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January 17, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgBy Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia scientists are using DNA technology and old-fashioned animal instinct to find the best ways to control wood-destroying carpenter ants.“Carpenter ants are a major pest problem nationwide,” said Dan Suiter, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “They cause significant damage each year.”Wood-chewersUnlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat wood. They chew it. “They expand it into a nest gallery that looks like Swiss cheese,” Suiter said. “Then they live in the galleries.” Carpenter ants are big and black and live mostly in trees, he said. In the Northeast, carpenter ants destroy more wood than termites.Based on the UGA Griffin, Ga., campus, Suiter and CAES genetic entomologist Tracie Jenkins test baits designed to kill the ants. They are monitoring 20 sites in the local city park because the hardwood trees there replicate those found in a typical suburban neighborhood. They monitor the test sites at night when the ants forage for food.Huge and nocturnal“During the day, they live up in the leaves and in hollowed-out tree holes and knotholes,” Jenkins said. “At night, they come down, and you can literally see the well-worn foraging trails they habitually use.”Ant samples are taken from the park back to the laboratory where Jenkins uses DNA biotechnology to determine the ants’ lineage or family relationships, which form colony structure.“We assume each colony has a single queen, so knowing the queen’s maternal fingerprint will help us track her progenies’ movements,” she said. “The winged ants are the ones that mate. We’ve discovered colonies that are physically far apart can actually be descended from the same female queen.”Once a colony’s genetic structure and movements are known, Suiter and Jenkins can develop management strategies and determine which baits are effective.Families don’t fightTo find out if colonies are related, Suiter said, you can also do what he calls “ant behavioral studies.”He places ants from different sites in a Petri dish. The ants that fight each other are not related.“The ants have colony-specific smells on their bodies,” Suiter said. Ants pick fights by using their antennae to spar, he said. Then it gets aggressive. “They grab each other by a leg, and one will take another’s leg off,” he said. “Then they lock jaws and do a circle-dance.”Deadly acidThen somebody brings out the heavy artillery.“Carpenter ants can spray formic acid,” Suiter said. “So, the first one to turn around and spray formic acid is the winner. It’s like getting a face full of tear gas, and they have to be very irritated to do it.”After six months have passed, Suiter and Jenkins will return to the test sites at the park. If they find ants, they will again take samples and run DNA analyses to determine if the ants are from the same colony that initially occupied the site.“We want to eliminate the ants in a colony by using the baits, then go back and see if the ants that come back are from the same colony,” he said. “To truly know how well the baits work, we have to know if the same colony of ants or a different colony move in after we eliminate the first colony.”To see carpenter ants, go outside after 9 p.m. armed with a flash light. “You may see a couple in the daytime, but you’ll see hundreds if not thousands at night,” Suiter said.last_img read more

