Asian Beetle Threat

first_imgAs long as state and federal inspection programs stay on guard, any likely introductions would be stopped before they become established, Douce said.More information on this insect is available on the web at http://www.gaipm.org/, or from your local county extension office. The Asian longhorn beetle has infested and devastated maples, and other trees in New York City, Long Island and Chicago.This China native gained entry by stowing away on packing crates and slipping through inspections at international ports in those areas. With Georgia’s three major international ports in Savannah, Brunswick and the Atlanta airport, could the state’s trees be in danger?”In Georgia, the Asian longhorn beetle has not yet caused a problem,” says Keith Douce, an Extension Service entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “A number of safeguards are in place,” Douce said.”We have not had a problem with it in Georgia, but it has been intercepted a few times in Savannah.” Inspections Prevent InfestationBoth the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Georgia State Department of Agriculture have thorough inspection systems to protect against this dangerous insect. “They inspect everything coming in, particularly shipments from China, to ensure the insect does not escape and become established here,” Douce said. “Any suspected shipments are stopped. If the insects are found, the packing crate is fumigated or rejected from entry.” The safeguards are so stringent because where the beetle has become established in the U.S., no control has been effective beyond cutting down host trees. Entire neighborhoods have lost beautiful stands of trees to try to stop the insect’s spread. Identifying the BeetleThe Asian longhorn beetle is a typical hard-bodied beetle about 1½ inches long. It has a glossy black body with long antennae and distinctive black and white markings on both the body and antennae, the entomologist said. It seems to prefer maples, including boxelder, Norway, red, silver, sugar and sycamore maples. Other known hosts are horsechestnut, black locust, elms, birches, willows, poplars and green ash. A complete list of host trees in the United States has not been determined.”The female insect finds a suitable host tree and lays from one to 70 eggs, which hatch into larvae that bore into the wood,” Douce said. “Eventually the tree weakens and become susceptible to wind damage.”Because the pest isn’t native to the U.S., no native organisms help control it. “When it becomes established,” Douce warned, “the population can develop rapidly unchecked. It can be a serious problem for maples and other trees.”last_img read more

Irish union criticises ‘disappointing’ IASS benefit cuts

first_imgCuts proposed to the benefits paid by the Irish Airlines Superannuation Scheme (IASS) have been criticised by a union for their “very significant adverse effects” on members.Speaking out after trustees of the IASS reportedly briefed both union and management on their attempts to resolve the €769m deficit within the multi-employer scheme, covering workers employed by the Dublin Airport Authority and Aer Lingus, IMPACT said it and other unions were “very disappointed at the analysis presented”.IMPACT said: “The trustee reported that the Pensions Board decision to reject elements of the proposals to deal with the funding deficit, which were brokered by the Labour Court and agreed by unions and management at the two companies, would have very significant adverse effects on the pensions of current workers and deferred pensioners.“The union group will now seek advice from its advisers before deciding how to proceed.” The trustees of IASS declined to comment on the negotiations.Attempts to address the deficit were stalled by Ryanair, a major shareholder in rival Aer Lingus, threatening court action if the flag carrier attempted to pay the IASS any additional monies above the agreed contribution rate.However, following a ruling by the UK’s Competition Commission, Ryanair could be forced to sell down its nearly 30% shareholding, leaving it with only a 5% stake in the company.A funding proposal discussed, but not submitted, to the Pensions Board earlier this year was questioned by the regulator, as it would have taken the scheme too long to achieve full funding.Aer Lingus nonetheless hopes to put a €140m plan to launch a standalone defined contribution fund for members affected by the benefit cuts to its shareholders during an extraordinary general meeting later in the year.last_img read more

