Fire Ant Removal

first_imgNothing ruins a good cookout or run through the sprinklers like a mound of fire ants. With warmer weather around the corner, early spring is the time to tackle fire ants problems before they spoil summer fun. A quick Internet search will yield a slew of home remedies — from applications of grits to vinegar solutions — that are purported to get rid of fire ants. Dan Suiter, a University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences entomologist, researches fire ants and works with homeowners through UGA Extension. He hates to be the bearer of bad news, but says there’s no proof that any of these remedies work. The most effective and most ecologically sound way to get rid of fire ants is to use a bait product containing the active ingredients hydramethylnon (for example, Amdro), methoprene or spinosad. “It’s like a smart bomb,” Suiter said. “You’re putting out a very small concentration of material, and the only thing that it will affect is the fire ants.” The trick is using it correctly, he said. Buying baitHomeowners typically have two options available to them in the home improvement store — fire ant baits and broadcast ant poisons. Amdro, for instance, consists of a small granule of ground corncob saturated in soybean oil that contains the active ingredients hydramethylnon and/or methoprene. Hydramethylnon is an acute toxin designed to kill fire ants when they eat the bait. The broadcast poison is made of clay particles coated with a chemical like bifenthrin, which kills fire ants when they come in contact with the residue left behind. Bifenthrin is not selective. It kills any insect, both beneficial and harmful. Fire ant baits often come in smaller bags and are labeled as bait. Suiter suggests buying the smallest bag or no more than you will need this summer. Due to the soybean oil coating, the bait can go rancid after one season — making the bait unpalatable to the ants.Application is keyFollow the directions on the fire ant bait package exactly. Suiter recommends applying bait in a 2 or 3 foot-diameter circle around the mound — not on top of the mound. The ants will forage out, retrieve the bait and take it back to their nest. Suiter warns not to apply bait to the top of the fire ant mound. Since fire ants do not typically forage on top of their mound, they may not find it to eat it. It’s best to apply the bait on a warm, sunny afternoon, after all the morning dew has dried, he said. Baits should never be applied to wet soil or watered into grass. This will ruin the smell and taste of the bait. Never water in bait after it’s been spread. “Ants are very finicky about what they can smell,” Suiter said. “Cigarette smoke or gas smells can contaminate bait and keep ants from taking the bait. They can also tell if it’s gone rancid, so use it very quickly and seal the bag really well if you don’t use it all. If you have a bag from last year, there’s a good chance it has gone rancid, and the ants won’t touch it.” Bait stored for more than a year or kept near gasoline or fertilizer may not be as effective. Cigarette smokers or anyone who has handled gasoline or fertilizers should wear gloves when applying bait because even subtle changes in the bait’s odor can deter ants. When using a handheld broadcast spreader to apply the bait, make sure it has not been used for any other lawn chemicals. If its new, rinse it with water before spreading the bait to cut down on the smell of new plastic. Keep those ants hungryAvoid disturbing the ant beds before treating them with bait. This distracts them from their primary goal of foraging for food. “Don’t kick the mound, because if you do, the colony will release an alarm hormone,” Suiter said. “They’ll all be looking to defend the mound against the threat; they will not be out looking for food.” What happens next?After bait has been applied, nearby ants will forage out to collect it, and it should be gone within hours, Suiter said. Over the next week to 10 days, the ants will suck the poison-laden soybean oil off the corn granules and begin to die. If a mound is still active 10 days after application, a second application of bait may be necessary. For more information about problem ants, call your local UGA Extension agent at 1-800-AskUGA1 or visit caes.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

