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first_imgJust as sure as the days become longer in spring, Georgians can count on the annoying buzz and bites of mosquitos. Keeping mosquito populations under control is not only important for comfort, it’s important for your health, too. Mosquitos in Georgia are known to cause heartworms in dogs and carry several forms of encephalitis to humans and livestock. Georgia’s dry weather may help the situation. The most recent potential threat, West Nile virus, can be deadly to some people.Dry Weather Helps Georgians are getting only a little break from the weather. “Drought conditions do affect mosquito populations, as fewer breeding sites are available,” said Beverly Sparks, an Extension Service entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “However,” Sparks said, “drought doesn’t eliminate mosquito problems. Breeding sites are found in wading pools, bird baths, flower pot saucers and other sites.” It’s still important to control mosquitos to keep populations down. “Mosquito control hinges on treating or eliminating breeding sites,” Sparks said. “Breeding sites created by people in clogged gutters, pots, old tires or any container that holds water should be eliminated. Other breeding sites like ponds, lakes and wetlands should be treated.”Control At Home Many Georgia municipalities have mosquito-control spraying programs. But you can do some things yourself to keep populations down at home, Sparks said. Get rid of breeding areas. Empty any containers of water, and get rid of trash. Even a drink can or a plastic wrapper can be a breeding ground for mosquitos. Clean gutters. They can collect trash and water. Remove any old tires, or drill holes in those used for playground equipment to allow them to drain. Check tarps covering boats or other equipment that may collect water in pockets or indentions. Commercial foggers, from aerosol cans to larger handheld products, can kill mosquitos. In backyard ponds, fish can create waves and keep breeding down. In shallow edges where the fish and waves can’t reach, use a donut-shaped Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) product. “Bt products would work in bird baths, but the dosage would be too high,” Sparks warned. “The best way to control mosquitos in bird baths is to change the water and rinse the bird bath every week.”Reliable Repellants Besides developing good mosquito-control habits, Georgians should be careful to use mosquito repellants. “Those containing DEET are the most effective,” said UGA Extension entomologist Elmer Gray. “Repellants with 10 percent to 35 percent DEET are effective for most mosquito populations. For children, don’t exceed 10 percent. Rub it on your hands first, then apply it to the child’s skin.” Repellants with higher DEET concentrations can be used by adults only in areas that have larger mosquito populations or where there will be long intervals between applications.last_img read more

Treasury Sanctions Guatemalan Trafficker Allied with Los Zetas

first_imgBy Dialogo August 23, 2013 This action prohibits U.S. persons from conducting financial or commercial transactions with Jairo Orellana Morales, and freezes any assets he may have under U.S. jurisdiction. President Obama identified Los Zetas as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker under the Kingpin Act in April 2009 and in July 2011, he named Los Zetas as a significant Transnational Criminal Organization in the Annex to Executive Order 13581 (Blocking Property of Transnational Criminal Organizations). Orellana Morales is linked to Marta Julia Lorenzana Cordon, a member of the Lorenzana crime family, who was designated by Treasury pursuant to the Kingpin Act in November 2012. On August 21, the U.S. Department of the Treasury sanctioned Jairo Estuardo Orellana Morales, a violent Guatemalan narcotics trafficker, as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker (SDNT) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act). center_img Internationally, OFAC has designated more than 1300 businesses and individuals linked to 103 drug kingpins since June 2000. Penalties for violations of the Kingpin Act range from civil penalties of up to $1.075 million per violation to more severe criminal penalties. Criminal penalties for corporate officers may include up to 30 years in prison and fines of up to $5 million. Criminal fines for corporations may reach $10 million. Other individuals could face up to 10 years in prison and fines for criminal violation of the Kingpin Act pursuant to Title 18 of the United States Code. This announcement is the latest in a series of efforts by the Treasury Department to thwart transnational drug cartels, such as Los Zetas, which are responsible for distributing significant amounts of cocaine, marijuana, and methamphetamine in the United States. Orellana Morales traffics cocaine through Guatemala on behalf of Los Zetas and has been implicated in several executions in Guatemala in support of his drug trafficking activities. last_img read more

