Fire ant control works best now

first_imgIt’s that time of year again. School is back in session, football is around the corner, fall harvesting will begin, and it’s time to fight fire ants, says a University of Georgia entomologist.Most people treat when they see active fire ants. “April and September are good times to apply baits, once at the start of the season and toward the end to help control before they come back in the spring,” said Will Hudson, a professor with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Fire ants are most active in warm weather. Fire ant season can last 10 to 11 months out of the year in the most southern areas of Georgia. Controlling ant colonies before they produce a mound is important. However, Hudson says that once a treatment program is in effect, timing is not all that important.Baits and spraysThe general rule of thumb is if the area is one acre or less, don’t use baits. Re-infestation is more likely from colonies outside of the yard when baits are used. One important thing to remember is the difference between ‘no mounds’ and ‘no ants.’ “There is a difference between eliminating ants and controlling them,” he said. “Baits do not eliminate ants because there is no residual control. A new colony can still come in and be unaffected by the bait laid down prior to their arrival.”To eliminate mounds completely, apply baits every six months, Hudson said. “There will be invasion in the meantime, and you will still have fire ants, just not enough to create a new mound,” he said. The least effective treatment option for most people is individual mound treatments, according to Hudson. Treating mounds in general is going to be an exercise of frustration, and killing an entire colony by treating just the mound is a challenge, he said.Hudson recommends treating lawns with a registered insecticide in a liquid solution. Use a hose-end sprayer for good coverage. This should rid the lawn of fire ants for one to three months.If you choose a granular product, measure carefully to be sure you apply the correct amount of material and get good, even coverage, he said.Minimal impactBaits are considered to have minimal environmental effects for those who chose not to use hazardous chemicals. Once the bait is out, there is hardly anytime for anything to come in contact with it before the ants get to it. Other nonchemical options include using steam or boiling water. “We recommend using boiling water to treat a mound near an area such as a well where you do not want any chemicals,” Hudson said. “Using hot water is very effective, but the problem is you are not always able to boil the water right next to the area you want treated.” Carrying the boiling water can inflict serious burns, so extreme caution should be used when treating with this method. There are products on the market that are approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and labeled as organic. Hudson says organic designation is a “slippery” definition. There is an official USDA certification and many states have their own set of regulations when labeling a product as organic. This labeling can mean the product is either a natural product or derived from a natural product.“While there are a few products that qualify as organic, with most baits the actual amount of pesticide applied is minimal,” he said. Realistic expectationsHudson says to be careful when choosing a product because the labels can be confusing, even deceptive, and it is difficult to make the right choice. For assistance in selecting a product, contact a pest-control professional or your local UGA Cooperative Extension agent.“The most important thing to remember is that you need to be realistic in your expectations,” Hudson said. “If you are treating mounds, you need to be prepared. You are going to chase the mounds around the yard.”last_img read more

Pros and cons of OTV for credit union disaster recovery networks

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If you are responsible for high-end network design for your credit union and you are trying to figure out ways to build redundancy and resiliency in your branch and server network architecture, this article is for you.OTV or Overlay Transport Virtualization is a Cisco specific technology that can be used on Nexus switches and ASR routers. The concept is to extend Layer 2 applications across multiple data centers.  Essentially, OTV will allow you to create a Data Center Interconnect (DCI) between sites so that you don’t need to change your existing network design.  Essentially, the promise of OTV is that you can deploy applications and clusters across multiple data centers and achieve high levels of resiliency.As we look at the pros and cons we should point out that we have rarely seen any credit unions try to deploy this architecture.  We aren’t exactly sure why but in our experience with hundreds of credit unions – we haven’t seen this one very often.  That being said we think it has some positive and negative aspects for consideration and should not be taken lightly. continue reading »last_img read more

One reason you’re credit union is losing loans

first_imgWe’re a marketing firm, but we spend a lot of time in our credit unions trouble shooting reasons why growth isn’t happening and loans aren’t being made. Before we can effectively market a credit union, we have to figure out what is keeping the credit union from growing right now. There are two main reasons we find declining trends in credit unions:1. Processes that are credit union focused, and not member friendlyOR2. Bad attitudes on the team with a horrible culture continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