Vermont Quadricentennial Commission Endorses Events for 2009

first_imgVermont Quadricentennial Commission Endorses Events for 2009MONTPELIER, Vt. — The Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission Events Committee has given the green light to more than 40 event proposals for the 2009 celebration that will honor the anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s arrival to the lake in 1609. Application review and approval is ongoing with even more events anticipated to be added over the next several weeks and months.While the year-long celebration will feature several unique, special events in and around the Champlain Valley, the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial will also feature existing events that explore Quadricentennial themes. Events recently approved for the Quadricentennial celebration include the Regatta for Lake Champlain, the Winooski River Sojourn, Teddy Roosevelt Day in Isle La Motte and the D’Olobaratz Voyage, which is a weekend race between re-created French and British longboats on Lake Champlain.”Many fellow Vermonters who are deeply passionate about this historic occasion have volunteered their time to organize festivals, educational initiatives and infrastructure improvements,” said Bruce Hyde, chair of the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and we want Vermonters and visitors to experience all that our wonderful state has to offer in 2009 and in years to come.”The event proposals approved in this first wave of applications by the Events Committee by will be included in the first promotional flyer to accompany a Vermont delegation to France in May to commemorate when Samuel de Champlain left France for North America. The flyer will also be distributed by the Schooner Lois McClure’s crew as she heads north for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary celebration in July. This information will be printed in both French and English.”The goal of the commission is to promote a variety of annual Vermont events that will have a Quadricentennial twist for 2009,” said Commission member Marilyn Cormier, who chairs the Commemoration and Events Committee. “There are dozens of outstanding events held in Vermont year after year, and we look forward to working together to make 2009 a great success.”The 26-member commission and dozens of volunteers are working together to organize events, educational components, infrastructure improvements and cultural exhibits that will take place in the Lake Champlain Basin and around Vermont. The one-time signature events will be supported by successful fundraising by Johnston Consulting, on behalf of The Champlain 400 Legacy Fund Inc., a nonprofit corporation created to support the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial Commission.Vermonters celebrated the Tercentennary in 1909 and the 350th anniversary in 1959. The Quadricentennial is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to Vermont throughout 2009.”We see the 400th anniversary as a remarkable opportunity for some of Vermonts finest companies, as well as national brands, to forever link their message to an historic event organized by a state that deeply values its history, culture, natural resources and its impact on future generations,” Cormier said.For more information, visit www.celebratechamplain.org/events(link is external).###last_img read more

14 simple productivity resolutions for 2015

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Make 2015 your most productive year yet by doing more of the one thing that matters: focusing.Maximizing productivity is a goal often discussed but rarely reached. As a result, though entrepreneurs actively strive to make the most of their time–reading books, exploring productivity hacks, testing project management tools–too often they feel they’ve fallen short. Meanwhile, the to-do list gets longer.But a new year is a great time to start fresh. We asked a panel of successful startup founders from YEC what simple, low- or no-cost resolutions they were going to make for 2015 to keep themselves on track and free of distractions. Their best answers are below.1. Plan out each day.I once heard the quote “Those who fail to plan, plan to fail” and it really resonated with me. I find my productivity soars if, each night, I take 10 minutes to write a list of five accomplishments I aim to make the following day. In 2015, I resolve to do this every working day. —Justin Bailie, FR8nex.com2. Keep meetings to 15 minutes, max.This is something I’ve sent out companywide: Meetings shouldn’t be longer than 15 minutes. We tried standing last year for the whole meeting, and that worked well, but being even more productive during meetings couldn’t hurt! continue reading »last_img read more

Why NCUA’s OTR calculation methodology is an unprecedented opportunity

first_imgNASCUS President/CEO Lucy Ito joins us on the show to bring light to an old issue: NCUA’s methodology for the overhead transfer rate calculation (OTR). It’s a  somewhat mysterious matter as Lucy points out, but she quickly explains why it’s an unprecedented opportunity that’s long overdue. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

