Mosquito control class

first_imgThe University of Georgia will offer a mosquito control update and recertification class on Tuesday, April 23 on the campus in Griffin, Ga.The class will be held from 9 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. in the Stuckey Building. Registration is $50 until April 15, which is when the fee goes to $60.Entomologists from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Georgia Department of Health will teach the class along with professionals from the pest control industry and the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Topics for the day will include insecticide mode of action, integrated pest management and mosquito biology, surveillance and control. Certified applicators can earn five hours of Georgia Commercial Pesticide Credit in category 41 (mosquito control) or category 31 (public health) for attending the class. A one-hour review of the mosquito control manual will be offered for those wishing to take the category 41 exam.The mosquito update and recertification training is sponsored by the Spalding County office of UGA Extension and the UGA Griffin campus Office of Continuing Education. For a complete schedule, visit the website www.ugagriffincontinuinged.com. To register or for more information, call (770) 229-3477 or send an email to [email protected]last_img read more

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Report finds 211GW of U.S. coal generation under serious economic threat

first_imgReport finds 211GW of U.S. coal generation under serious economic threat FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CNN Business:The simple laws of economics threaten to doom America’s remaining coal power plants.Wind and solar costs have plunged so rapidly that 74% of the U.S. coal fleet could be phased out for renewable energy — and still save customers money, according to a report released on Monday by Energy Innovation, a nonpartisan think tank. That figure of at-risk coal plants in the United States rises to 86% by 2025 as solar and wind costs continue to plunge.The research demonstrates how it’s increasingly more expensive to operate existing coal plants than build clean energy alternatives.“U.S. coal plants are in more danger than ever before,” Mike O’Boyle, director of electricity policy at Energy Innovation, told CNN Business. “Nearly three-quarters of U.S. coal plants are already ‘zombie coal,’ or the walking dead.”The Energy Innovation report found that in 2018, 211 gigawatts of existing U.S. coal capacity — or 74% of America’s fleet — was at risk from local wind or solar that could more cheaply churn out just as much electricity.North Carolina, Florida, Georgia and Texas are the U.S. states that have the greatest amount of coal plants at risk from local solar and wind, the analysis found. Energy Innovation defined local as within 35 miles. By 2025, Midwestern states including Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin are expected to have high amounts of coal capacity under pressure from renewable energy.More: Most of America’s coal plants are more expensive than wind and solarlast_img read more

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I Am Big Brother

first_imgI started wearing one of those fitness trackers recently—the kind of watch that monitors the number of steps you take in a day, keeps track of your various workouts and monitors your sleep patterns. I’m admittedly late to the game with these wearable fitness trackers, as it seems like every grandma in the grocery store is checking her Fitbit for a step count. I pride myself on being a late adopter to most technology, jumping on the bandwagon just as the technical trend is about to be usurped by something better. See my Napster account and state of the art VHS/TV combo as proof. But when I finally do adopt yesterday’s hot trend, I go all in. It took me a long time to acquiesce to Strava, but now I can’t imagine taking a ride without turning it on. If I’m not going for KOM, then what’s the point? So, I’ve been geeking out on this fitness tracker, digging into all of the data that it’s been collecting on me throughout each day. I’ve learned that I don’t walk nearly as much as I should. I’m lucky to reach half of my 10,000-step goal on any given day, largely because I work from home and going back and forth between the fridge and the couch doesn’t add up to a lot of steps. I’ve learned that swimming for 30 minutes and running for 30 minutes burn about the same amount of calories. I’ve learned that there’s no reason for me to be tired every day, because I actually get way more deep sleep than the average adult. It’s fun to get nerdy on all the data these fitness trackers can mine from your day, but much like Strava, there’s a dark side. It’s turning every aspect of my life into a competition. I find myself taking the long way to the refrigerator in order to log more steps than I logged yesterday. I want that digital badge the fitness tracker’s app sends me when I finally meet my step goal. I hear it’s amazing. I can take a look at a week’s worth of sleep and eliminate the factors that led to a restless night in bed. Now I know that when I have three cocktails at 10pm, I get much less deep sleep. I want that deep sleep badge, so I cut out the cocktails. This is what you’re supposed to do with a fitness tracker. Analyze the data and make adjustments to be the best version of yourself. On the surface, this sort of competition is good. The fitness tracker is making me walk more. Rumor has it that walking is healthy. But it’s also exhausting. Not the actual walking, but the caring about the walking. That’s what’s exhausting. Giving a shit. Giving every aspect of your life a goal, from your sleep to the number of bowel movements you have in a day, then obsessing over hitting those goals…that’s exhausting and I’d argue pretty unhealthy. Granted, that obsession is all on me. I’m the one that’s turning every aspect of my day into a competition. That’s a my bad situation, but the fitness tracking industry is definitely an enabler here. Still, I dig having all that data at my disposal. Although I feel there’s an aspect to these wearables that’s missing. They can count calories and log steps and measure heart rate, but they can’t quantify stoke. That feeling you get before going over a big drop on a mountain bike, or riding the first chair on a ski lift, or waxing your board on the beach before hitting the water…that combination of fear, excitement and anticipation. Imagine a wearable that tracks the number of times you’re stoked in a day. That’s a better measurement of a healthy life. Show me a tracker that can do that, and I’ll happily fork over my hard-earned money for it. Eventually. Just before it’s being replaced by something better.last_img read more

