17 Jan

Homeowner IPM Clinic

first_img“I think the work this clinic does is critical,” Eaker said. “For many homeowners, thismay be the first visit to their county agent’s office. So I want to support that agent witha quick, correct recommendation.” “If they don’t need to spray, we suggest cultural approaches,” Eaker said. “We canprevent a lot of lawn diseases simply by watering earlier in the day so the grass driesbefore nightfall. But if your problem stumps the best of them, Taft Eaker is on call. Eaker responds to the county agent with a simple, clear explanation of the problem andrecommendations for control. Sometimes he refers the client to an extension publicationfor more information on the problem. “My job is to help and support county agents in dealing with homeowners’ problems,”said Eaker, the plant pathologist who identifies and diagnoses samples that come intothe Homeowner IPM Clinic. Once Eaker identifies the insects and diagnoses the diseases, he and the agents applythe “IPM” in the Clinic’s name. That stands for Integrated Pest Management, atechnique to control problems with the least chemicals. Under “department,” go to the plant pathology department’s home page and click on”Outbreaks and Updates.” You’ll find a monthly summary by county of the clinic’ssamples. The Web page address is www.ces.uga/edu/agriculture/plantpath/docs/update.html. “I definitely see a lot of turf, particularly centipede lawns with problems,” Eaker said.”And we get in a good many ornamentals — junipers, leyland cypress, bradford pears.And a lot of tomatoes and other vegetables. But the plants we get run the gamut. Theycould be anything.” Since 1994, this clinic has worked only with home garden problems. Samples fromfarmers and other commercial sources go to the UGA Plant Disease Clinic. For samples submitted through the county agent, there’s no fee for the clinic’s services.If you submit it yourself or from out-of-state, the fee is $25. “Homeowners can also do sanitation practices and select resistant plant varieties,” hesaid. “They have lots of choices besides chemicals.” Every year, home lawn diagnoses have led the way. But questions about woodyornamentals aren’t far behind. The voice of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, your agent has years of experience and lots of resources to back anidentification of weeds, diseases and insects. Agents and World Wide Web-literate clientele can find out more about the clinic’swork. Just check the home page for the College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences. Eaker prepares seasonal reports on problems and trends. He adds a digital photographfor easy identification of some diseases and insects. “This has been a record year so far,” Eaker said. “I’m sure it’s due to the unusualweather. The abnormally cool and wet spring brought on a lot of problems.” The creepy-crawlies are all over your garden. The withering crud is taking over yourbushes. Who you gonna call? Start with your countyExtension Service agent. The clinic has handled almost 6,000 disease and insect samples in the past three years.It fields questions about crops, vegetables, fruits and nuts, ornamentals, trees andgrasses.last_img read more

17 Jan

Upcycle Challenge

first_imgGeorgia 4-H students rose to the occasion during the 4-H Upcycle Challenge, which encouraged youth to reuse — or upcycle — materials that normally would have been discarded or recycled to create functional items.More than 60 entries were submitted to the multistate Upcycle Challenge, which was open to 4-H students in Georgia and neighboring states as part of Georgia 4-H’s Environmental Education program.Participating 4-H’ers had from Oct. 13 until the final submission deadline of Nov. 3 to create items following guidelines on how their pieces must be built and the amount of non-reused materials allowable.As a part of their submissions, participants had to send a 10- to 30-second video describing their piece, highlighting the materials they used and the creative inspiration for the item, in addition to photos of their creations. These items were judged on functionality, creativity, innovation and total number of reused materials students were able to incorporate.Participants were split into three groups for judging — grades two through five, grades six through eight, and grades nine through 12 — with winners and honorable mentions selected for each age group.This is the first year for the contest, which was sponsored by the Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island. Burton 4-H staff were inspired to create the contest after the success of a Student Journal Art Contest this past spring.”I have been very happy with the success,” said Erine-Fay McNaught, environmental education coordinator at the Burton 4-H Center. “I am hoping and planning to make both the Student Journal Art Contest and Upcycle Challenge annual offerings to help keep our attending schools and Georgia 4-H’ers connected to our 4-H Center.”Winners for the 2020 Upcycle Challenge are:Grades two through five: Owen Aymett, Bell Buckle, TennesseeGrades six through eight: Nandini Patel, Ben Hill CountyGrades nine through 12: Liam Jay, Ben Hill CountyA complete list of winners and photos of their projects can be viewed here.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org.last_img read more

