Grits sprinkled over fire ant mounds, plastic bags filled with water to repel flies and high-frequency sound waves to chase away rats and mice—these are just a few non-chemical methods rumored to work as pest repellents.Jacob Holloway, University of Georgia undergraduate and graduate alumnus, put a few natural remedies to the test as part of his Master’s thesis for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The idea for this project came primarily from the book ‘1001 All-Natural Secrets to a Pest-Free Property’ by Myles Bader,” said Holloway, who conducted his work alongside UGA Griffin Campus entomologist Dan Suiter. “We got the book and decided to try a few of the purported all-natural cures for insect problems. Most are old wives’ tales that have been passed down, but a lot of the recommendations are ineffective and even dangerous.”Argentine ant controlHolloway focused on ways to control the Argentine ant, a major household pest in Georgia. “They are very prevalent in the metro-Atlanta area. Often, if you see ants trailing inside or outside, they are Argentine ants,” he said.Generally, Argentine ant populations are higher in the spring or early summer and start to decline in the fall. The book recommends the use of a tea made from soybean stems to control Argentine ants. “To make the soybean tea, we soaked the stems in water overnight, just like the recipe in the book,” he said.Holloway took this remedy a few steps further and also tested the use of dry and fresh tansy, fresh rosemary, fresh spearmint, and dry and fresh cucumber as ant repellents. For the study, 20 ants were placed in small shelters with the natural material to be tested. “We then watched to see if the ants stayed away,” Holloway said. The ants’ reactions were measured two and four hours after the material was introduced into the habitat. Most natural substances had no effectHolloway found the ants did not react to the tansy leaves, soybean tea or pieces of cucumber peel. Four stems of fresh rosemary cut into half-inch sections were also placed in the habitats. The fresh rosemary repelled “almost 100 percent” of the ants, he said. “There’s an existing product that contains rosemary oil, so I wanted to see how fresh rosemary fared.”Holloway was motivated to test the natural remedies in an effort to help consumers avoid wasting time and money on ineffective products. “If you use a product that doesn’t work, you are still right back where you were, but with less money in your pocket,” he said.Holloway’s trials were conducted on the UGA campus in Griffin. “Although the fresh rosemary repelled ants for four hours, I can’t promise anything after those four hours,” said Holloway, who now works with the U.S. Army to control pests on military installations.For more information on controlling Argentine ants, see UGA Extension publication no. C926 at www.Extension.uga.edu/publications.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [colored_box color=”red”]Liz CheneySometimes sisterhood is a real bitch. Take Mary Cheney’s sister Liz, who spoke out against gay marriage in her misguided effort to run for Senator in Wyoming—even though she’s really from Virginia, making her a carpetbagger with an expensive handbag. It so happens that Mary is married to Heather Poe, and this lesbian couple has two children, making Liz their obnoxious aunt. Oh, did we mention that the sisters’ father is Dick Cheney, that heartless bastard who should be on trial at The Hague for his war crimes? Point taken. In this case, Liz dissed her gay sister to score points with the tea party extremists, putting politics ahead of her family. By challenging Mike Enzi, the conservative incumbent who had the blessing of Wyoming’s popular former Senator, Alan Simpson, she also violated Ronald Reagan’s so-called 11th commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.” And, last but not least, as Mary retorted in a Facebook rebuke, Liz is “on the wrong side of history.”Viktor YanukovychWho are we to tell the president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, how to run his country? But keeping the former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, in prison and preventing her from traveling to Germany for much-needed medical treatment when her back is killing her is the last straw. First, Tymoshenko probably shouldn’t be behind bars to begin with—certainly her legal defenders don’t think she should be there. But this embattled politician has become a pawn between President Vladimir Putin of Russia and the leaders of the European Union, who would welcome this former Soviet republic into the club. The treatment of Tymoshenko smacks of Stalin-style repression; even her lawyer was recently arrested on dubious charges. The EU has reportedly made it clear that it believes the campaign against her has been politically motivated. Ukraine deserves better than Putin’s all too subservient butt-boy, Yanukovych.Charles E. GrassleyThe Senate filibuster rule has its value but not when it’s used as a blunt instrument by right-wing hypocrites determined to knock down any of President Barack Obama’s nominees just because they can. For the record, examine how often the filibuster has been deployed during his