January 17, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgConyers, Ga. – The University of Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute has been awarded a $642,900 grant from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to continue its statewide education programs in the areas of child passenger safety, parent and teen driving safety and senior driver education. The Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, or GTIPI, has partnered with GOHS for the past 29 years in designing and delivering education that improves driver and passenger safety across the lifespan. The institute continues to be a leading resource in traffic safety training and education in Georgia. The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety-UGA partnership dates back to 1986. At that time, federal grant funding was awarded to states with highway safety offices for partnering with institutions of higher education to address traffic injuries with an education and enforcement approach to reducing fatalities. In Georgia, UGA Cooperative Extension was awarded funding support to conduct educational classes for parents and caregivers on the consistent and correct use of child safety seats in all of Georgia’s 159 counties. Originally named the Occupant Safety Education Program, the project was renamed GTIPI in 2002. The institute continues today as an outreach initiative of UGA Extension as a part of the College of Family and Consumer Sciences’ department of human development and family science.Through this year’s grant award, the institute will offer four separate training and community education initiatives: the National Child Passenger Safety Technician Certification Program, Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E. (Parents Reducing Injuries and Driver Error), CarFit for senior drivers and the Online Safety Store. Each program area delivers adult education for consumers, safety professionals and community volunteers designed to address the most common causes of traffic injuries and fatalities for target age groups. GTIPI also serves as a statewide resource for answering consumer questions about safer travel. Law enforcement, emergency medical services, health departments, Extension educators, fire departments and others across the state participate in GTIPI’s training and distribute educational materials. Onsite training is conducted across the state at regional locations, as well as at GTIPI’s headquarters training facility in Conyers, Georgia. Parents and young children benefit from safety professionals and volunteers who achieve national certification in the child passenger safety technician course. “Even though child safety seats are used more than 90 percent of the time by Georgia parents, child passenger safety technicians consistently find that almost all of those in use are installed incorrectly,” said Don Bower, UGA professor emeritus and GTIPI project director. “The National CPST Certification Course offered by GTIPI qualifies public safety professionals, fire, medical and community volunteers to teach parents how to eliminate those installation and use mistakes.” PRIDE trains instructors how to deliver safe driving tools to the community. For the last 11 years, GTIPI’s course for parents and their new teen drivers, “Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E.,” has aimed to reduce teen injuries and fatalities through education. A train-the-trainer certification course equips PRIDE instructors to help parents guide their teens through the license process and helps teens learn how to avoid crashes. PRIDE instructors also equip both the parent and teen with accurate information about how to obtain and keep a Georgia driver license.“Georgia Teens Ride with P.R.I.D.E.” was showcased by the national Governor’s Highway Safety Association in 2013 for its strong educational impacts on state graduated driver licensing laws and parental involvement. “Car crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, and more than two-thirds of teens who die in crashes in Georgia weren’t buckled up,” Bower said. “After more than a decade of declines in crash rates, we are seeing a troubling increase this year.”Featured in AAA Magazine, the national CarFit program, designed for drivers aged 55 and up, helps seniors stay behind the wheel longer and more safely. “CarFit is a non-threatening way to educate seniors about how to stay safe and comfortable in their cars as their physical abilities change with age,” Bower said. The Online Safety Store is a partnership between GOHS and GTIPI. Now in its seventh year of collaboration, the store is Georgia’s primary source statewide for print and electronic traffic safety resources for public safety, public health, traffic safety professionals and consumers.GTIPI manages distribution of GOHS materials from www.gahighwaysafety.org.For more information on the Georgia Traffic Injury Prevention Institute, traffic safety training and programs or other traffic-related resources, see www.ridesafegeorgia.org or call (678) 413-4281 or (800) 342-9819.last_img read more

August 14, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Two items of interest association with Sumner Regional Medical Center:•The SRMC Health Care Authority Board will be meeting at 7:30 a.m. on August 20 instead of noon. The meeting will still be held in the SRMC Board Room.•There will be a benefit bake sale for Lisa Herring, who is going to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Clinic in Houston. The bake sale is from 8 to 11 a.m. today. So hurry!Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

August 2, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 17, 2016)–Graded stakes winning Toews On Ice heads a field of seven sophomores in Santa Anita’s $75,000 San Pedro Stakes at six furlongs on Sunday. (Originally scheduled for this past Friday, March 11, the San Pedro was cancelled due to heavy rain and re-drawn this morning).TOEWS ON ICE: Trained by Bob Baffert and named for Chicago Blackhawks star center and captain, Jonathan Toews (pronounced TAVES), Toews On Ice was an impressive winner of the Grade III, seven furlong Bob Hope Stakes three starts back on Nov. 14 at Del Mar, but he comes off a disappointing sixth place finish as the 3-5 favorite in the one mile Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn Park Jan. 18.Owned by Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, Toews On Ice, who is Triple Crown nominated, was a close second to his highly regarded stablemate Mor Spirit two starts back in the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity on Dec. 19. A Kentucky-bred colt by Archarcharch, Toews On Ice has pressed or been on the early lead in all seven of his starts, resulting in three wins and earnings of $245,700.DENMAN’S CALL: Trained by Doug O’Neill, this Kentucky-bred gelding by Northern Afleet has done little wrong in two starts. A stylish 3 ¾ length first-out maiden special weight winner going 5 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 9, Denman’s Call hugged the rail en route to an impressive third place finish behind top Derby contender Nyquist in the Grade II, seven furlong San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15–an effort that earned him a lofty 94 Beyer Speed figure. Owned by Gilman Racing, Westside Rentals.com or W.C. Racing, Inc., Denman’s Call is also Triple Crown nominated and could use a win in the San Pedro as a springboard to the Derby trail.THE SAN PEDRO STAKES FIELD IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRACE 8  Approximate post time, 4:05 p.m. PTMt Veeder – Rafael Bejarano – 120He’s a Tiger – Edwin Maldonado – 120Iron Rob – Stewart Elliot – 120Boldly True – Drayden Van Dyke – 120Denman’s Call – Flavien Prat – 120Toews On Ice – Victor Espinoza – 124Gold Rush Dancer – Gary Stevens – 120last_img read more

