Kudzu bug control

first_imgUniversity of Georgia researcher John Ruberson is looking for natural enemies of the kudzu bug in an effort to fight the pest’s spread across the Southern states. A tiny Asian wasp may be the best option. The kudzu bug was first spotted in Georgia in the fall of 2009. It feeds on kudzu, soybeans and other legumes and has become a nuisance to homeowners and a threat to international trade as an agricultural contaminant.A test runThis summer in collaboration with colleagues Walker Jones, of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Stoneville, Miss. and Jeremy Greene of Clemson University Ruberson plans to test the effectiveness of an egg parasitoid as a kudzu bug control method. A parasitoid is an organism that spends the immature portion of its life attached to or within a single host organism causing the host to die. Ruberson’s parasitoid of choice is Paratelenomus saccharalis, a tiny wasp no larger than the period at the end of this sentence. The wasp lays its ow egg in each kudzu bug egg, and the developing wasp larva destroys the kudzu bug egg as it develops. And, the wasp doesn’t sting humans.“Using classical biological control is an option in the tool kit,” said Ruberson, an entomologist in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “There are several known parasitoids, one pathogen from India and one predator from Pakistan that are all natural enemies of the kudzu bug.”UGA scientists “know very little” about the predator and the pathogen, Ruberson said. They are working closely with Keiji Takasu of Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Japan who has extensive knowledge of the wasp.It has to be safe for the ecosystem“We have to demonstrate the safety of the organism before it can be released,” he said. “We want to make sure it’s a safe release so it doesn’t mess up the ecosystem.” Ruberson and his colleagues are applying for a USDA permit for parasitoid release and will follow the required steps to ensure the wasp isn’t a danger to native insects and pests.UGA researchers are still searching for natural kudzu bug enemies that are native to Georgia and the Southeast. “We haven’t found any egg parasites in the past two years in Georgia on kudzu or soybean,” Ruberson said. “We have found some chewed kudzu bug eggs that have been damaged by something. We just don’t know by what yet.”Kudzu bug buffetJones and Ruberson set up makeshift kudzu bug buffets in their laboratories to find out whether or not native egg parasites and predators like to dine on the new pest. Native egg parasites “show no interest” in the eggs, Ruberson said. He offered common predators a meal of 10 kudzu bug nymphs and observed their dining habits. Two predator species (big-eyed bugs) ate all the nymphs and the rest ate 20 to 30 percent of the nymphs.“Lady beetle larvae ate quite a few, but the adults weren’t interested,” Ruberson said. “We do have some native predators that like to eat the nymphs, but we need to find out what they will do in the field. These species are all generalists. They may move back and forth between types of insects and not provide consistent control.”last_img read more

Transplants in Venezuela: A Struggle from Surgery to Medicine

first_imgBy Adriana Núñez Rabascall/Voice of America (VOA) January 03, 2020 At least 3,000 transplant patients are at risk of losing their organs due to lack of treatment, while another 5,000 people are still on the waiting list because surgeries have been stopped, according to data from the Venezuelan National Transplant Organization (ONTV, in Spanish).Libardo Laurens had a liver transplant 14 years ago, but today he worries about his health because two of the three drugs he needs to take monthly to keep his organ working are not available in Venezuela, or are too expensive, so he hasn’t taken them for months.“If I stop treatment, I turn yellow in 30 days. I would lose my liver, because my body doesn’t recognize it and attacks it. And I’d be dead in 45 days tops,” he told Voice of America.Like other people with his condition, he relies on family abroad to send medications, or on some nongovernmental organization to bring them to Venezuela.“Patients are taking expired medicine. They are not taking prescriptions. Our doctors work as if they were in wartime. With what’s available. We take what’s available at the moment,” said Laurens.He said that Venezuela used to have one of the best distribution systems for expensive medicine, but due to an “unsound health policy, a lack of knowledge by health authorities, a lack of knowledge by those responsible — in this case the IVSS [Venezuelan Institute of Social Security] — the quality of medicines worsened, until drugs disappeared.”According to ONTV, the treatment for a patient with this condition should be administered for life, with a monthly cost of about $700. The country’s social security system distributed pharmaceuticals for free, but their entry into the country has been sporadic for the last two years.“This means that all these patients, more than 3,000, are at risk of losing their transplants because they can’t take their immunosuppressant drugs daily,” Lucila Velutini, a member of the National Transplant Organization, told VOA.The Venezuelan government says that the difficulties in bringing these medicines are due to what it describes as a blockade imposed by the United States and the European Union.ONTV also warned that for the past two and a half years, transplants from deceased or brain-dead patients have been suspended, as established by Venezuelan laws.This means that those waiting for organ transplants in the country “are sentenced,” said Velutini, who is related to a transplant recipient. The organization estimates that 5,000 people are at risk.Hospitals in the country, Velutini said, cannot guarantee the preservation of these organs. In 2019, 10 patients from José Manuel de los Ríos Children’s Hospital died while waiting for a kidney transplant.last_img read more

