Botticelli painting sells for $92 million at auction in NYC

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — A small painting by Sandro Botticelli has sold at Sotheby’s in New York for $92.2 million, an auction record for the Renaissance master. The painting, “Young Man Holding a Roundel,” depicts a young nobleman holding a round painting of a saint. It is one of just three portraits in private hands by the artist best known for “The Birth of Venus” and “Primavera.” The seller was the estate of the late real estate billionaire Sheldon Solow. Two bidders competed for the painting at Thursday’s livestreamed auction. Sotheby’s did not disclose the identity of the buyer.last_img read more

Farmers fight enemies

first_imgCotton Bolls Provide HomeSometimes plants open themselves up to an invasion by providingfertile campgrounds. This can happen when cotton bolls, the partof the plant that produces the lint, first open. Rain can bringinto the open boll bacteria and fungi that find a wonderfulenvironment to flourish and destroy the boll, he said.Boll rot caused $18.5 million in economic damage to Georgiacotton in 2001 alone.Some attacks take place underground. Plant pathologists andfarmers have been fighting a tiny cotton nemesis, the nematode,for years. The nematode is a flat worm that attacks the plant’sroot system, choking off water and nutrients.”A very small population can build and build and build,” he said.”In a good, wet year, you may not see that dramatic an effect.But a dry year, you can see if the root system is functioningwell or not.”Nematodes are hard to control. The farmers’ best tool is frequently rotating the crops they plant in a field. “But with less and less land and fewer crops out there to make money, rotation becomes difficult,” he said.Diseases in DisguiseSome diseases are masters of disguise. They can look like onedisease but act like something else. One such disease has startedpopping up in Georgia peanut fields in recent years.Funky leaf spot appears to be similar to another leaf spotdisease. But conventional chemicals don’t appear to affect itmuch. It hasn’t caused much damage yet.”But you have to track it down to see if it’s important or not,”Kemerait said.Funky leaf spot acts strangely in another way, too. It seems tohelp another disease in its war on the peanut plant.One Disease Helps AnotherIt causes the plant to drop leaves. The leaves fall to the groundand begin to decompose. And this decomposition releases chemicalsthat spark another fungus, the one that causes white mold, togerminate, become more active and attack the plant.Last year, white mold cost farmers $24 million in damage andtreatment costs. “In combination, (funky leaf) could make whitemold worse each year,” he said.Farmers can’t relax their war on diseases, he said.”But if you take our best growers, the ones who do everythingthey can right, they generally have the upper hand on thediseases,” he said.However, some growers aren’t able to rotate crops. Others arelate applying chemicals or other preventive measures.”Those are the ones the diseases get the best of,” he said. “Andonce (the diseases) get ahead, it can be difficult to bring themback in.” By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaSecond only to actually buying the seed for a crop, fightingdiseases is the most essential thing a farmer has to do to grow asuccessful crop in Georgia, said Bob Kemerait, a plantpathologist with the University of Georgia Extension Service.Georgia peanut farmers, for example, spent $65 million fightingdiseases last year and still lost $50 million of their crop todisease damage. Tomato spotted wilt virus began attacking several Georgia crops,including vegetables, tobacco and peanuts, in the mid-1980s. Thisdisease preferred an aerial assault. Carried inside tiny insectscalled thrips, it has swept over much of the state. It continuesto terrorize farmers, especially peanut farmers.This year, Kemerait said, TSWV has damaged as much as 70 percentof some peanut fields. “Some growers had forgotten how bad itcould be,” he said.Some diseases, like an infantry invasion, prefer to attack headon. Soreshin, a cotton disease, cuts plants off at the “knees,”he said.”The fungus nibbles at the plant at the soil line,” Kemeraitsaid. “It weakens the plant. The plant tends to topple over, likethe knees have been cut from beneath it.”center_img TSWV Terrorizes Farmers last_img read more

Mobile fraud: More than 50% of high risk transactions originating from mobile

first_imgMobile fraud from mobile devices has rapidly evolved over the past several years. From this small, handheld device, your customers can request a ride, book a babysitter, conduct a video conference, apply for a loan or transfer money. In fact, over half (61%) of our protected transactions come from mobile devices so far this year, up from 56% in 2018 and 51% in 2017.As consumers shift to conduct more business on their mobile devices, fraudsters have taken notice. Ever relentless in trying to make their tactics look legitimate, mobile fraud perpetrators are mimicking the growth of mobile transactions by using either mobile devices or emulators on their desktops so transactions appear to be coming from mobile devices.In the first half of 2019, iovation saw 49% of risky transactions coming from mobile devices, up from 30% in 2018, 33% in 2017 and 25% in 2016. Throughout the globe and in every industry sector, iovation analysts are seeing an increase in mobile traffic correlated with an increase of risky transactions. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Kotoko 0-0 Olympics: Yaw Acheampong defends tactics in Kumasi draw

first_imgGreat Olympics coach, Yaw Acheampong, has expressed satisfaction at his side’s 0-0 away result with Asante Kotoko on Sunday.The Porcupine Warriors despite dominating possession but the visitors, who paraded a very experienced side including ex-Black Stars trio Godwin Attram, Dan Quaye and evergreen goalkeeper Richard Kingson.Olympics defended well to play out a draw with Kingson keeping a third clean sheet since returning to his boyhood club.“I am a defensive-minded coach and when I see that things are changing, I have to play to have at least a point which is better than none,” Acheampong told after the game in Kumasi.“Our target is, if we have a goal, we kill the game so when the game reaches a certain stage that we see that things are getting difficult, we fight to take a point home.”Our tactics was to play behind the ball and then counter when in possession. We had a couple of chances that we should have made use of but we failed to score. That’s football. We are okay with the result.” Olympics increased their points tally to 19 but dropped from sixth to ninth position on the First Capital Plus Premier League log.–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmithlast_img read more

Josh Rosen thanks Cardinals in classy farewell video

first_imgMORE: First-round grades for the NFL DraftAfter negotiations that were rumored for months, Rosen was eventually dealt to the Dolphins on Friday for a second-round pick and a fifth-round selection in 2020. Rosen even ended the minute-long video on a lighter note, telling Murray: “An awesome two-bedroom in Old Town (Scottsdale) just came on to the market, so let me know if you are interested and I think I can get you a pretty good deal.” Josh Rosen ended his short-lived Cardinals tenure with a classy gesture on Saturday.The new Miami Dolphins quarterback took to Twitter on Saturday to post a video thanking the Cardinals for the opportunity and expressing his excitement to be playing in South Florida.  Thank you @AZCardinalsHello @MiamiDolphins— Josh Rosen (@josh3rosen) April 27, 2019″Hey everyone, just wanted to say a couple of things after everything that just happened,” Rosen said. “Cardinals fans, thank you so much for all of the continued support this past year. I know we didn’t win as many games as we all would have hoped, but I had an unbelievable time in the desert.”Rosen has had a tumultous last couple of days after the Cardinals selected Kyler Murray, No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft on Thursday, effectively signaling that they were moving on from Rosen. That was followed by NFL analyst Steve Smith going on a viral rant against Rosen for his work ethic after the quarterback had unfollowed the Cardinals on multiple social media platforms.last_img read more