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Golf Course Pollinators

first_imgGriffith hopes the course will serve as an educational tool—that golfers would begin incorporating pollinator protection practices into their own landscapes and that other golf courses would start to think about where they can reserve habitats for wildlife. “It’s more common than you might think,” Griffith said. “Golf courses are usually painted as bad actors, but we’re a lot more environmentally conscious than people know.” For Griffith, that means he’s making sure that his golf course is maintained using as few pesticides and as little irrigation water as possible. This spring, he also installed the first of what will soon be seven or eight acres of prime pollinator habitats. The pollinator friendly plots are spread among the 18 holes of the UGA Golf Course, which is located off South Milledge Avenue in Athens. The flowers should continue to produce blooms from May until September year after year. The plots not only provide important habitats for pollinators; they prove the point that a landscape can be managed and still coexist with wildlife, he said. “When we plan these areas out, we want to make sure that they’re in a place where we have access to irrigation for establishment—which we don’t need this year but may in the future—a place where there is enough sunlight to sustain the flowers and a place where there isn’t a lot of play through, so people don’t lose their golf balls,” he said. “Re-establishing pollinator habitats in any fashion in urban areas is critical for our native bumble bees,” said Keith Fielder, a UGA Extension coordinator in Putnam County and former president of the Georgia Bee Keepers Association. “These insects are key pollinators for backyard gardens and native plant species in fragmented urban environments.”Creating pollinator habitat isn’t hard, Griffith said, but there’s more to it than just refraining from using pesticides in certain areas of the course. More and more, golf courses are including lightly managed spaces interspersed with the perfectly tended greens to provide refuge for birds and insect pollinators. The transition of the first patch from bermudagrass to wildflower meadow was fairly painless, Griffith said. His crew first tilled under the grass and used a quick-acting herbicide to ensure the grass wouldn’t come back and choke the young flowers. When the herbicide had broken down into the soil, they planted a specially blended wildflower seed mix created by the Applewood Seed Company. The company recommends using 7 to 14 pounds of seed per acre to achieve a thick carpet of flowers. Griffith seeded the first pollinator plot this March. Many of the flowers were at hip height when the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association toured the course in early June. Loss of natural habitat is a major factor contributing to the loss of bee and pollinator populations across the U.S. Creating even small pollinator habitats throughout the urban landscape is one way to support their comeback. Golf courses are some of the most heavily managed urban landscapes, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have room for wildlife. At the University of Georgia, golf course superintendent Scott Griffith is making sure pollinators have the flowers and space they need to thrive. For more information on protecting pollinators, see tinyurl.com/UGApollinatorgardening. For more information about UGA’s efforts to protect bees, see www.ent.uga.edu/bees.last_img read more

Rothschild opts out, will not advise Adani on controversial Carmichael coal mine

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Rothschild & Co has decided not to advise India’s Adani in the financing or development of the $4 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland, Australia, a letter from the bank to an environmental group said. The bank is also not advising the firm on the planned sale of stake in the Abbot Point Coal export terminal, said the May 12 confidential letter to Friends of the Earth, France.A spokeswoman for the bank confirmed the authenticity of the letter but provided no further comment.The decision comes as banks and other financial institutions are facing increasing pressure to cut investments in coal, blamed for adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere than any other fuel, as the world moves to curb greenhouse gas emissions.The Carmichael coal mine, which has been in planning since 2010, has become a lightning rod for debate on climate change ahead of Australia’s May 18 election.Friends of the Earth said in a statement on Tuesday that the decision by Rothschild came after several requests from Friends of the Earth and partner organizations. It added that the announcement comes two days before the release of a report that would reveal the bank’s significant activities in the coal sector.More: Rothschild withdraws from advising Adani on Australia coal project Rothschild opts out, will not advise Adani on controversial Carmichael coal minelast_img read more

Ton of cocaine seized off Costa Rica

first_imgBy Dialogo November 30, 2012 SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica – Authorities announced on Nov. 29 the seizure 1,068 kilos (2,354 pounds) of cocaine aboard a fishing boat off the country’s Pacific coast. The seizure was possible after U.S. Coast Guard units intercepted a Costa Rican-flagged vessel on Nov. 28, about 500 kilometers (310.7 miles) from shore under an agreement between the U.S. and the Costa Rican governments, according to the Central American country’s Security Ministry. Once aboard the boat, U.S. Coast Guard personnel found the cocaine and took the four crew members, all of them Costa Rican citizens, into custody. The Coast Guard will turn over to Costa Rican authorities the drugs and the suspects, the Security Ministry said. In another seizure, authorities at the Peñas Blancas border crossing found 138 kilos (304 pounds) of cocaine hidden inside a cargo truck with Honduran license plates that entered Costa Rica from Nicaragua. The police detained the truck driver, a 33-year-old Honduran national. At least 2.8 tons (6,172 pounds) of cocaine have been seized at the Peñas Blancas border crossing this year, more than 20% of the total amount of the drug confiscated nationwide, according to the Security Ministry. [AFP (Costa Rica), 29/11/2012; La Información (Costa Rica), 29/11/2012; El Tiempo (Venezuela), 29/11/2012]last_img read more