Postexposure shot and antibiotics make best anthrax defense

first_img Immunization with the existing anthrax vaccine requires six shots over a period of 18 months. The researchers estimated that postexposure vaccination would be half as effective as the full six-shot series. Based on existing evidence, they assumed that appropriate antibiotic treatment would prevent disease in 80% of exposed people. They also assumed that 4% of people would have minor adverse reactions to the vaccine and that fewer than 1% would have moderate or severe reactions. Given the assumed anthrax-exposure risks and the risk of vaccine side effects, mass preemptive vaccination is not significantly more effective than no vaccination, according to the model. Preemptive vaccination would cost $163 per person, or $815 million for a city of 5 million, the report says. “The savings associated with preventing cases of inhalational anthrax offset the cost of using both vaccination and antibiotics,” states the report in today’s issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. The problem of defending civilians against an anthrax release became more than theoretical in 2001, when the anthrax mailings to senators’ offices and media outlets killed five people and caused 17 more to get sick. More than 10,000 people who might have been exposed to anthrax during the episode were advised to take antibiotics. A nonstrategy—no preventive measures before or after attack—was found to be the most expensive approach. “Costs were higher without vaccination or antibiotic prophylaxis because of the high cost of treating inhalational anthrax,” the article says. Also, postexposure vaccination alone was less effective than postexposure antibiotic treatment alone. The combination of postexposure vaccination and antibiotics is better than postexposure vaccination alone and also better than preemptive (pre-event) vaccination of the whole population, according to the analysis by Robert A. Fowler, MD, MS, of the University of Toronto and colleagues from Duke University and Stanford University. In an editorial accompanying the article, Vanderbilt University mathematician Glenn F. Webb, PhD, says the study is an excellent analysis of the policy issues for one city. But he says the authors “may underestimate the incalculable societal impact of such an attack,” and he wonders if panic and chaos would erupt in that situation. However, pre-event vaccination could pay off if each person’s risk of anthrax exposure were higher than the 1-in-1,000 assumed in the model. “[Preemptive] vaccination provides net benefit when the probability of clinically significant exposure reaches about 1 in 200,” which would be true if the risk of attack were still 1% per year but the individual risk of exposure during an attack were 50% in stead of 10%. Pre-event vaccination could also be the better approach if the distribution of antibiotics after an attack were delayed.center_img Apr 19, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Giving people an anthrax shot and antibiotic treatment in the wake of an attack is probably the most cost-effective response to the threat of an anthrax assault on an American city, according to a new study. Fowler and colleagues developed a computer model based on assumptions about the risk of an anthrax attack on a US city of 5 million and data on the costs, effectiveness, and side effects of anthrax vaccine and antibiotics. They assumed that the risk of a large-scale release of aerosolized anthrax is 1% per year and that 10% of the population would contract inhalational anthrax, which is nearly always fatal if not treated. The model showed that the vaccine-and-antibiotics approach would prevent more illness cases, save more lives, and cost less than postexposure vaccination alone would. The savings amounted to 0.33 life-year and $355 per person, according to the report. Webb also says the analysis ignores the dominant role of the federal government in determining policy concerning bioterrorism preparedness, particularly given the limited supply of anthrax vaccine. At the current perceived level of risk of an anthrax attack, mass vaccination of the US population is unwarranted, he writes. But if the risk increased sharply, “preattack mass vaccination of the entire U.S. population may be the most rational strategy to prepare for a large-scale anthrax attack,” he asserts. Webb GF. Being prepared: modeling the response to an anthrax attack. Ann Intern Med 2005;142(8):667-8 Fowler RA, Sanders GD, Bravata DM, et al. Cost-effectiveness of defending against bioterrorism: a comparison of vaccination and antibiotic prophylaxis against anthrax. Ann Intern Med 2005;142(8):601-10 [Abstract]last_img read more

