Where could you find out which counties lead in arrests, child abuse, disabilities, timberland,government employees, per capita income and retail sales? Those tantalizing facts, and manymore, have just been released in the 18th edition of the Georgia County Guide.The guide is a source of demographic and economic data to help communities, educators, leadersand businesses plan for the future. The University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences produced the guide, in cooperation with the College of Family andConsumer Sciences.”The Georgia County Guide contains 89 data tables, several maps and graphs of agricultural,educational, economic and demographic facts for Georgia’s 159 counties,” says Sue Boatright.She is with the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, and co-editor of the Guide,along with Doug Bachtel, a rural sociologist. The data comes from 16 federal and 32 state agency units and four private companies. Tracking GrowthOver the years, the guide has tracked the state’s accelerated growth, worker migrations, lowunemployment, cost of living and agricultural production. “Since 1990, the number of residents has increased by 1.2 million,” Boatright says. “Georgia isthe fourth fastest growing state. This 18 percent growth rate has also triggered a boom in homebuilding and other changes.”As farm land is converted to residential and industrial use, communities must be involved inongoing planning for changing patterns of land use,” she says. “Infrastructure such as utilities,transportation and day care to support quickly changing household demographics must be a toppriority. The County Guide helps community leaders make those decisions.”A Windows-operated database is also available. The user can export data, print graphs, county and state profiles, and perform data analyses. Order NowTo order your copy of the 1999 Georgia County Guide, send a check for $15 for the book or $90for the database, made out to the Georgia County Guide. Send it to the Ag Business Office, 203Conner Hall, the University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7506. Shipping, handling and salestax are included in the cost. Telephone orders are not accepted, all orders must be prepaid andpayment must accompany purchase orders.
Deborah Harris sits on her porch swing and watches carpenter bees fall into a Mason jar trap.“I’ve trapped five so far, and I’ve ordered 10 more of these traps for my friends,” said Harris, a resident of rural Butts County.Tired of watching the bees slowly gnaw through the wood on her porch, Harris bought one of the traps as an alternative to spraying pesticides. Even if its not a longterm solution to her carpenter bee problem, it is satisfying to watch the saw dust spilling bees plunk down into the after watching them attack her porch.Whether its with traps, treated wood or pesticides, most Georgia homeowners face an annual battle against carpenter bees. There tale-tell piles of sawdust can mean destruction or even most well-constructed porch, but entomologist warn that they also serve important roles as pollinators in Georgia’s landscape.Like bumblebees, but differentCarpenter bees look like bumblebees minus the yellow markings. They are black with areas of yellow hair and are typically about an inch long. Males have a white spot on the front of their face. Female carpenter bees can inflict a painful sting, but they seldom do. Male carpenter bees cannot sting but love to hover over humans, trying to frighten us away. Adult bees only live a few weeks but irritate homeowners in that short time period by drilling through wood to lay their eggs. They prefer bare, unpainted or weathered softwoods like redwood, cedar, cypress and pine. Painted or pressure-treated wood usually goes untouched.“They are found usually in porch ceilings, windowsills, doorframes, headers, rafters and siding,” said Steve Morgan, University of Georgia Extension agent in Harris and Talbot counties. Drilling holes, making sawdustCarpenter bee holes and tunnels are perfectly round and about the diameter of a finger. Coarse sawdust beneath an entry hole and burrowing sounds are often the first signs of the bees. “They drill approximately an inch into the wood and tunnel along with the grain,” Morgan said. “Since they often reuse the same spots, holes and tunnels may reach up to several feet in length. They can do severe damage over the long term. Each generation carves nest partitions by chewing the insides of the tunnel and making a paste to create their nest.”Carpenter bees overwinter as adults in abandoned nest tunnels. They emerge in the spring, usually in April or May. After mating, the female drills holes in wood and lays her eggs within a series of small cells. She adds a ball of pollen on which the larvae will feed until they emerge as adults in late summer. Spray at night in the springIf you want to spray