COVID-19: Workers anxious over job security despite govt policies, survey finds

first_img“Even as the government makes daily promises of social safety nets for workers and other vulnerable demographics, the high percentage of workers who feel anxious over job security is a reflection of workers’ skepticism toward the government’s ability to protect them,” a report on the survey stated.Read also: Millions to lose jobs, fall into poverty as Indonesia braces for recessionThe survey also found that 67.8 percent of respondents were still obligated to go to work despite physical distancing measures and social restrictions in place to curb the spread of COVID-19.Of those who still have to be physically present at their workplace, 25.3 percent said they lacked access to protective equipment, hand-washing facilities, and disinfectants. Furthermore, the survey found that 28.08 percent of respondents had been furloughed without pay during health crisis, putting migrant workers in a difficult situation.“Workers who migrated to the city need to pay for living accommodations. Returning to their home villages is decidedly unwise as they could potentially be COVID-19 carriers,” the report said.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati previously said that, with economic growth projected at the lowest level since the 1998 financial crisis, 1.1 million to 3.78 million people could fall into poverty and 2.9 million to 5.2 million workers could lose their jobs.According to the official government count, there are 4,839 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country, with 459 deaths as of Tuesday.Topics : Many Indonesian workers remain anxious over the uncertain future of their employment amid the COVID-19 outbreak despite the government’s social safety net policies, a recent online survey found.The survey — conducted by community radio station Marsinah FM in collaboration with the Labor Study Group (Kobar) between Mar. 23 to Apr. 10 — polled 146 respondents in Greater Jakarta and Central Java who work for 83 companies in the manufacturing, production, retail, and finance sectors.Around 78.3 percent of the respondents said they felt vulnerable as neither their employers nor the government had come up with a policy that ensures the security of their livelihoods amid the ongoing public health emergency, the survey found.last_img read more

RBA warns even best standards won’t work in economy-wide fallout

first_imgOne of the RBA’s most senior officials said the level of debt will come into play when the borrower is facing a large negative shock.EVEN the best lending standards won’t save the country if there was “a large, economy-wide shock”, warned one of the RBA’s most senior officials. RBA Assistant Governor Luci Ellis made the comment at the Australian Business Economists Lunchtime Briefing in Sydney midweek.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour agoShe said in the event of “a large, economy-wide shock, even the best lending standards might not be enough to protect borrowers and lenders”.“At that point, the absolute amount of debt owed becomes the binding consideration.”Ms Ellis said high debt levels could make the next shock tougher for some.“If some other shock should come along, debt would make it worse,” she said. “Of itself, the level of indebtedness is unlikely to be a triggering factor that sparks a negative outcome.”Ms Ellis said recently created debt had better risk profiles because of action by regulators and lenders“The level of debt owed matters most when the borrower is facing a large negative shock,” she said. “Strong lending standards mitigate the effects of moderate shocks, and can help prevent a shock turning into a default event.”last_img read more

Lufthansa cabin crew deal to cut pension liabilities by ‘high triple-digits’

