Pesticide Risks.

first_imgFor years, Paul Guillebeau has taught pest-control companiesand farmers how to reduce pesticide risks. Now he’s turning hisattention to Georgia schools.”There has been an increasedeffort to reduce children’s pesticide risks nationwide,”said Guillebeau, Integrated Pest Management coordinator for theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. “Other states have IPM programs with their schoolsystems. We thought it was time Georgia joined them.”With a $40,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental ProtectionAgency’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program, Guillebeauand his staff developed an IPM program for Georgia schools.It Started Witha SurveyThe first step was writing a pesticide usage survey, whichwas distributed to all Georgia schools, public and private. Thiswas done with the help of the Georgia School Superintendents Associationand Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.”We needed to find out what the schools’ major pests are,”he said.The survey fingered rodents, roaches, ants and head lice asthe biggest pests. It also found that a few Georgia schools tryto control pests themselves, but most rely on pest control companies.Working Together to Reduce PesticideRisksWhen a school system expresses interest in the program, Guillebeauand the county agent schedule a site visit. “We sitdown with the school and their pest control company and discussthe school’s program,” he said.”A lot of schools had the idea that if they were payinga company $5,000, it’s their job to control the pests,” hesaid. “They don’t realize the role the school’s sanitationand maintenance staff plays in their pest problems.”At the same time, many companies were not aware of alternativesto spraying pesticides. “Pest control companies can stillmake the same amount of money, do a good job and reduce the amountof pesticides they use,” Guillebeau said.The pest control companies support the program. UGA is partneredwith the Georgia Pest Control Association, and Guillebeau is nowa member of their “IPM in Schools” committee.Killing Roaches and Spraying LessJust updating school roach control programs has greatly reducedpesticide usage. Five years ago, Guillebeau said, the standardprogram was to spray the whole school once a month.”They did this whether or not there were signs of roaches,”he said. “Excellent roach baits are now available that havemuch, much lower toxicity levels and are just as effective assprays. And schools are realizing that just because they haveroaches in the lunchroom, doesn’t mean the whole school needsto be treated.”Guillebeau said the worst incident he uncovered involved roachesand chewing gum in an elementary school cafeteria.”The school was performing their own pest control andhaving roach problems in their lunchroom eating areas,” hesaid. “They studied the area and found large amounts of chewinggum stuck to the bottoms of the tables. This was attracting theroaches.”Instead of scraping the gum off of the tables, the staff sprayedthe bottoms of the tables with a pesticide. “It’s not a farstretch of the imagination that an elementary school kid couldget some of that gum off there and pop it back in his mouth,”Guillebeau said.This horror story is one of the reasons Guillebeau is fightingto see UGA’s “IPM for Schools” program implemented inall Georgia schools.Spreading the Word Across GeorgiaSo far, Guillebeau has worked with schools in 23 Georgia counties.But he hopes schools will jump on the bandwagon as they hear aboutthe program. The next phase is to begin working with Georgia daycare centers.”I have no doubt that we’re going to be successful,”he said. “It’s just going to take some time. It’s not thatthere are a lot of new discoveries or that we’ve had a suddenvision. We’re just getting schools and pest control companiesto work together to do the right things.”last_img read more