Expro Buys Quality Intervention

first_imgOilfield services company Expro has acquired technology company Quality Intervention.The Norwegian-based company was founded in 2008 and provides a portfolio of innovative products and services – coiled tubing technology (CoilHose), annular integrity technology (Well Spring) and innovative in-situ wellhead remediation tooling (Multi-tool).This acquisition should enable Expro to extend its well intervention capability with proprietary technologies and expand into coiled tubing and pumping service sector.Mike Jardon, Expro CEO, said: “As part of our strategy, we are committed to investing in innovation and developing new technologies to differentiate our offering. This acquisition allows us to enter the coiled tubing market and build on our existing well intervention portfolio, leveraging the expertise from both companies.“Our customers across the world will see added value with improved work practices, significant increases in operational efficiency and cost savings. Well intervention is a key part of Expro’s heritage and through the technologies and expertise QI brings to Expro, it will improve and enhance our business. Led by a highly skilled and dedicated management team with extensive experience, we look forward to welcoming the QI team to the Expro family.”Bjarne Langeteig, founder and CEO of QI, said: “We have been partnering with Expro for a year and we are delighted to be entering into this agreement. Since starting the business in 2008, we have been focused on being technology disrupters and challenging conventional practices in the well intervention market.“We believe that our technology is value enhancing for the coiled tubing market and through our partnership we have seen how well our technology complements Expro’s. We look forward to working together as one team.”last_img read more

9 wounded in fishing port shooting

first_imgThere was resistance from the nine,forcing the security guards to fire warning shots, said Paguia. Perez and Alvarez were detained atPolice Station 1. They surrendered their service firearms, a .45 pistol and a12-gauge shot gun./PN According to Police Major FranciscoPaguia of Police Station 1, the shooting occurred at around 8:30 p.m. The complex’s two security guardsreprimanded the nine persons for selling fish at the facility. The nine persons were Barangay TanzaBonifacio residents Welix Asong, 44; Ronnie Genoveña, 46; and Crismunddela Torre, 22; Barangay Rizal Pala-Pala resident  Jonas Dalagon, 19; Barangay Tanza Baybayresidents Edran Locsin, 20; Vincent Barrios, 36; and Joebert Gabion, 31; HermieCarboledo, 21, of Barangay Jayobo, Lambunao, Iloilo; and a minor. Selling of fish at the complex is currentlyprohibited, security guards Romel Perez, 33, of Barangay Agmanaphaw, Mina,Iloilo and Teody Alvarez, 29, of Dumalag, Capiz, told the nine persons, becausesuch would make social distancing impossible. When the security guards tried toconfiscate the fishes, the nine persons resisted. They pelted the guards withice cubes. The nine, however, did not listen. The bullets ricocheted and nine gotwounded in the process. ILOILO City – Nine persons got shot atthe fishing port complex in Barangay Tanza Baybay here on Tuesday night. Theywere taken to the Iloilo Doctors’ Hospital. The guards fired warning shots but notin the air; they fired on the concreted ground.last_img read more