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DPC presents ad review, discipline recommendations

first_imgFlorida lawyers who want to advertise soon may have a choice of ways to submit ads that must be reviewed by the Bar, under a plan proposed by the Disciplinary Procedure Committee.But the Bar Board of Governors balked at another committee recommendation that would have allowed some lawyers to resign unopposed from the Bar for disciplinary reasons, without consenting to an audit of their trust accounts.DPC Chair Robert Brush presented details of those two issues to the board at its February 1 meeting.Currently, under Bar rules lawyers must submit all broadcast ads and text ads that don’t fall within a narrow safe harbor guideline to the Bar for review, no later than simultaneously with publication or the first broadcast. All submitters pay a $100 fee for having their ad reviewed for compliance with Bar rules, and the Bar has 15 days to render an opinion or the ad is deemed to be in compliance with the rules. If the ad is filed late, the fee is $250.If a violation is found, the Bar’s Lawyer Regulation contacts the attorney.Under the proposed two-tiered system, Brush said, some could pay a higher fee, perhaps of $250, and get an opinion within 15 days on why the ad does or does not comply with Bar rules. That, he said, would give the lawyer a chance to quickly fix the ad.Or the lawyer could pay a smaller fee, Brush said, and take a chance at being contacted by Lawyer Regulation if a violation is found.The committee referred the proposal to the Budget Committee for review, Brush said, and he added the plan could help make up a $137,000 deficit in the cost of reviewing ads. The fees for the review have not been changed since 1997.“Anything we can do to streamline that process, I think everyone wants to do,” President Terry Russell said of the plan.On the audit, Brush said the committee was concerned that staff time of Bar auditors was being wasted by requiring audits as a condition of agreeing to allow a member facing serious disciplinary charges to resign instead of going through disbarment.The policy would say, Brush said, that the Bar would not oppose a disciplinary resignation if the attorney provided a current financial affidavit, agreed to keep the Bar apprised of his or her address for the next two years, and agreed to an audit if requested by the Bar’s Clients’ Security Fund.“The concern I have is the credibility of our disciplinary system here,” Bar President Terry Russell said. “How many times have we had a trust account violation, audited the account, and found many more trust account violations?”He said he wanted to ensure the public was fully protected before agreeing to not oppose a resignation.Board member Ervin Gonzalez said it could be difficult to know if a full audit is needed unless one is done.“The only way we’re going to protect clients is by going to the root of the evil,” Gonzalez said. “This is a very serious matter. I urge the committee proposal be rejected.”Board member Robert Rush, though, said the change was an attempt to avoid wasting Bar resources on unnecessary audits.“There will be an audit unless the Clients’ Security Fund says it doesn’t need one,” Rush said.The board voted to table the recommendation, giving the committee more time to review the issue. March 1, 2002 Regular News DPC presents ad review, discipline recommendationscenter_img DPC presents ad review, discipline recommendationslast_img read more

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US long watched Soleimani, but feared risks of a strike

first_imgThe Bush and Obama administrations both weighed striking Soleimani but decided the risks were too high. Officials said they were concerned about Iranian retaliation and also worried that killing Soleimani wouldn’t have an effect on Iran’s regional provocations and support for terror groups. Trump said Friday that Soleimani should have been taken out years ago. Earlier Friday, the United States announced it was sending nearly 3,000 more army troops to the Mideast. WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s decision to target Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani is a departure from the previous two administrations. last_img read more

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Luxury Gold Coast mansion fetches $6.25 million after $5 million renovation

