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first_imgHaving studied termites for the past 11 years, Brian Forschleris constantly making new discoveries about them. His most recentresearch shows how deceptive termite control can be.Forschler, an entomologist with the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is studying the useof control populations. One group of termites remains untouchedthroughout the research project.Do-nothing Approach”If you look at one of our control groups and use thecriteria the industry uses to claim success, we can successfullycontrol termites by doing nothing,” he said.How can that be?”They see termites. They put out a bait,” he said.”And if the termites aren’t there two to three months later,they claim they’ve eliminated them.”Forschler’s research shows that not all termites in home lawnsare eliminated when baits are used.”Sure, the baits will kill termites if they’re placedwhere termites are,” he said. “But we’ve found thattermites move around a lot naturally. If you do nothing, they’llmove and come back.”Industry Uses Zero-Tolerance LevelOn farms, entomologists monitor row crops for pests, Forschlersaid. And when the population count gets to a certain level, theymake control decisions. This method isn’t used when controllingurban pests.”The pest control industry sticks baits in the groundand records the presence or absence of termites,” he said.”They have a zero tolerance level when it comes to termites.They’re treating wherever they find termites.”Forschler says killing termites at the site of the termitebait doesn’t control termites that may be found just a few feetaway or termites that may arrive later.”There’s no doubt the baits kill termites. But do theyimpact the termites in your yard that aren’t in your house?”he said.”I can find termites in every yard in Georgia becauseI know where to look,” he said. “But what is the valueof killing these yard termites? Does this make a difference asto whether your house is going to be infested?”Forschler is working to answer these and many more questionscentered around controlling termites.Termite Control is an On-going Process”People think you can control termites by calling someoneto come out, treat your house and go away,” he said. “Termitecontrol is an ongoing process. Not an event. The mind-set hasto change.”Termite control should be centered around a home inspection,he said.”The pest control operator should come out, look reallyhard — using all of his experience and tools — and find allthe areas of the house that are vulnerable to termites,”he said.”Then when the termites show up,” he said, “differenttreatments should be used for the conditions present. It’s justlike a doctor prescribing medicine. The same medicine doesn’twork in every case.”Forschler and other UGA CAES entomologists share their researchfindings with the pest control industry through training programsat the Georgia Household and Structural Pest Control TrainingCenter in Griffin, Ga.last_img read more

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Ethiopia signs $800 million PPA to buy output from new 150MW geothermal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Ethiopia has signed a power purchase agreement worth $800 million with the developers of a 150 MW geothermal plant, the prime minister said on Thursday.The Horn of Africa nation, which is the second most populous on the continent, has the second biggest electricity deficit in Africa according to the World Bank, with about two-thirds of the population lacking a connection to the grid.“Geothermal enhances our energy security by providing constant output power to support industrialisation,” Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed said on Twitter, adding that it was the first such power purchase agreement to reach such an advanced stage in the country.Geothermal power refers to the use of underground hot steam to drive turbines which in turn generate electricity. It makes up a huge portion of the sources of electricity in neighbouring Kenya, which has abundant geothermal resources on the floor of the Rift Valley.Ethiopia’s Tulu Moye Geothermal plant, which signed the deal with the government, expects to start generating 50 MW of power when the first phase is completed in February 2023, rising to 150 MW at full completion in 2025, it said.Drilling of steam wells started last month, the company said. Located in the Arsi Zone to the southeast of the capital, the plant is being developed by the Tulu Moye Geothermal Operations (TMGO), a holding company for Paris-based investment firm Meridiam SAS and Icelandic firm Reykjavik Geothermal.[Dawit Endeshaw, Duncan Miriri]More: Ethiopia signs $800 mln geothermal power purchase agreement Ethiopia signs $800 million PPA to buy output from new 150MW geothermal plantlast_img read more