Pecan Pruning

first_imgPruning young pecan trees is a necessity and, if done properly, can save farmers the hassle of pruning older, much larger trees, according to University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells.Pruning should be done in the first three or four years of a tree’s life to train the tree to grow with one central “leader,” or trunk. If farmers don’t prune early, it can prove to be “a mess” later, Wells said.Growers want pecan trees to have a central leader, one main trunk going up the tree from which the lateral limbs or main branches grow. A lot of trees naturally develop two or more main trunks. Pruning allows growers to prevent or correct that, he said.“By training the tree, you’re keeping that tree more vigorous and keeping the tree’s growth more vigorous. You’re also getting rid of limbs that will be in your way if you try to come by with tractors and equipment in the next few years,” Wells said.Young trees try to put on multiple shoots, which grow from buds on the trunk or branches. Many of these may develop at poor angles. If the angles are too narrow, those limbs would most likely break off during storms, so they would need to be cut off, Wells said.The tip of the developing trunk should be pruned so the bud will continue growing the central leader. Farmers should remove buds that are spaced out as opposed to those clustered close together. Wells advises farmers to cut about an inch or so above the bud.If a grower waits eight to 10 years to prune their trees, limbs that are producing nuts will need to be pruned off, he said.Pruning is meant to remove excess growth that may not be needed or may be in the way of normal operations. It also removes limbs that are growing the wrong way on the tree.Pruning can be done at any time of year, but most pecan farmers prune in the winter because fewer tasks need to be accomplished in the orchard this time of year. Pruning should begin when trees enter their second year in the field.This practice benefits the tree by bringing it back to what the root system can support.For trees entering their third year of production, remove limbs that are below head high or approximately 6 feet tall. If they aren’t pruned away, those limbs will be in the way of equipment passing through the orchard in a few years.Wells said it’s not too late to prune older trees, it just takes a lot more work. Growers are more likely to encounter big and small limbs protruding out from older, nonpruned trees. Those limbs need to be cut off. Low limbs, and those that create narrow angles on trees, also need to be removed. Depending on how large the limbs are, removal will likely have to be done with a chainsaw.The goal of pruning pecan trees, no matter when the pruning is done, is to create a tree with one central leader and strong lateral branches or main limbs, Wells said.For more information about pruning pecan trees from UGA Extension, go to read more

Comcast expands service, including Grand Isle, Brookline

first_imgComcast, a leading provider of entertainment, information and communications, today announced that it has completed a 300-mile network expansion in Vermont, bringing more than 6,000 additional homes and businesses in 25 communities access to the cost savings, innovative features and reliability of Comcast’s digital TV, high-speed Internet and voice services.  Four of the communities – South Hero, Grand Isle, North Hero and Brookline – had not previously had access to Comcast’s advanced broadband services prior to the extension of the company’s fiber-optic network.  With the recent additions, Comcast has extended its fiber-optic network by more than 1,200 miles since arriving in Vermont in 2006.“Ensuring that all Vermonters have access to reliable, high-speed internet connections is a top priority of mine and an economic imperative for our state,” said Vermont Governor Jim Douglas.  “That’s why I proposed the e-State initiative in 2007 and have worked with the Legislature to expand broadband across our state.  Comcast is an important partner in this effort and I am delighted that they are moving forward with plans to provide their services to more Vermont communities.”“We are so proud to deliver on our promise to expand our advanced fiber-optic network to areas of Vermont that previously had no access to broadband,” said Pam Mackenzie, Area Vice President for Comcast in Vermont.  “This extension of our network allows more and more residents and businesses to take advantage of our cutting-edge products and services and further expands our community commitment to bring broadband access to Vermont schools, libraries and Boys & Girls Clubs.”In September 2009, Comcast began a massive 170-mile extension of its advanced fiber-optic network in the Lake Champlain Islands, marking the introduction of broadband for over 3,700 consumers and local businesses in South Hero, Grand Isle and North Hero.  Additionally, Comcast has built out its network by approximately 20 miles in Brookline, offering service to approximately 275 residents and businesses that previously did not have access to the company’s products and services.  Comcast also extended its network by 110 more miles within 21 other towns that the company previously served.  Those towns include Berlin, Colchester, Derby, Fairfax, Huntington, Hyde Park, Jericho, Manchester, Milton, Moretown, Morgan, Norwich, Pownal, Rockingham, Underhill, Waterbury, West Rutland, Westford, Westminster, Windsor and Woodford.Until recently, many residents and businesses in the communities benefiting from these network extensions depended solely on copper-wire phone service, dial-up Internet and one-way satellite TV service, which cannot compete with Comcast’s Internet speeds, match the clarity of Comcast’s High Definition picture or deliver Comcast’s unique On Demand programming.  Consumers in these communities can now take advantage of the convenience and monthly savings of Comcast’s bundled packages, featuring Comcast Digital Cable, Comcast High-Speed Internet and Comcast Digital Voice.  And, for the first time, local businesses now have access to Comcast’s fiber-optic network and its Business Class services that feature cutting-edge communications technologies, including Business Class Internet, Business Class Voice and Business Class TV.Because Comcast provides complimentary broadband services to schools, libraries and Boys & Girls Clubs in Vermont, its investments in education and youth development will also increase in Vermont with this significant network expansion.For more information about Comcast’s products and services, residents can call 1-800-COMCAST or visit is external).  Small and medium-sized businesses interested in Comcast Business Class products and services can visit is external) or call 1-888-737-8361.About Comcast in VermontSince entering Vermont in November 2006, Comcast has aggressively expanded its services across the state, investing in its advanced fiber-optic network to bring broadband services to previously unserved homes and businesses and partnering with local communities.  The company has launched a number of its advanced services in this time, including Digital Cable with On Demand, High-Definition Television Service, Digital Video Recorders, Comcast High-Speed Internet service, Digital Voice, and the company’s Business Class suite of voice, Internet and cable television services for small and medium-sized businesses.  In addition, Comcast has offered programming of special interest to Vermonters.  Comcast also assists local non-profit organizations in Vermont with financial, in-kind and employee volunteer support.About Comcast CorporationComcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) ( is external)) is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services.  With 23.6 million cable customers, 15.9 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.6 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.Comcast’s content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast’s Internet businesses, including ( is external)).  Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, which owns two professional sports teams, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, and a large, multipurpose arena in Philadelphia, the Wachovia Center, and manages other facilities for sporting events, concerts and other events.Source: Comcast. SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – (March 30, 2010) –# # #last_img read more