Leicester City eye Europa League prize money

first_imgLeicester City will likely need to reach the final of the Europa League to earn the prize money they have missed out in failing to qualify for the Champions League. After 10 months inside the top four, City slipped to fifth in the final week of the Premier League campaign, and were unable to regain their spot from Manchester United in Sunday’s finale at the King Power Stadium. City will now compete in the Europa League next season, and the revenue earned is significantly less than in Uefa’s top competition. Simply qualifying for the Champions League group stage would have bagged City around £14m, and even if they were to endure a disastrous campaign and lose all six fixtures, estimated splits of the coefficient and TV market payments would have taken their earnings to around £25m. In the Europa League, the base figure for a similarly calamitous run would be around £7.5m. Success in the competitions is also rewarded differently. Winning six matches in the Europa League group stage earns just over £3m, a figure that would be eclipsed by just one victory and one draw in the Champions League. Progressing through the knockout rounds to the Europa League final would be rewarded with another £9m, only slightly more than the prize for reaching the round of 16 in the Champions League. Last season for example, Arsenal received a total of £35.3m for reaching the Europa League final, once the TV money had been divided and added in. Meanwhile, Monaco, who finished bottom of their Champions League group with one draw and five losses, earned £37.4m. Knowing how little they are guaranteed to earn from their Europa League participation could impact City’s transfer business this summer. Brendan Rodgers has said he is confident City are an attractive club to players no matter what, but asked about the differences between a Champions League and a Europa League budget, the manager replied: “I think whichever competition we are in, we have to improve next year, we have to improve the quality and mentality of the squad, and continue our development. Loading… Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniversePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body10 Bollywood Celeb Weight Loss Transformations That Will Stun You10 Of The Dirtiest Seas In The WorldWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?The Most Exciting Cities In The World To VisitWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morecenter_img “There are resources when you get to the Champions League which are far greater but for us it has to be sustainable. Where we are as a football club, we have to continue to develop. “We would love to be getting an £80-90m player or even a £60m player, but that is not how we work here. “The solution for us will be continual development, looking to improve the quality with the budget we have, the possibilities that we have, and improving players. That is continual regardless of where we’re at.” The effect of the pandemic and the loss of ticket revenue over recent weeks are also factors to be considered. read also:Rodgers: Champions League qualification among biggest career achievements Rodgers has previously mentioned that he expects more loan signings across the board in this summer’s transfer window, and he made it clear City will not be operating in the same market as the clubs they have competed with at the top of the table this season. “The challenges are huge,” Rodgers added. “There’s no doubt the Covid situation will hurt a lot of clubs. We’re not immune to that. The club has been amazing in how they’ve dealt with that, and how they’ve managed the budget, but it’s one of the reasons why I was brought in. “We understand we can’t compete financially with the clubs above us and then below us too in some aspects. That doesn’t stop us having ambition and having that competitive spirit to try to find a way. “That’s the challenge that I always said I came here to do: to get the club into the top six. We’ve done that earlier than I thought, but the challenge is to continue. “That’s going to be about quality, improving the squad, and improving the players that are already here. But the reality for us, some of those teams, it’s out of league really in terms of spend.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Bushnell takes Friday win at Stuart

first_imgThe IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers flew on Friday night at Stuart Speedway for Cory Bushnell. (Photo by Jim Zimmerline)By Josh ReynoldsSTUART, Iowa (May 5) – Stuart Speedway kicked off season number 56 with Cory Bushnell capping the Friday show with the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car victory.Brothers Michael and Trent Murphy battled early for the lead with Josh Daniels third. Trent Murphy made it past his brother on lap nine to take the lead and at the halfway mark Bushnell was in fifth.Bushnell began to flex his muscles a lap later by disposing of Chris Pruitt and Michael Murphy. Lap 14 saw Bushnell pass Marcus Fagan and a lap later he took the lead by passing Trent Murphy.Bushnell would go on to the feature win over Fagan, Trent Murphy, Chris Pruitt and Michael Murphy.Nick Roberts held off Clint Luellen for the IMCA Modified victory and Chase Rudolf led the way to the Karl Chev­rolet Northern SportMod checkers.Jamie Schirm was the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock winner and John Gill led the distance in the Mach-1 Sport Compact headliner.last_img read more

