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Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaFall is near. Leaves are turning colors. Squirrels are storing nuts, and mice and rats are looking for the best way to get into your home for the winter. A University of Georgia wildlife expert says your home doesn’t have to become a rodent resort.“Mice and rats can enter your house through openings as small as a dime,” said Michael Mengak, a UGA Cooperative Extension specialist with the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. “Closing their entry holes is one of the most effective ways to prevent mice and rats from becoming a pest in your home.”Most important, get rid of any places where mice and rats can hide and reproduce. Remove trash, old boards, weeds, brush piles, rock piles, firewood and other junk from your home, garage and property, Mengak said. Keep garbage in tightly covered cans. Feed dogs and cats from dishes, and take up uneaten food. Use squirrel guards to deter rats and mice from feeding from bird feeders. Don’t pile wood against the house, and store firewood at least a foot off the ground.Make sure patio and garage doors stay closed, seal openings under doors, and cover windows with one-quarter-inch mesh wire screen, he said.Cement or caulk around pipes (gas, water, hose or air conditioning drains) and wires (phone, cable and TV). Cover clothes dryer vents, but allow for adequate airflow. Clean them regularly to remove lint that could be a fire hazard. Why is it so important to keep the rodents at bay? Rats and mice can carry fleas and ticks and transmit bacteria and diseases. They can spoil food, too, and eat crops, stored grains, birdseed and pet food. “Rats and mice have poor eyesight but excellent senses of smell, taste and touch,” Mengak said. “They usually hide during the day and come out at night. If you see one, you can be sure there are many more you haven’t seen.”Three species like to live indoors, and all three can be found in Georgia. They are the house mouse, the Norway rat and the roof rat.House mice are three inches long, not including the tail, which doesn’t have fur.Rats are much larger and can be up to a foot long, not including the tail. Norway rats are also called brown rats, house rats, barn rats, sewer rats, gray rats or wharf rats. They are heavy bodied and weigh more than a pound. Their ears do not reach past their eyes. Their fur is usually brown or reddish gray, and they are not good climbers. Roof rats, also known as black or ship rats, are sleek with ears that extend past their eyes. They weigh between 5 ounces and 10 ounces. Their fur can be brown or black. They are good climbers.For more information on rats and mice, visit the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ publication, “Rats and Mice: Get Them Out of Your House and Yard,” at pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C970/C970.html. Seal small holes and cracks by stuffing them with steel wool and caulking over them.
The College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will honor Gale Buchanan, a former dean of the college, and longtime, influential pecan and watermelon producer Buddy Leger, as inductees into Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame on September 14 at an induction ceremony at 6 p.m. in Athens, Ga. The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame was established in 1972 to recognize individuals making unusual and extraordinary contributions to agriculture and agribusiness industries in Georgia. “The Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame provides a historical snapshot of the rich and varied history of agriculture in Georgia,” said Juli Fields, director of alumni relations for the college. “The 2012 inductees have contributed a great deal to the advancement of agriculture in this state and are excellent examples of how one individual can make a difference.” Inductees are nominated by members of the public and selected by the awards committee of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association. Those nominated must possess the following characteristics: impeccable character, outstanding leadership, having made noteworthy contributions to Georgia’s agricultural landscape and having been recognized for his or her achievements in agriculture as well as other areas. Former inductees include