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Company expands beef recall, counters USDA criticism

first_imgJul 8, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Nebraska Beef, Ltd., recently expanded a recall of its beef amid reports that its production practices might have been inadequate for controlling Escherichia coli O157:H7, as the number of patients sickened in a two-state outbreak rose to 41. Yesterday, Amanda Eamich, a USDA spokeswoman, said Nebraska Beef was initially alerted in the first half of June that two of its trim samples had tested positive for E coli O157:H7, but the company was slow to respond, the Associated Press (AP) reported. On Jul 3 the Omaha company expanded its Jun 30 recall to include 5.3 million pounds of its beef, including all trim and other products intended for use in ground beef, produced between May 16 and Jun 26, according to a press release from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). The company’s previous recall applied only to 531,707 pounds of trim, chuck, and other components. He said the FSIS notices also suggested that other companies supplied meat used in ground beef that was the subject of Kroger’s initial recall on Jun 25. The company didn’t learn that there was potential for a recall until Jun 28 when the USDA told the company that its investigation had linked Nebraska Beef to illnesses in Michigan and Ohio, Lamson told Meatingplace.com. “There is circumstantial evidence, but no tests have established a direct link,” he said. USDA faults safety practices, response timeThe FSIS said it found that Nebraska Beef’s production practices didn’t adequately control E coli O157:H7. “The products subject to the recall may have been produced under unsanitary conditions,” the USDA statement said. The expanded recall by Nebraska beef prompted the Kroger Co. to expand its own ground beef recall on Jul 3. Previously Kroger had recalled ground beef from stores in Michigan and parts of Ohio with sell-by dates between May 21 and Jun 8. The company didn’t specify how much ground beef was subject to either recall. According to a previous FSIS statement, ground beef samples from two federally inspected establishments supplied by Nebraska Beef and multiple samples of Kroger ground beef from patients’ homes were contaminated with E coli matching the outbreak strain According to trace-back investigation findings, Nebraska Beef supplied beef to certain Kroger grocery stores in Michigan and Ohio. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said ongoing epidemiologic and trace-back investigation findings prompted the expanded recall. Jul 1 CIDRAP News story “Nebraska firm’s beef linked to E coli outbreak” However, Bill Lamson, a Nebraska Beef spokesman, said the company added another lactic acid bath to kill the pathogen at its Omaha processing plant and hired an independent laboratory to test its products, the AP reported. The latest illness onset date was Jun 20, which is 6 days later than listed in the CDC’s last update. Twenty-two patients have been hospitalized, and one developed hemolytic uremic syndrome, a potentially fatal kidney condition. No deaths have been reported. Jul 3 USDA press releasehttp://www.fsis.usda.gov/News_&_Events/Recall_022_2008_expanded/index.asp In October 2007, in the wake of a string of recalls that had nearly doubled from the previous year, the FSIS launched a plan to reduce E coli O157:H7 in ground beef. Measures ranged from speeding up planned safety enhancements, such as follow-up testing on high-risk processors, to new initiatives to control the pathogen during slaughter and processing. The safety plan also included a new safety inspection checklist. Lamson told Meatingplace.com, a meat industry news Web site, that the company received notices from the FSIS on Jun 9 and Jun 17 and that the company reviewed its records and adjusted its processes, steps that he said addressed the problem. See also: Eamich said Nebraska Beef has now made changes in its food safety plan to pass federal inspection and that the USDA will work with the company in the weeks ahead to bolster its safety plan, according to the AP report. Jul 3 CDC updatehttp://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/june2008outbreak/ He said Nebraska beef didn’t believe the initial findings warranted a recall. “We’re following their normal procedure,” he told the AP. Cases climb slowlyAccording to the most recent update on the outbreak from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of Jul 2, 41 cases had been linked to the outbreak, including 21 in Michigan and 20 in Ohio. Oct 23, 2007, CIDRAP News story “USDA announces plan to reduce E coli contamination in ground beef”last_img read more

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CNTB created a brochure for the promotion of continental tourism

