Whether they are running an independent business or working for a large corporation, pest management professionals (PMPs) know that time is money.For busy professionals, finding the time to keep certifications current by completing mandated continuing education units (CEUs) means finding time in busy schedules to attend classes, taking time away from work and possibly inconveniencing important clients.To help make scheduling less of an issue, a University of Georgia entomologist took his training program for PMPs and private and commercial pesticide applicators to the web. By offering a series of education courses online, including those for CEUs, Dan Suiter relieved the stress for license holders who are searching for continuing education courses, sometimes at the last minute. In doing so, he has also opened up access to training from UGA Cooperative Extension to many more people and significantly expanded the reach of his program.“No other state that I’m aware of does this for credit. It’s a good idea. They don’t have to leave their office or their home to get the education they need to do their jobs,” said Suiter, director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ structural pest management extension and research program on the UGA Griffin campus. “And the instructors are all PhDs so you are getting high-caliber, research-based training.”The webinar series has now been educating PMPs in Georgia and beyond since 2013. The technical side of things is managed by the staff in the Center for Urban Agriculture at UGA-Griffin. The webinars average about 300 participants but have attracted as many as 572. Since the program moved online, 29 webinars have been delivered to 4,700 people from 16 states and Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, India and Afghanistan.“A pest control company employee can now sit in his or her office, watch a 55-minute webinar and get an hour of CEU credit,” Suiter said. “They don’t have to drive 60 miles to a class and miss a whole day of work. They can be in their truck, headed to a job 10 minutes later. And their carbon footprint is much lighter now. Individual companies have enrolled as many as 90 employees among numerous offices throughout Georgia for a single webcast.”The programs have included speakers from UGA and other universities in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Malaysia and Germany. Government agency and industry representatives who have contributed to the classes have come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Orkin, Rentokil, Univar and Douglas Products, as well as pest control industry consultants.“These types of webinars are critical for our industry,” says Freeman Elliott, president of Orkin U.S. and a member of the CAES Advisory Council. “We use a blend of our own webinars we produce, as well as ones like Dan’s, for initial and ongoing training. Whether a company has two employees or 2,000 employees, they all have the need for timely knowledge that meets them where they are. Most of the employees in this industry are route-based or are sprinkled across the state, so delivering knowledge remotely is a huge avenue for learning.”In 2017, a series of webinars geared specifically to the green industry was added to allow professionals who hold licenses in a variety of categories to earn CEUs online. In 2017, six webinars were held for PMPs and six for the green industry. In late 2017, Suiter turned management of the green industry webinar series over to UGA-Griffin faculty members Bodie Pennisi, professor of horticulture, and Shimat Joseph, assistant professor of entomology, who have run the program since January 2018. In 2019, 12 webinars for pest control operators and six webinars for the green industry are scheduled.UGA Extension agents, like Wade Hutcheson in Walker County, say the webinars are useful and time-saving.“They provide an easy way for me to engage with green industry professionals and commercial and private pesticide licensees and deliver continuing education,” he said. “The webinars are delivered by experts in the field and are full of current, practical, solid information, techniques and methods that contribute to an applicator using pesticides wisely.”The webinars are archived and are available on demand at www.gtbop.com for those who can’t log in on the day of the session. In Georgia, clients can also go to their local UGA Extension office and earn CEUs by watching the recording of a past webinar.“This especially comes in handy for those who realize they quickly need two hours of credit,” Suiter said. “If a county agent’s schedule allows, the agent can proctor the webinar and the state has verification that the licensee watched the webinar. The archives also can be used by county agents to build or supplement new programming. In teaching, tenure-track faculty can use the archives as fillers during absences.”Suiter set out to reach more Georgians, but the webinar series has attracted people from across the U.S. and Mexico. CEUs for Alberta, Canada, will be added in 2019.Residents of Alabama, South Carolina and Tennessee can also earn CEUs for attending or viewing the green series webinars. Structural pest control credits can be awarded to license holders in Alabama, British Columbia, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Nova Scotia and Labrador Newfoundland.“We’ve even had someone log in from Afghanistan,” Suiter said. “He lives in Alabama but is working for a contractor based in Afghanistan. He still has to keep his Alabama CEUs current.”
