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COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Southeastern Conference has designated its television selections for the first few weeks of the 2016 football season, and the first two home games of the Barry Odom era will be played under the lights at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.
The league office unveiled today its TV designations, and both of Mizzou’s first two home contests will kick at 6:30 p.m. The home opener is set for Sept. 10th against Eastern Michigan, with SEC Eastern Division rival Georgia coming to Columbia on Sept. 17th. The Eastern Michigan contest will be televised on the SEC Network Alternate channel, while the Georgia game will air on the SEC Network.
Previously, two other games had kickoff and television plans designated, including the 2016 season opener at West Virginia on Sept. 3rd (11 a.m. central time) which will air on FOX Sports 1, while the Nov. 25th regular-season finale in Columbia against SEC Western Division rival Arkansas will kick at 1:30 p.m. and air on CBS.
All remaining games in 2016 will have kickoff and television designations determined on a 12-day advance notice, with a potential for some 6-day advance selections made by the league office in conjunction with its television partners.
Fans looking to purchase season tickets for the 2016 Mizzou Football season can fill out the season ticket request list at MUTigers.com or call the Mizzou ticket office at 1-800-CAT-PAWS (884-PAWS in Mid-Missouri). Single-game SEC tickets will go on sale for Tiger Scholarship Fund (TSF) donors beginning the week of August 1. TSF members will receive an email showing when their donor level will open up for sales. Donate Now to become a TSF Member and gain access to this early sale. Single-game SEC tickets will go on sale online for the general public (based on availability) beginning Thursday, August 11 at 6 p.m. CT.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Going to work and being on the water, working with fish, is a dream come true for Salvador Mondragon. He’s a fisheries management biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC), tasked to help communities in Missouri’s southeast region in the management of fish populations in their lakes.
“Growing up, I enjoyed fishing, and quite honestly I just enjoyed being on the water,” Mondragon said.
That’s why helping to manage community lakes isn’t just a job to him. It’s a chance to help others cultivate an appreciation for nature as well.
Throughout the state, community lakes are easy destinations for families that want to put a hook in the water on an evening after work, or a Saturday morning. MDC calls the concept, “close to home fishing.” However, lakes don’t maintain healthy fish habitat on their own. MDC fisheries management biologists work together with city and county administrators to keep these lakes fishable.
Shane Anderson, the Parks and Recreation Director for Jackson, works with MDC to manage the three-acre Rotary Lake in Jackson City Park, and the two-acre lake in Litz Park, also in Jackson.
“My first official duty in April of 1998 was to reopen Rotary Lake to fishing,” Anderson said. “While reopening the lake generated community interest in the park, I quickly realized that to operate a lake and ensure it was a quality experience for the community, I needed the support and expertise of professionals at the Conservation Department.”
The agreement for MDC’s assistance in managing Litz Park is more recent, and just as valuable, according to Anderson. Similar to Rotary Lake, the health of the lake at Litz Park is monitored by MDC and the city also takes part the Department’s stocking program, he said.
“Stocking is important to us because it makes the lake attractive to anglers, by giving them the expectation that they will have some success at our lake,” Anderson said.
Other communities in southeast Missouri with cooperative management agreements with MDC include Bonne Terre, Farmington, Dexter, Perryville, and Marble Hill. Depending on the needs of the lake, MDC implements a variety of practices to improve the communities’ fishing resources. They manage fish populations, implement fishing regulations to protect sustainability of certain fish species, stock fish and assist with fishing accessibility facilities such as docks and privies in some cases.
“We also work with communities to conduct fishing events,” Mondragon said. “Sometimes all people need is a little bit of education on how to fish, what works and what doesn’t, and they’ll start fishing regularly with their family.”
Mondragon said community lakes get a lot of fishing pressure because they’re right there within a community and provide that “close to home” fishing opportunity. This can present a challenge to keep fish stocked and healthy.
“Sometimes Channel catfish are harvested nearly as soon as they’re stocked, so we really try to keep an eye on populations before they’re gone,” he said.
By “keeping an eye” on those species, Mondragon means the biologists go out to the lakes and sample the fish. They will net fish, measure and take other data, and then release them back to the lake. This helps them track population numbers and individual growth of the fish.
