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Summer skeeters

first_imgBy Elmer GrayUniversity of GeorgiaWith summer just around the corner, nuisance populations of Asiantiger mosquitoes are soon to follow. One of Georgia’s most commonmosquito pests, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedesalbopictus), thrives as temperatures rise.Asian tiger mosquitoes were introduced into this country inHouston, Tex., in the mid-1980s. Since then, they’ve spreadthrough much of the eastern United States. They’re not thought tobe major disease carriers yet in this country. But they areaggressive daytime biters, so considerable efforts are spenttrying to reduce their larval habitats.These mosquitoes are black and white, with a characteristicmedian, white stripe on the thorax, lateral stripes on theabdomen and striped legs. These markings and their aggressivedaytime biting make them fairly easy to identify.Mosquito havensThey prefer to breed in any kind of container that will holdwater. The container breeding and daytime activities make themhard to control through conventional practices such aslarge-scale treating with larvicides and adulticides.The best way to prevent nuisance populations is simply toeliminate all forms of standing water around our homes andneighborhoods. Target buckets, pet dishes, tarps, toys, usedtires and any debris that will hold water.And don’t just check once. Getting rid of standing water aroundour homes and neighborhoods should be a way of life, not aone-time or even a once-a-month routine.Asian tiger mosquitoes aren’t strong fliers. They often don’tmove more than 100 yards from where they hatch. So, if you have alot of them around your home, you won’t have to look far to findtheir larval habitat.Swarms of skeetersThat is far different from what many Georgia residents face inthe lower portion of the state. There, large lowland areasprovide ideal breeding sites for many native mosquito species.South Georgians don’t want to think of Asian tiger mosquitoes.They’ve been dealing with heavy populations of other mosquitoesfor more than two months as a result of the heavy rains in earlyspring and wet conditions stretching back to last year’shurricane season.Native flood-water mosquitoes have been particularly troublesomewhere most low-lying areas have been inundated with water forlong periods over the past eight months.Fortunately, no significant mosquito-borne disease outbreaks havebeen reported, although two cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitishave been reported this spring.DiseasesThese have involved a horse from Bacon County and a flock ofquail in Lanier County. Both are indicators that there is viralactivity in the local mosquito populations. People who live inthese areas should be particularly cautious.On the West Nile virus front, news has been quiet so far thisseason. As of May 16, no WNV-positive birds, horses, mosquitoesor humans have been reported this year.That’s not completely unexpected, since the peak period for WNVin Georgia continues to be August and September. The peak periodcoincides with hurricane season, and last year’s active seasonmay have suppressed West Nile activity.In Georgia, the primary carrier of West Nile virus is theSouthern house mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus). Thismosquito breeds regularly in storm drains and sewer systems,which are flushed of stagnant water by periods of heavy rain.In 2004, Georgia had 22 verified cases in humans, with one death.Three horses and 105 birds tested positive for the virus.Nationwide, 2470 human cases and 88 deaths were reported in 41states.(Elmer Gray is an Extension Service entomologist for theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

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Tech Time: 4 ways technology has changed financial services

first_imgThe emergence of new technologies has had a dramatic impact on the way Americans do business. For many industries, technological advances have transformed enterprise operation and structure. The financial services industry has been revolutionized by the digital age. New technologies and the shift toward the cloud have made some aspects of business operations easier and has facilitated operating on a scale that is otherwise unattainable. However, this shift does come with its own set of challenges. Here are four ways technology has shaped the financial services sector.1. Data Is Virtual, Not Physical. Years ago, credit unions and banks were focused on securing physical data—guarding servers and tangible files filled with personal and sensitive information. This emphasis has shifted as data is largely virtual. Of course, branch security remains a priority, but financial institutions must also fend off large-scale attacks, as the costs of a cyberattack are potentially devastating.Automation has changed almost every aspect of financial services. Credit unions and banks have computerized tellers, digital records, and electronic payments, and all of this data can be sent across the world with the click of a button. The plethora of personal information collected in the course of business is sensitive, identifiable, and vulnerable. When a financial enterprise is hacked, a lot more than money is at stake. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Instant issuance: SFP or SaaS?