pesticides to control carpenter bees, UGA Extension experts say spring is the best time to do so since the bees are active and the holes can easily be found. Bill Tyson, UGA Extension agent in Effingham County, also suggests painting wood as a preventative control method. “Painting the wood with several coats of an oil-based or polyurethane paint will discourage the bees, but it won’t make the wood bee-proof,” he said. Tyson recommends applying permethrin and cyfluthrin sprays to wooden surfaces.Spraying adults with aerosol insecticides will kill them, but spraying wood surfaces won’t. The insecticide must be injected into each burrow to be effective. For this, Tyson suggests using carbaryl or deltramethrin dusts labeled for carpenter bee control. Morgan recommends spraying for carpenter bees at night because the adults may not be near the nest during the day. Leave the hole open for a few days after treatment to allow the bees to come in contact with and distribute the insecticide throughout the nest galleries. Then plug the holes with a wooden dowel, caulk or wood putty.If carpenter bees continue to be an issue, apply additional residual insecticide treatments at weekly or twice weekly intervals.Don’t ignore themLarge and noisy, carpenter bee larva often attract woodpeckers who find them tasty. Unfortunately for homeowners, woodpeckers can cause further damage when they hunt for carpenter bee larva. If you see woodpeckers on the eave of your home, they are more than likely in search of the carpenter bee larva.In Gwinnett County, UGA Extension agent Robert Brannen experienced woodpecker damage first hand. “Last summer, two woodpeckers came along and apparently spent the day digging the larvae out. They tore holes in the wood, so that you could throw a softball through,” he said. “My deck was seriously damaged. I don’t suggest ignoring (carpenter bees).”In spite of their destructive powers, carpenter bees have good pollinating qualities. “After the female carpenter bee makes its 10-inch tunnel, she visits all the local flowers and gathers pollen for her eggs. As she visits from flower to flower she transfers the pollen making larger and tastier fruit,” said Troup County Extension agent Brian Maddy. The importance of non-honeybee pollinators is growing as the number of honeybees declines. These insects are also called pollen bees or solitary bees.Maddy prefers to keep carpenter bees alive for this reason. “If you have a problem with bees around the porch and there are no flowers to pollinate, light a citronella candle,” he said. “It may work and keep the bees busy doing what they do best – pollinating.”
Last weekend Mark and I decided to get away for a couple of days. We had heard that the Highlands area was gorgeous and are always up for exploring a new trail, so we decided to hit the Bartram. We packed the Subaru with running gear and set off after work on Friday. Turns out that one of our friends, Matt Kirk (holder of the South Beyond 6000 and Mountains-to-Sea Trail speed records) was doing the same thing. Our weekends on the trail would turn out to be vastly different, though. While we had planned a relaxing weekend at a B&B with a little bit of running thrown in for good measure, Matt was after yet another FKT, this time attempting to run the entire 110 miles of the Bartram Trail.The first thing that Mark and I did upon arrival in Highlands was to check into The Inn at Half-Mile Farm. Turns out that we had arrived just in time for evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, so we helped ourselves to wine and baked brie and relaxed on the Adirondack chairs by the lake. I’m guessing that Matt must’ve been on the trail by then, enjoying a late afternoon snack of gels and electrolyte drink.Later that evening, feasting on a dinner of red snapper basted with lemongrass-infused coconut milk and mango-cardamom tofu at Cyprus, we happened to run into a mutual friend who told us of Matt’s epic run on Bartram. We found out that he was expected to be at the trailhead nearest us at 6am and decided that it might be cool to go out to meet him there. Once back at the cozy inn, however, we second-guessed that decision. Waking in the early morning darkness, we reminded ourselves that we hadn’t thought to pack headlamps or cold-weather gear. Firing up the gas logs in our fireplace and pulling up the quilt, we decided that it really made more sense to get a few extra hours of rest. We later learned that Matt had gotten a bit more shut-eye than he’d intended as well, although his respite came in the form of impromptu naps on the cold hard ground rather than in a cushy king-sized bed. I’m guessing that he also missed out on chocolates on his pillow.Around 9am, when Matt was miles down the trail and had undoubtedly already digested his pre-dawn breakfast of gels and electrolyte drink, we made our way over to the dining room