Cricket News Twitter Reactions: Lasith Malinga retires from ODI cricket with ‘win’ on and off the field

first_imgCongratulations on the glorious journey Yorker King #Malinga. There will never be another toe crusher like you again. Best wishes for your future endeavours. 👊#LasithMalinga pic.twitter.com/Uf0iD3SHdL— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) July 26, 2019The ideal farewell for #LasithMalinga, big contributor of the game and many youngsters at various levels have learnt a lot from him. Well bowled Champion 👏💥— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) July 27, 2019 Wat a Final spell!Wat a legendary career from a legendary player, a true gentleman & have been a great inspiration for many | lucky enough to play together! 👏👏 #SLvBAN New Delhi: Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga, who has been nothing short of a legend to the game of cricket has finally hung his boots as he bows out of One-Day International career. He leaves the cricket arena by helping his team defeat Bangladesh in the first of the three-match ODI series in Colombo.Malinga, who recently became the highest wicket-taker for Lankans in the World Cup, had announced his retirement a few days after the quadrennial tournament and wanted to play in front of the home crowd for one last time.The right-handed fast bowler had made a splash in international cricket in 2004 and immediately come into attention thanks to his unique slingy side-on action. His ability to bowl yorkers at high speed soon endeared him to fans all over the world. However, he couldn’t sustain his speed and fitness in the longest format and had to call time on his Test career in 2010 to prolong his white-ball sojourn.The cricket fraternity around the globe wished him well on what has been an illustrious career. With this, News Nation brings to you the best tweets you will find on internet today: Lasith Malinga claimed 3/38 in his last ODI game against Bangladesh. Malinga finished his illustrious ODI career with 338 wickets. Lasith Malinga will continue to play T20 cricket for Sri Lanka. center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlightslast_img read more

Veikkaus plans for 400 redundancies as restaurant gambling division suffers

first_img Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Submit Share Finland’s Veikkaus gambling monopoly is set to undertake a significant operational restructure cutting approximately 400 staff positions, amid the downfall of its restaurant gambling division.Veikkaus’ executive team has commenced discussions with around 1,300 of its 2,000 staff identifying areas which will be at the forefront of restructuring. The majority of the staff members that are said to be affected are located within the Helsinki area.Veikkaus CEO Olli Sarekoski said the country had undergone significant ‘structural changes’ as a result of the demographic shift towards online gambling. Approximately 45 per cent of Veikkaus’ sales now stem from its digital channels.As a result of this shift, Sarekoski said Veikkaus was “planning significant overhauls of our gaming locations and an end to the restaurant gaming table business.”Finland has long objected to the presence of internationally licensed online gambling operators that offers services to local gamblers. Sweden’s market liberalisation has clouded the situation, however, Finnish media has previously reported that a number of Swedish-licensed operators have targeted Finnish gamblers from their Swedish sites.Veikkaus VP Velipekka Nummikoski has previously addressed whether Finland will adopt a similar policy of regulating its betting market in a similar fashion to that of Sweden. However, Nummikoski believed that this would be unlikely given Veikkaus possessing close to 90 per cent share of the Finnish domestic online market, a significantly higher share than Sweden’s Svenska Spel monopoly claimed pre-liberalization.Veikkaus operations were assessed last year as part of a Finland’s Competition and Consumer Authority evaluation. The regulatory body wished to determine the operator’s effects upon its customers and competition within the industry. Related Articles Share Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts July 20, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

