Thousands of broken trees line the banks of the Chattooga River. The dead, gray stabs were once evergreen monsters offering shade to trout and picturesque views to visitors. These Eastern hemlocks are native to north Georgia, but they are dying rapidly.One tiny insect, the hemlock woolly adelgid, is to blame. “Probably 70 or 80 percent of the trees are dead along the river,” said Jim Hanula, research entomologist with the U.S. Forest Service. “It is a matter of time. Eventually it will kill most of the hemlock trees.” The Asian insect first appeared in the eastern United States in Roanoke, Va., in the 1950s. It headed north in the late ‘80s. In 2003, it crossed the river from South Carolina and started feeding on Georgia trees. “Hemlock woolly adelgids are working their way to the western extension of the state,” said Wayne Berisford, a retired University of Georgia entomology professor. “They haven’t occupied all of the possible range yet, but they are approaching.” The tiny pests suck up cells from the tree’s needles, which prevents them from transferring water and conducting photosynthesis. The first obvious sign of an infestation is thinning foliage. Needles fall off, and the crown starts thinning. From a distance, trees look gray. The trees may uproot or fall apart, filling nearby streams with debris, blocking the waterway and altering trout habitat. “The hemlock is a unique tree,” Berisford said. “It will grow in dense shade. It grows well in poor soil by mountain streams and cools the streams for trout.” Bersiford has worked with Hanula and other researchers to find ways to combat the adelgid. Their main emphasis has been releasing ladybird beetles, which eat adelgids. “One beetle species has been established, and populations are growing, but we don’t have any evidence they are controlling the adelgids yet,” Hanula said. Many groups are releasing adelgid predators, including Young Harris College and North Georgia College and State University. Berisford was part of the initial UGA group to release the beetles in 2004 and was instrumental in getting a beetle-rearing lab at UGA. “Anytime you release another exotic you are taking a bit of a chance,” Berisford said. “But these predators have been screened thoroughly. If you offer prey other than the hemlock woolly adelgid, they will literally starve to death.” Berisford said it is typical with a biological control not to see immediate results.“The fact that a population is established is encouraging, but I don’t know what it means,” Berisford said. “We are all hoping this will be a successful venture.” Labs are evaluating new insects but must complete a battery of tests before they can release the predators. Chemical controls are available, although difficult to dispense in the forest. “There are materials available for homeowners to use to combat these insects,”said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Homeowners should look for products with imidacloprid or dinotefuran as their active ingredients. Different formulations are available for drench or granular applications. A few products are Safari and Bayer Advance Garden Tree and Shrub Insect Control. Foliar spray applications of insecticidal soaps or oils can be immediately effective, but only work for a short time. “There are a series of options, but probably the most effective and most persistent is a systemic insecticide, which is transmitted through the tree and reaches the new growth the insects attack,” Braman said. “The Bayer Advance can be slow to act, but is persistent for several years. Insecticidal soap would need to be reapplied fairly frequently. Safari is quicker acting, but may only last two years.” Hemlock species differ in their susceptibility to the insect, which offers hope for plant breeders to find resistant genes and produce trees the insects can’t kill. But until then, Georgia’s hemlocks are on the menu and in danger.