agricultural history makers such as former Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin, Goldkist Founder D.W. Brooks, former UGA vice-president for public service J.W. Fanning and J. Phil Campbell, founding director of the Cooperative Extension Service in Georgia. Gale Buchanan, who served as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences from 1995 until 2005, was nominated for his multiple contributions to agricultural research, both as a peanut researcher and administrator. Buchanan grew up on a peanut farm in Madison County, Fla., where he spent many days hoeing weeds out of his parents’ peanut rows. As a young scientist, he focused on researching ways of reducing weed pressure on peanuts, using both herbicides and improved planting methods. His groundbreaking development of twin row planting in peanuts led to a dramatic decrease in the amount of herbicide farmers needed to use and a 10 to 15 percent increase in plant yield. He served as director of the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton from 1986 to 1994 before coming to Athens to oversee the entire college. Leger, who has grown pecans and watermelons in Cordele since the 1960s, will be inducted in honor of his lifelong support of Georgia agriculture and his work expanding markets for some of Georgia’s top commodities — watermelons and pecans. He founded the National Watermelon Promotion Board in the 1980s to bring together watermelon producers and shippers to support the research of better watermelon varieties and growing techniques. In 1995 he spearheaded the creation of the Georgia Commodity Commission for Pecans. The group, made of pecan producers across the state, has helped pay for increased marketing of Georgia pecans, which has created a national and international market for the nuts. Leger has served on dozens of statewide policy-making and advisory boards over the last 50 years. He is the founding president of the National Watermelon Research and Promotion Board, a former president of the Georgia and National Watermelon associations, a former president of the National Pecan Marketing Council, a former president of the Georgia Pecan Growers Association and served on Governor Sonny Perdue’s Agricultural Advisory Committee, where he chaired a sub-committee on education. He currently sits on the executive council of the National Watermelon Association, the Georgia Community Rural Development Council, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Advisory Council and the Upper Flint Regional Water Planning Council. Anyone who would like to attend the awards banquet should visit www.caes.uga.edu/alumni . Anyone with questions about the Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame should call (706) 542-3390.
Georgia saw a cooler-than-normal start to the year, and most of the state posted average temperatures between 2.5 and 4 degrees below normal.With cool, dry air expected to dominate Georgia’s climate in coming weeks, there is a chance that drought could continue expanding across the state and may persist through the spring.The below-normal precipitation caused the expansion of drought across the state, and extreme drought was introduced to a large area of southwest Georgia. Drought now covers 18 percent of the state. The dry conditions are expected to continue for the next few months and no significant relief is expected.Dry weather has already impacted forage production in parts of the state, while the cold has impacted some onion and vegetable crops in the southern half of Georgia. The cold weather has provided a good number of chill hours for fruit trees, however.A number of record lows were tied or set in January. Athens reported a record nighttime low of 11 degrees Fahrenheit on Jan. 2, lower than the old record of 12 F set all the way back in 1887.Savannah reported a record-low daytime high temperature of 30 F on Jan. 3 that broke the old record of 32 F, also set in 1887. Brunswick reported a low of 25 F on Jan. 4 that broke the old record of 26 F set in 2016. On Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, Savannah recorded record-low daytime high temperatures of 37 F and 32 F, which beat the old records of 42 F set in 2008 and 36 F set in 1979. Jan. 3 marked the fourth time Brunswick has been at or below freezing for an entire day, according to the National Weather Service.In