The 39th Session of the Tourist Board of the CNTB was held

first_imgThe 39th session of the Tourist Board of the CNTB was held at the Ministry of Tourism, at which the members of the Council were presented with reports from the supervisory boards of the county tourist boards, the Zagreb Tourist Board and the Krk Island Tourist Board, which were found to contain all elements prescribed by the Tourist Boards Act. Croatian tourism. The members of the Council were also presented with the proposals of the invitation of the Croatian Tourist Board for 2019: for Joint Advertising, strategic projects and the allocation of support for events and programs of the DMK. It was decided at the session that in 2019 support for initiatives and products in underdeveloped areas will be granted exclusively through the program “Competitiveness of the tourism industry” implemented by the Ministry of Tourism, which means that next year the Croatian National Tourist Board will not issue a public call for support for these initiatives and products. . The Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia, Gari Cappelli, commented on the current part of the tourist year, with an emphasis on tourism policy, which, according to him, has again yielded an excellent result. “As much as the counting of tourists in terms of arrivals and overnight stays has been emphasized in the public space, I emphasize how successful we have been in implementing our tourism policy. We are measuring the result we are interested in by increasing the quality of the tourist offer, extending the tourist activity to seven months and achieving financial results that are already better than last year’s record revenues from tourism, by 14 percent. In recognizability on the world tourist map, we want to strengthen competitiveness by quality and development of specific forms of tourism such as sports tourism, gastronomy, health…”, Said the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Croatia Gary Cappelli. Indicators for the previous part of the year (January-August) show that positive trends have been successfully maintained and  projected growth of tourist traffic, and good announcements are coming from the market for the rest of the tourist year. In the period from January to the end of August, there were 15,7 million arrivals (+ 5%) and 88,5 million overnight stays (+ 4%) in Croatia. Out of that, foreign tourists realized 14 million arrivals (+ 5%) and 78,2 million overnight stays (+ 4%), while domestic tourists also recorded increases in arrivals by 8% and in overnight stays by 6%.  In August, there were 4,6 million arrivals and 32,1 million overnight stays in Croatia, which is an increase of 2017% in arrivals and 3% in overnight stays compared to August 1.”We have an extremely demanding part of the tourist year ahead of us, for which the announcements are very good. We are working intensively on the promotion of the post season in key world markets, and much of our thinking is focused on 2019, during which, one of the key roles will be played by the proposals for public calls adopted today. Our goal is to further strengthen cooperation with international partners through joint advertising and strategic projects, but also further promotion through sports, which this year in particular has shown that it can contribute to the country’s recognition in foreign emitting markets. Proposals for support programs have also been adopted, through which we will support all quality projects that will give new and added value to Croatian tourism. “, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić.last_img read more

Gas-fired power plant in Timika roars to life ahead of 2021 National Games

first_imgPLN, he continued, would develop infrastructure as planned even though the games, initially scheduled for 2020, have been postponed to 2021, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.He did not elaborate on the potential market for the plant’s electricity after the games.The Timika plant is among six new gas-fired power plants that have been developed by PLN to power the PON. The six have a combined capacity of 115MW, the largest among which is the 40MW Jayapura peaker in the provincial capital.Decades of neglect have left Papua as Indonesia’s most poverty-stricken province, despite hosting the world’s largest gold mine, the Grasberg mine, in Timika, Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show. At 94 percent, Papua also has one of Indonesia’s lowest electrification ratios, which is the proportion of communities with access to electricity.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo decided to hold the upcoming PON in Papua with the hope of boosting local infrastructure development and Papua’s performance in the games.The games were, however, postponed to next year after many provinces, including Papua itself, imposed partial lockdowns, officially called PSBB, that delayed construction and forced people to stay at home.“Construction materials from Java could not enter Papua after Papua closed its airports and ports,” said Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali on April 23.Read also: Jokowi moves Papua’s 2020 National Games to next yearTopics : A small 10-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant (PLMTG) in Timika in Mimika regency, Papua, has begun operations ahead of the quadrennial National Games (PON) in Papua next year.State-owned electricity company PLN, the plant’s off-taker, said on Wednesday the new facility, which took nearly two years to build, would raise Mimika’s installed power production capacity from 24.5 MW to 34.5 MW.“Other than to electrify local communities and boost economic growth, this plant is initially planned to support the National Games,” said PLN Papua, Sulawesi, Maluku and Nusa Tenggara regional director Syamsul Huda.last_img read more

