Cool Weather Pests

first_imgAs the weather cools across the state, several fall insects will begin to take center stage around Georgia homes. Be on the lookout for these nuisance pests and make preparations to deter them from entering your home for the winter.Asian needle antsUniversity of Georgia entomologist Dan Suiter tells homeowners to be on the lookout for a particularly problematic ant called the Asian needle ant (Brachyponera chinensis). This invasive species was first reported in the U.S. in the 1930s in Decatur, Georgia. “For decades this ant hasn’t been considered an issue, but over the past several years population sizes have exploded, and they are now a major pest in Georgia, especially in the northeast and northwest,” explained Suiter.Unlike the more widely known fire ant or Argentine ant — commonly referred to as the “sugar ant” — the Asian needle ant does not build mounds, so it can be difficult to spot this ant species. They establish colonies of up to a couple thousand ants by nesting under logs, stones and bark. When disturbed, they can deliver a very painful sting, similar to fire ants, but the venom can be quite toxic — even fatal, in some cases, should sting victims suffer from anaphylaxis.Many pest ant species lay down pheromones to help establish a well-defined foraging trail for other ants of the same colony to locate food sources, but the Asian needle ant does not forage in this manner. They instead exhibit a very unusual behavior called “tandem carrying,” where one female worker ant will carry another worker ant in her mandibles. Once a food source is located, she will put her sister down and they will forage together.“The other interesting and somewhat alarming thing about this species is its ability to quickly devastate other native ant species by either taking over their nest sites, consuming their food or by directly preying upon them,” Suiter said. “In the spring while temperatures are still cool, the Asian needle ant will become active and begin establishing colonies before other ant species, so they tend to dominate available habitat earlier and are driving local extinctions of other ant species where we’ve seen them colonizing.”County University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agents and forest service employees have been reporting higher incidences of this species in the last few years, especially in northeast Georgia. “We’re not exactly sure of their range yet, but they are probably not as common in south Georgia as they are in north Georgia,” said Suiter.Argentine antsA familiar occurrence for anyone who lives in Georgia is the annual migration of Argentine ants into homes during the fall and winter months. “When we start having cold snaps beginning in October, this ant will start to invade homes looking for a warm place to overwinter,” explained Suiter.Argentine ants don’t go into diapause like other insects, so this migration indoors is a survival mechanism to get through the winter. They will typically find overwintering spots in walls and around electrical devices that put off heat, such as printers or refrigerators.“Argentine ants are what most of us call ‘sugar ants.’ They don’t really bother us during the summer, as they spend most of their time in trees foraging for honeydew from aphids and scale insects,” said Suiter. “This species can have hundreds of queens within a colony, so they spend all summer building their colonies and this is the time of year that population sizes peak — just before coming indoors — so they quickly become a nuisance of homeowners right about now and into winter.”Suiter recommends heading off issues now before they become a problem in the upcoming weeks and months. He tells homeowners to clean up outside of structures to help prevent these ants from collecting and moving indoors. “Argentine ants thrive in mulch and leaf litter because they hold moisture, so horticultural mulches and leaf litter should be minimized. Try not to allow leaf litter to collect in gutters and around the base of homes,” instructed Suiter.If insecticide use becomes necessary, available commercial products that contain fipronil, such as Termidor or Taurus — a liquid insecticide — can be mixed with water and applied directly to ants found outside. Never spray these products indoors! “It is sometimes advisable to find ant nests in mulch and leaf litter and spray nests directly,” explained Suiter. “Typically, no more than 1 gallon of diluted, finished product is needed to control Argentine ants on the outside.”Suiter reminds homeowners to always read and follow the product’s label, as the label contains the manufacturer’s directions for use and provides instructions on what can and cannot be done with the product. Many insecticides, for example, are toxic to fish and other aquatic life and should never be used in areas where they can get into water.Wasps and yellow jacketsLastly, be mindful of wasps and yellow jackets this time of year. As the weather becomes cooler and more tolerable, people tend to spend more time outdoors, where entertainment often includes food and drink. This is also the time of year that wasp and yellow jacket population sizes are at their peak.“As we know, tailgating and fall barbecues are always a favorite pastime this time of year, but this is also the time that yellow jacket encounters spike,” explained Suiter. “When we see wasps and yellow jackets in these social settings it’s important to understand they are not approaching you in a protective or aggressive manner, as they aren’t trying to guard their nest. They’re interested only in foraging from whatever food you have lying around. So, we recommend that people not swat at them or panic, but just be sure to check your soda can before taking a sip to avoid being inadvertently stung.”To learn more about pests in and around the home, visit UGA Extension’s Structural Pest Management website at extension.uga.edu/programs-services/structural-pest-management.last_img read more