administration compared to previous presidents: 82 filibusters under Obama, 86 filibusters under all other presidents. And these days the obstructionist senators didn’t even have to do their own “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” impression and stand up for hours on the Senate floor like James Stewart did in that Frank Capra classic. This crowd could “phone it in,” so to speak. The Senate Democrats finally had enough and invoked the “nuclear option,” as it was dubbed, changing the Senate rules on cloture so only a simple majority—not 60 votes—would be enough to overcome the Republican blockade on Obama’s appointments, retaining the higher threshold for only the Supreme Court picks. To hear the Republican Senators rail on about this Democratic move to break up the logjam is very revealing. Sen. Grassley, the Iowa Republican, dared the Democrats to do it: “Go ahead. There are a lot more Scalias and Thomases that we’d love to put on the bench.” He summed up their way of thinking best, and that’s why he gets the coveted—and dreaded—Pink Slip for fighting filibuster reform. If his GOP cohort ever gets 51 votes in the Senate, they would pack the courts with clones of the two worst Justices our country has had since the Civil War: Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. That would be injustice personified.Monica MartinezMonica Martinez is certainly one very talented woman but is she twice as talented as other Suffolk politicians? It sounds like Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone thinks so, because he wants to enact an exception to the rule preventing county elected officials from double-dipping at the public trough. Martinez is currently an assistant principal in Brentwood, earning $117,000 a year, but she just got elected to replace Bellone’s nemesis, Legis. Rick Montano, and earn $98,260 for representing the 9th District. It helped her cause that her brother is Tony Martinez, a Babylon Town Board member and a buddy of Bellone, who steered a hefty chunk of campaign cash her way. But the law is the law, stating with clarity, that “public confidence in government suffers when officials collect two public salaries simultaneously.” Say what you will about those who serve in the Legislature, but they all know that doing it right is a full-time job. Unless Martinez has a twin—or a clone—she should quit one of her high-paying positions. If she doesn’t, then a Pink Slip will push her out the door.John M. Walker, Jr., José A. Cabranes & Barrington D. Parker, Jr.These three men comprise the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel that arbitrarily removed U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin from the “stop and frisk” federal case. It put her finding that the New York Police Department unconstitutionally targeted minorities for street stops on hold until a city appeal is heard in March. They concluded that the district judge “ran afoul” of the Code of Conduct and that “the appearance of impartiality surrounding this litigation was compromised.” They disparaged this distinguished jurist for prejudicially maneuvering to get the case and giving news interviews about it. But these guys were the ones with bias. So, she fought back against what legal affairs expert for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin, called “the old-boy network at the Second Circuit.” Good for her. The New York Times weighed in editorially on the panel’s “ill-advised decision of removing Judge Scheindlin and holding up remedies that would protect the constitutional rights of the city’s residents,” and said the panel’s removal “did not go to the substance” of her rulings. The panel had acted “without justification and without giving her the opportunity to defend herself,” thereby it raised “questions about its own motives.” Our ruling is simple: we slap this panel with three Pink Slips.Arne Duncan & John B. KingStandardized tests are great for teaching kids how to take standardized tests—and helping the standardized test makers make a profit in return. But, in the immortal words of that great education president, George W. Bush, “Is our children learning?” That’s become a question for President Obama’s rather testy Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who unleashed the Common Core curriculum on America’s public schools, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s elitist New York State Commissioner of Education John B. King, who is obstinately ramming this Soviet-style program from the top down—and turning classrooms into hellholes to achieve production goals that have distressingly little to do with broadening the mind or instilling life-long curiosity. We want America’s children to compete globally by learning how to think critically. We want them to be fully informed citizens capable of discerning truth from bullshit. But instituting a rigid curriculum intended to fail almost a third of the kids before they even pick up a pencil is the height of cruelty. Denying teachers and schools the adequate training and resources to do a better job educating is unconscionable. Duncan was the CEO of Chicago’s historically underfunded public schools. What did he do with his power