where we chowed on BLT frittatas and fresh-squeezed o.j., thinking all the while how much Matt would have appreciated that meal. Once we got to the trailhead, the sun was bright overhead, the sky was crystal clear, and we enjoyed panoramic views of mountains as far as we could see. It was a glorious day for running, especially exploring a new trail.For the next five hours, we followed the ridgeline, cranking up hills and coasting down, pausing to soak up the views and snap a few pictures here and there. Occasionally we saw Matt’s footprints in the dirt and wondered how he had been feeling at that spot, over twenty-four hours into his run. Hitting the most heinous steep and rocky stretches on tired legs (we had gone about ten miles at that point), we dared not compare our fatigue to Matt’s, knowing that he had already traveled 80+ miles over the same terrain.We finished our run mid-afternoon, once again returning to the B&B just in time for afternoon snacks, this time goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms and smoked salmon. Poor Matt, we thought. He’s probably still out there, choking down yet another gel with a Gatorade chaser.Later that evening we learned that Matt had finished his epic journey at sunset, completing the entire 110 miles in 31 hours, 55 minutes. He’s only the second person to accomplish this, following in the footsteps of Denise Davis, who set the bar back in 2010. After traveling less than a quarter of the distance they covered, I can attest to the impressiveness of this feat.Now the question remains — if we had it all to do over, which weekend would we choose? Mark and I enjoyed delicious cuisine and definite luxury (did I mention the jetted tub?) with some scenic runs thrown in, while Matt pushed his body and soul to the brink of exhaustion and back in order to achieve a big goal. Just goes to show, there’s more than one way to experience a trail.For more details on Matt’s epic run, visit his blog at http://matthewkirk.blogspot.com/
Photos by Danny Reed of Crooked Creek Holler For all of you anglers who have yet to dabble into some carp fishing on the fly—this one’s for you. I’m telling you, it is so worth it. There are a TON of great places across the southeast where you can get into these crazy-fighting, awfully-ugly, bottom-feeding suckers. Folks also say that freshwater carp fishing can be a wonderful preparation for any saltwater bone fishing or other types of fishing where you’re continuously sight-casting to super spooky fish.What sparked my carp-hunting adventure was an event held this past weekend that I had the pleasure of attending and competing in called the 3 Rivers Carp Cup held by 3 Rivers Angler in Knoxville, TN. This was the 4th annual Carp Cup and one of the most successful as far as fish caught, attendees and undeniably perfect weather. This was my first time ever fishing for carp so I was lucky enough to land a spot on a team with two experienced carp fishermen and good friends of mine; Danny Reed of Crooked Creek Holler and Tim Stephens the King of PBR. Without these two, I would have literally done everything wrong. From trout setting to quick stripping, none of this is allowed when fishing for carp.Some of the tips they enlightened me with were:1. Dead drifting. Carp aren’t going to chase a fly down and if you don’t get in right in front of them, you’ve got no chance.2. Do NOT let the carp see you before you see it, otherwise sayonara sucka!3. If you’re going to miss, miss short- otherwise, again, these spooky fish are outta there.4. You always need to have fried chicken on the boat, it’s a serious juju situation and if the juju is off, the universe will not allow you to catch a fish.5. Carp have a very subtle eat, so “sets are free” was one of our boat mottos and we stuck to it. If you feel anything, SET. (I personally set on 3 trees, 10 grass patches, 2 logs, and 3 rocks and I somehow managed to lose only one fly. Pretty dang good if you ask me.)All in all we had a really good day and hooked into a bunch of fish from blue gill, to a baby striper hybrid, at least a dozen smallies, and last but not least one beautifully ugly carp.I’ve now fished for and to over a dozen species and I’d say the carp could definitely give a false albacore a run for its money on who fights harder. This fish did not want to give up and did everything it could from wrapping the oars to nose diving under the boat and running a good 40 yards with an epic bend in the 8wt before I finally managed to tire him out and with the help of my teammates land my very first carp on the fly!It was a truly epic experience and for all anglers who are questioning whether this weekend’s road trip to target carp on the fly is worth it, I’m again reinforcing the fact that it is absolutely, undeniably, enthusiastically SO worth it. I’m insisting that you go and give it a try. You will not be disappointed.