Hoteliers in Dalmatia have received confirmation that they have probably the best business year behind them so far.They had the highest average occupancy, capacity utilization was as much as 20 percent better than the average hotelier in Croatia, and they achieved the highest prices of their services, which are almost 30 percent better than the average hotel prices in the country. In addition, they have the highest total average income per available hotel room, the research showed “Benchmarking of the Croatian hotel industry“For October.Hoteliers in the four Dalmatian counties of Zadar, Šibenik-Knin, Split-Dalmatia and Dubrovnik-Neretva counties for the first time surpassed their colleagues from all other regions in business and revenue results, thus finding themselves at the top of the hotel business, which for decades was reserved for successful hoteliers from Istria, point out the Tourist Board of Split-Dalmatia County.Source: University of Rijeka, Faculty of Management in Tourism and HospitalityThe research showed that the average utilization of hotel capacities in Croatia until September this year was 86 percent, and Dalmatia at the same time had an average utilization of hotel capacities of 89 percent, which is three percentage points more than in Istria. For four months (from June to the end of September), Dalmatian hoteliers were at 90 to 98 percent occupancy. Their average income per room was 116 euros in July and August. At the same time, in Istria, the average income per room was 87 euros per room.The goal of the Benchmarking project is to collect business data online and compare the achieved results with the average of the competition. The Faculty of Management in Tourism and Hospitality is the leader of this project, the development of which begins with the successful implementation of the Benchmarking of the Croatian hotel industry. A total of 112 hotels participated in the survey with a total of 23.423 accommodation units, which is 40,5% of the total hotel accommodation capacity in Croatia.Attachment: BENCHMARKING OF CROATIAN HOSPITALITY
The WHO said Monday that asking the general public to wear facemasks could be justified in areas where hand-washing and physical distancing were difficult, but warned masks alone could not stop the coronavirus pandemic.World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also slammed suggestions that Africa should be used as a testing ground for a vaccine as racist.The global COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than 70,000 people, while more than 1.2 million people have tested positive for the new coronavirus. A vaccine is thought to be at least a year away. Racism row Tedros also lashed out at “racist” suggestions from some scientists that Africa could be used as a testing ground for a vaccine, which is thought to be 12 to 18 months away.Two leading French doctors sparked a storm of criticism last week by discussing on television the idea of testing a coronavirus vaccine in Africa, citing its relative lack of resilience to the pandemic in its infrastructure.They insisted Friday they had been misunderstood and apologized for any offence caused.Africa has confirmed relatively few cases and deaths so far compared to other continents.But the WHO and others have long warned that it could be badly exposed should the virus, both in terms of preparedness and health care.”Africa cannot and will not be a testing ground for any vaccine,” Tedros said.”It was a disgrace, appalling, to hear during the 21st century to hear from scientists… this kind of racist remarks.”The hang-over from the colonial mentality has to stop. WHO will not allow this to happen.”We will follow all the rules to test any vaccine or therapeutics all over the world using exactly the same rules,” said Tedros, who previously served as minister of health and foreign affairs in Ethiopia. Free online concert Meanwhile the WHO teamed up with US superstar Lady Gaga to launch a giant coronavirus awareness concert on April 18 entitled “One World: Together at Home”.The free online performances are billed as a “global broadcast and digital special to support frontline healthcare workers” and the WHO.The gig will feature stars including Andrea Bocelli, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Elton John, John Legend, Keith Urban, Lang Lang, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Shah Rukh Khan and Stevie Wonder.”This global pandemic is a catastrophe,” Lady Gaga said.”We need to tell the stories of, and celebrate, the frontline community healthcare workers and their acts of kindness.”We highlight the singular, kind global community that is arising right now.” Topics : “Countries could consider using masks in communities where other measures such as cleaning hands and physical distancing are harder to achieve because of lack of water or cramped living conditions,” Tedros told a virtual briefing in Geneva.Tedros said he understood that some countries had recommended or were considering the use of both medical and non-medical masks in the general population to prevent the spread of the virus.However, he stressed that the mass use of medical masks could exacerbate the shortage of protective equipment for healthcare workers, saying some were now facing “real danger”.And he said that outside of health facilities, medical masks were recommended for those who were sick, and their carers.