Albany, the monthly average temperature was 46.8 F, 2.5 degrees below normal.In Alma, the monthly average temperature was 47.2 F, 3.5 degrees below normal.In Athens, the monthly average temperature was 40.9 F, 2.6 degrees below normal.In Atlanta, the monthly average temperature was 40.4 F, 2.9 degrees below normal.In Augusta, the monthly average temperature was 43.2 F, 2.3 degrees below normal.In Brunswick, the monthly average temperature was 48 F, 3.5 degrees below normal.In Columbus, the monthly average temperature was 44.7, 2.5 degrees below normal.In Macon, the monthly average temperature was 43.4 F, 2.9 degrees below normal.In Rome, the monthly average temperature was 37.8 F, 3.3 degrees below normal.In Savannah, the monthly average temperature was 46.7 F, 2.8 degrees below normal.In Valdosta, the monthly average temperature was 46.5 F, 3.9 degrees below normal.These cooler temperatures mixed with moist air over parts of the state contributed to two snow events over the course of the month.Early in the month, snow fell in south Georgia. On Jan. 3, Alma saw 3 inches of snow and Savannah saw 1.2 inches. Savannah hadn’t seen that much snow since the city saw 3.2 inches on Dec. 23, 1989. Valdosta received 0.6 inches.The 1.2 inches of snow in Savannah on Jan. 3 was a daily record for that city. The 3 inches in Alma was the first snow seen on that date in Alma, and that city’s second-highest snowfall ever. The Alma record snowfall of 4.4 inches was set on Feb. 10, 1973.On Jan. 17, a separate storm brought snow to northern parts of the state. Atlanta received 2.4 inches of snow; Athens, 1.1 inches; Columbus, 2 inches; and Macon, 1 inch. Albany also received 0.1 inches in this storm. All of the monthly snow totals were the result of single-day events.Atlanta, Athens, Columbus and Macon all set daily snowfall records on Jan. 17. Atlanta received a trace of snow on that date in 2016, but for the other cities listed, it was the first time snow fell on that date.Athens saw the highest monthly total precipitation — 4.63 inches, 0.58 inches above normal, according to National Weather Service reporting stations. The lowest monthly total precipitation was in Savannah at 1.07 inches, 2.63 inches below normal. Albany received 2.87 inches of precipitation, 1.95 inches below normal.Alma received 1.55 inches, 2.71 inches below normal.Atlanta received 3.26 inches, 0.94 inches below normal.Augusta received 2.09 inches, 1.82 inches below normal.Brunswick received 3.47 inches, 0.25 inches above normal.Columbus received 1.60 inches, 2.25 inches below normal.Macon received 2.14 inches, 2.10 inches below normal.Rome received 1.22 inches, 3.60 inches below normal.Valdosta received 2.07 inches, 2.50 inches below normal.According to Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteers, the highest daily rainfall total was 4.82 inches, recorded near Dillard in Rabun County on Jan. 12, followed by 2.64 inches on St. Simons Island in Glynn County on Jan. 29.The highest monthly precipitation amount — 10.22 inches of rain plus melted snow — was recorded by the same Dillard observer followed by 5.85 inches from a Rabun Gap observer. Both of these were recorded in mountainous Rabun County in northeast Georgia.An observer in Newnan of Coweta County received an estimated 4.5 inches of snow on Jan. 17, the highest daily snowfall recorded in the state this month. This was also the highest monthly amount of snow, followed by 4.1 inches measured by an observer in Jesup in Wayne County.Due to last month’s cold weather, it is not surprising that the only local storm reports came from freezing rain, sleet, severe wind chills and other wintry weather. No tornadoes or damage from high winds was reported.There’s an enhanced risk that warmer-than-normal conditions will occur in February, and for the period from February through April, especially in the southern half of the state. Some cold outbreaks are still likely, however. Southern Georgia will see an increased chance of drier-than-normal conditions for the next three months due to the continuing effects of the current La Nina.For more information, visit the Climate and Agriculture in the South East blog at blog.extension.uga.edu/climate/, like Southeast Ag Climate on Facebook, or follow @SE_AgClimate on Twitter. Email your weather and climate impacts on agriculture to email@example.com to share on the blog.