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Weird Science: Cville Bike Lab

first_img The Cville Bike Lab Spencer Ingram, the mad scientist of the Cville Bike Lab. Follow the rules. Used bike frames hang from the ceiling awaiting a rebuild and new owner.center_img Spencer Ingram applies axle grease to the inside of a hub while explaining cup and cone mechanics. The Lab.The Cville Bike Lab opened a couple months ago on West Main St. in Charlottesville, the chief thoroughfare between downtown and the University of Virginia, with the intent of creating a community space where cyclists of all types can gather to exchange everything from ideas to parts.Equal parts bike shop, co-op and community center, the Cville Bike Lab is more than a place to buy a bike.“We lead as a bike shop so we can have solid revenue generation to help us pursue the ideas we really want to scratch,” explains Richmond native and UVa graduate Spencer Ingram. “Part of that idea is having a space, a DIY garage, for folks to come in and work on their own bikes, but have some professional instruction, some manuals, and the opportunity without breaking the budget to pick up the tools and learn.”If the space is a lab, Ingram is its mad scientist. Ingram started the bike lab with four other partners to try and jump-start what he says is a missing – or at least a minimal – element of a very vibrant cycling scene in Charlottesville: urban riding.“[Charlottesville] has great shops. We have a spectacular racing scene; and all this with a very small population. But I feel we have an anemic urban culture and need a place for people to learn by example, both traffic safety rider skills and mechanics, and just bikes in general. This is an interaction space as oppose to purely a transaction space,” Ingram says. “It may be idealistic, but democratizing the bike shop space through individuals who are driven to bring something to bicycling in Charlottesville through this resource is our goal.”Indeed, you can feel the community aspect of the space as soon as you walk through the doors. Old bike frames hang from the ceiling, a new workbench is under construction and the main bench is littered with parts, tools and rags, all covered with a satisfying layer of use and grease. Along the walls hangs art for sale by a local painter and merchandise ranging from lights and saddles to hoodies and handmade refurbished wheel post bottle openers. A dry erase board lists prices for simple repairs as well as mechanics classes and membership information.“I want to cater our program towards commuters who have no other option but a bicycle, so lets make it a good bicycle. Let’s give them a resource for the flat tire and the maintenance,” he says.Classes include beginner and advanced mechanics classes and Traffic Skills 101 – Confident City Bicycling, all part of the broader education aspect of the project. Attending classes earns you a membership and access to the tools needed for any repair, along with advice and tips from resident mechanics, almost like a private bike repair lesson. According to Ingram, this enabling of the individual is what powers the Bike Lab and reduce the barriers to going out and riding.While we chatted, I received a tutorial on the inner workings of the front hub on my fixie, which seized up at the tail end of last fall. I had briefly taken it apart in my own garage, but as ball bearings began falling out I realized I was in over my head. A quick tutorial on cup and cone mechanics, a dismantling and replacement of the ball bearings, a little grease and I was back on the bike. Having it fixed was great, but the important part of the experience was watching Ingram work and having him explain how it all fit together. Next time, I’ll be able to fix it myself.But Ingram doesn’t just want the Lab to be a place to turn a wrench and pedal away; he wants it to be an urban bicycling community meeting space. Events hosted at the garage include indoor cycling comps, scavenger hunts, and Friday evening rides around town. Experienced city riders lead by example on Friday night rides, which when combined with safety in numbers, induces a casual learning atmosphere for safe riding habits. These events also help create a familiarity between the different subsets of riders – commuters, tri-athletes, road, mountain, bike polo players, etc. – in a “we’re all in this together” mentality.“Recognize who is riding a bike. We are not ‘others.’ We are your councilmen, business owners, sandwich makers, doctors. We are all riding,” Ingram says.While we chatted, two UVA co-eds swung by the shop and inquired about buying a used, reliable, cheap bike to ride to class. This, says Ingram, is their bread and butter: taking a trashed ten-speed and replacing the right parts to make it a solid city commuter and selling it on the cheap. After all, they do have to keep the lights on.For more information on the Cville Bike Lab, including rates and how to become a member, visit their website: www.cvillebikelab.com.last_img read more

