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Fire Ant Treatments

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 ant 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 Cooperative 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 the grass. This will ruin the smell and taste of the bait. Never water in bait after it has 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 hand-held broadcast spreader to apply the bait, make sure it has not been used for any other lawn chemicals. If it is 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-ASK-UGA1 or visit caes.uga.edu/publications.(Merritt Melancon is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Kujawa receives top teaching award at Saint Michael’s College

first_imgDr Richard Kujawa, Saint Michael’s College professor of geography, earned the top Saint Michael’s teaching award, the Joanne Rathgeb Teaching Award, for 2010, as selected by his faculty colleagues and presented at the Academic Convocation September 24 in the McCarthy Arts Center on the college campus.In presenting the award, last year’s recipient, Dr. Lorrie Smith, said, “The teaching award at Saint Michaels College is presented annually to a faculty member in memory of Joanne Rathgeb, professor of fine arts.  Joanne had a passion for teaching, unwavering fidelity to high standards and creativity, a quirky sense of humor, and a willingness to go any distance to ensure that all students learn, which are all principles embraced by this year’s recipient of the teaching award, Dr. Richard Kujawa.”Dr. Kujawa was cited for being “one of our most dynamic and engaging lecturers.” And his lectures were said to be “sprinkled with humor, often self-deprecating, while never straying too far from the serious pursuit of academic discovery.” Further he was described as having a stunning ability to present geography in creative.Professor Kujawa was praised for expecting students to demonstrate personal responsibility, self-motivation, independent thinking, hard work and curiosity. The citation called him, “one of the toughest graders on campus who also happens to be one of our most student-centered faculty members . . . students still cherish his classes and respect this charming and charismatic teacher.”Professor Kujawa is coordinator of the Vermont Geographic Alliance, through which he has done notable work improving the quality and scope of geography education in our public schools.Professor Kujawa is a resident of South Burlington.Learn What Matters at Saint Michael’s College, The Edmundite Catholic liberal arts college, www.smcvt.edu(link is external) . Saint Michael’s provides education with a social conscience, producing graduates with the intellectual tools to lead successful, purposeful lives that will contribute to peace and justice in our world. Founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, Saint Michael’s College is located three miles from Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns. It is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nations Best 371 Colleges, and is included in the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. Saint Michael’s is one of only 280 colleges and universities nationwide, one of only 20 Catholic colleges, with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. Saint Michael’s has 1,900 undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 100 international students. Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Pickering, Guggenheim, Fulbright, and other grants. The college is one of the nation’s top-100, Best Liberal Arts Colleges as listed in the 2011 U.S. News & World Report rankings.Source: Saint Michael’s. 9.28.2010-30-last_img read more

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Van den Doel to succeed Wouters as PMT director

first_imgVan den Doel has been PMT’s main adviser regarding the various proposals tabled for a new pensions system. Inge van den Doel has been appointed as director of PMT, the €67bn pension fund for the Netherlands’ metalworking and mechanical engineering industries.As of 1 October, she is to succeed Guus Wouters, who will retire at the end of the year. The former Syntrus Achmea executive joined PMT as a director in 2010.Van den Doel has been chief investment officer at PMT since April 2012.Hartwig Liersch will take over as CIO. He has been PMT’s risk manager since 2010, when risk management became an independent task within the scheme’s organisation. Inge van den Doel, PMT“She is the person par excellence to further shape the innovation process,” said PMT in a statement.The scheme added that Van den Doel and Liersch were the architects of the pension fund’s current investment framework.Van den Doel was a director of the VBA, a representative body for Dutch investment industry professionals, between 2009 and 2012.Prior to this, she worked at supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) where she was head of asset management, financial stability and supervision of conglomerates.Before he joined PMT, Liersch worked on balance management at ING Bank.last_img read more

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Denmark to Help Vietnam Chart Offshore Wind Roadmap

first_imgThe Danish Energy Agency (DEA) and the Electricity and Renewable Energy Authority (EREA) of Vietnam have initiated a partnership with the purpose of mapping the potential for offshore wind off the coast of Vietnam.The next step in the cooperation between DEA and EREA will be to develop a roadmap to Vietnamese authorities presenting solutions on how to kick start offshore wind in the coming years. The results will be presented at a workshop in Hanoi before summer 2020.The Vietnamese mainland has a coastline of 3.260km and especially the sea east of Ho Chi Minh City is considered one of the areas in South East Asia with greatest potential for offshore wind.A Vietnamese delegation is currently visiting Denmark to seek inspiration from Danish competencies and solutions within offshore wind, energy planning, and energy efficiency.The delegation, led by General Director Phuong Hoang Kim of EREA, is traveling around Denmark visiting the Danish Energy Agency and Energy Lab in Copenhagen, the Avdedøre plant, test facilities at Lindø Offshore Renewables Center in Munkebo, Siemens-Gamesa Renewable Energy in Brande, Energinet in Fredericia, and the offshore hub at Esbjerg Harbor.The study tour program has a strong focus on the most important aspects within energy efficiency, energy planning and offshore wind, including research and development, regulation and planning, production of wind turbines and administration of large-scale wind farms.last_img read more