January 14, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgOver 15 prodemocracy, youth and student groups honored the NPA boss for her innovative performance and leadership of the NPA. Speaking at a program held in her honor as Managing Director of the Year 2014 in Monrovia on December 23, NPA Managing Director Madam Matilda W. Parker attributed the success to her staff and the Liberian people who, she said, supported the Management over the year amidst the Ebola outbreak. “I am proud that NPA is Ebola free,” said Madam Parker. She recalled how the Management instituted several stringent measures to protect the port authority’s facilities across the country from being affected by the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak.Recently, the NPA Management celebrated Zero Ebola cases at its four port facilities in Monrovia, Buchanan, Greenville and Harper with a promised to continuing the enforcement of its anti-Ebola measures.But Madam Parker noted that it wasn’t an easy task to achieve zero Ebola cases in an environment that employees hundreds of people.“We put our existing anti-Ebola measures into place and publicized them and we thank God that all of our workers, including top managers, are adhering to those measures,” she said. The port authority of Liberia handles over 80 percent of all goods and services imported into Liberia.Madam Parker knew that protecting the seaport facilities [the gateway to the Liberian economy] from being affected by the Ebola virus epidemic was critical to the survivability of the population.“We are aware of the importance of the port authority to the economy and so we are under obligation to secure and protect the port facility,” said the MD.Among those honoring the NPA boss were the Association of Liberia Pro-democracy Groups, the Liberia National Student Union (LINSU), the Custodian of Rights Advocacy, the Borough Youth Association, Logan Town Old Timers, Labor Congress Women, Right-bank Youth Network, Liberian Newspapers Venders, the Port Truckers Association and the Dock Workers Union of Liberia (DOWUL), Coalition of Youths and Students for Better Liberia, Liberia Democratic Advancement, Conscious Young Women, Christian Youth Association, Islamic Youth Against Poverty and the Sinoe University Students Association (UL-Chapter), amongst others.  Mr. Joseph Deema, organizing chair of Association of Liberia Pro-democracy Groups, cataloged over 10 counts on which he said his organization based its rating of the NPA boss.According to him, Madam Parker has impartiality provided scholarships to deserving students under the NPA corporate social responsibility program, improved security and protected the port facilities, increased workers pay and benefits and created a new department at the NPA to deal directly with environmental issues, amongst others.He emphasized his commendation to Madam Parker and the NPA Management for recording zero Ebola cases at the port facility.For his part, LINSU Secretary General Benedict Williams said the student movement has followed Madam Parker’s contribution towards the development of youths and students with keen interest.“She contributed towards student scholarship programs at the University of Liberia and other universities including high school students,” said Mr. Williams.The LINSU Secretary General also commended Madam Parker for playing a pivotal role in the construction of the Ebola Treatment Unit in Virginia. “We have all of these activities and concluded that indeed you are people-centered and development-oriented,” he said. Also speaking, the Secretary General of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) Calvin R. Summon assured Madam Parker of ULSU’s support towards helping her to achieve her goals. “We want you see your honor as a chance to continue to contribute towards the development and growth of NPA and the young people of Liberia… and I can assure you that ULSU will always be by your side,” he said. Receiving the honors, Madam Parker thanked the pro-democracy as well as youth and student groups for recognizing NPA Management’s efforts in making Liberia better.   “We [at NPA] don’t take your honors lightly. We respect it and treasure it because you motivate us, especially, civil society organizations innovate and push us hard to work,” said Madam Parker. Elated by the honors, the NPA Managing Director promised to display an even better performance in 2015. The NPA Managers Association and the Port Truckers also lavished praises at Madam Parker for exhibiting good leadership at NPA.     The National Port Authority (NPA) also announced a 13 percent increase in vessel traffic to Liberia. According to NPA Management, container traffic and deadweight tons have also grown thus resulting to growth in revenue turnover over the past few months. The National Port Authority was established by an Act of the National Legislature in 1967 and amended in 1970 as a state-owned corporation to manage, plan, and build all public ports in Liberia. The NPA system has four ports: Freeport of Monrovia, Port of Buchanan, Port of Greenville, and Port of Harper. The Freeport of Monrovia is the largest and the main Port within the Authority’s network.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

December 12, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgWe are excited to announce that effective January 2016 the MFLN has transitioned to the Adobe Connect based webinar platform hosted by the All Partners Access Network (APAN). Connect offers a host of innovative features that are certain to enhance your experience during MFLN learning opportunities. In addition to the ever-familiar chat pod, expect to see multimedia, polls, and perhaps whiteboard collaboration in the near future!Accessing MFLN webinars has never been easier. Security certificates are not necessary when logging in via Connect. You can now also take the MFLN with you wherever you go – mobile options are available for both Android and Apple devices. Visit the How to Join page for full information.Check out our upcoming events and “Connect” with us!last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton boss Hasenhuttl still to meet all playersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl admits he’s yet to meet the entirety of his squad.Hasenhuttl has met half of his squad for individual meetings and will engage with the rest next week.”I wanted to know everything about each player, about his history, what he is thinking about the way we want to play,” he said. “We showed in his position specific videos, what it is necessary for him to know.”The discussion I had with all the players was very interesting for me. You know how this guy works. What he is thinking about. You know what his problems are.”And in the future, if there are some questions, I want them to come to me. If they have good arguments that we do something different, they can come to me. We can do it differently.”But if I have a better idea, we do what I want. If they have a better one, we can discuss it!” last_img read more