first_imgDOWNLOAD BROCHURE: Full of inspiration – hidden treasures of the Croatian interior ” – After the summer part of the tourist year in which, given the circumstances caused by the pandemic, we achieved very good results, we focus our activities on the promotion of the postseason where our focus is on promoting continental tourism, eno-gastronomy and nautical as one of the most sought after Croatian tourism products., said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, adding that during the off-season the focus is on shorter weekend trips with an emphasis on the domestic market.  All the benefits and the diverse offer of health tourism in the interior of Croatia were highlighted, and then Medvednica and the city of Zagreb were presented, mostly through interesting museums such as the Museum of Broken Relationships. Karlovac is presented through its four rivers and the Aquatika aquarium, and the natural beauties of the fairytale Gorski Kotar and the beauties of Učka and the interior of Istria, which is also suitable for cyclists, are described. The area around the rivers Una, Lika, Velebit, then the area of ​​the rivers Zrmanja and Kupa, Sinj and Sinjska krajina, Imotski and Imotska krajina and the valley of the river Neretva were also specially treated.  PHOTO: Screenshot brochure, Illustration: HrTurizam.hr The brochure includes the tourist offer of the interior of Croatia, starting from Kopački rit all the way to Vukovar and Ilok, and the east of Croatia is specially treated through a unique and rich gastronomic offer. The brochure then presents the nature parks Papuk and Lonjsko polje, Požega, Moslavačka gora, but also Međimurje through the offer of numerous cycling trails. Baroque Varaždin also found its place in the brochure, presented through the famous Špancirfest and the castles of Zagorje such as Trakošćan and Veliki Tabor. In addition to the Croatian language, the brochure has been translated into English and German, and it is a kind of walk through the interior of Croatia through tourist stories and attractive photographs, all in order to get tourists in the best and easiest way possible Our beautiful ones, but also its peculiarities and sights. The Croatian National Tourist Board has developed a new online brochure entirely dedicated to the promotion of continental tourism called “Full of inspiration – hidden treasures of the Croatian interior “. last_img read more

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CGS-CIMB launches online trading platform for retail investors

first_img“We’re going to promote capital investment starting with senior high school students, so they become more active as time goes by,” Sugiharto said.Sugiharto said that, with such a business strategy, the securities firm was optimistic that it could book 10,000 new retail accounts this year.Companies such as CGS-CIMB Sekuritas are tailoring their business strategies to lure retail investors, as the low participation of individuals in Indonesia’s stock market at less than 1 percent of the population leaves ample untapped potential.The number of single investor identifications (SID) registered at the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) stood at 2.4 million as of Dec. 27. The majority of investors were aged 21 to 30, with that age group accounting for 44.62 percent of total investors.The iTrade platform is equipped with historical stock charts, a heatmap feature to monitor stock price performance and stock analysts to provide investment guidelines to the retail investors.Sugiharto said iTrade had features for investors to receive assistance and market information from the company.“Through iTrade, we are offering a one-stop-shop for investment services. For young buyers, there may be some investment that we won’t introduce to them, as we tailor our wealth management to [a client’s] profile,” CGS-CIMB president director Lim Kim Siah said. (mpr)Topics : Securities firm PT CGS-CIMB Sekuritas Indonesia, a joint venture between China Galaxy International Financial Limited and CIMB Group, has launched an online stock trading platform to attract retail investors, including high school and university students.The company’s retail equity director, Sugiharto Widjaja, said on Wednesday that the online trading platform, called iTrade, would give individual investors easier access to the equity market.The securities company, previously known as PT CIMB Sekuritas Indonesia, had also opened stock market galleries at several universities in the country, such as Islamic University (UII) in Yogyakarta, to disseminate information about the capital market to students, he said.last_img read more

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Stratford residents tend to stay for the long haul

first_imgStratford man Dan Reardon.. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKESTRATFORD is only small but has a knack for attracting people for the long haul – like beekeeper and motorbike enthusiast Dan Reardon. The suburb is wedged between Freshwater and Aeroglen on the northern side of Mt Whitfield, with its median house prices among Cairns’ highest at $550,000.Mr Reardon and his wife Gail have lived in the same Cochrane St home for 52 years.“The views from our house are panoramic and it’s so nice and quiet here,” the 74-year-old said. “We’re five-minutes from the airport and seven-minutes from town – it’s got all the benefits.”Mr Reardon said they bought the block for just $700 all those years ago, with the house costing just $8000 to build.One of his great thrills is enjoying cups of coffee on the home’s large veranda.“We get breezes here all year-round,” he said More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoHome to several quaint shops and a medical centre, Stratford can at certain times be buzzing with activity.The picturesque Jalarra Park is a popular destination for family picnics and barbecues. Vanessa Robinson of LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill said the suburb was “highly sought-after”. “There’s a lot of character homes and beautiful Queenslanders at Stratford, and people appreciate its proximity to schools, the hospital and airport,” she said. “You’ll definitely get strong numbers through the door at open homes.”Stratford median house prices have grown by more than 30 per cent over the past three years. According to CoreLogic, the average Stratford home spends 120 days on the market. A large four-bedroom home at 39 Kamerunga Rd was sold in February by Elite Real Estate for $475,000, while a striking five-bedroom Queenslander at 39 Behan St fetched $622,500 in January. According to Cairns Regional Council, the suburb was named after Harry Stratford, one of the first Australian troops to land on the shores of Gallipoli in World War I.last_img read more