Ecuador: Drug enforcement efforts strengthened at airports

first_img Drug enforcement police also have located major drug processing facilities. During the last week of November, police uncovered a modern drug processing lab hidden among several hills in the canton of Pedro Carbo, in the province of Guayas. Law enforcement agents confiscated 12 tons of narcotics in the province in 2011 after seizing seven tons a year earlier, said Freddy Ramos, chief of the Drug Enforcement Police in Guayas. The lab, which would have been operated by children and adults, was on the verge of opening. The drug traffickers abandoned it after another lab run by the network was dismantled in Cumandá, in the province of Chimborazo. Drug enforcement agents were surprised by what they found at the lab, which had generators, underground storage areas, bunk beds, refrigerators, microwaves and other structures for storing chemicals and packing drugs. The lab, which was capable of producing two tons of narcotics monthly, was the fifth drug processing facility dismantled nationwide in 2011. By Dialogo January 25, 2012 GUAYAQUIL, Ecuador – The South American nations’ major airports have become focal points in the fight against drug trafficking. “We often deal with passengers who are attempting to transport cocaine to Europe and heroin to the United States,” said Abraham Cheing, coordinating director of the Public Prosecutor’s Office at Guayaquil’s José Joaquín de Olmedo Airport. From August to November 2011, the most recent months for which statistics are available, the Guayaquil airport registered 104 cases involving possession of narcotic and psychotropic substances, resulting in 67 arrests, according to the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the airport. “The latest modus operandi we’ve uncovered is the most picturesque,” Cheing said. “They use condoms filled with liquid drugs, which are attached to their bodies.” In the country’s other major airport, Quito’s Mariscal Sucre International, drug confiscation rates are even higher. During the last 10 days of November, drug enforcement agents confiscated 19 kilograms (41.8 pounds) of cocaine. Seven Ecuadorans and three foreigners were arrested. The crackdown by police in Ecuador’s airports has forced drug-trafficking networks to resort to sending drugs through private couriers and the mail, Chieng said. “It’s an indirect manner of transporting the drugs, and it’s nearly impossible to determine who is responsible,” he added. “During a single week, from November 21 to Nov. 27, we confiscated approximately three kilograms (6.6 pounds) of cocaine from these alternative modes of transportation.” In total, counter-narcotics enforcement agents carried out 1,790 operations throughout Ecuador during the first half of 2011, which led to the confiscation of 11.3 tons of hallucinogens and the arrest of 2,082 suspects accused of producing, marketing and shipping drugs. Of that total, 789 were arrested in Guayaquil, the country’s second-largest city after the capital city of Quito. In March, counter-narcotics agents arrested four Ecuadorans, three Mexicans and two Colombians suspected of being members of a cell linked to the Mexico-based Sinaloa cartel, which is headed by drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. The cartel has extended its operations to Colombia and Ecuador, officials said. In September, the police’s Drug Enforcement Intelligence Service (SIAN) discovered that a criminal group, led by a Mexican, was using an aid agency in Esmeraldas, known as the Fundación de Asistencia Social y Apadrinamiento en el Ecuador (Foundation for social assistance and sponsorship in Ecuador —FASAE), as a front for trafficking narcotics to Africa and Europe. center_img Hidden laboratorieslast_img read more