How consumers approach the many ways to pay

People want to pay their own way – and in their own time. That’s evident in the wide variety of options consumers use to manage their payments. Whether they use mobile or online bill pay, person-to-person (P2P) payments or even the occasional check, people want payment options that seamlessly fit how they live and work.Expectations & Experiences: Consumer Payments, the most recent quarterly consumer trends survey by Fiserv, found continuing shifts in mobile and online bill pay and other digital payment options. The survey, conducted by Harris Poll among 3,031 banking consumers in the U.S., highlights several trends.Digital Options Create OpportunityAdoption of online and mobile banking seem to be entry points to other digital services, including bill payment. As adoption and use of online and mobile banking increases, bill payments in those channels are expected to see corresponding gains. Seventy-four percent of online banking users take advantage of online bill pay, and 65 percent of mobile bankers use mobile bill pay. continue reading » 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr read more

HR Answers: How to recognize work addiction

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The growth of technology combined with the idea that we need to work harder to achieve more is a popular concept in the modern workplace. According to a study by Techtalk, 44% of U.S. employees have admitted to checking work emails after 11 p.m. Research by Harvard Business Review also shows the average CEO works 62.5 hours a week—around 21.3 hours above the global baseline of 41.2 hours.With smartphones, computers and apps at our fingertips, we’re able to maintain a constant connection to our work. In theory, these tools should make our workdays shorter and more efficient, but constant distractions and the inability to disconnect can lead to longer work hours and less to show for it.  This has made it increasingly easy to push beyond the 9-5, so here are some pointers on how HR professionals and credit union employees can recognize the difference between committed working habits and work addiction.Signs of Work AddictionAccording to the Bergen Work Addiction Scale, replying ‘often’ or ‘always’ to at least four of the following seven criteria may indicate a work addiction:last_img read more

Make a Wish Central New York celebrates anniversary with puppy reveal

first_img“She wanted something tiny,” Stone said. “Something that she could dress up in little outfits because she loves to accessorize,” she said. “She had clear cell carcinoma and she was diagnosed when she was three and a half,” Stone said. “She had radiation and chemotherapy and now she is all better,” she said. “Parents report all of the time that a wish often changes the atmosphere of the whole family because it’s not just the kids that’s going through a critical illness it’s the whole family,” she said. Make a Wish was giving Natalie the surprise of a lifetime. Natalie’s surprise was the centerpiece of a celebration marking 35 years of granting wishes in Central New York. Stone says that Natalie didn’t want just any puppy. “Of the nearly 1,900 wishes we have granted to date about twenty five percent of those are for kids right here in the Southern Tier,” said Diane Kuppermann, President and CEO of Make a Wish Central New York. A moment of joy for a little girl who has been through so much, now with a clean bill of health. “They gave us some ideas for what other kids had asked for and she really had her eyes set on a puppy,” Stone said. JOHNSON CITY (WBNG) — Make a Wish Central New York celebrated their 35th year by surprising five year old Natalie Stone with a new puppy. Natalie is currently recovering from cancer. Putting smiles on the faces of children and their families. Kaitlin Stone says she hopes the new puppy will make it a little bit easier to get Natalie up for school tomorrow morning. “I got a little teary eyed. It was a very emotional moment seeing that we’ve gone through so much but here we are it’s a happy day,” said Natalie’s mother Kaitlin Stone. “Nobody was left out. They brought presents for our other kids and they made sure everybody felt they were a part of the whole day,” she said. “I hope that everybody sees that she had a day where her dream came true, they do so much for so many kids,” she said. Stone says even though everyone felt included, it was still Natalie’s day. Something that Stone says rings true for her family. last_img read more