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Frontiers frustrate parcels giant

first_imgWhich single company provides US railways with the most revenue? According to Bob Longenecker, Vice President Transportation, it is United Parcels Service at $500m a year. He assured the Intermodal 96 conference in London on December 5 that ’UPS is a customer of every American railroad’; while this is hyperbole (there are some 500 US operators), the commitment to work with rail managers to develop high quality service at competitive prices is plain to see. UPS has dedicated piggyback trains on Burlington Northern Santa Fe that take priority over everything else on the tracks, including passengers. Longenecker says US railways ’are commercially aware, listen to customers, and give the operating flexibility and commitments we need.’He would dearly like to set up similar services in Europe, where it handles 127 million packages in Germany alone. Aside from potential cost and speed advantages, Longenecker sees rail as ’a better environmental alternative’ which ’can overcome the increasing delays involved in using the congested road network, familiar to all of us here in Europe.’ Unhappily, rail use remains limited to ’a small segment’ handled by DB. A memorandum of understanding is being drafted that could see UPS using the TGV Nord Europe network, but ’this is very small.’ Longenecker applauds the vision of Transport Commissioner Neil Kinnock of freight freeways spanning the continent, on which freight and passengers would get ’equal priority’ and any licensed carrier could operate trains with minimal delay and formalities. The high quality track is there. Schedules to beat those of BNSF’s hotshot freights are maintained without difficulty – for passengers. Only absent is the collective will to make it work. olast_img read more

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High-deficit pension sponsors ‘could outperform’ in 2017

first_imgCompanies with high pension deficits could see their stock prices outperform if bond yields continue to rise, a strategist has predicted.Ankit Gheedia, European equity and derivative strategist at BNP Paribas, argued in a strategy note that a basket of 40 European companies with the highest pension deficits relative to their market capitalisation would outperform European equity indices if liabilities fell this year.“Since August, credit yields have risen sharply amid the global bond market sell-off,” Gheedia said.“Higher yields should be a relief for pan-European companies struggling with pension deficits as a result of low interest rates, and we expect a reversal in the pension liability trend as yields climb back up to pre-Brexit levels.” Companies in BNP Paribas’s ‘Pension Deficit Basket’ had an average pension shortfall of 37% of market capitalisation.The basket included a significant exposure to industrial, material and consumer discretionary companies.Gheedia reported that the stocks were valued at “near three-year low levels”.A number of reports in recent years have sought to highlight the danger to shareholders posed by sponsors’ obligations to large pension funds.For example, a 2014 study by Pension Insurance Corporation and Llewellyn Consulting found that, for every £100 (€117) increase in a FTSE 100 company’s reported pension deficit, its market capitalisation declined by £160.The study said: “The implication is that reported pension liabilities are regarded by markets as being systematically undervalued; that markets give larger weight to pension liabilities than to pension assets; and/or that a higher level of liabilities is viewed as representing a higher risk.” UK 10-year government bond yields have risen from an all-time low of 0.518% in mid-August to 1.335% on 4 January.BNP Paribas strategists have predicted a continued rise towards 2.15%, which Gheedia said should push corporate bond yields higher.“This could drive a substantial reduction in the pension deficit reported by companies during the latest earning season,” he said.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*#last_img read more