GambleAware commits a further £3.9m funding towards problem gambling treatment

first_img YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Industry charity GambleAware has confirmed that it will be fronting an additional £3.9m in funding towards the expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service. The funding, which is set to continue for up to three years, will be provided to GamCare and its network of partners across Great Britain.£2.35m of the funding will be allocated to expanding the provision of face-to-face treatment services in England, Scotland and Wales, while £705,000 will be distributed towards helping the National Gambling Helpline provide both advice and brief interventions to a wider range of people across the UK. £435,000 will go towards enabling people to have access to computerised Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (cCBT) where this is clinically appropriate, and the remaining £438,000 will be delivered to develop peer support so that people who are recovering from gambling addiction can help others to access treatment and aftercareMarc Etches, Chief Executive of GambleAware, commented: “Today’s announcement reflects a commitment by GambleAware to take a strategic approach to commissioning treatment services, to give people the help that they need to tackle the hidden addiction of problem gambling, and to improve the quality of life for them and their families.“This significant expansion of the existing National Gambling Treatment Service demonstrates the shared commitment between GambleAware and GamCare, as commissioner and prime provider respectively, to make a real difference to people’s lives, by reducing barriers to treatment and increasing the capacity in the treatment system.”GambleAware and GamCare have been having discussions regarding the further development of problem gambling prevention services.  Anna Hemmings, Chief Executive of GamCare, added: “GamCare is delighted to have developed a collaborative approach with GambleAware to support the expansion of the National Gambling Treatment Service. This funding will mean we can introduce broader accessibility, availability and choice for those harmed by gambling. “With it, we will be able to reach larger numbers of people in more locations nationally, offering a wider range of services including both online and peer support alongside our existing treatment provision.“GamCare and its network of regional partners provide services which significantly improve the quality of life of those harmed by gambling, and we will continue to develop our services to ensure that they can grow sustainably and offer the right support at the right time to as many people as possible.”The range of initiatives being announced today will be funded immediately, which are set to supplement further developments which have already been announced by the two parties. Submit Share Related Articles Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Share StumbleUpon GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020last_img read more

