendra Pawar, leader of the Morcha told presspersons here.The Maratha Kranti Morcha had given the call for the bandh, demanding an apology from Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for alleging that some members from the community were planning violence at Pandharpur town in Solapur district.Fadnavis, who was scheduled to perform puja at a temple on ‘Ashadhi Ekadashi’ on Monday, cancelled it after the Maratha outfits threatened to disrupt the event. Quotas for the Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state’s population, has been a hugely contentious issue.The community leaders had earlier taken out several rallies in various districts to highlight their demands. Last year, a huge rally was organised by the Maratha Kranti Morcha in this connection in Mumbai.Attempt to disrupt bus, train servicesEarlier in the day, protesters attacked buses and stopped local trains in Mumbai and adjoining Thane city today during the bandh called by Maratha outfits over their demand for reservation.The police in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Raigad and Satara districts were on their toes to prevent any law and order problem during the bandh. In Aurangabad, a man, Jagannath Sonawane, who had consumed a poisonous substance yesterday during the protest, died today at a local government hospital.Nine public buses were attacked by agitators in Mumbai, Thane and Navi Mumbai, a transport official said. Agitators threw stones on some buses in Mumbai, including Kanjurmarg and Bhandup areas, shattering window panes.In view of the stone-pelting on buses, the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) partially suspended its services in some areas and expects to resume it when the situation improves, an official of the transport body said.Protesters tried to block a road in Mankhurd suburb, but the police stopped them. They tried to burn a tyre on a road in Chandivali area and block roads in Jogeshwari and Kandivali, but the police dispersed them, an official said.In some areas such as Bandra, Matunga and Mulund, protesters marched on the roads and were seen requesting shopkeepers with folded hands to close their establishments. They also hurled stones on two public transport buses in Wagle Estate area of Thane city and burnt tyres on its arterial Ghodbunder Road, but the police removed them.Agitators blocked some areas there, including the key Teen Hath Naka junction, resulting in huge traffic jams at the city’s main entry and exit points. A bus was attacked in Ghansoli area of Navi Mumbai, following which the city transport authority suspended its services in the area, an official said.Contrary to their previous peaceful agitations, this time protesters tried to stop local trains on the Central Railway (CR) and the Western Railway (WR) corridors. “A few protesters stopped trains on the Up fast line at Jogeshwari at 9.16 am, however, they were removed from the tracks and train services resumed at 9.24 am. All lines were working normally on the WR suburban section,” the Western Railway said in a tweet.Agitators also threw stones at trains passing through Thane and Ghansoli (located on the trans-harbour line in Navi Mumbai) stations and services were halted briefly. “There were isolated incidents at Thane and Ghansoli after 9.59 am. The situation normalised at 10.24 am,” CR’s chief PRO, Sunil Udasi, said.Around 70 lakh people travel in local trains daily in the Mumbai region. In view of the bandh, fewer auto-rickshaws and taxis were seen on roads.At some places, protesters raised slogans against Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Public Works Department Minister Chandrakant Patil for allegedly insulting the sentiments of the Maratha community, an official said.APMC at Turbhe closedThe Agriculture Produce Market (APMC) at Turbhe in Navi Mumbai was also closed as a union of ‘mathadi’ workers (who carry loads on their head) supported the bandh.Security has been deployed at various places to avoid any untoward incident, a Mumbai Police spokesperson said. Some pro-reservation activists led a ‘jal samadhi’ protest in the Krishna river in Sangli district to press for their demands. Commercial establishments remained shut in some areas of Ahmednagar city.The Maratha Kranti Morcha, which is spearheading the agitation for reservation in jobs and education, has called for a shutdown in Mumbai and some neighbouring districts. Another outfit, the Sakal Maratha Samaj, called for a bandh in Navi Mumbai and Panvel areas.They have exempted schools, hospitals, medical and other essential services, including vegetables and fuel supply, from the bandh. No school buses were attacked or stopped in any area.Ambulance services were also running normally, a senior official of the public health department said. The pro-reservation groups also kept Solapur district out of the bandh because of the rush of devotees to the Lord Vitthal temple in Pandharpur town there.The Shiv Sena has been supporting the Maratha community’s demand for reservation, but decided not to participate in the protest. Yesterday, large-scale violence marred a state-wide protest by Maratha outfits demanding reservation for the community.A constable died and nine other policemen were injured amid a suicide attempt by three agitators during the violence. Agitators had clashed with the police and torched vehicles at several places, while Internet services were suspended in rural areas of Aurangabad district to prevent any untoward incident. In Jalna, the police had fired in the air to quell protests.Quotas for Marathas, a politically influential community that constitutes around 30 per cent of the state’s population, has been a hugely contentious issue. Fadnavis had cancelled his visit to a temple in Pandharpur on Monday after protesters threatened to disrupt the event.Despite assurances from the Chief Minister, nothing concrete has been done till now over the demands, community leaders have claimed. “We will continue our agitation until the CM apologises to the Maratha community (for alleging that some members from the community were planning violence at Pandharpur),” Morcha coordinator Ravindra Patil said yesterday. 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