Regardless of the challenges, Mondragon and his colleagues enjoy offering their expertise to create quality fishing opportunities to these communities and they welcome discussions on creating more opportunities in other communities.
When asked what he recommends to those who manage lakes on their own, Mondragon said there are several things landowners can do to improve their own fishery.
“Place cut cedar trees and root wads into the lake or pond to give fish a place to hide and look for shelter,” he said. “They could also regulate harvest in their own ponds by keeping a record of what they harvest. This way they can keep track of the ongoing quality of their fishing.”
For Mondragon and other fisheries biologists at MDC, the work of managing lakes, whether a public lake or a private lake, is simply about ensuring others have opportunity to enjoy nature for generations to come. For more information on fish, pond and lake management, go online to mdc.mo.gov/fishing.
News from the region: Southeast
Jun 24, 2016
(JEFFERSON CITY, Mo.) – It’s time to pull out the recipe boxes and pie pans in preparation for the 2016 First Lady’s Pie Contest at the Missouri State Fair. The contest will again be hosted by Missouri’s First Lady Georganne Nixon in the fairgrounds’ Home Economics Building. Entry forms for the annual contest are available online for entries into the 2016 Missouri State Fair.
“The First Lady’s Pie Contest is a time-honored Missouri State Fair tradition,” said Director of Agriculture Richard Fordyce. “The variety of delicious custard, cream and fruit pies entered into this contest year after year is always impressive. Missouri bakers know how to take agriculture’s outstanding products and turn it into a sweet treat.”
Entry forms for the annual contest will be available online at mostatefair.com.
The First Lady’s Pie Contest is open to all amateur bakers and will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 18, in the Home Economics Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The contest is divided into two categories – soft pies (custard/cream) and fruit pies. Winners in each of those categories, as well as a Best of Show winner, will be awarded cash prizes. Winners will also be recognized during a ceremony in the Home Economics Building following the contest.
The deadline to enter a pie in the competition is July 25, meaning bakers have about two months to gather their favorite recipes, test new flavor combinations on family and friends and decide on their entry. Each baker may enter only one pie in the contest.
The First Lady’s Pie Contest is sponsored by AgriMissouri, the Missouri Grown program within the Missouri Department of Agriculture, and Starline Brass of Sedalia.
For more information on the First Lady’s Pie Contest and the 2016 Missouri State Fair, Aug. 11-21, visit mostatefair.com.
The Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program helps build stronger, more confident and accomplished kids. It began with a simple idea – teach kids the basics of archery as a part of school curriculum. Since NASP’s beginnings in 2002, millions of kids across the nation have participated in the program.
This video was produced in partnership with the Missouri State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni Marines competed in a grueling fitness challenge for a chance to win big. Lance Cpl. Calvin Hilt “HITT” the course to bring you the story. This story includes soundbites from Sgt. Michael Eckert, Orlando, Florida, and Susanne Koch. This story is also available in high definition.
Algorithms developed by MU researchers could provide critical data for quick decisions
COLUMBIA, Mo. – In natural or man-made disasters, the ability to process massive amounts of visual electronic data quickly and efficiently could mean the difference between life and death for survivors. Visual data created by numerous security cameras, personal mobile devices and aerial video provide useful data for first responders and law enforcement. That data can be critical in terms of knowing where to send emergency personnel and resources, tracking suspects in man-made disasters, or detecting hazardous materials. Recently, a group of computer science researchers from the University of Missouri developed a visual cloud computing architecture that streamlines the process.
“In disaster scenarios, the amount of visual data generated can create a bottleneck in the network,” said Prasad Calyam, assistant professor of computer science in the MU College of Engineering. “This abundance of visual data, especially high-resolution video streams, is difficult to process even under normal circumstances. In a disaster situation, the computing and networking resources needed to process it may be scarce and even not be available. We are working to develop the most efficient way to process data and study how to quickly present visual information to first responders and law enforcement.”
The research team, including Kannappan Palaniappan and Ye Duan, associate professors in the Department of Computer Science, developed a framework for disaster incident data computation that links the system to mobile devices in a mobile cloud. Algorithms designed by the team help determine what information needs to be processed by the cloud and what information can be processed on local devices, such as laptops and smartphones. This spreads the processing over multiple devices and helps responders receive the information faster.