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Coram Man Killed in Mt. Sinai Crash

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 81-year-old Coram man died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was struck by a truck in Mt. Sinai on Monday afternoon.Suffolk County police said Bennie Demaro, 86, was making a left turn in his Cadillac from County Road 83 onto Canal Road when his vehicle was hit by a southbound Mazda pickup truck at 2:35 p.m.His passenger, Salvatore Anselmo, was taken to John T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson where he was pronounced dead.Demaro was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.The Cadillac also struck a Dodge Magnum driven by 53-year-old Lauren Pedone of Port Jefferson Station. Neither she nor her 16-year-old son was injured.The driver of the pickup truck, 27-year-old Timothy Grady of East Patchogue, was taken to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives impounded the vehicles, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information to contact them at 631-852-6555.last_img read more

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A-Rod Suspended for 2014 Season, Vows to Fight On

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez had his suspension reduced to 162 games. (Photo: Facebook)The arbitrator hearing Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriguez’s appeal dropped the hammer on the lightning rod third baseman, suspending Rodriguez for the entire 2014 season, the longest doping ban in baseball’s history.MLB released a statement Saturday announcing the 162-game suspension, which also includes the postseason.Rodriguez won a slight victory with arbitrator Fredric Horowitz reducing the ban from 211 games.Rodriguez, in a statement on his Facebook page, once again denied using performance enhancing substances, as alleged by Major League Baseball. The three-time Most Valuable Player immediately announced his plans to appeal the arbitrator’s ruling in federal court.“The number of games sadly comes as no surprise, as the deck has been stacked against me from day one,” Rodriguez said. “This is one man’s decision, that was not put before a fair and impartial jury, does not involve me having failed a single drug test, is at odds with the facts and is inconsistent with the terms of the Joint Drug Agreement and the Basic Agreement, and relies on testimony and documents that would never have been allowed in any court in the United States because they are false and wholly unreliable.”He added: “I am confident that when a Federal Judge reviews the entirety of the record, the hearsay testimony of a criminal whose own records demonstrate that he dealt drugs to minors, and the lack of credible evidence put forth by MLB, that the judge will find that the panel blatantly disregarded the law and facts, and will overturn the suspension.”Multiple news outlets have reported that it’s unlikely a federal judge will overturn an arbitrator’s decision in a labor case.Rodriguez now becomes the 13th player to be suspended as part of MLB’s investigation into Biogenesis, a now-defunct Florida anti-aging clinic.A-Rod, who was originally facing a 211-game ban, was the only player linked to the Biogenesis probe to appeal. The Major League Players Association released a statement Saturday saying it “strongly disagrees” with Horowitz’s season-long ban, despite the reduced suspension.But, the players association said “we respect the collectively bargained arbitration process” and will make no further comment regarding the issue.Rodriguez will not be paid the $25 million owed to him in 2014 while he serves the suspension. But, the Yankees still owe the slugger $61 million until 2017. It’s unclear what the future holds for Rodriguez, who has battled several injuries and has experienced a drop off in productivity at the plate.Still, Rodriguez said, “I will continue to work hard to get back on the field and help the Yankees achieve the ultimate goal of winning another championship.”“I want to sincerely thank my family, all of my friends, and of course the fans and many of my fellow MLB players for the incredible support I received throughout this entire ordeal,” he said.last_img read more

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How to make your credit union a habit: Onsite Coverage

first_imgby: Tina OremA credit union can become an impossible-to-break habit for members, and Nir Eyal told a crowd of more than 600 credit union executives at CO-OP’s THiNK conference Wednesday exactly how to make that happen.Habit-formed members are huge for credit unions because they’re more profitable, give credit unions greater flexibility in terms of pricing structure, ward off competitive threats and supercharge growth by reducing the time it takes for members to tell others about a credit union, the author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products said. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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? + ? = 10