In the newly opened sales and presentation space, in one place through products and through the arrangement of the space itself, Vukovar and what Vukovar offers are promoted. It is an incredible opportunity to present and offer the best of Vukovar in a place of rich tourism. The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Franković, emphasized that Dubrovnik and Vukovar are old city friends who shared a similar destiny in the war, but also a completely different post-war development, and that he is therefore happier that the two cities cooperate in this way. The products of Vukovar producers, gathered in the cooperative “Vrhunsko vukovarsko”, have found their place on the shelves of a special store in Dubrovnik, and this Vukovar-friendly city is the first in Croatia where customers are offered top-quality domestic products from the Vukovar region. With the cooperation of the City of Dubrovnik and the City of Vukovar, business premises in the very heart of Dubrovnik were ceded to Vukovar, through the “Blaga djela” foundation there. The Society of Friends of Dubrovnik Antiquities donated 234 thousand kunas to the cooperative “Vrhunsko vukovarsko” for the works of interior design and furnishing of business premises. “I am very happy and thank the City of Dubrovnik for this cooperation. Dubrovnik is our first city – a friend in independent Croatia, and our cooperation in various fields has lasted for many years. This connects blue and green Croatia. It is an incredible opportunity for businessmen from the area of Vukovar and its surroundings to unite, present and offer the best of Vukovar in a place of rich tourism, in a beautiful and busy Dubrovnik location. We are giving our producers a more than fair opportunity to position themselves on a truly strong Dubrovnik market whose needs are great, and thus also contribute to strengthening the recognition and promotion of Vukovar. This is truly a huge step forward and we hope that over the years we will reach a level that will meet the needs of the sea market, but also that we will complete the offer of Vukovar with products from Dubrovnik. That would then be a beautifully told story”, Concluded the Mayor of Vukovar Ivan Penava, thanks to the fact that not much time passed from the idea of opening a store of Slavonian products to the realization. The rich offer includes a number of local, Vukovar products – honey and various honey products, gingerbread and pralines, jams and marmalades, cured meat products, various cheeses, chokeberries, wines, brandies and liqueurs, sunflower oils, flour and the like. The range of top products also includes souvenirs from Vukovar. “We want to open stores in Zagreb, Istria, expand and show that Slavonia has top quality products”, Concluded Barić. “The plan is to expand Vukovar’s offer with additional products, because Vukovar really has a lot to offer to domestic customers in Croatia and tourists when it comes to quality products. The goal is to create quality and recognizability of products from Vukovar, and the separate business unit of the cooperative “Vrhunsko Vukovarsko” will certainly greatly contribute to the development, well-being and improvement of Vukovar businessmen, especially since in a world destination like Dubrovnik, many Slavonian products will be available. guests from all over the world”, Said Vedran Barić, manager of the cooperative Vrhunsko vukovarsko, adding that the people of Dubrovnik are most interested in forest honey and acacia honey, dried meat products, salsa, cold sunflower oils, goat cheese and wine. As of today, the space of about fifty square meters in Marojice Kaboge Street, right next to Stradun in a busy Dubrovnik location, unites the best from Vukovar. By cutting the ribbon in the heart of Dubrovnik, among the old walls, on July 25, the store of the Vrhunsko vukovarsko cooperative was opened, called “Vrhunsko vukovarsko – Vukovarska kuća”, which unites all Dubrovnik citizens and visitors to the city of Dubrovnik, offering the best offer from Vukovar. Cooperative “Vrhunsko vukovarsko” was founded in September 2018, and brings together 26 cooperative producers from Vukovar and the surrounding area. The cooperative contributes to the more successful promotion of the city with autochthonous and recognizable products for the city, and places products with the “Vrhunsko vukovarsko” quality label on the local market, but also on the market of the whole of Croatia. Source / photo: City of Vukovar