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Ed Carpenter is the Pole Sitter for the Second Row in a Year

first_imgROW 10Davison (R)Plowman (R)Briscoe ROW 8MannSatoTagliani (W)=Previous Indy 500 Winner (R)=Indy 500 Rookie ROW 1CarpenterHinchcliffePower ROW 4Montoya (W)Dixon (W)Busch (R) ROW 3MuñozNewgardenHildebrand ROW 6Kanaan (W)BourdaisServia ROW 9BellKimballVillenuve (W) ROW 7Hunter-ReayRahalHuertas (R) ROW 5Hawksworth (R)WilsonAleshin (R) #20 Ed Carpenter answering questions after qualifying P1 for the second year in a row.It’s official. For the second consecutive year, Ed Carpenter will be on the pole for the Indy 500. Carpenter joins a small club of just ten other Indy 500 drivers by accomplishing this feat at the World’s Greatest Spectacle in Racing.Today was full of qualifying surprises. The most surprising being that the average speeds for all of the drivers in the top 9, except for Ed Carpenter, were slower than Juan Pablo Montoya, who was the fastest from the 11-33 positioned field of drivers.It’s also surprising that James Hinchcliffe was able to pull off a P2 standing, considering he stated that he doesn’t remember the crash during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis last weekend in which he suffered a concussion. Hinchcliffe was cleared on Thursday to participate in next weekend’s race. He gave a lot of credit to his team and former teammate EJ Viso for getting his car ready for this weekend.As to the new qualifying set-up there are still mixed emotions. Juan Pablo Montoya said that as a fan, and someone working at the track, it was fun. Ed Carpenter said that he would like to see it all come down to a one day event. It went smoothly though, and made for a pretty exciting couple of days.A new record was set on the course today, setting a new fastest field average of the Indianapolis 500.Here is the lineup for the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500: ROW 11Karam (R)SaavedraLazier (W) ROW 2Castroneves (W)PagenaudAndrettilast_img read more

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Kay doubles down Friday at Farley

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyFARLEY, Iowa (July 7) – A big crowd turned out Friday as Farley Speedway hosted Driver/Fan Appreciation night.Justin Kay scored his third clean sweep of the season at the Farley Speedway Promotions tracks by winning both the Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model Feature and the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Modified main event.Kay overtook early leader Nick Marolf and set sail to score an impressive 25-lap Late Model fea­ture win. Kay raced with Tyler Bruening for much of the main event before opening a late ad­vantage of approximately 10 car lengths. Bruening took second ahead of Dan Shelliam.Kay’s win in the Modified feature was certainly not easy as he was challenged throughout the 20-lap feature. Kay passed early leader Mitch Manternach on lap eight and then had to fight off the late-race challenges of Mark Schulte to score the win.Troy Bauer was the class of the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod field. Bauer had the field brought to his rear bumper following a late caution. The restart set up a challenge for Bauer as Tyler Soppe lined up right behind the leader’s 9K car, but Bauer was up to the challenge and went on to score an impressive win.The Bakey Seamless Gutters ICA Stock Cars had the fans on the edge of their seats with a spir­ited three-wide battle for the lead lap after lap. Greg Gill, Phil Holtz and Johnny Spaw raced around the smooth, very fast oval with none of three able to gain an advantage. The checkers flew with Gill scoring the win over Holtz and Spaw.last_img read more

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Logan Duffy scores first Indee IMCA Late Model win

