Marching ants

first_imgThe homelandNative to Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, the ant was first described in New Orleans around 1891, most likely from a coffee shipment via the port of New Orleans. As of 2001, the ant was found in 21 different states and on every continent except Antarctica. In the U.S., it is found mostly in the Southeast and Southwest, as well as Hawaii, with that number most likely on the rise. Not just a pest in urban areas, it’s also a pest of agricultural crops by tending to and defending plant-feeding insects, such as aphids and whiteflies, which destroy plant materials when feeding.Keep’em outArgentine ants, like most other pest ants, come indoors in search of food, water or shelter. With the worker ants being less than a quarter of an inch long, a gap or crack the size of a pinhead is an open invitation for them to come inside. One of the first things to do in order to keep these pesky creatures from invading is to search for entry points. Search areas around windows and doors for cracks, crevices or gaps that could provide access into the home. Use caulking, weather-stripping or other physical control barriers to keep the ants outside. (Sealing cracks, crevices and gaps around doors and windows will not only keep the insects from entering, but will also keep hot or cold air from escaping your home, potentially leading to savings on monthly utility bills.)Another way to control them is with the use of chemicals. The use of slow-acting gel baits is optimal in controlling Argentine ants inside a home and can be purchased at local home improvement stores. Remove other foodsActive ingredients such as imidacloprid, fipronil, thiamethoxam and borax (sodium tetraborate decahydrate) are all acceptable. These ingredients work slowly enough to allow the ants to transfer the insecticide to other nest mates before dying, allowing the newly contaminated ants to transfer the poison to other ants until the problem is solved.In order for these baits to be efficient, all other food and water sources must be eliminated. The ants need to feed solely on the insecticide, which is usually sweetened with sugars, in order for control to occur. If other food or water sources remain, the ants may pass up the insecticide for the other available sources. In the event that the ants do not feed on the gel bait when other resources have been removed, either a different brand of bait or active ingredient should be used. If you can’t see visible entry points for the ants and the insecticides from local home improvement stores are not helping, a professional opinion may be needed. Contact your local pest control operator for a consultation and a thorough inspection of your property. After assessing the situation, the operator will be able to use chemicals restricted only to professionals to help mitigate your ant problem, inside or outside of the home. Regardless of the season, ants can become pests in any structure. The Argentine ant (Linepithema humile), or sugar ant, frequently invades homes in Georgia. The small brown ant, one-eighth of an inch to three-sixteenths of an inch long, will make its way inside after significant periods of rain, drought, heat or cold.last_img read more

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ADB’s Yoi: Development bank backing away from new coal investments in Indonesia

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Jakarta Post:The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has said it is staying away from coal-related projects in Indonesia and continues to open itself to gas and renewable energy investments, joining the wave of diversion by hundreds of financial institutions around the globe.Yuichiro Yoi, unit head for Indonesia at ADB’s private sector operations department, told The Jakarta Post that economic factors and public sentiment were the two reasons to avoid coal investment. “The world’s moving away from coal, that’s the sentiment I can’t change or deny, that is the sentiment in the majority of the world. I just have to play along,” he said on the sidelines of a gas exhibition in Jakarta on Thursday.“If it [coal power plants] becomes a stranded asset, it is a credit risk. Going forward it’ll be more difficult to do a project with coal. Now you not only worry about reputation but also have to worry about the risk of losing money.”Reports from global energy think tank Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) in February showed that over 100 globally significant financial institutions have divested from thermal coal, including 40 percent of the top 40 global banks and 20 globally significant insurers. They are increasingly reluctant to invest in companies related to fossil fuels as the commodities are deemed unsustainable amid rising pressure to limit environmental damage.Yuichiro further said that to date the ADB had yet to issue a written policy against coal, like many other global financiers, but experience has shown him that coal-related projects are hard to be approved by the bank’s system. “If there’s any chance to do a coal-fired power plant, there’s a need to be an extremely good story in terms of impact, that outweighs the negative connotations of doing a project with coal,” he said, adding that the ADB only has gas and renewable energy projects in Indonesia, particularly geothermal power plants.Cumulative investment from the ADB in Indonesia’s energy sector has reached $7.3 billion and disbursed across 102 projects, the bank’s data shows.More: World moves away from coal, and so does ADB ADB’s Yoi: Development bank backing away from new coal investments in Indonesialast_img read more

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Football News A return to Barcelona? Never say never, says Man City midfielder Yaya Toure