John Oliver Embraces Long Island at NYCB Theatre in Westbury [REVIEW]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Halfway through his routine at NYCB Theatre at Westbury last Friday, British-born political satirist John Oliver whipped out his smart phone and searched “Long Island Big Duck.”The search result prompted him to instantly fall to his knee and become consumed by laughter.Oliver apparently makes it his mission to uncover strange facts about each American town he visits. For example, seeing a sign for a library in Boise, Idaho, prompted him to wonder why it’s punctuated with an exclamation point—he learned it was paid for by a charitable donation. Here he wondered out loud why any region would need a giant duck. Long Island’s response: why not?The famed Big Duck wasn’t the only weird fact that Oliver uncovered: a more extensive search noted another popular, err, destination.“What’s the Commack Motor Inn?” Oliver asked the crowd, which erupted in the kind of laughter you get when nearly everyone is on the joke except for the naïve few.“Hourly rates!” yelled a man in the audience. Oliver let that one sink in for a few seconds.He appeared to take as much joy from the back-and-forth with the appreciative crowd as those who paid to see the popular comedian in a very different format than they’re used to.Oliver just completed the first season of his new HBO show “Last Week Tonight,” which ended with rave reviews. In that provocative program, Oliver sits behind a desk and does the news, though he does not accept the title of journalist. For years, he worked as a “correspondent” on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show,” and then took over for Stewart while he was away producing his film “Rosewater.” Oliver’s unofficial late-night audition impressed HBO bosses, who later offered him his own show on Sunday evenings, considered prime-time real estate on the subscription-based network.On “Last Week Tonight,” Oliver predominantly focuses on politics, sometimes for the laughs and other times to raise awareness, like when he discussed how the US government fails to welcome into this country Afghan interpreters who were crucial to the military’s effort against the Taliban in Afghanistan. Sometimes the comedian spurs people into action. Take, for example, when he encouraged the masses to deluge the Federal Communications Commission with letters supporting Net Neutrality. The day after the show aired, the FCC Tweeted that its comment system was experiencing “technical difficulties” due to “heavy traffic.”Since cable consumers have to pay a separate charge to watch HBO, the network’s shows are not judged by TV ratings so it’s hard to analyze how well their exclusive productions are performing. But Oliver’s success can be judged by the Internet’s reaction to his show in the days and weeks after it airs: His segments spawn dozens, if not hundreds, of articles from news organizations and his YouTube clips can hit upwards of 7 million views for a single video.In short time, he has become just as effective, or even more so, than Stewart, his mentor, and fellow satirist Stephen Colbert, whose Comedy Central show will come to an end this week.Oliver rarely holds back during “Last Week Tonight,” often discussing topics that irk him—America’s drone war, police militarization, student loan debt—and feverishly pounds away at them. But he was less audacious during his stand-up routine in Westbury, briefly mentioning recent news events like last week’s Senate torture report. He gave his two cents and then moved on.Oliver seemed content with discussing rather more innocuous topics: how a pigeon wandering around Newark Liberty National Airport reinvigorated seemingly lifeless travelers, how a “Frozen Dead Guy Day” in Colorado came to be, and recalling a letter to the editor that a local Boise newspaper received from a reader aghast at his bewilderment over the unusual “Library!” sign.Taken together, this was Oliver’s portrait of America: a spectacularly diverse country with idiosyncratic communities that we understand but regrettably take for granted. Oliver, however, seems to prefer the US to his home country, which he admonishes for pillaging other lands in its failed quest for world domination. To be fair, he has problems with US policy as well, but he finds America’s peculiarities—the Big Duck, for example—unbelievably charming.The strategy seemed to sit well with the nearly sold out crowd. He drew huge laughs when he discovered the history of the Big Duck and took jabs at LI for its omnipresent traffic. When he asked the crowd for examples about what made Westbury unique, he was amused when a woman muttered: “There’s no Eastbury.” When he admitted to his youthful futility on the soccer field, the crowd seemed to let out a giggle all at once, prompting Oliver to shout: “Fuck you, Long Island!”Some Oliver fans may have been eager to hear him dissect politics and touch upon a range of issues affecting the country. But Oliver does that on Sunday nights.The Englishman often mentioned how much he adores this country and how grateful he is for the opportunities he’s been afforded since coming here. His retelling of his experience across America was his way of giving back.Thank you, John, for reminding us all just how wonderfully weird this place we call home truly is.last_img read more

Ex-SCPD Sgt. Convicted of Misconduct, Acquitted of Hate Crimes

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Suffolk County jury issued a split verdict in the case of an ex-Suffolk County police sergeant on trial for allegedly stealing from Hispanic drivers that prosecutors said he targeted.Scott Greene was found guilty Friday of petty larceny, official misconduct and grand larceny but was acquitted of more serious hate crimes charges at First District Court in Central Islip.“The verdict is another chilling reminder of a broken relationship between the Suffolk County Police Department and the Latino community,” Juan Cartagena, president and General Counsel, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, said in a statement after the verdict.Prosecutors alleged that the 52-year-old Shirley man targeted Hispanic drivers with out-of-state license plates, pulled them over and told them he was searching their vehicles for contraband when he stole their cash.His defense attorney argued that Greene didn’t target Latinos, although his victims were all Hispanic.Greene was arrested following an undercover sting in January 2014, a month after the county reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to resolve a probe into complaints that the police department discriminated against Hispanics.Cartagena reiterated calls for the DOJ to step in, citing the Green case and the recent arrest of James Burke, the former Suffolk police chief accused of beating a suspect and covering it up. Cartagena’s group is suing the department, claiming racial discrimination.Greene faces up to four years in prison when Judge Fernande Comacho sentences him. Greene, who retired a month after his arrest, collects a $68,790 annual pension.last_img read more