first_imgLufthansa Group’s pension scheme liabilities are set to shrink by “a high triple-digit-million” amount after members of the company’s cabin crew trade union agreed to new collective labour agreements.In a statement, the German flag carrier said a “sizeable majority” of the airline’s cabin personnel voted in favour of the new agreement negotiated by their trade union earlier this summer, formally ending a long-running industrial dispute.The new collective labour agreement entails changes to the remuneration structure and a shift from a defined benefit (DB) to a defined contribution (DC) pension scheme. Lufthansa said the deal will enable it to reduce the group’s occupational pension obligations by “a high triple-digit euro amount” and provide the group with annual savings in the “mid-double-digit-million-euro region”. “The vast majority of this will impact on group results for the current year, where it will have a correspondingly positive effect on the annual EBIT (but not on the adjusted EBIT) result,” said Lufthansa.As at 31 December 2015, Lufthansa had group pension liabilities of €10.8bn, representing a 63% increase on year-end due to the fall in the discount rate, from 2.8% to 1.6% as at 30 June 2016.In its half-year report published earlier this month, Lufthansa said that higher pension obligations put its investment grade rating granted by Standard & Poor’s at risk.“In the long term the switch from a defined benefit to a defined contribution system will reduce the burden,” it noted.In return for the cost concessions obtained by Lufthansa under the deal, cabin crew pay will increase and the staff will have guaranteed employment until 2021.Also, employees that do not draw so-called transition benefits by retiring before the earliest state pension age can have these counted toward their occupational pension entitlement. This was not possible under the system that is being replaced.The deal to which the cabin crew and Lufthansa have agreed is a proposal developed by a mediator, Matthias Platzeck, the former premier of the German federal state of Brandenburg.The new arrangement for pensions and transitional benefits will remain in effect until the end of 2023, the expiry date for the collective labour agreement.“However, this does not mean that the new pension scheme will be changed, amended or replaced by a new set-up after 2023,” a spokeperson told IPE.Pension entitlements accrued by active members prior to the transition to the new system coming into effect will remain valid, he added.The shift to a DC scheme has already been agreed for Lufthansa’s ground personnel, leaving pilots as the only labour group with which the company has not yet reached a settlement.In its half-year report the airline said that “important matters have still not been agreed with the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union” but that “constructive, confidential talks are currently taking place”.last_img read more

Martinez rages as Chelsea’s offside equaliser is allowed to stand

first_img Fallen Premier League champions Chelsea avoided another chastening defeat as Terry’s flick earned a 3-3 draw which drew the ire of the Spaniard. “The level of the refereeing is diabolical,” Martinez told Setanta. He added on BBC Radio 5 Live: “I don’t think you can call it controversy. It’s an incredible injustice, an incredible mistake.” Martinez’s frustration was not just at the time added on when fourth official Craig Pawson had signalled for seven minutes’ stoppage time. The Everton boss’ anger was over Terry netting from an offside position. And his comments may yet attract the attention of the Football Association’s disciplinary chiefs. “The fourth official made it clear it was time (up), before the ball was played into the box. It’s not a debate,” Martinez added in the post-match media conference. “We had to play seven minutes of injury time and the last action happens at seven minutes and 51 seconds. “That would be a debatable point – how long you want to play. But to have a player two yards offside in the box is unacceptable. “John Terry with the final touch is two yards offside. “There’s no reason to get that decision wrong. It doesn’t come down to the interpretation of the referee at all. “The offside decision is as clear as you’re going to see. It’s a major error. “It’s not a decision which could be in the balance. That makes it difficult to take. “It’s a heartbreaking moment for us, because we deserved the three points. “The refereeing today wasn’t up to the level and that’s very, very frustrating. It’s cost us two points.” Martinez did not approach referee Mike Jones or his fellow officials afterwards. “It’s pointless,” he said. The lengthy celebrations following Ramiro Funes Mori’s late goal might have contributed to the additional minute being added, with Everton believing they had secured a first league win at Stamford Bridge in 21 years after staving off a Chelsea fightback. Then Terry struck with a deft flick on a 700th club appearance which included an earlier own goal. Hiddink remains unbeaten in six matches since being appointed Chelsea caretaker boss for a second time and admitted his side benefited from good fortune. “I can say now he (Martinez) is quite right,” said Hiddink, who replaced Jose Mourinho. “You have to be fair. Why should I deny it? I have seen it. “Oscar touched the ball and, half a yard, John was offside even though he made a beautiful goal.” Terry’s own goal and a Kevin Mirallas strike put Everton 2-0 up, but Chelsea scored twice in quick succession to restore parity. A howler from Tim Howard allowed Diego Costa to net and Cesc Fabregas’ deflected strike levelled matters. Worse was to follow for Chelsea when Costa limped off and Funes Mori turned in fellow substitute Gerard Deulofeu’s cross. Costa immediately went to hospital for a scan on a shin injury. Hiddink added: “He was in a lot of pain. He will have a scan. We don’t know the result. I hope it’s not bad.” The potential absence of Costa, including in next Sunday’s match at Arsenal, could lead to Chelsea making moves in the transfer market. But Hiddink would not be drawn on that prospect. “For the moment we are doing nothing (in the transfer market),” Hiddink said. “We hope Diego comes out the hospital in good health and we go on as we are doing.” Hiddink says he urged the match officials to play an additional minute due to the celebrations following Everton’s third goal. The Dutchman said: “They were celebrating in the corner, their third goal, and then we asked the fourth official ‘hey, they are celebrating (for) one minute, so you have to add one minute more, maybe something will happen’. “And it happened in that time. That was fair, I think.” Roberto Martinez was seething after Everton were denied a first win at Chelsea in 21 years by a 98th-minute John Terry goal which even Guus Hiddink conceded should have been ruled out for offside. Press Associationlast_img read more