first_imgInstant issuance has become a valuable service offering for credit unions as they respond to on-demand member expectations, expedite cards into members’ hands, and capture greater interchange revenue potential.For credit unions exploring instant issuance, the big question is whether to adopt a Software for Purchase (SFP) or Software as a Service (SaaS) model, says Rob Dixon, Card@Once product manager for CPI Card Group.He breaks down key considerations credit unions face when evaluating these two options.CUNA News: What do credit unions need to consider when evaluating an instant issuance solution?Dixon: To begin, establishing responsibilities around cryptographic keys is crucial. Financial institutions receive encrypted keys from their processor for bank identification numbers (BINs), which are used as each card is printed to calculate payment card values. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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New brand of tourism identity of Zadar County presented

first_imgToday, in the Rector’s Palace in Zadar, the Zadar County Tourist Board presented the new brand-identity of Zadar County tourism. Strategy  branding of the tourist destination of Zadar County, which was launched by the Zadar County Tourist Board in 2017, the aim was to determine the market or target audience and create a strong and credible brand agreed and harmonized among residents, tourism industry and the system of tourist boards and local self-government. The Strategy also wanted to define the recognizability of the brand that will distinguish Zadar County from the mass of the same or similar destinations, which will create loyalty of guests, connect with visitors creating an experience, a brand that will be remembered and returned, say the Zadar County Tourist Board.Mihaela Kadija, director of the Zadar County Tourist Board, pointed out that the solution was reached through a long process of surveys, interviews and talks, as well as workshops and excellent cooperation with representatives of tourist boards and the tourism industry, opinion leaders and other key subjects of the county. She pointed out the adaptability of the solution that can be applied to many tourist products of Zadar County, and certainly our local tourist boards will be able to apply it perfectly for their needs. “The product is a modern and attractive material that puts us alongside big destinations and rises above the competition. “ Kadija pointed out.In the next marketing period, TZŽ expects cooperation and application throughout the tourism sector, whose representatives at the Panel “Connection / interdependence of the real and public sector in destination branding” confirmed this as a guarantee of brand success. “Together, we need to impose ourselves as a destination as a tourist destination that offers numerous activities, and work seriously on the availability of information about this, the existing offer. “Kadija concluded.HD Consulting is responsible for the development of the Strategy, while the BBDO agency developed the visual and verbal standards of communication and was in charge of photo and video production.last_img read more

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No ‘ogoh-ogoh’ parades, large crowds during Nyepi this year