Public health statement issued after restaurant employee tests positive for virus

first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Health Department issued a public health statement Tuesday after learning an employee of The Beef Restaurant & Pub on Leroy Street in Binghamton tested positive for COVID-19. The Broome County Health Department lists all public health statements here. The Health Department asks if you were at the restaurant on Sept. 5 from 5 to 10 p.m. to self-quarantine until Sept. 20.center_img On its Facebook page, The Beef says it has been following all virus safety guidelines. Additionally, the restaurant says the employee is doing well and is asymptomatic.last_img

FAO: H5N1 levels in Indonesia raise pandemic risk

first_imgMar 18, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) today warned that H5N1 avian influenza levels in Indonesia’s poultry are so high that conditions may be ripe for the type of viral mutation that could spark an influenza pandemic.”I am deeply concerned that the high level of virus circulation in birds in the country could create conditions for the virus to mutate and to finally cause a human influenza pandemic,” said Joseph Domenech, the FAO’s chief veterinary officer, in a press release today.Also, new H5N1 virus strains have recently emerged in Indonesia that might limit the effectiveness of the poultry vaccines used there, Domenech said.He said that Indonesia has the world’s highest H5N1 mortality rate and that human cases will keep rising unless the country and its international partners do more to stamp out the virus in birds.The FAO said the disease has hit 31 of 33 provinces in Indonesia and is endemic in Java, Sumatra, Bali, and southern Sulawesi islands. About 20% of the country’s 1.4 billion chickens are spread among 30 million backyard flocks, putting them in close contact with people.Despite “major control efforts,” Indonesia has failed to contain the spread of the virus in poultry, Domenech said. “Indonesia is facing an uphill battle against a virus that is difficult to contain,” he said. “Major human and financial resources, stronger political commitment and strengthened coordination between central, province, and district authorities are required to improve surveillance and control measures.”Problems controlling the virus in Indonesia stem from a highly decentralized administration, poorly resourced national veterinary services, little collaboration with commercial poultry producers, and insufficient national and international financial and human resources, the FAO said. International donors have contributed $25 million to the effort so far, the agency reported.The emergence of the new H5N1 virus strains and the possible lapse in vaccine protection are under investigation by Indonesia’s agriculture ministry, with technical assistance from the FAO and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and financial assistance from the United States and Australia, the FAO said.”Also required are more investigations and the development of better poultry vaccines,” Domenech said.The FAO said it has helped train 1,350 “participatory disease surveillance and response teams” that are working to control avian flu in 193 of Indonesia’s 448 districts. By June, more than 2,000 response teams will be working in over 300 districts, the agency said.In other developments, agriculture officials in China recently informed Hong Kong’s Food and Health Bureau that the H5N1 virus struck birds in a poultry market in the city of Guangzhou, in southern China’s Guangdong province, according to an Associated Press (AP) report yesterday. Hong Kong officials said the outbreak is China’s fifth of the year, the report said.The outbreak at the Guangzhou market killed 114 birds, and 518 others were culled to control the disease, the AP reported.Elsewhere, veterinary officials in Vietnam announced on Mar 16 an outbreak in ducks in yet another province, Quang Nam in the central part of the country, according to a Mar 17 report by Thanh Nien News, a Vietnamese news service. The H5N1 virus struck 300 birds, and the remaining ducks, along with poultry on nearby farms, were culled.See also:Mar 18 FAO statementlast_img read more