Gold Coast property market proves resilient through national downturn

first_img MORE NEWS: Why buyers are prioritising location Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:27Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:27 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy Spring 2019 is a good time to sell01:27 Houses and units were spending an extra week on the market, with a median of 47 and 57 days respectively, while sellers were getting at least 4 per cent less than their asking price.REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the market had showed signs of improvement in the past three months. REIQ Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson. Picture: Jerad WilliamsWhile many markets with high price rises often fell just as hard, Mr Henderson said it looked like the Coast had avoided the same fate.“To remain relatively flat is probably a positive after a number of years of growth,” he said.“A stable market is what everyone wants.”With improved lending criteria and a record low interest rate, Mr Henderson anticipated a bumper spring selling season.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“History shows that spring and summer periods are positive sales months,” he said.Ray White Surfers Paradise Group chief executive Andrew Bell said it was the perfect time to sell up on the Gold Coast. Ray White Surfers Paradise chief executive Andrew Bell. Picture Glenn Hampson“This is an ideal market for those thinking of selling as the most notable feature is theshortage of properties for sale — that’s always an environment sellers should choose to sell in,” he said. “Migration into Queensland is also very strong and this has underpinned prices across a range of Gold Coast properties.“This has also led to a shortage of stock with people moving fairly quickly to purchase before any uptick in the market.”He said there was strong competition for fewer properties on the market.— with Mikaela Day The report said the Gold Coast’s house and unit sectors remained stable.“Annual median house and unit prices both held reasonably steady, although days on market and vendor discounting increased,” it said.“While listings and stock on market indicate a strengthening market, median days on market and increased vendor discount point to a slightly tougher time for sellers.” MORE NEWS: Cartoon king selling retro residence New data shows just how resilient the Gold Coast property market is.IT was once known to boom and bust but the Gold Coast property market has shown its resilience in the midst of a national downturn.A new Real Estate Institute of Queensland report shows the Glitter Strip remained relatively unscathed in the lead up to May’s federal election while other states copped nasty blows.The Queensland Market Monitor shows the Coast’s median house price softened slightly in the year to June, dropping 0.5 per cent to $622,000.Unit and townhouse prices also fell, by 0.8 per cent, to $434,000.The price drops were considered negligible in comparison to Melbourne and Sydney, which recorded falls of 5.8 per cent and 6.6 per cent respectively for houses across the year. last_img read more

US woman marries herself 25th May 2012A US woman who “married herself” in a commitment ceremony says she did it to celebrate the progress she had made in life after being divorced.Nadine Schweigert, 36, made headlines in the US in March when she stood on the altar by herself for a ceremony attended by 40 of her friends.At the ceremony she exchanged rings with her “inner groom” and guests were encouraged to “blow kisses at the world”.She followed the solo union with a solo honeymoon in New Orleans.

Paid parental leave watered down, says Labour

first_imgNZ Herald 9 September 2015Longer paid parental leave for families with pre-term babies should be extended to others as promised, Labour says.The Government confirmed yesterday that paid parental leave would be extended for eligible parents with pre-term babies. They will receive additional weekly payments for each week of the baby’s life before the 37-week gestation period.For example, a mother who gives birth at 28 weeks would get nine additional weekly payments – a total of 27 weeks of payment.The move comes as Labour seeks support for legislation extending all paid parental leave to 26 weeks.Act leader David Seymour previously signalled yesterday’s announcement, but indicated paid parental leave would also be extended for parents with multiple births or children with disabilities. read more

Brookville Farmer’s Market opens Friday

first_imgBrookville, In. — The Brookville Farmers Market will open for the season on May 25 in front of the waterworks building. The market will be open on Fridays from 3:30 to 7 p.m.There is no charge for vendors to set up. Vendors selling plants, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, fruits and farm-raised products are welcome.last_img