Boynton Beach Car Burglary Suspect Drowns While Hiding from Officers

first_imgThe law enforcement organizations discontinued the search about 5 a.m. Thursday.Nearly three hours later, they received a call about a possible drowning. Clouden told detectives that he and Bailey went into a retention pond to hide from the officers. That is when Bailey went under water and did not resurface. Police and sheriff’s officials are investigating the apparently accidental drowning of a 21-year-old man who they believe was involved in a car burglary.Boynton Beach police say that Tariq Bailey and 20-year-old Ayrton Errol Clouden Jr. were seen pulling on door handles in a parking lot on Quantum Lakes Drive around 3:20 a.m. Thursday.Officers noticed the men walking north, and attempted to speak with them, but the suspects ran and then jumped over a fence into the Canterbury community.The Boynton Beach officers contacted the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the Delray Beach Police Department for assistance after Bailey and Clouden went into a densely wooded area.We are investigating the accidental drowning of a 21-year-old man who fled from officers responding to the report of an in-progress vehicle burglary early this morning. Details below. pic.twitter.com/71HVBPdgtI— Boynton Beach Police (@BBPD) August 22, 2019last_img read more

Bowlers’ strangle, Maxwell flash gives Kings XI success

first_imgGlenn Maxwell nailed 44 unbeaten runs off 20 balls and made sure his senior-team captaincy debut would forever be a happy memory. Kings XI Punjab owed their six-wicket win to their bowlers though.They were so good that an outstanding fifth-wicket partnership between Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwary – 61 runs off 37 balls with only two dots – ended up in vain. It was the eighth consecutive defeat after batting first for Rising Pune Supergiant in the IPL.Eight out of the 20 overs Kings XI bowled yielded five runs or less. It began with Sandeep Sharma bowling Mayank Agarwal for a duck in the first over – Agarwal’s 28th dismissal in the Powerplay in 39 IPL innings.That forced Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith into rebuild mode – Rising Pune had been 7 for 1 after three overs – on a two-paced pitch where the new ball seemed to skid and bounce and the old one stopped on the batsman.Smith, the current captain, was dismissed with a strike-rate below 100 to one that jumped up at him. MS Dhoni, the former captain, was dismissed with a strike-rate below 50, to one that came off the pitch slower than he expected.In an innings 32 deliveries long, Stokes let only four become dots. Power-hitters can sometimes get caught up in just hitting the ball hard, but Stokes understood the risk of Rising Pune losing him too with a majority of the overs still left. He played the percentages well, feeding his knock with 22 singles and picked the left-arm spinners to hit. Stokes bashed 25 runs off 14 balls off Axar Patel and Swapnil Singh.In an innings 23 deliveries long, Tiwary let only two become dots. His strike-rate of 173.91 was his best (in innings where he faced more than 15 balls). There were gorgeous inside-out shots over cover and point, highlighting a still base, and a straight six in the 19th over, when Stokes had fallen, highlighting his ability for the crunch moments.The fact that Imran Tahir has great accuracy, and a googly not too many people pick, is apparent from the fact he has bowled batsmen, or pinned them lbw, to get 63 of his 178 T20 wickets. He was Rising Pune’s biggest threat with the ball and he showed it for three overs, picking up two wickets and conceding only 14 runs. Saha’s stumps were broken and pinch-hitter,Axar Patel,was caught and bowled.Tahir’s final over, saved for the end, was smashed for 14 runs as Maxwell sent a couple of short balls soaring over the rope. Maxwell had begun the charge to victory in the previous over off Stokes. The equation had been 48 off 36 balls when the England allrounder came on. A short delivery was belted wide of the sweeper cover with great power and a full delivery was launched over mid-off for six, establishing Maxwell’s game awareness.(ESPNCricinfo)last_img read more