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Stars aligning for buyers as sellers meet market: Auctioneer

first_img Don’t let a property flip become a flop Ian and Kylie Weir with their son Julius in Indooroopilly, Brisbane. Their home was sold by Martin Hood of Remax Riverside on February 1 for $1.05m. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.During January and February, in capital cities, we have fewer auctions than other months because most auction are preceded by four weeks of advertising and open houses.This means March is when auctions start to tell the story of the year and the last couple of weeks have painted a very interesting picture.There has been a real sense of unpredictability in the market. My first significant insight came on March 9 when I stood in front of a large crowd on Griffith Street, New Farm, and sold an incredible riverfront residence under the hammer marking Brisbane’s highest ever residential auction sale $7.75m. A very strong early sign in the Brisbane market. MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS 49 Conifer Street, Alderley, sold under the hammer for $590,000. Agents were Scott Darwon and Robert Freeman of Ray White — New Farm.Then on Saturday March 16, I suited up and headed out to call five auctions — with four out of the five selling under the hammer! 9am — 49 Conifer Street Alderley $590k11am — 4 Strut Street Kedron $900k12 noon — 6 Hollins Cres New Farm $1.95m.1pm — 71 Robe Street Grange $1,000,0013:30pm — 59 Haven Street Pullenvale (passed in) $1.8m Clayfield home to be demolished to make way for ‘monster’ Australia’s cheapest suburb is by the beachcenter_img 6 Hollins Crescent, New Farm, sold for $1.95m.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThis strong weekend of sales had me intrigued, so I called Mitch Peereboom a fellow auctioneer to hear how his day had played out.He had seven auctions and sold all seven under the hammer!10am — 10 Union Street Clayfield $1.25m11am — 81 Laurel Ave Chelmer $1.25m12 noon — 9 Glen Street Highgate Hill $725k1pm — 20 Vista Circuit Runcorn $660k2pm — 23 Arcoona Street Sunnybank $650k3pm — 18 Beattie Street West End $850k4pm — 7 Jabiru Drive Mango Hill $572k 10 Union St, Clayfield, sold for $1.25m. Agents were Shenal Yigitbas and Dwight Ferguson of Ray White — Ascot. These auctions show strong sales and there is a temptation to jump on the ‘boom’ bus. But you can’t shape the market as thumping simply due to under the hammer sales. What it does show is there are buyers in the market and Brisbane owners were happy to accept their prices — which means the market is moving forward.Next week I will close out March with 20-plus auctions at Ray White New Farms ‘Auction Under the Stars Event’ and it will be another great barometer of how the market is shaping up.It is fair to say that these results, if continued, could see a lift in prices. But to gauge it on a couple of strong weeks could be a little optimistic. *Haesley Cush is a licensed real estate agent and auctioneer, based in Brisbane. He’s been a columnist with News Corp since 2015 and regularly travels Australia and New Zealand working with agents, seeing first hand how the various markets are moving around the country. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58last_img read more

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Wello Seeks New Funding Wave

first_imgFinnish technology company focused on ocean-wave energy conversion, Wello, has launched a new funding campaign.Wello is looking to raise  €1 million – €2.5 million in exchange of equity between 4.34% and 10.18% until April 23, 2019.Through Invesdor, Wello is offering its shares at a minimum investment of 140 shares, at a share price of €3.73 per share.“It’s been calculated that by 2050 wave energy could fulfill one-tenth of the world’s clean energy needs. That potential is nowadays practically unexplored,” says CEO Heikki Paakkinen.Wello has already deployed and tested the first iteration of its Penguin technology in Orkney, Scotland. WEC1, as the device is called, has just passed the two years mark of continuous deployment in the water.WEC2, the newest Penguin model, will soon depart its Tallinn shipyard to be added to the Orkney grid, while WEC3, fully designed and under negotiations with the shipyard, is said to have shown massive power output promise.In the past two years, Wello has received many inquiries for commercial wave parks (arrays of grid-connected devices) from all around the world. One of them, located in Indonesia, has been approved and is currently in the design phase. With 10 MW of installed capacity, the Nusa Lembongan site is presently the largest in-the-works wave-energy park on the planet.“After much research, prototyping, and field testing we can say that everything works perfectly, the technology and survivability of the devices are proven and the Penguin is ready for commercial use,” adds Paakkinen. ”Wello is the leader in wave energy – there’s no comparable technology out there. We believe we can grow fast all over the world.”last_img read more

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