first_imgBen Seemann led early before Johnson took the point. Johnson led until a restart late in the race and that is when Duffy used the low line of the multi-grooved track to shoot into the lead. Duffy appeared to have the feature in hand but two white flag cautions set up two green, white, check­ered restarts. The 16 year old Duffy was not to be denied in scoring his hard fought win over Jeff Aikey and Sean Johnson.   INDEPENDENCE, Iowa (June 13) – Saturday was a night for the record books at the Independ­ence Motor Speedway, with two bounties claimed and another set, plus hometowner Logan Duffy scored his first local win in the very tough IMCA Sunoco Late Model division.  Duffy started racing at his local track by jumping right into the Late Model division at the age of 14 with veterans like Jeff Aikey, Curt Martin, Greg Kastli, Sean Johnson and many more. Under the watchful eye of his grandfather and IMS Hall of Famer Gary Crawford, Duffy scored the 25-lap feature win on Saturday night. By Jerry Mackey Tony Olson accepted the promoter’s challenge by starting 21st on the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod grid, Olson was offered two times the finishing position money by starting the main event shot gun on the field. He worked to the front but was not able to catch strong running cousin Kyle Olson, who started on the outside front row and led the 20-lap main flag to flag. Kip Siems ran second ahead of Tony Olson.  In the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature, Scooter Dulin led early before Cole Mather was able to take control and go on to record his second consecutive win. The consecutive wins have earned Mather a bounty by promoter Mick Trier. Next week with 20 Stock Cars taking the green for the main event an extra $100 will be up for grabs to any driver who can stop Mather’s win streak. Mather scored the win Saturday night over Tom Schmitt and Bob Ahrendsen.  center_img The IMCA Modified 20 lap feature win on Saturday night went to Brennen Chipp. Chipp started seventh, steadily worked to the front and took the lead from Tony Snyder. Chipp went on to hold back the constant challenges of Ronn Lauritizen in getting to the checkers.  A total of 124 drivers signed in do battle.  The same offer was made to Kaden Reynolds in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks following his two consecutive wins at IMS. Reynolds got all the way to the front and was looking at a big pay­day but Brett Vanous had other plans. Vanous and Reynolds raced the last two laps with some paint being traded. Vanous held off a last-lap charge by Reynolds in taking the win.last_img read more

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Jarvis focused on club over country

first_imgWinger Matt Jarvis is concentrating more on a strong finish to his first season at West Ham rather than an England recall. “As long as I continue performing at a high standard consistently we will have to see what happens but I’m just concentrating on making sure I play well for West Ham week in, week out. “If I keep performing as I do hopefully they will be watching Andy (Carroll) and I can get in on the act as well. “I think I’m playing as well and as consistently as I was and I keep playing well and creating chances and get a few goals myself.” The three points earned against struggling Wigan took West Ham back into the top half of the table and Jarvis is pleased with how the season has gone. “I think we can look at it that we had a fantastic start to the season, really put our stamp on it and it got us right up the league,” he added. “We have been able to try and build on that and get as consistent as possible and I think we have shown in the last month or so that we can do it away from home now.” Press Associationcenter_img Jarvis was signed for a club-record fee by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce during last summer after Wolves had been relegated from the Barclays Premier League. The 26-year-old scored his second goal of the season as West Ham ran out 2-0 winners over Wigan on Saturday but said afterwards he is not focusing on trying to add to the one England cap he received in 2011. “I can only do what I do on a Saturday for West Ham,” he said. last_img read more

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Cricket News Virat Kohli slams 39th century and gives India a win in Adelaide ODI vs Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Another ODI. Another run-chase. Another Virat Kohli century. When it comes to chasing in an ODI, there is none better than the Indian cricket team skipper. His brilliance and class was on display again in the Adelaide ODI as he smashed his 39th century to keep India on course for a fantastic win and stay alive in the three-match series against Australia. Kohli’s brilliance stamped India’s chase of a tricky 299 and it enhanced his reputation as one of the greatest chasers in an ODI and also his ability to read the match situation brilliantly.  Kohli’s century broke a plethora of records, something which he seems to achieve every single time he comes out to bat.With this century, he affirmed himself as the chase master in ODIs again. This was his 24th in a chase and India have lost just three times, once to Australia in Canberra, against New Zealand in Napier in 2014 and recently against West Indies in Pune. In fact, January 15 should be considered Virat Kohli Century Day as he has scored a century for the last three years on this day. In 2017, he smashed 122 against England in the Pune ODI while on January 15, he blasted 153 against South Africa in the Centurion Test match. Kohli’s century was his 39th in ODIs and it puts him just 10 away from reaching Sachin Tendulkar’s tally of 49 centuries. The fact that he still has a massive gap with Tendulkar with so few gaps in number of tons underlines his class. This was his 64th international century, helping him go past Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara’s tally of 63 runs. Kohli also slammed his fifth century in Australia, putting him level with Rohit Sharma and Sangakkara for most centuries by an overseas batsmen Down Under.Read More | Shaun Marsh century propels Australia towards a massive scoreHis love affair with the Adelaide Oval came to the fore with this brilliant knock. In Tests, he scored his first century at this venue in 2012 and he backed it up with two centuries in 2014, 115 and 141 in a dramatic Test which Australia won by 48 runs. In ODIs, this was Kohli’s second ton at this venue, having made 107 against Pakistan in the 2015 World Cup. His highest Twenty20 International score is 90 which he achieved against Australia at this venue.Read More | Kohli goes past 6,000 runs overseas, keeps India in the huntDuring the course of his knock, he also achieved another record. His knock in Adelaide also helped him get past 6000 runs in ODIs overseas when one takes into account matches at neutral venues as well. Kohli is the 19th player to achieve this milestone and the fifth Indian to go past 6,000 runs in ODIs.Sachin Tendulkar leads the list with a staggering 11450 runs at an average of 43.04 while Saurav Ganguly has 8253 runs at an average of 39. Rahul Dravid has 7483 runs at 37.60 while Mohammad Azharuddin has 6215 runs at an average of 36. Kohli’s average is 58 in the current lot, which is the best among the lot. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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John: With bowl talk aplenty, SU must back it up at Akron