first_imgThe isolation during Nyepi in a way resembles social distancing, unlike the rituals prior to and following Nyepi, which usually involve large crowds.Amid growing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak, Bali Governor Wayan Koster has banned all ogoh-ogoh (menacing-looking giant effigies) parades across the province, not even a short march around small neighborhoods, during this year’s ngerupuk ritual on the eve of Nyepi, is allowed.“No ogoh-ogoh parade in any form [is allowed],” Koster said last week while announcing his policy.Ngerupuk is the island’s biggest street parade, in which the local youths compete with each other to create the most magnificent ogoh-ogoh. The COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia has undeniably impacted how religious communities observe their traditions.On Wednesday, Balinese Hindus will observe Nyepi (Day of Silence), which marks the Balinese New Year and is reserved for self-reflection.In Bali, Nyepi is synonymous with deserted beaches, empty streets and lights switched off at night. Nyepi is the only day of the year when Bali’s airport and seaports close. Everyone, regardless of their religion, must remain in their house or hotel during Nyepi.  Editor’s note: This article has been updated with information about religious observations in Bali during the COVID-19 pandemic.Topics :center_img Ogoh-ogoh were first introduced in the 1980s and have since become a permanent fixture at Nyepi spectacles across Bali, the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia which relies much on tourism.“Actually, the ogoh-ogoh parade is not part of the original Nyepi rituals. So, we are not obliged to hold the parade,” the head of the Indonesian Hindu Religious Council’s (PHDI) Bali chapter, I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, said, urging all Balinese Hindu communities to obey the call.The PHDI, Bali Customary Village Council, and Bali governor also urged Balinese Hindus to host the melasti — a procession that features pilgrimages to the sea to purify temples — and tawur agung rituals with a smaller number of participants.“Because the virus is highly contagious, we urge people to adjust the rituals to make our island safer for all of us,” Sudiana said.Bali, a province with more than 4 million people, has six confirmed COVID-19 cases with two fatal cases as of Monday, all of which authorities said originated outside the island. The province has yet to confirm any local transmission.One day after Nyepi, Balinese Hindus perform the ngembak geni ritual, in which they travel to their hometowns or visit relatives to exchange forgiveness.But on Monday, less than three days before the ngembak geni ritual, Koster issued another notice advising people to stay at home on Thursday.Yet there have been reports of people defying authorities.Young people carried ogoh-ogoh in processions through the streets of Denpasar on Tuesday.”The Satpol PP [Public Order Agency], backed by the pecalang [Balinese traditional guard] immediately dispersed the groups,” Denpasar city spokesperson Dewa Gede Rai said.Another large crowd reportedly headed to a beach in Gianyar for the Hindu melasti ceremony a few days before Nyepi.In Jakarta, the country’s epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, Nyepi’s series of ceremonies were held with similar adjustments to the number of participants.Less than 30 Hindus — all wearing masks — gathered at Aditya Jaya Hindu temple in Rawamangun, East Jakarta on Tuesday to observe the tawur agung ceremony, held a day before Nyepi.Jakarta’s Nyepi organizing committee chairman Ida Bagus Nyoman Banjar said smaller celebrations did not reduce the meaning of Nyepi.“We will follow the government’s call to limit congregational [rituals] and keep a distance. But the meaning of the rituals is not diminished at all,” he said after the event on Tuesday.The committee has also canceled the ogoh-ogoh parade to prevent large crowds.“We already have the ogoh-ogoh here, but we will keep them for next year’s event,” said Banjar, who is also a doctor.As a doctor, Banjar said he understood well the importance of following the government’s call to maintain social distance.“Social distancing is our collective effort to fight COVID-19,” he added.Jakarta’s Hindu community performed a melasti purification ritual in Segara Cilincing Hindu Temple in North Jakarta on Sunday. It was also attended by less than 30 participants.I Gede Ngurah Utama, a Hindu who lives in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, said that Tuesday was the first time he went to the temple after the PHDI had urged Hindus to pray at home, in line with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s instruction to self-isolate.”It was quite empty. Usually more people come,” he said.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, after a meeting with religious leaders in the capital, announced on Thursday that the city would limit Nyepi ceremonies and other religious practices for the next two weeks.“During Nyepi, Hindus are required to stay at home and reflect on themselves and this is in accordance with the social distancing measure called for by the government,” said I Nengah Dharma of the PHDI’s Jakarta chapter.The policy has been put in place to stem the transmission of the coronavirus disease, as Jakarta continues to see a rising number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, which stood at 377 as of Tuesday. Jakarta also recorded 32 deaths.Several other regions also canceled ogoh-ogoh processions and limited rituals ahead of Nyepi, including Yogyakarta and East Java’s Surabaya.Many Catholic, Christian and Muslim communities have also adjusted their religious traditions to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.last_img read more

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$1K IMCA Modified feature at Thunderbird complements salute to veterans, fireworks

first_imgQuestions about the Saturday race program at Thunderbird, sponsored by Allstar Performance, can be directed to 231 766-3300. More information is also available on Facebook. Pit gates open at 3 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 5 p.m. and racing at 6:30 p.m.  There is no entry fee for the July 11 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier at Muskegon and IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Dirt Works Eastern Region, KMJ Perfor­mance State and track points will be awarded.  MUSKEGON, Mich. – A $1,000 to win IMCA Modified feature event complements the Saturday salute to veterans and lots of fireworks at Thunderbird Raceway.  Pit passes are $30. Spectator admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors 60 years and over and $5 for kids ages 6-11. Veterans with ID and youngsters five and under are free. last_img read more