first_imgA luxury waterfront mansion at 122 Commodore Drive, Paradise Waters, has sold in a $6.25 million deal.IT will be a New Year with a new home for one lucky family who has secured the keys to a glamorous Paradise Waters mansion. The international buyers splashed an eye-watering $6.25 million on the four-bedroom, five-bathroom waterfront residence. RELATED: Slice of Southeast Asian paradise on the Gold Coast Chinese migrants secured the keys.Kollosche director Michael Kollosche said the family planned to use it as a their main residence and will move in close to the Chinese New Year. “It was a Chinese migrant that’s moved over here,” he said. “(What attracted them) was definitely the quality of the home, it’s one of the best on the market in that price range.“It’s very hard to compare and a real credit to the owners who did a meticulous refurbishment of the entire residence.” MORE NEWS: City’s star performers for 2019 revealed MORE NEWS: Ballin’ property has ultimate backyard center_img The property has had a $5 million makeover with Southeast Asian influences. The renovation won an award in 2012.The previous owners purchased the property for $3.75 million in 2010, according to CoreLogic data.They spent $5 million renovating the house with architect Ian Halliday, of Sydney-based firm Burley Katon Halliday. The makeover saw it named the Gold Coast winner of the Queensland Master Builders Association 2012 award for a renovation/remodelling project worth more than $1 million. The brief was to create a tropical paradise with Zen, drawing inspiration from Southeast Asia. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa9 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The tri-level home includes a pontoon, boathouse, beach, hotel-style pool, home theatre, cabana and gym. The glamorous house has four bedrooms and five bathrooms.The property first hit the market in September 2017 with a $7.95 million price guide and was removed in February this year.It was relisted in a renewed marketing push in July. Mr Kollosche said the prestige market was “travelling great” but demand was outweighing supply. “That’s quite a strong sale for a non main river property, which shows the market is getting stronger and stronger,” he said. “There’s a real lack of quality stock available as low interest rates are prompting people to hold onto their properties.”last_img read more

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Jadestone gearing up for development well on Montara

first_imgJadestone Energy’s environmental plan to drill the development well H6 in permit area AC/L7 in the Montara field is now under assessment with the Australian authorities.Location map – Activity: WHP and Subsea Fields ACL7 ACL8 Drilling Program 2020The development well Skua-12 in permit area AC/L8 in the Skua field, and workovers of H3 and Skua-10 within permit AC/L7 and AC/L8, are included in the drilling program as contingencies, Australian regulator NOPSEMA said.The Montara field lies approximately 690 km (373 nautical miles) west of Darwin in a water depth of approximately 80 m (LAT), 621 km (334 nautical miles) NNE of Broome and 147 km (79 nautical miles) from Ashmore Reef in Commonwealth waters of the Timor Sea.The drilling and workover activities are scheduled to start during 2Q of 2020 and are likely to last for a period of approximately 150 days in total, however timings are subject to weather, drilling vessel availability, and operational efficiency. Therefore, this EP validity period is from June 2020 to June 2021.The workover plans for H3 and Skua-10, and well designs for H6 and Skua-12 will be finalized in the Well Operations Management Plans (WOMP), which are to be accepted by NOPSEMA prior to the beginning of drilling. The H3 and SKUA 10 workover is estimated to take 20 days each, drilling of the Montara H6 well is estimated to take 80 days and drilling of SKUA 12 is estimated to take 50 days.The MODU will be a ‘jack-up’ drilling MODU towed to the drilling sites by two or three support vessels. The Skua-12 site is an undisturbed site approximately 20 km from the Montara WHP and the Skua-10 site is an existing well, while the H6 development well and H3 workover will be undertaken when the MODU is positioned alongside the Montara WHP. The MODU will cantilever the drill floor over the WHP to allow positioning the MODU’s drill centre over the H6 and H3 slots.Support for the drilling activities will be provided by three support vessels which will operate out of Darwin. Support vessels will supply equipment, bulk chemicals, liquid drilling fluids, diesel fuels etc. to the drilling MODU. Each vessel will have approximately 10–20 POB and MARPOL compliant sewage and bilge systems.Helicopter support will be provided by Babcock and will be based at Mungalalu–Truscott air base to support the MODU.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Also, if you’re interested in showcasing your company, product, or technology on Offshore Energy Today, please contact us via our advertising form where you can also see our media kit.last_img read more

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Howard commits to Toffees

first_img The 35-year-old American has been with the Toffees since 2006, initially moving on a loan basis from Manchester United before the clubs made the arrangement permanent. He was due to reach the end of his stay at Goodison Park at the end of the 2015/16 season but has agreed to a further two years. Martinez, whose team are vying with Arsenal for a Champions League place, told Everton’s website: ” It is fantastic news. To have Tim Howard performing as he has been this season, I cannot see past him to choose the best goalkeeper in the league. “For him, in such an important year with the World Cup around the corner, to commit his future for the long term is an incredible moment for the dressing room. “I am extremely proud of Tim’s achievements for the football club. On top of his goalkeeping it’s his overall demeanour and personality in the dressing room. He is a strong leader.” Press Associationcenter_img Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has been hailed as the Premier League’s best goalkeeper by manager Roberto Martinez after signing a contract extension tying him to the club until 2018.last_img read more

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Manhunt in Polk County after Triple Murder at Campsite

first_imgPolk County officials are searching for suspects in the murder of three friends on a fishing trip.Around 10 pm Friday, 23-year old Damon Tillman arrived to the remote area to go fishing with his friends.Officials say as he was being beaten to death, 30-year old Keven Springfield and 27-year old Brandon Rollins showed up and were shot.Rollins called his dad, Cyril Rollins, who then showed up to the scene.Son calls fatherInvestigators are not revealing what the victim told his father on the phone before he died and whether or not he identified the killer or killers.last_img read more

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