Brandon Ingram turns heads before Lakers fall to Steph Curry, Warriors in OT

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ingram made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds left in overtime to cut the score to 124-123. However, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope failed to secure the loose-ball rebound after Curry missed a free throw with 10 seconds remaining, essentially sealing a third straight loss for the Lakers.Caldwell-Pope had 21 points for the Lakers, his fourth straight game with at least 20 points, while Jordan Clarkson added 21 and Julius Randle scored 20.Durant led the Warriors (16-6) with 29 points, while Thompson chipped in 20.After trading baskets with the Warriors for much of the second half, the Lakers pulled ahead 104-102 on a breakaway layup by Caldwell-Pope with 3:01 remaining.The Warriors, however, always seemed to have an answer.Late in the game, it was Durant, who buried a 27-foot 3-pointer with 46 seconds left to knot the score at 109. It was the second time Walton let Ingram attack in isolation with the game in the balance, after he scored the tying basket at the end of regulation against Washington on Oct. 26 in an eventual overtime victory.Though the shot didn’t go in this time, Walton said the lesson can be just as important.“That’s how you get better,” he said. “How you become great. It bothers you when you go home at night, then you come back to the gym and work on it. It’s a cliché, but they make commercials about it. How do you succeed: By failing.”He invoked Kobe Bryant’s air-balls in the playoffs of his rookie season. Some of Michael Jordan’s early struggles.“Not saying B.I.’s Kobe and Jordan,” Walton said, “but that’s the reality of how you get better, is you try and you fail and it hurts and you get your butt back in the gym. Hopefully next time you make it. And if not, you work even harder.”Playing without breakout rookie forward Kyle Kuzma (back spasms), the Lakers (8-13) went toe-to-toe with the Warriors (16-6) for 48 minutes Wednesday, but after Ingram missed at the buzzer of regulation, the they found themselves heading to overtime against one of the most fearsome lineups ever assembled.Curry buried back-to-back 3-pointers to start the extra period. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“Great players are going to do great things,” Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball said. “That’s what happened in overtime.”While the finish was thrilling and the result unsatisfying, one of the Lakers’ 20-year-old stars, Ingram, managed to make a statement with his performance.“It was just me getting better every single game,” Ingram said. “My teammates (were) behind me, just giving me confidence to go out there and make plays like that on the basketball floor and being locked in.”center_img Ball finished with 15 points and 10 assists, and at one point in the third quarter was the Lakers’ best scoring option. He knocked down all three of his 3-pointers in the period, scoring 11 points in those 12 minutes.Walton said Ball has been shooting “lights out” in practice, and that before his first matchup with Curry he told him, “Zo, you’re going to be one of the best point guards in this league. You are, so embrace this challenge.”At one point, Ball scored eight straight points to give the Lakers a 67-63 advantage. After driving past Curry for a scoop shot layup, Ball hit the deck to force a jump ball with Curry and suffered a cut above his left eye in the process. After the game, he received three stitches for the wound.Shortly after, he recorded his seventh assist in spectacular fashion. After a pass sailed by him, Ball sprinted to save it from going out of bounds, under-handing the ball to Julius Randle, who drove for the bucket.Earlier in the day, Walton refused to call the game against his former team a measuring stick. Instead, he focused on the Lakers treating it like any like any other game and focusing on the same details they have drilled throughout the first two months of the season.“The measurement,” he said, “comes from how we play tonight and how we respond after a couple of tough losses.”The Lakers suffered a tough loss two nights earlier against the Clippers, and fell on the road at Sacramento the night before Thanksgiving. It led to questions of whether the Lakers have a problem playing down to the level of struggling teams.On Wednesday, it was the opposite. They rose to the occasion against the team that has won two of the last three NBA titles.The Warriors are used to it. They get the best version of every team they face, and in each of Steve Kerr’s first three seasons at the helm in Golden State the Lakers have stolen one win at Staples Center.It did not look early like the Lakers had much chance of making it four straight seasons – at least not Wednesday.Though Ingram scored the Lakers’ first nine points, the Warriors quickly built an 11-point lead. They could only watch, however, as the Lakers closed the first half on an 18-4 run to take a 54-50 advantage into halftime.“The ultimate goal is to win,” Ingram said. “But of course, this is a process, going to try to get better and better every single day.” PreviousLos Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, right, celebrates after a teammate made a 3-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. With Clarkson are Julius Randle (30) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1). (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell vie for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, left, drives against Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsGolden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, shoots under pressured from Los Angeles Lakers forwards Brandon Ingram, right, and Larry Nance Jr. during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, is defended by Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, right, looks for a shot as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, back, shoots while defended by Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart, left, goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors forward Kevon Looney during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, front left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, left, goes up for a layup while defended by Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, center, glides to the basket while defended by Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, left, during the first half of Wednesday’s game at Staples Center. Curry scored 11 of his 26 points in overtime to lead the Warriors to a 127-123 victory. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors forwards Kevin Durant, center, and Jordan Bell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, left, shoots against Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball #2 in actions during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. Golden State Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Julius Randle #30 and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant #35 in actions during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. Golden State Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, center, looks to control the ball as Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, and Kevin Durant defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, center, battles for the ball against Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez, right, and forward Larry Nance Jr. during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry, left, gets a hand on the ball next to Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala, left, passes to forward Kevon Looney, right, as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, right, celebrates after a teammate made a 3-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. With Clarkson are Julius Randle (30) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (1). (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell vie for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, left, and Golden State Warriors forward Jordan Bell vie for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Warriors won 127-123 in overtime. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Luke Walton could tell Brandon Ingram was especially locked in starting with Wednesday’s shootaround. It was in the way he went through his morning routine, and once the game began, the way he went right at Kevin Durant.It was there in the final moments of regulation as Ingram, amid a career night, drove past Klay Thompson and floated a shot past the fingertips of Draymond Green that would have given the Lakers a victory over the defending champions.“That’s part of growth and getting older in this league,” the Lakers coach said. “I thought it was nice for him to have a day where all day long, he was focused, he was locked in. He came out and obviously had a great game.”Ingram poured in a career-high 32 points, but the final shot of the fourth quarter fell short and the Lakers lost 127-123 in overtime after two-time league MVP Steph Curry overcame his shooting woes to score 13 of his 28 points in the extra frame.last_img read more