October 28, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img​Coady: I’m Wolves through and through (and so are my kids!)by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool fan Conor Coady has spoken about how much he has fallen in love with Wolves since being at the club.He was an academy player at the Reds and his whole family are supporters of the club.But he has been at Wolves since 2015 and he could not be happier.He even mentioned how his kids are Wolves fans!”My two boys don’t really know much about Liverpool!” Coady told the Express & Star.”They’ve got Wolves kits and come to all the games. They sing the songs, it’s great.”My boys are obsessed with Ruben Neves, they sing his song and all kinds. Henri my eldest, aged three, he loves it.”When asked who his family will support in the upcoming clash between Wolves and Liverpool, he said: “Wolves! All day long. “My family follow me everywhere. They love what this football club has done since I’ve been here, they’re big Wolves fans.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 13, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_imgHONOLULU — A new Hawaii law making it a crime to falsely present an animal as a service animal is about to go into effect.Starting Jan. 1, misrepresenting a service animal will carry fines ranging from $100 to $500.Some service animal supporters say the measure is needed to protect those who actually have disabilities, but critics say it will be too hard to enforce.Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports the state senator who introduced the bill says it will largely serve as a deterrent. Sen. Russell Ruderman of Puna likens it to a littering law.Hawaii News Now reports at least 21 states have passed laws governing service animals in an attempt to keep unruly pets out of places such as grocery stores, movie theatres and restaurants.The Associated Presslast_img read more

October 13, 2019 | |Post a Comment

first_img“A few weeks ago, he supported our government’s plan to move more crude by rail. But today, now, he’s suggesting he’s going to call up CP and CN and somehow try to scuttle the deal,” she said.“I have to say I am shocked by how irresponsible of him this is. And I honestly expected more from someone putting forth their name to lead the province.”Notley has said the rail plan will net $2.2 billion for taxpayers, because the increased traffic is expected to boost commercial, royalty, and tax revenue by $5.9 billion.“It is a sensible, practical and profitable plan that is part of our job to stand up for Albertans,” the premier said in the video. “I am surprised that Mr. Kenney would choose to score political points over standing up for Albertans. Kenney said he will be contacting Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway to urge them not to invest too much in the agreement given that it could be shelved if his United Conservatives win the vote.An election can be called any time now and by law must be concluded no later than the last day of May.“If elected, a United Conservative government will do everything within our power to cancel the NDP’s reckless $4-billion expenditure of borrowed tax dollars to interfere in the market,” said Kenney.He suggested that oil companies would ship more oil by rail if it were profitable and called the NDP’s plan “corporate welfare.”Kenney also said Alberta can’t afford the deal right now, given its multibillion-dollar deficits and a debt projected to reach $96 billion by 2024.Notley, who was in Grande Prairie, Alta., for a methanol plant announcement, responded via a video on social media in which she accused Kenney of being an opportunistic flip-flopper. EDMONTON, A.B. – Opposition Leader Jason Kenney says if he wins the spring election, he will try to cancel Alberta’s $3.7-billion deal with Canada’s two largest railways to ship more oil by rail.“This (deal) is a catastrophic mistake by the NDP,” Kenney told a news conference Wednesday, one day after Premier Rachel Notley announced the province will lease 4,400 railcars to get more oil to foreign markets while the government works to increase pipeline capacity.Notley called the United Conservative leader’s plan irresponsible and arrogant.center_img “I’m also surprised that he has demonstrated such an unprecedented level of arrogance. Let me say this: whoever earns the privilege of leading this province in the future will do so after the votes are counted, not before.”Extra oil shipments by rail are to begin this summer and increase to an estimated 120,000 barrels per day by 2020.Of the 4,440 cars, more than three-quarters are to be new and the rest retrofitted.The province initially believed it would need 7,000 cars, but says it was able to lower that number because it found better routes to market.Notley said shipments of grain should not be disrupted by increased oil traffic on rail lines.Kenney has said a United Conservative government would review all contracts signed by the NDP since Feb. 1 to make sure they are good for Albertans.last_img read more