Tomorrow, the presentation of a unique credit line of the Ministry of Tourism intended for private renters in tourism

first_imgNamely, this is a long-announced Microcredit Program for private renters with favorable credit funds and interest subsidies in order to increase the quality and additional supply of household facilities. Tomorrow (March 27.03), the Ministry of Tourism will present a unique credit line intended for private renters in tourism. The lowest loan amount will be HRK 20.000, and the highest HRK 375.000 with an interest rate of 2,70% for loans in HRK and 2,00% interest for loans in euros, all with a repayment period of 10 years with a grace period of one year. Currently, more than 103 thousand private and family accommodation facilities are registered in Croatia, which puts the category of family accommodation and private renters in the largest share in Croatian tourism and concludes that renters have a significant role in further profiling Croatia as a destination of quality and authentic experience.  Along with the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gari Cappelli, the signing of the agreement will be attended by the President of the Management Board of the Croatian Bank for Reconstruction and Development Tamara Perko and representatives of the first commercial banks involved in the project.center_img We will find out more details and exact conditions of the microcredit program for private renters tomorrow. Therefore, the Ministry of Tourism points out that they pay great attention to this category of accommodation and the desire for family accommodation to be even better, internationally recognizable and desirable tourist product intended for targeted market niches throughout the year. As previously announced from the Ministry of Tourism, one credit line will be available to individuals – renters who have a decision on approval for the provision of catering services in the household relating to accommodation in a room, apartment, holiday home, campsite or campsite. last_img read more

Regencies asked to waive $6m in street lighting taxes for poor households

first_imgIndonesia, like many other countries, is allocating millions of dollars to tackling the pandemic, which has killed 582 people as of Sunday, the highest death toll in Southeast Asia, while the country is also cutting tax rates across the board in shoring up economic growth.The PPJ is one out of 10 types of taxes collected by regency administrations to finance, among others, healthcare facilities and social safety net programs. Such taxes are calculated as a maximum 10 percent of each household’s electricity bill. The rate is 2.4 percent in Jakarta.Robert said PPJs contributed an average 20 percent “but up to half in some regions” of a regency’s locally generated income. Without PPJs, many regencies’ other source of income is from the issuance of building permits (IMBs). Other usual sources such as hotel, restaurant and entertainment venue taxes have dried up over the past two months due to the pandemic.An official from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry, which is among several ministries pushing the tax break, said last week that the government was awaiting approval from the Fiscal Policy Agency (BKF), which oversees regional incomes, before expediting the plan. The government is pushing regencies to slash street lighting taxes (PPJ) for 31 million of Indonesia’s poorest homes in helping them weather the economic shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic.The plan is estimated to free up Rp 95.26 billion (US$6.1 million) in liquidity each month but also lowers each regencies’ locally generated incomes (PAD), out of which around 20 percent comes from street lighting taxes, experts told The Jakarta Post.“On one hand, regions face huge fiscal strains as they reallocate and refocus spending on the pandemic, yet on the other hand, they are losing income,” Robert Endi Jaweng of think tank Regional Autonomy Watch (KPPOD) said on Monday. “In a few days, once the decision is made, the Office of the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister will bring in the Home Affairs Ministry and we will explain this plan to each regional administration,” said the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s electricity business development director, Hendra Iswahyudi.He added that the plan was to waive PPJs for 24 million homes in the 450 volt ampere (VA) power category, the lowest out of six under existing regulations, and for 7 million homes in the second-lowest 900 VA Subsidized category.The tax break would add on to the government’s Rp 3.5 trillion electricity relief program in reducing the living costs of Indonesia’s poorest households, for whom electricity is the third highest non-food spending.The chairman of the Regency Administrations Association (APKASI), Abdullah Azwar Anas, who is also Banyuwangi regent, told the Post that government officials have discussed the plan with association leaders via video conference.“The point is, in relation to street lighting tax, I think it is a good idea as the reduction of electricity bills have really benefited the poor,” he said.Meanwhile, the Home Ministry, which oversees regional administrations, is working to put in place the necessary regulations for such a tax break.Such regulations include Ministerial Instruction No. 1/2020 that tells regents to “prioritize” spending on health care, social safety nets and economic incentives and that extends the submission deadline for regional budgets (APBD) to April 23.The Home Ministry is also revising ministerial regulation No. 33/2019 on compiling 2020 regional budgets. The revision, which is expected to come out this month, includes a clause that allows regents to factor in tax breaks in their 2020 regional budgets. Breaks include waiving, reducing or postponing payments.“It means that under that revision, we urge all regional administrations to provide tax breaks for that tax,” said the ministry’s regional revenue director Hendriwan.He added that many regencies had already implemented PPJ breaks for hotels and restaurants at the request of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI), whose members are among the hardest hit by the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more