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Yaya Toure would head back to former team Barcelona if the opportunity comes his way. Toure’s is a free agent after his Manchester City contract ends this summer.The 34-year-old is preparing himself for a fresh start after eight long years in England, with the once powerhouse of a midfielder being allowed a move by newly crowned Premier League champions.Numerous big offers are open to Toure with offers from America and China but his wish is to play football for a top European team.“I would head back to Barcelona,” Toure told a leading Spanish radio after playing his final home game for City against Brighton on Wednesday.”If Barcelona calls me, I will go for sure, they are the best team.“I miss [Lionel] Messi and [Andres] Iniesta. Barcelona have been the most important team of my life. They have given me humility, experience and the knowledge of how to behave on the field.”Midfielder Andres Iniesta will not be a part of Barcelona next season after announcing his exit plans, and Toure has hinted that they could re-unite in Asia.“He (Iniesta) is a formidable person. I need to send him a message to see if we will see each other in China or wherever,” the Ivorian said.Toure has one more match to play for City before heading to his new team. Pep Guardiola-managed Manchester City are set to face Southampton on the final of the Premier League, with the Premier League champions looking to break another record and become the first ever team to reach 100 points in the Premier League.The 34-year-old midfielder is excited for a new chapter in his life after stomping his name in the history books with his astonishing personal records as well as team accolades.“Going through the door with history is important,” he added.“I will see what happens next year because I want to enjoy another year or two. That’s the best for me.” last_img read more

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3-star wideout Ishmael verbally commits to Syracuse, pads impressive group of receivers

first_img Published on February 4, 2014 at 12:03 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+ Three-star wide receiver Steve Ishmael verbally committed to Syracuse on Tuesday, he confirmed in a text message to The Daily Orange.Ishmael, from North Miami Beach (Fla.) High School, also had offers from Boston College, Louisville, Cincinnati, Illinois, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Nebraska, Tennessee and West Virginia.“I chose Syracuse because my relationship with Coach McDonald and Shafer is right,” Ishmael said Tuesday night.The receiver also said that the chance to play with good friend Alin Edouard — a three-star quarterback commit from the Miami (Fla.) area — led him to choose SU. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound wide receiver had 63 catches for 978 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior season in North Miami Beach, according to SouthFloridaHighSchoolSports.com.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIshmael visited the Orange on the weekend of Jan. 17 and attended SU’s basketball game against Pittsburgh. After his visit, he called Syracuse his “No. 1.” He had also visited the Bearcats, Fighting Illini and Cardinals, according to Scout.com.Ishmael becomes the 23rd member of the Class of 2014 and the third wide receiver. He is ranked as the 86th-best wideout in the Class of 2014 and joins a group of impressive offensive weapons. K.J. Williams is a four-star wide receiver — SU’s first four-star commit since Ashton Broyld and Ron Thompson two years ago — and is the highest rated recruit in the class. He chose the Orange after narrowing his decision to Syracuse and Michigan. Corey Cooper is a three-star receiver who took a prep year at Jireh (Matthews, N.C.) Prep before enrolling this spring.The trio of wideouts are joined by a pair of big-target tight ends. 6-foot-6, 225-pound Jamal Custis, who was originally recruited as a receiver on Scout, has a listed 40-yard dash time of 4.37. 6-foot-4, 215-pound Adley Enoicy, who committed to the Orange on Sunday, is also listed as a tight end and received offers from Auburn, Miami (Fla.), Florida and Florida State, among other top schools. Wednesday is National signing day and these players, as well as the rest of SU’s verbal commitments, are expected to sign their letters of intent. Commentslast_img read more

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UW Athletics: A look at controversial calls in Wisconsin sports history