Oct 10, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – In the face of chronic low influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers, the leading US society of infection control professionals says it’s time to require medically eligible workers to either get the immunization or sign a form saying they understand the risks to patients if they skip it.”As part of a comprehensive strategy, we recommend that influenza vaccine be required annually for all healthcare personnel with direct patient care,” the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) said in a policy statement released yesterday.”Organizations should adopt a system in which an informed declination is obtained from employees that decline for other than medical reasons,” the statement continues. “This information should be utilized by the facility to develop improvement strategies for the following vaccine season.”APIC urges vaccination for all medical and nonmedical personnel in contact with patients or patient samples, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, dieticians, religious workers, and cleaning, kitchen, and laboratory personnel.Voluntary programs haven’t workedRecent national survey data show that only 42% of healthcare workers receive an annual flu shot, and the rate has not risen significantly in the past decade, the APIC statement notes. Long-standing recommendations from APIC, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other national organizations have made little difference.”Voluntary efforts are clearly not effective—it’s time for hospitals and other healthcare facilities to require influenza immunization,” said Linda R. Greene, RN, MPS, CIC, lead author of APIC’s position statement, in a press release.The policy statement notes that health workers can transmit the flu virus to others before they have any symptoms. Further, it says multiple studies show that 70% of health workers continue to work even when sick with the flu.A multifaceted approachAPIC has strongly advocated flu shots for healthcare workers for years, along with a variety of strategies to promote them, but this is the first time the organization has used the word “require,” Greene told CIDRAP News in an interview.She said the declination form is the major new element in APIC’s recommendation, but emphasized that it should be just part of a broad strategy for encouraging immunization.”This isn’t just a declination that says, ‘I don’t want to get it and here’s the reason.’ It’s an informed declination, where the employee really understands that by refusing to get the vaccine for other than medical reasons, they’re not only putting their patients at risk, but also themselves and their family and the community as a whole,” said Greene, who is director of infection prevention for Rochester General Health Systems in Rochester, N.Y.”This is the idea of active declination—it’s not just a form that’s floating around and you’re supposed to sign it sometime; you actually have a conversation about why this is important for you,” she added.But other measures must be linked with informed declination, she said.There is only limited evidence on how well declination forms work, she said. “But what we see is that declination alone, if you’re not going to employ the other measures, has not necessarily been particularly effective,” yielding only modest increases in immunization rates.For example, her institution used a declination approach last year, but it was not coupled with “a tremendously proactive statement about putting patients at risk.” The result was that the immunization rate increased about 10%, she said.Getting administrators’ buy-inGreene hopes for much better results with a more comprehensive approach this year. “This year our approach is very robust. The administration is encouraging it, the CEO sent a letter to employees, we’re going to post our [immunization] rates weekly. Managers must ensure that employees who didn’t get the vaccine are told of the risks to patients.”Our goal is at least 75% and hopefully higher; but what we’re seeing already is tremendous interest.”Greene said a key part of promoting flu immunization is enlisting the support of a facility’s administration and other departments, so “it’s not just sitting in occupational health.” Administrators can promote the effort by using the flu immunization rate as an important indicator of safety and quality for the facility, she said.In New York state, informed declination has been used successfully with hepatitis B vaccine for healthcare workers, Greene said. “We’ve found that we have a very, very high acceptance rate for the hepatitis vaccine.” The vaccine is offered to direct-care workers when they are hired, and they see it as a benefit for protecting themselves, she added.Some institutions now require workers to get a flu shot as a condition for being hired, but APIC decided not go that far in its recommendation, Greene said.Taking a stronger stanceAs for the timing of the new policy, Greene said a combination of factors was at work. They included many new studies about flu and flu immunization in recent years. Also, some other professional societies had taken much stronger positions on the issue than APIC had.”Some of my colleagues here said it would really help us if APIC had a much stronger statement,” she said. At the same time, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations has challenged facilities to exceed the 42% immunization rate.”I think we’re going to see some results,” Greene said. “I think we’ll be surprised and pleased to see that vaccine rates will increase and continue to increase.”See also: Oct 9 APIC news releaseAPIC position paper on flu immunization for healthcare personnel
Cover photo: TZ Novalja So, when we talk about tourism, the narrative is that now is the ideal time to research, discover and plan future travel, ie compile a kind of bucket list. Although it is not a top production, as in the case of VisitPortugal, it is certainly a compliment for the quick reaction, thinking and effort of the Novalja Tourist Board. It is on this track that TZ Novalja yesterday posted a video on its Facebook profile with the message – Don’t travel now! Stay at home and see you soon! Yesterday I wrote an article on the subject how do national tourist boards communicate in this time of crisis?, In any case, the worst thing is not to communicate, especially in a crisis situation.