but screw over the teachers unions and push market-driven policies that rely on tough testing, not good teaching? These button-downed bureaucrats don’t make the grade.Ted Branch & Bruce LovelessVice Admiral Ted Branch is director of naval intelligence and Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless is director of intelligence operations. Early last month the Navy put these two supposedly admirable fellows on temporary leave, following the suspension of their access to classified material, because they’re connected to the largest bribery scandal to rock the Navy in decades. It involves high-class hookers and luxury travel, among other “enticements.” The lynch pin to this scheme is a 6-foot-3, 350-pound Malaysian businessman, Leonard Glenn Francis, nicknamed Fat Leonard, who hosted lavish dinners and dispensed boxes of Cuban cigars. These two admirals reportedly had the kind of loose lips that could sink ships, getting way too palsy-walsy with the corrupting contractor, who wound up with hundreds of millions of our hard-earned tax-dollars the sleazy way. By the looks of things, this pair lacked the intelligence to know better. They should have seen this schemer coming from a nautical mile away, steered clear of him and given Fat Leonard a wide berth. We count on our Navy to defend us from our enemies—even if they’re just 350-pound greedy bastards.Cornelius GurlittAll Cornelius Gurlitt ever wanted to do was “live with my pictures,” he told the German newsmagazine, Der Spiegel. But the 80-year-old’s art collection included 1,280 masterworks by the likes of Picasso, Chagall, Gauguin and Matisse that had been either stolen by the Nazis from German Jews outright or ripped off from Jews fleeing the country who were anxious to sell their paintings and drawings at any price to escape the Third Reich. Gurlitt’s stash has been estimated to be worth as much as $1.4 billion. The good news is that many art experts had assumed these works had just been incinerated when the Allies firebombed Dresden. But Gurlitt had no right to own them himself. His father Hildebrand Gurlitt was a prominent Nazi-era art dealer with ties to Der Fuhrer and was allowed to handle “the degenerate” art Hitler’s cronies didn’t want. From childhood on, Cornelius had locked himself up with the collection, keeping these wonderful images away from the world until German officials practically stumbled across them recently. Eccentricity is not an offense—and Cornelius has certainly been accused of that since his trove came to light—but here’s the crime: he hoarded these priceless works of art when he should have revealed them for art lovers everywhere to enjoy.Craig RizzoThe abrupt resignation of Arthur Gianelli, the chief executive officer of the Nassau Health Care Corp., was sickening. By every measure his seven-year tenure at the helm of the public benefit corporation that runs Nassau University Medical Center, A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility and five clinics that serve the poor was a success despite very harrowing obstacles—in no small part due to the stinginess of Nassau County in funding this front-line hospital facility that serves the poorest and the neediest in one of the nation’s richest counties. So what if Gianelli was appointed in 2006 by then-County Executive Tom Suozzi, a Democrat? Clearly, County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican, did not have to force him out days after he’d won re-election for his second term. Why didn’t he can Gianelli when he won his first? This Nassau nausea could be contagious. If you’re not part of the cure, then you’re part of the disease. Craig Rizzo, the chairman of the NuHealth board of directors, should certainly have done more to defend his innovative CEO than issue a lame email after 90 doctors on the NUMC medical staff asked the board to meet with them about keeping Gianelli. If anyone should be Pink Slipped for dispensing a dose of bad medicine to the body politic, our recommendation is that Rizzo should be gone in the morning because he seems to be another symptom of what’s been ailing this county.Trey RadelThis Republican Congressman from Florida got busted with coke possession and pleaded guilty in Washington, D.C., where he was charged with a misdemeanor and given a year of probation. He was lucky because if he’d gotten popped in Florida he could have faced a much stiffer sentence. In fact, Radel himself, who is taking a leave of absence to deal with his personal addiction, has supported conservative measures in the past that required applicants for food stamps, unemployment or welfare to pass a drug test. That’s right, this high-as-a-kite hypocrite voted to make sure that anybody using food stamps was cleaner than he’d ever be—until he got busted in the nation’s capital.[/colored_box]
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See the official notice HERE From Monday (September 07.09), all those who enter Switzerland from Croatia will have to undergo a mandatory ten-day quarantine. Despite the negative test result for covid19 when entering Switzerland, mandatory quarantine is still valid. Photo: Federal Office of Public Health FOPH Switzerland put Croatia on the red list.