first_imgWhen I first became CEO of my credit union a few years ago, I was overwhelmed by the daunting task before me.  The credit union had always had a rich history of servicing its members, but had struggled for the greater part of the previous five years with declining loan growth, increasing delinquencies, and dismal performance in terms of net income.  Needless to say, future uncertainty equated to many sleepless nights as I pondered what was to be done and where to begin. In 2017, I wrote an article entitled, “The fellowship of uncertainty,” in which I shared my belief that organizational change amounts to four basic principles: communication, personal and individual visits, sharing and inspiring vision, and instilling confidence in your team.  A few months later, I followed-up with “Anyone can cook,” in which I further iterated that creating a culture of excellence is found in the belief that good ideas can come from all levels of the organization, and that leaders should create an atmosphere of inclusion in which all feel comfortable sharing feedback.  Over the last few years, our management team has sought diligently to instill those ideals throughout our culture, and as a result, has witnessed superb outcomes in personal and organizational performance, including declining delinquency, increasing loan growth, more efficient operations, a more content staff, and an over 500% change in net income.      But I’d be lying if I said it were easy to implement the changes necessary for success.  In fact, we still have a long journey before us! During this experience however, we discovered an increasingly important ideal.  Consider the following:5 + 5 = ?At first glance, the equation is simple…the answer is undoubtedly 10.  In fact, it’s so simple you may be thinking, “Is this a trick question…I mean what else could be the answer?!”  5 + 5 has and will always equal 10. It’s a mathematical fact and can never be altered right? On the surface, you would indeed be correct.  5 + 5 has and will always equal 10. However, depending on which side of the equation you choose to focus; can have great implications on its solving.  As we came to more fully understand the obstacles of implementing lasting change throughout all levels of the credit union, we learned just how true that is.  When looking for a particular answer, in this case how to safely and effectively do an about face on performance, many were tempted to say, “We have and will always do it this way.”  In other words, “We refuse to change the variables, yet hope to see a different outcome.” Albert Einstein said it best, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  By failing to consider the equation from different perspectives, or different variables, you can seriously jeopardize the desired outcome. After all, 5 + 5 can’t equal anything other than 10. Now, what if we were to look at the same equation, but from a different perspective?  Consider it in this way: ? + ? = 10In both scenarios, we want the same answer…to implement lasting and sustainable change that will improve ourselves, our people, and our organization.  However, success or failure is determined by your focus on the correct variables. We may limit ourselves to the way things have always been done, or we may open our minds to nearly limitless possibilities.  When faced with decision, never limit yourself to one variable.  This simple mathematical equation can revolutionize the way you view your world.  Life is full of endless possibilities. Embrace that concept, and you’ll be well on your way to personal and organizational transformation beyond what you thought possible. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joshua W. Poole Joshua W. Poole began his credit union career as a part-time teller, shortly after graduating from high school in 1999.  He has a passion for leadership and change management, and … Web: https://www.brecofcu.com Detailslast_img read more

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CFPB increases enforcement activity with servicemember mortgage actions

first_img continue reading » It’s September 21st, which means tomorrow is officially the first day of Autumn! I personally am looking forward to the colorful foliage, cooler temperatures, and Halloween decorations. Looking back as Summer 2020 draws to a close, one thing in particular jumps out at me: the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) stepped-up its enforcement efforts over the summer. Whereas the bureau had only announced 9 new enforcement actions in the first six months of 2020 (January through June), the bureau has brought 18 actions in the three-month period of July, August, and September. This up-tick in enforcement activity has been driven by a group of consent orders with non-bank mortgage companies alleging violations in how they marketed mortgages to U.S. servicemembers.Since late July, the CFPB has brought 8 actions against mortgage companies that market mortgages to servicemembers. The consent orders have typically alleged violations of 3 different laws and regulations – (1) Regulation Z; (2) the Mortgage Acts and Practices (MAP) Rule’s Advertising Provisions (Regulation N); and (3) Federal UDAAP laws. That second regulation is an FTC regulation that explicitly excludes credit unions from its coverage, and instead tends to cover non-bank mortgage companies requiring a state license.Overall, the actions allege numerous misleading advertising tactics, such as disguising advertisements as official communications from the federal government, stating rates and other credit terms that were not actually available to consumers, and falsely claiming the consumer’s property values had increased.With regard to Regulation Z, the bureau alleged numerous violations of section 1026.24, which contains the advertising requirements for closed-end loans, including mortgages. Here are some of the alleged violations of section 1026.24 the bureau cited: ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Luxury Burleigh development a winner with locals