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Youngsters take in competitive Navan heat

first_imgNavan stages an all-Flat card on Saturday with the valuable 40,000 euro Irish Stallion Farms EBF Premier Nursery the feature event on the seven-race fixture. Five of the nine runners are already maiden winners over this five-furlong trip, with previous Nursery winner Leath Na Hoibre, a winner over six, the only one to have won over further than today’s minimum distance. None of the nine have won on their latest starts, although top weight Blood Moon possesses a fine piece of recent form, having finished third in the Group Three Curragh Stakes. However, Ger Lyons’ stable jockey Colin Keane has sided with Birdcage and the Qatar Racing-owned filly might be able to win on her handicap debut, having shown a good level of ability on quick ground thus far. The next most valuable event, the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Race, is worth half the feature’s prize but is still well worth winning, with the Ado McGuinness-trained Bubbly Bellini looking to score a remarkable 17th career win. McGuinness has done an excellent job with the eight-year-old and while well beaten on his latest Curragh start, has already won four times this year and would have claims with an ease in ground conditions. Bubbly Bellini faces just five opponents with Jamesie now reverting to conditions company having failed on his latest four stakes efforts. The Dermot Weld-trained Alkasser has himself disappointed on his latest two handicap starts but does go well on a fast surface. The opening Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Auction Maiden over five furlongs is an interesting event, with both the Tommy Stack-trained Aspar and Michael O’Callaghan’s Moral High Ground bidding to recoup losses having both been well supported to win on debut recently. Aspar must give away weight but was second in a well-contested maiden at the Curragh in July, while Moral High Ground was third in the Curragh maiden won by impressive Smash Williams recently. Both should play leading roles and the Patrick Prendergast-trained Go Kart also showed ability when second on debut at Dundalk. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Hero CPL pumps $102M into host countries

first_imgTHE Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) continued its upward trajectory in 2016 with the world’s fastest growing T20 tournament contributing a significant economic boost of over US$102,670,565 across each of the seven host territories – Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago and Lauderhill, Florida.The economic impact to the region has shown a staggering rise in recent years from $43,710,638 (in 2014) to $76,255,962 (2015) and now to US$102.6M.The Hero CPL commissioned SMG Insight/YouGov for the third successive year to conduct an Economic Impact Assessment (EIA) of the Hero CPLT20 Tournament which took place between June 29 and August 7, 2016.The EIA was to assess the Total Economic Impact for the Caribbean economy of staging such a high profile and successful event across each of the six Caribbean host countries, as well as Florida, as a direct consequence of hosting the event.Independent research analysis was carried out at each of the venues with 15 399 attendees participating covering a range of topics based on the value of their visitor spend and length of stay in each specific country.This year marked the fourth edition for the biggest party in sport, and the figures released on Tuesday, December 6 made for positive viewing and wrapped up a fine year as the Hero CPL has firmly established itself as the number one sporting event in the Caribbean.The EIA is measured by multiples of three key areas; spend by the organisers and tournament suppliers, visitor spend on transport and accommodation and media value during TV and digital media broadcasts.Each of the host countries benefited to a sizable financial windfall which is broken down as follows: Barbados ($15,878,628), Guyana ($15,447,309), Jamaica ($11,151,017), St Kitts & Nevis ($22,722,350), St. Lucia ($10,853,052), Trinidad & Tobago ($14,034,964) and Lauderhill, Florida ($12,583,246).The economy of finals: host St Kitts & Nevis was the most notable winner overall and the combined total included the organiser spend plus the visitor spend multiplied by the media spend to make the total economic impact figure.This helped the Federation generate an economic value of over $22,722,350 over the course of the four home St Kitts & Nevis Patriots’ pool matches in Warner Park, Basseterre, as well as the finals week itself, highlighting a significant windfall for countries who host the finals.With the addition of Central Broward Stadium in Lauderhill, Florida, the staging of the final round of pool matches, which were held between July 28 and 31, helped generate a $12,583,246 boost into the wider Fort Lauderdale economy.The Florida swing of matches marked professional cricket’s first official entry into the United States of America, and saw in the region of 30 000 fans descend on Lauderhill which indicates that playing a select number of games outside the Caribbean has proved to be a success.Tourists who attended these matches also spent $4,751,872 in the local economy.(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