He added that he believed more focused, “micro-scale” social restrictions were the most effective way to curb COVID-19 transmission.“We must make [the measures] more directed, more specific, sharper and more focused to address the COVID-19 problem without killing the economy and people’s livelihoods,” he said. Jokowi’s pandemic policy has drawn widespread criticism from health experts and epidemiologists for leaning more toward economic recovery rather than the health crisis itself.According to the official government count, Indonesia has recorded 303,498 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 11,151 deaths as of Sunday.Topics : Lockdowns are unnecessary and can unduly harm the economy, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said as the COVID-19 outbreak in Indonesia enters its eighth month.In a video posted on the Presidential Secretariat’s official YouTube channel, Jokowi reiterated that public health was the government’s number one priority, but added a caveat. “Prioritizing health doesn’t necessarily mean sacrificing the economy,” he said. “Sacrificing the economy is the same as sacrificing the lives of tens of millions of people, which is not an option for us.”He said that his administration was constantly looking to find a “balanced” way to address the outbreak.“So, there is no need to act high and mighty about implementing lockdowns in provinces, regencies or cities because it will sacrifice the people’s livelihoods. But we are still serious about preventing the outbreak from spreading further,” he said.Read also: Public health key to Indonesia’s economic recovery, Jokowi says
Owner of Avenue Developments Sam Browning out the front of his house he is renovating. Picture: Zak SimmondsSAM Browning is no stranger to flipping homes, but even the most experienced renovator can be faced with the ultimate challenge.The self-starter and co-owner of Avenue Development is knee deep in his latest reno project, at 5 Diprose Street in Pimlico, where he is turning an ugly duckling into a modern, family residence.“When I first saw the house all I could think was, ‘What am I going to do with it? Am I going to bulldoze it? Do I just get the land’?” Mr Bowning said.“I just thought it was the ugliest house I’ve ever seen in Townsville.” Mr Browning bought the property due to its prime location and potential for subdivision.“David Bishop, the agent I’ve purchased all my properties through so far, rang me up and told me this property was coming to the market,” he said.“It was in a similar condition to the other buys we’ve made before and he told me it was subdividable which he knew I wanted to get into.“That said, we’re going to keep it as is, as more people are coming back to quarter-acre blocks.”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20205 Diprose Street in Pimlico in its original condition.Two weeks into renovations, Mr Browning and his team of local contractors, are over halfway into turning the red brick home into what they hope will be a standout in the family-friendly street.Originally designed to house a single child family, the house is now on its way to becoming a three-bedroom home with modern, open-plan living spaces, new plumbing, electrics, a new roof and even a downstairs man cave.“I’m not going to lie, the home had a lot of issues with it,” Mr Browning said.“But we chipped away and have come up with a concept that we think a family could see value in well into the future.“By the end of the month, the house will be all done; we’ll have furniture in, professional images taken and ready to put it on the market. I think the end result will be quite impressive.”If you love a good reno, stay tuned as we follow the transformation of this home with a follow later this month.For more information about this property, contact Margaret Hill from Living Here on 0439 716 340.
Doha-based Qatar Navigation (Milaha) reported a 34 percent drop in profit for the year 2017. The company stated in its report on Monday that the net profit for the year 2017 reached 470 million Qatari Riyals ($129.1 million), compared to the 711 million Qatari Riyals reported in the previous year.Speaking of the results, Milaha’s chairman Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, noted that “despite the unexpected events and ongoing industry-wide challenges during the year, Milaha remained profitable in 2017 driven by a stronger operating performance in the third quarter onwards.”He added that this sets the stage for the year 2018 in which the company will continue its focus on strategic priorities.“Additionally, we continued to improve the cost structure of our businesses, expand our value proposition, and we remain on track to deliver sustained short and long-term growth,” Al Thani said.Milaha, which owns a 30 percent stake in Qatar’s LNG shipping giant Nakilat, said its operating revenues decreased by 2 percent to 2.491 billion Qatari Riyals for the twelve months ended December 31, 2017, down from 2.551 billion Qatari Riyals for the same period in 2016.Milaha Gas & Petrochem’s net profit declined by 269 million Qatari Riyals in comparison to 2016. The shipping sectors in which the company operates continued to face significant challenges in 2017, which impacted both commercial performance as well as vessel valuations.