first_imgNorth Residences, Burleigh Heads. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoNorth Residences, Burleigh Heads.“Solid local interest means we have met the demands of owner-occupiers craving the barefoot Burleigh lifestyle within a boutique, residential-only building of exceptional standards,” said David Calvisi of Synergy Property Partners.“These spacious apartments epitomise the luxuries of a contemporary home, with the security and low-maintenance aspects of apartment living.“I have focused on every detail to create seven residences that are truly extraordinary.”Each apartment has three bedrooms, a beachfront balcony, open-plan living and dining area, and a multipurpose space for a media room, additional bedroom or study. North Residences, Burleigh Heads. North Residences, Burleigh Heads.Interiors feature subtle tones and textures through quality finishes in timber, stone, limestone, glass and mirror. Selling agent, Jamie-Lee Edwards of Kollosche Prestige Agents: New Projects, said North Residences was one of the Gold Coast’s premier high-end developments.“From its trademark glass and concrete facade, wet-edge pool and breathtaking ocean views to premier finishes and liveable spaces, North Residences portrays the very essence of penthouse living to each and every apartment, on each and every level,” Mr Edwards said.“The 472sq m penthouse is exceptionally unique and features its own entertainment deck, glass edge pool, wine cellar and cold room.“It ticks all the boxes for affluent buyers looking for quality, new beachfront product on the southern Gold Coast.” North Residences, Burleigh Heads.GOLD Coast buyers have snapped up all but one apartment in Burleigh Heads project North Residences, ahead of its completion this month.North Residences, at 296 The Esplanade, features seven beachfront apartments in a residential-only boutique building.It is the latest project from Brisbane-based developer Synergy Property Partners.last_img read more

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Documentary of Aklan artist’s life pushed

first_imgThis portrait of Jose Rizal painted by Aklanon legendary artist Telesforo Sucgang is described as “one of the finest and truest likeness of Rizal.” It was created in 1891. AMBETH R. OCAMPO He wrote articles published in ElComercio and the Visayan papers El Porvenir de Visayas, El Panay, ElIlonguillo, and Revolucion.          “We do not know how Sucgang paintedthe image because according to our research, Rizal was travelling at the timewhen Sucgang started painting in Spain. Nevertheless, Sucgang’s painting ofRizal is currently valued around P2 billion but of course it is not for sale,”he added. His other works during this periodinclude ‘Estamos Salvados’ and ‘La Llegada del Correo Español en la Bahia deManila’ in 1887. The latter was renamed Steamship Buenaventura. While in Madrid, Sucgang “painted twolarge historical pictures: the ‘El Desembarco de Magallanes,’ or The First Massin the Philippines, in 1888, and ‘La Llegada de Legazpi y Urdaneta,” accordingto one of his relatives.  “There are still many things we do notknow about Telesforo to which includes the whereabouts of his burial site,”said Rebecca Ocampo, a close relative of Sucgang. Sucgang reportedly hailed in Batan,Aklan and studied painting in Spain where he met Rizal. His othercontemporaries include Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo and Juan Luna. Kalibo, Aklan – The family of Aklanon legend Telesforo Sucgang, who issaid to be the contemporary of Dr. Jose Rizal, wants to create a documentary ofthe artist’s life. During the revolution against Spain,Sucgang was appointed captain and, later on, commandant of the militaryadministration headed by Martin Teofilo Delgado in Santa Barbara, Iloilo, astold by the former’s great grandson.      Meanwhile, Jude Roland Ay-ay, curatorof the Jose Rizal Museum in Intramuros, Manila, said Telesforo’s portrait ofRizal was the “most credible painting” of the national hero’s face. In 1900, Sucgang founded the Institutode Visayas in Jaro, Iloilo. Then in 1905, he built the Instituto Aklan inKalibo and another school in Capiz between 1907 and 1911. In 1912, the artistfounded the Colegio de Minerva in Manila, which lasted until his death in1916./PNlast_img read more

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National High School Athlete of the Month

first_imgI was interested in a Sports Illustrated article about their high school athlete of the month.  She is Hannah Debalsi, a cross country runner from Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut.  The 3 time state champ is also a 3 time high school All-American.This past November she ran in the National Footlocker Cross Country Championship and turned in a time of 17:49.8.  The amazing thing about Hannah is that she simply runs for fun.  Like most cross country runners, Hannah is a straight A student in school.  She has a 4.56 GPA and is headed for Stanford University.last_img

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