Matz to testify Dec. 8 before House committee

first_imgNCUA Chairman Debbie Matz and other members of the Financial Stability Oversight Council are set to testify before the House Financial Services Committee Dec. 8. The hearing will focus on FSOC’s agenda, operations and structure.The FSOC, created by the Dodd-Frank Act, has 10 voting members, nine of whom represent federal financial industry and securities market regulators. It also has five members who serve in an advisory capacity. It is headed by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

A large drop in the number of trips of foreign cruise ships

first_imgThe port of Dubrovnik is the most visited seaport In the period from January to May 2020, six foreign cruise ships sailed into Croatian seaports, making 15 cruises. There were 3 passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 737 days. In the first five months of 2020, foreign cruise ships recorded a decrease in the number of voyages by 91,2% and the number of days spent on the Croatian Adriatic by 87,8% compared to the same period in 2019. The number of passengers on these ships decreased by 98,5, 2019% compared to the same period in XNUMX. In the first five months of 2020, only 15 cruises of foreign ships were realized According to CBS data, in the period from January to May 2020, the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports decreased by 86,0% compared to the same period in 2019. The port of Dubrovnik had the most visits by foreign cruise ships (nine visits), followed by the ports of Korčula, Split, Šibenik and Zadar (eight visits each).center_img Source: CBS The largest number of trips was made by ships flying the flag of Malta (12 trips), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships flying the flag of Italy (2 passengers). Out of a total of 15 cruises, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (73,3%), while the remaining 26,7% were realized in the Istria County. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, travel restriction measures were introduced, which directly affected the reduction of the number of foreign cruise ships in Croatian seaports in March 2020 (57,1% less than in March 2019) and their absence in April. and May 2020. last_img read more

Manchester City prepare £70m bid for Manchester United transfer target Tanguy Ndombele

first_img Video Settings Coral BarryThursday 14 Feb 2019 9:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link632Shares City are preparing a £70m offer (Picture: Getty)Should United and Juventus too firm up their interest, a bidding war could erupt for Ndombele.Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas is renowned across the football world as a difficult man to do transfer business with – Premier League clubs like Arsenal and Liverpool have had to wrestle with the Frenchman in recent seasons.But City are desperate to find a midfielder capable of taking over from Fernandinho, with this season’s hiccups in the Premier League showing how much the Sky Blues rely on their Brazilian star.MORE: Three ways Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can kickstart Alexis Sanchez’s faltering career at Manchester United About Connatix V67539 PLAY 1 min. story Manchester City prepare £70m bid for Manchester United transfer target Tanguy Ndombele Full Screen Ndombele is a target for City and United (Picture: Getty)Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is Pep Guardiola’s No.1 choice to replace Fernandinho, according to reports.Manchester City have been frustrated in their attempts to find an heir for Fernandinho, with Jorginho picking Chelsea over the Etihad and Fred signing for Manchester United.Guardiola suffered another transfer blow in January when Ajax midfielder Frenkie De Jong announced he would be joining Barcelona in the summer. The Sun claim City are preparing a £70million bid for Ndombele, who is also wanted by Juventus.AdvertisementAdvertisementNdombele has made a name for himself this season, impressing for Lyon in the Champions League as his side finished second in their group behind Guardiola’s City. Ndombele played against City in the Champions League (Picture: Getty)But Guardiola believes he has finally found a suitable replacement, but will once again need to battle United to seal the deal.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Comment Advertisement (Picture: Getty)The 22-year-old has been ever present for Lyon this campaign, missing just two games so far this season with 33 appearances in total.City are also interested in another Lyon midfielder, Houssem Aouar, but will focus their efforts on signing Ndombele before rival clubs can snap him up.Ndombele’s current deal with Lyon does not expire until 2023 and City know they must spend big to land the Frenchman.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citylast_img read more