Franklin County moved to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in conference play with a 4-1 win over Batesville on Tuesday.Ben Krider notched his second complete game win, allowing just 4 hits over 7 innings and only using 70 pitches. Brennan Meyers led FC offense with 3 hits including a double and a triple. Augustus Runyon recorded 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.FC will travel to Batesville Thursday. The Wildcats will then return home for a game Friday vs. Hagerstown. FC will then go to Talawanda on Saturday for one game.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Derek Stang.The Bulldogs JV Baseball team got back in the winning column beating their conference opponent Franklin County by a final score of 13-2.The game was close for six innings as the Bulldogs were only up one run going in the sixth inning. Thats when the Bulldogs broke out the bats and put up a ten run inning that allowed them to bury the Wildcats.The Bulldogs got out to the early lead in the second inning. Adam Cox led off the inning with a line drive single and after two outs Seth Gausman got one of his 3 hits on the night to advance Cox to third. The next batter was Lleyton Ratcliffe and he collected two RBI’s on his line drive to Center field. The very next inning Alex Smith stepped up to the plate and doubled to drive in Drew Kiefer. In the fifth inning Pitcher Clay Grunkemeyer got in a little trouble after surrendering a leadoff double and an error the Wildcats managed two runs to tighten the margin to one run. Thats when the Bulldogs had the huge inning. In the sixth inning alone Seth Gausman collected two hits. Lleyton Ratcliffe and Adam Cox each had doubles. The Bulldogs accumulated 11 hits in all with multi hit games by Gausman, Grunkemeyer, Smith, Cox, and Ratcliffe. Not only did they hit well but they stole 12 bases. Grunkemeyer, Devin Scripture, Ratcliffe, and Kiefer each had two stolen bases a piece.Although one error was committed the Bulldogs played solid defense including a huge double play turned by middle infielders Gausman and Riley Zink to end the fourth inning with runners in scoring position for the Wildcats. Clay Grunkemeyer pitched 5 innings in the victory allowing two unearned runs and striking out 3. Casey Werner came in to pitch the sixth and shut the door striking out two of the three batters he faced.The Bulldogs look to sweep the season series with Franklin County on Thursday April 19th at 5:30 p.m. at Batesville High School.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.
Brookville, IN— A special meeting for the Franklin County Redevelopment Commission will take place on Monday at 9 am in the Commissioner’s Room at the Franklin County Government Center.
It was like a dream for Mishael Chukudi Akamere, the 15 year old assistant captain of the Niger team in the ongoing 2016 COPA Coca-Cola competition. He walked away a happy camper as Government Model School, Suleja, Niger won the North Western regional finals.The regional finals which was held in Abuja saw Government Model School, Suleja, emerged winners of the golden ticket to Lagos for the national finals. Fondly called Oscar by his friends and teammates, the energetic speedster with the number 10 jersey, described his team’s big win as a testament to teamwork, hard work, and tenacity that each player brought to the pitch.According to Akamere, “this is by far, one of the toughest matches my team and I have played in the tournament. We scaled through the grassroots finals and had to battle it out with four other winning teams from other states.”“We were very sad when we were defeated by the Sokoto boys in our first match but we never lost hope. We kept believing that the tide would change in our favour. Hope looked bleak for us in the second match against the Kaduna team but we scored our lifeline goal at the dying minute of the game. This gave us the needed boost.Coming into the final match of the regional finals, we put in our best and gave ourselves a benchmark of three goals. Our teamwork, hard work, and consistency paid off as we emerged victors 7-0 against Kebbi at the end of the match,” he said.As the eldest of four children, Akamere is motivated to be a shining example, “I have one sister and two younger brothers, all of whom play football. My mum and dad love that I play football. They had seen me play several times and were excited that I got the opportunity to participate in the COPA Coca-Cola and show my talents. It has been a tough road and my parents are very proud of me for making it to the national finals.”Born to Patricia Nwafor Akamere, who is a teacher, and Obed Chidebere Akamere a driver, Akamere has big plans for his future.“I want to be a professional footballer just like my favourite football star, Messi. I train six days a week, except on Sundays, and watch lots of football matches so I can learn more to improve my skills.In a few years I want to be in Europe playing football at the highest level. I know with more effort, I would be better than I am now.”Speaking on behalf of the company, Marketing Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Cletus Onyebuoha described the win for Niger State as great.“The Niger boys showed sportsmanship and teamwork throughout the competition and their win during the regional finals is truly remarkable. Being one of the power house in Nigeria, it is expected that the Niger team would give the other seven teams a run for the title at the national finals.”Speaking further, Onyebuoha said “Copa Coca-Cola is a platform that serves as a beacon of hope and confidence for teens to achieve their dreams, aspirations, and successes in life with hard work and persistence.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