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo is set to be banned for four to twelve matches for shoving the referee in Sunday night’s El Clasico.The match was a proper rollercoaster for Ronaldo. The forward was introduced into the game on 58th minutes. He then stepped up to put Los Blancos ahead with 10 minutes to play. Two minutes later, he was sent off for a second bookable offence after picking up two yellows in quick succession – the first for taking off his shirt to celebrate his goal, and the second for what referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea deemed to be simulation.But it is his push on the referee that may have gotten him into an imbroglio with the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF). In the official match report sent by Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea, the referee included that Ronaldo “pushed me gently in a sign to show his dissent”If RFEF are to follow the rule books, then Cristiano Ronaldo may have violated Article 96 of the RFEF’s disciplinary code which gives provision for a 4-12 game suspension for aggression of any kind towards match officials “even if only mild”There’s precedence which doesn’t favour the Real Madrid star. Last season, Las Palmas forward Marko Livaja got a four-game suspension for pushing referee José Munuera in a 1-1 draw against Alavés.If Cristiano Ronaldo is banned for four games, he’ll miss Real Madrid’s season opener at Estadio Riazor against Deportivo de La Coruña and subsequent matches versus Valencia, Levante and Real Sociedad.RelatedCristiano Ronaldo Handed Five-Match BanAugust 14, 2017In “Europe”Cristiano Ronaldo Names Rashford, Asensio As Potential Heir To World Best ThroneAugust 27, 2017In “Europe””This Is Called Persecution”, Cristiano Ronaldo Slams La Liga For Failed Ban AppealAugust 16, 2017In “Europe”
Man Utd deny new contract talks with Paul Pogbaby Paul Vegas19 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United deny they’re in new contract talks with Paul Pogba.The club also insist he is not holding them to ransom by demanding a reported £600,000-a-week new deal.Pogba – who is expected to miss Sunday’s clash with Newcastle at St James’ Park with an ankle injury – has two years left on his current contract.United say no formal talks have yet taken place – and they believe they are not under any time pressure to make the French World Cup winner a new offer yet.An Old Trafford insider told the Mirror: “Pogba’s only focus right now is trying to be fit to help his team-mates.“Reports of him demanding £600,000-a-week to stay aren’t true. Paul has two years left on his contract so time is on our side in terms of discussions on a new deal.”The club made it clear in the summer that we want Paul at United and that remains the case.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Class of 2016 kicker Quinn Nordin supposedly has his collegiate decision down to either Penn State or Iowa – at least that’s what he told the guys over at Black Shoe Diaries last week. It looks like the Hawkeyes are making a hard push to land his services.Saturday, Nordin tweeted a photo of all of the mail he received from the Hawkeyes this week. It includes numerous hand-written letters (one by head coach Kirk Ferentz) and a “Most Wanted” poster with his photo and attributes. Just opened the mailbox #HawkeyeNation #MuchLove pic.twitter.com/F0kRZBcd46— Quinn Nordin (@QuinnNordin) February 21, 2015It’ll be interesting to see where Nordin winds up.
Pamela Anderson has written to PETA supporters asking them to join her in refusing to attend marine parks such as SeaWorld.“As someone who cares deeply about animals, I know that they truly do not belong in the entertainment industry,” she wrote. “So when I hear about the abuse at places such as SeaWorld where captive marine animals are forced to perform tricks that go against their nature, it breaks my heart. And when orcas rebel and kill their trainers, as Tilikum did at SeaWorld Orlando, their captivity becomes tragic for people, too.“Marine mammals are some of the most intelligent, social creatures on the planet. They are meant to roam the open oceans, not be forced to interact with people in an area that, to them, is the size of a large tub.”“Orcas held captive at SeaWorld spend decades trapped in tiny tanks, swimming in endless circles and forced to perform meaningless tricks for gawking spectators,” added PETA’s Ingrid Newkirk. “At circuses such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, terrified baby elephants are torn away from their mothers and struck with sharp bullhooks until they submit to workers.“Animal abusers are trying to draw visitors in by offering deeply discounted tickets in partnership with Groupon. But if we join together and speak up now, we can convince Groupon to sever ties with the likes of SeaWorld and Ringling Bros. — and cut off one of the last tools that these companies have to prop up their abusive businesses.“Speak up now for orcas, elephants, and other animals trapped and tormented by the entertainment industry! Tell Groupon to stop promoting cruel animal shows and cancel these deals today.“Many major companies, including MasterCard, Visa, Ford, and Travelzoo, already have a ban on Ringling Bros. promotions. And thanks to the success of documentary films such as Blackfish — and the public outcry from people like you — the backlash against companies such as SeaWorld is in full swing, and it’s only growing stronger. Musical acts such as Willie Nelson and the Barenaked Ladies have canceled appearances at the park in recent months, and New York hot spot Bagatelle canceled SeaWorld’s 50th anniversary party after hearing from PETA.”Click here to help PETA stop cruel animal shows.