Final week for 2020 IMCA Fast Shafts All-Star qualifying

first_imgMost recent additions to the ballot include Ethan Braaksma, winner of IMCA Speed Shift TV Dirt Knights Tour events at Park Jefferson Speedway and Buena Vista Raceway; Kyle Brown, first to the checkers in the fair race at Crawford County Speedway; Alex Stanford, who swept the 1st Class Chassis Wild West Tour doubleheader at Winnemucca Regional Raceway; and Marcus Yarie and Mike Mullen, winners at Shawano Speedway’s Mid-Summer Classic.  Matt Szecsodi, Jeff Taylor, Jim Thies, Ricky Thornton Jr., Eric Tomlinson, Marcus Tomlinson, Nick Trenchard, Rob VanMil, A.J. Ward, Jon White Jr., Justin Whitehead, Johnny Whitman, R.C. Whitwell, Collen Winebarger, Fred Wojtek, Jason Wolla and Marcus Yarie. Josh Goodwin, Daniel Gottschalk, William Gould, Jordan Grabouski, Kevin Green, Richie Gustin, Travis Hagen, Clay Hale, Chase Hansen, Clint Hatlestad, Kollin Hibdon, Luke Hines, Jacob Hobscheidt, Bobby Hogge IV, Philip Houston and Wyatt Howard.  Joel Rust, Cory Sample, Jim Sandusky, Robby Sawyer, Marlyn Seidler, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Chris Simpson, Casey Skyberg, Trever Sloan, Brandon Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Alex Stanford, Tyler Stevens, Caleb Stone, Andy Strait and Shawn Strand. Clay Money, Bob Moore, Rodney Morgan, Josh Most, Mike Mullen, Chris Nieman, Jason Noll, Jay Noteboom, Jake O’Neil. Jason Pershy, Brad Pounds, Tom Quint, Dereck Rhoden, Nick Roberts, Jesse Rogotzke, Kyle Rohleder and Anthony Roth. Super Tuesday voting will be Aug. 11 to elect 28 of the 30 drivers who will start the All-Star Invitational on Friday, Sept. 11 during the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s at Boone Speedway. Drivers already on the ballot winning qualifying events were Austin Arneson, Tom Berry Jr., Todd Shute and Joel Rust. Super Tuesday voting will be conducted through the IMCA Facebook page, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST. The top three vote recipients from each of the five IMCA Modified regions become All-Stars, with their region of candidacy determined by where they made the majority of their sanctioned starts. The next 13 drivers with the highest vote totals, regardless of region, join the All-Star field. The final two All-Stars will be drivers with the top national point total and the most 40-point wins as of Aug. 28 competing at Super Nationals.  Kellen Chadwick, Cory Craver, Sawyer Crigler, Cory Davis, Zane DeVilbiss, Shane DeVolder, Ethan Dotson, P.J. Egbert, Chris Elliott, Trevor Fitz-Gibbon, Junior Flores, Kelsie Foley, Troy Foulger, Jeremy Frenier, Tripp Gaylord, John Gober and David Goode Jr. Chris Abelson, Jeff Aikey, Ricky Alvarado, Drew Armstrong, Austin Arneson, Casey Arneson, Chaz Baca Jr., Eric Barnes, Brandon Beckendorf, Tom Berry Jr., Tanner Black, Wyatt Block, Steven Bowers Jr., Ethan Braaksma, Kyle Brown, Chris Carroll and Cayden Carter.  Winners of sanctioned events held through Aug. 6 that pay $1,000 or more to win become vote eligible. Any driver who believes they should be on the following ballot list should contact IMCA as soon as possible so their All-Star status can be verified.  Mitchell Hunt, Bricen James, Aaron Johnson, Nevin Kennemore, Austin Kiefer, Cody Laney, Jayden Larson, Jeff Larson, Cody Leonard, Josh Long, Justin McCreadie, Ryan McDaniel, Josh McGaha, Zach Madrid, Wade Manning, Hunter Marriott and Chris Mills.  VINTON, Iowa – The race for IMCA Modified drivers to get their names on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot heads into the final week. last_img read more

California Man gets 5 years in Prison for Cyberstalking Families of Parkland School Shooting Victims

first_imgA California man who is on the autism spectrum has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for cyberstalking families of MSD school shooting victims in Parkland, Florida. 22-year-old Brandon Fleury of Santa Ana was convicted of three counts of cyberstalking and one count of transmitting a kidnapping threat while impersonating the actual shooting defendant Nikolaus Cruz and serial killer Ted Bundy.U.S. District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz imposed the 66-month sentence on 22-year-old Brandon Fleury of Santa Ana, California, rejecting a request by prosecutors for the maximum 20-year sentence.Trial evidence showed that between December 2018 and January 2019, Fleury used several Instagram accounts to threaten and harass families of victims of the Valentine’s Day 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 dead and 17 wounded.In some messages, he claimed kinship with and even impersonated shooting defendant Nikolas Cruz. In others, he invoked the names of infamous serial killers such as Ted Bundy.“I killed your loved ones hahaha,” one message said. “Did you like my Valentines gift? I killed your friends,” said another.One of his user names was “nikolas.cruz.killed.your.sister,” court records show. One message from that account said this:“Hahaha she had her whole life ahead of her and I STOLE IT FROM HER,” according to court documents.“The victims lived in constant fear that the individual bombarding them” with the messages would follow in Cruz’s footsteps, Assistant U.S. Attorney Ajay Alexander said in court papers. “The victims deserve justice. They deserve to live in peace and with the belief that they are safe and secure.”On Fleury’s electronic devices, authorities also found thousands of saved images of Bundy, images of the targeted victims and screenshots of the messages that he had sent the victims.Brandon Michael Fleury, the 22-year-old California man who sent hundreds of obscene and threatening messages to grieving parents and survivors of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre, has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison.https://t.co/k0eMy5EjGo— Mario Ariza (@inaminorkey) March 2, 2020 Meanwhile, Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted of the 17 killings in the Parkland shooting.last_img read more