MEGHAN CONLIN/Herald PhotoThe Wisconsin women’s hockey team, currently the No. 1-ranked team in the country, is on top of its game right now, with an unbeaten streak of 12 games.They will need to keep that same focus and drive if they want to extend that streak when they take on St. Cloud State this weekend. St. Cloud is riding a lot of momentum after sweeping their past two series, one against lowly North Dakota and the other against No. 4 Minnesota-Duluth. “Well, they’re obviously playing with a lot of confidence after having four-straight wins,” UW head coach Mark Johnson said of St. Cloud State. “It’s a good time to be challenged. It’s a good opportunity for our hockey club to go on the road and play against some really good competition … against a team that is confident and playing well, [so we’ll] see how well we respond.”St. Cloud senior forward Kristy Oonincx and junior goaltender Lauri St. Jacques both received Player of the Week honors for their roles in sweeping Minnesota-Duluth last weekend. Oonincx netted three goals, including both game-winning goals, and an assist in the series. She now has 34 points on the season, good for third in the conference.”I think we can all skate with her,” junior defender Meaghan Mikkelson said of Oonincx. “We’ve played against her before and we know how she plays. If we all just focus on our own performance rather than watching her skate around, we’ll do just fine.”St. Jacques registered 81 saves out of 83 shots faced over the weekend. She has earned victories in each of her last three starts and her season record stands at 6-8-1. “All we need to do is take shots,” Badger team captain Sharon Cole said. “We need take all the shots we need to and then crash the net for rebounds.”Johnson also recognizes that the special teams will be a key factor in the series. St. Cloud and Wisconsin have showcased nearly identical powerplay performances, with the Huskies converting 21 percent of their man-advantage opportunities, best in the conference, as Wisconsin stands as a close second with 20 percent.”The powerplay and special teams will be big factors in this series,” Johnson said. “[The special teams] are doing pretty good … but sometimes your powerplay can [be] doing well but you don’t score … our penalty killing is very strong, and [the special teams] are going to have [to] be even stronger to win this series.”The Badgers do hold a slight advantage over the Huskies in penalty killing. St. Cloud’s penalty kill has 81 percent effectiveness, which is the second worst in the conference. On the other hand, Wisconsin’s penalty kill is third-best in the conference, fighting off 86 percent of their shorthanded attempts.Other factors play into special teams as well. Wisconsin is the least-penalized team in the conference with an average of fewer than 10 penalty minutes per game. St. Cloud State averages more than 11 minutes a game.St. Cloud’s powerplay is dependent on the success of three primary players. Oonincx, senior forward Ashley Stewart and junior forward Hailey Clarkson are three of the top four powerplay point producers in the conference. UW junior forward Sara Bauer and junior defender Bobbi-Jo Slusar are both in the top seven.Bauer will likely be a big part of Wisconsin’s special teams’ success. She leads the conference in total points, ranks second in shorthanded goals, and is tied for first in game-winning goals with six.And like Cole pointed out, the team needs to work on collecting rebounds and cashing in on those second chances. Sophomore forward Jinnelle Zaugg will be the one looking to cash in rebounds left in front of the net. Zaugg’s combination of talent and size make her ideal for loitering around the opponent’s net waiting for a rebound to pop up.”She has a long reach and a quick shot,” Cole said. “That’s part of the reason why she’s so effective.””She’s been scoring goals and she had a good rookie season and was able to score some goals last year,” Johnson said. “She has the opportunity to be playing out there with Bauer and Cole, and fill the void that [graduate Lindsay Macy] left. She’s creating opportunities and making the most of those. Hopefully [the puck] will keep going in for her.”Wisconsin may be the No.1-ranked team in the country and St. Cloud State may only have a record of 12-13-1, but the Huskies’ surge in momentum makes them dangerous. Because in hockey, as in all sports, momentum can make all the difference.