New Delhi: In a bid to further popularise Test cricket the International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed players to have their names and numbers on the back of their shirts starting with the World Test Championship from August 1. The Ashes series between England and Australia will be the first instance when the players will sport these jerseys. “They will come into force on August 1 as part of the World Test Championship,” ICC General Manager Claire Furlong said. The ICC in recent times has already taken major strides in the direction to highlight Test format — the introduction of the World Test Championship was in this line. The championship will start from July 15 and go on till April 30, 2021, with the final being played in June 2021. With an aim to attract more fans to the game, the ICC has approved the idea of having players’ names and numbers on their shirts even in the longest format of the gentleman’s game. The World Test Championship, whose calender was released in June 2018, is being seen as a tool to make bilateral ties more contextual. The move to introduce jerseys with the name of players and their numbers will only make it more exciting for the fans who seem to be more interested to follow the shorter formats of the game. Commenting on the fixtures of the Test championship, ICC CEO David Richardson had said: “The agreement of this FTP (Future Tours Programme) means we have clarity, certainty and most importantly context around bilateral cricket over the next five years. “The World Test Championship will get underway next year with the ODI league kicking off in 2020 as part of the qualification towards the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. “Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but with the release of this FTP, our members have found a genuine solution that gives fans around the world the chance to engage regularly with international cricket that has meaning and the possibility of a global title at the end.” ICC chairman Shashank Manohar had recently said that Test cricket was dying. “We are trying to see whether Test championship can generate interest because Test cricket is actually dying to be honest. “So to improve the situation, we are trying ways and means. The (ICC) board directors has come to a conclusion that if we start a Test championship, it would keep Test cricket alive and generate more interest in the game,” Manohar had said.
London: Urine testing may be as effective as the smear test at preventing cervical cancer and could significantly increase participation rates for screening, a study has found. The research, published in the journal BMJ Open, found that urine testing was just as good as the cervical smear at picking up high-risk human papillomavirus (HPV), the virus that causes cervical cancer. Researchers from the University of Manchester in the UK said a urine test could help increase the numbers of women who are screened for cervical cancer. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportUrine testing could have a role in the developing world, where cervical cancer is up to 15 times more common and smear testing largely non-existent. Around one in 20 women show abnormal changes which might go on to become cancer and are referred for colposcopy, where the cervix is examined under magnification, allowing abnormal areas to be seen, sampled and treated, before they ever cause cancer, researchers said. According to the team, cervical smear samples, self-collected vaginal samples and urine samples are all effective at picking up high risk HPV infection. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsCervical cancer is most common in women aged 30 to 35 years. However, the precancerous stage is detectable in the 5-10 years before this, when up to a third of women fail to attend for their smear test. “We’re really very excited by this study, which we think has the potential to significantly increase participation rates for cervical cancer screening in a key demographic group,” said Emma Crosbie, who led the study.
Kolkata: The temperature in various South Bengal districts will start sliding down from Monday, as there is an expected change to happen in the weather system.The people in South Bengal will get much awaited relief from the scorching summer heat next week, as the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore predicted thundershower in a couple of days from Tuesday. It may be mentioned that entire South Bengal has been under an intense heat spell for the past few days, with the mercury touching 42 degree Celsius in the Western districts. A heat wave has also been sweeping through the districts like Purulia, Bankura, West Burdwan, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Jhargram and East Midnapore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPeople in all the poll-bound districts felt intense discomfort due to the hot and humid weather. Eight constituencies went to poll on Sunday. A senior official of the MeT office said: “The Nor’wester is likely to hit various South Bengal districts on Tuesday, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall accompanied with gusty wind. The rain and thundershower are likely to take place in various South Bengal districts, including the city, during the afternoon hours of Tuesday and Wednesday. Rains will push the mercury down by a few notches. People will have some respite from the excessive heat in the later half of the week.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe temperature continued to shoot up to 40-43 degree Celsius in Western districts including Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram and some parts of West Burdwan and Birbhum. In other South Bengal districts, the highest temperature remained between 36 and 38 degree Celsius in the past few days. The average maximum temperature in the region remained high due to the inflow of northwesterly wind into the state from the neighbouring states. There has been little moisture incursion into Gangetic Bengal since, preventing the formation of a storm-triggering system.
Rabat- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Moroccan Foreign Affairs and Cooperation Minister Salaheddine Mezouar had a telephone conversation at Morocco’s initiative on Friday, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Lavrov and Mezouar “discussed relevant aspects of the international agenda, particularly in light of a session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s Jerusalem Committee in Marrakech on January 17-18.They reaffirmed a mutual desire to strengthen traditionally friendly Russian-Moroccan relations, including a deeper political dialogue,” it said.