Press Release, Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the passing of Officer John Wilding of the Scranton Police Department:“Frances and I offer our deepest condolences to Officer Wilding’s family, especially his wife and young children, and the Scranton Police Department. Officer Wilding lost his life fighting to make Scranton and Pennsylvania a better, safer place. That mission took his life far too soon but we will be forever indebted for his sacrifice and his bravery and service serves as an inspiration for us all.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Tom Wolf’s Statement on the Passing of Officer John Wilding July 12, 2015
Varsity Lakes is the fastest selling suburb on the Gold Coast. Troy Herfoss and his partner Emily Roper have just bought a house at Varsity Lakes. Picture: Glenn HampsonHarcourts Coastal agent Michelle Wegener, who sold Mr Herfoss his house, said the suburb’s schools, business district, Bond University, train station and its proximity to Robina Town Centre and the M1 made it an attractive option for buyers. “It’s not a very big suburb so stock is limited,” Ms Wegener said.“And I find the Varsity CBD hosts a lot of workers who want to live and work in the same area.”Remax Regency Gold Coast selling agent Darren Lewis said it was no surprise Varsity Lakes had the lowest days on market figure.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North12 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoThis week he settled on a five-bedroom home on Port Peyra Cres for $1.45 million.“We sold it to an Asian woman on her first inspection,” he said.“She had a cash offer.”He said there was not enough stock to meet buyer demand with many agents desperate for new listings.“There’s a lack of supply of houses and everybody is aware of the current market. No one is wanting to miss out on a good opportunity.” FASTEST SELLING Average days on market for houses (12 months to October 2016) Varsity Lakes, 19Carrara, 20Pacific Pines, 20Reedy Creek, 22Mudgeeraba, 23 SLOWEST SELLING Currumbin Valley, 140Tallebudgera Valley 121 Clagiraba 113Springbrook, 101Wongawallan, 100Yatala, 100Source: CoreLogic Varsity Lakes is the fastest selling suburb on the Gold Coast. Troy Herfoss and his partner Emily Roper have just bought a house at Varsity Lakes. Picture: Glenn HampsonDEMAND for houses has become so great in one Gold Coast suburb that buyers are making cash offers and agents are scrambling over listings. Varsity Lakes has become the Coast’s fastest-selling suburb with homes in the year to October 2016 lasting on average only 19 days on the market, down from 46 days at the same time the previous year. CoreLogic figures show the city’s average is 35 days on the market.Professional motorcycle racer Troy Herfoss, 29 and his partner Emily Roper, 22, spent six months trying to enter the property market in Varsity Lakes. Varsity Lakes is the fastest selling suburb on the Gold Coast. Troy Herfoss and his partner Emily Roper have just bought a house at Varsity Lakes. Picture: Glenn HampsonThe pair will next week settle on a three-bedroom house that cost them $610,000.“I found that by the time I got to inspections the sale was practically already done,” he said.“For this one we managed to get an inspection earlier in the week before the weekend inspections. We liked it so we made a decent offer.” The central location was a major drawcard for the couple.“It’s close to the beach but far enough away to be nice and quiet,” he said.
A UK Conservative politician has put forward proposals for corporate governance reform that seek to empower shareholders and put an end to the “ownerless corporation”, with a modified version of the Swedish model of a shareholder nomination committee one of the suggested measures. Chris Philp, a UK MP and member of the Treasury Select Committee, made the proposals in a paper co-ordinated with the High Pay Centre, a think tank campaigning against excessive executive remuneration.In the paper, the politician called for mandatory publication of pay ratios, annual binding shareholder votes on executive pay, and mandatory shareholder committees.Some of the proposals are similar to corporate governance reforms outlined by Theresa May shortly before she became the new prime minister in July, although the High Pay Centre noted that Philp “started pursuing this long before” May made her speech. The annual binding vote on pay that Philp proposed would be a retrospective vote on actual pay awards; shareholders of UK listed companies already have a binding say on remuneration policy, although this vote is held every three years.The shareholder committee envisaged by Philp is based on shareholder nomination committees in existence in Sweden. It would consist of the top five shareholders based on holdings over more than 12 months, with the next largest shareholders joining the committee in the event that one declines.According to the paper, a list of shareholders declining to take up a position on the committee would be published, “so that their own investors or clients could seek an explanation as to why the opportunity had been declined”.The chair of the board and an employee representative would be non-voting members; Philp specifies that the employee representative should not be from a trade union.Under Philp’s proposal, the shareholder committee would replace the nomination committee in recommending the appointment and removal of directors to an annual general meeting (AGM).It would also have other powers, which combined “will re-empower shareholders and make boards more accountable”, according to the paper.’Provocative agenda’Reactions to the MP’s reform plan were mixed.At the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), Joe Dabrowski, head of governance & investment, said that the association welcomes Philp’s proposals as ”a valuable contribution to the debate about how to make companies more accountable for their top pay awards”.He struck a measured tone in assessing the specific proposals.