NFL draft full of 1st round surprises

first_imgHeading into last night’s opening round of the NFL Draft, there was a general consensus among sports writers, draftniks and fans alike; this was going to be a draft for the ages, with talent abound and surprises looming throughout every round.Whaddya know, they were right.Although the top seven or so picks generally went according to plan (the plan being all those mock drafts people make but then say they’re basically just guessing), the draft’s first surprise came at No. 8, the Oakland Raiders’ pick. Surprise, surprise.In addition, all that suspense people were anticipating manifested itself relatively early on, with a string of trades ensuing after the Jaguars surprisingly selected California DT Tyson Alualu at No. 10.So, though there was Jimmy Clausen (expectedly) falling after being passed over in the top 10 and a certain big-name quarterback coming out of Florida, here are the biggest surprises from the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.Wanna make a deal?Between a talent-rich pool of prospects and financial uncertainty facing the league and its 32 teams, a high number of trades were widely anticipated in the first round. Even with a number of teams reportedly unable to narrow down their draft boards, the amount of picks swapped was still surprising.With the Jags throwing a bit of a curveball with their selection of Alualu to cap the top 10, the Broncos were faced with an interesting situation. Frequently identified as one of the teams most likely to trade down heading into the draft, Denver found a partner in San Francisco, who sent their first and fourth round picks to the Broncos in order to select Rutgers OT Anthony Davis.The very next spot saw the Dolphins trade the No. 12 pick to San Diego, who found their replacement for LaDainian Tomlinson in Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews. Next were the Eagles swapping with the Broncos to select Michigan DE Brandon Graham, who ESPN welcomed with a wonderful highlight of the All-American obliterating former Badger QB Alan Evridge. Like that, Badger fans?Denver got back in at No. 22, trading with New England to replace the departed Brandon Marshall with Georgia Tech standout WR Demaryius Thomas. Three picks later, the Broncos were at it again. After Dallas swapped with New England to pick up the sliding Dez Bryant, Denver swapped with Baltimore at No. 25 to select that big-name Florida QB – Tim Tebow.Tebow before Clausen?Yes, you read that correctly. Jimmy Clausen, the experienced, NFL-ready quarterback from Notre Dame, was leapfrogged by Tebow, a projected fourth-round pick after a dismal Senior Bowl performance.In the week leading up to the draft, Denver had been linked to Tebow, with head coach Josh McDaniels reportedly making a number of visits to see the former Gator. With the Broncos and McDaniels, Tebow finds himself in the type of environment that just might allow him to find some success at the professional level. The latest offspring of the Bill Belichick coaching tree, McDaniels is regarded as an offensive prodigy of sorts. Despite the void left by the trade of the All-Pro Marshall, Tebow still steps into an offense that can always run the ball and still has standout young receiver Eddie Royal and Marshall’s replacement, Thomas.Personally, I was prepping myself for Tebow going straight to Belichick with New England’s first pick at No. 22. Landing with the Patriots would have allowed Tebow to learn under the coaching mastermind and sit behind Tom Brady. Besides, you know Belichick would have found creative ways to get Tebow, a jack-of-all-trades quarterback at Florida, on the field.“Diva” Bryant fallsSimilar to Clausen’s anticipated fall down the draft boards, Dez Bryant was also expected to slide toward the bottom of the first rounds after numerous reports emerged of supposed “diva” behavior at pre-draft visits. However, very few saw Bryant not being the first receiver off the board — which is exactly what happened after the Broncos snatched up Thomas.Bryant still got his chance to prove the doubters wrong, though, as Jerry Jones couldn’t resist a player of his caliber at No. 24. Perhaps an admission of the failure of the Roy Williams trade, the Cowboys now have another weapon for quarterback Tony Romo, who is still looking for a good postseason.Undoubtedly the most talented receiver prospect in the draft, Bryant also was regarded as perhaps a top five overall talent. However, in addition to character concerns, Bryant missed most of last season after being suspended on Oct. 7, 2009 for violating an NCAA bylaw — reportedly for his contact with former Cowboys great Deion Sanders. Ironically enough, Sanders will be present in Dallas to serve as a mentor of sorts to Bryant, should he be interested.So, with all the hype going in, the NFL draft still managed to provide several “wow” moments — Tebow, Bryant and Clausen are only a few. If you were looking for any more evidence that football is the 21st century American pastime, you most likely just got it.Mike is a sophomore planning on majoring in journalism. Want to share your thoughts on the first round of the NFL Draft? Let him know at mfiammetta@badgerherald.comlast_img read more