first_imgAny die-hard Badger fan remembers the blown call from when the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team lost to Duke in the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Game.With just under two minutes remaining in the game and the Badgers trailing by just five, refs called the ball out of bounds on Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig. Refs immediately grouped together and decided to look at the play closer on the monitor.Despite the fact that the ball was clearly touched by Duke forward Justise Winslow, officials did not overturn the call and awarded the ball to the Blue Devils. Duke would score on the ensuing possession and ultimately win the game, 68–63.Just days later, NCAA Vice President Dan Gavitt stated that the call was, in fact, incorrect, potentially costing Wisconsin the game and the championship.National championship breakdown: Wisconsin vs. DukeINDIANAPOLIS – One of most historic seasons in Wisconsin men’s basketball history ended in not-so-great fashion for the Badgers, as Read…While Wisconsin fans have a right to be upset about the loss, the refs’ error is one of a number of major blown calls in sports. Blown calls are fairly common in sports thanks to simple human error, but there have been several notable calls/no calls in UW athletics in recent years. With that, let’s take a look at a few:2011 — Big Ten Football Championship GameIn the inaugural Big Ten Football Championship Game, Wisconsin led the Michigan State Spartans by a field goal with 1:37 to go in the game. Wisconsin sent out punter Brad Nortman on fourth down, giving the Spartans a chance to tie or win the game on the ensuing possession.During the punt, however, Nortman got nicked by a Spartan defender after getting the punt off and dramatically fell to the ground. Nortman’s performance got the officials to throw a flag and give the Badgers an automatic first down, allowing Wisconsin to run out the clock and win the game, 42–39.With the win, the Badgers got an automatic bid to the Rose Bowl, where they would lose to the Oregon Ducks, 45–38.Clutch 2nd-half, 3rd-down conversions carry Wisconsin to victoryINDIANAPOLIS – At halftime of the Big Ten Championship Game, the Wisconsin football team couldn’t help but feel a little Read…2013 — Bizarre loss to Arizona State footballIn an early-season game against Arizona State, the No. 20 Badgers trailed the Sun Devils with less than a minute to go, but had an opportunity to kick a game-winning field goal. Badger quarterback Joel Stave rolled out to his left and took a knee, setting up the field goal opportunity inside the 20-yard line.This is where the confusion began.Players from both teams stood around confused, and ASU players even dove onto the ball. Officials did not stop the clock when this happened, however, and the clock ran out before the Badgers were able to get another snap off.Stave and the rest of the team tried to argue the call, but the officials left the field, leaving Wisconsin on the wrong side of a 32–30 loss.UW Athletics: An examination into argument over student-athlete compensationThe University of Wisconsin Athletics Department will likely face an issue in the coming years that is becoming more common Read…2015 — Final Four NCAA Tournament GameIn the Final Four game just before the loss to Duke in the championship, Wisconsin benefited from a late blown call against the seemingly unbeatable Kentucky Wildcats.Wisconsin trailed by two with less than three minutes left in regulation when Badger forward Nigel Hayes air-balled a short shot in front of the hoop as the shot clock expired. Hayes grabbed his own air-ball and put up another shot that managed go in, but it was clear that the basket shouldn’t have counted.Kentucky’s players immediately signaled for a travel, probably not realizing that it was also a shot-clock violation, but officials did not stop play and the game stood tied at 60. Wisconsin would go on to beat Kentucky 71–64, ending the Wildcats’ perfect season one game short of a championship.Final Four breakdown: Wisconsin vs. KentuckyINDIANAPOLIS – The Wisconsin men’s basketball team handed the once-undefeated Kentucky Wildcats their first loss of the season in Saturday Read…2019 — Targeting call against safety Eric BurrellThis is the call that is probably most fresh on the minds of Badger fans.Despite this play being overshadowed by the targeting penalty and ejection of Reggie Pearson Jr. just a few plays later, this targeting call was much more controversial in terms of officiating.In a blowout win over Michigan earlier this season, safety Eric Burrell went in for the tackle on Wolverine quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, who decided to slide. With the slide, Burrell inadvertently had helmet-to-helmet contact with McCaffrey, drawing a flag from the officials and resulting in an ejection of Burrell for supposedly targeting the quarterback.While this play had no real impact on the outcome of the game, the call was definitely a mistake in the eyes of many, including several NFL players.Looking at the blown calls presented here, it’s clear that the mistakes of officials can go either way depending on the luck of each side on any given night. Unfortunately, human error exists in officiating and will continue to exist so long as referees are human, which may not be the case in the future.last_img read more

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Survival of agents postonline

first_imgTravel agents will continue to stand strong, according to research, which found the internet has no threat to the survival of bricks and mortar travel agents.An IBISWorld report placed travel agents among the few industries that will withstand the accessibility of the online world, with wealthy older travellers drumming in business, The Australian reported.According to the research, older travellers prefer the better prices and the face-to-face service found only when working with travel agents.A Choice spokesperson told the newspaper that while booking online is “good”, travellers need to caution themselves and read the fine print. “Some have booking fees and charges included in their prices and some add them at the end and you may not know about them,” the spokesperson said.The spokesperson added that hidden fees could change what is perceived as a great deal. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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