Blessed by father Francis Fang, the vessel was then officially named by its Godmother, Tanya Saadé Zeenny, who wished the ship, the captain and its crew the best of luck on their future voyages with the traditional words “May God bless this ship and all who will sail on her”. Its rotation will lead it to the ports of Pusan in South Korea; Tianjin, Ningbo, Shanghai and Yantian, China; Singapore; Southampton, Dunkirk, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Algeciras in Europe; and Port Kelang in Malaysia. This line provides a weekly service comprising 13 calls over the course of 84 days. Business & Finance A first-of-its-kind digital naming ceremony was held today for the 23,000 TEU CMA CGM Jacques Saade, the largest LNG-powered containership in the world. The French shipping giant has made the symbolic choice of naming its new flagship after its founder, Jacques Saadé, a visionary and entrepreneur. Posted: about 1 year ago “The CMA CGM Jacques Saadé embodies our commitment to the planet. This vessel has been enhanced with the latest technologies and is the result of 7 years of research and development. While guaranteeing the safety of our crew, it preserves air quality and will be part of our fight against global warming. It significantly improves the environmental footprint of carried goods,” Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, pointed out. CMA CGM Jacques Saade’s maiden voyage “We have taken a big step forward. We need to go further to build transport that is even more respectful of the environment.” unched a year ago, the LNG-powered boxship is the first in a series of nine 23,000 TEU newbuilds ordered by CMA CGM. It features a length of 400 meter, a width of 61 meters and can sail at a service speed of 22 knots. CMA CGM Launches First 23,000 TEU LNG-Powered Giant All nine container vessels will be registered at the French International Register (FIR). They will bear the names of landmark Parisian monuments and other renowned venues and institutions from throughout the French capital — Champs Elysées, Palais Royal, Louvre, Rivoli, Montmartre, Concorde, Trocadéro, and Sorbonne. From #Shanghai to #Marseille, today we attended a unique digital naming ceremony for a unique ship.With the #CMACGMJacquesSaadé, our Group takes a decisive step towards a maritime transport industry that is even more respectful of our environment.Fair winds ! pic.twitter.com/Bcj0WgTh2D— CMA CGM Group (@cmacgm) September 22, 2020 Image Courtesy: CMA CGM The ceremony was attended by Hudong–Zhonghua Shipyard representatives in Shanghai, China, and CMA CGM’s management in Marseille, France. Categories: The CMA CGM Jacques Saade will start its maiden voyage as of September 23rd on the French Asia Line (FAL), CMA CGM Group’s most emblematic line between Asia and Northern Europe. Posted: about 1 year ago
Pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. each night. Entry fee each night is $75 for Modifieds and $35 for Hobby Stocks. Grandstand admission for adults is $12 on Friday and $15 Saturday and Sunday. Seniors and veterans pay $8 on Friday and $12 on Saturday and Sunday. Pit passes are $30 a night or $75 for a three-day pass. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and E3 Spark Plugs State points will be awarded all three nights. All three Modified features are 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying events, with $1,000 at stake Friday, Aug. 30 and Saturday, Aug. 31. The Sunday, Sept. 1 feature pays $1,500 to win. GILLETTE, Wyo. – IMCA Modifieds and IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks run all three nights during Gillette Thunder Speedway’s 20th annual East-West Clash. Hobby Stocks run for $250 to win Friday and Saturday and $350 to win on Sunday. More information is available by calling 307 682-8866.
RelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL Following the qualification of the trio of Olufunke Oshonaike, Olajide Omotayo and Offiong Edem for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, the President of Nigeria Table Tennis Federation, Ishaku Tikon, has said the sport in its usual nature has justified its status among all sports in Nigeria. An excited Tikon, who was with the team at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Tunis, described the injury sustained by Aruna Quadri as unfortunate, but said this would not prevent the highest ranked player in Africa going to the Olympic Games in Tokyo. H”e said: “I am so happy with the performance of the players because they gave a good account of themselves in the tournaments, which started with the ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup. “With the outcome of the first tournament, Nigeria remained one of the top table tennis playing nations in Africa and we are still there in terms of quality.” Tikon was particularly thrilled with the qualification of the players for Tokyo 2020, adding that this showed that the players understood the importance of making the nation proud when it matters most. H”e said: “I watched all the matches played by our players and I can confirm to you that none of them was easy, but the players showed their class and they were able to pick three of the eight tickets at stake in the men and women singles. “It was unfortunate that Aruna Quadri has to withdraw due to a recurrent thigh injury because he had the chance to qualify. “But based on doctors’ advice, he was asked to rest not to complicate the injury. “But our consolation is that he can make it to Tokyo based on his ranking because he is rated 18th in the world and most of the players ahead of him have all booked their spots at Tokyo. “From the qualification system, 13 players will be selected based on their world ranking and Aruna Quadri is the number one among the expected 13, so we are happy that he has worked hard to get this qualification through his world ranking.” The NTTF boss thanked the Ministry of Youth and Sports, particularly the Minister, Sunday Dare, for his unflinching support to the team, while hoping that the players would get the needed support to prepare well for the games in Japan.Tags: aruna quadriOffiong EdemOlajide OmotayoOlufunke OshonaikeTokyo 2020 Olympic Games
With a season ticket waiting list stretching into the tens of thousands, it is unlikely to satisfy the demand for match tickets, but Ayre stressed the proposed new numbers fitted the business plan. “Never say never, people say. I think it is too difficult to answer that question,” Ayre said when asked whether expansion had reached its limit with the latest proposals. “We have great experience from our owners (Fenway Sports Group) who have achieved something similar at Fenway Park (home of Boston Red Sox baseball team) and we are always looking to improve the stadium and you just don’t know where this thing goes over time. “We think the capacity we are aiming for ultimately is around the sweet spot for Liverpool – but that could change. “Sweet spot has a number of points to it: one is the cost to develop and the return on that investment. “If you spend £40million on a stand and you get 5,000 general admission seats, that takes a long time to get that back, so you have to find a solution and other ways to make that return quicker. “The 60,000 capacity as a construction cost feels like the right solution to be able to be sustainable and build the business from, so in that regard that is why we feel that is the right number. “For now we feel we are on the right track and we feel the range of facilities and the quality and authenticity is the right fit for now and years to come.” Work begins on Monday on the £100million-plus redevelopment of the ground’s main stand, which will add about 8,500 seats to the 45,500 currently present. Phase two of the proposals will see an expansion of the Anfield Road end to take overall capacity to just under 59,000. In recent weeks, protests over ticket prices have taken place at Anfield and the fact more than half of the new seats in the redeveloped Main Stand will be non-general admission will have done little to assuage those complaining that ordinary fans are being priced out. The club will meet with supporters’ representatives next week and Ayre is confident they can still keep fans onside. “We built the economic model on the basis of having a range of prices, as we do today,” he added. “We have said all along we absolutely recognise there needs to be some affordable pricing and tickets in the stadium and that is the case today, but maybe there can be more of that. “More importantly for us is people understanding why we increase prices: they have largely increased in line with inflation and, if you look at players’ wages, transfer fees, they are not going down either. “We always want to try to find the right solutions for our fans.” Away from the stadium issue, Liverpool have sent striker Daniel Sturridge to train in Los Angeles for two weeks to help in his rehabilitation from a thigh injury. The England international has not played for the club since August 31. Press Association Liverpool chief executive Ian Ayre has not ruled out taking Anfield’s capacity beyond the 60,000-mark in the future, but insists it does not make financial sense at this stage.