Salah, Origi goals hand Liverpool Champions League triumph

first_imgBy Richard MartinMADRID, Spain (Reuters) – An early Mohamed Salah penalty and a late strike by Divock Origi gave Liverpool a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in yesterday’s all-English Champions League final as their coach Juergen Klopp finally got his hands on Europe’s biggest prize.Egypt striker Salah, who had painful memories of last year’s final defeat by Real Madrid after suffering a shoulder injury, got his side off to a flying start in Madrid by lashing home from the penalty spot after a handball from Moussa Sissoko.Tottenham, playing in their first European Cup final, kept their heads and came to life when semi-final hat-trick hero Lucas Moura came on but, with Harry Kane lacking sharpness after injury, another miraculous European comeback proved beyond them. Liverpool, who missed out on the Premier League title to Manchester City by one point, did not produce their usual whirlwind attacking game but sealed a sixth European Cup triumph with an arrowed finish from substitute Origi in the 87th minute.“Everyone is happy now,” said a delighted Salah. “I am glad to play the second final in a row and play 90 minutes finally. Everyone did his best today, no great individual performances, all the team was unbelievable.” Right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold added: “It is hard to put into words. The season we have had, we deserved it more than any other team.”The win was sweet redemption for Salah and especially German coach Klopp, who had lost on his last six appearances in major finals, including Champions League showpieces with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and Liverpool last year.His opposite number Mauricio Pochettino took a bold but ultimately misguided gamble in fielding Kane, who had only returned to full training a week ago after almost two months out with a serious ankle injury and struggled to influence play.Kane was far from the only player who lacked sharpness in a game of few moments of real quality – a possible effect of both sides not playing any competitive games for three weeks. Spurs put Liverpool under real pressure in the latter stages as Dele Alli headed over and Son Heung-min and Moura forced impressive saves from Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker.Origi, one of Liverpool’s heroes in their stunning semi-final second-leg turnaround against Barcelona, then killed the game with a ruthless finish into the bottom corner.last_img read more

ITF Lists Nigeria’s U14 Boys for World Team Cup Qualifiers

first_imgSouth Africa and Kenya are the alternate teams in order of priority.“The listing of our junior teams is a reflection of the growth that Nigerian tennis has made at the junior level in recent years and we can only get better if all hands are on deck,” NTF President, Sani Ndanusa, said yesterday while appealing to corporate and individual support for tennis in Nigeria.The offer came after the country was listed as Africa’s first alternate ahead of Kenya for the Junior Davis Cup for the Boys’ 16& under which was as a result of Nigeria’s best outing in the history of the tournament.South Africa, Morocco, Tunisia, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritius and Tunisia are also listed for the qualifiers.Michael Osewa was Nigeria’s star performer at the 11-day tournament where he reached the final, losing the boys’ 14& under title match to Damien Laporte of Seychelles.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram More rewards are coming to Nigeria’s tennis following the impressive outing of the country at the 2016 ITF/CAT Africa Junior Championship in Pretoria, South Africa as the ITF has listed the country’s Boys’& 14 under team for the World Team Cup African qualifiers.According to an e-mail sent to the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) by the General Manager of the Confederation of African Tennis (CAT), the qualifiers which is scheduled for June 3 through June 18 at the Clay Court of La Marsa Tunis, Tunisia will see Nigeria jostling alongside Seychelles, Mauritius and host Tunisia for the sole ticket of the main tournament billed for Spain later in the year.last_img read more