Itsu knockout

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Madrid to use ice rink as morgue for coronavirus victims

first_imgTopics : In Madrid, struggling with Spain’s heaviest virus load, the municipal funeral home announced it would stop collecting bodies from Tuesday due to a shortage of equipment. Private funeral homes are operating in the capital cityThe ice rink is close to the IFEMA conference center, where beds have been set up to treat coronavirus patients. The Madrid region could treat some 1,300 patients at IFEMA this week, and 126 people have already been admitted, the regional government said.The number of coronavirus cases rose to 33,089 on Monday in Spain, the hardest-hit European country after Italy.  A Madrid ice rink is to be used as a makeshift morgue for coronavirus victims, as the number of cases in the capital rose to 10,575 and 1,263 deaths, city authorities said on Monday.Palacio de Hielo mall, home to a 1,800 square meter, Olympic-sized ice rink, has offered its venue as a morgue, a city hall spokeswoman told Reuters.The repurposing of the space will be coordinated by Madrid’s regional government and military emergency units, which have been deployed across Spain over the past week to help deal with the coronavirus crisis.last_img read more

Chelsea confident over cut-price Gonzalo Higuain deal from Juventus

first_imgGonzalo Higuain has scored twice in four games for Chelsea (Getty Images)Chelsea are hopeful that they can sign Gonzalo Higuain from Juventus in a cut-price deal this summer following the Argentine’s impressive start at Stamford Bridge, according to ESPNFC.The 31-year-old scored twice during Chelsea’s 5-0 hammering of Huddersfield Town but has also started in the club’s calamitous 4-0 and 6-0 away defeats to Bournemouth and Manchester City respectively.Despite playing the full game during that harrowing performance at the Etihad on Sunday, though, Higuain was one of the few Chelsea players to emerge with any sort of credit following a lively performance up front.Chelsea paid a €9m loan fee to secure Higuain’s services until the end of the current campaign and have the option to extend it by a further year for €18m or purchase him outright for €36m with Juventus keen to shift him off their wage bill.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHiguain is one of Juventus’ highest-earning players and the club have been keen to sell him ever since they signed Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer, with the Portuguese star said to be earning around €31m for each of his four years in Turin.Juventus will also have another high-earning player on their wage bill next season following the news that Aaron Ramsey will join them at the end of his Arsenal contract. The Welshman has signed a pre-contract agreement with Juventus worth an estimated £400,000 per week.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityGiven Juventus’ increasingly bloated wage bill, Chelsea believe that they can tempt them into a sale of Higuain for lower than the pre-agreed €36m, should they decide to keep him on a permanent basis – a decision which could hinge on their managerial situation.Sarri was the key driver in the Higuain deal having worked successfully with him previously at Napoli and Chelsea moved away from their traditional transfer model of signing players under the age of 30 in order to get him on board.However, with Sarri’s position under threat following a poor run of form it remains to be seen whether the Chelsea board would sanction a move for Higuain anyway. The club have also long been linked with a move for Icardi whose future at Inter is in major doubt.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Chelsea confident over cut-price Gonzalo Higuain deal from Juventus Metro Sport ReporterThursday 14 Feb 2019 4:57 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link47Shares Advertisementcenter_img Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