1 Jan

Rotary to sponsor trip to Taiwan

first_imgROTARY TO SPONSOR TRIP FOR 4 TO TAIWANGroup Study Exchange Program for Local ProfessionalsIn its ongoing effort to support cultural and professional exchange, the local Rotary will be sponsoring an all-expense paid, month-long paid trip to Taiwan. Four individuals from the ages of 25 to 40 living in Vermont, New Hampshire or Quebec will be selected to participate in the international professional and cultural exchange program. Rotary’s District 7850 will sponsors the trip to Taiwan which will be conducted during the spring of 2009 with participants traveling to half of northern Taiwan and a third of central Taiwan.”This is a tremendous opportunity for international social and occupational networking,” stated Sara Sprayregen, Director of the Group Study Exchange Program. “It will truly promote understanding and goodwill between our countries.”The district-wide search will select four team members from various professional walks of life. An important stipulation is that team members cannot be Rotary members or related to Rotarians. “Our goal is to support young professionals and give them a unique learning experience” said Ms Sprayregen. Travel, room, and board is provided by Rotary International and the partnering district. Participants will have the opportunity to stay with families in Taiwan, network with professional counterparts and travel across the country interacting with Rotarians in Taiwan. The month long trip will occur March 21, 2009 to April 17, 2009.During October through March, the four team members will prepare for the trip by spending time learning the culture, the economy, traditions, and the geography. “We want to insure that our team members have a rich and valuable experience which will require a lot of preparation” said Caryn Crump, Team Leader for this year’s trip to Taiwan. Participants will also be required to present information about their professions to the various Rotary Groups in Taiwan. Language proficiency is not required.To apply for team membership, please contact Sara Sprayregen at -sarah.sprayregen@uvm.edu(link sends e-mail) or 802-656-3251 or for applications go tohttp://www.rotary.org/en/ServiceAndFellowship/Fellowship/GroupStudyExcha(link is external)… . Applications are due no later than September 15, 2008.last_img read more

30 Dec

Outdoor Updates: Mysterious Illness is Sickening Florida Panthers

first_imgMarathon Runner Rescues Drowning Man and Dog Kellner threw off her running shoes and swam out to the man and dog, who both initially clung onto her. The weight of both of them was too much for Kellner which led her to make the difficult decision of pushing off the dog. The dog luckily began to swim back to shore as Kellner drug back the man. Kellner stayed with the man until EMT’s arrived to take him in for observation. Mysterious Neurological Disorder is Sickening Florida Panthers In four counties in Florida, camera traps have recorded cats stumbling and collapsing to the ground in various stages of the illness. Based on what scientist are seeing in the footage, the disorder hits kittens the hardest. State and federal wildlife officials are working to determine the root cause of the sickness and prevent a possible epidemic before it spreads. Florida wildlife officials are asking for the public’s help in figuring out what’s disabling wild cats in the state. Submit observations at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Panther Sightings page. Katie Kellner, 28, a member of the BAA racing team, was running part of the Boston Marathon course at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Brighton when she noticed a man and a dog in the water. Short after Kellner spotted them, the man’s head started bobbing and he began shouting for help. A mysterious neurological disorder that has stricken panthers and bobcats in the sunshine state over the past two months has increasingly raised concern over the past year. No one knows what causes it or if theirs a way to cure the already endangered animals. The man and dog are expected to be just fine thanks to Kellner, who not only became a hero but who also finished the remaining 5 miles of her run that same day.last_img read more

18 Dec

Tips Sought in Bay Shore Thanksgiving Murder

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Naim Isiah Al-HakeemResidents heard gunshots minutes before a newspaper delivery driver found a 21-year-old man dead of at least one bullet wound in North Bay Shore early Thanksgiving morning, Suffolk County police said.Those details were among the few developments investigators released regarding the murder of Naim Isiah Al-Hakeem, an aspiring rapper who was riding his bicycle from his job in Eastport when he was gunned down at 5:35 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 28.“By all indication he’s doing the right thing,” said Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of the Homicide Squad. “He seems to be a hard-working individual, choosing to work the overnight shift. He doesn’t have a car so he rides his bike more than four miles home.”The victim was less than a mile from his home when he was gunned down. Fitzpatrick said the motive remains unclear while the investigation is continuing. No suspects have been named.The delivery driver found the victim laying next to his bicycle in the road on Manatuck Boulevard, just north of Cedar Drive. The victim was wearing a backpack at the time.Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to an arrest in the case.Homicide Squad detectives ask anyone with information to them at 631-852-6392 or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will remain confidential.last_img read more

18 Dec

Upon further review, the lawsuit stands

first_imgby: Henry MeierWith apologies to those of you who have the temerity to consider football boring, yesterday afternoon the credit union industry was granted the legal equivalent of a referee reversing his call based on an instant replay review. Not just any ruling, instead of the game being over, NCUA can continue to fight to reclaim funds on behalf of credit unions.Specifically, I am referring to a ruling by the Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit which revived a lawsuit NCUA brought against Barclays Capital, Inc. seeking more than half a billion dollars for the role it played in issuing mortgage-backed securities sold to the now defunct U.S. Central Federal Credit Union and Western Corporate Federal Credit Union. NCUA is essentially claiming that the bank violated security laws by failing to accurately disclose the quality of mortgages in mortgage-backed-securities purchased by these entities. As you all remember, these and other securities tumbled in value in less time than it took House Republicans to demonstrate that they still don’t know how to govern.If successful, NCUA would use these funds to offset credit union premiums paid into the Temporary Credit Union Stabilization Fund. All this is a rather long winded way of saying that the success of this and other lawsuits could directly impact your credit union’s bottom line. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