– doc.dr.sc. Tomislav Klarin – Department of Tourism and Communication Sciences, University of Zadar- dr.sc. Daniela Angelina Jelinčić – Institute for Development and International Relations – Zagreb - dr.sc. Romane Lekić – Edward Bernays College of Communication Management – Zagreb- dr.sc. Krešimir Dabo – Edward Bernays – Zagreb- dr.sc. Izidora Markovic Vukadin – Institute of Tourism – Zagreb- mr.sc. Ivo Beroš – Institute of Tourism – Zagreb- mag. pol. Katarina Golubovic – Mali Losinj Tourist Board-Vesna Vertovšek – external associate of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce on the BLUE_BOOST project- Mosor Prvan – WWF Adria – Ana Krvaric – WWF Adria- Snježana Malić Tinsmiths – WWF Adria- Veronika Mudri Sestan – Travel agency Magic Croatia – Zadar- Gorana Barišić Bačelić – Fortress of Culture Šibenik- Ozten Bjelogrlic – Lemax doo - Federico Niccolini – Associate Professor University of Pisa (Italy)- Angelos Manglis – Sea The Sea (Greece) - Ioannis Melas – Yako Sailing – Udyssea (Greece) - Vassilis Zissimopoulos – Costra Nostra (Greece) - Emmanouilidis George – Thessaloniki Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Greece)- Spiros Sirmakessis – eBusiness & User Experience Lab (Greece) “On behalf of the organizers of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce – Zadar County Chamber I can say that we are satisfied with the response to both webinars and B2B meetings and that the main goal of this event was met, which is to present inspiring stories / projects from tourism and networking of all stakeholders in tourism. I hope that the participants are satisfied with the event and that the presented inspirational stories and business contacts established during these two days will result in new successful projects and business collaborations. Since we had inquiries for subsequent webinars, we will enable webinars and lectures to be viewed by everyone, not just registered participants. Jadreško concluded. We are pleased to have attracted a large number of participants of different profiles. From the real sector, we mostly had representatives of travel agencies / tour operators, facilities that provide accommodation services, companies that deal with marketing and promotion and offer ICT products and services, said the expert associate of HGK-ŽK Zadar, EU MISTRAL project staff member Ivan Jadreško and added: Organized by HKG Zadar County Chamber, international webinars and B7B meetings were held on October 8 and 2 for companies from the tourism sector as well as companies that do business with them. Living in pandemic conditions has brought changes in business models, behaviors and habits of tourists and to new tourism considerations. Therefore, the main denominator held webinarabio Rethinking Tourism. The event was attended by 315 participants from 20 countries including the US, Canada, American Samoa, Australia, the Philippines and India. Other participants were from European countries: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, France, Albania, Greece, Slovenia, Montenegro, Serbia, Northern Macedonia and Croatia. Six webinars were held, and the lecturers were domestic and foreign tourism experts: The focus of the lecture was on the following topics: ICT for tourism, Integrated and sustainable tourism, Cultural heritage and tourism te Innovation for Tourism Post Covid. As announced, you will be able to watch all the lectures at website i YouTube channel MISTRAL project.
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It was there that medical staff tracked her breathing with an oxygen tube.“I don’t know whether it’s a psychosomatic symptom from sharing a room with 10 COVID-19 patients, but my body temperature went up to 40 degrees [Celsius] and my coughing got worse upon arriving at the intensive care unit,” Hana wrote.Read also: ‘COVID-19 is no laughing matter’, says mayor as more local leaders test positiveHer condition improved several days later, although Hana tested positive for COVID-19 following a swab test at a community health center.The journalist’s father passed away on Aug. 8 due to COVID-19. Her relatives, however, did not immediately inform her of the news because they were afraid that it would affect her condition.“I only learned about his death on Aug. 12. I cried as hard as I could that day. I was only able to see my father’s body through a picture taken by my doctor,” said Hana.Her extended family, who mostly live near her house, underwent swab tests following her father’s death.“All of them, almost 20 people, tested positive, including my mother, my husband and my children. We live near each other. What’s worse was my mother and grandmother were sick and showing symptoms,” she said.Hana added she was also struggling with staying in an isolation ward alone.“I wanted to hug my husband and children but I couldn’t,” she said.Read also: The faces behind the numbers: Remembering COVID-19 victimsDoctors allowed her to go home on Tuesday evening after her conditions saw improvement, though a final swab test still yielded a positive result.A new regulation allows patients to be discharged from the hospital if they do not show any symptoms for 11 days.Hana said she was required to undergo self-isolation with her husband, who had also tested positive for the coronavirus disease.As of Thursday, there are 31,610 confirmed cases in the capital, with 1,048 deaths and 21,795 recoveries. Governor Anies Baswedan is considering putting a stop to the gradual reopening of essential services as COVID-19 cases continue to soar in Jakarta.Topics : Hana Puspita never thought that she would become a COVID-19 patient, until she and 20 of her relatives tested positive for the viral disease in July.The Jakarta-based journalist detailed her experience with COVID-19 on her Instagram account @puspitahana on Wednesday, allowing The Jakarta Post to quote her post for this article. She recounted that she first suspected she contracted the disease after suffering fever and joint ache on July 28. She underwent a rapid antibody test for COVID-19, which showed a non-reactive result.Hana’s condition did not improve following the test, so she took a second rapid test later and obtained a non-reactive result yet again, despite her high fever and intense coughing.An X-Ray examination later showed white spots on her lungs, prompting health workers to list her as a possible COVID-19 patient.Hana was later admitted to Tarakan General Hospital in Central Jakarta after receiving treatment at a private hospital.