“Giving shareholders and other stakeholders a greater say over the companies they are invested in is certainly a sensible recommendation,” said Dabrowski. ”It is important, however, that an appropriate balance of rights is struck across all shareholders.”The proposed shareholder committee, meanwhile, should be made up of “engaged investors, rather than simply the largest investors, and it is important that this point is not lost through an arbitrary selection process.”PIRC, a proxy and engagement advisory company whose clients include pension funds, welcomed the “attempt to re-boot corporate governance reform” following prime minister May’s speech in July.Alan MacDougall, managing director at PIRC, said that although the High Pay Centre report is to be welcomed “there are still challenges”.He suggested some tweaks on the proposed shareholder committees, including that these also comprise pension fund trustees, and more than one employee, who should also be able to come from trade unions. “Shareholder committees have been successful in Sweden, but are untried in the UK,” he said. “Expecting the top five shareholders in a company to embrace serious reform will require considerable preparation and potential conflicts must be recognised if they are to succeed.”The report by Philps featured supportive statements from Paul Myners, a former FTSE 350 chairman, City Minister and the author of an influential report on institutional investment in the UK, and Neil Woodford, head of investment at fund manager Woodford Investment Management.Myners said Philps “has produced a provocative agenda to rectify the weakness at the core of modern corporate ownership”.Myners noted that although the development of the role of non-executive directors has helped address the “fragmentation” of ownership of major companies, most non-executive directors “remain detached from shareholders”.“They are elected with North Korean-like majorities by uninterested shareholders, selected through a process led by the chairman which would also be familiar to those in Pyongyang,” he said.Implementation of Philp’s agenda “would represent a transformational change in the democratisation and accountability of ownership”, according to Myners.Woodford, meanwhile, noted that Philp’s proposals reflect some of the best practices already in effect around Europe.By adopting these, he said, “we can help boards become more accountable for their long-term performance with, I believe, meaningful benefits flowing to shareholders and the broader UK economy”.But not everyone agreed that the measures outlined by Philp will encourage long-termism.Mike Fox, head of sustainable investment at Royal London Asset Management, criticised the pay proposals as the wrong approach to ensuring that “executive pay remains tied to long-term, sustainable business performance”.“We believe that imposing an annual binding vote could be detrimental, forcing shareholders to focus on shorter performance periods when evaluating whether performance has merited the remuneration paid to senior executives,” he said.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ‘Restoring Responsible Ownership’ report by Chris Philp MP
Alonsabe asked PGENRO to first assessthe rivers in Alimodian where sand and gravel were being quarried. Alonsabe would be consulted before thePGENRO would act on the applications, he added. PGENRO officer-in-charge Atty. ArturoCangrejo said action on applications for new quarry permits was also held inabeyance. The results would be releasedtogether, he added, but he did not say when. ILOILO – Heeding the request of MayorGeefre “Kalay” Alonsabe of Alimodian town, the Provincial GovernmentEnvironment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) deferred taking action onapplications for renewal of quarry permits. Cangrejo said a team from his officeassessed rivers in Alimodian and quarry sites in other parts of the province(towns of Janiuay, Calinog and Dueñas, among others) last week. Alonsabe said he wanted to know ifsand and gravel quarrying in the rivers of Alimodian was still sustainable. The permits of four Alimodian quarryoperators already expired. Applications for their renewal were filed. But thereare six other quarry operators in the town. “Last week I happened to pass by theriver in Barangay Bulod. I saw a backhoe quarrying sand and gravel. I’m notknowledgeable on these things so I asked the PGENRO to check the area out,”said Alonsabe./PN
Will Purdue’s total collapse in the second half against Kansas keep Caleb Swanigan at Purdue another year or will he still turn pro? At the time I am writing this article, Swanigan has not publicly declared what he is going to do. Purdue is hoping that he comes back and leads Purdue into next year’s Final Four.On the other side of the coin, the lure of the big money of pro basketball will be difficult to turn down. I am hoping that he does like last year and tests the water but does not hire an agent. That way if he is not satisfied with his prospects as a pro he can still return to college.Swanigan still needs work on his outside shot and movement without the ball. He is not big enough to play under the basket as a pro, so he will have to be a shooting forward. With Swanigan and Purdue’s seniors-to-be plus a good recruiting class, they could be quite a power house next year. At least I can still hope he comes back.