85 Brisbane homes set to go under the hammer this weekend

first_imgOr take the plunge a few metres away.“Located just metres from the esplanade and the waterfront, this setting is in close proximity to so many bayside amenities including Manly pool, yacht clubs, Manly farmers markets and waterfront cafes. The Manly Village cafe and shopping precinct is just a five minute stroll. Manly train station is a two minute drive and Brisbane airport just 20 minutes away.”The suburb has seen rising sales amid strong interest from southern buyers drawn to the seaside location, and local buyers upgrading or downsizing.The Joynt Street home in Hamilton was marketed by Damon Warat of Ray White Ascot as “the ultimate family home”.The renovated Queensland was on a 910sq m allotment in the Ascot State School catchment and deemed a “home above the ordinary”. You can take a dip here … 28 Joynt Street, Hamilton Qld 4007 The property was tastefully renovated. 28 Joynt Street, Hamilton, has sold before it could be auctioned off this weekend.BRISBANE will see 85 homes go under the hammer over the weekend, after two had to be taken off the auction schedule because they sold beforehand.Saturday will see 81 properties set up for sale via auction with the first four to kick off at 9am, including a brand new townhouse at 4/398 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba; a university suburb home at 41 Dell Rd, St Lucia; a post-war home at 70 Evelyn Street, Grange; and a two bed cottage 65 Buckingham Street, Ashgrove. Four auctions were also scheduled for Sunday.The two that sold beforehand were a four bedder at 10 Earl Parade, Manly, which had been set for auction at 9am on Saturday, and a massive six bedroom home at 28 Joynt Street in Hamilton.Marc Sorrentino of Place Manly had marketed the Earl Parade property as a “bayside lifestyle home just metres from the waterfront”. The home is in the Ascot State School catchment.Among its charms was a solar heated pool for year long swims, multiple formal and informal living and entertaining spaces across two levels, built-in surround sound speakers in the kitchen, barbecue area and TV room.See the full list of auctions below or click here to see the listings. BRISBANE AUCTION TIMETABLE: SATURDAY: 9:00AM 4/398 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba, Qld 417141 Dell Rd, St Lucia, Qld 406770 Evelyn Street, Grange, Qld 405165 Buckingham Street, Ashgrove, Qld 4060 9:30AM 26 Byron Street, Bulimba, Qld 417187 Plimsoll Street, Greenslopes, Qld 41208 Poets Place, Parkinson, Qld 4115 10:00AM 49 Cronin Street, Annerley, Qld 410394 Laurel Avenue, Chelmer, Qld 4068109 Franklin Street, Annerley, Qld 410373 Boundary Road, Bardon, Qld 406514 Harding Street, Hendra, Qld 401130 Pindari Street, The Gap, Qld 4061107 Clough Street, Mount Gravatt, Qld 412225 Bally Street, Kelvin Grove, Qld 405934 Kuranda Street, Balmoral, Qld 41713 Majestic Outlook, Seven Hills, Qld 4170155 Empress Terrace, Bardon, Qld 4065775 Esplanade Street, Lota, Qld 4179 10:30AM 30 Panama St, Wishart, Qld 412278 Peppercorn St, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109 11:00AM 15 Palm Avenue, Sandgate, Qld 40171 Kidston Street, Ascot, Qld 400711 Laurel Street, Highgate Hill, Qld 41019 Emlyn Street, Coorparoo, Qld 415174 Chaprowe Road, The Gap, Qld 40617 Skipton Street, MacGregor, Qld 4109116 Beatrice Terrace, Ascot, Qld 400746 Windermere Road, Ascot, Qld 400723 Franklin Street, Nundah, Qld 40124 Abingdon Street, Woolloongabba, Qld 410261 Liverpool Street, Eight Mile Plains, Qld 411362/15 Tribune Street, South Bank, Qld 4101 11:30AM 25 Teagarden Street, Eight Mile Plains, Qld 41131 Aratula Street, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 410910 Lindsay street, Hawthorne, Qld 4171 12:00PM 78 Moreton Avenue, Wynnum, Qld 417826 Vakuta Street, Fig Tree Pocket, Qld 406932 Brindle Street, Paddington, Qld 40646 Ormond Street, Ascot, Qld 400732 Small Street, Teneriffe, Qld 400523 El Paso Street, Bardon, Qld 4065More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago5/34 Duke Street, Ascot, Qld 400716 Ferres Street, Grange, Qld 4051 12:30PM 50 Derby Street, Hendra, Qld 401113 Copia Street, Calamvale, Qld 4116 1:00PM 69 Abingdon Street, Woolloongabba, Qld 410223 Alverna Close, Wynnum, Qld 417818 Wirilda Street, Middle Park, Qld 407440 Brisbane Avenue, Camp Hill, Qld 415233 Sutherland Avenue, Ascot, Qld 4007113 Birdwood Terrace, Auchenflower, Qld 4066 1:30PM 10 Honeywood St, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 41097 Romulus Street, Sunnybank, Qld 410919 Bywood Street, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109 2:00PM 10/269 Nursery Road, Holland Park, Qld 4121435 Upper Brookfield Road, Upper Brookfield, Qld 40697 Raleigh Parade, Ashgrove, Qld 4060207 Verney Road East, Graceville, Qld 407528 Joynt Street, Hamilton, Qld 400753 Harris Street, Hawthorne, Qld 417168 Mingera Street, Mansfield, Qld 4122 2:30PM 13 Plumridge Street, Chelmer, Qld 406814 Homeland St, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 41099 Karalee Street, Sunnybank, Qld 4109 3:00PM 116/803 Stanley Street, Woolloongabba, Qld 41027 Raven Street, Camp Hill, Qld 4152148 Morehead Avenue, Norman Park, Qld 417050 Abbeville St, Upper Mount Gravatt, Qld 41226 Japonica Place, Calamvale, Qld 4116 3:30PM 300 Lutwyche Road, Windsor, Qld 403080 Morden Rd, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 410912/36 Glen Road, Toowong, Qld 4066 4:00PM 102 Rubicon Crescent, Kuraby, Qld 411248 Dowrie Street, Upper Mount Gravatt, Qld 41222 Fairleigh Street, Windsor, Qld 4030 4:30PM 22 Lawford St, Sunnybank, Qld 410930 Kelceda Street, Sunnybank Hills, Qld 4109 5:00PM 2591 Old Cleveland Road, Chandler, Qld 4155947 Beams Road, Bridgeman Downs, Qld 403526 Alconah Street, Sunnybank, Qld 410932 Capella Street, Coorparoo, Qld 4151 SUNDAY: 10:00AM 24 Frederick Street, Taringa, Qld 40689 Jerome Street, Coorparoo, Qld 4151 11:00AM 39 Victoria Street, Balmoral, Qld 417110 Pharaoh Close, Runcorn, Qld 4113 (Source: Realestate.com.au) FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK FREE: GET THE COURIER-MAIL’S REALESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO INBOX 10 Earl Parade, Manly Qld 4179last_img read more