Press Release, Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced that more than 165,000 Pennsylvanians have downloaded the COVID Alert PA exposure notification mobile app in the first week since the app was released to the Apple and Google app stores.“Thank you to all of the Pennsylvanians who have already downloaded the COVID Alert PA app and added their phone to the fight against COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “This is a simple, secure way that each and every one of us can help protect our communities from COVID-19, and I encourage every Pennsylvanian to download the app today. When we unite to stop COVID-19, we accomplish much more than we ever could alone.”COVID Alert PA is a free, voluntary mobile app developed by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in partnership with NearForm, UPenn and MIT Lincoln Laboratory using the Apple and Google Exposure Notification System. The app’s features include an interactive COVID-19 symptom checker, alerts of potential exposures to the virus, updates on the latest public health data about COVID-19 in PA and public health guidance for what to do if you have a potential exposure to COVID-19.“Pennsylvanians are united in stopping the spread of COVID-19 in our communities, and they are downloading the app to make sure their phone is part of the fight,” Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said. “The more Pennsylvanians who download this app, the more effective it will be at slowing the spread of COVID-19. This app does not track your location or movement; it uses Bluetooth technology to send a COVID-19 exposure notification if you have been in close contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19.”The app is designed with privacy at the forefront. The app does not use GPS, location services, or any movement or geographical information. It will never collect, transmit or store personal information. In other words, it is completely anonymous. The app does collect user statistics like the number of downloads or the symptom check-in demographics that people can voluntarily share. In the first week of availability, we know:There were 165,678 downloads onto smartphone devices;There were an average of 23,659 COVID Check-Ins for symptoms per day; andAround 96 percent of app users reported “feeling good” during their COVID Check-In per day.Here’s how COVID Alert PA works:The app uses anonymous Bluetooth low energy proximity technology to know when your phone is within six feet of another phone with the app for 15 minutes or more.When an app user confirms a positive COVID-19 test result in the app, it will check to see if it matches any of the anonymous Bluetooth close contact interactions your phone has had over the last 14 days.If there is a match, COVID Alert PA may send an exposure alert after taking into account the date, duration of exposure and the Bluetooth signal strength (which is used to estimate how close your phone was to the phone of the person having a positive test result).The more people who download the app, the more effective it will be in helping to stop the spread of COVID. The app can be found in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store by searching for “COVID Alert PA.”Find more information on the COVID Alert PA app here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Announces More Than 165,000 Pennsylvanians Download COVID Alert PA App Within First Week, Encourages All to Add Phone to the Fight Against COVID-19 September 29, 2020
Former Super Eagles winger and Inter Milan loanee Victor Moses is not only happy following his re-union with former Chelsea Coach Antonio Conte but eager to begin in earnest The former Wigan Athletic ace participated in the first training Friday and appears in a hurry to begin the business of showcasing his skills at the San Siro Stadium. Taking to the social media, Moses who made over 38 appearances for the Super Eagles with 12 goals to his credit before calling it quits, informed his followers and fans “Getting to work First training session” Victor Moses stretches and he prepares for debut at the San Siro Moses who is embarking on his fifth loan spell having previously been to Liverpool, Stoke City, West Ham and Fenerbahçe is venturing into Seria A the third which will be the third league he will be playing in. The former England junior international has now criss-crossed through three leagues English premier league, Turkish league and the Seria A.Advertisement Moses who has already been handed the number 11 shirt same shirt compatriot Nwankwo Kanu donned while playing for the side between 1996 and 1999. Inter currently occupy the second position on the Seria A table with 47 points in 20 matches. Antonio Conte who happy to again team up with Moses, is likely to throw him into Sunday’s home clash against visiting Cagliari. Read AlsoEriksen set to join Victor Moses at Inter The visitors who are 6th on the log, go into Sunday’s match fresh from a 2-2 draw against Brescia and 4-1 defeat by the same inter in the Copa Italia. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…