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Hughes: Moderation needed in Ball’s workload

first_imgThere’s no doubt in anyone’s head who the go-to man for the Wisconsin football team is. No Badger fan would particularly want to daydream about what this UW team might be like without Montee Ball.But running back is a funny position. When a team’s – or, more specifically, an offense’s – go-to man is a quarterback, wide receiver or tight end, the objective is always to give that player the ball as many times as possible so he can be a playmaker as often as possible. The idea of “moderation” rarely applies to them.And that’s where those skill positions differ from running backs, who are routinely described as workhorses for a few good reasons. They’re counted on to punch through the trenches and to cruise in fifth-gear on every play despite the beating they take.They need doses of moderation.Last Saturday, Ball took the feed 32 times in a season opener against an FCS school, in what is hoped to be a 14-game season. That’s folly.Sure, that game became disturbingly close out of nowhere in the fourth quarter. And sure, it’d be harder to explain a loss to Northern Iowa than Nebraska or Michigan State to those who wield a vote in the national rankings.But when Ball is earning 3.8 yards per carry and the sure-as-hell capable James White is averaging 5.2 (and getting only nine cracks at the ball), Ball doesn’t need 32 carries. Not in the season opener. Not against an FCS school.Only one game has passed, so the message is only cautionary at this point: Just don’t be afraid to give White the ball (or even the yet-to-be-revealed, star-of-tomorrow Melvin Gordon, an able-bodied redshirt freshman).It would probably be easy for UW to overcommit on Ball. The offense features a sizable amount of new personnel and debuting with 26 points versus a lower-echelon school only keeps the question marks hanging around. And, after all, Ball’s already been named a Heisman finalist once in his career, it would be tough not to instinctively give a guy like that the rock when the game’s still in reach (be it by 19 points or five).But you know what? Ball didn’t produce a Heisman Trophy-worthy season by taking 32 carries a game. He did it with 21.9 on average.There are probably two reasons – other than Ball’s own athleticism – that allowed him to be so damn efficient. One is the passing game was nearly as good, which prevented defenses from a narrow focus on Ball.Another is that his relatively low amount of carries probably didn’t wear on him all that much down the stretch, which is when he was at his best. He gained 1,070 of his 1,923 yards in the final six games and never averaged fewer than 5.1 yards per carry.Ball didn’t see any contact drills between January’s Rose Bowl and Saturday’s season opener, so it’s understandable if he was a little rusty. But simply put, White moved the ball more efficiently – and did it with verve. When that happens, Matt Canada and Bret Bielema need to spare Ball a handful of carries if they want to keep him fresh and running like an All-American or Heisman type of player again.It’s better both in the long run and short run.Take Alabama, for example, who had a stacked backfield with Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson in 2009. Ingram had 271 carries that year, never taking more than 28 a game (he averaged 19.3), and won the Heisman. Alabama won five contests by 14 points or less that year and still never poured the weight of the game on its go-to man.Meanwhile, Richardson was there to take 145 carries off Ingram’s hands and was productive while he did it.Ingram finished that year stronger than how he began it, which makes me wonder how that Heisman hype for Michigan State’s Le’Veon Bell will go if he keeps taking 50 handoffs a game.So if Ball gets 32 carries against an FCS school flirting with a win, does that mean Ball will get closer to 40 if Ohio State, Michigan State or Nebraska start acting out? There are just more creative ways to answer a challenge like the one given Saturday, especially when dealing with someone who’s going to take a couple hundred hits as the season wears on.If Wisconsin wants or needs to run more than it did last year, or if Ball isn’t behaving like a superhero Harry Houdini in a given game, then it should be White who gets first dibs on the extra carries.That way, Ball can still be rolling in November, December – and perhaps even on January 1, again.Elliot is a fifth-year senior majoring in journalism and philosophy. What are the chances UW will wear out Ball? How many carries should White get? Let him know via Twitter (@elliothughes12) or email (ehughes@badgerherald.com).last_img read more

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Busy’s back in business

first_imgBusy Signal, whose hit songs include Nah Go A Jail Again, Smoke Some High Grade, Tic Toc and Watch Out For This (Bumaye), has been unable to work in the US due to legal challenges. Chris Roberts, CEO of the event, said the deejay has been granted a visa to perform in the United States. He joins Ken Boothe, Freddie McGregor, Tarrus Riley and R Kelly as headliners for ‘Groovin’ at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York.“I am happy that this historic performance will be delivered on a Groovin’ stage, the biggest music platform for reggae and R&B music in the US,” said Roberts.U Roy, Leroy Sibbles, Lloyd Parks and We The People Band, and a 17-man orchestra directed by Michael ‘Ibo’ Cooper, will also perform. Busy Signal will be performing at Groovin In The Park on June 25, promoters of the annual event have confirmed.last_img read more

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