Kleven finally offloads 2015-built vessel

first_imgKleven Verft, a Norwegian shipyard, has found a buyer for a newbuild multi purpose support vessel which it completed back in 2015.Kleven said on Wednesday it had sold the newbuilding 379 to an undisclosed, international buyer.“We are pleased to have found a solution for this vessel. This was a challenging project for us, since the original customer could not find the finances to take over the vessel by agreed delivery in 2015. It is great to see that the vessel is in operation, says Ståle Rasmussen, CEO of Kleven.To remind, Kleven had signed the shipbuilding contract with Malaysian-based IES Pioneer Ltd. back in July 2014, with the expected delivery in September 2015.The vessel is of the MT 6015 MPSV design, designed by Norwegian design company MarinTeknikk, outfitted with a crane, helideck and FiFi II.The original order stipulated that the vessel would have a length of 93,8 meters, a beam of 20,0 meters, a working deck of more than 1,000 sq. meters, and  feature a 150 MT active heave compensated offshore crane, accommodation for 60 persons, CAP 437 compliant helideck , fire-fighting capabilities as well as provisions for ROV operations.However, in March 2015, Marin Teknikk AS informed it was performing a large re-construction of the vessel including the lengthening the vessel by 9 meters, plus adding a moon-pool and life boats. This was supposed to push the delivery date to December 2015, however, as seen today, the delivery had to wait for more than a year and a half.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more