East Anglia One offshore wind farm completes final commissioning

first_imgThe first of the 102 turbines began generating power and delivering it to the onshore substation at Burstall, near Bramford, in September 2019. This April, the final unit was installed. The 714 MW East Anglia One offshore wind farm has completed the final commissioning, with all 102 Siemens Gamesa 7 MW turbines now operational. Around 20% of the turbine installation and around half the turbine connection work was completed during the lockdown, ScottishPower Renewables said. According to the company, this included a number of changes in daily work, such as switching to a higher number of smaller vessels, creating crew households who lived and worked together at all times, introducing new welfare protocols and minimizing crew changes. “The final commissioning of East Anglia ONE is an incredible milestone for us and our project partners, as well as our wider stakeholders, the East Anglian region and the whole of the UK. And it comes at a crucial time as the UK takes it first steps towards a green economic recovery,” said Charlie Jordan, East Anglia ONE Project Director at ScottishPower Renewables.last_img read more

Girl Exploited by Amnesty Int’l Names Baby “Miracle” 19 August 2015 The young mother named her baby “Milagros.” That is Spanish for Miracle.Amnesty International wanted the baby aborted.The brave girl in Paraguay was allegedly raped by her stepfather, and pregnant at 11 years old. Amnesty International used her case to demand Paraguay change its pro-life laws to allow an abortion. UN officials criticized Paraguay. But it appears they didn’t ask the girl what she wanted.The case made international headlines – a tactic of human rights groups to shame governments. In true cases of human rights abuses, this makes sense. But Amnesty’s crusade to promote abortion — the deliberate taking of a human life — has turned the human rights group shameless.The delivery “was like any other Cesarean, without complications, the difference being the age,” Dr. Maria Villalba said.Erika Guevara, Amnesty’s director for the Americas, accused Paraguay of gambling with the girl’s “health, life and integrity despite overwhelming evidence that this pregnancy was extremely risky.”Yet Dr. Castellanos, the attending physician, insisted the girl’s life was never at risk. read more

Forum geared at improving SME’s in Dominica gets underway Wednesday

first_img Share Dr. Eisenhower Douglas. Photo credit:iisd.caThe Policy and strategic issues that could be of benefit to small and medium-sizes enterprise development will be explored at a two day forum carded for Wednesday and Thursday in Dominica.Economist at the Ministry of Trade Dr. Eisenhower Douglas says the Small and Medium Size Enterprise Development forum carded for the La Flamboyant Hotel in Roseau is also geared at targeting challenges in the market.He said there is a lot happening in Dominica with regards to the enabling environment for small enterprise development.“But it would be helpful if that was in the form of a policy document that was approved by Cabinet. CARICOM-with financing from the EU has visited five member states looking at those issues and now its Dominica’s turn,” Douglas said.“We are expecting a delegation of three from CARICOM. The way we have structured the program is that someone from the Dominica will speak on the policy and strategic issues and CARICOM will speak from a regional perspective. We have put together a panel of key agencies in Dominica to provide feedback from these presentations,” he explained.The event is carded for the La Flamboyant Hotel from 8:30 am.Dominica Vibes News 25 Views   no discussions Share LocalNews Forum geared at improving SME’s in Dominica gets underway Wednesday by: – January 17, 2012center_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more