18 Nov

The Tax Administration is starting to supervise the activities of preparation and serving of beverages and land transport of passengers

first_imgTHE STATE INSPECTORATE STARTED WORKING In the period from 18. – 24.4.2019. Authorized officials of the Ministry of Finance, Tax and Customs Administration will conduct fiscalization inspections in the entire territory of the Republic of Croatia in order to prevent the gray economy and protect the state budget and taxpayers who duly meet their tax obligations, according to the Tax Administration. ALL INSPECTIONS IN TOURISM ARE UNITED. FROM NOW ON, TOURIST INSPECTORS WILL BE ABLE TO ENTER UNREGISTERED FACILITIES Supervisory activities will include taxpayers who perform the activity:  – G 47.11 – Retail sale in non-specialized stores with food, beverages or tobacco predominating. RELATED NEWS: – H 49.39 – Other passenger land transport nec, (regular bus transport, long-distance charter trips, excursions and other occasional transport services, means of transport within the airport)  – I 56.30 – Beverage serving activities (bars, taverns, cocktail bars, discos (primarily drinks), pubs, cafes, fruit drink bars, mobile beverage vendors) BUSINESS CONDITIONS SUPERVISED BY THE TOURIST INSPECTION AND THE PRINCIPLE OF OPPORTUNITYlast_img read more

18 Nov

Caterers are demanding lower VAT, availability of funding and the abolition of parafiscal levies

first_imgThe leadership of the National Association of Caterers (NUU) held a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Zdravko Maric on Thursday (July 02nd), during which they submitted a list of measures they deem necessary to preserve their industry in the crisis caused by the coronavirus epidemic and resumption of normal operations upon completion of the same. The participants in the meeting agreed that a broader agreement is needed on the direction in which catering will develop, as it is an activity that connects domestic producers of quality food products with consumers, but also an industry that has made great strides in business transparency. Also, the leadership of the National Association of Caterers expressed its support for combating the gray economy and enabling equal market competition by the state. The meeting ended with an agreement for further meetings with key persons from the Ministry of Finance with whom they will discuss the resolution of individual requests of the National Association of Caterers. The caterers pointed out the example of the project “Five cows”, Which they initiated and presented to the public last year. As part of this project, catering facilities are classified depending on the share of quality domestic products in the offer, which turns caterers into holders of domestic quality placements, and in this project they hope for support, joint development and implementation with the future government. Photo: rougemarin.hrcenter_img Among other measures, NUU representatives requested that the deficit or surplus in the treasury be classified as minor tax offenses, the abolition of consumption taxes at the national level, vouchering for workers according to the model that exists in agriculture, the abolition of various parafiscal levies and for economic operators. As key problems that need to be urgently addressed, the representatives of the caterers stated the unavailability of favorable funds for liquidity in the financial market te too high a VAT rate on beverages and beverages, which is 25%. The National Association of Caterers assessed this long-awaited meeting as positive, expressing mutual desire for a quick solution to burning problems. The NUU leadership states that there is a national consensus on the need to introduce a preferential VAT rate in the hospitality industry in order to maintain competitiveness in the long run, encourage investment and preserve jobs.last_img read more

20 Oct

Whitehall on the Clyde

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19 Oct

Indonesian COVID-19 deaths surpass, within weeks, 17 years of bird flu fatalities

first_imgIndonesia’s current COVID-19 mortality rate, 9.4 percent, is among the highest in the world.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced the country’s first two confirmed COVID-19 cases on March 2.The provinces of Java now contain the majority of the country’s total infections, as combined cases from Jakarta, Banten, West Java, Central Java, Yogyakarta and East Java totaled 1,519 as of Thursday.The capital remains the country’s hardest-hit location with a total of 897 positive cases and 90 fatalities to date. (rfa)Topics : The number of COVID-19 fatalities in Indonesia in the month since its first confirmed case has officially surpassed the country’s total avian influenza death toll over nearly two decades.On Thursday afternoon, Indonesia’s death toll reached 170 after the country recorded 13 new fatalities nationwide, Health Ministry disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto said.The total number of nationwide infections has hit 1,790 with 113 new confirmed cases, Yurianto added, while those who had recovered from the disease had increased to 112. The 170 deaths from COVID-19 in Indonesia have now surpassed the 168 deaths caused by avian influenza recorded in the country between 2003 and 2020, according to World Health Organization data.The bird flu caused by the H5N1 virus – which was first detected in Indonesia in 2005 – infected a total of 200 people in the country.Read also: Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic moveThe numbers seem to support the conclusion that the global pandemic is spreading at a faster rate than the previous major outbreak in the archipelago.last_img read more