first_imgAs Syracuse begins its second season under the direction of Doug Marrone at Akron Saturday, the talk surrounding the team is whether or not the Orange is bowl-caliber this year. It’s a topic that gets thrown around at nearly every school, nearly every year. But if this year is to be any different for SU, it begins with this weekend’s visit to Akron, Ohio. The mystery surrounding this team is still there. Though nearly every season spurs some sort of optimism, some sort of clean slate relief, it’s been a while since the Orange was talking seriously about a bowl appearance. But now, for the first time in recent memory, the talk is starting again. The question remains: Is it legitimate? Is SU finally ready to climb the stairs out of the Big East basement? Until this weekend, it’s anyone’s guess. And until the Orange exits InfoCision Stadium Saturday evening, we won’t have a clue as to what the answer is. Though the offense only returns two starters from a year ago, the group coming back is more talented, collectively, than the group Marrone coached last season. They are in their second year of the system and have players at key positions that have shown they can produce when needed. Defensively, Syracuse looks even better, and deeper, than the group that ranked 13th in the nation (101.83) in defense against the run in 2009. The unit returns nine of 11 starters from a year ago. Because of that, and the plan Marrone has instilled in his program, talk of a bowl might not be all that ludicrous.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘The goal of our football team is to go to a bowl,’ Marrone said Monday. ‘We haven’t done that since 2004. … We know we have to win seven (games) to go to a bowl, but right now we’re just trying to win one, and that is the one we play this week.’ Marrone wasn’t going public with that goal in year one. He was building the foundation for future seasons. 2009 was a stepping stone. And although Syracuse needs seven wins to get to a bowl, that’s a goal he and his players are now openly discussing. So when all is said and done Saturday night, a lot will be revealed about this year’s SU squad. Only then will we find out, as Dennis Green might say, Are they who we thought they were? Though we will certainly not know how good this year’s team can be from just one game, we can sense if this will be another sour year for Syracuse football fans. ‘Our whole motto this year is, ‘It ain’t good enough,” senior linebacker Derrell Smith said during preseason camp. ‘So everything we do out there, we want to make sure we do it a little better. … That goes with everything we did last year, too. We feel that we can definitely take that next step, improve, and, for us seniors, leave with a bowl ring.’ A loss against Akron would be a catastrophic blow to SU’s bowl hopes. And for fans, a ‘here we go again’ mentality would set in even sooner than a year ago. Imagine that. Since 2005, every group of seniors at SU has tried to go out in a bowl game. Yet every last one of them came up empty in their quest. Whether it was due to injuries, bad luck or just not putting enough talent on the field, the Orange has failed to reach the postseason in each of the last five years. Yet some believe this could be the year. It’s not just that there appears to be a sense of urgency with this squad. It’s because both the offense and defense are deeper and more talented than a year ago. ‘There’s a sense of urgency every year,’ center Ryan Bartholomew said. ‘But this year, I think we have the best chance, talent-wise and work ethic-wise, since I’ve been here. So we just have to capitalize on that.’ A win against the Zips, and the Orange heads to Seattle next weekend, riding some momentum — and with two Football Championship Subdivision teams in Weeks 3 and 4, the Orange would be looking at, potentially, its best start in years. That makes this week’s opener against Akron all the more intriguing — and pivotal — for the Orange. Reaching seven wins doesn’t look all that impossible if the first four games go as predicted. But a loss to Akron obviously wipes all that away. Not only does a loss put a dent into all that early season confidence, but it also makes getting to seven wins an even more grueling task. Instead of collecting a victory against the Zips, SU would then likely have to win its fair share of games in the Big East schedule — a slate that includes road games at West Virginia, South Florida, Rutgers and Cincinnati and home games against Connecticut and Pittsburgh. That’s a daunting task for any team. Not matter how you shake it, win or lose, this week’s game at Akron can’t be overlooked in terms of significance to SU’s postseason hopes. Fans want to see the progress. They want a reason to buy into what Marrone is doing at Syracuse. A win this weekend is the first step. And for the seniors, such as Smith and Bartholomew, this Saturday provides an opportunity to take one step closer to the bowl game with which they hope to end their career. The game isn’t in the Dome. But if you really think the Orange is going to a bowl, don’t sleep this Saturday. Saturday is significant. aljohn@syr.edu Comments Published on September 1, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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