WDFA action resumes this weekend… Dartmouth, Mahaicony post winsMATCHES on the West Demerara in the inaugural GFF/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National Under-17 Intra Association League are set to restart this weekend after weeks off due to consistent rain and a damaged outfield.Tomorrow, Slingerz FC will match skills with Beavers FC from 12:00hrs while at the same time on Sunday, Eagles United will oppose Wales United.BERBICE FAMahaicony took full advantage of home turf to turn back the challenge of Monedderlust with a solid 3-0 whipping of their West Berbice Challengers.Leading their victory bid was Shane McKenzie who hammered in a second-half brace after they were sent on their way compliments of a Nathan Johnny 28th minute strike.McKenzie found shooting range in the 65th and 68th minutes and made no mistake in converting both chances to seal full points for Mahaicony.Rivalry continued yesterday at the same venue when Lichfield Nuggets took on Paradise Invaders.ESSEQUIBO FALast Saturday at the Queenstown ground, Dartmouth Dominators mauled Good Hope 7-0 on the back of a helmet-trick off the boot of Terrence Marks. Sunday’s match saw Henrietta winning via walkover from Queenstown United.
“FIRST LOVE cannot be forgotten,” is how one member of Kapil Dev’s team describes India’s debut cricket World Cup win in 1983 — a victory that aroused passions so fierce they would change the game forever.When ‘Kapil Devils’ stunned the West Indies at Lord’s, the traditional home of cricket, it triggered an obsession with the sport in India and created its biggest market — ultimately making India’s board the richest and most powerful in the world.India was previously a hockey-loving nation, owing to their five Olympic gold medals between 1948 and 1980. But on June 25, 1983, India’s cricketers became world-beaters.Nobody saw the victory coming, after India came into the one-day tournament with just one win — against East Africa — in the previous two editions.“We never, ever imagined we would reach the quarter-final or the knockout stage,” Syed Kirmani, the team’s flamboyant wicketkeeper-batsman, told AFP.“A few of my colleagues in that team had expressed themselves that ‘we are going to have fun, enjoy ourselves and that’s it’.“But we laid a very strong foundation by winning the Cup. It is like the first love cannot be forgotten. Thirty-seven years have gone, people still remember our victory.”He added: “The younger generation are also keen to know when we won the first World Cup and who were the players. Oh God, it is a fantastic, nostalgic feeling.”– Watershed moment –India’s run to the title is soon to get the Bollywood treatment, with popular actor Ranveer Singh playing Dev.MS Dhoni later led India to the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup title in 2007 and their second ODI world trophy in 2011, but the victory in England will always remain a watershed moment.The Board of Control for Cricket in India is now the wealthiest association in the game and players like Sunil Gavaskar, part of the 1983 team, Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli have been instrumental in taking Indian cricket to greater heights.“The board started getting commercial benefits only after the World Cup win and for us it was a game-changer,” Sunil Valson, who was part of the 14-member squad, told AFP.“Understand nowadays whenever the Indian team goes for a World Cup the expectations are so high on them. But in ’83 nobody expected it, but the way we played was just amazing.“’83 will be ’83, that changed the passion, the trend. Money came into the sport much later, but certainly it was a great victory that came against any expectations.”– ‘One man’s genius’ –India were reeling at 17 for five in a crucial group match against Zimbabwe when Dev’s unbeaten 175 won the game and proved to be the turning point for their campaign.Kapil’s Devils outplayed hosts England in the semi-finals and then defended a modest total of 183 in the title clash.Roger Binny, who sent back West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd for eight in the final, said Dev’s leadership and India’s all-rounders were key to the team’s success.“I think it has got be the all-rounders. If you see the scores in all the matches, contributions came from the latter half of the team,” Binny told AFP.“Definitely one strong point was (Dev’s) captaincy. Also when we beat the West Indies in the first game in Manchester, that lifted the spirit of the guys.”Veteran journalist Ayaz Memon, one of the half-a-dozen Indian journalists that travelled to the World Cup’s third edition, said optimism was non-existent at the start.“Expectations were zero when we went, because India’s past record in the World Cups had been dismal,” Memon told AFP.“I did not even see the first match, India v West Indies, because I thought they would lose easily, but a lot of things conspired to make it India’s tournament.“I was witness to Kapil Dev’s innings at Tunbridge Wells (against Zimbabwe). BBC was on one-day strike, so there was no radio or TV commentary. One man’s genius gave India the direction to go for glory. It lifted up the self-belief in the team.”He added: “In 1983, what India did was turn the game upside completely on its head in the power matrix. Suddenly you found India were champions, therefore their participation in the sport became greater and bigger.”