“Often, we see many of the same images from overlapping cameras,” Palaniappan said. “Responders generally do not need to see two separate pictures but rather the distinctive parts. That mosaic stitching that we helped define happens in the periphery of the network to limit the amount of data that needs to be sent to the cloud. This is a natural way of compressing visual data without losing information. Clever algorithms help determine what types of visual processing to perform in the edge or fog of the network, and what data and computation should be done in the core cloud.”
“Incident-supporting visual cloud computing utilizing software-defined networking” recently was published in the journal IEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems for Video Technology in a special issue on cloud computing for mobile devices. Guna Seetharaman of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory also contributed to the study. Funding for the project came from a combination of ongoing grants from the National Science Foundation, Air Force Research Laboratory and the U.S. National Academies Jefferson Science Fellowship. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the funding agencies.
June 23, 2016
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Governor also signs four bills, including new insurance requirements for ride-sharing companies and drivers
Jefferson City, MO
Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed Senate Bill 867, which would have imposed new fees on Missourians at local license offices and violated the constitutional requirement that legislation be limited to its original purpose. In addition to a new $2.00 notary fee, the bill would have allowed license offices to charge $2.00 for each “electronic transmission” and each “electronic look-up.” For example, all these $2.00 fees could have been imposed on top of the $3.50 fee currently charged by license offices for motor vehicle registrations.
“Missourians should not be asked to pay yet another new government fee to receive the same service they receive today, and certainly not by way of an eleventh-hour amendment to an already swollen omnibus bill stretched far beyond the bill’s original purpose,” the Governor said in his veto message.
The Governor also signed four bills, including legislation to clarify insurance coverage responsibilities required for ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft. Senate Bill 947 requires both the transportation company and the driver to maintain primary automobile insurance and provides additional protections for consumers by requiring higher minimum insurance requirements.
“This is an important measure that will protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians by ensuring Missouri’s insurance laws keep up with the emergence of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft,” said Gov. Nixon. “I thank the General Assembly for working in a bipartisan way to strengthen our insurance laws to account for these new technologies.”
Among other provisions, the law requires minimum insurance of at least $1 million for death, bodily injury and property damage when the driver is on the way to pick up a fare or transporting the fare, and mandates that the company’s insurance applies if a driver’s insurance has lapsed or does not provide enough coverage.
Gov. Nixon today also signed:
Senate Concurrent Resolution 50 designating September as “Suicide Prevention Awareness Month” and encouraging Missourians to participate in activities to raise awareness for suicide prevention; and
House Concurrent Resolution 73 designating the month of May as “Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month” and the month of October as “Brachial Plexus Awareness Month;” and
House Bill 2194, which includes a number of provisions relating to insurance regulations, including a provision specifying that when an insurer transfers an auto or homeowner policy among affiliated insurers within an insurance company holding system, the insurer accepting the transfer must provide notice to the insured that their coverage is with a new insurance company.
Captain Matthew C. Walz is being designated director of the Water Patrol Division effective July 1, 2016. As the director, he will serve as Missouri’s state boating law administrator.
Walz was appointed to the Missouri State Water Patrol on April 30, 1990, as a communications operator. He entered the Water Patrol Academy on January 2, 1994. After graduating, Walz was assigned to Lake of the Ozarks. He transferred to Table Rock Lake on February 3, 1997. On May 1, 2000, he was promoted to corporal and assigned to St. Louis County. Walz was promoted to sergeant on September 1, 2001, and assigned to the Lake of the Ozarks. He was promoted to captain and designated training commander at the Water Patrol General Headquarters in Jefferson City, on September 1, 2005. Walz transferred to the Lake of the Ozarks on November 1, 2005, as district commander over the Central Missouri Region.
On January 1, 2011, Capt. Walz transferred to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F Headquarters, Jefferson City. On January 1, 2015, he transferred to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Water Patrol Division, General Headquarters. Capt. Walz also serves on the National Boating Safety Advisory Council, which advises the U.S. Coast Guard on recreational boating safety issues.
Capt. Walz grew up in Jefferson City, and graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1984. He has two children, Victoria, 16, and Zachary, 14.